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  • Sarah Silverman to Bernie or Bust folks at DNC 2016: You are being ridiculous
  • Disgraced Wasserman Schultz Resigns as DNC Chair, Gets Hired by Clinton
    • different clue 07/26/2016 at 3:21 pm

      So Debbie Wasserman-Schitz has been elevated and honored by Hillary Clinton?

      Well! Isn't that special.

  • Syrian War Overflows: Radical Salafis attack Christian Village in Lebanon
    • The only reason this could spill over is because the war has been kept going for so long. And that is entirely the fault of some Western powers, including the DC FedRegime and regional backers of jihadi conquest. This DC/other Western/Erdogist/Qatari/Saudi support prevented the Syrian Arab Republic government from crushing and eliminating the rebellion fast and hard.

      At this point it would require truly massive assistance from Syria's supporters to enable the SARgov to exterminate the rebellion before President Clinton (if that's what gets elected) ramps up DC FedRegime support for the Global Axis of Jihad all over again.

  • Dissing Progressives, DNC Platform Backs Fracking, TPP, and Israeli Occupation
    • different clue 06/27/2016 at 3:15 pm

      If Sanders tried to run third party at this point, he would do so poorly the Clintonites would just laugh. Whereas if umpteen million SanderVoters all wrote Sanders in on the Democratic line of the ballot (or whatever method exists), it "might" deny Clinton enough votes so as to get Trump elected. If that happened, the System could not pretend the SanderVoters did not exist.

      The most effective vote against Clinton would be a vote for Trump. But Trump has problems of its own and I can't see many SanderVoters voting for Trump. Clinton would have to be so obviously screamingly worse than Trump that the average SanderVoter would become terrified of a President Clinton in order for Trump to get any SanderVoter votes.

    • different clue 06/26/2016 at 2:32 pm

      Hillary supported TPP until the current campaign when she has pretended in her very lawyerly parsing way to have doubts about it "as written". If all her surrogates support TPP, that means she supports TPP as well, her two faced deceitful pretense to the contrary notwithstanding.

  • As Putin Slams NATO, Russia loses Patience with US-Backed Rebels in Syria
    • The US? Not entirely. There are some USAmericans who want to maintain peace with Russia. The two biggest voting blockloads of us that I can think of are the Sandernistas and the Stormtrumpers. (Unless the Stormtrumpers don't even know that Trump and Putin have expressed respect for eachother and eachother's country and interests/positions.)

      The Clintonites and the Brand Name Republicans support causing a war with Russia.

      And the uncommitted uninterested amorphous mass blob part of the public doesn't know and doesn't care, and has survival problems of its own . . . day to day and often hour to hour.

      So does anyone have any ideas on how the peace with Russia group can derail the war with Russia group's plans?

  • Trump accepts Climate Change threat . . . to his Golf Course
    • different clue 05/25/2016 at 2:33 pm

      If someone reading this blog post is able to contact personally the people in Ireland directly relevant to granting or denying Trump's request to build a seawall for his golf course; one hopes they would contact those authorities and inform them of Trump's "official" opinion about Global Warming being a hoax. One hopes further that anyone apprising the Irish Seawall Permitting Authorities of Trump's opinion on Global Warming being a hoax could suggest to those authorities that they deny Trump permission to build a seawall based on Trump's official opinion about Global Warming being a hoax.

  • Trump's Politics of Whiteness and the CIA tip that Jailed Nelson Mandela
    • different clue 05/18/2016 at 8:54 pm

      Well, as J J Angleton once said . . . "there are many cells in the dungeon". Or something like that.

  • Aside from Super-Rich, All Americans are poorer this century
    • different clue 05/13/2016 at 2:16 pm

      1. If such data exist, they will be hyped by our "move along folks nothing to see here" press. I await the trumpeting of such data.

      2. Is the underground economy big enough to make participants "more wealthy"? I mean the underground economy of the plumber insisting on getting paid in cash, not the underground economy of illegal drug sales.

      3. Is there any reason freebees from the internet should be counted as anything? Is there any freebee from the internet that is genuine wealth in any sense? Perhaps some of them displace spending, which should count for just as much as the spending they displace. Is it enough to matter?

      4. Aw contrair, mon frair. The building wave of type 2 diabetes is rising fastest among the low-money classes and is tied to consumption of those kinds of sh*t food which cost so little to produce that they can be sold for little money and still make a profit . . . things like fat, oil, shortening, sugar sugar sugar, sugargenic super-white flour, high fructose corn syrup, etc. Higher-class people can afford higher-nutrient less-diabetegenic shinola food and I almost betcha that the percent of new diabetes type 2 cases increases less the higher up the class and money ladder you go.

    • different clue 05/12/2016 at 2:54 pm

      Well, Dieter Heymann, if you are one of those people who fall out of the middle class and join the fastest growing class in America today . . . which is the Nouveau Poor . . . it could be very bad for you.

      (Technically I suppose you could be living in Germany, but the broader thrust of my comment still stands).

  • Will Climate Change make the Mideast Uninhabitable & trigger mass exodus?
    • different clue 05/05/2016 at 3:21 pm

      @john wilson,

      America has taken in at least 11 million economic refugees from mainly Mexico and Central America after that. Granted, those economic refugees were created by the DC FedRegime's servants of the International Free Trade Conspiracy to begin with . . . . passing their NAFTA and such things.

      Still . . . . America took them in.

  • Trumping Terrorism with Torture?
    • different clue 05/03/2016 at 2:59 pm

      President Obama mainstreamed torture when he immunized and impunified practitioners of torture and order-givers for torture ( Cheney and bush) with his famous "look forward not back" policy.

      Republican officeseekers running on more torture are merely building on the achievement of President Obama in normalizing torture and are merely walking through a door which Obama very carefully and deliberately left open for them.

  • After Obama-Salman Summit, will Saudi finally rein in Wahhabi Radicalism?
    • different clue 05/04/2016 at 9:25 pm

      Will the KSA reign in the Keepers of the Wahhabi Flame when Wahhabism is KSA's sole and only excuse for legitimacy?

      No. No they will not.

  • Trump: Candidate of American Decline
    • different clue 04/27/2016 at 8:53 pm

      Just in case perceived decline also refers to the perceived tarnishing and denting of America's patina of Exceptionalism . . . perhaps perceived decline could be seized on by people who are tired of the burdens of American Exceptionalism and would like to guide Exceptional America down a managed decline path towards an Ordinary America endpoint.

      Perhaps it is time to think of American Exceptionalism as just another Middle Kingdom Complex ( like "guess-who's" Middle Kingdom Complex) and like Russia's "Third Rome" Complex. Time to think of being an American Okayness Ordinarian. America Okay! We're Number Whatever! etc.

  • What GOP New Yorkers just voted for: Torture, Syria Intervention, murder of innocents
    • Clinton is the nominee-wannabe who STILL favors toppling the legitimate government of Syria after all this time . . . . so that a pack of rebels and jihadists can take over the government there. That is more interventionist against Syria than anything Trump has said.

      Trump has expressed recognition of Assad as the legitimate President of the legitimate government of Syria . . . which is less philosophically interventionist than the violent regime change which Clinton advocates against Syria.

  • Paiute Native Tribe: Oregon Militia is Polluting our Ancestral Land
    • different clue 01/10/2016 at 3:12 am

      I don't know any of the infrastructure engineering at Malheur Refuge. Can the water be cut off? Is the electricity delivered by line? Can it be cut off remotely? Can the Carpetbaggering Welfare Ranchers in the building be nonviolently frozen, starved, parched out of there? Can it be cut off so zero food/water/etc. is bringable-in by supporters?

      If so, do it. And patiently wait them out.

  • The Ultimate Blowback from U.S. Foreign Policy? Donald Trump.
    • different clue 01/09/2016 at 8:50 pm

      I haven't paid close attention to Trumps's statements . . . certainly not close enough to be able to go back and cite any with referrences. So I can only say I dimly remember Trump saying something about Assad being the legitimate President of Syria. I remember Trump and Putin praising eachother and eachother's leadership skills. If I remember correctly, that is actually BETTER than Clinton's most-recent-yet-again promise to force a No Fly Zone against Syria in part for "leverage with Putin". When it comes to issues of War and Peace, Trump is actually BETTer than War Pig Clinton.

      Since I am not a natural-born Stormtrumper, I will vote for Sanders in the D primaries if he is still running by Michigan. But if he is not, I will crash the R primary and vote for Trump.

      If the election is Sanders vs. Trump, I'll vote for Sanders. If its Clinton vs. Trump, I may vote for Trump. If its Clinton vs. Mainstream Hideous Gargoyle, I'll vote for some hopeless third party. I will not vote for Clinton under any scenario.
      Trump won't just get the White Grievance Nationalist vote. He will also get the "better an end with horror than horror without end" vote. He will also get the "burn this Mother down!" vote.

  • Syrian Army lets food Aid into Starving Madaya
    • Hezbollah's use of the "terrorists using civilians as human shields" may be brazen, but it is also correct. It is the presence of the civilians there who prevent the Syrian Arab Army and its allies from using all appropriate violence to wipe out the rebels.

      I haven't heard that the rebels are starving. Apparently they are still well fed enough to keep on fighting and not surrender. Where did/do they get their food? From their civilian human shields?

      Peace will come to Syria when the R + 6 have been able to exterminate comprehensively and in detail every last rebel within the borders of Syria, and allow the Syrian Arab Republic's President al Assad to restore lawful authority over the country. One is either with Assad, or one is with the terrorists. That is the binary choice and the binary truth.

      The fact that the terrorist rebels are holding the civilians as human shields only re-inforces the case for their ultimate extermination-in-detail.

  • A Letter from Norway on our Epidemic of Mass Shootings
    • different clue 01/06/2016 at 1:37 am

      One reason why it is harder to board a plane is because of a whole regime of Security Theater and Mass Public Obedience Training designed to get the flying masses to accept absurd and surreal conditions of "search" and "what you can take on a plane". ( By the way, rich people can buy their way out of all that with special passes and really rich people get flown around in their own private planes and don't undergo any security checks at all. Security checks are for us near-plebs who have to take the Subways in the Sky).

      Obama's precious No Fly List is a political persecution and oppression list which Obama and the National Security State know very well. If another occupy movement gets going, or anti FreeTrade protesters want to fly to a FreeTrade conference, watch how fast they get put on the No Fly List. And Obama expects Congress to base gun access on such a thoroughly and purely political list? His expectation may be optimistic.

      Sensible gun safety laws will be discussed by conservatives, we hope . . . some day. But anti-gun liberals have poisoned the "gun safety debate" well so thoroughly that every further attempt they make to push their version of gun safety will only result in more millions of guns being bought by pissed-off citizens.

      Don't believe me? Lets see how much currently-legal gun sales go up in the several months after Obama's latest effort.

