Trump and Clinton spent $81M on US election Facebook ads, Russian agency $46K

This is the headline from Tech Crunch magazine, or blog, and supposedly uses as a source what a Facebook official told Congress the other day.  Is this headline accurate? So, if accurate, what percent of Russian Facebook ads was the Russian investment?  46,000 divided by 81,000,000 = .000567, or, and here I am challenging junior high math from 58 years ago, just over one-twentieth of one percent. Really? Must have been some impressive targeting for 1/20 of one percent of the total Facebook Ads taken during the election to produce the outcome.

Just sayin’…..

Trump and Clinton spent $81M on US election Facebook ads, Russian agency $46K

Something to think about….

This article raises some serious issues which very few people are speaking about, wish to speak about, or dare to speak about….Despite many valid arguments against the idea, drafting of citizens to fight in wars spreads the risk and pain throughout the population, including especially elected leaders, corporate titans, and media opinion-makers. It is impossible for me to imagine that we’d be engaged in a now-16 year war if we had a draft. The Afghanistan war won’t end soon, either. Members of the military stated just the other day before Congressional committees that we will “stabilize” Afghanistan in seven –  SEVEN – MORE years (a 23 year war?).  If the general population had to experience the consequences, instead of the extremely narrow percentage from those among us who now choose to serve and fight, for reasons of patriotism and also (sad to say)  because aggressive recruitment tells them that becoming a fighter is the best route to short term economic security , do you really think we’d still be over there?

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-deep-unfairness-of-americas-all-volunteer-force/

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Denali

Just went to the Denali National Park 100th party for employees and ex employees. Honor to be there.  Great park. Lucky enough to make a 5 day backpacking trip into the back country with some great people and a true adventure it was. We saw historic sites, wandered some great country, and climbed a gnarly mountain, formerly named Ram IMG_2493. Into the nasty gulleyJPGMountain, 5700 feet, in a blizzard….IMG_2500. Radtke Sheldon team starting final pushJPG

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The woods, here and there….

Four days in the Olympics, Grand Valley, Lake Lillian Valley, beautiful weather, great country, and watched the eclipse overlooking Lake Gladys in Grand Valley. Nobody around for miles. Brilliant sun. It did not get much darker, but it got COLD. Very cold. The birds stopped singing also.

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Now, August 28, in Alaska, Denali National Park, staying at Denali Education Center before a five day backpacking trip around the Toklat River in the Park. Gonna be colder, up here, and different, but stunning also. Plan is to come out of the back country by Labor Day weekend for the 100th anniversary celebration of the Park for employees and former employees….

Love these National Parks….

Reader Reactions to Strong Heart…

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