“You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before” – Rahm Emanuel (former advisor to Barack Obama).
Particularly the US and China are trying to follow this kind of script right now. Each one of them is blaming the other for being the originator of the virus. The US is slowly ramping up its media power to persuade the public that China is the villain. That they were the ones concocting and brewing up the formula in their level 4 bio lab in Wuhan. And through some accident, the virus escaped the lab. The US president emphasizes that it is the “CHINA VIRUS”. As a consequence, multiple billion dollar lawsuits are being filed in US courts, all trying to sue China over the economic impact of the virus. China, on the other side, is keeping …..
About a year ago on April 15th, 2019, in the early evening hours (6:18 PM), a fire was reported by a smoke detector in the iconic Paris Cathedral. The cathedral employee at the time could not detect anything suspicious and subsequently did not call for help. The fire must have progressed and became visible at 6:43 PM. By 6:51 PM, the fire brigade was summoned. At 7:49 PM, despite all efforts to contain the fire, the spire and roof collapsed, bringing down over 700 tons of stone. Within those 90 minutes Paris had lost much of one of their most precious and historic buildings. As someone interested in this kind of historical occurrence, I could not resist myself from recording the times. With these times, I created the chart of the spring evening that touched most of France and many around the world. Going through the progression of the eventful 90 minutes clearly revealed the development of the fire and its destructive course. I do not intend to spend too much time explaining the actual chart. What is more intriguing is knowing how the fire relates to the historical background of the building and the place….
Governments, medics, news anchors, statisticians, and even investment bankers are all trying to outbid themselves over better and more accurate predictions. Answers to: how and at what point the virus situation is going to unfold; the possible casualty count; and what the economic toll will be, are top commodities these days. Interviews are backed by stats, graphs, and sold to us by “specialists”. Everything appears to be really well founded and researched. We have heard many predictions from specialists before. And, did they all come true? Think, for instance, just to pick a few: Y2K; start up companies and their initial offering; weather forecasts longer than a week; financial products and their future development; medical predictions; a coming ice-age to Europe by the end of 20th century; …. the list goes on and on. The one common denominator: they are all perceived specialists in their respective fields. What you get is an “educated guess” …..
… What has happened in the meantime on the virus “front”? It is now officially declared by many world governments a war. Lots has changed on the outside, but the core of the story is still unchanged. News networks are accounting in real time, displaying a meter for the number of infected and deceased, like it would be the stock market. Images of empty streets, vacant cities, and overcrowded hospitals are hammered into our common consciences to create maximum impact. If those images do not have the desired impact, pictures of refrigerated body bags in semis parked behind hospitals, should at least make you understand … yes, we are at war. You are told that you are at war. We all are at war – with an enemy we cannot even see. …..