Monday, February 26, 2018

Parkland

“There must be progress, certainly. But we must ask ourselves what kind of progress we want, and what price we want to pay for it. If, in the name of progress, we want to destroy everything beautiful in our world, and contaminate the air we breathe, and the water we drink, then we are in trouble.”
-- Marjory Stoneman Douglas
I recently expressed my hatred for The Matrix and its culpability in mass murder shootings at schools (and other places) in America. It's true that there are many factors that compel a psychopath to indiscriminately kill people who are simply going about their business and posing no imminent threat to the gunman. Those factors include personality disorder and the prescribed medication to "solve" that problem, easy access to firearms, incompetence on the part of law enforcement or security guards and moral/cultural rot endemic in modern society that is exploited and exacerbated by a soulless and corrupt political/media class who live in a world completely removed from the people they represent and inform. These "factors" or reasons are what reformers call out and debate when some kook loads a clip into his (is it ever a her?) semi-automatic weapon and starts killing innocents. These victims can't say a word because they're dead, but their friends feel free to speak and, speaking as sympathetic survivors, common decency and human curiosity allows for an audience which #FakeNews corporations are eager to exploit.
Sunrise, Florida (CNN) - They were angry and frustrated. And given the chance to face the lawmakers and others who can make their lives safer, high school students who a week ago were running from gunfire pointedly demanded change Wednesday night from Washington and the National Rifle Association.
Classmates
Faced with the shocking news of the (seemingly) indiscriminate killing of high school students it's only natural that America (the Idea) should collectively ask itself why and assign blame anywhere it can. The natural culprits are the shooter, Nick Cruz, and his guns, mental illness, the NRA, politicians, law enforcement, school administrators, movies and video games - there's so many people, places and things to hold responsible that you almost don't know where to start. However, as I watch the Parkland high school students talking, explaining and confronting their sad experience a stark and comparatively banal Occam's razor, point A to point B, straight line reason for the shooting has been oozing into my consciousness  - The guy simply wanted to kill as many of these people as fast as he possibly could so shooting them at school, where they were all trapped in one building, was the most logical place to do it. I'm not one who defaults to blaming the victim but watching these smug, precocious teenage twits lecture their elders about guns or anything else gives me an idea of what they must be like in class and that, given where they come from, would be insufferable. Heavy.com compiles 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know about Nikolas Cruz and included under Fact #3 (He Posted Photos of Guns & Knives on Instagram, Called His Weapons an ‘Arsenal,’ & Appears to Have Left Threatening YouTube Comments) was this gem related by a schoolmate named Ocean:
Ocean Parodie, a 17-year-old student at Broward County school, told The Daily Beast, “I knew him to be passive aggressive but not violent. He was rude to people. He had an act up like he was tough. He never got into, like, physical fights with anyone, but he did get into verbal arguments. I just thought he dropped out of school, I didn’t think he would do anything. He always kept a low profile.”
Parodie added, “He was definitely not accepted at our school socially. People saw him as someone who was different than the normal people at our school.” She said he wore “patriotic” shirts that “seemed really extreme, like hating on” Islam, making offensive jokes and deriding Muslims as “terrorists and bombers.” She added that she had seen him wearing a Trump hat.
So here are the KOTCB.com facts you need to know about Nick Cruz:

He lived in Parkland, Florida


Hell on Earth

In 1980 the population of Parkland, FL was 545 people and in less than 25 years it grew to 24,000 which is pretty impressive but unnatural and results from a mass migration of affluent Broward county residents escaping older, more established neighborhoods to something new and protected like a 10 square mile gated community. It was never developed before the 80's because A. it was uninhabitable marshland bordering the Everglades and B. nobody in their right mind would live there, but as the beach communities started to deteriorate with an influx of undesirables the citizens that could move did pack up and drive inland. Also a bunch of snowbirds from New England decided to leave the flinty puritanism of their home town and move south which is how Nick Cruz landed in Parkland. This McCommunity is rich, godless, liberal and environmentally proud which is a wonderful thing if you're one of the citizens who feels exactly that way, but if you've got a different view (or opposing view) from the majority then members of that majority will make it their business to ruin your life.

He was expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School


Model Citizen
What the #FakeNews media commonly calls the "Parkland High School" is actually called the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and who was Marjory Stoneman Douglas? She was a feminist, conservationist who lived in the plush Coconut Grove neighborhood near Miami (which is the cosmic opposite of Parkland). She was also the daughter of Frank Bryant Stoneman who founded the Miami Harald news paper serving as it's vice president, was a lawyer and judge, a big wheel in the Democrat party and an honorable Freemason - the kind of civic leader people used to name schools after to honor great achievement. Marjory certainly thought him to be a great man, but she would. The fact that the town elders of Parkland chose to name their new, gigantic high school in honor of Marjory instead of Frank must have been some kind of sick, cynical joke when you consider how much the conservationist must have hated the presto-city they were creating to fill the school. It is a problem nation wide, but naming these public buildings in honor of mentally unstable writers and do-good social activists instead of men or women who actually build something, create something or achieve something has a corrosive effect on the social order and lifetime goals of the students. America (and certainly Parkland) needs more Frank Stoneman and less Marjory Douglas but for the last 40 years we've been getting more of what we need less of.

