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A Deplorable Debate: A Sign of the Death of Democracy?

Bipartisan condemnation rang out around the world at the behavior of the incumbent and the presidential candidate. Who won is uncertain. Who lost, is certain. Those loving democracy and the free expression of ideologies, we were losers.

The debate commission is considering killing the remainder of the debates. This country was founded on ability to debate. We can’t let that happen as deplorable as they were. We defeated a King and the Global British Monarchy nigh 200 years ago so we could say what we wanted without getting imprisoned or worse. Are we on the cusp of returning to a more authoritative form of government? My mind is wrought with questions, but there are several knowns that are firm.

Over the last four years, we have damaged not only long-standing relationships with our allies, but we have extended the power of the dictatorships around the world. The American Experiment, as we are known, is so named because people don’t believe that a country, self-governed could ever last. These comments are made by dictatorships and authoritarian governments that have been in power for longer than our country has existed. Are we so bold as to think that Americans have the power and the drive to do anything, even to destroy our own country? Unfortunately, we are putting on a show for the world that states just that. Democracy is weak and will eventually self-implode.

Where do we go from here? We need to redevelop a method of discourse. We need a way to communicate with one another that is not brash, but allows us to speak our thoughts and be heard. We have a tremendous tool to do this, the Internet. However, we have squandered it. I have strong feeling and a good amount of insight concerning digital communications.  You have noticed the host of this article is jayctheriot.com. My name, my server, and my website.  I don’t own the ISP connection and that is all that is stopping me from having the ability of complete autonomy on the Internet. Yes, the article is shared to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media platforms. Those social media platforms are a means to an end for this media.

However, very few use anything but a private industry (that is, social media) to share their ideas. When they get censured, there is anger. I’ve been chastised, too… I made an awful joke that was taken down and I was warned of future severe consequences. The algorithm didn’t identify properly what I meant as a joke.  Those of you that know me personally, understand why I am not a professional comedian — telling jokes is not my strong point. I’ve been a “funny” guy mainly because I’ve made fun of myself. Having, what we know now, as a life-long neurological disorder, gave me the power to make fun of myself, and easily make people laugh.

My final employ before going critical was working with almost 200 computer engineers, plus a horde of technicians. Possibly the largest conglomeration of IT people in the state of Louisiana. I was aghast to find no one that hosted webservices or even had more than gaming machines at their personal disposal.  It doesn’t mean they weren’t in the workforce. I talked to many of them, but not all of them. I’ve ran personal websites since 1999.  Wow.  My first one was in 1995, but is was not publicly accessible. I’ve been working on personal digital communications for almost 26 years. I didn’t realize that. 1/4 a century. Sorry, I choked on my writing there for a moment. The point I abandoned, is that simple me has published information digitally for over 25 years. Anyone can do it.  The hard part about setting up a website is getting the information to put up there. Insuring what you say is correct is difficult.

In the beginning I had tremendous faith in the media. During the Oklahoma City bombing of the Murrah Building, I was able to use IRC to talk to people in OK City from my computer in Hattiesburg, MS. Their reaction was horror and chaos. I wanted to offer them comfort, but quickly realized I was over my head. A few words from them, and I recognized the devastation I first felt in 1985 for Hurricane Juan. At 12:15 am, I stepped out of my bed to ankle-deep water.  By sunrise, the water was to my groin. My dad saved me from getting bit by a water moccasin. I recognized that terror in their words. I also realized that I had not dealt with the fear of devastation.

I got off the computer and cried. My first wife comforted me. But, she felt some of it too. She was there for Juan and her family pulled me to there house where I could mentally process what was going on. Undoubtedly, she could see the news reports of the infants and children either incinerated by the bomb or the reports of them and adults trapped in the rubble.

The damage then was caused by Timothy McVeigh and aided by Terry Nichols and Michael Fortier and Lori Fortier. The act forced the coining of the term Domestic Terrorist(ism). The buildings destruction was in response to the failed attempt two years earlier to administer warrants to the Branch Davidians compound in Waco, Texas.  They wanted to hurt the federal government.  In 1993, I was in a position in Military Intelligence which allowed me to read the daily situation reports published by Janet Reno’s office.  They were in chaos, and made bad choices. David Koresh, made even worse choices and destroyed his church compound killing many with it.

