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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: March 23, 2018, 11:28:19 PM »
"What does one call a country where the appointee of an appointee decides who will rule the land?"

Ummm, a country ruled by law??

Do you think all elected officials should always be above the law?

How about appointees?


The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: March 23, 2018, 11:26:01 PM »

When and why did it start?

Was it Johnson fighting for the MIC so he wouldn't end up like his predecessor?
Was it Nixon dumping the gold standard because he couldn't pay for the Vietnamese war?
Was it Reagan, whose policies brought deflation, until he threw all the money he could print at it.
How about Shrub, who had some quote about Reagan teaching us that that debt didn't matter.
Obama, who inherited Baby Bush's Bailouts, but did nothing to stem the flow.
Trump, who may feel that he should get his time playing in the sand box too.

I think we're seeing the end of the Petro-Dollar. Lots of pain to come, even if the MIC stays in it's box.

Why is Putin bad while MbS is just seen as a friendly despot who tortures his relatives, starves the Yemeni, visits Washington and buy's American Weapons?

The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: March 23, 2018, 10:57:42 PM »
Thanks gentlemen. Somehow the art of disagreeing while not being disagreeable hasn't been promoted by TPTB for a very long time.
Susan apparently saw her words being used to discredit a friend, where my perception is that it's OK to toss back weapons that have missed their mark. IIRC Polynesian cultures actually had a contest where multiple spears were simultaneously thrown at the ruler. He'd catch them in the air, reverse them, and kill those who had "attacked". Probably nothing more than a myth.

As far as Buddy goes, I suspect that I've lived longer in the US than he has. I stayed for all of my working years + 4 years of retirement. I'm not sure that this is of great import in any case. We've one member who once took a one way bus trip through fly-over country, and he now understands the Trump voters as well or better than another member who has made his life among them.

If I agreed with Susan, that nobody's views will be changed by what they read here, I'd head elsewhere myself. My own perceptions are still malleable enough that I've learned much from these discussions. Often negative memes that I really didn't want to face, but I've been a glutton for knowledge during my whole life, why shut it off here and now?

Russiagate began as a meme that Candidate Trump had conspired with President Putin to assure that Trump would be elected as the (illegitimate) President of The United States of America.

Women wore their fingers to the bone, then wore their hand made, but vagina inspired chapeau to show the world that they were not Trump supporters. Trump supporters still can be found beneath the broad bills of their ruddy caps.
Haberdashery hasn't been so fraught with political intrigue since Harry Truman's equally unexpected win at the polls.

The inestimable Mr Mueller, who I don't believe has ever stood for election, might be the most powerful man in the country at this moment. Very sad if true.
What does one call a country where the appointee of an appointee decides who will rule the land?

America earlier suffered under the leadership of one who was anointed by a Supreme Court who refused to recuse themselves as they obviously should have. Should that have been referred to as a Judicial Coup?

Back to Russiagate.
President Putin apparently was supposed to have tapes of Candidate Trump ordering Moscow Prostitutes to pee on a hotel bed in Moscow. This, we were told, would so embarrass a future President Trump that he would prefer to take traitorous actions against his own country rather than allow this salacious material to air.
This story was brought to light by none other than a former British spy, whose offices were now located in Salisbury England. What an amazing coincidence!
Our former spy, who hadn't been in Moscow for a very long time, has claimed his information originated from a former Russian spy and another contact who still resided in Russia. Imagine his good fortune at finding just such a pair, a father and daughter team if you will, in his own little community of Salisbury.

I personally doubt that President Trump would be terribly traumatized by the release of an old pee tape. Perhaps he would, but it seems a little out of character.
Candidate Clinton would also be difficult to blackmail IMHO. Perhaps a video showing her with Weiner's wife? Perhaps something else? But I doubt it.
She survived Bill's public infidelity. She survived laughing on national television while being shown a video of Qaddafi's most brutal murder. Shame just isn't something she's susceptible to.

What then to make of Bill's sleepover in Putin's Palace? Was this a nefarious scheme to blackmail Hillary? - Probably not. Bill's peccadillo's were in public domain. His "speaking engagements" with their million dollar price-tags didn't even make headlines any more. What is poor Putin to do?

