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Paul Gauguin Landscape with black pigs and a crouching Tahitian 1891


The Real Bombshell of the Impeachment Hearings (Ron Paul)
Neocon Uses Impeachment To Push Russophobic Agenda (Stockman)
12 Document Troves That Could Change The Ukraine Scandal (Solomon)
The Resistance Digs Their Hole Deeper (Kunstler)
CNN: Trump Is Leader Of ‘Destructive Cult’ , Uses ‘Mind-Control’ (SN)
Spiegel Finds Browder’s Magnitsky Narrative Is Riddled With Lies (RT)
Hong Kong Part Of China and No One Can Mess It Up – Chinese FM (RT)
Record-Breaking Dollar Bond Offering From China Imminent (ZH)
UK Chief Rabbi Attacks Labour Party (BBC)
Uber Loses Licence To Operate In London (BBC)
Tim Berners-Lee Wants To Stop Internet Turning Into ‘Digital Dystopia’ (Ind.)
Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell And Very Young Girls On ‘Pedo Island’ (ZH)
Greenhouse Gas Concentrations Again Break Records (BBC)
Listen To The Hummingbird. Never Listen To Me (GTD)



“Vindman was concerned over “influencers promoting a false narrative of Ukraine inconsistent with the consensus views of the interagency.”

The Real Bombshell of the Impeachment Hearings (Ron Paul)

The most shocking thing about the House impeachment hearings to this point is not a “smoking gun” witness providing irrefutable evidence of quid pro quo. It’s not that President Trump may or may not have asked the Ukrainians to look into business deals between then-Vice President Biden’s son and a Ukrainian oligarch. The most shocking thing to come out of the hearings thus far is confirmation that no matter who is elected President of the United States, the permanent government will not allow a change in our aggressive interventionist foreign policy, particularly when it comes to Russia. Even more shocking is that neither Republicans nor Democrats are bothered in the slightest!

Take Lt. Colonel Vindman, who earned high praise in the mainstream media. He did not come forth with first-hand evidence that President Trump had committed any “high crimes” or “misdemeanors.” He brought a complaint against the President because he was worried that Trump was shifting US policy away from providing offensive weapons to the Ukrainian government! He didn’t think the US president had the right to suspend aid to Ukraine because he supported providing aid to Ukraine. According to his testimony, Vindman’s was concerned over “influencers promoting a false narrative of Ukraine inconsistent with the consensus views of the interagency.” “Consensus views of the interagency” is another word for “deep state.”

Vindman continued, “While my interagency colleagues and I were becoming increasingly optimistic on Ukraine’s prospects, this alternative narrative undermined US government efforts to expand cooperation with Ukraine.” Let that sink in for a moment: Vindman did not witness any crimes, he just didn’t think the elected President of the United States had any right to change US policy toward Ukraine or Russia! Likewise, his boss on the National Security Council Staff, Fiona Hill, sounded more like she had just stepped out of the 1950s with her heated Cold War rhetoric. Citing the controversial 2017 “Intelligence Community Assessment” put together by then-CIA director John Brennan’s “hand-picked” analysts, she asserted that, “President Putin and the Russian security services aim to counter US foreign policy objectives in Europe, including in Ukraine.”

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David Stockman throws in a highly needed history lesson for free.

Neocon Uses Impeachment To Push Russophobic Agenda (Stockman)

For want of doubt that the Poroshenko government was in the tank for Hillary Clinton, the liberal rag called Politico spilled the beans a few months later. In a January 11, 2017 story it revealed that the Ukrainian government had pulled out all the stops attempting to help Clinton, whose protégés at the State Department had been the masterminds of the coup which put them in office. Thus, Politico concluded,

“Donald Trump wasn’t the only presidential candidate whose campaign was boosted by officials of a former Soviet bloc country. Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office. They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election.

And they helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found. …President Petro Poroshenko’s administration, along with the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, insists that Ukraine stayed neutral in the race….. But Politico’s investigation found evidence of Ukrainian government involvement in the race that appears to strain diplomatic protocol dictating that governments refrain from engaging in one another’s elections. While it’s not uncommon for outside operatives to serve as intermediaries between governments and reporters, one of the more damaging Russia-related stories for the Trump campaign – and certainly for Manafort – can be traced more directly to the Ukrainian government.

Documents released by an independent Ukrainian government agency – and publicized by a parliamentarian – appeared to show $12.7 million in cash payments that were earmarked for Manafort by the Russia-aligned party of the deposed former president, Yanukovych. The New York Times, in the August story revealing the ledgers’ existence, reported that the payments earmarked for Manafort were “a focus” of an investigation by Ukrainian anti-corruption officials, while CNN reported days later that the FBI was pursuing an overlapping inquiry.”

Yet Fiona Hill sat before a House committee and under oath insisted that all of the above was a Trumpian conspiracy theory, thereby reminding us that the neocon Russophobes are so unhinged that they are prepared to lie at the drop of a hat to keep their false narrative about the Russian Threat and Putin’s “invasion” of Ukraine alive. Needless to say, Fiona Hill is among the worst of the neocon warmongers, and has made a specialty of demonizing Russia and propagating over and over flat out lies about what happened in Kiev during 2014 and after.

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John Solomon identifies 12 document troves that he thinks Trump should order released. Here are the first three.

12 Document Troves That Could Change The Ukraine Scandal (Solomon)

As House Democrats mull whether to pursue impeachment articles and the GOP-led Senate braces for a possible trial, here are 12 tranches of government documents that could benefit the public if President Trump ordered them released, and the questions these memos might answer.

1) Daily intelligence reports from March through August 2019 on Ukraine’s new president Volodymyr Zelensky and his relationship with oligarchs and other key figures. What was the CIA, FBI and U.S. Treasury Department telling Trump and other agencies about Zelensky’s ties to oligarchs like Igor Kolomoisky, the former head of Privatbank, and any concerns the International Monetary Fund might have? Did any of these concerns reach the president’s daily brief (PDB) or come up in the debate around resolving Ukraine corruption and U.S. foreign aid? CNBC, Reuters and The Wall Street Journal all have done recent reporting suggesting there might have been intelligence and IMF concerns that have not been fully considered during the impeachment proceedings.

