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BTRTN: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Korea?

Born to Run the Numbers on the need for new thinking about Korea:
http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/09/how-do-you-solve-problem-like-korea.html

Excerpt:
"The single most effective thing that the United States could be doing to combat North Korea is to create and foment a Korean Spring… a recognition among the people of North Korea that Kim Jong-un is a savage tyrant who is terrorizing, repressing, and starving his own people to save his own position... Why aren’t we waging the most aggressive and sophisticated communications program in history to let North Koreans know that their leader is a cruel tyrant who is endangering their families, repressing their freedom, killing their opportunity, and preventing them from joining in the prosperity and economic vibrancy of free nations?

"Sure, it will be tough to get that message into North Korea, but we must. Smuggle it, mail it, put it on flash drives and air-drop it. Put it in water-tight canisters – messages in a bottle -- that wash up on the shore. Put it, Trojan-horse style, in gifts. Yes, and have Lin-Manuel Miranda write it, Patty Jenkins direct it, Bruce Springsteen sing it, and Stephen Doyle design it. We need to put a world class team of creative artists and media gurus to the task of communicating with the people of North Korea. Advertisers know that for all the money they spend on television, the most powerful medium in the world is word of mouth. Once we get the fire started, there will be no stopping.Like there was no stopping Lech Walesa, the people from the east pouring through the gates of the Berlin Wall, a man in front of a tank Tiananmen Square, Martin Luther King… or Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and Hamilton."

BTRTN: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Korea?

Born to Run the Numbers on the need for new thinking about Korea:
http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/09/how-do-you-solve-problem-like-korea.html

Excerpt:
"The single most effective thing that the United States could be doing to combat North Korea is to create and foment a Korean Spring… a recognition among the people of North Korea that Kim Jong-un is a savage tyrant who is terrorizing, repressing, and starving his own people to save his own position... Why aren’t we waging the most aggressive and sophisticated communications program in history to let North Koreans know that their leader is a cruel tyrant who is endangering their families, repressing their freedom, killing their opportunity, and preventing them from joining in the prosperity and economic vibrancy of free nations?

"Sure, it will be tough to get that message into North Korea, but we must. Smuggle it, mail it, put it on flash drives and air-drop it. Put it in water-tight canisters – messages in a bottle -- that wash up on the shore. Put it, Trojan-horse style, in gifts. Yes, and have Lin-Manuel Miranda write it, Patty Jenkins direct it, Bruce Springsteen sing it, and Stephen Doyle design it. We need to put a world class team of creative artists and media gurus to the task of communicating with the people of North Korea. Advertisers know that for all the money they spend on television, the most powerful medium in the world is word of mouth. Once we get the fire started, there will be no stopping.Like there was no stopping Lech Walesa, the people from the east pouring through the gates of the Berlin Wall, a man in front of a tank Tiananmen Square, Martin Luther King… or Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and Hamilton."

BTRTN: Time for a New Bill of Rights

Born to Run the Numbers on the quiet Constitutional Crisis: it is time to end how partisan actors exploit the grey areas in our Constitution to subvert the will of the people.

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/09/time-for-new-bill-of-rights.html

Excerpt: "Yes, the Constitution is off warranty and we blew past its 200 year maintenance and servicing without checking under the hood. Madison probably would have been stunned that there have only been 27 amendments in 240 years, and flabbergasted that only two have been ratified in the last fifty years. A strong argument can be made that the document itself actually no longer does a good job of reflecting the will and the inalienable rights of the citizens – not on the small stuff, but on the most crucial matters of government.
--Twice in the past seventeen years we have elected a President who did not win the votes of a majority of citizens.
--We have seen the will of the people to appoint a Supreme Court Justice eviscerated by inadequate governing language in the Constitution, and the very philosophical balance of the Court thereby shifted away from what the majority of the people intended at the time of the vacancy.
--We have seen the House of Representatives turned into a dysfunctional and non-productive forum for rigid ideologues to posture and preen while getting nothing done.
--We are living in a nightmare in which a single, terribly flawed and arguably deranged human being has the right and power to launch weaponry that would destroy civilization on earth, and we can do nothing about it.
Posted by reggieandlee | Tue Sep 5, 2017, 08:55 AM (3 replies)

BTRTN: Time for a New Bill of Rights

Born to Run the Numbers on the quiet Constitutional Crisis: it is time to end how partisan actors exploit the grey areas in our Constitution to subvert the will of the people.

