Despite the catcalls coming from Republicans, President Obama is not
the biggest loser in Putin's Crimea adventure. That honor goes the
Russia's super wealthy.
According to Business Week magazine, Russian billionaires saw their wealth shrink by
$13 billion since the beginning of the month. This is due to the markets
tanking as a result of Putin's misadventure.
And if Russian Plutocrats ain't happy, nobody's happy.
Will this change Putin's way of doing things? Probably not, but it
should. Money talks in ALL languages.
In the movie “Network,” a TV network honcho (played by Ned Beatty)
explains the way the world works to his clueless new anchor (Peter
Finch). It is both sobering and depressing – and it's as true today as
it was when the film was released in the 1976.
It may be that capitalism will do what diplomacy and military power cannot do.
That's what happened in Vietnam. GAP jeans destroyed communism.
“Network” could be the basis of a college course.
Among the leaks from Edward Snowden is this delightful bit of information:
According to Smithsonianmag.com, a NSA official who goes by the name
of "Zelda" writes an in-house advice column for spies.
I can see the column now:
"Dear Ask Zelda,
That rat-faced Edward Snowden somehow stole my password, copied
everything off my hard drive and hightailed it to Russia. What should
Bitter in Bethesda"
What next? A lonely hearts club for neo-cons?
Dick Cheney on Dr. Phil?
In unrelated news:
I am worried about the tires on my car. The potholes in the city are out of control -- including those downtown where we are trying to revive night, and day, life, and near UT -- the city's most important employer. How do we sell the city if the streets look like this?
THE LAST WORD I: The story of the girl who sued her parents for divorce has no good guys.
LAST WORD II:
Today we spied a snow blower in the outfield at the ball field. Nothing says "Toledo in March" quite like a snow blower in the outfield.