I slept poorly last night, waking about every 20 minutes. I awoke to a number of unpleasantries, such as a set of dirty sheets in the hallway because Princess Nala had an accident in Miss Goose’s bed, an extra large package weighing about 5,000 pounds being delivered in the rain, and a cat fight. As such, I am feeling rather snarky this afternoon and so, you know what that means, right? Snarky Snippets!
A portion of the population in the U.S. and Canada scoff at the notion of climate change. Rather than believe all of the highly-educated scientists worldwide who have studied the data and done the research, they follow Donald Trump’s lead 🙄 and claim it is a hoax, it is a scam, or that “sure, the weather is changing, but that’s a natural phenomenon – remember the ice age?” No, actually I don’t … it was a bit before my time. But take heart! I have found something that is going to make those skeptics sit up and take notice! Check out this headline from The Guardian …
Trouble brewing: climate change to cause ‘dramatic’ beer shortages
Extreme heatwaves and droughts will increasingly damage the global barley crop, meaning a common ingredient of the world’s favourite alcoholic beverage will become scarcer. Key brewing nations are forecast to be among the worst hit, including Belgium, the Czech Republic and Ireland.
The researchers said that compared with life-threatening impacts of global warming such as the floods and storms faced by millions, a beer shortage may seem relatively unimportant. But they said it would affect the quality of life of many people.
“There is little doubt that for millions of people around the world, the climate impacts on beer availability and price will add insult to injury,” said Prof Dabo Guan at the University of East Anglia, one of the research team. “There is something fundamental in the cross-cultural appreciation of beer.
“If you still want to still have a couple of pints of beer while you watch the football, then climate change [action] is the only way out. This is the key message.”
This, even more than food and water shortages, even more than un-breathable air, even more than the threat of extinction, will be a wake-up call to Trump’s base!
I typically think that it is wrong for the media to critique a politician’s family. Wives, husbands, and children ought to be off-limits, for they are not responsible for what their political spouse or parent says or does. There are exceptions, however, in the case of either grown children or spouses when they act in ways that seem to invite criticism. Melania Trump is one such exception.When she went to visit the New Hope Children’s Shelter in McAllen, Texas, on 21 June, wearing a jacket (it was hot that day, no need for a jacket at all) that read, “I really don’t care, do U?” she came under fire by the press, and many of us were seeing red, myself included. Her staff insisted there was no message intended, but nobody fell for that. The jacket was ugly, and Melania typically dresses like a high-class call girl, so it was quite outside her ‘norm’.
Now we get the real story. In an interview with ABC News on Saturday morning, she said …
“It was for the people and for the left-wing media who are criticizing me. I want to show them I don’t care. You could criticize whatever you want to say. But it will not stop me to do what I feel is right. I often asking myself, if I had not worn that jacket, if I will have so much media coverage. I would prefer they would focus on what I do and on my initiatives, than what I wear.”
So, first of all, her ‘initiatives’ amount to nothing. She is against bullying, but thus far has done next to nothing toward ending bullying, and in truth, she is the exact wrong person to convey that message, for she is married to the biggest bully the world has ever seen. Secondly, let’s think about something for a minute … she was on her way to visit a detention center where, because of her husband’s actions, 55 immigrant children were being held apart from their parents, and her primary thought is to send a message to the press and by extension, those of us who don’t support her husband. Okaaaaaayyyy …
In the same interview, she claimed that she is the most bullied person in the world. Back up a minute … Hillary Clinton was slammed by the republicans, most notably Donald Trump, for her husband’s affairs. It was claimed that she “enabled” him, although I always felt that what was really being said is the same tired old story that if a man cheats, it must surely be because his wife isn’t taking good care of him at home. But has anybody blamed Melania for Donald’s affairs? Not that I’ve heard. Michelle Obama was slammed for wearing a sleeveless dress … a dress that was quite conservative but just happened to be sleeveless. And yet … Melania, once a nude model, cries because her style of clothing is critiqued? It sounds to me like somebody has some growing up to do!
As I said, I don’t typically believe in picking on the president’s family, but in this case, Melania is getting exactly what she deserves from the press.
More than once, Donald Trump has belittled Senator Elizabeth Warren for claiming Native American ancestry, even going so far as to routinely refer to her as ‘Pocahontas’. Nice way for a nation’s leader to behave, right? He even went so far as to renew his diatribe against her at a November 2017 White House event honoring Navajo code-breakers.In July, Trump again returned to the attack, offering a $1 million personal donation to Warren’s favorite charity if she took a DNA test and it confirmed her Cherokee ancestry.
“I will give you a million dollars to your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian [sic].”
This morning, Senator Warren called Trump’s bluff and released a genetic analysis done by Stanford University geneticist Carlos Bustamante who stated that the facts support her claim to Native American ancestry. So, Trump picked up his pen and wrote a check, right? Surely you jest. Kellyanne Conway responded …
“I haven’t looked at the test. I know that everybody likes to pick their junk science or sound science depending on the conclusion it seems some days. But I haven’t looked at the DNA test and it really doesn’t interest me…”
And Trump simply denies he ever said it, despite the fact that his statement, made at one of his annoying rallies, was recorded by none other than Fox News! Senator Warren has requested that he make the check to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center. Any bets as to whether the check ever gets written?
Thus concludes another episode of Filosofa’s Snarky Snippets, as I have sheets to wash. Have a great week!