Saturday, May 19, 2012

Some thinking on Europe's debt crisis


This one I think, may be a provocative one...

Not being a politician or an expert of any sort in the matter of managing Europe's affairs, my reasoning will be somewhat more of a rough and crude thought, about the status of deep crisis that is gripping the European economy.

Having said all this in advance, now I will proceed with my illogical ways of thinking.

The current European crisis may be the result of a hidden agenda. And the driving force behind this agenda is the insatiable greed of a few rich and powerful over the masses. I do believe that this crisis was deliberately wanted and orchestrated, to create ideal conditions for later being able to conduce the European union and its whole economy on the same route of the capitalistic American model.

Practicing capitalism American style on the European nations will never work, and for sure will be the death of capitalism.

Big corporations, oligarchs and capitalism, go well hand in hand

European are jealous of their lifestyle, and the resulting values acquired after centuries of struggle to obtain more dignity in the workplace. They will fiercely defend what they have achieved and will not let egoistic big corporations and sold politicians, can dictate their lives in the name of capitalism.

If this occult maneuvering will ever succeed, then one of my cardinal convictions is that European Union will not be run as a democracy anymore, but more like of an oligarchy. Indeed, the fate of the European economy will be left on the hands of a few power-hungry oligarchs.

The minimum wages and reduced unions power, are their main targets

The relocating of large factories in the third-world countries due to low wages, is not working anymore. Now corporations want to impose new rules to facilitate their factories return. Of course, big corporations influence over policy of national interests can be easily redirected in their favor with the help of some complaisant politicians.

A couple of priorities in that hidden agenda in which I mentioned at the beginning:

  • First priority - Reducing the European wages to a minimum to get closer to the capitalistic American model.
  • Second priority - Giving more power to employers to fire workers on the spot, without any possible (or at least some diminished) intervention from unions.

Of course with this kind of priorities put on place, national economies will grow faster, but simply because the big companies will be the single ones profiting by cutting salaries together with the power of easily dismissing, at the only expense of workers.

To add to the equation, there is even more bad news. Now with the excuse of some European state being in financial crises, some experts to combat government debts due to excess government spending, have come out with the idea of implementing some severe austerity measures. Doing so, hitting even more severely the middle classes.

Some final thoughts - Days of reckoning

The line of rigor imposed by the global and European markets (at the expense of ordinary citizens), to be able to balance the negative national budgets, created as a result to a mixture of financial speculations, bad managements, greedy big corporations and by corrupted banking systems.

And yes, even banks are taking their share in this game of "arraffamento" - (grab all). People are generally fed up with how wealth is distributed across the different layers of society. Rich people getting richer and poor people getting poorer. I'm not predicting a specific event in the future, but the "occupy movements" taking place in Europe protesting against the banks, capitalism, and the austerity policy of the European Union could be a sign of times to come?


Sunday, March 25, 2012

The dark side of the golden age thinking


There are people that find difficult to cope with the present and erroneously believe, if they could escape from the usual refrain of daily horrors (unemployment, wars, global warming, nuclear threats, terrorism, etc.) and be happier, only if they could have lived in an early time. A time in the golden age era.

Gee, my life would be so much better if I just could live in a past

In reality, their thinking it is more of a nostalgia. And this kind of nostalgia is denial, denial of a painful present.

These people see those days (in which themselves did not live personally,) through rose-colored glasses. Their misconception that a different period of history is better than the one they live in today, is a defect of the imaginary. Their romantic imaginary. A falsely reproduction of the imagination due mostly, at their personal sufferings, their fears and by their own anxieties.

Indeed when looking back at a particular period, they tend to focus instead solely on positive experiences (blocking out the negative ones) lived through films and history books which do not always reflect those grim realities experienced daily by the people who really tested them.

"The past tempts us, the present confuses us, the future frightens us"
Emperor Turhan - Babylon 5
(Written by J. Michael Straczynski)

The only problem with the past, is that they were not so golden

In fact, those gold ages had their dark sides. If we could just travel back into any particular period of history, we will see that people's lives were most of the times filled with miseries.

Population Reducing Catastrophes

  • 1272, 1277, 1283, 1292, 1311
  • Great Famine of 1315-1317
Wars and civil disorders:
  • Hundred Years War (1337-1453)
  • local warfare caused destruction of crops, of houses, and of life in general
Pestilence and Disease:
  • The Black Death (1347-1352)
  • epidemic attributed to bubonic plague caused death of one-third to one-half of European population

If they were lucky enough to reach adulthood (because of the high infant mortality,) the life expectancy of an average man because of pestilences, famines, violent deaths, continuous wars and any other forms of natural or man-made calamities, was quite shortened.

