Free Brit!

By definition, to be incapacitated means to lack the mental or physical capacity to sufficiently care for person and property whether temporarily, intermittently or permanently. The term is often used interchangeably with the word “incompetent,” although the former traditionally describes medical status while the latter is a legal finding. However, most states use the term “legally incapacitated” to describe someone who is unable to meet basic requirements to preserve physical health and safety.

I am unable to address what, if any, mental illness is affecting Britney Spears, as I have not examined her. As a layman though, from what I have read and her ability to excel in her artistic profession I would guess she suffers from some degree of bipolar disorder. In general and with appropriate treatment and professional supervision this mental illness is treatable and both extremes (manic and depression) controlled.

Saying that, there has been much confusion about any type of mental illness and incompetence. As stated above, the type and severity of any psychiatric illness will determine the afflicted capacity to function. This varies from one diagnosis to another, and the severity of symptoms. We have advanced tremendously in the medical treatments of every disease. Our objective has always been to make our patients function at the maximum level possible. A couple of decades ago, I insisted to the mental health providers in our staff to avoid the usual dependency that our patients developed with all the financial assistance available to them.

Coming back to Ms. Spears it is obvious that she is capable, at least most of the time, to earn a living in a most demanding line of work. To be the great and popular performer as she is, it is a requisite to have superior physical, emotional, and mental capability. So it is my opinion that her alleged incompetence is not a result of any malady that incapacitates her. Her problem is strictly legal and the judgment should be determined in that area.

Yesterday, at last, she was given the right to hire her own attorney. The truth will soon be known. Is it possible that the conservatorship was an excuse to exploit her fortune? I am not going to opine, but I can attest again in my personal experience as a medical administrator in many cases our patients were kept artificially alive because their “conservators” were avoiding the loss of the financial benefits that they received. Again, these cases became legal disputes resolved by Judges, not physicians.

PD. The titles should not be taken as ostentatious, just meant to confirm my experience behind my opinion.

El Embargo, Un Cuento Chino

Cuba culpa al embargo por sus problemas con los suministros de alimentos y medicinas. Aclaración: Los alimentos, medicinas y dispositivos médicos de EE.UU. están permitidos. El régimen de Castro elige importar solo una pequeña fracción de los bienes autorizados” “Si el régimen de Castro realmente se preocupara por el bienestar del pueblo cubano, dejaría de culpar a los EE.UU. de todos sus males y empezaría a reformarse.

Michael Kozak

Ya se ve venir. El mensaje de la Casa Blanca basa los clamados de LIBERTAD en Cuba a la falta de vacunas para el COVID, y la carestía de alimentos y medicina. Desde Cuba siguen engañando al pueblo culpando a los EEUU y el llamado por ellos “bloqueo”.

Los neo-socialistas que realmente están tratando de definir el futuro de este País, símbolo de democracia y libertad para todos los ciudadanos están culpando al embargo y a Trump por sus medidas reforzando el mandato establecido por la ley Helms-Burton. Este “cuento chino” del embargo no resiste a la mas mínima gota de la realidad.

Cuba puede comerciar con el resto del mundo y las restricciones de este País no incluye, comida, medicamentos, objetos esénciales para el pueblo, ni algunos necesarios para le construcción. Las restricciones (esclavitud) del cubano es parte del sistema comunista, donde los ciudadanos no son dueños del capital producido por su trabajo. Además, no puede ni comprar o vender lo que necesitan o producen directamente a otros países. Toda la compra/venta, moneda, y transacciones bancarias solo se permiten a través de la cúpula gobernante.

Con estas reglas, es obvio que son los Castristas los que están limitados por los supuestos obstáculos “embargo”. La ridiculez de este argumento es obvia cuando se ve como ellos, militares prominentes, los Castro y familia y allegados y los civiles que los apoyan, tienen fortunas millonarias, viven en casas lujosas, comen, beben y viajan con todo los lujos que tienen la “elite” de cualquier otro País.

