Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Not Soap Enough?


Ms. Powell with soap.

Lawsuits for defamation have been threat enough to incent FOX News, Fox Business host Lou Dobbs and Fox News hosts Maria Bartiromo and Jeanine Pirro, plus, “fellow right-wing cable channels OANN and Newsmax,” to debunk their false voting machine claims.

Interestingly, even Fox News host, Tucker Carlson, “…criticized Powell on air for failing to provide any evidence to back her claim.”

Still, I’m guessing, of course, but there is probably not enough soap in the world to cleanse away the garbage sown by Ms. Powell and other Trumpists and amplified by right-wing media mega horns.

Yet, some soap in Ms. Powell’s mouth is a good start.

Here's another mouth cleansing... but for a billion times more innocent reason....

Lifebuoy yuck! Ralphie, soap, A Christmas Story - 1983

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Walking that Lonesome Valley

Finally, someone is calling BS what it is – BS – and seriously taking legal action to stop the propaganda/disinformation tactics which have become the money-making norm for several media organizations, commentators and, of course, Mr. Trump and his lackeys.

“On Monday, electronic voting system company Smartmatic took legal action against Fox News, Newsmax and One America News Network, demanding the outlets retract stories rife with “false and defamatory statements” about its role in the 2020 election.”

As reported in a recent Huffpost article, written by Ryan Grenoble, Antonio Mugica, CEO of Smartmatic said:

“Each outlet published ‘dozens of factually inaccurate statements,’ Smartmatic claimed in the legal notices, all of which could have easily been disproven with a minimal amount of effort.”

“Instead of conducting basic research, however, Smartmatic said the right-wing outlets engaged in what it characterized as a “disinformation campaign” intended to discredit the outcome of the election.”

“They have no evidence to support their attacks on Smartmatic because there is no evidence,” Antonio Mugica, CEO of Smartmatic said in a statement. “This campaign was designed to defame Smartmatic and undermine legitimately conducted elections.”

“Our efforts are more than just about Smartmatic or any other company,” Mugica continued. “This campaign is an attack on election systems and election workers in an effort to depress confidence in future elections and potentially counter the will of the voters, not just here, but in democracies around the world.”

It is way past time for this “Walk that Lonesome Valley” moment and I hope it is one of many more to follow. To begin to move forward our nation must call out and legally compel the propaganda/disinformation perpetrators and facilitators to pay for the damage they have caused to the people of the United States.

Pete Seeger/Arlo Guthrie - You gotta walk that lonesome valley

Monday, December 14, 2020

AOC is Cooking the Right Stuff


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cooks while lecturing her viewers about politics. Photograph: AOC instagram

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - AOC.

AOC is talking about creating a society for the rest of us rather than for the American billionaires who have enriched themselves by than a $1 trillion during the COVID-10 epidemic; while more Americans have died of COVID than died in combat during WWII; while more than 40 million Americans are about to become homeless.

AOC is talking about making America a more humane society. Let’s join her and make change for the better happen for all of us today.

Whatever she is cooking… it is the right stuff.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

We Needed This

Why it has to be BidenThe Economist, 29 Oct 2020. Art Credit: David Parkins

Below is the message we needed to hear from the President of the United States.
Thank You, Pres-Elect Biden.

Pres-Elect Biden Thanksgiving Address
25 Nov 2020

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Alternative Truth Death is Still Death


Mr. Trump’s COVID-19 “Alternative Truths” have not worked out so “well” for more than 250,000 (and counting) Americans who have died of the uncontrolled virus.

Still, while the U.S.A. is now racking up 1,100 COVID deaths each day, many of his believers continue to proclaim the whole COVID thing a “hoax”.

Perhaps one day a few Trump-believer relatives might ask out loud, "Why did you follow that man into your grave?" 

After all, Mr. Trump's "Alternative Truths" death is still... well... just death.


Monday, November 16, 2020

Time to Make Society Work - For Us


Mr. Biden will be sworn as President of the United States in late January 2021. 

That's good.

So, what happens for us after that?

Will the Biden government become just like the other Democratic Corporatists? Will they, too, be dishing out the same old, same old B.S.? Will life improve for millions of Americans? Or will it be just more and more for the .01%, the corporate "C" suite people and their minions and less and less for the millions of us? 

How do we make change for the better happen for us?

It's way past time to create an alternative party to ensure that the interests of the people of the United States are honored; that a new "green" economy is created and implemented; that healthcare for all is implemented; that our national infrastructure is rebuilt - modernized - creating life-sustaining employment for our people; that we end our imperialistic, heinous dependency on war; that our predatory capitalist system be directed to reward those who serve mankind rather than those best at swindling the poor and politically powerless.

We need a powerful political force to ensure the “American Dream” happens for all of us, not just for the wealthy and powerful, tiny, tiny few - the masters of the American two-party duopoly.

America's Two-Party Corporate Duopoly

Second Thought
25 Sept 2020

The two major parties aren't as different as you think they are. Democratic and Republican voters are more divided than ever, but that's not the case for elected officials. In this episode, we'll discuss the similarities between the two major parties, and consider whether trying to build a competitive third party would make a difference.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Mr. Trump’s Traitorous Out


Article and Photo Credit: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images.

When the election chaos ends and Mr. Trump becomes a private citizen, he will be prosecutable for his alleged crimes, just like every other U.S. citizen. 

Mr. Trump has committed many potentially prosecutable actions

But most certainly, those most likely to be brought upon his leaving the protection of presidency, will be served by The State of New York. That means Mr. Trump could be the, “first former president in American history to find himself on trial — and perhaps even behind bars”.

So, what will he do?

I predict he will run. 

Yes, he will exit the USA for political asylum rewarded by another authoritarian dictator, Mr. Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin of Russia.

Mr. Trump knows he is guilty of many crimes and unless he can escape, he will serve time in jail.

I believe he is a traitor for seeking and accepting Russian interference in the 2016 election, and working to weaken the NATO Alliance, as well as turning his face away from Russian bounty-paying in Afghanistan for dead U.S. and NATO troops. Like another before him, Mr. Benedict Arnold, he will seek shelter with his benefactor. In his case, that means Russian dictator, Mr. Putin.

