Placing the Focus on Individuals Aptitudes, Skills and Competencies, First, Not Educational Institutions Labels and Budgets Leads to Greatness – 10/17/2013

In any Education, the focus should be on the “individual”, not the “curriculum” and, certainly not, the “diploma” from, whatever institution of higher education and/or high school, it is!!!
“Individual Education” is a “life-long pursuit” and not a “short burst” of time and money “diploma” or “certificate” to try to enter an influential “mafia””coterie” of “alumni students” and “alma mater””teachers” !!!!
“Really Successful Individuals” educate themselves and test themselves, continuously, all their lives, at any age, as in “Continuous Education”,(through the Internet,and, English, to read source materials and communicate through a global standard that everyone is supposed to understand, among other means) to reach the level of understanding necessary to satisfy their personal curiosity and satisfy their personal development objectives, including, or not, depending on their individuals’ own choices, the realization of a “masterpiece” magnum opus representing the product(s) and/or service(s) they tried and succeeded in producing……..
This “used to be” the focus of basic to high-end Schools and Universities in the Western Culture since the Greeks, Latins  and the Middle Ages, where, in particular, students “age” and “origins” or “financial status” were “irrelevant”, “diplomas” were nonexistent, but, where, individuals talents and skills were of the utmost importance, crowned by the “individual’s” “masterpiece”…… .
Today, we are very far from focusing on the “individual”, instead focusing on the “high-end university and/or high school brand labeling sticker diploma”…….
Worldwide, the “authenticity” of the “quality” “control” of these “high-end university and/or high school brand labeling diplomas” is protected by a “mafia” “coterie” of “alumni students” and “alma mater””teachers”, who all have a “vested interest” in “protecting” the “value” of their “brand”, at “any cost”……
Worldwide industries, corporations, government institutions, at all levels, being infiltrated by the “mafias””coteries”of “alumnis” and “alma mater””teachers”, are the victims of their “own”hubristic””laziness” by delegating to those “education brand serial manufacturers” the responsibility to ensure they “acquire” what, in fact, should be a “meeting of the minds”, “convincing” the “innovative masters” that produced their “masterpieces”, which organization would make a positive difference with their acquired individual knowledge and capabilities, to entice the individuals to join the institutions that deserve their contributions……
Worldwide institutions, of any kind, are, less and less, able to “qualify”, “evaluate”, on their own, the value of the “individuals” they need to “acquire”.to “think out of the box” and “generate” the “next wave” of “innovations” and “improvements”, in any sector………
They “invest” in “run of the mill” “curricula regurgitators” not “out of the box””innovative””improving””thinkers”…………..
How many “un-recognized potential Nobel Prizes”, in any discipline, lie, out-there, “wasted”, by a very “wasteful” “gang” “coterie” “indoctrination” process.of official governments institutions education diplomas rules and organizational recruiting short-sighted laziness…….
“Greatness”, whatever it is, is often, “aptitude”, “innate””talents” “supported” by “acquired””skills”……….in whatever combination(s) necessary to deliver “competency”………..
“The average net worth of billionaires who dropped out of college, $9.4 billion, is approximately triple that of billionaires with Ph.D.s, $3.2 billion. Even if one removes Bill Gates, who left Harvard University and is now worth $66.0 billion, college dropouts are worth $5.3 billion on average, compared to those who finished only bachelor’s degrees, who are worth $2.9 billion. According to a recent report from Cambridge-based Forrester Research, 20% of America’s millionaires never attended college.”
Nobody used to ask Leonardo da Vinci from which universities and/or school(s) he was from and what was his diploma(s)………..
“Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (; April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519,) was an Italian Renaissancepolymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. His genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance Man, a man of “unquenchable curiosity” and “feverishly inventive imagination”.He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived.According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent and “his mind and personality seem to us superhuman, the man himself mysterious and remote”. Marco Rosci states that while there is much speculation about Leonardo, his vision of the world is essentially logical rather than mysterious, and that the empirical methods he employed were unusual for his time.“”
An aptitude is a component of a competency to do a certain kind of work at a certain level, which can also be considered “talent”. Aptitudes may be physical or mental. Aptitude is not knowledge, understanding, learned or acquired abilities (skills) or attitude. The innate nature of aptitude is in contrast to achievement, which represents knowledge or ability that is gained.”
“A skill is the learned ability to carry out a task with pre-determined results often within a given amount of time, energy, or both. In other words the abilities that one possesses. Skills can often be divided into domain general and domain-specific skills. For example, in the domain of work, some general skills would include time management, teamwork and leadership, selfmotivation and others, whereas domain-specific skills would be useful only for a certain job. Skill usually requires certain environmental stimuli and situations to assess the level of skill being shown and used.” “People need a broad range of skills in order to contribute to a modern economy. A joint ASTD and U.S. Department of Labor study showed that through technology, the workplace is changing, and identified 16 basic skills that employees must have to be able to change with it.”
“Competence (or competency) is the ability of an individual to do a job properly. A competency is a set of defined behaviors that provide a structured guide enabling the identification, evaluation and development of the behaviors in individual employees. The term “competence” first appeared in an article authored by R.W. White in 1959 as a concept for performance motivation. Later, in 1970, Craig C. Lundberg defined the concept in “Planning the Executive Development Program”. The term gained traction when in 1973, David McClelland, Ph.D. wrote a seminal paper entitled, “Testing for Competence Rather Than for Intelligence”. It has since been popularized by one-time fellow McBer & Company (Currently the “Hay Group”) colleague Richard Boyatzis and many others, such as T.F. Gilbert (1978) who used the concept in relationship to performance improvement. Its use varies widely, which leads to considerable misunderstanding.” “Some scholars see “competence” as a combination of practical and theoretical knowledge, cognitive skills, behavior and values used to improve performance; or as the state or quality of being adequately or well qualified, having the ability to perform a specific role. For instance, life, management competency might include systems thinking and emotional intelligence, and skills in influence and negotiation.”
“Competency is also used as a more general description of the requirements of human beings in organizations and communities.”
“Competency is sometimes thought of as being shown in action in a situation and context that might be different the next time a person has to act. In emergencies, competent people may react to a situation following behaviors they have previously found to succeed. To be competent a person would need to be able to interpret the situation in the context and to have a repertoire of possible actions to take and have trained in the possible actions in the repertoire, if this is relevant. Regardless of training, competency would grow through experience and the extent of an individual to learn and adapt.”
“Competency has different meanings, and continues to remain one of the most diffuse terms in the management development sector, and the organizational and occupational literature.
“Greatness is a concept of a state of superiority affecting a person, object, or place. Greatness can also be referred to individuals who possess a natural ability to be better than all others. The concept carries the implication that the particular person or object, when compared to others of a similar type, has clear advantage. As a descriptive term it is most often applied to a person or their work, and may be qualified or unqualified. An example of an expression of the concept in a qualified sense would be Winston Churchill was one of the greatest wartime leaders”. In the unqualified sense it might be stated “Winston Churchill achieved greatness within his own lifetime”, thus implying that “greatness” is a definite and identifiable quality. Application of the terms “great” and “greatness” is dependent on the perspective and subjective judgements of those who apply them.Whereas in some cases the perceived “greatness” of a person, place or object might be agreed upon by many, this is not necessarily the case, and the perception of “greatness” may be both fiercely contested and highly individual.”
“Historically, in Europe, rulers were sometimes given the attribute “the Great”, as in Alfred the Great and Peter the Great. The Latin equivalent “Magnus” was also used, as in Albertus Magnus and Carolus Magnus. The English language uses the Latin term magnum opus, (literally ” Great work”) to describe certain works of art and literature.”
“Since the publication of Francis Galton’s Hereditary Genius in 1869, and especially with the accelerated development of intelligence tests in the early 1900s, there has been a vast amount of social scientific research published relative to the question of ‘greatness’. Much of this research does not actually use the term ‘great’ in describing itself, preferring terms such as ‘eminence’, ‘genius’, ‘exceptional achievement’, etc. Historically the major intellectual battles over this topic have focused around the questions of ‘nature vs nurture’ or ‘person vs context’.Today the importance of both dimensions is accepted by all, but disagreements over the relative importance of each are still reflected in variations in research emphases.”

