I went to bed last night more calm, having heard the news the US, the EU, and Russia had agreed to sort out Ukraine diplomatically. As if this weren’t the intentional from the start. This morning I logged into Facebook to see Secretary of State John Kerry beating the drums of antisemitism and war over allegations, rumors, and sheer lunacy. If America were ever in dire trouble, it’s this Good Friday, that’s for sure.
With over 240 million active users, LinkedIn is by far the most valuable business-centric social network ever dreamed of. Every evangelist of social media knows too, this game of visibility and viability we play daily online, it’s all about influence really. Given this transparent fact, the only thing as powerful as being influential, is knowing someone who is. To this end I present a list (not exhaustive) of 10 LinkedIn influentials you’d do well to follow (if not flat out emulate).
As Americans in particular, it’s not crucial for you to know “where” Ukraine is. Neither is it fundamental to your understanding to know the history of Ukraine, the Rus, nor the continual upheaval of this region through numerous wars. What’s essential for American presidents and all citizens to understand is the socioeconomic imbalance. The question of Ukraine is not one of; “Should we be there?” You as a citizen need to ask; “Can we afford to be there?”
If ever there were an ironic moment in world news, Russian President Vladimir Putin being nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize is it. At the top of a record number of nominees on the list of Nobel candidates this, Putin may just be a symbol in the end, of how cream rises to the top. A villain to some, and a noble hero to others, there’s no question Vladimir Putin is the most powerful and influential man on Earth. But is he Nobel material?
Hopes yesterday that Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel might make a potent moderator in between Washington, London and Moscow were dashed when Germany’s Bild came out with this story. Any chance east and west will meet within reason now seem remote at best. How can dagger strikes at peace coincide with an America bent on world revolt? How far afield has the propaganda machine steered the world?