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History does repeat itself, albeit in seemingly new iterations for those who choose to avoid the study of past events.

The circumstances of prior actions are sometimes seemingly tedious in their playing out (or time of festering) due to the slow speed of communications in past times. Today, years of discontent manifest themselves in minutes rather than years with the current speed of video, online news, social media, voice communication, and television. But as quickly as they turn up they are forgotten in the barrage of more information about competing events, and the original is soon erased.

Such is the nature of societal unrest today, and it is little wonder that the brief interludes in the spotlight are insufficient to spark real change. Change does require some insistence and a dogged pursuit that seem to be boring for modern generations to sustain. Such examples of unrest are: economic; social; racist; conquest; exploitation; ecological; exploitation; and many times a combination of some or all of the previous examples.

The oil industry in Saudi Arabia has been damaged (and may continue to be damaged) by drone attacks originating from as yet unidentified locations. In another month oil and gas prices will be seriously affected, and we will face new inflation from those actions. I expect that the attacks will continue. Such was the case in World War 2 when air and submarine warfare was targeting fuel, food, and personnel replenishment and those strategies were pursued by Japan, Germany, and the Allied Forces.

In Venezuela, the political situation, currently very far from resolution, has produced millions of refugees; malnourished; medically neglected; and desperate citizens in South America. It has also devastated access to the largest oil resources in the region and the world.

In Hong Kong there have been consistent protests directed against the governance regime and policies that have been going on for over 3 months, with no signs of a resolution. Please note that this is one of the world’s major financial, and logistics markets, and if unresolved, it will require the mass relocation of resources at great costs. I applaud the citizens for their ability to focus for an extended timeframe in pursuit of their goals.  

In Brazil, the quest for ecological changes leading to the development of their massive equatorial for short-term gains has contributed in some ways to the devastating destruction by fire at the heart of 20% of the oxygen production and carbon dioxide sequestration of the world. It is the equivalent of a potential worldwide pneumonia.

In Kenya, deforestation is affecting the harmony of ancient bee habitats, threatening the production of honey by the traditional ways of generations of tribal survival, and people are protesting. The potential of this industry is massive and is done on land not really suited for other agriculture.

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