Igloo

We're ill-prepared if the iceman cometh

© Eric Lobbecke
What if David Archibald's book The Twilight of Abundance: Why Life in the 21st Century Will Be Nasty, Brutish, and Short turns out to be right? What if the past 50 years of peace, cheap energy, abundant food, global economic growth and population explosion have been due to a temporary climate phenomenon?

What if the warmth the world has enjoyed for the past 50 years is the result of solar activity, not man-made CO2?

In a letter to the editor of Astronomy & Astrophysics, IG Usoskin et al produced the "first fully ­adjustment-free physical reconstruction of solar activity". They found that during the past 3000 years the modern grand maxima, which occurred between 1959 and 2009, was a rare event both in magnitude and duration. This research adds to growing evidence that climate change is determined by the sun, not humans.

Yet during the past 20 years the US alone has poured about $US80 billion into climate change research on the presumption that humans are the primary cause. The effect has been to largely preordain scientific conclusions. It set in train a virtuous cycle where the more scientists pointed to human causes, the more governments funded their research.
Bulb

Assad Speech: Why no 'Arab Spring' against backward, tyrannical Arab Monarchies?

In a short speech to government officials in July 2014, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad exposes the truth behind the 'Arab Spring' and the Israel-Palestine conflict.
"Were [the Arab Spring] a call for freedom, democracy, justice, it would have begun in the most oppressive and tyrannical states".
Eye 2

Netanyahu caught on tape in 2001: 'Don't worry about the Americans, we easily maneuver them' - 'This is how I deliberately sabotaged the Oslo Accords' - 'We plan to strike Palestinians several times, so hard the pain will be unbearable'

A shorter version of this video circulated a few years ago, in which Netanyahu could be heard boasting in 2001 that Israel 'controlled the U.S.'

In this apparently extended version, the Israeli PM can be heard describing Israel's true strategy vis a vis the Palestinians. Have a listen...


Comment:
This video makes Netanyahu look like a really good negotiator to the die-hard Israel-firsters. To them, he is trying to ensure that if and when Palestinians get their own state, it will be as small and meaningless as possible. At which point, Israel can move in for the kill, or for exploitation of a small impoverished state at their leisure.

From an Israeli perspective, this can only increase their support of him, which may be the reason that it was filmed and released. On the other hand, to those impartial or sympathetic to the Palestinian cause, this video exposes Netanyahu as a liar and as THE clear impediment to peace in Palestine/Israel, as such, it undermines everything he and his supporters in the West have ever said about the situation.

Yoda

Russia holds all the cards - how will Putin play them?

Putin
© ITAR-TASS / Alexei Nikolsky
More evidence, about which I hope to write at length, is piling up that Europe has acquiesced to Washington's drive to war with Russia, a war that is likely to be the final war for humanity. By Russia's low key and unthreatening response to Washington's aggression, thereby giving the West the mistaken signal that Russia is weak and fearful, the Russian government has encouraged Washington's drive to war.

It appears that the Russians' greatest weakness is that capitalism has raised enough Russians to a comfortable living standard that the war that Washington is bringing to them is scary, and they want to avoid it in order to continue living like decadent Western Europeans.

The same thing happened to the once fierce Vandals in North Africa in the 6th century when the Vandals were exterminated by a small force from the Eastern Roman Empire. The Vandals had lost the valor that had given them a rich chunk of the Roman Empire.


Comment: Yes, low key and unthreatening, but not ineffective as a counter. Let's put it into perspective:

Party A says: We won't sell you X, but we will sell you Y, and Z.
Party B says: No problem, we won't buy Y and Z either.

Party A has created a situation where the money in the pocket of Party B cannot end up in the pocket of Party A. This is called: Cutting off your nose to spite your face. The way people make money is by selling things. Now the US and EU cannot sell to Russia because Russia will not buy.

This implements a basic strategy where party B

1) Economically weakens their current enemies.
2) Economically strengthens other regional powers who have the goods to sell, but not enough people to buy.


Comment: Vladimir Putin, the judo master, is likely well aware of his tactical advantages. Vladimir Putin, the humanitarian, is valiantly trying to find a way through the horrors created by the imperial west which causes the least amount of suffering for all, not just the Russian people. But he's proven before that he will not hesitate to act when the moment is right.

