Peace Or War

I like this saying by Shimon Peres, you can choose:

Either peace and pay the price or war and take the risk.


It’s very smart.


Peace isn’t free…there is a price (maybe a large one) to pay for it. 


War is also not free…there is a risk of what you will win or lose. 


These are very serious life calculations with consequences that are far reaching. 


Peace or war and if you are wrong what will it cost and how will you achieve security? 😉


(Credit photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Wouldn’t You Like To Be A Govie Too

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Some people have a negative perception of government workers (“govies”).  


They think that it’s just a cushy job with a lot of free time and benefits. 


Sort of like the photo above with the lady streched out over her laptop, eyes half shut, and with the lightbulb above her head–thinking up great ideas for running the government and regulating the people. 


Ah, no–it’s not like that at all. 


Okay, maybe a little for some people. 


Having been in both the private and public sectors about 40-60 of my career, I can tell you that there is plenty of unproductiveness (i.e. dead weight) wherever you go. 


But there is also a lot of hardworking (some super hardworking) and really smart people too. 


Yes, there are meetings (lots of them) and paperwork (piled high), but there is also a good amount of out-of-the-box thinking and trying to figure out how to do more with the same or less.  


There is also some really big thinking like how to win the next Big One (i.e. war), how to protect the country from deadly terrorism, disasters, weapons of mass destruction, and cyber attack, how to partner with others around the world to achieve big ambitious projects and peace, how to colonize outer space, protect the environment, and improve the economy, healthcare, education, and so much more. 


Not all the big thinking is good thinking–some of it is unrealistic, biased towards this or that constituency, counterproductive, or even corrupt. 


But many govies really do want to do a great job and save the world!


If you think there isn’t plenty of hard work, passion, dedication–you’re wrong.


If you think, everyone is doing the right thing for the right reasons–your delusional.


Like with people all over the world, there’s a mix of good and some not so good, but overall, there is lots of opportunity to lead, problem solve, and do good and great things with real effect, nationally and globally. 


And if for that alone, being a govie is an amazing career move where you can have an influence on matters of tremendous importance and lasting impact. 


Wild perceptions and pictures can be deceiving–instead think about the hero that you can and want to be. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

What The Pope Knows That Our Leadership Doesn’t

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In response to the deluge of terrorist attacks across Europe, but also all around the world, culminating this week in the murder of an 85-year old Christian priest in France (his throat was slit in church by ISIS), the pope said the following:

The world is at war, because we have lost the peace.”

But at the same time, our leader is self-congratulating himself, declaring his next in line for the Pennsylvania Avenue throne, and mocking the daily terror threats we face, calling ISIS the “JV [junior varsity] team” declaring them “not an existential threat, and insisting “no boots on the ground.” 

From the attacks on 9/11 to Orlando and Fort Hood, from the attacks on Charlie Hebdo to Paris and Nice, from the multiple attacks on Germany this past week to those in Belgium in March, from the Madrid train bombing in 2004 to the London bombing in 2005, to the daily terrorist attacks throughout the Holy Land of Israel, and the non-stop violent killing of  millions around the Arab countries of the Middle East, North Africa, Asia and beyond, I ask:

Why is the Pope better informed than our leadership, and who will fight for us? 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Boarding 613

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So this was pretty amazing with the mystical number 613.

Today, it showed up on the arrivals board for the trains, and I literally had to run down the train platform to capture this photo after my daughter saw it in the distance from the escalator. 

Under destination (DEST) and minutes (MIN) for wait, the first line says boarding (BRD)–although just a moment before it said arriving (ARR). 

Then the next two lines has the trains arriving in 6 minutes and in 13 minutes, respectively.

Also note that this same morning I saw 613 twice more (for a total of 3 times) on the train car/doors and in the phone number for a truck parked in front of the grocery. 

I am no prophet, but I believe that something important or perhaps cataclysmic is about to happen (“arriving”) in the world. 

Interestingly enough, in 10 days is Passover–the redemption of the Jews from slavery in Egypt along with the giving of the 10 commandments (of the total 613) on Sinai. 

Now is a good time for faith, devotion, and prayer–that is my feeling for what it’s worth. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

The Flaming Bus

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I took this photo today in Washington, D.C.


This cool bus is painted with flames on the hood and has a guitar at the top. 


No, it’s not the bus from The Partridge Family although it has similar colors!


On this bus, the guitar has the name “Sailing Conductors Jack Mantis” on it. 


When I looked this up online, I found that these are some “music loving dudes” who travel (sail and bus) the world and record musicians across dozen of countries and 5 continents. 


They have music, videos, and a 4-part TV series from their global talent search–although there is only limited material at their site (so not sure where all the recordings from the “hundreds of local musicians” is available for consumption).


Anyway, this is a fascinating experiment in discovering diversity, music and the arts, and culture along their travels. 


As to the specific music–beauty is in the eye of the beholder. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Ever Feel This Way?

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I took this photo of an advertisement for the “I’m With Stupid” Minions movie released on February 2. 

 
Sadly, I think this sums up how I am feeling about current world affairs rapidly devolving into chaos, with little to nothing happening to bring it back from the brink:
 

– Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine forcibly take over the besieged city of Debaltseve in Ukraine, after the ceasefire that was agreed to last week.



– China builds four new fortress artificial islands in the South China Sea projecting it’s military might in disputed waters.



– Iran threatens gas embargo on U.S.suicide missions on U.S. Navy, missile attack on Israel, and nuclear enrichment expansion, while negotiating for lifting sanctions.



– Syrian fighting leaves over 250,000 dead and includes their “systematically” using chemical weapons



– ISIS burns another 45 people alive in Iraq, beheads 21 Coptic Christians abducted from Egypt, and commits mass “brutal and abnormal sex” on female captives.



– Boko Haram attack leaves another 2,000 dead in Nigeria (the world’s 4th largest democracy) with “bodies scattered everywhere.”



– Radical Islamists conduct terrors attacks in Europe in both France (Charlie Hebdo Magazine and a Jewish grocery store) and Copenhagen (a free speech event and a Synagogue).



– Dangerous terrorists apprehended and put away in Guantanamo detention facility are then released with about 28% (or more) returning to their chosen terror professions.



Daniel Henninger in the Wall Street Journal points to this sorry state of affairs and our retrenchment in world affairs, as a serious misalignment between the age-old guns and butter debate.



Maybe time for some smart people to get in on things. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Bring Us Peace


Amazing song “ONE DAY” by hassid Matisyahu–a light unto nations.



Sung by Public School (PS) 22 Chorus in New York.



One day…no more fighting–only love, peace, and brotherhood.



There should not be a dry eye out there.



Mashiach is almost here! 😉