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By James Carlini

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Ten months ago, I wrote an article about the candidacy of Donald Trump running for President.  Unlike many others at that time, I was encouraged to see him take action to disrupt the status quo and take on a group of GOP establishment candidates.  And, unlike many of the “mainstream media” journalists, I predicted he would NOT be an easy adversary to overcome.

My observation before the first televised, GOP debate was this:

Trump is not politically correct. I totally agree. He is politically accurate and that is something many average voters are identifying with and the career politicians just don’t seem to get.

He is quick, speaks his mind (and heart), and that is important not just for the Presidency, but for any CEO or organizational president’s position.

Throughout the last ten months, Trump has battled so many other seasoned candidates and it was not an easily-won conflict. He also battled the media.

Many within the media did not understand him, nor give him proper respect and the conservative writers at the National Review wrote an uncomplimentary article about him as if they were the be-all, end-all expert commission on who should run for President.  They are far from it.

Some of those sitting high atop (totally imagined) pedestals of self-importance have to realize they do not have any clue of the pulse of the people.  They are so out-of-touch and yet they think they speak for the vast majority of Americans.

Those who are in New York or Washington have no clue as to what is happening in places like Savanna, Rockford, and Pecatonica, Illinois; Manitowoc, Two Rivers and Beloit, Wisconsin; South Bend and Mishawaka, Indiana; Benton Harbor, Michigan, and other towns and cities struggling to remain viable.

Many towns across the United States are concerned about regional sustainability and long-term viability.  Many, if not all, major cities are also in bad shape, even though their political leaders will not admit to it.



A loss-of-job is a critical wake-up call, no matter what party a person is affiliated with or what economic level they are at. Many tough decisions on spending, supporting a family, and just surviving crash into the person’s mind who is already reeling from the loss of steady income.

Those in the media have no understanding of this until their paper, magazine, or other media outlet decides to lay them off due to lack of profits.  Then, those journalists have a firsthand taste of unemployment and all the uncertainties it brings. The initial reaction is, why me? I am such a valuable asset. How can I be let go?

Many people in today’s economy have experienced that uneasy feeling directly, or from a close relative losing a job.  They do not have to be told that our economy is still very fragile and fairly stagnant.

Those people came out en masse to vote for Trump and the results are self-evident.  People want change.  BIG change, not chump change.  Trump change!

  • They want borders that are enforced. Trump change.
  • They want an economy that is solid and creating real jobs, not part-time Starbucks jobs. Trump change.
  • They want competent people running government agencies. Trump change.
  • They want competent people negotiating trade deals. Trump change.
  • They want to see a real future for their kids and not a continuing downward spiral into a third-world economy. Trump change.
  • They want to see us as a leading, supreme military force in the international arena and not be embarrassed by third-world countries boarding our Navy ships. Trump change.



Trump is definitely the “last man standing” in the major league race for the GOP nomination for President.  He should now be focusing his campaign against the presumptive Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton.

Those in the GOP need to rally around him. He may not have been their “personal” choice, but he is the choice of the Party.  He is the choice of the people.  Those “party elite” who are still hesitant seem like sore losers.  In the past, they expected everyone to rally around “their guy” no matter who we voted for in the Primary and we did.  And they lost.

If they really had the people’s best interests in their actions in the past several elections and in Congress, Donald Trump would have never ran.  What’s more important, Donald Trump would have never won.


CARLINI-ISM :   “There is no substitute for good leadership.  People see through negative ads.  Actions and personal accomplishments speak louder than words.




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By James Carlini

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This article is an excerpt from the upcoming visionary book, NANOKRIEG: BEYOND BLITZKRIEG, by James Carlini.

NANOKRIEG: BEYOND BLITZKRIEG is a book series on redefining and re-arranging the Military Infrastructure, Natural Destructive Strategies, Energy, & Tactics (MINDSET) needed to fight the War on Terrorism as well as any non-traditional conflict in the 21st Century.

“Quickness is the essence of the war.” – Sun Tzu

With new threats and regional conflicts looming on the horizon, new innovation in technology and applications becomes critical. New weapons need to be developed and tested for all layers of the MINDSET Framework.

An example of new weaponry for individuals, wrist-based weapons (wearables), can be seen here. (See CHART 1)



* Source: James Carlini – Modifying and weaponizing a basic wrist drone/ wearable camera (see video)

A wearable drone

On the War Watch utilizing this wrist-drone technology, it would have several sensors or RFID-type (Radio Frequency ID) transmitters detecting any “Friendlies” within a 25 or 50 Meter range. This would provide the individual soldier with an idea of how many people are around him. This could be tied to monitoring some vital signs so it would remain “on” if the person was alive. If deceased, the “Friendly” sensor would stop transmitting.

This sensor would also tie into an RF-based transmitter which could transmit the GPS (Global Positioning System) location of the soldiers back to a Centralized Battle Control Center. Again, it would provide a force summary and their locations which could be fed into a “Force Deployment Analyzer” which would provide real-time battlefield information and feedback on where troops were deployed.

A GPS sensor would be part of the War Watch for other purposes as well. There would also be other sensors on the watch including a Seismic sensor and a Bio detector sensor. This could also be tied back to the Centralized Battle Control Center.

A Wrist Drone could be on the other hand which would provide a small drone with a camera that could be flown around to find out what is going on in the close perimeter of the soldier. The Wrist Drone could also be used as an Airborne Grenade.


Big Data is also a large area of interest in future conflicts. The equivalent of the impact of Big Data on the civilian side is “Total Information Awareness” (TIA) on the military side. TIA is a domestic surveillance system that provides “Total Information Awareness” as it relates to cellphone conversations, Email discussions, and credit information like banking, spending patterns, and social network interactions from family to business connections. With that type of detail-rich data base, many connections and interrelationships of data will be available to review, assess, and analyze.

If we apply a traditional 20th century strategic focus in future conflicts, we will wind up like the Polish Cavalry facing the approaching Blitzkrieg tanks and dive bombers of the German Army in World War II. Bringing old technology, outdated strategies, and tactics into the NANOKRIEG© battlefield will guarantee a short, one-sided battle and a quick surrender, if not total annihilation.

CARLINI-ISM: “Speed of response equals victory, or at least, survival.”

We need to innovate and bring in new technology, creativity, and determine a whole new capability down to the individual soldier and soldiers working as a small unit.


James Carlini’s Book, NANOKRIEG BEYOND BLITZKRIEG will be out in late 2016.

He is a strategist for mission critical networks, technology, intelligent infrastructure, and President of Carlini & Associates, since 1986. Author of LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY, a 386-page book on Next-Generation Real Estate, Intelligent Infrastructure, Technology, and the global Platform for Commerce (Published 2014).

