The Ranting Man

August 17, 2010

Pressure is Power

Filed under: Politics — therantingman @ 12:36 am
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When the oil rig sank, outrage followed. The worldwide public outcry brought one of the most powerful corporations – ever in human history – to it’s knees. BP is the type of company that does not answer to governments, yet we eventually got unprecedented access to the facts, and in a few cases the actual truth. The outcry became political power as elected officials worldwide were forced to take action or face a hostile electorate.

The oil has stopped flowing. Billions of dollars have been guaranteed to clean up the mess. The people of the Gulf are (hopefully) going to be able tonreturn to their livelihoods soon. All this is happening SO THE PRESSURE WILL GO AWAY! The industry’s dirty laundry has never been so naked for the world to see.

We had the power – WE did. It did not matter what corporations made what deal with what government. For a short time all the money and power in the world could was at the mercy of the people. It was brilliant, spectacular even, to see the PEOPLE of the world unify to such a degree that BP was actually held accountable and could not squirm away.

Now the well is capped, and the corporate leaders and government officials are waiting for things to calm down so they can get back to their status quo. We cannot let that happen. We got a glimpse of the power of a unified world population. Screw the governments, screw the corporations, when WE decide to get up and make a stand, world leaders cower.

Unity of voice, and unrelenting pressure on the media and government is what got the well capped. We have seen the power of the people in this new interconnected world. If we can globally leverage this power we really can change the world.

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August 5, 2010

Short-Term Mentality Threatens us all

Filed under: Uncategorized — therantingman @ 8:16 pm
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I was watching a show on Easter Island and the inhabitants of that island. The show focused on new information about how they lived and how they ultimately died. The short answer is that the inhabitants cut down all the trees which permanently changed the land, preventing natural regrowth. Without large trees the soil could not hold the topsoil necessary to farm. The people were not aware of how they were impacting their environment before it was too late. Without trees they could not build canoes to fish, and they began to starve. Eventually Europeans came and finished the job with disease, but by then the damage was already done.

The Earth is becoming a large Easter Island. The only difference is that we know what we are doing, and can stop it. The short-term mentality of today is the same mentality that destroyed the people of Easter Island.

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