The danger of hypnotic propaganda…

Beware your own preconceptions. Propagandists play to our prejudices and we want to believe our preconceptions rather than examine the truth. On all sides, we are prone to self deception because we want our wishes to be fact.

It has always been more easy to placate the masses than to give the people a real understanding of the real issues facing America.

Do not believe gossip and hearsay. Trust American news sources, and avoid foreign owned stations and web sites. Think for yourself.

American Catastrophe: The First Hundred Days.

The  Russian-selected Trump has demonstrated utter incompetence in his first hundred days.  He has acted like a crybaby when he doesn’t get his way.  He boasts and makes slogans and promises plans, yet he accomplishes nothing to benefit America.  He has appointed unqualified people to run major agencies.  He is unprotecting Americans from many hazards that will, in time, cost us all far more than the money saved.  He is leaving the poor and the indigent out in the cold.  He is going to let the elderly starve, including Vietnam veterans.  He has no idea what diplomacy is about and America’s esteem in the world is rapidly plummeting to levels unseen since the Bush fiasco ended with America’s failed economy dragging the whole world into the Bush Depression.

Trump is a bully who, because of the silver spoon he was born with, has always gotten his way.  He has a temper but not much wit.  He is penny smart, but pound foolish.

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His White House is a nest of Russian operatives and corporate thieves!  Yes, the very people who stole your home value, your retirement savings, your investments… he made them in charge of the economy.  He has placed a paranoid, woman hating, bigot as the leader of the Justice Dept.  He has made a political crony into the head of the Department of Education, a field she is perfectly ignorant about.  He has broken treaties, unsettled our allies and offended world leaders.  He brags of his accomplishments and points to empty gestures and incoherent policy shifts as if they were something to be proud of.

In short, he had shown us all that he is incapable of governing at all, much less govern well.  He has shown contempt for the workers and the middle class.  If you get a paycheck, he is crapping on you in the long run.  Unless you are a very rich person, his changes to the economy will mean you pay more for less quality and your neighbors are relatives will be poor and needy, and you will be too.

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Every penny he diverts from paying our critical services and programs is going to cost us much more down the line.  Every penny he gives back to the wealthy elite class will have to be ultimately made up by taxes on the middle class.  You will pay for his parties, his golf excursions, and all the other wastes of tax dollars he is charging to your bill daily!

Hey, Republicans:  you are all accessories to these crimes.  The people are watching, and we will remember to vote out the traitors who stole from the poor and gave to the rich.

Patriots pay their taxes.  Scofflaw billionaires pay little or no taxes.  The fat cats should have to go live where their money is.  I am sure the Cayman Isles, Bermuda and Singapore are all great places to live.

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It’s going to be a rough ride, folks.  Get your friends and family to register and make them vote, every election.  It’s the American way.  When we, the middle class get lazy and neglect to vote, the loonies get to pick our leaders!

Register.  Vote.  Take friends to register and take a family trip on voting day!

And vote like your lives depend on it… they do.

America must find the middle path.

America needs to follow the “middle path”. America was founded on a spirit of friendly compromise.  Most of our great achievements came about because of two sides with competing interests reaching a true middle-of-the-road consensus.

For America to continue to succeed, we need to embrace the fact we are ONE nation, and we have one overarching interest: to show the world that government of the people, by the people and for the people should become the way for the whole world.

To do this, we have to be logical and consistent. The correct path is neither the conservative nor the liberal platforms.  America needs to find the balance between profits and social justice.

A system that is all liberal will fail. A system that is all capitalism will also fail. 

America’s secret sauce is democracy arises when well-meaning people agree to compromise for the greater good.

 

Seek the middle path.

Pervert. Bully. National Embarassment

Trump is a national embarassment. Pervert. Bully. Wins by sneaky methods (for decades, this is nothing new). Russian Spy? Maybe just Russian dupe?
The evidence is now in, Trump was elected by dubious means, including a quarter-million fake news stories planted by the Russian Army Cyber Division at the behest of Russian President Putin.
The big question is, how far does the Trump conspiracy go? Is it just his clown car of corrupt cronies? Are all of his apologists also Russian agents? Did the Republicans in the HOuse and Senate participate in the crime? Are they accomplices before the fact, or after the fact?
I will never trust any Republican, ever again. They only want to wreck America so they do not have to pay taxes.
Hey, Republicans!  Patriots PAY their taxes.

