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CALIFORNIA CORRUPTION: BEWARE OF GAVIN NEWSOM

There is no doubt that the cadre of Obama’s progressive communist democrats must find a replacement for Joe Biden, the cognitively impaired, corrupt, psychopathic liar who now serves as the President of the United States.

The most likely candidate is another psychopath, California’s smarmy Governor Gavin Newsom, who presides over a single-party progressive communist democrat state that is technically insolvent and in severe decline.

Californicator

Enough!

Newsom is battling against California citizens and business groups attempting to limit the out-of-control spending of California’s Democrat-dominated government by asking the California Supreme Court to remove a tax measure from the 2024 ballot. The initiative, offered as a state constitutional amendment, is supported by enough qualified signatures to qualify for the ballot.

If the measure, labeled by its sponsors as the “Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act,” is approved by the voters, it would reduce legislative authority to raise revenue by increasing state taxes.

The Taxpayer Protection Act would restore a series of voter-approved ballot measures that gave taxpayers, not politicians, more say over when and how new tax revenue is raised.

Over the past decade, the California courts, many of which are presided over by activist progressive communist democrat judges, have created massive loopholes and confusion in long-established tax law and policy.

The Taxpayer Protection Act attempts to close many loopholes and provides new safeguards to increase accountability and transparency over how politicians spend California’s tax dollars.”

Some of the measure’s key provisions include:

  • Require all new taxes passed by the Legislature to be approved by voters
  • Restore two-thirds voter approval for all new local special tax increases
  • Clearly define what is a tax or fee
  • Require truthful descriptions of new tax proposals
  • Hold politicians accountable by requiring them to clearly identify how revenue will be spent before any tax or fee is enacted.

For those who want to read the Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act, it is available on the California Legislative Analyst’s Office website as A.G. File No. 2021-042.

You can’t have that level of accountability…

Gavin Newsom and his fellow progressive communist democrats are rushing to the California Supreme Court to remove the “Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act” from the ballot by claiming it “violates the Constitution by attempting to completely restructure our system of government.”

“It is “unlike any measure that has ever gone before the voters with respect to the sweeping changes it would make to California’s fundamental governmental structure, the foundational powers of its branches, and the government’s ability to provide the essential government functions required by a functioning state.”

It would ‘eliminate much of the executive branch’s administrative and regulatory power’ and would repeal taxing authority that the Legislature has held throughout California’s history. As a result, the measure amounts to a ‘revision” of the California Constitution, a far-reaching change that cannot be done by initiative, and would require two-thirds legislative approval before being submitted to the voters.”

“The time needed to seek voter approval would eviscerate government’s ability to respond quickly to emergencies, like the 2009 global financial crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic, or the Northridge earthquake.”  “In doing so, the Measure would in many cases impair the government’s ability to perform its essential functions.” 

Remember those emergency powers?

The one’s in effect during the shutdown of California, when elitist Governor Newsom dined at a posh restaurant with lobbyists -- without the required mask, and tried to lie his way out of it.

The one that cost the taxpayers between $32 billion and $125 billion in fraudulent California’s unemployment insurance program claims. Money which went to murderers, people on death row, deceased individuals, and organized crime members in China and Russia.

What happened to Julie Su, California’s Secretary of Labor who oversaw the program? She was rewarded by the progressive communist democrats and was nominated as President Biden’s pick to become his first Secretary of Labor.

Bottom line…

Newsom's first hurdle is to find an acceptable replacement for deceased California Senator Dianne Feinstein. Will he choose color over competence, communism over constitutional allegiance? 

If Gavin Newsom enters the election… avoid being Californicated.

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


IS THE BIDEN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY THE FINAL PHASE OF THE MOST EXTENSIVE COVERUP IN HISTORY?

Obama-biden-plot

After watching a portion of the beginning of President Joe Biden’s pre-impeachment inquiry, I have come to some inescapable conclusions.

  1. Even if Joe Biden is found guilty of selling influence to foreign powers and possibly the sale of classified information, he is unlikely to be fully prosecuted under the law. First, and most importantly, because too many influential individuals on both sides of the aisle are guilty of the same behavior and risk mutually assured destruction should the feckless Republicans proceed against the Democrats. Second, President Biden’s mental incapacity, including his ability to distinguish between truth and fiction, and physical frailness precludes an adequate trial defense. Moreover, influential, top-level players in the intelligence and law enforcement agencies, including the CIA, NSA, DOJ, and FBI, are likely to subvert any investigation that would reveal their complicity in criminal behavior and unconstitutional denial of American citizen’s inalienable and constitutionally protected rights.

  2. Likewise, the corporatized media and tech oligarchs have been incentivized to censor information unfavorable to the regime and to cancel dissident voices.

    Corporate media like CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, and ABC, which were once eager to amplify Democrats’ sham impeachments of former President Donald Trump, did the bidding of the Biden administration on Thursday when they refused to air footage of Republicans’ impeachment hearing. <Source>

  3. It is unlikely that former President Obama, on whose watch Vice President Biden and Hillary Clinton performed nefarious acts, will be held responsible as both parties pander to minorities. Truth be told, Obama, the communist commander-in-chief, is grossly responsible for one of the saddest periods in U.S. History, only preempted by major wars, starting with the Civil War.

