Wednesday 20th of February 2019

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by Gus Leonisky on Mon, 2019-02-11 19:29

 

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by Gus Leonisky on Mon, 2019-02-11 18:48

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Gus is a rabid atheist...

by Gus Leonisky on Mon, 2019-02-11 15:54

The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to the first global scientific review.

More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the analysis found. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The total mass of insects is falling by a precipitous 2.5% a year, according to the best data available, suggesting they could vanish within a century

The planet is at the start of a sixth mass extinction in its history, with huge losses already reported in larger animals that are easier to study. But insects are by far the most varied and abundant animals, outweighing humanity by 17 times. They are “essential” for the proper functioning of all ecosystems, the researchers say, as food for other creatures, pollinators and recyclers of nutrients.

Insect population collapses have recently been reported in Germany and Puerto Rico, but the review strongly indicates the crisis is global. The researchers set out their conclusions in unusually forceful terms for a peer-reviewed scientific paper: “The [insect] trends confirm that the sixth major extinction event is profoundly impacting [on] life forms on our planet.

“Unless we change our ways of producing food, insects as a whole will go down the path of extinction in a few decades,” they write. “The repercussions this will have for the planet’s ecosystems are catastrophic to say the least.”

 

 

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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/10/plummeting-insect-numbers-threaten-collapse-of-nature

 

 

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http://www.yourdemocracy.net.au/drupal/node/35400

by Gus Leonisky on Mon, 2019-02-11 15:37

in an article on the ABC website news, there is this bit:

 

"I've always had vigorous opponents, so that's not new," Mr Abbott said.

"Tony's been vigorously stupid, that' s why..." Gus can answer this, with confidence.

 

As well Tony's mob thinks that 'Independents are basically Labor candidates in disguise'

To which we can say with confidence: Rubbish!.

Remember Palmer — Clive Palmer? He was an "independent", but he was basically a Tony Stooge to get rid of the "carbon tax"... We followed this sorry episode very closely on this site. See: http://www.yourdemocracy.net.au/drupal/node/28643

 

Go Zali Steggall. Go Zali!

 

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by Gus Leonisky on Mon, 2019-02-11 04:41
Ikea has apologized for an offensive world map that somehow doesn’t feature New Zealand – one month after they announced plans to expand into the island nation.

The Swedish furniture giant was forced to address their harsh removal of the country from our planet after a person took to Reddit to point out their omission. The poster spotted the awkward error on the ‘Björksta’ world map at a Washington DC store.

Ikea is responsible for securing correct and compliant motifs on all our products. We can see that the process has failed regarding the product Björksta world map,” a company spokesperson told the BBC.

We regret this mistake and apologise,” they said, adding that the incomplete map is currently being phased out of Ikea stores.

READ MORE: More than they bargained for: Hong Kong Ikea treats visitors to sudden porn (VIDEO)

The timing couldn’t be more awkward for the flat-pack furniture giant: the epic gaffe comes just weeks after Ikea announced its plans to expand into New Zealand at the end of 2018, and the “phase out” process has yet to reach its website, which still offers the incorrect map.

Understandably, New Zealanders have taken to social media to vent their frustration at yet again being treated as Australia’s forgotten cousin. Of course, the Aussies managed to find humor in the furore.

 

Read more:

https://www.rt.com/news/451124-ikea-new-zealand-map/

 

missing NZ

 

This silly map still uses the Mercator projection which massively distorts the northern territories and also eliminates one of the largest continent on the planet — Antarctica. This shipment of map should be burned, destroyed, buried, or New Zealand might invade Sweden... Just kidding on the invasion... as the Swedes are preparing to invade Russia, a feat they do for the mental exercise as they know they can't win, nor do. Nor does Russia has intent on invading Sweden, but this gives the West something to chew on and maintain the hate of Russia...

