Category Archives: Africa

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “I Was Fooled”

The complaint of Americans who will vote for Republicans next week.

Sweden, Local: “Doctor Puts Patient In Taxi”

If this is my doctor, the taxi is probably a safer place than his operating table.

Norway, Norway Post: “Homeless Get Rides In Police Cars”

At least they will have a warm bed tonight in the jail!

Russia, Moscow Times: “Stop Crimes Against Journalists”

This is Putinland, print the wrong story, then you committed a crime!

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Firemen Launch Damage Claim”

I didn’t know you could sue fire!

Whatever Happened To Barack Obama?

There is no longer a mystery about the behavior of Barack Obama in his role as President of the United States of America. The last time we Americans elected a college professor to the presidency was in 1912 when former Princeton University Professor Woodrow Wilson gained the White House. Just like former Professor Barack Obama, Wilson had some excellent ideas and did get important laws passed. But, like all college professors he much preferred giving lectures to the students who were the American people rather than engaging with them in an interactive debate. Wilson spoke TO people and he spoke Down to people. Barack Obama has the mind of a college professor, he gives the lecture, students take notes, and feed back to him what he said. If they fail to grasp what he said, tough luck, he always speaks clearly in his lectures and failure to understand what he said lies with the listener.

The one lesson we Americans who want a just society can learn from electing a college professor is never to do this again. Barack Obama never grasped the symbolism which is part of being President. He proceeded on HIS program regardless of whether he had persuaded Americans it was the right program. Instead of simply extending Medicare to all Americans, he invented a convoluted program known as the Affordable Care Act which even today, most do not understand. A great President is a great POLITICIAN. This was never understood by Obama. He, like most young Americans, regards POLITICS as something dirty. America comprises vast space and vast numbers of people. They must be organized and that includes compromise and paying attention to diverse needs and goals. College professors are always in charge and if you do not do what they want, the letter grade, F will ensue. In Politics, the letter grade, F, is given to the professor!

Whatever Happened To America?

The evidence is quite clear, Republicans will gain more seats in Congress, and most probably may secure control of a majority of seats in the US Senate. The most interesting question is: why will Americans reward a party with victory which seeks to make life harder for the average American? Frankly, this phenomena has occurred in the past, and will happen in the future. We live in interesting times. We live in an era in which those under age, forty, lack any sense of their economic needs, and prefer fiddling with fingers than fiddling with their minds. OK, blame Barack Obama for his failures to understand how Presidents must lead, but the alternative to Barack Obama is not the Koch brothers.

In the past when most American engaged in hard physical labor, they understood the boss was in his office and they were out on the assembly line. They did not need to go to college in order to understand their economic interests were not similar to those of the boss. Today, our young people lack a sense of CLASS. They do not understand there IS a Working Class, and they are in it. They do not understand that when one is in the Working Class, one must vote for their economic interests. And, they certainly are not those of this Republican Party.

The disaster will come. Americans will learn the goals of Republicans are not their goals. Hopefully, in 2016 there will be another change in attitudes by Americans.

Whatever Happened To Capitalism?

The collapse of the Soviet Union, the decision of Chinese Communist leaders to embrace market economies was thought to signal the end of Communism, and the birth of a new world in which Capitalism was the new economic norm. That was then, and today is now. European economies are stagnant, right wing nuts blaming immigrants for the failures of capitalism are present in just about every European society. America has become a nation in which 1% control 22% of the wealth, and our top 5% control 44%. The gap grows wider between the average working stiff in America and his beloved suffering boss who devotes his time and money ensuring the election of conservatives who pray before the altar of the wealthy. Raising minimum wages is the first step on the road to communism, but lowering taxes on the wealthy is the best guarantee they will have more and more money. So, what is the story of modern Capitalism?

1. The number of low income people able to become middle class is falling. If you are born poor, so will your children live a life of poverty.

2. Capitalism is NOT producing jobs that pay a middle class wage for the average person.

3. The number of part time employees rises each year which ensures these workers will never enter the middle class.

To put it bluntly, Capitalism has failed to create a society in which each person, in reality, has a chance to economically advance. This basic claim of capitalism simply no longer is true.

Perhaps, it is time to revisit other forms of economic theory such as Socialism. Perhaps, we need a new economic system that incorporates the best ideas from Capitalism and from Socialism?

I await the ideas of a new Economic system that is designed to empower each person to rise to some higher economic status. Of one thing I am certain, this will NOT happen under a Capitalist system!!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

China, China Daily: “Free Lie Tests”

Only in modern China!

Norway, Norway Post: “Flu Campaign Gets Under Way”

If successful, everyone will have the flu!

Canada, Toronto Star: “Spreading The Word”

In America that means nonstop spreading the word of ignorance about why you should be elected!

USA, aol: “Pay Back The Money”

In America, Wall Street only knows to pay themselves your money!

