Jurassic World: Evolution, a reality that many didn’t see coming is here.

It’s always fun when a new Jurassic World movie comes out which a fifth one does this upcoming Friday because it puts front and center the latest science of DNA manipulation and the field of paleontology.  I am convinced that the whole era of the dinosaurs is something we have only lightly touched on with our known sciences and it will likely stay that way.  I was stunned to find a Tyrannosaurus Rex thigh bone in various stages of excavation at a lab at the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis recently where they actually let people touch it as they worked on it.  Twenty years ago, such a thing would be off-limits to any exhibit until all the scientific work had been done because of the rarity of such a find.  But these days what we have found from the past isn’t nearly as important as our future of just remaking it.  There is enough DNA and genetic mapping to bring back to life creatures from the past.  There is a serious effort right now to bring back to life a Wooly Mammoth, and once that happens there will be real life Jurassic Parks hosting all sorts of extinct creatures, and I think that’s very exciting.  The week of every new Jurassic World release has interviews with Jack Horner, who is a real paleontologist on the front of the science and he always says some very interesting things about the latest and greatest in the study of dinosaurs.

What was different this time however was a video game that was released to accompany the new movie called Jurassic World: Evolution.  It’s a park builder game where players on PlayStation 4 and other console platforms, can build your own version of a Jurassic Park and all the problems that are associated with that task.  That for me is very exciting as I love every one of the movies because of their adventurous approach to the sciences which contain within them all the reservations of gene manipulation mixed with the excitement of infinite possibilities.   I often say that one of my favorite places on earth is Epcot Center at Disney World, for many of the same reasons that Jurassic Park seemed like such an interesting place to visit.  But I am particularly in love and have been for a long time the Jurassic Park land at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure in Orlando.  Even though the ride has become a bit cheesy in recent years due to its age, I love the feeling of the place and would love to visit a place for real.  I am very excited to see what Universal Studios is going to do with their renovation of that part of their park.  Apparently, they are closing down the land this fall to reopen a Jurassic World next summer. I will likely be one of the first in line to visit it.

But the new Jurassic World: Evolutions game allows you to build multiple Jurassic Parks and run them as a park simulator controlling the cashflow of even soft drinks and getting right down on the ground level of your theme parks and interacting with the guests.  In many ways its better than visiting a real theme park because you control the crowds and everything.  You don’t have to deal with the heat of a real theme park or the sticky pavement, or smelly bathrooms.  You can just build and visit such places in your living room and honestly, I had the same kind of emotions that I’ve had when visiting the real Universal Studios.  Granted, the real thing will always be the best way to visit, real experiences will always trump virtual ones, but its pretty damn close. 

What did stun me about this latest Jurassic game is the level of gene manipulation research that it allows players to embark on, even down to changing the color of the dinosaurs by arranging their DNA in a way to give them exciting skin flourishes that visitors to the theme park would enjoy, and help you make more money.  It became quite obvious to me that this wasn’t just a game anymore, but was a vehicle to carry the mind of mankind to that next level of genetic research, the ability to essentially build anything we want—to clone ourselves if need be, and to really dig at the roots of what makes life—life. 

I found the game to be a wonderfully intellectual experience coupled with just the raw thrill of building theme parks. I love games like that because I am a manager at heart, I love to be in charge of everything I do and theme park games like this give you complete control over everything in the game.  I especially like that when you tell a ranger crew to go work on a fence or to heal some sick dinosaurs they aren’t playing on their phones off the side of the road somewhere, they are always very attentive to your commands and they do exactly what you want and need 100% of the time.  That is better than in real life where managing such people takes an extra gear that most people don’t have, because people are always trying to get away with something and you have to constantly work with people at many different levels to get them to do basic things.  It practically takes a psychology degree to deal with people, especially if you have more than 50 employees, but in games like Jurassic World: Evolution, everyone does exactly what you say every time you say it meaning you get to manage a big amusement park at the level of an owner, and you don’t have to deal with the downfalls of human failures to concentrate.

One thing is very clear as this new Jurassic World movie is about to be released compared to the one that released in 2014, science has come a long way.  We are knocking on the door to a very new age where mankind is giving itself control over these very abstract concepts.  When a video game can give you the power to not only resurrect a dinosaur, but to make it blue, green or red depending on your preference, we are stepping into very new territory.  I can remember when some of the first cloning was being done to animals way back in the 90s and how much controversy there was over stem cell research.  These days, that controversy is nearly gone, the science of these concepts is nearly routine talk and without question the next generation will have many options to build genetic life into any form they desire.  If we want to see a Woolly Mammoth again in our zoos, we can just make one off the abundant genetic material that is coming out of northern Russia these days. If we want to see a Tyrannosaurs Rex, just make one.  And if we want to build new bodies for ourselves once our bodies have become old, or we might desire to make those old bodies new again with just the tweak of our genetic coding, then we’ll be able to.  And oddly enough, that is what all these Jurassic Park movies, theme parks and video games seem to be preparing us for.