  • Iraqi Shiites up in Arms, claim Saudi "Spying on behalf of ISIL/Daesh"
    • When I first heard reports of this judicial assassination, I heard reports claiming that Nimr al-Nimr was accused of "al Quaeda related activities." Did the Saudi authorities really phrase it that way? Really? Reeeeeeally? Is there quotable evidence that they said "al Qaeda" and "al-Nimr" in the same statement?

  • The Question isn't of Saving the World via Renewables but of how Much can be Saved
    • different clue 01/06/2016 at 1:09 am

      I too remember the endless hype about fusion. Intuiting by analogy, one could certainly feel that any discussion of fission reactors of a design other than Light Water reactors is also hype.

      Since I am just a lay amateur science buff, I sometimes have to take scientists' word for things. I do my best to understand the science. Hansen is certainly not a nuclear engineer. Yet he has revealed himself to be a careful thinker who does not stray from the data. Would he offer a data-free opinion about Full Fast-Cycle FISSION Reactors? Should I automatically assume so?

      On the other hand, I do remember having watched a PBS program about the "pebble bed" reactor research going on at Argonne National Lab, and its sudden shutdown. Is this "pebble bed" the same as Fast Cycle that Hansen describes?
      Google is now so crappy a search engine that I can't find referrences to things on it that I remembered seeing on it years ago. All I could find was this article by an Earth First activist claiming that "new fission reactor" designs are also all hype. I don't know how to take it. Maybe Hansen has been fooled. But maybe this Earth First guy is some sort of special pleader for his own agenda. Here is the link.
      link to

      Now, before accepting that "if it were profitable, Big Electro would have bought some", I would want to know if the electric utilities and the coal/gas/oil companies have interlocking directorate webworks and incestuous mega-share stock block cross ownership patterns. If they do, why would they permit adoption of a technology threatening to their fossil carbon assets? Why wouldn't they conspire against it the same way they are conspiring against solar/wind/etc today? Given the immoral nature of carbon corporate leaders, I wouldn't accept "if it were profitable they'd do it" as the last word on analysing their actions.

    • different clue 01/05/2016 at 3:19 pm

      Hansen himself may have been advocating the Full Fast-Cycle Reactors as a baseload-supply transition on the way to something better. His feeling was we are carbon skydumping so fast we have to stop NOW and only Full Fast-Cycle Reactors can jump into the breach.

      The sudden suppression of the Full Fast-Cycle Reactor research deprived the public of a chance to even hear about it ( beyond off little corners of the web, paragraphs in Hansen's book, etc.) When the public, including me, thinks of "reactors", we think of the fragile mega-polluting light water reactors such as at Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and Fukushima. What public would want those? But if the public got its hands on information about Full Fast-Cycle Reactors, the public might do a re-think. The public might still reject the concept. But the public at least deserves the information to think with. Hansen must have been thinking that way when he put it in his book.

    • Frank Messmann,

      Interestingly enough, James Hansen says the same thing in his book Storms Of My Grandchildren. He says a different approach to nuclear power was researched, tried, and near prototype-perfected at Argonne National Lab and then was belligerently terminated for some vulgar political reason. Since I am not a nuclear engineer, I could only dimly understand what he was describing.

      He writes about something called a "Full Fast Reactor" or something. The neutrons inside the fuel are moderated lightly enough that they can travel fast enough to destabilize and "fissionize" many other nucleii that they hit. These then fiss with the release of energy and neutrons and so on till 97% of the theoretically possible available fuel in the fuel sample is fissed all the way down to stable isotopes. The 3% remaining is supposedly species that have half lives of tens to hundreds of years rather than thousands of years or more. They supposedly release little enough energy when they fiss that they can be mixed into meltable glass-feedstock which is then cooled back into glass, and solidly storable that way. It is called vitrification.

      The notion of "Fast" reactor may have been tainted by association with the "Fast Breeder Reactor" which isn't really fast. It is only half-fast. Its sole purpose was to serve as sneaky "nuclear power" cover for the production of plutonium, which was the real purpose of the "Fast Breeder Reactor".

      So perhaps the Full Fast Reactor deserves a fresh look the way James Hansen says it does.

  • US to send Spec Ops troops to Iraq to fight ISIL, but do Iraqis want them?
    • different clue 12/02/2015 at 3:20 pm

      The real reason Obama wants to introduce special forces people into Iraq is to sneak them into Syria. Their mission will be to help the terrorists jihadi rebels fight against the legitimate Assad government of the Syrian Arab Republic.

      Obama has overtly, avowedly and proudly come out in support of the terrorists. He is the Evil World Leader of the Axis of Jihad.

  • Turkey reels as Putin imposes Stiff Economic Sanctions
    • The Erdogists and Saudi Arabia want a Sunni Jihadi supremacist state ruling Syria. Iran and Russia want to prevent that from happening. What possible agreement could there possibly be among two sets of countries with such conflicting goals?

      The only possible prospect for peace in Syria is if the R +6 can get every trace of rebellion crushed and exterminated from every corner of Syria so that the legitimate government of the Syrian Arab Republic can re-impose order and control over all parts of Syria. And they have to get the rebellion crushed before the Axis of Jihad ( US, EUrope, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, etc.) can still support and resupply their various pet rebels to keep fighting before the R + 6 can get the fighting stopped by crushing the rebels into abject submission or physical extinction.

      The difference between ISIS and the Saudi-Qatari jihadis is a distinction not even worth making from the viewpoint of the Christians, Shias, Alawites, secular Sunnis, etc. who would be persecuted or ethnicleansed or exterminated under any possible rebel government.

  • Hundreds of Thousands in Global Climate Marches as COP21 begins in Paris
    • different clue 11/30/2015 at 2:41 am

      It should be possible to suck down a lot of skycarbon and re-fix it into soil-stored biocarbon by re-fostering all the right kinds of plant growth. Multi-species pasture and range under livestock net-sequesters bio-carbon, for example.
      Re-flooding and restoring all the world's drained wetlands would get them sucking down skycarbon and storing it as ever-thickening peat-beds under the surface of the swamp-water and marsh-water.
      Some preliminary evidence hints that it may even be possible to re-raise carbon levels in fruit/veggie/grain cropland with the right kinds of management.

      So phyto-draining the skycarbon can way shorten the residence time of all that carbon up in the sky.

  • Did Daesh/ ISIL's Paris attacks bolster al-Assad? Spain calls him 'lesser of evils'
    • different clue 11/20/2015 at 2:38 pm

      If the rebels can be methodically and unemotionally exterminated down to the very last rebel, then it won't matter what the rebels "won't ever accept".

    • different clue 11/20/2015 at 3:30 am

      Farhang Jahranpour,

      I agree with much of what you write here, but I must with some regret suggest that the Western powers have nothing of any value to offer to Syria and will never have anything of any value to offer to Syria. The West will never coalesce with Russia and others to neutralize IS, because such neutralization requires the prior neutralization of all the other alphabet jihadis first. The Syrian Arab Army cannot address ISIS while its country still faces danger from the rebels and jihadis in West and Central Syria. And as long as the West remains devoted to the sentimental goal of toppling Assad, the West will never assist any genuine action leading to the eventual elimination of IS. From a Syrian eye view, one might well refer to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, etc. as the "near jihadis" and to France, America, Britain, etc. as the "far jihadis".

      One can only hope the R + 6 are able to exterminate every last trace of rebellion in Syria before the Axis of Jihad can figure out new ways to support its jihadi proxies in Syria against the legitimate Assad government.

  • A New Yalta? Can France Craft an alliance of Putin & Obama against Daesh/ISIL?
    • different clue 11/18/2015 at 8:49 pm

      If Hollande accepts Assad as the legitimate governator of Syria to the very same extent that Putin supports Assad as the legitimate governator of Syria . . . then Hollande and Putin can make an alliance. And if Putin and Hollande on that basis can get Obama to accept that Assad is the legitimate governator of Syria, then Obama can be part of that alliance.

      Otherwise, not. Lavrov has already made Russia's position very clear on the non-existence of any meaningful difference between ISIS, Nusra, the so-called "FSA" ( which is deeply filled with jihadist elements) , etc. Russia wants them all defeated and rightly so.

      If Hollande still harbors conceits of over-topplethrowing Assad, then Hollande will not get an alliance. Hollande, Obama and etc. still need to come to terms with the fact that they are either with Assad and Putin, or they are with the terrorists. That is the binary choice that real-world reality gives them. You are with Assad, or you are with the terrorists.

  • Why EU Labeling of Israeli Squatter Goods could Affect Israeli Economy
    • different clue 11/12/2015 at 3:15 pm

      Such Rabinists and Lesser Israel Two-State Solutionists as still exist in Israel are like miners trapped in a cave-in. This European policy of separating out criminal settler enterprises for separate labelling could be a first step towards digging out and rescuing the Lesser Israel 2SS Rabinists from the Likud-Revisionist cave in they are buried under. If it were extended to economic product from the illegally-"annexed" Golan Heights, it could help to zero out the settler economic presence there too.

      Making everything from Golan/West Bank into "stuffa non grata" could be a first step towards tilting the power-balance within Israel to the point where the Rabinists might have an outside chance at holding up their end of the ongoing civil war in that country . . . and conquering enough power over the State and the Armed Forces to be able to use that power to round up all the Outlaw Settlers and march them at gunpoint back into Israel Proper . . . killing any who resist along the way in order to encourage the rest to come along quietly.

      That would be the sort of "confidence-building measure" which actually "builds confidence".

  • Are Red Meat & Bacon As Cancer-Causing As Cigarettes and Plutonium?
    • different clue 10/27/2015 at 4:43 am

      Is it "the meat"? Or is it the modern petrochemical synthetic chemicals IN "the meat"?

  • Is Russia's offer of Parliamentary Elections in Syria Serious?
    • different clue 10/27/2015 at 4:41 am

      It is certainly more sincere and useful than anything the Axis of Jihad has to offer. ( The Axis of Jihad is composed of the DC FedRegime, the European Capitals, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, and all their little head-chopping cannibal liver-eating rebel mascots currently operating in Syria.

  • Mexico's Patricia Megastorm so strong it broke scale used to measure hurricane intensity
    • different clue 10/24/2015 at 3:12 am

      That Dvorak Intensity scale should be made open ended so it can measure hurricanes of whatever size.

      Also the Category system should be open ended, allowing for Cat 6, Cat 7, etc.; if hurricanes get strong enough to need those numbered intervals. Leaving Cat 5 open ended will limit its usefulness as a measurement-expressing tool as hurricanes get stronger at the high end.

  • What is Russia's Strategy in Syria & Why does Egypt Approve?
    • different clue 10/09/2015 at 9:20 pm

      An anti-modern jihadi state which pursues expulsion or extermination of minorities will leave Syria even more anti-healed then a restored Assad and successors regime which will at least accept the principle of ethnic and confessional diversity as before in the Syria patchwork.

