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My father died in 2018 at age 92. He lived a good life.

During his last months, my father shared stories with me about his service for his country and putting his life on the line for our America. Recently, I saw a 1943 Newark Valley yearbook. My dad was a junior in high school. In his class photo, there was my dad, sitting next to his best friend in high school, Joe Bates. Not a surprise that my dad and Joe would be next to each other in that photo. But i had never seen that yearbook before.

My dad told me about how he and Joe Bates were both drafted into the U.S. Army after graduating high school in 1944. He told about how Joe was sent to Europe and my dad was sent to the Philippines.

While in the Philippines, my dad came down with a terrible sickness. I never bothered to ask him what the sickness was. I can only speculate, perhaps, that it was malaria. At any rate, my dad was confined to a hospital which I believe was located near Clark Air Base (about 40 miles from Manila).

While secluded in a hospital, his battalion boarded a naval ship to be transported to Japan. My dad recovered before the ship arrived in Japan. He was on his own to find his way to Japan. By means of two different U.S. Army Air Corps planes, he found his way to Japan. First to Okinawa. Second from Okinawa to Japan. He was supposed to hide on the planes. The pilots could have been disciplined for taking a passenger.

My dad tells about arriving in southern Japan before his fellow soldiers arrived. He arrived there for two reasons. (1) A typhoon in the Pacific delayed the ship getting to Japan. (2) The harbor for which the ship was to arrive still had mines and those mines had to be cleared.

My dad arrived at the headquarters of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, located at a Tokyo hotel. He was then transported to the southern area of Japan where his battalion was about to arrive. He was reunited with his battalion.

Part of my dad’s story was about being in the barracks with the other soldiers. They found Japanese helmets and other implements the soldiers wanted as souvenirs. They took them and put them with the bunks in the barracks. Word went around that there was to be an inspection. Most of the men simply threw the implements they had outside. My dad and several others did not remove implements, so they were caught with them. My dad had to serve in some sort of KP duty, as punishment.

My dad also told about being in a convoy heading to northern Japan and the city of Sapporo. My dad never told me about the following. According to William Manchester’s biography of Douglas MacArthur (American Caesar), MacArthur, as Supreme Commander over Japan, had sent troops to northern Japan. Was my dad’s battalion part of that mission? Further research is necessary.

The reason MacArthur sent troops to that area was due to the threat of the Soviet Union, across the waters from that area, invading Japan. As the Soviets did to divide Europe (and later helped in dividing Korea and Vietnam), there were expectations the Soviets might do the same in Japan. MacArthur was proactive in taking on the challenge, should it happen. It never happened, as we know. Perhaps that saved my dad’s life?

In 1972, fifty years ago, we welcomed a Japanese Rotary exchange student into our home. She was from Sapporo. It was interesting that year, because the Winter Olympics were in Sapporo. The young girl was sad that she was away from her hometown during those games. We were all able to watch the events on American television.

It was wonderful that my dad shared those events with me. I think about his activities each year on Veterans Day. Today being Veterans Day, I thought I would share these events. Now. If I could only find the tape recording I made of my father telling this story! Somewhere in my house that tapes still exists!

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Dear Editors:

I have read David Brooks columns for many years.  I have listened to David Brooks commentary Friday evenings on PBS.  Many times I see eye to eye with Brooks’s somewhat more conservative ideas.  Many times I don’t see eye to eye with Brooks.  That is what America is about.  Considering commentary (sometimes opinion, too), learning and gaining wisdom, and synthesizing into our own thoughts. 

There is no way we can always see eye to eye with a person 100% of the time.  Whether that person is our spouse or just a friend or acquaintance, we can never be in agreement 100% of the time.  That is the way things should be, but they are not, as fascist Republicans use scare tactics to mesmerize the minds with opioid treatment. 

With this being said (and extending my message with more words), I now must comment about the commentary, with facts, presented by Mr. Brooks on 2 Nov. 2022.  His facts are about a “grim tide of sadness” in the world.  He uses facts to demonstrate that the lower portion of society are in the lower sector of society who have seen an increase in sadness. At the same time, those in the upper classes (I shall call the oligarchy) have seen an increase in happiness.  In other words, at the expense of the lower classes of people, the upper classes are happier.  The lower classes are not as happy.  Facts presented as part of his opinion-editorial (op-ed), but I see it more as a commentary with facts, not an opinion.  (The media has caused the problems we have by calling these op-eds). 

Mr. Brooks discusses such facts from various Asian nations.  Communist China is one such nation.  The oligarchy in a presumed communist nation (which should NOT have an oligarchy) have experienced this ordeal and an increased wealth among those at the top has been revealed. 

This sounds like what has been happening in a presumed capitalist nation like the USA.  Reaganomics and supply-side economics, in my humble opinion (I can provide facts, too), are at fault for this happening in the USA.  A twisted idea of what capitalism truly is, as we think of capitalism as “supply-side economics,” while Adam Smith (18th Century contemporary to our Founding Fathers) defined capitalism as something to challenge the oligarchy of supposed divine-rights kings and feudal landlord nobles and barons with the idea of SUPPLY AND DEMAND.  Balance and not individualism at the top.  In this practice, only government can regulate the balance between supply and demand.  Reagan claimed “government” is a problem, due to such regulation.

Another side to what Mr. Brooks says harks back to my days of learning from a Christian pastor who embraced the ideas of Deist Thomas Jefferson, that ideas from the Hebrew scriptures regarding creationism do not have to be examples of rejection of evolution and survival of the fittest (Darwinism and atheism).  This pastor pointed out that the men who wrote those Hebrew scriptures were merely attempting to come to grips with what God was about in the universe.  That seven days in the lives of men could be millions of years in the eyes of God. We cannot be certain about God because human beings did not have the knowledge of God. 

Another aspect I learned from this Christian pastor had to do with Darwinism and atheism.  This pastor represented survival of the fittest as meaning our human species having dominion over animals, but that Jesus Christ came as the WORD OF GOD (John 1:1) to help dispel such ideas by centering on a love of one another, all human beings. 

This means that survival of the fittest is not between “chosen people,” as Israelis contend, or between white and black people, or between Latinx and others, or between straight or gay, or between men and women.  It is not a matter of surviving by having control of one human species over another.  Rather it is about all human beings having love for one another and working in community, not as selfish and greedy individuals who berate their fellow human beings. 

Examples.  White supremacists think they are better than black folk. I have heard this crap expressed against former President Obama. On the other hand, black folk who proclaim the election of Obama as being a “first.”  White supremacists who have invoked lynch mobs during the era of Jim Crow.  They only accept black folks unless they follow the marching orders of white folk (i.e., Thomas or Walker).  The males reject females when someone like my mother runs in a Republican primary for a political office and many males say, “they don’t want her to be town supervisor because she is a woman.”  The black man who thinks we need to get rid of abortions, for the sake of black folk and no consideration of the entire human race and particular situations where the mother might lose her life (the fetus is more important than the mother, so both must die?) or there is rape or incest involved.    In all of these examples, people have thick skulls and don’t allow the elevator to go all the way to the top.

Thus, we get supply-side economics and the development of only the “me, me, me” individualist greedy attitudes which Mr. Brooks addresses in his own way.  We are living with the lack of love for one another and no care or consideration for one another, due to individualist “survival of the fittest” attitudes.  We don’t think about providing opportunities for all people and many times it’s more about providing handouts instead, although that, too, is objectionable to white supremacists and others. 

America HAS been the shining light, compared to Communist China and other sections in the world.  For the sake of “survival of the fittest” of the Chinese people, CBS Sixty Minutes report this past Sunday pointed out that the Communist Chinese version of Tik Tok is very controlled so as to EDUCATE their own people.  But for the rest of the world, they put it out there in an “anything goes” fashion.  It helps the Chinese survive while helping to destroy the education and learning capacities of our Western civilization. The Chinese embrace what Western classical music can do for the brains of people, while our Western people, stupidly, reject it and demonstrate their stupidity and lack of a brain, in the process. 

