I know, Steve Jobs is still dead, and at 56, that’s pretty young to move on to your next life (he was a Buddhist). However, I guess there’s a certain irony in the guy’s name because he decided to give most (920,000) of the jobs at Apple to his fellow Buddhists in China (Foxxconn). Of course, he is no different than most of the corporations in America who are allowed to outsource, but I thought it was just a wee bit strange that the media was giving this fellow so much adulation as an “American hero” when he really wasn’t too interested in helping out his fellow Americans enough to give them a job.
Another interesting side note is the fact that Apple recently said it is outsourcing a new call center to Bangalore, India. Ironically, many of the jobs require English language proficiency, so IT Americans are moving to India to get one of the jobs from Apple! It looks like you need to be an ex-patriot to get an American job these days.
Yes, I am now an owner of a Leaf, blowing in the wind, hoping my condo board will approve the installation of solar panels so we can get off the electric coal grid. However, since my government has gotten off the Green bandwagon (cronyism between the State Department and Big Oil in the XL Canada Tar Sands Pipeline and the ExxonMobil deal with Russia to drill in the Arctic), I feel like my Leaf is in the middle of a Bob Dylan nightmare.
While major cities in Europe, like Paris, have deals to use electric vehicles for the betterment of the planet, the United States car-buying public is actually buying fewer hybrids and electric vehicles! Why the disconnect? I can answer that easily. Why doesn’t the American public realize why we’re occupying the Middle East: big oil and big minerals and even big pharma! Big oil because of the profit to be made on the steadily disappearing fossil fuels on the planet; big minerals because of the recently discovered caches of them in Afghanistan, and big pharma because of the “human laboratories” being used in these countries to test high-profit drugs before they get to market.
As the young people begin to revolt in New York City (and they’re being covered by the media as “a not focused band of rowdies and partiers”), I hope the attention will swing toward the election of representatives who understand the “Green swindle” being perpetrated on the American public. One small example is the investment in a solar company that went belly-up (Solyndra), but I know there are many others. We need to kick these pols who are on the take out of office and begin a Green Party in America that has a serious social conscience about what remains of our Good Earth.
Until then, I guess I’ll hang in the wind inside my little Leaf, blowing my blurbs on my little blog, hoping those kids on Wall Street get more attention for their specific identification of what’s wrong in America. Make no mistake. These demonstrators represent many detailed examples of issues we need to face right away for our collective survival.