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?
Hawaii has transitioned to a persistent magma drain out fissure #8, forming many acres of new land. As the magma chamber drains, the Kilauea crater is subsiding. Down from a few hundred to near 1000 feet deep and continuing. I wonder if the rock is just floating on the magma, or if fresh hotter magma is starting to melt the overburden and conduct it out fissure #8? I suppose someone could test the lava and find out, or maybe it’s not that simple.
The percentage of Eu Members still embracing the flood of immigration is dwindling fast. Now we’ve got Hungary, Poland, Greece, Italy, Britain / UK, and who all else? Even France has news reporting increasing resentment. Will Merkel survive without change?
Then, on the Brexit front, May got a vote in her favor out of Parliament. One down, how many to go? Then there was an announcement of the EU residents “solution”. Special handling again. Folks in the UK for 5 years at the time of Brexit get to stay. Just have to show your ID (prove who you are), show proof of 5 years in country, and no criminal activity. It seems the plan is to have “an app for that” and no face to face with anyone needed. The EU has yet to say what happens to the British citizens living scattered on the continent. So this is going to reduce the overcrowding of Britain by folks from poor EU countries exactly how?
In the USA the Democrats are continuing their Panic Du Jour. It is now almost funny how the Yellow Stream Media turns on a dime with the Daily Panic. Now it is over the Obama practiced policy of separation of children from their criminally charged parents. Despite video of The Big O saying they did it, the YSM is full on screaming it is a “Trump Policy”. Trump signed an E.O. to negate that law, but noted that it WAS a law and the E.O. would gather legal challenges. The response by the media? “Trump Caved!” and “Yet there is NO PROCESS to reunite families!!!” (as though processes and policies can be made inside hours after an E.O. has been signed.) Just so ludicrous.
The traditional “News” media have all become just political propaganda machines. There is a daily rotation to the Talking Points of the DNC for that day. Remember when it was BLM and Black race baiting? Came when useful, now disappeared. We’ve move on to Hispanic “race” baiting (Despite Hispanic NOT being a race, but a cultural / linguistic group of any race). The Women Rage of #MeTo continues but has left the front stage as it was taking down a LOT of Democrats (gee, who is more prone to promiscuity? Conservatives or Hippies-in-suits?)
I now just “flip past” any story on Reuters or the ABC / CBS / NBC news apps once the Trump Slamming starts or as soon as it goes from facts to “interpretation”. That’s the nice thing about news on the TV via the Roku and similar streaming apps. I don’t have to listen to their spin and crap and can just scroll down to the topic that’s news (there’s usually one or two, like the volcano) and / or skip to the next story once the warm yellow starts to flow down the back of the neck…
Despite a life long habit of News Watching (started with Walter Cronkite when still in diapers) I’m tenuously close to abandoning the practice. There are online sources that are much more news and far less “Domestic Spin Cycle”. The risk, though, is too narrow a selection. Entering an echo chamber of one POV. Unfortunately for the YSM / MSM they have already painted themselves into that corner on the far left. I now start with foreign news. France24, Sky, RT, Al Jazeera. Then if there is any time left, I’ll consider sampling bits of Reuters, ABC/NBC/CBS, whatever. You just get tired of folks shouting the same shit at you that on investigation turns out to be false or so highly spun as to be crap.
So on one “call in radio” show a guy asked about the injustice done to Citizens where one “swatting” call gets your kids hauled off by Child “Protective” Services. If a Citizen gets picked up for a crime, the kids get taken. But illegal invaders who have broken our laws get special treatment now. Equal justice? Hardly.