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:
I’m deprecating the use of “tips” pages. As the open discussion pages caught on, tips dropped off. For a month or two now I’ve not had a “tips” page put up, and nobody seems to have noticed. All the old ones remain for historical reference:
What’s Going On?
Dorian is a Cat 4 last I looked. Trump is staying home and skipping his Poland trip. Guess that is a “stick in the eye” of the Democrat’s plans to call him heartless for abandoning the country during the ‘Shock and HORRORS!!! GLOBAL WARMING DISASTER!!!” of an absolutely typical hurricane. It skipped Puerto Rico so they were denied that “regurgitation’ opportunity. Now Trump is going to be here and they can’t denigrate him for running off. Wonder what Plan C Bleating will be?
Out near the Bahamas at the moment, the NOAA graph says arrival in Florida about Sunday, but… Seems to have a wide range of times over the last few days and the place is a bit up for grabs too. One graph shows a Monday arrival and another has it north of the Bahamas (all on the same weather station -Weather4us / Roku – and NOAA sourced graphs), but “earliest arrival” vs “present wind field” vs “wind speed probabilities” vs an un-named “swath of winds” graph.
My guess is that they are guessing…
Italy Gets A Government – AGAIN
From a “Far Right” coalition to a “Far Left” coalition, Salvini rides again. Still more or less on the “one a year” plan for governments… /sarc; (sort of…)
So no election right now, and the Southern Flank of the EU continues to be a PITA for the German / French core of control
What will come of it? Who knows. What’s in the news so far is that Italy wants to do yet more deficit spending get their economy going and the EU is still saying “No!”. With The Left on board, my guess is that Italy will do it anyway, and get spanked by the EU, and that’s going to accelerate the implosion of the EU. If they DON’T spank Italy, then Greece will be screaming about differential treatment and Spain will immediately follow suit. If they DO spank Itlay. then the risk of Italy following Britain out of the EU grows by a big jump.
Is more deficit spending really the solution? Probably not. Reduce regulatory burden, cut tax take, shrink government in general. Shown to work again and again and again. Lot of “regulation”, high taxes, big government: shown to result in economic stagnation, massive debt, and eventual economic and political collapse. Again and again and again…
It is a very bad parasite that kills the host, but Socialism isn’t a very good parasite, nor are Big Government Rent Seekers.
But for a while at least, Italy will be a fun show.. Chickens, roosts, and all that.
Deep State Skate
Comey gets a pass. “I’m shocked, shocked I say to find gambling is going on…” – Here’s your winnings…
Deep State still batting 100% on Top Cover.
USA Space Force
The USA now has a Space Force Command. Order signed. We’ve now got land, sea, Marines, cyber, air and now Space commands. (Oh, and centcom to try to coordinate them).
So gee, we have a Military Space Force, but are still hitching rides to space from the Russians… Yes, those “horrible” Russians are our ride to space, and work well with our guys. Somehow I don’t see Russia as being all that horrible to us…
Yes, Real Soon Now we’ll have our own way to get to space. Both SpaceX and Boeing are working on it. Any month now we will be able to field the capability we had in the 1970s…
Still waiting for that Single Stage To Orbit space plane we could have made in the ’60s if we’d wanted to. The X-15 went to space. A bit bigger and more fuel it could be turned into a “Space Plane”. But we didn’t. Oh Well.
It’s not about technology, it is about a decision to do it. We’ve regularly scrubbed programs right when they were ready to take that step. From the aerospike engine to over-sizing the shuttle so it needed SRBs to get off the ground. Not sure why…
Maybe with this move the Space Command will want a taxi to get guys on orbit. Or maybe they will just manage satellites and some anti-sat launchers on the ground. My guess is that it’s a Space Command that will not put anyone in space for at least several decades.
There’s been a new case in Uganda:
JUNE 27, 2019
Ebola in Uganda, and the dynamics of a new and different outbreak
by Steven Hatch, The Conversation
By Rick Gladstone
June 13, 2019
Uganda’s exposure to Ebola infection from the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo appeared to have increased on Thursday, as the death toll rose to two and three suspected cases were reported in a Ugandan border hospital.
The number of people in Uganda who may have been exposed to carriers of the Ebola virus expanded significantly, from eight to at least 27.
So have they got it under control in Uganda since June 13?
Uganda has confirmed a new case of Ebola in the country’s Kasese district. According to the Ministry of Health, the case is of a nine-year-old girl of Congolese origin.
A statement signed by Minister of State Joyce Moriku Kaducu said: the patient traveled with her mother from the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, and entered Ugandan territory on August 28, 2019.
So that would be a “no” as folks with Ebola continue to move around the continent…
Socialist Policies On Parade
Venezuela has a nice news story about folks in the country with THE most oil resources on the planet cutting down their forests to cook dinner. Welcome to the world of the future (and the past) where women walk miles every day with bundles of sticks so they can cook dinner and men chop down the forests and kill anything that moves for food.
Venezuela’s trees suffer as firewood replaces scarce cooking gas
Posted on August 29, 2019 by EnviroLink Editor
MARACAY, Venezuela (Reuters) – Endy Perez for years started her day by turning on the stove of her small house in the Venezuelan city of Maracay. These days, her breakfast routine begins with a search for firewood in a national park just behind her home.
Chronic shortages of natural gas in the country with the world’s largest oil reserves now mean that cooking fuel is increasingly coming from trees.
