Cracks And Ceiling Shadows: Unprecedented Governmental Dysfunction Sows Doubt On Vaccine, Election

Cracks And Ceiling Shadows: Unprecedented Governmental Dysfunction Sows Doubt On Vaccine, Election

"We saw with the completely bungled plasma statements that when you start pressuring people to say optimistic things, they go completely off the rails", Bill Gates told Bloomberg Television, expressing palpable concern about lost credibility for America's trusted public health agencies during the pandemic. "Historically, just like the CDC was viewed as the best in the world, the FDA had that same reputation as a top-notch regulator", Gates went on to say, before lamenting the emergence of "some
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13 thoughts on “Cracks And Ceiling Shadows: Unprecedented Governmental Dysfunction Sows Doubt On Vaccine, Election

    1. There’s nothing slow about it. Over 200-years of up-and-downs, but mostly with a common belief in impartial government bodies, going to hell in a hand basket in under four-years,

  1. For fellow readers who are younger than I am, the crescendo we are witnessing started in the early 1980s.

    Operatives of foreign adversaries could not have done a better job of eroding America’s hegemonic advantages any better. There is a saying that empires collapse from within, and that those on the inside don’t see it. We can thank the Internet for making this one plainly visible for us here on the inside.

    Like market tops, the collapse of a hegemon is a process and not an event. Fortunately, the USD is not going to lose reserve status any time soon. And, our markets will remain broad, deep, and attractive, to capital. My biggest fear is that we lose a war, the kind of loss that would put a stake into into it.

    1. In the past year my wife passed away, along with my country, much of what gave meaning to my life, or what’s left of it at my advancing age. Can’t really see friends and family much, either. I kind of wish good Scotch and a fine cigar could help, but I just can’t seem to get into either one any more. Suggestions?

      1. I’m very sorry for your loss. For what it’s worth, I’m able to find some meaning through reading and writing. I came across Maurice Blanchot recently. He wrote things like this: “in the night, everything has disappeared. This is the first night… But when everything has disappeared in the night, ‘everything has disappeared’ appears. This is the other night.”

  2. I think these definitions are thought provoking:

    “Full democracies are nations where civil liberties and fundamental political freedoms are not only respected but also reinforced by a political culture conducive to the thriving of democratic principles. These nations have a valid system of governmental checks and balances, an independent judiciary whose decisions are enforced, governments that function adequately, and diverse and independent media. These nations have only limited problems in democratic functioning.[6]

    Flawed democracies are nations where elections are fair and free and basic civil liberties are honoured but may have issues (e.g. media freedom infringement and minor suppression of political opposition and critics). These nations have significant faults in other democratic aspects, including underdeveloped political culture, low levels of participation in politics, and issues in the functioning of governance.[6]

    Hybrid regimes are nations with regular electoral frauds, preventing them from being fair and free democracies. These nations commonly have governments that apply pressure on political opposition, non-independent judiciaries, widespread corruption, harassment and pressure placed on the media, anaemic rule of law, and more pronounced faults than flawed democracies in the realms of underdeveloped political culture, low levels of participation in politics, and issues in the functioning of governance.[6]

    Authoritarian regimes are nations where political pluralism is nonexistent or severely limited. These nations are often absolute monarchies or dictatorships, may have some conventional institutions of democracy but with meagre significance, infringements and abuses of civil liberties are commonplace, elections (if they take place) are not fair and free, the media is often state-owned or controlled by groups associated with the ruling regime, the judiciary is not independent, and censorship and suppression of governmental criticism are commonplace”

    How would you categorize things now???

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democracy_Index#Democracy_Index_by_country_2019

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