And a short hello

Dear Likers, Spammers etc.

Just a short Post to say we have vision, Jim, but not as we know it. The world looks as though it has been in a front-end collision and repaired by an incompetent apprentice panel-beater.

I can keep this up for 2-3 minutes before feeling I’ve been hit in the face with a cricket bat and start weeping copiously. I’m managing a few short posts but it may be a week or two before the BogPo returns in all its wordiness.

Thanks for patience, have a good election.

UB.

The long goodbye

Dear Spamers, Likers, Followers and those no longer reading, this my bogl.

Sadly, owing to vision problems, I am unable to continue entertaining and informing you for the time being. Normal service will be resumed in a few weeks.

UB

Ooh, you can’t do that #1 and #2… a new BogPo wends its weary way to the surface. Do you want to see censorship at work?… GW: forming like a distant thundercloud

Quote of the minute….

“Saying no to Trump is like saying no to God, and I won’t do that.”

– American evangelical “Prosperity preacher” and “spiritual advisor to Donald Trump”, Paula White. (PS Paula, darling, those fake big eyebrows in black and dyed yellow hair with black roots isn’t a good look, although I can see you think Jesus thinks it is.)

TYT’s fragrant beauty and Audrey Hepburn lookalike, Ana Kasparian explains, “Prosperity preachers” are high-pressure callers who threaten poor people they will go to hell if they don’t give money. Welcome to the USA! (unless you’re a journalist. Anyone declaring they’re a journalist on entering the US now is grilled about their media content, and if the lowbrow Border guy decides you’re “fake news”, i.e. not a Trump supporter, they put you on the next plane out. I heard that somewhere.)

 

Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson

“It’s not how long it is, Boris, it’s what you do with it that counts.”

(Your Uncle B. notices from the above photo, btw, that not only has Johnson’s neckwear reached Trumpian proportions and coloration, so have his tiny, pudgy, doll-like hands. Are they related, by any chance?)

 

Ooh, you can’t do that

Boris Johnson’s mother (yes, gentle Reader, he has one) has Parkinson’s. She has long campaigned with a charity for a return to days when the NHS had specialist nurses who would make home visits. No longer, thanks to the government’s austerity program and cuts to the service.

Charlotte Johnson had signed up to a joint letter to the Times from the charity committee, drawing attention to the plight of homebound sufferers. But, “following an intervention from Downing Street”, she has been forced to withdraw her name.

Her lovely fornicating cheat and liar son, Johnson has only gone and censored his own mother.

What, are you actually ASHAMED of something at last? You dirty pig. (And do be careful not to be photographed in profile, it makes you look foolish, greedy, weak and ingratiating. Let’s not give Nature too much help, eh?)

This stands in stark contrast to the performance of his father, the ebullient Stanley, who appeared at the Extinction Rebellion protests in London this week to give his support.

Boris, whose actual name is Alexander, or Al, he’s only Boris to the elderly Express-reading dumbfucks who love his tiresome shtick, and to brain-dead tabloid newspaper editors, criticized the protesters as “unco-operative crusties”, alluding to the Corbyn-like appearance of the many environmentally concerned, largely middle-class people blocking the streets.

Stanley the Magnificent got up and spoke. He told the assembled multitude, many of them superglued to the sidewalks and government buildings, daring police to arrest them, that he was delighted to be an unco-operative crusty.

The Guardian has been running all week with a campaign of in-depth investigations into “just what the hell is going on”, to quote the Orange One. More people are only now becoming dimly aware, and wondering what to do about the fact that Johnson’s improbable rise to power was fuelled in part with American money via the tobacco industry promoting, alt-right Christian, anti-abortion, pro-energy-bidness, anti-regulation, anti-tax, climate-change-denying lobby, (just name any fucking horrible cause you can imagine), Institute for Economic Affairs – the Tufton Street mob – which in turn sponsors the Tory party’s internal cabal, the European Research Group, led by that arrogant, languid Pre-Raphaelite throwback and Catholic recusant, Jacob Irish-Mogg.

Fourteen members of Johnson’s cabinet have apparently received money from that source. So it’s not a great surprise that he’s ordered his Big Red Bus conductress, Home Secretary Patel to get the police to bite down harder on the protestors this time. Over a thousand arrests have been made.

Al’s entire family have come to detest him, as any sensible human might. His younger brother Jo resigned from his government; his journalist sister Rachel has pointedly joined the Lib-Dems. Christmas at the Johnson’s should be interesting.

Clearly Charlotte, his mother, is the only one left at home who is sick enough to bully.

 

Ooh, you can’t do that #’2

A letter from the prime minister’s lawyers sent on Monday said that the London assembly’s oversight committee had “no right or remit to investigate” his relationship with busty, blonde “businesswoman” and former pole-dancer, Jennifer Arcuri, while he was in office as married* Mayor of London.

Ha ha! Nice try. How very Trumpian. Don’t provide an alibi or mitigating evidence, don’t bother proving innocence – just challenge the investigator’s right to investigate in the first place. Who are you to set yourselves above an important criminal we represent? Let him who is without sin cast the first stone!

Okay, I volunteer.

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The committee asked Johnson, who was Mayor of London from 2008 to 2016, to explain why grants and expensive top-tier immigration rights and privileged access to overseas trade trips were awarded to Arcuri, a supposed technology entrepreneur, in fact a 27-year-old student, during his time as mayor. He refused to answer.

“The letter, which was leaked to HuffPost, said the oversight committee “is not and should not be in effect a standards body’” (Guardian)

Not only, but also… “Your application will be reviewed by an organisation that’s related to your qualifying field, called a ‘designated competent body’”. Like, the Royal Society! Or…. TechNation. (Where she got the deal.)

How would the London Assembly’s Oversight Committee not have the right to oversee allegations of abuse of public money by the Mayor? Is not the name a clue to the duty?

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What, would they “oversee” the standards of the Thames at sunset, or merely have responsibility for the feral parakeets in Hyde Park? Or perhaps they might take an interest in a photograph of Arcuri, left, with Johnsons’ youngest brother, Max, and the chair of London & Partners, on a trade mission to Kuala Lumpur, to which the American “entrepreneur” had absolutely no right to tag along unless she was fucking the head of the delegation.

What are they there for, to look into how a “friend” of the then-Mayor received £126 thousand in public funding, Tier One immigration visa status and three foreign freebee trips accompanying the priapic Johnson? Or what? Just dazzled, I suppose.

“You can apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa if you work in a qualifying field and have been endorsed as: a recognised leader (exceptional talent) … How much you pay to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa depends on your circumstances.” – YouGov.

Given that her business model ran on existing applications of the technology, Ms Arcuri must have had exceptional talent as a leader. Although for what, we wit not. Actually, I’m warming to her. She seems quite naive; kookie, even. Shallow opportunism is not in itself a crime. Not in America, anyway.

I have a feeling that lawyers are, as a species, being driven mad by huge fees, and inhaling enhanced levels of carbon dioxide and methane with their cocaine.

A photographic trail going back eight years has revealed the first moment Arcuri set her wide eyes on Johnson and thought the bumbling waffler was “electrifying”.

Obviously she didn’t see him in profile. A fat boy, desperately sucking up to the room. No Sir, please don’t beat me! I’ll give you money! Anything!

The Bogler recalls the moment a lunatic management consultant, indubitably the most ignorant person he has ever met, and that is saying something, first set eyes on the derelict Georgian mansion in the middle of nowhere, in which he was struggling to entertain a few dozen B&B guests a year.

She breathed the fateful words: “Gosh, this would make a great 5-star hotel!” (It wouldn’t, as I perfectly well knew, having read the specifications, and it didn’t. But so dimwitted, gullible and venal was the owner, that £5 million later she eventually prised me out of my job.)

But the Bogler knows how it is. He is currently lusting after a relatively low-cost, pre-owned Fender “American Deluxe” Stratocaster guitar in tip-top condition, and cursing the day a month ago when he bought a far lesser version, thus interdicting the purchase of a marginally more expensive but very much more convincing item.

*Okay, look, we’ve all done it. But perhaps not while our wives of 24 years were having radical treatment for ovarian cancer, which there is a medical possibility we gave them.

 

Respect: To Jane Fonda. She’s been arrested again. Climate protest in Washington, obstruction charge. She’s 81 and still looks great. You go, gal!

 

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I agree (with previous post), as we’re having to make do with a couple of WAGs having a spat and there’s nothing coming out of No 10 by way of flying crockery, I’ve given up caring how the unfathomable EU talks are going, or not going, and am following the Trump impeachment with gob agape. (Although living in Wales I’m curious to know where this hard border in the Irish Sea might end up – avoid the M4, anyway.)

But the news that two of Trump’s “personal lawyer”‘s “business associates” – Russians with US passports – had helped Giuliani to get the US ambassador to Ukraine fired by Trump, set up a scam to smear Trump’s opponent, Joe Biden – laundered half a million dollars via a phony energy company in Florida, tried to start-up a skunk farm on the side, put most of the money into Trump’s re-election fund, and then we found out that the money came from a multibillionaire Ukrainian gas supply oligarch close to Putin who’s in Austria fighting an FBI extradition warrant and hoping to persuade Trump to lift the sanctions on him, and the two “business associates” were pulled by cops off a flight to Vienna… I see there’s an interview with John Le Carre elsewhere on the Guardian today, but I doubt he could have made this up and I’m sorry, but it’s a lot more exciting than Jennifer Arcuri – although, were she to be somehow involved…..

