Catalonia Elections In December

The Daily Mail has a very detailed article BREAKING NEWS: Catalonia’s president flees to Brussels after Belgium offered him asylum as Spain issues him with €6 MILLION bail and announces plan to charge senior officials with sedition and rebellion, describing the entire Catalonia situation.

Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage said the declaration of independence had been caused by the ‘appalling behaviour’ of the Spanish Government who had pushed Catalonia ‘too far’.

He added: ‘This is going to turn into the EU’s most undesired nightmare.’

A near worst case scenario is now in play. Carles Puigdemont has fled to Brussels.

Prime Minister Rajoy tweeted after the vote, “I ask all Spaniards to remain calm. The rule of law will restore legality in Catalonia.”

The Spanish central government has scheduled elections in December. If and when those occur, the current odds are that the separatists will lose their majority. Who thinks that the separatists will do everything they can to create an incident before then? The next few weeks are going to be a test for Rajoy. Can he keep things from getting very bloody between now and then?

In all honesty, the Spain’s central government is probably in the right. The problem is that they have handled the situation in the worst possible way, as far as appearances go. The separatists are playing the press brilliantly. While the separatists are poised to deliver misery and financial ruin, they have managed to keep all of the focus on the central government’s tone-deafness. Think about it, the separatists are not the majority, yet they are playing it as if they are. The majority, is doing stupid things like giving nazi-like salutes in marches. I hope that there are lots of troops deployed and that they keep their fingers off the triggers.

If I was Rajoy, I would be doing my best to find dirt on Carles Puigdemont and speaker Carme Forcadell. If they are clean, which I really doubt, I would see what I could do to create an environment that suggests a conflict of interest of some kind. Failing that, a car accident would be very useful. I would make sure the car was very expensive, drugs were found, and that bottles of alcohol were everywhere. My attitude is that if the central government can’t make themselves look good, why not make the separatists leaders look dirty?

This is fascinating to watch, but I would not want to be there.

West Point a Snowflake Enclave

An article entitled Whistle blower professor exposes West Point military academy as corrupt, dysfunctional and devoid of standards has pretty much affirmed one of my greatest fears.

I had wondered just how much damage Barry did to military institutions. I had wondered if the academies were up to snuff or in serious trouble. The linked article answers the question.

Understand the following quotes come from a man who served as an army officer and as a professor at West Point.

… I personally witnessed a series of fundamental changes at West Point that have eroded it to the point where I question whether the institution should even remain open.

…standards at West Point are nonexistent.

The Superintendent refuses to enforce admissions standards or the cadet Honor Code, the Dean refuses to enforce academic standards, and the Commandant refuses to enforce standards of conduct and discipline. The end result is a sort of malaise that pervades the entire institution.

… it has given rise to a level of cadet arrogance and entitlement the likes of which West Point has never seen in its history.

I have personally taught cadets who are borderline illiterate and cannot read simple passages from the assigned textbooks.

If you can stomach the bad news, read the entire article. The author writes with passion and you can feel just how painful it is for him.

If this is the “standards” of West Point, I want our troops called home NOW! We have no business in foreign adventures when our future military officers are mental and moral defects.

Catalan vote finished and the misery begins

10/27/2017 at about 9:00 am cst. I am watching FRANCE24 livestream of the Barcelona declaration of independence.

Okay, they have taken the vote and decided to be independent. Naturally, the Spanish central government had already removed Catalan autonomy.

During this process I’ve noticed a few things. The central government has done almost everything they could to look like the bad guys. The Catalan separatists are no saints, but they are better at marketing.

The issues are now lethal.

Is the central government ready to use military force? Are the Catalans ready to do so as well? Is the central government capable of running Catalan in ANY CASE? The central government is, at best, utterly incompetent. If they can’t handle what they already have, is there ANY possibility that they won’t train wreck in Catalonia? Franco ran Spain with an iron hand for years. I don’t believe the central government has the stones to play the game that he did.

Making all of this even more fun will be the European Union. They will resist and independence to the last bullet. They don’t want their own civil disorder. The EU will look bad no matter what they do or do not do.

I foresee a hostile central government occupation with a civil resistance forming and hardening within a couple of weeks.

The basque autonomous community, along with the Catalan peoples, are not going to fold easily.

The smart play would be for the central government to negotiate a separation. There are no up sides for them in this mess.

Make no mistake, the Catalan and the Basque communities are in for a rude awakening. Even if they get everything they want, they will have at least a generation or two of confusion and internal political unrest. The separatists need to move fast and deliver quickly. A sales job is one thing, but actually running a new country isn’t so simple.

Tourism is the one thing that was really helping the Spanish coffers. So much for that income stream!

Today is a day to rejoice if you live outside of the former borders of Spain.

Black Death is in Madagascar

Black Death is alive and kicking in Madagascar. The Sun has an article, DEATH IS COMING Black Death warning in NINE countries – including Brit holiday hotspots – amid fears PLAGUE could spread on flights from Madagascar, that lets us know that yes, the Black Death is still around.

This version has taken pneumonic form, is spread by sneezing and coughing. Interestingly enough, some of the nine countries affected are British vacation hot spots… The last time the Black Death made it big, it killed off a third of Europe’s population in the 13th and 14th centuries.

Those who are worried should be looking for “sudden fevers, head and body aches, vomiting and nausea”.

Am I the only one asking for a wall on the southern border right now?

The Internet will eventually go down, but the world will continue

I’ve always believed that the internet will be taken down by a worm/virus/botnet, whatever. I assume, that after a while, it will return stronger and more secure. The fact that it has not happened in all of these years is a tribute to both TCP/IP design and operating systems that basically do what they are supposed to do.

A article in the Sun talks about the possibility that a gigantic new reaper botnet could bring down the internet. It could happen but probably won’t. Eventually, there will be world wide incident.

Businesses need to make sure they have, at least, the framework of a plan to cover while the internet is down. Those with cloud solutions should make sure they have local resources and the ability to access local backups.

If you are a individual user, you need to plan for a few issues. The ATMs might be down for a few days, so have a couple weeks of cash around the house. You may have trouble making online payments, so have the latest bills in hard copy. Make sure to patch your equipment as best you can with the latest updates. You might want to make sure you have a few books and movie DVDs laying around.

Final piece of advice, remember one thing. The world existed before the internet. It really is true! While the internet makes things run at a much faster pace, the world can take a step back and get things done without it for a while.

Apple eBooks Antitrust Settlement

Your Credit from the Apple eBooks Antitrust Settlement is ready to use

You now have a credit of $19.46 in your Amazon account. Apple Inc. (Apple) funded this credit to settle antitrust lawsuits brought by State Attorneys General and Class Plaintiffs about the price of electronic books (eBooks). This new credit is in addition to any previous credit you received from the settlement.

It goes on to tell me that I have six months to use it… Like it is going to take even a week!

It is like Christmas in October.