World view – Monday

Sunday GMT


For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.


  1. Gezza

     /  10th September 2018

    Aljazeera tv news 2 hourly news segments are still giving prominence to the Swedish elections which they say are “expected to see a rise in support for the Far Right anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats Party”.

    Their English reporter, Jonah Hull, in Stockholm, in additional live commentary, described Sweden as “the latest European country to fall into the thrall of anti-immigration sentiment”, although his main video clip report, focussing on a group of young Afghani refugees playing soccer who love the place for its freedom, also includes a couple of “person in the street” interviews with ethnic Swedes who are clearly not happy with increasing levels of immigration.

    One of them commented – in English – along the lines: “We don’t have a problem with immigration in Sweden. What we have is a problem with integration. We have had a problem with integration for longer than just the last 3 years. There’s been a problem with integration for the last 15 years.”

    Most of the rest of Hull’s report is about how Sweden has prided itself for decades as the example-setting European model of individual freedoms, progressivism & tolerance, ever since the days of the post-WW2 Soviet Union domination of Easter Europe, positioned as it is between Russia & the rest of Europe.

    But that now more & more Swedes are beginning to question what these values have done to Swedish society. That most Swedes support the admission of more refugees, but increasingly, more & more don’t.

    His report was mainly slanted towards the far right origins of the SD party, but curiously he said although most immigrants have integrated well & speak Swedish, if you go into the nearby suburb of Rinkeby “you could almost be in another country”.

    (No mention of Sweden’s series of riots starting with the 2008 Malmö mosque riots and then the 2009 Malmö anti-Israel riots, 2010 Rinkeby riots, 2013 Stockholm riots, 2016 Sweden riots and 2017 Rinkeby riots, during which bands made up mostly of young immigrants torched cars and buildings and threw rocks at police, all of which Wikipedia claims are causing many Swedes to question Sweden’s ability to integrate migrants.)

    Hull concluded by saying, however, that the SD makes up only 20% of the support polls & the other 80% includes other, larger mainstream parties including leftists, which are polling more strongly – and that the SD party is not expected to be in government or to have any real influence after the election because all the other parties have said they won’t work with them.

    I was disappointed in their reporting. I found it very muddled.

  2. Missy

     /  10th September 2018

    The Swedish polls close in less than 10mins.

    It seems there have been some issues with regards to new rules introduced which are causing long queues causing frustration among those waiting, and some people made the decision to go home. This could be interesting to know how it may change the results, my gut instinct tells me that it is most likely not those that would be voting for change that would go home, but hard to say for sure.

    Almost 40% of Swedes decided today on who to vote for, meaning the polling up to now could be significantly out.

    Live feed here:

  3. Missy

     /  10th September 2018

    A pregnant member of the right wing Sweden Democrats was attacked outside a polling station today by two men calling her a racist and a whore. Lovely people.

  4. Patzcuaro

     /  10th September 2018
  5. Joe Bloggs

     /  10th September 2018

    There’s something that is missing from the debates back and forth about whether Brett Kavanaugh lied during any or all of the three Senate confirmation processes he has undergone. Kavanaugh’s use of emails stolen from Democrats.

    Whatever you believe about whether Kavanaugh lied in any of these confirmation processes, what is irrefutable is that last week he was told, from the people involved, that he had, in fact, received and used stolen emails. For example, Patrick Leahy told him, repeatedly, that a document of his that got forwarded in draft form, that the document was not public at the time Kavanaugh received it.

    Given such a circumstance, there is one natural, decent response. You apologize. Upon learning, allegedly for the first time, that you had indeed used stolen emails, you apologize to the people they were stolen from. “Gosh, I’m sorry. I had no idea. I’m sorry.” That’s what you say when you discover you used emails stolen from someone.

    Kavanaugh didn’t do that. He sat in front of his entire Catholic school girl’s basketball team, and instead of apologising, he defended himself.

    So no matter whether he was lying, one thing is crystal clear:1hat he doesn’t think it was wrong to use stolen emails. He had no moral or ethical regret upon learning, definitively, that he had used stolen emails.

    Obviously, he’s trying very hard not to offend the guy who appointed him before he’s confirmed, and pointing out that it is unethical to use stolen emails might be a sore subject for BLOTUS, who got elected by exploiting stolen emails.

    Perhaps Kavanaugh’s just an unethical person, the kind of guy whose Catholicism serves as a sanctimonious self-justification to engage in really unholy behaviour.

