us politics

Gone into a different world 


What’s up, people?

Much talk has been about Trump and that whole obstruction of justice thing. Sessions not being able to remember what he ate for breakfast and the Deputy Attorney General possibly having to recuse himself and much more.

Shit, does it ever stop? I get that it’s in everyone’s interest to know all of this but can the US media give themselves a Trump amnesty period or something?

It was also Trump’s birthday this week and as Trevor Noah put it, it feels like we’ve all aged 70 years.

Anyway, for those of us in the UK, the most important story has been the high rise tower, Grenfell Tower, that burned down in North Kensington, London. So far 30 people have been confirmed dead, but we’ve been told that number will rise. The entire situation is so very sad. It makes me sick to my stomach, it really does. My heart goes out to everyone caught up in the fire. Things like this shouldn’t happen at all.

The government are making the right noises. There will be money provided, people will be rehoused, there will be a public enquiry. None of that is good enough. People shouldn’t have to die for change to happen.

At the moment, much is being made of the £10m refurbishment the building underwent last year. That’s a lot of money, right? You don’t spend that much, do a good job and somehow it’s not your fault when the building burns down a year later. All parties involved have been slowly washing their hands of the matter. It’s sickening, really. Complaints and concerns are well documented online. The authorities were told but nothing was done.

It’s a familiar story.

The problem with London is that there’s two versions. Often these two versions co-exist. So, you’ll have social housing on one side of a street and £1m on the other side. You have Central London and all of the nice buildings and stores, you know, the nice touristy places that look good on Instagram. The places that some Londoners can’t afford to go to.

The disparity is sort of ridiculous. I can’t remember the last new social housing project I saw, but I remember the new luxury flats because they’re everywhere. Every. Where. It always annoys me because you’ve got people in these areas that need affordable housing, and what’s being built is anything but affordable.

The sense is always that they want to push lower class people out of these areas and in light of an incident like this, it’s hard not to see some truth in that. Kensington is a very rich borough. Celebrities have properties there, oil tycoons have properties there, politicians, anyone with money.

However, none of that trickles down to the less well off.

Here’s just a few comments from those affected:

“They want people like us out of the area,” said a library assistant who lives in a block at the foot of the flats.

Beinazir Lasharie, a resident and local Labour councillor, said: “We’re a nuisance to the council. Their attitude is: ‘How dare so many ethnic minority foreigners who are not well off live in these ugly flats?’” Lasharie had been evacuated from her flat in a block next to the tower, and was uncertain about when she could return. “They don’t care about us, they don’t listen to us. It’s as if they want us to move out. They are socially cleansing us across the borough.”

“Kensington and Chelsea has looked after its rich tenants very well. It hasn’t looked after its social housing tenants so well.”

From this article in The Guardian, this person notes that:

If you go to different areas in Kensington, you can see a lot of money being invested in that area, but whatever we have here, they cut it. And everything they build here is private. If you go further down this road, it feels like you have gone into a different world.

That’s not unique to Kensington, and quite frankly, while Grenfell Tower should be the immediate priority, every single borough needs to update their fire safety regulations and actually do something about the state of some the housing the provide.

The fact that these people were in a constant state of danger in a place where they should have been the safest is sickening, and no amount of apologies or money is going to change that. Apparently, the government just can’t be bothered. They will make the right noises and spend years going through what really happened, but what people need is action. 

If these buildings are no longer safe or for to live in, they need to be knocked down and replaced. Not cladded with cheap materials.

Material used in the cladding that covered the Grenfell Tower was the cheaper, more flammable version of the two available options, an investigation of the supply chain has confirmed.

German construction companies have been banned from using plastic-filled cladding, such as Reynobond PE, on towers more than 22 metres high since the 1980s when regulations were brought in to improve fire safety at residential blocks.

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One MP called it corporate manslaughter. It’s hard to argue with that assessment.

