There is altogether too much news covering too much ground at the moment. To comment sensibly on it in relation to all that is being said one way or another needs a lot of care. The trouble is that it is an in and out day when haste takes over.
There are two main concerns. One is that lost in the torrent of coverage and comment there is something significant happening that we will all miss and perhaps realise when it is too late.
Also it is one of those periods where the chance is there for those in power or authority to release bad news or do questionable things again that might be missed or not fully appreciated or discussed.
This might or might not happen. Given the way the world is governed in this media age the second concern is all too likely to be the one that will happen. But who, what, why, where and when?
Something else which is distracting is the season. It is when the developed West and some other places lose any sense of perspective and there is almost a month of detachment from reality. The distractions will vary.
For some it is the time for "The Nutcracker" ballet by Tchaikovsky. The picture above is that of the Kirov production and makes a decent wallpaper for the machine. I am under an obligation at least to do something seasonal so this is the one concession being made.
And soon it will be the Year of the Horse.