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Friday, May 24, 2019

Two Existential Threats to the United States Today

The underlying structure of the United States Constitution is under direct attack today by the Administration. Currently, there are two initiatives which will fundamentally alter our country if they proceed unchecked.

The first existential threat is to Freedom of the Press - the First Amendment.

The Government has charged Julian Assange with a crime of publishing secret government information. Regardless of the personal merits of Mr. Assange, if he is convicted, then the government will be able to punish any journalist with jail for the crime of publishing government information.

A free press which publishes government information is the major deterrent to misuse of power by government officials.

An example of the power of the free press is the children locked in cages on our Southern border. Without a free press, some of them would die without our knowledge.

If the First Amendment is destroyed, then we will no longer be free.

Here is a link to an article, from the free press, about this threat:

The second existential threat is to the sources and methods which our National Security agencies use to protect the United States from covert and overt attacks.

The Administration has ordered all the Security Agencies to cooperate with the new probe into 'spying' on trump during his election campaign. There have already been two investigations into this issue which found no wrongdoing.

The effect, and perhaps the purpose, of this order will be to compromise our intelligence sources and methods. People will die.

And, combined with the Administration's refusal to construct adequate cyber defenses, the United States will be vulnerable to any foreign actors who wish to plunder our country.

Now is the time for all the Security employees to make a decision - cooperate with this order and weaken the constitution or refuse to cooperate and risk termination.

The choice is that stark.

Here is a link to a discussion of the order:

Some may wonder at the purpose behind these attacks. I suggest that they are part of a Russian operation to weaken the United States - and the European Union Countries as well.

Russia has nurtured a hatred of the United States for more than one hundred years. During that time they have developed and refined plans to weaken us. Now is their time to implement those plans.

Fifty years ago, their goal was to install Communism once we were weak. Now their goal is simply greed - their thug oligarchs want to loot us. It is just that simple.

To see how Russia works, read this article on the collapse of Austria's far right government:

Thursday, May 23, 2019

The Lithuanian Model in the Fight against Disinformation

23 May 2019
Kinga Raś
no. 67 (1313)
The Lithuanian Model in the Fight against Disinformation

To counter Russian disinformation and cyberattacks, Lithuania has adapted its administrative structures and modified national legislation. At the same time, it aims to mobilise the other countries of the European Union to systemically counteract the use of fake news to manipulate public opinion. Poland, which is also exposed to Russian disinformation campaigns, can take advantage of the Lithuanian experience.
Goals and Methods of the Russian Activities

Disinformation inspired by Russia is aimed at interfering in the social and political processes of other countries. It takes the form of intentional actions to manipulate public opinion. Since November 2015, the EU vs Disinfo team, operating under the East StratCom Task Force, has identified more than 5,000 cases of disinformation in Europe that favours Russian interests.

Currently, Russian activity targeted on Lithuania focuses on important strategic matters and publicly sensitive areas such as historical memory, and social and economic issues (including those related to the energy sector). In the broader context, the use of disinformation reflects Russia’s long-term interests and aspiration to maintain control and influence over the information space in post-Soviet states.

Russia wants, above all, to undermine public confidence in Lithuania’s defence and security policy. This is confirmed by official reports by the Lithuanian intelligence and security services, which emphasize that although in 2018 the number of cases of false information about NATO’s military presence in Lithuania decreased, Russia maintained a steady message against the Alliance and the Lithuanian armed forces.

The disinformation activities are often paired with cyberattacks, such as the intentional spread of malware to computer networks of state institutions, to steal sensitive data. For example, in 2018, after a hack of the systems of television channel TV3, false information about the sexual orientation of Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis was disseminated. The message, along with a link and an infected file, was forwarded via e-mail and disseminated to media and state institutions.

At the same time, Russia is actively involved in intelligence activities (cyber-espionage). It has conducted this activity, among others, through the spread of the “Agent.btz” or “Snake” viruses. Their latest versions have been detected in data-processing systems and Lithuanian state institutions. The attacks are carried out by, among others, APT28, a hacker group directly connected to Russian intelligence and whose activity has been identified in the Lithuanian cyberspace.
Lithuania’s Methods of Fighting Disinformation

Lithuania, with its historical background, geographical proximity, and the presence of the Russian minority (about 5%), is a country greatly exposed to Russian disinformation activities. These clearly intensified after Russia’s aggression on Ukraine in 2014. One of the reasons for this was Lithuania’s policy stances that put it amongst the group of states most principled in opposing Russia’s aggressive actions in the region. Lithuania also has indirectly supported social circles in Russia critical of the Russian authorities, for example, after the protests of December 2011. As a result, Lithuania is a strong advocate of the sanctions on Russia despite the costs to itself, especially in the economic dimension. In addition, the Russian authorities continue to perceive Lithuania (and other Baltic states) as part of a zone of Russia’s privileged interest.

In response to the disinformation attempts, Lithuania takes action in several dimensions. For example, it has modified its management model for the national cybersecurity system. It assumes the cooperation of state bodies, including the uniformed services, as well as institutions and entities with critical infrastructure (such as energy companies). For this purpose, in 2015, the National Cybersecurity Centre (NCC) was established, and in 2017, the country’s law on cybersecurity was amended to, among others, centralise information-security management and to integrate the monitoring of national electronic communications networks.

Lithuania is also trying to adapt existing procedures to meet the new threats by enabling and facilitating the identification and detection of disinformation and countering it. A regulation allowing authorised state bodies (including the NCC) to temporarily block the servers of an entity being used in a cyberattack or to spread fake news.

The Lithuanian authorities also have attempted to limit the influence of Russian media in the Lithuanian public space. They have blocked, temporarily, the possibility of broadcasting Russian television in Lithuania (although it is still available on the internet). In April, the Lithuanian parliament voted in amendments that will allow the Lithuanian Committee on Television and Radio Broadcasting (LRTK) to quickly stop television channels from broadcasting in the event of a threat to national security.

The Lithuanian authorities also strive to increase public awareness of the threats. The high level of competence and broad administrative powers are not enough to fight disinformation, which is why bottom-up initiatives, such as the “movement of elves” is very helpful in this case. This group consists mainly of Lithuanian volunteers who are focused on identifying and combating the Russian trolls. Their main task is to expose fake online accounts to prevent the spread of false information. To assist with this task, the platform was established, bringing together representatives of state institutions as well as journalists and IT professionals.

Tangible proof of the effectiveness of Lithuania’s actions is the growing number of unmasked fake news and false accounts (which are subsequently blocked). This was confirmed also by the rapid action against German sporting goods maker Adidas, which, under scrutiny from the public and Lithuanian diplomacy, withdrew a jubilee collection commemorating USSR sports clothing.
Conclusions and Perspectives

The mechanisms used by Russia against Lithuania are also used against other EU and NATO countries (e.g., Germany or Poland). The coordinated approach of the Lithuanian authorities to the problem of disinformation turns out to be an effective recipe to counter the Russian actions. It is supported by organisational and institutional solutions, as well as by a high level of public awareness and debate.

Lithuanian experts signalled an increase in Russian disinformation activity in connection with European Parliament elections and called for closer cooperation between the Member States, media, and information companies operating in the EU. Here again, the Lithuanian example can be an effective model in the fight against disinformation.

Poland and Lithuania’s joint actions to strengthen energy and military security will be one of the main and more prominent targets of Russian disinformation. It can be expected that Polish and Lithuanian efforts to strengthen NATO’s Eastern Flank and increase the U.S. military presence in the region will be subject to Russian disinformation and cyberattacks. The cooperation between Poland and Lithuania in the energy sector also will remain a target, especially since both countries not only oppose the construction of Nord Stream 2 but are implementing projects themselves to increase their independence from Russian energy supplies by expanding their own gas terminals or interconnector gas connections (GIPL). For Poland, not only is the Lithuanian experience of integrating countering disinformation into the wider context of cybersecurity useful but also its centralised organisational solutions and procedures in case of cyberattack.

The common fight against disinformation offers the chance to increase cooperation at the institutional level and among IT experts and journalists, for example, through special training workshops devoted to the analysis of content and disclosure of disinformation. Poland may also strengthen cooperation within the EU’s Cyber Rapid Response Teams (CRRTs) and support Lithuania in implementing the “cyber Schengen” initiative. In practice, this would improve the response to cyberattacks, including by allowing fast data and information exchange. Lithuania emphasizes that the EU could more effectively support countries in its neighbourhood, including Ukraine, in strengthening cybersecurity and combating disinformation.
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Saturday, May 11, 2019


This is a discussion of the 2020 Presidential election in the United States.

