In my humble opinion Tesla is the RockStar of the Science ELectricity World…

Yet he is largely forgotten because history, as they often say — is written by the victors, and the winners of the economic rat race…

Yet that is of little and maybe cold comfort — to the men and women forgotten out by the Economic Victory’s pen, and we aim to rectify this instantly right here…

For years, science textbooks equated electricity and light with one man, Thomas Edison. And while Edison did major work in the field of Electricity and is the Pioneer credited with the advent of Electircity there is another genius whose pioneering electrical technologies truly power the modern world…

This Man is Nicola Tesla who has languished for more than a century as a footnote in the scientific history of Electricity, sandwiched between Edward Teller, and Thales of Miletus some 2300 year earlier.

And this is simply because just before the turn of the 20th century, electricity remained a mere scientific curiosity — one that many doubted would ever do the world any good.

Yet in testament to the genius of the Man’s work — Nikola Tesla, more than anyone else, changed that, but his pioneering research in electricity representing only a small portion of the scientific and technical innovations that he ushered in various seemingly unrelated fields.

This capacity to discern patterns and detect pathways to Discovery is what elevated him to science’s Hall of Fame — if not to the Figurehead of Electricity way up in the totem pole and certainly far above Thomas Edison… and George Westinghouse.

And although Thomas Edison had upwards of Two Thousand patents to his name and Tesla had only a couple of hundred at best — it was Tesla that had the best Scientific patents but not necessarily the best commercial ones.

Still it was Tesla that not only expanded and revolutionized the work of his predecessors, but he also leapfrogged ahead of his contemporaries to the next step, and the next, and the next…

Yours,

Dr Kroko

PS:

But, just as it takes more than groundbreaking music to give rise to a rockstar,  methinks it takes more than innovative breakthroughs and amazing machines to make a scientific RockStar.

And I argue that such a figure must also possess intriguing facets and qualities like eccentricity, vision and the will to suffer for science.

Only Nikola Tesla was such a man — amongst the RockStars of Electricity Science and that today is proven as we all invest in Wireless Electricity to be the next Big Thing and the Wave to help us Ride to Stardom.

Good Luck to All of Us.

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Environmental & Social Justice across Faiths is shown through the new Islamic declaration on the Environment that adds to growing pressure religious leaders are exerting on richer nations to reduce the burden they are putting on the Earth’s climate.

From Native People’s Shamans, to the Tibetan Dalai Lama, to the ex-Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams who offered the Homily on the Environmental Parliament, to Pope Francis today and his forceful Climate Encyclical, to the progressive Friends of our Ecosystem the Jewish Rabbis, and on to the Green Muslims of America — it appears that faith groups steadfastly push for clean energy, clean air, clean water and Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability.

ظَهَرَ الْفَسَادُ فِى الْبَرِّ وَالْبَحْرِ بِمَا كَسَبَتْ أَيْدِى النَّاسِ لِيُذِيقَهُم بَعْضَ الَّذِى عَمِلُوا۟ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْجِعُونَ

“”Corruption has appeared in land and sea caused by the hands of people so that they may taste the consequences of their actions and turn back””

Qur’an, The Romans (Ar Rum) – 30:41

This quote from the holy Book of the Muslim Peoples clearly lays down the rules for today’s Declaration of the Islamic Communities of the United States of America in favour of limiting our Anthropogenic Emissions and changing our Carbon burning addiction in producing our energy.

The current Declaration by Islamic Religious Leaders is a call to action for Muslims to live up to their responsibilities as guardians (Khalifa – Qur’an 6:167) of Allah’s creation and work towards leaving a livable earth for future generations.

Recently we featured the Pope who joined a long line of religious leaders, including the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and the Orthodox Patriarch, and many others, who have been talking about climate change for some time. And although so many speak to the faithful — yet, national and international progress on the issue has been non existent, or at best slow and plagued with political gridlock.

Of course statements from high-profile individuals are more often symbolic than they are pragmatic, because I’m not sure how much they filter down, to the lay people, the Society and to government actions, or even to the beliefs of ordinary people. Remember the official Catholic Church position is that birth control is impermissible, yet contraception is widely used by Catholics. So you could easily dismiss this as another one of those homilies…

Who listens to the Pope after all?

But Islam is different. The Umma is far more powerful and observant of the edicts of Faith as are articulated by the Religious Leaders. So now that they have started to speak out against Global Warming and against Climate Change based on Science — we should all listen.

During the Ramadan, Muslim leaders in the United States focus on educating their base of the Faithful — the Umma — about sustainability and clean energy. But this has been a slow process, in part because they are working with immigrant communities from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and even more specific from poor places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Burma and Somalia who are dealing with other socioeconomic issues as priorities and they can’t quite focus on this abstract issue right now.

Then again making people aware, takes time, and it’s a work in process — but once people see a clear benefit, they go for it.

As a scholar there is not a lot of data that points to there being any past real trends” where religious leadership influenced environmental policy or distinct behavioral shifts — but there have been real deals made by the influence of the Peoples of the Church, the Mosque, the Synagogue, and the Temple…

As a Scientist I hope that we get it right this time because TIme is SImply Running Out.

As a father I have hope we can get past all the differences and come to an empathetic, ethical “understanding” of how to live sustainably.

And as a Leader I hope to have the capacity and the wherewithal to make this happen on behalf of all the People’s of this Earth

Muslim scholars now say climate change poses dire threat — Islamic declaration adds to growing pressure religious leaders are exerting on richer nations to reduce the burden they are putting on the Earth’s climate.

Human beings could cause the ending of life on the planet, says a group of Islamic scholars − and countries round the world, particularly the rich ones, must face up to their responsibilities.

Climate change, they say, is induced by human beings: “As we are woven into the fabric of the natural world, its gifts are for us to savour – but we have abused these gifts to the extent that climate change is upon us.”

The views of the scholars – some of the strongest yet expressed on climate from within the Muslim community – are contained in a draft declaration on climate change to be launched officially at a major Islamic symposium in Istanbul in mid-August.

Allah, says the declaration, created the world in mizan (balance), but through fasad (corruption), human beings have caused climate change, together with a range of negative effects on the environment that include deforestation, the destruction of biodiversity, and pollution of the oceans and of water systems.

The draft declaration has been compiled by the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences (IFEES), a UK-based charity focused on environmental protection and the management of natural resources. The declaration mirrors many of the themes contained in a recent encyclical issued by Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic church.

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The Islamic declaration makes particularly strong criticism of the world’s richer and more powerful countries, which, it says, have delayed through their selfishness the implementation of a comprehensive climate change agreement.

“Their reluctance to share in the burden they have imposed on the rest of the human community by their own profligacy is noted with great concern,” the declaration says.

“Wealthy oil-producing countries must “refocus their concerns from profit to the environment and to the poor of the world”

Interestingly, the draft declaration – which is still being worked on by various Muslim academics around the world – says that, in particular, wealthy oil-producing countries must “refocus their concerns from profit to the environment and to the poor of the world”. Saudi Arabia, where Mecca is located, is one of the world’s leading oil-producing countries and clearly opposed to any tax on carbon and fossil fuels or any other method of limiting the use of their OIl & Gas Exports.

The declaration says a new economic growth model should be found that recognises that the planet’s resources are finite.

It also calls on big business to face up to its social responsibilities and not exploit scarce resources in poor countries, and says that businesses should also take a more active role in reducing their carbon footprint.

The declaration says Muslims everywhere in their particular spheres of influence should seek to play a role in tackling climate change – and that other faith and religious groups should also join in realising the aims of the Islamic scholars “to compete with us in this endeavour so we can all be winners in this race”.

The declaration quotes extensively from the Qur’an, the Muslim holy book, as the basis of its arguments.

The Islamic Environmental Group of Wisconsin, same as other Green Muslim groups — is known as the Wisconsin Green Muslims, and this month they gathered to break the Ramadan fast together, while also talking about a spiritual obligation to care for the earth, in part by reducing carbon emissions and embracing a more sustainable lifestyle.

Local leaders described how the Islamic Society of Milwaukee –one of nearly 30 mosques enrolled in this year’s national Greening Ramadan campaign – has overhauled its buildings with LED lights, skylights, a green roof, motion sensors and special faucets to conserve energy and water. Energy efficiency is one of the requirements to be recognized as a Greening Ramadan Mosque in the national campaign, in addition to food and water conservation, using green products and reducing waste.

A crowning achievement for the Islamic Society would be installing solar panels on the roofs of the society’s largest mosques and various buildings…

But this will be difficult to do financially given the solar policies instituted today, including increased fixed charges on customers with solar installations and a low rate for solar energy sent back to the grid.

Protecting the environment has long been a tenet of many faiths, from indigenous spiritual practices around the globe to the world’s major organized religions.

