Getting the Facts

‘Getting the Facts’ is a short educational film from 1953.

‘Getting the Facts’ is typical of the educational films once shown in America’s public elementary schools.

From the film:

“The way we make decisions in our democratic system has a profound effect on our welfare and happiness. Whether we’re dealing with a personal problem or a business matter, whether we are deciding on our schools, our taxes or any other community problem, the first thing we have to do is get the facts, the next step is to consider other opinions based on the facts and the final step is to weigh opinions with understanding and objectivity.

These standards apply to everyone.”

We cannot make good decisions when we refuse to base our decisions on facts.

If you haven’t read the Mueller Report you can’t know what Mueller’s investigation found.

Do yourself and your country a favor and read the Mueller Report.

The Mueller Report

‘Getting the Facts’ is in the public domain and available on the internet Archives

Rob Goldstein 2019

Rob’s Weekly News Wrap-Up – 4/19-4/26: On a Personal Note

Following the news this week was intellectually challenging and emotionally exhausting.

I’m not a lawyer or a trained journalist, I have problems with memory and concentration, but I am determined to decide what I think of The Mueller report by reading it.

The Mueller Report describes a lawless president intent on obstructing the the legitimate investigation of an attack on the people of the United States.

A Page from Robert Mueller's Report to Congress
A section of Robert Mueller’s Report to Congress regarding trump’s attempts to obstruct his investigation.

The Report describes this attack as meticulous and psychological.

Russia used the personal data and psychological profiles of over 87 Million Americans to target specific groups of people with appeals to tribalism and fear.

The Internet Research Agency built Facebook communities across the political spectrum, but targeted Clinton in all of them. Mueller’s report lists conservative groups like “Being Patriotic,” “Stop All Immigrants,” “Secured Borders,” and “Tea Party News”; black social justice groups like “Black Matters,” “Blacktivist,” and “Don’t Shoot Us”; LGBTQ groups like “LGBT United”; and religious groups “United Muslims of America.”

“Main idea: Use any opportunity to criticize Hillary [Clinton] and the rest (except Sanders and Trump — we support them),” IRA operators told specialists. BuzzFeed.News

According to the University of Oxford’s Computational Propaganda Research Project the Russian attack began in 2013:

A page from the University of Oxford’s Computational Propaganda Research Project on the extent of the Russian attack on the United States
The University of Oxford’s Computational Propaganda Research Project

Oxford’s Computational Propaganda Research Project

No lie about Clinton was too absurd:

 

Wikileaks Bombshell: Hillary Clinton is Satanic

No racist attack was too base:

Screenshot of antisemitic propaganda produced by the Russian Internet Research Agenc
Antisemitic propaganda produced by Russia’s Internet Research Agency

In 2016 I saved hundreds of screenshots of the propaganda campaign deployed by the IRA.

What kind of President blocks his government’s investigation of an enemy attack?

Based on the emerging evidence, Trump is an idiot if he genuinely believes he’s a legitimate president with a mandate, and if he’s one of Putin’s useful idiots, my guess is his strategist is the Kremlin’s top handler.

Screenshot of a December 23. 2016 Washington Post Headline in which Vladimir Putin Tells Democrats to lose with dignity
Vladimir Putin Tells America to lose with dignity

The House and Senate GOP know what Trump is, but they’re useful idiots too.

What comes next is up to us, I don’t like it, I’d rather think about and do other things, but I won’t belong to the generation that killed American Democracy.

This moment is not about winning a game.

This is moment is not about our feelings.

This moment is a reckoning with the facts and history will damn those who choose to ignore them.

I believe in a God that expects humanity to use reason and science to nurture and fully inhabit creation.

To do this we need a civilized world order governed by leaders who respect and protect the rule of law regardless of political and religious affiliation.

With Trump as President, Russia is free to continue to attack our minds, and the gaslighting will only get worse as we head into the 2020 campaign.

Here is a link to the Mueller Report, please read it and pass it on.  Below are a few the videos I liked this week.
 

Know your first amendment rights on the internet:

Learn lateral reading, use multiple tabs in your browser to look stuff up and fact check as you read. Real-time fact-checking can help you figure out what’s real and what’s not on the internet.

