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March 11, 2016

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Arnold Bogis on March 11, 2016

William R. Cumming Forum

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Comment by William R. Cumming

March 11, 2016 @ 2:29 am


Wow! 18 inches of rain in parts of Louisiana! Anyone have links to land areas US or worldwide protected by huge pumps often Dutch.

And how many US residences protected by sump pumps unprotected by standby generator electric supply? FEMA used to hand out a great little pamphlet on equalizing hydrostatic pressure when your house floods so as to prevent foundation wall collapse.

Personally I would not bye a sump-pump protected residence without a standby generator. Nor would I live in a community with internal drainage protection not operated by the Dutch Government.

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 11, 2016 @ 2:35 am

Relations with Cuba made it into the Republican debate last night. Wondering how many Cuban Americans will be voting in Florida on Tuesday in the Primaries and how they will vote?

The straights of Florida still only 90 miles wide last I looked.

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 12, 2016 @ 8:10 am

Speaking of immigration as long predicted by me it has become a driver in the 2016 Presidential Election for both parties. Why?

Well since the 1986 Reagan Amnesty legislation several bipartisan efforts, 2006 and 2012, tried to push some version of REFORM with White House support in one case and no formal support in the second. President Obama pledged “Immigration Reform” in his 2008 campaign.

IMO as many as 25 million people of all ages, some illegally trafficked, are both resident of the United States and in violation of the following provision of law:\\


Many estimate over 5M residents have overstayed their visas and probably over 1M that entered from Visa Waiver countries originally. Student visa overstays another block!

My estimate is that $1-2B spent on the U.S.A. Visit Program IT with almost no success.

Please furnish your thoughts, corrections, links, suggestions on this topic that may help to elect our next President.

And did you know Cubans believe they belong to a superior culture to Puerto Ricans, Haitians, and Mexicans?

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 14, 2016 @ 9:01 am

While I am opposed to biometric identity cards for all U>S. Citizens I am not opposed for the same for non-citizens. Thoughts?

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 14, 2016 @ 9:31 am

If asked I will recommend that FEMA’s EMI be renamed the Federal Emergency Management University and NFA renamed the Federal Fire University.


Comment by William R. Cumming

March 15, 2016 @ 4:49 am

Here are some books that need to be written IMO:

1. The World Crisis–Changing demographics!

2. The End of the Interglacial Thaw- The coming Freeze!

4. Why the Mercator Projection of the Earth’s Landmasses has Helped Destroy Civilization!

5. Why the End of the Nation-State System May lead to a Hobbesian World!

6. Why Humans Fail to Heed Prophets!

7. Why the Hard Sciences Need a New look!

8. Will the wporld be Saved or Destroyed by Soft Science?

9. Why those Who lead the Poisioning of Mother Earth are Rewarded?

10. Why the world is Reverting to Tribalism?

And your favorites?

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 15, 2016 @ 5:21 am

Most of the Louisiana flooding is NOT from main stem rivers and water courses but internal drainage issues. Is this type of flooding federal responsibility?

Comment by Vicki Campbell

March 15, 2016 @ 11:54 am

Just wondering if this blog is going to ever be fixed or not, so that everyone can see and participate in the comments, rather than apparently just some of us. This problem has existed for several months now, and it really makes the blog look bad. It is also extremely suspicious. Also, is all of the disappeared comments (which are a great many), gone forever? This is just very strange….

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 15, 2016 @ 8:39 pm

Vicki! Apparently those in control have no interest! Bill

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 16, 2016 @ 1:44 am

Well looks like interesting conventions?

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 16, 2016 @ 9:44 am

Will postpone further comments on the 2016 Presidential election until after conventions. Which candidates of either part has the most voters who play the LOTTO? Disclosure I do not gamble.

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 17, 2016 @ 3:48 am

What have we learned so far in 2016?

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 17, 2016 @ 4:48 am


Comment by William R. Cumming

March 17, 2016 @ 5:04 am

Nick Bostrom is Professor in the Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford University. He is the founding Director of the Future of Humanity Institute, a multidisciplinary research center which enables a few exceptional mathematicians, philosophers, and scientists to think carefully about global priorities and big questions for humanity.

Bostrom has a background in physics, computational neuroscience, and mathematical logic as well as philosophy. He is the author of some 200 publications, including Anthropic Bias (Routledge, 2002), Global Catastrophic Risks (ed., OUP, 2008), and Human Enhancement (ed., OUP, 2009), and the groundbreaking Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies (OUP, 2014). He is best known for his work in five areas: (i) existential risk; (ii) the simulation argument; (iii) anthropics (developing the first mathematically explicit theory of observation selection effects); (iv) impacts of future technology; and (v) implications of consequentialism for global strategy.

He is recipient of a Eugene R. Gannon Award (one person selected annually worldwide from the fields of philosophy, mathematics, the arts and other humanities, and the natural sciences). Earlier this year he was included on Prospect magazine’s World Thinkers list, the youngest person in the top 15 from all fields and the highest-ranked analytic philosopher. His writings have been translated into 22 languages. There have been more than 100 translations and reprints of his works.

For more, see http://www.nickbostrom.com

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 17, 2016 @ 1:21 pm

CRS on Disaster Budgeting:


Comment by William R. Cumming

March 17, 2016 @ 1:30 pm

CRS on the forthcoming Nuclear Security Summit:


Comment by William R. Cumming

March 18, 2016 @ 8:14 am

President Obama’s last gamble-his SCOTUS selection?

Apparently the Atlantic mag has a long article on the Obama FP doctrine bases on hours of personal interviews by someone named Goldberg!

BTW just as I beleieve Lawyers should not head up DHS probably make for poor Presidents. Why? Trained to see the trees but not the forest!

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 19, 2016 @ 3:08 am

Just noting that few comments seem to be posted on HLSWatch other than my own and wondering why? Time to go?

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 19, 2016 @ 3:10 am

Should over one Trillion dollars be spent on upgrading the nuclear TRIAD?

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 20, 2016 @ 8:17 am

Why does President Obama want to visit a Cuba with free health care and free education and 4000 political prisoners?

Perhaps Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio can be the first consuls of the US in Cuba? Both culturally white in the U.S. while Cuba remains 75% culturally black under American standards IMO!

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