Posts Tagged ‘Greece’


Having a lazy morning before going to work I was perusing a few blogs from my favourite people. A thought struck me, perhaps I am being to hard on politicians. I can’t really comment on world politics because I don’t, in all honesty, pay that much attention. There is so much going on at home that I barely have time to deal with all those issues.

The belligerence of little nations appears akin to sms, no not text messaging but small man syndrome.  There are currently issues with Greece, not an international powerhouse since Aristotle and Plato. The UK, diminished in stature by loss of empire but for some reason we (Royal not intended to include me) still think of this Land of Hope and Glory as a world leader in all things.  In reality we are a small offshore island of either mainland Europe or the US depending on who you believe exerts more influence. Argentina, small, poor, apparently ill served by politicians. I suppose it is possible that this country could still be influenced by the Nazi gold and personnel said to inhabit it’s secluded spots, the Nazi’s themselves being driven by SMS Hitler being a short arse.

Are the politicians from these lands as bad I believe they are? Is it possible that actually they are so stupid that they cannot see solutions, even when they are right in front of them?

I am, of course, talking about climate change and planet degradation. The issues with the economies of the world, poverty and huge welfare spending, over consumption and waste. I cannot possibly cover all of these matters in a small badly written blog, I do not have the benefit of a highly exclusive, expensive and elitist education.

Lets look at issues of waste, lack of proper housing, welfare spending and poverty. Governments wring their collective hands and worry about what to do. A solution is suggested but it is not ‘mainstream’ so the idea almost dies through increased regulation. The energy and singlemindedness of one man however, prevails in the end. Mike Reynolds who I have posted about before deserves a Nobel Prize. True he had to modify his approach in the US and other ‘developed’ countries. He had to submit to various building controls which had the sole effects of delay in construction and rising costs. Now, if all those in poverty were encouraged to build their own earthships, from waste material, they would not only remove vast amounts of waste from landfill they would become self sustaining in food and water, they would have no electricity bills and therefore would need next to no welfare payments. In fact if the local equivalent of council tax was abandoned for such properties they may well require no financial assistance at all. Waste is reprocessed right on site. The whole system is closed and everything reused. What is government reaction? We don’t like the construction materials, use new timber, concrete etc. This merely pollutes more and does not remove waste from the planet. A different story in disaster zones where Mike’s ideas are adopted and used to the benefit of the population.

Agriculture, this is unsustainable in it’s present form. There are a multitude of answers available but governments appear to be advised by experts who cannot adopt a multi discipline approach, each pushing their speciality to the exclusion of all other solutions. My hero Bill Mollison, and many others like him, Geoff Lawton and Sepp Holzer to name only two, can view landscapes and land use from a holistic standpoint. Repairing the earth, increasing fertility and production ensuring our continued existence for ever.

The messages are there, loud and clear. The conclusion, politicians are stupid or only concerned for their own glory and financial well being and the rest of us, their kids included, can go hang. The sun is shining today, I am feeling charitable. For today I will accept that Politicians are not evil wealth gatherers serving only self interest, but stupid. I cannot guarantee that position will last.

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The whole of Europe appears to be descending into poverty, Greece we all know about, Spain appears to be borrowing money to sort out it’s position. There is talk of Italy being next. Will Britain be far behind?

This is obviously bad news for everyone but, when viewed against the dangers of climate change and world environmental degradation they pale into insignificance. The media appear to have lost any interest in these topics though. Am I alone in thinking that a recession has caused people to conveniently put these problems to one side?

The politicians and their big business buddies must be pleased there is financial chaos. It won’t put a dent in their income like it does for everyone else, they may lose the odd 100,000 but hey, they have Harry Enfields ‘Loadsa dosh’ stashed away. But it does divert interest from things that may dent, terminally, their ability to irresponsibly profit from the rest of us at the expense of this dying planet.

News is concentrated on the economy, Syria and that other vitally important event, … football. Now, I don’t mind people enjoying the spectacle of 22 grown men chasing a pigs bladder, but is it so important that hours of media should be devoted to it? It would be more interesting if the players had their wages reduced to the national average, (along with bankers politicians etc) and there was actually some benefit to mankind from what they are doing. At least the employment of the brain dead in this way prevents the unemployment figures expanding even further. Poor old Wayne, if he couldn’t kick a ball he would probably be something really worthwhile like a road sweeper. The lads and lassies who look after our refuse deserve more plaudits that overpaid footballers. What benefit has football really given to mankind? Thuggery, violence, and misbehaviour of every kind.

At least today the sun is shining and I won’t get wet on my way to the pen today.