Author Archives: stanberlin

Strategy in Afghanistan – President Trump

Well gotta like what Trump is saying tonight (and let me say I am not a fan of Trump), and that is we will no longer announce our strategic plans in advance of the condition. War is war and one cannot tip toe around the consequences of it, you either fight to win or don’t bother. Same as owning a gun, you don’t go around threatening that you are going to use it in a defense causing event, you use it and kill if have to in order to defend yourself.

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Hate Speech

Hate is ignorance and we all should realize that people or groups that perpetuate it are truly just stupid. Simple concept to just accept because we can’t ban speech whether one is “stupid” or not. Free speech is just that, free and the government has no right to regulate a “stupid” group of people’s right to free speech.

“The minute it becomes acceptable to break the law to silence one group, all others become vulnerable to attack by anyone who disagrees with them. That’s why the Supreme Court has repeatedly struck down government attempts to ban hate speech.”

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http://www.dispatch.com/opinion/20170819/editorial-banning-hate-speech-is-also-abhorrent

Editorial: Banning hate speech is also abhorrent
Posted at 5:00 AM

Last weekend’s events in Charlottesville, along with the threat of future protests by white supremacist groups, have sparked a national debate about placing legal limits on hate speech. The thinking is that some views are so abhorrent that they should be banned, and their advocates should not be allowed to assemble in public.

As long as it’s still legal to do so, we’d like to declare our abhorrence at the suggestion.

The rights of free speech and free assembly are bedrock principles of American democracy and major reasons why America’s founders revolted against British rule. There was a time when speaking against the British monarchy was deemed treasonous and subject to prison or even death. Even today, it’s technically illegal to call for abolition of the monarchy.

In the United States, neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist groups are attempting a resurgence, bolstered in no small part by the sympathetic undertone of remarks issued on the campaign trail and in the White House by President Donald Trump. As repugnant as those groups are, it’s even more abhorrent to contemplate trashing the First Amendment to stifle their free speech.

The minute it becomes acceptable to break the law to silence one group, all others become vulnerable to attack by anyone who disagrees with them. That’s why the Supreme Court has repeatedly struck down government attempts to ban hate speech.

“A law that can be directed against speech found offensive to some portion of the public can be turned against minority and dissenting views to the detriment of all. The First Amendment does not entrust that power to the government’s benevolence. Instead, our reliance must be on the substantial safeguards of free and open discussion in a democratic society,” wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy in one assenting opinion this year.

The moment Americans empower the government to tell them what they can and cannot say, our nation and its cherished democratic principles will be doomed.

— St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Others must lead America

We are deeply distressed by our president’s cynical political calculations. By his meanness of tone and erratic behavior. By his serially insensitive reactions to the violent white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that has stained America.

If he’s looking around, the man now finds himself increasingly isolated. But Donald Trump probably isn’t leaving office anytime soon. And he isn’t likely to change. So America will have to deal with this bizarre, unfortunate presidency as it exists, rather than as we wish it to be.

That puts the onus on Congress, on Republican leaders such as House Speaker Paul Ryan and Vice President Mike Pence, on responsible administration officials, and on other adults who can challenge and counter him as necessary. They should proceed with the nation’s business, understanding that Trump may be more a distraction than a guiding force.

To the extent other leaders step up, America will be better off. The people’s interests will continue to be served. Legislation will get passed. The country will remain safe. American values will be protected. The courts, too, will continue to play their role, preserving the integrity of our democracy.

— Chicago Tribune

Monuments – Removing of

I’m so sick of all this hate especially wanting to go back and eradicate any monumental reference to our history just because it represented a time in history that disfavors a group today. Instead of focusing all that energy on taking down these monuments, work on what is today. Get involved, advocate, make your voice heard on our issues today. After all it is not what ultimately happened in our history it is what we have learned from that time and how we can make sure it doesn’t happen again. Seems to me taking down monuments is counter intuitive to that energy and focus. All this hate makes me want to pack up and reclaim my German citizenship and move to Germany. But then I think of a conversation I had yesterday evening with a new work colleague from Sierra Leone, Africa who came to this country because he had a dream, a dream of a wonderful country and although he disfavors our current climate and actions of our President he is proud to be an American. The pride and emotions I felt were hard to contain.