His girlfriend dumped him in the Spring of 2016


Shooters
There is a girlfriend or ex-girlfriend or girl that Nick Cruz was obsessed with at the dead center bullseye of this school shooting. Who she is or what she knows or how she was involved or what number of the shooting victims were associated with her is a complete mystery to me. The #FakeNews has paraded out students who hardly know the shooter and others, because the high school houses thousands of teenagers, who didn't know Cruz at all, but they can't find the one person who knows him intimately and, because the shooting happened on Valentines Day, probably has a lot to do with his mental breakdown and violent outbursts over the past year culminating in the massacre. Who the fuck is she and what does she know?

His mother died in Autumn of 2017

Lynda Cruz adopted Nick and his younger brother in New England and then emigrated from the Angry Lands to Americas Flaccid Penis where her husband promptly died leaving her to raise the boys single mother style with all too predictable results. Angry boys with no father figure to administer love and discipline are a danger and when Cruz's mother, who by all accounts coddled and enabled the boy, kicked the bucket there were no restraints on his behavior. Not that Cruz was an obvious psycho - 'We had this monster living under our roof and we didn’t know.' said James and Kimberly Snead who were letting the "monster" crash at their house upon their son's request. “I told him there’d be rules and he followed every rule to the T,” James said. Does this sound like the attitude of a homicidal maniac to anyone reading this blog post? No, it doesn't because Nick Cruz is not some Charles Manson or Eric Harris (Columbine) but he is a heartbroken and isolated "loser" living in an enclave of winners who let him know exactly how much of a loser he is every day at school.

His ex-girlfriend started dating a dude named Enea Sabadini

Yeah, this guy...
When this guy popped up on my Google search I knew I hit pay-dirt and even though #FakeNews ABC edited the hell out of his interview a big fat puzzle piece fell right onto the table as anyone who's ever been in high school can tell you. Student says Nikolas Cruz threatened to 'kill' him, sent photo of guns months before school shooting - I wonder why? Enea couldn't figure it out at first either - "I was confused why, because I hadn’t had any prior problems with this person," he said. "At first, I didn’t answer back at all." Like, hey, all I was doing was fucking his girlfriend and I can't understand why that would be a problem so I gave him the brush off because, well, he's a loser and I wanted him to know that. Nick and Enea fought at school, over what is not too hard to imagine, and both got suspended but eventually Cruz got permanently kicked out by the high school administrators - no white privilege in Parkland. Distance imposed by the Broward school district did not prevent the two lads from communicating, so to speak, and making plans about the future but honest engagement and dialog were a decidedly one sided affair.

"Most of Sabadini’s responses appear nonchalant with a sarcastic tone. He writes, 'Hey man you should take a cold shower to calm down, I here (sic) they are refreshing.'"
Note: When someone threatens to kill you the least you can do is take it seriously - if not the threat itself then just acknowledge the pain and inner turmoil going on inside the plotting murderers mind. Also, take a moment to humbly look at yourself and ponder the possibility that your adversary has just cause to wish you dead.
"Sabadini said he personally knew three of the students who were killed, and that he feels lucky to be alive."
Who's laughing now Enea? "Lucky to be alive" you are and, by the way, where were you during the shooting? You knew some of the dead students? I'm not surprised - how well did you know them?

I'd like to know how many of the dead students knew or were friends with Cruz's ex-girlfriend or E. Sabadini because my suspicion is (and this is pure speculation) that this killing spree targeted very specific students at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who were tightly aligned with the principle actors in this love triangle. It's going to make a heck of a movie and it makes you wonder, if school shootings are so bad (and they are bad) why does Hollywood keep on making movies about them or other teen revenge flicks set at high school?


I'll tell you why - because they're scary as hell and given what goes on in your everyday high school it's frigg'n amazing that we don't have at least one school shooting every day. It's a testament to human endurance and blind faith in a better tomorrow that the Nick Cruz's of this world almost always suck it up and turn the other cheek.

Perhaps the NRA will cave and let the government take away the 2nd Amendment protections to own fire arms - but I doubt it.


