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My readers may have noticed this blog has gone a bit quiet. Let me tell you why.

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#HurricaneIrma Information for #Florida

*This post will be updated approximately 9am EST, 8 PM EST, and 3am EST.  The updates will be listed in bold letters

As Hurricane Harvey was devastating Houston I kept searching for a site that was a one-stop information portal.   Evacuation lists, emergency numbers, shelters, flooding maps, social media accounts to follow for info, up to date weather, Govt links, news, live feeds, local emergency bulletins, maps, rescue and relief efforts, and information from others in the areas affected.  It was difficult to find one so I’ve decided to create one starting with Hurricane Irma. This list is fluid and will be updated morning, noon and night as information comes in. 

Update from Florida SERT

 

Urgent update from Gov. Rick Scott

 

 

  • WAZE navigation phone app added
  • Rumor Control from FEMA added
  • Live Beach Cams added at bottom of post
  • Beach Cams updated
  • Social Media Accounts to follow updated
  • Storm surge Warning added
  • Storm Surge Warnings Updated
  • Evacuation list updated
  • shelter list updated
  • Shelter list in Georgia for Irma Evacuee’s added
  • need for volunteers added
  • Volunteers needed updated
  • Emergency numbers updated
  • Apps and helpful links updated

 

 CURRENT EVACUATION ORDERS

If you are in a zone that is calling for MANDATORY or VOLUNTARY EVACUATION please do so.  Property can be replaced, lives can not.

  • *If you choose to not evacuate.  DO NOT GO INTO THE ATTIC unless absolutely necessary.  If you do have an ax or something else to cut into roof.  You cant be rescued if they cant see you

The following counties have evacuation orders.  This list is fluid, and will be updated on FloridaDisaster.org.

Per Gov Rick Scott:

Based on recent forecasts, the US Army Corps has been reviewing how the federally operated Herbert Hoover Dike will be impacted. Governor Scott spoke to Col. Jason Kirk with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today and the Corps. believes there will be additional impacts from excessive wind pushing some water over the Dike. While they have assured the Governor that the structural integrity of the Dike will not be compromised, Governor Scott has ordered voluntary evacuations beginning immediately in the cities surrounding the southern half of Lake Okeechobee from Lake Port to Canal Point in Hendry, Palm Beach and Glades counties. Mandatory evacuations will be put in place for these communities beginning tomorrow morning. Information regarding transportation and sheltering will be released tomorrow morning. This decision was made due to Governor Scott’s sole focus on life safety as Hurricane Irma approaches Florida. The seven cities affected by these orders are as follows:

