USA and “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness – 09/30/2013

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“Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness  It’s about everything and one thing, choice.”
“The history of the United States as a democracy is founded on personal choice, and guaranteeing its citizens the pursuit of happiness.”
“If you don’t have a majority and/or don’t respect it, everything unravel……”

When “Ngoai Kieu” “Foreigner” is, Finally, Acknowledged as a “Dirty Word” in Viet Nam! – 09/24/2013

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Viet Nam is under attack from Foreigners, from Tourists driving motorcycles to Workers!!!  ;+)
“Want to know if you’re a control freak? Here are eight signs for your self-diagnosing pleasure.

  1. You believe that if someone would change one or two things about themselves, you’d be happier. So you try to “help them” change this behavior by pointing it out, usually over and over.
  2. You micromanage others to make them fit your (often unrealistic) expectations. You don’t believe in imperfection and you don’t think anyone else should either.
  3. You judge others’ behavior as right or wrong and passive-aggressively withhold attention until they fall in line with your expectations. Sitting in silent judgment is a master form of control.
  4. You offer “constructive criticism” as a veiled attempt to advance your own agenda.
  5. You change who you are or what you believe so that someone will accept you. Instead of just being yourself, you attempt to incept others by managing their impression of you.
  6. You present worst-case scenarios in an attempt to influence someone away from certain behaviors and toward others. This is also called fear mongering.
  7. You have a hard time with ambiguity and being OK with not knowing something.
  8. You intervene on behalf of people by trying to explain or dismiss their behaviors to others.

“You believe that if you can change another person’s undesirable behavior, then you will be happier or more fulfilled. You make someone else responsible for how you feel.”

“The thing is, you are only responsible for you. The road to better relationships always starts with you. Rather than attempt to control everyone else, work on becoming a better version of yourself.”

“In psychology-related slang, control freak is a derogatory term for a person who attempts to dictate how everything around them is done. The phrase was first used in the late 1960s— an era when great stress was laid on the principle of ‘doing one’s own thing’ and letting others do the same.”
It is the ultimate “control freak” nightmare, Viet Nam needs the “foreigners”‘money, but, doesn’t want their influence, as Viet Nam doesn’t want, for better and for worse,….. to change in ways it can’t control!!!!……;+)….
Country’s universities ill-equipped to churn out the high-caliber local workers required to take over from foreigners.”
 The recent tightening of regulations on foreign workers, which involves even more red tape, is likely to exacerbate the already dire human-resource situation facing the corporate sector, experts warn.”

“A decree to take effect on November 1 superseding an earlier one will continue to make it incumbent on employers to prove that they require foreign workers and that Vietnamese cannot replace them.”

“But employers now have to get approval from the provincial chief to hire foreign workers.”

“Foreigners found working without permits will be deported within 15 days.”

But Not To Worry:
“Vietnam will continue to try and improve its business climate and legal framework to benefit foreign investors, Prime Mister Nguyen Tan Dung has said.”
Facing a decline in tourism growth, the government has announced its intention to crackdown on petty thieves, aggressive vendors and extorters, as well as establishing a tourism police force “
Of course if, for you, there is trouble in Viet Nam ‘Paradise” and you prefer to worry, with a tinge of hope:
We have a political system stretching from the central government to village administrations, as well as unions and associations that work for the benefit of women, youth and children. ““We also have numerous academic institutes, schools, and other institutions with thousands of doctors and professors who are experts in human psychology. “

“Our education system, from kindergartens to universities, teaches students morals and ethics, helping them distinguish right from wrong and encouraging them to do good things.”

“Why do we then hear about such crimes almost every day? Is it because we are very superficial about what we are doing? It seems that we are more focused on academic results and do not really care about morals. We do not care enough to find out what the students actually learn.”

“It also seems that we are so focused on developing our economy that we have ignored the need to nurture morals in our society.”

“The United Nations did not choose March 20 as the International Happiness Day to celebrate every year for no reason. Every person in this world has a right to pursue happiness. “………as they, themselves, see fit………..;+)

Bye-Bye to “A Fair Day’s Wage for a Fair Day’s Work”???? Virtual Vs. Real Economies Distortion Threatens Fundamentals – 09/21/2013

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Strangely enough after all this period of Labor Union activity reduction, we may see a resurgence of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) motto, “A fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work “……..;+)
After all, we are not that far from “indentured servitude” and “debt bondage”……….:+(
After all is said and done on stock exchanges and hedge funds, is all this paper or digital data worth its proclaimed wealth in the “real” “main street” economy or just “delusion” and “make believe”????
You have to accept the system conventions or it will crash and more and more people start to choose to doubt it, even though the polls show how much the population “seems” “uneducated” about the distortions……………..
“Druckenmiller, whose net worth is estimated at more than $2 billion, said that the implication of the Fed’s policy is that the rich will spend their wealth and create jobs—essentially betting on “trickle-down economics.””””I mean, maybe this trickle-down monetary policy that gives money to billionaires and hopefully we go spend it is going to work,” he said. “But it hasn’t worked for five years.””

