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Political Power and How People Tend to Misunderstand It

Political Power and How People Tend to Misunderstand It

By Dennis Loo (5/1/17)

Author’s note: If you are or were an activist, many of the terms used in this essay are going to be familiar to you. It is worth your while, however, as a non- or not-yet activist, to read this essay because the issues I am addressing are universal and we need a lot more of you to join the ranks of those who are consciously trying to change the world. However, this probably will need multiple readings and a lot of thought put in over time. This is not because I am being unclear or deliberately obscure, in fact I have done my best to make this accessible even though the subjects I’m tackling are complex. Please read the articles linked to because they help fill in the picture and are not meant as fluff or to merely repeat what the essay goes into.

Conventional and even academic wisdom about these matters is usually wrong. This article was written in the hopes of settling some questions that have been debated for a long time. Naturally, some people are more scientific than others whereas some adopt stances against this because it is frankly more comfortable for them. If you, however, care enough about those near and far from you the same, have a thoroughgoing scientific spirit and go where the evidence and logic take you, then certain of these questions WILL be settled for you.

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Sailing into Uncharted Waters

Sailing Into Uncharted Waters

By Dennis Loo (3/10/17)

Think outside of the parameters you are accustomed to thinking and consider seriously what you would normally think impossible or highly improbable. That is the only way you’re going to grasp what is really going on.”

--From “The Difference Between the Way Things Are and Where the Public Is At”

Very few individuals, for example, gave Trump a chance to win the Republican nomination, let alone winning the election. Even Trump himself. Yet, that is exactly what happened.

Some thought or engaged in wishful thinking that Trump would not adopt the radical right wing/fascist policies that he's known for already. Almost no one would've anticipated the high degree of paranoid – crazy – unhinged Trump tweets. Yet, that is exactly what happened.

One of the indicators of global warming is freakish weather events and we have an abundance of those occurring, with more to come and increasing frequency. Too little here, often too much elsewhere. The problem of refugees fleeing political and/or climate change problems is already a major political issue worldwide and will become an ever-growing problem. Rising waters is going to force people from their homes in scores of countries and island nations in the millions – or tens of millions. Facilities that are built near the ocean such as in the Northeast with military bases cannot withstand rising waters and the cost of relocating those resources is practically prohibitive.

We are, in other words, sailing into uncharted waters and facing storms the magnitude and variety of which humankind has never experienced.

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The Part of Trump’s Tweets That Is True

The Part of Trump’s Tweets That Is True

By Dennis Loo (3/9/17)

We all have heard by now Trump’s outlandish accusation that Obama ordered Trump Tower wiretapped during the election. There is, however, a grain of truth in these tweets, although Trump is probably unaware of what is true in his claims.

The NSA has been monitoring and recording millions (now billions and billions) of electronic communications, both foreign and domestic, since at least February 2001: in other words, shortly after Bush and Cheney took the White House illegitimately, well before the events of 9/11.

When they were caught red-handed doing this, Bush and Cheney and their surrogates such as AG Alberto Gonzalez (remember him?) said at the time that they were “merely” monitoring the calls where one end at least was a known suspect. By that public criterion, the Russian Ambassador certainly was a suspect.

Obama did not order a specific wiretap on Trump Tower; he did not have to. Democrats’ claims that he must go to a FISA court before the president places a wiretap on American citizens has been passé since the Congress retroactively approved of Bush and Cheney's wiretaps in the Telecom Bill of 2008.

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Elaine Brower of World Can't Wait speaking at the NYC Stop the War on Iran rally 2/4/12