Photo Shoot #2 in the Channey Moran Series by Jon Michael Riley

I’ve been thinking of the word bizarre.  Not the flea market sort, but things that look or appear to be bizarre.  There’s plenty of bizarreness that surrounds the phenomena of Somali Pirates, their life and the monetary need for the whole business of pirating.  This was one thing that I found fascinating while researching Photo Shoot, a story that reflects the world of Somali pirates.

What began decades ago as a simple but drastic measure to protect their own fishing grounds off the coast of Somalia became a surprise and lucrative opportunity.  The Somali fishermen began boarding and confiscating commercial fishing boats from places like Japan and Indonesia who were taking huge tonnage of fish from the India Ocean close to Somali ports like Eye, Garacad, Hobyo and Harardheere.

Then it dawned on the Somalis that they could just as easily hijack a freighter or petrol tanker and the bizarre world of Somali pirates was begun.  The lure of making millions of dollars on each hijacking was particularly alluring for a country so torn by tribal discord, war and perhaps more known, famine.

Closer to home I find it bizarre that we have a serial-lying adolescent narcissist in the White House bent on dismantling years of carefully crafted environmental protection laws, which were based on the best scientific information available.  Add to that the attempted dismantling of hard fought social welfare and healthcare systems that is used and loved by almost everyone I know.  The irony is that the people who are this huckster adolescent’s supporters are the very ones who will be hurt by dismantling healthcare reform.  To me this is bizarre beyond words.

Being so recently steeped in what is going on in Somalia, a country on the thin edge of disintegration, with a weak and tenuous government, news media, writers, scientists and even professors as being a danger to our “American” civilization, is bizarre and clearly out of touch with the global realities.  As the Huckster-in-Chief keeps braying, “America First!”


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