Hillary Clinton, Unplugged

See the full interview with Hillary Clinton here:
https://www.recode.net/2017/5/31/15716226/watch-live-hillary-clinton-code-conference-today
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Hillary Clinton is not everyone’s cup o’ tea, but you have to admire her relentless drive to expose truth, regardless of how others perceive her doing so.

She is publicly broadcasting all of the factors which, in her mind, contributed to her loss as president. This is not a self-effacing act by Clinton. However, if she wants things to change for the better in America’s election process now is the time to expose the truth of all of the factors that contributed to her defeat. I see what what she is doing and why she is doing it, and I applaud her courage. (Bill Clinton needed someone with that kind of strength by his side, with all of his foibles.)

Btw, a respected Washington Post journalist by the name of Ruth Marcus, imo, was petty and obviously jealous of Clinton’s forthrightness in her catty remarks today on a news broadcast about Clinton’s speaking out regarding her loss. The moderator of the daily “Meet the Press” on MSNBC, Chuck Todd, this afternoon mentioned that three of the last four Democratic presidential candidates thought that they had been unfairly denied the presidency – Al Gore, John Kerry, and Hillary Clinton. Todd mused as to whether or not their thoughts had merit. This journalist Ruth Marcus replied, “The other two were not as vocal as is Hillary Clinton about their loss.” Sexism and misogyny can exist in women as well as in men. Catty and unfair remark by that female journalist of Hillary, as I see it.

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/05/31/clinton-says-false-stories-on-facebook-helped-trump-win-election/22120181/

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Man-made Climate Change and Donald Trump

I posted the following thoughts on Jay Bookman’s blog on climate change on May 31, 2017: (Link: http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2017/05/31/opinion-georgia-climate-no-longer-very-peachy/ )

“I recall that years ago on this blog I mentioned that the group ALEC (composed of CEOs and Republican legislators to cut government to the bone and expand business profits and interests) had formed an alliance with other ultra-wealthy, ultra-conservative people, such as the Koch Brothers, and groups to alter the vision for America, beginning in the 1970s. My argument was that this political movement would change the course of American ideology and ideals from altruism of the 1960s to the self-serving greed of the 1980s and beyond. We can see that that assessment was correct and the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States is only reflective of the destruction that combination of wealthy CEOs and greedy legislators has done to our once great nation.

Jay Bookman, at that time, argued that the change in technological advancement in those years was the driving force of change in America’s political landscape. Perhaps, now, even Bookman can see that this movement toward America’s self-destructive greed which has changed the soul of America happened not by natural technological advancement, primarily, but by devious political machinations of the Republican Party’s highest leadership.”

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“I hope everyone is paying attention.

Now you see what the business mind, who only thinks business, is doing in destroying our great nation for personal profit through observing Donald Trump in action.

This is the reason that Thomas Jefferson held so firm in his beliefs against the economic and business mind of Alexander Hamilton and the elitist leanings of personal prestige of both George Washington and John Adams.

I say once more, “Thank God that Thomas Jefferson lived when he did and held the mental force and brilliant ideas that continue to make America live up to her highest angels, and not her lowest demons, which money and power will invariably corrupt.”

If one can read inference, then one should be able to see why I do not support a business model for public education and public schools. The primary purpose of education is to insure enlightenment and that enlightenment includes understanding political machinations BEFORE they have time to do their damage, as in not controlling climate damage created by human industry and human greed.”

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Poster #1 to Mary Elizabeth:

It’s all pieces of the same pie. For instance, ALEC and tech advances make it easier (for example) for the Great Ratf##king of 2010 to happen, where the GOP used awesome new software to draw a bunch of districts to ensure their grasp of in subsequent mid-terms; but they used ALEC to recruit and polish up specific candidates (Jody Ernst comes to mind).

And of course ALEC wrote a bunch of hideous state and federal legislation to help conservatives in their endless quest to redistribute money upward.