It is inspired by Giuliani’s trip to Ukraine to find dirt on Joe Biden. [News reports are that the trip has been cancelled, but nothing changes as a result of a cancellation.]

While the trip and its motivations are despicable, it is more than that.

The trip is the first indication that there will be NO restraints on trump in 2020. He likely will go full bore toward installing a tyranny in the USA.

It is despicable since it is an attempt to find dirt on Joe Biden's deceased son in order to hurt Biden emotionally and politically. It is a shameless attack on the private man who suffers daily from a lost son. It is a transparent attempt to divert attention away from trump and Russia toward Biden and Russia. Whether the diversion has truth behind it or not is irrelevant - the attack will raise doubts.

The trip is illegal as well as immoral. Taking help of value from a foreign government or entity in a US election is illegal. But, with the Justice Department compromised, it is likely that there will be no prosecution.

Russia has a long history of controlling foreign governments with political and subversive methods which do not require armed forces.

The plan of attack has been rehearsed and perfected in many countries. It is simple: Step 1 - install a head of government who is controllable and amenable to furthering the aims of Russia. This is accomplished in the US.

Step 2 - identify and neutralize all domestic opposition to the Head of Government. That can mean remove them from power and discredit or assassinate them.

Probable targets in the US include but are not limited to the Court system, the Justice Department, especially the FBI, the Treasury, Congressional committees which target trump, influential Newspapers such as the New York Times and the Washington Post and their reporters, widely respected television journalists on CNN and MSNBC personally as well as social media trolls and campaigns.

While I could write a list of individual people who could be targeted, I do not want to give Putin any ideas.

The Court System is currently under attack with the Supreme Court already compromised. The Republican senators under Putin's control are presently engaged in a systematic campaign of stacking Federal Courts with sympathizers.

The Justice Department and the FBI are compromised.

The Treasury is compromised.

Many Committees in the House of Representatives are still functioning as they are supposed to function, but will likely be targeted for attacks, especially on the Chairs.

Committees in the Senate are compromised.

The war against newspaper reporters is under full steam with constant verbal abuse and threats of violence against reporters. This campaign includes severely limiting access of the press to the President's statements and policies. Jeff Bezos has been attacked in an attempt to silence the Washington Post. Look for further attacks on the NY Times, especially its more effective reporters.

The campaign to impugn the integrity of the mainstream media is up and running. Most people now do not believe the news is accurate.

Cable news and commentary and its commenters will likely be targeted for personal attacks and neutralization.

Social media will be flooded with false news stories designed to further the above goals.

And, the alternative right vigilantes have been recruited from the US and then trained in Moscow and St. Petersburg with the goal of providing muscle in the event of disturbances.

Of course, the original and first agenda items from the 45th President should be mentioned: Election tampering and compromising the State Department and realigning United States foreign policy to favor Russia.

An army of Russian computer soldiers is attacking our election machinery to change election results in favor of Putin's choice.

United States Foreign Policy has been re-aligned to assist Russia and away from protecting the National Security of the Homeland. We are defenseless.

Tillerson's first act was to fire all the Department officials who were coordinating policy with Europe and other allies. The word of the United States no longer has meaning in foreign capitals.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

POTUS Endangers National Security

Due to trump's design or accident, several issues of national security importance are left unaddressed by the United States.

It is worth considering forming and unofficial task force composed of Democrat leaders, Republican leaders who are not in thrall to trump and some public spirited wealthy citizens. This task force would consult and advise the federal officials working on the questions and identify wherein the National Interest of the United States lies.

This is the role normally performed by POTUS. The United States must not be allowed to drift with no guidance in these areas.

The first rule of the task force is full public disclosure by means of archived transcripts of all deliberations and announcements easily available to the public. The exception would be information that covers intelligence sources and methods which might be compromised.

I propose that Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama take the lead Democrat positions. Two equally distinguished Republicans might be identified. Two or more wealthy and public spirited citizens will be asked to provide funding for the enterprise.

The issues below are suggested, in no particular order, as places to begin.


It is likely that trump will not leave the Presidency peacefully if he loses the election. It is time to create a step by step plan to both determine that he has lost and then a plan to remove him involuntarily.


Some people in this classification may be inclined to mass shootings. In addition to tracking their social media postings, perhaps there is some intervention that can be designed to reduce their desire for violence. Perhaps there is a public figure who commands respect from this group who can be encouraged to campaign against violence.


Our country appears unable to control these weapons. Perhaps some public minded citizen can join the manufacturer's board and change the policy and sales strategy to simply discontinue making these weapons available to non-military buyers. The same can be done for ammunition. Then, as Eric Swawell has proposed, we can buy them all back and destroy them.


This will continue. The United States requires the skills, tools and motivations to fight this information war. We must first secure our election process and then attack and destroy all the Russian and other warriors who seek to destabilize the country.


Unfortunately several Republican Senators have decided to block any law or action supported by the American public. This may be due to fear of trump rage or from favors granted to campaign donors. The cause is irrelevant. The Senators blocking the public's will should be targeted in primaries and general elections.


Russia is a third rate country run by thugs. It is trying to create trouble in the West in order to mollify its restive population. We should counter their every diplomatic move aggressively since they will continue to attack until they meet resistance. We should re-affirm our support of NATO and the EU.


80% of the American population feels economic stress and has little hope for the future. When this happened in the 1930's, we saw the rise of Hitler, Mussolini and others.


This is simply evil and must be stopped regardless of whom it affects.


The private commercial banking system operates with insufficient regulation. Unless checked, it will cause a financial panic and recession in the near future.

Friday, April 26, 2019

USA Revolution

Here is a pessimistic forecast of the situation in the United States of America

There is in the world today a movement toward populist authoritarian governments. Our world of representative democratic governance is directly threatened by this movement.

It is hard to overstate the impact that this movement can have on our lives today.

About 80% of American voters think we are on the brink of a revolution [from a recent opinion poll]. Nearly 80% of Americans working full time jobs think they are one financial setback from homelessness []. In a FB poll, 83% of Americans responded favorably to a suggestion of Class Warfare.

Most of the movement which installed trump is a result of the precariousness with which Americans view their financial future. And, that view is shared in many of the world's 'Democracies'.

Momentum toward any such revolution is helped by the continuing worsening trend toward income and wealth inequality.

Nothing seems to have changed since trump was elected. All rhetoric aside, the system has not helped middle class families improve their financial position.


So, what will a possible Revolution look like?

We should not expect armed conflict on the streets. But, we should expect a continuance of the tyranny and repression that trump has attempted to install.

If he is re-elected and the Republicans gain control over Congress, then we can expect a continued push to overthrow the rule of law and to substitute a despotic tyranny in its place. There is no doubt that trump will continue to attack institutions which support the rule of law instead of his tyrannical actions.

He will continue to appoint judges, Cabinet officers and whomever else he can who will do his bidding regardless of what the courts say.

Russia offers an object lesson of what can happen internally when the population is not satisfied with their lot. Here's what the PISM says about Russia:

'The Polish Institute of International Affairs presents the next issue of the PISM Bulletin: The Influence of the Domestic Situation on Russia’s Foreign Policy by Jakub Benedyczak. Apr 24, 2019

'The increasing dissatisfaction of the Russians due to the deteriorating socio-economic situation in their country has resulted in declining support for President Vladimir Putin and the government of Dmitry Medvedev. To strengthen their position, the authorities may be more inclined towards confrontational foreign policy, which corresponds to the great-power ambitions of Russian society. If so, the EU might expect more intensive actions aimed at weakening its unity, and for Poland specifically (indicated in the polls of the Russian public as one of their country’s greatest enemies) there could be a continuation of the campaign that disavows its “anti-Russian” foreign and historical policy.'

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Evidence of Obstruction by trump

Mueller Report included strong evidence of trump's Obstruction of justice -

See Rachel Maddow discussion here - [copy and paste link to video] -

Senate Report: Likely That Russians Helped Trump Win Election

Read the report summary here [copy and paste into browser] -

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Full but redacted Mueller Report

Read the Full but redacted Mueller Report here:

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Status of Russia Missile Programs

ON RUSSIAN MISSILE PROGRAMS - The Polish Institute of International Affairs presents the next issue of the PISM Bulletin.

Russia’s Missile Development:
Potential and Limitations

Anna Maria Dyner

Russia’s development of missile capabilities, including hypersonic weapons, is intended to overcome the U.S.’s global conventional advantage. More advanced armaments can be used as a bargaining chip in negotiations on new restrictions, such as barring the deployment of weapons in space. At the same time, with a lower military budget than the U.S., the Russian authorities are afraid of entering a costly arms race, especially those involving defensive systems.

