Sorry I haven't been blogging of late, but my other job got very busy, then I got sick. It was mild, but enough to impair my thinking skills, so I had to put off doing the blogs.
Now that the apology is over, this past month has been a 7 universal month. That typically indicates a time of introspection and analysis. Technology and science can take center stage, and a couple of those companies have been in the news individually this month - mostly to tell us just how bad they are doing. However, they haven't been the big news this month.
Here in the United States, the biggest news topic is the health care bill. As I predicted, a new version was drawn up and came out earlier this month. Lawmakers and the media immediately started picking it to pieces and finding things wrong with it. (I might also mention that the number 7 can be very critical. This seems to be one month when that criticism, both good and bad, comes out full force.) Now, granted, the lawmakers are supposed to be picking such things apart. Since the Senate is the portion of the government in charge of the budget, and the number 8 has everything to do with money, they have one more month to figure out what they are going to do with this bill. If it isn't passed by the end of July, then we are not likely to see a new iteration until next April.
Another big topic here in the States in the last couple of days has also been the recent Supreme Court decisions. They were very specific about the reasons for their decisions and the conditions under which those decisions are valid. Many see this as being nit-picky, which is a subset of both criticism and analysis. The refugee debate is still going to continue, for under the court ruling, only those refugees from the six or seven countries listed in the travel ban who have family in the U.S. can get in during the next three months (and those with work or student visas, but they typically aren't refugees). The ruling that same-sex spouses can have both their names on a child's birth certificate also appears to me that the Court ruled that a birth certificate carries the names of those with a legal right to the child, not necessarily the biological parents (though none of the media I have seen has put it quite that way).
Internationally, there has been a lot of pre-war and wartime posturing, with nations making threats and counterthreats. This is typical of the 7, as each nation is trying to find ways to analyze the potential impact that other nations will have on them. September is likely to be the earliest that we will see any nation actually carry out one of their threats, and that only if they have determined that it is the best way to reach whichever goal they have in mind.
As for ISIS (or ISIL), media reports suggest that it is on its last legs. These reports are probably accurate, and the group is likely to be stamped out by the end of August. However, this will not end the threat of terrorism from radicals - that has been around for centuries. Another group rising to replace them is likely.
May 2017 is a 6 universal month, and so world leaders are acting responsibly - as they see it. The situation with North Korea is a prime example. Leader Kim feels that he has to develop nuclear capabilities - whether for power or war, I don't know. However, the UN has essentially told him that he may not. Therefore, he is also developing rocket and missile capabilities. He feels that he is protecting his country and responsibly preparing it for a potential war with the rest of the world. Meanwhile, the rest of the world leaders feel that they need to protect the world from the potential of a nuclear war with North Korea. This difference in senses of responsibility is likely to lead to war - September of this year at the earliest, but more likely in 2021.
Meanwhile, we have seen President Trump take steps in fulfilling his international responsibilities and visit several nations in the Middle East. The G7 nations had their annual meeting this month and decided which responsibilities their countries consider most important at the moment. Representatives from member nations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade group also met, deciding to not only renew trade deals between member nations, but also to make it easier for new nations to join (or old nations that dropped out, like the U.S.).
As you can see, responsibility to individual nations and the world as a whole has taken center stage this month. You are likely to see one more headline dealing with responsibility during the last few days of the month. Sri Lanka recently had flooding and landslides. One hundred and three people are dead, last I heard. We may well hear that other nations send aid and workers to help Sri Lanka dig out, clean up, and recover.
The month of April 2017 was a 5 universal month. The number 5 is all about change, freedom, and moving quickly. If you thought events were moving beyond your control last month, they probably were.
Many people noticed that President Trump tended to reverse what he had said and/or promised. While this has become a bit of a habit for him, it happened much more often during April. Much of this appears to be because he is discovering that running a country is far more convoluted than running a business. He has had to make changes on the fly.
North Korea tried to prove its freedom by running several missile tests. Of course, this was not a particularly constructive use of freedom, and its neighbors - and the United States - reacted by telling North Korea to cease and desist. While nobody really wants war, several countries are gearing up for war, just in case North Korea decides to hit something with one of its missiles.
