Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Taking A Leak

You just can't make this stuff up. For years I have been telling my friends to tape up their camera's on their computers. To disengage any microphones on their devices. The irony of Trump's "wiretapping" is that we are all being wiretapped.
 I have had more than one side eye go my way because of my warnings about how your TV can spy on you only to be laughed off,
That's fine, don't say I didn't tell you so. Now that Wikileaks released Vault 7 , the proof is in the leaking;
"Back in 2015, Samsung’s SmartTV privacy policy warned people not to share private information in front of their TV:"
That's just one device.
But, hey, we keep on hearing about Russia, Russia, Russia! Why? Because we need a war for all the government contractors. So they can make even more money.
The economy is still stuck in a recession and we know war is a money maker.
Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, who's next on the list? Maybe China? How about North Korea? We all know the only ones who can have nuclear weapons is America.
How many? It looks like 6,973, who needs that many weapons? How many do you actually need to blow up the world? It's insanity and it made somebody rich, maybe a lot of somebodies.
How much spying do you need? Is there ever enough? Is Trump wrong saying he was wiretapped? At this point I wonder who ISN'T wiretapped?
Will there be any epic fallout from this leak or is it just going to be business as usual? This leak is titled Year 0, so how much more is there? If it's true that the CIA was looking into hacking into cars and trucks, what's to stop them from hacking into planes? Oh dear, it's tin foil hat time!

Don't look too hard, just tune into the next episode of the Kardashians. I bet even the CIA can't keep up with them.
A funny thing about all this spying and hacking. How are all these attacks still happening in Orlando, Nice, Paris, Brussels? The amount of spying going on should have stopped these horrific tragedies, dontcha think?
Meanwhile, on CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, it's fear porn about your heathcare, because now the GOTEA Party has a 3 phase plan that will never get passed. The Republicans know this, but they have to look like they are actually going to do something.
Wolf Blitzer and Rachel Maddow and the other hacks on FOX News,  will continue with the propaganda McCarthyism Russian theme, with no proof, because the Democrats pushed a flawed candidate for president, instead of the one that could have won.
But, no one's going to talk about that. Next thing will be that the Russians hacked our healthcare.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

MAGA!

