To be civilized does not mean having studied at university, or having read many books, or possessing great wisdom: we all know that certain individuals with these characteristics were capable of committing acts of absolutely perfect barbarity. To be civilized means to be capable of fully recognizing the humanity of others, even though they have different faces and customs to ours; to know how to put oneself in their place and look at ourselves as if from outside. No one is definitively barbarian or civilized and each one of us is responsible for our actions. But we, who today receive this great honour, have the responsibility to take a step forward towards a little more civilization. Tzvetan Todorov
Photo of Oscar Ramirez and his daughter, Valeria found on twitter, attributed to Maria Estela Avalos. I do not own this image.
Header image is a photograph of a poster seen at the 2019 Women’s March
“We are confronted primarily with a moral issue. It is as old as the scriptures and is as clear as the American Constitution. The heart of the question is whether all Americans are to be afforded equal rights and equal opportunities.”
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.
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:
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.
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