NATO, Reorganized

‘The Warsaw Pact was the military complement to the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance, the regional economic organization for the communist states of Central and Eastern Europe. The Warsaw Pact was created in reaction to the integration of West Germany into NATO in 1955 per the London and Paris Conferences of 1954, but it is also considered to have been motivated by Soviet desires to maintain control over military forces in Central and Eastern Europe’.

‘While the Warsaw Pact was established as a balance of power or counterweight to NATO, there was no direct confrontation between them. Instead, the conflict was fought on an ideological basis and in proxy wars’. The above paragraphs were excepted from Wikipedia…

Any meaningful organized international effort by NATO to intensify a war on international terrorism must know that it must include Russia, even though NATO by its very nature must hold secrets that are only available to its member states presents a problem few founding members are willing to put at risk. I write the above considering Trumps decoration during his presidential campaign referring to NATO as ‘obsolete’ in fighting today’s international terrorism when it was organized in 1949 to engage in very different kinds of conflicts, which now must call for a mission reorganizing to include Russia. In somewhat of an acknowledgement to Trump, some member states (NATO), agreed to form a U.S. led 68 nation coalition against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. And in my view, must also include some sort of educational programs to counter the home grown influences of international terrorism over the internet, with the inclusion of Russia…

Darling, You Look Marvelous

(1) “One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell one anything.” Oscar Wilde…
(2) Or a woman never reveals her true age…
No comment on number one, the Oscar Wilde quote, as for number two, here’s my take, she wants to maintain her status as a trophy wife or forever maintain one in waiting.

It was very refreshing to hear Cherilyn Sarkisian to publicly proclaim on a worldwide televised event, the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, her age of seventy-one, refreshing because of it being publicly uttered, however, shameful on appearance, because it is culturally perceived to be inferior or somehow unworthy of affection or respect because of an aged appearance. Otherwise, why would she and others spend so much time and effort, not to mention money, to hide the fact that she is seventy-one years old trying not to look like the standard of a seventy-one-year-old as levelled by mother nature and current popular media. Incidentally, my above opinion is not unique to women most men share in this ignominy too, emphatically, in spades, it’s a shared perception. The CNBC extra, Binge with Carl Quintanilla today featured a conversation with a seventy-two-year-old Sherry Lansing who looked every bit her age, all except her hair, even though thinning a bit in front, but still culturally seemed bound by the practice of hair dying, I ask why? With all her professional success which is quite extensive and yet still could not find it within herself to appear publicly or privately in the guise of a seventy-two-year-old splendid lady with gray-hair…

A Transgression Rooted in Doubt

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 4:25 AM. Reuters News Agency has reported that two people publicly received eighty-two lashes each of the cane in Indonesia for making love, it was not reported if the people were of the age of consent or not. “Up to a thousand people, many filming with smartphones, watched”, “some viewed it on livestream video”. The details of their crime I will not disclose here, only to urge you to seek out the reasons for your selves as the ridiculousness of the claimed crime first colors your judgment before the detailed knowledge is known to you, then I invite you to return with compassionate eyes full of tears…

A Fox is a carnivorous mammal

In its earliest days of broadcast news, serious news was read by men in dinner jackets, not true, however, on the radio that is how they were perceived to be dressed. As for women, they did not exist as serious news readers or reporters, when they finally were allowed in the newsroom it was to comment on fashion, children and cooking, so called even today as ‘women’s issues’, subjects not worthy of the male perspective in any depth. Then along came the Ziegfeldian of the newsroom as practiced at the Fox News Network, perhaps a new word to you? Then try parapraxis, let me call upon Wikipedia for help. “A Freudian slip, also called parapraxis, is an error in speech, memory, or physical action that is interpreted as occurring due to the interference of an unconscious subdued wish or internal train of thought. The concept is part of classical psychoanalysis”. The Fox News image of women news readers has bled across every television broadcast news network, in the guise of steaking blond hair, long false eyelashes, pouting red greasy lips. It was only recently publicly disclosed that it was encouraged behind the scenes too with the gentle inspiration of the wearing of miniskirts, high heels along with harassing trash talk resulting in large monetary payouts. Rachel Maddow recently appeared on Late Night with Seth Myers, in tennis shoes and trousers, can’t even imagine parts of that wardrobe on a female guest anywhere near a Fox television network that is not the kind of image of women that Fox News promotes.

Of Merit…

An award show celebrating music should be all about the music and with that all that is required is a bare stage, a microphone and a baby spot. If the above is true then what media that can best exploit that music, radio, using the head for storage if you will that contain the brain were music lives, not television. Enough said, no not yet, am thoroughly enjoying the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, which just like most years have morphed into something else altogether. So, cue the background singers and dancers… show me the 2017 Billboard Visual Awards…

On to a better time

‘Make America Great, Again’, when you hear that phrase, what does it mean to you? To most, restoration to an earlier time in the nation’s history, but when? To an era in time before the civil war, could mean slavery, to the late 1860’s no women’s suffrage, if before WWI, could mean no free speech, if during the 1940’s could mean Jim Crow laws, take your pick, whichever time is chosen it was not a particularly good time for some segment of the population, I could go on in choosing but what’s the use you’re got the idea by now, so you choose one in your mind then pick a segment of the population in that era to be a part of, then hop into your time machine and as in the official state motto of New Hampshire, ‘live free or die’. Then come back in a few years and tell me about it…how much you liked it and was better off then than now…

Dear Lawrence O’Donnell

I can’t think of anything that would be more annoying then while watching a movie the title of the movie would remain on the screen throughout its running. Yesterday an MSNBC special from Lawrence O’Donnell’s The Last Word, a compendium, ‘Trump: 100 DAYS of Conflicts’, did just that, displayed the title of the program throughout its running with a spattering of a ‘Breaking News’, banner only added to the annoyance of the piece, which is odd since the program must have been in production for some time. Can anyone hear a boy crying wolf? And still in view of the all the above, this program could have been worse, how? With the added irritation of a news crawl. This special stands as a ‘how to’, to distract from a very important discussed subject with flashings of on screen antics, including the repetition of some images of the individuals that played a meaningful role in helping to bring about the conflicts. The investigative subject of this special is the President of the United States, an image known the world over, no stills or clips are necessary but one if any at all at the top of the program, any more then that will be viewed as excessive and an over indulgence and another distraction.