He's going to make America great again.
Everyone I know who voted for this guy believes him. For the life of me, I don't know why.
After last nights speech, which essentially was nothing but flirting with the American people and giving them a bunch of empty promises.
Today, I would bet that Joe the Plumber is enjoying his morning coffee, high on Donald Trumps words, even though @realdonaldtrump's actions say something different.
 Let's start with his idea for the military budget, a $54 billion increase. The US already has the highest military budget in the world, so of course, we need more money for that. More money for the Pentagon, that's never been audited, that is not accountable to anyone. We all know that McCain and Lindsey Graham who's lobbyists and state economies depend on the war machine are dependent on government handouts. There is nothing about this, that is going to address what America needs to be great again, unless government contractors and making weapons will somehow be good for Americans.
Arming the world and keeping up with the status quo of having 800 military bases in 70 countries has
worked out great for Americans. I don't know anyone who really knows anything about what Trump is actually doing, let alone how many military bases are bleeding us dry.
Trump also has said he plans to slash foreign aid in order to offset the military spending. So far that's just domestic cuts, like the State Department, We still will give billions to Israel, Jordan, Pakistan and the list goes on and on. Israel and Egypt receive $3.1 billion annually. Because that makes America great again...somehow.
Let's move along to Jeff Sessions. After Trumps campaign promises to let states deal with medical and recreational Marijuana, Sessions signed on for more of the same failed Drug War policies from a century ago, continuing on with prohibition. Why? Because Trump is a big fan of private prisons and we need them to be stocked with prisoners at all times. Legalized weed, could mean millions in revenue for states budgets won't happen despite the successes of Colorado and Washington State. Let's make prison great again.
Let's talk about Trumps Yuuuuge plans for heathcare, he says he's going to help with tax credits and get this; Health Savings Accounts, also known as Pay For It Your Own Damn Self Accounts, it's a joke! Half of the country is in poverty, living paycheck to paycheck, they can't afford to save anything. So what Trump is promising is more of the same, without a mandate. He's not going to make heathcare great again. It's not going to happen. the GOP Bozo's haven't come up with a thing in 8 years of their useless repeal votes.
So Trump is going to build, not a Great Wall, but, a "great, great wall" I am not so sure it's to keep immigrants out or maybe to keep us in! I can't even imagine how bad it is in other countries, that coming to America is a great idea.
I have researched immigrating to other countries. Every country I have looked at all have means testing in order to be able to immigrate to their country. You either have to be highly skilled with advanced degrees or you have to show you have a job waiting for you or other income requirements. My gripe with immigration is that we should have the same expectations for the people who want to immigrate here. We are the only country I know of who will take anyone. America was great when we had the room and resources for everyone to be able to come here and were able to maintain themselves, however, we are still living with the fantasy of, "back in the day" when we ripped off and killed the Native American population, taking their land that immigrants settled on and built a life (at others expense.) This faulty narrative is still with us and unfortunately with half the country in poverty, most Americans are having a very hard time in this economy. This is where the confusion comes in with immigration. It's the paranoia of so-called "terrorists" from 9/11 (don't get me started with how all that went down) that get in.
The facts are that the main illegal immigrants to the US are from Sub-Saharan Africa, China and India. Illegal immigrants are money makers for, private prisons.. (My post about Vice President Dan Quayle's Private Prison investments)
Mexican's made up 54% of unauthorized immigration. So that's a yuuuuge money maker for prisons. Did you know Mexico has an immigration problem? It's  American retirees, Mexico has means testing, that means if you want to retire there and have enough of a pension, you are welcomed. Otherwise, not so much. I just wonder how many people actually got into Canada after Trump got elected?
Go ahead and build a wall @realdonaldtrump, so far his Immigration Executive Order is a fail. I suspect almost everything else in his speech will be one too. The GOP hasn't done a damn thing in the last 8 years and don't get me started with the Democrat white wearing suffragette BS. What does that actually do? NOTHING. Both those parties are the problem, that's how we got to Trump. I guess everyone can just continue with the bread and circus of Donald Trumps speech, but it was vague on how he is actually going to do anything, except just keep the same rackets going that aren't going to do anything to make America great again.
                                                     
Attributed to Fox News
                                            Another useless gesture, Thanks Democrats.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Paradox of Propaganda

I don't have a TV, I haven't had one for years. Mainly for economic reasons, having cable is like having a car payment.
 I don't subscribe to any print media.
Since the Iraq War, CNN, Fox News, The New York Times and so many more, reinforced the notion of weapons of mass destruction, it's all fake news to me.
 Trump isn't wrong calling out fake news, but the thing is, he's fake too.
I have a hard time believing anything that politicians do or say, along with TV stations and any mainstream print like the Washington Post or The New York Times.
I am not alone acknowledging that there is a propaganda MSM infrastructure being maintained to either keep people in a constant state of fear over Russia; Oh My God there's a Russian ship in International waters off our coast!
Or, alternately putting them to sleep with reality shows or the History Channel's, so-called history.
I have friends who watch Fox News or CNN, some of them still believe what's on TV, but most of them have no idea of what's going on, TV or no TV. They have no idea who Trumps cabinet picks are, what their history or experience is.
The rate of constant 24 hour breaking news gives them amnesia. They can barely remember what occurred yesterday, let alone last week. It's a constant stream of information that is, for the most part, almost meaningless or just plain nonsense.
When fake news is touted as truth then found out to be lies, and no one is responsible or accountable for fake news, it just goes on and on.
I think this country was founded on fake news and it's come back to bite us on the ass. Native American genocide propagandized as Manifest Destiny comes to mind, the Salem Witch Trials, More recently the Gulf Of Tonkin, WMD's and the Iraq War.
Now all of a sudden there's mayhem because the President is talking about fake news.
While the media acts like there's no such thing as fake news, it begs the question; what's really going on that isn't being reported?
We have leaks all over the place, supposedly because our non-elected Shadow Government isn't happy that @realdonaldtrump is acting like he isn't playing by the usual rules, like good old Obama did. I don't care which of Trump's cabinet picks resigns or gets approved, they are all from the same apparatus. Whether the NSA or whoever leaked Flynn's conversations and why that's a big problem, doesn't matter to me, since we're all in the same boat being spied on.
The reality is that almost everyone I know who voted for Trump, barely knows even one of his cabinet choices. However, they are super impressed that FLOTUS was a super model. (was she a super model? I have no idea, probably more fake news) Maybe they're right not to pay any attention, since it's become a revolving door of self serving, stale, pale and male dudes, or useful idiots like Betsy DeVos and that twit Ben Carson.
Meanwhile, the country is a shambles, I had five friends of mine get laid off from their jobs last week. I see abandoned houses everywhere, since we have a major foreclosure problem ongoing in my state and one of the major bridges connecting New Jersey to Pennsylvania was recently closed due to a crack in the structure, and so it goes. There's nothing fake about any of those things.
I anticipate more arguing about the deficit and how we can't afford all of the entitlements people actually paid for. This country is bankrupt morally and probably financially, since people like @realdonadltrump and all the other elites can offshore trillions of dollars in tax revenues while everyone's rushing around with their W-2's trying to get their taxes done.
The one thing you can count on is Americans are still caught up with Republicans versus Democrats, Black Lives Matter-All Lives Matter, the drug war, it just doesn't end and it keeps everyone distracted from the fact that it's the system that's the problem and no amount of voting will fix it.
The fix is in and no average American is going to come out the winner. Why would you even play their game?
Step away from the TV.
 It's 65 degree's in February here in New Jersey, I am going to take my box of paints and go out and paint a landscape, at least that is real, I guess global warming is fake too.

