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Happy New Year?


clcok
The prophecy burdened year of 2012 is drawing to a close
Pr-ordained as witness to the end of all humanity
A subject much portrayed through poetry and prose
A creative vehicle for curious minds to sustain a fragile sanity

I, like so many others around the globe since the start of this 21st Century millennium, have been an ardent student of the self-professed Sayers and researchers delving into the historical archaeological and astronomical record of fact, fiction or pure speculation.  The outpouring of information that at best is contradictory, conflicting if not confusing has been fodder for much of my work over the last decade or more.

From all that I have gleaned from this pervasive exercise one item seems more evident than all the rest that some may look at as ironic: the central theme to the 2012 debate is ending of the Mayan Calendar on the date of Winter Solstice; the key word being `ending’ and of course what that will translate to for many.

An equally ardent curiosity of mine is global events be they political, religious, cultural, etc; and, what I have observed increasingly reported has to do with the `ending’ or systematic demise of many institutionalize characteristics found within our society. Arguably if these events or circumstances were to occur at any other time they may not have any significance but, that they are occurring at this time does leave one suspicious.

So what specifically am I eluding to?

Stated simply: ‘The demise of Established Institution(s)!

The advent to the latest global financial collapse, arguably commencing late 2007, that continues to afflict several nations to-date and getting worse; there are several other institutionalized establishments that are or, have been, afflicted with an internal conflict that serves to undermines their foundational  stability.

Though much effort  to resolve these troubling issues; many have been unsuccessful in taking corrective measures.

The following highlights the mores significant of the many that could be discussed:

The 2012 Presidential GOP Candidacy Race: The Republican Presidential nomination process was an absolute joke. The process over several months exhibited a field of potential candidates that left everyone cringing at the prospect that anyone of them would become President of the United States;

The 2012 Presidential Electoral Race: Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is to run against President Obama. This situation serves only amplifying the breakdown in the electoral process. Neither candidate is presenting a platform substantively different from the other. This is clear by the latest polls that has both candidates neck-to-neck. The only saving grace to this dire situation is the Electoral College that will choose a winner by virtue of Swing-State weighting one over the other. Hence in effect a President of the (current) most powerful country in the world chosen by default;

Canadian Parliamentary System: On the Federal level, the current majority government is running rough-shod by imposing mass-legislative initiatives utilizing parliamentary process that would make the harshest dictator smile with glee.  The check and balances to such unruliness falls to the Opposition parties however, as they are in minority position even as a coalition, they are impotent to retard the passing of Omnibus budget bills rife with legislation privy to only they who drafted it;

Canadian Provincial Politics:Ontario is of the largest of the ten provinces and three territories that comprise Canada. In the past week the Liberal Premier of the province just decided to `throw in the towel’ after some nine years governing.  Utilizing a mechanism referred to as Proroguing government, the legislature is effectively shut-down. In effect, largest province in the nation is left with no governing body for what could be an indefinite period while it awaits the Liberal party to nominate and elect a new leader;

   – Canadian Municipal Politics: Several Mayors to major Canadian municipalities have been or are in the process of being dismissed from Office on charges of  corruption, conflict of interest and similar offenses.

The National Hockey League: Labeled Billionaire arguing with Millionaires over how to split a 3.3billion dollar revenue pie has literally shut down the game. Though negotiations are still ongoing, all indications suggest the loss of the full season. The greatest implication to the potential, long-term lock-out is for the hundreds of jobs and small business directly affected by the loss of the hockey season;

The American National and College Football Leagues: Though the strike of referees to the NFL  is now resolved, the strike had a major effect on the field and almost brought down the game forcing the league owners into a forced negotiation with the referee’s association;

Global Child-Sex Abuse: Scandals centered around the Pennsylvania State University college football franchise that rocked the US-nation and rippled around the world.  PSU long-held in awe by football fans throughout the United States and beyond are devastated by the multi-year sentence given Assistant Coach Sandusky as well, the stripping of all awards and acknowledgments affecting not just the University by massive punitive fines but too, its star team players dating back decades;

– National Boy Scouts: In both Canada and the United States the breaking news of child-sex abuse dating back decades. The crime of the organization failing to respond/react to reports by member scouts of having been abused;

  – Fall of Lance Armstrong: Seven time Tour de France champion and founder of the Live Strong Foundation stripped of all titles including the Sydney Olympics medal. This literally puts the ‘cap on the bottle’ to the demise of ethics and trust worthiness of societal institution.

Do these conditions serve as harbinger to greater things to come; the collapse of global civilized society mitigated by the growing unrest over severe austerity imposed on bankrupt member nations of European Union; the raging political-fire spreading throughout the Middle-East?

Who knows but, one thing is absolutely certain: on the eve of December 31, 2012 the world’s People will either breathe in relief that the year has quietly ended without Armageddon or cringe to the prospect that there is yet more to come in 2013.

Good luck and may you not be so afflicted!

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