It's clear to me that we live in a civilization that's failing many tests of safety, because you need regulation of all hazardous processes, and everywhere you look, the regulators have been 'captured'.
Of course, I mean bribed.
Big Pharma routinely puts out drugs that get recalled after killing or maiming a few people.
Big Farma (agribusiness) is busy inventing foods that kill us too. No oversight, the FDA is asleep on the watch for both of these industries...
Big Finance's abuses are all over the news, but we know about the SEC. It's been neutered.
The oil spill in the Gulf is also a case of regulators looking the other way, and no one was taking the risks seriously.
The military industrial complex (MIC) starts war after war, with no benefits to the American people at all, and the resulting pointless slaughter of other peoples is an abomination. Congress should be confronting this. They don't. The political contributions from the MIC are vast.
I could go on and on, but I realize now that this country had such powerful, moral, and intelligent ancestors, and they created such powerful, deep processes and systems, that only similarly powerful and quality people could maintain such a complex set of arrangements. But those people are now long gone. They were created in adversity, forged in the fire, and all we have in the present, is a bunch of egotistical third generation sycophants and losers, who unfortunately, have taken their place. Some of them are in fact, a bit creepy and thuggish.
In no way does the current boomer generation (mine) measure up to the people of the past...so it's back into the fire we go...