5 Ways Harvey Changes Content Relationships by Barbara Cerda

While Harvey continues to wreak its worse, content strategists will reassess current projects or repurpose their favorite marketing channels.

The Houston Texas catastrophic weather event has struck the nation’s heart and soul. In the midst of it all, it is still too early to guestimate the damage to infrastructures and lives. As a result, content project managers will arrive to new understandings about strategizing marketing.

Whether designing or managing content marketing projects. Or just updating promotional strategies for existing teams and projects….Harvey will alter the nature of how we expedite commerce and trade.

Houston is home to a large number of Fortune 500 companies. Most are energy related giants that supply goods and cross services to many industries, both global and domestic. From fuel to plastics to product yields from research labs, the loss of man-hours and productivity will be costly to some and an inconvenience to most.

1. Evolutions in commerce and trade will require changes in how content marketing teams strategize.

Businesses like retail giant Amazon depend upon integrated logistics. Unpredictable and lasting effects of Harvey will cause unseen challenges to smooth delivery of product and services. This will test the strength of their customer response teams. Communication will be their first line of defense.

2. Emphasis on the changing costs of rebuilding high-rises, roads, bridges, and highways will require content project leadership able to create easily understood reports and proposals.

As the concrete dries, civil engineers and city planners will come to a new understanding of how standing water and bacteria effects concrete structures. The demand for project managing content to explain and put into English proposals needful of explanation will be in demand.

3. Extreme weather changes and forced shutdowns will motivate changes in technology and virtual work forces.

Building digital bridges that connect content project management teams will become more needful. With an eye on how to lessen loss of time and revenue…employers will depend more of outsourcing and virtual talent.

4. Because of the phenomenon of standing sewer water, Fortune 500 companies in Texas will experience inordinate numbers of sick employees.

The emotional stress of loss will burden existing healthcare costs, loss of time and wages. Marketing budgets will suffer and content will have to deflect budgetary changes while still delivering great content.

5. And finally and this is most important. As the frequency and severity of hurricanes, continue so will the need to create global warming awareness content.

Companies desiring to present to the public their global warming awareness must also alter business practices. That will elicit an event where customers’ will increasingly depend on marketing channels or social media for its social news and communications.

Soul of the World By David Mealing

 

Published by: Orbit Books

Impressions

This is an epic and deeply ambitious read. Military battles and the politics of civil war come to life in a fantasy world filled with magic.

Marching to the mantra of Liberté égalité fraternité

The great reveal in this story is the wealth of battle theaters. Strategic scenes bring to mind the time of the 47 Ronin, the French Resistance during WWII, the US Civil War echoes a call to arms for, liberty, equality, and brotherhood. It is a reminder of humanity’s need for warfare that goes unaltered. But this telling of war also includes love and betrayal that accompanies magic.

The concept of tethering a leyline to bind paranormal powers is a fascinating concept. Also, the acquiring of spirit powers from slain beasts is an almost forgotten legacy from the original tribes of earth. Even to the contrivance of words like Trithetic pulls this reader to thoughts of the commonality of religions that dot humanity’s history. Each chapter of this book effortlessly explores the diversions between opposing cultures while magic seems to be the binding force.

The transition from chapter to chapter and the development of storyline was, for me, extremely enjoyable. It kept this reader wondering how the main drivers of the tale could eventually come together and become heroines and hero. I felt the disappointment at the loss of friends and fellow soldiers. I laughed at the ribald in your face language from wine laden lips.

My Favorite Characters

Chevalier-General Erris D’Arrent is a fictional embodiment of strong character and bravery. She has the qualities we’ve come to love in superheroes.

Steeped in the old tried and true traditions of his tribe the Sanari Guardian Arak’Jur is my second favorite character. Putting aside the pain of loss and war, he learns how questioning the unquestionable becomes an important tool for survival.

Story/Plot/Conflict

Three must fight. Three must die. Three must rise

This novel is about a fantasy world that finds its fated path darkened with civil war. The journey is also about the politics of court intrigue, love, and death. But soldiers and the resistance yearning for a renaissance are fighting in an enchanted world where magical shamans speak truth from gods. Streets and sewers run red with blood. And tribal guardians assume the power of the animal spirits they slay.

Evil takes residence in the hearts of the oppressed in the cities of the Gands and Sarresants. Three women from divergent cultures define the outcomes of this war between good and evil in a fantasy world in the grips of a fight that may never end.
Who among the gods will survive and who among men will ascend to the Veil. Their weapons of choice are warding spells, binding powerful magic and the power of spirit guides.

