Interestingly, two related items—which are completely unrelated—appeared in the media.
The first one I noticed was an advertisement for a cruise. The route would take the ship along the fabled Northwest Passage, which has now become ice-free, thanks to Republican politicians and their financial backers. I cannot imagine why anyone would want to pay money to travel such a boring route. I read a New Yorker piece by someone that had traveled on a container ship from Murmansk to Vladivostok, because the ice melts in the summer and the route is shorter than sailing around Africa. I recall only how boring the trip was for anyone looking out the window.
The second item was a report about Canadian scientists discovering the wreckage of two English sailing ships, which went missing two centuries ago while searching for the Northwest Passage. They became stuck in ice, and all perished.
Thanks to climate change deniers and fossil fuel wasters, there is little risk of tourists suffering the same fate as earlier explorers. Still, the news of such a calamity should provide a cautionary tale for climate change deniers, fossil fuel waters, Republican politicians…and cruise purchasers. Then again, these all fall into the category of “stupid people”, ie. those that cannot accept reality and change his or her mind.
I watched part of the news conference at the end of the NATO summit and was impressed by the president's command of facts and articulation of the issues. These are complicated subjects, with names that are not easy to remember.
Afterwards, I flipped through news channels and paused for a moment on Fox News. One of the Republican idiots, that tried to run for president, was commenting of the president's news conference. All he could utter was meaningless criticism, because he does not understand the complex issues facing the country. This is a prime example of a guy having an opinion and thinking he's right, because he is shameless and cannot recognise his vapidity.
But, things will never change...
Republicans want to do something, especially if it's wrong. They do not recognise that most of the problems in the Middle East were caused by themselves. Criticism of someone trying to clean up your messes is the worst kind of hypocrisy.
Here' one guy that gets it right:
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