From The New Yorker

If you think times are tough now, just wait until 2029. The good news is that the United States has hung on for another thirteen years. The bad news is everything else. “Dryouts” are commonplace, though it’s not clear whether scarcity of water or the dilapidation of the infrastructure meant to distribute it is to blame. Americans are still reeling from the Stone Age of 2024, when the electric grid crashed, wreaking technological havoc: pileups on unlit roads, airplanes dropping from the skies, pacemakers pumping double-time, looting and riots from sea to shining sea. But those disasters are minor compared with the latest: an economic collapse set in motion by the introduction of the bancor, a new global reserve currency meant to replace the dollar on the international market and backed by a coalition of countries led by Russia’s ruler-for-life, Vladimir Putin. Furious, President Alvarado, America’s first Mexican-born head of state, announces that the U.S. will default on its loans. The Fed goes into overdrive, printing new money to cover its debts. In short order, a greenback is as worthless as a Weimar cigarette rolled with a fifty-billion-mark note. Hard-earned savings go up in smoke. A meager cabbage costs thirty dollars one week, forty the next, and that’s when there’s still cabbage to buy. So long, superpower nation. Hello, hyperinflation.

This is the world according to “The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047,” Lionel Shriver’s new novel, her twelfth.

Read the rest of this review here.

Published by stop-sign-ticket.com

You got a traffic ticket, you’re pissed off, and you want to fight it - but you don’t even know where to begin. If that opening line describes your current state of mind, then my blog is written with you in mind. I should state right up front that I am not an attorney, so please do not consider anything that I write to be legal advice in any sense of the term. I am just a regular citizen of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who got pissed off after my son received an unfair stop sign ticket in September of 2018. I spent several hours searching the internet for suggestions about how to fight it and then came to the realization that most of what is available out there is essentially useless information. But there was a silver lining in all of this wasted effort. My frustration at not being able to find any useful resources on the internet inspired me to create the website Stop-Sign-Ticket.com. I can now offer fellow citizens hope for some kind of justice in the courtroom – no matter how much they think the odds are against them. My son was able to beat his ticket based on the information that I discovered and I am confident that it will be useful to you also.

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