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Election 2016

 

It seems that every four years Americans are faced with a choice that often leaves us with a bad taste in our mouths. We elect and vote for choices based on the best available candidates, we hope. When it comes time to vote, we somehow also fall for the rhetoric that our very way of life is threatened if the other guy wins and the only way to ensure our preservation is to cast our ballot in favor of “our” guy.

This election is no different, but now we have a woman.After reviewing all of them I’m not so sure the American people benefit with anyone.

Bernie

Bernie Sanders- Bernie Sanders is a crowd favorite. He brings an authenticity with him that connects with his constituents and his supporters. His track record on civil rights and the rights of minorities is impenetrable. He has energized a whole young population that feels disenfranchised and disengaged from the whole political landscape that their parents live in.

He wants to regulate the banks and get big money out of politics. He also has accomplished a feat never done before. He has wedge into the democratic system that the term socialist is not an evil word and changed the course of campaigning forever. He has answered the call for millions of people who hate the “business as usual” mechanics of politics that often leave minorities in the cold.

The issues aren’t with Bernie’s message it’s that if he were to become president, how effective can he be to make that changes his campaign ran on. Americans are fearful of the term socialist and congress is not just gonna grovel at his feet just cause the people want change. Back in 2008, when Obama became president there was a feeling of real, radical change was going to happen and shifts in policy and laws were going to be enacted that would help African-Americans and other poor groups. After months of fine dining us, Americans were finding out Obama had trouble paying the bill for the meal he ordered and well, we got stuck doing some dishes. I feel this will play out the same way with Bernie.

His supporters aren’t looking for another compromise or a back alley deal that meets in the middle. They want real change for that to happen, Sanders pinned himself in an unwavering position. Sanders records on gun control is murky at best because he against a five-day waiting period for background checks in 1993, but also voted against selling of automatic weapons. He also is another war mongering leader in the making who voted for wars in Afghanistan, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. Even Clinton has taken a lot of heat for the 1994 Crime Bill, but Sanders has somehow been able his vote through undetected.

When asked about it, he gives an explanation that is acceptable to his supporters, but others like myself puzzled. In their eyes he can do no wrong. So my question is this. If Sanders is so civil rights, then why did he vote for the Crime Bill knowing the repercussions it would have on generations of African-Americans. Also, don’t the victims of bombings and attacks in Middle Eastern countries by our military deserve rights, our are black and brown rights only relevant on our soil?

Hillary

Hillary Clinton-Clinton has the chance to make history in this race and that has come at a cost. Her character, voting records, previous comments and experience has all come into question. While Clinton has the drive and fortitude of her male counterparts, has an edge in foreign policy, that her opponents on the right and left do not have. Through her Apprentice Tax Credit that can help millions of Americans. Gun Control advocates back her and she has one of the best presidents of our generation to call on in a moments notice living in the same home, her husband and former president Bill Clinton.

Clinton has faced numerous amounts of attacks that only seemed to be fueled by sexism, ageist and relentlessness by the GOP. With every report about her, whether it’s Benghazi or the current email scandal her opponents find simple-minded attacks to weaken her resolve. She’s been the most scrutinized and politicized figure in this race. Sanders hammers her on her cozy relationship with banks and big budget corporations. While Trump seems to have label her as crooked and makes over inflated statements about her emails, that most Americans just want to move on from.

Hillary’s biggest problem throughout all this has been herself. Three years ago she was the most likable candidate assuming she was going to run at the time. Now her poll numbers show a problem that has become an anchor in her sailboat. Frankly, a lot of voters don’t like or trust her. GOP has a small victory in their corner,but Sanders and his supporters don’t buy into her talk of tough politics against bankers and lobbyists. She also played her hand too late on issues such as immigration, abortion, Keystone Pipeline and others.

This makes her look too indecisive and that someone else is feeding her what to say and how to say it. This is troubling to Americans who want a president who will walk into the situation room or summit with world leaders and give a clear-cut answer at a moments notice when the time comes. Other missteps have been her pandering to the African-American community which she has been called out on numerous times.