The Waco incident was seen by many as the radical left verses the United States citizens rights.  A far right group, took a bad situation and made it worse. The result of both actions were dead US civilians. I don’t know if that was the birth of the anger, but since then, the divide, the anger, the death tolls have risen. Out of the apparent chaos, other countries or hostile forces, take advantage of the opportunity that we hand them.

September 11, 2001, was our failure as much as it was a victory for Da’esh and the Bin Laden followers. When we don’t stand together, we fall apart. The Twin Towers fell apart, killing about 3500 civilians and two iconic buildings in the New York skyline.

When will it stop? I would like to say it will stop when we learn to respect one another as human beings, granting each other basic inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This cannot happen with a sleeping innocent is gunned down in her bed and there is no apparent response to it. This cannot happen when the news media is not held to libel and slander standards equitably. And it definitely cannot happen when our global leaders refuse to be vetted and we refuse to vet them.

“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty,” written in an 1809 book, “The Life of Major General James Jackson,” by Thomas U.P. Charlton.  It is very possible that the phrase was commonly in use before then. Strangely enough, the phrase was used in reference to the “Yazoo land fraud” situation in which several Georgia politicians were in trouble over some questionable land dealing and using their political sway go get the deal processed.  Jackson made it a political issue, overturned the deal and disgraced several of his political opponents in the process.

The core ideology behind the phrase is that the populace of a democracy can never sleep, less the country fall in ruin. That’s where we are now. Falling into ruin. With the Internet, we have the ability to get high quality news and in-depth reporting faster and more verified than ever before. However, journalists across the nation are heading to the employment lines.

A subscription to a local paper was commonplace prior to the Internet. Now, we can do it without paper and faster.  However, how many of us pay for our news? If we don’t, then our information if bought for us by the advertisers on that web site. Our information is sold. The producers of the site have to make money somehow.  We, are the target. Our herd-intellect is at stake. Our vigilance is diminished. Our democracy is dying.

We need to save our democracy. How? Buy a local paper. Pay for your on-line news service. Go to government-hosted websites such as those that end with “.gov” or “.mil” as those are official sites. If you don’t see something you like on then, contact your elected official and have them get it corrected or correct you. If you get no response from them, you then know who not to vote for in the upcoming election.

Verify every bit of information that you feed to your mind. Read opposing viewpoints so that you may understand them. It will broaden your perspective. We are all in this country together.  We should have all the same rights. With all the same rights, my opinion is no more, or less, valid than others.  However, fact is fact. When you find facts, they are usually boring. Don’t give into impassioned and embattled arguments. Cut through to the facts. Then, I feel, we will become vigilant as a people once again, and can make good judgements. Reading and analyzing information has never been at its lowest or more needed.

God help us all,

Jay C. “Jazzy J” Theriot

Gosh Darn Independent (GDI – La, US)

I will be happy with bipartisanship reappears. This country is by the people, for the people. At least the last couple of administrations have been targeting one group.
 
We need politicians that stand up for what is best for all of us, the people.
 
Full Disclosure: I voted R for every National election from 1986 until 2012. Now, I consider myself independent, as I think the vast majority of our politicians are self-serving. This behavior is a reflection on the people that elect them — that would be us.
Being a spectator of National Politics, it seems that we view it as a sport.  Our society has many considerable issues that, unaddressed, could destroy our democracy.  Not in the long run, as we would like to believe, but within a few years.
A Trump administrator warns of a disputed election and an armed response. This is the earmark of a dictatorship.
Again, this is a reflection on us.

The Notorious RBG ask that her replacement be done after the election. A Judge, promoting political policy? Wow. It doesn’t matter that which she asks is historical precedent. The fact that she felt she needed to make that a dying wish should raise eyebrows.

We need to do better.  We need to strive for unity. We need to become “We the People” again, and leave “Us” and “Them” behind.

That’s my choice of pronouns, “We the people.”