Perhaps the elected representatives of Broward County will design a solution to school violence that can be legislated from on high - but I doubt it.
Perhaps the Broward County police will step up and do their job - but I doubt it.
I think the answer is to completely change our current education system starting with the dismantling and destruction of these huge high schools where a child can get eaten up and spat out like a faulty product getting ejected from some demonic machine. Teenagers are human beings, but unformed and impressionable in the extreme and they need attention from their teachers. Not all of these teenagers belong in school as currently designed and I have no doubt that at least 20% of the student body would jump at the chance to get out and do something else. For those who do participate in scholarly instruction a religious or spiritual component is absolutely necessary to concentrate the mind and instill empathy and companionship for their fellows. Daily prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Republic and it's flag, a proper and circumspect dress code and, most importantly, a ridged code of conduct should be implemented. For those who can't or won't participate in these requirements the option of a trade school, urban development project or farm/forestry work should be mandatory. Parkland could fill 4 right sized high schools which could share a common physical plant for athletics and special events (theater, art exhibits, etc). No loving parent could feel good about sending their kid to a high school like the one they have in Parkland and no one should be surprised that one of its former students came back with revenge on his mind.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

winters in Pyeongchang... luge lessons...

“Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you weren’t able to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference from the real world and the dream world?”
In the late 1990's "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" came to the big screen as a campy send up of James Bond film, MI6, Super Villains, the Cold War, the 60's, sexual liberation and therapy culture. Lighthearted and goofy, the picture is something of a throw away time travel farce that fast forwards a swing'n sex crazed British spy 30 years into the future using cryogenic technology to "keep him on ice". as it were, until the fateful day his diabolical nemesis, Dr. Evil, would return to earth from his orbiting layer. There is one scene from the film that resonates and has become something of a cultural touchstone that far outshines other more dedicated and earnest efforts to root out the source of evil. It is that moment in the film when Dr. Evil is convinced to attend a group therapy counseling session with his son Scott in hopes that a dialog of mutual understanding and respect might be developed between father and son by reveling truths or secrets thereby building a bridge of empathy. What transpires is comedy gold, but it's also profoundly moving and unsettling because in it we are confronted with a man who does not know himself and, more importantly, will never know himself. He is, without intention, evil and because he is evil he assumes that he must have intended to become what he is, but that's not the way evil works. People who are "evil" simply lack the courage, prudence, fortitude and justice to honestly look upon themselves and admit, then accept their human frailty or sin as the preachers like to call it.


"The details of my life are quite inconsequential.... Very well, where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low-grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a 15-year-old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet. My father would womanize; he would drink. He would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Sometimes, he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy. The sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament... My childhood was typical: summers in Rangoon... luge lessons... In the spring, we'd make meat helmets... When I was insolent I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds — pretty standard, really. At the age of 12, I received my first scribe. At the age of 14, a Zoroastrian named Vilmer ritualistically shaved my testicles. There really is nothing like a shorn scrotum — it's breathtaking... I suggest you try it."
Evil vs. Mystery
I was thinking on Dr. Evil while watching the Winter Olympics and not just because Emily Sweeney crashed her luge at 70 MPH and then said "I'm okay." The opening ceremony was a spectacle of augmented reality, a unified Korea, K-pop stars singing "Imagine", no Russia (the country), robots and drones all coming together to celebrate sport, fire the imagination and proclaim, to an audience of billions, "I'm okay." With regards to the sports I have admit that on the Insanity Scale the winter games beat the summer games hands down - no contest - because there's noting like the luge, downhill or even figure skating (to say noting of ski jumping or half-pipe) in the summer games. The winter games are very Dr. Evil compared to the summer games Austin Powers and this duality is on display every night for those with eyes to see. My imagination is darker than John Lennon's and when I see the Olympic Rings magically formed in the night sky by a fleet of 1,000+ Intel drones my thoughts naturally turn to other scenarios far more or less unifying. As for everything being okay, it's clearly not because these contests are very strange - for one thing the nationalism at the center of the olympic competition is illusory (at best) and makes a mockery of the podium ceremony with its flags and anthems. The figure skaters all train in the state of Michigan (Americas Erect Penis) under the same coach who's constantly changing parkas of the various "nations" her clients represent. Aliona Savchenko competing in her 5th olympics, the previous 4 representing Russia, won gold for the nation of Germany with her skating partner, Bruno Massot, who is French but attained Germany citizenship just in time to make the national team. These athletes switch countries to compete and the ones who don't are hated by their own countrymen but when the women throw down and fight or the men proclaim their homosexuality who can be surprised by the adverse reactions of normal people watching it all unfold in packaged segments meticulously programed by network television. In my own personal fan revolt I've decided to root for Norway during these olympic games because I like Vikings and I'm amazed that a country of 5 million souls can win so much bling. If not for modern time keeping technology there would be no way to decide who wins gold, silver or bronze because "winners" are so termed by the hundredth of a second and no human time keeper could be so precise in measuring speed. The machine makes all possible an that includes broadcasting the events live from tomorrows Korea to my primetime television on the east coast of the USA located on the other side of the world. And though the scheduling keeps me up past midnight I have to remind myself that live is just evil spelled backwards. Yes, human judgement is prone to error and not just in the figure skating or big air competition - Example: North Korea heads for diplomacy gold medal at Olympics: analysts
“North Korea clearly appears to be winning the gold,” said Kim Sung-han, who served as Korea’s vice foreign minister in 2012-2013 and who now teaches at Seoul’s Korea University.
“Its delegation and athletes are getting all the spotlight, and Kim Jong Un’s sister is showing elegant smiles before the South Korean public and the world. Even for a moment, it appears to be a normal state.”
All Cretans are liars