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There’s something wrong with The Guardian, I can’t quite put my finger on it, but miserable, pathetic little weasels might cover it for now. There is a huge story here they are ignoring because it’s foreign and complicated. Alternatively they have a team already on it and don’t want me butting in, who knows.

Nothing in my main Comment didn’t come from mainstream sources, the BBC and NBC, by the way. I’m just connecting dots, and believe me, you’d need someone from Bletchley Park to do that. I just hope American lawyers are up to the task.

Meanwhile, articles on Trump’s – I’m sorry, I’m looking for the appropriate adjective and none will come to mind, that does not involve the passionate invocation of an illegal assault on the White House employing a savagely mutated Ebola virus and an enema nurse – Trump’s vile and grotesque betrayal of the US’s allies in Syria, purely for financial advantage.

Let’s put it like that, because his dumbfucks are as convinced as Johnson’s dumbfucks are, that you can just walk away from your honorable commitments without consequence – articles, as I say, that are speaking of ethnic cleansing, as the other demented ideocrat, Erdogan hoovers up nativist votes by threatening to relocate 3.5 million Syrian refugees everywhere – especially in ethnically cleansed northern Syria – if we in the West don’t turn a blind eye to his filthy genocide.

Not unlike the one in Armenia, which I can be imprisoned for mentioning.

Lebensraum.

 

Anti-vaxxers: Pursuant to our Post lecturing a dangerously idiotic US Congresswoman who speaks out against vaccinating children, we should mention that 4 thousand people (ages unknown) have died in a measles outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where village herbalists perpetuate the superstitious belief that the WHO is trying to poison everyone with their evil Western medicine. That’s twice as many deaths as are reported from the outbreak of Ebola there.

 

GW: forming like a distant thundercloud

Japan: Honshu island was going into lockdown mode today, Friday 11 Oct. as 800-mile-wide Cat 4 supertyphoon Hagibis approached the Tokyo region with 144 mph peak winds. Bullet train services were being cancelled, supermarkets and theme parks closed. Car production at Toyota plants has been suspended. Qualifying for Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix was postponed and two World Rugby matches cancelled. People are being advised to prepare for several days without electricity or running water, and to tape up their windows as the worst typhoon for 60 years is anticipated.

Japan Times reports, residents in Chiba are still recovering from the havoc wrought by Typhoon Faxai a month ago, and emergency supplies there have not yet been replenished. A farmer is quoted: “Things are so severely damaged already we really can’t do anything more.” Record rainfall is forecast, with potential flooding and landslides. 3 of the top 10 most damaging Japanese typhoons have occurred since 2018.

Update Sunday 13 Oct: Japan Times reports: “Hagibis, the 19th named storm of the season, tore through Japan’s main island of Honshu on Saturday and early Sunday packing winds of up to 144 kph at landfall, killing 33 and leaving 19 unaccounted for as of Sunday afternoon, according to Kyodo News. NHK reported 166 people were injured.

“Cities and towns across the country — including in Nagano, Niigata, Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Kanagawa and Saitama prefectures — were inundated by flood waters after levees failed in the face of record rainfall,forcing many people to abandon submerged homes. The damage could worsen in the coming days as the water levels may rise along flooded rivers.”

Ivory Coast: At least 2 people have died and 1 is still missing after heavy rain and flash flooding on 5 Oct. in the capital, Abidjan. 1 person died after flooding caused a building to collapse. Another person is still missing after a vehicle was swept away by flood waters. Some areas recorded more than 120mm of rain. Roads were severely damaged, causing major traffic disruption. (Floodlist)

Honduras: Sudden flash floods in western Honduras damaged around 50 homes in Copán Department earlier this week, forcing around 200 people to evacuate. Heavy rain in the north of the country over the last few days has caused flash flooding in Tocoa, Colón Department, where military personnel have evacuated residents in affected areas. (Floodlist)

USA: “A fast-moving wildfire jumped into neighborhoods in Los Angeles overnight forcing evacuations, destroying homes and closing two freeways and an interstate. It was one of two deadly fires burning Friday in Southern California. At least 3 deaths were being blamed on the fires.

By later Friday afternoon, the Saddlewood fire had spread to about 12 square miles in the northern foothills of the San Fernando Valley and was only 13% contained. The Los Angeles Fire Department deemed the fire a “Major Emergency,” the highest classification there is for a fire emergency. (Wunderground)

A slow-moving coastal storm with 65 mph winds centered about 200 miles southeast of southeast Massachusetts transitioned into Subtropical Storm Melissa at 11 am EDT Friday. Moderate coastal flooding is expected along the Atlantic coast from Virginia to western Long Island (Wunderground)

Weather buffs were dancing in the streets on Thursday when a rare type of storm known as “thundersnow” made an appearance over Nevada. “It happens when cold air passes over (relatively) warm water and produces convective snowfall” says Severe-weather.eu. You get thunder and lightning, but instead of rain it’s snowing.

Severe-weather.eu. also reports: While the southern half of Europe is in for a period of very warm weather: “temperatures will be well above average for mid-October, with some places pushing into low to mid-20s through into next week”, another huge zone of intensely cold Arctic air has descended, records tumbling again, across much of the northwestern USA and Canada. “Some locations went from T-shirt weather to snow in a matter of hours!” Parts of the Dakotas may see 3 feet.

“Rapid City, South Dakota, experienced a drastic change in conditions, going from a high of near 80 F on Tuesday to heavy snowfall early Thursday, with temperatures plunging into the mid-20s F.” (Accuweather)

Tunnel approaching…

Methane: Recent field data gathered by an expedition led by Tomsk University’s Arctic methane expert Igor Semiletov “report stunning methane levels 9x higher than global averages.” They found one place where the sea off Siberia was “boiling” with a concentrated methane plume erupting from the shallow seabed. (Paul Beckwith, citing Global News) “No-one has ever recorded anything like this before”, Semiletov warned. (Similar observations have been made in permafrost karst lakes onland in Alaska. GW.)

Earth: “This September was the warmest September ever recorded, continuing a streak of months with above-average temperatures, new data has found. Last month was 0.57 degrees Celsius warmer than the average for September from 1981 to 2010,” according to new data released Friday by the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service. (Global News)

You would have to be 45 years old to have ever known a month that was colder than the same month the previous year. (Guardian Australia contributor)

 

 

 

 

The Pumpkin – Issue 103: Trump’s donors are such a gas… The madness of King Donald #195 – ‘Great and unmatched wisdom’… The liar-in-chief strikes again… Nya nah! You suck! No, you suck!… A funny Comment found under Rachel Maddow… GW: A knockout blow.

Quote of the Week

“Speech that challenges national sovereignty and social stability is not within the scope of freedom of speech.”

– spokesperson for Chinese State TV, as the entire nation rises up against one US National Basketball Association coach who dared to tweet a message of support for the Hong Kong protestors. War looms….

 

Trump’s donors are such a gas

Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas police photos

Take a look at the faces of these two men. They are said to be “business associates” of Mr Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York, Trump’s “personal lawyer” and bafflingly weird media motormouth, who were (allegedly) involved with him in a plot (supposedly inspired by dim but dim Energy Secretary, Rick Perry), to remove the US ambassador and set-up the Bidens for a corruption charge over dealings with a gas company in Ukraine. They are both Russian, but apparently with US nationality.

(For some reason, Mr Giuliani has not been arrested.)

The BBC has described them as illegal “donors” to the Trump campaign, having allegedly laundered over $400 thousand through a fake energy company in Florida (!)*, $325k of which has ended up in a Trump 2020 PAC, courtesy of an “unidentified” foreign individual. They were arrested at Dulles International, 10 Oct. on their way to Vienna.

Why Vienna? You don’t suppose it’s because that’s where Ukrainian multi-billionaire Dmitry Firtash, the “gas king”, the expensive “middle man” for all Russia’s gas exports that go via Ukraine to Germany, is out on bail in his own recognizance of £137 MILLION while fighting an extradition warrant from the FBI on money-laundering charges, do you?

Who, as Ms Maddow of MSNBC has suggested, is keen to persuade the Trump administration that it would be greatly in their interest to make the investigation and the sanctions on him go away?

Who is everyone trying to kid? Look at them! What are you thinking right now? Probably what I’m thinking. That I wouldn’t want to meet either of these businessmen in an alleyway on a dark night, let alone at a financial service providers’ convention at Mar-a-Lago, right? But we mustn’t jump to conclusions, looks aren’t everything, book, cover…. pussycats, probably.

*Funny, you never seem to get these numerous references to organized crime links in states like Montana, Vermont or Idaho. Does Mr Trump have no bidness interests there?