  4. I also note that the Ranking Committee Member Jamie Raskin (D-MD) is a well-credentialed Harvard-trained lawyer and a constitutional law professor. And, in my opinion, Jamie “the red” Raskin is a hypocrite, fraud, liar, and radical progressive communist democrat whose behavior as part of the anti-Trump movement was unconscionable. He should be precluded from this panel based on prior bad acts and lies.

Setting the stage…

I believe the stage has been set at the United States House Committee on Oversight and Accountability’s first hearing, “The Basis for an Impeachment Inquiry of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.”

Consider the testimony of well-regarded Jonathan Turley, Shapiro Chair for Public Interest Law at the George Washington University Law School…

It is important to emphasize what this hearing is not. It is not a hearing on articles of impeachment. The House has launched an impeachment inquiry, and I am appearing to discuss the history and purpose of such inquiries.

I have previously stated that, while I believe that an impeachment inquiry is warranted, I do not believe that the evidence currently meets the standard of a high crime and misdemeanor needed for an article of impeachment. The purpose of my testimony today is to discuss how past inquiries pursued evidence of potentially impeachable conduct.

My testimony also reflects the fact that I do believe that, after months of investigation, the House has passed the threshold for an inquiry into whether President Joe Biden was directly involved or benefited from the corrupt practices of his son, Hunter, and others.

Since my testimony focuses on the historical and legal aspects of this inquiry, I will leave much of the discussion of the evidence to my fellow witnesses and to the Committee members themselves.

However, I believe that the record has developed to the point that the House needs to answer troubling questions surrounding the President. As discussed below, polls indicate that most of the country shares those concerns while expressing doubts over the Biden Administration investigating potential criminal conduct. <Source: Turley Statement>

The fact that President Biden ignored federal immigration laws and voluntarily instructed other administration officials to allow a hoard of illegal aliens into this country, in violation of our nation's sovereignty, is enough to stand alone as an impeachable offense that has materially damaged our nation. This is a matter that was adjudicated by the Supreme Court, whose ruling he ignored. Simply put, he did not "faithfully execute the Office of President." 

The fact that Biden used Executive Orders to usurp the law-making duties of Congress and refused to enforce existing laws should be the first article of impeachment.  We are over the threshold of impeachment.

Testimony of forensic accountant Bruce G. Dubinsky, CPA…

The critical question facing the American people today is whether behind the smokescreen clouding the Biden family and associates’ businesses was there, or is there a fire? And if there was or is a fire, how big is that fire?

Why were members of the Biden family and close business associates receiving millions of dollars of payments from foreign entities and individuals? What services, if any, were being provided? What was the substance of the alleged services being provided? Was the money being paid a fair amount commensurate with those services? Were political favors being traded and disguised as services? These are the questions that, as a forensic accountant, I routinely am tasked to answer when I am hired to investigate allegations of fraud and corruption.

There is a great deal of evidence that has been collected to date by this Committee and others, trying to answer these questions. However, much more information is still needed in order to be able to answer these questions and make a final determination as to whether or not the Biden family and its associates’ businesses were involved in any improper or illicit activities, and whether those activities, if any, were connected to President Joe Biden or then Vice President Biden.

In my experience, fraudsters purposefully create a labyrinth of Limited Liability Companies (LLC’s) to create an opaque network of entities that are then used to hide improper conduct. In many instances, these complex business arrangements are typically centered around conducting illicit activities and involve moving money around the globe in a manner designed to avoid detection of the underlying illegal activity, as well as the movement of the money tied to that illegal activity. <Source: Dubinsky Statement>

Bottom line…

Let us remember that impeachment is a political process and has nothing to do with a criminal code that did not exist at the time the Constitution was written. It is enough to reach the threshold by violating the public's trust and materially damaging the nation.

Grab some popcorn as both sides grandstand and maneuver for political advantage. Just don’t expect those in power to be entirely held accountable for their actions. Least of all, Barack Obama, who might tell you all he knows is what’s in the newspaper.

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


JUDICIAL TYRANNY OR JUSTICE?

Lady-justice

Once again, a suspect legal case is lodged against former President Trump to manipulate a presidential election by eliminating the Republican frontrunner.

The charge is a civil, not criminal, business fraud case based on false financial statements and unsubstantiated valuations. It was not brought by the financial institutions and others who did business with the Trump Organization, all of whose debts were claimed to be satisfactorily settled.

No, the charge was brought by politicians, progressive communist democrats, to be specific. One of which was the Attorney General of the State of New York, Leticia James, who openly campaigned on prosecuting and jailing former President Trump.

Of course, there was no trial, no jury – even though a jury was likely to be hostile to Donald Trump after years of overwhelmingly negative media coverage.

The Judge, Arthur Engoron, put forth a summary judgment of guilt, which opens the way to severe and costly penalties unless the case is immediately appealed. One critical portion of the ruling places the Trump Organization under the control of a court-appointed “receiver” who could rummage through years of documents looking for “smoking gun” evidence and disrespecting Trump’s legal rights.

The Judge’s ruling responded to Trump’s “summary judgment” request to dismiss the matter. The court case starts next week.

