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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!

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


“We have much work to do.”

“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.  

 

Terrific content is always being added... be sure to check back often.  See you soon!

 

Letters To The Editor

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   A Patriotic Defender

Yep.

   XP Blog Editor


"Are you trying to tell me Liberals love my Constitution as much as I do?  No way!"

   Another Patriotic Defender

Yep.

   XP Blog Editor


"Why should I vote for Biden?"

   Still Undecided

To stay alive.

   XP Blog Editor


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   A Big Fan & Supporter

The instructions are in the side bar.

   XP Blog Editor

"Given your leftist leanings, aren't you concerned us conservatives won't continue to visit your site?"

   A Proud Boy

Nope.

   XP Blog Editor


"Shouldn't you be nice to the conservatives, the Trump supporters, to promote peace and unity?"

   Name Withheld

Nope.

   XP Blog Editor


"When liberal thugs and socialist terrorists start violently rioting and looting in the streets in Blue States, that's when I show up.  You got a problem with that?"

   A Patriot Prayer

That's funny, I think you're the violent terrorist.

   XP Blog Editor


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   Need to Know

I assure you, 100% of all contributions will go to me, no one else.

   XP Blog Editor

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