Rich Hoffman

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There Will Be No Trade War With China: They can’t afford the bullets

I really haven’t heard too many people cover the real ambitions of President Trump’s trade talks, that he wants to essentially get away from trade tariffs all together. Rather Trump wants to move to an international system of free trade in a way we’ve never seen before, where real value is exchanged evenly between countries based on the real needs of the products. Who wouldn’t like that unless the whole goal of tariffs were always intended to redistribute wealth around the world using the United States as the foundation for the theft? The whole issue has left many countries vulnerable who have been doing just that, robbing America of goods and services by making a lot of money off the imbalance, it has all been just another way of subsidizing socialism at the expense of capitalism and Trump has put the issue front and center, where it should have always have been. Given that, it’s a mystery how this would cause anxiety in the markets, other than it destabilizes the old way of doing things. It’s a mystery, because it actually is a chance for a lot of investors to make a lot of money. But it does expose many of these socialist and communist governments who have been hiding their terrible efficiencies behind trade tariffs displaying for the first time in the modern age the true value of goods and services.

I have found it fascinating over the last few days to watch Elon Musk’s Twitter account where he has been arguing with socialists and anarchists with some rather bizarre new definitions of what it means to be a socialist. For those who don’t know many people under forty these days socialism is the new trend, and we should have expected this, because that is what young people learn in their public educations. I would attach the press corps into that category, they are mostly young people who were born during the 1990s when the Clinton’s were in the White House and they only really have ever known a Clinton, a Bush, or a Obama in the White House so they only understand extreme government tampering with markets as a reality of basic economics. But Trump as a true capitalist is suggesting a global trade policy that terrifies many of those nations who are filled with the kind of youth who were quite perplexed over Elon Musk’s ostentatious definitions of socialism.

The reason that China is particularly vulnerable to the debate of the theft of intellectual property essentially comes down to their communist closed society. Such countries where people are not free typically do not have the ability to generate new and creative products, so they must obtain those creative endeavors from outside their country. Up until the time of Trump American presidents, especially Obama have sort of allowed China to cheat off our paper in class because it helped them advance on the global stage—because Obama had a soft spot with communism and wanted to see it work. So trade deals were worked out in a way that China could openly loot American markets in a way that fed intellectual property into the communist country that was suffering from creative infusion by their people.



As things have been China has artificially been propped up as a superpower, they were given vast amounts of wealth as an emerging economy due to their cheap labor and closed society as a state-run government. That has allowed them to pour a lot of money into destabilized regions of the world knowing that they wouldn’t get back their money but could trade those debts for control of those investments. That ironically has been the plan behind Chinese investments into the United States, to eventually call in those loans and to gain control instead of money. The fuel behind that opportunity has been trade imbalances and intellectual theft China has been able to exploit with a lot of help from governments around the world who want to see the communist formula work.

However, what makes them particularly vulnerable in China is their very nature as a closed society. Without the protections of tariffs that allow China to play big boy ball on the global stage, they are extremely vulnerable to foreign competition, such as American agriculture. The typical American farmer can outproduce anyone in China and Russia simply do to the type of society that America is, a free nation that has functioned from minimal government tampering, so they tend to be highly efficient due to the fact that most of the personal investment of the farmer goes back into their trade. That is not the case in communist countries where private ownership into their trade is micro managed by the state. That makes it extremely difficult for Chinese farmers to compete with American farmers for the trade of food. Even though China outnumbers the United States with population density, America is able to do much more with much less because of the incentive of their workers to own and produce their own goods.

Trump’s trade policies are not isolationist as many economists would like to believe. Simply Trump’s trade position is to recognize the obvious, the strength of the American markets is the high ground for which the rest of the world must rise up to in order to compete toe to toe, and to do that those origin countries will have to give up on the restrictions of communism and socialism to do so. For a world that has been taught that socialism is the way to go, of course they are disjointed to see how Trump is advocated free trade for everyone. Trump’s high/low game with China is to eventually get them to accept open trade, which he knows they cannot afford to do. But they’ll also never admit it as a communist country—so Trump is very quietly doing back to China what they have been doing to the United States since Clinton was president, he is calling their bluff which is a capital investment of its own and letting them hit the rocks where America will be there to pick them up off the ground with a huge demand for American products. It won’t be other world markets that suffer under a Chinese collapse, it will simply put value where it belongs, into countries who have allowed capitalism to thrive and can meet the true needs of global production against the theft and corruption that occurs in closed markets.

Without discussing the different economic philosophies of these trading nations, it has allowed the communists to hide their vast evil behind tariffs artificially propping up the authoritarian regimes at the expense of those functioning from freedom. We have been led to believe that China is doing something special and that we all need to bow down to it, but in reality, the opposite is true. America doesn’t need China, China needs America. From the perspective of Trump how can the United States stop the threat of China into the South China Sea at the expense of Japan—don’t threaten them militarily, expose them financially. Keep them from making such moves because they simply don’t have the funding to invest in such projects. Up until now the fuel that has allowed the Chinese government to threaten to become superpower status has been in these trade imbalances. By Trump forcing a value to value trade of equal measure it will force all these communist and socialist countries to produce on an equal footing with America, which they will not be able to do because of the nature of freedom over totalitarian control. People are far more efficient when they get to keep the wealth they produce as opposed to countries who siphon off that wealth through corruption to enrich themselves off the effort. That happens in China in extraordinarily evil ways, and Trump is exposing it. There won’t be a trade war, because China can’t afford the bullets.

