Sunday, 1 January 2017

Out with the New and in with the Old ( or We don't pray for love, we just pray for cars )

It's New Year's Eve.   The clientele residing in my hotel seems to have changed to out-of-towners from Langley, who are here to experience Big City Life over New Years.  No, I'm NOT mentioning that because of it's sadness (Anthony Bourdain pointed out that American Liberal's contempt for America's Bible-bashing and gun-toting red-neck-country contributed to Trump's election win) but because of what happened last night.   Although to be fair, I'm not even sure whether it was Langley residents that were involved in the fist fight that brought the North Vancouver Police out in force:

Everyone is treating this night as if it were something special.   Everything will be much better after tonight, everyone seems to be thinking.  Sorry, the world changes if people act differently.  I don't see a sign that people are actually changing their ways.  

And I don't see them changing. A line in  this Weeknd Song says it all. People just pray for cars!  But he got the earnings disparity wrong.  While he sings  "Made your whole year in a week too, ya", reality is much more ugly: Canada's top paid CEOs will only have to work until 11:47 am TODAY, first work day of the year, to earn MORE than the average Canadian worker will make in the entire YEAR.  Can one honestly still say that they EARN that money ?

A good night's sleep later, the new year has arrived.  It is COLD outside

But it's not as cold as the feeling I have about the future.

Remember Martin Luther King Jr, the assassinated civil rights leader?

I stumbled upon a quote today:

Martin Luther King Jr. August 16, 1967:

...And one day we must ask the question, Why are there forty million poor people in America? And when you begin to ask that question, you are raising questions about the economic system, about a broader distribution of wealth. When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy. And I'm simply saying that more and more, we've got to begin to ask questions about the whole society...

Funny things with assassinations. They are usually ordered. And if you read the official story of King's Assassin on Wikipedia, it sounds just as unbelievable as the story of JFK's assassin.

Hmm.  Seems that pointing out that inequality makes for dangerous living.

Of course, the new year is going to bring nothing new. more likely the exact opposite.  The members of Trump's cabinet own MORE wealth than 1/3 of American households.  THINK about that one for a second or two.   

It means that all these people have accumulated wealth at the expense of A LOT of other people.   Because face it, Money is NOT MADE, it is paid by someone else. There is a reason for that old saying "Behind every great fortune there is a great crime". Does anyone actually believe that these people will stop getting richer at other people's expense now that they are IN POWER?   About as likely as wolves not eating sheep anymore.

Hmm.  Something that reinforced a line of thinking about youth growing up these days in cities like Vancouver , I saw a documentary today by Noam Chomsky "Requiem to the American Dream"  (It's on Netflix).  And it contained a very troubling line:  Even during the great depression, when things were bad, there was hope that things would eventually get better.  There is NO hope today.

And the reason for why there is NO hope these days?   This is my personal opinion, but I suspect I'm not far from the truth.  Everyone who STILL has ANY disposable income is too busy buying iPhones or other CRAP to worry about the people who do NOT have that luxury of 'extra;' money.

I think my point is made by the above picture.  I found it on Google Images.  It's from a website called "10 funniest homeless signs ever".  The title of that website says more about people than this entire post.

So, after all that you will hopefully forgive me for not wishing you a Happy New Year.   I don't do small-talk.

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