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I'm passing this on...from alumni email.


You mean to tell me it wasn't the Republicans or the "private sector" that was the cause of the ObamaCare IT failure? Cronyism? It couldn't be...

Michelle Obama's Princeton classmate was Obamacare website builder | The Daily Caller Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is executive at company that built Obamacare website

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company that earned the contract to build the failed Obamacare website.

Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of ’85, is senior vice president at CGI Federal, which earned the no-bid contract to build the $678 million Obamacare enrollment website at Healthcare.gov. CGI Federal is the U.S. arm of a Canadian company.

Townes-Whitley and her Princeton classmate Michelle Obama are both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni.

Toni Townes ’85 is a onetime policy analyst with the General Accounting Office and previously served in the Peace Corps in Gabon, West Africa. Her decision to return to work, as an African-American woman, after six years of raising kids was applauded by a Princeton alumni publication in 1998

George Schindler, the president for U.S. and Canada of the Canadian-based CGI Group, CGI Federal’s parent company, became an Obama 2012 campaign donor after his company gained the Obamacare websitecontract.

As reported by the Washington Examiner in early October, the Department of Health and Human Services reviewed only CGI’s bid for the Obamacare account. CGI was one of 16 companies qualified under the Bush administration to provide certain tech services to the federal government. A senior vice president for the company testified this week before The House Committee on Energy and Commerce that four companies submitted bids, but did not name those companies or explain why only CGI’s bid was considered.

On the government end, construction of the disastrous Healthcare.gov website was overseen by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a division of longtime failed website-builder Kathleen Sebelius’ Department of Health and Human Services.

Update: The Daily Caller repeatedly contacted CGI Federal for comment. After publication of this article, the company responded that there would be “nothing coming out of CGI for the record or otherwise today.” The company did however insist that The Daily Caller include a reference to vice president Cheryl Campbell’s House testimony. This has been included as a courtesy to the company.







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Monday, October 28 - 4:48amSanction this postReply
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At first blush, much of the above seems circumstantial. But that should be factored by the fact of those 'clubs' at Princeton. They are not large, anonymous groups. They are tiny, intimate groups.

In terms of environment, the place is more like a large high school than a massive university. Courses are often tiny, clubs and groups are many and intimate breeding grounds for relationships.

The last two USSC judges seated by Obama were cookie cutter ex Princeton radical feminists like Michelle Obama.

I'm not a huge fan of cascading coincidences. The place pumps out believers in the motto 'In the nation's service' as a carte blanche to pursue elitist emperor whims.

regards
Fred



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Monday, October 28 - 8:22amSanction this postReply
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The place [Princeton] pumps out believers in the motto 'In the nation's service' as a carte blanche to pursue elitist emperor whims.
I thought about that for a minute... imagining bright, excited young minds arriving at the university for their first year. And I saw most of them believing in the motto in the beginning. If they stayed like that, they'd just be useful idiots - fodder for the cause, there to be used by the more cynical. But many, or even most, being very bright, would pick up on the subtext, and see that the unstated message was, "This business of serving your nation is what you must always pretend to if you are to get the power you want." Those that reach the top would nearly always have to be those that adopt that lack of integrity, that core dishonesty. What an awful way to create the next generation of leaders. No wonder we are going the way we are.



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Monday, October 28 - 8:37amSanction this postReply
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Steve:

That's exactly right. It can absolutely be a self-serving asshole filter/magnet, and I am uncomfortable as Hell with the path being beaten from tiny little inbred chokepoint/echo chambers like that little Disneyland of self-assigned elitism into the machinery of state. Too easily over-run(using that same filter/formula)and too easy a chokepoint of influence; a freedom eater.

My nephew recently took a new job down in the town, saw him over the weekend at a family event. I asked him how he liked it. He said he enjoyed the town. I asked him if he'd run into many assholes, and warned him that is one of the places where they are made.

regards,
Fred

PS: That the occasional 'John Stossel' escapes that mandrel of left wing thought is not enough to suggest any kind of 'balance.' The Stossels escape un-instructed in spite of the prevailing winds and heavy handed indoctrination, not becuase of any prevailing environment of adademic freedom. But it's a rout-- not even close. The Stossel's are few and far between escaping intact from the Ivies. They are America's stealth seminaries of Social Scientology, preaching and teaching that "S"ociety=God and the State is its proper church, and the annointed few are the chosen Acolytes on a mission to save Mankind from its crass, capitalistic self..."In the nation's service."

