Sunday, November 13, 2016

Cultural Critters

Created by Context,

Eleni sends this piece by Golem XIV (of $trillion-platinum-coin fame). 
Culture Matters (Hell, it forms and defines us, doesn't it?)
"But let me say this – before I am accused either of racism or a lack of humanity when it comes to refugees. Whether people like the influx of refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq or not we have a moral obligation to accept them. We cannot be party to bombing their countries into oblivion and reducing them to utter desolation, poverty and lawlessness, and then complain when people do their utmost to escape the hell we have made for them. If we wish fewer refugees perhaps we might do well to stop bombing them. I believe the politics of the next 20 years will be, already is, defined not by left and right, but by globalism versus something which values and champions the local or national culture and history of people."
Dilbert Creator, Scott Adams writes: The Cognitive Dissonance Cluster Bomb 
"This brings me to the anti-Trump protests. The protesters look as though they are protesting Trump, but they are not. They are locked in an imaginary world and battling their own hallucinations of the future."

EU leaders, who thought Hillary Clinton and the status-quowere a given, freak-out at Trump receiving Nigel Farage first (but Eurosceptic Farage joined Trump on the campaign-trail, didn't he?) 
UK, French and Hungarian foreign ministers miss the emergency meeting to demonstrate EUnity in defense against bad-manners and change.
Trump's move infuriated members of Europe's fraying core, with Carl Bildt, the former Swedish prime minister, tweeting: “If Trump wanted to look statesmanlike to Europe, receiving Farage was probably the worst thing he could [do].”
European leaders have openly criticized the incoming president. European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker last week accused Mr Trump of ignorance. “We must teach the president-elect what Europe is and how it works. I believe we’ll have two years of wasted time while Mr Trump tours a world he doesn’t know.”

President-Elect Trump sounds different from candidate Trump, more gracious. First interview transcript here, and also some excerpts:

Trump election is "Good for Syria" and clearly bad for al Nusra, as Obama coordination efforts seem to target the terrorists we spent billions of dollars arming, instead of the Assad family, who Syrians have repeatedly elected.

Eleni sends this update on the battle for Aleppo. The rebels are losing the areas they have held. They took, but have now lost, areas of West Aleppo in their counter-offensive. Syrian Arab Army and allies advance.

This update from tomorrow morning says "Insurgents admit the epic battle for Aleppos has failed"

Tom sent this morning-after reaction to Trump-as-president from the UK. You've quite possibly seen it. It went bacterial, or viral or something, like cholera, I think.
It's presented as a pre-coffee-shave-and-bowel-movement rant by Jonathan Pie. Entertaining and truthful whether you voted Green, Libertarian, Republicant or Democrank.

Changing Soiled Shorts

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