Yet today, faith-based action and initiatives on clean energy, divestment, sustainability, and Leadership, has the power to influence individual behavior and also government policy.

These two snapshots show how different faiths are embracing this role, and also how long the road can sometimes be.

Though progress may be slow, it’s clear that faith-based leadership and awareness-raising can impact the views and practices of people from a range of spiritual traditions.

Brian Sauder, executive director of the Chicago-based group Faith in Place, sees the Pope’s encyclical as bolstering and inspiring faith-based movements that are already in action, and helping break through the partisan political divide that has stymied clean energy and environmental policies.

“We see this as a celebratory moment, to have an international popular figure really champion the message is a great joy for us,” Sauder said. “We hope to amplify that message…to overcome these walls that divide us, to let that moral message lead us forward.”

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At the Ramadan’s end of the fast in Milwaukee, people spoke passionately of the commitment to moderation and conservation that is inherent in Islam, and how that can translate to clean energy.

Nabil Salous, an officer of the Islamic Society who oversaw the energy efficiency overhauls says this: “In every aspect of our faith there’s an emphasis on moderation, and there’s a special focus on the environment.” He pointed to the Prophet Muhammad’s message to conserve water in washing for prayer even when one is on the banks of an abundant river. “You are trustees of the environment, it’s at the heart of our faith.”

The Wisconsin Green Muslims’ current campaign focus is water, including conserving water, understanding the area’s watersheds and reducing storm water run-off.

But energy and water are intrinsically connected, Alkaff noted, so through water the group is able to educate members about climate change and energy issues. A Ramadan calendar created by the Wisconsin Green Muslims lists different ecological goals for each day, including moderating your thermostat, supporting renewable energy investments and joining the climate justice movement.

“We know water is sacred and scarce, so from there it’s easy to move into climate issues, and also the issue of climate refugees. It’s important for people to see the whole picture and connect the dots.”

Back in November of 2014, Green Muslims had more than 200 Milwaukee Muslim youth participate in a “Cut Carbon Pollution” photo petition campaign in support of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

The Islamic Environmental Council of Wisconsin is a member of Interfaith Power and Light, a national group that began in the late 1990s as an Episcopal effort and grew into an interfaith mission to address climate change. Interfaith coalitions and activism have been deeply involved in promoting clean energy across the Midwest.

“It’s a micro-lab of the potential we have to overcome our differences and do things together. We might disagree on 99 percent of the issues from our different faith traditions, but we share our common home and a desire to take care of it on behalf of our children.”

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Many faiths embrace both a commitment to protect the earth and also its most vulnerable residents. These two sentiments increasingly converge as environmental justice movements have grown and evidence accumulates regarding how climate change will disproportionately impact poor and marginalized people around the globe.

Social justice along with environmental stewardship has been a unifying theme of interfaith efforts around clean energy. Pope Francis’ encyclical depicted environmental sustainability and economic justice as intertwined struggles, in keeping with his defining focus on poverty and his identification with the poor.

A recent Pew study showing that in contrast to white Catholics’ skepticism of human-driven climate change, 60% of Latino Catholics in the U.S. do see climate change as a problem caused by man. This could be related to the fact that underdeveloped areas in Latin America, and lower-income, more vulnerable people in the U.S., are likely to be hit harder by the effects of climate change and they innately understand these facts better than Wealthy Whites, as part of their Survival Strategy and a form of Self Protection.

We should point to the fact that in general, Americans have experienced “a growing disaffection with traditional sources of religious authority,” and are increasingly likely to define spirituality on their own terms “and cobble together their own spiritual frameworks.”

“The most important movements toward ecological awareness and political traction that we’re seeing are not coming from the major world religions, but they are coming from the margins, from the periphery, from cultural groups who are manufacturing new and different ways to be.”

Yours,

Dr Kroko

PS:

Climate change and the environmental threat in general pose some of the greatest challenges known to the human race. It is the most dominant and persistent issue of our times. We see our task as motivating the Muslim world to engage positively in redressing these issues and call on Muslims to live up to their responsibilities as guardians (Khalifa – Qur’an 6:167) of Allah’s creation and work towards leaving a liveable earth for future generations.

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Wishing You All: “Eid Mubarak”

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | July 17, 2015

About the Heart

“The heart is the only broken instrument that works”.

~T.E. Kalem

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Leadership comes from all places….

I’ve shared Pope Francis’s Letter to the People of this Earth about the Environmental Crisis facing us all already on this Blog — and now I must share the letters of other people of Faith and Spirit that recognize the challenges we must address if we are to live and thrive on this beautiful Earth.

Encouraged by Pope Francis Papal Encyclical for the Environment, more than Three hundred and eighty US Rabbis, now call for Vigorous Climate Action and strong Ecological and Social Justice today.

How Cool is that.

Things are changing…

A decade before the Environmental Parliament brought together Leaders of Faith from all over the World in Istanbul to address this issue and the outpouring of support was remarkable with the Pope’s nuncio, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Patriarch Bartholomew, the chief Rabbi of Israel, and many other faith leaders who had vision and aw what is to come and also aspired to alert their brethren to the coming catastrophe…

Ten years later things are moving apace…

Because as of June 2015, more than 380 Rabbis in the United States of America, have signed a Rabbinic Letter based on the Torah that clearly brings Environmental and Climate Crisis Action to the faithful, by calling for vigorous participatory action, awareness of the human causation of this catastrophic problem, and the need for shifting habits and patterns of thought & action, in order to prevent worsening climate disruption and to seek ecological and social justice.

The text of the Rabbinic Letter and its signers follow here below.

The Rabbinical Letter was initiated by seven leading rabbis from a broad spectrum of American Jewish life: Rabbi Elliot Dorff, rector of the American Jewish University; 
Rabbi Arthur Green, rector of the Hebrew College rabbinical school; Rabbi Peter Knobel, former president, Central Conference of American Rabbis; Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, director of the Social Justice Organizing Program at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.; Rabbi Susan Talve, spiritual leader of Central Reform Congregation, St. Louis; Rabbi Arthur Waskow, director of The Shalom Center; and Rabbi Deborah Waxman, president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. They were joined by Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg, a leader of the Orthodox community.

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The full text and the list of signatories follows.

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To the Jewish People, to all Communities of Spirit, and to the World:

A Rabbinic Letter on the Climate Crisis

” We come as Jews and Rabbis with great respect for what Scientists teach us – for as we understand their teaching, it is about the unfolding mystery of God’s Presence in the unfolding universe, and especially in the history and future of our planet.

Although we accept scientific accounts of earth’s history, we continue to see it as God’s creation, and we celebrate the presence of the divine hand in every earthly creature.

Yet in our generation, this wonder and this beauty have been desecrated — not in one land alone but ‘round all the Earth. So in this crisis, even as we join all Earth in celebrating the Breath of Life that interweaves us all — –

— You sea-monsters and all deeps, Hallelu-Yah.

Fire, hail, snow, and steam, Hallelu-Yah.


Stormy wind to do God’s word, Hallelu-Yah.

Mountains high and tiny hills, Hallelu-Yah (Psalm 148)

We know all Earth needs not only the joyful human voice but also the healing human hand.

We are especially moved when the deepest, most ancient insights of Torah about healing the relationships of Earth and human earthlings, adamah and adam, are echoed in the findings of modern science.

The texts of Torah that perhaps most directly address our present crisis ar Leviticus 25-26 and Deuteronomy 15. They call for one year of every seven to be Shabbat Shabbaton – a Sabbatical Year – and Shmittah – a Year of restful Release for the Earth and its workers from being made to work, and of Release for debtors from their debts.

In Leviticus 26, the Torah warns us that if we refuse to let the Earth rest, it will “rest” anyway, despite us and upon us – through drought and famine and exile that turn an entire people into refugees.

This ancient warning heard by one indigenous people in one slender land has now become a crisis of our planet as a whole and of the entire human species. Human behavior that overworks the Earth – especially the overburning of fossil fuels — crests in a systemic planetary response that endangers human communities and many other life-forms as well.

Already we see unprecedented floods, droughts, ice-melts, snowstorms, heat waves, typhoons,

sea-level rises, and the expansion of disease-bearing insects from “tropical” zones into what used to be “temperate” regions. Leviticus 26 embodied. Scientific projections of the future make clear that even worse will happen if we continue with carbon-burning business as usual.

As Jews, we ask the question whether the sources of traditional Jewish wisdom can offer guidance to our political efforts to prevent disaster and heal our relationship with the Earth. Our first and most basic wisdom is expressed in the Sh’ma and is underlined in the teaching that through Shekhinah the Divine presence dwells within as well as beyond the world. The Unity of all means not only that all life is interwoven, but also that an aspect of God’s Self partakes in the interwovenness.

