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The 2017 Atctic sea ice melt - update

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I would like to acknowledge my sources - Torstein Viddal, Sam Carana and Harold Hensell - along with the Arctic Sea Ice Blog - with gratitude
Arctic sea ice update – 07/21/2017

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Methane close-up of Kara and Laptev Sea. Over 2000 ppb readings. I have been dreading this and now it is happening. 

Hope it is more of an indication of methane drift rather than an indication of what is coming up from below. 

Very high concentrations of methane hydrates are in the Laptev Sea. Free methane is also in this area. It is stored in high-pressure pools under the frozen safety zone 

There are also cracks in the tectonic plates that give inorganic geologic methane a route to the surface. 

The cracks have been plugged by ice. 

I will monitor this closely to see if the excessive methane is locally persistent or if it is methane drift from the Kara Sea.…/nrt_fields_ghg!Methane!Sur…/

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New expedition in Laptev Sea suggests increase in the rate of underwater permafrost degradation.

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@page { margin: 2cm } p { margin-bottom: 0.25cm; line-height: 120% } a:link { so-language: zxx } Could we really lose all Arctic Sea Ice — not just in summer but even winter and all seasons — by as early as 2026? That appears to be the speed at which we lose *Annual Average* sea ice volume in the Arctic this summer. 
The posted plot, as well as a handful of others, is now explained and narrated in this latest Winter Blue Ocean Update —

Daily volume: 4,524 km³ (4th lowest for the date) Δ +1303/day
–1427/week, –10256/month, +1512/year, –3255/5year (–42%)
Daily extent: 7,059,031 km² (4th lowest for the date) Δ –41k/day
–615k/week, –2597k/month, –69k/year, +17k/5year (+0.2%)2017 volume maximum 22,255 km³ on May 12th (*lowest*)
2017 volume minimum¹ 3,006 km³ on July 20th
2017 extent maximum 13,878,287 km² on March 6th (*lowest*)
2017 extent minimum¹ 7,059,031 km² on July 22nd
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Source: JAXA / Wipneus for July 22nd 2017.

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Death by Waves.

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I just saw this on reddit: "Sea ice off the coast of Greenland. Viewed from a Boeing 747 cruising at 38,000 feet.

«A view of the waves currently breaking on the shore at Utqiaġvik (Barrow as was):»,1834.msg121829.html#msg121829 ]

«Windy TV predict persistent waves around 2m north of Svalbard this week while warm air is drawn over the Atlantic sector. Also plenty of waves on the Pacific front at various timesI'm not sure how this is determined but it's scary how far into the pack the model sees waves propagating»[…/topic,1834.msg121570.html… ] @page { margin: 2cm } p { margin-bottom: 0.25cm; line-height: 120% } a:link { so-language: zxx }

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Meaning no more ice left to melt, I presume. ]

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And I'm estimating incoming water roughly equally coming in from Atlantic and Pacific ends of around 10 cubic km a day. 
That's been releasing enough latent heat to melt 100 cubic km of ice. The reason we haven't been seeing a view of areas with lots of slushy rubble is the fogbanks condensing from all the heat transfer that the slushy state can provide. a lot of the heat warms air and rises of course. 
And before escaping at altitude it forms ice cloud that is very very bad for ice preservation because it lets most of the solar energy come in but insulates outgoing longwave very well. 
Simularly with large droplet size in fog and thunderclouds This whole cycle is self reinforcing as the more updraft and high altitude exit, the more low level warm air and moisture comes in. 
Only when most of the slush disappears from around the more resilient floes, or where there is a decently compressed pack is the capacity for thermal transfer low enough for us to expect to have clear skys. 
People keep hoping that all the clouds will preserve the ice. Its faster to boil a potato than to bake it. 
And faster to steam it than boil it. 
Water vapour at or below boiling point is a very effective heat transfer vehicle to colder objects.»,1834.msg121786.html#msg121786 ]

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Old ice cover in the Arctic has 
shrunk to 6% of what it was in 1984. 

Arctic Ice Meltdown Has Gone So Bad…
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The age of the ice is represented in shades of blue-gray to white, with the brightest whites representing the oldest ice. In September 1984, there were 1.86 million square kilometers of old ice (5 years or older) spread across the Arctic at its yearly minimum extent. In September 2016, there were only 110,000 square kilometers of older sea ice left. Original post on NASA
According to NASA, the ice meltdown in the Arctic has been nothing but heart breaking. If you care a tiny bit about climate change, you’ve probably seen the arctic ice cover shrinking in an animation or video or something. Yet what you are about to see below is many times more alarming.

The key message is: old ice cover in the Arctic has shrunk to 6% of what it was in 1984. 
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News out of Israel

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Six killed as Netanyahu throws match onto Jerusalem powder kegElectronic Intifadah,21 July, 2017Three Palestinians were killed and hundreds more wounded on Friday as thousands protested across the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip over new Israeli measures infringing on Palestinian worship at al-Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem.

FollowMoreبالروح بالدم ..نفديك يا شهيد..تشييع جثمان الشهيد محمد شرف الذي ارتقى دفاعا عن الأقصى في منطقة رأس العامود. Translate from Arabic
2:27 AM - 22 Jul 2017Three settlers were fatally stabbed in a West Bank settlement later that night.The bloodshed followed a week of civil disobedience in Jerusalem with worshippers performing prayers outside the gates to the al-Aqsa mosque compound.Israel had ordered al-Aqsa closed following an armed operation outside the mosque compound last Friday that left the three alleged Palestinian attackers and two police officers dead.The mosque compound was reopened on Sunday but only after Israel had unilaterally installed security cameras and metal detectors at the gates, sparking protest and international warnings against changing the delicate status quo at the site.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet decided early Friday to leave the metal detectors in place, rebuffing dissent from Israel’s domestic intelligence apparatus and the body that oversees its military occupation regime, both of which urged a solution that would allow Israel to back down while saving face.Israeli police meanwhile prevented Palestinian men under the age of 50 from accessing the site on Friday.Al-Aqsa, which Muslim tradition holds is the site from where the Prophet Muhammad ascended to Heaven during the Night Journey, is also a touchstone of Palestinian identity. Israeli provocations there have precipitated major episodes of violence in the past.Unchecked assaults and incursions on al-Aqsa by government-backed extremist Israeli groups that seek to destroy the mosque and replace it with a Jewish temple sparked a wave of protest and violence in the autumn of 2015 that soon spread to other areas of historic Palestine, particularly the Hebron area of the West Bank.Witnesses told media that Muhammad Mahmoud Sharaf, 18, was shot by a settler in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amoud on Friday. Sharaf, who was shot in the neck, was reportedly from the Silwan neighborhood of Jerusalem.The Ma’an News Agency, a Palestinian outlet, reported that Sharaf was quickly buried in an effort to prevent Israeli forces from confiscating his body.Israel frequently confiscates the bodies of Palestinians slain by its forces as a means of collective punishment with the stated intention of discouraging funerals that turn into mass protests, withholding the bodies sometimes for months.A video uploaded to social media shows Sharaf’s funeral:
Unconfirmed reports state that the armed man is a security guard at the Maaleh Hazeitim settlement in occupied East Jerusalem.Israeli forces disperse Palestinian worshippers in the Ras al-Amoud neighborhood of Jerusalem after mass prayers were held in the streets in protest of Israeli measures at al-Aqsa mosque, 21 July. Oren Ziv ActiveStillsA second Palestinian youth, Muhammad Abu Ghanam, 20, was fatally wounded by Israeli police in the al-Tur neighborhood of East Jerusalem later that day.Video shows Palestinians smuggling Abu Ghanam’s body out of al-Makassed hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, before his remains could be confiscated by Israeli forces:Israeli forces had raided the hospital “looking to detain Palestinians who were injured during the clashes,” according to the Ma’an News Agency.Ma’an reported that Abu Ghanam was a student at Birzeit University.Photo shows smiling young man wearing graduation ceremony gown from waist upA third Palestinian youth, Muhammad Mahmoud Khalaf, 17, was shot in the chest and killed by Israeli forces in the village of Abu Dis near Jerusalem on Friday.Khalaf was buried in Abu Dis.
The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a leftist faction, stated that Khalaf was affiliated with the group and had recently passed his secondary school matriculation exams.
Three Israelis were killed and one more critically injured in a stabbing attack in the Halamish settlement near the West Bank city of Ramallah late Friday night.The suspected Palestinian assailant from the nearby village of al-Kobar was reportedly shot but not killed. Israeli media identified him as Omar al-Abed, 19. Al-Abed published a manifesto on social media stating that he was motivated by the developments at al-Aqsa mosque.Hundreds of Palestinians injuredThe Palestine Red Crescent society told media that approximately 400 Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, on Friday. The majority were injured by tear gas inhalation, while around 100 were wounded by live fire and rubber-coated steel bullets.At least six protesters were wounded by live fire and another four injured by rubber-coated steel bullets in Hebron, according to the Red Crescent.A video from Hebron appears to show a protester being shot in the back as he was running away from Israeli forces:Tnouh is the third resident of the village to be killed by Israeli forces so far this year.Muhammad Ibrahim Jibril, 24, was shot dead earlier this month during what Israel claims was a vehicular attack against soldiers.In January, soldiers in Tuqu were shown on video dragging a gravely injured Qusay al-Amour, 17, across the ground for several meters, his head repeatedly hitting the ground. Al-Amour died of his injuries.On Wednesday, soldiers shot and killed Rafaat Nathmi Shukri Hirbawi, 29, at the Beit Einoun junction near the West Bank city of Hebron. The army claimed that Hirbawi was attempting to carry out a car-ramming attack when he was killed.Witnesses told Ma’an that soldiers denied a Palestinian ambulance access to the wounded man.Two soldiers were lightly wounded in the incident, an army spokesperson said.A Palestinian man was killed during a raid near the West Bank city of Ramallah on Sunday. Israeli police claimed that the slain man, Ammar Ahmad Khalil, 34, was suspected to have shot at Israeli vehicles the previous day.A police spokesperson told media that Khalil pointed a gun at Israeli forces during the raid, prompting them to shoot him. No Israeli soldiers were injured during the incident.

Forty-nine Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and armed civilians so far this year, 13 during the month of July alone. Thirteen Israelis and a British national were killed by Palestinians in 2017.Rocket launched from Gaza Strip – Israeli military

A rocket was launched from the northern Gaza Strip early Sunday morning, according to the Israeli Defense Force (IDF).
The weapon “exploded mid-air,” according to the IDF announcement posted on Twitter.

