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Hector Garcia: Moving away from the edge of the precipice and looking toward the stars

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“That is the key to history. Terrific energy is expended — civilizations are built up — excellent institutions devised; but, each time something goes wrong. Some fatal flaw always brings the selfish and cruel people to the top and it all slides back into misery and ruin…”
— C. S. Lewis, British scholar

“We cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them…”
–Albert Einstein, German-American physicist

“Open your eyes, mind and heart to the astonishing miracles of life, to the beauty surrounding you, to the uniqueness of your being, to the wonders you can achieve.”
— Dr. Robert Muller, French lawyer & United Nations Assistant Secretary-General

 

A large number of people in the United States and other nations have been experiencing what I perceive as a sense of cognitive vertigo. The complex and massive changes taking place over the last three decades, because of globalization, have made the world appear to be changing pointlessly and “whirl dizzily” in a “disordered vertiginous movement,” blurring the thinking and withering the hearts of millions.*

Some of the most affected by this phenomenon are becoming easy prey for demagogues who promise solutions that have never endured. But, they do gain these individuals and their associates great power and wealth while bringing all of us, in effect, closer to what is most feared. Vertigo at the edge of a cliff can make people fall over it. What are these leaders proposing to alleviate the spreading confusion and fear?

Today’s sinister wizards of Oz are recommending or imposing autocracies and dictatorships, scapegoating the most visible “other” as cause of the crises we are experiencing, and violence or war. They demand from their followers unthinking obedience and abandoning human dignity, agency and rights. History clearly and repeatedly shows that none of these “solutions” are new and, when enacted, they eventually collapse in scorched-earth aggression and brutality, sometimes destroying large portions of humanity along with the hope and faith of the survivors.

The exceptional successes in history have come from constructive debate, cooperation, peace, a varying degree of democracy and freedom of religion and speech within the rule of law. These exceptions have never been perfect and have been sustained by incremental research, reflection, courage and a persistent struggle to grasp a deeper level of truth.** Expecting perfection from any human product is a fantasy.

For instance, American self-government was founded on pragmatic idealism and demonstrated for more than two centuries that gradual, constantly corrected, thoughtful improvement is viable through the pursuit of ideals held in common — and balanced by negotiated teamwork carried out on the three-legged stool of spirituality, economics and politics. Some misguided academics and politicians have sawed off much of the first leg and frozen the third.

Let us choose to look at the global situation from a positive, relatable and individual perspective:

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is the most valuable company in Asia. TSMC’s Chair Liu stated to Fareed Zakaria in a GPS interview on Aug. 7:

LIU: Looking from outside it appears to be a miracle … compared with other nations, particularly in Asia, I think one of the key components in Taiwan is a peaceful society. It maintains peace since 1949 until today …

ZAKARIA: …You said about the Ukraine war, it’s lose, lose, lose. Your hope is for win, win, win.

LIU: At least not lose, yes. If you have a war, then it will be that. If it’s peaceful among the competition strategies on all three sides and I think that is — nobody in the business world wants to see a war happen and why do we — why do we jump again into another trap?…

By shifting our mind’s eye, as Einstein did to generate great thoughts, we would be able to see the opportunities that globalization has already brought us. There is an unprecedented potential today for humanity to mature and make real what has not been sustainable in the past. Instead of knowing more about less and less and hoarding more and more out of fear, we can be bold and wise by consistently learning while cooperating and sharing expansively.

We can choose not to fear other human beings in excess but discover that all of us can attain meaning and balance in our lives in addition to nourishment, shelter and possessions, while enjoying beauty and pleasure in moderation. We can acknowledge that all of us are limited and, thus, can complement what one sees and does with what others see and do. The human race can be a team, whose members tolerate each other’s faults but harness each other’s assets to reach an all-enhancing goal, instead of warring tribes focused on winning at their own expense and that of future generations.

We can choose to facilitate peace and prevent rather than build for war, to improve democratic decision-making and to expand it globally in order to address the global problems we all have created. A critical mass is evolving in the direction of this way of thinking.

The Bretton Woods Committee and the World Economic Forum and leaders, such as Liu, in exceptional nations, corporations and schools are publicly forecasting that such an unprecedented human leap is possible. They join the scientists, diplomats, artists, theologians and visionaries — young and elder — who have seen that potential before.

Indeed, insightful, solution-oriented, critical and synergistic thinking is now broadly applied with proven success in a few sectors of the world’s socio-economic systems.

