Thursday, November 18, 2010

The View from Here

I feel cast out in an alternative universe. Observing the ants running around on earth. Scrabbling to (or pretending to) fix the unfixable.

Ireland's economic woes being what they are, billions are now being offered by the IMF to inject some more coin into the broken piggy bank.




Is anybody else struck by the irony of the old man begging beside the bankers on their important, oblivious walk through the streets of Dublin?

The US warns Canada that we are facing the same housing bubble burst that they are continuing to deal with. Well, duh. We never knew.

I've been saying for oh, well over a year now, that Sarah Palin will be the next US President. It seems fitting. It seems right somehow. In that appalling, awful, doom-ridden pall of a nightmare that has descended upon the world. A fitting finale to all that has transpired.

And will Barrack Obama go down as one of the most ineffectual presidents ever?

Did anyone else want to barf as the Bushling ran around with his book launch (with 650,000 copies sold in the first few days) and strutted proudly on to talk shows, waving his breach of the Geneva Convention by authorising horrific torture like a flag?

And Stephen Harper, our prime minister, with the assistance of his appointed Senate (a pork barrel reward system that he promised to end to get elected and of course did not) terminated the climate change bill in another strike against democracy (see also proroguing parliament when things got too sticky for him) with another almighty f*** you to this broken planet.

The only good news I see is so very many people both here and elsewhere turning their backs on the whole sorry mess and striking out recreating their daily living from the ground on up.

Like I've said before, we, the downtrodden, are on our own. Self sustainability and off the grid living should be a priority with any thinking person.

We have just witnessed the greatest transfer of wealth from the peons to the wealthiest few in the history of mankind.

But stop all this nonsense. Don't we have the wedding of the decade to look forward to?

Thanks for cheering us all up there, Wills & Kate!

18 comments:

  1. I gotta take issue with you on Obama. He got some really good legislation passed (with the help of Nancy Pelosi who has been demonized by the Republicans but is one of the best leaders of the house yet). He is intelligent, educated, reasonable and devoted to the common good. People think he's bad because of Rupert Murdock and Fox News. He isn't loud and bombastic, and my main criticism of him is that he doesn't get mad enough. I sure hope you are not right about having Sarah as our next president. I don't think she really wants to work that hard, so we're probably safe from that catastrophe.

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  2. 20CW:
    On this we would have to agree to disagree.
    From where I sit even his much lauded Health Care Reform was still a pandering to the insurance companies, still the most expensive health care system in the world with uncountable millions dying every year. It is unconscionable.
    I do not decry his intelligence or his oratory skills but his endless pandering to the Republicans is nauseating.
    I think he just wants to be liked and that is killing his country.
    We haven't seen the worst of him yet, I fear.
    XO
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  3. "But stop all this nonsense. Don't we have the wedding of the decade to look forward to?"

    And THAT'S no coincidence. Political timing, to keep the masses from revolting.

    (For now, I'm giving Obama the benefit of the doubt. That'll change if he doesn't come out fighting in January).

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  4. My thoughts on The Wedding exactly, RJA.
    As to BO, that would be a total shock, I don't think he has it in him, or if he does, the Puppeteers have squelched it long since.
    XO
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  5. Did you see this?
    http://waterfordwhispersnews.com/article.php?id=194

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  6. So much for the Irish government thinking that round after round of savage public sector cuts was going to mend the economy. Predictably the situation has got worse. And to their total shame, they now see the Brits offering to bail them out!

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  7. I don't think Palin will make it to the White House, WWW. That'd be a nightmare coming hard on the heels of the bad dream that Barack Obama has turned out to be. I suppose nightmares can follow bad dreams sometimes, when the dreamer is especially anxious. Most US citizens though very anxious, appear to be asleep, not anywhere near awake yet....so....

    Weddings schmeddings....;-) I suppose they'll wheel out Chelsea Clinton's "do" just in time to smother the next disaster. Or has she already been hitched ?- I've lost track of it all.

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  8. GM:
    Thanks for this, I passed it on to the diaspora.
    I am glad to see the grim humour pervades even the darkest days.
    XO
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  9. Nick:
    We all see only too clearly where rampant capitalism and unregulated banking has gotten us!
    XO
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  10. Oh T:
    Yes Chelsea has been and gone from the wedding front.

    And if I were a betting woman I would sure take you on with Ms Palin.

    The anger is increasing. Mr. O will be punished.

    XO
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  11. I read somewhere years ago that we get the leaders we deserve, so you may be right about President Palin. That's when I'm going to come life with you.

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  12. Marcia:
    I fervently hope it won't come true. but all signs point in that direction having watched the Glen Becks and Limpbows take over the minds of so many.
    You are welcome any time my dear!
    XO
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  13. Oh dear, so very depressing isn't it?

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  14. "The only good news I see is so very many people both here and elsewhere turning their backs on the whole sorry mess and striking out recreating their daily living from the ground on up."

    If only we could be truly self-reliant but we'd have to find another planet to do that. I'm afraid it will take a major catastrophe to make us rise up en masse. It's usually only when people have nothing else to lose that they dare revolt. I agree that we the downtrodden are on our own. Those who have aren't very interested in the welfare of those who don't.

    I didn't watch Bush hawk his book so I saved myself the impulse to hurl. I won't be watching the wedding of the century either - and if Sarah Palin gets elected as president I'll be moving to that other planet...

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  15. My theory is that this planet is the insane asylum of the universe and if you manage to become sane in this life you wake up on the sane planet for the next one. I'm looking forward to it.

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  16. Oh Hull:
    Is that you? I had thought you'd given up on the blogerama. I must check you out ASAP my wee Scottish lassie!!
    XO
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  17. Pauline:
    I think most of us have been enmeshed in a world dependent on war (the military industrial complex) and real estate valuations which was bound to crash. And big.
    We need to get back to the basics of non-consumerism and community values and I do see that happening.
    And the bonus is we will all be happier.
    XO
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  18. Zuleme:
    Oh I like your theory!
    More and more people are buying into the insanity, I find it enormously disturbing.
    XO
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