Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Thinned-Skinned Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan Cannot Resist Arresting/Imprisoning American/Foreign/Turkish Journalists!
Congratulations to NYTimes Turkish Correspondent Ceylan Yeginsu, who was branded a “TRAITOR AND FOREIGN AGENT” in retaliation for publishing an article with photos detailing how Erdogan is recruiting ISIS terrorists right in the middle of Ankara. 
My old nemesis, Erdogan, never fails to demonstrate his underlying dictatorial streaks of sadistic and ruthless repugnance for anyone who might reveal the truth about his double dealings with the American public.  Erdogan enjoys making money from selling oil to “ISIS”; as well as creating the ‘necessary recruits for ISIS’ right in the middle of the most crowded section of Ankara, the Capital of Turkey.
In an article written by Rick Gladstone, NYTimes, 9/20/2014, entitled, “Turkish President’s Allies Increasing Pressure on Times and Reporter” states the following:
“It was the photograph in particular, which showed President Erdogan visiting a mosque in Ankara, Turkey’s capital,  that appeared to be the catalyst for the backlash against the NYTimes and Ms Yeginsu.”
“…. The photograph implied a connection between the Turkish Government and the ISIS…”
“Erdogan called the article….. “DESPICABLE , VILE , SHAMELESS….” 
ISIS is not a threat to which American bombers have to drop incendiary bombs or fly dangerous missions but rather it is a problem in which our glorious, confused military/industrial complex as well as the Executive Branch have to decide one telling factor: Will we or will we not, punish our Sunni Allies for creating, aiding, and abetting ISIS, the very group which our ‘culture of misinformation’—the ignoble CIA created and maintains?  The answer lies not in our military prowess but in our willingness to admit our past mistakes; correct them; and then prevent our Sunni Allies and Israel from any further assistance to ISIS.

As much as our intelligence community likes to portray themselves as selfless, courageous heroes in endless TV shows [Homeland, Assets et. al.] and Movies [Argo, Zero Dark Thirty], they are  bereft of any capacity or will to ‘neutralize’ anyone or anything other than Senator Diane Feinstein’s investigations into the ineptness of the CIA.
John Brennan and Erdogan stand side by side in terms of anti-American enmity and dishonesty.  One is Turkish.  The other is born of a ‘bad seed’ from the bowels of the Directorate of Intelligence Analysis [useless] and fed with the milk of egregious political compliance and hierarchical servitude.  We don’t have to go 16000 miles away to seek our ISIS enemies.  Just look inward toward Langley, Virginia as well as Ankara/Istanbul, Turkey.  Yes, our enemies are right here at home and in Turkey.  No need to use our soldiers to rid of us of these two menaces!!! 
Thank you goes to:  Ms Yenginsu; Joel Simon, the Committee to Protect Journalists; Amberin Zaman, the local correspondent for The Economist; Ivan Watson, CNN International and Selin Girit and Rengin Arslan of the BBC. You are truly courageous individuals!!
So Long to: Erdogan and John Brennan. Your collective dictatorships are coming to an end.

background on Turkey and ISIS, posting soon.

Alibaba: The Chinese E-Commerce Company will be worth Close to $540 Billion  Greater than all the E-commerce in U.SA. + U.K. + Japan + Germany+ France combined! Congratulations Mr Ma, Yahoo, Soft Bank and, of course, China.
It finally happened.  I have tracked Alibaba for over a year, waiting anxiously to start buying the stock of this amazing e-commerce company,  I found out that as a retail buyer, I could buy none! Such is the paradox of world economics and the IPO business.  As a former Managing Director of a Investment Banking Firm on Wall Street, I knew a little about Initial Public Offering [IPO].  If the IPO is oversubscribed as Alibaba was,  then the ordinary folks like you and me, would have to buy the stock after the initial ‘strike price’ plus ‘green shoe’ plus the ‘pop’.  We retail buyers do not get not sloppy seconds but rather sloppy thirds, fourths and fifths.
This is how the process goes:
The owners of the company;  Mr Ma, the employees and the major investors Yahoo and Soft Bank [Japanese telecommunications company]; had/have the right to commoditize their equity at any given point.  If they need cash initially they can sell the stock privately.  If they waited and held on in order to receive a greater price before the IPO, they could sell the stock as many of the Chinese employees did and created new start-up companies in Huangzhou—province outside of Shanghai.

Next there is the IPO phase, which has a ‘strike price’, in this case, around $60 agreed upon by major worldwide investors and underwriters like Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan etc.  Is it fair that retail buyers like me and you who basically allow the IPO markets to exist because we support Federal Regulations and American Stock Exchanges [NasDaq, NYSE,] to receive the short end of the stick?  No, but who says that capitalism is fair?  Don’t believe these media pundits who claim that the markets are pure, and determine the true value of a company or asset.
  Let me explain my attitude, both positive and negative regarding this phenomenon called Alibaba.
This IPO demonstrates for once and for all that China, suis generis, is a free market system, despite all the right wing nonsense from the Republican Party that it is a Communist System.  The Chinese have proven to be more market-oriented and entrepreneurial than America has.

