I have not blogged as much lately. And I was wondering why…..
I think it is because so much of what is happening in the world right now is difficult to make any sense of. Of course, with hindsight, we can struggle to understand it but, the truth is, even with the benefit of hindsight most of us still have no clue as to what will happen next.
(Well, I am hoping to get a little welding done…………….)
For instance, Trump firing Comey in an obvious conflict of interest almost seems like normal in the context of Trump’s history of behaviours but Trump’s history of behaviours is one of being totally unpredictable and abnormal. ‘Nuts’ is the new White House ‘normal’. His administration’s incompetence and madness has been augmented only by conflict, confusion and chaos.
Trump makes Murphy irrelevant.
And it is not just Trump. Maybe someone can explain to me the Liberal Party logic of banning oil tankers on the North Coast of BC not long after killing the source of any such oil supply by terminating the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline? Isn’t that like shooting an already dead thing? But, even more ludicrous is that the same Liberal government is still allowing the Kinder Morgan pipeline to fill mega-tankers in much more constrained, sensitive and politically critical Coal Harbour (Vancouver). Something like 700 oil tankers will annually ply the Gulf of Georgia. That is environmental risk madness on a much grander scale than Enbridge ever was. How does the government look electors in the eye with that mockery of logic?
And look at the recent BC election. I had hoped for a Green breakthrough and I am happy for what barely emerged but – damn it – the Greens have only three seats and the bastard Liberals are just one short of forming a government. If a recount changes just one Liberal result favourably, the Greens are relegated to bystander status once again. As, of course, are the inept and impotent NDP. This election is still balanced on a knife edge. Who woulda thunk it?
The North Korea threat – real in so many ways – has gone silent. How is that possible? How does a looming LARGE WW3 threat slip off the radar? What? The topic got boring for our media? The Pacific Fleet took a break and is on leave in Hawaii? Kim Jong-Un has learned to shut up? In this sense, crazy shows up in the lack of news.
Ninety nine countries fell victim to ransom-ware, the cyber hacking tool that kidnaps and holds hostage things like hospital records. Many people in the tech industry saw that one coming for a long time but certainly not any hospital administrator or Health Ministry official. Seems it got by our intelligence and law enforcement community as well. We may get self-driving cars and power generating roof tiles but mind-boggling executive incompetence will still rule the day it seems. Maybe we don’t pay those administrators enough?
We gave the 2007/08 financial debacle bankers bonuses, didn’t we?
It seems to me that we have a lot of stupid in charge. And I suppose that is the one thing we can count on. From the President to the Prime minister, from the media to local government, from banks to law enforcement, if you are looking for consistency, look in the idiot mistakes column.
On a brighter note, and one that puts a nicer spin on our own madness, we have stumbled, fumbled and tripped our way to a functioning greenhouse and an almost complete marine haul-out. And, by employing an infinite number of monkeys on an infinite number of computers, we have lucked into a second book. Stupid ain’t all bad. Works for us.