UPDATED EVACUATION LIST 

  • South Bay
  • Lake Harbor
  • Pahokee
  • Moore Haven
  • Clewiston
  • Belle Glade
  • Canal Point
  • Brevard – mandatory evacuations for Zone A, Merritt Island, barrier islands, and some low-lying mainland areas along Indian River Lagoon
  • Broward – mandatory East of Federal Highway including barrier islands
  • Charlotte – voluntary evacuations for Don Pedro Island, Knight Island (Palm Island), Little Gasparilla Island, Manosota Key, all mobile homes
  • Citrus – mandatory evacuations for residents west of Hwy 19, 1 and ½ miles east of Hwy 19 excluding Sugarmill Woods. This also includes all of the city of Crystal River, all low lying areas throughout the entire county and anyone residing in mobile homes, manufactured homes and all unsafe structures throughout the entire county
  • Collier – mandatory evacuations for Goodland, Everglades City, Chokoloskee, all mobile homes
  • Desoto- voluntary evacuations for people in low-lying/flood prone areas, residents living in mobile homes and RV parks
  • Flagler – mandatory evacuations for nursing homes, all varieties of assisted living facilities, and community residential group homes within coastal and Intracoastal areas and voluntary for zones A, B, C, F; mandatory for Zones A,B,C,F, and substandard housing beginning on Saturday
  • Glades – mandatory evacuations for areas around Lake Okeechobee (Lakeport, Moorehaven, Washington Park, Benbow and Uncle Joe’s Motel and Campground). Also mandatory for residents in Zone A and anyone in an RV park, mobile home or building constructed before 1992.
  • Hardee – voluntary evacuations for low-lying areas, mobile homes, and port structures
  • Hendry – voluntary evacuations for low-lying areas, non-slab-built homes, mobile homes, trailers and RVs, mandatory for areas near Lake Okeechobee (Clewiston, Hookers Point, Harlem, Flaghole, Montura Ranch Estates, Mid-County MSBU which inlcudes Ladeca, Pioneer Plantation and Leon-Dennis Subdivision, Al Don Farming Road)
  • Hernando – mandatory evacuations for Zones A and B and mobile homes
  • Highlands – voluntary for low areas and mobile/manufactured homes
  • Hillsborough – voluntary for special-needs residents in Evacuation Zone A.
  • Indian River – voluntary evacuations for barrier islands, low-lying areas, mandatory for Saturday
  • Lee – mandatory for Cape Coral west of Burnt Store Road and south of Cape Coral Parkway, east of Del Prado Boulevard to Viscaya Parkway, North Fort Myers south of Bay Shore Road from Moody Road to State Road 31 and areas south of North River Road from State Road 31 to Fichters Creek, areas of Iona south of Maple Drive, west of U.S. 41, San Carlos Park west of U.S. 41, Estero west of U.S. 41, north of the Estero River, Bonita Springs communities along Estero Bay and the Imperial River Basin, all of the barrier islands.
  • Manatee – voluntary evacuations for Zone A and mobile homes.
  • Martin – mandatory evacuations for barrier islands, manufactured homes, and low-lying areas beginning Saturday
  • Miami-Dade – mandatory evacuations for all of Zone A, all of Zone B, and portions of Zone C. Miami Dade residents can find their zones by clicking HERE.
  • Monroe – mandatory evacuations for visitors and residents. A dedicated transportation hotline is available specifically for individuals in the Keys at 305-517-2480
  • Pasco – mandatory evacuations for residents living west of U.S. 19. Also mandatory for residents living north of Fox Hollow Drive west of Little Rd. and south of Fox Hollow Drive west of Regency Park Blvd./Rowan Rd./Seven Springs Blvd. Special needs residents, and those living in manufactured homes, mobile homes, RV’s, and anyone living in a low-lying area or an area prone to flooding are also under mandatory evacuation. Voluntary evacuations for residents living south of Fox Hollow Drive to the south county line between Regency Park Blvd./Rowan Rd./Seven Springs Blvd. and Little Rd.
  • Palm Beach – mandatory evacuations for Zone A and B, voluntary for Zone C and Lake Zone E (Canal Point, Belle Glade, and Pahokee)
  • Pinellas – mandatory evacuations all mobile home and Zone A
  • Sarasota – voluntary evacuations in Zone A (Longboat, Lido, Siesta, Casey Key, Manasota Key, Venice Island), all mobile homes
  • St. Lucie – mandatory north and south Hutchinson Island, low-lying areas, manufactured homes
  • Additional evacuations are expected throughout the state. All Floridians should pay close attention to local alerts and follow the directions of local officials.
  • Shelters are continuing to open across the state, including shelters for people with special needs, pets and general populations. DOH is coordinating the set up and staffing for special needs shelters. A list of all open shelters will be available at floridadisaster.org/shelters.
  • FEMA is also hosting shelter information on its mobile app which can be found at fema.gov/mobile-app.
  • The state is working with the American Red Cross to identify shelter capacity both during and following the storm.
  • Non-essential Navy personnel evacuated from Naval Air station Key West 
  •  Brevard County officials have announced a mandatory evacuation order for residents living in Merritt Island and some mainland low-lying areas along the Indian River Lagoon.
  • There is a mandatory evacuation for nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Flagler County.
  • Evacuation orders for Central Florida
  • Flagler County announced a voluntary evacuation for residents and said evacuation zones A, B, C and F (not Palm Coast alphabet sections) should consider leaving the area ahead of Hurricane

STORM SURGE WARNINGS

Buoy warnings NOAA —>http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=kywf1

Storm surge prediction may NOAA—>http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at1+shtml/154010.shtml?wsurge

Potential Storm Surge flooding map —>http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at1+shtml/213811.shtml?inundation#contents

