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CALIFORNIA, THE HOME OF PRO-CRIMINAL DEMOCRATS

In California, progressive socialist democrats continually hector us that criminals are victims of the system, have rights, and vote too…

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What a great idea…

Let’s ignore commonsense that says decriminalizing a crime or reducing the severity of the charges and subsequent range of punishments usually promotes more of the same crime.

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION
SENATE BILL NO. 82

SB 82, as amended, Skinner. Petty theft.

Existing law, the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, enacted as an initiative statute by Proposition 47, as approved by the electors at the November 4, 2014, statewide general election, requires the theft of money, labor, or property to be considered petty theft, punishable as a misdemeanor by up to 6 months in county jail, a fine of up to $1,000, or both, whenever the value of the property taken does not exceed $950 or in other cases that are specifically defined as grand theft.

This bill would define the crime of petty theft in the first degree as taking the property from the person of another or from a commercial establishment by means of force or fear without the use of a deadly weapon or great bodily injury. The bill would specifically exclude from the crime of petty theft in the first degree acting in concert with one or more persons to steal merchandise from one or more merchant’s premises or online marketplace with the intent to sell, exchange, or return the merchandise for value.

The bill would define the crime of petty theft in the 2nd degree as all other petty theft. The bill would impose a penalty of imprisonment in county jail for up to one year, a $1,000 fine, or both, for petty theft in the first degree and would prohibit an act of petty theft from being charged as robbery or burglary. By creating a new crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

This bill would provide a means of vacating the sentence of, and resentencing, a currently incarcerated defendant who had been convicted of robbery, who was sentenced under an alternative sentencing scheme based on one or more prior convictions for robbery, or whose sentence includes an enhancement based on one or more prior convictions for robbery and who would not be convicted of robbery based on the changes made in this bill.

The bill would also provide a means of vacating the sentence of, and resentencing, a person who had previously served a term of imprisonment for robbery and who would not be convicted of robbery based on the changes made in this bill.

By requiring the participation of district attorneys and public defenders in the resentencing process, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Essentially, SB 82 would reduce charges for robberies that do not involve a weapon or assault with great bodily injury from felony crimes to misdemeanors. What is not mentioned is that the pro-criminal prosecutors, especially under the radical San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, have been instructed to seek diversion for petty crimes and plea down felonies, even those involving guns, to simple misdemeanors.

According to its proponents, the proposed changes in SB 82 would prevent overcharging “non-violent” criminals and reduce the burdens on California’s prison system. What the “proponents” never consider is the psychological damages to victims who appear to be uninjured -- and the cumulative financial burden on Californians.

The bill’s author is an old, white Nancy Pelosi clone…

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Senator Nancy Skinner, 67, represents the 9th District which encompasses some of the most radical (Berkeley) and violent (Oakland) areas in California.

She has demonstrably weakened the deterrent to murder by “reforming” California's felony murder law (SB 1437) so that accomplices who don't actually commit the physical murder cannot be convicted of that crime. This gives a pass to all who were physically present and may have aided and abetted the actual murderer.

Less damaging but certainly significant in the prosecution and punishment of criminals is Skinner’s SB 310, misleadingly known as “The Right to a Jury of Your Peers.” The law provides for individuals with a prior felony conviction to serve on juries in California. Criminals judging other criminals. I’m sorry, but my peers do not include convicted felons.

Bottom line…

Like most criminal legislation being passed by the one-party majority progressive socialist democrats, Californians are placed at a significantly higher risk from criminals, especially when non-violent crime escalates to violent and deadly crime should the criminal encounter resistance from the victim. This law will encourage more robberies to be committed and more criminals released into our communities.

We are so screwed when radical San Francisco progressive socialist democrats, out of touch with mainstream America, put forth idiocy like SB 82.

DO NOT LET THE DEMOCRATS LEGISLATE AWAY YOUR CIVIL RIGHT TO REMAIN UNMOLESTED BY OTHERS!

-- 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



DEMOCRATS IMPLEMENT FASCISM IN PLAIN VIEW OF ALL IGNORANT AMERICANS

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America on the brink…

With the slimmest of majorities, possibly from a jiggered election and with the un-American shamelessness of its corrupt leadership, the Democrat Party, long infiltrated with radical progressive socialists, is moving American towards the “China Model” with its brand of State Capitalism, a private capitalist economy controlled by the state,

Whereas socialism and communism own the means of production, state capitalism is a component of fascism where the state controls private companies through licensing, regulatory intervention, and the selection and control of the company’s leadership.

Of course, state capitalism's greatest danger other than the manifest political control is the increasing bureaucratization of the former capitalistic activities, introducing mediocrity, and increasing incentive-destroying bureaucratization. With the necessity to innovate and perform at peak levels significantly curtailed, it remains up to the state to compel performance by increasing force on the leadership and workers.

