There are a lot of seemingly irreconcilable problems facing humanity today. Global warming, overpopulation, deforestation, vanishing species, pollution, hunger, disease. The list goes on. On top of that, there are a lot of evil people doing evil things … and getting away with it, too. That ain’t right.
As a recent example, HSBC, a british multinational bank, admitted to setting up offshore accounts for Mexican and Colombian drug cartels which allowed them to launder billions of dollars. But instead of pursuing legal action against the bank, Assistant US Attorney General Lanny Breuer decided to settle with the bank for a measly 1.9 billion dollars, which is approximately five weeks of income for the bank. Basically, it was a slap on the wrist.
Breuer’s reasoning was that to prosecute the bank would create global instability of the worldwide banking system. But as Matt Taibbi wrote, that’s a load of crap. By not prosecuting, it ensures that banks will feel they can bend and break international law whenever it’ll make a profit. In the long run, that ain’t good for nobody. The recent collapse of the global economy is a testament to that fact.
Not to mention that it’s simply not fair that rich people get off scot-free while perpetrating horrendous crimes, while the little guy gets locked away and the key thrown away.
Another example hilariously exposed by Jon Stewart on the Daily Show is how ex-congressmen Todd Tiahrt, with the help of NRA stooges, wrote legislation that effectively allows gun dealers to circumvent existing gun laws, to the detriment of society, because all these illegally bought and sold guns ultimately end up in the hands of criminals, gangs, and worse.
And why? Follow the money. It’s really that simple.
Ugh. And what can I do about all this? Precious little, which is kinda depressing. And to alleviate my sorrow, I present cute animal videos.
Two Cats Pass a Bowl of Food
Kittens and Ducklings
Cat Wants to be Petted
Goat Imitates Chicken