Denver Traffic Nightmare About To Get Worse 

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Denver, Colorado-Texting and Driving Through The Mile High City

Cristal M Clark 

I know everyone thinks our issues with driving in Denver are those getting high, actually that is just a small fraction of our issues. 

Did anyone catch the news reports last week stating that by 2040 Denver traffic will have increased over 40%? The news is leaving the Mile High city scrambling looking for ways to help relieve our already terrible congestion. 

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Overall, because the population has grown, so has traffic, that’s a given, what amazes me are the rude, inconsiderate, aggressive drivers, the individuals who are playing about on their cell instead of bloody well driving down the road, then we have the bicyclists who blow through stop signs and lights, cyclists and motorcyclists who ride in between cars in traffic(which by the way is technically not legal in Colorado), skateboarders doing the same thing down both Colfax and Broadway, now we have scooters doing the same thing, pedestrians who refrain from utilizing the crosswalk and who just pop out in front of you and RTD. 

Yes RTD. Who in the hell decided it would be smart to allow for RTD to pick up and drop off passengers right after the stop light thus holding up traffic (these stops need to be before the traffic light), not to mention RTD is out on roads like Alameda, Federal, parts of Sheridan where the lanes are already so narrow not all cars, trucks or trailers can even fit into a single lane, and here’s RTD. 

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The reality is that this is all a normal day in just about every Americans life who drives to and from work in and out of any major city. Today while I was driving home, I noticed the woman in front of me was playing about on her cell, she would fail to move at every single green light, then would snap her head up and gun it. We all know what’s going on when we see the individual in traffic whose head is pointed at their lap. We are rolling along up this bridge in Stapleton/Northfield when I notice the traffic in front of her is, for lack of better words, not moving. I slow down noticing that she is not slowing down. As you might have guessed, she did ass end the gentleman in front of her. Idiot. She was too busy texting on her phone. 

Nothing and I mean nothing is that important that you should be texting and driving, what’s more is that with hands-free your Google Assistant or Siri will read and respond to those super important texts, emails and dial a number for you should you need to call someone. 

The rest of the way home I made it a point to look around and count how many people were fucking about on their cell phones instead of paying attention. I counted 55 individuals driving through the city of Denver, right through the city, playing on their phone. Every stop light, coming up to every light, moving forward after the light changed. It was truly both amazing and sickening. 

When you think about all of the other variables I listed above, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, aggressive drivers, why would anyone text and drive? 

All of the individuals I saw tonight are all adults, you know the same people who complain about those careless teen/irresponsible younger drivers? The adults who tell these younger individuals that they cannot text and drive? The adults who will pay for an app to put on their child’s cell that prevent that child from texting and driving? 

Is that not truly disgusting? Not one of the people I counted on the way home was a teenager or individual who was over 21. IT was all older working adults, 30 and over for the most part. Some of the younger individuals I saw driving where just careless, rude or inconsiderate.

I would wager a bet, if the police had the ability to watch for every driver texting and driving they could net 3x’s as many offenders to that of drunk drivers. 

That leads to one fact and that is distracted driving causes more headache and accidents than we realize. Why pay some app developers to stop our kids from texting and driving when the problem seems to be the adults failing to practice what they preach?

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Why don’t Apple and Android make a fix that will not allow you to disable bluetooth when you are in any car and blocks all texts and emails for instance you see nothing until you get to your destination and turn the car off. Yes I am talking about a dick move here, all phones automatically pair with all car bluetooth even if you don’t own the car and you do not have the ability or option to shut that off, that way you can’t drive your friends or rental car into a crowd, someone’s home or the back of another person’s motorized transport. 

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They could create it so you have 5 minutes once it pairs with the car to get your music going, get your map set and then that’s it. If you need to know about your text or email, you tell Google Assistant or Siri to read it to you, you can verbally respond and that’s all you get. 

We clearly as a society cannot seem to follow the rules, be safe when we drive, we cannot decide on our own not to text and drive, so Android and Apple should take our ability to endanger the lives of others away. 

Having this technology is not a right, someone created it and now we are abusing it. By taking away our ability to hold our phone and physically text and drive rather than verbally it would help some of our traffic woes and it would force people to learn how to use our voice assistants. Even maps now do not need us to really type things in, we can tell Waze, Google and Apple what we are trying to find and our voice assisted apps will guide us to that destination.  

Yes before anyone points this out, this an aggressive and bold suggestion, the reality is, society is not willing to change its behavior, so we need a solution that will make our roads somewhat safer by removing a distraction that is abused every minute of every day. 

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Or we can keep this up and insurance companies can just sue Apple and Android for not opting to disable our ability to surf the web, play Pokemon, text, read emails all while we drive…I mean shouldn’t Apple and Android be forcing us to use our voice assistants when we drive?

