Wednesday 11th of December 2019

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by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2019-12-11 17:37

French writer Michel Houellebecq’s new novel Serotonin would be funny if it wasn’t so sad. Released in the United States on November 19, the novel concerns a man in his mid-40s named Florent-Claude Labrouste who’s at the end of his rope. He is profoundly depressed, for reasons that start with his name and extend into every aspect of his life (Houellebecq says he’s “essentially deprived of reasons to live and of reasons to die”). Consequently, Labrouste untethers himself from his unsatisfying relationship with his 26-year-old Japanese swinger girlfriend and his career analyzing apricot sales for France’s Ministry of Agriculture, and goes “voluntarily missing.” He wanders into the countryside in search of a vague reason to keep going and reconnect with old flames. Instead he finds an economy and society in slow-motion collapse.

Labrouste is a victim of his own expectations and past romantic failures. Like Houellebecq’s other protagonists from Whatever to Submission to Platform to The Elementary Particles, he is a sexually messed-up loser who has failed to find any kind of lasting fulfillment or meaning in life.


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Are we seeing the end of a French enthusiasm, now lost for many decades, basically since the end of WW2, and turning into the neurotic despair of a cheese-making artisan industry when the milk of kindness has become a nightly psychological nightmare? Is Houellebecq telling the truth in a mirror, or is he hoping to manufacture a "degringolade" of the last bastion of the French spirit? Are all French people neurotic? Is there a few psychopaths amongst them to salvage a bit of pride, no matter what?


With a general strike now in its second month, with the Yellow Vest having reached one year of weekend protests, with many no-go areas around Paris due to drugs and religious extremism, with the peasants unhappy about the price for their melons due to the US trade sanctions — one can only hope that things will improve for the revolutionary Napoleonians... But of course Macron is still going to increase the cost of gasoline and diesel fuel, while giving his rich mates some tax relief so they can pitch in "his" reconstruction of Notre-Dame. At least the destruction of this edifice was not "deliberate" unlike the demolition of our Allianz stadium on a whim...

Many "real" French people seem to have gone back into their own "coquille" (shell) — a little like snails that hide from a lack of rain. Meanwhile, Houellebecq may not be a great inspiring philosopher but one that holds distorting mirrors like those that stop amusing us at Luna Park, as we crash against an invisible window pane.


Lucky Aussies, we can hope for more blue skies ahead, once the smoke has lifted, then we will lick the multicoloured ice-cream before it drips on our pants... Life is good...


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by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2019-12-11 16:59





Can We Impeach The FBI Now?

Read the Horowitz Report. It proves the bureau unleashed an abusive, full-spectrum spying campaign to destroy Trump before and after his election.

The release of Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report, which shows that the Democrats, media, and FBI lied about not interfering in an election, will be a historian’s marker for how a decent nation fooled itself into self-harm. Forget about foreigners influencing our elections; it was us.

The Horowitz Report is being played by the media for its conclusion: that the FBI’s intel op run against the Trump campaign was not politically motivated and thus “legal.” That covers one page of the 476-page document, but because it fits with the Democratic/mainstream media narrative that Trump is a liar, the rest has been ignored. “The rest,” of course, is a detailed description of America’s domestic intelligence apparatus, aided by its overseas intelligence apparatus, and assisted by its Five Eyes allies’ intelligence apparatuses. And the conclusion is that they unleashed a full-spectrum spying campaign against a presidential candidate in order to influence an election, and when that failed, they tried to delegitimize a president.

We learn from the Horowitz Report that it was an Australian diplomat, Alexander Downer, a man with ties to his own nation’s intel services and the Clinton Foundation, who set up a meeting with Trump staffer George Papadopoulos, creating the necessary first bit of info to set the plan in motion. We find the FBI exaggerating, falsifying, and committing wicked sins of omission to buffalo the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) courts into approving electronic surveillance on Team Trump to overtly or inadvertently monitor the communications of Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, Jared Kushner, Michael Flynn, Jeff Sessions, Steve Bannon, Rick Gates, Trump transition staffers, and likely Trump himself. Trump officials were also monitored by British GCHQ, the information shared with their NSA partners, a piece of all this still not fully public.