Retired Four Star General: ‘In 50 years I’ve Never Seen Anything Like This’ | Deadline | MSNBC
Jun 30, 2020

Former National Security Council member General Barry McCaffrey and former special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Brett McGurk on why they believe the national security process is broken amid reports the U.S. had intelligence that Russia offered and paid the Taliban bounty to kill U.S. troops. Aired on 6/30/2020.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Who Stole Jesus?


How do a few wealthy people manage to induce a large group of Christian Fundamentalists/Evangelists to do their bidding, e.g. retain their mega-wealth and attain political power, against the Fundamentalist’s self-interests, e.g. voter suppression?

Trying to understand how people are manipulated is a life-long study for me. Why do people need to believe that “others” are to blame for both real and imagined “sins” against them? What are the sources of those clearly unscrupulous, erroneous and often fatal beliefs? And how are they implanted in the brains of the manipulated people?

One age-old, proven method of manipulation is through religion.

God, Jesus and religion have historically served as facile tools for manipulators and this presidential election seems to have provided ample opportunity for practicing the tactic – people will accept manipulation if they believe it’s about a spiritual battle, “Good vs. Evil”.

Here’s how and who metastasized Christian Evangelicals into the Ultraconservative "Republican" Christian Right.

Bill Moyer’s discussion with Anne Nelson, author of Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right.

Here’s an excerpt:

"ANNE NELSON: That’s right. And from the beginning, in terms of their electoral tactics, it has been a matter of weaponizing certain churches and pastors and really exerting tremendous pressure on them to use churches as instruments of a radical right ideology. And then using similar tactics to suppress votes for Democrats, especially in key battleground states.”

Hear the interview (below).

For more about how religion has been used through the centuries...

The Battle for God and Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence, Karen Armstrong.

“…But modernity has also been spectacularly violent, and so Armstrong goes on to show how and in what measure religions, in their relative maturity, came to absorb modern belligerence-and what hope there might be for peace among believers in our time.”

More about Christianity and the USA…

David Ray Griffin’s “The Christian Gospel for Americans: A Systematic Theology”, Edward Curtin, The Transnational, 26 Mar 2020.

"For one thing, the complete opposition of Jesus and his followers to the imperialism of their day has been largely hidden to readers of the gospels.  The main reason for this hiddenness is that the authors of the gospels, seeking to present the message of Jesus so as to serve the needs of the Christian movement 40 or more years after the death of Jesus, sought to make it appear that Jesus’ message was directed against, and evoked opposition from, ‘the Jews,’ rather than the Roman Empire and those who collaborated with it….This failure of later Christians to understand the beginnings of their religion has contributed to what is arguably the most fateful reversal in history: Christianity, in origin probably the most explicitly anti-imperial religious movement ever, has since the fourth century provided the religious foundation for the growth of empires even more extensive than Rome’s….He [Jesus] was crucified by the Roman Empire – not by ‘the Jews’ – because he was perceived as a threat by Roman authorities.  Given the nature of Jesus’ life and his death, American Christians today should be anti-imperialistic, rather than basking in the pleasures of Empire, as did the Roman populace two thousand years ago – ignoring the terror and poverty brought to other provinces by Roman rule.“

More about the big data manipulators…

'Just like propaganda': the three men enabling Trump's voter fraud lies, Sam Levine and Spenser Mestel, The Guardian, 26 Oct 2020.

“Armed with their misleading data, these men have influenced and shaped laws making it harder to vote.”

“The hysteria over voter fraud has reached an alarming pitch – and this dangerous moment in US democracy wouldn’t be possible without the work of these men”

Friday, October 9, 2020

No Gangs Allowed


Art credit: Chandler (Arizona) Police Gang Enforcement Unit

No doubt you are as relieved as I am that Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer seems to have been “protected” by the Michigan State Police and the FBI. The "Wolverine Watchmen" militia* murder/kidnapping plot of the Governor and an attack on a Michigan State Police facility was recently  foiled.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer saved countless Michigan lives because she stood up to Tea Party Republicans in the Michigan State Legislature and Mr. Trump during the COVID plague. She has proven to be a strong, intelligent stateswoman. A leader some people can't seem to appreciate. 

It certainly hasn't taken a whole lot of brain power to predict that something like this attempted plot was going to happen at the hands of crazed Trump zealots who have been repeatedly called to violence by Mr. Trump.

Additionally, it is good to note that the FBI for once used their “undercover” agents for the “good”. 

You may recall that the FBI has a terrible track record of doing the opposite, as do several other federal agencies. There are a multitude of instances, from the 60s, 70, 80s, 90s and even up to today, when FBI leadership used their undercover people for unlawful, evil purposes against protesters, e.g. Kent State, civil rights activists, BUS, etc., through COINTELPRO - the FBI's Counter Intelligence Program.

Each day, as Mr. Trump becomes more unhinged, his toy brown shirts, i.e. Proud Boys and other white supremacists’ groups, become more empowered.

Bad times seem to be ahead because win or lose Mr. Trump's “boys” will be out looking for Democrats and people of color to beat and murder. We truly are on the edge of disaster.

By the way, don't allow these white supremacists’ groups credibility by referring to them as, "militia*". They are lawless gangs akin to the street gangs infesting our cities and neighborhoods. Instead of white hoods and sheets, they wear camo outfits, preen about, leeching off the real thing - the sworn, Constitution-honoring military, both officers and enlisted.

* Militia - a military force that is raised from the civil population to supplement a regular army in an emergency; or a military force that engages in rebel or terrorist activities in opposition to a regular army; or all able-bodied civilians eligible by law for military service.

Generally unable to hold ground against regular forces, militias commonly support regular troops by skirmishing, holding fortifications, or conducting irregular warfare, instead of undertaking offensive campaigns by themselves. Local civilian laws often limit militias to serve only in their home region, and to serve only for a limited time; this further reduces their use in long military campaigns.

Let's talk about Michigan, lost causes, and a sense of purpose....

