Post-Weekend Snarky Snippets

Jill is the name, snark is the game!

Shoot the monkeys into space!

Hey folks … do you happen to have an extra $28 million lying around somewhere?  If so, guess what … you could be shot into space with none other than the world’s wealthiest man, Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos!  Oops … never mind … scratch that, for someone has already paid da price for this … er … opportunity of a lifetime.

That’s right … apparently there was an auction on Saturday hosted by Bezos’ Blue Origin company, and an anonymous bidder topped the bidding at $28 million for the “opportunity” to join Bezos in space.  The fool’s bidder’s name is to be announced soon, according to Blue Origin.  I will only say that … I see this entire thing as a huge waste of time and money.  Mr. Bezos and this ‘anonymous bidder’ could give every dime spent on this useless venture to starving children around the globe and I would have far more respect for them than I have under present circumstances.  Happy space travels and I don’t really care if you return or not.

C’mon man … ride da bike

Now, I’ll grant you that UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson looks as if he could really use two things:  a haircut and some exercise.  But I had to laugh when I read that President Biden gifted Boris with a bicycle during the G7 summit this past weekend.

And he even threw in a helmet …

And in return, Boris gave President Biden a framed picture of a mural showing the US anti-slavery campaigner Frederick Douglass.

And here we were afraid the two wouldn’t get along!

Bye-Bye Bibi!

Israel’s Prime Minister for the past 12 years, Benjamin Netanyahu, is officially out of power.  In his place is Naftali Bennett who was sworn in as Israel’s new prime minister on Sunday, after winning a confidence vote with the narrowest of margins, just 60 votes to 59.

What this will mean remains to be seen.  Over the past 12 years, Netanyahu has dominated Israeli politics. He’s not only successfully implemented a series of right-wing policies, such as entrenching Israel’s presence in the West Bank, but also consolidated a dangerous amount of power in his own hands. He is currently on trial for corruption charges stemming from, among other things, his attempt to buy off media outlets.

The new government is a coalition of eight parties coming from right, left and center, with the only thing bringing them together being to oust Netanyahu.  I see bumpy roads ahead!

Bennett, of the far-right Yamina Party, will serve as prime minister — a job he’ll keep for two years while Yair Lapid, of the centrist Yesh Atid Party, serves as foreign minister. After two years, they will rotate, with Lapid taking the top position and Bennett in the cabinet. During the whole period, both of them will have veto power over policy — so even while Bennett is nominally Lapid’s boss, the latter will be able to block the former’s moves at will.  If you think the U.S. Senate is a stalemate, you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet!

Perhaps the single most important … nay, crucial issue at the moment is the conflict with the Palestinians.  On this issue, Bennett supports annexing much of the West Bank and opposes the creation of a Palestinian state, while Lapid supports a two-state solution negotiated with the Palestinian leadership.  All of which leads me to believe that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will continue for at least the next two years, likely much longer.  More lives, mostly Palestinian, will be lost, more tension will rise in the Middle East, and very little will have changed.  I could be wrong.  I hope I am.

Gonna be a long, hot summer

The city of Minneapolis, Minnesota, has been on edge since the brutal murder of George Floyd by a police officer, Derek Chauvin.  Chauvin was tried and convicted on numerous charges and now awaits sentencing. Then on June 3rd, Minneapolis police shot and killed yet another Black man, Winston Smith.  Last night just after 11:30 p.m., a group of peaceful protestors were holding a vigil against police brutality in Minneapolis when suddenly a man drove a car into the group, killing one woman and injuring three other people.

Recently, the state of Oklahoma passed a bill into law that effectively allows drivers to hit people with a car under certain very vague circumstances.  Florida recently passed a similar bill.  Fortunately, at this time Minnesota does not have one … the driver of the car has been arrested and will likely be charged with, at the very least, vehicular manslaughter.

It’s going to be a long, hot summer, folks, not only in Minneapolis, but across the nation.  The very last thing we need in this country are states telling people that it’s okay to run over people with a car, that there won’t be any repercussions, no price to pay.  Welcome to the new United States, a country where right is wrong, up is down, and the law is only on your side if you’re white, Christian, straight, and a male.

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  2. It would be nice if Jeff Bezos stood this mission down and donated the costs to paying for vaccines for the poorest people and perhaps his so far anonymous bidder offered to do the same. Or maybe they built a fully operational camp for refugees from the Yemen and staffed it with doctors, nurses, and plenty of food.
    Boris’ prezzie was a bit on the mean side wasn’t it, was that because Joe suggested he was fat?
    Vehicular manslaughter, isn’t that where there’s no intention to kill? Sounds like vehicular homicide would be the case here, especially as it achieved exactly that.

