A Hollywood Story ~ Nancy Pelosi & Calif.

Commentary About Hollywood in Washington D.C. by Mitch Santell

It does not matter if you are liberal or conservative, democrat or republican, you know one thing is real, Nancy Pelosi is delusional, and I think may be drunk with power.

Here is a brief clip of what Nancy wants to do. Oh, man, this is going to get nasty.

Happy Sunday dear followers and readers, I wanted to let you know that this could make a great Hollywood movie.

Nancy has stated that she is the most powerful woman in America.

In the meantime, things are getting a bit stressed out here in Southern California.

In Washington D.C. it was a bit weird at the Lincoln Memorial.

Has President Trump suckered Democrats and the Deep State into a trap that will enable a radical downsizing of the federal bureaucracy?  In only five more days of the already “longest government shutdown in history” (25 days and counting, as of today), a heretofore obscure threshold will be reached, enabling permanent layoffs of bureaucrats furloughed 30 days or more.

This seems to be what was referenced in this remarkable essay written by an “unidentified senior Trump official” published in the Daily Caller, which vouches for the authenticity of the author and explains that it is protecting him from adverse career consequences should the name become known.  I strongly recommend reading the whole thing.

Don’t believe me that federal bureaucrats can be laid off?  Well, in bureaucratese, a layoff is called a RIF – a Reduction in Force – and of course, it comes with a slew of civil service protections.  But, if the guidelines are followed, bureaucrats can be laid off – as in no more job.  It is all explained by Michael Roberts here (updated after the beginning of the partial shutdown):

A reduction in force is a thoughtful and systematic elimination of positions.  For all practical purposes, a government RIF is the same thing as a layoff. …

Organizations must stick to predetermined criteria when sorting out what happens to each employee.  They must communicate with employees how and why decisions are made. …

In deciding who stays and who goes, federal agencies must take four factors into account:

1.    Tenure

2.    Veteran status

3.    Total federal civilian and military service

4.    Performance

Agencies cannot use RIF procedures to fire bad employees. 

More here: https://bit.ly/2HqR3yK

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Obama Signed The NDAA ~ Now What?

Commentary On The Blow Back In Keeping America Sovereign by Mitch Santell

It has been fascinating to watch the blowback from President Donald J. Trump closing down the U.S. Government from his opponents. 

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Obama Signed The NDAA on December 31, 2011

Now, what do we do?

WASHINGTON – President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law today. The statute contains a sweeping worldwide indefinite detention provision.  While President Obama issued a signing statement saying he had “serious reservations” about the provisions, the statement only applies to how his administration would use the authorities granted by the NDAA, and would not affect how the law is interpreted by subsequent administrations.  The White House had threatened to veto an earlier version of the NDAA, but reversed course shortly before Congress voted on the final bill.

“President Obama’s action today is a blight on his legacy because he will forever be known as the president who signed indefinite detention without charge or trial into law,” said Anthony D. Romero, ACLU executive director. “The statute is particularly dangerous because it has no temporal or geographic limitations, and can be used by this and future presidents to militarily detain people captured far from any battlefield.  The ACLU will fight worldwide detention authority wherever we can, be it in court, in Congress, or internationally.”

Under the Bush administration, similar claims of worldwide detention authority were used to hold even a U.S. citizen detained on U.S. soil in military custody, and many in Congress now assert that the NDAA should be used in the same way again. The ACLU believes that any military detention of American citizens or others within the United States is unconstitutional and illegal, including under the NDAA. In addition, the breadth of the NDAA’s detention authority violates international law because it is not limited to people captured in the context of an actual armed conflict as required by the laws of war.

“We are incredibly disappointed that President Obama signed this new law even though his administration had already claimed overly broad detention authority in court,” said Romero. “Any hope that the Obama administration would roll back the constitutional excesses of George Bush in the war on terror was extinguished today. Thankfully, we have three branches of government, and the final word belongs to the Supreme Court, which has yet to rule on the scope of detention authority. But Congress and the president also have a role to play in cleaning up the mess they have created because no American citizen or anyone else should live in fear of this or any future president misusing the NDAA’s detention authority.”

The bill also contains provisions making it difficult to transfer suspects out of military detention, which prompted FBI Director Robert Mueller to testify that it could jeopardize criminal investigations.  It also restricts the transfers of cleared detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to foreign countries for resettlement or repatriation, making it more difficult to close Guantanamo, as President Obama pledged to do in one of his first acts in office.

