pátek 20. ledna 2017

Presidential inaugurations since 1789

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/17/politics/gallery/inauguration-history/index.html

čtvrtek 12. ledna 2017

Miloš Goes to Washington

Z rozhovoru WashPost s Milošem Zemanem:

Q. Why did an invitation never come from Obama?

A. I disagree with his position toward Israel. . . . I dislike any hesitation in this area. And more than that, the situation in the Middle East. Obama’s policy destroyed practically all the Middle East’s structures and countries.

Q. Then it is untrue? You are not pro-Russian?

A. I am not financed by Russia . . . no vodka from Russia, no money from Russia. . . . They say that I am even paid by Russians, but in fact I am only an agent of Czechia, the Czech Republic.

Q. You have said there is no such thing as a moderate Muslim. Can you explain?

A. Let me start with Nazi Germany. ...

středa 11. ledna 2017

Hejna dronů

Od srpna 2015, kdy jsem psal o hejnech dronů (swarm), jsme se zase o kus posunuli, tedy Američani:

"With a whine like a swarm of giant angry wasps descending on a picnic, 103 micro-drones recently carried out organized maneuvers in the skies over China Lake, California. Billed by the US Department of Defense (DoD) as the world's largest micro-drone swarm, the Perdix drones were launched last October from three F/A-18 Super Hornets and autonomously carried out a series of missions that demonstrated collective decision-making, adaptive formation flying, and self-healing."

"Due to the complex nature of combat, Perdix are not pre-programmed synchronized individuals, they are a collective organism, sharing one distributed brain for decision-making and adapting to each other like swarms in nature," says SCO Director William Roper. "Because every Perdix communicates and collaborates with every other Perdix, the swarm has no leader and can gracefully adapt to drones entering or exiting the team."

Níže video vypuštění a pak struktura manévrů:

úterý 13. prosince 2016

Martin Jahn ministrem zahraničí ČR?

Jako by se například Martin Jahn (nebo teda někdo ještě zkušenější v mezinárodním byznysu) stal v ČR ministrem zahraničí. K něčemu takovému se schyluje v USA, kde bude šéf ropného gigantu ExxonMobil Rex Tillerson zřejmě nominován Trumpem na takovou pozici. Kromě emocí ohledně jeho vazeb na Putina ale má celkem velké zastánce zahraničněpolitického establishmentu GOP.

"The Trump team is planning an aggressive public relations campaign to win confirmation for Tillerson and dispel what it sees as a false narrative about his ties to Russia, a person involved in the transition said. Former secretaries of state Condoleezza Rice and James Baker are planning to go public Tuesday morning with their support for Tillerson, as is former defense secretary Robert Gates. Former vice president Richard B. Cheney also is supportive and may advocate for his confirmation.
Gates was the first person to raise Tillerson as a secretary of state possibility with Trump during a meeting at Trump Tower, the transition official added. Trump did not know much about Tillerson but started chewing over the idea. He invited Tillerson for a meeting and the two global dealmakers hit it off. They recognized similarities in each other, and the more they talked, the more they liked each other, the transition official said.
Rice, who has served on the board of Chevron, then became a strong advocate for Tillerson. She and Trump spoke about Tillerson by phone Monday as Trump made his final decision."

Jahn by asi musel ještě trochu vystoupat. Bývalý šéf Czechinvestu a místopředseda vlády pro ekonomiku zahájil kariéru jako člen představenstva Škody Auto pro oblast personalistiky, později přešel na místo výkonného ředitele Volkswagen Group v Rusku. Letos na podzim se přesunul z pozice šéfa pro prodej firemním flotilám na místo výkonného viceprezidenta pro prodej a marketing Volkswagenu v severní Číně.

No, má navíc zkušenosti z české vlády. To prý Tillerson nemá vůbec.

pondělí 5. prosince 2016

Rekalibrace americko-čínských vztahů?

Zajímavé články ve WashPost zde a zde týkající se překvapivého telefonního hovoru Trumpa a taiwanské prezidentky, které odporují desítkám let starému protokolu:

Meanwhile, John Bolton, a Trump ally and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, visited Trump Tower in New York for undisclosed reasons on Friday, according to Politico. 
He wrote in a Wall Street Journal article in January that the United States should consider playing the “Taiwan card” against China, to force it to abandon its South China Sea claims. 
“If Beijing isn’t willing to back down, America has a diplomatic ladder of escalation that would compel Beijing’s attention,” he wrote, suggesting receiving Taiwanese diplomats officially at the State Department, upgrading the status of U.S. representation in Taipei to an official diplomatic mission, inviting Taiwan’s president to travel in an official capacity to the United States and ultimately possibly restoring full diplomatic recognition.

Trochu se to vyhrocuje (NYT):

China warned President-elect Donald J. Trump on Monday that he was risking a confrontation over Taiwan, even as Mr. Trump broadened the dispute with new messages on Twitter challenging Beijing’s trade policies and military activities in the South China Sea. 
For his part, Mr. Trump seemed to take umbrage at the idea that he needed China’s approval to speak with Ms. Tsai. In two posts on Twitter, he wrote: “Did China ask us if it was O.K. to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into their country (the U.S. doesn’t tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea? I don’t think so!”

úterý 22. listopadu 2016

pondělí 24. října 2016

This may be the best ad of the election so far

Prý jedna z nejlepších politických reklam letošní volební sezony v USA. Demokrat Jason Kander obhajuje "backround checks" a republikánského oponenta, který zpochybnil jeho věrnost 2. dodatku Ústavy, vyzval ke stejnému kousku, jaký předvádí na videu.

úterý 23. srpna 2016

Eastern Europe Strikes Back

"Now the script is completely reversed. Those voters who McCain fought so hard for in 2008 are still out there. They normally would be very inclined to vote for someone like Trump – on paper, they look just like his core supporters – but Putin’s clear preference for him over Clinton (combined with Trump’s naiveté on all things Russia) gives them great pause."

"“In and around Cleveland, Akron, Toledo, Detroit and all throughout Wisconsin, you’re talking about voters with family in Poland, the Baltics, Ukraine and the Czech Republic,” said Weaver. “These voters are key to any narrow path that Trump has left.”"

"Trump alarms Americans of Eastern European ancestry for many reasons.
Among them:

  • He has suggested that America will only conditionally live up to its obligations under the NATO charter and questioned the value of the alliance.
  • He’s said he’ll look into whether Putin should be allowed to keep Crimea, which he annexed with complete disregard for international law. “Having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing,” he said this month.
  • Just three weeks ago, Trump pleaded directly with the Russian government to find and release tens of thousands of Clinton’s private emails. Asked whether Russian espionage into the former secretary of state’s correspondence would concern him, he replied: “No, it gives me no pause.”
  • Trump’s campaign chairman until last Friday, Paul Manafort, orchestrated the political comeback of Putin ally Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine and is closely linked with other Putin cronies.
  • At the Republican National Convention last month, the Trump campaign stripped the party platform of language calling for the U.S. to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine to resist Russian belligerence."
Via WashPost.