The year 2020 is going to see a lot of changes in the World by December 31. Old problems are going to become even more unbearable and new problems are going to strain everyone even more and drastic changes are inevitable. To survive, people (espicially in the United States) are going to have to change or fall by the wayside. It is defintely going to be a strange year.
COVID-19 is proving to us that our governments are failing the people on the basic premises of health and safety. Health and safety – the keystones of any society – are the first things cut by politicians at any level of government when budgets get tight. I was a Police Officer in Baltimore and Baltimore, in response to the COVID-19 budget disruptions, is going to lay-off Police Officers and Fire-Fighters:
Mayor Young considers layoffs amid coronavirus pandemic; candidates weigh in | WBFF – posted 04/11/20
Former police spokesperson and mayoral candidate T.J. Smith points to Baltimore’s crime. He says:
“We are in the midst of uncertain times in a global pandemic, but Baltimore has been facing a crime epidemic for much longer. While other cities have seen a reduction in violent crime during this pandemic, we have not. Attempting to balance the budget shortfalls on the backs of our first responders is disheartening, especially right now. They are essential employees who must be on the frontlines and don’t have the option to work from home. Before our employees are asked to give, every single penny needs to be accounted for and other fiscally responsible moves should be considered before our depleted first responder ranks are further demoralized.”
Of course, what politicans say during an election year should always be taken with the “Grain of Salt”. It’s amazing how it all changes after the election or re-election.
The major problem is that no one says you have to be smart to be a politician. That you have to have Critical Thinking Skills or even common sense to run a government. My favorite example is the President of City Council of Los Angeles and an outbreak of Typhus in L.A. last year:
Los Angeles City Council’s president suggests to deploy ‘army of cats’ to deal with rat situation | Fox News – posted 02/19/19
Remember what I said about the intelligence level of politicians?
To get elected the major point is: “Promise everything to everyone and you will get elected.”
Unfortunately most politicians have little or no experience with emergency or crisis management and have to learn by On-The-Training. I mean, a Mayor of a City will not get re-elected if they can’t handle a normal winter snowfall let alone a major snowstorm
Pandemic Provides Defining Moment for Government Leaders
Governors and mayors don’t run for office with the intention of managing emergencies. But when a crisis strikes, they become the public face of government response and need to be ready to communicate accurately and calmly.
A second major problem is that being prepared, being trained up and keeping what is necessary on hand is expensive, time consuming and often doesn’t lend itself to the promised political agenda all politicians have in getting elected. We’ve always known that a COVID-19 (or some other major event) was coming. It’s been written about, discussed and planned for ever since I can remember and they were not ready.
My father ran the local truck dock in my small town and was tasked in the 60’s with setting up fallout shelters in case of nuclear war. We stocked the shelters with hundreds of thousands of dollars in the Civil Defense supplies big back then. My father carried a pocket dossimeter and, when we heard of a atomic weapons test, would check it frequently. And none of it was ever used – sort of makes you think.
The United States (and the whole world) has dealt with infectious disease since before we became a country – all of the “Classics”. Remember Polio and Smallpox? We ALL got the vacinations for them – lined up to get them. Measles, chickenpox and so on. And what happened? – We forgot everything from those days. Remember the panic over H1N1 in 1976? It was 1918 all over again – we are all going to die! It wasn’t 1918 and the H1N1 of that day was a different strain and the rushed attempt to vacinate people was almost as bad as the actual disease:
The Long Shadow of the 1976 Swine Flu Vaccine ‘Fiasco’ | Smart News | Smithsonian Magazine
I did 20 years in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman – mainly in the field with the Marines. We studied and practiced responses to Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare. We went to the “gas chamber” at least yearly (remember doing that?), ran courses in full MOPP gear and trained and trained. Yeah, I know a little bit about it. Thankfully never had to use those skills.
What I’m trying to say is that we’ve always known it was coming and we should have been prepared but we weren’t! The plans changed, fell by the wayside, weren’t “politically correct”, cost to much, demanded constant attention and just “weren”t important” to the politicians in today’s world.
US never spent enough on emergency stockpile, former managers say – News – GoErie.com – Erie, PA – posted 03/27/20
George W. Bush in 2005: ‘If we wait for a pandemic to appear, it will be too late to prepare’ – ABC News – posted 04/05/20
How New York City’s Emergency Ventilator Stockpile Ended Up on the Auction Block – Route Fifty – posted 04/07/20
Calif. halted reserve of ventilators, masks, mobile hospitals | Reveal – posted 03/27/20
Our politicians have failed us and we failed by voting for people who promise everything and actual give very little.