Jay C. “Jazzy J” Theriot – glad to be writing again.

US Loyalists: Where Are You?

Trump loyalist. Biden loyalist. Democrat. Republican. Conservative. Liberal. Antifa. Qanon. BLM. White Nationalist.

Labels. Words.

Where are those loyal to the US?

In 1987, I signed the dotted line. In April, the following year, I started wearing green battle dress uniforms. A clothing style I would wield for two enlistments spanning 6 1/2 years. It was an honor to serve. Due to my clearance, my oath to God and Country extended to the US President. As many do not know, the President is THE classification authority for all government related classified material. Private organizations, are, well, private.

The extension of the oath to the President, a single person, always bothered me. However, it didn’t hamper my service under both Presidents H. W. Bush, and W. J. Clinton. As a member of the military and the intelligence community, my favorite president was Mr. Bush, not a little in part due to his prior involvement with the CIA. The man knew the world and how the leaders operated. His presidency would be judged as a one-term failure. I always considered it a one-term success. Under Mr. Bush, the biggest scandal was the location of the weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The term was so brutalized that, later, leading classes, “Weapons of Mass Instruction” was a common retort among my cohorts.

Those were the days. The most scandalous situation was a failure to find what was hidden…or moved, long before the US Military got there. Oh… and did I forget that he mounted the largest beach-head operation in decades liberating a country overrun and seized by a dictator, Saddam Hussein. Bush’s biggest taunt was the purposeful mispronunciation of “Saddam” as a curt psychological insult. Yeah. Bush was the bomb… like B-52 carpet bombing…. but, I digress.

Then President William Jefferson Clinton entered the arena. Near that time, I became thoroughly involved in the bulletin board sub-culture (still going strong!) and was subjected to all kinds of conspiracy theories about both Mr. and Mrs. Clinton. So much so, that my second term ended, I earned my degree in Math (with Honors), started teaching and they were still investigating him. I remember “I did not have sex…” as it echoed through the halls of the school.  Suddenly, only vaginal penetration was sex. The rules, policies and mind-set of the school system was not ready to cope with the new ideology and definition. Young kids started practicing fellatio with increasing frequency as this was no longer sex, and OK.

All during this time, and extending further back into my strained political histories of Presidents Reagan, Carter and Ford (Ford is the earliest president I remember in office) the President of the United States was a branch of government lead by a human. He was not a god, nor a messiah. Those words are best kept close to your heart and reserved for he/she/them that you worship, not a human prone to all the same frailties, fallibilities and temptations which we are all are subject.

President G. W. Bush (aka Bush II) was dealt an incredible blow one September morning early in his term of office. I didn’t expect him to make it to a second term. The man was regarded as a bumbling idiot. I never got this. If it was his slow speech, I’ve fought with a slight impediment my entire life. I like people to speak slow. He did. Rate of speech does not equate rate of thought. If it did, I would type, talk and write a lot faster then I currently do.

The world is in constant change. I think the Earth shifted starting in Clinton and Bush. We became increasingly spiritual, while simultaneously becoming less tolerant. Sen. B. H. Obama rallied and became President B. H. Obama, and a subset of Americans revolted. Social Media use exploded. In the beginning, I was a huge advocate in SM’s use for marketing and digital communication. Then, social media blazed pathways and gave voice to people and allowed easy organization into “echo chambers.”

Resonance is an incredible mathematical/physical principle. Given a wave and a method to shape a wave. That wave can be shaped so it echos back on itself adding its on volume. Repeated addition is multiplication. Repeated multiplication is exponential growth. So… a little wave can create a huge backlash in an echo chamber.

And it does. A though in a social media echo chamber is like a note in a trumpet. The thought starts as a raspberry and then it echos until it assaults the ears and sensibilities of everyone in the box. And, the volume of the chaos is of sufficient intensity to overshadow and corner any opposing or differing thoughts. I often feel like social media gave American society a crack at frequent use of the First Amendment and we blew it with our own crassness.

