I’m back. She is sleeping restfully and able to care for herself. Met the Motes begin.
Still available: In 2017 I discovered “The Fourth Turning” by William Strauss and Neil Howe. Strauss and Howe will change the way you see the world—and your place in it. With blazing originality, The Fourth Turning illuminates the past, explains the present, and reimagines the future. Most remarkably, it offers an utterly persuasive prophecy about how America’s past will predict its future. The book, written 1997, will make you shake your head and wonder why nobody reads history. First comes a High, a period of confident expansion as a new order takes root after the old has been swept away. Next comes an Awakening, a time of spiritual exploration and rebellion against the now-established order. Then comes an Unraveling, an increasingly troubled era in which individualism triumphs over crumbling institutions. Last comes a Crisis—the Fourth Turning—when society passes through a great and perilous gate in history. Together, the four turnings comprise history’s seasonal rhythm of growth, maturation, entropy, and rebirth. It’s all right there, you just have to learn.
Prediction: We are about to see a bloodbath not seen since the Siege of Vienna. There is a reason it’s called the “graveyard of empires”.
Side job: U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized fake vaccine cards shipped from China to Tennessee last week. The shipment was disguised as paper greeting cards and upon reading the description in the shipment manifest, customs and border patrol officers “already knew what it was,” the agency said in a statement. It was the 15th such shipment that night. Last month, a California-licensed doctor was arrested for allegedly planning to falsify COVID-19 vaccination cards by making it appear customers had received a Moderna vaccine. Faculty members at dozens colleges and universities are also concerned about students using fake vaccine cards. Many schools are requiring COVID-19 inoculations, but there are illegal ways to falsify the proof of vaccine cards — one being an Instagram account that sells laminated COVID-19 vaccination cards for $25 each. Kinda like the “insurance card” scams of the 80’s when you had to offer “proof of insurance”.
So much has happened in the last 11 days. All of it topical so I’m not going to tackle things in the recent past. Well maybe a few.
There are 13 news seats taken up at the Table of Hero’s. I lift a glass to each one.
‘Cause you say, don’t make it right: Michael Byrd can pat himself on the back all he wants. It was still a “bad shooting”, he was “out of policy”, he did not show “the utmost courage” and he didn’t save “countless lives”. The very worst crime Ashli Babbitt was guilty of, was violation of “Federal Trespassing” , which last time I looked was NOT a CAPITOL crime. He was scared, not in control. He used his firearm to shore up his own sagging guts and committed manslaughter at best, murder at worst.