Friday, February 16, 2018

Society, It’s Your Bloody Fault…

Society, It’s Your Bloody Fault…

Communications were supposed to improve society, it has driven it apart by words of despair.  Satisfaction of sharing information does not exist anymore!

For two days everyone is blaming everyone else for the death of 17 individuals, including students who should not have had their young lives taken from them.

Ignoring the "See Something, Say Something" is common by all.  

Snitching is necessary to protect us all!  

Protecting each other is our DUTY!

The media today is full of blame statements and of those that knew so much and said some little!  Their silence echoes and resonates like an echo through a canyon.

Think how we also are negative after the fact, just look at the headlines the day after Christmas, “Packages Go Undelivered”.  You want to blame the delivery company for bad weather and your inept ability to shop on time, wasting money on Express Delivery Services?  UPS, Fed-Ex DHL, and the Post Office.  These delivery services are not Santa Claus!

Larry Hilblom, who ploughed a vintage World War II seaplane into the Pacific Ocean in 1995, co-founder of DHL will be turning in his watery grave on how you are treating his invention of exceptional Express Delivery!  Express delivery is for lazy people with more money than sense, who need to rush documents or goods that they procrastinated over. 

I first met Larry at the Bahrain airport when he greeted me from a flight from Britain.  He was dressed in slacks and DHL t-shirt carrying a sign with my name on it.  He collected my bags, carried them to the car and drove me to my hotel as my house was not ready yet.  He carried the bags inside and I tipped him!  I had no earthly idea who he was more than just a driver, who had been sent to greet me.  It was not until that evening at dinner, I was officially introduced, we both laughed and he kept the tip!

Yes, we are a today society that with all the communications and technology at hand are failing to understand the integrity of societal living and doing business professionally.  

Complaining for complaining sake has become part of our DNA!


Preparation is the key for all we do and say.  Knowing, understanding and making it part of our Duty of Care




In the case of killing tragedies, the BLAME IS ON YOU.  In all your shock and awe, think back to what you knew and just didn't say a word!

The Knowing Factor: It is always up to you!  

The Blame Game is only a song!

WE are in the NOW and
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Our Art of the Possible

Our Art of the Possible
by Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO, CommSmart Global Group

To some it is just another quote or phrase that people have latched on to and has no real meaning or intention; I can assure, to the CommSmart Global Group, a LexisNexis Risk Solutions Partner’s connected global team, it’s not! 

Our usage of such a term is far different from the “norm”.  Our passion for the creation, understanding and required talents is extreme and you may already know our “straight talking” leads to proven results, which is the “real end goal”.

The original phrase is "Politics is the art of the possible", which means, "It's not about what's right or what's best. It's about what you can actually get done". It's associated with Realpolitik, a political philosophy of setting pragmatism over your ideological goals.

The term "art of the possible" is sometimes generalized in the sense of avoiding perfectionism. The goal is to get something that is good enough and move on rather than being driven into complete immobility by a desire to be perfect.

Once you realize that getting everything you want is impossible, and often, you have to severely compromise in order to get anything you want at all. But in the end, refusing to compromise means you get nothing whatsoever.

We have taken to whole new positive platform and extreme.  To achieve you must have a gathering of information, data, and ideas if you will.

Our collective talents with the full understanding of the client’s wants and needs, meshed with constant dialogue and exchanges, create the final positive and the planned outcome.

Now you have a Gathering, a Gathering Place, to us, a Digital Gathering Place that has no communication boundaries, only concise direct dialogue interactions.

In all that we do under our group’s umbrella is precise, unwavering and importantly, conversational in nature and with full data access:
These are more than the Art of the Possible, they have trusted areas of effective proven solutions.


Telephone: USA: (515) 200.7068 or (330) 366.6860


CommSmart Global Group – Virtual Crime & Digital Dialogue Center
A LexisNexis Risk Solutions Partner

It is productivity perfection personified!

WE ARE IN THE NOW AND KEEP YOU; IN THE KNOW…

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Budget Cuts Are The Death Spiral For Us All!


