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COP28 President's "no science" remark blows holes in carefully curated 'Net Zero' narrative

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Sultan Ahmed Al-Jaber
COP28 President and Chief Executive of the UAE state oil company Adnoc, Sultan Ahmed Al-Jaber let the cat out of the bag this week when he said there was "no science" that says phasing out fossil fuels will achieve a cap on global warming of 1.5°C. In an interview with the impressively self-important Irish politician Mary Robinson, he demanded to be shown a roadmap for sustainable socioeconomic development "unless you want to take the world back to caves". You would have had a heart of stone not to enjoy the antics of the BBC green activist-in-chief Justin Rowlatt as he tried to finesse Al-Jaber's remarks. What a creative chap to write a BBC story about it headed, 'Is the world about to promise to ditch fossil fuels?'

Rowlatt claims that the UAE has recognised the world has to kick its addiction to unabated fossil fuels and has decided to put itself decisively on the right side of history by trying to own the decision. "But yes, at the same time it is planning to increase capacity and sell even more oil," he helpfully added.

Other more realistic interpretations are available. The world will need as much, if not more, fossil fuel in 2050 as it consumes today, and its biggest customers will be those who are too virtuous to drill and frack the hydrocarbons for themselves. As is usually the case, the meek are unlikely to inherit the Earth.

Comment: 600 million years without a CO2 problem suggests 'Net Zero' is the result of collective brain disfunction and selective greed.

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Open defiance

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In my view, the single most meaningful consequence of the NATO/Ukraine proxy war against Russia is that most of the major geopolitical players outside the imperial realm are suddenly in open defiance of the capricious "rules-based international order" and its rapacious monetary system.

The catalyst for this rebellion was that Vladimir Putin's Russia stood alone amongst the kings, princes, presidents, and prime ministers of a trembling world, turned to the masters of empire, and said:
"Not an inch further. In fact, you must withdraw to your 1997 status, and take all your armaments with you, beginning with your missiles in Poland and Romania."
The masters of empire laughed him to scorn, and then encouraged their #MotherOfAllProxyArmies in Ukraine to concentrate on the Donbass and the Azov pursuant to conquering Novorossiya and Crimea once and for all ... then on to Moscow.

This war was anything but "unprovoked Russian aggression". This war was spawned and nurtured for decades in the secret chambers of the imperial dark lords in London and Washington. It was a war the empire knew Russia would fight. The imperial suzerains simply deceived themselves into believing it was a war Russia could not win.


Irish politician: "70% of legislation comes from Brussels - Ireland's parliament only transposes what's already been decided"

Comment: "It'll be grand," they said when making the Irish people vote a SECOND time on the so-called 'Lisbon Treaty', which gifted Brussels centralized legislative powers in 2008...

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Many people in Ireland today fail to realise that 70% of the country's legislation comes from Europe, a Fine Gael MEP from Kerry has said.

The remarks were made by Ireland South MEP Seán Kelly on Friday morning this week during an interview on Radio Kerry's 'Kerry Today' show with Jerry O'Sullivan, after the MEP was asked to respond to a rumour that he may give up his seat in Europe to run in the next general election in Kerry.

Kelly shot down the notion, saying that the idea didn't come from him.

"I did speak to Fine Gael," he said, adding that they had asked him to consider running for the Dáil.

"But I told them that my commitment was to Europe, that I hoped to run in the elections on June 7th next year, that I was the first Kerry person to be elected to the European parliament to represent Kerry and Ireland South, and that I have a lot of experience now and do a lot of good work."

Comment: No doubt the pay and perks are better too.

Comment: When UKIP (Nigel Farage's anti-EU party) campaigned for a 'leave' vote in the 2016 'Brexit' referendum, the MSM decried as 'fake news' their claim that 75% of the UK's laws were decided in Brussels. Farage may have been exaggerating, or he may have been 'forecasting' that figure, but either way, it turns out he was right.


Free speech? Key aspects of Trump gag order upheld by federal appeals court

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Former President Donald Trump speaks during a rally, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023, in Dubuque, Iowa.
Appeals court affirms key parts of gag order on Trump statements about Jan. 6 case.

A federal appeals court has upheld key parts of a federal judge's gag order limiting what Donald Trump can say about his ongoing prosecution by the Special Counsel for alleged Jan. 6 election interference.

"We agree with the district court that some aspects of Mr. Trump's public statements pose a significant and imminent threat to the fair and orderly adjudication of the ongoing criminal proceeding, warranting a speech-constraining protective order," the appellate court said Friday. "The district court's order, however, sweeps in more protected speech than is necessary. For that reason, we affirm the district court's order in part and vacate it in part. Specifically, the Order is affirmed to the extent it prohibits all parties and their counsel from making or directing others to make public statements about known or reasonably foreseeable witnesses concerning their potential participation in the investigation or in this criminal proceeding."