Take Al Gore, ‘the inventor of the Internet’,  counter-sued by Al Jazeera as a clear example of the ‘political cronyism, indigenous in our American entrepreneurial system even in the pure ‘start-up capital of Silicon Valley’.   Al Gore, George Bush jr [Houston Baseball Team] and Bill Clinton [Worldwide Initiatives] are all examples of men who use their self-aggrandizement and powers of intimidation to extract out money from various financial institutions and corporations. Collectively, be they Democrat or Republican, they are not capable of starting up a company from ground zero with nothing but an idea and ‘sweat equity’ as did Mr Ma of Alibaba. This is the American Dilemma of Distorted Capitalism.  We allow famous and infamous people to garner huge sums of money without having to create or start a business. 
Thanks Jack Ma and Alibaba for setting a good example for the rest of us.  Putin and Russia can learn a very important lesson from Alibaba.  Instead of ‘privatizing’ valuable national assets like telecommunications, oil, gas, and other resources then alloting them to Putin’s KGB cronies, who in their wildest dreams could not run a hot dog stand without cheating the public, it would behoove Putin to stop his ‘incursions.’  Allow the brilliant youth of Russia to create ‘start-ups’ without wasting valuable time and resources of the Russian Federation.

In our own country, Obama has shown little if any leadership in fostering small business growth,  allowing young people to start companies without the burdens of over regulation, complex tax structures and overwhelming baggage of student debt.  Forget gun control!  Forget terrorists!  Lets make some business!  Use federal dollars to support a new cyber-infrastructure that will foster economic growth.  Allow hard working citizens a crack at being business owners.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Welcomed Invasion of 3000 U.S. Army boots into West Africa to Defeat the Ebola Virus!!! Great Work!
Americans have become used to reading or seeing our brave American troops fighting in far-away places which we care little about or know even less than nothing. Finally, President Obama has ordered our soldiers into Harm’s Way.  This time, the enemy is possibly one of the most lethal ‘terrorists’ we have yet confronted—the Ebola Virus. Very rarely, do we Americans realize how many different types of assignments our U.S. Military engages in other than ‘war’ as we have seen it portrayed in the movies or in the media.  For the most part, our military is portrayed as a pack of hot heads shooting their way in and out of hot zones of combat.
Seldom have we witnessed the Army Engineer Corps reconfiguring our depleted sand beaches which we sun-worshippers take for granted.  Even more unusual, is a picture showing the Army Engineer Corps building our power/water dams.  Those pictures are not as exciting as ‘mayhem’ and technicolor ‘blood and guts’.  Yet in many real emergencies anywhere in the USA or the world, the first responders that are required to be present en masse is the U.S. Military.
In Katrina, the Navy had hospital ships all ready for any necessary mass evacuations, despite the fact that they were not utilized by the Bush Jr administration. Another case of unobtrusive incursion into the arena of health is the unusual presence of the U.S Army which has the largest Ob/Gyn outpatient capacity in the world, offering professional  services to females: civilian and military.

Now we have the present initiative by AFRICOM, our major US Military presence in Africa which requested that the President and Congress allow US Troops to enter the most dangerous parts of West Africa to provide a cordon sanitaire to prevent the spread of the Ebola Virus from one country to another.  What this deployment really connotes is the underlying courage of our military personnel who volunteered on this most dangerous mission in order to save lives suis generis.  Our US Military has been front and center in offering to sacrifice their own lives in order to save the countless thousands of African lives that are destined to die in this horrible hemorrhagic death, if the Ebola virus is not staved off and ‘neutralized’.  It’s a near to impossible mission but it has to be done.
I am very proud to say that our U.S military and the Executive Branch has stepped forward on this most dangerous of all missions.  Accordingly, credit must also be given to the brave men and women of the Communicable Disease Center [CDC] of Atlanta, Georgia. The U.S. Public Health Service, a quasi-military /civilian organization set up about a century ago has also been mobilized to stop this dreaded disease. Clearly, the original physicians and health workers of the religious charities that first contracted this terrible disease years ago in Africa must receive our gratitude for their bravery and fortitude in fighting this contamination.

Although I have written about this type of dreaded world-wide epidemic in one of my first novels, Blood Heat, I must admit that I have never personally or professionally encountered an epidemic of such proportions and lethality as Ebola.  At best, I had to worry about a break-out of Malaria, Salmonella, Giardia, Rabies and other less lethal pathogens.  I want to wish the best of luck to our brave men and women, military/civilians who are being deployed to West Africa.  Hopefully, they will  also be accompanied by other brave men/women from China, Russia, Europe and the Middle East.
Ebola may unite all our armies into one large combat unit that can act as an effective ‘counter-force’ against the parasitic enemies of mankind.  So lets put down our guns and, instead pick up our surgical masks and gloves in one simple act of universal defiance against mankind’s true enemy--- PATHOGENS!! Maybe the dreaded disease,  Ebola, can unite mankind in a way that all other forms of intervention have already failed. Fighting a common disease in order to enact a universal peace.

