Friday, April 13, 2018

The Memes Courier - Colorado Democratic Assembly - April 13, 2018

I'm at my fourth Colorado Democratic Assembly and I've always been a pamphleteer.  Not the easiest for a private shy sort of guy.  So I've been rather passive, offering my pages and ready for dialogue but not stepping forward to engage people.  Time passes, we learn more with every day and this year I've promised myself to step it up a little and reach out to people to introduce the topic and establish an interest before offering my flier. 

Had a little practice during the short district assembly this evening.  At first looking at the 350+ District 3 delegates it seemed the crowd of the usual old folks, and not that many young faces.  But, then I started spotting them.  Not in the numbers I had hoped.  Then I heard a couple powerful speeches by young speakers.  Followed by a few good conversations,
as in 'yippy, they get it.'  I realized their small number way under-represented the energy and substance and power they possess.

It was fun.  I'm feeling a little better already and I'm looking forward to tomorrow.  Here's side one, a lifetime's distillation.  I'll share side two tomorrow, now I'm going to bed, it's late and tomorrow will be a long busy day.
The Memes Courier

    Colorado Democratic Assembly -  April 13, 2018  
Intellectually Confronting Faith-Based thinking and Dogma Driven Tribalism.

The opposing sides: Children of the Intellectual Enlightenment vs Faith-based dogmatism spearheaded by the evangelical movement (driven by wannabe oligarchs).  Winning at the polls is only half our challenge when well over a third of our country fully supports this amoral president and his white supremest bullying and his attacks upon our government and democratic institutions.  
Beyond winning in the 2018 elections, we need to nurture a massive grassroots movement of informed and engaged voters who are willing to confront faith-based delusional thinking on an individual level, while also standing behind those we elect to make sure they get their jobs done.
Faith-based thinking demands a rejection of serious science along with hostility towards learning from down to Earth evidence.  This attitude is enabled and reinforced by a constant flow of contrived high pitched fear-mongering and paranoid machinations towards “the other” be it different people or ideas.
Why have we allowed their religion and God a free pass?

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Colorado Democrats Need Their Caucus Process.

I wrote the following for the Cortez FourCornersFreePress, it's some reflections on attending our local Democratic Caucus and then moving on the County Assembly.  In a couple weeks I'll be going to Bloomfield to be a delegate at the State Democratic Assembly.
I love our Colorado Caucus process. What can be more American than gathering in town-hall style meetings to iron out political decisions? If you’re fortunately enough to belong to a precinct with engaged citizens, the room will be crowded and abuzz with chatter. After all, we’re meeting new neighbors and hopefully reestablished old acquaintances, so there’s lots of chitchat to exchange. 
Some folks are busy campaigning for themselves or others, some are busy advocating for their issues, and others simply feel it’s their patriotic duty to be there and participate.
On March 6, I attended our precinct caucus and was one of those lobbying. Then it was time to take our seats and commence the meeting.

Bannon and Mercers and Cambridge Analytica - Weaponizing Propaganda

Here's a collection of articles that examine Steven Bannon's partnership with Robert Leroy Mercer and Rebekah Mercer the billionaires with an extremist, and rather absolutist, and quite self-interested plan for America.  Fed by raging resentment at our Democracy, and the notion that We The People hold rights and powers which allow us and our governmental agencies to restraint their ravenous, often destructrive, appetites.
The Cambridge Analytica is but one example of the amoral underhandedness these people will gleefully resort to.  Following the list, I share interesting quotes.

2018 (21)
          By Andy Kroll
          By Curt Devine, Donie O'Sullivan and Drew Griffin, CNN
          By Mary Spicuzza and Daniel Bice, Milwaukee
          ByTara Cox
          By David Gilbert
          By Brennan Weiss  
          Opinion - Will Bunch -
          By Jonathan Lemire | The Associated Press
          Steven Rosenfield, Alternet | Opinion
          By Isobel Thompson
          By Aaron Rupar
          by Nancy LeTourneau
          By Bob Dreyfuss
          Daniel Bice and Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee
          By   Peter Isackson
          By Craig Timberg, Karla Adam and Michael Kranish
          By: Katelyn Kivel
          By Bob Dreyfuss
          By Carole Cadwalladr
          By Sean Illing
          By Billy House

2017 (17)
          By Todd Gitlin 
          By Judy Molland
          By Casey Michel
          By Issie Lapowsky
          By Anita Kumar and Ben Wieder | McClatchy Washington Bureau
          By Betsy Woodruff | Spencer Ackerman
          By Julie Alderman & Matt Gertz 
          By Victor Feldman
          TRNN Documentary
          By Gronda Morin
          By Ursula Faw
          By S. Nova
          By Travis Gettys  and Carole Cadwalladr.
          By Vicky Ward
          By Berit Anderson and Brett Horvath

2016 (4)
          By Ríán Tuathal Derrig
          By Rebecca Berg   |   RCP Staff
          By Michelle Celarier 
          By Rachael Revesz New York

Saturday, March 31, 2018

POLITICO's Cambridge Analytica Collection (March 27, 2018)

I’m told among the first rules of any contest are: know your opponent, followed by: don’t underestimate your opponent. The DNC and DCCC has repeatedly failed on both counts, as demonstrated by serial catastrophic failures: Gore’s loss; Obama/DNC failure to build/maintain an informed engaged grassroots infrastructure; Judge Merrick Garland capitulation; the 2016 campaign debacle.  Now we're entering another election season and it seems nothing has changed, ...          (to be continued after this index) 