The law …

Executive Law § 63(12) provides, as here pertinent, as follows: Whenever any person shall engage in repeated fraudulent or illegal acts or otherwise demonstrate persistent fraud or illegality in the carrying on, conducting or transaction of business, the attorney general may apply, in the name of the people of the state of New York, to the supreme court of the state of New York, on notice of five days, for an order enjoining the continuance of such business activity or of any fraudulent or illegal acts, directing restitution and damages and, in an appropriate case, cancelling any certificate filed under and by virtue of the provisions of section four hundred forty of the former penal law or section one hundred thirty of the general business law, and the court may award the relief applied for or so much thereof as it may deem proper.

The word “fraud” or “fraudulent” as used herein shall include any device, scheme or artifice to defraud and any deception, misrepresentation, concealment, suppression, false pretense, false promise or unconscionable contractual provisions.

The term “persistent fraud” or “illegality” as used herein shall include continuance or carrying on of any fraudulent or illegal act or conduct. The term “repeated” as used herein shall include repetition of any separate and distinct fraudulent or illegal act, or conduct which affects more than one person.

PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, BY LETITIA JAMES, ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK vs. TRUMP, DONALD J. ET AL (Page 3 of 35)

The Judge’s order…

ORDERED that defendants’ motion for summary judgment is denied; and it is further

[OCS: Lawyers were anctioned for presenting frivolous motions. Especially their argument that a “worthless” disclaimer absolves an individual from complying with the requirements of presenting honest information to financial institutions.]

ORDERED that plaintiffs motion for sanctions is granted in part, to the extent of sanctioning Michael Madaio, Esq. (Habba Madaio & Associates, LLP), Clifford S. Robert, Esq. (Robert & Robert PLLC), Michael Farina Esq. (Robert & Robert PLLC), Christopher M. Kise, Esq., (admitted pro hac vice) (Continental PLLC), and Armen Morian (Morian Law PLLC) in the amount of $7,500 each, to be paid to the Lawyer’s Fund for Client Protection of the State of New York no later than 30 days from the date of this Decision and Order; and it is further

[OCS: Everybody is liable.]

ORDERED that plaintiffs motion for partial summary judgment on its first cause of action is granted in part, to the extent of finding defendants Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., Eric Trump, Allen Weisselberg, Jeffrey McConney, the DJT Revocable Trust, the Trump Organization Inc, the Trump Organization LLC, DJT Holdings LLC, DJT Holdings Managing Member LLC, Trump Endeavor 12 LLC, 401 North Wabash Venture LLC, Trump Old Post Office LLC, 40 Wall Street LLC, and Seven Springs LLC to be liable as a matter of law for persistent violations of Executive Law§ 63(12); and it is further

[OCS: New York business licenses canceled.]

ORDERED that any certificates filed under and by virtue of GBL § 130 by any of the entity defendants or by any other entity controlled or beneficially owned by Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., Eric Trump, Allen Weisselberg, and Jeffrey McConney are canceled; and it is further

[OCS: Appointment of a receiver to dissolve all of the above businesses.]

ORDERED that within 10 days of the date of this order, the parties are directed to recommend the names of no more than three potential independent receivers to manage the dissolution of the canceled LLCs; and it is further

[OCS: Court monitor to remain to prevent further fraud.]

ORDERED that the Hon. Barbara S. Jones (ret.) shall continue to serve as an independent monitor of the Trump Organization until further Court order; and it is further

[OCS: Judgement to be entered.]

ORDERED that the Clerk shall enter judgment accordingly.

PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, BY LETITIA JAMES, ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK vs. TRUMP, DONALD J. ET AL (Page 35 of 35)

Full disclosure…

Trump admits to having a first-page disclaimer, essentially saying that the document being presented is “worthless” for the purposes of performing due diligence.

The judge’s response…

“However, defendants' reliance on these "worthless" disclaimers is worthless. The clause does not use the words "worthless" or "useless" or "ignore" or "disregard" or any similar words. It does not say, "the values herein are what I think the properties will be worth in ten or more years." Indeed, the quoted language uses the word "current" no less than five times, and the word "future" zero times.

“Additionally, as discussed supra, a defendant may not rely on a disclaimer for misrepresentation of facts peculiarly within the defendant's knowledge.”

“Thus, the "worthless clause" does not say what defendants say it says, does not rise to the level of an enforceable disclaimer, and cannot be used to insulate fraud as to facts peculiarly within defendants' knowledge, even vis-a-vis sophisticated recipients.”  (Page 13-14 of 35)

The Judge is not infallible and is operating on government-supplied estimates...

The Judge cited a Palm Beach Assessor valuation for Mar-a-Lago that ranged from $18 million to $28 million between 2011 and 2021, with industry sources saying it fails to take into consideration the fair market value of this unique 20-acre property.

"Notwithstanding, the SFCs' [Statements of Financial Condition] values do not reflect these land use restrictions. Donald Trump's SFCs for 201 1-2021 value Mar-a-Lago at between $426,529,614 million and $612,110,496, an overvaluation of at least 2,300%, compared to the assessor's appraisal. NYSCEF Doc. Nos. 769-779." (Page  26 of 35)

According to real estate experts, this property is wildly undervalued. Their valuations range from $300 million to $500 million for this unique property and its attached golf course. The property spans the entire Island, hence its name -- sea to lake, Mar-a-Lago. By comparison, Rush Limbaugh's 2.5-acre Palm Beach compound sold for $155 million earlier this year. At question is how much land use restrictions devalue the property valuation. 

