Thursday, January 01, 2015
A Look Forward and a Last Look Back
There was, of course, the invasion of Crimea and further saber rattling along the Ukrainian border, punctuated by a downed airliner and the innocent dead. Let's talk about real justice denied. We had North Korea doing its own saber rattling and hacking Sony...or did they? Putin continued grow in political stature while the rest of world scoffed at the United States, or to be more specific, it's political leadership or lack thereof. We witnessed a political spanking of the Democrats at the midterm elections by the GOP while the public's approval for either party or even the not-so-supreme Supreme Court continued to plummet into single digit numbers. Both parties are just different flavors of the same bland Kool-aid and we're finally realizing it with now nearly 50% of voters registered as Independent.
Obama, that clown prince of, well, political clowns, again decided to ignore the American People and issued an executive order proposing amnesty for some 5 or 6 million illegal immigrants. The good news is that the other 5 or 6 million are still illegal at least for now. We had some 60,000 children dumped on our southern border and despite "promises" they would be sent to their nearest relative or sponsor, they seemingly "vanished". Some 96% of them simply didn't show up...and to think they even "promised" too. Huh. What do you think about that? And what has been done to locate these missing waifs? Uh, that would be nothing. Mostly because then Attorney General Eric Holder didn't want them found and restricted border agents from making arrests, and besides, Obama cut the budget for ICE and immigration enforcement. Oh, and the criminal gangs which accompanied these individuals across the border? You know, the ones known for their violence? Seems nothing has been done to find them either.
We saw some pretty nasty weather in 2014 too. Seems like if wasn't forest fires and droughts, it was record levels of snow fall, mudslides, and flooding (is California even still there?). It seems the Arctic Circle is continuing to melt and yet the Antarctic appears to growing, by some 6,600 square miles since 1978. But is this because of a warming planet, a normal natural cycle, Man, or simply the case of a seriously miffed Mother Nature? Personally, I don't think there's a clear cut answer. I have no doubt that the planet is warming, albeit not all at once and not evenly throughout the planet. We also have consider that for its 4.54 billion year history, the earth has not been a very hospitable place. Its climate has ranged from being a molten furnace with a atmosphere comprised of mostly sulfur and methane to a lifeless dirty snowball devoid of anything approaching a sustainable atmosphere.
Man has been fortunate to have existed during a rather stable period, albeit with a few ice age events. Nevertheless, given the population of the earth---some 7 billion souls (which is approaching the maximum sustainablity of 9 to 11 billion), and the levels of pollution we pump into the air, ground, and oceans, as well as the over production of the soil (with or without genetically modified seeds), there's no way that I can see that Man has not and is not dramatically affecting the climate. Is it all Man's fault? No. I think a certain amount is the result of natural climatic changes, but we are having a negative impact. Accordingly, we must think in terms of what we as a species can do to minimize our environmental impact, and that means curtailing the emissions we pump into the air, the deforestation of jungles and primordial forests, and over harvesting of the oceans and soil. Naturally, that's not in the best interests of short sighted governments or profit driven corporations who care for nothing about the consequences.
On a related issue, we are no less dependent on oil. More effort needs to go into solar, wind, and hydro power. While our dependence
I think there will be repeated attempts to stoke the racial fires,, mostly by professional race baiters, and by the power elites who have more to lose by a united people than by any riots or lootings. Americans are waking up to the fact that much of these divisions between us are manufactured. Those pulling the strings need us divided and at each other's throats lest we begin to focus on those actually responsible for what's happening. The illegal immigration topic will continue much as before. The People say "no". The government say "we don't care".
Technology will keep marching on as methods and means to redirect our attention with newer and brighter "shiny objects" continue. To be sure, some of it will actually be useful while much will be simply to keep us diverted from what really matters. More bread and circuses as the Romans said. Social media will expand and morph while the powers that be will renew their efforts to control, regulate, and tax it. That must not ever be allowed to happen.
All in all, I think 2015 will see the world better off than it was in 2014, even if only slightly. People have increasingly become aware of our interconnectedness, whether we want it or not. We have also come to see that other peoples are not the villains we've been told they were, but that's not to say there aren't plenty of villains out there. Most of us want pretty much the same things like living our lives in peace with our friends and family. However, the biggest villains seem to be the ones we call "leaders" or more specifically, those behind the scenes pulling the strings. Only as a united people, regardless of where we call home, or our religion, or our skin color, gender, or sexual orientation, can we find the peace we all want. So what do you think? Is 2015 a good time to start? I think so. Happy New Year everyone!
Opposite behaviors? Arctic sea ice shrinks, Antarctic grows
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