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What An Honor?

Time magazine has named Drumpf its ‘Person of the Year’. Previous winners include Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin (twice), and the Ayatollah Khomeini.

December 7, 2016   2 Comments

December 7th, 1941

The seventy-fifth anniversary of “a date which will live in infamy…”

The official US Navy site on the Pearl Harbor attack.

There will be a memorial service aboard NAS Pensacola that normally features local survivors of the attack. Obviously there are fewer of them every year.

December 7, 2016   No Comments

Feast Of Saint Nicholas

Russian Icon of Saint Nicholas

Yes, it is the day that kindly old Saint Nicholas fills the footware of good little girls and boys with treats [or his assistants beat the evil out of bad children, depending on the local customs – they didn’t just leave the sticks – in some places they use them.] Don’t forget the carrot if he rides a horse in your area.

He is the patron saint of Russian merchants and pawnbrokers (three gold balls are one of the symbols associated with him).

December 6, 2016   1 Comment

Why Fake News Is Bad

Because some of the people who believe lies act on them:

A man who said he was investigating a conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring out of a pizza place has fired an assault rifle inside the Washington restaurant injuring no-one, police and news reports said.

So who is going to accept responsibility for this? This guy could have just as easily killed everyone in the place, but the people who created this lie would feel no remorse for getting people killed.

December 5, 2016   7 Comments

Changes

A lot of politicians outside of the US have decided to ‘get out while the getting’s good’.

Italian PM Matteo Renzi just lost a referendum – badly. That was his clue that there was no point in hanging around.

New Zealand PM John Key is quitting to actually spend more time with his family – really. The only noticeable problem he has had was his attempt to get a new flag. This might be tied to Trump as Key was a major supporter of the Trans Pacific Partnership that Trump has already called ‘toast’.

In Iceland the job of forming a new government has been given to the Pirate Party. The Pirates came in third in the recent election, but neither of the top parties were able to form a coalition.

December 5, 2016   No Comments

We Have Laws

Drumpf has named General James Mattis, USMC retired to be his choice for Secretary of Defense, which is fine if he gets re-elected because the General can’t take the office until 2020, 7 years after he retired.

The 7 year restriction on military officers and the anti-nepotism laws are not new. Maybe someone should show Drumpf the rules for these appointments.

December 2, 2016   5 Comments

Insurance

The Internet Archive, the HTTP time machine that records the history of World Wide Web, is planning to create a backup in Canada because of the uncertainty of the policies of a Trump administration.

While any attack on the Archives by the government would probably be reversed by the courts, the attack might be enough to destroy its work and stop its continuing collection of updates. Court cases take time and Trump lawyers specialize in dragging out court cases.

December 1, 2016   3 Comments

It’s Over

Tropical Storm flagThis has been a very long season kicked off by what became Hurricane Alex on January 12th and ended with Otto on November 26th. There were 16 tropical systems and 15 of them earned names. Of the named storms, 7 became hurricanes with 3 making major hurricane status. Hurricane Matthew was Category 5 with 160 mph sustained winds at one point.

Things have changed and weird is the new normal for tropical weather.

December 1, 2016   2 Comments

Seasons Greetings

Evergreen

Happy NODWISH Greetings

As a service to my readers I have compiled a list of useful terms for our modern global village.

It is time to wish family and friends: [select one]

Happy NODWISH
Merry Solstice
Happy Holiday
Happy Hanukkah
Happy Kwanzaa
Happy Hogwatch
Merry Christmas
С Рождеством Христовым
Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Vrolijk Kerstfeest
Nadolig Llawen
Fröhliche Weihnachten
Joyeux Noël
Buon Natale
Feliz Navidad
God Jul
Rauhallista Joulua
Happy Christmas
Happy Holidays

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November 30, 2016   No Comments

The Bocken Bought It

The Gävlebocken didn’t make it to midnight of its Fiftieth Anniversary before it was a kebab. All of the town’s plans that were built around the goat went up in smoke.

November 29, 2016   6 Comments

How Do Reindeer Fly?

Christmas Mushroom

… and how can Santa Claus visit every house, go down chimneys, leave toys, all over the world in one night?

One of the answers is found on European Christmas trees.

Read about Finland’s version of the Julbock, Joulupukki.

Note: Don’t try this at home unless you have the kidneys of a reindeer. It also explains why gnomes are so cheerful. [This is one of my most searched for posts, almost as big as the Shi’ia oil map, or the Alaska-Russia border. It is a bit disconcerting to see the number of people around the world whose interests are as weird as mine, but they are all hits on the counter.]

November 28, 2016   No Comments

Mer Jul i Gävle

Julbock

It’s the first Sunday of Advent and Why Now? is pleased to present the Fiftieth Anniversary version of the Gävlebocken, The biggest Christmas Goat in the world [now with a blog].

From Steve Bates of Yellow Doggerel Something in the comments from 2006:

Why build a giant goat of straw,
Which most of us would scarcely note?
Some, though, defy the very law,
To vandalize the Gävle Goat.

In some years, they used wayward cars;
In others, flaming arrows smote.
This year’s survives, although with scars…
A fact that gets some people’s goat.

A webcam and some watchful eyes,
A flame-retardant second coat,
Should save it… unless Dubya spies
The thing, and claims it’s his pet goat!

– SB the YSS

November 27, 2016   2 Comments

Advent

Today is the First Sunday of Advent which means you should have made your Christmas Pudding so it would have time to age, and the Gävlebocken is standing tall in Castle Square.

November 27, 2016   No Comments

Let’s Bury Fidel

Not the truth.

I come to bury Caesar Fidel, not to praise him;
The evil that men do lives after them,
The good is oft interred with their bones,
So let it be with Caesar Fidel …

Drumpf said that Fidel was a ‘brutal dictator’. He was not a nice person in a lot of ways, but he certainly was no where near as brutal as Fulgencio Batista, the fascist dictator he overthrew.

Batista was “anti-communist”, so he got US government support. His brutality, the corruption involving large landowners, US corporations, and the Mafia were ignored. When Castro finally threw Batista out and started giving land to the poor and nationalization, Cuba’s 1% went across the Strait to Florida and immediately started their propaganda & political machine that resulted in a worthless 50-year embargo.

Fidel’s real crime was being a communist, not being a dictator. He was definitely the lesser of two evils.

November 26, 2016   23 Comments