Happy Father’s Day to all of those who are dads, will see or talk to their dads, miss their dads, wish they could be a dad, or love the dad they’re with (so to speak) today!
I will be busy in the kitchen soon cooking for hubby’s dad, but thought I’d offer up a thread to put up some updates on a few of the things on my mind these days.
The Castile verdict. I still can’t get over it. I know I shouldn’t be surprised, but that one was an extra ‘wow’, and not wow in a good way.
Grenfell Tower tragedy. Reports of survivors being given palty sums in aid:
Survivors handed ten quid each. Outlandish degree of contempt being expressed here. https://t.co/KgQysTLcPv
— Richard Seymour (@leninology) June 18, 2017
— EL4C (@EL4JC) June 18, 2017
and being encouraged to move away:
Maybe the leaders of the Council should be relocated to Preston. https://t.co/VRcAytRMpm
— Paul Bernal (@PaulbernalUK) June 18, 2017
— Hicham Yezza (@HichamYezza) June 18, 2017
Will those who reported ‘feeling the pressures’ of gentrification before the tragedy be proven correct? Will the lower income people ultimately be pushed out of the area?
‘They’ (neocons, neolibs, and the other unsavory characters) want centrists:
To defeat populism, America needs its own Macron–a charismatic leader who can make centrism cool. My take: https://t.co/AAF1YwTnqb
— Max Boot (@MaxBoot) June 15, 2017
Whither populism? On that question rests the future of the West. If populism becomes ascendant on both sides of the Atlantic, it will kill the vision of “the West” that Americans and Europeans have promoted since 1945 as a community of nations based on free trade, rule of law, mutual defense, democracy, and human rights. That vision has delivered the longest stretch of peace and prosperity that the West has ever known, yet today it is under assault from both the far left and the far right, with the two extremes often sounding interchangeable in their contempt for “globalism” and free trade, their repudiation of international institutions, and their admiration for the strongman model propagated by the likes of Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.
Melodramatic much Max? So many clues given there, though, to spot attempts at manipulation towards their ends going forward. They’ll try to tell people that moving left, for example, will threaten “peace and prosperity”, that it’ll threaten security, and “democracy, and human rights”. We need to counter the coming onslaught in what will surely be an even stronger push than ever to the center.
Max goes on to celebrate Macron, smear Corbyn, comes this short of calling Corbyn a terrorist, for crying out loud, and ends his literary opening salvo with this:
What the U.S. lacks, and could use, is a charismatic candidate who can mobilize the center of the political spectrum as Macron has done in France. Until such a figure comes along, we will remain in danger of whipsawing from far-left to far-right with no stops in between.
Am pretty sure we’re going to be hearing Macron’s name a lot going forward. But that’s not the name on these people’s lips in the UK!
— WeThePeople (@gaurangmorjaria) June 17, 2017
I’m with Mike:
which is why its so important we get rid of these centrist neoliberal shitheads before they let it happen
— Mike O'Hara (@mediumvillain) June 18, 2017
Thanks for reading, I hope you all have a great day!
Many happy moments and blessing to you all!