Make Hay While the Pandemic Rages

In other words, treat COVID-19 like a dry-run for the upcoming "big one"

If there's one painfully apparent thing right now, that'd be that pretty much everybody out there just can't wait for things to get back to normal. Be it attending live footy matches (or whichever sport(s) one prefers), eating out at restaurants two, three, four, five times a week, hitting up the movie theatres, nights out at the opera, getting plastered at pubs, etc. Generally speaking, and those in dire straits aside, a significant amount of people can't wait to get back to their preferred form of bread and circuses.

A quick end to abnormal times

The undeniable fact though

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A Relatively Mild Pandemic has Instigated the Fleecing of the United States' Populace

However don't expect strikes and yellow vests to fix underlying problems

As Bill Gates stated in an article published on February 28th,

Global health experts have been saying for years that another pandemic whose speed and severity rivaled those of the 1918 influenza epidemic was a matter not of if but of when.

...In the past week, Covid-19 has started behaving a lot like the once-in-a-century pathogen we’ve been worried about. I hope it’s not that bad, but we should assume it will be until we know otherwise.

In case you haven't noticed, and apart from the United States (whose initial bone-headed, laissez-faire approach to the pandemic has

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The Coming Fall of the House of Saud

Austerity is in, and the countdown to Saudi Arabia's fire sale is on! [part 2/2]

With austerity policies sweeping the globe it was really only a matter of time before they hit the more affluent parts of the Middle East, although one certainly wouldn't expect the oil-rich kingdom of Saudi Arabia to be so hot on the heels of the "lazy" Greeks. The word "austerity" has however earned a bit of a bad rap with some and so rendered itself rather unfashionable in certain circles, resulting in no astute leader being daft enough to explicitly impose "austerity" on his or her populace. Nevertheless, when your nation's time has come it doesn't matter what kind of

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No, Not NEOM Nor Even Women Can Save Saudi Arabia and its Monarchy from Peak Oil and Collapse

You know things have taken a turn for the desperate when women have started to drive – or rather, when they're about to start driving in Saudi Arabia [part 1/2]

You know things have taken a turn for the desperate when women have started to drive. Or rather, when they're about to start driving in Saudi Arabia.

Although repeated efforts over the years to allow Saudi Arabian Miss Daisies to drive themselves haven't managed to budge things in the slightest, it's nonetheless a bit ironic that the sole country in the world that doesn't allow women to drive automobiles is also the country sitting on the greatest amount of (easily accessible) reserves of the stuff that makes those vehicles go vroom. Strangely enough though it's not as if women are

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Bands of Gypsies, Assisting Us in Achieving Harmony in the Face of Collapse

By being seeds of music, can bands of Gypsies help bring harmony and light to the world, particularly in what appears to be the coming years of darkness? [part 4/6]

Back before I'd discovered Fanfare Ciocărlia and was (almost contently) listening to nothing but Taraf de Haïdouks, Kočani Orkestar, and their Band of Gypsies combo act, I spent some time doing a bit of research on them all (if bouncing around the Internet counts as research) and came across a Romanian event called the Balkanik Festival which the Band of Gypsies was headlining the following month. As the festival's website stated, "Both bands will join their instruments and forces in a never-before-heard repertoire". I took that to mean an upcoming Band of Gypsies 3 album and tour, and although I

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  ALLAN STROMFELDT CHRISTENSEN  2020