We acknowledge that for centuries, the attention of our people – driven into exile not only from our original land but made refugees from most lands thereafter so that they were bereft of physical or political connection and without any specific land – has turned away from this sense of interconnection of adam and adamah, toward the repair of social injustice. Because of this history, we were so much pre-occupied with our own survival that we could not turn attention to the deeper crisis of which our tradition had always been aware.

But justice and earthiness cannot be disentangled. This is taught by our ancient texts – teaching that every seventh year be a Year of Release, Shmittah, Shabbat Shabbaton, in which there would be not only one year’s release of Earth from overwork, but also one year’s sharing by all in society of the Earth’s freely growing abundance, and one year’s release of debtors from their debts.

Indeed, we are especially aware that this very year is, according to the ancient count, the Shmita Year.

The unity of justice and Earth-healing is also taught by our experience today: The worsening inequality of wealth, income, and political power has two direct impacts on the climate crisis. On the one hand, great Carbon Corporations not only make their enormous profits from wounding the Earth, but then use these profits to purchase elections and to fund fake science to prevent the public from acting to heal the wounds. On the other hand, the poor in America and around the globe are the first and the worst to suffer from the typhoons, floods, droughts, and diseases brought on by climate chaos.

So we call for a new sense of eco-social justice – a tikkun olam that includes tikkun tevel, the healing of our planet. We urge those who have been focusing on social justice to address the climate crisis, and those who have been focusing on the climate crisis to address social justice.

Though as rabbis we are drawing on the specific practices by which our Torah makes eco-social justice possible, we recognize that in all cultures and all spiritual traditions there are teachings about the need for setting time and space aside for celebration, restfulness, reflection.

Yet in modern history, we realize that for about 200 years, the most powerful institutions and cultures of the human species have refused to let the Earth or human earthlings have time or space for rest. By overburning carbon dioxide and methane into our planet’s air, we have disturbed the sacred balance in which we breathe in what the trees breathe out, and the trees breathe in what we breathe out. The upshot: global scorching, climate crisis.

The crisis is worsened by the spread of extreme extraction of fossil fuels that not only heats the planet as a whole but damages the regions directly affected.

§ Fracking shale rock for oil and “unnatural gas” poisons regional water supplies and induces the shipment of volatile explosive “bomb trains” around the country.

§ Coal burning not only imposes asthma on coal-plant neighborhoods – often the poorest and Blackest – but destroys the lovely mountains of West Virginia.

§ Extracting and pipe-lining Tar Sands threatens Native First nation communities in Canada and the USA, and endangers farmers and cowboys through whose lands the KXL Pipeline is intended to traverse..

§ Drilling for oil deep into the Gulf and the Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound off the Pacific have already brought death to workers and to sea life and financial disasters upon nearby communities. Proposed oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic threaten worse.

All of this is overworking Earth — precisely what our Torah teaches we must not do. So now we must let our planet rest from overwork. For Biblical Israel, this was a central question in our relationship to the Holy One. And for us and for our children and their children, this is once again the central question of our lives and of our God. HOW? — is the question we must answer.

So here we turn from inherited wisdom to action in our present and our future. One way of addressing our own responsibility would be for households, congregations, denominations, federations, political action — to Move Our Money from spending that helps these modern pharaohs burn our planet to spending that helps to heal it. For example, these actions might be both practical and effective:

§ Purchasing wind-born rather than coal-fired electricity to light our homes and synagogues and community centers;

§ Organizing our great Federations to offer grants and loans to every Jewish organization in their regions to solarize their buildings;

§ Shifting our bank accounts from banks that invest in deadly carbon-burning to community banks and credit unions that invest in local neighborhoods, especially those of poor, Black, and Hispanic communities;

§ Moving our endowment funds from supporting deadly Carbon to supporting stable, profitable, life-giving enterprises;

§ Insisting that our tax money go no longer to subsidizing enormously profitable Big Oil but instead to subsidizing the swift deployment of renewable energy — as quickly in this emergency as our government moved in the emergency of the early 1940s to shift from manufacturing cars to making tanks.

§ Convincing our legislators to institute a system of carbon fees and public dividends that rewards our society for moving beyond the Carbon economy.

These examples are simply that, and in the days and years to come, we may think of other approaches to accomplish these ecological ends.

America is one of the most intense contributors to the climate crisis, and must therefore take special responsibility to act. Though we in America are already vulnerable to climate chaos, other countries are even more so –– and Jewish caring must take that truth seriously. Israeli scientists, for example, report that if the world keeps doing carbon business as usual, the Negev desert will come to swallow up half the state of Israel, and sea-level rises will put much of Tel Aviv under water.

Israel itself is too small to calm the wide world’s worsening heat. Israel’s innovative ingenuity for solar and wind power could help much of the world, but it will take American and other funding to help poor nations use the new-tech renewable energy created by Israeli and American innovators.

We believe that there is both danger and hope in American society today, a danger and a hope that the American Jewish community, in concert with our sisters and brothers in other communities of Spirit, must address. The danger is that America is the largest contributor to the scorching of our planet. The hope is that over and over in our history, when our country faced the need for profound change, it has been our communities of moral commitment, religious covenant, and spiritual search that have arisen to meet the need. So it was fifty years ago during the Civil Rights movement, and so it must be today.

As we live through this Shmittah Year, we are especially aware that Torah calls for Hak’heyl — assembling the whole community of the People Israel during the Sukkot after the Shmittah year, to hear and recommit ourselves to the Torah’s central teachings.

So we encourage Jews in all our communities to gather on the Sunday of Sukkot this year, October 4, 2015, to explore together our responsibilities toward the Earth and all humankind, in this generation.

Our ancient earthy wisdom taught that social justice, sustainable abundance, a healthy Earth, and spiritual fulfilment are inseparable. Today we must hear that teaching in a world-wide context, drawing upon our unaccustomed ability to help shape public policy in a great nation.

We call upon the Jewish people to meet God’s challenge once again. “

Yours,
Dr Kroko

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On behalf of the People of this Earth and of the Environmental Parliament we are most Grateful for the Intercession of these visionary Rabbis who choose to stand with us on this extraordinary issue of combating the unfolding Climate Crisis.

Well Said and Well Done my Friends — Thank You

This Letter was Signed by 380 Rabbis, leaders of Jewish Faith and Life in America, starting with Michael Lerner a friend with whom we had started the Environmental Economic Divestment Movement in Berkeley California quite a few years back…

And here are some of the Rabbis who Signed the Climate Action:

Rabbi Jonathan Aaron Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills Beverly Hills CA
Rabbi Susan Abramson Temple Shalom Emeth Burlington MA
Rabbi Ruth Adar Lehrhaus Judaica San Leandro CA
Rabbi Howard Avruhm Addison Cong Melrose B’nai Israel Emanu El Philadelphia PA
Rabbi David Adelson East End Temple New York NY
Rabbi Alison Adler Temple B’nai Abraham Beverly MA
Rabbi Moshe Adler Beth El – The Heights Synagogue University Heights OH
Rabbi Rachel Adler Hebrew Union College Los Angeles CA
Rabbi Ron Aigen Congregation Dorshei Emet, Montreal Montreal Canada
Rabbi Aaron Alexander IKAR Los Angeles CA
Rabbi Mona Alfi Congregation B’nai Israel Sacramento CA
Rabbi Katy Allen Ma’yan Tikvah – A Wellspring of Hop Wayland MA
Rabbi Adam Allenberg Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Santa Monica CA
Rabbi Doug Alpert Congregation Kol Ami-Kansas City Kansas City MO
Rabbi Neil Amswych Temple Beth Shalom Santa Fe NM
Rabbi Batsheva Appel Temple Emanu-El Tucson AZ
Rabbi Aryeh Azriel Temple Israel Omaha NE
Rabbi Elan Babchuck Temple Emanu-El Providence RI
Rabbi Richard Backer Ohalah Newton MA
Rabbi Chava Bahle Or Tzafon Suttons Bay MI
Rabbi Ethan Bair Temple Sinai Reno NV
Rabbi Benjamin Barnett Beit Am Jewish Community Corvallis OR
Rabbi Lewis M Barth Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion Encino CA
Rabbi Sarah Bassin Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills Beverly Hills CA
Rabbi David Dunn Bauer Congregation Beit Simchat Torah New York NY
Rabbi Birdie Becker Temple Emanuel, Pueblo Centennial CO
Rabbi Lisa Bellows Congregation Beth Am Buffalo Grove IL
Rabbi Gabriel Ben-Or Gulfport Congregation Beth Sholom webster FL
Rabbi Karen Bender Jewish Home of Los Angeles Tarzana CA
Rabbi Allen Bennett Temple Israel of Alameda, Rabbi Emeritus San Francisco CA
Rabbi Philip Bentley Honorary President, Jewish Peace fellowship Hendersonville NC
Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum Congregation Shir Hadash Milwaukee WI
Rabbi Marc Berkson Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun Milwaukee WI
Rabbi Marjorie Berman Reconstructionist Rabbinical College Clarks Summit PA
Rabbi Phyllis Berman Pnai Or-Ph, Germantown Jewish Centre, Mishkan Shalom Philadelphia PA
Rabbi Ellen Bernstein Shomrei Adamah Holyoke MA
Rabbi Jonathan Biatch Temple Beth El, Madison, Wisconsin Madison WI
Rabbi Brad Bloom Bloom Hilton Head SC
Rabbi Marc S Blumenthal Reform Judaism Long Beach CA
Rabbi Neil Blumofe Congregation Agudas Achim Austin TX
Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton Or Haneshamah: Reconstructionist Community Ottawa Canada
Rabbi Jill Borodin Congregation Beth Shalom Seattle WA
Rabbi Neal Borovitz Rabbi Emeritus Temple Avodat Shalom River Edge NJ New York NY NY
Rabbi Joshua Breindel Temple Anshe Amunim Pittsfield MA
Rabbi Anne Brener Academy for Jewish Religion Los Angeles CA
Rabbi Cari Bricklin-Small Temple Shir Tikvah WInchester MA
Rabbi Caryn Broitman Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center West Tisbury MA
Rabbi Bruce Bromberg Seltzer Amherst College/Western New England University Northampton MA
Rabbi Deborah Bronstein Congregation Har HaShem Boulder CO
Rabbi Lester Bronstein Reconstructionist/Reform White Plains NY
Rabbi Samuel Broude Temple sinai, oakland,ca – emeritus Oakland CA
Rabbi Sharon Brous IKAR Los Angeles CA
Rabbi Rachel Brown Congregation B’nai Jacob Phoenixville PA
Rabbi Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus Wheaton College (MA) Department of Religion Providence RI
Rabbi Simcha Daniel Burstyn Center for Creative Ecology, Kibbutz Lotan Kibbutz Lotan Israel
Rabbi Michael Cahana Congregation Beth Israel, Portland, Oregon Portland OR
Rabbi Meredith Cahn Community School for Jewish Learning Petaluma CA
Rabbi NIna Beth Cardin Conservative Movement Baltimore MD
Rabbi Kenneth Carr Congregation Or Ami Lafayette Hill PA
Rabbi Joshua Caruso Fairmount Temple Beachwood OH
Rabbi Ken Chasen Leo Baeck Temple Los Angeles CA
Rabbi Jordana Chernow-Reader Reform Ventura CA
Rabbi Steven Chester Temple Sinai, Oakland, Ca. Oakland CA
Rabbi Paul Citrin Taos Jewish Center Albuquerque NM
Rabbi Aryeh Cohen American Jewish University Los Angeles CA
Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen New York NY
Rabbi Howard Cohen Burning Bush Adventures Bennington VT
Rabbi Malcolm Cohen Temple Sinai, LasVe Las Vegas NV
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen Israel Congregation Manchester Center VT
Rabbi Norman J. Cohen HUC-JIR Briarcliff Manor NY
Rabbi Sandra Cohen Rodef Shalom Denver CO
Rabbi Andrea Cohen Kiener Am Kolel Sanctuary Beallsville MD
Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohrn JCC Manhattan New York NY
Rabbi Mike Comins TorahTrek Los Angeles CA
Rabbi David J. Cooper Kehilla Community Synagogue, Piedmont, CA Berkeley CA
Rabbi Howard Cooper Director of Spiritual Development, Finchley Reform Synagogue, London, UK Barnet United Kingdom
Rabbi Mychal Copeland InterfaithFamily Mountain View CA
Rabbi Meryl Crean Mishkan Shalom Upper Gwynedd PA
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Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | July 16, 2015

Celebrate All Things

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Every day and every night is a celebration of Life.

Because being alive and playing the Game of Life is the Meaning of it all.

Live in the Now — Live Life in it — instead of waiting for a happy end.

This is the same as when we go to the Massage Parlour where we enjoy our bodies and we open our soul’s eyes to the wonder of life.

It is in those moments that we live — without always expecting a Happy End.

If it happens fine.

If it doesn’t happen — No worries…

The enjoyment is always there.

And sometimes if we are smart enough, we get to see the hidden humour in every Situation…

Then maybe we get to find magic in each moment.

That’s All.

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So…

How then can we not be delighted in the way things turn out?

And…

How can we not be amazed by the beauty of it all?

Eh?

What Do You Say?

Pray Tell.

Yours,

Pano

PS:

Disclaimer:

I’ve got nothing against Happy Ends; either in Thai Massages, or in any other endeavours of Life…

Just Be Careful to Define the Happy End appropriately because the Law of Unintended Consequences is a bitch…

And Karma always Ensues.

;–)

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Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | July 15, 2015

The Seven Pillars of Wisdom = Is your StartUp Angel Funded yet?

Over the past twenty years or so, I have Angel Funded and helped many startups on their way to success and IPO.

But before that I helped them to get their Seed and Early Stage Funding sorted.

Angel funding … is what helped these startUps to get forward traction.

American Angels pitch&demo experience is what helped them with their strategic and VC investor pitches.

And you can join them too here: http://www.meetup.com/AmericanAngels

Various valued American Angel Investors helped them with drafting their business plans.

Angels helped with their funding strategy, and placed a strong money bet on their Success by financing their Businesses early on, and networked them on their way forth… Same as me we’ve helped upwards of a few thousand StartUps with Angel funding, with finding their Market, with lining up institutional Investors, and with finding their own colour of Success.

And in return I’ve been helped by all of my Angels to learn to support the young CEOs of the good and great StartUps to raise the hundreds of millions of dollars in investment needed for their startups to scale and grow their Marketplace.

And in all instances over time — I’ve noticed that companies fall into three different categories along the Fundability Curve. The Funded, the almost funded, and the unfunded. Or as some others call it the scale of Fundability… At the high end of this curve are the highly fundable companies, and all others follow…

These are the ones where the CEO has a track record, where they already have connections with investors, and they usually have no trouble getting funded. However on the other extreme is the low end of the curve where most companies seeking funding, reside because they’re just not fundable.

They’re just not fundable either because of faulty engineering, or because of faulty design. Or they are just pivoting and finding themselves and are not quite fundable … yet. Maybe they don’t have enough of the right stuff to attract attention from investors, or perhaps they have some glaring red flags that are going to kill their deal regardless of fundable the company seems. However, many of these unfundable companies grow and improve over time. They build their product, they flesh out their management team, they structure a deal for investors, and they move up this FC curve into the area of the potentially fundable companies.

They cross that threshold where investors will now pay attention to them, and they become what we call the “Fundable Company” or better yet the “Funded Company” speaking as if we are coming from the future…  Because the good companies are already FUNDED even if they don’t yet have the checks in their pocket, or cashed in their bank account.

Now the fundable ones or what I call the already “Funded Companies” are great well before they are recognized by the Investors, the Markets, or the World. They are like “The Beatles” playing in the Liverpool cave style nightclubs and in Hamburg’s waterfront taverns.

They are Great and Funded in their own minds, because of the Success built in their own DNA from inception and by design. It’s just that the World hasn’t cottoned on to them yet. And my job as a Good VC is to make that matter visible to all.

So I use a scale method to get the StartUp Team from concept, to product, to market, and eventually to Exit. This progression is designed to help startups get feedback from the marketplace sooner rather than later.

Just like the RED BOOK concept helps you get in front of investors sooner rather than later, so is this Funded Company checklist that helps you to get there.

So how do you know if you have a Fundable or a Funded Company?

The Funded Company Method is structured around what we call the Seven Pillars of Wisdom or in our case — the Seven Pillars of Fundability:

A) The first pillar of Fundability is startup viability: This has to do with how well your solution matches the problem that you’re trying to solve, and what kind of market validation you’ve got so far, and what is your business stage? Are you all the way up to having customers already … or not?

B) The second pillar of fundability is your business model. This is things around your revenue model, your gross margins, the size of the market that you’re going after, and how fast that market is growing.

C) The third pillar of fundability is market strategy. This is basically, how do you get customers? And what’s your cost of customer acquisition? What kind of partnerships or other deals do you have in place that will help you enter the market well. And what about your competitive strategy? What kind of competitive advantages – in terms of intellectual property or other aspects – do you have that will allow you to compete effectively in the marketplace?

D) The fourth pillar is the management team. Here you rate yourself according to the experience of the CEO or other cofounders, the breadth and depth of your management team, as well as a board of advisors.

