S4 E31 — Butt Dialing Your Way to a $Billion, What Could Go Wrong?

Trump supporters subsequently stormed the U.S. Capitol in a riot that resulted in the deaths of five people, including a police officer, and temporarily disrupted the counting of the Electoral College vote.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “You are wise and people who need your wisdom are attracted to you. Your policy to help only when asked or when clearly needed will hold you in good stead.” Leo

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s 31st Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 23rd day of April in the spring of 2022.

We concluded the three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed — during the “normal” pre-pandemic year compared to the pandemic year, and more recently to the paradoxically normal year. 

Season Four continues now within domestic and global chaos.

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

Table of Contents

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

 S4 E30 Green Bay’s Conspiracy-Theories-R-Us from The OC; S4 E29How Much Mo Did He Pay for the Brooklyn Bridge?; S4 E28 Why Do Those Who Know the Least Talk the Longest?

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E31Treat It Like a Pawn Ticket to Sketchier Things; S3 E30Steal These TauBits, Please. It’s Only Fair!; S3 E29Why 83.3% of the Time I Swiped Your Tau; S3 E28Why I Stole Your Daily Horoscope for a Year 

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E31Getting Charged from Box Automattic-aly; S2 E30It’s Crazy. Why does Amazon Prime Work, but Netflix Doesn’t?; S2 E29Three Months That Changed the World; S2 E28Hosting Norwegian Zooms While Trump Eliminated the Virus in April; 

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E31Day 31 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E30Day 30 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E29Day 29 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E28Day 28 of My 1-Year Experiment;


On January 6, 2021, Rudy Giuliani spoke at a “Save America March” rally on the Ellipse that was attended by Trump supporters protesting the election results. 

Wikipedia’s cited news sources and streaming video remind us that he repeated conspiracy theories that voting machines used in the election were “crooked” and called for “trial by combat”.

Trump supporters subsequently stormed the U.S. Capitol in a riot that resulted in the deaths of five people, including a police officer, and temporarily disrupted the counting of the Electoral College vote.

Behind the scenes before and during the insurrection Giuliani called Republican lawmakers to “urge them to delay the electoral vote count in order to ultimately throw the election to Trump.” 

A Tommy Tuberville butt dial?

Giuliani attempted to contact Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville, a Trump ally, around 7:00 p.m. on January 6, after the Capitol storming, to ask him to “try to just slow it down” by objecting to multiple states and “raise issues so that we get ourselves into tomorrow – ideally until the end of tomorrow”. — Wikipedia

However, Giuliani mistakenly left the message on the voicemail of another senator, who leaked the recording to The Dispatch. 

Giuliani faced criticism for his appearance at the rally and the Capitol riot that followed it.

Even Rick Perlstein, a noted historian of the American conservative political movement. had had it with Rudy.

According to Wikipedia cited sources, he termed Giuliani’s attempts to slow certification in the wake of the riot as treasonous. 

Sedition.  Open and shut. He talked about the time that was being opened up. He was welcoming, and using, the violence. This needs to be investigated,” Perlstein tweeted on January 11, 2021.

Not to be outdone,  Former Congressman and MSNBC host Joe Scarborough called for the arrest of Giuliani, President Trump, and Donald Trump Jr. 

If Rudy has not yet been held accountable for his actions, maybe a few billion dollars might do the trick, right?.

Remember how he and Sidney Powell claimed that election voting machines had been rigged?  They falsely claimed two rival companies, Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic were at fault for Trump’s loss. 

The list of his their claims, according to Wikipedia cited sources. included: 

    • Smartmatic owned Dominion; that 
    • Dominion voting machines used Smartmatic software; that 
    • Dominion voting machines sent vote data to Smartmatic at foreign locations; that
    • Dominion was founded by the former socialist Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez; and that 
    • Dominion is a “radical-left” company with connections to antifa.

Both companies sued Giuliani and Fox News. 

Dominion filed a defamation lawsuit against Giuliani on January 25, 2021, seeking $1.3 billion in damages, and separately sued Fox News for $1.6 billion. 

