Rick. I hate to sound like a dumb ass but how do I contribute to these ramblings 'off topic' and with out eating up bandwidth? I am a neophyte and appreciate your help/ You are the man! Chuck Silva On Oct 1, 2007, at 2:50 AM, Rick Walker wrote: > I'm really enjoying the Anglofixilization thread > but it is most definitely Off Topic. > > Since a lot of people have been disturbed by the volume of > off topic posts here at the list, can we at least be sensitive > and discilplined enough to their needs to write OT: > Anglofixilization > on these posts. > > This will allow people who are not interested in this very, very > off topic subject > to automatically filter the discussions out. > > That being said and done, my ramblings on the subject: > > *************** > > I have read the most linguists are agreed that > some form of Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese most likely), > Spanish and English will become the Linqua Franca (lol, how > Eurocentric is that term?) > of the world in the next 50 years. > > About the future of English as an international language of > commerce which has been > disputed: > > I've read that many German banks are now having their meetings in > English not German. > > Additionally, the Chinese are spending literally millions of > dollars to try and teach > the people in Bejing enough English to be able to greet guests, > journalists > and the athletes at the upcoming Olympics. They have hired and ex- > American > military officer, specifically, to go around the city and clean up > the > Engrish signs that are everywhere in the city currently. > > None of these are signs that English is on it's way out as a so > called 'world' language. > > The danger is not so much that the Chinese won't learn English but > more that the United > States, Great Britain and Canada won't learn Chinese. > > As powerful as the Chinese are becoming, however, their up and > coming economic might rests > on the strength of the so called '1st world' economies staying not > only solvent but > strong. Someone has to not only buy but also be able to be able > to afford to buy what they are going to make. > > A huge percentage of world resources are controlled by the Europeans, > British and Americans and the Chinese (and the Indians) need access > to these resources > in order for their economic climb to occur. > > A lot has been said about the decline of the US in the future. If > this is entirely true, then > why are the Chinese and Indians investing so heavily in buying > land, corporations and resources in the US. > They are, you know, faster now that even the Japanese did in past > decades. > > I don't say any of this as a flag waving 'love em or leave em' > American patriot. > > I'm about as radically left in my politics as one gets in the > USA, but there is a lot of knee jerk hysteria > going on in our country about our coming demise. > > Basically, world is going to be coming more geographically and > economically homogenous, although given the current > capitalistic models, this will still be at the expense of the > lion's share of the world's inhabitants. > > The Rich will get richer and the Poor will get > poorer..............it's inevitable unless a huge shakeup occurs. > > The scariest thing about it all is not that things are going to > change radically in the economics of the globe but more > that the ecology of the earth is going to suffer horribly because > the Chinese and Indians will rise with a commensorate > rise in the destruction of the ecosystem as the 1st World powers in > the past few hundred years. > > The largest destruction of the ecosytem has occured within the last > 50 years and is accelerating (declining airable land, declining > forests, declining > fish and animal populations, declining air quality, rising > temparatures, et. al.). > > It's 4th and 5th page news in American newspapers but China is on > the verge of a horrible ecological catastrophy. > They are running out of useable water at an alarming rate and their > rivers are very polluted on top of it due to unchecked growth. > > They are building gigantic coal manufacturing plants at the rate > of 1 a month , currently, which is causing terrible air pollution. > > Their destruction of the environement will rival the US's > destruction of the environment (although I should really say, the > Major Corporations > destruction of the environment) which is already unconscionable.