One of the results of increased freedom and change is a tendency to get in trouble. Those involved in health care, education, and law enforcement all noticed a sharp increase in interpersonal problems. People tend not to be as careful as usual, resulting in more injuries. People with mental issues tended to need psychiatric attention. (In fact, I have a friend who is an EMT, and bringing people in to hospitals for psychiatric attention was an unusually large part of his job last month.) My primary job is in an elementary school, where we saw a sharp increase in detentions. The Crime Watch section of our local newspaper has been full of stories of people who get pulled over for very minor traffic infractions, and then get arrested due to outstanding warrants or having drugs or open alcohol containers in the car. They have also been able to catch several burglars red-handed.
What sort of big changes or uses and abuses of freedom did you notice in the news last month?
Well, I originally predicted that Trump’s Wall would be started during the month of March, as the month is a 4 universal month. The number 4 is known for hard work and limitations, both of which have a great deal to do with walls. I haven’t heard anything about the wall, but there have been other ways in which limits have been placed on people and nations during the past month. Here are a few of the headlines:
The United States and Japan held a joint military training exercise. Most Asian countries are very concerned about the threat represented by North Korea. The same day I heard about the training exercise, I also heard about North Korea’s first missile test of the month.
South Korea and the United States worked together to install a missile defense system in South Korea. This was a response to North Korea’s continued testing of missiles. North Korea tested four missiles at once at about the same time.
The United Nations pushed its member nations to enact the sanctions that the U.N. had already voted to place on North Korea. Yes, the first three headlines I mention indicate limitations to be placed on the nation of North Korea. About this time, North Korea held yet another missile test. This one seems to have been a failure.
President Park of South Korea was impeached and removed from office. Last I heard, officials were contemplating arresting her on bribery charges.
The new United State healthcare law that has been debated failed to make it to a vote. Ill health falls under the 4 and the 7, but health care itself falls under the 6 (for responsibility) and the 8 (for business). Several lawmakers pushed too hard to get it going, not realizing that it needed to stay in committee for a couple more months for the best results.
The nuclear power company Westinghouse declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Its parent company, Toshiba, is considering selling off its lucrative computer chip industry to compensate for over 9 billion dollars in losses.
We have had some crazy weather around the world. Some has resulted in deaths, but the most limiting (and possibly the weirdest) weather was a windstorm in Michigan and surrounding states. Winds came very close to hurricane force, but there wasn’t even the hint of a storm otherwise. It knocked out power to most of metro Detroit for several days.
How have the headlines you remember from the month of March limited people?
Over the last few years, quite a few studies have come out that discuss the benefits of working few hours and the drawbacks of working a lot of hours. Governments and companies have been taking note. Several companies in Sweden have made trials of reducing the work week to 30 hours – while keeping pay the same. Shinzo Abe has recently pledged to reduce working hours in Japan, where many salaried workers are expected to work very long hours without little or no compensation for extra time. Several American companies are experimenting with giving workers three day weekends or reducing work hours.
The studies are fairly conclusive. Working fewer hours (i.e., 25-30 hours per week) results in greater physical and mental health. The more hours a person puts in a week, the greater the strain on both body and mind, and the more likely he or she is to have to take time off. Fewer work hours by the individual means more people can be employed, thus taking them off welfare. However, unless companies cut salaries as well as cutting hours, the idea is not cost-effective. Few workers are willing to see their salaries cut, especially with the cost of living rising.
We are likely to see many more studies aimed at discovering the best work/life balance over the next few years. As I have mentioned in previous blogs, in historical numerology, the world runs on cycles of nine years. We are currently in world cycle 225. If we then take those cycles and turn them into groups of nine cycles, we have grand world cycles. Currently, we are in grand world cycle 25, a 7 cycle. This cycle started in 1945. The 7 indicates that we are striving to analyze and understand things. It also indicates a focus on math, science, technology, and metaphysics. The 2 suggests that much of the analysis focuses on interpersonal relationships and communication. The 5 indicates adaptability, curiosity, change, and travel. Thus, one focus for our collective analysis is finding the best methods for interacting with each other. (You might notice that the development of a worldwide communications system is indicated as well.)
Our next grand world cycle starts in 2026, and it is cycle 26 – an 8 cycle. The 8 indicates business, money, and status. The 2 still indicates a focus on interpersonal relationships and communication. The 6 indicates responsibility and duty – not just to work, but to those close to us, especially family. Thus, the work/life balance will become increasingly important. You might say that these studies are intended to find the best way to start the next cycle.