 

The Madness of King Donald #374

“As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!). They must, with Europe and others, watch over the captured ISIS fighters and families. The U.S. has done far more than anyone could have ever expected, including the capture of 100% of the ISIS Caliphate. It is time now for others in the region, some of great wealth, to protect their own territory. THE USA IS GREAT!”

Insane Trump tweet, following a phone call with Erdogan, announcing the immediate withdrawal of US troops in northern Syria, abandoning their allied Kurdish militias to the tender mercies of the Turkish army. By Monday night Turkish forces were reportedly shelling Kurdish positions.

Kurds “didn’t help us in the second world war, they didn’t help us with Normandy as an example – they mention the names of different battles, they weren’t there. I learned this in a very powerful article…”

For God’s sake, Republicans, this catastrophic individual has lost his mind, can’t you see that? He was already the most intellectually inadequate man on the planet and in the light of events in the Ukraine now clearly a criminal, but you gave him absolute power.

Please, if you still support this crazy old mobster, make sense of this if you can:

“I, we, altogether, you, defeated and took over 100 percent of the ISIS caliphate, everybody said that was going to be an impossible thing to do, I did it, and I did it quickly because we have a great military now. When I took over our military we didn’t have ammunition. I was told by a top general (loud sniff), maybe the top of them all, Sir, I’m sorry Sir, we don’t have ammunition. I said I’ll never let another president have that happen to him or her. We didn’t have ammunition. Now we’ve captured ISIS, we’ve done what we’ve done, we had fifty soldiers in the area you’re talking about….”

It is all stream-of-consciousness, mad bullshit, every bit of it. Who was the “top general, maybe the top of them all”? Maybe, General Mattis, his Defense Secretary, who quit over Trump’s dangerously whimsical policy in Syria, on which he was not consulted. Mr Trump blames Mr Obama for failing to buy ammunition, despite spending only $680 billion on the military in 2017. Mr Trump’s additional $64 billion for the military was, he now says, to buy more ammunition. That’s a lot of rounds.

Americans must take full collective responsibility for allowing this mentally disturbed and chronically undereducated old man who refuses to take advice from anyone, who lives entirely in a world of his own spinning, who is unused to strategic thinking, to carry on serving in a capacity he was never fitted for in the first place.

GET HIM OUT, ANY WAY YOU CAN.

 

The liar-in-chief strikes again

“’I consulted with everybody. I always consult with everybody,’ he said when asked if he consulted with the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“That appeared to conflict with reports that Trump’s decision came as a surprise to the Pentagon, which had no forewarning of the move. As Fox News reported, even top Pentagon officials were ‘completely blindsided’ and ‘shocked’ by the order, which came after Trump spoke with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.”

– from inquisitr website.

Lying again. Fucking insane, lying Adderall-addicted old numbskull, he’s been on the phone again and we bet that call is stashed in the Top Secret drawer along with his Putin calls and the notorious Zelenskiy call.

So we ask, what deal, what “favor” did Trump extort from Erdogan, what help with his Trump 2020 campaign will those Kurdish militia allies pay for with their lives? According to reports, he’s still making $1 million a year profit from Trump Towers, Istanbul. Maybe that’s what he’s protecting, Erdogan is blackmailing him, who knows what these rootling fascist pigs get up to in the privacy of their phone calls?

Talk about corruption, this atrocious man’s is seemingly bottomless.

Tonight even Trump’s most craven enablers, Senators Graham and McConnell are demurring. Is this just another sackful of cats he’s chucking into the room to drain media attention away from the impeachment hearings, or from the New York court order to release his taxes?

A serious implication is that the Kurds are holding thousands of ISIS prisoners who may just be allowed to walk if their captors have to fight the Turkish army crossing the border

NBC News reports former U.S. envoy to the coalition fighting ISIS (whose other members were not informed either), Brett McGurk, as saying Trump’s decision is causing chaos at the White House:

“This is very serious. No one knows what to do. I see the administration scrambling to make sense of what is happening. The president is all over the place. His tweets indicate he has no real idea or conception of what is happening on the ground.”

US troops have reportedly begun pulling out. American allies, the Kurds, who did all the heavy lifting removing ISIS from Syria, lost 11 thousand fighters helping to defend America from this barely-existent threat. Trump doesn’t give a damn. How would he, he’s a psychopath.

This is what you get when you put a demented old drug addict* who thinks he’s a genius, a man of infinite wisdom – more like Norman Wisdom –  who “knows more about ISIS than the Generals”, in charge of US Defense forces.

*More evidence is emerging tonight of Trump’s decades-long addiction to “uppers and downers” – amphetamines and caffeine.

 

Salmond branded him a “loser” and Trump retaliated by describing the then former first minister as a “has-been”.

Nya nah! You suck! No, you suck!

This is the President of the United States of America we are talking about. A toddler in an outsize suit and his daddy’s tie.

It seems “Mini-me” Trump, Boris Johnson is not the only one doing battle in the Scottish courts. “Maxi-me” Trump is there too.

Trump Organization is reportedly refusing or, in its familiar way, somehow failing to meet an order for “£tens of thousands” (peanuts, surely, to the man who once boasted of being the wealthiest man in America? Ed.) in costs awarded against it after losing a fight that went all the way to the UK Supreme Court to stop the Scottish government siting a small wind-farm directly offshore of Trump’s Balmedie, Aberdeenshire golf course, alleging the visual impact would damage his loss-making business.

He also failed to intervene to stop a much larger windfarm out in the windy Shetland Islands, claiming that all windfarms suppress tourism. He has no tourism interest in the Shetlands!

This is why Trump hates wind farms, and will tell any lie to keep them out of America. The pitiful corpses of thousands of decapitated sacred American Bald Eagles litter the ground around the windmills. People’s TV sets go dark whenever the wind drops, and they miss the rest of the ballgame. The endless whirring of their sails causes people to develop cancer…. (Yes, he said those things.)

Anyway, Balmedie, also known as Trump International, Aberdeen. That’s the golf course he built over a Site of Special Scientific Interest, after former First Minister, Alex Salmond foolishly intervened in favour of job creation – the promise all gullible local officials fall for, every time; the numbers never actually being achieved, and then they’re usually imported specialist jobs, not local at all. (Or they simply pocket the brown envelope. Ed.)

The golf course where, when local residents refused to move out, he cut off their water and built high banks around their homes.

Trump and Salmond later fell out over the small, 11-turbine development, that Trump said would ruin the view. It was then that Salmond was accused out of the blue of being a groper – a sexual predator, just like Trump! Was that a story Trump let loose from David Pecker’s little black safe at the National Enquirer? It was a mishandled accusation, anyway, for which the former cruise line crooner received very substantial damages from the Scottish parliament earlier this year.

Trump’s local manager at Balmedie has denied the report, saying the matter was in the hands of the Scottish courts. Yes, Ms Malone, it is. They want you to pay up!

The list of things Trump knows more about than anyone else was comically extended during the hearing, when Trump famously declared that the planning committee did not need to call any witnesses to verify his claims.

“I am the evidence,” he said. “I’m an expert in tourism. I have won many, many awards…”

Oh well, case closed then. Will the Chosen One be the evidence at his own impeachment hearing? He has already made it abundantly clear that he knows more about “perfect” phone calls than anyone, because he made that one to the president of Ukraine.

The Guardian concludes its report, from which the above is extrapolated, thus:

“The Trump International Golf Club posted a £1m annual loss for 2018 last week, the seventh loss in a row. Trump and his family firm have now loaned the business £43m and it has yet to turn a profit.”

It would be instructive to know where the money came from in the first place to develop the complex site, built on a well-known beauty spot comprising miles of shifting sand-dunes: the lonely sea and the sky, sadly no longer. Mr Trump’s sons have told the media at various times “We get all the money we need from Russia”.

A website investigating Trump’s Russian connections, The Moscow Project, recently reported:

“During the campaign, Trump reportedly requested a loan from Deutsche Bank for his golf course in Scotland. According to The New York Times, Deutsche Bank officials rejected the request, claiming it was too risky. … As Trump prepared to take office in December 2016, he owed nearly $364 million in outstanding debts to the financial institution.”

The BogPo has in the past noted drily that, 20 miles up the A49 from Balmedie lies the formerly wealthy oil city of Aberdeen, home of Aberdeen Asset Management, one of Europe’s largest financial institutions, with £312 billion under management. Following its very big merger with Standard Life last year, AAM is now known as Aberdeen Standard Management, but we’ll ignore that.

AAM is the child of the “ebullient” socialite, Martin Gilbert, once described in the House of Commons as the “unacceptable face of asset management”, now a Knight of the realm. We wondered idly, how it was that this firm that nearly went under, owing £650 million to small investors in 2002, was able to get back on the acquisitions trail almost immediately, and to buy “most of” the UK asset management arm of Mr Trump’s favorite bank, Deutsche, in July 2005, for £265 million? (As well as a substantial slice of Rupert Murdoch’s Sky TV, now sold to Disney.)

We have yet to discover the answer, although we’re pretty certain there’s “nothing to see here”. What we have just read, however, coincidentally in the Financial Times, peeking naughtily over their paywall, is basically this: that Sir Martin Gilbert was an invited guest (along, as it happens, with Kremlin lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya and the two Russian former GRU men with money-laundering expertise involved in the notorious 9 June, 2016 meeting with Trump campaign officials) at Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration in 2017.