Hillary’s biggest challenge won’t be winning the nomination,but concentrating her energy towards Bernie’s supporters without pivoting too far away from her central message that got her base initially. Some Bernie supporters have already vowed to either vote for Trump or not at all if Hillary wins.

Trump

Donald Trump- Donald Trump has been the most controversial outspoken candidate of this generation. He has insulted Latinos, Muslims, Women, the disabled, captured war heroes and other groups as well. His racially divisive and hurtful attacks pierce right into the heart of the issue that seems to be the unspoken case of racial disparity and underlining bigotry in our so-called progressive country.

Trump has effectively collected the population of those who feel marginalized, by the growing threat of losing the country their ancestors gained. Trump supporters are overwhelmingly white and mostly males. When his supporters speak of him, their most likely to say how much of a great speaker he is and how he tells it like it is.

They also like the fact that Trump doesn’t have to gravel at the feet of those lobbyists and campaign donors that the other candidate did. He funded most of the campaign himself and his supporters as well. He has a tax plan proposal that would exempt single filers making $25,000 and under from paying taxes.

His biggest win in his campaign has been drawing in the GOP with a gravitational like pull towards himself. Most candidates usually make statements to parallel the GOP brand and narrative already in play. Trump has disregarded the verbal talking points of conservatism and has made inflammatory remarks, one after the other. Even with Governors, Speaker of the House and rivals calling him out on his statements, they all are united in voting for him. That’s much like your uncle saying how much he hates gay people and proposing legislation against them, but the family has to keep putting up with him, because he’s grannies favorite.

What works against Trump has been Trump himself. Unlike Clinton, who’s pandering hurt her to be a favorite among undecided voters, Trump has alienated a base of supporters that the GOP has desperately been trying to obtain that the democrats has had a strong hold on…minorities. His constant remarks about building a wall to keep Mexicans out and increasing security against immigrant Muslims has turned him into apotheosis of angry racist white hatred. He’s a fan favorite among white supremacists and shows no signs of slowing down his tone. He recently made statements about a federal judge who is of Mexican background that again pinned him down to be racist and bigoted.

In addition to Trump inciting racism, he also is a compulsive liar with a bad temperament. He has countless sound bits that has been fact checked and found out to be downright lies.

When you go and vote on these candidate be informed about them, but just don’t vote on your emotions learn about the candidate.

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KKK

 

It’s been awhile since I wrote in this blog. It’s appeared to me that some Americans have become concerned about foreign Muslim terror cells coming into this country and killing, and slaughtering innocent lives. What’s been more present is the fear factor among some people who has created this hysteria. Even though among the 14 people killed in the recent San Bernardino killings, two of them were black, it has certainly been more fear mongering from the conservative pool which a majority of those voters are white.

I watched a recent short documentary on the KKK, which seems to be rekindling their old flames of hatred, bigotry, violence, ignorance and yes terrorism. It seems idiosyncratic that pundits on tv and newspapers jump to the word terror the second they get a whiff of a Muslim sounding or influenced name. On the other side of the coin, Dylan Roof the man who executed nine members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church didn’t get that same label. It seems the characterization of that name was just out of reach for America to grasp, not to African-Americans whom never forgot about these types of attacks. In the weeks following the shooting in Charleston there were 6 arson fires in the St Louis area. Most of them were set on black churches. For me, how I see it African-Americans have been living with domestic terrorism far as long as the first slave ships entered into “Turtle Island“(taken from the Aboriginal Creation story).

The issue is it’s not just a few church burnings that keeps black people in fear and delirium. It’s the domestic terrorist groups like the KKK and the White Knights that have woven their hatred in secrecy into different factions of society. One thing that should become unquestionable is the fact since blacks and other minority groups are fighting a war against hate mongers, is that two offensive fronts have been put in place. The ones we see everyday are what I would call your classic bigot in the spotlight. This includes, the likes of Bill O’ Reilly, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and others who spew hatred the myth that the “White Man” is losing the country to N#$%% and Sp&^%, Jews and of course the Sand N%$%^.

