Welcome to St. Valentines Day!
Needless to say I’m not focusing on the Blog today as the Spouse has other ideas. I’ll check in when I can.
This is another of the W.O.O.D. series of semi-regular
Weekly Occasional Open Discussions.
(i.e. if I forget and skip one, no big)
Immediate prior one here:
and remains open for threads running there (at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).
Canonical list of old ones here:
So use “Tips” for “Oooh, look at the interesting ponder thing!”
and “W.O.O.D” for “Did you see what just happened?! What did you think about it?”
What’s Going On?
Venezuela has a US Aid food convoy on the border. We’ll see if the people are hungry enough to take down the barriers and let it in. Maduro is calling it a plot…
BREXIT is supposedly about 40ish days away. T. May continues to run out the clock. Nothing is changing in The Deal. I expect a last minuted minor change and then an ultimatum of “Take this, or it’s WTO Rules and the end of life…” and then there will an extension of 6 months to decide again. Hopefully The British People will inform their government to just get it over with now.
The Police in france are now beating up the Yellow Vest protestors. Something like 20 dead and a whole bunch of folks have lost an eye to exploding gas canisters. One wonders how long before The Government gets changed.
In Spain there’s a major upheaval going on. Not just the Catalonians wanting to leave, but the Spanish budget is busting EU rules. It looks like with the insane levels of unemployment (especially in the young generations) Spain is about to bubble with trouble.
It is shaping up to be a Germany + French Elite vs Europe + French Deplorables… On one side: Germany, French Government. On the other side: Spain, Italy, French People, Austria, Poland, Hungary, …. with Britain working to get the damn door open and run screaming from the room before the fighting breaks out… Don’t know where all the little Hanger On countries stand in all this. Holland, Denmark, Andora, Slovakia, etc. etc.
Then we have the spectacle of every Democrat with a pulse (so leaves out Pelosi & Shumer – the walking dead zombies from the past…) shouting they are running for President. Then in unison endorsing the Green Nutty Deal. Maybe given how horrible it is and how much it has blown up in their collective faces they will actually assign a staffer to read it next time… Slowly it is dawning on some of them that “No Oil, No Gas, No Coal” also means no airplanes, no limos, no Air conditioning, no ships, no winter heat, no trucks of food coming to the grocery store, no Snow Ploughs and no room heater in the blizzard.
In related news, Governor Newsance of California has canceled future sections of The Train To Nowhere; but is letting the part underway be finished. After all, can’t have those folks out of work… Even if you assure the finished thing will be absolutely worthless as it runs from Bakersfield to south of Sacramento. Maybe they can put tractor hauling cars on it for the farmers… He’s also partially killed the “River In A Tube”. Jerry Moonbeam wanted 2 giant bores to take the Sacramento River from the North side of the S.F. Delta to the South side so they could ship it to L.A. Never mind that they are requiring all that water to be dumped in the ocean to “Save the Delta Smelt”… so it isn’t available. So Gov. Newsom has killed one of the $10 Billion bore holes. Ought to have been both, but he seems to be big on 1/2 measures.
Why did he kill it? Well, for the train, the $10 Billion price tag had ballooned to $100 Billion. Even with the outrageous tax rates in California they didn’t have that kind of money. Something about bankrupting the State during his first term in office was enough to cause action.
Meanwhile, it’s been cold, nearly frigid here in the San Francisco Bay Area. We’ve had snow in the hills all around the Bay. Now we have an “Atmospheric River” taking tons of water and snow overhead. Tonight I got an “Emergency Alert” for flooding in San Jose on my cell phone. So I turned off emergency alerts ;-) But watch the news reports for the Sierra Nevada snowfall. It ought to be impressive.