Trump’s response…

“As my lead in the polls over Joe Biden continues to skyrocket, these Corrupt and Highly Political Prosecutors and Judges are getting more and more desperate and dangerous.

We are rapidly becoming a Communist Country, and my Civil Rights have been taken away from me.

The New York State Attorney General went before a Highly Politicized Democrat Judge, who refused allowing the case to go to the Commercial Division, where it belonged, to simply rule, despite all of the evidence to the contrary, that I committed fraud, which is both ridiculous and untrue.

As an example, this Democrat Operative valued Mar-a-Lago, the most spectacular and valuable property in Palm Beach, Florida, to be worth as low as $18 Million, when in actuality, it could be worth almost ioo times that amount. He hated everything about me at a level that I have never seen before, even beyond the hatred of that displayed by Letitia James. There was no trial and no jury for the supposed "wrongdoing" OF FULLY PAYING BACK SOPHISTICATED WALL STREET BANKS IN FULL, WITH INTEREST, WITH NO DEFAULTS, AND WITH NO VICTIMS.

These Banks were represented by the largest, most sophisticated Law Firms in the Country.

This is Democrat Political Lawfare, and a Witch Hunt at a level never seen before. It is an attempt to badly injure the opposing Party's Leading, by far, Political Candidate. Nothing like this has ever happened in our Country before. My Civil Rights have been violated, and some Appellate Court, whether Federal or State, must reverse this horrible, un-American decision. If they can do this to me, they can do this to YOU!” <Trump via Truth Social>

Bottom line…

I do not doubt that Donald Trump inflated the value of his assets, sometimes laughingly so. Likewise, there is no doubt in my mind that all of the counterparties to Trump transactions were sophisticated individuals and entities who relied on their own due diligence and appraisals before entering into deals.

I do not question the Judge’s honesty, motivation, or ruling; if mistakes were made, they should be brought up on appeal or during the actual trial.

What I question is the timing of this action and why it was brought after years and years of business practices, which seemed to be a feature of most New York real estate and business deals.

Therefore, I must conclude that the timing of this action was political and advanced by political players such as Leticia James—a deliberate attempt to interfere with the 2024 presidential election.

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


SECOND GOP DEBATE: BORING AND NOT WORTH YOUR TIME

Fox-debate

Once again, Republican National Committee Chair Rona Romney McDaniel produced a clown show.

For its part, the Fox moderators were abysmal and failed to control the debate.

Fox News Media’s Stuart Varney, a pretentious-sounding milquetoast that should be reading stock quotes, Fox's  Dana Perino, with her heavy eyeliner and forgettable personality, alongside UNIVISION’s Ilia Calderón, a heavily-accented Columbia news anchor who seemingly pandered to Latinos, were abysmal.

Probably best summarized by Perino's disrespectful game show question asking the candidates to use the pad on the podium to write down their choice on who should drop out of the race, given that none of them would get the nomination over Donald Trump unless the field was thinned. Which one of you, tonight, should be voted off the island? DeSantis took a leadership role and shut down Perino's garbage. 

Ron DeSantis was the clear winner. Vivek Ramaswamy was a smarmy prat. 

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


SURVEYS OF EXPERTS ARE NOT SCIENCE. NOR SHOULD THEY BE USED FOR CRITICAL PUBLIC POLICIES

SCREWED

Frank Harary, a prominent mathematician, once suggested the law that any field that had the word “science” in its name was guaranteed thereby not to be a science, citing examples: Military Science, Library Science, Political Science, Homemaking Science, Social Science, and Computer Science.

The trouble with surveys and polls…

1. Polls and surveys, no matter how carefully crafted, have so many confounding variables as to be nearly useless in promoting public policies. Adding statistical analysis with artificially created decimal points does not give them certifiable or reproducible credibility.

2. If you survey academics who, by the academic selection and promotion process, are likely to be Marxists, socialists, and communists favoring centrally-planned governance and authoritarian regulation, you will likely see progressive communist rhetoric in the findings and conclusions.

 Let us consider a recently released survey…

Experts Say Federal Agency or Global Organization Should Govern AI, New Survey Co-sponsored by Two University Institutes Finds

A new survey co-sponsored by two Syracuse University institutes finds that a majority of computer science experts at top U.S research universities want to see the creation of a new federal agency or global organization to govern artificial intelligence (AI).

[OCS: This is the type of progressive communist democrat bullpucky you might expect from academic researchers. As for being “experts,” we have seen instances where well-educated, well-credentialed, and well-experienced researchers were profoundly wrong and were subsequently found to have been influenced by the politics of funding rather than performing independent research.]

Generation Lab conducted the survey for Axios in partnership with Syracuse University’s Institute for Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship (IDJC) and the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute (ASPI).

[OCS: Axios is a demonstrably progressive publication with a significant left-leaning bias. According to their website, “The Syracuse University Institute for Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship (IDJC) in Washington, D.C., engages in nonpartisan research, teaching, and public dialogue aimed at strengthening trust in news media, governance, and society.”

We have seen that the media has little or no credibility for their bald-faced lies, censorship, and cancellation of equally well-educated, well-credentialed, and well-experienced  dissenting voices.]

