There are times I simply don’t know.

For a year and maybe a bit more I’ve had the greatest difficulties dealing with what’s going on in the world. In the past I’ve used the blog to write-through things and see if I can find a form of meaning which allows me to formulate a process.
I don’t subscribe to the Right/Left dichotomy. To me this is little more than an idiotic form of social controls. Who for instance could call the Soviet system Left. They had no more caring for the little fellow than did the capitalist. In fact it was under the soviet system that engineered famines and active exterminations took place of their own Peoples. But if I was to describe myself in political terms I’m not all that certain what I’d say.
OK, here goes.
Bush junior had an idea that home ownership was a good thing. In this he wasn’t wrong. Where he definitely was wrong was in allowing a free for all. He really needed to create rent controls of some sort to offer the means to measure the income from housing as an investment (rental income). Then he could’ve laid a metric of income from investment upon the costs of the loans. And because this spun upon itself it created ever senseless prices. Or to put it another way. If the costs of accommodation for a needed worker within a city like a bus driver or a teacher is beyond their means either the wage is too low or the costs are too high. Economics really isn’t that difficult. At least it isn’t when you don’t lay idiotic political notions down on it and then expect it to give the answers you and your constituency requires. However, no matter how twisted the reasoning Bush deployed especially when he turned on the spare printing presses to pay for the wars. That Obama continued the program and policy is simply nuts.
Ireland, the UK and Europe follow the USA in lock-step economically. So we’re getting that truly odd Reaganomics but without the fun of removing the idiots.
Mostly I can sit on my sorrow about world events. But these last six months have exhausted when reading the news. First, we had Putin making a blatant attempt at absorbing the Ukraine via its own ethnically Russian president. When the people of the Ukraine decided to take to the streets probably having see that one approaching, eventually driving the traitor to Moscow, Putin decided to annex the Crimea. A wholly owned part of the Ukraine. And what did we have. We had craven uncoordinated weaklings in Europe and the US who for their own ends threw Kiev to the wolf.
But why. Well remember a few months earlier when Syria had stockpiles of poison gas and with the active interference of Moscow, these weapons were destroyed. It’s called a diplomatic Quid Pro Quo.
So, now, in Syria we have ISIS redrawing borders. Russian separatists shooting down passenger jets flying from Holland to KL and just to tin-hat it we have the Israelis pounding a prison with heavy ordnance fired from ground air and sea.

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17 Responses to There are times I simply don’t know.

  1. Sage says:

    Yep, we live in a screwed up world… Totally depraved, the Calvinist in me would say.

    • V.H says:

      Mind you you don’t need a inside-out knowledge of the Institutio Christianae religionis to call what’s going on this year depraved. I doubt you even need to be religious at all quite frankly.
      What’s wrong with peoples imagination. Darn near everyone has been to a beach resort. So they can easily picture a linear city. Now build a bloody great wall around it. Block all traffic and discourse. And every two or so years pound it with heavy weaponry designed to take out an invading Soviet army group. Who gives a rats hurrah if the Palestinians are building tunnels and firing rockets. What the hell did they expect. You imprison 2 million people. What would you do, or I, or anyone ?.

      • Sage says:

        Yep, feel free to edit, but sometimes we are deprived, too! And I have to agree with you that the Palestinians have been given the short end of a stick and have been forced to pay for the sins of others.

        • V.H says:


          The real truth about Israel is it can no more survive unaided than the Crusader kingdom of Jerusalem. That is unless it can form a modus for dealing with her neighbours. It is simply a salient at the moment. And when oil, the core reason for the focus upon that region is removed from the equation.

  2. Kimberly says:

    The state of things has been utterly depressing lately. Chin up though, we’re just a couple of months away from being two years away from the 2016 presidential election, and then we’ll be inundated with that coverage. Talk about depressing!
    All kidding aside, I’ll have to come back in the morning. I can barely keep my eyes open.

    • V.H says:

      Actually I was more depressed when I felt there was little point in writing anything at all.

      • Kimberly says:

        I do feel like when watching or reading about the things going on, the world seems really bleak…going to hell in a hand basket really. But then part of me wonders if it is really “the worst” it’s ever been or does it just seem like it because the news never stops. We hear about it ALL DAY LONG, over and over and over again, and it’s also so often skewed to match the ideology of the news oulet’s parent company. As we’ve discussed before, I find it a little hard to navigate what all is really going, what’s true and what’s editorial. That doesn’t help with making sense of things.
        The situation between Israel and Palestine is mind boggling. I don’t have enough understanding of the why or the history behind this struggle and so it’s hard to wrap my mind around all this death and destruction over not feeling able to back down or come to some kind of truce. It’s more convoluted than that I know, but it’s still hard to fathom.
        With so many of the issues stemming from men whose egos have overshadowed any rational decision making, I say it’s time to get some more women in charge!! 🙂

        • V.H says:

          From what I can see the 24/7 news cycle is making things less clear not more.
          In truth though with Syria, the Ukraine, Iraq, Gaza, we’re looking at things that are connected. Only not in a way you’d think.
          The Israeli-Palestinian question, and our reactions to war crimes by Israel colours any comment made about anything going on in the Middle East. Europe and the West generally are so behind Israel nothing said can be taken as being other than biased. It’s something I really don’t get. We cannot be remembering the losses of the Crusades. And in Europe, Russia took the roll of bogeyman from Turkey long before the USA existed.

          As to your women in comment. Have you ever met any ?. Women, that is. If you asked any man which sex is the more violent they would say men. Then ask either men or women which sex have they received a violent blow. I’ll bet you women by a huge factor are way more violent.

          • Kimberly says:

            Yes, I’ve met a few women, and well, you know, I am one 🙂 and have never hit anyone (man, woman, child, animal) and have never been hit by another woman. I would imagine personal experiences would skew one’s opinion one way or another on that particular claim. Women, in general, are probably more emotional than men and that has always been a factor for putting women into power, plus the supposed once-a-month irrationality. I’ve been guilty of that thinking in my own working life. Having only ever worked for men I wasn’t so sure what it would be like working for a woman who was in charge. But having recently gone from a place run by a megalomaniac male to one run by a smart, hardworking, unassuming woman I’m quite impressed. Where the man’s ego brought us to implosion, the person I now work for has very high expectations of her staff/students but also has compassion. That was missing from the equation at the old place. Since his sole purpose was to have more, be more, what was best/what was needed didn’t matter and all common sense was thrown out the window. When we hear about the kinds of things that a leader (like Putin) pulls, it’s not what’s best for the constituency. It’s what they feel is gonna get them more power. I’m not saying that there aren’t any men with compassion and I’m not man-bashing, but I haven’t seen a lot of our current leaders (predominately male) show compassion. I’m just wondering if putting some smart women in the mix would help improve current affairs. It couldn’t hurt.
            I do know if I ruled the world, I’d do a great job! 😉

            • V.H says:

              Yes, that’s my point. We don’t base it upon personal experience, but only a perception that things are that way. Yes, undoubtedly men are violent, but so are women.

              Historically, PMS wasn’t an issue. But raging hormones were feared for what they could do to a carefully crafted bloodline. That’s why girls were married off relatively young or locked up in convents. But if you look back on Europe, since Queen Mary Tudor at least one woman had control of one of the bigger kingdoms until 1900. And if not actually on the throne like Marie-Theresa or Catherine the Great ruled for the minority of their sons.

  3. Kelly says:

    I’ll agree with Kimberly about the 24/7 news coverage. The need for constant “filler” puts a lot of questionable, debatable information out there. Sometimes it’s hard to sort out the facts.

    The state of affairs in today’s world does evoke a sense of helplessness, I think – at least on my level.

    • V.H says:

      Yes, but we shouldn’t be feeling helpless. That’s a manufactured emotion that’s coming in from outside.

  4. Ed says:

    I used to think all this was a product of modern times but the more I study history, the more I realize that the world has been doing similar stuff since the dawn of time. There have been blatant land grabs, killing of innocent populations, lies to the people and much much more. I’ve come to the conclusion that this all is just human nature whether we like it or not. We can blame the media and modern society but it has always been like this throughout the centuries, well before the word media was even a word.

    • V.H says:

      I get all that. The difference is since world war 2 we;re supposed to have the wherewithal to solve most of these problems. There was a degree of Moral Right to what we did viz armed intervention mostly because there was no good derived to those wearing the Blue Helmets of the UN.

    • Kelly says:

      I agree that much of this has always taken place. My thoughts on blaming the media, though, are how it’s been brought into our lives on a 24/7 level…often trying to shade or sway our opinions one way or another. The “newsreels” of WWII were maybe the start of this, but Vietnam was the first war that we could “watch” from our living rooms. (and I’m not saying this is a bad thing – knowing what is going on in the world in “real time”) However the cable channels have so much time to fill, they tend to report things without knowing all the facts, offer opinions from this or that “expert”, and basically run things into the ground in repetition. There’s often too much to sift through. I guess that’s where my option to just turn it off comes in.

      • V.H says:

        Yes, there does seem to be story creep.Where once you’d have a bunch of analysts parsing the veracity of a story and where you could at least say something actually occurred. Now we, as viewers are but consumers of a product not citizens requiring information.

        • Kelly says:

          That is an excellent way to put it: viewers consuming a product rather than citizens requiring information.

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