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TRUMP WINS THE 2ND PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE -- BIDEN FORFEITS STAGE

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Statement by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD): October 15 Presidential Debate Will Not Proceed

October 9, 2020


The CPD announced that for the health and safety of all involved, the second presidential debate, scheduled for October 15 in Miami, would be conducted virtually.  Subsequently, the campaigns of the two candidates who qualified for participation in the debate made a series of statements concerning their respective positions regarding their willingness to participate in a virtual debate on October 15, and each now has announced alternate plans for that date.

[OCS: The Trump campaign refused to participate in a virtual campaign. Biden’s team refused comment on the use of teleprompters during Biden’s previous charades where both the questions and answers were staged. Especially concerning was a biased moderator having control over the microphones and video cutaways.

“As President Trump said, a virtual debate is a non-starter and would clearly be a gift to Biden because he would be relying on his teleprompter from his basement bunker,” said Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien.]

It is now apparent there will be no debate on October 15, and the CPD will turn its attention to preparations for the final presidential debate scheduled for October 22.

Subject to health security considerations, and in accordance with all required testing, masking, social distancing and other protocols, the debate will take place at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

As announced on June 23, the debate will be divided into six 15-minute segments.  The topics for the six segments will be selected and announced by the moderator at least one week before the debate.  Kristen Welker of NBC News will serve as moderator for the debate.

Both candidates have agreed to participate in the October 22 debate.

Bottom line…

It speaks for itself!

VOTE-GOP-AMERICA

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


ANOTHER DUD FROM THE PROGRESSIVE PUSSIES AT THE NORWEGIAN NOBEL COMMITTEE

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The progressive pussies at the Norwegian Nobel Committee wimped-out and awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to the World Food Program, a corrupt United Nations' agency which has institutionalized “processing fees” (bribes) to execute their mission -- sometimes empowering dictators and warlords who divert critical food supplies from intended recipients to their own pockets or repurposed to buy loyalty from their supporters.

After awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to a terrorist (Palestinian Liberation Organization’s Yasser Arafat – 1994) for his efforts to bring about peace in the Middle East and an individual of no noteworthy contribution to anything remotely resembling peace (U.S. President Barack Obama – 2009), it is an insult to have ignored the singular accomplishments of President Trump.

Trump increased the Middle East's stability by ignoring the advice of his State Department and facilitating a relationship between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Not to mention facilitating a commercial relationship between formerly-at-war nations to normalize Serbia and Kosovo's economic relations. Then, there was the fulfillment of a long-term commitment to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital after decades of promises.

The 2020 prize was awarded to the WFP “... for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.”

Bottom line…

Once again, President Donald Trump is shunned by those trying to bring about a new world order based on socialism and the supremacy of an international agency to destroy individual nation-states' sovereignty.

The President was screwed. The only bigger insult that could have been delivered was to have awarded the Peace Prize to Bill and Hillary Clinton for the outstanding work of the corrupt Clinton Foundation.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


GO AWAY -- NOTHING YOU CAN DO OR SAY WILL CHANGE MY MIND OR MY VOTE

I voted early. Now, if there were only a way to kill those annoying campaign phone calls, text messages, and emails – especially those asking for emergency money to run that ad that will make a last-minute difference. Incredibly annoying when you see the money left in the campaign account after the election.

I-VOTED

I live in California, and our state has been lost to the progressive socialist Democrats for years. Therefore, I voted for the ONLY choice available to constitutional conservatives and those who wish to preserve our freedoms, constitution, military, economy, and our way of life in the America we know and love. 

TRUMP

My reasoning is simple.

(1)  The Democrats did little or nothing in response to the Chinese coronavirus pandemic except to criticize President Trump and for Democrat Governors to destroy their state’s economies when they weren’t begging Trump for critical care supplies and bailouts to resolve their budget crises. Their plan for the future, do what Trump did.

(2)  While the Chinese Communist Party was wreaking havoc around the world, Nancy Pelosi ordered the crucial committees of the House of Representatives to concentrate on an impeachment scheme based on nothing more than a hoax created by the Democrat Party and the Hillary Clinton campaign -- with the approval and direction of the Obama Administration. The recently released previously-classified documents say it all – no question at all.

(3)  The Democrat Party put forth a platform that would help to create a perpetual, veto-proof, one-party political system in the United States that would wreak havoc on our national security, our economy, and our way of life. Don’t believe me? Please read it for yourself, THE 2020 DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM.

Bottom line…

The progressive socialist democrats are telling us who they are. The progressive mainstream media is lying to us. And, if you disregard President Trump’s persona and utterances and concentrate on his accomplishments, there is only one choice left to save America from the Obamas, Clintons, Pelosi's. Schumer's, and the Adam Schiff’s who want to destroy American from within to bring about the impossible, unreachable, communist nirvana where everybody is equal, there is no pollution – a world of self-licking lollipops and unicorns.

This vote may slow our death-march to the sea but look for another battle in 2020 and 2024. Trump buys us time and a marginally better world.

Vote as if your life and the future of your children depended on it -- because that's what it looks like to me.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


PHYSICIAN HEAL THYSELF

Physicians have always maintained an exalted and respected position in society due to their ability to affect the maintenance and quality of our lives. There is no doubt that many physicians are highly-trained and well-experienced in their chosen specialties.

But, you must ask yourself, like any other expert, does their expertise translate to an informed opinion outside of their specialty? Are they subject to the same biases as other non-medical individuals? And, what weight can be assigned to their opinions when compared with other well-informed voices?

Let us not forget, it was a physician, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, who first informed the President of the United States and the public that the “Risk of coronavirus in the USA is ‘minuscule’; skip mask and wash hands.” in February 2020. Over time, he explained models that were wildly inaccurate and shifted his advice, sometimes in the opposite direction, as time went on. Other well-educated and well-experienced experts concurred, and some equally well-educated and well-qualified experts dissented, much like the debate in any professional field of endeavor.