FollowMoreA short while ago, a rocket was launched from the northern Gaza Strip. The rocket exploded mid-air. No injuries have been reported.3:14 PM - 23 Jul 2017No one was injured in the alleged attack, the Israeli military said, without immediately providing any further details.
The alleged projectile was reportedly headed to the Ahskelon coastal region in southern Israel, the Times of Israel reported.
No rocket alert signal was activated as the explosion happened “relatively early” in its flight, Israeli media reported citing officials.
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The incident comes amid escalating tensions in the region, with Israel beefing up its military presence in the West Bank.
Israelipolice clash with Palestinians in Jerusalem, RT Arabic reportercaught in violence
Israeli police have used force to disperse Palestinian worshippers near the Lion’s Gate in Jerusalem. RT Arabic correspondent Dalia Nammari was caught up in the violence.

In a video shot by RT Arabic, crowds of worshippers can be seen trying to flee, as clouds of smoke fill the air and Israeli police move in.

Nammari says she received a blow to her back from an Israeli soldier.

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Saturday’s protest started as hundreds of Palestinians held their evening prayers outside the al-Aqsa Mosque, refusing to be subjected to the new Israeli security measures there.

Palestinians Riots in Jerusalem Over Equality and Safety Access to the Temple Mount
Israeli News Live

170+ ISIS fighters headed for Europe

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Interpol fears ISIS trained 170+ bomb attackers for Europe – media
FILE PHOTO: Islamic state fighters © Medyan Dairieh / Global Look Press AddThis Sharing Buttons
21 July, 2017

A list of dozens of suspected ISIS militants trained to deal with explosives and potentially aiming at terrorist attacks in Europe has been shared with EU intelligence by The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), the Guardian reports.

Interpol issueda list of 173 terrorists linked to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), who “may have manifested willingness to commit a suicidal attack or martyrdom to support Islam,”the Guardian reported on Friday, saying it obtained the names.

The specially trained attackers “can travel internationally, to participate in terrorist activities,”but it is unclear whether they managed to reach Europe, the report says.

ISIS trains jihadists to hit European targets, has no shortage of volunteers – Europol

While the document identifies the suspects and provides their photos, it also features such details as the date of recruitment and possible addresses, even including the mosques they could attend.

The list apparently stems from US intelligence data which was obtained through “trusted sources”during operations against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

The potential attackers were pinpointed “through materials found in the hiding places of ISIL,”according to the paper.

Interpol reportedly sent the warning to its European counterparts on May 27 and asked to share information on the suspects.

In March, then-FBI director James Comey warned that European states may face an unprecedented “terrorists diaspora”in five years, as after the defeat of ISIS, terrorists will spill over into Western Europe. 

On Friday, the UK’s most senior police officer, Cressida Dick, stated that advances against ISIS in Syria and Iraq do not reduce the threat for the country.
Earlier, German Police Chief Holger Muench said that around 700 Islamists may pose a threat to German security, local media reported.

READ MORE: 5 terrorist attacks thwarted in recent months, some ‘minutes away’ – Met Police commissioner

ISIS continues to plan more complex and mass-casualty attacks in the West, particularly in Europe, according to a reportfrom Europol. The agency also warned that terrorist tactics and techniques are transferred from the current conflict zones, including the “illicit spread of bomb-making knowledge and instructions.”

Paris train station overwhelmed with migrants

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What is REALLY going on in PARIS, that the media WILL NOT SHOW YOU
20 July, 2017
Lauren Southern, a Canadian activist and journalist, has been doing a lot of reporting on what is REALLY happening in Paris.  The above video is a train station in Paris that ships in hundreds of “Syrian refugees” every day.  As she reports, these people are neither “Syrian” nor are they “refugees”.  They are North African economic migrants, mainly men “of fighting age”, and they are “flooding France”.

THIS what the media WON’T show you!

The point of her video?

As Lauren explains, “for those who are confused by the point of this video, the point is that France is changing forever due to mass immigration. The people in this video were not speaking French, the women were not wearing their hair in French Braids, they had their head scarves on.

When I was driving from the airport I saw people being fed from volunteer aid vans in the Syrian zones and coming up to your cars with signs in Arabic. The posters on the walls and the protesters yelled refugees welcome. Much of what you are looking at is not legal or proper migration and assimilation. France will not be France for long.”

In a just released video she interviews two Parisians about the above video … as many like to dispute her perspective.  Watch for yourself … they think it is even worse.

Paris is NOT alone. Brussels is OVER. Germany is on it’s way. Poland has resisted … as has Switzerland. Let’s hope it is not “coming to an America near you”.

It's about the oil - countering fake news about Venezuela

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Venezuela Under Siege by U.S. EmpireBy David William Pear

theReal News,20 July, 2017

It is all about the oil. Whatever else one hears about Venezuela, it is all about the oil. That is what one needs to know first about why the U.S. Empire has Venezuela under siege. It is about the oil.
When President Trump says, "Venezuela is a mess; Venezuela is a mess, we will see what happens”, it is all about the oil. When the U.S. Empire imposes sanctions on Venezuela, it is all about the oil. When the mainstream corporate media (i.e. Fake News) cries crocodile tears about democracy, human rights and political prisoners in Venezuela, it is about the oil. When the U.S. calls into session emergency meeting of the United Nations and the Organization of American States, it is about oil.

Venezuela has the largest known reserve of oil in the world, and Venezuela controls its own oil, not international corporations; and it uses its oil for the benefit of its people. The U.S. Empire instead wants to control that oil and it wants the profits from the oil to go to U.S. oil corporations, especially ExxonMobil. Everything else one hears now about Venezuela is prologue or epilogue. The main plot is about the oil.

The first scene opens with protesters screaming and yelling in the streets of Caracas. Barricades are blazing, people are choking on the smoke, and their eyes are red from teargas. Traffic is backed up for miles. It is chaos. The streets are filled with anti-government protesters, and out of sight of the mainstream media cameras are pro-government supporters. Most of the violence one sees and hears about is from the anti-government protesters, but mums the word about that from the mainstream corporate media. The mainstream corporate media is the Fake News, it is the propaganda horn for the U.S. Empire and those that really control what happens in the world.

There is blood in the streets of Venezuela, and overhead the U.S. Empire regime change vultures are circling. In the United Nations, in the Organization of American States, in the Oval Office of the White House, on the floor of the U.S. Congress, and in the Fake News people are seen wringing their hands about human rights and democracy. Tucker Carlson on Fox News is reporting about the failure of Venezuela's socialist government:

""there is no toilet paper or meat there, the currency is worthless, the murder rate is perhaps the highest in the world, the Supreme Court has tried to abolish the entire legislature for daring to oppose a dictator who's running the place into the ground, and you can go on and on and on, it is a disaster there in Venezuela."

Behind Tucker there is a scene playing. It is showing young people, all of them anti-government protesters, many wearing masks one supposes to protect their identity from what we are supposed to believe are government thugs. The protesters are throwing rocks, one supposes at government security forces. A water cannon sprays the protesters and they disperse to get away from it. Groups of protester run back and forth in the street, it is chaos, smoke is everywhere. What is it all the chaos about? The Fake News says it is all about democracy, the economy and human rights violations from a tyrannical government. It isn't.
It is all about the oil.

Scene two of this deadly serious mini play opens in a boardroom behind closed doors, somewhere in Washington, D.C. Politicians, generals, spies, and oil company executives from ExxonMobil and Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson are meeting. They are talking in hushed voices about Venezuela. They are sharpening their axes and talking about oil. Venezuela has it? How do they get it? How can they control it? How do they keep others from controlling it? Who are the forces against them? Who are the forces for them? How can they create more chaos to destabilize the government of President Nicolas Maduro? How do they pull off a coup d’état? The plot thickens.

It is about the oil.

What we see happening in Venezuela is another tragedy unfolding on the world stage. There is bloodletting, and it will get much, much worse. Venezuela is approaching the edge of a civil war between the haves and the have-nots. It is class warfare. The rich and upper middle class want a regime change and an end to socialism for the poor. The rich want lower taxes, and ending social programs for the have-nots, and they want the privatization of vital government enterprises so that they can loot the country. And most of all, they want the privatization of the oil in their hands. They want to be billionaire oligarchs just like oligarchs in other oil-rich countries.

The have-nots support the government. They want the government to keep control of the oil for the benefit of the people, the have-nots. The have-nots are in the streets too, they are supporting the government, and they are being violently attacked by the hoodlums of the haves and the mercenaries for the U.S. Empire. 

The have-nots are being stoned, they are being shot down in the streets by anti-government rioters, they are being beaten with steel rods, and they are even being burned alive by anti-government protesters---let’s call them what they are, terrorists. We do not see or hear that from the Fake News. The have-nots want to keep their government provided healthcare, their government provided education, their government provided housing, their government provided mass transportation, their government provided food distribution centers, and all their government provided social services from the oil wealth.

The U.S. Empire wants a regime change in Venezuela. The Empire has been working on it for decades. We have seen their smoking guns before. Their guns now are smoking overtly and covertly behind the curtain, supporting the anti-government protesters and terrorists.

The Empire's propaganda horn sounds off as if it is the government that is doing all the killing of peaceful protesters. Trump says Venezuela is a mess. The Empire has helped made it a mess; that is what the Empire wanted all along. The Empire's Congress wants to impose more economic sanctions on a people that are already suffering. Congress wants more sanction on top of Obama's sanctions. The U.S. is meddling, adding to Venezuela's economic misery, trying to isolate Venezuela politically in Latin America, and trying to push Venezuela over the edge into civil war, if that is what it is going to take to get a regime change. Venezuela could turn into another human disaster like Syria, maybe even worse. Venezuela has twice the population of Syria and the largest proven oil reserves in the world. Venezuela could be on the cusp of a human catastrophe, a holocaust even.
The U.S. Empire has absolutely no concern about the population of Venezuela, any more than it is concerned about the people of Syria. Neither the Empire's backing of terrorists in Syria, nor its backing of terrorists in Venezuela is about democracy, freedom, human rights, political prisoners, the economy and the thousands of people suffering and dying. The human suffering is of no importance or concern to the Empire's foreign policy objectives. If one has any doubts about that, just ask Madeleine Albright:

Lesley Stahl: "We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that's more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?"

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: "I think this is a very hard choice, but the price--we think the price is worth it, if it furthers U.S. foreign policy objectives."