      So there is no reason to feel bad about coming around to accepting the relative betterness of a total restoration of SAR power to all of Syria or at least all those parts of Syria which have any economic, cultural, and/or hydrological value at all. ( It may be that Syria/Russia/Iran/Iraq/etc. may wish to see the jihadis backed into the near worthless desert areas and then quarantined there and allowed to fester therein. Perhaps those Syrian refugess deemed to be jihadophile will be sent into the Cordon Sanitaired Jihadistan.)

      As Yogi Berra once said, " When you come to Hobson's fork in the road, take it."

  • As Russia Strikes, Arab Twitter Wars over call for Jihad against "occupation" of Syria
    • different clue 10/09/2015 at 9:28 pm

      If all the anti-terrorist groups could win the war in Syria so fast and hard that the jihadists are all backed into a near-worthless/waterless desert area which can be physically quarantined, then perhaps jihadi volunteers could be allowed to go into that quarantined jihadistan. But only if the world could be guaranteed that every jihadi who went there would be killed there. Ideally the world would burn through its supply of people who want to go join a jihad.

  • Aided by Climate Change, ISIL wages Water war on Shiites of south Iraq
    • "ISIS" isn't just composed of bunches of jihadists. In Iraq at least, it has been led and organized by some of Saddam's old Iraqi Army soldiers and officers and Baathist secret police. Fighting ISIS will require fighting them too. And the Shia Supremacist regime in Baghdad isn't up to the task and probably never will be.

      If the Shia Supremacist regime in Baghdad wants to get some of the water flowing again, it will have to reduce some of its Shia Supremacism and offer a real and sincerely-meant fairness-and-equity deal to the Sunni Arab tribes. If they become convinced of the Shia regime's sincerity ( a tough achievement after al Maliki's doublecross of the Sons of Iraq), then enough of the Sunni Arab tribes might withdraw enough support from ISIS to make it possible to fight ISIS within Iraq itself. If the Shia supremacist regime in Baghdad refuses to do that, the Shia supremacist regime in Baghdad will continue to see the downriver Shia go thirstier and thirstier and thirstier.

  • Why Obama and Putin are Both Wrong on Syria
    • different clue 09/29/2015 at 9:48 pm

      Putin is more nearly right on Syria than Obama is. Obama still supports and encourages those who want Assad overthrown. Putin recognizes that the only way to bring peace to Syria is for one side to exterminate the fighting ability of every other side. Putin has decided that the Secularist Dictatorship side of Assad is a preferable victor to the jihadist side of ISIS, al Nusra, etc. And I agree.

      The proper course was stated by a commenter above . . . give the Assad side such overwhelming support that it can compel all other sides to stop fighting or else exterminate all other sides' fighting forces and persons from physical existence.

      By the way, it is a pro-rebel lie to say that Assad used sarin gas in that attack near Damascus. Elements of the rebels were the ones who used that kitchen-sarin in order to get Assad blamed for it. There has been abundant material written about that basic fact on Colonel Lang's blog Sic Semper Tyrannis and elsewhere.

  • Turkey's Snap Elections: Erdoğan is forcing his people to take sides
    • Colonel Lang and others and commenters have been following Turkish affairs and offering a very interesting and fact-based analysis for some time now. In their view Erdogan has always been a crypto-Salafoid Islamist and is now dropping the mask. He and his Erdogists have been the principal logistical supporters and enablers of the various liver-eating cannibal head-chopping rebels in Syria, for instance.
      And he is a firm supporter of ISIS, poorly staged posturing to the contrary notwithstanding.

  • Coal Industry Collapsing in Appalachia, leaving behind Blighted Landscape
    • Sometimes I wonder what would happen if . . . West Virginia changed its name to Appalachia. And changed its state motto to . . ." Welcome to Appalachia. America's Tibet." And in the far-distant much-longer-run, invited any and every mountain-minded bordering county in "other" states to leave the states they are part of and join the new and growing State of Appalachia.

  • A CIA Eyewitness blows the Whistle on Bushie Torturers still Justifying Crimes
    • Obama has worked very hard to immunise and impunify torture by governmental personell. That was the meaning and the purpose of his "look forward and not back". The Obama Administration is very much an extension and a routinization of the Bush Administration in terms of transforming bold experiments in UnConstitutional governance into standard operating procedure. People will look back in due time and refer to these 16 years as the BushCoBama Administration.

  • Putin pitches Grand Alliance against Daesh/ ISIL, but Syria Rebels want al-Assad Gone
    • different clue 08/14/2015 at 6:22 pm

      So, the Syrian rebels want the "Assad Regime" gone? Well FARC the Goal Dumb Syrian rebels. If they want the "Assad Regime" gone, let them gone it themselves with zero outside assistance.

      Once again I say: the US should do a 180 and join Russia, China, Iran and Hezbollah in helping the Syrian Arab Republic and the Syrian Arab Army to crush, smash and exterminate the Saudi-Gulfie Sunni-Salafi Jihadista rebellion in a very conclusive manner. We should help the SAR kill as many people as it takes to stop the rebellion once and for all. Then the "Assad regime" will stop "killing civilians". They aren't doing it for fun. They are doing it for reasons of strictly bussiness. And as soon as the rebellion is exterminated, then the SAG can stop fighting and killing.

      Lavrov's invitation to see sense and fight the right people
      offers us a chance to stop supporting the wrong people.

  • GOP Pres. Candidates AWOL on Clean Power Plan
    • different clue 08/13/2015 at 3:20 pm

      Since the coal industry hasbarists have invented the term War On Coal and gotten it accepted, people-for-survival might as well accept the term.

      "I support the War On Coal. My survival is more important to me than coal's survival is."

  • Climate Change Dunnit: The Case of the missing Woolly Mammoths
    • different clue 07/28/2015 at 8:50 pm

      One member of the High Classical Pleistocene Megafauna (Great Ice Age Beasts) still exists. And that is Man itself. Us? Really? Yes. We evolved during the Pleistocene and developed the same extreme development of a certain organ that the other Great Ice Age Beasts developed. In our case it was our brain. We are the Irish Elk
      link to among primates, and our brain is our antlers. As long as we live, the Ice Age can never truly die, for the Ice Age lives in us.

      Another interesting thing to realize is that while the Megafauna is all gone (except for us), the Ice Age flora is mostly all still here. Why is the hop hornbeam and the blue beech so strong-wooded? George Monbiot thinks it was to withstand mammoth and mastodon attack. Why does the young honey locust have foot-long assemblies of poly-thorns all up and down its trunk which disappear when the tree is too tall for mega-herbivores to reach the branches? Who was it protecting itself against? What about the osage orange? No-one eats those softball sized brain-wrinkly green fruits. But someone did . . . and spread the seeds. Who was it? And why is its wood sooooo tough? And covered with nasty thorns till again it is big tree-size? I speculate the thorns were to keep away mammoths and mastodons and stuff. But the giant ground slouth had arms, hands and claws made for grabbing and pulling down to the ground the thorniest branches. So maybe the super springy-wood branches which could survive that pull-down without snapping or breaking were the ones which preferrentially survived giant ground sloth assaults to live and breed. The ground sloth is gone but the osage orange lives on.

  • Celebrating Bernie Sanders via Stand-Up: He doesn't Give a ---
    • different clue 07/17/2015 at 8:56 pm

      Unqualified support? Why did he boycott the Netanyahu appearance then? Why did he try inspiring some other Senators to do the same? Or am I falling for atmospherics?

      By the way, Green is one group I will never vote for. Not after Nader Versus Gore and esPECially not after McGaw versus Wellstone.

  • To fight Climate Change, we have to Eat Fewer Hamburgers
    • different clue 07/08/2015 at 9:53 pm

      We may also have to stop eating the WRONG hamburgers and limit ourselves to the RIGHT ones. I am reading more and more, here and there and everywhere; that properly managed pasture and/or range under livestock has the potential to suck down more skycarbon and bio-sequester it into the soil, then what it itself skydumps. I am reading anecdotal claims of that already being done in some places.
      We really need indisputable science done to either confirm or debunk that happy hope.

      But if it is really true, and conSIStently true when done correctly, then whatever money we spend on specifically and only pasture-range fed livestock is actually going to drive skycarbon reduction and soilcarbon restoration. If that is true, then eating grass-fed hamburgers helps to dewarm the global all by itself. And since restricting ourselves to pasture-range hamburgers ONLY means accepting much lower pasture-range produced ONLY livestock, the "eating less hamburgers" part would take care of itself.

  • Bernie Sanders' 10,000-person crowd in Madison biggest of any Candidate so Far
    • I hope that Bernie and/or someone(s) on his staff are reading Hunter S. Thompson's book Fear and Loathing: On The Campaign Trail '72. It says some useful things about organizing with only moderate money but many willing people to make up for that lack of money.

      It also says some harsh things about how McGovern, after his unlikely victory over the Establishment Democrats, went on to try appeasing them and winning their support for Election '72. Thompson went into some detail about just how self-destructive and self-defeating THAT was.

      Why would that matter? Because if Sanders wins the nomination ( just as unlikely as McGovern), he will then have to decide whether to try "winning back" the Establishment Democrats or accept that they are his ( and ours) Evil Enemies who will collude against him to elect his Republican opponent. If he treats them as the Evil Enemies they are, he will at least keep the supporters who get him nominated. If he tries appeasing the Clintonite Obamacrat scum that he will have to defeat to get the nomination, he won't win over any scum-filth Clintobamacrats and he will lose all of his base supporters who would be appalled, disgusted and dispirited by his re-wooing of the allegedly humanoid filth-garbage whom he has just defeated.

      I hope he reads Thompson's book and takes this particular lesson to heart.

  • Global Warming: G7's Coal Plants are Weapons of Mass Destruction aimed at World's Poor
    • different clue 06/07/2015 at 9:02 pm

      If it is any comfort to the world's poor, the mass destruction won't stop at the doorstep of the poor. It will keep right on moving to the doorstep of the middle class and the modestly rich.

  • Iraq needs another National Party: Tariq Aziz's Baath Party Ruined the Country
    • different clue 06/07/2015 at 9:00 pm

      I think so too.

      If we were nice about it, we could start a New Deal Revival Party. If we have to get mean about it we can start a Lower Class WarParty.

  • It's Getting hot in Here: There never was a Pause in Global Warming: Scientists
    • different clue 06/05/2015 at 9:51 pm

      The various glaciers, icefields, and ice-cap edges were shrinking and melting right along all through that hiatus period anyway, so more heat was certainly entering the system regardless.

