Captain Rick: Our world works much better…when we work together. East Valley News Net presents a header for Atridim News Journal which provides links to the previous 6 ANJ posts.

I sincerely appreciate East Valley News Net. I return the kindness by installing East Valley News Net as a trusted resource for quality information as an Atridim News Journal Resource…presented on the ANJ menu bar. 

image

Click the image link above to view the East Valley News Net homepage.

I welcome your comments, likes, shares and following of my blog! (If not visible, click the red title at top)

Interesting ATRIDIM NEWS JOURNAL Links:

ATRIDIM NEWS JOURNAL Resources

About Captain Rick

Captain Rick: As a Flick pioneer (2007), I was honored by my most recent photo:  ‘Arizona White Bougainvillea Brilliance’ being selected for presentation on Flickr’s Explore. It produced over 1500 views of the photo shown below and over 1000 views of other photos in my photostream…now approaching 300,000 views.

image

Click photo for high definition viewing options via my Flickr Photostream

Arizona White Bougainvillea Brilliance

This white bougainvillea glistens in the sun at my Oasis in Gilbert Arizona.

Bougainvillea grow vines with thorns. The actual flower of the plant is small and generally white, but each cluster of three flowers is surrounded by three or six bracts in bright colors, including pink, magenta, purple, red, orange, white, peach, salmon or yellow. Bougainvillea are sometimes referred to as a "paper flower" because the bracts are thin and papery.

I welcome your comments, likes, shares and following of my blog! (If not visible, click the red title at top)

Interesting ATRIDIM NEWS JOURNAL Links:

Captain Rick’s Photostream on Flickr (Click the Play button [>] at the right of the Photostream menu bar for a zooming-panning full-screen HDTV slideshow … MAX your screen)

Photography by Captain Rick

About Captain Rick including how he got his nickname and passion for photography and journalism

Photography

Captain Rick: I love fireworks on the 4th of July. I seek the world’s grandest fireworks finales for presentation in Captain Rick’s YouTube ’4th of July Celebration’ playlist: The fireworks finale in Nashville Tennessee in 2012 currently holds first place as presented below:

image

Click image above or: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_xxMuyLYyU&list=PLpRDP9tt_V7vfMfEsXKITCIgtTAjAXpGk

I have personally witnessed 4th fireworks finales in many large cities across America during the past half century. The only one that came close to the awesome power of the Nashville finale was the 1999 ‘Fabulous Fourth’ display in downtown Phoenix, which I witnessed from a block from ground zero. It was the greatest experience of ‘power’ that I have every witnessed, second only to a Space Shuttle launch in the early 80’s.

The 2012 Nashville finale was more massive and lasted considerably longer. I would have loved to have witnessed it in person from near ground zero. Fortunately we now have high definition video. The Nashville Finale is viewable in full screen 1080 HD with HD sound. Watch it full screen on your HDTV or HD widescreen monitor with the sound cranked way up. If you have a Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound…its even more realistic…almost like being at ground zero.

If you have witnessed a 4th of July fireworks finale, or have viewed one on YouTube, that is as great as the one presented above, please comment below with a link to it for consideration to be added to Captain Rick’s ‘4th of July Celebration’ YouTube playlist…which will grow to become the world’s grandest collection of fireworks finales.

I present a video I shot of the 1999 Phoenix ‘Fabulous Fourth’ fireworks finale along with some interesting dialog in comments for this post.