This was no slip of the tongue by Madame Albright, and notice she said "we". She is talking about the "we" that is the Clinton Administration and everybody on his foreign policy team. This is how they really think, act and care-not in private.

The foreign policy objectives and thinking of the Empire do not chance from one presidential administration to another. It has not made any difference whether the administration is Clinton, Bush, Obama or Trump. A half million brown babies in Asia, Africa or Latin America is of no concern to them, especially when those babies get in the way of the Empire's foreign policy objectives. One million dead babies is of no concern. Five million is of no concern. It is as cold as that, and if one is in doubt then take a look at what is happening in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with 8 million dead and increasing every day, with U.S. meddling and support of the killers.

What is of vital concern to the U.S. Empire is its foreign policy objectives. One important Empire foreign policy objective is the profits of corporations; not democracy and human rights. The Empire is not even that concerned about the best interests and welfare of U.S. citizens, not unless they are bigtime campaign contributors and bribers of politicians.

The corporate profits that the U.S. is concerned about could be for corporate owned banana plantations, cheap labor pools for sweatshops, opening foreign markets to U.S. corporations, or any natural resources below, on, or above the ground. Anything for corporate exploitation in game.

Of vital importance to the Empire is when its foreign policy objectives have to do with oil company profits and anything to do with oil, natural gas, and their shipping lanes, and the strategic pipeline routes for that oil and gas. Oil is vital to the Empire.

Oil has a special roll in U.S. foreign policy. Oil is the important driver of the American way of life (figuratively and literally); oil is important to keep the U.S. economy greased (figuratively and literally); oil is important to fuel the U.S. military which is literally the largest single consumer of oil; and it is of vital importance to control all the oil in the world, all the time. Oil is what the U.S. Empire wants to control for fueling the Empire, and to keep it from fueling potential enemies and their military. Control of oil is the Empire's way of keeping friends in a straight line too.

Oil serves another vital purpose. It is what backs the U.S. dollar. Oil is literally black-gold. As long as all the oil in the world is transacted in U.S. dollars, then there will always be a demand for U.S. dollars, according to the Empire's foreign policy thinking. As long as there is a demand for oil, then they think they can print all the U.S. dollars it wants.

The U.S. can seemingly print and create dollars out of thin air, and use those fiat dollars to pay for all the foreign trade deficits with every other country. If one understands how important oil is for the U.S. dollar, then one can understand why half a million dead babies is "worth it"; or a million dead babies, or ten million dead babies; especially if they are brown dead babies and as long as their mangled little corpses are kept out of sight. The corporate Fake News’s job is to keep those dead babies out of the media, and that is what they do unless it is of some propaganda advantage for the Empire to display them.

Once one internalizes just how absolutely vital oil is strategically, militarily and economically to the U.S. Empire, then one can make sense out of U.S. foreign policy objectives. It is absolutely vital for the U.S. Empire to control oil, all of it, all of the time; to control the corporations that explore, refine and market oil; and to control the countries and governments that have the oil in their ground; and to control the countries and the governments that have the transportation routes for that oil (and natural gas). And oil is used to control its friends as well as enemies that vitally need the oil too.

Any country that has oil or the pipeline routes, and a government that is in noncompliance with the U.S. Empire oil policies, then that government is a marked government for regime change. It really does not matter to the Empire's foreign policy objectives if that marked country is capitalist, fascist, totalitarian, or theocratic; an oligarchy, monarchy or a democracy. Nor do the human rights record of any country matter to U.S. foreign policy objectives.

Any government that uses its oil wealth for the benefit of its own people will sooner or later become a marked government for regime change. Any government that decides to sell its oil in other than U.S. dollars will be a marked government by the Empire. By definition any oil rich socialist government will be marked. Venezuela has a socialist government that controls its own oil, uses that oil for the benefit of its own people and does not sell that oil exclusively in U.S. dollars. Its government is marked for regime change, it has been for a long time and it is under siege now by the Empire.

Looking at U.S. oil policy one realizes that there is no Empire foreign policy contradictions. It does not matters to the Empire if the country is Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Nigeria, Mexico or Canada. The policy is the same and there is no squawking about democracy and human rights as long as a foreign government stays compliant. That is why there is no contradiction for the Empire if a marked government for regime change is a democratically elected governments such as Syria in 1949, Iranian in 1953, Guatemalan in 1954, Chile 1973, Haiti 1991, and Honduras 2009.
A democratically elected socialist government of an oil rich nation that uses its oil for social programs and sells that oil in other than U.S. dollars will definitely be on the Empires hit list. That is why the U.S. Empire has Venezuela in its crosshairs, under siege, and is using overt and covert forces to overthrow the government of Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro.

The form of government and human rights only enters the Empire's foreign policy equation when it is dealing with a marked government for regime change. A marked government will never be democratic-enough, and their human rights will always have the spotlight shined on it and criticized. Democracy and human rights are only important if they serve a propaganda purpose, no matter how democratic the government is or what its human rights record. The Fake News is the Empire's best and faithful propaganda horn that will toot that the marked country is not democratic-enough and violates it peoples human rights.

Once U.S. foreign policy objectives are understood vis-a-vis oil, then one can have a rational understanding of why Venezuela and its oil is so important to the U.S. Empire. It is not about democracy and human rights. Get that straight in your mind.

The only reason the Empire has Venezuela under siege is because of the oil. Are there any questions?

Wildfires in British Columbia - 07/21/2017

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Almost 50,000 people evacuated nearly 500,000 hectares destroyed as massive British Colombia wildfire continues to grow entering it's third week
the Bg Wobble, 21 July, 2017
A seasoned British Columbia firefighter says he's never seen anything like the fast-moving wildfire that is sweeping the area.
 British Columbia may ask for more help if its wildfires worsen, the western 
Canadian province said on Friday after the federal government sent 225 additional soldiers to battle blazes that have been spreading rapidly in hot, dry weather.

While rain is expected over the weekend, many parts that are burning are expected to miss it entirely, and winds in some parts could escalate the blazes, fire information officer Navi Saini said on a conference call.

"We also are in ongoing discussions with the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre," she said.

"We do have the option of requesting more reяources."

In total, there are now 375 Canadian soldiers along with 3,600 firefighters and emergency responders tackling the flames, which have forced around 45,000 people to evacuate their homes over the past two weeks.

Nearly 170 wildfires are blazing across the heavily forested province, affecting 405,000 hectares and prompting the provincial government to declare a state of emergency.

The province has spent C$117.9 million ($94.05 million) tackling the fires, whose numbers on Friday included 32 new ones since Thursday, Saini said.

Federal government ministers promised to send more help as the situation unfolds.

"We are committed to providing a coordinated federal response to the people of British Columbia," Canada's public safety minister, Ralph Goodale, said in a statement.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokeswoman Annie Linteau said an advance team from the military has been working with local authorities for the last 36 hours.

"Our Canadian forces colleagues will be joining us, the RCMP and other police personnel, at various checkpoints ... by tomorrow morning," she said.

Linteau said at least one fire, which has destroyed buildings, may have been human-caused, and that investigators are probing the issue.

British Columbia declared its first state of emergency since 2003 on July 7 as gusty winds fanned fires that were caused by lightning and humans in the tinder-dry central and southern regions.

The fires have shut mines and timber operations and damaged homes and electrical infrastructure. Major pipeline companies in the region, including Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd, a unit of Kinder Morgan Inc, have created fire breaks, installed sprinklers and taken other measures to protect operations.
On Thursday, a low pressure system tracked across British Columbia, bringing heavy showers and cooler temperatures, although emergency officials said the rain was sporadic and only fell in certain areas.

Earthquake swarm at Yellowstone NP

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Great Yellowstone Earthquake swarm
BP Earthwatch

Info wars against Alex Jones

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This is, of course fake news. Much as I abhor Alex Jones, his right-wing libertarianism and ‘Americana’ I have never heard him call for war. Liberal fascists confuse analysis for activism.
Alex Jones and Other Conservatives Call for Civil War Against Liberals
Newsweek,21 July, 2017
Would you go to war against your fellow Americans to show your support for President Donald Trump? For the last several months, that’s exactly what broadcaster Alex Jones—a favorite of the president—has been calling for.
In his radio show, on YouTube and on his Infowars website, Jones—who never met a conspiracy theory he didn’t like and who has pushed the notion that Sandy Hook was faked—has been announcing that the United States is on the verge of a bloody second civil war. Like the radio DJs in Rwanda, Jones has been egging on his conservative listeners and viewers—an estimated 2.7 million people monthly—to kill more liberal fellow citizens over their political differences.
Jones is hardly alone in promoting this scary, emerging narrative on the right. The theme gained momentum after the shooting at the congressional baseball game last month. The day before the attack, on June 13, right wing broadcaster Michael Savage, host of syndicated show The Savage Nation, warned that “there’s going to be a civil war” because of “what this left-wing is becoming in this country.” After the baseball field shooting the next day, he said that he “know[s] what’s coming, and it’s going to get worse.” Savage also said of the shooting that “this blood is on [Democrats’] hands.”
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After the shooting, Newt Gingrich opined on Fox that “we are in a clear-cut cultural civil war.” Former GOP speechwriter Pat Buchanan wrote that the appointment of a special prosecutor and political street clashes presage a “deep state media coup” and that the nation is “approaching something of a civil war,” and it’s time for Trump to “burn down the Bastille.”
But few commentators can match the relentless hysteria and reach of Jones. His recent YouTube video titles telegraph the tone: “Get Ready For CIVIL WAR!” and “First Shots Fired in Second US Civil War! What Will You Do?” and “Will Trump Stop Democrats' Plan for Violent Civil War?”
Jones’s followers have already turned broadcaster words into violent action. Last year, Edgar Maddison Welch drove from North Carolina to Washington, D.C., to fire on a pizza restaurant Jones had been saying was a front for Democratic pedophiles and Satanists. Court records indicate he had been talking to his friends about Jones’s theories before he went on his mission. In 2014, a right-wing couple, self-described Infowars fans Jerad and Amanda Miller from Indiana, killed two police officers after posting screeds on Infowars. Jones later theorized that the shooting was a false flag intended to discredit the right.
Media Matters for America (MMA), a progressive research organization, has staff assigned to track Jones Infowars shows daily. According to spokesman Nate Evans, right-wing media has been advocating violence more since Trump was elected, but Jones “has been particularly crazy about it.”
Among the statements MMA has culled from his broadcasts in recent months are the following:
On June 23, he accused “the left” of starting civil war and offered to personally execute convicted traitors because, he said, “I’m not going to sit here and just call for stuff without actually being part of it.” In the same broadcast he said, “I don’t need some coming-of-age deal to kill a bunch of liberals,” but “we have to start getting ready for insurrection and civil war because they’re really pushing it.”
On June 15, he warned “you kick off Civil War 2, baby, you’ll think Lexington and Concord was a cakewalk.” The day before, he implicated himself and his listeners: “You’re trying to start a civil war with people. You’re taking our kindness for weakness. Do you understand the American people will kill all of you? You understand? We are killing machines, you fools.… But I can shoot bull’s-eye at 400 yards, dumbass. I mean, they have no idea who they’re messing with."
In a May 13 broadcast, he warned that "leftists want a war," so “cry havoc and let loose the dogs of war.”
Jones has also called for extrajudicially arresting former FBI DIrector James Comey and Hillary Clinton and has encouraged Trump to use the military against dissenters. "I'd support the president right now moving against these people physically,” he said in a June 13 broadcast. “I mean, let's be honest. We're in a war. I would support the president making a military move on them right now."
This is not the first time Jones has attracted attention by advocating violence against federal officials. In April, he let loose with a rant on California Democrat Adam Schiff, the ranking minority member of the House Intelligence Committee looking into Trump’s Russian connections. The profanity laced transcript was also homophobic and included an explicit threat of bodily harm.
“I’m not against gay people. OK. I love them, they’re great folks. But Schiff looks like the archetypal cocksucker with those little deer-in-the-headlight eyes and all his stuff,” Jones said. “And there’s something about this fairy, hopping around, bossing everybody around, trying to intimidate people like me and you, I want to tell Congressman Schiff and all the rest of them, ‘Hey, listen, asshole, quit saying Roger and I’—and I’ve never used cussing in 22 years, but the gloves are off—‘listen, you son of a bitch, what the fuck’s your problem? You want to sit here and say that I’m a goddamn, fucking Russian. You get in my face with that, I’ll beat your goddamn ass, you son of a bitch. You piece of shit. You fucking goddamn fucker. Listen, fuckhead, you have fucking crossed a line. Get that through your goddamn fucking head. Stop pushing your shit. You’re the people that have fucked this country over and gangraped the shit out of it and lost an election. So stop shooting your mouth off claiming I’m the enemy. You got that you goddamn son of a bitch? Fill your hand.’ I’m sorry, but I’m done. You start calling me a foreign agent, those are fucking fighting words. Excuse me.”
Tim Johnson, a Media Matters for America Research Fellow, who tracks Jones says that the civil war theme is a new one, and probably related to the fact that Barack Obama is no longer president, offering a clear, single enemy. “He needs something new, and so it’s that criticism of Trump equals civil war,” Johnson said.
An attorney with expertise in federal law told Newsweek at the time that Jones’s threats at Schiff appeared to break a federal law, U.S. Code Title 18, Section 115, which makes it illegal to threaten to assault a U.S. official and provides a penalty of up to six years in prison.
After Newsweek published that legal analysis, Jones publicly pulled back, and posted a video attempting to clarify his remarks as “clearly tongue-in-cheek and basically art performance.”

Federal officials are not known to have contacted him or looked into the matter

Ron Paul Warns Trump: Deep State Is Coming For You! 

Stefan Molyneux: This Is A War For Civilization 
White House Source: Trump Is About To Drop Hammer On Deep State Traitors   

Alex Jones confirms online rumors that President Donald Trump is distancing himself from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who will soon begin a deep state purge of globalists following Sean Spicer’s resignation.

US is withdrawing from Syria and ceasing to arm ‘Rebels’ - fake news

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Be Suspicious of the Fake News that US is withdrawing from Syria and ceasing to arm ‘Rebels’US Continues Supporting Terrorists in Syria

by Stephen Lendman 
( – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Paul Craig Roberts,
22 July, 2017

It’s naive to believe otherwise. It’s central to US strategy since launching war for regime change.

Tactics alone changed from then to now, not Washington’s objective – allied with Israel and other rogue states to topple Syria’s legitimate government.

In response to Trump’s announced end to covert CIA-arming and training of so-called “moderate rebels” (aka terrorists like all other anti-government groups), Russia’s Information and Press Department deputy director Artyom Kozhin said the following:

“We have not heard anything regarding this decision from the official sources. Neither do we know about the status of other similar programs that could be implemented by other US agencies.”

“(W)e have expressed how we feel when it comes to the US flirting with militants in Syria more than once. We have forewarned that this flirtation could have unpredictable military and political consequences.”

“We repeatedly pointed to the Americans’ unscrupulous actions taken in Syria in the pursuit of their self-seeking geopolitical interests.”

“It is an open secret that a substantial number of militants who have been trained under the US Train and Equip program ultimately joined ISIS and al-Nusra.”

“We regard this as a repetition of the tragic story of Afghanistan and Libya. The potential consequences of this should be obvious to everyone.”

On Friday, Sergey Lavrov minced no words, saying Washington continues arming anti-government terrorist groups in Syria, euphemistically called the moderate opposition.

It has illegal bases in the country, established without Security Council or Damascus authorization.

According to CENTCOM commander General Joseph Votel, US forces will remain in Syria after the battle for Raqqa is over – on the phony pretext of stabilizing the region.

Washington wants northern Syrian territory occupied, along with other areas it’s able to gain control over – a scheme risking direct confrontation with Russia and Damascus.

Trump wants increased funding for US military bases in Iraq and Syria, reflecting plans for permanent (illegal) US occupation.

Saying it’s to continue combating ISIS is willful deception, concealing America’s support for the terrorist group and likeminded ones.

On July 19, Russia’s upper house Federation Council ratified a January protocol agreed on in Damascus to establish the legal presence of Russian aerial forces and support personnel in Syria for 49 years – to be automatically extended for subsequent 25-year periods.

The move aims to secure and protect Syrian sovereignty. It continues longstanding mutually cooperative bilateral relations.

It signifies Russia’s intention to challenge US, NATO and Israeli imperial designs on the country.

Separately in letters to the UN secretary-general and Security Council president, Syria demanded compensation from Washington and its “illegitimate coalition” allies for terror-bombing civilian targets and destroying vital infrastructure.

Damascus called for an immediate halt to US-led aggression, massacring tens of thousands of civilians, a demand the Trump administration surely will ignore.

Endless war and regime change remain its objectives, no matter the human toll.

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CPR News - 21 July, 2017

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Mark Sleboda on CPR News

Journalist Patrick Cockburn on the destruction of Mosul

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Patrick Cockburn: the destruction of Iraq

Award-winning journalist Patrick Cockburn has been writing on the Middle East since 1979 and has worked for The Independent since 1990. He speaks to Wallace from Erbil in Iraq and reflects on the rise of Islamic State and the fall of Mosul.
Listen to interview HERE.

Emergency declared in Christchurch

Sa, 22/07/2017 - 07:56
Christchurch: Evacuate now - Council tells residents
PlayMuteCurrent Time0:02/Duration Time0:18Loaded: 0%Progress: 0% CaptionsFullscreenMARCIA BUTTERFIELDThe Heathcote River severe flood.Marcia ButterfieldThe Heathcote River on Centaurus Rd, Christchurch, in severe flood.Flooded affected residents near the Heathcote river in Christchurch are being evacuated in boats because the current is too strong for them to leave on foot.Significant flooding inundated many streets at the foot of the Port Hills as tides peaked about 3.15pm on Saturday.Residents were urged to evacuate their homes. Those who couldn't were picked up boat.PauseMuteCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time0:23Loaded: 0%Progress: 0% CaptionsFullscreenSUPPLIEDFloods in ChristchurcChristchurch City Council spokesman Ross Pringle said: "If you live in an evacuation zone near the Heathcote River, if your home has flooded since the earthquakes, and the water is above knee level around your house, the current may be dangerous, so for your safety, please stay in your house until help arrives.""Response teams are out in boats, and some support is being provided from the army to assist you out of your home if necessary. Please call the Council call centre on 0800 800 169 if you are concerned about your safety or want help to evacuate."We expect the high tide to cause significant flooding in these areas."ALDEN WILLIAMS/STUFFThe state of emergency has been declared in Christchurch after the Heathcote River burst its banks.He said residents on Clarendon Terrace, Richardson Terrace, Hunter Terrace, Eastern Terrace, Riverlaw Terrace, Palatine Terrace, Ford Road near Louison Place,, Waimea Terrace and other low lying areas around the Heathcote should evacuate."You should go immediately to family or friends, or the Civil Defence Centre at Linwood College.""In other areas of the city, if you are feeling anxious or unsafe, please self evacuate."ALDEN WILLIAMS/STUFFSloane Tce residents are knee-deep in water.A local state of emergency was declared this morning in Christchurch after the Heathcote River burst its banks and flooded southern parts of the city.Mayor Lianne Dalziel said the declaration on Saturday morning was a precautionary measure to allow the city to deal with any issues that could arise with the high tide due mid afternoon.High tide in Lyttelton is at 3.17pm.ALDEN WILLIAMS/STUFFThe Heathcote River flooding near Sloane Tce."The declaration will enable us to work with multiple agencies to respond, and quickly evacuate people should the need arise," she said.READ MORE:
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Coastguard New Zealand are using a four-metre inflatable rescue boat to help evacuate flooded residents around the Heathcote River.ALDEN WILLIAMS/STUFFResidents feeling uncomfortable have been asked to self-evacuate before high tide.The Coastguard was called by Civil Defence to assist in the evacuations at about 12.35pm. The vessel is equipped with emergency lighting, wetsuits and first aid supplies to ensure the volunteer crew can continue evacuations into the evening if required.The Civil Defence Centre in central Christchurch re-opened at midday.KAMALA HAYMAN/STUFFThe flooded Heathcote River, at Opawa.Eastern Tce in the suburb of St Martins has flooded.More than 100 homes have been without power in the Ilam and Riccarton areas since 10am on Saturday.Streets affected by the outages were Clyde Rd, Konini St, Riccarton Ave, Riccarton Rd, Totara St and Wharenui Rd, according to the Orion website.KAMALA HAYMAN/STUFFChristchurch's Heathcote River was in flood on Saturday morning. Power was expected to be restored by 1.40pm.A resident on Cashmere's Sloan Tce resident, Cate, who did not want her last name used, said it was just a waiting game to see how much damage there would be – and when. "It just gets you really low, it's really hard and some of these people were also hit badly in the last floods so they're doing it really tough.KAMALA HAYMAN/STUFFThe flooded Heathcote River in Christchurch."The water damages in a way that earthquakes don't, it get gets into everything and leaves it just completely ruined," Cate said.Soaking wet and exhausted, she was trekking up and down the small, secluded street in waist deep, murky water checking on her neighbours, as they all always did in an emergency. "We're down a back property, so if we have to get out we can climb over the back fence, but these guys only have about three centimetres before it's in their homes, so it's just a waiting game. We will just wait and hope," Cate said.A Christchurch City Council spokeswoman said Civil Defence was not evacuating residents at this stage, however a state of emergency allowed this to be done quickly if necessary.Residents in the Heathcote area had been asked to self-evacuate before high-tide if they were feeling "uncomfortable".Council roading teams had been dispatched around the city, while land drainage crews were working in Southshore.Civil Defence response teams were heading to Heathcote to check on residents and assist them if necessary.Police are urging rubber-neckers to stay away from places affected by the "wild weather".Senior Sergeant Steve Bothamley urged people to stay home where possible and not to venture out in the hazardous conditions."Police have attended a number of jobs this morning where residents are only travelling to see the damage and witness the wild weather." Anyone venturing out in such conditions, contrary to emergency services warning, put the lives of both the rescued and rescuers at serious risk, he said."Just please be aware that by heading out in these conditions, you could end up taking valuable emergency services away from critical rescue operations."

