Monday, September 16, 2019

Mr. Trump’s Pathocracy

Throughout the 1950s school kids did Duck & Cover drills -supposed protection from hydrogen bomb attack.
The Trump pathocracy, government run by “individuals with personality disorders, especially psychopathy”, has gone too far by appointing a crazy man acting national security adviser.

Trump has avoided senate approval by naming “acting heads” of various departments, and then never submitting his nominees for senate approval. The “acting head” people are only beholding to him, not to higher authority, e.g. the Constitution or even Congress. Further, most senior position “acting heads” are billionaires or millionaires, obviously incapable of understanding life as mere Americans experience it. Or, worse, they are former lobbyists for corporations they now regulate. 

All appear to be dismantling the government entities they now head and deregulating as much as they can touch.

Still, unbelievably, he's gone too far by replacing war criminal, neoliberal John Bolton with Charles M. Kupperman, a maniac who believes nuclear war is “in large part a physics problem”. That it is "winnable" and that the U.S. can tolerate the inevitable holocaust. 

In sum, Kupperman believes that, after all, there will be only some 15 million or so dead, not 150 million, due to “…enough planning and civil defense measures, such as ‘a certain layer of dirt and some reinforced construction materials,’ the effects of a nuclear war could be limited and that U.S. would be able to fairly quickly rebuild itself after an all-out conflict with the then-Soviet Union.”

Kupperman, a kind of soulless life form, misses the fact that not only will millions die, but millions more will suffer from horrible radiation aftereffects, starvation and pestilences for untold generations to come.

That’s acceptable to him because he believes the Russians will lose more and we will win because we will have a functioning government and more bombers, subs, aircraft carriers, missiles, drones and tanks. It may take 15 years or so to recover but we will "win" in the end.

This level on insanity far surpasses Mr. Trump’s psychopathic universe.

God help us all.

Dr. Strangelove (1964) - War Room Scene



Friday, September 13, 2019

NC Republicans Inspire New Party Symbol


News Flash 
GOP HQ -The White House –

Following the latest and most contemptible bout of Republican Party double-dealing in North Carolina, the party leaders - Pres. Donald Trump, Sen. Mitch (Moscow) McConnell (R-KY), Acting Chief of Staff "Mick" Mulvaney and the President’s senior advisor for policy, Stephen Miller – have announced adoption of a revised symbol to replace the antiquated GOP elephant.

Miller explained, “This new symbol turns the spotlight on our party’s mission - "Screw Everybody Except a Few Selected White Folk".

“Hail our Supreme Commander for Life, Donald J. Trump!” *

*Of course, this didn’t really happen.
Still, please go here for the whole story about what really did happen in North Carolina:
North Carolina’s sleazy 9/11 veto override is just the tip of the iceberg: Republicans don’t respect democracy, Sophia Tesfaye, Salon / Alternet.org, 13 Sept 2019.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Why 9/11? Follow the Money


"Follow the Money"... that's one path taken by forensic investigators when solving a crime.

Money.

In this case, trillions of dollars. That's a lot of dough in anyone's bank account.

But is it worth lives of more than 3,000 people and countless more since 11 Sept 2001.

Obviously, some people have said "yes" to that question.

9/11 Trillions: Follow The Money
James Corbett 11 Sept 2015


Please go here for more and here, Lies Too Big To Fail, plus cold-blooded murder.



Wednesday, September 11, 2019

So, What Did Happen 11 Sept 2001?


James Corbett describes it this way, “...six out of the 10 commissioners—Kean and Hamilton, as well as Bob Kerrey, Tim Roemer, John Lehman and Max Cleland—have all expressed concern that the 9/11 commission was misled, stymied, hampered by conflicts of interest, and, ultimately, forced to participate in a politically-motivated cover-up.”

He continued, “As it turns out, the majority of the commissioners felt that the commission had been lied to, deliberately obstructed, undermined by the White House, or set up with staff that had conflicts of interest in the investigation.”

"In their book, Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission, and in press conferences and interviews at the time the report was released, former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean and former Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton (chairman and vice-chairman of the commission) famously remarked that the commission had been 'set up to fail.'"

How much more “proof” do you require?

The official government story about the 9/11 mass murders is a fraud. Why does corporate media report otherwise or remain silent?

So, what did happen on 11 Sept 2001?

- More from Lies Too Big To Fail and, here, cold-blooded murder -

9/11 Whistleblowers: William Rodriguez
James Corbett, 10 Sept 2019



9/11 Whistleblowers: The 9/11 Commissioners
James Corbett, 11 Sept 2019

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Balancing Out Evil

Do You Hear the People Sing?*
For me 9/11 comes down to one terrifying conclusion: unimaginably powerful and overwhelming evil lives among us.

Evil so powerful that it can compel our most trusted, most gifted and trained protectors to stand idly by, participate in, or plan and perpetrate heinous crimes against us, their own people.

James Corbett’s 9/11 Whistleblowers series reveals how pervasive that evil is. Please watch Michael Springmann’s interview below.

I hope you will agree, we must find a way to identify, neutralize, eradicate and balance out this evil with “good”.

All of us are once again teetering on the frightening edge of adversity's abyss.

And, while evil's weapons are more powerful now, we have no choice. We cannot acquiesce. Most importantly you must know that YOU are not alone.

Do you hear the people of the world sing of their freedom?




- More from Lies Too Big To Fail and, here, cold-blooded murder -

9/11 Whistleblowers: Michael Springmann
James Corbett 9 Sept 2019





* Screen capture from video above which was filmed at the special Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Concert in 1995. Do You Hear the People Sing? was sung by 17 different actors who had played Jean Valjean around the world. Each actor sang a line of the song in his own language. The languages sung were English, French, German, Japanese, Hungarian, Swedish, Polish, Dutch, Norwegian, Czech, Danish, and Icelandic.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Can you Hear What I Hear?