E) The fifth and final pillar of fundability is the deal. What does your potential for profitability look like? What are your financial projections? How fast are you going to grow? What’s the percentage of ownership for your deal? What’s your exit strategy?

F) And of course there is the EXIT pillar that holds the whole edifice up in the air and allows your company to have a Home so to speak. This Pillar is simply the knowledge of How soon can investors expect to get their money back and at what rate of return?

G) Finally this is the pillar that makes it all worth while. After the Exit we all get together and we Party like there is No tomorrow…

I give each of these Seven pillars equal weight and suggest that you need to score pretty close to 50% in each of these seven pillars in order to consider yourself a fundable company so that you can go out there and start raising money.

The Funded Company Method is designed to work for startups that are the typical high-growth company, where the investors expect to get their money back when there’s a liquidity event, typically an acquisition. It will also work for cash flow businesses, where the investors receive quarterly dividends or distributions from the company that will be a part of what their return is all about.

This system is also designed to work for companies that are seeking money from angel investors as well as the new equity crowdfunding that’s just starting to happen these days, because of the SEC releasing this June 19th the crowdfunding and Early stage Funding Dictum that “Everybody’s An Angel” aptly named “Title IV” Regulations as described in the Jobs Act. It’s truly IV for the StartUps and it’ about time to arrive three whole years after the White House enacted the Jobs Act back in 2012…

So here is the next set of House Supports for your StartUp:

The Seven Pillars of Startup Success:

A) Having a Full and Complex STARTUP LEADERSHIP TEAM. 1) Create a Full and mutually complementary StartUp Team of Co-Founders with skin in the game. 2) Recognize that You need a complex, fluid, and complete team to lead the startup forward, with full Faith in the product and the process, abundant passion, & excitement. 3) Domain Expertise, IP creation, and product development, should be the sole focus of the Early Executive Team. 4) Examine how well does your Team compare with Successful Leadership Teams and fill up the positions accordingly, because You cannot play soccer without fielding at least seven players and a goalie into the green. 5) As a matter of fact each Footie team consists of a maximum of eleven players (excluding substitutes), one of whom must be the goalkeeper. Soccer competition rules may state a minimum number of players required to constitute a team, which is usually seven. 6) Value the feedback you might have been given from Angel Investors about your team…

B) STARTUP VIABILITY. 1) Business Description – how convincing and exciting is your elevator pitch? 2) Problem/Solution – how well does your solution match up with the real problem? 3) Market Validation – what feedback have you gotten from the marketplace? 4) Business Stage – how far along is your business toward getting paying customers?

C) BUSINESS MODEL. 1) Market Size – how big is the market you are going after? 2) Market Growth Rate – how fast is that market growing? 3) Gross Margin – what is your gross margin on your product sales? 4) Recurring Revenue – what type of recurring revenue streams (if any) do you have?

D) MARKET STRATEGY. 1) Marketing Efficiency – how efficient is your marketing? 2) Partnerships – how are you leveraging other businesses to make sales? 3) Intellectual Property – what patents, trademarks, or trade secrets do you have? 4) Competitive Advantages – what advantages do you have over your competition?

E) MANAGEMENT. 1) CEO / Founder & CoFounders Experience – what type of startup experience does the founder and the founding team have? 2) Management Team – how experienced is the management team? 3) Board of Advisors – do you have a board of advisors? 4)  Do You have a Board of Directors? 5) What does it look like?

F) THE IDEAL DEAL for a high growth business is to scale assuredly. 1) How fast you get to 100 Million in revenue. Financial Projections – how fast will you grow your revenue or profits? 2) Investor Split – what percentage of the company will investors own? 3) Milestones – how feasible will it be for you to achieve your milestones? 4) ROI Potential – what is the expected return on investment? 5) Time to Exit – when do you expect your company to have an exit?

G) THE IDEAL DEAL TO PARTY is the Exit for all StartUps and especially for the businesses that already have a growth curve and a strong cash flow. These businesses rock… 1) Rate of Return – how much do investors make on their investment? 2) First Returns – how soon do investors start receiving returns? 3) Duration of Returns – how long do investors continue receiving returns? 4) Sale of Ownership Interests – can investors sell any of their ownership interests? 5) Security of Capital – are there assets that could be liquidated to pay back investors in the event of business failure? There are three key benefits to observing the Minimum Fundable Company principles. First, you can find out where you need to improve your fundability.

This is probably the most important. By figuring out where your deficiencies are, and what you need to do to improve, so that you can get across the Fundability threshold and get in the game of raising money from investors. The second benefit is that you will get a sense of any of these red flags that might pop up that will kill your deal regardless of how fundable your company is.

And finally, the benefit is that you improve your fundability, get in the marketplace sooner, and get in front of the right Angel Investors to nail the process of raising money.

Yours,

Dr Kroko

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And that’s how it’s done…

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Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.

–Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1906–1945

You only have power over people so long as you don’t take everything away from them.
But when you’ve robbed a man of everything, he’s no longer in your power – he’s free again.
–Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Greece Today is made up of Dead and Dying people.

Dead of Spirit and Bereft of Hope…

Because what else can you call the Hopeless, the Hungry, and the Loveless — than Dead?

Dead by Suicide or Dead by assassination — matters very little to Greece now.

The German Occupation Reichsmark today called the “EURO” is the point of this whole exercise in killing a whole country and it’s people slowly but surely. The Euro has made all Hope and Food unaffordable luxuries for Greece and for all the countries of Project  Europe today — much like the Occupation ReichsMark did in the 1940s for the occupied Europe under the Nazi flag back in the 1940s.

The reason why Greece has turned into the worst case of all of the Project Europe suicides — is that of the five countries that were looking over the economic cliff a few years ago — Greece was the one country in the most dire economic shape, and the one that was forced to burn down most of it’s economy in the altar of the false idols of EUROPEAN POLITICAL INTEGRATION AND OF THE FORCED ECONOMIC AUSTERITY POLICIES, foisted upon it by a vehement Germany.

Unfortunately, Greece has not resisted the Austerity programs strongly — instead choosing to play Germany’s game and thus it has subsequently flat-lined and gone for dead. Successive Greek governments have been “owned” by the German Banks and Big Companies via corruption and serious under the table cash contributions for their political campaigns and for their own deep pockets. They are the collaborateurs that Greece first and foremost must fight to win. The enemy within is far greater than the one outside the gates. The Rot has set in deep in the wood of the ship of state and the Greek boat has floundered.

Thus the country is already a Colonial outpost of Germany and has been placed under a serious austerity measure in order to reduce any chance of Resistance. When You control the Food Supply — you control both the country and the people in it. Thus under German Guidance the Greek Economy has never recovered, nor it is likely to recover under the Austerity mechanisms any time soon. That is, until the Greeks understand the real meaning of OXI [=NO] and declare their Liberty by choosing to have their own coin and their own Monetary Policy.

Because it is my learned opinion and History will bear me out on this: For any Nation having it’s own Monetary Policy is a “Birthright.” I believe that it is a vital “Birthright” that when abolished — the formerly Sovereign Nation becomes a contract Slave, to whomever they have abrogated that “Birthright” who now sets their Monetary Policy, and regulates the Coin of the Realm.

And that in a nutshell is the Essence of the European Crisis right here.

First and foremost Greece should not be in the EuroZone — in the first place, because the Euro is the coin of the German European Project, and not of anyone else.

Second because it is fully contrary to the Greek Democracy and the Independence Spirit that the country’s Modern Revolutionary Founders envisaged back in 1821 upon the Liberation of the country from the Ottoman yoke, and as it was modeled after the Innovative Greek Democracy of Two and a half Millennia earlier, during the Golden Age of Greece and Athens under Pericles and Isocrates at around 2,500 BC. The golden age of Athenian culture flourished under the leadership of Pericles (495-429 B.C.), who was a fierce Democrat and a brilliant general, orator, patron of the arts, and politician — ”the first citizen” of democratic Athens, according to the historian Thucydides.

And third because Structural and purely Economic Reasons make Greece’s position within the EuroZone untenable, because the Euro is far too expensive a coin to have today for a poor and emerging economy like Greece’s and as the modern day Reichsmark it only serves Germany’s hegemony interests throughout Europe.

Naturally today’s savvy Leadership reader of the BEB blog, fully understands and embraces the first two reasons, but the third might need some further erudition, and therefore an explanation is provided herewith:

The Structural reason that Greece does not belong in the Euro is simply because Greece’s budget deficit going into the crisis far exceeded that of any other European country. This speaks to that fact. Of course it didn’t help that it was Greece that had to endure much more enforced Austerity since then — far more than any other European country ever had — and that has shed more than a third of it’s economic output. So it’s not surprising that the country that’s cut the most out of it’s Life Force, – the economy, and lost the most of it’s Power, has also done the worst by any Measure…  And what is the utterly expensive EURO going to offer to impoverished Greece whose exports are further dwarfed by the Rich German People’s Reichsmark that allows them to holiday and Lord it over Greece for very little cost. It is a tool for the Germans to vacation and live like Kings and Princes in Greece, at the same time that the Greeks themselves are eating the majority of their meals from the garbage cans outside of the Big Tourist Hotels and Great Restaurants that serve the wealthy tourists? How can a country that today runs more Soup Kitchens and provides for more Soup Lines than any other country, afford to have a currency designed and managed by Berlin?