I welcome your comments, likes, shares and following of my blog! (If not visible, click the red title at top)

Interesting ATRIDIM NEWS JOURNAL Links:

Christmas Lights

Friendship

Humor

Music

Nostalgia

Pet Talk

Captain Rick: Once in a while I come across a website that is worthy of my recognition and promotion. Such is the case with GilbertWatch.com. Its publisher, Anita Christy, works endlessly for no pay, like me, to convey important information. Anita…this is a tribute to you and the great service that you provide to many in Gilbert, Arizona and beyond.

image

Click the image link above to view a Gilbert Watch report that features Atridim News Journal and its Gilbert Council Scorecard. From it you can access the entire Gilbert Watch site. I appreciate Atridim News Journal being listed as a resource on the Gilbert Watch ‘Resources’ menu

ATRIDIM NEWS JOURNAL introduces a new page…Resources

I created this page as means to appreciate and recognize blog sites that are outstanding in excellence…especially those that promote ATRIDIM NEWS JOURNAL by reblogging ANJ posts or presenting links to ANJ. The world works so much better when we all work together. I am pleased to present Gilbert Watch as ATRIDIM NEWS JOURNAL’s first resource.

I welcome your comments, likes, shares and following of my blog! (If not visible, click the red title at top)

Interesting ATRIDIM NEWS JOURNAL Links:

ATRIDIM NEWS JOURNAL Resources

Gilbert Arizona

Gilbert Council Scorecard

Gilbert Town Council Reports

Captain Rick: The U.S. Economy officially tanked big time in the first quarter of 2014…the first slowdown since early 2011. It is a ‘wake-up call’ that America is heading into ‘Recession’ in spite of the ‘it was just a hard winter’ hype that many ‘blind’ economists have been pumping. 

Last month I posted a report showing the US government’s second estimate of GDP dropped to –1% in the first quarter of 2014…a drop from the first estimate in April of a gain of 0.1%. This third and usually final government GDP report shows that the US economy plummeted soundly into ‘recession’ territory during the first quarter of 2014.

The weather had an effect…but perhaps not as much as other factors like the curtailment of ‘Quantitative Easing’ … the pumping of tens of billions of U.S. debt dollars into the economy each month to make the economy look like its doing OK, when in reality, it is not.

This severe drop of GDP into negative territory (–2.9%) is a sign that another recession might be looming.  A recession is generally defined as two consecutive quarters of negative growth. Overall, the U.S. economy continues in limp along in anemic growth…and now negative growth, as shown in the chart below.

image

BLUE LINE: 3.0% GDP Growth is required to keep up with U.S. Population Growth. GDP above the blue line represents real growth that adds real jobs. GDP below the blue line indicates real economic decline that is loosing real jobs. GDP below the blue line, but above zero line (‘Recession’), is what Captain Rick calls the ‘Anemic Zone’.

RED LINE: 2.1% GDP Growth is the average of what the U.S. economy scored in the past 12 quarters (3 years). This demonstrates that the U.S. economy is stuck in the economic ‘Anemic Zone’…not mustering enough growth to keep up with population growth. 

GDP…What is it?

‘GDP’ represents ‘Gross Domestic Product’…a market value of all officially recognized final goods and services produced within a country in a year. GDP performance (increases and decreases) present a broad-based picture of the health of a country’s economy. High GDP growth is typical of a healthy economy. Low GDP growth (below 3%) is typical of an unhealthy economy. Negative growth is typical of an economy in recession. 

What does this GDP data mean concerning the future of America?

America is stuck in a land of anemic growth…actually declining in real growth because its economy can not consistently rise above 3% growth … a level required to produce enough jobs and income to keep pace with population growth. In reality, this means that America is declining in economic strength. In the coming few years America faces an astronomical increase in expenditures due to entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare and welfare programs like Medicaid and Obamacare. America’s relatively level revenue will not be able to cover the mushrooming expenditures. Congress will not be able to address this problem by simply ‘kicking the debt can down the road’ as it has in recent years. At some point soon, the fiscal mess that is brewing will explode as America plunges over the pending ‘real fiscal cliff’.  At the bottom lies America as a third world country.

What can be done to better America and other countries?

Lots can be done! Take notice of what our elected officials do. Vote them out…replace them if they do not perform to your expectations. You might even consider running for an office. The world is in extremely short supply of intelligent people who care about our lands and well being of our people. Go for it. Run for an elected office. Help our world from plunging over the pending ‘real fiscal cliff’…before its too late.