The “Negative””Golden Rule””Violation””Consequences”: Hatred, Revenge, Payback, Retribution, Retaliation, Vengeance are Millions Years Affairs in Developing Countries and Western Culture and Civilization, In Their Present “Forgiving” Shapes, Are Totally Inadequate to Fight Them , Except for the “AntiConformity” and “Individualism – 10/22/13

“The Golden Rule or ethic of reciprocity is a maxim, ethical code or morality that essentially states either of the following:

  • (Positive form of Golden Rule): One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.
  • (Negative form of Golden Rule): One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated (also known as the Silver Rule).”

“This concept describes a “reciprocal”, or “two-way”, relationship between one’s self and others that involves both sides equally, and in a mutual fashion.”

“Hatred (or hate) is a deep and emotional extreme dislike that can be directed against individuals, entities, objects, or ideas. Hatred is often associated with feelings of anger and a disposition towards hostility. Commonly held moral rules, such as the Golden Rule, oppose universal hatred towards another.”

“In psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud defined hate as an ego state that wishes to destroy the source of its unhappiness. More recently, the Penguin Dictionary of Psychology defines hate as a “deep, enduring, intense emotion expressing animosity, anger, and hostility towards a person, group, or object.”Because hatred is believed to be long-lasting, many psychologists consider it to be more of an attitude or disposition than a temporary emotional state.”

“In the English language, a hate crime (also known as a “bias-motivated crime”) generally refers to criminal acts which are seen to have been motivated by hate. Those who commit hate crimes target victims because of their perceived membership in a certain social group, usually defined by race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability, class, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender identity, or political affiliation. Incidents may involve physical assault, destruction of property, bullying, harassment, verbal abuse or insults, or offensive graffiti or letters (hate mail).

Hate speech is speech perceived to disparage a person or group of people based on their social or ethnic group, such as race, sex, age, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, language ability, ideology, social class, occupation, appearance (height, weight, skin color, etc.), mental capacity, and any other distinction that might be considered by some as a liability. The term covers written as well as oral communication and some forms of behaviors in a public setting. It is also sometimes called antilocution and is the first point on Allport’s scale which measures prejudice in a society. In many countries, deliberate use of hate speech is a criminal offence prohibited under incitement to hatred legislation. It is often alleged that the criminalization of hate speech is sometimes used to discourage legitimate discussion of negative aspects of voluntary behavior (such as political persuasion, religious adherence and philosophical allegiance). There is also some question as to whether or not hate speech falls under the protection of freedom of speech in some countries.”

“Allport’s Scale is a measure of the manifestation of prejudice in a society. It is also referred to as Allport’s Scale of Prejudice and Discrimination or Allport’s Scale of Prejudice. It was devised by psychologist Gordon Allport in 1954.

“Allport’s Scale of Prejudice goes from 1 – 5.

“1. Antilocution: Antilocution means a majority group freely make jokes about a minority group. Speech is in terms of negative stereotypes and negative images. This is also called hate speech. It is commonly seen as harmless by the majority. Antilocution itself may not be harmful, but it sets the stage for more severe outlets for prejudice. (e.g. Ethnic jokes)”

“2. Avoidance: Members of the majority group actively avoid people in a minority group. No direct harm may be intended, but harm is done through isolation. (e.g. Social exclusion)”

“3. Discrimination: Minority group is discriminated against by denying them opportunities and services and so putting prejudice into action. Behaviors have the specific goal of harming the minority group by preventing them from achieving goals, getting education or jobs, etc. The majority group is actively trying to harm the minority. (e.g. Jim Crow laws, Apartheid, Koreans in Japan)”

“4. Physical Attack: The majority group vandalize, burn or destroy minority group property and carry out violent attacks on individuals or groups. Physical harm is done to members of the minority group. Examples are lynchings of blacks, pogroms against Jews in Europe and British Loyalists in the 1700s.”

“5. Extermination: The majority group seeks extermination or removal of the minority group. They attempt to eliminate either the entire or a large fraction of a group of people (e.g., Indian Wars to remove Native Americans, American lynchings, Final Solution to the “Jewish Question” in Germany, the Rwandan Genocide, and ethnic cleansing in Bosnia).”