  • A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for Volusia/Brevard county line southward around the Florida peninsula to the Suwannee River, including the Florida Keys and Tampa Bay.
  • A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for north of the Volusia/Brevard county line to the Florida/Georgia Border and on the west coast north of the Suwannee River to the Ochlockonee River.
  • A Hurricane Warning is in effect from the Florida/Georgia southward around the Florida peninsula to the Aucilla River, including Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee, and Tampa Bay.
  • A Hurricane Watch is in effect for areas west of the Aucilla River to Indian Pass.
  • Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for areas west of Indian Pass to the Okaloosa/Walton County line.
  • National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for Fisheating Creek near Palmdale until further notice

Florida OEM website link

The OEM Twitter Acct is being updated all the time.  It is including evacuation information, emergency numbers, closures, and important Irma information.

Florida OEM Twitter feed

Know your route.  Here is the Florida Disaster Public Mapping of evacuation routes and storm surge zone maps

If you can, monitor the Florida 511 statewide twitter acct for traffic updates:

  •  Identify several places you could go in an emergency such as a friend’s home in another town or a motel. Choose destinations in different directions so that you have options during an emergency.
  • If needed, identify a place to stay that will accept pets. Most public shelters allow only service animals.
  • Be familiar with alternate routes and other means of transportation out of your area.
  • Follow the instructions of local officials. Remember  your evacuation route may be on foot

 

DOCUMENTS TO TAKE If you must evacuate:

♦ Emergency phone numbers
♦ Copies of important prescriptions:
♦ Copies of children’s immunization records.
♦ Copies of health, dental, and/or prescription insurance cards or numbers.
♦ Copies of auto, flood, renter’s, homeowner’s insurance policies, policy numbers
♦ Insurance company telephone numbers, local agent and company headquarters.
♦ Social Security • Credit card
♦ Bank account • Driver’s license
♦ Birth, death, adoption, and marriage certificates.
♦ Passports and other identity documents.
♦ Emergency supply kit (Build a kit from Ready.gov)
♦ Supplies for pets (supply information)

Place papers in sealed, waterproof plastic bags.  Store in a durable, sealed box.  Grab box and take with you.

The following was sent to Liberty Speaks email…

1.  More toilet paper than you think you can possibly use.  Store it on a high shelf.  It’s no good pre-wet.
2.  Cleaning rags (old towels or old clothes, etc).  You can wash and reuse them for cleanup, which you cannot do with paper towels.
3.  bleach for disinfecting everything.  Liquid bleach (sodium hypochlorite) loses half its strength in a year and in about 3 years is totally ineffective.  The best thing to buy is CALCIUM HYPOCHLORITE at pool supply stores.  It’s in powder form, so you mix it as you need it.  This is called Pool Shock, but there are several chems used for that, so read the label.  You can disinfect water to drink.  Read online now for the formula to do that.
4,  Rubber gloves.   If you have any flooding, sewage will be present.  If any water damage, mold is possible.
5.  Heavy work gloves to protect you from nails, etc.
6.  Drinking water (tap water) stored in 2-liter soda bottles.  Cheapest way.
7.  CANNED fruits and veggies.  They won’t spoil or need prep.
8.  Ziploc bags for storing things.  Gallon size.  Keep your cell phone in one. Inflate one for a pillow.
9.  waterproof matches (camping section of any sporting goods store, Walmart.  You can even make your own.)
10.  A really, really REALLY good mechanical can opener.  Get TWO of them.  My son in law and I took the boys to SC to see the eclipse and our one can opener broke.
11.  Knife and scissors.
12.  Raingear and hats
13.  Notebook and pens.  You may be surprised how much you will need to write down.
14.  MAPS.  US and State atlases at a minimum.  If one road is blocked, you can look for others.
15.  Sharpie pens.  If you have to stay at a shelter, you will want to write your name on EVERYTHING.
16.  If you evacuate, take sleeping bags if at all possible.
17.  Guns and ammo.  There are plenty bottom-feeders out there who prey on people who evacuate or have been hit by a hurricane.
18.  If you evacuate, something to pee in.  People who evacuate can be stuck in traffic for hours and hours, taking 16 hours to go a distance usually travelled in 2.

