My meanderings about politics, space exploration, cars, cats, tech things and whatever else strikes my fancy. To the current occupant of the White House, we will not be taken into war on anyone's leash.
Talk about “Must See TV”! Tonight on CNN and Sunday on CBS Anderson Cooper is going to make the private residence of the White House not a fun place to be. I know this is all very salacious but he is the president and he did it allegedly right after marrying his wife and her having their baby. That’s reptilian.
Anderson Cooper knows how to ask questions and get right to your soul so I know that this is going to be fascinating to watch.
The way I look at this is very simple. If I go to a restaurant and I get food poisoning I don’t go back to that restaurant until I know that they have changed their methods and have remove the staff that cause this from happening in the first place. We need to vote with our Facebook accounts right now. Deactivating your Facebook account which is what Facebook calls deleting it is the only way that Facebook will change their ways.
Yesterday Mark Zuckerberg went and put out a statement on Facebook and then did an interview on CNN. In both cases he never explained how he’s going to fix the problem. Sure, he said that Facebook should be regulated, but he knows how much money Facebook gives to Congress and how much sway they have and how this regulation will be put into effect. They know the regulations will be toothless. We must deactivate our accounts and then when and only when Facebook makes the necessary changes should we go back. I deactivated my account in November and to be honest everyone I need to be in contact with has remained in contact with me. Is it hard? Yes! But marching in Selma was very very hard and very very dangerous so I don’t feel like some sort of martyr at this juncture compared to those brave people. Let’s grow up and show Facebook who’s the Boss.
For a party in the minority the Democrats should have got a lot of what they want it or is it that the Republicans are Running Scared? I think that the Republicans are Running Scared. When you see numbers like in Illinois last night where the Republican turnout was down by 15% and the Democratic turnout was up by 182% you know that the Republicans are Running Scared. So yes the Democrats didn’t get everything they wanted but they got a lot of what they wanted, the tunnel between New Jersey and New York that minority leader Schumer wanted so badly and no funding for border wall or extra beds in detention centers or more ice enforcement agents for Trump. All in all this Omnibus Bill is a good one and I congratulate the Democrats for holding their nose down and working as opposed to blustering like a certain someone in the White House.
We need to step up? You accepted advertising against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 elections and they were paid for in Rubles, just in case you don’t know Mr. Zuckerberg that is the Russian currency. Did you not think that that was a little strange? And you’re saying that you’re going to step up and yet you gave no, I mean no details as to what you’re going to do as you step up. Although I’ve been going to the gym a lot since I deactivated my Facebook account I don’t trust you as far as I can throw you. You’re in it for the money and nothing else and you don’t care about your over 1 billion customers who rely upon you to keep their information safe.
What are you doing about the Bots running Rampage across your social media Network? One thing I know is that Twitter is doing something about it. Each day I see the number of people I follow go down which means that Twitter is eliminating accounts that are not real people. Do your Facebook users see their friend count go down? I doubt that because you’re 1 billion customers to your advertisers.
And yes, we signed our life away when we sign up with Facebook because their “User agreement” is written by lawyers who have lawyers who have lawyers and we just signed blindly. And all your talk about privacy went out the drain when the information about Cambridge analytica came out.
Deactivating my account has been a wonderful thing in my life and I hope others follow suit.
What are the odds that Donald J Trump could pass a lie detector about anything? I doubt if he would not lie even if you were asked what day of the week it was. I think lying is part of his DNA. Well, I think that’s proven by the way his children Act.
I never doubted Stormy Daniels and her story about having a relationship with our current president. She fits the mold and he’s a lecherous old man. The fact that 19 other women have come out and said that he was inappropriate with them in some way and another adult film star has he had an affair with her just makes it even more believable.
And yet, the GOP, the grand old party, and its leadership refuses to admit that he has done this. Now all of a sudden it’s a private matter. It’s amazing how it’s a private matter when it suits them. Why should it not be a private matter if a woman wants to end a pregnancy? I think that’s more of a private matter then whether our president had an affair with a pornstar after having had a baby with his new and beautiful wife.
Study after study show that abstinence programs do not work they cause higher rates of abortion, teen pregnancies and venereal disease. The conservative notion that they can dictate how an individual controls his or her body is against all conservative principles. Conservatism says that the government stays out of your home unless you’re hurting someone in there. The government ends at the doorstep of your home so how dare they decide how a man or woman and especially a woman wants to treat their body.
I remember watching an episode of Samantha Bee’s show where she made a very funny allegory about a woman’s right to abortion. She said and her piece that she wanted a bill passed that said that each time a man wanted to ejaculate that before they did that they needed to go into a clinic and have a camera inserted into their genital so they could see the millions of sperms they were about to kill. In fact is that much what conservatives want to do to women under the guise of saving life. And then once this life comes into being conservatives I want nothing to do with it. They don’t want to pay for education or health care or anything that will make sure that that life has a good I’ve come. Let’s get back to True conservative values and not this Abomination they call conservatism now.
I deactivated my Facebook account in November of 2017. It was not easy. When I first started my blog, Facebook generated 90% of the traffic. Now after years my traffic is generated from the search engines.
On a more personal note, I never used Facebook to remind me of my close friends birthdays. They are in my calendar on my phone and backed up to the clouds. My account had over 1,500 friends and honestly I knew maybe three hundred of them. And of those 300 I would call 30 my friends. Facebook has very cleverly changed what are understanding of friends had been through the centuries. I have read article upon article about how Facebook uses and did this very much by Design our need to be liked. So each time somebody gets a like it sends endorphins into their brain and they get just a little more hooked. I like myself, maybe that’s narcissistic but I don’t think so. I truly believe you need to like yourself before you can know how to like others.