Comment: Further reporting from Just The News:
Judge Tanya Chutkan's decision to bar Trump from making statements that "target" foreseeable witnesses was held up by a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

However, the court refined the directive and barred Trump from any statements "made with the intent to materially interfere with, or to cause others to materially interfere with" the direction of the case, The Hill reports.

Special counsel Jack Smith was removed from the list of protected court staff, allowing Trump to make comments about him if he desires.

"We agree with the district court that some aspects of Mr. Trump's public statements pose a significant and imminent threat to the fair and orderly adjudication of the ongoing criminal proceeding, warranting a speech-constraining protective order. The district court's order, however, sweeps in more protected speech than is necessary," the panel wrote.
No doubt Trump will have a few things to say about Special Counsel Smith.

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EU wants China to help sanction Russia

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (center) receiving European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (R) and European Council President Charles Michel in Beijing, December 7, 2023.
The EU may identify and possibly sanction more than a dozen companies based in China for providing Russia with goods that might be used in the Ukraine conflict, the bloc's leaders have told reporters in Beijing.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council head Charles Michel were in China on Thursday, meeting with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Qiang.

Von der Leyen said she had urged Xi "to prevent any attempts by Russia to undermine the impact of sanctions." Michel handed the Chinese leader a list of 13 companies the bloc has accused of selling "dual-use goods" to Russia and asked him to "immediately" deal with the problem, according to Politico EU.

"We have identified a list of companies which are suspected to play a role in circumventing our sanctions," Michel told reporters after the summit. "We sincerely hope that today we are heard, and then the appropriate action will be undertaken by China."

If Beijing doesn't crack down on the companies, the EU might "name and shame" them and "the member states will have to decide what further action to be done," Michel said.

Comment: In other words,"don't come crying to us, you did this to yourselves".


Covid mRNA vaccines were developed under a military protocol and required no safety oversight

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When everyone from the President to your primary care doctor declared loudly and wholeheartedly in December 2020 that the newly FDA-authorised Covid mRNA vaccines were 'safe and effective' - what were those claims based on?

In this article, I will review the contractual and regulatory framework applied by the U.S. Government to the initial development, manufacture and acquisition of the Covid mRNA shots. I will use the BioNTech/Pfizer agreements to illustrate the process.

The analysis will show that:
  • The Covid mRNA vaccines were acquired and authorised through mechanisms designed to rush medical countermeasures to the military during emergencies involving weapons of mass destruction.
  • These mechanisms did not require the application of, or adherence to, any laws or regulations related to vaccine development or manufacturing.
  • The FDA's Emergency Use Authorisation for the vaccines was based on clinical trials and manufacturing processes conducted with no binding legal standards, no legally proscribed safety oversight or regulation, and no legal redress from the manufacturer for potential harms. (This last point is being challenged in multiple court cases, so far to no avail.)

Comment: See also:


UAE leader welcomes 'dear friend' Putin

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President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
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Welcoming ceremony • Qasr Al Watan Palace • Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The Russian president will discuss bilateral ties and the situation in the Middle East during his visit, the Kremlin has said...

Vladimir Putin's plane has landed in Abu Dhabi for the Russian leader's first trip to the United Arab Emirates since 2019.

At the beginning of their meeting, UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan called Putin a "dear friend," saying that he was "happy" to see his Russian counterpart again. The two leaders last met in June at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), where the UAE head of state was the guest of honor.

Putin pointed out that relations between Moscow and Abu Dhabi had recently reached "an unprecedentedly high level," describing the UAE as Russia's largest trading partner in the Arab world.

Comment: Putin acknowledges a key partnership:
Speaking at a welcoming ceremony hosted by UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Russian leader praised the thriving business and energy ties between the two countries. The Russian president, noting that trade turnover between the pair had increased by 67% in 2022, expressed hope that this trend would accelerate.

Putin further stated that the two countries are actively expanding industrial cooperation while being involved in several major joint oil and gas ventures. They also cooperate as part of the OPEC+ oil group.

On the diplomatic front, the Russian leader remarked that the two sides would discuss current tensions around the world, in particular the Israel-Hamas war, but also the Ukraine conflict.

President Sheikh Mohamed described relations with Russia as "historic," noting they are developing in numerous areas to the benefit of both nations.

The UAE has emerged as Russia's key trade partner in the Middle East since the start of the Ukraine conflict in February 2022, which led to Western countries imposing unprecedented economic sanctions on Moscow.
Putin given the royal welcome:
Russian President Vladimir Putin landed in Riyadh on Wednesday, as part of his Middle East tour. He is scheduled to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other officials of the Kingdom, which is about to become a member of BRICS next month.

