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Thursday, November 15, 2012

It's Scratch My Itch Now In The World's Unruly, Violent Middle East

As much as the news sources, and forces violently opposed to each other in The Middle East would like people to believe they've had to suddenly ramp up their oppositions to each other, the unnecessary clashes of the last few days point to one very important fact. After a decade of expensive military presence in other portions of the fractured Middle East that caused billions of dollars in resources and cash to be misplaced there, the people with power obviously have motivation at this moment to want billions more applied to their areas of expertise. But it's ultimately shallow claims to represent national interests, that once again have very little to do with individuals and families gaining and having access to their own plots of land and homes. As in America where high rents preclude ever owning a piece of dirt for ourselves, this idea of unrequited nationalism uproots the very lives of the people its pretended to represent.

It is all just smoke and mirrors as in America. Where banks were saved after sabotaging the public's real estate value, followed by insisting the people whose taxes were loaned to them to bail them out are judge-able as not worth the risk of giving up their regained financial power to the detriment of common folk. Once the powers in the Middle East have what they perceive as their fare share of the world's payoff for pretending to provide military peace, most likely certain people will retire to preferably pleasant weather paradises where they'll still luxuriously lament that the people of the Middle East still can't get along. As usual probably one or two lucky gold miners will spend relaxed moments watching the hired help polish Middle East Peace Prizes for a goal still not achieved since so many have already been awarded so far. If only everyone's itch for a better return on their investments could just be scratched without this endless parade of compensated spokespeople complaining only their innocent die on their behalves. 

So let's begin with a big newspaper of record's take on the current scuffles and struggles between Palestinians and Israelis. The New York Times, under the title, Rocket Attacks And Airstrikes Resume In Gaza Conflict, by Isabel Kershner and Fares Akram, begins by stating - Israel and Hamas widened their increasingly deadly conflict over Gaza on Thursday, as a militant rocket killed three civilians in an apartment block in this small southern town, Kiryat Milachi. The deaths were likely to lead Israel to intensify its military offensive on Gaza, now in its second day of airstrikes. 

East side of Jordan known as poor/middle class side.
Business as per usual. Sure. Entice the benefactors. The enablers of the Middle East's addiction to violent revenge. This pervasive feeling of satisfaction from living up to The Great Grudge handed down through the centuries of men on earth appealing to Allah to condemn God's other ones. Neither side in this madness is really satisfied by anything other than feeling they're the only ones right to deserve to have their itch scratched. Sure, the people with less who've had their temperaments built to the boiling point do it for practically nothing. But do you think the really powerful are so careless? If so a lot of the Middle East's concentrated wealth would have circulated a lot farther than it has. 

The truth is every day as the death toll mounts each individual accounts for the same value as some indistinguishable Austro-Hungarian Archduke as The Times reports announcements are being made concerning who supports whom in this endeavor to escalate conflict and turn the Mid-East situation into the greatest man-made hurricane of them all. While the mad surgeon of the escalating madness continues to be luxuriously pampered on his grand Texan estate while admitting to nothing close to responsibility for this b___ s___ . All these poor people and their pampered leaders running around as if headless while the one who should have been the most responsible of all claims to have done great things. While Americans in their terror over fearing they'd face they lost the Vietnam War, that we graciously backed off from, re-elected that son of a woman who still collects entitlements for which she never had any need. Grow up people. This pathetic pretentious psuedo-religious crap just benefits the Elitist Industrial Complex. Period. None of it really has anything to do with patriotic nationalism. Much less Peace on Earth when anyone has won.

You'd think that the moneyed elite's destruction of a housing lending system, that gave many a chance to own their own home, would have woken people up to the immaturity of the elite crying over milk they spill. But then, in the right place, at the right time, anyone ruthless enough makes sure they profit. 

