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Haitian Gangs Wise Up And Abduct
July 25, 2008

Vanessa, let’s call her V for the sake of confidentiality, is one of the many experienced in the growing trend of being an abductee in Haiti. V was driving her car and bam-ABDUCTED.
“I just started to scream from the bottom of my lungs and I was trying to get away.”
That was her mistake. You’re supposed to scream at the top.
We could all learn a lesson here and that is there is a whole new industry growing that is dually lucrative and fun. Due to the recession, this is the perfect time for Americans to get in on this shit! Even celebrities do it! (Pictured below)

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/crossing_continents/7519166.stm

 

Lebanon at it Again
“One rocket reportedly hit a block of flats and set a nearby vegetable market ablaze.”
And that’s how they feel about vegetable markets.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7525216.stm

 

Plane Got a Hole in it
“Seeing the hole caused a lot of emotion.”

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7524733.stm

 

To all of you who like to check my blog while in the car or walking down the street on some mobile device, thank Justin D for alerting me to the fact that staying connected to my blog in all it’s linkage glory would be impossible without making links clickable.

Sexy Fascists Forced to Feel Guilty

July 24, 2008
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Real Live American Psycho Participates in Nazi Orgy
Max Mosley, President of the FIA likes to beat prostitutes and pretend he’s Hitler. In his defense a justice commented, “I see no genuine basis at all for the suggestion that the participants mocked the victims of the Holocaust.” The “bondage, beating and domination” that did take place was “typical of S&M behaviour”.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7523034.stm

 

East Africa, Still Starving

These folks are eating animal feed for God’s sake. No class.

If you want to feel like you’re helping out during this crisis with out really helping out go to this page and simultaneously find out how stupid you are! www.freerice.com

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7522060.stm

 

Israelis Indifferent to Peace
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A pathetic attempt at making a peace sign

After negotiations with Palestinians, the Israelis promised not to build any new settlements in the West Bank to ensure a balanced two state system. Today Israeli officals announced the establishment of a new settlement in the West Bank. Ummm… Their excuse for completely ignoring any efforts to keep the peace is because arguments about keeping the peace delayed efforts to keep the peace, “because disputes over Israeli settlement have impeded progress on peacemaking”.

To make matters worse, Israeli officals rubbed it in, informing the Palestinians that they had their fingers crossed behind their back the whole time.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/I/ISRAEL_PALESTINIANS?SITE=VAROA&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

 

A Plane Crashed

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7522715.stm

Holiness and Uranium Enrichment
July 23, 2008
Does this flesh look holy to you?
Well it is.
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Cuz it kinda looks like it spells Allah.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7520149.stm

This flesh spells “holy shit”!

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We tried to bribe Iran’s leaders to stop makin that Eranium rich and it didn’t work.
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“Five. Five men’s bums have seen my seed. And you know what, that doesn’t make me gay because luckily homosexuals don’t exist in Iran.”-President Mahmoud Ahamdinejad
OK, he didn’t really say that but he did say this:
“How can you prove you are not a bad person? You can’t prove that.”
and here’s a good slogan of his:
“you need diplomacy and not slogans.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jul/04/iran.nuclear
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7520854.stm

 

Leaders, Liers, The Sticks, and Stones

July 22, 2008

Another Palestinian killed another Israeli, probably.
Possibly with one of the following pictured weapons

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israeli-Palestinian_conflict

 

The president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, talked to the Movement for Democratic Change. 

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It went like this:

RM: Oh hey Movement. So uhh, heh, this is awkward, are you guys gonna like keep gettin all up in my grill every time I threaten my peoples if they don’t vote for me?

MDC: Yeah, I’ve been meaning to talk to you about that. Here, let’s sit down. Tea?

RM: No thanks, just downed a pint of goat’s blood. Cuz that’s what we do here, in Africa.

MDC: Right, well, I was thinking you should make sure everybody’s got food and meds. Also, it’s weird, have you seen like 5,000 MDC supporters anywhere, cuz they’re missing. AND if you could stop running in the election that’d be great, nobody wants you anyway.