      So when people told me "hiatus! ha ha ha!" I said that I considered global warming to be worse than embarrassment, and if the global was re-cooling then that was a good thing. I told them I would be looking to see all the ice formations begin re-growing to their former size and volume. If that happened, I would certainly accept being laughed at last.

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  • Afghanistan's China Card
    • different clue 04/01/2015 at 8:58 pm

      Why is this an irony or even a problem? If China plans to make the Big Money in Afghanistan, then China should be the people bearing the Big Burden of keeping Afghanistan safe, peaceful and orderly.

      I don't think the Chinese will putz around with any "hearts and minds" silliness. if the Taliban threaten China's plans to take the minerals out of Afghanistan, then China can simply send in a million or more Peoples Liberation Army troops with Tien An Men rules of engagement, and get any "bad for bussiness" problems exterminated in short order. China could also pressure Pakistan as much as necessary in order to force Pakistan to abandon its beloved little Taliban pets and mascots.

  • Unprecedented CO2 Crimes: Next time, Let's Call it "Cyclone ExxonMobil"
    • different clue 03/25/2015 at 6:48 pm

      It it helps things any, I read some of the material presented here as fact-based material years before I had heard of DRG.
      And I read it in places other than here. I suspect DRG read it in those same places.

      I read long ago that 80F was the threshhold temperature for ocean water warm enough to gas off hurricane-loads of water vapor into the overlying air. If a hurricane gets started over a huge zone of 80F or higher ocean, it can somewhat "govern" its maximum growth by its own winds wave-churning ocean water deep enough to reach down and mix under-80 water with the 80 water at the surface. Drag the surface below 80 and less-than-hurricane loads of vapor can gas off into the air.

      If one deepens the layer of 80+ water on the surface, it stands to reason that one could set higher the bar at which
      the hurricane can finally wind-whip the ocean deep enough to drag up the now-deeper-down under 80 water. IFF! . . all other conditions were as perfect as before for the formation of a hurricane otherwise. I don't see why that becomes false or unreasonable just because it is repeated by someone who is accused of being discredited on some other issue-area.

      As to the hysteria of "saving the planet", the planet will save itself, thank you very much. If saving itself involves exterminating species man, the planet will do that without batting a hurricane's eye. The planet got along fine before it met us, and it will get along fine once we're gone. The planet could give a rat's ass whether mankind lives or dies.

      We should worry about preserving conditions which are beneficial to the lifestyle to which we humans have become accustomed. THAT is what man made climate change is putting at risk right now.

    • different clue 03/24/2015 at 9:09 pm

      Some further thoughts . . . Confucius once said that something very important to do from time to time was Rectification of the Language. In our own day that would include pressure-washing the Luntzwords off the language and purging the Luntz-meanings from the words we want to keep.

      "No Rectification without de-Luntzification".

      People who use Luntz-type words which were not specifically invented by Luntz can be called Luntzy Louses.
      And people who use words or meanings that Luntz specifically invented can be called Lousy Luntzes.

      And I have decided to attach the prefix "Man Made" in front of every climate-related word or phrase that i use. For example, if one were to say " Man MADE climate change", one is half-way spoiling the Luntz effect right there. And I'll probably start calling myself a Warmist, too.

    • Frank Luntz invented the word "climate change" and tried it in some of his research test-bed focus groups. It played well, so he rolled it out. Someone should do a forensic literature search to see when the Koch/Exxon accusation that climate scientists came up with "climate change" when the warmup "stopped". If the first verifiable date for that accusation first seeing light in the media can be fixed in time and documented, and it turns out to be later than the date on which Frank Lunts introduced the word "climate change", then the Merchants of Carbon can be caught in a proven lie.

      Anyone who uses the word "climate change" has been "Luntzed". ( Is "Luntzed" a word? If it isn't, maybe it should be). We should come up with some counter-Luntz reverse-spin language, like global heating or global burning, or The Global Warmocaust, or Climate d'Chaos Decay. The Big Heat. etc. And use such words in everyday conversation to see if any take hold. Fly little memes fly.

  • 10 Foot Sea Level Rise Concern: Warm Water Reaching Antarctic Fast-Thinning Glacier
    • different clue 03/20/2015 at 7:21 pm

      Now is the time for all good Global Warming skeptics to come to the aid of the coastal Florida real estate market. Buy Florida land!

  • Cyclone Pam & Vanuatu's Global Warming future: Fewer but Worse Storms
    • different clue 03/18/2015 at 9:38 pm

      I know someone who was in the Peace Corps on Batanes Island in the Philippines. He told me that Batanes has long been in a traditional Hurricane Alley. They have traditionally built their houses with hurricanes in mind. The houses are made of stone walls several feet thick with a sacrificial cogon-grass thatch roof which protects from normal weather and blows right off in every hurricane. The stone walls are undisturbed. The people have the minor cost of replacing the sacrificial "lizard's tail" roof after every hurricane.

      Maybe the Vanuatuans will adopt Batanesian architecture for their emerging hypercane future.

  • The "Hindenburg Trap": Dump Oil, Coal & Gas Stocks if you Want to Retire
    • Since the next Prexy will be a Repuglan, it is likely that all Obama's executive initiatives which impinge upon fossil carbon profits will be reversed. (Of course all the Obama decisions which profit the Merchants of Fossil will be kept in place . . . things like throwing upen the Atlantic coastal shelf to oil exploration and opening the Beaufort/Chukchi Sea shelves to oil exploration and all the pipelines that were greenlight-redballed to provide a whole cats cradle of pipeline workaround routes for Alberta dilbitar if Obama should cancel Keystone North for symbolic diversionary reasons.)

      So every reader's best investment would be in the means of survival in the teeth of a CPPM 600-700 world.

  • Syria: As al-Qaeda defeats 'moderate' US allies, will US ally with al-Qaeda?
    • different clue 03/07/2015 at 8:16 pm

      As noted topthread, any side the US backs will attract the other sides's attentive hatred. The only thing left to do is to give up our opposition to the Syrian Arab Republic and stop lending any support whatsoever to the SAR's opponents. Russia, Hezbollah, Iran and the SAR itself will take care of the rest.

      The desired endstate should be the comprehensive extermination of all al Quaeda and ISIS personell within the borders of Syria and Iraq. That involves the diplomatic re-recognition of President Assad as being the legitimate president of the only legitimate government which Syria has . . . the Syrian Arab Republic. And that involves accepting whatever casualties the SAG/SAR feels it needs to impose in order to get the rebellion comprehensively exterminated and destroyed for decades to come.

  • Keystone XL Opponents Interrogated by FBI
    • different clue 03/05/2015 at 3:12 pm

      Because the "questioning" is designed to scare and threaten politically engaged people out of excercising their basic human self-governance rights including those mentioned in the Constitution.

      By the way, Keystone is not part of a "national" strategy for anything. Keystone is part of a private self-interested bussiness-sector strategy in search of special interest profits.

  • Iraqi Shiites, Fuming over Slow US Fight against ISIL, threaten to Revoke Agreement
    • different clue 01/19/2015 at 8:49 pm

      So , the Shiaraqi Government threatens to revoke the agreement? Oh please . . . ohhh pleeeeeeze do!

      The Malikists prepared the ground of Iraqi Sunnistan for ISIS's entry by sectarian spiteful mistreatment and abuse of the Sunni Arabs there.
      As long as the Shia regime remains committed to Shia Supremacism over the Sunni Arabs, they will keep losing every bit of Sunnistan.

  • Boko Haram Menaces Cameroon Schoolchildren after Massacre in Nigeria
    • different clue 01/15/2015 at 2:21 pm

      It appears Cameroun has a functional army and a viable non-corrupt-enough government to function and organize a defense and then a counter-offensive. Nigeria appears to have none of those things. Then too, it is doubtful that Cameroun has Boko Haram agents or sympathisers hidden within its government, whereas Nigeria appears to have both.

      Cameroun cares enough about the children to close schools and evacuate children and families from non-secured areas, to the best of its ability.
      The NigeriaGov has shown no sign of any such concern.

  • "Even a 10 percent loss of Antarctica's ice would cause catastrophic flooding of coastal cities"
    • I know there are "global warming skeptics" out there.

      Well . . . this is your moment! This is your big contrarian investment opportunity. Buy up all the seaside coastal beachfront/swampfront property you can beg, borrow or steal the money to buy. You will be planting the seeds of vast new family fortunes when those of us who have avoided or fled the coasts realize what fools we've been and seek to buy our way back in.

      Be bold! Put your money where your convinctions are! Who dares, wins!

  • Egypt Bans "Exodus: Gods and Kings", saying Jewish Slaves did not build Pyramids
    • Daniel Barham,

      Nothing anywhere in the Bible claims that Jewish slaves built the pyramids. The claim that it does is deeply a-textual.

  • GOP Figures used racist Ape imagery for Obama before North Korea did
    • President Obama must be sooooo hurt by all this. When he leaves office he will "cry all the way to the bank", in the deathless words of Liberace.

  • "Palestinian State Essential to a Democratic Israel" - Frmr Israeli President Shimon Peres
    • That is what Rabin understood which led him and his delegation into his end of Oslo. That is what a voting majority of the Israeli public at the time understood and demonstrated their desire for by re-electing Rabin over Netanyahu. That is what Netanyahu , Likud, and elements within Israeli security understood when they arranged the Rabin assassination. They also understood that Peres had no basic bravery and no military-service credibility, and would not be able to hold up and advance his end of the process.
      So Netanyahu knew what he was doing when he played his part in engineering the Rabin hit.
      Regretabbly, the Rabinists and Rabin voters did not understand that they were in a Civil War which could only have been won by crushing the Likudists into political and civil extinction and the Likudist voters into humble obedience to the Rabinist majority.

      Oh well . . . . too late now.

  • The Sad Fate of Planet Earth: Lima's COP20 showed World's Governments not Serious about fighting Climate Change
    • different clue 12/16/2014 at 2:45 pm

      "Mankind" and "Planet Earth" are two different things. It's like with the old country song: "I got along fine before I met you, I'll get along fine when you're gone." Earth got along fine before it met us, it'll get along fine when we're gone.
      Nature is One Tough Mother.

  • Climate Change and Yemen's Agony
    • I predict:

      Global warming will make ArctiCanada and Siberia warm and ice-free enough to find all kinds of more coal, gas, and oil up there. Which will all be sold, burned, and skydumped.

      Global Heating will then melt all the ice off of
      Greenland, Ellesmere Island, Baffin Island, etc. So much coal, gas, and oil will be found there that . . .

      Global Steaming will melt all the ice off of Antarctica. So much coal, gas and oil will be found on the newly ice-freed Antarctica that . . .

      Global Autoclaving will turn the Earth into a sterile dessicated Venusian hell-planet.