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“You Can’t Write Comedy Like That.” ~ Roseanne Barr

Reflections Of Truth by Mitch Santell

The ability to speak the truth in America is becoming more difficult as so many are divided.

Listen to 4 minutes and 53 seconds of real truth from Roseanne Barr and if you have any misunderstanding as to why ABC Television (Tell-Lie-Vision), kicked her off of prime time, you will by the end of the clip. There is too much cognitive dissonance in America for the average person to get what Roseanne is saying in my view.

The fire started spreading Tuesday morning, fanned by a rapidly building furor in the highly volatile social-media universe. Barr had taken to Twitter to describe former President Barack Obama’s adviser Valerie Jarrett as an offspring of the “Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes.”

Reaction was swift, from Barr’s co-stars and co-workers. Comedian Wanda Sykes, a consulting producer on the “Roseanne” revival, announced she would not be returning for the show’s second season. Sara Gilbert, who plays Barr’s daughter, said in a tweet that Barr’s remarks were “abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show.”

“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” the network’s entertainment president, Channing Dungey, said in a statement released by Disney-owned ABC.

More here: https://bit.ly/2Dj74mn

 

 

 

It Is What It Is ~ Acceptance

Commentary On Life In The Moment by Mitch Santell

There are so many of us who are watching the divide of humanity, and we feel stuck.

The reason that we feel so stuck is that we remember how our life used to be and what it is now.

It all comes down to the heart.

In life there is your side of the story, there is my side of the story, and then there are the facts.

Guess what?

There is something more, and this awakening is a huge one.

Ready?

So much of who you are and who I am is intuitively related to the time that we were alive. 

How do I know this?

There is something that we all do when we awake.

We always want to defend our position.

Why is this wrong?

Answer:

In America, we use being right like a drug.

We need to be so right all the time to make you wrong which makes us happy.

It is about making the other person wrong.

Now that you know America’s biggest challenge, I need you to do me a small favor.

What is it?

Please be so kind as to indulge me in listening to this entire interview.

It may not change your life, it will give you clarity on where humanity is at in 2019.

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The 10 Commandments of Hollywood

It is always good to go back and re-read something you wrote. Enjoy your week, one day at a time.

AfterHollywood

Written by Mitch Santell

Quentin Tarantino Avoid Ass-Holes.

1). Avoid Ass-Holes.
There is an ass-hole born every minute in Hollywood, don’t you be one of them. (Be a class act and be the person people remember through your kindness).


a little mad 2). Watch How The People Around You Treat Others.
You will learn more by watching how someone treats the waiter or waitress during lunch. (If they abuse your server, then it is only a matter of time before they harm you).
Wisdom 2 3). Avoid Envious and Jealous People
Make a list of people who won’t support you in your project and never call them again. (Envy and Jealousy is the #1 reason why most projects fail, don’t get caught up in this).
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4). Focus On Building Your Team.
Surround yourself with the best team possible who understand what you are doing.


aaa dollar-bill-pyramid Learn How To Turn Down Money.

5). Learn How To Turn Down Money.

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L.A. California’s Big Trend: Visiting Bong Shops and Cannabis Growers

Commentary by Mitch Santell

The ability to look back at your history puts you in a unique place called perspective. For anyone who is a baby boomer (my generation) or others afterward, it still is a fantastic shift how common Cannabis is in California. What you are about to read is really happening, I didn’t make this up!

Happy Wednesday to all my readers and followers.

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Elon Musk of Tesla Takes A Hit Off A Spliff

By Hugo Martin

The Los Angeles Times

In Napa and Sonoma, tour bus operators ferry wine lovers between tasting rooms and vineyards. In Hollywood and environs, they shepherd the starstruck past the homes of the rich and famous.

Now they’re giving customers a mind-expanding look at one of Los Angeles’ burgeoning industries: pot.

Since recreational use of marijuana became legal a year ago, a pot tourism business has emerged, taking visitors behind the scenes of California’s estimated $7 billion cannabis industry.

“Every other day it seems another tour company is popping up,” said Lauren Jones, who owns Weedology, a cannabis tour company based in Los Angeles. “It’s like a gold rush.”

Each pot tour company has its own points of interest, generally including a grow facility, a bong maker or accessory retailers and a marijuana dispensary, where visitors can get joint-rolling lessons. Expect product discounts, but not freebies. And some tours allow smoking on board, for those so inclined.

Tours are priced between $40 and $200 a person, depending on the length of the trip, the stops and other features.

