USA & Other Regions
In July, a CBS news election tracker predicted Republicans would win 230 seats in the House of Representatives in the midterm elections. But Democrats are hoping that the “Donald Trump Factor” will work in their favor.
As summer wears on, and wildfires and heat waves hit Spain and the US, scientists claim that climate change is the cause. Evidence suggests that Earth is warming at an unprecedented rate. As sunflowers hail the height of summer, over 100 degrees F days continue with no rain in sight except for the occasional afternoon thunderstorm which brings little relief.
The F.B.I. raided former US President Donald Trump's Florida Mar-a-Lago residence, searching for secret documents. They confiscated 20 boxes of highly confidential material that Trump had been negotiating in June to return to the Presidential Archives. According to Trump, all the documents seized by the F.B.I. had already been “declassified.” A massive F.B.I. raid on a former president has never before happened in American history.
Christopher Wray, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation: "China is engaged in a whole-of-state effort to become the world’s only superpower by any means necessary.” Nancy Pelosi: "Our delegation’s visit to Taiwan honors America’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant democracy.”
"Across the US there have been many more than 100,000 confirmed cases of the disease in the month of July. My neighbors both had it and have recovered. My niece in Spain had it too. It seems to pick its victims at random."
To state the obvious, the international mobility of people and goods has been severely impacted by pandemic restrictions. But while international travel restrictions have helped delay or reduce the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to some degree, they have caused societal and economic disruption and impacted untold number of lives. The resumption of safe international travel is an important step toward normality.
Biden desperately wants Americans to abandon gasoline-powered cars and adopt electric vehicles, conveniently forgetting that 80 percent of an EVs volts stem from natural gas (38.3%), nasty coal (21.8%), and glow-in-the-dark nuclear (18.9%). I don’t want to have to give up my compact car that gets 42 miles to the gallon any time soon. Prices are from $5.50 to $6.00 a gallon in this area. I know it’s more expensive in Spain, so I don’t like to complain.
There's an excellent exhibit of graffiti artist-turned-mainstream-painter, Jean Michel Basquiat, in downtown Manhattan. The artist died at 28 of an overdose; his works are sobering. It would have been a hard transition from this intense show to our ultimate destination, the Little Spain eatery, (thought-provoking art makes us hungry), but the High Line was nearby. Little Spain has a magnificent selection of Spanish food. The diner prides itself on being purely Spanish but the Latin-American waiter did not know what a "pincho" was and they played Mexican music. Small complaints. We enjoyed every morsel, raised our "thimbles" and toasted Basquiat!
"NATO Leaders are meeting in Madrid at a pivotal time for our security. Russia's war against Ukraine has shattered peace in Europe, caused far-reaching energy and food crises, and shaken the rules-based international order. NATO's response has been swift and united. . . At the Madrid Summit, the Alliance will address other challenges, like China’s coercive policies or the security consequences of climate change. It will continue to adapt to a changing world and keep its one billion people safe."
The situation in the United States is dire. Many are sorry that they voted for the Biden-Harris ticket. The Biden Administration points to the increased job figures as a sign of recovery but families go to food banks for help. One wishes you could warn the migrants heading for the US southern border that the American Dream is almost dead.