How Americans are duped into accepting creeping fascism…

It is an old negotiating ploy to demand radical and costly systemic changes and settle for something in the middle. Thus the un-American agenda move inexorably forward with a minimum of resistance. With the radicalization tactic repeatedly used, the objective is achieved, and America is either permanently altered or non-existent.

Implementing the China Model”…

I do not know if it is a coincidence or planned; still, as we move toward the China Model of state capitalism, many of our top politicians appear to have corrupt connections to China, starting with the President of the United States, Joe Biden. Even the GOP Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, is compromised as his family’s fortunes are intertwined and dependent on China.

It’s not a secret that the public-private alliance is state capitalism…

White House moves to reshape role of US capitalism

The White House is pushing an infrastructure bill that could reshape the discussion around capitalism as it seems to reestablish the federal government as a primary driver of how the economy should grow and function. In addition to traditional infrastructure projects, Biden’s $2.25 trillion American Jobs Plan would make government investments in broadband, electric vehicles, climate change, elderly care, child benefits, housing and developing future technologies. It would redefine classic infrastructure projects to include investments in workers and families paid for by tax hikes on corporations.

The ambitious proposal effectively transforms the relationship between the government and the private sector, making radical changes to key sectors of the economy that could be felt for years down the road. <Source>

The White House admits the infrastructure bill is not about infrastructure…

In an exchange with the White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, Fox News White House Correspondent Peter Doocy asks a question and receives a remarkable response.

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Excerpt -- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, April 1, 2021

In an April 1st White House Press Briefing

PETER DOOCY: And one of the most colorful examples that the President used yesterday -- he asked if people remembered a bridge going down. But only 5 percent of the spending in this package goes towards roads and bridges, and I'm curious why that number is so low in something that is being sold as an infrastructure package.

JEN PSAKI: We're actually selling it as a once-in-a-century or once-in-a-generation investment in partly our infrastructure, but partly industries of the future, American workers in the workforce.

[OCS: Selling? You mean propagandizing. And only partly for what the legislation is intended to accomplish, and the rest for our Marxist agenda.]

And there are areas like broadband, which maybe is not a physical bridge, but one third of the country doesn't have access to broadband. So that impacts workers -- workers who have been working from home; kids who are trying to learn at home; parts of the country where they can't have jobs where they're working remotely.

[OCS: The last thing you want is for the central government to control broadband and then regulate the internet.]

We feel that that is an area where we can improve, expand access, and as a result, be more competitive with the country -- with other countries, I should say.

If you look closely, you will see an unbelievable three trillion dollars of new government spending in projects that are being sold as a public-private alliance. An alliance that leaves private companies dependent on government funding and regulations, much like the so-called zombie fungus. This is the Marxist Green New Deal hiding behind different words.

How a parasitic fungus turns ants into 'zombies'

The Ophiocordyceps unilateralis fungus has just one goal: self-propagation and dispersal. Researchers think the fungus, found in tropical forests, infects a foraging ant through spores that attach and penetrate the exoskeleton and slowly takes over its behavior.

As the infection advances, the enthralled ant is compelled to leave its nest for a more humid microclimate that’s favorable to the fungus’s growth. The ant is compelled to descend to a vantage point about 10 inches off the ground, sink its jaws into a leaf vein on the north side of a plant, and wait for death.

Meanwhile, the fungus feeds on its victim’s innards until it’s ready for the final stage. Several days after the ant has died, the fungus sends a fruiting body out through the base of the ant’s head, turning its shriveled corpse into a launchpad from which it can jettison its spores and infect new ants.  <Source>

Is this not a perfect description of America's fifth column attempting to destroy America from within using our own Constitution and laws against us? Moreover, a perfect description of the public-private enterprise known as State Capitalism from the world of nature? Only the name of this zombie fungus is Marxism. 

Bottom line…

Read through any of the thousand-page-plus bills to see the radical transformation of the United States into a country more like Venezuela and China than America, the greatest nation on the face of the Earth, All shepherded by the Democrats and aided and abetted by the feckless GOP.

Especially those politicians and useful idiots attempting to demoralize America and to induce Americans to hate each other to divide the nation into manageable segments that can be more easily manipulated. 

To say we are screwed is an understatement.

-- 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



IS THE AZ MARICOPA 2020 ELECTION AUDIT DOOMED BY THE SELECTION OF THE AUDITORS BY THE REPUBLICAN SENATE?

No, this is not an April fool's gag. I do not have high expectations for the audit of Arizona's Maricopa County audit, but would be pleasantly surprised if the results were credible enough to indicate some form of conspiratorially-organized fraud. I would have great trouble believing that some of the audit team is impartial and that its findings could be presented in a court of competent jurisdiction without serious challenge.