POLITICO's Cambridge Analytica Collection

           By MARK SCOTT | 3/27/18
           By MARK SCOTT AND LAURENS CERULUS | 3/26/18
           By NANCY SCOLA | 3/26/18
           By LORRAINE WOELLERT 03/26/2018
           By MARK SCOTT  3/25/18
           By CARMEN PAUN | 3/25/18
           By SARAH WHEATON | 3/24/18,
           By JOSH MEYER | 3/22/18,
           By ZACH SAYER | 3/21/18
           By PAUL DALLISON | 3/20/18
           By MATTHEW NUSSBAUM | 3/20/18
           By JACK BLANCHARD 3/20/18
           By LAURENS CERULUS | 3/19/18
           By POLITICO | 3/19/18
           By MARK SCOTT | 3/18/18

           By STEVEN OVERLY | 3/17/18
           By MATTHEW NUSSBAUM 10/25/17


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Recall Petitioners' Blissfully Unaware of Koch's Klan Connection

I was driving home a couple days ago, when I saw a pick up truck at a pull out with a "Gwen Lachelt Recall Petition" sign and an old gal with a clip board in hand.  Driving by I started thinking about why she was doing it, so I turned around and drove back to ask.  She had the basic boilerplate complaints. Gwen went to Washington D.C. to raise a stink about oil company Fracking and Methane leak regulations.   What's wrong with that, I ask?  She was fulfilling promises that helped get her elected by citizens like myself, there was nothing secret or inappropriate about it.  

There was no answer forthcoming, instead she continued to the next point of contention, the awful Draft Land Use Code.  Well, okay, but is that really a justification for starting a recall petition, which is normally reserved for extreme misconduct and dereliction of duty, not for differences of opinions.  Why is only one of three commissions who shared blame for the Draft Land Code disaster being attacked?  Incidentally, what about the reality that the Draft is being reworked and already much improved, thanks to the normal run of our democratic process.  Again, not much of a response, instead we moved on to her trump card.

(This time I get personal and finish this post with pictures of my current renovation project.
Yup, you guessed it, making excuses for my sporadic posting record.)

Monday, March 19, 2018

Weaponizing Data - Cambridge Analytica getting in your head.

Cambridge Analytica and the art of weaponizing data and the story of manipulating people's fears to win elections and control them.  The torrent of information related to CA that's been published over the past days is amazing and frightening, although it turns out this stories has a very long history.  Any liberal progressive type who wants to influence the upcoming election needs to learn about the details.

There's a lot at stake folks.  If you're fearful for America's future and opposed to the trump team and the Koch Klan of oligarchs with their plans for Our American government (That would be to reduce government to the size where they can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub. Their words, not mine, look it up.) Following this interesting video and some quotes from it, I share links to a number of articles from 2016 and 2017 that tell different aspect of this important story, more to follow as time allows:

Did Cambridge Analytica play a role in the EU referendum? BBC Newsnight - Jul 13, 2017 

The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked. Carole Cadwalladr | May 9, 2017

MI6 Chief Alex Younger full speech, December 8, 2016 | Vauxhall Cross

Major Trump donor Robert Mercer to sell stake in far-right news site Breitbart David Smith | Nov 2, 2017

Ukip whistleblowers raised fears about Breitbart influence on Brexit. Kirchgaessner Hopkins | Oct 30, 2017

Will Brexit Masterminds Work for Trump? SHANE HARRIS, GIDEON RESNICK | 07.03.16

WILL DONALD TRUMP’S DATA-ANALYTICS COMPANY ALLOW RUSSIA TO ACCESS RESEARCH ON U.S. CITIZENS?                      By Ann Marlowe | August 22, 2016 | Tablet Magazine

BY MAX KUTNER ON 11/21/16 

What Does the Billionaire Family Backing Donald Trump Really Want? Rosie Gray  JAN 27, 2017

A Special Relationship & the Birth of Cambridge Analytica. TEXTIFIRE |  May 18, 2017
Cambridge Analytica: 
Whistleblower reveals data grab of 50 million Facebook profiles

The British data firm described as “pivotal” in Donald Trump’s presidential victory was behind a ‘data grab’ of more than 50 million Facebook profiles, a whistleblower has revealed to Channel 4 News. In an exclusive television interview, Chris Wylie, former Research Director at Cambridge Analytica tells all.

Sunday, March 18, 2018


Given the events this entire past couple years and particularly this weekend with its orchestrated attack on the legitimacy of Robert Mueller's investigation, by Trump and the Murdoch, alt-right media machine.  In an interesting interview Carl Bernstein pointed out, Trump and his backers have created a Cold Civil War and it's serious.  Now unless Americans are willing to support respect for truth and step up to support America's Rule of Law, the consequences will be brutal.  That's why I want to add this information to my collection.  Hope we never need to put this plan into action, but if we do, we had better make a good showing throughout the country, our future will depend on it.
preparing for the ‘unimaginable’

Donald Trump is publicly considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller, the person leading the Department of Justice investigation of possible illegal actions by Donald Trump and members of his presidential campaign, and the efforts to conceal those activities.
This would be a constitutional crisis for our country. It would demand an immediate and unequivocal response to show that we will not tolerate abuse of power from Donald Trump.
Our response in the minutes and hours following a power grab will dictate what happens next, and whether Congress—the only body with the constitutional power and obligation to rein Trump in from his rampage—will do anything to stand up to him.
That’s why we’re preparing to hold emergency “Nobody is Above the Law” rallies around the country in the event they are needed.

The Memes Courier - Colorado Democratic Assembly - April 13, 2018

I'm at my  fourth Colorado Democratic Assembly and I've  always been a  pamphleteer.  Not the easiest for a private shy sort of guy....

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