Disillusioned..Or the end of the empire

Are we protecting freedom? Whose freedom? Do we have more freedom since we invaded Iraq and Afghanistan? Financial freedom? Freedom to be happy? According to statistics, we are not much happier then people of Sudan.

Some thoughts about current affairs:

  • We as a country are falling behind in every way.

    Falling behind in aducation
    Our future
  • Education
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Healthcare- are we healthy as a nation?
  • Wealth – we live on borrowed money
  • Military – cannot have strong military without money, health and education.
  • A little bit more about military: there is no use for conventional military with tanks, fighter jets and bombers against new enemy. That is unless you want to occupy every country that hides terrorists.

How did it happen that from liberators we became occupiers and world’s policeman? Because that is how we are perceived in occupied countries and in the rest of the world.

So, what are we doing in Iraq and Afghanistan? Are we protecting our interests? What interests? Oil? We all know that oil is the past, not the future.

Are we protecting freedom? Whose freedom? Do we have more freedom since we invaded Iraq and Afghanistan? Financial freedom? Freedom to be happy? According to statistics, we are not much happier then people of Sudan.

Also, if history teaches us something, occupiers never win.

A little bit about militant Islam.

Just like western doctors, we fight with symptoms, not the cause of militant Islam. We are supporting the oppressive regimes around the globe, which are “friendly” to us. Why we are supporting these regimes? That support creates the impression that America is the oppressor, so the local population becomes radicalized and hates their own rulers and their supporter – the US.

If we would know the natural laws that govern development of the society, we would be able to use these laws to our advantage, instead of installing “democracies” western style in tribal societies.

Some thoughts about our President.

President Obama is too pragmatic and too practical to be a great president, he did not have the courage to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Because he added troops in Afghanistan, it is his war now.

Manufacturing exports
Exports from America and China

The fall of the Empire.

If you studied the history of the Roman Empire, you would see the similarities between the last years of the Roman Empire and the current situation in US.

Is the end inevitable? I do not know.

There is a crisis growing in our country. The conflict between the progressive forces trying to advance the country and the reactionaries trying to hold us back, to keep us in old and comfortable for them society.

Many people are not comfortable, unhappy, in this fast changing dynamic society. They long for “good old” simpler, happier times.

New skills are needed to succeed in today’s advanced technological civilization. And the majority does not have those skills. The reactionaries are using these anxieties to advance their own agenda.

Their public agenda – back to good old simpler times. The real agenda – they are just puppets of multinational corporations. And also, I suspect that many of their followers are just confused and scared to death of this new world.

Another note – during the crises extreme elements are more visible, more vocal. It is like you steer standing water, all the crap comes up to the surface. So, if not Limbaugh, Cheney, Hennity some other crap would flow there.

In light of what is going on right now.

How to address the growing crisis in America?
Crisis

We are at a very dangerous crossroads. The rise of mediocrity and cheap populism in these troubling times is similar to the times of the rise of the Third Reich.

This situation brings the opportunists that use uninformed and confused populous to their advantage.

I would argue that whether we like the President and the Democrats is not as important right now. We have to realize that the alternative is much worse:

  • the rise of storm troupers
  • the rise of mediocrity
  • the suspicion towards intellectuals
  • the threat of violence

We know it happened before. Please do not let it happen again.

Please don’t be the “silent majority” While you are still a majority.

Speck up. The tea baggers are the loud minority.

History tends to repeat itself if people don’t know history.

Do not let mediocrity win in this great country.

About this blog

Are we a country whose democracy is active, or are we at a point where our democracy is approaching a state of inaction?

One people

Are we a country whose democracy is active, or are we at a point where our democracy is approaching a state of inaction?

Regardless of personal political viewpoint, many of our citizens believe the United States is at a crossroads.
Will we, or should we, remain a superpower?
What is our economic future?
How do we meet our citizens’ basic human needs?
Will our population have access to affordable healthcare?
Will our environment be clean and healthful?
What will insure our citizens have freedom to choose their leaders and have their voices heard?
How do we function in a world economy demanding increased consumer consumption while our planet requires conservation?
How will we provide our children with the necessary skills and education to thrive in an increasingly complex world?
Clearly no one has answers to all the above questions; it is doubtful any of us has a workable solution to any single major problem. But we all have ideas. The purpose of this blog is to provide a forum where creative ideas may be shared, discussed and debated. Continue reading “About this blog”

We are busy.

