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Red Sky at Night: Killozapian Boogaloo

Tarq

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Read through a previous blog post from around this time last year and feel like doing a followup of that socially conscious type stuff.

 

So, life's still pretty messy right now, eh?

We keep seeing everything Brexit and Trump touch getting worse, yet we don't stop them. Granted, props to the yank's courts and some politicians for taking firm stands against Trump at times; they deserve a lot of respect for standing up against someone as downright dangerous as that dotard :3

I guess its weird for me to see people dig their heels in rather than just concede making mistakes. Remember when people considered recognising errors and learning from them to be a positive trait?

 

For people who aren't keeping score with Brexit it currently looks like this:

-We pay a tremendous divorce bill that will likely range between £40-£60 billion. Would you like me to write that out with zeros?

Remember that a huge campaign point to leave was all the extra money we'd save by not contributing to the EU.

-We will continue to be aligned with the European Courts.

...But we'll have sovereignity* ofc (no, not that rad card game). Even, if this wasn't the case, sovereignty would have minimal impact on a layperson; it just means some other asshole rules over you...and its not like we've got any particularly competent people in office atm. And that applies to both major partys.

*You will not have sovereignty. No substitions or refunds.

-We're begging for access the single market and customs union.

And ofc we would. Unfortunately, see above. The overwhelming majority of EU policy is for the purpose of harmonious trade. Wont oblige? Then you don't get access to the single market. And all that legislative nonsense about worker's rights. Well, why do you workers want that anyways? You've got just enough sovereignity so that companies can eliminate H&S standards for marginal profit (but hey, its not like you can put a price on human life otherwise).

-Immigration has been reduced. Or, the 'no-one wants to live here anymore effect'.

Aww ****. Now who's going to toil the fields while I play xbox? Don't be surprised when the same legal migrants we belittled and shoved out are given a golden handshake in five years to return. Guess who foots that bill.

-Inflation is ballooning.

Y'know how before Brexit people were saying, 'Mannn, the acceleration in inequality is really problematic.' Yeah, that's not better now.

 

Sorry, I don't want this to be too Brexit-centric (although, obviously I'm more informed on UK politics). One of the most interesting aspects of it though is the refusal by both major parties for a second referendum. I kind of agree since the alternative is to regularly revote on this topic in case the consensus ever generally does favour leaving again. My main issue though is that 52-48 is not a clear enough result and we should have set a threshold figure, say 70%, to warrant this would-be massive change; if there was a genuine majority politicians wouldn't have to pussyfoot around issues to avoid damaging re-election prospects.

 

Sorry again, its really hard not to get dragged into this ¬.¬ So, we're still seeing a raise in the political far-right. Jeez, we still might lose Merkel. She's really the last, best hope for humanity right now. One of the more amusing things about this is the British general populace's inability to recognise what the far-right is. Recently, its a become a catch-all insult used by airheads if someone says something they disagree with. Same as snowflake. As a literary man it saddens me to see language become the casualty of politics.

 

Actually, one more fascinating thing about Brexit. A lot of people who voted for it admonish Trump; "Trump is racist, Trump's an isolationist, Trump only puts his own interests first.". Its phenomenal to me that they can say this with a straight face.

 

Climate change is still, well, changing the climate. We're actually seeing some improvement in that regard when it comes to infrastructure, but the attitude of the general populace is still the issue. What's crazy is we're really seeing effects, even here in mild-weathered Britain. When grids go down businesses lose money. Those wildfires in the states aren't free for governments to put out. No-one benefits, people almost universally recognise it as 'man-made' climate change yet we continue to behave this way. Its unfathomable to me. Amusingly, someone actually tried to scold me at work this year for turning the lights off in rooms that weren't in use (naturally I reminded them they were not my line manager and that other's shouldn't have to suffer because they're too lazy to raise their arm when entering an exitting a room; Mama Nature's a milf folks, lets help her maintain her youthful exuberance).

