Dec 262023
 
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Biden Handling Of Southern Border To Cost Him 2024 Election – Congressman (JTN)
Thousands Join Huge Migrant Caravan In Mexico Ahead Of Blinken Visit (BBC)
Confiscating Russian Assets Would Be ‘Cataclysmic’ For Dollar – Robert Shiller (RT)
Biden Is Destroying The Dollar – Russia’s Top MP (RT)
Netanyahu Outsmarted by Wily Biden? No, Biden Is the One Being Played (Crooke)
Despite Its Shortcomings, UNSC Vote Will Tie Israel’s Hands (Bhadrakumar)
New York Times Sparks Outrage Over Running Op-Ed By Hamas Mayor (NYP)
Ukraine Accuses New York Times of ‘Working For The Kremlin’ (RT)
Security Guarantees For Kiev Are ‘Just A Scrap Of Paper’ – Medvedev (RT)
Behind the Democrats’ Efforts to Regulate the Supreme Court (ET)
MEP Brands Von Der Leyen ‘Frau Genocide’ (RT)
Germany Uses The Weapon Of Climate Change Against Its Own People (Marsden)
The 4 Major Battlefronts in Trump’s Ongoing Ballot Dispute (ET)
And So Ends an Era (Kunstler)

 

 


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“..GOP members of Congress have never been in a stronger position for border security and they cannot compromise now..”

Biden Handling Of Southern Border To Cost Him 2024 Election – Congressman (JTN)

As the 2024 presidential election nears, Republicans are sharpening their attacks lines on the chaotic and insecure U.S. southern border, seeing it as one of President Joe Biden’s biggest vulnerabilities. Many in the GOP have been urging the Democrat-controlled Senate and President Biden to pass legislation titled H.R.2, also known as the “Secure the Border Act.” This bill would immediately resume construction of the wall on the southern border, supply border patrol agents with resources and invest in technology for border security. “The Senate has literally sat on it,” Rep. Rich McCormick, R-Ga., said on the Just the News, No Noise TV show. “The president has sat on it. The president has no intention of making this into law. As a matter of fact, to the point where they say ‘we’re not even going to combine it with other things that we want, because we don’t want any compromise in securing our border.'”

“This comes at a great political cost to him, and he is going to lose the election on this single issue, if nothing else,” said McCormick, a Marine combat veteran and emergency room doctor before he joined Congress. According to data released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in October, there have been a total of 736 terrorist suspects stopped at the border in fiscal year 2023, part of the 3.2 million people who have attempted to enter the country illegally. A poll earlier this month found a whopping 79% of Americans believe the situation at southern border is either an “emergency” or a “major problem.” According to a poll conducted by Monmouth University last week, 69% of those surveyed said they disapproved of Biden’s job when it comes to immigration.

Former Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said that GOP members of Congress have never been in a stronger position for border security and they cannot compromise now. “Right now we have our own war that we’re fighting,” Morgan said on the “Just the News, No Noise” TV show. “I use that word intentionally: war. We’re fighting it on our own borders, and the cartels are our enemy.” House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green, R-Tenn., recently announced he would be bringing articles of impeachment against Homeland Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for his response to the southern border crisis. Rep. Eli Crane, R-Az., told the John Solomon Reports podcast he thinks that Speaker Mike Johnson should hold out and get all of H.R. 2 in the budget deal.

“I’m the type of guy that believes that we could get a lot more than we normally get if we actually were willing to stand and fight,” Crane said. “I don’t usually see that from the Republican Party. It’s one of my many, many frustrations. “It’s not that there’s not plenty of good people in the party. I think that there’s just this attitude that we have to continually capitulate and kick the can down the road.” Morgan also slammed Senate Republicans who signal they want to compromise on border security.

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“The number of people apprehended at the US southern border exceeded two million both in the 2022 and the 2023 fiscal years.”

Thousands Join Huge Migrant Caravan In Mexico Ahead Of Blinken Visit (BBC)

Thousands of migrants have set off on foot from southern Mexico in an effort to reach the United States border. Around 7,000 people mainly from South and Central America, including thousands of children, are estimated to have joined the migrant caravan. They left just days before US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is due to discuss how to curb mass migration with the Mexican president Several border crossings have recently been closed due to a migrant surge. White House national security spokesman John Kirby said US President Joe Biden and his Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, shared concern about the “dramatic” increase in migrants crossing their joint border. The number of people apprehended at the US southern border exceeded two million both in the 2022 and the 2023 fiscal years.

In September 2023 alone, US Border Patrol apprehended more than 200,000 migrants crossing the US-Mexico border unlawfully, according to US Homeland Security figures. The latest migrant caravan left from the southern Mexican city of Tapachula, near the country’s southern border with Guatemala, on Christmas Eve. Its leaders carried a banner reading “Exodus from poverty”. Local media said that most of the migrants were from Cuba, Haiti and Honduras, but some came from as far away as Bangladesh and India. Many said that they had decided to join the caravan after waiting for months for transit permits. The migrant rights activist Luis García Villagrán, who is accompanying the caravan, said joining the mass trek north was a last resort for many of the migrants who had been stuck in Tapachula. “The problem is that the southern border [with Guatemala] is open and 800 to 1,000 people are crossing it daily. If we don’t get out of Tapachula, the town will collapse.

“We tell the Mexican state that it has left us no other option but to take the coastal highway and walk as far as we can get,” he said. The migrants covered some 15km on the first morning, after setting off at dawn on 24 December. One Honduran migrant said he had left his home country to escape a criminal gang which had threatened to kill him. José Santos told Reuters news agency: “I was scared so I decided to come to Mexico hoping I’ll be allowed to go to the US.” On Friday, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he was willing to work again with the US to address concerns about migration. The Mexican leader is due to meet the US secretary of state on Wednesday. Their meeting comes at a time when the surge in immigration is a hot political topic in the US with pressure mounting on President Biden to stem the flow across the US southern border.

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“If America does this to Russia today… then tomorrow it can do this to anyone..”

Confiscating Russian Assets Would Be ‘Cataclysmic’ For Dollar – Robert Shiller (RT)

The dollar’s standing as a reserve currency would be jeopardized if the West confiscates frozen Russian assets to aid Ukraine, Nobel Prize-winning economist and Yale University professor Robert Shiller said in an interview with Italian news outlet La Repubblica published on Sunday. According Shiller, seizing the assets would give the global community, especially countries which, like Russia, “convert their savings into dollars and thus entrust them in the reliable hands of Uncle Sam,” grounds to doubt the US currency. “If America does this to Russia today… then tomorrow it can do this to anyone. This will destroy the halo of security that surrounds the dollar and will be the first step towards de-dollarization, which many are increasingly confidently leaning toward, from China to developing countries, not to mention Russia itself,” the economist warned.

“I can’t convince myself that this [confiscation of Russian assets] is the right way,” he explained. “In addition to the fact that this will be confirmation for the Russian leader that what is happening in Ukraine is a proxy war, it could paradoxically turn against America and the entire West,” Shiller explained, adding that the situation would likely turn into “a cataclysm for the current dollar-dominated economic system.” Overall, he said that while he sees some moral ground for using Russian assets to aid Ukraine, there is too much risk and “too many unknowns” with regard to the impact of such an action. Shiller is known for his research in financial markets, financial innovation, behavioral economics, macroeconomics and real estate. In 2011, he was named one of Bloomberg’s ‘50 Most Influential People’ in Global Finance, and in 2013, he received the Nobel Prize in Economics for his empirical analysis of asset prices in 2013.

The EU, US, and their allies have frozen roughly $300 billion of Russian foreign exchange reserve assets since last year as part of a sanctions campaign over the Ukraine conflict. Western nations have been mulling ways to use the funds to aid Ukraine for the better part of a year. While no specific plan has so far been finalized, last week’s media reports indicated the US recently stepped-up discussions on the matter with its allies. Washington reportedly wants to “legalize” the confiscation of Russian assets by recognizing Western countries as injured parties in the Ukraine conflict. Russia considers both the initial freezing of its assets and plans to confiscate them unlawful. Speaking to reporters last week, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned that any country considering the move should understand that it would face an immediate mirror response from Moscow.

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“In an effort to ensure their financial security other states will now more actively abandon the dollar..”

Biden Is Destroying The Dollar – Russia’s Top MP (RT)

The US has lost its economic dominance, Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin wrote on his Telegram channel on Sunday. Attempts to regain it by unleashing “military conflicts, sanctions and trade wars, organizing terrorist attacks and destroying the European economy” have not brought Washington the desired results, according to Volodin. Russia’s top lawmaker called the dollar the only remaining instrument of US influence. However, other countries are increasingly abandoning it because Washington is using the greenback as a weapon in a “political battle.” He added that US President Joe Biden was depriving his own country of its “last advantage,” since such threats do not build confidence in either the country itself or its currency.

The global trend towards using national currencies in trade instead of the dollar began to gain momentum last year, after Ukraine-related sanctions cut off Russia from the Western financial system and froze its foreign reserves. “In an effort to ensure their financial security other states will now more actively abandon the dollar as the world reserve currency,” Volodin wrote. Amid sweeping sanctions on Russia, which have proved ineffective, the US is “hysterically threatening to disconnect banks around the world from their financial system for violating them,” he added. Moscow significantly ramped up the use of national currencies in its foreign trade last year, moving away from the euro and dollar in international transactions. The share of both in Russia’s export settlements fell from 96% in early 2022 to 17% this past September, according to the central bank.

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“..Netanyahu knows the Houthis: They will not be deterred by Biden’s maritime flotilla. They will, rather, relish drawing the West into a Red Sea quagmire.”

