Tweets and Imports – Fake News

I get a print copy of The Week in my weekly mail. One of the interesting columns is call “Noted”. That is where they give me a few tidbits to counter all the “fake news coming from the Executive branch.  Here is this week’s words.

  • 2017-02-15_08-59-22In his first two weeks in office, President Trump attacked at least 23 people, places, and things on his Twitter account, including Women’s March protesters; Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Chuck Schumer; Mexico; Iran; and the “failing” media.
  • U.S. imports made up just 15 percent of our gross domestic product in 2015—which makes us less reliant on imports than almost any other country. Less than 3 percent of U.S. spending is on Chinese imports.

Source: The Week Feb 17, 2017

Simply stated I am just not an “in your face” guy. I don’t believe that everyone that thinks differently than me is the enemy. In that vain, I can’t understand why CO3 * attacks so many people. Making 23 enemies in just two weeks?  But then again I realize that he is an extreme narcissist and that is just what they do to build themselves up at least in their own minds.

I have been studying some of the early Hitler years and the similarity to today is very obvious. Now before you get the flamethrower out I am not comparing CO3 to Hitler other than to point out his fascist leanings. One of the first things that Hitler did was to attack the media as the enemy of the people and to state that he was the only one to be believed. It took Hitler almost ten years to take total control of his fascist regime and ethnic cleansing and the resulting WWII. Kind of like Minnesota’s Jesse Ventura, I can’t see the possibility of CO3 lasting more than four years. I really can’t see him even lasting that long before he gets impeached. 🙂

On the second quote it is kinda surprising to see that China imports make up only 3 percent of U.S. spending but given that it takes a lot of DVD players to equal a $30,000 car (there are no cars coming from China….yet) or a $350,000 home. Yeah, many of our toys are made in China but almost none of our food or other essentials comes from there.

The thing that the current executive branch totally lacks is perspective. Everything is either CO3’s way or it is wrong. That idea is growing very thin with me and I’m pretty sure many others.

* CO3 = Current Oval Office Occupant

1,000 mpbs for the Cities, BUT….

internet-speedI want to start out this post with a personal snapshot of my Internet access.  Below is a picture of my connection over the last few months. As you can see for much of July through September I had a 3 Mpbs speed but then in November it suddenly dropped to below 2 and became very sporadic. Meanwhile those in cities around me were getting 50 Mpbs or more with the promise to move to 1,000 Mpbs in the near future. What that means is  I will have to have to live with less than 1% of what my city neighbors get in Internet broadband and my neighbors to the north of me will have to settle for only 5% of what I have.

It is broadly recognized that Internet access in the 21st century is absolutely essential to the world. Information is power and that information is broadcast across Internet channels. To provide Internet access to only a portion of a countries citizens is the same as providing only some with real opportunities in life.

There are still many homes in the U.S. – especially in rural areas – that have slow or no internet connectivity. In 2016, we began trialing Fixed Wireless Internet (FWI) service in several states. We plan to begin offering FWI in mid-2017 in areas where we accepted FCC Connect America Fund Phase II (CAF II) support. We expect to reach more than 400,000 locations by the end of 2017 across the 18 states where we accepted CAF II funds, most of which will get internet access for the first time. By the end of 2020, we plan to reach 1.1 million locations in those 18 states.

Source: AT&T Details 5G Evolution | AT&T

What the above quote means for me personally and for almost all of us rural folks is that If Indiana is not part of those 18 states then I am almost perpetually stuck with my sporadic slow speed connection.

To help you understand a little about what CAF means in the above quote I give you another quote about that and rural access to the Internet.

In some states, those large providers rejected that offer – so that territory is now available to smaller providers. Clearly, it is still significantly more difficult to deploy broadband in rural areas. In fact, the latest data show that only 55 percent of people living in rural areas have access to the speeds that currently qualify as broadband, while 94 percent of the urban population does…

Companies currently receiving Connect America Funds are required to provide at least 10 mbps down and 1 up. However, in 2015, the FCC again upgraded the minimum broadband service to 25 mbps down and 3 mbps up. The fact that the CAF program will fund projects that do not meet the current official definition of broadband has been a point of criticism.

Source: Technology Is Improving, So Why Is Rural Broadband Access Still a Problem? | National News | US News

As cited above today’s corporations are not in the business of  equal opportunity access to their products. They go for the “low hanging fruit” and leave the upper branches to rot so to speak. Maximum profits is the total name of the game.

In the past our government took up the slack and gives them subsidies to provide services to a larger portion of the population.  I simply don’t see any of that happening in this country for at least the next four years so I guess I will have to wait for a more socially responsible government before I, and literally millions more like me, can really take advantage of  many of the Internet provided opportunities.

I wonder how much this lack of service was responsible for our recent presidential election results?  But even more I wonder if CO3 will being trying to do anything to equalize this disparity?

Pope Francis.. Not Afraid To Speak Out..

To me the foundation of my spirituality lies in the words of Jesus in Matthew 25, particularly verse 40: ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Here are some words from Pope Francis to get us started:

“the contradiction of those who want to defend Christianity in the West, and, on the other hand, are against refugees and other religions.”