Budget Cuts Are The 

Death Spiral For Us All!

by Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO, CommSmart Global Group


We all know it is the make-up of a small business, company or governmental organization, is the creators, leaders, designers, daily management and the pure fact, that passion lives within all the staff and their daily tasks, results, and enthusiasm for the citizens or clients are the ultimate objective of continued performance.

recoupeit has at its base, the working knowledge from a law enforcement, military and corporate perspective of a uniform proactive approach.

Understanding human nature in social interactions, situations and next event predictability, by using our statistical expertise is at the heart of our success.


Knowing the "dark side" and having the empathetic ability to view from the inner perspective has given us the affordable ability to have professional shortcuts and paths to success, in a far more expeditious manner. It is an art form that is framed with our client's accomplishments and the knowledge, our street-level data information collection, examination, tracking, communications and social techniques, which we stand alone on the financial exposure collections arena for states, municipalities, and commerce.

It is about reuniting revenues with their rightful owners!

Started in 1999 and continues today in Great Britain, by Derek Keene, who is a former London Metropolitan Police Detective with the Fraud Division (The Sweeny) as it is eloquently known as. Keene formed Newlyn PLC, a bailiff organization which is different than bailiffs in the USA. In Europe, they collect all types of debts via investigation etc. Today, Keene is V.P. CommSmart Global Group which recoupeit is part of the group.

Let us examine the underlying factor of why 
recoupeit has been so successful and dominates the financial collections market. It is the logical stealth means of assertive collections by using our proven, close to the chest approach, which keeps us under the radar of the debtor. 

recoupeit utilizes compliantly all governing existing state and federal laws to accomplish our tasks at hand. The access to public data with our partners is key to our investigations and uncovering of those that wish to hide their business, fail to pay taxes, including sales tax and disregard normal business channels. This is depriving the citizens of monies owed to received promised services.recoupeit uses social and technological anthropology to garner our and ultimately, your success is far higher collections of debt that has been hidden or unknown to you. Enabling you to supply the services promised to the citizens of your state, municipality or corporation, completing the financial task at hand with monies which are rightfully yours.

A central concern of recoupeit's anthropologists is the application of knowledge to the solution of financial human problems. From the first communication with the debtor or now known debtor to the receipt of payment, our concerns are for both parties to the agreement, the debtor, and the debtee. Reputation is of the utmost priority as we represent prestigious clients and have set a standard practice for all. 

recoupeit anthropologists examine social patterns, financial understanding, and practices across cultures, with a special interest in how people live in particular places and how they organize, govern, and create meaning in their lives. A hallmark of socio-cultural anthropology is its concern with similarities and differences, both within and among societies, and its attention to race, sexuality, class, gender, and nationality. We gain a first-hand sense of how local knowledge is put to work in grappling with practical problems of everyday life and with basic philosophical problems of knowledge, truth, power, and justice.

Topics of concern to recoupeit's socio-cultural anthropologists include such areas as health, work, finances, ecology and environment, education and social change.

recoupeit is part of CommSmart Global Group, a LexisNexis Risk Solutions Partner that have for decades been using digital technology, software, social media interaction, public data, and analytics to be ahead of the curve. This means, our clients have the best and innovative services at their fingertips for success.

If your state, municipality or corporation are suffering from economic distress, and to be honest, who isn't in these arduous changing times, contact us and share your problems and recoupeit will review your situation and plan on how we can work successfully together for the common goal of reuniting revenues to those that are owed.


Telephone: (515) 200-7068


So who do we trust? No one! The Ideology & Cultural Differences

The Ideology & Cultural Differences
So who do we trust?  No one! 
Cutting to the Chase...



This graphic is how the radical Islamic Terrorists spread their words and incite!

The fear of the inaccurate so called Lone Wolf or Wolf Pack has returned and did not use technology like a bomb or even a gun.  They used the oldest weapon known to man, a knife or cutting instrument.

Proving that basic methods are effective in spreading terror.  A butcher’s meat cleaver and kitchen knives to inflict death on a single brave man doing his duty for his nation.

