Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Part 2: Western Imperialism... JSFEU

Hmm... How to start this post... Let's see...

Before I started traveling, I was a cog in the wheel in "Corporate America" for 16 years. You know, out there playing hard for the team, bringing in the deals, often adding my .$015 USD to the corporate quarterly earnings per share which was theoretically worth $1 per share price appreciation, though it never seemed to work out quite that way thanks to our inordinate overhead. But its fair to say that executives in most of the companies I worked for had a certain appreciation for my contributions in between their all-out efforts to find somebody who was willing to fire me.

It seems I've always had a problem with authority, and that attitude has a short shelf life in Corporate America, unless you're bringing in the business, and I did my share. If I had tried hard enough I probably could have found somebody to fire me, though I'm not sure exactly what it would have taken. At one company, the one of my longest tenure (5 years), a sharp and public "fuck off" to a Senior Vice President wasn't quite enough, but it was close. He deserved it. Probably 20 others similar stories along the way... yes, a real problem with authority.

Fast forward about about 5 years and I'm in my last job, a 40 person consulting firm where I was the VP of Sales. One day our sociopathic CEO showed up with a smile and asked me, "What can I do to help you on this deal?", which was a total set up for something else. My response was, "You'll do fine to just stop fucking everything up." I quit about a month later to go traveling for a while.

On inauguration day when Obama was in the process of taking the reigns of the world somebody asked me what message I would send to him on that monumental day. My response was, "Just stop fucking everything up." I'd say that's a pretty good message for the leadership of every country... JSFEU. Seriously... I can't for the life of me figure out why we need politicians or government at all.

And how do they FEU? Imperialism, oppression and graft, mostly. And oddly enough, most of the world has some strange Stockholm Syndrome thing working where we've fallen in love with our captors.

How bad is it? Well, William Blum has been tracing the damage of U.S. government's foreign policy for 40 some years... since Vietnam, and he thinks its pretty bad. With few exceptions, and meaningless rhetoric aside, most governments in Europe have walked in tight coordination, if not in lock-step, so for many of the readers of this site, yeah, you're government is pretty dangerous to us all, too.

For those that haven't read Blum, he has somewhat unique way of telling a story - very matter-of-fact with a dose of dry humor. But don't let that fool you into thinking he's a simpleton. His research is used widely by some of the biggest names in the business. I did an interview with Noam Chomsky on my website a couple of years ago - find it here - and he still fields my occasional questions on things, sometimes on the record, usually off. But he's the one that turned me onto Blum, and Chomsky references his research in many of his own books. So... regardless of what you think of Chomsky, Blum carries some gravitas in the foreign policy / investigative journalism arena.

I found one article you might enjoy, and it covers Blum's own open letter to President Obama, and interestingly enough... we have very similar views. He takes you on a quick tour of U.S / Western imperialism around the world today, and does so with a real sense of style. So whether you're looking to be merely entertained or actually want to learn something new, there should be something here for you. Check this out...

I wonder... If we all spent a little more time thinking critically and challenging those in authority, would this world be a little more peaceful? A little more prosperous? I think so, but not everybody does.


Interesting fact of the day... Farm and pack animals were domesticated by walking around eating the scraps of tribes. Today, we either eat them or make them carry our stuff in exchange for food.

Rock on...
~ Alias

Geert Wilders refused entry to UK - a shame

There is a lot to say about Geert Wilders but the following is just as insane and incredible for an European country as it can be. A MP of a close by and friendly fellow EU country is refused entry in the UK. Because one person, Lord Ahmed is threatening? F'ck you Gordon Brown, you acting like a wimp/dhimmi!
Read more here.

Hamas True Face

Hamas likes to be portrayed as Heroes. But who are they?
Amnesty International reported yesterday that Hamas in the Gaza Strip have engaged in a campaign of abductions, deliberate and unlawful killings, torture and death threats against those they accuse of “collaborating” with Israel, as well as opponents and critics.
And I am pondering why only 30% of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip supports Hamas (besides the Turkish PM and his wife...).

World Water Forum Istanbul 2009 - AKP is dragging water to the Sea

The other day, I had a good laugh: ahead of the World Water Forum 2009, which will be held in Istanbul from March 16 - 22, 2009, Veysel Eroğlu, the Turkish Minister for Environment and Forestry, claimed that the tap water in Istanbul was of a better quality than in any other European city.

Pardon me...Istanbul is the only city in Europe where tap water is not drinkable. I'm sure that he was talking about this 'news' for domestic consumers only, but this news reached - of course - other countries as well.

The AKP is dragging water to the sea, as usual. And yesterday, the Turkish minister of Foreign Affairs ask the EU to keep its commitsments. Which one if you ask me? Turkey is not keeping its word, over and over again. For sure, this statement is for Turkish consumers only...nobody cares in the EU anymore what the AKP is saying...

Day Opening - February 11

"I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value."
Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962)