Where are we

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It seems we are on a not destination journey.
We are talking Socialism is better than Capitalism as is both systems were not tested by the ages and results on both systems are in long time ago.
Why are we in this cross road again. I know Capitalism is faulty, it left out of prosperity many people, but inclusive Socialism, although leaving a few in extreme richness, is very inclusive in the misery they produce and a great equalizing in misery for all.
If you compare past and present examples of Capitalism vs. Socialism, is easy there are many examples: Russia vs USA, Venezuela/Cuba vs USA, European Union (EU) vs. USA, China vs. USA.
Is worthy nothing that USA capitalism is the standard comparation vs. Socialism.
USA way of government, despite drifting more and more apart from the mandate in our constitution by swamp law makers, judges and presidents is still a weak government by the people for the people and we are living in the most prosperous, law abiding and creative nation in the world with a lot of problems that we, as a nation, are constantly trying to solve.
Socialist countries are ruled by an elite class with all privileges for them and a not conflict allowed, perfect society, with not access to human basic needs of freedom, pursuit of happiness, free determination of our destiny, Venezuela a recent example.
Dangerous time for us, here in the USA. Dark forces upon us and lack of clarity from leaders lacking the wisdom to foresee what could be the demise of the greater democratic country in the world. Sad.

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Lump Sum Projects 101

There is a tendency to executing projects under a Lump Sum (LS) type of contract. Let us review under which circumstances is a Lump Sum contract recommended to achieve the Project main objectives of Quality, Time, Budget and Safety:
• Unless the detail Engineering and Design (E&D) is completed a Lump Sum (LS), type contract must not be used
• A LS project cannot be split in pieces among several contractors, so Contractors must be evaluated regarding their multidisciplinary craft and coordination resources and abilities
• Sub-Contracting by the main LS contractor must be under predefine rules and be legally bind
• Lump Sum projects must be aware of Long-Term Items procurement because those need to be purchased during early E&D
• Mobilization and Demobilization times must be accounted for in the master plan as normally large contractors need time to gather resources and build/find infrastructure for local shops, warehousing and accommodation
• Experienced Contractor are a must for LS Projects
• Financial strength of LS bidders must be verified
• Organization charts up to the third level must be approved by the owner
• Specific targets, procedures and regulations under which the LS contract will be executed must be clearly defined and agreed upon for all parties to the contract
• Responsibility and Risk sharing in case of Lump Sum projects is shifted towards the LS Contractor
• High level Project Sponsors, with delegated power to solve problems, must be appointed and the financial delegation and authorities well defined through the whole organization chart
There may be some others interesting issues in a LS Project, but the most important one is the need to have E&D complete before committing to a LS Contract and the main reason of that is cost, without a proper completed E&D the cot estimate for the project will be, at best, an order of magnitude estimate, if contingency and risk are considered the bids for a LS could be very high or worst very unrealistically low in bot case the Owner will pay a lot more than it would be if this requirement for LS project is followed.
Nowadays the use of Lump Sums contracts is used without proper betting the circumstances under which this type of contract is beneficial

Where are we

america ancient architecture art
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

It seems we are on a not destination journey.
We are talking Socialism is better than Capitalism as is both systems were not tested by the ages and results on both systems are in long time ago.
Why are we in this cross road again. I know Capitalism is faulty, it left out of prosperity many people, but inclusive Socialism, although leaving a few in extreme richness, is very inclusive in the misery they produce and a great equalizing in misery for all.
If you compare past and present examples of Capitalism vs. Socialism, is easy there are many examples: Russia vs USA, Venezuela/Cuba vs USA, European Union (EU) vs. USA, China vs. USA.
Is worthy nothing that USA capitalism is the standard comparation vs. Socialism.
USA way of government, despite drifting more and more apart from the mandate in our constitution by swamp law makers, judges and presidents is still a weak government by the people for the people and we are living in the most prosperous, law abiding and creative nation in the world with a lot of problems that we, as a nation, are constantly trying to solve.
Socialist countries are ruled by an elite class with all privileges for them and a not conflict allowed, perfect society, with not access to human basic needs of freedom, pursuit of happiness, free determination of our destiny, Venezuela a recent example.
Dangerous time for us, here in the USA. Dark forces upon us and lack of clarity from leaders lacking the wisdom to foresee what could be the demise of the greater democratic country in the world. Sad.

