(click on pictures to enlarge)
Since I don’t have to get up early and rush to work, one of the things I enjoy first thing in the morning is having my coffee in bed while reading the news online. I case you’re wondering, I didn’t make the cappuccino shown in the photo above!
This past week, I have been gobsmacked by the string of chilling executive orders emanating from the White House and I actually feel my blood pressure rising as I read. Last year, the Oxford English dictionary picked the word post-truth as the word of the year for 2016. It is an adjective defined as ‘ relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’. It seems that objective facts have completely gone out the window as far as Trump is concerned. Nationwide protests are dismissed as as over-reaction by the media, climate change as a hoax and the immigration ban as not having a religious bias!!! As for putting America first and bringing manufacturing and jobs back to the US, DTs behaviour does not appear to match what comes out of his mouth. According to an article in the Washington Post, the newly opened Trump hotel in Washington contains very little actually made in America despite bearing the Trump logo. So much for Àmerica First. How many Pinocchios does he deserve for that? Anyhow, between fake news websites, post-truth politics and a leader who makes up what he wants to believe by calling them alternative facts, my pick for the phrase for 2017 is ‘alternative facts’.
Meanwhile, perhaps I can cheer up those of you in less sunny climes with this photo of mimosa already blooming in my neighbourhood in Rome. The cold spell we had has left us and we have blue skies and sunshine again. At least after distressing myself reading the news, I can go for a walk and enjoy the beauty of nature even in the city.