Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Follow the Money - ConservativeTransparency.org


Sometimes I get sucked into projects that overwhelm as they evolve into endlessly bifurcating wormholes enough to justify a team of researchers, but I have none, just me doing the best I can, with what I have, then my time's up and I must run off.  My recent excursion into Charlie Kirk’s Koch front group “TP USA” has turned into another such hideous, if enlightening, journey into the paranoid hostility saturated mind-scape of our Republican neighbors.

Seems that Republicans can’t see anything but an enemy in ‘the other’ - Unfortunately if that’s all you want to find, that’s all you’ll ever see.  

Seems that Republicans believe any information or facts they disagree with can be labeled a lie and dismissed without consideration. - They call it Free Speech. 

Worse Republicans seem to believe that Free Speech means that it’s okay to misrepresent others and to fabricate fictitious facts to fill in where the real objective facts don’t fit into their power/profits driven agenda. - Come on, can we get real, can we grow up?  Were does such an attitude leave constructive learning or sane communication between people?

What does this sort of Republican hate-mongering do for the United States of America and We The People?  Why do Trump’s most enthusiastic followers sound like they want a civil war more than they want to work towards a functioning society ready to deal with the realities of the future heading at us?

Where does that leave objective evidence gathering, fact finding, assessing the data at hand?
  

Profiles in Fraud - Nell Hughes: Facts not facts no mo.

I'll let a serious comedian explain this one.
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Donald Trump's False Claims and Foreign Policy Moves: 
A Closer Look

Late Night with Seth Meyers | Published on Dec 5, 2016
Seth takes a closer look at Presidential-elect Trump's willingness to make false claims 
and his shoot-from-the-hip foreign policy approach.


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5:35 - yup, no such thing as facts, 
they make it all up as they go along, 
bluffing and hoping for the best. 

Why are we handing our government over to such infantile delusionals?
    
