Comments on: Sometimes there is no bright side Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:54:45 +0000 hourly 1 By: gezwo Fri, 18 Mar 2011 19:14:29 +0000 The title of this article should be: usually there is no bright side.

When you bring up remembrance of the 1970’s, I just remember nothing has been done since then to avoid the energy mess we face today.

I can tell you upfront that the UN will not act on Jemen no matter how it will escalate, other then in Libie.

The reason is, there’s no oil in Jemen.

Look at every future conflict with energy in mind and you understand that there will be alot of war and bloodshed.

By: Greenfelder Fri, 18 Mar 2011 17:24:46 +0000 What’s the deal with Cyran’s column. There doesn’t appear to be any comment capability at all. Does he like to be the only guy in the room at parties?

By: Greenfelder Fri, 18 Mar 2011 13:05:13 +0000 It’s interesting how Salmon’s commentary and this one allow comments to post immediately, however other more obvious corporate propaganda pieces like Chrystia Freeland’s deplorable bashing of Syria don’t allow it. Clearly some writers are working with the censors to prevent valid criticism of their articles. Typical behavior for an editor like Freeland. The only comment that made it through on her article had Noam Chomsky’s Marquis name attached to it. They couldn’t very well censor that one!

By: Greenfelder Fri, 18 Mar 2011 12:59:56 +0000 testing comment censorship

By: breezinthru Fri, 18 Mar 2011 12:55:25 +0000 Kudos to James Saft for this well-written and thoughtful article.

In the short term, the ‘bright side’ to recent events is completely absent. In the long term, it is hopefully just heavily overshadowed by the more obtrusive ‘dark side’.

Either way, the sky continues to darken.

By: Dafydd Fri, 18 Mar 2011 11:04:28 +0000 The last time the gap between rich and poor shrank was the 70s.

You would have to be pretty rich not to look forward to this back to the future game.

By: paintcan Fri, 18 Mar 2011 09:28:08 +0000 What’s the problem? No one reads your articles? They’re some of the best.

And we can always expect more disaster. There have been so may in the past few year that I am suffering from disaster fatigue. A few more and it will turn into disaster addiction.

Perhaps we are becoming like the Roman Empire that needed its continuous warfare to divert attention from the top-heavy distribution of wealth and required the removal both by war and the gladiatorial games, of surplus males (and females). But the poor and disenfranchised got their revenge in savage retributions on the upper classes. People like Nero and Caligula were their heroes.

The western countries are not going to take easily to an eastern style group consensus, however controlled and dishonest that consensus is. But they would lap it up if the group consensus made the upper tiers’ needs paramount.

The vultures that inhabit the money markets don’t seem to have any other priority than their own appetites and ambitions.

I am 60 and never again expect to see “prosperity”. Now the only question remains – how much is it worth to keep my under funded, uninsured and underemployed carcass alive? What’s it worth to me and society at large? My gut instinct tells me: not very much.

One could lay the blame on a world birth rate. Compared to the nearly flat rate prior to the industrial revolution, the growth charts are nearly vertical.

One can easily relate the present course of action by the central government to the well meaning and useless initiatives the French Monarchy tired before the revolutionary forces dominated the discussion and promptly set about murdering the dissenting and more rational voices.

Some of the rabid comments in these pages and others make me think that is what will take over.

And the future rhetoric will make your well reasoned outlook hopelessly beside the point.