Month: March 2019

What’s Barr Up To?

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Opinion | March 30, 2019) –  During this short week, Barr and the Mueller Report and the public’s perception of both, now seem like a strange concoction of extensive facts outlining Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election, extensive connections between Donald Trump, his children and the Trump Organization and Russia, the public’s perception of Trump’s connection to Russia, Trump’s bizarre behavior toward Putin including their secret meetings and conversations, all mixed together in a massive witch’s kettle.

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In less than a week, Bill Barr has sent three letters explaining and countering the Mueller Report:

After stirring everything together, around and around, and thrashing it out for six days, what do we get?

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Are we supposed to factor into the equation that Bill Barr began his career in public service with the CIA and served there for four years, from 1973-1977… the Watergate years and its aftermath? Does this have any bearing on the weird way this Mueller Report release is going down?

The one positive about Barr’s unbelievable summary that revealed “the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” despite mountains of information in public domain that highlights the many strong connections between Trump, his business, Russian oligarchs and Putin, leaving any reasonable person to deduce that Trump indeed conspired with the Russians in the 2016 presidential election. Thus, it’s imperative we see the full Mueller Report so we have a better understanding of why Mueller concluded otherwise.

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Because Barr is an attorney, and worked for the CIA, we have to hyper analyze the words he chose to express his personal opinion about the Mueller Report in his summary. These may be tactical word choices. We’ll know more when we see the full report. But Trump will continue exploiting Barr’s phraseology to his benefit in the short term.

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The silver lining of Barr’s personal conclusion in his summary is that we’re safer right now because of the way Barr phrased his summary. Thus Trump’s white nationalist army didn’t feel compelled to retaliate and slaughter Democrats in the short term, the way they seemed to be plotting if the Mueller Report had immediately been released, and boldly stated that Trump had colluded with the Russians to win the 2016 presidential election.

Trump has spent two years heating up this fierce conflict into an intense, raging boil. The mystifying Barr summary seems to have defused the situation, thankfully.

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This being said, the American public needs to have the real facts, not selective facts that paint another picture. Has the public ever been this engaged toward a single issue? The internet didn’t exist during Watergate. We know too much to be told so little.

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” ~ Aristotle

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Fallen Trees in Forest | Time To Reforest

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Opinion | March 29, 2019) –  I run along the winding forest trail every evening, headphones blaring, so many things on my mind. I notice the fallen trees. I marvel at how massive the roots are, stunned by the way they seem to creep beneath the surface as deeply as they grow tall.

Today it suddenly dawned on me, that when we see fallen trees in a forest, we should plant new ones in the same vicinity. More than one perhaps. We don’t even have to wait for anyone to direct us, although I guess I’ll inquire at town hall just to be on the safe side. Who would actually notice if a tree-loving, anti-Global Warming citizen planted a barrel of trees, though.

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It never really occurred to me before that:

“Reforesting & restoring mangrove forests are a key solution for Climate Action. They act as a barrier against floods & storm surges caused by rising sea levels, erratic rains, land degradation & erosion.” ~UN Environment

Any Climate Action project that’s this simple, easy, economical and fun is going to be a winner. A newly planted tree is like a new friend. I can’t wait to watch it grow. I’ve read that trees can communicate, so this will be another positive benefit. I can conduct tests. Scientific experiment of sorts. For example, if I stop and talk to the tree every day after I run, will it grow taller faster? Will it be stronger than otherwise? It’ll be exciting to find out.

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“Trees exhale for us so that we can inhale them to stay alive. Can we ever forget that? Let us love trees with every breath we take until we perish.” ~Munia Khan

You know something’s a really big deal, when citizens from the state with the Senator who’s the strongest anti-environment advocate in the Legislature, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are hosting their 20th annual “Reforest the Bluegrass” event tomorrow March 30, 2019, the last Saturday of the month. Good luck and have fun, Kentuckians! You may want to plant ten times as many trees as other states to offset all the coal carbon. Again, thank you!

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“The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” ~Chinese Proverb

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Red Flags | Who placed these images in DC?

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Perspective | March 25, 2019) –  Tuesday morning March 26, 2019 at 10:00 AM, the Full Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Lindsey Graham, will be discussing guidelines for state Red Flag Laws. Sadly, the American public has been plagued by distressing news stories the past five years of numerous gun massacres where many of the attackers displayed alarming warning signs indicating they were a threat to the public, but so few picked up on it or knew how to proceed when they did recognize the signs.

