Your helmet is made HOW?


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❝ The Vatican’s Swiss Guard soldiers are receiving a high-tech uniform update: Their traditional metal helmets will be replaced with 3D-printed helmets this year.

Since 1914, the Swiss Guard soldiers have worn vibrant dress uniforms inspired by Renaissance-era artwork, The Verge reported. However, the soldiers have to wear metal helmets (morions), which could become uncomfortably hot and cause burns. Last year, the Swiss Guard decided that it was time to upgrade soldiers’ iconic helmets with 3D-printed ones that were more lightweight and comfortable.

The times they are a-changing…

Trump supporters follow his model…lie, cheat and steal!


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❝ In May 2017, dozens of Americans came forward with claims that their identities had been used, without their consent, in a campaign to inundate the Federal Communications Commission with public comments critical of the Obama-era policy. Some told reporters that they’d never heard of net neutrality. Twenty seven signed an open letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai demanding a response. A year on, each of their names and addresses are still displayed on the federal agency’s website, right above, as the letter puts it, “a political statement that we did not sign onto.”

❝ What was most curious, however, is that each of these people had supposedly submitted the very same comment; a veritable word salad of telecom industry talking points. In particular, the comment was a rebuke of the Obama administration’s exercise of “unprecedented regulatory power” in pursuit of net neutrality, a policy which it accused of “smothering innovation, damaging the American economy, and obstructing job creation…”

❝ Last week, the GSA turned over the API logs in response to a records request from a reporter who had sued it and the FCC to pry them loose…

On review, they are the same records that the FCC refused to provide the New York attorney general’s office in December 2017, while claiming the state’s chief legal officer had no authority “to investigate a federal agency’s rulemaking process,” or otherwise compel the production of any materials…

RTFA. It is worth a detailed careful read. The interplay between conservative publishers, lobbyists, Roger Stone, a magic batch of 9+ million signatures appearing – from folks who never signed on to opposing Net Neutrality.

We don’t need foreign governments to be convinced of illicit political campaigns hacking their way through our diminished democracy. Conservative creeps with no shortage of dollar signs are working hard as they can to expand their abuse of democracy and responsible governance.

Popular Vote Movement Picking Up Steam


Hillary declared loser with 3 million more votes than TrumpAndrew Harnik/AP

❝ Democrats in Colorado and New Mexico are pushing ahead with legislation to pledge their 14 collective electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote — no matter who wins each state.

The plan only goes into effect if the law passes in states representing an electoral majority. That threshold is 270 votes, which is the same number needed to win the presidency…

❝ So far, 11 states — including New York, California and New Jersey — have joined the effort along with the District of Columbia, putting the effort 98 votes short of its goal.

❝ Colorado state Sen. Mike Foote, who’s sponsoring legislation, insisted that it’s not a partisan response to Trump’s 2016 win. Rather, he said, it’s about upholding the democratic principle of one person, one vote.

It’s about time that every vote in the country counts equally,” he said. “Right now, if you live in a state that is not a battleground state, then your vote doesn’t count nearly as much.”

I dedicated my life to aid in the cause for “One person, one vote” in the civil rights movement back in the 1950’s — marching forward to today. Ain’t any reason to stop, now!