Netanyahu Outsmarted by Wily Biden? No, Biden Is the One Being Played (Crooke)

Biden smirked and responded, “I know”, when told by a guest that Netanyahu is drawing the U.S. into a civilisational conflict – and further that Netanyahu blames him (Biden), complaining that the White House wants to block Israel from getting at the root of the problem, by harping on about Gaza and the ‘day after’. In practice, what Netanyahu is doing is simply mounting a classic flanking manoeuvre – attempting to circumvent Biden by pointing to the ‘broader conflict’ with Iran: ‘Why are you pestering me about Gaza when there’s a monumental conflict raging’, suggests Bibi in exasperation? “This is not only ‘our war’ but in many ways your war… This is a battle against the Iranian axis… now threatening to close the maritime strait of Bab Al-Mandeb… It is the interest … of the entire civilized community”, Netanyahu has said – not very subtly.

Biden’s reaction is a smug smile, hinting that he thinks he can outplay Netanyahu (‘the fox’). This is Biden’s approach: He aims to disarm Netanyahu’s allegation of an obstructionist U.S. through a parade of top-level visits that reiterates his unstinting support Israel – and to pre-empt Bibi, through insisting that he (Biden) will take care of the non-Gaza issues (Hizbullah, Yemen etc.). So, the U.S. is assembling a maritime force to confront AnsarAllah in Yemen; the Biden Admin will act to sanction violent settlers in the West Bank; it is warning Baghdad to rein-in the Hashad al Sha’abi; and his envoys in Beirut are trying to forge a ‘diplomatic agreement’ that will include the withdrawal of Hizbullah’s Radwan Forces to the other side of the Litani River in southern Lebanon, and also deal with the unresolved border disputes between Israel and Lebanon.

Biden prides himself on being a hugely experienced foreign policy actor – and thinks himself too wily for Bibi’s tricks. But maybe, Netanyahu – for all his many faults – better understands the Region? Biden clearly is being played. Even though he fails to recognize it. Netanyahu knows that ‘no way’ will Hizbullah disarm, and withdraw to north of the Litani. He knows this, and thus can wait out Biden’s diplomatic failure, before saying that the approximately 70,000 Israeli citizens displaced from the northern towns in the wake of 7 October need to ”go home”, and that if the U.S. cannot remove Hizbullah from the border-fence, then Israel will do it.

Netanyahu is using Biden’s diplomatic Lebanese initiative to build European justification for an Israeli operation in a few weeks’ time to push Hizbullah away from the border with Israel. (An Israeli operation against Hizbullah has been in the works from the outset of the Gaza war). Netanyahu knows too that control over settler violence in the West Bank lies not with him, but is in the hands of his partners: i.e., Ministers Ben Gvir and Smotrich. Neither he, nor Biden can dictate to them – they have been quietly increasing the squeeze on West Bank Palestinians for months. And finally, Netanyahu knows the Houthis: They will not be deterred by Biden’s maritime flotilla. They will, rather, relish drawing the West into a Red Sea quagmire.

Like it or not, Biden’s tactic of containing and pre-empting regional escalation through the U.S. itself becoming lead actor – in lieu of Israel – is clearly drawing the U.S. deeper into conflict. Does Biden believe that the Houthis will just quietly ‘roll-over’ because the Gerald Ford is anchored off Bab Al-Mandeb, or that Hizbullah will accept instruction from Amos Hochstein? The second way that Biden is being outplayed is through him seeing the Israeli problem as ‘just Bibi’ – indulging in personal politics. Of course, it is true that the Israeli PM is moulding Israeli politics to his own survival needs; yet pause a moment to consider what President Herzog said on Tuesday during an interview facilitated by the Atlantic Council, a leading Washington-based think tank.

Herzog has long been viewed as distinctly ‘dovish’ and ‘Leftist’ by the Beltway foreign policy establishment – prior to the war – compared to Netanyahu. In the interview, Herzog said: “We intend to take over the entire Gaza Strip and change the course of history”. He said that the current conflict is a clash of “a set of civilizational values” and he cast Hamas (in pure Manichaean terms) as a “force of evil”, adding that Israel would no longer tolerate Gaza being a “platform for Iran – driving everyone into the abyss of bloodshed and warfare”. Not much daylight then between him and the PM then.

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“..the permanent members of the Security Council should cast vetoes only under “rare, extraordinary situations to ensure the council remains credible and effective.”

Despite Its Shortcomings, UNSC Vote Will Tie Israel’s Hands (Bhadrakumar)

The adoption of a resolution by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Friday with focus on a pause in the fighting in Gaza to allow for the delivery of more humanitarian aid can be seen as a turning point in the tortuous journey toward imposing a sustainable ceasefire. But a caveat must be added that the ultimate litmus test lies in the implementation of the UNSC resolution, as the past history of such resolutions on Palestine does not give cause for optimism. In fact, Israel’s defiance was in full view already. As the Security Council passed the resolution, Israeli forces pushed ahead with their offensive into Gaza on Friday and ordered residents in Al Bureij — an area in central Gaza where Israel had not previously focused its offensive — to evacuate. Israeli military’s chief spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said on Thursday: “Our forces continue to intensify ground operations in northern and southern Gaza.”

UN Secretary General António Guterres was spot on when he told reporters after the resolution was passed that “a humanitarian ceasefire is the only way to begin to meet the desperate needs of people in Gaza and end their ongoing nightmare.” The resolution itself is the outcome of week-long intense negotiations between the United States and the Arab countries that sponsored it — the UAE and Egypt, in particular — to settle for the lowest denominator, which meant accepting a Washington-friendly text that enabled the Biden administration to evade responsibility for another veto, for the third time since 7 October. Unsurprisingly, the US negotiators brazenly resorted to pressure tactics by drawing on their usual diplomatic tool box — blackmail, arm-twisting and ultimatums — to water down the text to the extent that important provisions relating to a ceasefire and a UN mechanism to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza and ensure its monitoring were abandoned.

And, yet, the US abstained in the vote at the end of the day, registering its reservations — principally, that the resolution was silent on the attack by Hamas on 7 October. The unkindest cut of all is that the resolution accommodated the US diktat to replace the language describing an immediate cessation of violence with an ambiguous phrase calling on the parties to “create conditions for a cessation of hostilities.” The wording meets the Israeli requirement to have a free hand to continue with its barbaric military operations.This anomaly, coupled with the absence of any reference to the condemnation of indiscriminate attacks by the Israeli military against civilians almost delivers the wrong signal that the Security Council is effectively becoming an accomplice to the destruction of Gaza — a misnomer that agitated Russia so much that it proposed a last-minute amendment to replace the phraseology in the resolution: “to create the conditions for a sustainable cessation of hostilities” with the unambiguous call “for urgent steps toward a sustainable cessation of hostilities.”

Russia’s demand for an immediate ceasefire was in line with a resolution overwhelmingly passed by the UN General Assembly recently, but the Americans would have nothing of that sort. The unfortunate part is that the Arab sponsors of the resolution caved in to US blackmail to veto the resolution. What transpired between the protagonists behind the scenes is not known. The paradox is that, in reality, the Americans themselves were desperately keen to avoid casting a veto — the third in as many months — that would have made a mockery of President Joe Biden’s bombastic remark in his September speech at the UN last year that the permanent members of the Security Council should cast vetoes only under “rare, extraordinary situations to ensure the council remains credible and effective.”

All indications are that the US is acutely conscious of finding itself “diplomatically isolated and in a defensive crouch,” as the New York Times put it in an acerbic commentary on the Biden administration’s plight as “an increasingly lonely protector of Israel … (that) puts it at odds with even staunch allies such as France, Canada, Australia, and Japan.” The commentary says that what rankles most is that first, when the US seems to have green-lit a massive Israeli military response to 7 October “without guardrails,” it: “painfully confirmed to many in the (global) south this sense that there was a double standard” — and second, even more, “the Russian strategy works, because beyond the United Nations what everyone sees is Russia standing up for international law — and the US standing against it.”

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“.. it is imperative that we listen — whether we like it or not — to other voices..”

New York Times Sparks Outrage Over Running Op-Ed By Hamas Mayor (NYP)

The New York Times ran an op-ed Sunday by Hamas’ handpicked Gaza City mayor — prompting outrage on social media from Israel supporters who slammed the Gray Lady for amplifying “Jew hate.” The essay by Yahya R. Sarraj published on Christmas Eve comes amid fury over Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s social media post that denounced Israel as a violent occupying force and likened Jesus to Palestinians. Sarraj’s op-ed — titled “I Am Gaza City’s Mayor. Our Lives and Culture Are in Rubble” — condemned Israel for “caus[ing] the deaths of more than 20,000 people” and for destroying or damaging “about half the buildings” in the Gaza Strip. The Times’s decision to grant a platform to Sarraj, who was appointed mayor of Gaza City by Hamas in 2019 after a career in academia, sparked an immediate backlash from many on social media.

“I wonder, would NYT also publish an op-ed from Al-Qaeda justifying 9-11? Of course not, but there is no red line to this paper’s Jew-hatred,” tweeted Arsen Ostrovsky, an International Human Rights lawyer who describes himself on X as a Zionist. “Unbelievable. This is a Hamas-appointed Mayor,” another X user wrote, adding: “They slaughtered and raped their neighbors and have the nerve to represent themselves as victims?” Others slammed Sarraj for ignoring the Hamas massacre that led to Israel launching its assault on Gaza. “Literally a member of Hamas, you have no shame or dignity NYT,” wrote an X user. Some did defend the Times for giving voice to Sarraj. “As much as I know so many ppl are angry and upset that the @nytimes published this letter from the Mayor of #Gaza, Yahya R. Sarraj, it is imperative that we listen — whether we like it or not — to other voices,” wrote an X user with handle Keep The Stroke.