  • Why SecDef Hagel is Really Out: As usual, the War Party Won
    • I am not sure Hagel was publicly complaining about a refusal to attack Assad more forcefully. I suspect he was demanding "clarity" of "thinking" more broadly in order to send as clear a signal as he dared to send that the Obama Administration should think about cancelling its remove-Assad policy and start a new accept-Assad policy in its place. And the suspicion that Hagel's remarks were a silent signal to "accept Assad" were what got him fired.

  • Could Years more of Syrian Civil War be Avoided by Comprehensive Talks with Iran?
    • different clue 12/05/2014 at 3:01 pm

      I find it strange to think that the SAG would ever negotiate in its own extermination to please a pack of so-called "moderate" Islamist rebels and leave their own constituencies helpless to the Sunni LiverEater genocides to be perpetrated against the Christians, Alawites, Kurds, etc.
      The SAG will keep fighting until it can't keep fighting any more. And Russia, Iran, and maybe a couple others will do what they can to keep the SAA intact, viable, in the field, and fighting fighting fighting.

  • Antarctica Glaciers Melting 3 Times Faster than 10 Years Ago
    • different clue 12/05/2014 at 3:07 pm

      Global warming deniers who seize upon the Antarctic sea ice and other notional straws to buttress their denialism . . . should be encouraged to invest all the money they have and all the money they can borrow in buying up all the seaside oceanfront property they can afford. What a contrarian investment opportunity is laid out before them
      Meanwhile, those who understand the Global is heating can try guessing how fast the oceans will rise and how far they will spread.
      "I bought some beach front property in Arkansas."
      "Just wait awhile."

  • Jewish Terrorists set Fire to joint Arab-Jewish School in Jerusalem
    • Any initially successful to repress and shut down the "price tagger" community would lead to a genuine Civil War. The Center-Left Lesser Israelists missed their last chance to win such a Civil War against the Center-Right Greater Likudistanis in the dragging couple years of Peres's post-Rabin Prime Ministership.

  • Why it makes Economic Sense for Universities to Divest from Fossil Fuels
    • Carbon capture and sequestration need not be limited to at-the-smokestack. It can happen at the green-leaf and throughout the rhizosphere. But it would take the proper sort of land management to make that happen.

  • Can the Police Phone-Track you without a Warrant?
    • different clue 11/28/2014 at 2:41 pm

      If you put your cellphone in a foil-lined case you would make it harder to track in between phone calls anyway, warrant or no. Of course no one could call you either, but would that be a worthwhile tradeoff to prevent anyone from following the location of your walking-around-phone except when you are actually making a call?

      And if you are really that worried, ditch your cellphone and go back to copper landline phone service. If enough people did that, AT&T might have to drop its plans to rip out all the copper lines someday and digitize everybody.

  • Thanksgiving was always about Climate and Adaptation: Let's Make it Green Again
    • different clue 11/28/2014 at 2:49 pm

      I suspect that "beef" as such is not carbon intensive. It is corn/soy fed industrial feedlot beef which is carbon intensive.
      I suspect that range-and-pasture ONLY beef would be as carbon suckdown/ bio-sequestering as was the buffalo which many Indian Nations persons ate for centuries after Pilgrim times. (And sad to say, today's corn/soy industrial factory turkeys are somewhat carbon intensive their own selves. I wonder how much less carbon intensive a return to ancient heritage-breed turkeys raised more craftsmanly on hundreds of thousands of little turkey gardens would be?)

  • As SecDef Hagel Exits, an Iraq Daesh/ISIL Scorecard
    • I doubt Dempsey wanted/wants new wars any more than Hagel does. Hagel and Dempsey both more-or-less opposed bombing Syria and trying too hard to overthrow Assad. It seems Hagel decided that ISIS was much the greatest threat to the point where the R2P NeoWilsonians elsewhere in Obama's cabinet suspected Hagel of wanting Assad accepted and supported as a functional ally against ISIS.

      So is Hagel out? Not until Obama finds a replacement. Which means if enough Senators can reject every replacement Obama nominates from now till January 2017, then Hagel will remain SecDef till then.

      If Hagel is removed, Dempsey will be the next to be removed. As long as Hagel stays, Demsey is somewhat shielded and is harder to remove.
      We should all want Obama's every replacement nominee to be rejected by the Senate, over and over and over again.

  • South Dakota Native Tribe: Keystone XL an “act of war”
    • different clue 11/23/2014 at 5:37 pm

      How many of America's Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans are members of one of the Indian Nations? How many of America's veterans might be, or might be related to, High Plains farmers and ranchers of ancestry other-than-Indian who might well share the Indian Nations' viewpoint on dirty filthy dilbit pipelines rammed across Indian Country? How many of those veterans might have some measure of knowledge of explosives and demolition and the deployment of such relative to the functional integrity of pipelines?

      Will a dilbit ( diluted bitumen) pipeline be able to ram itself across the High Plains? Will it survive the attempt?

  • G20 conclude "Climate Change Summit:" Obama Pressures Australia as PM presents lonely defense of Coal
    • different clue 11/17/2014 at 8:08 pm

      Most of Australia is high enough above sea level that rising sea levels are not Australia's problem. But if Man Made Global Heating drives Global Climate DeChaos Decay to the point where much of Australia becomes a drought-bound food-free heat-death zone of non-survival, then whoever has the last laugh . . . it won't be Australia.

  • Saudi Arabia at the G20: Is it waging Econ War on Iran, Russia and N. Dakota?
    • Do high oil prices punish the US? If they do, and KSA is lowering oil prices now to bankrupt and shut in unconventional oil now so as to remove that as a long term price-competitor later, so that KSA can then raise oil prices later once there is no unconventional oil industry left to bring unconventional oil to market; then KSA price drops now to protect KSA price rises later will punish the US later. That is what Yves Smith is theorizing the Saudis to be doing.

      Then too, if a dropping oil price can drop other fossil carbon prices low enough long enough to bankrupt some alternative energy companies, those bankrupted companies are removed as future harbors of refuge when KSA re-raises the oil price later.

      That's the theory as I understand it.

    • Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism has offered an extended version of this theory . . that Saudi Arabia is dropping the price to punish several disobedient targets, including the US for failing to get Assad overthrown on Saudi Arabia's timetable. Also, if Saudi Arabia can keep oil at or under $80/barrel for long enough, they can drive enough frack-oil companies bankrupt enough that they won't re-emerge even after oil goes back up. Then Saudi Arabia can reduce production and create a much higher price per barrel. If that theory is correct, how long would they need to keep oil under $80-barrel to shut down much unconventional production?

      And if that is their goal, and they achieve it; will the subsequent oil shortage and price rise lead to less oil-based carbon skydumping? If so, should we be mad or happy about what Saudi Arabia is doing?

  • Climate Change: Afghanistan on Front Line (& You Thought the Taliban were Bad)
    • different clue 11/14/2014 at 8:19 pm

      The front lines are ever shifting and moving. Last year a front line ran through NorthEast Colorado. Another front line ran across that highway which got snowmelt-flooded and cut off that town in Alaska. Another front line was traced by Sandy's track.

      Sooner or Later coastal Louisiana will be on the frontline for SuperKatrina 2.0. One prays the damage may be limited to only those people who vote for Landrieu or Cassady in Louisiana's upcoming Senatorial Runoff election.

  • US Dilemma in Syria: Moderate Stronghold Falls to al-Qaeda, Fighters desert to Extremists
    • different clue 11/03/2014 at 8:13 pm

      The dilemma is an artificial dilemma of the West's own making, at the urging of the Saudists and Lesser Gulfies and the Erdogists of Turkey.
      The West including America should simply switch sides and back the Syrian Arab Government, Hezbollah, Iran and Iraqi Shiistan in helping the SAG crush the cannibal headchopper rebellion by all means necessary and/or convenient. Let the Saudi/Gulfie/Tayippi investment in the so-called "moderate" so-called "opposition" be completely destroyed and incinerated.

  • Concentrated Solar Plant in Tunisian Sahara aims to sell Clean Electricity to Europe
    • different clue 10/31/2014 at 7:35 pm

      If Tunisia gets the electric transmission infrastructure into Europe totally in place, then when neighboring countries build vastly huger solar farms on small fractions of their vastly huger territories, they might well choose to sell and deliver their current over those already-established Tunisia-Europe lines. Production profits for the Big Solar Farmers, transmission profits for Tunisia, more Zero Carbon electricurrent for Europe.

      And it bears repeating . . . some of the vast quantities of electricurrrent generated by day could be used to split water into oxygen and hydrogen, and store the hydrogen in huge pressure tanks or caverns or whatever, and burn it back into water every night to re-extract the energy-of-electrolysis and send that electicurrent out over the very same Tunisia-Europe power lines.

      Et Viola' ! Ze night-time intermittency problem, she is le' Solve!

  • Top 5 Good News Solar Energy Stories Today
    • different clue 10/23/2014 at 2:59 pm

      Once Morocco gets those plants built, Morocco could then demonstrate a solution to the "storage problem" by using electricity to electrolize water and store the hydrogen just like natural gas till sundown and then after sundown re-oxidize the hydrogen to get back the energy invested in electrolyzing the water. The energy "get-back" could be extracted as electricity.

  • HIstoric Mass March against Global Warming: Saving the Planet Next Sunday in NYC
    • different clue 09/15/2014 at 2:54 pm

      One good thing about such a march is that the marchers could see how many marchers there are, and take heart in numbers depending on the numbers. Another good thing is for marchers to meet eachother and exchange contact information and discuss about what to do on all the ordinary days between marches.

  • Will the People’s Climate March be this generation’s March on Washington?
    • different clue 09/12/2014 at 2:49 pm

      Make all your meat and dairy grass/pasture/range-fed. The multi-species pasture under cattle bio-sequesters more carbon in the roots and soil than the cattle vent into the air at every stage combined.

  • Iraq: If Terrorists hit Southern Iraq oil fields, $5-$7 a gallon Gas?
  • Can al-Abadi win over Iraq's Moderate Sunnis?
    • Eric Margolis observes Maliki to be an American sock puppet? Based on what? His massive backing and support from Iran? His disdain for America's hopes that he would integrate the Sons Of Iraq into Iraqi paid security forces/army/etc. as the US strongly hoped and thought had been negotiated? His refusal to grant the SOFA that the American government so badly wanted so the American government could keep troops there?
      I am not impressed with the so-called 'astutefulness' of Eric Margolis's 'observationalizing'.

      Whole sections of the security system in Iraq have been thoroughly Malikified. This new guy would have to wage and win a very nasty and possibly bloody purge of Maliki's legacy organizations if he hoped to force their defeated remnants into any sort of respect or even politeness whatsoever towards the Sunni Arab Iraqis. I don't claim enough expertise to predict whether he will purge the Malikists out of their lairs and bunkers, or whether he even can.

