2020 Olympics

Location of Tokyo within Japan

Location of Tokyo within Japan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tokyo has been selected to host the 2020 Olympics. Not only will all the events be shown tape-delayed in the US because of the time difference, all the athletes will be forced to compete wearing protective gear. Cameras will be remotely controlled from underground bunkers.

On a more serious note, choosing Tokyo or any site in Japan now is a bad idea. The disaster at Fukushima is growing worse. Who knows what conditions will be like in seven years? Shortly after the earthquake and tsunami, the Japanese government consulted with the government of China about evacuating all of Tokyo and the surrounding area to an unpopulated area in a remote part of China.

Wild cards

Bicycle brand playing cards, showing one of ea...

Bicycle brand playing cards, showing one of each type plus the joker. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pay no attention to current polls nor to pundits.  I have listed below some of the wild cards that may influence the November election:

  1. Iran develops a nuclear device.
  2. Israel attacks Iran.
  3. Al-Qaeda attacks US soil again.
  4. Spain or Italy leaves the Euro currency.
  5. Japan permanently abandons Tokyo because of increased radiation levels.
  6. Mother nature produces rash of tornadoes and hurricanes.
  7. Supreme Court rules on Obamacare.

I am sure that there are other wild cards that I don’t know about that should be added to the list. The results in November are likely to fall in one of these three categories:

  1. Democratic sweep leading to faster recovery from Great Recession.
  2. Divided government causing slow recovery from Great Recession to continue.
  3. Republican sweep leading to Paul Ryan budget and the Great Depression 2.