Half a dozen high-ranking Saudi officials greeted the Russian leader as he stepped off the plane, and escorted him to a motorcade waiting to take him to the royal palace.

According to the Kremlin, the talks in Abu Dhabi focused on bilateral cooperation, "as well as pressing international issues with the emphasis on the situation in the Middle East."

Discussions with Crown Prince bin Salman, meanwhile, will touch on the price of oil, the Ukraine conflict, and the situation in Gaza.

Putin told bin Salman at the start of their meeting:
"We expected you in Moscow. Circumstances necessitated changes those plans. But nothing can hinder the development of our friendly relations. While here in the region on a planned visit to the UAE, I took advantage of your invitation to meet with you and all the other friends we've been developing ties with for the past seven years. But the next meeting should be in Moscow!"
Riyadh was approved to join the trade group of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS) as of January 2024.

Bloomberg described the Russian leader's Middle East trip as "defying US and European efforts to isolate him on the global stage."

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More missing J6 committee evidence: Where are Secret Service records?

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In addition to deleted texts belonging to two dozen top Secret Service officials, "numerous" transcribed interviews taken by the J6 committee have not been turned over to House Republicans...

The unprecedented criminal prosecution of Donald Trump and his associates has heavily relied on unprecedented steps taken by government officials including Joe Biden. For the first time in history, for just one example, an incumbent president refused to confer executive privilege to his predecessor on a number of occasions — which forced Trump to share what is traditionally considered protected communications and records with bad-faith interests including House Democrats and Biden's Department of Justice.

Federal courts played an instrumental role, too. Privilege between Trump and his personal attorney was pierced by the chief judge of the district court in Washington. Judge Tanya Chutkan, now overseeing Special Counsel Jack Smith's case against Trump related to January 6, denied Trump's privilege claims in 2021 and ordered Trump to hand over presidential records to the January 6 Select Committee. In another history-making order, Chutkan recently denied Trump's motion to dismiss the J6 case on immunity grounds; she opined that being president does not entitle one to a "get-out-of-jail-free pass" — an assertion made by no one — and concluded a president is indeed subject to criminal prosecution.

Comment: If Trump, so Biden.

Snakes in Suits

Republicans threaten Hunter Biden with contempt of Congress for rejecting subpoena

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Reps. James Comer (R-KY) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) wrote in a brief letter to Hunter Biden's attorney Abbe Lowell that they "will initiate contempt of Congress proceedings" against the president's son if he fails to comply with a subpoena they sent him requiring him to testify in a closed-door setting on Dec. 13.

The warning shot from the pair of committee chairmen about using the rare process against the first son comes after Lowell told them last week, and again earlier Wednesday, that his client was willing to appear for a public hearing on Dec. 13, rather than for a deposition.

Lowell pointed to comments Comer has made in recent months signaling the chairman was open to hearing from Hunter Biden in a public setting, and he also accused Republicans of selectively sharing information they garnered in past closed-door settings to "misinform the American public."


EU leaders attempt to lobby China at Beijing summit fails miserably

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European and Chinese leaders hold the first in-person talks between the two sides in four years in Beijing on Thursday.
China and the EU have agreed that they have a shared interest in a balanced trade relationship, and promised to step up people-to-people exchanges after three years of mutual isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.

But the first in-person EU-China summit in Beijing on Thursday produced no breakthroughs in the areas of greatest friction such as trade imbalances and the war in Ukraine.

Comment: That's probably because the EU has little competitive edge these days - especially since the anti-Russia sanctions that sent their energy costs soaring - and because even the West acknowledges it has lost its proxy-war in Ukraine, so it's hardly in a position to negotiate.

Xi Jinping told European Council president Charles Michel and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen that China saw the EU as a key partner for economic and trade co-operation, scientific and technological co-operation, and industrial and supply chain co-operation.

Comment: The South China Morning Post reveals some of the more telling details:

At Thursday's summit, the Europeans felt their concerns were being taken seriously by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Qiang compared to recent interactions - one of which was famously panned as a "dialogue of the deaf" - even if they remain far apart on core issues like trade and Russia.

When European Council President Charles Michel travelled to Beijing a year ago, he was subjected to long lectures from Xi on topics ranging from the United States, to Taiwan, to human rights.

This time, there were no such diatribes. A "relaxed and non-confrontational" Xi told Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen that China considers Europe to be a "pole" in its own right, and certainly not a "vassal" of anyone, according to several people briefed on the talks.

This minor semantic play will give Europe ammunition to counter claims often made by Chinese diplomats that it is beholden to the United States, and is partly viewed as a product of a relative stabilisation in US-China ties in recent weeks too.

China excels at diplomacy, and its more likely that this rather revealing comment actually confirms that, on the contrary, Europe is, increasingly, considered to be a vassal of the US.