But, there are some fundamentals that we do know with some degree of certitude:

(1)  It appears that the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its associated disease COVID-19 originated in China under unknown conditions. Information regarding the first outbreak and its subsequent spread in Wuhan, China, was suppressed by the Communist Chinese Party; and later by the corrupt leadership of the World Health Organization. Throughout the early days of what was to become a global pandemic, scientists were denied access to the information contained in Chinese laboratories. The statistics provided by the Chinese Communist Party were deliberately misleading and were closer to propaganda than disclosure.

(2)  The Obama administration mishandled the previous A/H1N1pdm09 pandemic, also known as the Swine Flu. But for the grace of circumstances, not government intervention, the outbreak did not kill a large number of American citizens. Various government agencies were unprepared for the outbreak in the United States and afterward did not renew or replenish the government’s stockpile of critical care supplies and equipment. Likewise, the individual states, most of which had been warned about another future pandemic, found themselves woefully unprepared, without critical care equipment and supplies, and without funds to withstand a shuttered economy – the lack of funds representing decades of mismanagement, waste, fraud, and abuse.

(3)  Government agencies, which existed long before Donald Trump assumed the Presidency, presented operational problems, especially in the area of valid testing.

(4)  The United States was experiencing a bitter political divide between its two main parties, with the Democrats weaponizing existing Executive Branch Agencies to actively resist the efforts of the Trump Administration in the hope of creating a more favorable environment for the upcoming 2020 presidential election. This weaponization was initiated when Donald Trump became a serious candidate for the Presidency and has continued to this very day. Moreover, the mainstream media appeared to have abandoned journalistic ethics and practices and was creating and distributing what amounts to little more than progressive propaganda.

(5)  Through this relentless attack on the President of the United States by the Democrat Party, itself complicit in the what may be the most massive political scandal in the history of the United States, the Democrat majority in the House of Representatives, and the progressive mainstream media, a narrative relating to the ineffective and malignant political leadership of the nation was created and promoted. Obviously not helped by the brash, boisterous, and braggadocio style of the attention-seeking President himself.

Which leads us to this editorial in the politicized New England Journal of Medicine…

Even though they do not specifically mention President Trump – or even New York Governor Mario Cuomo’s whose public policies led to the deaths of thousands of senior citizens, the timing and style tend to point to a single individual, the President of the United States, the public face of the crisis.

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Dying in a Leadership Vacuum

Covid-19 has created a crisis throughout the world. This crisis has produced a test of leadership. With no good options to combat a novel pathogen, countries were forced to make hard choices about how to respond. Here in the United States, our leaders have failed that test. They have taken a crisis and turned it into a tragedy.

[OCS: One might note that to have a test, one must have an objective list of criteria that can be scored. No such list exists, and if it did, it was not the President of the United States that was responsible for the outcome – any more than the newsreader is responsible for the impact of the news being reported. Furthermore, comparisons between various political entities are statistically flawed as the United States represents an incomparable entity on a number of levels. Yes, many of our leaders, mostly Governors, and Mayors, have failed their constituencies.]

The magnitude of this failure is astonishing. According to the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering, the United States leads the world in Covid-19 cases and in deaths due to the disease, far exceeding the numbers in much larger countries, such as China.

[OCS: It should be noted that the use of the word “cases” could mean anything from a botched test to someone who was retroactively tested and found to be “positive.” Even the number of deaths is questionable, especially in light of the non-uniformity of the reporting requirements and the government’s financial incentives to label cases, without evidence, as being related to COVID-19 among the most vulnerable cohort, senior citizens on Medicare. As for other countries, one must also accept their discrepancies and deceptions in enumerating their statistics.]

The death rate in this country is more than double that of Canada. It exceeds that of Japan, a country with a vulnerable and elderly population, by a factor of almost 50, and even dwarfs the rates in lower-middle-income countries, such as Vietnam, by a factor of almost 2000.

[OCS: Considering the sparsity of Canada’s population, asymptomatic patients that did not seek medical intervention, and homogenous and obedient nature of Asian countries, these are not suitable comparisons.]

Covid-19 is an overwhelming challenge, and many factors contribute to its severity. But the one we can control is how we behave. And in the United States we have consistently behaved poorly.

We know that we could have done better. China, faced with the first outbreak, chose strict quarantine and isolation after an initial delay. These measures were severe but effective, essentially eliminating transmission at the point where the outbreak began and reducing the death rate to a reported 3 per million, as compared with more than 500 per million in the United States.

[OCS: Hindsight is always so clear and unambiguous. Are they suggesting that it is moral and ethical to weld the doors of apartment buildings shut to contain its residents?]

Countries that had far more exchange with China, such as Singapore and South Korea, began intensive testing early, along with aggressive contact tracing and appropriate isolation, and have had relatively small outbreaks. And New Zealand has used these same measures, together with its geographic advantages, to come close to eliminating the disease, something that has allowed that country to limit the time of closure and to largely reopen society to a prepandemic level. In general, not only have many democracies done better than the United States, but they have also outperformed us by orders of magnitude.

Why has the United States handled this pandemic so badly? We have failed at almost every step. We had ample warning, but when the disease first arrived, we were incapable of testing effectively and couldn’t provide even the most basic personal protective equipment to health care workers and the general public.

[OCS: I seem to recall that a maskless House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was inviting people to congregate in San Francisco’s Chinatown in February of 2020 while the Democrats labeled the President's curtailment of China travel as racist and xenophobic.

The failure of testing was clearly on the shoulders of government bureaucrats who pre-existed the Trump Administration. And, it was not the duty of the federal government to be the PPE vendor of choice to compensate for the inadequacy of PPE at the state level.]

And we continue to be way behind the curve in testing. While the absolute numbers of tests have increased substantially, the more useful metric is the number of tests performed per infected person, a rate that puts us far down the international list, below such places as Kazakhstan, Zimbabwe, and Ethiopia, countries that cannot boast the biomedical infrastructure or the manufacturing capacity that we have. Moreover, a lack of emphasis on developing capacity has meant that U.S. test results are often long delayed, rendering the results useless for disease control.

[OCS: Testing is useless as a person can be infected the very next day and shrug-off mild symptoms as a cold or the flu. And again, with specious comparisons.]

Although we tend to focus on technology, most of the interventions that have large effects are not complicated. The United States instituted quarantine and isolation measures late and inconsistently, often without any effort to enforce them, after the disease had spread substantially in many communities. Our rules on social distancing have in many places been lackadaisical at best, with loosening of restrictions long before adequate disease control had been achieved. And in much of the country, people simply don’t wear masks, largely because our leaders have stated outright that masks are political tools rather than effective infection control measures. The government has appropriately invested heavily in vaccine development, but its rhetoric has politicized the development process and led to growing public distrust.

The United States came into this crisis with enormous advantages. Along with tremendous manufacturing capacity, we have a biomedical research system that is the envy of the world. We have enormous expertise in public health, health policy, and basic biology and have consistently been able to turn that expertise into new therapies and preventive measures. And much of that national expertise resides in government institutions. Yet our leaders have largely chosen to ignore and even denigrate experts.

[OCS: Some trash-talking experts, yes. Some experts who would sacrifice our economy in return for authoritarian control, yes. Some who overstepped their authority and acted as if they were the President of the United States, yes.]

The response of our nation’s leaders has been consistently inadequate. The federal government has largely abandoned disease control to the states. Governors have varied in their responses, not so much by party as by competence. But whatever their competence, governors do not have the tools that Washington controls. Instead of using those tools, the federal government has undermined them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which was the world’s leading disease response organization, has been eviscerated and has suffered dramatic testing and policy failures. The National Institutes of Health have played a key role in vaccine development but have been excluded from much crucial government decision making. And the Food and Drug Administration has been shamefully politicized, appearing to respond to pressure from the administration rather than scientific evidence. Our current leaders have undercut trust in science and in government, causing damage that will certainly outlast them. Instead of relying on expertise, the administration has turned to uninformed “opinion leaders” and charlatans who obscure the truth and facilitate the promulgation of outright lies.

Let’s be clear about the cost of not taking even simple measures. An outbreak that has disproportionately affected communities of color has exacerbated the tensions associated with inequality.

[OCS: Progressive class warfare and the politics of race have little or nothing to do with the spread of disease until you note the wealthy, the Hollywood elite, and the politically-connected will always have better protection than the poor and disadvantaged.]

Many of our children are missing school at critical times in their social and intellectual development. The hard work of health care professionals, who have put their lives on the line, has not been used wisely. Our current leadership takes pride in the economy, but while most of the world has opened up to some extent, the United States still suffers from disease rates that have prevented many businesses from reopening, with a resultant loss of hundreds of billions of dollars and millions of jobs.

[OCS: The federal government did not shut down our nation; it was the state governors and mayors of municipalities. They could have quickly suggested that we protect the most vulnerable cohort, senior citizens, and those with co-morbidities and allowed others to go about their business with commonsense protections.]

And more than 200,000 Americans have died. Some deaths from Covid-19 were unavoidable. But, although it is impossible to project the precise number of additional American lives lost because of weak and inappropriate government policies, it is at least in the tens of thousands in a pandemic that has already killed more Americans than any conflict since World War II.

[OCS: Likewise, the experts cannot tell us how many people, many of them senior citizens, would have died in the ordinary course of the cycle of life. Or, by comparison, how many die of various cases of flu and types of pneumonia that were labeled as COVID-related?]

Anyone else who recklessly squandered lives and money in this way would be suffering legal consequences. Our leaders have largely claimed immunity for their actions. But this election gives us the power to render judgment. Reasonable people will certainly disagree about the many political positions taken by candidates. But truth is neither liberal nor conservative. When it comes to the response to the largest public health crisis of our time, our current political leaders have demonstrated that they are dangerously incompetent. We should not abet them and enable the deaths of thousands more Americans by allowing them to keep their jobs. <Source>

[OCS: I concur. There are many Democrat Mayors and Governors who have assumed dictatorial authoritarian powers and who have crippled their communities and their constituencies. Remove them all from office. Sounds like a plan – unworkable 30-days from an election.]

Bottom line…

Truth-be-told, some of the most powerful and influential people, many politicians, with all the resources in the world at their disposal, cannot protect themselves against COVID-19 -- so how can they protect ordinary American citizens. It is what it is.

To use a pandemic and dishonest reporting to promote the destruction of our capitalist system in favor of socialism that would see physicians and other healthcare individuals having their workflow, hours, and compensation dictated by bureaucrats is absolutely insane.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


THE 2020 VICE PRESIDENT DEBATE WINNER IS ...

Pence won on the facts, deliver, and demeanor, but only if you know the subject-matter. Nothing happened tonight to move the needle. 

The summary…

Both candidates played dodgeball with the questions, speaking about the questions never acted. A smirking, eye-rolling Harris repeated many disproven tropes. Pence pretty much continued talking over the moderator.

Yada, Yada, Yada.

The progressive moderator went off the rails on the next to last question by asking what if Trump refused to leave office.

Kamala Harris, billed by the progressive media as a moderate, not only appeared inauthentic, but she has contradicted many of her previous positions which she now claims were said only to win a primary election. The truth is that Harris doesn’t stand for much as she practices weathervane politics, saying or doing anything to gain power.

Pence was all about defending the administration from spurious charges about the pandemic, law and order, and trying to respectfully draw Harris out about her record and her progressive agenda.

This time it is different…

Vice President Mike Pence is serving a 74-year-old President infected with COVID-19, which puts senior citizens at greater risk than the younger population. He is literally on heartbeat away from the presidency.

