Isolationism, Neutrality, Deglobalization or Globalization – 05/19/2014

Decisions, decisions, decisions…….
We all tend to “wing” it, to “kick the can down the road”, but we are getting entangled in our previous choice options, “isolationism”, “neutrality”, “deglobalization”, or, “globalization”, and they tend to exclude each other, with the exception, maybe, of “isolationism”, “neutrality”and “deglobalization”………
“Isolationism is a category of foreign policies institutionalized by leaders who asserted that their nations’ best interests were best served by keeping the affairs of other countries at a distance, as well as a term used, sometimes pejoratively, in political debates. Most Isolationists believe that limiting international involvement keeps their country from being drawn into dangerous and otherwise undesirable conflicts. Somestrict Isolationists believe that their country is best served by even avoiding international trade agreements or other mutual assistance pacts.
Two distinct and unrelated concepts that are occasionally erroneously categorized as Isolationism are:

  1. Non-interventionism – is the belief that political rulers should avoid military alliances with other nations and to avoid interfering in wars bearing no direct impact on their nation. However, most non-interventionists are supporters of free trade, travel, and support certain international agreements, unlike isolationists.
  2. Protectionism – Relates more often to economics, its proponents believe that there should be legal barriers in order to control trade and cultural exchange with people in other states.”

“The history of isolationism in the United States reaches as far back as the first President. In his farewell address, George Washington advised as follows:

The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements, let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop. Europe has a set of primary interests which to us have none; or a very remote relation. Hence she must be engaged in frequent controversies, the causes of which are essentially foreign to our concerns. Hence, therefore, it must be unwise in us to implicate ourselves by artificial ties in the ordinary vicissitudes of her politics, or the ordinary combinations and collisions of her friendships or enmities.

—Washington, George.”Washington’s Farewell Address 1796.” Yale Law School Avalon Project, 2008. Web. 12 Sept 2013.”
Switzerland has been neutral in foreign relations since the Battle of Marignano in 1515. Switzerland did not participate in either of the World Wars and it joined the United Nations as late as 2002, leaving only the Vatican City as the last widely recognized non-UN member at the time of joining. Switzerland is not a member of the European Union or the European Economic Area and the general public remains opposed to full EU membership. In February 2014, Swiss voters narrowly approved a referendum to restrict immigration and reintroduce quotas on foreigners originating from the EU.”

“A neutral power in a particular war is a sovereign state which officially declares itself to be neutral towards the belligerents. A non-belligerentstate does not need to be neutral. The rights and duties of a neutral power are defined in Sections 5 and 13 of the Hague Convention of 1907. Apermanently neutral power is a sovereign state which is bound by international treaty to be neutral towards the belligerents of all future wars. An example of a permanently neutral power is Switzerland. The concept of neutrality in war is narrowly defined and puts specific constraints on the neutral party in return for the internationally recognised right to remain neutral.
Neutralism or a “neutralist policy” is a foreign policy position wherein a state intends to remain neutral in future wars. A sovereign state that reserves the right to become a belligerent if attacked by a party to the war is in a condition of armed neutrality.”

“Neutrality is the tendency not to side in a conflict (physical or ideological), which may not suggest neutral parties do not have a side or are not a side themselves. In colloquial use “neutral” can be synonymous with “unbiased.” However, bias is a favoritism for some side, distinct of the tendency to act on that favoratism.
Neutrality is distinct (though not exclusive) from apathyignorance, indifference, doublethink, equality,agreement, and objectivity. Double think being a potential antonym defending multiple (contradictory) views. Objectivity siding with the more reasonable position (except journalistic objectivity), where reasonableness is judged by some common basis between the sides, such as logic (thereby avoiding the problem of incommensurability). Neutrality implies tolerance regardless of how disagreeable, deplorable, or unusual a perspective might be. Tolerance here must be defined as personal inaction, or, if defined as a social philosophy requiring a proactive advocacy for the inaction of others, it ceases to be neutral, because it begins to act and engage the issues.
In moderation/mediation neutrality is often expected to make judgments or facilitate dialog independent of any bias, putting emphasis on the process rather than the outcome. For example, a neutral-party is seen as a party with no (or a fully disclosed) conflict of interest in a conflict, and is expected to operate as-if it has no bias. Neutral Parties are often perceived as more trustworthy, reliable, and safe.
Alternative to acting without a bias, the bias of neutrality itself is the expectation upon the Swiss government (in Armed Neutrality), and the IFRC(in Non-interventionism).