Main Characters

Sarine Thibeaux is a street artist inhabiting the slums call the Maw. A freebinder, she possesses innate and rare abilities. Inside her lies a hidden secret that will change and save her world.
Chevalier-General Erris d’Arrent is a military fullbinder. Born to a blacksmith and trained by the military, she becomes a formidable commander and leader of her world New Sarresant.
Arak’Jur is the Sanari Guardian leader. He embodies the strength of his tribe and is the protector. His leadership balances the wisdom of the seer the Ka or shaman with the spirit powers of the beasts he slays.
Llanara is the ambitious young Sanari woman. A betrayer and once the lover of the Guardian Arak’Jur, the forbidden evil of the gods twist her mind and heart.

Critique: David Mealing work is as ambitious a tale as sand worms and desert planets. It is a long read….but well worth the journey. Finely edited, the transitions and development of characters was spot on. Not just a good read….a must read.

Genre: Adult Fantasy Adventure, violence and war

I rate this 5/5 stars

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An Unnatural Vice By K.J. Charles

Book Review

Impressions
My first time reading this author and I am going back to the well. Her descriptive language pulled me into the world of a London that has fascinated me. This is a view of the raw unvarnished realities of a time when monochrome morality was worsen by pollution leaden fog and “poor houses”. I am in London. Slipping and sliding on fog-wet pavers and stepping onto high kerbs.

This writing developed beautifully with its careful transition to faith fulfillment and an unrepentant love between two men who are polar opposites.

Seduction

“The sane, sensible, lawyer part of Nathaniel’s mind was screaming Danger! But it was being drowned out by the blood pounding in his ears. Lazarus’s slightly parted lips, those wicked eyes, the scruffy half-grown beard, all of those were making his mouth dry, but it was the sheer unrelenting will of the man opposite him that was turning attraction into urgent need.” – An Unnatural Vice

Halfway through the read and my favorite character is Justin Lazarus. His seduction of Nathaniel is haunting. Justin’s jaunty arrogance that belies self-hate and extreme cynicism, for me, was heart stealing. It seems Nathaniel’s notice of the charlatan’s unusual and perhaps uncanny good looks begin this tale of love and self-discoveries. This was a story begun in a drawing room on Hanging Sword Alley and it began nicely for me.

It is one thing to include jargon of period and culture and another thing completely to weave it into the read in ways that add ambiance. It is wonderful to receive an education while being seduced between the covers of this book.

Of course, this is also a tale that never seems to grow old, the seeming endless breach between the obstinacy of conservative ideologies versus preachers of neo-progression

Story/Plot/Conflict

Something is definitely afoot when bodies are showing up at his friend’s door and family heads are mysteriously committing suicide. Of course, it’s in Victorian England where upstanding people do these things when scandal knocks at the door. But the wealthy journalist and family friend Nathaniel decides to right the wrongs and in the process finds his world, reshaped.

He must obtain the assistance of the London Seer. Born of the gutter and abandoned at birth Justin Lazarus is a self-made man who profits as an unapologetic lair and cheat. Preying on the lonely and bereft, he enters Nathaniel Roy’s life. Antagonism, mutual want, and uncontrolled passions change them both…but at what cost.

My Main Characterizations

Nathaniel Roy (Nathan Royston) He is rich, powerful, large in statue, and filled to the brim with conservatism. Nathaniel felt only contempt for this charlatan that would use the pain of other’s loss as a tool to extort monies. But his empty heart is rapidly filling with the scent of Justin.

Justin Lazarus slight of built with uncanny grey eyes he exemplifies how a man coming of age in the wretched slums can find his own path to fame and riches. Unapologetic love allows him an escape from self-destruction and the discovery of self-worth.

Critiques
Put simply…this is good stuff and a good read. Thank you K.J. Charles

Stand Alone Quant Analytics without Human Behavior Economics will not suffice by Uday Raval

The growing phenomenon of global socialism and protectionism influences the paradigm paralysis or the failure to recognize how current models of thinking are dominating investor behavior. This has become an important component of how data models are failing at predicting asset price behavior across the globe. While age-old ideas centered on quantitative modeling, number crunching, and reviews of comparatives of past performance is still widely used. Quantitative analysts ignore the nascent economic concepts that actually drive and predict pricing. This new construct is human behavior.

Simply put. Any asset price is a function of quantitative information and human behavior. Prices and yields are predictive of quantitative fundamentals and behavioral economics.

We use Human Behavioral Economics scoring, to capture and quantify sentimental data. Our calculation methodology and its component scoring are proprietary. It behaves as an instrument that captures each overt and subtle human sentiment operational in trading markets. Human Behavior Economics is a method that quantifies the subtle differences between what investors say, think and their actions.