2) State Department memos detailing conversations between former U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch and former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko. He says Yovanovitch raised the names of Ukrainians she did not want to see prosecuted during their first meeting in 2016. She calls Lutsenko’s account fiction. But State Department officials admit the U.S. embassy in Kiev did pressure Ukrainian prosecutors not to target certain activists. Are there contemporaneous State Department memos detailing these conversations and might they illuminate the dispute between Lutsenko and Yovanovitch that has become key to the impeachment hearings?

3) State Department memos on U.S. funding given to the George Soros-backed group the Anti-Corruption Action Centre. There is documentary evidence that State provided funding to this group, that Ukrainian prosecutor sought to investigate whether that aid was spent properly and that the U.S. embassy pressured Ukraine to stand down on that investigation. How much total did State give to this group? Why was a federal agency giving money to a Soros-backed group? What did taxpayers get for their money and were they any audits to ensure the money was spent properly? Were any of Ukrainian prosecutors’ concerns legitimate?

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“Perhaps The New York Times has hooked up to a direct line of Burisma’s product as they flood the darkened arena with eerie blue gaslight.”

The Resistance Digs Their Hole Deeper (Kunstler)

“No, you don’t understand. It was the Russians, I tell you, the Russians!” And so, with a holiday recess for Adam Schiff’s impeachment soap opera, and news that DOJ Inspector General Horowitz will unload in early December, the media vassals of the Deep State are giving you their own turkey gristle to chew on: “The Russians did it! Yes, really, they did! Believe us!” Perhaps The New York Times has hooked up to a direct line of Burisma’s product as they flood the darkened arena with eerie blue gaslight. Friday, they featured a story — Russia Inquiry Review Is Said to Criticize F.B.I. but Rebuff Claims of Biased Acts — geared to make readers think that the entire FBI FISA warrant hair-ball came down to one lowly lawyer chump named Kevin Clinesmith messing with an email. Later, Times reporter Adam Goldman, posted this howler on Twitter.

These truthless assertions are meant to let both the CIA and the FBI off-the-hook for opening the “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation on bogus evidence they furnished to the FISA judges. Both Goldman’s news story and his tweet omit the name of the company that packaged and retailed the Russia Collusion narrative: Fusion GPS — the company that Robert Mueller testified to having no knowledge of in his July House appearance. That oafish attempt to get out ahead of the IG’s report was followed by, whaddaya know, a Times op-ed penned by none other than Glenn Simpson, the impresario of Fusion GPS (and his partner Peter Fritsch), The Double-Barreled Dream World of Trump and His Enablers, aimed at re-selling their shopworn Russia collusion story to distract from any attention that voters might be paying to Ukraine’s collusion in the scheme to overthrow the 2016 US election and the Bidens’ grifting operation following the 2014 CIA / State Department sponsored overthrow of Ukraine’s government.

CBS 60-Minutes joined the gaslighting rotation Sunday night with a reality-optional Russia Hacked Our Election story. This was another obvious attempt to deflect attention from the actual story, which is how the company named Crowdstrike, owned by Ukrainian oligarch Dmitri Alperovitch, cooked up the Russian hacking story in the first place. Crowdstrike, you see, had been hired by the Democratic National Committee, and their nominee, Hillary Clinton, to interfere in the 2016 election. Crowdstrike later became the sole entity that was allowed to perform a forensic inquiry on the DNC’s server. Somehow, they persuaded the FBI to not look into the matter. In other words, the DNC’s contractor investigated its own mischief. Does anyone wonder how that worked?

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I know this is too easy and too cheap for me to use, but at the same time, these folk are actually saying such things. And there is a actual US network that broadcasts this stuff. “Trump is mind-controlling the deplorables.” And people go: wow, that’s some serious sh*t…

CNN: Trump Is Leader Of ‘Destructive Cult’ , Uses ‘Mind-Control’ (SN)

Stelter and guest say Trump supporters need ‘deprogramming’ CNN’s resident lunatic Brian Stelter went above and beyond his regular whackery Sunday, wheeling out a ‘cult expert’ on his “Reliable Sources” show, who claimed that President Trump is a “destructive cult” leader, a la Jim Jones, and that he is using “mind control” to direct supporters. Stelter introduced Steven Hassan, author of a book titled The Cult of Trump, claiming that many prominent figures (read ‘CNN talking heads’) have been suggesting recently that Trump’s America first movement is ‘cultish’. Hassan claimed that Trump supporters are “not being encouraged to really explore and look at the details and arrive at their own conclusion.”

“Much of what they’re hearing is emotionally driven, loaded words, thought-stopping, and thought-terminating-type clichés.” he added, citing “fake news,” “build the wall,” “make America great again.” Stelter then brought up mind control, asking “You say the President is using mind control, but how is that provable?” “So, we can start with the pathological lying, which is characteristic of destructive cult leaders.” Hassan claimed, again without providing any evidence.

“Saying things in a very confident way that have nothing to do with facts or truthfulness. The blaming others and never taking responsibility for his own failures and faults. Shunning and kicking out anyone who raises questions or concerns about his own behavior. His use of fearmongering, immigration is a horrible thing.” the guest continued. Stelter then chimed in with the stunning insight that “It is frightening to hear a cult expert say that you see all of these signs right now today in American politics.” The pair then remarkably suggested that Trump supporters need to be ‘deprogrammed’ by breaking them out of their ‘bubbles’.

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The reason there is the Magnitsky act is not that people believed Browder, but that it’s convenient.

Spiegel Finds Browder’s Magnitsky Narrative Is Riddled With Lies (RT)

British investor Bill Browder has made a name for himself in the West through blaming Moscow for the death of his auditor, Sergey Magnitsky. Der Spiegel has picked apart his story and uncovers it has major credibility problems. For years Browder – Russian President Vladimir Putin’s self-proclaimed “enemy number one” and head of the Hermitage Capital Management fund – has been waging what can only be described as his personal anti-Russian campaign. The passionate Kremlin critic relentlessly lobbied for sanctions against Russian officials everywhere from the US to Europe – all under the premise of seeking justice for his deceased employee, who died in Russia, while in pre-trial detention, where he’d been placed while accused of complicity in a major tax evasion scheme.

Browder, who was himself sentenced in absentia by a Russian court to nine years in prison for tax evasion, and was later found guilty of embezzlement as well, presented Magnitsky as a fearless whistleblower who exposed a grand corruption scheme within the Russian law enforcement system, and who was then mercilessly killed out of revenge. [..] the businessman, who has over the years donned the mantle of a human rights campaigner, does not plan to stop at that and is now lobbying for an EU-wide equivalent of the Magnitsky Act, which would allow the banning of Russian officials from the bloc’s countries and the freezing of their accounts.

On the tenth anniversary of the auditor’s death, the German weekly Der Spiegel has decided to take a closer look at Browder’s story about Magnitsky. And the paper found out that the narrative doesn’t quite flow as smoothly as Western politicians and the MSM would like it to.

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18 long years to go before HK becomes Chinese.

Hong Kong Part Of China and No One Can Mess It Up – Chinese FM (RT)

Beijing has said that the outcome of the municipal vote that saw opposition taking nearly 90% of the seats won’t change Hong Kong status, while warning against any attempts to disrupt the situation. Preliminary results of the election reported by local broadcaster RTHK suggest that about 390 seats out of 452 that were up for grabs in 18 district councils have been claimed by the anti-government candidates. Asked to comment while the vote count was ongoing, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that regardless of the outcome, Hong Kong will remain an unalienable part of the Chinese state. “It’s not the final result yet. Let’s wait for the final result, OK? However, it is clear that no matter what happens, Hong Kong is a part of China and a special administrative region of China,” he said.

Any attempt to mess up Hong Kong, or even damage its prosperity and stability, will not succeed. Hong Kong administrator Carrie Lam, meanwhile, said that the semi-autonomous city’s government would respect the results of the district poll. “The government will certainly listen humbly to citizens’ opinions and reflect on them seriously,” Lam said, expressing hope that the peace and security would prevail, and the city won’t plunge into chaos again. The landslide victory by the opposition has been attributed to the record-high turnout of 71% (versus only 47% back in 2015) that saw many young voters taking to the polls for the first time. Speaking to SCMP, pro-Beijing lawmaker Michael Tien Puk-su, who lost his seat at the Tsuen Wan District Council, said that while he gained the same number of votes as in the previous elections, it was not enough this time – all because of the first-time voters, he suspected. “If that’s true, it means young people are no longer insensitive to politics,” he said…

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China needs dollars very badly.

Record-Breaking Dollar Bond Offering From China Imminent (ZH)

China is set to expand its bond market through a record sale of sovereign bonds in dollars, according to Bloomberg sources. The bond offering could raise up to $6 billion, would be one of the largest dollar bond offerings on record. The offering could be seen as soon as Tuesday. Sources said the Ministry of Finance is considering tenors of three years, five years, 10 years and 20 years: “It reaffirms China’s determination to develop an orderly offshore dollar bond market for Chinese issuers,” Anne Zhang, head of fixed income for JPMorgan Private Bank in Asia, told Bloomberg. “The new deal will further complete a sovereign curve,” she said. The size of the issuance would be more than double last year’s size, and triple the amount from 2017.

“The size is twice what it was last year, that just speaks to the fact that the past two years have been perceived as successful by the Ministry of Finance,” a banker working on one of the dollar bond deals told The Financial Times. He added that previous offers were “not enough to match demand.” The Chinse dollar bond market is valued at around $740 billion, according to Bloomberg data, and is an important funding source for domestic borrowers. Dollar bond issuances slid in 2018 following the escalation of the trade war. Despite the further escalation of the trade war in 2019, dollar bond issuances have increased as US treasury yields have fallen. Dollar bond demand from Chinese borrowers has been elevated in 2019, so far there has been $195 billion in recorded issuances, already surpassing levels seen in 2017 at $211 billion.

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Corbyn should have spoken out loud and clear a long time ago. He’s the right wing’s toy now.

UK Chief Rabbi Attacks Labour Party (BBC)

The Chief Rabbi has strongly criticised Labour, claiming the party is not doing enough to root out anti-Jewish racism – and asked people to “vote with their conscience” in the general election. In the Times, Ephraim Mirvis said “a new poison – sanctioned from the very top – has taken root” in the party. Labour’s claim it had investigated all cases of anti-Semitism in its ranks was a “mendacious fiction”, he added. Jeremy Corbyn says Labour is tackling anti-Semitism by expelling members. It comes as Labour launches a “race and faith manifesto”, which aims to improve protections for all faiths and tackle prejudice.

Labour has been beset by allegations of anti-Semitism for more than three years, leading to the suspension of a number of high-profile figures such as Ken Livingstone and Chris Williamson, and an unprecedented investigation by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. In his article, the Orthodox Chief Rabbi of Great Britain and Northern Ireland – who is the spiritual leader of the United Synagogue, the largest umbrella group of Jewish communities in the country – says raising his concerns “ranks among the most painful moments I have experienced since taking office”. But he claims “the overwhelming majority of British Jews are gripped by anxiety” at the prospect of a Labour victory in 12 December’s general election.

