The best preps as an African who spent a lot of time in the village and as a true cow herding nomad with no modern day amenities and now is an American in America.
I’ve been seeing a bunch of posts about physical and mental fitness being the best prep and I think that’s absolutely true. But I’d like to offer 5 more preps that don’t require any “science”.
Improve your palate. In case of shortages, people might be able to get only one or two easily found and grown foods. It’s super important to know how to prepare them, store them, and consume them. There are so many people who raise their children and themselves on highly flavored and processed foods that would probably run out. Even if you have stockpiles of the stuff, what if you have to move? The people who will survive are those who can eat anything and have kids who can do so too. Start eating a wider variety of foods now so you don’t have a kid who won’t eat anything other than hot dogs. Just a few days of starvation can lower the immunity of a child which can mean life or death.
Start experimenting with different low tech storage techniques like fermenting, drying, smoking etc. cans weigh too much and are dependent a supply of metal and glass. Also foods that are smoked, dried, or fermented have added benefits that outweigh salt, sugar, and brine.
Yes it’s important to be fit, but it’s probably much more important to be lean. But there’s an argument that in times of crisis, you will get conditioned in literally no time. But nothing will help you if you are an insulin dependent type 2 diabetic and don’t have insulin. Same for if you’ve worn out your knees or back or heart doing hard core exercises and getting bulked up. As far as heart health is concerned, 40 lbs of extra muscle is almost exactly as burdening on the heart as 40 lbs of extra fat. Source: I’m an Nurse Practitioner and body builders have heart attacks earlier than any other demographic. If you have weight to lose start by cutting calorie intake instead of trying to boost output with hours at the gym. Be mindful of form and start with light exercise. If you are very overweight start with walking instead of running. As you get lighter and stronger you can increase the intensity of your exercise but don't ever go up to levels that abuse your body or risk injury. All you need to cripple yourself is a torn meniscus. Walk instead of running, reduce your calorie intake instead of going to gym for hours. Lean down instead of bulking up. If you do this, you can go down on your cholesterol meds, hypertension meds, type 2 diabetes meds, anxiety meds, testosterone shots, c-pap machine, reflux meds....
Edit #1 Caveat: I am not anti muscle, this is not medical advice. its just my experience, lean muscular people survive a lot longer in calamitous situations than heavy musclebound people or fat people. And extra weight whether muscle or or fat adds to the load on your heart. if your gonna be obese though, and I can't believe I am writing this: it obviously better to have more muscle and less fat. I'm not trying to insult anyone, we live in an obese society and almost everyone is overweight Source: my eyes.
If you spend 1 hour every day prepping your mind rather than buying stuff, at the end of year, you’ll have far more money in the bank, and far more knowledge in your head. This is very useful and can actually help many more people. Being knowledgeable of meditation, conflict resolution, animal husbandry, permaculture, electronics, car mechanics, masonry, low tech first aid, human and animal anatomy, etc, is far more useful than boxes of dried food. The truth is, in a truly calamitous event, guns and ammo will only help if you have an army, Food will only help if you have a fortress, and god will only help if you help yourself first. Prep your mind. Read widely. I would be very happy to provide or link some mind blowing books and Videos for your edification.
PS: I added a short list of books at the very bottom that would be a start. You can also use good reads to show you similar books if you find a book you like. This is an list of my favorite books of the past 2 years or so.
Learn decision making skills. This I cannot stress enough. Just because something feels right, doesn’t mean it is. In fact the opposite is often true. Case in point, the covid pandemic. All the info a person needs is out there. There is a virus, it’s spread by droplets, and it kills a lot of people, To mitigate your risk, wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands. That’s it. But people bend over backwards to somehow make a decision to not wear the mask, to not social distance etc even though in the worst case scenario, it’s mildly inconveniencing. The best case, it saves your life. The biggest lie ever told was that there was battle for your soul. The truth is that there is a battle for your mind. Learn to understand the reasoning and science behind things, but when you can’t because of disinformation, always err on the side of saving yourself and your fellow companions. As an aside: when I was a kid, a pastor told me a story. He said “I believe in heaven and god, because if heaven doesn’t exist, then no sweat, but if it does, I believed, and will then go to heaven”, he basically hedged his bets. Hedge yours. Err on the side of survival.
