Closing Thought–24Mar17

A Little Something For Your Mind To Consider

Remember a couple of years ago all the hoopla about our internet privacy….we all joined one defense site or another…..once that slid from the headlines we found other crap to rant about….

Then there are all those Obama haters that have blamed him for everything short of World War One….but he did try to protect us on the internet….then we elected this dude named Trump and some thought that sanity would return to government….Hahahaha…..how foolish can we be?

It looks like the Trump government has decided to say f*ck all those internet users………

The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted 50 to 48 to repeal regulations requiring internet service providers to do more to protect customers’ privacy than websites like Alphabet Inc’s Google or Facebook Inc .

Under the rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission in October under then-President Barack Obama, internet providers would need to obtain consumer consent before using precise geolocation, financial information, health information, children’s information and web browsing history for advertising and internal marketing.

The vote is a victory for internet providers such as AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp  and Verizon Communications Inc that had strongly opposed the rules.

(Raw Story)

Maybe all you mental midgets that worship this Trump dude should take a good long look at the things his government is doing…..but that is out of the question for that would mean they have to be honest with themselves…..beyond their capabilities.

That be it for the week….I begin my weekend and my relaxation….hope you guys enjoy yours also….chuq

Closing Thought–21Mar17

“There’s battle lines being drawn
Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong
Young people speaking their minds
Getting so much resistance from behind

I think it’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

What a field-day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly say, hooray for our side

 We all have seen the massive protests in the last couple of months….of course the “Ignorati” would have us believe that all these protesters are being paid and that they all are violent…..silly but what can you expect from people with shoe size and IQ the same?
Now that the Right has a new puppet master all this protesting will come to an end……right?

A new report from the Department of Homeland Security’s intelligence wing has likened certain types of political protests to “domestic terrorism,” and specifically outlined anger at President Donald Trump’s election as a driving force.

The document, obtained by the Intercept, was prepared by the North Carolina Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAAC) and DHS’s Office of Intelligence & Analysis (I&A) with a particular focus on North Carolina. The document comes as Republicans in at least 18 different states have proposed anti-protest bills that seek to criminalize protesters engaging in property destruction and blocking highways, among other forms of protest.

Source: Homeland Security report likens anti-Trump protests to ‘domestic terrorist violence’

This should come as NO surprise after all the Tweets and lip service the Master has given on this subject that his DHS would label this as “terrorism”….

Source: Anti-Trump Riots are Domestic Terrorism | MediaBent

I was wondering how long it would take for the state GOPs to flex their little brains….when they would start trying to ban ALL protests….did not have to wait too long…….

Georgia has become the latest state to take up legislation seemingly designed to have a chilling effect on First Amendment rights. Georgia’s State Senate passed SB1 earlier this month and the bill is now before the lower house of the state’s General Assembly. It goes further than many of the other so-called ‘anti-protest bills’ introduced in other states, by expanding the legal definition of domestic terrorism and creating a state-level Department of Homeland Security with surveillance and intelligence sharing capabilities.
This from the party that wraps itself in the Constitution every chance that get…..I believe that is a part of that document that says protests are okay…..but that never stopped the GOP from ignoring it when it suits their aims.
 For your musical enjoyment…Buffalo Springfield

The Tap That Wasn’t

Are you pleased that the dick Brady has had his jersey from the Super Bowl located?  Maybe now this whiny twat will shut the Hell up.

The other news from Monday is the testimony of FBI head honcho about that dastardly act against the Master…the all too moronic wiretap…….

FBI chief James Comey has begun testifying before Congress, and he’s made headlines early on two fronts: Regarding President Trump’s claims that his predecessor wiretapped Trump Tower, Comey declared, “I have no information to support those tweets,” per ABC News. He said the FBI had “carefully” looked into the claims. Comey also confirmed to the House Intelligence Committee that his agency is investigating Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, including any possible links to the Trump campaign. He provided no details about what he characterized as a “counterintelligence investigation” to the committee. He added that he wouldn’t typically comment on the existence of such an investigation but said he was doing so because of extraordinary public interest, notes Politico.

Earlier, committee chair Rep. Devin Nunes said there was no physical wiretap on Trump Tower, but added that it was possible “other surveillance activities” were used against Trump and his associates, per the AP. The California Republican also said the committee has seen no evidence to date that officials from any campaign conspired with Russian agents, but will continue to investigate that question. He added that the committee will investigate who has been leaking classified information about investigations into Russia’s interference.

I would say that we can put this issue to bed but we both know that will not happen…the Right will be all up in the condemnation of the FBI but if the verdict had gone the other way then the FBI and Comey would be nominated for sainthood…..and the so-called Left will be rattling on about the blatant lies…..

The GOP will cover their asses and come out in favor of the investigation but with exceptions….

Somewhere this waste of time needs to be dealt with publicly to keep it from happening again….but that ain’t happening.

Will paranoia and egotism allow this issue to die off?  Hahahaha….sorry I could ask that question with a straight face.

