Feb 21, 2019


Two frightening and enlightening new books

Jeff Goodell tells his story of accompanying Barack Obama on the first trip by an American President to the Arctic for Rolling Stone.  Obama candidly expresses his fears in a private conversation speaking of his concern for Sasha and Malia as the two of them walk the shoreline in Arctic Alaska. He spoke of recently having read THE SIXTH EXTINCTION by Elizabeth Kolbert and the effect that was having on his thinking.
 “Climate change is no longer some far-off problem; it is happening here, it is happening now,” Obama said. In perhaps the starkest language he has ever used in public, Obama warned that unless more was done to reduce carbon pollution, “we will condemn our children to a planet beyond their capacity to repair: submerged countries, abandoned cities, fields no longer growing.” His impatience was obvious: “We’re not moving fast enough,” he repeated four times in a 24-minute speech (an aide later told me this repetition was ad-libbed).
Goodell takes the Rolling Stone article as part of his detailed study of the implications of sea-level rise across the planet. The IPCC’s estimated some 3.2 feet of sea level rise by 2100 in it’s 2013 report climate scientists admit was extremely conservative. The latest report doubled the estimates but many well-known climatologists believe that estimate to be well below what will come as early as 2050 and the sea level rise will reach between 5 and 9 meters or 16 to 29 feet.  see Mar 22 2016 report to Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 

Goodell’s look at the future is frightening but his focus on sea level alone is tame compared to THE UNINHABITABLE EARTH Life After Warming by David Wallace Wells discussed in Feb 16, 2019’s New York Times opinion piece “TIME TO PANIC”. Wallace Wells believes the relatively slow moving threat of rising seas lulls us into a false complacency when it’s really the other effects of increasing heat that pose the greater threat to all life on Earth.
We have gone from an intelligent well read leader who worked to get the Paris accords and who thought daily about the effect of warming for his children, to a moron who reads nothing but tweets and who declares the greatest crisis in the history of humanity “A CHINESE HOAX”.
Perhaps the only silver lining in this disaster of an administration is the fear we all should feel and communicate to get our families and friends into action.
An interesting development has been Bill Gates TERRA POWER. A wave reactor that eats spent nuclear fuel solving one of the worst problems with nuclear power plants in the past. Terra Power entered into an agreement in China in 2015 and began construction of their first plant to help stop the proliferation of coal-fired plants going up in China by the dozens.  Read Bill Gates's Experimental Nuclear Power Plant Halts Construction in China  Gates cites the Trump Administration's aggressive stance for having to pull out.
After Trump halted the effort in China to please his coal and oil supporters this happened: Top Trump appointees promoted selling nuclear power plants to Saudi Arabia over objections from national security officials
Despite misgivings about nuclear power, a smaller safer wave reactor that eats the problematic spent fuel rods while replacing coal burning plants seems like a win-win. 

Dec 20, 2017

SCIENTOLOGY and 1984 - a simple meme for What is Scientology


SCIENTOLOGY: A 1984 NEWSPEAK MIND CONTROL CULT - Big Brother snitch culture where War is Peace, Ignorance is Strength, and Freedom is Slavery 

My Project to identify a meme and method to focus on an action to destroy the ability of DAVID MISCAVIGE to entice and keep members.

Most baby boomer high school students were exposed to Brave New World, Animal Farm, Citizen Kane, and 1984 as required reading in the fevered anti-Communist furor of the McCarthy era. That is why APPLE Inc through Steve Jobs chose the 1984 meme for the MAC advertisement that cast IBM as Big Brother. The universal acceptance of 1984 as a common experience was fundamental. The thought behind 1984's NEWSPEAK - Ignorance is Strength, War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery and Big Brother is Watching You was almost universally known.  

Since 1984 was written in 1949 it can be assumed that LRH was very familiar with the ideas proposed in that book. In matter of fact the parallels between Scientology & 1984 have been raised on
Clambake http://www.xenu.net/archive/1984/  circa 1993-2000

In 1982 the original tapes from LRH given on 6 December 1952 on:

“Therefore, we really do have the remedy before the assault weapon is produced. Did you ever read poor old George Orwell’s 1984? Yes, yes, that’s wonderful. That would be — could be the palest imagined shadow of what a world would be like under the rule of the secret use of Scientology with no remedy in existence. 
“It’s a very simple remedy. And that’s just make sure that the remedy is passed along. That’s all. Don’t hoard it and don’t hold it. And if you ever do use any Black Dianetics, use it on the guy who pulled Scientology out of sight and made it so it wasn’t available. Because he’s the boy who would be electing himself ‘The New Order.’ And we don’t need any more new orders. All those orders, as far as I am concerned, have been filled.”

