7th April: The
uncontested news today is that ~80 people in Syria have died of
chemical poisoning as a result of bombs being dropped by Assad.
About 20 of the victims were children, and many of the civilians were
found in their beds in houses surrounding the bomb target.
The Liberal media immediately castigated Assad for using chemical
warfare against civilians.
The alternate explanation offered by Russia and Syria and various right
wing media (e.g. http://thelibertarianrepublic.com) is that the target
of Assad's conventional explosive bombs was a warehouse where chemical
weapons were manufactured and stored. The bombing caused the
activation & release of the chemical weapons.
- Trump has bombed the Syrian airfield from which the bombers flew.
- Reportedly the Russians were warned in advance & there were
no Russian casualties. Six Syrian military casualties are claimed.
- The Russian response is furious. Iranians and Syrians
response so far is muted.
I assume that Trump had advice that the Syrians used gas. We were
not advised whether there was any advice that Assad might have used
conventional HE bombs (as suggested by the Russians) on a gas warehouse
and thus released ISIS gas. Trump chose to believe the advisers
who thought Assad had used gas and reacted accordingly.
Since this response by Trump I assume that all talk of senate
investigations of a Putin conspiracy with Trump supporters and the
possibility of impeachment is now dead.
Putin Is a smart man. He has picked up on Trump's strategy
without missing a step.
The Liberal media has suggested that Putin organized the gas bombing to
give Trump an opportunity to righteously bomb the airbase. I
reckon they have it wrong. Putin did not plan it. Trump
found an opportunity caused by unfortunate circumstances, and after
listening to the Democrat's response he calculated his own response.
Trump caused very few Syrian deaths. I suspect that the Russians
would have warned the Syrians on base, but the slowest got caught.
I blame it all on Obama & Hillary. If they had not caused the
vicious Democrat response to Trump's election, including the Senate
enquiry, there would have been no need for Trump to establish anti
Russian credentials by an attack on the Syrian airfield.
Because let's face it. Nobody denies it was a weapons
manufacturing warehouse of ISIS. It is predictable if a poison
gas weapons manufacturing facility is bombed that poisonous gas might
be released. Trump chose to believe the adviser who suggested
that the Syrian's used gas.
OK so the Trump apologists are saying the gas was Sarin or Sarin
lookalike. They presuppose that (a) Sarin is higher technology
than Isis could achieve, buy or steal, (b) That it was Sarin lookalike.
I am not outright sold on either
China's Xi is about to travel to the USA & meet Trump.
Trump appears determined to stop DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of
Korea) from obtaining a nuclear threat to the USA.
Xi does not want THAAD in South Korea.
My prediction? Both will get what they want. And trade
sanctions will be "reasonable", (meaning not ruinous to China, but more
jobs in the USA.)
(The China Sea/Taiwan question is already settled.)
Not war (Yet).
The US probably has THAAD or Aegis or similar waiting on another
missile firing. Of course it could only be a test, but maybe an
If DPRNK decides to bombard Seoul in the meantime, the USA has
demonstrated a 10 tonne MOAB that would, no doubt, if carpet bombed on
the artillery pointed at Saigon, eliminate that threat.
But my money is on a microdrone.
Kim fired off another medium range rocket. It crashed before 50KM.
My suspicion? The chinese have sold the Koreans "doctored" chips.
But in any case, it looks as though DPRK has only empty threats of
making nuclear war on Japan or USA.
I expect that either DPRK has caved or Kim is dead before June.
amalgamated Queensland councils, but I thought Queenslanders are ozzie
rednecks and far away, and it could not happen here.
Then we heard the next Queensland government got elected on the promise
referenda on de-amalgamation, which they won, and then hugely rigged.
amalgamated councils in Victoria, which concerned me slightly.
Victorians are uncultured peasants who choose to live in an unfriendly
climate amongst unremarkable architecture. But they are proper
Australians and don't think XXXX is God's greatest gift to mankind.
But still, when
our NSW government was last elected I made a point of selecting the
government that promised "NO AMALGAMATION".
NOW they have
broken that promise, and are amalgamating NSW Councils. We are
fighting it in the courts, but even I can see, those crooked
politicians are going to make so much money that we are stuffed chooks.
I am becoming quite disillusioned by the "Elite" who rule our
"Representative Democracy". I suspect that similar disillusions
among other world citizens caused Brexit, Trump,
Hanson, Wilder and Frexit
In a representative democracy we vote for outcomes. We select the
political representative whose promises are most closely aligned to our
desires. Trouble is, many of our representatives are so busy with
finance (Party & Personal) that our concerns are sold out.
I chose the Liberals because they PROMISED not to amalgamate local
government. I just do not want to risk joining up with Waverley,
whose parking police are feral. In Woollahra you have to call
council and practically beg them to send a ranger if someone is on your
The biggest game in town at local government level is "BUILDING
DEVELOPMENT". Like who gets the license to build a 20 floor
apartment when the local code is 10 floors. Who gets beachfront
Of course at State Government level "building development" is not quite
as valuable compared to the "mining license power". Just ask
Jailbird Eddie. Still, it is a good training ground. So the
issue for the Elite is, "what to do to make local government the
preserve of the big parties?"
The short answer is, grow (i.e.
merge) the councils. It is then harder for local celebrities to
Presto! We will then have Liberal/Labor control of local
government. We will have political favours to hand out. Money
making opportunities will exist!
Let us set the cat among the pigeons.
Lets create a DEMERGE party. I would suggest that it give
warning that, if it gains power at the next elections, their policy
- Reverse all council mergers unless a plebiscite shows that all
parties wanted the merge.
- Reverse all council deals made in the interim with developers.
Developers to bear the costs associated.
- Investigate (Royal Commission) any government members who appear
to have directly or indirectly benefited from mergers.
Unless I am very much mistaken, the powers of the NSW government given
under the NSW and Federal constitutions allow it to legislate as above:
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