If You Have to Cheat to Win – You Have Already Lost

Okay, what can we talk about here that folks do not already know but should know…

Right off the bat, to be frank – if you have to cheat to win, it means YOU have no moral compass in your thinking and that cheating is the only way to win and get ahead.

 

If you have to cheat to get ahead, it means you have no work ethic or sense of integrity to do things the hard and smart way to move up in the world. If you have to step on someone else’s back by lying, cheating and/or stealing – it means you are not the person meant for that job. Because for bloody sure, you are NOT the leader others will want to follow knowingly and willingly.

If you believe you are a successful winner by discriminating in your hiring choices as to gender or looks, it means you also have bad ethics and lack any sense of real integrity. Those people you discriminate against could be some of the best people you will ever have had the opportunity to grow your business and circles of friends and other partnerships.

If you discriminate because of race, you are definitely cheating and are not fit to be a successful member of society and are not meant for any kind of leadership roles.

If you believe you have to cheat, it means you are not willing to do the hard work others are willing to do (AND HAVE DONE) to become successful and respected. Because if you cheat to win, for example, by gaining entry to colleges due to bribes for yourself or your children – you are not an honest member of society.

If you have to cheat by using means of suppression and repression, it is a clear sign of your ignorance, lack of human empathy and low moral standards.

Look at the political leadership of S. Carolina:

  • closing down voting locations to make it difficult for certain groups of people to vote
  • trying to instantiate even stricter voter identification laws
  • trying to undertake illegal state legislature voting by one party while the other party is out of sight because the party who was not there was tricked into believing that there was no voting going to take place

Look at the Russian government, where if you are a serious contender against Putin and have a massive following – Putin somehow comes up with a way for that competition to be pushed aside.

Competition somehow:

  • comes under law enforcement scrutiny for ‘tax evasion’ and is jailed and now branded with a criminal conviction, which means that person is no longer able to run for office – a criminal record by way of sleazy shenanigans or
  • is poisoned and hospitalized or
  • is killed by mysterious perps or
  • is banned from having large public gatherings for their party or
  • and yes, we could go on here as well…

and when you have the police and military under your thumb, it was/is fairly easy for Putin to always be the winner – by cheating. Having special groups of ‘alleged’ jack-boot thugs who have no ‘affiliations with the ruling party helps as well.

Look at Xi JinPing, he is now President for life now that he has abolished the legal term limit – how much of a cheat is that – when you can make your own rules. Oh sure, the Communist Party overwhelmingly voted for that term limit removal – ‘how would you vote if you had a gun to your head?’ (yes, it is figurative but could be literal in some parts of China)’

 

If you willingly need to cheat to win, it means your moral compass is badly broken. And it is deviously corrupt if you have a lack of empathy with no feelings of guilt or any qualms whatsoever knowing that what you did was wrong in gaining a role, position or whatever illegitimately by blocking others who deserved it more than you.

 

If you have to cheat to win, it means you are not the type of person that others want to be around (they should not). It means you are not willing to put in the blood, sweat and tears that MANY others put in to grow and be a better person.

Cheating to win by:

  • doping up for a competition is not the trait of a winner
  • bribing others to look the other so you can be successful is ALSO not the trait of a winner
  • offering to forgive or purge any illegal transgressions once you win some position, again, is ALSO not the trait of a winner

 

Tendered possible solutions

Be:

  • all-inclusive, invite people of different backgrounds (cultural, educational & economic)
  • collaborative, invite people from different life levels (political, financial footing, age groups, etc.)
  • open-minded in taking in what others have to say because for sure, ‘you’ do not know everything or even most of everything (this is for the majority of Americans and citizens of other countries) – others may/will have a different take on things and could very well spark an unconsidered resolution or success for some activity or action that you, by yourself, may not have thought of
  • smart – street smart, common sense smart, educationally smart – all great attributes to have, especially in complementary fashion, having all three
  • a listener – a good to great listener takes in what others say, no matter if the other is a young fresh college graduate or a retired senior citizen who never went to college – no matter if the other is of the opposite sex or a different race (sorry, cannot help it – have to be all-inclusive to others at all times)
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Jeffrey Epstein dead? Suicide, Really? Let the Conspiracies Begin….