Vice-President-wannabe Kamala Harris is the understudy for 77-year-old Joe Biden, a candidate that appears cognitively impaired and unlikely to finish out his term in office. What makes Biden such a dangerous candidate is that he seems confused and susceptible to manipulation by socialists and communists who do not wish America well and represent a clear and present danger to the nation's national security interests.

Usually, the goal of the Vice Presidential debate is to introduce two non-entities while avoiding any potential harm to the top of the ticket and their respective parties.

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The details… 

Pandemic…

Harris opened with an attack on the administration that mischaracterized many of the agreed-upon facts. Pence attempted to reframe Harris's charge that the administration’s response was flawed as an attack on the American people.

Health & Succession…

Both candidates dodged the question about the release of a President’s health information. Harris pivoted from health to the President’s taxes and repeated falsehoods. Pence did not attack using Hunter Biden and the Ukraine.

Jobs. Economy, and Taxes…

(H) Trump passed tax cut for wealthy people. Free education. Investing in science and the infrastructure. Any economic benefits should accrue to Obama/Biden. Obama saving money  with Obamacare.

(P) Failure of Obama/Biden economy before Trump’s tax cuts. Biden will immediately raise taxes. Bury economy under green new deal, economic surrender to China. Obamacare was a disaster.

Climate change…

Wildfires and hurricanes more severe is a lie. BIDEN WILL NOT BAN FRACKING. NO TAX INCREASES FOR PEOPLE MAKING UNDER $400,000. (H) They don’t believe in science. Joe has a plan.

Supreme Court, abortion, Obamacare…

(P) Sanctity of life. Question about packing the court. (H) Woman;s right of choice. Back to Obamacare. Dodged packing the court issue. Played the race card.

Law and order. Racial justice…

(H) Breonna Taylor – justice not done. Emotional mention of George Floyd case, without using his name. White supremist hoax.  More tropes. (P) Rioting and looting. Systemic racism is an insult to law enforcement. 

Election issues…

(H) Trump  suppresses the vote. (P) Dodges question about Trump leaving office if he loses. Bring up Hillary’s no concede ever.

News media…

(P) When the debate is over, Americans come together. (H) Nothing substantive.

Overall, how did you feel at the end of this debate?  

  • afraid
  • alone
  • angry
  • annoyed
  • anxious
  • apathetic
  • ashamed
  • betrayed
  • bothered
  • confused
  • depressed
  • devastated
  • disappointed
  • disturbed
  • ecstatic
  • embarrassed
  • enraged
  • excited
  • fatigued
  • furious
  • guilty         
  • helpless
  • hopeless
  • hostile
  • indifferent
  • isolated
  • let down
  • listless
  • out of control
  • overjoyed
  • powerless
  • relieved
  • restless
  • sad
  • scared
  • shocked
  • stunned
  • terrified
  • tired
  • unsure
  • withdrawn

 

It’s a trick question. If you felt anything more than the urge to vote as a citizen, you were played by the media and the two parties. It is highly unlikely that you learned anything that has not been trumpeted in the press, Tweeted, or Instagramed.

Bottom line…

If the Democrats kill the filibuster rule, pack the court, and admit Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia as new states, we will have lost our country to one-party rule, much the same political dynamics as found in California. It is critical that the candidates define the boundaries of a “permanent emergency” under which they violate existing laws.

The elemental truth is that some of the most powerful people, with all the resources in the world at their disposal, cannot protect themselves against COVID-19 -- so how can they protect ordinary American citizens.

“We the People” are presented with a stark choice: not Republican versus Democrat, but Capitalism versus Socialism – shared prosperity versus shared misery; not to mention if the cover-up of the nation's most egregious political scandal will succeed.

VOTE-GOP-AMERICA

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


PENCE -- HARRIS DEBATE PREP OCTOBER 7, 2020

Typically, Vice Presidential debates are ho-hum affairs that few people watch, and even fewer people use to inform their candidate choice.

This time it is different. Vice President Mike Pence is serving a 74-year-old President infected with COVID-19, which puts senior citizens at greater risk than the younger population. Vice-President-wannabe Kamala Harris is the understudy for 77-year-old Joe Biden, a candidate that appears cognitively impaired and unlikely to finish out his term in office. What makes Biden such a dangerous candidate is that he seems confused and susceptible to manipulation by socialists and communists who do not wish America well and represent a clear and present danger to the nation's national security interests.

Usually, the goal of the Vice Presidential debate is to avoid any potential harm to the front-runner and the candidate’s respective party. In this debate, Vice President Pence will likely be forced to defend the policies of the Trump Administration and particularly his handling, as the point man for the pandemic, of the Administration’s response to COVID-19.

It is unknown whether there will be acrimonious debate over the civil unrest in Democrat-governed areas. Pence has always been characterized as “Mr. Nice,” whereas Harris is known as a bombastic litigator with casual regard for the truth.

VPDEBATE

“We the People” are presented with a stark choice: not Republican versus Democrat, but Capitalism versus Socialism – shared prosperity versus shared misery; not to mention if the cover-up of the nation's most egregious political scandal will succeed.

The details… 

Date and Time for First Vice Presidential Debate: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 – 9:00 p.m. (EDT); 6:00 p.m. (PDT)

Venue: Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah

Moderator: USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page. For all purposes, especially in the formulation of the questions, the moderator should be assumed to be favoring a progressive world-view.

Audience: Limited to a “small number,” possibly 200 in the 2,000-sear auditorium, of guests, who will be required to be temperature-screened, COVID-19 tested, and must wear masks.

Details: Masks for the participants is optional. The candidates and the moderator are seated and positioned approximately 12-feet from each other—Harris to the left and Pence to the right. -19 ISSUE. Both separated by Plexiglass dividers demanded by the Democrats to reinforce the omnipresent COVID-19 ISSUE. There will be no pre-debate handshake or post-debate candidate interviews in the so-called “spin room” with the media.

