Trump and Kim: Body Language

I love these body language analysis videos. So glad there’s one up on this latest summit.

I didn’t expect this conflict to just take two summits. I do hope one day there is peace between the two countries and that Kim makes the necessary changes to bring freedom and peace to his country and let it be part of the world.

She does say she doesn’t know why the summit would be in Hanoi. I think there was one other Asian country considered and Kim chose Hanoi.

I’ve been there and was surprised by how welcoming the people were to Americans. It seems that for the most part people have taken a “let bygones be bygones” approach to what they call the American War. (Cambodia’s the same. So’s Japan.) I attribute this to Buddhism and I suppose practicality.

As some commentators have said, Vietnam is a communist country, which does forbid religions and has a tight rein on social media, but there’s a lot of commerce. Life is comfortable as commercialism has brought prosperity.

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If You Don’t Have Time to Read the Book

Here’s a good summary of Salam’s ideas on immigration, which he explains in his book Melting Pot or Civil War. If you believe in hearing two sides of an issue, Salam should be on your reading list.

Crowd Dynamics at the State of the Union

My favorite body language analyst covers the SOTU focusing on crowd dynamics. It’s an interesting aspect to the event that I haven’t seen others examine.

Politics & Gerrymandering in Illinois

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The problem in Illinois is that Mike Madigan, the head honcho of the Illinois Assembly, has held power for 49 years. This evil mastermind figured out that the way to wield power forever and to make millions is to win elections in a state district. All he has to do is win a small state district and through his Machiavellian tactics he can control whoever we elect as governor. He can also probably control the mayor of the biggest city in the state. Moreover, he can see to it that his party dominates in congressional winners for Illinois.

By determining the congressional districts’ boundaries Madigan controls who wins in congressional. Take a look at District 4. This should be the image used in any dictionary defining Gerrymandering. The green area is the oddest designation of a district. The communities it covers are oddly situated so that no rational person would consider them a unit, but they insure that Madigan can get the winner he wants.

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Compare Illinois’ and Iowa’s congressional voting districts. Iowa’s makes sense to anyone. Illinois’ is an image that shouts corruption, a trait many of us are sick of.

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Gerrymandering isn’t Madigan’s only sin. He’s created rules of governing that give him as Speaker of the State House imperial power over what laws get voted on. It’s impossible for a law that isn’t approved by Madigan to even get a chance at getting passed. Furthermore, Madigan has complete control over which committees a representative can be on. There are no checks or balances in Illinois’ politics.

Yesterday the citizens of Illinois had a terrible choice for governor: either a billionaire who never held a job and was taped by the FBI as he trashed African Americans in conversation with an imprisoned ex-governor or the incumbent billionaire who couldn’t get a budget approved in two years and scoffed at his base with bills against their values. We elected the former, J.B. Pritzker who certainly has no character to win against Madigan, the real power of the state. It’s a pity that J.B. wanted the job, because his sister, who worked for the Obama Administration is probably truly qualified.