Esto prueba que a los únicos que el supuesto impedimento económico perjudica, es a los tiranos y a sus fieles colaboradores. El verdadero bloqueo es el que los Castro y siervos leales como Díaz Canel imponen al pueblo. Este, ya harto de los engaños y represión están en la calle. Es nuestro deber como exilados y ciudadanos americanos en evitar que nuestros dirigentes ayuden a los opresores con el cuento del embargo y la excusa de ayudar al pueblo.

Si desean una pronta solución al potencial genocidio a una ciudadanía harta, solo se necesita un ejemplo de solidaridad. Bastaría enviar una unidad de portaviones al límite de las aguas territoriales para que los Generales ya de mayor edad y multimillonarios pongan “pie en polvorosa”. Y para el interés de la nueva Gestapo del idioma y los que le interesan conocimientos que no tiene la mas mínima importancia el dicho “el cuento Chino” tan escuchado en Cuba, se dice comenzó en Roma por el libro de Marco Polo, sobre su viaje a China, tan exagerado que lo comentaban como un cuento, o sea un embuste o una mentira disfrazada!

Vale.

English Version:

The Embargo, A Chinese Tale

Cuba blames the embargo for its problems with food and medicine supplies. Clarification: US food, medicine and medical devices are allowed. The Castro regime chooses to import only a small fraction of the authorized goods. If the Castro regime really cared about the well-being of the Cuban people, it would stop blaming the US for all its ills and begin to reform itself.

 

Michael Kozak

You can see it coming. The message from the White House bases the claims of FREEDOM in Cuba on the lack of vaccines for COVID, and the shortage of food and medicine. From Cuba, they continue to deceive the people by blaming the United States and calling for them a “blockade.”

The neo-socialists who are really trying to define the future of this country, a symbol of democracy and freedom for all citizens, are blaming the embargo and Trump for their measures reinforcing the mandate established by the Helms-Burton law. This “Chinese tale” of the embargo does not resist the slightest drop of reality.

Cuba can trade with the rest of the world and the restrictions of this country do not include food, medicines, essential objects for the people, nor some necessary for construction. The restrictions (slavery) of the Cuban is part of the communist system, where citizens do not own the capital produced by their work. Furthermore, they cannot buy or sell what they need or produce directly to other countries. All buying/selling, currency, and banking transactions are only allowed through the ruling leadership.

With these rules, it is obvious that it is the Castroites who are limited by the supposed “embargo” obstacles. This argument’s ridiculousness is obvious when seen how they, prominent military personnel, the Castros and family and friends and the civilians who support them, have millionaire fortunes, live in luxurious houses, eat, drink, and travel with all the luxuries that the city has. “Elite” of any other country.

This proves that the only ones that the supposed economic impediment harms, are the tyrants and their faithful collaborators. The real blockade is the one that the Castros and loyal servants like Díaz Canel impose on the people. This one, fed up with the deceptions and repression, are on the street. Our duty as exiles and American citizens is to prevent our leaders from helping the oppressors with the story of the embargo and the excuse of helping the people.

If you want a quick solution to the potential genocide of a fed-up citizenry, you just need an example of solidarity. It would be enough to send an aircraft carrier unit to the limits of territorial waters for the older Generals and multimillionaires to put their foot in the dust. And for the interest of the new Gestapo of the language and those who are interested in knowledge that does not have the slightest importance the saying “the Chinese story” so heard in Cuba, it is said that it began in Rome with Marco Polo’s book, about his trip to China, so exaggerated that they commented on it as a story, that is, a lie or a lie in disguise!

Okay.

Donde Esta El Pinochet Cubano?

A menudo sorprende a los extranjeros visitan Chile descubrir que el general Augusto Pinochet todavía tiene partidarios aquí. Fuera de Chile, es casi universalmente vilipendiado, recordado como un dictador despiadado cuyo régimen militar mató a más de 3.000 opositores políticos, torturó a muchos más y forzó el exilio de miles. Evelyn, candidata de la derecha en las elecciones presidenciales de noviembre, dijo este mes que en septiembre de 1973, “la inmensa mayoría” de los chilenos querían el fin del gobierno de Allende. Las razones de esta animosidad y de la tormenta económica de la época todavía son objeto de acalorados debates. La derecha dice que la administración de Allende era incompetente. La izquierda dice que el poderoso y conservador lobby empresarial, apoyado por una financiación encubierta de Estados Unidos, debilitó al gobierno. Fue con este telón de fondo que el golpe de Estado tuvo lugar.