Appearance: Coin-flip – It is unknown who will get the first question. Pence will be on the right, Harris on the left.

Debate Topics: It appears that there will be nine 10-minute discussions that will focus on the Administration’s involvement with the pandemic, racial unrest, woman’s issues, the Supreme Court nominee, election integrity, and the economy.

Bottom line…

How radical is Kamala Harris? The gun-confiscation proponent, “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg, whose father was a Marxist professor who promoted the communist manifesto, is her debate-prep partner and stand-in for Mike Pence. Harris is animated by the radical left, including Bernie Sanders. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. and the so-called Squad. If anything, Harris represents a danger to Joe Biden and has already referred to the "Harris Administration" in a televised speech. Whereas, Pence seems loyal to the President of the United States and is content to execute his sworn Vice Presidential duties faithfully, quietly, and efficiently. A man not known for his use of harsh language or demonstrated nasty behavior.

Grab the popcorn.

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-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


TWO GREAT REASONS TO RE-ELECT PRESIDENT TRUMP: WRAY (FBI) AND HASPEL (CIA)

TRUST-AMERICA

The broad outlines of Obama-gate, spying on Americans and interfering in a presidential campaign on behalf of the Obama Administration, Hillary Clinton, and the Democrat Party are relatively straightforward and well-known.

What is not well-known are the specific details that would lead to the prosecution and punishment of high-ranking individuals in the nation’s premier intelligence and law enforcement agencies. What other reason can fit the fact-pattern and behavior of top CIA and FBI officials who appear to be protecting former President Obama and themselves?

Why are FBI Director Christopher Wray and CIA Director Gina Haspel refusing to produce or declassify documents legitimately subpoenaed by duly-authorized Congressional oversight committees? Are they merely avoiding self-incrimination in a continuing cover-up that is, in itself, a criminal obstruction of justice, or are they playing-out the clock and hoping for a more favorable administration willing to bury the entire inquiry? Especially the use of foreign agents to thwart discovery and disclosure of a silent coup d ‘état to block the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency, and subsequently his removal from office?

At the very least, Hillary Clinton is guilty of treason, partially for setting this nation-impacting scam in motion and partially for participating in illegal and unsanctioned covert operations in foreign counties without Congressional knowledge or approval.

In fact, so little is known about the internal operations of the CIA and FBI, it might be reasonable to assume that they are using intelligence tradecraft in support of the chaos we are now witnessing on the streets of America to divert attention from the ongoing cover-up while waiting for regime change. Could this be the reason that so many tech titans, with lucrative government contracts to protect, are willing to influence social media in favor of a party that wants to fundamentally transform the United States?

It can’t be that President Trump represents a clear and present danger to the United States.

His actions, since being elected, have proved grossly beneficial for both individuals and corporations. All while under a 24/7 media blitz of negativity and an openly hostile House of Representatives. I am not aware of any effort by President Trump to subvert Executive Branch Agencies, engage in covert wars, provide arms to anti-America militants, and billions of dollars to a hostile foreign regime that shouts “Death to America.” It can’t be that President Trump can be held accountable for the manifest failures of those administrations that preceded his inauguration or the decades of government mismanagement. Nor can he be held responsible for the actions of governors whose corrupt policies severely impacted their states and left them demanding bailouts from the federal government.

Indeed, the bureaucracy does not like President Trump as he goes about reducing the very rules and regulations that provide a reason for their very being. Not to mention reducing government waste, fraud, and abuse. But the greatest fear of President Trump arises from the fact that he is immune to embarrassment, nor can he be bullied into submission. And the ones that fear him the most are those who stand to lose their freedom, reputations, and fortunes when exposed as evildoers.

Bottom line…

If you honestly believe that America is truthfully represented by the social media and the ill-informed trolls that inhabit its realm, you are one sick puppy. If you believe that President Trump is the devil in disguise while rooting for the Democrats and their progressive socialist agenda, you need to disengage with the media and start thinking for yourself.

If you ignore the money an evildoer like billionaire George Soros is pouring into electing progressive district attorneys who think little or nothing about denigrating local law enforcement, prosecuting crime, and releasing criminals back into our communities; you are part of the ignorant masses who may see evil but refuse to condemn it publicly.

Our nation is fast-reaching a critical juncture that will test whether or not political psyops* can result in the total transformation of our country into a one-party authoritarian state. And, this is not a one-and-done election. Even if President Trump is elected, we are likely to face the same malevolent actors in 2022, 2024, and beyond.

The greatest generation has passed on, erasing the first-hand knowledge of the Great Depression and World Wars – directly confronting unspeakable misery and existential threats. Individuals who were tough, resilient, and unafraid to fight for a better future for their children. It is no wonder that the present generation of progressives believes that history starts when they were born and is highly mutable by what they characterize as our evil founding. They have little or no knowledge of the evil that exists in the world. Their right to protest is protected, even to the extent that our enemies can use our own laws against us – unlike other countries where their opinions would result in incarceration, torture, death, or their disappearance. You cannot blame the discord and despair on economic, racial, and environmental injustices -- bad people and bad policies are to blame.

We now have a generation dominated by their electronic devices and social media. A generation of snow-flakes that requires safe spaces to protect them against hateful words and exposure to ideas outside their insular media-conditioned comfort zone.

Most are afraid of guns as if any weapon has a mind of its own and magically seeks out innocents to maim or murder.

A generation that protests tens of individuals who may have been killed by a white police officer, while ignoring thousands who are killed in the democrat-governed inner cities – as if they didn’t exist.

Refusing to call bullpucky when the Democrats confront them, a political party that gave us slavery, segregation, Jim Crow, the KKK, and fought against civil rights legislation. Willing to vote for Joe Biden, a Democrat who had actual relationships and feted racists, including members of the dreaded KKK. Biden, the candidate who eulogized the late Senator Robert Byrd, a former Ku Klux Klan leader who recruited thousands to its evil cause.

