The Word Police

The Word Police

Have you ever been arrested by the word police?

Where did the word police come from and who put them in charge?  This may seem like a bit of an illogical question. On the surface I may be inclined to agree with that myself, but upon closer examination, is this question really that obtuse? The question about the word police and the effectiveness that the word police seem to have in our current society, one may be inclined to ponder why this question has not been raised long ago.

To set a precedent, one may be able to gain consensus that “word police”  has been around as long as written history. We see time and again words that were considered inappropriate, or generated from a certain social class that were frowned upon or in some cases considered not acceptable to say in certain settings. We still see that today in acceptable words that can or can not be used on television or in front of children.  That is not the word police I am referencing, however. What I am inquisitive about dives much deeper, it is how in less than one generation, a word , group of words or an expressed philosophical belief can go from social norm to social pariah.

Let us start with  an easy one, Merry Christmas, it seemed like over night, these two simple words went from a friendly greeting to words one must not say in some places or words that one must then apologize for saying.  How did we get here?  If one is to give the false argument of inclusion, can we not see the folly and possible hidden agenda behind this claim?  Let us remember that Christmas is one of 10 federal Holidays mandated by Congress. Does anyone feel compelled to say Happy Holidays on  other 9?  Why then was Christmas targeted? Why in less than a generation did a seemly pleasant greeting, get tethered to political agendas?  Why, as a populace do we let that happen?

When does the insensitive moniker sprout wings and fly?  Specifically when and who decides that certain phrases and words are now insensitive?  Why do we allow this?  Why do we fall for it? If you know hate is not in your heart, are we as a society so concerned with dancing with the stars, or re-tweeting our favorite reality stars point of view that we stop thinking on our own? I do not know the answer but I think the question has merit. Personally I find it humorous when that high school student or college freshmen under the false premise of being open-minded swallows whole the viewpoint of the teacher without allowing real discourse.  The same professor who may shake her or his fist at greedy capitalists, who then force and mandate that you by the book they wrote for if you don’t you may and most often will fail their course. Or the professor who waxes poetic about equal rights and fairness for all, who uses their tenure to block the hiring of someone else that may be more qualified and knowledgeable in the field the tenured professor teaches.

What does that example have to do with “word police”? Why, everything really, because we are quick to comply to what they say or how they say rather than taking the time to “check the facts”.  We are told to “think outside the box” but it seems to me, we are then asked to do that thinking, from a smaller box selected by those who seem in charge of the words we are allowed to use or give merit to.

Try this at home if you get a chance. Think about 10 words that 10 years ago you would use on a regular basis to respond to family and friends, how many of those words are now considered hateful, or hurtful? Who decided this? Who makes these decisions?  You know what is in your heart, who put the word test together and why did they do it? What is the real motive? We live in a world were you are trained not to talk about politics, religion or social issues at the table, I sincerely never heard a more illogical idea.  If you can not “break bread” with family and friends and talk about topics that concern each of those in attendance when can you? Who then does the informing? Are you starting to get the possible picture?

I will follow-up some of the points brought forth in this essay in my future writings, because my thought at the present time is that they need a closer examination.  Why are we here and how did we get here?  Why do we have “hate crimes” by definition are not all crimes hateful?  Who makes this distinction and why? As a proponent of Free Speech, I know and respect the power of words, so I am amazed that Universities have “free speech zones” and so few ask why would this be OK to only have free speech is certain zones? I find the subject of language and words interesting, stay tuned.

