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For later reading...wasn't sure if I should share this to "Presidential Tournament" or "Deep State Unraveling", but probably relevant to both, as the topic has come up multiple times ("What Can One Do?" ;"What should WE do?"; "What is to be done?")...

Crisis of Command

America’s Broken Civil-Military Relationship Imperils National Security

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Civilian control over the military is deeply embedded in the U.S. Constitution; the armed forces answer to the president and legislature. Starting in 1947, Congress built robust institutions designed to maintain this relationship. But over the past three decades, civilian control has quietly but steadily degraded. Senior military officers may still follow orders and avoid overt insubordination, but their influence has grown, while oversight and accountability mechanisms have faltered. Today, presidents worry about military opposition to their policies and must reckon with an institution that selectively implements executive guidance. Too often, unelected military leaders limit or engineer civilians’ options so that generals can run wars as they see fit.

Civilian control is therefore about more than whether military leaders openly defy orders or want to overthrow the government. It’s about the extent to which political leaders can realize the goals the American people elected them to accomplish. Here, civilian control is not binary; it is measured in degrees. Because the military filters information that civilians need and implements the orders that civilians give, it can wield great influence over civilian decision-making. Even if elected officials still get the final say, they may have little practical control if generals dictate all the options or slow their implementation—as they often do now.

 


https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/united-states/2021-04-09/national-security-crisis-command

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On 11/15/2020 at 12:23 AM, Michael Stuart Kelly said:

It turns out that one of Dominion's managers and major stockholders (the head of strategy and security of all things), including a holder of patents for things used in the voting systems of other companies used in this election, is hardcore Antifa. His name is Eric Coomer.

Newsmax Disavows List of Election Conspiracy Claims While Settling Defamation Lawsuit by Dominion Employee Originally Tagged as ‘Antifa’

 

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5 hours ago, william.scherk said:

William,

Newsmax did that.

They probably did not want to go bankrupt with legal fees (like American Thinker caved to avoid that).

Other places and people did not disavow their claims about Dominion.

With Newsmax, this is not justice. This is bullying by legal fees.

It kind of falls in the same category as getting a confession through torture.

Michael

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On 5/1/2021 at 9:13 PM, Michael Stuart Kelly said:

William,

Newsmax did that.

They probably did not want to go bankrupt with legal fees (like American Thinker caved to avoid that).

Other places and people did not disavow their claims about Dominion.

With Newsmax, this is not justice. This is bullying by legal fees.

It kind of falls in the same category as getting a confession through torture.

Michael

It kind of falls in the same category as getting a confession through presenting overwhelming evidence,too.

Truth can be tortuous.

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On 4/26/2021 at 3:47 PM, ThatGuy said:

Speculation: Trump is moving from Florida to NJ in order to leverage DeSantis as a running mate...

 

 

Hey! I didn't know Trump was a Pk Subban fan..,,I guess he's not all bad!

Go Devils go!

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On 8/19/2020 at 12:51 AM, Peter said:

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s move to nominate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for president was entirely symbolic as the party rallies around nominee Joe Biden to challenge President Trump

In an interview with the Latino USA podcast, Ocasio-Cortez admitted she was in therapy following the events of January 6. “After the 6th, I took some time and it was really Ayanna Pressley when I explained to her what happened to me, like the day of, because I ran to her office and she was like, ‘you need to recognize trauma,’” Ocasio-Cortez revealed. Ocasio-Cortez compared what happened that day in the Capitol to internalizing the tragedy of her father dying when she was a young girl. “And I feel like I learned this the hard way after my father had passed away when I was a teenager … That happened at a young age and I locked it away. You have to live with it for years,” Ocasio-Cortez added. Ocasio-Cortez claimed January 6 so traumatized her that she attended therapy sessions. “Oh yeah, I’m doing therapy but also I’ve just slowed down,” she said. “I think the Trump administration had a lot of us, especially Latino communities, in a very reactive mode.”

