An Anti-Science President Is the Real National Emergency

An anti-science president endangers us and our planet. At this point, it is already too late to prevent many of the harmful effects of global warming. Losing two or three years of efforts to mitigate global warming, in view of its’ logarithmic progression, is in itself a tragedy, but exactly what do the deniers actually deny?

Is it that human civilization is not the central cause of the phenomena? And therefore, global warming is of no human concern?

Or is it that global warming is not actually happening, that the climate is not actually changing, but weather patterns are simply in fluctuation?

In the first case, humans not being the cause, does that mean that the phenomena of global warming is not still a planetary emergency? Why wouldn’t that need to be addressed as soon as possible? Shouldn’t we be building dykes, addressing building codes, fortifying at risk structures, or at least talking about these things?

Or worse, does Trump (and his sycophants) actually think that global warming and climate change is not happening at all? That it is merely a “hoax,” even as it is in plain view?

This is a kind of delusion that blocks action to prepare and build infrastructure resilience. In either case, our nations leaders are failing us and endangering our grand and great grandchildren. What kind of world are we leaving to them?

We are weeping for our country. (Sept. 2, 2018)

In an earlier article, we wrote about how one negative number in a multiplication series (out of thousands) will always turn a result negative, no matter how many positive numbers preceeded or followed it. Thus, only a few publicly visible incidents were required to judge Trumps’ “inner heart”; like Charlottesville or his statement about “helping all the working men” at a rally by “”getting rid” of the “death tax”” which had no application to them, while Trump was tricking them to think it was a favor for them.

This applies to the records that the Republicans deemed “unavailable” in the Kavanaugh hearings, some, or even one, of which may have exposed him as unfit for the job.

Instead the Republicans just treated it as a bunch more writings and records, so many that there was no reason (and time) for a review (since there was already a plethora of pages that were released-though that release was at the very last minute). As if this information, which will effect the forever American future, was just a bunch of paper with script on it.

Well the same principal applies in the Kavanaugh situation that applied in the Trump election, that is, there was these noteworthy clues to Trumps’ unfitness. The Republicans failed and continue to fail to “read the fine print”, to grasp these clues, or worse, maybe not to care about them. Or perhaps the Republicans simply think they found someone, in Trump, whose ignorance and nastiness could be exploited?

This was no way to conduct a proper due diligence, and the Republicans absolutely knew this.

We are crying for our country.

P.S. Of course, all of this will come out at the further end, but by than, very grave damage to America may have occured. Past errant behavior like this eventually will become a stationary target. It is hard to believe that the Republican leadership isn’t aware of this. But beware, it may be a long road before this happens. In fact, when you think about it, Trump and his sycophants, aren’t really thinking about the future, as evidenced by their non-concern about deficits and global warming. They seem, like Trump, to be focused on stealing as much as possible from the present and immediate future.

Sept 19: As Trump sycophants argue that Kavanaughs’ alledged behavior occurred so long ago when he was just a boy, it is of no consequence in any case. However, what is undeniably, presently true is that Kavanaugh has denied it with the astute defense of saying “I have no recollection of this.” Come on folks, is that a really good enough response to win a lifetime job. The fault in character is in the denial.

Sept 26: Yesterday, Judge Kavanaugh released his old calendar showing entries for the summer of 1982, the year Blasey Ford claimed she was molested. Because there were no entries in the calendar, his team will argue that there is no corroboration for Fords’ claim.

There are perhaps a hundred pieces of evidence that may have corroborated Fords’ claim, which may have been discovered if the FBI did a thorough investigation, but to take this diary, which really proves nothing, and highlight it, is extremely misleading, to say the least. It proves nothing. (Accept it is something to make Trump supporters feel relief). How do we know if this small party wasn’t called at the last moment, for example? Of course we don’t. This was a calendar book and not a diary!

Concentrate your mind on the fact that Kavanaughs’ real appeal to Trump, was expressed in one of his Kavanaughs’ writings, which made the argument that a sitting president could not be indicted for a crime, in light of which it is not so odd, with all the Supreme Court potential picks, Kavanaugh rose to the top of the list. And now Kavanaugh has to be defended by a president who has already made so many awful cabinet and staff selections (many who already left in disgrace).

Immigrants Are Potential Assets Too.

It must be very hard for our narcissist president to think of an immigrant as a potential asset versus a liability. Surely an immigrant, any immigrant, couldn’t be as smart, resourceful, inventive, productive, compassionate, than he, right? (Are we setting a too high bar here?)

The anti-immigrational view rests on the absurd notion that human life is a zero sum game. That is, an immigrant generally, over the arc of his/her life, “takes” more than “gives”, surely not giving a drop over his takings. And this presumably because he/she comes from another place on the planet? The absurdity is obvious.

