Monday, February 23, 2009

Time Travel: A Glimpse Into The Near Future

The island of Guadaloupe is in The French West Indies, southeast of The Virgin Islands.

It was a tranquil place for vacationers seeking respite from the world. Blessed with lush tropical forrests, waterfalls, clean beaches and crystal clear water for snorkeling and scuba diving, it attracted people from all over the world.

Until today.



One of the friendly locals waves to the camera.


Tourists are being forced to flee this tiny island as the locals fight running battles with government forces over declining wages and increasing prices.

Initially, the protests were aimed at the French Government which controls the island. Guadeloupe suffers from an extreme wealth gap between the various classes and racial groups on the island. There is also a disparity between the police forces, nearly 100% white, and the local population, nearly 100% black.

Hey! GM! Chrysler! Sell your cars here, quick! Maybe someone will buy one!


As the protests raged in Europe last month, a leftwing coalition made demands of France for a $260.00 per month wage increase for the poorest of the wage earners on the island. Needless to say, the French government sat on their thumbs.



As tensions simmered over wage and price issues, a stupid individual named Alain Huyghues-Despointes, a local wealthy white land owner, openly criticized mixed marriages and stated he wants to maintain racial purity. Smooth move, Ex-Lax. Now the angry locals are apparently targeting white people in response to Alain's idiotic remark.


The unrest is now spreading to neighboring islands, such as Martinique. This bodes ill for the travel industry and the local islands. It has been reported that ten thousand vacationers have canceled their planned visits to the island. This will have a tremendous impact on the local economy as the island is almost entirely dependent of tourism.


Wanna see my machete?



Now how is this time travel into the near future? Excellent question!

I'm sure any number of us live near places that contain a large number of people (doesn't matter what race they are) who think that somehow the rest of us are "rich". I'm sure the fact that some of us live in better neighborhoods, and drive newer cars makes us "rich" in their eyes.

Unfortunately, we're not the rich. People who are angry don't often think logically or listen to reason. They're also subject to being heavily influenced by a persuasive speaker, especially if fueled by alcohol.

I think some of us could make some extra cash selling maps to politician's homes when the angry mobs come down the street. Kinda like the Hollywood maps to the homes of the stars.

Here's a tip: If any of you live near people like Pelosi or Frank, make sure you have signs out on your lawn pointing the mobs in the right direction. Your kids could probably make some change selling lemonade to the exhausted revelers as they wend their way home after torching the place. Notice how I cleverly inserted the word "change" in there.

Anyways, I digress.

At this point it doesn't matter who was right or wrong, so let's get passed the diatribe over the whole social inequality issue. There's nothing any one of us as individuals can do about it. The fact is, there are areas where discontent run high. Just like down in Guadeloupe, that kettle is boiling.

Keep an eye on that kettle, and watch your six.

5 comments:

Cygnus MacLlyr said...

Damn, Cat, You rock when it comes to finding the coolest non-USA-media-covered events to blog on-- or do I really need to at least lend ear to NPR's Current Events log...

Great work, Brother! Can I get a cup o' that lemonade?

HermitJim said...

Looks like the folks in America are running out of places to go on vacation, huh? The folks with "traveling money" that is...

Guess they'll be forced to (shudder) stay home!

TEAM HALL said...

Hey Catman! It just gets scarier by the minute...

Radio Bloger said...

People get upset when you start to point out events like this....

For obvious reasons - it's hard to stay a sheeple when the facts start to seep in...

For other historical situations that are similar look into the revolts in Hati, or even the LA riots not too long ago.

Imagine this situation in Detroit, LA, and Houston...

Great research Catman...

erniesjourney said...

Coming to a theater near you...

Ernie