Gambia Shall Have A New President

Because of the recent upset election in the United States, any election in the world is noticed with some extra scrutiny, like the disbelief of the defeat of the twenty-two-year rule of the President of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, why even his admission of his defeat is news, having been accused of crushing dissent and the torturing of opponents, is not to be believed even by his closest associates in government. What has kept most long term dictators in power for so long even if the dictator himself wishes to step down, is his associates who have helped him rule with an iron fist, that have made enemies and fear without the protection of the government for their lives and their children’s lives. Some have noted that may be the case with Syria, and why the civil war there has gone on for so long and will continue until some major changes take place behind the scenes in Damascus or on the battlefield.

Just who is this president-elect of Gambia, why he is Adama Barrow, a self-made real estate developer who once worked as a security guard at Argo’s in London, Gambia’s chief of the army has pledged allegiance to him already, a good sign that he will not be jailed and tortured, some have added, yet. Gambians can only hope for an era of potential after living under a president who have arrested people for being witches and wizards. Barrow has sworn to step down after only three years, the time he thinks it would take for a kind of democracy, Gambian style, to take root. The first step toward that end would be the release of some political prisoners, then and only then, we shall see if this election has any legs…

Four Timer Merkel

I remember posting earlier this year that the German Chancellor saw something that few in her country did, the future. With birth rates hitting the floor the only way Germany will be able to survive a stagnate economy is with new healthy workers, immigrants, which is why I think some forward looking Christian Democrats re-elected Angela Merkel chairwoman by 89.5 percent with an eye toward winning a fourth term next year. I admit that opening the flood gates to some one million migrants did not endear her to some grassroots Germans, but that is what leadership is all about, urging the people to eat their peas. There are only two ways for any nation’s population to grow, to bear fruit on the vine, by having more babies then have passed on, or to import them, the world has shown no shortage of these willing and able to work for the safety and security of Germany so that the country will not dry up on the vine.

Another nation facing the cross road of population stagnation is Japan, they will either must, you know what, or see their economy spend itself into bankruptcy taking care of the aged or like Germany import new workers to prop-up and pay into their social programs or dry up on the vine like a prune, pitted or not…

The Gathering Crowd, Come Let Us Reason Together

The U.S. surpassed Russia as the largest producer of natural gas in 2011, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. At 80 billion cubic feet of production per day, the U.S. produces 25% of the world’s total, and the EIA forecasts U.S. gas production to increase to 84 Bcf/day by 2020 and to skyrocket to 104 Bcf/day by 2030. The U.S. is also the largest consumer of natural gas in the world, followed by the European Union and Russia. By Rakesh Upadhyay for Oilprice.com

Just because large deposits of fossil fuels have been found that is not enough of a reason to go and get it, when the added cost of the ‘getting’ coupled with its use in harming the environment will not be the worth over the long term and will be greatly diminished when compared to recent green energy developments that are proving themselves far better as more come on line every day. Some will argue for the employment of the fossil fuel workers; they are just short term workers.

Any current manufacturing plant operating today employing five hundred workers, will in five years or less employ just ten working at computer terminals running the entire operation, that is just how fast robotics are advancing.

 What business model operating in the United States paying its current minimum wage could compete with one paying $6.00 an hour off shore.

Today Amazon Go was introduced, the notion of shopping and paying without store clerks, no minimum wages to be paid at all, just stocking clerks and perhaps security. The world is changing so fast that it seems ridiculous for anyone living today to ever want to take America back to a time that was not that good for everyone, perhaps for those that were satisfied with the then status quo…’the make America great, again’, crowd, and its crowd pleas

Let’s Talk Turkey

The president-elect made a telephone call to the President of Taiwan, or received a call from Tsai Ing—wen, who knows which, anyway, some have called the conversation itself a blunder, but not me, this president-elect has from day one of his presidential campaign shown the world that he is crazy, crazy like a fox and cannot be corralled, he has always gone his own way against normal behaver of those who have been assigned his advisors, make that controllers. Some consider this phone conversation as affront to China, mainland China, who are easily upset even if an American citizen holds a public meeting with the exiled Dalai Lama of Tibet. This president-elect is like a bull in a china shop. He is like a technician’s son left alone in the control room, pushing buttons just to see what happens next or what it does. This president-elect approach to diplomacy is unconventional to say the least, harmful to say the most, as with his every tweet or now phone conversation sets the nation back hundreds of years in painstaking growing strains with no filter, I predict will only get worse after inauguration day this coming 20th of January 2017…and mercy be upon us all both in the U.S. and abroad…

Great Again, Mr. Trump?