That is the brilliance of Donald Trump’s trade plans with everyone. Those most hurt are those who have been allowed to hide their true value behind poor economic philosophies. When Trump says the United States isn’t going to continue to be the world’s piggy bank are those same socialists arguing with Elon Musk who don’t understand, because they haven’t been taught, what the real difference between capitalist governments and socialist ones really are. The fairest thing to do would be for all markets everywhere to be fair and open, trade value for value. But governments that are used to lots of government tampering and use state ownership of resources to attempt to compete with free people in the United States know they have to be subsidized through tariffs if they even want to participate in the big global game. And by forcing markets to compete with each other evenly, Trump is exposing the tyranny of communist regimes who have big problems going toe to toe with freedom. Trump isn’t an isolationist, he’s simply calling a big global bluff that has been allowed to simmer but was always a house of cards about to fold. China is a propped-up superpower and investors were always going to find that out eventually. Forcing fair trade only brings that to a reality faster, which is good for everyone really, because it saves America so that the United States can continue to help the world the way it has. But the wealth redistribution that has been going on is coming to an end so that everyone involved can measure value for value the way it should have always been. And that is a good change that will bring great peace to the world in just a few years without having to fire a single shot from our military.

Rich Hoffman

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Those Who Climb Mountains: The miracle of Trump’s Fox and Friends press conference in “The Age of Envy”

I couldn’t help but to think of the great literary classic, and one of my favorite books, Thus Spoke Zarathustra as Donald Trump became the first president in American history to come out of the White House on a Friday morning and give an impromptu press conference specifically to Steve Doocy on an unscheduled Fox and Friends live show. Trump saw the press gathered on the lawn to do their usual morning broadcasts and he just stepped out in the light of day and gave an unprecedented, fearless all access question and answer session that literally had everyone’s jaws dropping on the ground. In Nietzsche’s great classic Zarathustra had come down from his mountain top where he had been living and visited a village to teach them the way of the Übermensch. Translated to English the German term invented by the philosopher Nietzsche means overman, or otherwise more than man and is an evolution of western philosophy. While the orient is concerned specifically with group assimilation in their philosophic references, the west has always been about advancing the individual away from the group toward exceptionalism. Nietzsche did great work on the matter, but Ayn Rand took the concept even further and flushed out the ideas more succinctly. To date there is still more work to do, but without question the long line of thought on the matter of the Übermensch manifested on the White House lawn on June 15th 2018, one day after the President’s 72nd birthday, the release of the now famous IG report on the FBI case against that same president which was very embarrassing to that same FBI. The event also took place three days after Trump met with Kim Jong Un for the first time any American president has met with North Korea with the intention of a peace settlement and has so far been successful. Trump also started trade negotiations at the G7 Summit and as of the morning of that press conference had stuck China with stiff penalties in the forms of tariffs. Trump had emerged as an Übermensch, and the world wasn’t sure what to think about it.

Two big events shaped my opinion on this matter long ago. The first was a continuation of the second but is relevant because it defined my view on these matters of eastern and western philosophies colliding in a healthy way for which I’m about to speak. I was listening to a lecture by the late great Joseph Campbell where he was talking about male initiation rites of passage in comparative religious cultures and he said something that just bothered me greatly. He said that it was an accepted and common practice for people not to do too well in manners of endeavor because doing such a thing was looked down on culturally. That perplexed me because to my thinking, if you were going to do something, why wouldn’t you try to do the best and be the best at it. Growing up I was an extremely rebellious kid. Not the kind who said too many curse words or was always up to no good. I was always in trouble for trying to be too good. When a bully picked on me to force me into some jar of human constraint I always fought back which led to a pretty bad fight between my dad and I on the matter. He was very impatient with me when he said that someday “they’re going to get you,” he was saying through clinched teeth with a finger in my face. The “they” he was talking about was of course the aristocracy of non-value which Ayn Rand described in her great book titled Return of the Primitive published originally in August of 1971. At that time, I had no understanding of Nietzsche, Ayn Rand or any of the philosophic history from western civilization that I was plotting my own course to completion, I simply knew that it seemed ethically wrong to allow my will to be bent by bullies in school or the social mechanisms that seemed to fuel their behavior. As it turned out, I was a pretty smart kid who was also uniquely gifted with physical aptitude, so I learned to fight early on and really didn’t grow up with any fears of being beat up—because honestly nobody could.

But my dad was trying to prepare me for the world and at that time he thought I was just trying to be a big fish in the small pond of my community, that once I hit the world, or the world hit me that those big waves would destroy me, and he didn’t want to see that happen. So he was telling me that people don’t want you to be the best, they don’t want you to be the fastest, smartest, or most courageous. The world wanted you to have flaws, and to yield to them because it made people feel less anxious about you if they could relate to your weaknesses. What he was talking about was the general acceptance of egalitarianism as the highest virtue of advanced western thinking—which many liberal professors in our colleges were teaching was a proper mixing of eastern and western ideologies for which the world would progress to the next states of existence. Only that never seemed right to me so I rebelled even more and by rebelling I meant to exhibit myself as removed from the rest of society whenever possible. I always wanted the best-looking girl on my arm, the fastest car, to be the best in a fight and the sharpest with my mouth. I simply wanted to be the best of the best and I have always expected that out of myself and to this very day, there has never been anyone—not even governments, who have had the ability to kick my ass. The legal system certainly tried to put me into that category once things really got serious—what my dad had warned me about, but I plowed through and reached my middle years much like Zarathustra himself in that classic Nietzsche novel.