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Have a safe weekend, snarklings. May the world suck less next week.

That Girl Is On Fire


I will just jump right into it.

An all-natural treatment for women looking to rejuvenate and tighten their vagina is giving doctors serious cause for concern – ground-up wasp nests.

The Etsy retailer that Dr Gunter found selling the oak galls – Heritage Health Shop – claimed that they could improve sex lives and be used on cuts with a warning that the paste will hurt.

“Here’s a pro-tip, if something burns when you apply it to the vagina it is generally bad for the vagina,” Dr Gunter added.

You can read more about this here if you’re so inclined. I personally have nothing to add because I REFUSE. REFUUUUUUUUSE.  Absolutely refuse to believe that any woman would be this fucking stupid.  (more…)

He Ate The Best Chocolates


Hello snarklings!

Trump’s big boy trip threw up some more chance encounters. I think I read an article on USA Today that claimed that he had shown discipline on the trip and that the real drama would start as soon as he has access to FOX News again. Discipline? That’s like saying Tom is disciplined when he’s not chasing Jerry. But I admire their optimism.  (more…)

The Real World: Trump Administration: Week 17 – A little less conversation and a little more ignorance, please


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I’m back! Baaaack in the saddle again ~guitar riff~ ~headbang~ ~Tom Cruise-esque jump~

Anyway, let’s get down to it. I’ve missed a lot in my absence, but I’m just gonna cover what I’ve read in the past two days lol. Trump’s trip has sort of shoved all the other news to one side.  (more…)

Today’s Awkward B***shit 


What is this?! They could have stood to one side and watched but nope, they just had to get their awkward white grandpa dancing on. Dearie me. I may never recover from the secondhand embarrassment. 

Also:

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, has reportedly been identified as a “person of interest” in the ongoing investigation into alleged Russian interference in the US presidential election.

It follows a report from the Washington Post that revealed the investigation into alleged collusion climbed to the highest levels of Trump’s administration, without going as far as saying who was under scrutiny.

…is anyone surprised? We all know that he’s basically running the country.

President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, personally intervened in a $110 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia to get the Saudis a better deal, The New York Times reported on Thursday.

US officials say the Trump administration planned to announce $110 billion in sales of advanced military equipment and training to Saudi Arabia this weekend when Trump visits the country.

The package includes tanks, combat ships, missile-defense systems, radar and communications and cybersecurity technology. The announcement is expected Saturday. Officials providing details were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Much of the package builds on commitments made before Trump took office.

The Times reported that Kushner personally called the CEO of Lockheed Martin, Marillyn A. Hewson, to get the Saudis a better price on a sophisticated radar system that can shoot down ballistic missiles.

Charming.

After meeting with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Trump hailed the interaction as “tremendous” and said an arms deal signed between the two countries would lead to “jobs, jobs, jobs.”

Jobs, jobs, jobs where, Donald? Repetition doesn’t make your claim any more believable. This isnt a game of Bloody Mary.

Today’s bullshit (15th May)


I think this will by next to-be-abandoned blog series. There will be a Trump post this weekend probably, though. 

Anyway…

Theresa May thinks being disabled and having mental illness are the same thing – inconveniences.

A woman called Cathy, who said she had learning difficulties, tore into the Prime Minister on a walkabout in a market in Oxfordshire.

Cathy told Ms May of the harsh effect of losing her Disability Living Allowance, which was replaced by the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

“I can’t live on £100 a month. They just took it all away from me.”

Ms May tried to say that she was giving mental health more priority but Cathy interrupted to say: “I mean people in wheelchairs, and everybody, not just myself. For all of us!”

Cathy’s words most likely fell on deaf ears because…

Quizzed by The Independent last week, the Prime Minister refused to rule out making further cuts to disability benefits in the next Parliament, if she is returned to power.

Oh and if you think that’s bad, take a look at this stupid comment that was posted below the article

In many respects I feel sorry for this lady as she clearly cares but is very much mistaken if she thinks that the Labour party are going to do any better.

