Brother, brother, brother
There's far too many of you dying
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today -
Haunting lyrics and melody from a genius in a bygone era that isn't even a memory to many of the readers of this blog. Similar protest songs resonated on the primitive radios and turntables of the 60's and early 70's only to disappear from the landscape as a new era of danger entered our lives. A danger that very few of us were even to recognize for several decades as it planted its seed deeper into the fabric of our society. Unlike a highly developed parasite it became fatal for its host and the signs of death began to show as cracks within the morality and economy of a nation that prided itself in what it believed was a unique freedom it had fought for and spilled blood for. Was it all an illusion? Was it a cruel joke? Was it some devious, diabolical experiment? It seems now that Marvin Gaye's protest song What's Goin' On marked the end of a culmination of awakening that had started to gain a foothold in the 60's.....but just as suddenly as the future appeared to be looking up after a decade of turmoil, protests, wars and struggle.....the movement towards true awakening and peace fell silent and in its place rose up strange new generations with confused and selfish objectives. Almost as if their paths were orchestrated by invisible puppet wires the very institutions that served to protect the republic began to disappear one after another. One would vote for a seemingly different pathway at the poles only to find it seemed to veer into another direction. Up turned into down. Left, right paradigms became confusing to their previous followers. Moral breakdowns and hazards became commonplace as the Orwellian newspeak became reality and accelerated into a morass of virtual parodies. As a child of the 60s I would never have dreamed that my country would be engaged in as many as seven wars at once with over 800 military bases in 130 countries after that period had ended. We were the "good guys". We didn't torture....the other side did.
After decades of devolution and manipulations our lives that held so much promise when this song was made now seem to be on a collision course with a very dark destiny. Divisiveness, depression, immorality now pervade every corner of our lives. No leader on the horizon any longer can give anyone hope. Looking back now it seems that hope was an illusion then too. Romantic notions that it was a better time may have just been delusions. History teaches us many lessons and unfortunately we tend to repeat our same mistakes. I hope you all understand how important many of the accelerating changes are to your future and take the individual responsibility to help others become aware of the kind of changes we are facing. Its not a time to crawl into the bunker but a time to come out and engage in conversation about these changes coming. I'm going to have coffee with my buddy that landed on Iwo Jima at the age of 17....2mo before he was a Junior in High School in Iowa. By 1944 he didn't know who Smedley Butler was and wouldn't find out until 2010......and he taught history after the war for over 30 years....... gl
From Investment Watch 20 Facts about Europe You should know
#1 10 Months: Manufacturing activity in both France and Germany has contracted for 10 months in a row.
#2 11.8 Percent: The unemployment rate in the eurozone has now risen to 11.8 percent – a brand new all-time high.
#3 17 Months: In November, Italy experienced the sharpest decline in retail sales that it had experienced in 17 months.
#4 20 Months: Manufacturing activity in Spain has contracted for 20 months in a row.
#5 20 Percent: It is estimated that bad loans now make up approximately 20 percent of all domestic loans in the Greek banking system at this point.
#6 22 Percent: A whopping 22 percent of the entire population of Ireland lives in jobless households.
#7 26 Percent: The unemployment rate in Greece is now 26 percent. A year ago it was only 18.9 percent.
#8 26.6 Percent: The unemployment rate in Spain has risen to an astounding 26.6 percent.
#9 27.0 Percent: The unemployment rate for workers under the age of 25 in Cyprus. Back in 2008, this number was well below 10 percent.
#10 28 Percent: Sales of French-made vehicles in November were down 28 percent compared to a year earlier.
#11 36 Percent: Today, the poverty rate in Greece is 36 percent. Back in 2009 it was only about 20 percent.
#12 37.1 Percent: The unemployment rate for workers under the age of 25 in Italy – a brand new all-time high.
#13 44 Percent: An astounding 44 percent of the entire population of Bulgaria is facing “severe material deprivation”.
#14 56.5 Percent: The unemployment rate for workers under the age of 25 in Spain – a brand new all-time high.