Never - Ending War

Monday, February 10, 2014

 

Is The UK Public Sector Becoming The New Private Sector?


Public sector servants in some parts of the UK have a higher salary than a private sector employee within the same region. A new study reveals that teachers, nurses and council workers earn nearly 15 percent more than private sector employees in similar cadre. The pay scale further varies depending on age, gender, qualification and experience. Even though the findings are true, leaders and unions oppose the revelation and term it as "misleading". They even argue that such a comparison is helping people to use it as a mean to erode further their pay and work conditions. According to Policy Exchange study, public sector servant earns 6.1 percent pay premium or £1,400 more in a year in similar conditions than the private sector employee.

To further complicate the issue, the pay is dependent on the area and its development. For example, in central London, a public servant receives a less pay in comparison to the private sector employee in equal category. However, according to Matthew Oakley, economics head of Policy Exchange, states that the pay scale and the bargaining depend on regional managers and their decision depending on circumstances. The scenario is different and has a lot of momentum. "A well established school in an area may not be having a problem attracting staff, but the one down the lane has a serious challenge in doing so" he added.

On the contrary, there was a possibility for the public sector to save recent rounds of cuts if it was possible for the civil servants to agree to a pay cut. This is what happening in the private sector where employees have agreed for a slight or a nominal pay cut to restrain a layoff. However, public servants with tremendous experience and skill are being paid enormously which equals to the pay scale in the private sector company. This is specific to certain employment categories and is not possible with every cadre of employment.

According to Dave Prentis, General Secretary of public sector workers union, the real difference between the top-level and bottom level employees. Bankers and financiers are always receiving bonuses and taxes at all times irrespective of economic condition. On the contrary, the public sector may be after the footsteps of the private industry regime to save money and employment. Eliminating pay scale based on the region will bring a positive approach to employment and will end the inequality that the country now faces. There will be inequality in the public sector and the biggest losers will be lower-paid staff.

Both public and private sectors have to work together to bring out a policy or action that would put an end to the existing inequality. It is necessary for both the sectors to think about offering a minimum wage that would help meet each weekend for an employee depending on their qualifications and experience. Ending inequality is another way to balance the gap and end the long run comparison procedure. Becoming commercial is one way helpful for the public sector as it can reap benefits and yet support the same team even in tough times. That said; the company has to work out thoroughly on developing a scale that will not create a gap within the organization.

There are many challenges ahead for the public sector before it adopts an appropriate action that would decrease and eliminate, over a period, the inequality in pay scale. Privatization of the UK public sector will help reduce over spending and at the same time deliver an even pay scale across all the regions based on the cadre. Such action will bridge the gap between the government and private sector pay scales. By Manish P

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Tuesday, February 04, 2014

 

Can the US Adapt to a Rapidly Changing World?

As a country, the United States has a dearth of new ideas. Our Washington establishment is mired in outdated concepts and beliefs which prevent the US from moving forward. We are not in this position because our people are not hardworking or inventive but because our national political caste is more focused on their own survival in office than the greater good.

There is no longer rational or calm discussion between political parties... only invective. I am never quite sure if our political class believes their myopic and idiotic statements or if they are setting up straw issues in order to excite the extremes. For some time now, our bureaucrats and elected leaders have spoken in sound bites and talking points. This has translated into individual citizens doing the same. There is no exchange of new information or ideas only the repetition of tired dogma which has long been irrelevant because of a changing world and circumstance.

In order to solve the problems faced today, we must stop using the outmoded methodologies and theories of another era. We need to change the paradigmatic processes to reflect the current world. Society and government need to accept the premise that the United States is not the same country as it was in 1932 or 1980. Presidents Roosevelt and Reagan put forth policies and ideas that were relevant to their times. The programs they conceived were to solve problems as they existed then. Nothing they proposed or enacted should be sacrosanct. The one similarity that both those presidents possessed was flexibility. Either man had no qualms about discarding policies that no longer worked. Therefore we should not consider their policies as sacrosanct and as Holy Writ.

Some of our most pressing problems that need to be solved such as our tax code, regulatory apparatus, or retirement system are operating on programs conceived in the 19th and early 20th centuries. While they may have been admirable in their day, these solutions no longer are adequate for today's society. What we have done is continue to apply band aids to antiquated programs. At best, this briefly mollifies but does not correct the underlying challenges we currently face.

Our existing government structure has become moribund since it refuses to act in a cohesive and communal fashion. The politicians of both parties are all too willing to curry the favor of entrenched interests and the extremists on both ends of the political spectrum. The results of this quagmire are that we, as a nation, seem unable to staunch our deterioration. Our national outlook becomes more and more insular. The entrenched interests, whether political or economic, are more concerned with maintaining the status quo than finding modern solutions. New answers that will affect the existing profits or position of the entrenched are discarded. Instead jingoistic rhetoric is espoused that give the illusion of our national superiority while, in actuality, our world position is sadly eroding.

