Monday, March 19, 2018

BREAKING: Channel 4 releases undercover investigation of Cambridge Analytica, the firm that helped elect Trump by manipulating (stealing) Facebook users' data ... Bombshell! ... by gimleteye

Do not. Do not miss this!

Picture of the Day: Lenny Bruce. By Geniusofdespair

1960 Album Cover - Lenny Bruce's Standup Comedy Act

This is a 1960 Lenny Bruce Album Cover. Lenny is the comedian that was always getting arrested for indecent humor. He pushed all the boundaries. Note the album cover and you might understand his humor and how radical he actually was. Remember it is 1960.
Even more racism then we have now. Alabama’s Governor George Wallace was leading the South’s fight against federally ordered racial integration in the 60s. This cover is funny and radical in so many ways, note the Lincoln statue in the center.
Lenny Bruce was a man before his time.
Note the arms and hands of all the people in the white KKK robes
Here is the first side of the album if you want to hear him do his act:

 The last 4 minutes of side one: "My Trip to Miami" at 24:20 on the counter.

Need More: Side 2.  
Last segment of Side 2: "My Governor" Earl Long 22:50 on the counter. Sounds a lot like Trump.

Trump Russia Collusion ... by gimleteye

It is turgid reading but useful to understand that Trump’s context is a Russia mafia woven into his businesses for many years. Donald Jr. publicly acknowledged the outsized influence and participation by Russians in real estate businesses bearing the Trump brand. He didn't say "mafia" or that the Russian mob always ties back to Putin. In one way or another, each Russian oligarch is a tentacle of the Putin octopus. The one that held Trump hit the jackpot by intelligent design.

At first Trump was a bit player and inattentive to fraud (laws are meant for OTHER people) as the Russian mob rooted itself in Brighton Beach in the 1980s. (I used to go to Tatiana’s back when the biggest Russia mob scam was fraudulent gasoline tax receipts and kickbacks.) It is 100 % that Putin has this same narrative in a Manila folder in his desk -- including sexcapades -- , told from Moscow Center’s point of view. That is the narrative, btw, that Mueller is recreating carefully and slowly according to US law. #MAGA

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Bridge Collapse and No State Attorney Investigation Considered? By Geniusofdespair

Before the bodies were even removed from the rubble Katherine Fernandez Rundle announced there would be no investigation on criminal charges  by her office of the FIU bridge collapse. WHAT????

On March 16th reporter Jim Defede posted on Facebook:
In an absurd development, the Miami-Dade State Attorney @KathyFndzRundle has already ruled out criminal charges in the @FIU bridge collapse that killed six people saying “charges are probably the most improbable at this point.” @CBSMiami
According to a Washington Post story on March 17th, the lead Engineer called the State of Florida  two days before the bridge went down to report some cracking but said he didn't believe it was a safety issue. So how did Rundle know on March 16th there would be no criminal changes? They were tightening cables on a bridge with cracks when it came down. Even I can figure out that sounds pretty stupid.

CBS reported on March 16th:
As for NTSB investigators getting full access, that will be once the search and recovery efforts are done. Sumwalt predicts that once investigators get full access, they will be there about 5 to 7 days.

There are also investigators with OSHA and the FBI’s Evidence Response Team at the site.
Wouldn't you think Rundle would have waited for the results of ALL these investigations BEFORE her announcement.

They only determined the fatalities were 6 on March 18th. So when did the bridge collapse March 15th?  What a quick response timeline for Katherine Rundle - one day - who drags her feet on every other issue. Wonder what her campaign contributions look like? Might have to look at a PAC or ECO to really know. The Munilla's, principals of one of two firms responsible for the bridge, are big contributors to most County Commissioners and I would think just about everyone else in the County.

Stormy Daniels is fit to end the sonnet ... by gimleteye

UK Guardian Carole Caddwalldr just broke open the story of the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower. Click here, to read the story. This morning, Facebook banned the whistleblower.

Rupert Murdoch set the stage, long ago, with a profit model to extract billions by ginning up base emotions. Under Reagan, the Fairness Doctrine disappeared. Mark Zuckerburg weaponized Murdoch's model and helped put a mobbed-up grifter in the WH. Putin saw the opportunity most clearly, driving straight through social media to infiltrate the US elections. While federales were building TSA check points at airports to prevent another 9/11, Moscow Center copied a few data files, put a few 20 yr old computer nerds to work, and shattered liberal democracy. Stormy Daniels is fit to end the sonnet.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Trump Outlet Website: Get your Trump Junk. By Geniusofdespair

$19.99 at the Trump Outlet, $10.99 at Walmart, and $1.99 on Ebay

I am really intrigued by the Trump Outlet. Where is the money going for all this overpriced Trump gear? Charity? I calculate they have sold almost 1/2 million dollars worth of ugly hats.  They charge $33 for posters.