It’s a lot like when a bar continues to serve someone who shouldn’t be served, these companies know society is abusing certain elements of their software, it still does not excuse them from being held accountable negligence is not at least last time I checked an excuse to ignore the problem. 

Cristal M Clark

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Uber Happy to Be Your Getaway Car

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Woman Steals from Gas Station – Uses Ride Share as Getaway Car

Cristal M Clark 

If your the type and I hope that you are not, but if you are the type of individual who likes to shoplift, you should refrain from attempting to utilize Uber and/or Lyft as your getaway vehicle. 

Turns out, that is not the greatest of ideas. 

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Back in July, 24-year-old Kate Bailey Francis Lamothe decided she really, really, really wanted to vape, but running low on cash, she opted to steal a Juul vape device from an Exxon gas station in Pinellas Park, Florida. 

Kate did not drive herself to the gas station of course, so how does one get away quickly after stealing without any wheels of your own? That’s right, use an Uber or Lyft as your getaway vehicle, which is just what Kate did. 

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According to court records, Kate ran out of the gas station after being handed the Juul device by a store clerk where she initially attempted to have her Lyft driver leave the location but he refused to drive off, so Kate had to resort to plan B and then called an Uber and tried to use it to leave the scene.

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Officials said she was detained in a nearby parking lot inside the Uber she hailed. She was charged with retail theft and admitted to the suspected crime after being read her rights, deputies noted.

Deputies also noted that Kate had an open warrant for domestic assault out of Tennessee at the time of her arrest in Pinellas County. A court appearance on that charge is listed for 2020.

Kate has taken a plea and agreed to pay $350 in fines and court costs.

Sadly, no one knows if Kate has learned her lesson here but it is good to know that while Lyft drivers will not allow you to use them as a getaway driver, Uber however will gladly assist you in the event you need a getaway driver. 

Cristal M Clark

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Domestic Violence Hits Home

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October – National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Cristal M Clark

On Monday night I wrote an article and mentioned in it that I was currently dealing with a stalker type of situation. From that I received an overwhelming number of emails from individuals worldwide who are experiencing the same type of situation. For most the situation is stemming from a relationship that never made it to the one-year mark, shockingly many more are stemming from a relationship that never made it past the 2-6-month mark.

Two very clear messages jumped out at me as I spent last night reading each email that had been sent, 1. Everyone who had written to me feels helpless, 2. Everyone stated that the police were doing nothing to help them. 

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month, and this type of behavior is technically classified as a form of domestic violence. 

Sadly, it’s also a form of DV that is difficult to prosecute without having established a pattern of behavior. It’s really difficult for victims to figure out when unwanted contact turns into criminal contact when no physical violence has taken place and no threats are being made. 

Police get these types of calls all of the time, “the person I dated for just a short time is stalking/harassing me.” When it turns out they called three times wanting a second chance. 

Since it’s National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and I received so many messages from people going through the same thing I am currently going through, I thought I would put together some helpful tips, share tools and share my own personal story of what I am currently going through and let you know how I handle it, in the hopes that it helps many of you who wrote to me the last two days sharing the same stories asking for help.  

When you break it off with someone and you feel that they are stepping over that line from healthy just wanting a second chance to not letting go, becoming obsessive, harassing you, stalking you or staking out known places you go in the hopes of running into you, calling your friends or family trying to locate you, it’s important that you be your own hero and help the police and DA’s to establish a pattern of behavior. 

Keep a level head, one young man who wrote to me was stalking his ex who was stalking him in the hopes of catching her drinking and driving, using illegal drugs. I cannot stress this enough, refrain from doing that, not only could that potentially be dangerous for you, it can also be considered criminal behavior just from the stalking aspect.

Keep a level head no matter how worried, scared, nervous, afraid, or upset you are, even if you feel angry, keep a level head and stay calm. Trust me if your ex lover is that obsessed they will dig themselves a grave in due time. And sometimes it takes time and effort to establish a pattern of behavior. 

Help yourself and start to establish a pattern of behavior. 

A few things about that. 

Making this even more difficult is that one of the first things anyone is told is to block your ex lover on your phone and on all social media so that he/she cannot call/contact you. Hands down that is the worst advice. Case in point, mine. I blocked a man I dated for 2 months, of that 2 months I spent month 2, attempting to break things off with him. I ended up blocking him on my phone only to learn a couple of days ago that by doing that, my phone company has no record of his incoming calls or text messages unless he leaves a voicemail, on an iPhone voicemails still come over as blocked messages but my phone company phone records still have no record of those calls. 

Thankfully,  on an iPhone with the latest update, you can block all unknown numbers from ringing on your phone but they will show up as missed calls, and voicemails show up as just regular voicemails. Blocking someone is not always ideal on your phone because it makes it difficult to establish a pattern of behavior for police unless the person is leaving voicemails. 

