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The rest / Re: The Empire vs Venezuela - News and History
« on: Today at 03:44:11 AM »

Science / Re: 2019 Mauna Loa CO2 levels
« on: March 19, 2019, 04:48:43 PM »

Policy and solutions / Re: Tesla glory/failure
« on: March 19, 2019, 04:46:40 PM »

In a court filing Monday, the SEC said it was “stunning” to learn that “Musk had not sought pre-approval for a single one of the numerous tweets about Tesla he published in the months since the court-ordered pre-approval policy went into effect.”

“Musk reads this court’s order as not requiring pre-approval unless Musk himself unilaterally decides his planned tweets are material,” the SEC said, arguing that Musk’s actions make the court order “meaningless.”

In the filing, the SEC dismissed every aspect of Musk’s defense, saying his explanations for the Feb. 19 tweet have changed over time, and ripped his argument that the tweet was not material.

“Musk’s contention — that the potential size of a car company’s production for the year could not reasonably be material — borders on the ridiculous,” the SEC said.

The SEC also shot down Musk’s claim that the number of cars had been previously mentioned in Tesla’s fourth-quarter earnings report. Prior to the Feb. 19 tweet, “Tesla had not publicly disclosed any forecast of the total number of vehicles it expected to produce in 2019,” the SEC said.

Musk had previously mentioned an annualized production rate of 500,000 vehicles, but as a more vague production target to reach sometime between late 2019 and early 2020, the SEC said: “On its face, the . . . tweet — which stated Tesla will make around 500,000 cars in 2019 — was materially different from Tesla’s production rate forecasts for Model 3.”

The SEC also said the court-agreed pre-approval requirement does not mean Musk cannot speak, so his free-speech argument has no basis — but even if it did, he had waived his First Amendment rights in the court settlement anyway.

Citing Musk’s “lack of judgement,” the SEC asked a federal judge to find Musk in contempt, and order “all necessary and appropriate relief to enforce its terms.”

The rest / Re: Article links: drop them here!
« on: March 19, 2019, 03:40:44 PM »
A sidebar video/audio about the Boeing 737 Max 8

Ralph Nader talks to aviation expert, William McGee, about the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and pays tribute to his grandniece, who was one of the fatalities

well the Harbinger here is Artificial
taking over human
intelligence and we're going to see more
of that because artificial intelligence
do these greedy corporations means less
labor it means more profits and they're
even developing autonomous weapons of
mass destruction.

This is why this letter
a few years ago by Stephen Hawking and
Elon Musk and others warning the globe
that if we lose control to the robots or
to artificial intelligence it will destroy the

and these are not science fiction types
and so this is like the frontier now
this is the example Boeing is really
planning for one pilot they want one
pilot they had three pilots on the 747
and then two pilots on its successor
now they want one pilot

2 days ago
The same thing happened when the 737 NG came out. I was a captain on the 737-400 and had been for 10 years. The course we were offered on the NG called a “differences course” was a very short ground school and from memory around 5 simulators and 10 hours of line training.

Now the two aircraft were substantially different in many ways, flight displays, many systems and handling characteristics. In fact we were told had there been just 1 more difference it would have been a completely separate endorsement requiring far more training in all areas.

Now because we were getting our new NG’s slowly I could go up to 2 months of line flying without seeing an NG. Then towards the end of a 12 hour day you would find your last sector would be on a NG and I found this very stressful which I informed my airlines management. Their response was don’t worry you’ll get more time on the NG as more arrive.

This I found unacceptable and I attempted to change types to our 767 fleet but this would have required moving to another city which for family reasons was not acceptable. I stayed on the 737 but was never comfortable on the NG until I had accrued some 100 hours on type which took 9 months. As a captain one should never feel uncomfortable operating his aircraft and all this was done for 1 reason, TO SAVE MONEY. 

The rest / Re: The Empire vs Venezuela - News and History
« on: March 19, 2019, 03:32:49 PM »

then came the sanctions which are harsh
brutal devastating the population and
again I quote Rodriguez the chief opposition
economist and a serious economist he
points out that the sanctions have
turned a crisis into a humanitarian
catastrophe and by now the latest
sanctions literally a bar the government
from almost any resources it's an effort
to starve the population into submission

the media again for ever since the
beginning of the Chavez years the media
have been virtually an open voice for
the anti chavez opposition in ways that
are almost unimaginable so

The rest / Re: The problem of social media
« on: March 19, 2019, 03:21:38 PM »
I am not sure if this will travel overseas well, but a VPN option will help.

The Drum - Monday 18/3/2019 - 1 hour in depth discussion (not for the feint hearted)

Ellen Fanning joins Sara Saleh, Lydia Shelly, Hanan Dover, Randa Abdel-Fattah and Diana Sayed, the all Muslim women panel will discuss the social, cultural & political influences leading up to the Christchurch terror attack. 

The rest / Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« on: March 19, 2019, 03:04:33 PM »
Maybe this could work best on "social media" thread, but then again it's bigger than that.

Chelsea Clinton gets served a few home truths about life and her own mouth.

The rest / Re: The problem of social media
« on: March 19, 2019, 01:46:40 PM »
Here, this is what GET REAL looks like .....

New Zealand police are warning citizens they’ll face 10 years in prison for sharing the Christchurch mosque attack video, and a host of websites have been blocked as censors scrub the shooter’s manifesto from the internet.

Video footage of killer [   name deleted   ] shooting spree at a Christchurch mosque on Friday – which left 50 worshippers dead – was pulled from Facebook immediately after the massacre. With the footage proliferating on several hosting platforms afterwards, the Kiwi authorities have already charged an 18-year-old man for sharing the video, as well as for posting other “objectionable” comments days before the shooting.

The teenager faces up to ten years in prison, under New Zealand’s ‘objectionable and restricted material’ laws. Police have meanwhile issued an overt threat to anyone else looking for the video.

“Do not download it. Do not share it. If you are found to have a copy of the video or to have shared it, you face fines & potential imprisonment,” read a statement from the police via local news source Wellington Live.

    🚨New Zealanders threatened with 10 YEARS IN JAIL if they have the shooting video. 🚨

    "Anybody found “knowingly” in possession of objectionable material can receive a maximum of 10 years imprisonment."

    14 YEARS IN JAIL if you are a "dealer" of the video
    — Nick Monroe (@nickmon1112) March 16, 2019

I think commercial websites / Telcos / the Media are facing $200,000 fines for sharing this video. That should be a GLOBAL Response. 

Of course Youtube, Google, Twitter and Facebook are culpable. The New Zealand Govt is now looking at the possibility of Suing them all over this terrorist attack.

The other question is what to do about scum sites like 8Chan and the rest of the neonazi right wing free speech morons and Neanderthal scumbags hang out ? Fox news and all the rest on cable al over the world????

And all those Islamist terrorists sites and supporters posting videos and crap all over the internet for nigh on 20 years now?

This issue is not going to go away (I hope)

New Gun laws being drafted for NZ as we speak. ... ALL semi-automatic and automatic military styled weapons to be Banned outright ... more news next week on the details.

Will the USA follow suit? Of course not. Dumb is hereditary!

And so is cowardice!

The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency
« on: March 19, 2019, 01:34:22 PM »
A Vivid contrast to the leadership that rises to the top in the United States of America all the time, versus most of the nations of the truly civilised world.

"Donald Trump telephoned a grieving Jacinda Ardern in the aftermath of New Zealand’s largest ever mass murder. The President asked what the United States could do and received an answer he can’t have been expecting. “Sympathy and love for all Muslim communities,” the Prime Minister told him.

