Archive for the ‘Governance’ Category

Angela Merkel’s and Barack Obama’s Governance Shaped by Cultural Similarities

Friday, February 24th, 2012

It’s as if by magic that we expect the world economy to suddenly correct itself; even more to expect our populaces to elect leaders with miraculous qualities of leadership. (more…)

How Will Economic Warriors Christine Lagarde and Angela Merkel Shape the Future of Women?

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

There exist today countries that are connected by fear of the future. Yet they are hopeful that past transgressions and poor decisions will not destroy the struggles of generations. (more…)

The Lion in Our Winter Paul McCulley

Monday, January 16th, 2012


It’s almost like he reluctantly descended from his comfortable mountain habitat to visit us with offerings of wisdom. There is the startling appearance of the glorious mane of hair that hangs to the shoulders like a royal lion’s mane. (more…)

At Five O’clock Do You Know Where Your Banker Has Put Your Money?

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Wall Street Bull

Banking is inarguably the most prominent component of a country’s economic construct. (more…)

The Embraceable Unthinkable Economic Realignment of Wealth

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Arrest
Our country is experiencing what some financial sages termed economic unthinkable times. (more…)

There’s a Euro Banker behind the Curtain Named Goldman Sachs

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011


Could the flows of humanity participating in Occupy Wall Street or “Occupy” be the ultimate voice in helping us to understand that fundamental rights of men are being bartered away?  (more…)

Will Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Eurobonds be the Antidote to Financial Contagion?

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

An amazing turn of global events is happening in the Euro Zone that is threatening to infect the world. (more…)

DNA Testing for the Wrongly Convicted

Friday, November 18th, 2011

DNA Evidence Frees Man Convicted Of Bronx Rape 21 Years Ago:  Alan Newton is my Hero

Advancements in forensic DNA testing are expected to improve the efficacy of our criminal justice system, but is the technology being utilized as it ought to be?


Putting all that cash in perspective

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

With all the chatter in the media about Congress spending $500 Billion for this and $500 billion for that, we thought it worthwhile to put all that cash in perspective. I have held a few $20 bills in my hand, so I can imagine what a few hundred dollars would look like, or perhaps even one thousand dollars. But a million dollars? A billion dollars?

This is $10,000 in $100 bills.


How cool is she? Mrs. Patil sworn in as President of India!

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

SE says: Battlecry: “DON’T MOCK ME FOR BEING A WOMAN!”

Oops….sorry…back to Yahoo news…………………………


By Simon Denyer Wed Jul 25, 9:45 AM ET 


NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India‘s first female president was sworn in on Wednesday, after a vitriolic campaign which undermined the symbolism of the appointment and raised doubts about Pratibha Patil’s suitability for the ceremonial role.

The 72-year-old Patil, dressed in a white and green saree draped over her head, took the oath of office inside parliament’s packed and ornate central hall, promising to uphold the constitution and devote herself to the people of India.

She then received a 21-gun salute.

“Today India stands at the threshold of a new era of progress,” she said. “We must make sure that every section of society, particularly the weak and disadvantaged, are equal partners and beneficiaries in the development process.”

But her words may count for little given her lack of power and the manner of her accession to the job.

The governor of Rajasthan, she had been plucked from relative obscurity to become the government’s compromise candidate for the job, after the coalition failed to agree on a host of other, male candidates.

Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, the most powerful politician in the country, then billed the appointment as a historic day for India’s women.

Critics said it was a hollow gesture after a campaign marred by bitter partisan politics and unprecedented mud-slinging.

“Don’t mock our intelligence and call it a victory for women. It is a selfish victory for the Congress party and its leadership,” columnist Suhel Seth wrote in the Asian Age newspaper.


Outgoing President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, considered the father of India’s missile programme, was dubbed the “people’s president” for his unassuming and accessible style.

The pair were escorted to parliament from the presidential palace in a motorcade accompanied by the presidential bodyguard riding on horseback in white uniforms and carrying lances.

Symbolism was heavy as the first woman president was sworn in by the country’s first chief justice from the Dalit community, formerly known as the “untouchables”.

Patil then urged a renewed battle on malnutrition, infant mortality and female foeticide — in a country where hundreds of thousands of female foetuses are killed every year and nearly half of all young children are malnourished.

But a slew of accusations emerged in the run-up to her election last week and have marred her appointment.

The cooperative bank for women she helped establish was closed down by the central bank in 2003 under the weight of its bad debts, amid accusations of financial irregularities.

The employees union have taken her and others to court alleging that loans that were made to her brother and family members were not repaid. She was also accused of trying to shield her brother in a murder inquiry.

Patil now has immunity from prosecution, but not her family.

“What people will look for … is whether her office is used to protect them,” columnist Neerja Chowdhury told NDTV news channel. “Clearly there will be microscopic interest in how her family conducts itself.”

Patil has also managed to put her foot in her mouth in the run-up to taking the country’s highest office.

First, she offended many minority Muslims — and infuriated some historians — by saying that Indian women first veiled their heads to protect themselves against 16th century Muslim invaders.

She then dismayed modern India by claiming that she had experienced a “divine premonition” that she was destined for higher office from a long dead spiritual guru.

In 1975, as health minister for the state of Maharashtra, she said people with hereditary diseases should be sterilised.

India has had a few female icons in the past — most famously Sonia Gandhi’s mother-in-law Indira, who was one of the world’s first female prime ministers in 1966 and an infinitely more powerful and ultimately more controversial figure than Patil.

Patil will draw a monthly salary of just 50,000 rupees a month ($1,250) but have free unlimited healthcare and enjoy the former British viceroy’s palace, the second biggest residence for a head of state after the Sultan of Brunei, officials said.”

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