The other part of that, if you block someone and they start to escalate in terms of asking for a second chance, to asking you to call to threats, through text message which seems to be a popular way of communicating, you are not going to see those messages and I don’t know about any of you here, I don’t like being blindsided. 

Most phones will give you an option to send some numbers directly to voicemail without having to block the individual, and as frustrating and unnerving as it might feel to keep seeing countless texts come through, I would ignore them after my own experience and just let them continue to come in. 

Be aware of all of your surroundings, home, work, even in the most populated area such as the grocery store, shopping center, coffee shop. I broke things off back in the middle of August with the person I had been seeing, the next weekend I spotted him in the parking lot of the grocery store I normally go to just sitting watching the area I normally park my motorized transport in. Initially when I broke it off with him, I had a feeling given his messages, the fact that he is mentally unwell and he medicates that with very heavy substance abuse that I was going to have some issues with him. All of those reasons by the way are what led me to end things so quickly.  

Anyway, I had purposely parked my vehicle closer to this salon in the area and hiked in, using a different door and ensuring that if he did spot me, I was in the most populated part of the entire area. He did not spot me thankfully, I jotted down the date time and location and decided I would do my shopping elsewhere and on a different day of the week moving forward. 

The weekend after that, he was sitting in the parking lot to the Starbucks I frequent on the weekends. I kept driving and he did not see me drive past, so, I now frequent a different Starbucks. 

I get my fuel at a different gas station, shop at a different Super Target. 

These things are not convenient in the least, but to keep myself safe, they are a must. When we date even briefly someone who is mentally unwell and who self medicates with substance abuse we never know if they will at some point completely lose it, when they might do that or what might happen if they become upset and frustrated by us refusing to speak to them, running away etc. I’ll get to that later here because last Friday things could have ended pretty badly. 

No matter how humiliated you feel, tell everyone you know what is going on, especially mutual friends and acquaintances, get the word out. The guy I had been seeing was calling my friends about three weeks ago trying to find out where I work. No one told him of course and naturally I was pretty unsettled about it. The last person this guy should have asked was my best friend and turns out that was the first person he asked. Not the smartest move. 

I have that documented. I was able to learn from multiple friends after that he has indeed been trying to track me down on a weekly basis, several times a week. When all this started back in August, I decided to lay low hoping it would eventually resolve itself. 

I noticed him driving up my street a few times early in the morning, I have the sounds of most of the vehicles on my street memorized, so at around 5:30-6:30 I’d hear a different sounding vehicle I would look out and it was him. 

Sadly, that makes me want to move sooner rather than later. Which is easier said than actually done. 

I thought by ignoring him it would stop eventually. It hasn’t. 

Weekly I have been receiving text messages to the number I use for this website from this man. I delete them and never responded to any of them, with the exception of twice. Sometimes multiple times a week I get a message.

The first time I responded, it was after a slew of rather ugly messages one night right after I ended things, they were directed at me, wild accusations. They started with him playing the part of the heart broken victim, attempting to manipulate me into texting feeling sorry for breaking things off, when I ignored them, he took it up a notch to accusing me of being with someone because it was a Saturday night, I couldn’t possibly be home alone (I was), then he became angry and said some ugly, terrible things to me. I responded just once, stating pretty clearly that if he continued to contact me that I would call the police and that I would file charges. I choose my words carefully which I will explain later.

He backed off for a while. 

The messages still came though, once or twice a week to my website phone number, no ugliness but looking for info nonetheless, like what was I up to, with whom, pretending to be happy that my college football team won. Even though I found the messages annoying and I deleted them, I noted times, dates and what was said in them and refused to respond to them. 

I kept ignoring them, then suddenly last week starting on Thursday he began calling my cell and leaving me voicemails. First saying he just wanted to talk. I did not call back but I saved the message. 

Last Friday, the first time in over a month, my best friend insisted that I go out and stop hiding letting this guy dictate my ability to just enjoy life and time with my friends. I decided to go. My friends and I were not out to get drunk, we just wanted to enjoy our time off from work and catch up. None of us drink and drive we hail ride shares so I thought I’d be safe meeting up with my crew. The guy I was seeing enjoys drinking and driving and usually does it before 7pm, I wasn’t going to be out until after 7 so that further instilled the idea that all would be well.

After a short time, two women I know well walk in and sit next to all of us. They started to share their stories with me about the man I had briefly dated. Turns out, he has a long and documented history of harassing and stalking women. These women came out that night to show me some support after learning that I had been hiding, worried about what this guy may or may not be capable of. I also learnt that his behavior is in fact, escalating from what he had put them through. One of these women expressed that while she has never obtained an order of protection, she knows some officers at Denver PD and they are aware of this man’s behavior and look out for while on duty. 

