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Looking back at mid-term messaging dynamics. One lesson: let's not let it happen again.

The creator of the meme, "Jobs Not Mobs," who goes by the pen name “Bryan Machiavelli,” told The New York Times he charges $200 an hour for his “memetic warfare consulting” services.

Users on Reddit and Twitter continued to push the slogan, as popular pages on Facebook began to pick it up. The transfer of a message across social networks is one way a meme like this becomes amplified.

Donald J. Trump tweet:
The Democrats care more about having power than doing what’s right for the country. I need you to vote for JOBS, not mobs!

By Oct. 18, the slogan had spread across the internet.

That evening, Mr. Trump tweeted, simply, “#JobsNotMobs!” Reddit erupted with glee.

#JobsNotMobs had now entered the mainstream.

Mr. Trump returned to the idea, tweeting out the hashtag several more times. It had quickly become a message the Republican Party would carry into the midterm elections.

With this meme, the far-right internet had found an opening for a new Republican talking point, molding it into a compact slogan and seeding it with the most powerful conservatives in the country.

Some who were online could hardly believe their success. “Can you guys believe that we, this domreddit, did this though?” one Reddit user wrote, referring to the r/the_donald forum, inserting an expletive. “Life imitates memes.”

The fact that 2018 was a Wave was real. Just because it didn't work then, doesn't mean that digital media won't roll it out again.

We just need to keep in mind that oppo research will test "issues" from now on to set up FUD.
Fear.Uncertainty.Doubt. FUD setups drive the summer messaging and digital profit.

Not claiming this is the only current dynamic, but just watch -- and not get triggered by -- what trends on Twitter, then hits right wing media, then hits TV.

This year, previous election messaging timelines are gone. This pandemic means the General Election has begun even before the convention.


Joe Biden: No It Is Not True; It Never Never Happened

Opening The Country Council Will Build An Iron Curtain Around The Country

Earlier this month, the White House named nearly 200 corporate executives and business leaders to its so-called “Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups”―which Trump has called the “Opening the Country” council―in 17 separate areas ranging from agriculture and banking to sports and “thought leaders.”

“These bipartisan groups of American leaders will work together with the White House to chart the path forward toward a future of unparalleled American prosperity,” Trump said in a statement accompanying the April 14 announcement.

“The health and wealth of America is the primary goal, and these groups will produce a more independent, self-sufficient, and resilient Nation.”

The 12-member energy panel includes eight oil and gas executives who have collectively made more than $4.2 million in political contributions since Trump launched his presidential bid in June 2015, according to an analysis from the watchdog group Documented.

The vast majority of that total went to Republican candidates and Political Action Committees...

The Trump Victory Committee, a joint fundraising entity of Trump and the Republican National Committee, took in $619,400 from the oil and gas representatives on the new council―more than any other entity. America First Action, a pro-Trump super PAC, received $500,000, while the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee raked in $410,900 and $407,400, respectively.

The remaining money―approximately $29,000 of the more than $4.2 million―went to a handful of Democratic candidates and committees.

The energy group includes no one from the renewable energy world. Instead, Trump turned to some familiar allies with deep pockets in an industry that he and his team have worked hard to lift up. The task force includes fracking mogul Harold Hamm, the billionaire executive chairman of Continental Resources whom Trump reportedly considered nominating as energy secretary, and John Hess, the CEO of New York City-based oil and gas producer Hess Corporation who donated $1 million to Trump’s inauguration.

Hamm has contributed more than $1.7 million to Republicans since June 2016, including a $500,000 contribution to America First Action in January 2018, Documented’s analysis found. Hess gave approximately $1.7 to Republicans, not including the inauguration contributions.

The other oil and gas representatives on the White House economic council made the following political contributions since June 2016:
ConocoPhillips CEO Ryan Lance ($264,580);
Chevron Corporation CEO Mike Wirth ($171,307);
ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods ($123,556);
Valero chairman and CEO Joe Gorder ($98,300);
Occidental Petroleum Corporation President and CEO Vicki Hollub ($81,652); and
Kinder Morgan, Inc. CEO Steven Kean ($50,550).

The other four members of the council’s energy panel are
Tom Fanning, CEO of utility giant Southern Company;
Mark Crosswhite, CEO of Alabama Power Company, one of four utilities operated by Southern Company;
Rich Nolan, CEO of the National Mining Association, a mining industry trade group; and
Ross Perot Jr., chairman of Texas-based real estate development and investment companies The Perot Group and Hillwood.


More on the Opening The Country Council: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_American_Economic_Revival_Industry_Groups

Until their systems are back up and running, Americans will be treated like mushrooms.