How could 9/11 happen? Where was our military? Where was the fabled CIA and the rest of our intelligence community? Where was the FBI?

How could two of the tallest buildings in the world be toppled by a fossil fuel fire and millions of tons of steel and other debris disappear in front of our eyes? What about WTC 7? Why did it fall?

Once you look past the corporate media’s superficial reports, the questions about 9/11 are never ending.

And, frankly, after years of my own research, I still am overwhelmed with despair for those who lost their lives that day and those who faced agony and illness for years after, to this moment.

The other day, I posted part one of James Corbett’s 9/11 Whistleblower series, 9/11 Whistleblowers: Kevin Ryan. Below are two more, Cate Jenkins and Barry Jennings.

Please, watch them. Please do your own 9/11 research.

When you do, I have no doubt that you will come to the same conclusion as I have.

And you, too, will shiver with fear, knowing that 9/11 could only be a State Crime Against Democracy (SCAD), a mass murder, likely perpetrated by those within our own government.

When I was a child, we thought of ourselves as the guarantors of a rebuild Europe and Japan; conquerors of outer space, and technological wizards. Our home was a land where both the American Dream and equal opportunity lived; where I could own my home, make a good and stable living, and send my kids to college.

Somewhere along the way our nation changed. We metastasized, into a Doppelganger USA selling perpetual war — dealing death to millions — and all the while trampling on our own Constitution and our citizens’ freedoms.

We became the land that assassinated its own president and civil rights leaders. And, under the spell of an irrational fear of communism, we let our Black Ops people murder, torture and disrupt with impunity; topple democratically elected governments and stymie third world nationalistic heroes; kill millions of defenseless people in predatory capitalistic wars; sell cocaine to our children to fund countless wars against people throughout the world (2.) and flushed trillions of dollars down the toilet while letting our own starve. We turned the mentally ill out in the bitter cold; allowed millions to go without proper healthcare and treated our elderly like used disposable diapers. All the while the few, the .1%, capitalized on the perpetual war machine — the Doppelganger USA — we had become.

We, the 99.9%, remained oblivious, even while nearly 3,000 of our own were murdered before our eyes on one September day.

Finally, our metastasized Predatory Capitalist system went too far, and Depression .2 happened. That’s when millions of us lost everything — our homes, our savings, our jobs and our dreams. We began to awaken because these things were now actually happening to us, the middle class, the everyday Joes and Janes who go to work, pay our mortgages, take care of our kids and believe our government is working in the best interests of us all.

No longer were just the “minorities” being abused, disenfranchised and stolen blind. We were too. We became the “them”, “the despised others”, in the .1%’s “Us vs. Them” nightmare formula.

Now, with our belief in our political leadership eroded to the very bottom of the Gallop confidence scale, and the most corrupt U.S. President in history occupying the Oval Office, we are literally clinging to our last and most precious dream – our hope for a better tomorrow.

Millions of us, whether or not we understand it, teeter on the edge of a frightening abyss of hopelessness. -more from Lies Too Big To Fail-

9/11 Whistleblowers: Cate Jenkins
James Corbett, 7 Sept 2019



9/11 Whistleblowers: Barry Jennings
James Corbett , 8 Sept 2019

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Call the SAFIRE Guys... Please

SAFIRE Project: plasma phenomena at the anode. Source: www.safirefilm.com

The SAFIRE Project team has some good news for humanity:
  1. Electricity is the primal force in nature
  2. The electric sun model is validated - 
Where may the SAFIRE scientists findings lead us?

  1. Efficient clean energy
  2. Remediation of Nuclear waste
  3. Sun and interstellar medium

So, now we can stop messing around with fossil fuels and nuclear power plants?

You, bet.

If you are looking for an investment opportunity, call the SAFIRE guys... please...make big bucks and along the way, save the world, too.

Special Feature: SAFIRE PROJECT 2019 UPDATE
Thunderbolts Project
2 Sept 2019

"For three years the SAFIRE Project team has been holding back so as not to overstate what has been happening in the SAFIRE lab. The SAFIRE Project is now able to make a number of definitive statements supported by concrete evidence, statements about: energy production; transmutation/creation of elements; remediation of radioactive materials; and the sun and interstellar medium – “If the process used to create the SAFIRE sun turns out to be similar to the process that creates the real sun … and stars … the scientific community would have a field day with door opening."

"The SAFIRE Project 2019 Presentation at the Electric Universe UK ‘Dynamic Earth Science Conference’, University of Bath, UK. July 2019."





Saturday, September 7, 2019

The Truth Will Set Us Free

9/11 unshackled a Doppelganger USA upon the world.

9/11 Cold-Blooded Murder


On 11 September 2001, 2,974 people were murdered in New York City. At the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. and on flights 77 and 93, 224 innocent people were murdered. To this day, these crimes remain unsolved and the perpetrators continue to elude justice.

What We Know
Today, we know that directed free-energy is the only technology which can account for the “dustification” of Towers 1 and 2, the subsequent lack of debris, and other phenomena at the World Trade Center.

We know that it was impossible for the WTC towers to collapse due to the impact of Boeing 767 aircraft and that it is likely that “cloaked” cruise missiles or military aircraft were used.

Further, we know that it is impossible for a Boeing 757 to have crashed into the Pentagon and that it is likely that a “cloaked” cruise missile or a military aircraft was used.

What Has Happened
9/11 unshackled a Doppelganger USA upon the world.

