the snark factor

Operation Green Bean

So the other night we were discussing Trump’s threat that he may have “taped” his meeting with Comey. My clever husband pointed out that they were having dinner. So he dubbed the caper “Operation Green Bean”, since the “bug” may have been hidden in the vegetable portion of their repast. I about died laughing! Should be a Saturday Night Live skit……………………….

Re: Gerald Celente

At the urging of a British cousin who lives in Brittany, I listened to an interview with this guy Celente (of Trends Journal) the other day on You Tube.

A few of his observations did ring true: Re Trumps’s nepotism; our military-industrial complex and their pointless recent bombing in Syria, as well as multiple violations of international law historically; our awful unwavering support of Israel’s apartheid state.

But Celente is a hypocrite when it comes to Trump. He apparently supported Trump’s fiscal positions as “being strong for the economy, effective for building corporate profits, the markets and tax cuts” (well, that’s what’s important I guess – for the rich people Celente rails against, anyway – wait a minute, what?). Then he calls Trump an “arrogant, empty-headed, spoiled-brat, and a narcissist who shoots his big, fat mouth off and gets other people to do his dirty work”. If he believes any of the latter is true, how could he possibly ever support him? Or did he just discover these ever-obvious realities about Trump? If so, not a word coming out of his mouth can be trusted.

With regard to North Korea I agree we should have been having an open dialogue with them all along. Unfortunately what we currently face is the terrifying reality of two governments being led by immature, irrational, and insecure lunatics – so who would be having these dialogues is the crucial question!?

But I completely disagree with Clemente’s claim that we have instigated Un’s aggressive behavior by staging naval maneuvers in the area. Un’s constant militaristic posturing and build-up of  threatening weaponry is scaring the bejeezus out of Japan and other allies in the Pacific area (and now even us folks living near Seattle). What are we supposed to do pray tell? Just sit around and keep our fingers crossed that he doesn’t get pissed off because someone looks cross-eyed at him, or cooks him a bad meal? This guy murders anyone he wants, including his family, with complete impunity – are we really supposed to assume he’s someone who will behave rationally? And he is certainly not saying “please stop doing that” in response to our naval presence in the area, as Clement claims!

I heard a lot of mixed messages in his diatribe, and frankly he sounds as much of a racist, misogynistic, loud-mouthed, conspiracy-theory-addled blowhard as Trump. (He reminds me of another blowhard we can’t seem to get rid of: Rush Limbaugh.) It’s truly troubling that this kind of garbage is reaching as far as a little town in Brittany. And if he truly believes the US govt is such a flagrantly evil empire, what’s he still doing here?
Just shut up already!

Climate Change & Evolution

(Winter 2015)

Climate change is obviously producing very negative effects in many areas of the world. Many parts of the US too, but fortunately not where we live in the Northwest – yet. Last night, I think it was, on the news they showed a weather map of the US – our tiny area on the map was very strangely the same color green as Florida and vicinity! The rest of the country was blanketed in white and other colors which indicated very bad weather.

I’ve decided to stop using the term “global warming” because right-wing crazies point to all the cold and snowy weather as “proof” that such a thing doesn’t exist. They are certifiable and don’t have a shred of sophisticated understanding of anything (though in their stoney little hearts they probably do realize their days are numbered, so they’re digging in their heels and throwing fits about anything that bodes of even a tiny bit of progress, change, or inclusion of anyone they deem “unworthy” (ie: poor folk, certain immigrants, people who don’t marry the right people, those who have the “wrong” religion or skin color.)

Sometimes I wonder if the human race will ever evolve to the point where we actually qualify to be called “civilized”? We’ve been around more than 100,000 years, but I’m called impatient by folks who believe we have made “a lot of progress” since the days of marauding conquerors and “barbarians”. They think we are evolving and excuse our barbarity because we’ve only been here a short time in the great span of things.

Um, really? We are still at war most of the time, or threatening to be; we still have many more nuclear weapons than anyone rationally can justify as deterrents; we still suffer thru the devastation that greedy corporations create at will; we obviously think nothing of wrecking our environment and exterminating other species, and even our own species. These are just a few of many examples of how primitive we still are, but those defenders of us humans stubbornly tout us as the vastly superior species. Yeah, whatever……………

WOW

Walls, Wars, and Old White Men

It seems to me that most of the world’s problems are created by old men – old fart politicos who are frequently, though not always, of the white persuasion. I know this isn’t remotely “pc”: but when we lose one of these guys to the annals of time and history, there’s a part of me that celebrates – a little fillip of hope dances in my heart. The dance, unfortunately becomes a little less enthusiastic the next time I watch the news, and slows more with each subsequent viewing. But a tiny shiver of hope always remains, waiting to be revived, sustained by the knowledge these guys can’t live forever……(except for Dick Cheney.)

Not to make excuses for my terrible attitude, but these are the guys who keep using the same old beat-up ideas to beat up on others – seems like they wouldn’t recognize an original thought if it whacked them hard on the back of the head! (And speaking of bats, maybe we should start a “trade in your guns for bats” campaign; it’s a little more intimidating to contemplate exchanging close-up bone-crushing blows rather than firing off those tiny, impersonal bullets from a distance.) Furthermore, I think we need a constitutional amendment that states: “Anyone prepared to declare war must also be prepared to personally conduct that war on the front lines, on the ground.” That might nip some of this gratuitous war-mongering right in the bud. (Oh, PS: if you can’t go, your kid or any other able-bodied relation goes.)

And another thing: the UN – don’t get me started……oh well, too late…..this venerable institution which began with such huge promise for the entire world has become a paralyzed, toothless old fossil with nonads in place of gonads. It needs a big kick-in-the-ass and definitely a damn sight more women occupying those chairs with their different kind of gonads representing. If I were one of these women some of the first things I’d propose are:

– IF a country or countries cannot, within a specified period (say six to nine months max) resolve internal and external conflicts, and major social issues such as the abuse and exploitation of children or women, they will lose their right to sovereignity and the UN will step in until the problem is solved. If they don’t comply, they are booted out of the UN, NATO, EU, WTO etc. All aid and other emergency support would then go directly to the people, and this would be supervised by an adequate contingent of UN reps and troops. All trade and any other international financial dealings or incentives would stop. No ifs, No ands, No buts. If compliance is then exhibited for a number of years (TBD) they may get to rejoin all clubs on a probationary basis.

– NO country gets to build a border wall instead of solving the real problems which have created the perceived “need” for a wall. (What a cheesy bs way of dealing with things!)
– NO country gets to refuse to participate in the International Criminal Court, any environmental summit, UN, or World Trade meetings.
– NO country gets to unilaterally block UN mandates or decisions, rather a majority vote of all member countries is required. The “security council” will be eliminated.
– NO country gets to keep its nukes, especially while telling everyone else they can’t have them. (This one particularly irks me – reminding me of parents who tell their kids they can’t smoke while they stand there puffing away.)

Well, that’s it for now, my bile level has reached its daily quota and then some. – buon carnage!