Of course this isn’t true, else how could any human innovation be explained? Indeed, most inhabitants of planet earth give more than they take, or else, human civilization would have disappeared long ago.

Indeed, how could have homo-sapiens in general evolved their culture and technology to this point? Some of these smart homo-sapiens invented toilets and cooking pots, and earlier figured out how to light and maintain fire, etc., right?. They obviously weren’t all US citizens. Some of the early pioneers might have easily come from “shit hole” countries too, or who knows what other places on our planet.

Why would a human being, just because he is an “immigrant” be so fundamentally different than other genus homo-sapiens?

That established, the truth is, if homo-sapiens’ evolutionary success depended on at least some genus members “giving more than taking,” that is, innovating and inventing, than some number of that Trump ”immigrant” group, so feared and even defiled by Trump, will “give” more, vastly and wildly more, than they can possibly take. They too are, after all, homo-sapiens.

Examples abound in long and short term human history, of extraordinary contributors to human history, culture, science, and technology, and they are way to numerous to list here, but we know that they and/or their parents weren’t born in the US!

And this is the point. Simply consider new immigrants (sometime to be citizens) as potential assets. Among that group will be, even if only a few, creative, inventive, genius innovators that improve life for all other genus homo sapiens and who help our planetary civilization thrive.

Even if the rest of planetary citizens give not an iota of more than what they take, or even, those fewer, like our president, who take far more than they give, these perhaps fewer extraordinary homo-sapiens will more than compensate in the longer run, even if they happen to be “exports” from one place and “imports” to another.

And this is the irony, called the “law of large numbers”. That is, the more homo-sapiens, thus effectively, the more immigrants, to our shores, the greater the likelihood that some outlier few genius innovators will be among them, helping America to continue to thrive. Perhaps some genus homo-sapiens like Edison, Steve jobs, Charles flint, Bill Gates, Charles Pierce, Copernicus, Galileo, DaVinci, Einstein, Jonas Salk, Aristotle, Jesus, (the list goes on and on), might wind up on our shores. Any single one of them can have an impact positively affecting literally millions or billions of other homo-sapiens.

We really need them, and I know that we are not smart enough to filter them in or out either. Most of us simply don’t know all that we don’t know, otherwise we would have already had, before they walked the earth, their contributions and knowledge. They are pioneers that we can’t foresee ahead of time. An Anti-immigration bias dooms America to slow decay and certain mediocrity and even worse.

Boycott, boycott, boycott

When assessing our political status quo, it is critical to remember that a majority of Americans did not vote for Trump. Yet, like it or not, America is being perhaps permanently reshaped by Trump, his administration and his collaborators. (Clinton won by 3 million votes and if adding back Stein and Johnson, it would have been over 8 million) And what about all the non-voters, who were going to vote for Clinton, but were put off by the last minute email kerfuffle, which amounted to nothing?

So what would be the most effective way to re-impower that majority? One that is fairly effortless, non-violent and yet more powerful than a marching protest army?

Why not focus on the media, which was cynically employed by Trump to gain his position, and keep it? And specifically the media that is poisoning our democracy by rationalizing, excusing, and indeed, further enabling Trump and his collaborators? That would be the numerous talk radio and TV shows that uncritically support Trump and his minions, the major damage being done by Fox Media.

If people go out of their way just a bit, simply by refraining to do business with their advertisers, (there are plenty of alternatives) it would not take long for their programs’ revenues to shrink. What business would want to advertise on a show, or in any media, if the advertisement effectively deleted both current and potential customers?

Advertising is expensive, and really only effective at the margins. It really does cost a lot of money in advertising just to acquire one new customer. Suppose an advertiser lost 10 customers for every new one the ad brought in?

For an example, I was just about to buy a “My Pillow” until I heard their ad on a Fox show. You know what, I will sleep better on some other brand.

I think that the suit I was about to buy will be a Macy’s suit and not the Joseph Bank suit that was advertised on that same show, and where I sometimes shopped. No longer! And there are plenty of alternatives to Koch brands, such as Brawny Paper Towels, Dixie, Angel Soft toilet paper, Stainmaster Carpets, Lycra clothing all Koch brands.

If a network’s advertising revenues in turn shrinks, as a result of their propaganda and politics, I bet things will change quickly.

It is best to inform these advertisers about your intentios. As a guide, probably the best place to contact is the Investor Relations Department, or, alternatively, Public Relations.

