President Trump is surrounded by fools

I try to avoid reading anything concerning the moron in chief and the US these days. So depressing and aggravating. I disconnected from Facebook and reduced Twitter news feed to a bare minimum.

I nevertheless came across this little gem earlier on and I must share it.

(Courtesy of DANA Milbank & The Washington Post)

Screen Shot 2018-11-21 at 13.27.30There’s that fool William H. McRaven, Special Operations commander of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and the other fools in the U.S. military, who should have brought down bin Laden “a lot sooner,” because “everybody in Pakistan” — all 208 million of them — knew the terrorist leader was living in “a nice mansion.” Trump alone “predicted Osama bin Laden” in 2000 when “nobody really knew who he was.”(Were they waiting for Trump to give them bin Laden’s Zip code plus four?)

There are the fools in the CIA, who have concluded based on so-called evidence that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered last month’s killing of Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi. But Trump alone understands that we’ll never know the truth, because the crown prince denied involvement “maybe five different times.”
There’s that fool Chris Wallace at Fox News, who didn’t understand why Trump skipped Arlington National Cemetery on the Monday after Veterans Day after skipping a visit to a U.S. military cemetery in France two days earlier. But Wallace, if he were wiser, would have known Trump was “extremely busy on calls for the country” as well as “doing other things.”

There are the foolish Finns who, after Trump claimed Finland avoided forest fires because “they spent a lot of time on raking,” are now mocking him by posing with garden tools in the woods. But Trump knows Finnish forest-raking is real because Finland’s president, Sauli Niinisto, told him about it just last week (even if Niinisto can’t remember this).

Worst of all are the fools in California — people who insist on calling the fire-destroyed town there “Paradise” instead of “Pleasure,” as Trump prefers to call it — who assert that the fires were caused by drought instead of their own mismanagement. As Trump well knows, “there is no drought” in California and there is “plenty of water.”

When it comes to self evaluations, Trump gives himself an A-plus a lot

From disaster response to the economy, President Trump gives himself and his administration high marks, most of the time. (Adriana Usero/The Washington Post)
No one has suffered as many fools as Trump has. But this is to be expected when a “very stable genius” leads a “stupid country.”

Trump knows “more about courts than any human being.” He knows “more about steelworkers than anybody.” He knows “more about ISIS than the generals do,” and “more about offense and defense than they will ever understand.” He knows “more about wedges than any human being that’s ever lived.” He even knows more about medicine than his doctor, dictating a doctor’s letter predicting he would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”
How does Trump know so much about so many things? Explaining his disagreement with scientists on climate change, Trump told the Associated Press: “My uncle was a great professor at MIT for many years. Dr. John Trump. And I didn’t talk to him about this particular subject, but I have a natural instinct for science.”

Given Trump’s natural scientific instinct, you don’t need a B.S. from Trump University to know how frustrating it must be to be contradicted repeatedly by “experts” — some in his own administration!

The intelligence community unanimously believes that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, but Trump’s instinct says there’s no reason to disbelieve Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denials.

Satellite imagery shows that North Korea has enhanced its ability to launch missiles, but Trump says, “I don’t believe that.”
The scientific consensus supports the theory of climate change, but Trump says “it could very well go back” to cooling.

Trump’s instinct has led him to a number of scientific discoveries over time:

“The worst hurricanes were 50 years ago.”

Vaccines cause autism in “many” healthy children.

The flu shot is “totally ineffective.”

Exercise is unhealthy.

Coal is “indestructible.”

Windmills are a “killing field” for birds and can make people who live near turbines “go crazy after a couple of years.”

It’s okay to look directly at the sun during a solar eclipse.

California is “shoving” water out to sea “to protect a certain kind of three-inch fish.”

With such a high level of technical expertise, Trump waited 19 months into his presidency to name a White House science adviser. More than 1,000 members of the National Academy of Sciences accuse Trump of the “denigration of scientific expertise and harassment of scientists.”
But they don’t understand. Trump knows more about science than the scientists do.