“But let’s be clear, Yahya Sarraj, was intricately aware of the tunnels being build under #Gaza. As we all know, Sarraj probably would have been killed and/or family threatened, if he didn’t tow the line. Either way Sarraj was complicit in what has befallen Gaza.” Israel launched a massive military campaign in Gaza following the Oct. 7 terrorist attack by Hamas gunmen which left around 1,200 soldiers and civilians dead. Scores of Israeli soldiers and civilians also were taken hostage and remain in captivity in the Gaza Strip. Times critics also pointed out that former op-ed page editor James Bennet was forced out after the paper’s staffers were outraged over his decision to green-light a guest column by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). Cotton used the op-ed in the summer of 2020 to call for a forceful military response to crack down on rioting by Black Lives Matter and Antifa demonstrators in the wake of the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.

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More NYT. Busy holiday season.

Ukraine Accuses New York Times of ‘Working For The Kremlin’ (RT)

The journalists covering the Russia-Ukraine conflict for the New York Times have been recruited by Russian secret services, Kiev’s information warfare agency has said on Monday. The state-run Center for Countering Disinformation (CCD) made its statement while blasting the NYT for its recent article about the prospects of peace negotiations between Moscow and Kiev. “In order to write this text, the Russian Federation has used American journalists who were recruited during their work in Russia,” the CCD said in a statement on social media, without elaborating. The story published by the New York Times on Saturday lists its Moscow bureau chief Anton Troianovski, together with staff writers Adam Entous and Julian E. Barnes, in the byline.

The article cited “two former senior Russian officials close to the Kremlin,” as well as US and international officials, as claiming that Russian President Vladimir Putin “has been signaling through intermediaries since at least September that he is open to a ceasefire that freezes the fighting along the current lines.” The report further claimed that the Kremlin was using “back-channel diplomacy” to indicate that the Russian leader “is ready to make a deal.” The CCD criticized the Times for their story angle, suggesting that Moscow might be sending a “signal” with the aim of “preventing further military aid for the Ukrainian Armed Forces from the West.” It also said the story was likely aimed at “boosting the rating” of former US President Donald Trump, who is running for reelection against Joe Biden. Trump said on the campaign trail that he will easily end the conflict if he returns to the White House.

“One shouldn’t forget that Russia is playing a game of ‘peace’, while investing more in its defense industry and building up its army. There is no mention of it in the article, obviously,” the CCD said. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also dismissed the report as “incorrect,” reiterating that Russia’s military strategy towards Ukraine remains unchanged. He added that Moscow would engage in negotiations “exclusively for the achievement of its own goals.” The negotiations broke down in the spring of 2022, with Russia accusing Ukraine of abruptly walking away from previously agreed-upon terms. Ukrainian officials have since stressed that talks can only resume if Russia recognizes Ukraine’s 1991 borders. Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is impossible.

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“Here’s the drill: we won’t take you into NATO, we don’t want war with Russia, but on an individual basis, do whatever you like.”

Security Guarantees For Kiev Are ‘Just A Scrap Of Paper’ – Medvedev (RT)

Western security guarantees for Ukraine are themselves useless but could pave the way for a NATO military base in the country, which could trigger a direct clash with Moscow, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday. The security declaration, which was first adopted by members of the G7 group in July, promises military assistance to Kiev, as well as frameworks for enhancing Ukraine’s defense industrial base and intelligence sharing. Moscow has denounced the document as an “encroachment on Russia’s security.” Medvedev, who now serves as deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, called Kiev’s plan to convince the EU to provide it with security guarantees a new push “to create an anti-Russian consensus.”

At the same time, he suggested that the declaration “has no added value whatsoever.” “This is just a public statement, which means it is a useless scrap of paper,” he said. According to Medvedev, however, the document paves the way for the signing of bilateral security agreements between Kiev and its Western backers. Those deals could lead to arms production cooperation, military training, and other programs beneficial to the “neo-Nazis” in Kiev, he said. Such a deal could even entice some “crazy” Western country to set up a military base in Ukraine, he added. “Here’s the drill: we won’t take you into NATO, we don’t want war with Russia, but on an individual basis, do whatever you like.” This could open the way to a large-scale conflict involving a NATO country and Moscow, Medvedev believes.

“When Russia strikes such a base – and this will inevitably happen because the military personnel of the base came specifically to fight us – will the alliance countries be ready for a collective response?” he asked. The ex-president suggested that in this particular case Article 5 of the NATO Treaty – which stipulates that an attack on one member of the bloc is an attack on the entire alliance – leaves “a lot of wiggle room.” NATO could “respond together, or could leave the country that owns the base in Ukraine to go at it alone,” while the retaliation itself could be by military or other means. The ex-president’s comments come after Andrey Sibiga, the deputy head of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky’s office, said that six EU members – Austria, Croatia, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and Malta – have yet to support security guarantees for Kiev, adding that he was sure that they would eventually get on board.

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“That’s almost the definition of ‘lawfare’—using the legal system to wage war on your opponents. You pack the court by knocking off a Republican or two.”

Behind the Democrats’ Efforts to Regulate the Supreme Court (ET)

Democrats’ push to impose a code of conduct on the U.S. Supreme Court is driven by their desire to exert power over a court that hasn’t been ruling their way on key issues, legal experts say. Democrats and their left-wing activist allies have been incensed over the past two years as the court sent abortion matters back to the states, axed affirmative action in college admissions, bolstered gun rights and public prayer, backed a website designer’s right not to promote a same-sex wedding, and strengthened private property rights while weakening the government’s regulatory powers over the environment. Several experts told The Epoch Times that the left cannot accept the conservative majority on the Supreme Court, so it will keep agitating against it and try to undermine its legitimacy in the eyes of the public.

So far, the activism has propelled the court to adopt its first-ever formal code of conduct, issued on Nov. 13, but Democrats say it’s a toothless gesture and won’t fix what they say is a court that’s overly sympathetic to business interests and conservative causes. “The court’s new code of conduct falls far short of what we would expect from the highest court in the land,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said. “While the code of conduct prohibits the appearance of impropriety, it allows the justice to individually determine whether their own conduct creates such an appearance in the minds of ‘reasonable members of the public.’ This is something that justices have repeatedly failed to do over the last few years.” To remedy the supposed crisis at the court, Mr. Durbin backs the proposed Supreme Court Ethics, Recusal, and Transparency (SCERT) Act of 2023, which his committee approved on a party-line vote in July.

The proposal, which Republicans have denounced as unconstitutional, would create a system allowing members of the public to file complaints against justices for violating the proposed code of conduct or for engaging “in conduct that undermines the integrity of the Supreme Court of the United States.” Among other things, it would also impose mandatory recusal standards and create a panel of lower court judges to investigate complaints against the Supreme Court. Democrats are proposing their code of conduct “so they can control the Supreme Court,” said Steven J. Allen, a distinguished senior fellow at Capital Research Center, a watchdog group. “They’re doing this to get rid of one or more Republican appointees so they can be replaced,” Mr. Allen said. “That’s almost the definition of ‘lawfare’—using the legal system to wage war on your opponents. You pack the court by knocking off a Republican or two.”

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“..while cheerleading a “brutal apartheid regime that she calls a ‘vibrant democracy..”

MEP Brands Von Der Leyen ‘Frau Genocide’ (RT)

Irish MEP Clare Daly has called European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen “Frau Genocide” over the EU’s stance on Israel’s military operation in Gaza. She went on to claim that contrary to its professed adherence to democracy, the bloc tramples on the will of the people when it runs counter to its own agenda. Daly, a left-wing politician representing Ireland’s Independents 4 Change political party, said from the European Parliament podium on Sunday that von der Leyen was “elevated to power without a single vote from the citizens.” She went on to accuse the EU Commission president of “swooping in and overriding the foreign policies of elected governments” in recent months, while cheerleading a “brutal apartheid regime that she calls a ‘vibrant democracy.’” The lawmaker concluded: “With defenders of democracy like that, I think I speak for many, many citizens of Europe, when I say: ‘Nein, danke! No, thanks, Frau Genocide!’”

Earlier, Spanish Social Rights Minister Ione Belarra accused Brussels of inaction in the face of what she called “genocide” in Gaza. Media reports also indicate that hundreds of EU staffers slammed von der Leyen for unconditionally supporting Israel. In a speech marking the 75th anniversary of Israel’s founding in late April, von der Leyen praised the country as a “vibrant democracy in the heart of the Middle East.” Following the deadly incursion by Hamas on October 7, Israel launched a massive military operation against the Palestinian Islamist group based in Gaza. Soon after the hostilities broke out, von der Leyen had the Israeli flag projected onto the European Commission building in Brussels as a gesture of solidarity. She reiterated her support when meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Also in October, the Irish Times reported that at least 842 EU staffers had signed a letter denouncing the commission’s stance on Israel. The document reportedly accused von der Leyen of giving a “free hand to the acceleration and legitimacy of a war crime in the Gaza Strip.” According to the Palestinian health authorities, at least 20,000 people have been killed in Gaza since early October, more than half of them children and women. The Hamas raid, which set the spiral of violence in motion, claimed 1,200 lives. The militants attacked, among other places, an open-air music festival, gunning down and abducting participants. The total number of people, both Israeli and foreign nationals, that the radicals took hostage that day was originally around 240, with dozens released since as part of multiple swaps with Israel.

