Showing posts with label nationalism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label nationalism. Show all posts

Friday, June 27, 2014


1. Cultural Loyalty is noble and not just a civil obligation. 2. People can identify their patriotism reaching their very souls. 3. Which is why international dispute is not about - who's wrong? 4. But whether ruthlessness is rendered impossible?  

Centuries of diplomatic contest ironed out nations' differences so that theoretically now there are only remnants of rivalries festering in romantic violence in the 21ST Century. Civilized peace and tranquility shattered by hard heartedness? Diplomacy reigns opposing cold calculated zealotryJingoism or Responsible Pride? Leadership perhaps incapable of laughing at themselves? 

O.K. Corral sycophants? Torn nations' wrath? 
Humanity's up to our necks as reasons nation-states enforce character they can't afford? Support the Law!
Cue the band, "Do do what you tell me.""Come on?" 
However, Rebellious Individualism? 

A Person's Sanctity? Do not preclude the honor of citizenship. This past Spring I was privileged to serve a day of United States Federal District Court jury duty. A corralled experience that contradicted my feeling of complete independence. But it's marvelous watching the justice system's impressive apparatus of checks and balances impanel juries. An assembly line of respectful procedure requiring potential jurors have their moment on stage. Seated in the jury box where what you say can and is used to somewhat figure you out. I remembered being nervous questioned by two prior judges in other jurisdictions. Because this last time was a large jury pool and jurors were selected long before my scheduled interrogation. Which was an absolute relief for my preference not to judge. But our supervisor even said where'd they be if they "only considered volunteers?" 

As cordial a process as could be hoped, sitting in the gallery under the gaze of judges' portraits one hopes could close their doors to corruption. Not sacrifice honor. So? Serious scary business, profit and crime. No doubt people need more innocent incentive not to come into contact with direct supervision from the law. There has to be no sense of holiday in criminality? People can't be in their right minds to break the law? The law could be broken less without authoritarianism which is not civilized. Now is it? Soapbox View 

So? Pressed at this time of year for an expression of pride in my country the United States, what happened? What happened that such dignified judicial propriety has such a high price defendants' sentences are exaggerated when they don't agree to a plea? An eye for an eye court costs? Reality? Not that people aren't guilty, it's just people aren't more powerful than states or sufficiently motivated associations of individuals.
Protecting People is a State's Sovereignty
Justice Is A Heavy Responsibility

So. It is nice governments can patiently and magnanimously judge citizens' interests in courts of law. Because Power is an unwieldy, flexing, reality, and more often than not defense is just pushing back. The best advise of course is to negotiate from a position of power. Gosh wouldn't we all like that oomph at our back? 

Speaking of power, President Putin has shown patient reserve, after sanctions, letting momentum appear to swing, because momentum's always an issue. Especially in this contest over Ukraine and Russia's quest to memorialize their national vigor. A popularly honored world-wide theme, patriotism. Well? Winning is everything? And shame on churches precluding God's/Allah's judgement of mortal sin. Condemn not to not be condemned, I'd speculate. Because tolerance is the one value that shouldn't be overshadowed.

So it's hopeful Ukrainian President Poroshenko’s initially rejected amnesty had legs after all, huh? With more chess chest thrusts to go? Ukraine Signs Trade Agreement With European Union, The New York Times, June 27, 2014. Officials enjoy chess. For governments recent events have gone down downright swift. But whether fogs of conflict ever lift, the general mood of engagement and perpetual victimhood leaves a pallor of haze over everything all over the world. Rationality is symbolic compromise offsetting financial sanctions against Russia. Negotiate. Why Crimea was taken swiftly as an important piece on the board. Sure. It's all about national pride until the money's sliced. Shrewd operation. Good business. But what would be nice, President Putin? Is an independent objective judicial system. True, nothing comes between the business of nation-states. Putin Presses Extension of Cease-Fire in UkraineThe New York Times, June 24, 2014, by Neil MacFarquhar and Andrew Roth.
Litigation For Everybody!