“This is not something I’ve read in books, but I see in the newspapers and on television every day.”

2017-02-05_07-51-06.png“The sickness or, you can say the sin, that Jesus condemns most is hypocrisy, which is precisely what is happening when someone claims to be a Christian but does not live according to the teaching of Christ. You cannot be a Christian without living like a Christian,”

“You cannot be a Christian without practicing the Beatitudes. You cannot be a Christian without doing what Jesus teaches us in Matthew 25.”

“It’s hypocrisy to call yourself a Christian and chase away a refugee or someone seeking help, someone who is hungry or thirsty, toss out someone who is in need of my help.”

Francis continued by saying that every country in the world should:

“service to the poorest, the sick (and) those who have abandoned their homelands in search of a better future for themselves and their families.”

“In putting ourselves at the service of the neediest. we will experience that we already are united; it is God’s mercy that unites us.”

Source: Pope Francis Just Called Out Trump For Being An Intolerant Racist – Awaiting Twitter Rant

Pope Francis almost wants me to return to my religious roots in Catholicism. He says inconvenient truths that so many other religious leader shy away from or completely disregard.  Verse 40 as cited above is the most often quoted verse in Matthew. Seldom are the verses before or after used as a pretext to that sentence. In those verses Jesus basically tells the current religious leaders that they are hypocrites who will not be welcomed into heaven if they don’t take care of the “least of these”.  In fact he tells them an inconvenient truth often ignored: 46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

These are very strong words that Pope Francis said about not being a Christian without practicing the words Matthew 25:40!  Many of the 81% of the Evangelicals who voted for CO3 (the Current Oval Office Occupant) often twist these words to say they only apply to other Christians (and particularly of their flavor of Christian!) but to me that is an intolerable rationalization that diminished their self-professed faith.

But I do also realize that these words and logic of Pope Francis will have not affect on CO3 as he is unable to admit that he is wrong about anything.  I just hope that the other two branches of government do their job and prevent the current Executive branch from destroying the spiritual roots of our country…

GOD SAVE OUR COUNTRY (in spite of ourselves)

Stifling Competition..

Snippet Banner  My Republican friends seem to think that competition is the only answer to reducing healthcare costs. That logic is used as their reason to try to privative Social Security and basically eliminate Medicaid.  But in reality the GOP seems to be just pro-business in all regards. Whatever CEOs want they should get is their mantra.

It is nice to see at least one major politician that seems to be pro-people and think that business should NOT get everything it wants. There has to be someone looking out for the average guy in all these business transaction where profit is the king and everything else comes in a distant second.  That current person is Elizabeth Warren. Here is a Facebook entry about that:


Thanks Elizabeth for having our backs….

Whatever You Want To Call It..

Chill Out

Be Cool

Go With The Flow

Stay Calm and Take Your Meds


Whatever you want to call it, it is now time to take things in stride. That is don’t get too worked up about the coming age. That will be my motto going forward from here.  It does no good to get worked up about thing that you have little control over. But that doesn’t preclude you hitting the phones to call your congressmen or hitting the streets in protect to the coming draconian cuts to social programs!

Dr. Eric Berne who was a Canadian psychoanalyst came up with a concept for human relationships called Transactional Analysis. Here is a little about that from my friends at Wikipedia:

Berne created the theory of transactional analysis as a way to explain human behavior. Berne’s theory was based on the ideas of Freud but were distinctly different. Freudian psychotherapists focused on patient’s personalities. Berne believed that insight could be better discovered by analyzing patients’ social transactions.

Berne mapped interpersonal relationships to three ego-states of the individuals involved: the Parent, Adult, and Child state.

He then investigated communications between individuals based on the current state of each. He called these interpersonal interactions transactions and used the label games to refer to certain patterns of transactions which popped up repeatedly in everyday life….

Games People Play (book)

Main article: Games People Play 

Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships is a bestselling 1964 book by that has sold more than five million copies.[6] The book describes both functional and dysfunctional social interactions.

The essence of games described by Berne are that they are not zero-sum games, (i.e. one must win at the other’s expense), where the person who benefits from a transaction wins the game. On the contrary, the “games people play” usually pay all of the players off, even the ostensibly losers, since they are about psychic equilibrium or promoting adopted self-damaging social roles instead of rational benefits. These payoffs are not consciously sought by the players but they are leading to the ultimate unconscious life script of each as set by their parental family interactions and favored emotions.

The 1960s were a searching time in my life so I spent quite a bit of time studying Berne’s principles of PAC. I will try to put his theory in the simplest possible terms.

Whenever two individuals interact they are each coming from one of three different states: Parent, Adult, Child. The parent is the one that tries to teach, the adult is a who studies and contemplate what he wants to do, and finally the child mostly just screams and rants.  The most productive interactions occur that the A-A level and the least at the C-C level. P-C is a necessary interaction to teach an immature person what lessons you have learned from life.  I think you get the idea now.

What I fear in the coming four years is too much of the executive branch interaction will be at the Child level. I think I need to dust off my “Games People Play” book to see if  I can identify the executive  branch interactions and to see if the PAC principle has any insight on these times.