As this is written, the sounds of the TV broadcast from the Academy Awards drifts in from an adjoining room. As all know who care and many more who don’t, the politicized black movement is unhappy with its share of such awards, never mind that black movie makers have received far more such than their percentage of the population justifies. They want more, a guarantee of an annual award subsidy apparently. This adjustment will by definition, remove any pretense toward artistic merit from the goings-on, but never mind. Paint the demanded percentage of Oscars black and play let’s pretend. A very human affair. Such politicizing destroys the point of the Oscars, never mind. It fulfills goals of politicians and that’s what matters to homo sapiens. Wars, too.
Russia meanwhile, is coming apart financially from its own corruption, economic sanctions imposed by Europe and the U.S. on account of its invasion of Georgia, its Invasion of Ukraine and its threatening others on its borders. Also of course, a result of declining oil prices from the Saudi Arabian economic attack through the oil markets. Russians hurting from the declining GDP are not happy; distraction by military adventurism is classic under such pressures. A reader may be interested in the economic conditions surrounding the two recent World Wars. Interesting, right?
Russia is also busy taking over Syria in an assist to Iran, to whom Syria has been a client until its current civil war threatened that. The Arabs and Turks are not pleased with a Sunni Moslem country subservient to Shiite Iran. Russians, Turks and Arabs do share one thing though; they all assume that they are somehow entitled to rule everybody else. Right now, that makes Russian in Syria somewhat unpleasant for the Turks; they have shot down one Russian aircraft for allegedly, trespassing on Turkey from Syria. Both are talking tough at each other. Now, Russia is massing troops on the Turkish border, having passed through “independent” Georgia and Armenia to do that. And Russian generals are rattling their nukes in public. So is Putin.
Most recently, the U.S. has started waving its nukes in public, just now with an ICBM “test” of a missile loudly identified as able to carry nuclear warheads. We note that the decline in the U.S. economy is approaching undeniability, though it has not yet arrived. Whoever wins the November presidential election may prove to channel Herbert Hoover.
So the august “World Leaders” seem most to resemble little boys and girls playing with matches near a leaky gas well. Please tell us that we’re too pessimistic!