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 had been 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. Then this last month folks started using the last TIPS page again. So do I need to bring them back? All the old ones remain for historical reference:
What’s Going On?
We Need A Calendar
So right now, in theory, we’re to find out if A Deal has been made on Brexit as the EU is deciding things. Then, on Friday the USA A.G. is supposedly releasing his report (reported to be the size of a phone book…) of who did what Bad Thing when.
Then, in just about 2 weeks, the UK is supposed to be a Free Nation again. Maybe.
So I’m thinking maybe we need to actually lay out just what date what thing blows up ;-)
In any case, the next couple of weeks are going to be a Big Deal one way or another for all of the EU, UK, and USA.
Turkey, Syria, Russia, Kurds, etc. etc.
The USA has decided to see if folks in the region can Play Nice without us getting shot at. I think everyone is in agreement that the answer is “No!”. The Donald, not being dumb (you don’t get into Wharton from Queens without some serious skills) I’m pretty sure he knows this. The big question is just what is his indirect goal?
My best guess is that he wanted to let Turkey run a ways, so he can pull hard on the leash to show who’s the Alpha in this relationship. It also ought to motivate the Europeans to take their place as local punching bag and let our guys have a rest. The Donald is trying to get NATO members to pony up their share of the costs; how better to do that then let them have the Turkey / Syria / Kurds / Russia mess to deal with as it is right next door?
I’m also pretty sure that POTUS has noticed we, the USA, were being used as an instrument for Color Revolutions and wants us out of that game. Look at Ukraine. Just after the “Color Revolution” a flock of Democrats swooped in (along with Soros) to pick up $Billions. Not an accident. Russia saw what was going on and grabbed the part with a mostly Russian population to take them out of the theft area. Now there’s a new guy in office in Ukraine, so we’ll see how much of the corruption gets removed and how the Russia relationship works out.
Just as a reminder: Crimea was “given” to Ukraine by Khrushchev in what is arguably an illegal way. It was never ratified. From their POV it would be like Clinton or Obama giving California to Mexico without any vote by the people or congress. Then Trump taking it back.
So last I looked, Turkey was rushing in to a 20 to 30 km buffer zone, the USA was applying sanctions Real Soon Now, the PKK invited Assad / Syria back in, and Russia is showing up with party favors. So Real Soon Now we’ll have a NATO member (other than the USA) nose to nose and belly to belly with Russia in an arguably hot war where the NATO member did the invading.
It will be an interesting test of NATO, and will show the true intentions of Turkey.
Per the “Horrors!!! Russia!!!” of having them “gain influence” in the region: Well, fine with me. Let them deal with the Sunni / Shia perpetual war and the tribal ethnic fighting and the “Pal today blow you up tomorrow” for a while. I’d rather we simply stopped pissing in Russian Borscht and said “Your neighbors, your problem” for a while. IMHO, Russia isn’t a threat to the USA. (While our “trade partner” China clearly is…)
Since it isn’t possible to force peace on the region, let someone else stand in the middle of the circular firing squad.
Hyperventilating Impeachment Follies Continue
The hyperventilating and emotionally unstable Dimocrats have decided to impeach POTUS Trump for doing his job.
Guliani has said, politely, ~’Take your kangaroo court and stuff it’. Nice.
Truly amazing is how the pwned media like CNN / MSNBC can say with a straight face that Biden did NOT blackmail Ukraine to stop investigating his graft-by-kid-proxy when he’s on video tape bragging he did so.
A few Republicans are starting to realize Trump is their POTUS too. With luck, they will realize just how corrupt the Democrat Party has become. Unfortunately, many in the Republican Party were on the same gravy train, so it may take some primaries to clean that out (Romney…)
Supposedly tomorrow, Friday, the AG Report comes out and the cast of corrupt characters starts becoming public. We’ll see. It IS a Friday Dump, so maybe not as much as expected and being released for minimal news coverage.
Pelosi will NOT have a House Vote, so at best she can get this Faux Impeachment tossed to the Supreme Court to decide if the Speaker and a few Party Hacks can, in fact, impeach, or does it take the full House Of RepresentativeS as it says in the Constitution.
This is all right out of the Color Revolution Play Book. Attempt to paint the National Leader as illegitimate, then remove by legal process or by force. Do not expect that when the legal process is over, it’s over. Soros is funding this and he owns the Dims. He will play the book out to the end. (Vis Antifa as Street Theater Protests with violence).
BREXIT – Or Ought I Say Surrender Bill?
So this week the Deal is supposedly in the Tunnel where nobody can see the sausage being made. Boris must return a “Deal” to Parliament for a vote. Or, if no Deal, send a letter to the EU asking to stay in shackles a bit longer shipping £Billions for just a few more months, please….
Boris is saying “Out October 31”.
So the next 2 weeks will be full of fireworks and God Only Knows what.
FUD Watch – Fear, Uncertainty, & Doubt
Gargoyle Gretta was denied the Nobel Peace Prize! Oh, the horrors! AND after she was so good at berating everyone for making her feel bad and screwed up her face into the most angrified child possible! “How could they!”