Investment management absent Human Behavior Analytics using rules based on standalone quantitative modeling merely represents sub substandard and outdated modes of investment management.

Earlier market traders centered on antiquated quantative correlative modeling that no longer work and are yielding abysmal returns.

In delivering alpha, traditional quant analysts follow truths based on mathematics and statistical analysis. This approach merely verifies and group together evidentiary financial shifts. It ignores the fundamental proof of Human Behavior Economics while fueling trends in pre-boxed analytics. Current methodologies of investment has reached its peak and has exhausted its outperformers or the select few.

Before considering this new investment strategy, first initialize an honest analytical compilation of your portfolio’s performance. In addition, think how the historic predictors of currency behavior was brought on by social influencers, as an unexpected Brexit. This socialistic event changed forever global investment behavior. So in order to solve for social unknowns a new approach to quantifying human behavior must translate into a viable vehicle for a sound investment strategy.

This wealth building approach starts by exploring how we quantify herd mentality that alters investment sentiment. Many strategists understand the importance of quantifying how market sentiment acts on and translates into a viable tool for investment growth. Nevertheless, many fail to produce a measurement of market sentiment that will change incrementally wealth outcomes. That approach requires the next generation in behavioral predictors.

Human behavior analysis or human psychology is that meme upon which investment behavior should be reliant on and up until now, it only represented unstructured information. To become useful this information must undergo vetting and a cleaning up of unusable statistics. Raw data becomes usable information and enabled for conversion into a myriad of valuable quantitative tools ready for investment analysis. This is where the new breed of human behavior analytics in investment planning plays an important role.

There are many investor sentiment indicators and analytical tools available, but are they able to capture the real essence of human behavior analytics. In addition, are these investment applications able to exhibit an in-depth understanding of the constant shifts in current financial sentiment?

Uday Raval

Barbara Cerda, Editor

Criteria for Developing the Center for Pancreatic and Renal Regenerative Medicine – Grant W Peters

 

A life defined by decades of kidney dialysis, a proactive education and experiences in academic research, offers me a unique vantage point. This knowledge converges on but is not limited to biotechnology and its inherent disciplines. My journey into understanding the technologies of laboratory investigative studies began in earnest in 2004 as a transplant patient.

From learned observations, I offer a singularly objective expertise into the micro challenges inherent in research. In achieving successful clinical outcomes, a researcher must desert any notion of closed investigative doors. They are merely opportunities in exploring additional or new and exciting outcomes. Most importantly nascent biotechnology research will produce significant breakthroughs in avenues of treatment while enhancing the life quality of end users.

A strong understanding of the interrelationships necessary to communication is important in conducting processes and achieving research team success.

Being an integral part of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine team, at the University of Pittsburgh, offered me a unique opportunity. The experience was amazing in that it allowed me to contribute to different facets of this important research. In my opinion, published clinical applications often leave many unanswered questions. For example, when sifting through approximately 800,000+ research articles published yearly. What are the methods used to determine which publications are laudable for further interest?

Perhaps the definition of successful biotechnology researchers would be individuals with the ability to capture that hidden gem; buried within the enormity of data that is worthy of further investigation. To achieve this, the researcher must understand how to eliminate hidden barriers which is necessary to successful outcomes.

Academic research focuses on the novel or intriguing questions but little concerning what is the individual focus.

Development of three dimensional cell culture systems is time consuming, expensive, and repetitive. As an example, a clinical-scale bio-artificial organ or a laboratory scale three-dimensional perfusion bioreactor would undergo numerous iterations. Long before acceptance into animal trials or laboratory use. This axiom also holds true for pre-clinical trials of pharmaceuticals. Subsequent results will not see publication. It does not heighten the prestige of the investigator, and is not fundable through normal endowment channels. Nevertheless, it is essential to the collaborative efforts between academia, engineers, cell biologists, and practicing physicians, involved with research and development within the field of biotechnology. In addition, these efforts afford little to heighten the prestige of the investigator, and are not fundable through normal endowment channels. Nevertheless, it is essential to the collaborative efforts of all who contribute to biotechnology research and development.

With this mandate in mind, my goal is to achieve a scholarship to help in continuing my journey in cellular research and regenerative medicine. I believe that this will provide me with the means in which to identify new successful treatment outcomes while improving the efficacy of pharmaceutical protocols.

Edited by Barbara Cerda

A Book Review Introduction by Barbara Ann Cerda

One of the most important marketing tools for any author is getting word of mouth attention. I have learned that there are many gifted unnoticed wordsmiths.