“The two had met on the golf course….” the FT reported.

Sir Martin announced just days ago that he would be standing down as CEO in November, joking that he was quitting before he was pushed.

It would be an enormous stretch indeed to link the timing of the announcement in any way with the continuing inquiries into why Deutsche Bank continued to lend to Trump over $2.5 billion in total (Mother Jones) – despite his being red-flagged as a possible money-launderer and a serial loan defaulter – and with the Southern District Court of New York’s successful subpoena of Deutsche Bank last month for a vast trove of financial records relating to the Trump Organization.

Happily I know nothing whatever of high finance, or even much about low. I just sit here and fiddle with the internet all day. It’s here somewhere….

themoscowproject.org/dispatch/trumps-fraught-history-with-deutsche-bank/

http://www.ft.com/content/3278866c-e5cd-11e9-b112-9624ec9edc59

 

A Funny Comment found under Rachel Maddow:

“Future dictionary definition of “trumping”: Trumping – behaving in an absurdly corrupt manner; expelling wind verbally; acting without morality or regard for consequences; perversely manipulating those who are vulnerably minded; flirting with or otherwise “sucking up to” those who display evil or psychopathic behaviour; imbuing oneself with an orange hue for the purpose of distracting golfing opponents and/ or disguising vampirism; engaging unsuccessfully in combat with an umbrella; hiking in pristine woodlands whilst leaving a trail of sweet wrappers, oil and small fires in your wake; relaxing at work; offending cinema goers by wearing a tall hat composed of human hair; patrolling the perimeter of ones lawn in ones underpants with a stick for the purposes of intimidating ones neighbors; the act of a group of people spinning and flailing around until they fall; sleeping with someone you dislike who has no creditable qualities and regretting it for all time; trolling ones own husband under a pseudonym on a public forum; crossing the irradiated wastelands formed under the ancient Trump administration.”
Nice one, Parslow!
“In 2018 the richest 400 families in the US paid an average effective tax rate of 23% while the bottom half of American households paid a rate of 24.2%.” – University of California, Berkeley research. All together now: thanks Mr Trump.
GW: A knockout blow

Japan: At last, it takes a Category 5 superstorm bearing down on a world sporting event to get mainstream  journalists interested!

“Super Typhoon Hagibis” writes The Guardian‘s Gerard Meagher, “had initially threatened Ireland’s key match in Fukuoka on Saturday, but has altered its course and is now zeroing in on Tokyo and Yokohama. It has escalated from a tropical storm into a supertyphoon with wind speeds estimated at 160mph in one of the most dramatic intensifications of any tropical cyclone since records began. According to the Japanese Meteorological Agency it is on course to be the strongest to hit Japan this year.”

Other sources suggest it could be the strongest storm ever recorded in the western Pacific, with peak winds of 195 mph.

Rugby bore alert

England is scheduled to play France in a Pool C fixture this weekend, followed by a Sunday bout between Scotland and home team Japan. If either match has to be cancelled a draw is automatically awarded, with 2 points per team. England and France are already through to the quarter finals, but a “scoreless draw” would see Scotland knocked out. It’s also possible the Japan F1 Grand Prix might have to be cancelled, and the racing schedule doesn’t allow for re-runs.

Venezuela: Heavy rain in the Sierra de Perijá triggered flooding of the Kunana river in the town of Toromo from around 5 Oct.. Around 400 homes, as well as livestock, schools and material possessions suffered damage. Civil Protection said they were searching for 6 people, believed to be from the same family, who went missing in the floods. (Floodlist)

Kenya: Heavy rain in border areas between Kenya and Ethiopia has caused flooding in parts of northern Kenya. Around 1,000 people from 200 households have been displaced after homes were damaged or destroyed, and many livestock were swept away and drowned. Damaged roads are making relief efforts difficult. (from Floodlist)

Darfur: At least 367 homes collapsed and a large number of livestock were killed after heavy rains and flash floods hit Um Kedada in North Darfur at the weekend (4 to 6 Oct). No casualties were reported but many people have been left homeless. Two schools were reportedly destroyed. (Floodlist)

Vietnam: High tides and rising river levels left wide areas of the city of Cần Thơ under water from around 1 Oct., with homes and roads flooded and close to 30,000 people affected. As of 01 October, the water level of the Hau River reached 2.25 metres, the highest level in 30 years. The reason for flooding is the coincidence of high water levels in the Mekong River with very high lunar tides in the South China Sea.” (Floodlist)

USA: The second major storm in 10 days will dump several inches to 2 feet of snow over the northern Rockies and shock areas farther to the east over the northern Plains with blizzard conditions. The storm system will bring another round of early-season accumulating snow to nearly a half a million square miles of the interior United States, and, in some cases, the snow will fall less than 24 hours after temperatures have … been in the 80s F. Up to 50% crop losses have been reported through adverse weather and the snow is likely to hit the harvest. (Accuweather)

Over in California, hundreds of thousands are suffering rolling power blackouts as the utilities shut down sections of the grid to avoid very strong winds blowing down power lines and starting fires. So far in 2019, there have been 4,609 fires in California, which have burned 40,712 acres. (Accuweather)

Australia: New South Wales has over 40 fires burning at the moment. The Busbys Flat fire, south of Casino, and another further inland at Drake that has been burning for 5 weeks and destroyed 78,000 acres were still at emergency warning levels on Tuesday night. NSW Rural Fire Service said a “significant number” of homes across the north of the state had been destroyed, including in the village of Rappville, with a population of about 250 people. (Guardian)

 

“Gizza job!” (but what kind of “job”, nudge nudge!… The Munchetty bunch… GW: blowin’ hot and cold (with a bit of wet thrown in)… Douglas Murray: An open letter to a climate denier.

 

Emmanuel Macron talks to Boris Johnson during their meeting in Paris in August.

“Merde, monsieur Johnson, je crois qu’il est coming from zis shoe…”

 

“Gizza job!” (but what kind of “job”, eh?)

“Johnson was listed as a reference on Arcuri’s application for a role at Tech City, which was launched by David Cameron to bolster digital companies in east London. The Sunday Times said Arcuri was a 27-year-old student when she applied for the £100,000 a year job in 2012.

“In an email leaked to the newspaper, she allegedly later wrote: ‘I still have the letter of rec from Boris. hahaha. To think that we asked him to write us a recommendation for the CEO of Tech City is just hysterical.” – The Observer

This utterly lamebrained and gullible buffoon, this absolute bell-end who, tragically at the age of 55, visibly losing his trademark hair, will apparently do or say anything it takes to get to have sex with attractive young women, how is he still the Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland?

He has clearly been taken for the most gigantic ride.

Where would he draw the line? Would he betray his country, say with a Russian prostitute (“We have the best!” – Vladimir Putin) for one more shag?

This is the creep who abandoned his wife of 24 years while she was having radical treatment for ovarian cancer, to shack up with a party worker 22 years his junior.

As well as being a terrible role model, who says he has no idea how many children he’s got, a serial liar utterly without shame or morality, he is clearly a major security risk. He can’t be trusted with women. He certainly can’t be trusted with public money.

How in God’s name do Johnson’s Conservatives have (admittedly only on one poll) a 15-points-and-growing poll lead over Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party, with this well-composted shitshow of a government clinging to office?

It is inexplicable, other than in terms of a collective madness, general despair, or a cloud of sheer ignorance that has taken hold of the population.

I’m not attracted to Corbyn, any more than I would want to have a stubborn old billygoat in the barn rather than a placid young milker. But believe me, if he fired a couple of unreconstructed Stalinists in his coterie, he would make an infinitely more sensible and trustworthy PM than this unmade bed in No. 10.

I mean, it’s understandable that people are fed up with normal politicians, but why would you vote for something so obviously much, much worse?

According to the Observer report, Ms Arcuri continues to deny that the stories about her and Johnson are true. But she will neither confirm nor deny, as does he, that they had sex.

In which case, why is her lawyer continuing to invite bids from the media, that are already approaching a quarter of a million pounds?

And why is the media apparently happy to pay it?

Once upon a time, this would have been curtains for Boris. The head of the 1922 committee would already have handed him the loaded revolver and quietly closed the door.

There’s a crisis of shame in the world today.

 

Boris Johnson claimed on Monday not to have heard the EU’s thoughts on the UK’s text.

“See, hand’s on the table!”

The Munchetty bunch

The row over BBC breakfast show presenter, Naga Munchetty, and her allegedly biased comment about Trump’s racism, or – as one might say – racial bias, shows signs of never ending.

The broadcasting regulator, Ofcom, has weighed in with “serious concerns around the transparency of the BBC’s complaints process”, the Guardian reports. Unsurprisingly, as the original decision of the BBC complaints committee to discipline Ms Munchetty on the basis of just ONE viewer complaint was never fully explained; while it has required the intervention of the Chairman of the BBC Board, Lord Hall, in the face of a staff mutiny to get it reversed.

