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Now you too can own George W. Bush original paintings!



Read about it here: https://goo.gl/Yf0NwT


And for those who didn't click the link...




I thought this was one of the better ones from yesterday, but then again, I don't exactly go out of my way to find these things either...

Toon: The Hilldenburg Disaster



http://4splainin.blogspot.com/

Toon: Democrats. We have a problem (Part the first)

Like it or not, Hill's got this problem and the Democrats better start facing up to it...



Something I hope to post weekly. More or less.

Could Google flip the election to Hillary Clinton?

-----> This is the conclusion of the article. A very important read, IMHO.

Remember what the search algorithm is doing: in response to your query, it is selecting a handful of webpages from among the billions that are available, and it is ordering those webpages using secret criteria. Seconds later, the decision you make or the opinion you form – about the best toothpaste to use, whether fracking is safe, where you should go on your next vacation, who would make the best president, or whether global warming is real – is determined by that short list you are shown, even though you have no idea how the list was generated.

The technology has made possible undetectable and untraceable manipulations of entire populations that are beyond the scope of existing regulations and laws

Meanwhile, behind the scenes, a consolidation of search engines has been quietly taking place, so that more people are using the dominant search engine even when they think they are not. Because Google is the best search engine, and because crawling the rapidly expanding internet has become prohibitively expensive, more and more search engines are drawing their information from the leader rather than generating it themselves. The most recent deal, revealed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing in October 2015, was between Google and Yahoo! Inc.

Looking ahead to the November 2016 US presidential election, I see clear signs that Google is backing Hillary Clinton. In April 2015, Clinton hired Stephanie Hannon away from Google to be her chief technology officer and, a few months ago, Eric Schmidt, chairman of the holding company that controls Google, set up a semi-secret company – The Groundwork – for the specific purpose of putting Clinton in office. The formation of The Groundwork prompted Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, to dub Google Clinton’s ‘secret weapon’ in her quest for the US presidency.

We now estimate that Hannon’s old friends have the power to drive between 2.6 and 10.4 million votes to Clinton on election day with no one knowing that this is occurring and without leaving a paper trail. They can also help her win the nomination, of course, by influencing undecided voters during the primaries. Swing voters have always been the key to winning elections, and there has never been a more powerful, efficient or inexpensive way to sway them than SEME.


We are living in a world in which a handful of high-tech companies, sometimes working hand-in-hand with governments, are not only monitoring much of our activity, but are also invisibly controlling more and more of what we think, feel, do and say. The technology that now surrounds us is not just a harmless toy; it has also made possible undetectable and untraceable manipulations of entire populations – manipulations that have no precedent in human history and that are currently well beyond the scope of existing regulations and laws. The new hidden persuaders are bigger, bolder and badder than anything Vance Packard ever envisioned. If we choose to ignore this, we do so at our peril.


https://aeon.co/essays/how-the-internet-flips-elections-and-alters-our-thoughts

Could Google flip the election to Hillary Clinton?

----> This is the conclusion of the story

Remember what the search algorithm is doing: in response to your query, it is selecting a handful of webpages from among the billions that are available, and it is ordering those webpages using secret criteria. Seconds later, the decision you make or the opinion you form – about the best toothpaste to use, whether fracking is safe, where you should go on your next vacation, who would make the best president, or whether global warming is real – is determined by that short list you are shown, even though you have no idea how the list was generated.

The technology has made possible undetectable and untraceable manipulations of entire populations that are beyond the scope of existing regulations and laws

Meanwhile, behind the scenes, a consolidation of search engines has been quietly taking place, so that more people are using the dominant search engine even when they think they are not. Because Google is the best search engine, and because crawling the rapidly expanding internet has become prohibitively expensive, more and more search engines are drawing their information from the leader rather than generating it themselves. The most recent deal, revealed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing in October 2015, was between Google and Yahoo! Inc.

Looking ahead to the November 2016 US presidential election, I see clear signs that Google is backing Hillary Clinton. In April 2015, Clinton hired Stephanie Hannon away from Google to be her chief technology officer and, a few months ago, Eric Schmidt, chairman of the holding company that controls Google, set up a semi-secret company – The Groundwork – for the specific purpose of putting Clinton in office. The formation of The Groundwork prompted Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, to dub Google Clinton’s ‘secret weapon’ in her quest for the US presidency.

We now estimate that Hannon’s old friends have the power to drive between 2.6 and 10.4 million votes to Clinton on election day with no one knowing that this is occurring and without leaving a paper trail. They can also help her win the nomination, of course, by influencing undecided voters during the primaries. Swing voters have always been the key to winning elections, and there has never been a more powerful, efficient or inexpensive way to sway them than SEME. (Explained in the article)

We are living in a world in which a handful of high-tech companies, sometimes working hand-in-hand with governments, are not only monitoring much of our activity, but are also invisibly controlling more and more of what we think, feel, do and say. The technology that now surrounds us is not just a harmless toy; it has also made possible undetectable and untraceable manipulations of entire populations – manipulations that have no precedent in human history and that are currently well beyond the scope of existing regulations and laws. The new hidden persuaders are bigger, bolder and badder than anything Vance Packard ever envisioned. If we choose to ignore this, we do so at our peril.

-----> https://aeon.co/essays/how-the-internet-flips-elections-and-alters-our-thoughts

Toon: Charge of the Snooze Brigade

Here's something I've been working on, and I hope to do it weekly.

