Monthly Archives: January 2017

American People Panic

Politics naturally involves debate, disagreement, and differences of opinion. It’s the backbone of our democracy. Each of us has a right to express our opinion on topics as far ranging as immigration reform to the best point guard in the NBA. Up to a year ago, most people could argue about politics without insulting each other. Few disagreements were personal or caused deep resentment. This has changed drastically over the past year, and now differences over politics has become personal. Lifelong friendships have ended abruptly because of differing opinions on Trump. We, as a nation, appear to be suffering from an acute anxiety disorder over the current Presidency. Regardless of where people fall on the political spectrum, too many Americans believe their political opposition will destroy America, either through a dictator bypassing the Constitution or the political elite’s corruption and soft stance on immigration and terrorism.

What is causing this panic? Why are so many people angry and afraid about the future of our country? Examining the primary concerns of Americans who support Trump and those opposed to him provides insight into this heightened level of anxiety.

People who voted for Trump did so because they felt our current political system was corrupt, controlled by the elite and not inclusive of every day Americans. Trump was an “outsider” who would fix the corruption. They also want our government to protect them from terrorists and believe that immigrants and large government programs, including ObamaCare, are responsible for their high taxes. Trump’s primary election promises were to secure our borders, deport illegal immigrants and build a wall.

On the other hand, those opposed to Trump believe he will turn the Presidency into a dictatorship, using his power to limit freedoms and bypass the Constitution in order to rule without opposition. This group is concerned that Trump’s bullish behavior, inexperience, and “thin skin” will result in foreign policy blunders that could lead to a 3rd World War. Many of Trump’s opponents also fear that his fiscal policies will benefit the rich at the expense of the poor and the middle class.

After listing these concerns, the only common denominator I can find amongst these opposing groups is Donald Trump himself. It seems that America’s greatest hopes and worst fears are tied exclusively to Donald Trump. Regardless of his intent, Trump has created a cult of personality in which his supporters believe he can do no wrong and his opponents are worried he will transform our democracy into Nazi Germany. Supporters and detractors seem to focus less time advocating for policy and more time either attacking or defending Trump. No wonder there is so much anxiety amongst our fellow citizens. Too many Americans have forgotten they have the power to determine policy in a democracy. Trump is certainly a vain man with an ego as big as his mutt cut, but most Americans are feeding this ego by minimizing their importance to our political system and surrendering their power to the Presidency.

One of the most common symptoms of anxiety is a feeling of losing control. This can only be treated if more Americans step away from the social media memes and regain some control by getting involved in policy at the local, State, and Federal levels. I imagine these opposing groups – with so much anger towards each other today – could even find some common ground if they worked together to advocate legislation that benefits all of us, such as a bill supporting the War on Cancer. We have the power to treat this anxiety and decrease the tension that is dividing our country. A daily dose of Effexor for the Donald couldn’t hurt either.

Info Child Welfare Schemes in India

Children are the most important section of the population of every country. 39% of India’s population consists of children and of them, 29% are between the age of 0-5 years. Being home to the largest number of children in the world (United Nations), India has many child welfare schemes to take care of its precious next generation.

Over the years, the allocation of funds to social sector programmes have gradually increased. Unfortunately, a major chunk of the population remains unaware of these beneficial programmes. And these are people who really require the kind of assistance provided by government welfare schemes. High child mortality rates, poor sanitation, malnutrition, lack of access to quality education and other issues can all be combated with the help of welfare schemes.

Specialised welfare schemes have been set up targeting the most vulnerable sections of the society like pregnant women, infants and underprivileged children.

You too can make a difference either by donating towards the welfare schemes or by spreading awareness regarding these schemes by volunteering with many NGOs in India. All you need to do is research on the existing welfare schemes and how to avail them. Head to the nearest urban slum or village and help children benefit from these welfare schemes.