Confederate Monuments

Jeez, rename schools, tear down monuments, and now consider Camp Chase which by the way was only a training camp for Ohio volunteer army soldiers, a parole camp, a muster outpost, and later a prisoner-of-war camp for Confederates and civilians suspected of actively supporting secession and now a cemetery that does annually hold a ceremony to commemorate the Confederate soldiers who had been held and died there. Guess The Hilltop Historical Society better stop placing those Confederate flags on the graves every year!

Next we will redact our history books as we all shouldn’t be reminded of the evil things that we as Americans have done in our past. So it’s ok to protest today with hateful pointless violence and killing activities that we as a civilized society continue today all in the name of claiming that indicators of our evil history should be erased.

In my long years and many places that I have visited, some very horrific, I many times questioned why we memorialized such tragic events in our history. Each time I was pointed to the following saying:

        ’Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.’ – George Santayana

So today when I look at a monument especially the many in the south I don’t see a monument of hate, I look at the history behind the person or moment in history being memorialized, I look, I learn and realize that for every bad, evil, embarrassing moments in our history there has always been good, growth, and triumphs associated with it. We as a nation, as a country, as a melting pot of people, would not be where we are today if not for the combination of the both. I by no means say this is a favorable model but we has human beings have struggled and will continue to struggle with good and evil.

In an age where our entire history is available in the palm of our hand and current events is shared in a fraction of a second, perhaps we can take a minute or two and use our smartphone to snap a picture of that monument and read the history behind that memorialization instead of snapping a picture of it’s destruction and the hate and violence that went with the process. At least the monument for the decades it’s been there didn’t hurt anyone; it only stirred up feelings that perhaps could have been better guided if the history behind it was understood CLEARLY first and realize the monument is merely referencing a point in time in history and not a point in time of the present.

Monument:

  • a statue, building, or other structure erected to commemorate a famous or notable person or event.
  • a statue or other structure placed by or over a grave in memory of the dead.
  • a building, structure, or site that is of historical importance or interest.

In my research I came across this article with interest: http://thefederalist.com/2017/02/20/erasing-history-makes-us-likely-repeat-mistakes/

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Ban on Transgendered People in the Military

Wednesday’s ban has nothing to do with money and everything to do with lingering prejudices.

Stating that transgender medical costs are a factor in this decision is the same ignorance being used to tear down our first comprehensive medical care act. Let’s face it, as humans, we are living longer, facing medical issues brought on by diet, environment, and genetics. And our current armed forces already struggles to get quality recruits WANTING to serve in our armed forces. And what is with “disruption that transgender in the military would entail.” This is disgusting as with any gay or straight or male-to-female, or female to male we as professionals work to perform a job and surely are not on the job to pursue any sexual desires.

When we start condoning employers to decide on who to hire based on what that candidates potential medical costs would pose to that company; then we have a serious problem indeed.

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2017/07/trans_service_members_don_t_present_a_medical_burden.html

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My sister, the computer, FaceBook, and the Internet

I have a story….with much hesitation, I helped my sister several, several years ago in setting up her new computer, log in, wifi password, email accounts, virus protection, etc. I wrote all her passwords down for her and kept a copy for myself. I severely warned her about the vicious internet world and told her specifically NEVER download anything, don’t click on sites that ask something of you, only go to major sites, only go thru sites thru the provider’s browser and NEVER, NEVER give out passwords or personal information for anybody, anything, or person. I installed a free antivirus program, Avast, for her and told her never to shut it off. I told her to take a windows course on using the computer thru her local community resource center. Of course she never took the classes. I’ve had to help her several times thru those years in providing her log in information and eventually she being frustrated of the computer only for me to realize later she had already broken it and left it to the side to not be used again until years later when I helped her over the phone resolve the computer issue of not turning on.

