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You open your tweeter account, there you find a tweet from ‘Trump the tweeterest’, these days they all seem to be coming from Trump the presidential candidate, whom any and every subject is fair game, no fact checking has ever been in order though some have wished that it was, since facts have never been the hallmark of his tweets. Trump the president-elect, can mean future presidential policy someday, it’s thought so but not yet, that can offer some form of relief, far more deadly a tweet from Trump the President can mean markets may fail, armies dispatched, diplomatic policies endangered, who knows what else, we have never had a President with a hot ‘tweeter trigger’, and a will to use it on any occasion for the most elemental reasons. It seems that there is no adult supervision available at 3: a.m. when most of the barrage of tweets are launched, even if available who can or dare to try to stop him, he who knows so much better than anyone else, as he as so often reminded us. To him it’s a lot like him ‘telling it on the mountain’ alone with every tweet, a coming of age sort of speak, if I may be so bold, it’s not like me to ever scrutinize one’s thoughts or intensions, just lay it on a table for others for conjecture…to draw inference from inadequate flimsy surface evidence, lying just below well hidden in a thousand and one tweets…

Diplomacy…Without the Hostility

Having once delivered a diplomatic overture to the Cuban government it was only fitting that President Obama deliver a statement of condolence to the Cuban people whom have just lost its beloved leader of some fifty years, the only one many have ever known. The prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, may have to in upcoming years deal with the Cuban government as an equal, again was fitting to issue a statement of condolence to the Cuban people. On the other hand, the American president-elect showed no diplomatic skills in his statement in referring to the fallen Cuban leader as a tyrant, such language may surely be on display in history books soon enough, the Cuban people will long note this name calling remark during their time of mourning in future dealings in whatever kind of new government follows in Cuba. A tale of three reactions, two respectable, the other, not so good, in total disrepair…

Washington, D.C., A Company Town

Would you be able to recognize a company town when you see one, know if you live in one, or know someone who lives in one? If you live in or around the district of Washington, you do. If invited to almost any social gathering it’s a good chance all the guests and host are known to each other, some personally, probably by way of employment or their off spring attend the same school or are members of a religious organization. Having been said, if one is unemployed by one enterprise there is a better than average chance to find employment with another that has in the recent past done business with a former employer, be it government or private, the connection can be endless and life long, even extending to heirs.

Company towns often become regular public cities and towns as they grow and attract other settlement, business enterprises, and pool transportation and services infrastructure. Other times, a town may not officially be a company town, but it may be a town where the majority of citizens are employed by a single company, thus creating a similar situation to a company town (especially in regard to the town’s economy). Further, such dependencies extend to neighborhoods and regions of larger cities. Source Wikipedia…

Some well-known company towns support industries like coal mining, oil retrieving, gold and silver mining, product manufacturing, etc., every enterprise that is there is in support in some way of the main enterprise, from the sandwich shop on the corner, to the shoe and boot repair shop, to uniform sales shop, all owe their livelihood to the main industry coming together collectively as the company town.

Its little wonder then that once elected to public office some never leave Washington, D.C. it becomes their home town, the company town for generations…

Free Healthcare, Anyone…Anyone?

The president-elect has vowed during his presidential campaign to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on day one of him taking office.

In 2014 Cuba’s economic freedom score was 28.7, making its economy one of the world’s least free. Its overall score was 0.2 point higher than last year, with deteriorations in trade freedom, fiscal freedom, monetary freedom and freedom from corruption counterbalanced by an improvement in business freedom. Cuba ranked least free of 29 countries in the South and Central America. Source Wikipedia.

And yet the Cuban government has managed to train thousands of doctors to provide free medical care for all its citizens with an economy far less than that of United States which it must be noted has more million dollar doctors and healthcare companies than any other country in the world…that some have called in some cases, treating the poor, dollar for dollar to be substandard…which at the same time able to provide the best medical care on the planet that money can buy.

Picture Perfect?