Learning all of this is powerful, not only does it establish a history prior to mine, it also shows that he does this in an attempt to try to control and manipulate women, victimizing them. Me being me, well I am pretty stubborn and sort of already saw that already,  I just needed it validated. 

We are just chatting when suddenly, past his bedtime, who should walk drunkenly in the door. He sat a few seats down from me, my best friend leaned over and told me not to worry about it, the establishment already knew about the situation. They were ready to ask him to leave when we gave them the signal. None of us acknowledge him and continued our conversation about other things. You could feel him becoming angry. A member of the staff asked him to move to the other side of the bar, he complied but watched all of us becoming visibly more angry, loudly tapping the bar, fidgeting, drinking in gulps not sips. My best friend got up to use the restroom and this guy took the opportunity. He got within two inches of my face, I took exception. He yelled at me, again I took exception and started to reach for my bag after telling him to get the fuck away from me and leave me alone, he yelled “or what”, I said I’ll have you kicked out, he got in my fact again and that was it. 

Two things to know here are that one, if I had thought it through we should have called the police because this guy drove to the bar, he was completely drunk, stumbling, slurring his words and he would have been taken in the second he pulled away from the bar because either way I was not drunk they were not kicking me out, second, since learning he had been trying to find out where I work, I have been carrying a weapon in my bag. I was reaching for that weapon at the very moment my best friend was walking out of the bathroom.  

I will let all of you know, I was ready to use that in those moments because for the first time in years I actually felt threatened by another individual. I felt he was willing to cause me harm, he was that drunk and angry. My best friend showed up just in time and pulled the guy away and proceeded to ask him to leave the establishment before things get ugly. He complied, my best friend is a big guy who many don’t really like to mess with. 

He handled the situation rather beautifully. We all know why I ended things but this guy isn’t getting it, he continued to play the victim, he kept saying “I didn’t do anything, I want to know what I have done.” Michael, my BFF kept responding with “John, it doesn’t matter, she has it in her head you did something so now you need to leave her alone, it would be best if you just leave.” You can’t reason with these types of individuals, you have to reason with them enough to get them to go away sometimes. I do not need to prove shit to this guy at this juncture, his behavior says it all. 

I informed this guy clearly why I did not want to pursue a relationship with him. His behavior is classic textbook, he will play the victim, pretending nothing is wrong with him or imply he doesn’t recall being told. 

People who do this to us all want a long drawn out explanation, that is a ploy they use in the hopes to manipulate us back to allowing them to be a part of our lives. 

The best thing you can do is not get drawn into that, you owe no one an explanation past, you don’t feel the relationship can move forward. It’s not like it was a 25 year marriage. 

That being that when everyone’s night ended I made sure to ask my driver to wait to leave until I was in my home, explaining my situation. Most Lyft drivers are happy to do that for riders, I got home safe and sound and for the first time in over two months, actually slept the entire night until morning. 

The next day, things were quiet, except that he drove down my street early in the morning.  I expected a slew of calls from this guy, he did not call. 

Now, I have witnesses to his behavior, several of them. I again note time, date, names of witnesses and detailed what transpired the night before. 

Saturday I thought finally, he got the hint, for the first time since I ended things he has not tried to contact me and got it. 

I was wrong. 

The calls started coming in on Sunday, he was using his roommates phone though. Show of hands, who in the hell answers the phone from a caller you don’t know? Yeah me neither. 

I looked up the number up and learnt who the owner was, his roommate I am sure does not know he used his phone to call me. 

Here I could choose to call his roommate and show him the call details and enlist his help. The reality is this, if I call the police they are not going to lay in wait at the bar for this guy, that is absurd unless the guy is at the bar intent on driving home right? No they will arrest him at his home, a home he rents a room in, he does not own the place.
So I could call his roommate and trust me I keep thinking about it. But I know that guy, he’s a mutual friend, he’ll toss him out the door straight away, no questions asked.
If he does that, it could potentially cause this guy to snap and come after me, he knows where I live.
I will table this idea and utilize it as a last resort.

Monday, I got back to back to back voicemails, all odd, sounded like he was whimpering, he would say things like, “welp,” then this odd whimpering, 3 to 5 second voicemails. The guy has an iPhone, you don’t arse dial on those so So, I know it was not a mistake. 

At this, because I want him to lose my cell number, I attempt to direct the calls and texts back to my website number. 

I send out a text message that makes it abundantly clear again, that he is to stop attempting to call me, find me, approach me, it’s over, we are not friends, I want no further contact with him and he needs to stop, only this time I end it with, if you continue, I will call the police and “they” will file charges for harassment and stalking. 

Earlier when I initially stated that I had asked him to stop trying to contact me, right after I ended things, I informed him that if he continued, I would call the police and that “I” would file charges. That translates to something like an empty threat, we both know that early on I probably do not have enough to warrant criminal charges. 