~~~   Scary times America   ~~~

Democracy demands an informed 
and engaged citizenry.  
Wake up America.  This is not a drill !
This is for keeps.


Monday, December 5, 2016

TurningPoint USA - Vandalizing Honest Dialogue

While we slumber…  Behold “Turning Point USA”!  
Steadfastly building a movement hell bent on keeping tabs on all non-faith-based academics they don’t like, with the promise of future intimidations.  Of course, they don’t audit the reactionaries, or people who’ve convinced themselves that their self-centered, body bound human brains are actually in personal direct communication with the God of Time and Creation, Life and Love, and that this personal conviction justifies ignoring all objective evidence that doesn’t fit into their self-certain personal dogma - something that is human egomania and hubris taken to it’s ultimate extreme.

If you count yourself a rationalist who respects the constructive learning process that is serious science and academia, …

If you count yourself amongst the humanists who care about respecting diversity and you believe in cooperation among peoples, and dealing with the world that is, …

If you like “progressive” ideas, etc. here is yet another extreme right-wing group who wants to mortally damage all you believe in as part of their personal conviction of being god’s own warriors.  

Here’s an example of the witch hunts they are already conducting within serous learning institutions throughout our country, with far worse coming our way in the very near future.  You’d better get prepared!

Professor Watchlist is a project of TP USA*

The mission of Professor Watchlist is to expose and document college professors who discriminate against conservative students and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom. 

This website is an aggregated list of pre-existing news stories that were published by a variety of news organizations throughout the past few years. While we accept tips for new additions on our website, we only publish profiles on incidents that have already been reported somewhere else. TP USA will continue to fight for free speech and the right for professors to say whatever they wish ; however students, parents, and alumni deserve to know the specific incidents and names of professors that advance a radical agenda in lecture halls. TP USA will continue to fight for free speech and the right for professors to say whatever they wish.  

Just remember their “free speech” demands attacking and trying to deny your right to Free Speech and fact based constructive learning !

They have done one heck of a job of singling out all outspoken academics for profiling in the most extreme manner possible.  Randomly going down the list I find things said I certainly don’t approve of, but it’s also very clear that this is a one-sided prosecution effort and has nothing to do with rationally auditing or understanding what any of these professors were trying to convey.

I mean taking first day introductory talks were professors regularly inform their students of their own biases so that students have a better frame of reference as the instruction continues - always seemed like a very honorable American approach - but these paranoid souls see everything as a personal attack.  Or perhaps they are the ones who want to muzzle everyone else?  Think about it.

And what of this FREE SPEECH these right-wingers go on about?

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Petition the Electoral College, Roger Wolfson

Not much to add.  I know many will think this is ridiculous, abhorrent, impossible - but all those sentiments can just as easily be pointed at the Trump Presidency.  

Our American government the way are founders envisioned it and what generations worth of concerned citizens exercising their democracy has been able to create is literally under existential threat by a tribe of people who actually believe they are doing God's work and that all who oppose them are detestable enemies.  These people feel it's their right to fabricate facts when the objective known facts don't suit their personal faith based goals.  Since they presume themselves to be god's chosen (Having no conception of the difference between personal truths and universal truths.) all others get treated with hostility, slander and hidden desires of extermination.  Tragically that really is what lies in the heart of all holy warriors, check that link.  

Rational Liberal leaning American's be scared, be very scared - but be scared into thoughtful constructive action, help turn this tide around.  Here's an example that will get the Trump team's attention and even if not fully successful, if it's a very strong showing, it will help send a warning shot across their bow, while helping jump-start an effective community in defense of traditional American values.  The stronger the outpouring of nation wide indignation at this Russian Obligate self-promoter CEO of American, the more we will moderation the coming carnage.  {The following appeared at the Huffingtonpost blog and is meant to be shared, I thank Roger Wolfson (and Jared Berenholtz) for writing it.}
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Here’s What Has To Happen In The Next 14 Days

Roger Wolfson | 12/4/2016

 Www.asktheelectors.org is a simple tool to reach out to electors directly. 
Sign a petition at Change.org, and share it on social media. 

A lot of wishful thinking is happening in America right now. “Maybe Trump the President will be different than Trump the Candidate.” We already know this is a fallacy. Trump the president-elect is exactly the same as Trump the candidate. “Maybe he’ll suddenly become more responsible and balanced.” “Maybe this is the kick in the pants America needs.” “Maybe he’ll be impeached.” 

But the most damaging wishful thought of all is: “Maybe I don’t have to do anything — maybe the electors will choose to appoint someone else, on their own.” 

The Electors should. But they won’t. Not without political pressure the likes of which America has rarely seen before. 

Which means we all need to be motivated. Well — how about the safety of our own lives, and the lives of everyone we love? Because let’s not fool ourselves. Anyone with a rudimentary appreciation of the powers of the president of the United States knows that the stakes are life and death. Pretending otherwise is wishful thinking.

Profiles in Lucidity - George Monbiot

Lucidity is defined as  A) The quality of being easily understood; completely intelligible; comprehensible, B) The ability to see things clearly; rationality; sanity.  George Monbiot fits the bill on all counts.  

I bring it up since for me most news accounts I read or hear these days are painful because of reporter’s superficial, heck downright childish perspectives and gapping blindspots.  Not to mention the general normalizing and humoring of Serial Lies as a way of conducting business.  They have nothing to offer but filler and leave one as clueless as when we began their stories.  