Social media could be the death of the US. We live in an era where the President is no longer a branch of government. The US President is a person which demands fealty and loyalty of his subjects. His behavior is that of an entitled monarch. The only thing preventing Mr. Trump from being a monarch is the election, and the hope that the next guy/girl/non-binary is not self-serving and is a President for all.  A President of the United States.

What we need now are loyalists. Not loyalists to the left or the right, or even the center. But, loyalists to the ideals and principals of the US. We, the people of the United States, need to send candidates from among us that will govern us. Those candidates that understand they are in office to do a job as a public servant to provide stewardship to the populace.

Those are our loyalist.

Thanks for reading,

Jay C. “Jazzy J” Theriot

Servers and Services are on the way.

JayCTheriot.Com is in the process of acquiring 6 enterprise-class servers to power data acquisition and analysis of global climatological data.

Goals:

  • All open source – data, programming languages, operating systems and web-front.
  • Provide differential analysis on tropical systems around the globe.
  • Mapping and analysis of regional frontal systems around the globe.
  • Archiving and retrieval of all analytical products.
  • Documentation of all methods to be submitted for peer review.

These are lofty goals.  However, before JayCTheriot.Com ceased to analyze data due to human resource issues, it was churning out global analysis of hurricanes and collecting data to begin charting frontal systems. Thus, the coding and display of analytical products merely need to be updated to current standards.

We will get there. I invite you to follow us on this journey.

Jay C. “Jazzy J” Theriot

Magellanic Penguin (Spheniscus magellanicus)

Magellanic Penguins
Magellanic Penguins

CONSERVATION ACTIONS
Conservation Actions Underway

Many non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and individuals’ work on the conservation of Magellanic Penguins, and data from many studies have advanced conservation. Tanker lanes were moved 40 kilometers farther offshore along the coast of Chubut in 1997. This added to improvements at port loading facilities, which greatly reduced the number of oiled penguins in that area (Boersma 2008). The Management Plan for Punta Tombo is in place but has not yet been effectively implemented by Chubut Province authorities. The Argentine government has created new marine protected parks along the coast that include some penguin breeding areas and fragments of foraging areas (Patagonia Austral, Isla Pinguino, Makenke and Monte Leon). Specifically, a new UNESCO Biosphere Reserve will help give protection to 20 colonies (Garcia-Borboroglu et al. 2015) and a new Marine Protected Area (MPA) for the largest colony has been designated in Argentina (Boersma et al. 2015, Garcia-Borboroglu et al. 2015). Unfortunately, many of the parks lack effective planning and/or implementation. As MPAs are in general ineffective for the protection of highly mobile species such as penguins (Boersma and Parrish 1999), protection of penguin populations requires new conservation tools (Boersma et al. 2002, 2007, Garcia-Borboroglu et al. 2008; Yorio 2009, Stokes et al. 2014, Boersma et al. 2015). CADIC-CONICET is working together with the Tierra del Fuego government on the management plan for the Staten Island reserve and the intention is to include marine protected regions based on the tracking studies (Rosciano et al. 2016).

Tracking studies are underway in the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) to identify areas of conflict between penguins and the developing hydrocarbon industry (http://www.south-atlantic-research.org/research/current-resear

Range of Magellinic Penguins
Range of Magellinic Penguins

ch/the-gap-project). Also, tracking studies and interaction with fisheries are under development around Staten Island.

Conservation Actions Proposed

Conduct population censuses and determine the ratios of juveniles to adults in Argentina, Chile and the Falkland Islands (Malvinas). Monitor effects of fisheries in breeding and wintering areas. Reduce bycatch and oiling incidents. Place or improve design of marine protected areas in wintering and breeding areas. Eradicate introduced predators from islands with colonies. Reduce impact of tourism at breeding colonies, for example by controlling unrestricted visits and defining appropriate visiting hours. Prepare contingency plans for emerging diseases, or fires.

Information copied from https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22697822/132605485#conservation-actions

LET THEM FAIL!

One only need turn on the news or search for “social media sponsorship pulls support” to find a number of articles on advertisers pulling revenue streams from different SM platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more. People are angry at the platforms due to their lack of self-moderation and the increasing footprint in the work to invalidate the US elections.