Yesterday, terrorism went to yet another level of a Wolf Pack attack.  It can happen anywhere at any time to members of our global society.  

People were murdered in cold blood at the heart of Great Britain in London. 

This morning all Public Safety departments worldwide will be analyzing the situation and the concerning content of this attack and its far-reaching ramifications.

A little background, terrorism on the streets is relatively new in this manner and Muslim terrorism against the West did not only occurred with the New York City attack on the World Trade Center.  It goes back much further and deeper.

Since the 16th century, there has been a sectarian conflict of varying intensity between Roman Catholics and Protestants in Ireland. This religious sectarianism is connected to a degree of nationalism. Northern Ireland has seen an inter-communal conflict for more than four centuries and there are records of religious ministers or clerics, the agents for absentee landlords, aspiring politicians, and members of the landed gentry stirring up and capitalizing on sectarian hatred and violence back as far as the late 18th century.

William Edward Hartpole Lecky, an Irish historian, wrote: "If the characteristic mark of a healthy Christianity is to unite its members by a bond of fraternity and love, then there is no country where Christianity has more completely failed than Ireland".

Reactions to sectarian domination and abuse have resulted in accusations of sectarianism being leveled against the minority community. It has been argued, however, that those reactions would be better understood in terms of a struggle against the sectarianism that governs relations between the two communities and which has resulted in the denial of human rights to the minority community.

The period from 1969 to 2002 is known as "The Troubles". Nearly all the people living in Northern Ireland identified themselves as belonging to either the Protestant or the Catholic community. People of no religion and non-Christian faiths are still considered as belonging to one of the two "sects" along with churchgoers. In this context, "Protestants" means essentially descendants of immigrants from Scotland and England settled in Ulster during or soon after the 1690s; also known as "Loyalists" or "Unionist" because they generally support politically the status of Northern Ireland as a part of the United Kingdom. "Catholics" means descendants of the pre-1690 indigenous Irish population; also known as "Nationalist" and "Republicans"; who generally politically favor a united Ireland.

Sectarian violence between the two major sects of Islam, Shia, and Sunni, has occurred in countries like Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Lebanon etc. This violent conflict has roots in the political turmoil arising out of differences over the succession to Muhammad. Abu Bakr, a companion of Muhammad, was nominated by Umar and elected as the first Sunni Rightly Guided Caliph. 

However, another group felt that Ali, the cousin, and son-in-law of Muhammad, had been designated by Muhammad and is considered by Shia as the first Imam.

Abu Bakr was followed by Umar as caliph of the Rashidun Caliphate, then by Uthman ibn Affan and finally by Ali. Ali's right to rule was challenged by Muawiyah bin Abu Sufyan, governor of Syria, who believed that Ali should have acted faster against the murderers of Uthman. The situation deteriorated further when many of those responsible for the death of Uthman rallied behind Ali. 

However, later on, both the parties agreed to have someone as a judge between them. This led to the separation of an extremist group known as Kharijites from Ali's army, which pronounced the judgment belonged to God alone. A member of this group later assassinated Ali. At the demise of Muawiyah, he appointed his son Yazid as his successor. The credentials of Yazid were challenged by Ali's son Hussein ibn Ali (and grandson of Muhammad). A battle of Karbala in Iraq led to the martyrdom of Hussein and dozens of others from Ahl al-Bayt (the members of the family of Muhammad).

This tragic incident created deep fissures in the Muslim society. The conflict that had started at a political plane intervened with the dogma and belief systems.

Those who considered Ali to be the true heir to the Caliphate split away from the main corpus of Muslim society and traditions. They developed their distinct sect, known as "Shia" referring to Shian-e-Ali. The majority of Muslims are known as "Sunni" meaning "followers of the Traditions of The Prophet ". They are of the view that the bloody conflict between Ali and Muawiyah was a result of a tragic misunderstanding and regardless of who was wrong, the matter should have been solved peacefully.

Most probably the first real view of the issues and how you must understand the background.