Beau Willimon declared:

Beau Willimon declared:

1. When in the course of American history it becomes necessary for the people to save our Nation from a Tyrant,

2. To safeguard equality for all and their inalienable rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness from bigotry and corruption,

3. To ensure that our Government continues derive its power from the consent of the governed rather than by autocracy,

4. That whenever any President becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to make such demands upon their Congress:

5. Immediate impeachment of the President for crimes committed, or removal from office by way of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.

6. Donald J. Trump has conducted injuries and usurpations, pursuing the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.

7. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world–

8. He has obstructed the Laws for Naturalization of Immigrants, and illegally banned refugees in need of safe haven.

9. He has continued to violate federal court orders which require the temporary cessation of this ban, thereby violating his executive oath.

10. He has dismissed an Attorney General for fulfilling her oath to defend the Constitution, defying the autonomy of the Dept. of Justice.

11. He has purged the State Dept. of its highest level officials without any regard for a responsible continuity of State Affairs.

12. He has enlisted amateur ideologues – such as the white supremacist Stephen L. Bannon – to make national security decisions.

13. He has vowed to enact policy and legislation which clearly tread on the separation of church and state.

14. He has refused to remove or address conflicts of interest regarding both his own business and that of his cabinet and family.

15. He has hastily signed multiple Executive Orders without the advisement of Congress, policy experts, his cabinet or staff.

16. He has signed an Executive Order which knowingly deprives the sick of desperately needed healthcare with no concern for their lives.

17. He has signed an Executive Order permitting a pipeline that tramples on Native American Rights and endangers safe water supply.

18. He has illegally threatened to cut off funding to Sanctuary Cities which have determined their values through self-governance.

19. He has knowingly, repeatedly and egregiously misled the public, and directed his staff to do the same.

20. He has strongly advocated for the silencing and suppression of a Free Press.

21. He has repeatedly and consistently shown contempt for people based race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity and religion.

22. He has shown disdain and disregard for the judiciary, and the fundamental human rights that are the foundation of Justice.

23. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

24. We shall Resist until our Congress uses the mechanisms afforded to by the Constitution to remove this Tyrant from Power.

25. And for the support of this Declaration we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Honor. Signed. The Resistance

The world moves on, stay on board and see what tomorrow might bring.

Modern media overstimulates our brains, and the constant repetition of accusations create impressions that hypnotize the masses. 
Add to that the tendency for people to self-select news sources that confirm their deepest feelings. 
In the end, it leads to cultural schizophrenia.
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We escalate petty differences and conflate our small disputes to critical importance to the exclusion of reason or compassion.
In doing so, we turn our back on the virtues that created America in the first place: the spirit of compromise.  When the populous states demanded representation based on size, and smaller states demanded an equal voice to the other states, our wise forefathers solved the dispute with the Great Compromise.  Without compromise, America can not stand.
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We are a house divided, and that makes us weak in the world.  We hope that America can join together as one and gain world respect again.

Vote like your life depends on it, this time it does!!!

Only YOU can help avoid save us from a fate worse than death…
If you don’t vote, then you don’t count.

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Please share this far and wide, in the hope that somewhere, it helps save us from the madman.
“Peace on Earth is God’s Will to all Men.” – John Rosengarten

Secretaries keep Secrets

I am astonished that no one in the information security field has taken time to analyze the issues of e-mail security for public officials who, like Hillary Clinton, are squeezed between obsolete rules and modern reality.

The problem goes back at least to Madeline Albright.  Condoleezza Rice and General Colin Powell also dealt with this technical problem.  Hillary Clinton did not choose to use a private email server because she wanted one, but because it was the most secure system she could trust with America’s secrets.  The diplomats of the world are faced with challenges from spies from every nation in the world, and even domestic enemies, like rival political parties.