It’s not just ALEC, it’s a bunch of think tanks providing cover for their BS “research” and a bunch of other stuff we’ll only learn about a decade from now.

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Mary Elizabeth in response to the comments of Poster #1:

I am, and have been, aware all that you have written.

It never was a dichotomy between technology and stealthy political machinations that have created our present world, but, imho, in the total soup, the devious and secretive Rightwing political maneuvers have had dominance in created the chaos in our world today more than technological advancement.

From ‘Band of Angels’: ‘Men do not shape history; history shapes men.’ ” GREED

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What is the Purpose of Education?

These are my thoughts as posted on May 31, 2017 on Maureen Downey’s blog entitled, “Get Schooled,” of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: (Link: http://getschooled.blog.myajc.com/2017/05/29/boy-objects-to-female-president-are-schools-supposed-to-fix-that/ )

“What is the purpose of education?”

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Ultimately, the purpose of education must be enlightenment. That means that the intellectual growth of students must become primary. When students are enlightened intellectually they release themselves of racism, sexism which often includes misogyny, as well as religious intolerance.

We will not survive on this planet unless we each become more enlightened. That is why the arts, literature, history, psychology must continue to be emphasized as much as mathematics and science even though the world is moving toward greater technological advancement. Human consciousness must continue to expand and technological advancement, by itself, cannot insure that expansion. The study and understanding of human nature is essential to growth of human consciousness.

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Let Jefferson speak for Jefferson and the Change in Human Consciousness from Domination to Communion

I posted the following on Jay Bookman’s blog on May 30, 2017 in response to another poster: (Link: http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2017/05/30/opinion-the-most-important-house-race-in-history/ )

“Let us let Jefferson speak for himself.

Thomas Jefferson: (From Dr. Saul Padover’s book, “Jefferson” – footnoted to Jefferson’s “Notes on the State of Virginia”)

” ‘Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence and deem them like the arc of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment. . . .I know. . . that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. . . .As. . . new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy, as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors. . . .Each generation. . . has. . .a right to choose for itself the form of government it believes most promotive of its own happiness. . . .a solemn opportunity of doing this every nineteen or twenty years should be provided by the constitution.’ ”

“His (Jefferson’s) conclusion in the matter of laws and institutions was that they were perpetually subject to change for the benefit of humanity. ‘Nothing then,’ he told Major John Cartwright in 1824, ‘is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man.’ ”

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I posted the following comments on Jay Bookman’s blog on the same thread on May 31, 2017:

“God does work in mysterious ways.

Does anyone remember when I wrote, about 6 months ago on this blog, that the combination of Donald Trump’s ineptitude and arrogance which would create U. S. failure in the world

and that that fact, in combination with the vision of Barack Obama for the United States to lead from behind with moral authority,

would thrust the United States into becoming the impetus whereby all of the nations of the world would now see that they (like all people) are inherently equal, in the world of the 21st century, and that this emerging egalitarian consciousness would forge a new interdependence of nations and people upon one another in order to insure our mutual survival on this isolated planet in this universe?
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Poster #1 to Mary Elizabeth:

“Orange clown has undone Allied victory in WWII and told the Germans to take over defense and control of Europe.”

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Mary Elizabeth’s response to Poster #1:

“Whatever ‘Orange’ has temporarily done regarding the U. S.’s power OVER Europe is not what is going to unfold on this planet in the long run, as I see it.

This world is going to have to be forced into an egalitarian consciousness, as envisioned and dreamed of by Thomas Jefferson 250 years ago, through the evolution of human consciousness in combination with the unfolding of human events in the world.”

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Poster #2:
“. . . and he (President Trump) is a major failure who has to hide from the majority who don’t want him. He is the most isolated president to ever serve in the White House, this is what not having a mandate looks like.”

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Mary Elizabeth in response to Poster #2

“This is what a man’s consciousness (or lack thereof) will lead him into when combined with extreme Narcissism.

