Various influential and would-be influential people have gathered at the annual meeting in Davos. Folks like Al Gore and Bill Gates are among them. These two participated in the panel
there won't be any poverty in 20 years. Well, maybe, it depends on the definition of poverty.
Al Gore started to talk around 14:55 in the video above and advocated "fertility management" in Africa, something that sounds scary. You could think that he has explicitly talked about forced sterilization but he actually hasn't – he has left the issue of the methods ambiguous. At any rate, it is very clear that he is obsessed with the idea of the reduction of the number of Africans and in this sense, he is no different than the German Nazis who wanted to gradually phase out Slavs on their stolen territories.
Al Gore may differ from Adolf Hitler in the extent but he doesn't differ qualitatively, in the principle. And both men were or are rooting for morally indefensible policies. In the Western, enlightened understanding of the world, it is up to every family to decide how many children it has – or to allow the kids to arrive as Nature or God wishes. Even in not-so-enlightened nations where the individual rights are not considered precious, it is up to the broader community – the nation itself – to decide whether and how the number of children is regulated.
China just began to dismantle its one-child policy.
It is impossible not to think that there's some racism and stunning hypocrisy if a jerk who has produced four children is "working" on the reduction of the number of newborn babies in a completely different nation.
And let me tell you something. Africa as a continent isn't and, in a foreseeable future, won't be overpopulated. There is one billion people (it should be still below 1.4 billion in 2025) living in Africa whose area is 30 million squared kilometers. So the average population density is the same 30+ people as you may find in the U.S. – which is "like" one-third of Africa, both when it comes to the population and the territory.
To compare, the population density is 130+ in Czechia, 490+ in the Netherlands, and 7,700+ people per square kilometer in Singapore. (Monaco with 18,000+ and Macau with 20,000+ are too small to be taken seriously but Singapore has over 5 million people.)
The continuing relative poverty of Africa isn't caused by overpopulation. It isn't caused by the continent's inability to provide the people with the resources. It is mostly due to the insufficient sophistication of their economies which is linked to poor education systems and perhaps their lower economic potential. But whatever the GDP or IQ or economic potential is, they are still people and should be sort of free.
Al Gore likes to liken climate skeptics to some unpopular groups – "homophobes", alcoholics, and others. His explanations for these analogies are extremely contrived; they really make no sense. He is just calling other people names. His problem is that his similarities to Adolf Hitler are not contrived at all because he is proposing some almost identical policies that as the Nazi leader did.
Political commissar, a new governor of ours
Incidentally, the Pilsner Region chose a new governor (more precisely, regional country president) today, a "social democrat" Mr Václav Šlajs who would work as a politruk during communism. This is the kind of people that form the elite of the "social democracy". The previous governor, Mr Milan Chovanec of social democracy, is one of the traitors who breached the promise not to talk about their (some social democrats') private meeting with the (former social democrat, modern social democracy founder) President Miloš Zeman.
I am unhappy about these people's return to the top and I have signed a petition against the politruk-governor but I didn't attend the public theater where he was elected because it would be nothing else than a source of frustration. Obviously, I don't think that 30 dissatisfied people who gather somewhere should automatically have the right to veto a new governor – even in the case when I completely agree with them. It's just too bad that most of the people don't really care whether someone belonged to the relatively narrow group of comrades who have been crippling people's lives and our nation for 40+ years – but it's simply true that most people don't care.
This is also the starting point of my opinions about the tension in Ukraine. President Yanukovich is showing some unbelievable restraint and patience when he allows the terrorists to occupy buildings of ministries (even though the leaders of the oppositions don't endorse such things), hurt dozens of policemen, and he is still offering the opposition the chair of the prime minister and many other things even though he had completely legitimately won the latest elections that give him and his party the right to reign. This is not how a dictator behaves.
Ukraine may be facing complete anarchy and civil war and before the things get really serious, they should declare the martial law and simply restore the basic order and stop the people who may offer no credible alternative for Ukraine. What I am seeing in the West is the breathtaking new refreshed Nazism of the supernaive kind – it is apparently politically correct to believe that someone becomes a superior human being with bonus rights if he screams "I am pro EU" really loudly. Sorry, if someone is endorsing the EU uncritically, he or she is an inferior naive sheep.
The EU could have paid lots of money to various nations but now it's broke. Some key EU nations don't have enough money to pay their own bills. That's also why the EU is offering the gift of a few million euros to Ukraine, some completely negligible amount, but they insist on the enforcement of tons of regulations not only about the right allowed curvature tensor of the eurobananas.
On the other hand, Russia is a completely natural and key trade partner of Ukraine and what Russia is offering is a sensible, no-nonsense, pragmatic, mutually beneficial deal. And Yanukovich himself isn't really any hardcore communist or reactionary in any sense. He is sort of pro-West, too. How various people may defend in front of their consciousness that they want to remove a totally legitimate, centrist, properly elected government is beyond me. Arnold Schwarzenegger is showing that he has just another dull biceps in his skull and it's hard not to think that it will be similar if not worse with the (box champion and opposition leader) Vitali Klitschko.
Whether the opposition gets some snap elections or chairs without proper elections or whether Ukraine will be split etc. should be the outcome of negotiations and at least some basic existing laws should be respected as legitimate "aces" of the current government in the negotiations. People who just occupy ministries and don't even attempt to explain why such a behavior should be legitimate – and don't even want to promise that they will stop doing these things when they take over – are simply not good ones to rely upon when you want to restore some order, freedom, democracy, and prosperity. They may scream that they are "pro-EU" but they are people with no respect to democracy and the rule of law. And one could argue that it is no coincidence that the loud "pro-EU" people actually show this disrespect for these values.
Credit union's clients paid
In May 2013, I told you about the investigation in the largest Czech cooperative savings bank, MSD (Metropolitan Savings Coop). I've had a large amount of money (but far from "everything") stuck there. Up to the equivalent of EUR 100,000, the deposits are insured including interests etc. In late December, the Czech National Bank finally terminated the license for MSD. Yesterday, the deposits started to be paid by the Deposit Insurance Fund through Czech Spořitelna [Savings Bank], a traditional large Czech bank owned by Austria's Erste, and I already received the money on Tuesday 8 am.
The MSD would be unable to pay now – 92 percent of the loans were in bad shape although the cooperative savings bank was in a very good shape a year ago. I still think that this is more likely to be a consequence of the state institutions' interventions which do more harm than good. I have tried to investigate who owned MSD, whether he could have been doing crime himself, what was going on, but I have no clear conclusions and the investigators haven't said anything clear, either (I can tell you tons of facts about the clients etc. who were published), so not much has changed about my assumptions that the liquidation of the higher-interest-rate-paying credit union was probably planned and deliberate.
There were 14,000 clients with $50,000 in average; about 38% had over $50,000. Only 112 clients or so were over the insured limit, most of them by a small amount only. But someone had EUR 500,000 over there, most of it will be lost. The owners of the MSD have lost a lot as well but I don't exactly know who they are although a quantum chemist named Sadílek might have been pretty important, to say the least.