Saturday, January 21, 2017

Overtly original oration...

The word cloud from yesterday is one thing, the overall content quite another: "Like everything else about him, Trump's speech was indeed a break from established tradition, and nowhere was this more obvious than in the selection of words that had never appeared previously in any US inaugural address." [Link ZH] Some of them you can understand not being said before: bleed, carnage, ripped, rusted and tombstones for instance. Others not so weird: lady, landscape and urban. The Millennium Report called it the 'Greatest Inaugural Address In U.S. History', simple because "Trump Told The Truth Like No President Before Him". ...
"Trump thrashed them with his words of truth as he trashed their empty promises and politics of betrayal."

Friday, January 20, 2017

Obama's off...

...and The Donald is here. Orange is the new black. Below is the BBC word cloud of Donald Trump's POTUS inauguration speech: apparently it was fairly short speech [update: shortest since Carter] when compared to Obama's but it seems quite clear that he intends to attempt exactly what he said before: MAGA. However, IMHO he made a few too many promises and repeatedly made one grave error: never say 'never'.

Now the last of Ows Obama comments (unless he comes back like he's threatened to do): Obama had one last admission (apart from tons more last minute legislation) as near as damn-it admitting the 'hacking' was a leak. Nostalgia: Obama's biggest lies and Obama's offspring

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Outline of our objectives...

So, SO much better than expected: Theresa May you little beauty. Theresa May's Brexit speech [The Spectator] was IMHO superb, clear and - as near as damn it - complete.
"I want this United Kingdom to emerge from this period of change stronger, fairer, more united and more outward-looking than ever before. I want us to be a secure, prosperous, tolerant country – a magnet for international talent and a home to the pioneers and innovators who will shape the world ahead. I want us to be a truly Global Britain – the best friend and neighbour to our European partners, but a country that reaches beyond the borders of Europe too. A country that goes out into the world to build relationships with old friends and new allies alike. I want Britain to be what we have the potential, talent and ambition to be. A great, global trading nation that is respected around the world and strong, confident and united at home... 
..And that is what we are seeing today. Business isn’t calling to reverse the result, but planning to make a success of it. The House of Commons has voted overwhelmingly for us to get on with it. And the overwhelming majority of people – however they voted – want us to get on with it too. So that is what we will do."
Full text HERE (UK Gov).

Video: YouTube (hope it says up). 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Others' odd outlook...

The WEF has published their own [PDF] report on 2017: the World Economic Forum is "committed to improving the state of the world, is the international organization for public-private cooperation", which is very close to a simple description of real Fascism! I admit to being a simple soul and like pictures and graphs etc so for a brief summary look at Figure 2 (image above), the table on page 4. You will see two grids that are the 'Top 5 Global Risks in Terms of Likelihood' and the 'Top 5 Global Risks in Terms of Impact' over the years. I would argue that to have NO economic or political (EU? US?) risk for 2017 is fantasy (we'll see soon enough I guess) and to have extreme weather event as as TOP in terms of likelihood and 2nd top in terms of impact is lunacy (remember, this is global impact). FFS.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Ows outlook...

The year 2017 will be memorable, as memorable as the 2016 but mainly for different reasons; as for the exact timing, well only the red fire rooster is a cert:

Friday, January 06, 2017

Owning Oliver's overpriced offerings...

Well said JD WETHERSP00N (Twitter PARODY!) who has responded to Jamie Oliver (or more specifically Oliver's 'Italian' range CEO Simon Blagden said: "As every restaurant owner knows, this is a tough market and, post-Brexit, the pressures and unknowns have made it even harder" [BBC]. Of course had they not blamed Brexit I doubt the BBC would have been interested.

Trouble is, it just reflects exactly what Jamie Oliver's company did in 2015 and 2014, clearly a company strategy, open up several 'new idea' restaurants to fanfare, suck up the mugs money for a year or so then close the least profitable and start with the next idea (quite a few in the pipeline I imagine, 'Barbecoa' on the be whittled down in a year or two for the next whizz).

The main point is, that it is NOTHING to do with Brexit so stop fucking lying.

"WTF, Jamie Oliver?", to quote the Spanish response to him massacring paella last year. Hat-tip: Order-Order

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Owning Obama...

Pwned. The 'Midnight Rules Relief Act' was passed yesterday: it is legislation that will "enable Congress to overturn, with a single vote, executive branch regulations finalized in the last 60 legislative days of an outgoing presidential administration." It may come in handy in future years and is "designed to stifle a growing trend by presidents to use their final few months in office to hurry through costly, expensive or controversial new regulations" but for now it would most definitely be useful offering some control and/or accountability of Obama's hissy fits, including veritable dangerous moves (and how many then get right back to terrorising?); as BHO heads for the exit these new powers can only be a good thing.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Outgoing Obama's outrageous outrecuidance...

O to go...
Battling for position as current number one threat to world peace? IMHO Obama must be in with a chance: just WTF is he on? Crazy lame duck domestic policies [like putting between 1.5 and 2 million MORE acres under federal control in Utah and Nevada - remember they own most of Nevada anyway and over half of Utah (expect rebellious locals NOT to be happy...again), no vote, no debate] are almost expected of this most petulant of POTUS but on Israel (no surprise?) and on Russia (sassed) he is playing a very odd and dangerous game. He is also bringing thousands more Muslims at the same time as dismantling the post 9/11 registry for Muslims.

Jan 20th can't come soon enough.

outrecuidancen. - egomania; gross conceit (as ever, from Luciferous Logolepsy: "dragging obscure words into the light of day".

Update: "I’m a former lifelong Democrat, stating here a clear and incontestable fact: Barack Obama is a failed President." [LINK]; lots of detail.