Even if I was in the US right now, I'd be avoiding things like phone banking or writing letters, or other such monotony. It just grates on me too much. I think I've recognized for a while that I'm more of a creative person, though I haven't been following up on that nearly as much as I should have. So I guess this is to make amends for that, to help Bernie if possible, and maybe even influence the election this November, at least in some small way.

Having said all that, this is just an initial effort, so things aren't a progressed as I would like them to be. But if I were to wait until I was 90% satisfied, then the year would likely be 90% over by then. So, I'd like some feedback from you all. Do you like it? Don't like it? Like the name? Hate the name? Needs work? How? Ideas? Suggestions?

Oh. There's no "Splainin" website yet either.



Hillary image adapted from a photo by Marc Nozell used under a Creative Commons license.

Drone footage, Moscow & St. Petersburg

Beware. It's quite addictive!

Moscow in Winter



St. Petersburg in Summer

Long Ignored Americans get shown some LOVE!

Democrats Abroad, a group I've heard of quite a few years ago, is sponsoring a Global Town Hall.

Get a load of this announcement!!!



Impressive for a few reasons. If they've ever done this before, I've never heard of it. I've been off in East Europe for 10+ years now. I'm not aware of any outreach ever being done to Americans overseas of which there certainly are millions, maybe as many as 8 million. At least not on the Democratic side.

It appears that Hillary is a bit worried even about this, since after Bernie announced that he would be doing this himself, she "upgraded" her representative from Jake Sullivan to Madelaine Albright. If you call that an upgrade... Sadly, I may now have to miss this, because there might arise in me an overwhelming temptation to throw something at the TV when "Not so Bright" is speaking.

And I also found out that there is also a primary for overseas residents. Never heard of that one before. Maybe it's new, or maybe no one ever thought we were all that important before. Irony alert. That Primary is March 1st. Being a NJ resident for many decades, I usually ignored the primaries because the candidate was always selected before the first Tuesday in June. And now my vote might actually make a difference this time? Of course, maybe all of this is informal, but I doubt it, since there actually are overseas delegates being selected.

The one downside is I might need to sign up with Democrats Abroad, because I guess even us overseas residents must be registered somehow.

I remember back in the middle Bush years, my utter disgust with the politics of the USA and had hoped to leave that behind me, though I never really was all that successful at that. But I was rudely awaken from that concept when the State Department staged a coup here two years ago. You never can hide from USA politics, even if and especially if you've never been to the place.

Here's a guy who's really feeling the bern! Fire is Ours - Makana Music



‘Fire Is Ours’ refers to the positive collective spirit and unity that in 1776 created a republic from oligarchy and again in the 1930s under FDR’s leadership elevated America and enfranchised the majority of citizens in economic equality and prosperity. Civil Rights, Women’s Rights and Immigrant Rights all moved forward until war and corporate greed dismantled the dream of an ever progressing society. Now is our time to reignite the fires of democracy founded on equitable representation. The message is clear: our broken, polarized, corrupt system must be replaced by a courageous and public values centered movement that creates integrity and health in economy, ecology, politics, law and social fabric. Bernie is the practical and symbolic elder of this transformation.

Lyrics

I’ve been lied to
Misled
Built up by what they said
Lifted only to be let down

I’ve been taken
For a ride
Given power to decide
Only to find out I was wrong

But I’ve learned to tell the ones who fake it
From the few really fit to run
Just follow the money they’ve been takin’
And the truth will shine like the sun

I’m so tired of lies now babe
Don’t wanna compromise no way

And I feel the burn
For someone who can’t be bought
To back the man who’s fought
For the People of America

Color. Gender.
Who’s a bigger spender?
Party. Personality.

Soundbite. Get it right.
Entertain ’em, it’s a fight
Pick the one who most thinks like me

Don’t speak of any real solutions
It’s the shock appeal they’re looking for
Don’t criticize the institution
But I can’t take it anymore

Aren’t you tired of lies now baby?
It’s time for us to rise- no more maybe

And I feel the burn
For the truth to come across
To melt away the gloss
And reveal their motivations

And you’ll feel the burn
For integrity to lead
To focus on the needs
Of the People of America

Somebody’s tuggin’ at your heartstrings
Sayin’ what you wanna hear
But they’re just a pawn to the real kings
Playin’ upon your fear

The love of power is a puppet string
But can’t control the love we bring
The fire is ours
The hour is now
The tide is set to turn

And I feel the burn
To cast aside the chains
And salvage what remains
Of a dream worth defending

And you’ll feel the Bern
Standing up to greed
Word aligned with deed
Worthy President of America

Credits

released February 9, 2016
Lyrics & Music written by Makana
Produced by Rubi Reeves & Satch Romero
Mixed & Mastered by Samur Khouja @ Seahorse Sound Studios in Los Angeles


-----> http://makanamusic.com/album/fire-is-ours/

CWA Newsletter (Lot's of Bernie Stuff)



CWA Town Hall Call Launches Nationwide Campaign to 'Take on Wall Street'
Senator Sanders Has Strong Showing in Iowa
Senator Sanders Pledges That, as President, He Will Refuse the Sign the TPP
Sanders Wows Iowa; On to New Hampshire
CWA in the Media
No Endorsement for Members of Congress Voting for Fast Track
Flight Attendants Push Legislation to Stop Human Trafficking
New Study Predicts TPP Would Kill at Least 448,000 U.S. Jobs
Movement Building Update
BLS Releases Union Membership for 2015

Read more at: http://www.cwa-union.org/news/entry/cwa_e-newsletter_feb_4_2016/

In fact, it doesn't mention Hillary even once.
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