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Everything Counts

November, 2020

Joe Biden has been elected as the 46th President of the United States of America, but we remain in crisis, we're not out of the woods yet. A lot can still happen between now and January 20th, 2021. We haven't been posting a lot this month yet because we're still holding our breath, kind of waiting to see what happens next. Good luck to us all.

Sunday, November 1st, 2020 @ 8:00 am PST We've spent the past several months (and the past four years) speaking out about the presidency and the election and there is not much more we can say at this point. Now it's up to the American voters. The future of the USA and much of the world will be set in this election - the stakes have never been higher.


UPDATE November 7th, 2020: The people have spoken.

Sunday, November 1st, 2020 @ 8:00 am PST All Americans (well, except maybe Donald Trump) will accept the outcome of a fair election, right? We now need to begin the long process of uniting and healing. That process needs to begin by Trump standing trial so that he is held accountable for his actions over the past four years. No pardons.

November's Words Of The Month

Loser /ˈlo͞ozər/ noun. A person or thing that loses or has lost something. Google Dictionary

Sucker /ˈsəkər/ noun informal. A thing or person not specified by name. Google Dictionary

Traitor /ˈtrādər/ noun. A person who betrays a friend, country, principle, etc. Google Dictionary


Sedition /səˈdiSH(ə)n noun. Conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch. Similar: incitement (to riot/rebellion). Google Dictionary


Liberal /lib' er-al/ 1. Possessing or manifesting a free and generous heart; bountiful. 2. Appropriate and/or fitting for a broad and enlightened mind. 3. Free from narrowness, bigotry or bondage to authority or creed. 4. Any person who advocates liberty of thought, speech or action. Webster's Dictionary

Why Your Vote Didn't Count

Sunday, November 1st @ 1:15 pm PST People talk about how the polls were wrong in 2016. Well, they weren't wrong... they showed Clinton winning, and she did by a large margin. She won the popular vote. But we have this, um, system in the US where the voices of the people did not count - only the votes in a few counties or precincts in a few "swing" states. Currently we have polls showing Biden with a big lead but people say, "don't trust the polls, get out and vote." And they are correct about one thing - everyone needs to vote. But there remains this [red] elephant in the room... the Electoral College. If Biden wins the popular vote by a majority but loses the election due to a couple counties in a couple states... some of us are going to be a little upset. I'm re-posting this plea to eliminate the electoral college before the election so that no one can say it's sour grapes. When will we move to one person = one vote? Eliminate the Electoral College.

Back-And-Forth

Monday, November 9th, 2020 @ 8:00 am PST

I'm not expecting any miracle cures from Biden/Harris. I'm hoping they can at least seriously address the pandemic and hopefully overturn many of Trump's disastrous Executive Orders. Biden has a chance to bring back some level of respectability to the USA from the world (that's already started). But aside from that, real progress will be difficult with the Republican Senate blocking probably everything else he tries to accomplish. He will be a transitional, rather than a transformational, president. But transitioning to what? What will happen in four years? I wish we [the US] could come up with a long-term bipartisan plan that is great for America[n citizens] but apparently that will never happen - apparently every four years we're gonna get this extreme back-and-forth, from red to blue to red and back again, spinning our wheels. Like I've said before, my vote for Biden wasn't so much a vote for Biden as it was a vote against an authoritarian fascist autocracy.

XPB Press Release

Could this be the end of an era?

Sunday, November 15th, 2020 @ 3:30 pm PST According to several confidential sources, Miss D has broken off negotiations. There is little hope of reconciliaiton. The XPB Editor is offering to sell all rights to the original copyrighted Miss Diagnosis for $10.000. If interested, e-mail the XP Editor.

In The Death Grip Until January 21st, 2021

Observation #52918

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 @ 7:45 pm PST Before the election, they (you-know-who) spent all that time saying there would be efforts to undermine or overturn the election - cautioning that the election might be “stolen." Indeed, since the election, they (you-know-who) have spent all this time in ongoing efforts to undermine or overturn the election, trying to steal it.



Observation #52919

Sunday, November 22nd, 2020 @ 10:00 am PST There are many reasons why so many Americans "require" mental health services. Here is one phenomenon/possible explanation I've observed over the past sixteen or so years: 1) the student irritates his teacher and is sent to the office; 2) the vice principal makes him cry; 3) she refers him to the school psychologist because he's crying. Viola, the student is now in the mental health system. Some vice principals seem to think that every student who ever irritates his or her teacher requires mental health service.  