Jeffrey Epstein dead? Suicide, Really? Let the Conspiracies Begin….

Sooo, Epstein, the Sleazy Pedophile Guy is dead eh? Well, let’s see shall we, what are the options in his apparent suicide:

1) Epstein managed to complete his transaction this second time around (it seems that he was not on suicide watch and all the possible methods to kill himself were not removed) or….

2) An inmate, maybe a relative of someone Epstein illegally had sex with, somehow surreptitiously managed to, ahhh – allegedly and covertly off Epstein – making it appear to be a suicide or…

3) An inmate, paid off by some high powered individual(s) on the outside – shut up Epstein for good, ensuring that he will never utter any ugly truths about that powerful person or…

4) Even more heinous – a prison official(s) paid off by some high powered individual(s) on the outside – shut up Epstein for good, ensuring that he will never utter any ugly truths about that powerful person(s)

Whaddaya think…? Conspiracy time? (Or is this going to be a bout of “fake news” or brrrr, worse – “alternate facts” {thanks Conway} and Epstein is still alive somewhere….)

Or…. was it just that J Epstein actually believed his time was up and managed to complete his final act to get to his curtain call….? Personally, I do not know what to think, what with all the corruptible influence and acts taking place in this current White House administration over the last couple of years – will we ever learn the truth…??

As an individual who does analysis as a way of life (strategic training while being an MBA student & national security intelligence training/work), I can only go by what I see (watch & read) and hear and infer and make some decent inductive/deductive reasoning’s for some realistic outcome. Facts ‘do’ matter…

And yes gentlemen and ladies, I do realize that Epstein has up to his evil acts for decades, pulling in others, if, who are guilty, should also be put away.

UPDATE Aug 11: It seems the theories are already flowing, I just heard of one where the person says that the Clintons are involved.  And it may have been this particular one that even Trump (our White House interloper – I won’t use any other negative nom de plume at the moment) had to retweet a similar tweet… Great, just great when we have the supposed leader of our country stooping to this level…

July 4th – Tanks & planes & lions, oh my!!!! The Nerve

Tanks and planes and lions, oh my!!!! 

The Nerve of the current American president to usurp the position he obtained illegitimately (sure, the electoral college voted him in but the people did not). As many Americans who use their brain and their logic, they know by this point that this person primarily got into that office due to illegal Russian interference, on facebook and other sites, along with the significant number of internet botnets…

Well. It seems the 4th of July is going to be perverted this year because of one person and one person alone. For those who are against this “parade of America’s might” – show your protest in a way that would really matter:

  • Go to the original location for the fireworks, you will still be able to see the works in the sky –  or
  • Simply do not go

Simple as that, two choices.

Do not go to the area where he is “holding court” for this July 4th festivities for the people. What could be more annoying and aggravating than most of the people ‘not’ appearing at the location of where he is…

We are not celebrating a return of our fellow Americans who went overseas to fight for us.  Turn this trump’s 4th of July into a non-event…

We are not China! We are not Russia! And we are certainly not France having a Bastille Day celebration!!!

(added July 4th to help clarify the above for some individuals who appeared to be incapable of thinking for themselves)

It turns out, I needed to add a bit more content to help some folks out there.

This is TL;DR for many impatient, narrow focused, selfish individuals out there. BLUF (bottom line up front) – no good country needs to put their military might on display that is, if it is a strong country.

Currently, we have too many individuals in America who are not looking at the future, they are stuck looking at right here, right now and being selfish. This is because they are either stuck in navel gazing mode or head is stuck in the sand OR they long for the past where people of a certain race were supreme and whatever they said was the law of the land. People of other colors were suppressed – in jobs, education and freedom. And do not forget about women, women were also second-class citizens in not being equal to men – there was no freedom for the vast majority of women and women for bloody sure were not allowed the opportunities of getting into leading roles or powerful positions (glass ceiling, which we still have).

