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“…insects as a whole will go down the path of extinction in a few decades.”
And what does that mean? Among other things, it assuredly means that well before the last insect species have disappeared, the human species will have disappeared.
“I thought they’d already gotten rid of everyone even a little sympathetic to him.”
They had. This is just a ginned-up out of nothing action supposedly taken against somebody on the staff (yeah, so prove it), but total BS, with the sole purpose of continuing the narrative that Assange is a poisonous, corrupting influence who is violating the terms of his asylum in the embassy. Give me a break! There isn’t one truthful syllable that comes out of any member of the current Ecuadorian leadership with respect to Assange, nor will there be.
Well it looks like most of your choices today -like many other days- has to do with the absolute moral and political bankruptcy of Western governments and their political leadership, and a good bit of the general population. Of course the people tend to get what they deserve. No point in sitting around and lamely going on and on about how “if we don’t do this, or that, or whatever” all will be lost or the collapse will come, etc. it has already come and this is what the “end of the world” looks like from inside.
Re: Macron & Co.. Not a President, a parasite. A puppet parasite hypocrite put in place by even worse parasite hypocrits who together with their puppet literally will kill the host poulation before they let go. The hypocrisy will always be in your face because, well, they just can’t help it, it’s what they are. They have killed France really throughout the latest three presidencies at least. France as it was known is toast no matter what or who rises to power. Ditto for Britain (and about time! What a creaking perfidious wreck of a country. Somebody please apply the coup de grace) and Germany, flown straight into the ground by Frau Merkel.
As for the Americans, I can’t find words adequate to describe the stench.
“..the wall “may very well lead to the extinction of the jaguar, ocelot … and other species”..”
What a stinking pile of twisted thinking. Who wrote it, Rachel Maddow? Nothing gets published unless there’s an angle to bash you know who, and tho’ I agree that he is a catastrophe you gotta understand that any of the alternatives would have been catastophes too. All of that wildlife is on the fast track to extinction (yes, all of it) whether you build another wall or not. There are already tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of other walls of varying diffuculty in crossing already built that guarantee it: fence lines, country roads, interstate highways, agricultural fields, irrigation canals & aqueducts, subdivisions, golf courses, shopping malls, cell phone towers… We erect more of them every day, and we won’t be stopped. Not until the moment when we finally finish sawing through the branch on the tree of life that is our perch. We’re even closing in on wiping out the insects according to reports from around the globe.
If that wall gets built we’re talking a handful of years at most before the last ocelot & jaguar, etc. go the way of the dodo. Using Trump’s wall as a political crowbar is just a lie we tell ouselves, i.e. that we’re “doing something” about it.
There are only two political parties (functionally) in the US because most all Americans are simpletons when it comes to politics. They’re just too unsophisticated & distracted to handle a multiplicity of political ideologies that can’t be co-opted & watered down to be either “a” or “b”.This suits the powers that be just fine and they so dominate access to the means of communication that any substantial change in the current setup is unlikely. Frightening thought that the nuclear armed world “superpower” has a population demonstrably only capable of counting thus: “one, two, …too many”
Re:Arkin leaving NBC
PLEASE, spare us the farce of taking this clown seriously. Clearly he takes himself WAY too seriously, and just as clearly his WAY TOO LONG apologia about his years of uselessness working on the inside of the hologram machine reveals more clearly than anything just how far out of contact with the real world the “news” media and the people that make it up (pun intended) are. The bubble they live and breath in is impenetrable bycommon sense. The overload isn’t information overload for chrissakes, it’s DISinformation overload as any idiot can see (except those idiots, their paychecks depend on them not seeing it) If the man had any ethics, any scruples at all, instead of spending thousands of words putting lipstick on the pig of his years and years at NBC & MSNBC, he’d have quit within two months of his initial hire.
Dr. D, to answer your question about the Lithuanian selling smokes: Yes, absolutely, just as soon as they can arrange a way to do it while running a profit. Something that isn’t that far-fetched once they have cowed your government and have a stranglehold on your banking system. “Turn that little Lithuanian bastard over, (or fine/imprision him & foward us the $$$) or we cut you off from SWIFT.”
Conservationists are desperate for a biodiversity accord that will carry the same weight as the Paris climate agreement.
Really? I’d have thought that in their desperation they’d have wanted an accord with sufficient “weight” to actually make a discernable difference.
