SJ Manning: on my mind…

AUSCHWITZ AND UKRAINE

The Holocaust has been on my mind, well, it is often. With Ukraine having been set ablaze by Putin—a legitimate 20th and 21st centuries competitor to Stalin, Mao and Hitler—my mind has been preoccupied a lot with it, perhaps accounting for some loss of sleep and occasional headaches therefrom. It is intellectually disingenuous to address the Holocaust, without addressing the Ukrainian Holocaust. The murder of one and a half million Jews, a...

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The world is an elaborately staged tragicomedy

From: The Big Man In The Khaki Shirt And Riding Boots With His Arm Up A Cow’s “Thing”       Then he started sweating and swearing. The man could keep a fierce string of swear words, sentences, phrases, paragraphs going for an hour. And he could do that in at least five languages. And he did that at a deafening level. Uncontested. Who dared stop The Big Man In The Starched-As-Plaster Khaki Shirt And Riding Boots when he got started? He started...

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Political Correctness, Culture Of Apology, And The Oxymoron Of Modern Ethics

A brief rant on P.C. and its oft traveling companion, our culture of apology, and on situational ethics. Political correctness is a particularly insidious and ravenous cancer of the intellect. It has done more harm to all aspects of our society and our lives than any despot could have. Think horizontally and vertically of the devastating effects of P.C. on every aspect of our lives. From ordinary freedom of expression to the absurd: science and...

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My Pillars Of Success…

Success defies a universal definition. It is a complex paradigm. It is always defined both qualitatively and quantitatively. It is unique to individuals, people, groups of people, and populations. Regrettably, success or lack of it, is often dictated by necessity rather than choice. On a macro basis, definitions of success differ widely, based on a variety of factors: societal, station and chronology in life, ethnicities, economics,...

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Two degrees of separation…

Two months ago, I was introduced to a wickedly smart, uber-cool, wonderfully articulate, super-successful podcaster (top 2.5% globally!!) and top-tier media brain. She also makes hyper-expensive stilettos paired with off-the-rack sweats look really good. It is a joy to chat away for hours with Denise Griffitts. She is a great introduction by another super-slick-in-all-ways-and-my-PR-guiding-light-and-conscience-lady, Devon Blaine. Hmm....

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Crystal clear?

I always have and will always capitalize the word Holocaust. To not do so, would be an intellectual and moral failure. I grew up with the Holocaust, the German one, front-and-center in my then-recent history, and, consequently, upbringing and education. Both my parents were survivors of the camps. Very few of their extended families survived. They survived but never entirely overcame the scars. To this writing, I have not been able to explain...

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New Year? On honesty, sins and ideology, imagination, resignation, moral ambiguity, situational ethics, convictions, friendships, confidence, philanthropy, empathy, trust, love, faith, remorse, passion, humility. And more.

A serious admonition, and a challenging aspiration. Also guiding principles in life, by your humble scribe, Steve Manning.      You can perish in the flames generated by the heat of your own passions. And, yet ...      A Life Without Passion Is Not A Life Worth Living. Now, to the perennial New Year’s dumb-as-owl-poop resolutions. This upcoming calendar-page-flip, for very few of you paper rather than digital, will bring about certain,...

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Socialism and the stupid

How uneducated, limited, and stupid can you be? An astounding 55% of college students have zero clue what Socialism is. Yet, over 50% assert that Socialism is preferred to the dastardly capitalism of the US. 90% of college professors who assert to be liberal, love Socialism. Alas... The privilege of the worst disease ever beset on heretofore “higher education”: tenure! Just as another astounding aside, 57% of liberal identifying students...

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Supply chain what?

The one Biden said last week that he fixed in April... I opine the Biden regime needs to get out a bit more. See “stuff” for themselves. I further opine that all those “reports” read by Biden and crew, those the regime foolishly parrots AND alarmingly relies on, need at least a minimal edit by an average college junior econ. major. Wondering: does anybody know who the low-ranked pukes are who write that balderdash? We know who does not read...

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The Righteous AT&T and the KKK…

Not so many years ago, AT&T along with GM and very few other of the behemoths were the most frequently taught models of corporate governance in many/most top MBA programs in the country. AT&T served millions of businesses in what was then their core telephone business. An AT&T customer, my company’s international business chewed up a fair bit of telephone dollars; a significant expenditure for us. In the grand scheme of AT&T’s...

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Steven J. Manning
storyteller • satirist • humorist • speaker • businessman

Some people collect stamps, memorabilia, music, dolls, comic books, Zippo lighters, bottle caps, stamps, cars, coins, Happy Meals toys, rocks, bad habits …

Manning collects people, stories and hopefully wisdom from his millions of life and real miles traveled. He writes unbridled satire, humor and much on social/political/economics/lifestyle realities. All for intelligent, informed, discerning readers. A sense of humor is a must.

“Life Is Not A Dress Rehearsal” and “A Life Without Passion Is A Life Not Worth Living,” are on his omnipresent imaginary teleprompter.
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