Archive for Greed

Are We Heading For Extinction?

Posted in America, Britain, Canada, European Union, Islamic Revolution, News, Nuclear Weapons, Politics, Russia, United Nations with tags , , , , on 20/05/2016 by floroy1942
Speaks For Itself!

Speaks For Itself!

Life has changed dramatically since I was a boy, for now it seems as if the whole world is going mad. You cannot pick up a newspaper today without it being full of reports of world problems like terrorists, corruption, murders, diseases, and now the constant high level of tension between Russia, Europe and the United States.

Terrorists often grab the headlines with their attacks on the innocent population of various countries, in particular Iraq and Syria, but the general consensus of opinion  is that we can expect more attacks in Europe as they get more organized.

Greed - Man's Undoing!

Greed – Man’s Undoing!

Corruption is never far from the headlines either, when you consider how many leaders and politicians of various countries are involved in it. Personally, I fail to see how someone with a billion dollars in their account can want more because it would be impossible for them to spend that much in a lifetime. But that’s how people are these days! They call it pure and simple greed!

You cannot pick up a newspaper today without there being a story of some brutal murder being committed by people for no logical reason. In Britain today we have regular reports of old age pensioners for example, being killed for just a few pounds they have in their purse. Part of the reason for this is that criminals never get a proper sentence for their crimes, because the whole British Justice System has been watered down to the effect that all they receive as punishment is three or four years in prison.

We've Tried Everything

We’ve Tried Everything

It was reported recently that most antibiotics are now useless against major killing diseases because they have been overused by doctors over the last twenty or so years. “OH! You have a cold, here is an antibiotic!” Now we find that very many diseases are immune to them, and if there is an outbreak of a deadly disease we have no answer.

It has also been reported that the pharmaceutical companies do not spend money on research to find new ones because it lowers their profits. As with the corrupt, its all about money, and masses of it! Now however, we are entering a dangerous era, because pretty soon their will be no antibiotics worth handing out because they do not work. This could mean thousands and thousands of deaths that need not have happened.

Is This What We Want As A Species?

Is This What We Want As A Species?

The tensions between the world’s most powerful countries is steadily growing for one reason or another. Admittedly, Russia and the USA are cooperating in the Middle East to rid the world of ISIS, but at the same time, the move by the USA to place missile batteries in Ukraine and soon Estonia and Latvia, is raising tensions because Russia thinks these moves are a direct threat to them. There can be little doubt that should fighting break out between the two countries, which will drag in the European Union because of NATO, it will not be long before one or the other resorts to nuclear weapons. In that event there is little hope for mankind.

We as a species have traveled a long way from the times when we lived in caves, and the growth of technology has made life so much easier for us all. The trouble is, this growth has not only been with the things that make our daily lives easier, but also in weapons, including those of mass destruction.

It would only take one lunatic to press a single button and we could end up in nuclear war. If this happened, the whole world would soon be covered in a cloud of radioactive dust which would mean the end of human life on the planet.

It’s not something I am looking forward to, but there again, at my age, who cares!!!!

Roy.

Treasures Lost In Time

Posted in Britain, England, Environment, Forests, Modern World, UK with tags , , , , on 11/05/2009 by floroy1942

It is indeed a sad indictment of our times that so much of England’s beauty has been lost, perhaps for all time. I came across the above picture on the Internet and couldn’t believe my eyes. That such a thing could still exist!

When I was a boy growing up in England, woods like the one above were everywhere, dotted across the countryside in their thousands. They provided a home for the wildlife across Britain, and a visit on a Sunday afternoon was a pleasant outing. In Springtime it was such a pleasure to walk through the local woods and see the carpets of wild flowers between the trees.

Wild daffodils, primroses, and bluebells among others were everywhere, covering the ground with a carpet of vivid colour that seemed to stretch on forever. When walking, we were always careful to stay on the paths and not trample the flowers, because that was the way we were brought up.

These colourful displays were not restricted to the woodland either, you very often found them on the roadside verges as you travelled along. As a child I glorified in the diverse natural beauty that abounded throughout rural England. At that time, England was indeed a ‘Green and Pleasant land’. Even so, as a Brit, I have to say it is still a beautiful country.

Away from the woods, walking along country lanes, you could see miles of hedgerows enclosing the farmers fields, each with it’s own unique environment. Birds and small creatures like dormice, insects by the million, all contributing in their own way to Mother Nature’s plan.

Farmers complained sometimes about certain species that lived in the hedgerows, but when all is said and done, we did not need hundreds of gallons of pesticide per acre to keep down the pests because the creatures of the hedgerows did it for us. Nature was in balance, and the farmers still got what they wanted, a good crop.

Then along came greed!

With the Sixties came the farming revolution that we know so well today. Most of the woodland and hedgerows were torn out to make way for fields that now stretch for half a mile as you drive along. Huge tracts of land had all the vegetation uprooted and removed to make way for the super-fields of the modern era.

Even then, it was obvious to anyone with a tiny amount of intelligence, that these super-fields would in time suffer from major problems.

First and foremost, such large open spaces gave the wind the opportunity it needed to remove the topsoil every time it blew. Secondly, the demise of the hedgerows removed vital, and natural, pest control.

With all that bio-diversity gone, we now see tractors spraying crops with what to us, must be poison. Daily we eat produce from these mega-farms with little thought to what has happened to it while it was growing. Even the fruit, we supposedly don’t eat enough of, is contaminated with all sorts of chemicals that are good for the farmer, but not for us.

It’s fine for the pesticide companies to shout that their product is safe, and for the farmers to say it is necessary, but is it? I wonder.