The Labour party will cripple the country and then not be able to fund her.

What she needs is work she can do, irrespective of disability, or mental impairment.

Where is this work going to come from? The sky? She has been assessed as being not fit to work. What employer is going to take her on when they’re barely hiring people who are able to work? They might guarantee disabled applicants an interview but don’t let that fool you. 

Not to mention the fact that it’s easy to say that without knowing her issues. People have committed suicide over losing their payments, they can’t afford to do anything, some of them are fucking housebound because the government is taking away their mobility scooters and wheelchairs. All so the government can save money without taxing the rich. 

Fuck that. 

Across the pond….
Donald Trump has plumbing issues

The Washington Post revealed that in a meeting with the Russian ambassador last week, Trump let slip some highly classified information. 

“This is code-word information,” one US official told the newspaper, a reference to one of the highest classification levels used by the American intelligence agencies. “[Trump] revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies.”The report on Monday evening said one the most concerning aspects of the slip, was that Mr Trump revealed the city in Isis territory where the US intelligence partner detected the threat. There were claims that Russia could use the information to undermine the US, or its ally.

Despite assuring us that he isn’t engaged in any nefarious activity with the Russians, Donald Trump decided that he liked his new friends so much that he has to share his great intel. 

Mr Trump was said to have boasted about his inside knowledge of the looming threat. “I get great intel. I have people brief me on great intel every day,” Mr Trump reportedly said.

…is this a joke? This is not something to boast about. You are The President, not a plastic doll (no matter how much your complexion resembles one). You can’t make this shit up.

Not to worry, though. His surrogates have denied it. #FAKENEWS

“This story is false,” said Dina Powell, deputy national security adviser for strategy, who was in the meeting. “The president only discussed the common threats that both countries faced.”

Mr Trump’s National Security Advisor, Gen HR McMaster, also said the story was false.

Given that Trump is apparently planning to reboot his staff because he has ‘nothing to lose’, I fully expect more stuff to be leaked from those he culls.

Donald Trump is mulling a massive shake-up of his closest advisers at the White House after the firing of former FBI director James Comey.

Mr Trump is reportedly considering what has been described as a “huge reboot”, anonymous sources told Axios, which could see advisers such as Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, Counsel Don McGahn and Press Secretary Sean Spicer heading for the exit.

“The advice he’s getting is to go big — that he has nothing to lose,” the source said.

Meanwhile, Putin is sipping a cold one and laughing his head off. 

SIGH. 

Quartz have a helpful round up of all of Trump’s fuck ups: A list of the Trump administration’s security breaches so far

And this was only Monday. Good grief. 

We’re All Looking At The Wrong Set Of Facts. 


Oh dear.

In reply to the first tweet, what a dick. His surrogates don’t have the right accuracy because they’re being led by someone who has no idea what the fuck they’re doing. It’s like being a Ronald McDonald underling. One day he might want you to wear green socks and the next, he might want you to wear blue and you find out which one on the day after you’ve gotten dressed and arrived for work. 

So, is it any surprise that we get this:

FBI Director James Comey committed “atrocities” when investigating former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s emails, deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday.

Atrocities?

Well, damn. Wasn’t Trump telling it to the mountains when Comey was indirectly doing his bidding. Now he’s commited atrocities? Yeah, he won you guys the election. I’d say that’s a fucking atrocity. 

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drama free politics


…. will never exist, but I didn’t have a better title. I just want to snark about all of the dumb shit I’ve read today.

First of all – Thank you France for being a voice of reason. That being said, the fact that Le Pen got so far is disturbing.

Over in the UK, the general election battle is well under way. We have to listen to dumb politicians say dumb shit and vote for the least stupid candidate.