The Axios-Generation Lab-Syracuse University AI Experts Survey of computer science professors found that 37% favored a new “Department of AI” to regulate AI, while 22% thought a global organization or treaty was the best option. These findings compared with 16% of respondents who said Congress was the best entity to regulate AI, while 4% said the responsibility falls on the White House and 3% mentioned the private sector. About 14% of respondents said AI cannot be regulated, while 3% said AI should not be regulated.

[OCS: As proven over the past decade, governments, non-governmental organizations, foundations, and institutes cannot be trusted to regulate anything that can be corrupted and weaponized by political action, especially by progressive communist democrats.]

Margaret Talev, Kramer Director of the IDJC, says the survey offered a different and important perspective on the expanding conversation about the uses and proliferation of AI.

[OCS: There is nothing different or important about progressives suggesting that the government regulate a critical new technology to “protect the people” from the fear deliberately created by progressive media propagandists promoting a communist democrat agenda.]

“While larger general-population surveys can provide broad insights into most Americans’ hopes, fears and understanding of AI, this new survey offers an in-depth look at how computer science professors with significant subject-matter expertise are thinking about the same issues,” says Talev, who is also an Axios senior contributor.

[OCS: Most Americans are ignorant about AI, its limitations, its dangers, and the real danger of allowing the government to regulate a technology that can create propaganda – including fake news, photos, and sound bites. What they know comes from a mainly progressive media that lies with impunity.]

“This survey provides valuable information about the current state of AI because it is based on the views of those who are closely involved in the development of AI techniques and systems. We are glad to be part of this effort, which also informs our own initiatives, including our plan to launch the Academic Alliance on AI Policy next month in Washington, D.C.,” adds Hamid Ekbia, director of the ASPI.

Some other key survey findings:

  • About 62% predict AI will increase racial, gender and economic disparities.

    [OCS: Classic Marxist/Communist rhetoric.]

  • Respondents also predict that customer service; art, design or content creation; and administrative and support services are most likely to experience job losses due to AI over the next five years. [

    OCS: AI produces realistic results based on its training – it cannot produce creative solutions, cannot generate consensus, and can generate detectible work. It can “hallucinate” and produce profoundly wrong results.]

  • No single person is highly trusted to deal with AI issues; President Biden ranked higher than individual tech CEOs.

    [OCS: Tell me a funny story about a cognitively impaired individual who lies frequently and cannot speak coherently, even with a teleprompter. How President Biden could even be considered as being trusted speaks to the progressive communist democrat bias of this survey.]

The Axios-Generation Lab-Syracuse University AI Experts Survey was conducted July 15 – Aug. 6. Results are based on interviews with 213 computer science professors from 65 of the top 100 computer science programs in America, as defined by SCImago Institutions Rankings. Experts from Syracuse University were among those surveyed.

[OCS: Look closely at how the institutions are chosen based on published work – much of it banal and originating from professors funded by government and foundation grants and featuring the work of doctoral candidates or post-doc researchers.  <Source> Most professors teaching advanced courses are far from subject matter experts.]

A listing of the participating institutions and additional details about the methodology may be found on the Generation Lab website. <Source>

The weasel words…

Generation Lab Expert Opinion Methodology

Generation Lab conducts studies to capture expert perspectives from scholars on a variety of critical issues. Our proprietary non-opt-in scholars frame, the largest commercially available one yet, is built from a database of every college and university in the United States in order to conduct high-volume, customizable studies on various expert populations.

To build our frame, we first ordered the list of every college and university in the United States based on their admission rate from most selective to least selective. The admissions rate was used as a proxy to prioritize universities with more dedicated resources to research. We obtain this compilation of universities and the relevant appended data from the Department of Education College Scorecard, which includes all active Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) institutions. We eliminate schools that are dedicated to arts, trades, and specialized programs.

Then we go through the list and obtain contact and details on every scholar within each school, including but not limited to: their title, their department, their area of focus within the department. We utilize a variety of proprietary methods to find the contacts and details about the scholars.

[OCS: Teaching a subject does not qualify you as an expert. Many academic research experts have no teaching responsibilities.]

Because we are obtaining a scholar’s information from their institution directly, all the information contained in our frame is fully validated, including the contact information of each scholar. We further confirm this information through screening in our questionnaires.

Depending on the study design, we may employ a stratified random method of sampling by leveraging a wealth of data available on published scholarship. Studies are deployed and sent out to the scholars who satisfy the qualifications of our intended study. Scholars are provided with details about the study, its sponsors, and information about the Generation Lab. An honorarium is given to the sampled respondents who complete each study.  <Source>

[OCS: Most AI “experts practice in non-academic entities, rarely publish proprietary data, and whose informed opinion may be quite different from an academician with a more theoretical and political viewpoint.]

Bottom line…

The funniest finding was:

The intrigue: No one individual is highly trusted to deal with AI issues.

President Biden took the top spot, with 9% of respondents — slightly higher than Sundar Pichai, Elon Musk or Sam Altman. Mark Zuckerberg and Donald Trump drew 2% and 1%, respectively.

[OCS: I wonder which 19 morons out of the 213 respondents chose Biden?]

The only AI “expert” among the group is Sam Altman, the full-time CEO of OpenAI (developer of ChatGPT), which was “initially funded by Altman, Greg Brockman, Elon Musk, Jessica Livingston, Peter Thiel, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, Infosys, and YC Research – all seeking competitive advantages of AI outside the government sphere.