My support of Donald Trump initially, and even presently, was born out of this desire to see more Zarathustras emerging from their top positions in business and art and enter the world of politics, which is where they were needed the most to advance the concept of individualism over collectivism—and if the truth of the matter is ever really considered, the hatred that the FBI had for Donald Trump was summed up in Ayn Rand’s classic work, Return of the Primitive, specifically the chapter titled “The Age of Envy.” The established order of mankind has up to this point been made up of collective masses who used the thuggish practices of force to keep individuals of exceptional ability from emerging into any positions of influence. This conflict was essentially captured in all of Ayn Rand’s written works and are specifically an American creation philosophically which goes well beyond where Nietzsche was attempting to go. Nietzche’s version of the Übermensch failed to reach its proper escape velocity and remained a captor of socialism which led to eventually the Nazi who misinterpreted Nietzsche dangerously into a compromise with the routine collectivism of Europe which was the aristocracy of non-value spoken about earlier in this article. The evil of Hitler was that he tried to bring such a society about by essentially removing all other values from society and forcing all of Europe into seeing the world the way he did—book burning, mass executions of people who didn’t think the way he thought they should think, and any other rebellious elements. Needless to say, Hitler missed the whole point of what Nietzsche was trying to say, and Ayn Rand smoothed out the failures in her own works. Which brings us to Donald Trump, who is maybe the first of his kind in history to function at such a high level on the world stage.

About two or three times a week people ask me if its lonely at the top. My first thought is—“the top of what?” The top of a mountain in Appalachia country is not the same as the top of a mountain in the Rockies or even larger yet, the Himalayas. Being at the top of a company in West Chester isn’t the same as running a state or running a country, but they are all degrees of peaks that we achieve in life and I get the meaning. For me there is always some new mountain to climb and I’m always on the outlook, and of course the reason we do it is because it’s there. It’s a true human inclination to always look to advance ourselves—or rather is a more than human trait that comes with the experience of thought. Donald Trump at 72 years old is at the top of the world, the highest peaks a professional person can obtain in the world of earth, and he’s happy about it, and he had some fun living in that world with Steve Doocy on Fox and Friends. He was offering the same thing that Zarathustra was offering the villagers in Nietzsche’s book. However, unlike Zarathustra, Trump is driven to go further and instead of yielding to the lackluster aims of the lazy and corrupt of our human species, he is determined to break them, and that is an emotion I can fully understand. I am of the same mind. It’s that feeling you do get when you are the top of whatever you are trying to do. For me it’s never lonely at the top. I enjoy the view too much to be concerned about such things as companionship.

But one thing is quite clear, and Trump understands it, even if the rest of the world except for a few at the top who can truly see things for the way they are, the role that the FBI has played in American politics has not been to protect us from some criminal threat. But rather to protect our institutions from the threat of the overman—from the value of the bar setters who like to climb mountains and can reside at the peaks without needing the comfort of the aristocracy of non-value. This obsession with non-value goes back to the start of the human race where children born a little too perfectly were found to have flaws by their parents in hopes that some demon wouldn’t be attracted to the young child and take them over for the ways of evil. The gods of the Greeks and Romans—of every western civilization have the same quandaries—it is unsafe to expect humans to venture too far toward perfection. It is safe to see flaws, and to bow to the gods of the unseen realms and to know one’s place in the universe. It is dangerous to think that “one’s shit doesn’t stink.” It is safe to throw away values, to entertain evil with naked bodies in a mud pit of Woodstock smoking dope and setting ambitions no higher than that of collective society. It is dangerous to consider gene manipulation, to seek destinations in the stars, or to live longer than 100 years. Yet for those who like to be at the top and the perspectives that can be obtained there, the aim of the human race should always be to climb, to climb ever higher and higher anyway possible. The fuel that drives Trump is that he has the ambition of a child, a force that has not been driven from his mind, and it is bringing him and America great success. And that is very good to see. It is precisely why I voted for him and I am eager to see what mountains he can climb next because his perspective is setting the bar for the future that just might save humanity from its perpetual crawl back into the caves of the primitive. For a change in all of human history, we might just stay on top of the mountain and consider venturing even further—and that is something to get excited about.

Rich Hoffman

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A Challenge to Peter Strzok: If you think you are smarter, faster and tougher than me, then let’s clear up your illusions right now

Well, after reading through that Inspector General report I have one thing to say to Peter Strzok who stated in his text messages to his girlfriend Lisa Page, that Trump supporters were poor to middle class, and uneducated—there isn’t a single FBI agent who I would say is smarter than me. I was a Trump supporter before anybody took him seriously and guess what, look how right that turned out. I mean I’m not one to toot my own horn although people might look at the millions of words I have written and think I do that very thing often, but believe me, I hold back. But it really does irritate me when people who are not as intellectually stout look at me, or a group I’m associated with as a “Trump Supporter” and think they are somehow superior to me. There is nothing about Peter Strzok that is superior. I’d like to speak on your behalf dear reader, but you’ll have to do that for yourself. And its one thing to say it, it’s quite another to do it, and Trump supporters now have history to blow wind in their sails. We are looking smarter with each day. But the massive arrogance that came from the IG Report is the least of the trouble.

The stupidity that “they” think is part of our culture in America is the real problem, such as believing that they can sell to us that the FBI had no bias in the Hillary Clinton investigation over her emails—that intent and evidence could not be deciphered based on their investigation into the matter from the Inspector General. Hey, the text messages between Lisa Page and Peter Strzok were enough. By the time you add Andy McCabe into this mix along with James Comey there is plenty of evidence about FBI activism and bias that has damaged the FBI permanently. And it all starts with the basic premise that they as federal employees were given massive power over our lives and know more than we do as the people who put them in such a powerful position. So they acted against us all by trying to overturn an election because they thought we were too stupid to make an election decision on our own, so they had to intervene. If there was any tampering of the 2016 election it wasn’t the Russians we needed to worry about as to tampering it was the FBI and the leader of all that tampering was Peter Strzok under the direct supervision of Andy McCabe and James Comey. And they all need to go to jail immediately.