We learn that the FBI greedily consumed the Steele Dossier, opposition “research” bought by the Clinton campaign to smear Trump with allegations of sex parties and pee tapes. Most notoriously, the dossier claims he was a Russian plant, a Manchurian Candidate, owned by Kremlin intelligence through a combination of treats (land deals in Moscow) and threats (kompromat over Trump’s evil sexual appetites). The Horowitz Report makes clear the FBI knew the Dossier was bunk, hid that conclusion from the FISA court, and purposefully lied to the FISA court in claiming that the Dossier was backed up by investigative news reports, which themselves were secretly based on the Dossier. The FBI knew Steele had created a classic intel officer’s information loop, secretly becoming his own corroborating source, and gleefully looked the other way because it supported his goals.

Horowitz contradicts media claims that the Dossier was a small part of the case presented to the FISA court. He finds that it was “central and essential.” And it was garbage: “factual assertions relied upon in the first [FISA] application targeting Carter Page were inaccurate, incomplete, or unsupported by appropriate documentation, based upon information the FBI had in its possession at the time the application was filed.” One of Steele’s primary sources, tracked down by FBI, said Steele had misreported several of the most troubling allegations of potential Trump blackmail and campaign collusion.

We find human dangles, what Lisa Page referred to as “our OCONUS lures” (OCONUS is spook-speak for Outside CONtinental US) in the form of a shady Maltese academic, Joseph Mifsud, who himself has deep ties to multiple U.S. intel agencies and the Pentagon, paying Trump staffers for nothing speeches to buy access to them. We find a female FBI undercover agent inserted into social situations with a Trump staffer (pillow talk is always a spy’s best friend). It becomes clear the FBI sought to manufacture a foreign counterintelligence threat as an excuse to unleash its surveillance tools against the Trump campaign.



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by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2019-12-11 15:58

NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean and his federal counterpart Sussan Ley have broken ranks with some Coalition colleagues and blamed Australia's devastating bushfires on climate change.

Key points:

  • Bushfires have so far destroyed more than 720 homes and 2.7 million hectares of land in NSW this season
  • Six people have also been killed
  • Mr Kean and Ms Ley are blaming climate change, but some of their Coalition colleagues don't agree


Speaking on Radio National this morning, Mr Kean, who is also the state's Energy Minister, used strong rhetoric to describe the blazes, that have so far destroyed more than 720 homes in NSW.

"We cannot deny that these fires have been going on for weeks and we need to address the causes of them," he said.

"We need to be doing our bit to make sure we mitigate or adapt to these more extreme weather events happening and we do our bit to abate carbon and reduce the impact of climate change."

His comments come after Prime Minister Scott Morrison was yesterday criticised on social media for announcing updates to his Government's religious discrimination bill in Sydney, as the city choked through air quality 12 times "hazardous levels" in some areas.

This morning, Ms Ley told ABC Radio Sydney: "The dryness of the vegetation, particularly in the north of NSW, and the reduced streamflow is creating unprecedented [conditions]."

"That's what climate science has told me and I completely agree with it."


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Yes, apart from Ley and Kean, the idiots of the Liberal (CONservative) party would rather sink in their own shit than admit the science of global warming is CORRECT... When next year (2020) could be a bit more wet/humid than 2019, they will tell us that they were right, but by 2021, worse will come a-crescendo... By then, we will be on the way to about 5 degrees Celsius above average for 2100, with all the trauma that this will bring to the planet in such a short time... And Albanese has no clue either... Sad.



Global warming is real and Anthropogenic


Print this on a self-adhesive paper and stick it where it's not illegal...

by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2019-12-11 10:28


By Dmitry Sudakov

 09.12.2019 22:29

WADA wants to bury Russian athletes alive

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has suspended Russia from all international competitions - including Olympic Games and world championships - for four years. Russian athletes will receive the right to participate in them if it is confirmed that they are "clean." However, they will be able to perform only under the neutral flag (including at the World Cup in Qatar in 2022). In addition, Russia will not be allowed to host major world championships, nor will it be able to apply for them, while Russian officials will not be able to attend them. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) will lose the right to test athletes for doping.

Russia will thus miss: 

2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo

2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing

2022 World Cup in Qatar

2021 World Student Games  

2023 World Student Games

Because of the ban, Russia probably will not be able to host the 2020 World Chess Olympiad, 2020 and 2021 World Ice Hockey Championships, the 2021 Women Hockey World Championship, the 2021 Beach Soccer World Cup, the 2022 Volleyball Men's World Championship, the World Wrestling Championship in 2022, the 2023 Summer Universiade-2023, the World Ice Hockey Championship in 2023 and other competitions. Their venues will be rescheduled, while Russian athletes will be able to take part in those tournaments only in neutral status, if proved clean.