Globalization (or globalisation) is the process of international integration arising from the interchange of world views, products, ideas, and other aspects of culture.[ Advances in transportation and telecommunications infrastructure, including the rise of the telegraph and its posterity the Internet, are major factors in globalization, generating furtherinterdependence of economic and cultural activities.”

“Many in developing countries see globalization as a positive force that lifts them out of poverty.Those opposing globalization typically combine environmental concerns with nationalism. Opponents consider governments as agents of neo-colonialism that are subservient to multinational corporations. Much of this criticism comes from the middle class; the Brookings Institute suggested this was because the middle class perceived upwardly mobile low-income groups as threatening to their economic security.
Although many critics blame globalization for a decline of the middle class in industrialized countries, the middle class is growing rapidly in developing countries. Coupled with growing urbanization, this leads to increasing disparities in wealth between urban and rural areas. In 2002, in India, 70% of the population lived in rural areas and depended directly on natural resources for their livelihood. As a result, mass movements in the countryside at times express objections to the process.

“Deglobalization is the process of diminishing interdependence and integration between certain units around the world, typically nation-states. It is widely used to describe the periods of history when economic trade and investment between countries decline. It stands in contrast to globalization, in which units become increasingly integrated over time, and generally spans the time between periods of globalization.
The term of deglobalization has derived from some of the very profound change in many developed nations, where trade as a proportion of total economic activity went down between 1914 to 1970s. This decline refers that their economies become less integrated with the rest of the world economies in spite of the deepening scope of economic globalization.
While as with globalization, it can refer to economictradesocialtechnologicalcultural and politicaldimensions, much of the work that has been conducted in the study of deglobalization refers to the field of international economics.
Periods of deglobalization are seen as interesting comparators to other periods, such as 1850–1914 and 1950–2007, in which globalization had been the norm, given that globalization is the norm for most people and thus even periods of stagnant international interaction are often seen as periods of deglobalization. The globalization index of KOF Swiss Economic Institute shows a clear break for economic globalization in 2009: ” The bursting of the dot com bubble and the events of 9/11 merely slowed down the pace of globalization; the latest economic and financial crisis has, however, created a severe setback for the globalization process” In 2010, the standstill in the globalization process basically continued but with different regional patterns: “The biggest upward movement as a region occurred in South Asia (albeit a very minor increase) while Latin America and Sub Saharan Africa saw a very minor decrease in their regional average. High income countries and in particular OECD countries continue their trend of stagnation which has started even before the current crisis.””


America the Beautiful! “Homeless” Are People Too! Welcome the Dogs But Don’t Feed the Homeless As They May Do “It” in the Park (without even the construction sites portable required sanitary relief facilities! – 05/13/14

Very soon there will be “leash laws” requiring that “whoever feeds them” will have to “clean after their  homeless”, the New de-FACA law for Homeless!………..;+)
Where were the “park” portable toilets facilities?
They are part of any well planned “emergency response” and often are the “real” “first responders” on-site!
“Homeless are people too” and their age curve is following the general population trend, even if they are not registered members of AARP……..;+)

Asia & “Crowdfunding” the New “Internet On-Line Entrepreneurial Incubator””Peer-To-Peer” “Angels”, “Venture Capital Funds” and “Stock Exchanges” Rolled Up Into One – 05/12/2014