We need more people using their brain and using them to extrapolate out into the future of society and of humanity.

We need people using their brain to think, to think long and hard about what is happening, not just here but around the world. We now have FAR more world leaders trying to emulate other leaders. Normally that is a good thing but when you have AUTHORITARIAN leaders emulating other Authoritarian leaders of today and those from the past, it is a bad thing. When you have leaders talking about ‘showing off’ their country’s military might (and expressing joy in doing so) – then we have a problem.

It should not be about military might. The use of military might is a very, very slippery slope. Look at China, they are using their military might to suppress (and obliterate) things such as free and open speech – there is no dissent allowed in China. Ask the Uighurs (or Uyghurs for some) – they are losing their past as Chinese leadership continues on the path of destroying entire Uighur neighborhoods (and towns). In China, you cannot express discontent – you cannot share your discontent with other like-minded souls across China – you cannot talk negatively about political leaders – you cannot even jaywalk. Because if you do things “Chinese leaders” believe are contrary to Chinese leaders, that Chinese citizen can be barred from flying anywhere or have his/her freedoms curtailed. In China, they want to control power and continue to make the people – workers, workers of the Communist system even as China wants to be a Capitalistic powerhouse. By using military might and police to force people to kowtow to the political party line – not individual freedom.

In Russia, journalists are being killed (or disappeared) for being vocal or expressing true stories about their political leaders. In Russia, they, no – scratch that, he (Putin) wants to control and contain power and exert it across the Slavic countries in order to TRY to make Russia a Soviet Union again, while keeping the people as controlled pawns of the Communist system even as Russia attempts to be a Capitalistic powerhouse again… By using military might to expand the sphere of Russian influence (do “you” recall the Crimean takeover and take away???).

In Brazil, they now have a hard, far right President – Jair Bolsonaro. Keep an eye on that leader and that country and how extreme the daily life of its citizens is going to become.

In America, yes, this country – we have an appalling lack of leadership across all spectrum’s of government. But we have a president WHO WANTS TO SHOW OFF AMERICA’S MILITARY MIGHT! Now, why does any sane and competent leader need to show off its military might – if you have it, you do not need to show it off – military might should be the last thing any good governing country.

Why do we still have so many people in America wanting to Make America Great Again when it was already great (even if WE STILL HAVE WORK TO DO in areas of equality and freedom AND diplomacy). We have too many people today, not willing to sacrifice in the here and now in order to improve the entire country and the lives of all Americans.

We have too many ‘Americans’ who want to use force to make things in America bend to their way of life. Let me give a few examples of those individuals: Militia Groups, Sovereign Citizens, neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups and I really dislike even thinking about it – we have some members of the various police forces around the country, some members (actually a very high number as we are discovering) of the American DHS (CBP) who want to use force to control people who are of a different race than their own (even if, a large number of these people at this point in time, have mixed genes in their own bloodlines).

The only way to make America GREATER is to all come together and do things that benefit everyone, not just for a select portion of society. We should not have portions of America rejoicing in things like companies now being allowed to dump toxic waste into rivers again or to let other companies pollute the air with reduced restrictions on what they pump into the air. There is no joy in more people becoming gravely ill due to dirty air or dirty water.

It really is up to you, if you want to go down the dark and negative path of a chaotic government who wants to do the militaristic display bit (fyi – I am a Vietnam era Marine) OR if you want to pursue a path that of growth that will help and benefit all Americans… Think about it, do you want to be one of the people calling everything you do not believe (because you do not know) fake news or do you want to be one who thinks for him or herself to dig and search for answers and broadening your own sphere of knowledge in the process…

And if you got to this point – I commend you and thank you for having an open mind and willing to be a thinker.

Zuckerberg’s Stammering, Slurring, Mental Health Video…

Say, did anyone see that video of Facebook’s Zuckerberg? It seems there is one of him circulating the Internet from what we’ve been hearing – getting something like 1.5 million views already.