Education Corner

Monday, November 23rd, 2020 @ 6:30 pm PST

Everyone was at the Student Assistance Team Meeting... the parent, student, teacher, special education teacher, nurse, school psychologist (me), advocate, speech therapist, and social worker. The teacher scowled, "John is not completing his homework." Everyone turned and looked at me. I said, "Why are you looking at me? John is the one not doing his homework!" 

A Few More Positive Suggestions...

“...Your slaving job to get your pay.” Taking Care of Business, BTO

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 @ 9:05 pm PST

Okay, let’s say you’re a small rinky-dink underperforming rural school district in a small California outpost or in the middle of nowhere and you, like so many others, are experiencing some significant financial woes during these challenging pandemic times.* You have about ten out of eleven or so underperforming schools** and you need to find some ways to cut costs. You’ve considered all options*** but I’m telling you right now you should go with your first impression: let the vice principals go, it’s the best choice. I mean, what do they do? It’s true they can form dance clubs and um, get together some student conflict mediators who wear little yellow vests that say, “Conflict Mediators,” and they are pretty good at organizing monthly birthday parties and game days in the cafeteria. They help out with fire drills. Often the vice principal is called in to do the principal’s dirty work and they most often do it poorly but in those cases, maybe the principal should go too, especially those who can't respond to a single e-mail in three years. I’ve actually met a few vice principals in the last thirty years who aren’t horribly incompetent and some are nice sometimes, but hey. Let’s see, what else does a vice principal do? Um, well, often they run Student Study Teams (like seventeen days a year) and refer every single student for therapy and/or special education "just to make sure" and/or attend §504 meetings, complaining every step they misunderstand along the way. I will give them some credit: at least some of the time some of them appear to actually be trying because they want to be a principal some day and they think/hope the superintendent likes them and they will, um, do whatever they need to do (and I mean, whatever they mean to do) to climb that ladder. They often sit-in on IEP meetings because the principal is too important to be there but they only know they don’t like what they think they are seeing, so they sit there, scowling, because that is all they know how to do. VPs sometimes try to consult with real educational professionals but most of the time they just end up giving some sort of a little directive because they, um, wanna be a real administrator some day and they think that’s what real administrators do. Most of the many of the elementary school districts throughout the western states don’t use vice principals. Just say no to vice principals. Next month we’ll talk about the twenty district administrators you have sitting in their offices doing nothing all day.


*Even if your district is not suffering financially, you could save $1,000,000 by cutting ten vice principals. Keep the one who the Board member really likes of course.


**I have to give credit where credit is due: some vice principals are great liars and great at filling out forms. They can actually convince the California State Department of Education that they are a California Distinguished School because they can establish a dance group in the cafeteria at lunchtime and state they are doing MTSS and PBIS even though they have no idea what MTSS and PBIS are. A school in the good part of town can meet their testing goals and that can make them a California Distinguished School. Great job to one vice principal!


***You could release all of those employees that are close family members or relatives, hired and maintained via nepotism; that could save millions, but we know that won't happen. 

Click here to e-mail your letter to the XP Editor

"Don’t you think it takes a lot of f****g nerve to not only benefit from an already imbalanced system but to then gut the Voting Rights Act, engage in unprecedented gerrymandering, remove voting machines to cause hours-long lines, pass voter ID laws, cripple the USPS, and then claim YOU’VE been cheated?"

MH via AC

"Yep."

XP Blog Editor


"What was oozing out of Giuliani?"

Grossed Out

"Not to worry, he was only tucking in his shirt."

XP Blog Editor

"Is it true that the USA has split into two countries now, forever divided, no longer united, and neither side willing or able to give an inch?"

KM

"Yep."

XP Editor


"Will the country make it to January 20th without experiencing any significant violence from the right?"

PWAC

"No."

XP Editor


"Will Joe Biden be able to unify the country?"

Asking For A Friend

"No."

XP Editor


"Are we in Trump's 'death grip' until January 20th, 2021?"

Wondering

"Only if you choose to be."