His original “Platform for Commerce” definition of infrastructure and its impact on economic growth is referred to by the US ARMY Corps of Engineers in their Handbook, “Infrastructure and the Operational Art” (2014) from his white paper. “Intelligent Infrastructure: Securing Regional Sustainability” written for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. (2009)

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Another article that looks at the political change in American politics not being clearly understood or reported on by those analyzing and reporting politics in the media:

In the last GOP Presidential debate on CNN, Jeb Bush called Donald Trump, the Chaos Candidate. Somehow it reminded me of the old 1960s TV show, Get Smart.

If Trump is from Chaos (KAOS), Bush must be from CONTROL.

Good old Maxwell Bush, Agent 96 (which is just about how many percentage points he’s lacking in all the polls). No matter how much Agent 96 talks, he just can’t get rid of Trump and he cannot rise in the polls.

Even his boss, the Chief, Karl Rove, can’t understand the resilience of Trump, the Chaos Candidate.


The political TV ads calling Trump reckless don’t seem to ring true. People are just not buying into Bush’s presentations or CONTROL’s accusations. The commercials do ring up a big bill though.

CONTROL (the Republican Establishment) has spent over $50,000,000 without changing any of the polling numbers or shattering Trump’s commanding lead over all the candidates. Sorry about that, Chief.

How many more times can Agent 96 come up short in the polls? CONTROL is spending money like crazy. How many more times will it be OK to say, “Well, he just missed by THAT much”?

Some say it’s time for Agent 96 to call it quits.

People ARE buying into Trump’s message and it is ringing true. Instead of being politically correct, Trump has come out being very politically accurate and that is something both CONTROL and the mainstream Press fail to comprehend. They have been PC (Politically Correct) for so long, they forgot how piercing the unvarnished truth can be. Or, how it resonates with the common man (and woman), who is fed up with the stagnation of the economy while being told “we’ve turned the corner.

Trump has definitely caused CHAOS in the well-established, cut-and-dried candidate selection process owned by CONTROL.

In the last Presidential election cycle, Agent 999 (Herman Cain, remember his 9-9-9 Tax Plan?) gained some traction with the voters, but then CONTROL took him out of the running because it did not conform with what the Chief really wanted.

In this election cycle, CONTROL doesn’t seem to have any control. Chaos is winning. And winning big.

Trump has distinguished himself as being a much more formidable candidate than the Chief, Agent 96, and others in CONTROL and the Press gave him credit for.

CONTROL’s message is falling on deaf ears. In the age of the Smartphone, Agent 96’s message is as attractive and enticing as a rotary phone for the average voters’ consumption.

Agent 96’s attempt to take down Trump by saying he is unhinged and reckless did not stick. He tried to say if Trump can’t stand the heat in the debate, how could he be President?

Instead of getting “unhinged”, Trump rolled his eyes, turned it around and said, “yeah, you’re a real tough guy, Jeb.” The sparring continued, but as always, Chaos won against the bumbling, energy-deficient attack. Sorry about that, Chief.

As I mentioned in a previous article on Trump when he first started his campaign, ( article ) he has some executive skills which are clearly lacking in the other candidates. Many in the Press either don’t see it or they just don’t understand it.

Trump can think fast on his feet. Trump can articulate an answer to a “Gotcha question” which is ten times more venomous than the question was and make the questioner look like a jerk. Trump doesn’t need a teleprompter to get his message across, either.

That is powerful stuff.

I have only seen those skills in some of the old line politicians in Chicago and a few, very few, CEOs of companies.

Other Presidential candidates have gained more traction than Agent 96. Cruz is gaining strength, Rubio and Rand Paul’s arguments are very decisive, and even Chris Christie finally got some traction.

It’s time for many of the others to drop out. On the race to the nomination, they are driving under-powered, rear-wheel drive cars, with bald tires, and not getting any traction with the voters in this heavy political snowstorm. Some, like Lindsay Graham, seem to be spinning out-of-control with odd comments. (Princess Buttercup??)


The People are fed up.


It’s the Chief with another strategy. The problem is, it’s not the 1960s anymore and the country’s prosperity is down, its security is weak, its borders have been compromised, and voters are not buying off on stale ideas or the typical campaign rhetoric. Voters are looking for someone new and they aren’t going to fall for CONTROL’s campaign.

CARLINI-ISM : “For President, people want someone politically accurate who calls ‘em the way they see them . If that’s Chaos, then we need to get out-of-CONTROL.”

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Hardening Intelligent Infrastructure and Mission Critical Networks is a Must

By James Carlini

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In the age of global cyberattacks, enterprises and government agencies which have some type of cloud-based network solutions should be looking at a strategic design focus that guarantees a very secure intelligent infrastructure which is not susceptible to cyberattacks.

In my upcoming book on Military Infrastructure, Strategies & Tactics for the War on Terrorism, NANOKRIEG BEYOND BLITZKRIEG, I discuss some of the following concepts. We need to be prepared for a totally different type of warfare which depends on a totally different type of weaponry and warfare strategy.


Hardening an organization’s data center as well as its networks (and clouds) is a critical step to insuring its business continuity. Forget “disaster recovery” as it is a dated term and dated concept. Disaster recovery refers to the organized shutdown of systems and then when the disaster (event) is over, a systematic restart of the total application is initiated.

In today’s corporate business environment, many organizations cannot survive if their applications are out-of-service for a couple of days. Business continuity, where enterprise operations continue through the duration of the disaster, is a more robust design approach to system, data center, and network resiliency.

Disaster recovery is a dated term like data processing. More resilient systems, which are not susceptible to disasters and outages, are what should be planned and designed, especially for any organization’s mission critical applications.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is Only as Good as the Internet of Reality

I have said this in previous columns, “The Internet of Things is only as good as the Internet of Reality: the Network Infrastructure.” Too many IT executives buy off on glossy brochures and catchy buzz-phrases about the “Internet of Things” spun out by the “P.T. Barnum-like”, vendor evangelists in their corporate-logo golf shirts.

IT execs, who are not asking hard questions as to the “resiliency and robustness” of some of the inter-workings these cloud products, will be the first ones suffering when their organizations is exposed as having a data leak, a network failure, or a loss of all customer records and credit card information due to a cyberattack. Of course, this also applies to government systems and networks as well.

If the corporate (or government) network infrastructure is not fully protected or resilient from cyberattacks and other threats, the functionality of its cloud will be compromised whether it is a public or private cloud.

Why is this so important? If you are looking at any cloud-based computing, it better be bulletproof especially if it is carrying time-sensitive mission critical applications for your enterprise or information deemed private and confidential (like customer credit card information or health records).

