Category Archives: World News

This daily review will present headlines and a short paragraph concerning issues presented in newspapers throughout the world.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

Norway, Norway Post: “Bank Robbers On Run”

I lot more intelligent than being on a walk.

Sweden, Local: “Cashless Society In Sweden”

Does that mean everything is free??

UK, Guardian: “Monster Salmon Caught”

I am certain there are a hundred fisherman who claim it.

China Daily: “Kim Jong un Makes Appearance”

I guess he finally accepted the reality no NBA team would hire him.

India, India Times: “Cow Parade”

I give this story three moos.

Go On Attack, Never Stop!

The rise of Social Media has created a new phenomenon in our society. Yes, there have always been demagogues who attack leaders of groups, but their power was restricted to newspapers or magazines or books, hardly the source of a huge number of people. However, today, any ordinary person can transform self into a “hero” who is protecting American society agains this or that evil. On a minor level, one can make social media comments about a person you do not like. They respond, and soon others join in the conflict which in the past only included the people engaged in a conflict. Suddenly, hundreds, if not thousands, are commenting an vying to come across as significant participants in the debate. The Ebola story is simply another manifestation of how a problem has escalated into a national issue. Once again, as with climate change, those with knowledge, are cast aside because some jerk in North Dakota insists she really understands the spread of disease. Social Media has created the instant expert on any issue in life.

This process also can transform anyone into a victim. I decide to write something about Matt Damon. I simply make up an outrageous story about this actor, people respond, and I know for sure that hundreds will pick up my story as true and build on it. Within a few days, poor Matt is on the defense while his supporters now regard their hero as a victim of evil. This process goes on at the local level of young people in a school as well as public figures. Just say whatever comes into your mind, and within days you will have obtained a following of true believers.

Welcome to the world of social medcia!

Nothing Changes In Israel

The one constant in Israel is that nothing ever changes. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes that his policies toward Palestinians is the right one, and if he can continue the present course of action into the next century, then Israel will live in peace and security. Jewish settlers are moving into east Jerusalem which is causing anger, but Bibi insists that Jews have a right to live wherever they desire. Of course, similar rights do not belong to Palestinians. Yesterday, there were Palestinian demonstrations in the village of Beit Liqya. Boys and adults threw stones and Molotov cocktails, and the end result is no surprise. Israel soldiers returned these weapons with their own weapons and killed a thirteen year old boy. So, what next will occur? At some point, a Palestinian will kill (notice when Palestinians kill it is an act of “murder”) an innocent Israeli. What else could Netanyahu do but send the army into Gaza and blast away with the deaths of hundreds?

There is only ONE solution:

1. Israel must negotiate with the Palestinian Authority.

2. Israel must recognize that Hamas in the Palestinian Authority AIDS the cause of peace!

3. Settlements must end on the West Bank.

4. Israel must engage in economic talks with Palestinians in order to assist the development of its economy.

5. Get Palestinians working at meaningful jobs!

I realize for many Jews the state of Israel is always right. Sorry, a Jew must always be focused on social justice FOR ALL HUMANS!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer comments on the human condition from a 24 year old mind trapped in an 84 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

If cops can go 90 miles an hour, why can’t I?

Dead deer in the road, I guess he was a leap too short.

In any roadside restaurant there must be a waitress named, Mabel.

I hate confronting a woman who is in charge when I have a complaint.

I await the appearance of humanoid robots, they will be programmed for politeness.

God must have been in a good mood the day he created watermelon.

As Big Al always said back in the Bronx, “yeh, you got a college degree, but you still need five cents to ride the subway!”

I so miss the songs and voice of Johnny Cash.

My theory of driving, arrive late, arrive alive.

In my Bronx childhood, rye breads were not sliced. That joy was allowed to those who purchased the rye bread.

Putin Pouts Demanding Defiance!

These are difficult days for President Vladimir Putin since the media is filled with stories about Ebola or bombings in Iraq or here in America, about illegal immigrants. No one appears to be thinking about Vladimir, nor do world leaders pay any attention to what he thinks concerning issues of the day. Imagine a week without the world focused on another of his threats and histrionics? Vladimir just had to issue another of his warnings of doom in order to shift attention to what he thinks. Putin is on his way to visit Serbia so he gave an interview to a Serbian newspaper. “We hope that our partners realize the futility of attempting to blackmail Russia,and remember what consequences between major nuclear powers could bring for strategic stability…Together with the sanctions against entire sections of our economy, this approach can be called nothing but hostile” I assume he is raising the possibility of a nuclear war. What is most amazing is that Russian political and military leaders do not rise up in anger at this wild man and his threats to bring destruction to their nation.

