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July 6, 2016

Random Happenings I Canít Change

Tom McLaughlin

Kuching, Malaysian Borneo – The weather sure has been crazy here in Borneo. It has been unseasonable cool with rain; and this is supposed to be the hot and dry season.


I have been following one of the Canadian meteorologists on the Internet and he said it was because the jet stream dipped down below the equator and joined with the southern jet stream. This was going to cause catastrophic consequences. (


The Washington Post then joined in and said the jet stream sometimes does dip down below the equator and it was nothing to be concerned about. I didn't realize the meteorologist was so famous as he usually always answers my few questions. ( But, the problem is, there is nothing I can do about it.


Britain voted to leave the European Union. There must have been three or four front page stories for over a week in The New York Times about this cataclysmic event. I was highly amused to read about how Scotland would leave Britain, to how the breakup would affect scientific funding, to how it was the rural peoples’ fault outside of London.


The lawyers will have a field day racking up tons and tons and tons of billable hours on how to extract England from the rest of Europe. All they really need is a moving van. But, there is nothing I can do about that.


Then there was that guy that killed all those people in a gay night club in Orlando, Florida. I can't figure out for the life of me why anyone would care if it was a gay club or not. I guess they wanted to show that there is still prejudice against gay people when in reality, the guy probably went to the nearest club because they served alcohol. He probably didn't have a clue that it was gay. And we will probably never know.


I just wish we would get to the stage that we don't have to identify people being gay, straight, black, white, Hispanic, oriental, or from the planet Jupiter. But, we are not there yet, and there is nothing I can do about it.


A lot of people have been comparing Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. The comparison came up too many times for me to be comfortable. I watched a program on Netflix about the rise and fall of Hitler. It was made way before any of them had heard about Mr. Trump.


Hitler rose to power because the depression had destroyed the economy and just about everybody wanted a leader to make things right. He blamed the Jews and other members of society who did not fit his concept of a German.


Now, Mr. Trump blames the Mexicans for taking American jobs and wants to build a wall and not let them in. He also blames all the Muslims for the terror that strikes by night and he wants to ban them from entering the country and to watch their mosques.


Some polls call for a 44%-39% victory for Hillary Clinton in the election. Who are the 39%? How do they feel that somebody who emulates Hitler and his policies should be our president? They are not around here!


Of course, there is only one other American here in Borneo and he and I are of the same opinion.


Yes, there is one small way to defeat Donald Trump and that is through this column. Wish me luck!


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