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Ballet wallets now secure more than 21 million dollars worth of cryptocurrency

Today we are proud to announce a major growth milestone for our company. There are now over 21 million dollars worth of cryptocurrency secured by Ballet wallets. This milestone was achieved only 16 months after the company was founded in March 2019, which makes Ballet one of the fastest growing wallet services worldwide.
Ballet’s flagship product is the REAL Series physical cryptocurrency wallet. It’s the world’s first non-electronic cryptocurrency wallet with multicurrency support. It was specifically designed to provide the ideal balance of security and usability for new cryptocurrency users. Ballet wallets are ready to use right out of the box; no computer setup, no recovery seed phrases, no passwords or pin numbers, and no KYC required. They are constructed of stainless steel for high durability, and elegantly crafted.
In addition to the physical Ballet wallet itself, there is a companion app called Ballet Crypto that provides a number of useful functions. You can monitor and organize all of your Ballet wallets, see their transaction history and aggregate value in real-time, exchange currencies within your wallet, automatically sweep funds from private key seed phrases into your Ballet wallet, and more. We are building a rich software ecosystem to support and enhance the Ballet user experience, and this is just the beginning.
The 21 million dollar milestone is an affirmative sign that trust in Ballet and recognition of the unique utility of non-electronic cryptocurrency wallets is growing. It may not seem like a big number, but the amount of value locked up in Lightning Network channels is only 12 million dollars. Although Ballet wallets and Lightning Network exist for very different purposes, the comparison offers a sense of scale. As we move forward, our foremost priority is to maintain the trust that our users have placed in us. Devotion to security is deeply embedded in the DNA of our company, and it always will be.
https://blog.balletcrypto.com/2020/07/29/21-million-dollars-of-assets-secured/
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AITA for telling my stepdaughter she's adopted even though her father expressly told me not to?

So, this is a throwaway as I don't want this to get back to my family as we are in good standing in our community (volunteering, philanthropy..).
Id apologize for the formatting but as a female developer (back end) I have constantly been asked to style html, as if I am some feeble minded web designer on a 5 digit salary. I believe my role is a functional one and the idea that I should make things look pretty just because I'm a woman is abhorrent. I'm also on mobile (with developer mode enabled, carrier unlocked) so am unable to "decorate" my words in a feminine socially acceptable manner.
My late husband rest his soul (LH, 48) passed this Thanksgiving. (He was a male developer, full stack).
He had a daughter from his first marriage (his wife died when their daughter was 8... She was adopted as his wife was by all accounts barren, and she was also a piece of work and very religious. She worked in retail or some such, not a very analytical mind from what I've been told.
They had planned on telling their child age was adopted at some point but when the wife died (she seemingly didn't even TRY to fight illness for the sake of her family) the brat daughter (BD) was so distraught, my late husband just never told her - he felt she would be heartbroken to lose the connection she felt to her "first mummy".
Well, we've been together since BD was 11. I've worked hard to build a strong relationship with her, even building her her personal gaming room with a custom pc, RGB, and her own custom printed pc casing decorated with pictures of ballerinas (ballet is her number one passion but we don't have space at home for her to practice as you need a full dance studio to practice, I thought this was a nice touch anyway.)
We have a good relationship. I take her to comicon every year and we have a good time. She's 17 now, I even enrolled her in a very prestigious pre- university course for future programming majors. She requested dance classes but the programming course is far higher value (thousands) whereas dance is 50 bucks or something and has no discernible ROI.
Anyway, this last Thanksgiving LH passed after a sudden illness. It came on so quickly... We thought he would pull through... On both our salaries we earn a combined 7 figure salary and have the best doctors.
Unfortunately despite their best debugging efforts, his runtime was ended prematurely. We were told he suffered from a chronic hereditary illness. (I blame my MIL) which apparently can't be detected until it is active in the body, which can happen suddenly and for no know reason at any age. It's extremely rare. But, it's got about a 50% chance to pass it to your children.
Well, BD began to obsess over this, thinking she would likely have the illness and could do nothing about it. I felt powerless to help - if only humans were more like computers!- my LH had stated very clearly that he didn't want to tell his daughter she was adopted. However, he died before we discovered he had this condition.
I discussed with my MIL ( who Loved the dead wife and never liked me, as she is obsessed with form over function!) And she began screaming and crying that if I tell BD she will run away and not want anything to do with us because she's that age and a bit of a handful and rebellious (as I mentioned, that dance phase).
I decided that it was the right thing to do as she was going around believing she had a very good chance of having a terrible condition that could cause her to get sick and die over a few weeks, out of the blue at any time. And there no way to test it until it's too late.
So I decided to build her a pc game that told her the truth via a series of puzzles she would unlock. I spent two weeks developing this and it's actually quite good if I say so. In the final cut scene, her dead parents rise from the graves and I join them and we all say "but you're still our daughter and we love you and will support you and always be here for you."
I presented it to her and she was immediately relieved but also had a period of lashing out, she dyed her hair pink, I found a Russian bitcoin miner on her pc (she's normally very careful with malware) and she was using non-branded chargers for her devices which is against a house rule.
I still think I did the right thing but my MIL keeps calling me and screaming that I tore her granddaughter from her bosom. I don't want to respond that she barely has a bosom (everyone in his side of the family has small breasts , another reason for BD to feel relieved she's adopted!)
Anyway, what do you think Reddit AITA?
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BITCOIN PRICE WILL HIT $1 MILLION AFTER ‘TWO MORE BUBBLES’: BOBBY LEE.

BITCOIN PRICE WILL HIT $1 MILLION AFTER ‘TWO MORE BUBBLES’: BOBBY LEE. (EmaanChuhadry) Bobby Lee expects Bitcoin price to reach $1 million in five to ten years after a couple of more bubbles.
Ballet crypto wallet founder, and ex-CEO and founder of one of China’s longest-running crypto exchanged, BTCC, Bobby Lee, put forward some lofty price predictions for Bitcoin at the just concluded Malta AIBC.
BOBBY LEE LAUNCHES NON-ELECTRONIC CRYPTO WALLET BALLET
In a recent interview, Lee announced his new company, Ballet, which has created a new hardware wallet for bitcoin and crypt0 investors around the world. According to his statement, the decision to launch a physical non-electronic wallet was inspired by the desire to make crypto closer to what people are already familiar with.
Bobby believes the fact that cryptocurrencies in digital form might be an obstacle to adoption and use. With a hardware wallet, everyone in the world would have a safe place to store their coins. The wallet’s primary coin is Bitcoin, although it supports a number of altcoins as well, including ETH, XRP, DOGE, and others.
The wallet even has its own distinctive smell, which serves to stimulate all five senses, but also has an anti-counterfeit purpose.
LEE IS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE FUTURE OF BITCOIN PRICE
Bobby Lee is also a well-known and vocal Bitcoin supporter, and self-proclaimed BTC maximalist. He believes that Bitcoin price is still only a fraction of the value of what it can achieve, and will, become in years to come. He called it a trillion-dollar asset class, and he expects its price to move further up.
As he explains it, Bitcoin price moves in waves, with each wave being a bubble that takes the coin’s price further up. He predicts that several new waves will arrive in the next several years, likely taking BTC to the $100.000-$200,000 range, and eventually even $1 million.
Lee claims that each new bubble takes Bitcoin price 10-20 times higher than the previous one, and he expects the trend to continue. This is why he supports and advises investing in BTC, and why he created a physical wallet for long-term investments.
What do you think about Bobby Lee’s bullish Bitcoin price predictions? Do you agree with the possibility that BTC might hit $1 million in the next five to ten years? Share your thoughts in the comments, and let us know.
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Understanding Bitcoin - Validity is in the Eye of the Beholder

Preamble
There are currently a lot of misconceptions and misinformation in the bitcoin community about the 'validity' of a blockchain or block, specifically in the case of hard forks. 'Validity' is mentioned a number of times in the bitcoin whitepaper and it is mentioned in different but similar contexts. Currently there seems to be a growing (incorrect) understanding that the validity of the chain is determined by whether the chain follows the original consensus protocol. If this were to be true, then any upgrades to bitcoin that fall outside the original consensus protocol that was initiated in bitcoin in 2009, would be considered 'invalid' and therefore not bitcoin. i.e. any and all hard forks would by definition be considered invalid. This would then mean that there is an argument that the bitcoin that currently exists is in fact not bitcoin at all, as it is not possible to deterministicly sync the full blockchain using a pre 0.8.1 bitcoin client. This is obviously not true as everyone considers the current network to be bitcoin, therefore there must be a more nuanced definition to describe validity. Another growing belief that is being pushed by certain people is that bitcoin consensus follows 'community consensus'. This is also not true, at least in the way it has been presented, and will be debunked in this article. Luckily there is a more nuanced and completed definition of 'validity' and it is described in the white paper but is not well understood by the community.
(If you want to skip straight to the meat of this article, scroll down to the section titled 'Validity of Network Forks'.)
In the whitepaper 'valid', 'invalid' and 'validity' are mentioned 6 times. A number of these times it is mentioned outside the context of network forks but I made a quick summary of them anyway below so as to clear up any confusion. The first time is in the section titled 'Network'. It states;
The steps to run the network are as follows: 1. New transactions are broadcast to all nodes. 2. Each node collects new transactions into a block. 3. Each node works on finding a difficult proof-of-work for its block. 4. When a node finds a proof-of-work, it broadcasts the block to all nodes. 5. Nodes accept the block only if all transactions in it are valid and not already spent. 6. Nodes express their acceptance of the block by working on creating the next block in the chain, using the hash of the accepted block as the previous hash.