The arrogance of BBC executives mirrors that of an increasing number of politicians encouraged by the existence of Mr Trump, whose response to any criticism of their performance is basically to circle the wagons and break out the Gatling gun. There is something positively Trumpian about the manager responsible, Mr David Jordan, loftily responding to Ofcom’s intervention by offering his opinion that it was none of their business, and refusing to answer their questions.

Had Ms Munchetty been casting an actual news bulletin, there would obviously have been a case for saying she had breached the impartiality guidelines. Newscasters may not offer comment, and that’s fair enough. Just read the script and pick up your £350 grand a year. (£150g if you’re female.)

However, when you’re a morning chatshow host whiffling to your equally half-witted co-host from the comfort of a sofa in a fake living-room, joshing about this and that to a bleary-eyed audience putting on kettles, burning toast and getting the kids off to school, you might be expected to let out an occasional opinion about something.

In fact, they have all expressed their opinions from time to time; while some senior broadcasters like Mr Soapbox Humphrys, Mr Jeremy Paxman and Mr Andrew Neil never stopped making their opinions abundantly clear on any subject, preferably ones they knew least about.

A flick of the head, a raise of one eyebrow, a sneer in the voice, a demand for proper contrition… there are many ways to indicate your view of a story without directly saying it. While, of course, the best way of expressing an opinion on the BBC has always been to invite someone opinionated onto your show and let them do it for you.

Hence, the unceasing barrage of Farage. No bias there, obviously, Mr Jordan. (Actually, I’m starting to smell the unmistakeable whiff of fascist sympathiser rotting behind the skirting-board. Aren’t you?)

It therefore seems more probable that, rather than breaching the general guidelines on balance and fairness, Naga’s crime was to breach the BBC’s private “Never say anything bad about President Trump” guideline, which thanks to the oversight of North America correspondent, John Sopel, or Sopoor as I prefer to call him, has been in place since before the orange madman was elected by a minority of American voters.

Barely a word of criticism of this big, fat liar, his ineptitude, his sexual incontinence and his many crimes – including now, it seems (and has seemed since Helsinki) treason – has thus far been allowed to enrage the ONE member of the viewing and listening public who apparently objects to Mr Trump’s politicised racism being called out for what it is.

Anyone invited by the BBC to comment on Mr Trump’s performance, even his opponents, will generally leave the audience with the impression that there is nothing wrong, that while Mr Trump may be endearingly eccentric, possibly even a little confusing, nevertheless his presidency is all quite normal, respectable and falls within the historical bounds of presidential propriety.

Which is, of course, very, very far from the truth. Mr Trump is claiming Presidential immunity from prosecution and under it, has committed Federal crimes including multiple instances of obstruction of justice, and numerous egregious breaches of his constitutional duties; while thumbing his nose at the Congress, a co-equal branch of government with a legal duty to hold him to account.

His presidency is not “normal”!

I don’t suppose the complainant called himself John Barron, by any chance? (That’s the name Trump used to use whenever he wanted to plant a juicy story about himself in the New York Post – he pretended to be his own PR flack.) Perhaps it was just someone from the US embassy, putting on a false nose, glasses and mustache.

I was reminded this morning that a little over a year has passed since the New York Times published over 30 pages, on 2 Oct. 2018, documentary evidence of the astonishing extent of the Trump family’s financial crimes and Donald’s years-long PR campaign to present himself as a brilliant and attractive self-made billionaire, when in fact his disastrous business decisions and many bankruptcies had required the writing of, literally, hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of bailout checks by his father, Fred C Trump; whose successes the miserable failure, Donald claimed for his own.

All in the most tax-deductible ways possible. And, of course, certain of his lenders have also been on FBI lists, suspected of involvement with organized crime gangs.

And yet he’s still in office, and – the Pumpkin forecasts – may still be when he comes up for re-election next year; still whining about “Presidential harrassment” by Nancy Pelosi and the Deep State (catch their latest recording!).

The last real BBC investigation of Trump’s shitty dealings was John Sweeney’s brave March 2016 Newsnight special documentary concerning his extensive connections with organized crime in New York and Moscow. Earlier this year, Panorama looked into Russian interference with the 2016 and 2020 elections, but Newsnight reports inbetween have been characterized by Emily Maitliss and others conducting anodyne interviews with brazen White House apologists like Trump’s atavistic “missing link”, Gorka; never once calling them out on any of the outrageous lies they would tell to defend the man who had probably just fired them.

Does he have people’s kids chained to a radiator in a basement somewhere? What is the reason for these halfwitted baboons he hires and fires, even retired 4-star generals, who will never work anywhere again, other than stacking supermarket shelves, to be so protective of his blatant lies and criminality, his horrible policies?

Why do they do that? Lewandowsky has been a staunch Trump supporter ever since he was fired, to be replaced as chair of the election campaign by an even bigger criminal wih Russo/Ukrainian connections, Manafort – now serving 7 years in a Federal corrections facility. Only yesterday, Fox News had to pull the plug on an interview with Lewandowsky, as he was clearly drunk.

In fact it seems fairly instructive that Googling “Trump Mafia” produces two consecutive hits in particular: one on The Guardian‘s report of last April, “Teflon Don: How Trump the Mafia Boss Fought the Law”; followed immediately by an unassociated link to the Wikipedia entry on Russia’s top crime boss, the terrifying Semyon Mogilevitch. (That’s top, as in “not including you-know-who.”)

And now Trump is facing impeachment proceedings for attempting to blackmail the president of Ukraine into helping him win the 2020 election. Nothing has been said recently about last year’s attempt – successful, as it happens – to get Saudi Barbaria to bully Qatar into bailing out Trump’s near-bankrupt son-in-law, Jared Kushner to the tune of half a billion dollars. Not even though it might have resulted in a war.

(You may have wondered why Trump continues to refuse to accept that MBS had anything to do with the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi?)

You may wonder too why he has chosen to repeat the behavior that got him into so much trouble with the Mueller inquiry, and to do it on camera this time? His refusals to allow key staffers to testify to Congressional committees he has described as “a kangaroo court” is clear obstruction of justice, and he either doesn’t know it, or he doesn’t care.

You will find 102 issues of the BogPo’s sister bogl, The Pumpkin, devoted almost entirely to Trump’s insanity and his dangerously dodgy dealings – most of which have already been forgotten by the media as each day brings new evidence of instability and outrageous behavior. (The Pumpkin never forgets.)

This is the president the BBC has been trying for almost three years to pretend is entirely normal. Hardly surprising, then, that a perfectly innocent and heartfelt comment from a member of a racial minority (in the West, at least – India is full of Naga Munchetties, perhaps not all as attractive) should cause such frightful outrage, in a once-respected institution weakened and corrupted by political forces determined to swing the balance of popular media toward disruption, division and social breakdown.

Where, of course, it would never occur to a dead middle-aged white man like David Jordan that, to a significant proportion of his audience, the large south Asian-British community, Munchetty would only have been reflecting exactly what they were thinking.

Maybe like Trump, he thinks they should all go back to where they came from?

 

GW: blowin’ hot and cold (with a bit of wet thrown in)

Iran: At least 5 people have died and over 300 displaced after a period of heavy rain from 01 to 04 October 2019 caused flooding in provinces of Sistan and Baluchestan, South Khorasan, Fars and Hormozgan. (Floodlist)

Yemen: Thunderstorms, heavy rain and flooding caused widespread damage over the past week. The UN reported on 3 Oct. that a total of 2,775 families have been affected by the floods in southern areas of the country; while damage to camps for internally displaced people was reported in Aden and other areas. (Floodlist)

Ireland: Although its arrival in the British Isles sandwiched between two wetter weather fronts last week was disappointing from a disaster-chaser’s point of view, ex-hurricane Lorenzo brought 80 km/h storm-force winds, flooding and damage to western parts of Ireland on 4 Oct. (Floodlist). Lorenzo had at one time been the largest and most powerful storm ever recorded in the eastern Atlantic, briefly attaining the top Category 5, but was undone by wind shear and colder waters.

Guam: Supertyphoon Hagibis intensified over the Mariana Islands in the West Pacific, exploding at the weekend from a 30 mph tropical disturbance to a 150 mph, top-end Category 4 storm in under 24 hours, bearing up to 10 inches of rain. Severe-weather.eu has peak windspeeds approaching 190 mph by 8 Oct. Accuweather reports, after departing the Northern Mariana Islands, Hagibis will begin to turn northward on a possible collision course with Japan. Some modest weakening is possible from Wednesday into Friday as Hagibis moves over the open waters of the West Pacific. Tokyo may have some of the most significant impacts from the storm.

USA: Hot, dry “Santa Ana” winds are forecast to bring an enhanced fire threat across California and much of the West, including Nevada, Utah and Arizona this week. Fanned by the winds, the “American Canyon Fire” near San Francisco consumed 500 acres and burned down a ranch in its first 5 hours. (Accuweather ). With snow in the Rockies, as deep cold in the northwest (that broke late September/early October records) runs into the warm air from the recent heatwave in the southeast (that broke late September/early October records), thunderstorms, rain and snow are forecast across the whole of the midwest from Texas to the Great Lakes. Yippee, more rain!