 To be continued when the muse returns

The rest / Re: Wildlife
« on: March 23, 2018, 08:49:14 PM »
If nothing has broken by 2050, I'll be spinning in my grave for having so misread the situation. :-X

Glaciers who have provided reliable water supplies for millennia are retreating and many already lack clean water. Insects, and the animals that rely on them for sustenance are moving north, or into extinction. Nuclear armed nations think nothing of insulting and vilifying the leaders of other nuclear armed nations, as though Mutually Assured Destruction was somehow a disproven relic of bygone times.

Exciting times we live in.

Does anyone know when or how insects determine when to hatch? Is it the heat, a simple timed cycle from when they were laid, or could the daily hours of sunlight be involved?

Anecdotally I witnessed what I perceived as a huge downswing in insect populations here in Southern Ontario Canada last year. This was possibly accompanied by a die off, or fly off, of a number of bird species.
It seems possible that if the insects were hatching when another cold snap was due, or when no fresh plants were available for their dining pleasure, that we could lose whole species of insects, at least regionally, and in turn lose generations of insectivores.

The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: March 23, 2018, 08:30:12 AM »
I'd been convinced that Guccifer 2 was an NSA creation. Clearly the NSA could never make use of a Moscow IP, so I'll need to rethink everything. ::)


The rest / Re: US intervention in foreign lands
« on: March 23, 2018, 08:16:23 AM »
If that Damn Saddam had just surrendered his WMD's none of this barbarity would be necessary.

Bush Jr. knew he was guilty. All of the NSA agencies new he was guilty. The MSM knew he was guilty. The UK government knew he was guilty, even General Powell and Hillary knew he was guilty. They swore that it was true.

When will these "Evil Doers" realize that they must admit to holding WMD's, colluding with presidential candidates, or murdering former turncoats?

How can anyone doubt the testimony when it emanates from such reliable sources?

Consequences / Re: Qué se ficieron ?
« on: March 23, 2018, 07:35:15 AM »
If she ain't a terrorist now, she will be by the time they're done with her.

Got her to sign a confession under threat of placing her children in a christian household. They knew the confession was false and didn't disclose.

FBI's finest.


After reading the first comment I'm wondering if this is yet another attack that the FBI could have prevented, if that had been their objective. The fact that the FBI lied to the lawyers, the judge and the jury sadly seems hardly newsworthy.


The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: March 23, 2018, 03:16:48 AM »
China retaliates.


Cheered on by Corporate Democrat Chuck Schumer, according to the same link.
Seems as though Trump, the GOP and a least some of the Democratic leadership are on board for a trade war.

It's a good thing that the US has paid off it's outstanding debts, shored up her manufacturing capacity, and can now easily shoulder any blows that it may need to absorb.

The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: March 23, 2018, 12:51:22 AM »
As Bolton is a hawk this can be viewed as a turn towards the road to possible war:

Title: "McMaster out, Bolton in as National Security Adviser"

Extract: "H.R. McMaster plans to resign and will be replaced as national security adviser by former U.N. ambassador John Bolton. The White House said McMaster's departure had been under discussion for some time and that the process was sped up to end speculation about the role. McMaster will stay on until mid-April."

I had the huge pleasure of informing Louise Frechette that her nemesis John Bolton, who had cost her her Deputy Secretary-General position at the UN, had resigned from from his own appointed position prior to losing a Senatorial confirmation.
She damn near broke out in a dance.

A bad day for John Bolton is a good day for the world.

I had skipped past the Dore video that ivica had provided. What an eye opener!

I'm constantly amazed at those who see through the BS that deniers throw up, but accept war mongers lies as though they were sent from on high. If you recognize that politicians in the pay of King Coal are not to be trusted when they pontificate about the myth of global warming, how can you not harbor reservations when listening to politicians in debt to the MIC as they spout off about Putin's murders, collusions or aggressions?

Propaganda I fear is more powerful than logic. Fighting against it requires the victim to recognize his own victim-hood, a difficult task for those reared in a Macho Culture.
Even after generations having been raised that were fully aware of the constant barrage of lies fed to them by the "Intelligence Community", they still believe it when the propagandists again insist that this time they are being honest. This time the threat is real. This time the evil really is without.