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“Fundraising can seem like a daunting prospect to even the most seasoned entrepreneur. Traditionally, there are pitches to be made, angel investors to woo, skeptical lenders to convince. But crowdfunding – where a web campaign is used to get a large group of people to contribute small sums of money each to a project – is helping redefine the terrain. Researchers at Massolution estimate that total pledges worldwide reached some $5 billion last year. Asia accounted for only a fraction of that amount. But that, it seems, is starting to change.”
“It’s no surprise plenty of opportunists are vying for a slice of the action. The World Bank predicts that investments in the developing world alone could hit $93 billion in 20 years. 
In Asia, the race is on to be the region’s Kickstarter (link) – the industry’s undisputed leader. Launched in the United States in 2009 as an avenue for creative projects to seek financing, the platform announced last month that it had passed $1 billion dollars in pledges. Its success stories include the Pebble smart watch, which set out in 2012 to raise just $100,000 but received a record $10.2 million instead. Last week, the Micro 3D Printer hit $2 million in pledges on Kickstarter in just 48 hours.”
There are a few “caveat”:
“What are you raising funds to do? Having a focused and well-defined project with a clear beginning and end is vital. For example: recording a new album is a finite project — the project finishes when the band releases the album — but launching a music career is not. There is no end, just an ongoing effort. Kickstarter is open only to finite projects.(i.e.., “what’s in it for the investor?”)
“With a precisely defined goal, expectations are transparent for both the creator and potential backers. Backers can judge how realistic the project’s goals are, as well as the project creator’s ability to complete them. And for creators, the practice of defining a project’s goal establishes the scope of the endeavor, often an important step in the creative process.”(Remember the “SMART”Goal & Objectives mnemonic, “Specific”, “Measurable”, “Achievable”, “Realistic”, “Time-Bound”, particularly the “R, Realistic” and the “T, Time-Bound”).
“Kickstarter(“Crowdfunding”) isn’t “charity”: they champion exchanges that are a mix of commerce and patronage, and the numbers bear this out. To date the most popular pledge amount is $25 and the average pledge is around $70. Small amounts are where it’s at: projects without a reward of $20 or less succeed 28% of the time, while projects with a reward of $20 or less succeed 45% of the time.”

“So what works? Offering something of value. Actual value considers more than just sticker price. If it’s a limited edition or a one-of-a-kind experience, there’s a lot of flexibility based on your audience. But if it’s a manufactured good, then it’s a good idea to stay reasonably close to its real-world cost.”

“There is no magic bullet, and they encourage every project to be as creative and true to itself as possible. Put yourself in your backers’ shoes: would you drop the cash on your rewards? The answer to that question will tell you a lot about your project’s potential.”

“Jacqueline Low, the chief operating officer at Janus Corporate Solutions, a corporate services firm in Singapore which has some experience of working with new start-ups, said Asia needs to cultivate a more accepting mindset towards failure if entrepreneurism is to grow.”

” “Asians have a strong ‘saving-face’ mentality where they’re generally unforgiving of failures, as it is perceived that failures mean weakness,” she said. “Therefore, there are unfair expectations on entrepreneurs and failed entrepreneurs are looked down upon. For fear of failure so many great ideas are put to sleep before seeing a streak of light.””

“”I believe it is more about Asian society’s non-acceptance of failure that is a hindrance to young people going down the entrepreneur route in larger numbers,” Jay Jhaveri, head of business development for Asia, at research firm Wealth-X, with reference to a ‘celebration of failure.”

“”In some Asian countries, being declared a bankrupt is seen as the ultimate business failing. The fear of failure coupled with risk aversion keeps entrepreneurship as a lesser choice for the best and the brightest,” he added.”

“”Although going by the rate of company registration we may conclude Singaporeans rank high in entrepreneurship, innovation is lacking. The stigma of failure prevents entrepreneurs from trying new ideas so they continue to play safe. But there appears to be small changes setting in, with the much younger entrepreneurs coming in,” said Low at Janus.”

“She adds that in the case of Singapore, there are specific programs such as NUS (National University of Singapore) Enterprise to provide mentoring and funding support for entrepreneurs.”

“Crispy”, an Attitude Which Became a Vocation Turned Into Advocation — 05/11/2014

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“My Mission:
“To help people and organizations to be the best that they can be.”


My Objectives:


  • To manage people and organizations turnaround/rehabilitation and implementation projects, operations and maintenance
  • To integrate people, systems and technology
  • To promote technology transfer, knowledge assimilation and personal and/or organizational change.


Qualifications Summary:


Forty (40) years of international/global C.R.I.S.P.Y. consulting and services:


C.            Crises, conflicts, changes management

R.            Reorganizations, personal and/or business processes reengineering, personal and/or organizational rehabilitation/turnarounds

I.              Integration of complex systems, integration of people, systems and technology

S.            Strategic planning, SWOTs, (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats), CSFs (Critical Success Factors) identification, market niches creation

P.            Programs/projects and operations & maintenance management

Y.            International/global investigations, interventions and implementations

“To be hot.. one of a kind… confident about yourself ”

“Many use this word, but few have yet to grasp the true meaning, the true essence behind it. Someone can have a crispy personality, a crispy attitude, a crispy style. Crispy is about being happy about how you look, how you dress, how you act, how you think. Not a lot of people carry the “crispy” attitude into real lfe.”

