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Consequences / Re: COVID-19
« on: August 03, 2020, 06:43:07 PM »
If everybody is as sensible as you the economy may never recover. Our economies require consumption - much of which is throwaway.

Sorry for off-topic, just briefly: This is exactly what we have to do. Nothing short of that. Stop buying gewgaw. That would make a huge difference. Economy will adopt!

The politics / Re: Why CHAZ won!
« on: August 03, 2020, 03:40:34 PM »
Why CHAZ failed >> It didn't fail. We are talking about it. This is a WIN! \o/

(recursive logic is my favorite kind of logic)

The politics / Re: The problem of social media
« on: August 03, 2020, 03:37:05 PM »
Nathan J. Robinson at it again. Brilliant article. Please read.

The Truth Is Paywalled But The Lies Are Free

Link >>

Arctic sea ice / Re: Tides
« on: August 03, 2020, 03:07:04 PM »
Cool! CloolCoolCool! :)

Arctic sea ice / Re: Tides
« on: August 03, 2020, 02:59:20 PM »
Binntho, maybe tidal wave is the wrong word, i give you that. The tides move floes back and forth, i agree on that (obviously ;)).

Can we agree on the following?

The pressure wave is the result, the tide is the cause. The pressure wave is influenced by bathymetry. The bathymetry makes it so that the pressure wave propagates in one direction - not back and forth.

Policy and solutions / Re: But, but, but Germany ....
« on: August 03, 2020, 02:45:30 PM »
As Neo-Nazis Seed Military Ranks, Germany Confronts ‘an Enemy Within’

CALW, Germany — As Germany emerged from its coronavirus lockdown in May, police commandos pulled up outside a rural property owned by a sergeant major in the special forces, the country’s most highly trained and secretive military unit.

They brought a digger.

The sergeant major’s nickname was Little Sheep. He was suspected of being a neo-Nazi. Buried in the garden, the police found two kilograms of PETN plastic explosives, a detonator, a fuse, an AK-47, a silencer, two knives, a crossbow and thousands of rounds of ammunition, much of it believed to have been stolen from the German military.

They also found an SS songbook, 14 editions of a magazine for former members of the Waffen SS and a host of other Nazi memorabilia.

“He had a plan,” said Eva Högl, Germany’s parliamentary commissioner for the armed forces. “And he is not the only one.”

Germany has a problem. For years, politicians and security chiefs rejected the notion of any far-right infiltration of the security services, speaking only of “individual cases.” The idea of networks was dismissed. The superiors of those exposed as extremists were protected. Guns and ammunition disappeared from military stockpiles with no real investigation.

The government is now waking up. Cases of far-right extremists in the military and the police, some hoarding weapons and explosives, have multiplied alarmingly. The nation’s top intelligence officials and senior military commanders are moving to confront an issue that has become too dangerous to ignore.

This week, Germany’s defense minister, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, took the drastic step of disbanding a fighting company in the KSK considered infested with extremists. Little Sheep, the sergeant major whose weapons stash was uncovered in May, was a member.

Some 48,000 rounds of ammunition and 62 kilograms, or about 137 pounds, of explosives have disappeared from the KSK altogether, she said.

But the German authorities are concerned that the problem may be far larger and that other security institutions have been infiltrated as well. Over the past 13 months, far-right terrorists have assassinated a politician, attacked a synagogue and shot dead nine immigrants and German descendants of immigrants.

Thomas Haldenwang, president of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, has identified far-right extremism and terrorism as the “biggest danger to German democracy today.”

In many cases, soldiers have used the networks to prepare for when they predict Germany’s democratic order will collapse. They call it Day X. Officials worry it is really a pretext for inciting terrorist acts, or worse, a putsch.

“For far-right extremists, the preparation of Day X and its precipitation blend into one another,” Martina Renner, a lawmaker on the homeland security committee of the German Parliament, told me.

The ties, officials say, sometimes reach deep into old neo-Nazi networks and the more polished intellectual scene of the so-called New Right. Extremists are hoarding weapons, maintaining safe houses, and in some cases keeping lists of political enemies.