Is it true, that this person is having some kind of psychotic break and making $100 million poor decisions….?  Is it fake news or true stuff?  If it is true, damn, we feel sorry for the guy and hope he can retire and get some decent mental health.  Those of you out there who are religious should pray for this guy.

 

Well, okay, of course, this is not true.

But. Suppose it were, do you believe Zuckerberg would leave up a deep fake video of him in stupefying health? Hmmm…??? YouTube has pulled fake Nancy Pelosi videos from their platform showing her in states of altered reality. Why hasn’t Facebook yet done so?

Are Giuliani and Trump getting a free pass on the facebook platform by still being there? Giuliani has since deleted his Twitter posting of this. Maybe he saw the light in his childish posting of garbage from someone using Deep Fake techniques (basically altering video) to highly Pelosi in such a state. Besides, why is anyone still paying attention to Giuliani? The man has become something much, much less worthy of anyone’s time since his days as the New York Mayor.

Why is it so difficult for facebook to make a determination to pull the Pelosi videos? Any fake video showing public officials, personas or even us regular Joe’s and Jane’s for malicious gain or to pervert and poison the public opinion of someone else should be immediately pulled. It does not require a 10 person panel to investigate whether the fake video in question is fake – the evidence is in every day news or postings.

Allowing fake videos to circulate is a harmful occurrence with possibly dangerous consequences affecting hundreds of thousands or millions of people in their decision making for whatever is in front of them. This could be anything from health care to military to diplomatic situations. Think about it folks, please!  After you think about this, seriously think about it, extrapolate some present day scenario that starts out as a minor little, local event and out into the future, one that goes horrendously wrong – all due to some fake video meant to dissuade bully or malicious attack someone else… That future ending point could end up costing many lives and a significant amount of money all because someone or some company allowed completely inaccurate portrayals to stay online.

Why is this type of malicious mischief allowed to proliferate on the facebook platform….? Or any other platform – this is some what of a slippery slope but one that we as a people, not just Americans but as global citizens as altered reality, deep fake videos (but check out the new one on the talking/moving head of Mona Lisa – now THIS one is one that should be circulating the ‘Net) and other highly divisive content (video or otherwise) continues to grow.

As one possible answer to this particular problem, I would suggest more fact-checking by multiple “credible” sources to convince nay-sayers (like the anti-VAXes out there) that what they are seeing and hearing is actually true and not fake as some individuals (such as the person sitting in the White House) continuously try to push by means of constant repetition – as if repeating makes it true…. Multiple sources, as I have constantly told people around me and those junior and mid-level Intelligence colleagues I used to work with – that is the best way to ascertain ground truth. Go outside your filter bubble, go into areas that make you uncomfortable but that help you to stretch and grow your own sphere of knowledge – it will help you gleam solid info as to what is true, what is likely/possibly true and what is just wrong.

But YOU, you have to make a conscious and deliberative effort to use that little noggin of yours we call a brain. YOU have to do your own thinking – solid, methodical and logical thinking – not just use a circle of fear inducing, uninformed and conspiracy frenzy feeding group of people.  YOU have to think and make informed decisions. And do not use just one search engines, use multiple search engines so you can at least get multiple, different results…

Maybe then, we can stop some of these fake videos from spreading.

 

 

Trump = NYET!!!

For those who do not know, “Nyet” means ‘No’ in Russian.

The current president in the White House, well, not an individual a fairly large number of us would ever want to protect or give our lives for or share a fox-hole with. However, in doffing our hats to the Secret Service, in protecting the position for whichever person is serving as president – YOU DO AN OUTSTANDING JOB!!!

Now, getting back to the current American president and NYET.

