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transactional Transparency


with a life’s score card as a possible baring-point, I believe it’s fair for me to state that Richard Magrath is my friend.

while this particular blog post won’t really have a specific point, Rich is a great point-of-reference with something he taught me today representing a terrific lesson that has a poignant baring on my life, world-view, and the steps I take today in always being a better man than I was yesterday.

in any event, it’s likely been roughly a years since I’ve seen Rich. a great deal of many things have occurred in the world, and our respective lives, in that span – including Rich’s continuous evolution as the good steward.

we compared many solid notes along with stories around family, friends and updates with business. but, in the context of shared experiences Rich gave me (as in gift, I feel) an example of Transactional Transparency.

perhaps, I should pick up my iPhone, and right now, asking him to clarify his words. but, instead, I’m going to offer, here, my own interpretation of his words.


because, now it’s left to me to give power to those words; that gift.

to wit:

if you are in a board room, for example, and someone you know (or, something they do, or a business they have, or an idea that is theirs) is a point of discussion and you don’t defend them or help them in some form or fashion, you don’t have transactional transparency. but, if, even to your own potential detriment, or lost advantage, defend them, or help them, that is, indeed transactional transparency.

I make a lot of introductions in-and-amongst people I know. In fact, that is how I make my living. but, I am always surprised, always, when people try to side-step me in the process. it might be for their personal and/ or financial gain. this decision might be driven by ego. but it wounds, and creates an issue with the karma score card.

I give freely of myself, just not for free.

that’s it. I’ve put it out there. now everyone has scienter, and must needs do with this clarification as they best see fit.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork


socrates with jefferson as a lens


i found myself in a tight spot with a client this very day. i could see he was ethically challenged.

there was, and remains, a lot at stake. i felt compelled to intervene and demonstrate an equitable path.

i remembered the face of my father and the words of dr. nick pappas.

socrates understood.

and, i was inspired.

today i changed a heart – if not history. that is a demonstration of the sweetest kind of victory.

peace be to my brothers and sisters.

brian patrick cork


is Bernie Madoff Reflecting or Representing?


As many of you know, I am always considering examples of how we reflect and represent God (possibly the Christ element), and how we reconcile all of that with our lives. That uncertain but earnest quest began here – and, is threaded throughout this Blog.


History will decide who Madoff helped or harmed

Ultimately history will decide who Madoff helped or harmed

The inestimable Mr. Brian Visaggio posited a passionate and singular point of view about Bernie Madoff yesterday on his own Blog Saint Superman entitled: Raw in Moral Poverty.

Following were my own immediate thoughts to his posting:

A couple of thoughts here Brian…

1. I won’t believe that Mr. Madoff’s sons were clueless around the machinations of the company. They are very well educated and highly sophisticated business people in their own right. And, I suspect the elder Mr. Madoff is taking a fall for the family.

2. I would be curious to learn how many people, over the years, actually made multiples on their money as they invested, withdrew, reinvested and repositioned those funds over a thirty year period. For those decades, hundreds thousands of people were happy and content. Taxes were paid. Ironically, the IRS has an interesting challenge before them in determining how many of the “dividends” distributions paid out over the years represent “ill-gotten” gains, and how that might affect taxes.

3. What role or responsibility do the numerous charities, cities and schools that benefited from Madoff’s legendary generosity (buckets of millions) share in all of this?

4. What is the Securities and Exchanges (SEC) own culpability in this matter? Over the years they have been contacted by numerous professionals that something was not “right” within the Madoff organization and the financial results they published.

Where might “situational ethics” come into play here?

Bernie Madoff pled guilty today. But, I am not sure we will understand precisely what it is he is guilty of (for example, which rules, conduct, actual financial loss, etc) for years to come.

There is a legal term called scienter that makes all of these points a “perfect storm”. It seems that (most) EVERYONE, generally involved – or, at least observing the activity, knew there was something amiss – from the investors themselves, through the Madoff management team, to federal regulators. However, the “American Dream” was afoot.

Now you have multiple groups standing back, with hands on pistols, ready to volley.

Does our society reflect Bernie Madoff? Or, does he represent our society?


Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork


The Cultural Terrorist


Several years ago a client of mine called me a “Cultural Architect”. I liked that term, and it appears to have stuck with me as I sort out my role as a father, successful husband, social commentator, activist, seeker of truth, and a man focused on my responsibilities within my community.

Like everyone else yesterday, I gave a lot of thought to the events of September 11, 2001.

But, I have been thinking a lot more of late about the term: “Cultural Terrorist.

I was surprised to find that Wikipedia does not have a stand-alone dissertation of what constitutes a Cultural Terrorist – and/ or what it is exactly that they do. When working with corporate clients I often help them navigate or reorient (and possibly eliminate) company cultural terrorists (also referred to as corporate Nazi’s). However, in light of 9/11, I am going to focus the Blog entry on cultural terrorists, and their on-going impact on our global society.

