As we are entering the Western hemisphere's summer period, reports abound about massive rain, flooding, mudflows and 'orange' warnings in numerous countries. Could it be that, despite denials from a narcissistic US president, we are witnessing yet more signs of global warming at a time when earlier measures to counter this global ecological disaster are being scrapped?
But then there are more disturbing measures coming from the WH, not in the least - and seriously affecting our industry - a bizarre and self-destructing trade war over steel and aluminum exports, as well as tariffs on hundreds of other products.
According to a recent essay by Jeffrey Sachs, professor and director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, "the US has probably never before had a delusional President, one who speaks gibberish, insults those around him including his closest associates, and baffles the world. By instinct, we strive to make sense of Trump's nonsense, implicitly assuming some hidden strategy. There is none.'
Apart from being blatantly illegal, argues Sachs, Trump's trade actions 'are flimsily justified as an act of national security, but this is sheer nonsense. They are also fatuous in terms of US economic and geopolitical interests.'
'Trump creates chaos for no reason other than his own flagrant inability to follow rules or respect the interests of others. His is a psychopath's trade war', concludes Sachs. And may we add that this "disruptor-in-chief" is a scary and growing treat to the global logistics and transport industry.
Despite these worrying developments, we luckily have plenty of other funny, weird and stupid stories for you this month. So sit back and relax and enjoy this new edition of Punch Bag.
Nol van Fenema