Here is a partial list of Fox advertisers. It is easy to find alternatives:

1441 SW 29th Ave
Pompano Beach, FL. 33069
1-800-PetMeds® (1-800-738-6337)

24 Hour Fitness
PO Box 2689
Carlsbad, CA 92018
(800) 432-6348

60 Plus
515 King Street, Suite 315
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
(703) 807-2070
(703) 807-2073 fax

601 E Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20049

Accu Chek Aviva (Roche Diagnostics)
or 1-317-690-9288,

1919 Torrance Blvd. M/S 500-2N7E
Torrance, CA 90501-2746
(800) 382-2238
Fax: (310) 783-3535

345 Park Avenue
San Jose, California 95110-2704
Fax: 408-537-6000


ADT Security Services, Inc. (Tyco)
Ann Lindstrom

1932 Wynnton Road
Columbus, GA 31999
Fax: 1-800-448-8922

Ally Bank
P.O. Box 951
Horsham, PA 19044
or 1-917-369-2364!skill=general-service-english

American Movie Channel
11 Penn Plaza, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10001
(646) 273-7105

Eisai Co., Ltd.
100 Tice Blvd.
Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey 07677

Astra Zeneca
21700 Oxnard Street, Suite 300
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

AT & T
32 Avenue of the Americans
New York, NY 10013-2412
National Broadcast Media
Susan Bean

211 Mt. Airy Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

1-888-825-5249 *
500 US Highway 1
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

100 Bayer Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15205-9741

Binder & Binder *
Binder & Binder® National Headquarters
33-00 Northern Blvd. Suite 7A
Long Island City, NY 11101
Telephone: 800.742.9696
Fax: 718.512.2424

Best Buy
P.O. Box 9312
Minneapolis , MN 55440
1-888-BEST BUY (1-888-237-8289)

Black & Decker
626 Hanover Pike
Hampstead, MD 21074 USA

300 Chestnut Ridge Rd.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07675
Phone: 201-307-4000
Fax: (201) 307-4095

100 North Riverside
Chicago, IL 60606

Roche Laboratories Inc.
340 Kingsland Street
Nutley, New Jersey 07110

Bridgestone Tires
535 Marriott Drive
P.O. Box 140990
Nashville, TN 37214-0990
Phone: 615-937-1000
Corporate Directory: 1-800-543-7522

Brita Filter
U.S. Headquarters
Brita LP
1221 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
1-800-24-BRITA (US)
or 1-800-387-6940 (Canada)

Broadview Security
8880 Esters Blvd
Irving, TX 75063

P.O. Box 33136
Detroit, MI 48232-5136

345 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10154-0037

Burlington Coat Factory
1830 Route 130
Burlington,NJ 08016

P. O. Box 33169
Detroit, MI 48232-5169

Campbell Soup
Chairman: Harvey Golub
President, CEO, and Director: Douglas R. Conant
SVP, CFO, and Chief Administrative Officer: B. Craig Owens
Campbell Soup Company
1 Campbell Place
Camden, NJ 08103-1799
NJ Tel. 856-342-4800
Toll Free 800-257-8443
Fax 856-342-3878


Capital One Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 85565
Richmond VA 23285

Chattem, Inc.
1715 W 38th St
Chattanooga, TN 37409
P.O. Box 2219
Chattanooga, TN 37409-0219
423-821-4571 *
909 North Sepulveda Blvd. 11th Floor
El Segundo, CA. 90245

Celebrity Cruises
1080 Caribbean Way
Miami, FL 33132;jsessionid=00001zO9spn5954xC03mTdB9w17:1028etmk3

Wyeth Consumer Healthcare
PO Box 26609
Richmond, VA 23261-6609
7 Sylvan Way
Parsippany, NJ 07054, L.L.C.
P.O. Box 25458
Dallas TX 75225

P.O. Box 33170
Detroit, MI 48232-5170

Choice Hotels
10750 Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD, 20901
(301) 592-5000

Glenridge Highlands Two
5565 Glenridge Connector
Atlanta, GA 30342

1-800-CLAIROL (1-800-252-4765)

Claritin *
Schering Plough Corporation
2000 Galloping Hill Road
Kenilworth, NJ 07033

The Clorox Company
1221 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 271-2230
Donald R. Knauss, Chairman of the Board and CEO
James Weeks, Executive Office Administrator

One Comcast Center
Philadelphia, PA 19103
1-800-COMCAST (1-800-266-2278)

5301 Maryland Way
Brentwood, TN 37027-5028
1-800-COMDATA (1-800-266-3282)

Community Financial Services Association of America
515 King Street, Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-684-1029
Fax: 703-684-1219

Conservatives for Patients’ Rights
700 12th Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
Brian Burgess

Crest Whitestrips
The Procter & Gamble Company
1 or 2, Procter & Gamble Plaza
Cincinnati, OH 45201