I didn’t think the IG Report would amount to much, after all, it’s the swamp trying to punish the swamp—how much could they reveal in such a report? But for smart people, “like me” and likely you dear reader we saw all this a long time ago. That’s why we voted for Trump in the first place. I don’t need any government overlords, I don’t have any “betters” who need to rule my life. I’m much more qualified, thank you. Nobody knows what’s better for me and my family than me. Nobody is smarter than me, especially some cheating FBI agent who can’t even keep his own family together and would say and do anything for the sexual favors of his mistress who appears to be crying all the time based on the IG Report. As bad as that report is, it points to even more problems on what isn’t in it. The Inspector General is obviously trying to do just as James Comey did with Hillary Clinton, they are trying to throw us a bone so that we attack Peter Strzok and James Comey, the obvious villains, and hopefully everything else could go back to normal. Only normal isn’t acceptable. I don’t ever want to go back to the way things were, where there are FBI agents who actually think they are better, stronger, smarter and faster than me—and will act in accordance with that misguided interpretation of reality.

When Christopher Wray as the new Trump appointed Director of the FBI spoke in reaction to this very damaging IG Report I understand that the job was a tough one. He seems like a decent person and I’m sure the people working for him are decent people as well. But are they smarter than the rest of us? Hell no. I am not impressed with the 5% recruitment rate—obviously the FBI if they have people like Lisa Page and Peter Strzok at the top of their organization their recruitment methods are not very good—I mean 5% of what, people inclined to collectivist thinking, to following orders without thought, of people who might lean Democrat—the way that Wray stated the issue he tried to make it sound that only 5% of the FBI recruiting class each year could get a job with the agency, as if that were a good thing. But he has only been the director for a very short time, only a little over a year at this point, so the same type of people who hired Peter Strzok are still making decisions of what constitutes those 5% in the acceptance criteria.

Let’s make something clear, and I’m speaking personally, I vote for representatives to go do these administrative tasks in government because it’s a waste of my time. I could do a better job at fighting bad guys than the typical FBI agent. I have no worries about running toward danger while other people run away from it. I doubt there is a single person in law enforcement that has the kind of testicular fortitude that I have, especially when there is danger. With that said, I have better things to do with my time that I think are far more valuable, so I am happy to hire Trump to go staff these positions in government to take care of the basic security of our nation. But Peter Strzok hasn’t been doing the job because I couldn’t. Let’s make that quite clear. He’s doing it because I don’t have time to do it myself and my time is put to better use on other things. It certainly isn’t for a lack of skill and intelligence. I can promise Peter Strzok this, he couldn’t walk a day in my shoes. But I could easily walk a day in his.

That is really what these people are mad at, Donald Trump is one of those smart people who have done well in the world and he has come into a presidential position and made everything look easy. For him it’s like a retirement job. He’s destroyed the fanfare and spectacle of the office which has given people like Peter Strzok a grim dose of reality. None of their jobs are that hard. What they don’t say in that IG Report is that just about anybody who works hard in the private sector could be a better FBI agent than Peter Strzok. The ceremony of their offices as federal employees are not that difficult. They could be easily replaced. The reason more people like Trump are not in office is because they have better things to do with their life. I certainly do. I don’t have time to waste on losers like Strzok and Page. They are my employees, I’m not theirs. The most revealing thing stated in the IG Report was that Peter Strzok stated to Lisa Page in documented text messages as evidence that the FBI would stop Donald Trump from becoming president. That indicates intent, and employee radicalism—and a challenge to management—me and you dear reader. He also talked about using both guns if Trump where elected—that sounds like a threat to me. And if he really means it, I’ll meet him right now and show him who really is his boss. And it isn’t the president.

Rich Hoffman

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Angry White Males are Sinking Disney: A bad decision to go to war with half the population over politically progressive ideas

Even if it doesn’t impact you directly dear reader, the civil war at the middle of the Star Wars debate is at the center of the most important aspects of all our lives. As everyone knows by now, the latest Star Wars movie did dreadfully bad at the box office. Solo: A Star Wars Story I thought was one of the best Star Wars movies, if not the very best one, but the fan base was and remains impossibly split on the topic and the brand has taken a hit that I don’t think it will ever recover from. That is very sad, because of all the good potential that there has been over Star Wars. I of course still enjoy it, likely for me that is mostly because of my grandchildren. I have been willing to overlook a lot of the progressive stuff that are now in the films because I wanted to be able to share those stories with my grandchildren. But with Solo: A Star Wars Story being out in the theaters for almost a month now, and its global box office hasn’t even hit $400 million yet, it’s quite obvious that the battle lines have been drawn and the brand of Star Wars has lost its power and that is really bad for retailers like Target, Wal-Mart and Hasbro who have invested heavily in the franchise, but it’s ultimately a killer for Disney who bought Lucasfilm in 2012 only to do what many fans feared would happen, and that was to ruin it for everyone.

