US To Buy Greenland From Denmark – Maybe

Donald Trump has floated the idea that the United States should buy Greenland from Denmark. Apparently the Danes are finding the subsidies required to be a bit high so why shouldn’t the richest nation on Earth take over the burden? Or, perhaps, there’s a change of being able to piss off the Canadians.

It’s not actually all that stupid an idea. The US has in fact bought about one third – near a half even – of its land area over history.…

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Nuts and Bolts

No, the headline isn’t about a bloke who’s had a few too many down at the pub head butting a drinker and then bolting the scene. We wish it was. A bit of violence might put you on edge for a moment or two. But what’s going on at Boeing; now that’s really scary. You see, it’s about the quality problems that are surfacing at Boeing.

A recent article by the Post and Courier available here suggests there are real issues with the way Boeing is quality assuring its airplane:

Airline surveys point to ongoing production problems at Boeing’s SC plant

Yes, those are the very things that you and I fly around in.…

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Sir Kim Obviously Had To Go

The thing about an Ambassador is they should be a sort of interface between one country and the other. They should appear friendly to the natives, while pushing their own country’s interests. All the while sending home clear intelligent evaluations of the situation.

If any of those missives home became public then it is a disaster. The ambassador would instantly lose the ability to seem friendly to the natives. Unable to do their job they should either be recalled or, for preference, resign in embarrassment.…

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US Decides To Follow International Law On Asylum Seekers

There is going to be the most almighty catfight about this, the Trump Administration has decided to implement standard international law on asylum seekers:

The Trump administration says asylum-seeking immigrants from Central America must first apply for refugee status in the first country or countries they enter, rather than at the U.S. border. The new federal rule will likely face court challenges, opening a new front in the battle over U.S. immigration policies. The interim final rule will take effect immediately after it is published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, according to the departments of Justice and Homeland Security.

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So Whose Land Are We Actually On?

This is talking about specifically the Apache and more generally the Amerinds. The principle does of course extend out to everyone and everywhere:

Versions of land acknowledgments are widely practiced in countries that are working to untangle the historical knots of colonialism. In Australia, those leading public occasions often recognize whose traditional lands they are on; others invite an Aboriginal elder to conduct a more formal “Welcome to Country.” In New Zealand, it is common for public speakers to acknowledge they are situated within Aotearoa, the homeland of the Māori.

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As Paul Krugman Says – New York Just Screwed Tenants And Renters Across The State

Or perhaps we should say as Paul Krugman said back when it was Good Krugman – the economist – writing the columns. For New York State has just significantly strengthened rent control laws in New York City and some suburbs, where they currently apply, and allowed other cities across the state to enact similar measures. The problem with this being that the world’s not a static place – if it were then rent control might have a chance of working.…

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That Virginia Beach Mass Shooting

Police say the gunman was a “disgruntled” employee of Virginia Beach’s public works department and shot “indiscriminately”.

Clearly we must reduce the amount of bureaucracy in life so as to reduce the amount of disgruntlement that leads to such mass shootings.

Virginia Beach shooting: 12 dead as gunman opens fire on colleagues

Can’t help thinking that they’d be better described as ex-colleagues.

Yes, pendantry is alive and well even in times of strife and terror.

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Freedom Gas, Molecules Of US Freedom – The New Words For US LNG Exports

The US Department of Energy either has a sense of humour or they’ve allowed a PR maven to run amok. For they’ve just issued a press release in which exports of LNG – liquefied natural gas – are described as “freedom gas” and “molecules of US freedom”. The really fun part of this being that the very issuance of the press release, the announcement that they’ve allowed the exports, is evidence of that lack of economic freedom they’re touting.…

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Whut? Seriously? American Jail Dehydrates Man To Death Over 8 Days

That mistakes happen, that the perverts and sadists get hired into the prison guard system, both are obviously true. But there’s one particularly chilling line in this story here. A mentally disturbed – in the throes of a full on mental blitz actually – prisoner started acting up. So, the jail decided to cut off his water supply. None. For 8 days.

Obviously enough he died:

The family of a Milwaukee man who died of dehydration after jailers shut off water to his cell has been paid $6.75 million in a settlement with the county and others, an attorney for the man’s estate said.

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The Emotional Support Dog Who Mauled Another Passenger – Well, That’s Emotional Support, Isn’t It?

The idea that people should be able to take their emotional support animals – otherwise known to normal people as pets – anywhere they damn well like was always an odd one. Where there’s a distinct physical necessity then sure, why not, guide dogs for the blind etc. But an emotional support horse on a plane? No, don’t laugh, someone tried it.

Then we also get stories like this:

A man who was allegedly attacked by an emotional support dog on a Delta Airlines flight has filed a lawsuit against the airline and the owner of the animal.

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