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Germany Uses The Weapon Of Climate Change Against Its Own People (Marsden)

German farmers rolled into Berlin on their tractors last week to have a very public word with the managers who have revoked their long-standing discount – a subsidy on diesel fuel, which powers their farm equipment. It seems that up until now, the government figured that feeding Germans was important enough to support, outweighing any ‘green’ obsessions. But that all changed abruptly for reasons that have little to do with the climate change agenda and more with its desperation for spare change. The drama kicked off when Germany’s coalition government led by Chancellor Olaf Scholz found itself in a bit of a bind recently. Team Scholz had quietly moved €60 billion from a Covid-19 pandemic support fund into a green energy transition fund.

The opposition noticed and finked to the court – which told Team Scholz to put the cash back because the sneaky move was a blatant violation of a law that had been ushered in under former Chancellor Angela Merkel specifically in an effort to ensure that the government was never able to bury itself in debt. Whoops, too late. Subsequently finding themselves underwater on the overall annual budget by an estimated €17 billion, they set about looking for ways to plug the hole. Farmers, Team Scholz apparently figured, can at least be bilked for cash on the pretext that the government tax subsidies for the sinful diesel fuel that powers their equipment deserve to be canceled – sacrificed on the altar of climate change. It all sounds so virtuous, and not at all like scrambling to compensate for a major screwup.

Scholz is presiding over the only major economy set to shrink this year, according to the International Monetary Fund. He stood there with a grin on his face beside US President Joe Biden last year ahead of the Ukraine conflict, as Biden said that Washington would “take care” of the Nord Stream pipeline network (Germany’s economic lifeline of cheap Russian gas). Maybe Scholz was just daydreaming about how green Germany would be without gas. But there’s nothing like getting mugged by the harsh economic reality of German deindustrialization due to a lack of affordable energy to wipe the smirk right off one’s face. So with Germany now strapped for cash, surely it’s time to really get radical about focusing on the most critical interests of the average citizen’s daily life – Ukraine, Ukraine, and Ukraine.

“We are forging ahead with the climate-neutral transformation of our country. We are strengthening social cohesion. And we are standing closely by Ukraine’s side in its defense against Russia,” Scholz said, as parliament agreed on a budget deal. “However, it is clear that we will have to make do with significantly less money to achieve these goals,” he added. No doubt Germans were thrilled to know that Ukraine wouldn’t be going without – unlike Germans. In addition to taxing farmers, jacking up the carbon tax on things like fuel will help get the job done, the government figures. Way to rip off French President Emmanuel Macron’s failed plan that sparked France’s Yellow Vest movement, which gave rise to months of violent unrest. Looking forward to seeing what color vests Germans end up choosing. Green would be fitting.

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The 4 Major Battlefronts in Trump’s Ongoing Ballot Dispute (ET)

4. Who Can Sue to Disqualify Trump? Several of the lawsuits seeking to disqualify President Trump have come from a long-shot Republican presidential candidate, John Anthony Castro, who has acknowledged he doesn’t expect to win the 2024 presidential election. In Arizona, a federal judge dismissed Mr. Castro’s lawsuit, saying that it lacked “standing” and failed to show that he was personally impacted in a way that would allow him to bring a lawsuit against President Trump. Judge Douglas Rayes held that while Mr. Castro was likely to appear on Arizona’s ballot, that prospect didn’t “convince the court that Castro is genuinely competing with Trump for votes or contributions, or that he has any chance or intent to prevail in that election.”A judge in West Virginia similarly ruled on Dec. 21 that Mr. Castro lacked standing to challenge President Trump’s candidacy. The Colorado case, meanwhile, stemmed from a group of voters.

The majority in Colorado’s Supreme Court decision allowed the suit, but the dissent argued that the mechanism by which they brought the case was flawed. Related to courts’ enforcement powers is how state law allows judges to review decisions by secretaries of state. This can vary according to state, meaning that voters challenging President Trump may be more or less successful in certain states. In her dissent, Colorado Supreme Court Justice Maria Berkenkotter argued that her state’s voters didn’t show they had a “cognizable claim for relief.” She and the other two dissenting justices held that their colleagues had read the Colorado election code too broadly. The case involved multiple provisions of Colorado law. Section 1-1-113 of Colorado law directs a district court such as Judge Wallace’s to issue an order resolving challenges that voters or political parties bring to prevent an entity such as the secretary of state from breaching their duties.

The plaintiffs in this case sought to prevent Secretary of State Jena Griswold from placing President Trump on the state’s Republican primary ballot. Another section (1-4-1204(4)) builds on that provision by clarifying the timeline for adjudicating that challenge. More specifically, it requires that the challenge must be brought five days after the candidates’ filing deadline, while the court must hold a hearing within five days and issue its conclusion within 48 hours of the hearing. Justice Brian Boatright said in his dissent that the legal timeline was too constricted for a case such as President Trump’s. “It is no mystery why the statutory timeline could not be enforced: This claim was too complex,” he wrote. “The fact it took a week shy of two months to hold a hearing that ‘must’ take place within five days proves that section 1-1-113 is an incompatible vehicle.

“Dismissal is particularly appropriate here because the Electors brought their challenge without a determination from a proceeding (e.g., a prosecution for an insurrection-related offense) with more rigorous procedures to ensure adequate due process.” Yet another section of Colorado code (1-4-1201) dictates that state primaries “conform to the requirements of federal law and national political party rules governing presidential primary elections.”
What that means in practice was disputed by Justice Berkenkotter. “Did the General Assembly intend to grant Colorado courts the authority to decide Section 3 challenges? Based on my reading of [Colorado law], I conclude that the answer to this question is no,” she wrote. She went on to argue that “the term ‘federal law’ [in Section 1-4-1201] is ambiguous at best.”After discussing some of the legislative history, she concluded that “the term ‘federal law’ is most certainly not an affirmative grant of authority to state courts to enforce Section 3 in expedited proceedings under the Election Code.”

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“..It’s all one big status-acquisition hustle, the seeking of hierarchical privilege by any means necessary..”

And So Ends an Era (Kunstler)

You may have noticed that our country, formerly a republic of sovereign individuals, has become one great big racketeering operation run by a mafia-like cabal with Marxist characteristics — or, at least, Marxist pretenses. That is, it seeks to profit by every avenue of dishonesty and coercion, under the guise of rescuing the “oppressed and marginalized” from their alleged tormenters. Apparently, half the country likes it that way. Much of the on-the-ground action in this degenerate enterprise is produced by various hustles. A hustle is a particularly low-grade, insultingly obvious racket, such as Black Lives Matter, DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion), and “trans women” (i.e., men) in women’s sports. Some of the profit in any hustle is plain moneygrubbing, of course. But there’s also an emotional payoff. Hustlers and racketeers are often sadists, so the gratification derived from snookering the credulous (feelings of power) gets amplified by the extra thrill of seeing the credulous suffer pain, humiliation, and personal ruin. (That’s what actual “oppressors” actually do.)

Categorically, anyone who operates a racket or a hustle is some sort of psychopath, a person with no moral or ethical guard-rails. Hustles are based on the belief that it is possible to get something for nothing, a notion at odds with everything known about the unforgiving laws of physics and also the principles of human relations in this universe. Even the unconditional love of a mother for her child is based on something: the amazing, generative act of creating new life, achieved through the travail of birth. Have you noticed, by the way, that the birth of human children is lately among the most denigrated acts on the American social landscape? The flap over Harvard’s president, Claudine Gay, is an instructive case in the governing psychopathies of the day. I wish I’d been a roach on the tray of petit fours and biscotti brought into the Harvard Overseers’ board-room when they met to consider the blowback from Ms. Gay’s unfortunate remarks in Congress, followed by revelations of her career-long plagiarisms.

The acrid odor of self-conscious corruption in the room must have overwhelmed even the bouquet of Tanzanian Peaberry coffee a’brew, and not a few of the board members must have reached for the sherry decanter as their shame mounted, and the ancient radiators hissed, and their lame rationalizations started bouncing off the wainscoted walls. Apparently, Ms. Gay did not miss an opportunity to cut-and-paste somebody else’s compositions into everything she published going back to her own student years in the 1990s. She even poached another writer’s acknowledgment page. This is apart from the self-reinforcing substance of her published “research” justifying the necessity for DEI activism, for which she has become first an avatar and now a goat. The dirty secret of this perturbation — and the whole Harvard Board knows it — is that Claudine Gay’s career has been about nothing but careerism, and that this is also true of so many on the faculty and administration at Harvard, and surely at every other self-styled elite school from the Charles River to Palo Alto that had joined in the DEI mind-fuck.

It’s all one big status-acquisition hustle, the seeking of hierarchical privilege by any means necessary, including especially deceit, the politics of middle-school girls. Thus, you see on display both the juvenility of elite higher ed and its use of the worst impulses that prevail in social media, stoking envy, hatred, avarice and vengeance as the currency for career advancement. Claudine Gay was notorious earlier, as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, for wrecking the careers of faculty members (Ronald Sullivan, Stephanie Robinson, and Roland G. Fryer, Jr.) who refused to play the game like middle-school girls. She had no mercy.

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    #149172
    Dr. D
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    “Now that you, the lucky ones, are beyond your steaming platters of pancakes and mighty rashers of bacon, here’s something to think about this morning: You may have noticed that our country, formerly a republic of sovereign individuals, has become one great big racketeering operation run by a mafia-like cabal with Marxist characteristics — or, at least, Marxist pretenses.” — Kunstler

    Yes, obviously they are not “Marxists” really, anymore than the “Capitalists” believe not to enforce monopolies and be bailed out, really, but I have to follow what THEY say: THEY say they are, because that sells to the idiots and rubes who actually believe the world’s most evil people will give them something for nothing out of the great goodness of their hearts.

    That instead of being from the bottom up, the Glorious Revolution can and should come from the CEOs of Nike and Google and Raytheon…

    And without doing any work, all good things come to you, as is your right and just dessert.

