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I believe an unlikely mix of alleged drug trafficking related politicos and alleged white nationalist related politicos united to elect the infamous “Bloc of Four” in the abysmal voter turnout election of 2005. During their four year term the drug business was good again and white nationalists used Coatesville as an example on white supremacist websites like “Stormfront”. Strong community organization and support from law enforcement, in particular Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll has begun to turn our community around. The Chester County drug trafficking that I believe centers on Coatesville continues and I believe we still have public officials in place that profit from the drug sales. But the people here are amazing and continue to work against the odds to make Coatesville a good place to live.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

The political stuff is just for fun. Hackers hacked Hillary for $$PROFIT$$

Are Russian Government or Russian criminals interested in our election?

Putin hacking U.S. Elections?  It’s a dangerous lie. 

Clinton is also threatening to make a “No fly” zone in Syria. The aircraft involved are Russian piloted by Russians.

Keep in mind that the fully armed Russian Navy is a mile from Britain’s shore. About the same psychological effect as watching fully armed Russian Navy ships from the Atlantic City Boardwalk. 

Russia is responding to Clinton:

I think the "Russians" hacked Hillary's email not to influence elections. They hacked low hanging fruit that could give them access to a multi-trillion dollar money tree.

Some 17 year old in Russia was snooping online and noticed Hillary's doors were wide open. He figured out she had access to a large number of billionaires and the chase was on.

Clinton's email gave access to the multi-billion dollar Clinton Foundation, but that's chump change. The big money is in Clinton's donors, the corporations and countries like Saudi Arabia where commerce is tightly controlled by government.

The political stuff is just for fun. Hackers hacked Hillary for $$PROFIT$$

To Russians Putin hacking Democrats email is such an obvious lie that it's silly.

Our Prohibition made a common everyday beverage illegal and led to organized crime in the United States.

In the Soviet Union almost any private business selling anything was illegal. For basic survival, not just a beer, citizens of the Soviet Union had to embrace organized crime.

I know a dental technician who said, “In Russia, I was a millionaire.” He had to hide his gold from the KGB under his floorboards, but he could bribe almost any public official.

In Soviet Russia organized crime was deeply embedded in government. Now organized crime is Russia’s government.  

Hacking is a crime in former Soviet countries but it's a misdemeanor. 17-year-old hackers who successfully hack an overseas business are celebrated like soccer stars. Here they most likely end their careers in prison. So it's easy to see how people here believe the nonsense about Putin trying to control our election.

"MOSCOW -- When it comes to finding original ways of virtually stealing real money, Russian criminals are in a class of their own. With an estimated annual turnover of more than $2 billion a year, the Russian cybercrime industry is the source of at least a third of all viruses, Trojans and other malicious software, or malware, sent around the world.

"In terms of sophisticated types of malware, Russia leads the way,” according to Kyle Wilhoit, an American cyber-security expert.

Take, for example, the recent data breach at Target. Investigators have traced the software that was used to steal millions of shoppers’ credit-card details back to a 17-year-old hacker from St. Petersburg named Sergey Taraspov. He allegedly wrote the program and then sold it for $2,000 on a Russian-language website. At least 40 different criminals, most from the former Soviet Union, used the code to attack American retailers. So far, at least 110 million American shoppers had their credit card numbers stolen with his software.

Wilhoit says this type of hit, known as a point-of-sale attack, shows serious skill.
“Russia is where they develop most of these types of attacks,” he said. “It’s a technology that not many other virus writers would understand. They go to the trouble of figuring it out because they know that’s where the money is.”
There are a number of reasons why Russia is the leading producer of malicious software. While universities here still produce highly trained engineers and mathematicians, the legitimate economy is offering them jobs that pay very little by western standards. An average Russian computer engineer earns about $24,000 a year, which doesn’t buy much in Moscow, the world’s most expensive city. The other resource Russia seems to have in unlimited supply is organized crime with strong ties to the government, which tends to look the other way when it comes to cybercrime.
'Hackers only really get prosecuted when they attack targets inside Russia,” said Wilhoit.
More At: 
NBC News 
Cheap Russian Hackers Power American Cybercrime 
by Ben Plesser

My blog, CoatesvilleDems, consistently gets about 200 to 250 page views in 24 hrs. The United States has always had the largest "audience".

For about 4 months it bumped to 400 to 500 in 24hrs,  about 1/2 from Eastern Europe & former Soviet countries. That's now stopped.

Was Russian government involved? I don't think so. Most criminal hacks come via former Soviet countries where stealing online is an embedded part of the local economy. Clinton's wide open State Department/Clinton Foundation email is a trillion dollar gold mine for criminal hackers. 
And when she is president "Russian" hackers will continue to follow the money. 