Some German news media have referred to a “shadow army,” drawing parallels to the 1920s, when nationalist cells within the military hoarded arms, plotted coups and conspired to overthrow democracy.

Once they really started looking, they found a lot of cases,” said Konstantin von Notz, deputy president of the intelligence oversight committee in the German Parliament. “When you have hundreds of individual cases it begins to look like we have a structural problem. It is extremely worrying.”

I would estimate the number of soldiers in European armed forces that also belong to nationalist groups to number in the hundreds of thousands, with just as many employed in law enforcement positions,” Mr. Tarrant had written.

Investigators, Mr. von Notz said, “should take these words seriously.”

But investigating the problem is itself fraught: Even the military counterintelligence agency, charged with monitoring extremism inside the armed forces, may be infiltrated.

If the very people who are meant to protect our democracy are plotting against it, we have a big problem,” said Stephan Kramer, president of the domestic intelligence agency in the state of Thuringia. “How do you find them?”

“What we are dealing with is an enemy within.”

“Day X is personal,” he said. “For one guy it’s this day, for another guy it’s another day.”

‘‘It’s the day you activate your plans,” he said.

He denies ever planning to bring about Day X, but he is still convinced that it will come, maybe sooner rather than later with the pandemic.

The New Right, which encompasses youth activists, intellectuals and the AfD, worries General Kreitmayr. The lawmaker whose anti-Semitic comments led to General Günzel’s firing all those years ago now sits in the German Parliament for the AfD.

“You have leading representatives of political parties like the AfD, who say things that not only make you sick but that are clearly far-right, radical ideology,” General Kreitmayr said.

Soldiers were not immune to this cultural shift in the country, he said. Just recently a fellow general had become a mayoral candidate for the AfD. Several former soldiers represent the party in Parliament.

Link >> (NYT article)

Arctic sea ice / Re: Tides
« on: August 03, 2020, 01:15:56 PM »
And how come that your tides only work one way?

Well, i see this tidal wave propagating only north along the Greenland shoreline, not south. (Sorry, i placed the circle a bit too north and made it way too big, but i hope you know what i mean.)

48 frames, stills skipped. Click to play.

Arctic sea ice / Re: Tides
« on: August 03, 2020, 12:47:24 PM »
My take on the loss of ice north of Greenland is tidally forced Atl. entering by Svalbard enhancing the existing current towards Nares of the same waters but pushing more forcefully along the shelf creating turbulence/vortices which overspill onto the shelf. Not all of it makes it through to the Canadian side but may force it's way through in the two or three days left of peak tidal movement, after that the rotating ice should close the gap. Similarly the lighter fraction of Atl. waters is creating more turbulence along Barents shelf as it pushes east causing more melt/retreat there.

BTW, yesterday's tidal wave coming from the NS spread out straight north.

Click to play.

Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2020 melting season
« on: August 03, 2020, 11:17:37 AM »
Lincoln Sea, August 2nd.

Hey, Glenn. :)

How do you manage to have 5MB screenshots? This is actually pretty remarkable. My GIFs with many many frames are rarely bigger than 2MB.

The problem is, this is waaaay too big for just a picture. So i have a question to ask.

Please upload your screenshots to and save them as JPGs. They will be only a fraction of that size. This saves the forum server a lot of traffic (traffic is still expensive). Please keep in mind that every time someone clicks that thread it will be downloaded (which is a few thousand times a day) until your post is the 51st in the list.

Also, there are folks on the forum with a data capped internet connection. They just can't afford this massive data download.

Thanks for your understanding.

(Sorry, Oren, for the housekeeping post in the main thread. This message will self-destroy in 24h)

The rest / Re: Arctic Café
« on: August 03, 2020, 10:32:28 AM »

Svalbard - The High Arctic

Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2020 melting season
« on: August 03, 2020, 09:18:07 AM »
The leads in the north of Greenland/Lincoln are worsening.

