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A Challenge to the West

November 19, 2015 Leave a comment

 

After Paris and the terrorist event, my focus has come back to how America is handling a situation that looks like ending up with perhaps long term conflict, which they along with others in their meddling .. created … it is also interesting how now they have further created the death of innocents, and the resulting homeless refugees, which they suddenly don’t want anything to do with the human debris of their actions.

Americans as people that I know are some of the most beautiful and caring people I know, however like many of us, they are generally insular and uninformed of the reason behind the news and currently unable to have any input into the running of their own country.

It is only a feeling, but the terror in Paris, is just too neatly tied up and resolved …. we have a bad guy … or so we believe, me I feel the real instigators (perhaps CIA, MI6, Mosad or ? ) which are again probably acting at the behest of a behind the scenes entity, have set up a situation have then asked us to light the fuse to another conflict … I am sure the arms suppliers and military contractors are ringing their hands in glee … and so the trading stocks of the military / industrial / congressional complex are high .. also uncertainty increases prices in strategic commodities (oil is one) and of course Gold.

Since the break-up of the Ottoman Empire, which included much of the middle East and Europe, the United Kingdom and other European states (along with America) have used the middle east as their personal play ground …. they have inflamed petty rivalries into incredible violence, they have spread insurrection and have bombed mercilessly, in the 1920’s the UK dropped chemical weapons on Iraq and have been party to murder and manipulation on a grand scale. All as a way to divide and control the middle east – Europe has cultivated a bipartisan strategy of creating religious extremism to serve their desires, this has never failed in the past to deliver bloodshed and it will continue to with more repression and more violent interventions to come!.

I have seen how the European states acting like children, having responded to Paris by posturing how they are going to do this or that … it will do nothing but hasten the break up and destruction of the current power structure and paradigm, for in my view people have had enough, when it is so apparent that this “war” has been created by the meddling and games of the West.

In the future, there will be a time when laws will no longer be necessary, just as nationalist borders will be irrelevant, but whilst we are in the mindset of the good / bad, right and wrong dualistic world, such limitations to our integration are necessary.

America is a land of immigrants, but in World War two America was also reticent in taking immigrants running from war .. then they were Jews from Germany, huge numbers died seeking peace in a new land, in particular in 1939, the U.S. turned away the MV St. Louis, carrying nearly 1,000 German Jewish refugees. The liner was forced to return to Europe, where her passengers disembarked in Continental countries, where a quarter of them were murdered by the Nazis in the next two years.

To stop terrorism? Get out of Muslim countries. Stop bombing. Stop installing dictators. Stop stealing. Stop intervening. Stop killing – these are the words of Ron Paul, former US Congressman from Texas until 2013

Then as now, not accepting refugees is initially indifference, judgement by labelling and hen fear based – also as has been pointed out Einstein was an immigrant, and many others also Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian immigrant – of the well over 500,000 Syrian immigrants in the USA not one has been involved with any terrorist acts, unlike many home grown white American terrorists, such as Oklahoma to various Church and Abortion clinic bombings, Doctors murders, school massacres .. all courtesy of white America who with a warped and tainted ideologies coupled with an easy access to guns have created real violence and division in America.

There is little to be fearful of immigrants … they are us, looking for a place to be at peace , somewhere to start again, to bring up their families – perhaps relocate them to areas of dwindling population to help resettle country America, but have some compassion, please do accept them.

A part of this is also about America itself, until it faces its fears and is real about the changed state of the world .. but perhaps most of all, climbs out of it’s victim mentality (9/11) and becomes a leader through its creative actions, its compassion and leadership through collaboration instead of its current fear based bravado, aggression, posturing, interventions and manipulation … or sadly perhaps inevitably the domino will fall and take with it, almost the entire western world.

The way forward is to stop being a victim, as a country face your fears, challenge the all pervasive, all powerful Corporate influence, change the tax system to include Corporate overseas income – force its inclusion in Taxable income – nullify Tax avoidance and Tax evasion strategies, change the electoral system, and end Corporate welfare and have the wealthy pay their equitable contribution to the running of America but most of all invest in and catchup the technology gap, invest in educating, in uplifting, empowering and unifying its people instead of not trusting and oppressing them … and America will live on!

One must remember the most prolific and richest time for America was in the 1960’s when Tax rates for the very rich were 90% – I am not suggesting the same, but in these difficult and challenging times everyone should help in proportion to their ability – one wonders how the American deficit which was in surplus at the end of the Clinton era, can now be USD$18 trillion in debt, Tax cuts, Corporate welfare, a rampant military, and the failing economy and all wars are in effect being placed on a credit card, with the interest payment alone being significant .. meanwhile in any real terms America is bankrupt, and so financially vulnerable as well – if only America like the rest of the Western world, had some real servant leadership.

