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By Randy Leer on May 14, 2013

Today America and the world as a whole are approaching a set of problems that we all will inevitably have to deal with. We have an overpowering addiction to energy and most of that energy we currently use comes with many problems. The United States has, for a long time, enjoyed some of the cheapest and most abundantly available energy. Some figures show that a typical household of three in the United States averages a consumption of 6,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy per year (Silverman, 2007). Fossil fuels, such as coal, natural gas and oil, make up the majority of what we rely on. In 2011, fossil fuels provided 87% of the world’s energy (“Renewable energy —," 09). Fossil fuel supplies around the world are dwindling as demand is increasing (US Senate, 2010). It is estimated that there are 10,800,000 terawatts (TW) of nonrenewable energy (nuclear and fossil fuels) left in the world today (Brenner Information Group, 01). As our fossil fuel supplies dwindle and we are forced to increasingly look overseas for further supplies, and especially as their supplies dwindle, we can expect two things to happen; costs are going to skyrocket and we are going to see dramatic increases in risks to our national security and economy (US Senate, 2010). Even worse are the major contributions to global warming. For every 1 kWh of electricity produced from fossil fuel plants, there are 1.2 to 1.4 pounds of CO2 added to the atmosphere (Brenner Information Group, 01). Just this month some very sad news hit headlines, including National Geographic:

Climate Milestone: Earth’s CO2 Level Passes 400 ppm, Greenhouse gas highest since the Pliocene, when sea levels were higher and the Earth was warmer.

America’s current reliance on oil poses significant economic and national security obstacles for us today and they are only expected to get worse (US Senate, 2010). Oil also endangers our environment through the steps that we must take in collecting it, transporting it, refining it and even in its use. Today, the Gulf Coast is still dealing with the negative impacts of the BP Oil Spill. For every mile of oil pipelines we build we escalate the likelihood of another major tragedy.

Coal is cheap and domestically available, but has many of the same environmental hazards, plus the hazards faced by the miners who mine it. There is really no such thing as “Clean Coal” and there are many unintended consequences that come with the mining of coal.

Natural gas is plentiful and cleaner than oil or coal, but it still has environmental hazards and, as its use is becoming more popular, the efforts to collect it are raising new concerns in the environmental sense. Fracking will inevitably infiltrate our drinking water with the fracking chemicals and other contaminates from the ground. There are also national security implications with natural gas and there is evidence that switching to natural gas would provide the United States with the same, if not worse, situation as we have with oil (US Senate, 2010). Iran is actually a large holder of natural gas reserves, as well as other nations with similar relationships with the United States. If we end up invading Iran, it would be interesting to see how quick we move to “secure” the areas with high natural gas concentrations. This could likely be a repeat of the Iraq quagmire.

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By Randy Leer on January 9, 2013

We are in the midst of a very heated conflict over gun control and the random mass murder of innocent souls. Ultimately, I don’t believe in gun control as an absolute. I have a complicated solution for a very complicated problem.

First off, nothing productive is going to come out of this. Why? The Pro-Gun Control group knows so little about guns that they cannot write any legislation that will be relevant. The Anti-Gun Control crowd has guns and knows that they can’t be eliminated.

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By Randy Leer on September 14, 2012

I’m a Navy Veteran. As you might expect, I have many friends who are Veterans. As a result I tend to hear about the interactions they have with the Veteran Affairs Administration, on top of my own experiences. Most of our experiences are not good. There has been coverage in the media about the failings that have taken place in the VA. Immediately, everyone wants to point fingers at the directors of the VA. Perhaps there is some fault that needs to be laid at their feet. However, our elected officials, both Democrats and Republicans, deserve much more of the fault.

Our elected officials talk a great deal about the military and foreign policy. In fact, there have been those who have called for military intervention in Egypt, Syria, Iran, and most recently in Libya. Others have been calling for the end to our military involvement in many regions. Regardless of which side they are on, they are making decisions that will dramatically impact the number of Veterans that are being churned out.

"A veteran - whether active duty, retired, national guard, or reserve - is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to The 'United States of America', for an amount of 'up to and including my life.'”

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By Randy Leer on May 5, 2012

On the Friday night edition of NBC Nightly News, they reported that there is chatter that Al Qaeda is discussing setting wild fires in the west as a form of terrorist attack. They discussed making “ember bombs” and even using lit cigarettes and magnifying glasses. We have all seen the terrible toll wildfires take in our dry years. Strategically speaking, it is an effective tactic that is incredibly simple to execute.

So now the question is, are we going to close off our natural wonders in this country?
How about banning magnifying glasses?
Surely we won’t ban cigarettes; we can’t even do that to save peoples’ lives.

I think this is a great time to sit back and reevaluate where we’ve come from and where we are. On the 10 year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001, I wrote an article (My Open Letter to the Detesters of America) in which I did a great deal of reflecting on our actions in response to those attacks and on the damage we have done to ourselves as a result. We’ve done a great deal of harm to our country, our liberties and our citizens. We’ve done far more harm than the terrorists ever could.

