Old adversaries

If the US can forgive and forget with Cuba after 55 years, we should be able to get along better with Cuba’s ally and a major US oil supplier, Venezuela. After 35 years from the hostage taking by Iran and 61 years after the CIA engineered the overthrow of a democratically elected government in Iran, perhaps now the government of Iran will accept the fact that they can now trust the government of the US. The younger  generation of Iranians certainly will support better US-Iranian relations.

Fearless forecast-2016

The Democratic ticket will be Elizabeth Warren and Jim Webb. The Republicans will compromise on Mitt Romney and fellow Mormon and TEA Party Senator Mike Lee, Mitt and Mike, the M & Ms. The GOP will definitely carry Utah and perhaps a few other deeply red states. The Democrats will win with 400+ electoral votes and will carry both the House and Senate. The only question remaining in my mind is whether the Senate majority will be filibuster-proof.

Cool It

Cool It, The Skeptical Environmentalist’s Guide to Global Warming by Bjorn Lomborg. Lomborg is a denier who takes a different approach. He admits that man-made global warming is real and is a threat. His argument is that the money spent fighting climate change would be better spent fighting hunger and disease as that would produce better results for more people. The fallacy in that argument is that healthy, well-fed people require a place to live. If we allow industry to trash the planet, we will not have a desirable place to live our healthy, well-fed lives.

Before Castro

Before the Castro Brothers assumed power in Cuba on January 1, 1959, Cuba was a rich island, and still is, where the wealth was concentrated at the top in the mainly white ruling class. The poor were mostly black. Castro started a revolution to divide the wealth more evenly, and many in the ruling class fled to the US. The mostly black poor stayed in Cuba and have supported the Cuban revolution for the 55 years since it began. That is why the Castro brothers are still in power despite the CIA and the US embargo. The 14 million citizens of Cuba mostly support the Castros even though most yearn for a better life. Fidel Castro sought US assistance at the beginning of the Cuban revolution, but was denied it due to the influence of US companies losing property in Cuba. Castro turned to the USSR only after being denied US help.

The Stranger

The Stranger, Barack Obama in the White House by Chuck Todd. Chuck supports the GOP and is critical of President Obama in this book. However, he is not critical like the authors who appear on FOX News. I enjoyed the book because it is an easy read and because it added to my knowledge of the President and the inside of the White House and recent elections. I would recommend it to anyone who is a Barack Obama supporter. Read it with an open mind and don’t take Chuck’s criticisms too seriously.