Saturday, April 01, 2017

Send a Mother's Day card to Vera Putina, Metekhi, Republic of Georgia General Delivery


Or, if that will not work, at least think kind thoughts toward anyone who has to make hard choices. Not a punishment event. Claimed son Vladimir could at least engage in a verify; is she a truthteller; is he.

Vera Putina.  A mother who did what she could, encountered some road blocks, made the decisions she did. Like the rest of us. Parenting is tough.

I.  Idea: To send a nice card to Vera Putina in Metekhi, Georgia, Russian Federation, someone who may not get one from all her children, issue is, is the missing one hers. Does it matter? Sample translations here should be vetted by you (many translators online) before using. Should we worry about our return address?  Why should that be? All the snoops are in the west wing.  Other idea: send a donation to a US charity of your choice honoring her. Or just think kind thoughts for people who have had to make difficult decisions.


Vera Putina.  Vera Putina has been in the news and rumor mill since at least 2008, as the natural mother of Vladimir Putin.  He was raised by distant relatives in St. Petersburg after his age 9 or so, or were they his real parents? No hospital records, then again, there have been upheavals.

There are gaps in his biography that suggest a dim pre-St. Petersburg past, and some corroboration, circumstantial but looming.  Fake news or true news? Do your own search. Consider interpretations. , Vera Putina looks like someone who could enjoy some cards because if this is so, she apparently made the best decisions she could under her circumstances at the time. Either the child never forgave; or the whole thing is fake.  Skip that and just send a card.

Read:  http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/blog/alexander-j-motyl/was-vladimir-putin-born-georgia.

Example: Make your own message, put it on a translator, and go.
Dear Ms. Putina,

I have read articles in the news about your maybe being the mother of Vladimir Putin. Anybody can look up that idea on the computer. I am writing because in June we celebrate national Mother's Day in the US. People take their mothers out to brunch, or dinner, or whatever other celebration or event works, and send cards. The little holiday is a nice opportunity to tell someone a thank you, I love you, I know I was exasperating but you were always there, and I am grateful. For you, then, we wish you well, are thinking of you, hope your health is good and that you have people around you who care. We know it is hard for our kids to understand why certain decisions are made for them when they are young. We do what we can. So, whether Vladimir is yours or not, we wish you well.  All best wishes, ___________________.

Here it is in Georgian, Google translate: Vet it yourself, because this could say the man in the moon was here, and I would not know. And it is April 1.  Would Google do that?
ძვირფასო ქალბატონი პუტინა,

მე წავიკითხე სტატია შესახებ თქვენი შესაძლოა, რომ დედა ვლადიმერ პუტინთან. ვინმეს შეგიძლიათ ეძებოთ, რომ იდეა კომპიუტერი. ასე რომ, ივნისში ეს იქნება ჩვენი ეროვნული დედის დღე აშშ. ხალხი მათი დედები out ფილიალი, ან ვახშამი, ან ნებისმიერი სხვა დღესასწაული ან მოვლენა სამუშაოები და გაგზავნას ბარათები. პატარა დღესასწაული ლამაზი შესაძლებლობა ვუთხრა ვინმეს მადლობა, მე შენ მიყვარხარ, მე ვიცი, მე აუტანელი, მაგრამ თქვენ ყოველთვის არსებობს, და მადლობელი ვარ. თქვენთვის, მაშინ, გისურვებთ კარგად, ფიქრი თქვენ, იმედი მაქვს, თქვენს ჯანმრთელობას არის კარგი და რომ თქვენ უნდა გარშემო, ვინც მაინტერესებს. ჩვენ ვიცით, ძნელია ჩვენი ბავშვები მესმის, რატომ გარკვეული გადაწყვეტილებები არიან ისინი, როდესაც ისინი ახალგაზრდა. ჩვენ რა შეგვიძლია. ასე რომ, თუ ვლადიმერ შენია თუ არა, ჩვენ გისურვებთ. ყველა საუკეთესო სურვილები, ___________________.
Here it is in Russian, also Google Translate.  Send nothing without checking the translation yourself.  There can be quirks.