Beau of the Fifth Column - 9 Oct 2020 

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Air Force Combats Disinformation


This U.S. Air Force and U.S. Special Operations Command project is using Artificial Intelligence software (represented by Robbie the Robot) and a neural network created by Primer to ferret-out and combat disinformation.

This U.S. Air Force and U.S. Special Operations Command project is using Artificial Intelligence software (represented by Robbie the Robot) and a neural network created by Primer to ferret-out and combat disinformation.

Everyone knows that the U.S. spends more on military than any other nation in the world — $934 billion this year alone. More than half of FY 2019 discretionary spending went for “national defense”. Of course, we all also know that the nearly $1 trillion is not all the bucks devoted to our overseas, military-like escapades. There’s another astronomically jigumbus, super-secret hoard of greenbacks called the “black budget”. Nobody knows, or will say, at least, how much is in that one — or what we are buying with it.

Unbelievably, in all the years, at least since WWII, the Defense Department has never – as in, not onetime – passed an accounting audit of all that treasure spending. Even the recent attempted audit is ladened with trillions of dollars in mind-boggling “plugs” or get-arounds” rather than a report of where and how many tax dollars were budgeted and expended. The”plugs” are inserted in the “audit report” to acknowledge that the auditors have no verifiable idea where or for what our tax money was dispensed.

One thing is for certain, for years, we have spent like drunken sailors, only to wake up once in a while and wonder why our pockets are empty.

Anyway…. moving to the subject of this post…

Among the baskets of dough we’ve been putting out through the U.S. Department of Defense is one marked: new technology research. That one costs us about $107 billion and funds a bunch of interesting projects, including the one to, “…train a neural net to rank credibility and sort news from misinformation”, under control of the Air Force and the U.S. Special Operations Command. Basically, our military has realized it needs a new software/Artificial Intelligence(AI) tool to counter disinformation created by our “adversaries” and spread about through social media and old-fashioned media, e.g. TV news. 

My, we surely could use Primer's help through this current election…

This quote from the article:

“Sean Gourley, Primer’s founder and CEO, described how the cost of using disinformation is relatively low for authoritarian regimes that aren’t accountable to voters or democratic allies when they lie. Couple that with how quick and easy it is to produce and spread disinformation online and you run into a big problem for which the U.S. and other militaries from democratic countries have little defense. “Information attacks are cheaper to carry out than identity. There’s an asymmetry here. It’s much like an IED explosion. You can put it down very cheaply but the cost of defending against it is very high.” he said. “This is not something that’s going to be solved by humans… You're bringing a knife to a gunfight if you’re going to bring humans to this problem.” 

Here’s the story…

Can AI Detect Disinformation? A New Special Operations Program May Find Out, Patrick Tucker,, 2 Oct 2020.

“Air Force, U.S. Special Operations Command fund year-long effort to train a neural net to rank credibility and sort news from misinformation.”

“For all the U.S. military’s technical advantages over adversaries, it still struggles to counter disinformation. A new software tool to be developed for the U.S. Air Force and Special Operations Command, or SOCOM, may help change that.”

“If you don’t compete in the information space, regardless of how good your operations are, your activities are, you will probably eat a shit sandwich of disinformation or false reporting later on,” Raymond “Tony” Thomas, a former SOCOM chief, said in an interview.  “We certainly experienced that at the tactical level. That was the epiphany where we would have good raids, good strikes, etc. and the bad guys would spin it so fast that we would be eating collateral damage claims, etc. So, the information space in that very tactical space is key.”

“It even “stretches to the strategic space,” said Thomas, meaning that disinformation can spread until it affects larger geopolitical realities.”

“Thomas now serves as an advisory board member for Primer, a company that on Thursday announced a Small Business Innovation Research contract to develop software over the next year to help analysts better—and much more quickly—survey the information landscape and hopefully detect false narratives that show up in the public space.”

“Primer’s neural network technology can scan large amounts of text and extract themes and other information based on the frequency and prominence of words and phrases. It’s the sort of thing that can be very useful if you have a lot of text you want to very quickly summarize in an accurate headline, a capability they demonstrate here. To train their headline-writing neural net, they used a corpus “of millions of publicly available document-title pairs: news articles and headlines” according to their paper on the subject.”


Additional posts about truth finding…

TruthTeller App! Now here’s another reason for optimism!, Ron Baker, DownriverUSA, 2 Feb 2013.

Doubting Thomas App, Ron Baker, DownriverUSA, 16 Feb 2019.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Don't Give In to Voter Intimidation


Illustration by Victor Juhasz for Rolling Stone*

I was upset and disappointed the other night. 

I turned the debate off after about 20 minutes knowing I could read about the outcome in the morning. Mr. Trump is a walking disaster as a human being and a 1950s-era, grade B horror movie as president.

He is not only a psychopath, responsible for the deaths of over 205,000 Americans, he is the clear king of grifters and historically the unequaled traitor of the people of the U.S., clearly beholding to whomever holds his $421 million in debt… a discovery that I hope will soon be ferreted out. 

Trump’s loyal supporters certainly will never leave his side. 

Still, my hope is “the undecided” will begin to understand that they must vote this November to save their own lives and the future of their children and grandchildren in the USA our parents and ancestors helped to create.

For me, the most disconcerting moment of the night occurred with Mr. Trump’s comments supporting and enlisting the help of the neo-fascist, Proud Boys. Instead of disavowing violence, as Mr. Wallace asked him to do, he sent a clear message of support to one of the most violent, white supremacist domestic terrorist groups by telling them to, “Stand Back and Stand By”. 

Mr. Trump, the President of the United States, is clearly inciting riot, civil discord, and rebellion against the United States of America.

(See: Revealed: pro-Trump activists plotted violence ahead of Portland rallies, Jason Wilson and Robert Evans,, 23 Sep 2020. “Patriots Coalition members suggested political assassinations and said ‘laws will be broken, people will get hurt’, leaked chats show”.)

Not since the post-Civil War Reconstruction Era has a call to violence been so clearly sent and received than those words spewed by Mr. Trump to the likes of the Proud Boys.