Long time readers here might recall the radio broadcasts I did back in 2015 where all this was predicted. Star Wars was never supposed to be a vehicle of progressive ideas, it was always a hot rod version of the space cowboy values of Flash Gordon. There were a lot of white male characters in the story because those were the types of actors who were easy to get on a shoe string budget and everyone made the most of it. While the original films were about ultimately the tyranny of government over individuals which is something all political sides could agree on, the scope of the entertainment enterprise was haughty enough to avoid getting too complicated with details. The target audience was young males 6-12 years of age and the formula worked. It was popular because dads could share the experience with sons and there was enough fun there for the girls if they wanted to come along and make the whole thing a good family event. But Disney and Lucasfilm together sought from the very beginning to change Star Wars into the very toxic realm of identity politics where girls took over the role of males and people of color were purposely inserted into the storylines with an activist intention directed to Star Wars fans that they would accept those types of things or they simply wouldn’t get anymore Star Wars, almost like a parental figure bribing a kid to be quiet or they wouldn’t get any chicken nuggets from a McDonald’s Happy Meal.

The big mistake Star Wars made under the Disney ownership was that they joined in the progressive attack against angry white males and specifically the value that males bring to the world. We are living in an age where boys and men are literally attacked all the time over everything, and many of them are sick of it. The election of Donald Trump has been a boomerang effect that many never counted on, but guess what, men make up half of the global population. Attacking them is probably going to have an impact on the bottom line of any business because once men get the idea that they are being punished for something, they are going to take it personally, and that is exactly what has happened to Star Wars. Girls are girls, they really don’t care about fighting and wars, they have concerns about procreation and being nurturing figures. They aren’t the people who supported Star Wars, they often went along because they were interested in the boys who were interested in Star Wars. Disney’s biggest mistake was in thinking that if they centered the Star Wars films on women that the boys would stick around for the space ships, and that is not what happened at all. The boys and men have just rejected it all together, and by the time that Lucasfilm realized the error and tried to correct it with Solo: A Star Wars Story, it was too late.

I feel bad for Kelly Marie Tran who played the most divisive role in any Star Wars film with Rose in The Last Jedi. (See my article titled, Blame Fat Asian Chicks) for my take on her role in killing Star Wars. It’s not her fault personally, she was put into that role by the producers and the effect was just explosively negative. This past week she has had to remove herself from social media because of all the harassment she is getting which has then led to many of the Star Wars alums defending her which really has only made the situation worse because it keeps feeding the narrative. And now that Solo: A Star Wars Story has lost so much money, there is even more anger at those “angry white men” who simply didn’t go to the theater to see the Disney product—the potential loses here are in the billions of dollars, which is exactly where I warned Disney they didn’t want to be if they stayed on their progressive path as indicated way back in 2012 and 2013. People would not support Star Wars if it went from a story of hope for anyone no matter what sex or color and turned into an “anybody but white males” extravaganza of pointless resistance. The metaphor for The Last Jedi couldn’t be more girlish—all the great men are dead, Han Solo and Luke specifically, and the whole movie is about women in charge running out of gas only to turn the ship around at the end and kill themselves with a big human sacrifice. At least three of the main female characters in the movie sacrificed themselves in the movie for really no other reason than they were being outmatched and dominated by their male counterparts and that was not an exciting message to inspire audiences to spend vast amounts of money on the experience. The Rose character was dropped into the Star Wars story to obviously appeal to people who weren’t Barbie doll beautiful, which is always a concern with square hipped middle-aged women on their last few eggs who feel like their best years of attracting the pollen of a hungry young bee are behind them, so they become angry political activists who start hating men not for what they are, but because those men are no longer interested in them sexually. This progressive radicalism starts to become all they see in everything, and that’s why The Last Jedi happened, and completely divided up the fan base. It’s one thing to allow those emotions to govern your life, it’s quite another when they get mixed up in a multibillion dollar franchise that has the lives of lots of people attached to it. People like Kelly Marie Tran get caught in the crossfire which really wasn’t fair to them, but it is what it is.

This is important because it’s the most obvious sign of things to come in the war between progressivism and traditional white men—and males in general. The desire to turn men into something other than what they are has backfired in the worst way for Disney and they’ve taken something that could have been really wonderful and turned it into a mess. While Bob Iger did a great job setting the table for his company of Disney and the shareholders assumed that he and everyone else knew what they were doing, they made a fatal mistake—they assumed that Star Wars could hold all these progressive messages and that the franchise would still make a billion dollars a picture. Instead they have put themselves on the front end of the down turning progressive movement, and I say down turning because the Donald Trump presidency is changing the nature of politics and the Disney Company is on the outside of that change. Disney instead of truly being an all-inclusive company has chosen to go after the Starbucks type of crowd believing they were the future and they did so at the expense of the Chick-fil-A crowd who are filled with those crazy religious angry white males. But those are also the same people who grow up and have families with expendable income who will spend $10,000 on a Disney vacation in one of their theme parks. And now that doesn’t look to be the case. The Starbucks people are bums, people who loaf around and want things for free, they won’t be dropping millions of dollars on the new Star Wars Land at Disney World. And now because of their actions at putting progressive activism into the new Star Wars movies, the angry white guys who do like to eat at Chick-fil-A, who voted for Donald Trump, and who are typically the type of people who get and hold jobs won’t be participating, and that is bad, bad news for Disney. A terrible miscalculation on their part, which I tried to warn them against. But they didn’t listen, until it was too late.