Where are you going to find an honest global regulator? The United Nations?

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 GOVERNMENT IS AFRAID TO TAKE THIS ONE EASY STEP TOWARD IMMIGRATION REFORM

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The federal government demands private and public entities to perform extensive research and file lengthy and complex environmental impact reports, so why are they afraid to survey the number of illegal aliens? Yes, that is the legal description of interlopers in the United States.

They are afraid! Afraid of the answer and the ordinary citizen’s response when they find out that the 12 million illegal aliens officially acknowledged are more than 25 million and a significant portion of the population. They fear your reaction when you see how much of your paycheck directly supports illegal aliens and indirectly the federal, state, and local bureaucracies servicing their needs.

And they are afraid of the very first step in the process: self-report your presence in the United States with location and contact information by a specific date or risk deportation, including the entire family. That is, if their country of origin will even accept their return.

Who is responsible?

Primarily the progressive communist democrats who are employing the Cloward-Piven strategy of overwhelming our social services to bring about a systemic collapse of the capitalist system and to implement an authoritarian communist system as a replacement. Including their Republican enablers.

Buyer’s remorse?

Amazingly, cities that bragged about being open, welcoming, and inclusive are now getting pushback pressure from their residents.

And, since when are we paying our military backup resources to act as clerks to facilitate unconstitutional and criminal activities?

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New Deployment Increases National Guard Personnel to 2,050 Working with Asylum Seekers

250 National Guard Personnel will be Assigned to Full-Time Case Management Services

Builds on $50 Million State Investment to Aid Asylum Seekers and Migrants File Paperwork, Attain Legal Work Status and Exit Taxpayer-Funded Shelter

Governor Kathy Hochul today deployed an additional 150 members of the New York National Guard to support the ongoing response to the asylum seeker and migrant crisis.

Because of this new deployment, the state will be able to assign 250 National Guard personnel the full-time responsibilities of case management professionals. This deployment, along with the $50million state investment in case management thus far, will help asylum seekers and migrants file the appropriate paperwork to attain legal work status and exit taxpayer-funded shelters.

“It is critical that we help secure work authorization for asylum seekers and migrants in New York,” Governor Hochul said. “We need to ensure individuals can navigate the paperwork necessary to get them established here so they can work and start making their American Dream a reality. Our National Guard members play a huge role in assisting in the process and we are grateful for their service.”

[OCS: Translation: By all means, fuck over legal, law-abiding, low-income New Yorkers, primarily minorities, for people who should not be in the United States and bring with them poverty, illiteracy, few skills, disease, and crime. Call me an uncaring racist; I don’t give a fuck!]

Governor Hochul announced the deployment of an additional 150 New York National Guard personnel and assets to asylum seeker sites in New York City. This deployment builds on the 1,900 National Guard personnel who are currently providing logistical and operational support to asylum seekers statewide. New York National Guard personnel are currently staffing 51 hotels and two New York City Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Centers.

[OCS: I can understand the Guard backing up our military, serving in natural and man-made disasters, and aiding law enforcement activities – but running hotels for illegal aliens? Sorry, no!]

In addition to the New York National Guard, Governor Hochul has directed other state resources to help Venezuelans and other asylum seekers and migrants submit the appropriate paperwork to speedily receive legal work status. Working in partnership with federal and city officials, New York is in the midst of a “Month of Action” where more than 50 personnel from the federal Department of Homeland Security are in New York working to process work authorization paperwork. This builds on an additional $20 million allocated to local nonprofits, $20 million allocated to help New York City with a casework surge through NYC Health + Hospitals, as well as $10 million for migrant legal services allocated in the FY24 Budget.

[OCS: Shouldn’t they be looking for terrorists slipping over our border or spies jetting in from other countries to form sleeper cells.]

Earlier this month, White House officials announced certain individuals from Venezuela, who have continuously resided in the United States on or before July 31, 2023, will be eligible to apply for Temporary Protected Status. This announcement followed more than a year of advocacy from Governor Hochul and a broad coalition of New Yorkers working to secure work authorization for asylum seekers and migrants, allowing them to exit the shelter system and begin living independently. <Source>

I find it ironic that we are taking in individuals from Venezuela -- a formerly wealthy country destroyed by communist scumbags.

Why isn’t the Governor of New York indicted for aiding and abetting illegal aliens as they violate immigration law? These can’t be legitimate asylum seekers as they pass through non-violent countries to arrive at our border.

“Over 116,000 migrants have arrived in NYC since the spring, when border states began busing migrants to blue “sanctuary cities” which have committed to providing shelter and social services to all individuals regardless of immigration status. At a recent town hall meeting in Manhattan, Adams said New York City is receiving 10,000 migrants per month. ‘This issue will destroy New York City,’ Adams said” <Source>

Imagine what it’s like in a border city!

Bottom line…

Where is the federal government’s response to the drug cartels killing more Americans than died in foreign combat?

Why are we not holding Mexico responsible for the violence and drugs?

Who in the progressive communist democrat party is being paid off?

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


TODAY'S RANT

TODAYS-RANT

The budget is bullshit, Kabuki theater on both sides of the aisle.