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/09/time-for-new-bill-of-rights.html

Excerpt: "Yes, the Constitution is off warranty and we blew past its 200 year maintenance and servicing without checking under the hood. Madison probably would have been stunned that there have only been 27 amendments in 240 years, and flabbergasted that only two have been ratified in the last fifty years. A strong argument can be made that the document itself actually no longer does a good job of reflecting the will and the inalienable rights of the citizens – not on the small stuff, but on the most crucial matters of government.
--Twice in the past seventeen years we have elected a President who did not win the votes of a majority of citizens.
--We have seen the will of the people to appoint a Supreme Court Justice eviscerated by inadequate governing language in the Constitution, and the very philosophical balance of the Court thereby shifted away from what the majority of the people intended at the time of the vacancy.
--We have seen the House of Representatives turned into a dysfunctional and non-productive forum for rigid ideologues to posture and preen while getting nothing done.
--We are living in a nightmare in which a single, terribly flawed and arguably deranged human being has the right and power to launch weaponry that would destroy civilization on earth, and we can do nothing about it.
Posted by reggieandlee | Tue Sep 5, 2017, 08:54 AM (0 replies)

BTRTN: Loose Bannon... Watch Fox Get "Primaried" by Breitbart

Born to Run the Numbers speculates on Steve Bannon's plans for Breitbart:

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/08/loose-bannon-watch-fox-get-primaried-by.html

Excerpt: "Perhaps Bannon’s brief and unsuccessful tenure in the White House and Ailes’ demise may have made Bannon realize that what he really wants to be is the next Ailes: the kingmaker who controls the Republican Party by functioning as the conduit to and from its ever-more animated bedrock conservative base.

In Trump, Bannon had the perfect vessel: a powerful demagogue who had an intuitive sense for populist rage, bigotry, and fear… but who lacked an organized, coherent philosophy through which he could turn voter support into actionable legislative programs. Bannon disciplined Trump into core campaign themes: economic nationalism, military isolationism, and unrelenting savage attacks on Hilary Clinton’s trustworthiness. Trump’s campaign had been in shambles when Bannon arrived, and Bannon has every reason to believe that he was the reason that Trump won.

Like Ailes before him, Bannon sees the opportunity to institutionalize this role as “kingmaker” by controlling the media that connects with the base. This means building Breitbart News as rapidly as possible, and challenging the pre-eminence of Fox News as the voice of the right. If that’s indeed the goal, here are five things one might can expect from Bannon in the very near future..."

BTRTN: Loose Bannon... Watch Fox Get "Primaried" by Breitbart

Born to Run the Numbers speculates on Steve Bannon's plans for Breitbart:

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/08/loose-bannon-watch-fox-get-primaried-by.html

Excerpt: "Perhaps Bannon’s brief and unsuccessful tenure in the White House and Ailes’ demise may have made Bannon realize that what he really wants to be is the next Ailes: the kingmaker who controls the Republican Party by functioning as the conduit to and from its ever-more animated bedrock conservative base.

In Trump, Bannon had the perfect vessel: a powerful demagogue who had an intuitive sense for populist rage, bigotry, and fear… but who lacked an organized, coherent philosophy through which he could turn voter support into actionable legislative programs. Bannon disciplined Trump into core campaign themes: economic nationalism, military isolationism, and unrelenting savage attacks on Hilary Clinton’s trustworthiness. Trump’s campaign had been in shambles when Bannon arrived, and Bannon has every reason to believe that he was the reason that Trump won.

Like Ailes before him, Bannon sees the opportunity to institutionalize this role as “kingmaker” by controlling the media that connects with the base. This means building Breitbart News as rapidly as possible, and challenging the pre-eminence of Fox News as the voice of the right. If that’s indeed the goal, here are five things one might can expect from Bannon in the very near future..."

BTRTN: Flake News... The Republican Turning of the Screwed.

Born to Run the Numbers on the two weeks that historians may view as the inflection point in the Trump White House:

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/08/flake-news-republican-turning-of-screwed.html

Excerpt:
Two months ago, we dismissed the odds of impeachment simply because of the math. Even if articles of impeachment could be squeezed through the House, the odds of reaching the 67 Senators required for conviction seemed remote.

And yet in these short two weeks, we’ve seen Republicans in Congress begin to change their tune.

