Daily Archives: June 12, 2010

For the folks who heard us talk about the USA in the World Cup on Friday’s radio show…

The United States and England played to a 1-1 draw in their first World Cup Match. Who would have thunk it?!

Cartoon(s) of the Week… Elections and Oil Spills

Rex Babin in The Sacramento Bee:

We’re getting closer to campaign season. The recent primaries brought us interesting results… now let’s see if the incumbents really suffer.

– and –

Joel Pett in USA Today:

– and here is another variation of the same –

Nick Anderson in the Houston Chronicle:

BP and the oil spill makes us think. How will this effect campaigns (or can money really buy anything?)

Facing a disastrous economy

We appear to be in the middle of a hugely stupid economic system. Consumers are consuming less…perhaps saving, actually. Lenders, even those who were bailed out by the government, are loaning less. The Military is spending more (and even if it cuts the military spending by a significant amount over the next two years, we will still be spending more… quite a bit more… than we spent the year prior to 9/11.

Our Industry economy has been replaced by a service economy (and long ago we lost our agrarian economy) and the need for services uses up computer networks and telephone lines but does not use up to available musculature and time of potential employees. Growing numbers of middle class employees become lower class unemployed and part-time strugglers. While we think about ways to go in a direction which favors the largest number of people instead of the top 1 percent of the population… the extremely wealthy elite… we fall more and more into a depth which was designed for us long ago and which we have supported, brainlessly, for close to 30 years.

Sustainability is one of the tactics which is being put in place by the current and former middle-classers as an effort to face the future with at least a drop of hope. Here in Shepherdstown, WV, a number of locals have put together Sustainable Shepherdstown in an early move to improve life conditions while looking out for urselves. This effects food, lifestyles and other economic factors. You can learn more about it at Sustainable Shepherdstown. Similar activities are happening in other communities.

The only real question is “Is it too late?”