What a loaded week and is not over yet

MIDTERM ELECTIONS.
Democrats claim victory regaining the House of Representatives and already talking about impeaching and investigating everyone at @realDonaldTrump white house, instead of talking about immigration reforms so that desperate human being including women, men, children and criminal could not gain unrestricted access to USA and encouraging those migratory caravans from impoverished countries ruled by Socialist tyrants.
Is not a priority for Democrats to fix Obama Care that is a total disaster, although well intentioned, not giving good health care to any one including those with preexisting conditions.
Is not a priority for Democrats to fix the opioid and drug influx to the USA killing and disabling our youth.
Is not a priority for Democrats to reduced burdening taxes to the middle class, so long as a burdensome bureaucracy vote for them.
Is just a burden on @realDonaldTrump to fix the divide in our country encouraged by Democrats.
Democrats are not responsible of antifa violence against political commentators who do not share their views, reporters showing not respect for the office of the presidency and constant media distortion, fake news and misrepresentation of facts.
Democrats do not care about our people of law enforcement dying to protect us, instead they care about criminals assaulting/killing innocents.
Republicans retain the senate and add some additional senators cleaning the senate of never Trump senators like Flake, Corker and neutralizing current and future anti Trump senators like Collins, Murkowski and soon to be Romney, hoping the senate will work as diligently as @realDonaldTrump to #MAGA.
JEFF SESSIONS FIRING.
@realDonaldTrump firing of AG is what any good manager would have done, swamp politicians in congress and around the president delayed the inevitable. AG recusing himself of the Russia collusion investigation, after he consulted with DOJ Obama officials, and without previously informing the President of his intentions, is one of the darkest episodes of swamp politicians in action.
JIM ACOSTA – TUCKER CARLSON.
What a difference the media coverage of those events. Jim Acosta a hero of free press who got his hard pass to the white house removed because his derange behavior while interviewing the President of the United States, and he has the same behavior even in front of foreign dignitaries visiting the united states. The President is right calling out this mob way disguised as free press. The same night Tucker Carlson private residence was mob attacked by Democrats antifa, at the time I am writing this post, no one in the main stream media manifest any anger to this despicable antifa mob.
THE CARAVAN. The caravan is getting closer to our southern border and our current laws will allow them into our country changing further, for the worst, our way of living and increasing the democratic vote and give me mentality from banana republics coming destroying USA the same way Venezuela was ruined by this socialistic way of thinking.