(Edited by Fred Bartlett on 10/28, 8:47am)




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Monday, October 28 - 11:19amSanction this postReply
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Fred,
...warned him that is one of the places where they are made.
That had me laughing out loud!

You and Stossel affirm the ability of man to use his own mind and beat back that insidious, ancient program's polished mind-altering techniques on the young. (Took Stossel quite a few years to break loose.)
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Some of Princeton's Best and Worst:

=====Best===== =====Worst=====
James Madison ............ Woodrow Wilson
Oliver Ellsworth* ......... Elena Kagan
Jimmy Stewart .............. Paul Krugman
John Stossel ................. Michelle Obama
Fred Bartlett ................ Ben Bernanke

It is obvious that Progressive got their hands on this seat of power back about the time the Fabian Socialists were having their effect on academia... and most of Princeton's honest glory now lies in the distant past.
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* Oliver Ellsworth was one the first Justices of the Supreme Court and helped Madison in the drafting of the Constitution.



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Monday, October 28 - 12:34pmSanction this postReply
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Excerpts from a paper by Arnaud da Lassus:

THE FRANKFURT SCHOOL IN THE U.S.

When in 1933 Hitler became Chancellor of Germany, the Institute closed its doors in Frankfurt and re-organized itself in the United States. What follows is a description by Jeffrey Steinberg in his (as yet unpublished) study Draft Report on Manchurian Children[21] on the installation of the Institute in the United States and its fields of activity
in the years 1932-50.

By the early 1930s, the Frankfurt School[22] abandoned pre-Hitler Germany, where they had already played a mighty role in the cultural decadence that fostered the Nazis, and, after a brief sojourn in Switzerland, settled in the U.S. Courtesy of Columbia and Princeton Universities, the London School of Economics, the British Fabian Society, education subversive John Dewey, the Rockefeller family
foundations, and others, leading figures in the Frankfurt School were given privileged positions in the elite
American universities. Columbia University became the official "American home" of the Frankfurt School.
At Princeton University, Frankfurt School member Paul Lazarsfeld headed the Radio Research Project, an
early social engineering and social profiling effort, bankrolled by the Rockefeller foundations and the U.S.
Army. Frankfurt School leader Theodor Adorno became the head of the music studies unit under Lazarsfeld, where he wrote, in the 1930s and 1940s, about the prospects of unleashing atonal and other forms of popular music as a weapon to destroy society. In his seminal work, The Theory of Modern Music, Adorno advocated the use of such degenerate forms of music to promote mental illness–including necrophilia–on a mass scale. He wrote elsewhere that the United States could be brought to its knees via the use of radio and television, to promote a culture of pessimism, despair, and self-hatred.


In the early 1940s, the American Jewish Committee hired Horkheimer and Adorno, along with a majority of the Frankfurt School refugees, to direct a decade-long Studies in Prejudice, which produced five major works. The most famous of the Studies, The Authoritarian Personality,[23] trashed American postwar morality, arguing that, because the vast majority of Americans still believed in the virtues of God, nation, and family, America was ripe for a fascist authoritarian takeover. For the Frankfurt School social
revolutionaries, any belief in a transcendent God was fascist. It was from this struggle against "prejudices"
that "political correctness," which triumphs today, was born.