XP Editor

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Photo Of The Month

Rudy Giuliani was unhinged, spouting conspiracies, accusing the Dems of stealing the election, and oozing a substance from his scalp - all at the same time! Source unknown/Facebook


Related: Sedition is a serious felony punishable by fines and up to 20 years in prison and it refers to the act of inciting revolt or violence against a lawful authority with the goal of destroying or overthrowing it.

There Is Hope...

"I think it's going to be alright" A message of hope from our longtime Facebook Friend, Bob Zilla Devore

Use Broadcastify to be aware of the activities of the police, fire, and other emergency services in your community as they respond to expected violence during the elections. Stay safe!

Project Update

Okay, I started building my own truck camper (see XP's August Blog) but I'm going to go in a different direction. This Snugtop Sport Hi-Liner should work great (it's not my truck pictured above). Rather than building the actual camper, I'll start building a cool interior. More info coming soon...

Goal Attained...

I've been meaning to do this since July (see XP's July Blog) but I finally leapt into action and made some spectacular St. Louis Style Ribs. Ribs, beans, salad, corn-on-the-cob, and a cold beverage. See? I can accomplish my goals when I set my mind to it!

Another Goal...

I've only had my cool boat out to the lake a few times this past summer, most recently a few weeks ago. It's easy to blame this embarrassment on the pandemic but in all honesty I've been lazy. Tomorrow I'm going to Lake Ming (should be about 60 degrees), but my two big goals remain: 1) in March or April, when the weather breaks, I'll be off to Willow Beach to camp and boat; and 2) I'll spend some quality time camping and boating on Flathead Lake (which were my goals this year, but due to the, uh, pandemic...). My third goal remains to still be alive by then.

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USA Final Grades For November


We collected a lot of information and data on November 3rd but there is still a lot of info emerging every day. We will post final grades once everything is analyzed. Due to the fact that we now have, um, two countries, we will have to start posting two final grades.

B+

The Good Guys performed great in the presidential election but fell short by allowing the bad guys to maintain so many seats in the Senate. The Good Guys can still earn extra credit by making the right choice in Georgia on January 5th, 2021.

F

The #1 Big Bad Guy (You-Know-Who) earned an obvious F and all those bad guys in the government who continued to back him, and all the bad guys who voted for him, get the F.

October, 2020

"That's how I really feel." Durand Jones & The Indications (2020)*

You have found XP's Terrific October Blog. As always, thank you for visiting. America remains in crisis - we have issued a Call To Action on October 22nd. Keep checking back!

You have found XP's Terrific October Blog. As always, thank you for visiting. America remains in crisis - we have issued a Call To Action on October 22nd. Keep checking back!

We're not gonna try to tell you who to vote for (okay, we probably will try), we're not gonna remind you to vote (we probably will), and we're not going to try to lecture you on how important this election is (um, we might actually do that). You have already decided for whom you will vote, you will vote of course, and you certainly understand everything that is at stake in the election, right? 

The Nitty Gritty

LIVE Coronavirus Pandemic Counter

Thursday, October 1st @ 8:00 am PST 211,805 Dead in Donald Trump's America.

UPDATE Wednesday, October 7th @ 10:30 am PST 216,160 under Pence's COVID Task Force

UPDATE Monday, October 19th @ 7:30 am PST 224,757 with the Republicans in charge

October's Words-Of-The-Month

Hypocrite [hip-uh-krit] Noun 1. A person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs. 2. A person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, especially one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements. Real-life examples include: Mitch McConnell (The New Republic), Lindsey Graham (CNN), Donald Trump (NY Daily News), and Republicans (Facebook). Find Synonyms at Thesaurus.com


Autocracy [ôˈtäkrəsē] Noun A system of government by one person with absolute power. 1. A country, state, or society governed by one person with absolute power. 2. Domineering rule or control. Google Dictionary

HOT!  Election & Debate Props

Trump +145

Biden -175

Will Donald Trump Or Joe Biden Win The 2020 Presidential Election?

Yes -350

No +180

Will Kamala Harris Make Mike Pence Cry During The VP Debate?


UPDATE Thursday, October 8th, 2020 @ 6:10 am PST Kamala Harris did not make Mike Pence cry during the debate so if you had "No," you won this prop. People without feelings don't cry.