“This scale should not be confused with the Religious Orientation Scale of Allport and Ross (1967) which is a measure of the maturity of an individual’s religious conviction.”

“Revenge is a harmful action against a person or group in response to a grievance, be it real or perceived. It is also called payback, retribution, retaliation or vengeance; it may be characterized as a form of justice, an altruistic action which enforces societal or moral justice aside from the legal system. Francis Bacon described it as a kind of “wild justice”.”

“Of the psychological, moral, and cultural foundation for revenge, philosopher Martha Nussbaum has written: “The primitive sense of the just—remarkably constant from several ancient cultures to modern institutions …—starts from the notion that a human life … is a vulnerable thing, a thing that can be invaded, wounded, violated by another’s act in many ways. For this penetration, the only remedy that seems appropriate is a counter invasion, equally deliberate, equally grave. And to right the balance truly, the retribution must be exactly, strictly proportional to the original encroachment. It differs from the original act only in the sequence of time and in the fact that it is response rather than original act—a fact frequently obscured if there is a long sequence of acts and counteracts”.”

“Social psychologist Ian Mckee says the desire for the sustenance of power motivates vengeful behavior as a means of impression management: “People who are more vengeful tend to be those who are motivated by power, by authority and by the desire for status. They don’t want to lose face.””

“Some societies encourage the revengeful behavior which is called blood feud. These societies usually attribute the honor of individuals and groups a central role. Thus, while protecting of his reputation an avenger feels as if he restores the previous state of dignity and justice. According to Michael Ignatieff, “revenge is a profound moral desire to keep faith with the dead, to honor their memory by taking up their cause where they left off.”  Thus, honor may become a heritage that passes from generation to generation. Whenever it is compromised, the affected family or community members might feel compelled to retaliate against an offender to restore the initial “balance of honor” that preceded the perceived injury. This cycle of honor might expand by bringing the family members and then the entire community of the new victim into the brand-new cycle of revenge that may pervade generations.”

“Modern Western legal systems usually state as their goal the reform or re-education of a convicted criminal. Even in these systems, however, society is conceived of as the victim of a criminal’s actions, and the notion of vengeance for such acts is an important part of the concept of justice — a criminal “pays his debt to society”.”

“Psychologists have found that the thwarted psychological expectation of revenge may lead to issues of victimhood.”

“Denominations of Christianity generally command their followers to forgive their enemies. “

“Xu Guangyu, a retired major general in the People’s Liberation Army and director of the China Arms Control and Disarmament Association, said in an interview that the push by Chinese companies to develop and sell higher-tech arms was “a very normal phenomenon.” “

“Mr. Xu said that besides pricing, Chinese companies had another advantage: they do not “make demands over other governments’ status and internal policies.” He added: “Our policy of noninterference applies here. Whoever is in the government, whoever has diplomatic status with us, we can talk about arms sales with them.” “

“China’s investment has been heaviest in fighter planes both traditional and stealth versions as well as in jet engines, an area in which China had until now been dependent on Western and Russian partners, said Guy Anderson, a senior military industry analyst in London with IHS Jane’s. ”

“”China has been throwing billions and billions of dollars at research and development,” he said. “They also have a strategy of using the gains they get from foreign partnerships to benefit their industrial sector. So they should not have any trouble catching up with their Western competitors over the medium term, and certainly over the long term.” ”

“He estimated that China was still a decade away from competing head-to-head with Western nations on the technology itself. But Chinese equipment is priced lower and could become popular in emerging markets, including in African and Latin American nations. ”

“”We are in an era of ‘good enough’ the 90 percent solution that will do the job at the best possible price,” Mr. Anderson said. “In some cases, that may even mean buying commercial equipment, upgrading it slightly and painting it khaki.” ”

“The popular expression “revenge is a dish best served cold” suggests that revenge is more satisfying as a considered response enacted when unexpected or long feared, inverting traditional civilized revulsion toward ‘cold-blooded’ violence.”

“Another proverb states: “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.” The implication here is that a desire for revenge may ultimately hurt the seeker as much as the victim. Alternatively, it may imply that you should be prepared to die yourself in the process of seeking revenge.”

“Misanthropy is the general hatred, distrust or disdain of the human species or human nature. A misanthrope, or misanthropist is someone who holds such views or feelings. The word’s origin is from Greek words μῖσος (misos, “hatred”) and ἄνθρωπος (anthrōpos, “man, human”). The condition is often confused with asociality.”

Martin Heidegger had also been said to show misanthropy in his concern of the “they” — the tendency of people to conform to one view, which no-one has really thought through, but is just followed because, “they say so”. This might be thought of as more of a criticism of conformity rather than people in general. “

“Conformity is the act of matching attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors to group norms.Norms are implicit, unsaid rules, shared by a group of individuals, that guide their interactions with others, among society or social in groups. This tendency to conform occurs in small groups and/or society as a whole, and may result from subtle unconscious influences, or direct and overt social pressure. Conformity can occur in the presence of others, or when an individual is alone. For example, people tend to follow social norms when eating or watching television, even when alone.”

“People often conform from a desire for security within a group—typically a group of a similar age, culture, religion, or educational status. This is often referred to as groupthink: a pattern of thought characterized by self-deception, forced manufacture of consent, and conformity to group values and ethics, which ignores realistic appraisal of other courses of action. Unwillingness to conform carries the risk of social rejection. Conformity is often associated with adolescence and youth culture, but strongly affects humans of all ages.”

“Although peer pressure may manifest negatively, conformity can have good or bad effects depending on the situation. Driving on the correct side of the road could be seen as beneficial conformity.With the right environmental influence, conforming, in early childhood years, allows one learn and thus, adopt the appropriate behaviours necessary to interact and develop correctly within one’s society.Conformity influences formation and maintenance of social norms, and helps societies function smoothly and predictably via the self-elimination of behaviors seen as contrary to unwritten rules. In this sense it can be perceived as (though not proven to be) a positive force that prevents acts that are perceptually disruptive or dangerous.”

“As conformity is a group phenomenon, factors such as group size, unanimity, cohesion, status, prior commitment, and public opinion help determine the level of conformity an individual displays.”

