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If I Had My Way
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To: Ryan Gallagher - ryan.gallagher@theintercept.com

Cc: Micah Lee - micah.lee@theintercept.com

From: Doug Skoglund - skoglund@pdmsb.com

Date: 09 Apr 2015 08:00 am CDT

Subject: 2015014 - Ignorant, Stupid or Hypocrite??

Thanks guys (and gals), I am addressing all of you members of The Intercept whose address I have as a result of your blog posting, two at a time (because that is the limit of my present software).

Thank you for your respective posts and/or publication of your email address -- that is a good first step. However, your address is nothing but a sham, if you fail to respond to your readers.

Ignorant means lacking knowledge, stupid means lacking intelligence and we all know what hypocrite means -- right?? Obviously, you people are NOT stupid, so I have to assume that you are ignorant about the process of solving problems (my primary concern).

You are doing a wonderful job of defining problems and a lousy job of solving them. I have written some of you before, in addition to many messages to Glenn over the years -- and, except for a response where Glenn erroneously interpreted my message as an insult, have never received a response.

I assure you, I don't have the time or the need to insult you -- that would be stupid. Since, I have spent a lifetime (I will be 86 next week) solving problems for my respective employer, the only thing I can share with you is what I have learned from my education and my personal research.

The fact of the matter is that the definition of THE problem has been pretty well covered by G. William Domhoff and others (see, "Who Rules America - Power in America") . The power structure rules America -- and I must add that the power structure rules the world. 

It should be obvious that the information necessary to educate the public on all the particulars of the problem and it's solution would take another college course taught by an extremely competent professor -- followed by a large number of seminars with equally competent assistants.

The point is that transfer of knowledge requires much more than a simple lecture -- or a simple blog posting -- or a simple statement like this. We need discourse -- of the proper kind -- managed discourse. Since we are living in the computer age now, we are dependent upon the programmer to provide the proper software. 

As a programmer, it is my responsibility to share my knowledge of the computer and I am trying to tell you that the present computer is not programmed for the type of discourse necessary to transfer knowledge from one person to another. It is simple to see that when you understand how. Run a speed test on your computer and you will see a large different between your upload and download speeds.

Technology has given us cable, a one-way system designed for download. More recently, technology has given us a two-way system and programmed it for download capability. Why??

I'll tell you why -- the power structure doesn't want the discourse necessary to produce educated voters -- it's just that simple. All this talk about an open internet is pure bull s**t -- but that is another story. You guys know all about stories, right??

What we need, as soon as humanly possible, is a two prong approach. one to re-program the computer to improve the transfer of knowledge - and another to start education of the voters for the 2016 election -- and, we don't have a lot of time.

We need to change our present single party system back into a legitimate democracy. So we are not talking about a third party -- we have to acknowledge that the Democrats and the Republicans are, in reality, simply part of the Power party.

Now, each and every individual has the responsibility for their own education -- whether the system provides it or not. Therefore, if you are ignorant about a particular subject, you must do your own research.

And you may honestly disagree with my opinions (which is the only thing I can express); however, that disagreement requires discourse. Lack of discourse does nothing but indicate the level of hypocrisy. That is how it all adds up IMHO.

To be continued (of course)

Doug Skoglund skoglund@pdmsb.com

I don't provide for comments since that is a system designed to control the communication process -- I do provide an e-mail address!! (Please put a [MYWAY] in your title to get my attention).

BTW, I am working on a replacement system -- and I sure could use some help.

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