When you tell someone that you are going to call the police and that the police will file charges you are sending a message to that individual that you are confident you have enough proof to establish criminal behavior. 

Now if he were truly mentally insane, he would proceed with contact, even temporary insanity. I know this one firsthand, when someone is truly suffering some mental trauma that could be considered insanity, they do not have a magic shut off they do not truly understand the line between unwanted contact and criminal. 

Individuals like many of us are currently dealing with tend to know when to back off then carefully try to venture back in. They want it to look like you or I are overreacting, like we are having mental issues. 

In my case because I shared what was going on with so many of our mutual friends, it enabled word to travel around to two other people who have been dealing with this guy, dealing with the same situation. 

Him walking in and seeing all of us sitting together had to have freaked him out because at that moment he most likely realized we had shared war stories. 

So what happens now? 

I don’t know, since my last message he has not attempted contact but he is a drunk in that he generally drinks 8 or more beers a day, gets up still drunk and goes to work, he may snap at some point or he may decide finally that it’s not worth it. That I am not worth him going to jail for, which isn’t such a bad thing. 

I have been documenting, choosing my timing when I respond, how I respond, when I respond I have a reason for why I did that, I decide what I say so as to maintain control over my own well being and the situation to the best of my ability. The police would need to know after all that I am not antagonizing or exacerbating the situation. 

Above all I continue when I choose to respond to let this individual know, we are over the contact is unwanted. 

On the subject of getting a weapon. 

Every cop I have ever spoken to has told me that if you feel that someone could potentially cause harm to you, that you should consider getting a weapon for your own protection. Response times of police can very and you need to think about protecting yourself. 

Normally, I would balk at the idea but with this guy I took some time to think it over. I did not come to the decision easily or lightly. I opted not to get a gun, my granddaughters dig through my purse, I am good with hand to hand combat and went for something that allows for up close and personal damage. 

I practice using it every day, I have for years anyway but not consistently until more recently.

Do what you need to do in order to feel safe. If you do not want to get a weapon, have another plan so as to save yourself. I live in Colorado, sometimes in the winter the police simply cannot get to me fast enough when I need them. Those are facts. 

Document, document and document some more. Everything. Be aware enough to notice the tiniest of things out of order. When you go somewhere, make a note of it’s layout especially the exits, not just in and out of a door but on and off of a property. Make an escape plan the second you memorize the layout and carry that plan through over and over again in your mind until it feels like an old habit. Create alternate plans just in case. 

Reach out to your local victims advocates too, let them know what is going on and ask for help. Usually they can help you better determine when unwanted contact starts to turn to criminal contact. 

Ask police (not 911 folks), ask the DA, ask victims advocates. They would much rather help you navigate that legal system than see you harmed in anyway shape or form. And what’s more is that they will tell you upfront whether you have enough to warrant criminal charges at whatever stage you are at. These guys tend to back off, then fuck up fast, short and quick but then back off right before it becomes a crime. 

Establish a pattern of behavior that you can prove.  Say it as many times as you need to, rise above being afraid and start to establish that pattern. 

Each of you control this outcome. Make choices based off of that.   

I cannot stress enough after reading thousands of accounts of my readers who are experiencing this right now, this is not normal behavior. Well adjusted adults as I said might try a few times to make it work but past that, it is not normal. Many of you, like myself are dealing with someone who has something mentally going on but who self medicate. 

Readers, that is akin to dealing with the unpredictable. I’d like to say I have the situation under control, but the truth is, I only have me under control. 

I am doing everything that I can to protect myself and to document every interaction, attempt at contact or situation so as to enable the police when/if the time comes to place this individual under arrest. 

Which makes me, not this guys victim. 

If you feel helpless after reading this shoot me a message here or text me. I will help you navigate or point you in the right direction. 

Remember this, anyone going through this, you are not alone, reach out for help, trust me, it will reach back.

Cristal M Clark

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The Kurds Deserved Better 

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Trump’s Actions Cause Damage That Cannot Be Repaired 

Cristal M Clark 

As it stands, the US in the eyes of the world is not to be trusted. The dangerous game of cat and mouse that Trump just played in an effort to make himself look good so severely damaged our reputation worldwide that it may never truly be repairable.

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Trump made a rather idiotic promise to his base who clearly did not understand why we had troops in Syria, rather than educate themselves they just clung on to a lack of true understanding. 

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Hence, Trump without a care in the world and a lack of any form of knowledge as to why we had troops in Syria just pulled them out. 

Now he is vowing sanctions and military action, a day late and more than a dollar short, he broke our vow, our word, something so sacred, that millions of people who fight alongside American Soldiers, who depend on the help of our troops to protect them and their families cannot trust the US at her word any longer. 