“According to Donelson Forsyth, after submitting to group pressures, individuals may find themselves facing one of several responses to conformity. These types of responses to conformity vary in their degree of public agreement versus private agreement.”

“First, when an individual finds themselves in a position where they publicly agree with the groups’ decision yet privately disagree with the groups’ consensus they are experiencing compliance or acquiescence. In turn, conversion, otherwise known as private acceptance, involves both publicly and privately agreeing with the groups’ decision. Thus, this represents a true change of opinion to match the majority.”

“Another type of social response, which does not involve conformity with the majority of the group, is called convergence. In this type of social response the group member agreed with the groups’ decision from the outset and thus does not need to shift their opinion on the matter at hand.”

“In addition, Forsyth shows that nonconformity can also fall into one of two response categories. First, an individual who does not conform to the majority can display independence. Independence, or dissent, can be defined as the unwillingness to bend to group pressures. Thus, this individual stays true to his or her personal standards instead of the swaying toward group standards. Also, a nonconformist could be displaying anticonformity or counterconformity which involves the taking of opinions that are opposite to what the group believes. This type of nonconformity can be motivated by a need to rebel against the status quo instead of the need to be accurate in one’s opinion.”

“To conclude, social responses to conformity can be seen to vary along a continuum from conversion to anticonformity. For example, a popular experiment in conformity research, known as the Asch situation or Asch conformity experiments, primarily includes compliance and independence. Also, other responses to conformity can be identified in groups such as juries, sports teams and work teams for instance.”

“Individualism is the moral stance, political philosophy, ideology, or social outlook that emphasizes the moral worth of the individual.Individualists promote the exercise of one’s goals and desires and so value independence and self-reliance and advocate that interests of the individual should achieve precedence over the state or a social group, while opposing external interference upon one’s own interests by society or institutions such as the government.”

“Individualism makes the individual its focus and so starts “with the fundamental premise that the human individual is of primary importance in the struggle for liberation.” Liberalism, existentialism and anarchism are examples of movements that take the human individual as a central unit of analysis. Individualism thus involves “the right of the individual to freedom and self-realization”.”

“It has also been used as a term denoting “The quality of being an individual; individuality” related to possessing “An individual characteristic; a quirk.” Individualism is thus also associated with artistic and bohemian interests and lifestyles where there is a tendency towards self-creation and experimentation as opposed to tradition or popular mass opinions and behaviors as so also with humanist philosophical positions and ethics.”

“The Russian-American poet Joseph Brodsky once manifested that “The surest defense against Evil is extreme individualism, originality of thinking, whimsicality, even—if you will—eccentricity. That is, something that can’t be feigned, faked, imitated; something even a seasoned imposter couldn’t be happy with.””

Ralph Waldo Emerson famously declared”, “Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist”—a point of view developed at length in both the life and work of (Henry David) Thoreau. Equally memorable and influential on Walt Whitman is Emerson’s idea that “a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.”…Emerson opposes on principle the reliance on social structures (civil, religious) precisely because through them the individual approaches the divine second hand, mediated by the once original experience of a genius from another age: “An institution,” as he explains, “is the lengthened shadow of one man.” To achieve this original relation one must “Insist on one’s self; never imitate” for if the relationship is secondary the connection is lost.””

US Government May Look Unbalanced, American People Are Not! This Is Why People Real Freedom and Chance of Most Happiness Always Exists in Center Moderates – 10/15/2013

“In philosophy, especially that of Aristotle, the golden mean is the desirable middle between two extremes, one of excess and the other of deficiency. For example courage, a virtue, if taken to excess would manifest as recklessness and if deficient as cowardice.To the Greek mentality, it was an attribute of beauty. Both ancients and moderns realized that there is a close association in mathematics between beauty and truth. The poet John Keats, in his Ode on a Grecian Urn, put it this way:

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,” — that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.

The Greeks believed there to be three ‘ingredients’ to beauty: symmetry, proportion, and harmony. This triad of principles infused their life. They were very much attuned to beauty as an object of love and something that was to be imitated and reproduced in their lives, architecture, education (Paideia) and politics. They judged life by this mentality.

In Chinese philosophy, a similar concept, Doctrine of the Mean, was propounded by Confucius; Buddhist philosophy also includes the concept of the middle way.”

Socrates teaches that a man “must know how to choose the mean and avoid the extremes on either side, as far as possible”.”

The USA people of the center are patriotic and proud, with a strong majority (66 percent) saying that America is still the greatest country in the world, and most (54 percent) calling it a model that other countries should emulate. But the center is also very nervous about the future, overwhelmingly saying that America can no longer afford to spend money on foreign aid (81 percent) when we need to build up our own country.
“Pluralities believe that the political system is broken (49 percent), and the economy is bad (50 percent) and likely to stay that way a while (41 percent). Majorities fear another 9/11 or Boston-style bombing is likely (70 percent), and that their children’s lives will be more difficult than their own (62 percent), which are either stuck in place or getting worse (84 percent) — while the rich keep getting richer at the expense of everyone else (70 percent). ” “The new American center has a socially progressive streak, supporting gay marriage (64 percent), the right to an abortion for any reason within the first trimester (63 percent), and legalized marijuana (52 percent). Women, workers and the marginal would also benefit if the center had its way, supporting paid sick leave (62 percent); paid maternity leave (70 percent); tax-subsidized childcare to help women return to work (57 percent); and a federal minimum wage hike to no less than $10 per hour (67 percent).”

“But the center leans rightward on the environment, capital punishment, and diversity programs. Majorities support offshore drilling (81 percent) and the death penalty (90 percent), and the end of affirmative action in hiring and education (57 percent). Most people in the center believe respect for minority rights has gone overboard, in general, harming the majority in the process (63 percent). And just one in four support immigration reforms that would provide a path to citizenship for those who came here illegally.”

“But Washington beware: The people of the new American center aren’t united by easy labels. Some are Republicans (28 percent). Others are Democrats (36 percent). Still others are Independents (36 percent). The people of the center self-describe as liberals (20 percent), conservatives (25 percent), moderates (55 percent) — and 15 percent support the Tea Party.”

“The center includes suburban mothers, rural working class men, rich city-dwelling business-people and relatively disaffected young people.”

