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The Mandibles, FRNs, SDRs, IMF, G20, WTD! (September 5, 2016)

Posted in Book Reference, Collapse, Courts, Debt/Deficits, Dollar - World's Reserve Currency, Federal Reserve, Gold, Gold Standard, INFORM Act, International Finance, International Monetary Fund, Journalism, Money, Newspapers, Petrodollar, Press/Media, SDR - Special Drawing Rights, Special Drawing Rights (SDR), World's Reserve Currency on September 5, 2016 by e-ssay.org

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X          “Some of the folks at the G20 Summit may kick around the possible composition of the ‘Special Drawing Rights’ that is emerging as the new world’s reserve currency.  The International Monetary Fund formally sets the composition of the SDRs, yet the major players gathered in China yesterday to discuss such matters.  A thing is now being described as a right.”

Z          “Sounds like they are creating a right to reach first for your gun.”

X          “Or they are sketching a new picture of the economic future based on rights rather than on power and circumstance.”

Z          “Or someone special who has been allowed to have the only gun in the great currency gunfight now must play well with others who are suitably armed.”

X          “Or the one with the big gun is now being disarmed.”

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X          “Felicitous publication really.”

Z          “Timely, even.  The times they are changin’ the way we will make change in the near future.”

X          “In The Mandibles, Lionel Shriver adopts Keynes’ term ‘Bancor’ rather than the new age term ‘SDR’ to describe supplementary foreign exchange reserve assets.  As the U.S. Petrodollar slips as the world’s reserve currency and then as the dominant component of the SDR/Bancor, the United States people will slip to second-world status in the world.”

Z          “The way I describe it, when the Petrodollar is no longer the big dog, the United States is no longer the leader of the pack.”

X          “Prices will increase and perhaps double in short order before more structural disorder devolves.  Our McMansions still will sport baroque brushed nickel bathroom fixtures in the multiple bathrooms, yet in due course the water coursing through the corroding pipes will be increasingly intermittent and decreasingly safe.”

Z          “Many of us have those problems now while everything appears to be dory hunky.”

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X          “Her description of the human consequences is very plausible, yet her explanation for the underlying causes is only partially complete.  Contemporary economic doctrine is exposed as voodoo and a specious secular religion that rationalizes those in power acquiring and retaining wealth.  The entitlement Ponzi scheme receives appropriate blame.  The pernicious involvement of the Federal Reserve is alluded to obliquely, yet the entrenched corruption and incompetence in every quarter are not addressed.”

Z          “She does not describe the institutions that are failing systematically and simultaneously.  Congress, courts, executives and executive agencies, bureaucrats, universities, news outlets, parents, preachers, prophets, you name it.  At some time, a fragile, fractured, fissured and fundamentally weak system of manipulation and intervention will fail with consequence.”

X          “She does observe that the traditional news fashioners are defunct.”

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X          “‘The Chip’ is first described in an e-commentary titled ‘Monitoring The Masses:  The Card And The Chip’ published on January 12, 2015.  She further develops the human impact of implanting ‘The Chip’ to control and corral the masses.  ‘The Chip’ is so much more efficient and effective than the corn chip and football at sating the populace.”

Z          “‘The Chip’ is an electronic lobotomy that is more powerful, pervasive and perverse than fear or drugs.  Technology saves us.  I think that is what one would conclude.  Surely.”

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X          “An empire cannot continue to mimeograph a fiat currency and force it on the rest of the world at great cost and consequence to the rest of the world without the rest of the world demurring at some point.”

Z          “And the rest of the world is becoming restive.”

X          “They are selling SDR-denominated bonds.”

Z          “And they are selling oil without even acknowledging the Petrodollar.”

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X          “In her novel, the people of the United State of Nevada agree that it is ‘dumb,’ but they base their currency on the gold standard.”

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[See the e-commentary at “Monitoring The Masses:  The Card And The Chip (January 12, 2015)”, “Brave 1984 Farm:  The Best Of All Possible Worlds (March 19, 2012)” and the e-commentary on the institutional distractions in our society at “Foot Longs and Football (September 2, 2013).”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

G20 > G7; SDR > FRN; World > USA   

In the intermediate run, a Kleptocracy is unsustainable.

Graduation Advice:  Wear Hearing Protection; Listen Attentively (May 16, 2016)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Journalism, Newspapers, Press/Media, Pulitzer, Pushitzer on May 16, 2016 by e-ssay.org

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K          “Wear hearing protection.”