 

On the Aussie front, Australia is bigger than Europe, but on this map, the Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway and Finland) look way biigger than the good old Down Under. We should feel miffed and reject the flat pack as a national interest gesture.

by Gus Leonisky on Sun, 2019-02-10 19:04

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is well known for citing one particular quote from the Bible. Yet recently she had to admit she couldn’t find it anywhere in the Holy Book.

Pelosi has a habit of quoting a line that she says is in the Bible. In fact, the California Democrat has delivered the line 11 times between 2002 and 2018 on the Congressional Record, according to Business Insider.

"To minister to the needs of God's creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonour the God who made us," Pelosi says.

However, during an event with a group of Christian colleges this week, Pelosi conceded that the message might not be biblical.

"I can't find it in the Bible, but I quote it all the time," Pelosi, who is Catholic, told the audience, "I keep reading and reading the Bible —I know it's there someplace. It's supposed to be in Isaiah."

READ MORE: 'F*ck You Clap': Twitter Wild as Pelosi's Applause Steals Show at Trump's SOTU

“The Pelosi passage is not in the Bible,” Will Kynes, an associate professor of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Whitworth University, told Slate, adding that the closest analogue is Proverbs 14:31, which discusses aiding the poor: “Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but those who are kind to the needy honor him.”

Politicians often use Biblical quotes to appeal to Christian audiences. Recently, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders both used references to the Bible to argue about environmental protection. 

 

 

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https://sputniknews.com/us/201902071072192702-nancy-pelosi-favorite-bible-quote/?

 

When politicians quote "god" as their crutch for "their" policies, they are dead meat, in Gus' book. Pelosi or Trump are such, except that, most likely, Trump does not believe an ounce of religious pocus, but he lets people think he believes in the hocus to get votes... Pelosi is a more religiously-minded nut.

 

God DID NOT MAKE US. We are one of the resultant of the evolution of life, still in evolution... 

 

 

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by Gus Leonisky on Sun, 2019-02-10 18:48
A Republican senator has accused China of preparing for World War III. Like most of Washington’s statements concerning China, the lawmaker has completely ignored the US’ role in creating such a scenario in the first place.

Just last week, Republican Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma made the allegation that China’s military was preparing for World War III.

It’s like you’re preparing for World War III,” he said during a Senate hearing focused on the so-called challenges presented by Russia and China. “You’re talking to our allies over there and you wonder whose side they’re going to be on.

According to Inhofe, the US has sat back and watched as China has built its military presence in the South China Sea, turning artificial islands into potential launch pads for its military.

The idea that the US has sat back and watched anything, ever, in the history of the world, is somewhat laughable. Even under the Obama administration, the president had an explicit containment strategy which was supposed to enclose and encircle China from all angles. The so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) was alsodesigned for this purpose (yet for some reason Donald Trump, who is overtly anti-Chinese, thought the agreement was a bad idea).

Inhofe also said he was “concerned” that “our message” was “not getting across.”


China getting the “message” loud and clear

I don’t mean to be base, but perhaps the problem in the China-US relationship is that the message is getting across – loud and clear. The US has pushed the expansion of NATO up to and around Russia’s borders. It has invaded and bombed Iraq, Syria (miraculously occupying one-third of Syrian territory, including its most oil-rich region), Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and even the Philippines.

On top of it, this superpower has also threatened war with Iran, North Korea and Venezuela, all of whom share a cosy relationship with China. Washington supplies lethal arms to and backs known neo-Nazi elements in Ukraine; and a leaked phone call even saw then-secretary of state Victoria Nuland discuss who she proposed putting inside Ukraine’s government after Viktor Yanukovych was successfully ousted from power.

Under Trump, the US has started a potentially disastrous trade war with China and has openly flirted with the idea of dropping its support for the One-China policy (not to mention weighing up substantive support for Taiwan).

READ MORE: Chinese & Taiwanese militaries exchange saber-rattling VIDEOS on Lunar New Year

Come on, the message is getting across. If you are a lesser nation without a nuclear supply or the backing of a major nuclear power, you will find the US military right on your doorstep. If you are more of a handful and require a less upfront approach, you will find the US military right next door, peering in the window, all the while American sanctions wreak havoc on your economy.