However, note that all of the words in italics have been seamlessly deleted from the current “Golden Age of Knowledge” version of the lecture and accompanying transcript. This was done by David Miscavige and anything that can possibly promote the rift between Miscavige and LRH purists is a good thing. 

The parallels between Newspeak and the confused insanity of those who have been trapped by their zeal to 'save humanity and the planet' are just too accurate to be ignored. An example of IASpeak like Newspeak:
Two Scientologists meet on the street. “How're you doing?” one asks the other. 
“Well, to tell you the truth, I've been a bit out ruds because of a PTP with my second dynamic because of some bypassed charge having to do with my MEST at her apartment. When I moved in I gave her an R-factor and I thought we were in ARC about it, but lately, she seems to have gone a bit PTS so I recommended she see the MAA at the AO to blow some charge and get her ethics in. He gave her a review to F/N and VGIs but she did a roller coaster, so I think there's an SP somewhere on her lines. I tried to audit her myself but she had a dirty needle and BIs and was acting really 1.1 so I finally sent her to Qual to spot the entheta on her lines. Other than that, everything's fine…”

Chris Shelton - The Critical Thinker and ex-Scientologist used this parallel in a YouTube presentation from back in June of 2016. SCIENTOLOGY IN RUSSIA - It's 1984 all over again  

The responses to this YouTube entry were very positive for you and some 6,800 views later this has been quite effective. But has there been any follow up to this meme?  

It is quite easy to use the Soviets totalitarian ideals now obviously a part of the new Russia as an example of Big Brother. The problem arises when people focus on Russia as if it were unique. Here in the USA the revelations of Edward Snowden - now ironically trapped in Moscow - show that Big Brother is not limited to Russia or the old USSR.

Here's my take on the situation and the idea to focus on the 1984 memes to distill the evil of Scientology to a hard-hitting focused meme that can promote action. The Brainwashing idea is fraught with problems - misunderstood and difficult to prove. 

But the idea of Newspeak is quite accurate since Scientology does have a unique language that can be easily seen, and the key elements of 1984 mind control are all perfect examples of real Scientology in fact as well as effect.
IGNORANCE is STRENGTH: - obvious since members of the organization are effectively prohibited from even viewing or reading anything not approved by the RTC or IAS.
FREEDOM is SLAVERY:  this is almost too perfect when those who work for SEA ORG and on staff are required to put in 80 to 100 hours a week for nominal compensation. - Bad food, sub-par accommodations, and some 10 to 50 cents an hour in pay
WAR is PEACE: the Fair Game approach to the destruction of enemies can easily be seen as a form of all-out war against detractors.
BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU; clearly, the RTC and IAS through the machinations of DM have become a perfected exercise in far more than surveillance. The E-meter lie detection coupled with the KR's of the snitch culture is an open well-documented fact of life for members 

David Miscavige is BIG BROTHER 

 I continue to favor the idea that creative people can possibly come up with a very direct simple relatable meme that should be an effective tool for rallying support and saving potential victims from the criminal David Miscavige. 

Perhaps you might run this thought past your supporters in the ex-Scientologist community - particularly someone like Jeff Hawkins and Paul Haggis. 

I would be moved to donate to a fund with the specific goal of creating a video scripted by Paul Haggis and designed by Jeff Hawkins that is somewhat related to the famous APPLE vs IBM ad 

Scientology = 1984 mind control - that's quite obvious to me so I think it would be easy to get across to a vast cross-section of the public. 

As the answer to WHAT IS SCIENTOLOGY, this is a key concept. Once you or any of your fellow critics begin to explain the complicated reality of Scientology you find yourselves producing 100's of YouTube videos, 2 hour long GOING CLEAR documentaries with 40 hours of AFTERMATH programming and 50 books of hundreds of pages each. 

Most of these are wonderful testimonials to the damage done to good people whose only sin was a desire to make the world a better place. I do not denigrate those efforts in any way shape or form. 

But taking the next step to capitalize on the current negative perception brought about by all this effort requires something different. An easy to comprehend meme that sticks in the consciousness of a public with a 60 second 140 Twitter character attention span. 

