International

  • Correctness? Try Politeness September 15, 2017 Has “political correctness” run wild, threatening to destroy our language and culture? Certainly, it’s a pain to have to learn new terms all the time. And no one likes to be scolded for using the wrong ones. But is this all just a way of repressing free speech and making people more pliant and reducing the culture to nothing? No. We are in the middle of a process of determining just what “polite” is. That’s not to say it’s every gonna be easy. There is no “process” and no one gets to vote. It’s necessarily messy to clean up the language and make sure it works for everyone. We all have to agree at some point. And in the meantime, the one ... Read More
  • Democrats…Fight Back, except you Hillary  September 15, 2017   The thing that makes me a liberal Democrat, not a progressive, an Independent, an anarchist or a Blue Dog, is a simple credo; The prerequisite willingness to accept change, coupled with the skills to implement it. Part of that change and implementation is recalculating and accepting the loss, and Hillary knows both well.  From her days as a Goldwater girl to HillaryCare and losses to Obama and Trump she has had a quiet metamorphosis, most are loathed to ever credit her for.  She admitted the pain and “hurt” by having millions of people dislike Hillary for being Hillary in her newly released book but in that process, she overlooks the people who like Hillary for being Hillary. If she acknowledged that as ... Read More
  • Another liberal MP sucked in by the nuclear lobby September 14, 2017 Liberal MP stands by nuclear energy option http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/liberal-mp-stands-by-nuclear-energy-option/news-story/d46a5e637cbf097b67d1b1d5e1094465 As the federal government considers a clean energy target, one of its MPs is looking to nuclear power as a long-term solution. Nuclear technology sits hand in hand with concerns about North Korea but one federal MP believes there’s also room for it in the energy debate. Assistant minister Jane Prentice on Thursday again flagged support for nuclear power as a long-term solution. “It is clean and I think there are opportunities,” she told reporters in Canberra. “I think the new nuclear technology is much safer than the old one and I think it should be on the discussion paper if we’re serious about long-term clean energy.” The government is weighing up a clean energy target, the only recommendation ... Read More
  • Buttoned up the back….. September 14, 2017 Does the PM think Scots are buttoned up the back? She has just lied to Parliament suggesting Scottish figures are worse than the rest of the UK…..they are not. It seems we have the Gospel according to Theresa these days and the media don’t challenge her. Journalism used to be an honourable profession, they used to inform us and challenge the establishment…… no more. They are bought and sold by their masters who pay them to tell us what to think and do. Theresa May have a grin on her chops today but the storm clouds are gathering from every direction bringing about the Perfect storm. Problem is we will all be caught along with her. Meanwhile in La La Land… Perhaps the question we ... Read More
  • The Storms Behind, The Storms Ahead September 13, 2017 How many disasters can we take at once? The short answer is that while the US is continuing to rebound nicely as the economy restructures, it’s still a very delicate process. Unemployment is low in much of the nation, or at least a lot lower than we have seen for a long time. But the process is uneven, bypassing rural areas and older workers unable or unwilling to essentially start over with entirely new careers. Upsets like major storms are enough to put the whole process in jeopardy, especially when there are two right in a row. This should be the year when everything changes, but it hasn’t been working very well. A lack of leadership and a general sense of ... Read More
  • 1 Million People Attend a Pro-Independence Rally in Barcelona September 13, 2017 On Monday, one million pro-independence supporters gathered in Barcelona for the National Day of Catalonia, three weeks before the key independence referendum on October 1st. The city’s streets were flooded with hundreds of thousands of people several hours before the rally organized by the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) and Òmnium Cultural was set to begin. According to the organizers, up to 2000 buses from cities all over Catalonia made the journey to the capital. The rally began at 5.14 PM with one minute’s silence held in remembrance of the victims of the Barcelona and Cambrils terror attacks. Spirits were high as the atmosphere changed from one of anticipation to eager excitement and optimism with hopes for a positive result in the coming ... Read More
  • Good People Doing Good Things – Olajumoke Olufunmilola Adenowo September 13, 2017 Can’t pronounce it?  Neither can I, but that doesn’t stop me from shining a light on this good lady.  I was thinking  last night, when I was searching for a subject for today’s good people post, that nearly all the good people I have highlighted thus far have been in the U.S., though in some cases, most notably Bill and Melinda Gates, their philanthropy extends well beyond U.S. borders.  But I was thinking, and I knew there had to be a lot of good people doing good things for humanity in other countries, nations far more in need of good deeds, and I wanted to break out of my mold a bit.  Well, of course I was right … we ... Read More
  • Australia Nominates for Election to the UN Human Rights Council September 10, 2017 On 28 October 2016 the General Assembly of the United Nations elected 14 members to the Human Rights Council of the UN. They included countries as diverse as Brazil, Croatia, Iraq, Japan, Saudi Arabia and the United States. Membership of the Council is allocated according to geographical distribution, with members serving three years and no right to re-election after two consecutive terms. Australia belongs to the “West European and Other States” category. There are presently two vacancies in that group, to be filled in the (northern) autumn session of the UN General Assembly. Although there are 40 States in the group to which Australia belongs, there are currently only two nominees for the available two spots, Australia and Spain. Unless there is ... Read More
  • On Rats Deserting Da Trumptanic September 10, 2017 Those of us who lean toward the left and a more liberal ideology than that of the GOP have hoped for more than seven months now that the republicans in Congress would get fed up with Donald Trump and start standing up to him, standing for policies that benefit their constituents rather than Trump and his wealthy cronies.  Well, apparently the more moderate among them are getting fed up, but instead of standing up to him, challenging him and refusing to do his bidding, they are jumping ship. Charlie Dent The latest in the exodus to escape the toxic environment is Charlie Dent, a republican representative from Pennsylvania.  Dent is moderate republican who has publicly expressed concerns about Trump in the past. ... Read More
  • Scottish people deserve the data they need to decide, whatever their political persuasion September 8, 2017 Sometimes I get the impression that there is the odd person out there in the wider world who does not agree with every word I write here. Sometimes the message is subtle. Other times it’s blatant. Kevin Hague’s comments, published in bith the Scottish Daily Record and the Spectator yesterday were very definitely in the second category. As he put it: The SNP once proudly proclaimed that they had Nobel laureates championing their cause. Now they’re reduced to relying on the increasingly embarrassing contributions of accountant and tax specialist Professor Richard Murphy, the man who suggested that John McDonnell was ‘all too willing to accept conventional neoliberal thinking’. I feel sorry for Kevin, and I have never even met him. In March ... Read More