Most of the news today is the usual garble of blah blah blah, he said, yadda, yadda, yadda, she said, etc. None of that is worth looking at, let along talking about. But three news stories today are worth it, and they can be thought of as past, present, and future news, though there’s a lot of overlap.
Low and behold, Curveball was lying. Woulda been nice if he’d come forward during the run up to the Iraq war, especially since he says he watched in “disbelief” as the Bush administration used his lies to foment and justify additional war in the Middle East. But no, now he is celebrating his victory with his sons:
“They gave me this chance. I had the chance to fabricate something to topple the regime. I and my sons are proud of that and we are proud that we were the reason to give Iraq the margin of democracy.”
Great, so we went to war so this guy could eventually feel good with his sons. Well, that and all those business interests pushing the idea so they could make a buck. Speaking of business and making a buck, let’s turn to the present.
The NYSE and Deutsche Börse (that’d be the German stock exchange) merged today. The headline is cheeky, saying they exchanged a “seal,” but what it means is that we have just seen an international merger between what are traditionally nation-based stock exchanges. What this means for me and you is that businesses will have more opportunity to push their national armies to war when it fits their needs, and, oh, double the fuzzy accounting! We are so screwed. You’ll see what I mean when the next domino rolls to the future.
While the government is busy cutting into programs that can help people, and increasing programs that help business, those businesses are already planning serious price hikes this year, to the tune of 15-20%. This will be on food, clothes, and other commodities, not on luxury items , which have already seen a boom, thanks to the recession-proof rich. I hope the recession-proof rich are paying attention in Egypt. Nothing contributed to that revolution so much as a doubling of food prices in one year. Let’s see if Main Street Americans have the stomach for it.
Read all three articles if you want to know what our corporate overlords have planned for us. Their plans basically boil down to “More pain for thee, but not for me.”