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“WHAT IS GOVERNMENT? – (Can we come to a wide understanding on terms and definitions?), (#5 in the series)”

July 4, 2013
Exit lines from previous article…
General discussion of government regularly contains references to mission, operations and organizational dynamics interchangeably as if they are all one subject: this completely misleads all taking part in the conversation and prevents real movement towards problem solving when it comes to government and governance.  One persons discussion on mission is another’s discussion on survival of the organization, which is another’s discussion on how government operates- confusion is inevitable.
This article will delve deeper into this confusion and how we might come to terms across the global village on how there terms can be restricted to specific discussion.  As of today’s date, the military in Egypt has deposed the democratically elected President Morsi and taken those studying these matters into a new understanding on what composes government and what agencies within a society might act as government…rgj, July 3, 2013,  the eve of July 4th, 2013- the birthday of the Chamber of Justice.

The head of Egypt’s army has given a TV address, announcing that President Mohammed Morsi is no longer in office.

Gen Abdul Fattah al-Sisi said the constitution had been suspended and the chief justice of the constitutional court would take on Mr Morsi’s powers.

He said Mr Morsi had “failed to meet the demands of the Egyptian people”.

Later, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing, the Freedom and Justice party, and his deputy were detained, officials said.

Saad al-Katatni, who heads the party, and the Islamist movement’s deputy head, Rashad al-Bayoumi, were reportedly picked up hours after the speech.

Anti-Morsi protesters in Cairo gave a huge cheer in response to Gen Sisi’s speech.

However, US President Barack Obama said he was “deeply concerned” by the latest turn of events and called for a swift return to civilian government.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23173794

Tensions between the two main language communities of Flemish and French sometimes run high, and the issue has brought down several governments, creating frequent political instability.

Respect for the royal family, though, is one of the few factors that crosses the communal divide.

King Albert’s announcement comes only three months after Queen Beatrix of the neighbouring Netherlands vacated the Dutch throne in favour of her son Willem-Alexander.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23167525

“”One of the biggest problems with governance in all it’s various forms not just in government but in corporate, commerce and industrial governance is the focus on decision-making and the subsequent power and wealth of decision-makers; it creates irrational incentives that prevents problem-solving while subverting governance from the basic mission of the organization.””…(WHAT IS GOVERNMENT, #4 in the series)

So today July 3, 2013…

Problem solvers are usually not decision-makers, indeed, decision-makers have both hierarchical status and power and higher pay while directing lower status employees, both in corporations and in government to solve problems often caused by the artificial distinction between decision-maker and problem-solver.  The incentives to protect one’s power, authority and inflated sense of financial and administrative power lends itself to create problems that preserves power of the decision-maker at the expense of organizational mission, operations or even the continued existence and survival of the organization.

Egypt’s current disruption in the rule of government is a distinct case in point.  The Military is acting as problem-solver while the decision-maker is in democratic theory the decision-maker President Morsi, who is under challenge for his status and power.  By the use of implied military force, President Morsi has been effectively deposed much to the delight of unorganized people of Egypt who it appears felt trapped by the Muslim Brotherhood, the only organized political party in Egypt, and an Islamic coup by the democratically elected President and the constitution passed by his party.

To be frank, when the Party in power (or as in the U.S. where the Republican Party out of power) has used it’s position to shut down cooperation with opposing parties or in the case of allegations about Morsi’s political alliance, used it’s power with the agencies of government to oppress and suppress opposition parties then democratic cooperation and dialogue is not only shut down but proves to be an instrument of tyranny and puts the idea of democratic or representative government to a test that it fails to pass.  Let me be clear- democratic and representative governance is easy to fake- any group of criminals, such as Putin’s government in Russia can create the pretense of government while criminals run government as a criminal syndicate.

So, back to Egypt- the military which must be understood in different terms from the US military given it’s ownership of economic and industrial institutions with ties to industry and commerce institutes acted as problem solver over ruling former dictator Mubarak and now over ruling President Morsi has demonstrated the power of problem-solvers over the formal power, prerogatives and status of “decision-makers.”

The abdication of King Albert of Belgium and Queen Beatrix of the neighboring Netherlands who vacated the Dutch throne in favor of her son Willem-Alexander is another case in point of the deteriorating status of formal decision-makers albeit these constitutional monarchy’s are mostly ceremonial, they still played a real role in governing the governments that ruled and administered the land which they by title rule as King or Queen.

Decision-makers enjoy a higher rate of pay- a very much higher rate of pay for the calorie-standard of work performed compared to manual labor, and yet, they must direct an organization that solves problems through subordinates- a system that has utterly failed to function.