There is a sense that Beijing's top leadership is concerned about swirling economic headwinds and wants desperately to avoid a full-blown trade war with the EU. Xi himself raised the Moody's downgrade warning for China's credit rating on Tuesday, saying it showed how the West fails to understand the world's second biggest economy.

He was warned in return that the EU market will not remain open forever if Beijing's policies do not change. China was asked to rein in bank lending and lower production targets for some manufacturing sectors.

Depending on the demands, China can simply take its business elsewhere, meanwhile the EU does not have homemade substitutes to replace them.

On trade, the Chinese leadership agreed to work in technical groups with EU officials to discuss overcapacity, which Europe feels will result in cheap Chinese hi-tech goods landing in its relatively open market.

When the Europeans raised the 1,000-plus issues flagged by the EU Chamber of Commerce in China, Li said he was not aware of them, but committed to having his staff work through them in detail with EU staff.

"Will it solve the problem on its own? No. Is it a step in the right direction? Of course," said one well-placed source.

Brussels is hugely concerned about China's growing capacity as a carmaker, with a probe ongoing into state subsidies for electric vehicles. On Thursday, the Chinese leadership pointed out that Volkswagen sells only 20 per cent of its cars in Germany, so what's the difference?

"They came with a lot of data and arguments, not to accept our opposition, but to counter argue. When we talk about excess capacity, excess what does it mean, excess in respect to what?" said a third EU official.

There is no expectation that China will move away from its long-standing policy of using state subsidies to promote priority sectors. "Why would they? This is their growth model," said a fourth official.

A bit like how the EU subsidises its ailing agricultural sector? Farmer protests in France herald major clash on the horizon

But through technical groups - an idea floated by von der Leyen - it is hoped that Brussels can point to specific pain points in the Chinese economy, and that there may be some policy tweaks that could lessen the impact.

There will be suspicions that Beijing is buying time, trying to avoid opening another front with Europe when its own economy is struggling, and enabling its companies to pump more goods into the EU market before access diminishes.

But at the same time, Brussels is willing to offer that time - it too would prefer not to engage in economic warfare with such a powerful opponent, and its industries have largely asked the commission to pursue diplomatic resolutions.

On Russia, the EU presented Xi and Li with a list of 13 companies accused of selling European-made dual-use goods to the Russian military. These are turning up on the battlefield and killing Ukrainians, they said.

Xi told the Europeans he was "attentive" to this, according to several sources familiar with the discussion, and said that China has an export control regime of its own. So whereas there was little expectation that Xi would admit any wrongdoing on Beijing's part, Brussels is pleased that he was "happy to engage".

Von der Leyen told the Chinese leadership that she understood not all of the circumvention was being done by Chinese companies. In June, for instance, it was discovered that Russian entities registered in mainland China and Hong Kong were among the biggest culprits.

This is seen as a way of allowing Beijing to tackle the problem while saving face, but it remains to be seen whether it will put a stop to it.

It was Beijing that helped the hypocrits in the EU save face.

There was no firm commitment to return to Ukraine-backed peace talks, but nor was it dismissed out of hand. It is thought that Beijing prefers to engage in smaller formats on matters like this.

The Chinese side wanted to find a way of mutually lifting bilateral sanctions introduced in 2021, after the EU targeted officials accused of orchestrating mass human rights abuses in Xinjiang. The stumbling bloc there, however, is that the EU does not see the situation improving in the western Chinese region.

It's likely they never saw an 'improvement' because those accusations were never proven.

On Taiwan, Xi got reassurances that Brussels would not support any move for independence, and in return they feel like Beijing understood that altering the status quo by any means - including force - would have serious consequences.

China is likely aware that, like the US, the EU is now 'agreement incapable'. But it is a win for China that the EU admitted as much.

"We are opposed to any unilateral attempt to change the status quo by force. The EU maintains its one-China policy and I trust that China is fully aware of the serious consequences of any escalation in this area," Michel told reporters - a message he also delivered behind closed doors.

Discussions on the Middle East were described as "constructive", while Michel asked for Beijing's help to investigate the rupture of a Finnish-Estonian gas pipeline, with suspicion centred on a Chinese ship that was operating in the area.

Xi reacted positively to the request, and officials found him unusually engaged - briefed on technical matters that would ordinarily reside with underlings. Sources are doubtful that the summit will alter the downward trajectory in the relationship, but in Brussels it proved that the adage rings true: it's good to talk.
It's possible that, behind the scenes, more constructive discussions took place, such as those on the Middle East, otherwise, what this trip reveals just how little sway the EU holds these days, and how its leadership is capable of little more than spouting utter nonsense, and usually behind China's back.

Meanwhile, over in Russia, Putin is getting some actual work done: Putin makes rare trip to Middle East, UAE and Saudi leaders welcome 'dear friend'