I noticed a magazine headline that said something like “technology will kill one million jobs.” I did not read the article, but did have a thought or two. One was: only one million?
Humans are born, live a number of years, and then die. While alive, they must keep busy and eat. Working has been a useful way of doing both, because work did, occasionally, provide money for food. Even slaves on triremes were given some form of sustenance so they could keep up with the beat of drum, and “residents” of Soviet gulags were feed, albeit poorly.
Without the above-mentioned one million jobs, what will those people do? They still must eat, which requires some form of labor or payment. Few will be able to return to farming, but slavery is surely an alternative wished by many of the so-called one percent. Machines do not demand vacation days or sick leave or raises; slaves also do not. Win-win for big guys, and lose-lose for the peons.
Once again, alarmist wording is attached to any decrease in the stock market. Wall Street “slumped” on news about Greece: the number flashing the news crawler showed less than a 1% decline.
This reaction is from people that believe numbers to be holy, but tend to throw words around as if they mean something.
The time is too early to tell, but I believe that the current battle between Greece and its creditors could be another case of “it’s easier to get forgiveness than permission”. The Greeks owe a pile of money and have yet to offer a credible plan for re-payment. This is a country where few pay taxes, especially the rich (sound familiar?) and people enjoy the lowest retirement age and most generous pension in Europe. Other countries in Europe have no sympathy for Greek games.
Some are calling the Greek prime minister (a fan of communism) an idiot; some are praising him for calling a referendum and standing up to European “bullies”, i.e. politicians and bankers used to making back-room deals without wedding from voters.
Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out.
There are people that blame the current conflagration in the Middle East and resulting refugee flood streaming towards as Europe on Mssrs. Bush and Blair/their cronies. There may a degree of truth in this, even if Sunnis and Shiites have been killing each other since the two sects split apart over 1000 years ago.
The argument today is that the mess caused by an American president and his lapdog of a British prime minister is not hurting them and that the burden must be borne by European “friends”. There is more than a degree of truth in that. As a German taxpayer, I know that this will cost me…and not American or British taxpayers. But, Bush and Blair are rich...
“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."
And, Fox News mission statement...
I cannot say that I have regained the respect that I was instructed as a child to have for the Supreme Court, but there is a glimmer of hope. Two decent rulings in two days is some kind of record in a court ruled by a Bush crony.
I have come believe of these people as mere political hacks in robes, but a few seem to be worthy of some respect. The other will remain odious.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.