Notes on Previous Post

The information in the previous post was tweeted by an entity who is usually spot on when reporting on the current administration. I knew about that “dossier” long BEFORE the election. I knew that it had been compiled by a former spy. I knew that it had been handed off to the FBI. I knew that all had gone silent afterwards.

I’ve learned that most likely the “emails” on Wiener’s computer that prompted Comey to issue a letter during the election were planted by a Russian hacker. There’s a lot more to this one. Can you say corrupt NY FBI (let’s include Giuliani here, too) and collusion with Russia? There’s an article written by an independent that explains exactly what happened in this case.

Trump and Russia/Russian mob are intertwined. The FBI has at least three different investigations going on right now.

Ryan and McConnell are playing a dangerous game. They are using Trump as their decoy while they work with Pence to pass legislation that would disrupt Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. If you’ve been paying attention, you should know that Ryan, in particular, has wanted to disrupt these programs for years. So, those of you in the middle or lower classes do you still believe Republicans are the good guys? They’ve given new meaning to the word hypocrite. Democrats aren’t perfect either but they are also not attempting to dismantle our important social safety nets. I think it’s fair to say that most Republicans are angry, mean, and white. Most, not all.

How do I know so much about what’s actually going on right now?  We’ll, I DO NOT watch mainstream news or fake news. I do read New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, Foreign Policy, The Intercept, Buzzfeed, Pro Publica, Slate, Politico, New Yorker and LOTS of independent journalism. In fact, much of the independent stuff I read eventually makes it to main stream. Hence, the dossier. None of these outlets is perfect. But they all have some good information and will keep you informed as to what is really going on. Real investigative journalism seems to have found its legs – a little late, but better than never.

For me, Twitter is what brings much of this together. People criticize this medium all the time, but it’s one of the best ways to stay informed and on top of what’s happening. Despite the Russian bots. Yes, the fucking Russians are everywhere trying to disrupt. What about Facebook? Until Zuckerberg and company find a way to manage the fake news spewed about I don’t have much time for it. It’s not a source I use for information. In fact, I have deleted my Facebook account.

Latest Prediction: Trump will be impeached unless he resigns first. His associates will either sing like canaries or go to jail. Maybe both in some cases. That will stabilize things somewhat. Pence, right now, is in Europe trying to do damage control. It still leaves a right wing holy roller in charge. I say holy roller not to disparage religion but to point out that this man doesn’t really believe the earth is older than 6000 years. That is worriesome. He’s also virulently anti-gay, anti-women’s rights, etc. His governorship in Indiana was a failure. There is chatter that he has also colluded with the enemy. Time will tell. So, the next four years are going to be difficult. I will say that this election has taught me that I never really understood how the African-Americans in this country have felt throughout history. The anger, frustration, helplessness, not being heard, targeted, being arrested for no reason, etc. It’s been a painful lesson and I have a much better understanding now.

And let me set the record straight here. I am atheist. I also believe in freedom of religion. What I don’t believe is that those who hold a particular religious belief should be allowed to legislate it. Period. Theocracy does not work. I respect your right to believe, to practice your religion. Respect my right to abstain.

Ciao.

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