“The top 1 percent of Americans hold 35 percent of the nation’s wealth—up slightly since 2007. The top 10 percent own more than 80 percent of all stocks and more than half of all individual financial assets in the U.S., according to the Federal Reserve and Wolff.”

” A stream of new data on inequality also suggest that the gap between the wealthy and the nonwealthy is growing, largely becaue of rising stock markets. New data from Emmanuel Saez, an economist at the University of California at Berkeley, found that the top 1 percent captured 95 percent of the gains during the recovery.”

“According to the Census Bureau, incomes for the middle class have largely remained flat while the wealthy have gained. The income top 10 percent earns nearly 12 times as much as the bottom 10 percent, up from a little more than 10 percent in 1999.”

“Economist Anthony Randazzo of the Reason Foundation wrote last year that QE “is fundamentally a regressive redistribution program that has been boosting wealth for those already engaged in the financial sector or those who already own homes, but passing little along to the rest of the economy. It is a primary driver of income inequality.” ”

“In a paper titled “Why Hasn’t Democracy Slowed Rising Inequality?,” four political scientists asked why voters haven’t forced politicians to close the gap between the rich and the rest. Adam Bonica of Stanford, Nolan McCarty of Princeton, Keith T. Poole of the University of Georgia and Howard Rosenthal of New York University cited several reasons. “

“First, they said, both parties have embraced free-market capitalism, which they say benefits those at the top. Second, they said, changes in immigration and voter turnout mean the voting population is now skewed toward the wealthy. “

“They said rising overall wealth in the country has made part of the population less reliant on government. The rich have also used their resources to “influence electoral, legislative and regulatory processes,” and the political process is now distorted by gerrymandering. “

“The authors assume that most Americans see inequality as a leading problem. But they may not—and they may not understand the statistical extent of the problem.”
” A majority of Americans said that inequality is “an acceptable part of our economic system,” a number that has also increased since the late 1990s.”“What’s more, Americans dramatically understate their perceived level of inequality. When asked about the share of wealth held by the top 20 percent, most Americans were way off (they said 59 percent, it’s closer to 85 percent). ”

“Indentured servitude was a form of debt bondage, established in the early years of the American colonies and elsewhere. It was most used as a way for poor teenagers in Britain and the German states to get free passage to the American colonies. They would work for a fixed number of years, then be free to work on their own. The employer purchased the indenture from the sea captain who brought the youths over; he did so because he needed labor. Most worked as farmers or helpers for farm wives, while some were apprenticed to craftsmen. Both sides were legally obligated to meet the terms, which were enforced by local American courts. Runaways were sought out and returned. A majority of the white immigrants to the American colonies in the 18th century were indentured. “

“Debt bondage (or bonded labor) is a person’s pledge of their labor or services as repayment for a loan or other debt. The services required to repay the debt may be undefined, and the services’ duration may be undefined. Debt bondage can be passed on from generation to generation.”

“According to the Anti-Slavery Society:

“Pawnage or pawn slavery is a form of servitude akin to bonded labor under which the debtor provides another human being as security or collateral for the debt. Until the debt (including interest on it) is paid off, the creditor has the use of the labor of the pawn.”

“Debt bondage has been defined by the United Nations as a form of “modern day slavery” and is prohibited by international law. It is specifically dealt with by article 1(a) of the United Nations 1956 Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery. It persists nonetheless especially in developing nations, which have few mechanisms for credit security or bankruptcy, and where fewer people hold formal title to land or possessions. According to some economists, for example Hernando de Soto, this is a major barrier to development in those countries – entrepreneurs do not dare take risks and cannot get credit because they hold no collateral and may burden families for generations to come.

“Researcher Siddharth Kara has calculated the number of slaves in the world by type, and determined the number of debt bondage slaves to be 18.1 million at the end of 2006.

“In India the rise of Dalit activism, government legislation starting as early as 1949, as well as ongoing work by NGOs and government offices to enforce labour laws and rehabilitate those in debt, appears to have contributed to the reduction of bonded labour there. However, according to research papers presented by the United Nations International Labour Organization, there are still many obstacles to the eradication of bonded labour in India.”