Here’s a list of some of the most important child welfare schemes run by the government and a short note regarding their functions:

1. Integrated Child Development Scheme

The main objective of this nation-wide scheme is to focus on the nutritional and health status of children between 0-6 years. It also provides supplementary nutrition, ensures immunisation for children across the country. Credited as being the world’s largest welfare scheme project, ICDS has been effective at decreasing the rate of child mortality and malnutrition in the country.

2. Immunization Program

This massive program ensures the immunisation of all children below 0-5 years. Every year, this scheme covers more than 166 million children on every National Immunisation Day. Other immunisation programs include Hepatitis B, DPT etc. The number of polio cases drastically reduced once this scheme was implemented and over the years, India has been declared a polio free country. It is important that every child receive the protection that immunisation provides.

3. Mid-day Meal Scheme

This scheme has impacted children enrolled in many government schools. By providing one healthy and nutritious meal, malnutrition can be reduced. The other benefit has been that drop-outs have enrolled back into school and parents have also been encouraged to provide children with schooling to take advantage of this scheme. You can encourage children in your locality who are working as child labourers or are from poor families to take benefit from this scheme.

The above schemes have contributed significantly over the years towards ensuring that the future generation has a healthy start to life. There are various NGOs in India working to ensure that children are benefited by these schemes and more projects are put into place to address various issues. It is crucial that we create awareness regarding these schemes and help make a difference in the lives of thousands of underprivileged children in India.

About Leaving NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific-Partnership

On January 20, 2017, newly inaugurated President Donald Trump signed an executive order to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific-Partnership. A couple of days later, Trump signed another executive order but this time against the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Both of these agreements played major factors in both the United States domestic and international trade markets. As of right now, many in not only America, but the entire world are concerned with the possible after effects of these moves. While the true effects of these decisions won’t be felt until years later, the possible repercussions on foreign and internal business should undoubtedly be explored.

Before one dives into the possible issues with withdrawing, or even negotiating deals that have been in place for years, it’s important to understand the history behind these trade agreements and what countries are involved. The Trans-Pacific-Partnership (TPP) began as simple negotiations in 2002 between three nations; Chile, New Zealand, and Singapore. Overtime more and more countries began to join in on the discussions for a more broad trade agreement but nothing ever came up in writing due to disagreements in agriculture, various investments, and intellectual property. It wasn’t until February of 2016 that a final agreement came forth between twelve countries. These countries included New Zealand, the United States, Vietnam, Singapore, Chile, Brunei, Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, and Peru (Granville). At the time, it appeared to be the biggest free trade proposal in history, as these counties make up roughly 40% of the world’s economic output. The catch with the agreement however, is that all twelve nations had to ratify it, meaning that since the United States has backed out, the deal cannot become official. The TPP had many goals but the highlights include eliminating tariffs between member countries, promoting deeper economic ties, and to create closer economic policies and regulations. It also ultimately aimed to create a single market between its members, very similar to what the European Union does.

The North American Free Trade Agreement, on the other hand, has older roots than the TPP. Signed into order in 1994 by President Bill Clinton, the deal included three countries; the United States, Canada, and Mexico. It had been in the works since the late eighties, when the Reagan administration first drafted the framework for it. The deal is closely related to the goals of the TPP in that it aims to promote free and easy moving trade throughout the three nations. It does this by also eliminating tariffs and allowing easy access across borders.

While both NAFTA and the TPP initially look good on paper, there are many who disagree with them, including President Trump. Trump was even quoted as saying, “Trade deals are absolutely killing our country – The devaluations of their currencies by China and Japan and many, many other countries, and we don’t do it because we don’t play the game”(Rosenfeld). Of the many problems people have with these trade agreements, a significant one is its impact on the job market. Since the implementation of NAFTA, for instance, about one million American jobs have been lost to both Canada and Mexico (Wallach). Similarly, regarding the TPP, job loss is also a potential threat to the U.S. as many manufacturing jobs would likely depart overseas in exchange for cheaper wages and goods. The $181 billion abysmal trade deficit that NAFTA has created is also a problem that faces the U.S. Workers rights is an issue between these trade agreements as well because under both NAFTA and the TPP, labor rights and protections don’t have to be enforced. This would leave millions of international laborers in terrible working conditions and allow foreign nations to pay their workers less. Yet another way these are looked down upon points at the environmental neglect the agreements present. Neither of the two enforce climate change commitments, which could enable foreign companies to have environmentally damaging plants or factories. This, in turn, could also encourage U.S based companies to move overseas to avoid regulation and penalties if they were to stay domestic.

