Sunset Lightshow 4/19 & 4/20/20

The only bummer for us, Americans that is, about the date written as 4/20/2020, is that for the Europeans it’s 20/4/2020. It isn’t quite a palindrome, but it’s cool. Score 1 for European date format!

4/20/20 Sunset

Yesterday’s sunset didn’t have the thunderheads dissipating in the distance, but it was still cool.

These sunset photos from the roof of the garage reminds me of being trapped after Hurricane Harvey almost three years ago now. Same garage roof. Same feeling, same reality, same sense of being trapped.

Meanwhile, in never never land, we continued to march towards some depressing milestones today.

Soon, more Americans will have died in the first six months of 2020 from the Coronavirus, over 40k American souls to date and counting, and we will soon surpass those who died in the Vietnam war (58k.)

We’re not there yet, but that’s the course we are on. And our leaders continue to seemingly not grasp the situation.

From cnn: https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/20/politics/trump-coronavirus-all-about-him/index.html

Yet Trump insisted after his trawl for personal credit: “It’s not about me. Nothing is about me.”

This came on the day when US deaths from the pandemic topped 40,000 and raced upwards, though Trump claimed he had saved a million lives through his leadership — despite taking several months to recognize the magnitude of the unfolding disaster.

For perspective, my Father fought in Vietnam. He served his country. He lost friends to combat and more were MIA.

Vietnam Memorial DC
58,220

I ask you, what will the Covid-19 memorial look like?

We have lost the “why”

“I believe the greatest threat to our country is that we have not passed down what it means to be an American.” “We have lost the “why”. The greatest generation did not teach my generation what Americanism is.”

“We believe in quality of birth but not in equality of result.”

“They are preoccupied in Europe with how much time off! Where will they vacation. When will they retire. These are selfish questions. These are not altruistic questions. The goodness that America created is jeopardized by our not knowing what we stand for. That’s our greatest threat. We are our problem.”

Dennis Prager

Global Teen Culture Trends – Wired, Worldview, Global, Branded

You can blame my high school calculus teacher for making me read MegaTrends.  Via Chief Marketer:

Abercrombie_lifestyle_marketingSix Seismic Shifts in Global Teen Culture
By Chip Walker

1) Being wired: from an elite to a mainstream phenomenon
2) Worldview: from optimism to a great uneasiness
3) Success: from entitlement to self-activism
4) The new vanguard of cool: from “USA teens“ to “creatives“
5) Global brand leaders: from American brands to world brands
6) Brands: from brand status symbols to brand apathy

The image is of course from the great Abercrombie because we all want to be skinny half naked people.  Or something like that…

Also note that the Intelligence Group just released their latest Cassandra Report on youth trends.