    And that when you do so, “Our country, formerly a republic of sovereign individuals, has become one great big racketeering operation run by a mafia-like cabal that seeks to profit by every avenue of dishonesty and coercion, under the guise of rescuing the “oppressed and marginalized” from their alleged tormenters. Apparently, half the country likes it that way.”

    The country is run by a dishonest, violent mafia, but as I say, we have a solution to their oppression of the People: More Mafia!

    “Categorically, anyone who operates a racket or a hustle is some sort of psychopath, a person with no moral or ethical guard-rails.” That is, they don’t even DO it for the money. “Hustlers and racketeers are often sadists, so the gratification derived from snookering the credulous (feelings of power) gets amplified by the extra thrill of seeing the credulous suffer pain, humiliation, and personal ruin.” That is, “there’s an emotional payoff.” They are definitionally mentally ill. Generally they have been abused into a feeling of powerlessness, and for a portion, they afterwards respond by seeking and grasping petty tyrannical power to feel secure again. And what more perfect proof of your power and superiority could there be than not only telling others what to do, but ESPECIALLY if they injure themselves by it, for your amusement, at your command?
    ..And don’t think the social engineers don’t know it: We FORCE them to abuse children for the earliest ages in School to MAKE them feel this way and turn them into this Thing. Their process is to create a nation, an army of such men and especially women, and to then ride them and steer them and LIKEWISE abuse and kill them as tools. Why even pity them as they clearly deserve it? Right? You’re doing the world a favor by killing them, it’s really “God’s Will” to find and destroy the sociopathic fools and tools you’ve created, right? Free Choice! If they didn’t want to join me, the Devil, why did they sin? They’re mine now, and cannot be redeemed. The End.

    As Howard must be reading here on TAE, “Claudine Gay’s career has been about nothing but careerism, and that this is also true of so many on the faculty and administration at Harvard, and surely at every other self-styled elite school…It’s all one big status-acquisition hustle, the seeking of hierarchical privilege by any means necessary, including especially deceit, the politics of middle-school girls.”

    “Thus, you see on display both the juvenility of elite higher ed and its use of the worst impulses that prevail in social media, stoking envy, hatred, avarice and vengeance as the currency for career advancement.” That is, the enrichment of every Deadly Sin by every possible means. That is, “they call Good evil, and Evil, good.” If you WON’T participate in Avarice and Envy, bow down to them, you are ruined and dismissed. We will have not a fleck of Good remaining, anywhere in our house.

    “Win big prizes pretending to care about your fellow man. … And so ends the era of pretending about everything.”

    Oh no, sir. I’m quire sure that will take decades because we have a more practical problem: IF these guys are utterly worthless and ruin everything to the touch more than a “Midas of S—t,” then THEY will LOSE power, and the Plebs and Deplorables will GAIN power. Their Gods of Wrath, Avarice, Lust, and Envy will LOSE their churches throughout the land, and Churches of GOODNESS, peace, forgiveness, and light will displace them. That is, “This aggression shall not stand.” It literally can’t. Or they’ll lose everything. Their fat, unearned house, their groveling minions, their CO2-sucking jet-setting vacations, their second mistress from OF, banging them in the Senate room, spooging on the tables, They’ll be pulling 2nd shift at IHOP as their talents and immorality deserve. And they’ll watch the people they hate most in all the world, in all the universe, in the darkest depths of their evil imaginations, taking and owning in all in front of them and being joyful instead. Like the Greatest “Trading Places” ever known (A Christmas movie)

    No sir, they’re not going to allow that, and will kill you and die first, as it is an Ego death for them, and Ego is all they have (or identify with as “Self”).

    “’Crack’ Removed From Christmas Crackers To Save The Planet(UK)
    Joyless eco-mentalists want Christmas to be a “celebration of responsibility”…

    Ah the loveless frown clowns, lemon-sucking nags and scolds of Cromwell. “Let’s outlaw Christmas!” “Let’s shut down theatres and pubs!” …No literally, I’m not making that up. They have and do daily. HOW are these guys not the Puritans and Roundheads, and for the Love of God how does no one notice?

    “Fire Breaks Out on Russian Nuclear-Powered Icebreaker”

    But was the Icebreaker not painted just the right shade of blue?

    Milei, no mas. Okay, he’s been in the news, has speeches. So speaking of fake Marxists, here we go. “There’s going to be pain” in the readjustment, he says. “Businesses will not invest here unless they see some changes,” he says. Wow, great, both true.

    So…since you’re supposedly a free-market Libertarian, you know best of all the that pain will be shared BY EVERYONE, meaning, the Rich are going to take a non-stop brick to the teeth, right? And they’re the ones who are going to have you shot and rip your guts out, right? No? Yeah, that’s because when Milei says “there will be pain” he’s already saying by his omissions, that the Pain is ONLY FOR THE POOR, for the People, and not, never, none of the rich.

    Because he “Needs them to invest” right? Hahahahaaha! No. The “Rich” in Argentina just had a 40-year run of doing everything illegal and immoral, stealing everything that wasn’t nailed down, then everything that was. THEY have all the money. You don’t need any money from “Foreign” investors as he implies. You know: like Putin just successfully did to HIS Oligarchs? In the BRIICS you won’t join? And since everyone on the Planet they call “Earth” knows they are corrupt, scrabbling fiends, it should be the work of a moment to Claw Back all their illegal, ill-gotten funds, even if you can’t get the ones that were immoral but not illegal. And THAT would be the Capital both to offset the “Pain” of the poor, but ALSO the working Capital to start businesses in Argentina so they are not beholden to Globalists, both in goods and Capital investment.

    So he knows he has to do this, it’s the only option, and he’s therefore warning his own Oligarchs, and the IMF oligarchs that THEY AIN’T GETTIN’ PAID, right? Nope. Because he is NOT going to do this. He is going to give pain to the People and NO pain to the national oligarchs, nor the international ones.

    That is to say, Milei is a scam. They promised Marxism and free lunch because you idiots would believe it, and now they’re promising free markets and free actions because you idiots believe it. I don’t care what I have to say if I can steal your work, all the hours of your lives as desperate slaves, and give that wealth to me and my friends. Why should I care? That’s what peasants and idiots are for, right?

    No, this Milei thing is not going well and it only just got started.

    Trump vids: Ugh. Campaign, yuck. Hearing the problem they’re up against right now. White Hats now that they’ve got in, can explore and see where people stand. Instead of military being 80% pro-People, pro-America, they’re finding out the graft, kickbacks, fraud, side-running, human trafficking, all of grab some extra grift, maybe turns out they’re down near 50% real military? We always knew the CIA-fatigues and the Air Force were sellouts but Et Tu Brute?

    So how are you going to call a coup, even with the 80% we have now with the people who think we’re on the wrong path and are anti-Biden? So we finally – FINALLY – got a plurality of the people on board, where it wouldn’t cause a internal civil war, and when they need to move on the USSC, take out the paid traitors of Congress, etc, they can’t because they would call on the military, or at a minimum have their compliance, quiet, and support, but they may not. Maybe. Do you want to risk and find out? You have only one shot at this.

    So…question: If Space Force is the only one not corrupt as brand-new and hand-picked, did the White Hats LET Austin poison all the military, knowing if there are good people in the ranks they can call religious exception and bow out, not being asked back? Talk about a shibboleth. So they just weakened the military, and why, I couldn’t understand this.

    Because we’re letting them kill themselves, each other, as Evil is ad Evil does, to clean up later, because it’s that bad, even among one of the only institutions we – Americans – trust? Oh yeah, probably, almost certainly.

    “Temperatures went up first, and then there was the increase in carbon dioxide.”

    Oh yeah, saying it 25 years in a row. Never matters though, even to scientists and followers, and such as we have here who the instant we engaged the data and asked, vanished like smoke. Really guys? That’s embarrassing. I’m embarrassed for you. Come back and we’ll hash this out in debate and data like #Scientists. SMH. Why??? As above, for the Love of God how can they not notice?

    IRS: Um, IRS, what? Should I line-item “This income is Illegal drugs” for you? Always amazing and reinforces theories that the IRS, etc is NOT the U.S. Treasury Government. But remitted to the Fed and Oligarchs since 1913. The Oligarchs, the Mafia doesn’t care if it’s illegal if they get their cut. A government does.

    “• Biden Handling of Southern Border to Cost Him 2024 Election – Congressman (JTN)

    We’re not going to have an election. We’re already seeing this from the Biden side as well. Alien invasion? Activate all 12 Million immigrants as terrorists and say “aw shucks”? What’s the next fabrication here? If you’re willing to kill a Billion people, by forced injection if necessary, what’s off the table?

    “Around 7,000 people mainly from South and Central America, including thousands of children, are estimated to have joined the migrant caravan.”

    Just a question: what makes you think this is real? Everything else isn’t. If the BBC, NBC are making up very high numbers, why would they do that? If the told the truth, it would be the first time this century.

    ““If America does this to Russia today… then tomorrow it can do this to anyone..”

    Time exists. They ALREADY did this. It wasn’t a short blip, it’s been two years frozen. During a war. That is, confiscated totally in everything but by name and de jure. Is this like the Detroit Bonds from 1920, where they finally pay them but in 1990 after all original holders are dead? They owe back interest which is supposedly what we paid with pallets of cash to Iran? Go away. The only thing that’s going on here is your denial. We ALREADY did this. And ALREADY double-crossed F-Stan. Saudi ALREADY left us and joined BRIICS, years ago. They ALREADY stopped the Suez to break the West. This was ALREADY cataclysmic to the dollar and the U.S. Economy. China ALREADY refused bonds and shut down Long Beach. LBMA ALREADY closed gold settlement in London.