145 athletes, whose doping samples disappeared from the database of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, were thus removed from competitions. The names of the athletes remain unknown. Russia delivered the database to WADA in January 2019 in order to lift all restrictions on participation in international competitions. Having studied the base, WADA experts came to conclusion that someone had made changes to it. The story continued until the beginning of 2019, although by that time the Russian Investigative Committee had seized the base as material evidence on the case of the former head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, Grigory Rodchenkov.

The head of RUSADA, Yuri Ganus, called WADA's new claims a "tragedy." Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called it an "anti-Russian series." Ganus suggested that it was Russian sports officials, who authorized changes to the database of doping samples to protect the reputation of former athletes, who currently take high positions. PM Dmitry Medvedev called WADA's sanctions "a continuation of the anti-Russian hysteria that has taken a chronic form."

WADA originally wanted to bar Russian athletes from international sports competitions entirely. The head of the WADA Compliance Review Committee (CRC), Jonathan Taylor, said that the agency was seriously considering a possibility to remove Russian athletes from competitions entirely, but former athletes assumed that representatives of a new generation of Russian athletes should have an opportunity to participate in competitions."

Russia may appeal against WADA's decision within 21 days. In the next ten days, the RUSADA Supervisory Board will announce whether Russia is going to file a lawsuit at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev believes that Russia should fight, but the head of RUSADA, Yuri Ganus, said that Russia would have no chances to win such a lawsuit.

Almost a year ago, Yuri Ganus warned President Putin of the imminent sanctions. However, the Kremlin simply said that Ganus was overreacting as he was not familiar with the process to deliver the data to WADA.

The report from the CRC said that there was a whole team working at the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, for the purpose to conceal changes in the database before delivering it to WADA. It is believed that the team was editing the data related to the winners of the Sochi-2014 Games, who retained their medals following the trial.

As a result, WADA found inconsistencies between the two versions of the databases from the Moscow laboratory. WADA received the first version of the database from Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of the agency, who had fled Russia. The second version was received from the Russian authorities in exchange for restoring the status of RUSADA. During the interval, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation sealed the laboratory as part of the federal investigation. The Russian authorities of the Russian Federation claim that nobody had manipulated the database.



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Well, after the success of the Soccer World Cup in Russia, the West had to find ways of crapping on this country which for all intents and purposes is as clean as the USA and most other countries — apart from the French who are doped to the eyeballs on National Pride. Ethiopians are naturally born runners and thus should be excluded from the Olympics. Coca-Cola, sugar, coffee, chicken buckets and triple-burgers should be banned as they are doping substances that end up clogging toilets (mind you the cofeeeee in the USAAAAA is total crap). Muslim countries should be banned for not allowing their female athlete to compete naked. In regard to Orstraya, we need a handicap point system as our elite training sessions have been reduced to coughing fits in smoke hazards. The brazilians should be banned for speaking in a funny Spanish lingo and the italians cannot compete naturally. 


Sport, especially "amateur" sport, has become a massive business to sell beer, shoes with advantageous springy soles, cars that contribute to global warming, and governmental propaganda, amongst other pop-corny thingies.


So, Russia, you can stand with your head high, proud to be Russia. WADA prefers to trust a two-faced traitor, Grigory Rodchenkov, rather than do a proper investigation which would prove that WADA is a useless entity. One cannot fight crap with the truth. This is why they (WADA and the West) are afraid of (from MAD magazine, modified by Gus)  fair competition:


winning too much






by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2019-12-11 09:48


To deal with ‘Russiagate,’ however, Trump has pursued a hard-line policy towards Moscow, expelling Russian diplomats, closing consulates, approving sanctions, and siding with allies such as the UK in their “highly likely”claims – but no evidence – against Russia. That has done nothing to appease or mollify his critics, however, while making any sort of cooperation with Russia on international security issues, counter-terrorism or nuclear disarmament that much more difficult.

The semi-official agenda for the Lavrov-Pompeo meeting is not terribly informative. What could they possibly discuss about Ukraine, when the two countries can’t even settle on basic facts? Russia maintains that it has no troops in the Donbass and that Crimea rejoined its motherland voluntarily, after a US-backed coup in Kiev. Meanwhile, Washington insists Russia “invaded and occupied” Crimea and the Donbass after freedom and democracy came to “Kyiv” with Victoria Nuland’s pastries.

