Wednesday, June 29, 2016

e Comics on Breaking Wave

Iceland: Gudni Johannesson new President

Icelanders have elected historian Gudni Johannesson as their first new president in 20 years.  The final count showed 39 percent of Icelanders voted for him, placing him in front of a former prime minister and central bank governor. 

Erdogan Apologizes
Russian President Vladimir Putin had received a letter in which his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan apologized for the death of the pilot who was killed when a Russian jet was downed over the Syrian-Turkish border last November, the Kremlin said. Erdogan expressed readiness to restore relations with Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.
David Cameron resigns

Prime Minister David Cameron is to step down by October after the UK voted to leave the European Union. Mr. Cameron made the announcement in a statement outside Downing Street after the final result was announced. He said he would attempt to "steady the ship" over the coming weeks and months but that "fresh leadership" was needed.  The PM had urged the country to vote Remain, warning of economic and security consequences of an exit, but the UK voted to Leave by 52% to 48%.

Sweden Calls Emergency Meeting

Sweden’s Prime Minister has called an emergency meeting of ministers to consider the effects Britain’s Brexit vote will have in Sweden.  Britain has been Sweden’s strongest ally in the EU, and so the nation’s ongoing political and economic instability has been heightened.  Similar EU exit moves are now arising in over half a dozen EU nations, including Sweden, Greece, Denmark – and even France. But Sweden has been the hardest hit nation regarding rape by migrants.  According to Prime Minister Stefan Lofven:  “We respect the decision. The election results are a wake-up call for Europe. But it is worrying.”  Head of the Sweden Democrat party, Jimmie Akesson said:  
“The development in the UK is something I hope to see in Sweden.” “British citizens have shown that EU memberships can be reassessed. The long term trend is now broken and hopefully it will show the way for other countries.“  Now known as the Swexit, Akesson’s comments were blasted as irresponsible by Prime Minister Lofven. Sweden, like Britain, kept their sovereign national money when they joined the EU, and never adopted the Euro. Sweden Democrats Parliament member Paula Bieler looks forward to a Swedish Swexit vote: “Hopefully we will have a referendum as well … and find new ways … to collaborate throughout Europe rather than have this big state forming where we lose our powers over our own country and sovereignty."
UN Vehicle image by

June 25, 2016, posts on my Facebook page were pictures of UN vehicles like the one above in Virginia, and friends in Kentucky who mention UN military vehicles were on I-70 as well. 

More terror attacks... and parading UN tactical vehicles on US interstates is a mere drop in the ocean of e motion going on currently in the state of world affairs.  In America, as far as I'm concerned, it's time for our National Guard to stand up with courage.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

e Comics on Brand

Agent 47

Agent 47: Genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, he's the culmination of decades of research, endowed with unusual strength, speed, stamina, and intelligence. Known only as Agent 47 (Rupert Friend), his latest target is a corporation that plans to unlock the secret of his past to create an army of killers even stronger than him. With help from a young woman, the elite assassin confronts revelations about his own origins in an epic battle with his deadliest foe.

The Manchurian Candidate 2004

The Original Brand:  "The Manchurian Candidate (1962) is director-producer John Frankenheimer's prophetically tragic, chilling, brilliant, blackish (film-noirish) Cold War thriller about brain-washing, conspiracy, the dangers of international Communism, McCarthyism, assassination, and political intrigue. Laurence Harvey is brilliant as a brainwashed Korean war hero who has been programmed as a Soviet sleeper/mole agent to assassinate a Presidential candidate. It can be categorized within many film genres - it functions as a horror movie, a war film, a science fiction film, a black comedy, a suspense-thriller, and a political melodrama (with additional segments of romance and action)." Filmsite Movie Review 

Sleeper Cell
A Real-time story on the Sleeper Cell Brand: Spiegel Online International June 17, 2016: Suspected Sleeper Cell: Was Islamic State Really Planning an Attack in Germany? 

A brand is a set of marketing and communication methods that help to distinguish a company from competitors and create a lasting impression in the minds of customers.    
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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

e Comics on Gold


Perception is Everything

Rory Sutherland: Perspective is everything

So the power of reframing things cannot be overstated. What we have is exactly the same thing, the same activity, but one of them makes you feel great and the other one, with just a small change of posture, makes you feel terrible. And I think one of the problems with classical economics is it's absolutely preoccupied with reality. And reality isn't a particularly good guide to human happiness. Why, for example, are pensioners much happier than the young unemployed? Both of them, after all, are in exactly the same stage of life. You both have too much time on your hands and not much money. But pensioners are reportedly very, very happy, whereas the unemployed are extraordinarily unhappy and depressed. The reason, I think, is that the pensioners believe they've chosen to be pensioners, whereas the young unemployed feel it's been thrust upon them.
The circumstances of our lives may actually matter less to our happiness than the sense of control we feel over our lives. It's an interesting question. We ask the question -- the whole debate in the Western world is about the level of taxation. But I think there's another debate to be asked, which is the level of control we have over our tax money.
One of my great friends, a professor called Nick Chater, who's the Professor of Decision Sciences in London, believes that we should spend far less time looking into humanity's hidden depths and spend much more time exploring the hidden shallows. I think that's true actually. I think impressions have an insane effect on what we think and what we do. 
Perspective on Gold:

Institute for Political Economy  Rigged Gold Price Distorts Perception of Economic Reality  - Paul Craig Roberts
The Fed and its agents rig the gold price in the New York Comex futures (paper gold) market. The bullion banks have the ability to print an unlimited supply of gold contracts which are sold in large volumes at times when Comex activity is light. Traders Blog Market Perception, China, and Why Gold is Going Higher

Our perspective on Gold is distorted and should be reframed.

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

e Comics on Gorilla Warfare

Gorilla Warfare

Cincinnati Zoo

Let's take a look at the issue of overstepping boundaries; the Harambe, the 450-pound silverback gorilla, the accident isn't the only animal disaster in the news.  Check out this clip with an Elk at Yellowstone National Park.   


We like the zoo 'cause we're animals too! 

There's an apparent disconnect in discerning natural boundaries.  Human brains have the capacity to reason, understand, and discern how to interact with the environment around them.  What's going on here?  It's true our hearts are the instruments of emotions such as love, hate, or disinterest. However, our brains often direct those feelings based on our ability to reason.  Have we forgotten how to reason?  

It's about building a WALL... not around your heart, but for the sake of natural boundaries to protect yourself and others against the sharp animal instincts.  For humans to raise above the natural animal instincts requires an open heart.  In other words, discrimination should not be used for our differences such as skin color, age, sex, nationality, or religion, but for the behaviors that could harm us.  The ALL or nothing attitude is crazy. Some would have us build barriers around everything and others would say let's not have any obstacles.  Why is that happening?  Maybe it's gorilla warfare? 

Gorilla Warfare:  Is my new term for social engineering.  The definition of social engineering is an attack vector that relies heavily on human interaction and often involves tricking people into breaking normal security procedures.  The strategy and tactics of guerrilla warfare tend to focus on the use of a small, mobile force competing against a larger, more awkward one.  For clarification, YOU are the heavy one.
Whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the small number of persons who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses.  They pull the wires which control public mind, harness old social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the WORLD.     Edward Bernays     

If this subject interest, you check out the video on the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations.

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