Jacinda Ardern has been widely praised as doing a magnificent job in a situation no national leader should have to face. In response to unimaginable horror, she is deliberately employing language of empathy not hate. She has chosen a message of togetherness instead of reaching for the easy, crude politics of division that have worked so effectively, and for so many, in the past.
In these circumstances, kindness is a radical act.

The traditional script for a world leader reacting to a terrorist attack on home soil is one of power and retribution, to prosecute an "us and them" case. By way of example, you might recall that US President George Bush wanted to "find out who did this and kick their ass" in the wake of 9/11. He later declared that Osama Bin Laden would be taken "dead or alive".

Ardern is taking a markedly different approach. She’s barely wasted a word on the perpetrator of this crime, instead focusing her energies on the victims, their loved ones, and a nation that needs to heal. By declaring "they are us", she set the tone for how people should respond to this tragedy. The unspoken message? Victims of this crime may not share your faith or ethnicity, but they are New Zealanders and that is all that matters."

Probably half the leaders in Australia still need to lift their game, no, totally change it. I think the same goes for Canada, the UK and many other great white nations too.

Trump is not a cause of problems in America he is but a one of the many symptoms of a legacy of untreated and denied pathology across the whole nation decades and centuries old. 

Science / Re: 2019 Mauna Loa CO2 levels
« on: March 19, 2019, 05:12:27 AM »

Good overview imho. Would be best to stick with the global numbers though not MLO @414 ppm

December 2018:        409.36 ppm

Maybe a April/May max of 411.5 +/- this year

It doesn't change the underlying take away message or the truth of it.

The rest / Re: The Empire vs Venezuela - News and History
« on: March 18, 2019, 05:51:17 AM »
Another Independent Journalist Exposes U.S. News Venezuela Propaganda w/Eva Bartlett

35 minutes review. now 506,000 subscribers - added 8,000 in less than a week.

Let venezuela handle its own country. #handsoffvenezuala #fomentingdiscord

Thank you for giving Eva so much air time. She is one of the few honest journalists left. Do not trust your government!

Damn lefty reporters with their facts and such.

"I have certain rules I live by. My first rule, I don't believe anything the government tells me. Nothing. ZERO!" -George Carlin

"well who did the attack on Venezuela's electrical grid? Right, it wasn't like yeah it might be a
worn down grid and they have been told they have power outages and they fix them in two hours, they fix them but the whole grid was down and it was attacked repeatedly and stations were physically attacked. So this is not a case of infrastructure failing. This is a premeditated attack that I know max Blumenthal has written about. The fact that this was already detailed years prior that the U.S. saw this as a way to put even more pressure on the population in Venezuela in order to turn against the government. "

The rest / Re: Empire - America and the future
« on: March 18, 2019, 04:49:00 AM »
"No man can serve two Masters."

Nor two Nations. They either serve one or the other.

It's a clinical choice they make to serve one and betray the other.

The excuses and the illogical immoral rationalisations makes no difference. 

PNAC Neoconservatives included

    William Kristol, Co-founder and Chairman[6]
    Robert Kagan, Co-founder[6]
    Mark Gerson[6]
    Randy Scheunemann[6]

Ellen Bork, Deputy Director[6]
Timothy Lehmann, Assistant Director
Reuel Marc Gerecht, Senior Fellow[6]
Gary Schmitt, Senior Fellow
Michael Goldfarb, Research Associate
Signatories to Statement of Principles

    Elliott Abrams
    Gary Bauer[5]
    William J. Bennett[5]
    John Ellis "Jeb" Bush[5]
    Dick Cheney[5]
    Eliot A. Cohen[5]
    Midge Decter[5]
    Paula Dobriansky[5]
    Steve Forbes[5]
    Aaron Friedberg[5]
    Francis Fukuyama[5]
    Frank Gaffney[5]
    Fred C. Ikle[5]
    Donald Kagan[5]
    Zalmay Khalilzad[5]
    I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby[5]
    Norman Podhoretz[5]
    J. Danforth Quayle[5]
    Peter W. Rodman[5]
    Stephen P. Rosen[5]
    Henry S. Rowen[5]
    Donald Rumsfeld[5]
    Vin Weber[5]
    George Weigel[5]
    Paul Wolfowitz[5]

Ilhan Omar is spot on about the 'blind allegiances' to Israel and it's mega wealthy supporters in the USA, UK etc. Pretending and lying about that doesn't change the facts. 

All Laws and all Politics is about "morals and ethics" ... or the lack thereof. The Media and Politicians do pick sides. No point denying it nor "shooting the messenger" like they did MLK et al. Unless you're on the wrong side.

Policy and solutions / Re: Nuclear Power
« on: March 18, 2019, 04:12:47 AM »
Today at Mauna Loa, CO2 levels are about 410 ppm headed to 415 this summer.

Actually it's really ~412.20 ppm headed to 415.30 ppm during May peak. If the El Nino kicks in some effects it may then go higher through Summer instead of falling June-Sept as usual.

Feb readings were already above May 2018. That's somewhat unprecedented in itself, because that usually doesn't happen until April the following year.

That being said Nuclear power and waste is the least of humanities problem. WMD nukes and missiles definitely are and then comes climate crisis impacts.

"More than that, our first challenge is to rapidly assess what we can do that will make any difference at all."

The sooner people get to assessing the right answer "Nothing" the better. Until then they are not looking reality in the eye. Only then will rational response actions appear in their mind.

atm everyone is playing pretend games and living in denial of the true cause of the crisis - why there is a crisis to begin with given what was already known in 1990.

Poll total 32 votes.

Sen. Bernie Sanders = 11 (34.4%)

Versus anyone but Bernie

Harris, Warren, O'Rourke, Booker, Klobuchar = 14  (43.7%)

My current prediction is the real Primaries will come down to Biden vs Bernie

When I expect the establishment and the media will do the same things to Bernie they did in 2016 and he will not make it. The 5 above will endorse Biden of course once they drop out. Therefore no real change in the Democratic Party and more fuel for the coming protests, riots and social breakdowns in the years ahead.

A little difference is better than nothing. It's not as if there are other alternatives that will make a big difference.

Imagine some

The rest / Re: Algorithms of Hate - Redux
« on: March 17, 2019, 06:14:12 AM »
Human/computer interactions allow for far greater user disinhibition, which
suits the proclivities of those more manipulative and sadistic users of the Internet.

There's a 'Problem of social media' thread out there, where I maintain that ending anonymity on the Internet, would reduce a lot of the hate.

A lack of Anonymity doesn't stop the worst offenders. It doesn't stop Trump and his supporters.

Milo Yiannopoulos has been banned from entering Australia for a tour following his comments regarding the Christchurch terror attack.
Key points:

    Yiannopoulos described Islam as a "barbaric, alien" religion after the terror attack
    The Immigration Minister said the comments fomented "hatred and division"
    The Government had previously given the speaking tour a green light

Immigration Minister David Coleman has described the attack, in which 50 people were killed and dozens injured, as an "act of pure evil" as he confirmed Yiannopoulos would not be allowed to enter the country.

"Yiannopoulos's comments on social media regarding the Christchurch terror attack are appalling and foment hatred and division," Mr Coleman said.

The rest / Re: The problem of social media
« on: March 17, 2019, 06:07:41 AM »
The social media strategies used by the accused Christchurch mosque shooter and Islamic State (IS) media are overlapping, says a Harvard researcher investigating online radicalisation.

An analysis of the digital footprint of Tarrant's documents revealed recruitment techniques observed in far-right movements and terrorist organisations.

"While [he] frequented fringe social media platforms, his strategy more closely resembles tactics used by the Islamic State during its peak propaganda output in 2014 and 2015," Mr Decker said.