The Senate Red Flag Laws Hearing couldn’t be taking place at a better time. Recent Red Flags have sprung up just yards away from Dirksen Senate Office Building where the hearing is taking place. Are any of the Senator’s who’ll be be discussing this most important National Security issue aware of the Red Flags surrounding National Mall? Does anyone in DC know how to interpret these alarming symbols?

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Or are these weird, scary gun-toting icons in high trafficked crosswalks surrounding National Mall, strategically placed around the Smithsonians, just interesting characters? Perhaps readers can decide. The information has been shared with police.

The Witnesses who’ll be testifying at the Senate Red Flag Laws Hearing are:

  • Mr. Ronald Honberg, Senior Policy Advisor, National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Ms. Amanda Wilcox, Legislative Chair, Brady California
  • Sheriff Ric L. Bradshaw, Sheriff, Palm Beach County
  • Ms. Kimberly Wyatt, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Mr. Dave Kopel, Research Director, Independence Institute

 

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So the weird, scary gun-toting icons hiding in plain sight, seem to be quite instructive, with every single detail representing something significant to the various people involved with what might be a plot to attack the public. This one above is particularly alarming, especially when factoring in it’s location on National Mall.

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What’s challenging is that the potential meaning behind these mysterious figures seems to change with each new discovery.

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Initially, there only seemed to be one. The big one in the header (is the body an upside down pentagon?), which was discovered on Valentine’s Day 2019. The See Something Say Something tip line was called and the image was texted. The next day, the Coast Guard white nationalist who planned to “kill nearly everyone on earth,” particularly massacre Democrats and journalists, was arrested. Coincidentally, the image is fixed on the crosswalk leading to the front lawn of the Capitol, closest to the Peace Statue on the Senate side, crossing from the reflection pond. The bent knee points at the Capitol. Double-fisted guns are terrifying. It seems highly probable these signify assault rifles.

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A second was discovered a month after the first, on March 14, 2019, the day before the New Zealand massacre that slaughtered 49. Three more were located within a week of the second. And ten more were uncovered a week later on Sunday March 24, 2019. Major alarm bells are going off for everyone hopefully. These are clearly red flags of sorts. Clues indicating a possible attack?

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This last icon with arms dropped, no guns, seems to emphasize more clearly that the others are indeed carrying multiple, big guns. So then is this friendlier bloke suppose to represent the player who’s a solid cover, a trust worthy tour director perhaps. Hmm, yes, a tour director. Someone who’s highly regarded and respected on National Mall, yet all the while is directing an army of nefarious bad actors manning their battle stations in the white and yellow buses that line Jefferson, Madison, Constitution and Independence?

Hopefully the Senate Judiciary Committee can find some answers to these frightening questions during their majorly important Senate Red Flag Laws Hearing.

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Faithful Trump Supporter’s Reaction To Barr’s Summary Texted To Die Hard Anti-Trump Friend

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Opinion | March 25, 2019) –  Some private texts are meant to be shared with the world, and this happens to be one of them. It sums up in a concise rage text, just how much negative emotions a work friend can harbor, never revealing the true depth of their contempt for a colleague being a Trump hater, when they personally believe Trump was sent by God to save the world.

The text, sent at the crack of dawn after the infamous Barr letter:
Good Morning. Not to be mean, but do you think Democrats and the media will apologize to President Trump for two years of lying about what was very easy to see was false – and thousands of false stories to support a false narrative, or will they pretend they were never wrong?

Again, I’m not trying to be mean, but most of what is happening, if it weren’t laughable, is just very sad. Most of what Mueller got people on, was that he didn’t like them, because they were Trump people. And he found crimes they committed five, ten, fifteen years ago. I think its highly disgusting the way that Mueller conducted this procedure.

People like Comey, McCabe, Clapper belong in jail.

I just think its disgusting how the media has lied and lied and lied and lied and the Democrats have lied and lied and lied and lied. I’ve been silent for a long time. I will be silent no longer, because I’ve been waiting for this day.

When the facts proved what all the Democrats have known all along that it’s a lie, a lie that they created with the media and a couple of never Trump Republicans. Never Trumpers. The whole thing to me is disgusting. What all those people did, was to destroy their own credibility. The political left and their obsession for false narratives.