The rest / Re: The off topic off topic thread
« on: August 03, 2020, 08:29:09 AM »
Neven's policy has always been to avoid links to denier sites from the ASIF, both so as not to lead the readers astray, and more importantly to avoid giving the deniers financial gain by increasing clicks and search engine placements.

And i 100% agree with this. Those people are malicious and platforming them makes us complicitous. Nothing i can live with, to be honest.

The rest / Re: The off topic off topic thread
« on: August 03, 2020, 08:25:08 AM »
"The reliability of COVID-19 tests is uncertain due to the limited evidence base"

" The extent to which a positive PCR result correlates with the infectious state of an individual is still being determined"

That is correct. A PCR test being positive doesn't mean the patient is infectious. There are also false negatives. Has nothing to do with the message of this so-called doctor though.

The rest / Re: The off topic off topic thread
« on: August 03, 2020, 08:21:35 AM »

First, those are the wrong credentials to be an expert on epidemiology or virology or genetics for that matter.

Second, there are bat-shit-crazy people with credentials. This is one of them.

The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency
« on: August 03, 2020, 07:53:21 AM »
Thank you, Rod, for that comment.

Yes, the kids might be young, but they are not stupid.

Kids today are, by default, internationalists. They grow up with friends on the internet from all over the world. They see that their country is different. And not in a good way different. They don't watch FoxNews/MSNBC all day, so the indoctrination and brainwashing dosen't work for them.

They see that other countries, poorer countries even, have things like 6 weeks vacation, universal health care, free education, a welfare safety net, etc and they want that in the US as well. Of course they do.

Consequences / Re: COVID-19
« on: August 02, 2020, 10:57:52 PM »
People who think we shouldn't care about those becoming ill or even dying from this, and the people who categorically oppose countermeasures taken to prevent this from spreading are.

And of course, the ones who say it's a hoax, that it doesn't exist are.

The rest / Re: The off topic off topic thread
« on: August 02, 2020, 10:24:26 PM »
No, Igs, that's not what this is about.

This is about the conspiracy that vaccines serve the purpose to reprogram the genetics of humans to enslave us all.

If you want to read about this, go to Facebook and follow the most lunatic fringe accounts. The whole internet is riddled with this. This is a scientifically oriented forum. Lunatic fringe is not the scope of this forum.

The rest / Re: The off topic off topic thread
« on: August 02, 2020, 09:40:37 PM »
Anti-vaxxer stuff, Kassy.

If you are interested in this, you'll find it using google. I don't think this is content we should allow here.

Consequences / Re: COVID-19
« on: August 02, 2020, 08:16:34 PM »
A 2019 WHO study on measures against pandemic influenza found that from a medical perspective, “contact tracing” is “not recommended in any circumstances”.
This statement seemed so bizarre to me that I read the linked WHO guidelines (It's not a WHO study)
WHO : Non-pharmaceutical public health measures for mitigating the risk and impact of epidemic and pandemic influenza

Hello, Jeju. Welcome to the forum.

I think you answered the question yourself. This is not about SARS-CoV-II but influenza. The guidelines on SARS-CoV-II do include the Test/Trace/Isolate (TeTrIs) recommendation.

Link >>

It has to be said though, the WHO is also a political instrument these days. They are not malicious, but sometimes ... let's say ... too compromised.

PPS After posting I got this message Warning - while you were typing 3 new replies have been posted. You may wish to review your post. Did I need to repost?

I find this to be pretty annoying. Gladly you can turn that off in the user settings.

Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2020 melting season
« on: August 02, 2020, 07:13:12 PM »
So I think that 4.2M number is indeed a sum of areas weighted by the probabilities assigned by the model, which makes sense.   The blue (high probability, say >= 0.7) regions are quite a bit less than 4M by my eye.

BTW, 50 days out, we are already in the freezing season.

The colors indicate the calculated probability of ice being there.

Arctic sea ice / Re: Arctic Image of the Day
« on: August 02, 2020, 07:09:49 PM »
BORGOF! Buy one rubble, get one free.

Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2020 melting season
« on: August 02, 2020, 07:02:16 PM »
Last week in data!

First GIF: 7-day hindsight mean temperature anomalies
Second GIF: ice drift map
Third GIF: Fram export via SAR (we had wonderful flight paths this week, making a great video of the ice edge!)

The rest / Re: George Floyd murder and blowback
« on: August 02, 2020, 06:40:01 PM »

Arctic sea ice / Re: MOSAiC news
« on: August 02, 2020, 06:35:57 PM »
Here is an update on the S buoys. The R buoys stopped updating after my last post on them.

(Click to play. GIF changes frame every 500ms)

Arctic sea ice / Re: MOSAiC news
« on: August 02, 2020, 06:19:29 PM »
This clearly looks as if Polarsten used its engines.

The politics / Re: Political theatre/wrestling
« on: August 02, 2020, 05:46:31 PM »
Yes I agree that PC policing, cancel-culture, easily triggered far left has fascist tendency in common with the far right.

Since what follows is not covid related, i'm answering here.

Nothing in my post is even hinting on any of those quoted issues. I would ask you to not put words in my mouth.

But since you brought it up:

Political correctness is good - i'm all for it.

I have no problem when someone decides not to platform the political opponent (which is, what's called cancel culture now all of a sudden - used to be the most normal thing in the world before - oh snap!)

The left as a whole is not easily triggered (maybe some are, but so are some on the right as well [1]- nothing to see here, move along).

And the fascist tendencies are expressed by, surprise surprise, the fascists.

So yeah, i agree, you didn't get the message.

[1] Proof:

The politics / Re: Why CHAZ failed
« on: August 02, 2020, 05:25:18 PM »
Bbr, about your Jeff Bazos wants to save taxes argument.

Amazon paid tax rate of 1.2% on $13B in profits last year

Link >>

If there was any merit to your argument, why isn't he rallying to cut military spending then? Way more goes there, right?

The politics / Re: Why CHAZ failed
« on: August 02, 2020, 05:21:23 PM »
So basically if you stop policing and reporting murders, the numbers go down.

Is that really so hard to understand? Why is that?

The politics / Re: Why CHAZ failed
« on: August 02, 2020, 05:19:55 PM »
This is for you, Bbr:

The politics / Re: Why CHAZ failed
« on: August 02, 2020, 02:56:23 PM »
Have you literally not read the NYT + WaPo? All they do is this...

So you can't actually give me one single example of a neoliberal calling for "Abandon the police".

Count me surprised. #not!

The politics / Re: Why CHAZ failed
« on: August 02, 2020, 02:50:05 PM »
List and document the specific lies in the article, b.

Erm, i did!

First, notice the word “protest” is not even in the constitution.

Well, there is the First Amendment. Protest is speech. So this is bogus from the beginning.

And there is a lot more in my post if you bother to read it.

The politics / Re: Why CHAZ failed
« on: August 02, 2020, 02:48:34 PM »
Any major news outlet amplifying the rallying cry is owned by Neoliberal billionaires. AKA NYTimes, WaPo, ... Jeff Bezos ...

I want one concrete example from you (with a link please). A neoliberal calling for "Abandon the police". Only one.

Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2020 melting season
« on: August 02, 2020, 02:44:09 PM »
This is a GIF showing tides and wind dispersing the ice pack in the north of the New Siberian Islands. Click to play.

The politics / Re: Why CHAZ failed
« on: August 02, 2020, 02:30:29 PM »
"Abandon the police" is the rich looking to reduce tax burden by dismantling law enforcement

LOL, that's a whole new narrative. Good one, Bbr.

Tell me, who is this neoliberal who said: "Abandon the police". Give me just one.

The politics / Re: Why CHAZ failed
« on: August 02, 2020, 02:28:09 PM »
There are over two thirds of a million police officers in the United States, and 99% of them are heroes risking their lives to protect us from the muggers, rapists and murderers.

Police work is not at all a high-risk job. Half of police officers killed at the job died in car accidents BTW.

Link >>

Link >>

Police work is not what keeps you safe. A functioning society is!

