Oh, great. More good news. But it's a much-needed break from worrying about climate change or World War Three, I guess.
The following story and what's going down in Hong Kong are almost certainly examples of what's in store for the U.S. real soon, too:
Macron pension reform: France paralysed by biggest national strike in years
A nationwide strike has severely disrupted schools and public transport across France.
Workers are angry at being forced to retire later or face reduced pensions.
School and transport workers have been joined by police, lawyers, and hospital and airport staff for a general walkout that could include millions of people.
France's largest nationwide strike in years was agreed by unions unhappy with President Emmanuel Macron's plans for a universal points-based pension system.
"What we've got to do is shut the economy down," said union official Christian Grolier of the Force Ouvrière (Workers' Force). "People are spoiling for a fight."
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said on the eve of the strike he expected almost 250 demonstrations nationwide, some of which he said could turn violent.
"We know there will be lots of people in these protests and we know the risks. I have requested that systematically when there is rioting or violence we make arrests immediately," he said.
"If we can't have our completely unsustainable pensions, you can't have an economy!"
This is an insoluble conflict, and suggests that two critical trends are close to or currently at an economic-sustainability tipping point; the trend of critical supplies (what's actually left to distribute to keep civilization functioning) dropping while the trend of demand for them continues to rise in a context of exponential growth means we probably only have a few years left to party, tops. Not even a decade.
But Chaos springs eternal, so there's always a non-zero chance of the human race performing a collective self-craniorectalotomy in the nick of time, which I believe is the proper term for pulling one's head out of one's ass.