Great Falls, Montana recorded a low last week of 9F (-12.7C), beating its previous early Fall low of 22F set in 1959. On 1 Oct., mercury in Cut Bank, Montana plunged to just 1F (-17.2C). At the same time, by lunchtime it was hitting 97F (36C) in Washington DC, the hottest recorded October day… etc. (Wunderground)

Red sunrise by London skyline

Sunrise over London, 7 Oct. Intense vermilion skies were seen over the whole of the eastern half of the UK this morning. (Photo: Dr Hock, BBC Weatherwatchers)

Azores: Following the blast from Hurricane Lorenzo, which hitting at Cat 2 caused extensive damage but no major loss of life, a casual browse led to a stumble over a GW item from June last year, in which it was reported that two of the volcanic islands had suffered severe flooding then, after receiving two months’ worth of rain in under 24 hours.

Getting wetter, folks.

 

An open letter to a climate denier

Douglas Murray, Spectator associate editor and author of Neoconservatism: Why We Need It. (Sorry, must have missed something. Who needs it? Ed.)

Dear Douglas

I understand that moronism is the order of the day among certain classes of person who appear to find it amusing, politically expedient or profitable, but yours I feel is of a lower order. I’d call it attention-seeking.

First of all, let me say that if you wish to continue denying what is staring you in the face, that “climate change” – the dangerous overheating of the atmosphere and oceans as a result of emitting 37 billion tonnes annually of additional carbon and heat-absorbing gases to a finite system, causing adverse changes to the world’s weather systems, with consequent food insecurity, mass migrations and socio-economic breakdown – poses an existential threat to our and other species, and in the very near future, that’s fine by me. It’s already happening.

Your childish protestations against reality won’t make the slightest difference, as there is no expectation of some technological miracle that will provide our salvation. We have already passed the point of no return and must expect to live – perhaps not for very long – with the consequences. Atmospheric methane has nearly quadrupled over pre-industrial level and warming is only releasing more. Methane, 80 times more heat-retentive than carbon dioxide – these claims are nuanced, by the way, I don’t have space to detail them – decays to carbon dioxide. There is a runaway effect in train, now.

The question is, what do we tell people about it? What is in their best interest to know? How should they behave? How should we manage the fallout?

Your definition of what drives those questions as “fascism” I find quite lacking in charm. Fascism in its proper definition is a system of direct, extraparliamentary governance in the interests of military, corporate, sometimes religious and state-sanctioned bodies, united under one all-powerful dictator; the abolition of one-man, one-vote democracy; the undermining of the judiciary and the rule of law; the cult of personality; a populism often based on a false myth of some previous “golden age”, the licensing of citizen violence and the dehumanising of hated minorities; the abandonment of accepted norms of social behaviour; military expansionism in pursuit of the recovery of mythical “boundaries”.

All combined with the kind of double-standard you support as a kind of “neocon”, that what is awful for the “undeserving” majority is good for you.

Fascism has nothing whatever to do with a leaderless popular movement hoping, probably in vain, to extend the span of human life on earth through raising consciousness of other, possibly ameliorative modes of behaviour we could all adopt, given that the ecosystem of the planet clearly does not allow for infinite growth and the expenditure of energy derived from finite resources, to support the rising expectations of an unsustainably large population.

But then, you already know that. I’m sorry, this must be very boring for you.

Anyway, please feel free to continue lying your assinine head off about the lack of scientific consensus on the subject. I feel sure I can almost trace that particular meme back to Messrs Charles and the late David Koch, now making his own personal contribution to global warming; or to one of their well-paid PR shills from inside the Washington beltway, Mr Myron Ebell, possibly; or “Lord” Nigel Lawson, a dishonest paid proselyte whose entire knowledge of atmospherics is confined to cigar-smoke-filled rooms.

It would be traced too, to Exxon-Mobil, the world’s richest privately owned oil and gas company. But look, they’ve confessed to the true scale and nature of the problem on their public website, you know, the problem you refuse to believe exists; and suggested that something – what? – might be done about it. Too late, alas, but a creditworthy attempt, given the money they have outlayed over the years on supplying ready-to-go misinformation to opinion-shapers such as yourself. The tragedy is, they’re probably not even paying you.

You might be surprised to learn that the warming effect of burning fossil fuels – I am sorry if you find this difficult – actually, I doubt you even care, which makes you a true sociopath – was predicted in the latter part of the C19th, and fairly precisely calculated by the 1960s. It is not some new affectation. True, some collective action is required, that must conflict with your belief in the value of rugged individualism. I assure you, many rugged individuals are taking to the hills to survive the coming storm. Others are banding together in the hope of seizing power through group action – well-armed militias.

The fact that climatologists cannot predict precise outcomes in such a complex arrangement of competing forces as our turbulent atmosphere is surely obvious to any person with a modicum of intelligence, although not, obviously, to a journalist such as yourself, employed on the sort of low-circulation publication where you would expect to find a sneering contrarianism fashionable among the better funded set, imagining their money makes them invulnerable to environmental forces.

(I was born among them, Mr Murray. I know them. Having oodles of money does not improve them. But you continue poncing off them, pandering to their more absurd vanities if you will.)

Precise weather forecasting is not the point. Nor, really, is an exact knowledge of the likely degree of average warming: it is not the mean increase that kills, it’s the extremes. And there is no doubt that with a warming mean they are becoming, statistically, more extreme. We see the effects everywhere; especially in the damage to the jetstream winds; the warming oceans and the increases in the intensification, duration and precipitation of storms. Many countries are experiencing declining agricultural yields.

Your children, should you have managed to engender any while admiring yourself in the bathroom mirror, are going to die anyway; or certainly your grandchildren, well before their time, as a direct result of the crisis you are denying; whether as a result of your self-delusion or their own; although I doubt that, should these young people exist in your life, they have any respect for your atavistic gruntings and fartings. “There he goes”, they say, “the old fool, lying to himself and everybody else, and for what? His own self-aggrandisement? Fuck him.”

But I would rather mine didn’t have to die too soon because of your money-grubbing cynicism and the corrupted system of rotten, selfish values you live by, thank you. I’m sure many people would like to try to help, if they could. If they had the kind of information you’d prefer to deny them, to keep your rich friends rich.

In fact, I’m quite surprised to find you exist at all. Your ancestors must have had great trouble believing in the existence of smilodons, until they wuz gobbled up, one by one.

Yours truly,

GW

87 days and still the Eurocrets aren’t getting it!… Is there any point in mentioning, Donald Trump is insane?… GW: let’s execute the BBC for eco-treason… This week’s BogPo risks a peek into the unknown.

“It was clear UK does not have another plan,” a senior EU diplomat said of the meetings with (UK chief “negotiator”, David) Frost. “No intention to negotiate, which would require a plan. A no deal now appears to be the UK government’s central scenario.”

87 days and still the Eurocrets aren’t getting it!

“According to a poll last week, 79% of respondents said the British public don’t know what will happen in the event of a no-deal Brexit. That is an abject failure of all those groups campaigning against no deal.” (Guardian)

Yes, especially as 45% of Tories say they neither know nor care, they just want out.

Although it’s still not clear they know why.

So writes political think-tanker, Ian Warren in The Guardian, 5 August; arguing, with total justification, that the right-wing, Brexit supporting cabal has (as, indeed, has the proto-fascist Trumptard revolution in the USA) been much better at coming up with pithy slogans that hit home with the public than the Remain tendency has ever been, with its convoluted debating points.

Your Boglmeister spent 15 years slaving in the advertising business. He accepts that it’s actually more difficult to defend than attack in this situation, because the reasons for staying in are more nuanced, whereas any tattoed fuckwit can loudly demand to leave and do a runner without paying the bill, but here for what it’s worth are a few headlines, T-shirt slogans, memes, whatever, two-liners that you can use in your last-ditch campaign to end the madness.

 

What happens when we leave the EU without a deal?

You really don’t want to know.

 

Who’s secretly paying for Johnson to be Prime Minister?

You will.

 

Do you know who’s secretly behind Brexit?

That’s because they don’t want you to.

 

Who said selling off the NHS will make him richer?

Clue: he thinks Trump’s a genius too.

 

Privatizing the NHS

Means more unfair shares for the few.

 

Remember BUPA?

Ah, the good old days.

 

The NHS is short of 45 thousand GPs.

Send them back!

 

The NHS is short of 100 thousand nurses.

Send them back!

 

The Tories have blown £4.5 billion preparing for no-deal Brexit.

Project No-Fear. Satisfyingly expensive.

 

Brexit. Leaving is not the end.

Scrap Article 50 now. Begin again.

 

Is your pocket taking a pounding?

Our money is worth 16% less since the referendum. Happy holiday!

 

Brexit-supporting hedge fund managers:

“Heads we win, tails you lose.”

 

Brexit. Good for British farmers, British diet.

How much less food could your family live on? We find out.

 

Take back control?

We never lost it in the first place! (But now we have.)

 

Jacob Rees-Mogg.

Whose sovereignty is it anyway?

 

In 2001, James Dyson was angry. He wanted Gordon Brown to join the Euro. His business would make more money.