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K          “Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’16 . . . wear hearing protection . . . if I could offer you only one tip for the future, hearing protection would be it. . . .  Wear hearing protection . . . and listen attentively.”

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K          “You are surrounded every day by noise.  Nail guns, guns, chop saws, generators, ice augers, pressure washers, snow mobiles, atvs, planes, boats, vacuum cleaners, power drills and ads by the underwriters on public radio and then when you return from your cabin are assaulted and assailed by the din and cacophony of daily life.  Protect your hearing; hear what needs to be heard.” 

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K          “But trust me on the hearing protection.”

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J          “I hear you.”

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[See the “Sunscreen Column”, the Wikipedia article “Wear Sunscreen” and listen to “Everbody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen).”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“Wear hearing protection; listen very attentively.”

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”  Mary Theresa Schmich, the author of “Everbody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” and a most deserving recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2012 and a recipient of the Pushitzer Prize for Commentary nunc pro tunc to 2012.

Be kind to your knees, you will miss them when they are gone.  Be very, very kind to your knees.  Be even more kind.

Floss.

First Annual “Cameo In Courage” Award For 2016 (May 9, 2016)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Cameo In Courage Award, Journalism, Newspapers, Press/Media, Profile In Courage Award on May 9, 2016 by e-ssay.org

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K          “This year, the Awards Committee for the Cameo In Courage Award is bestowing a special lifetime achievement award to . . . Mr. Edward Joseph Snowden of the United States.”

J          “Great choice.  Long overdue.”

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K          “This year, the annual Cameo In Courage Award for 2016 is given to Ms. Carmen Segarra . . . of the United States.”

J          “Great choice.  Due.”

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K          “And a special lifetime achievement award to Daniel Berrigan.”

J          “Do.”

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J          “As I recall, the Cameo in Courage Award is given to the person on the planet who showed real courage at great sacrifice to himself or herself.”

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[See the e-commentary at “Hero or Traitor? (June 10, 2013),” “Profile In Cowardice Award (May 12, 2014),” “Profile In Courage Award, 2015 (May 11, 2015) and “Chelsea And Ed:  Time For “Con” “dign” Treatment (November 30, 2015).”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

The World’s Most Prestigious Award For Individuals Courageously Serving The Public Good.

Larry Wilmore is an Honorable Mention recipient for the Cameo In Courage Award for 2016 for his performance and presentation at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.  The Cameo in Courage Award is not limited to the powerful and the beautiful in government.  The Cameo In Courage Award is often given to those who confront the powerful when they are not so beautiful.

 

Dear John:

Thank you very much for submitting a nomination for the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.  We are grateful for your participation and we appreciate your dedication to the ideal of principled public service.

Nominations for the Profile in Courage Award are accepted year-round.  Every nomination we receive remains active for two years.  If your nomination is submitted on or before February 15, it will be considered for the Profile in Courage Award presented in May of the same calendar year, and again the following year.  If your nomination is made after February 15, it will be considered during the following two calendar years.

A confirmation of your submission appears below.  On behalf of everyone at the Kennedy Library Foundation, thank you for your nomination for the Profile in Courage Award.

With best wishes,

The Profile in Courage Award Committee

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Nomination

Your Information

First Name:  John Q.
Last Name:  Public
Street Address:  [Street Address]
Apartment or Suite:  [Apartment or Suite]
City, State and ZipCode:  [State] [ZIP Code]
Country:  [Country]
Email Address:  JohnQPublic@johnqpublic.net

Nominee Information

Nominee First Name:  Edward Joseph
Nominee Last Name:  Snowden
Positions currently or formerly held by your nominee:  Government Bureaucrat
Public accomplishments and contributions:  Exposing government surveillance and corruption at considerable risk and cost to himself
Links to publicly available information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Snowden
How you heard about the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award:  Newspaper, television, radio, Internet, general public discourse

First Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2016 (April 18, 2016)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Journalism, Movie Reference, O'Bama, Politics, Press/Media, Pulitzer, Pushitzer, Race on April 18, 2016 by e-ssay.org

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          “The envelope please.  . . .  This year’s Pushitzer Prize in Commentary is awarded to . . . all the unnamed, unknown and unheralded commentators not working for the Herald who are pushing the envelope and pushing against the absurdity, insanity, dishonesty and hypocrisy that envelops us from every direction every day.  For distinguished commentary in a print or digital or any format.  For good and honest stuff.”

