Thursday, April 2, 2020

The United States Sinks to Its Knees Like a 3rd World Country

What a sobering and humiliating experience it is to witness my once-proud nation’s decline.

I remember WWII, when we lost 70% of our Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor. The response was Victory Gardens, War Bonds, rationing and an industrial production that built tens of thousands of tanks, guns and airplanes per month.

Today, in a medical emergency our front-line doctors, nurses and hospital support-staff are risking their lives because of a shortage of protective masks and clothing.

Not tanks, not guns, not warplanes—fucking protective masks and clothing.


Monday, March 30, 2020

When the Pandemic is Finally Through With Us

A recent Seth Godin blog reads as follows:

Is everything going to be okay?

That depends.

If we mean, “Is everything going to be the way it was and the way I expected it to be?” then the answer is no. The answer to that question is always no, it always has been.

If we mean, “Is everything going to be the way it is going to be?” then the answer is yes. Of course. If we define whatever happens as okay, then everything will be.

Given that everything is going to be the way it’s going to be, we’re left with an actually useful and productive question instead: “What are you going to do about it?”

This kind of insight, in my inbox every day is one of the reasons I find Seth to have such an interesting take on life. He’s been doing this every day for more than ten years (link).

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Wall Street Against Main Street—Are We Really Going to Do This Again?

Two things are going on at the moment in the economic chaos kickstarted by the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

1)  The investor class has its pants around its ankles and
2)  The worker class has its knickers in a twist.

One of those classes has profited enormously ever since 2008 at the expense of the other. We both know the investor dudes kicked the teeth out of the worker dudes over that period and yet we have chosen to shove all available resources in their direction—once again.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Biting the Hand That Feeds You

It’s a truism that fat dogs seldom bite. And of course how does one bite a United States Senator in the ass, except in the voting booth.

So the Senate, in its boundless and unquestioned wisdom, has thrown a steak dinner to all the dogs that vote. Those who vote are likely to have a bank account where an automatic deposit might be welcomed. If not, they surely have a mailing address, else one cannot be a registered voter.

Ergo, without an account or an address, you are fucked and simply expected to die under a bridge or, less tastefully, in a cardboard carton on someone’s doorway.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Dragged, Kicking and Screaming—Socialism in America

It’s been said many times, but things said many times are often true: Socialism for the rich, democracy for the poor. Too big to fail infers that the small are the natural inheritors of that tiresome chore.

Yet things said many times are often not true, even by very wise men: “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries”—Winston Churchill

And yet another: “The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread”—Anatole France

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Gone Missing—the Soul of America’s Political Parties

I listened to a Washington Post podcast titled The fight for the soul of America’s political parties. It parsed a great many aspects of what it means to be a Republican or Democrat, including historic backgrounds and past fluctuations in party loyalties.

And I’m bemused because it was well researched, wonderfully presented and entirely missed the point.

We have a president nobody expected to win, particularly his own Republican party. He lost the popular vote by three million votes. In my lifetime, that’s the first time we elected a president no one wanted. And he seems well on his way to re-election.

No one seems to understand the Trump phenomenon and that’s the part that fascinates me.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Not Why, But Why Not Coronavirus?

I’m no longer a young man and so I often see things from more of a historic than immediate perspective. When I was a lad, there were touch more than a billion people on the planet.

Now, we’re nudging 8 billion and, unsurprisingly, things are different. But apparently only from my perspective. While the planet slowly incinerates its land portions and loses 200 species a day, our human species persists.

Which is chiefly because we control and abuse so much of what we inhabit. There’s no one there to stop us.