In 2018, Russia’s defence budget was about $63 billion (RUB 2.7 trillion), much less than the U.S. ($712 billion) or China ($168 billion). However, in 2018, from a budget surplus, Russia allocated for the development of modern weapons—with primarily offensive capability—the equivalent of over $15 billion. Moreover, the classified part of the budget, which includes armaments expenditures, in 2019 is estimated to be almost $46 billion. The amount of the Russian and Chinese expenditures on the development of hypersonic weapons is not known but the U.S. will allocate about $2 billion for this purpose in the coming years.

The Nuclear Triad. Strategic nuclear systems with a range of over 5,500 km have the priority under Russia’s rearmament plan. In accordance with the limits of the New START Treaty, in February 2018 Russia declared it had 779 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) and strategic bombers, of which 527 were in combat readiness, and 1,444 nuclear warheads.

At the beginning of 2018, Russia had about 313 ballistic missiles, of which 165 were mobile-based. In the coming years, with modernisation of its arsenal, Russia will have three types of missiles: Topol-M (NATO: SS-27 Mod 1), Yars (SS-27 Mod 2), and Sarmat (SS-30), which will enter into service in 2019. Russia is also testing the 9M730 Burevestnik (SSC-X-9), an intercontinental nuclear-powered, nuclear-tipped cruise missile with virtually unlimited range and which probably could carry nuclear warheads. Its sea potential is based on the slowly withdrawn R-29R missiles (SS-N-18) and their modern upgrades, the Sinieva / Layner (SS-N-23) and Bulava missiles (SS-NX-30). They are deployed on 13 submarines. Russia also has 76 strategic bombers.

Kalibr Medium Range System. In response to the suspension and termination of the INF Treaty by the U.S., Russia announced, among other things, the creation of a land-based launcher for Kalibr missiles. This can happen quickly because the existing medium-range ground-based cruise missile—the 9M729 (SSC-X-8)—is probably adapted to the platforms of the modified Iskander system. According to the U.S. and other NATO countries, its potential range is about 2,500 km, which violates the provisions of the INF Treaty. Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that he would not decide to deploy medium-range missiles in the European part of Russia unless such systems appear in the territory of other European countries. However, Russia will most likely decide to do it, using as a pretext the completion of the construction of the U.S. missile-defence system in Poland and indicating that the system’s Mk-41 launchers can be used to launch Tomahawk cruise missiles. If the Kalibr missiles are deployed in Kaliningrad oblast and occupied Crimea, almost all of Europe will be within their range. Thus, Russia will gain an advantage over European NATO countries that do not have missiles of this type or even missile defences at all. Considering the costs of both the offensive and defensive systems, this advantage will last for at least several years.

Hypersonic Weapons. Research into hypersonic weapons began in the USSR in the 1980s. Russia returned to the project in the first decade of the 21st century. It is developing both air-based (Kinschal) and sea-based (Cirkon) systems. Russia is also testing the Avangard vehicle, a hypersonic platform that will eventually be placed on Sarmat ICBMs and can deliver nuclear payloads. This is in response to U.S. plans for the development of missile defences and the doctrine of Conventional Prompt Global Strike, which aims to be able to target any point in the world with conventional missiles.

According to the Russian military, the hypersonic, long-range manoeuvring Avangard vehicle can reach a speed equal to Mach 27. It is assumed, however, that such a speed may prevent corrections to its trajectory, which would change its purpose and impair the accuracy of its internal guidance system.

In 2017, Russia introduced the Kinschal manoeuvring missile, which has a range of up to 2,000 km and was created based on Iskander missiles. It is carried to its launch altitude by modernised MiG-31 fighters and other aircraft and has a top speed of around Mach 7–10. Meanwhile, testing of the Zirkon missile (SS-N-33), designed for use against ships and ground targets, is still underway. The missile is to have a range of up to 400 km and speed of Mach 8.

Russia has also announced the development of medium-range hypersonic vehicles (500 km-5,5000 km). For now, it is not known what missile will become their main carrier. Among the proposals are modified Yars missiles or the older Pioneer systems (SS-20).

Challenges in Space. Russia lacks a ballistic-missile early warning satellite system. In 2014, due to the disadvantages of its satellites, the Oko-1 system ceased to function. A new system, Tundra, is being developed, but it has not reached full readiness. To be able to work efficiently, it needs 10 satellites, and now there are only two, because Russia has had problems funding and producing the Soyuz rockets used to carry the satellites to orbit. This is because of the rockets’ high failure rate and the lack of possibilities to substitute electronic components. Until 2014, when international sanctions connected with the annexation of Crimea were imposed on Russia, 70% of such components came from Europe and the U.S. Moreover, there is a shortage of experienced engineering staff, and the results of changes implemented in recent years, such as the reform of education for the needs of the army, will be visible at the earliest in a few years. In addition, it is necessary to expand the network of satellite ground-control stations, which increases the cost of operating space systems.

Conclusions and Perspectives. Russia has decided to develop systems with offensive capabilities due to the costs (cheaper than defensive ones) and problems related to the lack of acquiring technology. In the near future, the country will focus on missile systems, especially hypersonic variants, hoping to balance the American capabilities, albeit with a significantly smaller military budget. Russia’s advantage is its ability to independently produce weapons such as the Yars, Sarmat, or Kalibr systems. The Russian authorities know that the development of its own hypersonic systems is a serious challenge for NATO and U.S. missile defence. Their potential use significantly shortens the time for a response and increases the threat of unintentional entry into conflict, for example, caused by a “false alarm” stemming from incorrect assessment of satellite photos from early detection systems.

At the same time, especially in the production of satellites, Russia is limited by international sanctions. Some armaments companies (including Almaz Antey, specializing in rocket weapons, or Obyedinyonnaya Aviastroitelnaya Korporatsiya, which includes enterprises producing military aircraft) have been put on the “black” list, cutting them off from western loans and investment and cooperation with EU and U.S. companies, which have stopped supplying them with technology and spare parts.

Russia does not have sufficient funds to compete with the U.S. (i.e., after the possible termination of the New START Treaty). It is also afraid of repeating the scenario from the 1980s when an expensive arms race contributed to the collapse of the USSR.

Thus, its hypersonic weapons, having unique characteristics, will be used by Russia as both an asset and a pretext to force talks on regulation at the international level. It may be willing to make concessions regarding permissible use (i.e., a prohibition on placing nuclear warheads on hypersonic vehicles), most likely in exchange for limiting the development of U.S. missile defence and a prohibition on deploying weapons in space, and a new arrangement on this issue. For this purpose, Russia may also propose limits on the possession of strategic hypersonic manoeuvring warheads, similar to the current restrictions of the New START Treaty. Regardless of possible attempts to regulate these issues, an element of NATO’s response should be to strengthen its missile-defence systems and air defences, taking into account the sum of the threats from Russia.

Yours faithfully,

Katarzyna Staniewska

Bulletin PISM
Research Office
Polish Institute of International Affairs
1A Warecka Street
00-950 Warsaw, Poland
tel. +48 22 556 80 00
fax +48 22 556 80 99

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

"Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad"

Whom the gods would destroy
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The phrase "Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad" is spoken by Prometheus, in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem "The Masque of Pandora" (1875).[1]
Other versions

An early version of the phrase Whom the gods would destroy... appears in verses 620–23 of Sophocles’ play Antigone: "τὸ κακὸν δοκεῖν ποτ᾽ ἐσθλὸν τῷδ᾽ ἔμμεν' ὅτῳ φρένας θεὸς ἄγει πρὸς ἄταν" to mean that "evil appears as good in the minds of those whom god leads to destruction".

In the 17th century the phrase was used in the neo-Latin form "Quem Iuppiter vult perdere, dementat prius" (Whom Jupiter would ruin, he first makes mad)[2]; in a Christianized Greek version, "Iuppiter" was replaced by "God" as in "μωραίνει Κύριος ον βούλεται απολέσαι".

Another version ("Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad") is quoted as a "heathen proverb" in Daniel, a Model for Young Men (1854) by William Anderson Scott (1813–85).

Brigham Young quoted the phrase in a discourse delivered on March 16, 1856, attributing it as an "ancient proverb".[3]

A prior Latin version is "Quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat" (Life of Samuel Johnson, 1791) but this involves God, (presumably the Christian God) not 'the gods'.