In short, their life span usually was not over 40 years old... I wonder, who is crazy enough to want to live in a past not so goldengarupale?Signature


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Yahoo, its public forum, and Robert Bentley apologies


Yahoo News

Yesterday after I read an article on a Yahoo news, I tried twice to post a personal comment, and both times it was rejected. Thereafter, I got very disappointed! I couldn't understand why it was rejected. Solely, after I re-read the comment a couple of times I realized how simplistic, foolish, presumptuous and naive it really was...

Here a short extract from that article:

Ala. governor apologizes for remarks on Christians

By BOB JOHNSON, Associated Press Bob Johnson, Associated Press – Wed Jan 19, 7:41 pm ET

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Two days after being sworn in as Alabama governor, Robert Bentley apologized Wednesday for proclaiming to a Baptist church audience that only Christians were his brothers and sisters and vowed to work for people of all faiths and colors.

His comments Monday shocked and offended some believers of other faiths, but the backlash didn't seem to be a serious political wound for the retired dermatologist and Southern Baptist deacon.

(If you would like to read it in its entirety, here is the link: Ala. governor apologizes for remarks on Christians)

note: because of Yahoo has replaced the article with a new one, I giving you now a new link: Ala. governor apologizes for remarks on Christians

and here is my comment:

Why don't we start another war in the name of a God?

In conformity with our consciences and our personal beliefs, why don't we start another war by the name of our God or any other God?

This can be another of those perfect occasions (found right here, in this Yahoo's public forum) to start a new holy war between religions and civilizations.

Even though I am myself a Christian, I totally disagree with his untimely comments.

We must look at the fact objectively!

He can be as much as he likes a Christian, but only when he is in his private... If wants to be a political figure, he should discard his beliefs so that he can manage public affairs in a fairly balanced way.

We must learn from history!

Don't ever mix personal beliefs with politics or in a long term what we're going to get will be nothing but troubles!

For example: look at those Arabic countries where Islam has been, or it is an integrated part of their political system. Those same nations are now partially if not totally failed States!

The United States are modern and civil societies, just because, our political systems have been freed by ideological corruptions and religious poisonings...

Don't let religions be part or even to influence partially our political decisional affairs, ever!

All the above made me think really hard on the nature of my blogging experience. Especially when I want to run a blog, I should be more careful on what I write. Even when I know that I'm posting anonymously, I should be more considered with my opinions, be a bit more responsible, weigh the words that I use because I never know what damage they could cause.

Of course I can come out with some excuses, like I am not a professional writer, or I am not that smart gile and so on. But in the very end, none of them are valid excuses because of the commitment I took when I decided to start a blog. Particularly, toward any possible reader I had to be: responsible, frank and honest, not disregard blatantly what I wrote because that could lead me toward some unpleasant consequence, don't post any demented nonsense (Ok, maybe some gelakguling ), and finally be balanced on my judgment.

I know! I am not that perfect nerd! Nevertheless, I'm trying to be the best blog writer I can be.

Now, going back to the comment I tried to post on Yahoo, I believe it was misunderstood. The first part of my comment wasn't an incitement to violence, and surely it wasn't a call for a holy war, but I was simple trying to be sarcastic on that argument!

Regarding the last part of my comment, where I wrote about Islam been an integrated part of the political systems in all the Arab countries, and that they are partially or totally failed States. The only reason I could think of, is that Yahoo got overly scandalized about that remark?

Right! Like the Alabama governor, Robert Bentley with his untimely comments I should now prostrate myself and apologize.

Alright, maybe I was a bit too crude and abrasive on the last part of my argument, but that it is so true! Islam isn't towards the Arabs that much beneficiary! Is it? Most of the Arab populations are uncultured, underdeveloped and generally poor.
That's why some of the Arab prostration, may lead some of them in the becoming Muslim fanatics, and therefore, in the name of Allah, martyrs = terrorists!

With that last part of my comment, I was trying to point out, the importance of separation between church and state as happens in any modern nation.

Now, I sorely regret to have written such stupid nonsense tumbuk. Even though, they were all insanely irresponsible statements, Yahoo should have posted it anyway... Even when they were that bad, stupid and careless, and let decide its readers if they were worthy of some consideration takbole! I'm not trying to be controversial, neither to criticize Yahoo for its decision, but this is what I firmly believe in: the freedom of expression even when it isn't so pleasant or too foolish.Signature