The announcement…

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Arizona Senate hires auditor to review 2020 election in Maricopa County


Arizona Senate leadership today announced it has hired a team of independent auditors to complete a comprehensive, full forensic audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County, including a hand recount of all ballots.

[OCS: Have any of these auditors been involved with the 2020 election on behalf of a partisan party or have expressed an opinion on unverified subject-matter allegations?]

After months of interviewing various forensic auditors, the Arizona Senate has found a qualified team consisting of Wake Technology Services, Inc., CyFIR, LLC, Digital Discovery, and Cyber Ninjas, Inc. to conduct the audit.

[OCS: Wake Technology Services appears to be your run-of-the-mill consultancy and job shop, hiring expertise as needed.

CyFir, on the other hand, appears to have expertise in networking, cyber intrusions, and management,

Likewise, Digital Discovery appears to be a straight-up company with the requisite expertise to forensically investigate systems, procedures, and data.

Cyber Ninjas, a Florida-based cybersecurity company, a company owned by Doug Logan, an active promoter of unproven conspiracy theories alleging widespread election fraud last year, tweeted, “The parallels between the statistical analysis of Venezuela and this year’s election are astonishing. I’m ashamed about how few republicans are talking about it.” The tweet included a #stopthesteal hashtag. One might think that Cyber Ninja’s credibility could be challenged in a court proceeding, and that would disqualify them from participating in the audit.

I cannot find that any of these firms have any specific expertise or experience in election systems, procedures, or auditing. However, I am willing to suspend final judgment pending a review of their responses to a request for proposal, if one actually exists.]

CyFIR is a digital security and forensics company specializing in enterprise incident response, computer forensics and expert witness support to litigation. Notable past engagements include the discovery of the Office of Personnel Management Breach in 2015 and forensic support to the largest individual bank fraud in the history of the IMF. As specialists supporting the highest levels of government and private industry, they are extremely familiar with responding to nation-state cyber activity, including Advanced Persistent Threats (APT).

Members of the Wake Technology Services group have performed hand-count audits in Fulton County, PA and in New Mexico as part of the 2020 General Election cycle. In addition, team members have been involved in investigating election fraud issues, dating back to 1994. In that 1994 case, this team member worked closely with the FBI during the investigation. Wake Technology Services team members also include intelligence analysts and fraud investigators from a variety of industries.

The audit will validate every area of the voting process to ensure the integrity of the vote. The scope of work will include, but is not limited to, scanning all the ballots, a full manual recount auditing the registration and votes cast, the vote counts, and the electronic voting system. At the conclusion of the audit, the auditor will issue a report detailing all findings discovered during the assessment.

[OCS: I would like to see the scoping document and the written plan of attack that is a routine part of any forensic audit, including the methodology of any data integrity checks which may be performed.]

Senate leadership expects this audit to be done in a transparent manner with the cooperation of Maricopa County. "Our people need to be assured that the Senate and Maricopa County can work together on this audit, to bring integrity to the election process," said Senate President Karen Fann. "As Board Chair Sellers and County Recorder Richer wrote in the Arizona Republic 'a democracy cannot survive if its people do not believe elections are free and fair.' They also acknowledge a significant number of voters want the additional assurance that a full forensic audit might bring. I look forward to continued cooperation."

[OCS: How do they define a forensic audit? Verifying voter eligibility? Validating the original input documents? Examining and validating all electronic devices and testing their integrity? Benchmarking software?]

Because it is an independent audit, leadership will not be directly involved, and members do not expect to comment on any of the processes of the audit until the report is issued in about 60 days.

Bottom line…

One might think that there would be at least one nationally recognized firm with specific expertise and experience in the forensic audit of election systems.

It appears that any fraud vectors that could potentially alter results came from carefully-controlled ballot harvesting, injection of counterfeit ballots, deliberate adjudication fraud, and the mishandling of ballots.

Wait and see.

-- steve

Reference Links: Previous Maricopa audit results

Maricopa County’s election equipment and software passed all tests performed by two independent firms hired to conduct the forensic audit, according to reports by two federally certified Voting System Testing Laboratories.

Read the Summary of the Audit Findings    
SLI Compliance Audit Report    
Pro V&V Audit Report


“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



WHERE ARE THE "RULES FOR REPUBLICANS?"

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After decades of implementation by progressive socialist democrats, there should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that Saul Alinsky’s thoughts on community organizing work and his  “Rules for Radicals” have been successfully applied to defeat Republicans.

So, I ask you, where are the Rules for Republicans?

Stand for what the people want – Abandon the traditional party ideology and promote what the voters want. Triangulate, grab your opponent’s issues, especially if they resonate with the voters, and make them yours. Ignore issues that distract and detract from these core issues. Do not let the Democrats drag the GOP down the traditional rabbit holes and diffuse the message. The goal is to win elections and change the system, not lose and bask in your righteousness. Never stop pointing out that the problem is “government” and the unelected bureaucrats. As I see it, the three top concerns are immigration, the economy, and healthcare. Always have a replacement program ready to implement for anything you attack.

