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Now that the holiday season is upon us I want to remind everyone not to forget the less fortunate, those who serve the country and work for our communities, and also to consider the natural future of our planet and its environment. The following are some organizations that I support regularly or volunteer with that could use your support, too.

If you would like, you may donate by clicking directly on the links in this text or merely sign up for local chances to volunteer if available. In no particular order:

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Many large cities have their own children’s hospital. You may donate for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin by clicking at the beginning of this paragraph.

The USO https://secure.uso.org/?sc=WEBDONTRIL  Supporting the morale, welfare, and recreation of troops around the world and helping them stay connected.

Disabled American Veterans http://www.dav.org  DAV will help you get to the VA for medical visits or complete paperwork associated with VA claims and specializes in working with veterans injured in combat.

Paralyzed Veterans of America http://www.SupportVeterans.org  A great organization dedicated to serving veterans suffering from spinal injuries.

Homes for Our Troops  http://hfotusa.org is an organization with an excellent goal, “To build mortgage-free, specially adapted homes nationwide for severely injured Veterans Post-9/11, to enable them to rebuild their lives.”

I have worked as a volunteer on one of these homes doing general things, handing roofing shingles up to the roofers, carrying wood to work locations, that kind of thing. They always need people. You can see if there is a home scheduled to be built in your area and volunteer by visiting their website.

Audubon http://www.audubon.org/  One of the most active organizations in seeing that our natural world is monitored and conserved. The Audubon Society does some incredible things when it comes to helping to restore and conserve natural environments. Take your kids to an Audubon Conservation Center for a guided hike and you will see what I mean.

The International Crane Foundation
 https://www.savingcranes.org/  Eleven of the fifteen crane species face extinction, eleven of the fifteen species!

A few of these organizations accept donations of as little as a couple of dollars online and when a lot of people donate that way it really helps.

And don’t forget about your local food pantry. There is one in every town.

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To me it well appears that given the current political climate and its contentious nature, in particular during the last four years of the present administration, that the preponderance of significant executive and legislative activity has landed in the courts.

I am not a legal scholar though I do not believe one must be to reach such a conclusion.

I pose the question:

Does that mean the courts have become too functionally powerful either through process or position and therefore must be moderated by legislation of some approach, and how best to produce such a legislative composition?

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There is a lot of frustration concerning how the Corona Virus pandemic is being handled here in The US and for good reason.

From my perspective, it appears the media are actually the ones managing the effort and Washington is just merely posing so as not to look bad in front of the cameras. The media have been showing nurses gyrating in front of the camera in one scence and then bawling about being overworked in another on the evening news. Maybe the media should stop asking nurses to gyrate in front of the camera as if they were a Superbowl half-time exhibit (actually, such scenes in the evening news have all but disappeared since I wrote about it two days ago).

The problem with the media managing any health crisis is that they are merely interested in ratings. If you think that the media has your best interests at heart, think again.

Were Washington to put the smackdown on the media for the over dramatization of the Covid-19 pandemic, and has been overdramatized, I think everyone would be much more confident that the country would make it out of this crisis unscathed.

But Washington is snuggling up to the cameras too much to think that will happen at this point.

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You know the last country I know of that went to a cashless economy was Soviet Russia. You got tickets or state sponsored chits for food and fuel and waited in line at the “distribution point” instead of at the grocery store checkout, hoping that when you finally got to the meat counter, they sill had something edible left. Often they didn’t. They didn’t tell you that part, did they? Of course not. The unstated profession of the Russian female was often merely to wait in these lines in order to acquire sufficient food stuffs for meals while the husband worked a factory job, if one existed.

Today, in a possible “cashless society” scenario if you want to purchase a piece of furniture or a used car from your neighbor, it will have to be transacted electronically. A tax will be added, maybe not right away but eventually it will happen.

Still want a cashless society?

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Had President Trump not instructed his potential voters to vote in person instead of by mail-in ballot, there would have been more mail-in ballots for President Trump. Strategic error. Trump created muddy ground for his voters by providing confusing instructions and frequently ridiculed the mail-in voting process. Might work once you are elected. Doesn’t when you are trying to get elected.

I do not say here who should be president. That is not the origin of this observation. Outcomes have historically changed and I make no attempt at calling such a finish.

Essentially, the entire administration instructed Republican voters not to vote by mail. Trumpers follow orders. Consequently there are many fewer mail-in ballots for Trump. This explains the phase-shift in the distribution of votes, or a shift in the mean distribution of votes in favor of Biden later in the tallying process. Take the curve and slide it towards Biden on the number line almost immediately when you begin tallying the mail-in ballots because the Trump administration instructed its voters not to use mail-in ballots. I believe this explanation refutes the claims made by Trump’s attorneys that mail-in ballots being predominatly in favor of Biden indicate stuffing.