What have we achieved?
Do we even know?
We certainly aren’t happy with what we have.
Do we really feel any safer?

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By Randy Leer on May 2, 2012

I’ve been analyzing details and numbers. I’ve looked at our current and past leaders in all three branches of our government. The prevailing truth is that the country is more or less going in a single direction and the only thing that varies, from election to election, is the speed at which it is going. If you look at the actions of the last four Presidents you will see a great deal of similarity, and let me be clear, I said actions and not policy. I question if their actions don’t actually describe their policy more than what they are declaring it to be.

I’ve been looking at this data for a couple of years now. I’ve continued to see a picture form. The picture is very large and it takes a great deal of information to paint it in one’s mind. This whole idea originates from a comment that I was told by someone, who at one time worked in intelligence. This person told me, a little before President Obama was inaugurated, that I “shouldn’t expect things to change too much, especially with international issues. The President might change but the people controlling the information and making the recommendations are still going to be the same.”

I didn’t realize how right this person was.

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By Randy Leer on January 14, 2012

There is an issue that is greatly neglected in America. It only receives mention in the press once something tragic has happened, and even then it fades from discussion quickly.

According to estimates by the World Health Organization, the total number of years lost to illness, disability, or premature death within the United States and Canada are caused more by Neuropsychiatric Disorders than any other group.

More than likely, every one of you either has a Mental Health Condition or knows someone who does.

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By Randy Leer on January 14, 2012

I keep seeing and hearing people argue about those Marines who desecrated the dead bodies of Taliban fighters and whether they are subject to the judgment and standards of those who do not or have not served. People argue as if their service some how excuses them from responsibility for committing an atrocity. I think there is a clear need for us all to step back from this issue and look at it objectively.

Certainly, we are proud of our men and women in uniform.

Certainly, we know that war is a terrible and ugly thing that brings out both the best and the worst in people.

Certainly, war distorts one's world view when that is what they are surrounded with for a long period of time.

Certainly, these few do not represent the U.S. Armed Services as a whole.

However, if we are going to bestow upon these men and women the honors of being leaders, of being some of the best that our nation has to offer, of carrying out the will of this nation in the missions of defense and humanity then we must also hold them to those standards.

Those of us who have volunteered to wear the uniforms of our nation have done far more than just sign a contract. We have stood and swore oaths to our God and to our Country.

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By Randy Leer on November 7, 2011

I have been spending time lately watching what is taking place around the world and have been thoroughly reflecting on it. I cannot help but wonder why so many seem to be oblivious to the realities that seem so clear to me. I know each person has their own set of experiences and education, so I thought that I should try to look at it from a point of view relying only on the most basic of education. So this is what comes to mind from my earliest education, Kindergarten through Fifth Grade.

I see these multinational corporations and wealthy individuals that are equally multinational.
I see that these multinational wealthy have nothing that holds them accountable to any governing body, because they can easily transition from the jurisdiction of that governing body to another.
I see these same corporations and individuals practice a level of selfishness that would equate to a young child stealing all the toys from their playmates and then ditching their playmates to move on to another group to steal all their toys.
I see that they invest in region after region and set themselves on a perpetual growth.
I see them destroy region after region as they take all they can until the region is depleted and then they move on.

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By Randy Leer on September 4, 2011

To those who hate America, I would like to appeal to you to no longer kill people in your quest to see America fall. It is ultimately against everyone’s religion or secular ethics. Furthermore, it is not necessary. You see America is destroying itself, and I’ll explain to you how.

It is now ten years since the attacks of September 11, 2001. On that day, 19 extremists wielding nothing more than box cutters were able to take over four planes and crash them in to the World Trade Center and Pentagon. The fourth plane crashed in a field after the passengers rose up against the extremists on-board. Nearly 3,000 people were killed on that day and there have been many others who have died or are dying from health problems arising from that day. This was a terrible and heinous act, and one that does not need to be matched.

On that day the fabric of what makes America was torn, but not destroyed. On that day we needed to make choices, all of us, as a nation. Those choices would decide whether we mended that tear. Since that day America has acted against its own wellbeing with fear and vengeance directed at you, those who hate America. With all the tragedy that was caused on September 11, 2001, America has done far more harm to itself. Many of the tragedies committed by America on itself are, perhaps, subtle and not easily measured. Many more of the tragedies are easily measured. Worst of all are the actions of a few that were done in the name of us all, despite our descent. So we must be adorned with the same filth as those who committed those wrongs, so I say “we,” which is technically inaccurate but accurate in the eyes of the world.

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By Randy Leer on July 30, 2011

Well, it's a headline that should be showing up in the press, for several reasons. Most recently because of a revelation that has come out of the Norway tragedy. The headline reads: "Norway gunman touted lax US gun laws." (To read the story go to this link.)

Arguably, Norway has equally as much right to go to war with the US as we did with Afghanistan. We criticized them for harboring terrorists. We are arming the terrorist that attacked Norway. As a matter of fact, that is what we used as a justification for invading Iraq.

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