Уважаемая г-жа Путина,


Я читал статьи в новостях о том, может быть, вы были матерью Владимира Путина. Любой может найти эту идею на компьютере. Так, в июне это будет наш Национальный День Матери в США. Люди забирают своих матерей на бранч, или обедают, или как-то еще работают или отправляют открытки. Маленький праздник - хорошая возможность сказать кому-то спасибо, я люблю тебя, я знаю, что я был раздражителен, но ты всегда был там, и я благодарен. Итак, для вас, мы желаем вам здоровья, думаем о вас, надеемся, что ваше здоровье хорошее и что вокруг вас есть люди, которые вас волнуют. Мы знаем, что нашим детям трудно понять, почему для них принимаются определенные решения, когда они молоды. Мы делаем что можем. Итак, Владимир ваш или нет, мы желаем вам успеха. С наилучшими пожеланиями, ___________________.
 

II.  How to do it.

Consult Global Express, Priority Air Express International (scroll down at
http://pe.usps.com/text/imm/fh_010.htm.  A flat rate envelope cannot exceed 4 lbs, but you will not need all that.  There are restrictions on sending items, so just the card.

Do not send goods -- Postal limits on that include:
1. Addressees are required to obtain import licenses/permits to receive most goods.
2. Coins; banknotes; currency notes, including paper money; securities of any kind payable to bearer; traveler’s checks; platinum, gold, and silver; precious stones; jewelry; watches; and other valuable articles are prohibited in Priority Mail Express International shipments to the Republic of Georgia.
It is expensive to send a priority mail international flat rate envelope. See at p. 39 at http://pe.usps.com/cpim/ftp/manuals/dmm300/Notice123.pdf.  Looks like over $30.00, very roughly -- but even Canada ia $23.95, so it could be 'way more.

Try First-Class Mail Int’l.  Letters appear to be price group 4, then additional columns, weight 3.5 to 4 oz. and IPA 19. Ask at your post office, of course.  Its hours are down to an hour every other month, urban, twice a year, rural.


III.  Fake news. If this is fake, Putin easily can put the idea to rest.  Everybody do a cheek. If this is so, can we find somebody responsible who can do a Go Fund Me for this lady, who already is 89.  Surely she deserves comfort. Even to fund the DNA. Also fund his. No reason not to do it.  Everybody is investigating everything these days. Who is the truthteller. Funding for good healthcare? All people deserve good and universal health care, cradle to grave. Cheaper in the long run, and promotes productivity. Metekhi, Georgia -- near Tbilisi. The Caucasus. Good roots. There apparently is a school record for a child Vladimir Putin.

Friday, February 24, 2017

The political pie chart. Sad. So abused. Time to burst the bubble and extend the radius.

Pity the poor pie chart. Misused, manipulated, removed from geometry, squeezed into ideology, and its once-helpful fruit now a poisonous tree. And all because people refuse to extend the radius. The what? The line from center to ring. Make that line longer. Now look at the circle. Wow. Need a picture? See https://www.khanacademy.org/math/cc-seventh-grade-math/cc-7th-geometry/cc-7th-area-circ-challenge/v/radius-change-impact

To illustrate:

1.  Meet the silliest, most misleading pie chart in the world, courtesy of a common background drama, Morning Java. There is Java himself, writing upside down, circle on paper, and there is a big, huge mega-slice, looks like well over 3/4, for social security and medicare (I think he also meant to put medicaid in there, fine). Watch him use a marker, still upside down, to scribble so its size of the big wedge shows up better, with angry swoops back and forth. Highlight that teeny, teeny area left for everything else.

Nuts. Abuse by pie chart.