SHELTER INFORMATION

Below find a list of Shelter locations in Georgia for Irma Evacuees

 

WEATHER LINKS

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

  • Florida Emergency Information Line 1-800-342-3557
  • If you have no way to evacuate call our transportation hotline at 1-800-955-5504
  • Floridians can text FLPREPARES to 888777 in order to receive text alerts from FDEM.
  • The media line is 850-921-0217
  • Florida Price Gauging Hotline 1-866-9-NO-SCAM
  • To search for open shelters: text SHELTER and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA)
  • Florida Emergency number list
  • For General Information 511
  • American Red Cross Florida
  • Veterans Who Need Assistance: 1-800-507-4571.
  • To Volunteer: 1-800-354-3571
  • To Report Power Outages: 1-800-468-8243

APPS TO DOWNLOAD

VOLUNTEER ORG’S & VOLUNTEERS NEEDED 

  • Volunteer Florida is coordinating with volunteer organizations across the state and has partnered with the American Red Cross to provide shelter operations training to volunteers and AmeriCorps grantees. To volunteer, go to volunteerflorida.org or call 1-800-FL-Help-1.
  • Governor Scott has set a goal of 17,000 volunteers. So far, more than 1,500 state employees and more than 8,300 members of the public have signed up with Red Cross to take the volunteer sheltering training.
  • Volunteer Florida is working with the Red Cross to identify staffing for host shelters in Sarasota, Alachua and Leon Counties.
  • Volunteer Florida has 43 Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) on standby to deploy to areas of need. Many of these teams have begun to work in local call centers and prepare for sheltering assistance.
  • American Red Cross teams are coordinating feeding at shelters and have staged 26 tractor trailers at the State Logistics Response Center, 150 trailers at the State Farmers Market, and 100 emergency response vehicles in North Florida.
  • The Salvation Army has the capability to provide 100,000 meals a day. Salvation Army is on standby with 32 cooking units and two field kitchens stationed in Palm Beach and Miami. They are also coordinating additional supplies awaiting deployment from neighboring states.
  • The Florida Baptist Convention has eight kitchens ready and the ability to feed 90,000 people immediately. Twenty-seven more kitchens are on standby ready to feed 35,000 meals a day.
  • Feeding Florida has received nine truckloads of food from Kellogg’s to assist in shelters with 16 additional trucks coming in. Feeding Florida currently has more than 4,000 food boxes on hand capable of sustaining a family of four for five days. Feeding Florida has 3,000 shelf stable meal boxes ready to distribute to staging areas in Miami and Orlando. Volunteers are compiling 20,000 food bags, which hold 20 pounds of food and can be distributed as needed. Feeding Florida also has baby food/formula kits available for distribution.
  • Church World Service has hygiene kits and cleanup buckets on standby.
  • Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Florida has showers and trailers available in Pensacola and Lakeland for deployment, as well as supplies such as chainsaws, shovels, safety equipment and 1,200 tarps.
  • Church of Latter Day Saints has chainsaws, tarps, and water on standby.
  • United Methodist Church has hygiene kits and flood buckets on standby.
  • Angel Flight SE has 700 pilots based in the southeastern U.S. available to assist.
  • Church of Scientology is activating volunteers for FL and receiving volunteers and donations in Clearwater.
  • Church of Latter Day Saints is transporting material (primarily tarps, chainsaws, food and water) to Orlando, more on order from Atlanta Bishop’s Storehouse
  • Mission North American Disaster Relief is staging equipment in various locations across the state and have two shower trailers available.
  • UMCOR has 2,500-3000 flood buckets on hand and 3,000 hygiene kits.
  • United Way is arranging enhanced staffing for 211 to support and direct residents.

 

HELPFUL LINKS AND WEBSITES

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Twitter follow the hashtag #FLPrepares

Facebook accounts to follow-this will be updated as needed

Jester has added a Google Earth Simulation for Storm surge and water levels


 

LIVE FEED FROM BEACH CAMS

LeHigh Acres webcams —>http://www.the-webcam-network.com/Florida-USA/Lehigh-Acres/2994337.html

 

 

Bonita Springs/Naples

Hollywood, Ft. Myers, Miami

Key West, Ft Lauderdale, Sanibel

Seaside, Florida

Jacksonville Beach

Biscayne Bay

University of Tampa

30A Beach

New Port Richey  owner of webcam doesn’t allow rebroadcast. so just click the link

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UPDATE: The Minuteman JΞSTΞR ✪ ΔCTUAL Special Edition Watch

Back in November of 2015 I wrote an article about a very special collaboration between a Veteran owned watch company and patriotic “Hacktivist”.  For those who may not be familiar with the project, here’s a snippet of that blog post  “How Does a Patriot Hacker Tell Time?”

