Well, it didn't feel much like the Solstice-Saturnalia-Christmas-Festivus-Kwanza time of year, did it? Many of us got to bask in warmth that rivaled spring, and even some sun on one or two of the days. Still, as I commented below, it was also somewhat creepy in its anomaly. Normally most people don't have to worry about deadly storms and freakishly long-lasting tornadoes for Christmas, but the heat brought just such destruction for many from Texas to the southeast.
As Dane points out at Geoengineering Watch, "Populations in first world countries have been very successfully
conditioned to believe that they are immune to the world's problems.
Most have convinced themselves that if they ignore dire issues for a
long enough duration, the problems will magically go away. This very
delusional notion is very close to being completely obliterated.
Converging catastrophes are now here, there is no place to hide."
In other words, this is just the tip of the melting iceberg. Some commentary has described this as the new normal. My sense is that we will not see "normal" again in our lifetimes.
Meanwhile, in the the national insanity realm, some bloggers over the past weeks have been writing about Trump and his fascist and racist rants. Some see parallels to Germany in the 1930s, which is not at all unfounded. But the rightwing explosion of reactionary hate-mongering isn't just going on in America. Take a look at what's going on in Germany now.
The conservative mass media has been hyping threats from "terrorists" for so long that they've managed to whip up the low-information set into a foaming frenzy that's turning into violence in a number of places across our country. Mosques burned, and people who appear to be middle-eastern are being attacked, verbally and physically. And, the literal hysteria over possible refugees from Syria - and all the while, xenophobic Republican candidates like Trump get all the media coverage, while candidates like Bernie Sanders are barely mentioned.
So...what's on YOUR mind this X-mess week?? Please add your own rant or shout-out below.
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