Act of War

Act of War

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We have now triggered an eye for an eye, the law of retaliation.

Has President Trump violated the War Powers Resolution by assassinating Qassem Soleimani without consulting Congress?

By so doing, has the U.S. instigated an act of war?

If Iran were to assassinate Vice President Pence in his black SUV cruising across Mackinac Island, would we consider that an act of war?

Would we then invoke the Law of Retaliation?


Trump’s Decision Criteria

Trump’s Decision Criteria

birds of a feather

Can I put my friends in charge?
Can I put Jared in charge?
Can I build a hotel there?
Will it make me feel powerful?
Will it get me reelected?
Can I announce the decision in 280 characters?
Can I announce this decision in a yelling voice?
Can I decide without reading anything?
Will chicks be impressed?
Will it get HUGE ratings on TV?
Will Putin like it?
Will it make me money?
Can I still make my tee time?


Trump and His Generals by Peter Bergen
Stephen Colbert For a Day

Stephen Colbert For a Day

Would you host the show if given the chance?

If Stephen Colbert ran a contest and drew your name randomly to be the host for one show, would you do it? Could you do it? Stephen Colbert is probably one of the smoothest, most articulate, most relaxed conversationalists on TV today. Could you slip into his shoes and interview a movie star, an athlete, and a politician, without having an anxiety attack?

Let’s face it, for most of us that would be a tall order. Doing what Colbert does takes years if not decades of practice, trial and error, and real show experience. But the simple truth is, you could! You might not believe that now, but with enough preparation and the right mindset, you could do it.

So, let’s get you prepared.

Mindset: The goal of any social conversation is to build a relationship. Sometimes you know it may only be a short-term relationship, but with others you’re looking for a long-term relationship. Face-to-face conversations are the connectors that glue together the continuity of any relationship. You build the layers of a relationship slowly, surely, conversation by conversation, so make each one count

Do your homework: Assuming you know who your guests will be on the Colbert show, do your homework. Study their careers, what they’ve accomplished, what their family situation is and names, and what awards they’ve won. People appreciate it when you demonstrate you care about them and know all about them.

Make some notes and keep them in front of you: Colbert does this. You will see him going back-and-forth from making eye contact and talking to the person, and then turning to look down at his notes so he can stay on track during the interview. So can you!

Stand up tall and walk forward to greet your guest with a smile: Colbert does this and this is just plain old Civility 101. But I wouldn’t suggest giving the guest a hug and a kiss, it’s a little early for that.

Introduce yourself: “Hi, I’m John Smith, I’m a teacher from Chicago, and I won this crazy contest to host the show. I’m nervous as hell, so please bear with me and thank you so much for coming!” There are so many good things going on in this moment. You’re forthright, you’re proud of who you are, you’re painfully honest, and your gracious in your thank you. The guest will probably give YOU a hug!

Kick off the conversation with a good question: You should have a few questions written down on your notes that will invite the guest to talk about their latest and greatest. It’s no secret that guests come on the show to promote their work, so get them started with a good question because people fundamentally love to talk about themselves.

Thank you and goodbye: When it’s time to wrap up the interview, give your guest a smile, shake their hand, and say, “Thank you so much, I really enjoyed talking with you, and please come back to the show soon.“ Then take a long breath.

You did it!




Big Picture / Human Society / Social Organization & Change / Change

Permanence is the illusion of every age.

Big Questions

Is this the new normal (for awhile)?

Library closed.

Can change happen in an instant?

How do you bring people over to your side?

How will we handle AI and the pace of change?

  • We’ve always wrestled with the unintended consequences of technology, but now more than ever the pace of change is accelerating beyond our ability to understand it and control it. The fact about Artificial Intelligence (AI) is that every advancement has an adverse consequence, which is it replaces something we used to do and in so doing pulls us deeper and deeper into a permanent dependency on computers and machines which sets our humanness on a slo-mo devolutionary path. (sp)

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