The world has gone mad. Modibbo Umar weeps while handing over the reigns of the FCT to the interim minister, the Head of Japan's Air Force claims that his country wasn't an aggressor in World War II, David Miliband is trying to do his own version of peace in our times while there is a fire close to home, the British parliament wants to debate a comedic error, and Goldman Sachs is set to continue the tradition of hefty payouts to people who are not deserving of it while those of us whose tax went into bailing them out loose our jobs!
I totally agree with Nick Abbot when he said that the human race has reached the maximum level of its evolutionary development and it is going to be downhill from here.
How do you explain to me the rubbish that is Keynesian theory that Gordon Brown wants to put into practice during these hard times? Look at it this way: Chxta goes on a spending spree and gets himself heavily into debt. Then as a solution to the heavy debt that he has incurred, Chxta simply goes out on another borrowing, and spending spree. Can someone with a degree in Economics please help me get my head around this one? It is this same attitude of excessive borrowing (which I talked about here) that got the world into the current mess in the first place, and the hard reality, which no one seems to want to admit to, is that more borrowing would only postpone the evil day. A situation where not just us, but our children would have to pay for the mistakes of a few gluttonous people is palpably real here. And don't get me started on the politicians. They are all in bed with the bankers. I mean, how can someone take a perfectly healthy 158 year old company, bankrupt it, make $45 million in the process, and still maintain his position (and thus standing) in society? Is something not terribly wrong somewhere..?
In a perfect world, the US elections would have been over a long time ago and Mr. Obama would have been waiting rather impatiently to collect his crown. Unfortunately the world we live in is not only less than perfect, but rapidly in decline, and thus it is that Mr. McCain still has more than just a battling chance to win next week's poll. As a matter of fact I can't shake off the feeling that McCain, not Obama would be sworn in come January 20 2009. That prospect is so scary seeing that dear Mr. McCain (whom I like as a person) is only a heartbeat away from croaking and then we would be saddled with the prospect of the dumbest bimbo in global politics sitting in control of the football! Even God won't be able to help us then...
So democracy has finally taken a back seat in my beloved homeland and the claws have come out of the gloves. People getting arrested for speaking their minds. Then later we would expect to make progress when public debate is being stifled. Not that I would do better myself if I'm on office in Naija, you see having looked well at the example being given by my fathers, I think the Nigerian psyche needs an extremely iron hand. The planlessness in our country is simply appalling. And my fear that it has crept into my own generation is exemplified by the numbers of my contemporaries who are currently pursuing their further education in one sector. No prizes for correctly guessing what sector that is.
Thirteen days ago I counted 6 hybrid cars out of a total of 29 during the short walk from the Metro Center to the White House. 6 out of 29! That is 21%. If one out of every five cars in the capital of the world's largest oil guzzler is moving towards greener technology, then you can't help but ask for how much longer we can continue to rely on our 'oil wealth' in Naija, a wealth which isn't even being put to any reasonable use.
Abeg let me not talk too much about Naija and our wahala. I don't want to get angry this evening. We are all going to hell in a handcart my dear readers, and y'all have front row seats.
Don't know, or care what the rest of y'all have to say, but the latest Ubuntu version Intrepid Ibex has finally matured desktop Linux. For the first time ever I was able to install every single
piece of software that I wanted to without having to open the terminal once. Even my wireless card (Broadcom cards have a bad reputation remember?) worked right from the get go. Now that's what we are talking about.
I'll post a full review later on.