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THE LOST BATTALION
Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea. As I watch the ongoing struggle to re-legitimize immigration, I’m reminded of a war and a battle fought in France over a century ago. It was the basis for a Canadian-American docudrama entitled “The Lost Battalion”.
The historic details are a matter of record and need no recounting here except in summary. In October 1918, during a battle in the Argonne Forest, units of American infantry comprised of mostly immigrants or first generation Americans, found themselves surrounded, outnumbered and constantly under siege by the best the German Army could throw at them.
In the film, one of the American officers is captured and during a very polite interrogation by the commander of the Kaiser’s infantry, the lieutenant, himself from Texas, explains the reality of it.
“What you’re up against, Major, is a bunch of Mick, Polack, Dago and Jew Boy gangsters from New York City. They’ll never surrender. Never.”
In their own neighborhoods back home, they warred against one another with a savagery that was legend even before their time. A century ago, some 500 of them went into battle and when relieved, 197 of them remained on their feet.
We have always been a nation of immigrants and considering the sacrifices they have made, I thank God for that.
Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear. Rusty
THE ONLY WAY TO DEAL WITH CORRUPTION
Just been to an interesting lecture entitled “Ethics, Politics And Economics” and found fascinating the concept of “Panopticon,” a building design created in the 18th Century by English philosopher Jeremy Benthan, who is considered the the founder of modern utilitarianism..
One of Benthan’s principles of observation is to allow all (pan-) inmates of an institution to be observed (-opticon) by a single watchman without the inmates being able to tell whether or not they are being watched.
From a philosophical perspective, the idea to watch and be watched is quite widespread in modern society. One prime example, certainly, are Chinese plans to create a citizen rating system by 2020, as discussed in this article, “Big Data Meets Big Brother As China Moves To Rate Its Citizens”.
Another is the recent ambiguity with FaceBook over the use of its data by Cambridge Analytica.
Not forgetting about Snowden’s revelations and all sorts of spy conspiracy scandals, all these add to the total feeling of common people’s fear of being watched and analyzed. If it is made with the consent of the observed, that is one thing. Without such permission, it is a completely different story.
But what the watched had control over the watcher? What if society itself was be able to observe the activity of establishments, governments and administrations to make them transparent with the click of a mouse?
The emerging blockchain technology seems to empower common people to take control of state services, like finding out how their taxes are spent by tracking every payment on blockchain. To see the possibilities that opens, I strongly recommend reading both Transparent Transactions and Governmental Blockchain Adoption
The only way to deal with corruption is openness of data. That is what blockchain is all about.
That’s all for now. Take care, Mishka. Olya Бог с тобой, любимой двоюродной моей. Бог со всеми нами.
Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine. Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management. For comments, please go here.
RUSTY’S UNCLE SEAMUS
What can honestly be said about a species incapable of protecting its own young?
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
We watched, as did millions of people around the world, our children and grandchildren marching in America’s capital and in every major city from Amsterdam to Winnipeg. Media coverage, in our opinion, has been and no doubt will continue to be outstanding. There is little we can or should add in these regards. We remain horrified by the circumstances which brought such a primal issue to the forefront and outraged beyond words at elected officials, many of whom are parents themselves, who refuse to act swiftly, concisely and apolitically to place the most vulnerable of human lives first and foremost on their agenda. Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
This certainly puts a new spin on outsourcing. The Bot Taking Harassment Complaints
This is awesome. A Telescope Of Galactic Proportions
Good for them! Four Teen Inventors Changing The World
I am one of the 7 billion human beings alive today. We each have a responsibility to think about humanity and the good of the world because it affects our own future. We weren’t born on this planet at this time to create problems but to bring about some benefit.
WAY TO GO, YOU GUYS
THE GREEN BEAT
COMMUNITY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
This is good news. Interior Secretary Declares Support For Grizzly Bear Restoration In…
This could also alter, for the positive, the local economy. After 70 Years, Salmon Could Return To Columbia River Above Grand Coulee
Now here’s something I suspect we’ve all been pondering for some while. How Did Turtles Get Their Shells?
YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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