One reduces the risk of being blind-sided with awareness.
The problem with awareness is that we are lacking it due to the imposition and
acquiescence to life’s complexities. Even when one deploys discipline in
erecting barriers to special interests, variables outside our control compel us
to accommodate for the sake of functional conformity.
So, here we are in the information age where values are
being blunted at the edges. Liberties are taken in the name of new culturally
perceived norms when in actual fact subconscious minds are at work processing
the impact of changing goal posts and impingements upon freedom.
Could there be a “reckoning day” when there’s a return to
values in their pure form due to the consequences of such a negative change in behaviour?
If so, what would that “reckoning day” look like? Would it be tripping the circuit breaker of
the New York Stock Exchange? Perhaps, it would be the removal of ATMs from banking
kiosks? Then there’s the unthinkable but that which is showing up in the news. How
about a tax revolt? As we speak, things are so dire in Venzuela that mothers
are turning to prostitution in order to feed their kids. A report out today
sponsored by Canadian firm MNP espouses that “48% of Canadians are on the brink
of insolvency”. That’ right. Supposedly, first world country Canada has
financially impaired citizens almost as its majority.
Perhaps it’s time to take the blinders off and examine what
is actually happening behind the scenes in the offices of your elected
officials, board rooms of banking executives, and line ups in corridors of corporate,
environmental, and indigenous lobby groups. Perhaps, it’s time to reflect on
the line item detail of government Balance Sheets and the injustice of untried
tax evasion of elite cheats with offshore accounts. How about regulatory
measures of our fractional reserve banking system in the context of spiralling public
debt out of control with no apparent plan to pay back? Did you know that our
tax system is over 3,000 pages of fine print?
John Titus has exclaimed that when the money supply
retracted thirty per cent from 1929 to 1933, there were hundreds of U.S. financial
institutions in play regurgitating financial paper. Right now in the U.S.
Citigroup, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America basically represent
those hundreds from the early thirties. These four banks are interconnected
with derivative positions and they really are too big to fail in the context of
what the effect would mean. When there’s deceit inherent within levers of
power, there are strong winds ahead.
Does the human mind have limitations when confronted with
multiple variables presented during short time windows requiring a life and
death decision? I took a course in third year university called “Human
Performance” and in the course we pondered the question of “reaction time”. It
was postulated by our professor that when a football team was confronted with a
“third and one” (American rules) scenario that the offensive team should be
guaranteed a first down because of their advantage of snap count cognition.
However; any fan of the game has witnessed the defence putting on the stop.
After all, a quarter back sneak requires execution after the snap.
Airplanes now have all this automation which is predicated
on electronic data flow. In fact, some of the data flow is initiated from
conditions exterior to the fuselage. Ice pellets, rain, snow, wind, lightning
and thunder are all conditions which airplanes may encounter and hence require
the pilot whether automated or not to interpolate. But wait…shouldn’t these
automated systems adjust for the conditions? Hasn’t every imaginable metric
been created to account for weather events which have now been deployed within
electrical circuit boards and decision switches? Has it not been established that auto pilots
can now drive the plane from just after take-off to just before landing? Does a
pilot dare interfere with the scientific deployment of automation when his /
her instinct has been aroused? Has the human mind been compromised through
excessive deployment of automation in an environment which carries living souls
through the air in a cargo machine?
Your Attorney General of Canada claims that your Prime
Minister placed undue influence on her with respect to a prosecutorial decision
in lieu of criminal evidence. In my mind this amounts to “obstruction of
justice” subject to the penal code. It’s apparent that Justin Trudeau was
motivated politically to save an engineering firm, namely SNC Lavalin, from
consequences arising from their apparent conduct. The firm is based in Quebec.