One cloud feature missing in financial networks which I have pointed out in the past is Cloud Transaction Synchronicity ©. (Article – )

Basically, this is the total traffic synchronization of ALL transactions being sent across within a cloud. This should be a traffic monitoring service available in any cloud application (Article – )

This would guarantee a much higher and comprehensive level of compliance within the boundaries of the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission), FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) as well as other regulatory bodies within the financial and brokerage area. By having this timing synchronization embedded into the total network infrastructure of a cloud, it would guarantee the ability to re-construct the transaction sequence in any major drop or jump in the velocity and value of transactions processed. It would be able to provide exact sequencing of transactions and where they originated from, which in today’s cloud networks is not a functional capability of any network utilizing HFT servers (High Frequency Trading).

Without having this type of diagnostic capability, no cloud network offers what is really needed to be able to re-construct and diagnose the sequence of transactions occurred in a market crash scenario like the one that happened in 2010. (The 1000 Point Drop of the Dow)


EMP attacks are a real possibility. With the rise in terrorist attacks and a country’s national economy viewed as a viable target, it makes sense to harden both data centers and their networks to a standard where EMP attacks are nullified, (From article – ):

As the Heritage Foundation has reported, an EMP attack with a warhead detonated 25 to 300 miles above the U.S. mainland “would fundamentally change the world:”
“Airplanes would fall from the sky; most cars would be inoperable; electrical devices would fail. Water, sewer and electrical networks would fail simultaneously. Systems of banking, energy, transportation, food production and delivery, water, emergency services and even cyberspace would collapse.”

Is your data center susceptible to an EMP attack? (Electro-Mechanical Pulse bomb) Are your network EMP-proof? If you are dealing with a third party supplying a data center capability and/or a private cloud, are they EMP proof?



These are questions to have fully answered before you embark on building out any enterprise or third party-supplied, cloud network or data center supporting any mission critical application.

Iron-clad clouds are needed in an era of NANOKRIEG, electronic warfare (EMP), cyberattacks, and digital economic terrorism.

CARLINI-ISM : “We need to prepare for new warfare and develop new defenses, not wallow in weapons, strategies, and tactics from the last century.”

His next book, NANOKRIEG BEYOND BLITZKRIEG will be out next year, 2016.



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With a proposed $500 Million tax hike aimed at trying to shore up a sinking budget, maybe Chicago leaders need to start thinking more about lightening up their load and cutting their budget by making some tough decisions, instead of raising taxes on soft drinks and property taxes.

My advice to them, start thinking you’re on a lifeboat. You need to get rid of deadweight and those just eating up the supplies without helping to row to a point of safety.

A little different mindset is needed when you need to survive. Would you still keep all the deadwood on board and those just eating crackers and water as if they were at Golden Corral?

The City That Works. Well, used to work.

The City That Works. Well, used to work.

Then again, on a City of Chicago lifeboat, you’d have two oarsmen (one Port, one Starboard), four supervisors, four assistant directors, four Directors of Oars, one lookout, four assistant lookouts, two deputy assistant lookouts, four Helmsman, four assistant Helmsmen, three assistant Director Helmsmen and their staffs of four each, four Deputy Director Helmsmen, and one Director of Helmsmen and Rations, one Chief of Rations, four assistant Chief of Rations, and one water-boy, who actually hands out the rations and water.

Right there that’s 55 people with only two people rowing the oars. Now add the ten deadwood people who think they are on a Carnival Cruise all day and eating up the supplies like there is no tomorrow.

65 people with two people rowing the oars. Start to get the picture?

Now the boat springs a leak. Who needs to man the pump to keep the water from sinking the boat?

Wait, there are no pumpsmen or assistant pumpsmen on board and those in other jobs say, “Hey, not me, I’m a supervisor.” or “I’m not trained in that, plus my union restricts me from doing other work.”

So no one mans the pumps. The boat gets heavier and heavier as everyone mills around saying, “It’s not MY job“, while others ask, “Hey where are some more crackers?” and the two oarsmen finally collapse out of exhaustion.

ALL the Directors, supervisors and their assistants can’t believe the boat is not going anywhere and they are getting lower in the water. “Hey, where are more crackers?” can be heard in the distance.


The City that Works has turned into the City that’s Sinking.

It’s a sad story, but how many other “lifeboats” are out there in the ocean of cities and suburbs with the exact same crew and attitude?

Chicago does not need 50 Aldermen.  20 would do fine and would be more in line with the City Council numbers based on population in New York City and Los Angeles. They also don’t need 18 Deputy Chiefs on the Chicago Police Department.  Cutting all these jobs and their associated budgets won’t affect services, but it will cut the costly “bureaucratic bloat” associated with running the city.

Cut spending and consolidate staffs. Services can be saved and no tax hike is necessary.

Start thinking in the 21st century instead of relying on raising the already maxed-out horse-and-buggy taxes from the 19th century.


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This article looks at the political change in American politics that is not being clearly understood or reported on by those analyzing and reporting politics in the media:

Donald Trump is baffling many of the news channels because he is not playing their game. He is outraging some of the long-time politicians who think they are in an elite class beyond any criticism and who are out-of-touch with the common man (and woman).

Trump is not politically correct. I totally agree. He is politically accurate and that is something many average voters are identifying with and the career politicians just don’t seem to get.

People are already blocking out the time in August, so they don’t miss the first televised GOP debate. It will probably be a very highly rated show because many people want to see how Trump handles the rest of the candidates and probably more importantly, how the rest of the candidates are going to handle him.

Trump is going to make the GOP debates exciting and force other candidates to come up with real answers. Trump brings something to the table that neither of the GOP candidates brought in the last two elections – celebrity. Unfortunately, “celebrity” is now part of the skill set or character make-up that a Presidential candidate needs to have in order to attract the low-information voter.

Political experience may be a factor, but not as big a factor as “Flat-screen” celebrity. Many candidates have good political experience, but they are like watching the grass grow in their attempts to “Sell their platform”.

If they have nine other candidates for the debate, every one of them has to realize Donald Trump has a really good executive skill. He is fast on his feet when it comes to giving an answer to a question or a comment. He doesn’t need sheets of paper, 3×5 cards, or a teleprompter in front of him.

He is quick, speaks his mind (and heart), and that is important not just for the Presidency, but for any CEO or organizational president’s position.

Trump epitomizes the kid on the block who gets picked on by the established neighborhood bullies, but instead of cowering or running home, Trump sticks around to pummel the kid who picks on him and sends him home with a black eye instead. You may not agree with that. Too bad.

He is not going to get beat up by a career, do-nothing, politician who demeans him and his supporters, or by a smarmy, self-centered journalist who thinks he is going to corner him on some issue. He is going to fight back and give as good as he gets.

Well with Trump, he will probably give more than he gets. People want a fighter. And as General George S. Patton said, “America loves a winner.”

The liberal media needs to understand, Trump is not going to take a backseat to any candidate in this Primary. He also is not going to play the “insecure-to-take-on-the-opposition”, “politically correct” milk-toast candidate most in the News media expect the Republicans to field.

The People are fed up.

The People are fed up.


If you think it’s just some Republicans supporting Trump, guess again. He is gaining support from everyone who is fed up with the same old candidates to select from in either party.