In that context, if China was indeed preparing for World War III, we really shouldn’t be all that surprised. There has to be a reason that, at the beginning of the year, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first order to his country’s military was to prepare for battle (aka a “comprehensive military struggle from a new starting point”), stating further that “all military units must correctly understand major national security and development trends, and strengthen their sense of unexpected hardship, crisis and battle.”

Furthermore, joining Inhofe at the Senate hearing was the director of studies at the think-tank Center for a New American Security (CNAS), Ely Ratner. Approximately a year ago, our good friend Victoria Nuland (mentioned above regarding regime change and support for neo-nazism archives) was named as the new CEO of the CNAS. It also has the support of the drone-king himself, General David Petraeus, and its experts have helped contribute their opinions to foreign policy, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Fox News, CNN, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), and NPR. It openly warns against the withdrawal of US troops from Syria, for example, because such a move would embolden Iran.

I think it’s fair to say then, that when it comes to a discussion on China, CNAS must be a top-notch source. The company that Inhofe keeps is evidently therefore a reliable one.

 

 

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https://www.rt.com/op-ed/450970-china-preparing-ww3-us/

 

 

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by Gus Leonisky on Sun, 2019-02-10 18:39

 

Venezuela’s would-be president won’t rule out calling for U.S. military intervention:

Venezuela’s self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido refused to rule out on Friday the possibility of authorizing United States intervention to help force President Nicolas Maduro from power and alleviate a humanitarian crisis.

National Assembly leader Guaido told AFP he would do “everything that is necessary… to save human lives,” acknowledging that US intervention is “a very controversial subject.”

It is stupid and dangerous for Guaido to be talking about U.S. military intervention, and in doing so he is almost certainly making it more difficult to resolve the crisis in Venezuela peacefully. The military’s support for Maduro remains the largest and most significant obstacle to the opposition’s claim to power. Floating the idea of a foreign invasion for any reason gives the top military commanders an added incentive to stick with Maduro and resist attempts to depose him, and they already have several reasons to remain on his side.

 

 

Read more:

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/americans-should-reject-military-intervention-in-venezuela/

 

 

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my game is freedom to be an arsehole — and to take the liberty to screw your ideals...

 

 

fighting the european for the "americas' delight to be slaves of the USA...

 

 

democratic blues and full-spectrum dominance...

by Gus Leonisky on Sun, 2019-02-10 17:21

Interview with Kenneth Clarke on Brexit

'We Can't Carry On Being So Insane'

In an interview, former British government minister Kenneth Clarke, the longest-serving member of the House of Commons, discusses the destructive force of Brexit and the "fanatics" inside his own Conservative Party, who he believes are still seeking revenge against Margaret Thatcher.


Interview Conducted By Jörg Schindler

 

 

Before he extends his hand in greeting at his office, Kenneth Clarke says he's never seen such a "crazy situation" in all his whole life. The politician, a veteran of the Conservative Party, will soon have spent a half-century in the British parliament. He's been a part of many of the biggest battles over Europe in Westminster. He served as a government minister under Margaret Thatcher, John Major and David Cameron and might well have made it to the top, "if I hadn't been so pro-European," as he confides. Next to Michael Heseltine, many consider Clarke to be the best prime minister Britain never had. 

The 78-year-old member of parliament says he has never seen the kind of discord that has unfolded in recent weeks as the deadline for Brexit approaches.

In an interview, he discusses if and how things might proceed from here. 

DER SPIEGEL: Mr. Clarke, you seem to be pretty relaxed considering the circumstances.

Clarke: Yes, well, it is a bizarre situation at the moment. Since the prime minister has committed herself to persuade the Europeans to reopen the Withdrawal Agreement, everybody is waiting for a miraculous solution. In the meantime, the government is trying to avoid having any serious business in the House of Commons. On Monday, we spent a whole day debating sports! I have been here a very long time, but I have never seen such a crazy situation in all my life on such a serious subject.