The word 'invalid' is used in the same context in the 'Calculations' section of the white paper. Specifically, it states;
We consider the scenario of an attacker trying to generate an alternate chain faster than the honest chain. Even if this is accomplished, it does not throw the system open to arbitrary changes, such as creating value out of thin air or taking money that never belonged to the attacker. Nodes are not going to accept an invalid transaction as payment, and honest nodes will never accept a block containing them. An attacker can only try to change one of his own transactions to take back money he recently spent.
In this context 'valid' and 'invalid' is referring to the validity of individual transactions that have been published into a block. For example a transaction's outputs cannot spend/total more than its combined inputs. This meaning of 'valid' is well understood so I will not discuss this further.    
    One more place in the bitcoin whitepaper that contains a reference to validity is in the 'Incentives' section (This is one of the most important and most misunderstood and under-appreciated sections in the whitepaper). In it it states:
The incentive may help encourage nodes to stay honest. If a greedy attacker is able to assemble more CPU power than all the honest nodes, he would have to choose between using it to defraud people by stealing back his payments, or using it to generate new coins. He ought to find it more profitable to play by the rules, such rules that favour him with more new coins than everyone else combined, than to undermine the system and the validity of his own wealth.
In this context Satoshi is talking about the fact that by undermining bitcoin and the blockchain by trying to steal from it, he is devaluing his own spoils. i.e. there is a disincentive to try and attack the network. This is unfortunately not a well understood concept but is not relevant to the word 'validity' in terms of hard forks.
Another section of the white paper that mentions 'validity' is in the 'Simplified Payment Verification' section. In this section it states;
While network nodes can verify transactions for themselves, the simplified method can be fooled by an attacker's fabricated transactions for as long as the attacker can continue to overpower the network. One strategy to protect against this would be to accept alerts from network nodes when they detect an invalid block, prompting the user's software to download the full block and alerted transactions to confirm the inconsistency.
In this context, an 'invalid' block is simply a block that contains invalid transactions (as discussed earlier in this article) that are being used by an attacker to steal funds. This only works on an SPV (simplified payment verification) node because they do not have the full blockchain to check against. As this is not relevant to the 'validity' of network forks it is outside the scope of this article.
   
   
Validity of Network Forks
The other places that the words 'valid' or 'invalid' are used in the white paper are all in the context that is relevant to network hard forks. In the 'Conclusion' section of the white paper it states;
They vote with their CPU power, expressing their acceptance of valid blocks by working on extending them and rejecting invalid blocks by refusing to work on them. Any needed rules and incentives can be enforced with this consensus mechanism.
The absolutely key word in these sentences is 'vote'. The mining nodes in the network vote in every block by accepting blocks they consider 'valid' and rejecting blocks they consider 'invalid'. Well this then begs the question; if the miners are voting on what is invalid and what is valid, what determines the validity? This is the crux of the issue. The currently held misunderstanding, often purveyed by a number of Core developers is that validity is determined by whether the blocks fit within the current consensus protocol. This is nonsensical. With each block being a vote, this would be the equivalent of when Fifa had a vote for their president in 2011 and the only name on the ballot paper was Sepp Blatter. In fact it is worse than that, as in the case for bitcoin it would be the same name (rules) on the ballet paper for every single block forever. Just like Fifa, this would make bitcoin into a kind of banana republic where the vote is totally meaningless, and in reality, there is no vote at all. This is in total contradiction to the white paper. In fact what it states is "Any needed rules and incentives can be enforced with this consensus mechanism." This means that the rules can be changed and voted upon if the majority of the hash power agrees.
There is another section of the white paper specifically dedicated to this concept and goes into further detail. Although it doesn't directly reference the words 'invalid' or 'valid' it does directly reference the voting of hashing power. This is in the 'Proof-of-Work' section and it states;
The proof-of-work also solves the problem of determining representation in majority decision making. If the majority were based on one-IP-address-one-vote, it could be subverted by anyone able to allocate many IPs. Proof-of-work is essentially one-CPU-one-vote. The majority decision is represented by the longest chain, which has the greatest proof-of-work effort invested in it. If a majority of CPU power is controlled by honest nodes, the honest chain will grow the fastest and outpace any competing chains. To modify a past block, an attacker would have to redo the proof-of-work of the block and all blocks after it and then catch up with and surpass the work of the honest nodes.
The first sentence "The proof-of-work also solves the problem of determining representation in majority decision making." directly links to the statement in the white paper conclusion that "Any needed rules and incentives can be enforced with this consensus mechanism.". What is being stated is that the rules of the system, and any changes to them, can be determined and enforced using the proof-of-work system. It is stating that the majority of the hash power decides their representation in decision making.
There is seemingly currently a sub-section of the bitcoin community and developers pushing the narrative that the 'users' control the network and determine what is 'valid'. This is wrong and is also explained in this section of the white paper. It states; "If the majority were based on one-IP-address-one-vote, it could be subverted by anyone able to allocate many IPs. Proof-of-work is essentially one-CPU-one-vote.". What this is saying is that with proof-of-work you cannot over inflate your representation beyond what you actually represent. There is no computational or systematic way for the network to determine a vote based on what 'users' 'want'. We can't use a twitter poll. We can't get a feeling from comments in a forum. Not only can you not know the intentions of any anonymous or pseudonymous social media accounts, we also cannot even know the intentions of known and identified entities. Even if you could get every supposed network participant in one room and have a direct vote, there would be no way to determine the difference between who is a real network participant who wants the network to thrive and who is against the network. There also would be no way to even apply the result of that vote into the network.
This is a very very key point in proof-of-work and why it was used in bitcoin.
The intentions of arbitrary entities CANNOT be determined. Miners are the only set of entities who's intentions we can determine. This is because bitcoin itself has given the miners their intentions and that is to make as much money as possible using bitcoin. This means that the miner's intentions are alligned with the network participants because the miners want to maximise the value of bitcoin to maximise their profit. If we cannot trust the majority of miners then the entire security model of bitcoin fails.
I will discuss his further in another article as it is a fundamental yet misunderstood aspect of bitcoin that needs further illumination.
   
   
Conclusion
Getting back to the crux of this article, how does this relate to 'validity'? Well as we now know, the miners are the ones who get to make the decision on whether a block is valid or not. This means that each individual miner is able to decide on what block is valid or not valid. This does not mean that different miners will always choose different arbitrary rules. In fact the opposite is true. In almost all situation the miners will chose to follow the exact same set of rules as all the other miners. This is because if one miner makes a decision to follow a new set of rules by considering blocks valid that other miners consider invalid, then their blocks will not be accepted by the rest of the network. In almost all situations this would be considered an adverse situation as the network is stronger working together as a whole, with as much hashing power and network effect as possible. In some situations like in the recent Bitcoin Cash fork it may be considered beneficial to enough entities and miners that a fork is made to occur. This sub-set of miners now view blocks with a new set of rules as valid, that other miners on the original chain consider invalid. This is when a hard fork occurs. Without going into too much detail on the economics of hard forks (an article about this will come later), it is important to realise that if the newly separated network has value and blocks are being mined on it then it will continue to exist. In this situation, what is a valid block? Well a block that is valid on one network will be considered invalid on the other and vice versa. Validity is in the eye of the beholder. From the perspective of a specific miner their own blocks are always valid, but they may consider blocks from other miners invalid and vice versa. The newly introduced concept by certain bitcoin Core developers that 'validity' is whether you follower the current chain or not, is at best incomplete and could be more accurately described as incorrect. Validity is determined by the miners as individual entities and not by the collective community. If the validity of blocks was determined by the collective community then there would be no need for miners at all and the network could be undermined trivially using a social attack.
This new narrative that validity is determined by the collective community has created perverse concepts like 'miners hard forking is an attack on the network', when really all that is happening is that miners are changing what rules determine what is considered valid by using their hash power to vote, which is something that was explained in the white paper before the genesis block had even been mined.
This is part of my 'Understanding Bitcoin' series of articles. If you found this article valid I appreciate any upvotes and tips on my your.org articles which you can find below.
Understanding Bitcoin - Validity is in the Eye of the Beholder
Understanding Bitcoin - What is 'Centralisation'?
