America’s Pre-Civil War Started Today

Can You Believe This Is Happening by Mitch Santell

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Judge Kavanaugh In The Hot Seat

The Soft Civil War went live today at the Kavanaugh hearing in Washington D.C. which is often called “The District of Criminals.”

America has never been as divided as it is now and my real prediction is that within 30 days of Trump leaving office, a “hot civil” war will break out throughout the U.S.A.


Here is Judge Kavanaugh’s opening statement from today:

Thursday, September 27, 2018:

Prepared Written Testimony of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh Nomination Hearing to Serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court September 27, 2018 (submitted September 26, 2018) Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Feinstein, and Members of the Committee: Eleven days ago, Dr. Ford publicly accused me of committing a serious wrong more than 36 years ago when we were both in high school.

I denied the allegation immediately, unequivocally, and categorically. The next day, I told this Committee that I wanted to testify as soon as possible, under oath, to clear my name.

Over the past few days, other false and uncorroborated accusations have been aired. There has been a frenzy to come up with something — anything, no matter how far-fetched or odious — that will block a vote on my nomination. These are last minute smears, pure and simple. They debase our public discourse. And the consequences extend beyond any one nomination.Such grotesque and obvious character assassination — if allowed to succeed — will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from serving our country.

As I told this Committee the last time I appeared before you, a federal judge must be independent, not swayed by public or political pressure. That is the kind of judge I am and will always be. I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process. This effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out. The vile threats of violence against my family will not drive me out.

I am here this morning to answer these allegations and to tell the truth. And the truth is that I have never sexually assaulted anyone — not in high school, not in college, not ever. Sexual assault is horrific. It is morally wrong. It is illegal. It is contrary to my religious faith. And it contradicts the core promise of this Nation that all people are created equal and entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. Allegations of sexual assault must be taken seriously. Those who make allegations deserve to be heard. The subject of allegations also deserves to be heard. Due process is a foundation of the American rule of law.

Dr. Ford’s allegation dates back more than 36 years, to a party that she says occurred during our time in high school. I spent most of my time in high school focused on academics, sports, church, and service. But I was not perfect in those days, just as I am not perfect today. I drank beer with my friends, usually on weekends. Sometimes I had too many. In retrospect, I said and did things in high school that make me cringe now. But that’s not why we are here today. What I’ve been accused of is far more serious than juvenile misbehavior.

I never did anything remotely resembling what Dr. Ford describes. The allegation of misconduct is completely inconsistent with the rest of my life. The record of my life, from my days in grade school through the present day, shows that I have always promoted the equality and dignity of women. I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation against me by Dr. Ford. I never had any sexual or physical encounter of any kind with Dr. Ford.

I am not questioning that Dr. Ford may have been sexually assaulted by some person in some place at some time. But I have never done that to her or to anyone. I am innocent of this charge. [Additional Testimony To Follow]

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Where Is My Royalty Payment?

Still Fuming Over Underpayments To Artists by Mitch Santell

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Peter Frampton in 1977 (L)  and 2018 (R).

Regardless of how many great articles that come out about recent changes to music licensing and payments to artists, in the grand scheme of things, most artists are still not happy.

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Vinyl Is Great & I Even Like How It Smells!

Based on my very unscientific polling on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, the folks who buy and collect music are more likely to spend time listening without multitasking. That makes sense to me — they loved the music enough to buy an LP, CD or download, so their interest was more than casual. They have a deeper connection with music.

Another reason to buy music on LP, CD, or Bandcamp is to support, financially, the bands you love. Many of the collectors who talked to me are adamant in their beliefs that subscription services are cheating artists.

Rock icon Peter Frampton, for example, isn’t exactly cleaning up with streaming services. He tweeted this in August of this year: “For 55 million streams of, ‘Baby I Love Your Way’, I got $1,700. I went to Washington with ASCAP [American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers] last year to talk to law makers about this. Their jaws dropped and they asked me to repeat that for them.” A lot of musicians and composers feel cheated by the subscription companies.

Another collector reinforced that point. “As a musician, it’s a huge difference between what we make from the sale of a CD, or even a download, let alone vinyl, versus a subscription, which is streaming. The difference is an order of magnitude. If you want to support an artist, buy the physical media, or buy an actual download, preferably from their website or Bandcamp.”

In 2018 bands still record music, but its prime function is to promote the band for live shows, which are generally more lucrative. If they’re not famous, they probably have little or no expectation of making much income from recorded music. So they record less and less. The band’s legacy isn’t what it could be.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/2N7zvFD


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How to Maintain Your Motivation on a Large Writing Project

One of the best postings on how to handle a big writing project.

