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I can totally get why people are confused about my position on Trump.

The thing is, I completely agree with Trump's rants against the mainstream media while still rejecting him as an "America's solution" in any other way.

Negative sentiments against the mainstream legacy media were really felt by many others long before he became a candidate. Each cause or perspective respectively beheld by all that were not "status quo" were seen as marginalized by a profit corporatized media agenda. Trump just tapped into the angry white American version of that angst and, further, personalized it making it seem that the point of it all is his persecution.

Picture of Trump is Fake News protest projection

Trump has hijacked the valid concept of inauthentic news media.

Trump doesn't even articulate the argument against the media well. He calls the legacy media the generators of "fake news" but that's not really accurate. The "news" is real enough, it's more often than not that they are weavers of arbitrary if not contrary focus -- focusing on stories and narratives that have nothing to do with what day to day people are actually caring about. The Russian influence of American elections is one example.

Of course it's a bad thing that the Russians try, but it's been well known enough that Russia has been interferring with our elections, and we, their elections, for as long as we have been rivals. Over 50 years.

From the linked New York Times article:

Loch K. Johnson, the dean of American intelligence scholars, who began his career in the 1970s investigating the C.I.A. as a staff member of the Senate’s Church Committee, says Russia’s 2016 operation was simply the cyber-age version of standard United States practice for decades, whenever American officials were worried about a foreign vote.
“We’ve been doing this kind of thing since the C.I.A. was created in 1947,” said Mr. Johnson, now at the University of Georgia. “We’ve used posters, pamphlets, mailers, banners — you name it. We’ve planted false information in foreign newspapers. We’ve used what the British call ‘King George’s cavalry’: suitcases of cash.”

The "fakeness" Trump bellows on about is that for no apparent reason (he would say because it is part of an effort to de-legitimize his election) the news media is pretending this long running game suddenly matters. Or, if it's always mattered, they get to hide through this sudden focus on it their negiligence in not making it a story sooner.

None of this changes my assertion that Trump is a ruinous president. It's great that the corporations have ended their protest against Obama policies and direction by opening up their cash flows to the public economy, by default crediting Trump's watch. But really, they would have done that for anyone even Hillary. That's because 12 years of hoard-pouting money would be just too long to keep it up. Eventually those companies not so resistant to more regulation would have found their economic strength and begun to eclipse those that did. Trump's election unfortunately interrupted that.

As I've mentioned before too, I also support his tweeting habits. It's a brilliant interfacing effort between the top office of the land and regular people in real time. A natural advance of the fireside chats conducted by Franklin Roosevelt back in the day, but in today's digital context. However crazy his tweets may seem, they ring authentic and people really feel connected to them. Supporters in particular. I know future presidents will probably keep it up, but I am betting only in that dry "PR" voice that will sound like a run of taglines from a company product brochure. Trump knows enough at least to make this tool, and social media in general, count.

But yeah, he still sucks.

Cops In A Keystone State
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Yeah, so basically Wilkes-Barre needs to professionalize its police department.

Its leaders should have at least a college degree, and maybe while everyone is at it, the department should check out this whole "accrediation" thing. Apparently it was contemplated once but loose as things apparently tended to be, it was never topped off. Perhaps too many folks along the way didn't like the constraints of accredidation. Hmm.

For those not so laser-focused on who gets blamed for what in the report (spoiler though: Lendacky and Foy feast on babies for breakfast while Seargant Myers and the PBA are too busy passing out halos to orphans to be willfully causing turbulence. Why, the report even says in a single flat parenthetical that it found no evidence that Myers was upset about being passed over for that stupid-head job of police chief that only stupid-heads want anyway - so there!, question resolved!) this is a vindication in no way between the parties, but of the sense that the department is woefully juvenile and has been for some time. It has neither the leadership nor the fabric of rank and file maturity to pull it together.

Capture of a section of the PDF report.

The assessors do not assess that Myers had any interest
in becoming police chief.

Oh, there may be a state that it once had of "business as usual" that some might confuse with healthy "good times" for the department, but remember, any such period is the parent of the freaky state of being we have now. Honey, there was nothing healthy about it, ever. And this report is possibly the best thing Wilkes-Barre has to right the ship if only out of shame.

I for one was shocked by how willing the report seemed to directly wade into the politics of personality. But I've never seen a report of its nature before so maybe that is common, and, since all institutions boil down to the people who run it, inevitable. Plucking away at Lendacky and Foy was an easy path because neither holds a college degree for the advanced positions they hold in a field that prides itself on its trending incorporation of a college education. There are now departments in America where not having a college degree would mean you couldn't be a road officer let alone the chief.

Face it, the 26 grand or so to compile the report didn't involve a lot of sweat on that fact alone.

There are other things to muse over from here. What does all of this have to say about Tony George's judgement? Somehow he saw no problem installing such a controversial leader and cared little to address the calamity. That was his absolute preogative among several such preogatives which I maintain that people who were honest about everything could have lived with and worked through. But alas now that we walk through these smoldering ruins by people who were not prepared to do so, we can fairly ask, what was he thinking in the first place?

Also, I hate reading in the many DISQUS threads how Lendacky and Foy, or maybe Myers, are all horrible people. Let's try to remember they are all in fact noble people electing to engage in (physically dangerous) careers on behalf of the community. Nobody here is evil. What is of course apparent is that they have all become principals in a low drama where nobody expects to find any of such crippling level. The police department should not have the air of a "club" where people elbow through each other at personal whim, yet somehow that's what all of this looks like. Seriously, this is why Wilkes-Barre can't have nice rail.

Tony George is going to have to answer for this mess, Lendacky and Foy are going to have to chin up and maybe get out, and the PBA is going to have to live up to the new world it probably beckoned forth which is a professionally accredited police department with an emphasis on education, and a smart approach to dealing with "passive-aggressive" malcontents. The report has put too many eyes on things now for any of that not to happen and I bet Myers and the PBA are excited to see it so.

I might be being sarcastic. ;)

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Fighting the Attempted Murder of the Web
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My revolt against the dominance of social media and an institutional attempt to kill off the world wide web begins today. Granted the fight is in my own comfortable way, but still, maybe I'll inspire others.

Simply put I have removed the sharing functionality to Facebook and Twitter from my Battle Blog entries. From now on, in place of where those icons would appear at the end of each article when viewed as a comment or permalink, visitors will see the following tagline:

Status quo institutions are attempting to kill the hyperlink and relegate you to social media. Resist by sharing this content's hyperlink. To share this content copy the URL below to your clipboard and paste it to the medium of your choice. Never let the world forget about the World Wide Web.

That (valid and spot on) hyperbole will be followed by a pre-filled text field with the URL of the current article and a simple javascript button to copy that URL to your clipboard.

Seeing where things are going, it's safe to assume that ultimately the large browser producers will one day inhibit the easy copy/pasting of URLs as part of the appreciated effort to further stamp out the web. But for now it works, at least in Chrome. If it doesn't work for you then do it the old fashioned way by copying right from the URL bar, at least until the day URLs no longer appear in the said URL bar because, again, everyone wants the hyperlink dead and buried. It will one day be obfuscated or removed altogether.

My fight is not to kill social media. After all, the very invite to copy the URL suggests that you can then paste it to the "medium of your choice" which includes Facebook or Twitter or whatever the next big atrocity happens to be. I myself love and use Twitter and paste hyperlinks there all the time. Though, speaking of which in the context of this entry, I did recently quit Facebook as yet another stab in the fight, among other reasons.

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