WHAT IS SCIENTOLOGY?  All quite easy to prove and compare using the language and practices of the cult - all in 112 characters below: 

SCIENTOLOGY: A 1984 NEWSPEAK MIND CONTROL CULT - Big Brother snitch culture where War is Peace, Ignorance is Strength, & Freedom is Slavery 

That's my thought for the time being for your consideration. I see a possibility that more creative minds than mine might find a way to promote this meme - and I firmly believe that something like this could become a rallying point where many in the public would get behind a well-laid plan to make this widely known.  

This will be impossible for the Scientologists to combat since they are willfully ignorant slaves without the freedom to refuse to war against family and friends they have been required to label SP or PTS. 

Jan 28, 2017


The least educated voters in the USA have given us Donny TURNIP as leader. By that I mean this:
Of the bottom 20 states in terms of education (by a set of valid metrics that include education level and quality) only 2 went blue vs 18 red. All of the Top 11 are Blue States
The Darker the Better

Mass. NY, NJ, VT, CONN., MD, DEL, RI., NH, CO & MINN. all voted Blue
WVa gave the TURNIP the biggest margin of victory - That's arguably the dumbest state in the US
KY, MS, LA, AL, OK, AK, AZ, and TX  round out the Idiot Nine Red for TURNIP with only NV rounding out the Bottom Ten as the 1 Blue.
The next group on the Low End include: ID, MT, WY, ND, SD, IN, TN, NC, and SC 9 more Red States with NM, as the lone Blue  So of the 20 low end education states 18 elected the TURNIP.

Given that lack of education, it would behoove us to simplify in order to edify. The least educated and informed Americans are typically the most negatively impacted by Republicans and assholes like the TURNIP.



Here's how a fraud & liar gets the Electoral Votes to be President. 


West Virginia  68.63%   W.VA.-dead last in education quality & level #1 TURNIP margin
Wyoming        67.40%      Underlined states are bottom 20 in Ed Metrics
Oklahoma        65.32%
North Dakota  62.96%
Kentucky        62.52%
Alabama          62.08%
South Dakota  61.53%
Tennessee        60.72%
Arkansas         60.57%
Idaho               59.26%
Louisiana         58.09%
Indiana             56.82%
Mississippi       57.94%
Missouri          56.77%
Kansas             56.65%
Nebraska, 1st  56.18%
Montana          56.17%
So Carolina     54.94%
Texas               52.23%
Ohio                51.69%
Alaska             51.28%
Maine, 2nd      51.26%
Iowa                51.15%
Georgia           50.77%
No Carolina     49.83%           
Florida             49.02%
Arizona           48.67%
Pennsylvania   48.58%
Michigan         47.50%           Libertarian & Green Candidates - more votes than margin. 
Wisconsin        47.22%           States where 3rd party votes made the difference in GREEN 
New Hamp      46.61%
Utah                45.54%
Nevada            45.50%
Minnesota       44.92%
Virginia           44.43%
Colorado         43.25%          BOLD states are TOP 10 in Education Metrics 
Delaware         41.79%
New Jersey      41.00%
New Mexico   40.04%
Connecticut     40.93%
Maine, 1st       39.15%
Oregon            39.09%
Rhode Island  38.90%
Illinois             38.76%
Washington     38.07%
New York       36.15%
Maryland         33.91%
Massachusetts 32.81%
California        31.62%
Vermont          29.76%           
Hawaii             29.44%


Oct 27, 2016


For My  Mother who used to do this well. 
The Planet Earth Our Home 
and Hillary who I hope lives up to the faith we place in her. 



Across great plains of waving grain
O're endless burning desert sands,
A hot wind sings through canyon lands
Then howls up ridges
Rides the rain
And dies in quiet beneath deep snows
On lofty peaks above the trees.
Where rivers flow to foaming seas
Beneath white sails full blown cool breeze,
High hums the rigging taut and strong
And keel to rudder rides huge waves
Of pounding surf in fog-drenched haze.

Thunder rolls up asphalt trails
Eight lanes of freeway
Silver rails of speeding trains
Fly streaking planes
crescendo swells
Of blaring horns, hot squealing tires
the raucous sounds from concrete caves
Rise between vast gleaming spires of glass and steel
To pierce the smog of smoke filled skies.

