Saturday 19th of October 2019

when the world is run by game show hosts with popular cartoons and satire in the margins....

game shows

Congratulation Tom and congratulation Donald for winning something. Both used to be "Game Show Hosts". One was on business (The Apprentice) and the other was about general useless knowledge (something "Hard"... Ah it was "Hard Squeeze", no? Hard Quiz?).

 

We love the Logies (or the poor equalitarian person's Oscars) where acting is praised. Same with Trump, despite a serious acting handshake on the wrong side of the fence, the sanctions are still on. I believe that Tom will go back to hosting another season of gane shows while Donald will carry on doing his own show on the world stage. It's called "Everyone Kiss My Butt to Make America Great Again" (which is "I will Squeeze your nuts Hard" till you cry).

a little way into the north...

Donald Trump has become the first sitting US president to step into North Korea as he met the north's leader, Kim Jong-un, in the Korean demilitarised zone (DMZ).

Key points: 
  • Donald Trump has become the first sitting US President to enter North Korea 
  • South Korean leader Moon Jae-in has described the President's decision to meet Kim Jong-un as "brave"
  • Mr Trump became the first sitting US president to meet with the leader of North Korea last year


The meeting marked the first time the leaders of the US and North Korea have met on the front line of the Korean peninsula conflict.

They shook hands over the border before Mr Kim invited Mr Trump to step across, echoing his invitation to South Korea's President Moon Jae-in during their historic meeting in April, 2018.

The two leaders walked a little way into the North, shook hands again in front of North Korean press, and walked back into the South for their sit-down discussion.

 

Read more:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-30/donald-trump-kim-jong-un-meet-kor...

 

The US sanctions are still on...

 

the liberal idea has become obsolete...

“The liberal idea has become obsolete. … (Liberals) cannot simply dictate anything to anyone as they have been attempting to do over the recent decades.”

Such was the confident claim of Vladimir Putin to the Financial Times on the eve of a G-20 gathering that appeared to validate his thesis.

Consider who commanded all the attention at the Osaka summit.

The main event was Trump’s meeting with China’s Xi Jinping and their agreement to renew trade talks. Xi runs an archipelago of detention camps where China’s Uighur Muslims and its Kazakh minority have their minds coercively “corrected.”

A major media focus at the summit was Trump’s meeting with Putin where he playfully admonished the Russian president not to meddle again in our 2020 election. The two joked about how both are afflicted with a media that generates constant fake news.

At the G-20 class picture, Trump was seen smiling and shaking hands with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whom U.S. intelligence says ordered the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Trump called the prince “a friend” who has done a “spectacular job.”

Trump then left for Seoul, traveled to the DMZ, and crossed into North Korea to shake hands with Kim Jong Un, who runs a police state unrivaled for its repression.

Negotiations on Kim’s nuclear weapons may be back on track.

Among other G-20 leaders present were Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi of India and President Recep Erdogan of Turkey, who has imprisoned tens of thousands following a coup attempt in July 2016.

In his interview with the FT’s Lionel Barber, Putin appeared as much an analyst of, as an advocate for, the nationalism and populism that seems to be succeeding the 20th-century liberalism of the West.

Why is liberalism failing? Several causes, said Putin. Among them, its failure to deal with the crisis of the age: mass and unchecked illegal migration. Putin praised Trump’s efforts to secure the U.S. border:

“This liberal idea has become obsolete. It has come into conflict with the interests of the overwhelming majority of the population. … This liberal idea presupposes that … migrants can kill, plunder and rape with impunity because their rights as migrants have to be protected.”

Putin deplored Chancellor Angela Merkel’s 2015 decision to bring into Germany a million refugees from Syria’s civil war.

His comments came as 10 Democratic candidates in the second presidential primary debate were raising their hands in support of the proposition that breaking into the USA should cease to be a crime and those who succeed in breaking in should be given free health care.

Putin also sees the social excesses of multiculturalism and secularism in the West as representing a failure of liberalism.

In a week where huge crowds celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall “uprising” in Greenwich Village, as it is now called, with parties and parades, Putin declared:

“Have we forgotten that all of us live in a world based on biblical values? … I am not trying to insult anyone because we have been condemned for our alleged homophobia. But we have no problem with LGBT persons. God forbid, let them live as they wish.”

He added, “But some things do appear excessive to us. They claim now that children can play five or six gender roles.”

Elton John pronounced himself “deeply upset.”

Putin did not back off: “Let everyone be happy … But this must not be allowed to overshadow the culture, traditions and traditional family values of millions of people making up the core population.”

Putin took power, two decades ago, as this 21st century began. In recent years, he has advanced himself not only as a foe of liberalism but a champion of populism, traditionalism and nationalism.

Nor is he hesitant to declare his views regarding U.S. politics.

Of Trump, Putin says, “He is a talented person (who) knows very well what his voters expect of him. … Trump looked into his opponent’s attitude toward him and saw changes in American society.”

Recalling his own controversial comment that the collapse of the Soviet Union was the greatest tragedy of the 20th century, Putin said the tragedy was not the death of Communism but the shattering of the Russian Federation into 15 separate nations.

The tragedy was the “dispersal of ethnic Russians” across the newly independent successor states of the Soviet Union: “25 million ethnic Russians found themselves living outside the Russian Federation. … Is this not a tragedy? A huge one! And family relations? Jobs? Travel? It was nothing but a disaster.”

What may be said of Putin?

He is no Stalin, no Communist ideologue, but rather a Russian nationalist who seeks the return of her lost peoples to the Motherland, and, seeing his country as a great power, wants NATO out of his front yard.

While we have issues with him on arms control, Iran and Venezuela, we have a common interest in avoiding a war with this nuclear-armed nation as we did with the far more menacing Soviet Empire of the Cold War.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever. 

 

Read more:

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/buchanan/putin-speaks-liberalism...

 

The liberal idea has unfortunately been run by gangsters distilling fake booze... The ideal is reasonable but fails to account for the health of the planet. Thus Putin is correct. The planet conditions are changing fast, mostly due to our carelessness under whatever regime we care to call, but "liberalism" has a fair chunk of responsibility in this damage.

 

bozo-of-the-shit-pumps takes over...

If a developing country had just changed its entire government without an election, we’d be calling it a coup. And if that coup had been led by a man clearly unfit for office, whom even his own family can’t trust to tell the truth, we’d be calling that country a failed state. But as this is the UK and the leader in question is Boris Johnson, we plead the exceptionalism of a first-world democracy. No matter that no one voted for a de facto Vote Leave government of shits and charlatans, that is what we now have. Taking Back Control is far too precious a virtue to be entrusted to the people. For now at least.

When he had made his first speech as prime minister outside Downing Street, Johnson had briefly tried to present himself as a serious figure. Even if the content of what he was saying was still basically the same divisive doggybollocks. It hadn’t gone down that well. Because if there was one thing more terrifying than Boris acting the fool, it was Boris pretending to be serious. A carapace of sincerity that dissolves on contact with reality.

Everyone knows Boris is serious about only one thing: the fulfilment of his own delusions. Other people only exist as satellites to his own ego. Useful idiots in the service of World King Idiot. A man who can go toe to toe with Donald Trump in any dysfunctionality contest. Someone who believes he is an innocent victim, misunderstood by the entire world, but who is actually a sociopath only misunderstood by himself. Someone deserving of the undying gratitude of a nation for taking a pay cut to enter Downing Street.

 

Read more:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jul/25/dont-call-it-a-coup-you...