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    • The odds of Bezos doing that are about as good as the odds of me sprouting wings and flying without my broomstick! To the best of my knowledge, there is no scientific value to Bezos and his pal doing this, it’s just a jaunt, just something they can say they did. That much money floors me … it’s more than I’ve made or ever could in my entire lifetime of working my patootie off. And meanwhile, children are dying of starvation, mothers are working 3 jobs trying to keep a roof over her family’s head, and people are dying because they cannot afford medicine or medical care. It seems so wrong to me.

      I dunno … check out my comment to Clive about the painting Boris gave to Joe.

      I agree that it is vehicular homicide, but I’m betting it will be pled to a lesser charge.


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  3. I’m not sure if it’s true but I’ve seen a report that says the ‘framed picture’ Johnson gave Biden was actually downloaded and printed out from the web. I’d hate to see what he gives someone he isn’t trying to impress…

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    • Here’s what I found in The Washington Post …
      As for the idea that Johnson handed Biden a framed printout from Wikipedia? That’s also not the full story.

      Officials in Britain’s Foreign Office did stumble upon a photo that appears on the Wikipedia page for Frederick Douglass, showing a mural of the famed abolitionist that was painted on an Edinburgh street. Melissa Highton, who took the photo, told The Washington Post that the Foreign Office contacted her and asked permission to use it as a gift for Biden, who has invoked Douglass in his speeches.

      “I agreed and I gave them a higher resolution version of the image so that it would be a better quality print,” Highton wrote in an email. “I don’t know how they printed it, but, yes, I assume they got a high quality print on quality paper and a nice frame. I haven’t seen the finished item.”

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      • So it is a print out, but not directly from the web. I still think they’re cheapskates: Johnson could at least have got one of his donor chums to buy a proper gift!

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        • Well … I have to laugh because while the bike that Joe gave Boris retails for around $6,000, the U.S. government paid only $1,800 for it. But, I had to laugh again today when I read that … “Britain’s ministerial code allows government ministers to accept gifts that are valued at less than 140 pounds, the equivalent of about $200. If they want to keep a more expensive gift, they have to pay the difference — meaning that Johnson could either end up paying roughly $1,600 for a bike he didn’t choose himself, or forfeiting it.” 🤣🤣🤣

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          • At least he’d be getting it at cost price! The ministerial code is regularly ignored by this shit show of a government. Did you see the fuss about the extremely expensive redecoration they had done of the Downing Street flat, paid for by a donor chum? No action taken. The code also requires ministers to be truthful in Parliament: multiple breaches, no resignations. Priti Patel was proved to have bullied her staff over many years and broken the code: refused to resign, and Johnson didn’t sack her. They think they are beyond punishment, regularly ignoring their own rules and marking their own homework.

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            • Oh yes, I well remember the fuss about his redecoration! Well, all this proves that your government is no different than ours … money and power rule the day … the rest of us are told to sit down and shut up. Sigh.

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                • 2. don’t have a conscience

                  3. lack integrity

                  4. have no moral compass so that your beliefs flitter like the tempestuous winds, giving consideration to any possible viewpoint that will only extend your political career because you lack skills to be a meaningful participant in the private sector.

                  5. have an insatiable addiction to spending and wasting other people’s hard earned money which results in bringing no substantial value to society as a whole.

                  These attributes are in abundance in every politician because, even if they say that this is not the case, they eventually succumb to the corrupt evil that invades the minds and hearts of all those who choose such an insidious career path.

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  4. I would like to engage you in a little thought experiment by asking the following question. If Jeff had donated enough money to the poor and the hungry and he still had enough money to take on this venture that he’s going on, would that still be something to snark and be upset over? Just asking with no confrontation or argumentation inferred or intended. Please don’t come back with the “I’m tired” or “I can’t argue” phrases, but just think about the question. I appreciate you taking the time to consider the notion.

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    • Jeff isn’t the one that bid on the trip. He’s the one that was offering a chance to accompany him. I think Jill was pointing out that it (apparently) was more important for this person to spend $28 MILLION (!) to take a space trip than it was to help those in need. But then, this is nothing new among (most of) the rich and/or famous.

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    • If Mr. Bezos and whoever else is going with him had shown a conscience, a sense of responsibility, had used a large portion of his wealth to help people in need, then frankly I wouldn’t care as much if he wanted to waste his money on such a pointless endeavour. However, I would have a great deal more admiration for him if he kept his feet planted on earth and continued to give, to help, rather than to fritter away MILLIONS of dollars on something so very useless.

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      • I tend to agree with you on this one. Though the concept of space exploration is indeed fascinating and has inspired at least hundreds if not thousands of artists in many fields, including myself, it doesn’t address the pressing economic woes which we are facing as a species in these tumultuous moments in history.

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  5. haha I love your weekly catch-ups on current world affairs. Well written for all of ’em, makes the boring news seem more worthwhile to tune in and read your musings. Thank you!

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