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In an interview with the Latino USA podcast, Ocasio-Cortez admitted she was in therapy following the events of January 6. “After the 6th, I took some time and it was really Ayanna Pressley when I explained to her what happened to me, like the day of, because I ran to her office and she was like, ‘you need to recognize trauma,’” Ocasio-Cortez revealed. Ocasio-Cortez compared what happened that day in the Capitol to internalizing the tragedy of her father dying when she was a young girl. “And I feel like I learned this the hard way after my father had passed away when I was a teenager … That happened at a young age and I locked it away. You have to live with it for years,” Ocasio-Cortez added. Ocasio-Cortez claimed January 6 so traumatized her that she attended therapy sessions. “Oh yeah, I’m doing therapy but also I’ve just slowed down,” she said. “I think the Trump administration had a lot of us, especially Latino communities, in a very reactive mode.”

Oh, Boo-f*cking hoo, "AOC".

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1 hour ago, ThatGuy said:

Oh, Boo-f*cking hoo, "AOC".

MaQam or “Well said, fellow warrior!

Klingon poetry and sayings.

Yet if my line should die,
It dies with its teeth in the enemy's throat,
It dies with its name on the enemy's tongue.
For just as mere life is not victory,
Mere death is not defeat;
And in the next world I shall kill the foe a thousand times, Laughing, Undefeated.

But then again . . . If you cannot control yourself, you cannot command others. Pity the warrior who slays all his foes.

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On 3/21/2021 at 10:53 AM, Michael Stuart Kelly said:

Trump returning to social media with 'his own platform' in 2-3 months: adviser
Jason Miller tells Fox News' '#MediaBuzz' the platform will 'completely redefine the game'

I don't know if or when Donald Trump might officially take up a reserved account at Jason Miller's promised platform -- which is now live and happening. It's GETTR!

Gettr uses the most familiar Twitter app conventions. You can follow, search, reply, favourite, repost. You get a little round face and a banner and a bio and a hot URL. 

You can add videos, images, links to your posts, and the platform's backend reads standard Open Graph meta-data code from your link -- it will fill your post with the page title and assigned image. It's serviceable and as promised, so high marks for the effort. It can't beat Telegram on Telegram's reach right now, but its interface and functions are more familiar to Twitter or Parler users - without Parler's sucking up personal details. It's like a baby Gab, without Gab's righteous editorial leadership.

I'll update this comment with some imagery ... at the moment the "feed" is full of odd and worse anime porn and intense bot action. 

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Apparently, the official debut of Gettr is July 4. Up to now, there is a beta version pumping and a hell of a lot of fake news.

Here is some info I've gathered over the last couple of days.

First, I have been trying to sign up for 2 days, but it hits a point where I get a notice like "Something went wrong. Please try again later." I have not been the only one this has happened to.

Here is Jason Miller talking about Gettr with Steve Bannon earlier today:

Jason Miller Debuts New Free Speech Social Platform GETTR

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At first I didn't think Getter was anything but another flop like Parler, but from where I sit now, this looks like the real deal.

According to what Jason Miller said (on being pressed by Steve Bannon and Raheem), Trump will only sign up at his own leisure and he knows that's the best way to handle Trump. Since Jason is Stephen Miller's brother and Stephen is one of Trump's favorite speech writers and advisors, I think it's a foregone conclusion that, if there are no technical fuck-ups or massive failures, Trump will sign on after a time for proof of concept to be clear. (That's what he did with Rumble.)

I think the Trump part didn't make it into this clip. So here is the full episode.

Jason has promised that July 4, there will be no more problems with sign-ups.

The same Chinese billionaire, Guo Wengui, who is funding Bannon's War Room is funding this venture. They are setting it up so that new users can suck their entire Twitter feeds from the beginning of time into Gettr for a fresh start, but based on their previous tweeting.