Understanding Bitcoin - Incentives & The Power Dynamic
Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System
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Transcript of George Webb Video Series Part 307 "Hillary's Leakers, Hackers, and Henchmen" [@Georgwebb / #HRCRatline]

  • Day 174.2. Chicago Live - Essential To Mention The Menschels - YouTube
    • Good morning Chicago good morning Chicago you can see that the snow is still very much a part of the ball game here in Chicago
    • And I wanted to do a little bit of a live stream
    • Task Force is of course we've got a water taxi just leaving now
    • I wanted to do a little bit of a live stream while Task Force I'm not I don't smoke, but somebody left them wanted to do a little bit of a talk about some of the different things going on here
    • And kind of this kind of Deep State war that's not necessarily obvious
    • But I believe it's going on
    • And just catching our breath before we all jump to war like we did in Iraq where we ended up there like 11 or 12 years
    • Or in Afghanistan where we ended up there 17 years and we're still fighting that war
    • It seems very much like building a hotel like Trump Tower which just around the corner he can't quite see
    • Now, they coming for you Rahm this early
    • Now, a lot of people mentioned when I mentioned when I did the salute to the Fire ambulance yesterday that Rahm may very well have been just as a woman and trying to make his exit again, out of the city
    • So there was that possibility and I'm sorry I didn't allow for that
    • I just was saluting the people that were driving the ambulance I wasn't thinking about Rahm hiding in the back as a nurse
    • Bo but you could see if you were trying to build rail cars in China China China instead of Chicago where you might want to have to use that kind of escape
    • But let's get back to the issue at hand here what we're really talking about today is the power of the press
    • The power of cable news the power of mass media to send a whole nation plunging into war without really thinking about it
    • And of course is as there's other channels that have described how much I am a descendant of the Hearsts
    • So I had a chance to call William Randolph Hearst this morning
    • Of course William Randolph Hearst had a whole consortium a whole network a whole syndicate of papers
    • I remember grandad when when I would get up in the castle
    • And he would have 15 phones all cradled on each side
    • And he was telling different news editors in different cities what that title is gonna be
    • So no no respite for Spain and--Spaniards out of Cuba
    • And he would have a slightly different angle on all the different titles
    • I'm wondering if that's not what we have now, only it's just called the Broadcast Board of Governors, right
    • {{ 911: George I love your silly schoolplay segues }}
    • It's the broadcast Board of Governors
    • And Governors in the worst sense of the word: meaning we're gonna tell you what to write
    • And indeed there is a lot of talk about a 4:00 a.m. cut sheet that goes out to all the Victoria or excuse me the I can't remember her name right now, at CNN, wife of Tom Nides, to tell them hey here are the big talking points this morning--I saw Adam Kitzinger from Illinois I want to say 14
    • But I'm guessing
    • From Kankakee Adam kissing her from Kankakee saying hey Trump doesn't need Trump doesn't need authorization from Congress he can just go plunge right ahead plunge the nation straight into war
    • Forget about the War Powers Act--and forget about informing Congress and having a debate or anything like that let's just go ahead and start bombing weather weather--Russia did the attack or not or or Iran did the attack
    • But you start bombing like Israel did
    • (Well I think Rahm I think they're cleaning out the whole cabinet--that's not just one or two Rahm they're coming for everybody...everybody who called in the Mossad airstrike...I think they're cleaning out the whole top deck there Rahm)
    • We'll get down to the Flamingo and the Picasso there
    • (There's good reason to believe here that...Is Weiner in town as well? as Debbie Wasserman-Schultz did they have a United Center super box event )
    • {{ WEHEEEEEEEEEEEEE Sirens }}
    • Now, there is an ugly rumor going on in Chicago right now, that Rahm has learned to drive a fire engine
    • And he is making his way around the city, and he's got a very long handlebar mustache
    • Let's see if we can pick him up as he comes by {{ REEEE }}
    • He seems to need a little bit of a booster seat
    • I have to believe that wasn't Rahm a guy had pretty wide broad shoulders, so I'm gonna go ahead and just say right now, I don't think that was Rahm
    • But if you and I don't really mean to pick on the Sun I really wanted
    • I don't want to talk about old Mossad maybe that's Rahm entourage
    • I really want to talk about kind of the business interests of war
    • I remember when Grandpappy Hearst would talk about that and the money the spoils of war
    • Oh so many years ago at San Simeon
    • But the we were yesterday we filmed down at Federal Plaza
    • And as you all know they were closing in and demanding documents from the DOJ to go over to Bob Goodlatte in the House Judiciary
    • And also over to Devin Nunes in-house Intel
    • And we successful or we showed the relationship of how close the guy who was put in charge of that activity a guy named LAUSCH was to the head of the counterterrorism division in the FBI bill Priestap
    • I mean very close
    • But it goes deeper than that and--he's married to someone named Sabina Menschell
    • Now, you might say [[Sabina Menschell]] Sabina Menschell Sabina Schmentzyl and what does that mean to me?
    • Well it goes back to what I've been saying about privatizing, like CrowdStrike
    • Privatizing our Intelligence community for private profit
    • And Sabina Menschell is one of the top lawyers at a kind of a Fusion GPS type firm called [[Nardello]]
    • Nardello has a lot of ring to--of other words that rhyme with Nardello
    • But Nardello is kind of one of these covert operative kind of attorney-client privilege base--spy firms in Washington DC
    • I don't think anybody doubts that I think if you Sabina Nardello was right here we had her say that she'd say well you left out the part about super spy--she would be the first person to say yeah we're super spies
    • Well if you look at who Sabina Nardello's parents are or yeah is one of them is Celine Selene Menschell M E N S C H E L
    • And Celine Mitchell was Goldman Sachs
    • She was VP Goldman Sachs--and when you're at Goldman Sachs you can invest in a whole panoply of things
    • It's hard to really pin you down and to--oh that was depleted Uranium oh that was whatever that was this spoils of war investment
    • That was that swells war investment, but the real player is Bob Menschel
    • Bob Menschel was is a billionaire he's one of the top guys he has an endowment at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York
    • He has an endowment at the Museum Modern Art in New York
    • He's he's based here in in in Chicago though
    • But anyway he's quite a wheel
    • He's got the like the philanthropy prize from Carnegie
    • And in 2015 he's quite the investor
    • So he's quoted a lot in Forbes...and it talks about value based investment...but he's a billionaire
    • Now, when when they want to go to war what they do is they pick up the phone, and they call Rahm
    • And say Rahm you've got some guys at the lower levels of the Israeli Air Force IDF
    • Why don't we just put a little fire on--T4 over there in the middle part of of Syria
    • Let's let's get this to be a shooting war
    • Let's try to get Trump all jacked up and make this a shooting war
    • Is that happens?
    • Yeah that's what happens
    • Because there's all sorts of business for Nordello at that point to do covert operations overseas...it's a real Rainmaker
    • So this is not like 18 steps removed to Mossad--you know Avi Bravermans Masada then
    • Again,--this is like one hop from Bill precept when he I mean he his uncle I mean hey Uncle Bob: where do we invade today?
    • How do I--exfiltrate a whole bunch of business to my wife today?
    • That's where we're we're talking about so I think it's time to kind of peel back the onion a little bit
    • And look at the motives of the people involved here
    • And stop with this kind of knee-jerk reaction saying oh--Spaniards out of Cuba--Remember the main--All that kind of stuff
    • Although--I remember when we used to have tea up here at the top of it--of the Wrigley building with Grandpa Grandpa Hearst it was it was well it was quite a quite a thing
    • So everyone wonders where Task Force's
    • Task Force's doing her thing: she researches crazy crazy crazy in the morning
    • She's just up early and she's always researching
    • So we're gonna have a lot of stuff on the south side of Chicago a little bit later today
    • So we're not gonna talk about that right now
    • But I wanted to mention the Menschels because if you don't mention the Menschels, you don't get the essentials
    • So to really understand this war and what's behind this war you have to mention the Menschels and understand the essentials
    • These are the essentials of war, not the trimmings not the--grandpa Hearst with all the phone saying this is what the headline is gonna read today
    • You've got a look beneath the headlines beneath the story and get the true story, which is there's a lot of business interests that make a lot of money
    • And as I did my first piece this morning there's also a way this kind of a cleansing action--you have a war or and then you have a big flood it kind of cleanses everything
    • That's why they always at the end of the war want to break the dams, it just kind of cleanses everything out
    • Same kind of thing here there are 50 I think it's 57 sites where chemical weapons were used by Isis
    • Again, we funded it, by Isis in Iraq, excuse me it's still very cold here in Chicago, still a whole bunch of sites in Syria where we took oil fields in Syria
    • And what it what a great thing to go back in with all the same--cast of characters that John McCain loves to meet with surreptitiously right before gas chemical weapons attacks or Mark Rubio
    • And wait--we did it with in Libya with Qaddafi why not do it over here--with Isis and the king king of King Abdullah in Jordan
    • Why not do it again, gee whiz it sounds like a lot of fun
    • So the big that's the big thing I wanted to say this morning let's catch our breath let's think about it just because Adam kid singer--wrote around in a Humvee for a little bit doesn't mean he he declares foreign policy in the United States
    • We do have something called the War Powers Act we do have a balance of powers
    • We should have a debate about this going to war
    • We should look at it who's really driving this?
    • Is it really because the coup didn't go so well--isn't that what really is happening here?
    • The coup didn't go so well the Comey Lynch McCabe Rosenstein Priestap coup kind of fell on its face
    • So what do we have now, we have Bill Priestap basically over at the Federal Plaza here in in Chicago where don't worry we'll broadcast later
    • And he's--calling the shots he's calling over to Rahm a couple of blocks away--Calder to Picasso Calder to Picasso there's a Calder her artwork it looks a lot like a Picasso
    • And there's Rahm has a Picasso over by City Hall he's saying hey what can we do to get like I push Trump push Trump into this kind of knee-jerk reaction well I know we'll hit we'll hit a site and kill a bunch of Iranians
    • well great I mean maybe that's the response that we need
    • But maybe maybe we need to sit back think about this
    • All the targets are gonna stay right where they are
    • You can't move a missile base or you can't move you can move ships
    • But you can't move all these fixed targets--you can move some trucks around
    • But I mean for the most part the bombing targets are the same when Obama had the same decision
    • And Obama if you remember correctly I don't want to make anybody mad
    • But he said to Fadan, Turkish Intelligence "we know it's you. We know you were the guys who did the chemical weapons attack in Aleppo, and we're not gonna do it"
    • I'm not gonna cross this red line because it's a fake red line Trump
    • Should do the same thing I've got to think about this before we plunge the whole country into war
    • So I'm gonna take a few questions here
    • And then we'll wrap it up here very bright
    • So all right Wow
    • So it's impossible to read
    • So I'm gonna give up on that
    • But later we'll be broadcasting from Hearst Castle
    • We'll be going through all of our inventions for the time phone
    • I'm just kidding no actually--I want to say that that episode that Quinn did was actually pretty good about my dad
    • There was a lot of facts that were covered initially before you got to the time phone and before you got the Hearst Castle that were actually really right on the money
    • {{ 911: George You dum dum dodo head. Stop lying. Everyone knows that a "Time Phone" can be used to talk to someone in the future, wirelessly through an etheric, booz-weinstein condensate bridge to refuckulate biophotons through a rare noibium doped baby tailbone crystal and neptunium element 93 scalar antenna, using icosocarbon nanotech to matrix stem cell microtubules in an n dimensional manifold across a lambda time dimension. It's not invented for another 33 yrs...Quinn exposes all of this. And you've been talking to Granddaddy Hearst who didn't die, but instead went into the future using Emperor Barron Trump's Tesla Time Machine Apparatus developed by his uncle Dr John Trump and given to Donald; and THAT is how you're so prescient in all these investigations. You're getting help FROM THE FUTURE, you cheater! Stop Lying, George Norbert Luuk Hearst III, Prince Wakenhut of Gildenbourg We're on to you! }}
    • And a lot of those did actually go into an investment firm here in Chicago in it I do believe that's one of the reasons they bought the patent
    • And got the patent for Google for Motorola first been to Google
    • So we'll talk about that later
    • I'm gonna leave it right there thanks everybody it's been a great having my morning cup of joe with you all
    • And I can't read the questions unfortunately otherwise I would answer them
    • But you've got to mention the Meschels
    • I guess the essentials are you got to mention the Menschels, because if you don't understand the Menschels, you're not gonna understand actually who's calling the shots why
    • And I didn't mean to say Rahm called in to some Colonel running some air base and did the T for attack I'm sure it in Homs
    • I'm sure Bibi had to sign off on
    • And they said baby we're gonna run you up on--charges if you don't--sign off on this one
    • But this is the old Mossad wisdom, where you go look why why do you want to do this?