“Yes, the center is mostly white (78 percent) but so is most of the American voting public (72 percent) — and the center is changing. Already it contains a fifth of African-American voters, one in two Latino voters, and half the women in America. The center is roomy, or in other words, welcoming.”

“To read deeper dives into the crack-up ofAmerican optimism, the rise of class as a national concern and the complexities facing both parties in the run-up to 2016.”

“Bottom line: The center is real, passionate and persuadable. It leans Democratic but a majority of those in the center agree with a mix of Republican and Democratic ideas, and about the same percentage self-describe as neither liberal nor conservative.”

“The center, in other words, is ready to swing — and in the years ahead a nimble political platform could swing along with it.”

Gautama Buddha (6th century BC) taught of the Middle Way, a path between the extremes of religious asceticism and worldly self-indulgence.”

Confucius in The Analects, written through the Warring States period of Ancient China (ca. 479 BCE – 221 BCE), taught excess is similar to deficiency. A way of living in the mean is the way of Zhongyong.”

Zhuangzi was the Tao‘s most famous commentator (369?-286? BC).”

Tiruvalluvar (2nd century BC and the 8th century AD) (date disputed) in his Tirukkural of the Sangam period of Tamizhagam writes of the middle state which is to preserve equity. He emphasises this principle and suggests that the two ways of preserving equity is to be impartial and avoid excess. Parimelazhagar was the historical commentator of the Tirukkural.”

“St. Thomas Aquinas, the Catholic Philosopher, in his Summa Theologica, Question 64 of the Prima Secundæ Partis, argues that Christian morality is consistent with the mean. He observes: “evil consists in discordance from their rule or measure. Now this may happen either by their exceeding the measure or by their falling short of it;…Therefore it is evident that moral virtue observes the mean.””

““Just because Washington is polarized doesn’t mean America is,” says Robert Blizzard, a partner at Public Opinion Strategies, the lead pollster for Mitt Romney in 2012. His firm co-created the survey with the Benenson Strategy Group, pollsters for President Obama, and the result is a nation in eight distinct segments: two on the far right, two on the far left, and four in the middle that represent nothing less than a new American center.”

BTW, imbalanced- lack of balance; the state of being out of equilibrium or out of proportion is different from,”

“unbalanced- not balanced; not in equilibrium; mentally disordered or deranged; not adjusted so as to make credits equal to debits “

The US Governement, today, unfortunately, is definitely, “unbalanced”……….;+)

“A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words!”,”7554:Glorious Memories Revived” the Viet Nam’s Dien Bien Phu Battle Video Game Obituaries of Viet Nam Dai Tuong Vo Nguyen Giap – 10/15/2013

7554: Glorious Memories Revived is a first-person shootervideo game developed by Vietnamese video game developer Emobi Games for the PC. It was released for Vietnamese markets on December 16, 2011.”“The game is set during the Franco-Vietnamese War from 1946 to 1954. The title is a reference to May 7, 1954, which was the date of the Viet Minh‘s victory over France at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu.

The player assumes the role of a Viet Minh soldier during the Franco-Vietnamese War. Many gameplay features seen in contemporary FPS games such as Call of Duty have been replicated in 7554.”

“The player-character initially assumes the role of Hoàng Đăng Bình, a Viet Minh soldier who gets caught up in the war. He is joined by heavy weapons specialist Nguyễn Thế Vinh, marksman Lưu Trọng Hà, and anti-aircraft specialist Hoàng Đăng An. Over the course of the game, the player perspective switches between each of the four men.”

“The game begins with a historical exposition of French rule over Indochina from 1858 until the outbreak of the Franco-Vietnamese War in 1946.”

At the start of the game, Binh answers the Vietnamese leadership’s call to arms against the French. He joins the defense of the Metropole Hanoi from French forces during the Battle of Hanoi. As he links up with Hà, Vinh, and An, the French wear down the defenses and assault the hotel at night. Vietnamese forces head to the mountains to launch a guerrilla war. Now part of the Viet Minh’s 204th regiment in October 1950, Binh’s team is assigned to attack a French fort astride Route Coloniale 4 and rescue captured prisoners. The troops fight their way to the town of Dong Khe as French forces pull out. Vinh is later assigned to the 9th Infantry Regiment as it ambushes a French column out of Hoa Binh in December 1952. However, one of the tanks slips through the cordon and seemingly kills Binh. With his last breath, Binh asks Vinh to give him a letter to his family as Vinh later destroys the tank.”

“Several months later, in late 1953, General Vo Nguyen Giap‘s assaults into Laos later results in Gen Henri Navarre replacing Raoul Salan and advocating a new defensive strategy. An joins the 148th regiment in the attack on Dien Bien Phu as the French launches Operation Castor. An later laments that Binh, who recovered to join an attack on Giang Mo, has not been heard from since he was relocated to a military hospital in the rear.”

“The Dien Bien Phu siege finally begins in March 1954 and An is reassigned to the 316th Division for the initial assault. French troops attack in an attempt to silence the 316th’s artillery positions in a hill east of the camp, but are heavily repelled within hours; the hill is later named the “Hill of Medals.” Vinh, meanwhile, is part of the attack force on Beatrice; the success of the attack leads to the fall of Gabrielle and Ban Keo within days. An, who was present at the Hill of Medals, helps in the defense of Gabrielle against French airstrikes. Ha is with the 304th Division as part of sniper teams attacking Isabelle. Binh is assigned to a commando raid on a French airbase to disrupt air support missions to Dien Bien Phu. Vinh is part of the troops attacking Eliane 1 and participates in the brutal fighting over the hill.”

“Binh returns to the Dien Bien Phu front on May 6 as the Viet Minh begin their final assault, starting with a dynamite blast on Eliane 2. In the midst of the battle, Binh briefly reunites with Ha before heading back into action; Ha is later killed. Binh’s team captures a French soldier and forces him to point out Col Christian de Castries‘ command bunker; however, French troops open fire and An is hit in the process as he encourages his comrades to rush the bunker. Binh kills the soldiers and later holds An in his arms. An apologizes to Binh before he passes away. Other soldiers start herding away French troops and a soldier raises the Vietnamese Yellow Star flag over the bunker.”

Very little known Interesting game(s), aren’t they????