This is the only stuff you should read in The NY Times. 

In Refrigerators, Tomatoes Lose Flavor at the Genetic Level
By  JOANNA KLEIN OCT. 17, 2016  

It's owners & editors decided Clinton would be president in 2014 and even the once respected economist Paul Krugman went all out Wall Street investment banks fanboy. 

Right now most of the NYT is unreliable, vetting sources doesn't matter if politics affects the topic and politics affects almost everything. 

Maybe the "Grey Lady" will recover, maybe not. Maybe when 620 Eighth Ave. is "structure" for fish some of them might think, "We should of backed Sanders". 

We still have The Young Turks. Maybe WOLFPAC will get a constitutional amendment to get money out of politics before we destroy ourselves. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

U.S. mass incarceration-for public safety? Or for keeping blacks away from the polls?

“Penal reformers have long claimed, ‘prison doesn't work.’ This is only partly true: for drug cartels, prison works brilliantly. Jails provide a place to hire and train new members of staff, something that is normally extremely difficult for criminal organizations to do because of the constraints imposed by the illegality of their businesses... 
 How misguided it was to send low-level offenders to these universities of crime was apparent even to Richard Nixon, the first US president o declare a "war on drugs. To take somebody that smoked some of this stuff (cannabis), put I'm into a jail with a bunch of hardened criminals...  that's absurd...There must be different ways than jail." He said in a private conversation recorded in the Oval Office in 1971. * 
 *Cited by Common Sense for Drug Policy, at:
 Since he made those comments, the United states, in particular, has struggled to find ‘different ways than jail’, At the time of Nixon’s remark, the country's prison population stood at about 200,000. It is now 1.6 million. Most of the criticism leveled at this policy is made on human-rights grounds, but an equally persuasive case can be made based on economics. Prison is fabulously expensive. Sending a teenager to jail. Costs more than it would to send him to Eton College, the private boarding school in England that educated Princes William and Harry. It seems especially odd that the United States, a country with a proud history of limited government, is unquestioningly generous when it comes to this particular public service, on which is blows $80 billion a year. Does it really need to lock up five times as many people per capita as Britain, six times as many as Canada, and nine times as many as Germany? 
 The case for making prisons less populous is fairly clear. Less obviously, there is also an argument for making them cushier. This flies in the face of common sense, which suggest that worse prisons provide a stronger deterrent to committing crime. But the evidence is that prisoners react to ugly dangerous surroundings by joining criminal groups that offer them protection and privileges. "We're not a gang, we're a [labor] union," prisoners in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, told thee London Times. Just like ordinary workers inmates are more likely to unionize if they face bad conditions. Making jails safer removes prisoners' need for protection: providing training gives them noncriminal options when they eventually leave. The more the state fails to meet prisoners' basic needs the greater the opportunity for criminal gangs to fill the gap.  
 The Dominican Republic shows how such an approach can work. The country was once addicted to high levels of incarceration in jails that maintained dreadful standards. Under the old Dominican system, half of all inmates reoffended within three years of their release.. Under the new system fewer than 3 percent do... 
For organized-crime groups, steering inmates into criminal careers is far easier under the older, more punitive regime. 
  The implication of this is that if one can hamper cartels' recruitment by limiting the flow of apprentices coming through prison, one can tighten up the criminal labor market. For one thing, this will force criminal organizations to pay their employees higher wages, cutting into their profits. It will also deter them from violently quarreling its the employees they have. One can only treat members of staff as disposable if there is a steady stream of replacements lined up.” 
 Get this book. It's in the library. 

Look at it any way you like.  Putting massive amounts of mostly black men in prison doesn't make sense from a public safety perspective. 

But maybe the "War on Drugs" isn't about law and order, or public safety. Maybe it's about restricting the voting rights of African Americans who will vote for Democratic candidates. 

Mass incarceration doesn't make our streets safe. It does help Republicans get elected and re-elected. 
Mass incarceration is designed to take black voters away from the polls. 
It's designed to send black men to prison. It's designed to put them back into prison when they get out. 
It's designed to help the Republican Party at the expense of public safety. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Are Chester County Sheriff’s coming to the polls locked & loaded?

'Carolyn 'Bunny' Welsh
Sheriff, Chester County'
September 10,2016

"When Trump held his rally at West Chester University on April 25, Welsh greeted him in person and had her photo taken with him. She said she helped escort him before and after he delivered his speech. 
Welsh has been involved with other campaigns in the past. In November of last year, Welsh attended a private fundraiser for Dr. Ben Carson, a former Republican presidential contender, in Berwyn." 

