The Human Factor

Humanity

The California fires are causing untold, unfathomable amounts of suffering, hardship, and loss. They're also revealing some stark truths that people - be they customers, business owners, government officials, or average citizens - must confront, assess, and respond to.

When businesses try to increase efficiency, save money, reduce headcount & overhead, they can often lose their "soul" - stripping out humanity can do that to any organization, to any group, to any gathering.

Paradise needs help - #WildfireRedemption

What can we do to help?

There are problems that should be easily solved but are not, but with lots of us pressuring companies to do the right thing, we can make the situation easier.

COMCAST

For folks that are trying to contact Comcast, or wondering why your service has been 'restored' to a home you are not allowed to (or can't) return to. I spoke with Comcast.

Weekly News November 12-18, 2018

Election 2018 is still not over. There are 11 House seats still not officially called, 3 Senate seats and 2 Governor mansions. Georgia and Florida are already headed to a recount - Georgia for Governor, Florida for Governor and Senator and Mike Epsy is in a runoff election in Mississippi later this month.

This Week's Headlines: 
11/11/2018

Trump also told senior officials last month that he would like to claw back some of the federal money Congress has already set aside for Puerto Rico's disaster recovery, claiming mismanagement.

11/11/2018

Longtime ABC News White House correspondent Sam Donaldson said Sunday that CNN and its chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, are suing the Trump administration over Acosta’s revoked press credentials.

Donaldson, speaking on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” said that he has been asked to submit an affidavit in the lawsuit in preparation for a court hearing this week.

11/11/2018

"[There are] 228 individuals who have been determined to be unaccounted for," Honea said at the briefing. "As of this briefing, my office has located 107 people after receiving [around] 550 calls from people looking for loved ones."

11/12/2018

Without the GI Bill's housing stipend, Roundtree was kicked out of his apartment and is now living on his sister's couch, miles from school, where he feels like a burden on his family. The new living situation required him to move all his belongings into a storage container, which he can no longer afford. Now all of his possessions are in danger of being auctioned off by the storage facility.

11/13/2018

"While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone," CNN said in announcing the lawsuit, which asks for a restraining order requiring that the press pass be returned. "If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials."

11/14/2018

As the GOP will likely expand its majority when all the 2018 ballots are counted and most of the senators running in 2020 appear safe, Democrats still have a difficult path to a majority. Both parties have a few good opportunities to unseat incumbents in the next congressional elections.

11/15/2018

“How are we going to live without power?” Bolster asked. “I’ve heard it could be out for a year.”

Long said that while the government will do everything it can to help, the logistics are daunting and recovery will take a long time.

“Bottom line is, this is a very complex disaster, probably one of the most complex the nation has ever seen when it comes to Paradise,” Long said. “First of all, there are sensitivities around debris. You can’t just remove the debris because we’re still looking for missing persons, and it takes time to be able to go through.”

11/15/2018

Trump administration officials last month asked federal law enforcement agencies to examine legal ways of removing exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen in an attempt to persuade Erdogan to ease pressure on the Saudi government, the four sources said.

The effort includes directives to the Justice Department and FBI that officials reopen Turkey's case for his extradition, as well as a request to the Homeland Security Department for information about his legal status, the four people said.

Kavanaugh has a Past that not just Dr. Ford Remembers

I first ran across a Tweet from this person, and then a Facebook post - both since deleted. This person went to school with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and knew Brett Kavanaugh and his friend - Judge. Her recollections of this time are important to the conversation we are having about a Supreme Court Nominee. 

There is little doubt left that this incident happened, and the fact that Kavanaugh has to lie about it instead of owning up to his deplorable behaviour shows a serious lack of integrity.

Space Force?

Asteroids

So, Donald wants a SPACE FORCE. Remarks yesterday by 45's #1 sidekick (His VP) would seem to indicate that Donald thinks he can militarize space.

"As President Trump has said, in his words, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space — we must have American dominance in space. And so we will," Pence said. "Space is, in his words, a war-fighting domain just like land and air and sea."

"Look, up in the sky! It's..."

Sure, the Baby Trump Blimp isn't likely to fly above the White House any time soon - airspace restrictions and all that - but, it can be fun to imagine the reaction.

 

Enjoy!

This Week's Headlines: 

Two Florida Republicans and possibly a third — Rep. Brian Mast — play starring roles in the indictment, although none is named.

Unlike President Donald Trump‘s former political adviser Roger Stone and political operative Aaron Nevins, Mast’s identity is the least certain of any of the Florida Republicans hinted at in the indictment. The indictment released Friday details how a dozen Russian military officers used an online persona called “Guccifer 2.0” to disseminate information they stole from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic National Committee, which was led at the time by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.).

No doubt, the President will be excited to visit. After buying the property for more than sixty million dollars, he then spent a reported hundred and fifty million pounds—about two hundred million dollars total—remaking the site, adding a new course, rehabbing an old one, and fixing up the lodgings. It is possible, though, that he will have some harsh words for his staff. The Turnberry has been losing an astonishing amount of money, including twenty-three million dollars in 2016. The Trump Organization argued that these losses were the result of being closed for several months for repair. However, revenue for the months it was open were so low—about $1.5 million per month—that it is hard to understand how the property will ever become profitable, let alone so successful that it will pay back nearly three hundred million dollars in investment and losses.

Just What Is "Breitbarting"?

Though O'Keefe styles himself in following the tradition of the muckrakers of a century ago, the purpose of breitbarting is quite different. Instead of exposing corruption, the purpose of brietbarting is to present the appearance of corruption. This is what O'Keefe, with diminishing success, tries to do. This was what made Breitbart famous before his untimely death.

Some thoughts on Social Media

Social Media plays a large part in our lives, allowing us to connect and share with people all over the world. It has also become a major source of stress in the Age of Trump.

Facebook (and Twitter to a degree) are our virtual living rooms. You invite people in to visit, not to argue or cause chaos. You are not obligated to "be nice" to people that come on your Facebook page and cause chaos, the same way you are not obligated to "be nice" to people that come into your living room and cause chaos.