Since the 60s I’ve suspected that our leaders have often been misdirecting our attention and obscuring their activities from view. I guess they have been hoping we stay so confused that we remain ignorant of their shenanigans and don’t meddle in their world.
-more-

Ultimately, 9/11's whole truth will emerge. Then we will be a hair closer to becoming the United States we believe we are and one step closer to the freedom we think we have.

James Corbett’s video below is one more small step along that path.

9/11 Whistleblowers: Kevin Ryan
James Corbett - 6 Sept 2019





Friday, September 6, 2019

No. 1 A Livable Earth



Number one on my “to-do list” today and for all the days ahead is this:
  1. Work as wisely as possible in support of the agendas of Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren and ensure the adoption of the Green New Deal.

Why? Because we need our Earth to be livable in the future. “Livable”meaning, “capable of supporting life”. Further, we need the United States to become our representative democracy. Not the plaything of corporations and .01%. 

Our nation’s government must meet the needs of 99.9% of our people.

You want a livable world for your grandkids, don’t you? 

Then do your part, too, to make it so.








Thursday, September 5, 2019

There’s More to Pain Than "Ouch"



Scientists from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden have discovered a new pain sensing organ.

It’s true!

They say, “…they have discovered that the special cells that surround the pain-sensing nerve cells that extend into the outer layer of skin appear to be involved in sensing pain – a discovery that points to a new organ behind the feeling of “ouch!”.

Here’s the story:

Scientists discover new pain-sensing organ, Nicola Davis, theguardian.com, 15 Aug 2019.
“Octopus-like Schwann cells that engulf nerves in skin can sense pain, experiments show.”

“A new organ involved in the sensation of pain has been discovered by scientists, raising hopes that it could lead to the development of new painkilling drugs.”

-more-

Carly Simon - Haven't Got Time For The Pain - 1974



O.K. So, it's still a kind of pain isn't it?

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Courage to See Truth & Speak It

He’s just another con man hustling the American people; but, he’s an accomplished corporate media manipulator. That is one of Mr. Trump’s advantages.

Common people, those with “eyes to see”, know a con man when they meet one. Few, though, are willing to call him out.

Courageously, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has called him out.

Courage is her advantage. Her courage may catalyze ours and help bring us back on course toward the United States we believe we are.

Here’s the whole story:

'Always About the Con': Ocasio-Cortez Says 'Virtually Every' Trump Policy Designed to Loot Public Coffers and Enrich His Cronies, Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, Inc., 4 Sept 2019.

"Since corruption isn't popular policy, racism works as the cover for the con. That's why addressing racism isn’t a 'distraction'—it's key to understanding the hustle against working people." -more-

Bruce Springsteen & Joe Grushecky That's What Makes Us Great - 2017

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Our Courage Reservoir

Pema Chodron (more here)
Where is the United States of America we all believe in?

The nation based upon the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence?

Does it exist? Did it ever exist?

Where are America’s leaders, who, like us, the 99.9%, are willing to work tirelessly and selflessly to ensure that the American Dream is possible to achieve, no matter one’s skin color or heritage?

Is it not obvious that our current leaders do not measure up to the task at hand?

And, is it not as obvious, that, like our ancestors before us, we must fill the void, become the needed leaders and make the United States be the nation we want to live within?

How?

Like the heroes we admire, we must gather up our courage to fill our leadership vacuums. We must get out in front and blaze freedom’s path. And, when the time is right, we must also step aside, to follow and support those who selflessly maintain our Bill of Rights for all of us.

Today, we all need to tap into our personal courage reservoir – the very same one that our ancestors, the heroes of our past – discovered and applied for the greater good of our nation. That nation, which was founded upon those natural rights, and became an inspiration to others throughout the world.

We need to muster the courage to be the United States we all were taught we are.

The Problem is Civil Obedience

In 2012, Matt Damon helped pay tribute to the late historian and author Howard Zinn. This rendition of a speech Zinn gave in 1970 on civil disobedience is one of his most powerful performances to date. It is still true... The Problem is Still Civil Obedience.

Howard Zinn, Boston Common, 5 May 1971

“Back in the 60s and 70s Dr. Zinn was one of the few who understood... and he did his best to tell us... that what was happening to our black brothers and sisters would soon be happening to us, all of us, save the mega-super rich. Today we understand his message was a premonition about our times, too.”


Your Legacy

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Teeth, Enamel & Courage

 A human tooth is repaired. Though enamel is the hardest tissue in the body, it cannot self-repair.
Photograph: Zhejiang University/Science Advances
After all these years, I still hate going to the dentist.

Since I was little, going to the dentist meant major pain.

But, today, there is hope. Not about less pain, but about a new way to fix tooth enamel other than to drill out the old stuff and fill in the new repair.

Scientists may have found a way to grow new tooth enamel.

Thank you, Dr. Scientist!

Someday I might muster the courage to go to the dentist again.

Here’s the whole story:

Scientists discover way to ‘grow’ tooth enamel, Nicola Davis, the guardian.com, 30 Aug 2019.

Scientists say they have finally cracked the problem of repairing tooth enamel.

Though enamel is the hardest tissue in the body, it cannot self-repair. Now scientists have discovered a method by which its complex structure can be reproduced and the enamel essentially “grown” back.

The team behind the research say the materials are cheap and can be prepared on a large scale. “After intensive discussion with dentists, we believe that this new method can be widely used in future,” said Dr Zhaoming Liu, co-author of the research from Zhejiang University in China.

Tooth decay is extremely common: according to 2016 figures about 2.4 billion people worldwide live with caries in permanent teeth, while 486 million children have decay in their milk teeth.

-more-

Saturday, August 17, 2019

In His Image?

Donald Trump Statue Liberty

I’m not a religious fundamentalist. I’ll point that out right from the get-go.