Saudi War Escalates?
The USA has sent a couple of Thousand troops and some more missile defense systems to Saudi Arabia. Iran is really really pissed and starting to thrash about.
Is it hypocrisy to let the PKK deal with the Turks by pulling out 50 to 100 special forces while shipping thousands to Saudi? Nope. We’re busy twisting the Iranian Tiger Tail and it’s thus our responsibility to mitigate their damage while they thrash around. They’ve decided to whack on Saudi and Oil so that’s where we keep the containment going.
Check out Iceagenow.info:
It’s not ‘change. It’s drop!
October 15, 2019 by Robert
This is in reference to the article ‘Denver- 2nd largest temperature change on record!‘.
It. Does. Not. Quit.
October 15, 2019 by Robert
“A storm of this severity and duration is rare in the middle of winter, maybe unprecedented in early October.”
‘No lights, no heat. Nothing. Period’
October 15, 2019 by Robert
An “unprecedented” snowstorm hammered Manitoba over the weekend, forcing states of emergency in both the city of Winnipeg and the province.
Record cold in Transbaikal Territory
October 14, 2019 by Robert
Several settlements report record cold.
More than a foot of snow for parts of Alaska
October 14, 2019 by Robert
About 16 inches of snow blanketed the Susitna Valley, according to the National Weather Service.
Vancouver – Coldest Oct 10 in 123 years – 2nd cold record in two days
October 13, 2019 by Robert
Temperatures tumble across B.C. At least 41 records broken across province in 2 days.
Record snowfall in North Dakota – Three times previous record
October 13, 2019 by Robert
Beats previous record “by a long shot,” says meteorologist. “It’s historical, really.”
We’ve got massive snow dumps going on. A big dump hitting the center of the USA. This Matters. Especially given that China is having crop failures (so much so they were willing to sign up for a $50 Billion food buy despite being squeezed by Trump – very non-Chinese way to be, to ‘capitulate’ like that)
This is going to get worse before it gets better. What I said last time still holds. But, about Nov. 1 we ought to know how bad it finally was on crop loss.
LOTS of midwest crops were planted late, and many don’t fully ripen until the end of October. This early start to snow means some of those will be lost, many will be frosted early or harvested runted. There will also be a lot of fall / winter crops and planting that won’t happen as there isn’t time between the end of harvest and the start of snow.
I don’t expect a food panic yet, but we will likely see the start of the change to shorter seasons and larger “one crop a year” areas.
Deep State Skate
Rumor (on the news) is that AG report ( or was it IG?) comes out tomorrow. So this section is a place holder until that hits…
Yeah, it is still “a thing” even if not top of the non-news MSM.
Latest numbers as of 28 September 2019
3188 Total cases
2129 Total deaths
Latest numbers as of 16 October 2019
3224 Total cases
2152 Total deaths
It isn’t over, but does seem to be slowing. An increase of only 36 cases. Just one or two a day. That’s manageable.
The worrisome bit?
On 10 September 2019, through its regular event-based surveillance process, WHO was made aware of unofficial reports regarding the death of a person with suspected Ebola Virus disease (EVD) case in Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania. The identified contacts of the deceased were unofficially reported to be quarantined in various sites in the country. Under the IHR Articles 9 and 10, WHO immediately sent a verification request to the National IHR Focal Point (NFP) of the country.
On 11 September, through its regular event-based surveillance process, WHO was made aware of unofficial reports that a RT-PCR test performed at the Tanzanian National Health Laboratory was positive for EVD for this patient. On the same day, WHO received unofficial reports regarding another suspected EVD case in Mwanza, located in the northern region of the United Republic of Tanzania, who later tested negative for EVD. WHO continued to reach out under the IHR to the health authorities of the United Republic of Tanzania to verify these signals.
On 12 September 2019, WHO was informed by unofficial sources of a 27-year-old patient suspected of EVD admitted in a hospital of Dar es Salaam without further information regarding laboratory tests and results
So there’s some sporadic “hopping” to other countries going on. One can only hope that it doesn’t hop a flight to Europe or Asia.
“But hope is not a strategy. -E.M.Smith”…
Socialist Policies On Parade
Anyone remember Venezuela? Argentina?
I thought not…
Or, now, Hong Kong. Where it is going to get you fired if you criticize China here in the USA? The Spineless NBA has shown that they are willing to sacrifice rights and principle for money.
IMHO, what they OUGHT to have done, is simply say “Here, in the USA, persons have free speech. That was his right. We do not own his time during off work hours.” Instead, they have now proven to China that Blackmail Via Employment is a fruitful and viable strategy.
NBA, you are dead to me. Enjoy your relocation to China.
It’s very simple: ANY Company that sacrifices MY rights for money, does not get my money. Not Dick’s. Not Walmart. Not the NBA. None. Either you take a principled stand for American Freedoms and Rights, or you can move to China. Do not expect to import Chinese Rules to here without grief.