PAUL’S TAKE #201: TAKING THE HEAT


PAUL’S TAKE #201: TAKING THE HEAT

I’M GOING TO RESIST TALKING ABOUT SPECIAL COUNSEL AND LONGTIME REPUBLICAN ROBERT MUELLER’S TESTIMONY BEFORE CONGRESS THIS WEEK.

YOU’VE HEARD ENOUGH ABOUT THAT – AND DON’T CARE WHAT I THINK ABOUT IT.SO, EVEN THOUGH I CAN’T UNDERSTAND, WHY EVERY AMERICAN OF EVERY POLITICAL PERSUASION ISN’T INFURIATED THAT A HOSTILE FOREIGN POWER, RUSSIA, IS STILL, TO THIS DAY, MESSING WITH U-S ELECTIONS, AS MUELLER TESTIFIED, I WON’T GO THERE.

I WON’T EVEN PONDER WHY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES ISN’T OUTRAGED ABOUT IT.COLLUSION QUESTIONS ASIDE, IT’S KNOWN THAT THE RUSSIAN INVOLVEMENT HELPED HIS CAMPAIGN, WHICH IS LIKELY WHY THE PRESIDENT CITED A LACK OF MEMORY IN FAILING TO ANSWER 30 QUESTIONS PERTAINING TO HIS INVOLVEMENT WITH THE RUSSIANS.NO WONDER OUR COMMANDER IN CHIEF ISN’T CONCERNED, SO, I WON’T GO THERE, EITHER.

AND, IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE NOW THAT THE RUSSIANS HAVE SUCCESSFULLY PENETRATED OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM, IT’S LIKELY OTHER GOVERNMENTS, LIKE CHINA AND IRAN, WILL TOO, AS SOME EXPERTS INSIST; IT’S NOT MY JOB TO CONVINCE YOU.

FINALLY, IF YOU AREN’T THE SLIGHTEST BIT CONCERNED THAT THE BOTTOM LINE WHEN IT COMES TO RUSSIANS INFLUENCING HOW YOU AND I VOTE, OR ANY OF THE MANY OTHER CONCERNS CURRENTLY THREATENING OUR SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT THAT THE MUELLER TESTIMONY TOUCHED UPON -- IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE, NO MATTER HOW SICK AND TIRED YOU ARE OF HEARING ABOUT IT, THAT ALL OF THIS STUFF ACTUALLY HAS THE VERY FUTURE OF OUR DEMOCRACY HANGING IN THE BALANCE, WELL, NO WAY CAN I CHANGE YOUR MIND.

SO, YOU’LL HEAR NONE OF THAT TALK FROM ME.NOPE.EVEN THOUGH I’D LIKE TO THINK THOSE WHO CONSIDER THEMSELVES “TRUE, PATRIOTIC” AMERICANS” WOULD BE THE MOST WORRIED OF ALL, I WON’T WASTE YOUR TIME STEWING ABOUT IT.HEY, IT’S MUCH EASIER TO TALK ABOUT, SAY – THE WEATHER.AS IN, EUROPE.

YOU HEARD ABOUT THE CONTINENT SWELTERING THIS SUMMER, WITH FRANCE HEADED FOR THE HOTTEST JULY EVER, ON TOP OF THE WARMEST JUNE SINCE THEY STARTED KEEPING RECORDS BACK IN 1880.PARIS HAD A HIGH A HIGH OF 107 THIS WEEK, STILL NOT AS HIGH AS IT WAS LAST MONTH, AN AMAZING 114 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT IN THE CITY OF LOVE AND LIGHTS.SACRE BLEU, THAT’S HOT!

FOUR OTHER COUNTRIES – THE U-K, GERMANY, THE NETHERLANDS AND BELGIUM – ALL HIT RECORD-BREAKING TEMPERATURES THIS WEEK, THE NETHERLANDS REACHING AN ALL TIME-HIGH OF 104 DEGREES.BELGIUM AND THE U-K ALSO RECORDED THEIR HOTTEST, SINGLE-DAY TEMPERATURES EVER.LAST MONTH, EIGHT COUNTRIES, INCLUDING SWITZERLAND AND THE CZECH REPUBLIC, ALSO HAD THEIR HIGHEST TEMPERATURES, EVER.

AND, LIKE US OREGONIANS, EUROPEANS DON’T DO WELL WITH HEAT.TEMPERATURES OF A 100 DEGREES OR MORE ARE UNCOMMON OVER THERE, IN COUNTRIES NOT EQUIPPED TO HANDLE THEM.LESS THAN 5-PERCENT OF ALL EUROPEAN HOUSEHOLDS HAVE AIR CONDITIONING, AND HOT WEATHER CAN IMPACT PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION.

FEARING DERAILMENT, TRAIN SERVICE WAS CANCELLED IN A NUMBER OF COUNTRIES THIS WEEK, WHILE PASSENGERS ON A TRAIN TRAVELING FROM BELGIUM TO LONDON BROKE DOWN, TRAPPING THEM IN 104 DEGREE HEAT WITHOUT AIR CONDITIONING.SOME ENGINEERING EXPERTS HAVE SUGGESTED PAINTING RAIL TRACKS WHITE TO DEFLECT HEAT TO PREVENT RAILS FROM BUCKLING, WITH TRACK TEMPERATURES ALMOST DOUBLE THE NORMAL SUMMER AVERAGE IN THE U-K.

WORSE YET, THE HEAT WAVES ARE EXPECTED TO BE THE NEW NORMAL IN EUROPE, AS EXPERTS PREDICTED AS LONG AS A DECADE AGO.THE CAUSE?

WELL, YOU KNOW.SCIENTISTS SAY IT’S CLIMATE CHANGE CAUSED BE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS, WITH THE RESULTING HEAT POSING SERIOUS HEALTH RISKS WHICH, OF COURSE, CAN CAUSE CARDIOVASCULAR AND RESPIRATORY SYSTEMS TO FAIL, WHICH CAN RESULT IN PREMATURE DEATH.THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT THIS WEEK AT THE OXFORD’S UNIVERSITY’S ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE INSTITUTE.

BUT, ASSUMING YOU’RE TIRED OF HEARING ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING, TOO… I WON’T GO THERE.

I’M PAUL LINNMAN, AND THAT’S MY TAKE.