Facts of Life: the world is going crazy

I perused Harper’s Weekly Report several times, searching for either weird animal news or a central theme. And the only one I’ve come up with is (above post title). (The bolding is mine.)

To wit. Or to witless, in our current U.S. federal government:

[T]he U.S. Secret Service said it believes Nigerian fraudsters have stolen millions of dollars from state unemployment insurance systems; and a new report showed that U.S. billionaires increased their total wealth by $369 billion in the past two months.

Pentagon officials expressed concern that pandemic relief might hurt the nation’s nuclear weapons budget; Donald Trump announced the development of a “super-duper missile”; and NASA revealed plans to slam a spacecraft into an asteroid named Didymoon in order to test its capacity to prevent a larger asteroid from destroying Earth. Department of Homeland Security officials said American telecom companies should expect attacks on 5G cell phone towers because of a conspiracy theory that claims the technology causes COVID-19.

NASA’s plans knock me out. Especially the name of the asteroid. Didymoon.

In our states, violence by white terrorists:

In several states, protesters armed with assault rifles were stationed outside of small businesses that had reopened prematurely. “We’re the Wild West,” said Governor Tony Evers, whose stay-at-home order was overturned by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. “It’s a frightening place to be.” In Oklahoma, two white men trapped a black delivery driver in a gated community after he refused to reveal the name of the customer who allowed him to enter, and in Kentucky, the governor called for an investigation into an incident in which Louisville police killed a black emergency medical technician in her home.

And around the world:

Iran proposed a prisoner swap with the United States, citing concern for the health of Iranians in the U.S., then fired a missile at its own ship during a training exercise, killing 19 sailors.

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro cancelled a large party, which critics had called “the barbecue of death,” then rode a Jet Ski to another barbecue on a boat. In Hong Kong, a shop began selling tear-gas-flavored ice cream [!!!!!!!]

Dutch officials advised single men and women to procure quarantine “sex buddies,” and police in Siberia cited two teenagers for breaking stay-at-home orders after they reported being raped on the street.



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