The net result since the Reagan and the birth of supply-side economics, has been  several developments in America.  (1) we want opinions, not facts; (2) we have big fat pig newspaper publishers who reject good journalism, local investigative reporting, local information and commentary, and do everything by sensationalism; we then wonder why “nobody reads newspapers;” (3) Ronald Reagan, Jr., who identifies himself as being an atheist and one has to wonder whether he supports “survival of the fittest” as being between those in the human species, not between humans and animal species – anything goes, but stop two consenting adults from doing what they wish to do; (4) defense of greed, narcissism, love of money, and lack of caring for one another, due to “survival of the fittest;” (5) love of gladiator-type games and being mesmerized by blood and guts and guns splashed on television screens. 

In the 1950s, the character, Perry Mason said just the opposite of what publishers say about newspaper journalism and the facts.  Perry Mason:  “I don’t want opinions, I want the evidence.” 

In the 1980s, the character, J.B. Fletcher said, “I have a theory [not a conspiracy theory] but I need the evidence and facts.  All opposite of what is being said today throughout our society when invoking greed and narcissism and validating it with “survival of the fittest.”  Then the far left liberals wish to spend all our time protecting the animals with which humans have dominion.  That is fine to have such opposition when humans massacre animals for the sake of greed and selfishness.  But to protect us from losing our own food stocks, such actions by the far left push the envelope too far.  Example. 

Killing predators of deer and domestic livestock, we kill off the coyote.  Then the deer populate to such a point that they become a nuisance for drivers and for those who maintain gardens for the sake of human needs for consumption.  When, in actuality, When in actuality, the “survival” factor could be to have donkeys protect the livestock because they are able to stomp on any coyote which come close to the livestock.  Nature working together for the sake of “survival of the fittest” among animal species, but to consider that God does not intend “an eye for an eye” among the human species because Jesus Christ said something contrary to “an eye for an eye….”

Sad to hear the sadness rate increases for “lower class” humans.  This should be stopped. An attitude adjustment contrary to survival of the fittest among the human species needs to occur.  Balance can be accomplished by regulation of business so as to eliminate the creation of monopolies with the use of supply-side economics.   Mr. Brooks only presented the facts, but really did not identify solutions.  Thus, I refer to Mr. Brooks and his facts, but also present ideas for solutions, too.  

My writing is not a letter to the editor because it is too lengthy.  My writing is not an op-ed because it is a commentary with solutions. Really.  It is not too lengthy to be an op-ed or a commentary.  Thank you, Mr. Brooks, for the facts included in your commentary. 

In 1992, James Carville said, “it’s the economy, stupid.”

Today, we are listening to a media which keeps pushing this statement, using it against Democrats and President Joe Biden.  Wrong, stupid media.

The cover story of a recent Economist magazine is as follows:  “It’s not just inflation.”  One cannot say, “it’s the economy.” 

Facts.

1992 Unemployment: 7/4%; GDP: 3.5%; Inflation: 2.8%; Event: NAFTA drafted

2021Unemployment: 3.9%; GDP:5.7%; Inflation: 7.0%Event: COVID-19 pandemic and recovery

1992 and President George H.W. Bush was in control.  It was an election year, but Bill Clinton did not take power until Jan. 1993.  Sadly, the Democrats joined with the Republicans in implementing NAFTA.  Unemployment was already bad in

1992.  NAFTA did not help the situation, but the fallout from NAFTA did not happen for years, as Bill Clinton reduced unemployment during his tenure as president.  In those years following 1992, GDP and inflation fluctuated, but unemployment was reduced.  By the time Bill Clinton turned the government over to George W. Bush, the Federal budget was a balanced one, due to the tax credits given to the MIDDLE CLASS, not so much the UPPER CLASS with its people who refuse to pay taxes (as today). 

During the period under Democrat Bill Clinton, for the first time in years and two Republican administrations, the interest rate came down to single-digit percentages.  I know.  I purchased a home in 1988, under Republicans.  Double-digit rates.  I purchased a home in 1996 under Clinton. Single-digit rates.  Facts from my personal experiences. 

I suggest the media and many others read The Economist.  In this way, they will stop yelling,, “inflation is the end-all description of all our problems and therefore, Biden and the Democrats are at fault.”  I suggest, by reading this Economist article, the media will stop being lainbrains in their coverage of the political situation in America.  They will begin to say, the economy is following a period of recovery as we attempt to overcome a pandemic.  That, compared to 1992, unemployment is down and the GDP is up.  Two basic parts of the economy (plus others), are decent, while inflation is the bad thing.  But then, how is the problem of inflation solved? One means of doing so is to raise interest rates, something the president of the USA has very little DIRECT control (indirect? yes). 

But by making the other two parts of this economy equation going more smoothly today and not pushing overseas business over American (as Republican Bush wished to do by throwing the American auto industry under the Japanese bus, plus NAFTA). n contrast, today, President Biden and the Democrats wish to encourage development of American business v. those in Asia, with his infrastructure bill (perhaps to help avert war with an Asian nation, too?). 

The media is failing to present these ideas and to shut up the signs with “Biden sucks,” and so forth.  What lainbrained stupidity and the fault of the media for allowing it.  Again.  The media should begin to read The Economist more frequently. 

It’s not just inflation, stupid.

When I attempt to get my point across from my 40 years of experience in education, libraries, and training, why do I get nothing but glazed eyes and have to let people know about my accomplishments I achieved in Florida? Besides genealogical research seminars and my regular librarian / professorial duties, doing several presentations with colleagues at National Association of Developmental Educators (NADE), the Florida edition of NADE, Special Libraries Association Fla. & Caribbean Chapter (SLA, an international organization) conferences?  Or presentations at the Professional Teaching & Learning Center at my college (etc.)? Or writing for a PEER-REVIEWED INTERNATIONAL LEARNING JOURNAL?  Then, getting rejected by American educators in attempts to get peers in the USA to consider what I am writing about.  Canadian library association asking me to do a presentation when the Florida Library Association rejects me. 

In music, my accomplishments at singing and substitute choir directing.  Add to that my instrumental experience. 

I have to fight to get noticed by American educators and librarians?  But I get recognized by people around the world, from Australia to Canada?  But not Americans?  Are Americans thinking they are the best in the world?  Really? 

After reading that America, since Prop 13 in California and reduction of taxes for PUBLIC education, it now lags behind the rest of the world in education, I have to think about this.  Rejected by American education professionals.  Accepted by professionals on the international scene.  What the hell is this?  My own people rejecting me.  It makes me want to spit on America at times.  But I try not to do that.  What if I decided to be like the QAnon bastard who invaded the Pelosi home with the intent to “break kneecaps” and break kneecaps of Rick the Prick, Ron DeSantis, Jebbie Bush, or Donald Trump?  Would I not be stooping to a low level of scvummy human being? 

At the same time, privatization of prisons have led to the largest population of incarceration in the world – in AMERICA.  Then Republicans put an ad on television degrading the ideas to HELP human beings, but the law and order manure of, “let’s HANDCUFF” them.  Never realizing that we have reduced public education in America. Is it not possible the net result of this has been an increased population in our prisons where those with minor offenses have been educated by hardened criminals instead?  Privatized prisons which have as a goal to put as many people in prison in order to support a PROFIT motive. 

This sounds like Hitler who, because Jews and others, dissented against him, he gassed them in concentration camps.  We have not yet reached the level of “gassing,” but unless we vote these tyrant dictatorial fascists out of power, we might. 

What else? Hitler killed a Lutheran pastor by framing him for something he DID NOT DO, because the pastor spoke out in the name of Jesus Christ, against Hitler.  Disgusting to think that a grandson of Hitler-loving Prescott Bush was the one who began the pursuit of privatization of prisons and education, thus increasing Florida prison populations.  His name?  John Ellis Bush, also known as Jeb Bush.  Jebbie wanting privatized prisons and privatized education.  Rick the Prick and DeSantis to follow him, in spite of TERM LIMITS in Florida. 

We have bulging prison populations and with this Reagan fixation on lowering taxes because “government is the problem,” we have destroyed public education in America.  We are unable to recognize those of us who work to help advance the ideas of public education. 

In addition to what I describe happening in education, we have Rick the Prick who makes money from privatization of healthcare systems and elimination of public hospitals so as not to be as well prepared for a virus and its strains.  We have made money for CEOs of Wackenhut and other companies, at the expense of many Americans, primarily the black population. 