President-elect Donald Trump wished Americans a happy Thanksgiving via YouTube late Wednesday, asking to “restore the bonds of trust between citizens.” From an Entertainment Weekly post. Bonds of trust, after spending a year and a half verbally castigating follow Republications and anyone else that he deemed in his mind to have spoken against him. Before former Governor Mitt Romney can be seriously under consideration for Secretary of State, he must first publicly apologize for the harsh things he has said about the president-elect, so stated many Trump loyalist, Romney apologize, but not Trump to the American people for the harsh things he has said about almost everyone in America. As if once chosen president-elect, all is forgiven, and can move on from a point of insult to a point of national harmony, not so fast Mr. Trump. You, Trump, are one of hundreds appearing on television proclaiming themselves more worthy by dying their hair to hide the gray, to sell pillows, to run for president, to explore the universe, to read the news, and if that is not enough, cover it all with a hair piece or an extension. A bald singer cannot leave his heart in San Francisco and have it believed, an over fifty women cannot be a sex symbol with gray or Afro-textured hair, deliver the news, or have darker skin tone than a brown paper bag, ethnic rhinoplasty and slanted eye surgery is encouraged. Anyone that does not fit into that very narrow cookie cutter image of the skinny on the fashion runway, don’t shop for those viewed garments, they will not be made to fit you and if found will not look the same on you, so forget it, this world is not for you if you cannot conform, hide yourself away, never to be seen or enjoyed as yourself, if others can see you are not as they must, make that want you to appear, to be like them in this fake world of make-believe and over pretentiousness, living among the phony, the phony-baloney…and stop saying how pretty she is when all she is doing is conforming to the norm…the accepted norm…

Stop, You’re Deleting Us

The Independent had a headline on its website: Pro-Brexit protest outside Parliament scaled down after thousands fail to turn up; Thousands pledged to protest High Court ruling on Article 50 – but only 100 people turned up.

After reading the a above piece my interpretation of the event is that cooler heads are starting to prevail, that no nation no matter how rich can afford to go it alone, not even the high and mighty United States or the United Kingdom for that matter.

THEWEEK, in an August 12, 2016 article stated: The new birth rate numbers are out, and they are a disaster. There are now only 59.6 births per 1,000 women, the lowest rate ever recorded in the United States.

The good news for the U.S. is that it’s a nation built on its liberal immigration policy, but there is a movement afoot that the 2016 election has sort of confirmed, not so fast, too many immigrants already. So, I am here to offer a well thought out counter point of view, with the lowering of the birth rate and the curbing of immigration, no nation can sustain itself, without the new will soon die on the vine. The nation needs new workers paying into the social security system among other reasons, to help support the growing older population, the fastest way to achieve this is through immigration if not through a preferred higher birth rate. Restraining immigration can act like as in an automobile seat preventing whiplash, however, in this case the prevention of whiplash has unintended consequences, stagnation, which can lead to extreme population meiosis or worse…

 

The Rohingya, Simplified in Brief

Who are the most persecuted people in the world today, some will say the Rohingya viewed as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, some 1.1 million of them in Myanmar. The Rohingya are Muslim Indo-Aryan indigenous to Rakhine State living in Myanmar that migrated there from Bengal during British rule of the then Burma, and some after the Burmese independence in 1948 and the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971, being only four percent of the population in a Buddhist state of the sixty-eight percent Burmese, along with six other single digit minorities little wonder the country is ripe for some sort ethnic persecution, which has sparked bloodshed and a Islamist inspired insurgency as a form of defense mechanism. As of Monday 21 November 2016, 86 people have been killed and over 30,000 displaced, these numbers cannot be confirmed since the Myanmar army has declared parts of northern Rakhine an ‘operations zone’ where no international organizations can enter to confirm or deny any claims. The United Nations refugee agency has called upon the Myanmar government to provide access to distribute aid, if they cannot get aid where they are they will be forced to cross into Bangladesh seeking some sort of relief. Now, feel free to add South-East Asia to the flux of international refugees fleeing war and hardship rooted in the description of ethnic and religious discrimination…

When asked why do you flee? ‘Whatever the future holds it cannot be as bad as the past’, is the standard rep