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The Tapes that may exist about a conversation that didn’t happen

Excuse me but if I’m a little disoriented. I, foolishly, read and listen to the News. I listen to hat is happening in America. Every day it is something so surreal that I wonder what is in my coffee.

To me, it seems kind of strange that a person would warn another person about ‘leaking’ information, if there was not any information to leak?

I am trying to understand this.

I am trying to understand why Trump would warn Comey; excuse me, that is President Trump, President of the United States, and that is James Comey the ex Federal Bureau of Investigations director whom Trump recently fired, and the subject of the sentence concerns releasing information that we were told didn’t exist, to the press?

There’s supposed to be no information. Right?

I mean, isn’t that what was said? Before? Wasn’t there no information linking Trump to connection with his own campaign and that campaign to Russia?

Right?

Isn’t that what we were told? By Trump?

So, this is Earth, the year is Two Thousand and Seventeen. The month is May. At least on the Earth I occupy.

On the Earth I occupy, there were various statements in which Trump was NOT linked to his own campaign, the people who ran his campaign, Russia, and Russians. These statements were made by Trump and his alternative facts team.

Today, on the Earth I occupy an angry threat is made by the President of the United States against James Comey, the FBI director he has fired, about revealing anything about that investigation Comey was stopped or not stopped; that is unclear from continuing.

In his usual method of communication, Trump Tweeted that there might exist tapes of his conversations with Comey.

Uh huh.

So Trump is using these tapes to make Comey keep his mouth shut?

Keep his mouth shut about what?

Not even six months into his term, Trump has proven what a dishonest treacherous guy he is. And that he’s not above ‘blackmail’ not above ‘threats’ and surely not playing with a full brain.

It is pretty clear to the world that something is definitely not right in America.

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The Government Wants To Tax Over The Limit Use Of Salt

When I heard the news about putting some taxes to junk foods that surpasses the recommended daily allowance like salt and preservatives I thought the lawmaker of the Philippines cannot just think of good bill that he should submit in the congress. But upon understanding the situation I was convinced the importance of the proposed house bill 3719 by Congressman Scott Davies Lanete.

photo credit to pixabay

photo credit to pixabay

The proposed bill aims to limit and decreased the usage of salt and preservatives in processed fod products that exceeds the third of daily intakes that include junk foods and canned goods that using salt as of their ingredients. In the proposed bill, a tax of P1 per milligram to be imposed exceeding the recommended limit.

According to health experts and health agencies, overusing of sodium may lead to stroke, heart attack and high blood pressure.

The government has long been campaigning to use the iodized salt which is fortified with iodine instead of using the common salt mostly made in the coastal area of the coastal. Though some of locally made salt is said to have the component of natural iodine but mostly are not. The health department promotes the use of iodized to avoid the intellectual and developmental development.

Still, the proposed of sin tax to the salted products aims the revenue to the government. This is included   to other tax program included in the tax reform program of the government which aims to help boost the revenue of the government. This tax programs include the taxing of the carbonated or sweet products and even taxing the cooperatives. The latter is strongly opposed by the cooperatives of the Philippines and last April 28 they conduct a campaign to oppose the measure.

But it cannot be denied that when made into law it will protect the Filipino from over salt intake. Just imagine the decrease of patients to dialysis because of lesser patients to kidney stone and gall bladder stone and other diseases which salt is the contributor.

The bill may not be good to our taste but perfect to our benefits.###

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Talking Out of Both Sides of His Mouth

If anyone with a fully operational brain ever listened, really listened to Donald Trump, pre Election, there was a certain nebulous sense that wafted over the performance.

Statements were made which did not have a basis.   It was not transparent how the statements might became practice.

An intelligent person would ask questions, need to understand the how this statement could be put into practice.

Of course, there are not many intelligent people who listened to Trump’s barf.

After the election many of the remarks Trump had made were suddenly turned upside down.  Good was bad, Right was wrong and smiles were frowns.

It was surreal, as one of those dystopian images of the future.   A Nineteen Eighty Four or Matrix or Idiocracy, combined into one alternate reality.

At first Trump praised Comey, his FBI director that is, when Comey was doing his best to tamper with the election by making a false remark about ‘investigating’ Hillary Clinton for a silly email mix up.

Now, when Trump’s Russian ties are about to be exposed, Comey is the worst person in the world.   And Comey is fired without warning.

At first Trump praised Vladimir Putin, now?

Then there was the Burger with the North Korean leader.   This was followed by sending in there’s the Armada, now what?

Then there was the United States, pulling out of NATO, now there is what?