Trudeau is a Quebecer. It’s postulated that pensions would be saved by
interfering with the prosecution of the firm and somehow that would philanthropically
justify such immunity. I suppose Canadians are now expected by our Prime
Minister to rationalize the penal code depending on circumstances of a person,
or a company? This in my opinion makes our country’s leader unfit to lead. Now
that he has cast away Jody Wilson-Raybould from her post as Attorney General in
lieu of her steadfast integrity, the next incumbent will be faced with an
office stained of its independence. Canadians are asking whether our justice
system is now not only pitiful in its timely and cost effective execution but
also lacking in credibility. If our Prime Minister is not ousted from office in
the short term, I will be asking whether Canada is any better than corrupt
I woke up this morning to a USA Today headline “The man is
pathetic”: Giuliani attacks Cohen. My gut tells me that those spewing such
vitriolic comments likely have ethical dilemmas themselves which brew
underneath a bravado like facade. This
seems to be the new normal in politics. In an era past when differences of opinion
could be debated with intelligence and unwritten rules of conduct, it’s now all
out unfiltered attack based on emotionally planted self centred ego driven applause
It’s quite obvious to the bystander that Trump’s ex lawyer
Cohen succumbed to heat applied by Trump during tenuous transactions arising
from Trump’s business and personal conduct. In the remote chance you haven’t
been witnessing Trump’s bully like conduct and visceral need to react intensely
to any slight against him through his twitter account, never mind his
propensity to litigate contractors in business, you can easily formulate
through a “paint by numbers” like puzzle that this seems to be a man who takes
every occasion to wield financial power regardless of ethical implications.
Now, he is facing the music as he deserves. I had actually seen enough simply
through his conduct in the election campaign that this was a man unfit for
office. In spite of nepotism rules, Trump somehow determined that his daughter
and son in law despite their youth and inexperience in governmental affairs
would be apt “Advisers to the President”. I actually believe the man has some
merit and humanity behind his veil which has unfortunately been voided by aberration.
I suggest that Mr. Giuliani’s propensity to defend thePresident has more to do with his own need to have his ego stroked than anymisplaced loyalty. There are men who reach their twilight years and still donot discover the means to bypass this ego laden short circuitingmechanism.
Upon posting, I thought this might go in my blog categorization of “personal development”. Wink.
This is what an Angus Reid poll has concluded from a sampling of 2,542 Canadian adults. I’m not surprised and below I make some attributions for the troubling statistic:
1. Trade school not seriously introduced to 16 and 17 year olds in our system of education
2. Liberal culture unsupportive of propelling the individual toward entrepreneurship
3. Propensity to defer responsibility
4. Proliferation of employment agencies and head hunters buffering effect of take home pay
5. Opportunity cost associated with young adults pampered at home by their parents
6. Inconvenient and costly legal system incapable of expeditiously handling contract disputes
7. Poor partnering of industry and education system
8. Absent household budgeting / undisciplined allocation of after tax dollars
9. Psychological compulsion to showcase lifestyle undeserving of income
10. Employer payroll costs effect on tempering wages
After a strenuous bike ride today, I disembarked at the Marlborough station and started walking the bike down the off ramp. Upon hearing a bang, I looked into the parking lot below and a man had just turned a sharp looking white car into a large lamp post with a cement base. It was either an absent minded moment or he was distracted by his phone. He was alone in the car.
After one circle around the off ramp, I turned again to see how we was handling the assessment of the dent on the passenger door panel. By this time, a middle aged woman had arrived on the scene having exited her teal Mitsubishi Mirage and I’m intrigued. She must have seen what I heard. I make my way down and I just have to check this out. As it turns out, this woman had seen a young Jamaican man in emotional distress by the circumstance and felt compelled to console. It was that simple. She had also perceived that the young man may have been new to Canada and that he may need help in navigating the insurance system and claims process. I complimented her sense of exemplary civics and rode home refreshed from the fatigue of a long bike ride.
In spite of the gesture being relatively small in the big scheme of things, there is a succinct take away. A young lady was going to miss her flight for $50 over the cost of a new American Airlines policy of charging for carry-on luggage. Her credit cards weren’t working because of an international restriction and American Airlines wouldn’t take cash!
This behemoth of a corporation was about to deny a woman her flight because they wouldn’t take a perfectly legal form of payment in lieu of a new charge policy. This good Samaritan football player, Jermaine Gresham, not only saw through the ridiculousness of the situation but stepped forward in generosity.
There is way too much of this idiocy happening at all levels of human interaction. Workers want to feel empowered but when they’re put into a position to showcase the corporate image of customer service and goodwill, they inevitably fail for reasons of misplaced ego, stubbornness, closed mindedness, or unfortunately the ugliest of reasons – rigid staunch policy dictated from aloof management teams.
These large corporations patronize from their oligopoly and expect you to forget instances of brain cramp. On the one hand, these corporations want to empower their people but when the unique situation arises to display sensitivity at just the right time, companies and employees fail. On the one hand it’s amusing to witness the faltering as an expected response to a digital faceless world but on the other hand, it’s disappointing to see the so called professionals lack professionalism at every turn.
