Showing posts from September, 2013

Politics of Distrust

Politicians are indeed a strange bunch.  To be honest, I have long since given up.  I don’t think that I would ever understand how far they are willing to go.  Some years back I read that one politician in an opposition party explained that his party’s job is simply to oppose.  So I guess that is exactly what happened late last week when the US House of Representatives voted for the 40th time (I’m not joking) to try to repeal Obamacare.  This time its repeal is tied to an effort to (again) raise the debt ceiling.
Speaking of the debt ceiling, we all know that Congress hasn’t made enough effort to address the budget woes.  In a blog on Forbes website that I was reading yesterday, it was pointed out that the House and Senate went on summer break knowing that they would return on September 9, just a few weeks before the deadline, without any serious proposals on the table.  Unfortunately this is not surprising given that the current Congress have only passed a handful of public laws.  T…

Preparing for Elysium

For me the best movie of the summer was Elysium.  It is set in the year 2154, where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the poverty-stricken population resides on a ruined Earth.  The movie is about one man’s mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.  When the movie’s creator Neill Blomkamp was asked whether this movie is his vision for the future, he famously replied it is not.  Rather it is his view on what is happening in the world today.  I could not agree with Blomkamp more.  This is fact and not science fiction.  The film's Earth-bound scenes were shot in a dump in the poor Iztapalapa district on the outskirts of Mexico City, while the scenes for Elysium were shot in Vancouver and the wealthy Huixquilucan-Interlomas suburbs of Mexico City.  Such extremes are part of a harsh reality for many.
As I have commented previously, rising income inequality is symptomatic of the wider shift facing some of us in the ‘West’.  An August 1…