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

Trina Woke From a Dream

Teagan Geneviene and I collaborated on a Trina story. Teagan sent visual prompts by Michael Whelan and we wrote lines based on the images.

I think Teagan may post the story to her blog. If she does, her version
may be different.

Trina Woke from a dream

Illustration of a victorian girl with fanciful moths
Trina woke from a dream

The Shadow Boy was coming to visit while she languished above a
labyrinth of verdant shrubs.

The Shadow Boy was intrigued when he saw a blond child with a bow
and arrow levitating outside the window of the monorail.

Was the blond child looking for his shadow? Could he catch it with his arrow?

The shadow boy examined the child for clues.

‘He’ had pixie ears and breasts.

This was not his boy.

Trina waved at the shadow boy and motioned for him to join her.

The boy hesitated. Trina wondered why: perhaps because the sun was going down.

The Shadow Boy shouldn’t be afraid of the dark, besides there’s a streetlight.

Trina decided it made no difference.

She still had Madison, but wait, where had Madison got to?

She was chasing a cluster of moths drawn to streetlight.

Madison out chasing moths? This was out of character.

“What’s wrong with you?” Trina asked.

“Nothing!” Madison scowled.

‘You’re chasing moths.”

“ They’re chasing me. Look at these holes!”

And it was true; Madison was full of holes.

(c) Rob Goldstein and Teagan R. Geneviene




Poetry: Grandma Said

Grandma said

the poor go first,

kids like me,

she said–

if the war

don’t end–

but I was

too delicate,

too pretty,

too likely to kiss

the gook’

if he was


Rob Goldstein, March 2019




Poetry: The Sleeper

One orange, one Styrofoam cup, one opened
can of tomato sauce, and, used as a pillow,
one King James Bible.

(c) Rob Goldstein 1984-2019


Blood and Saliva

Eros smiles seductively

and takes the seat next
to mine.

He caresses my thigh

and whispers a filthy

secret: to know him

is telling

in a thousand




(c) Rob Goldstein November 5, 1985


Politics: Be informed, not influenced.

January was a lifetime for news junkies.

Every day is another month of corruption and narcissism and treason.

There is no Trump without Putin and the chaos and random violence that
plagues our lives the result of a long-term and ongoing Russian attack on American Democracy.

Putin’s declaration of war is a classic gaslight: we elected his puppet, he didn’t make us to vote for it; or did he?

Americans should find foreign intervention intolerable in our public debates and elections intolerable.
Americans should find foreign intervention intolerable in our public debates and elections intolerable.

Vladimir Putin’s Information Warfare is a psychological theater of cruelty where the people of the ‘target nation’ are convinced to turn on each other each other, while a small cadre of criminal oligarchs steal their wealth and freedoms.

To accomplish a ‘regime change’ Putin unleashes an arsenal of psychological weapons designed to distort our perceptions of reality.

This includes staged events.


Screenshot from, the New York Post
Russian’s staged pro trump rallies in the us

Putin calls these strategies ‘Active Measures’.

An active measure can be anything, such as inciting or paying anonymous
thugs to attack a beloved performer while shouting right-wing slogans.

I am not saying that his is what happened to Jussie Smollett; I’m saying the trump administration and the GOP have done nothing to protect America from Russian Active Measures so we have no way to be sure.

Nothing is at it seems until we know all the facts and see them verified by multiple national and international news outlets.

If you see appeals to emotion and divisive propaganda ask yourself why you’re seeing it.

Be angry that we have a president who incites violence when you hear reports of hate crimes against gays and people of color; don’t be angry with anonymous straight white people.

Be informed, not influenced.

If you live in a democracy, you are under attack.

Here is collection of PDF files, links, and videos with information about Russian Information Warfare, and the strategies he uses to turn us against each other.

Click the link below to download the NATO Handbook of Russian Information Warfare.

Handbook of Russian Information Warfare – NATO Defense College

Here is a Rand Study of the Russian ‘Firehose of Falsehood’ Propaganda Model.


Here is a link to the Committee to Investigate Russia.

The following short videos use simple language to explain the 2016 attack and a warning of what to expect as we enter the 2020 Campaign.

How to Defeat Authoritarianism

Factory of lies

Russian Propaganda In The Internet Age: How To Spot A Russian Troll Online

How Russian Trolls Took Over Americans’ Instagram Accounts

How to fake a trend on Twitter – BBC Trending