Institutions can only survive if they perform a function for the societies they serve.  As soon as the institution demands people serve them, they fail and those decision-makers seeking the service of the people shit in their own pants- destroying the institution they thought they had absolute control over- these fools deserve what happens to them.
Problem-solvers that operate from the front-lines are able to do things elevated decision-makers cannot even comprehend, much like President Morsi thought he could throw his weight around because he enjoyed position and authority.  In this instance, the Egyptian military has proven itself to be a competent agent of government and much credit should be given for their attempts to empower the people of Egypt to choose their secular and civilian government.
Political Parties and heads of self-important governments imposed upon a people by force or clever contrivance that act as if the power they enjoy comes from their moral right, their political might or their military force should be receiving a powerful message from all of these events- the power is not yours- your ability to impose decision-making on others unrelated to problem-solving will not go unchallenged.  You are not the power you believe you are- it is all in your twisted mind.
Decision-makers that do not solve problems directly will go extinct- it’s not if, but when it will come about.  Corporations, small business, mid and large-cap business, government anywhere- makes no difference- the cult and status of decision-makers will fail, and those who see no other way to operate will lose control over your organization.  Problem-solvers grow economies, business operations and government coherence.  Decision-makers incentives to feather their own nest destroys their relevance.
Governance and government must be clearly understood in all of it’s various meanings- a government is run by individuals that govern, with their self-interest in mind, in light of the operations that make it function, with the organizational dynamics that demands the survival of the organization and of it’s established leadership that are all factors of the same subject…Government.  It’s not a simple thing to discuss and forget- we must be sure what part of the various factors are under discussion or we will be played by parties that have their individual control in mind and not the welfare of you, your spouse and your children…rgj
Stay tuned for the next part of this series…What is Government? – (To be announced)  (#6 in a series)

What is Government? – more answers from current New’s ‘use of words’ (#4 in a series)

July 3, 2013


TURKEY: NO CONFIDENCE IN SYRIAN GOVERNMENT
By the CNN Wire Staff
August 29, 2011 7:58 a.m. EDT
http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/08/29/syria.unrest/index.html?eref=mrss_igoogle_world


DAMASCUS FEELS EFFECTS OF CRIPPLED ECONOMY By Kristen Gillespie and Jabeen Bhatti, Special to USA TODAY

…Yet some experts say that nothing would be more dangerous for the survival of the Assad regime than a declining business atmosphere in Damascus. Assad would lose the one reason he receives support from commercial society, which funds the military that is suppressing an uprising…

Many people said times were tough but would speak only on condition of anonymity, fearing retribution from Syrian police who routinely arrest people who speak frankly about life under Assad….

Even so, “we can’t force people to go on strike for a long time, because they have to eat and they have no other source of money,” said Hozan Ibrahim, a spokesman the Local Coordination Committees, a grass-roots network that coordinates protests and reports on developments inside Syria.

One bank employee said she believes that as the situation gets worse, people sitting on the fence to protect their standard of living will turn against the regime. The poor have led this movement, but when other social classes begin to get squeezed by the stagnant economy, “they, too, will join the protesters.”

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/story/2011-08-30/Damascus-feels-effects-of-crippled-economy/50196646/1

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Now, we will consider the meaning and purpose of the term “Government” as suggested in these articles.

Turkey, presumably Turkey’s “Government,” an official but small group of high-level decision-makers, has expressed no confidence in Syria’s “Government,” which is ALSO an official but small group of high-level decision-makers that basically answers to no one.
Are we to think  that the bulk of the organizations that these leaders (the government) direct are merely the tools and instruments of those who govern?  Did Turkey’s Legislative body vote, or are high level un-named sources speaking for their (whose?) government, what exactly is happening here?
We shall take a brief look at each article individually and then continue to refine our definitions and conclusions about government in the context of current governing institutions, their successes and their failures.
Nearly all of us believe we know what is meant by the term “Government” and regularly confuse the interests of “Government” with the interests of those who govern- this is a dangerous mistake in common use of language and keeps populations at odds with each other by political parties which succeed by dividing populations for party or other minority advantage.
As spokesmen above speak for the Government of Turkey, what is actually happening is those individuals who govern and rule are speaking in the name of the nation- the people of the nation are pulled along willy-nilly with little or no voice in the course their “government” charts for the nation.
Government is an institution- both a bureaucratic and complex organization that  has a mission, and an institutional desire to continue both it’s existence and it’s power prerogatives, with both internal and external apparatus that acts on behalf of the organization.  The common mistake in judgement is that those who are in control of government are not government- their self interest is always in play.
Indeed the science of “Organizational Dynamics”  makes a distinction between internal opposition to the organizations charter or constitution and those internal conflicts that challenge the leadership without a challenge to the charter or constitution.
One of the biggest problems with governance in all it’s various forms not just in government but in corporate, commerce and industrial governance is the focus on decision-making and the subsequent power and wealth of decision-makers; it creates irrational incentives that prevents problem-solving while subverting governance from the basic mission of the organization.
A basic tenet of organizational dynamics is the survival of either the organization or the power of it’s leadership will cause resources and energy to shift away from the organization’s mission to protecting either the organization itself, or it’s leadership’s power to direct the organization.
General discussion of government regularly contains references to mission, operations and organizational dynamics interchangeably as if they are all one subject: this completely misleads all taking part in the conversation and prevents real movement towards problem solving when it comes to government and governance.  One persons discussion on mission is another’s discussion on survival of the organization, which is another’s discussion on how government operates- confusion is inevitable.
Our next article will delve deeper into this confusion and how we might come to terms across the global village on how there terms can be restricted to specific discussion.  As of today’s date, the military in Egypt has deposed the democratically elected President Morsi and taken those studying these matters into a new understanding on what composes government and what agencies within a society might act as government…rgj, July 3, 2013,  the eve of July 4th, 2013- the birthday of the Chamber of Justice.
Stay tuned for the next part of this series…What is Government? –(Can we come to a wide understanding on terms and definitions?)’ (#5 in a series)