He writes: “The way in which the leadership of the Labour Party has dealt with anti-Jewish racism is incompatible with the British values of which we are so proud – of dignity and respect for all people. “It has left many decent Labour members and parliamentarians, both Jewish and non-Jewish, ashamed of what has transpired.” He adds that it was “not my place to tell any person how they should vote” but he urged the public to “vote with their conscience”. [..] Jenny Manson, the co-chair of the Jewish Voice for Labour group which is not officially affiliated to the party, told BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight programme she was “horrified” by the Chief Rabbi’s intervention. She added that there was no threat to Jews in the Labour Party but there was a threat from the far-right.

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No, really, they have secret software that blocks regulators. Just for that I would ban them forever. “But it’s never been used in the UK!” That’s not the point, is it? BTW, where did you use it?

Uber Loses Licence To Operate In London (BBC)

Uber will not be granted a new licence to operate in London after repeated safety failures, Transport for London (TfL) has said. The regulator said the taxi app was not “fit and proper” as a licence holder, despite having made a number of positive changes to its operations. Uber initially lost its licence in 2017 but was granted two extensions, the most recent of which expired on Sunday. The firm will appeal and can continue to operate during that process. About 45,000 drivers work for Uber in London, which is one of its top five markets globally. TfL said it had identified a “pattern of failures” that placed passenger safety and security at risk. These included a change to Uber’s systems which allowed unauthorised drivers to upload their photos to other Uber driver accounts.

It meant there were at least 14,000 fraudulent trips in London in late 2018 and early 2019, TfL said. The regulator also found dismissed or suspended drivers had been able to create Uber accounts and carry passengers. [..] TfL first declined to renew Uber’s licence in September 2017, again over safety concerns. Back then it cited Uber’s approach to carrying out background checks on drivers and reporting serious criminal offences. Uber’s use of secret software, called “Greyball”, which could be used to block regulators from monitoring the app, was another factor, although Uber said it had never been used in the UK.

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Dead on arrival: “It has already been backed by companies including Google and Facebook..”

Tim Berners-Lee Wants To Stop Internet Turning Into ‘Digital Dystopia’ (Ind.)

Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the world wide web, has launched a plan to stop the world falling into a “digital dystopia”. Sir Tim unveiled a set of standards that good internet companies should abide by, in the hope of preserving the promise of the internet and stopping it being misused. It comes amid a variety of online threats that look to damage everything from elections to personal privacy. The new plan, named the Contract For The Web, was unveiled by Sir Tim’s World Wide Web Foundation in Berlin and calls on governments, companies and the public to ensure the web is a safe, free and open platform for all.

The commitment sets out nine key principles. It has already been backed by companies including Google and Facebook, both of which have been at the centre of controversies over the way the internet is used. “The power of the web to transform people’s lives, enrich society and reduce inequality is one of the defining opportunities of our time,” Sir Tim explained. “But if we don’t act now, and act together, to prevent the web being misused by those who want to exploit, divide and undermine, we are at risk of squandering that potential. “The Contract for the Web gives us a roadmap to build a better web. But it will not happen unless we all commit to the challenge.

“Governments need to strengthen laws and regulations for the digital age. Companies must do more to ensure pursuit of profit is not at the expense of human rights and democracy. “And citizens must hold those in power accountable, demand their digital rights be respected and help foster healthy conversation online. It’s up to all of us to fight for the web we want.” The plan tells governments to ensure everyone can connect to the internet, that access is not deliberately denied and to respect and protect people’s fundamental online privacy and data rights.

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When will Andrew be arrested?

Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell And Very Young Girls On ‘Pedo Island’ (ZH)

A former masseuse for Jeffrey Epstein who says he raped her on his private island, has provided photos of his secretive Caribbean compound to The Sun. Chaunte Davies says she was raped by Epstein over the course of several years before finally parting ways with him in 2005. She told the Sun that the wealthy pedophile was arrested just five days after she gave the FBI and New Mexico Assistant Attorney General evidence against him. Now 40, Chaunte says the ex-Wall Street banker performed a sex act on himself during their first massage session – and that she was “manipulated” into staying in their circle by Epstein’s alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell. “Within weeks she was jetting round the world on his private jet and on to his island of Little Saint James,” according to the report.

Davies also revealed how Epstein bragged about his friendship with Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, and how Epstein used his relationship with the Duke of York to lure young girls into his orbit – at one point, allegedly having an orgy with Andrew and several young girls. “In 2015 court testimony, she wrote: “I was around 18 at the time. Epstein, Andy, approximately eight other young girls and I had sex together.” She said the other girls seemed to be under 18 and “didn’t really speak English”. This seemed to amuse Epstein, she claimed, who said “they are the ‘easiest’ girls to get along with”. The duke has repeatedly denied the claims, which were later struck from the 2015 case. In his Newsnight interview he said he had “no recollection” of meeting Virginia and has denied any wrongdoing. -The Sun “I was very aware of Jeffrey Epstein’s friendship with Prince Andrew and Fergie right away,” she said, adding “It was one of several bragging tactics he used to further induce his power and privilege. He bragged a lot.”

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And we just keep talking…

Greenhouse Gas Concentrations Again Break Records (BBC)

Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases once again reached new highs in 2018. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says the increase in CO2 was just above the average rise recorded over the last decade.vLevels of other warming gases, such as methane and nitrous oxide, have also surged by above average amounts. Since 1990 there’s been an increase of 43% in the warming effect on the climate of long lived greenhouse gases. The WMO report looks at concentrations of warming gases in the atmosphere rather than just emissions. The difference between the two is that emissions refer to the amount of gases that go up into the atmosphere from the use of fossil fuels, such as burning coal for electricity and from deforestation.

Concentrations are what’s left in the air after a complex series of interactions between the atmosphere, the oceans, the forests and the land. About a quarter of all carbon emissions are absorbed by the seas, and a similar amount by land and trees. Using data from monitoring stations in the Arctic and all over the world, researchers say that in 2018 concentrations of CO2 reached 407.8 parts per million (ppm), up from 405.5ppm a year previously. This increase was above the average for the last 10 years and is 147% of the “pre-industrial” level in 1750. The WMO also records concentrations of other warming gases, including methane and nitrous oxide.