As they have once glimpsed the truth behind the curtain, I am taken aback when again they fall for the MSM's, the MIC's, and the NIC's lies.

The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: March 22, 2018, 08:12:48 PM »
While more evidence may be required to prove (beyond a reasonable doubt) that Russia was behind the Skripal poisoning, the linked article discusses some of the evidence that points at the Kremlin:

Title: "Fact Check: Is There 'Literally No Evidence' Russia Was Behind the Skripal Poisoning?"

Extract: "The is definitely evidence."

Just what was this "evidence"?

The author makes a bold statement, then offers nothing.

Hopefully the author's contention that the Novichoks were "developed in Russia in the 1970's and 80's to attack NATO troops" isn't the "fact" he is counting on. That ignores the fact that Novichoks were developed and tested in Nukus Uzbekistan, and possibly adds mind reading to May's accomplishments.

The author aims his arguments against a fairly substantial straw man who blogs from Oregon, while ignoring the ambassador to Uzbekistan's rather extensive comments on the matter.

I apparently have but 2 reads left before I'll be blocked from the Weekly Standard. I won't miss the read if this is typical of their journalism.


The rest / Re: Democracy and Its Crisis
« on: March 22, 2018, 04:23:38 AM »
CA is obviously a bad actor, but the condemnation needs to be shared with facebook.
The story that facebook was funded by the CIA/NSA now seems increasingly likely. Is it now being used as it's early backers intended, or is CA simply an unintended aberration?

On a personal note. You're proving a valuable addition to the thread!

Thanks Archimid. Canada has in the past sent volunteers out to assist in hurricane cleanup & rebuilding. No idea if any signed up for Maria.

Self sufficiency seems the order of the day.

Best always

The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: March 21, 2018, 09:13:02 PM »
If the scientist that wrote a book about how to cook Novichoks is living in America, and America was responsible for shutting down and removing all of the apparatus for developing and testing this type of agent, why is Russia so obviously responsible for it's use?
Wow. What a piece of crap in one sentence.

P.S.: Someone might feel reminding me of forum decorum. Particularly Susan's "Is it kind? Is it true? Is it necessary?"...
I said "crap" (truthfully) because Terry's sentence sprang into my eyes and insulted my intelligence (and that of many other readers for sure). So I found it necessary to retaliate with a shorter insult. (I will try even harder now to ignore Terry.

My pardon for insulting your apparently easily offended intelligence.

Was it kind?
No. Popping preconceived prejudices is seldom "kind". It may however be required if clarity is the desired outcome.

Is it true?
Truth is a high bar. It's certainly a working hypothesis that is best suited to open the way to the next better one. - with apologies to K. Lorenz.

Is it necessary?
If discussing the possibility that reliance on an argument to authority in necessary, then it is indeed necessary.

Or were you perhaps striving to explain away your well reasoned response?

Do you doubt that there is a book containing a formula that purports to explain how to produce a Novichok?
Perhaps you doubt that the author Mirzayanov lives in America?
Could it be that you're unfamiliar with the disposal of the Uzbekistan chemical weapons facility that worked with Novichoks by the Americans?

I'm sure that with this background, my questioning of the "Only Russia could be responsible" meme would not be seen as "crap".

BTW - Good luck dealing with those insults to your intellect.

You might want to read some of Craig Murray's writings on the subject. He was the Ambassador to Uzbekistan when the Americans were tearing down the Chemical Weapons Facility.

The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: March 21, 2018, 08:09:32 PM »
Not sure about the "hardened", I'd prefer "forged" due to the lumps I've survived at the hands of  TPTB's gestapo.

Since 13 is apparently incorrect, can anyone provide a verifiable number?

Turning cities into sponges: how Chinese ancient wisdom is taking on climate change

How does a city cope with extreme weather? These days, urban planning that doesn’t factor in some sort of catastrophic weather event is like trying to build something in a fictional utopia. For Kongjian Yu, one of the world’s leading landscape architects, the answer to coping with extreme weather events actually lies in the past.
Yu’s designs aim to build resilience in cities faced with rising sea levels, droughts, floods and so-called “once in a lifetime” storms. At 53, he is best known for his “sponge cities”, which use soft material and terraces to capture water which can then be extracted for use, rather than the usual concrete and steel materials which do not absorb water.

