Saturday, July 21, 2018

Summer Trips

Summer is the season people like to take a trip
In a car across the country; in a hurry they do zip

Until they reach a destination sometimes never been before
Where they ooh and ah attractions while craving even more.

Then they come home tired and weary to their permanent abode
Worn out from their journey on the long and open road.

I thought that a vacation was to be a time of rest
To escape the ordinary -- let our mind relax at best

But, instead it is endurance often drives the weary soul
Once more to accomplish some listed unmarked goal,

Returning home again to face tomorrow's task
Unrested and still needing time to just sit and relax

Friday, July 20, 2018

Putin to Washington?

I think it is a great idea that President Trump has extended an invitation to President Putin to come to Washington.  If we are proud of our country we should show it off.  I for one am proud.

While there, I think the protesters which will turn out en masse, should be relegated to some obscure area and blocked from the proximity of the White House, Capitol Building or other prominent monuments and places.  Let Putin see us in our "Sunday finest."  Take him to a grocery store, a factory, a museum, a shopping mall.  Let him see what Capitalism is all about.  Make him envious.

We should do the same for leaders of other countries such as China.  We should even invite Kim Jong Un from North Korea.  They don't all have to be treated to a State Dinner, but they should all be shown what is possible under a system of government that allows Capitalism to thrive.

The press will take care of seeing that the protests are televised and likely blow them out of proportion.  The protesters never represent the majority of citizens; they are usually the vocal minority who are either hired by powerful moneyed groups with an agenda, or they are dedicated members of a minority cause (minority in the sense of numbers, not ethnicity, gender inspecificity, etc.)  Do what other countries do and keep the "riff-raff" in the background.  Show the world the good side of who we are.

Just my thoughts....

Thursday, July 19, 2018

A Day of Opportunity

Opportunity waits with each new day
If we but ope' our eyes
It sometimes comes with clarity
At others in disguise

The world would steal our hopes and dreams
And tell us it's not real
It comes at us in jealousy
Our happiness to steal

Sometimes we have to seize the day
And make what comes be ours
Subduing all that seek to sway
Sent by unearthly powers

Focus on the distant goal
Though all else is at odd
And capture opportunity
Placed there for us by God

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Lost in Translation

I've been on a project that involves working with a group in Argentina.  It has been challenging for a number of reasons:
  • It involved the taking of samples to genotype for specific genetic markers on cattle in Argentina.
  • Due to regulatory restrictions and potential intellectual property issues, the evaluations had to be made either in the U.S. or the U.K.
  • Import restrictions of animal tissue into those countries from Argentina is very strict due to potential spread of infectious disease so, the DNA had to be extracted there before shipping.
  • The company we had partnered with is U.K. based.
  • The genotyping ended up being done in the U.S.
  • Results were then transmitted electronically to us for analysis.
  • Gaining regulatory clearance for importation was made more difficult due to the transitions to a new Executive Team in the U.S. who insisted on reviewing all past policies before allowing the clearance.
  • There were language barrier issues -- not just in the words themselves, but their understood meaning within common usage of multiple cultures.
  • There were cultural barriers -- primarily the sense of urgency is lacking in Latin America.
  • There was an individual within our U.K. partner's organization who was somewhat obstructionist due to fears we were usurping her territorial authority.
  • There was the inherent bureaucratic dawdling of U.K. based companies -- if there is no clear policy, do nothing.
  •  Since much of the data was collected in Argentina, the combining into a uniform database was complicated by the terminology.
  • Standards for a large subset of the data are different in Argentina vs. in the U.S.
  • Time seems to have a very different meaning in Latin America.
Thankfully, we have almost completed the collection and collation stages of the project.  Now come the analysis and reporting.  Let's hope we connected all of the dots correctly....

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The World in Our Hand

Everywhere I look I see people staring at their hand
As though there was something important there to see.
They miss so much around them with their eyes so firmly fixed
I wonder how important it must be!

Maybe its some kind of window that looks out upon the world
With vistas grand that hold them oh so rapt
Or, maybe there's some monster that lurks there within their hand
That has their mind completely in a trap.

I suspect it is the latter if the truth were really known
As to why so many lose their self control
And focus on the shiny thing that lies within their hand
Even while they're on a quiet country stroll.

Monday, July 16, 2018

The Art of a Really Big Deal?

It is interesting to note the commentary today after the meeting between President Trump and Russian President Putin.  It seems to be consensus that Putin gained and Trump lost.  I seriously doubt that is the reality of the situation.  Here are my thoughts:
  • Russia has tremendous resources but is backward in many ways as an economy.
  • Trump's focus and basis for everything he has done appears to be business and making deals.
  • Leverage for gaining what one wants is based in economic power (at least that's the way I suspect Trump views things).
  • Russia could "balance" China.
  • Russia can offset the E.U.
As to the claim that Trump "trusts" Putin above his own intelligence service on the matter of election interference, can you really blame him when you see the farcical hearings of FBI agent Strzok and the supposed "blackmail" file that our esteemed CIA was involved in collecting and releasing during the campaign?  Would you trust the Deep State?