I would love to hear feedback on these preps and you can ask me any questions about village and being an East African nomad, and living through many wars and civil disruptions etc. btw, all these preps cost nothing, will help you physically and financially in both the long term and the short term. Ps: I’m also not saying that stockpiling is wrong or anything like that. Just that in all the calamitous events I have witnessed, stockpiles have never helped the people that created them. In fact I think in some ways, it hurt them because they stayed to protect them when it would have been far more prudent to leave and save themselves. Edit #2: Thank you for at the gold. Obligatory, please donate instead. But it won't change the fact that I am very well chuffed. Thank you. EDIT #3:Book list: This is not exhaustive, I have read many many books, but these are the most recent as well as old ones that have really made a difference to me. I tried to categorise them a bit but forgive me if I get some mixed up. Many books are by American writers so easily available. Please don't be offended,these are books I used to widen my knowledge and understanding. you don't have to like or read them lol. Books about reasoning and/or history: 1. The 7 habits of highly effective people: powerful lessons in personal change. 2. 21 Lessons for the 21st century. Yuval Noah Harari 3. A higher loyalty: truth, lies, and leadership by James Comey 4. Educated by Tara Westover 5. Make your bed: little things that can chage your life and maybe the world by Willima Mcraven (personal hero) 6. Homo deus; I history of tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari 7. The three musketeers by Alexandre Dumas 8. Freakonomics by Steven levitt 9. Democracy: stories from the long road to freedom by Condoleeza Rice 10. White trash: the 400 year untold history of class in America by Nancy Isenberg. 11. Enlightenment now by Steven Pinker. 12. Essentialism, the disciplined pursuit of less by Greg Mckeown 13. Thinking fast and slow by D. Kahnemann 14. Outliers, the story of success by Malcolm Gladwell 15. The world is flat by Thomas Friedman 16. The silk roads, a new history of the world 17. Destiny disrupted, a history of the world through Islamic eyes. Books about the future- books that blew my mind 1. “Surely your joking Mr. Feynman!” Adventures of a curious character by Richard Feynman. 2. Farenheit 415 by Ray Bradbury 3. Sapiens, a brief history of human kind 4. Animal Farm by Goerge Orwell 5. 1984 by George Orwell Books about History 1. Norse mythology by Neil Gaiman 2. Autobiographies on Mandela, Gandhi, PLO Lumumba, Obama, George Bush, Bill Clinton, Andre Jackson, Alexander Hamilton, Ben Franklin, Shaka Zulu, Genghis khan, Kubilai Khan, Memed of Turkey, the kids and emperors of rome. Books about science 1. I contain multitudes: the microbes within us and a grander view of life 2. A brief history in time by Stephen hawking 3. The gene, an intimate history by Siddharta Mukherjee 4. Astrophysics for people in a hurry by Neil de grasse Tyson 5. The hidden life of trees, what they feel and how they communicate by peter wohlleben 6. Better, a surgeons notes on performance Books on people, game theory, and conflict resolution.
Talking to strangers: what we should know about the people we don’t know by Malcolm Gladwell
The reluctant fundamentalist by Hamid Mohsin
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
Smarter, faster better: the secrets of being productive in life and business by Charles Duhigg.
The happiness advantage by Shawn Achor
Paddle your own canoe by Nick Offerman
The subtle art of not giving a fuck by Mark manson
How to be an antiracist by Ibrahim X kendi
Life changing fiction: 1. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo 2. Shogun by James Clavell 3. The alchemist by Paulo Coelho 4. Old yeller by Fred Gipson- this a book I read as a child and it made me want to come to America. 5. The red pony by John Steinbeck- another American book I read as a 9 year old and it made me want to come to America so bad. 6. Lonesome dove by Larry Mc Murtry 7. Don Quixote by Cervantes 8. Tai pan by james Clavell 9. Pride and prejudice by jane austen Books that you read because you have to learn how sociopaths think in order to recognize and avoid them: 1. The prince by machiavelli 2. The art of war by sun tzu 3. The 48 laws of power My favorite thinkers in no order: Atul Gawande Malcolm Gladwell Steven pinker Yuval noah Harari Deepak chopra (take with a grain of salt) Sadhguru Youtubes I follow:
Sadhguru - i'm no religious, I just find his stuff really good for the mind
Yep. You read that right. I will not be voting for Joe Biden in this upcoming presidential election. Angry? Good. You should be. I know I certainly am. Before I get started, two things: 1) I’m not going to shame how you vote. I’ll encourage you do certain stuff and point out certain hypocrisies I’ve noticed, but I do my best to not voter shame anyone. If you still want to vote for Biden after reading this, go right ahead. I’m just making my case for why I won’t although I can understand why he's appealing to some, especially now during a pandemic. 2) I’m not voting for Trump either. I despise both Joe Biden and Donald Trump, but for different reasons. While both have horrendous records and their corruption in plain sight, I hate Trump because he’s proven to be an ineffective and disastrous president (with rare exceptions) and I hate Biden because he’s the epitome of an establishment candidate who is really just a Republican in Dem’s clothing. Some might say “but Biden is better than Trump. He’s the lesser of two evils.” You know what? I don’t think I agree with that. Keep in mind: Biden was against desegregation because he didn’t want his kids growing up in a “racial jungle”, he voted for the Defense of Marriage Act which was basically a vote against gay marriage, he voted for NAFTA which outsourced jobs and severely hurt the working class, he backed the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act which made it incredibly difficult (if even possible) for former students to file bankruptcy on student loans, and so much more! I’m just barely scraping the surface, because Biden has been in office far longer than Trump has. Don’t get me wrong. Trump also has a very problematic record. That goes without saying, but you really think that’s worse than Biden’s atrocious history? I’ve seen so many people try to poke holes in the cases that prove Biden’s corruption, and those people just end up coming off as silly. Trying to poke holes in Biden’s corruption is like trying to poke holes in a stone wall: not only is it near impossible but you look foolish trying to do so. And everyone will no doubt point to Obama as a point of reference, saying “Obama and his team vetted him when they chose him as VP.” Well, they didn’t do a good job. When Google does a better job than you do at vetting someone, you’ve lost credibility. This isn’t a “lesser of two evils” situation, this is evil on the same-leveled playing field. Even if you’re not disturbed by Biden’s history, if you’ve seen his recent speeches and interviews, he’s clearly in some sort of cognitive decline (call it dementia, call it whatever, he’s obviously not well), and the Trump camp has shown that they’ll use that against him, and his supporters are gonna eat it up. It’ll be Hillary’s emails all over again, but this time it’s Joe’s dementia. He’s a weak candidate, and it’s infuriating that voters don’t see this and think he’s more electable