While immersing myself in book reviews this pass month the thought occurred to offer free reviews to my book marketing pack.

Lots of friendly professional reviews are needful. Book chatter is essential to survival. Goodreads and Amazon ePublishing thrive on word of mouth traffic and chat groups. Proficient book reviews draw attention.

I currently post 350 to 400 word count reviews on:

Goodreads
Amazon,
Kobo and
Barnes and Noble
Coming soon Netgalley
The entire above share Twitter links

I have created Paper.il newsletter, WordPress Blog, Book Review Spreadsheet and Calendar. The newsletter will present updated blog content and will email daily to subscribers. The front page will include daily updated book reviews and social news about publishing and anything wordsmithing.

The spreadsheets will track the following in this way:

• A tab for each of your websites (color coded for easier ID)
• Under your individual tab will be listed your author and book title.
• All links that pertain to the work
• Dates requests submitted and review due date
• The calendar is just a handy way of viewing the month’s activity (also colored coded).

As information gets organized, I will also post links to free book reviewers.

The thing is we can be most useful to our authors by driving traffic to your websites and blogs. Favorable reviews will help in achieving that.

This is NOT a marketing proposal on your websites and blogs for me. So an email or open letter to authors, publishers, and bloggers explaining the free service will suffice.

But I cannot accept rush reviews or ARCs, placing them ahead in the cue, without charging a nominal fee.

I will accept most genres. Because of other commitments, there will be a 2 to 3 month delivery on reviews and no books over 400 pages. I currently review for Netgalley and Alpha Book Club.

The author or publisher is responsible for delivery of copy formatted in Kindle MOBI, MSWord, or PDF. Books submitted for review must have a Goodreads and Amazon account. Submission request can come to my email (bobann88@gmail.com) for now, until I figure out where best to place a submission form.

Keeping this simple is important and I’d be grateful for any input.

Barb

Gender Equality is necessary for the Welfare of the State

In 415 AD, a Roman Egyptian and Christian “Peter the Reader” was a radical who led a mob that accosted the female educational leader Hypatia. Returning home from a lecture, she was strapped to her carriage, stripped of clothing, and then dragged naked to the Christianised Caesareum in Alexandria. In the presence of the horde of Christian onlookers, she was skinned with tiles and seashells. Torn into pieces Hypatia’s body was then burned. Thousands of years have passed in the wake of that tragedy, yet those of us born female still struggle under the same omen of global gender disparity.

Three generations of the world’s greatest female warriors met at the Lincoln Center in celebration of strong hearts and the power of brilliant minds.

In New York City on March 8, 2012, Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s editor-in-chief Tina Brown hosted the third annual Women in The World Summit. It was an event to celebrate women. The gathering was to shed light on the organizations that bravely step onto the global battle arena for the rights of all women.

It was an important occasion because an ongoing war to repair the harsh realities of global gender inequities still exists. The outcries of the youngest generation of women were heard in a single voice. The amazing then 16-year-old songstress Suma Tharu held captive her audience. Escaping servitude in her home of Nepal, her a-cappella voice rang strong and clear enfolding emotions. The lilting melody and lyrics cut through the glare of glamour and media to draw attention to the appalling truth of urgency for many millions of women.

In stark relief, the summit illustrated the wins and losses in the war to achieve global gender parity.

Nevertheless, these enormities of statements are only snapshots of a small place in time in the history for many women. Creating parity among the genders is not only the “human right” thing to do – it is the smart economic thing to do. Building gender equality is fundamental to developing a strong core to successful economic sovereignty. It is intelligent economics. This meme of creating an equal footing in societies will become the intuitive to how a nation should function in achieving success. Only in apathy will that path to gender equity not find successful completion.

The World Bank argued empirically the wasteful financial cost of gender discrimination to governments.

Western cultures live a tale of two cities. In continuing to support poorly enacted women’s healthcare and educational regulatory policies, they merely feed a singular narrative voiced by politicians. This furthers governmental underutilization and undervalue of its workforce. Opportunity for federal change has come. A seismic shift in world leadership is occurring; changing the geopolitical landscape forever.

China has undergone a 70% modification in its cabinet and national leadership. The French Republic has greeted a fresh new opposition leader, Socialist Party Chief Martine Aubry and a woman, Angela Merkel, leads Europe’s strongest economy. From Asia to the Eurozone and the United States, new global governance is inevitable. Fundamental fiscal policies that shape how countries govern women must be altered.

Women now account for half of the world’s universities attendance. They comprise 40% of the global work force – yet still lack formidable legislative power that directly affect them.

