Made a comment at The Disaffected Lib. Reposted here for personal archival purposes, as I may build upon some of the themes within.
Historically, people like Trump tend to be empire's second-to-last
leaders. Leaders who lead their nations into stagnant and ruinous
policies. Think Brezhnev. Mehmed V.
It's generally a series of
unfortunate coincidences that lead to their installments, and it's
usually a series of blundering events they create leading to their
Well, helping to lead to their empire's decline.
The political atmosphere which foster these sorts of leaders helps, too.
crawled fully formed out of a membrane which was vomited onto the floor
in the United States during the end of Age of Reagan. I really can't
say it was inevitable that Trump would win election in the USA, but it
was inevitable that someone much like Trump eventually would.
It's down to the momentum of history, I suppose, that it happened.
My goodness. What is suggested in this report is how a changing climate can negatively effect our physiology, which could turn our own bodily systems against itself.
Only one factor fit the bill: climate. The places where the saigas died
in May 2015 were extremely warm and humid. In fact, humidity levels were
the highest ever seen the region since records began in 1948. The same
pattern held for two earlier, and much smaller, die-offs from 1981 and
1988. When the temperature gets really hot, and the air gets really wet,
saiga die. Climate is the trigger, Pasteurella is the bullet.
The BC NDP almost broke through. It's another BC Liberal government, but only with the cooperation of the Green Party. If I had any say with the BC NDP, I'd counsel them that this is an opportunity rather than a setback. The BC NDP almost outright won. Just a few more seats. Just a few more. Furthermore, I'd counsel the BC NDP to put enormous pressure onto the BC Liberals/Green alliance. Offer nothing but poison pills to them. Push bills such as outright shutting down Site C and Kinder Morgen. Test the environmental bonafides of the Greens. See if they backpeddle on their claims to being an environmental political party simply to keep their alliance with the BC Liberals alive. Offer the Greens absolutely nothing but yes or no choices. And make sure that the BC electorate knows what happens if it goes the way of the BC NDP. Also, craft opposition bills to that are popular with the BC electorate that the BC Liberals have historically have had nothing to do with, such as indexin…