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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Cosplay... Is An Art: EpicCon 2016 - Cosplay Music Video - Frankfurt

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Trump's Suppression on the Press

Pardon the Interruption

Freedom of the press is protected by the FIRST AMENDMENT of the US Constitution.

It basically says, the government is PREVENTED from interfering with the distribution of information and opinions.

However, today, the American people witnessed a type of censorship made by a future government head to ever be suppressed on the press.

I, being a registered Texas Republican, with a background in journalism, political science, and public administration, do have issue with this blatant attempt of suppression.


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Shepard Smith: "President-elect Trump today told Jim Acosta that his organization amounts to 'Fake News.' CNN's exclusive reporting on the Russian matter was separate and distinctly different from the document dump executed by an online news property. Though, we at Fox News cannot confirm CNN's report, it is our observation that it's correspondents followed journalist standards and that neither they or any other journalists should be subjected to belittling and de-legitimizing by the President-elect of the United States."

If we go down this path, then we're discrediting journalism, from Breitbart to National Review to Fox News to CNN to MSNBC to Mother Jones--journalistic integrity will be lost.

The real issue that I'm concerned with is how one word "fake" can have a huge impact on a practice that is essential for our nation.

The president-elect could have approached the inaccurate reporting another way without creating--what I fear--a blanket effect where anyone who doesn't agree with their ideology is called "fake."

The founding fathers added the FIRST AMENDMENT for a reason. The Press is the watchdog that keeps our politicians in check. If we discredit the press by calling "FAKE NEWS" to news organizations we don't agree with or calling for someone to be terminated because they did what the press is supposed to do, then we are heading on the wrong path.

Yes... suppression of the Press can happen in our country, and regardless of what your political leanings are, this should be of concern.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Ognissanti Madonna by Giotto


Art Appreciation

The Orgnissanti Madonna is a large altarpiece painted by Giotto di Bondone for the Florentine Church of Ornissanti. Giotto is credited for being the father of the Renaissance, an artistic movement that portrays humans with more physical and emotional accuracy.



c. 1310 via uffizi.org



Sources:

http://www.uffizi.org/artworks/the-ognissanti-madonna-by-giotto/
http://www.artble.com/artists/giotto_di_bondone

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Psychology of Trump's "Russian hacking" Tweets

Pardon the Interruption.

Donald Trump, our President-elect, is a businessman who knows how to sell a product or an idea. It obviously worked, during the election, using the most powerful instrument--social media. He continues to utilize it as a megaphone to sell his agenda.

A few days ago, I posted an entry regarding our future President's odd New Year tweet. In that entry, I dissected his tweet in an attempt to find meaning.

Similarly, I've taken his recent tweets questioning the validity of the Intelligence Community's findings of substantive evidence of Russian hacking.

Let's rewind a bit and remember that during the summer of 2016, Donald Trump, the candidate, encouraged Russia to hack into Hillary Clinton's emails, "I will tell you this, Russia: If you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing."

In a tweet, earlier this week, the soon-to-be President said, "The 'Intelligence' briefing on so-called 'Russian hacking' was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!"


If we dissect the tweet, "The 'Intelligence' briefing...," he injects doubt to the word intelligence by adding quotes. "Intelligence" as if we should doubt its trustworthiness--the Intelligence Community that is a collection of 16 separate U.S. government agencies that work separately and together to conduct intelligence activities.

He continues his tweet "...on so-called 'Russian hacking'..." as to again question the credibility of the intelligence community's findings. Remember, he took time from his New Year's Eve party at Mar-a-Lago, to criticize the assessment "...I know a lot about hacking, and hacking is a very hard thing to prove. So, it could be somebody else. And I also know things that other people don't know, so they cannot be sure of this situation."

He then ends his tweet in a conspiracy-esque way about how the briefing was delayed, "....perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!" This as if to plant the idea that the 16 independent national security agencies are working to fabricate a story and possibly undermine his presidency.

What's worrisome is that later he tweeted, "Julian Assange said 'a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta' - why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!"

Aside that he credits Julian Assange in the tweet, which he later attempts to backpedal, what is of concern is that he deflects blame away from Russia to the DNC for being careless, "... why was DNC so careless?"


He then followed up with "Julian Assange on U.S. media coverage: 'It's very dishonest.' #Hannity "More dishonest than anyone knows." Okay, so although he backpedaled in a later tweet (see below), he did outright commend Assange for stating that the media is dishonest. To emphasize the praise, not only did he end the tweet, "More dishonest than anyone knows," but he included a photo of Julian Assange--a sign of admiration.

Ironically, Sean Hannity once condemned Assange and called for his arrest, and Trump, in 2010, said there should be the "death penalty or something" for WikiLeaks publishing classified documents and videos.


It took our future President a day to rephrase his tweet about Assange. Perhaps a move triggered after numerous top Republicans were troubled by Trump siding with Assange before intelligence briefings. In his tweet, he says, "The dishonest media likes saying that I am in Agreement with Julian Assange - wrong. I simply state what he states, it is for the people to make up their own minds as to the truth. The media lies to make it look like I am against "Intelligence" when in fact I am a big fan!"



If we dissect and find meaning in his two recent tweets, we can see that he is blatantly attempting to backpedal." Perhaps this is part of his narcissism in that he can do no wrong, but he deflects the blame of his earlier tweets on the media, "The dishonest media likes saying that I..." Applying projection, he adds, "The media lies to make it look like I am against 'Intelligence'..."

Twitter is a public forum, and the president-elect has chosen this as his megaphone. Since Trump has avoided press conferences, the media has every right to report what is posted in a public forum.

To build empathy, he addresses his followers, "...it is for the people to make up their own minds as to the truth.," while preserving his comments regarding the Intelligence Community he ends with "...when in fact I am a big fan!"

What's troublesome is what if the Intelligence Community has something on Donald Trump, and all this rhetoric is to discredit and to project blame on others before it's released to the public?

Or perhaps, the reason he ended his last tweet "...I am a big fan!" is because he's heeding to Senator Chuck Schumer's warning, "Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back to you."

UPDATED

Then this evening, the soon-to-be President tweet's again projected doubt and blame and raised a conspiracy within three tweets: "How did NBC get 'an exclusive look into the top secret report he (Obama) was presented?' Who gave them this report and why? Politics! The Democratic National Committee would not allow the FBI to study or see its computer info after it was supposedly hacked by Russia...So how and why are they so sure about hacking if they never even requested an examination of the computer servers? What is going on?"



NBC cited two top intelligence officials who provided information regarding what was in the report presented to President Obama. Nonetheless, the President-elect was unhappy with a news media having access to the top secret report and was quick to inject "Politics!"



Remember, he stated that he knew "a lot about hacking." Well, his last tweet says differently, "So how and why are they so sure about hacking if they never even requested an examination of the computer services?" Perhaps Trump only read the headline on BuzzFeed, "The FBI Never Asked For Access to Hacked Computer Servers," and failed to further read the entire article where it indicated the FBI relied on a third party cyber security firm.

His last sentence in that tweet is of concern because it makes it sound as if he is fearing something, "What is going on?" Perhaps his fear is that the intelligence community will present a report that includes something more that he is willing to share.