Are any of these concepts applicable in Puerto Rico? Is anyone in power showing any interest in rebuilding on any basis other than the obviously flawed infrastructure that possibly exacerbated the problems that Maria exposed?

Puerto Rico will experience another hurricane. Will the island's government have learned enough from Maria to better survive the next? I've seen that you personally have made adjustments, but is the island as a whole following your lead, or simply bumbling through, hoping the next big storm simply passes them by?


Consequences / Re: Places becoming less livable
« on: March 21, 2018, 02:08:49 AM »

One of those plans is Bill Gates’s new “smart city”. The Microsoft founder recently invested $80m (£57m) in a development firm that aims to construct 80,000 new homes on undeveloped land west of Phoenix, and a new freeway all the way to Las Vegas.

I don't think smart means what Bill Gates thinks it means.

The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: March 21, 2018, 02:00:12 AM »
If the scientist that wrote a book about how to cook Novichoks is living in America, and America was responsible for shutting down and removing all of the apparatus for developing and testing this type of agent, why is Russia so obviously responsible for it's use?
Wow. What a piece of crap in one sentence.

General Powell, hero of the My Lai Massacre cover up, would be proud of your well thought out reply. Did anyone ever discover what he actually had in that vial? Did you think it was the real deal?

The rest / Re: US intervention in foreign lands
« on: March 21, 2018, 01:50:41 AM »
Washington's record of meddling across the globe:

One that the world has forgotten, or at least the world outside of Samoa, was the shelling of Apia by the USS Philadelphia. This resulted in the division of the island.

The only reason I am familiar with it was because at least one of the Philadelphia's sailors was enraged at his ship's shelling of such an idyllic place. He was so enraged he wrote a letter to his State's new Magazine, which it printed in it's entirety.

A friend's father was an antiquarian and had collected what if I recall correctly was the first issue of 'Nevada", with a long, description of the damage inflicted and and a plea for the US to stop these campaigns.


The rest / Re: Arctic Café
« on: March 21, 2018, 12:25:25 AM »
I should be content that one other person thought the equinox was worth noting. That makes the ASIF equal with my local pub.
Add me to your little list...
I think it's Putin's fault. Only a Commy would want even days and nights to be equal.

“With that in mind, I want to make this clear ... If we just get rid of Trump, and return to what it was like the day before Trump, how were things then? With healthcare? With poverty? We have to move forward"

Pelosi: "I don't think people want a new direction."
She must be elated at where we are at present. This is where her direction lead us.

The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: March 21, 2018, 12:17:14 AM »
There has been good discussions about the poisoning of the Russian Spy and his daughter all over the internet, and I'd hate to see us diverted too far onto that subject.
That said I've a few questions that I've not seen addressed:

What has our boy been up to since he moved to Salisbury? He apparently paid cash for his home, and that BMW is fit wheels for a Bond.

How close is Skripal's home from Steels's office? And why on earth were both in such close proximity to Britain's Chemical Warfare center?

Could the recent airing of a British Spy Serial featuring Russian produced Novichok poison have anything to do with the present hysteria? The timing seems strangely coincidental.

If the scientist that wrote a book about how to cook Novichoks is living in America, and America was responsible for shutting down and removing all of the apparatus for developing and testing this type of agent, why is Russia so obviously responsible for it's use?

My nurse, who was trained for CW cleanup has a number of questions re. the hospitalization of all of those affected. She says they should have been kept in special negative pressure facilities. facilities perhaps offered at Portland Downs, but not at regional hospitals.

Last one, I promise.
Was any one else amazed to find that their final meal had been a shell fish risotto, or that our boy's demeanor became one of extreme belligerence during this meal? Are we supposed to eat shellfish in months with an "R", or is it the other way around?

Moon over Alabama is having an unusually polite (for their site) debate on the subject.

The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: March 20, 2018, 11:30:31 PM »
Why on earth have we suddenly become fixated on a very rich guy screwing a very brazen woman?

The "deplorables" eat this stuff up.

Are the Democrats going to run on a Christian Values Platform?