Un-American

I always baffled by comments made by Democrats, Republicans, liberal media and artists about how Un-American President Trump and whoever supporting him are.
Following, I will present some statements made by those Americans who believe in truly representing us all:
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) on Monday (06/11/18) said that it’s “difficult to understand” President Trump’s treatment of America’s allies.
“The manner in which he has treated our closest allies is really difficult to understand,” Cardin said on CNN’s “New Day.”
“These are democratic countries that share our values and yet the president seems to want to go alone when it comes to working with our closest allies.”
President Trump position is that those “allies” had eaten our breakfast and our lunch too, those “allies” applies stiff tariffs and regulations to American products while demanding free and unrestricted access to the USA market, free markets and globalization are concepts that only applied to the USA but are forbidden from their countries.
Sen. Cardin, it is easy for me to understand Mr. Trump treatment of America’s allies, President Trump defends the USA you do not.
Next remarks made by Sen. Flake:
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) ripped White House National Trade Council director Peter Navarro on Sunday906/10/18) for comments he had made earlier lashing out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, saying the remarks cannot be representative of the Republican Party.
“Fellow Republicans, this is not who we are. This cannot be our party,” Flake said in a tweet.
According to the Twitter post, Flake is also set to slam Trump for his “incoherent policy utterances,” calling them “contradicted in the space of a single news cycles.”
“Muddled and mercurial, this is not grown-up leadership. Our allies are left baffled, confounded, often appalled,” Flake continues. “Make no mistake, our allies and those who look to American leadership will not wait for us to come to our senses.”
“If we abandon our role as a leader in the world today it may very well not be there tomorrow.”
Mr. Trudeau is a liberal, left wing president that give Canadians all kind of treats and free everything while enjoying a trade deficit with the USA, protecting Canadian farmers imposing big tariff on USA produce and dumping forest product into the USA while subsidizing their economy.
At last, USA leadership is being reinstated in the world, the USA is in not need of allies to pursue peace, as Mr. Trump is doing now with North Korea, something that never happen before and none of those allies were able ever to even get closer to resolve the issues with ISIS, Iran, North Korea, China, Russia.
Those swamp Politicians complain about President Trump call to re invite Russia to the G-8, blaming Russia annexation of Crimea that the UE permitted even so the USA made the largest contribution to NATO to defend Europe from Russia aggression. Where were the EU leaders then? What is the use of NATO?
(06/04/18) New President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Monday held his first official meeting with visitors from the U.S., discussing increased internet access for Cuba with Google executive Eric Schmidt and Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona.
The same Sen. Flake, is visiting the new Tyrant in Cuba which is the master mind of the destruction of Venezuela, will Sen. Flake make a statement on what is going on now in Venezuela with the mass destruction of a whole country which use to be a true ally of the USA? I do not think so.

Now, this jewel from Sen. McCain:
“To our allies: bipartisan majorities of Americans remain pro-free trade, pro-globalization & supportive of alliances based on 70 years of shared values,” McCain wrote. “Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn’t.’’(06/10/18)
I will brose Sen. McCain record in politics, he lost an election to a very young unprepared, unexperienced Mr. Obama despite having a record of war hero and years in congress so the USA has to endure Politics that double our debt from 10 to 20 trillion dollars in a very short time, people were killed by ISIS in the middle east, Israel was abandon, Iran got billions of American dollars to finance terrorism and who knows what else as many of those billions were delivered in cash?, Obamacare was not repealed by the grand standing of Sen. McCain against his own party, and the promises made to the American people by President Trump and the Republican Party and those are just a few of the Sen. McCain teachings and values that he said we share with countries that had taken advantage of hardworking Americans while you live in Washington DC.
Sen. McCain, I wish you well and hope for a quick recovery but please stop lecturing us all and hope you retire soon to give a new generation of Americans the chance to MAGA.

Sen. McCain, I firmly believe, Americans stand with our President and not with those countries neither with you.

Mr. Trump the Manager President

I have been a project manager for more than 30 years, in this post I will try to explain some of the rationale why Mr. Trump is very different to any of our previous presidents.