                                                     



Sunday, February 5, 2017

Not A Fan

Photo by DAVID ILIFF
It's the holiest of holy days, here in America. Super Bowl Sunday.
Bread and circuses, wings and beer. I never really got it. I don't like football.
I was a soccer player in high school and on the track team. There wasn't any football girls could play any way, except backyard games with my brothers.
 It seems like a lot of money is spent on the Super Bowl. $14.1 billion. Everyone at work will be talking about the Super Bowl commercials. $5 million for a 30 second spot. It blows my mind.
Some people have way more time for football than I do. Even if I had the time, it wouldn't be for a football game. People are way more invested in the Super Bowl, than politics or Donald Trump. I've seen way more dudes rattle off obscure stats about all the players, but can't tell me any thing about Trumps cabinet picks or the last book they read.
Thankfully, I keep my expectations lowered.
Most Super Bowl watchers don't vote, I don't blame them.
It costs over $4000 for Super Bowl tickets. The Super Bowl is for rich people, let them eat balls.
Like everything in this country it's been co-opted and corporatized.
The NFL get's billions from taxpayers subsidies, priorities much?
Local governments give all kinds of subsidies away for stadiums, they get discounts on
 utilities, breaks on their property taxes. The NFL is a non-profit, yeahhh, ok. Not a fan of that. They make over $1 billion in profits a year, actually it's $7.25 billion.
Someone tell me how that's non-profit?
To put this in perspective, it would cost $1.5 billion to clean the water in Flint, Michigan.
We have a huge homeless problem in this country, we currently spend $4.5 billion on.
We have a huge student debt problem, because we'd rather subsidize football teams than the future for our young people.
We need to rethink these ridiculous "non-profit" profitable corporations in everything but name only.
When it get's to the point that over half the country is living in poverty and churches, football leagues and other nonsensical schemes don't pay taxes on their "donations" and everyday people are struggling with three jobs, somethings very wrong. I seriously doubt anyone watching the Super Bowl game today is thinking about that. That's just the point. They don't care, They are too exhausted or too hypnotized by the Super Bowl circus and all the marketing for products they want you to buy with what little money you have left after you pay your property taxes, you don't get subsidies for.
I guess people think it's ok to be funding the NFL. they probably would rather pay for that, than a veteran out on the street. We wonder why the suicide rate for veterans is so high?
I'm kind of surprised they don't just put these military gladiators in the stadiums and feed them to the lions. Maybe that would get someone's attention. No one seems to care what happens to them.
There is an interesting story going back to Roman times. There was a guy named Gaius Marius. He was living during a time of Roman oligarchy. This guy Marius, tried to make reforms for the military. Afraid of a barbarian invasion, He used the promise of property to get more people from the lower classes motivated to join the military. There was a very large unemployment problem then. (sound familiar?)
Marius gave the military a retirement in the form of land grants & pension, anyone who fought with the army could become Roman citizens..It seems like veterans got a better deal in Roman times, (I wonder what the suicide rate was?)
This caused men to become more loyal to their generals than the Roman State, causing the destruction of Roman Republic and the onset of The Emporer.
In the end Marius, who once had sided with his army, co-opted himself with the oligarchy Senate and put down a rebellion of "radicals" to establish public order. After this Marius was exiled, but then returned. A few years later, Rome passed a decree, expelling all residents who were not Roman Citizens. A social and Civil war erupted, It would be the end of the Republic and the beginning of the Roman Empire.
It seems to me America long ago crossed the Rubicon of Republic into Empire.We have a similar breakdown occurring now, there's much we can learn from ancient Rome, but I am sure everyone would rather think about what Lady Gaga is going to wear for the half-time show than contemplate exactly where America is headed.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marian_reforms  for more detail.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Trumpistan