Trump's approach: establish a fascist government of monopolies.

Our taxation is their socialism. Their corporation plantation is austerity capitalism for us.

Over the plantation gate reads: "Good luck with your nation of laws."


Governor Cuomo Pandemic Update May 1 2020

EDIT: recorded video replacement of today's stream

Sudan Criminalizes Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Source: BBC

Women were at the forefront of the movement that toppled Mr Bashir in April 2019.

Campaigners accused the former government of discriminating against women in various ways - including preventing women from wearing trousers.

In November Sudan repealed a restrictive public order law that controlled how women acted and dressed in public.

The FGM amendment to the criminal law was approved on 22 April, Reuters news agency reports.
Under the amendment, anyone who performs FGM either inside a medical establishment or elsewhere faces three years' imprisonment and a fine.

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-52502489?fbclid=IwAR2n5r9qGj7SoyUSqEw0OFaZ7nO96hEVsLhBt4HYZLP1l1_7d7h2aY5JsqE

Freedom. Justice. They come slowly for women in the moral arc of the universe.

MMM -- MayDayFriday

Plantation workers with no guarantee: A working class hero is something to be.

solidarity forever

John Lennon. “Working Class Hero”

Chumbawumba. “The Day the Nazi Died”

Billy Bragg. “Which Side Are You On”

Tierra Whack. “Unemployed”

Sham 69. “If the Kids Are United”

Dropkick Murphys. “Workers Song”

Yeah, this one's for the workers who toil night and day
By hand and by brain to earn your pay
Who for centuries long past for no more than your bread
Have bled for your countries and counted your dead

In the factories and mills, in the shipyards and mines
We've often been told to keep up with the times
For our skills are not needed, they've streamlined the job
And with sliderule and stopwatch our pride they have robbed

We're the first ones to starve, we're the first ones to die
The first ones in line for that pie in the sky
And we're always the last when the cream is shared out
For the worker is working when the fat cat's about

And when the sky darkens and the prospect is war
Who's given a gun and then pushed to the fore
And expected to die for the land of our birth
Though we've never owned one lousy handful of earth?

We're the first ones to starve, we're the first ones to die
The first ones in line for that pie in the sky
And we're always the last when the cream is shared out
For the worker is working when the fat cat's about

We're the first ones to starve, we're the first ones to die
The first ones in line for that pie in the sky
And we're always the last when the cream is shared out
For the worker is working when the fat cat's about

We're the first ones to starve, we're the first ones to die
The first ones in line for that pie in the sky
And we're always the last when the cream is shared out
For the worker is working when the fat cat's about

And all of these things the worker has done
From tilling the fields to carrying the gun
We've been yoked to the plough since time first began
And always expected to carry the can

Alicia Keys. “Good Job”

Governor Cuomo Pandemic Update April 30 2020

EDIT: recorded video replaces today's stream; volume is soft, headphones might be needed

Midday Music for Millennials -- MovieThursday

one love

Robbie Robertson. “Coyote Dance” (Cold Pursuit)

Joe Cocker. “You Can Leave Your Hat On” (The Full Monty)

Rogue Wave. “Lake Michigan” (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty)

Pharrell Williams. “Happy” (Despicable Me 2)

Aliotta Haynes & Jeremiah. “Lake Shore Drive” (Guardians of the Galaxy 2)

Thomas Newman. “By Any Other Name” (American Beauty)

Hitler Knows The Spike Is Coming

Governor Cuomo Pandemic Update April 29 2020

EDIT: recorded version replaces stream at 00:40

Summary of points:

When numbers tick upward, proceed with caution

Heed the international caution signs from Singapore, Germany

Re Reopening: there is no abstract, political or emotional or abstract plan for reaopening — any plan is only based on facts and data w/ a numerical circuit breakers — hospitalizations and diagnostic testing — more positives than negatives is a pause sign. A 1.1 rise s textbook outbreak.

-- Elective surgery effects and reopening
-- Front line workers and essential transit workers protections — constant attention to testing numbers, transit sanitation

Final Comments on Politics in Washington — the ugly McConnell dynamic = funding corporate America

I say fund Americans.

Thanks is as thanks does.

What this is about: McConnell theater, and military jet salutes hide the decision about whose pocket to put the money into. NOW is the time that shows who will put aside partisan politics and who won’t when people are dying across the country.

It’s not the American people. Better than what they are getting. Neighborliness and generosity and volunteerism are the spirit of Americans.

A United America is New York Tough.

Leadership does not know how good we are as a people.

Politicians? Follow the American people.

Try to be half as good as the American people.

Fiery Q & A today.
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