Voters will be driven from the polls by paroxysms of laughter.

Perhaps it's a question of who has the better bots? :P

The rest / Re: Democracy and Its Crisis
« on: March 20, 2018, 11:15:53 PM »
CA is a middle finger poked into the eye of democracy, but the mass media in the hands of a handful of ideologically driven billionaires, and populated by CIA shills, has as chilling an effect on meaningful elections.

With Google, Twitter and Facebook now censuring the internet, and the end of net neutrality just around the corner, we're rapidly running out of options.

Democracy? It was fun while it lasted.

The rest / Re: US intervention in foreign lands
« on: March 20, 2018, 11:02:25 PM »
Sometimes I'm reminded of Monte Python's brave knight who, after loosing an arm and legs in a conflict, insists that he's never been hurt, and that he's quite capable of continuing the battle that he's obviously lost.


The rest / Re: US intervention in foreign lands
« on: March 20, 2018, 10:56:17 PM »
Ronny again pledges ongoing support for the Mujaheddin. - 45 seconds in -


The rest / Re: US intervention in foreign lands
« on: March 20, 2018, 10:42:01 PM »
The Reagan Library

Full Title:President Reagan’s Photo Opportunities in the Oval Office on June 16, 1986. President Reagan Meeting with Freedom Fighters from Afghanistan (Mujahedin) in the Oval Office.


The rest / Re: Empire - America and the future
« on: March 20, 2018, 09:38:00 PM »
Chinese exporting pollution ... to the USA.


The article is good, but the comments took a strange turn. The right flaying the left for not supporting unions? The right complaining of the left's embrace of free trade?
I'm sure some of the left's comments were equally far fetched, but the above were the ones that jumped out at me.
Perhaps we really are in a post-factual era where truth is passe.

Consequences / Re: Climate change, the ocean, agriculture, and FOOD
« on: March 20, 2018, 08:03:09 PM »
I assume the 143m figure would be in addition to those who migrate across national borders. Do we have estimates for these additional climate refugees?
If populations from Miami, Boston and New York were moving to higher ground it would make it that much more difficult to integrate refugees from Vietnam, Haiti, and other countries that may be facing economic or climatic hardship.

Adding additional displaced people fleeing armed conflict won't ease anyone's burden.

Consequences / Re: Climate change, the ocean, agriculture, and FOOD
« on: March 20, 2018, 02:57:34 PM »
In the 2nd article about deadly heat preventing people from being able to go outside, the author is suggesting air conditioning built into hats. I am not making this up!

High-efficiency hair conditioning?


The rest / Re: US intervention in foreign lands
« on: March 19, 2018, 05:43:14 AM »
Are none of you old enough to remember the events as they transpired?

Consequences / Re: Conservative Scientists & its Consequences
« on: March 19, 2018, 03:38:44 AM »
Any surviving 5ka after our blue ocean event may find the changing monsoons problematical.  ;)

Walking the walk / Re: Pat yourself on the back
« on: March 19, 2018, 03:24:11 AM »
In keeping to the clothes drying meme.

My washer and dryer were outside in Las Vegas. Because of the very dry climate I simply disconnected the dryer heater and let it spin everything dry.

In California the dryer was in the garage. By filtering the exhaust and not venting it outside I could add supplemental heat at night by simply opening the connecting door. It also added a little humidity, which helped in that environment.


The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: March 19, 2018, 12:04:02 AM »
I much appreciated the Paul Jay op-ed posted above, and hope he's correct about there being little or no chance of a deliberate nuclear attack.

The present beating of the drums is all too familiar to my ears, dating back at least as far as MSM's vilification of Danial Ortega. This all too often is a prelude to war. War in this case means taking on the only power that may possibly outgun the US WRT nuclear armament.

What happened to the MAD doctrine that served so well during Cold War I?

I don't know if Russia's delivery systems are better than ours. I don't know if the latest Russian missiles can evade our Star-wars defenses. I do know that it won't take thousands of nukes to destroy humanity, a handful would probably suffice, and I'm not sure that it matters much where they are detonated.

The Berlin wall was gone by 1990, so unless you were born before 1980 you have no understanding of the effects of living in the constant knowledge that everything could be blown up as you sleep, while you drive to work, or perhaps during a weekend at the beach with your family.
No wonder Valium was so popular - mother's little helper.