Some leading Frankfurt School personalities, including Adorno and Max Horkheimer, had, by the late 1930s, migrated to Hollywood, where they joined the ranks of Aldous Huxley, Christopher Isherwood, Igor Stravinsky, and Alexander Korda, in pioneering the use of the new emerging "mass culture industry" as a vehicle for mass cultural subversion and the furtherance of their "Cultural Pessimism" project. Not
coincidentally, Korda was a graduate of the Ministry of Culture and Education of the Bolshevik Bela Kun
government in Hungary, where he served directly under the Frankfurt School's founder and top Comintern
spy, Georg Lukacs. Englishmen Huxley and Isherwood were veterans of British Fabian psychological
warfare projects.[24]

Simple-minded anti-Communists, oblivious of the Frankfurt School's Comintern agenda of "culture war" spent so much time looking for subliminal revolutionary messages in the Hollywood cinemas that they failed to take note of the fact that the movie industry was increasingly turning out trash films that glorified sex, murder, and drug abuse. Had they studied the twisted writings of Horkheimer and Adorno, or their Hollywood fellow travelers Huxley and Isherwood, they would have realized, long ago, that the name of the game was psycho-cultural subversion.



One of the prime tools of indoctrination: to ridicule any criticism of what it is they were doing.

If you find yourself uncomfortably snickering at the idea of someone complaining about "trash films that glorify sex, murder, and drug abuse" then congrats! Those long dead aparatchiks have long got there first. 'There' being, that part of your mind from where that knee kerk snicker emerges. It didn't actually come from you; it was carefully laid there by masters wannabees, usually in a social circumstance where to disagree would have deliberately placed social stigma on you. You've been well trained by a self-propagating meme; give yourself a cookie.

McCarthy was right; we can tell because of how effectively he was ridiculed. The same tactic is being used today, aimed at the TeaParty(and any other element of our nation that shows any signs of effectively calling out the left wing infestation.)

regards,
Fred






(Edited by Fred Bartlett on 10/28, 12:58pm)




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CULTURAL REVOLUTION TODAY

Almost 40 years after the death of Adorno in 1969, almost 30 years after that of Marcuse in 1979, the cultural revolution continues by remaining impregnated with the ideas of the Frankfurt School, whose key idea was expressed thus by Willi Munzenberg, "We will make the West so corrupt that it stinks."[38]

Quote by Ralph de Toledano, The Frankfurt School, p. 26.



How would it be brought about? The first key idea was to act upon the intellectuals: We must organize the intellectuals and use them to make Western civilization stink. Only then, after they have corrupted all its values and made life impossible, can we impose the dictatorship of the proletariat.
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Willi Munzenberg, quoted by Ralph de Toledano, The Frankfurt
School,, p. 5.



America since JFK was assassinated has been little but rot and decay, a death spiral.

I'm not saying these folls will succeed or have succeeded. But it's clear they damn well have competently tried to do exactly that, and they took solid aim directly at the places that still, to this day, wear a path to the machinery of state.

regards,
Fred










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I don't know if the people Fred mentioned, who wanted to subvert the culture, were driven primarily by a hatred for what we would call 'good' or if they understood that if you fill the available cultural space with trash films - no matter what the content - you use up the place where Objective values, heroic images, inspiring content, would have been. The Gresham's Law applied to culture.

Without the aspect of art that fills our emotional need to see that which we value deepest - values that can only be held as an abstraction - presented to us in a concrete form for the purpose of an emotional refueling, they kicked the psycho-epistemological foundation out from under a culture that supports individualism, honesty, reason, high self-esteem, benevolence and liberty.

In modeling and upholding cynicism, ridicule and sarcasm as 'cool', they made 'art' that trashes real values while making heroic art subject to ridicule and sarcasm. This way it could tossed out without ever having to raise the reasons why.

Whether by genius or an evil serendipity, using up cultural space with trash, while ridiculing heroic art has been too effective, particularly on those just entering the age where they are trying to be independent. Without that fuel, minds don't rest on whatever values they hold as strongly as they should - making them easier targets for re-education.

Most of those who produce, create, invent are striving for and having a real life. We are now coming to see the extent to which these vile cultural termites burrowed in generations ago. Reproducing primarily in academia, instead of a life, as we would envision one, they were dedicated to using their life to shift the culture, the philosophy and the politics using a secret kind of destruction by turning the young into their cultural zombies.

They have been working while in this realm we have been nearly blind. No wonder they have succeeded to the degree they have.



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One of the great 'humiliations' of Western thought was apparently discovered by Freud, who argued that we have no control over our minds.


