Despite suffering from depression I’m normally fairly upbeat. I’ve seen the winds of change wash over various Governments as they become aware just how important the issue of the environment is to more and more people. And the issue of terrorism throughout the world
Now I wonder if the wind has changed direction again.A huge number of people in America voted for Trump despite the things he said during his campaign. Could it be that people’s interest in the environment is starting to wane, at least in the United States?
Trump has declared that he will back out of the Paris accords on Global Warming and America’s agreement to reduce it’s carbon footprint. After years of trying to get America to commit to this, you finally think you’ve won and this happens.So half the population have lost interest? He also declares that a few million square miles of Federal lands will be sold off (That’s National Parks people!!) for more drilling for oil and mining or fossil fuels.Federal lands belong to the people really so it’s wrong to sell them off to his friends in the oil and mining industries.Up goes America’s carbon footprint. Trump can give the finger to Europe and to future generations of American children too.
While the majority of the West are trying to show support for Muslims and let them see we know they are not all terrorists, but suffer from terrorism at home worse than we do, Trump is going all out to offend them by stopping travel to America by 7 different Muslim Countries. The excuse for this is to keep terrorism out of the United States, despite the fact America has not suffered any terrorism at the hands of these countries.America did however suffer terrorism on a huge scale on 7/11 and yet travel from the Countries from which the terrorists came is not affected. I have to wonder if that’s because Trump has business interests in those places yet none in the 7 Countries affected.
There seems to be (or hopefully have been) a renewed interest in the far right in certain Countries.Switzerland, The Netherlands, Germany, some Eastern bloc Countries and France. Until now I wasn’t too worried as I basically had enough faith in the people not to vote them in. That was until America decided to do just that.A President in power who leans to white supremacy and neo-Naziism. A man who can appoint white supremacists to positions of power inside his Government.People also who can tell lies and call them alternate truths.
I know there’s been a promise of jobs under this man and that America badly needs jobs now but the previous Government was doing well with the unemployment levels. I’m not sure how many jobs Trump can create unless it’s for bricklayers but once that wall is built and visitors stop coming through I think you’ll find a lot of job losses on the U.S. side of the border as the border shops have no-on to sell to any more. The President of Mexico will be angry of course at the insults thrown his way as no doubt are some other heads of Countries also insulted by Trump’s actions.
There has to be a way to reverse this trend and get the World back to the way it was when lessons were learned about the Nazis and their ways and about protecting the environment for future generations. Don’t cast your vote for the far right and in America make sure no Republicans are voted in next year and get rid of your mentally ill President while you can.
Sending Hugs to all for a great week
Like many other people outside America I’m still stunned at the election of Donald Trump. Many of his election promises must have sounded good to a lot of people and that’s a thought I have to cling to rather than believe that racial prejudice is running as strongly as it ever did. As for Trump himself, despite having taken advantage of the low wages accepted by foreign labour I can well believe his prejudices.
In the week since his inauguration we’ve seen him sign documents to commence building a wall along the border with Mexico.No doubt some people believe this will cure all the ills of the US but how many have considered the down sides? Mexico is never going to pay for the building, it has no need to. So, the cost will likely land fair and square on the American citizen unless it gets added to the National debt. Further though is the likelihood that less visitors will come from Mexico so there will be job losses and a loss of income for border traders.
We’ve now also seen a document signed disallowing visitors into the Country from 7 places abroad. Noticeably these places are all Muslim Countries which is like saying All Muslims are bad Muslims which simply isn’t the case…..at least for now but Trump is going out of his way to make enemies of them all. Amongst all those held at airports after de-planing is at least one Muslim who actually worked for the U.S.in his own country and now needs a place of safety. Once again I suggest there will be a big loss of income to the US as well as questions asked at the diplomatic level by other Countries.
At 5.15 am this morning I read a post that said a New York Judge had overturned Trump’s declaration as being Unconstitutional. he UCLA had also intended to take out law suits against him by a variety of clients. Hurrah for human decency.
Various Government departments have had gag order from Trump so that they cannot report to the public new findings in fields like the Environment.Global warming it seems is not just to be denied but hidden too.
Following the various demonstrations held about the appointment of Trump and of the various appointments made by him 6 reporters have been arrested and may be charged with various things like inciting a riot , taking part in one or anything else that can be thought of. At the moment I don’t know if this is because the police have a grudge against the fourth estate or because Trump has declared war on them. What is the biggest surprise to me is that the papers are not in uproar and filling their front pages with this story about an attack on their own. Surely they can’t be running scared of Trump, it’s their job to report on him and what he does. A suggestion by his white supremacist press secretary that they shut up and wait should not cow them. Come on chaps, grow a pair and support your own as well as keeping your public up to date with what happens in Government without fear or favour.
The world is never going to be a better place if we continue to tolerate the hate and prejudice seen here. W cannot allow ourselves to be manipulated by our politicians. They must be made to remember they work for us and under our instruction no matter their own personal feelings. If they can’t do that, or will only work to fill their own snouts at the trough then they must go.
Speak to your representatives and ask them to vote against further moves to ban refugees as a humanitarian gesture. Bring a little more love to the World.
Here we are at Christmas 2016. Has the World improved since this time last year? Not a lot.
