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Medi-scare

“Washington Republicans are plotting a war on seniors,” (Sen. Charles Schumer incoming Senate minority leader.)

President-elect Donald Trump reassured voters during his political campaign that he would protect Medicare, Social Security and other popular federal assistance programs.

However, in tapping Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to be his Health and Human Services secretary, he has elevated
one of the most aggressive proponents of dramatically overhauling the government safety net for seniors and low-income Americans, a long-held conservative goal.

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Puppies and Kittens: The Morning Briefing

I think we make a mistake by requiring the president to have a morning intelligence meeting.  Why? I think it ends up brainwashing those elected to favor certain information.

Imagine if instead, the president received a morning puppy and kitten briefing from the ASPCA. Yes, this sounds absurd already, but if we have morning meetings about spies and bad guys, it is possible to have a morning meeting on a weird topic.

So, each morning it is puppies and kittens. I think most of us would begin our presidency being polite and interested in the presentations. Within a few months, we may start to get involved with the details of all these puppies and kittens. 

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Internet Rumors

There's stuff circulating on the net that Julian Assange is among the missing, maybe even dead. Specifically, he has not made an identifyable appearance in 6 weeks or so. Lending credibility to the story is the infallible Alex Jones.

Does anybody know where he went?

10 reasons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAbq9RbgVyc

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Rise Above

On the morning of November 8, Election Day 2016, I was standing in my kitchen looking out the window up at the sliver of sky you can see between the houses next door.  As I looked at that slice of blue, two little words popped into my head: “rise above.”  And I thought, today of all days, that’s probably good advice.  And then, that it might be good advice in many situations beyond just electoral politics.  How many of the world’s ills could be solved if we could somehow rise above, at least long enough to get a clear view and the lay of the land?

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Thanksgiving Weekend During US 9 Nation Regime Change Death & Destruction Trump Opposes & Decries

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Although Trump has castigated the administration of Prez Obama and Sec. of State Hillary Clinton for the US regime change wars that have brought death and destruction to the Middle East, these genocidal prosecutable crimes against humanity continue even as Americans gave thanks for their own well being as usual in utter disregard or ignorance of what was being done in their name to millions of innocent children, women and men

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Postpubescent Tumescence - The Sexual Twilight Zone

When researching the age of consent within the context of the history of human sexuality in western civilization, the most notable consequence of archaic patriarchal sex laws is the dehumanizing effect on sexual norms. In the United States, the very phrase, “sexual norms” in fact, advances the denial and deprivation of individual positive biological sexual functions and qualities. Those functions are grounded in the physiology and age of individuals from postpubescence throughout adulthood. They should not be based on arbitrary or moral legal-age limits and norms.

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Patriots/Seahawks Field Size Flag Smaller Than Mile Long Green Flag of Million Libyans for Gaddafi

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The explosive difference between a flag honoring in a pre-game show of proud and comfortable patriotism with young Americans smartly saluting, and the flag in a flash back to 2011 and a small African nation’s brave and desperate show of patriotism in the face of its destruction was described at the Nuremberg Trials. Seek truth!

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The Morning After

Although I voted for Jill Stein this year and for Obama in his first term, I am so glad Trump won. 

 I admit that I am late to the game. It started at the age 58 in 2008. That is when  I became an activist. 15,000 hours of research later, 3 remixed films, dozens of videos, 3 websites, a magazine prototype, blah blah, blah and here I am. My take away from all of this is that government routinely omits, deceives and lies to the public in an attempt to engineer our perceptions and control our beliefs and opinions.  MSM (mainstream media) is the principle agent of this deception. 

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Post Election Blues

I was very wrong about this election.  I started saying "It's going to be Hillary" back in June and I said it so many times, I started to believe it myself. Clinton had it in the bag, a done deal.  I couldn't imagine a scenario in which Trump could win, given all the negative stories about him and the number of people who seemed to hate him.  And then Trump got out to an early lead and stayed there. I was confused at first, and almost as incredulous as the PBS News Hour staff at midnight on  Election Day -- where were those big piles of Hillary votes that were going to drop in at the last minute to save the day?  They just weren't there.  All the same, I bravely went to bed shortly after 1 AM thinking, when I wake up, maybe it'll be different -- or at least, I'll be better able to deal with it. But, when I woke up very early the next morning, my partner in crime, who had stayed up to see the final results, muttered sleepily, "President Trump," and I knew the unimaginable had happened.  Donald Trump, President of the United States.  Even now, it feels weird to type it.

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Vets Day Postmortem: Trump No To Regime Change Death/Destruction Ali/King Called Vietnam Genocide

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Current US President elect denounced the “death and destruction” brought down on the the Middle East under the outgoing Democratic administration Obama and Sec. of State Hillary. If the wholesale and genocidal destruction of 3 wealthy Arab oil nations is now a discredited activity by US President-elect Donald Trump how the hell can Americans who are veterans of bringing about this “death and destruction” be hailed as heroes?

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