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Dictionary.com had hot word “California” and its origins. Have a read.
Early mapmakers began labeling the “island” as California, the name of a mythical island in a book called Las Sergas de Esplandián, “The Adventures of Esplandián,” written by Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo. The book was part of a popular series of Spanish romance stories.
In the book, the mythical California is ruled by Queen Califa and populated only with female warriors who brandish gold weapons. They even harness their animals in gold because it is the only mineral on the island.
- If anything can go wrong, fix it!
- When given a choice – take both!
- Multiple projects lead to multiple successes.
- Start at the top and work your way up.
- Do it by the book…but be the author!
- When forced to compromise, ask for more.
- If you can’t beat them, join them, and then beat them.
- If it’s worth doing, it’s got to be done right now.
- If you can’t win, change the rules.
- If you can’t change the rules, ignore them.
- When faced without a challenge, make one.
- “No” simply means begin again at the next highest level.
- Don’t walk when you can run.
- Bureaucracy is a challenge to be conquered with a righteous attitude, an intolerance for stupidity, and bulldozer when necessary.
- When in doubt: THINK!
- Patience is a virtue but persistence to the point of success is a blessing.
- The squeaky wheel gets replaced.
- The faster you move, the slower time passes, the longer you live.
Admittedly, 160 words.
List of Wikileaks exposures.
- Day 1: military in every embassy
- Day 2: two criminal presidents
- Day 3: three illegal wars
- Day 4: four covered–up crimes
- Day 5: five plutocracies (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- Day 6: six sycophants (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
- Day 7: seven suicide attacks
- Day 8: eight enemy combatants
- Day 9: nine NATO divisions
- Day 10: 10 years of pollution
- Day 11: more profits for credit card companies
- Day 12: drug company immunity
- Day 13: 13 theocratic thugs
- Day 14: yet another war
- Day 15: 15 happy followers
- Day 16: 16 sadistic sanctions
- Day 17: 17 infuriating peace makers
- Day 18: 18 months of ignorance
- Day 19: Bollywood-Pentagon partnerships
- Day 20: corporate muscle for diplomacy
- Day 21: black market nukes
- Day 22: congressional prostitution
- Day 23: 23 convicted kidnappers
- Day 24: 24 million McDollars
- Day 25: killing the messenger
Why did China outperform India?
“Shanghai Theory of Economic Growth”
- Strong government
- State capitalism and government ownership
- Democracy is a hindrance to growth
It is neither infrastructure (Soviet Union vs China before 1989) nor strong government (Pakistan vs India by 2008) nor state capitalism (success of Korea, Singapore vs failures Burma and DPRK).
So why did China so systematically outperform India even during its Cultural Revolution?
China’s greatest advantage over India was basic education (literacy rate – to read/write 1500 Chinese characters vs write your name in any Indian language you happen to speak) whereas India focused heavily on tertiary education instead.
One manager of a Best Buy store, who resembles Fidel Castro, leveraged this “asset” turning his store into the best performer. How? Revolutionary mode (called his store “La Revolucion,” posted “Declaracion de Revolucion” in the break room, made store supervisors wear army fatigues,…) and encouragement to whistle when employees do good things.
In Cuba, considered “Internet enemy” by Freedom House, Internet has only 14% penetration, served much like rationned food.
In 2010, Castro admitted he admired Internet and WikiLeaks’ influence on American government and agreed to have a Cuba-Jamaica-Venezuela fiber-optic line, increasing its connectivity 3000 times, but not for ordinary citizens.
Banks create money based on borrowers’ promise (in exchange for bank loans) to pay back, i.e. money is created out of debt.
The Bible:“One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor but has great wealth” (Proverbs 13:7). Or: “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower becomes the lender’s slave.”(Proverbs 22:7).
Buddhism states money complex is a demonic religion – demonic because it cannot absolve our sense of lack.
P.S. Bush’s grandfather used money helping Hitler rise to power.