That is certainly the case, if we let Freud get away with that assertion without first asking him "then what did you use to make that discovery, and why should anyone believe you if it was out of your control when making it?"

It's analogous to declaring that rational thought and reason is dead; then, what thought led to that authoritative declaration? Whimsy? Why would anyone buy it, unless selling a scam?

Ditto Kant and his difference between a thing and itself that cannot be experienced. How is it that only he can experience it, in order to authoritiatively advise us blind folks that there is such a difference?

The soft sciences are jam packed with 'goo' just like this...you look underneath a left wing radical for any hint of the foundation they stand on, and there is nothing there; nothing at all. Literally...nothing.

No thank-you, not buying today, from the very essence of my being.

regards,
Fred





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Monday, October 28 - 1:32pmSanction this postReply
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Steve:

Nothing that complex, I don't think; a zealot has a religious vision, that vision informs them that Western thought must be destroyed in order to save mankind from itself, and then the nuts get busy, period. That's it. It isn't any deeper than that. That is the sum and substance of what drives existentially terrified children with religious visions.

In fact, via Derrida et al, 99% of their gibberish is aimed at camoflouging the fact that it isn't any deeper than that.

Wade through it; there is nothing there. Nothing but contradictions. I've been looking for decades. It is a bottomless pit of nothing. Noise.

Consciousness of all consciousness? Or the unconscious conciousness? Could it possibly matter less who they are speaking for then the eyes are rolled back in the head?

regards,
Fred






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Monday, October 28 - 2:40pmSanction this postReply
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Fred,
Nothing that complex, I don't think; a zealot has a religious vision, that vision informs them that Western thought must be destroyed in order to save mankind from itself, and then the nuts get busy, period. That's it. It isn't any deeper than that.
Looked at through the eyes of an engineer, a scientist, a logician that certainly is true of the content. But, as is often is the case, I find myself looking from the perspective of a psychologist.

I've seen people who have an evil sounding giggle as they write a snarky, ad hominem attack post to a web site like "The Smirking Chimp" and have been struck with the "oneness" of the psychology, the style of argumentation, the sense of life, (even the name of the web site), the tactical components, the tight fit between compartments like politics, economics, ethics, etc. This isn't accident. There is a kind of design at work.

I'm clearly open to arguments regarding cultural evolution, and some sort of join between the development of a personality and the person's intellectual development. But at the high levels of intelligence, I can only countenance so much blindness to all that one is doing and the linkage between thoughts in different areas, the similar 'logic' in the various forms of illogically held fields.

There are those who may be driven by their vision, and emotionally fueled out of that process and its subconsciously held values, but some of them, those with higher levels of native intelligence, those that have a bit more self-awareness are putting together the pieces of the puzzle. Think of Rand's character Ellsworth Tooey.

I think that there ARE those who know they are destroying aspects of the culture and that it will be powerful over a long run in destroying individualism, liberty, reasoning ability, and self-esteem. It isn't that far off from those in politics who are comfortable turning a blind eye to a coming economic crisis because they intend to use it as political leverage to gain a degree of control they wouldn't otherwise be able to get.

Here is the kind of thinking that I believe goes on in some minds... (but is never spoken aloud): "Am I turning the young into sheep? Well, yes, but they would have done it to themselves anyway with a bit of time. I'm just speeding up the process and saving them the pain of attempting to live in some heroic fantasy world they couldn't sustain. Do I do it to help them? It is for their good, but I do it for the power I want, the control I want, and the hatred I feel for them, and the joy I take in seeing my control increase as they fail. I'm superior and should be the one to set the agenda." (From a psychological point of view, I'd point out that like an onion, you could peel the personality layers back still farther and find a deeply buried self-hatred being projected out... but at this point, who gives a shit?")





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So the Frankfurt school sought to turn the existing society into shit so it could become fertile soil for a perfect proletarian society?

Seriously?

I assume the dictatorship would first rule the shit to plant new seeds of perfect Marxism into the shitty soil and then expect two generations to pass before harvest.

Am I reading this right?

