Food for thought: Be grateful for all this calm, the storm may be about to break –
earlier this week Business Insider and other outlets wrote about North Korea claiming its nuclear weapons capabilities include EMPs (electromagnetic pulse) weapons, transported via warheads above the earth’s atmosphere, emit rapid and invisible bursts of electromagnetic energy that could jam an entire continent’s entire power grid, phone lines, and internet. EMPs would jam the US electrical grid and destroy the online and telephone infrastructure that currently supports the US’s 320 million population. Airline and air traffic control electronics would also be destroyed.
Today, the American Radio Relay League posted a report that their members whom are part of the public/private partnership called MARS (Military Auxilary Radio System) will participate in a communication interoperability test from November 4 – 6. The stated reason for the test is to respond to being hit by a huge Coronal Mass Ejecta (CME) from the sun which coincidentally is equivalent to an EMP. (recall the movie INDEPENDENCE DAY when the aliens did the same)
Over the weekend tRump retweeted a video meme of himself driving a golf ball which hit and knocked down Hillary Clinton as she boarded an airplane. The Twitter account he retweeted is Mike at fuctupmind. The website listed on his bio is gab.ai which is a sign up page for a “new social network” appealing to the white nationalist leaning user featuring a leering Pepé face in the upper left corner. Mike’s gab page is festooned with videos and other memes attractive to that ilk ready made for linking to any social network. The domain .ai, according to Google, is assigned to artificial intelligence, so my questions are: 1. Is Mike at fuctupmind an AI bot gleaning alt-right memes. We learned this weekend that FaceBook delivered ads contoured to specific phrases including the “n-word” so that type of algorithm is in use now. But more importantly, 2. Who is behind gab.ai? Is it Steve Bannon/Robert Mercer using Cambridge Analytica/Breitbart to move public opinion like when Drudge would run what Dick Cheney would whisper, Fox would amplify, then Cheney would come on to discuss this “news” he had originally manufactured which led to the Iraq War. Yellow journalism goes way back to Joesph Randolf Hearst’s “Remember the Maine” in the 1890’s and the Russia’s “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” around 1903, but this new on line form of propaganda is overwhelming in its coverage.
Hi Sam, Though somewhat truncated, you played your appearance well on All In with Chris Hayes by quickly pivoting to Treasury Sec Mnuchin’s fraud at One West in a segment about his stuck up trophy wife, Louise Linton, but on to new news. Trump’s Science advisor for the Dept of State, Daniel Kammen, sent 45 a resignation today that has an embedded message. The first letter of each paragraph spell Impeach. You can read the letter on twitter or here http://mashable.com/2017/08/23/kammen-science-envoy-resigns-acrostic-impeach/#gcSVmH6FJiq7
Big article in International Business Times today by David Sirota and Lydia O’Neal about infrastructure privatization being pushed by Mike Pence and his examples of failure when governor in his home state. “Indiana has been a national leader in this area where you use private capital to build infrastructure,” Pence told one conservative radio host just after the 2016 election, signaling his eagerness to get started, but opponents of privatization have depicted Indiana as a heartland cautionary tale of get-rich-quick scheming and secrecy that led the state to sell off valuable public assets, which were then wildly mismanaged. To them, the Indiana story reveals the ideological zealotry of a politician who is now a driving force behind an infrastructure program that could radically reshape local economies and commerce in communities across the country, and for generations to come.
Hello MR Sam and crew,
My dad was one of the first hire employees of an agency created by the National Security Act of 1947, so our family lived in many foreign countries during my first fourteen years on earth including Germany, when I was 9 to 12 years old. At that time, the US Army sponsored Boy Scout troops across Europe for military and government dependents, and when I turned eleven I joined one in 1961. We left Germany in 1963 and ended up in Florida where, after getting settled in school, I joined a local troop in 1964. The differences between the two Boy Scout experiences were significant. In Germany we concentrated on earning as many merit badges as possible, we went on hikes, and we took part in weekend campouts regularly. During the six months I continued scouting in Florida, the only thing we did was practice marching. Meetings were held in a baptist church that usually featured holy-roller speakers claiming the Cubans were coming from 90 miles away, and we had to learn to duck and cover. It took a couple of months to convince my parents I wanted out, so they attended a meeting and the following month I joined an Optimist Club sponsored Conservation Club which was a huge improvement. Along with our monthly meetings, we went on several field trips and held bi-annual statewide week-long campouts. Oh, did I mention the club was about half female? What tRump did speaking at the Boy Scout jamboree was inculcate an extremely psychologically vulnerable group of adolescent males with a monstrous message that might-makes-right and bullies are best. While men’s rights advocates and rape culture degenerates must be proud after hearing tRump’s stump dump, liberals, women, and minorities are forced to live in a constant state of future fear.
