Archive for World Economy

What Does 2013 Hold For Us?

Posted in Al Quada, America, Britain, Environment, Modern World, Security Council, Taliban, UK, United Nations, USA with tags , , , on 31/12/2012 by floroy1942

While most people seem to be looking back at the events of 2012, I wonder what the new year holds for us. The ‘End of the World’ event of December 21st 2012 seems to have passed off without any dramatic consequences and so now we stumble onward.

Arab Spring

Arab Spring

As usual the world is full of crisis in many places, least of all the Arab world where the ‘Arab Spring’ is still in full flood, and natural disasters are occurring everywhere with ever increasing frequency, but what the hell! We are still here.

Trouble Ahead

Trouble Ahead

One thing is for sure, 2013 will not be a lucky year for most people as the western countries still struggle with economic problems that just will not go away. The American ‘Fiscal Cliff’ looms closer with no compromise in sight, because as usual the Democrat and Republican political parties cannot agree on anything. In Europe people are still struggling to survive the economic downturn because those with low incomes are paying the price for the stupidity of the banks and the rich are hiding their ill-gotten gains.

Russia And China Veto Syria Action

Russia And China Veto Syria Action

Despite the apparent success of the Arab uprising in many countries of the Middle East few people are better off, and in nations like Egypt and Syria the problems are far from over as various factions vie for power. Naturally this will carry over well into the new year and maybe even the year after because Assad at least seems determined to fight to the end. The United Nations Security Council is still hamstrung by the veto’s of China and Russia so the international community can do little to stop the needless bloodshed.

al Quada Bombing

al Quada Bombing

Intimately involved in the unrest in the Middle East and further afield are many insurgent groups like al Quada who are deliberately escalating the violence for their own ends, which seem to be gaining control of a country.

Taliban Warning

Taliban Warning

The Taliban are continuing their war against fellow Muslims with an increasing number of attacks on their own people. Many would ask, Why do they attack fellow Muslims? Well, I think the answer is they wish to gain power again in Afghanistan, which they surely will when our troops leave, and the continuing bombing campaign is to reinforce their main weapon – Fear! I found it amusing when I read a news report on the negotiations that have taken place recently when the Taliban spokesman said they have “no ambition to take over the government of Afghanistan”. Well, I predict that as soon as the foreign troops leave they will do everything they can to return to power. Only time will tell.

New York City Tunnel

New York City Tunnel

During the last year the environment has been a serious area of concern for many millions of people across the world. We have had Hurricane ‘Sandy’ that ripped through the eastern seaboard of America, droughts in the Mid-West followed this winter by heavy snowfall.

Drought Impacts Food Production

Drought Impacts Food Production

Even ‘The Green and Pleasant Land’ of Britain had to suffer major drought and flooding problems in 2012. Many countries in the Far East have been battered by typhoons, drought and major flooding in areas where you would not expect it. There can be little doubt in any sane persons mind that all these weather phenomenon are the result of global warming, which the governments of the world seem powerless to stop.

In the case of rich nations, there is a distinct lack of will to trade profit for the continued existence of mankind, and the developing nations are loath to see any slow-down in their progress in catching up with the West for the same reason. In a nutshell, profit rules!

A Day At The Beach In An Over-Crowded World

A Day At The Beach In An Over-Crowded World

The world population will continue to rise at an alarming rate as it has done over the last thirty years. The fact that millions of people are dying of starvation because places like Africa cannot grow crops due to global warming is considered insignificant, just ‘situation normal’!

There can be little doubt that none of these challenges will be met in 2013 and life will continue as it did in 2012, because no single person is capable of stopping Assad, al Quada, the Taliban or climate change.

Really Necessary?

Really Necessary?

People will continue to consume resources at an ever-increasing rate, own more than one car in the family, add to the monumental number of electrical gadgets in the home, contaminate the environment and have more and more babies.

Power Consumption Gone Mad

Power Consumption Gone Mad

Most folks think it is the governments job to look after the well-being of the world, the environment and world resources etc., but they are wrong. 2013 would be a good year for us, the people, to start putting our own houses in order by drastically cutting down on our consumption of electricity, fuel and useless gadgets and start looking after the environment with simple things like refusing to use plastic bags, cups and packaging. We have to learn to forgo that extra ten cents of profit if it will help save the planet and humanity.

The Hungry Of The World

The Hungry Of The World

During the next twelve months  things will continue to deteriorate in many areas of the world for we have not yet reached the ‘Wake up Humanity’ point. When that time comes, and we see what we are doing to ourselves and our planet, I just hope it will not be too late.

Whatever happens in the future, I wish you all a wonderful, happy New Year!

Roy.

The World Economic Crisis

Posted in Benefits, Britain, Budget Cuts, Children, Demonstration, England, Europe, Germany, Government Spending, Modern World, Obama, President, Spain, UK, USA with tags , , , , , , , on 06/08/2011 by floroy1942

It will come as no surprise that the ‘times of plenty’ are over. As country after country feels the pinch of growing economic debt, people are taking to the streets to demonstrate about their loss of earnings, and the reductions in social services. Governments are floundering in an ever-increasing spiral of debt as they try to strike a balance between the demands of the people, and balancing the nations budget.

U.S. National Debt

Just today even the mighty United States had its credit rating reduced for the first time in history, and if that has happened, you can bet the world economic crisis is only just beginning.

'The Game' Curse

Part of the problem is, we have had it so good for so many years we have gotten use to it. Instead of the usual holiday to Spain we went further afield, and we could buy an iPad, even though we didn’t really need it. Our living rooms sport a fancy 46″ HDTV because suddenly the old one just wasn’t good enough. The kids all have computers, X-Box and PlayStation games which they spend every waking minute playing. Our homes have become filled with ‘nice to have’ items because we could afford it. But now all that is changed! The people of Greece, Spain, and other countries are out on the streets demonstrating because they do not wish to lose this standard of living.

For sure, there are among them people who find it hard to make ends meet, and in today’s climate they will be hardest hit, but many of those demonstrating are middle-class people who fall into the above bracket. Not one of these well-off earners would for example, voluntarily give up 5% of their salary in taxes to ease the debt crisis and help the needy. They care little if the social services cannot afford to look after poor families, just so long as their standard of living does not deteriorate.

Greece National Debt

We have become so used to our lifestyle of plenty that we do not want to see it slip away, but I have news for you folks: It’s over! There is no way the world economies, especially western ones, can continue to throw money around. National debts are rising day by day and eventually the crunch has to come.

People have to realise they cannot have everything, and many families must wake up to the fact they cannot afford to run three or four cars in the family. As for the exotic holiday to Florida? Forget it! It is not until everyone gets used to the idea that we must all tighten our belts and not expect so much from life, that the crisis will eventually be overcome.

Italian National Debt

Most western nations have become an ‘I want’ culture, and we have become used to doing as little as possible to get what we want. After so many years of plenty it is perhaps time we were brought down to earth, and how hard we hit the ground is up to us really. We all have to realise that times are very hard and it is only by everyone making a sacrifice that we will overcome it.

National Debts Across The World

Get your children used to the idea that you will not be spending huge amounts at Christmas to buy them the lavish gifts they have become so used to. So if you can’t buy a new car and have to spend your next holiday in some place not so far away, don’t complain, accept it as part of your contribution to getting the world economy back on its feet.

Remember, all the people demonstating in the streets on Athens, Madrid and Rome will not get the economy back on its feet. Governments can only spend money they do not have up to a certain limit, and then its time to pay the piper; literally!

Confused about how we got into this situation? The following video will explain it all:

http://youtu.be/Q-zp5Mb7FV0

Roy.

%d bloggers like this: