October 21, 2016

Can you rig a Presidential election?

Can you rig a presidential election?  Yes.  It's been done in the past.  The most prominent being the 1960 JFK-Nixon election: All historians accept that vote fraud happened in Texas, Illinois, and West Virginia.  The only argument was just how massive it really was. Ike urged Nixon to dispute the election.

Did JFK Steal the 1960 Election?   A look at the vote fraud in Illinois and Texas which resulted in tipping the electoral vote from Nixon to Kennedy. 

Even Andrea Mitchell said, “Richard Nixon not challenging... that Kennedy had stolen the election in 1960, which obviously had been stolen in 1960.” 

Three prominent instances of voter fraud in US history. 

It helps when the dead can vote early and often. “We Now Have 4 Million Ineligible and Dead Voters on American Voter Rolls” says elections expert J. Christian Adams.

Pew Center - Our democratic process requires an effective system for maintaining accurate voter registration information.

But the big story of the week is the revelation of how seriously our electoral process is being corrupted this year.

The Project Veritas Action was founded by James O'Keefe who specializes in using sting and hidden camera tactics to investigate and expose "corruption, dishonesty, self-dealing, waste, fraud and other misconduct".    This week it released 2 explosive videos revealing how DNC officials, the Clinton campaign and other coordinated organizations plan and carry out vote fraud.  In just four days, millions have watched the 2 videos.  I finally watched and found them truly shocking.

Video 1  Birddogging 

The goal of “bird-dogging”: to create a sense of “anarchy” around Donald Trump that would undermine his political support. Often, the tactic uses the most vulnerable people — including the elderly and disabled — to maximize shock value.

Scott Foval, National Field Director at Americans United for Change describes the coordinated communications chain between the DNC, the Clinton Campaign and Hillary Clinton’s Super PAC to instigate violence at Trump rallies said, "The campaign (Hillary Clinton) pays DNC (Democratic National Committee), DNC pays Democracy Partners, Democracy Partners pays the Foval Group, the Forval Group goes and executes the shit on the ground."

Foval says, "We have mentally ill people that we pay to do shit, make no mistake."  "Our union guys, they'll do whatever you want."    He details how he and other operatives recruit and train people to protest Trump events and to try to draw Trump supporters into physical confrontations. "There's a script," he says. "Sometimes the 'crazies' bite ... sometimes they don't bite."
Foval says  “It doesn’t matter what the friggin’ legal and ethics people say, we need to win this motherfucker.”

Scott Foval was fired the day after this video was aired

Video II Mass Voter Fraud

Scott Foval, Deputy Political Director at People for the American Way, a George Soros-funded organization, again, “It’s a very easy thing for Republicans to say, “Well, they’re bussing people in.” Well, you know what? We’ve been bussing people in to deal with you fucking assholes for fifty years and we’re not going to stop now, we’re just going to find a different way to do it."  "If there's enough money, you have people drive their POVs (personally owned vehicles) or you have them drive rentals."

Fraudulent out-of-state voters are hired on at fake "shell companies" just so they can register to vote and are then paid for their votes through "paychecks" from those same entities.  “When I do this I think as an investigator first – I used to do the investigations. I think backwards from how they would prosecute, if they could, and then try to build out the method to avoid that.”

Foval also tells Project Veritas’s undercover journalist that Republicans are less adept at such tactics because they obey rules: “They have fewer guys willing to step out on the line for what they believe in. … There is a level of adherence to rules on the other side that only when you’re at the very highest level, do you get over.”

This video also features Bob Creamer, a fraudster who served time for a $2.3mm bank fraud in relation to his operation of "community organizing" groups in the 90s.  Creamer is also the founder of Democracy Partners and husband of Democrat congresswoman Jan Schakowsky. The undercover journalist details a plan to register Hispanic voters illegally having them work as contractors, to which Creamer replies that “there are a couple of organizations that that’s their big trick,” and that “turnout is huge, huge, huge.”

“Wherever Trump and Pence are going to be, we have events and we have a whole team across the country that does that both consultants and people from the Democratic Party,” Creamer told an investigator. “And the Democratic Party apparatus and the people from the campaign, the Clinton campaign and my role with the campaign, is to manage all that.”