No shame – when Republicans face wrongdoing, or even the suspicion of wrongdoing by fellow Republicans, they are quick to pile on and condemn their colleagues. Especially in matters of moral turpitude involving so-called family values. Why do GOP members embrace and practice “group responsibility" and group shame when acts are clearly perpetrated by an individual or an organization with no connection other than the same party of the perpetrators? It seems to me that the GOP, the party that has feted individualism over collectivism, would not embrace the concept of collective shame. Use the broken record technique by repeating the same thing repeatedly to every comment or as an answer to everything question.

Create contrasts, use disparaging nicknames, create foils – Always highlight the differences between the Democrats and the GOP. Link everything bad in the previous years to Biden-Obama or Biden’s time in Congress. Shut down talk about “Whataboutism” by saying that “this is the history the Democrats have not erased yet.” Or, “it seems we haven’t learned from the past?” Or ask, “are you trying to erase history?”

No respect for the media – why do Republicans overlook decades of historical media presence and view the mainstream media as a benign force in America or that most media folks report honestly? We are clearly living in an age of corporate-directed journalism if “journalism” is still a thing, where major corporations are controlling, censoring, and conforming the news to a political narrative for commercial purposes or to advance the political interests of their owners and executives. The wall between journalism and commentary has been breached, and, like Humpty Dumpty falling off the wall, the message of the GOP is little more than a broken, unfixable scrambled egg. The GOP should use, and if necessary, abuse the mainstream media – pushing the meme of seeking “real” news from GOP-friendly alternative sources. The GOP should not be afraid to generate sensational and controversial stories to capture the news cycle as no media outlet wants other media outlets capitalizing on sensationalism.

Always on – political action does not begin and start with specific elections or campaign events. The Democrats maintain strong national, state, and local operations that recruit, fundraise and peddle influence on a 24/7 year-round basis. Individual campaigns draw assistance and provide supplemental support to the party. The Democrats engage in long-term indoctrination, not short-term campaign messaging. Whereas the Republicans ramp-up political efforts four to six months before an election – believing that ordinary people do not engage with the political process until the last minute. Ignoring the fact that voters have been well-indoctrinated and conditioned by the Democrats by that time. Always be on the offensive. Quit playing defense and attack, attack, attack. Pretend you are John Wayne with large political cojones.

Grassroots – why do Republicans engage in astroturfing, using artificial proxies like campaign appearances for actual grassroots organizing. Where are the neighborhood coffees? While it is true that candidates who prioritize their time pandering to large donors and special interests can raise large amounts of money quickly, this does not always result in committed individuals willing to gather and shepherd voters at election time. 

No fear – It appears, at least to me, that members of the GOP are afraid to use raw, naked political power to advance their agenda. The GOP leadership should deny good office space, funding, and other perks and privileges to those who oppose the party’s agenda. Forget always asking, "not if something can be done, but should it be done." If it helps but has questionable optics, do it. This is analogous to avoiding bringing a knife to a gunfight. Replace opposition bureaucrats as soon as possible to counter what the Democrats call “The Resistance.”

Fight dirty – if the opposition appears to adopt effective voting methods, develop similar systems and procedures. In the days of ballot harvesting, use voter walk lists to collect ballots from known supporters, ignoring those who appear allied with the opposition party. The goal is not to harvest “all votes” or votes from independents who may switch but to gather a solid and overwhelming turnout by the base. Consistently blame the opposition for any bad behavior that they discover.

Vet candidates thoroughly – Opposition research is a fact of life. Accept the up-front costs of investigating candidates before investing in their political futures. That includes nominees that can embarrass the party at a critical juncture. We are no longer living in a MAD, Mutually Assured Destruction, where politicians of both parties agree not to “out” fellow politicians of either party. We should re-vet all of the GOP congress members and have a backup plan--opposition research is real and we must know the GOP's vulnerabilities. 

Retaliate -- no matter how factually innocent an individual might be, or having been cleared after an investigation, the damage has been done in the court of public opinion. Time to mount campaigns, including lawsuits, against false accusers.

Scoop: Matt Gaetz eyes early retirement to take job at Newsmax

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) has privately told confidants he's seriously considering not seeking re-election and possibly leaving Congress early for a job at Newsmax, three sources with direct knowledge of the talks tell Axios.

Why it matters: Gaetz is a provocative figure on the right who's attracted attention by being a fierce defender of former President Trump. The Republican also represents a politically potent district on the Florida panhandle.