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When I resigned from my teaching job four years ago, I resolved to do things around the house that I hadn’t had time for while I was working, like tackling our “garage of doom.” Our house, built in 1979, was showing its age, and our heavy wooden garage door looked shabby and decayed. I told my husband the garage had to be cleared out before we could order a new door.

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These Ten Things Will Inspire You

This is an amazing blog post that inspired me so I want to inspire you the same way! Enjoy!

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These Ten Things Will Inspire You

We all need a bit of inspiration in our lives.

Where there is inspiration, you can count on creativity being close by.

A painter might be inspired by the sight of a tree and as a result of their inspiration, they end up creating a painting of the tree.

It is as though inspiration opens the figurative door for creativity to enter.

So, I can clearly understand the reason why most bloggers need to feel that deep sense of inspiration before they go about putting together their blog posts.

Here are some things that inspire me (And, there is a high probability of some of those things inspiring you too).

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After The Chaos Of A Crisis

Reflections After A 5150 Lockdown by Mitch Santell

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My Daughter Lived In A Place Like This for Nine Days and It Was Hell.

Today we will celebrate a significant achievement in our home. What is it? It has been 120 days since my daughter admitted herself on a 5150 lockdown. Why? My daughter is disabled but highly functioning with a cognitive disorder. She had a total meltdown, and I had to step in as her Father and save her.

Now that her mind is clear and she is off of all of the Anti-Depressants she is taking her life back to be as healthy as possible. It was a wild ride.

What did I learn from this crisis?

You get to learn who your friends are and you get to watch people run and hide because they don’t want to “Deal with the Chaos of the Crisis.”

Me?

God has somehow blessed me with DNA that I do well in a crisis. Do you? I’ll tell you my secret; I usually lose it after the crisis not during it. There are no species on this earth that is as adaptable as human beings.

All I can do is be here in this moment living in Gratitude, Feeling Blessed, and focusing on solutions, not problems.

From observing my daughter through personal experience, I learned that these drugs (the anti-depressants), make you want to kill yourself. Big Pharma anti-depressant drugs in my view are demonic because the pills mask the symptoms, but they fry the brain. In so many cases these drugs cause dementia (or the symptoms of dementia), and this is not good.

My daughter did not ask me to take her off the drugs, she begged me. If you have a child going through this, my number one insight is to listen to your child. It does not matter if they are 11 or 21, listen to what your son or daughter is telling you.

The drugs made my daughter worse, put her in a dark place, and I am forever grateful that I found a Psychiatric Medical Group here in South Orange County California that was willing to partner with me to get my daughter off of the medications.

The worst part of these medications is that while each one may work to mask the symptoms or bring some “temporary relief,” there are no long-term, short-term nor any study that tests multiple drugs taken in combination.

During my daughter’s lockdown for nine days, she ended up on four medications, and it was that combination that made my daughter want to kill herself.

All of her blood tests came back normal, and she does not have schizophrenia. My daughter made me a better human being, a better Father and as we all know, being a parent is not for the faint of heart.

Do not ever take advice from people who don’t have children. My parents (RIP) who happily married for 48 years used to complain to me all the time, even when I was a teenager how everyone has an opinion, but they are not in your shoes. You can listen, but you have to follow your own heart and your gut.

Now that there is light at the end of the tunnel and it’s not a train, now check out this clip on Vaccines. Do you see a pattern here? Have a blessed week.

Today I saw this blog posting and had placed some quotes from it here. Check this blog out as I am a subscriber to it.


On Challenges

People go through a lot. Don’t think that they don’t. All of us has to carry a certain pain, a certain tragedy. We all have our struggles, our fears, our losses. We all go through experiences that make it impossible to return to the person we used to be.

But most people don’t grow through what they go through.

Imagine being on a small boat. In the middle of the ocean. A storm comes. It badly damages the boat, but somehow you make it out of the storm alive. Now, the storm is gone. The sky is clear. No clouds. Despite being badly damaged, the boat is still afloat.

What do most people do?

Forget the storm even happened. Or prey that another one won’t ever come back. Or spend their time being afraid of another storm.

What almost no one does?

Fix the damn boat. Or build another one. A bigger and stronger one.

People waste their lives running away from what they fear, instead of using pain and fear to their advantage.

Challenges make us stronger. What doesn’t kill you…

Makes you wish it did.

But then it makes you stronger. Much stronger than you would have been if nothing bad hah happened.

But you’ve got to let it. You’ve got to learn. You’ve got to grow and accept responsibility for your life.