Recently discovered some remnants of my past:
During the 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), both major teachers’ unions — the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) — and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) decided to caucus separately from the rest of labor. They formed what became known as the neo-liberal caucus, endorsed Hillary Clinton early and funded her campaign lavishly. Has their endorsement of neo-lib, republicon-lite candidates resulting in the slow strangulation of the complete labor movement been since Reagan or has it accelerated just in the past two years?
Please see JACOBIN:
“Unfortunately, while the cancer may be most developed in the four breakaway unions, it isn’t confined there. It infects all too much of the institutional labor movement. But militant struggle against neoliberalism within the movement can stem the tide, such as Labor For Bernie’s success in keeping the AFL-CIO at least neutral in the primary. In the past year over one hundred local unions, several internationals, and countless rank-and-file activists endorsed Sanders and coalesced as Labor For Bernie in an upstart rejection of status-quo conservative unionism. To alter the old adage, the friend of our enemy is our enemy — labor activists must broaden the struggle to fight against not only corporations, but also corporate-minded politicians and unionists. Union members and leaders must do everything in their power to halt the march of neoliberal unionism, before they march the labor movement straight into its grave.
Please give Rep Barbara Lee her due for 16 years of persistance against the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Action by passing her amendment to repeal it. THE NATION quotes Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater:
“The 2001 AUMF is the reason the U.S. has been involved in military campaigns in at least seven countries. It’s the reason we’ve allowed the war in Afghanistan to become America’s longest war. It’s the reason a whole generation has grown up not knowing a time without war. Representative Lee has championed opposition to endless war brought on by the 2001 AUMF since day one with her sole vote to oppose it. The adoption of her amendment to repeal it gives Congress a chance to reclaim its constitutional role as an arbiter of war and peace.”
The disaster that is the tRump administration was pointed out in a recent article in The American Conservative by Mark Perry titled “Tillerson and Mattis Cleaning Up Kushner’s Middle East Mess-Are the adults in the room being thwarted?” Probably the most revealing paragraph focuses on Jared Kushner and how totally unprepared he is for the position to the point of sabotaging Rex Tillerson and the DOD with his statements and actions. The most damning paragraph refers to Kushner as a “vacuous kid” and “31 year-old amateur.”
From the article:
A close associate of the secretary of state says that Tillerson was not only “blind-sided by the Trump statement,” but “absolutely enraged that the White House and State Department weren’t on the same page.” Tillerson’s aides, I was told, were convinced that the true author of Trump’s statement was U.A.E. ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, a close friend of Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner. “Rex put two-and-two together,” his close associate says, “and concluded that this absolutely vacuous kid was running a second foreign policy out of the White House family quarters. Otaiba weighed in with Jared and Jared weighed in with Trump. What a mess.” The Trump statement was nearly the last straw for Tillerson, this close associate explains: “Rex is just exhausted. He can’t get any of his appointments approved and is running around the world cleaning up after a president whose primary foreign policy adviser is a 36-year-old amateur.”
During this time of the Drumpf, GOP office holders are acting enabled to flex their power into the lives of opposing activists by complaining to their bosses who pressures the political protester to resign. The latest example is Saily Avelenda of West Caldwell, New Jersey, who was a senior vice president and assistant general counsel at Lakeland Bank in NJ. She opposed Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen through a opposition group called: NJ 11th for Change, a group that formed after the election of Donald Trump and has been pressuring Frelinghuysen to meet with constituents in his district and oppose the Trump agenda. He sent a fund raising letter to a member of the bank’s board and wrote a note on it that an activist against him worked at the board member’s bank. She felt the pressure and resigned.
This is where petitioning the government for grievances gets far too personal.