Working from home I started watching TV in the background, which is new for me.
I alternate from series like “Harry Bosch” (and this guy has strong screen presence) to the news.
And then I usually regret that I switched the channels.
I realized that the core problem in any country is the limited relevance of its president’s intentions. And then his actions are intentions diluted.
I don’t know who is calling the shots anymore on a national and international scale and this makes me uncomfortable.
When, and if, the covid scandal clears, it will be like the Nuremberg Trial for the government and media officials – “I was just following orders.” Thing is, I don’t understand from whom.
The government’s handling of the covid issue is erratic, and the absence of logic is bothering people more and more.
Example is - flying back to Switzerland I need to quarantine for 10 days at home – how do I get food during that time? Plus I need to report to the authorities within two days of arrival – so, stay home or not? If I travel from there to Belgium for less than 48 hours I don’t need to quarantine after return. 49 hours I do.
In Austria, they introduced a curfew during the night, when the traffic on the street is the lightest. How that this make sense? Introduce curfew during the day to limit people interactions, if that’s the goal.
Klaus Schwab, who was a longtime professor at the University of Geneva, and is the founder of the World Economic Forum, has said – “in 10 years you will own nothing, and you will be happy about it.” He is advocating the covid story as an opportunity for a “great reset” in our societies. You may call him the new Karl Marx, but he takes care of himself – the WEF sold all its investments just before the covid news hit.
A good question is - who is doing the thinking in our societies? Communists like Schwab or Thomas Piketty, the French mad man?
Perhaps each government should have a Minister of Thinking, as it seems to be a unique skill.
This can’t be a lawyer, can’t be an academic but a person with real life experience.
Engineers don’t need to apply - we simplify things, meaning we will give you a black and white answer.
At least this one will, and I’m still going to say it – if you own nothing, you have no freedom.
Some people start showing signs of desperation, as in the long running France – Turkish feud, president Erdogan said that president Macron needs some mental treatment.
In response France recalled its ambassador to Turkey and the EU elites issued a communiqué that Erdogan should behave.
I can almost hear his laughter from the 2000 rooms mansion in Ankara.
We’re all losing something because of the covid scandal, businesses going bust and people getting poor. Salaries get cut in half or better, making people slaves of the system.
The governments are coming down hard on the doubters of the official line. In Canada you could be fined up to $750,000 for not following the rules.
I think I am hearing another laughter, this time from the grave of Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin.
What I know for sure is that in the end reality always has the final say.
As Guy McPherson said: Nature bats last.
And it will be a good shot, cleansing us of this nonsense.
Let the Canadian artist Robbie Robertson take it from here:
“Struck by lightning, the fire is dying
And she called out your name
Sudden thunder, the sky is crying
Can't tell the tears from the rain.”
Tom Kubiak is the author of The Traveler