Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Most Complex Casino

It's possible that I don't know what I'm talking about concerning this, but when it comes to politics it's possible that nobody, not even those who originate policy know what they're talking about concerning its real world implications—as it seems that any policy will have unintended consequences for some group of people or other.

Nonetheless, the overall tone of the Trump administration seems old-fashion in a not good way. Its idea of bringing back coal jobs like it's 1930. And, the notion that one man is gonna waltz in there like a fast talking 1950's Hudsucker style entrepreneur and revamp the whole thing like it's a casino seems out of touch.

Towards the onset of the 21st century, many people online were discussing globalization as a bad thing, meanwhile those who were for it seemed to be the wealthy business and political magnates. Now, the populous seems about 50/50 on it. From my perspective, it also appears that the concept of Globalization for the masses didn't come into awareness through international business dealings, but through social media, more specifically, primarily becoming aware of the world through social media.
I don't think people saw it coming that the consent for globalization was to come through the likes of Mark Zuckerberg's facebook. From social media and the internet at large people have learned that yes, there are people in parts of Syria living through what looks like the apocalypse. People became aware that Chinese workers making iPhones for us started committing suicide due to their harsh work conditions. Through social media we learned that what we do here, affects what happens over there, and vice/versa in nearly real time.

But despite the awareness of globalization, people are still disenfranchised when it comes to the business dealings, not the things that will affect them morally, but what will affect their workplace, environment, and finance. The people can't compete with those whose careers it is to draft business deals with foreign nations or domestically, nor can they reliably affect instances when the military is used to strategically secure a resource under the cover of a noble slogan.

Business as we've come to know it is ultimately about the bottom-line. Even when a business takes on a humanitarian venture it's still about how that will affect its bottom line. I don't know the guy personally, but I wager that this is what Trump the businessman is accustomed to being concerned with, and not necessarily how it's going to affect people. If this is the case, now he's dealing with the most complex casino in known history. The situation is dicey.


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Thursday, March 09, 2017

Ridiculous Politics

(And Social Media)

(Image unrelated. Screw you guys, I don't have time.)

When George W. Bush was president I felt like I was locked in a Texas saloon, in a small town, and W was being belligerent to everyone, but I couldn't do anything about it because he was the son of the town mayor. - As it goes with these things, I'm sure that if I ran into him today and conversed he'd seem like an OK guy. When you meet people who've been written and talked about, seldom are they the boogieman that the media made them out to be. You can say "Hi" and chat with your opposition party neighbor just fine, so long as you guys don't talk about politics.

The Bush years were my introduction to politics in media, before then, I didn't care. Those years were also the first to have the internet going at full force. Social media was already born, and more-and-more newspapers were taking to the internet.

Within those years I saw millions protest war while being ignored by TV news, the truth seemed to be on the internet (Between the fat folds of delicious BBQ flavored crazy talk, of course). I also saw the TV turn into a military hardware show while gearing the people up for the Iraq War A.K.A. "Operation Enduring Clusterfuck". Many contradictions were revealed to me with the advent of the internet.

Why am I saying all this? I originally came here to tell you how I'm tired of, but more importantly, how unproductive it seems to point out how "idiotic" and "ironic" politicians are being.

During the Bush and Obama years, the "smart one's" were online, meanwhile the fools got their info from television. But, I've watched the tide turn twice in my lifetime. During the Bush years it seemed the majority of the country disliked Bush's policies, during Obama the republicans pointed out what an "idiot" he was, and now we're back to The Left pointing out the ironies of Turmp's presidency.

I believe that in today's world "All 'great' men are bad men". Meaning that they all have to do awful things as people in positions of supreme power. 

But, as for the rest of us. Pointing out how ridiculous and ironic our leaders are isn't all that useful. I realized the lack of utility in this approach during Bush's second term. I even considered that perhaps it was a government tool to let people think they were smarter than their leader, because I was in disbelief at what was happening politically during those years, it was so surreal.

Perhaps if we refrain from being reactive, and conserve our energy for something proactive we can cause change more effectively. 

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(Trump is accusing Obama of wiretapping him - Adele started her song over at the Grammy's performance - Liberals, instead of the usual Conservatives hate Russia now)