Latin, I have to admit is not my first language, my first language is English and the vague smattering of Latin that I have gleaned is from smutty schoolboy humour, so I will in advance offer my profuse apologies should anyone take offence at my Latin jokes, or for that matter the bad grammar therein.
Which leads me on to my next topic, Donald Trump and why Trump you may ask, well if you search for news items which might be suitable to use in a blog, the profuse amount of articles from the USA are Trump related and if you search UK news you get brexit, both very dull subjects.
When watching television news, certainly in the UK we no longer get the “and finally” news item, with some light-hearted story of a fluffy pussy cat rescued from a tree by the fire brigade.
I must confess that I didn’t watch President Trump’s State of the Union speech, I do have a life after all, but one understands that he has taken credit for the upturn in the American economy and has thanked the 45.6 million people who watched, claiming it to be the highest number in history.
Now I don’t want to be a wet blanket but you can’t have people in positions of responsibility spouting off facts that are quite clearly not true, even though it seems to be a special talent where some politicians are concerned. It only took a moment to check that in fact it was President Obama who should be credited with this record as his inaugural address to a joint session of Congress gained some 52.3 million viewers and over 48 million for his first State of the Union speech in 2009.
The state of the American economy, I imagine is largely driven by the oil industry and the profuse amounts of the stuff available for export since the start of fracking.
America is on the threshold of the biggest oil and gas boom ever, which means even more will be available for export, this oil being available because of a decision taken by Congress in December 2015 to end the 40 year old ban on exports. I am wondering how President Trump could possibly take any credit for this decision as he wasn’t inaugurated until January 2017.
Like all good news items of the past, after all this rather serious news, I shall leave you with my own, “and finally” comment.
When I saw the topic for today’s blog the first word that came into my head came from an amusing Latin phrase we used to titter at when at school and as I said previously, for any serious Latin scholars, do please forgive the grammar.
The phrase “semper in excretia sumus, solum profundum variat” often seems to sum up my feelings having read the news, it does of course mean; always in the shit, only the depth varies!