Thursday, October 1st, 2020 @ 8:00 am PST XPB is pleased to offer not one, but two props for the 2020 US Presidential Election. First, who will win, Trump (+145) or Biden (-175)? If you would like to signup for BetUs to invest in this prop, please contact me and I will refer you (you get a great bonus, I get a great referral fee). The second prop is, um, not real and just for fun (we gotta find some kind of fun in this mess). XP predicts Joe Biden will win the election (-140)* and Kamala Harris will make Pence cry (-350). Good luck!


NEW BONUS Prop: Will Trump Die Before The Election? Yes -120 No +130


"NOTE: Odds are subject to change. Current/updated odds are at OddsShark

FBI Public Service Announcement

PSA by the FBI & CISA (September 22nd, 2020)

Alert Number I-092220-PSA

FOREIGN ACTORS AND CYBERCRIMINALS LIKELY TO SPREAD 

DISINFORMATION REGARDING 2020 ELECTION RESULTS. 

https://www.ic3.gov/media/2020/200922.aspx

I Remember...

Thursday, October 1st, 2020 @ 8:00 am PST I'm old, but every now and then I can still remember a few things. I'm sharing here a memory of a past event that seems pertinent now. I'm of course changing names, dates, times, locations, and any other possible identifying information for the protection of others. There is no relationship between anything in this memory and any event or person, living or dead.


Once, in the last twenty years, I was invited to visit and to spend the weekend with a coworker at his huge spread near the coast. He was a big landowner, a very rich person, a true One-Percenter. I had come to consider him to be a friend as we had worked closely together for a few years. It sounded like a fun getaway weekend so I said, "Sure, it sounds like fun." I showed up early on the Saturday afternoon. We went out four-wheeling for awhile, exploring his vast territory. Later, we came back to the estate, enjoyed some cold beverages, and started barbecuing wild boar.


Then he brought out his arsenal. He brought out at least five weapons. There were a few rifles, including a .30-06, .270, and a .22 caliber. Then there was the AR-15. Apparently it was time for some extreme entertainment.


He encouraged me to have some fun shooting. He told me his land was filled with "varmints" and it was true - they were everywhere - gophers, rabbits, and squirrels. He told me I should "try" to shoot one. "See if you can," he chided.


I would estimate it to be about 150 to 200 yards across the ravine. On the vast hillside, there they were, probably about 100 or more of these "varmints," just standing there next to their holes and/or skampering around. My ex-friend repeated, "Go ahead, see if you can shoot one. They're just varmints, you'll be doing me a favor." He sat back in his chair and began reading his paper while sipping on his drink, apparently expecting this folly to last awhile.


So I took the AR-15, carefully rested it on the wooden fence post, and aimed through the top-of-the-line scope about 1-1/2 inches above this poor varmint's head to account for drop. I of course aimed right between the eyes as I wanted no suffering. I gently squeezed the trigger, watched the varmint drop (well, to be more accurate, it was violently slammed down into the ground), then I safely returned the weapon to rest on the fence.


After I fired, he didn't even look up from his newspaper, he laughed and said, "Go ahead, try again, we have all day!" He had expected me to wildly fire off hundreds of rounds, madly spraying the hill with lead, I guess. I said, "I don't have to, I got him, right between the eyes. Remember, I'm from Wyoming, I know how to shoot, and I only need one shot." He looked across the ravine, witnessed the sprawled carcass, and looked at me.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION...

Two Possible Post-Election Scenarios

Thursday, October 1st, 2020 @ 3:15 pm PST


1) If Biden wins, what should or could happen to start addressing/solving the problem (you know, THE problem) as national reconstruction begins? It seems obvious to me that denazification - even decommunization - will need to occur. It is possible up to 19% of the US population will need to go to detention camps if re-education efforts are not successful.

2) If Trump wins, "[He will use] the power of his office to intimidate and silence media companies, journalists, activists and ANYONE else who criticizes or corrects him" (from the Freepress.net Article). He will/may use his FCC/DHS and others as his enforcers. He has already signed an executive order (May 28th, 2020) attempting to censure/punish the press and social media platforms. If he can do that to them, he could 'round up any of us who have ever criticized him on, say, Facebook.

As always, I hate to be a bummer but our problems aren't going to magically end on November 4th. It could be a long winter. Related links: Denazification (Wikipedia); Trump's Executive Order (FreePress.net); Trump's Executive Order (whitehouse.gov). Photo credit: DOD/Public Domain.