Hopefully with the fall of Aleppo and the current removal of all the civilians from the last remaining parts of the city all the Western soldiers will feel able to depart Syria. With Russian forces there and no-one wanting to confront them we’ll have to let things fall as they will. If wee go in to take Assad out and put him on trial the killing of civilians will probably continue under the Russians and we could end up at war with them if we interfere.
In America my friends are worried because the President elect is continuing to appoint totally inappropriate people to his cabinet posts. He himself is still making statements about what he’ll do when January is over. It doesn’t always make sense but when it does you can guarantee it’s usually something nasty designed either to hurt the planet or to hurt the gay community. It seems Mr Trump and the Republicans don’t believe in live and let live. Since they now control both houses and will also control the judiciary it looks like they can do as they like. And with appointees in all the key positions in direct opposition to what the Office is for it seems climate change will take a bashing and the opening of more coal mines and oil fields will go ahead. The Country may never recover.
So, as we approach Christmas Day 2016 I shall be hoping the World can achieve a little more peace as the year changes and that mankind might find his taste for killing his own kind has left but his taste for rebuilding and for tolerance have grown.
I shall also be hoping that Trump will surprise everyone with a change of heart. Where the coal mines are left untouched and global warming is accepted as the threat it is. Maybe he’ll leave Gay marriage in place, accepting that gays have the same rights as the rest of us to love.
We’ll have to enter 2017 with an air of hope and eternal optimism.
Have a Happy Christmas and a Brilliant New Year.
Hugs to You All.
Tomorrow is December 1st and we start the month when typically loving and giving are to the fore. It seems an automatic thing to keep in mind the persons you are buying gifts for. Usually family or friends but sometimes the Secret Santa for someone at work you don’t know very well. Nonetheless there you are making a great effort to find just the right thing.
Also sharing our lives at this time may be people who don’t celebrate Christmas with us, like followers of Islam or the Jewish faith. That they don’t share the celebration is no reason to exclude them from the smiles you find yourself granting to others. They in turn are always ready to share the joy of their own celebrations with you. It would be wonderful if those smiles could be extended beyond this new month though and at last a genuine understanding of what peace can bring could be found in the recognition that we are all one under the skin.
If we can find within us acceptance of all people and make the extra effort to enjoy the differences that make us so special individually then maybe at last we can ALL concentrate on repairing the planet for our children, grandchildren and generations to come. We can find new eco-friendly ways to generate electricity and allow those huge holes from mining to repair themselves over time. We can stop destroying the planet further by fracking for oil, especially at the expense of all those communities who have said no to it but had their wishes overridden.
I hope the new month brings you all great joy and that those of you who celebrate it have a Wonderful Christmas. Massive Hugs to Everyone whatever your beliefs.
On 30th October the Hindu celebration of Diwali starts. For 5 days The Festival of Light celebrates good overcoming evil.
I’m known for not holding any religious faith as I believe that many of the problems this world has had or still has, come from the divisions religion cause. I’d rather see mankind come together as one, keeping their beliefs personal, and strive to live together in peace and love.
This particular celebration seems to transcend religion and it seems the whole of India comes together to celebrate as one. Each year people of all communities welcome new hope into their lives through this festival, negative forces are believed to be removed from one’s home and one’s life. Very often the home is painted in attractive colours but each corner is lit up to dispel shadows.
Wouldn’t it be good if we too could join in and dispel the shadows from our lives and shine some light and bring fresh hope? I never get tired of the idea that maybe hope will eventually lead to something more. The granting of our wish of Peace between us all recognised by those who send our children off to fight and die for the control of oil.
I send Hugs to all my friends known and unknown and hope you remember the joy a hug can bring to others. To all my friends who will celebrate Diwali I say…..
May this diwali light up new dreams, Fresh hopes, everything bright & beautiful and fill your days with surprises.
Happy Diwali 2016 !!
It saddens me beyond belief that the ceasefire in Syria broke down last week with an attack on an aid convoy heading for Aleppo the Northern Syria city in the hands of the rebels. Both sides are blaming each other for the breakdown but in all conscience this time I can only see that Syria and Russia are to blame. Since that time they’ve kept up a constant regime of bombing during which the main hospital has been hit twice. Even those suffering illness and wounds are not safe.
America set itself up as the arbiter of peace in this instance and I think it wrong that there should be an attempt to walk away now. John Kerry must attempt everything to re-engage with his Russian counterpart to bring the ceasefire back. There are about 100,000 children in Aleppo and we need to bring them some respite from the war that is the only thing some of them have known.
France is pushing the United Nations security council to adopt a toughly worded resolution to the Syrian Government to halt aerial bombardments and let in humanitarian aid. I understand there is also the threat of accountability for war crimes as an inducement. Whatever else happens we must push out Governments to vote for the resolution and also to do everything they can in an individual approach to the Syrian Government to show some mercy to those trapped in the city. Also to register their dismay at the Russian action as the allies of Syria. The agreement between Russia and the U.S. to target the militants from the jihad groups needs to be restarted or the Government will be destabilised even if the war should end.
First and foremost our thought must be with the non-combatants inside this besieged city and getting them food and medicines so badly needed. Mankind seems to be missing a heart.
Hugs to all.