Still, each day I become more perplexed as to why most Christian fundamentalist people have yet to raise the obvious regarding Mr. Trump.

Many have him on a level akin to Jesus Christ, if not God herself. Few, to my knowledge, have tied him to another Biblical personage – the Antichrist.

Sadly, in my eyes, Mr. Trump seems to precisely fit the Antichrist role rather than the others.

"Trump does fit several of the criteria attached to popular perceptions of the Antichrist. Many earnest sources of apocalyptic speculation, including the best-selling Left Behind series by the late Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, imagine the Antichrist as a truly modern figure. Although the wildly popular 17-book series, which was published between 1995 and 2007 and has sold over 65 million copies, is fictional, the vision embraced by LaHaye and Jenkins portrays the coming apocalypse as an event where non-believers are forced to reckon with the damage wrought by the Antichrist. Here, the Antichrist is a worldly, charismatic man, often of Eastern European and Jewish heritage, who embraces modern technology and institutions for his own sinister ends. This interpretation, which is common among a large subset of American Evangelicals, believes the Antichrist’s reign — a period known as the “tribulation” — will follow the rapture of true followers of Christ."

"It’s easy to extrapolate this to Trump. He’s vainglorious, charismatic (at least in the eyes of some Americans), and obsessed with wealth. Kushner Companies, a real estate company jointly owned by Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, is headquartered at 666 5th Ave. Trump, while not Eastern European himself, has a proclivity for Eastern European women and promises better relations with Russia, a country that figures prominently in 20th and 21st century apocalyptic tales. And while Trump says that his favorite book is the Bible, he did once note that he’s “not sure” as to whether he’s asked God for forgiveness of his sins."

Perhaps it time for Mr. Trump to ask for forgiveness.

We all should pray for a miracle, too. In the meantime, Mr. Trump seems hell-bent to remake the USA in his image.


Tuesday, August 6, 2019

All Ohio Cities Look Alike


We are all one... Black, White, Asian, Native American, Hispanic... all ethnicities, nationalities, female, male, and combinations thereof.

We are human beings struggling to live an "American Dream" life. We are all "in pursuit of happiness."

Not one person deserves to be murdered or wounded while simply living. We are all the same, Mr. Trump. No matter who or what or where we live.

Please, be the leader you promised you'd be.

Nan Whaley, Dayton's mayor, said it jokingly. But she said it right. Yes, "All Ohio cities look alike". That's because we are. We are all alike. We are one and the same.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Wellbeing Economy Governments




Please take a moment to listen what it means to be a successful country and society... and work together to make it so. Here's First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon to show the way to a new path for our world.


In 2018, Scotland, Iceland and New Zealand established the network of Wellbeing Economy Governments to challenge the acceptance of GDP as the ultimate measure of a country's success. In this visionary talk, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon explains the far-reaching implications of a "well-being economy" -- which places factors like equal pay, childcare, mental health and access to green space at its heart -- and shows how this new focus could help build resolve to confront global challenges.

Thanks to my brother, Gary, for this post.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Humane Border Solution


When it comes to people fleeing persecution at home or seeking asylum / refugee protection... or those simply seeking a better life in the United States, Julián Castro, former mayor of San Antonio and former U.S. Housing and Urban Development secretary under former President Barack Obama, has the answer we must implement...

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Buffoons Rule


So, we've come to this.

The Buffoons Rule the U.S. and the UK.

Oh, well!

Peanuts? Popcorn? How about coney dog with your Bud while you watch the clowns perform?

Monday, July 15, 2019

Real Americans Stand Up


Real Americans have always stood up to bigots. The question is will the rest of us stand up now?

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Time for Strings Cutting

"So long as the oligarchy divides Americans – split off people of color from working-class whites, stoke racial resentments, describe human beings as illegal aliens, launch wars on crime and immigrants, stoke fears of communists and socialists – it doesn’t have to worry that a majority will stop them from looting the nation."

"Divide-and-conquer allows the oligarchy free rein. It makes the rest of us puppets, fighting each other on a made-up stage."

"Trump is the puppet master." - Robert Reich

Personally, I prefer no strings attached. Thank you very much.

Here's the story

America’s Real Divide Isn’t Left vs. Right. It’s Democracy vs. Oligarchy.
Robert Reich
9 July 2019

I keep hearing that the Democratic party has moved “left” and that some Democratic candidates may be “too far left”.

But in this era of unprecedented concentration of wealth and political power at the top, I can’t help wondering what it means to be “left”.

A half-century ago, when America had a large and growing middle class, those on the “left” sought stronger social safety nets and more public investment in schools, roads and research. Those on the “right” sought greater reliance on the free market.

But as wealth and power have concentrated at the top, everyone else – whether on the old right or the old left – has become disempowered and less secure.

Safety nets have unraveled, public investments have waned and the free market has been taken over by crony capitalism and corporate welfare cheats. Washington and state capitals are overwhelmed by money coming from the super-rich, Wall Street and big corporations.

So why do we continue to hear and use the same old “right” and “left” labels?

I suspect it’s because the emerging oligarchy feels safer if Americans are split along the old political battle lines. That way, Americans won’t notice they’re being shafted.

In reality, the biggest divide in America today runs between oligarchy and democracy. When oligarchs fill the coffers of political candidates, they neuter democracy.

The oligarchs know politicians won’t bite the hands that feed them. So as long as they control the money, they can be confident there will be no meaningful response to stagnant pay, climate change, military bloat or the soaring costs of health insurance, pharmaceuticals, college and housing.