Putin history lesson:

1. Gangsters overthrew the government of Ukraine.
2. Thugs paid by the CIA seized control of Ukraine.
3. Putin, the man of peace intervened to protect Ukrainians.
4. OK, some airliner was shot down, but it was shot down by the CIA!

In other words, Putin is only seeking peace and justice. The man certainly has balls to utter this nonsense!

Obama Plays Lawyer Rather Than Leader!

Once again, President Barack Obama has decided to play law professor rather than assume the mantle of leader of the nation. A college professor makes clear to students that he is always right, and for any comment by a student, he is quick with a retort to prove them wrong. The White House is arguing that the 1973 War Resolution which allows Presidents a sixty day window in which to respond to violent acts does not apply to bombings in Iraq against ISIS. In theory, October 7 would mark the end of legal bombings in Iraq, and require an act of Congress to continue such action. However, lawyer Obama now cites the 2001 and 2002 Authorization Military Force resolutions passed to allow President Bush to pursue Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida as justification for bombing in Iraq.

When will Barack Obama learn how to be a leader. He should have rushed to Congress and obtained authorization for bombing in Iraq. Does he actually believe that Republicans would vote against such action? How dumb can Obama be? No Republican running for re-election would provide his opponent the opportunity to blast his failure to “protect America.” This was a golden opportunity to get Republicans as your ally in this war. Instead, he allows them to stay on the sidelines offering negative comments. He took them off the hook of responsibility.

Barack Obama needs an old time Irish politician in the White House to guide his behavior.

A Baseball Lesson

Every so often in capitalist America emerges a story about those without who triumph over those with. The Kansas City Royal baseball team is headed to the World Series despite the fact its payroll is about one third that of other major league baseball teams. This is one of those few examples in our lives when the rich and wealthy can not purchase victory. Of course, in the political arena the Koch brothers are spending untold millions to buy this Senate seat or that congressional seat, but even the Koch brothers can not purchase an entry into the World Series. What do the Kansas City Royals teach America?

1. Focus on the player who is not hailed by the media as the next coming of Christ.

2. Offer opportunities to baseball players who work their butts off.

3. Create a TEAM of players who work together rather than having “Stars” who only think of themselves.

4. In the end, talent and teamwork can not be purchased with millions.

On to victory in the World Series!

MADNESS OF EBOLA

The New York Daily News headline proclaimed to a picture of President Obama:

FOR GOD’S SAKE
GET A GRIP

Now, let me get this clear, if there is an illness in our nation, somehow, some way the President can cure the patient. Barack Obama has nothing to do with Ebola, he has no power, he lacks any skill to treat this disease. The Center for Disease Control is in charge. Can we Americans for once, keep politics out of an issue that has nothing to do with politics? Does the Daily News want the President to offer advice to doctors? This is madness become even more madness by the constant nonstop attacks on Obama for every ill in the world.

I hate to inform the Daily News but the Texas Health Presbyterian hospital committed the mistakes. Not the CDC. So, how about another headline directed at Texas Governor Rick Perry:

FOR GOD’SAKE
GET A GRIP

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Biden Says Erdogan Admits Mistakes”
“Biden Apologizes To Erdogan For Comment”

France, Connexion: “Rat Complaints”

We prefer Cheddar over Meunster!

UK< Guardian: “Campaign Targets Breast Cancer”

To get it or cure it is the question?

Norway,Norway Post: “Implant Bionic Eye”

I can see you wherever you go!

China, China Daily: “Kim Jong Un Makes Appearance”

I guess that means some generals will make a disappearance.

Hezbollah, The Good Guys?

I recognize any words that depict members of Hezbollah as other than savage terrorists would annoy the Israel government. Of course, the Palestinian branch of Hezbollah has agreed to serve in the Palestinian Authority government which means it can not engage in terrorist activity. The complexity about Hezbollah grows even more interesting when one discusses ISIS. In the valley of Bekaa, which lies on the border with Syria hundreds of Hezbollah are fighting ISIS which it regards as a threat to Lebanon, as well as to the Syrian government. Hezbollah soldiers told a correspondent their aim is to “degrade and destroy” ISIS. So, let me explain:

1. The Israel government considers Hezbollah a threat to Israel.

2. The Israel government wants ISIS to be destroyed.

3. Hezbollah wants ISIS destroyed.

4. Turkey, allegedly is an ally in the fight against ISIS.

5. At this moment, Turkish planes are attacking Kurds who are fighting ISIS.

Question: How did we Americans get caught in this mad world??