Then the verbal attacks on China, now?

To say Trump behaves as if he is bi polar would be to limit him to only two personalities when he has about six different voices in his head.

No one, not even Trump knows what he is going to do next.

This is sort of amusing for those of us in the not so developed nations of the Earth. For years we’ve been treated as a bit off.   Now, there is no one on Earth more questionable than Donald Trump.

Take a Bow Trumpies…

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The Benefits of the Trump Effect

There have always been ‘Right Wing’ parties.  Whether they are Neo-Nazi or mere tyrants, whether Ku Klux Klaners or Anti-Immigrant, these Parties have often been a bit on the fringe.

In 2016 – 2017 many of these ‘Right Wing’ Parties and candidates were running for office.  And many of them seemed to have a good chance.

In Europe, considering the backlash against Open Borders, many nations refused Migrants.   Britain did it up front, and left the European Union.   Hungary and other nations put up fences and physically chased migrants from their countries.

Other nations were able to field a Right Wing Xenophobic candidate.

In America, the racism, the xenophobia took shape in a guy called Donald Trump.   He was a guy who never held elected office, knew little about politics or the running of a government but he was a pure blooded racist and that is what Americans wanted, so they elected him.

Seeing him as President shocked many.   Not only was he a repulsive human being but he spoke so stupidly that translating what he said word for word caused many non-English speakers to question their translators for no one out of diapers would say; “He is a bad bad man”.

When the first week of Trump had passed and people all over the world realised exactly how bad it had gotten,  those who supported their own Right Wing Candidates began to rethink.

In Austria, the election was re-run and the Right Wing candidate was now defeated and Van der Bellen won with 53.8% of the vote and a voter turnout of 74.2%.

This odd situation in which there was an election, but questions were raised and it was redone and the Right Wing Candidate Norbert Hofer lost, is a direct result of the election of Donald Trump.

In the Netherlands, a very popular Xenophobe, Geert Wilders looked as if he’d win.   Many people were anti migrant.   But, when they went to the polls, they could not bring themselves to humiliate their nations by voting for a ‘Trump’, so he was defeated.

In France, Marine Le Pen was doing very well.   During the first round she and the newcomer Emmanuel Macon were the only two names on the ballot.

Many voters, who did not like him, voted for him so as to keep Le Pen out of power.

This is because they have seen what Donald Trump has wrought in the United States.

There are people who do not want their country to be a laughing stock, their leader to be seen as a clown, and the world to look at them with loathing.    They might not like the ‘normal’ candidate but they surely can not permit the Right Wing candidate to win.

The Election of Donald Trump by the United States has had a very beneficial result on the population of Europe.  It has made people understand the danger of electing a person who runs on hate.

 

 

 

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will pres jacob zuma step down eventually?

Jacob Zuma is considering offering to step down next year, at least 12 months before his term as South African president ends, under a deal with opponents in his ruling party that would see finance minister Pravin Gordhan leave office now, two senior party sources said.

 

Zuma is due to be replaced as leader of the African National Congress (ANC) at a party conference in December after serving his allocated two terms, but was expected to remain the country’s president until elections in 2019. His spokesman did not respond to calls for comment.

 

Zuma’s offer would allow him a dignified exit, as there remains a possibility that he could be removed by the ANC before next year. Who becomes the next leader of the ANC is key for Zuma, given that he could yet face corruption charges, analysts say.

 

Zuma and his allies want Gordhan replaced by someone more aligned with their plans, which include a more radical redistribution of wealth to address the legacies of apartheid and looser fiscal policy, the two sources told Reuters.

 

Zuma’s offer appears intended as a way out of an impasse over the country’s leadership within the divided ANC, but may not be enough to satisfy Zuma’s opponents, who want the president out early anyway and urgently want Gordhan to stay.

 

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The South African Communist party, an ally of the ANC, also said it objected to Zuma’s plan to sack Gordhan.

 

The main opposition leader, Mmusi Maimane of the Democratic Alliance, announced plans to bring a motion of no confidence against Zuma in parliament after his intention to fire Gordhan was confirmed.

 

There is precedent for an ANC leader leaving the presidency early. Thabo Mbeki was removed by the ANC as South African president in 2008 after his time as party leader ended at the close of the previous year.

 

The splits in the ANC deepened this week after Zuma ordered Gordhan to return from an investor roadshow in Britain, raising expectations of a cabinet reshuffle that markets fear will include the finance minister’s removal. Gordhan is viewed favourably by investors and the rand fell sharply when he was brought home.