People see through the smarmy, East Coast media criticism. They know that this country needs someone very strong to go for fundamental change and reform to rebuild some of the weakened infrastructure which has developed in the last several years.

As both parties cringe at some of Trump’s reactions to other candidates’ barbs and name-calling, Trump is winning over both Republicans, Democrats and even Independents who are fed up with the Washington insiders.

Many in the news media just don’t get it. Third-graders, I mean “journalists”, like Chris Matthews and Chris Hayes on MSNBC just don’t know how to handle Trump’s bluntness. They don’t know how to try to put him down because he is not some small pushover who, at the sound of their first giggling criticism, is going to waffle or knuckle under. These politically correct reporters thrive on trying to belittle candidates who don’t share their same views of the world.

Also, Trump is no Sarah Palin and a Saturday Night Live skit is not going to torpedo Trump’s campaign or career. If anything, it will just galvanize it into something stronger.

Many say Trump will not survive in the long-run. I say, sit back and watch.

The more media people and political candidates try to talk him down, the more everyday people, whose opinions have not been heard in this country, are going to back him because he is their voice. He is pointing out problems, do-nothing government bureaucracies, and problems with illegal immigration that politicians want to sweep under the rug. Karl Rove and other “Strategists” better wake up and smell the Starbucks.

Is he a serious candidate or a clown? The question you should be asking yourself is: How serious are the others in failing to talk about critical issues and talking about how they themselves are going to fix them?

People want the impact of Trump to go into these Washington bureaucracies like the IRS, the Veterans Administration, the Attorney General’s office and other department heads who think they do not have to serve the people, serve our veterans, or answer to the people about their poor performance and be told, “You’re fired.” That would be no act of a clown.

Trump may just be the Champion for the Common man (and woman) and no other candidate on either party fits that bill. Why? They just don’t understand how fed up the people are.  The Silent Majority may just be back.

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We cannot restrict competition and protect the obsolete cash cows of a few, and jeopardize the economic viability of a nation.

The FCC passing their policy on Net Neutrality doesn’t do what many people think it does. It does NOT promote free speech or protect freedom, if anything, it adds a good amount of government restrictions under the guise of “regulation”.

Carriers like AT&T and Verizon have the best lobbying groups out of any company or special interest group knocking on doors in Washington DC to “protect their interests.” Do you REALLY think the FCC would promote and pass something not in AT&T’s best interest?

What about government-imposed restrictions on what THEY feel is good or bad? Some would say, “No way,” with this administration. How many would say, “No way,” under the previous Bush administration? All of a sudden, it doesn’t seem so cut-and-dried, does it?

FREEDOM OF SPEECH OR THE RESTRICTION OF IT? Two articles, one pro policy and the other against it, paint very different pictures of what “Net Neutrality” really does to the Internet. On one hand, you have the ACLU describing what “could happen” if these regulations are not adopted ( ).

On the other hand, you have the WND discussing how the way it was crafted and who has influence on it, the huge negatives of putting in place regulations and restrictions that can be misused and misapplied ( )

People are so polarized today, if you ask them which article is more accurate, you would get some siding with the ACLU and some siding with WND. Neither article, discusses the infrastructure and that is where our global Platform for Commerce for economic development and regional sustainability resides on.

If we are going to be writing policies and setting strategic directions, we better look at our global competition and see what they are doing. The development of the internet was OUR economic innovation, not China’s, or Europe’s, or South Korea’s. They are seeing the full potential. Are we?

We need to insure the intelligent infrastructure carrying that layer of infrastructure, which is key for global electronic commerce, is not only protected, but encouraged to expand both in speed and innovative capabilities. That type of economic accelerator is key for regional sustainability and regional viability.

Restrictions and regulatory channeling of companies and municipalities do not promote building out higher speed infrastructure or innovating new ideas. Regulations have a tendency to protect special interests and provide a nice formal mechanism to deny innovation, economic development, competitive expansion, and if used incorrectly or maliciously, freedom of speech.

This can easily be proven by looking at layers of infrastructure of the past. Back after the Civil War, St. Louis was a more prominent and larger city than Chicago. (See chart below from Location Location Connectivity)

St. Louis was “lobbied” by the riverboat captains to restrict the new layer of infrastructure (the Railroads) from coming into town because they were afraid that they would lose some market share to the railroads and they wanted to protect their cash cows.

How a bad decision stagnated a city's economy

How a bad decision stagnated a city’s economy

The politicians succumbed to the lobbying efforts of the incumbent riverboat captains and wrote restrictive legislation banning the railroads from crossing the Mississippi and coming into St. Louis. They were told, “It would be good for St. Louis.”

By their action, the St. Louis politicians stagnated the growth of St. Louis for decades to come. The railroads, looking for a different location for their regional hub, went up to Chicago and developed it there instead.

Within 25 years (by 1890) Chicago had surpassed the size of St. Louis, more than doubling its size, and became the Midwest powerhouse of economic growth and strength due to the added layer of infrastructure used to accelerate regional economic development and viability.

Putting restrictions on layers of infrastructure can restrain growth and stagnate the local economy. St. Louis never recovered its prominence.

Proclaiming the addition of restrictions will actually help economic growth rings hollow when you look at examples like this where it has been tried.

THE NEED FOR SPEED What the government should be encouraging and promoting is the build-out of the network infrastructure so that it can sustain the growth and demands for ultra-high speeds of the near future.

The FCC’s definition of “Broadband” (30 Megabits per second) is so out-of-touch, it’s not even laughable – it’s sad. I have been promoting “Broadband” as anything at 1 Gigabit per second and above for more than several years. We have already built-out next-generation real estate which has 40 Gbps coming in from various network carriers and is being updated to 100Gbps (with 400Gbps coming soon as an upgrade)

It HAS to be at least 1 Gbps to the end-user if we are to implement 5G Networks by the 2020 to support the growth of wireless devices going from 10,000,000,000 today to 50,000,000,000 to 75,000,000,000 (or more) by the year 2020. We need to start upgrading a LOT to fiber optics and the cost is big because it is a huge investment to add real speed to our infrastructure.

We should be looking at multi-gigabit speeds for individuals (1-3Gbps) and corporate end-users (100-400Gbps). Terabit speeds should already be in the planning stages for backbone networks for 2020. Capacities need to be greatly increased over current network capabilities.

SO GET RID OF THE ORSON WELLES MENTALITY  Some of the incumbent phone companies have a strategic attitude like the old Gallo Wine commercials where Orson Welles would say, “We won’t sell any wine until WE think it’s time.”

The phone companies don’t upgrade their network facilities and offer ultra-high speeds until THEY feel it’s time. That is a threat to our national economic security.

