2012AD, the end of the world?

We living in pretty stressful times and the talk of end of times and Armageddon have become popular over the last decade. Everything from the Mayan long count calendar to a zombie apocalypse has been hyped in the media. Why are we so obsessed with our demise? Are we projecting? I have been doing some interesting reading about some ancient civilizations and how they venerated the cosmos and certain stars in the sky. It certainly seems that what we actually know of our past is almost always changing, with many so-called “facts” in school text books being manipulated and changed. This makes the quest for truth much harder, but shouldn’t prevent us from searching for it.

I wrote an article about what I have read and added my own insight to the whole 2012 possibly being the end of the world. I’ve tied in various ancient civilizations and their interest in the cosmos, including the Mayans and their famous long count calendar. Read the article here.

Avaaz – Put bankers behind bars

I encourage you all to please sign this petition. World banks believe they are better than all of us, manipulating the system for their benefit, not the benefit for our civilization. Please read the following from the Avaaz newsletter. Please take time to read and sign the petition – Avaaz – Put bankers behind bars.

Dear friends,

Big banks have been caught in a massive scam to rig global interest rates, ripping off millions of people on their mortgages, student loans and more! We’d go to jail for this, but Barclays bank has only been fined, and just a fraction of their profits! Outrage is mounting — this is our chance to finally turn the tide of the banks’ reign over our democracies. 

The EU finance regulator, Michel Barnier is standing up to the powerful bank lobby and championing reform that would put bankers behind bars for fraud like this. If the EU goes first, accountability could quickly spread across the globe. But the banks are lobbying hard against it, and we need a massive surge of people power to drive these reforms through. 

If we can get 1 million people to stand with Barnier in the next 3 days, it will give him momentum to face down the banking lobby and push governments to bring reform. Click below to sign, and our growing numbers will be represented by adding mock bankers to a jail right in front of the EU Parliament: 

http://www.avaaz.org/en/bankers_behind_bars_f/?bkpkmcb&v=15942

The full scale of the scandal is still unknown, but what we know is breathtaking: “Several” unnamed major banks were involved, and the rigging of the LIBOR interest rate, the rate on which many of the world’s interest rates are based, affected the value of literally hundreds of trillions of dollars in investments. Barclays alone has admitted to committing this fraud “hundreds” of times. 

For too long, our governments have been cowed by powerful banks who threatened to move elsewhere if challenged. For too long, banks have manipulated our market economies, tilting the playing field in their favour, and engaging in reckless risk-taking, secure in the knowledge that they could force governments to hand them our taxpayer money when they got into trouble. 

The system is rigged, and that’s a crime. It’s time to put the criminals behind bars for it. It starts in Europe — let’s make it happen: 

http://www.avaaz.org/en/bankers_behind_bars_f/?bkpkmcb&v=15942

There may never have been a time in modern history when the big banks didn’t have excessive and extraordinary power that they regularly abused. But democracy is on the march — we’ve seen this march overcome tyrants across the world, and together, we’ll help end the reign of the banks as well.

With hope,

Ricken, Iain, Alex, Antonia, Giulia, Luis, and the entire Avaaz team

P.S. — Last week 94,000 people joined Avaaz member David R.’s campaign against foul-play in the Mexican elections which he launched on the new Avaaz Community Petitions platform. Get support for the things you care strongly about by starting your campaign here: http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/start_a_petition

More information:

FSA’s Turner Says Banks Culture One of ‘Cynical Entitlement’ (Bloomberg) 
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-07-03/fsa-s-turner-says-banks-have-culture-of-cynical-entitlement-1-.html 

Barclays Libor scandal: how can we change banking culture? (The Guardian) 
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/jul/02/barclays-libor-scandal-change-banking-culture 

Barclays just the tip of the iceberg as banking braced for more scandals (The Guardian)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/jul/08/banking-scandals-barclays?intcmp=239

The rotten heart of finance: A scandal over key interest rates is about to go global (Economist)
http://www.economist.com/node/21558281

Banking Reforms after the Libor scandal (Financial Times) 
http://blogs.ft.com/martin-wolf-exchange/2012/07/02/banking-reforms-after-the-libor-scandal/#axzz1zY8LnZHS 

EU’s Barnier pushes for criminal sanctions for Libor abuse (Reuters)
http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/07/09/idINL6E8I91PR20120709

Barnier Seeks to Widen EU Rules to Bar Libor Manipulation (Business Week)
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-07-08/barnier-seeks-to-widen-eu-market-abuse-rules-to-include-libor 

 

Small victories

Some people criticize others when they get excited about the small things. There is no shame in appreciating the little things in life. What would life be without the little things? I recently discovered that one of my article made a feature on the website. This little bit of news, to me, feels so much bigger than what others would see. For me it is a tiny victory, a little achievement to let me know I am on the right path. Here is a link the article…I suppose it won’t hold much interest unless you are an amateur/beginner photographer. Check it out here.

I know I have been very slack with my photography, so I decided to take a few snaps at a gig that some of my friends played at. Always good to get a healthy dose of metal!

If you want to check out some cool bands from my hood check out Arc Reactor, WITH DAWN and All Guns Full Ammo. Photographs to follow soon…

A thought on technology

My mind reels at what we can do these days with the help of technology. It has made the world smaller, easier to attain information, we can keep in touch better, no matter what the distance and the help it provides for the medical field is amazing. But do we initially only see the benefits and not necessarily the problems that come with the advancements of technology? It is an interesting subject to really think about. Don’t get me wrong, I really do like technology and its benefits, but I can’t help but let my mind wander to the other side of the tracks, the possible malevolent.

How can technology be malevolent? Well let’s be honest, most of us subscribe to at least one more social networking sites. It has somewhat become the norm over the last decade. Nothing wrong sharing with the world, it has also allowed us to keep in touch with those not close to home. Many people don’t think twice about what they share over the internet. It has made it easier to stalk someone. The onset of the internet has also seen a rise in perversion, like child pornography. Technology has given rise to some amazing feats, but we cannot be ignorant to possible problems, until they have become a problem. What is the solution, and is there one? I’m sorry to say I’m not here to offer an answer or a solution, I’m merely here to, hopefully, make you think. Offer some awareness of the implications of technology that is moving so fast, that it is near impossible to keep up.

Here is an article that explores the possible affects that technology may have on society, focusing mainly on music.

Don’t only just see technology at face value at what it can do for us, but also take a minute and be mindful of the greater implications of it. BORING! That just takes the fun out of it…

Lets try a bit of interaction…

I am truly grateful having the few of you regularly check my blog posts! Thank you! I thought I’d try a little interaction with you nice folks. I would like to find out what are some of the things that occupy your thinking?  What are some of the great questions you have about life? What topics do you like having a rant about? Please leave a comment, I’d sure like to hear what the world thinks about. What is in your mind, may just inspire me. And we should all be looking out for inspiration…