So… A very good reason to continue reading this particular Blog entry further is so that you can learn to recognize the enemy. To that end, I am going to attempt to define and demonstrate what I believe is a cultural terrorist by outlining their potential Manifesto

A Cultural Terrorist’s Manifesto

A terrorist (as we might understand the breed today) who hijacks an airplane, or plants a bomb in a crowded shopping center, apparently doesn’t care who gets hurt as long as they achieve an objective. The fact that innocent people (often children) are butchered, or maimed, is not a concern. Therefore, with this background as a foundation, it occurs to me that the “cultural terrorist” is no different.

In fact, it is likely that the cultural terrorist differentiates themselves only by “situational ethics”.

The British probably viewed many of our Founding Fathers as “terrorists”. But a cultural terrorist is an assassin of the future; an executioner of morality. Cultural terrorism is an attitude; a state of mind – not a set of values to be dogmatically followed /3.

It is likely that cultural terrorism is a celebration of the power of the individual sociopath /4.

The aim of the cultural terrorist is to pollute the minds of the public; sow the seeds of insanity into society. His or her victims are of all ages – everybody from the cradle to the grave. It has been argued that Man cannot bear too much reality. As a result of this limited thinking, the cultural terrorist probably believes they are in the business of providing a “reality attack”. This can be further defined as an over exposure of reality – or, the dirt behind the daydream.

Often shockingly, no subject is taboo; all must be exposed. No one, or one thing is sacred (other than their own limited view of the world, religion or situation). Everybody as well as everything should feel the wrath of the cultural terrorist. The object of cultural terrorism is to exploit situations and people in order to cause a reaction, preferably negative – even though a terrorist will often claim they are following a noble cause.

At times their aim is to make money in order to finance a war that they wage upon society. The money is required so that they can purchase the technology which will tear into the heart of all that is considered normal by others but does not meet a twisted standard based on a limited view (this is often referred to as “Fundamentalist Extremism).

Cultural terrorists are the cancerous cells that would painfully destroy all that are in contact with it. They are constantly working to erase the conforming instinct. To prevent humanity from ever acting with a common will that bridge different views and faiths.

The cultural terrorist’s weapons are anything that enables him to inflict his views upon others or make him money. This can be film, video, audio cassettes, music, photocopiers, printed words, pictures – any media whatsoever (including Blogs) is acceptable as long as it achieves the objective. Cultural terrorists are little concerned how violent; how perverted; how degenerate are their means. It is immaterial to them how much their material appeals to the very base of emotions, or how much the material twists and pollutes fresh young minds, and further warps those already in trouble.

The cultural terrorist believes that nothing is impossible; there is no god; there is no morality. So, they manipulate our environment to its fullest extent. Plagiarism is not only acceptable, it is welcomed with open arms, providing its context is misappropriated and inappropriately aligned with a cause. They believe that you should not be afraid to steal from anyone. Their way is that of the liar and deceiver. They also know that the bigger the lie the better the chance of people believing it.

Under cover communication is the tool of the cultural terrorist against their enemy – not politics.

Elaborate safeguards may be placed at airports to separate would-be terrorists from their weapons. But, the cultural terrorists are free to distribute soul-destroying weapons to whom and where they choose. The cultural terrorist is both benevolent and evil. They pull the wool over their own eyes, and those influence, in a call to arms. They feel very strongly that an active role of participation should be taken in this struggle by people already interested in this form of warfare. The cultural terrorist is involved in an act of revolutionary suicide protesting the conditions of an inhuman world. Cultural terrorism feels alien to this society and their technology and methods will tear into open up wounds that may never again heal.

The cultural terrorist believes that tomorrow belongs to them. Confusion is a weapon; Confusion is the key word. Some call healthy confusion “evil”. And, certainly, confusion can separate us from God and our brothers.

Example:  A cultural terrorist hides behind what the Qu’aRan says of  Allah /5 (another name for God) while twisting facts and not believing in, or adhering to scripture.

More later.

Peace to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

1/ The Unsinkable Brian Cork Blog 09/2001.

2/ The Unsinkable Brian Cork Blog 09/2006.

3/ The Christian Knights of the Crusade for Jerusalem come to mind.

4/ so·ci·o·path [soh-see-uh-path, soh-shee-] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation–noun Psychiatry. A person, as a psychopathic personality, whose behavior is antisocial and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.

5/ It is widely held, and not disputed here, that Jews, Christians and Muslims share the same God.


What’s All This About?

"What am I looking at?", you might wonder.

Lots of stuff.

Meanwhile, here, I discuss events, people and things in our world - and, my (hardly simplistic, albeit inarticulate) views around them.

You'll also learn things about, well, things, like people you need to know about, and information about companies you can't find anywhere else.

So, while I harangue the public in my not so gentle way, you will discover that I am fascinated by all things arcane, curious about those whom appear religious, love music, dabble in politics, loathe the media, value education, still think I am an athlete, and might offer a recipe.

All the while, striving mightily, and daily, to remain a prudent and optimistic gentleman - and, authentic.

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