because that’s all they seem to care about: electability, rather than the actual issues. And because Joe Biden’s name is more well-known, they flock to him without doing any kind of research. And what’s even more screwed up is that issues as popular as Medicare-for-All poll overwhelmingly positive in the states that Biden, who is part of the majority of people running for the presidency that have actively campaigned against such promises, won. Name recognition may have been enough to win you the primaries, but you’ll get slaughtered alive in the general election, especially since your opponent has spent years trashing you and your former boss’s names which were received with raucous applause at gigantic rallies. Now you can say that he did this with Bernie too, which he did, but his criticisms with Bernie were based in no truth whatsoever, so Bernie would’ve easily been able to just swat those to the side. You can’t do that with what he says about Biden. Trump is gonna go right for his jugular in a way where he’s gonna make Biden look like nothing more than a blubbering fool as he disintegrates into dust. It bodes worse for Biden since he’s proven that he’ll run away from a time of crisis like the coronavirus. You can say what you want about Bernie Sanders or the current president’s handlings of COVID-19 (and I have), at least they’re actually doing something, which is more than what Biden can say. Oh, what’s that? He started a podcast. Whoopdee-freaking-doo! That surely can’t hold a candle to Bernie’s consecutive live streams with public health experts and raising $2 million in coronavirus relief efforts and proposing bold legislation to protect Americans rather than large corporations. Aw man, how will he ever top a podcast? And it only took, what, about a month of a disappearing act? Such leadership! Also, Biden offers no real vision for the country, not even during the middle of a pandemic where tens of millions of people have lost their jobs, lost their insurance, and are still expected to pay rent and mortgage. Instead, he’s just playing cards with Keegan-Michael Key. He makes no attempt to broaden his appeal to go past being Obama’s VP. You ever notice his ads don’t bring up policy? Because his platform is abysmal. For example, his healthcare plan leaves ten million people uninsured. That's not me speaking, that's literally on his website. He says under healthcare that his plan would cover 97% of Americans. I guess the other 3% aren't worth it. He’s against pretty much every progressive policy that Bernie Sanders has championed. It’s not that he wasn’t progressive enough, it’s that he wasn’t progressive period, and you know he won’t adopt any of Bernie’s policies no matter how hard he’s pushed on it. I’m assuming his rich donor friends don’t want him to. And he’s doubled down on that, so I want to ask the people who chose Biden over Bernie a serious question (I’ve asked it before but I really want an answer this time): what is going to change if Biden becomes president? Even if the pandemic is over if he wins the election, then what? Is he gonna push for Medicare-for-All? No. Is he gonna end the wars? No. Is he gonna forgive student debt, raise the minimum wage to a living wage, push for the Green New Deal, push for free public college tuition, make sure the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share in taxes? No, probably not. The reason I say this is because he literally told a group of rich donors he would “fundamentally change nothing.” But hey, he said he’d pick a woman of color VP, so I guess that makes it all okay? And he called himself the “most progressive?” Give me a break! Let me ask you another question that I’ve asked before: Without going to his website or doing any kind of research, what are some of Biden’s key policies? What are some of the issues that he’s for? I already told you his healthcare plan (although I’d be hesitant to call that a key policy of his), but what else? Name at least three. Beating Trump and restoring American values don’t count. Think of something tangible. If you ended up having to do research anyway, you just proved my point. As a matter of fact, you’re probably the same people who don’t support Brett Kavanaugh because of his allegations but can’t attack him substantively, on policy. Not to discount the allegations (because they are important) but there’s so much more to hate about him than just the allegations. And hey, now that Biden has his slew of allegations in the limelight and a decent amount of credibility with them, it seems that the whole “Me Too” movement was thrown in the trash because it came back to bite them. If Bernie had those allegations against him, there’d be a Netflix special about it by now. You know how I know? Remember when Elizabeth Warren said that Bernie told her that a woman can’t be president or can’t beat Trump, even though his record shows that he feels the opposite? Well, despite absolutely no evidence other than Warren’s word, everyone was so quick to believe her because we believe all women, unless those women speak up against a man we support. So, we’re really ‘believe all women when it’s convenient for us.’ But they're not ready for that conversation. So, we’ve been dealt a bad hand: we vote for Biden and things stay exactly where they are, or we vote for Trump and things stay exactly where they are. Either way, we’re not moving forward, and Biden has certainly done nothing to earn my vote. Being a Democrat and not being Trump is not enough. All the establishment candidates (and even some of the progressive ones surprisingly) coalescing around Biden when Bernie Sanders was still in the race has felt like one giant middle finger to the movement he started. They, and all of establishment media, have done everything they possibly could to kneecap Bernie’s momentum and smear him nonstop. They called him a sexist, they called him a racist, they called him an anti-Semite laughably, they called him a Russian asset, does this sound familiar to a certain Republican candidate these tricks have been tried on in the past, specifically one whose name rhymes with Ronald Bump? The people who will tell you Bernie didn’t win because the people didn’t elect him have yet to realize the power and influence mainstream media has on the public. They’ve done hit piece after hit piece trying to discredit Bernie. People will look at the stories they run and go, “Huh. This Bernie Sanders guy looks like bad news.” They’ve thrown so much garbage at him because they can’t beat him on the ideas, because Bernie wins on the ideas, so they resorted to character assassinations. They just proved they’d rather drag Joe Biden’s corpse across the finish line to preserve the status quo than everyone in America have healthcare and a college education and whatnot. And yet they want my vote all of a sudden? After they did all they could to silence my candidate? Uh-uh. Sorry. You ain’t getting it from me. I don’t owe you my vote, like how Warren voters don’t owe Bernie their vote. Remember that, how hesitant they were to throw their support behind Bernie after Warren dropped out, even though Warren and Bernie are ideologically similar? I’m not one to just fall in line behind something that easily, especially not after all that. Biden doesn’t meet any of my standards, and I’m not about to give up my standards just for the sake of a petty victory. You can’t just prop up such an unappealing candidate and be surprised when no one shows up to vote for him because Biden doesn’t generate