Twitter posts purporting to be Tarrant's contained several download links to his manifesto, which was later shared on messaging boards less than 30 minutes before the attack at a Christchurch mosque.

Photos were also posted of weapons and ammunition cartridges scrawled with Nazi and far-right references, and were seen being used in the video.

Mr Decker said, like IS, Tarrant's manifesto used symbolism and coded language to paint a historical narrative about the victimisation of a specific people attempting to reclaim a lost glory.

The meme culture of mass shooters

In his manifesto, the accused shooter referenced a number of popular video games. During the livestream of the attack, a reference to a popular gaming personality pre-dominantly watched by young children and teenagers could be heard.

While extensive academic research does not suggest a link between violence in video games and real-world violence, it is central to the culture existing on online forums and social media pages mass shooters inhabit.

Mr Decker said the first-person shooter angle, common in video games, used in livestream of the attack was commonly used in IS recruitment videos and said there was an "intersection of extremist violence and online gaming culture".

"It's a commonplace lens through which to witness violence and was a central component of IS recruitment, particularly of westerners," he said.

IS fighters had used headcam footage while they battled Iraqi forces for control of Fallujah in 2016. Similarly shot videos were also used by IS supporters in combat scenarios in the Philippines.

A 'growing threat' in Australia

The supposed white supremacists' views of the manifesto's author did not germinate in a vacuum, according to Victoria University's Debra Smith, who has spent 18 months working on a report on the subject from Melbourne.

Dr Smith said far-right extremism was a "growing threat" in Australia and leaders in those communities were leveraging racial hatred and bigotry to grow their numbers.

She said hateful speech allowed people to feel like they were the "vanguards of a social movement".

"What research [shows is] that anti-Islamic rhetoric is being used as a strategic tool by the far-right to recruit people into the movement," Dr Smith said.

"It's very clear the far-right respond to public debates around the role of Islam in society, around things like marriage equality and so-called African gangs, to sow fear and division to recruit people to their cause."

The rest / Re: Algorithms of Hate - Redux
« on: March 17, 2019, 05:56:15 AM »
Algorithms of Hate?

I'm sure info about the NZ terrorist shooting belongs here. This happened at the second Mosque that was attacked. Only seven were killed as a result of this man's actions. After driving away the terrorist was apprehended by Police by crashing into his car.

New Zealander Mr Abdul Aziz: The man who saved lives by running at the Christchurch gunman

'Cat-and-mouse' chase

Mr Aziz said as he ran outside screaming, he was hoping to distract the attacker.

He said the gunman ran back to his car to get another gun, and Mr Aziz hurled the credit card machine at him.

He said he could hear his two youngest sons, aged 11 and five, urging him to come back inside.

The gunman returned and fired. Mr Aziz said he ran, weaving through cars parked in the driveway, which prevented the gunman from getting a clean shot.

Then Mr Aziz spotted a gun that had been discarded by the attacker and picked it up, pointed it and squeezed the trigger. It was empty.

He said the gunman ran back to the car for a second time, likely to grab yet another weapon.

"He gets into his car and I just got the gun and threw it on his window like an arrow and blasted his window," he said.

The windshield shattered, Mr Aziz said.

"That's why he got scared."

He said the gunman was cursing at him and yelled that he was going to kill them all.

But he drove away and Mr Aziz said he chased the car down the street to a red light, before it made a U-turn and sped away.

Online videos indicate police officers managed to force the car from the road and drag out the suspect soon after. Not his time to die

Originally from Kabul, Afghanistan, Mr Aziz said he left as a refugee when he was a boy and lived for more than 25 years in Australia before moving to New Zealand a couple of years ago.

    "I've been to a lot of countries and this is one of the beautiful ones," he said.

And, he always thought, a peaceful one as well.

Mr Aziz said he did not feel fear or much of anything when facing the gunman — it was like he was on autopilot.

And he believes that God, that Allah, did not think it was his time to die.

Policy and solutions / Re: US Green New Deal
« on: March 16, 2019, 04:02:16 AM »
it isn't a New Green Deal, it is a Green NEW DEAL 

If they were smart, and they aren't, they would have named it a New Green Deal - thereby eliminating any reference to Roosevelt's New Deal which is still solidly a major point of political ideological contention and tension in the USA all these years later.  2nd only to the Civil War ongoing effects.

Even calling it "green" is flawed and major red flag to more than 50% of the population from the get go. Meaning they will not even bother to look at what is entailed. Just the word "Green" is enough to turn people off permanently. It's a dusted off version of the US Green Party's Green New Deal and half as strong imho.

By and large all it is is cheap semantics where 3 word slogans amount to little and will achieve even less. imho they may as well called it "Dead in the Water New Deal" or even "Yes We Can!" for all the good it will do. It's not going to convince anyone to change their minds or vote differently in the USA.

Even if it got through both houses (and it will not) the GND will change nothing and make no difference on the ground anyway.

The rest / Re: Political theatre/wrestling
« on: March 16, 2019, 03:29:49 AM »
Strzok, who was involved in the investigation into Clinton’s use of private email servers and later in the FBI’s controversial probe into then-candidate Donald Trump’s alleged ties with Russia, spoke to the House Judiciary Committee in June last year. The 300+ page transcript of the testimony was released on Thursday.

Strzok testimony shows Obama’s DOJ agreed to restrict probe into Clinton emails to secure access

One part of the transcript details a deal, which the Department of Justice (DOJ) reached with lawyers representing Clinton, under which the FBI had limited access to emails stored on the servers. In exchange the servers were handed over to the FBI.

Strzok said DOJ attorneys believed that “we lacked probable cause to get a search warrant for those servers and projected that either it would take a very long time and/or it would be impossible to get to the point where we could obtain probable cause to get a warrant.”

He added that the FBI had “a significant filter team that was put in place to work through the various terms of the various consent agreements,” when studying the emails.

The core of the allegations was that Clinton may have broken the law by allowing classified information be sent through her private unsecure channels.

The Obama's DOJ voluntarily limiting what its probe into the servers could and could not look into is not limited to the deal mentioned by Strzok.

Top Clinton aides involved in the affair, Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson, were granted immunity from charges of destroying evidence in exchange for them handing over their laptops to the FBI. The terms of the deal included a restriction on what emails the investigators could access on those laptops.

Tamino usually makes sense.  (?)

So Tamino still believes the illusion that whoever wins the Democrat primary and the US Presidency will actually make a difference to the global climate crisis and the GHG emissions of the USA into the future. Gosh they might even be able to roll out a Green New Deal ... wow.


There's one born every minute.

The rest / Re: Empire - America and the future
« on: March 16, 2019, 02:51:05 AM »
Surprise, surprise: Rogue state admits it is rogue state


also reported by "evil lying Russian propaganda ops" (sic) at RT

'Change your course!': Pompeo threatens ICC over US war crimes probe
Published time: 15 Mar, 2019

The Washington war hawk said that action had to be taken because any investigation into alleged war crimes and torture committed by the United States would be a threat to US rule of law.

(It sure would - the whole edifice would fall should the truth come out about US "rules of Law")

Visas will be pulled or denied for anyone who has been involved in or even requested an ICC investigation of “any US personnel.”

(and these secret Govt actions have already occurred many times)

You've got to admit the American people Voters and non-Voters have a bottomless supply of tolerance for the intolerable. That's a unique skill.

The rest / Re: Political theatre/wrestling
« on: March 16, 2019, 02:42:43 AM »
Even a Vacuous Mueller Report Won’t End ‘Russiagate’
Too many reputations and other interests are vested in the legend for it to vanish from American politics anytime soon.
By Stephen F. Cohen

The rest / Re: The problem of social media
« on: March 15, 2019, 08:30:09 AM »
NZ right-wing extremist terrorist attack

One of the shooters, believed to be a 28-year-old Australian man, livestreamed the attack on Facebook, according to local media, and penned a lengthy manifesto characterizing the shooting as a “terrorist attack.”