History Stuttering, Near Homonymy or Just Plain Coincidence??? Louis XV John Law Bankruptcy and US Jack Lew Debt Ceiling Catastrophe? 10/14/2013

Scots and Jews with the Lombards and the Chinese, are the world financial wizards, at least by historical reputation!!!! ;+)
One historical peculiar fact is making some people, who may have too much time on their hands ;+), ask the question, whether it is mere historical stuttering, near homonymy or just plain coincidence, that the man from Scotland who orchestrated what led to French King Louis XV bankruptcy, John Law (pronounce “LaSS” in French) and US Treasury Secretary who presides the USA Debt Ceiling catastrophe, Jack Lew, almost share the same name,………..What in a Name ???????   ;+)
Hopefully, it will end better for the USA than for France, with Louis XVI decapitation and the 1789 French Revolution………..;+)
“Law was a gambler and a brilliant mental calculator. He was known to win card games by mentally calculating the odds. He originated economic ideas such as “The Scarcity Theory of Value” and the “Real bills doctrine“. Law’s views held that money creation will stimulate the economy, that paper money is preferable to metallic money which should be banned, and that shares are a superior form of money since they pay dividends.”
“Since, following the devastating War of the Spanish Succession, France’s economy was stagnant and her national debt was crippling, Law proposed to stimulate industry by replacing gold with paper credit and then increasing the supply of credit, and to reduce the national debt by replacing it with shares in economic ventures. Though they failed, his theories ironically live on 300 years later and “captured many key conceptual points which are very much a part of modern monetary theorizing”.
“In May 1716, the Banque Générale Privée (“General Private Bank”), which developed the use of paper money, was set up by Law.Law would become the architect of what would later be known as “The Mississippi Bubble”; an event that would begin with the consolidation of the trading companies of Louisiana into a single monopoly (The Mississippi Company), and ended with the collapse of the Banque Générale and subsequent devaluing of the Mississippi Company’s shares. The company’s shares were ultimately rendered worthless, and initially inflated speculation about their worth led to widespread financial stress, which saw Law dismissed from his post as Chief Director of the Banque Générale at the end of 1720.”
“Law initially moved to Brussels in impoverished circumstances. He spent the next few years gambling in Rome, Copenhagen and Venice but never regained his former prosperity. Law realised he would never return to France when Orléans died suddenly in 1723 and Law was granted permission to return to London, having received a pardon in 1719. He lived in London for four years and then moved to Venice where he contracted pneumonia and died a poor man in 1729.”
“More recently for US Trasury Secretary Jack Lew, during his confirmation hearings before the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Chuck Grassley expressed concern that Lew did not know what Ugland House was, though he had invested in it. Lew had invested heavily in funds in Ugland House while he worked as an investment banker at Citigroup during the 2008 financial meltdown. He had taken advantage of current tax law and his financial allocation in the venture resulted in Lew taking roughly a 2.8% loss, a $1,582 decrease in his investment principal.”“On February 27, 2013, the full Senate voted and approved Lew for Secretary of the Treasury 71–26. He was sworn into office on February 28.”

Why a lot of “financial geniuses” have to end up “on the run” ?????  ;+)
“Hedge Funds”, “Ponzi Schemes” and/or “Creative Accounting” anyone ?????  ;+)
The U.S. government actually hit its debt limit of $16.7 trillion in May 2013, but has been juggling its finances to avoid going over the limit since.”
“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose/ By any other name would smell as sweet“.”( William Shakespeare‘s Romeo and Juliet (Act 2, scene 2):)

“The Kabalarian Philosophy is the study of who you are.”

“It explains the basis of healthful living, harmonious thinking, and spiritual ideals. Most importantly, it is the study of the means to personal growth through logic and reason—a philosophy of fact and principle. All that you are and shall become is contained within your names, birth dates, and the cycles of time. As students of the Kabalarian Philosophy, you are welcome and encouraged to test this knowledge for yourself.”

What Could Be Useful Now to High Technology Higher Education and Winning Strategy Implementation in Viet Nam – 10/12/2013

Vietnam’s higher education system has been blamed for being “overly centralized and highly politicized.””
“The entire higher education system is facing several crises, such as outdated curricula, a lecturer-centered method of teaching and learning, a lack of linkage between teaching and research activities, and a large discord between theory and practical training, that leads to a large number of graduates being unable to find a job, while skills shortages drive inflation to double-digit levels. According to the survey on graduate employment in 2009-2010 conducted by Center for Policy Studies and Analysis- University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University, Hanoi, among 3000 respondents, 26.2% are still unemployed with the majority unable to find a job. Among those employed, 61% said they lacked sufficient working skill, 42% lacked experience and 32% cited insecure professional expertise.“Aside from degrees offered by foreign universities, qualifications from Vietnamese universities are not recognized worldwide.”

“Teaching methods delivered in the public system are teacher-oriented. Class discussions are uncommon, and students are expected to be studious and passively attentive in the classroom. This method is a manifestation of Confucian culture, and is a sharp contrast to American and British pedagogy, where interaction and debate are more prominent.”

“Advanced and specialized high school students are generally expected to study additional courses, which can amount to a total of nine periods a day. Parents also enroll their children into extensive tutoring sessions, which is not to be confused with cram schools, because the tutoring sessions are taken regardless of any upcoming tests or exams. The average monthly salary of local Vietnamese public teachers is between 60USD and 100USD, so many supplement their income by moonlighting, working in the private sector or teaching in these tutoring sessions. Students who do not attend these sessions are always at a disadvantage, as materials appearing on tests and exams are often covered only in tutoring sessions.”

“Public schools are underfunded. Currently, only primary schools are subsidized by the government, to 50% of the total tuition cost. Enrollment rates may be high; however, primary education quality, particularly in poor areas, is below the required standard. Moreover, the drop-out rate after fifth grade is also high, especially in rural and mountainous area since most students cannot afford to attend secondary school or university, due to poverty. Participatory Poverty Assessments (PPAs) found that for many poor households, child labor is considered much more valuable than school attendance. Regular school absenteeism also leads to poor academic performance. For poor families, the opportunity cost of sending their children to school is perceived to be high and the long-term benefit of education cannot outweigh the short-term economic losses.”