About 40% of the methane emitted into the air comes from natural sources, such as wetlands, with 60% from human activities, including cattle farming, rice cultivation and landfill dumps. Methane is now at 259% of the pre-industrial level and the increase seen over the past year was higher than both the previous annual rate and the average over the past 10 years. Nitrous oxide is emitted from natural and human sources, including from the oceans and from fertiliser-use in farming. According to the WMO, it is now at 123% of the levels that existed in 1750.

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Adam Cohen put together a last album of his father Leonard’s songs.

“I have tried to write Paradise/Do not move/Let the wind speak/that is Paradise”

“You were born to judge the world / Forgive me but I wasn’t.”

“When he took his hat off at the end of shows, he had this look of humility and bewilderment and gratitude – this was not an act. And he would say, ‘Thank you for keeping my songs alive’. ”

Listen To The Hummingbird. Never Listen To Me (GTD)

Many thanks for the Dance opens with a track referred to as Transpires to the Heart and the 1st of several startling lyrics: “I was operating constant but I hardly ever termed it art/ I bought my shit together, conference Christ and reading through Marx…” It seems like a defiant statement of intent, but the mood, as on the previous album, soon turns darker. The Objective, a small, sombre spoken-term piece, starts “I simply cannot go away my house, or solution the phone” and consists of the poignant self-observation: “I sit in my chair, I glimpse at the road, the neighbour returns my smile of defeat.” The infirmities of old age are broached once again on The Hills, on which he sings, “I’m residing on products, for which I thank God”, delivering the past 3 phrases with heartfelt emphasis.

During, dying is a specified, its looming existence articulated with a attribute diploma of Buddhist acceptance. Below and there, although, there are glimpses of the sensuality that characterised several of his early tracks and poems. On The Night of Santiago he sings: “Her thighs they slipped away from me/ Like educational institutions of startled fish”. The track is basically an adaptation of a poem by Federico García Lorca, 1 of Leonard’s literary touchstones. “It’s just one of my favourite poems and I begged him to go through it,” says Adam.

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    Paul Gauguin Landscape with black pigs and a crouching Tahitian 1891   • The Real Bombshell of the Impeachment Hearings (Ron Paul) • Neocon Uses
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle November 26 2019]

    V. Arnold

    The most shocking thing to come out of the hearings thus far is confirmation that no matter who is elected President of the United States, the permanent government will not allow a change in our aggressive interventionist foreign policy, particularly when it comes to Russia. Even more shocking is that neither Republicans nor Democrats are bothered in the slightest!

    Well duh!!!
    A point those of us paying attention have been pointing out for years!
    Hello Rand Paul! Are you so bloody thick; you’e just waking up to this????
    God’s be good!
    We’re truly, done and done, and done……………………….


    Rand Paul does not equal Ron Paul

    Dr. D

    Armstrong on Thailand:

    Q: I have dual passports. Should I leave Australia?

    “ANSWER: The UK will most likely adopt a worldwide income tax. As an Australian resident, you are taxed on your worldwide income. This means you must declare all income you receive from foreign sources in your income tax return. You might want to look at moving to Thailand. They are outside of the CRS and a very reasonable country, if not the most reasonable in SE Asia. It is hard to say what will unfold there going forward. However, the only thing that is certain is that the West is in the decline & fall mode. The financial power will shift to Asia post-2032.

    We have to understand that all the promises of socialism are crumbling to the ground. The governments will become much more aggressive to enforce taxation in a desperate attempt to retain power. That will fail. The only thing this is causing is rising separatist movements and inevitable violence.”

    Thought you might appreciate the Hermitage.


    So it’s The Guardian. Sue me. No one’s selling electric cars in this aerticle, just a more complete, nuanced, and balanced look at the known facts:

    Climategate 10 Years On

    V. Arnold

    Thought you might appreciate the Hermitage.

    Interesting; and indeed I do know what I’ve got. 😉
    True regarding Thailand; my income from abroad is not taxed.
    There are no property taxes for home owners; a home payed for, is a home truly owned!
    To be fair; one needs to understand, those from western countries cannot own property here.
    A condo not on the ground floor can be bought and owned.
    Not my cup of tea, but for others?

    I, for one, would never again live anywhere in the west; they’re a very sick bunch, IMO…


    “The only thing this is causing is rising separatist movements and inevitable violence.”

    Aye. Bricks and bats. I’ll add to this bloke’s mention of socialism’s failed promises, those of capitalism as well. And fascism. And monarchism. And corporatism. As for communism: it still works on the tribal level, a nifty extended family size humanity should never have evolved out of. On larger scales, it just becomes another flavor of Mammon. Like that E. O. Wilson quote, Raul posted the other day:

    “The real problem of humanity is the following: we have paleolithic emotions; medieval institutions; and god-like technology.”

    Mammon is as Mammon does.


    A note on how societies generally unravel:

    Molecular Civil War

    V. Arnold

    Rand Paul does not equal Ron Paul

    Yes, I know, agreed.
    But still…………

    V. Arnold

    Oh shit! The troll is back…


    it’s quite the balancing act – you have to be self-employed to pull it off – that of earning just enough income to have very little or no tax (here in Australia). You also want to get most of your money immediately spent on useful things like buildings, fencing, water tanks and earthworks. Things hard to steal and somewhat diffuse. A few truckloads of topsoil and some bird netting too.
    Oh and Ilargi the Nate Hagens article was such a nice summary of things as they are in the human superorganism and gave me a lot of food for thought and a real desire for more action on my end.So thanks for that


    Also, when you are planting fruit trees and installing veggie gardens and the rest as your way of generating income – as I do, you do sometimes scratch your head and wonder why so many of us want so many useless and lifeless things like gaming consoles and methamphetamines, I was netting Cherries for one of my clients today and took home a bunch and thought to my self so many of us could actually just do shit like this but we come up with a lot of reasons to eat up a lot of the earths energy.
    Very confusing….