I’ve been pondering statements and actions of these great-thought discoverers and will write more about them in the weeks to come.

*From definitions of “vertigo” in Merriam-Webster Dictionary

**Truth: understood as the human incremental grasp of reality

Hector E. Garcia is a Mexican immigrant, American citizen and author of the higher-ed textbook “Clash or Complement of Cultures? Peace & Productivity in the New Global Reality.” He’s long been involved in community and civic organizations, including as co-founder and executive director of Minnesotans for NAFTA and executive director of the Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs.

 

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Nestlé to invest Rs 5,000 Crore by 2025 in capacity and brand building in India: CEO Mark Schneider

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This was Schneider’s first visit to a global market since the Covid-19 pandemic hit as well as the first board meeting in an international market, which is an indication of the importance of India, he told Storyboard18 – CNBC-TV18, in an exclusive interview.

Nestle, the world’s largest food company, has ambitions to invest Rs 5,000 crore in India by 2025, CEO Mark Schneider said during his week-long visit to the country, which is the Nestlé’s tenth global market. The new investments will help the company accelerate its core business in the country and take advantage of new growth opportunities in established and emerging categories.

It was Schneider’s second visit to the country since joining the Swiss food and beverage group from healthcare group Fresenius in 2017, where he was chief executive. This is also its first visit to a global market since the Covid-19 pandemic hit as well as the first board meeting in an international market, which is an indication of the importance and India’s impact on Nestlé’s global agenda, Schneider shared during an exclusive high-profile interview with Storyboard18’s Delshad Irani on CNBC-TV18.

Schneider also said the investment would focus on capital expenditures, expanding and improving Nestlé India’s brand portfolio, acquisitions in emerging segments and establishing new factories.

Today, 99% of what Nestlé sells in India is made in India and the company also has a global R&D center in the country.

Nestlé owns over 2,000 brands globally and is the maker of iconic household brands such as Kit-Kat, Nescafe and Maggi, which is a staple in the Indian pantry and one of the country’s most beloved brands.
Maggi, the undisputed market leader, made a dramatic turnaround when it came back from the brink after the lead crisis in 2015. Packages were pulled from shelves and over 22,000 tons of Maggi had to be destroyed to an estimated cost of Rs 500 crore. In the years since, the company has redoubled its efforts to restore trust in the brand and has seen Maggi regain its leading position in the market. But there is increasing competition from established and new players and the challenge of constantly changing tastes and preferences.

The company has also stepped up its sustainability efforts to address the many challenges it faces today, with a focus on the new bottom line – People, Planet, Profits.

In India, initiatives under Nestlé’s “Commitment to Society” relate to the areas of nutrition awareness with the Nestlé Healthy Kids program (launched in 2009) and the Jagriti project to encourage good nutrition practices and food and encourage the use of public health services. In rural development, Nestlé leads Dairy Development (1961) and the Nescafé Plan (2012) to improve the quality and sustainability of coffee sourcing and production. Others include the Spice plan, the Vriddhi project and the Hilldaari project to promote better management of waste collection and segregation.

Nestlé has had a presence in India for over a century and Schneider shared that in the past 60 years since Nestlé started manufacturing in India, it has invested over Rs 8,000 crore in its operations here.

“In 1961 we started our first manufacturing site and so throughout that period it has been Rs 8,000 crore and now in the next three years it will be Rs 5,000 crore,” Schneider told a panel discussion with the media. The investment, subject to board approval, is intended to accelerate core business and increase capital expenditure, development work and brand building with sustainability as one of the main pivots.

Don’t miss the full interview on CNBC-TV18.

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A couple move into their dream home in upcoming Netflix series The Watcher, but things quickly turn into a nightmare when disturbing letters start appearing in their mailbox. “Your house is my obsession, and now you are too,” intones a voice in the new trailer that dropped during Netflix Tudum Fan Event Saturday. ” Who am I ? It might not scare you yet, but it will.

Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, Glee) co-created the limited series based on the true unsolved mystery of the Broaddus family’s disturbing experience at their new Dutch Colonial in Westfield, New Jersey. Current residents of the town apparently don’t like to talk much about the “Watcher House”, so named because the unidentified correspondent signed the letters “The Watcher”.

