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A green pushpinWelcome to the “supTweet” blog – inspired by the “need for feed”  –  February 11, 2017. The US presidential race has lurched to its conclusion (or maybe not)  and Donald J. Trump is now officially the President of the United States, despite losing by a staggering number of popular votes.

*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

1 Week SSEC Index Chart - Shanghai Composite Index Performance

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, Center for American Progress, 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

Size Matters as US Hegemon Fumes

By Russ Imrie from San Francisco, February 17, 2017. 

Over 700 million Chinese are online today and that Internet market has room to grow; in technical development and global influence—a lot of room to grow.  

Meanwhile the United States, with a total population of a mere 340 million or so struggles and tries to uphold its Internet primacy. 

Yes, the Internet emerged in the US but control of standards, managerial values, and culture of users’ social values is slipping away, eroding as Oroville Dam’s emergency spillway was chewed up as unprecedented volumes of water flowed over a backup that had never been needed in 48 years. 

The sheer mass of China’s user base enables a robust divergence from the ebbing paradigm, another “Spillway” if you will. This extends to politics, national security issues, and social issues such as crime, climate change, water, etc. etc. China’s dealings with these is often problematic for the US, as they are in China ‘s self interest and less and less under US control. 

An example of these huge global issues is the near-extinction of wild Rhinoceros [to the disgust of the West] herds by poachers supplying the horns for their so-called medicinal powers to the Chinese market. Huge influence there but the slaughter goes on. China’s “Great Firewall” blocking offshore Internet, and a murky regulatory environment awash in corruption and crony collusion are components of a western mindset of China as well; sort of ugly. 

On another note though, the outsized sway of Chinese markets is breaking ground on another nasty problem. Controls have been laid on carfentanil, a synthetic drug that is fueling a deadly epidemic in  China and  the US. Struggling law enforcement has been hapless in stopping the rash of overdoses and criminal marketing of opioids. 

http://m.sfgate.com/news/science/article/China-makes-deadly-opioid-carfentanil-a-10935986.php

So size does matter, enhanced with Rhino horn or not as the world changes and China edges into the “good guy” circle. 

Yuuge Oroville Dam’s Shredding Concrete: Trump’s Gang is Cracking

Yuuge Oroville Dam’s Shredding Concrete: Trump’s Gang is Cracking

By Russell Imrie, Washington DC, February 12, 2017

The Crumbling Face of Trump’s out-of-control three-week old administration is exposing huge cracks in the struggling White House. Danger for the nation.

Mud, trees, rocks and debris pushed by overflowing river flows have destroyed the concrete spillway at giant Oroville Dam in California’s Sierra foothills.

overflow destroys massive Oroville Dam's spillway

photo from buellistic Sunday Feb 12 at 7:55-pm

A huge chasm has opened up across the spillway and State officials and workers are scrambling to mitigate an unexpected catastrophe. Damage to the dam is expected to cost up to $200 million in repairs, when and if, the water stops coming–maybe this summer. From barely containing any water at the peak of the latest draught to massive overflows, the situation is similar to the crumbling of Donald Trump’s presidency today. Unexpected flows of “reality”, the persistent gravity pulling digging journalists and intelligence investigators who smell blood or horrible ethical and security cracks, and the overwhelming flood of ugly holes in the President’s credibility are building to a disastrous point. The “emperor’s clothes” are falling apart.

Micheal Flynn from the New Yorker

Micheal Flynn from the New Yorker – who bought this so-called concrete?

The Washington Post today published incredibly damaging details on the lies of Micheal Flynn–and more concrete flaked off and added to the swamp of mud and debris threatening power generators and a state salmon hatchery.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2017/02/10/six-stunning-aspects-of-the-flynn-scandal/?utm_term=.74517611244f

Who’s at the controls?

Saturday (yesterday) an “unstable”  United Airlines pilot was removed from a plane in Austin, Texas.

Internal White House fiascos such as Nordstromgate, chaotic Tweets by the President at all hours sowing confusion, stupid innovative use of “alternate facts“, and sleazy financial ties are all inherently unstable conditions that must be addressed by citizens, if not the mercenary GOP. The opaque associations that are sprouting up through the White House staff and Trump’s closest advisors is a mud wallow. The nations’ security, honor, and rule of law are at stake. Maybe the pilot should be escorted out of the cockpit.