Posts Tagged ‘financial

17
Sep
15

Naykd Poet


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Since December 2011 by this blog, I’ve purged my heart, mind and soul; laying Naykd my thoughts to all, to know but, with time of near four years passage, what most did not grow, is awareness to a wisdom, my words, with hope, would sow. Yet, undaunted I pursue this work, not for the charm of accolade or renown but, for the mere chance of survival from that which ails this world; I feel so emotionally, so profound.  It is my only vehicle to solution short of violent revolution upon the corruptness metastasizing throughout this Human institution but to remain discouraged, by its prolific infusion. `Words can be mightier than the sword’ but, for that truth to be known, the right words need be shown, for the courage of strength, to be sown.

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02
Sep
15

Kissinger – Provocateur?


Kissinger's Shadow

CLICK ON IMAGE FOR VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR

What unearthly plan gives any woman or man
The right to be untouchable, to have immunity,
To gain the heralded, enviable title of Statesman;
Yet be provocateur to unbridled devastation with impunity?

The ability of such monsters, hands awash in blood,
To gain centre stage in the course of human history;
Emotionally void, eclipsing the constitution of love;
Rivalling the true definition of imposed suffering and misery.

Yet this kind of Being flourishes with unrestrained momentum
As tool to the ambitious powers-that-be to achieve their devious goals;
Only through death will truth held by their inner sanctum
Speak of the brutishness and countless deaths unfold.

Human history is blemished by countless presence of this ilk
Gaining stature of importance and celebrated aggrandizement;
Rewarded for their cunning yet, ignoring the cost of blood spilled;
A testament to the ignorance of humankind and, its willing appeasement.

Reference: Kissinger’s Shadow – the long reach of America’s most controversial Statesman
By Gregg Grandin

Excerpts:

`America’s exceptional sense of itself depends on a similarly ambiguous relationship to the past. History is affirmed, since it is America’s unprecedented historical success that justifies the exceptionalism. Yet history is also denied, or at least what is denied is an understanding of the past as a series of causal relationships. That is, the blowback from any given action—arming anti-Soviet jihadists in Afghanistan, for example, or supplying Saddam Hussein with the sarin gas he used on Iran—is rinsed clean of its source and given a new origin story, blamed on generalized chaos that exists beyond our borders.’

This evasion has been on full display of late, as the politicians who drove us into Iraq in 2003 tell us that decisions made at the time that facilitated the rise of Islamic State militants shouldn’t hinder America from taking bold action in the future to destroy Islamic State militants. “If we spend our time debating what happened eleven or twelve years ago,” former vice president Dick Cheney today says, “we’re going to miss the threat that is growing and that we do face.18 The United States, Cheney insists, needs to do “what it takes, for as long as it takes.”

Kissinger perfected this type of dodge.[emphasis is mine] He was a master of advancing the proposition that the policies of the United States and the world’s violence and disorder are entirely unrelated, especially when it came to accounting for the consequences of his own actions. Cambodia? “It was Hanoi,” Kissinger writes, pointing to the North Vietnamese to justify his four-year bombing campaign of that neutral nation. Chile? That country, he says in defense of his coup-plotting against Salvador Allende, “was ‘destabilized’ not by our actions but by Chile’s constitutional President.” The Kurds? “A tragedy,” says the man who served them up to Saddam Hussein, hoping to turn Iraq away from the Soviets. East Timor? “I think we’ve heard enough about Timor.19″

12
Aug
15

Lore’s Truths Hidden


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Each generation to human creation dilutes meaning to experience;
History etched in text accounting for pain, blood and life lost
Fade, obliterated from present minds’ tangible suffering
Only to be relived, re-enacted and resolved to be unique,
Yielding but another, duplication, to historical records’ accounting.

What manifestation need arrive to dissolve this endless cycle
Of seemingly pointless toil; to render permanent solution;
Elimination of permanent state of sufferance by the many
Whose wish goal is to purely reside harmoniously; in peaceful
Collaborative purpose and mutual enjoyment of prosperity?

For those with whom resides the mind to seek it,
Telling truths, hidden in ancient lore; wisdom is to be found.
Words that speak not only to the past but, to days yet to come.
Though failing to heed the messages’ veracity to experience lived,
Is reason sure, world peace, yet again, stands to become undone.

