America

America is at a crossroads and precipice. In the coming months, the results of political actions will define the country for generations. A sufficient number of citizens must still prefer a democratic form of government and have some degree of trust in representative institutions. Put simply, can our nation reverse democratic erosion? That’s the paramount issue now for the United States. These are perilous times. Over the last four years, much of what we hold dear was threatened – democracy, civility, and truth, especially by the orange lord of the lies. The Republican Party announced today that it is changing its emblem from an elephant to a condom because it more clearly reflects the Republican party’s position on the major issues facing America. A condom accepts inflation, halts production, controls expanding freedom, is difficult to repair, accepts incompetence and rage, destroys the next generation, protects a bunch of pricks, and gives you a sense of security while you’re getting screwed. Satoru

Home Stretch

If you are immortal, ignore this warning. But if you are still breathing, please take this advice to heart. The vaccine will take a year before producing the herd immunity necessary to relax some standards of behavior. Until then, the new mutation will run rampant. The new Coronavirus is deadly. It will go around the world, many times, infecting millions. Then it will mutate again into a more lethal pathogen and begin an even harsher pandemic. You must take the necessary steps to avoid catching the virus. Isolate and limit your interaction with people. When you go out, always wear a mask and hat and avoid touching your face, eyes, mouth, nose, and ears. Clorox wipes everything you felt when you return to your home, including your credit card and doorknobs, and wash your hands with hot soapy water. Remove all your clothing and put it into an open plastic bag, not to be contacted for a few days. Take a shower. Now you are relatively safe, and all the steps you have taken are easily repeated. Overkill, you say? Perhaps, but getting ill is very inconvenient, and dying ruins everything. Saturo

Scammers.

Scamming phone calls are really a pain, especially when you get several every day. I used to just hang up. But inevitably they would call back the next day. Now I have a new procedure. Most of the time I am working on my computer when they call. I put them on speakerphone. I answer in the affirmative and allow them to go through their rehearsed script. Eventually they get around to asking for the number which is the information that they want to steal. I start to give them the number, “9780… dammit I don’t have my glasses, will you hold on?” I put the phone down and go back to what I was doing. If they call back I rebuke them, “I went to get my glasses when I came back you were gone, how can I do business with you?” I give them as much time as they want to apologize. Then I start to give them the same number again, “978… dammit someone’s at the door will you hold on this time?” I put the phone down again and go back to my business. If everyone wasted their time they would get really frustrated. Can you think of a creative way to waste their time? Isn’t it amazing that the government hasn’t figured out how to stop billions of dollars from being stolen from its citizens. Have fun, cheers. Satoru.

Ecology

Earth’s climate machine is unimaginably intricate, filled with interlocking gears and shock absorbers but lacking in clarity. Today’s greenhouse gases will remain in the atmosphere for centuries, even if all further admissions cut off immediately. The planet is in peril, and it will take drastic action to save it. The greenhouse gas and pollution rise are at a dangerous level. Admissions are rising by at least one and a half percent every year. To avoid climate disaster admissions, they have to fall by 7% every year for the next decade; they are not falling. They are rising. Everyone, executives, customers, employees, and investors have to be more accountable for their impact on the environment.

Always wear a mask, or you kill the ones you love. Satoru

Change

The virus is devastating and a challenge to our health and sanity. It will be around for a long time. Do not let it get you down or ruin your relationships or life. Accept these facts and adapt and evolve. Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again. In life, we cannot avoid change, and we cannot prevent loss. Freedom and happiness are found in the flexibility and ease with which we move through change. 

“It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” 

Charles Darwin