What we’re hearing: Gaetz has told some of his allies he’s interested in becoming a media personality, and floated taking a role at Newsmax. One of the sources said Gaetz has had early conversations with the network about what a position could look like. <Source>

Matt Gaetz says he's under federal investigation for sexual misconduct

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), one of the nation's rising-star conservative firebrands, told Axios he is under federal investigation for sexual activity with women, and fears being criminally charged.

What he's saying: "The allegations against me are as searing as they are false," Gaetz said in a 13-minute phone interview with Axios. "I believe that there are people at the Department of Justice who are trying to criminalize my sexual conduct, you know when I was a single guy."

Axios reported earlier Tuesday that Gaetz has privately told confidants he's seriously considering not seeking re-election, and possibly leaving Congress early for a job at Newsmax.

The big picture: Gaetz, 38, said the specifics of the allegations are "unclear," and he said he's been told "very little." But the New York Times reported late Tuesday afternoon that the Justice Department is investigating Gaetz "over whether he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and paid for her to travel with him."

"The allegations of sexual misconduct against me are false," Gaetz told Axios. "They are rooted in an extortion effort against my family for $25 million … in exchange for making this case go away."

Gaetz sent Axios screenshots of text messages, emails and documents outlining the alleged extortion scheme, which he claimed was being run by a former DOJ employee. The Justice Department declined to comment. <Source>

Matt Gaetz Accuses Former DOJ Official of Extorting Him with Underage Sex Allegation

Representative Matt Gaetz (R., Fla.) accused a former Department of Justice official of using a concocted underage sex investigation to blackmail him and his family to the tune of $25 million, during a Tuesday night appearance on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight.

Gaetz identified the alleged extortionist as David McGee, a former Florida DOJ official who now works for the law firm Beggs & Lane, hours after The New York Times reported that he was being investigated by federal authorities for allegedly conducting a sexual relationship with a minor.

McGee did not immediately respond to a request for comment. <Source>

Cull the herd– eliminate the weaklings, those who jump the Democrat line and become Republicans to win elections, and those who consistently vote with the opposition. 

Add your own rules and circulate them for discussion – forget the orthodoxy and static rules. Continue to pursue a dynamic attack.

Bottom line…

NO MATTER HOW MUCH REAL OR PERCEIVED POWER YOU MAY HAVE, IT IS WORTHLESS IF YOU ARE AFRAID TO USE IT. AND THE GOP, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF REAGAN AND TRUMP, LACK THE COJONES TO USE IT.

We are so screwed, and unless we take action now, all we have lived and worked for will be redistributed to other individuals and countries. If Pakistan can afford to design, develop, and maintain nuclear weapons, they certainly can afford their own gender studies program.

-- 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



SCREWED: INTERNET DOWN?

IoIf you are reading this on your normal internet connection, I assume all is well.

Not so here, where my ISP (Internet Service Provider) has informed me that our internet outage is “projected” to be resolved by “approximately” 7:00 p.m. today — after an outage started the morning of Easter Sunday and the first day of Passover.

I wonder if that’s a sign to reduce my usage? Also, wondering how they managed to “estimate” a time before knowing what was wrong— or is it something that would embarrass them?

Who are you going to call?

Certainly not your customer service representative who reads the disconcerting news off a yellow sticky pasted to the top bezel of their screen.

So since everything appears to be fine, you might want to take a few moments to ponder an uncertain future...

How many functions in your home or office are “mission-critical” “must-have” functions?

Does your healthcare, home security system, emergency news source, or infrastructure controls (power, heating, cooling, lighting, water, appliances, etc.) depend on internet access for functionality?

Does your income, employment, banking, and brokerage depend on internet access?

Do you consider your entertainment and gaming devices, or will you be content with a book, board games, or the lost art of conversation?

Are there workarounds?

Is your system protected by a VPN, and is your anti-malware software up-to-date, so you can safely use a public internet hotspot offered by your ISP or a friendly company such as MacDonald’s, an Internet cafe, or a local business?

Can you log-on (with permission) to your neighbor’s wifi network, assuming they have a different ISP or the outage is not area-wide and affecting multiple carriers?

Can you use your smartphone as a mobile “hotspot,” and will your data plan allow this luxury without selling one of your children?

If the outage is power-related, do you have an uninterruptible power source such as a generator, battery pack, or solar array? Or enough gas in your vehicle to move toward the light?

And if you use your smartphone as a work-around, do you have your ophthalmologist and carpal tunnel expert on speed dial?

Bottom line...

There are many things worse than an internet outage but look on the bright side — no intrusive craziness from politicians and their respective mainstream media outlets. And a chance to reconnect with loved ones.

And, of course, since your security system may be compromised, consider the most effective safety tool for your situation. I recommend an AR-15 or equivalent .45 caliber Model 1911 Colt with night sights.

Be well and be safe.

— 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



BUILDING A BETTER BRAND OF SELF-HELP BULLSHIT?