COVID-19 and Natural Events are going to overwhelm the world’s food supply this year. If this is news to you then crawl out from under the rock and actual look around you. Surprisingly, even the “News” is starting to talk about it and when the “News” gets past its political asgendas and discusses real news, then you know it is getting bad.
Right now, the world is looking at a major starvation event that is going to be pushed on us for the next year to 18 months. This is not an uncommon event when situations affect the World as whole – history is filled with examples. Even in the United States it is going to get more expensive to buy food and supplies will run low at times. Of course, the people who were struggling BEFORE COVID-19 will struggle even more and the “News” will be filled with the sad and tragic events and blaming everyone but themselves for what is occurring.
I’m not going to include a bunch af articles and reports in this section because it would go on forever! I’m going to direct you to 2 of my pages that should give you a very good idea of what is occurring because of COVID-19 and Natural Causes.
For COVID-19 and other illinesses affecting the Food Chain, check out my Food Insecurity Page – General at:
Now, for Natural Causes and Food Insecurity. The 2nd page I would like you to look at mainly deals with an ongoing event that is hitting some of the most starvation-prone areas of the world and, because of COVID-19, the resources needed to remedy the situation are going to COVID-19 and not the issue. East Africa and the Middle East are seeing a plague of Locust – yes, grasshoppers – and it is almost biblical in natural. While ALMOST biblical it is not that uncommon, but this year it is bad. Check out the page covering this plague at:
Something for which I don’t have a page for is Natural Disasters – earthquakes, fires, floods, hurricanes, volcanoes and so on. I believe that the world is entering/in a cyclic of particularly bad disasters and it is going to make the COVID-19 era even worse.
As John C. Mutter, Ph.D writes in “Tremblor” under the title:
“What if? What if a natural disaster strikes amid a pandemic? | Temblor.net”
“Given the timescales of the Earth’s natural spasms, and the course of the pandemic, it will only be by luck that we will avoid an intersection. Somewhere an earthquake or a major storm will happen in a place where the nemesis is out of control. Then what?”
Pandemic And Wildfire: California Is Preparing For A Crisis Within A Crisis – capradio.org – posted 04/16/20
Why a natural disaster during the coronavirus pandemic worries some who’d be in charge – CNNPolitics – posted 04/19/20
Sort of says it all. It’s going to happen.
Now to Natural Disasters let’s add Man-Made Disasters to the mix. The debate is raging on where and how COVID-19 came into being and it is getting shriller. My belief, based on the fact that some scientists are claiming it is very similar to the original Coronavirus S.A.R.S. -which broke out in China, just like COVID-19 – that they are calling in S.A.R.S.-2 is that it was manmade. Weaponized S.A.R.S. or not, it is still makes you think. This debate will go on for decades.
Chernobyl – yes the nuclear plant that crashed in 1986. Wild fires were raging a very short distance from the site – which is still radioactive – over the past week thretening to re-release radioactivity back into the air.
Chernobyl fire under control, Ukraine officials say – BBC News – posted 04/14/20
Read this book or watch the HBO Mini-series for a very good idea of what happened there.
I really don’t think tht man’s pollution is going to stop because of this pandemic.
Toxic Waste Products –
Possible Toxic Crisis Looms in Russian Far East Because of Industrial Disaster Inside China – Jamestown – posted 04/08/20
At first it started out with criminals and stupid people – people taking advantage of COVID-19 to get something they wanted. There are just to many exmples out there to even attempt to pick out just a few. These will always be here in times of trouble.
Now, in some ways, our current society is starting to fail apart and the divisions might just tear some parts of the Country apart. All of the pundits have been talking about the “City vs Rural” divide and, truthfully, the “City”, due to sheer numbers, has been winning. I believe that things will be changing in the near future. In “Rural” I include the small cities across the county.” Reasons:
Pandemics hit the Cities worse than the rural areas – logical. People packed in closer together versus spread out further apart. People will search for fewer people areas to live in.
Politicians (most from cities) believe that what is good for the cities is good for the rural areas – false! Don’t even need to discuss the obvious differences.
Rural people don’t want “Big City” people, politicians and values telling them how to live their lives.
I could go on but why? If the differences aren’t obvious to someone then they should go back under their rock.
The other main reason for the upcoming social disorder is that most people in our current society have not had to deal with this kind of problem EVER! 9/11, terrorism, threat of war and so on are completely different than a global pandemic. With those you watch the world a little closer, but they rarely disrupt “normal” life. Yes, somethings changed but life went on fairly routinely. The measures needed to control Pandemics disrupt “normal” life to the extreme and people don’t know how to deal with it – change, even temporary, scares people and they start to rebel when scared.