This phrase was also used by British politician (and classicist) Enoch Powell in his 1968 speech on immigration commonly known as the "Rivers of Blood" speech.[4]

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth (1893), The Complete Poetical Works, Houghton, Mifflin & Co, p. 303.
Sophocles (1900), Jebb, ed., The Plays and Fragments, 3–4, Cambridge: University Press, p. 256, "The use of dementat as = dementem facit proves of course a post-classical origin."
Joe, MRM.
Is "those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad" a classical quotation?, Roger Pearse, 2015-10-31.

Monday, March 25, 2019


"At some point a sinner will be punished; many decisions or events that are important in one's life take time in coming. Some 1,600 years ago the Greek philosopher Sextus Empiricus wrote: 'The mills of the gods grind slowly, but they grind small.'

One of Longfellow's translations was a 17th century poem, 'Retribution,' by Friedrich Von Logau:

'Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small;
Though with patience he stands waiting, with exactness grinds he all.'

From "The Dictionary of Cliches" by James Rogers (Wings Books, Originally New York: Facts on File Publications, 1985); quoted in

Sunday, March 17, 2019

SURPRISE! 86.2% of Americans Want Class Adjustments

This space reports that a test of sentiment among the American population shows an overwhelming support for changes in the current class structure.

Most Americans see the current class structure as unfair and want politicians to change it so that Working class and Middle Class families can have a secure future.

Here is the actual test: Two separate FB ad campaigns were conducted in February by targeting adults over 40 years old who live in areas of mixed political population with a promotion of the idea of a United States Class War.

There was a surprisingly high rate of support for the idea among those who engaged with the ad. The numbers are below, but in summary, it appears that 86.2% of the respondents had a favorable reaction to the idea.

While the first promotion was a generic ad about the idea, the second, and longer promotion supported this book: UNITED STATES CLASS WAR FIELD MANUAL

Promo one: OH,IL,PA,IND,GA; OVER 40 YRS; 2 WEEKS,


The conclusion is clear - Politicians seeking elective office will increase their chances of election by addressing class, income and wealth imbalances directly.

BUT, any politician promising an improvement MUST deliver or face loss of office.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

"The Sixth Extinction,"

The earth is losing species rapidly....

'Elizabeth Kolbert, author of the book "The Sixth Extinction," told National Geographic that the outlook from that study is dire; it means 75% of animal species could be extinct within a few human lifetimes. '

Full article at this link:


Here's a scenario: What if trump is convicted and forced to resign the Office of President?

Who makes the decision that he is not entitled to the office??

Nixon resigned and left while Clinton was not convicted and stayed. Is there a precedent or law for involuntary removal?

AND, then, who will carry him away forcibly? Then, where will he go?

It is unlikely that he will leave voluntarily, even after he has been deposed.

While he has made vague threats of violence and civil war, I think it is unlikely that our military and police forces will choose to honor him when he has been legally judged as removed from the office since they are sworn to uphold the Constitution and not the person. More likely it is the delusional rambling of a frightened and confused old man.

Strange times.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

trump and CIA Starting War in Venezuela

From the VOX -

'In a July 2017 private briefing with intelligence officials, President Donald Trump apparently asked why the US wasn’t at war with Venezuela, noting that “they have all that oil and they’re right on our back door.”

If true, it calls into question why the president has focused so intently on overthrowing the country’s dictator, Nicolás Maduro, and if he plans to send troops in the future.

The claim comes in a surprisingly overlooked passage in a new book by Andrew McCabe, the former acting FBI director, who notoriously has a testy relationship with the president.

McCabe details what an FBI agent told him directly after briefing Trump. According to McCabe’s telling, the president reportedly derailed the meeting, which was supposed to be about Russian spies, by making unrelated comments about North Korea and other countries.'

From The Independent: -

'The head of the CIA has suggested the agency is working to change the elected government of Venezuela and is collaborating with two countries in the region to do so.'

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Countering Radical Islam Today

The generational challenge from Islam that Western secular governments will face is that there are schools, many reportedly financed by Saudi interests, which proselytize restrictive and vindictive views of Islam to young students worldwide.

One method of countering this propaganda is to provide a voice for disillusioned former ISIS converts and captives.

Western countries should encourage those people to speak out instead of banning them from returning to their original home.

The threat we will face is from naive youth who believe the ISIS propaganda.

Here is a list from the UN of organizations working to do just that:


[Disclaimer - This list provided for informational purposes only. The United Nations is not responsible for the content or information contained in the linked websites, nor does it in any way support or endorse the organizations to whom they belong. Website links found on UN site above]

All these organizations need more funds since this problem will continue to grow.

Association française des Victimes du Terrorisme

L’Association française des Victimes du Terrorisme (, fondée en 2009, a pour objet d'apporter une assistance aux victimes du terrorisme ou à leurs familles. Cette assistance est morale, administrative, financière, juridique, médicale, mémorielle ou autre. L’ assure trois types de mission : - Psychologique : en plus d’un suivi thérapeutique individuel pour les victimes du terrorisme, l’association assure un accompagnement psychologique au travers de programmes collectifs sur le modèle des ateliers d’art-thérapie et des groupes de parole. - Juridique : suivi des victimes dans toutes leurs démarches juridiques et administratives. - Prévention : informer, sensibiliser, prévenir et protéger l’opinion publique des dangers de la radicalisation, de la propagande extrémiste et de l’embrigadement terroriste au travers de la voix des victimes. L’ assure également des séminaires de formation adressés aux agents de l’Etat pouvant être confrontés aux problématiques de la radicalisation. Enfin, dans une perspective internationale, l’ supervise et encadre les activités de la Fédération Internationale des Associations de Victimes du Terrorisme (FIAVT).

Association IMAD pour la jeunesse et la paix

L'association IMAD pour la jeunesse et la paix oeuvre: - à la mise en place d'un dialogue interreligieux, - à prévenir les dérives sectaires de l'extrémisme, - à soutenir une éducation laïque et républicaine, - à promouvoir la laïcité, - à créer un cadre public et officiel pour favoriser l'échange.

Association Libanaise des Victimes du Terrorisme

L’Association libanaise des victimes du terrorisme est une organisation à but non lucratif dont l’objectif est de venir en aide à tous ceux et toutes celles qui sont touchés par un acte de terreur.

British Red Cross

The British Red Cross relief fund gives immediate financial help to people who have been seriously injured or bereaved by terrorist incidents overseas. When terrorist incidents occur, it can be hard for the people affected to get financial help from insurance bodies. This fund – which we set up at the request of the government – provides an immediate payment of £3,000 to help people recover from the incident. This grant is not compensation for what victims have suffered.

Canadian Coalition Against Terror C-CAT

A non-partisan advocacy body comprised of Canadian terror victims, counterterrorism professionals and other individuals committed to enhancing Canada's counterterrorism policies. It has been active since 2004 and has been involved in the national dialogue on terrorism and national security (the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security). CRCVC has a number of resources, some of which were funded by the Victims Fund, which are relevant to victims of terrorism and to service providers.

Canadian National Day of Service Foundation (CNDSF)

CNDSF raises awareness and strives to provide education to the public about the effects of terrorism and to provide support for those who have been impacted by terrorist violence, either directly or by virtue of its impact on an immediate family member.

Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime (CRCVC)

The CRCVC is a non-profit victim advocacy group that lobbies for victims' interests and effective justice reform. The Centre has conducted research and consultations regarding the needs of victims of terrorism.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)

Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) are responsible for support for victims of terrorism after the initial operational response. This includes support in the criminal justice system and for the management of compensation schemes for victims.

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)

DCLG is responsible for coordinating and supporting local authorities in their role as leaders of the humanitarian assistance response to a terrorist attack.

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Department of Health (DH)

DH provides guidance to the National Health Service and local authorities on how to plan for responding to the psychological and mental health needs of victims of emergencies

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

European Union

Assistance to victims of terrorism and their families is a key part of EU counter-terrorism efforts. For more information, visit European Commission's.

Fédération nationale des victimes d’attentats et d’accidents collectifs (FENVAC)

The FENVAC (National federation of the victims of catastrophes) is an organization created by victims’ families in 1994. It gathers the victims’ families of accidents like air crash landings, fires, explosions, collisions, natural disasters… 70 different accidents since its creation. The goals of the FENVAC are : - Mutual aid. - Solidarity. - Justice and the truth. - Prevention. - Memory.

Civil Society France

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)

For a major incident on UK territory that impacted on foreign nationals, FCO’s role is to ensure that foreign embassies were signposted to the correct sources of information. The FCO’s role in overseas incidents takes a number of forms including: provision and maintenance of travel advice via FCO website; consular assistance overseas including assistance with evacuation in extreme circumstances; and, signposting to further sources of information. The Foreign Secretary is responsible for the designation of terrorist attacks for the purposes of the Victims of Overseas Terrorism Scheme 2012

Government United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Foundation for Peace

We are a national charity working to support those affected by conflict, acts of terror and politically motivated violence. We support victims of conflict and terrorism and veterans, enabling them to use their traumatic experiences to do something positive and to move forward with their lives. We support young people to turn away from violence, and we work to build stronger communities without prejudice and discrimination.