Fidel Castro could make a difference by just giving Barack Obama a call. The Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi might make a difference by just calling Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Direct. And Netanyahu, there's plenty of Israelis to talk to who've advocated for years against this belief in the grand grudge that is nothing more than pathetic as I've already described. Any world leader who doesn't have a clue to bringing resolutions and peace to wherever they live is not worth more than that dag-gum idiot. Again I repeat. Apologize you dope. I am afraid it is so bad a better future can only begin with you who fueled The Farce.

November  15, 2012
The Climate Reality Project
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012


MIDDLE EAST PEACE - was formally announced by U. S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr of Egypt after intensive negotiations in Cairo at 2 p.m.  Wednesday, American Eastern Time, according to The New York Times, 
Seriously, we can't at least hear Palestinians and Israelis were in the same room? Or better yet outside by a tree. Tense people make tense deals. 

Will November 21, 2012 become celebrated in history or will another brand new peace keeping team need their imprint on the next final conclusion to Middle East violence? 
Marketers in America had to create great holiday fanfare  extravaganzas to get us together. 
Except problems are hardly behind us. November 16th, an Ellen BarryNew York Times, report alluded to President Putin speaking as if he had no clue he has no clothes on at all. Costumes, yes, in fact plenty enough for a whole fashionable retinue to escort the king to and fro from to his throne. If Russian dissidents are racist and wrong, as implied by the crown, then not only is the emperor naked but living in an era before cell phones when Czars taunted they were so far away the outside world couldn't know? Everyone knows Russia is curtailing free speech. Everyone. So calling Pussy Riot racist is a lie. No, I'm sorry. Fictional political truth.
Maybe everyone needs a real actual Thanksgiving break with Mickey Mouse to stop pretending reality is violent when the truth is none of us should be anything less than peaceful, loving and understanding. 
Rule is just a gimmick too until its no longer a human race.

For Theodore's Fans

                         To be continued
                  November  21, 2012

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Why Branding News Is Best For Us, Is Not What's Best About Us

How cataclysmic events are defines newsworthiness. So it is a shame now news gathering expenditures are cut to the bone. Now that there's such an apparent necessity for timely informed updates on catastrophic natural events. Such as hurricanes and our heart beat in anticipation of Middle East developments again. Will cheap still mean we just ominously listen to what newsmakers provide? 

Public opinion is a potentially tough lucrative business. Be careful. Appropriately we've already had this modern age's lament for quality investigative journalism. - The,really loud, thumping of the oncoming collapse of serious news was extremely audible once 60 MINUTES, in addition to celebrity issues, began devoting a third of every program to celebrity guests. Popular television, so what?

ABC         NBC
If Barbara Walters weren't so embedded at ABC she'd have been a coup acquisition for turning that landmark television news magazine broadcast into a brand new genre buster of this next, new, finely tuned era shaped by celebrity. Cool. But partly why popularly elected political celebrities posture ("bombs bursting in air") from podiums, then militarily compromise violence that never actually starts to end. Concessions go unaccomplished because a frame of mind is carved in the Middle East. Where everyone is somehow not supposed to live with everyone else. This is not compromise. This is a civilization's responsibility. It should be Israeli law that West Bank settlements provide equal educations even if Palestinians are bused in. Period. This back and forth vengeful cycle of revenge over homeland lacks pragmatism. Killing is not redemption
Jeff Roysdon war comics

Well. For everyone concerned then this generation's news is, like others, better shown in installments too. Rather than peaceful permanent accord, story after story is polished well enough for various publics. Proving craft more valuable than substance. Revenge and vengeance still fill the paid seats. Yet uncompromising popular anger is a game more than defending principle. No? 

Sincere Walter Cronkite of CBS?
A very good essay, I read last weekend, that adds perspective to hero fascination was Lucian Truscott IV's A Phony Hero For A Phony War in The New York TimesDAILY ASTORIAN countless sources. 

So niche marketing is stealing our ability to properly pay for professional news gathering. While ironically the display hasn't changed on the page or screen. Nor has an extremely desperate desire to provide your information. Indeed it is easy to blame sponsors for marginalizing public taste for accuracy and authenticity. But what else can be done when we're so wrapped up in the need to be entertained, that news is made into game shows, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!and support for local news depends on really good funnies.