I’m not going to waste time arguing left or right. I really don’t care. My apathy towards political positioning has to do with my continued isolation until I die. Right- or Left- posturing no longer affects me, nor ever will again.  The feeling is liberating.  However, what IS in my sphere is the concept that SM beasts are so large and so ingrained in our society that we can’t let them fail.

Ptah! I spit in their face.

The Internet flourished before them and will continue to do so long after their demise.  The physical resources required to host these platforms are minimal. Yet, they turn billions of USD in profits every year. As many of you know, I host platforms for local non-profits. I’M USING DISCARDED EQUIPMENT and a home Ethernet drop to support my Internet-based communication services. Additionally, I have limited use of my hands, voice and legs, and yet, my equipment still doles out services.

My brother-in-law addressed the inherent security issues with SM platforms by writing his own secure social media service. It is very similar in presentation to Facebook, but his focus is on security.

Bayou BBS Network, which I host, is a subsidiary of NISSA which is a global network of Commodore 64s.  Much of the equipment that supports the NISSA Network is over 30 years old.

My point is if they fail, there are thousands of developers that are positioned to take over conversation-hosting. There is no magic in Internet-hosting. Only the desire to build a platform, and maintain it, which allows our human friends the ability to have a conversation that furthers the human purpose.

Thanks,

Jay C. “Jazzy J” Theriot

VA ALS Clinic Evaluation – Initial Findings

Aside from replacing some of my meds and adding a few more, the most interesting mention is the invalidation of a test I had 3 years ago for Kennedy’s Disease (KD) and scheduling a new genetic test for KD in the near future.
For more info on KD and other related disorders see:  https://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/kennedy-disease/

Too much information was given. I’m still trying to wrap my head around it all. Basically, the VA is in the fight for the long haul. I’ve got a team of doctors reviewing my case. Occupational and Physical Therapy appointments will be scheduled, medical testing, assessments to our home, counseling, etc, etc, etc.

Hope…restored.

Jay C. Theriot

Comin’ Home, Lynyrd Skynyrd

A fantastic, but hated, English Composition teacher of mine one submitted her belief that you can’t write that something is unexplainable and then write about it. I think that is why I quit writing about a year or so ago. What I was writing about became unexplainable.

I’ll simply say, the pain of my muscles and nerves have not let up. The levels still roller-coaster, reaching heights previously unpredictable. However, on another note, the situation has educated me a bit, I think.

I affirm this is genetic and that my father had it and at least one of my daughters are developing it. Not one of my siblings believe me. Heck, they don’t believe that I have anything more than osteoarthritis. The Veterans Administration has reached out to me and in June I will be admitted to a clinic specially for those who have ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). While it is not believed that I actually have Lou Gehrig’s, the VA feels that I would benefit greatly from the group of specialists they have treating the group. When they told me this, I cried. My wife and I will no longer be forced to lead this fight blindly. I care less about my life, as it is already destroyed. I don’t want this to affect my children. We must identify this and build a bulk of information so they have a fighting chance.

Lynyrd Skynyd has a song, “Comin’ Home,” with prophetic lyrics, as many of their songs do. 

It’s been so long since I’ve been gone
Another day might be too long for me
Traveling around I’ve had my fill
Of broken dreams and dirty deals

A concrete jungle surrounding me
Many nights I’ve slept out in the streets
I paid my dues and I changed my style
Seen hard times, all over now
 
I want to come home. It’s been so long since I’ve been away
And please, don’t blame me ’cause I’ve tried
I’ll be coming home soon to your love, to stay
I miss old friends that I once had
 
Times ain’t changed and I’ll be glad when I go home
I don’t know why the thought came to me
But why I’m here I really can’t see, and now
I want to come home. It’s been so long since I’ve been away
 
And please, don’t blame me ’cause I’ve tried
I’ll be coming home soon to your love, to stay
Coming…

I take the meaning of “Home” to mean the old times before their fame and isolation from their old lives. That is where I am. I want to “go home” to a time where I could say I loved my life, where my life loved me in return.

Thanks for reading,

Jay C. Theriot

PS: I am not suicidal, just weary of the path I am on.