What is most needed for learning is a humble mind

A great man is always willing to be little.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Knock knock”

“Who’s there?”

“Guess”

“Guess who?”

  • I’m much more humble than you would understand.”
  • I have the best temperament or certainly one of the best temperaments of anybody that’s ever run for the office of president. Ever.”
  • I’m the most successful person ever to run for the presidency, by far. Nobody’s ever been more successful than me.”
  • I’m the least racist person you have ever interviewed”
  • I’m the least racist person you’ll find anywhere in the world.”
  • “Number one, I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life. Number two, racism. The least racist person
  • I’m the best thing that’s ever happened to the Secret Service.”
  • I am the world’s greatest person that does not want to let people into the country.”
  • No one has done more for people with disabilities than me.”
  • Nobody in the history of this country has ever known so much about infrastructure as Donald Trump.”
  • There’s nobody who understands the horror of nuclear more than me.”
  • There’s nobody bigger or better at the military than I am.”
  • There’s nobody that feels stronger about the intelligence community and the CIA than Donald Trump,”
  • There’s nobody that’s done so much for equality as I have”
  • There’s nobody that has more respect for women than I do,”
  • “I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me”
  • “I am going to save Social Security without any cuts. I know where to get the money from. Nobody else does .”
  • Nobody respects women more than I do”

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He who truly knows has no occasion to shout.

-Leonardo da Vinci

A true genius admits that he/she knows nothing.

-Albert Einstein

As the screws tighten…

The “witch” in the hunt might have been found–at least that’s what Michael Cohen’s plea deal indicates.

Cohen pleaded under oath, and without any pressure, that “the candidate” gave him instructions to pay hush money to women for the purposes of influencing the election. This is a violation of campaign finance laws.

If Trump wasn’t president, he would be indicted based on the Cohen’s plea deal alone. Cohen was only the messenger here, and in a crime of this nature it’s not the messenger the feds are after–its the one who gave the order.

Mueller has more up his sleeve and Cohen has more cards to play, hence the plea and the quick resolution to this small but important part of the investigation. The implication was just the beginning.

And let’s not forget about Manafort. His case was never about taxes as much as it was about access. He represents loose connections to the other side of the equation. And he was found guilty in front of a jury.

This whole thing is just warming up.

Thoughts on the new plans to rollback fuel efficiency standards…

As the US continues to drop bombs on its war against reason as it relates to climate change, consumers need to act.

If the market demands cars with improved fuel efficiency, or electric cars, whatever rollbacks the Trump administration implements on fuel efficiency standards will not matter.

Automakers will be forced to comply with market demands.

Our dollars and decisions drive the market, not Trumps war on science and reason.

Screaming on social media doesn’t help, especially if you go out and buy a gas guzzling SUV afterwards.

Gas prices are rising. The petroleum industry and car manufacturers win if these proposed rules go into effect. In the long run, auto-consumers loose at the gas pump and via continued environmental degradation. But that doesn’t mean we quit and blame Trump.

Buy smart if you care about climate change–and don’t get sucked into the noise, such as the argument about safety as it relates to cars with better fuel efficiency standards. That’s crap.

Oh, and by the way, fuck you EPA. Remember, you make the rules we make the calls.

Using Big Data as a Weapon

We’ve blindly accepted Facebook terms and conditions for a long time. We are conditioned to just accept them at this point. We want to like things, they want our data. Ever wonder what happens to the data you provide as you continue to use the service?

Click on the vid below for a snapshot into how one company has used personal data that’s been harvested to manipulate the way we think.

NY Times Op-Ed: Get Out of Facebook and Into the N.R.A.’s Face

Here’s an op-ed by Thomas Friedman reminding us that the fight for gun control needs to move beyond social media, and needs to be bigger than marches and protests.

The NRA has a comfortable seat at the table and uses republican lawmakers as puppets.

We can scream gun control until we are blue in the face in person and on social media, but nothing changes until we elect lawmakers that haven’t been purchased by the NRA.

Let’s re-think the fight for gun control

This is a tired topic. And for the president to tweet this:

It’s an insult to our intelligence considering he made it easier for those with mental disability to own a gun.

Maybe its time we realize that the fight for gun-control in its current state is impossible to win. Screaming on social media and at the current congress isn’t going to work. Our government has been bought and it might be time to carve a new path.

Remember bump stops–they are still legal.

There has to be a better way of addressing this sort of domestic terrorism. I don’t know the solution. But if you have any ideas, get them out there.

Maybe the solution is as easy as not electing politicians with high NRA ratings. As long as they are in charge, nothing is going to change.

Nuts and Wrecking Balls

Destroying is easier than building. The current administration is learning this. The only piece of original legislation passed is the tax bill. But that was a layup. All other accomplishments involve gutting regulations and undermining the previous administration’s accomplishments. The whole stock market is booming rhetoric–come on–eliminating consumer protections and regulations–any monkey can do that. Let’s get real. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to solve for x. The long term harm in exchange for short term gain caused by this administration, however, is something the next administration will have to grapple with and we will have to suffer through.

We elected somebody that proclaimed he was good at building. If this is the destruction portion of the project, we might want to consider a new project manager because whatever this is, it seems to be late and over-budget already.

Oh yeah, and this tax bill…  The only real thing he passed… I hope the next administration demolishes that. Because like everything else this administration has done, it’s a bill that really isn’t in the public’s best interests–remember, all those regulations that are being gutted exist for a reason.