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Trump wanted to ruin the post-WWII global order and isolate America from the rest of the world and one way to accomplish that is to call the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and give him the green light to cross the Syrian border and crush the Kurds…without U.S. resistance. And that has caused more damage than Trump will ever begin to understand. 

Trump wants to create a sort of utopia, one where the US does not have to work with or answer to the worldwide platform, we do not have to play nice, we get our way simply because we are a powerhouse of wealth, dominance and white people. 

What he fails so clearly to understand is that you cannot have that ying without a yang and in doing so, he has endangered the lives of millions. Isis was never done if anyone recalls after all. 

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Furthermore this shows that Donald Trump is mentally, not well. He has fantasies of grandeur, being some type of superhero, a great untouchable ruler. It reminds me of a stalker I have currently, so the mental frame of mine I know all too well, that manipulative, victim game they play to excuse the obsessive behaviors. 

His illusions are so far from actual reality that it is frightening. 

Now no matter what he does to fix it, our word can no longer be trusted worldwide. 

Trump is simply to mentally unhealthy, unstable and lacks a basic understanding of what it means to be president, he has advisers for a reason yet he refuses to utilize them. 

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His base, is just as dangerous as he is. Some refuse to see the truth others understand the truth yet are so willing to look past it because they want different without really understanding the consequences of that.

And the Kurds who have been so loyal to us, they deserve so much better, so much better. 

Cristal M Clark

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Former F.B.I. Director Wants an End to the Trump Presidency

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Cristal M Clark 

The man a lot of people think caused the Trump presidency is now vowing to help end it. I don’t blame him, I mean you have to be pretty damn stupid to want to continue with more of the Trump show in 2020. 

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James Comey was never one to want to be thrust into the spotlight however since 2016 he has more often than not found himself squarely in it. He is actually doing quite well despite having been fired, he is actually making more money these days. 

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He is also not much of a fan of Donald Trump, nor is Trump of James. Yet James seems to have a calmness about him about it all. He has been watching Trump rip apart every single foundation that made this country and as with most of us, Trump and his ideals, his followers, well those are the things nightmares are made of. Sometimes, even daymares. 

James Comey really doesn’t like having a Twitter account as media reports state, I doubt even Obama loves having one, but the reality is that people need and want them both to have Twitter accounts. Sometimes those of us little people need to be reminded of what real leadership is about so that we do not start to lose faith in a system that has been ravaged, pillaged, raped and torn apart by our current President. 

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Despite the fact that many believe James Comey all but handed Trump the Presidency, James has a huge following. I include myself in that following. The reality is that Trump had already won the Presidency, many of us watched the numbers and wrote about it in the months and weeks leading up to the election. It was an inevitable given. James didn’t do that, I lived in Florida during the election, I heard and spoke with many of his supporters. This year I went to Pennsylvania and spoke to a different breed of his supporters, James Comey did not win him the election. 

James Comey is still a very highly respected man within the FBI, some agents joined the FBI because of that man. When James tweets, it is often powerful and thought provoking. 

Lately it’s been reported that he wants to help ensure that Trump does not see another 4 years in the White House which has been turned into a meth trailer park since Trump’s arrival. 

Yet James is unsure of what to do, feeling helpless. 

Well James, welcome to the club. 

Trump’s base can be divided into two very clear types of individuals, those that do not want the same A-Typical politician type in office believing that career politicians are out of touch with the working class, they do not understand us or our needs etc. 

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The other half are more your white supremacist types. They also however, do not want a career politician in office for the same reason the other side doesn’t yet the white supremacists want to hold back women, blacks, hispanics, and take us back to something like the 1950’s era where white men rule. 

We cannot change any of those individuals, we know that Trump’s base will ignore the truth even when it’s proven and still support him. 

So we need to better understand them instead of simply labeling them and then we need to work those that are running against Trump. 

Those are the people who need to change so that they can effectively change the mind of the voter and gain the trust of all of Trump’s base. 

The other huge advantage for anyone running against Trump has is our younger generations and those that were born in mine. Our sheer numbers outnumber Trump’s base and the majority of us do not agree with his policies, his sexism, racism and we just want a mentally ill, unbalanced and unhinged man sitting in the Oval office. 

The problem is, since Trump got into office people have lost faith in our voting system, younger generations do not fully understand it, how it works, much less how important it is to actually vote. 

We also do not want another old white man in the Oval office, so sorry Joe and Bernie. Many have lost faith in our political world, law enforcement, pretty much that Make America Great Again slogan, is and has been anything but that. 

Our Allies no longer trust us, we don’t even trust us. 

So we need to work with those that are running against Trump, we need them to gain the confidence of the voter and its more than just promising to do this or that. For anyone running against Trump, when they say they are going to change something and promise that in a debate they need to back it up with a clear plan on how they can accomplish whatever it is. 

It’s all so easy to say isn’t it? 

