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no one can say Obama does not lead by example. his Selfie reflects a Dangerous Obsession with External Recognition

December11

UPDATE TO POST:

I made a big deal about obsession with external recognition. Ironically I did so using platforms like my blogs, Linkedin and Twitter. So, now I am receiving good-natured ribbing for it. Today I must ask myself, “am I part of the problem, or part of the solution”.

I can’t say what Thomas Jefferson would posit about Barack Obama. Jefferson was one of the architects of our Constitution and the framework of an administrative system that can evolve to suit the needs of our people under almost any circumstance, provided the engineers of change are not motivated by self interest.

…well… that’s wrong isn’t it?  members of the House and Senate appear to be more focused on re-election and maintaining platinum benefits for themselves while US citizens get ground to a pulp is certainly a system option.

no one can say Obama does not lead by example.

so… I suppose being in United States government is tantamount to one big socially networked club evidenced by “selfies” as opposed to selflessness.

such tomfoolery.

however, I am certain Jefferson would have respected Nelson Mandela and valued the opportunities he created for South Africa.

while Mandela sought peace and tolerance with unusual courage, I’m not confident he would have gone out of his way to shake the hand of a man that carries the banner for Communism like Obama did with Raul Castro at the Mandela memorial, or seek a seat change that gave him a more public stage.

to make sense of some of this read on!

Obama’s gestures during Mandela memorial scrutinized - news.yahoo.com”An unexpected handshake. A selfie. A seat change. President Barack Obama’s gestures at Nelson Mandela’s memorial in Johannesburg were widely scrutinized on the world’s stage Tuesday.

http://lnkd.in/db-VUdx: the look on Michelle Obama’s face tells it’s own story. I have a feeling we are going to get a very big back-story once Obama is “off” the Oval Office (I used the word intentionally).all of this comes to light God evidences both his sense of humor and brilliant timing by allowing Obama to demonstrate a measure of self-absorbed immaturity at a time when his confidence ranking in our country is at an all-time low and just as the article below finds itself published:

Our Dangerous Obsession with External Recognition

read the article from the Harvard Review, in it’s entirety, for it’s perspective: http://blogs.hbr.org/2013/12/our-dangerous-obsession-with-external-recognition/#! do it!

“Although our fundamental desire to be noticed is not a new phenomenon, our unending use of social media has radically elevated the level of ego in our personal lives. Famed psychologist Jean Twenge recently showed that self-importance personality traits among 37,000 college students rose as quickly as obesity from the 1980s to present. Two Western Illinois University researchers found a high correlation between Narcissistic Personality Inventory scores and Facebook activity. Countless other study sample groups, from pop musicians to Millennials, prove that we are in the middle of a “narcissism epidemic.”

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

 

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no REAL irony in Politics

December8

//lnkd.in/d8xDYPi: when I read the headline my immediate thought was, “okay… so who prosecutes Congress when they mislead us?”

I understand the process with procedures exist. However, when KNOW we are constantly being handed a bucket of manure, but our mounting frustration as a nation is our impotence in holding leaders accountable.

Patriot Act Author Says Intel Chief Should Be Prosecuted For Lying… - huffingtonpost.com

“Director of National Intelligence James Clapper should be fired and prosecuted for lying to Congress about the National Security Agency’s widespread surveillance activities, Wisconsin Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R) told the Hill. Sensenbrenner was…”

me thinks Thomas Jefferson would be rolling in his grave so feverishly the earth may well spin-off it’s axis. its enough to make Ayn Rand proud, and validate Atlas Shrugged.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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I’m for transparency if the government is

February4

cashBill Gates Hates Cash. Here’s Why

why electronic transactions are superior to cash for the world’s poor and…

Brian Patrick Cork: this article has been in the back of my head for awhile. for people like Bill Gates that are actually “outside” the system of most mortals, it might make sense. in any event, there are the “unbanked”, and also the “uncredited”. both might find electronic transactions helpful along with programs like www.eCredable.com. the latter, in particular, can help people buy homes. that said, why would most people find “transparency” and “Financial Inclusion” useful unless “Security” meant Laissez Faire?

so… if we take this line-of-thinking, should transparency go both ways between a people and it’s government, or a government and it’s people? by the way… I do think there is a difference depending on how you say it.

consider this Beth Nockeck video on TED:

How can our data strengthen our democracies? In her work, Beth Noveck explores what “opengov” really means–not just freeing data from databases, but creating meaningful ways for citizens to collaborate with their governments.

is is evolution, or revolution?

I’m thinking Thomas Jefferson would have held Ms. Noveck in favorable light.

I’ll leave it at that, for now. 

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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bad examples in the House

August1

the story, with it’s perspective, is storming the internet with the House under siege, and the Senate soon, but not fast enough, to follow:

APPLE HAS MORE CASH THAN U.S. GOVERNMENT

Apple is now more liquid than the United States government, the Financial Post reports.

you needn’t take my word for it, point your browser, here: http://thenextweb.com/apple/2011/07/29/apple-now-has-more-cash-than-the-u-s-government/

for the record, the hearty and ferocious Chip Brackley, it was, that first to alert me. and, my immediate response favored only the bold:

best practices as opposed to chimpanzees with shot-guns. so, here’s a thought… what if wanna-be Members of the House and Senate were required to pass a qualifying test, and sign an IOU or personal guarantee before they could take office?

WARNING, pointed visual effect:

the video above may be contrived. but, you likely get the point (about chimpanzees with guns, anyway). maybe we need to start discussing Laws of Natural selection on this blog agains seeing as how many Members of the House and Senate read it.

meanwhile, Chip’s quick witted response held greater promise:

“I am ALL for it.  A little accountability would be nice.  How about they get on our healthcare plan as well? We need the 2011 version of Ben Franklin and your boy Thomas Jefferson to step on the scene.”

there… this chapter in history, as I see it, is in the hands of posterity. and, with it you’ll not be able to lose the image of the chimpanzees with shot-guns, will you?

…will you?

keep it in mind come the next round of elections.

meanwhile, and certainly not soon enough as well, look for my argument why you might consider margining your Apple stock (did you start buying in in 2001 when it was at $15 a share like I TOLD you to – and, have been since?), and shorting Google. don’t let me forget, seriously.

Chip will likely remind me. he’s a good man.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork  

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