Russia, Moscow Times: “Heated Benches For Winter”

In Putinland, at least your ass is having a good time!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 24 year old mind trapped in an 84 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

I do not understand why women place blond in beautiful dark hair.

I love my white hair, I would die for it.

I was in a movie theater in which no one was in the initial three rows. Another bomb threat?

These days with my bad hearing a prefer subtitled films.

Those sitting in the middle of a row have a dilemma, exit right or left?

Store had a sign, “Final Sale Days.” I wonder if that is forever?

I wonder if Jesus would actually return to this planet?

I recall during basic training being taught about the Geneva Convention, is that still around?

I saw a license plate that read: “God’s Work Is Uplifting” For some strange reason I read it as “God’s Work Is Shoplifting”

Dark clouds. Lightening. I guess God is angry about something.

Ebola And Myth Of Crisis

According to my estimate of what has occurred in the great myth of Ebola, about five people within a population of about 315,000,000 people have actually been found to have the disease. Last year about 25,000 people died in car accidents and about 30,000 left this world due to gun shootings. Naturally, these two deadly diseases are never cited as causing a “crisis.” We have become a nation controlled by fear. Lock up those who come from Africa, but never lay a hand on those who shoot rifles and pistols resulting in the death of thousands. There is NO Ebola CRISIs. We have become fixated on our fear of the unknown. UN Secretary Ban Ki- Moon uttered a few calm words to America. He said that healthcare workers, “should not be submitted to restrictions that are no based on science.”

Wow, imagine a leader who actually believes in the concept of SCIENCE! Calm down, the sky is NOT falling. You will NOT get Ebola. All you will get is a case of the jitters!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

Sweden, Local: “Suicide Bomber Threat Ends After Four Years”

Are you certain that is enough time, how about twenty years?

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Danes Want Circumcision Banned”

OUCH!

USA, Army Times: “Lure Recruits With Women And Alcohol”

Where can I sign up, right now!!

USA, NY Post: “Guns For The Blind”

Just check the 2nd Amendment, we blind folks got our rights!!

France, Connexion: “Stores May Have To Give Away Food”

What next, pay workers a decent wage?

Arrest Our Heroes!

Believe it or not but the American people used to be intelligent and brave enough to confront dangers without being treated as some delicate flower who could not be allowed out in the sun because it might get too much sunshine. We used to be a nation that welcomed challenges, but in modern America hysteria and fear are in the hearts of our leaders. Ebola is NOT going to sweep through this country. Some mistakes were made –by the way in the great state of Texas whose Governor Rick Perry continues to blame President Obama for errors committed by TEXAS HOSPITALS! There is something ludicrous when the Governor of Texas yells about President Obama when his own hospital was at fault. We now have a new dimension of hysteria. Dr. Chris Christie of the state of New Jersey has instituted 21 days of quarantine for any healthcare worker returning from Africa. Governor Christie is the same man who understands how to handle traffic on the George Washington Bridge, and now has become an expert on healthcare. Kaci Hickox, a nurse who returned from West Africa is now in quarantine even though she has NOT tested positive for Ebola.

President Obama has warned of “unintended consequences” of this hysterical response to Ebola. Governor Andrew Cuomo has joined the fear parade and also imposed quarantines. My question is whether these actions were proposed by medical leaders in the states of New York or New Jersey? As Mayor Bill de Blasio has stated: “The problem is the hero, having come back from the front, having done the right thing, is treated with disrespect.” Ms. Hickox feels as though she is being treated like a criminal. There are pygmies in our land, not giants of leadership!!

We Need A 21st Century Armed Force

In 1940, the United States of America has a smaller army than Bulgaria, and our troops were training with wooden rifles. President Franklin Roosevelt then compelled Congress to vote necessary funds in order to create a modern army and navy. What does it mean to have a “modern” armed forces? It requires providing those serving with the proper equipment, and leadership. Let’s face reality. Our present armed forces are not designed for fighting in the twenty first century. We continue building tanks and jet planes when we need troops who are versed in fighting wars against guerrilla organizations. We continue building aircraft carriers although there is absolutely no need for them. China has exactly ONE aircraft carrier, and we worry about the Chinese navy. What would a modern armed force look like?

1. Special forces, men and women who are able to function in lightening strikes would be increased.

2. We need men and women who understand the nature of their enemy. They must be educated about Islamic traditions and concepts.

3. We need officers who understand the enemy. Few, if any, American officers who entered Iraq or Afghanistan understood their enemies. They wanted to blast away with terrible results for the civilian population.

4. Our armed forces must understand how to work cooperatively with local populations.

During World War II when American soldiers entered France or Italy they were provided information about people of those nations. How many US soldiers knew anything about the people of Afghanistan or Iraq prior to those invasions? An educated soldier is a more effective one. That is essential in the 21st century!