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With all the good stuff happening from the increased environmental activity in the world, there are still plenty of people looking to cash in on polluting the planet. This page looks at all the problems we still have and what's being done about them, or not. Below are a few vignettes on some top stories as NBN sees them.
_The Real China Syndrome
Since the Great Wall, Excess Labor=Over
_Apparently answers are scarce to questions surrounding this series of odd, enormous structures China built is its Kumtag Desert. So NBN would like to offer up its own answer: China builds whatever the heck it wants. NBN risks sounding like paranoid China-bashers (again), to point out this is a government completely enfettered by the irons of environmental or humanitarian ethics. NBN knows from personal experience that the Chinese people are wonderful, as likable as any other culture when not viewed through the lens governments uses to present a country's national interests to the rest of the world. But citizens of countries making a genuine effort to embrace individual rights and environmental protection might want to consider what a government that doesn’t can do with the resources China has. They can build anything for the cost of a ham sandwich and throw it away if it doesn’t pan out.
_It’s easy to be paranoid about what you can’t investigate and that pretty much applies to anything going on in China. But logic suggests that temptation for government leaders controlling the vast economic, labor, and natural resources that China has at its disposal has got to seriously challenge ethical constraints. (See: Josef Mengele and the Third Reich.) China has unrestricted labor resources, unrestricted finances and a completely restricted flow of information. It’s not a great leap of logic to think anyone in control of that kind of power might be horribly tempted to apply it in ways that would be completely off limits in any other country that at least feigns an interest in serving its people first. Forgive us for being so suspicious of China, but after reading a blood curdling biography of Mao Zedong and realizing the same government is still running the show and is still erecting statues to this total maniac, is it crazy to think they may still be a little ruthless?
The Koch Bros: Leading a new Cultural Revolution?
_NBN fears that these odd buildings are just the tip of a very large iceberg of bad stuff going on in a ruthless county with all the money, labor, and natural resources it could want. Then again, to put things into a little perspective, let’s look a little closer to home. The U.S. leveraged its early dominance of the fossil fuel industry into an empire that’s ground zero for global warming. And like China’s leaders, our own oil emperors are proving to be pretty ruthless in their intention to hold onto that dominance.
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