2017 … A Scary Year in Review

These are my personal feelings only and concerns.

With 2017 coming to end, I thought that it would be a good time to look at the past year and see if we can detangle some of it. With Trump being President things are very confused. It seems like everything is a potential Twitter storm. The simple fact that social media has been so very active on how things are going on.

When we need to have someone one that is balanced and has their feet on the ground, it seems that money has talked again. Things need to be able to be understood and with what we have seen it seems that things are going in the opposite way.

There have been times that I feel like a piece of popcorn and every so often someone turns the hot air on and I go bouncing around the machine.

I see the facts that money has done a lot of the talking and the lower classes must pay the cost. I have had other people tell me that I need to go back to a different country due to my love of different culture. I am a military service veteran for the US.

I am one of the people that will say things to represent the different cultures of the country. One time I said happy holidays in four different ways and was told to go back to the country where I came from. I am part Native American and so that was one of the things that worries me.

When you have a person in the highest office in the land who doesn’t want to get a full briefing because there may be things that will upset them. When you have a President that doesn’t want to hear about a country that has been caught tampering with our election system. They seem to be more interested in trying to pick a fight with the other political party. When the common words coming out of the person’s mouth is ‘Fake News’, then attacking the media is harder to listen.

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Answers to Common Questions … pt. 2

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First off to everyone who leaves comments: You have rocked my world. The current count on the two blogs that I do (https://strangebuttruehistory.wordpress.com) is 12,984 comments currently and on (https://worldofmythologyblog.wordpress.com) is 8,966 comments. This is better than I have ever imagined that they would do.

Some of the questions I get a lot of the time in the comments are going to be answered below I hope.

First one: Do I get a lot of spam? The answer is that every comment that comes in goes to my spam filter first. This way I can make sure that they are safe and not offensive. Some of the people have chosen to try to sell things and those hit the delete button real fast. The ones that are trying to provoke issues I delete.


Second one: Does it cost a lot to run the sites?

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History is Repeating … We need to wake up


This is a cautionary tale. This what I am seeing going on and the history of what has been done in the past. These are my feelings only. The conclusions you draw are your own. I am wanting to put the information out there.

When you look at the history of the 20th century and what is going on now you will see there are some very dangerous similarities, and this is what concerns me. I want to have people understand that I love history. I have been in the US Army and got to see the damage that was done.

When you look at the end of the first World War, there were two major people who took power in some very dangerous ways. The two people that I am talking about are Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler. I want to make this totally clear – they were both insane and mass murders. I don’t approve of what they did in any way and there was and is no reason to prevent a person to have a life of their own. When you look at what is going on with the current President of the United States there are more than a few similarities. This is what I fear happening again.

For you to fully understand why I have the fear that I do you need to know the history of the last two people that have caused so many deaths. First let’s look at Benito Mussolini – and what he did and used to create the problems that he did.

Mussolini was born in 1883. He was a socialist as a youth, following his father’s political footsteps. His mother was a devout Catholic schoolteacher. He moved to Switzerland in 1902 and was expelled by the Swiss authorities in 1904 due to his political demonstrations. When he got back to Italy, he started being the editor of a newspaper, Avanti (meaning ‘Forward’).1

After WWI he began to criticize the Italian Government for weakness at the Treaty of Versailles. He began a right winged group called the Fascist Party. He said that he was the one that could bring Italy to level of the Great Roman Empire of the past. He had gone to Switzerland to avoid doing ‘conscription service’ but was willing to serve in WWI.

He was known to use his writing and his speaking ability to put his finger on the pulse of the Italian people. He was trying to prove his military skills and started invaded Ethiopia, then went after Greece and things went down hill from there. He died in 1945 after Italy had fallen to the allies and he hadn’t been able to get to Austria.

When you look at the other person Adolf Hitler, we know that he was a mass murderer in the sense that he knew about the camps. He was known to be very anti-Semitic and that is part of the problem. When you look at the fact that he left Austria to avoid doing ‘conscription service’ and went to Germany, we all know this. The fact that he was a person who could speak and put his finger on the pulse of the German people.

Both these men did several of the same things in their lives. They both left their home countries to prevent from doing ‘conscription service’. They have been known to ‘modify’ their ‘personal history.’ They have been willing to do what they had to get into power. They both felt that they had their finger on the pulse of the country that they ran.

This next section has a lot of my personal views in it —

When you look at the current President of the United States, you can see there are several similarities in them. First off, he avoids going into the draft (conscription service in a different form) by saying that he was in school for four years and the fifth year was due to a bone spur. He has been willing to alter or ‘modify’ his ‘personal history’ in order to make it look like he has his finger on the pulse of the country.

When you look at the use of the media at the times you can see that all have used the media in the forms that they had to alter the perception that the people have.

