Monday’s news fuels Tuesday’s fallout
I first started noticing the pattern some 30 years ago and it’s only become more relevant with passing time. A lot of important decisions and statements are made on Mondays. Yesterday was a good example. Just consider some of the revelations made yesterday:
- The FBI is investigating Russia’s involvement in last year’s election and to what degree the president’s people were involved.
- The US is prohibiting electronics larger than a cell phone on flights inbound to the US from eight countries, but failed to provide those countries with details.
- The Secretary of State is snubbing NATO to meet with China and Russia. Fraternizing with the enemy, anyone?
- North Korea tested a rocket engine that could fuel ICBMs and the US is considering sanctions.
- Google is overhauling its policies and hiring more people to make sure client ads don’t appear next to Breitbart and other offensive content.
All of those issues are important in one way or another and now that they’ve been announced, the fallout starts. Expect it to be a rough day at the State Department. Firing decisions are often made on Tuesday (though they may not be announced until Friday). Don’t be surprised to see some bankruptcy and store closing announcements today. It’s going to be rough for a lot of people.
Then, there are the things one doesn’t read about in the newspaper. A dear friend became a widow at the age of 49 yesterday thanks to her husband’s heroin addiction. Another friend who had relocated across the country for a better job lost that job yesterday, less than six months after the move. There are surgeries and complications, illnesses evading diagnosis, and physical problems threatening to end careers.
So, though we don’t have a lot of time to just sit and look at pictures, we do have some pictures, re-processed with bolder tones. These photos won’t solve anyone’s problems. However, our hope is they will at least provide a moment’s respite from all the stress and anxiety that come with any given Tuesday. Click on a thumbnail to view the whole slide show. We’ll worry more about the news stuff tomorrow.