Then we have the comments about the EU being our opponent.  Certainly they are an opponent relative to the Iranian Nuclear Deal in which the EU continues to trade with Iran while we re-imposed sanctions.  They are negating our efforts to thwart the rise of a nuclear Iran.  What else would you call them?

I believe the President sees opportunity with Russia.  There is opportunity for trade which might be the "fertilizer" to strengthen the seeds of Capitalism within that country and give us leverage for stronger foreign policy.  After all, Russia, like the U.S., is one of the strongest holdouts to the rise of "One World" thinking which is rooted most deeply in the E.U.

Let's Make a Deal on a global scale....

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Protesting Trump

When I see the media coverage of large number of protesters in England who are protesting -- I'm not sure exactly what -- Trump, I have to stop and think, "Why are they protesting?"  I suppose it came to me as a bit of revelation that is isn't really about Trump, it is the Left's fear of what he represents.  They have a stronger hold in the U.K. and Europe than they have in the U.S. in spite of the constant media bombardment in support of their agenda.  They don't want the grassroots conservative movement to catch fire in Britain.

Brexit is one of the few conservative moves in the "Old World" that could become the platform for even more conservatism to take root there.  It threatens the movement toward a One World Order -- a unified global governing body.  Individual countries can't exist in a unified world because it divides loyalty.  To some extent it was the basis for the U.S. Civil War many years ago -- state's rights vs. a unified Federal power.  (Some day I may write about my thoughts on a unified global governing body -- i.e. One World Order -- but not now.  It might require a book.)

Trump is magnetic -- definitely not charismatic -- but, he draws attention.  It is an interesting style that is effective.  When you lack charisma you must rely on other things to move the crowd.  He does it through controversy and confrontation.  It works.  In this country the "Right" is more engaged that it has been in many, many years thanks to Trump.

Love him, hate him, or whatever your feelings toward him, he is effective at bringing the deep issues into focus.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Trump in England

I had many misgivings about President Trump in the beginning.  I still wish that his style was a bit more -- civil at times.  I must admit, though, that he is effective.  I get the sense that the world, or at least some of it, is beginning to understand him.  He is a negotiator.  It's all about "the deal."  Maybe everyone should have read his book.

The English have been at the game of diplomacy for so long that his rough-edged style is in stark contrast to their polished dissembling.  He says bluntly what he thinks while they cloak their thoughts in flowery language and subtle phrases that are somewhat opaque.  He comes from a position of assumed strength while they, though proud and not without their own strengths, come from a position of need.  I think it is a very uncomfortable place for them.

Hopefully the English will recognize the opportunity before them.  The simple act of a true free trade agreement between our two countries will provide them with a tremendous level of economic security which in turn leads to greater military security because the "Trump Doctrine," as it appears to me, is one of "we protect our economic interests."

Let the Pounds and Dollars flow....

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Scent of Rain

Once again, the rains have passed us by.  Each day for the last several the National Weather Service has shown us to have a significant chance of rain.  Heavy showers have fallen in many places around us, but we received only 1/10 of an inch.  It is dry.

First a hint of puffy white
Appears up in the sky
Then slowly grows and grows and grows
Until it fills the eye.

The promise of the quenching drops
Wafts across the land
On gentle breezes flowing by
This parched and weary strand.

The leaden gray with streaks of light
Approaches from the west
With winds that cool the sultry land
And promise moist rest.

The sand that stings flows ever higher,
The cattle turn their back,
The storm clouds flow across the land,
The sky turns nearly black.

But, soon it passes on its way
Its promise hoped in vain
Leaving nothing here behind
Except a scent of rain.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The List Goes On and On

I have probably mentioned somewhere previously that I am a list maker.  I find that lists help me organize and prioritize the tasks that I have and as I grow older, I find that it helps me not to forget things....

I don't know that I have ever completed a list before adding more to it.  There is always more to do than gets done.  That's probably a good thing.  I have also found as I age that having things to do, something to work toward, is important.  When there is nothing left but to sit and watch television I will probably die.

I am sometimes a procrastinator.  Lists help me to procrastinate because I know which items are urgent, which are important and which are merely things that would be a good idea but are neither urgent or important.  They are sometimes things that would add to quality of life if done, but just aren't necessary.

I have different types of lists.  Some are work related.  Some are "around the house" tasks -- aka "Honey Do's."  Others are related to some specific project.

I usually rank the tasks in order of importance, but not always.  Sometimes they are just a list of things as I think of them.  I don't always do the things on the list in order of importance either.  Sometimes the lists are so overwhelming that I pick some of the easier tasks, or those of shorter duration and do them first in order to gain the psychological impact of accomplishment.  Yeah, I play mind games with myself.  Is that weird?

I have added Blog Post as a daily task on my list.  Why?  I guess it is a matter of practice since I wish to spend more time writing.  I make a little money on the side writing a column for a trade publication and therefore know my ability is saleable, so I plan to work toward writing more for publication as a supplement to my income as I begin to consider retirement.

Retirement???!!  What am I thinking!  I think that word should be removed from the dictionary and replaced with something that has a different connotation -- one that denotes moving on to other things after a "career."  Just my thoughts this morning...