Everyone must remember the Mother Goose rhyme Ring Around the Rosie. We all played it at one time or another in our lives.
I did as a child, then with my children and grandchildren. It was happy, it was fun.
Why today do I write about it?
I was researching the bubonic plague yesterday afternoon when I came across it and the fond memories it recalled. I was shocked to read it was connected to the bubonic plague.
First, the rhyme: Ring around the rosie, / A pocketful of posies, / A-tishoo! A-tishoo! / We all fall down!”
The beauty of it all!
The rhyme is attributed to many sources and variations. The most popular verbiage I have set forth.
Most believe the rhyme came from the Great Plague, an outbreak of bubonic and pneumonic plague that affected London in 1865. It was first published in 1881.
The fatalism of the rhyme is brutal: The rosies are a euphemism for deadly rashes, the posies a supposed preventive measure, the a-tishoos pertain to sneezing symptoms, and the implication of everyone falling down is death.
I never knew. Did you?
The Ukraine war is the most impactful event of any nature since World War II. What is happening is overwhelming. What is being reported also. It can be no other way due to the nature of the event.
As a result, some of my blogs are totally or almost totally involved with the subject.
Frankly, I was delighted to have tripped across Ring Around the Rosie yesterday. An interesting, non Ukraine matter. After several Ukraine items today, I shall close with one concerning the Washington convoy which is turning into a failure.
Saturday, a U.S. delegation met with Venezuelan officials in Venezuela.
The U.S. and Venezuela have been at odds for many years. Venezuelan President Maduro is considered an authoritarian figure in his own right. The U.S. has imposed sanctions on Venezuela for many years.
I suspect the U.S. and Venezuela will soon become friends. The reason being Venezuela is rich in oil. The U.S. has buried Venezuela in sanctions for many years.
The U.S. is in the process of sanctioning Russia further by cutting off U.S. imports of oil from Russia. Biden is concerned with the increase in gas prices and is looking to Venezuela’s oil to minimize or eradicate the Russian oil loss.
Such is how “necessity” works.
Maduro “is prepared to ramp up production for the stability of the world.”
In a time of need, one does what has to be done.
No deal yet. Expect one soon.
The war is only 13 days old. Already 2 million refugees have left the Ukraine.
Poland is vacillating.
Talk yesterday was via some lend lease arrangement, U.S. fighter planes would be sent to Poland. The Ukrainians would then acquire them from Poland.
Putin not happy with the plan. Planes are what will really kill his invasion. Putin announced saturday he would not look favorably upon Poland becoming involved in the fashion indicated. He threatened “consequences” were Poland to proceed.
Poland has backed off. It will not be involved in any plane arrangement.
It is obvious Putin’s war not planned effectively. Russian soldiers are stealing food from stores and houses.
Putin planned for a 2 day war. The war is now in its 13th day. The war is costing Russia $20 billion a day. Russia only has $650 billion. Half of that amount is tied up via sanctions.
Experts believe at best Russia has only 4-5 weeks of money left to finance the war.
In cities heavily bombarded by Russia, many dead lie as they fell in the streets. Ukrainians and Russians alike.
Dogs can be seen ripping the bodies apart.
The Washington People’s Convoy is fizzing out. The primary reason is that which the convoy is protesting does not exist. Few federal mandates re vaccines and masks remain. Mask mandates are being lifted in every corner of the country.
Show time tonight: Tuesday Talk with Key West Lou. Nine my time. A lot of ranting and raving, especially re the Ukraine war. Join me. www.blogtalkradio.com/key-west-lou.
Enjoy your day!