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Trump pulls U.S. government out of planned human rights hearings conducted by the Organization of American States.

The OAS was formed during the Cold War by the United States as a way of organizing the non-Communist nations of the Americas. It has no formal powers and no ability to enforce any human rights findings that its committee on human rights makes. As such, the United States has in the past viewed it as useful kabuki theater even when various states were vehemently objecting to U.S. policies. Better to have these things aired in public in a useless forum, the thought went, than to have these various nations conspiring in secret to enforce real consequences.

But apparently God-Emperor Donald the Trump feels that we no longer need to worry about diplomacy and the tender fee-fees of the states south of our border. Who, I might point out, have a combined population that is more than twice our size, and a combined economy that is equal to that of China. We need them more than they need us — they can sell their oil, for example, to any place on the planet, they don’t have to sell it to us, we’re just convenient. And combined they are our largest export target, again, they don’t *have* to import from us, we’re just conveniently close to them.

In other words, this is stupid. But unsurprising. After all, it’s not as if our cold-blooded sociopathic lizard people overlords think we have any kind of human rights. Well, other than the right to die from lack of food, health care, and housing once we’re no longer capable of being useful to our lizard overlords, anyhow.

– Badtux the “Gah, the stupid, it burns, it burns!” Penguin

Feeling sick

Chelsea Wolfe, “Sick”, off her 2013 album Pain is Beauty.

Reposting this because right now my kitchen counter looks like:

1 row of various soups
1 row of benadryl, Sudafed, Zyrtec, saline pump, bouillon cubes.

Not feeling good at all, picked up some sort of crud at work. Grr!

Maybe I’ll post something else this evening. Probably not. All I feel like doing is sleeping.

– Badtux the Sick Penguin

Trump claims it’s about security, but it’s actually about punishing these airlines for undercutting the price of American airlines.

This doesn’t affect just flights originating in those specific countries. Those are hubs for entire region, so it affects flights from much of Africa and South Asia too.

This is going to wreck havoc on business travel. I might need to go to Dubai in order to seal a deal that is worth a lot of money to us, and not having a laptop on my long flight there and back is going to be a serious time waste on my part where I can’t do work I need to do. It might even piss off the Dubai government so much that the deal is cancelled, which would cost us a shit-ton of money (these fuckers are rich, and the amount of money they’re willing to shell out for what we have to offer could run our company for a year).

Yay, way to be business-friendly, Deadbeat Donnie. I really appreciate it. So much that I’m giving you the fucking two fisted Bronx salute as we speak.

– Badtux the Pissed Penguin

FBI wiretapped a Russian gambling ring headquartered at Trump Tower. Only three floors below Trump’s own apartment. Not just a gambling ring, they specialized in extortion and money laundering too.

Donald Trump’s connections with the Russian Mafia are extensive. They rent his apartments and hotel rooms, they buy his houses, they lend money to him, he is, basically, up to his shoulderbones in Russian mafiosos. What do they have on him, and how much have they shared with Russian intelligence?

– Badtux the Not-Russian Penguin

An annual African trade summit in California had no African attendees this year after at least 60 people were denied visas, according to event leaders.

Trade shows, conventions, and other events with international participation are about to move outside the US because nobody from outside the US can get a visa to attend them anymore. Yay, this is going to do our convention business *so* much good…

Way to be pro-business, Cheeto Mussolini!

– Badtux the Perplexed Penguin

Here, have some Chikan

It’s Super Chikan! With his song “Sippi’ Seekan’ Saw'” off his 2007 album Sum’ Mo’ Chikan.

Yeah, feeling the blues lately.

– Badtux Music Penguin


Bonus music: Vera Lynn is 100 years old today!

I’ve been watching nuclear bombs go off. Only on archival footage from the 40’s and 50’s, thankfully, all scratchy and low-def black-and-white. But seems like our current administration, with its focus on the Pentagon rather than the State Department, might make it possible to view nuclear bombs going off in hi-def color. Specifically, if the U.S. ever attacks North Korea, they have nuclear weapons, and it’s likely that Seoul goes up in a nuclear blast a few hours thereafter, Tokyo a few days after that, and San Francisco a few weeks after that. (Hey, it takes *time* to haul a nuke across the Pacific on a fishing trawler!). Because that’s what happens when you threaten the existence of a nuclear power — they figure that if they’re going down anyhow, they’ll take their enemies down with them as much as possible.

Meanwhile, it’s time to revive another word that we thought died with the Soviet Union: политрук . Or “Politruck”, or “political monitor”. These are political officers embedded into government agencies to monitor loyalty to the regime. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that the Orange Racist Russian Stooge is using an old Soviet tactic to ensure that the government apparatus is loyal to him, but it does make his Russian connection look rather … obvious?

Talking about which, FBI Director Comey testified to Congress and verified that there was, indeed, an investigation into the connections between the Trump campaign and the Russians — but, unlike with the Hillary investigation, he refused to discuss details. Because IOKIYR, I guess.

Finally, expect a new distraction shortly. Only 39% of voters now approve of Trump’s performance in office. The good news for Trump is that it won’t get much lower, or at least it won’t get lower than 27%.

The sad thing about the prior link is that it’s from 2005, and could be discussing the current President just as much as it was discussing President Bush back then. Progress. 😦 .

– Badtux the Dejavu Penguin