Of course everyone isn't particularly fond of when certain slants develop that are opposite our point of view. But someone paid to watch and pay close professional attention is all we have. When there's no such thing as bad publicity. And when unfortunately what's lost to understanding is that the peace loving people of the Middle East aren't really heard. 

Israeli beaches are among the world's best. While the world is just too modern for violent misunderstanding.

November  19, 2012
A Reproduction Of An Example Of A Noble Warrior's 
Hope For Reconciliation 
Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a holiday celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. Officially an annual tradition since 1863, when, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens", to be celebrated on Thursday, November 26.[1] The event that some Americans commonly call the "First Thanksgiving" was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621.[2] The first Thanksgiving feast lasted three days, and was attended by 53 Pilgrims and 90 Native Americans.[3] The New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating "thanksgivings"—days of prayer thanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought, though the 1621 events were likely not a religious observation.[4] 

Even Canadians and Americans like to think they're two countries.

* Full disclosure: I listen to Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!
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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.
Soapbox View      Soapbox View       Soapbox View  

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. 

Secretary Kerry's finger left securely in the dike?



Friday, July 18, 2014

Transition Who Can't Afford?

Something has been added to this essay's conclusion on CUBA.  8/7/14
Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States

The previous essay, PATRIOTISM FOR EVERYONE? included an idea that was highlighted by two events yesterday. Israeli ground troops entering the Gaza Strip and a Malaysian Airlines Passenger Plane shot down by a surface-to-air missile over Ukraine. Reuters

3. Which is why international dispute is not about - who's wrong? 4. But whether ruthlessness is rendered impossible?  

The rocket that brought down the passenger plane was a "mistake." Trigger-happy is a mistake. The passenger plane was nowhere near landing in Ukraine at that height and speed. So without the proper instruments the Ukrainian rebels couldn't take a chance? When conflict escalates the innocent are victimized. Clearly the fog of patriotic militarism entered this century as pervasive as the last. What idiotic logic made all this patriotic militarism acceptable? Freedom Fries pictured above. The buck stops with "the decider." Soapbox View Everyone knows how to hide from responsibility. Chesters just push out their chests insisting their pride is their nations'. Despite what PEACE really means?

So perpetual war and defense are necessary evils? This essay, A Damaging Distance, in The New York Times, Sunday July 13, 2014, by Ethan Bronner focuses on what the Middle East hasn't fixed. Who in their right minds thought limiting Palestinian financial progress would be a protection when anyone with a clue knows everyone's better off when there's full financial circulation? Again both side's elites are likely duff sitters. 
4. To Mideast Diplomacy Rendering Ruthlessness Impossible.

"Vengeance is mine sayith the Lord" - not mortals.

Despite war's exploitation, no one wins and maybe, just maybe, we lose our souls?

Change is constant. Transition a longer  haul. They're not the same difference if change is sudden and transition, evolution. The point? Most of the world has been relatively poor virtually all of human existence. Change has taken place, but not an actual transition. That "the poor will always be with" us is almost a dandy excuse for our destiny. Why lazy insufficient prosperity is the working poor's burden while improved circulation on their behalf is considered weak by those for whom opportunity overflows, and those that resent more hasn't rained on them - yet. Resourcefulness sure is part of the equation, and not entirely out of line to expect of people. Within reason. 

Visiting home, ten years back, my wife and I swam laps in my favorite swimming pool. A nine year old African-American boy, there with his little brother, was from another nearby small town. Like paradise, not crowded, only us four and the older man in lane 6.

The kid asked to look at my goggles then popped out both lenses before I got him to give the goggles back. Sure you can re-insert the lenses as he gigglingly pointed out. But done enough the seal is never the same. He was amused playing with me and when his little brother came over and asked to do the same thing, his older brother told him he'd already done it. But before that. Alone, hanging on to the deep end's gutter. He asked if I could give him money. Reminding me of my precious summer youth collecting cold drink bottles with my friend Patrick who'd told me about the bright idea. I made the kid cry. There were adults collecting everywhere and you were in trouble disturbing their territory. Don't tell me balance didn't drop out of the bottom of our economy. 