 

Ageism: Why do we treat old people like babies?

 

A History of LGBT rights at the UN

 

The Creative Process: Leonard Nimoy on developing “Star Trek’s” Spock character

 

Rob Goldstein, 2019

The Mueller Report – Read and Share

The Mueller Report is a frightening page-turner with every line based on physical evidence.

A section of the Mueller Report that describes Trump Junior's contacts with Wikileaks
Trump Junior’s contacts with Wikileaks

Above is a section of the report about an exchange between Don Jr. and WikiLeaks about spreading the lie that Hillary Clinton ordered a drone strike on Julian Assange.

Wikileaks asks Trump Jr. to spread that lie and Trump Jr. replies he already has.

I took screenshots of it in 2016.

The ‘Wikileak’ that Hillary ordered a drone strike on Julian Assange
A second screenshot of the 2016 'Wikileak' that Hillary ordered a drone strike on Julian Assange
A ‘Wikileak’ that Hillary ordered a drone strike on Julian Assange

The Mueller Report is a free must read.

It’s also a cliffhanger.

Will a useful idiot made president by the diabolical Russian oligarch who planned and executed a successful psychological attack on the most powerful nation in history completely destroy the NATO Alliance and a centuries old democracy?

That’s up to us.

We can still use what’s left of our democracy to save it.

Here’s what I’ve learned as a lifelong gay activist: to make a movement.
millions of people must set aside differences and unite for a common
cause.

Those of us in the early gay rights movement risked our lives
and #LGBTQ people still risk their lives by coming out.

Democracy is not for the complacent.

Now is the time for all brave people to come to the aid of their country.

 

You can download the report from me or use the link to the Justice Department.

The Mueller Report

The Mueller Report from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Please read it and share it.

Thanks

Rob Goldstein 2019

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I do not own the copyrights

Rob’s Weekly News Wrap-Up 3/22-3/29

The week began with Attorney General William Barr’s memo, which seemed to imply the Mueller report cleared Trump of all charges. Trump celebrated by going after our health care and depriving Puerto Rico of badly needed resources.

Trump’s “Got Away with Treason” Tour | Real Time with Bill Maher

The week closed with Adam Shiff’s an historic viral take-down of Trump’s Congressional enablers on the GOP side of the House Intelligence Committee, and an Alexandria Cortez MSNBC Town Hall to discuss the Green New Deal as a policy proposal.

It’s refreshing to see Americans engage with each other to solve problems.

I agree with Congressman Schiff: Trump’s corruption is not OK, and neither is the GOP’s.

On a personal note, I had family in town this week. We did some sightseeing but mostly we sat around and talked; I don’t socialize often so it was exhausting. I avoided the news because I was furious with the press for falling for another obvious gaslight, although props to @MSNBC for more accuracy than @CNN or @Fox.

Americans aren’t falling for the gaslight either; 56% still think Trump conspired with Russia.

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Rob’s Weekly News Wrap-Up 3/15-3/22.

“I don’t need the Mueller report to know Trump is a traitor. I have a Television. ” , 3/22/2019

The week opened with a White Supremacist terrorist attack in New Zealand followed by a Trump’ twitter war with the ghost of John McCain and George Conway, husband of Kellyanne Conway.

Those of us unfortunate enough to be intimate with pathological narcissism recognize a classic triangulation.  This week Trump forced Kellyanne Conway to make a choice.

Kellyanne Conway chose Trump.

The Week ended with the release of Robert Mueller’s Report to Attorney General Barr.

I decided to add a few short informational videos: ‘Why do men have nipples
is especially intriguing.

On a personal note, I have relatives coming into town this week so I’m taking a few days off.  I’ve closed comments on this post.

Have a good weekend!

Let’s start with this informational short from Vox:

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#MondayMotivation: American

A large part of history is replete with the struggle for human rights, an eternal struggle in which final victory can never be won. But to tire in that struggle would mean the ruin of society. Albert Einstein, 1955

 

Love me baby, love me for who I am
Fallen angels singing, “clap your hands”
Don’t try to take my country, I will defend my land
I’m not crazy, baby, naw
I’m American

Happy Monday!