RM: Whatever! Yeah they do.

[completely redacted]
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7518883.stm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zimbabwe_election

 

Obama now friends with Iraqi Sunni Leaders!
Obama was like “I want to get the troops out soon” and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki was like “Whoa, ME TOO!”. Then Obama was like, “So we pretty much lost this war” and Maliki was like “OMG I was JUST going to say that!”.
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Then McCain gets all jealous that Maliki went to see the new Batman movie with Obama and not him even though they planned to go together weeks ago. So McCain goes around telling everybody Obama’s stupid and he shouldn’t tell people when he would bring the troops home if he were president, that “When you win wars, troops come home”. Kiss those troops goodbye!

http://www.politicususa.com/en/Obama-Iraq-7-21

 

 

Small Town Pop. is Dwindling But they Still Support Bush

The folks in Texas have generously given up much of their population to buffer troop casualties and yet they remain wholehearted supporters of the war in Iraq.“Eh, I dun car nun dat ol’ Billy’s family all died in dat war cuz dey wuz all big’uns and dey always be emptin’ out that grocery store ereyday. Now I kin always find a weel stocked fridge wit as much Colt 45 I kin stomach and then throw up a’fore dey get sold out . Plus dey was all gunna keel themselves wit dat meth lab in dey keetchin anyhow.”

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/6506869.stm
Other things happened!

This is why [we’re] hot

July 22, 2008
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This is a real photograph I uploaded from my digital camera. Took it this morning.

Yeah, didn’t know the Earth was on fire did ya? READ THE NEWS DUMBASS.

Disclaimer: I really don’t know how it happened, I swear.

On Cultural Conservatism: Lose a Uterus-Get a Job
May 17, 2009

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“Learn our language or leave!”
If you’ve said this before you are a conservative. And conservatives are no fun.

I waited tables with a middle aged woman who when not in her work uniform followed the hippie dress code very closely, decked out in patches, bell bottoms and a paisley ‘do rag to go with her hemp necklace. One particularly busy evening in the kitchen she storms in yelling at the dishwasher with whom she puts little to no effort in communicating effectively and then storms back out, her last words, “These people need to learn English or leave. This is the problem with our country”. Easy for her to say. I’m sure she hardly considers it a privilege to be able to stay in her birth country, with her immediate family within driving distance, get a job without trekking for miles through an infernal desert while carrying her dehydrated cousin halfway before realizing the corpse is just holding her back and then have to dodge bullets all before even printing out her resume.

First of all if it’s so important for one to be able to scold someone that only speaks Spanish, why not learn a little yourself? Second of all, don’t be such a douche.

Basically the common opinion of those frustrated with this language barrier is that it is the immigrants’ responsibility to learn our language before they arrive in “our” country and otherwise they shouldn’t even find it worthwhile to do whatever it takes in order to keep their family fed.

Is it not our responsibility as a melting pot, founded so adamantly on human rights (like the freedom of speech) to embrace these cultural differences. And by embracing them we would help those assimilate by giving way to an evolving culture and language.Otherwise, we must adopt a conservative outlook that says “society, culture and language should always stay them same because that’s good for some reason”.

Imagine if we never evolved. Imagine if we still spoke Old English, or worse yet an even more limited archaic language like Sanskrit. Complex ideas would be even harder to get across.
Also, what if we never bred with any other race, we’d still have those long ass noses or maybe we’d be like the tiny people they keep finding in the ice. If we didn’t evolve culturally we’d still be pus ridden and smell like dog shit.

But then again, there are the obvious drawbacks of choosing to embrace progress: no longer can we enjoy the convenience of convincing minorities to be our slaves, instead of a quick and gentlemanly duel there are a bunch of hoops we have to jump through now in the name of “justice”, and not only is rape no longer acceptable but baby-makers like myself are littering the workforce.

Now that I’ve gone through this latter list I’m beginning to understand why the conservation of everything is important.

Screw efficiency. I don’t like the word “walking”. It’s too short. We used to call it “perambulating” and it needs to stay that way. We’ve got to keep the “e” in “olde”. It’s cute and I like it. I am also a little concerned about the spelling of the word “okay” as I can sense people are trying to shorten it.