They have all had people that they have tried to ban or destroy due to their feelings. This has been shown with the camps in Germany, the attempted ban of people from seven countries to come in the US since they are mostly Muslims in those countries.

I won’t tell you how to think on this, I wanted to show you that history is in the process of being repeated and we are smart enough to stop it this time. We need to act, and we need to get the message across that this isn’t the best way for our country to go.

Contact your Senators, Congress People and write. Let people know the truth on how you feel about the way the country is going.

 

 

Sources:

1: https://www.biography.com/people/benito-mussolini-9419443

Thinking Outside the Box … Games?

Could video games help you think outside the box? Teach you to think critically? Can they teach something that can help others?

I am not endorsing sitting at home playing games all day but engaging your mind is as important as engaging the muscles in your legs. These are my feelings only.

If we look at the type of games that we can use to entertain our kids and ourselves, we can see how some of them can help us to learn to think outside the box. When you go back to the time before there were computers and smart phones the games were different than the ones we have now.

If we look at board games and tile games, you can see where people were being challenged to think in ‘special ways’ to win the games. If we take tile games like Mahjong and Dominoes, we see that we must match the tiles and at the same time think about what is the other person going to do. If we make the wrong choice, we can prevent the ability to end the game and must start over and see if we can learn the correct combination to be able to win the game.

With Dominoes there is the extra fun of trying to figure out what the other person is going to do as well. While there is no violence in them they do engage the mind and that is an important thing as well.


There are some card games as well that are that way. When you look at Solitaire, again while it is cards you have make sure that you are thinking three steps ahead or you may take the wrong card out and must start over.


These are all simple puzzle games that can make kids learn to look at things in a different way. When that gets engaged you can find that you are looking at the world in a slightly different light and that will give you an edge. The more that you do it the more you find that things can be done in a slightly different way and be as rewarding as ever.

Now if you look at some of the games that are on the computers, tablets, and smart phones you can find ones that are able to engage the mind as well. This one will sound funny as ever but hear me out. If you have ever played ‘Candy Crush’ you know that it is a matching game but at the same time you need to think about the next move before you do it. If you make the wrong choice, it is start over time or try doing things differently.

For the people who like role playing games, there are ones that mix matching and the role playing as well. This gives the player an extra challenge since they must figure what the other player is going to do as well. Often this is the computer system (tablets have them too) or able to work with or against someone else.

Some games will teach strategy and history as well. When you are looking at getting a new game look at what it can do to benefit your mind as well.

Answers to Common Questions … pt. 2

First off to everyone who leaves comments: You have rocked my world. The current count on the two blogs that I do (https://strangebuttruehistory.wordpress.com) is 12,984 comments currently and on (https://worldofmythologyblog.wordpress.com) is 8,966 comments. This is better than I have ever imagined that they would do.

Some of the questions I get a lot of the time in the comments are going to be answered below I hope.

First one: Do I get a lot of spam? The answer is that every comment that comes in goes to my spam filter first. This way I can make sure that they are safe and not offensive. Some of the people have chosen to try to sell things and those hit the delete button real fast. The ones that are trying to provoke issues I delete.



Second one: Does it cost a lot to run the sites? The sites themselves are free sites through WordPress and I have been writing all my life, so this is something that I do for fun. I don’t pay anyone to help me with it and write what I feel is important.

Third one: Spelling issues… When there is a spelling challenge it is most often in the comments that people put on the site. When I must use the names of places I will make sure that the spelling is the way that it is listed on the locations web site. Some of these will look like a spelling error but that is the way that the site I have gone to has it listed.


Fourth one: Contact information and Donations: I have a Twitter account {@lisaa9110) that you are more than willing to follow me on. For emails to me you can send me an email at lisaa9110@gmail.com. I use Google Hangouts at the same gmail address to do instant messaging and if you are going to send me an email please put in the title “Blog Ideas for you”. I don’t have a donate button due to the cost of having one but if I can get the $100.00 I will be setting it up. Right now, the easiest way is to use this link (https://www.paypal.me/LAnderson30).


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Final one: Using the information: I don’t mind if you want to use the information that I provide in the blogs, however please make sure that you cite the source correctly and don’t try to say that you wrote it. I always show the locations that I got my information by showing a small number next to the text and at the bottom having a source location. You will find the full web address that I got the information from.


 

Crime Inc … Attack the …

This is a series of my feelings on what I see going on in the world and where the crimes are.

When I listen to the news or read the feed on Twitter I keep hearing attacks made on people’s beliefs and the way that they do their work. This is one of those things that will make some wonder what I am talking about and others are going to say that I am a bit out of touch. But please understand this is my point of view.