Rich Hoffman
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Pulling Away the Masks: The brillance of Donald Trump’s Singapore Summit revealed

So many interesting things to talk about. It is all so very astonishing. Probably the most remarkable part of President Trump meeting with Kim Jong Un was the very powerful Return of the Jedi metaphor of pulling away the mask of Darth Vader only to find a nice kid under the layers of hyperbolae. The ironic thing is that it took a person from outside the established order to take away the masks that same order uses to drive public emotion, and that effect has many people reeling from the sudden exposure to the outside world. Kim Jong Un really is just another 20 something kid who wants to watch NBA basketball. He loves the West and wants to be a part of the fun, and Trump offered it to him in a way that nobody had ever done before. I watched very carefully the CNN interview with Dennis Rodman where he became very emotional over the Summit in Singapore between both of his friends Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un that it became very obvious what had always been going on. The old aristocracy that has always wanted to rule the world needed people to be afraid of something, so they put a mask on Kim Jong Un for us all to look at while they attempted to manipulate us with global ideals and the theft of American wealth for the rest of the world committed to socialism to enjoy. Using that same fear to drive people out of their native countries and into the United States the intent was always to change America from the inside out, but now that is changing. Trump’s foreign policy that many people think doesn’t exists isn’t to welcome the oppressed to our doors at the border, its to teach their home countries how to be more like the United States—and that has many in a panic.

Yes, the Bush presidents could have made peace with Kim’s family many years ago, Bill Clinton could have, and if you watched the Dennis Rodman interview, Barack Obama could have as well. As crazy as Rodman is in his public appearance, any president of the United States should have been interested in what went on in the interactions of an American who just returned from North Korea with a personal message from Kim Jong Un with any hint at a peace-offering. The really sad answer was that none of those presidents really wanted peace, and neither did the rest of the world at the aristocratic level. They needed a Darth Vader character to scare the world into their arms of leadership, so they ignored the cries for attention that came out of North Korea making the world a much more dangerous place, on purpose.

It took a very self-confident man in Trump to see past the illusions and to simply take the mask off Kim Jong Un so that peace could be discussed and more than that, to introduce western capitalism to the country that has been left so far into the dark. As it turns out it wasn’t North Korea who wanted to repress their people into the darkness of communism all this time, it was people like the Bushes, the Clintons, and Obama who did. Trump wants to build a condo on the beaches of North Korea and give their people opportunities to eat at McDonald’s, like everyone else in a developed country can. But that old order needed a bad guy to scare everyone into following their leadership and what has now happened is that we are all free of that fear, for the first time.

I would expect the Democrats to be upset with Trump’s successful Singapore Summit, because they really have nothing to offer as a party and by making North Korea a friend instead of a foe, Trump has more than earned a second term, and destroyed any fantasy they had of a blue wave in November. Trump has done something in record time that many proposed was impossible. A less confident person would have listened to the pundits, to the political hacks, to the lawyers cautioning him to listen to the “experts” instead of simply walking over and taking off that Darth Vader mask to reveal a smiling young guy underneath who just wants to have what any other millennial would like to have, a cool car, a big fast airplane and a good place to get a hamburger. The Democrats have nothing to do but complain that Trump should have done this, and that he should have done that. Even Republicans in congress who have drag assed for years can only now try to associate themselves with the peace process by attaching themselves to Trump’s deal for their review. But we all know that nothing would have happened if Trump had not been willing to simply pull off the mask and help the kid from North Korea join the world with an invitation that was only issued from a White House backed by a voting sector tired of the games that aristocrats play.

What is so surprising to many people is just how manipulative so many people at the top have turned out to be, how much they have lied to all our faces about what constitutes a threat and what doesn’t. Trump really did make the whole thing with North Korea look easy and as he said in his press conference, he reminded the world that China’s economy is less than America’s and that Iran was next, which I believe my readers will recall I have been saying for some time. Capitalism and communism are not equals on the world stage. Many of the people who wanted to make Kim Jong Un into Darth Vader, which the kid played along with because his father and grandfather had put him into that role—and that role was globally accepted for what it did—even if people did die—wanted to support the managed economy world view of a lesser communism driven by the necessity to join together against a common enemy—so they made up their world enemies to provide justifications for their own existences. The miracle of what Trump is doing is what the United States should have always been doing. There was never a reason to make deals through the CIA with dictators around the globe to make peace, the way to beat them all was through economic strength, and the way to do that was to pull away the restraints of capitalism and open up free markets in a way that had never been done before.

Understanding the power of financial leverage, which Donald Trump obviously does, as well as any decent business person, it isn’t hard to bring peace to the world. A country like Iran is easy to destroy if you attack their ability to hide their Marxism behind a scary mask of radical Islam. By pulling away the mask, often we find just simple people who want all the things that the rest of us want—opportunity. When opportunities are limited the small minds will fight over table scraps, which is what the global aristocrats have been doing for many decades to us all. Trump didn’t just put an end to that practice in North Korea, he set the motion going into the other direction the entire motivation behind the immigration problem. People flee to America always to get away from some terrible place on earth. But why not make where they are coming from not so terrible? Why does North Korea have to be such a bad place—or Honduras, El Salvador or even Syria? Because the social order in favor of global communism has always wanted to use fear to drive people from one place to another, and in that transaction, voting patterns changed those destination countries to their tactical favor. But now, Trump with the simple meeting with Kim Jong Un, has just reversed that everywhere in the world, and that is a major miracle that won’t have the full ramifications of its impact measured until many future decades finally realize the significance. And when they do, the history books will all have to be completely rewritten.