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For a while now, there has been evidence that water has been found on Mars, but in what form? Thus far, it was discovered as subterranean in the form of ice. On September 24, 2015, NASA made an official announcement of a long-time mystery on Mars has been solved. In this author’s determination from experience, NASA has not been prone to overstating mission parameters at any time. This event is no different, as NASA has been diligent to invite to a media conference meeting a brief presentation from a panel of principals investigating the discovery:

NASA will detail a major science finding from the agency’s ongoing exploration of Mars during a news briefing at 11:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, Sept. 28 at the James Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

News conference participants will be:

·         Jim Green, director of planetary science at NASA Headquarters

·         Michael Meyer, lead scientist for the Mars Exploration Program at NASA Headquarters

·         Lujendra Ojha of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta

·         Mary Beth Wilhelm of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California and the Georgia Institute of Technology

·         Alfred McEwen, principal investigator for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, University of Arizona, Tucson

A brief question-and-answer session will take place during the event with reporters on site and by phone. Members of the public also can ask questions during the briefing using #AskNASA.

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It seems September has been the month for so much speculation, including conspiracy theories from asteroids striking the earth, a blood moon doomsday, a “Marshenge” (Stonehenge on Mars), alien life, CERN collider (creating a black hole) and the recent papal visit to the US. What timing, is all this author can say, who has spent the past month doing whatever possible to debunk and dispel such cataclysmic assumptions. As late as two days ago, some were even speculating this was a ploy by NASA to promote the new movie, “The Martian” with Matt Damon! If anything, it would be the movie proponents trying to time their media release with NASA! Please, is this the descent to the depths of conspiracy theories when an organization like NASA is under more scrutiny to “get it right” than almost any other department reporting to the government? Please, if in doubt, please research the real history of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and its attention to the ultimate in detail.


Well, in the past hour the verdict is in and the media conference has verified that in certain conditions, liquid water has been found to exist on Mars. Please note that the term, liquid is stupendous! This is a huge benefit for upcoming manned Mars missions.

Mars Landscape Water

If anything, NASA should be greatly commended by every member of the public on this momentous discovery amid a tenuous, years-long number of missions with continuous scrutiny, research, experimentation, and just plain paying attention to every detail. Congratulations, NASA!

The following is a NASA YouTube video animation of the area where water tracks have been discovered with caption:

Uploaded on Sep 28, 2015

This animation simulates a fly-around look at one of the places on Mars where dark streaks advance down slopes during warm seasons, possibly involving liquid water. This site is within Hale Crater. The streaks are roughly the length of a football field.

The bottom line of this historic discovery is the future of space exploration is all the more plausible where water/ice is being discovered in more locations in our solar system. These are truly exciting times in which we live.

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Freedom of Speech

Freedom of Speech

Something that we take for granted in a land governed by democracy is slowly being taken from us. It’s called freedom of speech. You’ll understand after reading. Reason being is that here in Germany, the government and Facebook have coerced to stifle any Anti- Muslim or generally speaking, any and all Anti-Refugee comments. Facebook/Government put a veritable Dog Muzzle on all commentaries pertaining to the catastrophic refugee situation here in Germany. Overnight, one Facebook group lost 600 members. Due only in part to making expressions and utilizing their freedom of speech. People who make simple commentaries on Facebook against the refugees, (and not all comments were radical to the tune of “Kill them all” or such), have or are waiting to see a Judge to be fined. One was fined €5000 for simply expressing his opinion. Even if you simply say; “Send them back!” Come on; take an educated guess where you will be spending the next paycheck? Correct! Foreigners could probably loose their permanent residence permission with such comments, and then it’s back to the homeland!

It appears that the German government, naturally due to its historical past, is apparently so scared to say no to the refugees, that they are willing to let the country figuratively, and literally, go down the drain. That and the fact that the government is so slow in making any decisions pertaining to the deluge of refugees. As stated before, he who would start making comments about the refugees will automatically become categorized as a “Nazi” in the eyes of the Media and government.

So not only are we being literally overrun with refugees from Syria, but now they are coming from other countries as well, to soak up the social system good life here in Germany and a few other European countries.