‘Our fate, dear Brutus, is not in our Stars, but in ourselves.’

– From “Julius Caesar” by William Shakespeare”

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Poster #2 to Mary Elizabeth:

“(T)his is (another poster’s) man, his fate is now our fate, minority rurals dictate our fate, the joy of it all!”

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Mary Elizabeth to Poster #2

“I am not pessimistic; I am optimistic for our future together on this planet, under God’s control.

See my prophecy, above, regarding our common fate on Earth that is based on communion not domination, as Obama had the vision to foresee, also.”

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Why too many ultra-conservatives are now erroneously claiming Thomas Jefferson as their mentor

A conversation between myself and another poster, a born-again Christian and a political conservative, regarding how the mind of Thomas Jefferson perceived, on Jay Bookman’s blog, of the Atlanta Journal Constitution on May 28, 2017 (Link: http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2017/05/27/opinion-ok-maybe-there-really-was-collusion/ )
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MaryElizabethSings
One German perspective on the danger Donald Trump poses to the world. Again, I ask, “How could so many Americans have voted for such s person?”

http://m.spiegel.de/international/world/donald-trump-is-a-menace-to-the-world-opinion-a-1148471.html

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Poster #1 to Mary Elizabeth:
You do not see that it is Germany that is trying to lead the way on globalism and globalism is what Jefferson opposed to his very core.
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Mary Elizabeth to Poster #1:
You see Jefferson as a one dimensional cartoon character. I am weary of your pontifications about how Jefferson would think In today’s world.

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Poster #1 to Mary Elizabeth:
I see Jefferson as for what he was. An intellectual giant that thought government was the enemy of the liberties of a free person.

You cannot deny this simple truth.

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Mary Elizabeth to Poster #1

Below I will paraphrase Jefferson’s words which I have posted on this blog many times: Jefferson: Every generation has the right and duty to form the government that is most promotive to its own happiness. Nothing is unchangeable over time but the inalienable rights of Man.

MES: Globalization has many factors and some of those factors may be promotive to the happiness of tomorrow’s future generations. Jefferson understood well the evolution of human consciousness. He was a progressive who considered himself to be liberal not status quo with frozen views as you are portraying his mind, erroneously just as you erroneously interpret the words of God.
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Poster # 1 to Mary Elizabeth
Jefferson would be what is known today as a Libertarian and there are many Libertarian scholars that have posted well researched and documented evidence to those facts.
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Mary Elizabeth to Poster # 1
Jefferson’s mind transcended the various labels lesser men and women have assigned to him.

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Poster #1 to Mary Elizabeth:
And you just labeled him a progressive globalist above.

Jefferson was not a modern day big government progressive and he detested what would be the modern day globalism because he thought a powerful central government was a certain way to deprive the rights and liberties of the people.

And no Globalism is a way for the elites, powerful and the rich to maintain their power and to usurp the liberties of the average working man and woman.
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Mary Elizabeth to Poster #1
No, I did not label Jefferson. I paraphrased his own words. You are misreading just as you often misinterpret.

And, you think In sweeping generalities which is intellectually abhorrent to me.

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Poster #2:
I read that last week – BTW, Der Spiegel published that BEFORE Trump’s clusterf*** performance at NATO and the G7.

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Inspired by Bruce Springsteen

Listen to and enjoy this song by Bruce Springsteen which AJC columnist and blogger presented on his Friday Night Music forum, May 19, 2017. The spiritual and musical elements are outstanding. Here are my words, below, that were inspired by the link to Bookman’s Friday Night entry: (Link: http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2017/05/19/opinion-pharoahs-army-got-what-it-deserved/ )

“Excellent music. Loved the piano and the horn, especially. What a message!

And, bear in mind that today’s online NY Times says that if Antarctica’s ice collapses (soon), every coastal town on this Earth will be affected!