These guys on the front lines of their views represent a portion of the country that feels affirmative action, welfare and other government programs are only out to help minority groups, even when the numbers prove they themselves are the top beneficiaries. More importantly than that are the racists and domestic terrorists that are hidden in the shadows and remain elusive. These men and women are more dangerous than any pundit, because just like the War on Terror, you don’t know who to look for and distinguish the rest from who are the real enemy.

One such case came to light back in 2006 when the FBI released a seven page document that revealed White Supremacist groups have actively pursued positions in law enforcement. Now, this may be new information to the mass public, but if you say this to anyone in a local black barbershop, you won’t even get a side look. This information has been long suspected among blacks, but my concern lies in what other pockets of government and public service could a potential White Supremacist be lurking. Could it be a congressman/woman, a judge, a doctor who you rely on on the operating table. The scary truth is as long as we don’t know anyone could be an agent. Like Neo from the Matrix fighting the agents, we just don’t know until they reveal their true selves.

One potential ally took a bold stance a month ago and released the names of possible affiliated KKK members. Anonymous who stated, “We are trying to change our world…”, even if this list is bogus, it does present evidence a chaotic coadjuvant relationship in positions of power that seems to create the balancing act circus that minorities have become uncomfortably accustomed to. The saying the pen is mightier than the sword speaks to the policies that were put into place that laid a foundation for the discriminatory practices such as Redlining, Sharecropping, Jim Crow among others. Black unemployment is at epidemic levels, black business ownership is way below any other race and house ownership is down as well. While walking into a massacre is probably the scariest scene one could ever encounter, we can’t undermine the back door meetings and operations that continually to plague communities that are underserved, set aside and forgotten about.

coon

I know I really don’t disgust these issues on my blog, but there has been small annoyances that I haven’t properly addressed. I’ll try to make this quick and just so we’re clear, I’m talking about black coons in America in this blog. So what is a coon? My definition would be someone who backstabs his own people to get into the good graces of the dominant society. This person will talk down to other blacks and use ignominies to further align themselves with the dominant society. The payoff for their blind allegiance can be tv time, radio hosts jobs, book deals and popularity among other xenophobes.

These specified pockets of blacks who turned their backs on their own would rather prove ways white supremacy and racism doesn’t exist. They promote the same code words and slander that racists use to blame the problem of our state of being solely on ourselves. While I don’t see 100% blame can be put on just blacks, I also can’t say whites are the only participants in our own destruction. Since the days of Ptolemy I in ancient Egypt when he stole the land and self-proclaimed himself a god there have been “sellouts” who saw joining up with the enemy rather than fighting against them.

Today, there is a definite audience out there that will listen to a black person who holds other blacks accountable to the point where there is no exception. Within the last few years you have seen more and more black personalities on the rise such as Ben Carlson, Raven Symone, Tommy Sotomayor, Jesse Lee Peterson, Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Harvey and more but I’m not trying to name them all. The reason these figures have been allowed to gain power in society and other aren’t is simply because they stay on the narrative that racism is a made up fixation that is used as an excuse by urban ghetto community’s way of life.

In many and almost all cases of police brutality the victim somehow gets transformed into the aggressor and the officer is simply just doing his job. I know there cases where black people are clearly in the wrong and we have the tendency to holler out racism before knowing all the facts. Case in point, when Daniele Watts(Django) accused a cop of being racist, some people automatically jumped to the side of her story, but when the tape came out and it clearly showed her as a liar and agitator, she was arrested correctly. In other cases such as the one this week where a high school student was dragged by excessive force, we once again manned our battle stations in the race war. Blacks on one side and whites on the other. The American coon see this chances to throw another person under the bus to advance their own worth among the so-called “elite” class.

When you’re constantly putting down your own people instead of providing a solution you have become not only part of the problem with race in America, honestly, I don’t want you at the table when we meet up for a solution. Some would argue that from birth we are taught to hate ourselves and praise white people and for that I can agree, but I would also argue is that it takes real discipline to yourself in a state of mind that portrays you inferior. Within the last three years alone, I found out more about myself online than my combined years of schooling. It is this self-taught education that commands me to try and expose this knowledge to the masses and do better for my African brothers and sisters.