If only a coin toss? Putin is Not a Nationalist, The Moscow Times,  June 24, 2014, by Andrei Tsygankov, highlights the president's blowing in the wind like any other politician. Exactly?

Who likes the sound of an independent Crimea as a solution? Crimea, the next Monaco?
Dr. Arnold S. Relman dies at 91. 
Health System Critic and twenty-three year editor of the New England Journal of MedicineFrom The New York Times ... On October 23, 1980, Dr. Relman, issued the clarion call that would resound through his career, assailing the American health care system as caring more about money than curing the sick. He called it a "new medical-industrial complex" - a deliberate analogy to president Dwight D. Eisenhower's warning about a "military industrial complex." ...  
According to The Times, Dr. Relman's prescription was a single taxpayer-supported insurance system, like Medicare, to replace hundreds of private, high-overhead insurance companies, which he called "parasites." To control costs, he advocated that doctors be paid a salary rather than a fee for each service performed.

Dr. Relman recognized that his recommendations for repairing the health care system might be politically impossible, but he insisted it was imperative to keep trying. ...
What might be true? Beyond speculation? Is we all lose when money doesn't circulate. It's a waste locking doctors' lives in financial treadmills. Of course they're smart and digest a lot to advise their patients. But that doesn't mean the system isn't backwards if doctors spend more time not quite being doctors than they're doctors. Sure. Doctors are shrewd and pursued magnificent things for financial incentive. But we're smarter than repetitive slogans and political branding? You'd think?
The Soapbox View Pursuing Twin Legacies 
Andy Rooney and I.F. Stone?_____________________


4. To Mideast Diplomacy Rendering Ruthlessness Impossible.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Fix The Sidewalks Party

** A comment was added, April 17, 2014, and this
Soapbox View of Ukraine

Okay the deposed Ukranian president was thwarted from consolidating Russian influence through a months-long, 24/7, street demonstration. A Tiananmen Square-like police/military action failed to stifle protestors and superficial concessions provided temporary cover for Yanukovych to abscond to Moscow, leaving a palace, but taking an as yet undisclosed fund as, after all, Moscow's business supposedly isn't providing charity to their fellow ruthless as neither Europe nor America would want to have their own positions slanted as well.  

Granted, Crimea was Russia's by virtue of centuries-old imperialism and despite rural-Khrushchev's gift of the territory to Ukraine a Russian majority has remained planted there thanks to the Soviet Union's previous jingoistic enforcement of Ruissian-ism over their entire domain. State-Capitalism remains the name of the game despite ALL claims otherwise throughout the planet. Just as the Russian Congress is the domain of millionaire-access, the U.S. Congress, rightfully so, is made up of millionaires representing billionaire-ish access. 

THE POINT: Though we want an easy to understand defined common public knowledge, what we have is a commercial interests' crafted networked public sphere. Consequently making it too easy to thrust complete blame on either Western influence OR a Putin dictatorship. While neither are merely tips of the ruthlessness iceberg - The elitist commercial structure moving trillions and quadrillions of dollars, rubles, pesos, pounds, euros and assorted negotiable banknotes a few feet a day from one account to another while claiming only hard-work separates the poor and less poor from a greater share of the wealth that's NOT COMPLETELY CIRCULATING in anyone's dreams - yet. 

MY POINT: In a world where public opinions are craftily bought, the public is not even receiving a minimal compensation for OUR attention. As the American-ism rubber stamp Sean Hannity once publicly voiced on his television show, with his fellow poll-taker/watcher, the truth doesn't matter. The message only has to cover what the public has already been convinced to believe. Hence Russia's television hypnotized public and America's jingoistic exceptionalism.