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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Not Your Lucky Digital Day - Digital Policing - The Criminal's View



Not Your Lucky Digital Day
Digital Policing - The Criminal's View
by Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO, CommSmart Global Group

We can all think from a law agency perspective that we have control, we do not! 

Planning for the future is a must, but planning is working in fantasy land as any accountant or marketing guru will tell you.  

The speed of CHANGE is more necessary than you know and establishing a starting point NOW is a priority.  Law agencies have been working the digital, cyber world since the early eighties, spending millions and billions and not even on par with private enterprise/commerce.  

Then there are those that have meetings and more bloody meetings with cups of procrastination with resistance on the side.  Do not take this a personal attack on anyone person or group.  

It is a fact of life, we all resist CHANGE!  It is that we are straight talking and know the needs, demands and timing better than most.  The importance is simple, we converse, discuss and then show what you are asking for is already here and we can partner to make the plans far less than a fantasy and here today, not ten years down the road.

CommSmart Global Group is passionate about bringing the proven CHANGE NOW and to continue to enhance the ever changing digital topography as we all move forth together.

As the lead team in law enforcement digital policing globally, working as a LexisNexis Risk Solution Partner is knowing that we have the capability of major data access, both local, regional, national and of course, globally.  

Crime does not happen in a two block area anymore and the pub is not the center of crime chatter, it is on social or anti-social media.  There is the start of information in the Atmospherics of Life.  Yes, the simple Link Analysis programming and software that is usable at all levels of the agency.

Think of how we will change the issues on Heroin and Human Trafficking, we know what we are capable of and understand that even on those issues, the battlefield is littered with problems that require attention NOW!

So Now For Something Completely Different
The Criminals View on Digital Policing!

The Privacy Powers Act 


Social Media Monitoring & Crime Predictability






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Again, They are among us all… Ready To Attack & Kill...


They are among us all…  
Ready To Attack & Kill... 
by Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO CommSmart Global Group

The Daily Killing Sprees by converted youths and others must STOP!

These daily attacks on all levels is more than concerning.  Whether it be a domestic attack on police or a terroist event there is one common factor.

Someone somewhere knew something and failed us all and is as guilty as those that drove the vehicle, planted or carried a bomb or pulled the trigger of the gun!

Sociopathic killers are living in your neighborhood, street, apartment building and go about life in a seemingly normal way. 

I found a quoted overview of a sociopathic killer and it was a simple way of explaining:

"A person who would kill anyone without feeling any remorse or anything else. If anyone gets in this person's want or has something he/she wants, then he/she is going to get it using any means necessary. A sociopath realizes that killing is against the law, but does not care."

Killers use a variety of methods from their hands, guns, knives, and rope.  Even an automobiles are used as a weapon of choice; it is that choice of killing anyone that is inside these people and can be triggered at any time and anywhere.

The argument of the use of the weapon, the gun, is causing shoutouts for the banning of ownership in America.  The gun has never killed anyone! It is people killing people. 

In Asia and Europe, the knife is the weapon of choice, although the gun can be obtained by anyone that has the will and want to purchase an illegal weapon.

A series of uncoordinated mass stabbings, hammer attacks, and cleaver attacks in the People's Republic of China began in March 2010. The spate of attacks left at least 21 dead and some 90 injured. Analysts have blamed mental health problems caused by rapid social change for the rise in this kind of mass murder and murder-suicide incidents.

The last few months attacks have been global and only increasing...

The murder of any individual is disgusting and the perpetrator must be brought to justice. The death of anyone is a tragedy, of children, it is heinous and tears at all of our heartstrings.  Innocent and defenseless is their plight, having to depend on others to protect them in all instances.

Former President Obama stated, "We've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years, and each time I learn the news I react not as a president but as anyone else would as a parent and that was especially true today. I know there's not a parent in America who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief as I do. The majority of those who died today were children. Beautiful kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. They had their entire lives ahead of them. Birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. Among the fallen were also teachers. Men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams."