2.  There is geometry, Java. You have just illustrated the equitable solution to the problem you see with too much going to help people left out of the big income bubble.

a.  First, pie charts are easily manipulated by what the drawer chooses to label -- see an example at http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2015/aug/17/facebook-posts/pie-chart-federal-spending-circulating-internet-mi/. Label the social medical slice, for example, to show subheadings, social medical, military component. The more the analysis, the more helpful the chart. See where savings can be made without jeopardizing basic sustenance, mobility, education, health, choice, autonomy of real people. Arts, quality of life, there is indeed room for all -- if the contribution is equitable. Do the same for all categories. Educate the people (us).

b. Second, for argument's sake, assume the Java pie chart is correct in the basic idea that lots goes to human needs. That means government is efficient, to some of us. The private sector is not likely to step in:  1)  the poor are always with us so who cares; and  2) I got mine.



To address the issue of what is available, and equitably can  be, visit geometry.

  • The area of a circle expands with expansion of circumference, and a circumference is expanded by increasing the radius, diameter, whatever. See above. An expanded area means more money available. Geometry leads Morning Java to a more accurate presentation of the issue.

3.  So, add to the money.  Swallow, hard.

You add to government money with taxes, people, logical, equitable taxes. Equitable. We have more than enough room there because of past inequities, advancement patterns based too much on on heredity, elitism, barring others from the starting gate, and not individual merit. Can we agree?

Method:

a.  Remove cap on social security tax, tax up to $200,000 for example. Include not just payroll, but other income, especially investment income earned from sources outside the US.  See babysteps at  http://www.ncpssm.org/PublicPolicy/SocialSecurity/Documents/ArticleID/1466/Raising-the-Social-Security-Tax-Cap.

Uncle Bernie agrees to strengthen and expand, see https://berniesanders.com/issues/strengthen-and-expand-social-security/

b.  Increase taxes on the 1%. See https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/17/business/putting-numbers-to-a-tax-increase-for-the-rich.html

So, you can lift the human services portion, even as is (and even with some wiggle expansion room), into that now larger circle, and there is more for the other things now bemoaned.

Morning Java. Abuse by pie chart. We may be sleepy, but we are not dead.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Equity as the unsung half of justice. James Comey FBI. Suspend directorship.

Update April 2017. Equity in justice. Now, as a practical matter, let Comey finish.

1. What else to do, with ongoing investigations under his directorship. James Comer:  guilty of violations of equity in laches and estoppel. He slept on his rights, and is now estopped from changing the finality of his prior position without material in hand to justify. That argument persuaded noone. So, let him finish but watch.

2. Remedy -- in Equity: Suspend Comer's employment for his triggering unacceptable conditions of unfair exploitation of voters, pending the meeting of conditions to be set by the court.



1.  Overview.

James Comey, Director of the FBI,  is not unsung himself; he has a big resume. And he has just stomped into the hornet's nest of an election with his October 28 Friday Night News Dump (do a search) Some sites already are touting the propriety of his acts according to "law", see https://newrepublic.com/article/138247/james-comey-can-clean-mess-made-hillary-clintons-emails.  That view is truncated and wrong.  It ignores the second half of the law:  equity.  Mere law is not justice.  Yet, that avoidance of an equity analysis in justice is understandable because the US merged the two sides of justice some time ago, see Equity Jurisdiction in the Federal Courts.


Law and equity: both factor into justice. Here, New Egg statute, always changing; and Old Egg equity, principles speaking through centuries in the West. 

2.  What, in equity, did James Comey do wrong, requiring consequence? See  https://www.scribd.com/document/293299051/20-Maxims-of-Equity


a.  Laches.  Sleeping on one's rights until such time has passed as prejudice the other side inequitably. see http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/laches. Undue delay in communicating with staff to find out current issues, failure to direct as director, and undue delay in bringing issue to attention of third parties (if indeed those third parties had any interest before 2, below).   Undue delay in even getting a warrant to find out information. 

b.  Estoppel -- The mouth is stopped. Change of mind from earlier binding statements and acts and without presentation of such new specific material as justify a reopening of an issue to change its result.  Director is estopped from altering a prior relied-upon pronouncement unless he has in hand such evidence obtained in a timely way (ASAP)  as justifies a different result.  He failed to get that information in a timely way, is estopped from changing his position or bringing in third parties until he has that in hand.  See http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/estoppel

3.  Discussion


a. Result:  Extreme prejudice to individuals, including a presidential candidate and her staff, and voters.