There will be no substantial tax increases on the wealthy. There will be no antitrust enforcement to puncture the power of giant corporations. No meaningful regulation of Wall Street’s addiction to gambling with other peoples’ money. No end to corporate subsides. CEO pay will continue to skyrocket. Wall Street hedge fund and private equity managers will continue to make off like bandits.

So long as the oligarchy divides Americans – split off people of color from working-class whites, stoke racial resentments, describe human beings as illegal aliens, launch wars on crime and immigrants, stoke fears of communists and socialists – it doesn’t have to worry that a majority will stop them from looting the nation.

Divide-and-conquer allows the oligarchy free rein. It makes the rest of us puppets, fighting each other on a made-up stage.

Trump is the puppet master.

He has been at it for years, long before he ran for president. He knows how to pit native-born Americans against immigrants, the working class against the poor, whites against blacks and Latinos.

He is well-versed in getting evangelicals and secularists steamed up about abortion, equal marriage rights, out-of-wedlock births, access to contraception, transgender bathrooms.

He knows how to stir up fears of brown-skinned people from “shitholes” streaming across the border to murder and rape, and stoke anger about black athletes who don’t stand for the national anthem.

He’s a master at fueling anxieties about so-called communists, socialists and the left taking over America.

He can make the white working class believe they’ve been losing good jobs and wages because of a cabal of Democrats, “deep state” bureaucrats and Hillary Clinton.

From the start, Trump’s deal with the oligarchy has been simple: he’ll stoke tribalism so most Americans won’t see CEOs getting exorbitant pay while they’re slicing the pay of average workers, won’t pay attention to Wall Street demanding short-term results over long-term jobs, and won’t notice a boardroom culture that tolerates financial conflicts of interest, insider trading and the outright bribery of public officials through unlimited campaign “donations”.

The only way to overcome the oligarchy and Trump’s divide-and-conquer strategy is for the rest of us to join together and win America back.

That means creating a multi-racial, multi-ethnic coalition of working-class, poor and middle-class Americans who will fight for democracy and oppose oligarchy.

White, black and Latino; union and non-union; evangelical and secular; immigrant and native-born – all focused on ending big money in politics, stopping corporate welfare and crony capitalism, busting up monopolies and stopping voter suppression.

This agenda is neither “right” nor “left.” It is the bedrock for everything else America must do.

Friday, June 28, 2019

One Voter, One Vote Takes Body Blow


Instead of turning the cleansing light of day on our disgusting partisan politics original sin – gerrymandering - the Robert’s Supreme Court has decided to breathe new life into that creepy-crawly-snaky-thing and allow it to continue hijacking our elections.

So much for the head court man’s promise to protect and defend the Constitution. He must have crossed his fingers when saying, “…I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich…”.

The Brian Dickerson, The Detroit Free Press, has the whole story here:

Supreme Court justices tell Michigan's Democratic voters to drop dead, Brian Dickerson, Detroit Free Press, 27 June 2019. 

Oh, here’s one more election rigging thing. This one was outed in 2016.

It's about how Mr. Fetid Zombie man himself, Karl Rove, was stymied by Anonymous, the Internet’s “sometimes guardian angel”.

Did Anonymous stop Karl Rove from Stealing Ohio again?



Thom Hartmann Program
Published on Nov 16, 2012

Thom Hartmann discusses an article that says the hacker group, Anonymous may have been involved in stopping GOP mastermind Karl Rove from stealing the election in Ohio this year.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Ah... I didn't Know That!

This just in from the I Didn't Know That Department... Americans really want a better life!

Yes, it appears we do want our government to work in our interests!

Oh My! What if this info gets out?

Life could suddenly become livable.

It's possible we could actually, really resolve a thing or two. How radical is that?

Robert Reich: America is More Radical Than You Think


Monday, June 17, 2019

Smarter & Wiser This Time


“I always get to where I’m going by walking away from where I have been.”Art credit: www.panmacmillan.com
I’m looking for a miracle this morning. I'm prayin’ that we’ll be smarter this time than to be deceived by the same people that fed us all B.S. last time. That’s when we launched the biggest blunder in U.S. history - the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

All along I thought nothing could top the War in Vietnam on the Premier Blunder of All Time Hit Parade. I was wrong. How dumb to think that we couldn't top the stupidity of the Vietnam War.

In 2002 / 2003, I hope you remember, thousands fruitlessly protested in the streets against going to war. We chanted and cried to no avail. The U.S. neocons were determined to murder hundreds of thousands of innocent people – ours and theirs – for the glory of the U.S. empire, I reckon.

So we did it. We went to war.

Have we forgotten that the reasons the administration gave for going to war were proven to be bogus? They lied so they could murder, pillage, destroy and create wealth for a select few.

I know that sounds harsh. Back then, we all so dearly prayed that our leaders were justified and acted honorably in our behalf.

Sadly, they did not.

You know, as I do, that their blunder has drained trillions of dollars of our national treasure. And, yet, it is still not over. It will never really be over. Our grandchildren will be paying for this insane adventure for the rest of their lives.

Still, that’s just money. Worse, in my mind, is the depravity of it all.

And they are doing it all once again. In Mr. Bolton’s demented mind it’s well past time to take out the Iranians. It’s their turn to feel Uncle Sam’s righteous wrath. But maybe this time our allies are standing up to his neocon bluster.

We, the people of the United States, should know better by now.

This time we must out the psychopaths for their insanity.

It’s time we show that we have learned a thing or two and to be smarter and wiser. This time, let's... get to where we're going by walking away from where we have been.

Fleetwood Mac - Little Lies - 1987



Thursday, June 13, 2019

Whose Socialism? Yours or the Corporations?


Way back in the 1936 at Madison Square Garden, Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt said:


FDR was right then.