enthusiasm. Look at how much enthusiasm bleeds from Trump supporters. They love the guy! Trump held huge rallies when everyone was calling him a joke. Heck, I was one of those people who called him a joke, back in 2016 when I didn’t really understand Trump’s appeal. Now I do, and now I see why so many people went out to vote for him. And Trump never stopped. Even after he won and was inaugurated, and did terrible policy after terrible policy, he still generated enthusiasm. Can Biden do that? Well, no he can’t. If Biden tried to have the same energy as Trump, he’d have a heart attack. And you go to the polls, voters aren’t that excited about him either. There was a recent ABC/Washington Post poll that showed 53% of Trump supporters are very enthusiastic about supporting Trump and Biden has only half that amount with very enthusiastic supporters. This is just one of the many reasons why I’m so certain Biden will lose. We’re just not that into him. And you know what I think the greatest irony is? I think deep down, most of them know that. They probably don’t like Joe Biden; they just tolerate him. Maybe most of them had another candidate in mind. Maybe it was Bernie Sanders. Maybe it was Elizabeth Warren. Maybe it was whoever. There were like 10,000 people who ran for president this election. But most of them (not all of them) probably aren’t as engaged as others are and therefore didn’t really fight for him/her as hard. They’re probably the people who say, “Vote Blue No Matter Who.” Let me tell you a secret: If you say that, the Democratic establishment takes notice and will do whatever they can to push for their preferred candidate because they know in the end, no matter who it is, you’ll vote for them anyway. You just gave them leeway to do whatever they want. You ever notice how whenever the left is called to fall in line or to compromise or cave in, it’s always towards centrism and the status quo but never towards anything progressive? It’s been like this for far too long and I’m beyond sick of it. Just once, I want a candidate who won’t fall in line, who actually makes the centrists fall in line telling them, “You’re going to represent the will of the people for once! You can say goodbye to all the big money bundles your rich friends give you to do their bidding because WE THE PEOPLE WANT TO BE HEARD AND YOU ARE GOING TO LISTEN. You might throw every bit of slander you have at us but it’s not gonna work. We’re just gonna dust our shoulders off and fight even harder.” I wish Bernie had that toughness in him but because he’s a genuinely nice man who feeds into these false narratives the media sets up for him, it brought him down, or it was one of the things that brought him down. He may have been nice to y’all, but I won’t be. And let’s get something straight: I’m not doing this because I’m a sore loser or because I’m privileged or anything like that. No, I’m doing this because I wanted a candidate that will actually fight for something. I wasn’t ever completely Bernie or Bust. I would’ve been perfectly fine with Elizabeth Warren or Tulsi Gabbard or Andrew Yang and maybe a couple others as nominees. Say what you will about those people (and I have plenty of criticisms of them), they had a strong vision for this country, even if I didn’t always agree with them. As long as we had a candidate that would’ve offered some significant change for the better, I wouldn’t mind backing them, even if they did have noticeable flaws. But Biden doesn’t offer that. He’s boring. His brain is melting. He’s running on the exact same message Hillary Clinton ran on in 2016 (and look how that ended for her) and I’m 100% certain he’ll lose to Donald Trump, which will give him and all his supporters another victory lap while they mock us for the rest of the foreseeable future, even those of us who never supported him. They still do it with Hillary, even though a good chunk of us never supported or voted for her (I’m not in that bunch, I reluctantly voted for her and have regretted it ever since, but at least Hillary had some wits about her. Biden is not so fortunate in that respect). And, guess what? It looks like they’re already making fun of us now with Biden as the nominee. Just recently, the hashtag “Trump 2020 Landslide” was at the top of trending page on Twitter and each post I saw was an arrogant Trump supporter tweeting about how Trump is going to be victorious once again this November, and to be honest, I can see how they came to that conclusion. They see how unexcited we are to back Biden (Obama endorsed Biden a year after he started his campaign). They see how little clarity Biden has. They see all the weaknesses I just pointed out. We’re about to have six more months of this trash and how are you going to defend yourselves? I just can’t in good heart vote for someone as relentlessly uninspiring and visibly decaying as Joe Biden just so we can “restore America to the way it used to be,” because believe it or not, that’s how we got Trump in the first place. Americans don’t want things back to the way they used to be, they want change. And not small incremental change, big change. And if the 2016 election has proved anything, it proved that Americans would rather roll the dice on a crazy loon like Donald Trump than keep everything exactly the way it is with a crooked con artist like Hillary Clinton. It happened then, and it’s gonna happen now, even after Trump proved to be as bad as he is. And I’m sure you guys will point your fingers at us when he loses but you know what? Forget it. This is on y’all for running such a lackluster candidate. It’s on y’all that you cared so much about beating Trump that you neglected to realize that Bernie won in the areas that mattered most to Trump, particularly when it came to the rust belt. And I have no doubt in my mind that us Bernie peeps and the left in general (I mean the real left) will get blamed for this. No. It’s not our fault you lost, it’s your fault. It’s your fault that you didn’t listen to us, that you abandoned your base over and over again. We’re tired of being the scapegoats for whenever something doesn’t go your way. Democrats in general (as in regular Americans) support all the ideas that the establishment is against. Even some Republicans support these progressive policies. Trump ran on a populist message to get his way into the Oval Office. He said “Listen, I’m not gonna lie- things are not great for you right now. You’ve got politicians who are you screwing you out of a job, out of your hard-earned money and they are working for the interests of their rich friends and not you. I’m the guy who will change that. I’m gonna tell those guys to hit the road.” Now granted, that all turned out to be a total lie in the end (instead of draining the swamp he just invited them into higher office), but it showed that it was a message that resonated with voters. And Bernie had that message. Biden didn’t. Biden doesn’t have a message. He probably can’t even form one, let alone remember one, if he tried. You want to defeat Trump? You picked the wrong candidate. You had a chance to learn your lesson from 2016 and you clearly didn’t, and that lesson was if you’re going to tackle a fake populist, it would be wise if you ran a real populist, and we were fortunate (almost too fortunate) that we were gifted with Bernie Sanders who has a decades-long track of fighting for the people, and still fights for the people to this day. He was almost perfect to a T. Just about every criticism of Bernie Sanders could easily be swatted away as straw-manning, gaslighting, out-of-context, completely false or anything. Not only would he have exposed Trump for the fraud that he is to his face, not only would he have demolished Trump in every debate, not only would he have humiliated Trump constantly, but he would’ve done so in a way where when Trump loses, he would have to bend the knee to him, something his fanbase is not fond of. Sadly, Democrats (as in elected officials and rich donors) are incapable of learning from their own mistakes. They’re stuck in that little bubble of theirs echoing the same outdated information to each other. Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it. They’ve operated the same scheme they did in 2016, but only harder, because it looked like in the beginning Bernie had a strong shot at getting the Democratic nomination and they really went into overdrive to snub Bernie, and tragically, it worked. Not saying Bernie is free of fault, because he is also guilty of caving into the establishment’s attacks on him and not really distinguishing himself enough as the man who can beat Trump, along with several other missed opportunities Bernie had, but the establishment did a lot of work to make Bernie look like the evil bad guy who wants to give you healthcare. You can say goodbye to your political revenge against Republicans. You traded that in for being ridiculed for the rest of time. Another four years of Trump is basically a guarantee at this rate, and that’s all because of you. Because instead of listening to your base, you gave them the finger. You clearly don’t need our votes, so stop asking. As a matter of fact, you should be thankful that you have so many Bernie Bros who will fall in line for you. Will you thank them if Biden somehow wins? I wouldn’t bet money on it. And if you’re going to blame us for Biden’s loss, then you’re basically telling us that we have the power to change the outcome of the election. So then why didn’t you listen to us? Why didn’t you see to it that you had a candidate who fought for Medicare-for-All and free public college as hard as Bernie did? You missed out on a pretty big opportunity there. Maybe once Trump wins again, you’ll start taking us seriously. Eh, who am I kidding? You’ll probably make the same mistake again in another four years since learning isn’t exactly your strong suit. Now that being said, I don’t want this to purely be a scorn speech and not offer a different course of action. Even though I’m not voting in the presidential election (at least not between Biden and Trump), I do plan to stay active in fighting for all the things Bernie ran on: Medicare for All, free public college, a living wage, Green New Deal, ending the wars, affordable housing, getting big money out of politics, the ultra-wealthy paying their fair share in taxes, and more, and I encourage you all to as well. These ideas are still overwhelmingly popular in the U.S. among both parties. So, I’m not giving up on that front. I’m also not gonna leave the Democratic party, as much as I’ve seriously considered it and almost did, because any party that actively goes against their base as hard as the Dems did is not a party that represents the people and is therefore not a party I wanted to be affiliated with, but people like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, Ro Khanna, Pramila Jayapal and more of the same gave me hope that we can still have a party that works on behalf of the people. So, they’re not getting rid of me that easily. And just so everyone knows, this movement wasn’t about Bernie Sanders getting into office and that being the end of it. It was about having allies in the House, the Senate, in Governor seats, in local seats, and more importantly The White House who would enact policies that would greatly catch us up with the rest of the developed world. In this instance, it happened to be Bernie Sanders running for president who made the best case. I can name other examples across the country, from Justice Democrats to others who ran very similar campaigns but you get the idea. I’ve always prided myself on being someone who votes not for the sake of victory, but for the sake of progress. Because no matter who you are, we’re all in the same boat and these issues affect all of us. It’s not left vs. right, it’s the people vs. the powerful. I care more about what you’re fighting for and your record than I do about your race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and all that jazz. Because I have seen a diverse group of powerful, corrupt individuals, and trust me: they are not all old white men. If I learned anything in this race, it’s that greed does not discriminate against anyone except the poor. The reason I’m so fiery and passionate about this is because every day I live and breathe, I encounter a reason why I fought for Bernie as hard as I did: because my girlfriend is one of 76% of Americans who lives paycheck-to-paycheck, many of my friends in college are up to their eyeballs in student loan debt they can’t get out of, because of my coworkers who come in sick because they can’t afford to miss work, because of my coworkers who are too old to be working the kind of jobs they have, because of the homeless people I met who worked as hard as they could to make an honest living for themselves only to be given the boot for seemingly no reason, because of my family and friends who struggle with paying for medicine and healthcare and over half a million of people in this country every year go bankrupt because of medical debt. It’s not only the #1 cause of bankruptcy in this country, but we are the only country where medical debt is even a thing, because over 32,000 a year die because they don’t have health insurance (and these are just the conservative estimates) in the richest country on Earth. And so much more. I see these things every day, and every time I do, I envision how a Bernie Sanders presidency would take care of them, and no rebuttal, no matter how eloquent, could make me second-guess myself into why I picked him. When I vote in November, I’m only voting for progressive candidates that will offer great change for the better, all the way down the ballot. I’m still gonna fight for all the things we need to really make this country great, and I hope you all do, too. Because Biden has proven that he won’t. And what’s the point of fighting for someone who won’t fight for you? I hope for the sake of this country that I’m proven wrong, and I hope Joe Biden will do something that will change my mind about me not voting for him by November, and hey! If he miraculously wins the election, I hope he turns out to be a better president than I thought he would be, but I highly doubt any of that’s gonna happen, so even though it feels like we’re making change by getting rid of Trump, nothing else has changed and we’re still ultimately left to fend for ourselves. But we can at least do it together. tl;dr version: His record is abysmal, his mental stability is crumbling, his "platform" is a nothing burger, the establishment told me to shove it hard, the Trump camp will humiliate him, don't blame us when he loses, I want a candidate who will do whatever he humanly can to fight for the progressive movement and address the issues that need to be addressed (and that ain't Biden)
