Alternatives to Political Systems, Consumerism, Economics, People Systems, Society, Village Development, peak oil — by Craig Mackintosh PRI Editor January 13, 2011
A reader of my recent ‘crystal ball‘ post supplied the following video via comment. I thought I’d put it up front and centre, as it’ll likely get missed by most otherwise, and Gerald Celente’s thoughts are quite interesting, as we embark on another year’s journey in an increasingly interesting life.
Most of us are realistic enough to balance what we want to see happen in the world (and our efforts to bring it about) with what we actually see going on. As it happens, sometimes they both merge, even if not quite as seemlessly as we might hope.
After a look at the gloomy economic and social aspects we’re facing, the video ends forecasting a resurgence in what were, in WWII, called ‘victory gardens‘. Such lawn ‘liberation’ should indeed move ahead apace this year, transforming our polluting, monocrop, energy- and water-guzzling front yards into a valuable asset and defense. The other noteworthy comment Gerard makes is that the energy born of widespread disgruntlement, if not funneled into positive activities (think permaculture), will become a government tool to justify further loss of freedoms, and in this case loss of internet freedoms — risking losing the great potential it offers for us share and collaborate and design our way out of this mess.
We’ve gotta get positive, and fast, or we’ll ultimately sink into the kind of chaos we’re seeing via the recent videos shown below, all caused by stock market crashes, food prices rises, tax increases, service reductions, etc. etc. Unless we get positive, and pro-active and stop demanding the impossible from governments who can never give us what we want, let alone what we need, we’ll just turn the powers that be against ourselves. The ranks of the police will be bolstered with military support, first in just armaments, then with actual personnel. Protesting, without a design plan, is a great way to get absolutely nowhere fast. Screaming for the status quo, demanding that the now-gone age of cheap energy gets returned to us, is beyond pointless. We have to move on, and build a new world based on new realities.
Bangladesh suspended trading at its main stock exchange in the capital Dhaka on Monday, and security officials used batons to disperse thousands of angry investors upset over a market plunge. After the protesters began gathering on Monday morning, authorities used batons to try to break up the crowds, according to police officials. But protesters continued to demonstrate at several busy intersections in Dhaka’s Motijheel commercial district, where the stock exchange is located, smashing vehicles, burning tyres and chanting anti-government slogans. — YouTube
The focus in this edition of Press TV’s News Analysis is Tunisia and the most recent riots there, which have claimed the lives of at least 50 people, high cost of living and lack of jobs cited as reasons for the protests. Yet recently, some other Arab countries including Algeria are experiencing similar problems, making their people come out in protest. — YouTube
Democracy Now! on Tunisia protests
Mass demonstrations by thousands of students and trade unionists in central London against an increase in tuition fees, are growing more violent. It’s the latest and the largest in a string of rallies against sweeping austerity measures and budget cuts across Europe. What started as a relatively peaceful march later turned into violent clashes with the police, which is largely outnumbered by the demonstrators. — YouTube
Masked youths clashed with police and set fires in cities across France on Tuesday as protests against a proposed hike in the retirement age took an increasingly radical turn. — YouTube
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