FIRST: Let's get further than the excuse of Russian corruption. Just as China's mass pollution resulted from mimicking American automotive success when China already knew how to ride a bike, America itself hasn't evolved out of its' own corruptive roots. From a 6-figured salaried Congress that could debatably ALL survive without the personal salary and a lucrative publicly financed Socialized (insurance) Medicine for themselves, to a business environment that minimized actual work while manipulating the account books to preserve inflationary elitist wealth, progress is, and has been, actually slow. Another example is the tradition of Democrat Party politicians access to wealth through graft and Republican "business" connections i.e. mass arrests of local Democrats in New Jersey the day before former Federal Prosecutor Republican Chris Christie won the New Jersey governorship is evidence corruption, legal or illegal, is and always will be an activity among friends and or, at the least, convenient acquaintances. FAVORSHence Russian police curtailing open street journalism and street vagrants being the problem rather than just a symptom of the actual problem of poor financial circulation that's cursorily dealt with through extravagant charity organization dinners awarding comfort for the charity-givers substituting for actual circulating economies benefiting - EVERYONE.

SO? A good place to start is to consider every legacy, as currently portrayed, a shame. Top to bottom, no one, corporation, state or nation, is worthy of their current images as they are being sold. Sycophants are not creative but creations and only Allah/God has any business being even slightly satisfied with a devotion, result, such as that. While the Divine Creator really has no business being accused of harboring so many human frailties/prejudices as the world's religions try portraying. There's just so much smoke and mirrors when, obviously, the technology already exists for the least among us to be living closer to more comfortable lives. It's time they weren't the excuse and power the only thing the powerful believe in. President Putin et. al. ?

OR: We are tectonically moving toward George Orwell's prediction of hemispheric alliances diametrically opposed for the sheer thrill of THE GAME. Turn on the consoles, the children of the world are primed and ready to play.

Okay. Redress has finally been achieved over Khrushchev's short-sighted anti-Russian nationalism. The path is clear for the backwoods revitalization of Stalinist disguised statism. Secret Police For Everybody? As with Wal-Mart, drinks are on the house until market-share domination is secure then prices rise as per convenience. Because surfing inflation has never been or ever will be - for everybody.



Putin (phone call) throws ball to Kirchner in Argentina for Argentines or for the United States to play more in that court and therefore divide to conquer? Dominoes again? If only anyone ever really stopped playing that game. Because business is supposed to consist of quality rather than the current certain amount of actual disrespect for the customers' interests. 

And so it was in my personal experience that seven years ago on my first trip to Argentina I sprained my ankle on a portion of cracked sidewalk. It doesn't matter where, though I remember, because the sidewalks throughout the country are broken except in the most exclusive or recently constructed neighborhoods. It was back then in this country of multi-political parties tugging this way and that for influence changing nada that I thought a Fix The Sidewalk Party would be apropos. But be a business that only fixed sidewalks as in my seven yearly visits to Buenos Aires I've only twice seen three-person crews working on small portions of sidewalk. A structural laziness co-personified by dog-poop lying everywhere and drainage gutters that cause flooding rather than hinder it during storms. With dogs' natural function thought of as their fault when the irresponsibility is that of the dogs' owners. Reminding me of how a former New York City Mayor is credited with ridding New York City of indoor tobacco smoke when all along tobacco smokers should have been politely smoking responsibly outside already themselves before their claiming to have been picked on when it's obvious now how much more comfortable indoors has been made for everyone. A law concerning picking up pet refuse should be unnecessary where people appreciate being polite. No? I'd also wager broken sidewalks are chronic all over the world except where prosperous economics made it possible for land owners to be held responsible for paying for their own portions of sidewalk. 

Needless to say Buenos Aires is experiencing road improvements for the most successfully subsidized industry in the world? 

Oh well? Rhetoric is everywhere you turn, ya know?

** April 17, 2014 Facebook Post
comment that highlights my frustration over Ukraine. 

Tony Gillings - I'm supporting the Ukraine in their fight against Russian-backed tyranny and Putin's empire-building covert military actions. I am sad that when we all thought including Russia in the global market place and opening our markets to trading with them, would be a way to embrace them and building political trust, this is how they respond - grabbing land, ignoring the sovereign integrity of neighbours and throwing the world into chaos and fear. Way to go Putin!
  • Charles M. Fraser - The dude needs to create a whole other role for himself or his powerful legacy will just mean that. Which explains their almost casual reviving of respect for Stalin, anticipating how extreme the leaders might have to go to enforce control. It's all a bunch of bs until certain dudes learn to lighten up. 
    Word Search Soapbox View Comrade Putin
    + Power Is Tenuous?