Another reason I believe this will happen in a big way is that Gua NEEDS this to happen. He's on a personal mission to destroy the CCP. (Just listen to the song at the end of a full episode of Bannon's War Room, with Guo posing like a rock star, even a boxer, and so on as the lyrics go on about taking down the CCP. :) )

I think Guo wants to take out the American social media tech giant toadies of the CCP. Taking out Twitter as a start--and it's influence on holding back Trump and the MAGA movement's social media communications--would be a massive win for him since MAGA candidates winning the 2022 elections and Trump winning the presidency again in 2024 will be a massive loss for the CCP.

So Gettr looks to me like a good thing, not like my experience with the beta version up to now.

Let's see what happens on Sunday. I'm not even going to try to sign up again until then. But I'm optimistic.

Michael

 

 

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1 hour ago, Michael Stuart Kelly said:

and so on as the lyrics go on about taking down the CCP.

He needs to move to Hawaii or he will disappear. 

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On 7/2/2021 at 8:34 PM, Michael Stuart Kelly said:

So Gettr looks to me like a good thing, not like my experience with the beta version up to now.

Let's see what happens on Sunday. I'm not even going to try to sign up again until then. But I'm optimistic.

I signed up with no problem (my handle is @mikellyusabr). 

So far I like it. Starting from scratch, I could only find people to follow using the search, but it feels robust and fast. I just typed in a keyword (trump :) ), and saw what posts popped up. For the posters I liked, I hovered over the name and clicked "follow."

When I typed in bitcoin, a group of users appeared along with different ways to sort them.

I think this is a great start and solid base to build on. Of course, as with all social media sites, more and more improvements will be coming out all the time.

The only problem I have with Gettr so far is that it is centralized. If ownership ever changes and a bad guy gets in, it goes to shit. But for now, I think it's worth giving it a shot.

Michael

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On 7/4/2021 at 12:37 PM, Michael Stuart Kelly said:

I signed up with no problem (my handle is @mikellyusabr). 

I'm not really using Gettr yet, but here is something that is bringing joy to my heart.

Jason Miller set the trap and Jack Dorsey walked right into it.

Jason had Gettr coded so that people would be able to retrieve all their tweets from Twitter and post them on Gettr.

When Gettr got a million sign-ups on the first official launch day, Twitter suspended the capability of people copying their tweets to Gettr.

However, Twitter's terms of service state clearly that Twitter users are the intellectual property owners of their own tweets, not Twitter.

For those who don't know, publishers often have the copyright owners assign their copyrights to the publisher and this is legal. It is not legal for a platform owner to demand this and still be considered a platform.

So, in effect, by Twitter doing what it did, it acted 100% in law like a publisher. There goes a strong argument for removing its Section 230 shield from liability.

And, from what I understand, Jason is not interested in settling anything. He wants the lawsuit.

btw - He just said his team is almost finished coding a patch so this Twitter-to-Gettr copy function is restored.

When I get a little time, I might start looking deeper into Gettr.

:)

Michael

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On 4/24/2021 at 12:50 PM, william.scherk said:
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Finally, I edit the transcript with oTranscribe, which is online and free.

That looks like a useful tool. 

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If I want to do any special formatting, I use a word processor like Word of Wordpad as those have goodies oTranscribe does not have.

I have found the best tool for cleaning up transcripts is Notepad++

These guys and their writing and reading aids. Like Ma and her copper pots. "What did you ever cook in this here pot, Ma?" "Shuttup you, I brain you with the pot. Have respeck."

I just came across an application that chews up Spext, spits it in a bucket, and flushes it down the CueCat hole.

It's called Descript. It works with video, audio and text and looks to be a gigantic advance for content creators -- of both video and audio. It's also (in the Pro version) creepy as all hell in a few spots.

The many uses of the tool are focused on script production (as in voice-over script, podcast/videocast script) before or after the fact ...

... talk in sentences from your rough [eg podcast] notes, correct the text, be rendered a timed script to read. And then correct fluffs and errors easily and quickly after recording.

