This post should have been up on Sunday. I started to write it in plenty of time but I it’s just too depressing thinking about the state of the world at the moment. I’d blame Boris Johnson but I think he’s just a symptom of a larger problem. However it is very therapeutic to rail against him so I might try and write something later this week dedicated to that awful midden fire of a man. Anway, on to the update.
I think it’s time we took a look at the state of the world. I haven’t done one of those for a while because it’s all just too horrible but I think it’s time.
In the United States Donald Trump is somehow still the president. ICE (Imigration and Customs Enforcement) seems to have started modeling itself on the Gestapo and there are thousands of people in camps on the southern border. The mainstream news media has reacted to this by arguing with itself about whether we can call the camps ‘concentration’ camps or not. While journalists argue people die but they’re brown people and none of them are fetuses so no-one in power seems to be willing to do anything.
American law enforcement agencies may be almost ready to admit that the right wing identitarian groups they’ve been relying on to keep them informed about ANTIFA might actually be the real terrorists. Or maybe not since the republican party has taken time out of their busy schedule of arseholery and gerymandering to suggest that ANTIFA be defined as a terrorist organisation in spite of not actually being an organisation.
Britain has a new Prime Minister. I was not expecting to see Worzel Gummidge’s stupidest head running the country but here we are. Of course he’s calling himself Boris Johnson but he’s been sacked from various jobs in both politics and journalism for lying so who are you going to believe: me or him? As an aside how bad a liar do you have to be to be too bad for both journalism and politics?
I’d like to think that putting this homunculus in charge will inevitably lead to Scottish Independence. He’s everything about Westminster politics that annoys the Scottish Electorate and he’s not competent enough to stop the Scottish Parliament if it makes up it’s mind. But he is also ruthless enough to send in the troops and craven enough to suck up to Trump for help.
The entire new cabinet is almost a caricature of awfulness. It seems to be entirely made up of people with a proven track record of failure in the very areas they’ve been promoted to. Rik Mayall must be spinning in his grave that he’s not around to resurrect Alan B’Stard one last time.
Europe has been suffering through record high temperatures. It’s not just the heat it’s the humidity and the duration of the heatwave. I’m 47 and I’ve never seen anything like it but it’s really just last year’s heatwave scaled up. This is the new normal. This is a climate crisis.
At the same time as Europe has been baking in the sun, parts of the Arctic are burning. The permafrost is melting, releasing methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. That can’t possibly be good.
I don’t know how to wrap this post up. It’s tempting to say that our systems no longer work but actually they are working exactly as they’re supposed to. They protect the wealthy and the powerful and the rest of us can go hang.