Naomi Watts and Bobby Cannavale play the new owners of the Brannocks. “Can you keep us safe?” the Brannocks’ son asks his father in the disturbing new trailer featuring strange neighbors and sinister threats. Dad doesn’t look too confident.

Mia Farrow and Richard Kind also appear in the series, which premieres on Netflix on October 13, just in time for Halloween. The White Lotus’ Jennifer Coolidge plays real estate agent Karen Calhoun and has previously appeared as the character in a short teaser in which she points out the house’s perks, including the vintage freight elevator. “I tell you,” she said. “You could accommodate a person there.”

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Knoxville, Tenn. – For only the second time in the past 18 years, Tennessee basked in a win over Florida on Saturday, this one a 38-33 thriller that went all the way.

But as fans celebrated outside the media room at Neyland Stadium, Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker smiled and said nothing had changed for the Vols.

“We still have the same mission, and that is to get to Atlanta [for the SEC championship game]”, said Hooker, who passed for 349 yards and rushed for 112 yards. “We’re just going to stay the course, come in every day and keep improving.

The Vols (4-0) last qualified for the SEC Championship Game in 2007, and a big reason for that drought is that they just couldn’t beat Florida.

While Hooker did his best to play down the win, a sold-out checkerboard Neyland Stadium was still buzzing about 15 minutes after Tennessee cornerback Kamal Hadden intercepted Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson’s final shot to the end zone in the final seconds. Tennessee was leading 38-21 with 7:55 remaining when Jaylen Wright crossed the goal line on a 5-yard touchdown run.

But the Vols had to survive a few late touchdowns from the Gators (2-2), not to mention a kick recovery in the final seconds to sweat the win, something that had eluded them in just about every possible way. for many of the last decade and a half.

“I’m really excited for our players, just the growth they’ve shown, the ability to compete regardless of the score, regardless of what’s going on in the football game,” Tennessee coach Josh Heupel said. . “They’re just resilient, fierce competitors, where we’ve grown since I’ve been here. I’m really proud of our players.”

Hooker, making his own claim for the Heisman Trophy, threw a touchdown pass in his 16th consecutive game. He also shook off several fierce punches to stay in the game and lead the Vols to what was by far the biggest victory of the Heupel era. Since taking over as starting quarterback in Week 3 a year ago, Hooker has totaled 45 touchdowns, completed 69% of his passes and thrown just two interceptions during that span.

“I told him after he broke a long run, ‘You’re special,’” Tennessee running back Jabari Small said. “I was impressed. I’m a fan right now, but Hendon is the same person every day. He stays in the game, always smiling and does everything off the pitch. So when you see him on the pitch, it’s is just translated. … He’s just a great player.”

And never was Hooker’s tenacity more apparent than in the second quarter, when he tugged his shoulder and stood up, grimacing. But he never flinched on the pitch.

“There are ups and downs and pain throughout a football game. It’s a physical game,” Hooker said. “To persevere through this is something I’m proud of, just to be a warrior and to compete for my brothers.”

Hooker said getting hit didn’t change the way he played the rest of the way. In fact, he led the Vols on a game-changing 12-play, 99-yard touchdown just before halftime.

“It’s part of the game,” Hooker said. “You’re gonna get hit hard. You’re gonna get punched. If you can go, you can go. If you can’t, you can’t.”

The Vols were without their top receiver, Cedric Tillman, with an ankle injury. Having an open date next week should help the Vols heal some of their wounds. They go to LSU on October 8, then Alabama arrives in Knoxville on October 15.

“There are a lot of things we can do better, but the goal for us is to find a way to win every Saturday we are on the pitch, to be the best team in football,” Heupel said. “We were able to do that tonight. Great game, man.”

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Dear reader, we have a teaser.

Bridgerton fans should start swooning over what to expect from the third season of the Netflix series, because Nicholas Coughlanwho plays beloved Penelope on the show, just gave us a look.

During Netflix’s Tudum event on September 24, Claudia Jessy and Luke Newtonwho play Eloise and Colin Bridgerton respectively, are seen painting while discussing the upcoming season, when suddenly Nicola pops up asking the question we all obviously want the answer to: “Do you want to hear what I , I mean, Lady Whistledown has to say about Bridgerton season three?”

Luke’s response is that we all say “Absolutely”, while Claudia simultaneously says “Yeah”.

The three actors then draw attention to a storyline that reveals the title of season three, episode one. Nicola continues:Bridgerton season three, episode one, “Out of the Shadows”. Do you want to hear it?”

