Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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

While we slumber…Behold “Turning Point USA”!

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 the comments) and I was trying to think of a solid way to show my appreciation.  Thus, this index with links to Monbiot’s blog posts 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. 

Profiles in Delusion - Bob Walker's NASA plans


Well, I can hide, but the ‘honey-do’ list finds me every time, maybe once I’m caught up (haha) I’ll get that full day(s) to focus on writing I keep hoping for.  Though I did get a few uninterrupted hours in and have a couple posts closer to being done. 

In my always growing backlog of projects is one started after reading an article by Oliver Milman about Trump's rationale to crackdown on "politicized science" meaning NASA's Earth Observation Mission - according to Bob Walker, a senior Trump campaign adviser: there was no need for Nasa to do what he has previously described as “politically correct environmental monitoring”.  In these people's minds keeping an eye on Earth's environmental systems is some frivolous waste of money.  I would love to see an honest rational person try to argue why our Earth's changing climate system is of so little interest, that our government's scientists should ignore it - bet I won't find any takers.  

I mean these people are so disconnected from basic down to Earth realities, they actually don't understand why we need healthy ecological systems and a diverse functioning biological web of live.  As for our atmosphere, they can't conceive how it could possibly have an impact on the planet's weather systems and biosphere.  It would be ludicrous except these types are becoming ever more powerful and have now been handed the operation of our government without any restraints - except for a concerned, informed, engaged, vocal public.  

Ugliest is that these Alt-right and Tea-partiers and the evangelical right are all so self-centered and self-certain that "God" is on their side that anyone who tries to school them differently is perceived an enemy and treated with contempt and ruthless hostility.

In any event, today DeSmogBlog published an article by retired Rear Admiral of the US Navy, David Titley PhD, who is now Professor at Penn State.  Here he gives this Trump threat a far superior and authoritative treatment than I could dream of, so I've purchased permission to repost his words from DeSmogBlog and am checking this one off my list.  For more details, check out Oliver Milman's informative news story.
"Trump to scrap Nasa climate research in crackdown on ‘politicized science’"
Nasa’s Earth science division is set to be stripped of funding as the president-elect seeks to shift focus away from home in favor of deep space exploration
Oliver Milman in New York | November 23, 2016  |  The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/nov/22/nasa-earth-donald-trump-eliminate-climate-change-research _______________________________________________________________________
Eyes in the Sky: Cutting NASA Earth Observations Would Be a Costly Mistake
By David Titley, Pennsylvania State University Donald Trump's election is generating much speculation about how his administration may or may not reshape the federal government. On space issues, a senior Trump advisor, former Pennsylvania Rep. Bob Walker, has called for ending NASA earth science research, including work related to climate change. Walker contends that NASA's proper…

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What about the national security conflict inherent in having a Russian Obligate CEO of America, rather than a President of the United States of America? 

I don't understand why protesters don't demand answers from the FBI, sure beats protesting simply to vent anger and fear.  Be constructive, enunciate your concerns so your right-wing family members and friends and co-workers understand where we are coming from.  

They have been made scared by professional myth-makers and too few rationalists and folks who believe in Objective Facts above Personal Faith have been taking these professional paid liars to task for their non-stop transgressions that have gotten so bad that Americans are starting to believe truth doesn't even matter any more.

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