When these coons give identical views as conservatives who would rather see you behind bars than empowering yourself, I feel you traded in your black soul for their alternate reality. As far as I’m concerned they can stay on the side they’re on. We don’t want you back. I can’t say we don’t have our cluster of problems, but we have to build with each other to fix it and draw strength from our old nation building ancestors and the ancient ones who built Egypt as one of the greatest empires on earth, still to this day. I say that to say that we can do it again, starting now.

 

riots

Whenever I hear about the words peaceful protest and civil disobedience I think of tree hugging hippies that chain themselves to a tractor singing hymns. Answering violence with peace to me never seemed like a good idea. The only example I had to relate to the boycotting of the buses orchestrated by the NAACP and MLK Jr. Martin Luther King Jr was inspired Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy Satyagraha, which means adherence to truth. I am not against civil disobedience as a whole. I just feel that this cannot be the only course of action when you face corrupt governments, dictators, rebel armies, extremists and other psychopaths who would scowl at any measure of trying to make peace without the use of lethal force.

riot

For the most part I get it, using brutality against brutality ends in more bloodshed. Honestly though, after peace talks have failed, strikes that don’t grab anyone’s attention and interventions between the two parties have not and most likely will not agree, it’s no longer a matter acting “civil.” Take for instance back in 2011, in an attempt to overthrow Hosni Mubarak’s 30 year reign, protestors formed mass non-violent demonstrations.  900 of the protestors were killed during these demonstrations.In a twist of irony the Egyptian army who would not open fire on the crowd, which signaled the turn around in the protest that lead to Mubarak’s downfall. The army was not eager to relinquish power and ended up throwing the protestors in jail. Another protest in Libya against the military might of Muammar al-Qaddafi was met with rebellion after the peaceful demonstrations did not work. The turmoil was finally resolved after nine months of bloodshed that resulted in a body count with a range from 10,000 to 30,000 people.

Also in Syria in 2011 the civil war between Alawites, Christians and Drutes  against Assad’s barbarous regime that claimed close to 5,000 citizens a month for 7 months. That’s around 35,000 lives taken and this was supposed to be peaceful protesting. Even in American history, peaceful resistance resulted in lives lost. The Native Americans were forced off their land at gunpoint. After the Supreme Court ruled that they do not own land back in 1823, Native Americans made attempts to stay on their land. President Andrew Jackson enacted The Indian Removal Act, after the Supreme Court (Worcester vs Georgia)upheld their right to stay on the land. Jackson’s motives were,based on his acquirement of gold during the gold rush era. 4,000 Native Americans lost their lives on the Trail of Tears and this shows that even political and judicial victories will never overrule greed, corruption and disregard of human life.

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The greatest example that comes to mind for my case, not to abide by civil disobedience is Mahatma Gandhi. He wanted India independence from Britain. He fought to end discrimination and the heavy taxes on his people. During Gandhi’s time in South Africa he witnessed and experience deep seeded racism against himself and his people. This inspired him to rally allies and gather for a rebellion. However, during 1947 riots against Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs resulted in over half a million deaths, which is suspected to be more according to Jens Arup Seip in addition to over 100,000 imprisoned. India eventually gained independence in 1947. The irony in his non violent protests is that Gandhi was not against violence in his own words he argued, Gandhi explains his philosophy and way of life in his autobiography The Story of My Experiments with Truth. Gandhi realized later that this level of nonviolence required incredible faith and courage, which he believed everyone did not possess. He therefore advised that everyone need not keep to nonviolence, especially if it were used as a cover for cowardice, saying, “where there is only a choice between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence.”

I’m not against peace talks, and strikes I just know the rebellious spirit of the founding fathers still lives in the American spirit. Oppressive forces in this country are the militarized police in place of the British Red Coats. One thing that we need to keep in mind is the insatiable thirst for blood that was inherited from the mother country. It is not in our nature to understand peaceful resolve in my opinion without it being a secondary thought. We fell heir to the predatorial, rapacious,avaricious manner of the plunderers of the villages of our authoritarian rulers. The ones who were more domineering than anyone else.

