Well, here we are — still locked in a struggle with … Okay, let’s not bore each other with the details. None of us can escape Doom Scrolling these days. Personally, I find the numbers have gotten so big I quit trying to comprehend them — back in September. However, I’m still planning the party for when we finally strangle the life out of this wicked little virus. And the first toast is going to go to anyone in the medical profession.
But, despite our current global predicament, apparently no invisible bug can put a stop to macho, that strange phenom that turns normally reasonable people into WWE wrestlers. But in the real world, they’re half as comical and twice as crazy. Here are a couple of examples from the current news feed.
1 – For some unknown reason, they’re shooting at each other in some place I can’t pronounce in Central Asia. Call me a cynic, but when Google’s Auto-correct can’t even find the place, there can’t be that much there to fight over. Folks, look around you! The world has problems, and who owns which bit of real estate 100 kilometres south of Tbilisi isn’t one of them. Mother Nature is killing enough people on her own these days. You don’t need to add to the carnage!
2 — There are a couple of games of “You-did-not/I-did-so” going on.
The American media reported somebody (read “the Israelis”) killed Al-Qaeda’s #2 man in Tehran. The Iranians are saying, “No, they didn’t.” But, strangely enough, Abu – uh – (I don’t actually care what his name is) hasn’t showed up for his Suicide Bomber classes since August. (You decide!)
Meanwhile, allegedly, the Chinese military used microwaves to literally cook the Indian army out of a disputed border area in the Himalayas. The Indian government says, “No, they didn’t.” But, given what we’ve recently discovered about Chinese culinary traditions, I wouldn’t be too quick to poo-poo the idea.
3 — In America, they’ve whipped out the lawyers to keep fighting the presidential election that was over several Tuesdays ago. I’m not surprised: litigation is as American as baseball. But given the various and sundry lawsuits circling the White House, this is rapidly turning into a 21st century rendition of Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on First?”
4 — The folks at Big Pharma are acting like a bunch of schoolboys. First of all, last week, Pfizer and BioNTech announced their Covid-19 vaccine was 90% effective. Right after that, Moderna said “Oh, yeah? Well, our vaccine is 95% effective!” Then, right after that, Pfizer and BioNTech told everybody their vaccine was 95% effective, too, with no measurable side effects. Not to be outdone, this week, the researchers at Oxford jumped into the fray and said their vaccine was almost 100% effective for old people.
Hey! Just stop it! Instead of dickin’ around, playing my-vaccine-can-beat-up-your-vaccine, how about getting it on the market? There are 7.8 billion people on this planet who’ve been holding their breath since March, waiting on you. I mean, thanks and all that, but really!