Wednesday 22nd of February 2017

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by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2017-02-22 20:52
Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has described the measures taken by the EU to settle the economic crisis in Greece as a “terrible job.” The comment comes as Greece agrees to new reforms that are set to help the country qualify for cheaper loans.

“Isn’t it yet another piece of evidence that the European Union is particularly good at doing a terrible job, but handling what should be a very manageable crisis,” Varoufakis told CNN on Tuesday.

He noted that, in fact, the goals set for Athens are nearly impossible to reach. “The people at the IMF [International Monetary Fund]… told us that the Greek debt is unsustainable and the austerity that is being [imposed] upon Greece is catastrophic for the program itself.”

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by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2017-02-22 17:19

Mr Inglis tracks the split between the left and right on climate change in the US back the global financial crisis, which broke in 2008.

He said prior to that former US Republican president Ronald Reagan had success with the Montreal Protocol to address the hole in the ozone layer, and George HW Bush introduced a cap-and-trade program to address acid rain.

"But then came the great recession, and some people with some vested interests created a wave of publicity that built on to the very high tide of distrust and discontent in America, particularly in the right, and that wave came over the sea wall and shorted out all of the climate change equipment," he said.

"So really we've been bailing ever since and trying to rewire."

What are the conservative answers?

Mr Inglis is certain conservatives can take the lead on addressing climate change, and that the answer is policies based around ideas of free enterprise, limited government and accountability.

He has established a group,, which proposes environmental tax reform in the US.

Specifically, the group wants to eliminate all subsidies for all fuels and "make all fuels fully accountable for all of the costs they bring upon society."

This would mean taking into account the health costs and any damage to the environment.

"So if you made it so the incumbent fuels could no longer subsidise their soot by spreading it all across society and made them accountable for that, well yes the price of their electricity would go up, but not artificially, it would go up to its actual cost," he said.

"So if you put all of the costs in on all of the fuels … then consumers, in the liberty of enlightened self-interest, would seek cleaner, better fuels.

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by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2017-02-22 15:17

This is a SMH clipping from a few years ago:

lake burley etc...lake burley etc...

by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2017-02-22 08:28
“Coal, formed from ancient CO2, is a benefit to the world. Coal is CO2 from ancient atmospheres. We are simply returning CO2 to the atmosphere from which it came when you burn coal. And it’s a good thing since it is at very low levels in the atmosphere. We are in a CO2 famine. It is very, very low.” [13]

“Our breath is not that different from a power plant.” [13]

“There is no “overwhelming consensus.” In spite of decades of propaganda, and even threats to their jobs, about half of meteorologists remain unconcerned about global warming.

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It has been somehow calculated that with 7 billion human on the planet, the amount of CO2 released by breathing is about 5 per cent of the total CO2 released in the atmosphere by industries and energy supplies. Our breath is quite different from a power plant. We exhale a lot of air mixed with CO2 and water vapour. Power plants exhausts are nearly all CO2 and water vapour. As well we have to consider that about two third of the human population is NOT INDUSTRIALISED OR IS UNDER-INDUSTRIALISED. Should the entire world population be industrialised, CO2 production would go through the roof.

Coal is not formed from "ancient CO2". Coal has been formed by the decay of vegetal matter. We can accept that vegetal matter used to process CO2 in the atmosphere, but Happer simplification is misleading, erroneous and deliberately confusing. Oil is not formed from ancient CO2. It is formed from the decay of animals, mostly microcospic but others as well. In order for the decay of plants and animals to form coal and oil, some lengthy processes have taken place — processes that separated carbon as "pure carbon" and methane for coal, and created gaseous to heavy liquid "hydrocarbon" compounds, for oil.

WE ARE NOT IN A CO2 FAMINE. This is pure bullshit. The natural levels of CO2 for the past 500,000 years has oscillated between 180 and 300 PPM (parts per million). At 180 PPM, the earth experienced ice ages. At 300 PPM, the earth warmed up to about present levels.

Since the industrial revolution, humans have added an extra 100 PPM in the atmosphere and plenty more in the oceans which are turning acidic. Temperature IS INCREASING while it should be cooling.

Should we return much of the CO2 available from coal and other fossil fuels in the atmosphere, we won't cook the planet but we will increase the temperature nonetheless to levels at which there won't be any ice caps. Sea level could reach up to 75 metres above present as HAPPENED IN THE PAST. Places such as Sydney would experience temperature of up to 60 degees Celsius and most of the plants would cook, despite the rise in CO2, one of their food sources. Releasing more CO2 by "burning" plants will compound the problem. Due to the oceanic and continental weather paterns, the instability in climate would be horrendous, especially with the present position of the continents on the planet. Plants presently cannot absorb the added CO2. THIS IS WHY THERE IS AN EXTRA 100 PPM of CO2 in the atmophere. This is why the oceans are turning acidic.