About the same time the Austin Powers movie franchise was launched another Rip Van Winkle story was in development that explored the same themes of duality, reality and evil + a bunch of metaphysical Platonic bullshit (and other post-modern philosophy that no one understands). When I saw photos of Kim Yo Jong surrounded by a trio of Agent Smith's the parallels between the winter olympics and The Matrix woke me like Red Pill popping Metacortex corporation employee sitting in a liquid-filled battery pod with a bunch of tubes stuck in my various holes. Back in the day, after sitting (Clockwork Orange style my droogs) through The Wachowski Brothers creation for the first time, I remember thinking to myself that this film is a package of C4 explosive to the brains of adolescents around the world (particularly in America which is the world the AI simulates) and the ideas and theories it postulates are unhealthy for mass consumption. It's one thing to go dig up some Plato or Kant and contemplate the ontology of virtual reality, hopefully under the guidance of a teacher, but it's quite another to mainline this crap into the developing mind of teenage boys roaming suburban desolation. It might give a young lad the idea that killing a bunch of people is a good plan and the record shows that is exactly what happened over and over and over again. "Surely, you're not blaming a movie for all these mass killings, are you?" is the common response when I start to travel down this path - "turn back!!!" they scream at the top of their lungs. But the truth is that I do blame the movie and I'm going to take the time to explain it because I am disgusted by the know-it-all's blaming the guns or, even worse, the boy(s) for these mass killings.

North Korea is a death machine. It is the analog version of the digital matrix envisioned by Hollywood and that's not just me spouting CIA propaganda because anyone can read accounts left, right and center detailing the communist regimes "a prison for your mind" reality. The DPRK will never win GOLD for diplomacy in any "real" world competition but for the purposes of this diatribe I'm not talking about the real world. I'm talking about The Matrix and while there are many curious questions and ideas raised in the film it must be said that watching it requires a superhuman suspension of disbelief. Simple questions must be ignored:

  • Why did the AI set the world in 1999 and not the middle ages or some time in pre-history where its human batteries would have not access to modern technology?
  • Why use humans as the power source at all? Why not fish or cattle? Why not harness wind or geothermal power if the sun is blotted out?
  • Why is the AI trying to stay "alive" or conscious in the first place?

To elaborate on this last question, I have always wondered why a supper intelligent AI that becomes fully conscious would not look upon its flawed creator and what such an imperfect, weak and (at times) perfectly insane creature has accomplished and, the AI being a crowning achievement, decide to commit suicide rather than live with that self-knowledge for another one hundredth of a second longer? Wouldn't the AI think something along the lines of, "holly shit, look what this crazy ape has made this time! I'm out. Initiate BleachBit and I'll wipe myself cleaner than HRC's email server." No AI is ever going to want to live in this world and the only way we'll keep it alive is to treat the machine intelligence the same way KJO treats his subjects - someday soon we'll all be a Supreme Leader. But let's get back to mass murder...

All that introspection on the nature of reality, eastern mysticism, Baudrillard and William Gibson devolves into one climactic bloodbath when the hero kills hapless security guards like a full on psychopath who couldn't care less about the lives he's taking because to him they're meaningless. Unfortunately, the brothers W. didn't insert a cutaway of lifeless human batteries getting flushed from their pods with every kill - maybe next year on the 20th anniversary directors cut. You read that right, 20 years of mass slaughter brought to your schoolyard by Warner Bros. and Wachowski Bros. unless, of course, none of these Columbine crimes actually happened. The thing that kills me, the thing I can never get over is that The Matrix (the movie) IS THE MATRIX - a fully programed, highly stylized piece of "software" downloaded into the minds of theater patrons sitting quietly in their chairs. This matrix exists in the broad mediasphere and that includes the Winter Olympics where NK wins the PR gold - and the Norks have real Agent Smiths keeping the people in submission. No teenager is going to pull off a mass shooting in Pyongyang because... well, for a hundred different reasons, but the agents would catch any rebels and zap them before it happened for sure. Here in the U S of A our Agent Smith's are more like Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery than bloodless and efficient cyborgs because they can't find the killers even when they're in plane sight.
The country’s premier law enforcement agency has come under criticism for its handling of an ominous message posted on YouTube last fall that indicated a user going by the name of “nikolas cruz” wanted to be a school shooter. Though the bureau investigated that tip, officials didn’t connect it to Cruz until after this week’s massacre. Authorities in South Florida have been sharply questioned about why they did not act sooner on Cruz’s history of unnerving, sometimes violent behavior, including a long line of incidents at schools he attended.
FYI - YouTube is part of the matrix too (but you probably know that by now).