People are just beginning to suspect that Trump may be a malignant narcissist. One thing you want to watch out for is the amount of chaos and drama they leave in their wake. They are very hard to predict, because they lie so much. You can not believe what they say, which is like most politicians. They all lie. 
You have to look at actions.
What's really interesting to me is in his first Week in office Trump has pissed off people on  these foreign issues, Mexico's president cancelled his visit, the purge of the State Department, the 90 day immigration ban, If you are in an airport and stranded, go to this link,
 https://www.justice4all.org/who-we-are/staff/
 There are lawyers who can help.
So, I want to know how many terrorists have been caught since the ban has been in place? Every single country that's on this immigration ban list is from Paul Wolfowitz neo-con takeover of the Middle East
This is an unprecedented action. One that comes close was Jimmy Carters ban on Iranians after the Iranian Revolution. 
It is a 90 day ban for any non-citizen from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen. Every single country on this list has been subject to mayhem the US has caused. 

Weird, no ban on Saudi's or Egypt, oh wait, our sales professionals with the State Department will be happy to service your contracts for weapons. 
Most of the people who voted for Trump, don't even have a passport, let alone have ever traveled outside of the US. So I doubt it's much of an issue for them. With the amount of problems we've got in this country, this is one of the first actions Trumps takes.
Seriously, I want some statistics as to the amount of undocumented or terrorist people Customs stops. It seems like those people are always on FBI lists but manage to elude everyone, is this going to stop it? 
It seems to me that the people stranded in the airports are the ones trying to get in the country legally. Are there any statistics about immigrants that get into the country illegally through the airports? 
I couldn't find any real information about that. 
http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2015/sep/08/jorge-ramos/ramos-40-undocumented-immigrants-come-air/
It looks like Mexico in 2014 was responsible for 52% of our illegal immigration
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/11/03/5-facts-about-illegal-immigration-in-the-u-s/

I guess this pretty much says it all, I thought Trump had a fondness for immigrants?
                                       