    • We're gonna make money just go into southern Syria sit down with Cheney and Woolsey and the whole crew and Rothschild child
    • And say we're gonna take 30 miles of Golan Heights
    • We're gonna give you fitty you get fitty
    • Here's your fitty and--be happy with the fit otherwise we're gonna--start bombing--
    • If you're gonna just be strong Arming, because you want the Golan Heights there's no reason to kill all these women and kids just go in there strong, and say hey we're gonna make the bigger Israel play
    • We're gonna take 30 here's your fitty you were done
    • Trump's a dealmaker we don't need to draw this bombing where then
    • You know what? Let's leave Raytheon out of this
    • And let's leave McCain out of this
    • Just do it at the business table
    • Do it at the table--when when Trump built Trump Tower
    • He didn't say hell I got a great idea let's build Trump Tower No it's a
    • <
  • Day 174.3. Trump Attorney Raid Coughs Up Pinchuk and His PinchBears Hacking Team - YouTube
  • Rahm? Rahm? Rahm? It looks like he may be in the back
  • I do see a gray-haired older gentleman in a nurse's outfit
  • It looks like he may be held in traffic now
  • I do think somebody spot him spotted him here on the bridge
  • And I was trying to get the I was trying to get the Bitcoin to him
  • But I do think Rahm Emanuel was cited
  • So I did see someone a white-haired gentleman in a nurse's outfit duck in with a handlebar moustache, duck into the, duck into the ambulance
  • We'll see if he gets out of the city safely
  • We'll see if he gets out of the city safely
  • We'll have an update for you a little bit later we're worried
  • well we're back live Chicago I thought I might have been able to get the thing to him
  • I had him just to meet me on the corner with an uber but he was clearly sighted
  • Now, he was already pre dressed Rahm was already pre dressed in a nursing outfit EMT outfit
  • So anyway Pinchuk
  • [[Pinch Bears]] Pinchuk
  • So now, there's a hundred and fifty five a big raid on Michael Cohen's office is going to yield one hundred and fifty thousand dollar donation to Michael Cohen to Trump's charity for one hundred and fifty thousand dollars
  • Well how do we know Victor Pinchuk?
  • I believe this is before or maybe right about the time Trump runs for president
  • Well we know the Victor gave five hundred thousand dollars to Bill Clinton for a speech
  • And we also know that he gave quite a bit of money to the Clinton Foundation
  • We also know that he did a deal called Vero Pharm[sic] [Vero Pharma] that later became one of Rahm's partners in Abbott Labs
  • So we know about that we know about Joe Rago ending up dead
  • We know about the Pinch Bears the Pinch Bears the hacking team
  • The CrowdStrike hacking team that came from Dimitri all pair of itches Alperovich's dad, that were kind of split-offs from the Soviet Union
  • We know that these oligarchs--which are really just criminals like Deripaska and Pinchuk--get teams assigned to them
  • They get hacking teams assigned to them to do economic espionage, so that they can take over assets like the New Jersey Nets or the Brooklyn Net now
  • So that's all developing
  • Again, I want to say there's no names that you learn in this series that don't end up paying off
  • Well as Jack Nicholson said in silver dollars that you're gonna light up like a pinball machine eventually
  • Every name in this series is gonna light up like a pinball machine and pay off in silver dollars
  • Pinchuk is just yet another example of Hillary accusing someone else of something that she does a thousandfold more on the other side
  • Again, we'll wait for the next is Firtash next?
  • Trump's response to me would be to immediately sanction Pinchuk
  • Shut down the Nuge take the Brooklyn Nets into receivership
  • Take the hockey team into receivership
  • Take the Brooklyn casino into receivership immediately
  • Freeze all assets overseas overseas of Pinchuk's assets, until we get to the bottom of this pay-to-play
  • {{ 911: Chicago is a noisy ass evil place I never want to go back to. It's nasty! No wonder Rahm and Obama and all the baddies consider that their center of operations. If I were Putin I'd nuke Chicago as #1 target }}
  • Day 174.4. Hull House Horror? Did Weather Underground Bomb From There? - YouTube
    • Well here live at the University of Chicago famous for many things famous for the Manhattan Project famous for a lot of stuff before Manhattan Project
    • But the football stadium here is where the Manhattan Project was originally developed
    • So it's very famous for that
    • We're also in front of Hull House
    • Hull House the subject of many different commenters--Field OConnell[sic] [[FIELD MCCONNELL]] being one of the key commenters
    • So there it is Hull House--it's kind of like a 1856 is when this house was built it's a two-story building
    • And right on the grounds of the University of Chicago
    • So Task Force I knew I shouldn't have started good we have we we we have several McCabe zealots out on the internet that want to attack our guests for some reason that's I understand that they want to protect Andy McCabe or our big Andy McCabe fans
    • But anyway we're leaving that aside right now
    • Let's talk about it let's talk about whole house, and some of the things Field O'Connell's[sic] [[FIELD MCCONNELL]] research is done and Kristine Marcy and the SES and all that stuff
    • TF: Well Field McConnell is from [Abel Danger]
    • So give a shout out to him he's done a tremendous amount of work on this
    • But Kristine Marcy would
    • G: Now Able Danger program was a program--
    • TF: the program that was [Able Danger] was the original program run by Lieutenant Colonel Tony Schaefer prior to 9/11 that was tracking the 9/11 hijackers
    • G: Tony Schaefer track in this would blind Sheikh and all those
    • TF: all those guys and
    • So that Abel Danger that became a kind of a website of people involved and kind of exposing 9/11
    • G: 9/11 Truther Stuff
    • TF: 9/11 Truther Stuff
    • But even more than that Phil McConnell was Air Force pilot he's got his own jet in a museum
    • And it's tremendously knowledgeable guy
    • And his sister happens to be named Kristine Marcy
    • Kristine Marcy was part of starting what is now known as the SES in 1979, as Senior Executive Services
    • Something that's coming up on the internet everywhere right now
    • One of the things that Field talks about is that the SES was part--Hull House is kind of part of that there was some very controversial things that happen at the Hull House
    • And I just encourage people to research it
    • The tie-ins with Sidley Austin law firm, as well as some of the
    • G: Now [Sidley Austin Law Firm] I remember seeing the Sidley House by Tenleytown in Washington, DC
    • Any connection?
    • TF: Well I don't know...I know there's a school for children and politician that
    • G: Rahm Emanuel I think was a ballerina yeah ballet dancer well I'm not sure
    • But then there's a Sidley investments here on Dearborn right yeah in Chicago, so we'll have to do some more research
    • TF: yeah Sidley Austin Law Firm is where to the most famous people in our country first met and so you guys can research that look into that
    • G: I think you're speaking of Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama
    • I'm gonna go ahead and use those code names from here on in for those two individuals
    • TF: and so I'm looking at that and then also the fact that Bernardine Dohrn who was part of the Weather Underground...along with Bill Ayers
    • G: Along with Bill Ayers
    • G: A lot of people say Bill Ayers wrote the ...all three autobiographies that I read about Barack Obama, codenamed Barack Obama, as is that true?
    • TF: That's what people say I don't know, but I know that there's there's a connection with Bill Ayers, bnd Bernardine Dohrn Sidley Austin law firm, and Hull House
    • And I think it would be interesting for people to look into why did that occur why was it shut down suddenly in 2012 why is it?
    • Now, I mean what actually happened here in the tie-ins that filled McConnell's know
    • G: So I'll fill in a little bit
    • I think around 1889 is when they say that--my grandfather would have been coming through here right around that time
    • He didn't come through Chicago he came through Ellis Island in New York
    • But a lot of immigrants could not speak English
    • They didn't have any skills
    • A lot of more children
    • A lot of them had sick parents, and ended up a lot of children ended up here
    • TF: I think they have a yeah it was mostly an orphanage, so that's kind of boys house in a girl's house
    • G: And there was a young singles girls house called the Jane House as well
    • TF: Jane Addams is the founder of this place and so you can do research on her as well, and kind of get into the history of this place to be really informative for people that want to learn
    • G: Now, interesting that this is on the property of the University of Chicago, and that it's under the jurisdiction of the Chicago Police
    • As an ex-police officer you may have some comments about that?