With education for the taking most everywhere on this planet? Plus all the money thrown far and wide for the denied to at least grab on to something? Yet money isn't circulating completely throughout while we have this nice basic reality used as an instrument economists can't solve. Inflation. Well, it's a fact of life the poor will never adjust to it and remain destroyed by it. Unable to tag along on the continuously replenishing financial treadmill the elite surf. The Poor rendered useless as perpetual debt. The president of the World Bank and functionaries even state that economies need some inflation so the salaried can keep up better. Considering all things equal, that's fine and dandy the relentless pursuit of inflation propelling those with the power to compete. Which does not solve the problem of economies not fully circulating. Maybe Russians fighting in Ukraine taking care of business at home would have kept Malaysian Airline Flight 17 aloft?
It is sad. Rumors of revolution gossiped about Brazil if the hosts lost the World Cup before losing to Germany. Because money hadn't instead been spent on the poor who'll rise up in anger unless massaged by a championship. Perhaps contributing to tolerance of football field violence when a referee allowed Brazilians latitude attacking Columbians leading to unintended retribution that knocked a Brazilian star out of the tournament. Paraphrasing Sam Borden's Blame for a Crushing Injury Is Spread Across the Field The New York Times, July5, 2014. Digitally titled: For Bellicose Brazil, Payback Carries Heavy Price: Loss of Neymar

The first title worthily sums up the article's insight. While the second gauges momentum as the core of any sports story. One star makes a difference. Not easily replaced. Regardless. It's sad cultural identity is reduced to feudal rivalry.
Any learned person can point to dissatisfied people falling into further disarray. But considered logically, successful revolution against modern militaries is preposterous. As anyone can guess, throughout history, the poor have seldom relieved their stress through revolution. Possibly that great time of equality in the Soviet Union? Unfortunately elitist and when weighed with the sins of persecuting individuals - equality was not ironed out. 

Statistics show Brazilians are discontentWikipedia notes the 2013 Confederations Cup Riots followed that tournament Brazil won. Initiated mainly by the Movimento Passe Livre (Free Fare Movement), a local entity that advocates for free public transportationThe demonstrations were initially organized to protest against increases in bus, train, and metro ticket prices in some Brazilian cities, but grew to include other issues such as the high corruption in the government and police brutality used against some demonstrators. By mid-June, 2013, the movement had grown to become Brazil's largest since the 1992 protests against former President Fernando Collor de Mello.

It's of course ridiculous for affairs of state to be tampered with through sport and vice-versa. Yet on the other hand, political leadership is the art of forming mass opinion translated from ambivalent drivel to avoid blame? Football and politics aren't just games. 
June 27 
Soapbox View conjectured - Crimea, the next Monaco
July 2nd, 
The Moscow TimesFlow of Crimea Tourists Drops 35%
July 4th, 
The Moscow Times Crimea and Sochi See Futures as Gambling Centers

For objectiveness sake, history sinned.

Now. Relish this. It's not every day news is this close to making sense.
The National Capitol Building in Havana, Cuba, home to the Cuban Academy of Sciences. - Nigel Pacquette / Wikicommons

Russia Ratifies $35 Billion Debt Write-Off For Cuba  

The Moscow TimesJuly 9, 2014

Huh. 90% of 35.2 billion forgiven. So it's a deal to get 3.2 billion out of Cuba. When if 35.2 billion were put into Cuba to circulate properly this debt theoretically would have never happened. I think Cuba should take this last 3.2 to U.S. Federal Court and dispute that there's any debt at all. Everyone's thumbs were on the scales. Cuba would be a better ally if that 3.2 went into itself. The whole world should be paying Cuba not to industrialize to maintain a vacation paradise. But that's the great equalizer, for funding nations, terrorizing the land. I say try for Paradise Cuba. If you asphalt the entire island it will sink under the big flood.