Boris Johnson has threatened to refuse to comply with the law requiring he seek an extension to Brexit. Sound like someone else we know? I mean, this is more explicit—with Donald Trump, on the other hand, it’s more like a denial the law even applies to him.
So Android 10 came out yesterday and as near as I can tell, it still doesn’t support dual SIM, dual standby (DSDS), which enables me to combine my two old phones onto one. It had been expected to do so.
That meant going down to the Apple Store to get an unlocked cell phone.
Then nobody local knew how to get DSDS working at least with my particular set up. AT&T put in a nanoSIM card such as is the usual. But I needed Verizon to go on something called eSIM.
Fortunately I got somebody at Verizon online chat who knew how to do it.
So now I have both lines running on one phone instead of having to carry two of the damned things.
Unfortunately, I have to learn my way around an iPhone.
Boris Johnson followed through on his threat to “deselect” Conservative members of Parliament who voted against him.
Amongst these 22 MPs are 10 former cabinet ministers, 21 former ministers, 2 former chancellors, a former deputy PM, a former education secretary, a former lord chancellor and a former Conservative Party chair. There can’t be any precedent for expelling a group like this https://t.co/pg8AgDrOMT
So Tuesday night, Boris Johnson found “himself at the command of a minority government 22 MPs short of a majority, having effectively sacked some of his own most eminent MPs.” It didn’t get better for Johnson: “By Wednesday, after defections and excommunications, he was 43 seats short of a working majority, making it nearly impossible for him to pass any legislation, even on non-Brexit bills.” With tactics like this, it does not appear likely this will be his last comeuppance.
So, now what? The Times has a flowchart. No wonder you’re confused. I know I am.
Start with “Rebels take control of order paper” and proceed directly to “Extension Bill Passes Commons.” Times graphic, September 4, 2019, fair use.
The Lords are expected to pass the legislation requiring Johnson to request an extension, which would take us to Johnson scrambling to try to defer royal assent or failing. And the Commons refused to endorse an election because they couldn’t trust Johnson to call it before the current Brexit day, October 31. Oh, but Donald Trump still thinks Johnson can get the job done.
I gotta tell you, I don’t remember ever seeing a political collapse like this. This is like carefully setting explosives in a building for demolition, detonating them, and then being surprised and even angered when the damned thing actually comes down.
I’ve been inclined to think a recession is on the way for a while now for a bunch of reasons. Now Aaron Back, writing for the Wall Street Journal’s “Heard on the Street” column opines that “[s]igns of a possible recession keep stacking up. At some point it no longer makes sense to keep explaining them away.” The manufacturing index dipping below 50 is not a perfect recession signal and Back seems to think it’s less reliable than the inverted yield curve. But he concludes, “With both the yield curve and manufacturing surveys flashing red at the same time, it would be foolish to dismiss them both. No wonder investors are spooked.”
As of 8:00 am, Dorian’s eye had moved off of Grand Bahama, but the storm was still lashing the island. The storm had weakened to category 3, but appeared to be beginning to affect Florida. It killed at least five people on the Abaco islands, to the east of Grand Bahama.
The storm has weakened further since, to category 2, but looks set to graze the Atlantic Coast all the way up to Newfoundland.
72-hour gif, images 2 hours apart, as of 8:00 pm and National Hurricane Center storm track forecast as of 8:00 pm.
People who deny or minimize the #climatecrisis, who have imagined we have time to address it, including most of the political and economic elite not just in the U.S., should confront the fact that they are killing people through their gross negligence. #Dorian 1/2
Hurricane Dorian has pounded the northernmost islands of the Bahamas with winds gusting to more than 220mph (355km/h), the biggest storm to hit the Caribbean island chain in modern times.
And of course this somehow has to be about Donald Trump, his astonishing ignorance, and his raging narcissism:
The White House prolly has 6 staffers working full time to find appropriate tweets about Dorian for the President’s twitter feed so they can bury the fact that he’s obsessed with his personal grievances instead.
The storm decreased to category 4 and is expected to weaken further. I would be cautious about that: The eye was passing over land, even if only the northwestern Bahama Islands; storms have been known to regain strength when they return to open water. It now appears to be turning north, off of Grand Bahama.
72-hour gif, images two hours apart (missing two images, from 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm, from yesterday), as of 8:00 pm.