  • Unitarians divest from Fossil Fuels: Clear Commitment on Climate Change
  • If you read Boing Boing, the NSA considers you a target for deep surveillance
    • different clue 07/06/2014 at 6:29 pm

      In fact, reading boing boing might be considered so self-targettingly dangerous as to increase one's "edgy-cred" even more than reading Noam Chomsky. Any American visiting Europe might find "boing-boing" opening as many doors as Chomsky's dropped name its-own-self.

    • Any boing-boing readers reading this post who stop reading boing-boing will be tagged as motivated by fear or caution and therefor as having something to be fearful or cautious about. Therefor any such boingboinger who suddenly stops will be targetted for twice as much double plus ultra super duper NSA surveillance. So you might as well keep reading boing-boing regardless.

  • As US Pressures Maliki to Resign, will Iraqi Gov't Collapse?
  • Does our and Obama's Paralysis on Global Warming come from American Exceptionalism?
    • different clue 06/07/2014 at 4:22 pm

      I don't see our governators showing any belief in "national soveriegnty". The whole Free Trade Agenda is designed to destroy what national soveriegnty we had, and TTP and TTIP as well as any other such naftazoidal agreements are designed to destroy the very last traces of economic and political soveriegnty not yet destroyed.
      What we have is simple carbon capture of government and the exploitation of carbon concerns in political culture-wars.
      If we abolished all free trade agreements and restored national economic soveriegnty protectionist exceptionalism, then we would be able to take unilateral carbon reduction steps protected by our ability to exclude imports or even economic relations entirely with emerging carbon dumpers like China and many others.

  • Faced w/ Global Warming Threat, Obama fudges EPA Carbon Reduction
    • different clue 06/03/2014 at 3:02 pm

      Since NOxs and methane and CFC-type compounds and black carbon soot have more global warming impact per molecule than
      CO2 does, and since those releases represent pure waste and loss of the molecules involved, perhaps it would make sense to try cutting their emissions to zero soonest while working through the political difficulties of CO2 reduction. We could also suck down more CO2 and sequester it in plant/soil systems with better encouragement and management of plant growth all over the world.

    • different clue 06/03/2014 at 2:58 pm

      Cam, the offshoring of industry was engineered by the Free Tradists in power. Normal Americans did not ask for that. Since that production overseas releases more carbon than what the equivalent production used to release here, the solution to that problem would be to abrogate all free trade agreements, withdraw from all free trade treaties and organizations, restore protectionism, and re-onshore all our captive production-in-exile.
      Free trade makes carbon skydumping reduction within America hard-to-impossible. Don't believe it? Keep free trade and see what happens.

  • Reconciliation between Judaism and Islam is Possible
    • different clue 05/30/2014 at 3:35 pm

      Oslo Diplomacy and post-Oslo sincerity may have worked under Rabin. The Revisionists were very afraid that it would work which is why they engineered the Rabin assassination.
      If the Lesser Israel Liberal-Laborists can't smash down the Greater Israel axis of Likud/Lieberman/Bennett/price taggers and destroy its power all the way to zero, then that Greater Israel axis will never permit Rabbi Bar-El's theory or any other theory to be reach successful application. The Greater Israel axis will either be smashed down by internal or external forces, or else it will win.

  • Israeli PM Netanyahu Vows never to Return Occupied E Jerusalem to Palestinian Residents
    • different clue 05/30/2014 at 3:27 pm

      And not only that . . . but a hexagon is also formed of six lines of equal length too! Eerier and eerier.

  • Boko Haram attack kills hundreds as Nigeria offers reward for girls
    • different clue 05/08/2014 at 2:58 pm

      Is Boko Haram a jihadista group with criminal elements? Or a crime group with jihadista elements? If it is mainly jihadista, it will never sell the girls back to Nigeria, lest Nigeria permit them to go back to school. If it is mainly criminal, it may sell the girls back if the price is high enough. And then do the same thing over and over again.

      Acting peaceful makes sense until the girls are back or it is clear they never will be. At the end of either of those two outcomes, the Boko Haram problem will be solved by the systematic extermination of every Boko Haram member. Stalin was sometimes right.

  • On Eve of Pope's visit to Israel, Radical Israeli Settlers attack Christian Village
    • different clue 04/19/2014 at 1:25 am

      I believe a radical settler group decided it did not like Netanyahu's participation in any peace process (however derisory in reality). They have decided to perpetrate "deflection attacks" against designated hostages every time the government does not support the radical settlers as strongly as they wish. They hope to destroy relations between Israel and the Catholic Church, the US, etc. by creating more and more hate, rage, and eventual blowback.
      Do Israelis against "price tag" outnumber Israelis for "price tag"?
      I don't know. But even if there are, they are not ready to wage and win the Total Civil War against Israelis for "price tag" which would be necessary to crush and eliminate "price tag" activities and price tag supporters.

  • Tutu: Climate Crisis Demands we Boycott Big Oil just as we Boycotted Apartheid
    • Even if such a Boycott Fossil Carbon movement is not quickly effective, it can be an organizing motivator for many people over time. Those people can begin to discuss parallel solutions and approaches to run concurrently with the BFC effort.

      Perhaps the role of human support of plantlife all over the above-sea-level earth may also be considered. Much carbon has been gassed from soil into the sky over the last couple centuries. Can managing land guided by new knowledge start a process of plantlife/soil carbon restoration sufficient to suck some of the excess carbon back down out of the sky and re-store it in millions of square miles of plants and soil-under-plants?

  • Poof! John Kerry Blames Israeli Squatting in E. Jerusalem for breakdown in Peace Talks; Bennett: It's Just Zionism
    • Canadian blogger Jeff Wells at his Rigorous Intuition blog was inspired by the Israel/Hezbollah war to write a post about the assassination of Rabin. There was good reason to think a Rabin-led Israel would have followed Oslo in good faith to reach a peace a peace with Palestine after. There was good reason to think that the Israeli right wing thought so too. Wells goes into how powerful right wing forces within Israel designed and executed the Rabin assassination using Yigal Amir as their disposable "lone gunman". The goal was to take over Israel in order to renege on Oslo in order to drive more violence in order to right-wingify the Israeli electorate.
      link to

    • I voted against McCain/Palin in 2008 because I suspected McCain's primary desire was to start a war with Iran to show that we could win such a war, the way we were winning the Vietnam War and would have won it if it hadn't been for those meddling kids.

  • Saudi King channels John McCain, demands Obama Take Hard Line on Iran, Syria, Muslim Brotherhood
    • different clue 03/29/2014 at 3:38 pm

      Support for Saudi Arabia is a mystery? Huge oil and huge money. Where's the mystery?

  • Israeli Kibbutz uses Robots To Combat Desert Dust that obscures Solar Panels
    • different clue 03/29/2014 at 3:27 pm

      If Saudi Arabia deployed stuff like this on 50,000 square miles of the Empty Quarter, they could become the . . . uhh . . . "Saudi Arabia of solar energy."
      And so could Iran and Iraq and Egypt and Libya and Algeria and Morocco and and and . . .

  • Billionaire Victimology is the Worst
    • different clue 02/07/2014 at 7:01 pm

      Much of the problem occurrs at the topmost layer of the "one percent". How much of "the one percent's " income goes to the opoop (one percent of one percent)? How much of it goes to an even smaller fraction of people called the opoopoop (one percent of one percent of one percent)?

      Also, what percent of the nations medicare taxes does the one percent pay? What percent of the nation's SS FICA taxes does the one percent pay?

  • Dear President Obama: Tar Sands & Keystone XL are more Dangerous than an Iranian Atomic Bomb
    • different clue 02/05/2014 at 8:18 pm

      Obama has no more elections left to run for. He is strictly working for the highest possible private sector payoffs and paybacks after he leaves office. Based on his goals and record to date, I think he will okay the Keystone XL Pipeline Northern Half.

  • Messianic Israeli Minister obsessed with Palestinian Land accuses Kerry of Messianic Obsession
    • different clue 01/15/2014 at 7:55 pm

      The last time Israel's liberals tried that, Israel's conservatives assassinated Prime Minister Rabin.
      It is not pleasant to think that the only way for Israel's liberals to guide Israeli policy would be to wage and win a civil war against Israel's conservatives. But is there anything else that would work?

  • John F. Kennedy's Thanksgiving Ideals, 1962-- How different they are from Ours
    • different clue 11/28/2013 at 3:24 pm

      There is a semi-leftwing econoblog called Naked Capitalism which has run posts on ACA among other subjects.
      Some of those posts analyze in great detail the various hidden traps and restriction of access to degraded care which the Insurance Industry very carefully wrote into the law. The readers might ask themselves why Justice Roberts performed so many legal-logic contortions to uphold ACA (especially the Forced Mandate) when he realized it would not get 5 other Justices to uphold it without his help.
      It is easy enough to go to Naked Capitalism and find those posts and comments.

  • Tim Berners-Lee Warns "Tide of Surveillance and Censorship" threatens Democracy
    • different clue 11/23/2013 at 4:22 pm

      Corporate takeover, monopolizatin, and subversion to private profit and control purposes also threatens the existence of free information exchange and access on the internet.
      I read a critical post against TPP on Naked Capitalism recently, and one of the TPP provisions which the Obama Group is trying so hard to keep secret is a provision to permit private corporate owners of anything to do with internet transmission a free and high hand to prevent or remove any content or item at all which they please to prevent or remove.
      For example, if I understand this provision right, under TPP the private owners of whatever cables or pipes or tubes this blog and these comments travel on . . . would have the perfect right to pre-ban or ban and remove your every post concerning global warning, carbon wean-off, etc. At least now, before TPP, the NSA can only record every keystroke and keystroker.

  • 43 Dead, 500 Wounded in Tripoli attack by militia on peaceful Protesters
    • different clue 11/16/2013 at 8:51 pm

      Actually, my understanding was that France and Italy in particular pushed hardest for this right from the start because they feared a huge influx of Lybian refugees. We went along with the Franco/Italian request and lent our particular military abilities to it.

  • Pakistani family testifies to empty room on Hill about US Drone that killed Granny
    • It seems to me that most, or maybe almost all of the civilian drone deaths are due to the CIA's own drone program
      and few or almost none being due to the Military's own drone program. They are two separate programs. If my understanding is correct, would cancelling the CIA's own drone program solve a lot of the problem?

    • He should not get them. At the very least the NYTimes should invite Iyad Alawi to write an equal-billing guest editorial about the nature of al Maliki's rule and methods of governance. And how al Maliki came to have so much power over Iraqi government to begin with.

  • Elites Stick together against Us: Feinstein Slams NSA Merkel Tap
    • Her base is latte' liberals, perrier populists, silk and satin socialists, etc.

      Her base was just fine with "Impeachment is off the table."

  • The American Genocide Against Iraq: 4% of Population Dead as result of US sanctions, wars
    • I would agree with careful use of terms. If our killing level in Iraq was genocide, then the Civil War was genocide against the Confederacy, considering that something like 10 per cent of all men in the Confederate States were killed.

