Time Aplenty For Dithering

Four years of Trump is enough, according to slightly more than half the American population. The other half are happy to disagree. Well, maybe ‘happy’ isn’t quite the right adjective.

While the world is cheering the apparent demise of Trump, or at least some of the world is, it’s easy to believe that with his passing, which will no doubt take place on January 20th with or without a shoot-out at the OK White House Corral, that all in the world will return once more to normality.

Nothing is further from the truth. Let’s not forget  that without a miracle the Senate will still be controlled by Mitch McConnell, so Biden’s chances of getting anything done are somewhat slim. Let’s also remember that Joe Biden is a lifelong senior member of the US Establishment. Given the Establishment’s commitments to the fossil fuel industry, big pharma, and most other vast corporations run by fat, overly-wealthy, CEOs  he’ll be under a lot of pressure not to rock the gravy boat.

Meanwhile, in Britain we learn today that 51% of folk have now decided the decision to leave the E.U. was wrong. They’ve only had four years to think about it, during which they managed to elect, by a massive majority, the biggest bunch of useless farts ever to grace the British parliament.

The whole Brexit business seems to be unravelling. Two of the master planners of that load of lies and corruption have finally been ushered ignominiously out of Number 10, leaving one gormless fat buffoon…

…to huff and puff like the proverbial wolf endeavoring to blow down the house of the three little piggies.  Whether he eventually succeeds will depend on how long the great British populace allow him to continue residing in Number 10.

Hopefully, it’ll not take them another four years of dithering. Given the ability of humans to dither, perhaps it will.

Dithering is an undoubted trait of the species Homo sapiens. Take the climate crisis as a clear example. In 2015 we passed the 400ppm CO2 bar set as the maximum permissible before things got too dangerous for human beings on this planet. Despite a slight, though accidental, drop in emissions due to limitations caused by the Covid-19 virus, levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have continued to rise, presently reaching 411ppm, according to the UN’s World Meteorological Organization, and reported in the Guardian this morning.

While political and economic meetings continue throughout the present pandemic, thanks to technologies like Zoom, a notable absentee from this technological convenience is the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26). Originally scheduled to be held in Glasgow UK last May, the meeting was postponed for EIGHTEEN MONTHS, until November 2021. Presumably, this will only occur given the defeat and annihilation of Covid-19, otherwise can we expect yet another postponement?

While the climate continues to warm at a rate alarming most scientists, politicians don’t seem to be particularly perturbed.  We wait to see who US President-elect Joe Biden chooses as his climate czar. Will it be the same man chosen by Obama as his climate secretary? Ernest Moniz was Obama’s choice.

Quite why Obama chose a man who insists on looking like someone just returned from 18th century Philadelphia isn’t difficult to fathom. He was, and still is, a career ‘fossil-fuel’ man. Every president has to look to the future, and keeping well in with supremos of the mighty corporates is one sure way through the revolving door.

“Yes, we can!” No, we didn’t.

Will President Biden be inviting Monitz to resume his seat in the White House office?

And who knows, in four years time another Trump may be back in the White House. It’s unlikely Donald will run again given he’ll be seventy-eight by then, though anything is possible, but he has plenty of demonic offspring lusting after the job of bringing an end to the world.

No-one’s looking that far into the future, though. Four years is time aplenty for dithering.

 

 

And On The Third Day I Rose Again!

When are we going to take this dangerous idiot seriously? Today we learn that the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, is attempting to bring in a bill invoking the 25th Amendment of the US Constitution, whereby an incumbent president can be removed from office if found to be mentally unfit.

It will be about as successful as Trump’s impeachment trial.

Firstly, it needs the Vice President to be onside, then the rest of the House Republicans, including Mitch McConnell. Anyone placing bets?

The reason Trump’s still in power is because he has ninety-odd percent of House Republicans solidly behind him. He feathers their nests with his tax breaks and other more under-the-table rewards. He maintains their ability to pluck nice little corporate hand-outs for favours rendered. Or, to be blunt, he encourages the corruption endemic in American politics.

It’s time the rest of the world began pressurizing America to get rid of him. To date Trump has used  sanctions against other nations to bring them into line. Perhaps it’s time to begin sanctions against America. If world governments cooperated by refusing to trade with the United  States as long as this monstrosity remains in power, then it might make Americans think twice about supporting him.

Would it hurt our economies? Of course it would, but it would hurt America more. America is a big, powerful, bully of a country while pressurizing another individual nation, but pitted against the whole world it rapidly shrinks, both in size and power.

With a presidential election looming in a few weeks, it’s possible America may implode into violence if Trump is voted out. It’s no longer a sure thing he will be. Dictators have a habit of swinging elections their way by fair means or, more often, foul. There’s already evidence of foul play over the postal voting taking place, and there will be more to come as November 3rd draws closer.

If Trump is returned for a second term it won’t just be disastrous for the USA. It could prove calamitous for the whole world. It will become necessary for other nations to take measures to ensure that calamity doesn’t happen.

The Passing Of ‘Twilight Annie’

There’s probably not many around today who’ll know of Twilight Annie. She was a lass from Yorkshire, England, and she married quite late in life her American husband and moved to Oklahoma in 2004. I’d arrived in the States two years before and had also married an American, so we had that in common.

Back in the early part of this century the internet was young and just coming into its own. There’s still a few of us around who think it was probably a lot better then, than it is now. It was the days of Yahoo’s ‘Find A Friend’, before you had to pay a small fortune to meet someone ‘on the ‘net’,  and every website visited wasn’t plastered with Google adverts.

It was the days of ‘Blogger’, the first real blogging platform, and where Sparrow Chat first made an appearance. Not long after Sparrow Chat came another of the long-lasting blogs, “Learning Curve on the Ecliptic.” It was the blog of Twilight Annie, or simply ‘Twilight’ as she became known. It began as an astrology blog and gained many adherents.

I can’t remember how Annie and I first met online. It must have been about 2004. At first I wasn’t too keen on her blog as I wasn’t into astrology. I’m still not, but her writing interested me and over time we began to become friends. She would always be one of the first to comment on anything I’d posted, and in return I would make, often mildly facetious, comments on her astrological murmurings. She took it all in good part, as was her nature.

Over time, Annie developed her blog. It still kept an astrological flavour, but she became more and more involved in the political aspects of life, and her commentaries on the American political system were astute, and always interesting reading. Sparrow Chat was mostly all political critique and Annie and I became, and remained, close blogging pals over the remaining years.

Those remaining years came to a close yesterday when I learned that Twilight Annie had passed away. It wasn’t a huge surprise. She’d been diagnosed with cancer some time back and the doctors weren’t able to keep it in check. It got into her bones. After that, it was just a matter of time.

We’d corresponded offline from time to time. Mostly just asking after family and a bit of the usual chitchat. She was always quick to respond. A couple of weeks ago, knowing she was to undergo further tests, and that her blog had not been updated for a while, I wrote her again. I never received a reply. I knew then it was all but over for Annie.

I’ve known a lot of people in my lifetime. I’ve had many acquaintances, but very few have become, and remained, firm friends. I lost one of them yesterday.

For me, the internet will never feel quite the same again.