Civil Society United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Home Office, Office for Security and Counter Terrorism

The Home office is responsible for the initial operational response to a major or complex incident, including acts of terrorism. It also leads on communicating with the victims of the “7/7” terrorist attacks that took place in London on 7 July 2005.

Government United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Iraqi Al-Amal Association

Iraqi Al-Amal Association is a non-political, non-sectarian association of volunteers actively engaged in projects for the benefit and well being of the Iraqi population regardless of race, gender and political or religious affiliation. Its programmes aim to combat all forms of violence and discrimination, the promotion of the culture of Human Rights, Gender Equality, tolerance and social peace, the carrying-out of income-generating projects as well as providing psychosocial assistance and training courses to vulnerable sectors, so that they can participate efficiently in public life. Al-Amal also works on the question of law reform, along with the rehabilitation of workers in police and judicial fields, with the aim of securing the supremacy of law and justice in society.

Civil Society Iraq

Ministry of Justice (MOJ)

Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) are responsible for support for victims of terrorism after the initial operational response. This includes support in the criminal justice system and for the management of compensation schemes for victims.

Government United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

National Conciliation Commission

The National Conciliation Commission is an independent and autonomous entity, created by the Catholic Church and composed of citizens from various sectors and aspects of thought. It which searches for of political solutions to the social and armed conflict including all the actors in it; brings awareness to the respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law; supports comprehensive education for peaceful coexistence and affects the design of public policies of peace and reconciliation.

Civil Society Colombia

Strength to Strength

Strength to Strength is a nonprofit organization established to support victims of terrorism around the world with long-term psychological needs through regular meetings, provision of information and advice, and raising awareness of the unmet needs of victims and their families. Strength to Strength enables victims of terrorism to share experiences and empowers them to live life to their best potential. The mission of Strength to Strength is to bring victims of terrorism together globally in order to share their experiences through peer to peer support and move forward with their lives despite the trauma they have been through.

Civil Society United States of America

The National Center for Historical Memory’s

The National Center for Historical Memory’s (NCHM) purpose is to contribute to the comprehensive reparation and to the right to the truth for the victims of the Colombian armed conflict as well as society in general. The Center accomplishes this by reconstructing, through the testimony of victims, the serious human rights violations that occurred in the framework of the conflict, searching for truth, justice, reparation and the construction of a sustainable and lasting peace.

Government Colombia

The National Network of Initiatives for Peace and Against War

The National Network of Initiatives for Peace and Against War is a meeting space, convergence and coordination of local, regional and national experiences of peace, from civil society with the aim of "weaving peace with hand citizen "and defending the right to peace as a fundamental right of Colombians"

Civil Society Colombia

The Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies - NKVTS

Established in 2004 supports the regional centres by compiling and generating new knowledge on traumatic stress. As a part of the governmental action plan, NKVTS will in collaboration with RKBU (Regional Centres for Child and Youth Mental Health and Child Welfare) and RBUP (The Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Eastern and Southern Norway) develop expertise in how the health services can work with violent extremism in a more effective way.

Government Norway

The Unit for Attention and Reparation of Victims

The Government channels attention to victims by the the Unit for Attention and Reparation of Victims, whose mission is to lead the actions of state and society to address and full reparations to victims, to contribute to social inclusion and peace.

Government Colombia

Tuesday's Children

Formed in the aftermath of Tuesday, September 2001, Tuesday’s Children is a response and recovery organization that supports youth, families, and communities impacted by terrorism and traumatic loss.

Civil Society United States of America

Uganda Muslim Youth Development Forum

Uganda Muslim Youth Development Forum (UMYDF) is a not for profit, nonpartisan youth-led faith based development organization based in Kampala district, which exists to provide a link for connecting all Muslim youth across clusters and development policy processes in Uganda so as to promote their active, responsible and continuing participation in local and global development.

Civil Society Uganda


The international non profit organisation V-Europe in progress is an association for victims of terrorism and in particular for all victims of the terrorist attacks perpetrated on Belgian soil, as well as the Belgian victims of attacks perpetrated on foreign soil. V-Europe was created by victims of the attacks of 22 march 2016 in Brussels, to get united and to progress for a better future. The association explained in a nutshell by the letter “V” of V-Europe : • Victims: getting to know each other, share our experiences and determine our needs. • Values: to expose and defend our interests and values. • Veritas: to act for the manifestation of the truth and to understand everything that has happened. • Victory: our experiences are unique. Let’s give them a sense and make them contribute to a better society, including on the legal and administrative levels. Together we can make a difference.

Civil Society Belgium

Victim Support

Apoyo a las Victimas (Victim Support) es una organización benéfica independiente, para las víctimas y testigos de delitos en Inglaterra y Gales. Establecida hace 40 años, ha crecido hasta convertirse en la organización más grande y antigua de víctimas en el mundo.

Civil Society United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Victim Support Finland

Victims Support Finland is a nation-wide organisation founded in 1994. It is run by six Finnish organisations. It receives also State financial aid. Victim Support Finland offers practical advice and support to victims of crime, their close ones as well as for those who have witnessed a crime by maintaining helplines and social media services, giving legal advice, providing an online support service called Rikunet, accompanying victims when attending police hearings or court sessions as well as assisting in filing for a restraining order or applying for compensation. Victim Support Finland is a member organisation of Victim Support Europe.

Victims of Terrorism Organization

Victims of Terrorism Organization (Kenya) is an NON-Profit making organization based in Nairobi Kenya. The organization was established in 2010 with the main aim of working with victims of terrorism in Kenya and around the world to promote peace and harmony. It was from the effects of the US Embassy bombing in Nairobi on August 7th 1998 that the founders of the organization sat down and came up with the proposal to work with terror victims and the local authority to promote peace and reduce radicalization.

Civil Society Kenya

Young Christian Association (YMCA) Colombia

YMCA Colombia, has begun working with young people on the issue of victim assistance and post-conflict. To develop this theme, the YMCA organized the meeting "Recovering the voice of youth in the Post-Conflict in Colombia", which seeks to know the opinion, the feel and the projection of the youth who have been victims of the conflict who now face a changing context and should raise the course of their life project and their community.

Civil Society Colombia

Youth Coalition against Terrorism

Youth Coalition against Terrorism (YOCAT) is a volunteer-based youth organization working to unite youth against violent extremism in north-eastern Nigeria. YOCAT is a coalition of students, lawyers, health care professionals, educators, development workers, and most importantly, all dedicated young activists between 18 to 29 years. It was founded by Imrana Alhaji Buba on 12th August 2010 in Maiduguri, Borno state (one of the hotspots of Boko Haram insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria). It is affiliate member of the International Action Against Terrorism (IYAAT) and the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY). The main aim of YOCAT is to weaken the appeal of violent extremism in north-eastern Nigeria, through organizing enlightenment and empowerment programs for young people, and amplifying the voices of the victims of terrorism.

Civil Society Nigeria

Directorate- General of Support for Victims of Terrorism

"Spain has a terrorism victim assistance unit , the Directorate- General of Support for Victims of Terrorism, that includes, for example, personnel with special training in the following areas: psycho-social (social workers), medical ( the Medical Advisory Board), and financial process experts, among others. a) Social workers contact victims as soon as security and medical condition allow after a terrorist attack and provide information to victims and the families. Information is conveyed to victims and their families clearly and accurately. Also, they attend people to manage their compensations, pensions, labour rights, subsidies and other benefits. b) The Medical Advisory Board: in order to categorize the injuries, evaluate the permanent consequences of the damages: disabilities, permanent non- disabling injuries or psychological damages. c) Financial process experts: the procedure for recognizing entitlement to compensation for damage is processed and resolved by the Ministry of the interior.- The maximum period for resolving the procedure is 12 months."

Government Spain

European Union's RAN (Radicalisation Awareness Network)

The objective of RAN VVT is to make the voices of the victims heard, their positive values understood and their role empowered. This creates a strong instrument to raise people awareness of the dangers of terrorism and violent radicalisation.

Inter-govermental International

ADO (Arbeits-kreis der Opferhill e. V)

The Committee of Victims Support Organizations (Arbeits-kreis der Opferhill e. V) ado is an umbrella association of varios professional victims services in Germany and has existed since October 1988. Its fundamental interest is to make a contribution to the comprehensive social task of supporting human rigths of victims.

