Is This The End To Sovereign Immunity?

The American Congress overrode a presidential veto by passing into law a bill that will allow American civilians to be able to sue the government of Saudi Arabia and by extension other governments. A seemly purely emotional effort; to what end? By so doing it will open the door(s) to all kinds of frivolous law suits to each and every American that steps foot on foreign soil, crippling their ability to travel the world without fear of litigation at every port of call. International law; “a body of rules that control or affect the rights of nations in their relations with each other” Merriam-Webster. “International law differs from state-based legal systems in that it is primarily applicable to countries rather than to private citizens. National law may become international law when treaties delegate national jurisdiction to supranational tribunals such as the European Court of Human Rights or the International Criminal Court. Treaties such as the Geneva Conventions may require national law to conform to respective parts”. Thank you Wikipedia. The American congress has always been made up largely of lawyers but I don’t think they have fully considered this kettle of fish before it starts to stink with all its implications going forward, in my view they have been blinded by this election years’ ballyhoo. More from Wikipedia: Much of international law is consent-based governance. “This means that a state member is not obliged to abide by this type of international law, unless it has expressly consented to a particular course of conduct. This is an issue of state sovereignty. However, other aspects of international law are not consent-based but still are obligatory upon state and non-state actors such as customary international law and peremptory norms”. Now let us lie back and see just how and if the American citizenry will sue The Saudis or any other foreign government with the years and expense of upsetting common international law that have been practiced for years all over the world…

Nations make war against each other, then make peace, treaties are signed, sovereign immunity restored, they become friends again, litigation, that’s something different, litigation is forever…just you wait Henry Higgins…

 

Dressed For The News

Whenever my neighbors see me in suit and tie making my way toward the transit hub they can assume one or two things, I have a very important business appointment or am off to do some serious shopping. Suit and tie to shop, may sound a little weird, however, I like the way a little formal dress can command a little respect in some stores, in others, I’m still followed around as if I am about to shove a stove into my paints and make off with it.

One day a few years ago watching the local news, the camera was kept running in broadcast mode in error after the program ended allowing viewers to see the anchors stand up from their desk to leave the studio, the male anchor was dressed in suit and tie, however, from the waist down, jeans, then on to tennis shoes.

In local New York news these days it is not unusual to find a male reporter doing a stand-up outside in front of a bank in shirtsleeves with or without a coat, when years ago his top body would be housed in suit and tie, bottom in denim. The cat has been thrown out of the bag the charade is over, male reporters can now be seen in ‘come as you are’ getups, females, not so much, whom must have a crew with a hair and make-up artist in tow, well some big network stars do…

Please Don’t Look Your Age

Is it important to you knowing the age of the news reader on your local or network news show, or even the news contributors on the same program? Does it really matter as the news room has become just as show busyness as any set in Hollywood, some do. I write that it seems to matter to journalist unlike never before spending a great deal of time on their appearance, the younger the better for the females, the less old the better for the males, whom are dyeing their hair or adding the adornment of toupees in numbers not seen before. A new law passed in California, requires that the Internet Movie Database, be forced to remove actors ages if so requested, claiming this knowledge may interfere with them getting acting roles. May I add by extension; a female news contributor may not be asked to contribute on a news program because of her publicly known advanced age coupled with an old age appearance. Lately I have found the hair and make-up of some female news contributors a distraction, a little like leaving a Broadway musical humming the stage scenery. America has always been a society based on immaturity, no make that, juvenility, and not setting a premium on age with wisdom, in some cases we want the wisdom, yes, just don’t look old and oh yes, keep your age numbers to yourself…

Editor’s note: Every time I have a chance to look deeply into the self-designation of these female news contributors in fancy streaking hair colors and make-up it’s as if women’s liberation was never in vogue, women are still slaves to a flamboyancy of appearance not expected of males, if they thought to have come a long way, baby, must truly think again…

Is it important to you knowing the age of the news reader on your local or network news show, or even the news contributors on the same program? Does it really matter as the news room has become just as show busyness as any set in Hollywood, some do. I write that it seems to matter to journalist unlike never before spending a great deal of time on their appearance, the younger the better for the females, the less old the better for the males, whom are dyeing their hair or adding the adornment of toupees in numbers not seen before. A new law passed in California, requires that the Internet Movie Database, be forced to remove actors ages if so requested, claiming this knowledge may interfere with them getting acting roles. May I add by extension; a female news contributor may not be asked to contribute on a news program because of her publicly known advanced age coupled with an old age appearance. Lately I have found the hair and make-up of some female news contributors a distraction, a little like leaving a Broadway musical humming the stage scenery. America has always been a society based on immaturity, no make that, juvenility, and not setting a premium on age with wisdom, in some cases we want the wisdom, yes, just don’t look old and oh yes, keep your age numbers to yourself…

Editor’s note: Every time I have a chance to look deeply into the self-designation of these female news contributors in fancy streaking hair colors and make-up it’s as if women’s liberation was never in vogue, women are still slaves to a flamboyancy of appearance not expected of males, if they thought to have come a long way, baby, must truly think again…

 

 

Fact Check This…

At a political debate it’s the role of the moderator to fact check the debaters, yes or no? I would like to think that the electorate is knowledgeable enough about the basic issues of the day to in their mind to be able to fact check what is being claimed, however, in this age of mass media that is not even practical it’s impossible. The media consumed by the electorate is more likely partisan affecting their world view on almost every subject and are not easily turned. One presidential candidate has proclaimed “I could stand in the middle of 5th

At a political debate it’s the role of the moderator to fact check the debaters, yes or no? I would like to think that the electorate is knowledgeable enough about the basic issues of the day to in their mind to be able to fact check what is being claimed, however, in this age of mass media that is not even practical it’s impossible. The media consumed by the electorate is more likely partisan affecting their world view on almost every subject and are not easily turned. One presidential candidate has proclaimed “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters’, one doesn’t get a more partisan follower then that. It pains me to write, that those uninformed and dangerous members of the electorate with the power of the vote in their hands can take a country into a place of unforgiving crime committed at the top trickling down…I recently wrote a post asking, are humans too dumb to drive? Are they too dumb to vote, I hope it never comes to that…?

Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters’, one doesn’t get a more partisan follower then that. It pains me to write, that those uninformed and dangerous members of the electorate with the power of the vote in their hands can take a country into a place of unforgiving crime committed at the top trickling down…I recently wrote a post asking, are humans too dumb to drive? Are they too dumb to vote, I hope it never comes to that…?

To Close For Comfort

Your friend purchased the cutis little dog, in less than six years the dog was dead after experiencing years of ill health. Why? Inbreeding. I just heard a BBC radio documentary about genetic pedigree inbreeding, the mating of close relatives to insure a certain look in a breed. The practice of mating second degree relatives such as grandfather with granddaughter, or uncle with niece, we have seen what damage inbreeding has and can do to people as in most of the early crown heads of Europe when they were all related by blood in some way in order to maintain a royal line of succession and power that bred insanity or hemophilia or worse, not to be desired in a ruling monarch or a newly acquired and deeply loved pet. With Kennel Clubs one would suppose an acting authority operating a data base of some sort on the pedigree of dogs with so called papers outlining a line of ancestors and a long separation of stock to ensure diversity of the gene pool of a breed. International Kennel Clubs are a relative small community harmoniously meeting year after year at community dog shows displaying the same top notch breeds must compare forerunner notes as a prognostication of the expected life of a dog and in so doing are banking on a blue ribbon winner able to generate the highest stud fees, bragging rights and not give a dam or concern for the ill health life span of the dog what is important is how the dog looks on that one day in time.

Your friend purchased the cutis little dog, in less than six years the dog was dead after experiencing years of ill health. Why? Inbreeding. I just heard a BBC radio documentary about genetic pedigree inbreeding, the mating of close relatives to insure a certain look in a breed. The practice of mating second degree relatives such as grandfather with granddaughter, or uncle with niece, we have seen what damage inbreeding has and can do to people as in most of the early crown heads of Europe when they were all related by blood in some way in order to maintain a royal line of succession and power that bred insanity or hemophilia or worse, not to be desired in a ruling monarch or a newly acquired and deeply loved pet. With Kennel Clubs one would suppose an acting authority operating a data base of some sort on the pedigree of dogs with so called papers outlining a line of ancestors and a long separation of stock to ensure diversity of the gene pool of a breed. International Kennel Clubs are a relative small community harmoniously meeting year after year at community dog shows displaying the same top notch breeds must compare forerunner notes as a prognostication of the expected life of a dog and in so doing are banking on a blue ribbon winner able to generate the highest stud fees, bragging rights and not give a dam or concern for the ill health life span of the dog what is important is how the dog looks on that one day in time.

Editor’s note: Some Kennel Clubs do an excellent job of looking after the breed of dogs and people that they interact with over the years it’s just that there’s not enough of them…

Editor’s note: Some Kennel Clubs do an excellent job of looking after the breed of dogs and people that they interact with over the years it’s just that there’s not enough of them…

Off Prime Numbers

As president of the fictionalized clean screen movement after so many years without any luck or progress and without showing any meaningful results in the campaign I am not yet ready to declare defect, even though most broadcast morning news shows now display the annoying news crawl as do most cable news networks. The good news is at the end of that dark tunnel there can be seen some light in that doing prime time broadcast hours, the cables are so deeply entrenched with their news crawls, that in their off hours they are not. For years’ top advertising dollars are earned during prime time leaving the off hour earnings meager as they are, from local sponsors like car dealerships, restaurants and outlet products. What some network managers have discovered that societies like mine have been urging those that hate news crawls into DVRing their prime time news casts that are rebroadcast or new programing shown at off hours without a news crawl is getting larger, boosting audience numbers and advertising fees that can be charged. Regrettably the war against on-screen logos, clocks, temperature information have long been lost as have the recent arrivals of giant event clocks all designed to clutter up the television screen with any and everything that is truly unnecessary in this age of hand held devices that is never far from our person…So I ask you once again, how many news stories can one effectively following at one time? Did you hear that? No I was busy reading the news crawl…

Selfdriving Crazy

Are humans too dumb to drive cars? With almost every manual task now performed by humans when automated, has saved energy, reduced materials, improved quality, accuracy and precision, in a few short years, some say about five, it will be a wonderment that we ever allowed humans to drive cars since they are disposed to being distracted and are accident prone. Some cars already have what is called cruise control, some swear by it, others just don’t trust it or anything that cannot be controlled by a human, that is the main reason(s) that is holding back the self-driving car, even though it is much praised in air travel, go figure. Or how about punching in 34 East 34th Street and winding up at 34 East 34th Avenue. Any automation must be in some way be computerized which some fear opens the door wide to hacking, not only being able to change the listening media in your car but run it off a cliff or into a stone wall without anyone even knowing or suspecting the initiator, like ones mother in law. And with computerization there will have to be screen(s) and software so can advertising be far behind with ads like ‘we can drive your car for $24.95, plus tax’…Finally your car manufacturer may partner with a drone manufacturer arranging for a high flying scout ahead of your vehicle advising traffic conditions or if a bridge has been flooded out, flashing on your screen your destination with a warning, ‘don’t go there!’