Friday, April 25, 2008

Hard not to get depressed, even when John Stewart makes it funny


Is the world going to hell in a handbasket? Seriously?
I ask cause the news this morning talked of how gas in Canada is predicted to jump 20cents by the end of the summer. I don't know shit from math but that's a hell of a big jump. Well over 10%, closer to 20%. How will truck drivers and cab drivers survive, never mind the average Joe on his daily commute. I ask because of the food shortage in Africa. They don't have enough rice?! I ask because food prices in Japan and now Canada are rising in ways we've not seen in our lifetime. Because it seems to me that the middle class are about to get a lot poorer. It seems to me that we are spiraling out of the cushy bubble that's been our post-war prosperity and now it's time for something much tougher. And maybe this isn't a bad thing. But it's hard to feel good about. Hard not to get depressed, even when John Stewart makes it funny.

We are the first generation to be poorer than our parents.

It's our generation that's gotta start taking the bus. (I mean that in two ways.)

Our generation that will/is watching the short-lived American empire crumble.
Canada, I just heard on the radio, is the third worst carbon emitter on the planet after the U.S. and Australia. How long before the average Chinese citizen gets a car, or three. What then?

JM

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