I wish there would be a mandatory time-out – one hour every day for all the adults. No TV. No work. No driving. – just stop, think.

Busy
Rushing where?
The truth is incontrovertible,
malice may attack it,
ignorance may deride it,
but in the end; there it is.
Winston Churchill

Work. Home. Kids. Parents. TV. Games. Social Events.
I wish there would be a mandatory time-out – one hour every day for all the adults.
No TV. No work. No driving. – just stop, think.
What is it all about?
What are you doing in life?
What is really important?
What would you really like to do with your life?
Think about the future, the present, the past.
Where are we going as a Nation? As Humanity?
Stop pretending that everything around you will be just fine. The world around us is always in motion, always changing. Regardless whether we admit it or not.
What is really important?
What do we need to do to make it a better world for us and our children?
We need to understand that if we stay busy with our daily little routine the world is still changing and one day you will face the changed world that may not be friendly to you.
People sometimes remind me of the ant’s colony – every ant is very busy doing what it has been doing for the whole life, no ant has time to look up to see the coming tsunami.
My dear Ants.
We are at the cross roads of history. The silent busy majority please look up, the tsunami is coming.
It may not be too late. Please find time to act.
If you are disappointed in Democrats – fine, please vote not for but against:
Against the hate, intolerance and bigotry.
Against stupidity, grid, homophobia and xenophobia.
Against mediocrity and incompetence.
Against complacency and inaction.
Vote against plutocracy.
Vote against the global grid of corporations
Against demagogues who incite mass hysteria.
Please find time to build the future for your kids.
The future is not cast in stone, the future is to be built by you.
Nathan

The reasons of current turmoil in the world.

Who we are and what we do. Are you happy?

daily grind
Are you happy?

To my fellow Americans and to the rest members of our “advanced” civilization

We drive our cars to work. We work a lot doing important things, like designing new line of clothing or new cereal. Our industries are furiously producing more stuff that is absolutely needed to produce even more stuff. We are flying all over the planet to important meetings, deciding how to make more stuff.
We are busy in this life, very busy.
Doing what?
Trying to accomplish what?
Can we pause for a moment, and try to feel what we really want?
Are we happy?
We work to “make a living”. What living?
Are we happy?
Do we live to work? Why do most of us separate life and work? What is “working”? Is working – life? Is that what life meant to be?
Are we happy?
Our beautiful planet. Our only home. We are busy destroying it. Why?
Will we ever learn to live? To live and let live?
We enjoy our only home, the nature 2 -4 weeks a year. So we work 50 weeks on destroying our planet and for 2 weeks are enjoying what we did not destroy yet.
Are we happy?

our way of life
Breathe!

I saw the movie Avatar. What a great fantasy! A non-technological civilization, intelligent creatures that live in harmony with nature. No, they are nature, inseparable from the planet, part of the living planet.

Are they happy?
Do we know more about life then they do?
I wonder what would happen to American Indians, to their civilization, if we would not destroy them and their world.
What would happen to African civilization if Europeans never invaded?
Why are we so bent on destruction?
Why are we so sure that our way of life is the only way of life?
How are we learning about the world around us?
We came from animals, we are on the top of the food chain. We are superior to any other creature on this planet. Right? The planet is ours to destroy!
So why don’t we feel the coming tsunami or the earth quake like animals do?
A good part of our knowledge, of out technology is applied toward the better way to kill each other. Does that seems natural?
Are we happy?
I do not have all the answers, I just have questions. May be it is a good start.

For-profit schools sue to stop new rules

The rules are to stop deceptive advertising by schools, to bar recruiters from being paid based on how many students they enroll and to require states to authorize post-secondary schools for their students to be eligible for federal loans.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A group of for-profit schools on Friday filed a lawsuit against the federal government on Friday to stop implementation of three costly new rules.

The rules were part of a larger package of new regulations being imposed on the for-profit sector, which has been accused of churning out poorly educated students with large debts.

The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU), which represents more than 1,500 for-profit schools, filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia asking the court to toss out the rules, which are due to go into effect on July 1.

The rules are to stop deceptive advertising by schools, to bar recruiters from being paid based on how many students they enroll and to require states to authorize post-secondary schools for their students to be eligible for federal loans.

The lawsuit did not challenge the yet-to-be-finalized and most controversial of the reforms, known as the “gainful employment” rule.

That rule would require schools to show that students are paying back federal loans or can do so. Students at schools that fall short would be barred from receiving federal loans, which would cripple many schools.