The problem is that the world, the United States are split, we are split here, people are suffering and hurting in ways not a single politician running for office currently has even bothered to address let alone open his or her eyes to actually see. 

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Because they do not understand it, Trump has capitalized on it, he has acknowledged it, forget what you see on CNN and hit one of his rallies, he knows the suffering, he speaks to it, he simply points the cause of it to things like race, immigration, strict EPA laws, holding the wealthy back, and the like. 

He is clever, and he can speak to the suffering in the US in order to gain support. He knows the pain, he feels deeply the  pain and suffering in this country because he actually hears his supporters and can articulate what they are saying back to them in the form of promises that speak to his base. He can blame a problem on something like immigration, and make a promise thus gaining support. 

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No one currently running is doing that. They are gaining support off of hope and only that. That is not enough because Trump can take that in a matter of seconds. 

So, James Comey what can any of us do here? We want to help and change it, the reality is that we are not running for office and Trump no matter how twisted and fucked up he truly is, he knows how to hear which is different from listening and he knows how to feed into what he hears. 

Cristal M Clark

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Singapore – Most Competitive Nation in the World

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I guess it was bound to happen sooner rather than later, it seems like all the US wants to be the leader of these days, is the leader of the drama club if you look at the state of our presidency. 

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According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), Singapore has overtaken the U.S. to become the most competitive nation in the world.

Here’s the list of the The 10 most competitive countries in the world

  1. Singapore
  2. United States
  3. Hong Kong 
  4. Netherlands 
  5. Switzerland
  6. Japan
  7. Germany
  8. Sweden 
  9. United Kingdom
  10. Denmark

To get the list, the  WEF measured the strength of 103 key indicators, such as inflation, digital skills and trade tariffs, across 141 countries.

The key indicators in the report were organized into 12 pillars, which included institutions, macroeconomic stability and health.

The United States held the top spot in 2018, we’re still in the game, just not in the A game. The United States received the highest score in the world in several subcategories, including ease of finding skilled employees (that is highly debatable however, I hire people all the time) and venture capital availability, with the United States also being ranked higher than any other country in the business dynamism pillar.

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Here’s where we sucked, trade tariffs (Thanks Donald), declining life expectancy, low digital skills among our overall population, and the WEF said the life expectancy in the United States is now lower than it is in China who didn’t even make the top 10 list. 

Damn. 

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Singapore scored high for its public sector, labor force, diversity and it’s infrastructure, with its life expectancy ranked number one. In comparison, life expectancy in the U.S. is 66 years old, while in China it’s 68.

I can see that. 

Not surprising overall, Asia-Pacific was named the most competitive region in the world, followed by Europe and North America.

The report came with a warning. 

It warned that most economies were locked in a cycle of low or flat productivity growth. According to the reports authors, nations that have invested in 4 key areas:  human capital, improving their institutions, innovation and “business dynamism” would be best placed to withstand a global slowdown and to revive domestic productivity. However, they warned the effects of a slowdown were likely to be exacerbated by simmering geopolitical tensions.

“The changing geopolitical context and rising trade tensions are fueling uncertainty and could precipitate a slowdown, however, some of this year’s better performers appear to be benefiting from the trade feud through trade diversion.”

And, those countries included Singapore and surprisingly, Vietnam, which BTW was the most improved country in this year’s index in 67th place.

The WEF Urged policymakers to prepare for an evolving economic landscape, and they called on governments to better anticipate and implement the social policies that would be needed to prepare their populations for the 4 industrial revolution.

In case you are wondering, The fourth industrial revolution is the current and currently developing environment in which disruptive technologies and trends like, Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) change the way we both  live and work. They either help or fuck shit up depending. 

The report also said that many of the world’s largest and most innovative economies had education systems which were failing to keep up with the pace of innovation, including South Korea, France, China, India and Brazil.

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As for the United States, we continue to lose our top spots the longer Trump remains in office, leaving many who once looked up to us now scratching their heads wondering if we are in fact the next reality TV show or is this is a nightmare we all might eventually wake up from. 

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FBI Cracking Down on Hate Groups

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Homicidal Neo-Nazi Guerrilla Organizations

Cristal M Clark 

If you are part of a homicidal Neo-Nazi Guerrilla Organization, you may want to think twice about your membership in said organization or at the very least not yet paid your dues because the FBI is taking notice of the hate-filled and often times violent filled rhetoric and they are simply not having it. 

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An FBI investigation of Atomwaffen Division, proved fruitful and netted the arrest of 2 members of its illustrious Virginia cell which included one senior level member and one active-duty, yes active-duty soldier who belongs to an offshoot group.

Despite the FBI having been investigating the group and its offshoots since 2017, the FBI has been even more keenly interested in this hate groups since the spring of 2018. The group itself however was founded in 2016 by Brandon Russell, a young member of the Florida National Guard, who had a distaste for life in general. A hate filled radical young man with a pretty large chip on his shoulder. 