Above thin canopies of clouds
Shine countless stars
Vast galaxies of gas and light
And coming soon bad rising moon
Will kiss the colors of the sky
As sinking sun sets in the gloom

Down beneath skyscrapers high
The nightlife springs and prowls the scene
In syncopated rhythmic dance
Our bodies spin, hearts beat alive
Minds seek connection in a trance
Of sparkling eyes, inviting smiles a human touch
The ancient ritual erupts
And all our focus is aligned
To sing love's song in space and time.

In poetry of words and wit
Is life expressed?
The real surreal
This thing is

He roars with rage all spite and fear
What beast is this that mauls and tears 
Time tested fabric of our strength?
A selfish instinct that belief
Who dares assault the tried and true 
To sing divide and conquer blues?
The center holds until we fail 
We cannot falter or this tale
Of human decency won’t last 
Our future grows from honored past 

Sep 20, 2016



 We really do not require this consensus of Climate Scientists. We can determine the truth for ourselves. We too can look at the data - the massive store of measurements of CO2 in our atmosphere and of rising temperatures across the globe. 

Charles Keeling put his CO2 measurement devices on Mauna Loa in Hawaii around 1958, We have had access to this record of CO2 in our atmosphere in the Keeling Curve and many other measurement sites that have duplicated this result across the planet. 

KEELING CO2 LEVELS 1958 - 2016

This information is quite easy to understand. The number 401.10 is the current parts per million of CO2 in the atmosphere at the Mauna Loa Observatory. Since 1958 the amount of CO2 has steadily increased from 315 to 401ppm. Everything you could possibly care to understand about this measurement is available here on THE KEELING CURVE WEBSITE including links to a number of additional measurement sites around the world that verify this is not an anomaly. 

Even the LIAR DENIERS cannot attack these measurements. Instead, they try to claim the CO2 comes from volcanoes or other natural sources. 
But this is what they fail to comprehend. We are smarter than they think. We understand there is a natural carbon cycle that has been operating on Earth for millennia . We understand that some CO2 is produced by natural processes like breathing. We know it enters the atmosphere and is absorbed by the ocean, released into the air again and absorbed in our forests where green leafy trees use photosynthesis to make CO2 into oxygen. 
How do our Climate Scientists know about the natural balance of the carbon cycle in the past? We know because the ice is a massive storage facility for ancient data on the atmosphere. 

We know the oceans and forests are carbon dioxide sinks that store CO2, first on the ocean surface until currents carry it into the ocean depths. This process was in balance for millennia. We know this because our scientists have learned that they can drill into the ice in glaciers on the high mountains and in Greenland or Antarctica and recover a record of CO2 that now goes back 800,000 years. This record now covers hundreds of core drilling sites and thousands of samples and clearly shows we have not approached 401ppm over all that time. 

In order to better understand and communicate in conflicts with deniers and doubters on Climate Change, I entered the DENIAL 101X course on EDX. This course is nearing completion but you can get involved and gain the information on your own time as I have since last week. The course consists of short video ‘lectures’ of 6 minutes average, with pdf ‘handouts’. This is very well done and beautifully organized. I encourage each of you to at least visit the site and perhaps enroll for the Climate Science course that begins on Nov 1, 2016.

This video by Dr. Lonnie Thompson from Ohio State University is very entertaining and informative. Dr. Thompson invented the process that allows scientists to use a solar powered drill to take core samples in the high mountains of the Andes, Alps,Himalayas and even Kilimanjaro and New Guinea. This involves drilling at 20,000 feet in areas inaccessible to even helicopters. Scientists use yaks to pack out the cores from the high elevations. 


The way we know that CO2 is now out of balance with the natural carbon cycle comes from the measurements of CO2 at places like Mauna Loa and from analysis of the ice cores drilled by scientists like Dr. Thompson on high mountain glaciers and by many other Climate Scientists who have drilled deep in Greenland and Antarctica. Scientists depend on a wide array of cores from all across the planet to confirm that results are not isolated phenomena. The cores are shared with scientists in many different countries at many different institutions. The analysis of the trapped air in facilities in many countries ensures results are not 'doctored'.

Sep 18, 2016




There are no more despicable deplorable liars on the planet than the Climate Change Deniers. These paid shills who create doubt in the scientific evidence of Climate Change are a threat to the very life of the planet and will be responsible for the death and destruction inevitably visited on our grandchildren.
These Denier Liars are in large part found at THE HEARTLAND INSTITUTE and CATO among several others and they are paid by funding provided by KOCH INDUSTRIES and EXXON along with other Fossil Fuel Industry beneficiaries. The Denier Liars also include a majority of Congress bought and controlled by the Fossil Fuel Industry - the most powerful industry in the history of our World. 

