Sunday, July 22, 2012

Prime Minister Of Israel- Name and Shame Campaign.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu w/ Chris Wallace (FULL INTERVIEW) - Fox News Sunday

When Enlightened Reason Fails:

What is left for thinking people to do, when enlightened reason repeatedly fails?

In a society such as ours this is simply not supposed to happen. At the top of the heap, we have the Judiciary branch of the United States Government. They have the power to effect change when all else in the muli-layered system of US Federal, State, and local government fail. 

However the Judiciary Branch can not effectively "Create Policy" they can only uphold or not uphold policies which are created by the other branches of government. The proof of the essential "inequality of the United States government" is what has now become known as the Occupy Wall Street.

In conclusion, when the rank and file people who live and die by the seemingly random and meaningless "regulations of the United States government" then the only choice left for the enlightened masses who see through the thin veneer of theoretical legitimacy as supposedly proven in the fair democratic election process, is to seek a new method of developing legislation that favors the disenfranchised.

In other words the plans and and legislation needs to be developed from within the rank and file, and then must somehow obtain the support of the elected governmental employees. The process is probably closer to the way that employee contracts are negotiated with labor unions, and management then the current method of government.

Campaign finance reform is one of the potential solutions to what is probably better understood by rank and file, as the "selling out of a politician" to large corporate interests in order to obtain campaign financing. However reforms along the lines of campaign financing has historically never worked.

Perhaps such campaign financing reform must be written in more simple and easily applied formulas. For example it possible that entire areas of commerce need to specifically be prohibited from contributing to election campaigns.

The oil industry is too large to even mention, yet naturally should be 1st on the list. Tobacco, and liquor probably rate high on this list as well. Also its quite possible that that the individuals behind campaign financing need to be prosecuted along the lines of criminal activity. For example bribing a judge is a major offense, but what happend if a large corporate entity is found guilty of campaign financing by using and elaborate system of shell companies, or funneling money though various schemes designed to make it look as if the "campaign financing" came through accepted avenues.

Perhaps it's the terminology itself. When we look at the term campaign financing, it sounds like a small matter. However if the terminology was changed to be more reflective of it's true meaning which really is the company's actual strategy: Let's buy a few politicians, so that they can help defeat legislation which could negatively affect our profits.

Or seen another way, eventually we lose perhaps as much as 50% of revenue via selling to consumers at the gas pumps if electric based and solar charged automobiles ever become effectively designed, lets support the candidates who believe that investing in new "untested" technology is a true waste of governmental resources.

Either way you slice the corporate desire to have the political pendulum to swing in their favor, the kind of money that is spent on campaign financing along with the use of lobbyists is one of the largest detriments to good government developing effective solutions for todays problems.

Its very simple, if the wealthiest elements of the United States are not willing to release the system of politics from its strangle hold, then it is entirely likely that a very strong "grass roots" type of "disorganized" systems, will develop some method to shut down the corrupt element that has essentially crippled the sort of government that is founded on intelligent solutions to real problems.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Hall Of Shame.US- A place for US to complain!

I have heard is said that use it or lose it is one of those things that is actually true, across many different areas. 

In the United States, our absolute right of free speech is often "assumed" yet there certainly are things that tend to infringe on these rights. 

I would like to propose that the right to free speech which has long been simply taken for granted, is under attack by some of the corporate policies which are currently changing the very essence of the country that has been known for the freedom of inidivduals to express themselves. 

My simple 1st example is being taken,  form a post from one of my social networking websites:

These days there are all kinds of agencies that discount various travel related services such as Airlines, Hotels, Car Rentals. The usual provisos for using these services include cheap fares based on advance bookings.
However in all things, there are rules, and there are exceptions to the rules. Here is one such company formally nominated to the Hall of Shame.US:
 Direct Line Cruises a company linked below:  

This company simply put profits before people, and when I went out of my way, to request assistance (and it was not even my money, or a cruise that I was going on) all with reasonable requests, the customer service person said that they are not "making any money" on this cruise based on the number of conversations they have notated. 
When I was merely being assertive and requesting that the company "compromise on it's policy" the representative simply said, that they can't do this for everyone. 
Later I had  told the person who was having the problem with the company to call them back and that person (the customer service rep (or supervisor)  had the nerve to "call me rude" to the friend who I was trying to help.

  I was politely yet assertively, requesting to speak to a supervisor, I had never used any sort of fowl language, nor did I engage in any sort of profanity, no yelling, no screaming, simply requesting consideration for someone who had made an error in booking a cruise for minor child (as part of a family fun event) where the minor child did not have permission from her father for two very valid reasons. 

The United States was founded upon, many things, and one of those essential rights is free speech. Today companies surround themselves with "Legally Binding Policies and Procedures that the consumer agrees to by simple saying yes on a phone conversation to a person or a recording, or by checking a box that says I agree to the TOS (Terms of Service) on a website.

All of that is fine for perhaps 99% of the transactions! However when a problem arises, and a peson "simply made a mistake, after all to err is human, I believe a company should bend over backwards to accomodate such an individual under certain circumstances.

However to call someone rude, simply because they were trying to help, and to ask the company to "set aside it's iron clad policies and procedure" on behalf of someone else, simply because a little old lady simply made a mistake, then in humble opinion, that company has gone to far, in putting it's "policies and procedures" above people, and should understand that such ill regard for the people who keep the company in business is an absolute recipe for failure.

Comments to the contrary of this editorial, are invited by anyone, (even a company representative) who would like to make opposing comments!