 

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I can't breathe

Last Saturday was one of the most amazing experiences of my life on earth to date. I decided I wanted to be a part of history and march along fellow supporters to end this domestic terroristic sub-culture that tosses out cases of black men getting killed with no penalty or punishment of the police officer. Even now there are details behind the shooting and killing of Mike Brown that the prosecutor suppressed that directly conflicts with the narrative that suggests Darren Wilson’s life was in danger at the time of the shooting.

Man in chains

The march began at Washington Square Park, I got there around 3pm because I got off at the wrong stop and missed my scheduled train into Penn Station from LI. I remembered being nervous I was going to miss the crowd, but when I finally got into the city and arrived at West 4rth street I felt relieved. I could see large pockets of people gathering and soon saw the protests signs and heard the megaphones and the chants against racism and support for Eric Garner and Mike Brown.

Once I was inside the park I saw different organizations and that were there for this day. Among the most vocals were members from LRP-COFL.org, Answer Coalition.org, National Liberty Alliance, 100 Blacks for Law Enforcement. I also bought a newspaper called Revolution,  which covered protests from NY to Mexico and all around the globe. I was only in the park for about ten minutes gathering newspapers and fliers when the crowd was moving toward the streets. It was there that I saw the awesome power of our civil liberties at work.

Protest

What was silence, turned into chants organically into the crowd that crescendo into overwhelming applause and cheers. “Hey hey, Ho ho, these racist cops have got to go!” “Hands up, Don’t Shoot!” “Show me what democracy looks like, This is what democracy looks like!” “No justice, No peace!” “Eric Garner, Michael Brown,shut it down, shut it down!” I could see the faces of the onlookers and police by the barricades. Some were there just to see what the fuss was about, others showed support on their way to work or wherever they needed to be. Often they chanted with us and gave more power to the message that #Alllivesmatter even if the court system doesn’t see it that way.

The feeling was incommunicable in words. There was an inseparableness that I felt that I only experienced online until this point. I’ve seen past rally’s and protests and knew people of all economic and racial backgrounds were there. I even knew about the global support for Ferguson and Eric Garner, with the different hashtags #crimingwhilewhite, #blacklivesmatter, #Icantbreathe, but to witness first hand and be a part of the warm fellowship left me in state of awe.

I was surprised by this generation’s resilient and remonstrance spirit. All I have been told and thought is since first hearing about Michael Brown, is that this was gonna wash over America and end in a another church hymn with the packaging of we shall overcome during a pastor’s congregation meeting. This generation, to me now shows the spark of the young Malcom X’s, Martin Luther King’s, Cesar Chavez, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Stonewall Inn protests for Gay Rights. I was also humbled by the compassion of the buildings and businesses on the streets we marched on. Many of them held signs and banners that gave this movement life, “#BlackLivesMatter” and the diversity among the crowd couldn’t have been a better representation of what this country should stand for more often.

I remember feeling like since we’re all here for once cause, then I surely can stand up for another cause, even if it was not my own. I don’t have to be gay to stand alongside someone who is and fight for them. I don’t have to be an immigrant to know that they also deserve to be treated better in this country. During the marching and chanting, it become a jovial occasion, realizing the power of force and the message we are sending around the world and to Washington and every political office in this country, that change is coming, so either help us do it or get thrown out of office for someone who will.

I saw mother pushing baby strollers and fathers holding their children on their heads so they could see the signs and helicopters passing over us. I saw old, young, any color of race and nationality and sexual orientation. I saw some Latino sisters and brothers chanting along with us in Spanish and with a sign written in Spanish, which I couldn’t make out entirely, but I did see one part I recognized #Alllivesmater!

There were moments of silence, but the energy never wavered, even after hours of walking and I really didn’t even know where we were going, but I wasn’t going to stop. A gentleman finally told we were heading for the first precinct. “What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now”, “I Can’t Breathe” were also very powerful outcries in the crowd. One man who introduced himself as David asked to interview me during the march. He asked a couple of questions about me and why I was there to support and if I have any personal stories that fit the profile of being discriminated against. I told him the story of being pulled over at 2am for a broke license plate light, that ended in a 35 dollar ticket. I didn’t know about a license plate light to know I needed one at the time. I know it wasn’t a story that ended in a violent beating with night sticks or even getting shot over it, but I felt they pulled me over because I was driving while black through a prominently rich white neighborhood on my way home from work.