Donald Trump and national security Which contact centers of the world's leading technical corporations such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft ... are the most modern? Or which country? https://preview.redd.it/kvoqcnydj2851.jpg?width=250&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=2c4e84bb700b6467ab48c1b5066551fd4c841440 Dear ladies and gentlemen, the leader of the world today is the Situation Room, roughly translated as the Events Center located in the basement of the West Wing at the White House. Reading in the press about important meetings in the "situation room" makes it easy for some people to feel that this is just a regular meeting room. But not. This is a meeting room in the most important center of the United States and the world, where US national security decisions are made. Built in 1961 at the behest of President Kennedy shortly after the failed and scandalous Bay of Pigs, this contact center was born and is constantly being changed to become a communications center. and monitor developments around the world with state-of-the-art technology in defense, security and intelligence technology, as well as secure and confidential satellite link systems. It can communicate with world leaders, US military generals everywhere, or watch real-time developments happening anywhere in the world. Operated 24/7 by senior and senior intelligence analysts of the security and military agencies, the Incident Action Center under the National Security Council is in charge of provide daily national intelligence and national security to the President of the United States and President's Daily Briefing (PDB) The famous photo in the meeting room of this incident center is probably a lot of who remember President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Director of CIA Intelligence Agency Leon Panetta and national security advisers are under intense watch. Seal Team Six (Seal Team Six) is the most elite of the United States military forces, which is carrying out Geronimo. This is the agent that killed terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan in May 2011. That's what President Kennedy did not get in the CIA staging a landing in Cuba at the Bay of Pigs Bay. (Bay of Pigs Invasion) in May 1961. It is also added that, in memoirs, news from former national security advisers or White House staff and the media shows the president. Obama is one of the US presidents attending regular PDB briefings with the most serious attitude every day. He attends six days a week, reading national security reports that are delivered daily if he is on a tour or not at the White House. The agent exterminating Bin Laden was a bold decision and bet on the political life of President Obama. If it fails, not only will Bin Laden and the threat of terrorism persist, but that scandal can be costed by his ability to be elected for a second term. Operation Eagle Claw, ordered by President Jimmy Carter, to rescue American hostages at the US Embassy in Iran is a big lesson. This campaign failed, leading to the death of a US citizen, severely affected the reputation the United States and President Carter, is one of the reasons leading to his defeated election in 1980. Feel Thank President Barack Obama for this for his eight years of diligence during his two terms, the United States and its people have been able to live safely and peacefully thanks to the highest responsibility of the nation's leader like him. It is not like President Donald Trump today. Those who follow the news must know it, sources quoted by intelligence officials said that Trump attended very few such briefings and never read any reports about the situation. newspaper every day. Simply because they are too complicated for Trump to afford and patient enough to listen to presentations or read reports on national security. Moreover, as a person who often makes decisions directly, Trump only does and decides for himself what he wants rather than relying on intelligence analysis and advisers of the national security council. That is the main reason that most former members of the national security advisory board in Trump's cabinet have resigned due to disagreements in Trump's strategic and national security decisions. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, national security advisers such as John Bolton, General Hebert McMaster, Chief of Staff White House General John Kelly ... are a few characters who can name, not to mention quite a lot of general, admiral Hai Quan, senior CIA officer, and other US Department of Homeland Security served in the National Security Council. The current security advisor Robert O'Brien, who replaces John Bolton, is the fourth security advisor in just over three years. O'Brien is a private lawyer with limited and unfamiliar government experience with the national security and intelligence community. He is seen as lacking in the expertise and experience needed in this role, in addition to being loyal to Trump. If the National Security Council during Obama had 240 members, then Robert O'Brien just wanted to reduce to about 100 people today. The news of Russia's award to the Taliban for killing US troops in Afghanistan over the past few days is an example of how Trump and his security adviser O'Brien deal with national affairs. Trump tweeted that he and the vice president were not informed of the intelligence, although sources said he was reported a few months ago without any notice or decision. There is even an intention to invite Russia to attend the upcoming G7 conference. It was like he said he did not know or read the intelligence reports on the Covid-19 epidemic of intelligence agents earlier this year, when the pandemic began in Wuhan. The media also said that Trump frequently dropped meetings with the anti-pandemic task force Covid-19 a couple of months ago, even though for a long time he had come forward to answer press conferences with many Surprisingly, the task force members themselves. The current pandemic has shown how Donald Trump can turn around before national crises. Once terrorism and war occur, perhaps the situation will be much worse if Trump is re-elected. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have been and will still be killed in the pandemic that is the answer for each person. As president and national commander-in-chief, Trump has denied Russia's suspension of a US soldier award, instead declaring a threat to find someone to disclose information to the media. Where are the leadership responsibilities? Thus, from the foregoing, whether the issue of national security and the safety of the American people, or not exaggerated to say any part of the world, is in the hands of a US president like Donald Trump is something we can trust and confidently entrust? 06/29/2020 Nha Duy Ps. The ending is for my facebook friends and will definitely not reveal in the newspaper: Forget you, ladies and gentlemen, with the heavy and pluralistic responsibility of the role of president of the United States, we need to understand and understand that our current president does not have enough time to meet or hear the on national security issues at the newsroom every day. Because he also had to spend time watching, reading news, to see if there were newspapers, comedy shows or politicians, people who insulted him but also sent messages to quarrel or curse them. I heard that Trump would remove the Situation Room with the national security advisory committee,Instead, hiring "crazy" Vietnamese people into the White House to join him in "analyzing" the situation, advising him or swearing the press and the people. This seems to be more effective for national security. Please forward to the Vietnamese "frieze" we know the information to apply.
