frankilin roosevelt

It's not about being liberal or conservative anymore y'all. That is a hype offered by the fascist whores who want to confuse the people with lies while they turn this country into an aristocratic police state. Some people will say anything to attain power and money. There is no such thing as the Liberal Media, but the Corporate media is very real.

Check out my old  Voice of the People page.

Gino Napoli
San Francisco, California
High School Math Teacher

Loyalty without truth
is a trail to tyranny.

a middle-aged
George Washington

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Saturday, 13 May 2017 at 10h 18m 1s

The average person checks their phone 2600 times per day

Meanwhile ignoring everything else. A third of Americans check their phones during meals.

Philip Morris just wanted your lungs. The App Store wants your soul.

I have been saying this for quite sometime now. Human obsession with these devices nurtures self-aggrandizement and narcissism at the expense of other more beneficial social mores -- such as acknowledging other people with some form of social communication like a nod, a smile, or just saying "good morning" and "hello".

Humans with earplugs connected to their cell phones now regard others with skittish looks and uncertainty, internalizing thoughts that are not receiving feedback from the external realm. A large sub-group of persons are constantly feeding themselves regular reminders about their world paradigms or sub-cultures and small group cliques.

Community interactions are breaking down in ways beyond the flight to suburbia and the reliance upon self-driving vehicles. Sharing a common space during certain times of the day or night is not recognized by a large group of people as something that instantiates interaction. They don't feel or understand or even value random interactions with those perceived as strangers, and this creates an inhibiting influence in such persons that disintegrates the community into spheres of narcissistic delusion or obfuscation. People begin to not be able to relate to one another because they are driven by their submersion in their own psychological bubbles.

This is the world we are now entering. A world in which the digital psychopathy starts to define how people within a community or social group react with one another. Speaking to persons on the phone is largely from behind a text message, rather than a voice. The use of video exchanges is increasing, but the use of text messages to communicate and the regarding of our social media sites for social sustenance is a factor in this disintegration. You now have lines of 11 or more people waiting somewhere for something (at the post office, the coffee shop, the DMV, the bus stop, or the concert show) and no one is interacting with anyone else or even considering doing so as the default position. Instead the default position is to reach for the device that connects to the social media content while ignoring the ambient environment of persons who are actually there.

Saturday, 13 May 2017 at 9h 8m 36s


Saturday, 13 May 2017 at 9h 16m 57s

A Dream world fed by lies

Click here for the 2 minute and 49 second audio file of how the Rethuglicans hate remembering the past and have to live on a constant stream of lies day after day after day.

You can listen to the full hour and 12 minutes of audio if you want. The above clip starts at minute 26.

[SOURCE:  | The Professional Left Broadcast | 12 May 2017]

Thursday, 11 May 2017 at 18h 31m 16s

Keeping the Fire Aflame

Thursday, 11 May 2017 at 18h 18m 43s

Trump got played

That is Trump with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (on the left) and the Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak (on the right). Look at the faces y'all. Look how insecure Trumps face is, and look how the two Russians are obvious laughing together at Trump. Read the eyes people. The Russian eyes are confident and connected. Trump's eyes are distant, insecure, and worried.

If there was any doubt as to where Trump's loyalty lies, yesterday's hastily arranged Oval Office meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov should confirm it: it lies with Russia.

Trump, even after firing James Comey the night before, decided to hold his first (and only) meeting the following day with Russia.

No US media were allowed into the Oval Office, just Russian State Media. Really.

Think about the fact that the president allowed the Russian government to bring a load of electronic equipment into the Oval Office today.

— Bruce Bartlett (@BruceBartlett) May 11, 2017

Kremlin outmaneuvers White House over the dissemination of photos of a rare Oval Office meeting: (Screenshot)

— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) May 11, 2017

And now the White House is whining that the Soviets "tricked" them.

White House says Russia "tricked" them. Tick was letting state media bring a lot of electronics into the Oval Office

— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) May 11, 2017

Even worse, The Hill reports that this meeting was set up at the request of Putin. OMG. Could this look any worse?

Yes. Ordinarily, Foreign Ministers NEVER meet the President in the Oval Office. They meet with the Secretary of State and other fellow diplomats. This was pure propaganda for Putin, to prove to the world that he could get Trump to do anything.