The pending reforms have rocked shares in the sector over the past few months. The shares of sector leader Apollo Group were trading down 1.69 percent at $42.50 on the Nasdaq on Friday afternoon.

Harris Miller, head of the APSCU, said the rule barring misrepresentation by the schools was poorly done so that inadvertent misstatements by a single employee would be treated the same as intentional misstatements.

I personally have no opinion because I am not familiar with this issue.

Your input is appreciated.

To our President

There can be no compromise allowing tax cuts for the rich to continue while the rest of the country sacrifices.
There can be no compromise with big banks conducting business as usual after almost destroying our economy.

Traits of a leader.
Leadership

Mr. President.

I voted for you.
There was a special energy then. The hopes were high.
I realize that the situation you inherited was grave and nothing could be fixed overnight.
But there was hope.
Hope made you the President.
Hope that you would end the devastating wars.
Hope that you would stand by your principals
Hope that you would be less of a politician and more of a leader,
Hope that you would fight for what you had told us you believed in.
Hope that you would understand that when the future of our country was at stake there could be no compromise.
Hope accomplishes great things, Mr. President.
We were with you Mr. President; ready to support you in that good fight.
We did not elect you to be just another politician.
We elected a Leader.
There are limits to compromise Mr. President.
There can be no compromise with people without morals; whose only goal is unlimited power.
There can be no compromise when what you believe in is at stake.
Great things are accomplished against all odds Mr. President.
There can be no compromise when the results are half measures that make things worse, such as  healthcare reform, where the insurance companies gained even more power because you abandoned the public option.
There can be no compromise allowing tax cuts for the rich to continue while the rest of the country sacrifices.
There can be no compromise with big banks conducting business as usual after almost destroying our economy.
Hope, Mr. President is a powerful force.
Do not compromise your principles.
Do not let hope abandon you.
Because Mr President when we lose hope you lose votes.
And one of these votes is mine.

To American citizens who are better off than 98% of us

My dear rich citizens, We bailed out many of you, saved your well-being from disaster that, between us, many of you helped to create. But we need your help now.

Inequality My dear Americans, I assume that you love this country that gave you the opportunity to have so much. I assume that you are patriots and you want US to succeed. It is nice to know that at least some American citizens are doing better in these trying times. Good for you. But the vast majority is not doing that great. Of course you realize that as a country we are in trouble: mounting debt, unemployment, deterioration of the middle class.
Our education needs major improvements; the country’s infrastructure is in disrepair.
As patriots we all have to pool together to help.
My dear rich citizens, We bailed out many of you, saved your well-being from disaster that, between us, many of you helped to create. But we need your help now.
Not a lot…a little, like 3%. We understand that you need to make a living too. We are not asking you to mortgage one of your mansions. We are not asking you to sell your Rolls Royce or a fur coat or to lay off some of your servants.
We assume that you want to help your country. We asking for a little help, like 3% of your taxable income. For most of you it will be less than you spend on one of your vacations. It is an inconvenience, we know. Yet, for the rest of us it will be a tremendous help. That would help many people to keep their family homes – the only home they’ve got. That would help many kids get a good education, so that they will be able to get a good job and contribute to our country, and to help you to get even wealthier.
That meager 3% would help our middle class, middle class that is loosing ground as you get richer.
My fellow rich Americans,
This country is very generous to you. Your share of this country’s wealth has increased 10 fold in just several decades. We are asking you as patriots of this country to share just a little bit more with your countrymen in this time of need.
We helped you, remember.
We are being very careful not to ask too much so, God forbid, you will suffer the inconvenience.
Don’t get us wrong. It is an American dream after all – to get rich. And as an American, don’t you want to keep this dream alive for all of us?
We just do not want this country to become a Third World country, because that’s what happens when the middle class is gone; because then you will have to hide behind walls with barbed wire.
So please try to overcome your selfishness and your greed and be an America citizen. Please show America that you care. Please tell your servants – the Republicans – that you want to help, that you are ready for a sacrifice. Also would you tell your servants to release the hostage – our and your country – America. Please tell them it is OK to support the arms treaty with Russia, because Republicans do not do anything without your approval.
My fellow rich Americans. It is not bad to be rich; it is bad to loose basic human attributes such as conscience, compassion and the great feeling that you are an American.
I just want to add that I have a great respects for people like Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, George Soros and many others. Sadly they are a small minority.