In a year that just was, we saw an almost endless parade of change; it’s as if revolution and upheaval is the birthright of new centuries. We look out in the world as viewed from our own little corner, and pass judgement. Arguments ensue en mass regarding the meaning and worth of all the changes we see sweeping across the earth.
Problem is of course that it isn’t really change at all, just a year when the litany of forces that constantly animate all human discourse find new and temporary equilibriums. Sometimes it seems like the breaking of a tectonic fault line, a seismic slip that... Read More
The year is almost over and it’s that time again of frantic shopping and binge merriment, of meeting people you haven’t seen since, well, last Christmas; a time of false camaraderie, of debt accumulation, of non-ending festive music, of crowds in malls and elevated blood pressure levels drowned out by copious quantities of eggnog and other spirits. Amidst this madness, I try to take stock each year of where we have come as a species and where we seem to be headed.
In 2011, the world rocked for a second time on the consequences of fiscal irresponsibility, with Western Europe descending... Read More
A month ago the results of the vote for the Russian Duma (lower chamber of parliament) appeared settled – both for foreigners and for Russians, many of whom did not bother to vote. When the results came in, early this week, everything was back in question.
The massive loss of votes and face by the ruling party, in the midst of apparent popular resignation, suggests parallels with the Middle East. There also regimes in firm control for decades were suddenly upset and/or overthrown by unexpected popular movements – a process that is still underway.
Is Russia next in line?
The... Read More
Coming off record profits, no consequences for starting the world economic recession, and the expansion of the global economy, Wall Street is now openly ready to create their New World Order. Ahh, good old conspiracy theory, but sometimes the conspiracy is not a theory. Recent events regarding the debt crisis in the EU has made this effort at creating such an 'order' quite blatant.
We are all too familiar with the tales of economic woe in Greece, Ireland, Italy and even the U.S. "Investors" are demanding drastic cuts in budgets, at the expense of the people, and tax increases... Read More
Terrorism is a symptom. WMDs are a symptom. War is a symptom. Lying politicians are a symptom. Rap gangstas are a symptom. Criminals on Wall Street are a symptom. In fact, most of what is wrong in the world today are only symptoms. The real problem is, we seem pathologically unable to look for causes, preferring, it seems, to believe that symptoms themselves are causes. So it is little wonder we are all feeling like we are caught in a whirlwind, being dragged ever closer to the abyss.
So what do the above symptoms have in common? Along with other symptoms only implied, they all are a... Read More
Aeroporti di Roma, President Fabrizio Palenzona, the first Italian airport is once again be a star player in a unique event of international dimension. White and colored LEDs, lighting effects and projections on giant screens
At the end of the celebrations for one hundred and fifty years of Italian Unification and the fiftieth anniversary of the Leonardo da Vinci international airport, Aeroporti di Roma will host a innovative initiative that is the only one of its kind.
An extraordinary lighting project, which falls within the broader program organized by Roma “Si mette... Read More
For millennia, philosophers have debated and pondered the “meaning of life,” as though such a thing were an inherent aspect of existence. Yet it seems far more reasonable and logical to discard the question itself. Oh, life does have meaning, let’s be clear about that. It has whatever meaning we choose to give it.
In every age, in every culture, even in every sub-culture, meaning is essentially a construct. That is, what a given people in a given time decide is important, unimportant, essential or non-essential, gives rise to the meaning of life within that specific culture, and therefore... Read More
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I believe that someday all military operations will be reduced and we will be able to make agreements using international negotiations. War never changes things to better, never!
yep...some butt heads still think the Marlboro man's horse's breath he inhaled inadvertantly caused the wanker's death...though it doesn't seem to have stopped the die hards who die hard and in the firm belief second hand smoking and secondhand countries...
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