For years—decades, even—I have been saying that the world faces major problems, because voters selecting the leaders are uninformed or misinformed or just plain stupid. I said this, more or less, in jest. Sadly my words were prescient. One cannot help but become fearful of the future when confronted with the current slew of outlandish headlines. And, fault can be laid at the feet of US voters....
NUNES SAYS HE HELD RUSSIA HEARINGS ALONE IN HIS APARTMENT AND THEY WENT GREAT
By Andy Borowitz
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Representative Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters on Wednesday that he just spent several days alone in his apartment holding hearings on President Donald J. Trump’s ties to Russia and that those hearings “went really great.”
“Having concluded several days of hearings on my own in my apartment, I am one hundred per cent satisfied that the President had no involvement with the Russians,” Nunes said. “Now it’s time to move on.”
While Nunes would not reveal who testified at the hearings in his apartment, he called their testimony “credible and productive.”
“I didn’t know what to expect when the hearings started, but, take my word for it, they were really, really good,” he said.
The disclosure that Nunes had conducted the Russia hearings alone in his apartment drew howls of protest from Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee. “No one on the committee was invited to these hearings,” Schiff said. “I can’t believe that Devin keeps trying to get away with this crap.”
Nunes, however, pushed back against Schiff’s rebuke. “If Adam had ever seen my apartment, he would know there was not enough room to fit the whole committee in there,” he said.
After speaking to reporters, Nunes headed to the White House, where Trump presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
I figured out a way to reduce human destruction of the planet, which will not require Republicans and Democrats to agree on passing legislation. Companies must simply make a rule banning animals made of folded towels put on beds of hotels and cruise ships. After use, these thousands (more?) of towels used each year must be washed. Banning will save electricity wasted and soap powder being dumped into the sea/sewers. These silly “animals” are completely worthless, beyond raising a brief smile on a face or two before being tossed aside.
WHITE HOUSE DENIES ANY TIES TO UNITED STATES
By Andy Borowitz
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In a fiercely defiant statement on Tuesday, the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, denied that any member of the White House staff has ever worked “in any way, shape, or form” for the benefit of the United States.
Angrily addressing the press corps, Spicer said that any allegations that members of the Trump Administration have ever acted in concert or collusion with the United States are “unequivocally false.”
“At no time during the transition or afterward did any member of the Trump team have meetings, conversations, or any other contacts that furthered the interests of the United States of America,” Spicer said. “In the thousands of communications that took place, the United States never came up even once.”
Drawing a stark contrast with the Administration of former President Barack Obama, Spicer said that many members of Obama’s staff were “clearly and flagrantly working for the United States government at all times.”
“President Trump has put an end to that,” he said.
In closing, Spicer said that the recent effort to pass the Republican health-care bill should silence “once and for all” those trying to link the Trump Administration to the United States government. “If you look at the interaction between the White House and congressional Republicans, there is absolutely no evidence of coördination,” he said.
I spotted a headline announcing that Tripadvisor named Bali as the “greatest destination on Earth”. I do not agree. I have visited Bali a few times and did not particularly enjoy either. Service is better in Thailand. Beaches are better just about everywhere else. Hotel brands I patronized were less good than similar ones at other destinations. I did not particularly like the first visit and returned only for business meetings. I would never plan a vacation to Bali, when there are so many better destinations.
Using TripAdvisor is like panning for gold: you have to sift through a lot of sludge to find a few nuggets of worthwhile information. All positive comments are the same fluff with little useful information and negative ones are often written by people that had their egos no sufficiently massaged.
Guess to which city I traveled today. I provide three clues...
1. A partial view of the city, with the airport visible on the lower left.
2. The approach to the runway.
3. The airport terminal (partial view).
If someone were to hold a gun to my head and demand that I name one favorite movie, I would have no trouble. It is Out Of Africa. Good story. Excellent screenplay. Beautiful cinematography. Fine acting. Good music. I can think of nothing to criticize. (Although, there is one minor issue: the sunset scene on the beach, because the sun sets in the west, not the east.)
I have watched this movie many times, enjoyed it each time, and will be glad to watch it again.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.