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.