The news on coronavirus is not looking very good today. The stock market is down as I type this by almost 1,000 points. And now that coronavirus cases have emerged in South Korea and Italy, they’re now sounding the alarm.
The emergence of hundreds of coronavirus cases in two major economies outside China has dashed hopes of a speedy recovery from an epidemic that has already wreaked havoc on global supply chains and hit company profits.
Uh oh! Can’t have that, now can we? The World Health Organization had already damn near declared coronavirus a pandemic for obvious reasons, but now capitalists are sitting up and taking notice of this virus and the damage that it could potentially cause to GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS and COMPANY PROFITS.
Who cares about the sick? Well, they’d better start caring because sick people cannot stand on the assembly line and make a damn thing. Sick people are not out shopping for something that no sick person could produce and so what does that do for company profits? Puts them in the RED. Uh oh!
The number of infections in South Korea, a major producer of cars, electronics and machinery, has shot up to more than 830. Italy, which started the weekend with a handful of cases, now has nearly 220 and five confirmed deaths. With Japan already reporting hundreds of infections, four of the world’s top 12 economies — representing about 27% of global GDP — are now scrambling to contain the virus. A fifth — Germany — is teetering on the brink of recession.
So what’s next folks? Because it would appear that coronavirus is going to do what floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes and tornadoes couldn’t do, bring capitalism to a screeching halt. What are you going to do when Walmart, Target and Amazon are no longer able to stock their shelves and warehouses? Who is going to deliver something to you that hasn’t even been made because those who make the item you want are sick? What are you going to do when factories remain closed and the ‘goods’ in the stores start drying up? I mean, it’s not going to be like what occurs during a hurricane when the hurricane moves offshore and the cleanup efforts begin and soon the supply trucks are back in town.
The coronavirus is going to cause worldwide havoc and shutdown factories in every corner of the globe, not just in China. And those of us in America are already fucked because there is absolutely nothing made in America except our stupid asses. We’re even running out of masks and gloves and goggles because the Chinese over here have been walking around with those on hoping that people will stop looking at them cross-eyed, but that seems to only make things worse, according to them.
But the fat is in the fire since Wall Street is now finally, taking this virus seriously because before today, the stock market largely ignored news of the potential spread of this virus and the impact that could cause. Those greedy assholes that make up Wall Street truly believed that they existed in an entirely different realm from the rest of us and that nothing could impact their ability to continue to trade non-existent money and shift faux money from one faux entity to another. Well, this coronavirus may make a believer out them in that their fake shit can tank just as well as our shit has been tanking for some time.
So the scramble to contain the virus is on for real now. I guess everyone was just assuming that the virus would stick to kicking back in Asia and leave the rest of the planet alone. With air travel? With cruise ships that have been likened to a ‘petri dish’? Really? Too bad we had to go forth and invent shit that makes the world more interconnected while at the same time making us think that we have worldwide friends and helpmates while not even knowing who lives beside us. Too bad we’re not still getting around via horse and buggy because if we were, this virus could be contained because there would be no airplanes and fast ships to see to it that it arrives on every shore in record time. We would still be growing our own food and making our own garments and shoes and other items that were exchanged by those who needed something from someone who had what they needed and vice versa. We would be dependent on those who are closest to us and not on those who live in other countries that produce what has to be shipped here and there to fulfill a worldwide demand because we tossed aside community based barter systems and instead, embraced multinational corporations that have caused more harm than good.
But we’ve got Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube, so we good, right? I mean, those platforms are going to come through for us when the impact of coronavirus truly begins to be felt. We can ask our ‘friend’ in Indonesia for help if we live in Omaha, Nebraska and so forth and so on, is that right? Who needs next door neighbors? In fact, who are our next door neighbors? We’ve not really cared because we’ve got so many friends in cyberspace. I mean, just scroll down your Facebook page and tell us how many ‘friends’ you have. Also tell us how many live close to you and can help you when the shit hits the fan because you see, the shit is going to hit the fan for them as well and nine times out of ten, they don’t live anywhere near you. So, who you gonna look to then? Better find out who your neighbor is and I’d I hop to it if I were you because coronavirus ain’t going nowhere no time soon. You should have listened when I told you that “you ain’t seen nothing yet.” And believe me, you haven’t. I am ever the one for the bearer of ‘good’ news, I know. Yes, this is good news to me because it would have to take something of this magnitude that has the potential to wake you all up from your deep and hypnotic slumber because otherwise, you’d just stumble on in your own little, insulated world thinking that nothing could pop your bubble and clue your ass in. Well, you can kiss ignorance and cluelessness goodbye since you will have no other choice. And though many of you will never acknowledge your role in why this is all playing out, know this, you are to blame for man has been the worst landlord of this planet and man is getting what he/she rightly deserves. Agree with it or not, but it is the truth.
Man Is The Worst Landlord!
No more thoughts run through my head
of hospitals filled with the dying and the dead.
I have become immune to the suffering
of all the sick who aren’t recovering.
I immerse myself in fun and games
as I ignore the world as it goes up in flames.
For why should I put forth an effort
when I’d rather traverse a hot and arid desert
than think of man as he withers and dies
from all his atrocities, wars and lies?
No virus could be too severe;
no pandemic would I fear.
For man is the worst landlord.
And upon his death, this world could be restored.
Shelby I. Courtland
©2016 Shelby I. Courtland
We all know that ‘man’ is the worst landlord for this planet. For what has man done but his damn best to destroy it? Would that man could destroy himself without destroying what was once a paradise that could have sustained us all. Now, we have greed, hatred, intolerance, endless, senseless wars and fake ass assertions that we are ‘good’ and seek only peace and prosperity for all when nothing could be further from the truth. We shoot each other every single day and if we are not shooting and killing each other in our own neighborhoods, we are suiting up to shoot and kill people in their neighborhoods across the sea and absconding with everything that’s not nailed down. We can’t even contain our arrogance and thirst for blood on a local level; we must spread our evil, far and wide. And so now, a new virus that has the potential to kill millions is being spread, far and wide. Coincidence? You tell me!