Good one Facebook (not) - where would be without you in our lives? Much better off, that's where.
New Zealand’s three largest internet providers, Spark, Vodafone and Vocus, have announced they are blocking customers’ access to three websites located outside the country that are still hosting the livestream of one shooter’s rampage, an unprecedented restrictive measure Spark spokesman Andrew Pirie called “the responsible thing for the industry to do.”

It's about time!

Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: March 15, 2019, 05:16:29 AM »
Based on current levels of investment, US oil production is predicted to decline.

The investment cycle is useful but it's a lagging signal imho. What key in this whole fracking business is the production rates per well. Overall the production has grown significantly since they started this "boom" in the early 2000s. The claims of basin sizes were really high and then assumptions were made of the ongoing profitiabluiy of high prodcutions rates based on thsoe early wells. It wasn't too long after that all those poredcitions were shown to be rubbish and highly exagerated.

The only reason production has remained high and grew was the ongoing deployment of new drilling of new wells. Thousands and thousands of them. Meanwhile the rate per well, of the earlier ones has kept on plummeting. To compensate for that (I think is right) the companies kept drilling new wells in the same areas to boost production - but this action was never predicted in the investment guidance. What it means is that the costs of fracking are very much higher be million barrels over time than what they hoped.

The pea and shell game has been extended by expanding the volume of wells as fast as humanly possible. and finding new areas to drill, eg Trumps changes to allow them into federal lands. AS much as possible the companies avoid minimise any "story" or providing hard figures for cost per well and their production rates declining per well ... but combining all the old data with new wells being sunk. I think that's how they play this.

But sooner or later, probably sooner the big calls about how great the US is doing with it's exports being at record levels is going to evaporate. Eventually the financials will catch up with them all. Leaving only a wasteland of destroyed lands, waterways and geology behind for eternity.  iow it is not going to end well for the USA and her people.

The rest / Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« on: March 15, 2019, 02:41:42 AM »
 First Look Media, the parent company of the Intercept, announced it will shut access to the archive of documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to cut costs as it plans to layoff 4 percent of staff.

The news was met with outrage from high ranking staff member and filmmaker Laura Poitras, who went to Hong Kong to meet Snowden in 2013, just before the first revelations from his trove of National Security Agency documents were published. 

She said she was “sickened” by the decision to “eliminate the research team, which has been the beating heart of the newsroom since First Look Media was founded,” and slammed the company for making the decision without consulting her or other board members.

Poitras, Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill joined First Look Media at its founding, launching the Intercept in 2014 as a place to“aggressively report” on the Snowden documents. The company employed a research team to work on the huge trove of documents provided by Snowden.

    5 years ago I criticized Poitras-Greenwald deal to privatize Snowden NSA docs to a tech oligarch connected to the national security state—and was smeared as a CIA/COINTELPRO & worse. Now Poitras is mad that Omidyar is shutting down their fencing operation
    — Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) March 14, 2019

    Potentially unpopular opinion: I think the Snowden archive would be better served elsewhere. Working with the Intercept was always ... challenging. There are a number of stories with important policy implications I'd like to do w/o those difficulties.
    — emptywheel (@emptywheel) March 14, 2019

Five years later, it appears that First Look Media owner and Ebay founder Pierre Omidyar no longer wish to hold the trove of documents. CEO Michael Bloom sent an email to staff on Wednesday saying as other media outlets had “ceased reporting on it years ago,” it was going to “focus on other editorial priorities,” the Daily Beast reports.

This has been a source of contention for those who feel the entire cache of documents should have been released and published in a searchable format, like WikiLeaks’ releases.

Omidyar has been accused of sweeping in to fund the Snowden publishing in a bid to control what is released.

    On the Intercept and the Snowden archive:
    — Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 14, 2019

Greenwald said the decision was made because “the budget given to the Intercept by First Look media for 2019 forced editor-in-chief Betsy Reed, in consultation with the Intercept’s senior editors, to make extremely difficult decisions about how best to allocate these limited budgetary resources to maximise the impact and value to the Intercept’s journalism.”

Greenwald said the decision was also a by product of his own “intent to seek other partners – particularly academic institutions and research facilities to ensure continued publication of the remaining Snowden documents that are in the public interest.”

Greenwald received pushback on social media, with users claiming the information belongs in the public.

    You are a gatekeeper withholding information that is in the public interest.
    It shouldn’t matter which documents Snowden wanted selectively leaked and the fact that other organizations won’t publish means absolutely nothing.

    Publish in full!
    — Free Thought (@FreeThought84) March 14, 2019

    You should have dumped the whole load into the public domain then you would have had millions of unpaid researchers combing through the stuff.
    — W Paul Blakey (@PblakeyW) March 14, 2019

    If the archives are not public they should be made as such.
    — Slo1 (@Bradypus9710) March 14, 2019

    Maybe those $350K to $500K salaries to the founders didn't help. And what's going to happen to the "Snowden Archive" and all those highly classified NSA documents you've been sitting on for 5 years? "Laura Poitras ‘Sickened’ By Layoffs at The Intercept."
    — Tim Shorrock (@TimothyS) March 14, 2019

Reported by Russia Today

Policy and solutions / Re: US Green New Deal
« on: March 13, 2019, 11:39:38 PM »

The rest / Re: Empire - America and the future
« on: March 13, 2019, 08:26:33 AM »
Israel's Influence: Good or Bad for America?  con't

"My student continued also in the
Balfour Declaration of 1917 the British
had promised the Jewish people a
homeland in Palestine and in the eyes of
many Americans after World War II it is up
to the U.S. to give that home to them,
and Harry S Truman did just that.

Today we can look back on a line of post-war
war two presidents who tried to deal
with the challenges and more, that the
Joint Chiefs of Staff had so presciently
laid out.

And to be honest, and as many of  you
in this audience probably are well aware,
the Joint Chiefs were not breaking new

Ever since World War I and Louis
Brandeis' influence on Woodrow
Wilson and his foremost advisor Edward
Hauss, the US State Department's position
on the potential for a Jewish state in
Palestine had been quite clear

The State Dept. (and many others) opposed
the Zionist movement because it was a
minority group interfering in United States
foreign affairs.

Again talk about prescience. And there we
have prescients par excellence!

The rest / Re: Empire - America and the future
« on: March 13, 2019, 07:51:22 AM »
PNAC Neoconservatives included

    William Kristol, Co-founder and Chairman[6]
    Robert Kagan, Co-founder[6]
    Mark Gerson[6]
    Randy Scheunemann[6]

Ellen Bork, Deputy Director[6]
Timothy Lehmann, Assistant Director
Reuel Marc Gerecht, Senior Fellow[6]
Gary Schmitt, Senior Fellow
Michael Goldfarb, Research Associate
Signatories to Statement of Principles

    Elliott Abrams
    Gary Bauer[5]
    William J. Bennett[5]
    John Ellis "Jeb" Bush[5]
    Dick Cheney[5]
    Eliot A. Cohen[5]
    Midge Decter[5]
    Paula Dobriansky[5]
    Steve Forbes[5]
    Aaron Friedberg[5]
    Francis Fukuyama[5]
    Frank Gaffney[5]
    Fred C. Ikle[5]
    Donald Kagan[5]
    Zalmay Khalilzad[5]
    I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby[5]
    Norman Podhoretz[5]
    J. Danforth Quayle[5]
    Peter W. Rodman[5]
    Stephen P. Rosen[5]
    Henry S. Rowen[5]
    Donald Rumsfeld[5]
    Vin Weber[5]
    George Weigel[5]
    Paul Wolfowitz[5]

The Project for the New American Century (PNAC) was a neo-conservative think tank (1997 to 2006) that had strong ties to the American Enterprise Institute. PNAC's web site said it was "established in the spring of 1997" as "a non-profit, educational organization whose goal is to promote American global leadership."

