Repackaged for Television

I’ve told this story before, is well worth a retelling. A demonstration by some young Dreamers, in support of the Dream Act, an acronym for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors, that would grant some sort of stayed conditional residency in the U.S. for children of illegals, do to no fault of their own. One young wholesome female stood out, caught the attention of a television news crew for a brief on the spot interview, was so articulate in her remarks was invited for a more in-depth interview later that week. Now here is where the story gets a little messy, messy as in television cultural messy, that dictates that everyone that appears on television must appear a certain way, old males are urged to young dye their hair, females with blond long hair or in a straight hair wig, false elaborate eye make-up, the works as in cheap dance hall type, gray hair, ‘fuhgeddaboudit’. Anyway, getting back to the Dreamer, her remarks was as effective as the ones given during the street interview except these remarks came not from a believable wholesome looking youth but from a seasoned well-oiled over made up teen seemly out to pull the wool over the eyes of anyone who heard her speak, she had been repackaged. On television, that first appearance communicates everything there is to know about a person in an instant, a kind of first hump, once overcome, if ever, then and only then are we open to any further consideration of anything else about them, sadly it’s that fakery of that first appearance that we use to stand in judgement of them going forward.

Customers Customers

Here’s where I show off my ignorance of on-line shopping among nations in the European Union, but first…When I was a kid, my mother would send me shopping telling me to do so ten blocks from our house because of the better quality and lower prices of the goods offered, I would like to think that’s very much the same in Europe, no? Perhaps not, today, a $2.7 billion fine was leveled against Google, defining them as an on-line monopoly, why? Because some shoppers, at least the lazy ones, purchase goods presented to them on the very first few pages of their on-line shopping search, seemly without regard to its quality or price, for this Google is guilty of antitrust activity. As far as I can tell, Google is expected to make its business of on-line search as unattractive as possible by showing higher prices and poor-quality goods to give other business a fair chance to make a sale. The take-a-way here is, any business that dares to become a dominating force in the market place will now have the added fear of being charged with a crime instead of operating its business well, crushing all competitive comers present and future by offering a superior product in service to its customers and the customers customers…

Not Quite Ready for the Trash Heap

The western capitalist democracies like to blame the current economic problems plaguing the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on its socialist system and that would be totally inaccurate, after all there are many other practicing socialist societies that are quite successful in the twenty-first century. Venezuela has the world’s largest known oil reserves and has been one of the world’s leading exporters of that oil, so, what is the problem there, and that my friend is mismanagement, and the once reliance on a one market commodity economy, oil. So, if Venezuela had diversified into other commodities when oil prices were high, so that when oil prices fall and it will and did a living of sort, trading in other commodities could have held the country together at least till oil prices rise again and it surely will again someday. Will a country called Venezuela still be in existence or will a cataclysmic event, that currently looks like it will be man-made turn the country into something else that cannot be even imagined now, only time can tell…?

Stuck in the Information Mud

After watching Kellyanne Conway, the administrations spin doctor on the Sunday morning political chat shows it becomes quite clear as to why this President has not conducted a full-fledged solo news conference recently, he just doesn’t have the spin skills to do so. The White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, has no idea on any given day just what’s the President’s thinking past or present on any given issue of the day…so, here we are, the American people stuck in a kind of nowhere land of who knows what…

If The President Says It…

After the Cuban Missile Crisis many stories became known, among my favorites is this one, a special envoy representing the President of the United States was dispatched to several key embassies around Washington, DC, to explain the administration’s position ahead of any rumors. In almost each case the envoy offered photographic proof of the missiles being installed on the island of Cuba, and almost to a person, the offer was rejected, the reasoning stated, if the President says it, was enough, the word of this American president, John F. Kennedy, as we now know, was no known saint, but who’s word was as good a gold, setting the Presidential standard for many years to come, at least in the eyes of some, until the war in Vietnam, but that’s a story for another posting. If the President says it, it must be true, today, not so much, if ever it was…

Reading Washington Week (In Review)

Washington Week, Friday’s on PBS.org, is just another political television chat show in a long line of having been ruined by banners, such as the subject under discussion appearing on the screen, there are just somethings that I, the viewer would like to discover for myself without having to read a banner. The only information that is appreciated on the screen to be read are the nameplates of the reporters, anything else is a distraction and totally unnecessary…so, I have taken to treating Washington Week as a radio program, not television, that is the only way to be able to drain the full essences of the broadcast and not spend any brain processing energy on reading…On the 03/24/2017 broadcast, hard to believe not a single gray hair could be found, was that by design? And oh yes, fifty years of Washington Week, save it for the programing biographic profile, every week, is just purely excessive…to the station and network managers, I hope I have not hurt anyone’s feelings…

A New World Order?

While the United States wallow in its narrow ‘America First’ mud, four eastern European Union leaders along with the French President Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel take on the leadership of the free world. As for the British who are laboring at home with Brexit, the vacuum is being filled with more wiser and more accommodating forces. Don’t look now America, the world is passing you by. This morning at a European Union summit, the Visegrad Four as the East European states are called, have agreed to set up an expert level group to narrow differences between France, Germany and everyone else trading in Europe and to lessen the harsh treatment of refugees and migrants throughout the continent advising the United States only later as a courtesy…