21
Jun
15

Miracle To Change


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Given the tumultuous times we increasingly find our world in, it seems appropriate to give this long ago written poem another spin.  It speaks loudly to the want and hope that humanity recognize the trajectory of its present course that only a blind-fool would think it not toward inhuman sufferance; if not its outright demise:

Miracle To Change

As the world spins on its axis tilt
Twenty-four hours of blood to be spilt

Humanity’s participants long for the day
Brutality and evil will have gone away

If history speaks as loudly as it does
Bullets and famine will win to love

Turbulence and chaos reflected in the skies
Surprisingly some still naively ask `why?

Though beauty of flora and fauna still exist
As casket wreaths it spoils their bliss

Mankind towards destruction seems inclined
What miracle to change will it have to find?

04
Nov
14

At A Loss!


ADDENDUM TO ORIGINAL POST:

Post the 2014 Midterm election; a blood-bath slaughter of the Democrats, has the Republicans with a majority in both the Senate and Congress. This situation for we outside the United States, would likely have the reaction of saying:`so what?’ however, as the the Young Turks in their video report illustrate, the individuals elected as Republican members to both Houses will lead not only the United States but too, the rest of the world’s nations wrong direction when addressing matters such as science and technology, climate change.

The United States hails to be the beckon of democracy, respectful of individual human rights, the model for which other nations are to look to fashion their own free and inclusive social structures of governance. Yet, behold what is the true nature of the United States today:

The 2014 mid-term election of Senate and Congress members is in progress this day (November 4) and its outcome is projected to yield little in the way of change to the roster of senators and congressmen presently seated in both Houses rendering potentially, a status quo situation however, leading up to the election date, it is being reported to be the most expensive electoral campaign in the history of the nation. Complimenting this disturbing statistic is projection; voter turnout is expected to be the lowest in history of United States elections.

The United States legislative and judicial body are being corrupted by the influence of `big money’ thanks to the United States Supreme Court rulings regarding the status of Corporations as citizens and, the creation of `Super PACs; `political action committee (PAC)… a type of organization that pools campaign contributions from members and donates those funds to campaign for or against candidates, ballot initiatives, or legislation.[1][2]’. Further, in the United States, each States’ Supreme Court Judges are elected and, as of 2014, political action committee contributions are being allowed to finance individual campaign races. This ruling allows for out-of-state special interest groups to exercise their influence on state judicial and legislative bodies to meet their national agendas. Essentially, the democratic wishes of the Peoples of a given State can be potentially, rendered mute.

The degree of citizen apathy toward the United States electoral process is compounded by greater restrictions of `voter’s rights’ legislated in primarily Republican majority State legislators intent on affecting primarily lower income and, racial minorities, whom typically support Democrat nominees. Further, to ensure these policies do not see the light of any repeal, State-District boundaries in some States are being redefined to ensure continued Republican majority in the State legislature.

The influence of PAC contribution as of November, 2014 falls just less than six-billion dollars representing contributions by 1233 groups. Ironically, countering common perception as to the financial influence of right-wing loyalist such as the Koch brothers and comparable others; the majority of financial contributions falls to the Democrats with one exception; the National Committee: (if table alignment does not reproduce well LINK TO https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/superpacs.php FOR BETTER VIEW )

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NOTE: All the numbers on this page are for the 2014 election cycle and based on Federal Election Commission data released on November 04, 2014.

For insight to Top Individual Contributors: All Federal Contributions visit OpenSecrets.org , link: https://www.opensecrets.org/overview/topindivs.php .

The deterioration and erosion of confidence in the US’s legislative and judicial bodies of all levels has served to be a boon for political (comedic) satirist such as Jon Stewart, Daily Show; Stephen Colbert, the Colbert Report of Comedy Central; and, most recently, John Oliver, HBO’s, Last Week Tonight. The latter of whom provides a recent 17 minute piece described as: `While midterm coverage is largely focused on the parts of Congress that do very little, vital (and bizarre) midterm elections are going unexamined. State legislators pass a lot of bills, and some of that efficiency is thanks to a group called ALEC [American Legislative Exchange Council] that writes legislation for them. It’s as shady as it sounds!’. The episode can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIMgfBZrrZ8.