Pardon me, but I have always been wary of venture capital-fueled startups laden with jargon-filled mission statements and descriptions of purpose. More so when the board appears to recruit former high-ranking government officials or media-worthy celebrities with non-traditional titles. 

So what am I to think when I see that The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, has joined the San Francisco, California-based start-up BetterUp  as their “Chief Impact Officer?” Especially when the company has reportedly attracted $125 million in Series D venture capital? Theoretically valuing the company over $173 billion – an outrageous value based on little more than investor’s equity money.

Is the company just another self-help enterprise, selling seminars, expensive coaching programs, online training apps,  books, audio-visual materials to individuals and organizations? A high-tech version of the venerable Franklin Covey company that transformed a personal planner into a multi-million-dollar enterprise that describes itself as a “provider of leadership, individual effectiveness, and business execution training and assessment services for organizations and individuals.”

Here is how the company describes itself…

With an impressive customer list of high-profile branded companies, the various press releases and case studies can be used to form a company portrait.

AB InBev – “BetterUp, the market leader and pioneer of mobile, personalized coaching for professionals, announced today that it has partnered with AB InBev to offer a new global pilot program to drive diversity, foster an inclusive work environment, and provide coaching and support in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.

The first 150 participants include women in 18 countries at various careers levels who were nominated by their managers. Participants now have unlimited access to BetterUp’s coaching platform, which includes 1:1, personalized coaching, access to specialists providing support on timely topics such as effectively managing remote work, stress management, and work/life balance for working parents with children at home. Each participant’s coaching journey will be tailored according to individual preferences and learning styles, with the aim of creating a climate of trust, building positive relationships, and helping employees navigate the uncertainty and difficult circumstances associated with the current health pandemic.”

Prince Harry, the Duke of Success?

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What does a Chief Impact Officer do? Beats me. From what I can intuit, the “other CIO” attracts additional investors, schmoozes existing investors, represents the company at high-level events, and generally provides “differentiating” media attention and panache to the enterprise. For certain, not a day-to-day nuts-and-bolts job, but a “big picture” one that allows the “officer” plenty of time to pursue other opportunities.

To backstop Prince Harry, the company appears to have an impressive leadership team, 28 individuals who appear to fit the Silicon Valley mold of hard-chargers.

From the company’s website…

From Alexi Robichaux, CEO of BetterUp

Everyone wants to live a meaningful life. But, there are often barriers — both external and internal — that can limit our ability to do that on our own. That’s why we started BetterUp. We wanted to make a positive impact in the world by empowering millions of people to live their lives with greater clarity, purpose, and passion.

We’re standing at a once-in-a-lifetime crossroad of opportunity as a society. We have the economic, technological, and scientific means to positively impact human potential at scale. But to achieve this, we must “reframe” how we think about human flourishing (the potential we all have), peak performance, and mental fitness. They are not separate pursuits. They are part of one interconnected journey of growth.

To meet this opportunity, it is with great pleasure and excitement that we welcome our first Chief Impact Officer: Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex. We are energized by his model of inspiration and impact through action. As a true citizen of the world, he has dedicated his life’s work to bringing attention to the diverse needs of people everywhere and advocating for mental health initiatives: from founding the Invictus Games, a platform for service personnel to use sport as part of their psychological and physical rehabilitation, to launching Sentebale, which supports the mental health and wellbeing of young people affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana.

As a member of the BetterUp executive team, Prince Harry will expand on the work he’s been doing for years, as he educates and inspires our community and champions the importance of focusing on preventative mental fitness and human potential worldwide. 

From Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, Chief Impact Officer of BetterUp

First of all, I am really excited to be joining the BetterUp team and community! Thanks for having me.

I firmly believe that focusing on and prioritising our mental fitness unlocks potential and opportunity that we never knew we had inside of us. As the Royal Marine Commandos say, ‘It’s a state of mind.’ We all have it in us.

Being attuned with your mind, and having a support structure around you, are critical to finding your own version of peak performance.

What I’ve learned in my own life is the power of transforming pain into purpose.

During my decade in the military, I learned that we don’t just need to build physical resilience, but also mental resilience. And in the years since, my understanding of what resilience means — and how we can build it — has been shaped by the thousands of people and experts I’ve been fortunate to meet and learn from. 

As BetterUp’s first Chief Impact Officer, my goal is to lift up critical dialogues around mental health, build supportive and compassionate communities, and foster an environment for honest and vulnerable conversations. And my hope is to help people develop their inner strength, resilience, and confidence.