How did equity get so shunted aside that Director Comey's acts could even have been conceivable by his legal team?
  • The idea was that after merging law and equity in courts, equity would still have a role:  its emphasis on context and fairness would be applied where the law is 
    • a) inadequate to provide justice, and 
    • b) shocks the conscience. 
  • Where law is inadequate and there has been such unfairness as shocks the conscience, then, go to equity for balance.  

Law and Equity: Into the fog. Watch law shove equity to the caboose.

b.  Double check the legal rights here. Analysis:

Was Comey authorized to release his own letter to whomever he chose?  Probably. 2008 Attorney General's Guidelines for FBI Investigations, see  Cornell Law Review vol 69, Issue 4, 1984

See also https://www.justice.gov/archive/opa/docs/guidelines.pdf at p. 44, Para N: -- signed by Attorney General Mukasey in 2008"

"SENSITIVE INVESTIGATIVE MATTER: an investigative matter involving the activities of a domestic public official or political candidate (involving corruption or a threat to the national security), religious or political organization or individual prominent in such an organization, or news media, or any other matter which, in the judgment of the official authorizing an investigation, should be brought to the attention of FBI Headquarters and other Department of Justice officials." 

Even legal acts, however, can be rendered culpable by the means in which they were executed.  See the Hatch Act, limiting acts of government employees in the political sphere, or likely to affect that sphere in a partisan way, see https://osc.gov/pages/hatchact.aspx;  and policies at https://osc.gov/Pages/HatchAct-PoliciesProcedures.aspx

Can equity step in if the inquiry against Comer (a Hatch Act complaint has been filed, do a search) looks like it will stop at the legal question:  did he have the right to write that letter? Yes, in a limited legal way; but it will take some rebuilding of education as the structures of equity to make the principles work to remedy the wrong the law leaves.


c. Steps. Examine Equitable Principles in more depth.  See https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/equity

What did James Comey do wrong, if it is legal for him to write letters. Estoppel and laches, see above, first come to mind. Then comes dereliction of duty to his own staff: if he did not know of the emails three weeks ago, why not.

Equity down the drain if this issue rests only on legal right to write letters.


d.  Additional equitable maxim 2016 to be considered.

A population shall not be gassed up by demagogues with inadequate analyses of the problems they face as voters. 


Conclusion:

Whether a government servant's acts are culpable, requiring a consequence imposed, usually stops at legality. Was the act within the parameters of a mandate. has been eclipsed in the United States by the focus on law.

Whether an act was legal, within the statutory mandate, too often ends the discussion and leaves wrongs unrighted. A literal finding of yes, this is allowed legally fair, must be balanced with examination of the manner, so there is not unfair exploitation  a) of the less educated, less able to vet issues,  and  b) of the educated who are under such time constraints to make a case in time for election, that the timing of bombshells shocks the conscience.

Suspend Comer.  

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Xenia Borisovna Godunova. Song of the Princess Kseniya. Daughter of Tsar Boris Godunov. A song of her plight.


A Tsarevna 1582-1622.  This is one Unsung who is found to have a Song, this found in the Richard James collection from 1619-1620 CE. Richard James did his own collecting, and this one honors the plight of Princess Kseniya Borisovna Godunova, daughter of Tsar Boris Godunov:

 Song of the Princess Kseniya Borisovna.