Often cloaked in the guise of economic austerity measures, government programs that support woman’s needs are the first to be sacrificed.

According to World Bank’s 2012 “World Development Report”, fiscal policies are the oil that lubricates the constructs of governmental and private agencies. They coop and steer advancement of the female population in all countries. Statistics illustrate that growth in the numbers of educated women in the world has been tremendous in emerging countries. Yet they still lack parity in nations like the UAE, India and Pakistan.

Women, who are heads of households, have become the largest pocket of poverty among the ethnic and the poor in all countries. They are most likely to be economically victimized by discrimination than any other demographic.

The world ignores a very important fact.

The realities are that the attainment of equality represents freedom to all to contribute to the economic success of their country. An important roadblock to achieving this utopia is in creating financial parity.

Institutionalized gender discrimination is a construct in credit markets. This is especially true when underemployment is based on gender and economic status. Blend these realities with the inability to represent and have equal say in governments. The achievement of upward mobility for women is doomed to failure.

The European Union and some eastern countries have instituted gender biased budget initiatives.

They are policies broadly based with a focus on the health and education of women. These initiatives have received mixed reviews; due in part to its application in emerging markets. In addition, the complacency for change and ending old dogmas in developed nations continues to block full implementation of these projects.

Legislated tweaks to established gender friendly policies are considered “sacrifices” in the name of fiscal prudence. Many western nations create appearances of transformative healthcare policies, while endemic poverty and discrimination toward women continue.

Global economists have demonstrated that there must be total integration of female participation in all economic constructs. Without complete and seamless gender parity, in all nations there can be no claim to victory over women’s rights.

“There was a woman at Alexandria named Hypatia, daughter of the philosopher Theon, who made such attainments in literature and science, as to far surpass all the philosophers of her own time. Having succeeded to the school of Plato and Plotinus, she explained the principles of philosophy to her auditors, many of whom came from a distance to receive her instructions.”

—Socrates Scholasticus, Ecclesiastical History

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The Many ways to say love for Writers and Publishers’ Holidays

Christmas in Chagrin Falls

Red cardinals paired on snow-laden branches. Winter blows making dancing snow swirls. Red noses are filled with scents of cinnamon and mulled wine, filling cold air with warmed recollections of love. We hear favorite Yuletide carols and long for the romance of fireside light. And beyond windowpanes, winds howl while delivering its thick coat of white.

When the weather outside grows cold writers become like kittens. Our favorite places to create become the warmest safest spaces to be, to read and to write. Add hot coca and warm comfort foods and the spell of holiday enliven our imaginations. North Pole residents return with a hint of presents waiting for discovery. No matter the language, at holiday time authors find nuggets of life to write about. And in any native speak writers as children make wish lists too. Here is a few you may want to whisper into Santa baby’s ear.

MS Surface Studio and its smooth clean lines makes cuddling up in a comfy nook that much easier. But don’t stop in just creating clever and artful prose. This powerful tool is also a place to create masterworks. Beware. Using this marvelous machine can become addictive.

Interaction Technology has become a very important part of our daily lives. We wear it and use it to track our every function. We converse with it. The coming of Siri and Alexa has placed us on a path of obtaining important assistants in our endeavors at composing eloquent content. They have an infinitely expanding skill base with future enhancements that will mimic conversation, what better gift to discover under the Christmas tree.

Adobe Premier Pro CC 2017
From Adobe support, comes introductions of their newest and cleverest software innovates for 2017. What could be finer than a Christmas gift that can bring your work to new levels of enjoyment and proficiency?

Collaborating using Team Projects is a hosted service for CC enterprise. This software offers users collaborative features designed for content professionals. You can share editing features and enhance scalability while scheduling workflows with shared projects. It keeps us agile and supports mobility.

New VR Support satisfies your yearnings to see your prose and characterizations come to life. Meet VR workflow also in Premiere Pro for 2017. The technology of stitched equirectangular video to overlay imaging and enables you to edit content while viewing the results. Yeah…too cool I know. This is a very powerful virtual reality tool.

Expanded Destination Publishing enables publishing of your newest masterpiece directly to your business portfolio…seamlessly. You will want Adobe Media Encoder CC. Target all of your favorite social media with video or digital content like Behance, YouTube, Facebook or Twitter. Destination publishing offers a quick delivery of content to fans, publishers, or employers.

The holidays are also a time for contemplating how to share your creatives.

Independent publishers and authors are becoming game changers. Perhaps the most thoughtful and useful gift an author can received is airfare to join the annual mass migration to New York for the 2017 Book Expo. This is a wonderful opportunity to reveal your craft to the appreciative.