That half of meteorologists are unconcerned is not new. Meteorologists are not climate experts. They cannot be counted as "climate scientists". 
Weather and climate are two different sciences. And at least half of the meteorologists — possibly those who have also studied climate change in details — are worried.

by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2017-02-22 07:04
This interview dates from December 2000, but is still highly relevant to today. NATO’s conduct in Kosovo can be seen as anticipating much of its current actions on Syria and/or Ukraine. The same exploitation of emotional and inaccurate narratives, the same promotion of wars of aggression in the guise of “humanitarian intervention”, the same promotion of dangerous elements such as terrorists and gangsters as “rebels” or “freedom fighters.” The same utter disregard for the longterm consequences for the people who have to live in these regions. In 18 years little or nothing has changed, and the same playbook is still in use.



This is the second Emperor’s Clothes interview with Čedomir Prlinčević (pronounced Ched-o-meer Pra-linch-eh-vich).

Mr. Prlinčević, an historian, was chief archivist in Priština, capital of Kosovo, and head of the Jewish community there until, as he explained in his first Emperor’s Clothes interview, the terrorist KLA drove him and his family and thousands of others from their homes. Heavily armed British NATO forces stood by, watching the terror, ignoring the Yugoslavs’ pleas for help. You can read that interview here 

In his second interview, Mr. Prlinčević gave an in-depth answer to my question, “Why did Albanians flee Kosovo in large numbers at the start of NATO bombing?”

The media claimed the Albanians were fleeing Serbian terror. NATO bombing was portrayed as a reaction to supposed Serb terror.

Some anti-Serb leftists, notably Noam Chomsky, made a fake criticism of NATO, saying that the Albanians had indeed fled Serbian terror, but this was NATO’s fault because the Serbs instituted their anti-Albanian reign of terror in response to the NATO bombing, as NATO knew they would. I say this was a fake criticism of NATO because Chomsky endorsed the NATO/media attack on the Serbs while posing as their defender. As in, “Yes! He beat his wife! But you drove him to it!” I argued with Chomsky about this. Our email exchange is published here.

I and others in the antiwar movement thought the Albanians must have fled for the same reason many Serbs fled – to escape the bombs.

But Mr. Prlinčević says all these explanations were wrong. Something else was at work here: the manipulation by Western military and intelligence organizations of certain aspects of Albanian culture, both to create the terrorist apparatus known as the KLA and to stage public dramas, especially the mass Albanian flight in April 1999, which dramas were then used by the media to smear the Serbs as war criminals.

There’s a lot in this interview. As you will see, at first I had trouble understanding what Mr. Prlinčević was getting at. This was for two reasons: because I held onto the fixed idea that Albanian flight was a response to NATO bombing; and because Mr. Prlinčević was hesitant to speak frankly about Albanian culture, lest he appear culturally insensitive. But we cannot afford to ignore the features of clan-based cultures, whether in Kosovo or in the Middle East, that make them susceptible to manipulation by unscrupulous forces for nightmarish geopolitical goals. The points Mr. Prlinčević finally explained, and explained clearly, can help us understand, by extension, how military/intelligence forces can manipulate such groups around the world.

Jared Israel
Editor, Emperor’s Clothes

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by Gus Leonisky on Tue, 2017-02-21 20:34

A background picture of the American flag that went up alongside the European Union flag as Pence and EU leader Donald Tusk spoke on Monday had 51 stars instead of the usual 50, one for each state.

BRUSSELS — The Star-Spangled Banner looked more starry than usual during one of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s appearances in Brussels.

The Brussels version of the flag had three rows of nine stars and three rows with eight stars each. American flags typically feature a total of nine alternating rows of five or six stars.

The EU flag featuring 12 stars in a circle against a blue background was configured correctly. And the American flag had the right number of stripes — 13.

The EU Council did not immediately respond when asked about the error with the misplaced star-state.

