I dare not ask myself how far gone things are in Europe. Maybe not this bad, but .. I have suspicions.
The government is a machine. In order to keep it running well you need to perform proper maintenance. I'm afraid "proper maintenance" in this case has devolved to: Calling down the holy wrath of god upon every single person who
- Dares utter a single word in public service that is not true.
- Dares try to mislead the public with selective truth.
- Dares be a complete and utter hypocrite like that judge up there.
- Dares to let himself be bought.
And with 'holy wrath' I really mean "struck by divine lightning and burnt to a cinder on the spot". I don't want to try and sit in god's chair here (especially since I'm an atheist) but I very much believe that if our system of punishing injustice is to work the people that need to be held accountable most are those who sit at the top, while at the same time lies and half-truths that are harmless on a personal level devolve into crimes of mind-boggling magnitude when uttered by someone in a position of power.
Since a portion of americans apparently believe the biggest crimes need to be punishable by death, and corruption is the biggest evil I know, holy fire raining down divine vengeance upon those who commit acts of corruption seems to be appropriate.
Too bad I don't believe in God.
.. and then certain parts of the government still need to be completely dismantled because they are not salvageable, and their very purpose is evil.
- Patent offices
- The entire military (every one of them, I don't discriminate that way) and corresponding industrial complex.
- Much of the US police force's paramilitary powers
- Pretty much every spying agency. Especially the NSA, but again, I don't discriminate.
I don't fully agree with Clark that the system cannot be repaired. But it sure is heavily broken.
Follow up reading:
The last one is downright paranoid. No idea as to the veracity of that source, but hell. (edit: Yeah, this last one fails several of my sanity checks. Way too much paranoia there, when simpler explanations are available.)
Just knowing how these plants work makes me think that nuclear power plants are like these giant bombs with lit fuses that people have to constantly add more nitroglicerine to to prevent them from exploding. Even after the fuse has gone out.
Tell any sane person such an analogy, and they'd say that creating such a device is a bad idea in the first place. We should shut all of them down. But admitting that means abandoning all pretense that our so called civilisation is not teetering on the edge of ruin. We can't shut them down permanently - it would kill our economy.
Instead, the media will pretend nothing is wrong, and our world will march blindly on. Like lemmings.
So true. People believe what they can put in relation to their own experiences. Statistics and graphs? Doesn't matter how correct they are - they are just discounted.
Everything is fine. Bad things cannot possibly happen. House prices cannot possibly go down. Global warming is a lie. We aren't destroying this planet. Or ourselves. Economic growth is permanent and will last until the end of time. Our civilisation is immortal.
We are doomed.
I won't apologise for it though. All the evidence suggests our future will be very, very bad. That most people don't see it is part of the reason why. I can't change that. I wish I could.
There is only one dignified answer to a revelation like this:
Cancel. Their. Funding.
'Our predicament calls to mind that of our colleague veteran intelligence professionals, who were ignored by Official Washington and an obsequious media, when we knew that fraudulent (not mistaken) intelligence was being used to “justify” the launching of an aggressive war on Iraq 11 years ago.'
At least that is pretty much public knowledge at this point ..
Take, for instance, little blog posts like these:
When does Obama's term end anyway?
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