Police across Canterbury were checking in on at risk people to provide reassurance.Anyone self-evacuating was asked to contact their local council or, in the case of an emergency, call police. Farmers near Lake Ellesmere are being advised to move stock as its water level continues to rise.Environment Canterbury has been unable to open the lake, which has no natural outlet to the sea, because of the weather conditions and a large swell overtopping the beach crest.The lake was expected to continue rising as rain persisted and low-lying areas around the lake's shore were expected to flood.Residents in the lower areas near Lake Ellesmere were advised to self-evacuate if they felt unsafe or anxious.The forecast was for conditions to improve enough for works to start on Monday. The lake would take three days to open.State highway closures are on the NZ Transport Agency Journeys website at following Christchurch roads are closed, according to Christchurch City Council:Emmett St – from Shirley Rd to Orontes St
River Rd – from Banks Ave to Medway St
Dyers Pass Rd – from Sign of the Kiwi to Governors Bay
Riverlaw Tce – from Tennyson St to Hansons Park
New Brighton Rd – from Kingsford St to Lake Terrace Rd
Eastern Tce – from Tennyson St to Malcolm Ave
Palatine Tce – from Tennyson St to Cashmere Rd
Hunter Tce – from Malcolm Ave to Colombo St
Waimea Tce – from Colombo St to Malcolm Ave
Fifield Tce – From St Martins Rd (Cul de sac)
Aynsley Tce – Opawa Rd to Port Hills Rd
Aynsley Tce – from Clarendon Tce to Opawa Rd
Avonside Dr – from Torlesse Rd to Wainoni Rd
Ford Rd – at Louisson Pl
Richardson Tce – From Brougham St to Ferry Rd
Clarendon Tce – at Brougham St Bridge
Cumnor Tce – from Garlands Rd to Marshs Rd
Ernlea Tce – from Stour Bridge St to Colombo StHere's a list of the current South Island state highway closures, according to the New Zealand Transport Agency.Many will be roads still closed from yesterday, but at least the first two are new.SH1 - Rolleston to Rakaia. Flooding. Detour route: All traffic use Telegraph Rd.
SH75 - Halswell to Little River. Flooding. Detour route: n/a
SH77 - Ashburton to Methven. Flooding. Detour route: n/a
SH1 - Oamaru to Waikouaiti. Flooding. Detour route: n/a
SH87 - Kyeburn to Outram. Flooding. Detour route: n/a
SH88 - Maia to Sawyers Bay. Flooding. Detour route: No detour available
SH8 - Roxburgh to Raes Junction. Flooding. Detour route: n/a
SH90 - Raes Junction to McNab. Flooding. Detour route: n/a
SH8 - Raes Junction to Milton. Flooding. Detour route: n/a
SH1 - Balclutha to Waihola. Flooding. Detour route: n/aAnother hammering of heavy rain will bring a further 15mm to Christchurch in fewer than four hours.The worst of the downpour was expected to be over by about 6pm on Saturday and would add to the 74mm which had already fallen over the city since 3am on Friday, MetService forecaster Tuporo Marsters said.When combined with an impending high tide, the state of emergency declared in Christchurch was no surprise, he said."The main rain band now is over Ashburton, Christchurch ... Timaru's only getting scattered light rain."The high tide for Lyttelton is at [3.15pm], so that in combination with the rain is not going to improve things."Marsters said the worst was over for places south of Timaru as the rain band continued to slowly move north.

"However, all the rain that's fallen inland has still got to make its way [downstream]. That's why the streams are overflowing."That's why there's that bit of a lag effect. We get the heavy rains falling around the mountains and that's why the streams are still quite full."Marsters said the poor weather would very slowly move north as the evening progressed, mostly lingering over the Christchurch and Rangiora areas.By midnight on Saturday it would be north of Christchurch but would lose its energy as it made its way toward Kaikoura. It would then move east, leaving the Marlborough region unscathed.In North Otago, heavy rain was also expected to have eased from Saturday morning. In the five hours from 9am to 2pm, 15 to 25mm of rain was expected to accumulate in addition to what had already fallen, especially about the hills and ranges.In Dunedin, heavy rain had gradually eased on Saturday morning. Strong wind warnings had been lifted for Westland and Fiordland.Christchurch's expected tally paled in comparison to other South Island towns, with one weather station north of Dunedin city experiencing 245mm since the poor weather started.RUNNING TOTALS SINCE FRIDAY, 3am:* Oamaru, 174mm
* Waitati, 169mm
* Darfield, 151mm
* Methven, 145mm
* Geraldine, 136mm
* Akaroa, 135mm
* Ashburton, 128mm
* Dunedin city, 127mm

Cynthia McKinney - 5,000 prisoners executed after Hurricane Katrina

Sa, 22/07/2017 - 07:04
All I can say is, that apart from trusting the world of Cynthia McKinney, I heard something like this at time

FLASHBACK: Cynthia McKinney Reveals 5,000 Executed Post Hurricane Katrina

She charged the Department of Defense with the cover-up of 5,000 execution-style deaths during the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in September 2005 on September 28. 

She related that an anonymous mother told her that her son had processed 5,000 corpses, mostly male, with a single bullet wound to the head and entered the results into a Pentagon computer. 

The mother stated that the son had signed a confidentiality agreement and could not legally talk, and that the bodies were dumped into the swap. 

McKinney said in the same statement she did receive confirmations from “anonymous insiders” from the Red Cross and that McKinney said she suspected these 5,000 were prisoners of the state

US and allies must pay for destruction of Syria

Sa, 22/07/2017 - 06:47
'Illegitimate coalition' must pay for destroying Syria – Damascus to UN
FILE PHOTO: Smoke rises over Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike. A U.S.-led military coalition has been bombing Islamic State © Kai Pfaffenbach / Reuters
RT,21 July, 2017

Syria wants the US and its allies to pay for the destruction of Syrian infrastructure and to bear legal responsibility for "illegitimately" bombing civilian targets, Damascus has told the UN, demanding that the American-led coalition strikes stop.
The Syrian "Government insists that these attacks must come to an end, and that the members of this illegitimate coalition must bear the political and legal responsibility for the destruction of infrastructure in the Syrian Arab Republic, including responsibility for compensation," the Permanent Mission of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations saidin letters addressed to the UN Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Dogs eating bodies’: Witnesses recall the horrors of US-led liberation of Raqqa
Stating that the ongoing US-led anti-terrorist airstrikes "continue to claim the lives of hundreds of innocent Syrian civilians," Damascus claimed that the bombings had led to a "near-total destruction" of homes and vital infrastructure, including the "utter destruction" of oil and gas facilities.

The attacks, along with US and EU-imposed economic restrictions on Syria "are impeding the maintenance of those economic facilities and jeopardizing the prospects for development and reconstruction" in the country, the letters, written last week, said.
To support their claims, Syria'correspondence referred to two recent cases where the coalition's jets destroyed oil and gas facilities. Damascus also said the May 27 bombardment of Hasu Albu Awf village in the Hasakah governorate, "completely" destroyed many homes and killed at least eight civilians, "most of them children."
On Friday, the US-led coalition announced the demolition of a number of oil and gas facilities in various parts of Syria which allegedly belonged to the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group.
Targeting the terrorists' illegal oil trade and jihadist infrastructure has been a cornerstone of both American and Russian strategies in Syria. But while Moscow coordinates its strikes with the Syrian government, the Washington-led operation has been harshly criticized for its indiscriminate bombing practices and doing so without communicating with Syrian government forces.
Damascus' letters to the UN once again underlined that the American air campaign is being conducted in violation of international law, as it lacks any form of consent or authorization from the Syrian government.
Raqqa, known as the stronghold of IS, has been the main focus of the US operation in Syria, where Washington is guiding and supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
While the US-led Operation Inherent Resolve this month confirmed a total of 603 civilian deaths in the US-led air campaign in Syria and Iraq, Airwars, a UK-based group that monitors airstrikes and civilian casualties, claimed this week that it tracked “more than 700 likely civilian deaths” in Raqqa alone – even before the battle for the city began in June.

Syrian War Report – July 21, 2017: Fierce Clashes Between Army And ISIS
Intense fighting is ongoing between government forces and ISIS terrorists in the area of the Homs-Palmyra highway and near the border with Iraq.
According to pro-government sources, 30 ISIS members were killed and over 50 were injured during clashes in the area of Humaymah near the border with Iraq. 2 Syrian soldiers were killed as a result of the ISIS attack at the Al-Musheirefah Hill in the eastern Homs countryside. At the same time, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies advanced north of the Homs-Palmyra road and captured the Al-Alam Hill south of Taliaa al-Gharbia.
Meanwhile, Russian airstrikes destroyed at least 3 ISIS vehicles in the area of Jub Al-Abied east of Salamiyah.
According to local sources, government forces are going to resume the operation in the eastern Hama countryside within few days. The SAA, the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Desert Hawks Brigade still see the liberation of Uqayrabat as a key part of the wider effort against ISIS in central Syria.
Right now, government forces cannot push to Deir Ezzor because of a high number of ISIS units operating in the rear of its logistical lines. Sukhna is another point that has to be liberated to resolve the situation.
An intense fighting is ongoing in eastern Damascus where the SAA and the NDF have been attempting to pressure Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda), Faylaq al-Rahman and Jaish al-Islam on multiple fronts. The main clashes are ongoing in the Ayn Tarma area. However, sporadic firefights were also reported in the northeastern part of the pocket. According to pro-militant sources, over 30 government soldiers were killed in the recent clashes.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed up by the US-led coalition, is storming the neighborhoods of Nezlit Shehada and Al-Shaddadi in Raqqah city. According to pro-SDF sources, over 27 ISIS members were killed in the recent clashes and an IED plant was captured. According to ISIS, 8 SDF members were killed recently.
The battle for Raqqah has turned into a very complicated task for the US-backed force. While there is little doubt that the city will be liberated, the question is how much time and manpower will this effort take?

US contributed to ISIS creation - Iraqi VP

Sa, 22/07/2017 - 06:42
US contributed to ISIS creation, now tries to claim victory over it – Iraqi VP talks tough

Iraq's Vice President Nouri al-Maliki © Reuters
RT,21 July, 2017The recapture of Mosul is an achievement of the Iraqi people while the US is trying to highjack it and claims it was them who "led that war," Iraq's Vice President Nouri al-Maliki has told the RIA Novosti news agency."Yes, they supported us with aviation, but the main credit goes to the Iraqi soldiers, people’s militia, Iraqi air force," al-Maliki stated in his interview with the Russian news agency.
He added that he "regrets and denies [Americans] claiming the victory [in Mosul] is their achievement."
"In reality, this is the victory of the Iraqi army," al-Maliki said, revealing that the victory came a high cost, with some 20,000 Iraqi soldiers and police officers having been either killed or wounded.
The Iraqi military did everything possible "not to destroy the city more than it was necessary in the circumstances of war," he said, adding, that as a result, the battle for Mosul lasted for nine months."We could have surrounded the city, but then its residents would have suffered from famine."
US taxpayers will be ‘crying in their beers’ when Iraqi reconstruction bill arrives
There were some 5,000 terrorists in Iraq, with between 2,000 and 3,000 of them having been killed. Others are still hiding or have fled with the refugees, according to the Iraqi vice-president.

"The victory is yet not final," the top Iraqi official said, explaining that there are "still small terrorist hubs in the city," as well as terrorist "sleeper cells" across the country.
READ MORE: General blasts activists who claim Mosul retaken from ISIS with excessive force
"There are sleeper cells in Baghdad, from time to time they take action and perform bombings... That's not worrying in a military sense. Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL] is unable to advance or capture territories, they will not be able to hold the occupied regions, but from the security point of view there are still sleeper cells and lone wolves, used by IS," al-Maliki said.
While the US has provided support to the Iraqi army and allied forces, it has contributed to the emergence of IS in the first place, al-Maliki claimed, adding that Washington now seeks to establish military bases on Iraqi territory in order to maintain influence in the region.
"IS resembles the Taliban which was created by the US administration to counter the USSR in Afghanistan. The same way, IS was created to counter the Iraqi stance, which did not agree to blockade Syria, was against no-fly zones in Syria and against American military bases," he stated.
"The Iraqi society is against foreign military bases on the country's territory," al-Maliki told RIA, adding that he has already warned the Americans against "coming back to Iraq and setting up bases here."

CONFIRMED: CIA support for anti-Assad forces in Syria are ending

Sa, 22/07/2017 - 06:34
US special operations chief confirms end of CIA support for anti-Assad forces in SyriaL© Alaa Faqir / Reuters
RT,20 July, 2017

A US army general has confirmed that Washington has decided to put an end to a CIA scheme to equip and train certain rebel groups fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad. He insisted the policy shift had nothing to do with improving relations with Russia.
US Army General Raymond Thomas, head of the Special Operations Command, said the decision was "based on assessment of the program."
"At least from what I know about that program and the decision to end it, (it was) absolutely not a sop to the Russians," Thomas said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado on Friday.
READ MORE: No ‘complete confidence’ US arm supplies to Syria won’t end up with ISIS
Unnamed government sources told various media outlets last week that the decision to end the program had been partly due to the Trump administration wanting a better relationship with Russia.
The decision to terminate the program was reportedly taken by Trump in consultation with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and national security adviser H.R. McMaster ahead of his meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in Hamburg earlier this month.
READ MORE: Macron: Eliminating terrorist threat now more important than ousting Assad
But the end of the CIA's Timber Sycamore strategy was not a precondition for the ceasefire deal reached between Putin and Trump on the sidelines of the G20 summit, the US officials insisted.
The covert CIA program began arming and training the so-called moderate Syrian opposition forces in 2013.
Two US officials who spoke on condition of anonymity with Reuters, pointed out that the covert CIA tactic had produced little success.
Russia has always warned against arming the so-called moderate opposition groups in Syria, underlining that weapons supplied to them often fall into the hands of jihadist groups.
READ MORE: Aleppo ‘opposition’ blocked humanitarian aid & held civilians ‘on some occasions’ – Kerry 
The so-called moderate opposition has effectively ceased to exist in Syria, hijacked by armed extremists, Russia's former UN ambassadortold the General Assembly in December last year.
Having pointed to the scale of destruction in Syria, Vitaly Churkin, now late, said it was "a result of the mindless foreign policy of several international and regional players who once decided to change the leadership in Damascus and to redraw drastically the political, ethnic, confessional, and economic map of the region."
But despite having "extensive financial, logistical, and propaganda support" from the outside, "the elusive concept of 'moderate Syrian opposition' has effectively failed," the Russian diplomat then said.

White House Admits Defeat in SyriaBy Finian Cunningham

July 21, 2017 "Information Clearing House" - 

President Trump's announcement this week to end the CIA's covert arming of militants in Syria is an admission of defeat. The US has lost its six-year war for regime change in the Arab country. It's time to wrap it up.
It's not over yet, of course. It remains to be seen if Trump's decision can in fact be implemented. Can the CIA be reined in to obey orders? Will the US be able to stop regional client regimes, like Saudi Arabia, from stepping up their covert supply of American weapons to the militants in Syria?

Also, Trump's decision does not mean the US and its allies will withdraw ground and air forces from Syria, where they are illegally operating in violation of international law.
Nevertheless, the American president's declared ending of the CIA's role in fueling the insurgency in Syria should be seen as a welcome move. It is the right thing to do, and a brave one also because of the anti-Russia flak he is bound to receive for taking the decision. It would have been politically expedient for Trump to have not pulled the plug on the CIA in Syria. But by doing so, he is bound to compound the anti-Russia hysteria gripping Washington and large sections of the media accusing him of being a "Kremlin stooge".
Any rational person would have to agree that the best way to end the violence in Syria is for foreign countries to halt pouring weapons into the country. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has long maintained this logical position: if nations want Syria's bloodshed to stop, as they claim, then they should stop supplying arms and cut out sponsoring militant groups.
By its own admission, the US has been funneling weapons into Syria since at least 2013, according to media reports, and probably before that date right back to the beginning of the war in March 2011. Not only the US but its NATO partners, Britain, France and Turkey, as well as regional allies Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Israel. This is an admission of a criminal conspiracy to destabilize a sovereign country by supporting illegally armed anti-government militant groups. It matters little whether these groups are arbitrarily designated "moderate rebels". They are illegally armed.
With a Syrian death toll of up to 400,000 over six years of war, millions of refugees and a culturally rich country driven to the brink of destruction, it is blindingly obvious that Trump made the right call to at least partially reduce the flow of weapons, by ending the CIA program. It is well past time to bring the US-led criminal assault on Syria to an end.
Trump's call was also a brave one because the US media immediately and predictably depicted the move as a "concession to Russia". With the US president already being assailed with endless accusations of "colluding" with Russia in winning the election to the White House last year, his decision to leash the dogs of war in Syria this week only lends more grist to the Russophobia rumor mill.

