Archive for October, 2014

China’s Trump Card?

October 29, 2014

The Wall Street Journal: Saturday/Sunday, October 25-26


“With a far-ranging fleet of new submarines, China is rattling Asia’s balance of power, challenging the U.S. and risking an undersea contest.  Echoes of Tom Clancey and the Cold War?

One Sunday morning last December, China’s defense ministry summoned military attaches from several embassies to its monolithic Beijing headquarters.

To the foreigners’ surprise, the Chinese said that one of their nuclear powered submarines would soon pass through the Strait of Malacca, a passage between Malaysia and Indonesia that carries much of world trade, say people briefed on the meeting.

Two days later, a Chinese attack sub–a so-called hunter-killer, designed to seek out and destroy enemy vessels–slipped through the strait above water and disappeared.  It resurfaced near Sri Lanka and then in the Persian Gulf, …before returning through the strait in February–the first known voyage of a Chinese sub to the Indian Ocean.

The message was clear:  China had fulfilled its four-decade quest to join the elite club of countries with nuclear subs that can ply the high seas…

China’s increasingly potent and active sub force represents the rising power’s most significant military challenge yet for the region. ‘This is our trump card that makes our motherland proud, and our adversaries terrified,‘ wrote China’s Navy Chief.”

Please see trump card in the previous blog or go to and search “trump card.”  Clearly, by using this games’ idiom, the Navy Chief states that the submarines are an important empowering addition to the Chinese fleet.


Trumping the Internet

October 12, 2014

The New Yorker, September 29, 2014

The Solace of Oblivion, by Jeffrey Toobin

In Europe, the right to be forgotten trumps the Internet.

“The European Court ruled that Google must delete certain links that violate privacy…”

According to the article, “Despite the varied circumstances, all these people (among them are  U.S.actors, persons with criminal records, citizens with unwanted photos) want something that does not exist in the United States, the right to be forgotten.”

Actually, one could say that in the U.S., the right to free speech, guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution, trumps the right to privacy.  “When it comes to privacy, the United States’ approach has been to provide protection for certain categories of information that are deemed sensitive and then impose some obligation not to disclose unless certain conditions are met,” says  Jennifer Granick, the director of civil liberties at the Sanford Center for Internet and Society.” Examples of this are the disclosure of medical information (HIPPA), educational records, video-store rentals.  “Any of these protections can be overridden with the consent of the individual or as part of law-enforcement investigations.”

However, “the Internet’s unregulated idyll seems to be coming to an end, at least in Europe.”

A trump card is the most powerful card in Bridge and can take any other card.  To trump (verb) is to take a position which is superior and supercedes another position.  To see more of this idioms, please go to and type in “trump.”


Pitches From Heaven

October 8, 2014

Hemisphere Magazine, August 2014

Pitches from Heaven, by Cristina Rouvalis

“The Wright brothers may have been first in aviation but there are plenty of celebrities who fly just as high when it comes to marketing from beyond the grave”

The Wright Family Foundation markets and Aviation Brothers USA will launch a website, Aviation Cool, which will market (pitch)bomber jackets, sunglasses and other products.

Other deceased persons who are used successfully by marketers are Michael Jackson, Humphrey Bogart, Louis Armstrong and James Cagney.

In baseball, the pitcher pitches (verb) the ball;  marketers make sales pitches (noun).