We cannot wait for them to decide whether or not they should increase network speeds (which in many cases means upgrading copper to fiber optics) in different regions. If they cannot do it or don’t want to do it, they should NOT be trying to get competitors restricted out of the territories they do not want to invest in. The carriers waste tens of millions of dollars trying to keep out competitors instead of applying that money to strategic network upgrades. Should we be encouraging this or encouraging competition to add speed and capabilities to bolster economic viability?


These are the discussions which need to take place. Regional economic viability in a world market is still dependent on the Platform for Commerce – the infrastructure. And the latest layer of that infrastructure is broadband connectivity. Let’s not restrict it, let’s insure that it is the best it can possibly be.

CARLINI-ISM: You cannot restrict network infrastructure when it is so key to local economic viability and regional sustainability in a global marketplace.



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A pragmatic, visionary perspective —–

Has America slipped into a vortex of declining mediocrity that is irreversible or is it coming back stronger in seeking more opportunities and setting higher goals to attain? Do we need to get back to the roots of leadership of what America was, not only in government, but in business, innovation, and corporate endeavors as well? There is a lot to learn from how the governmental and economic frameworks of this country were built and how they need to be re-built.

Are we as good a country as some have claimed or have we slipped in our international stature? What qualities and actions do we need to re-acquire and re-apply? What qualities and actions do we need to discard? Is it too late for this “American Renaissance” to unfold? These are questions I am starting to seek out answers for, in my next book.

Think about today’s rhetoric from various political views. Many people are tired of listening to the agitated arguments of politicians who don’t grasp what is actually happening in the country’s economy as well as its work-ethic. Politically correct assessments are obtuse at best and at worst, permanently damaging because they fail to provide a true assessment of what is happening and any corrective decision cannot be formulated or acted upon because of the out-of-focus and “out-of-touch-with-reality” analysis.

From a mix of quotes from government and business leaders, what should we embrace today?  Here are a dozen quotes from business and political leaders as well as inventors:

1) Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.
2) Hell, there are no rules here. We’re trying to accomplish something.
3) Discontent is the first necessity of progress.
4) Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
5) The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.
6) This American system of ours, call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it.

7) Where there is no vision, there is no hope.
8) Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.
9) I’ve always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team.
10) One of the things the government can’t do is run anything. The only things our government runs are the post office and the railroads, and both of them are bankrupt.
11) If a man is going to be an American at all let him be so without any qualifying adjectives, and if he is going to be something else, let him drop the word American from his personal description.

12) True Americanism recognizes the enormous gravity of the social and labor problems which confront us.

Do you think you know who said the above statements? You can tell by the tone of them who probably said them, right?

Don’t be too sure. Your own biases and political leanings may distort the answers.

Are some of the quotes from potential candidates for the Presidency in 2016? Are some from current Congressmen who were just elected? I will give the answers as to who belongs to each quote at the end of this article.

One of my last column focused on CARLINI-ISMs, personal pragmatic insights developed from years of experience that I included in my book, LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY. I have always liked the idea of learning from other people’s quotes and was told by several people who have read my first book, to write a book of CARLINI-ISMs. I think I will go one step further and include those quotes that have made an impact on me by a diverse group of political, business, and civic leaders.

One of the things we need to get away from is being politically correct. When you look at the decisiveness in taking action to do good things and creating new opportunities, those decisions were made by those who were politically accurate.

You need to assess the current environment and deal with the realities of it – not create some shaded or obscure definition of it. You have to face the reality of the situation in order to come up with the best solution or decision for it.

Here are the answers as to who made the statements. You might be surprised.

1) Those who stand for nothing fall for anything. ALEXANDER HAMILTON (Who was one of the signers of the Constitution, the first Secretary of the Treasury, who also established the US Mint. He is on the $10 bill)
2) Hell, there are no rules here. We’re trying to accomplish something. THOMAS EDISON, Inventor, Innovator.
3) Discontent is the first necessity of progress. THOMAS EDISON, Inventor, Innovator.
4) Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future. President JOHN F. KENNEDY
5) The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission. President JOHN F. KENNEDY
6) This American system of ours, call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it. AL CAPONE (Bet you didn’t get this one!)

7) Where there is no vision, there is no hope. GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER, Inventor & Botanist
8) Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom. GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER, Inventor & Botanist
9) I’ve always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team. LEE IOCOCCA, former Chairman of Chrysler
10) One of the things the government can’t do is run anything. The only things our government runs are the post office and the railroads, and both of them are bankrupt. LEE IOCOCCA, former Chairman of Chrysler
11) If a man is going to be an American at all let him be so without any qualifying adjectives, and if he is going to be something else, let him drop the word American from his personal description. HENRY CABOT LODGE, US Senator from Massachusetts and first Senate Majority Leader in the early 1900s.
12) True Americanism recognizes the enormous gravity of the social and labor problems which confront us. HENRY CABOT LODGE, US Senator from Massachusetts and first Senate Majority Leader in the early 1900s.

As you can see, some of the issues we face today were also issues faced by America’s leaders over a century ago.  We need to learn from the past to move forward into the future.  We need to stop the decline and surge forward with new goals for individuals, companies, and government.

CARLINI-ISM: We need to review the framework of this country and how it was built, in order to add on improvements for the framework of its future..



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A pragmatic, visionary perspective —–

There is a call by President Obama to the FCC to lift the restrictions in 19 states on municipal broadband endeavors. This is important to the regional viability and sustainability of all communities – big and small.

AT&T (NYSE:T), Verizon (NYSE:VZ), COMCAST (NASDAQ:CMCSA), and other incumbent phone companies lobbied hard to get restrictions passed in these states in order to stifle competition, limit new entrants and capital expenditures for updating network infrastructure, and protect their cash cows.

We cannot afford to protect a few corporations’ profits if the end-result is the weakening of the overall national economy because our infrastructure, or global Platform for Commerce, is kept sub-standard compared to other economic regions around the world.  We need to look beyond protecting some  corporations’ profits, and focus on all cities and regions remaining viable in a global marketplace.

As I have pointed out in previous articles about network infrastructure:
In some parts of the United States, there is a multi-level government concern for regional sustainability and job growth. This has created a new unity in some places in community development between municipalities, counties and the developers of business and industrial parks.

The importance of being in the right location now includes being connected at a high-speed access point to communicate with global customers, clients and suppliers.

In other parts of the country, there has been a concerted effort to restrict and ban this type of development of high-speed networks by municipalities and others in order to preserve and maintain corporate profits for some of the incumbent phone and cable companies.

We must acknowledge that:
•  Municipalities are looking for economic survival.
•  Competition is good. It sparks capital spending.
•  AT&T, Verizon, COMCAST, and others need to invest or get out of the way on building out new Network Infrastructure.
•  Regional viability and economic sustainability are more important than individual corporations protecting profits.
• Economic Development Equals Broadband Connectivity and Broadband Connectivity Equals Jobs.