"As a country, we have been through this too many times. Whether it was an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago. These neighborhoods are our neighborhoods and these children are our children and we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this regardless of politics."

Shirley Scott, in What Makes Serial Killers Tick? wrote, "I'm the most cold-blooded son of a bitch you'll ever meet," said Ted Bundy. "I just liked to kill, I wanted to kill." The hallmark of the psychopath is the inability to recognize others as worthy of compassion. Victims are dehumanized, flattened into worthless objects in the murderer's mind. John Gacy, never showing an ounce of remorse, called his victims "worthless little queers and punks," while the "Yorkshire Ripper" Peter Sutcliffe brashly declared that he was "cleaning up the streets" of the human trash.

In the 19th century, psychopathology was considered to be "moral insanity". Today it is commonly known as "antisocial personality disorder" or "sociopathology." Current experts believe that sociopaths are an unfortunate fusion of interpersonal, biological and sociocultural disasters”.

In his book Serial Killers, Joel Norris describes the cycles of violence as generational: "Parents who abuse their children, physically as well as psychologically, instill in them an almost instinctive reliance upon violence as a first resort to any challenge." 

Childhood abuse not only spawns violent reactions, Norris writes, but also affects the child's health, including brain injuries, malnutrition, and other developmental disorders.

Some parents believed that by being harsh disciplinarians, it would "toughen" the child. Instead, it often creates a lack of love between parent and child that can have disastrous results. If the child does not bond with its primary caretakers, there is no foundation for trusting others later in life. This can lead to isolation, where intense violent fantasies become the primary source of gratification. "Instead of developing positive traits of trust, security, and autonomy, child development becomes dependent on fantasy life and its dominant themes, rather than on social interaction," writes Robert Ressler, Ann Burgess and John Douglas in Sexual Homicide: Patterns and Motives.

When the child grows up, according to these authors, all they know are their fantasies of domination and control. They have not developed compassion for others. Instead, humans become flattened-out symbols for them to enact their violent fantasies.

In looking to the parents for explanations, we see both horrifying mothers and fathers. The blame usually falls on the mother, who has been described as too domineering or too distant, too sexually active or too repressed. Perhaps the mother is blamed more because the father has often disappeared, therefore "unaccountable." When the father is implicated, it is usually for sadistic disciplinarian tactics, alcoholic rants, and overt anger toward women.

It all seems to begin or end with Mother. Henry Lee Lucas launched his murderous career by killing his mom; Ed Kemper ended him by killing his mom. Even the Shakespearian multiple murderer Hamlet had an unnatural obsession with his mother's sexuality. "Serial murderers are frequently found to have unusual or unnatural relationships with their mothers," notes Steven Egger in his book The Killers Among Us. In our culture, the imposing image of "Mother" looms large in our collective psyches, and some writers easily accept that these killers are lashing out at maternal tyranny. If these murderers are still dominated by Mother (Hitchcock's Norman Bates is the archetype), then it is easy to dismiss them as "mama's boys" who never fully matured. Perhaps we find comfort in this cliché — the mother is a ready made excuse, particularly in our contemporary era of obsessive parenting. Yet, as we look at some of the techniques of the serial killers' mothers, we are inclined to see a deadly link between the womb and the tomb.

The solution is not the removal of guns for law-abiding citizens, it is the community’s residents and workplace employees to make them themselves aware of whom they are living and working with.  The mental institutions are the streets, homes, and workplaces of the world.  It is not wrong to have concerns and report such information to those that should know.

Domestic violence and family arguments are being brought to the workplace and it started somewhere with others witnessing the occurrence.  This is the chance to ward off a deadly result.  By doing nothing, you are placing all in harm’s way,  which could be deadly for all.  We are not saying to intervene physically, everyone carries a mobile phone and a help is only a phone call away.

Have some trust in your local law enforcement, they are humans as well and care beyond their daily duties.

