Archive for March 9th, 2010

Warm Bucket On A Scaffold

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

This would be US Vice President Joe Biden, the latest man to occupy a job that was described by one of his predecessors as “not worth a warm bucket of spit”.

And so to Jerusalem, where another round of indirect peace talks between parties that aren’t serious about peace rings just as hollow.

The Israelis are building settlements again, and don’t seem to care at all about US foreign policy.

And why should they, when a visiting Vice President bends over backwards to pledge “absolute, total, unvarnished commitment to Israel’s security”?

Gorilla says: “It’s hard to tell, in a meeting among assholes, where a friendly enema could do any good!”

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Sticking A Danish Fork In

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Copenhagen? It’s done for this year, says the Danish environment minister!

There was never any chance of a global agreement on climate change, and even less so in a US election year.

US politicians simply aren’t serious about sacrifice of any kind, so there’s little prospect of progress except at the margins.

Gorilla says: “A hamfisted waste of time!”

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Cottoning On

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Brazil is slapping some tariffs on US cotton and many other goods, having won every round in the WTO, and it’s yet another example of why those who preach fair trade rarely practice fair trade.

US agricultural subsidies have the effect of keeping prices artificially high for US consumers and promoting poverty in countries like Brazil, where domestic producers can’t compete.

And is there any chance we’ll get rid of the subsidies, a huge waste of money at a time of ever growing deficits?

Gorilla answers: “No chance of borrowing for Paul from Peter Cottontail!”

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