Pete Seeger died Tuesday, January 28, 2014 outliving his persecutors?

Austin Horse - "I've got a ‪#‎PeteSeeger‬ story to share- Quite a few years back I was at Clearwater with Times Up! doing the bike valet. Pete came up and told me a story from his youth. Apparently he had spent summer riding his bike all over New England. He'd ride until the late afternoon and then look for an idyllic farmhouse or barn. Then he'd stop to paint it with watercolor. When he was finished he'd go down and knock on the door, show it to the farmer and offer it to him. They'd be very curious about what he was doing riding around and then he'd allow that no, he didn't have a place to sleep for the night and yes, he was hungry, and they'd usually take care of him afterwards. Always dug this memory of him. Peace!"

Circle The Hysterical Wagons? 

Nancy Grace on Pot Chris Christie is morally against.
How much sense is it making believe we can all be civilized then insist we'll always be at war over people's taste in stimulants? 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Every Major Military Strike Has Advance Warning?

War Tard

Still The Precipice, Again?

Is there literally no one safe in their own homes who doesn't know war is an easy way out for enemies to have not to compromise? The real game of life. Push and shove and now in Syria's case what do they mean, jumping line? Feigning having little idea that the use of chemical weapons betrays this advantageous strategy shared by nations whereby wealth is military hardware distribution that has nothing to do with preventing acts of destruction since we're all, after all, so mature, smart and civilized? 

But crackpots released the gas? And why did idiots believe it was just the right stuff to have lying around waiting to be cracked open? Because enemies don't compromise? That's the deal? Death and zealotry define us, win, lose or draw? Spelled out the facts aren't so cute, huh? While we're all just standing in virtual awe of the absolute power of corruption.

Yet everyone's expected to be intelligent with the dangerous toys only used for honorable wars that, guess what, is the problem to begin with as honor is in the defense, not the war. Signals are crossed then, if ends justify lethal means? 

So it would be nice if referees just stepped in between and said, "stop fighting. The cycle of revenge has to end." 

But that's comic book superhero mythology. Where ultimate warriors of objectivity just drop in on warring neighbors and beat everyone up that needs destroying. However ridiculous, the cycle of revenge be damned. Uh huh. That life exists under the ultimate might of military right is reality. As is the problem also of Syria's Assad thinking like everyone else that he's not just a pawn too?
 Justice Is Not Revenge  
No not Pontoon. Pawn too. Soapbox View 

Are Politics Just Standing On Our Acrobatic Heads?

Politics are essentially mental calisthenics that don't take actual Einsteins to figure out how much shrewd ruthlessness is rewarded above all else? Only paling in comparison to the indignity life is by being both bought and sold out for no other reason than the same ole song and dance my friend? 
Turns out that the staunchly labelled and well tailored liberal Bill Moyers, who conservatives wanted whitewashed as a poison inside Public Television where William F. Buckley, Jr. planted the Conservative Firing Line flag a generation back, continues enacting his revenge on the political game on his show, Moyers & Company. For instance this past week, except for his closing editorial, Mr. Moyers  interviewed Mark Leibovich of The New York Times Magazinefor the entire show, about Mr. Leibovich's book This Town.  
Their discussion cut to the nitty-gritty basics of how Washington D. C. is finally the place to grow rich for the reasonably young and successful entrepreneurs this country is already supposed to be thriving on. Now.
"all it's about is bein here"

On the other hand this literary review episode actually copies an April 27, 2012 Moyers & Co. softball presentation of the tainted money in politics issue with the writer of Eddie Murphy's The Distinguished GentlemanMarty Kaplan of The Norman Lear Center. *            Solutions?
* Both Moyers and Leibovich had huge grins during the distinguished film satire's rendering on their episode.
"Son the system ain't perfect. The fleas come with the dog."