Hacktivists are an interesting brand. They have websites, personal logo’s, unique followers, and are scattered across many social media platforms. Some use their skills for nefarious reasons, however, a select few go after those hell bent on doing harm. They’re “Patriot Hacktivists” and one was the first to take up this mission. Six years ago he became a one man wrecking ball against Jihadist websites & other online entities aiding and abetting enemies of the US. Many know him in cyberspace as The Jester. However, there’s a new “first” in the hacker community and it’s quite a patriotic collaboration.

Yep, that’s right, a very special edition JΞSTΞR ✪ ΔCTUAL watch is being released by Minuteman Watches.

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Continue here to read the rest of the article…….

 

Minuteman began excepting pre-orders for the JΞSTΞR ✪ ΔCTUAL Special Edition watch and in January of 2016 it went into a limited production with the goal of selling 100 of these wonderful wrist porn “tick-tocks”.

To add even further appeal to the project, it was announced on Twitter that another charity would also be benefiting from the sales of this special time piece:

Before I get to the newest update, I’d like to say thank you to Minuteman Watches for personally asking Lady Liberty 1885 Blog and myself to write about this special project.  It was a labor of love and my honor to be included.

UPDATE:

It’s been eighteen months since the JΞSTΞR ✪ ΔCTUAL Special Edition Watch went on sale.  I am extremely pleased to announce the following update from the Minuteman Facebook page:

 

To the proud owners of the watch and the countless images they posted on social media, to the thousands of people who RT’d and posted information about the project, and to the awesome #1337 I say KUDO’s to you all.  It is because of all of you this milestone has been reached.

To Minuteman Watch Company and Jester, your unwavering support of our United States Military and our Veterans is a shining example of American patriotism.   This wonderful collaboration was and is proof of what everyday individuals can accomplish when they work towards a common goal.   I look forward to any new project the two of you come up with in the future as I’m sure it will be just as special as this one was for all of us.

 

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Louise Mensch: Her Six Degrees of Separation From Reality

It occurred to me that Louise Mensch hasn’t written a book in a while. This is strange considering for over a decade she was prolific in churning out bedside Jackie Collins style books such as Venus Envy, Glitz, Desire and so on.

Honestly, since she became the inside scoop female Jimmy Olsen of the Resistance and Russian collusion poster child, I’m actually surprised no one has written a novel about her or an unauthorized biography at the very least.

What would the title of that novel be? It has to be something catchy that encapsulates the content and topic.. after all, Louise has always been able to come up with outstandingly intelligent titles to her books, for example…Sparkles. (No, really, that is one of her book titles).

Hypothetically, I have a few ideas for a book that would capture her spirit, investigative prowess, and give the reader everything they need to know right on the cover. At this point it’s just a “Working Title” but I do have a few chapters in mind.

Prologue

Mensch rose to Resistance respect after penning an exclusive article while still with Heat Street. She had the scoop that the FBI had requested FISA warrants to look into whether or not the Trump Campaign had close ties to Russia. It was quite the exclusive and I do give her huge kudos for nailing that one.

Her article was even cited by President Trump when he claimed the Obama Administration had spied on his campaign prior to the election. Other prominent politicians and pundits always gave credit to her.

That one article started her on the path of heroine and inside go to girl for the Never Trump Movement and Resistance. Just don’t ‘Mensch’n it’s really the only exclusive scoop she’s had since. Which brings me to the title of the first chapter of the book:

Chapter One

Louise Mensch and The Not So Prisoners of Leavenworth & Order of the Arrests Coming Soon

The Resistance has found their Professor Trelawney in Louise Mensch. Trelawney is a strange but lovable character from the Harry Potter series. If you’ve read the books or seen the movies, you know she made the prediction of Harry’s fate through a prophecy before he was born. After that, she became a professor at Hogwarts. Through out the series she makes wild prophecies of death and doom, but they pretty much keep her around due to the original prediction.