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May be the Yourpeans thought Orstralya was number 51...

by Gus Leonisky on Tue, 2017-02-21 20:07

We’re doing our best to try and counter this myth that CO2 is a dangerous pollutant. It’s not a pollutant at all.” [69]

“We should be telling the scientific truth that more CO2 is actually a benefit to the earth. [… ]There are very good reasons to think that.” [69]

Let me point out that if you have a well-designed coal plant, what comes out of the stack of the plant is almost the same thing that comes out of a person's breath.”  [69]

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NO-ONE and I mean NO-ONE ever said that CO2 is a dangerous pollutant. We all know that we can die if we breathe too much of the stuff but THERE IS SO LITTLE OF THE STUFF in the atmosphere that it has no impact on us at this level — and plants love it. BUT, in regard to the atmosphere, EVEN SMALL VARIATIONS OF CO2 has been shown as the main component in increase and decrease of heat in the atmosphere. INCREASE CO2 and the amosphere warms up. Decrease CO2 and the atmosphere cools. The point here is that humans have added at least an EXTRA 100 PPM of CO2 to the natural 300 PPM maximum (of the last million years or so). This extra 100 PPM is driving increase of temperature as the present global warming. 

Even Arrhenius — the Swedish scientist who did the earliest calculations on this problem 120 years ago — thought that an increase of CO2 could be beneficial. At the time he did not account for a lot of other problems associated with increase of CO2: acidification of the sea, increase of droughts, floods and fires, stronger and more frequent devastating weather events, including downbursts, and the melting of glaciers, the displacement of the polar vortex, and the general warming which can destroy crops as much as help crops to grow.

A well designed small coal power plant exhausts about 3.5 million tons of CO2 PER ANNUM, a human exhaust by breathing is about 360 kilogram of CO2 per year.

Happer is talking shit. GRAN SHIT. TOTAL BULLSHIT!

by Gus Leonisky on Tue, 2017-02-21 17:45

ATLANTA — Air pollution is one human-made factor that is trapping sunlight and causing climate change, but the relationship also goes the other way: Climate change stands to increase levels of air pollution, experts say.

Although climate change is multifaceted, and won't bring warmer temperatures to all parts of the globe, the average global temperatures will rise.

Research shows that "a warming climate will lead to more severe air pollution," and that this holds true even if the only factor that changes is temperature, said Patrick Kinney, a professor of urban health and sustainability at the Boston University School of Public Health. Kinney's research group has looked into how temperature and air pollution are related. [5 Ways Climate Change Will Affect Your Health]

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People like Happer are polluting the mind of people, on issues they know nothing about


William Happer is the emeritus Eugene Higgens Professor of Physics and Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics at Princeton University. Happer is a Director of the CO2 Coalition, a group formed in 2015 out of the former George C. Marshall Institute where Happer was also previously Chairman of the Board[2], [3]

Happer is involved with a range of other climate change denial groups. He is on the Academic Advisory Council of the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF). Will Happer is also member of a group titled Climate Exit (Clexit), founded in the summer of 2016. [4], [5]

According to Clexit's founding statement (PDF), “The world must abandon this suicidal Global Warming crusade. Man does not and cannot control the climate.” [6]

According to Will Happer's profile at the Cato Institute where he is adjunct scholar, his specialty at Princeton University was modern optics, optical and radiofrequency spectroscopy of atoms and molecules, radiation propagation in the atmosphere, and spin-polarized atoms and nuclei. From 1991-1993, Happer was the Director of Energy Research at the U.S. Department of Energy. [7]

Fossil Fuel Funding

William Happer has accepted funding from the fossil fuel industry in the past. In a Minnesota state hearing on the impacts of carbon dioxide, Peabody Energy paid him $8,000 which was routed through the CO2 Coalition. [8]

In 2015 undercover investigation by Greenpeace,  Happer told Greenpeace reporters that he would be willing to produce research promoting the benefits of carbon dioxide for $250 per hour, while the funding sources could be similarly concealed by routing them through the CO2 Coalition [8]

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by Gus Leonisky on Tue, 2017-02-21 14:27

clean coal...clean coal...

by Gus Leonisky on Tue, 2017-02-21 14:20

McMaster, 54, is a decorated career officer in the Army who holds a Ph.D in military history. He authored a critical book about the Vietnam War called “Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam.”

McMaster called his new position a “privilege.”

“I look forward to joining the national security team and doing everything I can to advance and protect the interests of the American people,” McMaster said.

Kellogg, 72, praised McMaster as a “great statesman” and a “great soldier.”

Trump asked for Flynn’s resignation a week ago, after he misinformed Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with the Russian ambassador about US sanctions.

Asked if Pence played a role in making McMaster National Security Advisor, Trump told reporters: “He did.”

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Pleas ABC key points, note that Flynn was not "disgraced"...