“Confidence is generally described as a state of being certain either that a hypothesis or prediction is correct or that a chosen course of action is the best or most effective. Self-confidence is having confidence in oneself. Arrogance or hubris in this comparison, is having unmerited confidence—believing something or someone is capable or correct when they are not. Overconfidence or presumptuousness is excessive belief in someone (or something) succeeding, without any regard for failure. Confidence can be a self-fulfilling prophecy as those without it may fail or not try because they lack it and those with it may succeed because they have it rather than because of an innate ability.”
“A vocation is an occupation to which a person is specially drawn or for which he or she is suited, trained, or qualified.”

“Turnaround management is a process dedicated to people and organization renewal. It uses analysis and planning to save troubled people and organizations and returns them to success. Turnaround management involves management review (BPI,BPR,TA), activity based costing, root failure causes analysis, and SWOT analysis to determine why the person and/or organization is failing. Once analysis is completed, a long term strategic plan and restructuring plan are created. These plans may or may not involve a bankruptcy filing. Once approved, turnaround professionals begin to implement the plan, continually reviewing its progress and make changes to the plan as needed to ensure the person and/or organization returns to success.”

“A goal is a desired result a person or a system envisions, plans and commits to achieve a personal or organizational desired end-point in some sort of assumed development. Many people endeavor to reach goals within a finite time by setting deadlines.
It is roughly similar to purpose or aim, the anticipated result which guides reaction, or an end, which is an object, either a physical object or anabstract object, that has intrinsic value.”


  • People are OK; thus each person has validity, importance, equality of respect.
  • Positive reinforcement increases feelings of OK.
  • All people have a basic lovable core and a desire for positive growth.
  • Everyone (with only few exceptions, such as the severely brain-damaged) has the capacity to think.
  • All of the many facets of an individual have a positive value for them in some way.
  • People decide their story and destiny, therefore these decisions can be changed.
  • All emotional difficulties are curable.

“Freedom from historical maladaptations embedded in the childhood script is required in order to become free of inappropriate, inauthentic and displaced emotions which are not a fair and honest reflection of here-and-now life (such as echoes of childhood suffering, pity-me and other mind games, compulsive behavior and repetitive dysfunctional life patterns). The aim of change is to move toward autonomy (freedom from childhood script), spontaneity, intimacy, problem solving as opposed to avoidance or passivity, cure as an ideal rather than merely making progress and learning new choices.”
“Awareness, Spontaneity, Intimacy, Inclusion, Control, Affection” are CRISPY Critical Success Factors (CSFs)………..

All repeat after me:

“Mama Didn’t Raise No Fool!”……….;+)

“FireHouse – Mama Didn’t Raise No Fool Lyrics

Artist: FireHouse
Album: Hold Your Fire
Genre: Rock

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RIFF-it good.


“Well listen up to what I say
I wasn’t born just yesterday
I’ve been down the road and back a time or two
Well this should come as no surprise
You can’t pull the wool over my eyes
I’ve had it up to here now I’m through

And I’m sick and tired of fools
Tired of playin’ by the rules
Time to strut my cool
‘Cause my Mama didn’t raise no fool

Mama didn’t raise no fool
Well my Mama didn’t raise no fool
You can’t tell me what to do
‘Cause Mama didn’t raise no fool

What goes around comes back around
And I’ve been around a few times by now
I’ve seen it all before and I’ve paid my dues
So don’t tell me no stories
And don’t tell me no lies
‘Cause my mother brought me up to be a bad mother too, yea

And I’m sick and tired of fools
Tired of playin’ by the rules
Time to strut my cool
‘Cause my Mama didn’t raise no fool

Mama didn’t raise no fool
Well my Mama didn’t raise no fool
You can’t tell me what to do
‘Cause Mama didn’t raise, Mama didn’t raise
Mama didn’t raise no fool

Mama didn’t raise no fool
Well my Mama didn’t raise no fool
You can’t tell me what to do
‘Cause Mama didn’t raise no fool
Well Ma-Ma-Ma-Mama didn’t raise no fool

Well my Mama didn’t raise no fool
You can’t tell me what to do
‘Cause Mama didn’t raise, Mama didn’t raise
Mama didn’t raise no fool

Mama didn’t raise no fool
Well my Mama didn’t raise no fool
You can’t tell me what to do
‘Cause Mama didn’t raise, mama didn’t raise
Mama didn’t raise no fool”