No matter what you may think or say about President Trump, he has hired people of all colors, creeds, and religions, many rising to positions of power within the Trump Organization.

To say that we are screwed is an understatement.

VOTE-GOP-AMERICA

-- steve

* "Psychological operations (PSYOPs) are operations to convey selected information and indicators to audiences to influence their emotions, motives, and objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of governments, organizations"


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


WHEN 2 + 2 = WHITE SUPREMACY

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Something must be wrong with my traditional schooling. I learned that mathematics is a language developed to define and describe the phenomenon in our universe by providing a method to classify, quantify, and note shapes, structures, spaces, and changes. In psychology, I learned that delusional people could be characterized as holding a belief in the face of objective evidence and logical conclusions – in short, an unshakeable belief in something manifestly false.

Combining the two, I find that those who attempt to confuse and conflate the precision of mathematics with subjective political issues are often delusional and operate more based on their particular combination of opinions, emotions, and behaviors. I am not alone. I suggest you read Hayek’s Nobel Prize Lecture, The Pretense of Knowledge.

“It seems to me that this failure of the economists to guide policy more successfully is closely connected with their propensity to imitate as closely as possible the procedures of the brilliantly successful physical sciences – an attempt which in our field may lead to outright error. It is an approach which has come to be described as the “scientistic” attitude – an attitude which, as I defined it some thirty years ago, “is decidedly unscientific in the true sense of the word, since it involves a mechanical and uncritical application of habits of thought to fields different from those in which they have been formed.” ~ Friedrich von Hayek

The mathematics of political insanity…

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ANTI-SCIENCE POLICY AND THE CENSURE OF DISCOURSE ON RACE AND RACISM

A statement from the MAA Committee on Minority Participation in Mathematics

We stand in the midst of a year of transitions. We have long been aware of broad shifts in the postsecondary education landscape, but 2020 has also been marked by the COVID-19 pandemic and emergency distance/online/hybrid teaching. Each of these new challenges for higher education has evolved alongside a movement to stand up for Black lives. The data are clear: these issues are inseparable. Black, Latinx, and Indigenous lives are the most affected by policing, health, and education policies

[OCS: Most of us are affected by the laws, rules, and regulations promulgated by our legislators. And it appears that the only ones who are exempt are the legislators, who exempt themselves and their friends with legislative loopholes, and the wealthy who are immune from the consequences of their beliefs and positions. To the extent that some individuals are shielded from the vagaries of life, since the beginning of organized society,  are those who are politically-connected or have the means to reduce the impacts of environment and circumstance. Such is human nature.]

Policy must be informed by facts and science. Thanks to science and mathematics, we understand now that masks, social distancing, frequent, rapid, mass testing, and contact tracing are all fundamental to keep our communities safer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

[OCS: This is pure bullpucky, especially when politicians ignore data, science, and logic, to produce an outcome advantageous to themselves or their special interests. As for masks, social distancing, etc., the science is contradictory and, other than the scientists acting like bureaucrats and politicians, is manifestly challengeable on all levels.]

Yet policies at the federal level have not consistently reflected these facts; for example, choosing not to incorporate a mask-mandate in the US has had serious consequences. As Michael Dorff and Michael Pearson stated in a recent Math Values blog, “We encourage MAA members, regardless of political persuasion, to speak out for the value of science and mathematics, and hold our leaders accountable to make use of the best possible scientific evidence in policy decisions.” The social sciences are part of this community, helping us understand how to effectively communicate these practices to people, while also simultaneously analyzing our practices and policies with a critical lens.

[OCS: Excuse me! Where is your comment about the governors who have little or no legal authority, or scientific evidence, to shut down our economy to influence the upcoming 2020 election? A shut-down that has increased deaths from drug overdoses, suicides, and the inability to seek medical attention due to mandated medical policies? The increased misery of those who have lost their jobs and housing? Where was the outrage of mathematicians and scientists when New York Governor Cuomo demanded that facilities with high populations of COVID-vulnerable senior citizens accept COVID-positive patients? What about the effects of healthcare workers carrying the virus into their second jobs at high-risk facilities? It seems the science and logic were clear at the time but ignored by progressive socialist democrats – not the Administration.]

Critical race theory, referenced in recent Executive statements by the President of the United States, is an established social science inquiry which is grounded in decades of scholarship. It is misguided, at best, to reduce this theory to the race-blaming of white people and to define it and the discussion of systemic racism as a “divisive concept.”

[OCS: First, critical race theory is little more than a theoretical Marxist framework based on the classification and stratification of subject classes based on race, power, and existing legal precepts.

Second, it is based on moral relativism and social constructionism to pursue the revolutionary defeat of the existing capitalist system.

Three, like most illegitimate academic disciplines, it is highly biased and based on the proponent’s frame of reference.

Four, most of these so-called “studies” programs are not really scholarly disciplines because they lack a formal body of scholarship, and that scholarship that exists is little more than a restatement of human nature.

To the extent that traits can be identified and quantified falls more within the realm of psychology and that underlying governance systems can be examined and debated falls between economics and political science.

And fifth, the studies are fundamentally biased and corrupted by beginning with the assumption that the United States was founded in evil practices, continues with evil practices, and must be fundamentally transformed by a cadre of enlightened academics that will govern for the benefit of ALL people of the Earth.]

Furthermore, banning training utilizing this scholarship to raise consciousness, from federal and federal contractor workplaces, is an encroachment on science and the academy. At the first presidential debate this year, President Trump’s refusal to disavow white nationalism and his encouragement of groups that the FBI has identified as the greatest threats of domestic terrorism, only serves to reinforce the sense that his administration seeks to reverse decades of progress on civil rights for all citizens. These actions frame a current United States leadership that consistently promotes policy in direct opposition to data and science-based evidence.