This site suggests that interpretation but perhaps others have studied the matter more in depth than I have and can elucidate more fully.



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Luke:

A nation that can no longer define 'freedom' is incapable of defending 'freedom.' That is why the -tiny-, easily over-run little inbred choke-points of intellectual influence were attacked first.

I can't emphasize it enough; these are not huge universities. They are tiny clubs with totally open campuses. More like large high schools-- with an out of all proportion influence on the machinery of state, and easily over-run.

Kick the intellectual legs out from underneath a competing global paradigm, and it is unable to defend itself-- from without, from within.

This is exactly the story of the gutted shell of a once free nation we live in.

An Obama is not a 'cause;' he is an effect.

regards,
Fred






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Luke,

The Fabian Socialists split off from the Marxist Socialists over one major difference (that I know of). The Marxists advocated revolution and the Fabian's wanted to make the change gradually, over generations, using education as the means of moving the culture, and the voters, to the left. The policy is referred to as "Gradualism" and "Reformism" - the two of which replace a sudden or violent change - overthrow or revolution.

And it is very close to working. As Fred said, "An Obama is not a 'cause;' he is an effect."

(But, the far left is now so close, that I'll bet some of them are ready to say, "Fuck gradualism, lets just get it done!")




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As this story spills out, don't believe for a second that these were circumstantial relationships between Michelle Obama '85 and Toni Townes-Whitley '85.

For example, the old 'Third World Center' -- since renamed the 'Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding', is a really tiny, cozy little place at the end of all the 'dining' clubs, right in the middle of Prospect Street.

These 'dining clubs' are Princeton's substitutes for the Greek system. I remember 'The Third World' center because it was a little place right next to the E-Quad, I went by it every day for four years.

In essence, Michelle '85 and Toni '85 were radical sorority sisters-- who later, cashed in big on the same old same old that Prospect Street college relationships have been practicing for decades.

Here is where 'Third World Center' used to be. (The E-Quad is the set of buildings directly to the North...)

The white building right across the street is the new 'Third World Center', about 2002, now named the Fields center.

These are both right on the middle of all the 'dining' clubs on Prospect Street, and serve the same purpose.

Look how -tiny- these places are. This is where Michelle and Toni were rubbing elbows in '85, back when they were inviting PLO terrorists to campus and confronting campus Jewish groups...

Kagan? Sotamayor? Both ex-Princeton radical feminists.

Hello?

regards,
Fred





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Wednesday, October 30 - 8:52amSanction this postReply
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OMIGOD...they used Verizon!

Google 'Verizon cloud services'

Beta? What's beta?







(Edited by Fred Bartlett on 10/30, 9:01am)




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"cost growth" in healthcare is the lowest its been in years for the same reason that we have shut down 10% of generating capacity...the economies are on the ropes.





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"Separately, the HealthCare.gov website was redesigned over the weekend to remove a picture of a smiling woman, which was replaced with navigation icons that show users how to apply by phone, in person and by mail, in addition to online."


It's a bird...it's a plane....it's...SuperBitmap Man!

Now, that must have been a long weekend. The effort of ... replacing a bitmap... made the 'news' cycle. I imagine SuperBitmap Man is in a spa, as we speak, being tended to b an army of therapists, to send him back into the fray.

I mean face it...they replaced a picture, and this deserves a whole paragraph.

You can't buy this kind of enternainment...and yet strangely, we are.





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This Arnaud da Lassus who published the paper on the Frankfurt School draws alot of snarls from the Left. He is apparently a 'reactionary Catholic/Christian' who has taken some offense at what he perceives to be global persecution of the Catholic/Christian faith. His barbed and detailed criticisms of Marxists and socialists are, using one of the left's favorite tactics(they only have about two-- 'RaceGenderClass' and 'anti-semitism') warped into 'anti-semitism' -- because some Marxists/communists/socialists are Jewish, you see.

I am neither Catholic, Christian, nor Jewish. Nor anti any of those tribal things. I've read his paper, and see nothing 'anti-semitic' about it at all.

Anti-Marxist? Anti-socialist?

No doubt; so get to the bad part...

regards,
Fred



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