  • N = Not a role model any person alive on the planet would want to emulate. Who in a sane state of mind would willingly emulate a known pathological liar (there are many documented incidents out there and the reason why he is desperately striving to hide his tax and all financial records from ‘anyone’ ever seeing those documents).
  • N = Narcissistic[Okay, okay, okay… I snuck in a second ‘N’ but saying N^2YET or double N,YET does not translate well….] Need we say more – this is beyond the pale in the lengths this individual goes to, to say “Hey, look at me, I am the best there has ever been. We had the largest turnout ever for when I was sworn in. I have had more progress in the first year, no, the first six months of being in office. Everyone loves me, it does not matter that they are all dictators and authoritarian leaders who suppress their own people – why, those leaders control the voters, sorry, the votes by means of controlling the media and military and law enforcement. Those leaders are doing a wonderful job in their countries.” — In the meantime, in as many countries as possible, humanity is trying our best to remove all dictators and authoritarian leaders from office and move to a democratic process – and yes, it includes, China, Russia, Turkey, Iran, Rwanda, Chile, Brunei, Venezuela and more (do not forget N. Korea).
  • Y = Yearning to be even more Narcissistic, to be the one in the spot light even if it means shoving a Prime Minister out of the way in a highly public venue (recall when our president did that to the Prime Minister of Montenegro back in May 2017 at that NATO meeting….?).
  • E = Ethics – well, there ‘APPEARS‘ to be no ethics at all where it concerns this American president. All that ‘SEEMS‘ to matter to this person is whether he can line his pocket with more profits (allegedly of course) or not and how he can put in place more yes men/women who will kowtow to him regardless of what the subject matter is. It could be putting in place people who knowingly vote in favor of this president – without any foresight on their part as to the amount of damage, harm and financial cost will take place as a result of their caving in… Wait, it is also possible these individuals may not care about the future results and only want the instant gratification they gain right now – as willing sycophants
  • T = Transparency – Can anyone in America explicitly and without qualifiers say that this current president is transparent in all matters? In any matter? We have a president who seems to solely embrace obfuscation (i.e. excessive lying), opaqueness, deceit and ever constant misdirection (in our intelligence world, it would be considered a successful misinformation campaign…). 

What is it going to take for Americans to come to their senses and see through whatever facade this president seems to have through up to bedazzle (blind) people to his many negative faults.

This of course is aimed at the many people who blindly follow this president without thinking through the logic. Are these people following the president:

  • through so much delusion because they cannot use logic and think about the strategic benefits of doing certain activities?
  • because these followers want to return to the 1960s and back, where people of a certain ethnicity (we have faith that you can figure out what is being discussed in this bullet) and primarily male had control of everything and suppressed people of color and women and gay folks? Do these followers really want to return darker days of suppression and repression; forcing women into back alley abortions; causing disenfranchised minorities turn to violent means to get the right to vote and be put on the same playing field as others?
  • because the filter bubbles they seem to have been ensnared in is so reinforcing due to its brainwashing effects – that they can no longer see the abundant truth that is out there and easily found (ask the anti-vaxxers who slowly discovered that the anti-vaxxer world is full of deceit and lies)?
  • willing to forego civility and return to barbaric methods to force out people of color and immigrants from America? Originally, this land belonged to people of color (Native Americans and Mexicans) – the land was taken away from its rightful owners by force and forced those people at that time into subjugation as well as bringing over slaves to build “their empire” – please remember that

This country has spent a significant amount of money in slashing successfully working regulations and practices and reverting to older, harmful and damaging practices. We now allow the:

  • oil industry to oversee their own safety program in the ocean drilling zones (think back to the massive oil leak from the ocean floor when the safety valve failed on that drilling rig).
  • energy companies to dump toxic waste into rivers – if you believe this is incorrect, go check out the ‘current’ practices Duke Energy of N. Carolina is able to do now (and keep potash dumps in mind when you do your own research…).
  • Dept of Education to implement programs that are geared towards private schools and vouchers – INSTEAD of focusing on ‘PUBLIC education‘ and improving it to where it should be, ACROSS the board, in all communities, in order to match other countries with better educational programs and successes.

And you know what else that is even scarier?

It is going to take America decades to recover from the wasted efforts and revenue lost in the 2016 – 2020 time frame. From:

  • tracking down and proving all the illegal activities (by this individual and those that this person put in place around him) prior to getting into the White House and since getting there,
  • bad social and economic programs,
  • poor diplomatic relationships with other countries – explicitly our long time allies to poor economic associations with our N. American neighbors and other prospering and suffering countries around the globe.