Two historians describe the Reconstruction Era, a time most of our schools never discussed in civics or history class.

"Then, with the radical Reconstruction, you get political violence... You get organized groups -- the Ku Klux Klan and others, like the White League in Louisiana, the Knights of the White Camelia... whose purpose is to obstruct and destroy Reconstruction government, to assassinate or intimidate black and white Republican officials, to use violence to prevent people from voting. And this is quite widespread throughout the South. It's not a central organization. It's local groups all over the place. But they have the common goal of restoring white supremacy -- politically speaking, but also in many other areas. Blacks who get into contract disputes with their employers are often victims of the Klan. School teachers are victims of the Klan, people like that. In other words, they're trying to use violence to restore a system of white supremacy that's been disrupted by the coming of Reconstruction." - Eric Foner

"...This is a part of American history that isn't easy to face. It tells us that we had a moment in our history when our politics broke down, our society broke down, our police power broke down; the government wasn't functioning sufficiently enough to protect one group of citizens from another who simply engaged in wanton vigilante violence of the worst kind. We don't like to face that. We don't even want to know about it. We like to believe we are a society of security and progress and improvement. Reconstruction makes us face an era when we were something else." - David Bligh

Fortunately, the Proud Boys, and others like them, appear to be few numbers, unlike the nightrider, hooded terrorists of post-civil War South. Still, they are armed and determined to cause pain for anyone not deemed “loyal enough” to Mr. Trump. 

Should the Proud Boys Trumpsters make good on their threats, My hope is that our nation will be lucky once again and find the likes of Gen. Grant within our leadership. 

As president (1869-1877) Grant enforced the Constitution, confronted, and put down white racists’ violence, outright murder, and mayhem throughout the south. It was President Grant who ordered federal troops to southern voting places to defend and protect newly enfranchised black Americans from white terrorists armed violence. And it was President Grant who put down the KKK and several other white supremacist groups following numerous acts of heinous torture, slaughter of unarmed men women and children and untold numerous acts of night-rider terrorism. (See Grant, Ron Chernow’s recent, best-selling biography.)

I fear the unpleasant times to come - no matter who wins in November.

For an outstanding analysis of Mr. Trump, the debate, and an insightful prognosis of Mr. Trump’s tactics, please read: Why You Don’t Have to Feel Sick About What Happened Last Night, A counterintuitively optimistic take on the first presidential debate, by Douglas Rushkoff, for GEN/Medium.

Douglas Rushkoff, is the CUNY Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics**

Here is a portion of the article:

"Biden’s biggest job last night was not to win on the issues. That’s the easy part. His real job is to convince people that voting itself can still work. To counter Trump’s psychological warfare. That’s why the most important thing by far that he said last night wasn’t a jab at Trump’s policies, it was affirmation of the political process.:

'He says he is not sure what he will accept, but it doesn’t matter. If we get the votes, it is all over. He will go. He cannot stay in power. It won’t happen. It won’t happen. Make sure you understand you have in your control to determine what the country will look like in the next four years.'

So no, last night was not a debate. It was more of a competition over our perception of reality. Trump showed that the only way he can win a debate or an election is to convince us that there’s nothing we can do to stop him. That resistance is futile.

But according to Trump’s own logic, all we need to do to defeat him is to believe otherwise, and vote. It’s that easy."

*The Plot Against America: The GOP’s Plan to Suppress the Vote and Sabotage the Election, Andy Kroll, RollingStone, 16 July 2020, Blocking ballots, intimidating voters, spreading misinformation — undermining democracy is at the heart of Trump’s 2020 campaign

**Douglas Rushkoff is Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at CUNY/Queens, where he founded the Laboratory for Digital Humanism. He is a columnist for Medium, technology and media commentator for CNN, a research fellow at the Institute for the Future, and a lecturer on media, technology, culture and economics around the world.

Named one of the “world’s ten most influential intellectuals” by MIT, Douglas Rushkoff is an author and documentarian who studies human autonomy in a digital age. His twenty books include the just-published Team Human, based on his podcast, as well as the bestsellers Present Shock, Throwing Rocks and the Google Bus, Program or Be Programmed, Life Inc, and Media Virus.

Monday, September 14, 2020

After The Chaos


Let's do something positive for ourselves today. 

Let's not talk about Mr. Trump and his chaos.

Let's discuss what's next when he leaves the White House on his last day. 

What can we do to pull ourselves up out of the Trumpian chaos and make our world not only livable once again but pull it back on track to life much better than we have now, toward achieving an improved world for all of us instead of only a few?

Here is how noted futurist, author, and advisor to world leaders Jeremy Rifkin* sees our future of opportunity. 

A Green New Deal for Europe (Jeremy Rifkin) | DLD (Digital-Life-DesignMunich 20

Jan 20, 2020

Jeremy Rifkin - Can a Green New Deal Save Life on Earth?

Sciences Po, Apr 9, 2020

17/10/2019 A conference with Jeremy Rifkin, American economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist.

Moderation by Philippe Martin, Full Professor, Department of Economics, Sciences Po.

Author of the best-seller The Third Industrial Revolution, Rifkin is now developing a new idea, the « green new deal », a transformative program which would allow a massive global paradigm shift into a post-carbon ecological era.

Rifkin thinks that the global shift towards new cheaper green energies will create a carbon bubble that will burst by 2028 – leading to the collapse of the fossil fuel civilization.

*Jeremy Rifkin is an American economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist. Rifkin is the author of 21 bestselling books about the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment. The books have been translated into more than 35 languages. His most recent books include the international bestsellers, The Green New Deal (2019), The Zero Marginal Cost Society (2014), The Third Industrial Revolution (2011), The Empathic Civilization (2010), The European Dream (2004), The Hydrogen Economy (2002), The Age of Access (2000), The Biotech Century (1998), and The End of Work (1995).

Jeremy Rifkin has been an advisor to the leadership of the European Union since 2000. He has advised three past presidents of the European Commission - Romano Prodi, Jose Manuel Barroso, and Jean-Claude Juncker - and is advising the current European Commission under the presidency of Ursula von der Leyen, as well as the current president of the European Parliament, David Sassoli. Mr. Rifkin has also advised numerous EU heads of state over the past twenty years, including Germany's Angela Merkel, on the ushering in of a smart green Third Industrial Revolution economy.