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[Please send nominations for the Pushitzer Prize in Commentary for 2017 and a supporting letter by January 27, 2017 to e-ssay@gci.net and send the entry fee to your favorite charity.]

[See the e-commentary at “Pulitzers Are Pro-War?  Pressing The Pushitzers (April 22, 2013)” and last week’s e-commentary.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

For good and honest stuff

Will the public respond to Ken Burns, Jr.’s production of “Barack Obama” in 2046 the way the public responded to Ken Burns’ production of “Jackie Robinson” in 2016?  Mitch McConnell is today’s Ben Chapman.  (Senate Majority leader) Chapman wielded a baseball bat; (Coach) McConnell a gavel.  See the e-commentary at “‘I Hate Obama.’  The Trip Hammer Of Hate Tolls Without Toll And With Toll (March 10, 2014).”]

April 22:  “Happy Birthday Earth Day (April 23, 2012).”

Pulitzer Prize In Commentary For 2016 (April 11, 2016)

Posted in Journalism, Newspapers, Press/Media, Sports, Wall Street, War, War and Wall Street Party on April 11, 2016 by e-ssay.org

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x          “They have strayed off the reservation for two years and rewarded commentators in the hinterland.  From Detroit to Houston.  Now they must return to the ranch.  This is the year for either the Post or the Times.  This is the year that the two divisions of the ‘War and Wall Street Party’ pick their puppets.  This is the year that someone who champions the interests of the ‘R’ division of the ‘War and Wall Street Party’ gets the nod.”

y          “Brooks or Douthat.”

x          “Or their ilk.  Someone who challenges fundamental assumptions is lost.”    

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Bumper sticker of the week:

April 15:  In 1947, Jackie Robinson took the field at Ebbet’s Field as the first Black major league baseball player; in 1997 Major League Baseball retired his number 42.  A fine and felicitous recognition.

How To Run A Newspaper (February 8, 2016)

Posted in Craigslist, eBay, Economics, Internet, Journalism, Newspapers, Press/Media on February 8, 2016 by e-ssay.org

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K          “The business plan is simple.  50 percent of the commentators afflict the afflicted and comfort the comfortable.  49 percent question whether afflicting the afflicted and comforting the comfortable is appropriate.  1 percent afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted.”

J          “So are they running a newspaper or running a newspaper into the ground.”

K          “They are running.  Scared at this time.  Perhaps they need 99 percent of the commentators to afflict the afflicted and to comfort the comfortable and fire the 1 percent.  Going cautious is the typical reaction.”

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J          “Subscriptions for a product and service that is free elsewhere evaporated.  Without subscribers, the advertisers left.  When the newspaper was no longer the portal to products and the segway to services, it was doomed.”

K          “Craigslist, eBay and other digital outlets undermined the newspapers’ financial base.”

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J          “The digital world provides one commentator per person.  Now we can all find someone to confirm our world view.”

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Bumper stickers of the week:

Speaking Truth to a cinder brick wall.

All The News That’s

“You Can’t Be Smarter” (August 10, 2015)

Posted in Bureaucracy, Courts, Entertainment, Journalism, Judges, Judicial Arrogance, Law, Law School, Newspapers, Personal Stories Series, Personal Story, Press/Media, Television on August 10, 2015 by e-ssay.org

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P          “You might as well leave law school with some useful insight.  When you begin practice, ferret out the longest serving person at the firm.  That person likely will be female and the secretary for a senior partner.  Take her to lunch.  Ask for advice.  Listen carefully.”

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SS          “Your biggest challenge?  You must accept that you can’t be smarter than the judge.  That will vex a person like you.  And don’t expect much civility or any humility from the bench.  Good luck.  You will need it.”

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YL          “So it is like law school but with consequence.  It is like high school writ large.”

SS          “And I am downstream from the bullying and arrogance of the judges and the senior partner.”

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YL          “Looking back, I realize that professors were and judges now are the greatest impediments to advancing sound ideas.”

SS          “They don’t teach you much in law school.”

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[Jon Stewart left The Daily Show recently.  See the e-commentary at Brian, Jon And Journalism Today (February 16, 2015).]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Better to know the judge than the law