“Private language centers offering English as a Second Language are in high demand in the larger cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Students flock to these schools to increase their employment opportunities. These classes are usually taught by foreign expatriates who are generally paid between 10 and 20 US dollars per hour, depending both on their qualifications, and on the quality of the school. Lower standards in some of the lower paying schools have resulted in a proliferation of low-quality teachers (known to the local community as “backpacker teachers”).”

“Marxism-Leninism is a political ideology combining the scientific socialist concepts theorized by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, collectively known as Marxism, with the theoretical expansions developed by Vladimir Lenin, collectively known as Leninism, which consist of imperialism, democratic centralism, and the necessity of a vanguard party of class conscious cadres to coordinate the social revolution and the construction of socialism. Marxism-Leninism was the official ideology of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and of the Communist International (1919 – 1943), making it the guiding ideology of the world communist movement. As such, in popular discourse, the term “Communism” is often understood in the Marxist-Leninist sense.”

“The core object of Marxism-Leninism is the creation of a socialist state – and ultimately a worldwide communist society – through the leadership of a vanguard party composed of “professional” revolutionaries, under the justification that a highly organized group of revolutionaries is necessary for the success and safeguarding of the revolution – which itself represents a “dictatorship of the proletariat“.

“In practice, Marxism-Leninism rejects political pluralism in favor of democratic centralism and single-party control in order to provide a unified base of leadership for the working class and the revolution. In Marxist-Leninist states, the ruling Communist party acts as the supreme political institution and the prime force of societal organization. Marxist-Leninist states are associated with centrally-planned economies, but in recent decades, Marxist-Leninist states have embraced market economies and mixed economies such as the socialist market economy model used in the People’s Republic of China and Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

“The phrase “Marxism-Leninism” was introduced by Joseph Stalin in the 1930s. Marxism-Leninism has different variations, the most notable being Stalinism (which is based on the theory of Socialism in One Country) and Maoism (which is based on peasant-based revolution in underdeveloped countries).”

“According to H.E. Mr Nguyen Tan Dung, Viet Nam Prime Minister, “In the context of globalisation and tough competition, our country can only accelerate growth and narrow the gap with other countries in the region if we develop a modern set of institutions for a market economy that facilitate the movement of resources across sectors and regions of the country according to signals from the market, along an average profit axis in order to ensure the harmonious and balanced development of the economy. This would in turn encourage enterprises to develop their human resources, as well as apply innovative management and production technologies, thereby creating a dynamic competitive advantage against other business entities in pursuit of superior profits. The process would encourage a continual refinement in investment structures, forging an economy that offers a high degree of innovation and ensuring the efficiency and competitiveness of the economy itself. These are the dialectics of development.”
“First, we need to have integrated development of all elements of the market economy so that they are fully formed and functioning in harmony, one supporting the other in a perfect whole. This is the very condition for the economy to function smoothly, allowing all resources to move freely and be allocated rationally and effectively.”
“Second, a modern market economy requires the establishment of an equal competitive environment for all players on the market. Competition is a feature of a market economy and a criterion to measure the market nature of an economy. A highly competitive market will also help control prices much better than a State price control regime. The important thing is competition forces businesses to cut costs and improve productivity to ensure efficiency.”
“Third, it is necessary to highlight transparency and accountability in the implementation of management policies and development projects as well as in the operation of businesses. The impact of opening and integrating our markets are closely linked to the formation of multiple ownership structures that lead to the emergence of certain ‘interest groups.’ Objectively speaking, these interest groups might affect the policymaking process. Transparency not only helps create equal opportunities for access to information, but, more importantly, the transparency and accountability also allow public oversight of decisions made by regulators. They provide the fundamental measure to prevent corruption and the possible impacts that interest groups might have on the policymaking process, ensuring that decisions made are in line with common values and in the interest of the nation. Transparency also helps limit speculation, reduce costs and enhance market efficiency.”
“Fourth, creating modern market institutions in an era of globalisation and all-out international integration requires us to redefine the relationship between the State and the market. Accordingly, the State should shift from direct intervention into economic processes to performing an innovative function to ensure economic stability and a favourable climate for business and investment, thereby forming a setting for the development and improvement of public services.”
“Fifth, a modern market economic institution must focus on consumers. It is necessary to continuously improve regimes to protect consumer rights and, develop consumer protection centres. The Government will focus on the development and improvement of technical and food safety standards and increase inspections of imported goods as well as of goods distributed on the domestic market. It will review and improve regulations under the Law on Consumer Protection to effectively enforce it, thus creating a legal foundation to encourage the development of non-governmental organisations dedicated to the protection of consumer rights.”
“Restructuring must take place on an ongoing basis under the influence of the scientific and technological revolutions and the shift in competitive advantages among enterprises and across borders. It is from this standpoint and according to the vision set forth in the Strategy for Socio-economic Development for 2011-20 adopted by the Third Meeting of the Party Central Committee of the 11th National Party Congress that sets forth the requirements for economic restructuring and for a change in the growth model as part of the five-year plan for 2011-15.””The goal is to enhance productivity, product quality, efficiency and competency on both domestic and international markets so that we can participate in high value-added stages of regional and global production supply chains. Accordingly, the course of economic restructuring would be comprehensively pursued along the following lines:”

“First, restructuring of industries and services. This would mean a shift from assembly industries with low scientific and technological content and added value to the development of manufacturing and processing industries having a high level of added value, with a focus on support industries and some high-tech products for which our country has advantages and capacity.”

“In the agricultural sector, we need to develop an agriculture based on production of major cash crops with high yield, quality and efficiency. This would be attached to the development of a new rural life and the improvement of farmers’ lives. Agricultural industries and all stages of agricultural production from farming to processing and distribution must be restructed. ”

“Second, it is necessary to restructure enterprises. The course of economic restructuring starts from macro-economic policies but must also be conducted in each and every enterprise. Enterprise restructuring provides the foundation for the creation of a new face for the economy. To restructure enterprises, it is necessary to apply the latest scientific and technological advance in the fields of management and production, reforming corporate governance and organisation in line with the advance of production technology and the development of the market in order to improve business competitiveness.”