It is thus also a great and powerful simple dictation system (like a mirror image of the Chromium text-to-speech Read Aloud). Your doorway to the First Draft.

If you write a lot, online or on paper, getting your thoughts on the screen with Descript is dead easy and two clicks from a file to share. Bif bam boom, as they say. You yap at the dictaphone, and then bam, yer secretary slaps down the document ready for signature ...

I downloaded the Mark Crispin Miller video at the link posted by Mark and stripped out all the humming and hawing using only the Descript text editor -- in under five minutes. In the CIA box below is some of the unprettified result without Hum Haw Um Uh.

The following link should show you the results side by side, text and video; the Descript text editor tweaked the video automatically. MCM False Claims (edited) - Descript

"Yeah, hi Dad, I got the job. Now what do I do?" 

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Okay. So today we're talking to professor mark Crispin Miller about the assault on free thought and free speech. He's been a professor of many subjects for many years. He's been teaching a course at NYU on propaganda. When did conspiracy theory become a thing? it can't always have been, a phrase that Springs to everybody's lips the way it does now.

So I, I researched its history and it was very simple. I just went to the archives of the New York times, the Washington post and time magazine, and did a search on conspiracy theory and conspiracy theorist. And I discovered that, until 1966, Conspiracy theory, had been used, you know, now and then, and in no consistent way, the phrase conspiracy theorist, never nobody ever called anybody a conspiracy theorist in print.

So what happened in 1967? Well, 1967 was the year that the CIA sent its memo 10 35 hyphen nine six. To all station chiefs worldwide, basically explaining that the problem they were faced with was the traction that certain conspiracy theorists were getting, uh, raising questions about the Warren report, what the memo told the CIA station chiefs to do was to contact their media assets and encourage them to, , attack and discredit the conspiracy theorists. I mean, the memo actually uses that phrase. The conspiracy theorists in question is people like Mark Lane and Edward J Epstein and others who have written books raising perfectly rational questions about the Warren report. The memo recommended, for example, arguing that a conspiracy of this magnitude could not have been kept secret.

Which is an argument we still hear today. So the memo went out and it's, it's no coincidence that, that marks the moment when we first start to see those phrases used, , and used increasingly as, as the decades, roll by the authorities, the press, the state, , now use the phrase openly and explicitly as, , in reference to who, who are they labeling with that?

Well, anyone who raises questions about. Prevailing propaganda narratives. It's a conspiracy theorist. They happened to be anti-vaxxers and conspiracy theorists with reasons varying from general skepticism to conspiracy theories, a new wave of conspiracy theories that have been shared through social media and COVID-19 is acting as an accelerant to conspiracy theories, conspiracy and evil theories.

Would it surprise anyone that Miller entertains the notion of orbital lasers zapping up the last round of Western fires in the USA?

Evidence that California’s wildfires have been fed by laser beams – NEWS FROM UNDERGROUND (markcrispinmiller.com)

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11 hours ago, william.scherk said:

I just came across an application that chews up Spext, spits it in a bucket, and flushes it down the CueCat hole.

It's called Descript. It works with video, audio and text and looks to be a gigantic advance for content creators -- of both video and audio. It's also (in the Pro version) creepy as all hell in a few spots.

William,

First off, Pat Flynn rocks for affiliate marketing, podcasting and related things. I wish I had time to study him more. He's on my to-do list.

On another point about Descript, I don't know if you are aware of it, but the pro version incorporates Lyrebird. Here's an article from last year from a Descript competitor (sort of, it's called Replica) that you might find interesting.

RIP Lyrebird AI—which alternatives should I try?

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In 2019 Lyrebird AI was bought by Descript (a product that makes podcast editing ridiculously simple) and became the AI research division in the company.

Before joining Descript, Lyrebird’s technology allowed for the replication of human voice for use in a TTS (Text-to-Speech) interface and an API (Application Program Interface). Now their tech has been repurposed as Descript’s new Overdub feature.

