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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Get Up, Stand Up

  I don't even know where to start.  Really.  So I'll just start peckin' away at the keys and see what happens.

  Ok? 

  Something is going to happen.  Something bad.  I don't what yet, but it's gonna happen.  It's not a matter of if.  It's a matter of when.  Can you feel it in the air? Through the ether?

  The thing is, I don't even know exactly what it is I'm talking about.  The problem I guess is that there are too many things to choose from.

  Wondering what the heck I'm talking about?

  Well, let's look at some of the choices shall we?

  First there's the economy.  The world economy.  How long can we spend money that doesn't physically exist except when more is printed?  Quantitative Easing.  Pfff.  Government buying its own debt only leads to inflation.  Doesn't it?  Elected politicians use billions of dollars to bail out the institutions and people who caused the housing market driven "recession" while ignoring the middle class people who have to end up paying for it.  Even though there has been an uptick in home sales because of drastically low interest rates there are still so many houses in foreclosure it will take years and years and years to clean all that up.  Banks are allowing people to basically squat in their properties, paying only property taxes in order to alleviate some of the workload on foreclosures.  Plus they don't want an inventory of houses.  We will probably see even more foreclosures if the jobs market doesn't pick up soon.  Oh, yes the latest numbers look all rosy and whatnot, but numbers can be manipulated to mean anything. The latest I had heard is that most of the jobs are actually government jobs.  Most of the jobs left in the economy as it sits are low wage positions that can in no way support a household in a way we can recognize.  The combination of Government and private debt is soon to cause a major change in the U.S. economy.  Some countries in the E.U. would likely quit the Union rather than take part in "austerity measures."  And why not?  In Greece unemployment is up 24%.  There has been organized looting.  People feeling like they have no choice but to steal food to support their families.   I'm sure some of the other countries would leave the E.U. rather than prop up countries they believe to be fiscally unsound.  

  Then there's the whole Iran/MIddle East thing.  The U.S. agenda of hegemony in that area can only portend more deficit spending leading to more deaths of American G.I.s.   Well, that and more money for a few privileged corporations while the middle class tries to pay for it all.  Why are we so interested in Iran anyway?  Nuclear proliferation?  Possibly.  Protecting Israel?  Mmm... Maybe.  How about ensuring that the Strait of Hormuz remains open to the people and business our government wishes.  Why have we allowed innocent people in Syria to die without lifting a finger?  There is nothing there that our government values.  Ask our one time ally Moammar Gadhafi what happens when we want something badly enough.  Now Turkey is exchanging missiles with Syria.  Oh yeah, and North Korea has just announced they have missiles that can reach American soil.

  Then there's more trouble right here too.  The National Defense Authorization Act, which is voted on every year right, now includes language that strike the right of habeas corpus and the right of due process for American citizens.  With every shooting tragedy there is talk of taking guns away from U.S. citizens.  Wow.  Are you willing to give up your rights like that?  Are you willing to be scared by your government into giving up what this country was founded on?    

  Not to sound too over the top here, but in this new world of constant surveillance we live in; my phone and all the cameras dotted across this landscape always know where I am, drones will be filling our skies before you know it - in Texas they're trying to hang RFID chips around school kids' necks for "attendance purposes", I must say for the record that I am in good health and am not depressed enough to do myself harm.  My car is running pretty well too.  I know full well that's pretty paranoid.   Just had to say it though.  

  All of that stuff is of our own making too.  People forget that we are animals living on a planet floating through space.  I mean think about it for a second.  What happens when the good ol' sun sends an electromagnetic pulse our way big enough to shut our power off.  And it will happen sooner or later.  Our power infrastructure is in no way capable of handling a large pulse.  For a few measly billion dollars we could do a little preventative maintenance and ensure the grid's stability.  It won't happen though.  That's way too much money to spend on such nonsense.  And what about asteroids buzzing around all over the place.  Wasn't it just last February that we had a fairly close fly by of an asteroid?  If I remember correctly our space observers didn't even see it until it was on top of us.  Did you know that Yellowstone National Park is a super volcano?  What the heck is gonna happen if that thing ever blows again?  And global warming?  Is it a natural cycle, man made, or a combination of both?  Does it even exist?  If it does, hope you don't live near the coast when the sea levels rise enough to change local geography.

  I won't even bother to go into the Mayans, or the Book of Revelation, or the Mark of the Beast or any like that.  Although, did you know when Social Security was first started and the government started handing out all these numbers; people protested on the grounds that it was too much like the Mark of the Beast. 

  Wow.  I don't know about you, but I'm kinda bummed out all of a sudden.  There's a ton of stuff that could happen.  Who could possibly prepare for all of that?  Start buying those canned goods now.  Geez.

  So what do we have left?  If we're all not just gonna to walk around with our hands in our pockets lookin' down at our shoes waitin', what do we do? 


  Well, there's a lot we can do.  How about not watching the same news all the time?  You know, expand your world and see what else is being said out there.  Then how about getting involved in what's going on in some way.  Write your congressman, your senator.  Let 'em know how you feel.  If enough people do that it might make a difference.  Of course there's always voting in the first place.  Vote somebody out.  Vote somebody in.  Stand up for your rights.  Don't be scared into not making a change.

  How about thinking about what you'll do if the lights do go out.  Having some food and water stored away for an emergency is never a bad idea.  You don't have to wait for a  hurricane or nor'easter to be on its way.

  Ultimately the only thing that's really going to matter is how we treat each other.  Never lose sight of the fact that we are all connected on this planet.  How about Olga Korbut.  Remember her?  A little girl showed the world that we're all the same all over the world no matter the circumstances of our national origin. She actually visited the White House and President Nixon.  He said something like she had done more for the relations between the U.S and the Soviet Union than any of our leaders could.  Remember any of the feelings emanating from NYC after 9/11?  All the people on the street saying how it brought everybody together?  

  Why wait for that briefest of moments to remember?  Why wait?  The sooner we can all come together and realize that at deepest core of everything we all just want the same thing the better off we'll all be.

Keep your stick on the ice.