Emerging Issues

I recently had a chance to attend a showing of the documentary The Economics of Happiness. It has a very strong message about the fiscal and social problems of globalization, especially its impact beyond the western world. As a solution, the film suggests a movement towards focusing on communities and localization. Here’s the trailer and a plot synopsis:

Economic globalization has led to a massive expansion in the scale and power of big business and banking. It has also worsened nearly every problem we face: fundamentalism and ethnic conflict; climate chaos and species extinction; financial instability and unemployment. There are personal costs too. For the majority of people on the planet, life is becoming increasingly stressful. We have less time for friends and family and we face mounting pressures at work.

Now I know Glenn Beck can be quite “eccentric” and he isn’t very popular here. However, I still group him under “alternative” news media as he does stray from the standard governmental spiel. I am not implying that he is correct. All I ask is you listen to what he has to say with an unbiased ear as he makes some interesting connections and predictions.

Please spare me your police jokes … Fox News reports: War is being waged right now across the country — against huge, ever-growing packs of feral pigs that are running rampant, destroying…

ABC News reports:

The next time you’re about to leave a snarky comment on someone’s blog or give up an hour to bid for things you don’t need on eBay, consider this: What you do and the self you create online could be forever changing the person you really are.

The Internet may connect us in unprecedented ways, and it may put more information at our fingertips than ever before. But just as it’s changing how the world works, one psychiatrist says it may be irreparably altering how our personalities develop.

People's_Mujahedeen_of_Iran_logoAaron Cynic writes at Diatribe Media:

Just before Christmas, The Washington Post reported that former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, former secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge and two other former Bush officials took a trip to France, home of the “cheese eating surrender monkeys,” to demand President Obama take the MEK (Mujaheddin-e Khalq) off the FTO list.

The MEK supported Saddam Hussein in Iraq, killed U.S. soldiers in the ’70s in Iran and has been known to “routinely aim its attacks at government buildings in crowded cities.” Rudy, Tom and friends want the MEK cleared off the list because they wish to depose the current Iranian regime. In other words, the MEK engaged in terroristic activities — some in support of America’s enemies and some which killed American soldiers – but that’s water under the bridge because the hard right needs someone to do the dirty work.