Looking at the distant past we can understand broad paths for the future. Now the collapse is inevitable, it is not if it will happen, now its about the nature of the transition .. and what will happen next.

Currently America is exhibiting many of the aspects of a civilisation in decline, in its complacency, its indifference, it’s apathy and rampant inequality towards it’s own citizens, further, by oppressing its own citizens, it therefore is seriously impacting the future of America itself – it has set a destructive benchmark for the world, in it’s Government valuing only money and power – it has created the pathway to the abyss and the end of this paradigm! .. change is possible .. but time is very limited, with its current destination being self-destruction probably within as little as a generation..

I hope that the collapse will not happen as fast as it may, for once the domino has started total collapse may happen within as little as 15-25 years, this is being helped by vested interests, the rich, Capitalists or should I say Fascist interests and the “Christian” right in their misinformation campaign, uninformed and plainly manipulative opinions of media and political “leaders” who are narcissistic, weak, possibly psychotic and plainly not leaders, therefore like the empires of old, bearing all of this in mind, contract is inevitable, but collapse itself is more likely than not.

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The end of business as usual …

July 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Life is good for many of us, so that it’s hard to confront the change that is here, and with that the inevitable end of the quality of life that we see around us.

So it strikes me as obvious that the world is going down a road, in some ways where civilizations have gone before, but not for the same reasons, we are in fact going down a one way road, to the destruction of what is, that we have come to consider as normal.

The reasons are self evident, they come back to greed and the need for ever more growth, leveraged growth, more .. more …  all are unsustainable flawed strategies –  I ask you how can one achieve continual growth in a finite world … this insatiable need for more … we have been all living in a fantasy land, especially the Politicians, who are convinced as they focus on statistics and spin, that they are doing a great job when all around, their citizens are paying the price for their inability to have a real original thought – their incompetence, their lack of leadership, their focus only on re-election, their terror at the inevitability of change – drives them to makes nice little touches around the edge of policy whilst the heart of the country decays and we lumber forward, down the wrong path.

This insatiable greed of a few, has brought us beyond the brink of a global financial meltdown, we are in fact toppling over the edge into oblivion as we speak … whole countries and regions are already suffering in the Euro zone, but the whole world will be within the inevitability of what is to come … our mindless pursuit of the status quo .. has indebted the majority of those in the present to virtual serfdom whilst those in control … known colloquially as the 1% .. but who are in reality probably more like just 10,000 people around the word, are so afraid of change that they have convinced our Politicians (who are only driven by the need to be re-elected) that they need to maintain the status quo, this flawed and failed financial structure – which has little benefit to the majority 99+%, except more of the same. 

It is time we allowed the system to fail, we no longer have the ability to prop it up –  we have to stop, mortgaging future generation to pay for our mistakes or steal their birthright … our beautiful home, this spaceship called earth.

When I walk around cities, I see the crumbling structures, both in stone and in systems that are struggling to maintain what we once were, I see lots of papering over the cracks, whilst the infrastructure rusts and crumbles away in silence.

Within the decade we are in, what is hidden now, will become visible to all, in the first instance with the failure of the Euro$, where whole governments are desperately trying to hang on by their finger nails … they will fail … the inevitable collapse will spark a world wide financial meltdown that has never been witnessed in history. In the United States, cities and states are even now technically bankrupt … what will happen when the Euro zone of some other key point in the chain fails .. the banks will fail … there can be no bailout .. change will be here –  this global correction will affect everyone in every country, those who think they are immune are living in fantasy land – this new reality will inflict misery and unrelenting hardship on everyone.

It will not be fun … in fact I cannot see an upside in the short term … it may take a couple of decades perhaps a generation before we can get back on our knees … maybe as long as a 50 years to a century before we can stand up and face the future with any sort optimism … the only way we have any chance of a future, is by changing what we value.

The OWS … the Occupy movement is a symptom, and a necessary one …. in American the Constitution has been and is being continually walked into the mud, whilst those in power seek to silence those who would say … we have a problem .. sadly, the world economy is past the ability to be healed … change is here Ladies and Gentlemen, hang on, because we are in for the ride of our lives, the destination, the abyss –  the outcome unknown … some of us will come out the other side … but very few … for us to survive, and have the capacity to we will have to have the ability to think outside of the box and really work together without agendas, and realise that economies are not about numbers … they are about fully utilizing all of us, for the benefit of all of us ….