    All that happened was they LIED about it, and you believed them. Oh we coincidentally have Union trouble, settlement trouble, delivery trouble, records trouble, bond sales trouble at the exact same time but it’s not related or nothin’.

    “Biden Is Destroying The Dollar – Russia’s Top MP (RT)

    And here Russia and Saudi are telling you directly as they can, with their mouths, and is reported headline, and you don’t believe them. What do you think they’re saying since you don’t believe them?” They’re saying “Blah blah blah, Fluffy, Blah blah”?

    “Biden’s reaction is a smug smile, hinting that he thinks he can outplay Netanyahu”

    What are you even saying? Biden doesn’t have “thoughts”. He’s not a fox. He’s literally incoherent most of the time. Who are you talking about, and what?

    “Despite Its Shortcomings, UNSC Vote Will Tie Israel’s Hands (Bhadrakumar)

    Seriously you’re kidding, right? THERE IS NO LAW. Israel will just ignore the law, and so will all their twin client states run by Epstein/Maxwells’ Mossad blackmail files, which is all of them. Except Trump because he’s a germophobe and a paranoid from birth. Now he’s too old to care about getting assassinated. Better than a nursing home.

    “the US is acutely conscious of finding itself “diplomatically isolated and in a defensive crouch,” as the New York Times”

    Like Biden, the “U.S.” isn’t “Aware” of anything. Our government merely obeys their latest blackmail orders, and embezzles and bribes more money to avoid more blackmail calls. That’s our whole function 80-90% of the time, everywhere. That’s not thinking, that’s reacting.

    “The New York Times ran an op-ed Sunday by Hamas’ handpicked Gaza City mayor”

    Speaking of blackmail, who put them up to this? They already said they’d never run anything unapproved after running Tom Cotton’s Op-Ed. Who approved it? Why? To keep us idiots all busy and fighting and not watching Long Beach, the Bond market, and the number of homeless dead? Keep us fighting in the town square and not helping each other?

    “Ukraine Accuses New York Times of ‘Working For The Kremlin’ (RT)

    Uh, yeah, because after two years of this, that all makes sense. Dude, lay off the crack. There is NO more pro-war, pro-Ukraine outlet on the face of the earth.

    Medvedev “he suggested that the declaration “has no added value whatsoever.”

    That is to say “You and whose army?”

    “And now a “Defence of Democracy Package” from a Commission led by a figure no member of the public ever voted for, who’s spent the last 3 months swooping in & speaking over the foreign policies of elected governments, all to cheerlead for a genocidal apartheid regime.”

    And are you going to DO anything about it? Withdraw from the EU in protest, then ignore all their taxes and laws. In other words, “Go f– yourself” as Musk suggests. Nope. They’re going to lie prone under Der’Lyin and think of Ireland.

    “Scholz is presiding over the only major economy set to shrink this year,”

    They’re ALL shrinking – U.S. and London too – but Germany is the only one shrinking faster than they can lie about it. Heck, we’ve been shrinking and in a Depression for 25 years. What is “Depression” which is not same definition as “Recession”? To be GDP at rates under “potential” growth. Or even average-line growth. We have been “Under trend” or else actively shrinking every year for half my life. We don’t need to start at 1999. The U.S. isn’t “Under growth” but we used to have all factories, mines, smelting, manufacturing, shipping, workers? And now we don’t? How did we lose them all 90%, if we didn’t lose them all? Huh. Funny ol’ accounting there. How did half the U.S. get into or under the Poverty line without anyone getting poorer during that time?

    Yeah. Whatever.

    “Two-hearted, Two-minded creatures”? Yes, that’s the cry of the vampire squid that’s wrapped it’s tentacles around everything nationwide. Our homegrown C’thulu, who gazing upon its very face drives men gibbering mad.
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    #149174
    tboc
    Participant

    isn’t that what we all have done?

    #149175
    chooch
    Participant

    “When the system is rigged, when ordinary citizens are powerless, and when whistle-blowers are pariahs at best, three things happen.  First, the worst people rise to the top.  They behave appallingly, and they wreak havoc. Second, people who could make productive contributions to society are incented to become destructive, because corruption is far more lucrative than honest work.   And third, everyone else pays, both economically and emotionally; people become cynical, selfish, and fatalistic.  Often they go along with the system, but they hate themselves for it.  They play the game to survive and feed their families, but both they and society suffer.”

    Charles H. Ferguson, Predator Nation: Corporate Criminals, Political Corruption, and the Hijacking of America

    We love our own fears, desires, and selves more and do not see the image of Almighty God before us. We do this to avoid temporal punishment and to be comfortable. Never fully growing into the love which is the substance of our true selves and never bearing the kind of fruit of which we are capable.

    #149176
    Red
    Participant

    “She went on to claim that contrary to its professed adherence to democracy, the bloc tramples on the will of the people when it runs counter to its own agenda.”

    Everything the bloc stands for is not for the benefit of “the people” wherever those people are. Everything they stand for is against the people, on purpose, it’s the new new world. Like it or fuck off and die peasant.

    #149178
    zerosum
    Participant

    Life “is a tale / Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, / Signifying nothing.” – Shakespeare
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    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-67818686
    Thousands join huge migrant caravan in Mexico ahead of Blinken visit
    25th December 2023, 01:52 PST

    By Thomas Mackintosh & Vanessa Buschschlüter
    BBC News

    1. Exodus from poverty
    2. To escape.
    3. I was scared.
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    what everyone sees is Russia standing up for international law — and the US standing against it.
    ————
    Democracy is allowing ….
    1. “genocide” in Gaza.
    2. Nazi in Ukraine
    3. Poverty
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    And So Ends an Era


    And So Ends an Era

    It’s all one big status-acquisition hustle, the seeking of hierarchical privilege by any means necessary, including especially deceit, the politics of middle-school girls. Thus, you see on display both the juvenility of elite higher ed and its use of the worst impulses that prevail in social media, stoking envy, hatred, avarice and vengeance as the currency for career advancement.

    Now, stand by and watch the rats rat each other out. And so ends the era of pretending about everything.
    Lost control of the narrative.

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    Changed in my life
    Missing from the street litter, cigarette buts.
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    #149179
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    From my inBox this a.m. – Wall Street Journal, with its editorials, continues goosing Middle East situation. Reading that with keeping in mind today’s Alastair Crooke’s musings, and I surmise a very turbulent start to 2024. ( … btw, oil price is finally reacting, up ~ 2.75% today, this moment U$75.74/bbl)

    Iran Adds to Pressure on U.S. With Nuclear Program Acceleration,
    from 59 minutes ago by Dow Jones
    59 minutes ago by Dow Jones
    By Laurence Norman
    Iran has tripled production of nearly weapons-grade uranium in a move likely to deepen its confrontation with the West as Tehran helps allied militias to attack Israel and U.S. forces in the region.
    Iran’s decision to triple its production rate of near-weapons-grade uranium marks the collapse of quiet diplomatic efforts between Washington and Tehran to ease tensions. It comes amid a proliferation of flashpoints between the U.S. and Iran, whose proxies have repeatedly traded fire with U.S. forces in the Middle East since the bloody conflict between Israel and Hamas erupted on Oct. 7. U.S. and European navies are also shooting down drones launched by the Iran-backed Houthis in the Red Sea.
    The Pentagon said Saturday that a drone launched from Iran struck a chemical tanker in the Indian Ocean, signaling a widening risk to shipping after Yemeni rebels started attacking vessels in the Red Sea.
    In a report to International Atomic Energy Agency member states, Director-General Rafael Grossi said that agency inspectors had confirmed on Dec. 19 and Dec. 24 an increased production of highly enriched uranium at both of Iran’s main nuclear facilities that the agency said Tehran had started on Nov. 22.
    The increase took Iran’s production of 60% enriched uranium back to the rate of nine kilograms a month, where it stood early this year, before Tehran curbed work on the most dangerous part of its nuclear program.
    Iran is the only country in the world that isn’t a declared nuclear power currently producing 60% enriched uranium, which can be converted to weapons-grade material within days. U.S. officials have said it would take Iran less than two weeks to convert enough 60% material into a form that could be used in a nuclear weapon.
    Experts say Iran already has a sufficient stock of highly enriched uranium to fuel three weapons.
    Iran says its nuclear program is for purely peaceful civilian use. U.S. officials have said in recent months that they have no evidence Tehran is currently working on completing its ability to build a nuclear weapon.
    In its confidential report to member states, the agency also said that Iran had also linked its centrifuges again in a way that would allow it to start producing weapons-grade material even faster, a move likely to deepen concerns that Tehran is considering stepping over the 90% weapons grade threshold.
    The agency said that Iran had connected up two sets of advanced centrifuges using so-called modified sub-headers. The agency discovered in January that Tehran had previously produced a small amount of 83% highly enriched uranium, a level just shy of weapons grade.
    U.S. and European officials have warned that if Iran produces weapons-grade material, it would spark a crisis that could prompt a sharp escalation in economic and diplomatic pressure on Tehran. Israel has warned it could take military action against Iran if Tehran starts producing uranium enriched to 90%.
    After a series of indirect talks in Oman in the spring, where the hosts played go-between for senior U.S. and Iranian officials, Tehran and Washington floated steps the U.S. hoped would reduce tensions and avoid a crisis ahead of U.S. elections in November.
    The diplomacy took place because of the collapse of negotiations in the summer of 2022 on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal, which lifted broad international sanctions on Iran in exchange for tight but temporary restrictions on its nuclear work.
    U.S. officials sketched out several steps they hoped Iran would take. They included a prisoner swap that took place in September, a halt to firings by Iranian proxies at U.S. forces in the region, and a curbing of Iran’s nuclear program, in particular a sharp reduction or pause in Tehran’s production of highly enriched uranium. Iran began throttling back in June.
    In exchange, the U.S. was prepared to give Iran access to billions of dollars trapped under U.S. sanctions. Washington also sent signals it wouldn’t sharpen its enforcement of oil sanctions on Iran and would be open to resuming talks about Tehran’s nuclear program.
    Further indirect negotiations were scheduled to take place in Oman in mid-October but the U.S. canceled them after Tehran came out in support of the Hamas terrorist attack of Oct. 7, which Israel says killed more than 1,200 people.
    The U.S. mission to the IAEA in Vienna didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
    Iran’s nuclear-program acceleration adds another potential flashpoint between Tehran and Washington at a time of heightened volatility across the region over Israel’s conflict in Gaza, which authorities in the Hamas-controlled Strip say has cost more than 20,000 lives.
    There have been almost daily attacks by Iranian proxies in Iraq and Syria against U.S. forces. On Monday, the U.S. said it struck three drone facilities used by a Shiite militant group and other groups in Iraq in response to a series of attacks by the groups on American positions in Iraq and Syria, including an attack Monday in northern Iraq, in which three U.S. troops were wounded, including one critically.
    The U.S. has sent two aircraft carrier strike groups to the eastern Mediterranean, followed by a nuclear submarine, to bolster deterrence against Hezbollah, Iran’s most powerful militia, in a bid to prevent a conflict between Israel and Lebanon. More recently, it created a special naval task force in the Red Sea to deal with broadening attacks against commercial shipping from Iran-backed Houthi militants in Yemen.
    Iran also continues to aid Russia in its war with Ukraine, part of a growing axis between Iran and Washington’s top international foes.
    The breadth of Iran-linked provocations in the region and beyond has led to a sharper debate in the Biden administration over how to approach Tehran in the coming months if the Gaza conflict dies down, U.S. officials say.
    While parts of the administration still favor finding diplomatic solutions to ease the range of tensions, officials say there are louder voices than previously arguing that the breadth of Tehran’s militia-linked capabilities has reached an unprecedented level and that it needs to be tackled.
    Write to Laurence Norman at [email protected]

