Donald wants to run our ever-so small world

Tom Camfield
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Posted 12/26/19

And Greta is trying to save it. It was a toss-up whether to use “ruin” or “run” in the headline here. I decided to stick with “run” as Donald will be able to …

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And Greta is trying to save it. It was a toss-up whether to use “ruin” or “run” in the headline here. I decided to stick with “run” as Donald will be able to pretty much have his own way with the world for another 5 years if he is re-elected Nov. 3. And ruination, especially in the matter of climate change, is an automatic side-effect which is being totally ignored in Donald’s rapacious treatment of the environment. This truth is being spread among the government leaders of the world by Greta, while Donald harps on a lying version of his activities during pep rally gatherings of the greedy, ignorant and faithful in various key states and over the airways, with misleading ads in social media, etc

The smallness of the globe that is our world is illustrated by Donald’s continued developments, erection of the “Trump” name, etc. Golf course resorts in Scotland and Ireland, the last I’d heard a planned international hotel and tower in Bali—probably largely financed by the Istanbul towers pictured above, an office tower, a residential tower including over 200 apartments, a mall with 80 shops and a multiplex cinema.

Trump doesn’t own these Turkish towers outright but collects on a royalty connected with the Trump name—for which he had raked in between $3.0 and $17.0 million between 2012 and his run for president in 2016 (unclear as these figures were given in ranges).

Before Erdogan’s re-election to the presidency in 2018, a threat was made to remove Trump’s name from the towers when he appeared to have political opinions contrary to the towers’ builders, including Erdogan. According to “Mother Jones,” it was less than a month later that Trump “very publicly” voiced support for Turkish President Erdogan. And his closeness with Erdogan has continued even over the objections of some of Trump’s most ardent supporters.

I’ll continue here as I know many of my readers don’t follow “Mother Jones.” For instance, “in May of 2017, when Erdogan visited Washington, D.C., for a White House visit, Turkish agents violently attacked protestors outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence—shoving past local police officers to do so. Videos showed Erdogan calmly watching the attack from his car. Although the House of Representatives—then under GOP control—voted 397-0 to condemn the attacks, Trump refused to do so. A few months later, Trump praised Erdogan, describing him as ‘a very good friend’ and saying he gets ‘very high marks’ for the way he runs Turkey.”

Then came Trunp’s decision to pull out of northern Syria, which led to a Republican backlash the likes of which rarely has been seen. The chief reason: Trump’s partisans worry he had set up the United States’ Kurdish allies for a slaughter at the hands of Turkey.

And they were right. Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops away from the Syria-Turkey border, effectively endorsing a Turkish assault on the U.S.-allied Kurds occupying northern Syria, was a disaster. Trump made the call after a Sunday phone conversation with Turkish President Erdogan, and without consulting the Pentagon or Congress. Less than a week later, Trump ordered the removal of all U.S. troops from the region, further endangering the Kurdish people, strengthening ISIS, and ceding influence to some of America’s chief adversaries. In return, the U.S. received nothing.

But the Trump name remained prominently in place, drawing down its dollars, while 130,000 Kurds were forced to flee their homes, according to the United Nations. And CBS News reported an independent war-monitoring group in the U.K. found that in the initial assault 60 civilians and more than 200 fighters (121 SDF members and 86 pro-turkey militants) were killed as a result of the initial offensive—as the assault continued.

It all has that old “quid pro quo” smell to it.

Greta, meanwhile, continues to demonstrate the smallness of a close-knit world in her own way, deigning transport by air (and red meat) as she travels by electric train and boats powered by wind and sun. She has traveled Europe by train and to North America by boats powered by wind and sun.

If you’ve heard of the phrase “carbon footprint” chances are, you’ve heard of Greta Thunberg. You either love her or hate her. She has shamed politicians and individuals and has unapologetically called on the world to panic along with her

As I write this, there is neither time nor space to do justice to this 16-year-old Swedish girl concerned with the survival of human society in a shrinking over-polluted world. That will come later.

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Justin Hale

President Trump made the right decision getting U.S. out of the Paris accords and in rejecting the GND. I know the Trump haters want to beat him up for these decisions and I'm betting the majority of them haven't even read the documents. Tell me Tom, what is so great about the GND, and what about it do you support.

Trump also made the right decision to not get U.S. involved in another endless war between the Kurds and a NATO ally Turkey. Really, you're arguing that we should be involved in that mess? This was just one more BS issue for the Trump-haters to criticize his decisions.

"you’ve heard of Greta Thunberg. You either love her or hate her."..... Nonsense. Is your world really that black and white? I thought you liberals were supposed to be liberal.

Friday, December 27, 2019
TomCamfield

Well, gee! Accused murderer, Brazilian president snd generally corrupt best buddy of Donald Trump, Jair Bolsonaro last week called Greta Thunberg, the young Swedish environmental activist, a "brat." He questioned news coverage of a tweet in which the 16-year-old included link to a story about the murder of two indigenous people in the state of Maranhao.'

"Greta said that the Indians died because they were defending the Amazon," Bolsonaro told a group of journalists. "It's impressive that the press is giving space to a brat like that," he said (using the Portuguese word pirrallia.) ''

Thunberg's comments about the deaths if indiginous people came as the U.N. was hosting its international climate change change conference where Brazil;s environmental policies have been the subject of criticism. Deforestation of the Amszon rose nearly 30% in the 12 months through July'

"Indigenous people are being oiteeraooy murdered f9rtryig to0rotect thr]r]e forestfrom illegal deforesttation ," 'thunberg tweeted. :Iver and over again. It is shameful that thewirld remains slim]nt about this>"

Sunday, December 29, 2019
Tom Camfield

Sorry about the butchered ending to the previous comment. I'm working slowly with one dimmed eye and it all posted while I was making corrections.

The final line should have read, "Indigenous people are being literslly murdered for trying to protect the forest from illegal deforestation," Thunberg tweeted. "Over and over again. It is shameful that the world remains silent about this."

Further comment will have to wait until later

Sunday, December 29, 2019
Justin Hale

"Well, gee! Accused murderer, Brazilian president snd generally corrupt best buddy of Donald Trump, Jair Bolsonaro last week called Greta Thunberg, the young Swedish environmental activist, a "brat." He questioned news coverage of a tweet in which the 16-year-old included link to a story about the murder of two indigenous people in the state of Maranhao.' ".....Guilt by association much?

FACT 1. President Bolsonaro was never accused of murder.

FACT 2. One of the men actually accused of the murder happens to live in the same gated community. So like if someone in Kala Point murdered someone all of the K.P. neighbors are somehow involved in the crime?

True that the Amazon basin environment and the indigenous people living there are threatened by lumber, mining, cattle and other industries. So what is Trump supposed to do about it? Impose strict Tariffs on all products coming from Brazil? Then the Trump-haters would btich about that. How about this, all US companies could boycott Brazil materials. Guess who would love that? China and Russia.

Monday, December 30, 2019