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Dannielle Blumenthal PhD @DrDannielle
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1) Electrical grid under attack?

You are watching a movie.
Let’s sit down and break it down.
This and other hypotheses and events.

It’s coffee time.
December 29, 2018.
2) There will be some intermittent pauses as I get set up and also research stuff.
3) If there is a silent civil war going on right now, the war has gone hot.

So my goal this morning is to pause and describe how we got here.

Observations, experiences, hypotheses + recent research.

To arrive at an educated guess as to what's next.
4) This is me, May 12, 2015. I worked for @usnistgov. I was explaining how my use of the Open Opportunities program (government employees microtasking to my shop) saved a lot of money.

My job was to promote #manufacturing R&D.

5) At the time, I didn't know anything about anything.
6) I have to start this story in the middle, I have to start with a fragment of my own story, because otherwise this thing is much too complex to make sense of.
7) This was the program I worked on. I'm not sure if you remember it.…
8) To boil it down. We have the @NIH to do research on health. Obama started something similar to do research on manufacturing.

Bear with me.
9) When he was good, Barack Obama was extraordinary.
"When our assembly lines grind to a halt, we work together, we get them going again. We don’t give up. We get up, we fight back. We come back stronger than before."

10) Obama was from Chicago. If you've ever been to Chicago, some of the most brilliant minds in this country are there - particularly when it comes to urban planning.

This is a Chicago "urban garden."…

Obama could have ended poverty.
11) The rationale for our work was the "manufacturing valley of death." (This is one of my former boss's slides - it is key).

Obama funded research that overcame a serious problem.

Nobody wanted to pay for possibly useless mid stage research.
12) This is the current iteration of the website.
Here's the cover of our 2015 annual report, published 2016. First ever.
13) This was the branding presentation I gave to our partners at the White House, March 2015.

Now comes the doozy.
14) Our job until then was to set up the manufacturing network - the framework.

Similar to Germany's powerful central system.

Because if you own innovation, you aren't afraid of copycats like China.…
15) From the beginning, I warned them to make a SINGULAR brand, like Starbucks, and run it ALL OVER THE COUNTRY under one single name and logo.

And I said that we should talk about CHINA specifically as a threat.

16) Our mission was extremely clear: To promote American manufacturing. Period.
17) Our objectives were extremely clear and logical as well:
-- Learn how to go from innovation to production FASTER
-- Train young people to work in the growing, high-paying field of DIGITAL MANUFACTURING
-- Partner with EVERYONE

I told you - Obama was insanely great at this.
18) The White House had given us very clear marching orders. They WANTED a great brand. Of that there was absolutely no doubt.
19) But we had to clear everything through them. I could not talk about China. Why not?
20) And I could not talk about something else.
(This is an actual slide from my presentation.)
21) I could not talk about greed.
22) I paused the presentation to do a standard values exercise.

This is a key component of the branding process.

To kick it off I talked about the "Greed is Good. Greed Works" speech from Oliver Stone's Wall Street.

The people were completely stunned.

23) These "partnerships" were undertaken, but they were undertaken quickly. As one person said to me, "on the back of a paper napkin."

Where was the transparency on the money?…
24) You have to understand that the people who work for the government are overwhelmingly patriotic.


But there is an element of greed that ruins the whole thing.
25) When you're lying, it comes out in the branding work you do, because branding is an inherently logical customer-focused process.

If you disrupt what makes sense from the perspective of the brand, something about the project is fishy.
26) I used to work for @USAID - led project to revamp mission statement - under Obama. @POTUS changed it to include "helping other countries progress beyond needing our assistance.”…
27) Under Obama, the element of corruption ran so deep, and was so entrenched, that all good efforts were inherently doomed to failure. Like - you help people, but you set up the structure so they need help forever.
28) It was the same with the Iran deal. Do you remember @POTUS and Ted Cruz rallied against it in September 2015?…
29) "Appearing during an hours-long rally on the Capitol lawn...Republican leadership and President Obama, Cruz warned that the Obama administration would become 'the leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism' if he deal goes through."
30) "I’ve been making lots of wonderful deals, great deals, that’s what I do," Trump said. "Never ever, ever in my life have I seen any transaction so incompetently negotiated as our deal with Iran. And I mean never."
31) “We are led by very, very stupid people. Very, very stupid people. We cannot let it continue," Trump told crowd, eliciting large cheers. He said America "can't beat anybody" and vowed that would change if he is elected president."
32) "We will have so much winning if I get elected that you may get bored with winning. Believe me!" Trump said. "You’ll never get bored with winning."
33) I remember approx. May 2014, seeing @POTUS on TV, saying that he might run for President. He mocked Obama and said: "And I would NEVER tell you how I would get rid of ISIS."

I never forgot that.
34) I believe the genesis of the Trump campaign coincided with the Obama decision to divert from his al-Waleed financing and go to the side of the Iranians. It is not clear why he did that or how.
35) Have to pick this up later.
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