Russia sent an expeditionary force to Syria at the invitation of Damascus, and has been fighting terrorists ranging from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) to rebranded Al-Qaeda, and everything in between. The US, whose troops are in Syria without legal invitation, has recently redeployed them to occupy oil wells and deny them to the government – which it never gave up on overthrowing.


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I think that the writer of the article at top is living in dreamland... We've been living in "cacad'oie" (goose-shit) way before Trump's. The Obama years were full of smelly events hidden by nice turn of deceitful phrases, while the G W Bush years were more than shitty all around. If we want to define a post-Reagan shit-dump, we cannot go further forward than Bill Clinton who basically released the phenomenon of derivatives upon the financial system, turning it into a huge gambling den. His Kosovo adventure was a deceitful job as well.  So what is the difference between Trump's crap and the others? Well, Trump does not lie about the shitty colour: he loves it.

by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2019-12-11 09:23

Greenland is losing ice seven times faster than it was in the 1990s. 

The assessment comes from an international team of polar scientists who've reviewed all the satellite observations over a 26-year period. 

They say Greenland's contribution to sea-level rise is currently tracking what had been regarded as a pessimistic projection of the future.

It means an additional 7cm of ocean rise could now be expected by the end of the century from Greenland alone.

This threatens to put many millions more people in low-lying coastal regions at risk of flooding. 

It's estimated roughly a billion live today less than 10m above current high-tide lines, including 250 million below 1m. 

"Storms, if they happen against a baseline of higher seas - they will break flood defences," said Prof Andy Shepherd, of Leeds University.

"The simple formula is that around the planet, six million people are brought into a flooding situation for every centimetre of sea-level rise. So, when you hear about a centimetre rise, it does have impacts," he told BBC News.

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Arctic intruder

Shannon Hall, aboard the Polarstern in the Arctic Ocean

Science  15 Nov 2019:

Vol. 366, Issue 6467, pp. 792-793


Scientists on an unusual expedition, known as the Multidisciplinary Drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC), are spending 1 year drifting with the pack ice, collecting data on how climate change is affecting the environment. But they have to contend with a force that can throw off their measurements: their own ship. The 118-meter-long Polarstern is a sophisticated floating lab that allows MOSAiC scientists to study the atmosphere, sea ice, ocean, and life. But the vessel and the equipment it carries also produce noise, light, heat, and other forms of pollution that can ruin measurements in this pristine environment.




by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2019-12-11 07:41

NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean says "no one can deny" that climate change is to blame for the smoke haze choking Sydney as bushfires burn across NSW.

In the state government's strongest comments yet on the link between climate change and bushfires, Mr Kean said: "This is not normal and doing nothing is not a solution".

Mr Kean, who spoke at the Smart Energy Summit in Sydney on Tuesday as smoke blanketed the city, said the weather conditions were "exactly what the scientists have warned us would happen".

"Longer drier periods, resulting in more drought and bushfire," Mr Kean said. "If this is not a catalyst for change, then I don't know what is."



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If NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean isn't booted out of his job soon, then the Libs (CONservatives) will find ways to shut him up... What was he doing at the Smart Energy Summit? Is he trying to rock the coal ship/boat and join Greta on the barricades? Is the the only sane person in that party (Libs — CONservatives) of gross idiots? We can see the angry smoke coming out Scum Dogshitson's ears (unless it's his arse that is on fire)...


But fear not... Scum Dogshitson will find a neat way to tell us that Matt Kean is expressing "his" own personal views, "not the official views of the government" or some similar shit, so popular with deranged psychos in this loony government...

by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2019-12-11 07:05

empty seats

It’s baffling enough that we have a Hillsong-ass Prime Minister born and raised in Sydney’s toffish eastern suburbs that has seen it fit to graft himself onto the Shire like a tick on the thigh of a staffy. But that he seemingly discovered ordinary people like sport only around six months ago and has been carrying on like he was born wearing footy boots ever since is something else entirely.


It’s galling enough that he’s faffed about destroyed communities spewing store-bought empathy through the kind of taut-skinned facial expressions that make it patently clear he views every action in terms of votes gained or lost.

But that he’s now doling out empty platitudes on social media about “our” boys and “our” firefighters is the drizzling shits.

It’s the kind of puddle-deep moral fortitude that got us into this mess in the first place; a generation of windsor knotted cowards more concerned with cupping the balls of dying industry than doing anything that might so much as pebble the boat, let alone rock it. All that political stagnation and festering culminating in a leader being the highest flying midge; an inept dork who’d fart blood into his y-fronts if someone told him that’s what an apprenticeship was.

