25th Amendment Poetry

Seeing DT rhyming and all this poetry, I let my creative juices flow on this President’s day …

0 (Not 25) Fucks Given

There is all this talk about 25th A
We are under attack again
May be history, is on replay
It is that simple, and plain

Russians by Acosta — or by Hannity
There is something to this bark
For sure, the other was — insanity
Since there were none in that park

I feel bad for the Sergeant at Arms dog
When I see all this fuss
He must have traded it — for a hog
That’s the anecdote of Jack Russ

Yes, the CIA had a classified Valentine’s Day poem

On Valentine’s Day eve 1976, the Philadelphia Inquirer published a column by Bob Lancaster, in which the veteran humorist bemoans having the flu. In a self-described malaise, Lancaster ponders what a Valentine’s Day card would look like written in a such a sour state, and then – capturing the post-Church Committee zeitgeist – pens one for our “secret admirers” at the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Lancaster would no doubt be delighted to know that his sweethearts at the CIA were so smitten by his sentiment that they kept a copy, and it remained classified for just shy of 30 years.

It looks like poetry is not a skill well developed at the CIA. 

Source: Yes, the CIA had a classified Valentine’s Day poem

Document: Cables Describe Use of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques at Thailand Black Site Overseen by Haspel – Lawfare

Sixteen declassified cables were released on Friday that detail the enhanced interrogation techniques used at a CIA black site in Thailand during the time it was overseen by CIA director Gina Haspel in 2002.

The New York Times picked on the literary style that Haspel brought into an otherwise dry (or may be not so) process:

“With the last of the newly released cables, dated Dec. 1, 2002, the writing style shifts dramatically, aspiring to a literary flair. The cable says the interrogator and linguist “strode, catlike, into the well-lit confines of the cell” and one of them “deftly removed the subject’s black hood with a swipe,” addressing him in “a deep, measured voice.” The change in style suggests, though it does not prove, that the final cable may not have been written by Ms. Haspel, Mr. Blanton said.”

I am wondering if she has ever dabbled or got her feet wet in poetry. Reading (in a soft voice) high value detainees some of this stuff could result in faster confessions.

Source: Document: Cables Describe Use of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques at Thailand Black Site Overseen by Haspel – Lawfare

Startups and Something Completely Different

It the weekend again and a break for some fun (sorta) subject. Startups. I have seen many, been in them, studied entrepreneurship formally and live them. I just love so much about creating new businesses, the energy and dynamics and interactions of a (good and quality) young, mid-age and old working together team. Seattle and Bellevue are all about startup and innovation.

I have also decided to be a bit less formal and share more personal experiences along with professional posts.  Some experiences may be more or less interesting, odd, off and I have had some out-of-this-worldy ones. It is a blog after all, but not The Lawfare Blog.

Startups are one place where personal and professional intersect for me. Great start and segue!

I just came across some stuff — a mix of ephiphany and flashback to some odd events that followed. And hey, there is also an unexpected bit of nobility in the story.

I met this guy Daniel “Crash” a few times at a Starbucks back in 2014. He was there often working with a crew which he was running, mostly in 20’s and 30’s. It started with casual conversations and then he tried to slowly suck me in his startup. Military background, pilot, and shot in the back, he talked 24 hour clock for meeting and call times. The kind of guy with a story that gets respect and can intimidate at the same time. He was also articulate and seemed to be a nice guy, given my limited interactions. The optics were not bad.

He was the COO and invited me to meet his CEO at a Microsoft telepresence room to tell me more about the business which was in somewhat of a stealth mode at the time. There was no Microsoft involvement, only the room use by someone with access. So, just a startup role definition; sometime in the late 90’s many idea-level company people started with C-suite titles.

I met the CEO only that one time, who Crash introduced as a nobility; his Twitter and other social  media do include the title Lord. Seemed to be a nice guy. There are sure more nobility in the area than I assumed; also some of this Lordy stuff going up in Vancouver but then it is so British.

I wanted to find out more about the idea after the meting but Crash completely disappeared, not even returning emails (after just about total of 4 or 5 non-casual contacts.) Poof, like a Genie, I did not hear from or see him again and I did not care as there were very basic errors in the concept-execution, which surprised me, and which he could not answer. The business seems to have never taken off and closed by early 2015. I forgot about the whole thing.

Now come the odd Twilight Zone stuff. Fast forward to later in 2015, I do not know why it comes form someone else that Crash took  my unrelated graphic literary posting personally. Scary and I  brushed that away by denial — which was true.

Then there was more latter. A shop regular who is BTW very detail oriented, methodical, smart, cautious, business and legally savvy — albeit constantly mad at someone or something, with a tendency to go ape-shit on a short fuse — and whose wife actually feels spirits (he is fine with that) —  started getting Crash in conversations, leading to gas and ovens, with locked jaws and veins popping on his neck and forehead … went full Jekyll and Hyde and just got really scary. Wow!

I am not sure why, but that poor Crash guy, people that I was not aware also knew him, would drag his ass in way out-of-place contexts for no reason!? What did he do to these people? I have to ask him next time I see him, if and after I pull the Genie out of the lamp.

But enough negativity. This below looks the startup way, natural, genuine laughter and fun with the hashtags like behindthescenes and killing it!

Add crushing it and crashing it.

Know Thyself: Learning Leadership through Poetry

The shades of reality that can be articulated in verse resemble the qualities of intuition and instinct that rest more on the relationships between discrete facts than on the facts themselves. When poems are both inductive and meditative, they make self-knowledge honest by capturing those aspects of both perception and understanding that defy concise description or quantification. The insights produced in this way are less subject to biases and the manipulations that are sometimes applied to serve one’s preferences.

Source: Know Thyself: Learning Leadership through Poetry

Pantone’s Color Of The Year Is Here, And It’s As Nebulous As 2018 Looks

Terrifying or exciting? Ultra violet could be either.


“Complex” doesn’t begin to describe it. We’re wrestling with an administration that wants to reverse decades of progress in civil rights, economic justice, environmentalism, and more. We’re confronting the ugly truths about gender inequality and abuse. But just as fast as some forces are yanking us into the past, we’re careening even more rapidly into the future thanks to powerful innovations in biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and blockchain technology.

Purple, of all the colors in the spectrum, embodies this situation best, as Pantone explains. “[Ultra Violet] is a very provocative shade, but it’s also a thoughtful color–it sounds like a bit of an oxymoron,” Eiseman says. “This is the kind of color attached, historically, to originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking. These are the elements we need to create a meaningful future. Inventiveness and imagination is something we seek in our personal lives and business worlds. People are looking for that ‘magic bullet,’ and this shade is the perfect shade to lead right into it . . . It’s intriguing, fascinating, and magical.” …

Source: Pantone’s Color Of The Year Is Here, And It’s As Nebulous As 2018 Looks