First, it was that Jeremy Corbyn had banned Buzzfeed from his campaign trail after they posted an article saying thst he said he’d remain leader if he lost the election. He claims he didn’t but the last few months don’t really make it seem like he’d be willing to go anywhere. That’s even besides the point. The Conservatives are on course to win and Labour/Corbyn, to his credit, has some good policies.

Antagonising Buzzfeed, which is read by the key demographic of people that Labour need to win, is pointless. His advisors need to do better. Fast.

On the flip side, Theresa May’s policies seem to be an energy cap, repeating strong and stable over and over, making the poor poorer and bringing back fox hunting?

“As it happens, personally I have always been in favour of fox hunting, and we maintain our commitment, we have had a commitment previously as a Conservative Party, to allow a free vote

Yes, bringing back fox hunting.

I already think that she’s delusional and has the personality of a prune, but this is beyond madness. We have an NHS that’s billions in debt, nurses are relying on food banks because they’re paid so badly, kids can’t afford to eat at school, there are more homeless people, London is in the middle of a very bad knife violence crisis and the PM wants to…

… bring back fox hunting, an activity that all but screams white and privileged. 

Who else gives a single fuck about fox hunting? MPs can get a vote on that but not the terms of the increasingly ridiculous Brexit fiasco

How out of touch with people can she be? It’s disgusting.

In today’s other dumb news, a UKIP MP suggested that student pick fruit in order to keep immigrants out of the county. I suppose they will find someone else to do the menial jobs that also go to immigrants. Students pick fruits, pensioners can clean toilets? All works out. Ugh, anyway.

Oh, and a Photoshop fail…I guess entertainment is slow this week.

Over in the US:

That rant was followed by:

You know shit’s messed up when the President of the US has a bad, bad case of Twitter Fingers. Sad!

And last but not least, James Comey got his ass fired.

FBI Director James Comey – who was leading an investigation into alleged links between Donald Trump’s team and Russia – has been fired by the US President.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement that Mr Comey has been “terminated and removed from office.” Mr Trump acted on “clear recommendations” from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

James Comey is like that kid who so confident that they’re homework answers are right that they tell everyone else in order to impress them. And then they get an F while everyone else passes.

Comey more or less handed Trump the perfect opportunity to get rid of him by lying about Huma Abedin forwarding hundreds and thousands of email when in reality, it was less than that. Considering that he claims he inserted himself into election to combat claims of favouritism from the same person who’s just fired him, you have to wonder why he’s been in the job for as long as he is. He’s unprofessional and he’s probably going to be the reason why the Russian investigation stalls if it does. 

On that note, despite what Trump claims, we all know that’s part of the reason why he’s been fired. This is what Trump does so well. Deflect and distract. Sally Yates gave some damning information yesterday this is all subterfuge and redirection of the narrative.

And it’s only Tuesday.

The Real World: Trump Administration, 100 Days


I can’t believe I am still writing these. It’s a testament to my lack of fresh snark material, it really is. That being said, it has been good to keep up with everything. The amount of ignorance on display is ridiculous.

Here’s a list of the previous posts because I haven’t gotten around to making a page

Week 14

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So, this week, the first article I stumbled upon contained this:

When asked if he thought he had changed how people vote, Mr Trump pointed to his “very high ratings”, claiming they increased by two or three times when he appeared on the Sunday morning shows. He highlighted Chris Wallace’s Fox News show.

“It had 9.2 million people. It’s the highest they’ve ever had. On any, on air, [CBS’ John] Dickerson had 5.2 million people,” he said.

“It’s the highest for ‘Face the Nation’ or as I call it, ‘Deface the Nation’. It’s the highest for ‘Deface the Nation’ since the World Trade Center. Since the World Trade Center came down. It’s a tremendous advantage.”

What. The. Actual. Fuck. What is wrong with him? Why is he comparing the ratings of his disaster of a Presidency to an actual disaster? Why the obsession with ratings? It’s weird. Oh, wait, rampant narcissism. Got it. 

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