And yet that is what is going on.

That’s Austerity for You…

Here are some photos of the soup lines that have sprung up everywhere in Greece and one photo of the men responsible for this sad development, as an intended consequence of Austerity Economics applied against a single country of the European Project.

Greece since 2009… to today has produced not much else besides more and more than soup and Soup lines, and we are all occupied with semantic accounting instead of the pure accounting of the Human Toll.

Where is the Leadership in this?

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There are soup lines everywhere in Greece and still the people go hungry to sleep every night and the children wake up to go to school without food… People are malnourished and dying everywhere throughout Greece from lack of food, lack of medicine and from all related extreme poverty and famine related causes.

Suicides have mounted to unreasonable heights. Elderly people without Medical Care die un-helped. Even those who are well off receive far less Medical attention that anyone needs to survive. There are no Medicines on the pharmacies and no help i the hospitals. The country is coming to an End…

And now another Round of Austerity Medicine will be applied to Greece and it’s once proud People — and to the rest of the European Periphery by extension of measures…

Surely, the coming months and the coming years, will be trying for Europe’s struggling economies of the periphery but especially for Project Europe as a whole, and for Greece in particular.

THe Project of European Integration is not going to survive this anymore than the German occupation of 1941-1944 during the height of the Second World War

Greece, in rather extraordinary fashion, agreed to meet a long list of highly punitive reforms after a standoff of more than a week that had forced its banks to close and its economy to shut down. The deal was struck in exchange for a bailout package, which could approach $100 billion, and an extended stay as a member of the euro zone.

The reforms and their impact, won’t be pretty. Greece has already endured far more austerity than any other flailing European economy, swinging from an 18-percent deficit to a 2-percent surplus, more than double what any other country has done. And now it will have to put up with more, but it’s not clear whether any of these efforts will ease skepticism about whether the whole affair has done irreparable damage to the euro project. So far, the euro, in its 15th year, has been a symbolic boon to Europe, but it has also seen more than a handful of countries suffer significant economic setbacks with Greece and the periphery becoming RoadKill in the process of EURO integration.

Indeed, it’s worth remembering that there are a number of crisis countries that are in pretty bad shape — but none worse than Greece, for a specific reason: Corruption in the European Union both in Berlin and In Brussels. And a systemic weakness in Athens through it’s own corrupt mentality of the current and past Leaders…

During the beginnings of the European financial crisis, which exploded in 2009 and 2010, there was particular concern about five countries — Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain — which were, perhaps, best known in the form of the acronym PIIGS. All of them had accrued massive debts — some of them public, some of them private — that led their economies to sharply contract when the global financial system froze up after the 2008 crisis that started in the United States. And while growth bounced back in the U.S., these countries had bigger “structural” problems — ingrained in their laws — that hurt growth.

The tipping point, though, came in 2010, when markets realized how much these governments now needed to borrow to make up for their bad economies. Greece was on the extreme end of that spectrum, but even countries that had kept their fiscal houses in order, such as Spain and Ireland, found themselves unable to borrow on anything but the most punitive terms.

To restore market confidence and get help from Europe and the European Central Bank, the countries had little choice but to administer strict austerity measures in the form of budget cuts and tax hikes. Greece, which in 2009 had a budget deficit that was equal to nearly 14 percent of its economy (the largest of the five), has undergone the most. But the others have suffered through significant pullbacks, too.

This fiscal tightening has worked to the extent that it’s closed the countries’ deficits, but it hasn’t in light of the fact that it’s also made the countries’ debt burdens worse.

The only place where this has come close to working is in Ireland, where spending cuts and an export boom — partly boosted by the the falling euro, which has made Irish goods cheaper abroad — have helped turn the country’s fate around in the past 18 months. It’s enough that Ireland is actually Europe’s fastest-growing economy now, though it still has 9.7% unemployment.

But in most cases, austerity has often hurt the economy so much that even though countries owe less, they’re less able to pay what they do owe because their economies are smaller, and that means they collect less tax revenue.

Italy is perhaps the most glaring example of this. The past five years have been nothing short of a disaster for the country, whose economy is still almost 10 percent smaller than it was in 2008. And in fact, the damage Italy has endured over the past half-decade has wiped out virtually any progress made the previous one. Italy’s economy is the exact same size that it was in 2000.

It goes without saying that a decade and a half without any growth is not a very good thing. And it may not be a coincidence that this stagnation started when the euro was introduced in 1999. After all, Italy has had structural challenges, such as making it difficult to fire workers or bust up monopolies, for a long time. It’s not like those can explain why Italy can’t grow now when it could before.

The reality is that the euro has prevented Italy from covering up its structural problems like it used to be able to when it could at least devalue its way to competitiveness. In other words, the Italian lira could fall in value when it wasn’t so hot, making Italian exports cheaper and offering a boost to growth. It doesn’t have the luxury of a cheaper lira now, though, so it’s been stuck in a no-growth trap that has no sign of turning around soon.

But Spain hasn’t been much better. Now, it’s true that its economy has looked much better over the past 18 months, but top-level growth hasn’t trickled down as much as Spaniards might have hoped. Salaries in Spain remain low, and unemployment remains high — around 24 percent. It is the only country whose labor force woes look anything similar to Greece’s (and, for a time, were even worse).

Portugal, meanwhile, is an economic whodunit without an obvious culprit. There wasn’t a bubble like there was in Greece or Spain — not in housing or in government spending — but Portugal just kind of fell behind. There was no bust, in other words, because there was no boom. From 2002 onward, the country’s economic output per capita, which shows how rich its people are, has essentially been flat.

Things are better now, but not much. Portugal is growing, yes, but still very slowly. That last time it posted real growth of more than 3 percent was 15 years ago — in 2000.

As for Greece — forget it. That Economy has already tanked. Greece’s Economy is dead — not on Life support either.

Now you need a powered by the mains, defibrillator to even attempt to resuscitate the dreams and hopes of the Greek people — forget the Economy.

Austerity for Greece is a bitter pill administered by the Germans that carry a grudge going back to the Second World War when Greece burned them badly by fighting and winning against their Axis ally Italy, and that made Hitler come to Mussolini’s rescue against Greece –therefore delaying his campaign against the Soviet Union by a crucial six months.

That time set him up to start the fight with the Soviets on early Summer and threw him at the mercy of the Russian Winter before he could conquer the Capital and the big industrial centres. Once the General Winter along with General Molotov set in — Hitler was finished in the Russian steppes and the Top Brass of Germany blamed the Greeks for delaying their Blitzkrieg towards Moscow.

Strange how History works…

The Germans back then in 1941, the Occupation German Army enforced a punitive austerity in occupied Greece by stealing all of the staple foods production of the country, and taking all of the Emergency Foodstuffs of Greece and thus intentionally throwing the country in a protracted famine, that saw fully 15% of it’s population die of starvation and privations in the pivotal harsh winter of 1941-1942 resulting in the greatest loss of lives as a percentage of the population by any country of the world during the wrath of the Second World War, including the tremendous and horrible loss of Life of then homeless nation of the Jewish People’s Diaspora, who perished in the German Concentration Camps, and that of the Gypsy tribes of Europe and all other stateless Peoples…

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A heavy price to pay indeed for any country fighting for it’s independence against foreign aggressors.

But that was the German plan for collective punishment of the Greek Population because they wanted to show other nations that Resistance to the Nazi Reich armies will bring down the wrath of the Huns and exterminate their people.

Here is how Wikipedia describes the Greek Famine:

Great Famine of Greece
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Great Famine
“Μεγάλος Λιμός”
Athens winter 1941-1944

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Collecting the dead from the streets of Athens, winter 1941–1942
Country Greece
Location: Most of Greece (urban, rural areas, islands)
Period 1941–1944
Total deaths: Est. 1,300,000 (The Famine mortality rate reached a peak in the winter of 1941–1942)
Consequences: Destruction of the infrastructure and economy of Greece.
The Great Famine (Greek: Μεγάλος Λιμός) was a period of mass starvation during the Axis occupation of Greece, during World War II (1941–1944). The local population suffered greatly during this period, while the Axis Powers initiated a policy of large scale plunder. Moreover, requisitions together with the Allied blockade of Greece, the ruined state of the country’s infrastructure and the emergence of a powerful and well-connected black market, resulted in the Great Famine, with the mortality rate reaching a peak during the winter of 1941–1942.
The great suffering and the pressure of the Greek Diaspora eventually forced the Germans to lift the blockade partially, and from the summer of 1942, the International Red Cross was able to distribute supplies in sufficient quantities; however, the situation remained grim until the end of the occupation.