      If the Civil War wasn't genocide, then the Iraq War 2.0 wasn't genocide either.

    • We can thank Pelosi and Obama specifically and by name for that lack of prosecutions.

      "Impeachment is off the table". I would call it the Pelosi-CheneyBush Administration.

  • Whatever Happened to the Somali Pirates?
    • different clue 10/11/2013 at 4:58 pm

      These are the same industrial strip-fishmining fleets which destroyed the Newfoundland Cod fishery too.

  • Dear Tea Party: The Gov't Shutdown is Hurting White People, Too
    • different clue 10/09/2013 at 8:13 pm

      The policies of the DLC Free Trade NAFTAcratic Party have been more detrimental to working class white Americans than anything the Tea Party has achieved so far. I wonder how many Tea Party supporters were primed for Tea Partyism by having their jobs exported and lives destroyed by the Free Trade Mass-Jobicide of the last few decades? If we are really looking to blame somebody for the rise of Tea Partyism,
      do the Free Trade Clintocrats deserve some of that blame?

  • Top Ten Signs Solar Energy is rapidly Winning
    • If solar farms in the SouthWest could be built to reliably
      provide as much power as all the dams in the West provide, and wired into the Western Grid; then the solar farms could provide power by day and the dams by night. That would allow for storing more water behind the dams to be even more sure of having enough to use through the night.

  • Americans Drawing the Line on Day of Action against Keystone XL (Lazare)
    • A few posts ago I left a comment linking to a Counterpunch article about how the Obama Administration has re-written Administrative and Agency rules to greenlight and redball a whole spider-webwork of pipelines leading from the tar sands, "around" the Keystone XL Northern Half proposal area, and linking up to the northern end of Keystone Southern Half or to other pipelines going right straight to refineries and/or coastal ports.
      Obama will keep tactically delaying decision on "Keystone Northern Half" as part of his strategy of tricking the 350 activists into thinking stopping Keystone matters, and diverting their attention from the Huge Pipeline Web Workaround which Obama is assisting various oil companies in getting built. Once Obama is satisfied that the other workaround-pipelines are able to carry as much oil as Keystone Northern Half would have carried, then he will announce that it is "cancelled" and the 350 activists will be allowed to congratulate themselves on their "victory".

  • Israeli Troops attack European Diplomats on Aid Mission
    • Aren't a majority of Jewish Israelis descended from North African and SouthWest Asian heritage groups nowadays? If so, wouldn't a majority of Israeli soldiers be descended from North African and SouthWest Asian heritage groups? (Unless the Gorbachev-and-after era Soviet/Russian influx changed those numbers again?)

  • I lived to See the Day when the Pope and the President of Iran are more doctrinally Flexible than the GOP
    • different clue 09/22/2013 at 5:01 pm

      I see that someone up above beat me to pointing out that this could all be a sneaky bait-and-switch kabuki dance between Obama and the Republicans where the Republicans will drop "defund Obamacare" at the last minute in return for Obama supporting "degrade and attrit Social Security" the way he has tried to ever since getting elected.
      If Obama and the Republicans pull off this Grand Deceit, enough Democratic Senators will support the Republican Senators in passing "destroy Social Security" to get it passed. Obama will then sign it into law. Let's all watch out for that.

  • Neil Young: Alberta Tar Sands fields 'Look like Hiroshima' (Chamberlain)
    • different clue 09/14/2013 at 5:25 pm

      I read recently an article at saying that Bill McKibben either knowingly or unknowingly uses "stop Keystone XL!" as a decoy to keep climate change activists wasting their time and energy and failing to think about how to lower use of carbon fuels in general, including thinking about how to force the issue of political-economic changes to make it possible. And the Obama Administration cleverly delays decision on Keystone XL to keep the activists thinking they are achieving something and to keep rope-a-doping them.

      Here is an article from Counterpunch about how the Obama Administration works with the oil industry to green-light and speed-up construction of a whole webwork of pipelines that will bypass the whole "Keystone Northern Half" planned pipeline area. Once the whole pipeline workaround network is completely built, all the oil that would have moved through Keystone XL Northern Half will move through these other pipelines anyway. Obama will then pretend to surrender on Keystone XL after it doesn't matter anyway, and McKibben and the 350 group will be permitted to think they have won something. Here is the link.
      link to

  • American Jews Divided on Syria Strike, Many Oppose AIPAC
    • different clue 09/07/2013 at 5:53 pm

      AIPAC may be even more narrow than just an Israel Lobby in general. It may be a Likud Lobby in particular. It may have been penetrated and captured by Likudists ever since the Begin Prime-Ministership. It may even be involved in funding and supporting the Likudists and further-rightists within Israel itself to "keep Israel Likud" and keep "Greater Israel" on the table. Do those possibilities deserve some research?

      By the way, I am surprised that Representative Ellison is in fact pro al Quaeda and wants to create an al Quaeda government in Syria in order to exterminate a million or more Syrian Alawites and a million or more Syrian Christians. I thought he was a more moderate Muslim than that.

  • Egypt: Military announces 'War on Terror,' Calls for Massive Demos Against Muslim Brotherhood
    • If some of the Tahrir Revolutionaries 1.0 were opposed to al Sisi's call and were quick enough on their feet; they could have pretended to support it and eagerly yelled: "Where do you want us to gather to show our numbers?" And then they could all hav avoided that spot.

  • Israel's Newly Multi-Cultural Army Stirs Controversy: Ultra-Orthodox Jews & Palestinian-Israeli Christians (Goldman)
    • If they don't want their children serving in the Army, they could have their children doing National Service, like counting sewage or breaking rocks or whatever.

  • Top Ten ways Corporate Food is Making us Fat and threatening our Food Supplies
    • different clue 09/24/2012 at 1:33 am

      Here might well be an eleventh way that certain modern foods or modern methods of eating them are specifically making us fat. It is in an article called Is Sugar Toxic?
      and is about the possibility that one particular sugar in particular, called fructose; is uniquely obesogenic. Fructose comes from HiFructose Corn Syrup and ALSO from SUCROSE which is also called "cane sugar". Every sucrose molecule divides in the intestine into a glucose molecule and a fructose molecule, and the fructose molecules from "cane sugar" are just as obesogenic as the fructose molecules from HiFructose Corn Syrup. Here is the link:
      link to

  • Top Green Energy Advances Mitt Romney doesn't Want to Hear About
    • different clue 09/01/2012 at 3:52 am

      An energy-engineering-and-efficiency commentator blognamed Engineer Poet runs a blog called The Ergosphere. He has discussed the renewable-source-electricity storage problem in some of his posts. One of those posts (which I don't have the patience to try finding) notes that while we can't easily store electricity, we can store some of the things it does. He gives the example of windpower in Holland. When windpower-electricity is excess to ongoing power use needs, that windpower-excess is diverted to Holland's deepfreeze foodstorage warehouses to chill them even colder than the safe deepfrozen temperature. When the windpower dies down, those deepfrozen foodstorage warehouses can cruise on stored superchill for several to many hours, warming "up" to a still-safe very cold temperature. Then they draw conventional power through the grid from conventional sources to stay at that still-safe temperature until there is another windpower surplus which can superchill them back to even-colder-than the safe storage temperature. In essence, these deepfreeze warehouses are being used as "super-chill storage batteries", storing the cold which windpower electricity produced.
      link to
      (Engineer Poet also supports various in-his-mind new and improved nuclear power technologies. I hope that doesn't scare or repel anti-nuclear people from reading all the rest of his work).

      And a thought occurred to me: renewably produced electricity could be used to electrolyze water into oxygen and hydrogen and the hydrogen could be stored until needed for electricity generation by fuel-celling it or conventionally burning it to turn turbines.

  • Tampa Area Republicans terrified of Tea Party, Ryan (Guzzo)
    • different clue 08/25/2012 at 7:06 pm

      Didn't the Insider Republican Party inspire and organize and bring out these Tea Party activists to begin with? And now the Republican Inner Party members don't like where their proteges are going?

      Too bad. So sad.

      They have filled their toilet. Now let them swim in it. Or drown in it. Or flush themselves down, as the case may be.

  • Hurricane Isaac may Threaten RNC convention of Climate-Change Deniers in Tampa
    • different clue 08/24/2012 at 1:20 am

      Reality is the stuff that stays real, no matter how hard one tries to wish it away, or pray it away. People who expect to live for several more decades either will or won't feel the effects of global warming, depending on whether it is or isn't really happening.

      So make your choice and make your plans. "Him who is not surprised when the future comes, lives very close to the truth."

    • different clue 08/24/2012 at 1:16 am

      There's nothing wrong with the Global Warmocaust Deniers that a few F6 and F7 tornados full of melon-sized hailstones won't cure.

    • different clue 08/24/2012 at 1:13 am

      That seems to be more of a diversion than a reply. If we went metric and measured hurricane windspeed in metric, but still left Cat5 open ended from X kph-Infinity kph, we would still have the same problem of information-hiding openendedness of the Cat5 category.

      The metric system is just a silly legacy of the French Revolution. It bears no more relation to reality than the customary culture-rooted measuremement systems it affects to replace.

      We here in America have gone as metric as we need to. We have metrified science and pharmacy and so forth. Dividing the temperature range between the freezing and boiling points of water into one hundred degrees is just as arbitrary as dividing it into 180 Farenheit degrees. And since the metric degrees are bigger and cruder, they mask finer grained detail which Farenheit degrees reveal and make
      it possible to discuss.

      I remember many years ago once meeting a visiting Soviet Professor of Economics here in Ann Arbor. We talked through a Ukrainian friend-of-mine interpreter. At some point he asked me when America would go metric. I offered the thought that America had a greater chance of going communist than going metric. I still think so. So there.

    • As hurricanes and tornados get bigger and better, perhaps
      we need bigger and better ways to measure and describe them.
      Currently the strength-category awarded to hurricanes tops out at C5 and the strength-category awarded to tornados tops out at F5. But that C5 and F5 are open ended and will be less specifically helpful as hurricanes and tornados get stronger.
      So since every step up from Cat1 to Cat5 is like the rungs on a ladder, we should just add more rungs to the descriptive ladder. Since Cat3 is 111-129mph and Cat4 is
      130-156mph, why make Cat5 be 157-Infinity mph? Why not cap out Cat5 at . . say . . 182mph? And make a new Cat6 class for 183-210mph? And a new Cat7 class for 211-235mph? And so on?

      And why not do the same for tornados?

  • Romney shills for dirty Big Coal as Obama touts Iowa Wind Power
    • different clue 08/16/2012 at 3:04 am

      Two old-wisdom sayings: Reality is the stuff that remains real no matter how hard you believe otherwise. Also stated as "you can't bullshit the ocean. It's not listening." And . . . "him that is not surprised when the future comes lives very close to the truth."