And people just look the other way or their eyes glaze over with a mindset of “it’s always been this way” when I talk about being certified with training teachers with 4MAT Conceptual Learning (Bernice McCarthy) and me being tested as whole brained after returning to music following many years devoted to a science – library science – and being analytical left brained.  People think I am crazy when I go against lousy mindsets to preserve what they believe.  It is awful. 

This past week, I did research about the history of public schools in my hometown of Newark Valley, NY.  I learned some new information.  For instance, that in the late 18th Century, the first schools were begun here in Newark Valley.  According to my research, the intent was (paraphrased) to create the best education for ALL of the residents.  This is contrary to the notions about education at that time in Britain, the nation we shed, with its Oxford, Cambridge, and others. I do not wish to return to such a form of education designed only for those with money (aristocracy). 

If I say I am Progressive Conservative, my desires are to overturn what has been done to help us move to the older ways of aristocratic Britain.  Teddy Roosevelt was a Progressive Conservative but called himself a Progressive Bull Moose.  He was a “trust buster” so as to bring us to a life defined by Adam Smith (friend of Ben Franklin) with supply AND demand side economics, not the supply side economics of an aristocracy which twisted the words of Adam Smith to their own narcissistic benefits.   I am a Progressive Conservative American who desires to use ideas from the past which work and are good for community and society, not JUST the aristocracy and the oligarchy.  Reagan’s ideas support the development of supply side economics and the return to the robber barons Teddy Roosevelt opposed. 

Perhaps people need to have an attitude adjustment, rather than look down upon matters which are proven to work for the progress of our children, but are not based on the framework which is the same as what people stuck in a rut of corporal punishment education in America have been doing in the past. Measures that are NOT corporal punishment based DO WORK.  Conceptual learning, information literacy (learning to learn) and other important matters are being shoved aside as people look at me with their eyes glazing over – as if to say, “you are insane in thinking about these things.”  I am also whole-brained, too, according to the last tests I had taken.  I was also told by a psychologist I should be joining a group like MENSA.  Can’t take these things about me?  Too bad. 

I have observed anti-corporal punishment accomplishments.  Handcuffs put people in jail to learn from hardened criminals.  Or else face the “gas chambers.”  Former students of my Grandpa Floyd B. Schoonmaker, here at Newark Valley (teacher and librarian, 1940s to late 1950s at NV) always talk about how tough he was with the corporal punishments he used at that time.  Perhaps the best description of my grandfather is a page devoted to him, written by students and published in the 1955 NV yearbook.  For in that yearbook, it describes the sense of humor Mr. Schoonmaker had.  People can be tough as nails without using corporal punishment. I have observed some of the with both black and white professional colleagues. We often noticed that beneath that “tough exterior” was a person with a “heart of gold.”  Sounds like my Grandpa Floyd Schoonmaker, who was performing his teaching duties as defined in the 1940s and 1950s by a man born in the late 1800s.  . 

​ My life and public education.  As Rodney Dangerfield said, “I don’t get any respect.”  I did achieve success with my students.  Sometimes a sense of humor was utilized.  One student even returned one Friday evening while I was working at the Circulation desk in the library and told all the students about how, the personj lifted himself out of homelessness and succeeded (an Army veteran), had succeeded, due to Mr. Cornwell. 

But in the overall scheme of things, I wonder why I get little or no respect from professionals in education in the USA, but received peer approval in an international journal of learning?  I actually felt more respect when reading how America now lags behind the rest of the world in public education and has one of the largest prison populations in the world. Yet, I received approval and respect from those outside this nation, with its failing public education system.  At least I know ONE homeless person who never ended up in jail, but succeeded in life.  How many others were there? Making me feel better is Aretha Franklin’s song:  “R-E-S-P-E-C-T.”  ​Other words.  Dignity.  Walking in integrity. 

Groupthink & Media

My commentary, not op-ed, to PBS Washington Week producers.

I am trying to understand why there seems to be such a strong “undercurrent” within the people whom I communicate. After watching PBS Washington Week and considering the money I see donated to PBS and NPR by big oil tycoons, the Koch brothers, I am now beginning to understand.

The PBS programs appear to be in the gutter, avoiding good investigative journalism and relying on analysis of political ideas and the ideas of those who don’t support the fascist, John Birch, KKK agenda in America today. You don’t discuss this fascist agenda, perhaps because money comes to PBS from fascists like the Koch brothers and big oil?

Gasoline prices. They are actually lower, figuring for inflation over a long period of time, and in comparison to the inflation aspect of consumer earnings. I have the evidence. It was published in NEWSPAPERS but not in the broadcast media. Comparisons in terns of inflation, from the early 1950s to the oil embargo of the 1970s, to today. I READ NEWSPAPERS and PRINT COPY of periodicals. I could do without the junk mail in print copy, but we are FORCED by big fat pigs of corporations to accept the lack of printed NEWS and INFORMATION.

Inflation. Really no worse than it has been many times in history. But keep limiting information to being the worst. I have seen worst. Give us a long term HISTORICAL evidence this is the worst. Do a comparison to what the inflation was like under various political party leaderships over the past. Nixon and his proposals for “price controls.” Don’t just tell us how a FEW voters think about this. That is disgusting.

Dealing with inflation. There is newspaper info. with ideas about how to deal with inflation. But of course the technology industry, propped up by big oil and the fascists, is pushing a liberal agenda to stop reading newspapers. Yes. I said liberal.

And then the liberal agenda pushes the envelope in trying to maintain that, somehow, reading newspapers in digital form is going to save trees. Really? What saves trees is to stop ripping down the rain forests for development and not replacing those trees, such as what has happened in a South American nation now run by a vicious fascist. PLUS. The consideration that the more technology, computers, and mobile phones there are, the more electricity is consumed which brings pressure on the electricity infrastructure and its grid to produce more.

Does anyone actually believe the fascist agenda with Trump, Rick the Prick Scott, DeSatan, and others is truly going to change the scenario I identify above?

Rick the Prick inherited from Democrats a really lousy setup of PUP insurance for hurricane coverage in Florida. Did Rick the Prick make a change? Nah! He never made any change in this. What DID Rick the Prick do instead? Fought Obamacare because it goes against the egotistical narcissistic ways of Rick the Prick who made money from PRIVATIZATION of hospitals, where he plead the 5th numerous times when he was charged with stealing from Medicare. |

When Florida voters approved of a fast-speed rail system so as to save money over the long term and cut down on carbon emissions, why did Rick the Prick override the voters? Because he had his marching orders from the Koch brothers and others who insisted they wanted to continue to sell oil and to hell with other means of getting around it.

Those of us consumers and voters were screwed by Rick the Prick when he did this. Some of us invest in corporations which wish to do BOTH oil and alternative fuels. The Koch brothers ONLY want oil. So, in the name of the Koch brothers, Rick the Prick took his marching orders from vicious egotistical bastards who just MIGHT be giving support to PBS. And we the consumers who invested in real residential real estate along the route of that rail system were screwed as well.

Developers along that proposed rail route were screwed as well, while corrupt developers in Palm Beach, with house flippers, made out well with their corrupt practices while working with the banks. Who does real estate in Palm Beach County? Care to guess? The guy at Mar-a-Lago.

And the answer to this is, by the ideas of the fascists, to use coal and pollute more. Electricity in a Florida utility, I am told, is now concentrated with coal and gas while a less-polluting nuclear plant has been shut down. Not to endorse the ideas of nuclear, but there has been R&D work to improve the safety of producing nuclear. Where? in Europe, where the build rail systems.

The undertow of groupthink talk here is to put down electric vehicles, as if they are going to do bad things to the electric grid. What about the bad things being done to the grid when people are buried more in technology and not paying attention to their fellow human beings?

What is being described here is being done in the midst of this consumer groupthink undertow of information to push the idea that the local newspaper stop printing on paper. The anti-electric vehicle (anti-solar, anti-wind power, anti-hydro power) and pro-non-printing on paper is inconsistent in claiming, “the environment will be better.” According to this talk, solar is awful. Wind power is awful. But keep putting those newspapers out in digital form where consumers have to fight with the technology and pay higher costs just to get their newspapers and INFORMATION.

But no. The cost aspect is thrown at me by those who wish to defend what THEY want and never consider an overall COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS over the long term.