Are we building a new global indentured servitude debt bondage civilization ?????………:+(

The Pinnacle of Inconsistency, Utter Pain and Desperation Is Biting the Hands that Feed You! – 09/18/2013

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Facing a decline in tourism growth, the government has announced its intention to crackdown on petty thieves, aggressive vendors and extorters, as well as establishing a tourism police force.”
The question now is : Is the tourism police to be newly created there to protect tourists or to “milk” them and replace the petty thieves, aggressive vendors and extorters with their own new brand of abuse ??????
Such as:
As several provinces have banned renting motorbikes to foreigners without local driver’s licenses, people are once again calling on Vietnam to make it easier for them to drive legally .”
Meanwhile, many people said that in addition to cracking down on foreigners without driver’s licenses and the shops that rent motorbikes to them, relevant authorities should simplify the procedures for them to drive legally.”“According to regulations, only foreigners who have lived in Vietnam for at least three months can apply for a driver’s license. Since there is no test available in English or any other foreign language, applicants must be relatively fluent in Vietnamese.”

“Nguyen Van Dung, head of Nha Trang’s traffic police, said most foreigners to rent motorbikes are tourists who are in Vietnam for a less than a month and therefore cannot satisfy the three-month residency requirement.”

“Nguyen Van Dan, deputy director of the Khanh Hoa Department of Transport, said the language barrier is the biggest problem.”

“”However, there should be easier requirements to allow foreigners to obtain a local license,” he said, adding that the driver’s license exam in Vietnam should be available in the languages commonly spoken by tourists.”

“However, Melvyn Jones, who said he visits Vietnam every year, pointed out that if foreigners were to obtain Vietnamese driver’s licenses, it would not reduce the amount of accidents. “

““Both Vietnamese and tourists can drive like lunatics. What is needed is more training and law enforcement.””

Go Figure!!!  ;+)

Don’t “Piss-Off” the 800 Pounds Gorilla in the Room, Despite Claims To The Contrary, You Can NOT Afford Missing Its Help – 09/18/2013

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When you are in a Group of two hundreds (200) countries, and, only by yourself, you represent about 30% of the Global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) or, roughly, the equivalent of sixty (60) countries, of that group, you should NOT be ending paying the bills for the majority of the countries expenses, especially, when they do NOT even have the recognition due to someone “saving their butts” , most of the time……….:+(
The strange “masochistic” leaning of the USA, now, is, not only, costing money but, also, unfortunately, the lives of the US population losing their livelihoods from these jobs money lost………:+(
As US Citizens we deserve a leveled-out global/international work/labor competitive playing field……..
Yes, this is true US Citizens are more expensive!!!
 But, politics and prejudices aside, despite all the jokes about the lack of competitiveness of the average US Citizen, with all due respect to everyone, I strongly suggest people come and live, even for a limited amount of time, in emerging markets low developing countries.
Afterward, I would like them to tell us, honestly, again without political and/or racist prejudices:
  1. Whether, they are surprised by the loss of quality in products and services provided by these emerging markets low developing countries, and
  2. Whether, this is worth the salaries differential with the USA personnel providing this superior quality
  3. Whether, the emerging markets low developing countries consumers/customers will “pick-up the slack” when the US personnel who are, at the same time, the consumers/customers constituting 70% of the USA economy representing around US$ 10 trillions (with a T NOT a B) some 30% of the world Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will lose their jobs and, consequently, their capacity to consume and support the emerging markets low developing markets mostly export oriented to the USA and Europe economies
  4. Whether, the emerging markets low developing countries personnel are ready to, again, “pick-up the slack” in innovations, improvements, quality standards on a consistent basis, as they are displacing the USA and Europe personnel that, up to now, have been providing these “added values” globally, when, even Japan, has been found wanting with Toyota recalls, despite the sacrosanct TPS, and Fukushima nuclear disaster, despite quality Gurus education like Deming, Juran, (both Americans on loan to Japan, an emerging market and low developing country, supposedly not anymore, only at the time) Kaizen(5S, Kanban, Andon, Poka Yoke, etc…), etc even GE and Motorola Six Sima and later on Lean training…….
  5. Whether, the emerging markets low developing countries personnel will reach a level in imagination, critical thinking, innovation, improvement and high quality consistency to be able to satisfy the USA FDA, ISO, and other high level globally accepted standards in addition to patents and copyrights creation and enforcement instead of stealing secrets by cyberwarfare or childish phonetics (Blacker for Black & Decker, Haier for Higher, etc….)
The best hope for the world is when every country in the world has a really “free people travel and employment policy”, allowing really the emerging markets low developing countries personnel to, gradually, side-by-side with USA and Europe personnel, everyday and everywhere in the world, get the necessary on-the-job training that politics, cultural and self interests are preventing them to get now, and, consequently, create antagonisms between “those who know instinctively by being raised in that culture” and “those who look like babies crawling and stumbling or fishes out of water”………;+)
As the old saying goes “Rome has not been built in one day!….” ;+)
But, the more we delay the education and training by refusing to face reality because of “Political Correctness (PC)”, and/or politically and/or corporate profitability self-interest motivated “wishful thinking” “disguised as a report”, like in the case of “China becoming the World’s number one (#1) consumers’ market”, the more people, all over the world, are suffering because of lack of “achievable” and “realistic” (as in SMART) development.opportunities capture……….:+(
Maybe China’s expectations are a little bit irrealistically too high.
Hopefully, the world won’t have to do to China what a Chinese zookeeper had to do to save a monkey’s life………;+)
“A Chinese zoo keeper licked a monkey’s butt in order to save its life after the monkey ate a peanut thrown into its cage, reportschinaSMACK.”“50-year-old Zhang Bangsheng, a monkey caretaker at Wuhan Zoo in China, used warm water to wash a small Francois’ Leaf Monkey’s buttocks and then licked it for a full hour, until the little monkey defecated the peanut.”

