Power Corrupts: A Culture of Compliance Breeds Despots and Predators

Desultory Heroics

President Bill Clinton and Miramax Chief, Harvey Weinstein at Hillary Clinton’s Birthday Party at the Hudson Hotel in New York City. October 25, 2000 (Photo: Nick Elgar/ImageDirect)

By John W. Whitehead

Source: The Rutherford Institute

“All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.”― Frank Herbert

Power corrupts.

Worse, as 19th-century historian Lord Acton concluded, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re talking about a politician, an entertainment mogul, a corporate CEO or a police officer: give any one person (or government agency) too much power and allow him or her or it to believe that they are entitled, untouchable and will not be held accountable for their actions, and those powers will eventually be abused.

We’re seeing this dynamic play out every day in communities across America.

A cop shoots an…

View original post 1,606 more words

Home Front – Ham Radio Operators – Intermission Story (18)

Pacific Paratrooper

Canadian radio operators

Naval Communication Reserve, the Army Amateur Network (not military and often used by the Red Cross), and the Amateur Emergency of the American Radar Relay League  (AARL),were the main networks as WWII brewed toward the USA. The messages were relayed and transmitted free of charge.

In Los Angeles, CA, the Major Diasater Emergency Council, a behind-the-scenes orgaization, prepared early to take over the handling of relief and and public safety.  The operators wore a special uniform and each had special instructions as to their duties.

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC), trained intelligent men who were needed to man the new long-range surveillance and direction-finding radio interceptor stations that were being built as part of the national defense program.  [This was transpiring in 1939, long before Japan bombed Pearl Harbor]

A very short (1:28) video on the secret wireless war from the UK.

In time of war, thousands…

View original post 380 more words

Donald Trump at United Nations

Naz Smyth

Donald Trump Speaks at United Nations

Trumps speech draws criticism

President Donald Trump spoke at the 72nd United Nation General Assembly for the first time. In his speech, he criticized the Iran Deal and threatened North Korea.  Some have applauded Trumps bold use of words while others are appalled. Nonetheless, his message echoed loud and clear: America comes first!

The 72nd United Nations General Assembly

The United Nations General Assembly began their 72nd session on September 12. Their focus was on peace and a better life for everyone. The general debate opened September 19, with President Trump’s first speech at the UN. Prior to his appearance, trumps team revealed he would be calling for a reform of the UN.  His speech, however, soon turned into a pledge of annihilation and hate.

more on www.nazsmyth.co.uk

View original post

Let them eat cake…or…chocolate

Croatia, the War, and the Future

The background to this article is related to the unacceptable and utterly disappointing practices in the handling of complaints that arrive at the Office of the President of Croatia. It is to be noted that due process in Complaints handling by a public office is taken seriously in a developed democracy, not in Croatia it seems.
______

Let them eat cake…or…chocolate
The President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic’s Marie Antoinette response to Croatian Diasporan Voice (Glas hrvatske dijaspore).

“Let them eat cake” probably the most famous quote attributed to Marie-Antoinette queen of France during the French Revolution, and as the story goes, it was the queen’s response upon being told that her starving peasant subjects had no bread.

Because cake is more expensive than bread, the anecdote has been cited as an example of Marie-Antoinette’s obliviousness to the conditions and daily lives of ordinary people.

Eventually however, both Marie and…

View original post 1,561 more words