Adrenal Fatigue Institute, Inc.
931 Village Blvd Ste 905-75
West Palm Beach, FL 33409

The Procter & Gamble Company
1 or 2, Procter & Gamble Plaza
Cincinnati, OH 45201

P.O. Box 90296
Allentown, PA 18109-0296
1-877-DANNONUS (1-877-326-6668)

One Dell Way
Round Rock, TX

5725 Delphi Drive
Troy, Michigan 48098-2815
(248) 813-2000
Fax: (248) 813-2673

Dickensons Witch Hazel *
Dickinson Brands Inc.
31 East High Street
East Hampton, CT 06424

DirectBuy, Inc.
8450 Broadway
Merrillville, IN 46410

Direct TV
P.O. Box 92600
Los Angeles, CA 90009

Ditech *
3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 150
Costa Mesa, CA 92626 1-800-DITECH-3

P.O. Box 21-8004
Auburn Hills, MI 48321-8004

Dr. Blaines *
Blaine Labs
11037 Lockport Place
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Phone: 562-906-4477 / 800-307-8818
Fax: 562-906-4467

Duracell (Procter & Gamble)
Berkshire Corporate Park
Bethel, CT 06801 U.S.A.
Fax: 1-800-796-4565

1375 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309

Edward Jones Investments
P.O. Box 66906
St. Louis, MO 63166-6909
6230 Stoneridge Mall Road
Pleasanton, CA 94588
(925) 847-6200
Fax: (925) 847-0831

4666 Faries Parkway
Decatur, IL 62526

Fidelity Investments
82 Devonshire Street
Boston, MA 02109-3614

Florida Department of Citrus Headquarters
P.O. Box 148
Lakeland, FL 33802

Ford Motor Company
P.O. Box 6248
Dearborn, MI 48126
Customer Relationship Center:
US Headquarters:
44 Wall Street, 7th Floor
New York, New York 10005
Corporate Headquaters:
GAIN Capital Group
550 Hills Drive
Bedminster, NJ 07921-1539
(contact#, not headquarters) 1.877.367.3946

Franklin Templeton Investments
West Coast:
P.O. Box 997152
Sacramento, CA 95899-7152
East Coast:
P.O. Box 33030
St. Petersburg, FL 33733-8030
800/632-2301 *

Chattem, Inc.
1715 W 38th St,
Chattanooga, TN 37409
P.O. Box 2219
Chattanooga, TN 37409-0219

General Motors
Chairman: Edward E. (Ed) Whitacre Jr.
President, CEO, and Director: Frederick A. (Fritz) Henderson
EVP and CFO: Ray G. Young
300 Renaissance Center
Detroit, MI 48265-3000
Contact Media Relations at 888-436-6687 (h/t sueroegge)
MI Tel. 313-556-5000

P.O. BOX 33172
Detroit, MI 48232-5172

Gold Bond
Chattem, Inc.
1715 W 38th St,
Chattanooga, TN 37409
P.O. Box 2219
Chattanooga, TN 37409-0219

Golden Corral
5151 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27612

Contact Us

Goldline International, Inc. *
1601 Cloverfield Boulevard
100 South Tower
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: 1-877-376-2646
Fax: 1-310-319-0265

GoToMeeting *
Citrix Online, LLC

Citrix headquarters

HealthMart Pharmacy
One Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94104

Healthy Choice (Conagra Foods)
Corporate Headquarters
ConAgra Foods Inc.
One ConAgra Drive

Hefty Bags
Pactiv Corporation
1900 W. Field Court
Lake Forest, IL 60045.
1-888-828-2850 or 847-482-2000.

The Hertz Corporation
225 Brae Boulevard
Park Ridge, NJ 07656

Holiday Inn Express
InterContinental Hotels Groups
3 Ravinia Drive Suite 100
Atlanta GA 30346-2149
1 770 604 2000
1 800-315-2621 (Expedia,Inc.)

3000 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1185
Phone: (650) 857-1501
Fax: (650) 857-5518

HSBC Life Insurance
Headquarters (Mettawa, IL)
(224) 544-2000
Public Affairs (New York, NY)
(212) 525-3800

Hula Networks
340 East Middlefield Rd.
Mountain View, CA 94043

General Motors Corporation
P.O. Box 33170
Detroit, MI 48232-5170
1-800-REAL-4WD (1-800-732-5493)

Hyatt Corporation
200 W Madison St, 30th Fl.
Chicago, IL 60606-3413

Hydrolyze *
Hydroxatone, LLC
302A West 12th St, #276
New York, NY 10014
US & Canada Toll Free: (800) 515-1070
UK Toll Free: 0800-032-6278
All Other Countries: (201) 876-2570
Fax: (201) 876-2501