The lowest and foulest of the Liar Deniers is the founder of CLIMATE DEPOT - Mark Marano, an aide to Sen James "the hoax" Inhofe known as the Rush Limbaugh of Climate. 
These Denier Liars claim there is no consensus among Climate Scientists that: 
  1. CO2 is a greenhouse gas, 
  2. Greenhouse gasses are causing warming of the planet 
  3. Mankind is responsible for the increased carbon dioxide.
This Anthropogenic Global Warming or AGW is what the 90 to 100% of expert Climate Scientists involved in the study of climate, ice, atmospheric chemistry, and geology agree is happening.
Doubter's claim it's the Climate Scientists who are in it for the money. That their research grants and funding depends on them doctoring results to prove Global Warming and Climate Change. But it should be clear to any thinking person that it's the Fossil Fuel Industry that has the unlimited funding and it is they who make millionaires of their LIAR DENIER Shills. 

Sep 17, 2016


Tim Ball is a Climate Denier with a weblog

His post CHERRY PICKING IN CLIMATE STUDIES can be found here

In this post Ball takes on Dr. Michael E. Mann's hockey stick claiming that Mann "rewrote climate history by eliminating a WARMER THAN TODAY period between 899 and 1300 AD"  As I will explain down the page, Tim Ball is treading very thin ice because Michael Mann has gone on the offensive against his attackers and is posting wins in his legal battles against those who have defamed him. 

Today as of this post is MAY 25, 2016 and May 2016 is the warmest May on record over 1 degree C above the 20th Century Average. 

2015 was the warmest year on record by a significant margin as shown in the graph above and 2016 is shaping up July as of this graph as significantly hotter still. July and August have continued the 15 consecutive "hottest ever on record" months so it seems clear that Tim Ball is not capable of adjusting his thinking as the record grows. 

Sep 15, 2016



When a frog is placed in a pot of cold water heated slowly on a stove, the frog will die as it adapts to the increased heat. We are the frog. Key scientific groups with dedicated and knowledgeable climate scientists have slowly been raising the temperature with their diligent research and peer reviewed reports. These scientists consistently err on the side of the most conservative assessment. The peer review process waters down the language to the lowest common denominator. The process adds 2 to 5 years from data collection to final publication. Scientific language is notoriously dull and dense -a sleep inducing description of the coming apocalypse. We are unconcerned.

The well funded denier machine paid millions by fossil fuel interests is staffed by the same people who successfully added decades to effort to tie tobacco to cancer. "Think tanks" and "conservative" Foundations like The Heritage Foundation successfully allow Senator Jim Inhof of Oklahoma cover for his claim that the Bible proves man-made Climate Change is The Greatest Hoax. This senator from Exxon backed by Koch Industries may be more extreme but he and his party are all on board with their financial backers. After all the fossil fuel industry is the most powerful and wealthy in world history.

The task of deniers is simple - DO NOTHING. A slow moving apocalypse revealed by scientific methods is difficult to identify, more difficult to prove, and almost impossible to sell when the last thing scientists want to do is to market and sell. Most scientists are notoriously bad speakers and presenters.when it comes to promoting an idea. They speak in a foreign language using technical terms while laboring under a false illusion. Held to the same standard as politicians they insist on presenting all the facts without providing a vivid 45 second sound byte to fit the 24 hour news cycle and they are losing the battle to save our planet.