First, everyone must be aware that managing a private company is very different to managing a public corporation that is “owned” by shareholders, the CEO and corporate management and board of directors use the same tricks and method used by Politicians to gain control of the corporation, in case of a company, or a whole country in case of career politicians and cheat shareholders and people for their own gain. Mr. Trump, in the other hand, risk his own money on his decisions, on the people he hires, on the investment he made, Mr. Trump has had his up and downs, taken good and bad decisions and fire a good deal of people and doing it becoming highly successful.
A good Project Manager (PM) must control many variables to make a project successful, I will mention only the main ones and will give an example how a good PM and a Politician will act under similar constrains:
• Time, PMs know that time is money, projects must be built and complete on time, as is often the case, projects could miss the windows that justified its execution.
o      Mr. Trump will request immediate results, Politicians know that results take long time if ever. A recent good example is the USA embassy in Jerusalem. Mr. Trump himself like to explain that he was given an executive order to sign in which the USA embassy in Jerusalem will take from 10 to 15 years to build and cost over a billion dollar, he was able to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem in a few months and cost was under a few hundred thousand dollars. Another good example is the meeting between President Trump and the North Korean leader next week. The former secretary of state explained the work that it was impossible for the meeting to take place as ordered by Mr. Trump. The former Secretary of State was the CEO of a large public corporation, well the meeting is happening next week.
• Money, PMs must work within a budget that makes the project profitable, it can not allow budget and time creep.
o      Mr. Trump during his campaign had pledge to control expending and the size of government, reducing waste and having balanced trade deals with other countries. Politicians do no care about budgets, government size, they believe trade deficits with every other nation in the world are necessary evil to get sympathy from corrupt government taking advantages of the USA to finance failed political model such as in France, UK, Canada, Germany, Japan, China which base their development on the back of American losing our industry, lowering living standards and low salaries and chronic unemployment. Those Countries and our USA swamp politicians are killing the golden goose, Mr. Trump, lucky us, if fighting to reverse the damage already done to our country and avoid further damage to it. I hope Mr. Trump will not make the same mistake of doubling our national debt from 10 to 21 trillion as the former administration did.
• QA/QC, those stand for quality assurance and quality control which are a corner stone of every project, with poor quality, there is not project.
o      Mr. Trump knows the importance of quality you can see proof of it in his golf resorts, Mar a Lago, buildings and now he is demanding quality in the services we give to injured veterans, he wants to rebuild our infrastructure high ways and airports to modernize and improve our way of life, he is pushing to improve our Medicare.
• Safety, a good PM must keep a good safety record lost time injuries, accident and on the job deaths, are unacceptable.
o      Taking MS13 out of the USA, securing our borders, controlling immigration, defending our law enforcing officers and military, fighting sanctuary cities, condemning crime ravage cities like Chicago, Baltimore, trying to end opioid tragedy and drug trafficking while righting wrong and pardoning and commuting sentences to give a second chance to people and clear the record of wrongly convicted figures, contrasting highly with the position of swamp politicians doing precisely the oppose.
Next November we all have the opportunity of supporting our PM President to continue a positive agenda for our country or we elect swamp politician willing to derail our progress.
I can not finish this post without congratulating our President and his team for achieving the expulsion of tyrant Maduro (Venezuela) from the Organization of American States, Mr. President please help Venezuela.

Suspicious

There is a phenomenon very common in banana republics but a new one in the USA: Politicians becoming very rich after or during public service.
USA cabinet and members of congress or even our president does not get the kind of money to make them suddenly very rich. Many of our former presidents were from wealthy families and you can see them now not richer that when they served, but there a new breed of politicians and family members with sudden displays of wealth with not a matching explanation for it, they sign big contracts to produce movies and get paid huge speakers fees, they have multi billions foundations to help entire countries that received a very small and limited help from them, they live in very expensive neighborhoods in Washington and LA, they flight on private jets. I am very suspicious.
I will give you known examples of very rich Politicians who have nothing before public service:
• Former and current President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez / Nicolás Maduro and families, Chavez was just a lieutenant coronel in the army coming from a very poor family in Venezuela, Maduro was a bus driver from Colombia with not even a high school degree, after Venezuela, an oil and gold rich country, was looted by them, they and their families have amassed a huge fortune, Chavez mother live in Fort Lauderdale, yes here in the USA despite sanctions, in a multimillion mansion, Chavez daughter was representing Venezuela in the ONU in New York and have a bank account with a major USA bank of more than two billions USA dollars, where are the sanctions again?. The money made by Maduros and his thugs can not be estimated, and it is assumed is the balance that Chavez could not steal before his dead while Venezuelans are starving to death and dying from illnesses and lack of medicines  while the whole world and the USA watch.
• Lula, Brazil ex-president, now in jail for corruption
• Ortega in Nicaragua
• Castro brothers in Cuba
• Presidents and ex-presidents all over Africa
• Correa, Ecuador.
Now we have in the USA an AG that recused himself from a very important investigation of Russia meddling in our election, that refuses to investigate possible links between Russia and former candidates in a Uranium deal, that refuses investigation into the deletion of mails subpoena by congress, that is not investigating the sudden display of fortune and pay for play by politician that are evident to us all, our AG is only going after illegal immigrants and is blatantly ignoring the enemy within, pollical corruption that ruined my country of origin (Venezuela).
I am very SUSPICIOUS.