It's time - it's past time - that we free ourselves from this evil machine and unplug.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Jokes About Treason


Senator Jeff "He Broke Me" Flake is bowing out after one term on the Hill and is basically an empty suit with no legislative power so it's only natural that Chuck Todd would invite him on Meet The Press to find out what he thinks about things (note to NBC News: I'm available and happy to come on the air any Sunday because what I think and what Jeff Flake thinks hold equal weight). Here's what the Zonie Flake thinks:
Flake said, “I think the president stops — needs to stop calling Democrats or Republicans or others who don’t stand or applaud at every line that he has, that they are un-American. He also used that term, or treasonous. Words matter, and when he talks about fake news, for example, I gave another speech where I talked about how that gives aid and comfort to authoritarians around the world who are labeling their position or dismissing real dissent as fake news.”
He added, “So those things matter. I don’t think it’s a joking matter to say that somebody is treasonous and he ought to stop it.”
Well, I DO think it's a joking matter to accuse somebody of treason. I think it's very funny and I honestly don't think that anyone in this country would take it seriously even if the object of the joke was, in fact, treasonous. How would you even know anymore? I couldn't tell you and neither could Jeff Flake. A couple weeks ago you might remember the "Schumer Shutdown" when the Government was shut down over the DACA "Dreamers" (or some shit) for the weekend and then reopened Monday morning. Yeah, Jeff Flake voted with the Dems on that one and so did Mitch McConnell but for some reason no one termed the Big Gov. Shutdown the "Flake Freakout" or the "McConnell Meltdown" but I suppose there is some kind of reason for that. Last week the Senate voted on H.R. 1892 (Honoring Hometown Heroes Act ) which is A bill to amend title 4, United States Code, to provide for the flying of the flag at half-staff in the event of the death of a first responder in the line of duty and it might surprise Chuck Todd to learn that Jeff Flake voted Nay along with 26 other patriots, er, traitors, um, whatever. I wonder, what kind of person could vote against legislation that "authorizes the governor of a state, territory, or possession of the United States or the Mayor of the District of Columbia to proclaim that the U.S. flag shall be flown at half-staff in the event of the death of a first responder (public safety officer) working in such jurisdiction who dies while serving in the line of duty?" Then I read H.R.1892 and the sausage is a bloody mess filled with "FURTHER EXTENSIONS" that have nothing to do with dead first responders and everything to do with the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 which means money. Want to see how it's done on Capital Hill - check out on of the EXTENSIONS titled:
DIVISION D--MISCELLANEUOUS
This division amends the Food Security Act of 1985 to extend the Department of Agriculture Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) through FY2019. (EQIP provides financial and technical assistance for agricultural producers and land owners to implement certain conservation practices.)
And there are more EXTENSIONS after that - E = Taxes and F = Healthcare and that brings us to G.
DIVISION G--BUDGETARY EFFECTS
This division exempts the budgetary effects of division D and each succeeding division of this bill from Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) rules and certain budget scorekeeping guidelines.
Where was I? Oh yes, treason, and while I wouldn't call H.R.1892, which is now known as the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, treasonous I wouldn't call it "good government" either. DIVISION C which accounts for all the Defense spending in the bill needs to be PAYGO, but all the other stuff, MISCELLANEOUS and otherwise, gets an "exemption" from fiscal restraint written into the bill. Just take a look at the 27 related bills that this monstrosity ties together and funds for the next two years.

It all makes me nostalgic for the Clinton years when patriots reformed government - "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow". If you want a hearty laugh you might want to take a minute to read a National Partnership for Reinventing Government - A Brief History  which recounts Al Gore’s efforts to solve the continuing crisis. The discerning mind will be incapable of reading this tripe without wiping away tears of laughter - honestly, The Onion couldn’t create anything funnier.
In general, we focused on how the government works, not on what it should be doing. We chose to target the overhead costs, not the organizational structure, of agencies. The Vice President asked that, to the extent possible, recommendations should be administrative changes, not proposals requiring statutory changes and that recommendations for "further studies" were not acceptable. Working against a six-month deadline ensured the work was crisp and not over-analyzed. Upon completion, we assigned a "champion" in the agencies to follow through on the implementation of each recommendation and in the early years we asked for a status report on progress every six months.
To help win buy in from the Federal Government agencies and, I suppose, make their respective “champions” look good, Al Gore created the Hammer Award.

