Archive for September, 2012

Posted in Behaviour, Economy, Ethics, politics, Power, Religion, Society with tags , , , on 29/09/2012 by Living out of Eden

Wasn’t Jesus who said: “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God”?

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Germany’s Catholic Church will deny worshippers the right to Holy Communion and religious burials if people do not pay a special church tax.

A newly-enforced German bishops’ decree says anyone failing to pay the tax – an extra 8% of their income tax bill – will no longer be considered a Catholic.

All people in Germany must pay this tax if they want to worship in either Catholic or protestant churches, or Jewish synagogues.

Worshippers in Germany will be no longer considered Catholic if they do not pay the special church taxWorshippers in Germany will be no longer considered Catholic if they do not pay the special church tax

Last year millions of files spanning decades were handed over to criminal investigators by all 27 dioceses of the Catholic Church hierarchy in Germany in a bid to get to the heart of child sex abuse by priests.

It was seen as an attempt to staunch the flow of leavers who made it plain the scandal, and…

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Scaling

Posted in Behaviour, Crisis, Economy, Financial crisis, Macro-economy, politics, Power, Revolution, self-managed, Society on 23/09/2012 by Living out of Eden

Ancient Greeks had the privileged capacity to produce knowledge  in every field, from the smallest part to the widest whole, and well as the other way round. This could well be a procedure of approach to build or conceive reality, or plainly consider that reality actually IS utterly consistent, in terms of part/whole.

They were able to figure out the radius of the Earth, just by means of trigonometry, with a few more or less complex calculations.

They also reached the notion of the atom, without actually being able to physically “see” it.

Today, in our societies, we lack of that vision/approach/capacity. And that concerns me, because we then have to leave the true knowledge of our whole, either to a belief, to assumptions, to appearance of events, or in the worst case, to the tale media tells us.

Why am I so concerned about Society? I don’t know, it is something that draws my attention. And even more, although having a field of knowledge about it, (Sociology) we are still at the dawn of its discovery, modelling and managing.

A sound discussion is arising and will gain strength very soon. And the big difference between this discussion and any other previous one, is that it will be GLOBAL.

In the past, there had obviously been “frictions” and “settlements” when conflicts of interests were brought to light, but now seems unattainable to even consider the purpose of addressing a world order (no caps), unless for the NWO (with caps), presumably to be imposed from the top.

There’s no choice.

We MUST RESIST, for which, we MUST FIRST AGREE, and again, for which, we MUST FIRST KNOW – what’s going on.

At present, we have two options to approach the current situation:

a) There are several crisis, i.e.: Spain, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Portugal, U.S.A., France, Germany, Netherlands, and so on, or

b) There is one only crisis, with effects in the said countries.

We can now focus on the effects (corruption, political system, IMF, debt market), or we can focus on the causes: CONCENTRATION OF WEALTH.

In my opinion, we should decide as fast as possible, if we are going to climb “this mountain” or not, and if so, prepare ourselves for the task.

How do we know how high the mountain is?

Let’s explore some figures, that I’m sure we all know, related to wealth and expenses of people and organizations at the top:

1) Tax Heavens: 21 trillion dollars and other 32 trillion, from the wealthiest people on Earth, possibly hidden in Cayman Islands and Switzerland.

2) U.S.A. public debt: 15.000 trillion dollars.

3) World main economies debts all together: 40.839 trillion dollars.

4) Some yearly budgets for International Organizations: 

4.1.- UN             5 bn US $ (2010-2011)
4.2.- IMF          823 SDRs (Operational disbursements 2011) (1 SDR = 1.621 u$s in 2011)
4.3.- WB           21.8 bn  US $  (2011 pg 5, table 2 – Gross disbursements)
4.4.- OECD       347 million € (2012)
4.5.- WHO        5 bn  US $ (2009)
4.6.- UNESCO 653 US $ (2010-2011)

5) First 10 Top Companies in Fortune Global 500 add up to 2.8 trillion dollars (FY 2011) in revenues.

6) First 100 Top Companies in Fortune Global 500 add up to 12 trillion dollars (FY 2011) in revenues.

7) We should also bear in mind that FX turnovers around the World are more than 14 times GDP real world trade economy.

This only goes to get an idea of the size of the world economy, and the stupid size of each of ours. We can now have a dimension of our acts, our accountability and our impact in the global markets (close to zero… 😉 … )

You could also put together the amounts of real economy figures against debt ones. Scary.

The creditors will be the owners of the world.

We, common citizens, must start building up our own “model” for our society, for them, they’ve already have one and it might just not be including you.

Double standard

Posted in Behaviour, Crisis, Democracy, Ethics, Philosophy, politics, Religion, Society on 21/09/2012 by Living out of Eden

On one side, our society stands for the survival of the fittest, adopting the background and ideology of the theory of Natural Selection.
Under this approach, it would be “natural” to kill for a living.
On the other side, if so, ¿what the hell are laws, moral, religion, conventions, agreements, loyalties, for?
What is no longer sustainable is that some of us should function under one philosophy, while others move forward.

Training or dressage?

Posted in Behaviour, Culture, Education, Philosophy, politics, Religion, Society with tags , , , on 19/09/2012 by Living out of Eden

You are born on a certain day. What decides which day you are born on? Well, you could say, depending on your age now (and your generation), that it’s nature that made the decision.

Or, … the obstetrician.

I’m not talking about scheduled cesarean, I’m talking about slightly inducing birth, the same as you could provoke someone to puke (if there could be any profit to be made out of it). For God sake!!! Have I gone mad???? No, you would be amazed to realize how many births take place on each day of the week.  And then, what happens with our death???  Of course that is not so obvious, but in any case, for the medical corporation, it’s far quite easier to get away. They just drop the patient.

So we find ourselves being conditioned in our main events of our lives, by third parties. It’s not so difficult to assume that the same goes for the rest of the time in the middle. Of course I’m not saying we are conditioned by interaction between peers. I’m saying we are conditioned by the benefit of others, so you are giving away part of you and your life, for others to simplify theirs, whether this means free time on their holidays, or economic profit, or both.

From all corporations in our societies, Medical Doctors are one of those which still keep some of the original power that former wizards had in any tribal group. So, unless you really want to become a MD yourself, most of times you’ll do as they say. Or you’ll try to get a second opinion, or even a third opinion. So fine so far.

Then they give you the news: “There’s nothing we can do”. But what does that phrase exactly mean? Literally, that there’s nothing they WILL DO. They close the case. There is no medical interest, there is no reason for any effort, there is no justification to spend any resources on that patient. Full stop.

You are then abandoned on your own, with your big or little common sense, to find your way through the time that separates the diagnosis from the departure of that human being. This means that they won’t even give you the information you’ll ask, to make your own decision.

I had a loss recently. But I felt I must put my sadness and sorrow away, and write this, because it’s outrageous the flagrant way that business has tapped into even the most sacred events of our lives.

This is what I’ve found out: We must start resisting the mandate on how we must be born, how we must live, and how we have to die.

Unless you are so altruistic, that you find your own fulfillment in making the rich even richer, ……. consciously.

Posted in Society on 14/09/2012 by Living out of Eden

THE INTERNET POST

Yesterday, the Fed announced that will buy $40 billion dollars of mortgages per monthindefinitely.

Image via Max Keiser

This sounds nice … except that the experts say that quantitative easing destroys the economy and – despite the initial optics of it – hurts the little guy.

As we said in 2008:  welcome to the Fed’s Weekend at Bernie’s.

P.S. Yes … if you’re a homeowner, you will probably want to re-fi.

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Posted in Society on 12/09/2012 by Living out of Eden