My wife lived in Las Vegas, back when mushroom clouds could be seen from the Strip. She was employed at that time by the EPA, and stayed close to her desk. All of her fellow employees, the ones out in the field monitoring the tests, were dead long before we moved to Canada.
For those still unaware, Sunrise Mountain, the one that marks the eastern border of Las Vegas is hollow - and filled with lots of armed nukes. Bunches more in Orange County California, just south of Los Angeles.
It hasn't been a secret for decades.

Those NATO nations who signed on to encircle Russia won't need to worry about how to feed their populous in the months following the Boom. Perhaps Nevil Shute was right all those decades ago when he wrote of the Aussies being the last to go. 

What does the above have to do with Russiagate? Damn near everything.

We're accusing Putin of crimes that are impossible to defend against. Demanding that he turn a whole province of Russians over to a government whose troops sing songs of putting them all to the knife.

The latest outrage is that we demand that he explain why he killed a former spy, without offering any evidence that he did so.

It's a very, very dangerous game that we're playing. Trump offered us a way out by running on a platform of normalizing relations with Russia - and drawing back American troops around the world. - Then we dumped on him every time he smiled in Putin's direction & gave him a standing ovation when he fired missiles into Syria.

Are you out of your collective minds?

The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: March 18, 2018, 08:17:58 PM »
AFAIK Jeff Sessions is not at present a member of the FBI. ;D

“The F.B.I. expects every employee to adhere to the highest standards of honesty, integrity and accountability,” Sessions said,

It might be a bit too much to ask the AG to adhere to such lofty standards. As I recall, some of the former holders of that office were lacking in all of those virtues.
My personal favorite was the one that draped Lady Justice's exposed boob, indicating that at least one person in the room was indeed a boob.

Jeff appears lost in the 70's, searching for the Devil's Weed in every pipe. If I was Tommy Chong I might think about heading back to Canada. 8)


The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: March 18, 2018, 03:46:10 PM »
At least we now know that former CIA leaders, at least, show no signs of bias.

BTW - Strongpoint Security is a CIA front run by a longtime operative. We might assume their confirmation of Russia as the source of the nerve agent matches the CIA's official stance. This makes sense as the MIC has already been noted to be one of the beneficiaries of this turmoil.
Even disinformation can be useful. 8)

The rest / Re: US intervention in foreign lands
« on: March 18, 2018, 03:10:03 AM »
Afghanistan before and after

Before what? Before the arrival of the Soviet Union 40th Army on 24 Dec 1979 ?

Yes, the consequences of US support for the mujahadeen will be with us for a very long time. But for you to pretend that the Soviet Union did nothing is stretching your credibility beyond my breaking point.

The Soviets fought for and with the secular government of Afghanistan. The Taliban, with the help of the Mujaheddin were victorious. It was after their victory that Sharia law was enforced.

The "before" photo's are from secular Afghanistan.

The Soviet Union certainly didn't do "nothing", and it's a shame that they didn't do more. The young female medical students then, might be saving lives now, the female agronomy students might have developed better strains of wheat.

We'll never know, because if any survived they've been wearing burkas for decades. We'll never know because Brzezinski won.



There’s a new effort to remove the EV tax credit cap just as Tesla and GM are about to hit it
It just so happens that the two first automakers to hit the threshold are likely going to be American automakers, Tesla and GM. Therefore, the U.S. federal government might end up having an EV incentive program that directly disadvantages the two biggest American electric automakers. ...

Slap a big tariff on them foreigners, that'll learn 'em.

The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: March 18, 2018, 12:58:59 AM »
Probably an attempt to save their fields from marauding swarms of monarch butterflies. - or perhaps their local swimming pool service used the site to run their pneumatic tools.  ::)


BTW, did you check the author's resume? Not bad for RT.

Permafrost / Re: Northern Hemisphere snow cover
« on: March 18, 2018, 12:37:59 AM »
I was in La Grand Riviere in the first week(s) of May in 2006 or 2007. No snow even in permanently shaded nooks, probably because it was T-shirt weather.

Same conditions at Goose Bay in May of 2005.

