Sunday, January 22, 2017

Do ‘Alternative Facts’ Trump ‘Facts’

Vanity Fair

In the world of fake news, now we also have “alternative facts.”

NBC’s Chuck Todd invited Kellyanne Conway on Meet the Press to ask her about yesterday’s press conference, in which White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer berated the press for accurately reporting on the size of Trump’s inauguration crowd. Todd had one question for her: why did Trump’s administration feel the need to dispatch Spicer to tell the press lies about Trump’s crowd size that were easily proven false? His question never got answered.

“Chuck, the President did many things yesterday and the day before that are meaningful to America,” Conway began, before pivoting. When she finally got to Spicer’s statement about the number of attendees at Trump’s inauguration Friday, it was only to remind Todd about all of the counties and votes that Trump won on Election Night.

“I’m about things that are quantifiable and important,” she said as she sidestepped a question about something quantifiable and important.

When Todd once again reiterated his original question, she said that Spicer had provided “alternative facts,” as opposed to just plain facts.

“Four of the five facts he uttered were just not true,” Todd replied. “‘Alternative facts’ are not facts.”

When Todd called Spicer’s lies “ridiculous,” Conway ominously intimated that if news outlets continue to ask these kinds of questions and behave in this way, the Trump administration would have to “rethink our relationship” with the press.

[See #AlternativeFacts for more Twitter responses.]

iON LIVE! on Payday 2017


Part 1, 2 coming
21 January

Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
14 January

Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
7 January

The Discovery

The Guardian

The Discovery posits a world in which an afterlife has been scientifically proven. There are no specifics, other than concrete evidence that brainwaves move to a different plane of existence.

The public reacts with a drastic spike in suicides, as unhappy people rush to “get there”. Hitting reset is an understandable impulse.

Dr Thomas Harbor is the scientist who made the discovery and he’ss living and working in a secluded mansion, staffed by survivors of suicide attempts. He is feverishly working on his latest experiments, which include temporarily flatlining for a few moments with a tangle of wires attached to his head in an attempt to record what happens after death.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Behind-the-Scenes at a 3 Minute Trump Photoshoot

by Ellyn Kail

Matt McClain, Staff Photojournalist for The Washington Post, sat down with Mr. Trump for just over three minutes last Tuesday, the 17th of January.

“Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery.”
Marshall McLuhan

Drawing inspiration from the Armenian-Candian photographer Yousuf Karsh’s 1941 portrait of Winston Churhill, McClain’s intention was to make what he calls “A power portrait.”

Churchill is said to have given Karsh barely two minutes of his time.

McClain’s Trump session was less rocky, but it was just as historic. The renowned photographer was indeed “nervous” prior to the shoot and can be seen pacing in the video, but in the end, he told the Post, everything went well.

“The politician will be only too happy to abdicate in favor of his image, because the image will be much more powerful than he could ever be.”
Marshall McLuhan

President Trump Vows to Give Power Back to the People

CBS News

After taking the oath of office, President Donald J. Trump promised to take the power from the Washington elite and return it to the people, and he stressed that his priority will be to put the U.S. ahead of other nations.

“We are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people,” the newly sworn-in president said.

“The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer,” he said.

Mr. Trump highlighted issues that he said need to be solved such as violence in the nation’s “inner cities,” an education system that’s flush with cash, and crime, gangs and drugs that have taken too many lives.

“The American carnage stops right here, and stops right now,” he said.

He denounced previous U.S. policies that he said have subsidized militaries of other countries, allowing for the depletion of the U.S. military, policies that have defended other nations’ borders before America’s and measures that have resulted in spending trillions of dollars overseas before spending money on rebuilding America’s infrastructure that Mr. Trump said has “fallen into disrepair and decay.”

“From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America First. America first,” Mr. Trump said. “Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.”

Mr. Trump promised that, “America will start winning again, winning like never before” and that the U.S. would follow “two simple rules: buy American and hire American.”