And as far as far definition of what a friend is here goes. When I was a little kid my dad told me a story that his dad told them and that he told me his dad had been told by his dad and that it went down Generations. A boy lives on a small village. He is asked about his father when he reaches his teens how many friends does he had. The boy responds I have so many I can’t count them. He asked his father how he had so few friends. His father responded friends are not just people you know but people who actually care deeply about you. He told his son to go and kill a lamb, yes I hate this part but it is somewhat biblical, and put it into a burlap bag. Go to your friends all of those friends that you said you had and tell them you have just killed a man and can they help you. The ones who don’t slam the door on your face are your friends. I’m not telling you that they’re going to go and help you with your crime by hiding the fact that you did it but rather help you through this horrible thing you had done. That’s what a friend is.
Can we really truly say that all of those people that’s what we now have as so-called friends on Facebook who do that for us, I don’t have to think about this my answer is no.
So if you want to follow what I did there are some simple steps. Find out which of your friends birthdays are important to you and put them in your calendar. Make sure you have all of those friends contact information. Then go to the Facebook help area and ask how to deactivate your account. Depending on your platform and the vice they will be different. They will try to tug at your heartstrings at this point. Don’t let them. And then they will ask why you’re doing this. And this is important because there are 15 reasons but the important one you should check is other. And explain in your own words how upset you are at them for having allowed another country to meddle in other countries elections. They have a responsibility to their 2 billion users and they are failing miserably at it. Congressional leaders last week came out of hearings with Facebook and in a bipartisan scream that’s Facebook transparency and gave them ways of fixing what Facebook does. I have a simple way to stop at least some of what Russian does. Don’t accept rubles for political ads in another country. I don’t think that’s takes a rocket scientist to figure out. And I think Russia has a few rocket scientist on hand. And yes, Russia will find ways around this but that’s what they have something called algorithms add Facebook to circumvent.
Facebook will never change unless we force them to. I have a feeling that 2016 once a dress rehearsal for how Mark Zuckerberg plans to become president and either 2020 or 2024 depending on the political winds. That might seem harsh but think about it. You don’t see Google doing what Facebook did. First Google is a search engine and yes they have a duty to remove news that is false and opinions that are inappropriate but that’s not what Facebook is. Twitter gets literally hundreds of millions of tweets each day and again that’s not what Facebook does. I am not saying that Google and Twitter are without blame but to me in comparison with what Facebook did it’s something that they have announced they will fix and I believe them. And also neither Twitter on Google has a name like Mark Zuckerberg that everyone knows as their founders. Yes some people know who started Google and Twitter but it’s not as universal as Mark Zuckerberg.
When I said I lost 45 lb it was not clickbait. Ask my friends and neighbors and they will tell you I am transformed. Nothing magical, I had all this time on my hands so I started walking around beautiful downtown Los Angeles. I have a great gym in the building so I started going to the gym still had lots of time. Well then I started noticing that I was eating crappy food and I started watching what I was eating and I’ve gone from a size 38 waist to a size 32 and from an extra large shirt to a medium men. I went from 224 lb to 177 and I am 6ft 2. I’m not promising you all will lose weight but I’m sure you’ll find some great things to do with the time that you have been wasting on Facebook.
What a witches brew was necessary to get 45 elected. Throw in collusion by the Russians then go and spy on 15 million Americans through Facebook live through your nose about what you’re going to do once you’re in office and say you’re going to hire the best people and what you have the Trump candidacy.
And each time I hear about the dossier, please let us not forget that the dossier was originally contracted by a republican opponent of 45 in the primaries. Yes the Clinton campaign then took on the contract but never used any of the data to their detriment.
First a little bit about what I know regarding Proton Mail. Proton Mail was designed by a group of physicists at the CERN reactor in Switzerland. The reactor was down for routine maintenance and they had a lot of time on their hands and they started thinking about creating a mail system which could not be intercepted by hackers. Unfortunately Proton Mail has one huge problem. You have to input a password in when you send it and the receiver has to put their own password when they want to read it. So what’s happened is that people like me signed up for Proton Mail never used it because they’re not enough people out there who want to do that much work to read an email. So those who use Proton Mail or in two categories. The first category are people who are paranoid about governmental intrusion in their email and the second category are criminals.
That all being said, you can understand why use of Proton Mail in governmental emails should be forbidden. It’s encryption was designed by physicists and if you watch The Big Bang Theory Sheldon has told you how smart physicists are. It’s basically impossible to open unless you’re the NSA and want to spend huge amount of time on trying to open a single email.
This brings me to the second point, when you hire the best people, well the best people in the mind of Donald Trump, this is what happens. This staffer was using proton mail something no staffer in the White House should be using because White House email is already very secure. Perhaps this staffer had his own personal reasons for using it or he was trying to hide something, I won’t speculate on that.
But really, if you’re hiring the best people would they leave their password on White House stationery ona bus bench? And whatis this staffer trying to hide?
Scott Pruitt is a stain on Humanity. He is gutting the EPA and all the rules that have tried to safeguard the only place we have to live, planet Earth. This dude is scary. In this article the minute they found that there was pollution going into people’s drinking water he decided that it was time to relax regulations about polluting people’s drinking water. I wonder how much graft and Corruption he is involved with. And now they’re thinking of putting him as a high up in the White House. Drain the swamp? This is the swamp on steroids.