December 2020 Countdown – December 4!

“Don’t lose the trail of wisdom’s scent.

While on this hunt, don’t go astray, worrying if every little thing is good or bad.

You are the traveler, you are the path, and you are the destination.

Be careful never to lose the way to yourself.”

Shihab al-Din Yahya Suhrawardi

Image: Michael Bednarek, Fine Art America

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December 2020 Countdown – December 3!

“Those who are skilled in combat do not become angered.  Those who are skilled at winning do not become afraid.  Thus, the wise win before the fight, while the ignorant fight to win.”

Sensei Morihei Ueshiba

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December 2020 Countdown – December 2!

“The only thing I know is this: I am full of wounds and still standing on my feet.”

Nikos Kazantzakis

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December 2020 Countdown – December 1!

“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today.  It’s already tomorrow in Australia.”

Charles Schulz

Yes, Dear Readers, 2020 is finally coming to an end!  Perhaps the worst year in memory for many of us, the demise is upon us.  Everyone always hopes for the best at the start of the year.  But many don’t truly prepare for the worst.  We just sort of hope things will be different This Year.  When it doesn’t, we’re often surprised.  Others just aren’t surprised because they always expect the worst anyway.  I used to fall into that latter category, but now, I just don’t let myself fall too in love with New Year’s Day.

Nevertheless, what should have been an extraordinary year – what with the start of a new decade – has become a nightmarish dystopia riddled with many of the same vices of previous times: political ineptness and civil unrest.  For the United States, we had the added ills of an idiot president, and for the world, a global pandemic.  Only a catastrophic series of natural disasters (monstrous earthquakes or a meteor strike) could make it worst.  Or better, depending on your outlook.

All pessimism aside, my Lovely Followers, The Chief will be counting down every day of this month up to and including New Year’s Eve.  Like a bad day at work or drunken family holiday gathering, 2020 can’t die soon enough!

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Retro Quote – Jerry Spinelli

“Why fit in when you’re born to stand out?”

Jerry Spinelli

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Word of the Week – November 28, 2020

Prospicience

Noun

Latin, late 15th century

The action of looking forward. Foresight.

Example: With my usual prospicience, I see good things for my writing career in 2021.

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Video of the Week – November 28, 2020

There’s something about the dignity and formality of elected officials disintegrating when tensions explode into chaos and madness.  Such was the scene on Friday, November 27, when lawmakers in Taiwan got into fist fights and threw pig entrails at each other over a soon-to-be enacted policy that would allow imports of U.S. pork and beef.  Premier Su Tseng-Chang was due to give a regularly scheduled policy report to lawmakers on Friday morning about the pork policy when opposition party lawmakers from the Nationalist party, also known as the KMT, blocked his attempt to speak by dumping bags of pig organs.  Legislators from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party attempted to stop them, resulting in the brawl.

This may be a Y chromosome thing, Dear Readers, but I’d almost like to see something similar in either chamber of the U.S. Congress.  Minus the pig parts, of course.  I mean, what a waste!

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Tweets of the Week – November 28, 2020

Steve King

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Photos of the Week – November 28, 2020

These are images of people waiting at various food banks across the United States in the days leading up to Thanksgiving.  I’m sure these people are thrilled to know the Dow Jones Industrial reached 30,000 this week.  This happened in the richest goddamn country in the world.

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Most Ominous Quotes of the Week – November 28, 2020

“The economy is going to be very uncomfortable between now and when we get the next fiscal rescue package.  If lawmakers can’t get it together, it will be very difficult for the economy to avoid going back into a recession.”

Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, on rising unemployment claims

“This winter will be grim.”

Economists at JPMorgan Chase, in a report slashing their forecast for the 2021 first quarter to a negative 1% annual GDP rate

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