    #149180
    Noirette
    Participant

    Hollywood Celebrities Now Support Palestine in Record Numbers [Inspirational]

    The CJ Werleman Show. vid. 11 mins. Dec. 22, 2023.

    http://tinyurl.com/yv355syy

    A beep-beep signal of turning tides.

    Celebs. know nothing about Intl. politics, don’t care, and just follow along, to keep their status and fame, to remain in the ‘top in-group.’

    The chatter in that class: They talk to each other all the time and have a kind of ‘solidarity’ amongst themselves (imho) now pivoting to support or at least empathise with Pals is of course ‘late in the game’ and merely ‘gotta get with the new narrative’ – we have to catch up etc. – it is all very very telling.

    #149181
    davidveale
    Participant

    @Dr D — on the subject of temperature lagging CO2…

    Keep in mind that it’s easily a couple irrefutable facts here…
    1) CO2 is ideally suited for trapping and retaining thermal energy from the sun, as the Y-shaped molecule (unlike N2 and O2, which make up the bulk of the atmosphere) is easily set to vibrate and thus converting infra-red rays to heat. This can be easily demonstrated in the simplest laboratory environment, and is precisely why it was hypothesized in the late 1800s that burning coal would potentially warm the earth.

    2) As temperature rises, organic matter decays faster, wildfire rates increase, and seafloor clathrate deposits are more likely to destabilize, escaping to the atmosphere as CH4 but soon decaying to CO2.

    Thus, any temperature increase — regardless of the trigger — will move additional CO2 to the atmosphere, creating the precise “lag” effect which you’re implying proves that CO2 cannot be a cause of warming.

    Is there a flaw in my reasoning? I’d like to correct it if you know of one.

    #149182
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Brilliant Whitney! You have to hear this one out! Here is just one of the commenters comment:

    “Imagine if the world had 100 journalists of her caliber. She is so amazing. Brilliant, fun, clever, humble.”

    F.S.

    #149183
    zerosum
    Participant

    @ Figmund Sreud
    I liistened, the message, to me, was at the end,
    “the narrative is being controlled”

    #149184
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Damn the torpedos! “Intel has chosen to approve an unprecedented investment of $25 billion and to establish its new factory right here in Israel,” Israel’s finance minister Bezalel Smotrich wrote in a post on X on Tuesday. […]

    … The company confirmed the investment plans on Tuesday.[…]

    Intel will build $25 billion chip factory in Israel’s ‘largest investment ever’

    … really?

    F.S.

    https://www.cnn.com/2023/12/26/tech/intel-israel-investment/index.html

    #149185
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    @zerosum “the narrative is being controlled”
    ————————————-

    Yes, agreed. Still, it’s beyond my comprehension to even ponder who is it that is in control of all of this? How is it even possible? Yet is seems that it is, …

    F.S., … stumped.

    #149186
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Can’t criticise the Jews, that is a career ending move, so the pussy backpedals.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/kayne-west-suddenly-apologies-jewish-community-unintended-outburst

    #149187
    aspnaz
    Participant

    As the 2024 presidential election nears, Republicans are sharpening their attacks lines on the chaotic and insecure U.S. southern border, seeing it as one of President Joe Biden’s biggest vulnerabilities.

    Democracy is a sham, there will be no change unless the monied sponsors of the politicians want it to happen. Regardless of the politician in power, the plans of the monied interests will prevail. Even Donald Trump could not prevent their plans from happening, he was sabotaged by the monied interests at every turn. Local democracy still sort of exists, but it makes no difference, the real power is at the federal level.

    Freedom is also dying. Even the most popular billionaire Musk is showing his true colours. So much for Musk being an absolutist on free speech, we know that is not true following his cave in over the Gaza genocide, the Jews squeezed his balls and he yelped. Now he is going to be disciplining his fanbois for misusing the Tesla autopilot. Maybe he will also provide discipline if you are nasty to the Jews, they will get him to disable your car via another short sqeeze of his balls … Musk has delivered the dawn of CBDC-discipline to his fanbois. I am sure the other billionaires are far more authoritarian.

    I cannot see a scenario where the billionaires will allow the Donald to get into power, they would rather destroy the delusion of democracy even further than lose control. The American Jews are showing us that they now have the confidence to do what they wanted to do 70 years ago, genocide the Palestinians. They have total control over the USA and they need to fix their Palestinian problem before they destroy the USA further. Given their outright rejection of non-Jew humanity, we can expect the US Jews to be ridding the world of even more people in the coming years, probably through more war in the middle east.

    The west has a Jew problem that is not going to be fixed by the west, it will have to be fixed by the east.

    #149188
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Why, years after Covid, are Americans dying at much higher rates than before the pandemic?

    He has the Jew attitude; he should pretend that American lives matter while he knows that Palestinian lives do not matter. A turd created by money.

    #149189
    Oroboros
    Participant

    RT brutally Trolls Pedo Jo-Joe

    Demented meat puppet dances the night away for the holidays!

    Mission Accomplished

    #149190
    Celticbiker
    Participant

    If you reside in the West and cannot see, or don’t want to see the jewc.ontrol, the satanic death grip, via money, over everything that moves…you deserve what is coming. Gaza, Ukraine, Iraq, Afghanistan. Syria. Libya, this is coming for you. The jeworldorder. Turn off the TV, wake up, get ready to fuck people up. The borders are open for a reason…they want you dead

    #149191
    Alexander Carpenter
    Participant

    davidveale at #149181:

    Thus, any temperature increase — regardless of the trigger — will move additional CO2 to the atmosphere, creating the precise “lag” effect which you’re implying proves that CO2 cannot be a cause of warming.

    Is there a flaw in my reasoning? I’d like to correct it if you know of one.

    There is no “reasoning, and no “thus:” you have listed two trivial factoids which, however truthy, are the least among a hundred other variables and forces and energies and negative feedbacks and secondary feedbacks and inpulses and emergences from the complex coupled open non-linear system that comprises all that accumulates to what we are calling “climate.” Remember, The Tao maintains the center.
    That’s not reasonable; it is a fact. Your “thinking has to encompass more than you can even imagine from within your reductionist linearizing covert climate-cult pseudo-humble fake “question.”

    #149192
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Figmund Sreud said

    Intel will build $25 billion chip factory in Israel’s ‘largest investment ever’

    The USA Jews moving one of the last surviving US technologies to the homeland before they finish destroying the USA. Just imagine the blackmail that Israel could deploy using the threat to squeeze the supply of chips, a perfect weapon for an antisocial society. They stole Palestine and now they are going to steal the USA’s premium technology and probably receive grants from the USA MIC.

    The USA is being raped and the white man does nothing; if the Jew and white man places were exchanged, the Jews would have already killed all the white men trying to destroy the USA, it would have been a white man genocide; but the white man is too stupid, the perfect victim. He will let his country die while still celebrating the birth of a Jew for Christmas and therefore defending the Jews until the white man has nothing left with which to celebrate.

    It makes no sense for Intel, but this is Jews making off with the diamonds. Most of the other USA chip products, such as AMD, are actually manufactured by TSMC, so they do not need huge plant. I wonder how much chip manufacturing will remain in the USA after this move and the subsequent closing of the USA manufacturing facilites.

    Frustrating, but what can you do? People in the USA just cannot see their Jew problem.