[OCS: I applaud the extent to which the President of the United States and others seek to curb the malevolent academic trends of promoting institutional racism and further dividing our nation into sub-classes which are at war with each other.

That the President did not disavow white nationalism is a bald-faced lie that can be easily disproved by reading the transcript of his remarks – not relying on the edited sound-bites of a dishonest progressive media.

That the President’s opponents refuse to identify black nationalism in the form of Black Lives Matter or the paramilitary Nation of Islam is a conscious choice and smacks of intellectual dishonesty and partisanship.

When one speaks of data and science-based evidence, one must note that science is not a process of consensus, that well-credential and well-experienced contrarians with valid viewpoints do exist and are likely to be squelched by a dishonest media or even the progressive scientific community in fear of losing its funding, and that models and manipulated numbers do not equate to fact, truth, or evidence.]

Although mathematics, science, and higher education develop fact-based theories and practices that should inform policy, they are also political because they exist within a highly politicized system.   Acknowledging that the United States has serious systemic discrimination has somehow leaped from a political issue to a partisan issue. More alarmingly, what we see is a series of pronouncements apparently designed to suppress conversation and action on race and racism in the United States

[OCS: Huh? Theories are theories – not laws and not absolutes outside of the context that produced these theories.

There is no objective proof that the United States is systemically racist. If systemic racism does exist, it exists mainly within academia and the Democrat Party. Witness the academic community's refusal to allow school choice and the unions that support the continuing political corruption in our nation. Witness the decades of functional illiterates produced by our schools or the poverty, illiteracy, disease, and crime within our nation’s inner cities – mostly governed by progressive socialist democrats and, in many cases, an infrastructure of people of color.

As for the suppression of conversation and discussion, it can easily be found within the majorly progressive academic community that no longer believes in free speech or academic freedom, but mob rule.]

~snip~

As mathematicians, we notice patterns - this is something we are all trained to do. We bring these Executive actions to our community’s attention for several reasons: we see the pattern of science being ignored and the pattern of violence against our colleagues that give voice to race and racism. We need to fight against these patterns. As educators, we also recognize the threatening pattern of banning education and withdrawing education funding to suppress conversations on race and racism, extending from elementary to postsecondary institutions to the workplace and research spheres.

[OCS: The only violence I can see comes from those who suppress free speech and academic freedom. In essence, the cancel culture on campus. And, as to any ban, what is being banned is subjective un-American viewpoints, calls for revolution, and the distribution of misinformation and disinformation that creates further racial division in our nation for political purposes. That any citizen should accede to demands to disavow their heritage and swear fealty to some foreign political construct is abominable and illegal under the Constitution of the United States.] 

It is time for all members of our profession to acknowledge that mathematics is created by humans and therefore inherently carries human biases. Until this occurs, our community and our students cannot reach full potential. Reaching this potential in mathematics relies upon the academy and higher education engaging in critical, challenging, sometimes uncomfortable conversations about the detrimental effects of race and racism on our community. The time is now to move mathematics and education forward in pursuit of justice.

[OCS: I call bullshit! Mathematics must remain neutral and be governed by logic and deduction. To introduce race would be to corrupt the language of science and politicize scientific findings. Both of which should be an anathema to academics in every recognized discipline.]

[To read the release in full and in context: ANTI-SCIENCE POLICY AND THE CENSURE OF DISCOURSE ON RACE AND RACISM]

Bottom line…

It is a logical deduction that those who want to corrupt the neutrality of mathematics and science to fit a racial narrative are, by definition, racists.

VOTE-GOP-AMERICA

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CONDITION: WHO CAN YOU BELIEVE?

Because the media has destroyed its legitimacy and credibility with their hyper-partisan reporting, it is difficult to know who to believe.

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Do you believe the bald-faced liars at the New York Times with their anonymous sources who have proven to be ill-informed liars?

Fox News, whose pretend journalist Chris Wallace turned out to be a registered Democrat who openly assisted former Vice President Joe Biden in the last presidential debate?

Tweets on Twitter from the tech oligarchs who openly declared they were going to manage the news with their “fact-checkers” and suppress information they deem to be questionable?

Or, how about the foreign media who seems to cover more about America than is reported in our domestic media?

Because you certainly cannot believe anything coming from either campaign, which is spinning stories like a child’s top.

The foreign press…

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'I’m starting to feel good': Trump says next two days are critical, calls experimental drugs 'miracles from God' and jokes Melania is doing better then him because 'she's slightly younger' in video address from Walter Reed

Trump's personal physician Sean Conley (pictured) says the president is in 'high spirits' and continuing to work while hospitalized for treatment for coronavirus

President Donald Trump allegedly asked aides if he was going to die before he was transported to the hospital on Friday.

Vanity Fair correspondent Gabriel Sherman quoted Republicans familiar with the situation as saying that Trump repeatedly asked: 'Am I going out like Stan Chera? Am I?'

[OCS: Last time I checked, Vanity Fair was not an objective news source and could be legitimately described as a progressive rag.]

Chera, a longtime friend and supporter of Trump, died aged 77 from coronavirus in April in New York City.

Sherman's report came as confusion erupted over Trump's condition after the president's doctors said he is doing 'very well' while White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows claimed his vitals are 'very concerning'. 

Trump's personal physician Sean Conley offered an update on his condition outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on Saturday morning alongside several other members of the president's medical team. 

'This morning, the president is doing very well. The team and I are extremely happy with the progress the president has made. He's been fever free for 24 hours and we are cautiously optimistic,' Conley said, adding that Trump has been working and walking in his hospital suite.

Conley's depiction was far more optimistic than one put forward by Meadows, who spoke to Bloomberg Business pooler Cheryl Bolen on background immediately after the briefing ended.