Our Pied Piper Projects (P3) works, by creating awareness in communities of the problems; from drug dealing, gangs, tenant/landlord concerns, domestic violence, an increase in a strange child in the neighborhood (runaways) and general anti-social behaviors, which in turn, overflow into the workplace.  Having the eyes open at all times, absorbing what is going on around you and storing the visible information in your mind’s hard drive and being ready to communicate when events do not add up.

The street level problem is in the hands of the citizens, they must understand that being a noisy neighbor label is not a bad thing when it saves lives.



INFORMATION & ANALYTICS ARE KING!

WE are in the NOW and KEEP YOU;
in the KNOW... 



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Monday, January 15, 2018

Within 24 Hours and the Apology That is Deserved is Necessary. Next Move Will Be Unliked Corporately...

Within 24 Hours and the Apology That is Deserved is Necessary.
Next Move Will Be Unliked Corporately...
by Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO CommSmart Global Group

Today, which is MLK Day has reminded me of many things.  One is how far we have not come in the comments we make about people.

Last Tuesday I was subject matter from a corporate bigot who made an extremely derogatory remark to me and at me.  He thought he was clever, he is not, he is a fool who has shown me and his employers what a problem he really is.

My attorneys are pressing me that we have an extraordinary lawsuit and suggest we move forward.  If I do so, the shit will hit the fan globally.

From this moment of posting, this gentleman, which I use the term loosely, has 24 hours to make contact and discuss what we must do to avert this impending problem for him and his employer.

The clock is ticking...

Failure to do so is not an alternative...

Happy Martin Luther King Day!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

RESPECTISM Vs. RACISM - Now, a very personal experience

RESPECTISM Vs. RACISM
by Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO, CommSmart Global Group


Respectism there is no such word I thought, but then again, this is 2018 and you can invent whatever you like and someone did!

Sadly, this week I was on the receiving end of more than racism.  It has taken my friends, business colleagues and lawyers to calm me down.  

It personally hurt me deeply and I, like others including the witness who heard this disparaging statement by this corporate individual, whom I have never met, or even wish to.  

I will see this excuse for a man in court with his company and will show at all levels there are bullying and racism by individuals, whose co-workers know his opinions and issues, who should never be in a position of management with such ideology and a concerning cultural attitude.  A video will follow which is being approved by the lawyers.

Crazy fact is, I am White, English and a Jew...

"RESPECTISM is the belief that a respectful society is a pragmatic necessity for survival"

We are told it was created with the following in mind: 

"When we talk about containing pollution or genocide or nuclear weapons, it is surprising that we have not recognized the central truth: 

We are the problem.

Until the truth about the universal need for a respectful society is recognized and addressed by enough of us, we will never be able to solve the perilous riddle of how to survive our weapons, our waste, and the total disrespect for the sovereignty of the basic values, our flag and national anthem.

Respectism defines a respectful society as one in which enough of us are cooperating to help each other balance the three every day, instinctual elements of respect: respect for self, others, and place.

Respect for self-honors the individual will survive and thrive, respect for others honor the humanity of all human beings and honors the life that surrounds us, respect for place honors everything from a shared table to shared earth, water, air and common respect for each other in all that has in past.


The respectism tri-model presents respect as a centering of three values that usually overlap, but which are not the same, honestly admitting that true respect is a skill to be developed over a lifetime.

Not everyone is ready to believe that a more respectful society is essential to our survival.  We saw this on Sunday with disrespectful NFL players taking the knee during the playing of America's National Anthem.

Throughout history, there have been selfish and mean leaders, those who have willingly followed them, and those who have said we will never change. 


This past event by overpaid disrespectful lowlifes is a prime example and those in senior management or ownership are just as bad!

Those of us who believe that a more respectful society is essential and possible will want to do the following:

First, individual and institutional respect for self, others and place will have to be relentlessly advertised.

Second, the abusive must be respectfully kept from power, and the behavior patterns of those who rule through fear, abuse, exploitation of prejudice and distortion of principles must be commonly recognized in order to assist in that endeavor.

Third, fair dealing, based on listening dialogue, honest negotiation, and equality must be promoted as the mechanism for creating a respectful society in public and private settings including justice for all, representative leadership and governance, economic exchange, the meeting of basic human needs, friendship, family, and love.