    • TF: Well the University of Chicago has its own Police Department as most universities do
    • And So I had read an article recently that they were actually patrolling we're doing work with about 65,000 of Chicago residents which is odd for a university campus police department to be involved in
    • So I actually made a phone call earlier just doing some research on policing in America
    • And talked to a lieutenant there
    • And he advised me that no, they they only work on campus
    • But he said they do go off campus a couple blocks here and there, because he has students that are commuting
    • Which is okay, but it's kind of contradicts what the article says, so I'm just curious as to how that works
    • G: we had this shooting that occurred, and it was a it was a University of Chicago police officer going off campus
    • And shooting somebody who was supposedly breaking windows or something like that off campus
    • Now, that would have been I don't know persona non-grata
    • If you keep going this way, going west, you go through the Chicago University Medical District
    • They have a thing called University Village, which I would understand that University Village that would be--the students...but you go to the University Medical District
    • Now, all of a sudden, if you start putting a bio the two stories we've done here together Bioresource center with the--$5,000 for a body no questions asked
    • And you put it together with the Medical School District that--rush rush hospitals in there
    • There's several major hospitals just to the west of us
    • And then you go a little bit further, just a little bit further, you're in Homen Square
    • TF: Which we're going to go visit
    • I mean and there is a real
    • I mean if all of a sudden you start putting bounties on people's heads you really create a moral hazard for humans
    • That's about best way I could say it
    • TF: yeah
    • G: If they're if fresh kidneys come out get your fresh kidneys, and a kidney's worth twenty fifty thousand dollars, you could find a lot of reasons why you need to shoot your best friend, right?
    • TF: Yeah I would hope you would not want to shoot your best friend for kidneys
    • But if you create a market you're gonna have that in there has been some stories coming out about stuff like that
    • So I think people should research it
    • And look into Homen Square in Hull House
    • And University of Chicago
    • And the other the other a troubling part about Homen Square
    • And potentially potentially Hull House is the we're doing liaison operations for other countries
    • So we're actually operating potentially as a torture Center for other countries
    • So it's off-book in the UK let's say
    • Or let's say Haiti or whatever small dictator we want to prop up, like let's say Kagame in Rwanda
    • And then we send ours there, if we want to torture somebody right?
    • I mean we don't have to report that to our Congress, because it's not a US citizen
    • And they don't have to report it to their Congress that's it they're not they're not a citizen of that country
    • TF: right I don't know all the--Jack Federal laws on that, but it seems like there's definitely something to this going on
    • And this has been a niche
    • And many times then it's come out in many different articles a lot of people don't want to talk about it
    • But that there was a con air yeah that was taking the US Marshal Service and they were flying people to Homan square yes
    • And here right
    • TF: And here in the whole house some of the individuals inside of us were used for reasons that people really need a research
    • G: So there's a there's an old joke in Monty Python not necessary ...life of brian which where he comes home, and he has too many kids he's the catholic guy, and he says well medical experiments with a lot of you--
    • We're so close to university medical district yeah you just you get beauty kind of get a creepy feeling you get a creepy feeling one in the house I'll just say that
    • TF: yeah definitely creepy is the feeling that I would describea and we got a chance to visit all the original house
    • And you can see all the old buildings and stuff which--is amazing
    • But you can also see and--if you research you learn enough stories and there's not so good things that happen here as well and
    • G: So so we've got one of the university's finest rolling up on us
    • Now, and so if he draws a weapon we will probably execs it from see him right down here
    • So we will probably draw a few drawings a weapon on us for speaking we will probably leave the premises
    • And remove ourselves to a public sidewalk
    • So with that you there you have it I think I will I'm gonna get I'll give you a little perspective of Hull House
    • And make sure I don't get the person who has recently been attacked by McCabe fans on me on the wide shot here
    • But you can see it's a beautiful old stately house
    • And there's 19 of these different houses on the 19 of these different houses in the whole complex
    • So all McCabe fans out there we understand you had a lot of hate toward us I get that
    • So continue the hate campaign
    • But the one way you can fight out against people who support McCabe is by giving to different people we feature here on this channel
    • Robyn Gritz would be one of those folks
    • And of course we have our own Task Force
    • And they both have their own GoFundMe or different different oop you're not on that
    • So we're gonna leave it right there from beautiful hell house Hull House here in South Chicago
  • Day 174.6 Flashing Red Bandana Means Get the Fluck Out - YouTube
    • We're gonna live again, here at Homen Square
    • I just want to say that homeland square is trying to do stuff that rehabilitates the area...
    • You can see the smokestack on the other side from where we were and
    • So it's not I mean it's not all Chirac--and there is--we had the other night where seven were murdered in one night in a small neighborhood called South Shore
    • And Garfield Park not too far from here
    • I've watched this actually for about a year that I've done shows on Homen Square
    • And it moves around--the murders move around
    • And--they're they happen in clusters four and five at a time
    • And in these different neighborhoods
    • Homen Square typically doesn't have as many as like Garfield Park is the one I
    • And Austin is another neighborhood that it seems to have a lot
    • South Shore not so many
    • But anyway it is--we've had
    • And I mean the TransAm that rolled up on us put the red bandana on the mirror
    • And they were not I mean they were like, "hey what the fuck you doing here?"
    • Is this our Lyft?
    • TF: yeah
    • So anyway all true, Task Force?
    • TF: All true
    • G: we're gonna head out
  • Day 174.7. Lyft Driver Witnesses Cold Blooded Murder Up Close - YouTube
    • So back to downtown Chicago not a very long ride actually from Homen Square here
    • And we had a chance to talk to a young mother
    • Well I don't know if she was maybe 28 29 30 something like that
    • But five kids
    • And she was telling us a story about well why don't you take it from there
    • TF: literally her children can I even go across the street to play in a park right across the street even if it's too dangerous
    • She talked about constant shooting she's witnessed a friends was murdered in front of her the lack of response from the local police
    • But just one second while the truck goes by yeah the one word meant
    • G: the one murder she witnessed up close the guy was shot eight times
    • TF: And the person was arrested let go
    • G: And she was one of the brave ones at the park that came forward
    • So that doesn't feel very good when you are the one of the people that comes forward and all of a sudden now
    • G: and then her cousin was murdered
    • TF: she's talking a lot about the statistics now there's some reporting that the statistics are getting better on the murders
    • And she said no they're actually fudging the statistics because she said that she could count 33rd 30 that she was looking for the paper
    • And never showed in the paper
    • So talking about the train stations
    • And just had literally train train stopping in these early hard neighborhoods
    • And just--like AR is out robbing people on the trains
    • And it's real sad
    • G: you you almost I mean I hate to say this about Chicago because I love Chicago and I've spent a lot of time here
    • But I almost get Trump's idea of Nan of martial law until you get a semblance of some kind of neighborhood
    • Because I mean the guys that rolled up on us it was just straight out--we are if you don't get back in that damn car they were gonna wait til we left--it was absolutely no doubt
    • And make we were in the middle of a of a desolate Street that only had broken glass on it
    • And our driver actually was scared to be there
    • G: yeah yeah our driver did not want to go there hey
    • And I figured well who would come here to this broken glass--who's gonna be who's who's there was nothing
    • I mean nothing no reason whatsoever car would stop there
    • That guys came right up and we didn't want you to want to shoot their picture because--we kind of wanted to live--that was good
    • But the bandana was there
    • But anyway I just think that--when I can count 38 murders that I know about personally
    • She said shooting every night shooting every night
    • And they're two minutes away from a train a police station
    • >>>CONT
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[megapost] NYANdeas

We've come a long ways and I'm at a point where I've decided I'm going to really pursue this with everything I've got in terms of energy and devotion. I've got a prior commitment hanging over my head towards the end of this month, but once I resolve that, I'm planning on spending a couple months really digging into NYAN and seeing what I can do. So far we've just chipped away at the edges, but already we've seen some pretty impressive results. Just a brief recap of our successes first and then I'll talk about my ideas.
We've gone from 1-3 satoshi to 10-30 satoshi prices. Not bad. We've got two new block explorers up in response to the previous one going down. We've got an irc channel and active community members both here and there. And we've got me, the crazy bastard who's locked up 25% of the available supply and is planning to do everything he can to build up NYAN to its proper greatness, and got tipnyan going and did a major giveaway with it. Oh, and we survived a dump of ~10% of the available supply quite comfortably. Probably other stuff I'm forgetting about right now.
So, what next? Well, a lot of stuff. This is just a huge dump of ideas for discussion and inspiration. It's not necessarily ordered, although I'll try to have it go roughly from simplest to most complex. These are by no means promises or guarantees. This is just stuff I think would be cool.
Some of this isn't a "implement this", it's more of a blog post prompt or general concept.
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THE BLUEPRINT FOR FIXING AMERICA SOONER RATHER THAN AFTER IT IS TOO LATE

BEFORE going further with this, bear in mind it was a response to the previous post "WHAT IF LIBERTY WAS ATTACHED TO HUMANITY" and perhaps one might read that long list of QUESTIONS FOR HUMANITY before diving into issues on how one might repair our corner of the world...onward...
