You Choose

Funny where thoughts of current affairs take you. All the fawning (and, to be fair, condemnatory and neutral) coverage of Trump's bombardment of a Syrian air base in response to Assad's gas attack have stated the quantity and type of munition that was used: "59 Tomahawk Cruise missiles." Those of us who lived under the…

Laptop Ban Stranger Than I Thought

Today's Washington Post WorldView newsletter throws more light, a lot of shade, and a lot more confusion onto the ban I linked to last night, on taking laptops and tablets in hand luggage from certain airports. First, I didn't realise that the list of affected airports is different between the UK and the US. Second,…

Wiretaps and Wipeouts

Couple of thoughts about the news, tonight. First of all, CNN reports on Kellyanne Conway, Trump's "counselor," and her strange thoughts about microwaves: "What I can say is there are many ways to surveil each other," Conway said, before suggesting that surveillance could take place through phones, TVs or "microwaves that turn into cameras." I…

Which is Worse?

I've been saying for a while now that Brexit is worse than Trump, because Trump is only for four years ((OK, it could go to eight, but who really expects that?)) -- less if he gets impeached or twenty-fived, which is almost certain; but Brexit is foreever. But Trump is moving so fast, following through…

Trump, Nixon, and Subjectivity

John Gruber reminds us of Hunter S Thompson's obituary of Richard Nixon, saying it "[f]eels appropriate today" (this was yesterday, of course). I hadn't read it in a while, but there are some glorious lines in it: If the right people had been in charge of Nixon's funeral, his casket would have been launched into…

Trumpeting

Not a lot to say about today. Trump is president. World War III hasn't started yet, but presumably he's got the nuclear codes now. Actually it's entirely possible that whoever is responsible for briefing the new president on such matters (and come to think of it, who is it who has that responsibility?) didn't actually…

Poetry and Politics

It's hard to believe that this is for real: a poem about Trump written by an American, riffing on the orange one's Scottish heritage (which, I'm sure it's fair to say, embarrasses our entire nation). Indeed, something in the headline gives me pause: why would The Scotsman describe it as "created" rather then "written"? I…