U.K. officials, doctors decry Trump’s remarks on London stabbings

Our President is quite ignorant, but on purpose.  He’ll say whatever it takes to make a point or to commandeer the news cycle.  This is a case in point:

from: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/u-k-officials-doctors-decry-trump-s-remarks-london-stabbings-n871646


U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum during the NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on May 4, 2018 in Dallas.Nicholas Kamm / AFP – Getty Images


President Donald Trump sparked an uproar across the Atlantic after he suggested that London’s knife problem is worse than gun violence in America and that France’s strict gun laws got in the way of a faster end to the Paris terror attacks of 2015.

Trump was speaking to a National Rifle Association gathering in Dallas Friday when he pointed to reports that stabbings had turned one London doctor’s emergency room into a “war zone.”

“I recently read a story that in London, which has unbelievably tough gun laws, a once very prestigious hospital right in the middle is like a war zone for horrible stabbing wounds,” said Trump, who is scheduled to make his first presidential visit to the U.K. on July 13. “They don’t have guns. They have knives, and instead there’s blood all over the floors of this hospital.”


Trump targets London’s knife crime defending American gun holders


Those British reports last month followed headlines stating that London’s murder rate had surpassed that of New York. However, multiple analyses have since debunked that claim, noting that New York saw 292 murders last year, while London reported 130. The cities have similar population sizes.

Stabbings in the British capital have been on the increase this year. But Labour Party lawmaker Sarah Jones tweeted at Trump, “U.K. knife crime nowhere near your off-the-scale gun deaths.”

The surgeon who made the “war zone” remark, Dr. Martin Griffiths or Royal London Hospital, didn’t endorse Trump’s comments, either. He tweeted that he’s “happy to invite Mr. Trump” to visit his hospital, meet with London’s mayor and talk to the city’s chief of police about the reality of violence there.


London’s knife violence hits younger teens more than ever before

The director of London’s major trauma system, Dr. Karim Brohi, said in a statement that knife violence is indeed “a serious issue for London.”

But Brohi, a fellow Royal London Hospital surgeon, stated, “To suggest guns are part of the solution is ridiculous. Gunshot wounds are at least twice as lethal as knife injuries and more difficult to repair.”

Trump also said at the NRA convention that “it would have been a whole different story” if a legally armed vigilante was present during the automatic weapons attack at the Bataclan theater in Paris in November of 2015. Eighty-nine people were gunned down at the venue.

France does not recognize a right to bear arms.

The country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs countered the president’s remarks by stating, essentially, that its overall low rate of gun violence proves firearm restrictions work

California Population Nearly 40 Million

It seems to me that the “conservative hell” that is California appeals to people.  It was asked on quora, “what is it like to live in California” by a conservative who thought it must be a living nightmare here.  Well, it isn’t. The answers to that question on quora pointed that out.  Here’s an article about Cal’s population growth.

from https://patch.com/california/pinole-hercules/s/gew4x/california-population-nearly-40-million?utm_source=alert-breakingnews&utm_medium=email&utm_term=weather&utm_campaign=alert

CALIFORNIA — California’s population is at a new record this year with nearly 40 million residents. The state Department of Finance this week released new figures stating the Golden State welcomed 309,000 new residents in 2017.

Last year’s 0.78-percent growth rate compares to the 0.86-percent annualized growth rate since the 2010 U.S. Census. Since 2010, when the state’s population was 37,253,956, population growth has averaged 333,000 a year, the department said.

The city of Los Angeles, which is also California’s largest city, grew by almost 33,000 persons (0.8 percent) in 2017, adding on to a population of over four million. San Diego, the state’s second largest city with a population of 1,420,000, added almost 20,000 persons during the year.

San Francisco, with a population of 884,000, added almost 10,000 persons, while Irvine with a population of 276,000, added almost 9,000 persons in 2017. San Jose (1,051,000) rounds out the top five largest numeric changes with an increase of 8,500 persons, the department said.

When it comes to counties, the three fastest growing counties were Merced at 4,900 residents, Placer at 6,400 residents, and San Joaquin at 11,500 residents.


Gentleman Farmer, oops!

Most times I can visualize a process ahead of any mistakes and easily avoid them.  The times this does not happen?  When I’m in the middle of “a thing” and didn’t think it through.  Most times, that is trouble.

I’m planting citrus trees: a lime, a tangerine, and a tangelo.  These will require a separate irrigation line with its own timer.  More on the citrus in another entry.

Today, after visualizing the issues I may have adding a dedicated sprinkler line and valve for our citrus trees, I headed out to dig “a bit” to make the in-place lines more accessible.  “Yup”, I thought, “It would go better if I yanked out the irrigation box.  I’d have better access to the valves.”   So I grabbed a shovel, slid it down the side of the box and levered upwards.  It just wouldn’t budge.  More Force, thought I and it started to move.  Even More Force.  Yup, up it came, but with a spray of water straight upwards!  Not only had I moved the irrigation box, I had yanked one solenoid right out of the valve.

Crap.  No, no, no…   crap.  Luckily our irrigation system has a separate master shut-off valve.  Still I must now decide how to proceed.  The valves are original equipment probably installed more than a decade ago.  Do I fix the immediate problem or do I replace the valve manifold and valves?  That would be a cleaner and more reliable solution.  I’ll head off to a irrigation supply company tomorrow morning and get parts.  Though they’re local, Home Depot carries Rain Bird and I’d rather use Toro parts.

I put in a bed of strawberries that is producing, but requires short daily watering.  I have no time for procrastination on this job.

X-Country Challenge: 80% there


2412 mi from Peloton NY with “just” 595 mi to go.  There is a slew of people virtually pedaling across the country.  There are even seven just starting out in NY.  When finished, I’ll have to do this again and beat my “old” time.

The X-country challenge is facilitated by myvirtualmission.com and established by Peloton rider Angie.  The Peloton cycle updates activities to strava.com (a fitness tracking website).  Strava.com sends info to myvirtualmission.com seamlessly.

I took way too much “time off” and my fitness level has dropped off significantly.  I’m crawling back and it’s a daunting realization how far back I slid.  In the past I enjoyed saying, “stupidity is its own reward”.  These days it’s more, “Laziness is it’s own reward”.  The latter applies to me.