The Washington Post headlined the news with: "Trump ends covert CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels in Syria, a move sought by Moscow".
Several other US media outlets followed suit, making snide comments that the move "will please the Kremlin" and that Trump was "appeasing Putin" by closing down the CIA covert operations in Syria.
The American corporate media persist with the myth that the CIA has been backing "moderate rebels". When in reality, the "moderate rebels" and the "terrorist jihadists" are one and the same motley army of mercenaries. 
Mercenaries who have barbarized the Syrian people with sickening massacres, under the tutelage of the CIA and other foreign military services.
With contorted logic, US media spin that Trump's shuttering of the CIA program to train "moderate rebels" in Syria may now strengthen the hand of "extremists".The president is accused of capitulating to Putin on Syria. There are mutterings in the US media suggesting that this is what Trump talked about with Putin during their meetings in Hamburg at the G20 summit earlier this month. Especially, during the so-called "secret meeting" in front of 18 other heads of state while at dinner.
What the incorrigible lying US media don't get is that American involvement in Syria has been a criminal enterprise from the get-go, constituting a monumental crime against peace and humanity. The US-sponsored terrorism in Syria has gone on for far too long. No amount of sanitizing by the media can alter that brutal truth.
It was Russia's principled decision at the end of 2015 to intervene in Syria, in accordance with international law, that began to bring the criminal conspiracy to an end. Two years on, the Syrian state is beginning to get the upper-hand over the foreign-backed militant groups that have ravaged the country. Russia's military support has been vital to that impending victory.
"The shuttering of the [CIA] program is also an acknowledgment of Washington's limited leverage and desire to remove Assad from power," noted the Washington Post.
In other words, begrudgingly, the US war for regime change in Syria is being acknowledged as a defeat. And it is Russia that ensured that defeat.The Washington Post quotes one US official as saying more openly: "It is a momentous decision. Putin won in Syria."
Rather than coming clean and admitting that the US has been engaged in a sordid, criminal war on Syria which it has finally lost, the American media are now spinning Trump's ending of CIA operations as a "concession" to Russia.
For all his flaws, and there are many, at least Donald Trump knows when to admit that the US war in Syria is a loser. And despite the carping Russophobia trying to box him in, Trump appears ready to take the right decision to bring this criminal American war to an end.
Finian Cunningham has written extensively on international affairs, with articles published in several languages. He is a Master’s graduate in Agricultural Chemistry and worked as a scientific editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, England, before pursuing a career in newspaper journalism. He is also a musician and songwriter. For nearly 20 years, he worked as an editor and writer in major news media organisations, including The Mirror, Irish Times and Independent.
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From Newsweek
Newsweek,21 July, 2017
The head of Special Forces said Friday that Russia had established a more credible foothold than the U.S. in Syria, and that Moscow could use this influence to essentially expel his forces.
Addressing a security conference at the Aspen Institute, Special Operations Command chief Army General Raymond Thomas said that, while counterterrorism remained a priority for his forces, international law could prevent the U.S. from maintaining a long-term presence in Syria, where its intervention has been declared illegal by the  government. Russia is also involved in the fight against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and other jihadists in Syria, but entered at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, something that Thomas said could allow Moscow to make a solid case for the U.S.'s departure.
Here's the conundrum: We are operating in the sovereign country of Syria. The Russians, their stalwarts, their backstoppers have already uninvited the Turks from Syria. We're a bad day away from the Russians saying, 'Why are you still in Syria, U.S.?,'" Thomas said.
"If the Russians play that card, we could want to stay and have no ability to do it," he added.
Russian soldiers, on armored vehicles, patrol a street in Aleppo, Syria, February 2017. The Syrian military's successful recapture of Aleppo has widely been considered a turning point in the war and demonstrated how Russia's support was crucial to Assad's efforts to reestablish control over areas lost to rebels and jihadists.OMAR SANADIKI/REUTERS
The U.S. and Russia are both battling ISIS in Syria, but they back different factions that hold opposing views on Syria's political future. The U.S. backs the Syrian Democratic Forces, which Thomas said Special Forces helped name in order to distance themselves from the Kurdish nationalist People's Protection Units (YPG). Thomas also confirmed that the CIA has  cut ties with other Syrian rebel groups that have attempted to overthrow Assad since 2011. Russia and Iran support the Syrian military and its allies, which reject the national aspirations of Kurdish groups, the ultraconservative Sunni Muslim ideology of jihadists and calls for political upheaval by the opposition.
Assad, along with his Russian counterpart, President Vladimir Putin, has continually demanded that the U.S. and other countries opposed to the Syrian government respect the country's national sovereignty. While President Donald Trump appeared to adhere to this view more so than his predecessor, he took a more aggressive approach in April when he ordered an unprecedented attack on a Syrian air force base, claiming it was the origins of chemical weapons strike on civilians days prior. Assad and Putin have denied these allegations, and the legality of the strike has come into question among experts.A U.S army soldier holds a gun as he stands guard next to an armored vehicle as Brett McGurk, U.S. envoy to the coalition against Islamic State militant group (ISIS), visits the town of Tabqa, Syria June 29, 2017. The U.S. is also involved in the fight against ISIS, but backs a different faction from Russia not associated with the Syrian government.RODI SAID/REUTERS
The U.S. argues that it does not intend to target pro-government forces, but has done so on a number of occasions, arguing self-defense of its unilaterally declared "deconfliction zone." A series of attacks on fighters supportive of Assad in the country's south and the shooting down of Syrian military jet in the north have been met with fury by Russia, which went as far as to say last month it would begin targeting U.S-led coalition aircraft. Thomas alluded to this and other incidents between pro-government and U.S.-backed forces, calling them "close calls" that could ultimately lead to Russia questioning the U.S.'s presence in Syria once ISIS is defeated.
The two powers have pursued an uneasy rapprochement in recent weeks and have negotiated a cease-fire between the military and rebels in the country's southwest. Tensions remains, however, as the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Syria's armed forces dislodge ISIS from territory in and around its de facto capital of Raqqa, establishing their own presence along the way.

ISIS in Philippines funded by ISIS in Syria

Sa, 22/07/2017 - 06:21

ISIS command helped Philippine militants seize Marawi through funding & recruits – report

RT,20 July, 2017
A new report has revealed that the Islamic State central command in Syria has been steadily funding militants in the Philippines, helping them seize the city of Marawi, arranging funding and carrying out recruitment.

The report was published by the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict, and listed examples of how Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) provided assistance for terrorist groups in Southeast Asia.

As one example, it detailed how a top IS figure from Malaysia, Dr. Mahmud Ahmad, collaborated with the terrorist group’s command in Syria to receive funding and secure international recruits to ensure Maute militants took control of territory in the Philippines.

Back in June, AFP cited a Philippine armed forces commander as saying that IS had channeled $600,000 through the doctor. The report added that he was also a peacemaker for two key Indonesian terrorist groups, helping them to “temporarily unite despite bitter rivalries.”

The latest document comes after Marawi, in the southern Philippines, fell into the hands of militants from the Maute group for several weeks, after they seized the city in May.

The militants raised the IS flag and announced they had set up a new province of their "caliphate."

The report, however, suggests that “direct funding” from IS wasn’t the group’s main source of support for the Philippine militants. While IS transferred tens of thousands of dollars via Western Union, it mainly assisted with local recruiters and fundraising in the country, it says.

In the early days of operations, soldiers discovered nearly $1.5 million in cash and checks in a Marawi house, but the home belonged to a well-known lender and it wasn’t clear if the funds were for the militants’ operations.President Rodrigo Duterte accused the Maute militants of drug dealing to raise money, but did not provide evidence to back up the claim.

As for local recruitment, this reportedly took place during 2016 across university campuses in Mindanao in the Philippines, via Muslim student associations and their alumni at Catholic institutions and at state universities and polytechnic institutes.New recruits would take the oath of loyalty [to the terrorist group] and then be asked to open a bank account, the ATM card for which would be given to treasurer of the local cell, who often had several at once in his or her possession,” the report detailed.

Indonesia blocks access to Telegram over ‘terrorist propaganda’ concerns

The recruits were often from well-off families, and were able “to contribute substantially to the cause.”

Recruitment in the name of IS also allegedly took place at Muslim charities and ‘dakwah’ religious centers, but the institutions were not necessarily aware of it, according to the report.

The 30-page report is based on research from a field trip to Mindanao, the island where the embattled Marawi is located, where interviews were carried out with people close to Indonesian terrorists in the Philippines, as well as intercepted messages from militants on Telegram.

The report noted that the Filipino jihadists have created an international network through Telegram groups, with “their reports from the field translated instantly into English, Tagalog, Arabic, Turkish, German and Indonesian.”

This assistance may increase the terrorist threat to neighboring Indonesia, which has seen numerous IS-inspired attacks in recent years, the research warned. The Indonesian government’s concern is that about 20 Indonesian militants who have reportedly joined IS forces in Mindanao will acquire the equipment and skills to carry out attacks back at home.

The report urges key Southeast Asian countries to step up security and intel sharing, impeded by “the deep-seated political distrust between the Philippines and Malaysia.”

An “up-to-date, integrated watch-list of extremists across the region” is needed, because “as of July 2017, for example, neither the Maute brothers, Dr. Mahmud nor [high-ranking Indonesian militant] Bahrumsyah were on Interpol’s ‘Red Alert’ list of wanted terrorists.”
READ MORE: HomeNews Philippines official proposes Muslim-only ID cards to tackle extremism
The document said, however, that the first step should still be liberating Marawi, as the seizure of territory there has lifted the morale of IS-inspired terrorists across the region.
The initial photographs from Marawi released over social media as the ISIS assault began – smiling fighters hold guns aloft on trucks – seemed to have the same impact as the iconic ISIS victory photos from Mosul in 2014.
They generated a shared sense of triumph and strengthened the desire of ISIS supporters in the region to join the battle,”the report said.

The BBC goes after Graham Phillips

Sa, 22/07/2017 - 05:50
From independent investigative journalist, Graham Phillips

Why the BBC Have Come After Me…

The UK’s position on the Ukraine situation has been becoming increasingly aggressive:

The imprisonment of Ben Stimson:
Increasing their support of the Ukrainian military:
The case of Ben Stimson was a link up between the BBC and the UK government, with the BBC stitching Ben up – 
and the government locking him up. 

That was the 11th, on the 17th, I got this email from the BBC (screenshots pictured).
Hi Graham, My name’s Sam Bright – I work for the BBC in London.
I’m currently writing a story for BBC Trending about the work of individuals such as Patrick Lancaster, Russell Bentley and yourself in eastern Ukraine.We would obviously be interested in speaking to you for this story, to hear your views. We would like to ask you generally about your experiences, and about how you use the internet to fund your work and spread your message.Let me know if this would be possible. I look forward to hearing from you.Many thanks,Sam Bright

I replied:
Sam,No offence to you personally, as I don’t know you, and you may be a nice guy, but  the BBC are a shower of despicable, disgraceful, disgraced propagandists, not to be trusted in any circumstances. And so my response would be something like:shame on you bunch of lying, propagandising scoundrels for bringing journalism into disrepute, and my country into disrepute. Where are your morals, ethics, or integrity? How can you be so entirely dishonest in your coverage, and reportage? It’s rank deceit.

The BBC is fake news, outright lies, and I’m having absolutely no part of your odious operation, in any way. Actually, you disgust me. I always work to report the truth – that means I work against the BBC, who work to twist, and distort the truth, at every turn.

I think that covers it for now,

GrahamOn the 20th, Sam replied: 
Hi Graham,We’re planning to run a story on the BBC News website about your crowdfunding and activities in eastern Ukraine.
Specifically we’re reporting that since November 2013, you have been covering the conflict and that you were formerly employed by Zvezda. We are reporting that you have been banned from entering Ukraine on the grounds of national security and that the Ukrainian government has issued an open letter to the UK authorities condemning your activities.
We are also noting that you say you have financed your activities entirely through crowdfunding from January 2016, and that you have raised roughly £7,000 through crowdfunding websites since that time.
We are reporting that you have frequently travelled to Donbass, despite your travel ban. We are also noting that the site JustGiving removed one of your appeals in July 2015, because of your defiance of the travel ban. We are reporting that you have been filmed navigating a drone with the help of soldiers in Donbass and have interviewed Ukrainian prisoners of war.

