Collectively, as in the global civilization, are we losing our minds?
I'm not going to expound on this. No. Today I'll just present a number of articles (with links), the stuff that is becoming all too common these days.
An article in Foreign Policy discusses how Trump may have made Montenegro Vlad Putin's lever to break NATO. Worth a read.
On a much darker note, Victor Orban, the prime minister of Hungary, foresees the European Union shifting to Christian illiberal democracy in 2019. From Reuters.
He said the Western political “elite” of the EU had failed to protect the bloc from Muslim immigration and it was time for them to go. “The European elite is visibly nervous,” Orban told hundreds of cheering supporters.
“Their big goal to transform Europe, to ship it into a post-Christian era, and into an era when nations disappear - this process could be undermined in the European elections. And it is our elementary interest to stop this transformation.”
“Christian democracy is not liberal...It is illiberal, if you like,” Orban said.Pakistan's Daily Times reports that the nation's chief justice, Saqib Nisar, contends that there's an "international conspiracy" at work behind Pakistan's critical water shortage. He didn't name the conspirators but he's probably pointing at Pakistan's upstream rivals for increasingly scarce freshwater from the Himalayan headwaters, India and China. What do those three have in common? Oh yeah, right, nuclear weapons.
In Britain, representatives of the nation's farmers will be holding a summit with government officials in Whitehall to discuss the nation's severe and ongoing drought and the threat posed to Britain's food supply. From The Guardian. Hey, you didn't think these global heatwaves and drought weren't going to screw up the food supply, did you? Really, did you?
The Weather Network reports that drought is also hammering large parts of Europe and could contribute to global food shortages. Bummer.
Doesn't sound much better "down under" where Australia's ABC News reports that farmers are looking for drought relief assistance.
And if your personal front yard putting green is looking a bit straw-yellow lately, here's a handy article on how to "re-wild" your lawn. The birds and the bees will thank you even if your neighbours won't.
It's not all dusty dystopia. There are lots of places that are flooded out. Here's a report about inundation in Baltimore. BBC News reports that Northern Ireland turned all soggy after a month's worth of rain fell in just a few hours. Sign of the times, eh? The Irish Times took a "glass half full" approach noting that, sure there was severe localized flooding in Belfast and elsewhere, but it brought the region's heatwave to an abrupt halt.
Then there's Japan, the poster-boy of climate change. Already reeling from killer flash floods followed immediately by a killer heatwave, Japan has now been hit by what promises to be a killer typhoon. ChannelnewsAsia reports that the typhoon came ashore in a region already hammered by flooding and mudslides. Fortunately the Japanese people seem to have mastered the art of evacuation.
In Napa, officials are planning to reroute a stretch of highway 47 threatened by sea level rise. Retreat from the sea, it's all the rage.
That's it. I'm done. I'll skip posting links about wildfires, global water shortages (hey's it's World Water Day), the destabilization of nation states and historical alliances, nuclear proliferation and the arms races spreading across the planet and into outer space, and a veritable host of other calamities.
What I have attempted to do is present a snapshot of what is unfolding across this planet on a daily basis. For us, this is all background noise. We think the premiership of Doug Ford is a crisis. That's the shiny thing that captures our attention.
What is inescapable is that the list of calamities is growing and worsening fairly quickly. Some of these challenges are or have the potential to become existential. Yet their very number and enormity shows that we don't have the resources, much less the political or popular will, to deal with all of them. We have to decide what we will address and what we will have to postpone or simply ignore.
WTF are we going to do? What really matters most to us and to our kids' future? Or have we already thrown in the towel? That Doug Ford - bastard!