SPECIAL HALLOWEEN ELECTION EDITION
31st October to
3rd November 2020
How boring is the four yearly event that is the US Presidential election? If it wasn't for the fact that this time around it is so critical for us all, I'd switch off television completely for a month. Add to this the daily gloom of the Coronavirus, spiced up this week with Halloween, and one has all the ingredients for serious psychological trauma on a global dimension.
The thing that I find hardest to comprehend is how a man so lacking in integrity, honour, morality and competence can be highly regarded by so many people. What does it say about the great nation that is fast becoming The Fragmented States of America?
When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work, because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work, because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation!
Is it just me, or should not a man who has brought back the 1918 Pandemic, the 1929 Depression and the 1968 Race Riots ALL AT THE SAME TIME, be removed from office with the greatest despatch. Can someone who has spent $130,000 silencing a hooker, yet only spent $750 on taxes, really be allowed to rule the free world?
To quote Edmund Burke, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men [and women] to do nothing.”
Trump said he would "Drain the swamp"; I hope for the sake of the world that next week, he goes down the drain with it!
At the same time, it would serve us all well if his sycophantic followers drained out with him.
And as for his VP, this says it all!
Over the years, I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress. Talk is cheap, except when congress does it, and the inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.
I'm not sure where that leaves us, so I will conclude this rant with ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night...
IT'S NOT FAIR!
THE WORLD OF MEDICINE
The virus is fighting back, seemingly more virulent than ever before. Governments around the world tried encouraging their citizens to emerge from their various levels of lockdown with discipline and care, but sadly, everyone switched into full social gathering mode with inevitable consequences.
Many countries have sought volunteers to participate in a range of studies, from Covid-19 vaccine testing, to social distancing experiements. In this, couple that have been married for over seven years are being asked to give guidance on how best to keep apart. Mmmm.
The medical profession has obviously been under enormous pressure over the past months, but some in the fraternity are conducting themselves with less distinction than others.
In the meantime, people's fixation on diet and their relevant tolerances to the ingredients of almost everything, is driving food producers to a point of despair. This is especially true amongst the young, who I suspect as often as not are just trying to be interesting!
I know what I'd say if they came to my door!
Co-operation between countries throughout the pandemic has been sadly varied. There have been opportunities between all nations to come together and fight this dreadful virus, but at governmental level, the engagement has been lamentable. However, at a professional level there has been far more evidence of people working together, and despite the various conspiracy theories, the doctors, spiritualists and scientists of China have been playing their part.
...and with that, let's move on.
Some members of the British Royal Family have been in unusually relaxed mode lately, albeit at the expense of others. Here Prince Harry and Meghan are taking a knock from his father and grandmother.
While here, Andrew, The Duke of York, the Queen's third 'child', is having a familiar song sung to reflect his misdemeanours.
And finally, we see Prince Charles stepping in to help with the weather forecast.
Generally, though, the idea of friends and family is to be there for each other and provide support in times of hardship and stress. Here we see old friends rehearsing with Melania Trump for the anticipated funeral of her husband Donald after he was admitted into hospital recently suffering from Covid-19.
In another shot, we see a distraught Melania preparing for the worst.
It's all about caring for those we love.
...and being sensitive in times of crisis.
Youngsters are also sensitive and will often surprise you with their astuteness.
Meanwhile, it is important to treasure those intimate family moments, embraced by natural and familiar surroundings, in a stylish and tasteful environment.
REPORTS FROM THE ANIMAL KINGDOM
Well, we can probably do a bit more than that! Animals have been affected by the pandemic just as much as people have been. They like nothing better than routine and the shake-up that has been caused in people's lives has been as unsettling for them as it has been for us.
Yet our four legged friends have been unfailing in their provision of comfort and support to their masters.
They have performed their duties as and when appropriate with loyalty and dedication...
...even though they might not always get on with one another individually.
Some dogs don't like each other, but as a point of principal, they always hate cats more.
Cats on the other hand despise dogs but also hate mice
"Free hammocks all over the place. It's like a miracle!"
It's not for nothing that they're known as man's best friend, for they will always love you and protect you...hopefully!
COMMUNICATIONS & SOCIAL MEDIA
It all began a long time ago, with simple messages drawn on cave walls.
From those early days, we scheduled our lives around the cycles of the sun and moon and nothing in that respect has changed. For example, for reasons I have never clearly understood, clocks still go backwards or forwards twice a year, depending on where you live. Sometimes, the authorities get it the wrong way round, and then all hell breaks loose!
Mind you, this year many people have refused to put their clocks back an hour on the basis that they simply do not want even 60 more minutes of 2020. I'm sorry if this is getting confusing; to clarify, today is the 97th of March.
Various forms of communications evolved over the millennia. Below can be seen one favoured by teachers. This was essentially an early flying machine and would be hurled through the air at the head of the pupil with whom the teacher wished to converse.
In the old days, people often communicated by writing to each other, in the form of letters. There were some limitations to this, however, as the Coronavirus has shown us with the impact of working from home. Postmen have taken to this in a big way, their new modus operandi being to open all of our mail at their own home instead of delivering it to ours, and then ringing us up if they think there's anything important.
From such basic beginnings, look at us now. We have Facebook, a perfect example of socialism. You get it for free. You have no say in how it works. The guy who runs it is very rich. You have no privacy, and if you say one thing they don't like, they shut you up.
And this extraordinary modern technology means that you can express yourself at any time, saying what you want and being unpleasant to people who you despise, regardless of so-called monitoring and censorship.
Here's a simple rule for us all to benefit positively from this medium:
To this end, 2020 is now being designated a swear word, as in:
"What a load of old 2020."
"What the 2020?"
LAW AND ORDER & THE ENVIRONMENT
Every society needs rules, regulations and laws and a system of suitable deterence in the form of punishment if these are broken. So just think,
They couldn't blame their disobedience on the Coronavirus then, but miscreants today certainly can.
But actions have consequences, at least in the afterlife, if not here while we are alive. Looking into my crystal ball, I saw a future classic example of this.
Trump dies from the virus. He goes to Hell where the Devil is waiting for him.
"I don't know what to do," says the Devil. "You're on my list but I have no room for you. But you definitely have to stay here, so I'll tell you what I'm going to do. I've got three people here who weren't quite as bad as you. I'll let one of them go, but you have to take their place. I'll even let YOU decide who leaves."
Trump thought that sounded pretty good so he agreed.
The devil opened the first room. In it was Richard Nixon and a large pool of water. He kept diving in, surfacing and climbing out, over and over and over, such was his fate in Hell.
"No!" Trump said. "I don't think so. I'm not a good swimmer and I don't think I could do that all day long."
The Devil led him to the next room. In it was George Bush with a sledgehammer and a room full of rocks. All he did was swing that hammer, time after time after time.
"No! I've got this problem with my shoulder. I would be in constant agony if all I could do was break rocks all day!" commented Trump.
The Devil opened a third door. In it, Trump saw Bill Clinton lying naked on the floor with his arms staked over his head and his legs staked in spread-eagle pose. Bent over him was Monica Lewinsky, doing what she had always done best.
Trump looked at this in disbelief for a while and finally said, "Yeah, I can handle this."
The Devil smiled, and said, "Monica, you're free to go."