Baby Boomer Bashing Comes In Style

READ THE NEWS: Baby Boomers are alcoholics, Baby Boomers overspent and got themselves in financial trouble, Baby Boomers are going to completely sink the economy with their ever-deepening need for health care … in short, Baby Boomers have ripped off succeeding generations–and now they are going to make everyone else’s lives miserable.

Is it just me? Am I sensitive to the issue?

I don’t think so. More and more, Baby Boomers are showing up as the whipping  boys for the world’s problems.

Do we deserve the rap?

How can it be that the generation of peace, love and simplicity has marched right on with the industrialists to waste resources and struggle for power? Have we simply reacted to ever-changing challenges from the East and Middle East? Have we followed blindly after leaders who deceived us? Or are we really the selfish, irresponsible party animals the media is now portraying us as?

I know–everyone is different. You can’t paint with that broad of a brush.

We are taking some blows, though, my friend. If our parents were the Greatest Generation,  Baby Boomers are increasingly coming under fire as the Worst Generation.

You don’t believe it is so?

I’ll start a listing of news articles here. You decide. And… by the way … what consequences could arise from this movement towards rage against the elders?

Retired and in Debt: Can Owning a Business be the Answer?

Surely the hard-working and industrious South Korean Boomers planned well and are retiring in comfort, right?

Wrong, according to a report from Reuters.

A study by the South Korean government revealed that most of the more than seven million Baby Boomers there did not plan for retirement–and in a country where the average retirement age is just 58 years old, that is proving disastrous for many.

It could be a case of too much confidence in entrepreneurship. South Koreans are leaving the corporate workplace and starting up small businesses–normally, a great idea. In the current economic downturn, though, those businesses are failing in droves.

Worse yet, when the parents lose their shirts, their children are getting angry as they watch their inheritances go down the drain and the parent’s homes be taken to pay off loans.

Surely, that couldn’t happen in America …

Boomers, beware.

Saving the Rainforest … Finally

Update: Google is helping. We can too. Save the Rainforest … who, me?

Those who recall hearing (40 years ago) about the widespread loss of the rainforest canopy to over-zealous logging may remember thinking, “How can this happen? Do we really think the planet can survive without trees?”

It has taken awhile, but someone has finally stood up to the onslaught, drawn a line around his land and taken on the forces that would “make the land bare before her time.”

Chief Almir, from the Surui Tribe in Brazil, traveled to Google headquarters in California and asked for help … and he got it. Google supplied instruction and equipment to allow the Surui to document the incursions of timber thieves on tribal land and focus worldwide attention on the situation.

Google Earth technology tells the story from the air. The land is bare right up to Surui territory where the Chief and his people have taken a stand.

Kudos to Chief Almir and the Surui. Kudos to Google. One final question: How can we help?