“I have no other option, I have two children … I have to cook,” said Perez, 39, a homemaker, standing next to an improvised wood stove on her porch at the edge of the 108,000 hectare (267,000 acre) Henri Pittier National Park.
The growing use of firewood has triggered alarm among activists who say discussions of environmental problems are often eclipsed by diatribes about runaway inflation, economic collapse and a protracted political stalemate.
Fires and home construction in the last 40 years have deforested about 10% of Henri Pittier Park, said Enrique Garcia, director of the ecological group Let’s Plant.
In addition, he said, the collection of firewood in urban areas can cause respiratory problems from smoke, rising temperatures in cities and increased risk of landslides in poor communities where houses are often built on unsteady terrain.
Wood stoves are now a common sight across Venezuela because of the shortage of gas. Tanks used to store and transport propane are in disrepair for lack of maintenance.
In some cases, people burn trash next to a tree to dry it out so the tree can be cut down and used for cooking fuel. Authorities are broadly ignoring legislation that prohibits cutting down trees without permits.
Welcome to the Socialist Future! Gather your “Sustainable Wood” for cooking before it gets shipped to Britain to make electricity… Forests? Who needs forests… /sarc;
Best practice those Rocket Stove Skills now…
In Argentina, they are “rescheduling” their debt. In other words, “Sure I said I’d pay you today, how about next year instead?”. Argentina is having a bit of an oscillator between Socialist and “right wing” governments. In some ways this can be worse as there is a constant whipsaw between directions. Even after pitching out the Socialists, the “Right Wing” have to deal with the debt problems and doing so can cause all sorts of follow-on problems, that then become justification for a return to Socialism that then… What is needed is an attention span of at least a decade as debt has decadal periods. Good luck with that in an era when folks don’t remember yesterdays news…
Argentina: markets still worried after demand for rescheduling
8/29/2019, 4:26:04 PM
Buenos Aires (AFP)
The markets reacted negatively Thursday in Argentina after the request of the government of a rescheduling of the debt at the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Investors, who had already shown signs of nervousness in recent days face the specter of default, seemed worried despite the announcement of the Minister of Finance, Hernan Lacunza.
At the close of the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange, the Merval index lost 5.79% to 23,984.23 points. Argentine shares listed in New York and Europe also fell, according to several specialized sites.
The intervention of the Central Bank, which injected $ 200 million into the foreign exchange market, however, helped to contain the decline in the Argentine currency.
After depreciating 3.5% at the opening, the peso finally moderated its losses. At the end of the session, he lost 0.61%, trading at 60.54 pesos for one dollar.
In the morning, center-right president Mauricio Macri called for calm investors. “It is up to us to contribute to peace without causing fear or confusion”, had urged the Head of State
On Wednesday, Argentina asked the IMF to reschedule its $ 57 billion debt contracted in exchange for fiscal austerity. According to the agreement signed in 2018, the first repayments must occur in 2021.
What is in our future in the USA as both the Republicans and the Democrats are unwilling to shrink government or government spending. Adding debt at the rate of a $Trillion / year is not “sustainable” (nor is burning our forests…)
But those who gain from putting the people of the world in chains of debt love to profit by it…
“Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt”.
Great Barrier Reef: In the news (again and again and again…) we have an Authority claimed the Reef is DOOMED! due to climate change, yet again. The present claim includes saying the World Heritage Site folks may derank it (clearly the UN is on board with the Fud Factor Game).
Greenland: Another talking head saying it is Melting!!!, but an added claim that Camp Century is going to melt out any day now releasing tons of poo and maybe even radioactive crap. Um, not really. It’s still well under ice.
Brazil Burning: Record ever? Um, no. More or less the usual. You don’t think this might all just be a Hit Piece on a conservative (called “Right Wing”) candidate who is a Brazilian Nationalist do you? (Is there any way it could NOT be? – “Conservative Man Bad”…
Then we had The Greta arrive in NYC to not much fanfare. Seems our media isn’t interested in anything but “Orange Man Bad”. Sorry Greta. Besides, your white. Wrong race for a poster child story here… Nice Antifa shirt though:
Mainland continues to boil the frog. Hong Kongers continue to swim around in the streets. Slowly it warms…
Boris and Her Majesty have proroged parliament. Given all the traditional and already scheduled days not in session, this adds all of about 3 or 4 days of “out of session”. Of course, the Remainers are filing court actions and conducting Street Theatre claiming this is the End Of Democracy! A COUP! And more. Not like ignoring the vote of the people for 3 years is a stick in the eye of “Democracy”…
IF Boris has Her Majesty on side, I think he’s in the stronger seat.
Hopefully the EU Masters Of The Universe are busy crapping their pants about now…
Speaking Of The Democrat Primary Race
They continue their Central Authority manipulation of who gets a voice, sidelining Tulsi Gabbard from the debates.
By Monica Showalter
Iconoclastic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard did the unforgiveable in the eyes of the hidebound Democratic Party establishment: She knocked down one their favorites, Kamala Harris.
Because right after this incident from the last debate:
Now, through the miracle of rule-rigging, the Democratic establishment has maneuvered to exact a price from her: No appearance at the next Democratic debate. No more taking down the next favorite.
You Go Dems! Keep on building trust with the American People by publicly manipulating systems, shooting down the candidates that have the most appeal to We The People, and promoting your internally selected Best Suck Up Loyalists. After all, you are the George Soros Bought And Paid For Shills… (by your actions it looks that way to me).