Fascist Italy invaded Greece from Albania on 28 October 1940. However, the invasion was quickly turned into a humiliating defeat for the Italians and the Greek forces managed to penetrate deep into Albanian territory. On 6 April 1941, Germany attacked Greece and the Greek forces fell back quickly under the astonishing firepower of the Blitzkrieg. Immediately following their victory, the occupation powers divided the country into 3 zones between which any movement of goods and people was strictly prohibited. The Germans occupied parts of Athens, the region around Thessaloniki, a few strategic outposts in the Aegean and the island of Crete, the Bulgarians held the northern regions of Thrace and Eastern Macedonia, while the Italians controlled most of the mainland and the Ionian Islands.

In general, the Axis powers viewed conquered nations as sources of raw materials, food and labor. As a matter of policy, subjugated nations were to provide material support to Germany and Italy. According to this principle, already from the outset of the occupation, German and Italian troops initiated a policy of wide-scale plunder of everything of value. Moreover, pillage, torture, executions, and civilian massacres throughout Greece were also part of the Axis agenda during the years of occupation.

The German attitude toward occupied Peoples was expressed succinctly in the words of Hermann Göring in a letter to the Reich commissioners and military commanders of the occupied territories on 6 August 1942:

Hermann Göring wrote then these words: “”…This continual concern for the aliens [Greeks] must come to an end once and for all … I could not care less when you say that people under your administration are dying of hunger. Let them starve and perish so long as no German person goes hungry.””

Naturally, THE GREAT GREEK FAMINE ensued … that along with German bullets, and privations levied against the Greek patriots, in total killed efficiently more than a Million and a Half people, out of a population of Nine Million Greek Souls.

That was the “friendly” German Occupation of 1941-44 and it is replayed now seventy five years later through the Forced Austerity in 2015 in Greece — that unfortunately is part of the European project under the Fourth Reich of Germany all over again…

Wolfgang Schäuble is today’s Hermann Göring, and he manages propaganda just like his predecessor. Wolfgang Schäuble being the Austerity Ayatolah of the European Project is the powerful Finance Minister of Germany. And he is truly, the Father of Austerity in Europe — even though he is a simple accountant with a penchant for Propaganda and for Lording it over Europe — much like his idol Hermann Göring. In October 2013, Wolfgang Schäuble was accused by the Portuguese Prime Minister, José Sócrates, for regularly placing news in the media against Portugal during the eurozone crisis prior to the Portuguese bailout; Sócrates called him a “Sly Minister of Finance”.

Wolfgang Schäuble is a leading advocate of austerity during the eurozone crisis — Schäuble has been described variously as the “personification of fiscal discipline” and as “Europe’s foremost ayatollah of austerity”

Hermann Göring back in 1941, offered the same enforced Austerity to Greece and Europe back during the Second World War occupation of Europe, and we saw how it killed fifty Million people of Europe. That’s how the European Peoples enjoyed the fruits of the German Austerity then, and today we are trying the same enforcement of Austerity towards Greece and the rest of Europe — with predictably the same results.

Austerity didn’t work then and it doesn’t work now.

Austerity never worked.

And it doesn’t work today to set a country towards Growth and economic prosperity.

We don’t need Keynes of Adam Smith to come out of their grave to tell us so…

Austerity kills people and economies alike.

The Euro has made Hope and Food unaffordable luxuries for Greece and Project  Europe today, because the Euro is very much like the German Occupation Mark of the 1940s and it only serves one purpose: The Subjugation of Europe. Nothing else…

And if you want to see the effects of it — let’s revisit the 1941 occupation of Greece by the Germans according to Wikipedia:

Within the occupation zones, the confiscation of fuel and all means of transportation, including fishing boats and pack animals, prevented any transfer of food and other supplies and reduced mobility to a minimum. The occupiers seized strategic industries and appropriated or bought them at low prices, paying with occupation marks they circulated all stocks of commodities like tobacco, olive oil, cotton, and leather and transferred them to their home countries.

Laid Archer, who worked for an American aid agency and was in Athens when the Germans entered the city on 27 April 1941, noted in his Journal:

‘April 28 …The wholesale looting of Athens has begun.

‘Remaining food and fuel reserves have been taken first. … [A staff member] found the entire market sealed under the swastika. The Germans have emptied all public [fuel] tanks].… A Marathon farmer, who made his way in today to report that our nurses were safe in the hills, said that his flocks of poultry, even the pigeons, had been machine-gunned and the swastika planted at the four corners of the field. He had been warned to take nothing from the fields on pain of death.

‘The invaders have been taking meat, cattle and sheep north of the city for some days and now have reserved the dairy herds in the environs of Athens for their own use. … My friends in the Ministry of Agriculture estimate that the 200,000-ton domestic supply may be cut to a third by the slaughtering.

‘Modern transport has been seized simultaneously with food supplies. Syntagma square is already filled with seized cars. … Buses likewise are being taken. And especially trucks …. Orders posted and radioed require all bicycles to be delivered to a given location, More than five thousand have been taken.

‘Wholesale and retail shops are being systematically cleared out. This is done by the polite method of “purchase” with freshly printed Occupation Marks, of no value outside of Greece. Early this morning, all troops in Athens not on detail were issued with 100 of such marks each. … They were sent into the shops to buy anything from women’s stockings to electrical equipment. They took their “purchases” to the parcel post office or to the railway express and promptly shipped them home to the Reich … .I saw a squad of soldiers, who had cleaned out a small leather goods shop, carry their new suitcases to a clothing store to be filled. The Eastman Kodak store has been emptied of cameras. … Principal Greek industries are being taken over. This is done by the same polite system of “purchasing” 60 percent of the issued stock and installing a German director.

‘Raw materials, metal, leather and so on are being confiscated. Scores of little factories, turned back to their owners by the sneering Germans as not of any importance, are without materials for processing. … Carpenters can’t get nails with which to get on with the few construction jobs that are still in progress. Even cement … can no longer be had.

‘Finally, hospital and drugstore supplies are being taken by the Germans… …

‘The incredible speed and efficiency of this leaves us dazed, not knowing where to turn for the most ordinary supplies.’

Unemployment rose to extreme levels, while extraordinary levies were extorted from the Greek collaborationist government to sustain the occupying forces. Occupied Greece was not only burdened with the occupation costs of the German and Italian armies but also with the expenses of Axis military projects in the Eastern Mediterranean. Unlike the rest of the occupied countries, whose costs were limited to their actual defense appropriations prior to the Axis invasion, the size of Greece’s levy in 1941-1942 reached 113.7% of the local national income.

{By the Way — These numbers of Debt are very similar to what is demanded of Greece today under the current round of Enforced Austerity Economics…}

On the other hand, the Allied forces responded with a full naval blockade in order to weaken the Axis in its military efforts. This cut off all imports to Greece, including foods.

{By the way this is also today’s stance in starving Greece economically through the Forced Austerity programs as performed by the long term Allies of Greece in the US led International Monetary Fund, and of the Wall Street and of the City in the UK…}

Farmers in Greece had to pay a 10% in kind tax on their produce and to sell to the collaborationist government at fixed prices all production above the subsistence level. The food price controls and rationing that had been in place before the Greek defeat were now tightened. With the low government prices and newly imposed taxes, farmers went to great lengths to hide their produce from the officials and traders pulled their merchandise from the shelves, a factor that added to the severing of the foreign trade routes on which Greece traditionally depended for food imports.[4] Thus, the scarcity of food supplies resulted in the increase of their prices, while the circulation of the German Occupation Reichsmark and the Italian Casa Mediterranea Drachma led soon to inflation. Under these circumstances, black market and rationing became the only means of food supply in the urban areas of Greece.[9] Fishing was also prohibited, at least during the early period of occupation.[10] Moreover, the Bulgarians forbade any transportation of grain from their zone, where 30% of the Greek pre-war production took place, to the rest of the country.

In mid-September 1941, when the famine was imminent, Hitler and the German High Command of Berlin, responded to enquiries of German officials about the famine and the dire straits the population is suffering through in Greece: “Supplying Belgium, and probably Holland, and Norway, as well, will be more urgent from the standpoint of military economy than supplying Greece.”

Period.

