Saturday, June 17, 2017

HELMUT KOHL: Tear Down this Wall ... He Did!

Whatever will happen in the US and Russia over the next decade that is how the rest of the world will be shaped ... Deep inside a (one-day-plus-one-pill-later) pill popping bloggosphere there are punters who are betting that governments will increase control over people's lives to levels not even seen under facism or communism ... Scary thought! Even by the post 1989 standards of tax-havens, Gibraltar is pretty sketchy / Boing Boing
(Yeah, sarcasm will help you to stay sane :-)

Newark, N.J., has figured in half of Philip Roth's novels. It is an unusually expansive literary portrait of an American city, a chronicle of urban decline... Newark on the Banks of Cold War Rivers  ...

From Fred Smith in Forbes Magazine.
Self-interest encourages deal-making and empathy makes it more likely that such deals will be fair—and, thus, more likely to be repeated. Smith recognized that free markets were the result of the creative synthesis of these two traits. Too few capitalist defenders today realize that understanding both traits is critical.
Empathy deals with our awareness of how others will react to our actions and our choices. It permits us to get into the skin of another person and understand, to some extent, their motives and values. These dual traits distinguish mankind from other social animals. Animals, too, are self-interested and sometimes cooperate. But, as Smith notes, they don’t bargain—they lack the empathetic traits that would allow them to know what the other wants and reach a mutual win/win agreement. Smith notes: “Man is an animal that makes bargains: no other animal does this—no dog exchanges bones with another.”

Speechwriter who helped Reagan 'tear down that wall'

“General Secretary Gorbachev,” Reagan said, “if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

The piquant truth, of course, is that ironically the won war brought with it the biggest inequality to the workers on both sides of the wall ... The class war is now taking place in every country so while executive salaries are 1000 times and more than the professional workers wages the gap between the Piketty's definition of successful rich and failed poor will continue to grow ... Behind every great wealth is a greater crime ... 

An army of the former Russian communists, led by Vlado Putin, are now the most successful businessmen ;-) [Media Dragon: Virtual Putin ... Tax haven and cyber Tzar -----Putin and Panama Papers: Why power means more than cash - ] Bizarre class wars will likely take place in the future and there will not be winners in the next war as greed has no limits ... Who will ever want to share their hard earn wealth ;-) - It will be hard to give up cunningly negotiated 
super salaries using our close 'independent' mates on board of remuneration committees ;-) ... Shakespeare said it all about what happens when winners love to take it all! Like a runaway train no one can stop the next war ...

Scream: War of Independence was not as a result of a civil war ;-) 
 How Badly Must a C.E.O. Behave Before His Pay Is Clawed Back

The Cold War is the forgotten war. As a personal experiment, Robinson tells me, he interrogated his daughter when she was a high-school senior. He asked her to explain the American Revolutionary War. “No problem. We won our independence from the British.” The Civil War? “Lincoln freed the slaves and reunited the country.” World War I? “A little complicated. Archduke, assassination, but the Americans went over and the democracies won.” World War II? “Easy, we beat Hitler and Imperial Japan.”

Google on The End of an Era and Escapes Across the Iron Curtains

The Adani Group has become embroiled in a corruption scandal in South Africa after a series of leaked emails revealed the Indian power company was in talks to do a weapons deal with the controversial Gupta family. Adani: Indian Curse of Modern Era


 CONGRESSMAN HANK JOHNSON: Americans Need to Act Less Like ‘Animals’ in Political Discourse.

Johnson, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, was asked if there’s a course of action he would like to see Congress take in the aftermath of the incident.
“I think it really boils down to what’s in the heart of legislators. Do they care about the people they represent or do they care more about corporations getting people elected here? Do they care more about the dark money that can be used either for or against them in their election? Do they care more about that than the poor, the people who are on the low end of the spectrum, those who have been down for generations, those whose forefathers were down?” he asked.
“Do they care more about bringing more money to those who already have, or should they think about sharing prosperity to the have-nots? I think it really boils down to that. The members have to really start looking into their hearts. Are we here to grease our own palms and those of our neighbors and friends, or are we here to work for peace and prosperity, not just for ourselves, but for everybody?” he added.
USA: A Third World Country in the making. But we have a Third World political class, and I’m not sure how to change that.