There are those among you that might remember the meeting of what was termed the top nations of the world in so called summits – the G7 was the name of the group and as implied, involved the top 7 in what then was termed “the free world”.
Over the years the G7 has expanded and in recent years spun off a
group that now meets annually comprised of the leaders and finance
ministers of the top 20 countries throughout the world or the G20 as
they are called.
Some people see this group as a somewhat sinister group of
countries bent of circumventing the United Nations and “ruling”
the world between themselves. If so, then this past week must be a
great relief to them as the pressing issue at the summit was what
type of global response would be forthcoming against the government
of Syria for its use of outlawed chemical weapons on its citizens
during the conflict raging in the country. Just as with the United
Nations – nothing happened as there was an even split of those
wanting and those opposing action.
It seems to many that the end of the world may not be through war,
famine or nuclear holocaust but rather death by paperwork and lack
of action by all governments of the globe – controlled by the
drones working at the UN – determined to do nothing but protect
their cushy no responsibility jobs and to heck with the real world.
All the while children die in agony.
Makes you want to cry doesn't it?
In Canada, a federal agency that reports on the state of the
economy and specifically the number of jobs created and/or lost every
month issued the August report and immediately was savaged by so
called “experts” because the numbers did not jibe with their view
of how the results should be. After all, they know better than anyone
else – just ask them. Anyway, it seems like a large number of job
gains were posted and that just did not make the doom sayers happy.
It kind of made them look silly, and heaven knows, nothing is more
offended and bilious than an expert shown wrong is there?
Also in Canada 2 universities became engulfed in a controversy
supplied by first year students attending festivities during the
first week of fall classes. In both cases, video was shot and then
posted on the InterWeb of students chanting choruses filled with
phrases promoting rape of woman and other vile acts. This type of behavior was somewhat typical of the mindset of students during the
50's to 90's one would have hoped. Indeed the prevailing thinking
was that in this modern era, slowly but surely such an evil attitude
was disappearing. Apparently not so. And you know what really is the
saddest part of this whole tragedy?
It is that the people promoting this offensive behavior are not
older aged folks, but rather the young people that say they are
different than previous generations and they are better and morally
superior because they do not have the same racism and sexism
ingrained in them as their parents and grandparents misguided
And sadly, the worst aspect of this all was the fact that these
group of losers being fools were comprised equally of men and women!
Women promoting rape – what the hell is wrong with them anyway?
Is all the education that they have been showered with just a
Maybe these smug youngsters should look in a mirror and weep –
as do their elders.
Ignorance, sexism, racism and hate is not limited to previous
generations, the present one is doing just fine.
Oh, the sadness of it all.
In Australia, the Labour party that has governed for the last 6
years was soundly defeated at the polls this week as it appears voter
frustration with what is seen as mismanagement of a resource based
economic boom boiled over. The boom itself appears to be fading –
at least according to so called “experts (probably related to the
dudes in Canada I mentioned earlier) and that propelled the
Conservative Party to victory in spite of some comments that appeared
anti feminist to some.
In America, the madman who imprisoned and raped a trio of women in
the city of Cleveland for years apparently could not take the cruelty
of life imprisonment and committed suicide after one month.
Isn't this just so typical of these beastly cowards?
On the lighter side, remember the old saying about how a great
salesman could sell ice cubes to an Eskimo (nowadays called an Inuk)?
Well in a similar vein, news emerges that the land of the legendary
coffee grower Juan Valdez, that is to say, Columbia, is to see the
opening of almost 50 Starbucks coffee shops in the next 5 years.
Oh the irony of it all.
Just as jarring as seeing a McDonald's in the middle of Paris I
In a sign of how the times “ they are a changing” (apologies
to Bob Dylan!) over on the Sandwich Islands, in Oahu in fact, three
Valley men from the enchanted Isle of Maui are officially entered in
the Mr. Hawaii contest. Turnaround is fair play isn't it? After all
if a Miss Hawaii contest is fine, then why not one for the men?
Maybe one day the so called “beauty pageants” or what some
call meat market pageants will disappear.
Not too soon in my opinion.
This next segment is a little different than my normal one in
regards to the passing of someone that leaves the world a lesser
However not in this case.
The man who was the personal bodyguard of Adolph Hitler up and
including the suicide of that twisted mad man, died this week at the
age of 92. By all accounts this man, Rochus Mis, was what could be
termed, an ordinary soldier. He was not a war criminal in the
traditional sense, was never tried for any crime but his real crime
was far worse than can be understood.
If I may quote the LA Times, which quoted this from the English
Express - "He is the most unrepentant and
unapologetic Hitler supporter you could ever have the misfortune to
meet," a reporter for the London Sunday Express wrote in 2003.
"It was a good time with Hitler,"
Misch said in the article, which was based on a 2 1/2-hour interview.
"I enjoyed it and I was proud to work for him."
That blind belief and faith is
incomprehensible and unforgivable. It serves as a lesson to all how
true evil can have many faces indeed.
It is people like that that allow horrors to
emerge and flourish.
And the world is not lesser for his passing.
Did you know that it was a year ago that the
singer Psy made his song Gangham Style a viral and world hit?
Seems longer ago than that doesn't it?
And now we have Miley Cyrus “twerking”.
Where one was laughable, the other is
Oh well, they both have an audience and sell
And if parents are outraged, why do they not
start acting like parents and control the use of smartphones,
InterWeb of their children instead of abandoning all their
responsibilities and blaming everyone else but themselves?
Sometimes it seems like kids raising kids
Remember a few short weeks ago I posted a
before and after shot of some flowers we have in our yard?
Well, now they are gone as the long glorious
summer is slowly fading away and their time in the sun has ended. We
went, of course since this is the Island, fall flower shopping –
surprise! And now I get to look forward to a whole new set of flowers
around the yard for the next 6 months or so.
This week also saw the return of my better
half from her sojourn east all the way to the hinterlands on the
province of Ontario. Apparently the frantic and repeated cleanings of
the family abode on my part were successful as there was little
comment made and I thought I detected a glimmer of approval in her
eyes when we walked into the place – but then again it might have
been some faerie dust that I encountered!
Take care out there,