Think about it, health care, financial reform (in the public / private sectors as well as in politics), economic growth.

And let’s not forget the amount of incivility introduced into the world of politics and public discourse as of 2016 when this president brought gutter level conversation, interaction and thinking with him to the world stage. What sane, forward thinking leader would ever utter the words “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot someone and not lose votes“? The worse of the worse came out of the wood works across America with other bad world leaders uttering the same garbage.

It is going to take us a long time to start bringing civility, where more people care about each other instead of reverting to denying them rights and space. It will take time for growth, for all, to take off again in America.

Do we have time…?  Look at the current lack of progress and thinking on Climate Change in America…. that should be the canary in the coal mine as to the path this country is on… We have a leader that has no path forward with regards to; diplomacy, military superiority in the in the name of peace and not fear, economic prosperity for all and a strategy as to how America and the world can grow – together.

 

Oh! And yes, this is the person that others refer to as the “Orange Man” and other ignominious titles/handles…

Hmmmm, a “possible” Chinese spy caught at Mar-a-lago – really?

So, does this not sound like a diversion tactic to anyone else? Anyone? Anyone….

What spy, with the deep pockets of a nation-state who can afford to have and use highly sophisticated spy craft and all the tools that go along with that – why would one make such a loud ruckus while carting around clumsy tools?

Did anyone notice the other real spy, the quiet one that was able to slip in and out with the better tools while the loud and clumsy “possible” spy was apprehended? Anyone?  Anyone… 

Now, with some hesitation on my part, there may not have been another one (spy, saboteur, whatever…) – that day…

It is just that, the various hats I’ve worn have been making me cringe inside.

My strategic brain is screaming, really, no one is making comments about this being a diversion?

My national security intelligence brain is screaming, come on, why not use an old tried and true ruse to get the better ‘spy’ inside with. i.e.: micro-recording devices, using microwave burst technology – designed to destroy itself after a certain amount of time. And other high tech tools such as bug size recording (audio & visual) devices (not roach size but fly or flea size) at their disposal.

My cyber security brain is screaming – really, bringing in malware on a USB drive (I believe that is what it was if I’m not mistaken). As if this woman was going to get close to a computing device to plug it in – but then again, it is Mar-a-lago, where many people with money and their flock come and go.

So, if there was a spy infiltrating that resort, how do you sweep it? How much manpower do you allocate to sweep? When do you sweep it? Do you allow the president, who with a small brain overrules everyone around who would know better, to continue going to the resort?

Then there are other questions, such as, who else had legitimate access to the resort and turned by greed to perform nefarious deeds. What about individuals who for various reasons were coopted (blackmailed/threatened) to do black deeds at the resort.

There are many, many, many things wrong with this picture and we have an individual sitting in 1600 Pennsylvania Ave who seems to be oblivious to real world activities, needs and demands.

A real spy could have easily gotten access, what is a $250,000 membership to a nation-state actor with deep pockets, over the past couple of years. Hey, the president who did not give up his investments and businesses as he should have, did tell the world, his resort is open for membership and business is booming…

What do we do as a nation for security when the top individual invites the world in the front door.  It is like watching a Vampiric horror movie where the unwitting home owner tells the vampire, sure, come on in for a drink….

Authoritarian Leadership, Quest for Power & Discrimination – China, Russia, Turkey (America?)

This is a food for thought article that will be TL;DR for many out there…

The world of leaders, today – 2019!

Russia, China, Turkey – these are countries that want to and are actively banning dissenting voices. These countries want to control their societies so there are no threats to the government’s strong arm of control over their citizens.

This is when you know leaders of various countries are in trouble. The government starts implementing more control over the press. These governments start controlling what their citizens can say, when they can say it and where they can say anything.

There had been a point in time when I wanted to go visit these countries but that was prior to these control over citizens being put in place. Now, no real desire to do so any longer.

