Paradigm Shift Courtesy of the Black Swan named Corona
Written by Grant G
Oil demand has fallen by a staggering 16 million barrels per day, terrible right?.... no, not at all, it's the future, it's progress, albeit progress at a terrible cost.
I'm not afraid to die, but, this pandemic scares the hell out of me, I fear for my mother because it will kill her and fear that it will kill your mother, father, grandparents and millions more and there is nothing anyone can do to ease this terror, and that's what it is, terror, worse than war, a terror nobody has seen since 1918....The Spanish Flu...and despite the name, the Spanish Flu originated in Kansas.
Having personally suffered pulmonary embolisms, where breathing is laboured, when coughed up phlegm comes in the form of chunks of blood, disturbing to say the least but even worse then the pain is the fear factor, each laboured breath sends one's mind reeling to thoughts of a last breath..
Millions of older people, or those with risk factors, lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, immune deficiencies and so many more afflictions see the carnage on near every TV channel and there is no escaping the reality...A dry cough, a fever and for many, a few hours later lungs are fluid soaked water bags, the fluid is caused by the human body fighting back against the virus, unfortunately the body's attack is too aggressive and the result is drowning in one's own fluid.
That's where Intubation and ventilators are required, give the patient life giving air through mechanical means long enough that the body can clean itself out....Ventilators mean life.
Being a caregiver to my last parent, my mom, I fiercely practice social distancing, fear of bringing this uninvited black menace home but I do go out to get mom's medical supplies, prescriptions, and yes food, and upon my return I reflect on the disturbing scenes....empty store shelves, hoarders gone wild, even where we purchase mom's medical supplies the war profiteers have struck..no gloves, no cleaners, no pads, and masks, good luck finding masks of any kind, the profiteers loot the stores of stock, even per person limits don't suffice because...Because entire families, one at a time or nefarious groups enter the stores as individuals over and over again to circumvent rules, circumvent decency, my words can't describe my thoughts....
When I do go to Safeway, or Regency Medical, Shoppers Drug Mart besides getting a few items there is something else I do, i'll spend a half hour or so watching from the safety of my truck...what am I watching..people...and it's amazing, hoarders, profiteers, the reckless and those that are sick and how they try to conceal it, but the one's that interest me the most are those in the vulnerable group, fear oozes from them....A bullet to the head is quick......Intubation, ventilator and probable death thoughts occupy their minds slowly and methodically, you can see the fear and there is nothing one can say, or do to soothe their souls...Knowing this I go out of my way, even with social distancing one can still smile at people, that's what I do, smile at these troubled souls and try to exude a sense of calm....even though inside, I too am terrified...
Societal Breakdown.....We are at a crossroad, mankind either makes fundamental changes or else, or else government structures of the past will be removed for a new progressive order.
Governments are cranking up printings presses, pixel money is being created at record speed, big banks, creditcard companies will not be permitted to swoop in and seize assets from distressed persons, not this time, and the wealthy elites know it, there is no safety behind their iron shields, gated communities, Hampton castles and private islands will not keep an enraged public from seeking their revenge.
Trillions of pixel dollars being created out of thin air, backstopped by nothing, the world debt crisis had already reached the absurd before this beast arrived, these trillions will never be paid back, unsustainable debt levels...The world is on the verge of, and should claim bankruptcy...So many countries yet only a few can print pixel money, that is unfair, unworkable not equitable..
The day has arrived, endless supply increases of fossil fuels, Alberta politicians of all persuasions need to acknowledge this fact and exit that dead-end road..Trudeau needs to accept the futility of TMX...America, once a new president is elected, or one is appointed by an angered mob must abandon the frack...The earth is angry, the 99% are angry and promises spouted by elected idiots to quickly return to normal will not suffice because the old normal was already fucked,
Species extinction must stop, deforestation must end, sustainability needs to be the path forward..
By the time this pandemic is finished $30 to $40 trillion pixel dollars will have been made out of thin air, all in an effort to return to the fucked up old normal...Just imagine if $40 trillion pixel dollars was allocated to bring clean renewable power to the world, to create hydrogen fuel cells, to clean up orphan wells, to clean up Alberta's toxic nightmare...to restore forests, wetlands, to save animal, marine and plant species worldwide...monies need to be spent to preserve what nature gifted us.
Planet Earth sent this pandemic, call it a shot across the bow or a stern warning, endless expansion cannot be sustained, the world is finite and industries of the past will never return to levels of yesterday..Cruise ship industry will decline, airline travel will fall and the oil industry just took the on-ramp to the Buggy Whip Highway.
There is a silver lining.....The old fucked up normal is gone.
Time to do it right.
The Straight Goods
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