As I have said over and over again at conferences, “Just like locations were important for centuries based on their proximity to good transportation, seaports and roads, they now must also be adjacent to high-speed information highways and have both wired and wireless network infrastructures that tie buildings and communities together.”

Local network infrastructure has to be upgraded in order for communities to attract and maintain corporate facilities. Having broadband connectivity (multi-gigabit speeds) is key to:
– satisfying corporate site selection committees who are looking for new locations to build corporate facilities.
– regional sustainability (job creation)
– guaranteeing viability to the local economy

This was pointed out in my white paper written for the US Department of Homeland Security and presented at Columbia University in New York in 2009. (See page 7 of the CIP Report –… )

A small city or town cannot be at the mercy of the phone company to upgrade its local network infrastructure. It needs to be competitive in order to attract and maintain corporate facilities. The more capital investment in network infrastructure, the more competitive and viable a region becomes, especially from a global perspective.

We need the best network infrastructure in place everywhere in order to compete in today’s and tomorrow’s global marketplace.

CARLINI-ISM:  Network infrastructure is a national economic security issue.  It cannot be undermined by the passage of restrictive legislation to protect the revenue streams of a couple of companies unwilling to make the capital investments they need to make in order for all regions to remain viable.



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A pragmatic, visionary perspective —–

Cyber -vandalism is NOT a strong enough word and should NOT be used when discussing the corporate system attacks that were done to the SONY corporation or any corporate entity.

The President of the United States has used this term and it should not be accepted as the correct label for what happened.

Bringing down a corporate network, stealing 400,000 credit cards, or stagnating a regional power grid is NOT the equivalent to spray-painting your name on someone’s garage door.  If we are to define the SONY cyber attack as a big problem, let’s identify the problem with the right label: corporate cyber-sabotage.

As I said in an earlier column about the impact of this type of electronic attack, “This isn’t a story line for a Die Hard movie anymore. It is reality and you can see governments getting into this as a form of electronic warfare and cyber retaliation.”


When you look at cyber-based threats and the impact they can have, many in Washington have no clue.  Why? Because computers were not their strong suit in school or at the jobs most of them came out of.  Most legislators are lawyers and most lawyers are not that computer-literate.  The world of computers, networks, and mission critical applications are not the first topics of discussions at Washington cocktail parties. So the reality of having the right defenses in place for cyber-crimes and cyber-sabotage has yet to be fully defined, let alone achieved.

As I pointed out in an earlier column:

Many organizations are still in a primitive mode when it comes to backing-up mission-critical applications. With mission-critical applications in organizations growing from “one out of three” to “one out of two” in many areas, the need to take a broader and more strategic view on the Three Rs (Reliability, Redundancy and Resiliency) of the enterprise is critical.

(See my article on Enterprise Assessment Framework – )

The type of attack which happened at SONY should be a solid warning for all that cyber-corporate espionage is a real issue to deal with and that corporate cyber-espionage can bring down just about any organization.


Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) bombs have been a potential threat since the Cold War.  The difference today is that more rogue nations, like North Korea, could have a bomb like this in its inventory.

EMP bombs do not have to have a sophisticated delivery system like a multi-stage Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile system.  They can be brought across the ocean in a freighter and just exploded 50-100 miles above land and any electronics underneath their “umbrella” coverage become fried and non-functional.

That would put us back into the 15th century.  Imagine no cars, no electronics, no TV, no phones, and no social media. Technology would be dialed back to Christopher Columbus’ day.

Economic chaos would ensue and crowds of people would be protesting the lack of everything electronic.

Corporate cyber-sabotage and EMP bombs are real threats.  We need to make sure we are prepared for any type of attack like this and that means the government better be establishing new rules, policies, and procedures to protect us.

CARLINI-ISM: Corporate cyber-sabotage is real and CEOs as well as Congressional lawmakers better understand its ability to stop an enterprise (or government) in its tracks if real safeguards are not put in place.


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What amenity can a building owner or property management firm add to a building to eliminate 90% of their competition in today’s commercial real estate market? The answer: Broadband Connectivity.

This is not hype. This is not conceptual or theoretical. It is fact.

In performing research for a planning project I worked on while consulting to the DuPage Business Center, an 800-acre high-tech business park in Illinois, I found that searching for Class A space (20,000 square feet) in the surrounding area came up with a total of 60 available properties.

With that many properties offering space, it would be an easy time to get them to compete on price until the price per square foot was driven down to a very low amount. With owners hungry for a tenant, we could probably negotiate a year free on a five-year lease.

As soon as I added Broadband Connectivity (multiple gigabit speeds) to the upfront requirements for the tenant space, the amount of buildings available with that amenity dropped to five. That is over a 90% reduction in the amount of buildings available that could handle that type of request.

In that scenario, the building owner would not have to sacrifice dropping the price per square foot and could focus on more unique strengths of the property. End result: The property owner keeps up the profitability of the building and attracts the premium tenants.

Hear that huge shattering sound of glass, steel and marble crashing down to the ground? That is the shattering of decades’ worth of commercial real estate concepts that don’t work anymore.

The sad part is many in the Commercial Real Estate (CRE) market need to tune into this deafening thunder. The status quo has been shattered and shattered again by the implementation of WiFi. DAS and Smartphone networks into many venues. Commercial real estate needs to offer what was before a hoped for, that has become a “must-have”.

As I said in an earlier article: ( )
Selling products and services into this 21st century integrated real estate environment requires an expertise in understanding multi-disciplinary skills and next-generation solutions. It is a multi-level sell when trying to promote new intelligent amenities for next-generation buildings, multi-venue entertainment centers, and intelligent business campuses.

Part of my book, Location Location Connectivity, deals with changing out Master Planning concepts. Areas of concern like power and network infrastructure services have become something to be added to the upfront planning of the property and not as some after-thought once the tenant signs the contract.

The reality is the tenant is NOT going to sign any contract unless these amenities are already present and available. When it comes to Master Planning, both power and network services have to be implemented upfront before any tenant will buy into the property.

If you are into property management or ownership of Class A Buildings, do you want to eliminate the vast majority of your competition in today’s commercial real estate market? Start taking a look at implementing intelligent amenities before potential tenants require them and you have to do things in a crisis mode.

CARLINI-ISM: “When it comes to commercial real estate, those stuck with 20th century solutions will not be able to attract and maintain 21st century tenants.”

Carlini’s visionary book, Location Location Connectivity is available at Barnes & Noble. (The ISBN # 9780-9906460-44)

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The recent employee sabotage of Aurora, Illinois’ Air Traffic Control center which brought air traffic to an abrupt halt brings up some huge questions:

“Isn’t that type of control center mission critical?
– Shouldn’t a control center like that be backed up?
– Why wasn’t it backed up, especially after a 1998 GAO study said it was dangerous not to have it redundant?
– Who’s in charge?




