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A green pushpinWelcome to the “supTweet” blog – inspired by the “need for feed”  –  January 18, 2017. The US presidential race has lurched to its conclusion (or maybe not)  and Donald J. Trump is due to be inaugurated in 3 days.

*freebies* Many of my blog’s visitors read my advice and walk-throughs on installing a working Joomla locally on their Mac’s Apache server with MAMP. (coming soon Drupal! and a small local PHP/MySQL example input/output DB) They also take away my free pushpin images to make the web a more beautiful space. *freebie* My coding how-to for taming the wild herds of #’s in your Twitter search/feed widget . Free code,  free experience. “Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want”

Our mission is to share insight and to discuss the latest developments in Internet technology. Right up there is Apple’s iService (cloud powered stores, technologies, etc.) graphic status page. Is iTunes Store down? is a great service to check your cloud status. Microsoft’s One Drive / Office 365 Suite is improving and pairs well with Dropbox. It’s great fun to tap away on my trusty iPhone riding NY train and knowing I can finish an item at will.

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Anyway, it’s important that citizens hear about the [messy] exploding networked world in plain, interesting—or even sarcastic, English (American variant). Big data can overwhelm comprehension in fact or shall we say, sometimes by intent. Winnowing it for friends and cohorts is important. An informed voter (if you are fortunate enough to be in a nation that has a vote) is way better than a blindly angry and uninformed one, if less predictable. Washington DC Weather right now…

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Latest week’s activity in the Shanghai Composite Index from Infomine

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For the paranoid, refresh the fear with my mega-super-tweet on drones here and read about the craziness around the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act as heard from Senator Wyden (update: this was recently passed into law).

If you are new to DC and urgently need to meet that lobbyist or pass that “off-the-record bit of insider gossip, here’s help for  getting around in DC and  Metro/Weather/Maps. Please follow me here as I produce articles that leverage a local’s access to some great resources and speakers local to the nation’s capitol city. I take my own photographs. I especially want to express gratitude to organizations like The Atlantic, The Brookings Institute, Ogilvy Public Relations, The Hudson Institute, The Palestine Center, George Mason University, American University, Georgetown UniversityCodePink, American Enterprise Institute, DC Linktank, CATO Instititute, The Newseum, The Stimson Center, The U.S.-Indonesian Society, The Middle East Institute, SAIS/Johns Hopkins/Nitze, The Library of Congress, China Daily MailThe Atlantic Council, Busboys and Poets, Institute of World Politics, The Kissinger Institute, The McCain Institute, The Center For National Policy, Resources for the Future, Revenue Watch Institute, World Affairs Council (DC), Nextgov.com, The Heritage Foundation, the Montreal Gazette, PS21 (Project for 21st Century), The Brent Scowfroft Center and Atlantic Council, The National Press Club, CSIS, and the U.S. Congress peanut gallery facility for being open and welcoming me in to many great events. And of course my loving wife who is downstairs texting me to get down there and make coffee. I have completed a local install of both Joomla 1.5 and 2.5.2., 2.5.3 and the JCE editor. Running on my MacBook (OS X 10.6.8) under the Apache server using MAMP. Very cool. I have a very large site to migrate to Joomla this summer and I am studying. I am also installing a local Drupal that is not ready for prime time yet. Today (July 25, 2012) my opinion letter to the Washington Post about the loopy craziness of another “blame it on Obama” diatribe was published. Joy. Thank you, Russ

Unexpected Consequences of the 2016 US Presidential Election

Unexpected Consequences of the 2016 US Presidential Election

by Russell Imrie, Jan 18, 2017

But will she kick ass? yelled one old hand.

Veteran Foreign Service Officers were gathered in October at a Washington DC meeting room for lunch and a briefing by Laura Rosenberger, foreign policy strategist on Hillary Clinton’s election team. Clinton’s election victory looked like a shoo-in with Donald Trump’s campaign clouded by conflicts with the Republican Party and outrageous statements by the candidate that offended a majority of Americans. Diplomats were looking for robust leadership. That’s not what these experienced skilled diplomats got.

The talk, “Secretary Clinton’s Foreign Policy Priorities and Approach,” ranged broadly over relations with China, ISIL, Syria, Iraq, Russian adventurism, and other policy agenda items to be managed effectively given Clinton’s experience in diplomacy and security as Secretary of State. The audience was encouraged by a more robust foreign policy roadmap compared to what some saw as President Obama’s flaccid track record. It all looked good.

Linda Rosenberger - photo Russell Imrie

Linda Rosenberger – photo Russell Imrie

Now, today, assumptions and conventional wisdom have been turned on their heads. The age of disruption has rolled over decades of post-WWII diplomacy and Cold War positioning. Disruption comes in guises but as several experienced diplomats said yesterday on Capitol Hill 3 days before the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, much of it is in the form of social networking. It’s fast, it changes as we speak.

Staid habits and the practice of foreign policy no longer can be crafted, sourced, and targeted coherently as they were just 10 years ago. Sea-changes in national policies are now signaled (carefully or not) in the blink of an eye and the new administration is very adept at it. More than Clinton’s campaign has been upended and weighty political discourse now happens at 3 a.m. and changing history before we arise, sip hot coffee, and begin our days. The days of cables have gone the way of the teletype machine.

Note: Linda Rosenberg: Foreign Policy Advisor for Hillary for America, coordinates development of campaign’s national security policies, messaging, and strategy. Background US State Dep’t, National security Council. Member, Council on Foreign Relations.

distant US Capitol dome

U.S. Capitol SOTU eve, 2011 – photo Russ Imrie

Russell Imrie is a  Networking and Content Specialist, webmaster and an American Indian blogger living in the Washington DC area. More opinion pieces are at China Daily Mail (under nom de blog supTweet) Tweeting at @tweedyBard

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A West Coast Thing?

Film review May 9, Montreal

The Pearl Button, Patricio Guzman’s spacey expository account of the obscure atrocity events Christian missionaries, empire-driven Europeans, and the nascent local regime inflicted on Southern Chile’s isolated tribes up into the 1970’s. Supported by the US, Pinochet’s bloody tyranny brooked no critics, especially those with any indigenous pretensions.

 The sad history flows up to recent underwater recoveries of massive steel weights that sank humans (living and dead) thrown from helicopters. 

The butchery included bounties on testicles and breasts. Like California’s grotesque history, little known and remarkable in its bloodthirsty course, the Pearl Button illustrates the covered-up savagery Chile hides behind high-tech successes like incredible telescope arrays atop the Andes. 

  1. World class takes on a new meaning on this edge of the West Coast, but few dare to reveal what it really means as well as Guzman.