Recently she was online again, with a new Netbook, on Facebook, twitter, dating sites, chat sites, etc. I severely warned her again about the vicious internet world and that FaceBook is not the “all friends” world people think it is. I warned her about accepting friends, this after she friended every one of my “drag” personality friends (not a bad thing but personalities on FaceBook LOVE friends), people from the Middle East, troubled East, and the Asian continent. I attempted to lay out the rules and suggested a process for her in accepting friends, only to find out she friended her slumlord, the father of her daughter’s son, the son who was distanced from the mother and my sister. I tried to explain again that not everyone is her friend and that people will friend you to get access to what you are posting, who you are affiliated with, or who is on your friend’s list. She countered that they friended her and I advised probably not because FaceBook in it’s all out “friendly” attempt to connect the world probably suggested these people either thru geographic location, church, community affiliation, or common friends. I again warned her about the “not everyone is your friend” philosophy. Three FaceBook accounts later two closed she is now upset with FaceBook and filing a complaint with the FCC and other powers that be that her rights were violated. I told her that all FaceBook wanted was to send a verification to prove her identity but of course of her many telephone numbers, she no longer has this one. I advised then that FaceBook will ask to prove your identity by sending a picture ID. She argued of course and I said well then you won’t be on FaceBook. Apparently someone did attempt to create a fake profile under her name but given she couldn’t prove with her own credentials either with a valid phone number associated with the account, log-in information to attempt to log in – she is now no longer on FaceBook. Now mind you I did tell her she still has one active account, the original one she created, but she doesn’t remember the password and the telephone number associated with the account is no longer valid so FaceBook cannot send a verification code. I, knowing my sister thru the many years of countless scenarios like this, told her that I have done the best I could to help her and that I was done with this situation. She said that was ok because she likes Twitter better and insisted that I join and tell our entire family to join as well. I advised I do not use twitter as FaceBook accomplishes the same agenda. I tried to equate that if you have too many ways to be contacted, no-one will know how to contact you. Having three phone numbers, multiple email accounts and now Skype and Twitter in no way makes it an easy process to get ahold of someone.

So last night I get three emails from her stating that she had been hacked and had to create a new email account. Each of the three emails contains a different email address totally 4 email address so I assumed this has to be related to the hacker and I responded as such that I have blocked all of them. I spoke with her today and after 10 minutes of clarifying with her that she could not have been hacked via email unless she opened up something, she was insistent that she didn’t and I countered then how did you know that the email said you were hacked. So another 10 minutes of clarifying and she said that when she turned on her computer she got the blue screen with the “files held for ransom” hack. So another 5 minutes I try to ascertain if she had been to a website that brought up this screen, she of course said no. I finally said that she had to have gotten the virus either by opening up an email and clicking on a link or clicked on a malicious link while web browsing. I tried to ascertain if she had virus protection on her new netbook as I suspected not or at best it was a 30 day trial now since expired. I tried to explain to her that she will have to take the computer in to get the virus taken off which will result in losing the files anyway. She said she spoke with a company and to myself I said, “O no” and asked how did she find this company and she said she called the number on the screen. I said, “Ina that is what they wanted you to do!” Anyway, she said they wanted $300 to release the files and to install malware. I said I hope you didn’t comply as they will never release your computer files and one would never want malware installed on their computer – not a good thing. She told them she didn’t have the money and I said they will forever call you now because they have the number you called from. I knew this would be the most I could try to reason with her so said I would call her tomorrow. I told her again that she needed to find a computer repair shop to have them reformat the computer or attempt to remove the virus (doubtful). I said to have them install anti-virus software as well such as the free version of Avast.

My story summarizes in that having a computer, laptop, or device to access the internet is not a safe process to the less informed. One cannot and shouldn’t be jumping on the internet without conceptually knowing how the internet works, how to use the windows or mac operating systems, and just how vicious a world the internet can be by constantly attempting to take advantage of the less informed, the exposure it creates from just being 1 person in a community of 100 to 1 person in a faceless realm of millions. Please don’t let your family, children or friends get on the internet unless they clearly know how to use computer operating systems and understands just how the internet works. The virtual world is just as dangerous as our real world if not more because of the facelessness that people on the internet can inflict upon others although not physically but with more of an evil agenda to steal your identity, destroy your financial wealth, steal your valuable and treasured information, photos, and intellect.

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My sister, the computer, FaceBook, and the Internet

I have a story….with much hesitation, I helped my sister several, several years ago in setting up her new computer, log in, wifi password, email accounts, virus protection, etc. I wrote all her passwords down for her and kept a copy for myself. I severely warned her about the vicious internet world and told her specifically NEVER download anything, don’t click on sites that ask something of you, only go to major sites, only go thru sites thru the provider’s browser and NEVER, NEVER give out passwords or personal information for anybody, anything, or person. I installed a free antivirus program, Avast, for her and told her never to shut it off. I told her to take a windows course on using the computer thru her local community resource center. Of course she never took the classes. I’ve had to help her several times thru those years in providing her log in information and eventually she being frustrated of the computer only for me to realize later she had already broken it and left it to the side to not be used again until years later when I helped her over the phone resolve the computer issue of not turning on.