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Atomwaffen Division is a secretive, nihilistic (rejecting all religious and moral principles in the belief that life is meaningless), guerrilla organization that seeks the violent overthrow of the United States government and produces homegrown terrorists such as the likes of the Oklahoma City bomber, one Timothy McVeigh. 

It follows the writings of National Socialist Liberation Front veteran James Mason and also incorporates Satanism and the occult in its internal ideology. 

The investigation is all thanks to the rising concern over right-wing terrorism, and the danger it poses to the United States and her citizens. 

In August the arrest of Conor Climo, a former Army combat engineer and security guard where he was charged with planning attacks on a synagogue and a bar with a largely LGBT clientele, and then the Sept. 21 arrest of 24-year old Jarrett William Smith, an Army soldier stationed in Kansas who is charged with sharing viable bomb-making instructions online and strategizing an attack on Beto O’Rourke, CNN’s New York headquarters, and Antifa activists. 

The investigation shows that Conor was affiliated with Atomwaffen Division and its offshoot, Feuerkrieg Division, while Jarrett Smith claimed membership in Feuerkrieg, and according to an account on the messaging platform Telegram that was oh you know directly tired to Jarrett in court papers.

Terrorist attacks in our United States just last year were in fact, connected to far-right ideology. Mass shootings this year in Southern California and El Paso, Texas, were allegedly carried out by perpetrators who shared in far-right and racist beliefs.

The beliefs of these groups. 

Beliefs that no longer have a place in our great nation let alone the world. 

Now that the FBI has taken notice it is only a matter of time before either all hell breaks lose or the FBI dismantles the group and its affiliates once and for all. And these terrorists, well they are not going to go down without a fight now that they know the FBI is coming for them.

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Hackers Attack Goes Unnoticed for 3-Years 

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New Zealand Citizens Medical Records Hacked 

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A hacker using the name Vanda The God is claiming to have breached the database of Tū Ora Compass Health and has been doing so unnoticed for roughly 3-years. What’s worse is that the Ministry of Health is in the dark over what if anything was taken in the cyber attack. 

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The hack was discovered during checks that were carried out after a hacktavist attack which defaced a website.

The deeper the investigations by the National Cyber Security Centre ran they discovered other intrusions, including one in 2016 involving a “sophisticated” attack that exposed people’s personal data back to 2002.

It seems that we always seem to find the newest hack of systems, but if we investigate deeper, we are sure to find much more.

An estimated 648,000 individuals medical records were hacked, although some experts are putting the numbers at over a million. 

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Analysis by the Government Communications Security Bureau’s (GCSB) National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) identified Tu Ora Compass Health had been subject to 4 instances of malicious cyber activity, involving the exploitation of publicly known web server vulnerabilities. Two of those compromises dated back to 2016.

Government Communications Security Bureau Director General Andrew Hampton said one of the 2016 attacks came from “sophisticated cyber actors”.

He said the analysis by the cyber security centre of that attack “indicates that patient information was accessible to the cyber actors”.

Hackers don’t really care what type of data they get these days because, everything is for sale. 

 Cristal M Clark

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Ex-Yahoo Engineer Busted for hacking  Accounts

 

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Cristal M Clark 

First question is who uses Yahoo anymore? Yahoo has been plagued for years with millions of email hacks, spam messages, phishing scams and the like More so than any other provider. 

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The US Department of Justice charged Reyes Daniel Ruiz who “cracked” user passwords and accessed internal Yahoo systems while hunting for pornography. Reyes subsequently admitted  that he had “hacked” about 6,000 accounts, seeking sexual images and videos. 

Reyes also used access to Yahoo accounts to target other online services users had signed up for.

In a statement provided by the DOJ they found that Daniel attained Yahoo user data and that had helped him “compromise” Apple iCloud, Facebook, GMail, Dropbox and other online accounts.

And…he had used his access to the accounts to reset passwords so he could access the other systems.

But Daniel did not just target strangers, the DOJ found that he had targeted friends, co-workers and many young women during his hacking campaign.

Oh and for some added comfort, he had copied many of the images and videos he had found and kept the material at his home.

When Reyes learned that Yahoo was on to him, he destroyed the evidence, computer and hard drives where he had been storing the data. 

After a dance with the DOJ however, he admitted to everything and was charged accordingly. He signed an agreement with the DOJ in which he will plead guilty to one count of computer intrusion. Yes, just one count, not one count for the roughly 6000 accounts he hacked. 

He is due to be sentenced in February 2020. The maximum jail term for computer intrusion is five years plus a fine of $250,000 and damages.

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Begs the question, how safe do you feel now when the threat comes from a provider’s own people?

Sort of worse than being worried about big brother watching over us right?

Cristal M Clark

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