And you know what they say about sleeping dogs? You let 'em lie.


We Know What's Happening?

There's not much to be confused about. Money is a simple enough system. Yet corruption is just the surface of what the real problems are with power that generally makes people seem outright mean. Our generation has learned to make a lot of money mean a lot and a little not enough. But it takes money to accomplish anything and that's for the best. Cut to the chase,

Then Corruption For Everyone Is The Real Test? *

The Soapbox View Satirical Twist in pursuit of the Twin Legacies

* Russia's Kremlin is used here to represent the entire world's Institutions of Authority. Merely historical coincidence this ideal structure is so intricately beautiful.

Friday, August 9, 2013

What’s Worse Is The Claim Two Wrongs Make A Right?

Month 1 of business amnesty, courts released 13 prisoners.

Complete Public Awareness advocate Edward Snowden, is a tolerated pawn given a year's refuge by the Russian State? To at least overtly demonstrate a subtle disdain for American Political Machine attitudes toward the Russian Elite's sovereignty over their own people too. Mind your own business is such a redundant chant that it doesn't have to be publicly repeated again now. Mr. President?

So in all patriotic deference to the false idol, nationalist idolatry, it should be remembered that government, religious and political, as a definition of cultural identity and loyalty has enabled authoritarians to define civil liberty. Downright leading to punishment having nothing to do with protecting a nations' citizens, but replacing legitimate safeguards against violence with the Fear of the State. 
American Plant, Russian Spy 
Funny how in an absurdly unfunny way Americans' predilection for undervaluing Russian patriotism is, when it comes to the United States what politically coerced citizens flock to, to claim identification with the hallmarks of true Patriotism. Superiority not just to Illegal Aliens, but everyone? 

Just look to the picture left as to where people can be politically pointed culturally. Endlessly polished smoke-and-mirrors of not actual intrigue, but fun and games we're allowed in on when it's either easiest to formulate a controlled consensus or at least tally the preferred votes. 

Until events come to actually weighing factors, then it's those that passed the educational barriers, of no doubt certain relevance, and levels of acceptable respectability that privately nurtured publicly give the truly influential more value in access than mere public servants?  

Honor For Sale?

It is true that in the man pictured right's time, Socialism was logically collectively scapegoated by the bourgeoisie for misappropriating capital from even more profitable channels of economic diversity? As a stern executioner of finally legitimate warmonger tactics against what should have been the final twist toward World War Insanity, it must be true Mr. Churchill's logic is written in stone? 
Yet corporate welfare, the other polished side of the political coin was just a strength and no one's impediment when either way it's just accounting and everyone seems cheated as often enough as not? 

So today the ideal of trickle down has become laws with an ability to gorge or dissolve depending upon how strengthened the strong are as it should be rather than subsidizing the passively opportunity deficient. 

Oh, boo hoo. If I wrote to be agreed with, there'd be nothing else to say?

Fascinating. Do you realize we collectively go day to day hearing logic that's not applied to circumstances because profit can't be realized? Don't kid yourselves.
To Avoid The Taint, Rabid Anti-Communist
Liberal Hubert Horatio Humphrey
Our greatest belittled accomplishments from Socialist Daycare to caring for abandoned animals, society domesticated, to comfortable corporate heads. No eye is off the financial ball. Less hearts actually bleeding because people care, after all? We care with our money as it should be. So everything brought to fruition entrepreneurially, squeezes the right margins for capitalism to reach every beggar in a lazy suit and tie to hopeless vagrant entitled to handouts? Capitalism cleans the streets. Socialism is capitalism. So is it true sycophantic political insiders just spout what gets them paid, without the investment of pure integrity, because the wish to be popular is where money flows from? Capitalism is socialism is capitalism if you asked me? 
To whatever degree the pictured above point can be regarded, is a loyalty less blinded by the impurities of pure patriotism?
Bradley - As Confused As Government - Manning?
The Soapbox View Satirical Twist in pursuit of the 
Twin Legacies