      I am planning my life in the expectation of a future of runaway Global Warming and Climate DeChaos Decay thanks to unrestrained carbon-loading of the atmoshphere. I gather you are planning on a future of no-such-thing happening. We shall see who lives "very close to the truth" and who will therefor "not be surprised when the future comes".

      I will say this: if you are correct, then the Global is not really warming and will not warm, and none of the changes I expect to be happening will happen. If you are right and we are all wrong, you have a contrarian investing opportunity of historic dimensions lying at your feet. You should invest all the money you have, and all the money you can borrow, in raw land/ real estate/ REITs/ etc. based along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts . . . most especially in Florida/Alabama/Mississippi/Louisiana/Texas. When the oceans fail to rise the way we Global Warming Alarmists expect them to, you will have planted the seeds of a vast family fortune for your heirs to inherit. If you think you are right about the Climate Future, then I encourage you in the very strongest terms to put your money where your mouth claims to be.

  • Poisoning the Seas to get out Oil that Poisons the Atmosphere (Banerjee)
    • different clue 08/04/2012 at 1:45 am

      I wrote a long comment and then erased it by hitting a wrong button. I don't have the patience to type it all again.

      For possible solutions to carbon emmission problems I would suggest reading Peak Energy Blogspot and The Ergosphere and this low tech magazine article:link to

      For possible solutions to the problem of sucking back down and bio-sequestering the carbon already in the air I would suggest googling words like biochar, eprida, CHAB unit
      (Combined Heat And Biochar unit) etc. Here is an article about an approach to carbon-sequestering shrub-and-tree based protein and starch agriculture:link to

      These changes can only be achieved by the sort of force
      embodied in energy taxes (especially carbon emission taxes) eventually rising to punitive levels. People who wish to suggest that sort of thing will have to earn the personal credibility shown by reducing their own carbon footprint in their own daily lives as much as feasibly possible. Individual action will have no effect on carbon emmissions, but it will gain those individuals the credibility needed to be taken seriously when they discuss the sorts of society-wide forced changes which will have to be imposed on the unwilling and the uncaring in order to prevent further excess carbon release . . . and to suck down the carbon already released.

  • The Collapse of the Climate Change Contrarians and the End of Coal
    • different clue 08/03/2012 at 3:39 am

      Perhaps we could speak of coal as being "mine-ufactured"
      heh heh heh . . .

  • Heartland Climate Scam Sinking, but so is Planet (McKibben)
    • different clue 06/05/2012 at 2:11 am

      I haven't personally met any serious global warming deniers. If I ever do, I will suggest they think about the possibility that if they are right, they have a tremendous contrarian investing opportunity.

      If the earth-surface ice-features are not melting and will not melt, and if the oceans are not rising and will not rise; then seaside coastal ocean-front land will not start going underwater. Such land would be a tremendous investment and would plant the seeds of future family fortunes when we global warming accepters discover that the global isn't warming after all. I encourage everyone to encourage all the deniers to put all the money they have into coastal property, most especially along the Gulf Coast.
      If I could stand to listen to Limbaugh, I would try to get on his show by feigning ditto-headness so I could get all his listeners thinking about contrarian investments in global no-warming.

  • Big Coal and Big Oil Wipe Kiribati off the Face of the Map
    • different clue 03/09/2012 at 1:33 am


      If you are correct in your belief that the global is not warming and will not warm, and that therefor the icecaps and glaciers are not melting and will not melt and the ocean is not rising and will not rise . . . you have a tremendous contrarian investing opportunity lying before you at your feet.

      You should borrow all the money you can against all the pledgeable assets you have or will have, and use that money to buy oceanside seafront property in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Gulf Coastal Florida, etc. When the ocean fails to rise just like the wise men at Von Mises assure you it will fail to do; you will have planted the seeds of a vast family fortune for your heirs.

      So what are you waiting for? Buy seaside oceanfront coastal land today!

  • Hurricanes and Global Warming
    • different clue 08/28/2011 at 3:26 am

      I have been thinking about an open-ended method of hurricane rating for a while now. I gather that every 50 mile-per-hour incremental increase in a hurricane's sustained windspeed gets it a higher number up to Five. So why not continue raising the rating by the same increments?
      Every 50 mph increase gets another number. Also, why not rate hurricanes according to how "wide" they are? A hundred
      mile wide hurricane could be assigned the letter A, a hundred and fifty mile wide hurricane could be given B, a two hundred mile wide hurricane could be given C, and on up.
      So a huge low-windspeed hurricane could be a 1-G or a small
      high-windspeed hurricane could be a 4-B, and so forth.

      By the way, perhaps we should think about open-ended rating increases for tornados too. F6, F7, etc.; if tornados rotate faster than before.

      Phil D, a popular science writer who wrote a little book of some clarity on the subject called Hothouse Earth ( by John Gribbin) might be a small part of what you want.
      link to He is no Rachel Carson, but then, who is? Only Rachel Carson, and she's dead now. Other people have been writing books but I can't remember their names. There is someone who has been setting up timelapse photo-cameras overlooking various glaciers and icecaps to capture their growth or shrinkage, and so far he has been capturing mainly shrinkage. It is called the Extreme Ice Survey. link to One can look at the pictures of retreating ice in place after place to see the real effects made visible.

  • Carbon Emissions Record, Food to Double in Price
    • different clue 06/01/2011 at 3:21 am

      Ways exist to stimulate plant growth so as to suck down some of the airborn carbon and bio-sequester it either in plantmass or in and under the soil. Ways also exist to manage agriculture so as to raise the amount of persistent rootmass and humus below the soil surface. The problem is how to support using these methods over millions of square miles of ag-and-pasture/range land so as to suck down and bio-sequester billions of tons of carbon over millions of square miles of land area. But people can't begin to even think about driving carbon bio-sequestration unless they know it even exists and can be applied.

      A first step might be for growing numbers of people to realize such a possibility actually exists. And offering pathways to information about it might help such growing numbers to realize it. Then they can think about how to drive the process a tiny bit by their own individual actions, and how to drive it harder by organized political and economic pressure.

      So here are a few links to bio-sequestration possibilities. First, a very elementary Wiki-Overview:
      link to
      Then, terra preta: link to
      and biochar: link to
      Finally, a researcher with a company has been studying mycorrhizae and micorrhizal production of humus-precursors in the soil around their host plantroots as a way to increase soil humus loads. Just because he has based a company around his researches does not automatically make him suspect, I don't think.
      link to
      link to

  • Fox Management Ordered Reporters to Spin Global Warming
    • different clue 12/16/2010 at 2:09 am

      I believe that Prince alWaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia is the next-largest owner of NewsCorp (Fox News's parent) after the Murdoch Family their own selves. Shortly after Fox hyped up the fakey controversy over that South Manhattan
      Islamic center, various people wondered why Prince bin Talal
      would continue supporting such a company by owning so much of it?

      Well, I theorize that the Prince wishes to see Saudi Arabia remain able to sell gigabucks worth of oil to the boilers, engines, and furnaces of the world. And since Fox News does such good work clouding the global warming issues and delaying public demand for a solution to the problem; Prince bin Talal must find the money that Fox helps assure that both he and Saudi Arabia will continue making from oil to be worth the minor embarrassment of being caught co-owning a Muslim-bashing media property.

      Oh! if only someone reading this comment were able to influence the Prince's thought-processes directly! That person could persuade the Prince to decide that global warming really is just as fake as Fox says it is. That person could further persuade the Prince to buy millions of acres of beachfront oceanside property all over the world so as to make a killing when the oceans fail to rise. Thus would justice be served.

  • Why our Afghanistan War Dead don't Seem to be News
    • different clue 12/09/2010 at 3:18 am

      If it takes a 2-opposing-teams contest about a situation to get ordinary Americans to take interest in the situation; then perhaps a place to introduce some team-versus-team conflict would be within the Democratic Party itself. If a genuinely "cut and run from Afghanistan" primary challenger were to fight Team Obama for the 2012 Democratic Nomination, and fight in the rudest and most unsportsmanly way possible;
      then public onlookers might decide to take an interest in rooting for one team or the other. If Team CutAndRun were actually able to defeat and destroy Team Obama for the 2012 DemPres nomination, then the Democratic presidential campaign team would become Team CutAndRun. The Republicans would become Team StayTheCourse. Americans would have a choice of which team to root for and which team to root against. The Afghan War would become an important football field for political sports fans all over America. It could become the World Superbowl Series of political grudge fights.

      The political-effectiveness difficulties which Luke Ryan cites probably concern enough millions of people that those millions of people could have a system-redirecting impact if they gave up on ineffective methods and found some effective methods instead. I don't know for sure what those methods would be. They would have to be diffuse and non-illegal to avoid meeting with immediate repression from the authorities. I suspect those methods would have to involve millions of changes of personal economic behavior by millions of those concerned people. Perhaps millions of little changes might cause a big shift if the changes are the right changes. Suppose, for example, that 50 million people who imagine themselves to be "peace-minded" were to
      stop using credit cards for all but emergency uses? How much revenue would cease to flow to the major credit companies? How inspiring and hope-generating might their visible loss of size and power be?

      Such a "shift the system" movement might develop a culture of passive-aggression,
      sullen rejection, uncivil obedience and so forth; designed to slowly erode certain carefully selected pillars of system and regime power. At the same time, people who see eachother engaging in such passive-aggressive peacefully obstructive behavior might also support eachother in creating parallel mini-cultural and mini-economic spaces and systems.

  • Energy Committee Chairman Candidate Says God Promised no More Catastrophic Climate Change after Noah
    • different clue 11/10/2010 at 3:33 am

      How many people voted for a Representative in this district in 2008? And how many people voted for a representative in this district in 2010? And did people who
      voted for the D candidate last time come out and vote for Shimkus this time? Or did
      D voters from election 2008 not come out and vote this time? And if not, why not?
      Someone should take the time to ask all those millions of D-voters of 2008 who did not vote at all this time what their reasons for not voting were. Actual research would give us information which mere speculation can never yield. Since I voted, I am not qualified to say why the non-voters non-voted. They will have to be asked.

      One hopes that Shimkus is defeated for Chairman of the Energy Committee. But that is up to his fellow Republicans.

      Those states, cities, regions, etc.; which voted for Climate Change Realists in their own non-federal-level localities will just have to try crafting energy conservation policies and actions in their own areas in the teeth of ferocious federal resistance and obstruction against every effort to conserve energy and lower fossil carbon use. Perhaps commenters on this thread might offer some ideas and resources for helping people in the Blue Zones to de-fossilize the energy supply sources for economic activity
      within their own Blue Zones.

  • Suzuki: Our Global Economy is not Sustainable

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