Mr. Rifkin’s New York Times bestselling book, The Third Industrial Revolution, provided the blueprint for the economic transition to a post-carbon ecological society across the European Union. According to The European Energy Review, "perhaps no other author or thinker has had more influence on the EU's ambitious climate and energy policy than the famous American 'visionary' Jeremy Rifkin." In the words of Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister of Germany, Sigmar Gabriel, Jeremy Rifkin "is the economic and ecological worldwide ambassador of the energy transition… Rifkin presents a grand scenario for the future: a visionary approach unlike anyone has dared to put forward in the last fifty years that will boost our thinking and help with our orientation.”

Mr. Rifkin is also advising the leadership of the Peoples Republic of China on the build out and scale up of the Internet Plus Third Industrial Revolution infrastructure to usher in a sustainable low-carbon economy. The Huffington Post reported from Beijing on October 29th 2015 that "Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has not only read Jeremy Rifkin's book, The Third Industrial Revolution, and taken it to heart. He and his colleagues have also made it the core of the country's thirteenth Five-Year Plan..." The Huffington Post goes on to say that "this blueprint for China's future signals the most momentous shift in direction since the death of Mao and the advent of Deng Xiaoping's reform and opening up in 1978."

According to EurActiv, "Jeremy Rifkin is an American economist and author whose best-selling Third Industrial Revolution arguably provided the blueprint for Germany's transition to a low-carbon economy, and China's strategic acceptance of climate policy."

-more about Rifkin- 

Friday, September 11, 2020

9/11 Cold-Blooded Murder


Immersed as we are in the Trumpian world, where disinformation, grifting, fraud and lying are as common as cockroaches in the dead of night, ferreting out 9/11 truth seems nearly impossible.

To this day a large portion of the U.S. population still accepts the 9/11 Commission Report as gospel, just like they accept Mr. Trump's unrelenting traitorous duplicity as well as his egregious incompetence leading to the deaths of nearly 200,000 Americans due to the COVID plague.

But 9/11 remains a cold case – the murder of 2,974 innocents  – as well as a demarcation point which opened the door to our Trumpian-Fascist present when we learned that the Trump Administration, "...siphoned around $4 million from New York City Fire Department’s fund for its September 11 first responders."

The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions And Distortions - David Ray Griffin - 18 Apr 2005 

David Ray Griffin (born August 8, 1939) is a retired American professor of philosophy of religion and theology, and a political writer. Along with John B. Cobb, Jr., he founded the Center for Process Studies in 1973, a research center of Claremont School of Theology which seeks to promote the common good by means of the relational approach found in process thought. Griffin has published a number of books on the subject of the September 11 attacks, suggesting that there was a conspiracy involving some elements of the United States government.

More about 9/11

Let’s Get Real. Why 9/11?

Remembering 9/11 – 2,974 WTC Murders

9/11 Cold-Blooded Murder

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - The Rising (Live In Barcelona)

On October 16, 2002, two months into The Rising Tour, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band took the stage at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain, performing over two and a half hours of new songs, classic hits, fan favorites and rarities. Feel the passion and power of their set with Live In Barcelona.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Voter Fraudster in Chief


Charles Schultz's Pig Pen, Art credit: Peanuts Studio Blog
Charles Schultz's Pig Pen. Art Credit: Peanuts Studio Blog

In one way, Mr. Trump reminds me of Charles Schultz’ Peanuts character, Pig Pen, who was always surrounded by a cloud of dust and debris. 

But in Mr. Trump’s case, wherever he goes a cloud of chaos will surely appear.

Just the other day Mr. Trump managed to create a cloud of chaotic pollution while committing an act worthy of impeachment and imprisonment by encouraging North Carolina voters vote twice this November. By doing so, in North Carolina, he violated the law and committed a felony

In an Alternet article, Rick Hasen of Election Law Blog is quoted, "Under North Carolina law, it is illegal: ‘For any person with intent to commit a fraud to register or vote at more than one precinct or more than one time, or to induce another to do so, in the same primary or election, or to vote illegally at any primary or election.’”

Oh, by the way, voting twice in the same election is also prohibited under federal law 52 USC § 10307.

Move over pig pen… The Voter Fraudster in Chief has appeared.

Here is how CBS reported the story:

President Trump suggests supporters illegally vote twice to test mail-in vs in-person

CBS This Morning, Sep 3, 2020
President Trump and his administration are continuing to cast doubt on mail-in voting two months ahead of the election. Speaking to his supporters in North Carolina, President Trump encouraged them to test the system and illegally vote by mail and in person, a potential felony. Ben Tracy reports.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Lying, Misleading, Deceiving and Tricking


Discrediting Biden is the Trump Republican's goal
Discrediting Biden using any misleading or fraudulent means is the
Trump Republican standard practice.

Acts of gerrymandering, voter suppression, armed thuggery, voter intimidation, threats of violence and insurrection, Russian hackers… all these things must not be enough to ensure Mr. Trump’s hold on the White House in the minds of the Trump Republicans. 

No, they must and have gone to the lowest of lows. 

They have become remarkable practitioners of social media age deception, lying and trickery, having honed their skills to a degeneracy of exponential despicableness.

Just think, one day soon your grandchildren will earn their degree in the fine art of deception and trickery, all based on the 2020 Trump Campaign.

Below are a few examples of the Trump Republican’s unmatchable work product. The first is from,  Trump campaign posts fake video of Biden, Elyse Samuels, The Washington Post, 2 Sept 2020:

White House social media director tweets manipulated video of Biden

"White House social media director Dan Scavino tweeted a manipulated video that depicts Democratic
presidential nominee Joe Biden as asleep in a TV interview. (Elyse Samuels/The Washington Post)"

Four fake videos from Republicans draw tardy or no response from Facebook, Twitter, Donie O’Sullivan and Daniel Dale,, 1 Sept 2020.