2020 Best In The West Jet Rally

Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 @ 5:15 am PST I plan to attend this annual RC event this week. I've been aware of it for years but I've never been able to fit it in to my schedule. It's only about a 20 minute drive from my house and it could be fun. Link to the event page (RCFlightDeck.com)

UPDATE I went to the Rally on Thursday. I saw three jets flying, it was kind of cool. There weren't very many people there, probably due to the pandemic, and it was kind of anticlimactic. There will probably be more people and jets on the weekend.

Windfall Elimination Provision

Monday, October 5th, 2020 @ 10:50 am PST I've recently retired and I can tell you your Medicare, Retirement, and Social Security systems and processes have brought daily surprises and much agony trying to wade through the red tape and bureaucracy. One would logically think that all the new retiree would need to do is press a button, write a letter, and sign a document or two and, viola, off into the sunset. But no. I started enrolling in these programs over a year ago and I'm still struggling to get all the i's dotted and t's crossed. Maybe I'll share a few horror stories in the future but today I want to briefly talk about your Social Security Windfall Elimination and Government Pension Offset Provisions for Public Employees (WEP).


Now I'm not a lawyer or a politician or a historian so I'm not going to try to explain all the specifics (I'm still trying to understand all this mess myself); instead, I'll provide pertinent links for the interested reader. And you probably aren't interested in this topic unless it directly applies to you. It applies to people who have worked both in the public and government sectors. According to Federal News Network, [it is] "estimated to impact 1.9 million senior citizens reducing their monthly social security benefits by as much as $480. For many that is a huge financial hit."


Before I entered the pretend world of education (government), I spent several years working in the real world. I worked long enough to earn a monthly social security check and a retirement from education. Apparently, someone thought this was bad that I could receive what I rightfully earned: a pension from both. So what do you think they did? They invented this WEP process to take away half (almost all) of what I rightfully earned from Social Security. And they'll do it to you too.


In real language (again, I'm not an economist), let's use some fictional data to explain. Let say, for example, I was to receive $1000 per month from social security (some earn a lot more and some earn a lot less - this number is just for illustrative purposes)... do you think I'm gonna get that, my rightfully earned monthly social security check? Nope, I'm gonna get a call from someone at SSI who is going to gleefully notify me that my check goes from $1000 to $500 because it's a "windfall" or something. I worked my ass off for forty years earning not one, but two, pensions and now I'm gonna be punished for that. And then this person who obviously loves his job is gonna tell me about $300 of that remaining $500 is gonna have to pay for my Medicare. And then I'm gonna have to enroll in a new private plan (of about $20 per month out of social security) to pay for my life-sustaining meds because apparently Medicare only covers emergency hospitalizations and hospice or similar things. And then I'm going to have to pay about $150 a month to an outside vendor to get Plan F or G or something and that plan covers, uh, everything, well, except vision, dental, and meds.


I guess I'm not the only one who is a little bit steamed about this. Texas apparently tried to initiate some legislation seeking fairness by eliminating the WEP - I don't know where they are at in that process (but obviously WEP is still here). I'm definitely going to write a few letters to my Representative (I know, that probably won't change anything and it's probably a moot point). I hate to state the obvious but I've been worried they [you-know-who] would take away my social security... but not to worry, they've already taken it away. I have healthcare that is not covered through Medicare but instead a private vendor - but it's not cheap - it covers almost everything except, well, vision, dental, and pharmacy. And I'm still signing forms, visiting government websites, and making desperate calls trying to get this all straight. I don't know who's to blame for this mess, but I'm going to keep gathering information. I've only been officially retired for about three months and already -- okay, I'll stop there for now. What a great system America has. In addition to many other necessary changes, the Windfall Elimination Provisions needs to go.



Troubled Sleep


Friday, October 9th, 2020 @ 1:30 am PST Here I am, up in the middle of the night. Troubled sleep. I have a bad feeling about today. I'll go back to bed and try to get some sleep.

UPDATE Sunday, October 11th, 2020 @ 6:15 am PST Well, Friday didn't end up being that bad, not worse than any other day under the present president.