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Correct me if I am wrong, but doesn’t October 1st, the beginning of the new federal fiscal year when Congress must enact either a continuing resolution (CR) or regular appropriations to fund the government’s activities, come at the same time each year? With sufficient time for Congress to create and debate a budget? So, one might ask, does Congress wait until the last moment that threatens a faux government shutdown where only public-facing services are curtailed and all government employees receive retroactive pay?

Could it be to force unpalatable items to be accepted without public debate or approval? Like an additional $300 million in Ukraine aid stuffed into the Defense Authorization Act?

And, what’s up with the GOP declaring war on itself and allowing a few grandstanding members like Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Green to hold the party hostage unless their personal demands are met?

Where is the outrage over a TWO TRILLION DOLLAR ANNUAL BUDGET DEFICIT? (In 2022, the U.S. government had a budget deficit of 1.36 trillion U.S. dollars. This is compared to 2000 when the government had a budget surplus of 0.24 trillion U.S. dollars.) Of course, much of the accounting is smoke and mirrors – with “off the books” accounting hiding the truth.

The “Gold Standard” defense of dishonest democrats: racism.

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Here is Senator Bob Menendez, caught with gold bars and wads of unexplained cash stuffed in clothing hanging in his closet. When indicted on three counts of corruption, including conspiracy to commit extortion under color of official right, a charge reserved for public officials who take bribes in return for official acts, as well as using his position on the foreign affairs committee to transmit classified information to Egypt, his first line of defense is typical. RACISM!

“For years, forces behind the scenes have repeatedly attempted to silence my voice and dig my political grave. Since this investigation was leaked nearly a year ago, there has been an active smear campaign of anonymous sources and innuendos to create an air of impropriety where none exists.

[OCS: Pretty hard to explain away gold bars and wads of cash stuffed in clothing. Where did he get $500,000 in cash? ]

“The excesses of these prosecutors is apparent. They have misrepresented the normal work of a Congressional office. On top of that, not content with making false claims against me, they have attacked my wife for the longstanding friendships she had before she and I even met.

Those behind this campaign simply cannot accept that a first-generation Latino American from humble beginnings could rise to be a U.S. Senator and serve with honor and distinction. Even worse, they see me as an obstacle in the way of their broader political goals.

I have been falsely accused before because I refused to back down to the powers that be and the people of New Jersey were able to see through the smoke and mirrors and recognize I was innocent. I have worked every day to repay their trust by fighting to create jobs, strengthen public safety, update infrastructure, and reduce costs for New Jersey families. I have also stood steadfast against dictators around the globe – whether they be in Iran, Cuba, Turkey, or elsewhere – fighting against the forces of appeasement and standing with those who stand for freedom and democracy.  I remain focused on continuing this important work and will not be distracted by baseless allegations.

“They wrote these charges as they wanted; the facts are not as presented. Prosecutors did that the last time and look what a trial demonstrates. People should remember that before accepting the prosecutor’s version.

“To my supporters, friends and the community at large, I ask that you recall the other times the prosecutors got it wrong and that you reserve judgment. I am confident that this matter will be successfully resolved once all of the facts are presented and my fellow New Jerseyans will see this for what it is.”

One wonders what he did to piss off the Democrats, or is he a sacrificial distraction from the ongoing Biden scandal and a corrupt DOJ/FBI?

CNN, the Communist News Network, hosts academics who proclaim that the U.S. Constitution threatens democracy.

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What else would you expect from the progressive communist democrat propagandists? There should be no doubt that the U.S. Constitution is a bulwark against the type of authoritarian tyranny we now see as America is knowingly driven into a police state by Democrats. What started as limitations on the federal government’s power to enumerated functions, with checks and balances to protect civil rights, has morphed into a tool granting centralized national government power not even contemplated by the Founding Fathers. The progressive communists own academia and the media, so why wouldn’t they combine forces to pursue their toxic agenda? So much for trusting progressive “intellectuals” and “experts.” 

A new year, a new subsidy…

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The progressives apparently want to extend the luxury of app-based grocery and restaurant delivery to California's poor, primarily illegal aliens. For specific segments of the population, senior citizens, people with disabilities, and individuals facing transportation issues, the delivery of groceries is a godsend. However, like most federal programs without monitoring, it is likely to be misused by a segment of the poor that owns the other necessities of life like 60” flat screen monitors, $1,000 smartphones, and $400 sneakers.

From Uber’s latest press release…

With prices of goods on the rise and access to fresh and healthy foods crucial for households, our team has been hard at work building new tools to help you save time and money. Whether you’re needing to quickly find groceries within a budget or are looking for a bottle of bubbly under $20, we’re here to take the stress out of shopping for you.

Today, we’re excited to share updates you’ll see in the Uber Eats app later this year or in 2024 that will help you Get (almost) Anything, faster and easier than ever before, without breaking the bank.

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We know that online food delivery can have a meaningful impact in reducing barriers to fresh groceries, especially for the most vulnerable–including people living in food deserts, seniors, and those facing disabilities or transportation barriers. Helping to improve access to quality food is incredibly important to our work at Uber and we’re proud to use Uber’s technology and extensive local delivery networks to offer SNAP recipients the ability to use their benefits to access fresh groceries conveniently from our app in 2024.

