It’s been about 6 months since I’ve put up any new thoughts on this blog.
Quite a bit has happened since then:
- The American economy has slipped into a recession
- Gas prices have gone through the roof
- The border is more open than ever
- Billions of taxpayer dollars are going to the arms dealers for their war in Ukraine
There’s a lot more, but that’s about the gist of it.
Here in Montana, we had a primary election that no one really cared about. Just 39% of voters thought it worth their time. That’s 293,000 people out of the 743,000 that could have voted.
450,000 Montanans don’t think anyone on the ballot is worth voting for.
This is no surprise. The politicians in this country and this state have been shit for years. When you’re really honest with yourself, you know they don’t care about anyone but themselves. You know that.
I’ve been ignoring nearly all of this.
I read the news each day, visiting the dozen or so non-mainstream news sites I get my info from. I have to say…reporting in Montana has gone way downhill.
- I don’t bother with MT blogs these days. The 3-4 blog sites that publish regularly are very, very boring, and I see no real reason to visit them. I suspect the few Montanans that know of them feel the same.
- I don’t bother with corporate media at all, anymore. They have a clear agenda to ruin this country. Their lies are so apparent, their cover for the White House so fake. Locally, the Missoulian isn’t even worth reading. I can’t remember the last time they even had an article that piqued my interest.
- I don’t bother with social media. It’s poison. The only thing it’s good for is wasting time, creating mental disorders, and boosting the profits of radical tech companies in Silicon Valley.
- I don’t bother with alcohol. It wasn’t doing much for me. I got more into exercise again. Got my best 5K time ever in this year’s Riverbank Run, and did my first 10K ever with this year’s Governor’s Cup race.
Most of my writing efforts have been devoted to some old projects. I should put out my second book on ancient Chinese history sometime this summer. It covers the Zhou Dynasty way back in 1000 BC. I also hope to put out my book of horror short stories, which I’m having a fun time working on.
When it comes to writing about Montana, I’m not doing that at all.
That said…I’m very tempted to write about the upcoming budgeting process that Missoula will go through starting in July.
Already, the city admits it’ll either have to cut programs or raise taxes. This is because their federal covid money has run out and the feds aren’t throwing them anymore.
I think many programs will be cut, but the city will also ask for tax cuts to keep some ‘critical’ programs going, likely those catering to the bums and junkies. When that funding is secured, I suspect it’ll then be redirected to pet projects with the excuse that MRA money can fill any holes that funding now neglects.
It’s the Missoula way.
Do I really want to write about any of this? Not really. I don’t think anyone wants to read about it, either.
It’s boring. Kinda like the 1,800-word essay county commissioner Josh Slotnick wrote to the Missoula Current this week. No one wants to read it.
Probably best to just focus on things that matter and that can actually improve your daily life.