P.O. Box 20850
Fountain Valley, CA 92728-0850
Phone : (800) 633-5151
Fax : (801) 736-3561

The Procter & Gamble Company
One Procter & Gamble Plaza
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

P.O. Box 191
Gardena, CA 90248,,action-IContactUs,00.html

2200 Mission College Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA 95054-1549
(408) 765-8080

Jeep / Daimler Chrysler
P.O. Box 21-8004
Auburn Hills, MI 48321-8004
(248) 512 2950
Fax: (248) 512 2912

Finish Jet Dry (Dishwasher Products)

John H. Daniel, Custom Tailors
120 W. Jackson Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 637-6441
Fax: (865) 523-6435

Kellogg Company
Chairman: James M. (Jim) Jenness
President, CEO, and Director: A. D. David Mackay
EVP, COO, and CFO: John A. Bryant
1 Kellogg Sq.
Battle Creek, MI 49016-3599
Contact media at 800-323-0768 (h/t sueroegge)
MI Tel. 269-961-2000
Toll Free 800-962-1413
Fax 269-961-2871

Kraft Foods Inc.
Chairman and CEO: Irene B. Rosenfeld
EVP Operations and Business Services: David A. (Dave) Brearton
EVP and CFO: Timothy R. (Tim) McLevish
3 Lakes Dr.
Northfield, IL 60093
IL Tel. 847-646-2000
Fax 847-646-6005

L. L. Bean
Freeport, ME 04033-0001
Fax: 207-552-3080

Laurie Azzano
Public Relations: 415-786-3317

Lear Capital, Inc *
1990 S. Bundy Dr., Ste 600
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 1.800.576.9355
Fax: 310.571.0194

Lee Majors Rechargeable Bionic Hearing Aid
PO Box 2259
Virginia Beach, VA 23450-2259

Lending Tree
11115 Rushmore Drive
Charlotte, NC 28277

LensCrafters, Inc.
4000 Luxottica Place
Mason, OH 45040

P.O. Box 2991 – Mail Drop L201
Torrance, CA 90509-2991
Phone: 1-800-255-3987
Fax: 1-310-468-2992

Liberty Medical

Medco Health Solutions, Inc

Liberty Mutual Insurance
Liberty Mutual Group, Inc.
175 Berkeley Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116

LifeLock *
60 E Rio Salado Pkwy, Ste 400
Tempe, AZ 85281
Mike Prusinski
VP of Corporate Communications

P.O. Box 1304
Dearborn, MI 48121

Lipitor (Pfizer, Inc.)
235 East 42nd Street
NY, NY 10017
(212) 573-2323

Hwy 268 East P.O. Box 111
North Wilkesboro, NC 28656-0001

Sepracor Corporate Headquarters
84 Waterford Drive
Marlborough, MA 01752
(508) 481-6700

* Featured on a Fox News Boycott of the Month.

They are not just Bad, they are Incompetent and Bad.

THE VICE PRESIDENT: “Well, thank you, Mr. President. And I think what the President has made clear is we believe it’s a false choice between whether we are a country of law and order, a country with borders, and a country that demonstrates the compassion and the heart of the American people in this country, for families.

By taking this action, the President will make it possible for us to continue to engage in enforcing the law against individuals who violate our law, come into our country illegally. But NOW we’ll be able, in the prosecution in the immediate days forward, to keep families together as that goes forward.

We know now that the recent action to separate the children from their parents was not well planned. But how could they have missed the most critical bit of planning?? That is, how get the children back to their parents, after their threats and hostage crisis came to an end??

Note the last sentence in Pences’ statement. “in the prosecution in the immediate days forward, to keep families together as that goes forward

Was that a recognition and admittance of their now unthinkable dilemma, the one that Trump created and is now facing? That is, have some of these children been permanently orphaned? And if not, to what expense and effort is the administration going to go to in order to reunite those families?

As horrible as this prospect is, it goes to the essence of the Trump administration. That is, as stated by his fired Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, Trump is a moron. Trump is really incapable of thinking things through. He is reckless. Now we can only hope that Trump and his enablers are held accountable for the human catastrophe they created. We have written about this before, Trump is a tactitian, but not a strategist, which requires clear thinking. That is a trait that alludes him. There are and will continue to be many examples of this Trump flaw.

Just this week, as the trade tariffs issue hit U.S. farmers, Trump had no choice but to issue a multi billion dollar bailout to them, as many were Trump voters. Trump has often bought, ransomed, or bribed himself out of the problems he caused by his awful judgement. And worse, he is now able to use our hard earned tax money to cover his blunders.