Recently she was online again, with a new Netbook, on Facebook, twitter, dating sites, chat sites, etc. I severely warned her again about the vicious internet world and that FaceBook is not the “all friends” world people think it is. I warned her about accepting friends, this after she friended every one of my “drag” personality friends (not a bad thing but personalities on FaceBook LOVE friends), people from the Middle East, troubled East, and the Asian continent. I attempted to lay out the rules and suggested a process for her in accepting friends, only to find out she friended her slumlord, the father of her daughter’s son, the son who was distanced from the mother and my sister. I tried to explain again that not everyone is her friend and that people will friend you to get access to what you are posting, who you are affiliated with, or who is on your friend’s list. She countered that they friended her and I advised probably not because FaceBook in it’s all out “friendly” attempt to connect the world probably suggested these people either thru geographic location, church, community affiliation, or common friends. I again warned her about the “not everyone is your friend” philosophy. Three FaceBook accounts later two closed she is now upset with FaceBook and filing a complaint with the FCC and other powers that be that her rights were violated. I told her that all FaceBook wanted was to send a verification to prove her identity but of course of her many telephone numbers, she no longer has this one. I advised then that FaceBook will ask to prove your identity by sending a picture ID. She argued of course and I said well then you won’t be on FaceBook. Apparently someone did attempt to create a fake profile under her name but given she couldn’t prove with her own credentials either with a valid phone number associated with the account, log-in information to attempt to log in – she is now no longer on FaceBook. Now mind you I did tell her she still has one active account, the original one she created, but she doesn’t remember the password and the telephone number associated with the account is no longer valid so FaceBook cannot send a verification code. I, knowing my sister thru the many years of countless scenarios like this, told her that I have done the best I could to help her and that I was done with this situation. She said that was ok because she likes Twitter better and insisted that I join and tell our entire family to join as well. I advised I do not use twitter as FaceBook accomplishes the same agenda. I tried to equate that if you have too many ways to be contacted, no-one will know how to contact you. Having three phone numbers, multiple email accounts and now Skype and Twitter in no way makes it an easy process to get ahold of someone.

So last night I get three emails from her stating that she had been hacked and had to create a new email account. Each of the three emails contains a different email address totaling 4 email address so I assumed this has to be related to the hacker and I responded as such that I have blocked all of them. I spoke with her today and after 10 minutes of clarifying with her that she could not have been hacked via email unless she opened up something, she was insistent that she didn’t and I countered then how did you know that the email said you were hacked. So another 10 minutes of clarifying and she said that when she turned on her computer she got the blue screen with the “files held for ransom” hack. So another 5 minutes I try to ascertain if she had been to a website that brought up this screen, she of course said no. I finally said that she had to have gotten the virus either by opening up an email and clicking on a link or clicked on a malicious link while web browsing. I tried to ascertain if she had virus protection on her new Netbook as I suspected not or at best it was a 30 day trial now since expired. I tried to explain to her that she will have to take the computer in to get the virus taken off which will result in losing the files anyway. She said she spoke with a company and to myself I said, “O no” and asked how did she find this company and she said she called the number on the screen. I said, “Ina that is what they wanted you to do!” Anyway, she said they wanted $300 to release the files and to install malware. I said I hope you didn’t comply as they will never release your computer files and one would never want malware installed on their computer – not a good thing. She told them she didn’t have the money and I said they will forever call you now because they have the number you called from. I knew this would be the most I could try to reason with her so said I would call her tomorrow. I told her again that she needed to find a computer repair shop to have them reformat the computer or attempt to remove the virus (doubtful). I said to have them install anti-virus software as well such as the free version of Avast.

My story summarizes in that having a computer, laptop, or device to access the internet is not a safe process to the less informed. One cannot and shouldn’t be jumping on the internet without conceptually knowing how the internet works, how to use the windows or mac operating systems, and just how vicious a world the internet can be by constantly attempting to take advantage of the less informed, the exposure it creates from just being 1 person in a community of 100 to 1 person in a faceless realm of millions. Please don’t let your family, children or friends get on the internet unless they clearly know how to use computer operating systems and understands just how the internet works. The virtual world is just as dangerous as our real world if not more because of the faceless maliciousness that people on the internet can inflict upon others although not physically but with more of an evil agenda to steal your identity, destroy your financial wealth, steal your valuable and treasured information, photos, and intellect.

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