Attachments: Criminal Complaint filed with Florida’s Attorney General Jan 15, 2010

April 7, 2012

AGO Florida- County ordinance imposing criminal penalty

COSA MCodeSec18

Arrest warrants roger jolley

Deposition Celli v COSA

roger jolley v state appeal opinion

Walter Benedict Affidavits

SAPD Report Benedict Incident

FDLE investigation response

These additional records were not mailed due to the bulk, nor were they ever requested… I believe the Shade meeting reveals an intention to use the police in an unconstitutional way, I also believe they all agreed to tamper with evidence and testimony…rgj

COSA Shade Meeting111798

AG reply to FLAGcomplaint

Lies of Ommission by Warren Celli; St. Augustine, Florida

September 12, 2011

On Aug 14, 2011, at 12:36 PM, Warren Celli <celliw@bellsouth.net> wrote:

Ed,

I was very disappointed that you did not post my last comments (copy below for reference) on your Tuesday, August 09, 2011 post, about the gross corruption in the city – link for reference;

http://cleanupcityofstaugustine.blogspot.com/2011/08/blog-post_7480.html

From my viewpoint – colored with years of first hand experience here in the city – it appears to me you are trying to bandage a death dealing wound with out removing the causative foreign object. Your good cop, bad cop, repositioning of the players, with the Whetstones thrown in as a sacrificial anode, won’t fly. No healing will take place until all of this is discussed in an open all inclusive forum and the proper amends are made. The causative foreign agent has to be excised from the wound.

Until that time Saint Augustine will remain; a mean, bullying, pretentious, soulless, more plastic as each day goes by, shell of a city, reflective of the petty Vanilla Greed greed gangsters that control and mismanage it. The past twenty plus years that I have witnessed have been like a long drawn out abortion of the life force of the city. I am deeply saddened by the loss of the once great vitality, strength of community, joy and real fun that use to exist here.

Sadly and ironically, it is comeuppance time from external forces, and we now unfortunately stand fragmented with past local good will foolishly squandered for selfish reasons. The local gangsters have fallen for the ‘greed is good’ meme (fascism light) that the more Perniciously Greedy global gangsters (fascism heavy) have intentionally instilled in America and the entire global culture.

And, just as the local Vanilla Greed gangsters have subverted the now shameful ‘rule of law’ to illegally and immorally hijack the City of Saint Augustine, the more Perniciously Greedy gangsters have subverted the upper level of the ‘rule of law’ in America, and globally, to hijack all nation state governments.

The ‘riots’ (they are really insurgencies Ed) in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East are not without top down, intentionally orchestrated, location specific causative effects. There is an intentional global herd thinning taking place. It is being orchestrated by the wealthy self anointed elite through their central banks.

The global middle classes are being stripped of their wealth and the underclasses are being starved to death. It is an intentional global genocide. The goal is a two tier ruler and ruled structure with the ruled engaged in perpetual conflict with each other. The high resource consuming middle class is being replaced by a more cost effective technology based law enforcement class.

We have entered a period of intentionally orchestrated global ‘deflation’ the likes of which have never been seen before. Austerity and the insurgencies in Europe and other western nations insure that tourism, especially as structured here in Saint Augustine, is not a viable investment. Nor should it consume our dominant attention.

We have much larger problems to deal with. It is also only a matter of time before civil unrest – we already have flash mobbing going on in cities in America – will become more pronounced here in America.

