And so 2021 begins……
A look back to 2020 through graphs presented by Vox….
2020 was such a terrible, bad, no-good year that even complaining about it got old. A pandemic knocked the world to its knees, killing 1.6 million people so far and leaving untold suffering in its wake. Social distancing kept us inside, away from our friends and loved ones. Businesses shut their doors. Economic inequality grew.
Still, not everything was bad.
It’s been a very good year for bread, hand sanitizer, and pets. Also, greenhouse gas emissions declined in the United States. Earlier in the pandemic — back when people still made jokes — we joked that nature was healing itself.
Here’s a roundup of some of the most important 2020 trends, in charts.
The Federal Reserve has some good news for 2021…..
The policymakers now foresee the economy contracting 2.4% this year, less than the 3.7% decline it envisioned in September. For next year, with anticipation of a rebound, the officials have upgraded their growth forecast from 4% to 4.2%. By the end of 2021, the Fed expects the unemployment rate to fall to 5% from the current 6.7%—lower than the 5.5% rate it had forecast in September. Fed Chair Jerome Powell and many other officials have repeatedly urged Congress to approve more economic aid to carry the economy through what’s expected to be a financially painful winter. “Economic dislocation has upended many lives and created great uncertainty about the future,” Powell said
We will see how accurate their predictions will be…..as the year drags on too many variables can crap on good news.
This year has been a wealth of bummers…..from pandemic to storms to fires to….well you pick a topic…..but as the year comes to an end and a new one begins can we say that something good had happened?
I say yes we can….and here is a list…..
The editorial page of the Washington Post has an annual tradition of compiling a list of the good things that happened that year. Finding 16 positive things that happened in 2016, or 17 in 2017, was easier than finding 20 things for 2020—even without a pandemic. But the Post met deadline, even coming up the bonus development of a panda birth at the National Zoo. Some may feel a little strained, including good things that were only made necessary by horrific events. Still, this year, we’ll take the positive where we can find it. Here’s a sampling:
- Thousands of volunteers risked taking expermental vaccines to help come up with a way to protect others.
- The scientific world worked together, across borders, to understand the virus and produce vaccines.
- A record number of Americans kept the national commitment to vote, despite the health risks.
- For the first time, a Black person was elected vice president. Sen. Kamala Harris also will be the nation’s first Asian American vice president and the first woman in the job.
- A Supreme Court ruling declared that no American can be fired for being gay or transgender.
- Drive-in movie theaters are back.
- People learned to connect with doctors, colleagues, friends and relatives with Zoom and FaceTime.
- A new appreciation formed for medical workers including janitors, receptionists, orderlies, nurses and doctors who helped care for the people who fell ill with the coronavirus and their families. Grocery workers, bus drivers, delivery crews, farmworkers and everyone else who tried to keep the nation going are rightfully included.
- The panda.
(You can read the full story here.)
What was the word of the year?
It has been decided that “Pandemic” wins the title.
Be Well and Be Safe….and please party responsibly…..
Seer you next year.
“lego ergo scribo”