Yours,
Dr Kroko

PS:

As economists points out, there is a tangible difference between Greece and Portugal, where GDP per capita is roughly the same, but was arrived at differently. Portugal makes about as much money as it did in 2000, and only marginally less than it did just before the recession. Greece’s economy, meanwhile, grew rapidly and then evaporated by almost a quarter between 2009 and 2013, and by an additional 15% between the second bailout and today. That downward adjustment of the economy for a total of 35% till today and further declining, is indeed very-very difficult for people to understand, let alone live through it.

And it’s not going to be over anytime soon. Greece has just signed up to do more and more austerity for the next three years, its economy has fallen into even more of a hole now that its banks have closed, and it’s stuck with a currency that’s too expensive for it.

Europe now has offered Greece a new $96 billion bailout after its government agreed to enact deep economic reforms under close supervision by its creditors. The so called “rescue” — Greece’s third effort since 2010 — should secure its place in the euro, for now. The country’s potential exit from the currency union would have shaken Europe to its core and it seems to have been averted only to be loaded on to the Greek people’s broken backs once again.

This time Greece agreed to significant economic reforms: Pension cuts and higher taxes, as well as the sale of many key government assets, and all of the public properties. Further they agreed to foreign supervision, because the key to the deal is Proof that Greece will follow through with the programs established by the Creditor nations. “Eurozone leaders have agreed in principle that they are ready to start negotiations on a [new bailout],” said Donald Tusk, who chaired an emergency summit of all 19 nations that use the EURO.
Greece’s Parliament must approve these measures by Wednesday. In addition, Europe will assign monitors to ensure that Greece will also have to give up control of the proceeds from government sales, with the bulk being earmarked for debt payments.

Sounds like Gunboat Diplomacy to me….

What Do You Think?

Regardless… the Old People used to say:

“Woe to the ones who fail to learn from History because they are bound to repeat it”

So…

Had I been asked five years ago how I would vote in the referendum on whether or not the UK should stay in the European Union, my answer would have been unequivocal Yes.

Had I been asked if Greece should stay in the EuroZone back then — similarly my answer would have been Yes.

Had I been asked if the European Project is a Good Idea — I would have been favourable to it as well.

I would have been amenable to the Project Europe and the EuroZone, because they all seemed to me to be a civilising force, restraining the cruel and destructive tendencies of certain member governments, setting standards that prevented them from destroying whole Peoples livelihoods, trashing workers rights, and blocking the Corporate & Banking groups from controlling the bureaucratic and Monetary processes that always present an urgent threat to democracy…

Now I’m not so sure.

Am not at all certain about Project Europe even though I am the Founder of the European Democratic party. I am totally disgusted by the way the European Project has been usurped and turned into the German European Project and all that it entails.

Am not at all in favour of Europe right now because everything good about the European Union is in retreat, and everything bad is on the rampage.

I accept the principle of sharing sovereignty over issues of common concern, but I do not accept the idea of the rich nations under Germany, combining to crush the democratic will of the poorer nations, as they are seeking to do to Greece today…

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | July 11, 2015

Leadership is a State of UNFEAR

State of UNFEAR means to Lead and Let Lead in human terms

What do you want to do with your Life?

Where does your passion lay?

What are your Strengths?

Where is your Fire?

Why are always the ones with Fire that lead?

Does a Leader have to lead all the time?

Could Leadership be a rotating duty?

These are valid questions for the ones who think of Leadership a an evolving trait and a learning experience a well.

Because of that natural Biomimcry will surely lead us to the Model of Leaderhip that cna be learned just the same as we learn Physics or Math

Maybe Leadership is a bit like the traveling birds?

A Leader is the Bird that happens to be the One at the leading edge of the Triangle formation, or at the head of the swarm, or the one leading the murmuration — or in any other form of bird flight.

In Human Terms the Leader is the Fearless Individual that leads the People to Safety and Succour.

The Human Leader also understands that we have limited Energy and we cannot carry forth everyone — but we should surely bring along anyone and everyone that is thirsty and hungry enough to want to lead themselves to the water…  Keeping in mind that we should be the one providing the drink, the loaves, and the fish — and pointing firmly towards the nearest waterhole.

But to be able to do all that You must never fear any potential outcome.

Practice the Art of U.N.F.E.A.R. every minute of every day until you got it down pat and you own it.

Great Leaders are full of UNFEAR — Think of Old Winnie. Not the Pooh. Not that one… but Winston Churchill in the middle of the Blitz raining down German bombs and him walking amongst the carnage leaning on his stick and encouraging his people.

And when morning arrived — he was seen taking his morning stroll with an umbrella at the ready..

Those early month of the German Bomb Rain of London in 1941, were the bleakest and the fiercest moments of Leadership for old Winnie, and still it was the finest hour of the Leader the people called “Winnie” for his attitude that would surely lead them to Victory. People believed that in the darkest hours, even when bomb were raining down from the sky every night after the devastating serial defeats all the European nations and the British Expeditionary Forces suffered from the Nazis, during the early stages of the second World War, when England alone was prosecuting that war.

Still in tho darkest of moments the bombed out people of England called Winston the “Winnie” and the Greatest Man Alive…

Wonder Why?

Because not only He practiced U.N.F.E.A.R. but He was the very personification of it.

That is the meaning of U.N.F.E.A.R.

So if you want to develop your Leadership style of U.N.F.E.A.R. learn from following the seven Key principles that describe the State of Leadership as U.N.F.E.A.R.

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Unique Message: Make Sure that you own your message. Always confront your fellows and followers with a unique message, because what You are communicating has to be novel and unique — so that people will associate the Message with You. And then they can connect the Unique Message with You as the Leader. Fellowship of people following you follows.

Nuanced Meaning: Effective leaders recognize that people have lives outside of work and sometimes need support and flexibility to balance competing demands and responsibilities. If you have an employee whose 3-year-old has strep throat or whose mother is experiencing dementia, you should take the time to understand his or her needs and support that employee in finding solutions. If you treat people with empathy, they may very well follow you to the ends of the earth; if you don’t, they will never line up behind you in the first place. Understand the meaning behind Someone’s words when they say that they can’t come to the company breakfast meeting on Sunday morning because they want to spend time with their kids… Respect that.

Fortitude: Effective leaders are the calm in the storm during the bad times, and they stay grounded in the midst of the good times. They are the shock-absorbers of their organizations, tempering both the highs and the lows. Leaders with fortitude also know how to take criticism with a grain of salt. And let’s face it; there’s always criticism. But they won’t let it to keep them from taking action, nor will they allow it to cloud their vision or sour their optimism. Never ever give up.

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Expertise: You must have the right degree of expertise about your organization and the issues it is confronting, or you will never have credibility. You don’t see many amateurs among the ranks of leaders, because people want leaders who base their decisions on more than just gut reactions. That said, there are different kinds of expertise. Whether you are an engineer, teacher, or chef, you need a deep, rock-solid understanding of your discipline. But you should also develop a broader expertise — on the organization in which you’re working and on your industry or sector as a whole. You need that big-picture perspective to earn followership and fellowship well beyond your functional area.

Appeal: Charisma is nice, but that’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m referring to the kind of appeal that stems from attributes associated with strong leadership, namely, the ability to Make the big decisions, to Effectively communicate those decisions and articulate the thinking behind them, to Think both tactically and strategically, and to See the big picture from high up but also near the ground. You need to be able to see both the “forest and the trees.”

Resourcefulness: Leadership is not about having Resources — but it is about being resourceful in all situations and manifesting the necessary resources as needed along the way of your company’s journey. And if you manage to be the River to Your people, then Leadership change and it becomes a much simpler arithmetic. Then it becomes a simple ride in maths — only about the number of the people who are following your lead. This thing we all call Leadership is about the Follower and not about the Leader. Because if you don’t have any followers — you aren’t a Leader anyway, so it doesn’t matter. So maybe we concentrate on followership and fellowship — or in other words in getting others to want to follow you. To put it another way: you can’t be out in front leading the parade unless there are people willing to line up and march behind you. Followership & Fellowship is not conferred by fiat, nor by right, nor is it a title, and it certainly cannot be forced. Rather, it’s about inspiring people, and I believe there are four characteristics of leaders who do this well.

So try to always be in a mental state of U.N.F.E.A.R.

Those Seven characteristics of U.N.F.E.A.R. may sound pretty simple, but if being a good leader were simple, there wouldn’t be so many books, articles, and blogs on the subject.

The abundance of advice may seem overwhelming at times, but if you keep your focus where it belongs – on being the kind of leader who is worthy of followership and fellowship – you can’t go wrong.

And always remember to practice the Art of U.N.F.E.A.R. in every situation of your Life.

Only then you can be seen as a True Leader like old Winnie.

Yours,

Pano

PS:

Of course U.N.F.E.A.R. requires fire in the belly.

And Fire comes from your passion…

Follow Your Passion.

Leadership Follows soon thereafter.

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