 

ÉXITO ECONÓMICO

 

Tras tomar el poder, el gobierno militar abrió la economía al libre mercado. Las empresas mineras extranjeras, cuyos bienes habían sido expropiados bajo el gobierno de Allende, fueron invitadas a regresar al país. Se vendieron las empresas estatales y se privatizaron los sistemas de educación y de pensiones. La derecha dice que estas reformas contribuyeron a que Chile se convierta en lo que es hoy, uno de los países más ricos de Latina. Pero cuánto de la prosperidad se debe a las políticas de Pinochet, y cuánto tiene que ver con las de los últimos gobiernos de centro-izquierda y la vasta riqueza mineral del país, sigue siendo una cuestión de debate.

Todos los escritos que se encuentran describen a Pinochet en Chile, y a Franco en España, como unos asesinos que regían el País con fuerte represión y asesinatos a ciudadanos inocentes. Esto es cierto, pero lo que no se escribe es que ambos estaban liderando una guerra, para evitar que sus países se subyugaran al poder comunista Ruso.

Es una triste realidad, pero trágicamente en confrontaciones políticas/militares siempre mueren muchos civiles. Nada de esto debe sorprender a los cubanos que vivimos las épocas de Batista y Fidel.

Lo que se publico por muchos años y hasta el momento, fue la “dictadura de Batista”, y el régimen del “Gobernante” Fidel Castro, que mejoraría a un País en miseria, sin educación o servicios médicos. Hubo muertes no justificadas pero solo se escribe de los causados por el ilegal gobierno del 10 de Marzo, pero me pregunto? Los de la policía y ejército nacional asesinados por los combatientes anti-Batistiano y por Fidel, Raúl y el Che en la Sierra no cuentan?

En fin, todas sus familias lloran la perdida ajena a la política. Este largo recuento es para poder entender mi deseo de que en Cuba exista un golpe militar que tranquilice al pueblo en rebeldía, abra la economía a un libre mercado e imponga paz, aunque provoque una necesaria represión y sufrimiento injustificado. Es el precio a pagar para logar un futuro mejor al País y a la mayoría de la población, como aunque se niegue, sucedió en Chile y España. Es harto conocido que los militares de alta promoción son, después del retiro de Raúl y la muerte de Fidel, los que dominan el capital cubano.

Todos también tienen suficiente edad y fortuna para poder salir de Cuba y vivir sus “millonadas” en otro País afín. El golpe y el nuevo gobernante tendrán que ser algún joven de simpatía y poder dentro de las fuerzas armadas presentes.

Ni el pueblo en la calle, como está sucediendo, ni el resto del mundo ayudara a liberar a Cuba de la tiranía. La población será derrotada por los esbirros castristas y los EEUU y demás, especialmente con nuestros nuevos gobernantes, no pasaran de protestas verbales.

La posibilidad de una intervención militar extranjera no la veo posible. Por lo tanto mi pregunta “donde está el Pinochet de Cuba?”. Por el esperamos!

English Translation:

Where is the Cuban Pinochet?

It is often surprising to foreigners visiting Chile to discover that General Augusto Pinochet still has supporters here. Outside of Chile, he is almost universally vilified, remembered as a ruthless dictator whose military regime killed more than 3,000 political opponents, tortured many more, and forced thousands into exile. Evelyn, a candidate for the right in the November presidential elections, said this month that in September 1973, “the vast majority” of Chileans wanted the end of the Allende government. The reasons for this animosity and the economic storm of the time are still hotly debated. The right-wing says the Allende administration was incompetent. The left says the powerful and conservative business lobby, supported by covert funding from the United States, weakened the government. It was against this backdrop that the coup took place.

 

Economic Success

 

After taking power, the military government opened the economy to the free market. Foreign mining companies, whose assets had been expropriated under the Allende government, were invited to return to the country. State enterprises were sold and the education and pension systems were privatized. The right wing says that these reforms contributed to Chile becoming what it is today, one of the richest countries in Latin America. But how much of the prosperity is due to Pinochet’s policies, and how much it has to do with those of recent center-left governments and the country’s vast mineral wealth, remains a matter of debate.