Growing power in independents who are creating and self-publishing is a major force in literary communities. Maintaining the most current in tools will meet the growing demand for sparkling content. No one should be caught off guard by the eruption of success being seen in the small and independent publishers and producers of craft.

There are many ways to say love for the holidays. Whatever amazing pledge of devotion you find in your festive stocking. It is always wonderful to remember the love.

Share your holiday season stories and questions with ChapterSee.

ANGELA MERKEL AND BARACK OBAMA’S GOVERNANCE SHAPED BY CULTURAL SIMILARITIES by Barbara Ann Cerda

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It’s as if by magic that we expect the world economy to suddenly correct itself; even more to expect our populaces to elect leaders with miraculous qualities of leadership. We listen to the content in talking points to assuage our hungers for balance and plenty. We often forget that leaders are people and people bring to offices of governance a lifetime of personal experiences. Cultural histories dictate moments when change is marked by populace uprisings. That has not changed. Some call them collective moments of awakenings. It is most commonly economic hardships that initiate and promote sociopolitical change.

Two global leaders have emerged from populaces whose cultural ideologies are shifting like sand ergs.

Their faces don’t resemble those that came before them. Out of the morass and cacophony of social revolution, two geopolitical leaders have emerged. Both claim citizenship in countries that at one time held polar opposite ideologies and racial composition. Their names are President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

As I wrote in a previous article about German Chancellor Angela Merkel, she was born and educated in a radically divisive society. She first came to public office the same year of the German Reunification in 1990. She witnessed Germany’s horrendous post war scars that were brought on by an economic twilight. Every fiber of Angela Merkel’s being embraces the concepts of frugality and moral hazard. She did not have an unencumbered path to power. She created successful ways while collecting political wisdom with each step. Social and economic divisions forged the steel of her individualistic persona and the style in which she now faces economic and political crises. With the election of President Elect Donald Trump, she is the solitary leader of the last bastion of Liberal Democracy.

Although a conservative Angela Merkel and Barack Obama’s approach to governance is shaped by cultural similarities.

President Barack Obama’s political beginnings were fomented in the perfect political petri dish of the Chicago Democratic machine. Known for its rough sophistication and political dynasties that were known as king makers, he became the occidental conservative Democrat. The political machine mentored him, taught him, supported, and carved out a political niche. A child of a broken home that reconstituted itself around a loving mother and grandparents, his education in how to survive and achieve as an outsider is part of his DNA.

A drive to become a populace leader became central to his self-perception.

Anyone who has entered the apartments or sat in the playgrounds of the slums of Chicago Housing Authority (fondly called the CHA), understands the true meaning of how difficult the role of a community leader. In a racially divisive urban environment, the Community Organizer and future president Barack Obama sat listening to problems and challenges facing families living in high-rises with broken elevators. Unclean odors drifted from garbage-filled corridors. Cheaply dressed well-scrubbed children played in yards barren of grass, but decorated with spent bullet shells and broken glass bottles. He listened to the challenges of living in one apartment or townhome sometimes housing three generations of welfare poor. The Community Organizer Obama labored within political systems to make life easier for families trapped within the hard unforgiving political web of Chicago. Frustration drove him to attend Harvard Law. He graduated with honors and returned to Chicago’s Southside to resume his advocacy for the poor.

In a speech published in the Chicago Hyde Park Herald on October 30, 2002, six years before leading his country through a global financial calamity. The newly elected Illinois Senator Barrack Obama said the following,

“What I am opposed to is the attempt by political hacks like Karl Roves to distract us from a rise in the uninsured, a rise in the poverty rate, a drop in the median income”. He went on to say, “Those are the battlefields we need to fight. Those are the battlefields we need to join. The battles against ignorance and intolerance. Corruption and greed. Poverty and despair.”

President Obama understood then the changing socioeconomic paradigms of our world. He and Chancellor Merkel understood what their predecessors lacked in understanding, the expansion, and responsibilities of their geopolitical roles.

Both face sovereign debt crisis never before experienced. For Merkel it is the Greek tragedy and the survival of the Euro. Her counterpart President Obama has made it clear that as leader of one Europe’s strongest economies, the onus is on her to lead in the difficult path to the achievement of Eurozone solvency. There was no doubt in his voice when President Obama stated that she would overcome the objections of many. She must sift through the constant barrage of mistrust from other leaders and from within her own borders.

To glean the truths needed for a sound and productive discussion. The German Weekly Sie Zeit writes that Obama’s open comment to Merkel was “…Don’t hide behind your history”, said the president. “Act in accordance with your importance”.