Some people claim we are beyond a "tipping point" of no return. This analysis is commonly applied to global warming to describe the melting permafrost that is releasing methane gas which is believed to be 100 times more potent and lasting than carbon dioxide in causing global warming from the greenhouse effect. Others apply the "tipping point" idea to America's national debt; stating that if we switched from our fiat currency back to a gold standard, we couldn't pay off the interest, let alone our debt, based on current exports and GDP figures. Therefore, we have become a patently bankrupt nation contrary to the principles Thomas Jefferson and others warned us to follow to avoid the use of credit. A bankrupt America in a world of currencies based on a tangible asset like gold or levels of exports would be unable to purchase oil to feed our pathetic industries, let alone our levels of consumer consumption of energy. I managed to get through 2016 without using a drop of petroleum, propane or any other non-renewable source of energy. I studied and invested in solar and wind and it took me more than a decade to select and test the appliances, like a low wattage crock pot placed in an insulated cooler, to learn how to maximize my ability to live on minimal power. Americans don't have a decade to spare.
Denmark did it well. They invested in wind and now boast regions with little or no use for petroleum; which is at the heart of both global environmental destruction, loss of rainforests, pollution of rivers, oceans, aquifers and war, which leaves its own lasting toxic landscape, enormous national debt, widespread death, loss of culture, physical and emotional scars. If poor little Denmark can cure its ills, why can't America accelerate our transition to renewables, save a bundle along the way and reduce our desire or need to engage in wars related to acquiring petroleum reserves, or our need to retain a fiat currency required to fund wars, oil purchases, bribe foreign officials and our own elected leaders. If the spigot of free money were removed, would America be as corrupt as it is today, or as destructive worldwide, as we've become?
I believe part of the "Blueprint for fixing America" involves ridding ourselves of the patently corrupt, financially inept Federal Reserve and if possible, dismantling the BIS, IMF and World Bank, or at the least, installing a series of common sense policies to both upgrade these systems, regulate their actions through intelligent policies designed by a political body that relies on both public opinion through debates and analysis of performance driven QC metrics. The system of printing treasuries and taxing citizens was born, not from political debate or even a public vote, but by a small corrupt group in Congress and our banking system a century ago. It has failed to produce a healthy, debt free nation; the imperialism it funded has failed to produce a healthy, democratic, environmentally sustainable world, or even a world that views America as a true democracy, rather than the brutish arm of global corporations, and it has failed to produce a stronger middle class in America. Therefore, after 100 years of failures, perhaps it is time to replace the defective financial systems and taxes which fund defective military campaigns and patently defective, if not murderous systems of politics.
What will replace "fiat currencies" remains to be seen, though models based on gold, silver and copper seemed to work pretty well before, and future models, such as bitcoin, or credits based on real production of exports, or levels of kwh power from renewables might also prove viable; something, anything, based on a real, tangible asset would be an improvement as it would eliminate the ability of a corrupt banker to simply press a button, create money from thin air, instantly indebting citizens of a nation seen as instant inflation, and then instantly buy their land or bribe their politicians: A person, corporation or group utilizing money for illegal activities would have to actually perform some kind of work to acquire it. Not so the case today.
Whether it is to fix our energy policies, our role of the military in global affairs, our rapidly deteriorating environment, rapidly expanding levels of poverty, homelessness or levels of toxins we are exposed to either from the environment or self-ingested through legal and illegal drugs, our rapidly deteriorating mental health, intellectual capacity, shrinking middle class and standard of living; no matter what the policy is in America that needs to be changed, we aren't changing fast enough. We are like a deer caught in the headlights of a speeding automobile. The revelations of just how corrupt and dysfunctional our government, political and economic systems are has only recently been exposed to those who will study and analyze the evidence, and its so shocking they are either paralyzed or ineffective in bringing about effective change. You can't blame them too much. Faced with a new huge problem we really weren't aware of 20 years ago, and now faced with the prospect of trying to educate a sufficient body of Americans to create the change we must, the proponents for change stumble around testing different solutions; and more often than not, they fail.
That is expected. Democracy as proposed by our Founding Fathers was the first of its kind and is an experiment. Experiments don't always work as planned; usually they do not. The trick in this democratic experiment is to recover before its too late. Whether or not we are past a tipping point is somewhat irrelevant as long as we don't give up. We must continue to innovate, to remain optimistic that we can and will prevail; and remain dedicated to the idea that our form of democracy can be shaped into a true popular democracy where every voice counts, where corporations cannot sway us from an honorable path, where people in other nations can become proud in their own quest to emulate our experiment in democracy without the need for our military to force our current corrupt brand of democracy on their citizens. That process has only exposed our defects to a wider geographic landscape and hardened the resolve of many citizens against mirroring America's brand of democracy. As that resistance continues to increase, our military will find it increasingly difficult to find willing souls in each nation who will undermine governments; and therefore our military and corrupt corporate agenda will need to employ hired guns to execute agendas; witness ISIS and CIA funding to topple Syria. In the old days it was easy to find citizens within a nation who were eager to bring American ideals to overthrow a brutal dictator. Today, the people of Syria living under a patently defective leader would prefer that brand of freedom to anything an "American Democracy" might represent. Today, the American brand of Democracy, as a valued export for nations to acquire, is worth less than toxic toilet paper. Dumping nuclear waste on a foreign nation would be less harmful and they know it.
Its not that the original design of our democracy was either dishonorable, nor was it a bad idea or even poorly designed. In its day it was brilliant and even today it is far superior to the democracy Americans live with daily. We don't have a real voice in the process of electing our President, nor do we have a real voice in the way Congress operates, nor a real voice in the various emerging "secret courts" that increasingly preside over the actions of citizens, nor a real voice in public spending policies that are bankrupting future generations who have even less, if any voice, even faster than they are bankrupting current generations of our young in their 20's, who are far poorer than the older generation who at least had a chance at home ownership and developing a profitable business under some "free", "capitalistic", "market driven" middle class system that is all but gone in America today. What we are witnessing is not only a rapidly shrinking middle class and rapidly expanding population of impoverished, but a rapidly evaporating system of democracy, rapid expansion of our national debt and destruction of the global environment all taking place at the same time.
Its an interlocking series of events that are quite telling in their synergistic effect on each other, yet complex enough to defy our ability to manage today's crisis du jure, let alone plan and execute an intelligent series of steps to bring a halt to these grave trends and thereafter, create a thriving, financially solvent, reasonably moral, non-violent America that can again become a shining beacon of Democracy for all the world to emulate without force; rather by simply becoming envious of our prosperity and the success of our middle class. Today, any envy foreigners might hold for American ideals are primarily focused on the celebs, and a level of wealth, few global citizens will ever attain; nor should they try. The lifestyle of the rich and famous is patently unsustainable and not very good for the financial health of a nation or the environment. Wealth in and of itself is no more evil than a car used in a bank robbery. Wealth, when properly applied can build schools, buy solar panels or wind turbines, or create innovative R&D facilities to invent new technologies that can foster new businesses and provide more Yankee exports. On the other hand, wealth applied to bribe politicians, build leaky oil pipelines or systems that pollute groundwater, or simply to buy a $50,000 dress for a Grammy Award ceremony is dangerous, destructive folly.
Therefore, part of the path out of this mess needs to be a sense of modesty and reality based on what we've learned in the past 200 years about gross decadence and the ability of large groups of citizens to become easily hypnotized by fabulous levels of wealth most of them will never attain. Perhaps in a class entitled Personal Econ 101 we should both encourage people to develop ideas, invent, market, sell and manage a personal business, and include a section on prudent personal policies on how to manage their new found wealth; race tracks, casinos, bars and brothels are probably not good habits to hold if you expect to build and retain a thriving business, or nurture a reasonably sane, healthy family to carry your business and wealth forward to future generations. Teaching kids in any nation to acquire wealth merely so they can buy a new black beamer is not conducive to creating a sustainable society, sustainable financial policies, a sustainable environment, nor a sustainable government or society. Modesty, education and the prudent application of technology, financial resources, labor and mined or manufactured assets all have their place in creating a sustainable world or fixing what ails America and the world today.
It is unfortunate, though easily predictable, that current generations all around the planet have generally lost all hope in obtaining that kind of world. They understand the government corruption; they see through the American Democratic farse and in their minds, if that enlightened nation is but a brutish scam based on corrupt political figures, extortion and murder, what hope does any human have of finding any peace or prosperity in any land? The result is an increasingly predatory nature of our tweens, teens, young adults and even middle aged folks who should know better, but are almost just as selfish and short-sighted as the desensitized generations raised on bloody TV and video games. Murder isn't really so bad as long as you're on the right side of the barrel; its expected in today's world. Get over it.
We have become a mentally sick species destined to extinction if we don't change that attitude. We are living in the 6th great extinction and there is no guarantee our species will survive the process; in fact, some historians and anthropologists note there is a group of wealthy elite who are encouraging a mass die off to bring the human population down to 100M to perhaps 1B from the 7B level today. Perhaps we should let them proceed. Perhaps the earth will be better off after that horror show is over; but the really big question then becomes, if that sick group who would wage global genocide and continued environmental destruction to accomplish their agenda is the primary ruling elite after the bloodbath, what sort of future for habitats, let alone our own species, can we expect from that twisted group?
Its another global problem staring us, the educated, enlightened 21st Century Human in the face, like headlights in the eyes of a deer; and we just don't have all the answers required to put humanity and the planet, or even our own nation, back on a predictable, moral, ethical, sustainable course. And so life in the 21st Century has become a giant hedonistic free-for-all suicide party; the population of predators and sociopaths is growing at a logarithmic rate, while those who would embrace charitable or democratic ideals are quickly being marginalized, or easily used and abused by those with power and money to do so. I personally believe the only way to halt, then reverse these dire trends is for the few remaining souls with a moral compass to unite and develop an action plan to first fix America. But with so many internal challenges, and personality conflicts even between "good souls"; we have failed to unite, we have failed to even be able to clearly identify people of moral fiber, as the many wolves in sheep's clothing are all around us. Recently I did a cursory audit of a huge, wealthy environmental group aimed at "saving dolphins, oceans and the environment", and found they had neither the wisdom to create prudent policies, nor any real effective activity, save their ability to sell t-shirts and expand their member base and revenue streams; very sad.