The new president vowed to not impose America’s way of life on other nations and to fight “radical Islamic terrorism.”

“You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes and your dreams will define our American destiny,” he said. “Together, we will make America strong again, we will make America wealthy again, we will make America proud again, we will make America safe again again and yes, together, we will make America great again.”

“We take Gotham from the corrupt. The rich. The oppressors of generations who have kept you down with myths of opportunity, and we give it back to you… the people.”
Batman villain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises

New White House Website Scrubbed of Climate Change References


On Friday, the Obama administration's White House website, which included many pages on climate change and plans to combat it, was switched over to a website featuring President Donald Trump's agenda. All of the climate-related pages are missing from the new website.

Instead, highlighted at the top of the issue list is the "America First Energy Plan," which talks about the need to roll back former president Barack Obama's far-reaching climate regulations, known as the Climate Action Plan.

An America First Energy Plan

Energy is an essential part of American life and a staple of the world economy. The Trump Administration is committed to energy policies that lower costs for hardworking Americans and maximize the use of American resources, freeing us from dependence on foreign oil.

For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry. President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule. Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years.

Sound energy policy begins with the recognition that we have vast untapped domestic energy reserves right here in America. The Trump Administration will embrace the shale oil and gas revolution to bring jobs and prosperity to millions of Americans. We must take advantage of the estimated $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil, and natural gas reserves, especially those on federal lands that the American people own. We will use the revenues from energy production to rebuild our roads, schools, bridges and public infrastructure. Less expensive energy will be a big boost to American agriculture, as well.

The Trump Administration is also committed to clean coal technology, and to reviving America’s coal industry, which has been hurting for too long.

In addition to being good for our economy, boosting domestic energy production is in America’s national security interest. President Trump is committed to achieving energy independence from the OPEC cartel and any nations hostile to our interests. At the same time, we will work with our Gulf allies to develop a positive energy relationship as part of our anti-terrorism strategy.

Lastly, our need for energy must go hand-in-hand with responsible stewardship of the environment. Protecting clean air and clean water, conserving our natural habitats, and preserving our natural reserves and resources will remain a high priority. President Trump will refocus the EPA on its essential mission of protecting our air and water.
A brighter future depends on energy policies that stimulate our economy, ensure our security, and protect our health. Under the Trump Administration’s energy policies, that future can become a reality.

Trump may also sign an executive order suspending a metric known as the social cost of carbon, which helps federal officials weigh the climate risks of any project.


An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power premiered at Sundance to standing ovations on the eve of the inauguration.

Akito’s Cash Flow Notes | 22 June 2011


Opening music:
Le Freak by Chic

Bob wants to make a major announcement today,
but iON knocked out Bob & Carolyn's phones, using Carolyn's iPhones instead
(lousy sound quality)

iON plays "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" by Bachman-Turner Overdrive

Bob in hour3 of last wk's show, iON played the CNN clip on Pandora

Bob also in hour3, Lisa (?) asked if iON hang out in Laguna Beach in the '60s
iON said "Chasing Vern," David Worcester's girlfriend

Bob & iON investigate "faith"
Bob what it means to have "faith," iON defined faith as "self image"
Bob: What do Christians mean when they have faith?
iON: It (inaudible) as the evidence of "things not seen."
the Christians are operating on the iONic principle of "what you see is not real"
iON: People believe in Jesus, but people don't see Jesus.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Glenn Greenwald | Intelligence Agencies at War with Trump

Bill Gates | Deadly Epidemic Is Real Possibility

Business Insider

Gates was in Davos to promote a new global health security initiative – The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations or CEPI.

“We want to stop future epidemics by developing new vaccines for a safer world.”
from the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations website

With an initial investment of US$460m from the governments of Germany, Japan and Norway, plus the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust, CEPI is officially launced at the World Economic Forum in Davos 19 January 2017.

The Origin of ‘Make America Great Again’