by John Rubino
This year is, by any measure, brutal.
First came a pandemic so baffling that virtually no one other than Sweden made it through without a near-depression. (Reminiscent of the previous decade’s financial crisis, when only Iceland got it right.)
Then came civil unrest on a scale not seen since the 1960s, about which more than enough has already been written.
Then came fires that are burning even parts of the Northwest previously thought to be non-flammable, blanketing the region with toxic smoke.
That’s a lot. But it might be just the warm-up act for a couple of potentially bigger crises.