On the contrary, the police is killing law obeying Americans in tropes.

Link >>

Some of them are heroes. But mostly they are not. Many are just pathetic assholes who enjoy having power over others.

This article describes what happened at CHAZ

No, it doesn't. It's an exaggerated propaganda piece riddled with lies and false assumptions.

Consequences / Re: COVID-19
« on: August 02, 2020, 01:43:28 PM »
Ruprecht Polenz is a conservative German politician. This Tweet is aimed at the virus deniers.

Translates to: "Those are not Covidiots. The word downplays the goals of those manipulators. They are Third Position [1] ideologues who hate democracy. They try to construct an alternative reality with lies to form an opposition to the rule of law and freedom.

This is not an issue of right-wing vs. left-wing politics. This is a question of fascism vs. democracy. This virus is being instrumentalized to pull people into their ideology. And it is working. Some do it because they understand (the facists). Some do it because they don't understand (the Mitläufer [2]).

[1] "The Third Position is a set of neo-fascist political ideologies that developed in Western Europe following the Second World War." Link >>

[2] "]Mitläufer (German for "fellow traveler") refers to a public person or persons believed to be tied to or passively sympathizing of certain social movements, often to those that are prevalent, controversial or radical." Link >>äufer

Consequences / Re: COVID-19
« on: August 02, 2020, 12:55:24 PM »
There may be seasonal reasons too,

I think the seasonal effect is reduced to the question if people are more or less indoors/outside.

In countries like Spain, people might be more inside at high temperatures, seeking cooler, air-conditioned places.

In countries like Germany, air conditioning is not a common thing. Activities concentrate at outside places in the summer months, reducing transmission. Also, having windows open should make a huge difference (which you don't have with air-conditioned buildings).

The politics / Re: Why CHAZ failed
« on: August 02, 2020, 12:35:59 PM »
First, notice the word “protest” is not even in the constitution.

Well, there is the First Amendment. Protest is speech. So this is bogus from the beginning.

The more orderly sounding and peaceful word used is “petition,”

Nope, that's another thing. It's also speech, but another form.

and the only manner in which petitioning your government is protected in the US constitution is clearly stated as “peaceably.”

If the author wants peaceably protests, he can have it. 99% of protesters are peaceful and are punished for that with tear gas, lethal and less-lethal weapons, they are getting disappeared by GeStaPo troops, and police brutality (the very thing they protest).

If you are petitioning your government in any way that is not peaceable, you are not protected constitutionally, nor is your behavior advocated.

That translates to "human rights are only for the ones who keep quiet". That's fascistic. That's Naziism.

There is nothing in the constitution saying people can disturb the peace.

Would be nice if the police were doing that BTW.

There is nothing saying they can block streets.

The constitution also does not state that you are allowed to breathe. Does that mean you are not allowed to breathe? WOW, this article is something. Defying logic and reason on a whole new level.

There is nothing saying they can laser police officers in the eyeballs

Of course, it does. You are not allowed to cause bodily harm. If someone does that there will be a judge ruling over them. The government has every right to punish the people who do that.

But again, this does not invalidate the 99% of peaceful protesters.

This is all lawlessness, and the constitution expresses no protection for it whatsoever.

Again, conflating things in a malicious way. This author is a fascist. The US is supposed to be a democracy though.

Tom, how come you are posting stuff like this? What do you think you are achieving? Are you aware you are carrying the water for the ideology the US fought in the second world war and that you are pissing on the graves of everyone who lost his life to fascism?

May i ask, did your grandfather fight against the Nazis?

Policy and solutions / Re: But, but, but Germany ....
« on: August 02, 2020, 10:52:06 AM »
Far-right extremist [sleeper] cells are everywhere. In the army, in the police, in reservist units.