Perhaps, in their hearts, they realize Jeff Flake’s flake news is actually the real deal: that this President has no overarching political philosophy, vision, or goal other than the veneration and glory of Donald Trump.

Perhaps they are now realizing that the President’s unmitigated fear of and hostility toward the Special Prosecutor is in and of itself an admission of guilt.

Perhaps they are tired of a President who blames and insults them for his own failures of leadership, most notably on the central campaign promise of the Republican 2016 platform.

Perhaps they have finally seen that he is perfectly willing to hang them out to dry for his own ineptitude.

But we sense a sea change, a moment when Republicans in Congress realize that that their leader is fighting a very different battle from the rest of them, particularly as 2017 marches inexorably towards 2018 and the midterm elections. His is a battle for survival, and they are just so much collateral damage.

Call it the turning of the screwed.
Posted by reggieandlee | Fri Aug 4, 2017, 11:53 AM (1 replies)

BTRTN: Flake News... The Republican Turning of the Screwed.

Born to Run the Numbers on the two weeks that historians may view as the inflection point in the Trump White House:

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/08/flake-news-republican-turning-of-screwed.html

Excerpt:
Two months ago, we dismissed the odds of impeachment simply because of the math. Even if articles of impeachment could be squeezed through the House, the odds of reaching the 67 Senators required for conviction seemed remote.

And yet in these short two weeks, we’ve seen Republicans in Congress begin to change their tune.

Perhaps, in their hearts, they realize Jeff Flake’s flake news is actually the real deal: that this President has no overarching political philosophy, vision, or goal other than the veneration and glory of Donald Trump.

Perhaps they are now realizing that the President’s unmitigated fear of and hostility toward the Special Prosecutor is in and of itself an admission of guilt.

Perhaps they are tired of a President who blames and insults them for his own failures of leadership, most notably on the central campaign promise of the Republican 2016 platform.

Perhaps they have finally seen that he is perfectly willing to hang them out to dry for his own ineptitude.

But we sense a sea change, a moment when Republicans in Congress realize that that their leader is fighting a very different battle from the rest of them, particularly as 2017 marches inexorably towards 2018 and the midterm elections. His is a battle for survival, and they are just so much collateral damage.

Call it the turning of the screwed.


Posted by reggieandlee | Fri Aug 4, 2017, 11:52 AM (2 replies)

BTRTN: Topping the Fall Reality TV Line-Up... Constitutional Crisis

Born to Run the Numbers on how the events of this past week point toward an inevitable constitutional crisis... both in the legal sense, and in the sense of our national constitution: our will, and our character.

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/07/topping-fall-reality-tv-line-up.html

Excerpt:

"By week’s end it had become apparent that Donald Trump is laying the groundwork for firing Robert Mueller, and, in all likelihood, doing anything and everything he perceives to be within his power to cripple the Russia investigation permanently.

If this comes to pass, the United States could very well face the gravest constitutional crisis in its history. But there is constitutional crisis – as in, the unwillingness of one branch of government to accede to the limits of its constitutional authority – and then there is a crisis of our national constitution … a challenge to our character and will as a people. Once the facts are established that Trump is overstepping his constitutional authority, are we as a people willing to act in order to force our representatives to rein in or remove a President who is brazenly and nakedly intent on subverting a vital investigation into the most serious threat to our democracy in the history of our republic?"

BTRTN: Topping the Fall Reality TV Line-Up... Constitutional Crisis

Born to Run the Numbers on how the events of this past week point toward an inevitable constitutional crisis... both in the legal sense, and in the sense of our national constitution: our will, and our character.

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/07/topping-fall-reality-tv-line-up.html

Excerpt:

"By week’s end it had become apparent that Donald Trump is laying the groundwork for firing Robert Mueller, and, in all likelihood, doing anything and everything he perceives to be within his power to cripple the Russia investigation permanently.

If this comes to pass, the United States could very well face the gravest constitutional crisis in its history. But there is constitutional crisis – as in, the unwillingness of one branch of government to accede to the limits of its constitutional authority – and then there is a crisis of our national constitution … a challenge to our character and will as a people. Once the facts are established that Trump is overstepping his constitutional authority, are we as a people willing to act in order to force our representatives to rein in or remove a President who is brazenly and nakedly intent on subverting a vital investigation into the most serious threat to our democracy in the history of our republic?"
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