The Last Two Weeks

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Let’s hit the Pause button.

News is swirling out of our nation’s capitol at a pace and depth worthy of 21st century rapidity. Significant issues of national security have swelled amid documented claims of domestic abuse. White House staffers are forced to quit while others face intense questions about their truthfulness and credibility. The investigation into Trump and the Kremlin result in a detailed indictment against Russian actors. National intelligence heads speak in one voice for the first time in what seems a very long time, denouncing Russian measures, White House narratives and Trump’s cavalier pronouncements. Meanwhile, a few stalwart Republican legislators are buttressing the foundations of law and order.

Are we approaching a paradigm shift? It would seem so. It looks as if the Trump Administration is both imploding and exploding as pressure heats up to an unsustainable degree.

And this is just during a two-week period.

Here’s a chronology of significant events moving the scenario of White House instability. Continue reading “The Last Two Weeks”

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Forget the Pee Tapes

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At this point, it doesn’t really matter if Putin has tapes of Donald Trump with Russian sex workers in a ritzy Moscow hotel room playing Golden Showers.

We all heard the Access Hollywood audio. We’ve heard the many allegations of sexual misconduct, the charges of rape, the whispered accusations of pedophilia and incest. We know about his liaisons with the porn star, and his lawyer’s cover-up. And now we know about his dalliance with a Playboy Bunny. We’ve heard it all. Continue reading “Forget the Pee Tapes”

Beware the Harvesters

There’s a thing out there on Twitter with the initials FBR.  I ignored it awhile. Then it started invading my timeline. And all the red flags and whistles of the campaign of 2016 went into full-blown alert status.

Beware the harvesters – even and most especially when they look like your friendly #resistance comrade. Some may be. But that is not the point.

Here is the point: the Russians are here. They have a single aim – to weaken or destroy our democratic system. They will disrupt our electoral system. They will weaken those who resist. They will attack the strongest among us. They will do it through infiltration, through misinformation, through doubt and confusion, false tales, division, faux friends, rabbit holes and rat fuckers. Continue reading “Beware the Harvesters”

How An Executive Order Could Upend the Mueller Investigation

A little publicized Executive Order signed by Donald Trump almost a year ago may become his weapon of choice in thwarting the Trump-Putin investigation and the work of Special Counsel Bob Mueller.

Signed on 31 March 2016, Executive Order 13787 provides for a line of succession within the Justice Department.

The one-page document looks like an insignificant administrative process. It designates how officers – starting with the Attorney General through an Acting Attorney General – will be replaced, aka the order of succession. However, the section on Exceptions might raise eyebrows. Here, in innocuous detail is the following caveat: Continue reading “How An Executive Order Could Upend the Mueller Investigation”

Pay to Play: Put a stop to disinformation

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Many of us live in the universe of social media where forces hostile to democracy employ millions of bots as propaganda tools. The primary bot platforms – Twitter and Facebook – are at the best, sluggish in combating this disinformation campaign.

Here’s a solution to the ongoing war on our democratic political system. Pay to Play. Make them pay for their propaganda. Institute a user fee for each account on Twitter and Facebook.

For a nominal fee, say $10 a month, every single Twitter and Facebook account will get full access. Those who do not pay this nominal charge are allowed to view but prohibited from participating. No pay, no play. If a user doesn’t pay, he or she cannot tweet or retweet or comment or respond. They have viewing rights only.

Think about it. Immediately, hundreds of thousands, if not millions of fake accounts instantly disappear! Bots are a thing of the past.

People who set up dozens of accounts for the sole purpose of hassling others will face the price of harassment. Literally.

Those of us who use social media responsibly will enter an atmosphere cleansed of rampant disinformation,

Pile-on bullies gone. Bots gone. Political influence campaigns gone. Russian active measures gone.

Communication becomes real exchanges among actual breathing humans.

And to top it off, the social media platforms make a buck. That’s their only reason for existence.

Win-Win-Win-Win-Win.

And those who raise a ruckus about this? Well, we’ll know who they are and we’ll understand their protestations are less than pure.

I’m all in. What about you?