Monday, December 30, 2013

The Little Guy Fights Back

Wounded marines booed and hissed John Wayne when he visited them a hospital ward in Hawaii during the Second World War. Wayne, who never served in the military, wore a fancy cowboy outfit that included spurs and pistols. The marines grasped the manipulation and deceit of celebrity culture.
                                                  --- Empire of Illusion by Chris Hedges

At Easter in the year 2010, a few months after the earthquake, Haiti received a grand gift from Monsanto: sixty thousand bags of seed produced by the chemical industry. Farmers gathered to receive the offering, and proceeded to burn every sack in an immense bonfire.
                                                     --- Children of the Days by Eduardo Galeano

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

To End All Crime

On December 10, 2013, the Romanian parliament considered "super-immunity" to parliamentarians, the president, and to more than 100 mayors, their convictions for corruption notwithstanding. The parliament relieved them of their crimes by abolishing the the law that declared them corrupt. Parliament is also considering decriminalizing conflict of interest laws. The goodies continue, Also on the agenda is amnesty and pardon for politicians already in prison.

Here's the lesson for the world at large. To abolish all crime, simply declare void all laws that define crimes. No matter what one does, no crime can be committed.

Thank you, Romanian parliament.

 Legally corrupt: Romanian politicians chase 'super-immunity’

New York Times, Dec, 27, 2017.  In Romania, the governing Social Democrats have revived efforts to decriminalize some corruption offences amid a series of measures that critics say undermine the rule of law

Endless Happiness etc.

I am being overwhelmed with the prospect of happiness, fun and joy.

Coca-Cola invites me to "open happiness". All I need do is lift the cap off one of their products and wonderful things will gush into my life.  

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) proclaims itself the "sponsor of fun," fun that can be mine by simply buying a lottery ticket. 

Indigo Shops (formerly book stores) offer office supplies that will help me wish "bye bye to boring," and "hello to happy." 

The Ford Motor Company promises "Endless Joy" motoring in their latest product.

When next I sip on a Coke of happiness, fantasy on my lottery ticket, deploy those boredom-destroying Indigo office supplies, and have endless joy in my Ford, I'll express due gratitude to their providers.  If only I could still my beating heart.