Friday, April 10, 2020

Not ... the same as it ever was

Back in the day, Gramps bought a Caddy every year. This 59 edition was the year of the fins where every car had to have them but ... as my loyal readers know, this blurb's not about old cars and grandfathers but rather about how it's Not ... the same as it ever was as everything's different and ... hopefully for the better as hyper-capitalism no longer works as seen by the impact of COVID-19 on countries like the good ole USA where shortages of all things medical directly relate to whether said manufacturer of the item in question is making his nut and not to the safety of the populace at large. 

Why? Because there's never been a social contract, like that of Scandinavian countries, defining the proper roles of government and business while meeting the needs of the people i.e. universal healthcare, free education, separation of church and state, term limits, sustainable energy policy, protection of the environment, sane defense budget, etc., etc., etc.

Even though Wall Street's "amazing" ability to defy gravity continues to defy reality, the world is forever changed, where people are finally willing to question what does and doesn't work, notions that terrify the status quo as it should as new ideas are dangerous entities, especially if said ideas become the driving engine for change, something drastically needed as this nation moves further into the 21st century.

According to  Charles Hugh Smithwho has been quoted many times in BRT, everything is different now and here are some of the reasons why.

And this ...

Yet again ...

Why the virus is a wicked problem - Courtesy MIT Technology Review

Yes indeed.

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