First off: When a person is in the highest office of the land, being the President of the country, we need to look at how that person has behaved in the past to see if they can honestly represent us. With the current President there has been a lot of controversy on what they have failed to do and what they are saying that they are doing. When you look at the information that Donald Trump put out as a candidate for the President about something simple as why his family came over from Germany.

Second off: When a person is told that someone is a danger to this country, should you believe them or fire them because they don’t want to do something that you want. If you look at Sally Yates and James Comey they were both let, go for what reasons … not doing what the President wanted. Sally Yates wouldn’t enforce a ban on a specific group and James Comey was let go since he was trying to do the job that he had, and it went against the President’s request.

Third off: When a person is doing an investigation and it is getting too close to a person in power, do you attack the person, or do you let them do the job and see if the proof they have matches what you have and find the truth together? If you look at Robert Muller is doing, he has an extremely hard job to do. He must find out if another country was able to mess with our Presidential Elections in 2016 and why it was done?

Now let’s look at some of the evidence that we have for some of the questions. The reason I am not going into detail on each is because I have, and it wouldn’t benefit the conversation.

When you look at Sally Yates and James Comey you will see there is a connecting dot. Both had information that would affect the current President.


According to ABC News (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/timeline-sally-yates-warnings-white-house-mike-flynn/story?id=47272979 )she told McGahn, President Trumps top legal advisor about General Flynn being interviewed by the FBI on January 24, 2017. On the 25th of January the Department of Justice had received a detailed report that Ms. Yates felt was important information to get to the White House. She again talked to McGahn on the 26th of January and met with him later in the day to warn them that Fynn’s conduct was problematic. On the 30th of January 2017 she left her post when she was fired for not defend the Presidents 27 January 2017 executive order that would have temporarily banned immigration from 7 predominantly Muslim countries.


According to the New York Times the F.B.I. Director James Comey was fired on 9 May 2017 (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/09/us/politics/james-comey-fired-fbi.html ). The reason for his firing according to the President was due to the handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server.


 

With this kind of batting average, the current administration chose to go after the character of Robert Muller. They are saying that he shouldn’t be wasting his time on the Russia investigation and he should be going after the missing emails from Hillary Clinton. The Republicans are trying to get the investigation to end as well.

 

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/timeline-sally-yates-warnings-white-house-mike-flynn/story?id=47272979

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/09/us/politics/james-comey-fired-fbi.html


 

How many still work at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave

How many people have left or been fired from the jobs at the Trump Administration? I hope you are ready for this number over 24. The list has 18 of the names.

The spelling of people’s names is correct. These are from the sites that are listed on the sites that are listed below.

Sally Yates, Preet Bharara, James B. Comey, Tom Price, Nikki Haley, Stephen K. Bannon, Staff Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer 1 Omarosa Manigault Newman, Dina Powell, Sebastian Gorka, Anthony Scaramucci, Michael Short, Walter Shaub***, Mike Dubke, Angella Reid, and Michael Flynn. 2

Now you may be wondering why this is important:

If you look at who helped with setting up the National Security Council for the White House. The people who helped set the National Security Council were General Michael Flynn and Stephen Bannon. Now if you look at what they had going on when they were setting things up you will find something rather interesting. First off General Flynn was already under investigation and Stephen Bannon used to run Breitbart News.

According to the New York Times General Flynn told the transition teams chief lawyer, Donald F. McGahn II on January 4th of 2017 and still he worked in the White House. 3

Again, you may be wondering why this is important: this is where my views are going to be stated.



When I look at the information that I was able to pull up based off of a news story that I saw on MSNBC (Rachel Maddow: Trump administration distinguished by high-level departures — http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/trump-administration-distinguished-by-high-level-departures-1117090371854) I get worried about the people that are left that are supposed to be in charge of our national security. I am sorry but some of the people that live in 1600 Pennsylvania Ave worry me with the choices that they make. When you hear on a news broadcast and I listen or watch MSNBC mostly, but will fact check things as I need to that the President doesn’t want to hear about specific things during his daily brief tells me that we have a big problem.

Now some may say that I am being paranoid, but the fact is that this information is out on the internet. So, if I can find it then let’s connect the dots a bit. The FCC wants to take away net neutrality then we wouldn’t be able to get information as easy. This would be a form of censorship. One of the reasons that things went the way that they did in Germany in the 1930’s was that there was a lot of propaganda to tell the people only what the government wanted.

If you tell a person something enough we are naturally programmed to believe it and accept it. It is a form of brain washing and the results have been seen in the past with different Totalitarian governments. We have told ourselves that we would never let something like what happened in the German Camps to happen again. Those who voted for the Nazi’s didn’t know they were voting for the deaths of so many. We could end up find that our basic freedoms and then we end up with a bigger problem.