Moving on, there’s the issue of the feminine mis-take. Am I right people? (Mistake is a play on the word “mystique”, in case you don’t understand hilarious jokes).First of all it wasn’t enough that women got what they wanted-to stop mopping and start toiling over quick-books and wearing pants like men but then they had to start nagging about their pay. Instead of insisting on equal remuneration and then taking several months off for some R&R and shameless face stuffing gluttony (while being pregnant), these women should either get a hysterectomy before employment or not get a job. That is why I am periodically unemployed, because I have principles! AND while I’m at it, it’s true, not everybody has the same natural rights, sometimes, depending on the circumstance, one gives up their rights in order to live and feed a family.
So on second thought, conservatism is a show of maturity, wisdom and being an old person like your grandpa who still tips the waitress at Friendly’s a shiny sixpence.

The Promising Future of Our Global Economy

May 14, 2009

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In recent months it seems the recession has made a turn for the better with country after country showing signs of an improving economy.
As Australia has the world’s highest per capita emissions of carbon dioxide, the reduction of green house gasses has become an increasing issue of import for the country. A plan has recently been devised to reduce these emissions. That plan has also recently been postponed.

Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, announced that the “scheme” to get industrial polluters to purchase licenses that will allow them to continue polluting is going to be put on the back burner. Rudd has admitted though, that coincidentally it is the very same industry sector he is targeting that put pressure on him to postpone the plan. These businesses have a good excuse for not wanting to buy the licenses and it’s because they don’t want to spend that kind of money right now. Rudd has thus decided to wait until July 2011 to put the plan into effect, which is a sign of good things to come. It is obvious that the Prime Minister is basing this decision on the assumption that within two years our global economy should be right back on track.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8032126.stm

Further signs of promise for the world’s economy include Spain’s “ease” on its ungodly climbing unemployment rate. This turning point in the jobs market has sparked much hope but there will always be nay-sayers, “You still can’t talk of a turning point in the jobs market,” said Employment Secretary General Maravillas Rojo. Also, with an average unemployment rate of 8.3%, Spain has put itself on the map holding the title of the country with the highest unemployment rate in the EU.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8033515.stm

Yet another promising forecast the recession has revealed, “The European economy is in the midst of its deepest and most widespread recession in the post-war era,” Joaquin Almunia, the EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner said.

 

Europe’s in a post-war era and that’s always a good thing!

There’s also the optimistic stance that Poland is taking. The European commission predicted a 1.4% shrinkage in its economy but Poland’s argument is that the figure was “mistaken”. Perhaps it’s just like the Poles to reject solidarity or maybe they are right and there is yet another reason to be hopeful.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8032349.stm

 

And things are looking up for Ireland. Who knew this country has not one but TWO budgets. “The Irish Republic has unveiled its second budget in six months to deal with its rapidly contracting economy.” It seems the Irish government was sitting smugly waiting for just the right amount of panic to hit before finally unveiling their secret second budget. These antics came to the relief of citizens and with impish glee from the government.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7986862.stm

 

Recessions are always a good reminder of valuable lessons we may have forgotten. Lessons like without the bad the good would never be apparent, without the weak the strong would never be able to survive, and without the poor the rich would not exist.

 

May 12, 2009

“A US soldier has been charged with five counts of murder a day after five fellow soldiers were shot dead at a military counselling clinic in Iraq.”-BBC News
Coincidence? I think not.

Also, is “counselling” a British spelling?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8046288.stm

 

Very Important and Very Current!
April 24, 2009
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Because this blog is so famous, another blog…over in Turkey, asked me to do what I do here on theirs. I’ve already learned some Turkish. The word for “columnists” is “yazarlar” and Youtube is actually Onetube. Wouldn’t that be funny if it was all gibberish and this guy just built a fake site to trick me into thinking that was the word for columnist? And then set me up to meet someone who speaks Turkish and they asked “What do you do” and then I’m like “Oh, well I’m a yazalar” and then I heard snickering from behind some bush.

