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Museum fire

adrianabr, I don't know if you still look at LJ, but if you do, I've just seen the news about the National Museum fire. Such a tragedy!

Stupid Steve

It's no secret that I'm not a fan of Donald Trump or his administration, although until now I've mostly kept my thoughts about the Cabinet appointees to myself. But when idiocy reaches a certain level, it's necessary to say something.

Not to be confused with Sloppy Steve, aka Stephen Bannon, Stupid Steve is how I'll be thinking of our Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (hmmm, add a letter and switch things around a bit and you have "munchkin"...), which may or may not be my mind going off on a tangent. Anyway, you remember Mnuchin. He's the one who decided he had to take his actress wife Louise to inspect the gold in Fort Knox, and remarkable coincidence, they made that trip at taxpayer expense on Total Eclipse of the Sun Day, with Fort Knox conveniently in the path of totality. And then there was that photo of Steven and Louise with a sheet of freshly minted currency, all the bills bearing his signature. Nothing especially noteworthy about that, apart from the fact that Louise was apparently wearing opera-length gloves as she delicately held a corner of the sheet of bills. So yes, that Steve.

Now we learn that Steve M. seems to think you'd be looking for the global elite in the wrong place if you think they'll be at the World Economic Forum in Davos later this month. Not at all! Davos will be filled with average Joes (you know -- the everyday people who spend $70,000 for a conference ticket and then helicopter in to hang out with A-list celebrities and the odd world leader).

Yeah, right. Stupid, Steve.

Trump and the London embassy

So Trump has cancelled his trip to London to open the new U.S. Embassy. Here's the reason he gave (via tweet, naturally): "Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for 'peanuts,' only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Bad deal."

(As usual, he got his facts wrong, but what else is new?)

In tweets of their own, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and former opposition leader Ed Miliband offered a different interpretation: "Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda. It seems he’s finally got that message." (Khan) and "Nope it’s because nobody wanted you to come. And you got the message." (Miliband).

Boris Johnson (Foreign Secretary, sometimes known as "BoJo") couldn't resist sticking up for Trump (maybe they've bonded over their hairstyles?), tweeting: "The US is the biggest single investor in the UK - yet Khan & Corbyn seem determined to put this crucial relationship at risk. We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed up pompous popinjay in City Hall."

News flash, Boris -- the "puffed up pompous popinjay" currently resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC.

Theresa May, who still has that very ill-advised early invitation to Trump to make a state visit to Britain hanging around her neck like an albatross, appears to be studiously silent.

I'm guessing that the embassy staff is heaving a collective sigh of relief, and I don't blame them.

Trump in Switzerland

So our VSG (Very Stable Genius) president has decided to grace Davos with his presence this year. He'll be attending the World Economic Forum, where he apparently wants to talk about his "America First" agenda. I'm already anticipating the self-congratulatory tweets. :-(

About that book

Wolff's book sold out everywhere immediately. Apparently people were lining up at midnight waiting for bookstores to open so they could get a copy. Shades of Harry Potter release parties!

The bookstores are not only sold out, but the warehouses are empty as well. The publisher is already doing a second printing, which will probably also go quickly if my local bookstore, with its waiting list of 300 people is anything to go by. I was advised to wait a couple of weeks if I want to get my hands on a physical book, or to go ahead and just buy it as an ebook.

I could add a tagline to my icon and say "and they're all reading Fire and Fury".

Great interview/duel over the weekend between CNN's Jake Tapper and the White House's Stephen Miller. Voices were raised and blood was drawn. The interview is out there on YouTube if you want to see it.
Donald Trump and his lawyers are delusional if they think that issuing a cease-and-desist order to keep Michael Wolff's book Fire and Fury out of bookstores and out of people's hands is going to do anything except increase the demand. Sort of like pouring liquid on a fire to douse it, and then discovering the liquid was gasoline....

The release date has been advanced from next Tuesday to tomorrow morning; I'm hoping my local bookseller isn't sold out by the time I can stop in after work.

Anyone want a copy? foudebassan? jenni_snake? Tavi?

Comparing buttons

According to a cartoon in today's Financial Times, neither Donald Trump nor Kim Jong Un possesses the biggest nuclear button. That one belongs to Special Counsel Robert Mueller. :-)

2018

Just about 30 minutes to go here until 2017 is put to bed, and as I'll probably be asleep when the calendar page turns over, I'll wish everyone Happy New Year! now before blowing out the candle and turning off the lights. See you all next year. <3

Birthday (belated)

Thought I could just squeak in under the wire, but I see midnight's come and gone in your part of the world, so I'll have to settle on wishing you a

HAPPY BELATED HALLOWEEN BIRTHDAY!!!

Oops! Forgot to say the birthday greetings go to foudebassan

Hannibal ... Osborne?

The latest offering (Financial Times 15 September 2017) from Robert Shrimsley. And after Boris Johnson's recent article on Brexit, I'm sure Theresa May hopes he accepts that dinner invitation. I wonder if she knows her own invitation to dinner will be arriving soon....

Hannibal Osborne offers Tories a new psycho dramaCollapse )

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