For the record, Rome did not “survive” Caligula

I’ve seen references lately that Rome suffered through a leader like Trump (Caligula), survived him and had several more centuries of power.  Some thoughts about that:

  • The world moved slower then.  Empires lasted longer because the world moved at a slower pace before powered engines, flight and instant communication.  So a few centuries then is a much shorter time frame than now.
  • Rome did not “survive” Caligula — they assassinated him.  Not saying we should assassinate anyone, but the Romans took matters into their own hands (i.e. Acted rather than waited).
  • Rome was facing challenges, but not the same as today I dont’ think.  They did not have a powerful China, an antagonist in Russia and small states with nuclear missiles to contend with.   I feel like these are much more dangerous/lethal times for the US, than Rome was facing with Caligula.  Stakes are higher — and more instantaneous — for us at this moment than Rome faced in 1st Century AD/CE.

It’s scary to think where the world might be today with Trump in office at the times that Abe Lincoln, FDR, Ike and JFK had to navigate scary times.

Anyway, my two cents.

For the record, Rome did not “survive” Caligula

After telling myself and preaching for months that I was going to write in Bernie Sanders for president, I chickened out in the end…

I feel like Hilary Clinton is corrupt, past her prime and will ensure that the USA will stay broken, but also feel that Donald Trump is crazy (truly – I believe he is mentally ill) and will break things even more, so don’t want either one (at all) for President. So for months I’ve been thinking I was going to write in Bernie Sanders to prove a point.  But in the end I chickened out, and voted for the person I thought would be the least destructive for president.  Gawd, what a terrible time this is for US politics…  

After telling myself and preaching for months that I was going to write in Bernie Sanders for president, I chickened out in the end…

A sign of the times in USA is that it doesn’t make a difference if I mention that I am a customer when I am sales calling

10 years ago if I mentioned to a potential client that I was a customer of their company, they were much more likely to respond to my voice mail or email.  For example, I was having difficulty reaching a Director at Alaska Airlines in that she wouldn’t answer my calls or return my messages (why would she?  Her job description doesn’t include returning calls of Sales Guys); then I mentioned in an email that I was an MVP of her airline – she returned my email that day.  So I did that for awhile, and it worked, except for a regional Pharmacy (who I have not gone to since).  I went to a new role for several years where I didn’t call on places where I was a custtomer.  

The past two years I’ve returned to a role where I have the opportunity to mention people I am a customer.  I’ve mentioned I am a policy holder to Symetra (true), that my office makes field trips to donate to the local blood bank (true), and so on – only one person has returned my message when I’ve mentioned that.  To me, that is a sign of the times – people are too busy and too disposable too care, to give a courtesy return call to someone giving their business to them.  In the 2000s US, we are all out for ourselves (with some exceptions, of course) and not playing in this thing called life as a team.  It is too bad.  It is also a missed opportunity for companies…

A couple of years ago,  I reached a CTO at a rapidly growing start-up company.  He listened to my brief introduction for a moment, then asked if my company was a customer of his company.  “No,” I said.  “Listen, I’m interested, but we try only to do business with companies that do business with us.”  He was sincere and respectful, and honestly I loved it.  He told me if we became a customer of his company, to call him back.  What was the first thing I did?  I marched down the hall to my boss and asked if we could consider taking a look at this CTO’s solutions.  Brilliant.

When companies and/or managers don’t respond to a sales guy who is also a customer, it is a missed opportunity. It also has cost a few companies my business.  And, most importantly, a sign that our country has (temporarily?) lost its soul.

This didn’t happen overnight.  It started in the 80s, when offshoring and layoffs and union-busting and tax breaks that fueled income disparity began. Then post 9/11, when companies became incredibly automated and efficient with fewer workers, it continued.  We are all disposable in 2010s USA.  So of course a VP won’t care that I am a customer of their company, when they don’t know if they will have a job next month due to profit-fueled layoffs and when the bloated company alread has 10s of millions of customersf.