Boating Day

Monday, October 12th, 2020 @ 6:16 am PST I'm up early, the boat is prepped, and I'll soon have my cool boat out on Lake Ming. I hope to go at least four hours without thinking about, um, everything that's going on in fascist America. 

Introducing...

Monday, October 12th, 2020 @ 6:00 pm PST Okay, quite obviously Amy Coney Barrett will be railroaded into the Supreme Court by the Republicans. The Democrats, no matter how hard they try, simply don't have enough votes to stop this from happening. I'm not going to argue as to whether she's the best or the worst or anywhere in between pick of all time - history will make that determination. History will also document, for all time, the Republican's hypocrisy. Five years ago they argued (and won) that Obama couldn't replace anyone on the Supreme Court during the last year of his presidency - now they're putting their pawn in place with just a few weeks to go in Trump's presidency - because they can. I understand both parties place SCOTUS judges along partisan lines. More than anything I resent the lying and hypocrisy of the Republicans. On a side note, I once thought "Justice is Blind." I guess I've been living in a bubble all these years; obviously there is no justice - only the Republican or Democrat political judgements by the court. We won't forget. WTF.

XPB Press Release

Negotiations between the one and only, the original, Miss Diagnosis and XPB have reportedly stalled.

Monday, October 12th, 2020 @ 6:35 pm PST Negotiations have been ongoing for the past month but have a hit a snag with Miss D's team walking out early this morning. According to a source who reported under the condition of anonymity, the main point of contention remains that Miss D wants to name names while the XPB insists that names and events must remain confidential. The source said both sides seem unwilling to compromise on this issue at this time. We will continue to provide updates as they occur.

The Twenty Percenters...

Monday, October 19th, 2020 @ 6:00 pm PST I keep seeing plenty of FB posts describing Trump’s behavior as if he’s jacked up on Adderall. Now I don’t know if he takes Adderall or any other medications but I find it interesting that people instantly recognize how Adderall can or could lead to such irrational and erratic behaviors yet seemingly they have no problem at all placing almost 20% of the future of America on the same or similar drugs. I’ve been writing and speaking out for over twenty years about this crisis; there have been others (links to follow). Even the American Psychiatric Association is very slowly starting to think about what they are doing [to their victims].

With up to 20 percent of American males having been diagnosed with ADHD (to this day there remains no scientific or medical proof that this condition even exists and if it does, there is no reliable and valid method of assessing it) and placed on Adderall or other such medications, how many “future Trumps” are being trained? Women keep asking, “Where have all the good men gone?” Well, they were placed on meds at age seven, usually by their mothers. For the record, I have never, not even once, diagnosed anyone with ADHD nor have I ever prescribed or recommended medications (psychiatrists, doctors, mental health therapists, social workers, and some school nurses [and a few others] are the ones who routinely feel free to do that). Plenty of societies (such as the French) don’t “believe” in ADHD and therefore don’t drug up 20% of their population. And indeed, ADHD remains a “belief” and except for the placebo effect, benefits of pharmaceuticals have not yet been proven effective. I could go on with a lot more but the bottom line is, no matter what I say, no matter what the research says, everyone is gonna believe what they’re gonna believe. I’ll be back again in ten years repeating the same message. See you then. Have a great day.

A Few Links...


Evidence and Belief in ADHD from NCBI (National Center for Biotechnical Information)

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) generates controversy. Some believe that it does not exist, whereas others see the reluctance of clinicians to diagnose and treat it as denying effective health care to children. Epidemiological studies show that 3-5% of children of school age may be classified as having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. NO VALIDATED DIAGNOSTIC TEST EXISTS TO TO CONFIRM THE CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1118810/


In Real Language https://www.xpsych.com/inreallanguage.htm

Drugging of the American Boy https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a32858/drugging-of-the-american-boy-0414/


Side Effects https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325188#uncommon-side-effects


There are a lot of issues with prescribing meds… you can read the entire APA article from 2012 but the issues remain the same (or just read the fine print [links] at the end of the article, which nicely sum up everything) https://www.apa.org/monitor/2012/06/prescribing

More research needed on the effects medications have on children

APA treatment guidelines are being formed


“Five to one baby, one in five… no one here gets out alive.” Jim Morrison**

CALL TO ACTION

You Got A Better Idea?