Facebook Removes Russia-Linked Ploy To Spread Disinformation Among Left-Leaning Voters, Nick Visser,, 2 Sept 2020.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Alternative Universes


Fox and Friends for Fans Facebook page

Examples of “alternative universes” mostly devoid of fact and charged with rabid racism are floating around now. This one (above), was recently posted on the Fox and Friends for Fans Facebook page.

Back in the olden days, when I was in college (1967-1971), we studied “yellow journalism”, the kind practiced by Hearst and Pulitzer to build circulation for their New York newspapers prior to the Spanish-American War, (circa 1898).

For Hearst and others, this form of publishing worked because, among other things, it grabbed their reader’s attention using, “…daily multi-column front-page headlines covering a variety of topics, such as sports and scandal, using bold layouts (with large illustrations and perhaps color), heavy reliance on unnamed sources, and unabashed self-promotion” (Joseph Campbell). Further, the practitioners used, “faked interviews, misleading headlines, pseudoscience, and a parade of false learning from so-called experts, according to historian Frank Luther Mott. 

So, creating an alternative reality to support a political agenda is not new. 

The only difference is today we have Fox News and Facebook helping pander the deceptions vastly more effectively to millions of Americans vs. just the readers in the old New York City. 

This November I hope we don't fall victim to the modern yellow journalism and lose our Democratic Republic along the way.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Trump Makes Nixon a Choir Boy


Amy Goodwin of Democracy Now! interviews John Dean, of Watergate fame.
Photo credit: screen capture.

"Hope springs eternal," is an expression attributed to Alexander Pope (An Essay on Man, 1732). I guess, for me at least, the expression is true. I am hoping for our "John Dean" to help take down Mr. Trump.

Who will emerge as the hero who saves our Democratic Republic from the authoritarian monster, Trump Party? Who will be our John Dean to take down our Richard Nixon, Donald Trump? 

“Authoritarian Nightmare”: John Dean Helped Bring Down Nixon over Watergate. He Says Trump Is Worse

Aug 27, 2020

As President Trump is set to accept the Republican Party’s formal renomination for president amid ongoing scandals and multiple crises, we speak with John Dean, who served as the White House counsel for President Richard Nixon from 1970 to 1973. His testimony during the Watergate scandal helped bring down Nixon. His new book is “Authoritarian Nightmare: Trump and His Followers.” “I worked for the last authoritarian president we had,” Dean says. “Trump is of a different cut than Nixon. … He’s going to make Nixon look like a choir boy before it’s all over.”

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Yes. It Is


Photo credit:

“It is what it is,” to quote Mr. Trump.

Unfortunately for Americans, Mr. Trump's words were not just about the COVID plague deaths, but also prophetic about his treasonous acts.

Looking back, you recall, Mr. Trump stood idle, while:

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin took control of the Crimea, established a foothold in the independent state of Ukraine, orchestrated the Syrian strife into a victory for Bashar Assad, and through cyber-warfare, worked to have Mr. Trump elected president in cooperation with Mr. Trump’s elections committee, expressly with Trump Campaign Chairman, Paul Manafort and Trump-Fixer, Roger Stone.”

Yes, absolutely. 

That is now established fact, among many other findings, detailed in a bipartisan investigation in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s fifth and final report into Russian interference in the 2016 US election., which was released a couple of days ago.

No longer can Mr. Trump claim that it was all, a “hoax” and that his election chairman was not deep into treasonous acts with Russian intelligence operatives on his behalf.

According to CNN, “… the report makes very clear is that Trump's campaign chairman was 

a) working with a Russian intelligence officer 

b) seeking to share proprietary campaign data with him and 

c) attempted to sway public opinion about which country actually had meddled in the US election.”

“And that (Roger) Stone, whose prison sentence was commuted by Trump last month, was designated by the campaign to find out what he could about the information that had been hacked by the Russians and when WikiLeaks planned to release it. And that the two Russians from infamous Trump Tower meeting had more ties Russian intelligence than we previously knew. And that Russia continued through this year to muddy the waters about its interference in the 2016 election.”

Further you recall, during a joint press conference in Finland, “Mr. Trump groveled and made his views clear: he (took) Mr. Putin's “powerful” denial of meddling as true over anything national intelligence director Dan Coats and his team…warned him about.”

All this clearly adds up to, “…giving aid and comfort to the enemy.”

Add standing idle while the Russians paid bounties to Islamic extremists in Afghanistan for killing American soldiers, and there is nothing left but to say, “It is what it is.” 


It is Treason.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Two Leaders


Two leaders came into focus last night: Michelle Obama and Gretchen Whitmer.

Both addressed the Democratic convention with momentous words of compassion, inspiration, hope, and leadership. Words that have remained unsaid since Mr. Trump took over the White House.

Please, watch…

Mich. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's Full Speech At The 2020 DNC | NBC News
Aug 17, 2020

Michelle Obama's Full Speech At The 2020 DNC | NBC News
Aug 17, 2020

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Crystal Clear


Our choice is as easy to discern as day and night come this November.

It is summed up in the statement Kamala Harris said the other day: "One American is dying of COVID every 80 seconds."

There is a plethora of reasons for voting against Mr. Trump. Chief among them is that he has no plan for dealing with the COVID plague. Is it not obvious that for him, your life and the lives of those you love are inconsequential, holding less value than yesterday’s coffee grounds?

Today, there is a world of reasons to vote for Biden/Harris, summed in the phrase, “…for the people”.

"He inherited the longest economic expansion in history from Barack Obama and Joe Biden. And then, like everything else he inherited, he ran it straight into the ground," she said of Trump.

"This is what happens when we elect a guy who just isn't up for the job," Harris said. "Our country ends in tatters and so does our reputation around the world."

If you didn’t hear her speak yesterday from the A.I. du Pont High School gymnasium, you should.

Kamala Harris during campaign-trail debut: “America is crying out for leadership” | FULL SPEECH

Friday, August 7, 2020

Playing the God Card


The other day Mr. Trump dropped his God Card, accusing Mr. Biden of not loving God enough. Mr. Trump would have his faithful followers believe he spoke God’s words through his own lips.

