The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
“Pan again!” said Dr. Bull irritably.
“You seem to think Pan is everything.”
“So he is,” said the Professor, “in Greek.
He means everything.”
“Don’t forget,” said the Secretary, looking down,
“that he also means Panic.”
G.K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare
Bears and Bulls.
If you’re not hiding under a rock, of which I suspect many of us just might be doing during
these precarious days…but if you’re not under a rock, then you have most certainly heard
the dire alarm bells sounding…
Our stock market, the global markets, has/have all taken a downward turn.
Make that more like a free for all free fall…
Thank you very much Covid-19.
Wall Street has heard of your unrelenting spreading nature and turned
itself into a bear market practically overnight.
A bear market is not what we want.
A bear market drops like a rock.
A bull market, on the other hand, is good for our investments, our 401K’s,
our retirement savings…
According to thebalance.com, the average length of a bear market is 367 days.
Conventional wisdom says it usually lasts 18 months.
Between 1900 and 2008, bear markets occurred 32 times with an average duration of 367 days.
They happened once every three years.
Yet as my dad would always say…the market has to always correct itself…
it’s an ebb and flow sort of rhythm.
Ups and downs will each come and go..having their own day in the sun.
Personally, I like rhythm…
on the other hand, I don’t like getting pushed off a cliff and falling with no parachute.
But this was coming from a man who survived Prohibition, the Depression, a World war,
a Police action as a reservist and that infamous Summer of Love…while trying to shield
He was stoic in the face of panic.
Hence that Greatest Generation…
But then he could also be quite the Eeyore.
So who’s to say…
Amid all the Henny penny, the sky is falling mayhem taking place, there is still
news taking place.
I caught a recent little hissy fit offered by our favorite congressional darling, AOC.
That favorite fab four member—
It seems as if AOC became riled up because people were being just oh so racist and bigoted
for not going to Chinese restaurants due to fears over Covid19, aka coronavirus.
I don’t think we’re any more likely to “catch” the virus by eating Chinese food than we
are if we eat Italian food…
but try telling a panicked populace…try telling them that its ok to eat Chinese,
Italian, Korean, Iranian foods…
Panic does not “do” reason.
AOC doesn’t get the notion of a panicked populace.
She wants to control the populace.
The populace is to bow to her commnad.
That’s what socialists want to do.
She doesn’t get panic.
You can’t control panic.
A politician can’t be God.
Despite their desire.
And if you think a Saint can beat covid19, try telling all the St. Patrick revelers.
Savannah, Georgia—one of our Nation’s largest St. Patrick day celebrations,
has canceled it’s St.Patrick’s Day celebration over the Covid19 pandemic.
The globally scary word of Bubonic Plague…
Get ready to slap the bells around the necks of the infected.
When was a pandemic used a political weapon?
As in NOW.
What better way can a defeated party defeat a booming president that they hate?
So yes, the stock market will plummet, our economy will slow and the panic will rise.
Icelandic volcanoes have come and gone, hampering global travel.
Terrorists have hampered global travel.
Now Covid19 hampers global travel.
This too will pass.
Our sporting events are being canceled.
Our large gatherings and celebrations are being canceled.
Schools are shuttering their doors.
Our normally free and carefree lives are suddenly being impeded…
Americans don’t like being impeded.
We are a nation of coming and going as we please.
Yet reality is what it is…
The real question is…will Americans come together as one Nation or will
she remain as a divided dual nation?
In the meantime, I’m finding that the consuming of bitters is both medicinal as well
as most applicable…for these are indeed bitter days…
despite the fact these bitters come from Italy…
(the Drink Shop)
Oh, and will the last person to leave to wherever it is we are either leaving or going…be that
a mandated or self-imposed quarantine, please turn out the lights….
But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
As for the bear market, I remember a stock market setback that affected a friend of mine. He was going to retire. He turned in his letter to the boss, who was out that day. I think they call that day Black Tuesday, or something like that. Anyway, the next day he told everyone that he’d lost about $50,000 the day before, I think. After the guys joked with him about retiring, he said that he needed to get a letter out of the boss’ in-box. He retired six months later. The market might rebound when the Covid-19 scare is over. Then again, it is an election year and the media do not like Trump…
I saw a photo of a sign in a doctor’s office yesterday. It explained that Covid19 was just a viral pneumonia (deadly, but with a different name, doesn’t sound bad), but the sign also listed the epidemic scare every election year for the last 20 years… Hello, conspiracy theories!!!
Oh I know—I debated going the conspiracy theory route but thought I’d wait until things got really stupid
Is not it stupid already? Sorry, you said “really” stupid. Then again, I went to Costco yesterday, after going to a prayer meeting. I felt a little ache and wondered, “Who did I run into?” What did Forrest Gump say, “Stupid is as stupid does.”
Yes, it is stupid and given our political climate and news outlets, it can get more stupid— or is that stupider ??🤪
Please don’t shift to dumb, dumber, and dumberer. My brain is still trying to recover, and I didn’t even see the sequel.
I didn’t see any of them— so I’ll keep it to stupid is as stupid does!!! 🤩🤪
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If this politically motivated, I hope they tar and feather the one or those who decided this was their last ditch effort to win. I think our greatest enemy is still the devil and he will continue to be until we die. With a grandson in S. Korea waiting to teach ESL, but hindered by the quarantine there – a daughter who just discovered that age 53 she has a compromised immune system – another daughter and her family leaving for the Bahamas this weekend – I should be climbing the walls by now, but I refuse to let Satan get in the way of the Good News of this season. Nothing could stop Jesus. He ministered to the untouchables. He healed the sick and infirm. I pray that this event will bring us back together as a nation instead of further dividing us. I pray for all those who anxiety issues. I pray that our president will come out of this unscathed and that the hysteria will not continue to show itself in our economy. God is still in control.
Are they still getting to go to the Bahamas after the travel ban?
Apparently this has not been affected.