 

“Zuma’s early departure after December conference is on the table. It’s being discussed,” one of the sources said. “He could be forcibly removed, so it makes sense for him to go on his own terms.“

 

Zuma’s opponents have become increasingly vocal, and his agreeing to stand aside early could help prevent a permanent split in the former liberation movement of Nelson Mandela, which last year suffered its worst result in local elections since it swept to power with the end of apartheid in 1994.

 

Zuma, who was an underground anti-apartheid operative and was jailed alongside Mandela on Robben Island, is a determined leader, but he has shown a willingness to compromise. In December 2015, he bowed to pressure from within the ANC and appointed Gordhan as finance minister after markets tumbled when he replaced respected economist Nhlanhla Nene with little-known David van Rooyen.

 

In a sign of the party’s deep divisions, at the funeral of anti-apartheid stalwart Ahmed Kathrada on Wednesday, the congregation clapped and cheered as a letter written by Kathrada calling for Zuma to resign was read out.

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Facebook Memories to RealClear Politics to The Blame Game

There was once a time when I used to share links from a publication called “RealClear Politics” to my Facebook timeline. Not because I agreed with them, although sometimes I did agree with their thoughts, opinions, and perspectives. I believe the article writers did their research and intelligently presented the facts. There is no requirement that you have to agree with what they wrote!  It’s good to hear differing points of view.

 

I stopped sharing the RCP links to my profile timeline because instead of people responding and leaving their comments at the article, they started yelling and screaming at me! If I had the time to engage them in discussion I might have responded back. But I was busy!

 

Besides. It’s just politics! 🙂

 

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Almost every day I go through my Facebook memories . It’s hard to believe I’ve had an account for over 5 years. The memories remind me of how things change and how nothing has changed. Here is a link (below) from a post published in 2013.

 

 

I’m sharing it because it relates to a short post I published in 2015 (“Dzhokhar Tsarnaev – Death or Life (In Prison)?”) and because I want to keep it as an historical reference. This article has that “point the finger of blame” tone to it, describing the “mayhem” that happens in Washington, D.C. when tragedies that occur in a U.S. city that shock the whole nation.  To me, this a question that should be answered with a another question.

 

  • Why didn’t somebody STOP Sargon?

 

People always want to point the finger of blame at somebody or some institution when bad things happen.  Why should I be any different?  I reached back into the historical records of ancient Akkad, found this guy’s name and I’ve been blaming him for everything ever since!

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Whatever happens it’s Sargon’s fault!  (Or if it’s a natural disaster, then I blame global warming.)

 

In psychology, this is what is called my “defense mechanism”.  It protects my mental state, takes the heat, pressure and tension out of the blame game and makes it not so serious, giving me time to … pause … breathe … and review news reports and other relevant material, and try to make sense out of what really did happen. 

 

When horrific things happen, the obvious question is “Could it have been prevented?”  There are times when someone is surely to blame, must shoulder their responsibility, and be held accountable.  But not all the time.  Sometimes even though people do everything in their power to try to prevent a tragic event, it still happens.  When tragic events occur, we all need to have real clear minds and only inject politics into the situation if and when it has relevancy.  Quite frankly, even though I no longer post their links to my social media profile,  I think “RealClear Politics” is an excellent publication and lives up to its name.

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Why Some 4th World People ‘like’ Trump

We were sitting in a Syrian cafe, in Ligunea (that’s a section of upper Kingston) in Jamaica.  This was a group of people from all about the place; Africa, South East Asia, and, of course, the Caribbean who were attending some conference on whatever.

One of the chaps, from Ghana, said; (and I’m cleaning up the conversation a little, cause all of us were using our ‘foreign language’  that is stuff Not Suitable For Airplay);

“America has always been a racist, xenophobic, prejudiced nation.  The election of Obama was mere subterfuge.”

Everyone had an opinion and we moved off into our contacts with various American officials and unofficials.

A lady from Barbados mentioned;   “This American official was talking to another American in usual voice, and when I came up he turned to me and began to speak slowly in ‘Special English’ as if I were an idiot.”

Everyone had a similar anecdote.  How the assumption was that people from 3rd and 4th World countries can’t speak or understand English; even when they are University Graduates holding Positions.

A brethren from Jamaica said; “For the first time, the veil is off.  We can see the racism without squinting, hear the xenophobia without straining, and experience the contempt without the usual politically correct terminologies.”

Of course, we all had deportation stories; Africans, Jamaicans, others, even with good documents, grabbed off a street and deported.