In 2014, Sir James Dyson was angry. He wanted to leave the EU. His business would make more money.

Welcome to Singapore-on-Thames.

 

Amazon. Facebook. Google. Should they pay more tax to the government?

Are you going to make them?

 

Northern Powerhouse or Northern Poorhouse.

Do you imagine they know the difference?

 

The car manufacturing industry is rapidly pulling out.

Who’s driving it, Prince Philip?

 

No to a customs union!

Would you mind opening the boot, Sir?

 

A hard border means a return to terrorism.

Oh, why can’t the Irish just behave?

 

“Then we spent four hours queuing behind these Somali refugees…”

Brexit. How to be a second-class citizen.

 

Johnson says he’ll suspend Parliament to get No-Deal.

Well, they all deserve to be hung.

 

Good news on the Brexit front:

Liam Fox has done a trade deal with Papua New Guinea.

 

What will a trade deal with Trump’s America mean?

Why you askin’, boy?

 

How do you get the chlorine off an American chicken?

Wash it in RoundUp.

 

How do you make the British Navy great again?

Plant more oak trees.

 

Experts, Brexperts. What do they know?

 

“And I would walk 500 miles…”

Well soon, you won’t have to.

 

People shouldn’t be allowed to migrate.

Occupy the maternity wards!

 

There’s a crisis in the Eurozone!

Yes. It’s us.

 

How else do we stop the evil German bankers?

Ask “Leave” Chancellor Sajid Javid, he used to be one.

 

Is there any point in mentioning, Donald Trump is insane?

“Since the beginning of the year, Trump has spent more than $8.7m on Facebook advertising, much of it designed to inspire outrage or fear. Other frequent topics include the border wall, ‘fake news’ and ‘socialism’.” (Guardian)

Would that were all.

“We have an INVASION!” he tweeted. “So we are BUILDING THE WALL to STOP IT. Dems will sue us. But we want a SAFE COUNTRY! It’s CRITICAL that we STOP THE INVASION.”

Dems have not sued Trump, Trump has sued Dems. Especially congressman Eijah Cummings, who is formally investigating Trump’s taxes. And since Trump began his virulent campaign against central American refugees, numbers have substantially increased.

How many whatsits does $8.7 million buy on Facebook, and who is paying for it, the taxpayer? The entire 2016 fake news Cambridge Analytica/Wikileaks Russia campaign cost less than $1 million. Donald Trump has used the word ‘invasion’ in over 2,000 Facebook ads since January.

In case anyone should imagine he is serious, “Since Trump’s remarks on Monday morning, the set of approximately 1,000 Facebook ads his campaign is running have focused on selling campaign merchandise, including plastic straws, beer cozies and baseball caps. He is also running 28 ads featuring the slogan ‘Latinos for Trump’.”

Incidentally, you can buy a pack of 10 environmentally unhelpful plastic “Trump” branded drinking straws for only $15.

Yes, people are.

What a dumpster fire this orange slug is.

Yet millions of Americans believe he is the Messiah. He draws on their collective insanity to create hatred and division, before weeping crocodile tears over the bodies of women and children, murdered in his name.

And where was he in the aftermath of the shootings?

On the golf course.

 

GW: let’s execute the BBC for eco-treason

World: July this year was the warmest month ever recorded worldwide (since 2016), satellite data has confirmed. June was the previous hottest June. The assessment was carried out by researchers at the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S). Scientists say it’s the latest sign that Earth is experiencing unprecedented warming.” (BBC)

A quarter of the world’s population across 17 countries are living in regions of extremely high water stress, a measure of the level of competition over water resources. Qatar, Israel and Lebanon were ranked as the most water stressed countries in the world. (Guardian)

It’s actually been rather pleasant here in Boglington-on-Sea. Unfortunately that and the plunging value of the pound has brought more impoverished British holidaymakers to our limitless coastal caravan sites, blocking the supermarket checkouts with tattoed bodybuilders in vests, their obese, phone-clutching partners and obese, shaven-headed kids, pushing huge trollies overloaded with sliced white bread and cut-price cider. £160, ker-ching!

Grrrr.

But: What The Fuck is wrong with the BBC? The news of another record hot month – no month in the last 34 years has been colder than the same month the previous year – prompted the following:

“…there is a wide sense among scientists that emissions of carbon dioxide from human activities are altering background temperatures and making new records more likely.”

A “WIDE SENSE”????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????!

Only 99 per cent of scientists in relevant disciplines remain convinced that CO2, aided by CH4, is heating the planet to danger level, while we know that the recalcitrant 1% are being paid by the Koch brothers and Exxon to lie that it isn’t. Still that’s not enough to convince the unpaid interns of W1A that global heating is real, is happening faster than we think, and is caused by us.

What the fuck is the matter with the BBC?

Regardless of any “Grand Solar Minimum”, volcanic eruption, lunar eclipse or passage in the Book of Fucking Revelation, we and we alone are causing the heat-death of the planet, and countless peer-reviewed papers now attest to it.

Taken together with the obscene normalization of the Trump regime and persistent favoratism shown to Brexit politicians, I would like to see the present management of the BBC removed, tried and preferably executed for treason to the human race, as an example to the others.

Piss, as they say, or get off the pot.

India: “Further heavy monsoon rain has caused the flood situation to worsen in the western Indian states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. A total of 53 people have now died in Gujarat and 182 in Maharashtra since the start of this year’s monsoon.” (Floodlist) 17.4 thousand people have been evacuated from rising waters in Andhra Pradesh. A new tropical depression in the Bay of Bengal could bring from 4 to 12 inches more rain to these areas by the weekend. (Accuweather)

Vietnam: “At least 5 people have died and 13 others are reported missing after Tropical Storm Wipha swept across northern Vietnam. Wipha also caused flooding and wind damage in parts of southern China. Haikou, capital of Hainan province, recorded 276.1 mm of rain in 24 hours to 31 July.” (From Floodlist)

Nigeria: “7 people died and dozens of houses were damaged in the city of Yola, the Adamawa state capital. Power supply was also cut in some areas of the city. A government official died 02 August when his car was swept away by flood waters in the capital, Abuja. Further heavy rain has fallen since, worsening the flood situation in the city with several roads blocked and buildings damaged.” (Floodlist)

Turkey: 1 person is missing after flash floods hit Rize Province in the Black Sea region on 04 August. 120mm of rain fell in 4 hours, flooding areas around the city of Rize. (Floodlist)

UK: Problems with flooding continued in the north over the weekend. “Part of a rail route in the west of Scotland will be closed for at least a week after severe flooding swept away part of the West Highland line on Monday. Yellow warnings are out for thunderstorms and heavy rain affecting much of the country until Wednesday.” (BBC) The worst threat of a dam bursting at Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire is over, engineers have lowered the water to beneath the level of the damaged area of the barrage.

USA: Dangerous heat will engulf the western United States this week with temperatures in the hottest deserts reaching or approaching the 120-degrees Fahrenheit mark. Temperatures are expected to climb 5-10 degrees above normal through Tuesday from the deserts of California and Arizona to Idaho and Washington, away from the coast. Each of these states will have widespread highs in the 90s and 100s. (Accuweather)

Western Pacific: Tropical Storm Krosa strengthened over the waters of the West Pacific on Tuesday, and could become one of the most powerful tropical cyclones so far this year in the basin. Typhoon Francisco became just the second typhoon of the year as it strengthened near Japan on Monday. Francisco was the first typhoon since Wutip in February, but weakened after making landfall in southern Japan early Tuesday. Tropical Storm Lekima is forecast to strengthen significantly this week and pose a threat to lives and property across eastern Asia. Lekima organized into a tropical storm after becoming a tropical depression in the Philippine Sea, east of Luzon, on Saturday. (Accuweather)

Hurricane season: While the Atlantic has been strangely quiet, a deep, hot “loop current” in the Gulf of Mexico could be storing up trouble for Gulf Coast hurricanes, according to the guys at Weather Underground (Wunderground). That’s despite last month’s short-lived Hurricane Barry churning up and cooling the waters off the coast of Louisiana.

“When a Loop Current eddy breaks off in the Gulf of Mexico at the height of hurricane season, it can lead to a dangerous situation where a vast reservoir of energy is available to any hurricane that might cross over. This occurred in 2005, when a Loop Current eddy separated in July, just before Katrina passed over and “bombed” into a Category 5 hurricane.”

Have more fun with money… Brexit: Spoiler alert… Miracle in Morrison’s… GW: We’re havin’ a heatwave, a tropical heatwave…… No collision!

Quote of the hour

Jamaica? No, she went of her own accord! Boom, boom!

Ivanka Trump – Orange Daddy’s shoo-in for chair of the World Bank – has tweeted her congratulations to Boris Johnson on becoming Prime Minister of “the United Kingston”.

Theresa May watches England v Ireland test match

“Reserved? Who says?” Theresa May puts her hair up at the cricket.

Have more fun with money

A leaked document shows how the Department of Health has been preparing to announce the abandonment of a scheme to cut the number of acute beds in northwest London by reducing the number of hospitals from nine to five and moving patient care into “the community”.

