on Friday, May 09, 2008

Meet Grumbles.......
Grumble....grumble.....grumble. I am grumbling. Why am I grumbling? I am grumbling because of...........

a) Rising Food Prices: - All around the world the price of food and especially staples like rice has been going up in price. In some parts of the world, the price of rice has gone up threefold in the last year. The reason for this price hike may be due to a number of complex issues but it has mainly been due to greed and mismanagement. Reasons such as the loss of agricultural land to industrial development, decades of impoverishing farmers by fixing staple food prices at too low a level to benefit city dwellers, food crops diverted to better paying biofuel production, shortages within food producing countries due to dealers smuggling grain out to sell at higher prices in foreign markets. In Thailand, there is talk of joining forces with other rice producing countries too take advantage of the rising prices by forming a Rice Cartel so that they can force higher prices on importing nations. The Thai Prime Minister asks Thais to eat less rice so that they can profit more from selling the rice. Greed. Greed. Greed and now a global food crisis.
(This is what my meez is protesting about).

b) Military Juntas:- Like the government of Myanmar who show little concern for their people even in the face of a natural catastrophe like Cyclone Nargis. With a death toll climbing into the tens of thousands and an estimated one million without shelter, food or safe water for almost a week, the government is still holding up the entry of international aid by insisting on lengthy negotiations before allowing permits and visas for rescue workers. One report claims that an aid agency was told that financial aid in the form of hard currency could be handed over to the government official but the aid workers and relief supplies cannot enter the country. The military and there soldiers seem to be largely missing from relief efforts. In some villages, the soldiers have not come to help but instead the Buddhist monks that they have been persecuting are the ones on the ground rendering aid and clearing debris.

c) Monsters:- They exist. I refer to those men who prey on helpless children and sexually abuse them. In an update of the sad and tragic story of the Austrian woman who had been sexually abused by her father since she was 11 years old, imprisoned in a cellar for 24 years and forced to bear him seven children, the father has since claimed that he is NOT a monster. He argues that if he was a real monster, he would have killed his daughter and all seven offspring, burned and disposed of all the bodies and he would not have been caught. Instead, he points out that it was he who decided to let her and the children live and therefore, he is not a monster but responsible for sparing their lives! And then there is the pedophile that Interpol is searching for who is believed to have been sexually exploiting countless young children and having the incidents recorded on the internet. Monsters.

Sorrrrry for being so negative but it seems like its been a bad week around the world. Grumble....Grumble.....Grumble.


On a limb with Claudia said...

Let's hope that now that some aid is coming to Myanmar so will a dialogue.

Yes, greed. It's all about greed. Even the father in Austria. Greed. Not monetary greed but the need to have what is not his to take.

I am sorry there are Monsters in the world. Just know that the good people will continue to fight - and as always overcome.


Ruth W. said...

I'm grumbling along with you LGS, greed is ruling the world now.

Dr.John said...

In all three areas I'll join you in grumbling.

A Happy Downtowner said...

Grumbling along with you LGS, it's really sad to see when greed is so apparent.

That man in Austria is delusional, no wonder he held her there for all these years, he's living on another planet and has no concept! Some people really do not deserve to be parents. He's one of them.

Gerbil said...

Add me to the grumbling. This week, a man just south of here shot his girlfriend to death and then shot their children... 1 and 2. and then killed himself.

and it seems like a drop in the bucket of insanity. Humans can be so base and stupid.

Janice Thomson said...

Cheer up Squirrely - there's lots of good things happening too - we just don't hear about them because they don't make newsworthy items.

Josie said...

LGS, things seem to happen all at once, don't they? It's hard not to grumble.

I'm shocked at what is happening in Myanmar. It's criminal and the mulitary junta should be held accountable for not helping its people.

grumble, grumble.

evalinn said...

There´s a time for everything, even for grumbling. Still, I hope u will have a nice weekend! :-)

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Thanks for the hugs. We all need them sometimes.

We need a anti-greed revolution. Greed has permeated life and hides in plain sight. We need to get people to see it and watch it shrivel under their glare.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

dr. john
I appreciate the grumbling support. If enough of us grumble mayhaps we will be heard.

happy downtowner,
I believe he wants a parade in his honor for sparing his childrens' lives.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Aaak! even more insanity. I need to go meditate and calm down.

Thanks for the pep talk. I really am a cheerful guy but this week its like getting hit by a pie, getting up and getting hit by another pie and it's rhubarb pie which you don't like.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

At times like this, my mind turns to the Bruce Cockburn song, "If I had a rocket launcher". If I had a rocket launcher, I would not hesitate.

Ah, thank you. You are my Swedish sunshine. I feel better for the weekend already.

Cheryl said...

So sad, but everything you wrote about is true and current. These are bad and scary times.

Gerbil said...

Squirrel, be of better cheer. Wayne Corliss has been arrested in Newark, New jersey. They retrieved evidence from his computer and is being held without bond to face justice.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Yet even in these dark days, the sun does shine so we must strive on in hope.

Thanks. I heard about it. The internet community had a role in getting him caught. Weekend is a little better now.

Tai said...

"...he is not a monster but responsible for sparing their lives!" He forgot to add, "From himself".
Bizarre. Terrifying.

the walking man said...


grumbling is ok, but grumbling with proactive ideas is better.



Lone Grey Squirrel said...

You said it!

My grumbles are deflated by your simple wisdom.

Marja said...

Oh isn't it shocking that people can be like monsters and how many are there we don't know of.
Even more shocking than the rice prices is the prices for corn and wheat because they use it for biofuel
so the third world has nothing to eat anymore.

heiresschild said...

i feel you LGS!

Anonymous said...

My response to these things is weeping rather than grumbling. It's so discouraging sometimes.

Odat said...

I so agree...we should grumble more..maybe someone will take notice......

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