After Trump Comments, Top Army General Defends Military’s Leaders

Reuters, September 8th, 2020


Military leaders would only recommend sending troops in to combat when it was in the interest of national security or as a last resort.


"The military should remain out of politics, especially this close to an election."

US Army Chief of Staff General James McConville


Areas of disagreement have also arisen between Trump and Pentagon leaders including Trump’s threats to deploy active duty troops in response to a wave of protests against racial injustice and police brutality. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Army General Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, both oppose. Meanwhile, retired generals who Trump initially appointed to senior positions in his administration but later replaced, including his former Chief of Staff John Kelley, and Defense Security Jim Maddus, have remained silent.

No Longer His Generals

America's Top Brass Break With Donald Trump

The Economist, June 7th, 2020

XPB's CALL TO ACTION:

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 @ 8:30 am PST

I’m going to ask for something to happen that I really don’t want to happen.

I’m going to advocate for something for which I don’t want to advocate.

I wish I didn’t have to do this.

I’m forwarding an idea that’s a bad idea but it’s maybe the best idea.

It shouldn’t need to happen but it needs to happen...


The military needs to take over the White House on November 4th, 2020.

There, I said it.

Call it what you want, call it a coup if you want. Maybe it is a coup.

It’s a coup.

Yes, I’m calling for a military coup of the White House.

It's in the interest of national security. It's a last resort.

It doesn’t have to involve violence and I hope it doesn’t.

Hopefully it will be a peaceful coup but there may be no choice.

Just take control long enough to enable and insure a smooth transition to the new administration.

Don’t overstay your welcome, just stay long enough to protect the Constitution.

The military will never turn their weapons on the citizens, but will always protect the Constitution, right?

Just protect peace in the streets and communities.

Make sure Trump and his family aren’t allowed to flee the country before facing charges.

Round up the fascists, terrorists, supremacists, and members of the present administration for trial.

We know who they are, this mission shouldn’t take that long.

This mission should be accomplished by January 21st.


I never thought I’d be the one calling for a military coup in America.

Like I say, I wish I didn’t have to do this, but I never foresaw this kind of a situation, did you?

But it’s better than the alternative - allowing a defeated Trump to remain in control until January 21st.

That can’t happen.

You got a better idea?

Gen. Mark Milley’s Keynote Address to National Defense University Class of 2020 Graduates

Joint Staff Public Affairs, June 11th, 2020


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“We cannot tolerate anything that divides us.”

"We come from the people of the nation."


The US military finds itself in a conflict - an urgent existential crisis: either remain apolitical or uphold the Constitution. It has to be one or the other -- but it can't be both.


Make the right choice. The XPB thanks you in advance for your service.



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Don’t underestimate the spiteful chaos Trump’s defeat and sociopathology can unleash on an ungrateful America after the election.

by Peter Andre Globensky

RawStory.com

September 24th, 2020

From the article, "On the cusp of a pandemic with all of its pending social and economic dislocations, November 3rd will begin a 77-day “inter-regnum” the likes of which American history has never experienced. We can only hope that some degree of normalcy will greet the end not of the American dream, but of its long national nightmare."

If Trump wins the election, there will be HUGE problems, even more than there are now, if that's possible. In fact, we might all die. If Biden wins the election, that will solve one problem - the biggest problem - the one in the White House, but let's be honest. The USA has a lot of problems with almost every institution and across and within almost every social boundry. We've always known that, way before Trump ever took office (hey, I'm just trying to be fair here). By definition, Biden will be better than Trump (anyone would be) but he is not a Miracle Worker... no miracles coming.

He can't pull a rabbit out of his hat and without divine intervention or some type of help from aliens, America will remain in crisis no matter who wins the election until there are some pretty significant changes. Sorry to be a bummer but there are a lot of problems that need solving. I have a few ideas, maybe you do too? Maybe there's hope?

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Okay, we can quibble over whether it's narcissm or an antisocial personality or both or something else or none. The label itself doesn't really matter that much to me. Here's what matters, the bottom line: He's UNFIT for office (and we've known it for a long time). Still, I recommend the video, especially for anyone who thinks he's fit for office.

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USA Final Grade for October

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Data has been gathered and analyzed. The USA earned a Final Grade of D+ for October, howerver, the USA has a real opportunity to significantly raise their grade on November 3rd. Citizens are encouraged to study hard for this upcoming test.

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