We need to confront and solve our problems now. They are not impossible or insurmountable. Waiting only increases the chance that they will become so. Eventually the U.S. will fall under the weight of sclerotic programs and institutions. Most of these programs should be abandoned and something truly new will have to take their places more in keeping with today's needs. The sooner we act, the less disruption will occur to society. If we continue to substitute illogical rhetoric for concrete solutions, then we are doomed to lose our economic, political and moral standing in a changing world.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

 

War, What Is It Good For? Everything


The evolution of humanity is an iterative process of two opposing systems, the system of war and peace and similarly of slavery and freedom. As one can see, I did not take the interrelated opposites: evilness and goodness, for the evolution of humanity requires both to exist and the synthesis (our present evolutionary and technological state) was born out of this antithesis (chaos) and thesis (order).

Thus, it is not appropriate to arrogantly judge or condemn that what we subjectively perceive as right or wrong in the short term (our life span), but only appropriate to judge objectively relative to the achieved end state. However, there are rules as will be explained further on.

Thinking humans surely must ask themselves 1 very important question. How did we (humanity) reach this evolutionary and technological state? Ancient civilizations have fallen and risen, others stagnated and other ethnic groups never really emerged until recently. However, suddenly at the end of the 1600s a flame ignited in europe, which started a huge fire which continues today. Some believe that it was the effects of science and rational thinking which broke away the centuries of ignorance and cyclical life, others similarly believe that the demise of religious rule brought about the revolution. In my opinion, as scientific and insignificantly powerful religious societies existed in the past and did not manage to bloom, the combination of the above was not enough; there was one missing key ingredient: the invisible capitalist elite.

"All men on earth are equal, but some are more equal than others."

A meritocratic financial elite molded the iterative process of human evolution in the modern era. The financial system of capitalism, specifically the banking system, redirected the energies and talents of the world and guided them voluntarily or not into performing the necessary tasks which have changed the world.

Guided by the formula of war and peace (slavery and freedom) and supported by the discoveries of science, mankind has been able to continue to rise and not to stagnate or fall.

In this development, war is a necessity to create the fear which drives and motivates the common man and restructures political realities, similarly peace is necessary to soothe the soul and rebuild new realities; however, both are needed hand in hand. Slavery through debt is necessary to enforce or force people to work, for the average person does not work voluntarily and thus must continue his treadmill life. However, freedom is necessary to allow creativity and intelligent life to develop and mature, for ultimately our utopian society will be a free and intelligent society.

This select club of the intellectual and financial elite is a meritocratic club. The rules or rather guidelines are rather logical. "Rationality is man's basic virtue, and his three fundamental values are: reason, purpose, self-esteem. Man-every man-is an end in himself, not a means to the ends of others; he must live for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself; he must work for his rational self-interest, with the achievement of his own happiness as the highest moral purpose of his life."

" Men must deal with one another as traders, giving value for value, by free, mutual consent to mutual benefit. The only social system that bars physical force from from human relationships is laissez-faire capitalism. Capitalism is a system based on the recognition of individual rights, in which the function of the government is to protect individual rights..."

Plato's secret allows man to rediscover the golden possibility: the opportunity to regain his total freedom. Plato's sexual alleviation technique has the ability to substitute sex, traditional partner relationships and thus 'eternal bonding' and endless sacrifice. Miraculously, in the 21st century, through the creation of real wealth, the common man does not have to rely on his offspring to survive. The traditional and rather unnatural bondage has apparently become unnecessary. It still will take many years for this attitude to trickle down to the masses; however, it is an apparent reality. We have been taught and bred for centuries to breed, now we have the power to live. We should use this privilege, one which has been reserved for a selected elite. And mind you, this fascination with dating schemes and constant propaganda that one can only be happy with a partner is bogus. The purpose is to keep must common people chained to a purposeless life, for real power can only come with freedom.

This is the first step: to realize your possibilities. The second is to realize the possibility of a global financial collapse and that you may only have a few years to prepare yourself financially. Uncontrollable population growth and the dark reality that this world must sustain billions of persons may result in a conflict for resources. If international law and the market cannot regulate and accommodate the tensions, a controlled war of unpredictable scale may exterminate unwanted consumers. Ultimately, humanity must survive new challenges and survive the coming conflicts. Currently, we have merged war and peace into one state; we shall see how long this will last.

The socialist days are marked my fellow inhabitants, people with substitutable jobs will be substituted, where will you be in the next few years? It is time for you to make a decision. A financial decision. All you need is the time and will to educate yourself and understand your personal finances, the possibilities through emerging markets, and to have the will undertake business risks or personal investments, which will increase your market value and put you on top.

