U.S. weapons exports from 1950 to 2017. Data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s Arms Transfers Database. Units are expressed in trend indicator values (TIV). Each dot on the map = one TIV. Visualization by Will Geary.
The United States of Arms


Posted in Economics, Military, News and politics, Trends, World / International Affairs | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

VIDEO REPORT: Huawei is a pawn of the Chinese government



Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. is a Chinese multinational technology company that provides telecommunications equipment and sells consumer electronics including smartphones, headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China.

china flag

Posted in Economics, News and politics, Technology & Science, World / International Affairs | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange arrested in London


(April 11, 2019)-The Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is in custody tonight after being arrested for allegedly breaching his bail conditions.

His seven-year self-imposed exile in London’s Ecuadorean embassy ended dramatically this morning after his asylum was revoked. Mr Assange also faces possible extradition to the United States in connection with the release of tens of thousands of secret government documents. His supporters are calling it a ‘dark day for journalism.’


Posted in News and politics, World / International Affairs | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

on this day in History (April 1st)…

on this day in history

Posted in History, News and politics, World / International Affairs | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Today’s American Prodigy is poised to change the world

Posted in Design, Technology & Science | Tagged , , | Leave a comment
Millenium Tower SF

Millennium Tower  San Francisco, Ca

The “leaning tower” of San Francisco

The situation at San Francisco’s sinking skyscraper is so dire, residents are selling their condos at a loss of millions.


The well-heeled residents of San Francisco’s leaning, sinking skyscraper are scrambling to sell their condos, taking losses of millions of dollars.

A two-bedroom, three-bathroom unit at Millennium Tower sold earlier this month for $2.99 million, but sold for $4.25 million in 2013.

The new owners, Rohita and Vijay Caveripakkam, both work in tech. Vijay is the founder and CEO of InFor500, a small cloud-computing company based in Silicon Valley.

Millennium Tower is a luxury residential high-rise that has sunk 17 inches and tilted 14 inches since it was completed in 2008. Though an inspection by the city showed it’s safe to occupy, the situation has sparked an exodus from the building.

The unit that most recently closed at Millennium Tower previously belonged to Robert Darby, Jr., president of Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies, according to property records.

“The seller took about a 30% loss over a period where the market appreciated rapidly,” Patrick Carlisle, chief market analyst at brokerage Paragon, who wasn’t involved in the deal, told the San Francisco Business Times. “That’s got to be pretty painful.”

Carlisle estimated that the 1,664-square-foot condo would sell for between $5 million and $6 million, “if it was in any other building,” he told the Business Times. Home prices elsewhere in San Francisco continue to soar.

A year ago, a penthouse unit at Millennium Tower, previously owned by late venture capitalist Tom Perkins, sold for $13 million. Perkins bought the two-bedroom condo unfinished for $9.4 million and spent $9 million on renovations, which should have bumped it sales price higher.

In May, a second penthouse apartment sold for 29% less than what it sold for two years ago, the Business Times reported. The seller shaved 36% off the asking price.

The situation at Millennium Tower is likely to get worse before it gets better. Engineers have estimated the building will continue to sink at a rate of about one-inch per year.

There may be a fix in the works. A pair of engineering firms hired by developer Millennium Partners and other parties have recommended drilling 50 to 100 new piles (a type of foundation in the shape of a pillar) 200 feet down to bedrock from the building’s basement.



Posted in Architecture, Environment, Geography, Geology | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Historical Social Security Payroll Tax Rates

Historical Social Security Payroll Tax Rates from 1937 to today…



Posted in Economics, History, News and politics, Trends | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The 40,000 mile volcano

ring of fire

Oceanographers have inaugurated a deep-sea observatory to study the volcanoes and hydrothermal vents of the Juan de Fuca mid ocean ridge, a dark ecosystem where the Earth’s tectonic plates are spreading apart.




Posted in Environment, Geography, News and politics, Technology & Science | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

San Diego Fleet Week Sea & Air Parade this Sep. 10-15th is the first of it’s kind since 8 years ago…

cbdb899b-a4d7-422d-802e-5029b0293dc0_zpszpp8r9o1Fleet Week Sea & Air Parade

San Diego Bay
San Diego, CA 92101

Region: Downtown

Date: September 10 – September 15, 2016

Time: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Price: Free
VIP – $150

Venue: San Diego Bay

Follow Us On:

This event is soaring back to San Diego with great fanfare as we prepare to experience the best of the U.S. military on display and in action with cruisers, amphibious ships, destroyers, frigates, submarines, and landing craft in addition to a demonstration of SEAL capabilities, Coast Guard Search and Rescue, a fly-over of contemporary Navy and World War II aircraft, and much more.

View the action all along the San Diego region waterfront, from the South Bay to Coronado, the Embarcadero, Harbor and Shelter Islands.

Ship tours, a STEM fair and many more static displays will be available and FREE to the public.


  • Fleet Week Sea & Air Parade
    San Diego Bay
    Saturday, September 10, 2016
    12:00 to 2:00 PM
  • STEM Fair
    Broadway and B Street Piers
    September 10-11
    10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Ship Tours
    September 10-14, 2016
    Broadway and B Street Piers
    10:00 AM to 4:00 PM


VIP Viewing

VIP viewing aboard the USS Midway is available on Saturday, September 10, 2016, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. $150 per person includes luxury chalet with food, beverage, seating and unrivaled viewing. Call 619.858.1545 or email

Posted in Military, News and politics, Social | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Two Chinese fighter jets carried out an “unsafe” intercept on a US Reconnaissance Plane over the South China Sea

Chinese-aircraft-intercept-1024x576WASHINGTON, May 18, 2016- Two Chinese fighter jets carried out an “unsafe” intercept of a U.S. military aircraft on Tuesday over the South China Sea, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

The incident took place in international airspace as the U.S. reconnaissance aircraft carried out “a routine U.S. patrol,” a Pentagon statement said.

The incident comes a week after China scrambled fighter jets as a U.S. Navy ship sailed close to a disputed reef in the South China Sea.

Another Chinese intercept took place in 2014 when a Chinese fighter pilot few acrobatic maneuvers around a U.S. spy plane.

The intercept is also days before President Barack Obama travels to parts of Asia from May 21-28, which will include a Group of Seven summit in Japan and his first trip to Vietnam.

The Pentagon statement said the Department of Defense was addressing the issue through military and diplomatic channels.

The Chinese embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“Over the past year, DoD has seen improvements in PRC actions, flying in a safe and professional manner,” the Pentagon statement said, using an acronym for the People’s Republic of China.

In 2015, the United States and China announced agreements on a military hotline and rules of behavior to govern air-to-air encounters.

China claims most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei have overlapping claims.

Washington has accused Beijing of militarizing the South China Sea after creating artificial islands while Beijing, in turn, has criticized increased U.S. naval patrols and exercises in Asia.

The Pentagon last month called on China to reaffirm it has no plans to deploy military aircraft in the Spratly Islands after China used a military plane to evacuate sick workers from Fiery Cross.

In April 2001, an intercept of a U.S. spy plane by a Chinese fighter jet resulted in a collision that killed the Chinese pilot and forced the American plane to make an emergency landing at a base on China’s Hainan island.

The 24 U.S. air crew members were held for 11 days until Washington apologized for the incident. That encounter soured U.S.-Chinese relations in the early days of President George W. Bush’s first administration.

Last month, the Pentagon said that Russia had intercepted a U.S. Air Force aircraft over the Baltic Sea in an “unsafe and unprofessional” way.



Posted in Military, News and politics, Trends, World / International Affairs | Leave a comment