Trump goes all in for making money off the deaths of babies

I guess once you’ve gone in for taking babies from their parents, you might as well go all in:

A resolution to encourage breast-feeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who gathered this spring in Geneva for the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly.
Based on decades of research, the resolution says that mother’s milk is healthiest for children and countries should strive to limit the inaccurate or misleading marketing of breast milk substitutes.
Then the United States delegation, embracing the interests of infant formula manufacturers, upended the deliberations.
American officials sought to water down the resolution by removing language that called on governments to “protect, promote and support breast-feeding” and another passage that called on policymakers to restrict the promotion of food products that many experts say can have deleterious effects on young children.

Making money by hurting the poor is a cliché, but not quite evil enough I guess:

The Americans were blunt: If Ecuador refused to drop the resolution, Washington would unleash punishing trade measures and withdraw crucial military aid. The Ecuadorean government quickly acquiesced.

I’m so proud to be from the US.


It seems North Korea might now have nuclear weapons small enough to put on rockets:

A report in The Washington Post on Tuesday went further. The newspaper said U.S. intelligence officials have assessed that a decade after North Korea’s first nuclear test explosion, Pyongyang has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery, including by intercontinental missiles — the type capable of reaching the continental U.S.

Luckily we have a calm and rational person for our President:

‘‘North Korea had best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen,’’ Trump said during a briefing on opioid addiction at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey.

We are so fucked.

Happy New Year

Another year has come and gone which means everyone needs to make their annual petunia wish. Have fun.

Afrikaans  Gelukkige Nuwejaar
Albanian Gëzuar Vitin e Ri
Arabic سنة سعيدة
Azerbaijani Yeni iliniz mübarək
Bahasa melayu Selamat tahun baru
Basque Urte berri on
Bosnian sretna nova godina
Bulgarian Щастлива Нова година
Catalan Feliç any nou
Cebuano (Philippines) Mabungahong Bag-ong Tuig kaninyong tanan
Czech šťastný nový rok
Dutch  Gelukkig Nieuwjaar
Danish Godt nytår
Estonian Head uut aastat
Farsi سال نو مبارک
Filipino Manigong Bagong Taon
French Bonne Année
Gaelic (Scotland) Bliadhna mhath ur
Garifuna Buiti iseri irumu
German Frohes Neues Jahr
Greek Καλή χρονιά
Gujarati સાલ મુબારક
Hebrew שָׁנָה טוֹבָה
Hindi नये साल की हार्दिक शुभकामनायें
Hokkien Kung Hee Huat Tsai
Hungarian Boldog Új Évet
Irish Athbhliain faoi mhaise dhuit
Italian Buon anno
Japanese あけましておめでとうございます  akemashite omedeto gozaimasu
Korean 새해 복 많이 받으세요
Latvian Laimīgu Jauno gadu
Lithuanian Laimingu naujuju metu
Maltese Is Sena it -Tajba
Mandarin Chinese 新年快乐
Maori Kia hari te tau hou
Polish Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku
Portuguese Feliz Ano Novo
Quechua  Allin wata kachun qanqunapaq
Romanian La Mulți Ani
Russian С Новым Годом
Serbian Srećna nova godina
Slovak Šťastný nový rok
Spanish Feliz Año Nuevo
Thai สวัสดีปีใหม่
Turkish Mutlu yıllar
Urdu  نايا سال مبارک
Welsh blwyddyn newydd dda

Climate Change Pact

Well, this is a good thing:

With the sudden bang of a gavel Saturday night, representatives of 195 countries reached a landmark climate accord that will, for the first time, commit nearly every country to lowering planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions to help stave off the most drastic effects of climate change.

It remains to be seen if enough of the countries will actually follow the pact to make a difference, but this is a very nice start.

Of course, there are the Republicans:

“Before his international partners pop the champagne, they should remember that this is an unattainable deal based on a domestic energy plan that is likely illegal, that half the states have sued to halt, and that Congress has already voted to reject,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said in a statement Saturday night.

The Paris deal was “more of the same —- lots of promises and lots of issues still left unresolved,” said Stephen Eule, vice president for climate and technology with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “The White House’s overall domestic strategy of making energy more expensive and less abundant to satisfy international constituencies, many of whom compete against the United States, should worry the business community, American workers, and consumers.”

It should give every American who cares about the planet one more reason to vote for Democrats in the next election.

Earthquake in Nepal

There has been a devastating earthquake in Nepal, which means it’s a good time to consider giving to one of the worldwide charities such as:



International Red Cross (you can try the Nepalese branch, but I wasn’t able to connect);


CNN has a more complete list here.


The Washington Post (Max Fisher) has put together a set of 40 maps. It’s fascinating. I especially like the map about the prediction of the break-up of the US by Russian academic Igor Panarin–among the unintentionally hilarious bits on the map is that the Carolinas will be part of the Northeast region after the US breaks up.

In any case, the whole list is good–go look.


A small world

I haven’t looked much at the statistics for this blog, but I found that this really is an interconnected world. Mine is a small blog and yet since February 25, 2012 (I would guess this is when WordPress started collecting this data) it has hits from 154 different countries (and more than 100 hits from 45 countries–this list might include territories that are not countries). This is out of 206 countries or territories. This includes places like Greenland, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Libya and pretty much every country in Europe and the Americas. It really is a bit overwhelming. Anyway, hello world.

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