The first thing Trump did was to sign the papers beginning the dismantling of Obama's health-care plan. Today, he visits the CIA headquarters. I imagine he will be welcomed with open arms, given what he said about them a few days ago.
To be fair, I did not realise that everyone had to pay for private health insurance and would be fined if they did not, but this is how it is in every other civilised country, so I suppose it was nothing out of the ordinary, depending on how large the premiums were and how poor the potential patients. If it was to be the rich subsidising the poor without the state getting involved, then I think it would not have harmed the wealthy that much - just pissed them off.
The Avon and Somerset Constabulary here in nearby Bristol are in the news for the wrong reasons. Bristol was founded on the slave trade and has quite a high percentage of people of West Indian heritage living there, so sometimes the tensions between the authorities and the resident black people get a little strained.
The Bristol police have tried to ameliorate the situation by electing a person from the West Indian residents to sit on the race relations panel and represent their community at certain meetings, etc.
Last week, the current 62 year-old Community Representative was walking home when he was mistakenly identified by some police as a wanted drug-dealer. They repeatedly asked him to give them his name, and he repeatedly refused to do so on the grounds that he had done nothing wrong and was just trying to enter his own house.
So they tasered him in the face. Oops.
Sweet. - The rest of the country South of here still seems to be basking in warm,sunny weather. Here it is a typical Northern Summer day - cool, overcast, breezy....
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