Liberals are just as bad in pushing the envelope too far. There are alternative biomass fuels which can LOWER carbon emissions in vehicles. But no That lack of PERFECTION and they reject those and dig in their heals ONLY for solar or wind power, etc. Methanol. Still has carbon emissions. But compare such fuels to gasoline emissions? Is it better? I believe it is. But only a theory on my part. We need the evidence from the media doing its job, not simply giving us analytical views of politics.

In a PURPLE America where we got along, the production of methanol fuels could be bolstered by people working with Iowa farmers, not the coal producers. Or by orange growers in Florida with “co-electric projects.” Corn and other agricultural products can be grown in the back yards of the Keystone project people in Pennsylvania. For the production of fuels with LOWER carbon emissions. Not zero carbon emissions, perhaps. LOWER carbon emissions than what we get with gasoline. Hybrid vehicles as a choice for consumers as we ease into electric vehicles. But no. Liberals are opposed to this just as much as the big fat pig fascist oligarchs of oil are opposed to electric vehicles, solar, wind, and other energy sources. Such fascists get supposedly good-thinking “red” Americans to stupidly line up behind them.

Even if someone like me did not care for George W. Bush, he pushed the idea of reduced carbon emission vehicles. I liked that. In one of his state of the union addresses, he pushed for the use of switch gas for biomass fuels. Why? Because, as he proposed this, he outlined how the fermentation process can be reduced. So where are the switch grass farms today, some 20 years later? We have the agricultural lands, but where are these farms and the corn farms today, for these purposes? Stifled by liberals who insist “we don’t have a perfect fuel, so let’s not do this because we wish to concentrate on ONLY the perfect energy sources with NO emissions.” Stupidity here , too, among the liberal groupthink. HOWEVER.

Where is the money today? In the hands of the liberals who are yelling and screaming their dissent? Or in the hands of the wealthiest at the top who insist there IS no climate change, so let us continue to use oil. For the future of our children and generations into the future, we need to stop this BS approach and work together. We need those of us who have invested in a more moderate approach to get us through these years and into the future. A STRATEGIC PLAN is missing because there is too much tugging of one way or the other just to see who comes out the winner. The WINNER needs to be our entire community of people in the great USA, into the future. What is the STRATEGIC PLAN to accomplish this goal? With the fighting and the turmoil, I have a problem detecting it.

It’s a PURPLE STRATEGIC PLAN, not a RED PLAN (fascists) or BLUE PLAN (liberals) which will determine our way forward, based on what we can learn from the past, not RE-LIVE the past, as the stupidity of MAGA, QAnon, and others propose.

The reason the Koch brothers and other big fat pigs in the oligarchs push for Trump, Rick the Prick Scott, and DeSatan is really simple to see. So why is the media not projecting this? Is PBS getting support from the Koch brothers, so ignores this simple thing?

Governor Lawton Chiles, of Florida (and a person people hoped would be president in 2000), filed a lawsuit which brought down big tobacco in the USA. He filed this lawsuit with several other states, due to the cost the states had to endure in helping their citizens with lung cancer due to smoking tobacco. The costs were staggering, according to a report by journalist and lung cancer suffering Peter Jennings. Chiles won the lawsuit.

The vicious fat pigs of North Carolina relented by taking over the electric utility where Chiles had served on the board of directors. With thousands of other Florida employees, I lost my job due to the strategic plans of those fat pigs. A plan implemented slowly and over time and gives us much of what we have today

I am just supposed to shut up about this, due to the benefits I had following the layoff. But I won’t. Because much of what the fat pigs like Jeb Bush, Rick the Prick and DeSatan did in the interim between layoff and retirement was to screw me even more. I speak of this, in site of the wonderful career I had. I could have had more in retirement. That is a statement made because their are stupid asses who vote for the fascist Republicans who wish to bring down the Medicare and Social Security systems for which I rely on after Rick the Prick Scott and others destroyed some of my retirement investments in Florida, among other things.

These oligarchic fools don’t have the right to do that just because they have money and they need to be called on it. Where is the media to do this laying these people on the carpet? By the first words in the Constitution, WE THE PEOPLE, these fools don’t have a right to do this. Just by those simple words alone. They believe that what is good for the oligarchs is good for the nation. BS on that.

Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Power which takes into consideration more than a minority of people called white people is a corrupt power and tries to move towards the “absolute power which corrupts absolutely.” Koch brothers, John Birch, KKK are all corrupt and their absolute power corrupts we the people absolutely.

I have heard by hearsay from a person married to a white apartheid-loving anti-Mandela person from South Africa, that the tobacco companies have moved operations to South Africa. So, that makes that lawsuit by Lawton Chiles so bad that they had to murder Lawton Chiles and make it look like something else? Rather than build better “American mousetraps” (as has been a good example of America), we embolden white supremacists out of their closet of hiding their racism and cry foul when things are not as foul as these people make things to appear?

The only speculation I can make is that we have a lousy media today taking their cue from the money of the Koch brothers, Rupert Murdoch, and other oligarchic robber barons of the 21st Century. A media which does not follow what Peter Jennings did with his reports about big tobacco and the lawsuits which benefited society overall (according to the Peter Jennings reports). A media which will identify and bring out of the closet the vicious fascists today, rather than just reporting everything as if we as normal today as the era of the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, etc.

What does the media propose to do? What analysis based on strategic plans for the sake of WE THE PEOPLE does the media intend to present? Anything? Because I don’t see it and have to wonder why? I say, WHY NOT?

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Washington Week, Oct. 21, 2022

My factual commentary, not an opinion editorial (op-ed).

First of all, this is no way for contacting you – by form. I despise it. Same thing with social media. It’s all about the opinions in short messages. I object. A person whose funeral was celebrated in the past two weeks, reminded us by way of her eulogy, that using technology and phones was so un-human when considering we no longer talk face-to-face. Thumbs thumbs thumbs and not speaking with one another.

Now I have that out of the way, the reason for me contacting you.

On your program last night (Fri., Oct. 21), your analysts proved once again how media concentrates on analyzing opinions, not providing the facts. As on a one-time television program, the police detective said, “just the facts, ma’am, just the fax.” The character of Perry Mason said, “I am not interested in your opinion, only the evidence.” You use opinions as evidence far too much. Those two television series were models for the American public in the 1950s and 1960s, as reading by Americans declined (according to George Will).

Recently, a wonderful actress named Angela Lansbury died. In her series after the time period I describe above, she would often say, “I have a theory, but I need the evidence.”

I ask you wonderful media people, with due respect, why do you constantly analyze the opinions of people and never look for evidence to support such people. Where did the opinions of voters, brought forward last night, derive? From surveys? From just a few voters? Where did those opinions about issues derive?

Recently, in waiting for my car in a detailing shop, I waited some two hours in a bar. I was not drinking, but just needed to get a soda and burger to eat and the establishment was the closest for walking. Just to clarify because I rarely visit bars.

Perhaps I should visit bars more often. Because what I heard spoken by the people (mostly men, but a woman, too) was this. How lousy healthcare in America was, particularly focused on one PRIVATE local healthcare unit. I never heard one thing about the “bail issue in NY.” That “bail issue” lying commercial was prevalent – from the Republicans. Lies in the commercials. Not one word was spoken about any of the other issues for which Republicans in New York are lying so as to gain votes. Hitler’s Goebbels: “tell a lie so many times that it becomes fact.”

Never once do I ever hear the media of any kind speak about what is happening with regard to lies. Just presentation of analysis of the various opinions, even some voters. Just the facts, ma’am. Just the TRUTH, ma’am. And in the process, your remarks do nothing but scare voters away from the polls.

Last night, you had a clip of the debated between Stacey Abrams and Kemp of Georgia. Kemp was quoted as saying (paraphrased) that he made the voting registration process in Georgia an online system easier to use. Beg your pardon? You broadcast that piece of information and later last night, I get a call from a person who recently moved from Florida to Georgia. He described the voter registration, online, as being a nightmare, so he did not do it. There goes one vote from Abrams, whom he likes a great deal.

My bet is that it is now too late for this person to register for the upcoming election in which he favors Stacey Abrams. Every vote counts. So, I suggested he vote absentee in Florida since his address is still in Florida and he would vote for Charlie Crist rather than Ron DeSantis. Every vote counts.