    #149193
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Alexander Carpenter said

    davidveale at #149181:

    There is no “reasoning, and no “thus:” you have listed two trivial factoids which, however truthy, are the least among a hundred other variables and forces and energies and negative feedbacks and secondary feedbacks and inpulses and emergences from the complex coupled open non-linear system that comprises all that accumulates to what we are calling “climate.” Remember, The Tao maintains the center.
    That’s not reasonable; it is a fact. Your “thinking has to encompass more than you can even imagine from within your reductionist linearizing covert climate-cult pseudo-humble fake “question.”

    Well spotted, davidveale forgot the possible existence of time travel, where the CO2 travels forward in time to make it look as if it was not the guilty party in today’s cause and effect climate scam.

    Good catch Alexander Carpenter.

    #149194

    Thanks Oroboros! I’ve laughed at it three times already. The klutzy terminals, the floppy disc, the harsh madam scientist, the Dr. Strangelove hand, the adorable assertions of interference….
    Expect the MSM/DNC to claim: See???!!! They admit it!!!

    #149195
    WES
    Participant

    A Fable:
    Intel’s $25 billion investment in Israel will be simply destroyed by cheap swarms of slave drones controlled by master drones.
    The first swarm of drones will over power any air defenses.
    The second swarm of drones will make holes in the plant’s roof/sides.
    The third swarm will enter the plant and destroy the chip making equipment.
    The fourth swarm will kill the workers in the plant and at home.
    The fifth swarm will do as it pleases.

    #149209
    Dr. D
    Participant

    “infra-red rays to heat. This can be easily demonstrated in the simplest laboratory environment, and is precisely why it was hypothesized in the late 1800s that burning coal would potentially warm the earth.”

    Well, I think you mean they’re not turning heat to heat, they’re turning light to heat. Slip of the tongue. Why it was hypothesized it would cause Warming. And here we go with narratives. Science at the time had equal or higher reports that burning coal would cause COOLING. Since that was true, why is it purged from reality today? Cooling. Not only that, but they were completely correct: one of the key reasons for lack of sun and London Fog was coal burning that blotted out the sun year-round, caused immense diseases and so on. You can see this in old photos worldwide even in America where obviously there’s a lot of fresh air around cities. Cooling. And it was cooling, in a minor sense, just as they have moved all the thermostats to parking lots so they’ll be hotter now – or rather moved the parking lots into the cornfields where the weather stations lived.

    So not “A”. A plus B. Now as we’re no longer Scientists, nor have anything to do with Science, we not only ignore B but like Winston purge it from all history and debate. Then good faith people have no idea about the past, the hockey stick appears where there is none, I get a Trillion dollars in free money from the world’s poor, and sail off in the sunset in my yacht.

    So the same here with decay, clathrate, etc. Do they happen? Oh, probably, sure. But WHAT ELSE happens? Because we know for a geological facts that exact such warming happens over and over and over for 34 million years. The warming never, ever ever runs away. It always, always always ends in another Ice Age. So okay: Why? The methane, clathrate, fire theory holds no weight and literally doesn’t exist if all 100% of your effects are happening just as you say and 20 times it ends in – or even “causes” – a new Ice Age.

    It’s so easy to pop that I don’t have to know the details, I don’t have to address the specifics. Decay, clathrate, fires (which cause cooling) => Ice Age. WHY?

    Not just to pile this on you, okay, smarty-pants, Mr. Docktor, you’re in an Ice Age with a mile of Ice and Ice Ages => Interglacial warming periods. 20 times in a row. With zero burning of carbon, all the carbon locked up, the whole planet reflective and white. WHY?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_glaciation

    Well it ain’t humans that’s for sure. So it almost certainly isn’t CO2. Sounds like something bigger than the whole planet. And what in our whole solar system is larger than the earth? What is so big, so powerful, it can just turn on and off Ice Ages like that?

    #149215
    davidveale
    Participant

    @Alexander Carpenter:

    You state:
    “…That’s not reasonable; it is a fact. Your “thinking has to encompass more than you can even imagine from within your reductionist linearizing covert climate-cult pseudo-humble fake “question.”

    So your argument is that we cannot possibly begin to comprehend a complex system (no argument there), and thus should not try?

    I would argue that measuring energy input/output is not a particularly complex operation at all. While we may not be able to quantify every single variable, I think it’s quite possible to in fact measure the major players.

    #149216
    davidveale
    Participant

    @DR. D
    “…Science at the time had equal or higher reports that burning coal would cause COOLING”

    You seem to suggest that this is contradictory to the warming hypothesis, but that’s not at all the case. Cooling is absolutely a factor in the short term, while particulates released by coal burning are circulating in the atmosphere and blocking sunlight. CO2 released by the same burning, will last far beyond the 1-2 years that the effects of the particulate can be measured.

    Your suggestion that the absence of human activity would eliminate the burning of carbon is simply not true. https://news.asu.edu/20200615-coal-burning-siberia-led-climate-change-250-million-years-ago

    My concerns with regards to the greenhouse effect (the term “global warming” is a term coined by GOP strategist Frank Luntz to make it sound less threatening) are far more based upon observations than they are on modeling. I’ve been a forester, farmer, sailor, and mountaineer — spending the 51 years of my life in the natural world, observing. When there’s a drought, I notice. When a particular species in a forest dies out (as has happened on my farm, and on the timberlands I worked in), I notice. When a glacier that I’ve walked or skied on disappears, I notice. When an unprecedented heat wave destroys life in the the intertidal zone where I spent a good part of my life as a sailor, I notice.

    Legitimate concerns about our effects on the planet are not about Gore or Greta. They’re about believing my own eyes.

    The WEF and their ilk have embraced my concerns over the last few years — something which gives me no joy whatsoever. Their proposed solutions are anything but. They see it simply as a way to leverage their takeover of the rest of us peasants.

    I do not live in a binary world where a particular issue is good or bad, right or wrong. It can be — and is — both.

    #149222
    aspnaz
    Participant

    The climate changed before humans ever existed, so to blame humans is a bit of a stretch. Why is there now concern about changes in climate, changes that have been happening for milenia – getting colder, getting hotter, ice ages etc – and are usually either the result of sun activity, volcanic activity or natural circulation variations, or all three. Okay, so the climate changed during your lifetime, big deal, it is only scary if you don’t realise that it has always been changing; it was changing before you were born which is why you never noticed.

    The partial pressure (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partial_pressure) of CO2 is at very low vacuum levels, so picking CO2 as the cause (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cause%20and%20effect) is obviously nonsense.

    #149239
    davidveale
    Participant

    “The climate changed before humans ever existed, so to blame humans is a bit of a stretch”

    Isn’t this like saying that “Everyone dies, so I cannot possibly be a murderer”? There is no one single cause of climate variation — there are many. That fact does not exclude our undeniably earth-changing activities from possibly being one of them.

    The fact that human activities have released massive stores of long-sequestered carbon is undeniable. (as a sidenote, the plowing of soils for agriculture is one of the biggest, if not biggest overall source — one which is regularly overlooked). The fact that small amounts of CO2 can demonstrably alter heat retention is irrefutable.

    That’s not to say that this effect cannot be overshadowed by natural processes, but it strikes me as irresponsible to say that it *cannot* possibly be one of them. That’s like saying “We don’t know the cause of the current spike in all-cause mortality, but we do know that it cannot possibly be a result of the vax” (because we find that possibility to be inconvenient and uncomfortable).

    #149252
    aspnaz
    Participant

    davidteale said

    Isn’t this like saying that “Everyone dies, so I cannot possibly be a murderer”?

    It is more like believing that every creature that dies was murdered by humans. We know that humans die of natural causes and we know that all creatures will eventually die of natural causes and always have done, from before humans existed. We see our own relatives die of natural causes with our very own eyes yet we decide not to believe our eyes and believe they were murdered; maybe they were, but if they are 80 and have been in poor health for a while, why not consider the most likely cause as your first priority. It is creating a problem that does not exist.

    We don’t know the cause of the current spike in all-cause mortality, but we do know that it cannot possibly be a result of the vax

    Cause and effect is a very reliable way of ruling out some causes of an event. Have you noticed how the people suffering from vax injuries took the vax BEFORE they got the injury? You see there is a time line involved and when you look through the ice cores etc, you see that the CO2 arrived AFTER warming, so it cannot be the cause of warming in the same way that anyone who has NOT HAD the vax cannot attribute their own death to the vax.

    Sure, I believe that climate can change for all sorts of reasons, the number one reason is probably the white hot ball in the sky, as it is the climate engine … when your car breaks down, do you look at the engine or at the stereo? Second is probably oceans and cloud cycles … when your car breaks down, do you check the engine then the fuel tank or the stereo then the coffee holder?

    I am very confident that humans do NOT have the faintest idea how the climate works, after all, humans have not fully worked out the mechanics of a liquid boiling in a tube in industrial processes yet; yes, boiling fluids is a complex area but we still don’t really understand how it progresses or why the heat transfer coeeficients change the way they do, but we have some ideas.

    Just because people believe that “my beach now has plastic pollution on it, it never used to, so humans must be the cause of climate change” is not enough to create the very real science of understanding the climate. Filling the gap in understanding with unproven theories, false data from concrete fields, and all the other tricks (met office is now going to use modelling to measure climate change rather than long term data) is even more destructive than accepting that we do not know. What we do know is that the sun causes climate change, we know water vapour causes climate change, the evidence point to CO2 does NOT cause climate change yet we pursue CO2 as the cause.

    Why CO2? It seems obvious to me that it was chosen because it is linked to human activity so there is a scam to be had. The high profile people driving this are all very rich – or backed by the very rich – and have skin in the game, they benefit from the huge waste of taxpayer money handed out as government grants in order to fix a problem that does not exist. If they had chosen the sun as the culprit, then people would realise that there is not much you can do and so access to government funds would have been limited, they could not reinvent the energy supply for industry as a “solution”.

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