DER SPIEGEL: Why has the prime minister chosen this path regardless of signals from the European Union that the Withdrawal Agreement is nonnegotiable?

Clarke: The prime minister is obsessed with keeping the Conservative Party in one piece. I have argued for months that the moderate majority of the House of Commons should come together on a cross-party basis. We can only reach an agreement if Tory remainers and Labour remainers strike a compromise. But Theresa May has not really reached out to them. Instead, she is making a desperate effort to win over the hardline right-wing people of our party.

DER SPIEGEL: Let's assume the European Union does make last-minute concessions on the so-called Northern Ireland backstop: Would that secure a majority in parliament?

Clarke: No. The hardcore euroskeptics in my party will never accept it. Some of them might wobble, but not enough I am afraid.

DER SPIEGEL: And then?

Clarke: I like to think that, in the end, common sense will prevail, and the prime minister will get her deal through. I just don't know how. We can't solve this in 50 days of childlike nonsense. We need a year or more to work it out.

DER SPIEGEL: But that would only buy time.

Clarke: We have a history of being quite good in processing democratic government. We can't carry on being so insane.

DER SPIEGEL: What are the deeper roots of the eternal struggle over Europe in your party?

Clarke: There was always a group of nationalists in the Tory party that didn't come to terms with our changed role in the world. In their eyes we have an imperial destiny. But that was fading away and we were becoming a rather pro-European party in the 1980s under Margaret Thatcher. Remember, it was us who had to persuade the Germans and French of the single market.

DER SPIEGEL: But Thatcher turned into a euroskeptic herself at the end of her term as prime minister.

Clarke: She rejected Jacques Delors' idea of a more social Europe. Her fall in 1990 enraged the Tory far-right. They thought it was all a kind of pro-European plot. The European issue became symbolic of the betrayal of Margaret Thatcher. It became a spiritual event -- revenge for Margaret. And then there was the question of the euro and the Maastricht Treaty, which became symbols for the destruction of our independence and sovereignty.

DER SPIEGEL: Since Thatcher, every Tory leader tried to appease the euroskeptics, but all of them failed. Why has nobody learned a lesson?

Clarke: I don't know. This has been going on for years and years and years. You have to keep in mind that most of our national newspapers were bought by fanatic anti-European campaigners like Conrad Black and Rupert Murdoch. The leadership of the Conservative Party was always frightened of them. After this dreadful decision to hold a referendum, David Cameron didn't campaign around the benefits of being in the EU. It would have annoyed the euroskeptics in our party and in the press. He didn't want to upset them. Instead, he told people that they would be poorer after Brexit, that house prices would fall. It was project fear -- and it didn't work out.

DER SPIEGEL: Cameron wanted to marginalize the hardline euroskeptics in the Tory party, but instead they are gaining ever more influence.

Clarke: They have formed a party within the party. They have their own leader, they have their own whip. I would love to see them leaving the party. It would help. And it would stop Theresa May in giving too high a priority to trying to keep these ultrafanatics on side.

DER SPIEGEL: The irreconcilability in the political system seems to be mirrored in British society. What is happening to your country?

Clarke: It's a very nasty climate out there. People are retreating into angry simplicities. Half the population is angry about politicians not getting on with it, they're not following the detail, they haven't a clue what the Irish backstop is, and they couldn't care less. They just want it to be over. The other half does follow quite fairly, intensely, more than usual. They are divided in angry remainers who are ever more ferociously for remaining and angry leavers who ever more ferociously feel they are being betrayed.

 

 

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http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/interview-with-kenneth-clarke-on-brexit-a-1252188.html

 

 

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I repeat:

The only way the EU could accept the UK back in the fold should be with two major added conditions: 

a) give up the Pound and become a full Euro country.

b) give up the (US controlled) five eyes spy network (with verified execution).

 

Only then the black-sheep-UK or the UK-prodigal-daughter can rejoin the EU family...

 

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the WW1 conspiracy...