And so the blueprint to cure America must include QC metrics; how many kids passed a high level math test as a result of your after school, charter school or public school program? How many of them are employed while in college because they clearly understand the student loan program in the U.S. is a patently defective system designed to enslave them? How many understand that trappings of financial slavery and are attempting to live intelligently within their modest means, rather than "...spend money they don't have for things they don't need." (George Carlin).
We need to teach our young that the hypnotic glitz and glamour of the celebs and elite is not nearly as nourishing as a camping trip to a pristine forest that we need to keep pristine. We need to teach them that throwing money at an environmental charity is not quite as effective as simply picking up your trash, as well as some extra trash when visiting a beach. We need to teach them that car pooling is both fun and profitable, and we need to teach them that mending clothing to squeeze the last day out of a pair of shorts can be financially more sustainable and even a lot sexier than trying to acquire a $500 leather jacket, or 7 inch plastic pump cowboy boots. We need to find our roots as a blue collar worker, and Ag sector economy, rather than a nation of dog walkers, maids and gardeners serving the wealthy.
Unfortunately, the population of families able to make a living in the Ag sector is also vaporizing, due to regs related to GMO seeds and USDA policies that have almost eliminated the ability of small farmers to survive. Meanwhile, our blue collar "MAKE SOMETHING USEFUL" jobs are all being outsourced to overseas sweat shops, as are our innovative White Collar Silicon Valley jobs in a world of a rising population of programmers, leaving only a dwindling white collar sector of financial management jobs (who produce few if any useful, tangible, sustainable products we really need, save a thriving toxic derivative market), and a bunch of dog walkers and real estate agents who only sell what already existed; a bit of dirt with some wood and a splash of new paint - the American Home - which is a center for consumption, doesn't actually produce anything useful, including intelligent, caring, charitable kids with any sort of skill set required to fix our nation, let alone our planet. I know of mothers who are so so so proud their son or daughter is a top notch dance champion, and as a musician, I am proud to be able to play rock, jazz or classical piano pieces, even sometimes at public gigs, but if I didn't make something tangible, useful, sustainable during the bulk of the hours in my week I'd feel useless; I'd just be another consumer instead of someone who manufactures SOMETHING tangible that others can use to both improve their standard of living, and reduce their impact on the environment.
Folks who install solar panels do that sort of "honorable, ethical, blue collar work". Granted, they aren't manufacturing something, but at least they are doing some work that leaves a real, tangible asset on a structure that has the immediate effect of reducing America's reliance on petroleum; and that has long-term, positive financial and environmental consequences for the family, community and nation. Turning back to our stellar "Entertainer" kids, or kids studying to become real estate agents, you have to wonder if those grads will be surprised when they wind up as baggers at a grocery store trying to pay down a student loan that will never end, while paying off child support payments for kids they couldn't afford, nor spent time with to educate them on what mistakes to avoid, (nor ever went camping with them to teach them the value of minimalism, or pristine environments), while paying for social programs like Social Security and Obamacare our poor, bankrupt nation that exports almost nothing simply cannot afford. I praise our artists for their studious habits and wonderfully inspiring productions, cutting edge journalism and screen plays that cause us to reflect on ourselves and humanities journey through time; but with an overwhelming onslaught of advertising, high fashion, porn and violence, it might be prudent for every artist to also hold down a "day job", at least part-time, that actually contributed to creating a more financial, environmental and ethically solvent America. Even a part-time daily contribution by every breathing American towards these objectives might help reverse dire trends and create a united population of educated citizens who both care and are doing something constructive to counter-balance our highly destructive, unsustainable way of life today. Parents and schools need to educate kids on balancing selfish, personal agendas with activities that contribute to society in real, tangible production of products and services focused on deploying technologies that move America towards curing our ills before the "tipping point" trends running amuck today topple us over.
The "Stockdale Principle" outlined in the book Good To Great embodies some of these ideals; taking a harsh, honest audit of where we are today and then designing effective management plans to get through the horrid state of affairs and emerge victorious through action based on optimism, and not Pollyanna optimism alone, nor on a fatalistic, hedonistic, careless, if not predatory attitude that seems to enshrine American values at every level of our society. A little discipline is a good thing, when balanced with creative abandon to invent something no one has seen before. A champagne party to celebrate a financial victory is probably also a good thing, IF - key word - you actually accomplished something that helps heal the world or provided some relief to your local community, our nation or a wetlands marsh. Drinking champagne every Sunday morning or buying a new pair of 7 inch plastic pumps just because your debit/credit card allowed it, and you think you deserve it after a 60 hour work week, is a rather short-sighted, if not myopic way of life based on endless consumption, that ignores the increasingly pressing problems of your life, your local community and the global village we all share. Perhaps that $10.00 price you paid for that cocktail might have made a difference had you had saved it to buy a PC keyboard for a child without a computer. Perhaps that $49.00 price for those dress shoes you didn't really need would have been better spent on buying a motherboard for a kid who could learn to install that board into a recycled, dented desktop case, then plug in that new keyboard you also bought them, and build their own PC, complete with a recycled monitor that was headed for a landfill and is now part of a child's at-home education system. Perhaps the parent in that home might remind their child with prudent guidance, that WHEN their math homework was done, THEN they can spend a short time playing some video game on that PC, before they move on to complete their history and science homework, and further remind them that if they fail to keep their grades up, that suite of video games can be uninstalled or blocked altogether. Perhaps instead of turning on the TV to gather the family, which only serves to fracture the family after kids begin wanting consumer items they can't afford, so they begin exploring methods of acquiring capital, like drug dealing in alleys, parents would leave the TV off and focus their energy on helping their kids get through those homework assignments, learn a little math, science and history along the way, learn what it means to create a sustainable home, community and financially solvent nation, and clearly learn what happens if we do not. Perhaps if more parents spent more time educating their kids, and got smarter along the way, more American adults would realize just how under water our nation is, and with some hope derived from that education, learn to fix the mess in their own lives one step at a time.
Its a tall order and I am not sure Americans are willing to give up their baseball games or detective dramas in exchange for spending several hours each evening exploring socially relevant topics; whether political, scientific, or even charitable. But if American consumers don't modify their behavior and levels of consumption, and their hit list of acquisitions, most of which are unattainable due to our shrinking middle class and utter lack of any export industry able to finance our debt without utilizing our defective, bankrupt, imploding global system of fiat currencies; there is no hope for the generation that follows who will repeat the same mistakes because they don't know any better, or weren't educated soon enough to avoid those same mistakes. The painful truth is that as our society finds it increasingly difficult to acquire these sought after luxuries, and we continue to plunge into the financial abyss and political chaos of a third-world nation, we will have both blown the once-in-a-species democratic experiment, and our own ingenious potential to both cure our nation and help heal the planet torn by the industrial age and environmental destruction that is the legacy of a petroleum age.
Petroleum was a blessing and a curse. It allowed a great global brain trust of 7 billion to be created and all the wonderful technology that mass invented, along with 7 billion mouths to feed and feet to shoe, who unfortunately also want 7 billion shiny black beamers we can't afford to build, let alone fuel. Elon Musk of Tesla once said to build 500,000 EV's would require all the lithium the planet can produce. Therefore, we need to invent and deploy another alternative and do so quickly, and while we're at it, utilize simple, affordable, practical technologies and habits like car pooling, mass transit and shopping only for what we really need, while recycling as much as possible, and ensuring our time spent is focused on educating our young so they don't make the same mistakes our generation did. All of these fundamental changes are part of healing America and the planet we all share and whether or not we do it or embrace it, the reality is this Spartan lifestyle IS coming sooner, rather than later, to every community on earth. Get used to it. Get used to the pain of rapid change and a deteriorating social fabric, social services, a rise in unethical, predatory conduct on every front, and a high risk for a rapid implosion and die off of humanity that will be horrific. This IS our future if we do not mend our ways and no amount of technology can save us from wanton, unbridled consumerism, or our universal tendency to ignore harsh realities. A little discipline and practical, effective planning, balanced with our artistic, humanitarian and spiritual agendas is required.
So, curing what ails America is a complex idea that won't be completed by simply electing another corrupt official. You can't cure America by electing a new Mayor, Governor, Congressman or President. You won't accomplish it by switching banks or moving to a community sponsored credit union. You won't do it by simply installing solar on your roof and then pouring yourself a glass of champagne to celebrate the money you'll save on your electric bill or patting yourself on the back for reducing your need for petroleum, nor should you put the money you might save by car pooling into a fund for your annual trip to a Vegas casino where you can blow it in a weekend of heated hedonistic abandon. That sort of wreckless behavior might make sense to a 20 something kid who has never dropped five grand on a crap table, but in today's world that population of wealthy empowered young is also evaporating, and for the rest of us, prudence should guide nearly every action on this high wire act of trying to save humanity from itself. One good mistake, or worse, a continued series of imprudent mistakes, is all that is required to blow our last chance to avert the economic storm already at our door. In fact we don't even need to make a mistake; just continue on as we are doing today and there is little hope of any real, effective change for the better anything in the next 100 - 500 years of humanity's journey on this earth.
