Sunday, February 01, 2009

What's goin' on.....?

I have been reading on the net about various events that have been occurring around the world. Events that make me worried as the very fabric of our society seems to be at risk. Hear me out, I have ranted a few times before on this blog but check these things out for yourself.
The collapse of Iceland and the anti government rioting that ensued, the use of pepper spray - I laugh when I read the word spray, it is more like a jet of liquid- against photographers...just what is going on? This is an island of 320,000 people or so with the population of a large town. They don't have any "armed forces", that is armed forces for external aggression, just the police to keep "law and order". Funny that, no defense of the nation, just the govt being able to defend itself against the people. What is happening in Iceland is a wake up call for all other countries.
Latvia, Bulgaria and let's not forget Greece have had riots recently. These are ALL anti government riots. This is not normal behaviour, especially in Iceland, or the Baltic states where they lived under the iron boot of communism for so long. Greece has always had a reputation for it's people standing up to the government, lets not forget they lived under a military dictatorship not that long ago which suppressed freedom of thought and freedom of the press, though thankfully for only 7 odd years.
Enough about the past, let's think about right now. The age of abundance is over, those in power are trying their hardest to hang on to the way things were. This is not going to work. Finite resources cannot fuel infinite growth. World trade is slowing down, fast. Container ships are lying at anchor with skeleton crews as there is no work for them. Governments are using barter as a method of trade as currency values are heading downwards.

The last time things were this bad was after the stockmarket crash of 1929. When things got bad then, we saw the rise of National Socialism in Germany after their economy collapsed. In the past week or so we have a prominent government minister in NI saying that all jobs available should be given to locals as opposed to those who do not originate from this country. He needs to keep the local electorate on his side , I suppose. Power wokers are striking all over the country over the same issue, jobs for locals and not "johnny foreigner". I remember the last major power strike here, though I was but a nipper. Could this happen again? I say yes, most definitely. When economic depression hits, people want to blame it all on someone. That someone is the other, the foreigner.

If we don't learn from history we are doomed to repeat it, ad infinitum...

The paradigm of spend, spend, spend, spend is more than over. It was only revealed last week that the entire UK banking system was close to total collapse last October.
Imagine if the banks stop operating. Everything else stops too, in time. Scary.
The goverment giving money to the banks and expecting us to pay for it is a sick joke. Our great grandchildren will be paying this debt off and the banks will still be using our money to make profits.

I fear for the future but I am preparing for it, so should you. Just remember, our supermarkets operate on a three day ordering system for delivery.....shops completely empty in a weekend if things get bad. Really scary.

On a brighter note..........................................that's for another post.


Anonymous ejh said...

Er, a local politician said that local jobs should be for local workers? The frickin' Prime Mentalist said that as well, and look what he's unleashed...

I see most of what you're saying, but I can't see any alternative at the minute. Apart from taking quite a few people, putting them in a room somewhere and beating them senseless white repeating the phrase "YOU HAVE THE MONEY, FUCKING LEND IT TO EACH OTHER. COCK SUCKERS."

8:48 PM  
Blogger Mudflapgypsy said...

EJH: I was previously unaware of Gordon's statement...oh, dearie me indeed. As for putting the people responsible in a room etc. I'm all for it.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Nelly said...

What about the bumble bees? That's what is scaring me.

10:49 AM  
Blogger Mudflapgypsy said...

Nelly: From what I know, which is nothing, the common consensus is that one or two pesticides are responsible for killing off bees. First off France banned Imidacloprid in 1999 after a lot of bees were killed. Germany has banned Clothianadin after much the same results to bees only last year.

Scary stuff as no bees means no food!

We'll see a food crisis this year, I'm growing my own veg this year, hope things don't get too scarce.

1:15 PM  
Blogger Nelly said...

Time we had a couple more pigs. This time a breeding pair.

2:10 PM  
Blogger Manuel said...

thank you for your words the other day......all the comments mean a lot

12:52 AM  
Anonymous nick said...

I expect a lot more protests as the economy gets worse and governments seem incapable of stopping the rot. The prevailing tendency to spend less, cut back and save more is only making the situation worse as more and more businesses go to the wall. We actually need to have the confidence to keep on spending.

All this jingoism and protectionism is worrying. Of course the far-right parties are already latching on to it. Naturally people don't want to see their jobs snatched away from them, but the answer is reskilling and retraining, not ranting about foreigners.

2:45 PM  
Blogger Mudflapgypsy said...

Nick: I agree but the idea of keeping on spending is something I have issue with, was it not profligate spending that caused the economy to tank in the first place? I can't see how spending my money and buying more stuff is going to help. The consumer freight train was a train wreck waiting to happen. It was only a matter of when. the dotcom (or is that con?) bubble was a big warning signal that was ignored.

I agree with the less xenophobia needed idea, though I am annoyed to see that the beeb cut a workers comment mid sentence on the news the other night and made him out to be a rascist. His "eyeties" comment notwithstanding. Context is everything and easily manipulated.

1:55 PM  
Blogger Tater said...

We have been witnessing similar sentiment here in the states over the last few years against immigrants. I have a feeling this will all ramp up more as the layoffs and firings continue. Mankind doesn't seem very keen to learn from mistakes of the past, they just redress them in different jargon, act beastly, then realize after the fact that it was history repeating itself.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Mudflapgypsy said...

Tater: welcome. It's getting ugly everywhere by what I can see. Not learning from history is bad way to live and no mistake.

7:24 PM  
Blogger Mediterranean kiwi said...

great post - much truth in it, but very few people remember that history should not be allowed to repeat itself.
live and learn? we live and repeat

9:03 AM  
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