Monday, August 5, 2013

Russia, Snowden, Obama, and Olympics

Sometimes you wonder if Russia is run by a bunch of thugs who embezzle so much money they just sit around the table and laugh at ways they can make the world mad. Then again, by granting Snowden asylum they're also saying how much they remain the antithesis of the West (whether that's good or bad). Then you have Obama snubbing an upcoming meeting with Putin. THen you have Olympic excitement and the call to move the games in Sochi to Vancouver. Why? Russia's new legal stance on homosexuality, essentially imprisonment. Most chalk this up to a human rights violation, a basic one, but then again, not every country feels the same as the West. But then again, not every country celebrates the same level of fundamental human rights as us either. Either way, Russia remains complex, but nowadays they seem to just be prodding from afar giggling with glee.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Save the whistleblower, nah, just kidding

Obama is fast approaching the time when his fantastic communication project that began in 2008 is winding down so fast the top is spinning out of control. The promises he made are seemingly moot. Democrats are even questioning the extent this President is centrist, and perhaps in right leaning in many of his decisions. The extent of the Bush era post-9/11 has been felt by many, but few understood how deep it went. Snowden blew the lid off of NSA surveillance; the organization has been keeping a close eye on EVERYBODY'S activity. Kind of like how your credit card company knows your every purchase except this more than your purchases. This is everything electronic and even your phone. The part of national security, vs, whistleblower protection, is now challenged. THere is no way the government will relent. THis is too big to turn the other cheek. Snowden may never return, assuming he stays alive, and Obama will have another chink in the armour to cap off a bleek second term.