I have spoken of this before back in between 2008 and now … then it was a warning .. now it is too late … money will be irrelevant to our future … the accumulation of wealth for its own sake, is now past its use by date … when it happens, from then on, and in the short to medium term, the only thing that will matter is being able to be sustainable in food, in shelter and energy …

Good Luck …

Is Bit Torrent really a threat for Old Media ?

March 16, 2011 3 comments

Whilst on the surface the Bit torrent application using Peer to Peer technology has the capacity to do harm , again I look at the response to this in a productive viewpoint, how can the studios benefit from this obvious market potential …

For software applications, it is only a threat if the license key operates with the software –  this comes back to the software providers own encryption and licensing software system.

For Video, it is obvious, from the numbers of users, it is well proven point that there is a market for TV shows and Movies … this can be shown by the number of Torrent participants in the data stream … why isn’t it an option to pursue, that the content producers offer a legal stream of product, such as the Australian ABC does when product is broadcast within Australia, OK it is downgraded and in Mp4 Video format, but for those who have missed the show, or want to keep it for their amusement, what is the harm ? – it is a domestic only quality. Alternatively I can view the content in high quality using the i-View program replay service … for a limited time ?  Excellent interactive relationship for a transparent relationship with your customer.

For those outside of the studios primary market, which is primarily that of the continental USA, it is impossible to gain access to the content legally –  due to the Networks own licensing restrictions, people outside the studio zone, cannot view the product on-line … so the Bit torrent Software was born and is used as a response to this limitation. I am speaking primarily here of TV programs, the software allows someone to upload a program that was in the Public Domain, as it has been broadcast, so they can viewed in another geographic zone … In Australia none of the Video Streaming services allow access to the content for users in Australia, due to licensing issues, why is this ? Surely if I was subscribing to a US content provider –  streaming content, my own internet id (Geo location) would identify what geographic zone I was in, and thus my licensing region, and thus the content licensee for this zone … in my view the money I pay for access could be quite easily sent to the applicable country license holder for a particular content, by the i/p address as a subscriber … you guys need to start thinking outside of the box, and there is a substantial  increase in income that will flow once you do something so simple, for no appreciable increase in costs, as well as the increase in net due to increases in good will and lack of a confrontation relationship and the lack of a divisive enforcement arm – which lacks any credibility.

Stripping of a DVD to obtain the Video Stream is something that is another kettle of fish all together, as it was a licensed program, for one viewer only (household) –  I can see the harm here, all though it is no way to take as credible the loss of income the studio pundits claim, you cannot view the numbers and directly equate them to lost profits. However I do not agree with the commercial use of the Bit Torrent service where people pirate these streams to produce pirate copies to DVD’s …. however from the research I have undertaken, talking to users past and present, for a single user .. I have been told by many people I have spoken to actually go onto to buy legitimate licensed products, using the downloaded product as a trial if you like.

The content creators themselves have used the Bit Torrent facility, in the recent past and continue to do so. Recently there was the much heralded release of almost the final installment of a major franchise – (one more to go) … a program full topped and tailed (a teaser .. less than 40 minutes long) was released onto the Bit torrent before the theatrical release date … I have written about this as a use by the studios, when it suited them as a “legitimate marketing channel”, they used the Bit torrent facility, that obviously created interest and did make a positive difference at the box office.

However, by creating scarcity, the studios, the content creators / providers have created a secondary market that is so substantial –  what is their response, instead of being constructive and transparent, and working with the internet, to provide a access channel to provide access to this content, they go to these facilitator organisations that further exacerbate the situation, they troll the internet for alleged offenders. I have been so informed that the content providers / studios supposedly farm out their enforcement to self styled cowboys who I have been told send out unsubstantiated claims of infringement … for which they have no way of gaining anything positive from, except that it creates distance between the two parties and a them and us mentality. Nothing will be resolved … hopefully though, we are looking for a solution here … right ?

Surely if the studios, created a way whereby people could legitimately download a copy of the content, a downgraded quality for free or via something like an i-store or similar content provider at a reasonable cost of say $1 per TV episode (bear in mind there is no medium and the user pays for the data downloaded), the problem would essentially evaporate ….. or provide a encryption licensed video feed on something like a i-View format file, to provide the content …. or invest in a new Video file format that could not be hacked with a one user only encryption key.

Further to these claims of loss that is put forward by the license holders and their cowboys, this is substantially a fallacy, as it looks at the numbers of downloads and equates them to sold product at a sell price, this is such manipulation, as those downloads will not transfer to income unless the studio actually puts a 21st century procedure in to capitalise on this … if those that are seeking content could legitimately source product from the studios, free for a lower quality downloaded copy of pay for it at a reasonable price for a quality product then I believe the problem, much of these I am a victim mentality the content providers, particularly the spin the TV studios are pushing, is substantially a beat up and the problem would essentially evaporate.