All eyes will be on Twitter!

How the US Could Solve Its Retirement Crisis

If you are a working stiff then you probably are looking forward to retirement so that you may pursue interests that so far you have neglected……right?

AS glamorous as retirement looks there is one small problem……very few Americans are set up to actually go into retirement……is there an answer to the problem?

Retirement accounts are gilt-edged investments that enrich the economy, the safety net and the social fabric.

Too many Americans are saving little to nothing for retirement. According to one study, 45 percent of working-age households “do not have any retirement account assets.” Congress could sharply improve the numbers by adopting dynamic scoring of retiree distributions. The move could lead to millions of new accounts, and a fairer sharing of the US’s retirement promise.

That promise was the whole idea behind a breakthrough reform over 40 years ago. Let’s see where it came up short, and how the country can still make good for those left behind.

In 1974, a far-sighted Congress created a new benefit for workers not covered by traditional pensions. It set up Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), combining pre-tax employee contributions with tax-deferred capital gains. A major sweetener, employer contributions, came later with 401(k)s.

Source: How the US Could Solve Its Retirement Crisis

I do not endorse everything I write about…..some times I am just doing the FYI thing…..

2017 Women’s History Month–Mary Edwards Walker

Have you ever heard the name Mary Edwards Walker before?

Of course you have not and why should you……after all she is only a medal of honor winner….not all that important in the grand scheme (sarcasm).  Not only the first woman to win this award but the ONLY woman to do so…..

Mary Edwards Walker, one of the nation’s 1.8 million women veterans, was the only woman to earn the Medal of Honor, for her service during the Civil War.

She was honored in several ways…. a World War II, Liberty ship, the SS Mary Walker, was named for her and in 1982, the U.S. Postal Service issued a 20 cent stamp in her honor, in April 2011 the residents of her hometown of Oswego, New York will honor her with a statue.

She was there in the early days of women fighting for their rights…..

But you can read more about this extraordinary woman…..

Source: The 1st and only woman Medal of Honor recipient: A statue in her honor – Medal of Honor News

Another woman forgotten by history…..but there will always be people like me that will not let their memory slide from the consciousness of the nation.

Elections: This Is Plain Bullsh*t!

We talk about what is happening to our election process…..there is much that is wrong.

We also talk about out loss of privacy…well that depends on who you talk to….but there is one place that your privacy is paramount…the voting booth…

Now news has come out that this one sacred right has been pushed aside….

Officials from two more states have reported their election systems experienced unauthorized Department of Homeland Security cyberscans in the run-up to the presidential election, or in the days immediately after.

The State of Indiana’s Information Sharing and Analysis Center reported that over 10,000 individual hits on its systems originated from a handful of DHS IP addresses. According to a January IN-ISAC report provided to FCW by the Indiana Secretary of State’s office on Feb. 23, those same IP addresses were associated with a similar unauthorized scan of the State of Georgia’s election systems in the fall of 2016 and early 2017.

Source: More states say DHS scanned election systems without permission — FCW

Does anyone else see a problem with this invasion of privacy?

How long before the voter is not wanted?

I mean the American voter is not needed that is what the Electoral College is for…..to circumvent the will of the people.

How long?

Closing Thought–24Feb17

Word of the Day–Abortions!

This is a subject that I seldom write about because it is a person’s private decision and NO one belongs in the loop other than the person having to make it….certainly NOT the government.

Another reason is that I am male and as such will not have to make this decision….that is about to come to an end…..the writing part that is…..

In Oklahoma, abortion rights advocates breathed a big sigh of relief when a particularly draconian measure, requiring a woman seeking an abortion to get written approval from the man who impregnated her, was tabled last week. That sigh may have come too soon: The state’s House Public Health Committee is set to reconsider HB 1441 today. The proposal would require a woman to get written permission for an abortion from the biological father, identify him to her doctor in writing, and allow him to demand a paternity test.

This measure is the latest in a series of efforts to limit access to abortion in Oklahoma. Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican, has signed 20 anti-abortion bills over the course of her six-year tenure, including measures that tripled the waiting period from 24 to 72 hours and banned the use of telemedicine to administer medication abortion. Initially, state Rep. Justin Humphrey called his proposal an effort to make sure fathers support their child from conception, but as the Intercept reports, the lawmaker clarified his position when he said:

I believe one of the breakdowns in our society is that we have excluded the man out of all of these types of decisions. I understand that [women] feel like that is their body. I feel like it is a separate—what I call them is, is you’re a “host.” And you know when you enter into a relationship you’re going to be that host and so, you know, if you pre-know that then take all precautions and don’t get pregnant.

Source: This Bill Would Require Abortions to Be Approved by Men | Mother Jones

I have been writing for 40+ years and this whole thing is some of the most moronic bullshit I have ever heard.

I am sure that there will be some that will try to defend this issue….but unless they are female then they need to keep it to themselves.