If I get up in those regions again I'll try to pay more attention.

The rest / Re: US intervention in foreign lands
« on: March 17, 2018, 11:56:56 PM »
The costs of the CIA's interference in Afghanistan run much deeper than just the lives lost. Thanks in a great part to Brzezinski's Russophobia generations of Afghani women are living in conditions that were intolerable during the middle ages.

Think of your sister, a girlfriend, or any girl you care about being thrown out of university - then made to wear a burka. Genital mutilation, zero status as a human - it's not a tragedy, it's a crime against humanity.


The rest / Re: US intervention in foreign lands
« on: March 17, 2018, 11:43:27 PM »
Afghanistan - before and after

Related image

The rest / Re: US intervention in foreign lands
« on: March 17, 2018, 11:41:10 PM »
Afghanistan before the Mujaheddin

Image result for afghanistan students 1980

The rest / Re: US intervention in foreign lands
« on: March 17, 2018, 11:37:23 PM »
Afghanistan students 1980;

The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: March 17, 2018, 11:15:27 PM »
Re: stupidity of military-industrial complex

They are not stupid. Iraq for example. The made serious coin from one of the greatest strategic blunders ever made. Killing Skripal and laying a russian trail benefits warmongers.

If Occam's razor is pointed, this is what it's pointing at. 8)

Has anyone noticed that the Syrian forces recently captured a chemical weapons facility with American manufactured hardware? Western forces knew that this message would get out, even though none of the invited MSM showed up to cover the event, but Skripal has captured the news cycle anyway.

How very convenient.

Leftward motion on health care in the Demmocratic Party ? Jilani is more hopeful than I am.

The comments were even better than the article itself. A few obvious right wing or health insurance shills, but the vast majority were screaming that they wouldn't vote for any candidate that wasn't firmly in favor of a single payer plan.

A step in the right direction

The rest / Re: The problem of social media
« on: March 17, 2018, 03:13:22 AM »
Ramen Archimid

Another huge benefit the internet offers is the democratization of knowledge. 
In the late '80's I became interested in Ancient Sumerian nautical ship design. I was living in a reasonably large city with a university, yet as far as I knew no one shared my curiosity.
I search used book stores and eventually acquired a reasonable library on the subject. I began a multi-year project of building a timeline documenting the architecture, culture, trade routes and of course what little was known of the ships themselves.
In the early 90's using list servers I was contacting world leaders in the field. Thor Heyerdahl was excited by my work and wanted me to meet him in Washington state! Heady days indeed.

I'd recently married and didn't feel comfortable making such a long drive towing my model, and the expenses this would have entailed, so I never met Thor face to face.

10 years later I could go to Wikipedia, do an afternoon of searching, and have access to far more data than I'd managed to accumulate in those many years. In minutes I can be in contact with hundreds of others who share my curiosity.

The internet has been the most wonderful thing that man has ever invented. If it's attacked, or restricted we've got to put up one hell of a fight to keep it. Net neutrality, no censorship. no blockage. We can sort the wheat from the chaff by ourselves.


The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: March 17, 2018, 01:07:32 AM »
Thanks, and Welcome

Neven is our host, and the following he's attracted over the years is unique on the internet IMHO. The political side is a relatively new addition that is far more confrontational than the more scientifically rigorous threads, but a high level of congeniality remains, and differences of opinion are generally accepted, if they can be defended.

Personally I spout things here that I might shy away from on sites that I feel are more likely to be monitored by Big Brother. There's seldom "piling on" or verbal bullying, and this also widens the avenues of discourse.

I've been dead wrong, particularly with various speculations regarding the failing Arctic ice, and the problems this is causing. Things are explained, and once I understand I can thank my peers without fear that "Gotcha Games" will come back to haunt me.

It's the best on the internet if you're interested in Arctic Ice, and it's proving to be a damn good venue for tossing around progressive political ideas as well.

Looking forward to learning your biases. :D

Assange did some fantastic stuff, but he has a big ego and he made a mistake supporting Trump so openly during the elections. I understand why he did it, he wants to get out of his prison, but IMO it undermined trust in Wikileaks.
Was he Pro-Trump or Anti-Clinton?

There is a difference.

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