For example, Russia – I’ve written about this in the past, outside of my previous intelligence and cybersecurity work (complete separation between previous work and personal discussions). SORM, its full name is ‘System for Operative Investigative Activities’ and is basically interception of voice and data through all the various networks. It is something Russia implemented in the mid-90s, originating from the FSB (formerly the KGB). This set of regulations under SORM covers everything from credit card transactions, telephone calls, internet activity, etc. And to make it worse, the FSB and the government has been expanding this ever since. If you are an ISP (internet provider), you have to have an FSB compliant box “on your site” that all of your data goes through. Guess what else. All that data goes through an FSB entity in order to archive, cherry pick whatever is needed and to filter what is “not good” for the government, err, Russia. If businesses did not comply and install the device, they were blocked from doing business. Now we have Russia upping the ante and starting to actually block VPNs (virtual private network) who do not agree to censor traffic across/through their VPN system. There are numerous outlets to read up on this, no matter your political stance.

And China, everyone by now is aware of the Great China Firewall.  No matter where you stood in China, everything, everywhere was being filtered AND acted upon to impart the ‘great’ communist party loyalty that everyone must comply with.  Sure, China wants to be capitalistic and make money and be a power house on the world stage. But! China also STILL wants to be a communistic system and FORCE everyone to kowtow to the party line. Look at the Uighurs (Uyghurs or one of the several other ways it is being spelled) – they are being wiped out, systematically. And some would say that they are being wiped out – genocidally. Entire communities of Uighurs have been razed to the ground and replaced with more modern high rises, with many of those Uighurs being placed in “Education” camps, to, ahem, “improve the economic and education levels” of those members. You can also do your own research (which I very highly recommend you do) to find material on what is happening in those Uighur areas – there are also a lot of Uighur refugees in America and other countries. China is becoming like the movie GATTACA where you are tracked at all times and the government knows everything about you…

Turkey, what I can about Erdogan? He is a dictator, clear and through. He is making the country more religious every week. He is trying to still further strengthen his power base and be President for life, outside of the previous term limits. He too is looking to control his people.

The bottom line is that these three countries and others as well, i.e.:

  • Brunei and their new Sharia laws – where gays and adulterers ‘can legally’ be stoned to death
  • Malaysia and their Sharia laws – the government is looking to get tougher on gays there as well and it is already brutal

I happened to latch on to the gay topic above because this is a pet peeve of mine. There are many of us who are very tolerant of people enjoying the lifestyle they believe they want. It is not up to us to control someone else’s personal life – it is none of our business and should be none of yours. It is not harmful to you and please do not insult the rest of us by saying that it creates emotional and mental turmoil and distress – that will not fly. We are grownups (right?) and can handle keeping our noses out of someone else’s personal lifestyle.

But, controlling the people of a country… This has always been a disturbing path to follow. No one wants to engage with or partner with or visit a country where the citizens are dictated to as to:

  • who they in turn can associate with (check out China’s ‘social credit system’) – you can be docked points for the bad people you associate with (or jay walk or spit on the streets or use too much toilet paper) and with enough docked points, you cannot take plane flights anywhere among other things
  • what they can say about their leaders or their government – dissenting voices are knocked down, publicly – in Russia, people are ‘accidentally’ shot down by mysterious forces… or the dissenters can have chemicals thrown into their faces or somehow be ‘legally’ sentenced for tax fraud…
  • where they can go and how many can get together at one time in one area – yeah, Russia and China put size limits and area restrictions on this for their people – and it is worse than the regulations we Americans have to deal with
  • what the people can write, in books, magazines or newspapers – it has to all be glowing lies or B.S. (errr – dang it, sorry, personal content) commentary that those government figures/entities can smile about

No one in the free world wants to part of a society where the leaders only want to gain power, gain more power over time and grab more power – solidifying their choke hold on and over the people of the country. And it goes on. Yet the police and military forces that the leaders control just stand by. There have been instances where the military would step in wrest control from authoritarian leaders and then let the people vote for new leadership AND actually relinquish control to those democratically elected officials.  Now. Now that does not seem to be happening, it is as if the military leaders have become brain dead and, pardon the technical term, stupefied – unless these military leaders have been bought and paid for and these military leaders have no spine or morals or ethic foundation to lead from. It kind of happened in Turkey in 1980 where the military lead the country for several years.

