Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What is Normal?

I watched Real Time with Bill Mahr last night and one of the comments was “how do you feel with two weeks of basically ‘normal’ news?”  Normal? 

In Afghanistan on April 13th, the U.S. dropped the largest conventional bomb ever!  How can that be normal?  That is horrifying!

Afghani farmers seeing the blast thought it was a nuclear explosion and worried about radiation.

On April 12th, Pres. Trump announced that he was sending an armada as a warning to North Korea (turns out the armada was going in the opposite direction).  Recently North Korea is threatening to sink the armada…
None of this is normal. 

It is frightening.  I have two sons still within the age of a draft.  I have children, grandchildren, mother, brother, nieces, nephews, and friends that I cherish dearly living in the States.  War…stupid, dangerous war... seems more immanent. 

The Doomsday Clock, set by the Society of Atomic Scientists, is set at its lowest since 1953…two and a half minutes to midnight.  It was moved the last 30 seconds when Pres. Trump took office, because of his comments on nuclear weapons.  This clock is the representation by atomic scientists of how close we as humans are to global destruction.  Add to the above…

Now the U.S. is saying that Nicaragua is basically getting into bed with the Russians…
therefore, the U.S. should block loans and threaten this country as the U.S. has done in the past.  Nicaragua is once again going to be a pawn in the game of chess that the U.S. and Russia (in the past U.S.S.R.) has been playing for decades. 

In 1983, a Canadian song-writer, Bruce Cockburn, wrote The Trouble is It Always Gets Worse.
Strikes across the frontier and strikes for higher wage
Planet lurches to the right as ideologies engage
Suddenly it's repression, moratorium on rights
What did they think the politics of panic would invite?
Person in the street shrugs -- "Security comes first"
But the trouble with normal is it always gets worse
But the trouble with normal is it always gets worse

Callous men in business costume speak computerese
Play pinball with the Third World trying to keep it on its knees
Their single crop starvation plans put sugar in your tea
And the local Third World's kept on reservations you don't see
"It'll all go back to normal if we put our nation first"
But the trouble with normal is it always gets worse
But the trouble with normal is it always gets worse

Time for the abnormal.