Today while watching TV, I saw a most curious commercial. The commercial touted the great qualities of a new initiative. What caught my attention were the images showing people using a new type of card to travel back and forth between counties in the Western Hemisphere. At the end of the commercial, the title of the initiative was flashed on the screen with a website address. The name … the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.

Almost instantaneously, I thought of Zeitgeist the Movie and a “Damn Interesting” article entitled “The Revenge of the Fighting Quaker”

Then of course everyone has been watching the events unfold this week … the events on Wall Street. Some are calling it the 9/11 of Banking or the Financial Institution. What the U.S. government has done is shocking … at least to me. Now there is this proposal that will “fix” this crisis at the tune of $1 Trillion!! World markets reacted enthusiastically when they heard the U.S. government stepped in.

All of these thoughts are swirling in my head … the WHTI, this past week’s events and Zeitgeist and the DI article. It’s all very interesting to say the least.

If you’re curious, click on the links and do some investigation of your own. I smell a wizard in Oz.

Post Script

While I was re-reading this today, I just remembered that we can’t forget about NAFTA. The link is to the Wikipedia article. One of the references in the article is a transcript of an interview of Mexico’s president Vicente Fox with Larry King. Here is part of what they said in the interview:

KING: E-mail from Mrs. Gonzalez in Elizabeth, New Jersey. “Mr. Fox, I would like to know how you feel about the possibility of having a Latin America united with one currency?”

FOX: Long term, very long term. What we propose together, President Bush and myself, it’s ALCA, which is a trade union for all of the Americas. And everything was running fluently until Hugo Chavez came. He decided to isolate himself. He decided to combat the idea and destroy the idea…

KING: It’s going to be like the euro dollar, you mean?

FOX: Well, that would be long, long term. I think the processes to go, first step into is trading agreement. And then further on, a new vision, like we are trying to do with NAFTA.

One world.

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