A few weeks later on February 4, 2021 

Smartmatic also filed a lawsuit that accused Giuliani, Fox News, some hosts at Fox News, and Sidney Powell of engaging in a “disinformation campaign” against the company, and asked for $2.7 billion in damages. 

Oh no, a slap on the wrist …

On September 10, 2021, Fox News told Giuliani that neither he nor his son Andrew would be allowed on their network for nearly three months. — Wikipedia

If Rudy hoped for cover from New York State Supreme Court, he was sadly mistaken.  

The judge ruled in March 2022 that the Smartmatic suit against Fox News and others could proceed, though he dismissed some allegations against Giuliani.


Today’s Holiday Theme: 

We’re anxious for the future to start. If we were to build it from scratch, it would take so long that by the time the thing was finished it would already seem outdated. (Which) suggests we consider ready-made, plug-and-play, turnkey-type options.

I can’t lie, I’m ready for accountability to start.  It seems like the Justice Department and the January 6th Select Committee are starting from scratch.

“4”  Steve Zahn, 51: “It might help to think of the people you deal with today as creatures with features very different from your own. Smooth interactions happen when you cater to their specific abilities and temperaments.” Scorpio

Ha ha, creatures with features different from my own.  I love the phrase.  I may have to deploy it in the not too distant future when we visit our friends in Prescott, Arizona.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Though your intention is pure, your motivation has been unreliable. No worries. You’ll soon pick up momentum and you won’t need motivation anyway. It will be enough to simply eliminate resistance.” Aries

Until justice is served, I find myself compelled to follow the evidence and facts as they continue in episodes one long weekend at a time.  At least the story is longer that four episodes at a time.

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “It is said that the one who is lucky is feeling; the one who is unlucky is thinking. This principle will apply as you feel your way through the day, collecting delights.” Taurus 

Damn I’m thinking too much today to feel lucky.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “You are wise and people who need your wisdom are attracted to you. Your policy to help only when asked or when clearly needed will hold you in good stead.” Leo

I’m a wise-guy for sure.  But no-one wants takes advice before it is requested.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines, according to my analytics, grew from 12559 this week to 12654 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 216 viewers stopped by the week before.




    • “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” by Alexander Vindman. “We’d long been confused by the president’s policy of accommodation and appeasement of Russia, the United States’ most pressing major adversary. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, seizing the Crimean Peninsula, attacking its industrial heartland, the Donbass, from the capital, Kyiv. By 2019, little had changed, Russian military and security forces and their proxy separatists continued to occupy the Donbass. The biggest change was to Ukraine’s importance as a bulwark against Russian aggression weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars.” 
    • David Enrich begins his book with a suicide in “Deutsche Bank Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction” and then meticulously details the bank’s Russian money laundering operations. Deutsche’s Russian business surged after revenues had fallen 50% due to the 2008 financial crisis. Putin’s Russia, poured in to Deutsche from deals it did with VTB Bank, linked to the Kremlin’s intelligence apparatus. Deutsche positioned itself as a crucial cog in “The Laundromat” by doing what couldn’t be done — processing cross-border transactions for banks that were too small  and didn’t have offices outside their home countries.
    • “Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy” by Jamie Raskin recalls one tragedy no parent should endure — the suicide of his son — and then a second tragedy at almost the same time — the insurrection on January 6th 2021, that terrified he and his congressional peers who were tasked by the Constitution to routinely oversee the orderly transfer of power from one former president to the duly elected new President. 
    • “A Warning” by Anonymous (Miles Taylor) written prior to the January 6th Insurrection as an insider’s account documenting how frequently the former President’s behavior and rage without any “guard rails” showed just how far he would go to win the next election at any cost while spinning lies and misinformation on top of each other.  
    • “Peril” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa provides anecdotes, stories and inside reporting documenting the controversial last days of Donald Trump’s presidency, as well as the presidential transition and early presidency of Joe Biden. 
    • “Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Nationalist Uprising,” by Joshua Green tracks the money behind the scenes leading up to the 2016 presidential election and the growing influence of Steve Bannon’s network of extreme nationalists.

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