Civil Society Germany

Miguel Ángel Blanco Foundation of Victims of Terrorism

The Fundación Miguel Ángel Blanco was created on December 18, 1997 in order to keep the memory of Miguel Angel Blanco and all victims of terrorism alive.

Civil Society Spain

Council of Europe

The Council of Europe is the continent’s leading human rights organisation. It includes 47 member states, 28 of which are members of the European Union. All Council of Europe member states have signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights, a treaty designed to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

Inter-govermental International

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

The OSCE has a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses politico-military, economic and environmental, and human aspects. It therefore addresses a wide range of security-related concerns, including arms control, confidence- and security-building measures, human rights, national minorities, democratization, policing strategies, counter-terrorism and economic and environmental activities. All 57 participating States enjoy equal status, and decisions are taken by consensus on a politically, but not legally binding basis.

Inter-govermental International

Organization of the Americas

Terrorism continues to be one of, if not the, most critical threat facing both the Western Hemisphere as well as the entire global community. The OAS and its member states have, therefore, developed comprehensive policies to work together closely in order to combat the threat of terrorism in the Hemisphere. The Inter-American Convention against Terrorism seeks to prevent the financing of terrorist activities, strengthen border controls and increase cooperation among law enforcement authorities in different countries. In addition, the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism plays an important role in carrying out efforts in this field and is considered a model for other regional organizations involved in counter-terrorism.

Inter-govermental International

Weisse Ring e.V. - Germany

"The WHITE RING was founded on September 24, 1976 in Mainz as e-profit organization to support victims of crime and crime prevention V. We help in Germany. Regardless of gender, age, religion, nationality, political opinion, victims of crime direct aid. We maintain a network of more than 3,000 volunteer helpers victims and victim supporters in 420 nationwide branch offices. We are knowledgeable and recognized contact point for politics, law, management, science and the media in all aspects of victim support and protection of victims. The WHITE RING currently has around 50,000 members."

Monday, March 11, 2019

Further Reflections

Things I've learned - From my Dad:

Never show all your cards - always keep something back.

Always have a reason for what you do or say

'A man convinced against his will, is of the same opinion still', [prob Dale Carnegie]

Some things I've learned - From my life:

Love is real

The best and hardest thing to know is what you want from life.

Secrets kill. Always talk it out.

I can change the world as long as I don't care who receives the credit.

Nothing lasts forever.

I have more fun when I don't think about how I look.

Two essentials are a good dentist and a good mechanic.

I think better when the kitchen is clean.

It's always better to wait for the best thing instead of settling for the second best. Often the best thing is the basic thing.

When a person believes a falsehood, facts will not change his or her mind.

I can manage my mind to avoid depression.

When I feel it approaching, which rarely happens, I think "No. I will not do that.'

Then I change physical location for different stimulus or think about a project to work on next week, also for different stimulus.

A person with a specific goal will usually carry the day in a meeting since most do not have a goal.

Big tasks can be subdivided into smaller tasks which then makes it easier to achieve the overall goal.

When strangers look at me they are usually wondering what I think of them.

At least one third of women have been abused. The damage lasts a lifetime.

Grief over loss is real. It is temporary with 4 stages - Denial, Anger, Bargaining and Acceptance.

The stages of grief do not follow the calendar - they take as long as they take.

Serenity prayer - Accept the things I cannot change, change what I can, know the difference.

Whiskey - The right amount can ease the mind and soothe aches, but too much can ruin sleep and relationships.

I cannot give a life to someone who does not want it, especially if my gift requires that they change.

Whatever you want, wait and let it come to you

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Majority of American Voters Want to Correct Class Imbalances

Recently there was posted on FaceBook a short discussion of a proposed Class War in the United States.

About 3,665 adults over 40 years old in Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Georgia received the message reproduced below in their FaceBook news feed.

About 13%, or 487, of those reached engaged with the post and 71%, or 345, of those who responded chose a like or dislike emoji. Presumably those who engaged but did not post an emoji wrote a comment or shared the post. There were 119 comments and 63 shares.

Of the people who posted an emoji, 307, or 89%, posted favorable emoji [like, grin, heart, OMG or tear] while only 38 posted a negative reaction.

It is fair to say that approximately 85 to 90 % of the American public likes the idea of a class war to correct some of the imbalances we see today.


'A class war is a dangerous thing, and, it's just about time we had one!' [Apologies to Mel Brooks]

It is clear as climate change that the economy of the United States is rigged.

BUT, luckily, it can be fixed by adopting specific economic policies.

AND, each suggested policy if adopted by itself without any of the other will help correct the imbalances WITH NO VIOLENCE!

A detailed discussion is available in my Kindle book 'Occupy Wall Street Plan 12: A Proposal for Twelve Specific Governmental Actions to Correct Some Economic Imbalances in the United States of America Kindle Edition'

Search Amazon kindle by the title to buy the complete book for $0.99.

Here's a summary of the Specific Proposals

1. Strengthen Unions

2. Stop Union Busting

3. Destroy Monopolies

4. End Free Trade

5. Tax Away Great Fortunes, Great Incomes

6. Create National Industrial Policy

7. Extend Utility Regulation

8. Install Punitive Bank Regulation

9. Keep Social Security and Medicare as they are

10. Single Payer Health Care

11. Follow Keynesian Fiscal Policy

12. Reduce Influence of Money on Political Process

Sunday, February 10, 2019

United States Class War Field Manual

Did you know that almost 80% of Americans who work full time are a missed paycheck, a broken car or a medical problem away from homelessness.

It didn't used to be that way. Starting in the 1970's it became that way because of deliberate economic laws and policies put in place by the Federal, State and Local governments. The Legislators who adopted the policies didn't intend to make peoples' lives worse, but it just sort of happened.


The good news is that the polices can be reversed. People can earn enough for a comfortable life.

To make that happen, we need all of us to sit in front of our Congress people, State Legislators and City Legislators and ask that they change some or all of the policies that created the problem.

Those polices are listed as numbered items in the new Kindle book UNITED STATES CLASS WAR FIELD MANUAL.

You can ignore the ECONOMIC BACKGROUND section under each policy and just ask for change on the numbered policy. Sometimes the Legislator may ask for you reasoning - that's why the BACKGROUND is there.

Search Amazon Kindle Books for 'Field Manual United States Class War, McKeever'.

OR, copy and paste this:

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Strengthen Labor Unions

ACTION – Activists meet with Legislators and their staff employees and ask them to ensure Union membership is secure and easy to obtain.

Individual State Right To Work laws should be amended to encourage Union formation.

Union members may wish to accompany the activist in the meeting.

Stop Union Busting

ACTION - Tell your Congress people that you want the National Labor Relations Board [NLRB] to be effective. Give them money. The NLRB enforces labor law. It is understaffed.

Destroy Monopolies

ACTION – Laws favoring competition and making monopolies illegal have been on the books for more than 100 years.

Activists will pressure Legislators and the Attorney General for more vigorous enforcement; the laws are enforced poorly today.

End Free Trade

ACTION – Activists ask that Congress take back the authority granted by the Constitution over changes in tariffs and trade restrictions. Trade accounts for one-third of the United States economy. It is too important to be left to the President. The Constitution calls for the House to impose tariffs.

Tax Away Great Fortunes, Great Incomes

ACTION – Activists ask for these:

PUNTITIVE TAX ON WEALTH - Massive accumulations of wealth hurt competition and the economy.

ESTATE TAX should be installed so that we do not create an hereditary noble class.

HIGHER MARGINAL TAX RATES are needed to fund our economy. Historically we have had marginal tax rates of 70 % to 90 % during times of great expansion and prosperity. Our current marginal rate of 37% is simply too low to protect our country.

Create a National Industrial Policy

ACTION – Activists demand a National Industrial Policy. We do not have such a policy while our trade rivals do have such a policy.

The goal is to identify and support industries where jobs will be created in the future.

Extend Utility Regulation

ACTION – Activists ask that the Public Regulation of revenues and profits now used by States to regulate public utilities be extended to more sectors.

Any product or service which is used frequently by most citizens can be considered a Utility and should be regulated as such. Companies such as Internet Service Providers and Cell Phone Providers are not regulated but they act in similar fashion to recognized utilities like water, sewer and electric power.

Install Punitive Bank Regulation

ACTION – Activists demand that bank officers who commit crimes should be punished with jail time when warranted. Many bankers say that fines are not a deterrent to crimes and that jail time is the only punishment that will prevent some future crimes since fines are considered a cost of doing business.

