Friday, May 04, 2007

As a service to my readers

I'm linking to this article describing the top twenty-five online skams and pranks. (My doing so may keep my email inbox free of some of the forwards of such items, too.)

P.S. Among the best on the list is number 14, a link to a website that purports to track the location of your, or anyone's, cellphone via satellite links by simply typing in its area code and number. Try it--it's clever. (Please note that I've not forwarded it to you by email.)

1 comment:

Jojofrom Tucson said...

The basic problem with the world today was identified by a Harvard Socialogist, Peterim (sp?) Sorokin in the mid fifties. He said that we were in the middle of one of the great transitional periods of history (earlier one, the fall of Rome, the end of feudalism, the industrial revolution) the end of colonialism. He said this period started with WWI and at that time he couldn't know it but we now know that the end began with the fall of the Soviet Empire, the last major colonial power.
The problem arises in that these transitional periods are the most dangerous periods in history. The beginning of the period is more dangerous (i.e. WWI) and the end is the most dangerous. It appeared for a while that we would make it through the end. The problem is that during these periods, all of the old control mechanisms and hegemonies disappear and are not replaced. Now when a country like Iran or N. Korea can have the bomb, has to be the ultimate nightmare for anyone hoping for peace.

Sorokin said the one rule for getting thru these periods is that you can't go backward (in this case reimpose imperialism) Well along cam W with his intent to impose Democracy (and control their economies) for people who have been used and abused by the west since the crusades. Instead of imposing Jesus, W wanted to impose our way of life.
So all that is arising now (almost all) comes out of that attempt to impose a new, albeit benign appearing form of colonialism (the British always said that what what they were doing) on people that now have a choice.