PNAC's policy document, "Rebuilding America's Defences," openly advocated for total global military domination. Many PNAC members held highest-level positions in the George W. Bush administration. The Project was an initiative of the New Citizenship Project (501c3). [1]

In 2009 two of PNAC's founders, William Kristol and Robert Kagan, began what some termed "PNAC 2.0," The Foreign Policy Initiative.


The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) is an influential right-wing think tank that advocates for lower taxes, fewer protections for consumers and the environment, and cuts to the social safety net.[1] AEI describes itself as "committed to expanding liberty, increasing individual opportunity, and strengthening free enterprise.

New Citizenship Project (also New Citizenship Project, Inc.) is a non-profit organization funded by large right-wing foundations. Founded in 1994, NCP initiated the Project for the New American Century, one of the key behind-the-scenes architects of the Bush administration's foreign policy. According to his senate biography, John McCain served as a president of NCP, "an organization created to promote greater civic participation in our national life."[1]

NCP shares the same address and suite as PNAC. According to NCP's listing in The Right Guide, NCP and the Philanthropy Roundtable share the same phone number. The Philanthropy Roundtable's office is on the same floor of the same office building as PNAC and NCP.

In 1996, the Council on Crime in America, another NCP project, authored a report The State of Violent Crime in America which was published by the Heartland Institute. The Council., which appears to have only been briefly active in 1996, was chaired by former "Drug Czar" William Bennett and former Attorney General Griffin Bell. McCain also served on the Council

The Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) is a neoconservative think tank begun in 2009 by William Kristol, the founder of the Project for the New American Century. FPI is, according to its website, "... promotes continued U.S. engagement -- diplomatic, economic, and military

A neo-conservative (abbreviated as neo-con or neocon) is part of a U.S. based political movement rooted in liberal Cold War anticommunism and a backlash to the social liberation movements of the 1960s and 1970s. These liberals drifted toward conservatism: thus they are new (neo) conservatives.

They favor an aggressive unilateral U.S. foreign policy. They generally believe that elites protect democracy from mob rule. Sometimes the spelling is "neoconservative."

The rest / Re: Empire - America and the future
« on: March 13, 2019, 07:31:01 AM »

Israel's Influence: Good or Bad for America?
Published on 25 Jul 2016
Secretary of State Colin Powell’s former chief of staff explores how Israel’s influence over the U.S. has affected America’s strategic approach toward the Middle East.

Conference: Israel's Influence: Good or Bad for America? Washington, DC - March 18, 2016 at the National Press Club

This conference was organized by the American Educational Trust, publisher of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs magazine, and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, Inc. 

02:44  "I will say too that he had the
additional characteristic if you will of
being a Jewish American, which recalls to
mine for me immediately a most unnerving
moment as I had just begun my new career
in 2001 as an erstwhile diplomat I just
entered the inner sanctum of a man who
would prove to be very powerful at state
over the next four years. He had only
recently discovered that I had chosen to
work for Richard Haass in his capacity
of states to partner of policy planning
rather than staying directly under my
old mentor the new Secretary of State
Colin Powell.

"Why he asked did you like to
work for that self-loathing Jew?"

Recovering from mild shock I looked him
straight in the eye and replied
"I'll forget I heard that." I turned and
evacuated his inner sanctum while he
harumphed to my rear.

I recall this little anecdote because
it reveals what many use as reposting
device against any Jewish American
who through critical thinking questions
from time to time the policies of
the modern State of Israel and the
u.s. relationship with that state
complement of course for Gentiles
like me is anti-semite.

I've no doubt where someone
such as Alan Dershowitz from
whom I have heard for example to
read my students paper the response
self-loathing Jew would not be far from
his lips

In 1948 I would submit there was no
explicit such challenge for Jewish
Americans, or for any other Americans
that matter, the ingrained and highly
partisan nature of the US-Israel
relationship, and the Neo-Conservative
adoption of it in particular." 

[...] George Marshall who was now Secretary of
State and others
objected to what Harry Truman
was about to do with regard to the State of

My student wrote on these objections
that the Joint Chiefs had pinned as
1) the vehement Arab opposition to a Jewish
2) the threat such opposition presented to
the key oil imports from neighboring Arab

And then my student quoted the Joint Chiefs
verbatim quote
- "the decision to partition
Palestine if the decision were supported
by the United States would prejudice
United States strategic interests
in the
near and Middle East to the point that
the United States influence in the area
would be curtailed to that which could be
maintained by military force.

Is that prescience or is that prescience?

Harry Truman on the other hand as
my student pointed out summed up
the case for if you will thusly:
"I'm sorry gentlemen," the president
said "but I have to answer to hundreds of
thousands who were anxious for the
success of Zionism. I do not have
hundreds of thousands of Arabs among
my constituents."

Marshal in a tale that's not apocryphal
when Truman did decide that he was
going to essentially recognize the state
that had stood up Israel, threatened not
to vote for the president if he did.

Coming from a man like George Marshal
who as a military professional never voted
in his life this was almost stunning for Truman
to hear. Of course he went ahead and so we
began our relationship.

The rest / Re: The problem of social media
« on: March 13, 2019, 07:05:35 AM »
Jack Dorsey Admits “Twitter Is A Right”

this was Jack Dorsey when he was on with Joe
Rogan the first time and here he's going to admit
that the use of Twitter and social media is
actually a right and let's see that and I just
want to play it for you .....

otherwise everyone has a right to these
technologies and I think they also have
a right to make sure that they have a
very simple and open read of the rules

[...] and I said at this point maybe the
government needs to come with a
sledgehammer simply because it's
negatively impacting our culture and our
elections -  and I don't care about his
profit - he has no right to user growth.
I do have a right to influence my own
so maybe the sledgehammer
needs to come and come down on them.

So this that's the point that people are
missing that they're know what once your
private company now is affecting our culture
 or controlling it or influencing it.

Now it's in our public interest to regulate
that business. And that's OK. By the way the
rules of capitalism weren't written by Jesus.

The rest / Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« on: March 13, 2019, 06:40:39 AM »
 Defamed by media, Covington Catholic student sues CNN for $275 million
Published time: 13 Mar, 2019

The rest / Re: The Empire vs Venezuela - News and History
« on: March 13, 2019, 06:39:22 AM »
 Pompeo seeks to recruit top world oil execs to promote US foreign policy
Published time: 13 Mar, 2019

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has sought to recruit some of the top oil industry guns to serve as Washington's foreign policy tools to crack down on "bad actors" like Venezuela, Russia and Iran.

Addressing the members of IHS Markit's CERAWeek annual energy conference in Houston, Texas, on Tuesday, Pompeo has divulged what has long been an open secret – that the US is willing to use all its political clout to propel its economic interests and vice versa.

Pompeo said that American shale oil and natural gas should become instruments to "strengthen" the US' "hand in foreign policy."

At the same time, Washington takes pains to squeeze out Iran's oil industry by pushing allies to cut their imports under threat of secondary sanctions. The ultimate goal here is to kill off Iran's crude exports completely, Pompeo reaffirmed.

"We're committed to bringing Iranian crude oil exports to zero as quickly as market conditions will permit," he said.

"We need to roll up our sleeves and compete – by facilitating investment, encouraging partners to buy from us, and by punishing bad actors."