I am not an attorney though I have witnessed such behavior and speech elsewhere and it is basically filed under the heading of defensive political rhetoric, and in The US it is protected free speech due to the requirement for entry into the court system in order to achieve legal and financial remedy if damages are in fact determined, and the court’s public address or a declarative prounouncemnt orginating from the court must be issued in order for the change of office.

In all of the campaigns I’ve worked on, you never ever tell someone to vote for the other candidate, even if you have a gaping ideological chasm between candidate and voter, you don’t tell them not to vote for your candidate in any context, ever, such as don’t use a certain type of ballot (mail-in ballot) or when to use or not use the ballot (could also be considered tampering but that’s not the reason to not give those instructions) and you never ever tell them when to vote other than vote as soon as you can. These things are fundamental to a successful campaign. If they didn’t keep him apprised, Trump’s campaign advisors have led him astray in such regard.

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Because of his character and leadership sytle, if you look at all of the benefits, increases in ratings and ad revenue for example, that the current Trump presidency has brought to a media starving for drama and political scandal of any nature, I would have to say that even though it would appear that the media favor Biden in this election, with The Democratic Party being the number one party of media manipulation due to the more dramatic nature of many of the social positions The Democratic Party takes, I would have to say that the TV media still secretly wishes to see another Trump presidency.

There may be a lot of money rollling in from Democratic Candidates due to all of the campaign cash, but that’s just for another couple of days until the election is over. If Trump is elected, the money will be coming in to the media in the form of improved ratings and ad revenue every day for the next four years. Television execs must be aware of that fact.

Being that Trump is a product of the media himself with his television enterprises and pageants, it would seem that the media so far has been thorougly seduced by one of its own.

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I’ve written prior that campaign season can be a fearful one with political ad after political ad predicting complete doom and gloom for those who don’t vote for a particular candidate.

With so much money flowing into the campaigns and 501C3’s running political ads, the campaigns have purchased just about every last drop of remaining advertising time and now all we are seeing if not big pharma or insurance ads and the like are political ads. Alllllllll of the time.

It makes you build up a resistance to the candidate in a way because you see so much of them and because they are often just repeating what the party wants them to say. You know this because it is part of party line. You already know the party line so it becomes repititive. That’s when you realize it is not the candidate that you are beginning to dislike, it instead is a reawakening for a dislike of what the candidates stand for and what they have done on behalf of the party that often seems so out of character that you know no individual person would make such a decision on an important matter. Political parties have a way of sand blasting away all of the distinguishing features of a candidate when he or she enters office and the longer they remain in office, the less the candidates look like they originally intended, like they originally intended to appear before the public as a political personage of a particular political value to the voter.

I am to the point where I am not voting based on the candidate, I am voting based on what I think of the party the candidate represents.

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Lately the Republicans and now the Trump campaign, not the President himself, but his campaign have been complaining about all of the mentions of cannabis in the various stimulus bills. Instead, The Republicans say, we should be talking about jobs because it has been during The Trump administration that we have seen such an incredible expansion of the economy.

What The Republicans and Trump are overlooking is that during that same time, the largest growing job sector in The US was the marijuana sector, larger than all other sectors at times by double or more.

That is why The Democrats are putting it in the stimulus bill. The marijuana sector is a huge job maker and most are full-time jobs with benefits.

I thought The Republicans supported good jobs.

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Have you noticed that almost all of the countries that US corporations offshore their production to have socialized medicine?

Do you know why US corporations offshore to countries with socialized medicine? What if one of the main reasons they offshore in certain places is that they don’t have to pay for health care in countries with socialized medicine? It is becoming increasingly privatized, but they have socialized medicine in Canada, for example. China? Socialized medicine. Mexico? IDK.

That then causes me to ponder. If the US had socialized medicine in the form of perhaps “single-payer,” would US corporations bring those jobs back home? I’d rather see propper regulation than socialized medicine.

That then creates a question. If the socialized medicine were to bring back jobs offshored by US corporations because they could avoid paying health care costs, would then the proper regulation of the health care industry as it was prior to Reagan deregulating the health care industry, when people could afford health care often on their own, would that also bring jobs back to US soil? It is just something to consider.

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I was hoping by now that those in charge of the country’s health care system would have had another solution to the pandemic other than perpetual mask mandates and social distancing directives. I do not discount the value of such measures. But we supposedly have the best health care system in the world. It is certainly the most expensive. So…I was hoping by now that a more suitable and less restrictive solution would have been achieved.

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