 

Starting this month, L.A.-based Green Tours is adding an itinerary that includes a pot-smoking session with weed-loving ‘70s movie legend, Tommy Chong. That tour is priced at $149 a person, owner Gene Grozovskiy said.

Grozovskiy’s father thought his son was nuts when he announced plans to quit his full-time job as a patient placement coordinator at a large Los Angeles hospital to start a marijuana tour company.

“At first pops was like, ‘You want to do what kind of tours?”’ Grozovskiy, 35, recalled. “He thought I was just being silly.”

Other tour company owners also come with respectable pedigrees and want to hop on what they see as a profitable future in recreational cannabis.

Jones, who works as a resources specialist at Los Angeles Unified School District, launched Weedology tours in February as a part-time gig that she hopes can eventually grow to a full-time job.

Ed Legarda is a tech-industry consultant who started Green Line Trips in January. It primarily offers tours on the weekends but he also hopes it will expand to daily operation.

Cannabis tourism also has caught on in other places where weed is legal, such as Colorado and Nevada. It’s part of a myriad ancillary businesses that make up the marijuana industry, including compliance consultants, cannabis testing labs, ultraviolet lighting installers, security and transportation services.

The National Cannabis Industry Assn., a trade group based in Colorado, has nearly 2,000 business as members, with about 60 percent to 70 percent of those companies providing services that don’t involve selling marijuana, spokesman Morgan Fox said.

“We have seen an explosion of businesses related to cannabis,” he said.

Nationwide, the sale of cannabis directly or indirectly employed an estimated 170,000 full-time workers in 2017, according to a study by the Arcview Group, an Oakland-based firm for investors in the marijuana industry. That number is expected to grow to more than 467,000 full-time workers in 2022, the firm estimates.

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Vinyl Records Growing In Sales Again

Commentary On The Legacy of Vinyl by Mitch Santell

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There is nothing that is more fun than playing a vinyl album. Everything from the paper the album cover is printed on, to the liner notes to the smell of the Vinyl itself, there is nothing quite like it.

Yes, I still have my original record collection from when I was a kid but my greatest treasures are because of my Dad (RIP), who kept bringing me picture disks from the late 1970s that are worth a lot today.

According to Billboard Magazine:

Vinyl album sales in the U.S. hit their 13th consecutive year of growth, with ‘Guardians’ being the top-selling LP and “Yellow Submarine” the biggest vinyl single.

Vinyl album sales continue to be a bright spot among an otherwise bleak album sales picture. 16.8 million vinyl albums were sold in 2018, according to Nielsen Music (up 14.6 percent) — marking the 13th consecutive year of growth for the format. 16.8 million is also a new yearly high for vinyl album sales since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991.

Comparatively, overall album sales (vinyl LP, CD, digital, cassette, etc.) in 2018 fell 17.7 percent to 141 million.

Vinyl LP sales accounted for 11.9 percent of all album sales in 2018 (16.8 million of 141 million). In 2017, the format comprised 6.5 percent of album sales.

Overall in 2018, 14 albums sold more than 50,000 copies on vinyl — up from just eight titles in 2017. Further, 79 titles exceeded 20,000 in LP sales in 2018, as compared to 77 in 2017 and 58 in 2016.

TOP 10 SELLING VINYL ALBUMS OF 2018 IN U.S.
Rank Artist, Title Sales
1 Soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 84,000
2 Michael Jackson, Thriller 84,000
3 Fleetwood Mac, Rumours 77,000
4 The Beatles, Abbey Road 76,000
5 Prince and The Revolution, Purple Rain(Soundtrack) 71,000
6 Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon 67,000
7 Bob Marley and The Wailers, Legend: The Best Of… 61,000
8 Queen, Greatest Hits 60,000
9 Amy Winehouse, Back to Black 59,000
10 Panic! at the Disco, Pray for the Wicked 59,000
Source: Nielsen Music, for the tracking period Dec. 29, 2017 through Jan. 3, 2019. (Titles listed with the same sales total are not tied, as their exact sales are rounded to the nearest thousand.)

RECORD WEEK FOR VINYL ALBUM SALES: 905,000 vinyl albums were sold in the week ending Dec. 27, 2018, the largest week for the format since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991. That sum actually beats out a record that was only set a week earlier, when 880,000 vinyl LPs were sold in the frame ending Dec. 20. (Before 2018, the largest week was registered in the week ending Dec. 21, 2017, with 811,000 vinyl albums sold.)

ROCK AROUND THE VINYL CLOCK: Rock music is tops among vinyl album buyers, as the genre comprises the largest share of vinyl LP sales: 63 percent. In 2017, the genre amounted to 67 percent of LP sales, while in 2016 rock yielded 69 percent of LP sales.

