Thursday, April 14, 2011
Gratuitous beaver shot
And why not it's Friday once again. So what's going on in the world today? Anything change since my seven hour nap? Nah. The Libyans want liberation. The Syrians are getting serious. And nobody is paying attention to Bahrain who want the same thing. For those of you out there who thing this is all about those warm and fuzzy concepts such as freedom, liberty, justice and a semi American way of life you'd be wrong. This has come down to a matter of basic human survival. As the fading memory of just why this all started several months ago ( you may remember a certain out of work street vendor torching himself in Tunisia) it amazes me how short memories are these days. He wasn't fighting for some abstract ideal or political party. He was just trying to survive another day when that small hope was dashed by a greedy and authoritarian government. What he started was the spark of rebellion in the Middle East, but I don't think this shocking show of desperation would have stopped what we are seeing had it not happened. When people come face to face with their own survival they will do whatever it takes to reach that goal rules, laws or social mores be damned.
And now we come to our own country. Just where are we in the long road to survival and where is the breaking point? I'm seeing yet more anecdotal evidence on the one hand of things getting better with friends and neighbors getting back to work yet on the other hand observing more cuts to the already shredded safety nets. Makes me wonder at what point we'll have a societal meltdown. Civility is a very thin veneer you know and a delicate commodity. If they continue to cut programs and the safety mechanisms of society such as police and fire etc. then it's an invitation for events we are now witnessing over seas. And that if you think about it is a very scary thought. To demoralize those who have the job of protecting us is not a smart thing to do. Remember they are just as much a part of the same system.
I have more but again time fails me.
Banks fails later maybe or not.