“Sybill Trelawney has predicted the death of one student a year since she arrived at this school. None of them has died yet. Seeing death omens is her favourite way of greeting a new class.”—Professor McGonagall, about Trelawney’s predictions.

Sound familiar?

Perhaps the Resistance feels the same of Mensch. Maybe they just feel her important enough to keep her around after the Exclusive FISA warrant article, but frankly, it’s been all smoke from the crystal ball.

Day in and out she spews the future on Twitter and blog posts stating “arrests are any day“, “sealed indictments granted” and everybody is “going to jail“. Those not blocked by Mensch already have a taste of her not so accurate predictions. Everyone from Trump, Paul Ryan, Devin Nunes, Mike Pence, Mike Flynn, (yada yada yada) are all being indicted, arrested soon, and will “die in jail”.

There are hundreds of such predictions, but this is my favorite. All that’s missing is a Carnac the Magnificent hat.

*You know my comparison really isn’t that far-fetched when left leaning sites like Media-ite even notice the issue in their article “Louise Mensch Wrote One Good Article, But Everything Else Might Be Junk”

Chapter Two

The Hunt for Red October Bots

When engaging in conversation with Louise, it’s best you not criticize her work, post a contradictory story tagging her, troll her, ignore her, block her or even politely ask she stop mentioning your name in any way, otherwise, you may be a Russian Bot, hacker, agent, partisan or infiltrators.

The wild claims she has made against people are so beyond the pale, it’s damn close to being a drinking game. Grab your Vodka comrades and take a swig each time she states that someone’s a Russian twitter bot, take two swigs if they’re an agent of the FSB, and get ready for all out drunken madness if she claims another Russian infiltration into anything. The list is staggering and distinguished

 

 

 

 

 

The one against JΞSŦΞR ✪ ΔCŦUΔL³³º¹ was after she continued tagging him in every comment she would make, and he politely asked her to stop. Oops, sorry J, now you must be a Russian whatever according to Louise. Join the club, we’re all bots too.

Normally I would not quote Buzzfeed but I am making an exception since reading their article,“Louise Mensch has a List of Suspected Russian Agents.”

Mensch, who sometimes tweets hundreds of times a day, has claimed or implied that targets ranging from top government officials to journalists to teenagers to anonymous Twitter users are in thrall to Vladimir Putin.

Just since Inauguration Day, according to an extensive review of her tweets, the New York–based Mensch has accused at least 210 people and organizations of being under Russian government influence.

At this point if Mensch keeps it up there will be more Russian’s in the US than in the old USSR, only they will reside just in her mind.

Her followers on Twitter eat it up like candy, and regurgitate it out to the masses. The Resistance Party Twitter account has even came out and disavowed her reckless actions and statements.

 

Not one claim has been proven, not one shred of evidence has been given. Her selective attention on Russia really does border on some kind of mania and not in the innocent “I see blue cars all the time after I bought one” kind of way, but in the more invasive “Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon” psychological way.

I’m surprised she hasn’t accused all the grocery chains of collusion because they carry some brand of Russian Dressing.

Chapter Three

Six Degrees of WTF

Six degrees of separation” is the theory that everyone is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of “a friend of a friend” statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps.-Oxford math Center

I could say I’m connected to the writer Thomas Sowell through only two acquaintances. However, I can’t go around alleging I’m friends with the columnist, even if it is by a distance of two people.

My allegation would have no basis in truth and a good journalist, through research, could separate my words from the actual reality that I am not his friend and we have never met.

The idea is intriguing really to anyone who’s familiar with it. Hell, I even use the cult classic version of 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon when I can’t think of an actor’s name in a movie (seriously it works) but I digress.

This is where Louise and her crazy Russian connections become down right journalistic malpractice.

She has made connections between the Trump administration and every single person working in that admin to Russia. Then turns around and connects damn near everyone who has anything to do with any of those people to Russia and so on.