So if you’re one of the millions that follow my posts and want to see the same article twice, you should check this out: http://www.onedergi.com/one/
It’s a blog for a magazine called The One.
I’m at the top of the columnist section on the right hand side.

Happy re-reading…Chris.

 

Frustrating Terra Ferma Finally Fails at Foiling Fonseka Force

April 21, 2009
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The Tamil Tigers cleverly built a defense system that long thwarted the Sri Lankan army’s attempts at attack. A mound of dirt. The army leaders put their heads together, used their tact and cunning to come up with a brilliant plan to breach the rebels’ defenses and blew that shit up. The act turned out to be serendipitous however as 63,000 civilians trapped between the two mud mounds fled from the land. This kind of reminds me of that computer game The SIMS when your character may be admiring a potted plant or something and then somehow finds itself trapped between the wall and the plant when it can clearly walk around the thing. In these peoples’ defense however, they were pretty big piles of dirt.

Now it’s just a matter of searching for the rebels’ leader and destroying him. Another daunting task for the army since “the head of the Sri Lankan army, Lt Gen Sarath Fonseka [said] that troops know the ‘general area’ of Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran”. But they have a new plan of attack that includes mass murder and government corruption which will duly teach these Tigers a lesson and probably maybe kill their leader.
Fonseka also made a good observation,”we do not know exactly the place where he is hiding, but we suspect he is most probably hiding among the civilians, trying to take cover behind them”. With this intelligence he has been deliberating between lining up the remaining population and forcing them to turn around in order to reveal the elusive rebel leader’s hideout or annihilating everyone, thereby shooting whomever the rebel leader is hiding behind and thus killing the leader himself. It’s scintillating stratagems like this that prove not just anybody off the street can make it as an army officer.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8010818.stm

Also read this by my super smart and well informed buddy, Chris Adell.

 

Bad news: Obama’s Withdrawal…plan…for troops in Iraq

February 28, 2009
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This is a sad month my friends. As we all know, Barack Obama has replaced Bush as our president but on top of that he’s finally pulling out troops. What the fuck!? This is an unfortunate month for sardonicism, it’s an unfortunate month for funny lines like, “Bush pull out like your pop-pop should have”.
No longer can I say things like “enemy combatant” or “I share the same skin pigment as the president” even the Japanese are feeling the blow, having to retire their favorite slogan “Bush Prease, Iraq if You Would Reave”.

The bigger news here folks is this month Obama has promised to continue talking about pulling the troops out eventually.

He’s throwing some in Afghanistan too-our new president, dare I say it, seems to be eating the sharpest tools in the shed…uhhhh if you’re going to eat tools don’t eat the sharpest. That was a joke. But seriously, if you’re going to send troops to war remember which country we’re at war with …IRAQ!! or sometimes Iran or Sudan or Koran…anyway you’d think our president would get his ‘ans right. Not too sharp this guy.

And on top of that all those stems are now facing inevitable torturous murder.
But, I have to say as a reality tv star, Bush was more entertaining however one could argue that Obama’s more believable. We’ll see how the nation warms up to him in the coming months but thus far he’s off to a bad start.

 

India’s New Female Speaker as Untouchable as Queen of England

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Today Meira Kumar was unanimously elected as the first women speaker in India’s Parliament. What is also special about this election is the fact that Kumar is a member of the low-caste Dalit community. Her success as an untouchable also serves to yank our American heart strings, owing to our recent fondness for South Asian underdogs (e.g. Slumdog Millionaire).
For decades Europe has been the seat of many milestones for women but this election proves that women all over the world, from all walks of life, continue to make great strides towards increasing their political participation. It is clear India is making huge efforts to catch up and Kumar inspires hope that even the downtrodden women of the third world may one day rise to the status of, say, perhaps Queen- which is probably the most respected figure head in the world. In many ways, though, Kumar is already there, sharing many of the facets of power that come with being the Queen of England.
To start, both women are familiar with parliament and have to concern themselves daily with the inner workings of such a governmental system. Kumar isn’t the president or anything but she’s got a few duties that will certainly keep her busy. The Queen’s roles on the other hand are probably so vast as I couldn’t even begin to tell you what they are.
Not only do both women hold a highly regarded amount of power but they both come from a less than highly regarded background. Kumar had to rise above discrimination as a Dalit. The Queen managed to prevail after an unbecoming birth by cesarean. This only goes to show a sullied name is not impossible to overcome.
Further proof that it’s not all tea and crumpets to be Queen of England, her majesty recalls a time that she dubbed her “annus horribilis”. This is what truly makes up her dark and shameful past as it is the year she saw,
“her daughter divorced, one son separated and another whose marriage was rocky and on top of that Windsor Castle had suffered severe fire damage, and the monarchy had come under increased criticism and public scrutiny”.

