15 years ago on Thanksgiving Dianne brought home a tiny apricot bundle of fun and almost 15 years to the day Luka left the world. She was a truly great little dog who made both of us better people. She did her job as she figured it and took care of us. I miss her so much.
I cannot believe why anyone would be surprised at how retrograde and awful the American Presidential debates are. What are people expecting? Do they they think that these two shills for the oligarchy will suddenly say “I will bring to justice the bankers responsible for the financial meltdown. ” or ” I will make sure that military spending is cut by half across the board” or “I promise that I will actually be interested in doing something for people with a net worth less than $100,000”. or “I guarantee that just as many white folks will go to jail as black, brown and red folks.” or “I will make sure that the medical system will not bankrupt anyone unlucky enough to get sick.” Get a grip. These candidates are of the same class and have been bought and paid for by corporations. They are not interested in anything democratic because there is no democracy. They and their ilk have made sure that there will never be democracy except in name for the naive.
It is so sad and frustrating how the intersection of class and race is playing out in national politics across the globe. It was always there but it seems to have become more prominent now. Many people seem to want to overtly revel in this kind of racism. Right wing politicians are happy to oblige as enablers ( i.e., T.May and Trump). They always have an Other in their sights whom they can demonize through rousing the racist beast in their populations. It is a great deflection tool. Meanwhile they rob all of their populations blind in collaboration with banks and arms dealers and the like.
Carbon pricing and cap and trade are a total sham. They merely allows the biggest offenders to sell their evil to the powerless and compradors. If you want to deal with climate change then you legislate against the military use of fossil fuels, limit the amount of flying all individuals, academics, corporate hacks, overnight delivery firms and politicians among others do, get rid of personal transportation, limit the trucking in of luxury items… The list goes on. It means you have to reign in capitalism and every consumer’s role in it (Yes I include all the evil I do in the above). Of course we know individuals will say “But I neeeeed my car.” Politicians will do nothing because of the lack of will by consumers to change their lifeways and because politicians are owned by the corps and their investors (including most of our pension funds).
So the Jays are all set to blow their season. They decide to start righty Stroman, whom the Jays have not hit for all year, because Liriano is a newcomer. The Orioles hit Stroman. The Orioles can’t hit lefties which is what Liriano is. Don’t get me wrong I like Stroman but I think Gibbons has it wrong here. However, you are likely to see Liriano as soon as Stroman weakens. Unfortunately Gibbons always leaves his starters in too long when that happens. Saving Stroman’s ego because he will be in TO for the long haul is not a sound strategy. If this team does not make it this year it will be broken up. Bautista is likely gone because he is now injury prone and has not hit as well as in the past plus he has made ridiculous salary demands. Anyhoo, I hope i am wrong, but i expect the Orioles to kick the Jays butts tonight.
Saw Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children yesterday. (If you have not read the books you should. There is now a 3rd one out.) I had high hopes for it going in even with Burton at the helm. He made some needless changes that did not make something already grand better. The first half of the film was pretty faithful to the book save for Burton’s changing of the female lead which i did not see the reason for. The second half just turned into the usual Tim Burton movie which i think is now getting old. They changed the plot so much i do not see how they can do the second book. Eva Green was great to see and she did what she could with the support role of Miss Peregrine. Verdict: 5 dead cats out of 10