“Third, it is necessary to adjust market strategy. Globalisation and international integration open up a vast market for enterprises, enabling them to make full use of the advantages arising out of their investment projects. However, globalisation also increases the interdependency of economies, especially those with a high level of exposure like ours. This might also lead to certain uncertainties beyond our forecasts. It is therefore necessary to diversify our products and export markets, limiting dependency on a handful of markets while at the same time promoting the domestic market, especially in rural areas. To the export markets, the important thing is not an increase in exports into one country or territory but penetration into the value chain in the context of increasing development of global production and value chains. Such a situation requires the formation of a supply chain here in the domestic market. This is the way towards sustainable trade development.”

“It is necessary to develop manufacturing and processing industries, but especially the high-tech ones that offer high added value, while decreasing the ratio of assembly industries in total industrial production value.”

Wow!!!!    I can hear Tom Peters about “Thriving on Chaos.”!!!!  ;+)

So much outstanding “talk”, but where is the “walk”, the “execution” of the strategy????? :+(

Frankly speaking, I am not sure that the “executives” really “understand” what the “leadership” is saying.and/or are “competent” enough to implement it!!!!……..:+(

Too many enduring “bad habits”, not enough “(re-)education” and “real work experience” in the “market economy” and “thinking” “outside of the box”……..;+)

The High Technology Business Introductory Courses Documentation

Graduate Courses Documentation

Systems and Software Architecture & Design Documentation:

Other Relevant Seminars/Courses Documentation

“Resistance Is Futile!”.”Keep Calm and Make It So!”and “Engage!”.Watch Out for the “Seniors Tsunami”, But, Worldwide Elderly Population Rising Is Not the Issue, How to Care for Them Is !!!!! 10/12/2013

Resistance is Futile!”, “You Cannot Change the Laws of Physics!”, so, “Live Long and Prosper!”………..;+)
May All Seniors Be “Independent, Forceful, Brilliant and Adventurous!”………;+)
“Beginning in 2012, China’s demographic dividend came to a dramatic end. Last year, demographers in China estimate 3.45 million laborers aged out of what is considered the optimum working age group of between 15-59 years of age.””Both the number and the speed of laborers exiting the workforce will gradually pick up speed over the course of the next several years, until by 2050 nearly 22 percent of China’s population will be over 65 years of age.”

“Today, the worker to elderly dependent ratio in China is 16:100; by 2050 it will be 64:100. Beijing already has 1.7 million elderly 65 and older; Shanghai 2.3 million.””The cities that were the first to benefit from China’s economic renaissance are now the first to face the unpleasant demographic realities of policies that in previous years seemed perfectly sensible, but for the next several decades pose the most foundational questions to the viability of the Chinese economic development model. ”

“Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore all got rich well before they got old. China, on the other hand, will get old well before it gets rich. Among the handful of key issues that could derail China’s economic growth is not only the speed with which the country is aging out of its demographic dividend, but also the profound gaps that remain in terms of pensions and basic healthcare that address cost effective long-term care management of chronic disease.”

“China’s FDI Catalog was revised in early 2012 to allow in theory for wholly foreign owned entities of hospitals. Over the course of the last several years, the senior care sector in China has benefited from increased attention and investment by a variety of U.S. and European operators who are eager to tap into the combined energies of China’s public and private sectors, and their respective appetite for healthcare and senior care products and services. “
“These measures are designed to accomplish a couple of objectives. First, the Chinese government is concerned, as evidenced by the explicit policy goals in the 12th Five Year Plan, that inadequate healthcare coverage is preventing consumers from discretionary spending. The thinking goes that if the government can expand the social safety net, average Chinese families will save less and spend more.””The second objective is to get out in front of the social anxieties and potential turmoil that could spread across the country if families begin to feel all their hard work has not translated into better healthcare, pensions and long-term care for the elderly.”

“As the massive demographic dividend that propelled China’s economy forward has come to an end, the country faces the unfortunate implications of its one-child policy. Whether the economic power China has accumulated over the last thirty years will be adequate to fund its growing pension and healthcare costs may be one of the most important questions policy makers in China must wrestle with and resolve.”

Automated Remote Health Care Diagnosis and Treatment solutions exist and, while still needing improvement, could participate in taking care of the worldwide “seniors tsunami”, but, the issue of how the “demand” will compensate the “offer” is still, very much, the issue with no “realistically achievable” resolution in sight, at the present time……
Unless, you consider “working seniors to death” “without real compensation” “to make them die quickly on the job””solving all long term retirement compensation issues”, while common, at present, even if it isofficially illegal, still a viable solution in the future…….:+(
The world is getting closer and closer to the need to resolve the “utopian” issue of “working” for “self-development” as in Abraham Maslow Human Needs Scale following “your innate talents and your acquired skills” instead of “for money” as “basic” human needs are provided for, as in the futuristic Star Trek NG series……..;+)
“Implementing a global holistic Star Trek economy, here on Earth, that is based on the needs of mankind and not the acquisition of wealth. Where our incentives would lie in bettering ourselves and those around us. Where we would live beyond the need for money, politics, poverty, war, national border and social stratification.”

“Through technological abundance and automation of labor this is not just feasible, but rather easy to attain. And with an educated population the transition to such a society would be much smoother when the predicted economic collapse, which is seemingly looming upon us, breaks out.”

“If people slave 40, 50, 60 hours a week just for basic necessities, food, shelter, living costs etc, to barely be able to make ends meet, what do you think they would do if the incentive was the betterment not only of humankind, but, consequently, their own lives?”

“I think at first people would see the selfish aspect of this approach, but soon, in a matter of two or three generations, they would realize the big picture, as it were.”

“That is, that the betterment of the human race is the primary goal, because no one lives in a vacuum and therefor, we cannot better ourselves fully without bettering our species and vice versa! A feedback loop of mutual necessity!”

“After all, is that not what the current economy is based on, albeit in a very lop sided fashion that favors consumerism and impersonal deterministic forces (being controlled by what other’s want, instead of what thy self wants)?”

“Also, I do not buy the notion that ‘competition’ is solely responsible for innovation, especially where advances in physics or biology are concerned. On the contrary a concerted effort is what usually gets the job done (think the human genome project, for example)!”

“Live Long and Prosper!”  ;+)