8th November 2022

Why is there a countdown to that date in the sidebar?

1 Because there will be a total lunar eclipse. 

It will be visible from Asia, Australia, North America, parts of northern and eastern Europe, and most of South America.  Click for more information with an animated map and lots of other interesting information.

2 Because on that day some 167,238 people will die and another 382,630 will be born. (Notice the discrepancy?)  Roughly 21.8 million will celebrate their birthday. Among them:

3 Because an election will be held in the USA.

“During this mid-term election, all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 34 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested. Thirty-nine state and territorial gubernatorial and numerous other state and local elections will also be contested. This will be the first election affected by the redistricting that will follow the 2020 United States census.”

THIS ELECTION MATTERS

Sure it is “just” for the USA, but the tone set (t)here will affect decisions in other countries.  The promising steps taken by the Biden administration will most likely be blocked if either the House of Representatives or the Senate change hands.

Historically mid-term elections have seen less voter turnout (voting in the US is not mandatory) and have swung against the party of the president.

The odds of Republican control from 2023 on are very high given the senate is held by a majority of just 1 (actually 0, but a majority of 1 with the casting vote of the vice president) and the House by 7 (out of 435 – Wikipedia)

Let’s look back at the 2020 election results; some 158 million people voted. Of those 81.2 million for President Biden, 74.2 million for the ex-President.

But there are an estimated 239 million eligible voters in the US. That leaves the 2020 tally, in rounded numbers, as follows:

  • 81 million – No Vote
  • 81 million – Democrat
  • 74 million – Republican
  •   3 million – Other

Despite the complexity and biases of the US system there is an obvious answer, and many very, very smart people are trying to make it come true:

We need to get some portion of the 81 million “No Vote” voters to vote, and to vote our way.  It only needs a fraction of them, in the right locations, to create a landslide result and so set the conditions for real Environmental Healingor not.

There are very few days to make a difference > see sidebar

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