This is all because, Trump, always the tactician and not the strategist, was unable to foresee the adownside of his simplistic tariff policy. These failings may be the archilles heals that save our country, showing that the “emperor has no clothes” to everyone, even while Trump threatens our destruction.

Lies, lies, and more lies.

Date: June 18, 2018
Subject: Why Trump’s lies about German crime are so important | MSNBC

Lying about Germany’s crime rate, in an attempt to criticize its immigration policy, is stupid for so many reasons, not least of which it is so easily refuted, simply exposing him as a liar.

But what is the larger point about him dragging our nation into the role of an international pariah? Ultimately threatening the US to become a discredited, even laughable, country?

Was the lie just one of his normal tactics? One of his “feel good” lies, unlikely to be questioned by his base? Is Trump getting so comfortable (or maybe so careless) in lying because his base is willing to accept all that he says without question?

Hitler’s storm troopers also accepted Hitlers’ words without question.

We fear that Trump is now picking and separating his desired allies into categories: friends and enemies.

Russia: friend, Germany: foe; Autocracies: friends; Democracies: foes

Is the end of democracy really this close?

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Libertarians (the Republican Freedom Caucus included here) need to more carefully reflect on likely Trump outcomes. Libertarians are being made fools of by Trump, who is more a despot than any previous president, and as such, a true anti-libertarian. But the problem goes deeper, into the very heart of libertarianism.

Libertarianism is one of the giant ideas in political philosophy.

Current proponents believe, for example, that charity (giving welfare) should be entirely voluntary, that indiduals should be encumberered by as few rules, laws (and taxes) as possible, just enough, presumably to prevent chaos, and that the key principle of all government action (the less government action, the better) is to expand “individual” liberty.

Yet in all of history, it is hard, perhaps impossible, to cite an actual precedent, that is a nation,state, group, or collective organized under a pure libertarian regime.

It is one of those pure ideas, of a “perfect” organizational “political” structure, which we can analogize to the platonic notion of an “ideal” (though Plato was far far from a libertarian).

The hard truth is that, while even if we can formulate and think of a perfect circle, we cannot manufacture and realize a perfect wheel. (Just like we cannot man-make a perfect libertarian government structure- in fact, even the term “perfect government structure” is an oxymoron). There will always be defects, small though they may be, threatening the wheels’ ultimate failure in the real, “non-ideological” world. And failure safeguards, and failure remedies have not been adequately addressed by libertarian philosophers/economists, or libertarian leaning politicians, or those voting for them.

And these defects, in the real natural world, are never going to be static. In this world, defects will always expand their presence, like weeds in a garden, and counter-balancing them will always create repercussions, themselves requiring additional counterbalancing. Humans have created their own rule sets to counterbalance (think 10 Commandments, tribal customs and ceremonies, social morays, and yes, even laws).

The current libertarian political argument is thus always going to be about matters of degree. And this is the core problem. Matters of degree often fall into the realm of personal opinion.

Matters of degree also shift with the times, they are in flux, resulting in a perpetual change cycle.

Another intransigent problem is this, wholly embracing a “pure” libertarianism, how do we get from A to B, that is from “here” to “there”?

That is, how move from our current world political structure to a libertarian world structure. Keep in mind that partial structures will forever be unstable.

And this begs the question: how is it possible to get to a libertarian world led by elected leaders, which, in a democracy, requires a majority rules regime? Would not the vote and rule of the many, inevitably repress the freedom of some few?

And finally, is it not possible, even inevitable, that a “partial” libertarian regime (the only kind that is practically attainable) would morph out to either dictatorship or total anarchy? Think of it like a gyroscope encountering pebbles on an actual ground surface. First stumbling to the right, than to the left, between the poles of yin and yang, periodically crashing down entirely (into the Hegelian anti-thesis) before its rebirth yet again.

The truth is that America and earth’s civilization in general, is stuck in a cycle of change, a Hegelian universe, moving see-saw-like between the social-political extreme polls of totalitarianism and anarchy, yang changing into yin, and than back again. Mercifully Americas’ constitutional system has been relatively successful at balancing these extremes. It is only this balancing that can insure America’s longevity.

Libertarian proponents, while they may not actually be Trump lovers, are enablers, and as such have adopted a devastatingly dangerous posture. Trump operates out on that extreme poll which, in the end, will destroy any semblance of libertarianism, not to mention democracy. Trump is the means by which the anti-thesis is now occurring.

(Here is a perfect example of anti-libertarianism, quite frightening really). After Trump’s visit to North Korea, Trump expressed admiration for the way Kim-Jong Un is treated by North Koreans. trump said “Hey, he is the head of a country and I mean he is the strong , head…don’t let anyone think anything different. he speaks, and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.” Of course Trump later tried to take the statement back saying “I am kidding, you don’t understand sarcasm”. Yes we do. When it comes off the top of Trump’s finisteride infected brain, we need to really worry.