I was told by a police officer;  “Y’know, I’m at the airport, used to people being deported for something. Now they are deported for nothing.  Papers, perfect, time not elapsed.”

Everyone who has family and friends in the United States mention how they no longer go to any ‘ethnic’ spot. That is, Jamaicans avoid Jamaican restaurants and Jamaican clubs because ICE (the American Immigration and Customs Enforcement) go there.

In fact, ICE drives around various neighbourhoods and grabs up people to ‘check them out’.

Although there have always been deportations this time it was more upfront, more racist.

Someone who had done some research mentioned that there 50,000 undocumented Irish in America.  And no one is looking at them, checking papers, talking about getting rid of them.

“The mask fell off,”  said a woman from Belize.

We all agreed that before Trump all of the racism and xenophobia existed, but was masked.  That since Trump people in America feel free to excrete their hatred without penalty.

Those of us whose governments were underthrown, (or an underthrow was attempted)  those of us who have experienced American Interference in our lives, could share and admit, that with a guy like Trump, we know what is suggested is NOT in our interest and we have no reason to play nice, to bite our tongues, because this is guy who was born racist and xenophobic and will not change.

Another point that was raised was the fact that he says one thing, does another, or changes his mouth mid word.

It happened before but less clear,  less in your face.   There was often a space between a statement, then a slow back step, then another, then a different reaction than previously uttered.   Now, with a guy as mercurial and partially sane as Trump, nothing can surprise us.

One doesn’t need to listen to what he says for that has nothing to do with what he will do or what he’ll say next week.

“The Emperor is Naked.”

 

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Words Of Motivation For Our Giant President

Mr President, continue firing from all cylinders!!!

Stern-looking and fully armed men should accompany the EFCC operatives to Osborne Tower. Also, Ibrahim Magu needs more security fortification. Those who feel jeered and dissatisfied with the rave of ransacking of this questionable building should not hesitate to sue the federal government for violation of rights. No one is stopping them from doing so.

Is it not nauseating and pungent when some of our people are blindly defending the rights of the occupants of the said property? I see nowhere the government has infringed on their rights. We are firmly in support of the government’s move. We cannot sacrifice national interest on the altar of right to private ownership.

In 2001, after the attack on the World Trade Center Twin Tower, the United States government embarked on some clandestine moves by intercepting some call lines. The American communication giant, AT&T, was swiftly sued by some disgruntled Americans for allowing the government intercept their calls. The government responded, basing its argument on national security concern, and won the litigation. The federal government has not contravened any law with this move. I see no reason for apprehension or fear. If you have no skeleton in cupboard, welcome the EFCC into your house, and let them search.

Again, if you are not okay with this, do not hesitate to go to court. Period!

Just act fast

Time waits for no one

He has difficulty drinkhng and eating but he might n ot be al koMr President, continue firing from all cylinders!!!

 

Stern-looking and fully armed men should accompany the EFCC operatives to Osborne Tower. Also, Ibrahim Magu needs more security fortification. Those who feel jeered and dissatisfied with the rave of ransacking of this questionable building should not hesitate to sue the federal government for violation of rights. No one is stopping them from doing so.

 

Is it not nauseating and pungent when some of our people are blindly defending the rights of the occupants of the said property? I see nowhere the government has infringed on their rights. We are firmly in support of the government’s move. We cannot sacrifice national interest on the altar of right to private ownership.

 

In 2001, after the attack on the World Trade Center Twin Tower, the United States government embarked on some clandestine moves by intercepting some call lines. The American communication giant, AT&T, was swiftly sued by some disgruntled Americans for allowing the government intercept their calls. The government responded, basing its argument on national security concern, and won the litigation. The federal government has not contravened any law with this move. I see no reason for apprehension or fear. If you have no skeleton in cupboard, welcome the EFCC into your house, and let them search.

 

Again, if you are not okay with this, do not hesitate to go to court. Period!

 

BUHARI

Just act fast

 

Time waits for no one

 

He has difficulty drinking and eating but he might  not be allow to travel out of the country for treatment’ he needs prayer.

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Updates on the Jamaican Lottery Scam
April 30, 2017
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If you don’t know about the Jamaican Lottery Scam, these are the basics.

Part One

A phone call is received by someone in the United States.   The caller says, (basically)  “Is this Mrs. [Name]?”

“Yes…”

“Of [Address]”

“Yes…?”

“Congratulations!   You’ve won the Jamaican Lottery!”

The conversation then proceeds one of a number of patterns, but they all lead to the fact that Mrs [Name] has won the Lottery of $Xyz and needs to pay something like Five Thousand Dollars tax on the winnings and they will be sent to her.