If you have any comment on the above or would like to reconsider the possibility of an interview, please let me know.Sam Bright
Reporter | BBC
So, it’s clear what line the BBC are going to take – that I ‘worked for Russian military tv channel Zvezda‘ – I did, briefly, at the end of 2014, start of 15. They gave  me freedom as a correspondent (pictured in a Zvezda piece), I did my own thing, sent my pieces to them, had contact only with producers there, like any channel. Yet, still, I made the decision to end my working arrangement with them, and since March 2015, have been fully independent, worked only for myself.Will the BBC cover this? They will, but they are clearly going to make out that I’ve only raised £7000 via crowdfunding,
 clearly that doesn’t cover costs, there must be some sort of shadowy, Russian sponsor etc…. 
the truth is much more prosaic, that I’ve raised a bit more via my Paypal, and indivisual donations, but actually I live modestly, and yeah, it is a sometimes a struggle to get by. But, that’s the life I’ve chosen, and I accept it.
Be sure that the BBC journalist penning the hatchet piece about me from an  office in London is surely earning much more than myself, and will make no mention that I’ve sacrificed an apartment in Odessa, any number of material comforts offered by working for channels, to go it alone, and dedicate my life to reporting the truth. There will be nothing about the hundreds of videos I’ve made giving those in Donass a voice, being first at the scene where no other western correspondents were, the many documentary films
No, it’s going to be that I’ve frequently ‘returned to Donbass while being banned  from there’, and the flying a drone with the help of soldiers, interviewing Ukrainian prisoners of war. 
As for the drone, I did fly that with members of the people’s militia around, and they could hardly not be, given that it was positions. And indeed, as I’ve been completely open about, as with everything – they advised me on where would be most interesting to fly it. And, really, so what?
And the interviewing Ukrainian prisoners of war – 
sure, I’ve done that a lot of times. But, Ukrainian forces have taken me captive twice, interviewed me at gunpoint, put a bag over my head for a day, kept me in a darkened room without food or water.  
Not to mention stolen a great deal of my possessions. So, I earned my right to interview Ukrainian POWs the hard way, and actually, I always stay within reasonable boundaries.But, all of that will be put forward to make me out to be some sort of a bad guy. No mention of the tens of thousands I’ve raised for humanitarian work in Donbass, the ongoing support of the children’s home in Lutugino, for example.  And the rrest, that I’m some sort of Russian spy, propagandist etc. Not mentioning that I’ve often spoken of not liking the RT channel, after how they treated me, and ended my own contract with Zvezda. And am, of course, British, with no connection at all to Russia, other than that it’s a country I’m interested in, like, like doing reportage from – as others, Serbia, for example.
So, why did I refuse to speak to the BBC, as some have asked?Because the story they have decided to write is pre-determined. Anything I say to them would only be turned around and used against me, and more, I would be complicit, thus compromised, in their hit piece on me, which all leads to the question – why are they doing it?
Clearly, the BBC have been tasked to do a hit piece on me, to set public opinion against me, so that if the UK government do try to take steps against me, there won’t be any public uproar, or outcry – as there wasn’t with Ben.But, it’s a clumsy attempt from them, and it’s not going to work. However the fact they even tried it shows which way the wind is blowing in the UK.
I replied to Sam:Samuel, again, this is not personal because I don’t know you, but the BBC are not to be trusted in any way. I’ve seen many times the deceit, and propaganda the BBC have, and do, perpetuate.I’m not going to be any part of it.
So, it’s a no, and will always be that way. It is your right to reprint parts of these emails I have sent you. But, that’s it. I stand for honest, truthful journalism, of integrity. The BBC is fake news, lies, propaganda.Regards, Graham
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Reflections on NZ's "weather bomb" and denial

Sa, 22/07/2017 - 02:41
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A weather bomb hits New Zealand

In the last 24 hours New Zealand has been hit by what can only be called a “weather bomb”, not for the first time this winter.
An indication of what hit New Zealand can be gained from the following weather map in which the whole country can be seen.

Also listening to a report on Radio NZ this morning it was reported that a rain gauge had indicated rain of 200 mm (8 inches) had fallen overnight whereas the average for the whole of July is 45 mm (1.8 inches).
A state of emergency has been declared for Dunedin and Timaru in the South Island and the army has been called in to help.

  • Dunedin, Timaru, Waitaki, Selwyn and the wider Otago region have all declared a state of 
  • emergency.
  • About 100 homes have been evacuated from Outram, a rural town west of Dunedin. Residents have been evacuated from Mosgiel and Henley.
  • The NZ Army has been called in to assist Civil Defence in Timaru and to take a sick Oamaru child to Dunedin.
  • South Cantabrians living near flood-prone areas have been urged to prepare for evacuation.
  • Homeowners have decided to leave some properties in North Otago after rising floodwaters submerged streets and bridges.
  • Wastewater was overflowing into some streets in Dunedin.
  • Civil Defence were preparing to evacuate some parts of Mosgiel if required.
  • Access to Milton, south of Dunedin, has been closed with State Highway 1 blocked north and south of the town.
  • Homes in Ashburton and eastern Christchurch were flooded on Friday morning.
  • Drivers were trapped in their cars in floodwaters near Rakaia in Canterbury.
  • Power is out in following roads in Dunedin: Old Brighton Road, Green Island Bush Road, St Leonards Drive, Berwick, Henley, Anzac Ave
  • Dunedin is expected to get the most rain - up to 200mm over a 27-hour period. Parts of Canterbury could receive up to 180mm of rain before noon Saturday.
  • The flooding has closed roads throughout Canterbury and Otago, including State Highway 1. The only highway connecting Canterbury and Otago is SH8 between Twizel and Omarama, but chains are essential.
  • SH7 Lewis Pass has reopened.
  • Up-to-date road conditions - full list.
  • The storm in pictures.
  • How to prepare for a storm.
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You’d think that people would be getting the idea that this is linked with, not just climate change but climate change happening “faster than previously expected”.
Instead Ms. Kim Hill said “this is not just weather – it’s a weather event, isn’t it?”
Wow, Kim, that’s radical, isn’t it?
It's possible to say anything when you just look at what is happening on your doorstep and you are unaware (or purposefully ignore) the evidence of what is happening on a global scale.
Typical of reactions is from a friend who was supposed to visit but put off his visit on account of the weather forecast despite my saying that the rain wasn’t that bad.
It turns out that Wellington was one of the few places in the country that was spared.
@page { margin: 2cm } p { margin-bottom: 0.25cm; line-height: 120% } Rather than just be grateful my friend is saying “you can’t trust the weather forecasters”
What I can forgive in my friends I can't in public figures such as RNZ broadcaster who, in theory at least, are paid to bring us the NEWS, not pull the wool over our eyes.
I spend quite a lot of my time observing the weather in my locality and looking for patterns.  One thing I have observed in the last few years is a drought that never quite goes away in winter, despite periods of wet weather, illustrated by the fact that one of our friends living on the land had to get a water truck in, not in the middle of a summer drought but in the first half of winter.
There is no doubt that this has been a extraordinarily cold winter in New Zealand (certainly in comparison with previous years).
What I have noticed, above all, is that it has not been so much cold as damp. Here in Wellington we have not seen the sun for many days on end. It is as if we have a constant and complete covering of thick cloud that obliterates the sun.
Most importantly the winds that we are usually buffeted with (from the north and from the south alternately) have been missing and frequently there simply isn't any air movement in "Windy Welly".
Take this, from NZ Metservice:
DEVELOPING NEWS 9:20AM – SYSTEM ‘STALLS’ OVER PARTS OF CANTERBURY.Our major winter storm will continue to cause challenges and problems through the day, with heavy rain, gales and snow lowering to low levels. This is significant event & people should keep up to date, through radio, news and social media.
I have observed that frequently, instead of moving quickly across the country as has historically been the case, weather systems STALL, so that even after a major weather event the usual clear, sunny weather that is typical is absent.
Look at this forecast for Dunedin (the epicentre of the weather bomb) for the next week.   Not much let up here for the poor people of Dunedin!

Now look at the weather map in the lead-up to yesterday's rain (from 36 hours ago)....
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And compare that with the situation as of an hour ago (after the weather event). 
No "calm-after the- storm" for New Zealand!

The present pattern (if there is one) is completely different from what I have experienced for the previous 60 years of my life.
I have never seen weather getting "stuck" like this at any time before this.
The reactions I get from people is either people going around with their eyes shut and thinking dualistically ("isn't it 'nice' weather today" or "isn't the weather horrible?"). 
A good proportion of society, aged 40 or less, have no idea what more-or-less stable weather is like.
The weather I experienced growing up in the 60's has more in common with the weather my father experienced growing up in the 20's than anything we have now.
When I point out my observations people's responses are like my friend who pointed out that there was a frost a couple of days ago - so somehow that made my observations invalid, despite the fact that this may have been the first or second frost in a winter that is theoretically half over.

That brings me back to denial.....
When I started to realise that climate change is happening "faster than previously expected" and that many positive feedbacks later we have passed numerous trigger points that weren't supposed to happen until 2100 so that, at the very least, human civilisation is doomed - or, if you have any understanding of conservation biology and habitat - we are headed for the precipice, not in 2100 but in short order.
I have always seen Nevil Shute's  On the Beach as being, not only about a nuclear holocaust but about denial and how people respond to their inevitable, short-term demise.
In this piece, "Dr. Doom", scientist  Julian Osborn is telling a few home truths about background radiation when he encounters the inability of c Holmes, wife of an Australian naval officer to deal with the truth.
In the past I was also a party pooper by insisting  on telling the truth like the character in the film.  The responses have often been similar to those in this scene.

By the end of the film, when the radiation cloud reaches Melbourne and people are directly confronted by their near-term mortality Julian Osborn commits suicide with carbon monoxide poisoning after doing what he wanted to do most in his life - win a race with his racing car, while the chief denier, Mary, ends her life, and those of her children, with cyanide while Cmndr Towers and the crew of the submarine Sawfish decide to "go back home" - to a home that no longer exists, to families that are long dead.


This has set me thinking about my own position now that the news on every front gets worse and worse and our demise (either as a species or as a civilisation - take your pick) it may in fact be better to just inform those "with little dust in their eyes" and not insist that we are all doomed (which I believe with every cell in my body).

To those people who say that because I don't have any "solutions" I'd better not tell the truth I have very little to say.

I also have zero respect.

All this brings back an interaction with Nigel, a Green Party wallah who tried to convince me there was "scientific proof" (his words, not mine - I kid you not), that to be successful a "message" had to be 80% "positive" - one of the most blatant justification for LYING.

People like Nigel, or the liars at Radio NZ and elsewhere, will always feel the lashing of my tongue while I have breath in my body.  They are responsible and don't have the privilege of being deluded.

As for the rest I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that it does little good to disturb the illusions of those who are incapable, or unwilling to see things as they are although, with my restricted lifestyle I am quickly running out of things to say to such people.

Like the characters in On the Beach they will come to a realisation - in the end.

In the meantime my main wish is that people live their lives fully.
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