An affinity is apparent to any casual observer between Angela Merkel and Barack Obama. It’s hard to understand the world today without the dynamic duo. Without President Obama, the changes that loom ahead threaten geopolitical growth for future generations.

After a meeting in Washington on June 6, 2011, Angela Merkel and her finance minister immediately began putting into place plans to create new initiatives to resolve brewing Eurozone financial crisis. But even then, she lacked populace support. After 10 years leadership, Merkel reluctantly understands that her continuing role is central to Europe’s recovery. With a political realignment of leadership occurring among many emerging markets, the stability of Europe and the United States is important.

The summation of European articles written about President Obama’s relationships with other global leaders surmises that his methods were far different from his predecessor George W. Bush. Never surrounding himself with hangers on or favorites, he preferred to conduct the business of his country with leaders that were of benefit. As a realist, he understands that on the world stage there is more to be considered than viewing other leaders as friends or enemies. President Obama was aware of the fiscal and economic woes at home; he looked for foreign leadership that could help in alleviating the heavy lift of governance.

New leaders of the world – like Angela Merkel must become the problem solvers of today.

The German center left news periodical Suddeutsche Zeitung writes “One shouldn’t count the firecrackers in front of the White House, but rather the number of political projects that could bring together the common interests of America, a superpower, and Germany, the engine of Europe’s economy.”

The resemblances between President Obama and Chancellor Merkel are the struggles of an underdog – both coming of age within a suppressed segment of their societies. Both have extreme love and loyalties to their countries. Both found assimilation as sovereign leaders through education and mainstream mentoring, bravery and extreme intelligence. They are building their alliances upon a base of need for global balance and an acknowledgement of change. Both have statesmen attitudes that serve them well in the international arenas.

When you sit across the table during a G20 summit, the participants wants to know that you’re not communicating in platitudes.

Calexit or Calicadia Here’s how it Rolls

Bas St Laurent

There are few countries unaffected by the surprise win of President Elect Donald J Trump. His campaign spared no one the divisive proclamations meant to frighten, divide to conquer and gain attention.

For millions of Progressives and Liberals of every faith and nationality there is a feeling that can only be described as a dis-ease. What other explanation can explain the sense of anxiety and hopeless malaise in anticipation of what is to come in a Trump America.

The political arc now bends toward the extreme right in Washington DC. Global tribalism has set up shop in America. Bringing with it an anticipated rolling back of decades of struggle to win policies friendly to the disenfranchised and suppression of the science of climate change. His disavowing of hard-earned trade agreements seduces the dark specter of isolationism.

As we draw closer to Inauguration day, people are increasingly convinced that the campaigner Donald Trump will make good his harsh populist promises. In the days following his election victory, each choice of cabinet appointee reinforces the need for millions of Americans to join the world in exploring places for safe harbor, a place for what Tony Blair calls the “political homeless”, or perhaps a Calexit or Calicadia.

Insolence Incarnate

Perceived wealth is what the PEOTUS has used to sway political power. The same holds true for the value of American currency. Wall Street is a thin-skinned warrior that takes offence at the slightest uncertainty. We are the world’s largest consumer market with the biggest most successful economic experiment. Renegotiating our export and import agreements as well as threatening the efficacy of our immigration policy threatens to rip the socio- economic fabric of states like California. Nevertheless, just a scent of a successful coming of a split between Washington and a quarter of the country and its contributing GDP will send global markets reeling. Because the states demanding release from their agreements to stay as part of the union will own a GDP placing them 5th or 6th on the list of world economies, tied to France.

We have become a nation of political hegemony.

We are no longer a country of dual political parties. We have elected the gatekeepers away. Democracy has declined. Xenophobia’s influence on our economy will soon bear the costs of following its political dictates. Middle income and impoverished Americans will feel the outcomes first as social programs intermittently experience privatization.

SCOTUS will soon have the ability to reinterpret constitutional language for a host of political reasons. So to expect a country that is largely progressive to remain silent is not realistic. If California has its way, other states sitting on the fence will be compelled to follow suit and enact their own solutions to exit the union. This will definitely create a nation of independent states that may resemble a redefined EU, each with its own ideologies and sovereign laws. The loser in the final analysis will be the United States of America. Here is why it would be so very hard to achieve a Calexit or Calicadia.

Campaign Rhetoric laced with racial animus fueled an election while dividing a country along huge fault lines between Liberal and extreme Conservative ideologies.

The GOP party’s denouncement of lenient immigration policies was a successful distraction in winning control of Washington DC. But they failed to take into account the populace views in the successful states of Silicon Valley and Washington State. They take these conservative pronouncements seriously. Comprehensive immigration feeds the wealth of talent that created the cash cows of tech industries. They also happen to be the bastions of Liberal think tanks. Loosing these states from the union would constitute a huge brain drain while dealing a hard blow to the national GDP.