Instead, this person reminded me of what it was like to vote absentee in Florida. He lived at a residence far from where he was attending college. It was a nightmare. I recall when I turned 18 in upstate NY, living at college but my primary residence being my home some four hours from college, doing absentee ballots then and finding it to be far less complex than what Florida made it, for the sake of the Republicans. More Democrats in the state of Florida, yet somehow the Republicans win and have a one-party state there.

Where is the historical evidence when discussing inflation and gas prices? There were many times of inflation in my life. We never pointed at the government.

Gas prices today are equal to about what they where 50 years ago (1973) during the time of the oil embargo. Historical economics evidence speaks mountains. First of all, if people would read newspapers, an op-ed columnist wrote about how, on the basis of inflation over the LONG TERM, the prices of gasoline today are lower than in the early 1950s when there was a gas increase and LOWER THAN the prices during the oil embargo, WHEN ADJUSTED FOR LONG-TERM INFLATION. Look at the salaries of the big oil conglomerate oligarchs today, compared to those earlier years? Did you do that? No. I know that oligarchic salaries since the 1970s have increased 1000% or more today. Even the salaries of workers paying for the gasoline are higher and give them a higher earnings level than those during the oil embargo (but not as much as 1000%).

The SAME PEOPLE who gave us the oil embargo are the problem today. Trump and big oil of Texas LOVE the Saudis. Trump and big oil LOVE Putin and the Russians. Putin is a by-product of those years during the oil embargo.

Did this historical evidence ever get revealed last night? Not once did I hear such examples. Instead, we heard the presentation of opinions on the side of “what the voters are saying.” Does it ever behoove media to present historical evidence which might show these voters being mesmerized by the very people who are the cause of the problem – Trump and his cronies, big oil, and the remnants of OPEC? What is presented is stupid people too easily mesmerized by lies who are snotty brats moaning and groaning like a bunch of spoiled brats.

I say this because in the years of the oil embargo and high gasoline, we came together more often to do something. We did NOT point fingers at a president or the government, due to the oil problem. We did not look at handouts from a government. How many times did I take my 4-hour trip to college in the cars of other parents other than my own? Car pooling on our own, not done by a government. How many times, when I purchased my OWN car, did I share rides with other college students (four of us to be exact) on the 4-hour drive to college and back? I saved those parents the gas money for each of four potential car loads of students. My parents never paid me for the gas. I would sometimes receive some cash from some of the riders, but I never insisted on it.

There were others who did the same thing. Voluntary car pooling. No one FORCED us to do it. Some did the car pooling from Long Island to the college, typically a six to eight hour trip. Some rode the bus.

We used different modes of transportation Only after a few years did some local governments set up car pooling options for the residents. AFTER the years we car pooled. Had electric or hybrid cars been available, we would have rejoiced. Big oil is trying to sabotage that and captures the stupid imaginations of too many stupid people.

The other thing about last night’s broadcast. Never mentioning the accomplishments of President Biden and the Democrats, except to brush them off with no analysis of WHAT IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING. Unemployment is down and has been reduced since President Biden took office. That should shoot holes into the lies of Oz in Pennsylvania, based on big oil, when discussing a Keystone project. “Loss of jobs.” OH? And what about the increase in jobs in the economy which has caused a lowering of unemployment? In other words, it’s lousy to lower unemployment but boy is it lousy that there is a lack of jobs due to – Keystone – offshore drilling in Florida, etc., etc. etc.

And then to hear some dwell on the reason to be against electric vehicles is the unfunded mandates for putting such vehicles in public transit. I have seen Republicans do unfunded mandates MANY, MANY, MANY times – to the detriment of public education. Don’t notice these people who are whiners complaining about those unfunded mandates which cause the taxes for public education to increase.

As for inflation, those of us who lived through inflationary periods have a great deal to teach, but are being shut down by the listeners of false information – from Fox News. how many times have I tried to take the opportunity to TEACH (my career was teaching) and other on the “red” side of the coin simply talk over me and not allow me to say one thing? My only way to say anything is writing, as in this example. But the media makes it more difficult to get published, with short snippy little tweets full of emotions and opinions, not the facts.

And who reads newspapers, right? Those of us who don’t like what I describe here which happened in last night’s Washington Week. The rest of the snotty young spoiled brats don’t read newspapers. Yet, in the newspapers of LOCAL INFORMATION and so forth, we have read information explaining how to overcome inflation. Instead, the Republican jerks of America rely on the fact that people don’t read such information and wisdom of age and inspire these brats against the government of Joe Biden and the Democrats. People who are NOT PERFECT, but have a record of doing some good things to counter what has been happening. The good things apparently are being BURIED by the strategies of lies and emotions emanating from a Republican Party leadership. Thus, these bastards LOVE it that we don’t come together as a nation and figure out how we can all deal with the inflation. They just expect someone to fix it.

When I was recently in a grocery store and looking for short ribs for a recipe I came across, the prices of short ribs exceeded $10 per pound. WOW! I was not going to pay that price. Sometimes, due to the cost, the stores just did not stock that meat.

When speaking with a human being called a butcher (at the store), it was suggested to me there is a less expensive cut of beef I could consider using to replace the short ribs. It was still on the expensive side, but it was worth considering. My thanks to human beings like that on the supply side who can help those of us on the demand side of a capitalist market, during these days of turmoil.

Yes, these examples are from the Middle Class. Yes, there is some suffering in the Middle Class. But so far, it has been Republicans who have worked to decrease the opportunities for people to live in the Middle Class, hoping to have “trickle-down economics” to all who become slaves and more impoverished. It has already been happening. Jack Walsh of GE, an anti-LGBTQ bigot, destroying the pensions of employees, leaving them with higher risk individual retirement accounts, while he and others have been corrupt and unethical in taking all the money for their bonuses and the 1000% increase they have gained since the 1970s. Many other CEOs, in particular big oil and the Koch brothers, have worked for the same results. Hording money at the top and denying it, but in a trickle, to the bottom, while private business and privatization have increased the costs for us in the Middle Class.

Did your media folks even delve into this issue? Not. Once again. Analyzing opinions only.

Mortgage rates. 3% in the 1950s when our parents purchased homes. 12% and 13% when we attempted to purchase a home in the 1980s. This was done under the REPUBLICANS who had PROMISED to reduce the interest rates. In 1982, under Reagan, 12%. In 1988 under George H.W. Bush, about 10 or 11% – still double figures.

Promises, promises, promises so as to only blame Democrats and unseat Democrats by not fulfilling the promises they likely COULD NOT fulfill. Those Republicans only delivered for FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS, not those who had already owned a home. Historical evidence, once again. Those of us who had already purchased homes at the high rates did not see relief into the single digits until Democrat, Bill Clinton. Meanwhile, Reagan and the Republicans had won over the YOUNGER Baby Boomers who were the first-time home buyers. It was such people and younger who are the mean-spirited and vicious ones defending Republicans today, with their bratty spoiled attitudes, especially when things don’t go their way. They own huge acreage and more than what i can afford on a teacher’s salary and still wish to ask for more. Just like Ebeneezer Scrooge and the LOVE OF MONEY and MATERIALISM, before human beings.

Today, the fault with high housing prices and a possible head to high interest rates has been caused by Republican bank buddies, flipping of homes and corruption in selling new homes in new developments (particularly in Florida, as written by investigative LOCAL NEWS reporters, backed by librarians doing research, in the early 2000s). All of this opened the doors for corporate slum lords to move in to purchase homes and FORCE the people of Florida to rent rather than the “American dream” of house ownership for the LONG TERM. (And Suze Oman validates this with “the new American dream,” so as to make young folk feel better about all of this, rather than rid us of the thieves of business who are doing this – robber barons. What a joke).

And then there is the complaint by some regarding how President Biden is following precedence with the Chinese and taxes. Such spoiled brats are irritating and obnoxious because they ignore the ideas of the use of infrastructure development to light a fire under development of the U.S. semi-conductor industry. Why would he do such a thing? Because the semi-conductor industry is based in Taiwan, China realizes this, and intends to take over the nation. You think the tax situation with China is bad? Think about what would happen should all semi-conductors be made by THE COMMUNIST CHINESE. Better yet, think about coming to the defense of Taiwan and what that would entail. Give up our rights in America for the sake of averting war? Go to hell.