One of two other thing that must be mentioned is the role of the “Press/Media” in the upcoming Social Disorder. Remember what I said about “Big City” politicians above? Well the “Press/Media” is even worse in these values. The “Press/Media” no longer report the news they MAKE the news fit their agendas.
The other entity playing a role in the upcoming social disorder is the “Hollywood/Sports” elites. They who believe themselves next to Gods and that they deserve the love and respect of those fawning all over them. Woe to those that don’t think of them as the “New Gods”.
Whenever you find the “Big City” politicians in a “Social Setting” you will also usually find the “Press/Media” and the “Hollywood/Sports” elites rubbing elbows with each other. That says enough I think.
At this time, it is almost inevitable. I’m not talking about the U.S., Russia and China (although that is a possiblity) but smaller, more regional wars. Resources and money are drying up around the world and those who don’t have them will be looking to take them from their neighbors. Throw into the mix the present COVID-19 problem along with continual outbreaks of Ebola, Lassa Fever, Yellow Fever, Dengue and a whole host of other diseases people will get desperate. Add the aforementioned Natural disasters and Locust plague and it just does’t look good for a peaceful world right now.
Keep an eye on Iran, North Korea and a number of African and South/Latin American countries for trouble to brew up.
China might also start problems in the South China Sea while Russia will play games in the Artic Circle area.
I’m willing to go out on a limb and predict fairly massive social unrest this summer. Our politicians have not learned ANYTHING over the past 5-6 years and will continue to divide for political purposes – they care nothing about the people they represent, just their power. We’ve allowed them to divide us and have actually encourage it in many ways, but it all relates to the politicians and their personal gains.
The divide between the “Cities” and the more “Rural Areas” is going to blow up in the faces of those trying to divide us. I weould actually not be surprised to see something like the old “Iron Curtain” springing up in areas dividing areas between Left and Right or Liberal/Progressive and Conservative. We’ve already had some regions of states trying to succede from the rest of the state because of these social divides – think California and Washington – but “Big Cities” versus “Rural” areas is coming to a head this year.
Overall, this is going to be a strange, distructive year. Be ready and don’t be surprised.
Are you even hearing about this?
The HBO Mini-series Chernobyl from last year was an excellent production that gave you some sense of what happened back in 1986 at the nuclear reactor. Not only that, but it showed how the former USSR functoned and how the “System” was responsible for eveything that went wrong. While obviously a television show, it was rather good.
I followed watching that by reading “Midnight in Chernobyl” by Adam Higginbotham – which is an excellent account of the disaster. All of the mistakes made by the Soviet system were truely mind-blowing.
Makes you really wonder how the USSR system survived as long as it did.
What is bringing Chernobyl back into the news is a large outbreak of forest fires in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone – a zone still heavily radioactive in places. Forest fires that are throwing radioactivity from the dust and dirt from the reactor meltdown into the air once again.
While they say it is “SAFE” that’s exactly what was said back in 1986.
The current “Situation”.
Chernobyl radiation levels skyrocket as fires burn in exclusion zone – posted 04/07/20
Wildfires burning within Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine – posted 04/10/20
Wildfires in Chernobyl lead to elevated radiation levels – posted 04/11/20
Ukraine deploys troops to Chernobyl nuclear plant – Defence Blog – posted 04/13/20
We can but hope.
Privileged America complains on its endless coronavirus spring break – U.S. News – Haaretz.com – posted 03/29/20
Haaretz is a left-wing site out of Israel which hates Trump, Republicans and Fox News even more so than a lot of our left-wing individuals and News Organizations do. They do produce some “News” worth knowing about so I keep an eye on what they say and I have to agree with this opinion piece’s headline if not a great deal of the article.
Below you will find a list of articles broken down into several categories, which are actually interchangeable in many regards, which shows how badly we as Americans are dealing with this pandemic. All but some background articles are just some of the articles and reports I’ve seen in TWO days – just TWO days – and I could probably find a lot more without even trying. Pretty pathetic actually.
I was at a local grocery store this morning picking up some routine medications for my wife and put a few items into my cart and was in the line to check out – short line and the store had almost restocked on all store brand items. The gentleman behind me started talking about how “today’s generation” never had to deal with something like this before and were failing miserably.
We were close to the same age and had dealt, in our youths, with polio and smallpox vaccines, measles and German Measles (which my mother had while pregnant with my youngest sister who was born with birth defects associated with German Measles) and all of the other diseases and historical events in years gone by. We weren’t panic buying or anything and were surviving nicely and following the rules – which really aren’t THAT bad. There were still some people buying large quantities of articles indictive of “panic buying” but they were younger than us.
