2014 Corruption Perceptions Index — Results

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This objective measurement of corruption is important to focus on the countries that have the best and the worst records. Ordinarily, senior management would sponsor bench-marking studies to identify opportunities for improvement. Unfortunately, the senior management here are often the political classes who have gained most from the perpetuation of corruption.

Corruption also spills over into commercial transactions. Companies in countries with a good record on corruption, in their dealings with corrupt countries often compete by playing the dirty games of corruption.

To really understand corruption, it is necessary to look at the challenge subjectively and understand the cultural and behavioral factors that make it more prevalent in some countries than others.

Even in countries with a low record of corruption by objective measurement, there are seriously corrupt individuals and businesses and institutions who want to play dirty for their gains.

Any thoughts on hard measures to reduce corruption?

Opinion – Ramshackle Army at Odds with Berlin’s Global Aspirations – SPIEGEL ONLINE – John Gelmini

KUKA Robot is cutting Bridge Building Parts at...

KUKA Robot is cutting Bridge Building Parts at company Krupp in Germany. Factory Automation with industrial robots for metall cutting. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Factory Automation with industrial robots for ...

Factory Automation with industrial robots for palletizing food products like bread and toast at a bakery in Germany, robotics (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Alf is right, Germany will have to contribute more to NATO and Western defense.

However, those demanding this are going to have to be mindful of old, and not so old, folk memories of the past 100 years.

The contribution needs to be money, weapons and fighting and storming robots, rather than German soldiers, plus advanced stealth ships and submarines.

In the same way, that car factories were switched to making weapons, Germany can rearm NATO and through the building of Terminator robots can assist with the hunting down and eradication of radicalized Muslims and ISIS/ISIL/Korasan/Boko Harem /Al Shabab fanatics in Syria, Iraq, Kenya, Somalia, Nigeria, Yemen and anywhere else where they hide.

Germany has the best engineers in the world and should develop a robot cloning capability using 3d printing and self replication.

Large numbers of these robots, ideally capable of traversing desert terrain, or being parachuted into an area held by these Muslim fanatics could then be dropped into areas surrounding newly captured territory and into built up areas and then used as “the boots on the ground” without the need for legal sanction by Parliaments.

This would ensure minimal loss of blood and treasure on the part of Western troops and save Western Governments the problem of what is happening as these lunatics are actually allowed to return to their countries of origin.

John Gelmini