By the end of the day I was tired, hungry, cold and had been holding myself from going to the bathroom for almost four hours, but I didn’t want to leave. It wasn’t until I reminded myself that I had to work later that night, that I finally trotted back to the subway to make it for my shift. I don’t know if anyone took pics of me, since I didn’t have a camera phone, but I recorded audio of the event on my phone. I plan to go to at least two more protests this year. My agenda this year now to support the fight against climate change and a wage increase.

With the midterms just a day away I thought it might be a good time to bring up a topic that really doesn’t get much media attention as it should. Whoever you were going to vote for or have voted for in the past was probably because of some key areas you sided with your candidate. The public usually chooses candidate based on the issues that matter to them. If an election team can show you in comparison to another candidate’s their likability in certain areas that are also coextensive to yours than you more likely to vote in favor of the person whose interests you share. Simple, right? No one doubts the polls and charts and graphs that are totally accredited.

Polls s

The agency GCHQ according to The Intercept has tools that can manipulate internet traffic and spread preselected messages across social media. Documents provided by Edward Snowden show how GCHQ has the ability to plant false stories and accusations into the internet , tweaking the results of online polls, inflating pageview counts, and censoring videos that are deemed extremists.The information provided below was provided by ZDNet:

— Astral Projection: Remote GSM secure covert Internet proxy using TOR hidden service

— Poison Arrow: Safe malware download capability

— Airwolf: YouTube profile, comment and video collection tool

Birdstrike: Twitter monitoring and profile collection

Glassback: The technique of getting a target’s ISP address by pretending to be a spammer and pinging them; the target does not need to answer

Miniature Hero: Active Skype capability; a provision of real-time call records (SkypeOut and SkypetoSkype) as well as bidirectional instant messaging and contact lists

— Photon Torpedo: Technique to actively grab the ISP address of an MSN messenger user

— Spring-Bishop: Finding private photos of targets on Facebook

— Bomb Bay: The ability to increase hits to websites, thereby increasing rankings

— Burlesque: The ability to send spoofed SMS messages

Gestator: The amplification of a given message, usually a video, on popular multimedia sites like YouTube

— Scrapheap Challenge: An amazing tool used to spoof emails from Blackberry targets

— Sunblock: The capability to deny functionality to send/receive email or view material online

— Underpass: This can change the outcome of online polls (it was previously known as Nubilo)

— Warpath: The mass delivery of SMS messages to support an Information Operations (PSYOPS) campaign

— Husk: A secure, one-on-one web-based dead drop message platform

The document then quotes: “fully operational, tested and reliable,” adding, “Don’t treat this like a catalogue. If you don’t see it here, it doesn’t mean we can’t build it.” Further, the document notes: “We only advertise tools here that are either ready to fire or very close to being ready.”

In 2012 Facebook increased the number of hard news feeds at the top of almost 2 million of its users. This was done three months prior to Election Day. As a result, voter turnout and engagement was at an all time high. There was an experiment based on adding the “I’m Voting” button to a user’s feed. Out of the 61 million users, a group of 600,000 users were shown the button, but not the info if their friends had voted and the results they found were that 20 percent of the users who saw their friends using the I voted button also would use the button as opposed to 18% who didn’t get the I voted message from their friends. The study also concluded that Facebook increased voter turnout 340,000 of .14 percent of the total voting age population in 2010.

manipulation

9 million people clicked on the button on election day back in 2012. There are no stats on the effect of Facebook on the election turnout,but it did introduce another kind of polling. Academics and Facebook scientists revealed that they altered the emotional content of 700,000 users news feeds. The data showed that the user would likely post four more negative words per 10,000 written after one positive post was removed from their feed. The public should be fearful since Facebook can use algorithms and data to manipulate people in ways they don’t understand. Sociologist Zeynep Tufecki calls this learning how to “engineer the public” without public knowledge. There are not protocols in place for Facebook to be transparent so these tactics may have already played out in past elections and upcoming ones as well.

