Lots a news a popping so away we go....
In Italy, disgraced and convicted, but still in parliament Silvio
Berlusconi had members of his party resign from the coalition
government in protest. Ostensibly this was done as a result of the
direction that the government was taking but a closer look makes it
seems like a majour pout from Mr. B. As he seems determined to prove
that the laws of the land apply to everyone else but not him.
Arrogant attitude one could say, yet the fellow enjoys widespread
support from the populace. Many observers says this support is
indicative of the malaise of corruption and indifference that
permeates Italian society these days.
An agreement was reached between Ghana and Argentina this week in
regards to the brigantine navel training warship, Libertad that
Ghanian authorities impounded last year at the command of an American
hedge fund. The hedge fund was/is pursuing claims against the
Argentine government for its default on loans years ago.
Kind on an interesting way an American company can run a foreign
country isn't it? Reminds some of the way Dole and DuPont were
factors in the Batista Cuban Government decades ago. Anyway, the ship
was held “hostage” until some form of deal was reached. It is
assumed details will soon emerge.
In America, well, the old spectre of the government running out of
money as one party holds the country hostage in its opposition to the
reformed Health Care Law (termed by these opponents as Obamacare) and
is prepared to have the government stop paying its legal fiscal
obligations as a result of no more money being made available to all
agencies. In simply terms, going broke.
Too bad for people and companies and countries owed money by Uncle
Sam is their mantra. That will teach Mr. Obama. The question is, what
will it exactly teach him? He, as they, will still get a paycheque
throughout this mess. Just people like the military, teachers,
pensioners, government employees, welfare recipients, doctors – one
could say all of American society will be dealt a fiscal body blow.
But not those pompous political fat cats. They have principals –
just ask them. Did not a famous American once say that politics was
the art of compromise? Seems every ELECTED person in Washington has
conveniently forgotten this lesson and instead thumbs their nose at
their employer – the VOTER.
This is beyond sad isn't it? And the irony of it is that this saga
has dragged on for far too long. In comparison, wasn't Iraq invaded
and conquered by America in less time than this debacle?
And yes America, the world and the world's financial markets are
watching with apprehension and bated breath – what will you decide?
So, Mr. Obama phoned the Iranian President Rouhani while the man
was visiting the Useless -oops – United Nations and they had a
“brief” conversation. The first diplomatic contact (excluding the
usual behind the official scenes clandestine contacts) in over 30
years. Some see this as a sign of weakness on the part of Mr. Obama,
others say it shows his grasp of Foreign Policy while the Iranians
are proclaiming they are the “victors” in the contact –
whatever the heck this means. If this is the start of a process to
remove the nuclear arming of Iran by peaceful means, then that is
nothing short of a miracle and all should rejoice.
Time will indeed tell the tale won't it?
Also in the Middle East, the Assad government says it will comply
with the Russia initiative on turning over its stockpile of chemical
weapons. Some governments – hello Canada – openly scoff at this
report. Wouldn't it be ironic if this actually happened? What many
western “observers” decry as an evil government – that of
Russia – actually achieving something for the betterment of the
planet? Can this be possible?
Time indeed will tell the tale.
Back to the Useless Nations, oops again, United Nations, it
released a report this week saying that it is 95% probable that mans
activities has affected the planet. How much did this brilliant piece
of deduction cost anyway?
A 3 year could have told you the same thing for free.
No other creature on this planet impacts the environment like man.
How many hummingbirds have built skyscrapers? How many turtles have
created huge garbage dumps or as it politically correct speak these
days, landfills? How many rose bushes have built dams on rivers or
clear cut old growth timber? And yes, I am making an absurd point
here but it has to be made. Man will always impact the environment,
the true test of humanity is from here on in, what will mankind do to
minimize and remedy this impact? If man fails, the penalty is simple
– extinction of all life on the entire planet including man.
But remedies must be done intelligently and completely otherwise
they waste resources and goodwill of the population, which is crucial
to any program. Here on the Island, the capital city decided to make
dumping of food scraps illegal. The citizens were “educated” to
either self compost or bag the scraps separately for pick up by
personnel who would take the “stuff” to an approved private
enterprise facility for conversion to compost. It seems that the
smart folks that came up with this plan forgot a couple of really,
really important details. First off, there is not much money to be
made in mass composting so hardly any companies are in that business.
Then there is the matter that mounds, nay, mountains of food scraps
stink and the odour floats over populated areas affecting large
amounts of a once supportive populace. So the proposed “temporary”
solution is to dig a big hole in the ground and leave the scraps
there until someone eventually digs them up and composts them. Sorta
like dumping them isn't it? And yes, you can stop laughing now at
this lack of thinking but it really is, can I suggest, dumb? More
taxpayers money wasted with no redress. And the next time someone
suggests composting or the like, wags will say”remember the last
In Germany, the government of Ms. Merkel was re-elected and the
economic powerhouse of Europe looks set to continue to chug along.
The influence of her government on the operation of the European
Community will only continue to expand. 70 years after the complete
destruction of the German state run by that mad man Hitler, intent on
ruling Europe, we now have a democratic state seemingly doing exactly
A report from the Canadian Government indicates that 2 years after
the great tsunami devastated Japan, the debris field will finally hit the
west coast of the country in the province of British Columbia.
Already over 7 invasive species of sea life have been washed ashore
and more are expected. This shows you how small this huge planet
In 1997, Burger King (the American fast food chain) closed its
last location in France but now reports indicate that Le Whopper will
resume its battle with the Big Mac in the French capital of Paris
when Burger King opens an outlet again this coming December. Food
purists may moan, but in the end, the consumer gets what the consumer
wants – correct?
In what can only be termed a horrible report, it seems that
prisoners in the time of Chile's Augusto Pinochet were constantly
bombarded with recordings of music by Julio Iglesias – oh the
Well, on my Island, life is returning to what might be called
normalcy with the departure of our friends to their abode on the
Prairie flatlands. And what a time we had with them. We toured our
little corner and walked many, many kilometres in a large number of
parks and woodlands. We visited the small, picturesque town of
Chemainus and had one of those moments where the world stood still.
The rain was gently falling as we walked into a small park near the
local museum and were surprised by the faint sounds of a pan flute
issuing from the woods. We walked into the area and beheld a small
natural shaped amphitheatre that had a lone musician standing on the
stage playing to an audience of none. Not a single person, not a one.
We sat on the rough hewn log benches and listened enthralled by this
gifted man. Slowly but surely, more and more people drifted by and
stopped and then sat down to listen as well. The musician went from
being alone, to the 4 of us in the stands and then to having a small
crowd of happy listeners. At the end, we purchased a CD of his music
and went our way feeling that we had been part of some small
“happening” as the slow smile of joy that emerged on his face as
the audience grew became bigger and bigger and lit up a grey day.
Of course during our friends visit, way too much food was consumed forcing me to contemplate starting a diet (never gonna happen!)
and as mentioned before, golf was played albeit not up to PGA
standards by any stretch of the imagination but still a lot of fun.
We look forward to returning the visit to them next year and for sure
I will have figured out a more fool proof way of creative score
take care out there,