All the writings that are found describe Pinochet in Chile, and Franco in Spain, as murderers who ruled the country with strong repression and assassinations of innocent citizens. This is true, but what is not written is that both were leading a war, to prevent their countries from being subjugated to Russian communist power.

It is a sad reality, but tragically in political/military confrontations many civilians always die. None of this should surprise us Cubans who lived in the times of Batista and Fidel.

What has been published for many years and still to this day, was that the “Batista dictatorship”, and the regime of “Ruler” Fidel Castro, which would improve a country in misery, without education or medical services. There were unjustified deaths, but only those caused by the illegal government of March 10 are written, but I ask you: Those of the police and national army murdered by anti-Batistiano fighters and by Fidel, Raúl, and Che in the Sierra do not count?

In short, outside of politics, all of their families mourn the loss. This long count is in order to understand my desire for a military coup in Cuba to reassure the people in rebellion, open the economy to a free market and impose peace, even if it causes necessary repression and unjustified suffering.

It is the price to pay to achieve a better future for the Country and for the majority of the population, as although it refuses, it happened in Chile and Spain. It is well known that high-ranking military officers are, after Raúl’s retirement and Fidel’s death, those who dominate the Cuban capital.

All are also old and wealthy enough to be able to leave Cuba and live like “millionaires” in another like-minded country. The coup and the new ruler will have to be some young man of sympathy and power present within the armed forces.

Neither the people on the streets, as is happening, nor the rest of the world will help liberate Cuba from tyranny. The population will be defeated by Castro’s henchmen and the US and others, especially with our new administration, will not go beyond verbal protests.

I do not see the possibility of foreign military intervention. Therefore my question “where is the Pinochet of Cuba?”. We hope for him!

Tragedia Surfside – La Respuesta

La Tragedia de Surfside – Nunca debió pasar.

A Message to U.S. Haters

About time we all face-up to all those who claim to have a problem with our flag, with our national anthem and with our country.

You Have Freedom

A US hammer thrower turned away from the American flag as the national anthem played while she and two other athletes stood on the podium at the Olympic trials Saturday, later saying she was “pissed” that “The Star-Spangled Banner” played as she received her bronze medal. Gwen Berry — who qualified for her second US Olympic team during the trials — shifted to face the stands rather than the flag before holding up a black shirt that read, “Activist Athlete.”

Dear Gwen, you are very lucky to live in a country that has a Constitution to allow individual freedom.

In so-called Socialists, in reality, tyrannies, like Cuba if you had pulled this self-aggrandizing stunt you would be in jail or maybe even dead! Of course, your being free would give you the option of leaving, without the risk of surviving an escape in a raft with a high percentage of ending your life.

Another choice to change what you see as evil is staying and working peacefully to make the nation better. What you should not do is “having your cake and eating it too”. Getting a place in any Nation’s Olympic team’s motivation is to be a symbol of where you live. If you hate it, you should avoid being part, maybe even exercising your right to protest in other more appropriate venues.

Insulting what you are representing only demonstrates selfishness, ignorance, and false patriotism. It is an action made by cowards, to be ashamed of, not to be proud. Protests, to be valid, have to show sacrifice.

In the early days of Castro when socialism was predicated, as is fashionable here now before it turned to a communist dictatorship, all the University Professors had to go through a student-led tribune to return to their posts.

After the purge, only two of the ones that passed the test had the courage to resign. I know, because my father was one of the two. His protest came by sacrificing one of his loves, teaching. He went through public insults and demeaning comments. He escaped physical harm from Castro because of his being well known in the World as a scientist, and it was too early for the soon-to-be dictator to show his hand.

Afterward, he and the family immigrated to the US, to start a new life. I recommend that you experience a small taste of what you seem to desire. Move to Cuba, join their Olympic team, and insult the flag! Maybe then you will realize that freedom has to be loved and respected.

I truly hope that the US Olympic leaders follow your desire and keep you out of the team. If not, it would be another sign of our decadence as a “free” country.