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Bloviating Zeppelin: World Instability: Into Overdrive

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

World Instability: Into Overdrive

Most Americans, unfortunately, are more concerned with what Steven Tyler says on American Idol than what is happening around them -- around the globe and in their country -- in their own back yards.

The erudites who read my blog and those of my Usual Suspects are people of a higher level of awareness and realize what is actually transpiring in their country and on the planet.

Oil hit $100 a barrel on Wednesday; just as I wrote on Wednesday. This is its highest price since 2008. Instability in Egypt and the Middle East is responsible. People the world over are getting nervous. Even China is clenching its security sphincter:

Yet in the past few days, after an online call to bring a “Jasmine Revolution” from the Middle East to China began circulating, the system has gone into overdrive. According to human rights groups, more than 100 activists have had their movements restricted since last Friday. Among them, five lawyers, including Mr Teng, have been detained.

More cities in Egypt erupted into violence. Kaddafi's relatives are fleeing. Saudi Arabia is taking a different tack: $37 billion dollars in paid bribes to its citizens: be nice. Don't riot. A great deal if you can pull it off. The Saudi King Abdullah can.

But perhaps BZ actually forecasts the truth: in writing about the vacuum created by the various revolutions in Egypt, Libya and other Middle Eastern states, I've submitted that the Muslim Brotherhood and/or other Islamist factions will step in. There is evidence, now, that this is in fact occurring. From the Al Arabiya News Channel (Buried, I note, very deeply in the article!):
Meanwhile Libya’s deputy foreign minister told E.U. ambassadors in Tripoli al-Qaeda has set up an Islamic emirate in Derna, in eastern Libya, headed by a former U.S. prisoner at Guantanamo Bay.

"Al-Qaeda has established an emirate in Derna led by Abdelkarim al-Hasadi, a former Guantanamo detainee," Khaled Khaim said.

Earlier, Italian Foreign Minister Francesco Franco Frattini said embattled Libyan leader Gaddafi had lost control of Cyrenaica and shared reports that an Islamic emirate had been declared there.

In Greece, there are still riots and strikes. In India, there are protests over unemployment and food prices. Oddly enough, it is India that has "outsourced" call centers from its own shores to other "lesser" countries. Sound familiar?

Even Ahmadinnerjacket now talks about circumspection (in words, not deeds):
(CNN) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Wednesday urged Middle East leaders to listen to the voices of citizens who have taken to the streets in masses to demand a change in government -- though such protests in his own country have been crushed with brute force.

Ahmadinejad "strongly recommended such leaders to let their peoples express their opinions," the Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Obama kicks the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) to the curb; Obama has told his Attorney General to stop defending the DOMA. The act defines marriage as one man married to one woman. Uh, perhaps not so much now. While the world melts around his shoulders, Mr Obama decides it's time to open the doors to one man, one man; one man, ten women; one man, one horse; one man, one beer bottle. Or ten. Who cares?

Each day brings a new challenge.

Forewarned is forearmed.

Perhaps literally.



Blogger Mark said...

Let the games begin.

I look for radical Muslims to end up in power in many countries and a bunch of them to try to take Israel. I look for Israel to be forced into using extreme measures to avoid being overrun. I look for that tiny nation to beat back the onslaught in an astounding way. then, things ought to really get interesting. The US however, will probably still be wringing our hands over teacher benefits in Wisconsin at this point.

Wed Feb 23, 06:43:00 PM PST  
Blogger Z said...

GOod post, BZ...the whole world feels upside down and painfully inside out, doesn't it.
Ya, Obama says he's got conflicts which haven't let him speak about Libya but he sure could speak about Defense of Marriage, huh? Or should I say "Speak AGAINST the Defense of Marriage!?"
I guess he's calling himself KING OBAMA now....his own personal edict instructing the lawyer of the land to go against the law of the land? yikes.

I couldn't tell what you meant about cops in your comment...not quite, anyway... you think they're mostly bad?!!!

Wed Feb 23, 08:12:00 PM PST  
Blogger Leticia said...

It's amazing how people can be so blind to what is going on in our nation and around the world. This is no time to crawl under the proverbial rock.

The world is in a state of utter chaos and it is not going to get any better.

From a Christian perspective, I believe we are seeing the end times. I am studying the book of Revelation and I see a correlation with what is unfolding today.

This is no time to play possum.

Thu Feb 24, 12:55:00 PM PST  
Blogger Old NFO said...

Algeria is also starting riots... And Bahrain is continuing to riot...

Thu Feb 24, 04:56:00 PM PST  
Blogger Well Seasoned Fool said...

I'm trying to make sense of it.

One potential long term benefit; domestic energy. Loosing access to oil, and especially refined petroleum, will force a change in our insane situation. A small group of one issue extremists has stopped energy development, especially refineries, from development for decades.

Next, synthetic petroleum from coal. The technology has existed since the 1940's. The South Africans have made major improvements.

Want to bet the jihads would wither without petrol dollars? In some ways, I suspect the rich jihad supporters are playing their version of fantasy football.

Thu Feb 24, 08:25:00 PM PST  
Blogger The Pagan Temple said...

To be fair, while I don't particularly care about what Steven Tyler says on American Idol or anywhere else, its understandable people would latch on to some kind of escape from all the insanity.

Thu Feb 24, 10:07:00 PM PST  
Blogger David Wyatt said...

Letitia, I'm glad you mentioned that. As I read Mark's first post, I thought of the prophecy of Zechariah in chapter 12, beginning with verse 7 & culminating in v.10. Amazing how this will unfold! Keep watching Israel, but as a believer, we must always be looking up! (Lk.21:28) God Bless you BZ.

Fri Feb 25, 04:04:00 AM PST  
Blogger A Jacksonian said...

What's fascinating is that as much as Soros and others want China to be 'the leader' in their neo-fascist ways, the people of China are pretty much fed up with it and joining in the fun!

Mind you its a country without lots of great natural resources, sucking oil from anywhere they can get it, having a huge dollar reserve evaporating out from under them and, to top it all off, undergoing a dustbowl due to their awful agricultural policies... oh, did I mention a demographic implosion due to the one-child policy having been around for so long?

What was that about China being a world leader? Really? If you think we have it bad, imagine living in China and being fed up with it, seeing your currency devalued, having to beg Russia for energy help, and then finding out all your devalued overseas currency will now either be used to buy oil or buy food... and you have a workforce that is getting older by the moment, demographically speaking...

Crash ain't the word for it.

We can get by, just be prepared.

The rest of the world?

Well someone has to recover first... will it be the prepared or unprepared? My bet goes with the former.

Mon Feb 28, 04:48:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Pagan Temple: you make an interesting point. Movies were VERY popular during the Great Depression, for its ESCAPIST qualities.

David: thank you kindly.

And AJ, a question: what kind of oil fields lie under China, ready for cogent and professional drilling?


Mon Feb 28, 05:06:00 PM PST  

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