And we are not Trumps’ “people”, we are free people under a fought for constitution. We must not let Trump take back his statements so easily, as they reveal him for what he aspires to be.

Kim publicly murdered (with an anti-aircraft gun) one of his staff for dozing off during a Kim speech. A sane person would not kid about that.

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Is it Drain the Swamp, or fill the swamp??


Trump Picks Mitch McConnell’s Brother-In-Law, Gordon Hartogensis, To Lead Pension Agency
Experts say the choice to lead the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. wasn’t based on qualifications.

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President Donald Trump has picked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s brother-in-law — a man with apparently no government experience and unclear qualifications — to lead a Department of Labor agency responsible for current and future pensions of about 1.5 million people.
Ethics experts questioned the choice, with one suggesting the nomination was granted on a “who you know rather than what you know” basis.
The White House announced Monday that Gordon Hartogensis had been tapped to head the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. He was described as “an investor and technology sector leader with experience managing financial equities, bonds, private placements, and software development.”
The announcement failed to list a current job for the nominee, and did not mention that Hartogensis is the brother-in-law of McConnell and his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. Hartogensis is married to Chao’s sister, Grace Chao.
Amazing. Trump just nominated Mitch McConnell & Elaine Chao’s brother-in-law to lead the nation’s pension agency. The White House announcement doesn’t even list a current job for him & WH won’t answer questions. Below, his announcement vs. a typical one >> …
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) 9:12 AM – May 15, 2018
According to his LinkedIn page, Hartogensis has managed his family’s trust for seven years. He previously served as the CEO and co-founder of software company Auric Technology, his profile says.
Hartogensis, according to The Washington Post, has no apparent experience in public service and his understanding of PBGC’s mission is unclear.
The PBGC, which helps to sustain payments on single-employer and multi-employer pension plans when pension funds fail, is currently facing a widening, multibillion-dollar deficit. According to Bloomberg, the agency’s multi-employer program, which backs pensions operated jointly by employers and unions, is expected to become insolvent by 2025.
“The White House’s process for naming and vetting candidates is flawed,” Scott Amey of the Project on Government Oversight told the Post on Tuesday in reaction to Hartogensis’ nomination. “This seems to be another example of who you know rather than what you know.”

An unnamed White House official pushed back against the suggestion that Hartogensis was anything but qualified, telling CNBC that his experience as an investment manager “makes him uniquely qualified to run the PBGC.” Continue reading

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Opinion | Trump’s Dream Come True: Trashing Obama and Iran in One Move
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Thomas L. Friedman
May 15, 2018
President Barack Obama invited President-elect Trump to the White House after the 2016 election. Since taking office, President Trump has counted as successes his undoing of Obama-era initiatives.CreditStephen Crowley/The New York Times

My wife is building a language museum in Washington (I’m its vice chairman), so people often send her funny examples of word play, including a list of mixed-up idioms from Among my favorites: “Don’t judge a book before it’s hatched.” “Every cloud has a silver spoon in its mouth.” “It’s not rocket surgery.” “You can’t teach a leopard new spots.” And one that perfectly describes President Trump’s approach to every one of Barack Obama’s policies, including his nuclear deal with Iran: “We’ll burn that bridge when we come to it.”

And that’s my subject for today. Trump, by taking a hard line on Iran, drew some needed attention to Iran’s bad behavior and created an opportunity to improve the nuclear deal. But to do so would have required Trump to admit that there was merit in the deal Obama had forged and to be content with limited, but valuable, fixes that our European allies likely would have embraced.

Instead, Trump pushed for the max, torched the whole bridge, separating us from Germany, France and Britain, undermining the forces of moderation in Iran and requiring Trump to now manage — on his own — a complex, multidimensional confrontation with Tehran.

Color me dubious that a president who has not been able to manage his confrontation with a stripper, or prevent leaks in his White House, can manage a multifront strategy for confronting Iran and North Korea and trade wars with China, Europe and Mexico.

Obama’s view of the Middle East was that it was an outlier region, where a toxic brew of religious extremism, tribalism, oil, corruption, climate change and mis-governance made positive change from outside impossible; it had to come from within. By the end of his eight years, Obama was skeptical of all the leaders in the Middle East — Iranian, Arab and Israeli — and of their intentions.

It made Obama a policy minimalist on the Middle East: keep it simple and focus on the biggest threat. That meant joining with Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China to keep the most dangerous weapons — nuclear weapons — away from the most dangerous bad actor there — Iran. By lifting sanctions on Iran as part of the deal, Obama hoped Iran would become integrated into the world and moderate the regime.