The problem of the near one million refugees, who wish to reside ONLY in Germany, is the fantastic social system, which by the way, said German social system gives more monthly sustenance money for a refugee than a disabled German born citizen. This is one of the points that really aggravate the German citizens. Another point is the sudden willingness of the Government to provide tutorial assistance for the refugees to learn German. And what about the entire native born citizens (be it the disabled children or simply the slow learners) which don’t receive assistance, or whose parents fight an everlasting battle with the system to achieve any sort of retribution for the cost of “Special Teaching”. There are lots of other little things which are aggravating the average citizen. To me, it seems that the media purposely brings reports about refugees who; are not satisfied with their living accommodations, want money instead of food, want to go to a specific town of their choice, and refuse to be fingerprinted. Of course, shouldn’t they be grateful that they’re no longer in a war zone where one can (literally) loose their head over nothing, simply being thankful for a roof, food and (most important) safety for their children? Another really big question is why do so many refugees absolutely refuse to be fingerprinted? What, or from whom are they hiding?

We also need to differentiate between those coming from the war zone and all the others (the majority) coming from other economically weak countries. The German citizens can assimilate with the refugees fleeing from the “Syrian Slaughter State”, but not those from weak economic lands.

German Free Speech 5

It is simply amazing when one watches the daily news reports on television, just to what extremes the government will (figuratively) bend over backwards to help all the refugees. Many people pay attention while watching the news reports, and I’ve heard many exclaim to the fact that they come with only the clothes on their back, but now are in possession of new Smart Phones! And then they wonder why the normal citizen is becoming angry? The local governmental agencies are requesting that if anybody has apartments for rent, that they take in refugees. And “Forced Rental to refugee families”, (meaning you have to rent to the local government without any knowledge of just who will move in, or for that matter, how long) is still being talked about from various politicians. Which sounds like Political Suicide to me! This is a BIG problem, should it become law. Many houses here have a second apartment which they would rather not rent anymore, due to bad experiences from former times. I am one of those persons. But many will do it out of greed, for they receive the rent per person, and not per apartment, for the square meter requirement dictated by law is less for refugees than for normal citizens. Ergo, one can rent and become almost 3 times the price one normally could achieve by normal renting. Lucrative, but no thanks! By law, when a house is sold, those who are in a rented apartment do not have to move out. They come as a package deal with the house. So who would buy a house with refugees? No one, period!

These are just a handful of things that only the normal citizen realizes, and I’m fearful of the oncoming revolution of our citizens, (which already started with the muzzle on our freedom of speech) for it will most definitely happen. If it doesn’t happen this year, then wait till next year.

Fact is: The Americans are seriously worried about approx. 10,000 Syrian refugees (and the question remains if they actually are all from Syria) from here being imported to the USA. Now I seriously have to ask; only Ten Thousand? In Bavaria, the land of the BMW, they are coming over the borders by the thousands, every day. The expectation of refugees was continually raised each month until the Government quit calculating how many would arrive. So, ten thousand seems to me a small number, compared to well over one million expected till the end of this year, and this year only.

But irregardless of where all the refugees go, be it Germany, Sweden or even America and Canada, there is now lots of free land in a country which is nice and warm. And with a beautiful ocean with sandy beaches, maybe we should all start building retirement homes in Syria!

Tommy Jensen

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From the beginning of the CERN project to Pope Francis’s upcoming New York City, US, visit this coming week in September, it has been speculated that not only will religion be practiced in the Catholic Christian format, we may hear more about aliens! Certainly, recent news has alluded to such an event possibly occurring. In fact, some have speculated this will be the ‘end of the world’ like so many times before? To be sure, more ‘global’ events are happening in a shorter period of time than at any other time in human history. What are you thinking about all this?

In this editorial let us take a look at the implications of so many events happening at the same time. There is going to be a huge supermoon lunar eclipse to occur on September 27-28, 2015. North America can view the event on September 27th while Europe will be able to view the eclipse on September 28th. This the first time the eclipse has occurred and it will not happen again for 32 years. Before this time, there have been reports of ‘red’ glows in the sky in parts or the earth. These reports have been received at Universal Digest.