A sign of the times in USA is that it doesn’t make a difference if I mention that I am a customer when I am sales calling

I don’t care what Steve Largent says, I hope the Seahawks team does what they feel is right…

It is big news in Seattle this week that the Seahawks might not standing during the national anthem — as a team.  Steve Largent, the legendary receiver, spoke out against that, saying the National Anthem is not the right place to make a point.  Honestly, I don’t want Steve Largent’s opinion — he was a football player I loved to watch but also a politician and known as a conservative, which means he is is not exactly unbiased.  But more than that: Just when is the right venue to make a stance against something you feel is wrong?  Writing a letter to the editor?  Wearing a button?  Posting on facebook?  Will these truly make a difference?  No!  Here are these players, who are in the midst of the only time in their lives when society deems the relevant, who want to use that stage to stand up for what they think is right, and doing it during the national anthem is a powerful time for being heard, for making sure a topic is being discussed.  But it is not that I am for sullying the anthem — to me, what is important, is that in America we have the right to protest the anthem if we want to.  *That* is liberty.  If as a society we bully people into falling in line during the anthem, if we enforce the anthem, than we are no better than North Korea.  If that happens, if we enforce the anthem, I will be very scared.

I don’t care what Steve Largent says, I hope the Seahawks team does what they feel is right…

Deeply offended that Democratic National Party mocked Bernie, rigged the election and made racist (jewish) comments.

Who are these people?  Where do they come from?  Why do — no matter how many generations we see — they keep coming?  How can you possibly be so ignorant and — pardon me — stupid in 2016 USA, after decades of civil rights and every attempt to educate/coach the human spirt?

Why do they keep appearing to mock the process?  To make racist comments?  To put inappropriate comments in email (which is absolute stupidity).  Then to blame the Russians (whether it is true they hacked the server or not is actually complete;y irrelevant – if the DNC didn’t do those things it wouldn’t have mattered).  

Today was the straw that broke the camel’s back…  Bill Clinton schmoozing the Attorney General during Hilary Clinton’s investigation (then turning his back when her staffers were sacrificed) pushed me to the edge, and then the DNC corrupting the process pushed me over it.  

People have literally died so I can have the right to vote — there is no way that I am going to waste that vote on corrupt people, whether it is Chump/Trump or Clinton.  I was already decided yesterday to write in Bernie Sanders, now it is cemented.  No matter what, I can’t vote for someone who is so blatantly corrupt — too many people have given too much over the years for me to endorse corruption by voting for someone who is corrupt.  Bernie for President.  Clinton and Chump/Trump – I hope 2016 is the last we ever see of them.  Of course, the names change, but the people are the same, but that’s okay – my vote is still mine and all I can control is today….

Deeply offended that Democratic National Party mocked Bernie, rigged the election and made racist (jewish) comments.

Funny how someone who steals my ipad is a criminal, but a CEO who keeps my bonus is not…

If someone swipes my ipad off my desk, they might be charged with a felony.  But if a CEO runs a company that tries to keep my bonus check (true) of more than 1,000 dollars, that is perfectly legal.  Even if I sue and win, the CEO is not deemed a criminal.  Or if a CEO of a 1B profitable company lays off 1,000 people (disrupting their lives) so he/she can boost the stock price, that is also acceptable in the eyes of the law/court.   I am not sure how that is fair.  What’s more interesting is human nature, wherein 1 person can injure 1,000 people – and the 1K people allow it.  Wild.

Funny how someone who steals my ipad is a criminal, but a CEO who keeps my bonus is not…

US prison statistics in lieu of our censuring North Korea…

Was curious about our prison stats after our censuring N Korea for holding 80-120K prisoners: About 1 in 100 Americans (2.5 million) are imprisoned, prisons are 40 percent over capacity, about 1 in 5 prisoners suffers violence and 2 to 4% of prisoners are raped per year. On the plus side, our prisoners make .92/hr. Sheesh, we are are a harsh society…

 

US prison statistics in lieu of our censuring North Korea…