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New Blog Site
     That's right.  I've got a new place for this blog.  It's not much different.  Mostly, it is the curated - yes I curated the thing - archives of 'Nearly Relevant'.  I'm planning on posting everything there from now on.
     I hope the design is a little more appealing and, as for myself, I think it will be easier to work with.
     To entice you to visit it, I've published a new post, a review of Chilly Scenes of Winter, by Ann Beattie.
     Here's the link which will lead one to it;


Efficiency
     
"That this issue was resolved peacefully and efficiently is a testament to the critical role diplomacy plays in keeping our country safe, secure and strong."1

     The problem I have with this 'thank you' is the word 'efficiently'.  Mr. Kerry heads the United States Dplomatic dept.  Let me emphasize DIPLOMATIC, not bureaucratic dept.  Efficiency is related to committment.  Committment is related to choices - because there is never one choice and one choice only.  Once a choice has been made, efficiency in carrying out the committment is helpful. Kabisch?
     The Iranians are a seperate govt. from the competitive mono-capitalist western civilizations.  It is there right to be so; It is there right not because I or western civilization AUTHORIES or LICENSES this right but because they - as any self-respecting enlightened person will admit - have the right.   They are endowed with liberties  - as are all men - and from this is derived the right to self-rule.  Kabisch?
      To shorten this rant, let me just say, in thanking the Iranians for the 'efficiency' of the process Mr. Kerry has established himself - and by extension as a representative of the U. S.  he has also established the United States govt. -  as overseer of the process.  'Efficiency', as I stated earlier being an aspect of 'authlorized bureaucracy'; To put it another way, 'overseer of a suposed 'bureaucracy of international relations'.' 
     In the extreme this mentality is fascist and is what leads to groups like ISIS and their revolutionary nihilism.
      As far as I'm concerned Pres. Obama has been the best President snce Lyndon Johnson.  To stick with just the issue in this blogpost I'll mention his admirable non-interventionist philosophy, as well as the realization that the U.S. is not threatened by every bullet that happens to fly across Africa, the Atlantic Ocean, and then hits somebodies bank account causing the account to lose 2 or 3 percent in value.
     However, apparently, the mindset of the State Dept. is still one of the United States overseeing a bureacracy of international relations.  It harkens back to the 20th century when Soviet nuclear potential was an actual concern.   Nowadays, even an AK-47 in the hands of a non-westerner who is thousands of miles away is quote-unquote; 'a threat'.
      Come on State Dept., you're better than that;  Get with it! 

 1    http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Iran-says-all-10-detained-US-Navy-sailors-have-6755473.php
  
Rose Bowl Parade

"WHAT DO YOU  MEAN WE FORGOT THE CONFETTI!!!!!!!!!!!"

"SOMEBODY . . . HIT THE EMERGENCY SWITCH!!!!

The loudspeakers, which are stationed throughout the parade route, begin blaring an inspiring version of 'New York, New York'© as sung by Frank Sinatra.   2 or 3  elderly adults faint after overexerting themselves while cheering for Buzz Lightyear®.
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