Monday, November 6, 2017

Sutherland Springs
Church Shooting

Sunday afternoon: I was working at my computer, listening to the news on TV, while switching back and forth for football scores, when the announcement came about the shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas. It registered in my brain as another mass shooting patterned after so many we have witnessed in recent years.

Reality is about unstoppable events forcing both division and unity at the same time. I quickly thought about gun control and knew that was not the answer. Life is becoming unsafe whether you're out riding your bicycle on a sunny day in NYC, at a mall, theatre, or any other place where people gather and are preyed upon by others. The lunatic fringe is everywhere, not just in America, but across the globe and people are going to die.

We become desensitized to the violence until something connects. As I looked at the map showing Sutherland Springs, I realized how close it was to San Antonio where I have friends and clients. As your consciousness connects the dots in the grids of your reality here - my brain made another connection. My daughter Nikki works for the Food Network. They were supposed to be part of a week long event with other channels that would have started Sunday in San Antonio. The date was moved up one week saving them the grief of being so close to the shooting. I called Nikki who had heard about the shooting but had not seen a map therefore was unaware how close to Sutherland Springs she would have been. Lots to talk about at work today.

The Sutherland Springs Church Shooting: On November 5, 2017, a mass shooting took place at the First Baptist Church in the unincorporated community of Sutherland Springs, Texas, about 35 miles (56 kilometres) east of the city of San Antonio. Twenty-six people, aged from 5 to 72, were killed and a further twenty were injured. It is the deadliest shooting in an American place of worship, surpassing the Charleston church shooting of 2015. Read More

Who Is Devin Kelley, the Texas Church Shooter?   NBC - November 6, 2017

  Sutherland Springs: Men chased Texas church shooting suspect   BBC - November 6, 2017

  At least 26 people killed in shooting at Texas church   CNN - November 6, 2017

  Texas Church Shooting: More Than Two Dozen Parishioners Killed   NBC - November 6, 2017

Notable Deadly Shootings at Churches in Recent Years   New York Times - November 6, 2017

Here in New York City people worried about terrorism after Tuesday's attack in lower Manhattan. The New York City Marathon was uneventful highlighted by an American woman, Shalane Flanagan, winning for the first time in 40 years. We will all remember Shalene holding the American flag with great pride in herself and her country. Congratulations.

Saudi Arabia

Oh my ... The many personal accounts I've heard about Saudi Princes since becoming a psychic that can't be shared. Change was inevitable especially as reality seeks balance. Good luck draining the swamp.

  Prince Mohammed bin Salman Aims to Rebrand Saudi Arabia   NBC - November 6, 2017

Saudi Arabia is a sovereign Arab state in Western Asia constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula. With a land area of approximately 830,000 sq mi. Saudi Arabia is geographically the fifth-largest state in Asia and second-largest state in the Arab world after Algeria. Saudi Arabia is bordered by Jordan and Iraq to the north, Kuwait to the northeast, Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to the east, Oman to the southeast and Yemen to the south. It is separated from Israel and Egypt by the Gulf of Aqaba. It is the only nation with both a Red Sea coast and a Persian Gulf coast and most of its terrain consists of arid desert and mountains.

Petroleum was discovered on March 3, 1938 and followed up by several other finds in the Eastern Province. Saudi Arabia has since become the world's largest oil producer and exporter, controlling the world's second largest oil reserves and the sixth largest gas reserves The kingdom is categorized as a World Bank high-income economy with a high Human Development Index and is the only Arab country to be part of the G-20 major economies. However, the economy of Saudi Arabia is the least diversified in the Gulf Cooperation Council, lacking any significant service or production sector (apart from the extraction of resources). The state has attracted criticism for its treatment of women and use of capital punishment.

Saudi Arabia is a monarchical autocracy, has the fourth highest military expenditure in the world and SIPRI found that Saudi Arabia was the world's second largest arms importer in 2010-2014. Saudi Arabia is considered a regional and middle power. In addition to the GCC, it is an active member of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and OPEC. Read more