Fuck off with this, Mr Prime Minister. With all of it. Fuck right off mate.



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In regard to the religious discrimination bill,  one cannot help recognising a soft swindle, a sting, a con, a swifty, with the new bill. The first spew did not satisfy the religious mobs. But if you know how the game is played, this was THE PLAN. 


Imagine for a second, developers taking a council to the "land and environment" court for refusing to let them build something that is not within the local codes, knowingly... The council has to present its criteria for refusal while the developers present "amended" plans... The new plans are actually flaunting the code far more than the old ones, with extra storeys, a bigger footprint and smaller gardens... By then, the council does not have any recourse to further challenge THE (new) PLAN. Snookered?... This is what we have seen with this religious discrimination bill... A smart snooker performed by Scum Dogshitson on us. This new bill should be opposed and destroyed with a flame thrower from HELL.





by Gus Leonisky on Tue, 2019-12-10 16:56
The Georgian national killed in Berlin was a murderous terrorist, but Russia had nothing to do with his death, President Vladimir Putin said. He was commenting on Germany’s expulsion of two Russian diplomats.

Last week, the German government banished two Russian diplomats for insufficient cooperation with the police probe into the death of Tornike K, also known as Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, a Georgian national gunned down in Berlin’s Tiergarten Park in August.

Asked about it after the ‘Normandy Four’ meeting in Paris on Monday, Putin said that to call the man a “Georgian” is not quite right, as he is not an ethnic Georgian and had in fact fought for the Chechen militants in the Caucasus.

“He was a militant, a very rough and bloodstained man,” Putin told reporters, noting that he was wanted for an attack that killed 98 people, and was one of the masterminds of the 2004 Moscow metro bombings.  

I don’t know what happened to him. He was part of a bandit environment, anything can happen there.

The two diplomats expelled from Germany had nothing to do with the killing in any case, and Russia will retaliate by expelling two Germans under the tacit rules of diplomacy, Putin added.

Putin’s remarks align with the reporting of US government outlet RFE/RL, which said that Khangoshvili had led a “few dozen fighters” in Chechnya and fought alongside Shamil Basayev – the notorious terrorist leader responsible for the 2002 hostage taking in Moscow’s Dubrovka Theater, the 2004 Beslan school massacre, as well as a series of suicide bombings across Russia.

The Russian president said his government will cooperate with the German police as they investigate the killing. He noted, however, that Russia had asked Germany “more than once” to arrest and extradite the “bandit and murderer”Khangoshvili, as he was wanted for terrorism, but the German authorities refused.

“It would be good to cooperate in other circumstances, not just in time of tragedy,” Putin said.


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by Gus Leonisky on Tue, 2019-12-10 16:45

On climate action, the Coalition is the party of wreck, defer and obfuscate, the party with a shameful and indefensible record.

Katharine Murphy 


Let’s start by acknowledging a few things. December, for prime ministers juggling agendas and commitments on multiple fronts, can be trying. Parliament is over for the year and people want things to be quiet, but politics in the run down to Christmas is about as orderly and elegant as a bus hurtling in the direction of a hairpin bend.

So this is my way of saying Scott Morrison is a busy bloke with a lot on his mind. He’s got a minister under police investigation. He’s got the midyear economic forecast next week. On Monday, cabinet was wrestling with big issues, like the location of defence work and the price regulations governing airports – and that was before a volcano eruption in New Zealand loomed shockingly into view.

The prime minister also managed to avert what would have been a full-on brawl in his party room last week by kicking the release of the latest iteration of the government’s religious discrimination bill into this week. The price for deferring an unseemly fight at an inconvenient juncture was coughing up the new version of that proposal, pronto – hence Tuesday’s hey presto press conference.

While the country was burning.

I mention this final element of the story now not to invoke a gratuitous Nero reference – although that analogy is tempting, if obvious.

I mention it because it’s a fact.

Swathes of the country are burning, and we’ve only just entered summer. While Christian Porter was working through his various concessions on religious discrimination on Tuesday, trying to contain blowback from the churches and from colleagues, dot point by dot point, thick smoke was choking Sydney.

In Canberra, the heat is also blistering, and the smoke from Braidwood rolls in and out, triggering memories of that traumatic January in 2003 that many of us lived through, our treasured possessions tucked in boxes, babies on hips, sheltering friends displaced from the western suburbs of the city; a city ready to flee, watching a red sky, raining ash and burning cinders, houses on fire, trees on fire.


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