Can the world be any worse?


Or, is the opening monologue in the series “Penny Dreadful – City of Angels” a harbinger of the future?

This will be the shortest Around the Block I’ve ever posted.

With the world in disarray from fires and floods, from hurricanes and tornadoes, from never ending wars and humanitarian crises, from mutating Covid strains and delusional anti-vaxers, from assaults on women’s rights and assaults on voting rights, from rampant racism and virulent anti-Semitism, I came across this…the opening monologue of the first episode of the Showtime paranormal series, “Penny Dreadful – City of Angels.” Unfortunately, it pretty much sums up where we are and where we appear to be headed.

There will come a time when the world is ready for me; when nation will battle nation; when race will devour race; when brother will kill brother, until not a soul is left. Are you ready?

And on that day a leader will arise and set all the Kingdoms to war and all the races one against the other; a day when the dark powers are coming into alignment and the world is ready to burn. And all it would take is one final spark.

Penny Dreadful – City of Angels Opening Monologue

Look, nobody ever accused me of being a “glass half-full” kind of guy.

Have a great day!

Random sampling of just today’s newspaper headlines

  • New Jersey’s Stunning Storm Toll Includes Many Who Drowned in Cars
  • Indian vs. Black: Vigilante Killings Upend a South African Town
  • Afghans With Ties to U.S. Who Could Not Get Out Now Live in Fear
  • New Zealand Police Kill ‘Extremist’ Who Stabbed 6 in ISIS-Inspired Attack
  • Dixie Fire Approaches 50th Day
  • Ida Paralyzes the New York City Area
  • GOP-controlled states may try to follow Texas with restrictive abortion bans
  • U.S. COVID deaths hit 1,500 a day amid delta scourge
  • Hurricane Larry slowly strengthening, forecast to be a Category 4 storm this weekend
  • Delta means we may never eradicate COVID
  • Extended power outages push Louisiana residents to leave
  • Study documents dramatic loss of remaining Pyrenees glaciers
  • In the Dead of Night, the Supreme Court Proved It Has Too Much Power
  • Dodgers’ misplay gives Giants 3-2 win in 11th inning, S.F. back atop NL West*

*Ok, I had to get one positive headline in!

Published by Ted Block

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy. Besides writing Around the Block, Ted is also a guest columnist for the Palm Beach Post.

4 thoughts on “Can the world be any worse?

  1. I could write pages about my anger at Texas, but instead I will just say, May you and Sharon have a healthy and happy New Year. Hope you keep writing. Regards, Joyce



  2. dear Ted, you have just ruined my day. Hopefully I can find some joy in the Giants!!!!!! Hugs, Toni

    On a positive note. I just finished making gefilte and the strudel and matzah ball soup are in the freezer waiting to be defrosted and I’m getting ready to make round challot. There is some good in the world even if it is only food.



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