War and conflict are ultimately about time and tempo. You have to analyze the American strategy designed to start war, and then analyze the Russian response and see how in each case, the Americans are being stymied. War should have started by now. In 1914, it would already have been raging.

The U.S. strategic wet dream is: Coup in Ukraine | Russia Invades Ukraine | America and Europe Declare War | Russia dies and we do the happy dance on their dead bodies.

The U.S. (who used this tactic in the 1980s against Russia) fully expected Russia to engage in the Ukraine. Russia did not. This is a missed tempo, because unless Russia invades Ukraine, the West has a problem.

The goal of America is to draw Russia into a war, NOW, TODAY. They need it. So actively denying them combat when they are strong is in the interest of Russia. This way Russia can continue to consolidate its position and dig in for the winter.

Oh, you forgot about that? Read Sun Tzu: weather is important!

America further needs a war to conceal its economic failure. Russia's response? It doesn't invade Ukraine, but hits America and the entire West where it hurts by creating an alternative international institutional framework - the BRICS bank in place of the IMF one, for example, which was immediately put into practice by accepting trade settlements with Eurasian partners in local currencies, instead of the dollar.

Meanwhile it partners with China to offload some of their American bonds (Belgium magically bought them up). Finally it puts the screws to Europe, which is already suffering economically and agriculturally by ensuring that their vegetables and fruit rot in warehouses.

While you may not think the U.S. will be hit, it will. Already, Poland is demanding the U.S. buy the fruit that Russia has banned. Now more European countries will ask, and if the U.S. says yes, it loses money. If the U.S. says no, it loses friends.

Putin is some kind of genius.

There are just so many ways that this is bad for the West and good for Russia.

These are not weak moves, they are establishing moves to have a good opening position should a shooting war really start. But also they want a good position should a new "cold war" start. So you can see that either option eventually has Russia with a more stable position. Certainly more stable than if they had followed this article's advice. Sorry PCR, but you are way off here.

Star of David

"Genocide is permissible" muses Times of Israel, promptly retracts

The Times Of Israel has removed a provocatively-titled blog post after huge blowback, denunciations, and ridicule across social media. The post - "When Genocide Is Permissible" (in full below) - concludes, "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clearly stated at the outset of this incursion that his objective is to restore a sustainable quiet for the citizens of Israel. We have already established that it is the responsibility of every government to ensure the safety and security of its people. If political leaders and military experts determine that the only way to achieve its goal of sustaining quiet is through genocide is it then permissible to achieve those responsible goals?"

Removal or not, we are sure this will do nothing to endear Israel to the world.

The Times Of Israel site Before and After...

Times of Israel
© ZeroHedge
And thanks to The Way-Back Machine, here is the full article...

Comment: The mask slipped there and we glimpsed the psychopathic mind that conducts genocide in Gaza, Ukraine, Iraq, Afghanistan and everywhere else the Western Empire infects.

Star of David

Iron Dome is a massive Hoax - Israel is just firing blank missiles up in the air

The Iron Dome Hoax is a rather hard one to understand and come to terms with. After all, we are told on the nightly news, night after night, that Hamas missiles are being intercepted by the almost god-like Iron Dome system, which allegedly intercepts 90% of the missiles launched toward Israel... Why lie about that?

What proof is there that Iron Dome actually is hitting missiles in the first place? Well, there actually isn't any. The few Hamas missiles actually ever launched (by the way, Hamas is a group originally created by and - to some extent at least - still controlled by the state of Israel) do not in fact even have warheads, and are basically hollow pipes and fireworks, as has been seen time and time again in previous Israel-Palestine 'wars'.

Well, it turns out the "Iron Dome" interceptor missiles are a similar scam. They are in fact not intercepting anything, but instead are exploding in thin air, making people believe the IDF is intercepting alleged Hamas rockets, when in reality they're essentially billions of dollars' worth of American taxpayers' money spent on glorified fireworks that self-detonate in the air.

War Whore

Remembering the 08.08.08 Georgia war: Forerunner to today's proxy war against Russia via Ukraine

© russia.ru
The US-backed coup d'état in Ukraine during Olympic Games earlier this year wasn't the first blatant attempt in recent years to attack Russia while the world's attention was focused elsewhere. The following Russian documentary exposes the truth about the '08.08.08 war'.