Scott Foval says, "Bob Creamer is diabolical and I love hime for it.  I have learned so much from that man over the last twenty years, I can't even tell you.  And he calls me to be his firefighter a lot of the time because there are people who in our movement will not do what it takes to get shit done."

But no one can be Scott Foval for revealing quotes, "We have to do a better job of making our people do what they're supposed to do. Not asking them.  Making them.  Not expecting them and taking them for granted but beating the shit out of them and then making them do it." 

Robert Creamer, I have indicated to the Democratic National Committee that I am stepping back from my responsibilities working with the Campaign.

Dem Operative Who Oversaw Trump Rally Agitators Visited White House 342 Times beginning in 2009.

Robert Creamer, who acted as a middle man between the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee and “protesters” who tried — and succeeded — to provoke violence at Trump rallies met with President Obama 47 times, according to White House records. Creamer’s last visit was in June 2016.
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October 12, 2016

Miscellany #48

The Jesuit who invented hypertext
If you surf the internet, it's thanks to Father Roberto Busa, a professor of Thomist philosophy who mastered Latin, Greek, German, French, English and Spanish in addition to his native Italian.  He spent 50 years and completed an index and concordance of the writings of St Thomas Aquinas, a work in 56 volumes of almost a thousand pages each.  Then

...he met with the founder of IBM, Thomas Watson, in order to produce a digital version of the Index in which a researcher could effectively search for related concepts in Aquinas’ work. Watson told Busa that the computers they had back then could not relate the contents included in the Index in any way. But Busa, of course, insisted.This conversation gave birth to the hypertext project: a structure for sharing and linking information between different sources, through links.

 Fr.Busa+Ibm

Mark Twain's List of 60 American Comfort Foods He Missed While Traveling Abroad including "Ice-water—not prepared in the ineffectual goblet, but in the sincere and capable refrigerator".

Greatest Doctor's Note Ever

 Churchill-Doctor-Note-1

Galapagos Tortoise Saved His Species From Extinction by Having Tons of Sex

When there were only 14 members of the Chelonoidis hoodensis species left, horny tortoise and noted sex hero Diego had his work cut out for him. Luckily, he was up for the challenge. And he has 800 tortoise children to prove it.

A Macro Timelapse Highlights the Micro Movements of Spectacularly Colored Coral   Mesmerizingly beautiful reminder that corals are living things of fantastic strangeness.

 Coralcolors

Interested in documenting one of the oldest animals on Earth, Barcelona-based production company myLapse set to capture the minimal movements of brightly colored coral, recording actions rarely seen by the human eye. The short film took nearly 25,000 individual images of the marine invertebrates to compose, and photography of species, such as the Acanthophyllia, Trachyphyllia, Heteropsammia cochlea, Physogyra, took over a year.

The Mesmerizing Glow-in-the-Dark Bike Path in Poland made of small crystal-like particles of phosphor called ‘luminophores’ that charge during sunlight hours and can glow for up to 10 hours.

 Illuminated Bikepath

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October 7, 2016

Feel Good Miscellany

Remember This Old Man With Alzheimer's Singing Karaoke? He Just Landed A Record Deal

 Karaoke Alzheimers
YouTube link - Quando Quando Quando - Teddy Mac - The Songaminute Man

An 80-year-old man who became an internet star when his son posted videos of him singing in the car, has landed a record deal. Decca Records signed Ted McDermott to a deal after videos of his carpool karaoke were watched 40 million times on YouTube.

Ted was diagnosed with dementia in 2013. But singing his favorite songs seems to "bring him back," if only for a few brief minutes. His son, Simon McDermott, found that singing the songs while driving around helped his father cope with his disease.

"This is a dream come true not only for dad, but for the entire family," Simon said.  "There have been some really tough days in the last few years - especially for Mum.  We threw an 80th birthday party last month and thought that would be his last time singing solo for people, so it's amazing to think he now has a single coming out!"

He Notices His Brother's Body Shut Down Near The End Of The Race. 

The World Triathlon Series finale took place on Saturday in Cozumel, Mexico. But the headlines from the event are not about the man who won the race - they're about the men who finished second and third.  Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee gave up his chance to win to help his exhausted younger brother Jonny over the finish line. Watch the dramatic ending at the link.