Healthcare Benefit Payments

We are working with Managed Medicaid and Medicare Advantage plans to support benefits that help members stay healthy, like accepting FSA Cards, Flex Cards, and relevant waiver payments on Uber. Select payment methods will be ready in 2024. This is yet another way we are simplifying how people can access healthy foods and connect with their local grocers in new ways. <Source>

Federally known as SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides monthly food benefits to individuals and families with low incomes and provides economic benefits to communities. CalFresh is the largest food program in California and provides an essential hunger safety net. CalFresh is federally mandated and, in California, is state-supervised and county-operated.

I wonder what line item in the federal budget will reimburse Uber Eats for the fees it charges when one of its drivers does a grocery run in the name of the “most vulnerable” illegal aliens.

Bill Gates Bullshit...

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Speaking before  the New York Times "Climate Forward" event, Gates remarkably said, “Are we the science people or are we the idiots?” “Which one do we want to be?”

Considering the event's sponsor, one might suggest the answer is neither. They are not science people, nor are they idiots. What they are is malevolently evil individuals pursuing a destructive progressive communist agenda. 

Recognizing that America is waking up to the elite bullshit and the pendulum of commonsense is returning toward the middle, Gates further observed, “If you try to do climate brute force, you will get people who say, ‘I like climate but I don’t want to bear that cost and reduce my standard of living.” “Without innovation, it’s unlikely, particularly in middle-income countries, that the brute force approach will be successful.” But that's the reality under the Obama and Biden Administrations, where Executive Orders on environmental issues became de facto laws, was all about brute force.

Gates' ego was on full display as he commented, “I’m the person who is doing the most on climate in terms of the innovation and how we can square multiple goals.” “There’s very limited money for causes to reduce inequity in the world. And no temperate country is going to become uninhabitable.” Huh! I thought the goal was to reduce the global temperature, not deal with global inequities -- but then again, elite liberals like Gates show their true elitist colors when they open their mouths.

Gates is immune from the consequences of his destructive actions. He apparently is willing to stand by and cheer as America's energy-dependent economy is being destroyed for something that may never happen in a million years.

I don't care how intelligent Gates may be or how fast he can master the basics of a complex subject, he is still an elite communist democrat.

Bottom line...

Everywhere I look, I see corruption. Lots of questions, with few answers from either side of the aisle. 

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


ANOTHER LOOK AT POLITICAL CORRUPTION

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While everybody is distracted by the corruption of Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), whose haul included actual gold bars and wads of cash stuffed in pockets, I was wondering about how many people consider the corruption inherent in the progressive communist democrat party whose proceeds drive both politicians and the political process? Including a cohort of Republican enablers.

How many developers, consultants, and non-governmental agencies feed off the homeless scam?

Yes, it is a scam, especially considering that the vast majority of homeless are hardcore drug addicts who prefer to live in an environment of minimal personal responsibility, easy access to drugs and paraphernalia, and the minimal consequences for low-level crimes like retail theft promoted by progressive politicians and prosecutors. I acknowledge that there is a number of mentally ill individuals in the mix, especially those dumped from other venues – including hospitals.

Is this a misguided liberal attempt to virtue signal their compassion, or something more malevolent? Look at the streets of major democrat-governed cities; how can this filth and lawlessness be allowed to impact law-abiding citizens and taxpayers? How did the uber-liberal cities of San Francisco and Santa Monica in California become cesspools? Could it be due to the Harvard-trained lawyers and progressive communist activists who are personally insulated from the consequences of their actions? It can’t be the money as billions of dollars wash through a corrupt system, promptly siphoned off to benefit politically connected players.

How did this massive disconnect from reality come about? 

How many people have noticed the culture shift over the past five years, beginning with an invasion force level horde of illegal aliens and combined with legislatures closing penal facilities, decriminalizing felonies, prosecutors claiming discretion not to prosecute, and activists judges demanding that hardcore criminals be dumped into our communities to relieve racial disparities and overcrowded facilities. Heaven forbid they acknowledge reality,  prosecute criminals of all backgrounds, and build additional facilities to handle the overflow.

Why are we releasing drug dealers selling life-ending heroin, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, and deadly fentanyl? Could the profits be filtering up to those who make and prosecute the laws? These problems are not unsolvable. 

Perhaps the answer is mandatory treatment and supplying users with one of the three maintenance drugs that help treat addiction: Suboxone, Vivitrol, and Methadone – perhaps for the rest of their lives, like one treats diabetes, high blood pressure, or other ailments, along with creating work programs to clean up our cities and treating drug gangs as domestic terrorists.

Bottom line… 

Our cities are becoming increasingly unsafe due to progressive communist democrats and their corrupt political agenda.

Where are our leaders who will stand up for our inalienable rights and have the moral courage to help those who can’t help themselves? They might be in the GOP as they certainly are not in the Democrat Party. Most likely, they are ordinary people in our communities that may rise to the occasion.

You almost have to admire Bob Menendez for his astonishing old-school corruption with no multiple bank accounts and no-purpose limited liability corporations.

This type of influence-peddling corruption is well understood, as is the more sophisticated influence-peddling of the Biden crime family.

What is insidious is the hidden corruption in everyday government programs that are bleeding us dry, collapsing social safety nets, and contributing to increasing chaos.

It’s time for an intervention – the upcoming 2024 election.

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