Archive for April 1st, 2011

Lybia, easy pickin’s for the Greedy

Friday, April 1st, 2011

   Libya is a ripe fruit, just waiting to be plucked from its vine.  I found it difficult to start this article off.  There’s so many layers to the situation and to put a simple spin or label on it, isn’t easily done.   Or at least not for me.

I could have just as easily gone with “Libya, the humanitarian farce.”  Or perhaps, “Obama, Nobel Peace Prize winner, or another corporate puppet?”   Lets face it, there’s a hundred different titles that would have fit.

   Either way, there’s no getting Obama off the hook this time.   I can’t blast Bush for some of his down right tyrannical policies and then let Obama slide on something similar, even though it’s not quite with the same amount of evil aggression.  That wouldn’t be fair.   But something more, this isn’t just about his putting on a mask of humanitarianism then scraping the dead off the oil fields for fun and profit.   No.  It adds a new layer to something we already knew, but didn’t really grasp how bad it was until it showed up on a man we thought would be above it…    I’m referring to a government no longer controlled by its people, but by corporations.  ( get the feeling this could be a loooonng post?)

   Allow me to back up just a tad.   We’re living in an unprecedented time.   Never, in my (almost 40) years have I seen such rampant upheaval, nor have I seen it done in this manner.   A virtual rash of countries facing governmental ousters from its populous, all at the same time, all over a particular region of this planet.   I’m sure it’s probably happened to some scale, but I’ve not seen it like this before.  It excites me to my very core.

   In this fray, we have Lybia.  On the surface it seems no more important than any of the other countries that are experiencing protests calling for the current regime to step down.  But with one exception…   Oil.

   There are people dying in other countries while protesting their governments heavy hand.   Yet we do nothing.   Even as I write this there are people in countries like Syria and Bahrain, literally dying in the streets.   These people aren’t being shot up and murdered for going on a violent rampage through the cities.   They’re being killed because they dare oppose the leaders of their country.   Leaders that we supported, by the way.  Most die like solders, but have no weapons in their hands, only signs and banners.  Some, while holding their children.    The one thing they don’t have…  The one thing that could save them…   Oil.

   America, the great hypocrite.   Obama comes on TV and tells me we need to protect the innocent lives of civilians, and as a nation devoted to spreading democracy we must “Must” see that those values are able to be found by people seeking them.   As such, we will start a military action against the regime of General *Qaddafi   Okay, I get it.   But why not help the others?    Oh, that’s right…   Oil.

   Oil.   Oil is straight up sexy money that you pull out of the ground.  Some people have it, some people don’t.   In underdeveloped countries that have oil, you’ll find that the leaders are usually the ones that control the oil.   Sometimes, it’s the ones who control the oil that actually become the leaders.   Those are usually dictators whose choke hold on the oil reserves grant them obscene power.

   In well developed countries however, like the U.S.A., that same obscene power has to be shrouded in a complex game of smoke-n-mirrors.   The people must falsely believe they are in power and that their representatives are running the country in their interest.  In fact, it’s corporate giants that run the branches of government.   They allow our representatives to make legislation on small piddley affairs that have little consequence while they pull the strings of global proportions from lavish leather-filled offices amongst the clouds.  It’s these faceless men, that dictate world affairs, with little regard for you and me.  Never is this more evident then now.   With Obama’s bending to their will, we have a much better glimpse at how far reaching the corporations arm truly is.

   Lybia, the ripe fruit, will be picked ever so carefully… apart, and sold for its oil rights.

Sure we’ll help them win their “freedom”, but in return their fledgling fresh government will be hornswoggled out of every drop of black gold they rest on.   In the end, they’ll have traded a ruthless murdering dictator for a slow sublime bleeding.   At least they’ll have the illusion of control, if only for a while.

 

 

Side NOTE:   At what point do civilians cease to be civilians during a revolution?  Is it at the point when they arm themselves and form units?  Do they essentially become a military at that point?   If so, do they warrant the same standings as civilians if in fact they are “at war” with another faction?   I’m just asking because I’m not actually sure.  I’m not trying to make light of the conflict.  

   However, if they are in fact a military, why don’t we stop pussy-footing around and actually help out.   Stop insulting ourselves with ideas of humanitarianism and say what we really mean,  “We’re here to help you overthrow this guy we hate.  Please step aside while we go kill some shit.”   …If we’re being honest.  

 

 

*(PS. Why doesn’t anyone know how to spell is fuckers name?  I’ve seen it spelled; Kadafi, Caddafi, Gaddafi, and Gadafi.  WTF?!?! And that’s from legitimate news agencies, NY Times, AP, Reuters. )

Insurance companies suck

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Disappointment, that’s all I can say.   I’m extremely disappointed in Progressive.   I’ve been a customer of yours since 1991 (with the exception of a small laps in 2001).  And I’ve often praised you in conversations whenever auto insurance came up, or if someone was asking who I thought was good.  I’ve even stuck with you when you were slightly higher than some of your competitors, because I liked dealing with you.

That was until today.   Today, you decided to raise my rates by $143.   This is the thanks I get?  You screw me?   What did I ever do to you, except faithfully give you my money of the past 20 years.    Things have changed I guess, and clearly you are getting out of the auto insurance business, because you clearly don’t care about your customers.   Or maybe it’s just me?   Maybe you just don’t like me?

Your actions are unacceptable.  You’ve forced me to go elsewhere.

I would say thanks for all the good service, but it’s kind of inappropriate with this bitter taste in my mouth.   So, I’ll say thanks for NOTHING!   I’m going to GEICO.

 

Your very UNHAPPY (former) customer.

Chris Harston

 

PS. I’m posting this on my blog as well, because I’m that pissed.