RE: plastic in the human food chain. This was old news a decade ago. For several years I kept a copy of a video of a presentation by Dr. David Suzuki at some environmental conference in Canada in Oct. 2008 during the course of which he brought up a study done a year or two previous on plastics in the human diet run at some Canadian university that included several Canadian government officials as test subjects (on purpose in the vain hope it would provoke greater govt. action on plastics pollution). You may still be able to find it on youtube. Results? They found the officials (and by extension many if not most Canadians) had up to a kilo of plastic throughout their bodies.
Whatever the response chosen, take notes because this is what the collapse of international order looks like from the inside.
These antidemocratic crackpots HAD a final say on brexit back on the day that they lost the vote. Everybody had just as much opportunity to present their position and appeal for support. Indeed, the Remainers, representing the “incumbent” position held a functional advantage.
- They lost anyhow.
What they are throwing a tantrum for now is no different than a football club demanding an extra 90 minutes of playing time simply because they’ve lost the match. Nonetheless, I won’t be surprised at all that the british (sic, i.e. lower case on purpose) government finds a way to capitulate to the mob as a continuation of its ongoing and very public suicide.
Maybe Apple is just using a different technique while subjecting TAE to the Alex Jones treatment.
Gotta disagree Ilargi, re your comment about The Slog’s use of the word dictatorship being a bit much. If anything John soft pedaled it by saying “prepare for dictatorship”. His meme & examples of redefining everything as part of that preparation are right on target except that the “redefining” is going on now because the dictatorship is a fait accompli. They couldn’t get away with it before, at least not nearly as easily as in the good old days of the VietNam war. Sure learned their lesson from that one. No more unscripted independent MSM, period. The 21st century version of kicking the door in was applied the other day to Alex Jones, I imagine the next step is his internet access will go away to for the same non reasons that overrule his constitutional priviledge of “free” speech. The same could (or should I say will) soon happen here. The gloves are coming off in those few spheres where they aren’t off already, and nothing but the party line will be tolerated. Good idea or bad, the Brexiters won the vote, only in a dictatorship (in this case one that is bending over backwards to avoid having to put the troops on the streets – though I read there is contingency activity for just that going on) will their vote -as in Greece- be blatantly ignored.
The dollar may be up against the currencies listed in that article, but it sure as hell isn’t up against the Mexican Peso. My Social Security benefits this month are more than 7% lower than last month, due to the collapse of the exchange rate. 1,512 pesos less to be exact, which where I live is about a week and a half’s worth of everything: rent, utilities, food, transportation, you name it. So as far as I am concerned, Trump, Munchkin (if that really is his name), the moron Commerce Sec’y, & the trade reresentatives can take their MAGA’s & their trade wars and shove them up their collective ass.
Dr Diablo, three words: Yes, yes, & yes!
Oh, and I don’t think you are being “so extreme” at all.
So true, so true, but since the text & the charts made reference to several characteristic American terms for schoolbus chassis capacity, and other items,:747’s, aircraft carriers and whatnot, and used the spelling of “tons” as opposed to “tonnes”, etc.. I let my American (expat) cultural bias hang out & assumed good ole 2000 lb. short tons were implied (my bad) Indeed that’s the way his/her/it’s math worked out except for that slight error of being off by a factor of 1000, but hey, who’s counting? ;-).
Depending on what kind of ton. or kg. were used as reference for the schoolbus, aircraft carrier, etc. analogies, all of those quantities are likely off too. /class clown alert
Read you just about every day. Do keep up the matchless work, at least for as long as your heart is in it!
30 trillion tons is not 27.2 trillion kg., it’s 27.2 quadrillion kg.
“Mr. Kuroda has also repeatedly rejected the notion that the central bank is running out of ammunition, insisting that there is “no limit” to its policy options. “If we judge that existing measures in the tool kit are not enough to achieve the goal, what we have to do is to devise new tools, rather than give up the goal,” he said.”
“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again –then give up. There’s no use being a damned fool about it.” —W.C.Fields
Pardon me, but Europe never had “it” to lose, completely or otherwise. Two bloody, suicidal, multinational conflicts of unprecedented destructiveness in the 20th century, and you’d think they’d have learned SOMETHING by now, but five minutes spent reading official pronouncements out of Brussels, the ECB, the IMF, or just about any of the individual national capitals will disabuse you of that idea. Now with their own pig-headed hubris blinding them to the peril waiting just at their doorstep, and led even further astray by their even more morally corrupt former sugar daddies in Washington, D.C., it’s easy to see them getting a third shot at dragging the whole world into a hole so deep there won’t be any “Marshall Plans” possible to help the sorry survivors lick their wounds.