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‘Gasland’, the documentary

Judging by the media, corporate America, or rather global corporations, have most people questioning the free-enterprise mantra of Capitalism and modern colonialism. Wall Street’s not as attractive as it was before the dot.com ‘boom and crash’, or after the recent banking crisis when derivatives were held like assets by reputable companies and brokerage houses. A person would be better off buying a lottery ticket than investing in the stock market today. And now that we can actually see and hear from who’s in charge at BP, I’m shocked by their self-righteous arrogance and lame excuses. But see ‘Gasland’ on HBO, winner of the Special Jury Prize at Sundance 2010 – if you dare.

It’s hard to say what’s happened – maybe it’s been happening all along and we just now see it – but finding any truth on Wall Street or in Washington D.C. would be purely accidental. They’ve all been in bed so long together that they whisper the same lies.

Talk, lots of talk, but they also act the same, or better put, don’t act in the same way. It’s gridlock by top-heavy management driven by better earnings quarterly, or gridlock by political appointees of appointees who hope they won’t have to do anything to ride on the taxpayer’s gravy train. It’s a sadder joke than the Emperor’s new clothes because there are so many of them paraded before us who are supposed to be in charge.

Where do we go from here. The War on Terror has taken a backseat to the injuries we’ve inflicted upon ourselves, as well as the impacts of earthquakes and volcanoes, not to mention extreme weather everywhere. We’ve got real things to worry about right here at home.

Somehow, we’ve got to get back to basics. I suggest we all revisit Abraham Maslow’s ‘Hierarchy of Human Needs’.

Start with: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow's_hierarchy_of_needs

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