Despite strong opposition and potential consequences of the two, there are also many who view the free trade agreements as a good thing for both international and internal business. One major positive that could be lost without NAFTA and the TPP is cheaper goods for consumers. This is due to the fact that since many of these countries workers would be paid much less compared to American workers, the goods that they would produce would become much cheaper for them to sell. This is already the case with China and U.S. trade but the TPP would allow other cheap laboring countries (like Vietnam and Brunei) to send their cheap goods more easily to other member countries. An argument can be raised to include that cheaper goods would help average households to have more money in their pocket and therefore help their overall well-being, the goal of free trade. It would also give the United State more choices overseas as far as trading goods and prices. Others will argue that the elimination of tariffs will only help U.S. exports, which in and of itself could promote more U.S. jobs (Walker).

With Donald Trump moving in on free trade, it’s easy to see the uncertainty that is going around with the markets. While the pros and cons both seem convincing and yet debatable, one thing is for certain, only time will tell if these actions will defend themselves.

Good Friday In Catholic Church

Having just laboured through another Easter with all its hype and reflections on a myth introduced by Constantine and perpetuated by the Catholic Church leaves me drained. The spiritual presence within me is again shaken by the lies and misconceptions that lead people like sheep. Visions of the tourist venues in Jerusalem with masses pouring through so-called holy sites is rather appalling.

My reincarnation proves that heaven and hell are non-existent and yet they are the pillars on which all religions stand. It was my job to discover why? Coupled with the great wall of confusion and mystery they engage in and the secrecy by which they survive the overall mix is too great for anyone to break down unless supported by the Spirit.

The drama unfolds with many poor victims imitating the crucifixion with some going so far as to have nails driven through their hands to hold them on the cross. As a weapon of death one must surely question why the cross is venerated and people trained to use their hands to ‘cross‘ themselves as a method of protection.

Research has established the myths behind this time and why it has become so huge in the life of so many. To begin with Constantine was shown to me to be 666 and this is verified in Revelation 13:12-18. In that part of the bible it clearly states that he INVENTED JESUS CHRIST.

On that point alone he deserves nothing more than contempt but he went further. He was Islamic in his religion as he was a descendant of the Amor. They were the group who inhabited Babylon and established the Persian Empire by their violence and consumption of all nations within their reach.

They built Roma (reverse Amor) as their final capital and became the Romans, thereby hiding their previous history. So this Roman Emperor is the Assyrian referred to so often in Old Testament prophecies and in other parts of the bible where he has taken over the role of God (11 Thessalonians 2:3-12).

He also put Mary, the sun-god of Babylon, in it as the Mother of God and now all Catholics pray to the sun for salvation and other thing. ‘She’ is described in Revelation 12:5 as BABYLON THE GREAT AND MOTHER OF HARLOTS. This is the only place in th bible where capital letters are used in a description thus emphasising the importance of it.

Now believed to be a beautiful woman and Queen of Heaven who gave her son to be sacrificed the entire story is myth. As Constantine built the first Christian churches and that of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem among them it demonstrates how sheep-like people are.

Those who have memory of reincarnation are condemned by the leaders of the Babylonian religions and the Muslim branch of Islam was started by the Vatican. It worships the Sun-star and the moon, as shown on its flags, symbols, and inside the Kaaba at Mecca.

The ruse of Good Friday is a sham and a shame on the human race who deny the real God, the Spirit of the Universe.

With the world in turmoil and the fast approaching end of life on this planet how could the Spirit of the Universe speak to us without the Internet and modern communication systems? My role in this is to unravel the fake news and give perspective to its origin.