CNN is a joke, except no one is laughing. The political left has pretty much killed much of what was once news. The whole idea from day one that Trump colluded with Russia was crazy. But Schiff and his crew created false narratives to fan the left. They knew it was false. A fifth grader would know it was false. Enough said. It’s all very sad how confused the left is, I mean the political leaders and media. I was no fan of the Special Council, but he made them look silly. I feel sad that American was duped by the media and the left. The people polarizing America who fight free speech are the left. The left own the issue of being the most intolerant.

In this new polarized America, with extreme emotions spilling forth through every available spigot, in reaction to each and every calamitous Trump tweet, Trump rally, Trump speech, Cohen’s public hearing, Matt Gaetz threat, Representative Shiff soundbite, Rachel Maddow show… perhaps it’s important for us to pause and try to understand why a “good person” can think someone as evil as Trump is a hero. The word that explains the phenomenon is cakeism (only seeing the good side, and then holding a blind eye to all the negatives, no matter how extreme).

It must have been a year ago that I advised the above work friend, to please never talk politics because our views were 180 degrees opposite, but instead show through his actions what his political positions were. So he was actually silent for an entire year. Thus, I can imagine how thrilling it must have been for him to hammer out a angry text bright and early this morning.

So now, since this is the voter we’re trying to guide towards the light in order to throw Trump out of office in 2020. What’s the brick road that will lead him there?

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National Cherry Blossom Festival & Grim Mueller Report

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report |Perspective | March 24, 2019) –  This weekend, with the warmer spring temperatures finally arriving, and the cherry blossoms wrapping National Mall in a cheerful radiance, the breaking news that Mueller found no collusion between Trump and the Russians in the 2016 election felt like a debilitating blow, shrouding DC in a dark cloud despite the beautiful sunshine.

Click here to read Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the Mueller Report.

A vast majority were shocked by this seemingly incongruous outcome. Twitter was the platform for venting.

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There are currently 200,000 tweeting about the Mueller Report, this number falling off a bit from the million who were tweeting in the late afternoon.

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A universal consensus from Democrats, was that if there really was “no collusion,” then Barr should have no problem releasing Mueller’s full report.

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Trump and his loyalists have been soaking up the euphoria.

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While patiently waiting for next chapter, will work aggressively to unseat Trump and every single Trump loyalist in 2020.

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Power of Majority | Fighting the Opioid Crisis by Rejecting Sackler Family Name

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report |Perspective | March 21, 2019) –  Money may buy family influence, but the Sackler family will lose all of it’s power when it’s up against an army of millions angered at the wrongful death of nearly 700,000 Americans as a direct result of the Sackler’s aggressive marketing campaign of OxyContin to America’s primary care physicians, along with the intentional misrepresentation of the potential risk of addiction. In Massachusetts last month, the recent public release of the unredacted court documents in a lawsuit brought against eight members of the Sackler family, along with nine employees at Purdue Pharma, has finally shed some much needed light on the Sackler’s willful indifference towards the millions who suffer daily from chronic pain, resulting in a nationwide tragedy, shattering hundreds of thousands of American families.

 Purdue Pharma began manufacturing Oxycontin in the United States in 1996. Initially, it was prescribed to cancer patients, as well as patients who had surgery, and those suffering from chronic back pain. The specialists managing the care of these particular patients were very aware of the potential addiction of OxyContin and kept prescriptions in line with FDA recommendations. In the early 2000’s however, Richard Sackler identified a lucrative path to staggering profitability by aggressively marketing OxyContin to primary care physicians as a solution for any type of pain. The sky was suddenly the limit.

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The Sackler family fortunes totaling over $12 billion, have mushroomed in direct relation to Richard Sackler’s unconscionable marketing campaign that veered dramatically from FDA recommendations. Richard Sackler intentionally honed in on primary care physicians who wouldn’t question Purdue Pharma’s prescription recommendations, both the dose and the frequency. These doctors who weren’t specialists, trusted the enhanced recommendations of the Purdue Pharma reps, who were paid lucrative bonuses when their doctors hit targeted prescription milestones. The doctors were wooed to symposiums at posh resorts. All the typical marketing schemes used to sell upscale consumer products.

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However, OxyContin most assuredly isn’t the same thing as a NordicTrack, and shouldn’t be marketed as such. There’s now a growing movement, in light of this greed motivated annihilation of nearly 700,000, that pharmaceutical profits should be capped, or even prohibited.