Now don’t get me wrong, America has some kind of leadership issues of our own that is simply baffling to understand. We have our own moral and political compass to correct and our ship really, really needs to be up-righted…

Note: I do not use the term United States any longer due to the fact that we have too much division throughout the country where a sizeable number of people just do not want to see other people in this country gain more power and more equality – those people being discriminated; non-whites, women, immigrants and gays.

This is where it is baffling to me. Instead of coming together as a whole nation and working on solving issues of (small list here):

  • droughts,
  • small towns dying due to young people and others leaving for better opportunities,
  • loss of manufacturing & mining jobs due to technological advances,
  • improving education (as long as the effort does not involve Betsy DeVos – bad choice for that role),
  • improving workplace equality – many, many people know this is wrong and that if a man and a woman are doing the same job and they have the same educational/work experience – it should be a no-brainer that they should be paid equally (however, if one of them is an under-performer, man or woman – that person should be the low earner)
  • having better leaders – this country does NOT need more leaders that only want to have a “good ole boys” club and exclude others (see the discriminated list above) or leaders who want to line their own pockets with ill-gotten gains (ask the congressman who was doing insider trading ON White House property) for themselves and their family and friends

So, where are we headed as a race of humans? Are we headed into a disappointingly dark future of one where leaders continue to gain power and control and lord it over others? Or those leaders who “want” to attempt to gain such power (America – Trump)… Ask:

  • Venezuela’s Maduro if he gets enough to eat or if his people were/are starving during these bleak times there).
  • Russia’s Putin how much money he continues to rake in as possibly the wealthiest ‘voted in’ leader in the world – how does a president become a billionaire (unless they win a huge lottery)? And how much physical force he is going to continue to exert just to remain in power (same goes for Turkey’s Erdogan)?
  • China’s Xi JinPing and his attempts to reach around the eastern hemisphere and gain more power and influence, such as creating man-made islands in the South China Sea (SCS).
  • Or, not to forget – the murder of Khashoggi allegedly under the direction of Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, who, again, allegedly to silence Khashoggi…

We simply have too many people in multiple countries around the world who are somehow blinded (or fooled) by their current leader as to how really beneficial that leader is, for everyone…

What kind of future do you want to see? One where medical care is available to everyone, regardless of their social economical stance in society? One where children can go to public schools with decent and up to date system to enhance learning (books that do not have whitewashed history and technological tools) or colleges where students of all levels can get in without bribery? One where needed medicine costs a paycheck?

I am not talking about a Utopian society, just one that makes sense – where people treat each other with civility and common courtesy rather than those full of greed and low moral compasses who want to step on the backs of everyone else, just to gain a 3 second advantage at any cost. Look at the current president of America, where that individual believes that others should abide by the law, yet, yet – he should be excluded from such plebeian exercises…

We should be building upon progressive and liberal platforms that were starting to take root, platforms that also had some conservatism in them. Platforms that were and are socialist as well, which many people seem to forget and just take for granted; socialist programs such as fire departments – they help everyone. Same as with police departments and school systems and hospitals – do people really want to return to the dark days of when they were not? We live in a new time, not the old days of the pathetic class system of race, gender and money – we live in a time that should be about inclusion and growth.

Leaders have to help people and help people grow together – not be authoritarian leaders who want to control every aspect of your life; from the people you associate with, to the religion you practice (for those who believe in that higher power), to even what kind of music you can hear and what kind of movie you can watch (these leaders want to protect your soul and moral compass, right….). What is wrong with helping others to grow? Absolutely nothing at all, it should be an enriching event for everyone.

Go and check out Eli Pariser’s book – The Filter Bubble. You don’t have to read the entire book, just the first few chapters and you will have a better understanding of the filter bubble so many people find themselves. If only we could get more people out of their highly restricting personal filter bubbles and expand their enclosed ‘worldscape’, we might grow better and faster as a global community.