The smoke was so thick, the mountains disappeared…
Over one-million acres in Montana alone. The worst year for wildfires I can remember.
Can’t say I’m surprised though. Our forests are overgrown. The timber industry has long moved north.
With NAFTA, Montana can’t compete with cheap Canadian timber.
As a consequence of neglect the forest grows dark & dense. We have always tried our best to douse the flames whenever they have appeared. God forbid we let the natural cycle play out…
Alas, it seems we have reached a tipping-point. These forests are so stacked with brush, beetle-kill & dead-fall that no man, nor beast, nor government entity could so much as dream a hope of stopping the inferno from running its course.
You see, sooner or later: Nature always finds a way. The flames will devour all that has outlived its time & in its place a new forest will emerge: green, open, full of life.
The Federal Reserve announced on Wednesday that they will be reducing their Balance Sheet. Here it is: The ‘end’ of American Quantitative Easing. ‘Normalization.’
With the markets juiced near all-time-highs, real-estate prices well above where they were pre-crisis, & trillions in Negative-Yielding Government debt overseas; We Crescendo.