In this new role, I’ll be focused on four key areas:

  • Driving advocacy and awareness for mental fitness. We can and will elevate the global conversation around our mental health. What we’re doing is about equipping people to thrive. Whether you’re performing at the highest level, or want to get to the next level, or just want to get started, it’s all about having the specialised resources, preparation, and human connection to back you up — whatever the challenge. 
  • Guiding BetterUp’s social mission and impact to bring the science of peak performance and human potential into the hands of people worldwide.
  • Influencing the vision of BetterUp’s platform, community, and member experience. I’m excited to help shape their already extensive library with content and resources on mental fitness and to share new stories and voices. To start, I’ve invited BetterUp to work with 'Peak State: Mental Fitness’, a platform I helped establish which provides practical online tools to enhance our mental fitness.
  • Expanding BetterUp’s global community of thought leadership, coaches, customers, and members through outreach and strategic planning.

Self-optimisation is not about fixing something that’s broken. It’s about becoming the best version of ourselves, with whatever life throws at us — someone who is ready for the next challenge and can meet setbacks with courage, confidence, and self-awareness.

This is what BetterUp is making possible, and I look forward to being on this journey with you.

Join the community to get access to insights, advice, and tools on reaching your true potential, and be the first to learn about new content and programmes on mental fitness and resilience that I’ll be developing. <To read the full statement in context - Source>

Do coaching programs generally work?

Like everything else in life, different individuals may experience different results. Here are few ideas to start your self-coaching program.

(1)  Everything is dependent on your mindset and expectations. Expect grief and pressure, get grief and pressure. Learn how to reframe negative events as learning opportunities.

(2)  Use productive habits and systems consistently for long-term success as goals will shift over time.

(3)  Scheduling, to-do lists, and productivity aids are worthless if you do not understand the difference between effectiveness and efficiency. Efficiency is being the best rower on the river, able to go farther with less energy expenditure. Effectiveness is rowing on the right river to your destination.

(4)  The most powerful tool in your toolbox is the ability to say “No” with grace and sincerity that leaves no bad feelings. When faced with competing demands from a supervisor, ask them to prioritize the tasks, provide more time, or provide more assistance. Whatever the outcome, they have set the tone and the path. For self-starters who do not want to ask higher-level management, select the project with the highest return on your investment in time, energy, cost, and resources. The key to this approach is to document your reasoning, progress, and inform your superior (if any) of your choices.

(5)  Learn to delegate. For those who fear screw-ups or believe that they can do it better and faster, you are the bottleneck and amplifying your own stress levels.

(6)  Learn to manage meetings with agendas, time limits, delegation, responsibility, and progress reporting intervals.

(7)  If you want to use professional-level coaching, let someone else pay for the program and demand specific performance to keep it from being just another time-waster.

However, the best stress reducer that organizational coaches rarely talk about is self-management. Developing peace of mind by having an updated in-demand marketable skillset, multiple independent streams of income, a solid emergency fund, spending less than you earn, minimizing useless clutter or status fads, having the mobility to move toward better opportunities, and the reciprocal love of someone to share it all with. All giving you the staying power to say “no” or walk away without undue stress. In short: FU money and being able to live as you wish.

Bottom line…

I am ambivalent about the latest management fads and corporate coaching programs. Especially those used by large organizations as a relatively easy and inexpensive way to enhance feelings of  “we care” for stressed employees operating in a high-stress environment. Also, an antidote to HR claims involving work performance, bad behavior, and diversity training requirements.

I think my favorite management model cartoon by New Zealand analytical, environmental chemist, and cartoonist Dr. Nicholas D. Kim says it all… nz171

Corporate loyalty is dead. Good people who have done nothing wrong are routinely fired for nothing other than executives wanting to “make their numbers.” Feather your own nest.

Be well and be safe.

-- 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



OCS WISHES YOU AND YOURS A HAPPY PASSOVER -- HAPPY EASTER

holiday

Be well, be safe, be American.

-- 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



DOMESTIC VIOLENT EXTREMISTS: WHAT'S MISSING

When are government officials and bureaucrats going to be held accountable for their un-Constitutional or illegal actions? 

Considering the progressive socialist democrat's loosey-goosey definition of violence  (e.g., "silence is violence") -- I suggest that any action that adversely affects a major portion of the country be deemed to be violent extremism. 

The overly-broad definitions contained within the document “Domestic Violent Extremism Poses Heightened Threat in 2021” published by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence should scare civil libertarians as it could serve as the basis for confusing legitimate protest under the Constitution’s First Amendment with unlawful conduct, thus conveying additional powers to an authoritarian or tyrannical government. In fact, it may be a direct nullification of the “free state” intent of the Constitution’s Second Amendment. As well as allowing certain intelligence agencies to spy on American citizens, where such domestic activities were previously prohibited.

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What is missing…

Considering the demonstrable abuse of governmental authority over the past two decades by White House-directed intelligence and law enforcement agencies, perhaps we should add another category to the list.

