And a few more points to ponder…

Maybe it is the globalization of news, but unrest throughout the world is popping up all over the place, for various alleged reasons and in various forms.

Syria continues to be a tragedy, way too often described in the media as an “internal” issue, but when you look at the many “powers” interfering, from big to small, one must expect it to continue feeding the news with increasing drama.

Thailand? Well that is more of the same, each sides swapping roles every few years, between who’s in office and who’s in the streets…. Would personally love to see the King stand up and speak the mind of the people, all the people, not only the noisiest.

And of all places, riots in…. Singapore!? The weirdest news out of that one was the shock within the authorities and the police, who were so ill-prepared for such a possibility, that they had neither riot-gear and relevant “equipment”, nor had received any training on how to address such problems. Funny, no? They had not even thought it could happen, at any scale….

Aah, and Ukraine is at it again. Russia interferes with discounted gaz (am simplifying a bit here), which represents a few billion dollars a year for the few in control; how simple is that, you fiddle the numbers to say it was consumed in Ukraine, while reselling it on the international market at normal rates – through those ever so tax-efficient Swiss-based trading houses. Last time they so abused the statistics, that even the Russians got upset and closed the taps. Interestingly, the ex-Prime Minister – presently in jail on foggy grounds – who is so keen to present herself as a victim was in the “gaz bizness” with her husband in the nineties. Small circles we are turning in…. A solution would be to settle things through some fist fights, so the Klitschko guy would be a strong favorite.

Oh, and here comes Turkey. High-level corruption, big time manipulation and influence games between the military, the business-world and the government will not bring much good…. This is likely to have strong implications, as a big mess in Turkey would spread and be “quite unpleasant”. Just look at a map to see what I mean…

And the last one is for little Kim, North Korean buddy of Dennis Rodman, who is cleaning up some business conflicts and had his own uncle executed by a firing squad. In fact, news is now coming out that some underlings were executed with antiaircraft guns, with some top-guys watching (Kim himself is suspected to have been there). Just to give an idea, you do not to pick up any bodies after such an execution, as those weapons leave nothing to be picked-up…..

Anyway, and as always when these things hit the news, watch the political lines behind them, and above all, smell the money….

Simon Q.

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3 Responses to And a few more points to ponder…

  1. Marian says:

    Subject: Brilliant Obituary
    > An Obituary printed in the London Times…..Absolutely Dead Brilliant!!
    >> Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has
    > been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his
    > birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be
    > remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
    > – Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
    > – Why the early bird gets the worm;
    > – Life isn’t always fair;
    > – And maybe it was my fault.
    > Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more
    > than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in
    > charge).
    > His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but
    > overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy
    > charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from
    > school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding
    > an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
    > Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job
    > that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

    > It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent
    > to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform
    > parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
    > Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and
    > criminals received better treatment than their victims.
    > Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar
    > in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.
    > Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to
    > realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her
    > lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
    > Common Sense was preceded in death,
    > -by his parents, Truth and Trust,
    > -by his wife, Discretion,
    > -by his daughter, Responsibility,
    > -and by his son, Reason.
    > He is survived by his 5 stepbrothers;
    > – I Know My Rights
    > – I Want It Now
    > – Someone Else Is To Blame
    > – I’m A Victim
    > – Pay me for Doing Nothing
    > Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

  2. Michael Pos says:

    Good commentary, sad reality….but all is not yet lost. Hope is still alive.

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