I welcome your comments, likes, shares and following of my blog! (If not visible, click the red title at top)

Interesting ATRIDIM NEWS JOURNAL Links:

Previous GDP Report

GDP

U.S. Debt Crisis

Economy

Captain Rick’s Fiscal Cliff Course 101

Captain Rick: 10,000 Hits…a new milestone for my blog…Atridim News Journal. If each of those hits were worth one dollar, it would look like this…

image

To me, the 10,000 hits received are worth much more. I sincerely appreciate each and every hit…including those by people in more than 50 countries…and especially from the 100+ who follow my blog.

I began this blog in May 2010. My original words included:

“I have an interest in news, economy, government, photography and much more. I enjoy writing about them to share with you. I will be commenting on news of interest from my town of Gilbert, my state of Arizona,  my country of the USA and the world. I hope you will join in our conversation.” 

My blog remained with few posts, due to a lack of ‘guts’, until September 2012, when my late friend Bill Whitney, who was battling cancer, gave me the courage to blog.

I invited Bill to tell the story of his journey battling cancer on a blog I would create for him. I told him that it would be great therapy for him and help many who ‘walk in his shoes’. After several months of procrastination, he agreed. In August of 2012 he began telling the story of his journey…word by gripping word. His courage led me to energize my blog in September 2012.

Atridim News Journal reached 5000 hits in August 2013, over 3 years since the first blog post…and another 5000 in the past 10 months. Captain Rick appreciates his viewers and followers.

The remarkable increase in viewing stats of over 5000 in the past 10 months, tells me I am doing things right and makes me want to continue to do my best to present good blog material. It also helps me appreciate everyone who has viewed my blog…and especially those who follow my blog…and special appreciation for my late friend Bill who gave me the inspiration to blog. Captain Rick presents a humble ‘Thank You’ to all.

I welcome your comments, likes, shares and following of my blog! (If not visible, click the red title above)

Interesting ATRIDIM NEWS JOURNAL Links:

Atridim News Journal celebrates 5000 Hits

About Captain Rick … Atridimincluding how he got his nickname and passion for photography and journalism

Atridim

Captain Rick

Photography by Captain Rick

Bill Whitney’s ‘C Word Journey’

Friendship

Humor

Music

Nostalgia

Pet Talk

Captain Rick: Mount Rainier is a massive, active stratovolcano that dominates the sky over Washington State. With a summit elevation of 14,411 ft (4,392 m), it is the most topographically prominent mountain in the contiguous United States. Worldwide, only Mount Everest tops this stat.  

With 26 major glaciers and 36 sq mi (93 km2) of permanent snowfields and glaciers, Mount Rainier is the most heavily glaciated peak in the lower 48 states. The summit is topped by two volcanic craters, each more than 1,000 ft (300 m) in diameter. Geothermal heat from the volcano keeps areas of both crater rims free of snow and ice, and has formed the world’s largest volcanic glacier cave network within the ice-filled craters, with nearly 2 mi (3.2 km) of passages. It spawns six major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems.

image

Click photo for high definition viewing options via my Flickr Photostream

I captured the original of this photo during my 5000 mile ‘Wild West Road Trip’. This post presents a breathtaking high definition image in ‘Atridim WIDESCREEN’, viewable full screen on an HDTV or widescreen computer monitor. Click the photo above for high definition viewing options via my Flickr Photostream.

I welcome your comments, likes, shares and following of my blog! (If not visible, click the red title above)

Interesting ATRIDIM NEWS JOURNAL Links:

Captain Rick’s Photostream on Flickr (Click the Play button [>] at the right of the Photostream menu bar for a zooming-panning full-screen HDTV slideshow … MAX your screen)

Photography by Captain Rick

About Captain Rick including how he got his nickname and passion for photography and journalism

Photography