 

Automation scares were a big deal a this year; Heck, 'they took his jooob' was practically a campaign slogan for Trump back in '16. Here's the funny thing about automation and any form of universal basic income; they'll almost definitely never happen (or, at least, in such a watered down form as to be unrecognisable). And its largely because of the people these systems would benefit. Now I'm not talking about the truly down-and-outs like the homeless, the beggars or the otherwise unemployed; they have zero to lose. Its the working classes and smaller merchant classes. And yes, these people would overwhelmingly gain from such social advances but they would lose something, and that something is purely cerebral; they would lose the perceived meaning of the labour (and all the associated struggles of just getting by) that they've performed 'til now. Perhaps more importantly they would lose a level of distinction; out-earning others provides a sense of accomplishment; from this we can gather that some level of inequality is actually desirable by some (to an extent, myself included I suppose).

 

My observations have been that the outright racism that sparked last year's entry has largely cooled down. In fact, everything kind of has. Maybe its the emptier bellies lowering motivation. Maybe the reduced immigration figures means we see less supposedly objectionable people. My view is that people are pretty regularly engaging in complete disassociation with the world; we read about Kimmyboy in Korea, how we're Putin up with the Ruskies, and that Trump's always got something funny to say. And then we just go about our day. I suppose its kind of necessary; its out of our hands anyways right? But it feels like people are really sincerely trying to find happiness now, to force it, because who knows when the bomb is going to drop.
 

Well, I've been at this a while now and more will probably follow in the comments so now here's Tom with the weather...



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I remember when you previously talked about Brexit, my response was it was going to hurt in the beginning, but the end was going to be the ultimate determination. It probably feels like it's been an eternity, but it's been less than two years. Probably too soon to deem it a success or failure, but it sounds like a lot of work needs to be done in order to right the ship (or maybe keep it afloat). 

 

We got enough problems on our side of the pond with the Idiot in Chief in power. The only things he seems to be proficient at is dividing people and making any given situation worse. Climate change is a big one there. Luckily many cities in the US are still committed to the Paris Agreement even if the federal government isn't. Nuclear war is another concern for a lot of people. Not for me. At least for now. As much that is said about Kim Jong Un being bat shit crazy, he's not stupid enough to start a war he has no hope of winning. He just wants to be able to stay in power and rule the way he wants. Nukes are just a deterrent like they are with every country that currently has them. Trump won't launch a nuclear strike either simply because he's a coward. He's all hot hair. He doesn't want to deal with all the responsibility and fallout (pun intended) of a nuclear war. It's doubtful he'll declare any sort of war.

 

The one thing that does worry me, is that North Korea does have nukes. The general strategy the UN has is to strangle the North Korea with sanction after sanction until they are foreced to wither comply or collapse. Kim Jong Un may not be willing to start a war now, but what happens when he's backed into a corner? That's when I think he'd use the nuclear option. As a last desperate resort. Which is why I feel the US should have declared war before North Korea had nukes. It became pretty apparent Kim Jun Un was going to pursue becoming a nuclear power come hell or high water. Probably should have handled that before he had the capability to make a counter strike. Now any military action is going to come at a high cost on both sides. Even if he can't currently reach the US, he sure as hell can reach South Korea. Now the best option seems like assassination is the best option to avoid a nuclear war in the future. Try and get someone a little less crazy and a lot more willing to play nice. Of course, I have zero faith that Trump or his cabinet could devise and execute a successful plan so that'll have to wait. 

 

In the meantime I could worry myself to death about it or I can play Assassin's Creed. Hmm... think I'll go with the latter :)

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Edit: Talked about North Korea a bit because I mistook loney's comment for the blog post, so I got rid of it for being off topic.

 

I have mixed feelings about the whole brexit thing to be honest. On the one hand, I am not a fan of how the the EU appears to do stuff. I think I have a unique kind of outlook on the whole 'globalization' debate in general: In my view globalization is a good thing if and only if it is decentralized. The EU simply puts too much emphasis on centralized control. Free trade and open borders is all well and good, but the EU to me seems like it goes way too far beyond the scope of that. If the EU were more of a loose confederacy and less concerned about dictating it's own laws and having it's own bureaucracy I might be much more positively inclined to it, but it doesn't seem worth it to me. On the other hand, yes the EU isn't perfect and I don't trust it one bit, but I think brexit was sort of a mess. I think several of the motivations behind the whole brexit movement was misguided and dumb, and the whole thing was kind of a reactonary lashing out rather then a serious attempt at positive change.

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