One of the hindrances to the US energy dominance in Europe is Russia, with the $11 billion NordStream 2 pipeline, which is set to deliver gas to European consumers below the Baltic Sea, and is a thorn in Washington's eye. While the Trump administration's attempts to persuade Berlin to ditch the project in favor of more expensive American liquefied natural gas (LNG) have so far fallen flat, it has not given up on its efforts to derail the Russian pipeline.

"We don't want our European allies hooked on Russian gas through the NordStream 2 project, any more than we ourselves want to be dependent on Venezuelan oil supplies," Pompeo said just a day after US Energy Secretary Rick Perry confirmed that the US is mulling sanctions on the project.

Pompeo further alleged that Russia's involvement in the Ukraine conflict is a covert attempt to gain access to Ukrainian natural resources, including oil and gas reserves.

How many lies do they need to tell before the people stop believing them?

Venezuela, Iran may be crushed by sanctions, but oil market has not been
Published Mon, Mar 11 2019
Key Points
    The sanctioning of two OPEC members — Iran and Venezuela — by the Trump administration has caused some ripples in the oil market, but not the type of shortages for consumers that might have occurred.
    One big reason is that U.S. production continues to grow, and for every barrel displaced, a new one comes on line.
    U.S. output is now at 12.1 million barrels a day, up more than 1 million from this time last year, and IHS Markit expects it to be 13 million by the end of the year.

 “I think it’s obvious Iranian sanctions, either under Obama or Trump, would not work without the increase of U.S. production,” said Yergin. “Although it’s not the same grade of oil, it would have been very difficult to do that in the market.”

Yergin said he expects the U.S. to become a net exporter on a consistent basis within the next two to three years, something the U.S. has not been since the late 1940s.

“It’s [providing] the flexibility on sanctions. It also puts something very big on the table for the U.S.-Chinese trade negotiations,” said Yergin,

Yergin said the U.S. industry is now focused on ways to export more oil and expand Texan ports. “This is a dramatic reshaping of global trade flows,” he said.

Oh do wake up.

Secretary Pompeo will present a Special Keynote address on The Role of Energy in 21st Century Global Politics on Tuesday, March 12 at 6:00 PM.

Yesterday - hard not to smile, hard to wipe that smirk off his lying face.

The rest / Re: The Empire vs Venezuela - News and History
« on: March 13, 2019, 06:28:12 AM »
Yes, it has been clear that you're with Trump's 'Coalition of the Willing', Rob:

Personally, I'm with the 50 countries that call for UN supervised free and fair elections in Venezuela.

And who are you with ?

Last time there was an election the Opposition demanded the UN not attend and observe the election.

The Opposition boycotted the elections - told people not to vote.

Opposition supporting groups engaged in massive violence at polling stations on the day and leading up to the elections. The Govt military and Police did not do such things.

Opposition protests and rallies continued throughout the election campaign period calling for the people to boycott the election to make it null and void.

Millions turned out anyway and voted for and against Maduro, as is their want - they Voted anyway.

There is a free press in Venezuela who together voiced major opposition to Maduro being re-elected - the people voted otherwise by a clear majority.

The Govt repeatedly requested for many months starting in 2016 the UN come and supervise / observe the elections in 2017 but a few days beforehand they refused and gave no reasons publicly.

The UN Rapporteur (already posted on these pages several times) has said there are no major human rights or unfair electoral issues in Venezuela. The Govt is legitimate.

The multinational team to did supervise observe the last elections all said there were no unfairness issues during the election of Maduro as President. Three candidates stood and Maduro won fair and square with a clear majority (unlike Donald Trump and unlike the institutional gerrymandering and voter fraud perpetrated by both the Democrats and GOP)   

The Election Commission of Venezuela declared the election as free and fair. Lawsuits against the results have not been upheld by the Venezuelan Judiciary or the High Court.

The last time there was an elction for the National Assmebly, that being in 2015, the electiosn were declared free and fair and legitiamte.

In that election it was the Opposition who won a  clear majority of seats in the national Assembly.

It was that election that Guaido was elected to his seat --- in an Assembly with a rotating "president" position which he only was assigned last year. 

Four winners of seats in that election were declared null and void and new elections for those seats were legally ordered to take place. The reason was the voting was not free and fair but had been manipulated by the Opposition parties on the ground.  Those 4 elections were corrupt. They have still not been re-run because the National Assembly refused to take the proper actions to make that happen under the Constitution. The NA acted against the Venezuela Constitution and the High court acted accordingly. Then it reversed it;s decision to allay fears of an all out violence on the streets. 

Evidence of these summaries have been posted to this very thread numerous times. Why do people chose to ignore it and not read and not understand such complex Historical issues that brought us to today?

Since 2015 this National Assembly has not debated or passed one N.A. Bill into Law. Not one. It was so dysfunctional that it was legally disbanded and all it's powers taken away because of this and other disruptive/ilegal activities.  The N.A.. is not doing the work they were elected to do.

So where was the problem of or evidence for unfree and unfair elections in 2015? Apart from 4 seats there was none.

The Opposition Coalition of multiple parties actually won that election with a powerful Majority. So where is the corruption? Where is the unfairness? The UN also observed these elections and there was no major problem. The OAS also observed, no problems declared. 

The Maduro 'Chavista" Govt did not win the election - they did not declare martial law, suspend the Constitution nor overturn that election result.

Where is the unfree and unfair complaints about that 2015 election won by the Opposition parties when Guaido won his seat?

Where is the evidence that the 2017 Election of Maduro as the President was corrupted?

If any nation needs to attend to it's corrupted electoral system it would be the United States - the laughing stock of the advanced economies and the western world.

If any nation was overdue for a Coup or a popular revolt on the streets because of it's corrupt Judicial System, it's dysfunctional and corrupted Electoral System, it's corrupt media system, it's non-stop illegal actions in the world and at home, it's illegal breaches of the United nations Charter, it's pathetic "national assembly" being both Houses of Congress, and it's Presidency it would be the nation currently led by Donald Trump.

But no, the ex-pat from the Netherlands doesn't complain about the acts of the invading right wing Nazis in his old country, no he blames the USSR/Russians instead. He doesn't care about the lying decietful Neo-Nazi right wing neo-liberal predatory thieving capitalist ideologues currently running his own adopted country and presenting the nightly news - while millions of children go hungry, others starve or are forced to eat out of garbage bins daily - or get arrested in order to survive!

How do people get so tied up in knots with such mental gymnastics of crying crocodile tears over Venezuela's situation?  ( A rhetorical question - as I already know the answers for this. )

Mahathir the PM of Malaysia recently won a critical election there in a broad coalition of parties - the goal was to topple the Party he used to be head of that party / govt and retired long ago but it had become badly corrupt and criminal.

He was 92 years old. But ran openly saying he would turn over the PM job to the 2IC who at the time was stuck in jail on false convictions - that's how corrupt the govt had become - reminds me of the US actually.

Can you imagine what some one who is matured, very wise, experienced, and honourable and confident in his own judgment would find out about the goings on behind the scenes of the US Govt he if was elected to be President. The big question is would he even say a word about it? Could he find a team of officials who would honestly tell him the truth and have the very same values and principles as he does? this is a useful question to ask and be sceptical of in the future.  None of the others have or done anything about it.

The rest / Re: The Empire vs Venezuela - News and History
« on: March 12, 2019, 03:27:38 PM »
 US diplomats are undermining Venezuelan peace and stability, the nation’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said, setting a deadline for them to vacate the embassy in Caracas. Washington vowed to hurry the evacuation of its mission.

American diplomats must “abandon Venezuelan territory in the next 72 hours,”
with the countdown starting at the “zero hour” on Tuesday, Arreaza wrote on Twitter.