Because of the recent upset election in the United States, any and every countries election in the world is noticed with some extra scrutiny, like what is about to take place in Italy, with what some are calling shades of Brexit thrown in. There are two parties vying for power, the right-wing Northern League and the populist Five Star Movement, both have surged in the polls, as Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has placed his government on the line with his proposed reform referendum that are on the ballet, with a ‘no’ vote, he has pledged to resign plunging the country into a Brexit type situation, lurking in the background of this Sunday’s election is the European Union, in a kind of stay or go conformational atmosphere.

In Austria, the far right is hoping to emulate Donald Trump and a Brexit type victory for a kind of home rule against European Union influences, the anti-immigration Freedom Party election of the presidency in a mostly ceremonial office will be shouting from the roof tops for changes as the first step in a truly make-over for local government geared solely for Austrians and the hell with the rest of Europe, mainly the European Union.

Even the slightest sign of a victory in Italy and Austria will be viewed as a small form of success for homebased rule and a vote to end future membership in the European Union which is regarded as a collective and not in their private and unique best interest. Political scientists should be watching the elections next year in France, Germany and the Netherlands as anti-mainstream forces are expected to do very well. In the Netherlands, “That a far-right candidate for a party founded partly by Nazis and with a history of anti-Semitism could be so close to power at the heart of Europe is self-evidently troubling,” a Financial Times editorial said this week. As for me I will be looking for a secure place to hide, you may want to join me…

To conclude, one statement that will not be quoted throughout all of Europe not this year nor the next… “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” This quote comes from Emma Lazarus’…inscribed at the base of Miss Liberty in a New York harbor…

Take Heed…

I’ve heard him claim, no name please, to have seen thousands cheer in New Jersey as the World Trade Center Towers came tumbling down, no one has ever claimed to have been in that number nor to have witnessed said event. Now he alleges millions of illegal votes were cast during the 2016 presidential election, no one has claimed to have been in that number either nor have expelled a single illegal vote or votes have so for been proven to have been cast. It is not for me to call anyone a lier, just to note that one can be mistaken, as to what was seen, or to have been told some misinformation by someone with an ulterior motive to cause some sort of mistrust of the U. S. electoral system. Who knows? Who knows what lurks on the dark side of one’s brain where some evil thoughts just waiting to come gushing out without any notice, or warning. Warning – Warning, what follows is misinformation of the highest order, take heed, take cover, or forever hold your piece or is it peace, at this point in this post it just doesn’t much matter all that mush and I do mean mush…

Trumped, Again

Becoming president-elect of the United States makes obtainable privileges not available to the average citizen as well as some restrictions, like not being able to walk down a city street alone or drive an automobile and not living in an unsecure building in the heart of big city when there are other personally owned properties in the area available that can be made more secure at less of a public expense, but oh, I forget, the president-elect would have to be willing, it’s clear he is not. The security cost for the Trump Tower and the surrounding area alone has been estimated at one million dollars a day, throw in the extended family, about 18 at one count, and we are looking at a little over two million dollars at many locations. Secret service staff to be housed at the tower need to be housed on one full floor, were a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment rents for $5,250.00 a month, with or without bunk beds, sleeping five, then there is office space, it’s just too much for my little old mind to contemplate so I won’t, I’ll just leave that up to you.

Now for a little fantasy…

What if there was a maximum-security facility, with residential and retail traffic within, building deliveries and visitors screened searched, residents entering and leaving daily, located atop a skyscraper on one of the busiest shopping streets in one of the largest most populated city in the world, there would surely be a movement afoot to move it to a more secure location like an island in the middle of a river where it can be better protected on all four sides more cheaply.