Subculture Vocabulary

When I first went to nursing school, I was overwhelmed with the plethora of medical “words” or terminology that I needed to learn. In the medical world we have fancy words for mundane things…sugar is glucose, a small amount of protein is microalbumin, macrosomia is large baby. You get the idea. I could go on and on but the bottom line is that every subculture has its own jargon whether it is the medical world, the art world, the military, or politics.

Here is a brief update on the new vocabulary that seems to be currently flooding into our conspiracy world/spy novel existence. New terms for a new era — covfefe, nothing burger, cyber warriors, kryptos, encryption, decryption, shadow government, sanctions, “no there,there”, ransom ware, McMinsky Act, Wannacry, botnet attacks, malware, spy, snowflakes, aggressive attacks, “unlikely heros” – nerds who surf the airwaves instead of ocean waves,  SF86, sanctions, cyberware, adversarial government, bots, troll farm.


I am a bibliophile and one of my favorite genres is mystery thrillers. You know, spy novels, who-dun-it page turners that suck a reader in and make it impossible to stop reading until we discover the answer to the mystery.

That is why I am so absorbed in the politics of the day. And time has a way of answering our questions just as continuous reading in a novel brings the reader to the end and complete relief when the mystery is solved…the jig is up! As each day passes we are closer to the answers of who was involved, what was done, the guilt or innocence of parties involved. We are living history right now and years from now, I believe this story will be one of the most infamous in the history of our country. Questions will be asked…and hopefully a thorough investigation by Robert Mueller’s team of experts will have given us answers.


But there is one hugggee problem…millions of Americans will remain in denial, in the face of hardcore evidence, that the Russians interfered in our election and sought to throw the election to Trumplethinskin. There will be shouts of conspiracy, lies, fake news and millions will continue to deny that America was attacked by another foreign nation. There are those elected officials in our government who either were complicit or are compromised in such a manner that they are willing to ignore the attack and support policies that eat at the foundations of our democracy. Make no mistake, a cyber-assault is no different from bombs being dropped but because there is no visible damage, it is dismissed.


I believe it is the duty of every American to educate themselves about what has been happening in America this past year. Ask yourself if America is better off today than it was a year ago. Be honest and try to see the other side of the coin, if for no other reason than to know your opponent. I have made my choice about which side of history I will align with in this incredible battle between right and wrong that is currently being waged in America. Now you must make yours.







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