Showing posts with label national pride. Show all posts
Showing posts with label national pride. Show all posts

Monday, September 16, 2013

Good News For Modern Management?


Before President Obama's, relatively cohesive, September 10th, explanation of the Syrian chemical gas crisis, ritualized public debate was already off to the races over how much or little influence the president has left in his second term.




Monday morning quarterbacking abounded before last Tuesday night's speech and will, of course, continue such that, as a political opponent, the president's days are depicted waning, as if tunnel-visioning American opinion wasn't the most despicably shallow commercial act feasible. Hardly. But there's (been) a virtual chantlike cacophony that to do the right thing and negotiate political compromise is nothing compared to the power to do what one wants anyway as the only true definition and test of what wielding presidential power is. Forget just getting people to understand there's no such thing as a holy war for Allah/God. Hands, anyone? Soapbox View!

Focusing on the manner in which people are led by cock and bull, the more amusing and tawdry jokes tangentially evolve (freedom fries) into the irrelevant re-paraphrasings of public perception that are as much or more focused than polling's serious punchlines. Because the consuming public is indoctrinated into what's optimalinfotainment moods, rather than open questioning that values discernment. For that reason it has been assumed for generations that mass communication is a poisoned well of propaganda such that no one can be told what they don't want to know. In spite of the smiling serious show faces of newsreaders.

So we really can democratically joke it's not just emperors who're not wearing clothes anymore? Why even serious News is so heavy-laden with sugar and sappy that the taint drips off of us onto the voting booth floor where, as an electorate, we're slipping and sliding to the polls on one or only a few well worn-out tracks the in-crowd is content with for political expedience

Amnesty for Alexei Navalny? Everybody?
On the surface what appears amazing about Syria is, outside of Syria, it's almost as if everyone is on the same page? Though Washington's The Hill documented congressional reactions that were relatively correct perceiving slights to American Interests, smoke rings aside when I finished last Wednesday's editorial printed by The New York TimesA Plea for Caution From Russia, What Putin Has to Say to Americans About Syria by Vladimir V. Putin, I was struck wondering if President Putin, or even their stand-in speechwriter, can write so relatively well, why was it so necessary to stockpile such a huge personal fortune to fall back on in active retirement?
Though according to the Public Editor Margaret Sullivan in The Story Behind the Putin Op-Ed Article in The Times in The New York Times, Russia's president didn't collect a fee for the editorial submitted by his Moscow Public Relations firm. So it's probably naive, as usual, to question why federal funds anywhere seem to have to go missing from off the top since everyone must get paid? Ba dump bump. And an oh well.
Whatever's true or politically true isn't the point. True or not in negotiations positions aren't given up unless something is gotten in return. But in light of innocents dying every day, you'd think there'd be more pride in accuracy than knee-jerk diplomacy. After all history sweeps it all up after the victors and victims are gone and this world's heavy-hitters should care more about how they'll be written up than how well the world's honorable PR professionals are paid to depict them to a consuming rather than active public consciousness
Already, of course until Syria heatens, the world doesn't stand still as we're all overwhelmed by the many diverse personal tragedies associated with daily survival. Last week's Colorado flooding as an example that dominated the next day's news after President Obama's speech and President Putin's written public statement. But imagine war as apparently not hard to wish upon others?

When we should just be shaking our heads and smiling because we're truly thinking we're turning corners pursuing loftier horizons than ever endeavored upon before? While the public is led to think of itself as what the centers of power want? But in this one decision not to categorically strike is a deeper meaning than what, in not enough retrospect, was a rash decision to expand American participation in the cycle of revenge. All because the military industrial complex was ready and rar·in' to go? All Hail A Complaining Congress! Go Navy!

Life Is The Performance Or Actual Act Of Getting Our Acts Together?

Thursday, June 27, 2013

COMRADE PUTIN CONQUERS CRIME?

How does anyone of President Putin's vision even have time to tackle something as profoundly elaborate and significant as crime? Because in The New York Times, Tuesday, June 25th's Putin Rules Out Extradition for Snowden in Russia Airport, it sounded a bit as if he's been in the gym. In addition, four days earlier, last Friday, June 21st, The New York Times ran Putin Puts Pensions at Risk in $43 Billion Bid to Jolt Economy, which stunned me with what could have just been lines of parody. Excepwhat if President Putin's announcement is true in scope, this plan could begin changing the criminal enterprise system all over the world? 