If California and other states achieve an exit from the union, an added benefit would be a clear path to renegotiate their own version of TPP. Emerging markets and the EU would welcome the opportunity to reignite a new and different trade deal, if assured that a mature government and a strong emerging economy was forming. Calexit or Calicadia would become a major avenue into the globes largest and fastest growing consumer markets in Asia. There will be little to restrain negotiating open borders between Mexico and Canada.

Consider this. California is part of a group of states that lies between the Pacific Ocean and the rest of the world. Almost 62% of Californians voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Median Income is $61,000. Californians pay more federal taxes than any state in the union. Their GDP places them at 6th in global economies.

Their bank of technical brains bracing for the coming of a cultural regression in science and shrinking liberal democracy makes this large productive diverse culture convinced that their government holds little resemblance to the values held by its statehood. California’s exit has been in the planning for years.

The national GDP without California in 2015 was $15.5 trillion. California’s GDP is $2.4 trillion with a growth rate of 3.2%. A proposal from neighboring states to join in a succession or Calicadia would have a combined GDP, using 2015 numbers, of close to $3.2 trillion. This assures a very self-sustainable sovereign.

In order to achieve the feat of creating Camelot there must be a successful referendum vote and ratification from 38 states. But consider this. The impact on sovereign treasuries and loss of income to the United States would be hard. Only with some arbitrary leave buy out and/or a systematic reparation of loss of inherent commodities and tax incomes could we hope to unlink California and her neighboring states, not an impossibility but a strong disincentive. The US government can never willingly allow these exits to occur. Nevertheless, religious and racial tolerance has been the hallmark of our constituted group of states.

As we push our country further to an extreme regressive culture, its policies will force many to rethink where to live and survive. States that offer a more forgiving social climate will reap the economic rewards of talented and youthful communities. But the shear headwinds of creating a nascent nation’s economic policies, constitutional and social constructs and monetary policies will be dreadful to untangle from the United Sates and then reassemble. This would completely upend the US economy.

Since the end of the Civil War, no state has succeeded, let alone an entire block of states. Agreements struck at the end of the war were meant to keep sealed the union. Becoming self-governing is the easy part. Becoming a separate entity reflecting all the social nuances of Camelot is another thing altogether.

Part of the composition of what makes our country great is the maturity and stability of governance. Without that, the impact on global markets would be bad. Just a hint to the financial markets that such a thing is possible would forever change all things. The nominal value of our dollar (globally used as the currency of choice) would plummet. It would mean the end to the American powerhouse, as we know it. We have already signaled an enabling of a stronger China by threatened withdrawal from trade agreements. But the desire for an exit from the union serves as a reminder of other countries who chose a leave referendum.

At this writing, the UK’s Autumn Statement detailed the fact of an 82.6 percent to 87.3 percent increase to debt and a lowered GDP due to economic uncertainties from the Brexit.

Unexpected turns of political events driven by tribalism have become a real and present danger to global stability. Where aggressive and progressive fiscal policies have been lacking monetary policies have supported.

Bad actors are influencing our politics and the growing conservatism populace is upending economies. Is a Calicadia possible? Britons asked the same about a Brexit five years ago. Thanks to isolationists right-wingers like UKIP’s Nigel Farage, it became a reality. That same sentiment brings into stark relief all aspects of a Donald J Trump administration.

The uncertainty of isolationism haunts Europe as well with the alt-right populisms of France’s Marine Le Pen, and Francoise Fillon, Germany’s alt-right leader of Alternative für Deutschland Frauke Petry, and Austria’s Norbert Hofer promoting “Oexit”. Their isolationist movements once living on the fringe now threaten liberal democracies.

With renegotiations of tariffs, customs taxes, loss of wages, devaluing of currencies and migration of human capita. The distracting politics of xenophobia and isolationism carries a high economic price tag.

Mashable – “Today, we woke up feeling like strangers in a foreign land, because yesterday Americans expressed their views on a pluralistic and democratic society that are clearly inconsistent with the values of the people of California,” California Senate President Kevin de Leon and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said in a joint statement. “We have never been more proud to be Californians.”

They added that the state would continue being a “refuge of justice and opportunity for people of all walks, talks, ages and aspirations – regardless of how you look, where you live, what language you speak, or who you love.”

“Any access to the common market comes with rules and obligations and one of those is freedom of movement for people,” Ayrault said at a press conference of Paris. “It is not a la carte.”