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The problem is that when government channels are used, there are literally thousands of points of contact from which the system can be hacked and cracked.  Wholesale theft of diplomatic and military files is an ongoing problem, both from insiders and external players.  Securing diplomatic instructions means trusting a chain of servers and undersea phone links.  America’s enemies are constantly trying to gain access to the communications between the Secretary of State and the rest of the diplomatic corps.

So, using the government servers practically means a copy of all top-level diplomatic correspondence will be on the desk at dozens of foreign intelligence organizations just by putting those mails into the government system.  For this reason, the Secretaries of State have been using non-government accounts to manage off the grid communications.  We know for a fact that General Powell used an AOL account.

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Adding complexity to this whole issue are the ethics laws that forbid political communications from government accounts.  By forcing diplomats to use a personal account for personal, political correspondence, the line between official communications and partisan communications will become blurred.  This is obviously what happened here.  By using her own server, Secretary Clinton achieved additional level of security that would not have been possible using the well-infiltrated state department servers.

There is no evidence that suggests her personal servers were ever compromised.  Given the high value of gaining such access, we can be sure that any agency that did infiltrate her personal server would have long ago taken credit and take shots at embarrassing the American Secretary of State.  The files released by Manning and Snowden are freely available on the internet, yet not one email stolen from the Clinton private server was every divulged (except for copies retrieved from external mail systems.)

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The obvious conclusion is that the technical staff managing Clinton’s servers were actively monitoring the system and would have noticed any attempts.  The relative obscurity of the Clinton server also gave them a boost to keeping America’s secrets under wraps.
Whoever they were, the did a great job.  Wiping the drives and destroying obsolete backups is the best practices of email security and Hillary’s IT team achieved that success by properly configuring the system, monitoring the usage and managing patches and security certificates.

None of this has any bearing on what may have been said following the Benghazi attack, which is the original concern of Mrs. Clinton’s detractors.  But to conflate her sterling security practices with somehow being disingenuous or deceitful misses the best practices for managing secrets and keeping Americans safe.

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“Double Think” Strikes Again!

“Patriots pay their taxes.  Scofflaws and slackers complain about taxes.”
The people who put their party loyalty before their patriotism refuse to judge facts honestly.  The have been brain washed that 2 plus 2 is 5, and they now believe the lies.
All the proof in the world is meaningless as long as they remain mesmerized by the layers of deception crammed down their throat by the 24/7 spin media.
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Constant reinforcement of ignorant misinformation is engendered by decades of screaming nuts on TV and radio, all telling them that diversity was bad, that immigrants were why jobs are leaving, and that crime was up.
It has been an echo chamber of self-congratulations and prejudice.  No wonder that the half of the population that is under 100 on the IQ test are easily led to vote for people who then oversee the decimation of the people’s wealth.
The people really running the country are the ones shipping jobs to China by way of Ireland and putting the profits in the Cayman Islands.  They are screwing everyone.  They want interracial tension, ethnic tension, religious tension and all the hatred and violence that goes with those.  A distracted flock is easier to corral and shear.
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The real war is between the ultra rich and the rest of the people.  Private ownership of immense wealth is too easily misused or squandered.  I am not saying people cannot be wealthy, just that once they hit a billion that the rest is donated to the good of the nation.
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Our choices, our future

What if we just accept that neither Donald nor Hillary is the Devil. 

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We may disagree with their party positions or their health or their temperaments, but deep down I believe they both love America and they both want what is best for every citizen on America.

However, we worry that the most complex job in the world should not be an on-the-job learning experience. We also have to consider that all of the decades of government experience has taught some bad habits.

America is perched on the doorway of history this coming decade.  Things that divide America weaken America.  America needs to be strong if we are to lead the world.  Leadership, on the world stage, is about moral authority AND military might.  We need both.

I encourage all you partisan muckrakers (yes, YOU) to begin to reduce the destructive rhetoric that has been building since 1992.  Neither party is perfect, and both parties are composed of humans, who are weak and silly.  Getting the BEST government means selecting the best people, not bickering about secrecy of taxes or emails, or who grabbed whom by the hoo-hah. 

Its about protecting our children, and strengthening America for the future. Let’s act like adults. Stop pouring the gasoline of fear politics onto the fires of prejudice and ignorance.

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