Sep 1, 2016


Not too many Kossacks are prone to talk football in diaries. Colin Kapernick has altered that a bit over the past few weeks.  
The Carolinas border city Charlotte is the scene of great unrest and some violence this week. And much is said of the horrific tendency of police to use deadly force as the first option.  These events have had the effect of seeing college football coaches questioned with some interesting results — none more interesting than this.
Last Tuesday, Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney was asked to comment about Kaepernick‘s kneeling during the national anthem.  As head coach of the 2nd best team in college football last season: Dabo Swinney is exceptionally well paid and well covered by the media. His Clemson Tigers only lost one game last year — the National Championship to the Alabama Crimson Tide 45 to 40. 
This was Dabo’s response:
"I think everybody has the right to express himself in that regard," Swinney said. "But I don't think it's good to be a distraction to your team. I don't think it's good to use the team as a platform. I totally disagree with that. Not his protest. But I just think there's a right way to do things. I don't think two wrongs make a right. Never have, never will. I think it just creates more divisiveness, more division."
Swinney went on to discuss King, saying, "I hate to see what's going on in our country. I really do. I think this is a good world. I think this is a great country. It's just that things get painted with a broad brush in this world these days.
"There's more good than bad in this world. With Martin Luther King, I don't know that there's ever been a better man or better leader. To me, he changed the world. He changed the world through love in the face of hate. He changed the world through peace in the face of violence. He changed the world through education in the face of ignorance. And he changed the world through Jesus. Boy, that's politically incorrect. That's what he did. It's amazing when we don't learn from our past how you can repeat your mistakes."
NEYLAND STADIUM with U and T built as a student by my fraternity 
Being born on campus at Tennessee as son of a Torchbearer mom and UT Law student father teaching accounting as a grad assistant at the time of my birth; I was carried to UT football games as an infant. As freshman class and fraternity president when we built a copy of the iconic interlaced U and T on The Hill where we fired the scoring cannon. I was born into Big Orange Football I know the power & prestige of football coaches in the south 


Aug 28, 2016



How Donald Trump's New Campaign Chief Created an Online Haven for White Nationalists

Breitbart News is "the platform for the alt-right," boasts Stephen Bannon.
Sarah Posner Aug 22 2016

Last week, when Donald Trump tapped the chairman of Breitbart Media to lead his campaign, he wasn't simply turning to a trusted ally and veteran propagandist. By bringing on Stephen Bannon, Trump was signaling a wholehearted embrace of the "alt-right," a once-motley assemblage of anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, ethno-nationalistic provocateurs who have coalesced behind Trump and curried the GOP nominee's favor on social media. In short, Trump has embraced the core readership ofBreitbart News.
"We're the platform for the alt-right," Bannon told me proudly when I interviewed him at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in July. Though disavowed by every other major conservative news outlet, the alt-right has been Bannon's target audience ever since he took over Breitbart News from its late founder, Andrew Breitbart, four years ago. Under Bannon's leadership, the site has plunged into the fever swamps of conservatism, cheering white nationalist groups as an "eclectic mix of renegades," accusing President Barack Obama of importing "more hating Muslims," and waging an incessant war against the purveyors of "political correctness."
"Andrew Breitbart despised racism. Truly despised it," writes a former Breitbart News editor. "With Bannon embracing Trump, all that changed."
"Andrew Breitbart despised racism. Truly despised it," former Breitbart editor-at-large Ben Shapiro wrote last week on the Daily Wire, a conservative website. "With Bannon embracing Trump, all that changed. Now Breitbart has become the alt-right go-to website, with [technology editor Milo] Yiannopoulos pushing white ethno-nationalism  as a legitimate response to political correctness, and the comment section turning into a cesspool for white supremacist mememakers."
Exactly who and what defines the alt-right is hotly debated in conservative circles, but its most visible proponents—who tend to be young, white, and male—are united in a belief that traditional movement conservatism has failed. They often criticize immigration policies and a "globalist" agenda as examples of how the deck is stacked in favor of outsiders instead of "real Americans." They bash social conservatives as ineffective sellouts to the GOP establishment, and rail against neo-conservative hawks for their embrace of Israel. They see themselves as a threat to the establishment, far bolder and edgier than Fox News. While often tapping into legitimate economic grievances, their social-media hashtags (such as #altright on Twitter) dredge up torrents of racist, sexist, and xenophobic memes.
Trump's new campaign chief denies that the alt-right is inherently racist. He describes its ideology as "nationalist," though not necessarily white nationalist. Likening its approach to that of European nationalist parties such as France's National Front, he says, "If you look at the identity movements over there in Europe, I think a lot of [them] are really 'Polish identity' or 'German identity,' not racial identity. It's more identity toward a nation-state or their people as a nation." (Never mind that National Front founder Jean Marie Le Pen has been fined in France for "inciting racial hatred.")
Bannon dismisses the alt-right's appeal to racists as happenstance. "Look, are there some people that are white nationalists that are attracted to some of the philosophies of the alt-right? Maybe," he says. "Are there some people that are anti-Semitic that are attracted? Maybe. Right? Maybe some people are attracted to the alt-right that are homophobes, right? But that's just like, there are certain elements of the progressive left and the hard left that attract certain elements."
A Twitter analysis conducted by The Investigative Fund using Little Bird software found that these "elements" are more deeply connected to Breitbart News than more traditional conservative outlets. While only 5 percent of key influencers using the supremacist hashtag #whitegenocide follow the National Review, and 10 percent follow the Daily Caller, 31 percent follow Breitbart. The disparities are even starker for the anti-Muslim hashtag #counterjihad: National Review, 26 percent; the Daily Caller, 37 percent; Breitbart News, 62 percent.
Bannon's views often echo those of his devoted followers. He describes Islam as "a political ideology" and Sharia law as "like Nazism, fascism, and communism." On his Sirius XM radio show, he heaped praise on Pamela Geller, whose American Freedom Defense Initiative has been labeled an anti-Muslim hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Bannon called her "one of the leading experts in the country, if not the world," on Islam. And he basically endorsed House Speaker Paul Ryan's primary challenger, businessman Paul Nehlen, who floated the idea of deporting all Muslims from the United States.