**** I was told that Mr. Walter Shaub quit due to not being able to stand the current President by a source on Twitter who follows him.

Source:

1: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/07/25/heres-a-list-of-people-trump-has-fired-or-threatened-to-fire/?utm_term=.42c1f2b28949

2: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/12/14/white-house-departures-whos-been-fired-and-who-resigned-trump-administration/951641001/

3: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/17/us/politics/michael-flynn-donald-trump-national-security-adviser.html

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/trump-administration-distinguished-by-high-level-departures-1117090371854

OCD … Life in the Strange Lane

This is one of those that people don’t understand but I want to get attention to it. The reason is that people don’t understand what OCD really is. I have a family member that has it, so this is an inside look on it.

First off people need to know what OCD is. OCD is a mental health condition. The full name is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. When people think of mental health they assume that everyone is nuts. Wrong answer. According to the Mayo Clinic’s website “Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) features a pattern of unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead you to do repetitive behaviors (compulsions). These obsessions and compulsions interfere with daily activities and cause significant distress.”1 “You may try to ignore or stop your obsessions, but that only increases your distress and anxiety. Ultimately, you feel driven to perform compulsive acts to try to ease your stress. Despite efforts to ignore or get rid of bothersome thoughts or urges, they keep coming back. This leads to more ritualistic behavior — the vicious cycle of OCD.”

People need to understand that OCD can be mild or severe. When it is mild it may be having to do something: making sure your front door is locked when you leave. Going back and testing it, getting half way down the stairs then turning around going back and testing it again. I know some people who will do this 4 or 5 times before going to the store. That is a mild case, a severe case is washing the dishes repeatedly until you are out of dish soap. They aren’t dirty, but you see them on the counter, so you must wash them. You know they are clean, but you feel compelled to do it again and again.

When you are young and have it, there are a lot of emotional problems that can happen with you. I know for a fact that the member of my family was in and out of the hospital several times as a younger person due to the condition. They were given medications that did more damage than good. They still have it to this day. They are on medication for it and there are times that things get a bit off in the house.

I have watched the person be in the middle of playing a game on the computer, get up to get a glass of milk and end up cleaning the entire kitchen, taking his glass of milk to the computer and ten minutes later finish it. They will take it in the kitchen and clean the entire kitchen again due to one dish being in the sink. An hour later they will get up to get something to eat and sweep not vacuum the carpet due to a piece of paper being on it.

Getting used to it is a challenge, I have learned how to adapt to their way of life. The first thing is to accept that this is part of the person. Knowing that when I must make dinner to tell them to stay out of the kitchen because I am cooking, and I will clean it up later.

 

 

 

Suggested Reading

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/obsessive-compulsive-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20354432

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/10/11/what-obsessive-compulsive-disorder-does-to-a-young-mind-when-it-grows-unchecked/?utm_term=.795f1dea481b

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/02/ocd-is-a-disorder-not-a-quirk/385562/

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/index.shtml

 

 

Sources:

1: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/obsessive-compulsive-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20354432

Crime Inc … Voter Suppression and Targeting

This is another one in the Crime Inc series. Once again these are my feelings and what I have seen going on.

Listening to the news today you would think that we have all gone insane. We have gerrymandering, different voter ID laws, special companies to remove ‘Felony Criminals’ from the list and what is this for – to take away the voting rights.

When we vote, we are actively participating in the Democracy that we live in. Those who set those laws are the ones that don’t want people who are considering the issues to vote because it will be against what they want. So, they scramble to change the rules.

We saw it in 2000 in Florida. Florida got a special company to get the ‘Felons’ off the voting registers. The thing is that they cast the net too large and they knew it. So, they were told to cast a large net and get as many as they could. Their standards were if the person’s last name was a match, the first three letters (yes letters) of the first name matched, and two parts of the three in the person’s date of birth matched, they were removed from the voting list. Wait a minute … WTF?!


So according to their theory if a person was a felon with the name of Janson ‘Jan’ Steven Steele Sr, and your name was Janet Marie Steele and you were both born on 5/27 then you would get a letter saying that because you are a convicted felon your voting rights have been taken away. (Yes, this happened) You can appeal the decision by going to the Governor’s Office and bring proof that a mistake has been made.

What the hell? Having to prove you’re not the person that they are saying you are based on their wide net. This is one form of Voter Suppression and Targeting.

Another one is the Voter ID Laws. When I started voting I was 18, we never had to take out our ID cards. We had to provide our name and street address but that was it. Now most states make you have a valid State ID to be able to vote. The other thing is that student ID for the college in the state is no longer a ‘Valid State ID’ why because they don’t have a street address.

This is criminal when they try to take away your rights.

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