Saturday, December 06, 2008

Some thoughts about the cursed 'D' word..actually both of them and other ideas....

Welcome Back My Friends to the Show that Never Ends!!There is an ancient Chinese proverbb that says 'may you live in interesting times'. Interesting is not the adjective I would use for that is happening in the world in general and the western countries in particular. While we have been told in no certain terms that we are 'officially' in a recession...technically it really should be termed a depression.

Why? If only due to the fact that each day there are companies that are firing people in numbers that would range from the average crowd for a Minnesota Twins home game [20,000 or so] to the actual attendance at Oakland Raider games [50,000 and this is without the padding the NFL is known for to say a game is a sellout]. The social support system that does exist here in the US can only handle so many requests to same for aid and other necessities before it cracks and falls under the weight. While this was not in place at the time of the Great Depression, the situation is getting just as dire for many. And should General Motors go under by the end of the year [which is no longer an 'in theory' discussion but with each passing day a reality, the dam will rupture. And to add insult to injury, the next adminstration whoc claim to have read their history has no real idea as to how to shore up the US system in particular and the western economy in general. Sadly, what may happen to this country may be similar to what had happend to New York City when David Dinkins was mayor. Or as has been darkly hinted at in other corners we may end up being disintegrated by conditions into a copy of what happened to the Soviet Union not too long ago.

Changing gears here, there is another 'd' word that comes to mind on a few other issues. That being 'diversity' which is now becoming this catch-all replacement phrase for 'we must have a workplace that looks like America'. Nothing wrong with that idea, nothing wrong with the theory of the concept. It is just in reality that it has become a joke. If you are wondering what I mean, take a look at the lack of logic which is on display here. I will say no more outside of this: there is a marked difference between employing those based on skills and not looking at ethnicity, gender or status of hair and those who in the skill procurment process make a blatant effort to be picky to they have this % of ______, etc. Sad when one thinks about it.

Now speaking of diversity in another context, you may notice different haircolors and textures being displayed by Yours Truly.That is on purpose and not just for the sake of the person I love. It is that there is something rather odd that there are those out there who want to impose a view of 'you are black therefore you should not wear this color hair, this color contact lenses'...you get the idea. Yet these are the same creeps who want to maintain THIER right to freedom of expression. Amazing...
if not just plain sick.

By having a society that is more focused on the double standard of such trivial proportions, some have helped turn the this place of ideas into a bottomless pit of inanity. The most uncomfortable thought in this is, where the US used to be a beacon for many has now become a laughingstock in so many ways...to list them aall would take several pages on its own. It is an embrassment of non riches.

By the way....at some point in the next few days...I had promised to post a little more detail about DES and its role in gender issues. If only due to the fact that there have been some remarks made that the creation of those who are M to F is not natural or could not possibly happen otherwise. Then again, Carver and Mendel showed that nature can create certain characteristics in peanuts and lima beans.

Til next time True Believers!!

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