Canada’s economy shrank this last quarter by an annualized rate of 38%. The USA by 33%. Mexico by 18%. Japan by 28% and the European economy by 12%. Even China is down 7%. That is a BIG drop and deeper than recessionary if it carries on for the next two quarters. A global depression looms.
Blake Jacobs, a black man with a family, was shot in the back 7 times by the Wisconsin police as he tried to walk away from a blue-uniformed squad of hyper-insane protectors of the public. He had his kids in the car. That also became BIG. FAST. The national league teams of Basketball, Baseball, Hockey and likely NFL Football have shut down in protest over yet-another blatant incident of police violence.
Armed right wing thugs are provoking Black Lives Matter protests in Portland and, of course, Hurricane Laura laid waste to sections of Texas and Louisiana. As bad as all that was and is, the depth of the past news week was likely the gibbering idiocy and lies of the mob-boss and his minions at the Republican National Convention. THAT was sickeningly bad. The week of August 20th, 2020 was NOT a good one anywhere.
India is counting 75,000 new cases of Covid every day. South America, in the aggregate, is even higher. Even Vietnam is back in the Covid count. Worse, estimates are that all the numbers reported are low. The USA has exceeded 180,000 deaths so far and counting more at a rate of 1000 people per day. The famous and previously respected CDC was pressured to ease C-19 response measures by the White House and their switchboard crashed from people expressing rage. I even wrote to them.
And an armed 17 year-old Dumb Bubba named Kyle Rittenhouse waded into a Kinosha Wisconsin protest crowd and shot two people dead. According to Fox, he was a cop-admirer who decided to help restore law and order. One Fox news announcer defended his actions and another wanted the armed lunatic for president!
Our particular regional district has 12 or so active Covid cases and my family in Victoria’s neighbourhood is posting 30. But drug overdoses are dwarfing Covid in deaths and hospitalizations all over the province. BC is slipping from it’s previously exalted status and I do not see an end in sight. In fact, I not only do not see an end to the madness, I see it potentially accelerating like a forest fire. The November US Federal election may ignite a conflagration. Civil war is being openly discussed (albeit in a worst case scenario).
Where is Henny Penny when you need her?
Idiots want kids back in school. Cretins refuse to wear face masks and there is still no vaccine. China is getting annoyed at the USA (who isn’t?). The Trump led USA is always annoyed at everyone else but Russian and the world is seemingly readying to light their collective hair on fire, too. Venezuela is even blaming Canada for some it’s tragic situation. Belarus is up in arms. The Middle East is always aggravated but currently more tense than usual.
All of the above is now par for the course in any given day. I am not surprised anymore by much of anything although I will admit to feeling increasingly tense as the general ‘climate’ heats up. Which is a nice segue into the additional extreme danger of the real climate heating up.
We are living in interesting times. Typically that pat phrase implies that the interesting times will eventually stabilize but another way of reading it is that we, ourselves, may no longer be living at all.
“Why preach any of that, Dave? It is what it is.” That’s true. But one last surprise: so many people do not, in fact, know half of that. I do not know how people can remain so ignorant of the world around them but I meet them all the time. Our prognosis is beginning to look worse from the added complications of ignorance and apathy.