The state of stuff, 4/11/17

With Congress on yet another vacation (yes, they call it recess, but…), there’s nothing much “official” going on in public.  That is true except for the case of that Russian hacker, apparently a very famous one, who suddenly got arrested in Spain the other day by request of the U.S.

Wow was that easy.  The guy was responsible for hacking millions of computer systems and users worldwide, and apparently even helped hack the U.S. election, but he didn’t know better than to go live in a country that has an extradition agreement with the U.S. and live openly and casually, making no attempt to hide?  Right.

Maybe he didn’t care.  Maybe getting arrested and being so valuable to the U.S. that he’d be protected to the nth degree was preferable to living in Russia and being shot, poisoned, or pushed out of a high-rise window.

Also note the timing of the arrest: a few days after Trump’s almost-successful diversion tactic in Syria.  It was as if they were saying, “nice try; now back to the real story.”  (BTW, the attack apparently did not help Trump’s approval rating, however much it seems to have acted as a nice big shiny thing to distract the media.)

Trump, however, doesn’t get it.  Not only is he now threatening North Korea (possibly with nukes), but he’s also expanding military activities in Somalia and other places.  I guess since the diversion seemed to work once, he thinks it will work over and over and over.

And if there’s blame involved…well, now he’s blaming his daughter for the “bombing raid” in Syria.  You see, she saw all these pictures of children injured and killed in the chemical attack (which Putin is now blaming on the U.S., just as the U.S. has been blaming it on Putin — another gaslighting attempt on both sides), and was so upset that she asked Daddy to bomb something.  Who could resist those big mascaraed eyes full of tears?  So Daddy bombed an empty air field, which was empty because he’d first cleared the attack with Russia, who informed Syria, who evacuated the facility.  Now Russia and the U.S. are trading insults, so how could Trump be involved with Putin?  Impossible, right?

And what will their excuse be for nuking North Korea?  Ivanka’s heart?  And I guess they’ll be bombing Somalia because of all those photos of starving children?  Sure.

Never mind that stories are circulating that this is all some kind of oil deal (the Syria thing, at least), orchestrated for Trump by Jared Kushner, who a Twitter pundit said will end up being the one person in jail, when all is said and done, with the most convictions in the entire Trump-Russia scandal.

Here back at home the Republicans, never cowed by reality, are making their anti-healthcare plan even worse and are planning to re-introduce it.  Probably buoyed by the success of forcing the deplorable Gorsuch on the Supreme Court (and thereby the rest of us), they likely feel they can be successful this time.  Never mind all those people screaming at them in their town halls and out in the streets; they just won’t have town halls and they’ll leave town whenever the streets get too hot.  Those are all paid protesters from other states after all, right?

And so, safe in this little bubble of unreality, Congress believes it can pass this horrible legislation and “free” us from the supposed burden of healthcare.  In a world where a commercial airline can have some paid thugs beat up a passenger — and then blame it on the passenger* — and not instantly lose their business to the extent of going bankrupt, it seems anything is possible.  This is the Age of the Thug.

* The New York Post just said this is okay because the passenger, a doctor, is not a very nice person and had some sort of conviction on his record.  The airline has lost approximately a billion dollars in the stock market as of today, but no big deal…they lost money after 9/11 too and if I remember correctly, got a government bail-out.  Whether one of the planes allegedly involved in the 9/11 “attack” was still flying years later is still an open question.