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Grabbing Pandora's Box

To tell the truth, I was a lot more interested in the Women's March than the Inauguration, this weekend.
 I don't want to keep a sister down, but I am not sure what this march will do, when everyone goes home on Sunday. They say they "aren't going anywhere."
I took a look at the mission statement of the march;
We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families - recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.
There were a lot of women, in my community, who did not know why women were marching. I tried to tell them it was a march about human rights. More than likely provoked by Trumps scary rhetoric, about abortion, among other things.
The problem is, this march is too late. Actually, there's a couple of problems here. If women are so concerned about their rights they should have done something about the hijacking of Bernie Sanders candidacy by the DNC. If anyone could have done something about human rights it was him. I am sure a lot of women are still towing a Democrat Party line and voted for Hillary.
The Mission Statement also states concerns for Native people. Really? Maybe you should have gone to North Dakota then, while our backs were turned and everyone was watching Washington DC, more violence ensued in North Dakota. (Maybe that's fake news?) Which brings me to my third observation...
Not one arrest in Washington DC, no pepper sprayed people, no water cannon. According to one woman, who was quoted saying no one got arrested, because no one was doing "stupid stuff."
Nice one, I see what you did there.
More likely, it was because women weren't marching against the corporate takeover of our government. They weren't protesting against an oil company or against health insurance corporations denying care to their fellow Americans or the more than 20 million Americans who are going without.
They weren't protesting against almost half the country living in poverty, There was an explanation of "worker's rights. You have the right to work crap jobs, however, there was nothing about unions,
 In the "Unity Principles" it explains "workers should have the right to fight for a living minimum wage." So, that's helpful.We already have the right to fight for a fair and livable wage, however, we still don't have one. Bernie Sanders supported a $15 minimum  wage. I am not sure how many women marching  had Saturday off and could afford to go to Washington, they probably weren't working multiple jobs, trying to support their families. They made fancy p*$$y hats, (it takes 4 days to make one, you have time for that, right?) while most women are just trying to buy their kids warm winter clothing, not hats for themselves, but I digress. The "Unity Principles" are on the website.
I am guessing this march, will go the way of Occupy, although Occupy got way more pushback.
It's great, I guess, that there was a march that "couldn't have happened without police cooperation" That's not what happens with most protests and the President was safely locked away, unlike on Friday at the Inauguration, when 217 people were arrested. They should have waited until Saturday I guess, when police were "cooperating". Instead, protesters broke windows at Bank of America and McDonalds, "symbols of American capitalism" Violence and damage to property occurred, whether by agent provocateurs or not, I have no idea.
Does anyone remember People's Climate March? In 2014? Remember #FloodWallStreet? 100 people were arrested, 10 stood trial and were found not guilty. It's been almost three years since that march, most people don't even remember it. My point being either marches are ineffective now, since the government is even more of a plutocracy since Dr. Martin Luther King's time, or you need a bigger march, way bigger. At least it got a lot of publicity for Madonna, but she's been grabbing her own p*$$y for years.
Glad to know women aren't going anywhere after this march. But the women I know were either working or couldn't afford to go or had no one to watch their kids. Which makes me wonder, how much class is an issue here? In the Unity Principles access to affordable childcare was included, but I wonder where any actual action or access is going to come from? Ivanka Trump? Madonna? Maybe Cher?
Lady Madonna's Daycare Center, has a nice ring to it, right? A girl can always dream.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

'Twas The Night Before Trump

'Twas the night before Trump
and all through the nation,                                                
some are full of fear and others jubilation.            
Women will march, others will resist.
But, it's our "shadow" we elected
and that is the gist.
People are fearful
or ready for change, all of their hopes are probably in vain.
A man of business say's "healthcare for everyone!"
Not sure if he know's about the repealing his party has done.
Part Santa Claus. part savior, can he rescue the middle class?
Why you would even think that?
He's completely crass,
Everyday his appointment's, look more like swamp people.
Many are saying it looks like, his dealings are illegal.
Banksters, from Goldman-Sachs he'll appoint,
while people are busted in the street for a joint.
Representatives boycott, as people take to the streets.
It won't change a thing, because of the elite.
The moon over the White House, on inauguration night,
while you work three jobs, where's your invite?
Will he bring back the jobs? Will he last long enough?
Will he get impeached, before the going gets tough?
America will be great again, according to him.
When dealing with the status quo, his chances are slim.
Like Christmas stories and fairytales, these promises are made,
broken in a backroom or right in your face.
The system is broken, Trump cannot save it.
Remember this, when you see every hypocrite, dressed to the nines.
Eating and dancing and drinking fine wine.
While you drag yourself to bed, weary from your day,
your bank account empty from the bills you have to pay.
 Trump will get your jobs back and healthcare for all,
immigrants deported, he'll build that big wall.
 Nothing to worry about, he'll take care of it all.
All Your dreams will come true!
Tomorrow, when Trump makes his inaugural debut!