Does peace stand a chance in the Middle-East?

The Middle-East has long been a problem area for the West as they look to spread their liberal ideals around the globe. Over recent years we’ve seen uprisings in Libya, Egypt and a number of other countries who have ousted their leaders in a bid to earn themselves more freedom. However, it is unlikely that these states will now turn to the peace and democratic ideals that the USA and the Western world would like to see.

A recent post from how to get an American IP address  on the impact of the USA Presidential Election and the effects it could have on the Middle East, outlined how the election of Romney would have been bad for the region, however, with the current troubles rising up between Israel and Palestine, it looks unlikely that even President Obama will be able to stop the issues of the Middle-East from getting worse.

With nuclear proliferation around the world getting worse and worse, many will have their eyes on Iran and North Korea who are seen as threats to the West and the free-world as they continue with the uranium-enrichment programmes.

The USA’s history of interventionism looks as though it is unlikely to continue against nations who have an arsenal of weapons that are capable of wiping out half of the USA with the press of a single button. It would be foolish for any president to think that entering a country with ground troops is a good idea when a rocket attack on home soil could kill almost all of the US’ population.

While many may have thought that the uprisings in the Arab Spring may lead to peace in the region, it’s now looking unlikely that this will come about. Instead, new questions of the issues in the Middle-East look to plague Obama’s second term in the White House.

 

Where is Society Headed?

With wars raging, the numbers throughout the world struggling to find enough food increasing and the gap between rich and poor at home widening, it is sometimes hard to remain hopeful about the world we live in.

Recently, I discovered The Venus Project (www.thevenusproject.com), an organization started by Jacque Fresco. From what I’ve read, they offer ideas about how to solve the problems of the world today. They view the current monetary system as problematic. Capitalism, Communism, Socialism, Fascism while different in many ways all support a monetary system. Instead of a monetary economy, The Venus Project proposes a resource based economy.

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The question then becomes not whether we have the money to buy something, but whether we have the resources to build it. This may sound strange the first time you hear of the idea. But if you take the time to read their proposals and wonder how the future could unfold, you may find it an attractive idea. This type of society would bring an end to war, hunger and poverty. As things stand today, these problems all stem from living in a monetary system. Where there is profit to be made, some people who draw the short straw are going to end up suffering.

One of the ideas that I found interesting is that ownership will become something of the past. Things are only useful to us when we are actually using them. For instance, a camera is of little use unless we are taking pictures. So we could have libraries for more than just books. In a future society, there could be a library for cameras, places for people to park shared cars, a library for technology tools – iPlayer Ipad US) and so on. If all people of the world have access to things, we can improve the life of many.

You may feel that some people would end up “worse off” than they are today. But just getting access to goods is only one of the benefits of a resource based economy. Another huge positive is that machines and robots can take over many of the mundane and repetitive jobs carried out by humans today. We may be able to get to the stage where machines can do practically all our jobs. This would leave humans free to pursue our passions rather than the paycheck which is often our current goal.

A better society is possible.

Carbon Footprints and Christmas

Carbon footprints are all the rage here in the Bay Area.  Made it is the years of composting, or simply the ability of the region to support smaller, more environmentally friendly business-but the Bay Area really does care.

The big question for me, as I own a wine gift baskets business is how to take those high personal hopes and put them into practice with my business.  I mean, shipping a couple of bottles of wine and some chocolate across the country on a gas guzzeling truck the entire way is hardly eco friendly.

Anyway-any advice on working on our footprint?  I mean paying off sets is one suggestion we get a lot and planting some extra trees at our site is another-but neither truly seems to solve either problem.