Fourth, the success of a respectful society must be measured by the decrease of all acts and threats of violence and involuntary detention, including those needed for true self-defense of the individual or society, as well as by the decrease in hunger and homelessness, and in the quality of our air, land, and water.

Fifth, the principles of a respectful society must be kept simple and clear enough for young children to learn, adults to believe and the weak to own as well as the powerful, so that respectism is never confused with an illusion of respectability, or authoritarianism, or made the enemy of liberty.
If a respectful society seems like an idealistic fantasy, please answer this question: "How will we survive without changing our behavior towards one another?"

No one knows exactly how we will create a respectful society any more than the inventors of the first flying machine could have imagined a space shuttle.


We must start performing countless experiments with respect if we are to survive.


We should start now.

"Love is the soul of respect, 
and respect is the language of love."




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Email: respectism@commsmartglobalgroup.com
Telephone: (515) 200.7068

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Lobbyist Bombshell...

Politics, Lobbyists, Corporations,
the Inner Cultural & Ideological Concerns

It is the season of provocation, suggestions, and corporate money changing hands with our elected politicians.

In researching politics and lobbying one statement from 2015, stood out on how far the change has occurred.

"Something is out of balance in Washington. Corporations now spend about $2.6 billion a year on reported lobbying expenditures—more than the $2 billion we spend to fund the House ($1.18 billion) and Senate ($860 million). It’s a gap that has been widening since corporate lobbying began to regularly exceed the combined House-Senate budget in the early 2000s.

Today, the biggest companies have upwards of 100 lobbyists representing them, allowing them to be everywhere, all the time. For every dollar spent on lobbying by labor unions and public-interest groups together, large corporations and their associations now spend $34. Of the 100 organizations that spend the most on lobbying, 95 consistently represent business."

"One has to go back to the Gilded Age to find a business in such a dominant political position in American politics. While it is true that even in the more pluralist 1950s and 1960s, political representation tilted towards the well-off, lobbying was almost balanced by today's standards. Labor unions were much more important, and the public-interest groups of the 1960s were much more significant actors. And very few companies had their own Washington lobbyists prior to the 1970s. To the extent that businesses did lobby in the 1950s and 1960s (typically through associations), they were clumsy and ineffective. “When we look at the typical lobby,” concluded three leading political scientists in their 1963 study, American Business and Public Policy, “we find its opportunities to maneuver are sharply limited, its staff mediocre, and its typical problem not the influencing of Congressional votes but finding the clients and contributors to enable it to survive at all.”

The concern was amplified for me yesterday whilst at the Iowa Capitol on the day Governor Reynolds gave her first State of the State speech.

In discussions which I was involved in, comments being made and the enthusiasm of the start of a new legislative session something became interesting after the fact.  

Fear of someone who was not offering money, just stating facts and being open about the issues and concerns of the State of Iowa and certain Iowa departments with those that have the directors positions and not honestly supporting the citizens of Iowa's best interest.

A corporate employee made a statement that he did not want me talking to anyone in Iowa Government.  In this email which was very direct in the message.  

Foolish and in a conversation I had with him, which I cannot offer at this time as it is now part of a deposition that will be part of a legal move, was derogatory, demeaning characterization and more.  

Lobbyist, in general, have my backing when they are passionate about their subject matter and present professionalism. I know several and commend them.  We know they have an important message to reach those legislators who are difficult to meet one on one.

Others, not so much, they are manipulative in their manner, position and mainly overpaid attorneys, who like judges failed at the defense or prosecution tables, failed in their cases and now sit, listen and in many cases rule, which sadly does get overturned.

Not only did I witness, I am now part of an issue of manipulation by a major global corporation representative.

Will I let this go?

NO!  

This is an ongoing issue and will continue, I am expecting some further conversation, maybe, if not, this will become a very open conversation if my attorney allows.

Nicholas Ashton
(515) 300-6130

Emai: ssafnick@hotmail.com