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The Sackler’s close ties to the arts, with exquisite galleries heralding the Sackler name, each exuding such inspirational, positive vibes, now seem more like an elaborate mask of deception, covering up a malevolent heart.

The Sackler ties to the most prestigious museums in New York City, London and Beijing may have begun long before OxyContin his pharmacy stockrooms, but this artistic veneer, is in conflict with the hundreds of thousands of deaths that lie beneath the surface of this deceptive wash.

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These fabulous aesthetic pillars in our top cities are relying on the public to support their existence. But how can we possibly visit if the Sackler works, now ornamental symbols of evil and greed, grace these beautiful museum walls. Today, the Tate in London announced it will no longer be accepting any Sackler family donations. the National Portrait Gallery of London banned Sackler money earlier in the week.

The following is the list of Sackler Galleries that should be closed down and replaced:

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We cannot bring back the dead, unfortunately. But we can certainly honor the dead by demanding that the world’s top museums, remove the Sackler Galleries immediately.

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Cakeism |Why Good People Support an Evil Leader (Trump)

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report |Opinion | March 19, 2019) –  This phenomenon that we’ve been witnessing for nearly three years now – friends, family and colleagues who we get along with very well, many of whom we even admire, supporting Trump, and we can’t figure out how they can be so blind – can be explained. Cakeism. We’ve seen it before. In fact, illustrations of this are everywhere. Securing a new credit card and jetting around the world. Buying a fancy car when the existing one only has $35,000 miles. Eating delicious cake. Cake is so delectable. Does anyone doubt this? It’s certainly my weakness.

“Let them eat cake.” ~ Marie Antoinette, 1789

When good things are good, they can’t be bad, right? Take low unemployment rate as an example. It’s certainly wonderful. No one can deny it. Who doesn’t love an excellent job market? I’ll take doubles, even triples. Trump announced at CPAC, that the unemployment rate is so low we don’t have enough skilled Americans to fill the open positions, so we need immigrants. Yes, Trump did emphatically state that we desperately needed immigrants, even though he’s demanding a wall to keep immigrants out. He clarified. According to Trump,  we need the right kind of immigrants.

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If a low unemployment rate is good, how can it be bad? Very easily. There’s always a downside to a short cut. Consequences are inevitable. Increasing our national debt by a trillion dollars a year, will lead to the death of America unless a fierce and noble leadership team steps in to quickly fix this disaster. Cutting environmental protections, as well as all the regulations that keep our landscapes and health safeguarded, will have very serious repercussions to our food supply, our tourism industry, and our physical well-being. Our crumbling infrastructure can’t be ignored.  Modernizing requires public funds. Taxes. The downside to our low unemployment will quickly become our worst nightmare in the not so distant future.

Cakeism. The belief that there’s only one side of the coin, the good side. The upside. The belief that there are never any consequences for bad decisions or short cuts.

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So yes, low unemployment rate is sensational, the same way chocolate ganache cake is to die for. We can absolutely thank Trump for this. Thank you, Mr. Trump.  But an increasingly polarized country, with the far right demanding a civil war (what they mean by this, is slaughtering innocent liberals and their families with assault rifles, the same way the New Zealand terrorist slaughtered innocent families at the Mosque) is a frightening traumatic reality. A corrupt cabinet that undermines our future. A president without a moral code, leading through fear, serving himself, bettering himself, at the expense of everyone else. Extreme weather conditions that will only grow worse, flattening towns, destroying thousands of square miles of personal property, killing thousands of Americans, eliminating our coastal communities and many of our most important military bases.

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Destroyed American landscapes. Unattended superfund sights. Gargantuan national debt. Crumbling infrastructure. An entire generation of undereducated. Alarming healthcare crisis. Our cherished institutions, the very pillars of our democracy, smashed. Extreme wealth disparity. Out of control white collar crime. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

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“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny,” ~Aristotle, 322 BC

Excellence is what America has always reached for. Excellence has been our collective purpose for two straight centuries. Excellence is what propelled us to become a global titan. Excellence, not cakeism.

I’m sure many of us have family, friends and/or colleagues who’ve made comments to the effect, “I like a lot of his policies, but I’m not a big fan of Trump.” We can now simply reply, “Cakeism. The belief that you can have all the advantages, and never have to deal with the disadvantages.” Cakeism isn’t rational of course. Bad decisions will always have negative consequences, despite the momentary short term gain.

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