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?
December 13th came and went without any special events. Another rumor dies, again.
In a Groundhog Day moment we have almost the same statement on Brexit, with more time run off the clock. New news in ():
Ms T. May presented her Brain Fart Brexit BINO plan, got roasted, and ran off to the EU to “renegotiate” rather than face an honest vote. The EU has said NO Renegotiation! – but they can ‘explain it more’… Such sweethearts… (T.May has returned with no significant changes). She tried to satisfy the folks on both sides of the Brexit Fence with an average of their positions, but splitting your crotch over a sharp fence is the worst of both worlds not the best. She needs to pick A side and support it. The Remoaners are hoping to parlay this into a Remain. The Brexiteers need to just take a crash out and be done. There’s not enough time left to do it right.
(T.May put the vote on “Her Plan” off into next year, burning more Clock Time and assuring she gets her way of “My deal or no deal”. One hopes Britain is smart enough to take the “no deal” and leave the pen. It is the EU that benefits from UK trade, about €50 Billion / year worth. Under WTO rules, the UK can still trade with the whole world and without the EU noose, while getting new Sweetheart Deals from the likes of: USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India,… Project Fear is just that. Unfounded fear. Inside 100 days we get the final answer, maybe, unless they extend the Brexit date, and abuse the too patient UK citizens.)
COP24 came and went with everyone agreeing on how to measure their emissions (of CO2, not the flatulence from their collective mouths). As the USA wasn’t volunteering for the money shakedown, everyone else was grumpy at no fat wallet to raid. Didn’t stop them from selling Guilt & Fear, even if it wasn’t being bought by the USA.
The UN General Assembly has accepted the “UN Migration Pact”. Not sure what this means as the General Assembly doesn’t really do much. With 1/2 the EU saying NO! will the EU override those Nations? The USA is “out” as well. So where are all these 3rd World poor going to overwhelm with this new mandate to move? Did Canada or Australia sign up for this “pact”? Will most of Africa be packing up to move to Brazil? Will they end up in Germany? Will it be Germanistan or Germansasha?
It continues cold and snowy around the world. Is there no way to adequately demonstrate that it is NOT warmer? (Rhetorical…)
It is Christmas next week, so Merry Christmas!
France has Macron doing a furious backpedal. Now the Police are scheduling a strike day since they’ve not been paid something like €1/4 million of overtime pay. Macron has offered a €300 “bonus” for those police called to Paris for the Yellow Vests. About €33 million so a bit over 10% of what’s already pended over the last decade. Really? NOT paying folks for time worked is OK? When they are the guys with the guns and assuring things stay peaceful? Amazing…
Trump says he wants to leave Syria as ISIS is pretty much done in. Suddenly folks are all upset about us NOT occupying some other nation. Perhaps because the whole idea was to drive a load of “Syrian Refugees” into the EU & USA? Having peace break out would be sooo horrible for that… The assertion is it would be a “win for Russia and for Assad”. Well so what? We have no reason to tell Syria how to govern itself and I don’t see where we’ve made life any better for anyone in the area. Let Russia fix the mess. It’s pretty much bombed to hell anyway. All those USA Companies hoping for $Billions of “rebuilding contracts”? Well maybe next time they want a war somewhere to raise some revenue they will have a bit of a think first…
TDS – Trump Derangement Syndrome, has reached a new high (or maybe new low…) as some depressed biologist has named an amphibian after Donald Trump. It’s a blind critter that lives underground so the tag line is “hides head in the sand”. Politicizing the naming of species. Just crazy bad TDS.