Aug 21, 2016



Let us parse this incredible statement by Donald Trump in answer to a softball question from Hugh Hewitt – Conservative talk show host and Trump supporter.

Hewitt’s inquiry concerning the Nuclear Triad of course refers to the 3 “legs” or elements of the US nuclear arsenal – 1) Land based ICBMs  2) Our Nuclear Submarine Missile Fleet and 3) Our B1 Stealth Long Range Bombers equipped with Nuclear bombs. Hewitt evidently wants to allow Trump to expound on his toughness and Commander in Chief capacity by indicating which element of our nuclear capacity Trump would make a priority.

Trump evidently has no clue what Hewitt is talking about. 

So Trump launches into a strange monologue first touting that he is 1) Trustworthy 2) Responsible and 3) Knows what he is doing. 
Then he gives his “proudest” proof of his quality:  He was “totally against going into Iraq in 2003 – 04 because it would destabilize the Middle East. He “called it VERY STRONGLY” and “IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT”

FACT:  The invasion of Iraq began on March 20 2003 and according to FACT CHECKER (non partisan FACT CHECK site)
The record of TRUMP’s pre-Iraq invasion statements 

In short:
Sept 11, 2002 Howard Stern asks Trump if he supports the invasion:

DONALD TRUMP “Yeah, I guess so. You know, I wish it was, I wish the first time it was done correctly.” 

TRUMP stated his opposition was so well known and vocal that representatives from the Bush Whitehouse came to Trump Tower in attempt to silence him, because, he said, he was getting “a disproportionate amount of publicity” for his opposition to the war.

There is no evidence this happened and given his claim of “disproportionate publicity” it seems that someone somewhere would have a record of it.

Jan. 28, 2003: Trump  on Fox “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” Trump says he expects to hear “a lot of talk about Iraq and the problems,” He urges Bush to make a decision on Iraq. “Either you attack or you don’t attack,” he says. But he offers no opinion.
Cavuto: If you had to sort of breakdown for the president, if you were advising him, how much time do you commit to Iraq versus how much time you commit to the economy,
Trump: We have to — you know, it’s sort like either do it or don’t do it.
Trump: Either you attack or you don’t attack. -the point is either you do it or you don’t do it, or you — but I just — or if you don’t do it, just don’t talk about it. When you do it, you start talking about it.
March 21, 2003: Neil Cavuto of Fox interviews Trump
Trump the war “looks like a tremendous success from a military standpoint,” and he predicts the market will “go up like a rocket” after the war.
March 25, 2003: Donald Trump, “If they keep fighting it the way they did today, they’re going to have a real problem.” “The war’s a mess,”. WaPo interview.
July 1, 2003: HARDBALL – TRUMP “. I think the president is doing a very good job. I would love to see New York City and some of the cities and some of the states get some of the money that`s going toward Iraq”
Sept. 11, 2003: SCARBROUGH COUNTRY  TRUMP “It wasn’t a mistake to fight terrorism and fight it hard, and I guess maybe if I had to do it, I would have fought terrorism but not necessarily Iraq.”
Nov. 4, 2003: HARDBALL Trump “the economy is doing well,” but predicts “his bigger problem is going to be what’s happening in Iraq.”
Trump:. The question is whether or not we should have been in Iraq in the first place. I don’t think that this president can do anything about that. He is really — he is on a course that has to stay.
Dec. 15, 2003: Neil Cavuto  TRUMP “a lot of people [are] questioning” the wisdom of going to war with Iraq in the first place. But ultimately, over the next year, two years, 10 years and 20 years, this is just a great thing for the free world.