    Official Communiqué on the decision by the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela terminating the conversations with the US for the establishment of interest sections. The US diplomatic personnel must abandon Venezuelan territory in the next 72 hours:
    — Jorge Arreaza M (@jaarreaza) March 12, 2019

Venezuela had earlier demanded that Washington clear the embassy in Caracas of any remaining personnel. The presence of American diplomats “entails risks to the country’s peace, integrity and stability,” the minister explained.

He accused the US of threatening the nation with military intervention and said that officials in Washington “have systematically lied to the world regarding Venezuelan reality.”

At the same time, Jorge Arreaza stressed that Venezuela stands ready to restart dialogue with the US, as long as the communication is based on “equality and mutual respect.”

fyi  Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza is the son in law of former President Hugo Chavez

Policy and solutions / Re: Nuclear Power
« on: March 12, 2019, 03:09:01 PM »
China's demonstration high-temperature gas-cooled reactor plant (HTR-PM) at Shidaowan (Shidao Bay NE China) )

DESIGN, SAFETY FEATURES & PROGRESS OF HTR-PM Yujie DONG INET, Tsinghua University, China January 24, 2018

The Shandong Shidao Bay 200 MWe High-Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor Pebble-Bed Module (HTR-PM) Demonstration Power Plant: An Engineering and Technological Innovation
Article (PDF Available) · March 2016


4.  Safety and economics
Decay heat removal is the key issue in nuclear safety. Failure in
decay heat removal caused the reactor core to overheat and melt
down in both the Three Mile Island and Fukushima Daiichi nucle-
ar accidents. In the Chernobyl accident, after the initial explosion
that was caused by the fission power increment, the resulting
sequences were mostly related to the failure of the decay heat
removal system. For an LWR, it is essential to develop a highly
reliable emergency cooling system guaranteed by a reliable elec-
tricity and water supply.

Inherently safe nuclear technology can be innovatively found,
based on these physical ideas: When we employ three mea-
sures—① using the more heat-resistant and substantial silicon
carbide (SiC) as the fuel cladding; ② significantly lowering the
volumetric power density of the reactor core; and ③ “dividing 1
into N,” or dividing one large reactor into identical small reactor
modules—then the reactor core can be designed such that the
decay heat can never heat up the reactor core to the temperature

 Based on the law of energy conservation, the decay heat
in the reactor core can only be removed by heat conduction and
radiation, which depend on material properties; heat convection
is not necessary. After studying for more than 30 years in the in-
ternational nuclear community, we have constructed the world’s
first commercial-scale reactor of this kind.
Regarding the fuel
element of the HTR-PM, it can be proved that the maximum fuel
temperature limit is 1600–1800 °C for maintaining the coated
fuel particle integrity. The average power density in normal oper-
ations is 3.3 MW·m3, which is 1/30 of that in a PWR.
The thermal
power of one reactor module is chosen to be 250 MWth, which
provides a sufficient margin. Fig. 5 gives the reactor fuel peaking
temperature during a loss-of-coolant depressurized accident,
which does not depend on any engineering safety facility. The
above-mentioned safety characteristics can be proved by re-
peatable full-plant safety demonstration tests, without affecting
further operation.
The innovations for the inherent safety of the HTR-PM are
easy to understand according to physical laws. However, two
challenges still remain: ① How can we construct and operate the
HTR-PM? and ② what are the economics of the HTR-PM? The key
problem is how a small HTR-PM can compete with an LWR plant,
which is 10 times bigger.

We use the idea of “combining N into 1.” We have finished
a concept design of a 660 MWe multi-module HTR-PM nuclear
power plant, which includes 6 HTR-PM reactor modules connect-
ing to a steam turbine. Each reactor module has the same design
as the HTR-PM demonstration plant, with an independent safety
system and shared non-safety auxiliary systems. The footprint of
a multi-module HTR-PM plant is not significantly different from
that of a PWR plant generating the same power. Fig. 6 shows a
2 × 600 MWe  HTR-PM nuclear power plant for cogeneration.

To date, supply contracts have been signed for all the com-
ponents of the HTR-PM project. From the actual contract costs,
we can compare the detailed capital costs of a 2 × 600 MWe
 multi-module HTR-PM plant with those of a real 2 × 600 MWe
 PWR plant constructed at the same time in China. Using the
capital costs of the HTR-PM plant as evaluated by the govern-
ment in 2014, the total price of a 2 × 600 MWe multi-module
HTR-PM plant is about 110%–120% of the price of the PWR.

The electricity price to the grid thus increases from 0.4 CNY·(kW·h)
-1 to 0.48 CNY·(kW·h)-1, which is still much lower than the costs
of gas, wind power, and solar power in the Chinese market.

The costs of the RPV (Reactor Pressure Vessels) and reactor
internals are very small, about 2% of the total plant costs.

Therefore, assuming that the other costs of the plant are
unchanged, even if the costs of the RPV and reactor internals
increase to 10 times their original value, the increase of the total
plant costs can be limited to within 20%. This is the reason behind
the above economic evaluation results; details can be found in
Ref. [7].

To realize the dream of inherent safety, the philosophy of “dividing 1 into N” is adopted,
and to limit the cost increase, the philosophy of “combining N into 1” is preferred.

[7]  Zhang ZY, Sun YL. Economic potential of modular reactor nuclear power
plants based on the Chinese HTR-PM project. Nucl Eng Des 2007; 237(23):

Media is complicit in manufacturing consent for Venezuela regime change, but that’s nothing new
Danielle Ryan is an Irish freelance writer based in Dublin. Her work has appeared in Salon, The Nation, Rethinking Russia, teleSUR, RBTH, The Calvert Journal and others

It is a documented and indisputable fact that the US government lies to provoke wars – and the media’s continued refusal to accept and acknowledge this basic truth, in the case of Venezuela, makes them complicit once again.

The rest / Re: The Empire vs Venezuela - News and History
« on: March 12, 2019, 07:14:43 AM »
    The U.S. will withdraw all remaining personnel from @usembassyve this week. This decision reflects the deteriorating situation in #Venezuela as well as the conclusion that the presence of U.S. diplomatic staff at the embassy has become a constraint on U.S. policy.
    — Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) March 12, 2019

The rest / Re: The Empire vs Venezuela - News and History
« on: March 12, 2019, 06:13:34 AM »

Big Oil Controls the World | Interview with Greg Palast with only 9,996 views

breaking the set on RT
Published on 27 Mar 2013

Abby Martin talks to investigative journalist, Greg Palast, about US interests in a post-Chavez Venezuela, and how 'Big Oil' could shape future policy.

2013 right - in the middle of the Obama Administration, the same Administration that began placing sanctions and barriers upon Venezuela and manipulating the global Oil price to push it down and financially strangle the Maduro Govts ability to pay it's bills etc and which has subsequently caused the humanitarian and political crisis in Venezuela today.   

The XL pipeline is still not delivering Canadian Tars sands oil to the Koch Bros refinery 5 years later.

The Koch brothers are the impetus behind the XL pipeline.