She is told to send the money to [Name] at Western Union in [Name of Jamaican City, originally Montego Bay but now other cities].

Mrs. [Name] sends the money.

End of Part One of the Scam.

Part Two

Depending on how stupid the person in America is there can be follow ups, and more money sent.   There can be calls from ‘Police’ talking about a ‘sting’ and more money is sent.   The variations on the theme are myriad.

However, the victim will be sending money to get nothing; for there is no Lottery.

The only kind of Lottery is a ‘Lotto’ where you have to buy a ticket, and pay for it, and pick numbers, and if your numbers win, you will get dribs and drabs of your winnings.   But you Buy a Ticket.

And no one Ever Calls you to tell you that you won.   If you don’t check the numbers you won’t know if you won because there is no Name given when you buy the ticket.  So I can find a ticket in the street and cash it, (if it wins) no matter who bought it.

Now what made this scam seem so ‘legitimate’ is that the caller knew the person’s name and address.

How?

Background

There is a call centre in Montego Bay.  It does Billing for Reader’s Digest.   This is a nice little magazine which has readers in the over seventy age group.   It is very right wing, very anti- everything modern people are for, and is not very popular among those under forty.

The billing for Reader’s Digest is done in Jamaica.

Beginning in the late 1990s the scam ran like this;

A page of customers is sold for $X to the Scammer.   The Scammer hires five women and gives each five numbers to call on a disposable cell phone.  The calls are made, and the money is to arrive at Western Union.   There was a connection in Western Union who dealt with the person who picked up the cash.  This was either the Scammer himself or his deputy.

Millions of dollars was obtained through this Scam.

When it first began, the attitude of the Jamaican Government was; ‘So?’

It was felt that ‘a fool and his/her money is soon parted’ and how anyone can call someone in America from Jamaica and say they won a lottery that the American never entered is simply stupid.  And there is no law against stupid.

Vybz Kartel did a song called ‘Reparations’ claiming the money received from the persons scammed should be seen as reparation for slavery.

The United States Government was very annoyed and decided that since Jamaica was doing nothing about the Scam they would do something about Jamaica.

Visas were canceled for major people.  Not some little nobody but big business men and people associated with the Government.

A lot of benefits were withheld, and the pressure was so great that in 2013 a law was passed which enabled easier arrest of persons suspected of Lottery Scamming.

The Americans kept up the pressure and in 2017 a number of persons were arrested and extradited to the United States.   A member of the American Embassy was pretty clear about going after the Scammers and Attorneys!

If the Attorney defending the person, and no more… that is one thing… but!  If the Attorney has anything more to do with it?

This has caused some major dislocation.  However, so far no arrests of Attorneys has been made.

The Lottery Scam has caused an upsurge in violence in that various gangs, associated with one Scammer or another war over turf.

One would think that by 2014 everyone would have been aware of the Scam and known how to react.  However, the aged, some suffering from dementia, some living isolated lives, seem unaware of it.

It has become such a major scam that it has caused Jamaica to be ranked with Nigeria in Frauds.

 

 

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Almost 100th day of President Trump’s function

The seventy-year-old President Donald Trump, whose selection has caused a political shock around the world, is still impulsive, instinctive and unpredictable, but admits with a hint of naivety and shrewdness that he had realized that there was a tough job waiting for him once he entered the White House as a President of the most powerful country in the world, the United States of America.

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The first 100 days in office of President Donald Trump spent jitters, according to Reuters. He showed that he can change the tone and attitudes, but still manages to create a clearly articulated policy and develop a presidential style.

When it comes to China, Russia or NATO, its 180-degree turn partly pacified the country and US allies. But such an approach is followed by risks. From Syria to North Korea, how much risk the US will be drawn into a military conflict with unpredictable outcomes that warning during the campaign? As a Republican president, How would Trump react in a case of a terrorist attack on American land? After more than three months in power, many of his critics believe that the portraits Philip Roth brought in New Yorkey are still valid. He wrote that Trump is a president who knows nothing about governance, history, science, philosophy, art, not able to express or recognize nuances and using “dictionary of 77 words.” Donald Trump, who regularly mentions the possibility of a second term, has more than 1300 days ahead to complete this term.

Also In just a few weeks judiciary and Congress has dealt heavy blows dismissing his executive decree migrants proposal to reform health insurance.

Trump has also said that he changes, he is flexible and proud of it saying it prior to carrying out the air strikes on the Syrian regime on charges that he used chemical weapons against civilians.

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