I have worked in mission critical systems and intelligent infrastructure for my whole career spanning over 35 years from Bell Laboratories designing software to run the public switched telephone network (PSTN) to working with the City of Chicago on planning and designing their Emergency 911 Center to working with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on trading floor technologies as well as overall networks connecting GLOBEX users internationally.

In addition, I have worked with more than several companies on their call centers, manufacturing and international networks which would also be considered “mission critical” because that’s where a great amount of their business came through whether it was a catalog sales company (Spiegel’s) to a major bank (Sanwa Bank) to a consumer electronics company (JVC) or a pharmaceuticals company (Abbott Labs).

Mission critical means you cannot go down. You cannot have a single point-of-failure. You cannot afford to be down for your business.

Mission critical means you need redundant power supplies, you need redundant network connections and you need redundant processing power to maintain the applications (computers and data bases that are completely duplicated)

With all that being said, whoever designed the Air Traffic Control center had to have those same types of basic design concepts when they were building this center. With something as critical as managing aircraft in the sky, you would think that you either had a fully backed-up system that the controllers to switch to OR enough back-up within the network of air traffic control centers to handle the overload caused by one or two centers going completely out on the network grid.


The May 1998 GAO Study on Air Traffic Control (ATC) Weak Computer Security Practices Jeopardizes Flight Safety ( ) concluded:

The FAA has not analyzed the threats and vulnerabilities, or developed
safeguards to protect 87 of its 90 operational ATC computer systems and 8
of its 9 operational ATC telecommunications networks.

The FAA does not have a well-defined security architecture, a security concept of operations, or security standards, and does not consistently include well- formulated security requirements in specifications for new ATC systems

The FAA has recognized for several years that its vulnerabilities could
jeopardize, and have already jeopardized, flight safety.

There are definite problems today as there were 16 years ago, so where has everyone been in the last 16 years besides collecting a check?


You need to take into consideration new network, as well as power, requirements for mission critical applications.

Most buildings need to undergo a transformation as to how they connect into the fabric of network infrastructure within the region. A single connection equates to a potential single-point-of-failure. Many building owners need to assess whether or not they want to incur the expense of adding a second route for communications into the

We have to get the Air Traffic Control enters up-to-par with other mission critical buildings which support corporate (and government) applications. This should have been done over a decade ago.

CARLINI-ISM: “A single connection equates to a potential
single-point-of-failure. That being said, over 95% of buildings are then not ready for tenants who have mission critical applications which need network access.”

CARLINI-ISM: “Intelligent amenities are more important than traditional amenities. Traditional amenities are a given in commercial real estate – intelligent amenities are not.”

Copyright 2014 - James Carlini - All rights reservedCarlini’s visionary upcoming book, Location Location Connectivity will be available in October. (The ISBN # 978-0-9906460-4-4 )

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I remember when FEDEX was a top-notch company with sharp AND professional people supporting you in critical time periods when you had to get things like proposals and reports out to distant locations. You could set your watch to their pick-up and delivery times. What happened???

Last Monday, I sent a CD disk with the final copy of my book to my printing company by PRIORITY OVERNIGHT and paid $32 and thought that was HIGH. Friday, I had to send another disk, so I go and ask for PRIORITY OVERNIGHT (10:30AM) for Monday (today) and it’s over $50.

WHAT????? Then I asked for the price of the afternoon delivery (3:30PM) and it was still $37.25. HOW COULD THAT BE???

I pointed out I sent the same exact package to the same exact place on Monday night and it cost me $32 overnight, how could sending something from Friday night to Monday morning cost so much more? No answer from the guy at the counter.

Gave him my FEDEX number that I had for over 25 years, but nothing happened. The account has been dormant for too long a time (well, even though I just paid for something last Monday night, I was still considered a “cash only” account). So much for being a long-time customer.

Employee #2014904 at the store I went to was no help. He could not look up anything but said, this is the price coming up on the computer. He did not do anything to check the exact same package delivery that was done four days earlier. He didn’t really care either, so I decided it wasn’t worth discussing. Just pay the inflated price for lower-quality service and walk away.


I was really ticked off, went home and called FEDEX Friday night. After 23 minutes on the phone with one Rep I could not even understand and then a Manager, Jay, who was a little smarter, I got the thing right – delivered by 10:30AM – but I still have to call billing to rectify the charges AFTER the package is delivered. AND, the package was going to Tennessee – that is where FEDEX’s planes are headquartered.

As I told the second customer service manager on the phone, “Hey, this is FEDEX, not Joe Blow’s Delivery Service.” I had a very high regard for FEDEX 20-25 years ago. They were top-notch and their people knew their job. Today, one out of three knew their job.

What executive screwed up FEDEX???? Who decided overseas call centers were a good customer service move and what happened to professionals manning the counters?

Now I am thinking next time I need to ship something – I might just go to the Post Office. My expectations at the Post Office were never high, but seeing FEDEX in such a disarray, maybe it’s time to go back to the Post Office?


Next time? On my FEDEX receipt it said, “Take our survey and get a discount the next time.”

Thanks, but no thanks FEDEX. Writing this article is much better way to get someone to wake up and look at their business, than calling a different 1-1800 number to answer a lame questionnaire.

There is a definite problem both at the front lines of the stores as well as the 1-800 number for FEDEX support.


Who is in charge? You can’t blame low-level clerks for inconsistent billing. Or can you?

Whatever your job is, learn it, and perform it well. If you’re the boss, make sure people are doing their jobs well and recognize them for doing a good job.

We cannot get better as a country until we figure out what we are doing wrong – and fix it.

Now, with the guy who burned down the Air Traffic Control data center in Aurora, Illinois that stopped all flights across four states over the weekend, who knows if the package will arrive on time? Shouldn’t control centers like that be totally backed up? That’s another story (Which I will be writing about)

CARLINI-ISM : Have passion for your job and show a sense-of-urgency for your customers.

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Terabit speeds are what we should be aiming for as a solid goal for any major metropolitan city’s backbone network infrastructure objective. If we really want them to be a leader in global broadband connectivity tomorrow, this is the bar to set today. If you set the bar that high, and only attain 50% of its goal, you still will be world-class.

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Copyright 2014 – James Carlini – All rights reserved

Evidently, no one told that to those who developed and released the Chicago RFQ for “a gigabit or near-gigabit network”.

Chicago has just sent out an RFQ for Broadband Infrastructure Expansion (#122737) which asks for speeds that are obsolete.

Gigabit or near-gigabit? For a network that will not be operational for at least another 24 to 36 months?
This is obsolete before they send the first packet across.

An 800-acre business park in the Chicago suburbs that I discuss in my upcoming book and was an adviser to, installed 40 Gigabit per second (40Gbps) connectivity several years ago. It’s operational TODAY. Want to be competitive today? The going speed is 40Gbps moving to 100Gbps in a short timeframe.

In my book, I go around the world discussing examples of other next-generation business parks which offer 10Gbps, 20Gbps, or better network speeds serving their tenants.