It’s like the old STD warning about having sex with one, you’re having it with who they had it with, and who they had it with. So hypothetically:

Staffer who now works for The President once worked for the Assistant to the Assistant Deputy of the Attorney Generals office went to the Sochi olympics and photo-bombed a Russian Diplomat while he was shaking hands with the Russian Ambassador and posted that picture on their Facebook and now that Staffer according to Mensch is a Russian Agent.

This is just as ridiculous as it sounds. It also borders on defamation, however, you would never know that Louise really worries or even considers that consequence.

Case in point, this tweet came across her Twitter, not more than a few minutes ago.

This is where a lesson must be taught. Let me ask a rhetorical question… Just how easy is it to connect people to others even in other countries? All we need is Social Media and a computer.

Let me do a little Six Degrees of Putin on someone Louise hasn’t thought of connecting to Russia…. Louise Mensch herself. By the way, it took me less than an hour to find this information.

  • Louise Mensch has a Facebook account with almost 5000 friends. On July 8, 2015 she shares a post on her timeline from an individual who lives in Moscow and is Russian who mentions Louise’s old unfashionista.com blog. The post is all in Russian. (yes, there are screen caps, however, I won’t post them unless the link are deleted.
  • Louise Mensch is the owner of and only officer for the company Forma Flos LTD. On February 16th, 2015 the registered office address change from Preiskel & Co Llp 5 Fleet Place London EC4M 7RD to C/O Preiskel & Co Llp 4 King’s Bench Walk Temple London EC4Y 7DL on 16 February 2015
  • At that same address is a Russian company called LPQ Russia Limited. They to have the same registered office address change from Preiskel & Co Llp 5 Fleet Place London EC4M 7RD to C/O Preiskel & Co Llp 4 King’s Bench Walk Temple London EC4Y 7DL on 16 February 2015
  • Preiskel & Co Llp is a boutique Law Firm. They are also designated as one of the officers of the Russian Company LPQ Russia Limited.
  • One of Louise Bagshawe (Louise Mensch) books, Career Game received a review from a Russian woman in July of 2016.

So using Mensch logic, she has close Russian friends, her books are very popular with Russians, and the former Boutique Law firm her company Forma Flos Ltd is not only in the same building with a Russian business, but the Law firm is also part of the company itself.

So I have gone from Mensch, to Forma Flos Ltd, to a law firm, to Russia and that’s not even including her FB friend or the nice Russian who reviewed her book.

Hypothetical conclusion:

Louise Mensch has direct ties with Russia

I have no other basis for that statement. No hard evidence to back it up, and no direct connections to substantiate my conclusion. This is how Mensch Six degree’s everyone else to Russia.

Unlike Mensch, good investigative reporters often utilize the technique, but what keeps their credibility intact is sourcing out the direct connections that relate to their stories content and not jumping to farthest 6th degree or further and claiming it as truth.

Hypothetically that would be akin to writing an article alleging a politician is directly connected to Charles Manson because they met some guy five years ago who married a woman whose cousin met a guy who lived in Berkeley in 1969 who dated a chick that was hanging out with Charley.

Such wild connections being pushed as fact are nothing more than catalysts for conspiracy theories that direct their readers down rabbit holes which only lead to the farthest connections “from the truth”. They are akin to Six Degrees of Separation from Reality.

Look, I’m not saying that there are not some serious problems with this current administration. I admit there are quite a few rabbit holes that have popped up since the election, what I am saying is that Mensch isn’t the Rabbit you should be following down those holes.

There are great investigative journalists out there who have spent their entire careers making sure their reporting matches their credibility. If a book was written about one of them, the title would simply be “Solid”.

So, that’s my idea for an unauthorized book on the mind of Mensch. Frankly, she’s lucky I didn’t go with my first choice for the title…..

 

50 Shades of Cray

 

Thank you to Grumpy Opinions for Linking the article

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Thank you to Kay Flacs with American Lens for re-blogging the article.  I love the snippet you added regarding CNN credibility and your article American Pravda? CNN’s Russia Obsession ‘All About Ratings’.  Here is the snippet:

“There are great investigative journalists out there who have spent their entire careers making sure their reporting matches their credibility (not at CNN though). If a book was written about one of them, the title would simply be “Solid”.

 

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