Shaky marriages, fire damage, and being criticized no doubt left her Twinings and gold leaf tea cakes soggy and tear salted-for a least a year.

Both women didn’t end up where they are today without a lifetime of hard work. Kumar began her career first as a lawyer and then moved on to politics.
“In 1973, she joined the Indian Foreign Service and served at embassies in Spain, United Kingdom and Mauritius. While serving for IFS, she also worked in Embassy of India, Madrid from 1976 to 77; she has been the High Commission of India, London from1977 to 79 and Ministry of External Affairs during 1980-85.”

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And you can bet her Highness herself has her baby smooth hands full as she is the queen regnant of sixteen independent states they call the Commonwealth realms: Head of the Commonwealth, Supreme Governor of the Church of England, Duke of Normandy, Lord of Mann, and Paramount Chief of Fiji. You need to come from a lot of money to hold titles like these.
Kumar’s work, though, did not end there. The pariah of prestige began her career in electoral politics in 1985. She became a member of the eleventh and twelfth Lok Sabha’s Delhi after impressively defeating several “political heavyweights”. She then became a cabinet member as Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment in 2004. She recently resigned as the Union Minister for Water Resources to take her spot in chair as speaker.

While all of these are incredibly boring but necessary qualifications to becoming speaker, the Queen’s credentials also span the gamut from keen sportswoman holding a few medals for rifle shooting to poetess. Not to mention other claims to fame like gaining the interpreter, swimmer, dancer, horsewoman, cook, child nurse, and needlewoman badges. Probably one of her proudest achievements of all, she eventually became leader of the “Swallow Patrol” (that’s not even a joke).

The women of third world countries like India are still a far way from reaching such momentous positions of distinction but they can thank Kumar’s election for bringing them one step closer, and Kumar can thank the Queen, for…being…an important woman…that’s in politics, sort of.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8078560.stm

http://us.rediff.com/election/slide-show/2009/may/22/slide-show-18-upa-cabinet.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meira_Kumar

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_II_of_the_United_Kingdom

 

Hair Today, Gone to New York

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Remember that classic film, “Footloose” with the ever relevant and nimble Kevin Bacon? If you were a fan and the idea of repressed artistic expression excites you, might I suggest moving to Pakistan. More specifically, the fantastically traditional province of North West Frontier Province where you’ll feel like you’re walking straight into said movie except that everybody’s Islamic, and you’re not allowed to talk about movies let alone even think about movies.
Of course you can always risk sneaking away and doing a little satan jig, making a secular movie, or singing songs about anything other than how awesome Allah is, but you might get shot in the face or get your mustache shaved off. For real, the Taliban’s still around and they are CRAZY serious about this. Those caught listening to secular music are forced to shave their heads and people caught sining the music suffer a far worse fate. Police in Peshawar report that Shamim Aiman Udaas, the Pashtu musician, was found dead with little to no facial hair. Her own brothers murdered her because she refused to quit singing.
There are numerous instances like this and the message is pretty clear. Stop singing or…just…STOP. There are some musicians that chose to sell out, or in this case metaphorically declare bankruptcy like Gulrez Tabassum, who announced that he wouldn’t so much as whistle ever again in order to put a stop to all the hate mail and death threats. There are others though, that have chosen to move to the states to sing in peace.
Haroon Bacha, a renowned singer in the Pashtu language, moved from NWFP and joined several others also fleeing the Taliban to “band” together in a typical, cramped New York City basement. There they write songs about the oppression in Pakistan while hoping their families will some day be able live together again and remain safe in the meantime.
Currently, Haroon Bacha and his friends do not have the money to record the songs they’ve written but they still enjoy the freedom of living the life of the starving New York City musician. Maybe if they started singing in English they could buy I plane ticket for their families. Also, if the Taliban asks, tell them you’ve never heard of Bacha before. He’s trying to lay low.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=101733831
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8033801.stm

