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This is a fantastic article, If you are interested on the subject. You should be as those darn Greeks started all this populist crap that has spread all around the world, including here in the US with the election of this Trump dude. By itself, it gives a very accurate picture, in my humble opinion, of what took place in Greece with the ascent to power of the fringe left party Syriza. And just when you thought it could not get worse, these guys who never before managed a snack bar…were thrown into the realities of governing. It’s been a horror show!
Anyways, the article ends with this excerpt that takes us to Brexit and Trump:
Transposing the Greek populist experience to America or Britain yields some clear insights. Trump and the Brexiteers succeeded politically by identifying and capitalizing on some real social concerns. However: They have no solutions to offer. They scammed their way to power, but now that they have attained it, they face some unforgivable realities. They will try to avoid them, of course, by dividing and polarizing, and by blaming foreigners and “unpatriotic” political rivals. They are likely to double down when confronted with failure, at considerable economic cost. Yet, their obvious failures will not, in and of themselves, guarantee their demise. This will require mainstream parties to up their game and offer real alternatives. Only then, with the support of resilient democratic institutions, can the havoc wrought by populists be undone.
And it is expensive! It is called the Shiki-Shima. Just 10 coaches, 34 passengers max. All suites. Lounge. Two observatory cars. Fine dining. Too bad we can’t use any Amtrak points for it lol. I love trains. I love them more when they are freeee!
The basic costs £5,164 for a solo traveller on a two-night/three-day trip, while the deluxe is £6,713.
I must say that this was one of the most educational articles I read last week. I had no idea, fascinating stuff! And I know some of you are aviation geeks, you will love this!
The article goes through what took place behind the scenes during President Obama’s trip to Germany in June 2009. #mindblown
Then the article reveals the presence of Gulfstream jets, known as the C-20C’s. There are three of them.
As one Air Force official put it when asked years ago, “Our position is that we do not have any aircraft called a C-20C.”
Like I said, this is a fascinating story. Reminds me the time I was stranded in the Athens airport as I managed to land shortly before Air Force One landed with Bill Clinton. And we bring you an exclusive picture of a C20-C by special investigative TBB reporter with the code name Snowflake.
This is VERY hilarious. It appeared in the New Yorker. If you don’t laugh, what can I say? I am sad for you. I paste it here in its entirety. I enjoy bringing you joy. Oh wait, maybe that did not come out right. I enjoy helping people. Via entertainment, education and inspiration. And world peace tooooo!
If you are waiting for the elevator, make sure you press the call button. Even if the call button has already been pressed by someone else who is waiting.
If your wait is longer than thirty seconds, press the call button repeatedly. You may also sigh impatiently.
Do not make more than one second of eye contact with anyone. Do not talk.
Stare straight ahead, as if facing a firing squad, as if the other people in the elevator do not exist, which, to you, they do not.
“Straight ahead” is always, always facing the doors. If you stare in any other direction, you are a psychopath.
It is polite to ask someone entering at the same time as you, “Which floor?” If you don’t do this, but then the person after you does, you will feel like an asshole.
You are allowed to silently judge someone who presses 2. Like, one flight of stairs would kill him?
Absolutely do not hit on anyone in the elevator.
Seriously—successful pickups in elevators are even rarer than successful pickups on the subway. You’re just going to come across as creepy.
My friend Stuart claims that he picked up a woman in an elevator once, but no one ever met her, and we all still make fun of him by asking how his Canadian elevator girlfriend is doing.
Stuart doesn’t hang out with us very much anymore.
If it is a full elevator and you keep your backpack on, the people behind you have the right to rifle through it.
If it is a packed elevator and the door opens to reveal other people hoping to get on, you should smile sympathetically at their predicament. You may also shrug at them, as if to say, “Whaddya gonna do?,” as the elevator door closes in their faces.
If you are standing next to the buttons, it is good form to immediately press “Door Close” the second anyone exits.
Do not fart.
If you fart, pray that your floor comes quickly.
If your floor is still several stops away, make an “Ugh, who farted?” face, while glancing at your neighbor.
If you end up in an elevator with your boss, you must choose between making painful small talk or standing awkwardly in silence. (The correct choice is always silence.)
Upon exiting the elevator on your floor, do not cheerfully say “Buh bye!” to the other riders.
Again, this would make you a psychopath.
If there is a little TV screen above the buttons displaying banal news items, you may stare at that. Although, really? We’re watching TV in the elevator now? Then again, anything is preferable to unintentional eye contact.
Crazy BASE jumper Miles Daisher. To do this in such a stunning place, wow! Drones again, they are everywhere!
And I leave you with this…
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