“Shaping a Healthier Future” (SaHF) was a wheeze begun in 2010 under the shameful tenure of the role of Health Secretary by Jeremy Hunt and continued, until the decision was taken to give up, by his successor, Matt Hancock.

According to the report in The Guardian, £76 million was spent on consultants. Otherwise, nobody knows how much public money is going to have to be written off, after it was accepted that the concept of care in the community for patients with acute conditions is a logistical impossibility and medically unsafe.

After nine years, the plan to cut 600 acute care beds had resulted in the loss of just seven beds as the closures failed to keep pace with the rise in demand, which apparently no-one had predicted.

“Cllr Ben Coleman, chair of Hammersmith and Fulham’s health and wellbeing board, said: ‘This leaked document confirms that SaHF was a grotesque waste of time and public money, which threatened life-saving health services.’” (Guardian, 24 July)

So much for the much-vaunted fiscal responsibility of the Conservative party. Just more public money, pissed away in vast quantities by the people who brought us Chris Grayling – the Justice/Transport secretary who has cost the British taxpayer well north of £3 billion in failed project write-offs.

That’s on top of the report we relayed in the last issue, bearing the news that nearly £2 billion in overseas aid is being spent every year on supporting loans made to fossil-fuel industry projects in wealthy countries like Russia and Saudi Barbaria.

And now the not-very conservative Conservatives have foisted on Britain, a new Prime Minister – selected, not elected – with an atrocious record of squandering tens of £millions on fantasy projects and failed implementations while Mayor of London for eight disastrous years.

To quote a senior party member, asked why he preferred Johnson over Hunt, “Because he’s more fun!”

Great stuff, guys.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/24/millions-wasted-in-failed-nhs-hospital-closure-programme

 

Brexit: Spoiler alert

Open Democracy has a report today of an exercise in which a multinational group of academics, journalists, political thinkers and normal people “wargamed” Brexit in minute detail, to see what was the most likely outcome in the Autumn of all the possible scenarios thrown up by our hopeless politicians in Westminster.

It’s another referendum.

(Game not available for purchase. Other games may be afoot…)

 

A Florida insurance company claims to have sold nearly 6 thousand policies to people fearful of being kidnapped by aliens, among nearly 2 million who have signed up to a website urging them to turn up at the military airbase in Nevada known as Area 51, where for years conspiracy theorists have been sure the US government is holding an alien spaceship and the remains of its crew, to demand to see the evidence.

 

Miracle in Morrison’s

Off, all togged-up in the old YSL suit, to sing briefly at the funeral service this morning of my almost-something-more friend and/or colleague from choir, who keeled over last week.

Only 64 and seemingly as fit as anyone seriously proposing to walk from here to visit her daughter in Dubai next year, while watering the guerrilla garden of which she had made her grubby town-center cul-de-sac.

Her sister bravely made it 99% of the way through a charming tribute to her Quixotic life story, while one by one, tiny grandchildren were removed to make it easier for us oldies to hear what was being said.

As John Crace writes in today’s Guardian, of the accession speech to No. 10 of Boris Not-Gudenough, there is nothing more guaranteed to make someone depressed than a delusional narcissist telling you to be happy.

That’s pretty much what I thought when the imposing-looking Canon reminded us, she’d be in Heaven with Jesus for all Eternity.

I’d have made do with five more minutes down here.

The strange thing was, I spoke to many friends who told me, she’d just bumped into them, seemingly at random, over the course of the week before she died. I’m still trying to work out how, as on enquring further, it seems she died two days before I recollect to the best of my failing ability the time I last saw her, and we arranged to meet for tea.

Although intellectually lively, she was deeply religious, which is why I thought we’d ultimately not get on, but she wasn’t walking on water.

Does Morrison’s carpark count as the setting for a Divine apparition, I wonder?

 

GW: We’re havin’ a heatwave, a tropical heatwave…

France: “According to Météo-France, all-time record highs were set Tuesday in western France, including the cities of Brive, Bordeaux and Châteauroux, where temperatures climbed above 105 degrees Fahrenheit (42C). That’s equivalent to the average late-July high in Las Vegas and Phoenix.” Temperatures in some cities did not drop overnight below 25C, the high 70sF. The heat plume is spreading northwards and is expected to produce record highs in Scandinavia by the weekend. (The Weather Channel)

In other hot news, the French energy giant EDF was forced to shutdown two nuclear power plants on the 23rd because the water used for cooling the uranium fuel rods had overheated. Hosepipe bans are in force in 73 of France’s 96 Départements.

Organisers of the Tour de France have had to cancel stages because of the extreme weather. A hailstorm and a landslide forced the race jury and organisers to stop the 19th stage with the extreme weather conditions having damaged other roads.

Boglington-on-Sea: “Heatwave, what heatwave?” A mostly cloudy day, 24 July, with the odd sunny interval, it’s barely made it to 25C here after yesterday’s peak of 32C – as measured digitally in the semi-shade of my front garden. London however is predicted to hit 37.7C, 100F on the 25th, and the Met Office is saying we could see 39C “somewhere in the south of England” – making it the hottest day in recorded history. (Express – didn’t quite make it. Nevertheless at 38.7 a new record.)

A body has been recovered and 2 men are still missing, after jumping into the River Thames to cool off. A 4th person is thought to have drowned at a water park in Gloucestershire.

USA: Intense storms have battered the East Coast, following a brutal but mercifully short heatwave. “A (very rare) EF-1 tornado with maximum winds of 110 mph carved a path of destruction on Cape Cod Tuesday 23rd, the National Weather Service confirmed. At one point nearly 54,000 customers were without power.” (Accuweather) Terrified yachties recorded the sea seeming to boil, and a motel had its entire roof ripped clean off. High winds brought down trees and power lines, and completely trashed a street market in Appleton City, Wisconsin.

Fire crews are battling a major wildfire, named the Museum Fire, north of Flagstaff, Arizona. 5 thousand residents are on alert to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

25 July, Accuweather reports, record LOW temperatures are arriving; states like Colorado, Akansas and Tennessee are looking at 50F to 60F, daytime. It hasn’t been that cold in July since 1905…. But in central California, a new heat anomaly is building, temperatures expected to break records with 110F in Fresno by the weekend.

Uganda: Flash floods have destroyed homes and crops after heavy rain, which is still continuing. Around 2 thousand people were left homeless. There’s especial concern over damage to rudimentary sanitary facilities as a vector for disease; and fears for possible food shortages by the autumn. (Floodlist).

India: “20 people have died and 3 are missing after heavy rain, floods and severe weather in the southern state of Kerala. The fatalities include 7 fishermen who died at sea. In a 24 hour period to 20 July, Kudulu recorded 310mm.” 1,200 people have been evacuated to shelters. (Floodlist)

Bangladesh: “Latest estimates from the National Disaster Response Coordination Centre, over 70 people have died and 5 million have been affected across 21 districts by the monsoon floods that began earlier this month. The death toll includes 56 from drowning, 8 from snake-bites and 7 from lightning strikes (Floodlist).

Cognitive dissonance: Trawling for news of Storm Chantal forming off Florida (it’s fizzled out), I hit on a website that said “Hurricane Chantal” had come ashore in Newfoundland in early August, 2019. WTF? Looking more closely, I see there are “fantasy hurricane” websites. The phrase “hole-in-the-head” springs to mind.

 

Tunnel approaching…

“…over a 10-year timescale, the current global release of methane from all anthropogenic sources exceeds all anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions as agents of global warming; that is, methane emissions are (150 times) more important than carbon dioxide emissions for driving the current rate of global warming. … Self-reinforcing feedback loops further accelerate heating in the Arctic and just one of them, seafloor methane, could suffice to cause runaway heating.”

Arctic News’ “Sam Carana” (an anonymous collective of polar researchers) are trying to get the threat from methane taken more seriously, as activists continue to follow the standard IPCC line in emphasizing carbon dioxide as the principal villain. By “runaway heating”, incidentally, they mean 18C by 2026 and heading on – following the extinction of all life (on Earth – but does life exist anywhere else?) and via the evaporation of the oceans – into a Venus scenario.

No collision!

NASA reports, a 390-ft-wide asteroid first spotted only 3 weeks ago was due to pass between Earth and the moon today, 24 July. At least, I’m assuming it’s passing… it’s still 24 July as I write….

25 July: Phew! This thing parted our hair… missed by just 70,000 km. 150 megatonne impact would have made a hole 2.5 km wide by 500m deep if it had hit without breaking up in the atmosphere (as they usually seem to) On land, take out a whole city. In the sea… devastating tsunami.

Meanwhile, strong drumbeats are being recorded on seismographs at Yellowstone, indicating a pressure-cooker effect from magma upwelling below. Similar seismic notes were recorded shortly before the devastating explosion in 1980 of Mt St Helen’s. (Mary Greeley) Another amateur seismologist, Ben Ferruaiolo reports, aftershocks are continuing to shake Ridgecrest, epicentre two weeks ago of the M7.1 earthquake in California; there’s ground uplift above the China Lake magma chamber (and military nuclear facility), another “supervolcano” lurking beneath the supposedly extinct Coso volcanic field north of the town.