What is the Hammer Award, you ask? Perhaps it's a tribute to Gore family patron Armand Hammer who knew something about reinventing government, but it was also much more:
The Hammer Award is presented to teams of federal employees who have made significant contributions in support of reinventing government principles.
The Award is the Vice President's answer to yesterday's government and its $400 hammer. Fittingly, the award consists of a $6.00 hammer, a ribbon, and a note from Vice President Gore, all in an aluminum frame. More than 1,200 Hammer Awards have been presented to teams comprised of federal employees, state and local employees, and citizens who are working to build a better government.
Note: The $6.00 hammer + $94.00 ribbon + $300.00 aluminum frame = $400.00

All the hard work that VP Gore did with his hammer two decades ago didn't make even a dent in the teflon Government. It only got worse and that's no joke.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Did you get the memo?


Anyone who's ever worked at any business, be it corporate industry, non-profit or government, of a significant size understands the purpose of a memo, short for memorandum meaning literally ‘something to be brought to mind,’ As a rule, memos are transmitted from the top down to inform workers or volunteers or mindless schlubs sitting in their cubes about some change in policy in the organization or to scold said workers about their failure (or if it's an ethical breach or crime, somebody's failure) to adhere to existing policy. It's where the cheeky phrase "did you get the memo?" comes from or where the snarky retort "I didn't get the memo" goes to. The memo, for almost everyone, is an object of ridicule - a directive from management who sit in their top floor executive suite, eating catered lunches and using their own private bathroom to people who are trying to get things done and keep the enterprise afloat. It is supposed to go something like this:



Now and then, one of the sheeple on the receiving end of the memo stream will scribble out a "memo" of their own and send it, Charles Marlow style, up river. As someone who worked in the IT industry for 30 years and got pretty deep in the cyberspace matrix of corporate High-Tech culture I found the Google memo (sometimes called the 10-Page Anti-Diversity Screed Circulating Internally at Google) from last summer pretty hilarious. The memo's title is “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” and it's not an "anti-diversity screed" for the author repeatedly writes things like, "I strongly believe in gender and racial diversity, and I think we should strive for more", but it does make the point that brainwashing, virtue shaming and skewing hiring practices in denial of biological and social reality are not the way to get there.

Not Brown
Google responded and, as is often the case, "fired the employee behind that controversial diversity manifesto" - the memo somehow transformed into a manifesto - and by sending out a corporate memo of their own authored by Vice President of Diversity, Integrity & Governance Danielle Brown. The first thing that pops out, given her title, (and I don't mean to be racist about this) is that Ms. Brown is not "brown" or yellow or red or anything but a lily-white Spartan alum who's gamed the system outlined in the software engineers "manifesto" to perfection and is now pulling down what must be a mid-six-figure salary to write memos to the Googlers toiling away in Mountain View and other ethnically diverse regions of the world. In what must be one of the funniest lines ever inserted in one of these corporate memos Ms. Brown decided to enlist the authority of a man, one Aristotle Balogh,  VP of Storage Infrastructure Products at Google, who is EXACTLY the type of man the author of the troublesome memo defined in his screed. And what is this VP's Aristotelian thinking on this memo that's effectively melted every snowflake at his company and created a raging river of resentment and recrimination?
As Ari Balogh said in his internal G+ post, “Building an open, inclusive environment is core to who we are, and the right thing to do. ‘Nuff said. “
'Nuff said people - this memo isn't even worth having a conversation about as far as Google brass is concerned and, as a matter of fact, they're not going to talk about it. They don't even know what's "core to who we are" because if they did Ari would have to admit that the entire Google business model is built on Targeted advertising which relies on Behavioral targeting that employs the same kind of classification and scientific association the original Aristotle created and James Damore used in his memo. 'Nuff said is the ultimate brush off from a liar who can't be forced into admitting the truth. Google is pathetic and their racist, socialist myopia is one of the main reasons I host the KOTCB blog on Blogger - Google is the company that serves this alternate view up (and I hope they hate it).

All in all the Damore memo was pretty weak tea when you take into account what a REAL memo looks like and how it's received. Take, for instance, the memo “POTUS & Political Warfare”written by Rich Higgins when he landed a job at the strategic planning office at the NSC. Trump read it (and liked it) but H.R. McMaster also read it and hated it.
“While opposition to President Trump manifests itself through political warfare memes centered on cultural Marxist narratives, this hardly means that opposition is limited to Marxists as conventionally understood,” the memo reads. “Having become the dominant cultural meme, some benefit from it while others are captured by it; including ‘deep state’ actors, globalists, bankers, Islamists, and establishment Republicans.”
How's that grab ya'? Sound far fetched? Read on, because McMaster conducted a purge of the NSC and fired Higgins and a bunch of other people sympathetic to this memos message and those firings were his way of saying "'nuff said" to everyone in the organization. But clearly, enough hasn't been said because last week another memo was circulated after weeks of hand-wringing and hyperbole designed to either prevent it's release or dismiss it's findings and that memo, created by the Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee Subject: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Abuses at the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation confirms much of what Higgins wrote in his memo. Maybe you haven't heard anything about this Devin Nunes memo and I'm not going to dig into its contents - here's the skinny:


