Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Call the ACA what it has become -- TRUMPcare

It's time to call the ACA by another alias. It is no longer "Obamacare", but "TRUMPcare".

Lying Donald is doing all he can to sabotage the ACA and he needs to be given "credit" for his efforts. People need to know that, when they can't afford or get insurance, it is Lying Donald and his swamp dwellers who have caused the problem.

Lying Donald, you break it YOU own it.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

See a Pattern Here?

Lying Donald and the swamp dwellers priorities::

Trumpcare: A thinly disguised tax cut for the super rich
Tax Reform: Taking from the middle and lower classes to give to the super rich
Lying Donald's Budget Proposal: Taking from those most in need to give to the super rich.

Do you see some sort of a pattern here? The rich don't create jobs. Demand by a strong middle and lower classes creates jobs. All rich people do is create profits and then greed takes over to maximize those profits. Remember, your job is an EXPENSE to be minimized, not revenue to be maximized.

Trickle down didn't work when Regan pissed on us and it certainly won't work when Lying Donald and his swamp dwelling minions sh*t on us.

Friday, December 30, 2016

We the people ...

Just in case you hadn't noticed or took some different American history class or got your history from the Tea Party, it's

WE the people...


I the person...

Yes, I know, e are all wonderfully unique, but we don;t live alone.  We live in a community and despite some peoples' thinking we ALL receive benefits from doing so.

I know that I often fail against the politician's propensity to lump u all into the "American People". But that comes from their tendency to view the "American People" from their slanted point-of-view. We ARE all unique, but that uniqueness is made up of our existence in a community. We are influenced by our community, our family, our beliefs, our interactions... In short, all of us get benefits from community and have obligations to that community.

Those obligations are as important to us as the benefits. We each have a right to protest the actions of our community, but, we must not damage other members of the community by shirking our obligations or refusing to participate in the obligations of the community -- say vaccination -- while getting the benefits.

The other members of the community have rights to receive the same benefits as YOU do. If we all insist that we will not participate in community, then chaos will ensue and our nation will fall apart. Where will we be then? Even criminals like Clive Bundy, will fail if that happens.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Trump's "Profit" Motive

I recently saw an article questioning whether Trump would be a deal maker as president. I think this isn't the question. The question is

What is Trump's "profit" motive?

He claims that he will work for the middle class, the people. But, his cabinet choices scream that he is working for the very wealthy, the very people who caused the decline of the middle class started by Reagan's policies. After all, three Goldman Sacks alums isn't exactly "draining the swamp". It's more filling it up with even scarier creatures.

Unfortunately, all the actions Trump has taken point to the conclusion that his profit is just that -- profit for the ultra-rich.

The old profit equation still holds for Trump and the Republican party with the worker in the "expenses" category and profit the only driving motivation. Everything else, the environment, social programs, Medicare, Social Security, all of it subservient to this single motivation.

The choices Trump has made indicate that his administration will make everything subservient to profits. His appointees will remove as much regulation which has kept our environment clean, monitored greedy financial institutions, provide healthcare for millions in order to increase the profits of the very rich. "Trickle down is back with a vengeance and it didn't work all the other times it has been tried.

The only trickle is the waste that the rich piss on the middle class. Stagnant wages, lack of jobs replaced by automation and outsourcing, a ruined environment, and no healthcare.

Trump voters, enjoy the "benefits" of your choice. I only wish the rest of us weren't in the same swamp with you.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Today in History -- Coincidence?

I was looking at and saw an interesting coincidence which is reflective of the situation in the USA today. The major story was:

2001 Enron files for bankruptcy: On this day in 2001, the Enron Corporation files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a New York court, sparking one of the largest corporate scandals in U.S. history.

Under Also on this day was:

1804 Napoleion crowned emperor: In Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned Napoleon I, the first Frenchman to hold the title of emperor in a thousand years. Pope Pius VII handed Napoleon the crown that the 35-year-old conqueror of Europe placed on his own head.

These look like what will happen with the implementation of Republican policies and the rule of "he who shall not be named".

Just saying ...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Thanks Feedly, Every news site needs this...

Every news site needs this. I have stated before that I don't care what's popular. Just show me the articles in (reverse) chronological order and let me pick the ones I want to read. Just because something is popular doesn't mean that it's interesting to me or relevant to anything that I care about.

This is the configuration panel from Feedly on the Web and it's GREAT. I can eliminate the display of "popular" articles in favor of just seeing articles in reverse chronological order.

Thanks Feedly. Keep up the good work!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Post-Truth in the Trump Era

Politifact Truth-o-Meter
I just read an interesting article by Christiane Amanpour of CNN. She has grave doubts about the freedom of the press in the Trump era of "Post-Truth".

I never in a million years thought I would be up here on stage appealing for the freedom and safety of American journalists at home.

I believe in being truthful, not neutral. And I believe we must stop banalizing the truth.
And we have to be prepared to fight especially hard for the truth in a world where the Oxford English Dictionary just announced its word of 2016: "post-truth."

Post-truth is defined as an adjective "relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief," according to the dictionary. [source]
 Trump and those who support him have no respect for the truth. In fact, they benefit from the lies they tell. The "Trump dictionary" seems to define things in terms of how they reflect on Donald Trump. For example, "rigged" is anything which makes Trump look bad. He, and those who support him, will lie without any regret if it benefits them. And, they will fight anyone who support a differing view of the truth.

Is Amanpour right to fear for journalism and journalists?

Wael Ghonim, one of the fathers of the Arab spring, dubbed the social media revolution, now says:
"The same medium that so effectively transmits a howling message of change also appears to undermine the ability to make it. Social media amplifies the human tendency to bind with one's own kind. It tends to reduce complex social challenges to mobilizing slogans that reverberate in echo chambers of the like-minded rather than engage in persuasion, dialogue, and the reach for consensus. Hate speech and untruths appear alongside good intentions and truths." [emphasis added]
Yes, I think she does. We all do.

However, the media can be viewed as much to blame as are the people who post false news and those who believe it. All the major news organizations are really out for one thing -- profit. They want people to follow them, read them, and most of all, buy from the advertisers who drive their profit. If you don't believe this, just look at some of the stories about celebrities or promoting other shows on their networks that are presented as news.

In the Internet age, the pursuit of profit seems to mean that you need to be first and you need to be popular. Notice there is nothing here about being truthful. The rush to immediacy means that even reputable journalists can sacrifice truth for ratings. EVERYONE must STOP trying to be first and make sure they are accurate!

But, what about those who benefit from lies? How do we deal with them? We, as consumers of social media, must be willing to approach even articles expressing views with which we agree with healthy skepticism. We need to question everything, read disparate sources and keep up with the information from those who don't necessarily agree with us.

It's just as important to question those with whom we agree as it is those with whom we disagree. Sights like Breitbart are obvious. Facebook, Twitter, CNN are a bit less obvious.

The point is that we need to realize profits and power drive much of the media we read. We need to investigate, research, and doubt all that we read until we, as discerning American Persons, find they have satisfied our curiosity.

Who will protect us from people, like Trump, who live in a world of "fluid truth", who benefit from lies?

WE will.