And this is the problem with being surrounded by fools: Though Trump gives his presidency an “A-plus,” most Americans — about 60 percent — do not appreciate his brilliance.

He deserves better — and he should demand it. He should walk away, withdraw his excellence, maybe get a place in Pleasure — and leave us to suffer our own foolish “scientists” and “experts” and “facts.” That would really show us.

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The french way

Apparently all government agencies among others are switching to Qwant. I did that quite a while back and am extremely pleased.

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On another note, we had loads of olives on our tree in the garden. I reckon more than 15 kilos and there are probably another 3 or 4 kilos still on the tree but to high for me to reach. The point is, I do not know what to do with it all.

I love to eat olives and I love olive oil but I simply do not know how to prepare any of it.


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Trouble shooting

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Somehow one of my tablets started playing up last night. It stopped recognizing the installed micro SD card which has quite a few of the applications stored on it. I tried all sorts to no avail.

So today I reset it to factory settings and in the process as is the normal process erased all data and applications which were on it.

I did spend quite some time today from scratch reinstalling most things. Everything is back to normal as far as I can determine.

It is nevertheless a bit annoying and costs a fair amount of time. Good thing I had nothing else urgent.

The joys of computing

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Short break in Aquitaine

Having our friends K&P visiting us in Carcassonne gave us the incentive to discover a little more some not too far away places.

This time we are heading west to the Atlantic coast and the Aquitaine region.

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Day 1: We arrived early afternoon in Arcachon. We checked in our lovely T Boutique Hotel:

and then went on for a long walk to discover part of the town

Stopped for a well deserved drink and a plate of charcuterie in a new brasserie called “Le Bordeaux” across the street from the railway station.

On the way back to the hotel and walking along the seafront, we spotted a very pleasant restaurant where we are going to head off to for dinner.

Despite the pouring down rain, we made it back to the aforementioned restaurant. I of course had to have my fill of sea food.

Day 2: Not too early a start.  A very short drive down a few blocks to grab a cup of coffee for breakfast and do a bit of shopping. My friend P was wanting and did succeed to picked small local specialities in order to fill her advent calendar which I thought was a very good idea.

We took the opportinity to take a last look at the sea from the pier.

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and we head off out of town. Now one cannot go to Arcachon without having a close look at the famous Pilat Dune.

We made it to the top, a lot harder than what I reed from 25 years ago. Anyway, the view is fantastic especially on a this sunny day.

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Back down was much easier and we head off to our next destination which is 80 kms away. It does nor take long to reach Bordeaux town centre where our hotel is located. I saw a painting of the Hotel les 4 Soeurs in the lobby and could not resist taking a photo. It also shows the bar next door where we had some lunch sitting outside in the sun.

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We spent the afternoon walking miles around the old town, along the river and in the parcs.

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Mid November, temperatures around 20c and beautiful colours in the parcs. Most enjoyable.

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Untypically, we had an excellent dinner / evening in a Spanish restaurant located right in the centre and a few minutes away from our hotel. La Bodega de Bordeaux is a lively place with a very friendly atmosphere.

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A fairly early night

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Day 3: Quite a longer drive today as we wanted to make a detour via the medieval sacredvillage of  Rocamadour. Not my first time there but always quite impressive.

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have to say that it is very quiet at this time of year. Basically all the shops are closed and the same goes for bars and restaurants. We only found a creperie open. It was good enough for a snack and a drink before getting back into the car and head back to Carcassonne.
Made it in time for aperitif and a light dinner followed by fairly large amounts of whisky.

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Route du Rhum

SO they have been at it for almost 3 days. At the time of writing this there are 2310 nm left to race for the current leader.

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There has been some really rough seas and storms and someof the favorites have had damages to the boats and had to retire.

I love to follow the race, positions and news on the web:

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Villages de France

A short summary of yesterday’s day trip to Castelnou


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