Three minute video says it all,  Scotland should vote YES! Give the world some good news.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Dear Pro-Independence Scotland: Congratulations for Scaring the Lazy, Laggards of the Licentious British  Elite!
Remember that Liberty,  Freedom and Independence was fought for by the American Colonies, composing of a large contingent of Scotsmen. We Americans, fought twice against Britain [1776; 1812; and even during the American Civil War]… and we turned out to be the dominant Superpower of the 20th and 21st century. Recall that your indentured Scottish “servants” and so-called prisoners were also ANTI-BRITISH COLONIALISTS purposefully denigrated by the British Monarchy,  as you decent Scots People are today, by the German-created Queen Elizabeth and her parasitic scions.
What became of these “Scottish Prisoners’ sent 16,000 Miles away from the Glorious British Isle?  They became the most powerful economic/political fulcrum of the Australian Empire, dominating the Far East. When the Scots are debased and reviled for their burning desire to retain their “BRAVEHEART-CELTIC HERITAGE”---they are continuously shipped away from the crumbling isle of Inertia called Britain and sent off to far-away places where in time they create great fortunes and impressive countries. 

As if it were not enough that the British exiled, tortured and denigrated the American Puritans and the so-called Australian Prisoners, Britain, once again, true to their sadistic and haughty national character, exiled even more Scottish countrymen to Canada,  four thousand miles away from home. What became of these ostensibly poor, pathetic, illiterate Scotsmen? They became the most powerful economic force in North America, taking over the American Banks which were foolishly funded by British Sub-Prime mortgage money as well as Wall Street. These very same sagacious Scottish Canadian Bankers initiated the Criminal Prosecution of the London Treasury For “Illegal Manipulation of the LIBOR”---an international standard of banking. The Scottish Bankers were proven RIGHT,  JUST and MORAL!  Britain then hid in quiet shame, never one to discuss their past transgressions. 

The reason for Scottish Independence does not reside within the “Crocodile Tears” of the effete Prime Minister David Cameron pleading mercifully for your understanding and retention within the ersatz English Union; nor do your cries for independence arise from your justifiable “snicker and sneers’ of that well-known dysfunctional British family self-proclaimed as royalty. Your cry for independence must arise from only one belief: that you people, after 300 years of servitude and compliance to the whims and caprices of an antiquated ruling elite are disgusted with the parasitic political and economic rule.  Britain has sucked out the very marrow of Scotland’s cultural, economic and psychological essence . 
Scotland has an opportunity to declare to itself and the world that it can no longer be a part of a 300 year old alliance which bears no correspondence to the realities of a 21st century Scotland.  The nation of Scotland is filled with entrepreneurial desire; embedded in a rich heritage of overseas successes in America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand  and embolden by a ruthless Celtic Culture of defiance. When our American forefathers declared their independence from England, they did not have the resources, manpower, or even heritage that Scotland possess now.  At that time, only four per cent of the Tory population was willing to fight and die for independence from Britain. The rest is history.
Yours is a far less complicated cause with significantly fewer consequences. There will be no fighting or killing resulting from this referendum.  All that you have to do is mark, “YES”! 

“YES” to independence not for you but for your children and your children’s children and then on to even a greater posterity well into the 21st Century. I cannot emphasize enough, how important each of you will become to the future of Scotland. With a simple stroke of a pen or a cursor each of you will go down into history as part of the greatest nations ever born from the bowels of a presently politically/economically impacted England…  the New Scotland
Please remember that it was King James I,  a Scotsman, who really built up England to what it is today. Therefore, in a paradoxical way England has always belonged to a Scottish ruler. Now Scotland has the chance to reconfirm that historical aberration and transform England from a USURPER of the throne to a benefactor of a Free and Independent Scotland.  Let England deal with you as an equal and fair partner rather than subjects of the crown. 
Remember Scotland, it is not only Britain that awaits your decision,  in fact billions of citizens of the world are cheering you on in the virtual world of the internet. You will be the first Anglo-Saxon Country to declare independence in the 21st century. You might say that you will become the first virtually independent country in this new internet world of cybernations.  Tell me truthfully, who better than a SCOTSMAN, can manipulate numbers, be they financial or binary internet codes?  I, for one,  do not know of any other SUPREME CRAFTSMAN! 

May the Lord Look Favorably Upon One of God’s Lost Tribes—the 13th one, of course…. THE CELTIC ONE!!