To add to our bank of tangential information, you yourself discussed Lyrebird here on OL back in 2017 (see here).

Also, I commented a few times, for example the following:

On 8/22/2018 at 11:39 PM, Michael Stuart Kelly said:

The versions of Voco and Lyrebird that manage to reach the public at large are greatly degraded. Imagine the latest (and hidden) versions of these programs in the hands of master propagandists who will not go for the cheap shot.

I bet billionaires and governments are going to invest some big bucks in programs and tools that amplify and dissect audio in ways that find signs and traces of this kind of manipulation. 

 

And here is something I found extremely interesting. There is another service where you can clone your own voice for use in text-to-speech, but it's about $999 smackeroonies: Lovo Custom Voices.

The reason I mention this is that, even though I said I was probably not going to get another TTS application, I might take advantage of Appsumo's lifetime deal with Lovo if it is still available when my next monies come in (hopefully before too long). It's $50 for 20 downloads a month, but there is unlimited TTS voice processing. This means if you have a semi-decent soundcard, you can probably record the audio directly from your computer rather than download an audio file. It takes time, but hey... This Appsumo sale has a $300 lifetime unlimited download plan, but that's too rich for me right now. 

 

When these Appsumo lifetime deal plans are good, they are great. (Sometimes their offers include crap, too, so you have to be careful.) The reason is the program owners offer cheap lifetime plans during a small window to create buzz. Then they go to monthly payments. And the lifetime plans include all future upgrades.

I own several of these lifetime deal programs, some AI. I am currently futzing around with them and many I believe are winners: Nichesss (AI writing), Inksprout (quick AI summaries of articles for social media posting), WriterZen (AI aid for creating keyword rich and search-engine-friendly content), Audit (AI SEO checks for blogs), Squirrly SEO (AI SEO aid for creating keyword rich and search-engine-friendly blogs), CrawlQ  (AI SEO aid for creating keyword rich and search-engine-friendly blogs, but extremely comprehensive for few blogs), SEOBlazer (instant SEO checks of any website to see what they are doing, and includes 54 cloud-based SEO tools), SimilarMail (gazillions of searchable high-performing email campaigns to use as models for autoresponder content), PromoRepublic (social media syndication), Stencil (online graphics program similar to Canva), Webinar Ninja (webinars without big tech surveillance) and Grum (pre-scheduling instagram posts.

Also, I got from Appsumo some desktop programs with lifetime updates: Streamr (video transcripts--any video, translations and subtitling), LeadScrape (scraping leads for business from the web), Pinflux (Pinterest marketing and automation). 

These are not all, but they are the ones I like best. Some of them are no longer available as lifetime deals. Also, on the downside, sometimes the app in a lifetime deal (LTD) will close down after a while and that's a bummer. That happened with me with TheRightMargin and Layers (a Wordpress theme). But I don't mind since that's the price I pay for being able to pick the good ones. 

And don't forget that all these are just Appsumo programs. 

It occurs to me that this sounds like a commercial for Appsumo :) . I'm not an affiliate there (yet). I just wanted to get an overview of my Appsumo programs at a place I can later copy/paste.

 

If anyone wants to know why I am so late in getting to my writing blog (and other blogs like cryptocurrency) and upgrading OL to a brand new and exciting existence, learning all this stuff is the main reason.

Sometimes I feel like a child in a candy shop.

:) 

 

Incidentally, if you want to muck around with AI writing, Nichesss is the best bang for the buck. One time fee ($59) and unlimited writing. However, a new LTD kid on the block called Wordhero is going for $49 and my gut tells me this is not only going to be one of the good ones, it's going to be great after improvements. Also, unlimited writing is part of the deal for now. I intend to get it when my monies come.

I really should sign up as affiliate to Appsumo. I even like writing this promotional crap.

:) 

Michael

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