Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Troubling Signs!

Our relationship with Russia is headed in the wrong direction.  I see nothing to indicate that anyone on either side is willing to change the trajectory.

There are more indicators that the pro-gun lobby is beginning to turn the anti-gun tide that arose after Newtown.  Pro-gun legislators are more willing to stand up and voice their views.  The public may want some controls on guns.  The money backing the other side has more power.

Egypt is a powder keg.  The military has started to assert itself.  Morsi may survive but will Egyptian democracy?

Soccer/football worldwide is under investigation for match fixing.  Will the gambling syndicates that win when cheating takes place turn their back on these profit opportunities?  Sure – when greed is no longer part of the human condition.

What about democracy and human rights in the U.S.?  Are we headed down a slippery slope when we justify killing people in countries where we are not at war?  Or set up surveillance on our citizens without due process?  Or detain people indefinitely without judicial oversight?  Or otherwise compromise the standards that we espouse for others?  Good questions.

Non state-sponsored terrorists seem to be springing up everywhere.  Pick a continent.  They’re there.

Climate change still hasn’t gained traction as a planet-threatening phenomenon.  Books are written.  Conferences are held.  Earnest people speak out.  And still – no traction.

That’s it for now.  Have a good day.


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