2020: Our Annus Horribilis

by | Dec 20, 2020 | Newsletter | 135 comments

Welcome to the year-end wrap up! You know, the annual end-of-year stock-taking editorial I write before we all go off to enjoy our Christmas and ring in the New Year?

Now, if this were any other year, I’d make some light-hearted joke about all of this. You know, “Oh, nothing much happened this year, there’s really nothing to write about.” Or: “It’s like the opening of A Tale of Two Cities except without the ‘best of times’ bit.”

But this is not any other year. This is 2020. So I’m resorting to quoting Queen Elizardbeast. Remember what she said about 1992?

“In the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, it has turned out to be an annus horribilis.”

Queeny was whining about all the scandals and “tragedies” that befell her poor family that year, of course, like her children’s philandering being exposed to the world and Her Majesty herself being pelted with eggs by angry Germans and her multi-million-pound castle catching fire.

I’ll cue the world’s smallest violin as you wipe the tears from your eyes.

But here we are nearly 30 years later and this is ourannus horribilis.” As we gather here electronically, millions of people have had their lives thrown into chaos by a scamdemic long in the making. Families have been torn apart. Mom-and-pop business owners have had their life’s work taken away from them. The poorest of the poor have been thrown into even further grinding poverty. Suicides and deaths of despair are on the rise as we enter the biosecurity paradigm and prepare for a new normal of social distancing and mask wearing and lockdowns and misery. And all of this in the name of a disease that even the lying public health officials acknowledge as being harmless to almost the entirety of the population.

This is what a real annus horribilis looks like. So you’ll forgive me if I don’t feel particularly jokey this year.

Yes, 2020 is just about over and, barring the opening of the portal to Hades or whatever is supposed to happen during the coming Grand Conjunction, we’ve made it through to the other side. But what lies there? What event are we living through, and where do we go from here?

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