MB, Bill Gates & Andrew Yang

Question guys:

What do the following well-known world characters have in common?

  1. MB
  2. Bill Gates
  3. Andrew Yang

We haven’t a clue MB.

OK lads. Your ignorance is wholly understandable. As you’re all probably not yet up to speed with today’s announcement that blogger-of-world-renown MB has endorsed Andrew Yang for the Democratic Party nomination for next President Of The United States (POTUS). MB actually featured AY in a recent blog post and needless to say, the twittersphere was in meltdown thereafter, as political pundits wondered if MB would go ‘whole hog’ and actually endorse the Asian guy who likes maths (or MATH as AY and the entire population of US so annoyingly refer to MATHS).

Anyway, notwithstanding the limited vocab of the Yankees (Asians & non), MB has nailed his colours to the Yang mast earlier today. It can’t be long before the world media orgs are beating a path to MB’s desert tent to discuss it all in more detail. MB is busy emailing them all at the mo, telling them all not to waste their time, as MB is just too damn busy with the day job. And as none of them are likely to part with a six-figure sum for a ten-minute interview with MB, MB just couldn’t be bothered with them. Khalas! (Arabic for ‘finito’).

And where exactly does Bill Gates come into all this MB? You’re killing us with the suspense.

You may very well ask lads. Fair question.

And this is where the whole story starts to grow legs and get, altogether, even more juicier.

MB noticed many celebs endorsing this donkey and that donkey in recent weeks. And with Yang having turned the entire debate in the direction of automation and the 4th industrial revolution, MB noticed, while others were looking down dark tunnels, that Bill Gates was conspicuous by his absence. Where was Bill??? MB kept asking himself.

Now MB is fully aware that Bill & Melinda are busy people. Dishing out oodles of cash for this good cause and that. And fair play to them both for all the dishing. But with Bill being a big-time-techie, MB though that Bill should at least enter the fray, and logically, to MB’s way of thinking at least, Bill should follow in the august footsteps on MB, and join the #yanggang.

So MB decided to call Bill out. In a respectful way of course, as one would expect from MB. With verbal flair and panache, and a little bit of poetry thrown in for good measure, as followers will now see.

MB hit Bill G with a Tweet!

Bill has not yet replied. Which is very understandable. And not because he is a very busy bee. Bill knows he is habiting the rarified air when he dances with MB. And he can’t be just spluttering out some semi-literate nonsense. Presumable, a couple of scriptwriters are on the case as we speak, composing and recomposing, and re-recomposing, if that’s what it’s called when one is on a third attempt.

Anyway, herewith the glorious tweet of MB:


As sharp-eyed followers can immediately see, MB decided on a mixture of young generation text-speak (“helleva” & “4m d gods”), politico-speak (“ideological baggage”) and poetry (“he’s d real deal I feel”). So it’s inconceivable that Bill does not respond in kind.

MB will be gracious, pretending that Bill actually composed his own reply to MB. When MB will know for sure that some RP guru r high-paid lawyer was employed to do d composin.  MB is nothing if he’s not gracious, after all.

So there you have it, lads.

MB. Bill Gates and Andrew Yang.

This story has a long way to run, MB feels. But when AY ends up as AY-POTUS, you’ll all remember the day the tables turned. The day the donkeys were put out to grass. The day you all saw the writing on d wall.

The day you all did the MATH/MATHS.

And don’t you forget it!

Friday Musings

Been a while since MB wrote about anything other than cheery weekend thoughts and photo challenges. Day-1 of the Middle East weekend is now upon MB and he is sipping coffee in a Doha coffee shop, having just wolfed back a warm chocolate tart. All, generally speaking, is good with the world. A short trip to the UK is imminent (of which more anon), and two weeks back home for Christmas break is eagerly awaited.

MB has been following the US Democratic Party primaries in recent weeks, watching lots of it on YouTube, and actually mentioned one of the candidates in a HX blog post of mid-September, related to Artificial Intelligence. As MB followers of old would expect, same candidate went from zero to hero in the following weeks and managed to raise USD 10M in a month. In the last week alone he has raised over USD 1M. So it seems that when MB gives a should-out, miracles are possible!

MB just watched a YouTube video of the same candidate, which is approx 1 hour long, but extremely engrossing. If there is a smarter guy running for the White House who understands the issues of the day, and how they might be solved, MB is unaware. MB will go a step further, and state – there is not (unless MB enters the race!). This guy is the real deal, and MB (again) wishes him well.

Back in the Middle East, there is much bubble, bubble, toil & trouble. MB has many Lebanese friends who are stressed out to a man and a woman at present. Past political mistakes have allowed rampant corruption and now chickens are coming home to roost. The people, regardless of their religious affiliations, which in the past might have kept them in check, are protesting at their poverty, lack of opportunity, and more recently at the failure of banks to allow full access to people’s own funds and to introduce ‘rationing’ of cash. The corrupt politicians are making matters worse every time they open their corrupt mouths and are pouring fuel on the fire. Recent days have seen matters regress further and most are fearful for their futures.

A similar story is unfolding in Iraq with the population protesting violently for the same reasons. However, the Iraqi army are far more trigger-happy than the Lebanese, and hundreds of protesters are dead.

Related to the above stories, and never written of previously by MB he thinks, is a very prevalent theory amongst Arab nationals. When things are going badly, one will hear many of one’s Arab friends blame “outside forces” who “control” their region (USA, Israel, the West generally). This ‘theory’ is obviously the easy option, so it’s grabbed with both hands by the locals. When you ‘know’ that ‘outside forces’ are in ‘control’ then you never have to look in the mirror and ask yourself any serious questions. In no other location that MB has ever traveled to has he heard locals so vocally blame others for their own troubles and mistakes. The coincidence of people’s protests in Iraq and Lebanon at corruption and poor governance in recent weeks was evidenced by an Arab friend to MB last week as yet further proof of “outside forces” pulling the strings and “controlling” the region. Strooth!

So dear followers have a good weekend.

Regards from MB.

Apocalypse Now

“I love the smell of books in the morning” – MB

 (Greek: Ἀποκάλυψις, apokalypsis, literally: the lifting of the veil) is a term applied to the disclosure to certain privileged persons of something hidden from the mass of humankind. In English, the word apocalypse now commonly refers to the end of the world.”

– “a process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer.”
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