It’s hard to believe that my last posting to My Emerald Cove was back in April this year, but black-on-white proves the point.
For those interested, I have not been lazy in the past four months. I’ve been writing, just not posting to My Emerald Cove.
And I’ve been traveling; 10 days in Dubai and a month in Brazil. As readers will know Brazil is a huge country, running a population of over 200 million. Most of my time was spent on the Brazilian island of Florianópolis, in southern Brazil. If you get the chance to visit, do so, you will not be disappointed.
So what brings me to once again post to My Emerald Cove?
The answer is, I am not sure. I have felt since my return from Brazil that I need to put pen to paper but have not found the drive to do so, even though I am writing for other media.
Maybe it’s the forthcoming election in Israel slated for November 1, the country’s 5th election in 3 years. https://www.timesofisrael.com/knesset-disbands-sets-elections-for-november-1-lapid-to-become-pm-at-midnight/
Yes, of course, it’s easy to argue that this true democracy is in action, and while to point I support the notion, I can’t help but think the money and energy could be better invested for the benefit of the country and its citizens. I guess the majority of 120 Knesset members think differently. It would appear that any are more concerned with their seats rather than the fate of the country.
Right now I can’t build any enthusiasm for this circus. Maybe nearer the time my mood will change. At this junction, although I have a good idea of who I would vote for, frankly I see it as a wasted exercise. I don’t see any change taking place.
A question I ask repeatedly is why for example in the UK a snap election can be called to take place in 21 days. Here in Israel close to four months is required for a snap election. Crazy or what?
During my hibernation from My Emerald Cove, I have tried to store numerous news stories that have riled me. Looking back at them now, there are just so many I don’t know where to start.
Instead, allow me to share three news stories from the past couple of days as a way of blowing off steam and showing the absurd world we live in.
In the UK, the home of WOKE, the police with nothing else to do are detaining people for their thoughts - https://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-2741635/Video-Moment-army-veteran-arrested-causing-anxiety-meme.html?mwv_rm=rta
Note the words “arrested for causing anxiety”
While in the US, The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, something far more sinister has raised its head, Christian Nationalism. Spurred on by Trump, nincompoops like Marjorie Taylor Greene are shouting the odds about Christian Nationalism. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaNQs2_XVR8
One of many joining the call for Christian Nationalism is Doug Mastriano who is running for governor of Pennsylvania. https://edition.cnn.com/2022/07/28/politics/doug-mastriano-gab-pennsylvania-republican/index.html
I’ve got nothing against people believing in religion. In some ways, I am in awe of them. But religion should surely be a private affair. The United States is a land of religious freedom. Even though the majority of Americans are Christian, the USA is a secular nation.
It’s a country made up of five main religions adding up to about 75% of the population of 329.5 million.
Christianity: About 230 million people practice some type of Christianity (Protestantism, Catholicism, etc.).
Judaism: Judaism is practiced by about 7.3 million people in the US.
Buddhism: About 4.17 million people in the United States identify as Buddhist.
Islam: In the US, there are around 3.45 million people of the Islamic faith.
Hinduism: Hinduism is practiced by about 2.5 million people in America.
Back to WOKE Britain for my final story. It’s about drag queens reading children's stories in public libraries across the UK. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11066179/Drag-queens-reading-stories-children-called-pantomime-dames-fool-protesters.html