John Scalzi’s “Whatever” ‘Old Man’s War”& “Redshirts” — 05/09/2014

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“John Michael Scalzi II (born May 10, 1969) is an American science fiction author and online writer, and former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He is best known for his Old Man’s War series, three novels of which have been nominated for the Hugo Award, and for his blog Whatever, at which he has written daily on a number of topics since 1998. He won the Hugo Award for Best Fanwriter in 2008 based predominantly on that blog, which he has also used for several prominent charity drives. His novel Redshirts won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel. He has written non-fiction books and columns on diverse topics such as finance, video games, films, astronomy, and writing, and served as a creative consultant for the TV series Stargate Universe.”
“Scalzi was born in California and spent his childhood there, primarily in the Los Angeles suburbs of CovinaGlendora and Claremont. Scalzi went to high school with noted blogger Josh Marshall; both were members of the class of 1987. After attending The Webb Schools of California, Scalzi attended The University of Chicago, where he was a classmate of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Auburn. Scalzi’s thesis advisor, for a brief time, was Saul Bellow. Scalzi abandoned his course of study with Bellow when he became Student Ombudsman for the University. During his 1989–1990 school year Scalzi was also the editor-in-chief of The Chicago Maroon.
After graduating in 1991, Scalzi took a job as the film critic for the Fresno Bee newspaper, eventually also becoming a humor columnist. In 1996 he was hired as the in-house writer and editor at America Online and moved to Sterling, Virginia, with his wife, Kristine Ann Blauser, whom he had married in 1995. He was laid off in 1998, and since then he has been a full-time freelance writer and author. In 2001 Scalzi, his wife, and their daughter, Athena Marie, who was born in 1998, moved to Bradford, Ohio, to be closer to family.
Scalzi is distantly related to John Wilkes Booth.
Scalzi was elected president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2010. He was the only nominee on the ballot. He had previously run as a write-in candidate in 2007, challenging the sole ballot nominee that year, but was not successful. He decided not to run again, so his term ended in 2013.
He lives in Ohio with his wife, daughter, and a varying number of pets, one of whom got significant media attention from the time Scalzi taped bacon to it in September 2006. (As a result of that attention, Scalzi now maintains a web repository for links to All Things Bacon on theWhatever site.)“”
Watch out for the video games and “sci-fi” movies coming up……….;+)

US to tap Vietnam’s nuclear power market under new pact — 05/07/2014

For Your Information (FYI):
“The United States and Vietnam Tuesday signed a deal on civilian nuclear energy that will allow the US to transfer technology and sell its reactors to the Southeast Asian nation.

The so-called “123 agreement” was signed by US ambassador to Vietnam David Shear and Vietnam’s Minister of Science and Technology Nguyen Quan in Hanoi, under the authorization of President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
“This agreement will create opportunities for Vietnam to access the US modern technology in the nuclear power field, as well as pave the way for US companies to invest in Vietnamese market,” said Nguyen Quan.
Meanwhile, David Shear said the pact would build a solid foundation for the cooperation between Vietnam and the US in the civil nuclear sector.
Vietnam is pursuing nuclear energy in order to deal with its present shortage of energy. The country hopes nuclear power to provide more than 10 percent of its total power generation needs by 2030.”

However, the world is still reeling from the Fukushima nuclear energy disaster in Japan, and we may want to remember that “one ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and that “homeless” people will not always be available to be recruited by “Yakuzas” to do the dirty work of others……
“To fully decommission Fukushima Daiichi might take 40 years and no one expects a cakewalk. Independent researchers point to the litany of mishaps that has blighted the cleanup. They doubt the plant’s operator Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) is up to the task, and want a global team of experts to take over. “
What is the scariest is that all this happens in Japan, the country that, supposedly re-wrote global “Quality” management and methods and procedures handbooks, following “Deming”, “Juran”, “Toyota Production System(TPS)”,”Kaizen”, (“5S”, “JIT”, “Kanban”, “Poka Yoke”, “Andon”, etc). 
With the traditional “dedication” of Japan’s culture, even though “Lean” and “Six Sigma”, “BPI”,”BPM”,”BPO”, “BPR”, “Value Streams” are “Kaizen” “culture” “little brothers” spreading worldwide; If it can happen in Japan, it can happen, with even more probability, anywhere in the world, if Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) methods and procedures and organizational accuracy and safety are not implemented, unfortunately….….
For most people the discipline required is not in their DNA…….