Likewise, Bernie Sanders is right today. During his speech at George Washington University, 12 June 2019, he said,

“While President Trump and his fellow oligarchs attack us for our support of democratic socialism, they don’t really oppose all forms of socialism,” Sanders said. “They may hate democratic socialism because it benefits working people, but they absolutely love corporate socialism that enriches Trump and other billionaires.”


It is time to guarantee our second Bill of Rights. If we do not... we will have none at all.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Can You See God?

Eight Inc. envisions rebuilding the Notre-Dame's roof
and spire just how it was – except using glass(Credit: Eight Inc.)
Perhaps some day you'll travel to Paris, France and visit Notre-Dame.

You'll walk inside, sit down, look up and see God. Yes, right through the glass roof.

Here's the story...

Apple Store designer envisions rebuilding Notre-Dame using glass, Adam Williams, newatlas.com, 10 June 2019.

Following the blaze that damaged the iconic Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, the French Prime Minister announced plans for an architecture competition and a modern redesign. We've since reported on one interesting proposal from Vincent Callebaut Architectures and now comes another, courtesy of Eight Inc., which envisions rebuilding the spire and roof using glass.

Eight Inc. proposes to restore the Notre-Dame's roof and spire back to its previous condition but using glass. All the decorative flourishes including statues would be recreated, and it would be illuminated at night, lending it a really striking appearance. According to Dezeen, the firm, which designed the original Apple Stores, proposes to make use of structural glass to allow it to be built without supports ruining the transparent effect.

-more-

I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash - 1972


Sunday, June 9, 2019

We Are an Extended Family

A delusional billionaire’s perception of a world map. Credit: Aaron Nemo.

A recent trip to Atlanta brought back to my mind futurist Jeremy Rifkin.

I've followed him and written about him for years because his ideas make sense to me. Please see:
Canny Chinese… Metamorphosis into Smartest “New Capitalist”.

Many throughout the world agree, especially European and Chinese leaders. They have implemented his concepts and are moving their nations progressively forward by creating an improved life for all their people.

American political leaders have not. There are some exceptions, such as San Antonio's local government leaders (Mission Verde).

Still, for the most part, we are mired in and wasting precious resources on Mr. Trump’s insanely superficial, "alternative" world.

These two videos present a glimpse of Rifkin's world... our world... if only we would allow ourselves to have it.

Jeremy Rifkin, The Empathic Civilization




Jeremy Rifkin on the Fall of Capitalism and the Internet of Things



Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Please, Somebody Help Him… and the rest of us from him

Mr. Trump, Coming out of the mental illness closet.

Mr. Trump’s recent trip to the UK was an outing of sorts.

Not because of his usual antics and stupid statements, but because at least one of his mental illnesses, Delusional Disorder was completely outed. That is, outed to those with eyes to see and ears to hear.

As one might expect, Fox News gaslighted and downplayed the UK protests.

The problem is their reporting alone is what the Trumpists follow day in,day out, never permitting themselves to hear or read anything else from another source. Under these circumstances, it is unlikely they will ever begin to detect a blemish on their knight’s armor, let alone learn that their leader /saint is seriously mentally ill.

Still, the rest of the world did see and hear the protesters as well as Mr. Trump’s declaration that he saw thousands of people cheering him, then saying to the world media, “Where are the protesters? So it was fake news.”

Mr. Trump displayed his delusions for the world to see.

The two question we must ask now are:
  • When will we do something to help the man and get him the mental healthcare he so clearly needs?
  • When will we help ourselves, protect ourselves, by relieving him of the staggering powers of presidency?
A woman posing as the Statue of Liberty stands next to the “Trump baby” balloon as anti-Trump protesters gather in Parliament Square on Tuesday. (Photo: Matt Dunham/AP)


Trump in the U.K. Day 2: 75,000 Protesters and One Weird Tuxedo | The Daily Show




Friday, May 31, 2019

Nothing Has to Stay the Way It Is

Angela Merkel at Harvard, 30 May 2019. Photo credit: NBC News
Angela Merkel spoke to Harvard grads the other day.

Her words resound with realism and wisdom:

Nothing has to stay the way it is...Anything that seems to be set in stone or unalterable can indeed change.

"Angela Merkel, Germany’s first female chancellor, drew from her own biography as the daughter of a pastor who grew up in East Germany and rose from political obscurity after the collapse of the Berlin Wall and German reunification in 1990 to the country’s highest elected office."

Angela Merkel Slams Trump's World View in Harvard Commencement Speech


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Published on May 30, 2019

"German Chancellor Angela Merkel took aim at Donald Trump’s world view in a speech on U.S. soil, saying unilateralism risks bringing down post-World War II alliances and trade wars threaten the “foundations of our prosperity.”

“More than ever, our way of thinking and actions have to be multilateral rather than unilateral,” Merkel said in a commencement speech to Harvard University’s class of 2019 that combined tough criticism of nationalist policies with philosophical vistas of a change for the better.

"Merkel, 64, was addressing a receptive audience on Thursday as she seeks to halt a deterioration in the trans-Atlantic alliance under Trump’s presidency. In her 14th year in office, officials in Merkel’s government are beginning to speak of a point of no return in U.S.-German relations.

"Read more: The Moment Merkel Realized Trump Changes Everything for Germany

"At times, Merkel drew applause from the crowd by seeming to address the U.S. leader directly, urging graduates not to act on “first impulses” or to brandish “lies as truth and truth as lies.”

"Some 2,000 miles to the west, Trump reprised his America First doctrine in a speech to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, saying the U.S. won’t sacrifice its interests for those of foreign powers.

“We don’t do that anymore,” Trump told graduates. “In all things and ways we are putting America first, and it’s about time.”