[http://anaphlan.com] By Heinrich Von Moltke

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Friday, September 22, 2006

 

Civilian death


Nearly 7,000 civilians were killed in Iraq in the past two months, according to a UN report just released - a record high that is far greater than initial estimates had suggested.
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With known Iraqi deaths running at more than 100 a day because of sectarian murders, al-Qaida and nationalist insurgent attacks, and fatalities inflicted by the multinational forces, the UN said its total was likely to be "on the low side" because of the difficulties of collecting accurate figures. In particular, it said that no deaths were reported from the violent region covering Ramadi and Falluja.
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Critically, the report states that the country's government, set up in 2006, is "facing a generalised breakdown of law and order which presents a serious challenge to the institutions of Iraq".
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According to the UN, which releases the figures every two months, violent civilian deaths in July reached an unprecedented high of 3,590 people, an average of more than 100 a day. The August toll was 3,009 people, the report said. In the previous period the UN had reported just under 6,000 deaths - 5,106 from Baghdad.
The Guardian

Thursday, June 29, 2006

 

IRAQ WAR BACKFIRING ON US, EXPERTS WARN

The United States is losing its fight against terrorism and the Iraq war is the main reason, more than 80 per cent of American terrorism and national security experts have said in a survey.

One expert, former CIA official Michael Scheuer, said the war in Iraq had provided global terrorist groups with a recruiting bonanza and a valuable training ground.

"The war in Iraq broke our back in the war on terror," said Mr Scheuer, author of Imperial Hubris, a book highly critical of the Bush Administration's anti-terrorism efforts. "It has made everything more difficult and the threat more existential."

Mr Scheuer, a former CIA counter-terrorism expert, is one of more than 100 national security and terrorism analysts surveyed in the poll by Foreign Policy magazine and the Centre for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank headed by John Podesta, a White House chief of staff in the Clinton administration.

Of the experts surveyed, 45 identified themselves as liberals, 40 said they were moderates and 31 called themselves conservatives. The pollsters weighted the responses so that the percentage results reflected one-third participation by each group.

Asked whether the US was winning the war on terror, 84 per cent said no and 13 per cent answered yes. Asked whether the war in Iraq was helping or hurting the global anti-terrorism campaign, 87 per cent said it was undermining those efforts.

A similar number, 86 per cent, said the world was becoming more dangerous for the US.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

 

AN ARMY WHERE WOUNDED SOLDIERS ARE ON THEIR OWN

Iraqi Army soldier Ali Katham Hussein would have a Purple Heart if he were in the U.S. Army. But he's received no medals for valor. He can't even afford to have the shrapnel and bullet lodged in his chest removed.

Neither can the Iraqi army.

"In Saddam Hussein's time, if you got hurt, you received compensation," he said.

Three months ago, insurgents ambushed Ali Katham Hussein's unit near Abu Ghraib prison, west of Baghdad. Hussein was shot nine times in the attack -- bullets pierced his chest, stomach, arm and leg.

Leaning on a crutch on a dusty, trash-littered Iraqi army base in west Baghdad, he pulled up his shirt to reveal two moist bandages taped to his chest.

"After I got shot, I didn't get treated in a military hospital," he said. "I paid from my own pocket to get treatment."

In fact, there are no Iraqi military hospitals. Like all injured Iraqi soldiers, Hussein had to pay for his own treatment at an Iraqi civilian hospital.

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Saturday, June 03, 2006

 

George Bush and the Haditha massacre

"If laws were broken there will be punishment." Really? The war itself is a violation of international law, along with the abuse and torture of prisoners, the kidnapping of alleged terrorists, their rendition to torture regimes allied with Washington, the network of secret CIA prisons, and the denial of due process and Geneva Convention rights to those swept up in America's international dragnet.

Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell, Rice, the military chiefs and others who plotted and launched a war based on lies are the prime law-breakers. And the Republican and Democratic leaders and media yes-men who promoted the war and continue to defend the occupation are their accomplices.

Haditha was a war crime, and of a particularly gruesome sort, because the perpetrators systematically cornered and executed men, women and children over a span of five hours. But what of the destruction of entire towns, such as Fallujah and Tall Afar, in which thousands of innocent civilians died? These are hailed by Bush and the media as great victories.

Such is the carnage inflicted by the American occupation upon the Iraqi people that, at least according to some US press reports, the horrors that occurred in Haditha have not yet made a major impact on the consciousness of the Iraqi population.

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Saturday, May 27, 2006

 

VICTORY???

Newsweek reported this week that the U.S. military, in fact, is no longer pursuing a strategy for "victory." "It is consolidating to several 'superbases' in hopes that its continued presence will prevent Iraq from succumbing to full-flown civil war and turning into a failed state. Pentagon strategists admit they have not figured out how to move to superbases, as a way of reducing the pressure -- and casualties -- inflicted on the U.S. Army, while at the same time remaining embedded with Iraqi police and military units. It is a circle no one has squared. But consolidation plans are moving ahead as a default position, and U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad has talked frankly about containing the spillover from Iraq's chaos in the region."

Yet Bush continues to declare as his goal (with encouragement from his polling expert on the NSC) the victory that the U.S. military has given up on. And he continues to wave the banner of a military solution against "the enemy," although this "enemy" consists of a Sunni insurgency whose leadership must eventually be conciliated and brought into a federal Iraqi government and of which the criminal Abu Musab al-Zarqawi faction and foreign fighters are a small part. [the author is certainly excluding the untold number of Zarqawi lieutenants -- zig] (…)

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