Winter of Uncertainty

Winter of Uncertainty
coronavirus

What a long winter it's been, and an extra day in February, too.  Happy Leap Day!

Meteorological Spring begins March 1. And there are already early signs of seasons changing--2 hours more daylight since the winter solstice on December 21. There have been some robin sightings. And the pussy willows are just starting to open.

Yes, spring is coming! And the waxing crescent moon is beautiful.

But there is a climate of uncertainty these days.  Markets don't like uncertainty. The tumbling stock markets this week  in response to the coronavirus crisis is the worst  week since October 2008.

The stock market is not the only place that deals in futures.  Loans and bond issues are long-term deals. They assume (except for force majeure clauses) that life as we know it will be pretty much the same in 30 years. There will be roads and schools, bills and taxes.  But what will life be like in 30 years?

We know there is a climate crisis. The wild fires in Australia and melting glaciers in Iceland and Antarctica are signs of climate change.

There are more floods and fires, blizzards, tornadoes and hurricanes. More people are affected. There are more refugees. Will there be bridges or walls?  What kind of future do we want?   What kind of leadershipt do we want?  Remember when Donald Trump tossed the rolls of paper towels in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria?

Remember when he altered a weather map with a Sharpie, and NOAA coerced to salvage his ego?   Hurricane Dorian seems so long ago. Here's a post about it.

There was a pandemic response team at the CDC under President Obama. That has been  scrapped. Now we are facing a crisis with the new coronavirus.  Maybe Donald Trump will throw us bottles of hand sanitizer.

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  • A wonderful post, WG. But don't give the Orange Carbuncle [our friend, jack's epithet] any ideas about bottles of sanitizers. And if he did pass them out, it would be at his rallies, you think.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Well, that's it then -- I won't get those bottles.

  • Thanks so much for reading, AW.
    Yes, more likely he would be handing out hand sanitizer than Corona beer at his rallies!

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Hmm. Handing out, or hoarding it? No. wait -- hoarding both?

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Yes, it came as a surprise to him that people die of the flu every year, too.

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