"Merkel, Germany’s first female chancellor, drew from her own biography as the daughter of a pastor who grew up in East Germany and rose from political obscurity after the collapse of the Berlin Wall and German reunification in 1990 to the country’s highest elected office.

"Merkel joins a list of prominent commencement speakers in recent years, from Facebook Inc. co-founder and Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg to “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling and television host Oprah Winfrey. Last year’s address was given by U.S. civil rights pioneer and U.S. Representative John Lewis.

"Merkel is the first German leader to give an address at Harvard since 1990, when former Chancellor Helmut Kohl delivered it the year of German reunification.

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Chobani Success... People Before Profits


Hamdi Ulukaya put people first... before profits. Here's the story:

"Profit, money, shareholders: these are the priorities of most companies today. But at what cost? In an appeal to corporate leaders worldwide, Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya calls for an end to the business playbook of the past -- and shares his vision for a new, "anti-CEO playbook" that prioritizes people over profits. 'This is the difference between profit and true wealth,' he says."

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Plan B Think Different

Dr. Benjamin Rush, Painting by Peale
Our government, as it is operating today, works for the wealthiest (the .01%), the global corporations, and their paid-off enablers, both corporate managers and elected office holders.

To make our society work for us, the 99.9%, including the masterfully manipulated Trump supporters, we must change our message and our paradigm.

One way to accomplish this is by converting the Peace Corps into a cabinet-level Peace Department, equal in stature to the Department of Defense, and empower it with the mission to develop and implement our national “Peace Economy” as an alternative to our current war economy.

The Department of Peace would be charged with ending our profiting from war by creating alternatives, such as leading our national economy toward a “sustainable energies” and infrastructure renewal economy, a.k.a. The Green New Deal, thereby employing millions and creating $ trillions in new economic growth.

It’s unlikely that Mr. Trump and the Republican Party will transform for the sake of what is good and humane over “profit”. Throughout history it never has. In fact, no society has.

Consider, for instance, Dr. Benjamin Rush’s 1793 essay describing his Peace Department concept for “promoting and preserving perpetual peace in the United States”, was based upon Christian principles because, “…the Christian religion should be preferred to all others; for it belongs to this religion exclusively to teach us not only to cultivate peace with all men, but to forgive—nay more, to love our very enemies..”

The Rush concept failed. Just as countless others since have failed. Why? Because there has always been immense profit in war.

Plan B - Think Different - The Department of Peace - Peace Economy – a.k.a., 
The Green New Deal

But, today, due to technological advances in sustainable energies and the obvious need to rebuild our infrastructure, immense profit is waiting for the making... or exploiting.

We no longer need to make more bombs and bullets or expand our “empire” to create more wealth for the wealthy.

That is why I am optimistic we can achieve what no other society has ever achieved: creating an alternative economy and thereby creating more profit incentive for the 1%.

We can start by converting the Peace Corps into the Department of Peace.

Change the message from emphasizing the Green New Deal and talk about the immense profits waiting for the taking through The Peace Economy.

Change the paradigm. Change our society for the 100%.

Apple - Think Different



Sunday, May 26, 2019

Department of Peace

Convert the Peace Corps into Department of Peace

This Memorial Day, as most every day, I pray for a Department of Peace.

Yes, a formal, cabinet-level government body, equal in stature to the Department of Defense. It would be seriously funded and empowered with the mission to develop and implement our national alternative “economic war plan”.

The Department of Peace would be charged with ending our profiting from war by creating alternatives, such as leading our national economy toward a “sustainable energies” and infrastructure renewal economy.

My hope is that by adopting a Peace Economy we will finally cleanse ourselves of our addiction to killing and maiming for profit.

Among the words recently written to Mr. Trump and signed by 76 retired admirals, generals and diplomats, I found these:

“As national security professionals with extensive careers in the U.S. armed forces and diplomatic service, we have witnessed first-hand how quickly disputes can spiral out of control.”

“The lack of direct communication between U.S. and Iranian political and military leaders during a time of heightened rhetoric only increases the possibility of a miscalculation resulting in unintended military conflict.”

It’s not likely that Mr. Trump will incur a Saul-like-epiphany on his way to his Mar-a-Lago mansion and gulf club, thereby overcoming his ego. Nor is it likely he will push aside his war criminal, National Security Advisor's career-long drive for war with Iran of his

Further, for political reasons it is unlikely that our war-addicted society will transform itself for the sake of what is good and humane. Throughout history it never has. No society has. There has always been immense profit in war.

But, today, due to technological advances in sustainable energies and the obvious need to rebuild our infrastructure, immense profit is waiting for the taking. We no longer need to make more bombs and bullets to create more wealth for the wealthy.

That is why I am optimistic we can achieve what no other society has ever achieved: creating an alternative economy and thereby taking the profit incentive out of war.

We can start by converting the Peace Corps into the Department of Peace.

AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ON U.S. TENSIONS WITH IRAN

Dear Mr. President,

"We write to you to express our deep concern with the current escalation with Iran in the Arabian Gulf.  The mutual animosity between the United States and Iran, the accelerated deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group and B-52 bombers to the region, and reports of Iranian preparations for attacks on U.S. military and diplomatic facilities are highly concerning and make for a potentially deadly confrontation.  A war with Iran, either by choice or miscalculation, would produce dramatic repercussions in an already destabilized Middle East and drag the United States into another armed conflict at immense financial, human, and geopolitical cost."

"As national security professionals with extensive careers in the U.S. armed forces and diplomatic service, we have witnessed first-hand how quickly disputes can spiral out of control.  The lack of direct communication between U.S. and Iranian political and military leaders during a time of heightened rhetoric only increases the possibility of a miscalculation resulting in unintended military conflict.  Washington and Tehran are talking past each other and taking actions the other views as dangerously provocative at best and the beginning of forceful action at worst."