Again. Why did your media folk not go into what I have mentioned? Why do you not interject the facts and just concentrate on analyzing opinions? WHY? Unless this is changed, it will be the downfall of American democracy. Makes me wonder who is TRULY paying for the media in America today.

“Purple mountain majesty…” America the Beautiful. It does not read, “red mountain majesty…” It does not read, “blue mountain majesty…” It reads PURPLE, a combination of red and blue. How appropriate. How interesting that this portrays a beautiful America, a nation which SHOULD be working together for the betterment of this beautiful land, not scoffing and scarring those who are trying to do so. Working against one another, rather than blasting one another with guns, ammunition and “the bombs bursting in air…”

It is said that the most popular song played by the U.S. Marine Corps band is NOT the “Star Spangled Banner,” but “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Not “stars and bars,” which is the symbol of a certain battle flag. I suppose we can see that the later one is a verse with words that rhyme. Rhyme has nothing to do with the words we use, in this case, because the only rhyme or harmony, in this example, is inclusive only to white supremacists.

Let us work together for beating inflation and gasoline prices, not argue for one side or the other. Such ways are an abomination against democracy, supported by Satan and the Evil Spirit.

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Beginning with Technology, Proceeding to Energy & Other issues

Excel or LibreOffice Calc. What the hell programmers developed the inconsistency of the function DATEVALUE so that it gives a serial number for a cell with text but gives an error message with the use of DATEVALUE with the TODAY() function? I have tried various approaches by use of DATE function and others. I always receive an error message. What kind of stupidity are we getting with the programmers today, as opposed to Bill Gates who is my age and no longer has control over these young programmers? At least Bill Gates had smarts.

When Bill Gates was developing DOS, I was learning programming. Programming in APL, FORTRAN, and COBOL. I was working with Unix on a DEC PDP-11, including its assembly language. I had to develop from scratch, using APL, a library retrieval system. I also worked with the military Ada Programming language (based on Pascal?). I did it with great success. Why? Because the programming we learned was about being consistent in the coding or else the “apps” (called programs in those days) did not work.

Today, Microsoft and others have some stupid programmers. As my mother would say, “they don’t know their ass from a hole in the ground.” That was my mom (a Republican by the way, but it matters not the party, but how good you are – and my mom was, overall, a very good person).

There was a day when it was easy to solve similar problems experienced in Microsoft. Read a book about it. Today, the Internet run by monopoly powers is a piece of crap. To a degree, I was involved with the system which is now called the Internet. It was called DARPANet. The Internet was not invented by Al Gore, as FALSELY proclaimed by the stupidity of a George W. Bush.

Bill Gates and I were born the same year. We need people like Bill Gates to come out of retirement and fix the shit at Microsoft these days. For it was Bill Gates who said that he liked libraries because it was less expensive than buying the books. Jeff Bezos is a stupid man with his Amazon books.

Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries. Put that one into your pipe and smoke it. Or are you who reading this too stupid to accept the wisdom of age which comes with this statement? It was a WEALTHY retired elderly woman in Florida who introduced me to this statement. I keep it ever close to me. Thank you Emily Nelson of St. Petersburg. FL, who is likely with the LORD today.

Those were the days when the wealthy actually had concern for the common folk and did not lie to the common folk so as to win elections. Today, DeSantis of Florida tries to ban books from libraries and lies to the people of Florida. He does not know his “ass from a hole in the ground,” as I recall what my Florida snowbird mom would say.

As usual, I began with the stupidity of programmers (appers?) today, got on a roll, and ended up calling for the return of people with brains and not a love of money predominating lives of humans. Another person like this was a person in Palm Beach who descended from the Henry Flagler family. Today, we have the lousy Koch brothers, Trump, and the late Rush Limbaugh. What a joke for America – all of them. I’m on a roll, disappointed that we common folk are being treated like manure and some of the stupid ones keep supporting those who hurl manure at us. We support the SOBs like Putin and a lousy Saudi Arabian leader with their hands slick with oil, rather than do what Bill Gates did when he followed the American dream of “inventing a better mousetrap.” Today, those opportunities have been destroyed by the fat pigs at the top who dictate their slick oil to all of us and think job creation is so much better – so whine and cry about Keystone – and such people rev up the crowds in false ideas.

It’s about jobs AND opportunities, stupid. Saying only JOBS makes the common folk nothing but slaves. Opportunities to help budding entrepreneurs build a better mousetrap, whether with oil AND green technologies – moderation in all things – are practically null and void.

And the same thing with technology and “apping” (programming). No opportunities to build a better mousetrap, as the lousy SOBs controlling Microsoft today invoke a monopoly and force us all to buy THEIR product – re-purchase and re-purchase and re-purchase, despite the fact that we already purchased Microsoft Office, at great cost, when we purchased our desktop and/or laptop.

And monopolies like Best Buy, Verizon, and Spectrum (among others) fall right in line. Reagan deregulated AT&T and made Baby Bells. DEREGULATED so as to stop a monopoly. Instead, all these years later, we have monopolies by virtue of the fact that companies like Spectrum agree to divide the territories they provide the services, between AT&T, Comcast, and other weaker ones (like Frontier in my area).

Reagan was nothing but manure in all of this. He claimed he did not want government interference in business. Evidence shows he DID interfere in business rather than let AT&T with its Unix give us a personal computer with a different model from the IBM model. IBM leaders became lazy and slothful. IBM leaders became vicious at the mainframe competition, making sure anyone who supported the mainframe competition by insisting on competitive models from other corporations was to be fired.

We are heading in the same direction with big fat oil of Texas, Saudi Arabia, and Russia (Putin). Same direction. Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

When will the common folk of America learn from these historical examples and STOP VOTING FOR FASCIST REPUBLICANS? WHEN? OR DO THEY REMAIN TOO STUPID AND UNWILLING TO LISTEN AND LEARN? Instead, such SOBs tell me if I don’t like what they wish to dictate and impose on all of us, then leave this country. Again. They don’t know their ass from a hole in the ground – quoting my mom.

I can point out the capitalism which we SHOULD HAVE and then it is likely there are those who call me an extremist liberal, socialist or communist.

Learn from me by listening. Supply side economics is more closely related to centralized communist control than to what is CLAIMED to be capitalism.

Capitalism. SUPPLY AND DEMAND. Supply side economics negates the DEMAND. The same thing with communist regimes. They negate the demand so badly that if one knew their history well enough, they would remember that the Soviet Union often had lack of supplies, just as we have today with supply side economics and by removing the government control for the sake of supply AND demand.

But, absolutely. Don’t consider and THINK about what I say, at all. Go ahead.

We are inundated with manure about inflation and all the other things so as to portray Democrats as being bad people. Go to h-e-double-hockey-sticks – as quickly as possible.

Interest rates going up? Well. They are going up. No doubt. Historical evidence must be considered, rather than just striking out at one party or the other.

Blame Democrats now? Go to h-e-double-hockey-sticks.

In the 1950s, my parents obtained a mortgage on a home far less than the $200K+ that home sold for more recently. My parents had a mortgage of about 3%.

From the 1950s to the 1980s and more years with Republicans control than Democrats, the mortgage many of us Baby Boomers were FORCED to pay (we had no choice) was 13%. My FIRST mortgage was 13%.

Even after Reagan took control, the rates went up once again when, in 1982, I had to pull out of the purchase of a nice-sized single family home and settle for a tiny attached villa at a lower cost, so as to afford a 12% mortgage.

Bush won the election in 1988. My family had grown. I moved my family into a single family home. At that time, the mortgage rate was still double digits. This after the Republicans had PROMISED to lower the rates.

And Reagan is so beloved to so many people, including Trump.

Single-digit mortgage interest rates did not occur again until Democrat Clinton won the presidency. You know. The man who balanced the Federal budget by giving more tax breaks to the Middle Class than to the corporate welfare state consisting of fat oligarchic pigs like Trump – the people RUNNING (and RUINING) the Republican Party.

How well did Trump do in balancing the budget by giving tax credits to the oligarchic fat pigs? WHAT? The deficit increased? But to listen to some of these false commercials by Republicans, those damn “liberal” Democrats are to blame for everything. Learn from history and you see something different than bloviated opinions from Fox and other sources, which have no evidence SOB Aussie Rupert Murdock running the show here in America. I know many Aussies much better than Murdock. Oh, that’s right. Aussie Murdock is like Ebeneezer Scrooge, putting love of money before human beings of all kinds.

