Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wallstreet 2

I think Oliver Stone was a little off his game with this one. He didn't seem to have much of a point. This would have been a good time to show how technology has largely taken the middle man out of the picture and left the most of the action to near-light-speed information transfer systems. The industry calls them black boxes, I guess. Anyway, Wallstreet is a shell of what it once was, almost all the of businesses that once thrived there are gone now. And the floor isn't as full as it used to be.

So then, what was this movie about?

It jumped around a lot. We got a glimpse of banks collapsing, getting handouts, and investors shutting out green technologies to keep the oil profitable.

The lead character was just as fractured as the story. His mother shows up in the middle of the movie but we don't really know why. Then she shows up later asking for money and we learn that her son (our lead character) is having financial problems and can't help her. We missed something here. We know he got fired, but when did he become broke?

His girlfriend breaks up with him because he is a liar and a manipulator, but everything turns out ok because her daddy has a change of heart? How does this change her relationship with our lead character?

So, yeah, this movie lacking in the story department. View at your own risk.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Wealth Beyond Reason

Recently Afghanistan was found to be loaded with copper, iron, and lithium deposits worth over a trillion dollars.

The "officials" who commented on the finds said that all the people of the war-torn nation need do is lay down their arms and set up an industrial infrastructure and all will be fine and dandy.

But, if it is that easy, then why has the African nations and their people not seen similar results with all of their diamond mines? They too are in need of an infrastructure and then things will get rolling for them as well.

The sad truth is that these natural resource markets are quickly sucked up by large corporations and then the product is severely controlled. No system will ever be put in place for local people to learn what they need to know to create their own infrastructure. The third world governments enjoy their personal relationships with foreign banks too much to care about their own people.

It would be great if I could be proven wrong, but I doubt it will happen.