What? No “Happy Meals” for Egypt’s children?! Why not?!

Here are some facts worth some serious contemplation separately and together. Though, according to recent PEW Research at least 50% of Americans are entirely clueless about events in Egypt. So if you’re an American who has fallen into that dark hole of the 50% who think what goes on in Egypt is none of your concern–well, you are excused from completing this reading assignment. Heads up though,  a wake up call will come soon enough because of the way money flows around the globe.  

CNN Money report: “About 40% of Egypt’s citizens live on less than $2 a day….” 

I don’t think you can purchase a fast food “Happy Meal” in the states for less than $2.50 without tax. That’s one junk food meal, complete with a toy, for one tiny tot being conditioned to explode into obesity with continued long term consumption of happy meal upgrades. You might be able to buy some cheap eggs and a very poor quality loaf of bread for approximately two dollars–before tax.

Politicol News Update 9 February 2011:  Mubarak family worth estimated at $90 Billion.

Egypt has a population of over 80 million.

Question: So who has has been experiencing the real economic crisis?

Enough said? Care to add something to the fact bowl?

Pink Floyd: Money

Women who want to change a lot more than their underwear.

Is it me or does anyone else find it intellectually and ethically offensive that a man responsible for a part of the Egyptian government that carries out spying, torture, imprisonment and other such “nice” things essential to destroying any show of political dissent or opposition is offered as a ”concession” to the demand for regime change for the dictator who gave him the job as head spooker? When Egyptian people are demanding CHANGE from the old corrupt status quo, who are they offered but Omar Suleiman. What a terribly sick joke this must be to those people in Tahrir, Alexandria and Suez who have sent certain economic wheels into quiet desperation. Actually it is a HUGE insult from my perspective. People wanting a change in a system they don’t want are offered the same system with an equally offensive face.  Huh. I gather the powers that be figure the rest of us minions are flat-out morons because we are not part of “their” network.  The Ivy college educated elites figure we’re so stupid that we don’t see what’s going on.  Oh yes, let’s not kid ourselves by thinking that the governing bodies around the globe actually “care” about the well-being of people. The truth is that  those running the political dog and pony shows care only about their own acquisition of power, control, influence and wealth. The rest of us serfs be damned–we’re just cannon fodder, cheap labor and media spin pawns for their entertainment of playing the games of RISK and Monopoly. Pop quiz: Who trained Omar Suleiman to be all that any oppressive government needs him to be? One guess. Yes. just ONE. Hint: Superpower. Oh yeah, made in the U.S.A. 

Strangely enough I began this blog post with Egyptian women on my mind. When I didn’t see their faces in the American broadcasts I went searching for them elsewhere. Found them. Yes, they are there in Tahrir Square, Alexandria, Suez and elsewhere protesting in support of their people.  I wonder what goes on behind Hilary Clinton’s mask when she sees women like these.  Perhaps it’s a good time to buy stock in tums? 

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