Since much of this transformation must embody fundamental changes in how our federal government operates and the QC metrics that need to be installed to change its underlying principles of operation, bloated budgets, imperialistic campaigns and lack of focus on improving the plight of America's middle class, let alone provide much relief for America's impoverished, I suggest that a huge part of "the cure" involves finding and installing politicians who can "Get 'er done". We haven't seen anything like that anywhere in America for several decades, if not for more than a century. Sure, there are a few rare politicians who actually have a reasonably solvent, financially prudent, moral, ethical, perhaps even legal game plan, but they are quickly overwhelmed and marginalized, frustrated or assassinated, or through some other means, ejected from office; a process which leaves only the corrupt or inept left behind. This begs the question, "Would America's recovery be accelerated if a popular driven vote of no confidence by citizens could quickly remove politician's from office?" I don't mean impeaching a President after a billion dollar televised trial that requires Congress to stop dead in its tracks to handle a process that distracts them from more critical resolutions, rather I mean that if 60%, 70%, 80% or more Americans were polled each month, and were found to absolutely PRESS THE REJECT BUTTON, then the President in the Oval Office bowed out on Friday, the V.P. took the hot seat, we held an impromptu election to replace them from viable candidates, and the same rapid, low-cost process was enacted for Congress, State Governors and Legislators, County Supervisors and our Mayors and any other elected official. Put another way; when 80% of your constituents think you're doing a crappy job, odds are you saw that figure rising and the moment it hit 51% the warning shot was fired over your bow. When it hit 70% you had a hole in your boat and probably should have both modified your course and began polling citizens, civic planners, scientists, artists; hippies, bankers, anyone and everyone, on what you might do to improve your performance, and heal your reputation by delivering real solutions to real problems citizens are faced with every single day.
Granted, a rapid change in high level leadership can create chaos; but we already have that today, so there's no big loss there. Granted, Americans can be a fickle group and a popular President today can easily become vilified the moment the food stamp program get slashed, or health insurance rates take a hike. Granted, if our currency goes into a freefall, as many economists predict, and we can't get the oil we need, if we begin experiencing brown outs and black outs like many developing nations endure daily, and if our highways continue to deteriorate just like our system of healthcare, ag and manufacturing sectors, its going to be pretty tough to stay in the Oval Office when such a system of rapid REJECTION is in place. That said, these negative trends are already with us across the board and I don't see either Presidential Candidate really mentally capable of fixing any of them; not one. To assume Hillary will fix things is insane; she's a known felon with absolutely no remorse, and though not convicted in a court of law, every American paying attention knows it. To assume Donald can fix it is to believe a businessman who often bases his profits and retained earnings on bankruptcy laws, and who would alienate a huge Latin American population, gays, women - name the group - is equally insane. Donald might actually be good for America, as he might be able to gut a lot of the bloat in government today, but at the end of the day, would you rather have a surgeon or a wreckless butcher performing your open heart surgery?
The answer, I believe, is to enact a series of laws that require a politician at any level to step aside quickly when a massive, popular vote of NO CONFIDENCE appears; whether its a poll taken weekly, then summarized and enacted upon on a monthly or quarterly basis, or whether we simply employ such a law to regulate Congress, quickly removing Legislators who refuse to impeach any President who acquires a massive level of public wrath measured by frequent, regular, popular vote driven surveys managed by a known, impartial, trusted audit team; i.e. your local librarian staff. Perhaps if the libraries around the nation benefited financially from educating our young and at the same time, acting as a central community gathering place for political and charitable action committees, we'd see some improvements. Frank Zappa said "If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to a library." and with the emergence of google, wikipedia and thankfully, the retention of libraries in our culture, there's little or no excuse for Americans not to continue obtaining an education, especially during this period of national crisis.
With the technology that exists TODAY there's little or no excuse for failing to develop the polls, surveys and rapid voting mechanisms that would provide politicians with a "HOW AM I DOING?" answer, and if a rapid REJECT mechanism was built into every political office, things would probably get better much faster than any other method we could devise. Put another way; a drunk surgeon shows up to do your heart surgery and you happen to wake up just as they have begun cutting you open. You realize that person is patently unqualified to both perform the job ahead, let alone care for your life along the way. No matter how many other expert healthcare professionals might be present, wouldn't you vote to "STOP EVERYTHING. EJECT THIS CLOWN AND BRING IN ANOTHER SOBER, QUALIFIED TEAM LEADER?".
Do you really think repairing our fragile, torn, crippled, dying nation is any less critical than your open heart surgery? Do you realize Washington D.C. has one of, if not the highest rate of alcoholism in our country? That's a huge "in-your-face" clue as to why things are as bad as they are in our nation and communities today.
We have TV shows like the Apprentice or Survivor where only the best make it to the final episode. As Donald himself knows all too well, substandard performance gets you "FIRED!". There's no big trial; no long expensive paperwork trail. Its done with a smile, perhaps a pat on the back for those good things you were able to accomplish early on, but if you lack the stamina or ingenuity or prudence to continue making progress, guess what? You're done. Get out. Let someone else take the ball and run from wherever we are towards the goal line.
Some will argue, and rightly so, that in a nation where the top political leader can be rotated like a pair of shoes, the only real power lies in a military Junta of corrupt, power hungry Generals and those who serve them or are "taken out". Well, if you've intimately studied American politics, that's what we have today anyway. Get a clue. Ike warned us about the Industrial Military Complex, wives of military officers and the officers themselves have come forward and revealed the way things work, so its no big surprise to see Obama swearing he's going to reduce deployment, then not long after he's in office, continue America's occupation in foreign lands. Its no big surprise to see every nation on earth condemn Israel for the situation in Palestine, and then see the U.S. is the only nation to veto resolutions that might force Israel to mend its ways. Its no surprise to see Orthodox Jews making overtures with Iran, while the government of Israel and Hillary threaten to bomb Iran into oblivion. It is no surprise to see rising rosters of homeless in America while we spend trillions fighting wars to acquire oil at a time in human history when we've already proven we can get all the energy we need to run entire nations from wind and solar projects; if we actually built them.
And so the question of whether or not a rapid rotation of Presidents or Congressmen, Governors or Mayors might lead to a nation led by military leaders has already been answered; we already are. Perhaps only by putting someone in the Oval Office who understands this problem early on can we expect American streets to look less like battle grounds, and American Cops to look and act less like U.S. troops in Iraq. I may be wrong, but the system in place is patently corrupt, patently defective and completely ineffective. Whatever Democracy and America were SUPPOSED to be 200 plus years later it surely has not become.
The solution? Throw the bums out and do it with less fanfare, less budget and less lost time. Hey, we might even make a weekly TV show out of it. Why do we have to wait forever for a State Of The Union address? When a nation is as messed up as we are today, a weekly 15 - 30 minute BOARD MEETING with American Stakeholders - every citizen - seems more appropriate. Like any board meeting, it should cover Old Business; i.e. programs being implemented and their QC Metrics produced by third party citizen bodies, and available online for download and analysis, and New Business, proposals for new programs, budgets, and a selection of innovative ideas that were gathered from the citizens themselves. A true representative of Americans would embrace their people, their ideas, their audits, and actively seek their opinions of their performance in office. A true representative of Americans wouldn't need a LAW to leave office if they knew their performance sucked and an overwhelming majority of Americans wanted them out; they'd just apologize - quickly - and step aside.
And so the BLUEPRINT to fix America quickly, if not in time to avoid a complete meltdown, probably includes a rapid REJECT/RE-ELECT process. Its like a Jehovah Witness I know explained, as they are looking for good honest souls; "You have to sift through a lot of mud to find a few flakes of gold." Its a lot like the kids I teach in hard-core neighborhoods; you have A students, B students and F students. Very few kids are C or D students for long in a well run class. They are either encouraged and want to learn, and soon rise to the B or A level, or they are not encouraged or lack the desire and in a well run class they fail within a week or two and are asked to go spend their time in some class, some where, that they actually want to participate in. There is little sense in wasting time trying to teach a kid something they really do not wish to learn. The old saying "You can't teach a Pig to sing; you waste your time and just annoy the Pig." applies.
And so the BLUEPRINT also means putting the right students in the right classes, and ensuring ALL STUDENTS understand the value of useful, productive work that requires skills America needs to remain competitive; unfortunately, ballet isn't one of them. If a kid wants to learn to play guitar or piano; great. Let them learn it like I did and study at home after finishing their math and science homework. They'll know it better and learn it faster at les cost than mommy having to spend hundreds or even thousands on piano lessons or instruments for a school marching band. I was also in a marching, orchestra and jazz band and while I have fond memories of it and wish America was so wealthy it could continue to afford these types of electives, those days are long gone. WHEN we have a balanced budget and WHEN we have kids no longer living in cars with their mothers anywhere in America - and I mean ANYWHERE - and WHEN we have cured our nation of our addiction to oil and plastic clothing; WHEN we have enough spare renewable energy to drive desalination plants to irrigate our fields to replace the crops lost due to global warming and ever-widening regions of drought, and WHEN we have desalination plants - 100's if not 1,000's of them - that do not produce dead zones from brine discharge, do not run by burning coal, LNG, petroleum, or require any process that produces nuclear waste; WHEN we have a planet that is not engaged in wars over in ground assets used to drive unsustainable economies and consumer practices, and WHEN we have Judges, Mayors, School Teachers, Governors, Legislators and Presidents all keenly aware that if they screw up a POPULAR VOICE can hand them a Pink Slip in a blink, THEN I will happily support schools with music and painting electives. In the meantime, the basics please; its all we can really afford and any child who really wants to learn to carve wood can take a class online, get a paper route or learn to repair computers in a free class they study online at their local library, then save their pennies to buy their first chisel, paint brush, ballet slippers, guitar or upright piano as the case may be.
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