“Since the peanut was too big to pass through the monkey’s butt, and the monkey was too small for medication, Zhang’s unconventional approach was the only way to save it. Mr Bangsheng “laughed with satisfaction” after the monkey finally defecated the peanut.”………;+)

I wonder whether the French have that in mind when they use the expression “leche-cul”, “butt-licker”.or is it “butt liquor”????!!!………;+)

We need to “free” the “innovative evangelizing economically uplifting liberating spirits” of the Western people, particularly the US Citizens!!!!……..;+)

The USA New Increased Global Anti-Americanism Lightning Rod Role – 09/17/2013

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“The term anti-Americanism, or anti-American sentiment, refers to opposition or hostility to the policies, culture, society, economics, international, or superpower role of the United States. Common contemporary negative stereotypes of Americans include that Americans are: aggressive, arrogant, ignorant, of limited intelligence, overweight, poorly dressed, obsessed with making money, too moralistic and generally obnoxious.”“Political scientist Brendan O’Connor suggests that Anti-Americanism cannot be isolated as a consistent phenomenon and that the term originated as a rough composite of stereotypes, prejudices and criticisms towards Americans or the United States, evolving to more politically based criticism. French scholar Marie-France Toinet says use of the term “is only fully justified if it implies systematic opposition – a sort of allergic reaction – to America as a whole.”The term anti-Americanism, or anti-American sentiment, refers to opposition or hostility to the policies, culture, society, economics, international, or superpower role of the United States. Common contemporary negative stereotypes of Americans include that Americans are: aggressive, arrogant, ignorant, of limited intelligence, overweight, poorly dressed, obsessed with making money, too moralistic and generally obnoxious.”

“German newspaper publisher and political scientist Josef Joffe suggests five classic aspects of the phenomenon: reducing Americans to stereotypes, believing the United States to have an irremediably evil nature, ascribing to the U.S. establishment a vast conspiratorial power aimed at utterly dominating the globe, holding the United States responsible for all the evils in the world, and seeking to limit the influence of the United States by destroying it or by cutting oneself and one’s society off from its polluting products and practices. Other advocates of the significance of the term argue that anti-Americanism represents a coherent and dangerous ideological current, comparable to anti-Semitism.

Russia has long history of Anti-Americanism, dating back to early days of Cold War. Even in some of the latest Russian population polls, United States and its allies, constantly top the list of “Greatest Enemies”. 52% of Russians have an unfavorable view of the U.S.

“In China, there has been a history of anti-Americanism, beginning with the general disdain for foreigners in the early 19th century that culminated in the Boxer Rebellion of 1900.”

“When Mao Zedong and the Communists came to power in 1948, he launched an anti-American campaign that intensified as China and the U.S. fought a major undeclared war in Korea, 1950–53. One of Mao’s goals was to identify and destroy factions inside China that might be favorable to capitalism.”

“Mao never intended on friendly relations with the U.S., Sheng argues. Mao ridiculed the U.S. as a “paper tiger,” occupiers of Taiwan, “the enemy of the people of the world and has increasingly isolated itself” and “monopoly capitalist groups.””

“After Mao’s death and the Chinese economic reforms of the 1980s hostility diminished sharply, and large-scale trade and investments, as well as cultural exchanges became major factors.”

