Game over man.

The McLeod River Post - - Front Page - Ian McInnes

The Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­cern­ing the U.S. 2016 elec­tions is get­ting to the nitty gritty it seems. The tim­ing, end of Oc­to­ber go­ing into Novem­ber seems to be on the money with pre­vi­ous pre­dic­tions. These things take time and I ex­pect it will be a while longer for ei­ther U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to be in the clear or be faced with un­palat­able choices.

Trump’s for­mer cam­paign chair­man, Paul Manafort has been in­dicted on charges as has Manafort’s as­so­ci­ate, Rick Gates. Both men have pleaded not guilty. The charges against Manafort and Gates do not seem to di­rectly re­late to the elec­tion cam­paign. What may prove to more sig­nif­i­cant is the rev­e­la­tion that for­mer for­eign pol­icy ad­viser to Trump, Ge­orge Pa­padopou­los has pleaded guilty of ly­ing to the FBI. The last break­ing news on this is that the team of Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kush­ner has re­port­edly turned over doc­u­ments to spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues.

There may be noth­ing in it, but Mueller strikes me as a man who is very thor­ough and will get to the bot­tom of the mat­ter, even if it goes to the very top. Will some­one kiss and tell to save their soul?

North Korea is still a cri­sis it’s just that other events get in the way of it dom­i­nat­ing the news. Trump will be in Asia, in­clud­ing South Korea over the next cou­ple of weeks. Per­fect for grand­stand­ing from ei­ther party. Maybe they could sort it out over an arm wrestling con­test and just leave the rest of us out of it.

There was another ter­ror­ist attack in New York, which has raised the rhetoric again. Un­der­stand­able but I do strug­gle to un­der­stand why the re­ac­tion wasn’t the same over the Las Ve­gas mas­sacre.

The soft­wood lum­ber dis­pute with the U.S. and Canada has gone up another notch and who knows where the NAFTA (North Amer­i­can Free Trade Agree­ment) talks are go­ing. I don’t know, by the time the Amer­ica First pol­icy is played out maybe the mighty trade na­tion will be trad­ing with it­self, by it­self. All by it­self, alone. Was that a song?

Here’s a thing. The Paris cli­mate change agree­ment may be a to­tal waste of time and ef­fort. That will be mu­sic to some peo­ple’s ears. How­ever, it’s not likely that this is be­cause the Paris agree­ment was not im­por­tant it’s be­cause it’s likely to be too late. Even though we’ve worked hard (some more than others) at get­ting emis­sions down Mother Na­ture is likely to stomp us good.

The World Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WMO) has just said that CO2 lev­els have in­creased to a level not seen for 800,000 years. The WMO also said that 2016’s in­crease was 50 per cent higher than the av­er­age for the last ten years; mea­sure­ments were taken from 51 coun­tries. Ap­par­ently, av­er­age con­cen­tra­tions were up from 403.3 parts per mil­lion (ppm) com­pared to 400 ppm in 2015. The WMO said it’s the largest in­crease in 30 years; dur­ing the late 60s we were sit­ting at just un­der 320 ppm.

And now the kicker. Sci­en­tists look like they didn’t fac­tor in the emis­sion of meth­ane, a far more pow­er­ful green­house gas than CO2. It’s belch­ing out the stuff in the trop­ics and I don’t think we’ve even started to mea­sure emis­sions from the Arc­tic. My­self and others have been say­ing this for years. Too much talk, not enough do and too much po­lit­i­cal gravy flow­ing. Now the planet we call home is go­ing to kick us up the jacksy good and hard any­way. As Hud­son said in Aliens, “Game over man.”

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