It has just been one thing after another in 2020. First, the COVID-19 pandemic erupted and quickly spread all over the globe.
At this point more than 800,000 people have died globally, and authorities are warning us to brace ourselves for another wave of the pandemic in the fall.
Of course many would argue that fear of the virus has been even worse than the disease itself, and it is undeniable that the COVID-19 shutdowns were the primary reason why we have plunged into the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
End of the American Dream
Hurricane Douglas bore down on Hawaii on Sunday packing torrential rains and damaging winds as it churned just east of the islands in the central Pacific, forecasters said, with one local leader urging residents to be prepared for the worst.
Douglas was expected to make landfall or pass close to the main Hawaiian islands from Maui to Kauai later in the day or into the evening, the Miami-based U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Sirens blared on Maui on Sunday morning as palm trees swayed in the wind and white-cap waves crashed against the island’s shores, video aired on local television showed.
In its latest update, the hurricane center said Douglas had maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (145 km per hour), moving west-northwest at 16 mph (26 kph) about 90 miles (145 km) east of Kahului.
Hurricane Douglas swirling off Maui, bears down on Hawaii
Tropical Storm Hanna brings rain, flooding as it leaves Texas; Hawaii braces for Hurricane Douglas
Is something extremely unusual happening to our planet?
At this moment, Hurricane Florence is just one of seven named storms that are currently circling the globe. That matches the all-time record, and it looks like that record will be broken very shortly as a couple more storms continue to develop. Back in 2004, a Hollywood blockbuster entitled “The Day After Tomorrow” depicted a world in which weather patterns had gone mad. One of the most impressive scenes showed nearly the entire planet covered by hurricane-type storms all at once. Of course things are not nearly as bad as in that film, but during this hurricane season we have definitely seen a very unusual number of hurricanes and typhoons develop. As our planet continues to change, could this become “the new normal”?
As I mentioned above there are currently seven named storms that are active, but an eighth is about to join them, and that would break the all-time record…
the Economic Collapse
Billionaire Virgin founder Richard Branson blasted President Trump on Tuesday for refusing to address climate change amid a string of powerful hurricanes that have lashed the United States, Caribbean and Virgin Islands in recent weeks.
“Climate change is real,” Branson said on CNN’s “New Day” Tuesday. “Ninety-nine percent of scientists know it’s real. The whole world knows it’s real except for maybe one person in the White House.”
When Al Gore’s climate-change documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power opened to less than $1 million at the box office in early August—coming in 16th place in its first weekend of wide release—the right-leaning media was quick to dismiss it as a “bomb.” The sequel’s takings, the likes of Fox News noted, were far below its Academy Award–winning predecessor, An Inconvenient Truth, released in 2006.
But to dwell on An Inconvenient Sequel ’s box office receipts is to the miss the point. The film’s message—a warning wrapped in the guise of a blockbuster movie experience—is no more critical than it is right now.
Climate Change alarmists would have us believe that the current devastation from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are indicators of climate change, that drastic measures need to be taken, and that the Trump administration is responsible for the devastation for pulling gout of the Paris Climate Agreement.