“The Taiwanese Strait Crisis has led China to blame the U.S. for any issues that arise in the bilateral relationship between China and Taiwan, as they believe that American support of Taiwan is an effort to weaken their country. Relations became severely strained by the NATO Bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade in May 1999, which was blamed on an intelligence error but which some Chinese believed to be deliberate. Recently, in 2009, Luo Ping, a director-general at the China Banking Regulatory Commission, criticized America’s laissez-faire capitalism and said that he hated America when the United States Treasury would start to print money and depreciate the value of the US dollar, thus cheapening the value of China’s purchase of U.S. bonds. Chinese hackers have also conducted extensive cyberwarfare against American institutions and citizens targeting the U.S. and its Western allies. Furthermore, China’s leaders present their country as an alternative to the meddling power of the West. 43% of Chinese have a favorable view of the U.S.”

“While the Chinese government officially condemned the September 11 attacks, privately many Chinese citizens celebrated news of the terrorist attacks on U.S. targets.”

Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained was going to be the first Tarantino film approved for official distribution in China’s strictly controlled film market. It was reported that the film released on May 12, 2013. Lily Kuo, on Quartz, wrote that “the film depicts one of America’s darker periods, when slavery was legal, which Chinese officials like to use to push back against criticism from the United States.”

“In France, the term “Anglo Saxon” often is used in expressions of anti-Americanism or Anglophobia. It also has had more nuanced uses in discussions by French writers on French decline, especially as an alternative model to which France should aspire, how France should adjust to its two most prominent global competitors, and how it should deal with social and economic modernization.”

“In the 1950s the Suez Crisis of 1956 caused dismay among the French right, which already was angry at the lack of American support during Dien Bien Phu in 1954. For the Socialists and Communists of the French left, it was the Vietnam War and U.S. imperialism that were the sources of resentment.[105] Much later, the alleged weapons of mass destruction affair certainly dirtied the previously favourable image. In 2008, 85% of the French people considered the American government and banks to be most liable for the Financial crisis of 2007–2010.”

“In her contribution to the seminal book Anti-Americanisms in World Politics edited by Peter Katzenstein and Robert Keohane in 2006, Sophie Meunier writes about French anti-Americanism. She contends that although it has a long history (older than the U.S. itself) and is the most easily recognizable anti-Americanism in Europe, it may not have had real policy consequences on the United States and thus may have been less damaging than more pernicious and invisible anti-Americanism in other countries.”

http://www.thanhniennews.com/index/pages/20130916-no-more-free-rides.aspx

http://www.thanhniennews.com/index/pages/20130906-will-threat-to-pull-out-of-vietnam-give-more-power-to-corporate-lobby.aspx

http://www.thanhniennews.com/index/pages/20130912163412-vietnam-lack-of-raw-materials-puts-foreign-drug-firms-off-production.aspx

http://www.thanhniennews.com/index/pages/20130822-english-teaching-is-white-right.aspx

Meanwhile, many people said that in addition to cracking down on foreigners without driver’s licenses and the shops that rent motorbikes to them, relevant authorities should simplify the procedures for them to drive legally.”

“According to regulations, only foreigners who have lived in Vietnam for at least three months can apply for a driver’s license. Since there is no test available in English or any other foreign language, applicants must be relatively fluent in Vietnamese.

Notwithstanding, What A Wonderful World!! – 09/16/2013

 
Chasing the recovery
Your salary isn’t going anywhere
You’re worried about your job
Your cell phone bill
Your Internet bill
You pay for free stuff
Prices of essentials are skyrocketing
Prices of key foods are soaring
You’re dining out more
Social media makes you feel worse
You aren’t saving enough for retirement
 
And:
 
 
Global superpower in training
The pollution is unbelievably bad
Parents are unsure what to feed their babies
Most families are limited to one child
There are too many cars on the road
Air purifiers are expensive
Worries over tainted meat
Fresh, safe vegetables are scarce
Rising death rates from cancer
Corruption is rampant
Heavy government interference and control
 
…….and you can say that for most “emerging economies” or “developing countries”, including Viet Nam……..
 
But Also:
 
 
“I see trees of green…….. red roses too
I see em bloom….. for me and for you
And I think to myself…. what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue….. clouds of white
Bright blessed days….dark sacred nights
And I think to myself …..what a wonderful world.

The colors of a rainbow…..so pretty ..in the sky
Are also on the faces…..of people ..going by
I see friends shaking hands…..sayin.. how do you do
They’re really sayin……i love you.

I hear babies cry…… I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more…..than I’ll never know
And I think to myself …..what a wonderful world “