There weepeth a little bird,
A little white quail:
"Alas that I so young must grieve!
They wish to burn the green oak,
To destroy my little nest,
To kill my little ones *
To catch me, quail.
In Moscow, the princess weepeth:
"Alas that I so young must grieve!
For there comes to Moscow the traitor,
Grishka Otrepev Rozstriga **
Who wants to take me captive,
And having captured make me a nun,
To send me into the monastery.
But I do not wish to become a nun
To go into a monastery:
 I shall keep my dark cell open,
To look at the fine fellows.
O our beautiful corridors!
Who will walk over you
After our tsarian life
And after Boris Godunov?
O our beautiful palace halls!
Who will be sitting in you
After our tsarian life
And after Boris Godunov?"
And in Moscow the princess weepeth
The daughter of Boris Godunov;
"O God, our merciful Savior!
Wherefore is our tsardom perished, --
Is it for father's sinning,
Or for mother's not praying? ***
And you beloved palace halls!
Who will rule in you,
After our tsarian life?
Fine stuffs of drawn lace! --
Shall we wind you around the birches?
Fine, gold-worked towels!
Shall we throw you into the woods?
Fine earrings of hyacinth.
Shall we hang you on branches,
After our tsarian life,
After the reign of our father,
Glorious Boris Godunov?
Wherefore comes to Moscow Rosztriga,
And wants to break down the palaces,
And take me, princess, captive,
And to send me to Ustyuzhna Zheleznaya,
To make me, princess, a nun,
To place me behind a walled garden?
Why must I grieve,
As they take me to the dark cell,
And the Abbess gives me her blessing? "

The song: This appears in Anthology of Russian Literature from the Earliest Period to the Present Time by Leo Weiner 1902 (see table of contents at page xiii): Obviously out of copyright, and from page 132:

Tsar Boris Godunov,  Find his excellent biography at  http://ruhistory.narod.ru/history/tsar/borisG.html.  When Tsar Boris died, his son, Tseniya's brother Fedor, became Tsar, as Tsar Fedor II, thus establishing the Godunov Dynasty.

Tsar Fedor II, however, age 16 or so, was murdered within months, and before some formalities were concluded, and by resentful boyars and other plotters. Upon the murder of her brother, and her mother, Xenia was abused and humiliated by the usurper, and eventually sent to a monastery. Formal sources now dismiss the two Godunov tsars during 1598-1605 period, before Mikhail I Romanov in 1613. Just leave out the dates, see gaps at https://orthodoxwiki.org/Michael_of_Russia


The circumstance is the Kremlin, Moscow, 1605 CE, soon after the murder of Xenia's brother, Tsar Fedor II, and after the death of her father, Tsar Boris Godunov. Soon to occur: her subjection (rape, concubinage) at the hands and the rest of the usurper, False Dmitry I; and her being forced into a convent. See http://russiapedia.rt.com/prominent-russians/history-and-mythology/boris-godunov/.  The song takes an unusual slant: both anticipating, and already knowing and looking back upon, tragedies.

A song of and for her, Tseniya, Xenia. The people clearly remembered her in 1619-1620, when they were into the reign of Mikhail I Romanov (and his father, go search), first of the Dynasty after the Rurikids and the Goduovs; and not all was roses. The song recalls Boris Godunov as a fine tsar. Allegations of a dastardly deed were unproven at the time, even found not to be so, and not since. Tsar Boris: A tsar downed by rumor and the fates of famine, is that so.

Xenia had refused the throne (I understand: looking back for the cite), but it is not clear her supporters would have prevailed against all the might arrayed about against. She is buried, with the rest of the family of Boris Godunov, the Godunov Dynasty of Two (that is enough), inexplicably except for spite, outside the Kremlin and at Trinity Monastery, Everyman's summary of her life is at Wiki.  See the plaque honoring her, The Nun Olga Borisovna,

The Kremlin: that is where tsars, including one of the usurpers here, who did become tsar briefly (Vasily Shuisky, Vasily IV), is indeed interred). Put Godunov back in.  It was his first resting place, immediately after his death, and the later ambitious traitors who had him removed should not have the last say.
.............................................................................

* I see no evidence of children for Xenia herself.
** Rozstriga: he abandoned his tonsure, a defrocked monk.
*** Note to Xenia.  Was this rewrite of history because your father was not 100% Slavic, and power must be kept in the "family" -- Slavs, Rurikids, not Others. 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

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