Thoughts on the Eurozone crisis, the Occupy movement, and more

The world is getting crazier by the minute- Occupy protests, the complete inability of anyone to fix the Euro, my complete inability to actually do anything with myself, one dictator (Gaddafi) gets shot by revolutionaries without facing trial,  another dictator (Kim Jong-Il) pops his clogs all but out of the blue, but this time, without hope of regime change. And so it goes on.

Yet all I seem to actually do is hang around on discussion forums, reading what other people have to say and occasionally chipping in. It gets more confusing, if not depressing, by the day.  Will the Eurozone collapse, dragging the British economy down with it? Was David Cameron right in using the veto? (Certainly I’d say any attempt to stand up to attempts to push ahead with yet more crazy Euro-centralising was worth it, but was Sarkozy right in saying that it was just to protect the banks from much-needed regulation?) Why the heck do non-Eurozone countries even need to be so directly involved in the internal regulation of the Eurozone? I’d have thought the Eurozone countries should have a common fiscal policy and much better restraints than what the likes of Greece seem to have had.

Or there’s the Occupy protests. Now clearly they seem to have a point that there are some earning disproportionately more than most of us even factoring in their relative importance to  the organisation they work for, and some getting vast increases and ridiculous bonuses even when the people lower down ho do work hard (sadly something I can’t say for myself- this must change) are feeling the squeeze. Yet is it really beneficial to limit this? And apparently someone on one of these forums suggested that executives in many companies would forgo some of their benefits up to a point to allow others to gain some benefits, or suchlike, so that’s some hope. And at the end of the day, is it really right for the occupiers to protest in a way which isn’t entirely legal, or causes problems for the community? St. Paul’s had to close its doors and 2 clergymen resigned over concerns regarding the potential removal of the protesters. There are concerns about things like public health concerns, lack of order in the camps, and so on. As well as runs-in with police in the States. Will it really be worth it? I don’t think it will if it prevents wider public support. What is the real problem is apathy, not that the political process has failed, as some are wont to believe. That won’t be changed if you can’t motivate people.

But, nevertheless, all out of my control. And I wonder if it is really worth worrying about, and I’d do better first to focus on what I can change in my own life.

All the above has perhaps been pretty much stream-of-consciousness, and so apologies if it has been incoherent. Maybe I will finish some of the posts I’ve started before, maybe think of some new ones. Like maybe do one on the ‘Occupy’ movement. I want to do at least one on retro-computing, one of my sad obsessions particularly on the sadly-ignored (except by schools) Acorn Archimedes, which is still lying around somewhere. (ARM-based desktop machines and RISCOS should have taken off, and should have been reconsidered seeing as ARM processors were low-powered long before upstarts like the Intel Atom came out- yet they now only feature in mobile devices. And seen Windows 7? Blatant RISCOS ripoff, as was to some extent every Windows since 95.)

Anyway, if I write nothing soon, I wish the 2 people who actually bother to check this blog a merry Christmas. Hope it’s a good one. You need something to look forward to! 😉

[Update, January 2019: The title and introduction have been slightly edited for stylistic reasons.]