I call it another example of Divine Propaganda — using "God authority" to bolster one’s otherwise earthly political agenda.

Since college I’ve been interested in trying to understand how propaganda works. I remember Father Coughlin, the founding priest of the National Shrine of the Little Flower church, located in Royal Oak, MI, off Woodward Ave near Detroit, was one of the propagandists we studied along with Gov. Huey Long and Joseph Goebbels.

Why do people accept without questioning and asking for some sort of fact/proof? 

I guess it may be that their internal “B.S. identifiers” are turned off when it comes to their religious beliefs. When “God” is connected, the statement in question becomes synonymous with “the Word of God”, becoming fact because it comes from God Himself. It’s unquestionable because it’s from “God's Lips”, not from mere mortals. We know because the minister, in this case God’s servant on earth, Mr. Trump, said so.

I’ve been looking deeper into what I have come to call, Divine Propaganda, because Trump seems to be a master at it. For example, several friends, although highly educated, are Religious Right Trump supporters. 

Also, perhaps some of my interest originates from our childhood exposure to evangelical ministers like Dallas Billington, Rex Humbart and Ernest Angley, the early TV evangelists.

Today’s Christian Right Evangelicals appear to be following a path blazed by those Akron-based pioneers.

These three quotes from, Church of The Donald, Ruth Graham,, May/June 2018, opened one door to help me understand how “Christians” accept Donald Trump:

“Evangelicals, going back to the time of the Scopes trial, have always been sensitive to being seen as pariahs,” Mark Ward says. “You can get a lot of credibility with evangelicals if you simply make them feel like they matter, if you appear on their TV shows and send your administration to appear on their TV shows.”

"In a fundamental way, TV people are Trump’s people. “Trump appreciates people who can communicate in an attention-grabbing way,” says Wear, author of the 2017 book Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America. “I don’t think Trump would be drawn to a preacher who breaks down five chapters of Ephesians and lays out the Greek and Aramaic.”

"But viewers still appear to be loyal, and those viewers aren’t who you might think. Both TBN and CBN say their audiences are split almost evenly between Democrats and Republicans. This can likely be chalked up to another fact that might surprise people outside the evangelical bubble: their audiences’ racial diversity. Charismatic and Pentecostal preaching, and the related health-and-wealth “prosperity gospel,” are strong traditions within the black community. Popular black pastors including Creflo Dollar, Tony Evans and TD Jakes have all preached regularly over the years on TBN, Daystar, and other Christian networks. Paula White is the pastor of a largely black church. And CBN’s roster of reporters, hosts and regular guests is arguably more racially diverse than those of many cable news networks."

A few more quotes:

"Trump has always had a particular genius for circumventing normal channels, and he seems to understand the power of Christian television as a medium for directly reaching an important and particularly loyal segment of his base. When Pat Robertson interviewed him last summer, in a period in which Trump had granted no other non-Fox interviews for months, the president put it succinctly. “As long as my people understand,” he told Robertson. “That’s why I do interviews with you. You have a tremendous audience. You have people that I love.”

"For white evangelicals, who voted for Trump overwhelmingly and still approve of his job performance, the approach seems to be working. The networks continually polish Trump’s reputation, and perhaps more importantly, he’s talking to them. “Evangelicals, going back to the time of the Scopes trial, have always been sensitive to being seen as pariahs,” Mark Ward says. “You can get a lot of credibility with evangelicals if you simply make them feel like they matter, if you appear on their TV shows and send your administration to appear on their TV shows.”

"But viewers still appear to be loyal, and those viewers aren’t who you might think. Both TBN and CBN say their audiences are split almost evenly between Democrats and Republicans. This can likely be chalked up to another fact that might surprise people outside the evangelical bubble: their audiences’ racial diversity. Charismatic and Pentecostal preaching, and the related health-and-wealth “prosperity gospel,” are strong traditions within the black community. Popular black pastors including Creflo Dollar, Tony Evans and TD Jakes have all preached regularly over the years on TBN, Daystar, and other Christian networks. Paula White is the pastor of a largely black church. And CBN’s roster of reporters, hosts and regular guests is arguably more racially diverse than those of many cable news networks."

"TBN in particular has quietly become a major player, in part by capitalizing on the switch to digital TV two decades ago. When the Federal Communications Commission declared in 1996 that all television stations had to convert to digital broadcasting within a decade, the network’s founders, Paul and Jan Crouch, snapped up many local Christian stations that couldn’t afford the conversion. As a result, TBN is now the third-largest television group in the country, with access to 100 million households and more local television stations to its name than Fox or the three major networks. Its largest rival, Texas-based Daystar, also claims access to 100 million households, and carries many of the same programs. (CBN is no longer technically a network but a production company with a series of syndicated programs that air on stations owned by others, including TBN.)"

"Reliable data on the sector are hard to come by, but a 2005 survey by an evangelical pollster found that 45 percent of American adults watched Christian television on a monthly basis, just as many as in 1992. “It’s one of these stories that has just gone completely under the radar,” Ward says. “Even though it doesn’t have the same profile it had, it’s still a very decisive arbiter of the evangelical subculture.”

"But in the past two years, largely out of view of the coastal media and the Washington establishment, a transformation has taken place. As Christian networks have become more comfortable with politics, the Trump administration has turned them into a new pipeline for its message. Trump has forged a particularly tight marriage of convenience with Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network, which since early in the 2016 campaign has offered consistent friendly coverage and been granted remarkable access in return. Trump personally has appeared 11 times on CBN since his campaign began; in 2017 alone, he gave more interviews to CBN than to CNN, ABC or CBS. Trump’s Cabinet members, staffers and surrogates also appear regularly. TBN has embraced politics more gingerly—it is still not a news-gathering organization—but Trump has made inroads there, too, starting with his kickoff interview on “Huckabee.”

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Withdrawing Consent

Photo Credit:  Sipa USA via AP, Portland 'Wall of Moms' Protect Demonstrators,, Alex Milan Tracy

Today, I choose optimism as my guiding light when contemplating this coming election this November.


