Dear Lawrence O’Donnell

I can’t think of anything that would be more annoying then while watching a movie the title of the movie would remain on the screen throughout its running. Yesterday an MSNBC special from Lawrence O’Donnell’s The Last Word, a compendium, ‘Trump: 100 DAYS of Conflicts’, did just that, displayed the title of the program throughout its running with a spattering of a ‘Breaking News’, banner only added to the annoyance of the piece, which is odd since the program must have been in production for some time. Can anyone hear a boy crying wolf? And still in view of the all the above, this program could have been worse, how? With the added irritation of a news crawl. This special stands as a ‘how to’, to distract from a very important discussed subject with flashings of on screen antics, including the repetition of some images of the individuals that played a meaningful role in helping to bring about the conflicts. The investigative subject of this special is the President of the United States, an image known the world over, no stills or clips are necessary but one if any at all at the top of the program, any more then that will be viewed as excessive and an over indulgence and another distraction.

Two Lavish Events

Where ever the President of the United States goes, the White House goes with him, at least some semblance of the White House, however, if a protentional exist of a pending crisis, one would think that the President would want to stay hold up at the White House or at the very least nearby where the full complement of security and tools of the presidency are at the ready. But not this President, instead he spends this holiday weekend at the lavish Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, with family and friends, and oh yes, the full trappings of the peoples White House…bankrolled in part by the good people of Palm Beach… Â

 

Donald Trump waving from the Queen’s royal carriage is not a scenario many would have foreseen a year ago, but it has become a very real prospect, forcing security services to plan an unprecedented lockdown.

The White House has made clear it regards the carriage procession down the Mall as an essential element of the itinerary for the visit currently planned for the second week of October, according to officials. Source, The Times, U.K.

Criticality in Action

The approval polling of this American President has been in the toilet since election day, even during what has been called the honeymoon period experienced by most presidents, but not this one. The only favorable period has been twice when military action had been undertaken, first in Syria, the second in Afghanistan, leading one observer to note that future approval polling will be based on some sort of military action and not on any peace endeavor no matter how likely to succeed. A presidency based on a war footing will forever be in crisis mode, by that yard stick this president permanently seeking approval in a deadly and unbecoming manner. The cheering has never been so laud as when he was either blowing up something or killing someone, not what most Americans would like to think of their president as dong, feeding or sheltering the less fortunate of the world. This president may never be pictured holding an olive branch or a carrot stick but a fully loaded M-16 or worse, never once to give peace a chance when the cheering will be the loudest with the cry of war being rallied by supporters out for blood on the road to ‘make America great, again’…

Meanwhile…

Pre, what does it mean, before, before what? The brink? The threshold of danger? The world has been here before, the players have always been professionals or at the very least semi-professionals, but never in my limited view, totally un-professional on both sides of the brim, playing in a deadly game that neither have ever played before, chance to play only once, then never again, taking the whole world along for the ride, partaking in the results, no winners here, just results. Just, the adjective, guided by truth, reason, justice, and fairness. Just, the adverb, within a brief preceding amount of time; but a moment before. ‘Now go tell it on the mountain’. If the so-called professionals cannot get it done, I’m dam sure the rank amateurs can’t and never will…Meanwhile…

 

 

China said on Friday tension over North Korea had to be stopped from reaching an “irreversible and unmanageable stage” as a U.S. aircraft carrier group steamed toward the region amid fears the North may conduct a sixth nuclear weapons test. Source, Dominique Patton and Sue-Lin Wong, Reuters…

Beijing vs. Pyongyang vs. The World

A fleet of North Korean cargo ships is heading home to the port of Nampo, the majority of it fully laden, after China ordered its trading companies to return coal from the isolated country, shipping data shows.

Following repeated missile tests that drew international criticism, China banned all imports of North Korean coal on Feb. 26, cutting off the country’s most important export product.

To curb coal traffic between the two countries, China’s customs department issued an official order on April 7 telling trading companies to return their North Korean coal cargoes, said three trading sources with direct knowledge of the order. Source, John Ruwitch and Meng Meng, Reuters

 

Much of North Korea’s energy is powered by domestic mined coal, while China’s coal imports from the hermit kingdom has plunged this year along with the suspension the issuing of new permits of imports in corporation with the sanctions against Pyongyang imposed by the United Nations. Despite the return of this shipment of coal, China is a coal burning country where clear blue skies are few if ever. On the surface this return seem all well and good, however, mother earth’s environment can care less if the coal is burned in China, North Korea or Wabash, Indiana, the effect on global warming will be just as destructive, to both air and water, and a major threat to all life on earth. The technology dream of burning coal then being able to capture the carbon dioxide, the principal gas that moves the planet toward global warming, then storing it underground, to this blogger, seem more and more like a pipe dream that may never be fully realized, at least not in my life time. And if such gases can be safely stored underground, for how long, what if it should escape all at once, what protection will then jolt in or not? Kick me if you have heard this before, the world will then be just too hot to handle.

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The Pompous Way

In an interview with The Washington Post this week (02/19/2017), President-elect Donald Trump floated the idea of using military parades to make good on his promise of rebuilding America’s greatness.

 

“Being a great president has to do with a lot of things, but one of them is being a great cheerleader for the country,” Trump said. “And we’re going to show the people as we build up our military, we’re going to display our military. Source, Shawn Snow, MilitaryTimes…

 

I must admit that I had not really thought this subject through before hearing by chance that this subject was even being considered. America has never wanted to appear like a tinhorn dictator never missing a chance to put on display military hardware in a parade to the world as if to proclaim, see how powerful, that is until this American President, and his notion of ‘make America great again’, as if the displaying of military tanks, guns, and rockets, can in some small and large way make it appear so. Reminds me of the U.S. old west when a gunslinger would walk around in a newly visited town without a jacket showing off his two six guns strapped to his side, announcing to everyone in view, reckon you all better fear me, I am a gunslinger, a tinhorn gunslinger, and you’d better smile when you say that and see me a coming…

The Art of Human Releations

Customer service is the provision of service to customers before, during and after a purchase. The perception of success of such interactions is dependent on employees “who can adjust themselves to the personality of the guest”. Customer service concerns the priority an organization assigns to customer service relative to components such as product innovation and pricing. In this sense, an organization that values good customer service may spend more money in training employees than the average organization or may proactively interview customers for feedback. Source, Wikipedia…

 

Most of my professional employment life has been in customer relations, mostly in publishing then later in the conference coordination industry. The United Airlines occurrence in the news brought forth a memory I had with a customer, that demanded a full refund since he was not satisfied with the product and services rendered, I explained that a full refund by company policy is not available only a company credit, for another event or service, but he strongly and loudly protested, insisted on a full refund. I placed the call on hold, closed my eyes, took a deep breath, counted to ten, then confirmed that a full refund will be processed the very next day, which would result in a little under two-thousand dollars, of which I had no direct authority to grant, but I did it anyway. A few days later the president of the company called me into his office, something he had never done before to explain my actions. I told him that I thought that the good will of that customer, who had been doing business with the company for years, though not satisfied this time around, was well worth the dollars refunded, kinda an investment, he thanked me, then said, good looking out for the company’s reputation, much later that year, the customer did return, this time with three of his associates, although I did not mention it the president, but anyone having been in business as long as he has and successful must have learned a long time ago, that a pound of cure is well worth far more in the long run…Did I just make something up?