Keep Social Security and Medicare as they are

ACTION – Activists resist pressure to ‘privatize’ Social Security and Medicare. Such a policy would remove any security from our elderly and infirm; they would be left on the streets to suffer and die

Single Payer Health Care

ACTION – Activists apply pressure for universal health care funded by the Federal government. Most other industrialized countries already provide this to their populations. Removing the private profit motive from healthcare is both moral and efficient.

Follow Keynesian Fiscal Policy

ACTION – Activists pressure Legislators to follow rational Fiscal policy according to Keynesian principles. It is prudent to borrow money for budgets in recession times as it is prudent to have a budget surplus during expansion times. It is not prudent for Congress to fail to expand the Federal Debt ceiling when additional borrowing is needed to pay for budgeted expenditures. The debt must be managed at the time of Budget adoption.

Reduce Influence of Money on Political Process

ACTION – Activists pressure for effective campaign n finance laws. Our current system allows political donors to ask for and receive favors from the Congress that makes them richer at the expense of the average person.

SOLUTION - Require all elected and confirmed officials to place all their assets exceeding One Million Dollars into a blind trust so that they cannot make any additions to or subtractions from the trust until 90 days after they are out of office. Details below.

Write Off Student Debt

ACTION – Activists pressure Legislators to forgive student debt.

Voter Suppression

ACTION - Activists pressure Legislators to ensure that all people can vote easily.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

'A class war is a dangerous thing......'

'..and, it's just about time we had one!' [Apologies to Mel Brooks]

It is clear as climate change that the economy of the United States is rigged.

BUT, luckily, it can be fixed by adopting specific economic policies.

AND, each suggested policy if adopted by itself without any of the other will help correct the imbalances WITH NO VIOLENCE!

A detailed discussion is available in my Kindle book 'Occupy Wall Street Plan 12: A Proposal for Twelve Specific Governmental Actions to Correct Some Economic Imbalances in the United States of America Kindle Edition'

Buy it here:

Here's a summary of the Specific Proposals

1. Strengthen Unions

2. Stop Union Busting

3. Destroy Monopolies

4. End Free Trade

5. Tax Away Great Fortunes, Great Incomes

6. Create National Industrial Policy

7. Extend Utility Regulation

8. Install Punitive Bank Regulation

9. Keep Social Security and Medicare as they are

10. Single Payer Health Care

11. Follow Keynesian Fiscal Policy

12. Reduce Influence of Money on Political Process

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

UPDATE How the Shutdown Damaged the National Security of the USA

Here's exactly how trump and Putin are damaging the FBI, the TSA, the CIA and all the security personnel in the United States:

So, what did it accomplish? Basically it served to damage the population's trust in our shared purpose. The additional doubt thus created hampers our national purpose.

The continuing drama of this Presidency will erode our national will until trump is finally gone and a new administration works to re-create our national will.

We will find that again, but in the meantime, Putin and Derepaska are helped in their activities to loot our treasure and our will.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Fall 2018 Country Studies

The Mike P. McKeever Institute of Economic Policy Analysis [MIEPA] takes pleasure in announcing the publication of its Fall 2018 Country Studies.


REPUBLIC OF IRELAND - Specialist Niall Sheeran has examined the economy of the Republic of Ireland and his study is available here:


UNITED STATES - Four Specialists, Daniela Bejarano, Melissa Headrick, Caleb Plakun and Greer Whitaker, have examined the economy of the United States. All four studies can be accessed here:

MIEPA home page:

Friday, December 21, 2018

EFFECTIVE Campaign Finance Reform, Learning From the Ancient Governing Codes


Our ability to act together in the face of real and severe problems is hampered by our governing system. The United States political system is structured so that the people we expect to assist us in our critical problems - global warming, climate change, income abyss between classes, refugee floods - are incentivized to make the problems created by private interests worse instead of better.

I refer to all elected Senators, Representatives and the President as well as all the political appointees to the Federal system who require Senate approval.

Government service is seen by some today as a money tree instead of an opportunity to really serve our society.


One of the factors contributing to this phenomenon in the United States may be the evident corruption of many legislators. The United States recognized this as a problem and created ethics laws. Congressional ethics and conflict of interest laws were adopted in the 1970's in an attempt to control legislative behavior. []

But, several members of Congress have been jailed or fined due to corruption since the 1980's; a detailed list prepared by the Washington Post is available here:

Those laws did not eliminate the problem. An apparent weakness of Congressional Ethics laws seems to be that the laws rely on public disclosure as the sole punishment for illegal behavior. In other words, there does not appear to be any enforcement mechanism except court actions resulting from public disclosure or voter disapproval. A better enforcement method might include a positive system of identifying and investigating abuses before they become too egregious.

However these disclosure principles and practices operate in an environment where incumbents have a distinct advantage in re-election campaigns AND in a society where many businesses believe - and act - that a criminal act is a good business decision whenever the reward is more than the fine or punishment. Such practices have failed to prevent many criminal acts.

That failure has contributed IMHO to the struggles we face now.


Our problems are large. They require concerted action at a time when concerted actions appear to be difficult or impossible.

Previous attempts at Campaign Finance Reform have failed to restrict conflict of interest actions; and that has helped foster an attitude of distrust.

I return to an ancient philosophy of governing from a time when leaders were known to the people. Government was more direct - if the leader failed it was evident immediately and the leader was replaced or the society suffered.

Perhaps we can adapt some ideas from that earlier time. Although the ideas herein were generated in Medieval Ireland, it is very likely that such ideas were universal at that time. It was a time in which the Cathedrals and forts, remains of which dot the European landscape today, were built.

The following is taken from a blog post by Stiofán MacAmhalghaidh in 'Fír Flathemon, Collective Responsibility and Social Order in Early Medieval Ireland', a link to which is provided below.


Audacht Morainn

"Let him raise truth, it will raise him.
Let him exalt mercy, it exalth him
Let him care for his tribes, they will care for him
Let him help his tribes, they will help him
Let him soothe his tribes, they will soothe him"

[Fergus Kelly, A Guide To Early Irish Law, DIAS, 1988, 18-21. Kelly tends to favour 'justice' as a translation of fírinne, though one of the purposes of the present discussion is to show that 'truth' may be closer to the original meaning in most cases.]

'The advice in Audacht Morainn is built on a set of ideas about the individual's place in society and the rights and responsibilities this brings, about proper social order and the impact individual action has on this order and about the proper ordering of nature and the impact that the balance of social order has on that natural order. Cath Maige Tuired, though a mythical tale of the Túatha Dé Danann, is structured such as to demonstrate both the effects of disrupting the social and natural order and of restoring the balance to both systems. The central role of the rí, as the pinnacle of the social hierarchy, means that attention naturally falls on the actions of the holder of that position in both texts, especially in Audacht Morainn. This does not mean that his actions are the only ones that have an impact, and while this is implied in Audacht Morainn it is a constant theme in Cath Maige Tuired. Everyone has a place in society, everyone's actions have consequences, and everyone is affected by those consequences. Lug's request for knowledge from Bres completes the loop of action and consequences, linking individual, society and nature. The individual affects society, society affects nature, nature affects the individual.

Audacht Morainn, though written in the form of advice sent to a young ruler, contains within it a world-view capable of informing the actions of everyone in early medieval Irish society. Cath Maige Tuired, written as a mythical history of the gods and goddesses of Ireland's ancient past, contains in it a working-out of the world-view of Audacht Morainn and, though not structured as a lesson, it, too, can also inform the actions of the medieval Irish individual. For us, Cath Maige Tuired, though perhaps failing to give us a 'mirror on the Iron Age' can at least hold up a mirror to the society of early medieval Ireland.'

Blog post by Stiofán MacAmhalghaidh; Stiofán MacAmhalghaidh is Project Manager of the IRQUAS online Irish heritage project and Editor of INSIGHT Journal

Fír Flathemon, Collective Responsibility and Social Order in Early Medieval Ireland: Using Audacht Morainn to Interpret Cath Maige Tuired


So then, the question becomes: "How is it possible to adapt that concept of responsibility to 21st Century Society?"

Perhaps one of the questions today is this: 'How can we encourage responsiveness to the people when the structures in place provide real incentives to act in favor of the government and against the people?'

One answer may well be to change the ethics rules for all United States Federal employees who are elected and/or Confirmed by the Senate so that they do NOT have any incentive to act in their own, personal interests and against the people's interests.


The goal is to ensure as much as possible that all Officials cannot make a monetary gain from their positions. Unless we can find a way to ensure public officials place the public interest ahead of their private interests, our system may be unable to withstand the inevitable shocks that are surely coming. It is likely that all such stresses will become more severe over time.