WORKPRO-GOVERNMENT/PRO-AUTHORITY
        EXTREMISTS

PGE's with ideological agendas derived from pro-government or pro-authority sentiment who take overt steps to abuse the power of their position, including the misuse of tools normally used for intelligence activities, law enforcement, or military operations against domestically situated individuals they perceive to be harmful to their ideological agenda. 

Bottom line…

It appears that the Harris-Biden Administration is being driven by unseen forces wanting to radically transform the United States in a manner that is not only un-American but traitorous as it reduces the safety and security of the United States and its ability to act against our enemies, both foreign and domestic.

In fact, after watching President Biden’s stage-managed press conference, if you could call it that, I am, for the first time in my life, wondering who is the Commander-in-Chief. And, if not Biden, is it a President Harris who might be prone to giggling when she is informed that the United States has come under attack somewhere in the world.

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



CALIFORNIANS: IF YOU NEED ANOTHER REASON TO RECALL GAVIN NEWSOM ...

It is bad enough Californians were locked down with no valid scientific rationale;

it is bad that many of California’s small businesses were bankrupted with the Governor’s essential/non-essential edicts;

it is bad that the Governor is welcoming illegal aliens into the state without demanding the Biden Administration conduct identity checks and medical screens;

it is bad enough that the state is pouring millions of taxpayer’s dollars and free access to our social safety nets to illegal arrivals;

it is bad we have staggering high tax rates and near $5/gallon gasoline 

– but the icing on the cake comes with Newsolini’s appointment of Rob Bonta to be California’s Attorney General.

For those with short memories, Oakland Democrat Rob Bonta is the un-American asswipe that introduced  Assembly Bill A.B. 22, a bill to end the ban preventing Communist Party members from working in California's state government.

The pro-communist bill…

ASSEMBLY THIRD READING
AB 22 (Bonta)
As Amended April 17, 2017

SUMMARY:’

Makes changes to existing law regarding any public employee who advocates or is knowingly a member of a subversive organization that advocates the overthrow of the federal, or any state government by force or violence. Specifically, this bill:

1) Removes legislative findings in existing law related to ideological perceptions associated with communism, the communist movement, and the Communist Party.

2) Removes provisions in existing law related to public employees who are, or were members of the Communist Party, and instead makes the provisions applicable to any organization that advocates the forceful or violent overthrow of the federal or any state government.

The modification of provisions regarding dismissal of any public employee for such activity related to the Communist Party also are made applicable to any organization engaged in subversive activities.

3) Clarifies that provisions added by SB 97 (Tenney), Chapter 1418 of the Statutes of 1947 are not applicable to school district employees, and specifies legislative intent that the Education Code applies to those employees.

EXISTING LAW:

1) Provides for the dismissal of any public employee who advocates, or is knowingly a member of the Communist Party, at which time of the employee's membership, the employee knows advocates the overthrow of the federal or any state government by force or violence.

2) Requires a public employee who is subpoenaed or ordered by the government body of the state or local agency in which he or she is employed, including its subcommittees, a committee of the United States Congress, State Legislature, including its committees or subcommittees, to answer questions under oath regarding his or her personal activity, knowledge or membership in the Communist Party at any time since October 3, 1945, including advocacy of the support of a foreign government against the United States in the event of hostilities between those governments.

3) Provides for suspension and dismissal from employment if there is a finding of guilt of insubordination and violation of existing law, if the employee fails or refuses to appear and answer as to these matters under oath.

<Source>

Bonta claimed that the prohibition of communists in government violated the Constitution’s First Amendment, namely the right for communists to freely associate with their comrades already in the government. He also claimed that the bill would require due process to prove an individual’s conduct was threatening to the United States.

All you need to know about Rob Bonta are his progressive socialist credentials…

“The son of civil rights activists, Mr. Bonta, 48, was born in the Philippines and grew up in the Central Valley, where his parents, Cynthia and Warren Bonta, helped organize farmworkers alongside Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. The family eventually moved to the Sacramento area.”

“Mr. Bonta is a graduate of Yale University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history and his law degree. He and his wife, Mia Bonta, who is president of the Alameda Unified School District board, met there.”  Bonta attended University of Oxford for one year studying politics, philosophy, and economics.

“As a State Assembly member, Mr. Bonta fought to end cash bail and cure the conflict of interest that occurs when elected prosecutors receive financial and political support from law enforcement unions,” the Prosecutors Alliance of California said in a statement. “He is a leader that has dedicated his career to protecting and uplifting vulnerable communities.”

[OCS: I wonder how he feels about the conflict of interest that occurs when politicians receive political and financial support from public employee unions?]

“The group of “reform-minded” prosecutors was formed last year and includes George Gascón, Los Angeles’s district attorney, whose election last year was a major victory for progressive activists.” <Source>

Bottom line…

Bonta is a perfect example of our enemies using our Constitution against us. And another reason to recall Gavin Newsolini.

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