Statistics can be made up on the spot. 86% to be exact, according to truthpizza.org and the other 24% can be misleading. It seems that the sampling can play a huge role in statistical manipulation. If you take five people and ask them about Barack Obama and they have really nothing flattering to say about the current President of the United States then based on those five people a poll can say Barack is not well liked. What I didn’t tell you is that these five “random” people were chosen based on their bias views on the President. They were pre-selected based on their past voting behavior which was most likely conservative republican, who voted against Barack in the past. So don’t let the polls fool you. Another concern is about generalization in statistical polls. Some false generalizations may come from a stat that is used when, for example, ask another 5 random people (for real random this time) and you find out of the 5, 3 people think education is the most important issue in the election. Based on that it would be safe to assume that a majority of the whole out of the pool you sampled from also think education is the most important issue, when in fact it could have been number three on the list. See how that works!!!!

We also have to take into account poll questions that can be misleading as well. If I ask you, “Do you think it’s fair to increase taxes to help the moochers get more in welfare money? Hmmm, what would say? Suppose I asked you the same question this way. “Do you think it’s fair to increase taxes to help the homeless, veterans, disabled and less fortunate? What answer would you say now? Get my point? So clearly it’s how the questions are asked that makes a difference. Another way would be asking multiple questions from one side of an argument, then asking the poll responder about the same issue. This can also influence poll responses favorably or unfavorably.

Polls

It can also be misleading using factual information. How can that happen? Let me explain If tell you taste testers say an increasing number of people believe Burger King has the best tasting french fries. Then, someone else says there’s an increasing number of people who believe Wendy’s has the best tasting french fries. You might think, both can’t be true, wrong. If I increase the survey responders than the original than poll before me and notice a 30% increase in survey size and they both have a noticeable difference in size of people who like their product it’s a win win for both fast food companies. You also take this group of stats.

January $ .76
February $ .54
March $ .51
April $ .63
May $ .80
June $ .91
July $ .76

You could easily say from March to June the prices jumped from .51 to .91 cents or an increase of 78%… Zooooinks!!!!! That’s a lotIf you include the whole, you’ll find that there is no increase. Other, aversion, you need to look at is if someone points out a ranking, such as he’s the second highest paid actor in Hollywood. They never really state that if an actor get revenue from the film alone or has a hand in writing it as well or producing the film. Watch those ranking stats. If I say Tupac was the greatest musical artist to come out of California. You might take me seriously since I said musical artist, but there many more types of musical artist than just hip hop. Qualifiers can be misleading as well. Last using percentages instead of actual number can work for or against the narrative. If I say 27 urban males were killed this year due to violence in my town. If I say 6% of urban males in my town were killed due to violence you can sense the difference. Now what if I said that the time span for the measurement was over ten yrs, doesn’t that alter the polls?

The moral of the story is that these polls and statistics we put emphasis on can be misleading.

 

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I had to put a post up of how I’m feeling about the present state of the country. Honestly, I feel like the liberal base has a lot to run on for these upcoming mid-term elections,but the either the majority don’t agree or even if democrats have the majority of the public on it’s side we still can’t win because some bills won’t even make it to the house to be heard and are just ignored causing more and more frustration. 58% favored strengthening the laws that cover up the sale of firearms. 75% of Americans and even 58% of Republicans want minimum wage to increase in America according to a Gallup poll. 7 out of 10 Americans think that policies from congressional republicans favor the rich. I mean we see what’s going in our society, but yet in the ratings war among the new channels Fox News blows away other channels like CNN and MSNBC. With shows like The O’ Reilly Factor averaging 2.7 million viewers and the The Kelly File with 2.3 million a night in the month of august shows the conservatives and those who dismiss any type of liberal thinking. I fear that facts and percentages aren’t enough in the war for the modern American spirit. I know we all love American, but some many times I see Americans under attack in the media either for skin color, sex, sexual preference or nationality. We’re winning small battles with facts and reasonable thinking,but losing the war with lack of support.