    Dr. D

    Quote of the day: “The great mistake foreign observers make observing the latest farce in Washington is assuming that there must be some order, rationality and linear logic behind it. There is none. It is Politics According to the Marx Brothers”

    Nah, Ron has been saying this since the day he got in office, in 1976. Just no one gives a s–t.

    “The Real Bombshell of the Impeachment Hearings (Ron Paul)”

    Vindman say: “Why bother to vote, brother? We got your back! Go back to sleep and let us handle it, nothing you say matters to us anyway.”

    Thanks! I knew we set up that Republic for a reason. So all us citizens and watchmen could not lift a finger and sleep in peace.

    “CBS 60-Minutes joined the gaslighting rotation Sunday night with a reality-optional Russia Hacked Our Election story.”

    Still shopping for that Civil War and not doing too bad: by ordering and shaming their followers to never, ever read anything not written by us, The Cult™, we have two (at least one) air-tight echo chambers, so literally the news reports “Sondman CONFIRMS Trump”, and “Sondman REFUTES Trump.” No one is sued, no one goes to jail. But we do have the option of your neighborhood breaking into open violence, and everyone you know getting killed, and every building you’ve ever entered being burned to the ground. In a reality-optional world, that too is a fantasy, and the side without and guns or training is going to vanquish a side with almost all the guns and training. ‘Cause, reasons. Side of the Angels or something-something. Blah blah I’m bored already.

    Speaking of, everytime the Right comes up with a meme, the Left mirrors it. Thus, the “Looking Glass World” “CNN: Trump Is Leader Of ‘Destructive Cult’ , Uses ‘Mind-Control’ (SN)” He ain’t the only one. What cult is it that finds out their leaders were universally picking up and raping their daughters from Minnesota to Florida, then says, “Meh. That’s our leaders!”

    Spiegel Finds Browder’s Magnitsky Narrative Is Riddled with Lies (RT)”

    Martin Armstrong was pretty close to these guys and he refutes the whole thing. It’s not hard: just be literate and read the records. Like most things. But as Solomon, people read the photocopies of his documents and say, “No it isn’t.”

    “Uber Loses License to Operate in London (BBC)”

    Uber has never turned a profit, and in an industry as profit-thin as pizza parlors, there’s no reason to think they ever will. So who’s funding them for multi-billions and why?

    “When will Andrew be arrested?”

    A: Never. They are going to take away the piñata at his birthday party. Ow! Too much!

    Americans in 3rd world conditions.
    But it’s only 90% of all counties, the red ones. But don’t worry, Berkeley says: they’re “bad people” who deserve “uncomfortable” lives. 30,000 deaths a year is just a start for our final solution against them! However, we sure have $100 Billions for foreign aid, war, and bank bailouts! The banks can take $130B a night if they want! We’re up to about $350B long-term bail already.

    A story after your own heart: Darn, This Is Inconvenient: Apple Is Destroying the Planet to Maximize Profits


    Why is “Greenhouse gas concentrations again break records” news? When ANYTHING is rising on an exponential curve, “records” will be broken…not just every year, but every month, week, and day. The stupidity of such headlines leaves me in awe of the human capacity for burying its head in the sand.

    John Day
    ​(Outside Hong Kong) The rest of China has these massive and growing re-education camps (satellite photos). All of China has electronic micro-surveillance with AI embedded in all communications devices, facial recognition street-cameras, and so on.
    ​ ​A series of classified Chinese government documents were leaked by a group of journalists describe the secret operations of detention camps in Xinjiang, reported Reuters.
    ​ ​Published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) Sunday, the documents offer a rare look into the massive internment camp for Muslim-majority Uyghur in the troubled western region of China.
    ​ ​The 2017 documents reveal a list of guidelines “that effectively serves as a manual for operating the camps now holding hundreds of thousands of Muslim Uighurs and other minorities,” said ICIJ.
    ​ ​The leak shows intelligence briefings of “how Chinese police are guided by a massive data collection and analysis system that uses artificial intelligence to select entire categories of Xinjiang residents for detention,” said ICIJ.

    ​I hear most transactions in China are paid by smartphone now.
    Chinese rulers are historically autocratic. Chinese peasants occasionally revolt.
    China’s ‘Official’ Virtual Currency Could Be Arriving “Quite Soon” To “Challenge The U.S.”

    ​The US deep state is feeding anti-authoritarian movements in China, and brutal dictatorship in Saudi Arabia.​ Why?
    Reuters notes in a series of headlines on Tuesday, China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi criticized US lawmakers for supporting protestors in Hong Kong.

    Alistair Crooke asks, “Is Trump a covert ally to the multipolar order?” (I think that’s called “realism”.)
    ​ ​We are led to understand that the unipolar ‘moment’ of US ascendency is giving way – grudgingly – to a multipolar world: a reversion perhaps to a more nineteenth century ‘concert’ of powers (or, of significant ‘poles’ – since size is not always the prime determinant). And that Trump is trying simply to prolong that hegemonic, US moment – albeit through different means, which is to say, adopting seemingly bizarre, and sometimes counterproductive, acts and language, that infuriate the American foreign policy establishment.​..
    (This part is fun.) ​ ​ In practical terms, Obama can be viewed, as some in Moscow suggest, as the Gorbachev of the American regime, (i.e. the man who began the retrenchment out from certain of the Empire’s more extended nodes); and Trump then, in this analogy, is the Yeltsin of this regime: (i.e. the president who has re-focused on the internal arena, and on reducing the burdens of the republics that used to constitute parts of the Soviet Union).​..
    ​ Wherever you look around the globe, America’s policies have strengthened the sovereigntists: i.e. Iran, Russia and China. Is this simply paradoxical – or deliberate? As one Russian thinker has noted, “Trump’s conservative tendencies and his deep isolationist predisposition, are placing him in the position of being an objective ally of ours (i.e. Russia and China). One who is facilitating the realisation of our project.”​…
    ​ And, as a final speculation: Is this somewhat similar to what has been going on between Trump and Xi (i.e. a play analogous to that with Iran)? Is Trump ramping up the max-pressures, and threats of Cold War against China, to substitute for the military war that some of his deep state might love him to fight, but which Trump has no intention of doing?