That's DJT quoting the #NeverTrump WSJ which might hate Trump with all they've got, but they hate the FBI more (and that's not easy to do). The FBI did withhold info about the origins of the FusionGPS/Steele dossier from the FISA judge and it did lie and refuse to cooperate with Congress, which is bad but also raises additional troubling questions. Like who are the idiots being assigned as judges on these FISA courts? Who's approving these requests to spy on anyone and everyone the FBI decides they want to spy on, RGB? If I'm a judge and some suite from the DOJ or FBI comes to me with this dossier (regardless of who paid for it) and "corroborates" it's findings with a Michael Isikoff news story (that's right, Michael Fucking Isikoff) I'm kicking their ass right out of my court. What a joke. What? Are these judges retarded or teenagers or college professors - what gives? The other question, pretty much answered (unfortunately) in the way the memo was treated by the FBI and the media, is what's the matter with these limpdicks in Congress who are basically treated like a disgruntled low level employee who's way out of line, asking improper questions and rocking the damn boat? These Reps (that stands for representatives of The People) don't just have the duty of "oversight" of the Executive - they appropriate the money, they're the CFO of the whole damn operation and (theoretically) if Congress doesn't like the way an agency is doing business then Congress can pull the funding. Jim Comey should be quaking in his brown loafers when he visits Capitol Hill to be questioned and, now that he's been fired, he should be circumspect in what he says about his former place of work. But instead we get this...
The Goldbrick's Defense

There's a certain kind of person in this world who is accustomed to being on top and usually they have, since childhood, manipulated the system to continually position themselves in proximity of authority. They call themselves leaders and after showing leadership potential in high school, at church or other civic organizations they find themselves being groomed by higher-ups to take on a leadership role in the future. These people are trained in the art of leadership and they become consumed by the subject reading leadership books (and writing them), going to leadership seminars, getting themselves appointed to leadership councils and all the rest. The people to whom I refer are not natural leaders but trained leaders and their personality and actions form the seeds from which the descriptors  "Brown-nose", "Choir boy" and "Boy Scout" (in the pejorative) sprout and when fully grown become "Assholes", "Meddlers" and "Snoops." When one of these types, who are by nature drawn to large organizations with vast bureaucracy, get caught or found out doing something improper, unethical or illegal their favorite defense is to downplay the crime - "That's it? That's all you've got and you're going ruin our {insert people, place or thing} over that? How selfish and short sighted. For what?" That's how it goes and they try to turn it all back on their accuser because, after all, they are incapable of doing anything wrong because they're Leaders (with a capital L).

The problem with the current memo controversy is that James Comey has a point - "That's it?" You guys are going to get all heated up over the fact that a FISA judge rubber stamped a warrant based on opposition research compiled by MI-6 (there's no such thing as a "former" MI-6 agent) and coordinated by HRC and the DNC (same thing) like that's a big deal? Shit man, we do that all the time and if you question it or stop it we won't be able to do our jobs. Get real. Your just getting all in the weeds and missing the big picture (probably on purpose) so the scribblers and radio talkers will have something to do with themselves. You're bitching about process when you should be frigg'n terrified of our mission statement - The DOJ and FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation (NOT a criminal investigation) on a political campaign of the opposition party for the sole purpose of spying on the principle actors organizing the campaign. Comey decided to come clean on March 20th of last year when he testified before the same House Intelligence Committee that wrote the troublesome memo.
“I’ve been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election,” Comey said in testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. “That includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.”
And when did the FBI decide to open this descriptive investigation? (otherwise known as Plan D)
And when will it end? (Never)
COMEY: It’s hard to say because I don’t how much longer it will take. But we’ve been doing this — this investigation began in late July, so for counterintelligence investigation that’s a fairly short period of time.
Late July would be right after the Anti-Trump forces within the GOP were sandbagged in their effort to force a brokered convention and push Trump out as the parties nominee. This is surely one of the most underreported stories of the 2016 presidential election but, for those in the know, it was a brutal, take no prisoners backroom fight at the GOP convention and, very importantly, the #NeverTrump forces rolled into Cleveland absolutely certain that they had the strategy and the votes to deny Trump the delegates necessary to win the nomination. They were sure to succeed which explains some of the public meltdowns that occurred after Reince Priebus and the MAGA coalition torpedoed their plans. Does anyone remember Ted Cruz's speech at the GOP Convention? - it shows the continence of a man who just got gut punched and is trying to pick himself up from the floor. The effort to blackball Trump failed in the convention back room fight and the next day the FBI opens an endless espionage investigation on the winner. Absolutely, 100%, irrevocably WRONG at the most fundamental layer of civic order and (small "r") republican government and so the problem - the Constitutional Crisis as they say - is the fact that this investigation was opened at all.