6 years ago today, Washington's puppet regime in Georgia, led by the psychopathic Mikheil Saakashvili, launched unprovoked attacks against civilian targets in the disputed territory of South Ossetia. Western media didn't pay the slightest bit of attention until Russian tanks entered South Ossetia and forced the Georgians back to Tbilisi, at which point it became a major media event and the false official narrative that 'Georgia attacked by Russia' was established and has endured to this day.

As this documentary shows, Georgia in fact attacked Russia, and did so with the help of NATO military personnel, NATO weapons and equipment, NATO 'counter-terrorism' training, and a green light from Washington. In fact, fighters from the Ukrainian National Defense Forces (UNA-UNSO), set up by NATO, supplied snipers and other military personnel, the same organization that would later become instrumental in orchestrating the coup d'etat in Kiev and today's bloodshed against ethnic Russians in Eastern Ukraine.

Star of David

The virtue & necessity of deconstructing 'anti-semitism'

Those of us who dare to criticize Israel's centrality in American life are at a real disadvantage. We are disgusted by what we see, but contemporary protocol requires us to show respect and tolerance to the very people who inspire the disgust in the first place. Worse still, our tormentors have no reciprocal obligation for civility. The deck of cards in this dispute is stacked. Saying the wrong word, uttering an incorrect phrase, and one can be tarred as a disreputable 'Anti-Semite', which has become the scarlet letter of our time.

Have Jews been mistreated, shunned, defamed and killed? Certainly. Have Jews done the same? Most definitely. And to make matters worse, they're still at it. Unfortunately, 'post-Holocaust' rules of discourse now dictate extreme rhetorical deference on this subject. This favors the opposition. There are linguistic land-mines everywhere. And they're been laid out almost exclusively by the other team. Fortunately, one Jewish blogger has recently provided the non-Jewish world with a 19-point guide on what NOT say about Jews and Israel if you wish to avoid the stigma of 'anti-Semitism'.
Eye 1

Brian Eno: Today I saw a weeping Palestinian man holding a plastic bag of meat: it was his son

Dear All of You:

I sense I'm breaking an unspoken rule with this letter, but I can't keep quiet any more.

Today I saw a picture of a weeping Palestinian man holding a plastic carrier bag of meat. It was his son. He'd been shredded (the hospital's word) by an Israeli missile attack - apparently using their fab new weapon, flechette bombs. You probably know what those are - hundreds of small steel darts packed around explosive which tear the flesh off humans. The boy was Mohammed Khalaf al-Nawasra. He was 4 years old.

I suddenly found myself thinking that it could have been one of my kids in that bag, and that thought upset me more than anything has for a long time.

Then I read that the UN had said that Israel might be guilty of war crimes in Gaza, and they wanted to launch a commission into that. America won't sign up to it.

What is going on in America?
Life Preserver

Ukraine: Can the US save face from a fact-free zone of its own creation?

US and fact-free zone
© Unknown
The Americans are finding out the hard way that a fact-free zone is not a comfortable place to inhabit. The initial knee-jerk allegations, voiced by Obama, by the screechy UN representative Samantha Power, by John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and any number of talking heads, were that the downing of flight MH17 was all Putin's fault. These were swiftly followed by a complete and utter lack of official evidence of any Russian involvement but lots of strange, unexplained coincidences pointing to Ukrainian and American involvement. These were, in turn, followed by an uncharacteristically frank admission from US intelligence that there is no proof of Russian involvement. The newly installed Ukrainian oligarch-turned-president Poroshenko (code-name "Piglet") switched from claiming that he had proof of Russian complicity to being very very quiet.

Incompetently concocted fake "evidence" of this and that continues to appear on social media sites, only to be swiftly disproved. Once disproved, the fake evidence vanishes, only to be replaced by more of the same. The latest fake is of Russian artillery bombardment from across the border. All of this has added up to quite an awkward situation for the Americans. Barefaced lying may be fun and profitable, but it does not provide a solid foundation for foreign policy. Nobody wants to go down in history for blowing up the world over some fake Youtube videos.
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