"It's true that they have their
correctly denied that they have no
direct ownership of the pipeline or its
oil but why is the oil going all the way
from Canada all the way out to Houston
why are we taking oil from Canada to
Houston after all Texas has some oil the
answer is is that the Koch brothers
refinery is at the end of the Excel
pipeline the Flint Hills refinery
where most of the oil will end up

Right now they have to buy their oil from
Venezuela the heavy oil that Hugo Chavez
is government produced and Chavez that
wouldn't give it away the Venezuelan oil
cost about a hundred and one dollars a
barrel - it's $33 a barrel cheaper to
bring in that glop that melted liquid
filthy crud asphalt that would come down
from melting the Canadian tar sands
through the XL pipeline the only reason
America is facing a 2,000 mile toxic
slash across its belly is so that the
Koch brothers can save 33 bucks a barrel
and it adds up it's about 2 billion plus
a year for them to have the XL pipeline
bring in the crud from Canada rather than
the much much less polluting oil from Venezuela

Venezuelan oil has about one-fifth of
the sulphur of the Canadian tar sands
we'd be burning up this planet in fact
of all that tar sands oil comes down to
the coke refinery they'll save 2 billion
dollars a year but the planet
temperature in of the the entire planets
temperature will rise by about one
degree Fahrenheit "

[end quote]

The rest / Re: Empire - America and the future
« on: March 12, 2019, 05:54:18 AM »
Bush Family Fortunes: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy - 2004 - Full Length

Written by Greg Palast

The Real News Network
Published on 19 Dec 2016

with Greg Palast

The rest / Re: Empire - America and the future
« on: March 12, 2019, 04:02:03 AM »
"Has America Lost its Way? Leadership in Times of Crisis"- 21 Feb 2019

The dying Welfare State, the MIC-Media Complex aka the Warfare State, the National Security State and the Predatory Capitalism State - who's gonna win?

The truth is almost always out in the open for all to see. 

The rest / Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« on: March 11, 2019, 03:59:13 PM »
Some new news related to BDS, The Lobby, Israel and the uptick in hyperbolic smear accusations about 'anti-Semitism' on social media and 'politician' circles etc etc

Netanyahu reminds the world about the truth and reality as it really is

Wonder Woman v Bibi? Gal Gadot comes to rescue of TV host berated by Israeli PM
Published time: 11 Mar, 2019

 Israeli Hollywood star Gal Gadot, best known for her role as Wonder Woman, has swooped in to defend a TV host who came under fire from Benjamin Netanyahu for suggesting Israel is not for Jews alone.

The movie star spoke out after the prime minister criticized Israeli television presenter Rotem Sela for expressing solidarity with Arab-Israelis and arguing that Israel is a country “for all its citizens.”

Netanyahu later issued a rebuke of Sela’s comments, stating that:

“Israel is not a state of all its citizens. According to the Nation-State Law that we passed, Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people, and them alone.”

The prime minister’s assertion apparently didn’t sit well with Gadot, who shared her thoughts on the matter with her 28.3 million Instagram followers.

“Love thy neighbor as thyself,” Gadot wrote in Hebrew. “It’s not an issue of Right or Left, Jew or Arab, secular or religious. It’s an issue of dialogue, of dialogue for peace, for equality, for tolerance between one another.”

Gadot added that the “responsibility to grow hope and light for a better future for our children is on us. Rotem, my sister, you are an inspiration to us all.”

    Not a good idea to fight with #WonderWoman@netanyahu Gal Gadot supports TV presenter Rotem Sela: "Loving ur neighbor as ur self not a matter of right-left, Jewish-Arab, secular or religious, it is a matter of dialogue, of dialogue for peace, equality & tolerance for each other."
    — Ruth Marks Eglash (@reglash) March 10, 2019

Her statement was applauded by like minded Israelis and Jewish activists.

“Israeli actresses Gal Gadot and Rotem Sela reminded Netanyahu that 20% of Israel’s population is Arab citizens who deserve respect and equality. And this is big news in Israel today. Imagine the potential if many leading actors, artists, academics etc. would consistently protest,” Israeli-American journalist Mairav Zonszein tweeted in response to the controversy.

more quotes

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« on: March 11, 2019, 03:33:05 PM »
Yes, it has been clear that you're with Trump's 'Coalition of the Willing', Rob:

Personally, I'm with the 50 countries that call for UN supervised free and fair elections in Venezuela.

Are you sure all 55 countries are calling for that? The United States is not, at least I have not seen Trump or anyone else ask for that.

And who are you with ?

With the United Nations charter, the UN Declaration of Human Rights, the US Constitution and the Venezuelan Constitution and International Laws and Treaties, and the right of the Venezuelans to determine their own future and make their own decisions with anyone else telling them what to do and how to do it or when to do it. 

Which much places me with the clear 75-80% majority. Seems like I am the traditionalist conservative populist now. :)

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« on: March 11, 2019, 08:13:54 AM »
Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify to grand jury in WikiLeaks case

    Judge Claude Hilton orders Manning to jail after brief hearing
    Manning says she objects to secrecy of grand jury process

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« on: March 11, 2019, 08:11:19 AM »

Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify to grand jury in WikiLeaks case

    Judge Claude Hilton orders Manning to jail after brief hearing
    Manning says she objects to secrecy of grand jury process

from 2015 acTVism Munich

In this exclusive interview with Noam Chomsky, renowned linguistic, activist, anarchist and author, we talk about U.S hegemony and its influence in Europe taking into account past & present developments.

This interview was held via video-conference from Munich in November 2015. Given the recent developments on the transatlantic relationship between Europe, Germany and the U.S. as well as the rising nuclear threat between Russia & the U.S., acTVism has reproduced and is republishing this video to provide viewers historical context.

This is an excellent read that's worth a lot. 

NYT’s Exposé on the Lies About Burning Aid Trucks in Venezuela Shows How U.S. Government and Media Spread Pro-War Propaganda
Glenn Greenwald
March 11 2019,

What we have here is classic Fake News – spread on Twitter, by U.S. officials and U.S. media stars – with the clear and malicious intent to start a war. But no western proponents of social media censorship will call for their accounts to be cancelled nor call for their posts to be deleted.

That’s because “Fake News” and the war against it is strictly a means of combating propaganda by U.S. adversaries; the U.S. and its allies maintain extensive programs to spread Fake News online and none of those anti-Fake News crusaders call for those to be shut down.

And the next time claims are made about Venezuela designed to fuel regime change and wars, the independent journalists and analysts who were absolutely right in this instance – who recognized and documented the lies of the U.S. Government weeks before the New York Times did – will again be ignored or, at best, mocked.

Meanwhile, those in the media and Foreign Policy Community who uncritically amplified and spread this dangerous lie will be treated as the Serious People whose pronouncements are the only ones worth hearing. With rare exception, dissent on Venezuela will continue to be barred.

That’s because the U.S. media, by design, does not permit dissent on U.S. foreign policy, particularly when it comes to false claims about U.S. adversaries.

That’s why skeptics of U.S. regime change in Venezuela, or dissenters on the prevailing orthodoxies about Russia, have largely been disappeared from mainstream media outlets, just as they were in 2002 and 2003.

That’s not because U.S. media stars are ordered to do this. They don’t need to be ordered. They know propaganda is their job. More to the point, they are über-patriotic jingoists who revere U.S. officials and thus do not possess a single cell of critical thinking in their brain.

That’s why they have TV programs in the first place. If they weren’t this way, they wouldn’t be on TV, as Noam Chomsky put it to the BBC’s Andrew Marr so perfectly in this short clip from many years ago (the whole three-minute context, well worth watching, is here). This tells the whole story of this sordid affair in Venezuela:

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« on: March 11, 2019, 03:55:22 AM »
It's really never ending .. more from Greewald (not news to me)

Equally false is the widespread, popular media claim that Maduro has refused to allow any humanitarian aid to enter Venezuela. That, too, is an outright lie. The Venezuelan government has allowed substantial amounts of aid into their country from countries that have not threatened to overthrow the President with an external coup;

Maduro has only blocked trucks and planes from entering that come from those countries (the U.S, Brazil, Colombia) that have been threatening Venezuela. something any country would do.

Indeed, both the Red Cross and the United Nations expressed concerns about “humanitarian aid” from the U.S. on the ground that it was a pretext for regime change and would politicize humanitarian aid).

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