Tuesday, October 30, 2012

What's Old Is New Again, When It Comes To News, A/K/A History Repeats Itself

Ruth Fremson for The New York Times
The News Of The Day, is, was of course that hurricane. I personally don't care if anything is evidence of global warming. Not even this aberration that never happened before in the northeastern United States. 
Michael Kirby Smith for The New York Times
There's no excuse weather evolved this far, regardless. It is not a centuries in the future issue, but happening now for the last two centuries. I've watched hurricanes my whole life and see this one wasn't different. Hurricanes go where led by the environment. The lure was the, usually much colder, higher ocean temperatures off the coast of the United States. Doing what no hurricane has ever done before is what we should have stopped. 
 Michael Appleton for The New York Times
Now what? Just keep calling it a global warming industry competing with hurricane clean-up for how many billions can be spent? Circulate more money for everyone, I don't care. But. The fault is not that the electric automobile didn't come sooner, but our own. 
Washington, AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski
From the New York Observer and DEMOTIX's Julie Reinhart's coverageRT, Russia Today reported a less than complete government response inNowhere to run: Homeless offered little aid in wake of Hurricane Sandy. But concludes, charities attempt to take up the slack. Or vice-versa? Give, if you can, we're all in the path of the hur-ri-can(e), vagrancy, when opportunity reaches an end, my friend, whether we knew better, or not.

Ramin Talaie/European Pressphoto Agency

On a lighter matter in The Times, producers and Julie Taymor are still in court banging out how to divvy up Spiderman: The Musical money. While an editorial goes for the heart of how money is made in Greece Arrests the Messenger, discussing how - Mainstream Greek politicians have been shamefully quick to strip basic social services from the country’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens. And shamefully slow at probing possible tax evasion by the rich and well connected.

Suddenly Greece is home to corruption? Hardly. What's obvious is corruption is uncovered and everyone knows only fools don't take the money. But the editorial is correct that the journalist, as messenger, shouldn't be scapegoated for bureaucrats getting caught. Power Corrupts Absolutely.

But corruption isn't funny and my drawing similar comparisons between legality and criminality, isn't realistic? But the idea the world is as full of criminals as it is criminal behavior is a farce. The Fine Society a charade. The rule of law is a noble pursuit when the intent is not just punishment but good law that's not hard to follow. Difficult to enforce speed limits rise. People can drink themselves blind and delirious and only suffer repercussions as a result of a stupid act they were too impaired to think through properly. Both situations are ruled by realistic enforcement that does not apply across the board to societies determining scapegoats are to blame things aren't perfect. We're not, therefore some level of tolerance needs to be found not only for corrupt politicians but the very bottom dwellers feeding off addicts' addictions to deteriorating drugs.  
So what does the drug nightmare possibly have to do with how offensive corrupt politicians are? Because the comparison demonstrates our shallowness. Corrupt politicians dress nice. The finest champagnes don't leave needle marks up their arms that lead to the devastated feeling there's not much to live for, while politicians can always strike a deal. Which we can accept as a picture perfect image deserving tolerance. But for others, tough love is all we afford. Being an addict sucks, but they're still human beings. The drug war persists because it's financially successful for the corrupt and self-righteous in league pursing their own versions of the good life for themselves. Drug-free is the absence of alcohol so it's as if toys are made of people's heads to keep the mind game afloat. 

Clean up the streets. Keep drugs out of kids' hands.  Follow the rhetoric and don't just let liberty apply to those in a financial position to fight state control of their lives. Seriously, our courts are full of the un-impowered filling the system referable to as, the criminal industrial warehouse complex. It's not drugs that put most people in prison, it's the power that was never theirs as some can afford a better equality and others not enough.

Oh well, sidetracked by an issue that's not in the news today. Nor is it a hurricane's fault the criminal enterprise system isn't an issue every day.

But the best advertisement I saw, ever so briefly, in Reuters, today was this ad on a conference's appeal to end repeating OUR worst history.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thank you for your participation.