More here: https://bit.ly/2HiAGo2

Ignorance Is Strength At The U.N.

Commentary On An Evil NGO by Mitch Santell

The key to the United Nations functioning as well as they do is simply one thing. What is the thing? Ignorance with a capital “I.”

Don’t believe me? Watch this now.

Libya Before and After Image Shows What a NATO/UN Humanitarian Mission Looks Like

All hail humanitarian war. Regime change can be a bitch.  Start with sanctions because of ‘humanitarian’ reasons.  If they don’t work, arm ragtag mercenaries and implement a ‘no-fly zone’ through an international body.  If the rebels can’t hunt down the defunct leader, then just bomb the hell out the country until a bloody carcass vaguely resembling the leader turns up.  Then claim that the humanitarian intervention was a wild success.  PS: Make sure you destroy enough of the infrastructure to secure a huge IMF bondage loan for reconstruction.

The before and after picture of Libya below shows what the U.S./NATO means by a humanitarian war:

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More U.N. background research here: https://bit.ly/2FqwOj1

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Is Your Trash Listening To You? I.O.T.

A Unique Video from a Truther in Southern California by Mitch Santell

The internet of things is a real thing and while it is fun to be connected, has it gone too far?

Technology is not a neutral tool. There are thousands of engineers working behind the scenes to make their company’s products persuasive and to keep users coming back.

Millennials check their phone about 150 times a day, according to Harris. People are always refreshing their social media accounts to see how many new likes their posts received. It’s a reward system similar to what happens when we pull a slot machine lever. “Even when we’re aware that we’re being manipulated, it doesn’t change the fact that the design is still appealing to us,” Harris said. “It’s based on how our psychology works.”

Never in human history has something been able to constantly project images directly to our eyes, he said, adding that if those images depict our friends having fun without us, it can damage our self-esteem. The AI algorithms behind such apps are designed to prioritize the best pictures posted—which over time can change the physiology of our brain and cause anxiety or depression.

More here:  https://bit.ly/2Flshx9

The IOT is back in the news again this week. A judge has ordered Amazon to turn over audio data from an Alexa device related to a murder investigation.

There’s a few interesting things raised by this warrant. The investigators believe that Alexa may have captured audio of the attack itself and uploaded it to Amazon servers, which means that Alexa would have been listening despite the “wake word” not being spoken. This would go against how Amazon tells us the device functions. The investigators may be hoping that Alexa may have incidentally heard something that sounds like the wake word, and recorded audio based off of that. This has happened before.

They are also asking for a list of all devices that connected to the speaker during the time period in question. This means that Amazon is collecting information on everyone that visits your home and when based on their mobile devices that they bring along with them.

These new developments only add to the pile of issues that come with placing internet-connected microphones in your house. There’s the obvious problems like the security of the device, a hacked Alexa can listen to everything you say and do. And deeper problems like being unable to figure out what the speaker is collecting. The device can easily listen and record based on specific marketing or “national security” phrases and wait to upload the information until the next wake word is spoken. You can cram low quality audio in surprisingly small spaces, and because all communication with home servers is encrypted, you can’t know what information is actually being transmitted. A great example is Google Android sending GPS information to Google even while GPS was explicitly disabled.

Read more here: https://bit.ly/2RBWSxf

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Trump Keeps Government Shut Down

A Commentary On Connection, Love & The Collapse by Mitch Santell

Here in America, we have so much to be grateful for as we watch the world go a bit nuts. Happy Saturday dear followers and readers here in America and around the globe. Since I had the opportunity to live in New Zealand for over 5+ years, I am fascinated with how many of you are outside America checking in.

These are my humble evaluations and observations based on. 

One ~ America is very divided and over the top in regards to Trump being the President of the United States. Trump talks like a regular person, and it drives the establishment and the power elites out of their minds.

Two ~  President Trump followed up the previous remarks that I just shared with you, by holding an impromptu press conference with members who work border security for America.

Now for a few words from Nancy Pelosi who I understand will be the official spokesperson for Dementia this year.

Can you believe this? Nancy Pelosi said that “The Wall Is An Immorality!”

 What does that mean?

How Long Do People Live After Being Diagnosed with Dementia?

Life expectancy for someone with dementia averages about eight years after initial diagnosis, and may range from about 3 to 20 years.

This is my view, and none of this has anything to do with politics. This has to do with what kind of America are we are going to have 20 years from now.

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