On the other hand, when it comes to recognizing and explicating down to Earth physical and human realities and their impact on humanity and our society George Monbiot has a brutally cold realism that I find refreshing.  Plus his stories are packed with links to his original sources enabling all readers to further familiarize themselves, rather than expecting us to simply take his word for it.  He wants to inform and encourage readers to learn more on their own. 

It seems he believes in the Constructive Debate were better understanding of all sides and were arriving at the most objective complete understanding is the goal.  Rather than those petty Republican dogma driven dog-chasing-tail debates were never arriving at any actionable conclusions is the goal of the exercise.

Tragically too few these days represent that sort of sober approach to living and dealing with problems and a threatening future that promises to get ever tougher with continuing human failures.  I've been thinking about it since I'm working on yet another Monbiot bootleg (thought I continue endeavoring to get through to him and arrange some sort of official sanction - and have succeeded, see comments) and I was trying to think of a solid way to show my appreciation.  Thus, this index with links to Monbiot’s blog post going back to September 2015 after that I have a link to Alternate's complete index.  

I start with a few of his recent UK’s Guardian Op-eds which should be required reading for anyone intending to oppose and moderate Trump Administration damage to our American government.  Oh, and I encourage you to copy this and pass it around.  I would think there are many who would benefit from becoming familiar with Monbiot's work.


Frightened by Donald Trump? You don’t know the half of it.

George Monbiot | November 30, 2016

Many of his staffers are from an opaque corporate misinformation network. We must understand this if we are to have any hope of fighting back against them

Saturday, December 3, 2016

“Objective Truth trumps Personal Faith,” some thoughts

Since I keep going on about how “Objective Truth trumps Personal Faith” my gal pointed me to Trevor Noah’s recent commentary on Trump’s disregard for the truth.  “Adapting to Donald Trump's Lies” does a nice job of considering our Truth-Challenged president-elect.

It’s worth listening to, much sharper than the ‘white bread news’ that seems to be doing their best to lull Democrats back into their usual complacency, “give him a chance,” “lets wait to see what he actually does.”  Yeah right!  While the Alt-Right and Tea-partiers are busy lining up their targets and sharpening their knifes.  Since when should one willingly idle about waiting to get mauled?  Every day matters.  Yes, it is that serious.  Wake up.

Trump has been very clear about what he and the people around him want to do to USA’s government and the protections we’ve fought long and hard to achieve.  Trust Trump's promises, fear for the worst because without massive and effective opposition, you can be certain that the worst will happen!  This isn’t an idle game for them.  There are all too many good reasons to be scared right now.

Actually, much better than just scared is to be scared into action and involvement and learning how to communicate the rationalist's perspective in millions of discussions and communications with each other and our representatives and leaders across the country.  Time to get engaged in the government operations that dictate how we shall live. 

You know, here is where we must reaffirm the need for honesty and the need for observational fact-based decision making rather that self-certain Personal Faith turning the political landscape into a country of enemies, rather then members of the same team USA.
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Trevor Noah - Adapting to Donald Trump's Lies

Published on Nov 30, 2016 - The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Even after Donald Trump's mendacious 2016 presidential campaign, 
the media is still grappling with how to report on the now-president-elect's blatant falsehoods.
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Then after my introduction there’s an 18 minute talk by James Hoggan, founder of the information blog DeSmogBlog.com who offers reflections on what he’s learned from studying the right-wing PR machine driven Climate Science Contrarian movement.  Which is followed by Richard Milne PhD, college level one hour twenty minute lecture for those who want to get into more depth: "Critical Thinking on Climate Change: Separating Skepticism from Denial." It's sad that it has taken Hoggan's YouTube nearly four years to break 500 views.  

Four years of general apathy while the Alt-Right was diligently generating and broadcasting the most outlandish slander and fabricating stories meant to shamelessly and maliciously sow fear and hatred in gullible, scared people’s hearts. 

ACLU to Trump: We Are Here !

Okay looks like I might be able to do some catching up over here today.  First, the ACLU placed a full page ad in The New York Times on Friday, November 11, 2016, that's worth reposting over here.  At the end I share links to the American Civil Liberties Union.

If you are concerned about your civil liberties under USA's new Russian Obligate CEO who keeps mesmerizing his supporters with hopes of returning our country to some mythical White Nation that never existed and never can be in today's real world.  The one that is multi-cultural, over-crowded, with resources depleted, and a home planet that we are warming up alarmingly, which in turn is, and will continue to, upend age old natural patterns that our society depends on for its survival.  But I digress.  The ACLU was letting the incoming US Administration know that they remain a force to be reckoned with.  

But, you know the Alt-Right is also a mighty force to be reckoned with, after all they have convinced themselves they are god's own warriors.  Keep in mind they just conned America out of its government, and the ACLU is going to need a hell of a lot more support, intellectual, money, and vocal proactive citizens defending their efforts through letters to editors and your Representatives on both sides of the fence.  


Complacency is our greatest enemy!  Can you help protect America?
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November 11, 2016 | American Civil Liberties Union


Dear President-elect Trump,

For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has stood as this nation’s premier defender of freedom and justice for all.

As you assume the nation’s highest once, we must ask you now as president-elect to reconsider and change course on certain campaign promises you have made.

Specifically, you promised to:
- amass a deportation force to remove 11 million undocumented immigrants
- ban the entry of Muslims and institute aggressive surveillance programs targeting them
- restrict a woman’s right to abortion services
- reauthorize waterboarding and other forms of torture
- change our nation’s libel laws and restrict freedom of expression

These proposals are not simply un-American and wrong-headed. They are unlawful and unconstitutional, and would violate the First, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution, as well as other statutes and international treaties.