I tend to look at things based on my background as a retired Navy Hospital Corpsman and as a former Baltimore Police Officer. The medical side led me to post on January 4th that this was coming – and I was right. Now the Law Enforcement side is telling me that the social turmoil and out-right lawlessness is coming and that everyone should be ready for some social breakdown. Add the fact that the politicians and media are still playing political games and that just reinforces the belief.
The Coronavirus Response is Straining an Already Depleted Public Health System – Route Fifty – posted 03/16/20
Pandemic Provides Defining Moment for Government Leaders – posted 03/16/20
SC man lied about positive coronavirus test to get paid vacation: sheriff | Fox News – posted 03/21/20
Armed vigilantes in Maine chop down tree, block driveway to force neighbor to self-quarantine amid coronavirus pandemic | Fox News – posted 03/29/20
Drivers funneled through roadblock by police impostors during COVID-19 Pandemic | FOX31 Denver – Colorado – posted 03/30/20
More burglaries reported in west Erie – News – GoErie.com – Erie, PA – posted 03/31/20
Florida begins coronavirus checkpoints, threatens jail time for out-of-state travelers who don’t self-quarantine | Fox News – posted 03/29/20
In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Col. Lou Caputo, right, directs a driver wanting to continue down the Florida Keys Overseas Highway near Key Largo, Fla. Saturday, March 28, 2020. The Keys have been temporarily closed to visitors since March 22, because of the coronavirus crisis. Keys officials decided to established the checkpoint Friday, March 27, to further lessen the threat of virus transmission to people in the subtropical island chain. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)
Mayors to Governors: Toughen Up! – Route Fifty – posted 03/30/20
A North Carolina county is using checkpoints to block visitors a – Erie News Now | WICU and WSEE in Erie, PA – posted 03/30/20
Coronavirus Latest: Delaware Gov. John Carney Orders Out-Of-State Travelers To Self-Quarantine For 14 Days – CBS Baltimore – posted 03/30/20
N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatens to sue R.I. – News – providencejournal.com – Providence, RI – posted 0330/20
Coronavirus Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott expands quarantine order to include all Louisiana travelers | abc13.com – posted 03/30/20
SOCIAL DISTANCE FAILURES (Some are actual crimes)
UW students test positive for COVID-19 after spring break trip – posted 03/27/20
Maryland State Police: Local, State Officers Respond To Hundreds Of Calls Reporting Large Gatherings – CBS Baltimore – posted 03/30/20
Myers was charged with violating the governor’s emergency order regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. (Charles County Sheriff’s Office)
Large Crowds Gathers For Illegal Oakland Sideshows In Violation Of Shelter-In-Place Order – CBS San Francisco – posted 03/30/20
Jarring photo shows difference between open and closed Florida beach amid coronavirus pandemic | WFLA – posted 03/30/20
A Mount Vernon choir went ahead with rehearsal. Now dozens have coronavirus and 2 are dead. | The Seattle Times – posted 03/30/20
Tampa pastor arrested for holding church services despite ‘safer at home’ order – posted 03/30/20
Police break up 47-person ‘corona party’ at New Jersey apartment, charge renter – posted 03/30/20
Since writing the above yesterday a number of things have changed – mainly that they now expect the U.S. might suffer from between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths if people don’t follow some basic rules. Of course, they said this Sunday on the talk shows, but since it was formally announced on Tuesday, the Media is going crazy and playing even more politics. No such thing as “togetherness” when politics are concerned.
What we have been seeing since the above is the “Religious” Community (Evangelical or Pentacostal mainly) rebelling against the Stay At Home orders. I guess they feel their”God” will protect them from the Coronavirsus, but how many times has that been invoked throughout history and people still died. They are also stressing their First Amendment Right of Freedom of Religion, – which ought to set off some very stirring court cases.
Church Stays Open Despite Orders From County Officials – Erie News Now | WICU and WSEE in Erie, PA – posted 04/01/20
Baltimore pastor plans to defy Gov. Hogan’s ban on gatherings | WBFF – posted 04/01/20
Just a few of the many articles along this line.
And then there will be the challenges presented by the “Nut Cases” and Conspiracy theorists out there. I’m not going to dwell to much on this category except for extreme cases.
Officials: Engineer deliberately ran train off tracks in attempt to smash the USNS Mercy – ABC13 Houston – posted 04/01/20
The next few months are going to be interesting and I am very glad that I do not live in a major city or are used to the lifestyle associated with living in a major city. People here in the U.S. tend to think of themselves as undestructable – and it’s not just younger adults – and there will be some major unrest in the near future. Today there is little or no concept or idea of what “Public Health” is and what it is supposed to do. The”Needs of the Many out-waying the Needs of the Few” is only in movies now.