That is all.

Great Blog, see more here: https://cristianmihai.net/2018/09/21/on-challenges/

More here to review in terms of drugs and side affects: https://www.healthline.com/health/depression/medication-list#snris

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Be Materialistic

Check out this magnificent blog posting. May it bring a smile to your face the way it did to mine.

Counterintuitive Advice

My counterintuitive advice is to…

be materialistic.

We recently moved and while packing I discovered that I have five nearly identical black windbreakers, four hammers, sixteen phone chargers, and six unopened packs of those multi-colored fancy file folders. What the heck was I planning to fancily file? And this material redundancy parade didn’t stop there. I own six packs of brand new black dress socks, over a dozen nearly identical dime-store reading glasses and three pizza paddles. Do I unknowingly own a Dominoes Pizza franchise? Well, based on my newly discovered brain disorder, maybe I do!

It turns out that I buy the exact same thing, the very thing, mind you, that I already own, and worse yet, haven’t even used, over and over and over again. Furthermore, I discovered that I’m not alone. As I told others about my disorder, I learned that a lot of people are afflicted…

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Whatever You Do, Do With Love

via Whatever You Do, Do With Love

This excellent post is worth your time to read. In the end, people don’t remember how much money you have or how much stuff you own. People will only remember how they felt when they were around you. Make it a blessed day and appreciate the small moments because, in the end, that is what you will remember.

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California May End Free Speech by 2019

Reflections on Dystopian California by Mitch Santell

The State of California is a bit out of control as it relates to ending freedom of speech. You are going to watch news agencies, independent bloggers and social influencers placing their server outside of California and outside of the USA.

The California Senate and State Assembly recently passed S.B. 1424, the “Internet: social media: advisory group” act. Think of the entire State of California acting as a “safe space” for free speech. My prediction? S.B. 1424 once signed is going to trigger all kinds of lawsuits as people have “their feelings hurt.” My insight? Start looking now for a Non-California based platform.

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Weebly Is One Of The Best Template Based Platforms On The Market in 2018.

What companies are going to be affected most? Weebly will be touched and manipulated by the bill; I love the Weebly platform, their home office is in San Francisco.

The issue for companies like Weebly is how they will enforce the new rules of S.B. 1424?

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Governor Jerry Brown now in 2018. 
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Jerry Brown (R) Flying with Linda Ronstadt (L) back in 1972

California is one step away from going down the unconstitutional road of government-mandated censorship of Internet speech. The California Senate and State Assembly recently passed S.B. 1424, the “Internet: social media: advisory group” act. This fake news advisory act is now on the desk of Governor Jerry Brown for his signature.

According to Section 3085 of the legislation:

The Attorney General shall, subject to the limitations of subdivision (d), establish an advisory group consisting of at least one member of the Department of Justice, Internet-based social media providers, civil liberties advocates, and First Amendment scholars, to do both of the following:

(a) Study the problem of the spread of false information through Internet-based social media platforms.

(b) Draft a model strategic plan for Internet-based social media platforms to use to mitigate the spread of false information through their platforms.

It’s hard to imagine those voting for the bill were motivated by good intentions. In any case, good intentions are not enough. Is it hard to imagine the results of the law will be censorship of views that politicians disagree with and views critical of politicians?

Most likely, Californians are not concerned about “fact-checking” content like “a mile is 5290 feet” or an appeal to form a flat Earth Facebook group; such content poses no threat to entrenched interests. Instead, “fact-checking” will be deployed against those who express doubt, for example, about climate change, vaccine safety, or “educating” children about gender dysphoria.

In a world where most scientific studies can’t be replicated, a consensus should not be confused with an immutable fact.

If you doubt that censorship is the aim of the bill, consider the even more draconian measures that an earlier version of the bill required. Social media sites would have needed to develop “a plan to mitigate the spread of false information through news stories, the utilization of fact-checkers to verify news stories, providing outreach to social media users, and placing a warning on a news story containing false information.”  

The First Amendment makes no provisions for government judging the validity of speech either directly or through mandated “fact-checking.” In legitimate cases of defamation, legal remedies are available, but the bar for a successful lawsuit is high.

Why Authoritarians Always Suppress Speech

In his new discussion paper, “The Mirage of Democratic Socialism,” economist Kristian Niemietz of the Institute of Economic Affairs counts “more than two dozen attempts (not counting the very short-lived ones) to build a socialist society.”

“They all,” Niemietz writes, “led to varying degrees of economic failure.” With that economic failure always came “varying degrees of repression and political authoritarianism,” as well as severe limitations on “freedom of choice and personal autonomy in the economic sphere.”