Look at history. Obama was on a track to REDUCE the Federal deficit. Then Trump came along in 2016, it went back up. Following Bill Clinton, Bush came along and the Federal deficit went up once again. And how many people I know who tried to slam Obama in the 2012 election with Mitt Romney for NOT balancing the Federal budget? Many I heard bloviate on Facebook.

In contrast, had Hillary taken office in 2017, rather than the election stolen by Trump and the Electoral College, I would bet we would have a balanced budget before COVID-19 had hit. But due to Trump stealing the election in 2016, we will never know, will we?

What do I mean? Historical evidence once again. We no longer have the FS&Ls because they were destroyed by the vengeful attitudes towards FDR by Bush and Republicans. Instead, we have credit card interest rates.

We don’t have double digits for mortgages or other long-term loans. But has anyone taken the time to examine their credit card interest rates? Double digits of 20% or more. And some stupid idiots who don’t know their ass from a hole in the ground complain about the rise of interest rates in other areas. They blame it all on Biden and the Democrats.

How about putting the blame on Reagan, Bush, and the Republicans who controlled this nation more years than the Democrats have? How about putting the blame on nearly eight years of Tricky Dick Nixon with his CREEP thugs?

And to earn, rather than steal money, those of us who had to deal with higher interest rates when we purchased our homes. Somehow we survived. But I note some of the whiners who own huge pieces of property here in this area, were able to do so because interest rates were lower when they purchased their first property. They have no appreciation for what Democrat Bill Clinton to bring down interest rates and balance the Federal budget. Rather than whining about Democrats, such bastards need to shut up and give appreciation for what they attained as a result of those low single-digit interest rates which I did not have. Such people as that need to be told that if they don’t like what is happening, they need to leave this nation, rather than ignoring what they face with things like donut holes in Medicare which is now adversely impacting Baby Boomers – the ones who were once faced with high mortgage interest rates and we survived. I wish I could own 183 acres of land, as described by the SOB who described such and ignored my talk about what I face with Medicare. No. He probably thinks we should do as Trump wants to do – eliminate Obamacare and Medicare.

Let me do some number crunching. 49 years contributing a “tax” for Medicare. That is about 588 months over (guestimate) of 49 years. Taking a guestimate of a possible average of $100 per month, the figure I spent over time for Medicare is about $59K. A margin of error here, no doubt. Take and add an interest rate on that amount and what do we have, over 49 years? Because it was a tax, people like Rick the Prick Scott, in the U.S. Senate, could steal from this POOLED LOWER RISK fund and then plead the 5th for STEALING OUR MONEY. Perhaps if that POOLED LOW RISK INVESTMENT in healthcare was NOT a tax, but a capitalist INVESTMENT, it could be protected? But otherwise, it became and easy fund to steal from, perhaps use the money to balance budgets in other areas? And it is likely this was done by BOTH political parties, too.

Individual health savings accounts (like individual retirement accounts and the lousy freaking 401(K) or 403(B), are more vulnerable because to this kind of robbery than a pooled resource which is invested by people beholden to others. A pooled investment with TEETH of ethics to control access.

Would the interest I SHOULD have earned on Medicare be enough to help fund the damn donut holes and other things imposed by Bush Republicans and the Medicare system? But. When I try to mention THIS part, a Republican shoots me down. Why? Because he/she knows I am correct and does not wish to hear it. Cowards with a vengeance are very dangerous, especially when considering my own investments.

I witnessed this happening, too, with an iron-fisted wealthy tea-totaler here in my hometown. I hope those days are gone. I wonder how many stupid idiots want to see it return?

We don’t go backwards in life, but learn from the past and move forward for the sake of peace and justice for all. We want life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – for ALL, not just those who wish to impose THEIR happiness upon the rest of us, telling us this is how we can be happy.

Such an attitude would include the hope we have trust busters like Teddy Roosevelt and the Progressive Moose Party. Such an attitude would be about taking the blinders off. Blinders. Make people think only inside the box, not consider being lifelong learners who can gain wisdom and learn from the past, not re-live the past. Outside the blinders that the only thing we common folk become are slaves of a system and letting others create the jobs for us. Thus this limits brains to ONLY considering the impact on jobs so as to maintain the status quo imposed by job, job, job — Keystone or offshore drilling or other status quo fossil ideas. Thus, never considering the possibility for OPPORTUNITIES to develop for the future. We knock down China for doing that, but refuse to do it in this nation by clinging to lousy fossil fuels only.

There are methods for creating opportunities and not just job creation. For instance. “Incubating entrepreneurs in methods of simulators of business. We teach our Air Force people how to fly planes in war by using simulators. Why not apply simulator technology to other training in America? Instead, the auto companies rely on robots to REPLACE workers, not develop human beings. If the fat fossil pigs have their way, does one think they will put human beings back to work in coal mines? Not on your life. It will be robotic technology.

Providing simulators to train tool and die makers and other vocations are also used – to train human beings.

In sports, we have the option of using video technology to watch avatars play football. Much cheaper than what NFL players are paid. Yet, we use robots to replace labor which costs far less than NFL players, plus the lousy freaking gambling which goes along with NFL games these days. Disgusting and it does not bring happiness to my life. (What DOES make me happy are being removed).

Simulators. There are possibilities for using simulators to develop working models for electric vehicles and bringing the cost and time of charging such vehicles down, while making the environment better for us all. Instead, we get those who work with the fossil pigs to sabotage such development, proclaiming the “loss of jobs at Keystone.” There are possibilities for creating opportunities for those who can build a “better mousetrap” and in the process, CREATE JOBS.

Simulators. I once knew a professor who ended up divorcing his wife as he never got any sleep by trying to develop the Second Life app for his classroom instruction. The wife evidently thought he was playing around with other women. Second Life is great as a simulator, but it takes huge amounts of time to develop it for a classroom. I attempted to link up with others involved in the development of simulators – in big corporations – and I failed. It would have been nice to have a product which was plug and play and able to be applied in the classroom In this way, my Music Appreciation classes could actually work with a simulation of the music which Gregorian monks used. They could work with simulations of music of the Renaissance, during the actual days of the Renaissance. It went no where and I had none of the time or resources to do it myself. I needed a “little help from my friends… a little help from my friends… a little help from my fre—-nds.” I did not get it.

Simulators are not the end-all, as the lousy freaking ones who defend fossil fuels do – the end-all, the end-all – and you better go along with the groupthink which favors fossil fuels and fossil pigs with money.

I have mentioned opportunities for developing entrepreneurs with the creativity to build a business with a better mousetrap. Incubating entrepreneurs was a practice we saw at the community colleges in Florida. Do not know how much they were accepted and apparently died out(?).

Incubating entrepreneurs. Internships. Simulators. Plus more.

Instead, I only hear the mouths of bloviating idiots with no appreciation for the legacy they have which has given them what they have, trying to protect fossil fuels which are eventually going to dry up. Fossil fuels need to be put in reserve like a savings account. But no. Bloviate your freaking lousy stick in the mud ideas about fossil fuels and jobs and don’t listen to progressives like me.

Alas, we don’t even have long-term money savings accounts anymore because the banks and their love of money moves us to being like Ebeneezer Scrooges. We think we are doing a wonderful job by pushing the happiness of Christmas for some four months of the year. It is a happiness of Christmas only for the wealth fat pigs with a love of money like Scrooge. We think we are doing a wonderful job in watching the story about Scrooge, but never applying the ending in our own lives, especially after the Christmas season ends.

This attitude is stupid and asinine. Beyond that, this attitude will ruin the USA, while giving power to the ones like Putin who are lousy barbaric individuals, as bad as the Roman Emperors who threw the Christians to the lions. This attitude is stupid, insane, and asinine because it is anti-humanitarian. It benefits only about 1% of the population when we could be better at dispelling evil if 99% of the population had benefit from such actions.

And “just you wait, ‘enry ‘iggins… just you wait…” Now, because I say these things, someone out there will think it is humorous to send me Trump email messages for which I DO NOT SUBSCRIBE and I have to spend my time “unsubscribing” to messages I did not ask to receive.

