Be part of the solution, not the problem.
- “There’s Something Wrong With Me”
- To be happy, etc. — we have to want to be happy, etc.
- To do something — we have to believe it can be done.
- Stay away from sick people.
- Be part of the solution, not the problem.
There’s a natural progression here. Feel free to reverse it — or to repeat #4.
Now to the news, beginning with the predictable.
On June 26, I wrote:
- “The First Quarter contraction was bad enough that the Second Quarter almost has to show some growth. This will be good to remember when you can’t find Recession or Depression in the ‘Glossary,’ above, and the government says our economy is not in Recession or Depression.”
“Gross Domestic Product: Second Quarter 2014 (Advance Estimate)”
- Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — increased at an annual rate of 4.0 percent in the second quarter of 2014, according to the “advance” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the first quarter, real GDP decreased 2.1 percent (revised).
A Second Quarter contraction would mean we’re in “official” recession. Funny, how some things can work out.
“(What’s Left of) Our Economy: Beneath the Bullish GDP Report, a Worsening U.S. Trade Disaster Area”
- The new GDP data reveal that the trade debacle reported in the previous estimate for the first quarter was even worse than expected, with the annualized real trade deficit rising not to $441.1 billion on an annualized basis, but to $447.2 billion.
- The widening of the U.S. trade deficit from $366.3 billion in the second quarter of 2009 means that worsening trade flows have reduced the American economy’s cumulative growth during the current economic recovery by 6.38 percent. Worse, nearly all this damage has come in the private sector.
“Microsoft Ties with Gov’t on Rocks as Offices in Four Cities Raided”
[Caixin link -- July 30, 2014]
- Officials from the country’s copyright authority asked Microsoft in late 2013 to set prices according to China’s situation, improve its services and consider the interests of the country’s users of its software.
“The EU’s New Russia Sanctions Look Tough, But How Rigorously Will They Be Enforced?”
- While few in Washington understand the significance of this, everybody at top level in Germany does: Japan will force Germany’s hand in undermining the sanctions.
- Even during America’s long stand-off with the Soviet Union during the Cold War, Japan was never a completely reliable ally. This became notably apparent in the Toshiba Machine affair, in which Japan was revealed to have supplied highly sophisticated milling equipment that enabled the Soviets to render their submarines almost impossible for the U.S. Navy to track. On some estimates that breach of security cost the United States many billions. Tokyo never administered more than a slap on the wrist to relevant Toshiba executives. Japanese executives are rarely punished for boosting their nation’s exports.
“United States Commission on International Religious Freedom — Annual Report 2014″
- Based on these systematic, egregious, ongoing abuses, USCIRF again recommends that China be designated as a “country of particular concern,” or CPC, in 2014. The State Department has designated China as a CPC since 1999.
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“There’s Something Wrong With Me” – FFC #1098 of July 23, 2014
This essay isn’t about Nazis, but I can’t think of a better way to begin.
If something defies logic, then maybe there’s a reason. Nobody can solve an emotional puzzle with logic, intellect.
(Haven’t you ever loved a person you swore must be crazy?)
I’ve known lots of people who, when they were young children, and learning about themselves from old children, learned and memorized this:
“There’s something wrong with me.”
There you have it. They were wrong, of course, but there you have it anyway.
The shrinks might call it “low self-esteem” but it’s our country’s biggest problem. Every compulsion and addiction — from overeating to serial murder — is rooted in this fundamental self-hatred.
Every exploitation and vulnerability, too. How often do we make a purchase decision — or otherwise socially conform — to avoid the feeling, deeply subconscious, that “there’s something wrong with me”?
A hundred years ago, the typical German household was not what we Americans would think of as kid-friendly. Humiliated German children grew into adult Nazis who saw themselves — their defective and vulnerable childhood selves — in their Jewish victims. They symbolically exterminated their childhood selves, and thus completed the work of their childhood authority figures.
I know too many self-hating Americans — mostly good people of low self-esteem — who see themselves in their own children and grandchildren.
They are wrong, of course, but there you have it — and the reason their behavior defies logic.