Based on the Brookings Vital Statistics on Congress, it is reported that the 113th (2013-14) session of Congress was the least productive of all prior 112 sessions. At a time when the globe is encumbered with major tumultuous and catastrophic events such as the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria of the Middle East; outbreak of Ebola in western African nations with potential to becoming a global pandemic; civil unrest in the Ukraine implicating a potential cold-war event with Russia; the growing genocide and occupation of Gaza by Israel; and last but definitely not least of these significant global concerns; the global economic slowdown reflected by a significant drop in world price of crude oil. If ever in a time of history, when the purported `leader of the free world’, the United States, is observed to be in total and calamitous political disarray; rife with graft and corruption at all levels of its politic, should not the balance of world nations and their Peoples, be alarmingly concerned?

One has to be `at a loss’ to understand how and why other nations should continue to respect and look to the leadership of United States and its constituent levels of governance when it so dramatically and consistently reflects a model of a civil society one would not wish to aspire. Were it not for the pervasive force and power of its (industrial) military complex and its economic status as the global/petrol currency; would its world dominance cease to be as significant.

Today’s broadcast of DEMOCRACY NOW addressing much of what is being spoken to by this essay

Sources:

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_action_committee

2. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2014/1102/Justice-for-sale-More-money-flowing-to-judicial-elections
3. https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/superpacs.php
4. Center for Responsive Politics
5. http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/research/files/reports/2013/07/vital%20statistics%20congress%20mann%20ornstein/vital%20statistics%20chapter%206%20%20legislative%20productivity%20in%20congress%20and%20workload_update.pdf ive Politics https://www.opensecrets.org/parties/

14
Oct
12

Consensus To Reason



Genesis to this living, 21st century, global financial problem
Is the matter intellectual minds strive but struggle to be resolve’n
Their Keynesian rationale to economic contributing factors
Derives diverse camps but many more detractors
All the while the middle class and lower take the brunt of the pain
Imposed by government austerity, wages reduced to levels insane
The wealth befalling the minority, corporate elite unwaveringly, continues to rise
Fueled by G20 political rhetoric that only serves to define and further the lies
The ultimate climax to this global human failing condition has yet to arrive
With the ensuing death and destruction of countless, innocent human lives.

01
Mar
12

Where Is The Justice?


Lynch the Bastards!

When considering that the majority, the common people, dutifully go about their mundane life performing meager jobs, for meager pay, responsibly pay their taxes and the rest put to survive frugally each day, have become victims. Then, through no fault of their own, save for having chosen to elect inept public officials who, through their own ignorance or corrupt manipulation, allow others, obviously wiser and mischievously corrupt, to drain the public treasury to the severe detriment of the same common people. Then, to add insult to injury, the same inept government officials turn to the common people advocating they must endure hardship to re-establish the depleted treasury, to restore programs of civility and healthy economy. All the while these same officials retain their high-paid salaries and entitlements including lucrative pension benefits should they chose out of shame, to retreat into retirement. And, as for the welfare corporate state, primarily responsible for the failure of the state’s economy, either direct or indirectly, too, are able to sustain their lucrative and quality, standard of living.

Heaven forbid that the common people should make their discontent known by demonstrating in the public streets that their life’s hardship financed into existence. To be confronted brutally by legions of shielded, armed riot police all of whom too are well compensated by those whom they beat back with hardwood batons and liters of pepper spray.

One has to ask:Where is the fairness of justice in this civil, social system?

The severe financial crisis that permeates nations globally which elected governments must be held directly accountable to have let materialize through a myriad of rational reason, must come to understand that unlike prior instances of similar civil malaise, the common people being more educated and informed are less tolerant then in the past. They must take notice that unless significant measures are taken to reverse the tidal flow of benefit from those responsible for perpetrating and prospering from the ills of our times, the `Let them eat cake’ philosophy of old will once again render a corresponding but more vicious and sustained uprising.

The threshold of tolerance of the hardworking majority, the 99 percent, is close to being transgressed and what potentially lies awaiting beyond its border, at all expense, will be mercilessly dispensed. The blind bravery of common people has historically been witnessed in past, worldly events; the bonding element having been to the welfare of all. The same element of resolve will undoubtedly manifest should the adverse austere conditions presently being imposed on the majority by the one-percent, and the governments that protect them and,  it will not relent.

‘When and where all hope is lost – there is no hope to loose.’




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