Quoting The New York TimesPresident Vladimir V. Putin announced a risky stimulus program, along with an amnesty plan for white-collar criminals intended to improve investor confidence.

Wow! Amnesty, technically for arbitrarily supervised white collar crime is absolutely fabulous. Then Russia's justice system may seem less the result of darts thrown at targets with no civil rights? 

Russia's Government can't possibly expect to compensate all unjust fraud so the plan could just devolve into legalese that The State is kind to let anyone free. Victims may remain desirable statistics by reviving their business careers. While some entrepreneurs will disappear sloppily, unable to regain traction over tasks they'd conquered. Otherwise why bother confiscating their property at all? 

Why not wipe the full slate clean and forgive judges leveraged by  ruthless competition? Think about how deep forgiveness must reach for everyone to forgive? About how if this is just to calm investors, innocent Russians are once again betrayed by the absurdness of purity being a reason not to try. Not being a lawyer, I myself can only advise something unrealistically foolish. Buy out the corruption, President Putin. Early retirement for everybody. Because no court system in the world is large enough to alter the financing of corruption all by themselves.  
As President Putin can capably guess. Corruption won't be faced from behind a podium in front of cameras. Facing corruption is perhaps unrealistic, but still not a reason for half-hard-hearted zealous enforcement of law that should be altering crime's incentives rather than just perfecting the feeding at the trough.

So? Who will Boris Titov's miracle lawyer be, whose staff starts the untangling of the Great Stalinist Scapegoat, OpportunismOr is this breakthrough a Patronage Feast too?
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Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Part of Voting Rights Act in The New York Times by , June 25, 2013

Three Cheers For Summer Vacation

This decision could be thought of as nitpicking minutiae and hardly a political score. Because just because country clubs include all the right people now, doesn't mean the complete culture is included. So, no matter how cold this decision could be made to seem towards racial equality now, I hope the whole country takes the Supreme Court's challenge to prove them right when they're not completely wrong.
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Two 2012 Soapbox Views on George Zimmerman's Sanford, Fl. Trial 
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Congratulations 2013 Inductee, Tim Raines
My First Interview, 1976

Friday, May 3, 2013

Why The Problems Are In The Details That Aren't The Solution?

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Friday May 3
Freedom and Moral Courage: Ai Weiwei & Salman Rushdie

Times reporter, author Patricia Cohen moderates an author Salman Rushdie discussion with artist Ai Weiwei via Skype from Beijing. Responses to symposium questions will appear in The New York Times Sunday Review. This event is in collaboration with the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature.

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Click This event, above, for EVENT.
Notable for as Mr. Rushdie commented the "invisible hand" didn't intervene.

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Because Individual Corruption is the System's Creation and Cure an Excuse? 

There's a telling moment in the popular Ai Weiwei documentary where he's leaving a police station after filing charges of assault against an officer. Asked why he bothers when he knows nothing will be done, Ai Weiwei softly answers, "They don't know." As when Jesus Christ was perhaps paraphrased, in the King James Version, saying, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do." 

From our political elites to thief who can do no better than return to prison for safety, humanity is fallen into patterns of behavior. Free Will the most expensive luxury of all to afford?
The Twilight Zone
Look at America. Almost every criminal's entire career is so well documented it's as if they're on a leash that's tightened for no other reason than they stole the wrong thing. For instance the good education they neglected to pick up? 

A recent article on China's evolutionary detail similar to other countries relationships with money.

It is an uncomfortable time in power perceived as an outright devious and mean son-or-daughter-of-a-bitchShrewd from initial smile through knife in the back once turned around. No? Yet the political persuasion is tainted with this ominous veneer of nothing having changed in this hazy battle with financial clarity? Power to all the good people, but expensive enough to keep out the riff-raff?
OPIUM WAR PUNCH

If we never learn more from history than to complain, then the ruthless have no shame. No honor. No face. No 
integrity. No shame.

But somehow some way, some day, the point will be driven home, pretending isn't complete financial circulation.
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Thursday, April 25, 2013

What Is There To Possibly Hope For In The Show Trial of Aleksei Navalny?

Other Than The Eternal Wish Justice Improves?

Imagine this board's meaning to a Defendant or a King?

On the first day of trial in Kirov, Russia, the initial BBC report stated that, after pleading innocent, Aleksei Navalny stood before the court and denounced his embezzlement trial as politically motivated. BBC even included the following positive picture of Mr. Navalny wearing a pre-trial demonstration smile.

