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January 25, 2014

There may be chaos

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on January 25, 2014

It’s the weekend.  Where I am, snow is on the ground and more is coming.  I just finished a whirlwind week where a wide range of the “whole community” was trying to engage various complex adaptive systems on which we depend each day.  Looking for something else entirely — an algorithm actually — I stumbled on this poem by George Santayana:

There may be chaos still around the world,
This little world that in my thinking lies;
For mine own bosom is the paradise
Where all my life’s fair visions are unfurled.
Within my nature’s shell I slumber curled,
Unmindful of the changing outer skies,
Where now, perchance, some new-born Eros flies,
Or some old Cronos from his throne is hurled.
I heed them not; or if the subtle night
Haunt me with deities I never saw,
I soon mine eyelid’s drowsy curtain draw
To hide their myriad faces from my sight.
They threat in vain; the whirlwind cannot awe
A happy snow-flake dancing in the flaw.

A pleasant exercise of posters-privilege.

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2 Comments »

Comment by William R. Cumming

January 27, 2014 @ 12:37 am

And the State of the Union?

Comment by William R. Cumming

January 27, 2014 @ 9:04 am

My State of the Union: A largely over-extended bankrupt USA continues to allow major deterioration in its hard and soft power mainly through incompetent tics, governance in its key sectors of politics, economics, its military leadership, its educational system, and its public investments [largely devoted to increasing the wealth of its top 1% of citizens and residents].

Simple reform steps immediately necessary:

1. Federalize all elections for Federal offices.

2. Reorganize Congress.

3. Apply federal ethics rules to spouses of federal elected officials, appointees and civil servants.

4. Federalize granting of corporate charters including listing of beneficial owners.

5. Appoint all Inspector Generals for one 10 year term.

6. Appoint the heads of all federal officials involved in Public Health and Safety to one 7 year term.

7. Appoint a single administrator [eliminating commissions] for all federal entities involved in protecting Public Health and Safety.

8. After study relocate the EPA to the alternative of DoE, HHS, or DHS.

9. End Veterans Preference except for veterans not receiving regular retirement for military service.

10. Prohibit any federal official or employee from employment with any contractor with which he or she
was responsible for administration for a 5 year period.

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