    Is Trump a ‘Covert Ally’ to the Multipolar Order?

    What’s the world coming to?! Nice story of practical community action at the right time…​
    When a deep red town’s only grocery closed, city hall opened its own store. Just don’t call it ‘socialism.’

    Dr. D

    So…Socialism. WHY did the previous store close? In our whole area, state, perhaps most of the country, it’s high property and other taxes, which are ESPECIALLY punitive to businesses. …But they give the discount on taxes to Wal-Mart, taken FROM the businesses on Main Street who’ve sat in on every council meeting since they were 20 and been struggling for 30 years. You know, cause anybody except our town is better™! So, like Churches, who are also doing okay, and halfway houses, and state agencies, and state-protected monopolies, which are every remaining business in these areas, This grocery pays no property tax. That’s probably a 10% gain, which is twice a grocery’s profit margin.

    Okay, next problem: Socialism always works great! …But only at first. No shame to it, that’s why it’s so tempting. After a while, the store is established, is not competing, the people have no means to complain or shut it down, and it very slowly gets run worse until it’s a DRAIN on the town, but no one will shut it down, because we’ve always had it and admitting it needs a shake-up is embarrassing to somebody’s smarty-pants brother-in-law who’s now running it at $75k salary plus full pension benefits due to 3% compounded raises over the years. When they get to this point, maybe 20 years from now, they’ll either sink the whole town — which, P.S. is EXACTLY HOW THEY GOT INTO THIS MESS, WITH TOO-HIGH BUSINESS/PROPERTY TAXES — or, like Britain, then “privatize” their failure, handing some rich guy this pig but at far, far under the market price, giving him the people’s assets for free.

    Oh and 10 miles? What are you kidding me? People in the U.S., out west, have DRIVEWAYS that are 5 miles long. And the totally-paved, fully-ditched, entirely-subsidized, DOT-approved, roads are just too hard and rough for them? That’s 10 minutes to the store. 20 to the city. You’re in the ‘burbs, man! Admit it. Every state not on the coast has a 10 minute drive MINIMUM to the store. But hey, it’s their right as the local government to do so if they wish, and it’s not impossible for it to go well, just pretty unlikely. Just saying would have been a lot easier to NOT screw the previous IGA owner to death and scare the prospective buyers silly with the terrible business environment your town provides. Then we wouldn’t have great stories about how Capitalism, which was run out of business by government, is bad, and Socialism, which destroyed all those previously-existing businesses and livelihoods, towns and counties, is good.


    In the west, there is one man digging with a shovel and 5 men standing around watching and 1 woman directing traffic wearing a body cam.
    In China, there are 7 men building a road and 10 cameras operators in an office watching remotely.
    You heard me say many time that the enablers of the elites were the bankers, the lawyers, the accountants.
    Somebody did a study to find out who are the elites.
    Yep! The majority came out of the same education system.
    Elites. They’re all over the news these days. But who are they and what do we know about them?
    Authored by Bilal Hafeez via, 20-11-2019


    I see China is buying lots of dollars. That makes me happy. I want our currency to stay artificially solvent a few more years. Entirely self-serving wish but after so many pretty girls in bikinis have wished for an end to war and world hunger, live, on so many TV beauty pageants, and things just get worse, I’ve grown jaded.


    “Uber has never turned a profit, and in an industry as profit-thin as pizza parlors, there’s no reason to think they ever will. So who’s funding them for multi-billions and why?”

    I’ll play paranoid and ponder how mapping the physical routines of bunches of people and collating that with their debit/credit history (i.e., every known fact concerning them) might be worth funding by the usual snoopscoop suspects loosely known in vernacular as the NSA Deepstate.

    Add the announcement that Uber (or was it Lyft? same diff) plans to audio-record all rides “for safety reasons”. Then get a buncha people strung out on Uber as their bread gig, and see how handy they might be for delivering people to the wrong place or some shit. I dunno.

    Here’s something genuinely eerie: Tesla’s ten zillion commsats. So we can have selective internet? Shut down the mainstream net while maintaining alternate private nets?

    Small example of the potential for mayhem that any disruption to either the power grid or the interwebs: We’re raising a generation of younguns here in Portland that don’t drive and don’t know how they got from here to there. Just click Lyft, wait, get in, ride, click*pay, get out. With your nose in your screen the entire time.

    Paranoia off now. Still seems plausible. “Sometimes, they really are after you.”

    But stupidity could explain it equally well. Incompetence crafts its own evil in its attempts to cover its ass for what were, alas, honest mistakes. My impression is that the sycophants of genuinely malignant sociopaths become, after years of yessiring to higher ups, more malignant than the originals. Moral character is in part a brain function, and the brain is plastic. It changes over time.


    No one owes me nuthin but I am nonetheless still impatiently waiting to be thrown at least a cryptic hint as to how the generals put Trump into office.


    Yeah, socialism and capitalism are both great for starting things, getting an operation or a trend into motion, but both turn to swamp juice once they’re institutionalized. But so it goes with anything based on trust in and worship of Mammon.

    And both suck inherently when applied to mega/giga population groups. One does not create sane governance of virtually uncountable frothing hordes of lab rats in giant cages within giant cages within giant cages. The result is always some version of that efficiency which is death. The result is usually something like this:

    A single death is a tragedy, 14,600-33 is a statistic

    and again

    I always tell people how convenient it was for the likes of Baden-Powell, Stalin, Hitler, et al, that we already had these things called cattle cars and this concept of industrialized disassembly line factory slaughter. Just add unwantables and… what? No one’s hungry? He. If I’d known you were coming I’d have baked a kike, as a joke from 1968 7th grade schoolyard says.

