10 Dec 2015

And Then A Trump Card….

I've been a little busy for a while, then I got big busy but things are settling down again now so here I am and man, a lot of stuffs happened while I've been doing other stuff has it not?

What do I like the most? Most has been and gone but that Trump  guy getting all the right people to wet their pants seems to be lingering.

What I noticed the most was that all the hand-wringers who have access to a media platform for a rant are condemning his words in such a way that you can almost feel their spittle coming off the screen and yet all the writings of condemnation that allow comments, the commenters, who's only platform is comment sections, to a huge percentage seem to agree with Trump in so far as if you have an enemy within and you've ascertained the persuasion of that enemy, you should be a tad more careful about letting in more of those of the same persuasion as the persuasion you've ascertained is the persuasion of your enemies already within.

Thing is, these 'prominent' people just go ahead and write/say more of the same the next day. Don't they read the comment sections of their articles? Does it never occur to them that, owing to the weight of comments against their mind-set, they should possibly pause, take stock, take a taxi ride all around town, take a deep breath and start again?

Just a further example of how out of touch those in there are with us out here I guess.

Lastly of two things, bob along here and have a read of this warming article from MEP Mr Helmer which is an open letter to  Michael Merrifield of Nottingham University. Works, for me, on so many levels.

Quote;  Thomas Jefferson.

“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”


Caratacus said...

What Ho! Mac - thanks for the link to Roger Helmer's article. I've added my two-pennorth in the comments for what it's worth (awaiting moderation) but I rather suspect that Mrs. Merrifield's little boy will somewhat be less than gruntled when he reads it. I will try to squeeze out a tear of sympathy ... but I don't hold out a lot of hope.

Caratacus said...

Just in case it gets moderated out of existence, here is my rambling contribution to the debate:

Michael – I would have a lot more sympathy with Warble Gloamists if their efforts were as equally dedicated to planning for the inevitable effects of climate change as they are to making us all feel as though we were individually responsible for some unutterable human catastrophe. If we are to see sea-levels rise – do something about it … arguing about a degree here or there is patently a diversion and does not address the problem Mr. & Mrs. Smith have when their house is inundated due to p***-poor local planning. If we are to see increased rainfall or drought DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. And I don’t mean beggaring about with ‘carbon-capture’ or trying to persuade emerging economies to be a bit careful in the future. Plan for these things because, it would seem, they are on their inexorable way no matter how many illustrious professors seek to bend the ear of utterly venal politicians who advance any cause that does not interfere with their own comfort. Handwringing, chucking blame hither and yon and allowing cynical governments to invent and raise taxes which do nothing to address the problem is not the way forward. Flood defences, intelligent food production and distribution, clean water for all, reliable energy production – these are the things which need intelligent minds to plan for. But that’s not quite as exciting as building bird-chopping windmills, or planting squalid and inefficient (if un-subsidised) solar gathering fields on soil which should be put to food production is it?

I’d better stop now as my language is threatening to drop to that of a three-badge stoker but believe me when I say that Mr. Helmer seems to be a tad nearer the pulse of thinking souls in this country than you appear to be. But what do I know? Educated only to A-level standard (1971) and apart from a yellow stripe for swimming a width in 1959, I can only cite a lifetime’s experience dealing with excitable and knowledgeable fools with an axe to grind.

Mac said...

Seems you found a nail and a hammer. You noted the nail had a blunt end and a pointy end and the hammer had a flat bit at the working end. You then applied the flat end of the hammer to the blunt end of the nail with extreme accuracy.