 

Kate Middleton’s Lobotomy

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Kate Middleton served as a last-minute stand-in for Prince Charles at a dinner for In Kind Direct, a charity he founded. The charity aims to gather companies’ surplus products and provide them for free to the underprivileged, which is nice, I guess.

Although the word is she did swimmingly, she was not accompanied by her taller clingy counterpart, William, to shield her head from the paparazzi. Middleton’s scalp scar was in plain view.

The family is mum on the subject, which can only mean one thing: lobotomy. Clearly the royal family is hiding the fact that Kate probably said something like, ”I’ll marry him over my dead body.” This most likely caused Prince William to both spurn her and to love  her ever more with a deep obsession to make her his. The Royal family conspired for weeks until the royal surgeon walked in saying, “I have it! We will remove part of her brain in order to reduce her to a simple, yielding vegetable!”

Also, Kate attempted to make a “Kind” gesture by calling her family’s company, Party Pieces, to see if there were any party supplies to donate. Starving children don’t want your stupid party hats, Kate, but nice try.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2011/10/kate-middletons-scar-from-childhood-surgery-palace-says/

 

The Promising Future of Our Global Economy

 

In recent months it seems the recession has made a turn for the better with country after country showing signs of an improving economy.

As Australia has the world’s highest per capita emissions of carbon dioxide, the reduction of green house gasses has become an increasing issue of import for the country. A plan has recently been devised to reduce these emissions. That plan has also recently been postponed.

Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, announced that the “scheme” to get industrial polluters to purchase licenses that will allow them to continue polluting is going to be put on the back burner. Rudd has admitted though, that coincidentally it is the very same industry sector he is targeting that put pressure on him to postpone the plan. These businesses have a good excuse for not wanting to buy the licenses and it’s because they don’t want to spend that kind of money right now. Rudd has thus decided to wait until July 2011 to put the plan into effect, which is a sign of good things to come. It is obvious that the Prime Minister is basing this decision on the assumption that within two years our global economy should be right back on track.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8032126.stm

Further signs of promise for the world’s economy include Spain’s “ease” on its ungodly climbing unemployment rate. This turning point in the jobs market has sparked much hope but there will always be nay-sayers, “You still can’t talk of a turning point in the jobs market,” said Employment Secretary General Maravillas Rojo. Also, with an average unemployment rate of 8.3%, Spain has put itself on the map holding the title of the country with the highest unemployment rate in the EU.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8033515.stm

Yet another promising forecast the recession has revealed, “The European economy is in the midst of its deepest and most widespread recession in the post-war era,” Joaquin Almunia, the EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner said.

Europe’s in a post-war era and that’s always a good thing!

There’s also the optimistic stance that Poland is taking. The European commission predicted a 1.4% shrinkage in its economy but Poland’s argument is that the figure was “mistaken”. Perhaps it’s just like the Poles to reject solidarity or maybe they are right and there is yet another reason to be hopeful.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8032349.stm

And things are looking up for Ireland. Who knew this country has not one but TWO budgets. “The Irish Republic has unveiled its second budget in six months to deal with its rapidly contracting economy.” It seems the Irish government was sitting smugly waiting for just the right amount of panic to hit before finally unveiling their secret second budget. These antics came to the relief of citizens and with impish glee from the government.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7986862.stm

Recessions are always a good reminder of valuable lessons we may have forgotten. Lessons like without the bad the good would never be apparent, without the weak the strong would never be able to survive, and without the poor the rich would not exist.

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