The Hill reports that during Trump's last call with his "boss," Putin specifically requested this meeting.

The White House spokesman said “He chose to receive him because Putin asked him to. Putin did specifically ask on the call when they last talked.”

What else is Trump doing at the request of Vladimir Putin?

The man is so fucking obtuse. Self-proclaimed snake charmer aided by the well funded right-wing media that funnels bullshit into the ears of vulnerable ignorant, insecure, ideologically-blind persons. Which is only about 25% of the country by the way.

[SOURCE: Crooks and Liars | 11 May 2017]

[SOURCE: Doug Stanglin | USA TODAY | 11 May 2017]

Thursday, 11 May 2017 at 10h 25m 4s

Federalist Paper Number 51

In case you did not know, the constitution was written by thoughtful people, James Madison being one of the most thoughtful of historically political thinkers in our times. The Checks and Balance of Powers that our forefathers created was by design to inhibit Despotism. The constitution is imperfect due to the political realities at the time (the slavery issue, the power of big versus small states, along with some ambiguity of the courts of law) but it was conceived of by thoughtful persons.

In the year after the construction however, the various states and factions within each state had to be convinced to vote for the document. Alexander Hamilton, James Monroe, and John Jay all put to pen various essays that got published in the various newspapers and weeklies throughout the states. There were 85 essays in all, and were collected and published as one in a 1788 book. At that point they became known as "The Federalist Papers".

Here is James Madison, in Federalist Paper No. 51 explaining why there is a need for the Checks and Balance of Power.

But the great security against a gradual concentration of the several powers in the same department, consists in giving to those who administer each department the necessary constitutional means and personal motives to resist encroachments of the others. The provision for defense must in this, as in all other cases, be made commensurate to the danger of attack. Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.

Indeed. If only humans were selfless, thoughtful angels.

[SOURCE: The Constitution Society]

~~hat tip to Charles Pierce who writes at Esquire, and is an amazing writer and distributor of reliable information. Read. Him. Daily.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 at 18h 51m 51s

Thank You Al Franken

This man is a true patriot. Back when the GW Bush administration was bumbling and fumbling everything, he was behind an effort to push back called "Air America", which was a national radio station effort to put out the message and the information necessary to mobilize and coordinate the truth.

Yes he also worked with Saturday Night Live back in the 80's and 90's and is a comedian too, but the intellect was never compromised.

God bless you Al. I was there the very first day that Air America inaugurated. I heard that very first show. God bless.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 at 18h 27m 26s

Keith Olbermann on the Comey firing

You cannot fire the man who is investigating you.

The best 8 minute summary on the topic that you will get in my opinion.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 at 18h 7m 25s

Chris Cuomo is a good TV journalist

I especially love his acute poignant sharp pithy sentences and the suave irrefutable way Chris tends to make the obvious facts. But in this video, Independent Senator from Maine Angus King does the heavy lifting.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017 at 17h 46m 56s

Holy Shit History Repeats

When Nixon fired special prosecutor Archibald Cox on 20 October 1973, the turn of the tide in the Watergate scandal began.

To this day, many people still do not understand the significance and purport of the Nixon administration and the eventual scandal that unwound the utterly corrupt and moral despicable political individual that was Richard Nixon. Person's who lived in the period experienced the time frame from the first Kennedy assassination until the resignation of Nixon as a complete disintegration of trust and faith in the political system. Nixon is seen as responsible for co-opting many of the movements during his presidency ... EPA and OSHA for instance. Environmental Protection Agency is an executive cabinet level agency. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration however is an agency within the Department of Labor. These departments of the government were really due to pressure from Legislation by Congress, and Nixon's moves were really just brazen political maneuvering. OSHA was created by a law passed by Congress and signed by Nixon in December 1970; but the EPA was created by an executive order that same month -- as a political maneuver to take some of the bite out of what Congress was legislating. Do you think Nixon actually gave a shit about pollution? No. He wanted to make sure that decisions made were still in control of the executive department. And so OSHA was split off from the EPA. Simple as that.

Which is why appointing thugs like Scott Pruitt to the EPA are worrisome, but no one ever hears about OSHA ?