Chester County GOP warming up to Trump 
By Adam Farence, Daily Local News 
POSTED: 05/18/16, 6:22 PM EDT | UPDATED: ON 05/18/2016
A radical and growing organization of ‘constitutional sheriffs’ is promoting defiance of federal laws it doesn’t like.


Liberty Rider, Michael Maresco, is crossing the country by bike and handing out Oath Keeper dvd's along with Sheriff Mack's book and other materials to folks across the country.

"In the minutes before he was killed as he apparently tried to draw a 9mm pistol on law enforcement officials attempting to arrest him at an Oregon roadblock early this year, antigovernment militant Robert 'LaVoy' Finicum repeatedly shouted out to officers that he was on his way to meet with 'The sheriff.”

… Stewart Rhodes, the group’s (Oath Keepers) president, wrote on June 16. “We must also fulfill our pledge to train our fellow Americans to FIGHT against this evil that aims to wipe liberty from the face of the earth.”...

But Rhodes and his band of present and former law enforcement and military members aren’t just sticking up for oppressed minorities and offering to help the authorities deal with endemic violence in America. They are true believers in a set of bizarre conspiracy theories that posit that the nation is facing massive subversion being carried out by self-interested

global elites and President Obama — a fact that makes their ongoing paramilitary organizing efforts genuinely worrisome…

To say it more plainly: Rhodes believes that Obama and “the elites” are intentionally refusing to defend the border and using criminal gangs and “Marxists” to subvert America from within. They are so evil that they are perfectly willing “orchestrate” terrorist attacks, he claims. The alleged plan, suggested in other Oath Keepers material, is seize Americans’ guns, jail any who resist, and impose a global “New World Order” that will pillage ordinary citizens to enrich global elites.

Obama, Rhodes says, is the “blood dancing domestic Enemy-In-Chief.


The Oath Keepers say they’re busy forming armed ‘preparedness teams.’ But what they’re preparing for is pure, dystopian fantasy.



I can still see elderly black woman walking away from Coatesville’s 5th Ward saying “They won't let me vote."

“I hope you people can … not just vote on the 8th, [but] go around and look and watch other polling places and make sure that it’s 100-percent fine,” Trump said at an August 12 rally in Altoona, in rural central Pennsylvania. “We’re going to watch Pennsylvania—go down to certain areas and watch and study—[and] make sure other people don’t come in and vote five times. … The only way we can lose, in my opinion—and I really mean this, Pennsylvania—is if cheating goes on.” -Donald Trump- August 12,2016 Altoona, PA


CCRC Chair Skip Brion was part of a Commonwealth wide effort to disrupt mostly Democratic voting precincts.
Early on the General Election Day of 2004 several Republican attorneys from Spring City showed up outside of Coatesville's Fifth Ward (precinct 120). When the polls opened they went inside and I saw elderly black women coming out of the polls saying, "They won't let me vote."   
 When the Democratic attorney was inside the polling place everything was peaceful. When the Democratic attorney took a break, again people were walking out saying they won't let me vote.   
 The effect of all that Republican muscle in Coatesville's Fifth Ward was stopping long time voters from voting.   
 I can't understand why they brought in lawyers from Spring City and why CCRC Chairman Skippy Brion was screaming at a Democratic poll watcher inside the polling place in front of voters but I don't have the mind of a Republican.    
But I do think that if the Republicans persisted in stopping long time voters from voting there would have been violent incidents at the Fifth Ward." 

In 2004, hundreds of University of Pittsburgh students waited for hours to vote in the presidential election. The local Democratic Party, alarmed at the bottleneck, handed out pizza and water to encourage the students to stay. Pittsburgh Steelers Hall-of-Famer Franco Harris worked the line, armed with a giant bag of Dunkin Donuts, and Liz Berlin of the Pittsburgh band Rusted Root performed on guitar. 

The stalled line wasn’t because of the high turnout. It was what was happening at the check-in desk. 

“The attorneys for the Republican Party were challenging the credentials of pretty much every young voter who showed up,” recalls Pat Clark, a Pittsburgh activist and registered Democrat who was working for an election-protection group that day. 

The GOP attorneys were acting as poll watchers. A common practice in many states, partisan poll watching helps parties get out the vote and keep an eye out for irregularities. But in Pennsylvania, laws governing how observers can challenge voters are unusually broad, and that makes them susceptible to abuse…

“Instead of seeing orderly poll watching,” says Wendy Weiser, director of the Brennan Center for Justice’s Democracy Program, “we might see a lot of individuals trying to take on the role of election officials or law enforcement, and crossing the line into intimidation, discrimination and polling place disruption.”

The state’s unique rules make it vulnerable to Election Day mischief. In a tight race, that could help Donald Trump.

By Erick Trickey October 02, 2016