As with everything else these days, sad to say, its all about money. Farmers have been squeezed by the big supermarket chains since they become so popular, and it is firms like Tesco, Sainsburys, Morrisons, Asda and many more that are dictating the market prices for what we eat. This has led the farmers to get as much out of their land as they possibly can. Hence the relentless destruction of the countryside as I once knew it.

It is indeed a sad indictment of our times that we have destroyed this natural balance that has existed, and worked, since the birth of our planet.

It is a fact that some farmers have tried to reconstitute the hedgerow environment on their land, but it will take decades before we can get back to how it was.

When the hedgerows and woodland were destroyed, all the birds, small creatures and insects that inhabited them were destroyed also. This has had a knock-on effect by reducing the number of these creatures alive today.

Another of my favourite memories of summers gone by is the swarms of swallows and swifts that made their home in the UK each summer. In town or country they could be seen flitting around the buildings or trees in their search for insects. They would make an abrupt change in their flight path as they spotted an insect in the air, and you knew they had caught something, for they rarely missed. Now the numbers have fallen dramatically, which would indicate a significant drop in insect numbers.

We have had significant progress in the last thirty or so years in food production, but eventually the time will come when we have to pay the price, and I am afraid that day may not too far away.

Why do I say that? Well for a start, scientists have for the last twenty years been meddling with the very building blocks of our food source. By that I mean of course genetically modified (GM) foods.

I admit right away that I am not in favour of such manipulation, and wouldn’t touch them knowingly with the proverbial barge pole. I know the scientists tell us they can make drought and bug resistant crops that will increase the yield of farms, but to me it sound dangerous.

Despite what they say, no-one knows the effects this DNA manipulation of our food crops will have over an extended period when it eventually gets into the established plant-life, as it is bound to do sooner or later. No-one can say with certainty that it will not have a long term affect on our health and well-being. To me, we are playing a dangerous game with our future and that of our planet.

I just thank God that I am living my life now, and will not have to face the world in fifty years time.

Doom and gloom forecast? Not really, but I am happy I saw England’s beauty as it once was, and knew the time when english girls were known for their beauty and slim figures. I’m also glad I can still get fresh vegetables that do not as yet have the possibility to turn my offspring into something inhuman.

As time goes by I am sure we, the human race, will continue on this planet, because eventually all the bad things we have done to our home world will come back to haunt us, and those that are left will be able to start again knowing where we went wrong. Let us hope our descendants are more intelligent than we appear to be.


Live your life to the full, it’s a one-shot deal!


Roy.

Beware the Ides of March

Posted in Britain, Demonstration, England, Insanity, Modern World, UK with tags , , , , on 31/01/2009 by floroy1942

A world financial crisis followed by civil unrest begs the question: What next? World Governments have bailed out the Banks and the Car Industry to prevent financial meltdown, and now the People say: “What about us”!

World-wide, millions have lost their jobs and are seeking relief from the deprivation of a recession that was not their fault. Strikes and demonstrations are hitting more and more countries, and its spreading like wildfire, but what should be done about it?

There is some justification in what people are saying, insofar as the architects of the crisis are still sitting in their Wall Street and London offices (among others), getting their bloated salaries and bonuses while people on the street are losing their homes and having to tighten belts.

The whole crisis was caused by greed and mismanagement on the part of the Banks Fat Cats, who were so intent on buying up the competition they forgot to keep an eye on the petty cash. So why do they still have their jobs, let alone their huge bonuses?

It is a disgrace of world proportions that tax payers money has been used to pay these incompetents obscenely inflated bonuses for crass stupidity.

As an example, at a time when the Banks were being bailed out by the Government to the tune of billions of dollars, the leaders of these institutions were paying out billions in bonuses to their employees. One London based Company C.E.O approved payment of four billion to its workers at the same time they were receiving untold billions from the Government to keep the Company afloat.

The idea of paying your successful staff a large bonus was introduced to reward those workers who performed their function in an exemplary fashion and brought in huge profits. Over the years, this has been corrupted to mean that any Tom, Dick or Harry will get a bonus even when he is a major failure. Look at the past few years, where some C.E.O’s have been given severance pay of over €150,000,000 when forced to resign after some major cock up.

It is despicable that these people continue to get their huge handouts when their Banks/Companies are on the verge of bankruptcy and have to be bailed out by the Government, and by that I mean of course the Tax Payer.

Leaders from many countries have echoed the words of Gorden Brown of Britain when he complained that after the bank bailout, the banks were still refusing to start lending money again, or even pass on the full interest rate cuts made by the Bank of England, the World Bank and the American Treasury among others.

So you see, there is some justification for the general unrest that is happening all over the world, even if the protests are not being channeled in the right direction.

Civil unrest is now being aimed in various forms at Governments because that is where ordinary people lay the blame when times get hard, but what they should be pushing for is responsible management of our monetary system by the Banks, and in particular the Leaders of these institutions.

Bonuses are fine in the banking industry, but they should be brought down to a reasonable level, say €10,000 for a successful employee, and perhaps €100,000 for a good C.E.O. not €1,000,000 and €100,000,000. That is ridiculous. Why should anyone, no matter how successful, earn more in one day than the average man in 10,000 years. Its not just ridiculous, its obscene!

If you fail in your job you should be kicked out on your ear without any bonus at all. Failure should not be rewarded at any price!

If the general public start seeing heads roll in the Financial Sector it may help to calm the tumult in the market place, at least it would be a start, and may head off total anarchy!

Keep your powder dry!

Roy

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