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Bernie's Master Plan for 2020 - The Prominent Players & Their Roles [Part 10]
Continued from Part 9 ◄ Bernie's Master Plan for 2020 ► The Prominent Players & Their Roles - Part 10 My Introduction to WayOfTheBern. My Political History AKA My Journey to The Revolution. [Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11] Now here's TWO MORE of The Prominent Elected Players in Bernie's Master Plan & Their Roles within it. ◄Ro Khanna = Bernie's Apprentice► Rohit Khanna ("Ro" to his friends), the Silicon Valley Progressive, has a bent for social justice deep down in his very blood. Ro, the Indian-American son of Punjabi Indian immigrants, has a maternal grandfather, Amarnath Vidyalankar, who was a part of the nearly century-long Indian Independence Movement from the British under the tutelage of Lala Lajpat Rai AKA Punjab Kesari—1 of 3 from the influential Lal Bal Pal triumvirate. No doubt hearing these stories as a youngster in the suburbs outside of his birthplace Philadelphia, Pennsylvania left a perpetually positive mark on him. Then fate struck college-age Ro attending the University of Chicago seeking his Bachelor's Degree in Economics in the mid-to-late-1990s. He just happened to run across a young Barack Obama who was making his first run for Illinois Senate in 1996 & canvassed door-to-door for him. He also interned for a guy who was the Chief of Staff for then-Vice President Al Gore then later interned for former President Jimmy Carter'sCarter Center. The young idealist was making killer connections & you just knew he was on the fast track for a Democratic Party political career sooner or later. Now with a Juris Doctor Law Degree from Yale in hand (specializing in intellectual property law), Ro was ready to take on the world at the 21st century's start. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, home of Silicon Valley, almost immediately he started mixing it up in the California political scene. He ran against his U.S. Representative Tom Lantos in 2004 after discovering Lantos voted for the Iraq War & the Patriot Act among other Dubya Bush items. The Xenophobia of 9/11's aftermath struck Indian-American Ro something fierce much less the general recklessness of the George W. Bush administration. He lost his first race but the politics bug kept him itching. He began making connections in D.C. with John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi, & other Dem honchos. And by the 2008 Election, he started out campaigning for Hillary Rodham Clinton before rejoining old acquaintance Barack Obama in his historic Presidential rise. Obama rewarded Khanna with a position as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Commerce between 2009 & 2011. Ro could not resist the call for elected office, however, & ran for U.S. Representative in 2012 when the seat was open due to retiring Pete Stark. He lost again despite backing by Dem House Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Governor Jerry Brown & other honchos. But you could never say No to the Ro. He tries running for a U.S. Representative seat again in 2014 against Mike Honda...and lost AGAIN! By 3%. WOW! Even WITH major Silicon Valley support. Sigh. Never say die, my guy. The next time would be different for the tireless idealist Ro Khanna. There was this little Political Revolution brewing in 2015 from U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, the Independent from Vermont, & no doubt Ro was inspired. Ro Khanna chucked the HRC Coronation, joined The Bernie Movement in December 2015, & renewed his fight for Mike Honda's U.S. Rep. seat in 2016. He ran his race Bernie-style: No Corporate Donations, All Grassroots-Funded, & Strongly Progressive. And guess what? He won. FINALLY! With a 2% lead in the Jungle Primary & a 22% lead in the General, Berniecrat Ro finally achieved elected office as U.S. Representative from California. Ro immediately joined the Congressional Progressive Caucus (founded by Bernie) as one of the Vice Chairs ready to get to the People's Business (& Summit). But surprisingly in May 2017, Ro joins the newly-foundedJustice Democrats as the 1st of 3 Incumbents to boost the renegade organization. Ro completes allegiance to The Revolution by dual-endorsing fellow JD Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez alongside her opponent Joe Crowley in the 2018 Midterms. Now as 1 of the 7Justice Democrats elected to the House, Ro's Berning as the newly-promoted First Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Ro's role in this Master Plan is as Bernie's Apprentice. Bernie has taken Ro under his wing to train him into being a Progressive Champion for years to come. This is evidenced by Bernie partnering with Ro on the Stop B.E.Z.O.S.Act (Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies Act) from September 2018 and the Stop W.A.L.M.A.R.T.Act (Stop Welfare for Any Large Monopoly Amassing Revenue from Taxpayers Act) from November 2018. Ha! Look at the names! And more evidence is shown with Ro Khanna being named 1 of 4National Co-Chairs of Bernie's 2020 Campaign (with Our Revolution President Nina Turner of Ohio, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz of Puerto Rico, & Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Co-Founder Ben Cohen of Vermont via Brooklyn, New York City). Ro'sinherentidealismdovetailsperfectly with Bernie'sinvulnerableideals & The Bernie Movement is the perfect place for Ro to develop his politicaltalents. Currently, Ro identifies politically as a Progressive Capitalist seeking to bridge social justice & public goods with innovative business & competitive markets. It's that unique blend of pro bono lawyer fighting contractor fraud upon Hurricane Katrina victims & Silicon Valley emissary of endless tech-boom enterprises. The Socialism within him struggles with the Capitalism all around him. Hislineage is in Liberation & he tries his best to correct Hyper-CapitalistOppression. But Bernie will train his Apprentice, drafter of the Internet Bill of Rights & the 21st Century IDEA Act (Integrated Digital Experience Act), into that full-fledgedProgressive Champ we know he can be. Stopping the war in Yemen & crossing the barrier becoming the 1st Indian to join the Congressional Pakistan Caucus......we know The Revolution can count on Ro for the Go. ◄Raúl Grijalva = Bernie's Background Booster► Raúl Grijalva of Tucson, Arizona is an Old Lion of "The Left". Raised by a mother & a father who was a migrant ranch worker from Mexico, Raúl's politics were set "Leftward" possibly from the day he was born. The injustices Mexicans faced made him militant for change answering the call of Cesar Chavez's & Dolores Huerta's United Farm Workers with "¡Sí Se Puede!" And with Mexicans usually being part Native American, it wasn't much of a stretch for Raúl to champion the plight of Arizona's Native American nations. Once a member of La Raza Unida Party, he moved into Democratic Party politics in the 1970s working his way up over the decades from Arizona school boardsallthe way into the United States Congress as a U.S. Representative in 2002 standing strong for every "Leftist" cause from labor rights to environmental justice to anti-wapro-peace efforts to anti-bigotry measures to voting rights to improving healthcare & education to immigrant protections. Naturally, he joined the (Bernie-founded) Congressional Progressive Caucus thus joining The Bernie Movement before it was a Movement in November 2002. Bernie trusted this Progressive stalwart with leadership of the Caucus as Grijalva was made Co-Chair (with Lynn Woolsey) in 2008 succeeding Barbara Lee. And over the next decade, Grijalvachampioned the CPC throughout the Obama Era as new Co-Chair Keith Ellison (another Bernie ally) assisted him. However, when it was time for Barack Obama to honor the deal he made in 2008 with his once-rival Hillary Rodham Clinton for 2015, Grijalva grumbled. Instead of red-carpetting HRC's Coronation, Grijalva was red-hot for Bernie's Political Revolution endorsing his longtime ally on October 9, 2015. This brave move made Raúl Grijalvathe 1st sitting member of the U.S. Congress to endorse Bernie causing shockwaves & soon a domino effect of defections from the Hillary Clinton Machine leading to examples like Ohio State Senator Nina Turner & DNC Vice ChaiHawaii U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard. Hillary snuffed out Bernie's Revolution with help from the Democratic National Committee but got shocked out by Trump's MAGA upset on Election Night 2016. After these mind-warping series of events, Raúl knew the CPC's approach would totally have to change in this new & uneasy Trump Era. It was a totally different situation haggling with the Obama Administration for a Public Option on Obamacare vs. withstanding the Trump Tornado. Aside new Co-Chair Mark Pocan, Grijalva prepared the next generation of CPC leadership with newcomer Pramila Jayapal from Washington State. Then in December 2017, Raúljoined the risingJustice Democrats as the 2nd of 3 Incumbents to boost the renegade organization for the 2018 Midterms. Now as 1 of the 7Justice Democrats elected to the House, Raúl's Berning as he passes the torch of leadership over the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Raúl Grijalva is Bernie's Background Booster. How background? So background you don't even know he's there half the time! Of the 7 Justice Democrats, he is the LEAST known & seen. Ayanna Pressley may be The Secret of The Squad but at least you know she's alive! Out of Sight, Out of Mind is the motus operandi for Raúl, it seems like. Quiet & behind-the-scenes is how he prefers to aid The Revolution. Bernie has trusted his fellow Progressive Veteran with helping Pramila protect The Squad while prepping Bernie's New Congress once he's President. As Chair Emeritus of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (with other Chair Emeritus Barbara Lee), Grijalva can serve as a FACILITATOR in the House. Being an Old Lion who has seen his fair share of legislative battles, he can share his wisdom while giving that extra li'l nudge to move things the right way. Every once in a while you may see Raúl pop up out of obscuritytosay a supportivequote of The Squad (AOC in particular) in Politico or The Hill. But generally Raúl does his boosting from the background quietly elevating Justice Democrats & the larger Congressional Progressive Caucus overall. And yet it is this very quietness that can end up speaking the loudest. In 2015, Grijalva shockingly broke ranks to be the 1st sitting member of U.S. Congress to endorseBernie in the midst of the Hillary Coronation. SoWHYis GrijalvaendorsingElizabeth Warrenin 2019?! Warren was too chicken to challenge Hillary in 2015 & made a pact to support her. Warren did not unite the fractious "Left" into a potent force during that 2016 Election Season & the years beyond. Bernie did that. Through Bernie came Our Revolution, Brand New Congress, Justice Democrats, & the rapid boost of the Democratic Socialists of America. Warren did not create the conditions for The Twin Dragons—Nina & Tulsi, The Squad, The Incumbents, The Random Outside Agents. By every measure, Elizabeth Warren is weaker than Bernie Sanders not just for The Revolution's agenda but in a matchup against Trump. So...WHY??? It makes sense why Ayanna Pressley backs Warren. Ayanna's out of Massachusetts like Warren (who endorsed Ayanna) & longs for that 1st Female President. But Raúl from Arizona has been down with Bernie since or even before joining Congress in 2002. He knows better than anybody that Bernie's the sure bet. 5 Justice Democrats are backing Bernie, 2 Justice Democrats are backing Warren. The Justice Democrats are 100% a Bernie-backing organization. What the hell is going on?! What is Grijalva doing?! Elizabeth betrayed Bernie with that CNN-assistedsexismsmear in January! That SNAKE!! Have both Ayanna AND Grijalva betrayed The Movement? What IS Elizabeth Warren to The Revolution?FriendorFoe? Continued in Part 11 John Lucas
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