While the RT headline above the picture below was, 
Opposition leader Navalny goes on trial, claims case 'politically motivated'

Nice how the world's commercial freedom allows our witnessing as straight forward and honed press coverage as any in the Stalinist Era, so to speak. Prosecutors had public support then too. An especially clear parallel when, after polishing off the details of the state's case, RT explains, with complete commercial callousness, that a survey basically found enough folks aren't aware justice isn't being served to care if the country's professionals can't afford principles. The craft of controlling public opinion is not Free Speech, yet world's great substitute.

Heck. The Russian legal culture is intact. Lawyers vs. lawyers, to a degree, kind of, sort of. Mr. Navalny is a lawyer. In the US, unless caught holding the smoking gun, a potential political hotshot is left alone so as to not raise the assumption of political impropriety. Imagine your country so weak there's no test for political propriety?  

A last Sunday editorial, A Blogger on Trial, by Bill Keller, in The New York Times, excellently summed up the Russian legal system's low trajectory toward a more complete openness. The following in italics was my comment on Mr. Keller's essay, finished just after the public comments were closed on 4/22/13 at 53
Amnesty for Everyone if no one is Innocent of Corruption? Sounds as ludicrous as President Putin, or anyone, being in a position to change Russian greed. How far America's relationship with corruption has evolved is always on trial every day. It must seem to Russians, fair trials are fairy tales, just as Americans know justice can be. This is Russia’s president’s cue to not turn his head and smile and say the courts aren’t his problem unless seen as another Stalin is his legacy? Then, for now, everything remains the same. Celebrities on trial and variations on martial law.

RUSSIA BEYOND THE HEADLINES covers the President's Popularity, and a March 23rd essay in The New York Times concerns Russia's wealth management. I just hope everything works out for everyone. Far be it from me to complain about  Russian politics, ... 


Coincidentally, in a record 4 hour and 47 minute televised Q & A, the president is accused, without quotes, of saying he’d personally ordered the general prosecutor’s office to approach the Navalny case objectively. Yes please, indeed sir, I'd appreciate some more fine-tune adjusting of those rose colored glasses.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Endlessly Negotiated Middle East Peace?


The New York Times had an excellent editorial, Friday, March 22. Carl Giacomo's In Defense of Palestinians is as good a title as any from which to assess President Barack Obama's First Presidential Trip to the Middle East. 

Tree Huggers?

The weekend's commentators concluded the imagery was a disappointment to Palestinians who'd have liked more symbolism on their behalf. Because it was also important Israelis were pleased as the American President spoke publicly that Israelis should see Palestinians' point-of-view. This trip then, for the most part, was virtually euphoric as even the Gaza Strip's dissenters Hamas provided fireworks. 

But if not kidding ourselves, we know nothing will happen unless grudges change and The Holy Land is shared. If ever a situation was in more need of a jobs program, huh? And isn't it painful to think of Palestine's Gaza Strip aWest Bangladesh? Or why can't everyone just say Free Trade Agreement and squeeze this industry of hate out of business with a complete economy? It's ridiculous limiting God/Allah's imagination to violent jihad that's just plain Medieval.  
Another Highlight, The Auto Broke Down

Anyway, it was also encouraging that President Obama facilitated rapprochement between Turkey and Israel. Didn't President Obama give off a 'we can be casual about this' charisma? Of course that's the message smiles always deliver, but our president really seemed loose for the cameras. The kind of cool you want to see at diplomacy's free-throw line. But now it takes sweat because last week was just symbolic and the antagonists will only begin stepping on new ground when the old vengeances no longer fertilize revenge. 

Should I ask if he has problems with telemarketers too?

January 9-11, 2008 was the last time an American President visited IsraelPresident George W. Bush met Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and President Shimon Perez, plus, on the tenth, President Mahmoud Abbas of the temporary Palestine National AuthorityFact is, as an alone gesture, a Presidential Visit is quite symbolic. Before Bush II, only ClintonCarter and Nixon made the journey that was an apparently too hot of a political potato for TrumanEisenhowerKennedyJohnsonReagan and Bush I.
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Missing from Picture? The Fireworks Crew and disappointing in light of how everything else was so polished.
President Obama's March 21, 2013,
49 minute 
Speech to Israel.




Game Over?
Paraphrasing a frustrated Palestinian,
EVERYONE should do Gandhi well. 

With 
Secretary Kerry's finger left securely in the dike?

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