Here is a link for a good look at the global mechanics of the situation;

http://crisisjones.wordpress.com/2011/08/11/ampedstatus-report-exclusive-analysis-of-financial-terrorism-in-america-over-1-million-deaths-annually-62-million-people-with-zero-net-worth-as-the-economic-elite-make-off-with-46-trillion/

What is really at stake here Ed is the unraveling of thousands of years of human morality building that has allowed us to incrementally rise above our dog eat dog cannibalistic human nature. That overall positive growth in morality has been cyclical with many peaks and valleys.

We are presently in a deep trough, a global trough, that will affect us all for years to come. The big picture needs our dominant attention and the efforts of all of us. The local gangsters need to wake up, repent of their greed is good philosophy, make genuine amends and refocus their attention to the greater problem.

Together we reclaim and rebuild our soiled morality or divided it consumes us all.

Regards,
Warren
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Ed,

There is not enough pig lipstick in the world to do what you are trying to do here.

You either clearly do not understand the depths of the corruption involved in this willful and knowing, CONTINUING TO THIS PRESENT MOMENT, gangster pattern and practice of denying civil rights for selfish personal gain, or, you are aiding and abetting it intentionally. Said another way; you are either drinking the kool aide or you are selling it.

Nor do you appear to recognize the severity of the true cause and effects involved in the on going dynamic here that has so negatively affected thousands of local residents and millions of the customers of the Tourist Factory that have come through this co-opted city.

The constant abuse, illegal and immoral denial of opportunity, incessant harassment, intimidation, demonizing, etc., by the illegally and immorally hijacked City of Saint Augustine gangster government were all, UNDENIABLE causative effects of the hardships, trials, and the tribulations, that intentionally repressed and diminished the spirits of, and contributed to the early deaths of, John Victor Powers, Les Garcia, and David Thundershield Queen. May they rest in piece.

Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law
Title 18, U.S.C., Section 242

This statute makes it a crime for any person acting under color of law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom to willfully deprive or cause to be deprived from any person those rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution and laws of the U.S.

Acts under “color of any law” include acts not only done by federal, state, or local officials within the bounds or limits of their lawful authority, but also acts done without and beyond the bounds of their lawful authority; provided that, in order for unlawful acts of any official to be done under “color of any law,” the unlawful acts must be done while such official is purporting or pretending to act in the performance of his/her official duties.

This definition includes, in addition to law enforcement officials, individuals such as Mayors, Council persons, Judges, Nursing Home Proprietors, Security Guards, etc., persons who are bound by laws, statutes ordinances, or customs.

Punishment varies from a fine or imprisonment of up to one year, or both, and if bodily injury results or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire shall be fined or imprisoned up to ten years or both, and if death results, or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

Warren Celli

Editor and Publisher of the banned and confiscated many times, Saint Aug Dog pro FREE SPEECH and pro Street Arts newspaper.

Osteen Publishing to buy and to shut down the St. Augustine Underground

August 31, 2011

Dear Editor:

In my opinion, it is a big mistake for Osteen Publishing to buy and to shut down the St. Augustine Underground, a monthly newspaper.

Will you please explain your decision?  Will you please talk to local residents who are devoted readers of the Underground?  Then, will you please reconsider?

Newspaper readers in St. Augustine and St. Johns County, Florida deserve thorough news coverage, which is what we are simply not getting from the existing daily newspapers – the St. Augustine Record and the Florida Times-Union, both owned by Morris Publishing.

Operating for less than a year under ownership of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel newspapers, the St. Augustine Underground was a vibrant, viable, exciting newspaper that people looked forward to reading.

Newspaper readers deserve a choice, not an echo chamber for the influential to spew their propaganda and ignore the real news.

The St. Augustine Underground provided such a choice, illuminating long-unexamined issues that readers deserve to know, including government and business abuses of power.

I confess: I was proud that the St. Augustine Underground printed my 1200 word column on the proposed St. Augustine National Historical Park and National Seashore in its January 2011 issue.  No other local newspaper has given this much attention to the park proposal (first proposed in 1939 by Florida’s U.S. Senators).  The Park and Seashore would create good jobs while preserving our history, culture, nature and way of life here in Northeast Florida.  www.staugustgreen.com

To the Osteen family: Will you please reconsider your decision to close the St. Augustine Underground?

Otherwise, will you please sell the Underground?  Please sell it to news people who will run it in the spirit in which it has been run – working to fulfill the Founding Father’s vision of newspapers as watchdogs, working tirelessly and indefatigably to “afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted.”

Our Nation’s Oldest European-founded City needs the St. Augustine Underground.  We’re about to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Spanish Florida (2013), 450th anniversary of St. Augustine (2015) and 50thanniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (made possible by courageous people here in St. Augustine, which Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once called “the most lawless” city in America).

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Ed Slavin

www.cleanupcityofstaugustine.blogspot.com

Box 3084

St. Augustine, Florida 32085-3084