Should a corporation be required by law to accept cash as a means of payment when cash is the purest form of money? Oh, it’s not the purest form you say? Hmmm…..a topic for another day.
Social engineering is now where your tax dollars are headed. Some sick Hollywood producer assaults women and now the Alberta Government is compelled to fix “the man” in the work place with a “program” for you to attend with $50,000 of your tax money. Let’s be clear. This garbage is the precise kind of policy that puts men like Donald Trump in office!
For every man reading this piece, your government believes you are less than whole. They think you’ve been conditioned to treat women poorly. Whether it’s the single parent family, genetics, your psychological make-up, the influence of a program peddler (Benevity Inc.), the effects of gaming as a child, or shear misogynist rebuke to blame, your socialist government has now put itself in the business heading down the road of “fixing” half of its population. Well, it’s only $50,000 you ask and the half of Alberta could not possibly be served with such a sum. There’s no sugar coating the message and the principle.
Revelations of Harvey Weinstein of whom Hollywood women and men apparently failed to hold to account over the years during numerous episodes of apparent rape and sexual assault of which laws on the books would have saved tens of women from his wrath, have apparently inspired one woman in political power in Alberta to seize opportunity of media buzz around the travesty by patronizing the good men of Alberta.
The good women of Alberta…. you have naturalized power with your tongue to deal effectively with any “a@@hole” in supervision. No government can sanction legal conduct of a person with poor moral character. It is every employees’ right to leave any such man without his soldier’s energy to win at the capitalist pursuit. If you are assaulted, it is your solemn duty to report the crime so that this man can be dealt with in the justice system. If your justice system is ineffective and does not provide you with the timeliness and dignity of proceedings, it is then your duty to assemble as an advocacy for improvement.
The good men of Alberta….if you witness any man in supervision treating a woman or another man carelessly in the workplace or any other place, it is your duty to confront this man and take up his behaviour with him. If you witness a crime committed by this man, it is your duty to report the crime to authorities. This is not rocket science.
This Albertan is getting sick and tired of a government that wants to inject itself into places where it does not belong.
It’s called grandstanding and Colin Kaepernick knew very well that he put his employment security in jeopardy the moment he decided to dishonor his country by kneeling during the Star Spangled Banner. Once Colin gets a few more years behind him and matures, he will come to realize that causes and issues need to be addressed through the hard work of active participation and not the simplified approach of convenient protest. There are very few perfect places on the planet where justice is served at every turn but an open democratic process is available to Colin should he decide that the cause so dear to him that he decides to seriously engage with the help of fellow constituents. Of his fellow Americans who have been versed in legal process and empathetic to his cause, I would think that the New York Police Department would condemn his tactic and instead rally to his cause in a fashion representative of the democratic administrative apparatus available to all Americans. Protests have their place when conducted civilly as reinforcement to the aforementioned process citizens can access due to their citizenship right. Once one denounces their anthem, their credibility is questioned and any employer rightfully ponders the character of such applicant.
The headline may spawn furor among some and affirmative surprise among others. I’m going to spell out one particular fact for those wooed by the press’ coverage of Calgary’s laid off white collar oil and gas workers. These proud people have been paid more than everyone else in every other sector possessing similar non-industry specific skill sets. Hence; one might rationalize that a cyclical premium was built into their higher salaries. Guess what? That down cycle came during 2015 and 2016. If you worked in this sector and were laid off and drove a Mercedes, I bet you forgot to prognosticate the possibility of a downturn when salivating over the chrome wheels, glitzy dashboard, and heated seats at the dealership. Perhaps, you own a house in Mount Royal while similarly hard working individuals with no less of an aptitude for learning work in the transportation industry and live in Martindale. You see, workers in other sectors empathize with your plight but they have also been witness to announcements of your extravagance and penchant for lavish Christmas parties and Stampede functions. They’ve occasionally heard you reference working in “oil and gas” in what could be perceived as an elitist manner. Of course, you’ve espoused capitalist sentiment from a right winged political philosophy but now you’ve been afforded special consideration from the Employment Insurance fund whereby small business owners may be faced with the consequential increased payroll costs associated. We want to see you get back to work if you haven’t changed sectors by now. We want to see you win and hopefully carry yourselves with a modicum of humility having gone through a reality check.