I looked at the Trump Outlet privacy policy and found this interesting for Trump's re-election campaign, mining private information of those stupid enough to buy this stuff:

There are circumstances where we will transfer and/or disclose your personal information to third parties. Those circumstances, subject to the limits of applicable law, are as follows:

Subsidiaries, Corporate Partners, Vendors, Clients and Affiliates: The Trump Outlet may transfer personal information to its Subsidiaries, Corporate Partners, Vendors, Clients and Corporate Affiliates for purposes related to The Trump Outlet service offerings as such offerings may change and develop over time.

When you purchase something from our store, as part of the buying and selling process, we collect the personal information you give us such as your name, address and email address.
When you browse our store, we also automatically receive your computer’s internet protocol (IP) address in order to provide us with information that helps us learn about your browser and operating system.
They mine your information even if you browse the Trump outlet, that is why you aren't getting the link. I am interested in what they are going to start sending me.

Now here is the Trump usual lie, on the Website it says "This is the exact hat you want and it costs half the price of everything else you'll find." Not true. It is $19.99 here at Trump's Outlet but $1.99 on Ebay and $10.99 at Walmart.

Got your hat already? How about a $23.00 Build the Wall mug or gun owner's T Shirt?

Here is a banner for other products you can get at the Trump Outlet, note "Guns" and "Lock her Up" gear.

Best of all if you add this code you get a  10% discount:

What??? Are they out of their mind.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Build that Wall Donald. By Geniusofdespair

It sounded like Donald Trump, your President, was talking about the Flying Wallendas when observing the different wall proto-types in California. No, he was talking about those Mexicans and other immigrants who he supposed had the skills of the Flying Wallendas to get over the proposed wall.

All of those horrible immigrants with thoughts of doing harm to all of us, by perhaps getting a job picking fruit on a farm or wiping your babies ass.

Of course, there was a rally at the wall site and people were wearing those annoying red hats. I wondered, who is making all those red hats. It appears that Donald Trump is!

Now here is the Trump usual lie, on the Website it says "This is the exact hat you want and it costs half the price of everything else you'll find." Not true. It is $19.99 here on Trump's page but $1.99 on Ebay and $10.99 at Walmart.

Got your hat already? How about a $23.00 Build the Wall mug?

Here is a banner for other products you can get at the Trump Outlet, note "Guns" and "Lock her Up" gear.

Best of all if you add this code you get a  10% discount:

What??? Are they out of their mind.

Back to the wall,  frankly The Donald is right. If zombies can scale a wall so can Mexicans by stepping over each other like they did in  the movie World War Z. Welcome to Berlin 1961 everyone.

This Trump guy is so UN-PRESIDENTIAL, more like a a Carnival Barker in my view.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Is The Mayor Purposely Slowing Down Transit Study? By Geniusofdespair

My theory is, that Mayor Gimenez is intentionally slowing down transit studies through his Transit Guru (cough) Alice Bravo.  Now she said they need another year to get studies done. Commission Chairman Bovo believes transit has been studied to death but still the County Commission granted a 12 month extension on the Study that was due. County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava said "we are obviously doing a disservice to the public."

You can't file for federal funds without the study. This applying for federal funds for transit has been going on since Alex Penelas was Mayor (1996-2004). Never happened. It has always been a sweetener to all the deals for transit bonds pitches: "Federal Funds" can be had. However, I called the Federal Funding Agency long ago and they said that all the States were competing for the same funds so just because you APPLY doesn't mean you will get them. And, if we had been applying every year  for the past 15 years, since Alex Penelas was Mayor, we would probably be more likely to be in line for them by now. Although our miraculous president of the US said: "Trump says he'll get federal permits for Miami transit so fast your head will spin" Right. Permits maybe - he didn't say funds or even matching funds.

Read more here:

Meanwhile according to the Miami Herald:

Eight months after he shook up Miami-Dade’s transit debate by proposing a high-tech “virtual train” bus as an alternative to expanding Metrorail, Mayor Carlos Gimenez is leading a delegation to visit the Chinese company that hopes to start selling the vehicles. and:

Gimenez first floated the idea of using vehicles from the government-owned Chinese company during the summer of 2017, when he proposed a $534 million plan to create rapid-transit bus systems to connect Metrorail with commuters in Miami’s northern and southern suburbs. He pitched the idea as far more realistic than expanding Metrorail along the same routes, a project his administration said would cost at least $1.5 billion to build. and:
Along with cost, Gimenez pointed to a coming revolution from autonomous vehicles in arguing against saddling Miami-Dade with rail debt that would take at least a generation to pay back as trains become obsolete.

Read more here:

How does that grab you for a reason for slowing down an addition to metrorail? He just doesn't want it because he just doesn't believe in it. It is apparently anything but Metrorail as far as he is concerned. So much for the will of the people and the County Commission who suffer in traffic every single day now. You can't even be on 95 after 3 pm anymore.