The latter did not happen, but the former did. Iran agreed to tight restrictions on its enrichment of nuclear weapons-grade materials for 15 years in return for an easing of sanctions. Two years in, Iran has abided by the restrictions, says the International Atomic Energy Agency.

“It was a transactional deal that kept Iran’s latent nuclear capabilities latent — not a grand bargain, not a transformational breakthrough encompassing all of Iran’s objectionable behavior,” said Robert Litwak, an expert on the Iran negotiations at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The deal never covered Iran’s regional aggression or its ballistic missile program.

By contrast, Trump’s team is made up of maximalists. They want to limit Iran’s ballistic missile program, reverse its imperialistic reach into the Sunni Arab world, require Iran to accept terms that would ensure it could never ever enrich enough uranium for a nuclear bomb, and, if possible, induce regime change in Tehran.

But Trump has left many key questions unanswered: Who is going to take over in Tehran if the current Islamic regime collapses? One thing we have learned from the Arab Spring uprisings that toppled their leaders is that in almost every country the alternative to autocracy turned out not to be democracy, but disorder or military dictatorship. If Iran, a country of 80 million people, was to go the way of Syria, it would destabilize the entire Middle East, and refugees would pour into Europe.

It is true that Iran has projected its power deep into the Arab world. But that was not because of money it got from the nuclear deal and sanctions relief, as argued by Trump & friends. It was because of the weakness of the Sunni Arab states and their internecine fighting, which created power vacuums that Iran has filled with its network of Shiite proxies. That’s how Iran today has managed to indirectly control four Arab capitals: Beirut, Baghdad, Damascus and Sana.

Is Trump going to use U.S. forces to push Iran back? No. Does he have Arab forces to do so? No. And now, does he have European allies to do so? No. So how exactly is this Iranian tide going to be reversed?

To his credit, Trump has drawn attention to Iranian misbehavior in ways the Europeans never have. Israel gets censured for implanting settlements deep into the West Bank. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates get censured for contributing to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. But the Iranians have gotten away with murder, mass murder, at home and abroad — with virtually no censure.

Iran’s clerical regime has stifled one of the great civilizations, preventing so many of Iran’s youth from realizing their full potential, and mercilessly jailing and killing the regime’s opponents. In Syria, Iran’s special forces and its mercenary recruits — Hezbollah militiamen from Lebanon and Shiite hired guns from Central Asia — have helped President Bashar al-Assad perpetrate a ruthless genocide against Syrian Sunnis, including the use of poison gas, in order to maintain a pro-Shiite, pro-Iranian dictatorship in Damascus. Millions of Syrians have been made refugees with Iran’s help.

A column last month in the Lebanese daily Al-Nahar, titled “Hizbullah Resettling in Syria,” by Ahmad ’Ayyash detailed exactly how Iran, with the help of Hezbollah, has engaged in ethnic cleansing in Syria: “The aim … is changing the demography” of Syria by settling Iranian-backed Shiite militiamen “from Afghanistan, Lebanon and other countries in the region … to fill the demographic vacuum” left by the hundreds of thousands of Syrians who have fled their civil war.

Good for Trump for calling Iran out, but he still needs a strategy to translate his pressure on the country into sustainable gains. “Strategy without leverage is feckless,” noted the Carnegie Endowment’s Karim Sadjadpour. “And leverage without strategy is reckless.”

Trump should have kept it simple, too. Rather than scrapping the deal, he should have told the Europeans that all he wanted to stay in the deal were three fixes: 1. Extend the ban on Iran’s enriching of uranium to weapons grade from the original 15 years Obama negotiated to 25 years. 2. Europe and the U.S. agree to impose sanctions if Iran ever attempts to build a missile with a range that could hit Europe or America. 3. The U.S. and Europe use diplomacy to spotlight and censure Iran’s “occupations” of Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.

Europeans likely would have jumped at that deal. It would have maintained a united Western coalition to contain Iran’s most important threat and it would have created a huge fight inside Iran between moderates, who would have been tempted to accept the revised deal to avoid a re-imposition of sanctions and to get Trump off their back, and hard-liners, who would have rejected it. All the onus would have been on Tehran, not Trump.

What a shame. Just improving on what Obama started would have greatly advanced U.S. interests — a 25-year assurance, with intrusive inspections, that Iran could not suddenly build a bomb. And it would have left us arm in arm with our closest allies, rather than us now threatening to sanction their companies if they trade with Iran.

But Trump wanted to crush both Obama and Iran, and so he trashed the whole deal. Well, as the blog on mixed idioms would tell him: Donald, “You’ve opened your can of worms, now lie in it.”

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