    But the biggest reason why Kavanaugh might be reluctant to apologise for a clear ethical injury, even if he claims it was unwitting, is that it would taint his actions confirming judges. It would make it clear he cheated to push lifetime appointments through Congress. Those judges were confirmed illegitimately. And Kavanaugh, bidding for the third of three lifetime appointments, doesn’t want to do anything to highlight that illegitimately confirmed judges are, themselves, tainted.

  6. High Flying Duck

     /  10th September 2018

  7. High Flying Duck

     /  10th September 2018

    And in related news, this is laughably bad police work on the Russian “agent”:

    “Federal prosecutors are backtracking on their allegation that a Russian woman accused of working as a secret agent offered to trade sex for access, according to a Justice Department court filing.

    Prosecutors had earlier accused Maria Butina, a gun rights activist in U.S. custody on charges she worked as a covert agent and tried to establish back-channel lines of communication to the Kremlin, of offering to exchange sex for a position with a special interest organization.

    Butina’s lawyer, Robert Driscoll, had strongly denied the accusation and said the government had relied on an “innocuous” 3-year-old text message exchange between Butina and a longtime friend, assistant and public relations professional for a gun rights group that she had founded.

    The individual, identified in court papers only as DK, had said in the text that he didn’t know what Butina would owe him after he took her car for an insurance renewal and government inspection. She replied, “Sex. Thank you so much. I have nothing else at all. Not a nickel to my name.”

    In a court filing last month , Driscoll said that the sex comment was clearly a joke and that Butina is friends with DK’s wife and child and treats him like a brother. He said there is no evidence that the two ever had sex.

    “The impact of this inflammatory allegation, which painted Ms. Butina as some type of Kremlin-trained seductress, or spy-novel honeypot character, trading sex for access and power, cannot be overstated,” Driscoll said.”

  8. Gezza

     /  10th September 2018

    I’ve found I’m starting to switch off from the whole Trump show.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  10th September 2018

      That’s what will get him – not Meuller or the “failing” NYT. It will be the drop in ratings. He’ll never cope with that.

      • Gezza

         /  10th September 2018

        I’ve realised I’m just fed up with all his histrionics. I don’t give a damn what he says any more, not can I be bothered with the endless attacks on his detractors and his flunkies. It’s just got boring as hell. His grandiose claims around whatever he does. His over-the-top shows before his admiring base junkies. His backing arseholes like Netanyahu and the Saudis. His insulting everybody and screwing other countries for trade deals that suit America above everybody else. He’s the epitome of the Ugly American to me. And sums up what a ridiculous airheaded celebrity driven place it’s become. Look forward to seeing the back of him as soon as possible and if the shambles the Democrats are mean it’s 8 years, how sad, but too bad. Hopefully they’ll replace him with someone who’s not a narcissistic, privileged, overgrown bullying kid.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  10th September 2018

          I’m half with you, G. I don’t listen to or care about anything he says but I do watch what he does. Unlike you I think that is mostly good rather than bad. We’ll see how it turns out.

  9. Griff.

     /  10th September 2018

    Tesla heading for bankwuptcy.
    Its leader is an insane dope smoking nutter .
    Who wants a $55,759 dollar Yankee Medium sedan for a premium BMW/Audi/ Merc price?

    August, sales of EVs (electric vehicles) and PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) rose 120% over sales in August 2017. Most of the jump is due to the Model 3. Without Model 3 sales, total EV/PHEV sales would be up just 12.5% on last year. In fact, 63% of August EV sales were from the three Tesla models. In August, the Tesla Model 3 was the 5th biggest seller of ALL US cars, behind only the Toyota Camry, the Honda Civic, the Honda Accord and the Toyota Corolla Family. Let that penetrate for a minute. An electric car, from an upstart manufacturer, is the 5th bestselling car in the US. And it doesn’t even advertise. And you have to wait months for it to be delivered. And the MSM has been spreading FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) about whether Tesla will survive, whether it’s profitable, oh, and why doesn’t Musk just give up?

    I repeat: a car from a supposedly bankrupt company, with a months-long waiting list, with a new technology, and not cheap, is the 5th best selling car in America. This must be giving legacy car manufacturers the heeby-jeebies. What will happen when Tesla introduces the base Model 3, costing $35,000? What will happen when Tesla expands its production lines, again? What will happen when proud new owners give friends and family test drives in their new, beaut Model 3? How long before the Model 3 is the best-selling car in America? Will you still be buying oil stocks? Will you still be holding legacy car company stocks?