If we view the actual financial performance of studio licensing, in context of the United States Balance of payments for 2008, 2009 and now in 2010 –  you can see increases in licensing income for overseas content sales which has increased over these years.

Incidentally there is only one major TV network in the USA that gets it … and coincidentally only one in Australia … that is making an attempt to provide access .. unfortunately the worst network is someone who should know better and I thought that they did

I wrote about this and other aspects of the affect of the internet on Old Media models in a white paper as far back as 2008 … with different ways to re-structure their business models even then, it is obvious that no one is yet ready to see a solution here and start thinking outside of the box now or then.

My view of the Internet and Older business models, is a couple of things, (1) The internet user demands a different relationship with content providers & (2) Use the internet to form communities, and build a sustainable interactive relationship – this is its strength (3) Please think outside the box … you cannot win this – make some money by approaching it another way … and what you can do best, that is to produce excellent content .

My advice to the studios, capitalise on the opportunity …. focus on your craft instead of sending all your profits to the lawyers.

Halla Tomasdottir: on Ted

December 9, 2010 Leave a comment

This women makes sense…. lets try to take the testosterone and the good old boys club out of making investment decisions or perhaps business decisions in general.

Her profile is here

She follows simple and sound business rules as follows:-

1.     Risk Awareness –  won’t engage if they don’t understand the deal, I ask you who could understand those “securities” the basis of the sub-prime disaster

2.     Straight Talking –  Simple language and explain the upside and the downside …  ethics, honour, integrity and transparency to me

3.     Emotional Capital –  note that people make money and use money

4.     Profit with principle –  decisions made based on these clear principle, and less based on the male herd mentality (she didn’t say testosterone, I did)

Makes sense guys –  how about we all listen to this –  make a long term commitment to a sustainable investment, and stop worrying about this 3 month reporting cycle.

Perhaps the idea of making investments in line with the triple bottom line, economic, social and environmental could be a lesson we all could learn , even some so called sustainable banks we all know.

A thought for you …

October 18, 2010 Leave a comment

I like to wander around book stores, especially second hand book stores –  its amazing what you can find … for me it is a good way for the Universe to lead me in a new direction.  Once when I was there I was muddling around and a book literally jumped out at me, it is a book that has and continues to have a marked impact on me…

Its old, but worth the hunt… so please check out the following book if you can find it…

Three Magic Words
U.S. Anderson
Copyright 1954
ISBN 0–87980–165–4

Good hunting … its really worth the experience, and it will if you are able to relate to it… it may take you in a new direction, and open up your spiritual world.

Remember, when you find something that perhaps sparks your interest and curiosity, it will be the right book for you to read then… perhaps not this book, but another –  so why don’t you go for an explore with the Universe and see where it takes you.

Categories: Money, Organisations

Bonuses – Banking and others

July 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Now with the European Union likely to legislate to specify how bonuses will be paid, for instance a large benefit is only able to have a 20% cash bonus… I am sure the affected people are even now re-structuring their pay to counteract this… perhaps by increasing the fixed component of the pay package…

In the United States it seems is not going to legislate, but issue guidelines… which I am sure that they will be bent, sidestepped and outright broken as a result.

However staying in the USA for a moment, something new has come to my attention…. a new basis for paying bonuses… as we know once of the companies, formerly a major casualty of the sub-prime fiasco and their own corporate greed at that time, has come up with what I believe is a solution… that Compensation for those who receive bonuses should be tied more closely to corporate debt rather than equity… what a resounding good idea, as well as responsible one… how unlike a Corporation.!

I am speaking here of AIG (American International Group) who announced that it will link incentive pay to the value of their insurer’s bonds.

This makes cowboy activities less likely, especially as a short term tactical strategy, and I hope this will turn the train around and move it back to responsibility not only to the company, the industry but also the shareholders – but also to the Corporate world in general.  I believe that these types of incentives protect the interest of bondholders and the ultimate value of the company… this will come to be a good strategy especially in uncertain times, and more particularly when a company’s solvency is in question.

Perhaps the rest of the world, particularly The European Union as well as all markets affected by this disease should take notice

Dell Computer quality is in question !

July 1, 2010 Leave a comment

After the Mathematics department at the University of Texas noticed some of its Dell computers failing, Dell examined the machines. The company came up with an unusual reason for the computers’ demise: the school had overtaxed the machines by making them perform difficult math calculations.

Please see the New Times article here… New York times article

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