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Tom learns about Eid

Posted on: July 13th, 2016 by Tom Pattillo No Comments

Tom learns about Eid

It took me a while to understand the implications of “fasting”. From sun up to sun down. Fasting between those times. No eating or drinking in front of Muslims. (I learned this quite dramatically!) After drinking a glass of water at the Toyota Service Department (where there were a number of Emirati men) the service manager ran out of his office, grabbed me by the arm, rushed me up some stairs, through a door, down a long hallway, and into a small room. “You cannot drink or eat in front Muslims during Ramadan!!!!” Steep learning curve!

With the my students’ encouragement, I chose to fast for the last two weeks of Ramadan 2006. I chose to fast as my way of showing my respect for the Muslim religion, my Muslim friends and the Muslim nation in which I was living. Over the next four years living in UAE, I fasted 2 more times for the required month each time. My Muslim friends were kind enough to invite me for Iftar many times during that month.

The following year (2007), Darwish, my friend and business partner and a Muslim originally from Palestine, suggested how I might gain an understanding of Eid.

“Tom,” he said, “on the first morning of Eid, just before sunrise, go to our office (located near a Mosque surrounded by a large field), and park in front of the door.”

Why?” I asked. “Just be there,” Darwish responded.

So the morning of the first day of Eid. I get up early, drive to the office, back in, park, and wait. No one around, just me and a dusty road.

Gradually people came walking around the side of the building, across the street opposite from me, and walking down another street; mothers, fathers, little kids of all ages, teens, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and grandparents too, walking in front of the car.

Hundreds of families walk past me on their way to the Eid celebration at the Mosque and the field surrounding it.

A feeling of peace, excitement, family, and spirituality . . .  a sight and experience I will never forget.




Rick Mercer for Prime Minister

Posted on: October 8th, 2015 by Tom Pattillo No Comments

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/10/07/rick-mercer-election-video_n_8259566.html

This and many more rants.

 




CRA & KPMG: An erotic pairing of idiots and criminals. A match from the Harper mating service. Semen supplied.

Posted on: October 8th, 2015 by Tom Pattillo No Comments

Harper government partnered with industry group fighting CRA over KPMG case

Asinine Comment:

Any suggestion of an improper relationship between KPMG leaders and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) are patently false. KPMG representatives, along with many other business, government and community leaders periodically participate in public events and group meetings with government officials, including the PMO. We have never met privately with the PM or PMO to discuss any specific client‐related matters.

Intelligent response to Asinine Comment:

“The files show KPMG, CPA Canada and another firm met with Harper, his chief of staff Ray Novak and two other aides, though the Prime Minister’s Office won’t say what was discussed except to say it was a routine stakeholder meeting.”




A wonderful example of my concerns about the strategy of the Conservative Spin Doctor

Posted on: October 8th, 2015 by Tom Pattillo No Comments

‘No election win (is) worth pitting Canadians against Canadians’: Trudeau says of niqab debate

Asinine Comment:

I see no evidence of Canadians being pitted against Canadians, all I see is immigrant wannabees who’s only purpose for coming here, seemingly, is to try bit by bit to transform Canada into the craphole that they ran away from. And that pissant, Trudeau light, would just love to help them with that…I don’t understand why this foolishness is allowed to continue.




Conservatives’ Media strategy – Really quite amazing; amazingly sleazy and, yes, effective

Posted on: October 2nd, 2015 by Tom Pattillo No Comments

The election is just under 3 weeks away. The Conservative media strategy is . . . really cool. Manipulative, exploitive, and appealing to those whose decision making proces is based entirely on an ideology that makes every issue a black and white decision. But is it masterful? Yes. Will it be effective enough for the Conservatives to win.? Dear God, I hope not.

Look at their strategy to integrate the “evil” political mastermind from Australia into the Conservative campaign. We were expecting the worst. And it “seems” those worst scenarios did  not happen. But they did. Insidious manipulation of the public media, the government sponsored “public announcement” and “polling” results, and Harper’s in-your-face pride in what he “will” do with nary a comment or response to what he did do. (Psychology: The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.)

A Harper victory will bring about the implementation of his “promises”? No. Harper legacy,”We have to balance the budget” (Past experience: no we won’t except by not spending money already approved). There are so many other examples.

The Conservative Media strategy has been a wonderful process of creating doubt in the minds of the Canadian electorate since the beginning of the campaign.

Some relevant quotes:

The best defense is a good offense

When caught on the horns of a dilemma: throw dust in the bull’s eyes.

Bullshit baffles brains.

Never argue with someone who is stupid (or sleazy), they will just bring you down to their level and beat you will experience.

Remember that the “emperor has no clothes.” It took an outsider uninfluenced the those attempting to receive approval from the emperor, the little boy, to speak the truth.

And finally:

When does the shear efficiency of persuasion become manipulation? (It is happening right now – Masterful.)

 




Contingency versus ideology

Posted on: September 20th, 2015 by Tom Pattillo No Comments

Why is it that so many MBA graduates, taught to believe in contingency thinking, (a future event or circumstance that is possible but cannot be predicted with certainty), and contingency planning, (a plan designed to take a possible future event or circumstance into account), blithely follow Stephen Harper’s Conservative party that believes in governing by “ideology” (“I’ve made up my mind, don’t confuse me with the facts.”)?




I disagree, Stephen Harper is perfect!! Perfectly able to:

Posted on: September 17th, 2015 by Tom Pattillo No Comments

protect those high reputation, respected, advice (illegal) giving accounting firms (NOT just the ones beginning with the letter “K”) from overview, transparency, and government “policies”. How much does “K” give to the Conservative Party?




Mr. Harper, if your father were still alive, would you let him, or your mother, walk to a Community Mail box in the middle of winter?

Posted on: September 17th, 2015 by Tom Pattillo No Comments

Mr. Harper, if your father were still alive, would you let him, or your mother, walk to a Community Mail box in the middle of winter?




I disagree, Stephen Harper is perfect!! Perfectly able to:

Posted on: September 15th, 2015 by Tom Pattillo No Comments

pout and stomp his feet as he says “If I lose I am going to take my ball and go home. So there!”




I disagree, Stephen Harper is perfect!! Perfectly able to:

Posted on: September 15th, 2015 by Tom Pattillo No Comments

tear down, perfectly “unable” to build up or build anything new