    Something tells me that this go-round of concentration camps will find more efficient uses of dead meat than burning it with expensive energy resources.

    Waste not, want not.


    On a happier note:

    Dog and Dolphins


    Re: China:

    John Day’s remarks reminded me that just this pre-dawn AM, I was having an imaginary conversation with some imaginary friend (let’s call him Roscoe) about how long, compared to those of Russia, Germany, USA has been China’s crawl through the rubble of its own wreckage has taken close to 130 years, if we count from the death of the Empress Dowager, which is being kind to Chinese history since the rot had taken many decades getting there.

    China is several 1,000 years old. Russia barely has a grand in its history. Germany a handful of centuries. USA, not quite 2&1/2 centuries. China has some crawling still left to do, imo, while Russia is entirely through its Bitter Lesson crash recovery curve, having been at its crash curve collapse recovery almost as long as China.

    Russia has another advantage: its synthesis of paganism with Xtianity. And, of course, all that lovely frozen tundra which, while said tundra will be methaning us lower nations into fricaseed heat wave by mid-21st century, will itself become fine soil and mineral deposits and freshwater aquifers and the world’s richest and cleanest fishing stocks…

    China will fuck itself up yet. The blue print is already there, Silk Road Redux or not. It has one more major violent internal upheaval to go through, imo.

    And then, I know it’s becoming kinda cliche to say in some circles, but Russia has Putin while China has Xi, a man whose name backwards says ‘icks’. My money is on Russia to do best off all, maybe by far.

    Since my kids haven’t taken my advice to learn Russian (and Spanish), I now tell them to try and be there when Russia accepts immigrant indentured labor to work its oil/mineral deposits. Almost a kind of charity on the Russian’s part but hey, slave labor is a major carbon offset, so my kids can be slaves AND help save the planet!

    Empress Dowager

    Dream Nice Dreams, Y’all:

    Coming Out of the Ice


    From yesterday:

    Your knowledge of belt and road is nonexistent- ignore it then call it a debt trap. Nonsense.

    That’s always a great argument, isn’t it? It really gets the conversation going. “It’s not because I don’t agree with you, it’s because you’re dumb as nails.”

    What moves people to say such things? I would never dream of calling this guy’s -or anyone’s- knowledge “non-existent”. Where does that come from?

    John Day

    Firesign Theater had this completely explained in 1974. “Everything You Know Is Wrong”

    Thanks for looking at what I put up, guys.


    Gabbard just for the hell of it
    the trillions of dollars spent on stupid wars could pay for Solar panels and heat pumps
    none of it may matter but it may be one of the few time when doing something is better than doing nothing.

    and Epstein did not kill himself.


    Here is another summary.
    Written by
    Radix Verum
    November 26, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Here is a teaser.

    “Now we are learning more about Alexandra Chalupa, the Ukrainian DNC operative who was involved in the 2016 election interference against the Trump Campaign.”


    More info

    Steele distributed other dossier reports, including one to an oligarch’s lawyer

    Steele distributed other dossier reports, including one to an oligarch’s lawyer
    November 26, 2019
    Fiona Hill, a recent impeachment witness and a former top Russia expert on the National Security Council, suggested to lawmakers in a deposition recently that Steele’s dual role as government insider/informer and private intelligence provider left him vulnerable to Russian disinformation when he wrote his dossier.
    “He was constantly trying to drum up business,” Hill testified when asked about her own contacts from time to time with the former British intelligence agent.
    She said that when she read Steele’s anti-Trump dossier in January 2017 she instantly feared it might be disinformation fed to Steele by the Russians because he previously had done spy work for MI6.
    “That is when I expressed the misgivings and concern that he could have been played,” Hill testified.


    A look at what could happen.
    If the House votes for impeachment the case goes to the Senate for trial.
    The Republican led Senate has two choices:
    It can decide to not open an impeachment trial by simply voting against impeachment. Trump wins.
    It can open a impeachment trial, use it to extensively hurt the Democrats and, in the end, vote against impeachment. Trump wins big time.
    Should the House vote for impeachment the Senate is likely to go the second path.

    An impeachment trial in the Senate would be a disaster for the Democrats.
    I can not see why the Democrats would want to fall into such a trap. House leader Nancy Pelosi is experienced enough to not let that happen. But she will have to do some serious talk to convince the party that a vote on impeachment is not the best way to proceed.


    “What moves people to say such things? I would never dream of calling this guy’s -or anyone’s- knowledge “non-existent”. Where does that come from?”

    The Source


    Reality check, at least from my perspective:

    Often, there is only room in a hole for one digger. Often, 15 minutes in said hole is enough to fatigue/sweat a worker to exhaustion. Another worker takes over. Periodically, there are conditions when all workers shake a tail-feather clearing debris, placing equipment, etc. Traffic is traffic even when all workers are busy, hence the need for a dedicated traffic controller.

    segue alert: we are the problem. Not our politicians or the institutions employees thereof. Them people come from us. We is them peoples. We let them boss us around. We boss them around sometimes when we’re sufficiently recovered from our turn digging in the hole. We deserve the leaders we put up with. We deserve the results of our inactions.

    Big Bubbles! No Troubles!


    Only our news media could declare a War on Balloons:

    See Here


    If this meme takes off, I might have a wisp of hope for Assange’s release.

    Prince Andrew<>Julian Assange


    Regarding greenhouse gases, you might want to watch a few videos on Tony Heller’s YouTube channel. And/or you could go to notrickszone and read that latest studies and news. Doing either or both would be an eye opener. Take 30 minutes or so. You have nothing to lose, but 30 minutes time.

    Good luck!

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