Monday, November 19, 2018

Power Ranking of World Leaders

Here's the new power rankings of world leaders. The last one was posted on August 21.

Rank Leader Country Previous Rank
1 Xi Jiangping China 1
2 Vladimir Putin Russia 2
3 Emmanuel Macron France Not Ranked
4 Ali Khamenei Iran 4
5Abiy Ahmed Ethiopia 7
6 Kim Jong-un North Korea 3
7Moon Jae-in South Korea 5
8Recep ErdoganTurkey Not Ranked
9 Sauli Niinisto Finland Not Ranked
10Donald Trump United States 8

1. Xi's China continues to fill the void left by an American foreign policy in shambles while consolidating his power.

2. Putin is the strongman of Russia. Former high up American officials believe the President of the United States has been acting like a controlled asset of Russia.

3. During the commemoration of the end of World War I, Macron laid out his vision of the world. It was a powerful vision that rejected the nationalism of the strongman and the President of the United States. He called for increased military ties for Europe.

4. Iran isn't exactly a rich and powerful nation, but you wouldn't know that based on the actions of the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Israel.

5. Ahmed has been lauded for being a reformer in repressive Ethiopia. Half of his cabinet are women.

6. Kim has received glowing praise from the President of the United States, despite the horrors he has inflicted on his people and the threats he casts on the world. But a defector recently announced that much of the younger generation don't feel loyalty to him, which knocks him down a few spots.

7. Moon's efforts at trying to create peace worth North Korea are laudable. He had a meeting in with Kim in September. Optimism still persists.

8. Turkey's strongman cracks the top ten for being an unwavering voice for justice in the Jamal Khashoggi case, the case that has significantly dimmed the star of Saudi Arabia's crown prince MbS. This despite the erosion of democracy Erdogan has instigated and the collapse of the economy.

9. Niinisto surfaces again int he top 10 because he made worldwide news by saying Finland doesn't prevent forest fires with rakes. It's always a good week when he can look intelligent by asserting rake don't prevent forest fires. Smokey the Rake says, "only you can prevent forest fires.

10. Donald Trump;s presidency of the most powerful nation in the world is an unmitigated disaster. In September, his competency to lead was seriously questioned by a member of the administration and the most respected journalist in the country. He has waffled on the Khashoggi case, bowing down to MbS one minute and using harsh words the next, and then saying MbS probably didn't now what happened after the CIA announced that he ordered the killing. But Trump is still POTUS, so I guess he should be in the top ten.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Boxing Fights I Want to Watch

There have been some good top level fights recently and let's hope that trend continues.

Jumping a bit out of order, let's start with welterweight. The fight I most want to see is:
Terence Crawford vs. Errol Spence for the true welterweight championship
A true 50-50 fight at the highest level

Winner of Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua for the true heavyweight championship.

Light heavyweight
A 4 man tournament between the true champion Adonis Stevenson-Olexandr Gvozdyk winner, Eleider Alvarez, Dmitriy Bivol, and Artur Beterbiev

Canelo should fight a GGG rematch, Danny Jacobs, or Saunders next. Canelo-Saunders tagline could be: Whose PEDs are better?

I'd like to see Charlo and Andrade fight someone world class, maybe each other. At least Andrade tried before Saunders was caught. Charlo's win over Trout was good, but otherwise, both Charlos and Andrade have been stuck fighting a certain level. The Charlos are probably the most disrespectful boxers in the game right now- no class after the fight- so I'd like them to actually test themselves against world class. Charlo-Andrade wouldn't be the most exciting fight, but it'd at least stir the pot for one of them.

Junior welterweight
If Josh Taylor and Regis Prograis get past their opponents in the WBSS, that would be a very exciting fight. Both face live dogs int he semis though. The Hooker-Saucedo winner should face Mark Kriegel's love interest Jose Ramirez. The winner of that fight should face the WBSS winner. Mikey Garcia could face the winner. That would make 140 one of  the hottest divisions around.

Then the winner could move up to 147 and face the Crawford-Spence winner. I'd like Mikey Garcia to wait to face Spence. That fight doesn't excite me yet.

I'd rather see Lomachenko-Garcia than Spence-Garcia. Maybe Lomachenko could face the winner of my 140 super-tournament instead of Garcia.

Junior lightweight
Alberto Machado vs. Gervonta Davis
Lomachenko gets the winner. Or you can throw Miguel Berchelt in there.

Leo Santa Cruz vs. Gary Russell

Junior featherweight
Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Naoya Inoue
Isaac Dogboe vs. Rey Vargas

Naoya Inoue vs SSR