She goes on to read the opening lines of what’s to come in the upcoming season, saying, “Dear dear reader, we’ve been apart for far too long. Finally, London’s smart set has made a comeback, and so has this author As the season begins, the question on everyone’s mind is, of course, which new debutante will shine the brightest? This year’s crop looks quite dazzling indeed. Unfortunately, not all young ladies can catch the light. »

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SEOUL — North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea off its east coast on Sunday, ahead of planned military exercises by South Korean and U.S. forces involving an aircraft carrier and a visit to the Vice President’s region. American Kamala Harris.

The South Korean military said it was a single short-range ballistic missile fired from near the Taechon area in North Pyongyan province just before 7 a.m.

Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada said Japan believes he reached the maximum altitude at 50 km and may have flown on an irregular path. Hamada said it was outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone and there were no reports of navigation or air traffic problems.

Many of the short-range missiles tested by North Korea in recent years were designed to evade missile defenses by maneuvering during flight and flying in a lower, “depressed” trajectory, experts said.

“If you include the cruise missile launches, this is the nineteenth launch, which is an unprecedented rate. North Korea’s action poses a threat to the peace and security of our country, of the region and the international community and to do so while the invasion of Ukraine is unfolding is unforgivable,” Hamada said, adding that Japan had protested through the North Korean embassy in Beijing. . .

The launch comes after the U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan arrived in South Korea to participate in joint exercises with South Korean forces, and ahead of a planned visit to Seoul this week by Harris.

It was the first time the North had carried out such a launch after firing eight short-range ballistic missiles in one day in early June, leading the United States to seek more sanctions for violating Security Council resolutions. the UN.

North Korea rejects UN resolutions as a violation of its sovereign right to self-defense and space exploration, and has criticized previous joint exercises by the United States and South Korea as evidence of their hostile policies.

The drills have also been criticized by Russia and China, which have called on all parties not to take steps that escalate tensions in the region, and called for an easing of sanctions.

After North Korea conducted an unprecedented number of missile tests earlier this year, including its intercontinental ballistic missiles for the first time since 2017, the United States and South Korea said they would strengthen joint exercises and military displays of power to deter Pyongyang.

“Defense drills are not going to prevent North Korean missile testing,” said Leif-Eric Easley, professor of international affairs at Ewha University in Seoul.

But U.S.-South Korean security cooperation helps deter a North Korean attack and counter coercion from Pyongyang, and allies must not let provocations prevent them from conducting military training and exchanges needed to maintain the alliance. , he added.

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on Saturday that North Korea may also be preparing to test a submarine-launched ballistic missile, citing the South Korean military.

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The Rockies didn’t start their last night of the season at Coors Field quietly. They got their tails kicked in front of 45,983 fans.

San Diego, trying to secure the third and final wildcard spot in the National League, picked up a 9-3 victory on Saturday. The win kept the Padres two games ahead of Milwaukee for last place.

Coors Field hadn’t been kind to the Padres lately. Going into Saturday night’s game, they were 1-7 in LoDo this season and as of May 12, 2021, had lost 14 of their last 17 games here.

The Padres held a slim 3-2 lead going into the seventh before manhandling relievers Justin Lawrence and Chad Smith and scoring six runs. Lawrence, who the Rockies hope can become a late reliever next season, gave up a brace to Jurickson Profar, back-to-back walks to Juan Soto and Manny Machado, and a two-run single to Jake Cronenworth. .

Out Lawrence and in Smith, who surrendered an RBI single to Brandon Drury to load the bases, then walked Josh Bell to force a run. There were more than a few boobirds in what was left of the Saturday night crowd.

The boos continued when Ha-Seong Kim hit a high chopper that evaded rookie shortstop Ezequiel Tovar for a single and scored two more runs.

There were a few positive moments for the large crowd to pull together. Ryan McMahon started the first moto with a solo homer just ahead of Yu Darvish, McMahon’s 18th of the season. In the eighth, Randal Grichuk threw a solo homer with two outs from southpaw Tim Hill. Grichuk has hit 17 home runs this season.

Darvish pitched six innings, allowing two runs on five hits, eight strikeouts and one walk. He improved to 16-7 and maintained his 3.05 ERA.

Before the game, manager Bud Black said the biggest thing he wanted to see from right-handed starter Chad Kuhl was consistency. Kuhl got off to a good start.

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