Because we may soon be witnessing the death throes of the American oligarchy — government controlled by a few ultra-wealthy people, banks-too-big-to-fail, monopolistic corporations, and other “special interests” — as well as unrestrained American imperialism. That oligarchy, in one form or another, has run the United States since birth. Further, over the past 100 years, it certainly has driven the United States, at full speed, off the highway and over a cliff toward certain self-destruction.

Yes, Mr. Trump is flailing about, trying to distract media attention from his failures, grifts and felonious crimes; disenfranchising democrat-leaning voters; undoing our miserly economic and health safety nets; and disappearing our functioning federal government. The benefits of his “administration” have vastly accrued to the wealthy elite and corporations. The rest of us, the overwhelming majority of Americans, not so much.

Still, the signs are unmistakable — the Black Lives Matter Movement, the citizens of Portland; the state governors’ refusal to kowtow to threats of StormTrumpers; and the U.S. military’s steadfastness, honoring their oath, “to support and defend the Constitution”. 

Americans are waking to the certain knowledge that, indeed, they can withdraw their consent to be governed by the whims of the oligarchy, the ultra-wealthy elite, the corporations.

It is possible to have our American Dream and live it, too.

Trump: Tinpot Dictator? (w/ Noam Chomsky)
Aug 3, 2020

Is there a move towards fascism in the US? The Democrats are split, but it is the Republicans have gone way off the spectrum toward neo-fascism. Professor Noam Chomsky explains why...

Monday, July 27, 2020

Big Data Power Lying

Perhaps you’ve seen the Trump re-election commercial featuring an older lady calling 911 while a bad man is breaking into her home. She is frantically calling 911 only to be told to leave a message. Someone will call her back the recorded message says, just as the bad guy apparently grabs her and she drops the phone. Next, an announcer declares: "you won't be safe in Joe Biden's America".

This ad sparked something in my mind from the Trump 2016 campaign. Please see:

Just as I thought.

Surprise! Cambridge Analytica is not dead after all. No, the undead former Cambridge Analytica employees are now back from the grave, living in the Trump re-election campaign, reprising their previously successful strategy, once again sowing Trumpian lies and fear mongering, trying to pump fresh blood into the Trump/Republican campaign, using “Big Data” lying techniques.

Certainly, Trump believers are ripe and more than willing to be won over by these misinformation and outright fabrication tactics.

But will those social media, micro-targeted voters be won over by the fear mongering, lying too? Or will Americans put aside the lies and their own fears, put two and two together, and realize who is trying to snooker them once again?

I guess we will see come November.

Here are the facts:
"Facts First: Biden has not proposed anything that could result in 911 calls no longer being answered. He has repeatedly and explicitly opposed the idea of "defunding the police," and he has proposed a $300 million increase in federal funding for community policing. Biden has not specifically weighed in on a proposal for a 50% cut to Seattle's police budget, which the ad insinuates he supports."

"The words "you won't be safe in Joe Biden's America" come on screen as the intruder confronts the woman. The phone falls to the ground."

About those "Big Data" zombies on the Trump reelection staff:
"Trump’s campaign strategists linked to a company hoovering up data on religious people..."


"But in an earlier phone conversation, in July, Moura channelled Nix in describing the power of personality-based targeting. When asked to give an example of such targeting, Moura suggested pro-gun communication. A traditional person could be targeted with messages about a grandfather teaching subsequent generations to hunt, while a more neurotic type would respond to messages highlighting the threat of a break-in, he said. Nix gave the exact same scenario four minutes into his 2016 presentation."

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Leaf Blowers, Hockey Sticks, Moms & Dads

Day 54 in Portland. Photo Credit: Jon Cover, Screen Grab, see below.
Thousands of American citizens protesting Trump/Republican SS Goons, singing, “Hands Up Please Don’t Shoot Me”, that was the reality seen throughout the world the other day from Portland, Oregon, USA.

Later, “Dads with leaf blowers” tried to keep tear gas away from the moms and Black Lives Matter protesters, while others with hockey sticks tried to bat the tear gas canisters away from the protesters.

This is how Americans -U.S. citizens - defend their right to peaceful protest from Trump/Republican tyranny.

They are the real heroes defending the Constitution of the United States.

Portland Protest Day 54 - Walls of Dads (orange) joins moms & leaf blowers, Highlights (Part 1)
Jon Cover, 20 July 2020

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Hero "Man of Steel" Chris David

Chris David, the Navy Vet, Portland Man of Steel. Photo credit: AP.
Heroes are a rare breed. They somehow find the courage within to do the possible while others shake with fear.

Chris David (53), the Naval Academy graduate and Navy vet, who stool his ground while the Trump/Republican SS beat him with their batons and pepper/tear gassed him point blank, is such a hero.

Many dubbed him, the "Man of Steel" for what he endured this past weekend. But Mr. David is not a cartoon character Super Man. No, he is the real thing. An American Hero.

Here's the story....

Portland protester describes beating by federal officers, Zane Sparling, Potland Tribune, 19 July 2020.

"Portland protester describes beating by federal officers..."

"He sat down on a park bench, before being pulled back from the flashpoint by a street medic, going by the name Tav, who treated David and ensured that he was taken by an ambulance to the hospital."

"David says he has two fractures in his hand and, while it's currently in a splint, he is expecting to need surgery later this week."

"After a flurry of attention, David is hoping life will return to normal soon. While he never did speak with the camouflaged feds, he said he hopes they hear his message:

"That oath of office is essentially swearing loyalty to the Constitution of the United States, and what they're doing is not constitutional anymore."

Monday, July 20, 2020

Hero Moms

This morning I thought all was lost. I thought that the Trump/Republican SS troops would soon be rounding up all protesters... Democrats... anyone who dared to disagree with Mr. Trump.

This evening I have hope because a group of Portland Mighty Moms have joined arms. They are standing in front of the protesters, facing down the Trump/Republican SS goons.

These women are Heroes.. Heroes all.

Here is the story:
Wall of Moms Face Off Against Trump's Tear Gas , jqjacobs,, 20 July 2020.