Category: World Thoughts

War with the War on Drugs

I’ve just seen the trailers for two new documentaries coming out in end of 2012, both focusing on the drug trade and its impact on our world. . . For years I have been fascinated by the inability of large and powerful governments to stop the drug epidemic by doing two things: 1. Taking the battle to the source(s) of drugs, by operating officially or in clandestine manner right on the doorsteps...
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Fat tax – taxing the fatties

European governments are finally starting to fight the obesity pandemic. They have NOT started a massive education campaign backed with terrible images of human innards, fat asses, dateless teenagers and bedridden human blimps that fill-out entire houses. They have NOT funded the introduction of dietitians into primary schools, nor have they changed (through law) the dietary requirements or the...
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Ecological reforms: cost burden

Increasingly, the media are allowing signals to come through regarding the massive burden that Brussels is imposing on EU members states, their companies and citizens. The Kyoto Protocol (according to rumours G.W.Bush knows it as the “Coyote Protocol”) is wreaking havoc on those that follow it, while one nation after the other are dropping out. The US, of course, thinking about its lazy and...
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Rating agency terrorism

Hungarian bonds have been valued this week at the lowest possible level: junk. European media are crying over the impact that a Hungarian dump will have on the value of other EU nation’ papers. Moody’s, S&P and their hordes of faceless analysts, are holding entire nations hostage, giving massive headaches to EU Finance Ministers, PMs and Presidents. . Rating agencies remain aloof from the...
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The NEXT global crisis / bubble: insurance

Remember one fundamental truth: there is NO global warming (buhahahaha, or other evil laughter ). The weather changes are random and there is NOTHING we can do about it. Or so the right wingers and global masters claim, guzzling petrol, not paying taxes, stealing our money and eating babies. In the world where “climate does not change”, an American agency for atmosphere and oceans (NOAA –...
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Japanese rebirth?

The Fukushima tragedy is mindboggling. We watch flattened villages, bodies pulled out of the rubble, tragedy on an unimaginable scale. The Japanese Prime Minister rightly talks about the greatest tragedy since WWII. But, these are the JAPANESE – resilient, determined, disciplined, resourceful, hard working, systematic, long-term. I watched the tsunami hit, and stayed in the hotel most of the...
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Whaling piracy vs terrorism

Sea Shepherd won with the Japanese last week, as the Japanese declared they will withdraw their whaling fleet as the anti-whaling protester ship threatened the safety of Japanese whalers. So, Discovery channel can now advertise a success of its TV show with a leading G8 nation, and the crazy mavericks on board the Sea Shepherd can party till they vomit, happy with the lives of whales they saved....
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End of Days – a systemic analysis?

Having watched "2012" for the umpteenth time, I found myself focusing on the systemic responses to the unavoidable crisis (often portrayed as the weird scientists working in obscurity on preparing Evil and Ruthless Plans). Ignoring the special effects of 2012, Day After Tomorrow, etc., it is clear that a key survival mechanism is centred on a predictive + planning + responsive capabilities of a...
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