ROME, ITALY — The citizens are being bombarded with news.
The Colosseum will again be opening for the exciting Circus of Gladiators from all over the world, pitting themselves in a killing spree, and this year something special, man-eating lions and tigers will challenge the gladiators for the entertainment of the masses.
The Caesars of the day have found that these dangerous blood sports provide an excellent distraction from the more pressing needs of the masses.
Food is getting short. Hostile forces are approaching the walls of the city. Sanitary conditions are deplorable. Disease is rampant and the Roman Empire is in decline.
COMOX, B.C. — Headline news — a bigger, more exciting circus of aerobatics from all over North America is coming to entertain the masses and distract their minds from more-urgent priorities.
Obviously with so much activity taking place in the air, the higher the probability of an exciting mid-air crash or may be a crash into our only hospital, maybe a school.
This should satisfy the egos of our highly paid top military brass and politicians who we pay to make tough decisions for the future.
The country is in debt up to its eyeballs. Health resources are deteriorating. Roads and bridges are falling apart. Our First Nations people are living in squalor. Food banks are unable to feed the increasing number of homeless people. Jobs for the unemployed, and especially for students graduating are scarce.
Does Rome have to fall before our Caesars focus on priorities before mindless, dangerous distractions?