Speculation and fear mongering has also occurred, stating an asteroid would hit earth and in short, the end is near beginning in a date range of around September 15-28, 2015. Universal Digest brought forward an article to bring about some facts regarding this event.


The upcoming papal visit to New York City has created a furor of speculation, as well. With recent statements by Pope Francis that he would baptize ‘Martians’ just like anyone else many are speculating not only disclosure, but perhaps a possibly sinister agenda may be in the offing. Alfred Valdata from New York City made contact with some interesting thoughts derived from his observations. He was a city professional who, as an employee served the people of the city for 33 years and therefore has a vested, high level of contact with others there. He stated that with all the activity going on in preparation of the papal meeting with President Obama during the same time of Israel’s sacred Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) occurs on September 22-23 the timing of the meetings are most interesting, to say the least. He noted further and quite accurately this is the same time the CERN collider will operate at full power.

As aptly noted by Alfred above, it is very interesting that such events are occurring at the same time so, let us take a brief look at the CERN collider project and what it is proposing to do. Notwithstanding, the set up of the organization at CERN and its history has been to search for the earliest evidence of the universe’s “Big Bang” theory. This included the discovery of the HIggs-Boson particle, or more commonly known as the “God particle” on July 4, 2012. Since then, various experiments have also included trying to discover an alternate or ‘rainbow’ universe. There have been some recent hiccups with magnet and equipment failures, but that has been repaired. It is true that they will conduct a full power experiment during Pope Francis’s visit in NYC. There have been some claims of the possible opening of dimensional ‘portal’ nature, but this is not verified. One of the greatest fears that has been postulated is a black hole could be created that could go out of control up to and including destruction of planet earth. Results of experiments, to date have shown that these fears are most probably unfounded.

Speculations have not only gone viral in social media and media sources, some of the most respected, and infamous individuals in news the last few years. Let us take a look at what some of these persons have said, as well as, where they stand.

Michio Kaku Image

Dr. Michio Kaku, who has an incredible, reputable history of research, who has purported the ‘string theory’, structure of civilization development and dark matter research, just to name a few of his accomplishments has stated the purpose of CERN has been to research the earliest moments of the universe (big bang) and how it happened. Of course, dark matter research is part of the project, yet there is not anything to worry about outside of civilization itself. An example of his statement is we are a level 0 civilization. If we can make it to a level 1 civilization (or planetary civilization), our chances of survival dramatically increase; however, it is unclear if we can get there.

Stephen Hawking

Dr. Stephen Hawking, a renowned physicist, was the first to set forth the theory of cosmology and is a mathematics genius in the theories of general relativity and quantum gravity. His thesis was on an ever-expanding universe, based on Einstein’s works. His recent concerns of the destruction of the universe and the possible hostile alien agenda have recently changed. He is now promoting active alien research! What about CERN…it is disappointing, to say the least he had stated. On a personal note, I loved his cameos in “Star Trek-The Next Generation”  episodes. This author adds something to consider: Science fiction becomes science fact.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Image

Neil deGrasse Tyson, a renowned astrophysicist, cosmologist, and author has also expressed concerns of opening dimensional doors to areas of which we do not know. Recently, achieving notoriety on television and having a friendship with President Obama, he still maintains his present view we may be opening doors to the universe we may not want to do. What I have stated here is so limited; however, most humans have lost the art of reading outside of pictures.

Edward Snowden Image


Then, there was Edward Snowden. Where do we start? Too few knew how to approach this apparent breach of United States of America military applications where he had broken security protocols beyond all spy levels…and active spy levels. Why did he do this? He had the best of lives and future retirement potential. He even had a totally cool family situation that could not be beat. Now, from Russia he claims that aliens are trying to contact us and we are the ones encrypting the messages from them. Why?

Looks like for today, this author has reached the end with question for all of you? What do you think is really going on?

Universal Digest

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