World’s Oldest Man, After Century Wait, Celebrates Bar Mitzvah at Last

Yisrael Kristal, like many a bar mitzvah boy before him, celebrated the event last weekend, reading the Torah and enjoying the company of his family, who danced, sang and threw candies.  But Mr. Kristal was surrounded at the ceremony in southern Israel by his two surviving children, nine grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. He is 113, and he had to wait a century to mark the occasion.

 Bar-Mitzvah At 101__

Ms. Kristal Kuperstoch said her father had prayed every morning for the past 100 years. She attributed his longevity to “the above." “He believes in God,” she said. “He is a simple man, a wise and intelligent man. He believes in himself. He is someone who takes happiness in everything.
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Mr. Kristal’s granddaughter Liat Bashan, a 32-year-old social worker, said that seeing her grandfather at his bar mitzvah ceremony, in a room spilling over with relatives and loved ones, had left her overcome with joy — and mindful of all those who perished in the Holocaust. “All those people from one person,” she said. “Imagine how many rooms could be filled if six million had lived.”  She added: “Every time I see my grandfather, I want to make a blessing.”

How Libraries Save Lives

A beautiful testament to that emancipating, transformative power of public libraries comes from one such troubled little girl named Storm Reyes, who grew up in an impoverished Native American community, had her life profoundly changed, perhaps even saved, by a library bookmobile, and went on to become a librarian herself. She tells her story in this wonderful oral history animation by StoryCorps.

 Bookmobile Indian Girl
YouTube video here


The forger who saved 1000s of Jews from the Nazis

If you’re doubting whether you’ve done enough with your life, don’t compare yourself to Mr. Kaminsky. By his 19th birthday, he had helped save the lives of thousands of people by making false documents to get them into hiding or out of the country. He went on to forge papers for people in practically every major conflict of the mid-20th century.

 The Forger Nytvideo
Times video at the link

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October 5, 2016

Yom Kippur and the last 5 minutes

A Rabbi’s Enduring Sermon on Living Your Last Five Minutes

Thirty years ago, amid the somber prayers of Judaism’s holiest day, Rabbi Kenneth Berger rose to deliver the Yom Kippur sermon. He spoke to his congregants about a tragedy many of them, including his daughter, had witnessed eight months earlier in the Florida sky: the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger.

Rabbi Berger focused on one particular detail, the revelation that Challenger’s seven astronauts had remained alive for the 65,000-foot fall to the ocean. He called the homily “Five Minutes to Live,” and he likened the crew members to Jews, who are called during the High Holy Days to engage in the process of “heshbon ha-nefesh,” Hebrew for taking stock of one’s soul.

“Can you imagine knowing that in a few moments death was imminent?” Rabbi Berger said at the Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Tampa, Fla. “What would we think of if, God forbid, you and I were in such circumstances? What would go through our mind?”
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He touched on the ordinary ways that people forget to express love for their families, blithely assuming there will always be another day. He recounted the story of a Jewish father, facing imminent death during the Holocaust, who bestowed a final kiss on the young son he was sending away to safety.

“That scene still haunts me,” Rabbi Berger said as the sermon closed, returning to the Challenger. “The explosion and then five minutes. If only I… If only I… And then the capsule hits the water, it’s all over. Then you realize it’s all the same — five minutes, five days, 50 years. It’s all the same, for it’s over before we realize.

“‘If only I knew’ — yes, my friends, it may be the last time. ‘If only I realized’ — yes, stop, appreciate the blessings you have. ‘If only I could’ — you still can, you’ve got today.”

This part of the story is eerie

Not quite three years later, Rabbi Berger was on a flight to Chicago from Denver returning from a family vacation. The plane’s tail engine exploded en route, crippling the controls, and for 40 minutes, the passengers prepared for a crash landing.

The rabbi’s wife, Aviva, fainted from the shock. Rabbi Berger reached across the seats and gathered the hands of his daughter Avigail, 16, and son Jonathan, 9, trying to reassure them, Avigail would later recall. The plane burst into flames after it hit the ground in Sioux City, Iowa, killing 112 people, including the rabbi and his wife, both in their early 40s.

Text of Rabbi Berger's Living Your Last Five Minutes

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