We would have to redesign all our roads to accommodate these trackless rapid transit cars and I think traffic would be worse at cross streets. Forget about pedestrians.

Lamps are going out all over the natural world, and no one will ever see them lit again ... by gimleteye

"Lamps are going out all over the natural world, and no one will ever see them lit again", is how Guardian OPED writer Jeff Sparrow laments the relentless march of climate change (reprinted below).

The acceleration of climate change is extraordinary, as this data map of declining winter sea ice in the Arctic demonstrates:

In Miami, as elsewhere, we are going about business -- talking about climate "resiliency" in the kind of optimistic frame to avoid the perception of running with hair on fire. In fact, "resiliency" is the acceptable solvent to the political gridlock by the GOP on climate change. (cf. Gov. Rick Scott and Senator Marco Rubio).

Meanwhile, powerful corporations like Florida Power and Light are pushing back hard; determined that corporate obligation to shareholders (and key executives' compensation packages) guides everything that exceeds the time horizon of annual reports.

It's not enough, and it is not enough for many reasons even if you don't care whether snakes, crocodiles, rats, cockroaches and a vastly reduced human population will be what's left when climate change disrupts civilization. When we speak of losing biodiversity -- the web of God's creation -- THAT is what is at stake: human suffering through intense competition for depleted food resources. (If you think AR-15's will protect you from that, think again.)

"A new study, published on Tuesday in the journal Agronomy, contains a dire warning for anyone in the United States who eats: By the end of the century, climate change could wreak havoc on California’s major crops, prompting a sharp downturn in the state’s ability to produce things like almonds, wheat, and corn." (From "Climate Change Could Decimate California's Major Crops, And That Should Worry Everyone")

The report says "could", but one doesn't need to travel further than Homestead -- a key food supplier of winter crops a few miles from Miami -- to see food supply disruption in progress. Last winter, I wrote about one farmer reporting multiple blooms, because of extraordinarily warm temperatures, on his Florida fruit crops. This is not an isolated moment in time. Based on scientific data, these phenomena are the leading edge of world-wide food supply shortages. That's already happening in marginal, drought-stricken nations where millions of climate change refugees are on the march.

We aren't we demanding that our elected's, respond? Not deny or wring hands. Take concrete steps to reverse carbon emissions causing global warming.

The Miami Herald, over the weekend, noted that a new billboard campaign by the Miami Climate Alliance, "When will Miami's polluters pay their fair share?" The billboard campaign aims at FPL, the region's monopolistic supplier of electricity.
FPL spokesman Mark Bubriski said activists (had) picked the wrong target.

Although FPL is the third largest utility in the country with almost five million customers, it’s not as reliant on oil and gas as its national peers, he said.

The majority of FPL’s power is generated with natural gas, which emits about half as much carbon as coal, and nuclear power, which has zero emissions. About 1 percent — on par with the national average — comes from the utility company’s 14 solar plants, eight of which were added this year. FPL plans to build 20 more solar plants in coming years. Bubriski said that would put the company on track to generate more power from solar than coal and oil combined by 2020 or sooner.
What the Herald reporter could ask; why didn't FPL and its parent, NextEra Energy, respond proactively to a shareholder proposal two years ago, asking that the corporation report to shareholders on the risk to climate change to its markets and infrastructure. The shareholder proposal pointed out that FPL's plan for new $20 billion nuclear reactors at Turkey Point blew off the chance of sea level rise becoming problematic. Its plans, submitted to the federal Nuclear Regulatory Agency, only forecast one foot of sea level rise; a ridiculous estimation even by the assessment of the world's largest insurance companies.

The point, ably described by Guardian writer Sparrow, is that our response to climate change is not only inadequate, it resembles in key respects how nations stumble into catastrophic wars despite all the evidence and imperative to avoid catastrophe.

Climate change is, in fact, just as Sir Nicholas Stern described, "the biggest story in the history of civilization". The GOP ridiculed Democratic candidate Al Gore for saying so, during his 2000 presidential campaign. Every year that passes, without the United States taking firm action to reverse fossil fuel combustion is a nail in humanity's coffin.

Hopefully US voters are not too distracted to pay attention.

Climate change is a disaster foretold, just like the first world war | Jeff Sparrow

UK Guardian 12 Mar 2018 01.02 GMT

The warnings about an unfolding climate catastrophe are getting more desperate, yet the march to destruction continues

‘The extraordinary – almost absurd – contrast between what we should be doing and what’s actually taking place fosters low-level climate denialism’ Photograph: Guido Dingemans/Alamy Stock Photo
“The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time.”

The mournful remark supposedly made by foreign secretary Sir Edward Grey at dusk on 3 August 1914 referred to Britain’s imminent entry into the first world war. But the sentiment captures something of our own moment, in the midst of an intensifying campaign against nature.