Neo-Nazi groups and other extremists call it Day X — a mythical moment when Germany’s social order collapses, requiring committed far-right extremists, in their telling, to save themselves and rescue the nation. German authorities consider the scenario a pretext for a takeover of the government. “I fear we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg.” There is infiltration of the very institutions, like the police, that are supposed to be investigating them. Members are often from former East Germany. They had already seen one system collapse. “It’s an advantage.” One group kept binders of names of people to be rounded up, taken away and shot. The "people file". Body bags and quick lime were purchased.

Compact, a prominent far-right magazine, with President Trump’s face on the cover, lay on a shelf. A selection of the president’s speeches had been translated into German in the issue. “I like Trump,” Mr. Gross said [a far-right member]. “The deep state is global,” Mr. Gross said. “It’s big capital, the big banks, Bill Gates." He still expects Day X, sooner or later. Riots linked to an economic meltdown. Or a blackout, because the German government is shuttering coal plants.

Link >>

Mirror >>

Consequences / Re: COVID-19
« on: August 02, 2020, 10:12:48 AM »
We could just easily test our way out of this. A cheap rapid antibody test a day for everyone. The positives stay at home. Boom. That's it!

Everyone needs to push this message to their political representatives. The project warp speed is playing with fire. A rushed vaccine will introduce any kind of problems. Better invest money in a massive rollout of cheap tests. Testing is not dangerous at all.

TWiV 648: Life is for learning

Well, Sidd, i don't give much credence to those rating honks either. But they are there, and they do have influence no matter what we two think of it.

Consequences / Re: COVID-19
« on: August 02, 2020, 08:28:53 AM »
Yes, but you obviously have trouble reading it correctly because of bias.

That is some chutzpah accusing Oren of all people to be biased. You, as the person who cites misinformation all the time.

You lost your track and it's horrible to watch. I wish you'd stop discrediting yourself and this forum. You make me being ashamed of being a part of this.

Consequences / Re: COVID-19
« on: August 02, 2020, 08:18:38 AM »
Children May Carry Coronavirus at High Levels, Study Finds
The research does not prove that infected children are contagious, but it should influence the debate about reopening schools, some experts said.

Link >>
(Paywalled, just turn off Javascript in your browser to read it)

Study here >>

The rest / Re: Pareidolia
« on: August 02, 2020, 07:41:00 AM »
Hello and welcome to the forum, Tyv! :)

The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency
« on: August 01, 2020, 09:57:36 PM »
The US always checked a lot of those bullet points. The demon sperm POTUS completed the list.

The 14 characteristics of fascism:

Political scientist Dr. Lawrence Britt recently wrote an article about fascism ("Fascism Anyone?," Free Inquiry, Spring 2003, page 20). Studying the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia), and Pinochet (Chile), Dr. Britt found they all had 14 elements in common. He calls these the identifying characteristics of fascism. The excerpt is in accordance with the magazine's policy.

The 14 characteristics are:

Powerful and Continuing Nationalism
Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights
Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause
The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

Supremacy of the Military
Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

Rampant Sexism
The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy.

Controlled Mass Media
Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

Obsession with National Security
Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

Religion and Government are Intertwined
Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.

Corporate Power is Protected
The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

Labor Power is Suppressed
Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed .

Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts
Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts.

Obsession with Crime and Punishment
Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

Rampant Cronyism and Corruption
Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

Fraudulent Elections
Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

Link >>

Fitch Ratings downgrades its outlook on U.S. debt.

“The outlook has been revised to negative to reflect the ongoing deterioration in the U.S. public finances and the absence of a credible fiscal consolidation plan,” Fitch analysts wrote on Friday in a report announcing the decision.

Link >>

Consequences / Re: COVID-19
« on: August 01, 2020, 08:40:00 PM »
Dr. John Campbell - Increasing cases and prevention in the UK

Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2020 melting season
« on: August 01, 2020, 08:27:07 PM »
... methane clathrate stability in the Laptev and Kara ...

Methane, surface level. Last 6 days.

Given Johns post here:

There's a cill of sorts thereabouts, so maybe 100m+?

I would add Jakobshavn. The grounding line seems to be on a reverse slope now.

The rest / Re: George Floyd murder and blowback
« on: August 01, 2020, 06:05:46 PM »

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