Rich Hoffman

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The Summit in Singapore: I’m so proud of President Trump

The last time I stayed up all night to watch a political event was the election of Donald Trump in November of 2016. But last night I stayed up to watch all the fanfare of the Singapore Summit by a master deal maker. I am so proud of Donald Trump. I’m proud to have stuck with him through the hard times, I was proud to be one of the very first to support him, and I was proud to have seen through all the haze to get to this point in time to watch him take charge of that Summit and literally bring the world to a stop. A complete stop. The Singapore Summit was literally the most epic thing many of us may ever see—it was on par to the ending of World War 2. In a lot of ways, I think this deal with North Korea is larger than the collapse of Russia because of what it means and under the conditions for which it was achieved. Trump went from near all out war with North Korea to shaking hands with a path to peace in just 7 months—and he got a lot more done as a result. At five PM that evening with no sleep in 25 hours Trump held this amazing press conference.

In subsequent articles I will break down all the elements that led to this Trump success. I’m sure there are a lot of jaws that will have to be picked up off the floor, and people are going to reassess their lives after this, and they will be hungry for information. I understand it, but I also understand that a lot of people don’t remember that all along I have predicted everything that happened and I was able to make those statements because of that understanding. What it comes down to is that most people just have not been taught how to think correctly about things in their life. I’ve read all of Donald Trump’s books, written works that he produced before he was ever president. So nothing here is a surprise including the wonderful press conference that went on for well over an hour. Trump is very honest about everything he does, and he has been for many years, and it takes that type of person to be successful in big events. Typically, in the past, his type of personality has not been in politics or in a position to help with things like this, so what transpired was truly a unique event.

Trump just put himself on a completely different scale of American leadership and it was quite good to see. He has elevated the bar for the future, there will never be another presidential candidate who won’t be expected to perform at the level of President Trump and in that fashion we all win. Trump has literally changed the world overnight from one of skepticism and fear to one of hopes and dreams. People like me have always been there, but now that people have seen it, now there is a model in Trump to live up to and that is the most beautiful aspect of this Summit.

The key to the whole event however is the hard work of the 72-year-old Trump, a tireless person who is willing to work around the clock to achieve anything. It really comes down to unshakable self confidence and the desire to out work everyone. As an older person Trump is never asking to have a nap, or to delay a meeting like this so that he could recover from the negotiations at the G7 Summit. Trump simply does what has to be done, and he doesn’t complain. Without question, by the time Trump was back on Air Force One he was on the phone with China to talk about how well the meeting went and to discuss what comes next. That tireless, childlike energy is what many critics of Trump really don’t like because deep down inside them all is the fear that Trump raises the bar of expectations for everyone. Trump could use all the same excuses that other people use, he could blame his age, his weight, his lack of political experience—but he never does. He always expects to win whatever he does and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to obtain a victory, even at the expense of his personal comfort, and that is the key to this whole experience. It’s not so much that Trump is smarter than everyone else, it’s just that he’s willing to win and do whatever it takes to have victory. He’s like that if its just a golf game, or in international dealings. The guy likes to win in a way that young people do, and that is why this was a successful exchange.

A few days ago, I was in a pretty good fight with some colleagues over the pace of a project I am working on. For their part of it they were drag assing, and it was getting on my nerves, so we had a rather explosive “discussion.” My problem with them is that they are just going through the motions of their jobs and do not exhibit any real passion for their tasks, and that makes me sick, because I have passion for everything I do. They call my enthusiasm child-like exuberance, I would say that it is an unconquered virtue. My passion for things is only child-like in that children do not yet know what the sting of defeat is, so they approach everything with a level of play that carries them enthusiastically through every task they get involved with. For them life is an open book full of possibilities, and I can say that at my age now of over 50, I still very much have that same attitude. When I run into conquered people who do not find passion in the things they do from their work to their leisure activities, I have a very short wick with people like that. It doesn’t take long for a conflict to ensue between me and them because they literally make me sick by slowing down the process of whatever I’m doing. If their laziness robs me of the fun I get in being productive, then I consider it a personal attack. In watching President Trump work, and meeting him a few times now, I can say that he is very much of a similar mind. The guy just loves to work, and he finds people who look for excuses not to do things very frustrating, and he is confrontational to preserve his own playful spirit from the lackluster dealings of people craving to be very average in life.

The Summit in Singapore was one of those situations where nobody of an average mind, of someone who plans for lunch the moment they awake in the morning after 8 to 10 hours of sleep could have achieved. Perhaps a hard-working president like Calvin Coolidge might have matched Trump in these North Korean efforts, but not even he could have had the boyish charisma to cheer on capitalism the way Trump did, even walking Kim Jong Un over to his car to show off what capitalism could buy the young man. North Korea could very well be one of the next great economic centers of the world and Trump had the playfulness in his approach to bring that level of optimism to the negotiating table, and nobody in political theater of the world is functioning at such a level. There are a few business leaders here and there, a few film producers—some scientists—mavericks that come to mind—but nobody like that ever makes it into high level politics, yet there Trump is for the first time in history—and history has been boldly made. It is truly a significant day in so many ways. The ramifications of this day are incalculable not just historically, but philosophically. As a person who shares many of Trump’s passions as a human being—a person who just likes to be productive and has fun being that way, I am so proud of him. And I’m proud of the human race for giving a guy like that a shot at the big stage. Trump is doing great things there and guess what—-he’s far from finished. This is only year number two.

Rich Hoffman

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