Vietnam 40 years on: how a communist victory gave way to capitalist corruption | News | The Guardian

The long read: After the military victory, Vietnam’s socialist model began to collapse. Cut off by US-led trade embargos and denied reconstruction aid, it plunged into poverty. Now its economy is booming – but so is inequality and corruptionSource: Vietnam 40 years on: how a communist victory gave way to capitalist corruption | News |…… Continue reading Vietnam 40 years on: how a communist victory gave way to capitalist corruption | News | The Guardian

The Interview movie

Just finished watching The Interview as as usual for this blog I won’t be rehashing the same themes splashed all over current news.In short I did laugh at a few parts but on the overall found it just the same old crude high school humor fart joke type of movie that Hollywood continues to spew…… Continue reading The Interview movie

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The difficulty with truth in public – Ferguson

Another very long dry spell with no posts!  The reason is simply that I now have two kids instead of one.  With one kid you’re still afforded a modicum of free time, yet with two, the concept of 100% individual free time no longer exists. Today I read an article in the New Yorker regarding the…… Continue reading The difficulty with truth in public – Ferguson

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The ISIS takes a page from Spanish Conquistadors!

While reading my Lapham’s Quarterly I came across the “Requerimiento” (Requirement).  This was a written declaration of sovereignty and war, read by Spanish military forces to assert their sovereignty over the Americas.    “It was used to justify the assertion that God, through historical Saint Peter and appointed Papal successors, held authority as ruler over the entire Earth; and that the Inter…… Continue reading The ISIS takes a page from Spanish Conquistadors!

NEVER AGAIN – Concentration Camp

It’s late and I’m back from watching the ballet version of Don Quixote. I had read the history of the performance and learned that it was first performed for the royalty of Russia.  So, taking this information I imagined myself a European royal attending the ballet. What went through my mind? Well, being a business…… Continue reading NEVER AGAIN – Concentration Camp

Afghan civilians murdered by US soldier

Two very quick observations here.   1.  Did you notice that no media outlet used the word “murder” to describe what happened?   2.  The media never mentioned the victims names.  – All of the attention was focused on the soldier and nobody reported on the victims.  This was pointed out by Common Dreams  -…… Continue reading Afghan civilians murdered by US soldier

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Palestinian Kid’s War Art Cancelled

This morning I came across an article in the SF Chronicle that I simply had to share with you all.  Perfect for a GC post and a GC opinion!  Oakland museum cancels Palestinian kids’ war art – SF ChronicleIsraelis’ vs Palestinians!  What a great way to have readers immediately take a side before they have…… Continue reading Palestinian Kid’s War Art Cancelled