Authoritarians, including so-called “democratic socialists,” must always suppress speech. Why? Human beings have boundless preferences and competing goals. These preferences and goals are sorted out by either socialist planners or impersonal market processes.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/2IaOf5L

There are others who see this bill as illegal: 

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Ajit V. Pai

FCC head honcho, Ajit Pai, didn’t mince words in comments regarding California’s recent passing of a tough net neutrality bill. In his keynote speech for neoconservative policy organization Maine Heritage Policy Center, Pai called California’s SB 822 “illegal” and said it “poses a risk to the rest of the country.”

Pai also hinted that he’d be coming for California should SB 822, seen as the toughest net neutrality law in the nation, receive the governor’s signature, as it’s expected to in the next two weeks.

Federal only supersedes state law on specific issues which the US Constitution delegates to the federal government. That’s the Tenth Amendment. In this instance, the FCC can’t just roll in and pull rank on California, no matter what Pai promises his right-wing, internet-carpetbagging cronies.

Read more here: https://engt.co/2NuvJv0

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Apple Does Privacy Right!

Technology Obsession Commentary by Mitch Santell

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Apple iPhone Xr Will Be A Hot Seller in 2018/2019

Every year Apple parades it’s the newest version of the iPhone. After the official pitch and presentation by Apple, I notice that there are three kinds of articles that come out regarding the latest technology upgrades.

The first kind of article will explain how Apple has lost its edge and they used to be better when Steve Jobs was alive.

The second kind of article will explain how these are the best Apple products ever.

The third kind of article will tell you the reason to switch to Windows or Samsung or some other type of system.

The one thing that most people don’t get is this: Apple does not use their customer data for marketing purposes. Tim Cook says that “privacy is a right,” provided to its customers. As a customer, this gives me so much comfort that while I have seriously looked at products like the Samsung Note 9 and the new Google Pixel Phone 3 coming out, it is what Apple does best! Apple protects customer data.

Protecting customer data is the number 1 reason I keep going back to Apple, Inc.

Parting shot: Ever notice how most Apple customers will pick a particular product and say that “this is the best product that Apple ever made.” Right now I have an Apple iPhone 7plus that works perfectly, and I anticipate that I’ll keep it for at least one more year.

The big seller? I think that Apple’s new iPhone Xr with a starting price of 749.00 dollars USD. This phone is remarkable for what it does, and the phone is at the right price point.


Apple’s privacy stance is a huge ‘competitive advantage’ over Facebook and Google (AAPL)

Apple’s business model focuses primarily on making money through its hardware, instead of on internet and software, which creates a heavy reliance on advertising for revenue. That makes it largely insulate the company from the European Union’s strict privacy protection laws. 

“Although Apple sometimes speaks of privacy on moral grounds—Tim Cook says ‘privacy is a fundamental human right’—its business model makes emphasizing privacy easier than for Google or Facebook,” Steven Milunovich, a UBS analyst, wrote in a note to clients.

Google and Facebook, on the other hand, will likely feel more pain because of their heavy reliance on advertising to drive revenues, Milunovich says. The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which goes into effect on May 25, will restrict the kinds of data that companies can collect and requires consumers to opt-in to marketing campaigns, as well as give users more of a choice in what they would like to disclose. A Deutsche Bank analyst said the law could even wipe out as much as $2 billion from Google’s revenues, for instance.

By contrast, Apple’s privacy policy does not allow its users’ data to be shared for marketing purposes, and it could turn out to be the company’s biggest “competitive advantage,” Milunovich says.

Read On: https://read.bi/2MHShmu

Life Outside Your Comfort Zone…

The ability to take risk is in all of us. I am willing to take risk all the time just because I experience a world that has substantially changed.

The fundamental pillars of society are falling away and leading to a new culture that so many cannot put their finger on.

There has never been a better time to spread your wings and try something new. May this blog posting inspire you as much as it did me!

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In my previous two post on comfort zone we discussed on disadvantages of comfort zone and how can we come out of comfort zone… Have a look at those post if you have not yet read…

Comfort Zone is a danger zone…

How to come out of comfort zone…

So now let’s analyze the advantages of coming out of the comfort zone:

More adaptive to change: Once you leave your comfort zone, you will become more adaptive to change and moreover you will yourself start bringing the change.

More Creative: Since now you are no more in comfort zone, your thinking pattern will change as now there won’t be any boundaries or limitation in your thinking. You will become more creative in thinking and approaching towards things in your life.

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