If there is someone out there doing this, they need to reveal themselves rather than hiding, like a sniper and a coward, behind the “walls” of the Internet.

Same thing with the Nancy Pelosi messages and others from Democrats which are moved into my email spam. Thus, ruining the access to my email which I have had for almost 20 years now. Google allows this to continue, along with other travesties in support of Fox, Murdock, and Trump. Increasing my time and resources so as to get elected on the platform of one thing: Putin, Saudi Arabian (and their thugs in the USA – Baptist Americans who are NOT American Baptists), and Trump.

This is a very lengthy message. I don’t apologize for it. Help me stop the lousy email messages I have been receiving (degraded spam filter, too), plus other derogatory happiness-removing manure, and I will stop putting messages similar to this one on Facebook.

With a little help from my friends. If not friends, who needs enemies like this?

“I just wanna live while I’m alive.” (Bon Jovi).

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Fascist big oil working to mesmerize people about how their answer is the only answer – only one way. Monopoly. Perhaps wanting to take money away from investors who believe in a progressive future and are not liberal, but are being smeared. These ones are fearful cowards who are not able to compete. Talking and talking and talking face to face and never willing to listen. This has been my experience with the fascists around me. I am sick of this and think these people need to go hide in a hole somewhere. Fascist big oil is scared. They don’t like oil companies which are investing in the future with research and development to make alternative fuels possible. And jobs are the only thing, from Keystone to polluting oil companies who don’t give a damn about the environment with more and more oil drilling. Talk jobs. What about the American way of building a better mousetrap? What about investing in and incubating entrepreneurs who can build for the future? Instead, these fascists block anything that goes against oil, the slick pollution which has given us climate change and global warming, from the time the Amazon forests were cut down and took oxygen out and all the other things. Progressive, not liberal. Where is the trust buster when we need him? Where is the Progressives of the Progressive Bull Moose Party – Teddy Roosevelt. Rare to find such people in the Republican Party, but primarily in the Democratic Party. Only fascist cowards and bigots would put forth the corrupt practices so as to push their agenda. πŸ˜€ πŸ§πŸ€“πŸ˜πŸ˜Ž

In a recent Sixty Minutes report, a huge installation of wind power in the sea off the coast of England was reviewed. It was very informative.  Informative only if people take in the overall perspective and outlook about energy for the future.

The nearby town had been devastated by the restrictions on fishing placed by Iceland on those who fished those seas.  It devastated the economy there.  With wind power came a re-vitalization of the economy in that town.

However, some of the predictions made by the developers have been squashed, due to the war in Ukraine.  Those interviewed liked the re-vitalization of the economy.  They showed no appreciation for it as they complained about the higher, rather than lower, costs of electricity 

No appreciation and an excuse for anti-alternative fuels and forces of big fat oil to sabotage it.  One of the problems facing the increase of electricity prices can be indirectly attributable to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  Who and what here?  Putin, who wants to control oil and that is his motive. 

My own observations since learning about this situation in college courses when OPEC pushed an oil embargo upon us.  Putin took Syria for the same reasons and now going after the Ukraine.  For oil and control of oi.  Even America’s excursion and loss of life of many Americans, into Vietnam, was due to the Texas pursuit of control of oil.  Communism had nothing to do with it, only an excuse.  Capitalist monopolization of oil had a great deal to do with it, as evidence has proven.  (Not my opinion). 

In today’s world, Putin and the Saudi Arabians, friends with Trump, are not interested in alternative fuels, so they tell lies over and over and over again, with the purpose of the lies becoming the truth (reference: Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda minister).  By Putin moving into Ukraine and using his nuclear button to control the situation, he scares the beejeebers out of the western world.  The impact is devastating to projects begun which take time to develop and become beneficial.  The wind farm in England is adversely impacted. 

If people who bloviate about the Keystone project and drilling off the coast of Florida, don’t see this, then simply stated, they are stupid and lack any sense of humility which requires they learn the TRUTH, not from the lies generated by Rupert Murdock with Fox and from other sources.

In the military, we examined two aspects: (1) tactical and (2) strategic.  When I worked for retired Air Force sgt. in a Florida corporation, he also worked from that aspect at times. 

Tactical is, in simple terms (but more involved than simplicity) is short term.  Strategic is long term.  In this situation, the short term (tactical) is about jobs and big oil, continuing with it, rather than putting some in reserves like a savings account.  Keystone makes sense for the tactical side (short term) but no damn sense for the strategic side (long term). 

In the example on Sixty Minutes, the strategic side is wind power for the long term.  Putin and Saudi Arabia know this, so they operate in the world to turn strategic upside down with scare TACTICS (short term) of threats for the finger being on the nuclear.  In this way, Putin’s TACTICAL mission is to destroy any alternative fuel advances because he is so stupid of a dictator, he does not know how to develop them in Russia.  Trump is too stupid to realize this. 

When the STRATEGY for wind power is sabotaged, then people go along and voice their lousy mouths about big oil from Texas and Saudi Arabia.  I know a fool from my hometown who works in that environment in Texas.  Yes, I will call him a fool, for trying to bully me into supporting George W. Bush in 2004.  I resisted and refused to do so.  I am one of those on someone’s list as a “dissenter” because I am opposed to big oil and prefer to invest in companies which promote BOTH oil AND alternative energy sources. 

In order to keep big oil at the top, Putin and others are such cowards that they are unable to figure a way towards CAPITALIST competition, but to destruction.  This form is like the barbaric form of the Caesars of the Roman Empire.  Vicious and vulgar people lacking any civility at all. 

Trump and the fascist Republicans do the same thing to work us to destruction rather than reform when there is a problem.  Do I need to give examples of all such destruction being proposed by Trump and the vicious fascist Republican leadership? 

I was a Republican, but not today.  When I described to a Yankee Republican how bad the Republican Party of Florida has become and how I no longer like them, this Yankee Republican said, “oh, you don’t like me because I am a Republican?”  What a foolish remark to make.  My reply was this.  I like you because of who you are as a wonderful person, not because you are a Republican.  Where did this damn idea emanate that a Yankee Republican would have no confidence in what they were about and how people reacted to them. 

In terms of this wind power and other energy issues, I have a problem if there is stupidity of person who simply follows Fox like being a robot.  But I still will like them so much that I express concern over problems such people might have.  I am amazed they would rather support the wealthy fat pigs of big oil of Texas  and other fascist Republicans when such people have NO consideration or concern for fellow Americans. 

I don’t like to quote the Bible. But since I have to deal with so many fundagelical puritanical people (puritan is saddened if there is someone, somewhere who is happy and having a good time).

Fundagelical puritans proclaim their form of Christianity as being the only and one way. BS (that is my college degree, right? Wrong. It is a BME). They will pick up the Bible and throw it at those of us who have a TRUE faith in GOD, his son, the Holy Spirit. HA! HA! I am thinking so big of myself, right? Well, what do the fundagelical puritans think? I have religious freedom in the USA, granted by the U.S. Constitution, so my belief and faith are just as important.

I mention these scriptures because of the word, “moderation.” Because of the word, “gentleness.” The fundagelical puritans are extremists and practice their faith, far from “moderation” or “gentleness.” They support the ideas of Hitler and that is far from being gentle, at all.

Moderation. All things in moderation. God helps those who help themselves. We pray, but don’t demand from God because we live up to his standards of love for neighbor. We don’t believe in “an eye for an eye or a tooth for a tooth” (vengeance like the vengeful attitudes of a sick man with the surname of Trump).

God says, “vengeance is mine, says the LORD” (Deuteronomy and/or Romans epistle). These folk who think they can have vengeance, like Putin and Trump, but they are not Christians just because they get support from fundagelical puritan dictators (or the Russian Orthodox Church).

Trump once spoke against the words of Christ who overturned the ideas of “eye for eye” and said to turn the other cheek. Forgiveness would be offered only to those who repent, not those who dig in their heals with vengeance.

Politically, moderation means “somewhere in the middle of the political spectrum” (paraphrase from Alfred North Lighthead). Fascist Republicans seeking a dictatorship in America proclaim those of us who are “moderate in thinking” as being extremist left wing. May their mouths be zippered shut with their lies and smearing of good Americans. πŸ€“πŸ€“πŸ€“πŸ§πŸ§πŸ§πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ€©πŸ€©πŸ€©

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