'The president's vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care. We're still not on a clear path to a full recovery,' Meadows told Bolen, who passed that information along to the press pool.  

[OCS: “On background” is an off-the-record conversation meant to provide context to the official reporting, not be reported as attributable news itself. One might wonder why Mark Meadows, himself a politician, would seed a story that would be at odds with Trump’s medical team and the actual chronology of the event? Or did he?]

The briefing raised more questions than answers as Conley declined to say what temperature the president had when he had a fever, whether he was on oxygen and when he last tested negative for COVID.

Conley told reporters the team was 72 hours into Trump's diagnosis. But that would put the timeline at the president testing positive Wednesday morning. Trump tweeted shortly before 1 am on Friday he had tested positive. On Thursday he flew to his golf club in Bedminister, New Jersey, for a fundraiser with about 100 people.

[OCS: The chronology is important to determine if the President knowingly infected others at a fundraiser.]

'Just 72 hours into the diagnosis now, the first week of COVID, in a particular day seven to day 10, are most critical in determining the likely course of this illness. At this time the team and I are extremely happy with the progress the president has made. Thursday he had a mild cough with nasal congestion and fatigue all of which are now resolving and improving,' Conley said.

Dr Shaun Dooley, a critical care physician, also spoke at the briefing and said Trump's heart, liver and kidney functions are being monitored and are currently in good condition.

'He's in exceptionally good spirits,' Dooley said of the president. 'In fact, as we were completing our multidisciplinary round this morning, the quote he left us with is "I feel like I could walk out of here today" and that was a very encouraging comment from the president.' 

Multiple sources said that Trump was administered oxygen while at the White House on Friday, before he checked into the hospital.

[OCS: Surely the medical team had access to a pulse-oximeter and could read the president’s oxygen saturation percentage in real-time – and knew that they wanted to increase the oxygen saturation. Perhaps in anticipation of a flight at higher altitudes? But who really knows or who can be trusted to report the truth?

Nitpicking???

President Donald Trump has not received oxygen since testing positive for COVID-19, his doctor indicated on Oct. 3.

“Yesterday and today he was not on oxygen,” Dr. Sean Conley said while speaking in front of Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Conley later clarified that Trump had also not been on oxygen on Thursday.

“Thursday, no oxygen. None at this moment, yeah. And yesterday with the team, while we were all here, he was not on oxygen,” Conley said.

The clarification appeared to leave a window of time on Friday before Trump traveled to Walter Reed during which the president may have received oxygen.

The White House didn’t respond to a request for confirmation that Trump has received no oxygen since testing positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. <Source>]

Trump is currently undergoing a range of treatments including a polyclonal antibody cocktail made by Regeneron that is not available to the public, remdesivir - an ebola drug that has already been shown to work against the virus - and vitamin D. He is also taking zinc, vitamin D, famotidine (the generic name for Pepcid AC), melatonin and daily aspirin.

[OCS: Does anyone find it interesting that there is no mention of hydroxychloroquine which was highly-touted by the President as a potential mitigation agent for COVID-19 or the two-week trial dose that the president allegedly took weeks ago? Likewise, there is no mention of Azithromycin which was used in the Azithromycin-Zinc-Hydroxychloroquine cocktail. ] 

The president took to Twitter shortly after the briefing ended, writing: 'Doctors, Nurses and ALL at the GREAT Walter Reed Medical Center, and others from likewise incredible institutions who have joined them, are AMAZING!!! Tremendous progress has been made over the last 6 months in fighting this PLAGUE. With their help, I am feeling well!'

[OCS: Unfortunately, the very last person you can trust is the hyperbolic exaggerator, President Trump, who does not seem overly careful of his words in his frequent Tweets.]

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San Francisco…

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Secret Service agents expressed their anger and frustration to colleagues and friends Friday, saying that the president's actions have repeatedly put them at risk. "He's never cared about us," one agent told a confidant, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the internal reaction.

Former Secret Service agents said it was unheard of for agents to openly complain about their president but that some currently in the ranks had become convinced during the pandemic that Trump was willing to put his protectors in harm's way.

Agents who work in field offices around the country complained that since late August, they are no longer being tested when they return home from working at a rally for the president.

"This administration doesn't care about the Secret Service," one current agent relayed in an internal discussion group. "It's so obvious." <Source>

We are screwed…

We have learned FOUR things…

One, there is no objective source of truth in the media because the sources are creating misinformation or the reporters are creating or spreading disinformation.

Two, misinformation is as socially contagious as a disease as ill-informed individuals and groups amplify their self-serving observations and opinions via social media. Each erroneous message infecting the thoughts and perceptions of others who then present their take with a degree of certitude that is unwarranted.

Three, our ability to move toward corrective action or increase preventative measures are compromised by a reality warped by politics. In many cases, we, as individuals in an election year, are being unduly scared by an unknown filled with dark, deadly monsters that might not exist.

Four, A certain group of individuals, namely progressive socialist democrats, have turned ugly and delusional. Willing to place their power agenda over the welfare of America and Americans. Ignoring objective evidence and projecting their misdeeds onto the opposition. I never thought that I would see any party tacitly approve rioting, arson, looting, and mayhem while suggesting it was a mainly peaceful protest and subverting the law enforcement that keeps us safe from criminals, crazies, and terrorists.

Bottom line…

For most individuals, fear is the overriding and most overwhelming emotion, and people and organizations advancing their own agenda are incentivized to create the perception of apocalyptic or existential fear. Ask yourself if any of the government-demanded actions are symbolic or are designed just to keep us engaged and fearful. Question the legal and moral authority that compels their demands. If they cite science, demand to see the science of well-credentialed scientists and do not overlook similarly well-credentialed contrarians. Many scientific institutions, even the prestigious ones, and scientists are often corrupted by those governmental sources that control their funding. 

Protect yourself and your family first – damn the politicians and those who would destroy your community.

VOTE-GOP-AMERICA

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS