Before I rest my head, I shall depart the night with a few lingering thoughts. Perhaps if I get them out now, they won’t bother me when I’m in bed. Right now my world revolves around finishing my undergrad degree and learning the art of writing. This blog will be the perfect platform for me to hone my and improve my skills. Other things that are utterly fascinating to me are in the realm of politics. Not that I am a political person; however, I think it is a bunch of horse shit. The rampant corruption that pervades the halls of Washington, local municipalities, and foreign alike are all fraught with a deep sickness. The citizens who allow these things to continue unchecked, or even with their full embrace aren’t much (if any) better. Support for the death penalty, support for war in general, support for NSA spying run amok, support for abusive regimes and militaries are all par for the course. The minds of the world’s inhabitants have been poisoned with a powerful arsenic; irreversible. We have become our own worst enemies, we have become cruel, we have become cold. People today lack empathy, a basic ability to understand our fellow human. People don’t even want to understand their fellow human. It’s one huge race to the bottom. Most people sip small, shallow drinks of reality in – without putting the smaller pieces together. In spite of our technological advances, we’re in a dark-age of sorts. People lack critical thinking skills and humanity. We haven’t evolved much in 2000 years and at times we have regressed immensely. We have hit a stumbling block. One ray of shining light is to know the dark-age didn’t last forever. It ended. The path we are on is unsustainable. It too will end. How it will look after it ends, I do not know, but I hope it’s a place of light.
Aral Lake was once the world’s 4th largest lake. It has shrunk by 90%; the rivers that fed into it were diverted to boost cotton production. The drying up has emerged a sea of ghost ships and ruined the economy of the locals.
It is clearly one of the worst disasters, environmental disasters of the world. I was so shocked.
Here is a video of the Aral Sea when hopes were a bit higher. In it a man reminisces about the times when they could fish off the boats. June 2007
And an even harsher present reality
All weekend and probably all week-long you will hear the right and media make a claim that the unemployment numbers only bring good news because of the census. A New York Times writer said it was “the one thing people weren’t looking at.” Even though, that seems to be all we’ve heard about. Trust me, if anyone listens to or watches the news, they’ve heard this report ad nauseum.
The fact of the matter is, what they don’t mention is that the census numbers only account for 1/3 of the jobs. The rest of the jobs created; 123,000 private sector jobs. (This number does not include census workers!) During the 1st quarter of this year we had an average monthly gain of 54,000 jobs gained, another fact the media likes to ignore in their search for hyperbolic doom- and-gloom news. Another overlooked factor, the manufacturing sector has been making gains for 3 entire months, after losing them for 3 years. This is not news to just shrug off, as some would like us to do. Now, I realize we have a LONG way to go. But the outrage at good news from the right, the pure exaggeration and nonchalant attitude towards these positive swings is a bit much. The reaction to the best jobs numbers in 3 years is quite disturbing.
On last nights show Rachel Maddow called out Fox News and the right for their fake outrage and spreading out-right lies. In the scathing clip she blisters them for embracing and spreading factually incorrect stories, including the much hyped O’Keefe Acorn story. As you’ll soon find out, I’m a huge fan of Ms. Maddow.