Archive for October, 2013

Sunday Sermon

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

I’m trying to add something to this blog at least once a week. Sunday seems to be the day that mostly gets pontificated on, though Thursday was generally thought of as the holiest day in old Norse society. Thor was the most popular god. I try to be truly polytheist and give deference to each as suits the need and day. Today I want to focus on what is truly important; our ability to help each other. My understanding of the word, ‘help’ in old Norse society implied a 2 way street. It was more a deal and contract between two people than one grovelling for assistance and offering nothing but gratitude. Stanza 71 of the Havamal points out that every living person has value. We’ve given all control and power to businesses that routinely weed out their less productive 10% of employees annually. This was an anathema to our country in the ’40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. The 10% rule is the legacy of Reaganomics. Through mechanization and computers more and more of the things we used to do for each other can be done more cheaply and with less effort and we no longer place any value on labor. Everything serves capital. It’s time now while the memory of the great recession is still fresh in our minds to relearn the lesson that the greatest generation learned after the great depression and put value in how we help each other and not in the bank account of monopolists.

71.
The lame can ride horse, the handless drive cattle,
the deaf one can fight and prevail,
’tis happier for the blind than for him on the bale-fire,
but no man hath care for a corpse.

Conservative’s rose colored glasses

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

I was watching Sunday Morning before and they had on Alan Greenspan. I remember back a few years ago somebody from the Bush administration saying they looked at several economic models and decided to go with the conservative one which didn’t show that we were in a bubble. He didn’t mention the economist’s name. Greenspan said in the interview this morning that he didn’t take into account people’s reaction of fear and euphoria in predicting market fluctuations and thus missed the fact that we were in a bubble. Ironically, John mentioning George Soros in another post led me to look him up on Wikipedia. His main tool is people’s probable reaction to market conditions. I’m sure fox news had all kinds of bad things to say about him and I’m ignorant of those things since I get a sick feeling every time I’m exposed to their propaganda. Wikipedia mentioned that Soros went all in trying to beat Bush in his second term. I’m guessing that’s why Soros probably got on fox’s radar and Bush’s blunder with his tax cuts made Soros Hell bent on defeating him.