"We were heartened by your reported desire to avoid war with Iran in favor of other tools, including common-sense diplomacy."  -more-


Saturday, May 25, 2019

Hello Worldwide Internet Starlink


All long-suffering cable customers, as well as people throughout the world who have no broadband Internet connectivity, have reason for optimism today.

On 24 May 2019, Elon Musk’s SpaceX successfully launched 60 satellites of its Starlink constellation. Starlink, is intended to provide broadband Internet connectivity, "anywhere on Earth from space in an array that could one day contain over 12,000 orbiting transponders".

Competing constellation satellite-based systems may soon follow, including: OneWeb, which is funded by an international consortium, and Canada-based Telesat.

Perhaps, these new providers will soon give Mr. Comcast and Ms. AT&T some real competition, bringing Internet connectivity costs and services in line with those customers enjoy outside the U.S.

Starlink Mission







Friday, May 24, 2019

For Hire: Courageous Leaders

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Do you believe we must no longer accept the flaws of our system of government and that must correct them so that our government will work for us?

I do.

To accomplish that we must support and elect new political leaders:

  • Leaders motivated to legislate for the benefit of each of us; 
  • Leaders not controlled by special interests;
  • Leaders free from the shackles of anachronistic xenophobia;
  • Leaders free from the shackles of anachronistic racism;
  • Leaders free from the shackles of anachronistic religious fundamentalism; 
  • Leaders free from the shackles of anachronistic “American exceptionalism” dogma; 
  • Leaders, courageous and on guard, legislating in our best interests, protecting the people of the United States;
  • Leaders, courageous and open minded, willing and able to legislate for progressive change in our best interests, all of the people of the United States.

Here’s one:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

"People will vote if there is something worth voting for. And a Green New Deal is exactly what that is.", Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Howard University, 13 May 2019.


Thursday, May 23, 2019

Barefaced Manipulation and True “Conspiracy Theories”

Source: Daily Koss

Today I hope you’ll take a few minutes to view two insightful videos.

Yesterday, Mr. Trump walked out of an infrastructure meeting with Democrat leaders demanding that unless Democrats suspend all investigations into his misuse of the office of the presidency and a host of additional illegal activities, he will cease his administration’s cooperation to begin rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure.

Mr. Trump, an acknowledged distraction / manipulation king and master flimflammer is not alone in the art. Others, like him, have succeeded in remaining in power by misleading their followers with a blizzard of B.S. and costly distractions.

How this is accomplished is discussed in the first video interview by Rob Kall (publisher of Op-Ed News, opednews.com) with Dr. Roy Eidelson, a clinical psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania and author of, Political Mind Games.

In Political Mind Games, psychologist Roy Eidelson presents a unique and illuminating framework for understanding and combating the manipulative ploys of the 1%. He explains exactly how the rich and powerful mislead the American people--about what's happening, what's right, and what's possible--by targeting basic questions we ask ourselves everyday: Are we safe? Are we being treated fairly? Who should we trust? Are we good enough? Can we control what happens to us? Our doubts and confusion about these issues enable today's plutocrats to craft messages artfully designed to misdirect our outrage, fragment our opposition, and garner our support for an agenda that serves only the privileged few. That's how so many have come to believe that climate change is a hoax, taxes are too high, the military budget is too low, public education needs privatization, workers have it too easy, voter fraud is everywhere, healthcare isn't a fundamental right, poverty is deserved, and more.”



The other day I listened to Stephen Henderson (Detroit Today, WDET) interview two psychologists discussing why people believe “wild conspiracy theories”.

Henderson wanted to know, “How might we open a dialogue with people who believe in something that seems to defy all known facts and evidence?”

Toward the end of the interview I was struck by what I consider to be a simplistic method of determining which “conspiracy theory” is false.

Dr. David Ludden, professor of psychology at Georgia Gwinnett College, explained, "As a general rule, I think you want to ask, if you have multiple explanations, which one is simpler? And probably the simpler one is the correct answer...That's how science works as well when we have competing theories... which one is simpler. This conspiracy theory is awfully complicated compared to the other explanation, so, I think, probably the conspiracy theory isn't true."

Wow, I thought. This guy has just ignored the past 100 years of U.S. history. Just one example, the outing of the CIA’s Operation Mockingbird, underscores his method for sorting truth from fiction is simplistic and dangerous. See Carl Bernstein’s 1977 article, The CIA and the Media.

However, Dr. Ludden did provide an insightful explanation of why people follow master manipulators, such as Mr. Trump, who often utilize false conspiracy tropes:

"The reason people believe in conspiracy theories is because it empowers them. It gives them the sense that they are in the know. They know something that most people don't know, or they understand something that most people don't understand. So, this gives them power. I think you're going to find that people believe in conspiracy theories when they feel that they have a loss of power and this gives them some way of taking back control, control of their lives.”

In the second video, James Corbett (corbettreport.com) explains why when you hear someone say: “Oh, that’s just another one of those crazy conspiracy theories”, you might consider listening with an open mind. Why? Because often they are based on fact and are eventually revealed as “true”.

Episode 356 – Top 5 “Conspiracy Theories” That Turned Out To Be True

“We all know the old trope of the tinfoil hat wearing conspiracy theorist who believes crazy things like “the government is spying on us” and “the military is spraying things in the sky” and “the CIA ships in the drugs.”

“Except those things aren’t so crazy after all. As it turns out, many of the old “conspiracy theorist” fantasies are actually true.”

“Here are five examples of things that were once derided as zany conspiracy paranoia and are now accepted as mundane historical fact.”