Chicago’s statement, in its RFQ declaring

….to ensure that Chicago is prepared to meet the demands of a 21st century economy.

The City’s first step toward achieving affordable high-speed internet access for all Chicagoans will target seven Innovation Zones with gigabit-or near –gigabit -speed broadband and focus on providing immediate access to businesses, universities, and organizations located in these core industrial and commercial area

rings pretty hollow in comparison.

“Prepared to meet the demands of a 21st Century economy”?? With one gigabit OR LESS network speeds to end users? This is supposedly to get the city more competitive on the global economic stage?

Whoever is advising the city has no clue where the ‘state of the art” in network infrastructure is, or how fast it is going to the next plateau of network speeds.

Get me some Smartphones and I will show you how fast that bandwidth gets eaten up by those end-user devices which are quickly becoming the “device-of-choice” as the new edge technology.

Other parameters the Chicago RFQ highlights are laughable at best, and technologically unacceptable at worst. Here are some excerpts of it that I have a problem with:

Providing the resources necessary for Businesses, Universities and other organizations to succeed and thrive is necessary for Chicago to remain a global leader and pioneer. Availability of and access to an affordable high-speed broadband network is now a critical component of urban infrastructure, similar to electricity, water, and roadways.

The infrastructure must be capable of providing 99.9% availability, be resilient with low latency and jitter, and ensure that packets sent and received at the network edges are identical.

You ARE NOT going to “remain a global leader and pioneer” with reliability rates of only 99.9% availability.

Do you really believe large businesses like the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Boeing, or any of the banks are going to trust their mission critical applications on networks that are running with only a 99.9% reliability?

Most businesses with mission critical applications want the insurance of 99.995% to 99.999% availability rates. With enterprise-wide mission critical applications currently at one-out-of-three and quickly growing to one-out-of-two applications, who is going to want to use a 99.9% reliable network?

Maybe if we relate it to snow storms, Chicago might “get it”. Don’t ask for one ton of salt when you really need 1,024 tons to get businesses moving and competitive.

Something more visual? You look absolutely foolish chanting “we’re going to be Number one” from your two horsepower horse-and-buggy parked on the NASCAR track amongst the other 1,200-horsepowered cars lining up for the race.

That’s the problem when political leaders and their advisers are technologically Amish. Understand the technology, know how to apply it, and get someone who is not a cheerleader to tell you how you are perceived on the world’s racetrack of economic viability and sustainability.

CARLINI-ISM: When it comes to network speeds, you need to be the fastest to say you’re world class.

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By no means am I an art expert or have some extensive collection, but I do have an appreciation for fine art and also had many relatives fight in World War II. Some say the art that was recently found in Munich was priceless. That might be a fair assessment of it.

I was always shocked at the looting of Europe of all the art treasures and then the lack of finding so many of them. It was an intriguing story to hear how they took both modern and centuries-old art and antiquities back to Germany as spoils of war and empire building. Art from Beckmann, Chagall, Klee, Matisse,and others all went missing for decades. Now, some have been found in Continue reading


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“We spent over $600,000,000 and got what for our money?”

That should be the top story on every news channel as well as in the minds of all taxpayers who were waiting for some type of better health plan than what they were paying for. It should also be the first question asked in Washington, DC on BOTH sides of the aisle.

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There is a lot of promise from the growing industry of 3D printers and manufacturing products through their use as well as new 3D scanners. This technology is providing a second industrial revolution in the United States as well as globally.

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Wake up America

Especially the politicians in California, Illinois, and anywhere else where they are considering implementing a high-speed train. High-speed trains are so “last century” and they are not cheap to build or maintain. If they are not used to their maximum capacities and there is only marginal ridership, they are a supreme waste of money and their residual value is just another money-wasting monument built to honor and perpetuate bureaucracy. Continue reading


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Do you hear that? It’s a crumbling sound reverberating across the country.

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Who said Jihad? Who is talking about the Tea Party? Who said Benghazi or NSA? We can search ALL phone conversations down to the specific word and bring up ALL calls that have those keywords (or whatever we type in). We HAVE technology to do that. In fact, we can Continue reading


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The city of Detroit is faced with a 50/50 chance of bankruptcy and this should not be taken lightly. Many can criticize what led up to this financial catastrophe, but the more important issue is what can everyone learn from it? Continue reading


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By James Carlini
We have all heard about the municipality in California that has paid some of its administrators with six-figure salaries as well as six-figure pensions, but we think that is a very rare occurrence and that our own municipality would never get that bad.

Look closely at your own municipality and its agencies. Are they gouging you on the price of services? Are you paying double compared to the Continue reading


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Do you still use a rotary telephone (do you even know what that is?)?  Can you buy gas at 20 cents a gallon where you live?  Times have changed, companies have changed, and giving a two-week notice went out with nickel beers. Continue reading


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Any civilization in the last 5,000 years can only be understood and measured by what we can read and discover about them.  If they did not keep track of their accomplishments and cultures, chances are, we would know very little about them and their achievements.

  •  If you do not know where you came from, do you really have a good idea of where you are headed?
  • How do you build upon the accomplishments of the past or avoid the mistakes of the past if you are unaware of them?

These seem to be good questions to ask people who do not have a good grasp of how this country started and developed throughout the last 200 years.  As was pointed out by one museum curator, those in the last generation (the Great generation of World War II) seemed to have more Continue reading


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The latest attempts at putting Illinois back on the right road to fiscal solvency and promote a more enticing image to attract businesses should be accompanied by the song by the Talking Heads’ “We’re On a Road to Nowhere”

We’re on a road to nowhere….. After a 66% tax increase in state income tax, we are still billions of dollars behind in Continue reading


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By James Carlini

Systems design has come a long way.  Or has it?

Taking various organizational procedures and applications and automating them has been going on for over four decades.  Next-generation systems have been selected and implemented more than once or twice in those four decades.  Millions, if not billions, have been spent on computers, data centers, developing and training personnel, and software applications.

Initial attempts were focused on getting a software program in place and getting people to adapt to the automated system.  A lot has happened since original systems were developed, yet basic design concepts and comprehensive testing to insure quality still seem to be Continue reading


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By James Carlini

Are you as tired as I am in listening to someone who is supposed to be giving you the news and instead is spinning the story to adhere to some personal political agenda they have?  Evidently, the only way to stop this obtuse reporting is to call it out every time it happens and question those who are either totally clueless or have some other agenda they are trying to foist on us.

logo fbi 03IS THE FBI ANY GOOD ANYMORE? Continue reading


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By James Carlini

Last weekend, Chicago’s Magnificent Mile experienced teen-age flash mobs (organized looting) creating disturbances and mayhem among people there who were trying to enjoy the downtown shopping district.

This has been going on for several years, but the Chicago media has filtered it out of their stories until Continue reading