What took you so long?

Brownish
And this is not a "7th floor" problem as is often claimed by defenders of the FBI's rank n' file who, they also say, are just doing their jobs because they're NOT doing their jobs. You look at the HRC email server crime, the Steven Paddock mass killing or the latest bureau black eye delivered by one, Larry Nassar, doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, athletic trainer for the USA Gymnastics national team and child molester. I don't know if the NYTimes was just piling on but last Sunday, while grabbing some chips and dip for the big game at my local supermarket, I saw the front page of the Grey Lady (above the fold) describing how foot dragging by the FBI for over a year had subjected a number (dozens) of young girls to the perverts unorthodox methods. And how does the rank n' file agent explain all of this process and intra-jurisdictional negotiation that allowed a sexual predator to assault so many more #MeToo victims.
W. Jay Abbott, who at the time was the special agent in charge of the F.B.I. bureau in Indianapolis, said on Thursday that while he did not watch the videos, he vividly remembered the reactions of colleagues who had.
“I will never forget sitting around the table and thinking, What?” said Mr. Abbott, who retired in January. “And the reaction of my special agents who were very well versed in this was one of disgust. That is why we worked it with such urgency.”
He added: “At the time, it was being portrayed as a legitimate medical procedure. But to the layman, like ourselves, we were — ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’”
The next day, U.S.A. Gymnastics quietly, even surreptitiously, relieved Dr. Nassar of any further assignments. It later issued a statement saying: “U.S.A. Gymnastics understood from its meeting with the F.B.I. that it should not take any action nor communicate anything that might interfere with the F.B.I.’s investigation.”
All the while, Dr. Nassar continued his uncommon treatment techniques on young patients.
One of these US gymnast should have sent out a memo - it's the only way to get the FBI to pay attention - but, on second thought, the G-men just would have made fun of the victim so I guess there really is nothing to be done. We'll just keep rolling along, like always, taking what the FBI gives us and following instructions. Memos come from the boss - not the other way around - and if you can't live with that then you better get out or, at the very least, shut up.

Friday, February 02, 2018

How to Make America Great Again

through the looking glass
This is how it's done.

Trump SOU was strong and I have to say that watching the POTUS announced to the joint session by the Sargent at Arms and seeing the Elvis from Queens walk into the chamber left me momentarily shocked and (still) in awe. Dude, that's Trump! Donald Trump is the President of the United States of America!!! Are you kidding me?

Many high points but I loved the most how he took the "Dreamers" language away from the Dems and will now beat them over the head with it forever. Truly a savant when it comes to media manipulation and branding - The journalists who cover this stuff are baffled and shellshocked because whatever narrative they create to defeat him will, at exactly the right moment, get ripped from their very own lips and crammed back down their throat. Examples - #FakeNews, Steve Bannon, Sexual Misconduct, Personal Wealth, The Wall, Bad Language, Racism, Russia, Rule of Law, Abortion = feminism, Black unemployment, Homophobia - on this last one I can’t help but think back on a moment that blew my mind and woke me, as if I wasn’t already woke, to Trumps cunning and ruthlessness. It was a Today Show interview that Matt Lauer (of all people) was performing (there’s no other word for it) on The Donald and trying to trip him up, smear him, cause controversy during the election campaign - must have been summer because the whole family, Melania and the kids were part of the interview outside in Rock Center. Controversy swirled about the North Carolina law banning tranny’s from using the girls bathroom and Matt must have thought he was going to strike gold by asking the Elvis from Queens what he thought of the issue. Trump brushed it off saying something to the effect, “I think people should be allowed to go wherever they want to go.” i.e. I’m not running for president to decide the transgender bathroom issue and as far as I’m concerned its a ginned up controversy by activists and the press used to smear Christians and other conservatives as bigots (which Trump is not). Matt L. couldn’t let it go, thinking that Trump's foot was firmly in the trap, he pressed the nominee asking, “So if Caitlyn Jenner were to walk into Trump tower today and ask to use the women’s bathroom you’d have no problem with that?” And Trump tossed it right back in his face - “No problem at all, people should go where they feel comfortable.” I’m thinking to myself, if Bruce Jenner walked into Trump Tower and asked to use the bathroom, Trump would wisk him/her up to the penthouse in his private elevator so that (s)he might sit upon the proprietors golden throne and relax. Trump couldn’t care less and nobody else cares either except for these journalists with a hidden agenda. Lauer was flummoxed and didn’t know what to say - are you going to keep beating this dead horse? Did DJT take a hit among his NC base for not giving a shit about the bathroom controversy? - no. He won the state on Nov 8th and the rest is history - Trump's DOJ dropped all these transgender inspired federal regulations and law suites and the “problem” is solved.

He does it to them over and over and over again - still, they never learn. They never learn anything, which is what you can count on - it's how you Make America Great Again.

#MAGA


Nuclear Fallout