Time for the whole world to get together and realize we do not have a moment to spare. Together, we MUST move toward egalitarian consciousness, which joins all, instead of continuing an outdated hierarchical consciousness, which categorizes human beings by ill-perceived status that separates human beings, as well as separates all other life forms.

Time, also, for all people on this planet to realize that the science of climate change is very real and could destroy us all if we are so foolish as to believe the industrialists that climate change is a hoax so that they can have more money for themselves.

Have a great weekend, everyone. Now, to listen to Bruce and company one more time!

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I do not have a wide selection of music to share here, but I would like to share Picasso’s “The Old Guitarist,” from his Blue period, not only because his art is so impacting, but because this painting is a reminder that life is fleeting for everyone, and that we all play many parts in the course of our individual lives, as Shakespeare observed and wrote.

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On Consciousness

Posted originally by MaryElizabethSings on the blog of AJC journalist and blogger, Jay Bookman, on May 18, 2017:

MaryElizabethSings

“Special Counsel Robert Mueller, former FBI Director, earned his law degree from the University of Virginia which was founded by the author of the American Declaration of Independence from Great Britain, Thomas Jefferson, the founder of the Democratic-Republican Party which later became the Democratic Party. Robert Mueller may well save our precious democratic republic from itself.”

MaryElizabethSings
“From ‘Higher Consciousness’ found in Wikipedia:

Reinhold
Karl Leonhard Reinhold published two volumes of Letters Concerning the Kantian Philosophy in 1790 and 1792. They provided a clear explication of Kant’s thoughts, which were previously inaccessible due to Kant’s use of complex or technical language.

Reinhold also tried to prove Kant’s assertion that humans and other animals can know only images that appear in their minds, never “things-in-themselves” (things that are not mere appearances in a mind). In order to establish his proof, Reinhold stated an axiom that could not possibly be doubted. From this axiom, all knowledge of consciousness could be deduced. His axiom was: “Representation is distinguished in consciousness by the subject from the subject and object, and is referred to both.”

He thereby started, not from definitions, but, from a principle that referred to mental images or representations in a conscious mind. In this way, he analyzed knowledge into (1) the knowing subject, or observer, (2) the known object, and (3) the image or representation in the subject’s mind. In order to understand transcendental idealism, it is necessary to reflect deeply enough to distinguish experience as consisting of these three components: subject, subject’s representation of object, and object.”

MaryElizabethSings

“In case some did not see from the above WHY I try to get others not to think in stereotypes, caricatures, and cliches.

The person observed is unique in themselves. However, we put an image of that person in our minds. When we think of others as stereotypes instead of who they truly are uniquely, we have profoundly missed seeing the truth of who that person actually is. One example of higher consciousness applied to everyday life.”

MaryElizabethSings

“From the above from Wikipedia on ‘consciousness’:

‘Western philosophers, since the time of Descartes and Locke, have struggled to comprehend the nature of consciousness and identify its essential properties. Issues of concern in the philosophy of consciousness include whether the concept is fundamentally coherent; whether consciousness can ever be explained mechanistically; whether non-human consciousness exists and if so how can it be recognized; how consciousness relates to language; whether consciousness can be understood in a way that does not require a dualistic distinction between mental and physical states or properties; and whether it may ever be possible for computing machines like computers or robots to be conscious, a topic studied in the field of artificial intelligence.

Thanks to developments in technology over the past few decades, consciousness has become a significant topic of interdisciplinary research in cognitive science, with significant contributions from fields such as psychology, neuropsychology and neuroscience. The primary focus is on understanding what it means biologically and psychologically for information to be present in consciousness—that is, on determining the neural and psychological correlates of consciousness. The majority of experimental studies assess consciousness in humans by asking subjects for a verbal report of their experiences (e.g., “tell me if you notice anything when I do this”). Issues of interest include phenomena such as subliminal perception, blindsight, denial of impairment, and altered states of consciousness produced by alcohol and other drugs, or spiritual or meditative techniques.’ “

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