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Pandemic still raging
I was hoping to see the light of opportunity to travel to Asia by now, but see that the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging in a few considerable places around the world.
I can't yet see any possible date for travel. I guess a little more patience is necessary!
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My opinion on money, the economy and markets
I see a lot of delusion when I hear financial comments on the effect of COVID-19 and the governments' response to the problem. It is mainly driven by a US centric focus on the situation; but includes the European Union, UK and many other financially creative bodies. The pouring of money, created by inventive processes among agreeable authorities, into the markets and politically influential segments of society are distorting the underlying values of economics. It is likely to eventually cause great tribulation in the world and possibly make the Great Depression look like a minor hardship.
I live in Canada where a more global view is possible than that available from the United States, but mainly I have a view based on personal living, age, international travelling and involvement, and open-minded consideration. I was seriously engaged in international relations before the pandemic and had three trips to Asia planned for 2020. Two expectations to engage on independent projects in North Korea and one through China and Kyrgyzstan to Uzbekistan. The COVID-19 pandemic has completely prevented these events. I see most of my international engagement has been suspended for now and likely until late 2021 or sometime in 2022. A lot depends on the development of herd immunity to the pandemic preferably by vaccination, but otherwise through infection and death. I chose the vaccine and have my first shot.
I spend a lot of time at home and some other time with the immediate family that lives close by. Even other plans for family meeting from distant places has been foregone and must wait til the pandemic subsides.
I have virtually no public activity aside from necessary shopping. All such changes in lifestyle affect the social economy. From my point of view it is not nearly as active and affluent as it was, and likely will not return to such for years. My personal finances are growing with little need for spending as was customary but only because I am past the age of employment and, along with my wife, benefit from an accumulation of resources from many years of careful management of finances.
The mass of the workforce and poor people around the world have few such benefits. There is less demand for many of services and resources than previously existed. Most of the choices made by leaders are not being made to have it go otherwise. It is also more common for people to fight for the elimination of problems than to resolve and fix them. An example is greenhouse gasses in the environment. People look for ways to eliminate them rather than working to employ them. Production of carbon gasses has become a great excuse for taxes. The people in government want the money. However, the creation of new vegetation in desert regions is desirable and possible. On the scale necessary it would greatly reduce greenhouse gasses, likely moderate the weather on a global scale and provide great opportunities for a mass of humanity. But it would necessitate global bodies of study, administration and management. It would mean a fundamental change in concepts, attitudes and social relations. It would mean a change to viewing relationships as member humanity rather than identifying primarily as a part of a segregated group.
The real history of this time will ever remain a fact of life regardless of the commentary that tries to portray it otherwise. The US may continue as the leading force of economic and political life — and many will go to their graves deluded by such ideological illusions — but reality will become more clearly seen by many. This pandemic, as most do, will cause deeper consideration of our global relationships. A greater freedom from systemic prejudice will occur. Rational thought will progress. The hardship endured will teach many good lessons.
This will be a time of crucial emergence of human potential that will form new relationships for the future and consign old prejudices to the grave along with those that embody them.
or try currency/crypto code
I'm not a gambler so not participating in the markets
I expect the Dow Jones Industrial Average to reach about 35,000+ by summer. Gambling is prohibited for me and the stock markets and cryptocurrencies have become a casino so I just observe and prepare for the consequences.
I see the flow of money from the governments to improve the state of wealth but believe it is unsustainable. As the years progress under these under these interventions the outcome will become more dire. They are inflating the value of economic resources beyond any imaginable worth and the return to reason will make the Great Depression look like a minor event.
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This is the first rainbow pictures I have taken this year.
Moonrise over Black Mountain
26 April — Super moon appears over valley
This is the first full moon pictures I have taken this year.
They were taken in a hurry so they are under exposed.
It is deeply disappointing to see the increasing claims to commit to climate change almost completely void of commitment to working to make it better by improving the environment. It is now mostly about cutting emissions and conversion to sustainable energy. It reminds me of about 50 years ago when I arrive in the Okanagan Valley and shared the idea that the valley should have a freeway to allow traffic to pass by without going along roads with stoplights at almost every intersection. It is now 50 years of one major highway through every community with uncountable lights and still no leadership to implement a freeway. 50 years of all transports, trucks and cars continually burning gas under the official concept of "traffic calming". 50 years of burning unnecessary fossil fuels while the mass of people who live here think that making traffic flow difficult will keep growth restricted and prevent population growth.
I would like to see development provide for better life for the world rather than hiding the problem behind self-interest arguments and failing to make better environmental behaviour. Increase the beauty and sustainability of the earth by turning the deserts into gardens rather than fighting the illusions promoted by the protesters for prevention. Do the right thing as a world unit rather than warring with the devil. It will be difficult to study the needs and establish the means but is there an alternative for the well being of making this planet the home it was intended to be for all humanity?
9 April — Got my first dose of COVID-19 vaccine
Got the Pfizer vaccine. No problems after first couple of days Expect the second shot in about 16 weeks
6 April — Massive Fire in North Glenmore
We were awoken just before 6am with clamorous sirens. When Lindea looked out the front window she saw this massive fire less than 800m from our home and insisted I get up and look.
These pictures were taken from home when the fire was diminishing in size.
I see the price of stocks on the markets and wonder how it can be possible during such a pandemic in the world.
However, I do also see the daily movement of the markets, the assurance mainly of the Fed support (and other governments around the world) and the occasional comment of the billions of $ per day poured into the buying of securities.
I think of it as communistic capitalism.
Though appalled, I don't wonder at the extreme wealth divergence from fair economics.
I expect this diversion from real values to last about a year—perhaps quite a bit longer; but eventually the illusion that economics can be completely dictated by partisan interests will fail. The consequences will be traumatic.
First day of 2021
2021 New Year's Day
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I have begun the page for 2021 in the late summer of 2020.
The pandemic conditions are making my life more focused on possibilities of the mind rather than the material world.
This page has been started with a blue theme in respect for the blue feelings engendered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though it is blue I'll strive to provide a reflection of pure light.
I am using this page also to develop new code and functions.