The Proposal

1. Require all elected and confirmed officials to place all their assets exceeding One Million Dollars into a blind trust so that they cannot make any additions to or subtractions from the trust until 90 days after they are out of office.

2. Require that all such officials submit their federal tax returns each year to the FBI OFFICE OF ETHICS ENFORCEMENT while they hold the office.

3. The FBI shall proactively examine each individual's financial transaction to look for violation of conflict of interest or other pecuniary gain and shall bring enforcement actions whenever it is warranted.

This is different from the current system, which relies on public disclosure to ensure compliance.


Since it may be difficult to introduce a legal requirement that eligible officials are forced to create a blind trust, perhaps an option is to provide a cost free trust process that eligible parties can create a trust voluntarily.

The House Ethics Committee could create a procedure whereby the Committee Staff will provide a blind trust facility to all qualified and interested parties.


Ethics Committee Members - Republicans

Susan W. Brooks, Indiana - Chairwoman

Kenny Marchant, Texas

Leonard Lance, New Jersey

Mimi Walters, California

John Ratcliffe, Texas


Ted Deutch, Florida - Ranking Member

Yvette D. Clarke, New York

Jared Polis, Colorado

Anthony Brown, Maryland

Steve Cohen, Tennessee

The Staff Director is Tom Rust, Chief Counsel & Staff Director

1015 Longworth House Office Building (LHOB)
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-7103
Fax: 202-225-7392
Office Hours: Mon. - Fri.
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

While a voluntary process may be inadequate to ensure compliance for all parties, it may provide an easy method to get used to the idea. After all, the current system does not prevent criminal violations:


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Monday, December 17, 2018

A Better Way

Our system is showing that it is unable to solve the major problems we face - immanent climate change, severe wealth and income gaps, massive refuge flows, etc., etc.

Maybe ancient ways can offer a useful and different approach to life.

From - The Irish Way

If you're looking for something to read over the holidays? Consider one of the old Irish manuscripts.

Fír Flathemon, Collective Responsibility and Social Order in Early Medieval Ireland ... it might sound like a 'heavy' subject but it isn't.

There's loads of wisdom to be found in the old ways, that's why the wisdom was followed for centuries. People, especially those who were tasked with learning, keeping and interpreting the rules of Law, were often called on to handle disputes. They in turn referred to the manuscripts and would suggest choices to help resolve issues. These people relied on a natural justice, they accepted that certain actions would determine certain outcomes and understood the concept of 'implication'.

What we might call today 'The domino effect'.

The Law of Natural Justice has since been replaced and we now try to operate under a system that criminalises actions instead of understanding the cause of those actions!

Obviously actions like 'Murder, Rape, Child Abuse' should be acted on with the necessary punishments, that is the 'Natural Law' but criminalising actions like a woman stealing sanitary products because she can't afford to feed her family AND care for herself, those actions require understanding of the wider issues.

Under the old system the 'leader' would be called into question as to why their communities were struggling and if they were found to be mis-managing then they were at risk of losing everything themselves, but these days the 'leaders' are the ones implementing the social structures under which these cruel conditions are dished out to us.

There's no denying we need change, people of the world are crying out for fairness and for the cruelty and injustice to end ... what do we replace it with?

When you take/make the time to read through the old manuscripts you'll find clues to ways in which people lived in harmony and peacefully and leaders were held accountable for the 'laws' they enforced.

I'm not proposing that we go back, I am proposing that we learn how to move forward as a just and caring society. Where equality and acceptance are mainstream and not an agenda, where fairness is understood and not a political ideology. Where people are free to explore the boundaries of their own learning and maturity is praised, creativity is promoted and consideration for each other is not seen as a weakness. This isn't some 'Eutopia' this is the natural leaning of humanity, all we need are the tools to get there.

Attached is a great blog post that explores more in depth the manuscript itself and considers it's meaning in today's world. Well worth putting the kettle on and settling in for the 20min read.

Hope it helps.


'... there is a sense of inevitability, of fate, involved. Meanness yields to liberality, conflict to peace, sorrow to joy. Not 'can yield' but 'will yield'. What is best will always rise to the surface and cast aside what is wrong, unjust or selfish. This is a warning worth heeding but it also gives a hint that there was underlying this advice a sense of a right order for things, that there is a natural balance to life which, however it might be temporarily suppressed, will inevitably come to the fore again....'

Monday, December 10, 2018

The ‘Manchurian Candidate’: Trump Was Chosen By Russia To Hurt America

The ‘Manchurian Candidate’: Trump Was Chosen By Russia To Hurt America


With each filing by Robert Mueller, it is increasingly clear that Russia helped the Trump campaign defraud Americans.

Americans are on their way to finding out that a sitting U.S. president is undeniably beholden to a foreign adversary — one who helped him rise to the Oval Office — Tony Burman wrote this week.

The foreign affairs columnist for The Star pondered how Americans will react to such news when — not if — it hits the airwaves.

What will Americans do when it is proven to them that their president has been compromised by their most dangerous foreign adversary in crucial ways for more than a decade — including the bailing out of his once-bankrupt business empire with illegal Russian money, his involvement in personal and business scandals kept secret from the U.S. public but known and encouraged by the Russian government and intelligence agencies, and the rigging of the narrowly won 2016 presidential election to favour his candidacy and sabotage his Democratic opponent, with the full knowledge and complicity of the candidate, his family and senior Republican campaign team?

And, as astonishing, what will Americans do when they learn that their president, beholden to the Russians for these reasons, has consistently tried to tilt American policy in Russia’s favour, often at the expense of what many regard as America’s national interest?

We haven’t reached that point yet — not quite — but that day will come. America’s great constitutional crisis of the 21st-century is not far off.

Recent developments in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation make clear that Trump’s potential crimes are of an “overwhelming scale”, Burman wrote.

He highlighted the five most recent and informative developments in Mueller’s investigation over the past week and half.

"After more than 18 months of work, Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 U.S. election has proven to be more than a “witch hunt,” as Trump derides. Thirty-three people have been indicted or pleaded guilty, including five former advisers to Trump. But the focus increasingly — for the first time — seems to be on Trump and his family.

"The most stunning revelation came from Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime “fixer.” He admitted in court that he had been involved in secret negotiations about a Trump hotel project in Moscow well into the 2016 campaign — and after Trump had clinched the Republican nomination. Yet Trump persistently claimed that “I have nothing to do with Russia — no deals, no loans, no nothing.”

"The proposed Trump Moscow project was to be financed by a sanctioned Russian bank blacklisted by the U.S. government. But without disclosing his involvement, Trump called for the lifting of sanctions against Russia. One by one, Trump’s denials about Russian involvement in his business empire are proving to be lies.

"There is now a growing theory among some American legal analysts and journalists that Mueller may be “booby trapping” the process to protect the investigation from being cut off by Trump. There has been an accelerating tempo to Mueller’s work — through criminal indictments, sentencing memoranda and other official court filings. Put together, they may eventually constitute the core of his final report.

"There is an acceptance in the U.S. legal community that Mueller won’t actually indict Trump because of a long-held belief that sitting presidents are immune to criminal indictments. That doesn’t apply once the president is out of office. There likely will be more indictments soon, possibly including Donald Trump Jr. Mueller is expected to write a report about Trump’s conduct that would inevitably lead to a debate over impeachment in the newly Democratic House of Representatives."

Monday, November 26, 2018

Truth and trump

I am pretty sure this will be a contentious posting, since some trump supporters will disagree with it.

Here's what I think is true today.

It is NOT patriotic to support trump in all his policies. Many of his policies and actions conflict with the values and ideals Americans hold dear. One of those values is the right and duty of Americans to call out any elected official when that person is failing to adhere to American values, especially the President.

trump's base was motivated to vote for change since the economy has failed to allow wages to keep up with GDP gains; wages have been stagnant since the 1970's in real terms while GDP and corporate profits have soared. BUT, Republicans of all stripes including his base are actively installing policies which will make that worse and will NOT alleviate it.

trump is personally a vile and disgusting person of whom I am ashamed. All real Americans are ashamed of him.

trump has taken money from Russian mobsters and Saudi crooks; they have threatened to kill him and his family if he does not do what they ask. As a result, trump is a Russian asset whose policies serve the interests of Putin and his 'oligarch' mobster pals, and NOT Americans.

Evidence proving trump has committed several crimes while acting as President will be forthcoming soon.

The only question is whether American laws are able to withstand the trump subversion process. I will bet they are that strong.

trump will leave office in disgrace.

Some may ask: Why do you hate trump? I ask: How is it that you do NOT hate trump?