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The rest / Re: Russia, Russia, Russia
« Last post by Neven on Today at 09:30:49 AM »
What got Magnitsky killed, was his involvement in Browder's crony capitalist activities.
The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency
« Last post by Lurk on Today at 09:21:23 AM »
Some people could be thinking, things would have better under a Hillary Clinton Democratic Party Presidency? Well think again - it's the same System in charge that's running things, including your News.

Jul 27th 2016 Clinton Emails Reveal Direct US Sabotage of Venezuela
As US Secretary of State - in the Obama Administration, Hillary Clinton led a team committed to delegitimizing the politics of the late Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution.

See original documentation at Wikileaks :)

CNN June 1, 2016 Venezuela's Maduro backs Sanders

Reuters June 1, 2016 / 12:02 PM / 3 years ago
Venezuela's Maduro rooting for 'revolutionary friend' Sanders in U.S. campaign

Then there is the Libertarian Neoliberal Right Wing Tea Party Corporate Oligarch Funded Fanatics who are always at it no matter who is the President.
10/12/17 Trump must deal knockout sanctions to Maduro regime
I was working in Papua New Guinea in 1992. I visited a place called Rabaul as as matter of duty. I was on a boat with sonar when it was checking the change in sea floor height in the harbour due to ever-increasing pressure from magma below. The most popular song locally was "where you gonna go when the volcano blow ?".

That volcano was going to blow very soon. That was known as a reliable fact. Did anyone leave? No. It blew in 1994.

No matter how well accepted the dangers of BAU are, for most people it will be a case of "BAU until they peel my cold dead hands from it". Surely it is better to accept that and plan one's future on that basis.

From Wikipedia
Rabaul is a township in East New Britain province, on the island of New Britain, in the country of Papua New Guinea. It lies about 60 kilometres to the east of the island of New Guinea. Rabaul was the provincial capital and most important settlement in the province until it was destroyed in 1994 by falling ash of a volcanic eruption in its harbor.

During the eruption, ash was sent thousands of metres into the air and the subsequent rain of ash caused 80% of the buildings in Rabaul to collapse. After the eruption the capital was moved to Kokopo, about 20 kilometres (12 mi) away. Rabaul is continually threatened by volcanic activity because it is on the edge of Rabaul caldera, a flooded caldera of a large pyroclastic shield.

Rabaul was planned and built around the harbor area known as Simpsonhafen (Simpson Harbour) during the German New Guinea administration which controlled the region between 1884 and formally through 1919. From 1910 Rabaul was the headquarters of German New Guinea until captured by the British Empire during the early days of World War I. It became the capital of the Australian mandated Territory of New Guinea until 1937 when it was first destroyed by a volcano.

During World War II it was captured by Japan in 1942, and became its main base of military and naval activity in the South Pacific. Settlements and military installations around the edge of the caldera are often collectively called Rabaul, although the old town of Rabaul was reduced to practical insignificance by the volcanic eruption in 1937.

As a tourist destination, Rabaul is popular for its volcanoes, scuba diving and for snorkeling sites, spectacular harbour and other scenery, World War II history, flora and fauna, and the cultural life of the Tolai people. Before the 1994 eruption, Rabaul was a popular commercial and recreational boating destination; fewer private small craft visit now, but 10 to 12 cruise ships visit Rabaul each year, including the Queen Elizabeth carrying up to 2000 passengers. Tourism is a major industry in Rabaul and East New Britain generally.
The rest / Re: Russia, Russia, Russia
« Last post by Rob Dekker on Today at 09:13:16 AM »
These are Russia's charges against American investment manager Michael Calvey, and here's why he says it's all baloney :

Specifically, this is of interest :

....In response, Baring Vostok filed a lawsuit in the London Court of International Arbitration. Calvey says Yusupov is trying to use false criminal allegations in Moscow to pressure Baring Vostok into withdrawing its lawsuit in London, and prevent the dilution of Avetisyan’s Vostochny Bank shares in a follow-on offering planned this April (to boost the bank’s capital reserves, in accordance with demands from Russia’s Central Bank).

So Baring Vostok DID (indirectly) challenge the Putin government, using the rule of law as an argument.

Big mistake.

That's what got Magnitsky killed.
Arctic sea ice / Re: 2019 sea ice area and extent data
« Last post by Sterks on Today at 09:08:17 AM »
JAXA ARCTIC EXTENT 13,926,911 km2(February 17, 2019)

- Extent gain 7k, 6k more than the average gain of 1k on this day.

Isn't the average gain closer to 20k on this day, at least judging from the graph?
That's the only misleading part of Gerontocrat great reports. He's comparing to the still 'wobbly' 10-year average instead of using the filtered trend.
I would say filtering is not fake science, so look at his nice plot, do the math in your head, and ignore that sentence on a daily basis
The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency
« Last post by Lurk on Today at 09:01:19 AM »
Arctic sea ice / Re: Arctic Ocean salinity, temperature and waves
« Last post by Sterks on Today at 09:00:09 AM »
That is a great presentation, Uniquorn.
The Gyre beneath is surely strengthening thanks to the strong drift in the right direction this winter.
Arctic sea ice / Re: 2019 sea ice area and extent data
« Last post by binntho on Today at 08:57:09 AM »
JAXA ARCTIC EXTENT 13,926,911 km2(February 17, 2019)

- Extent gain 7k, 6k more than the average gain of 1k on this day.

Isn't the average gain closer to 20k on this day, at least judging from the graph?
The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency
« Last post by Lurk on Today at 08:52:53 AM »
George is on fire today. :)

And because it is highly relevant to the subject matter at hand - Donald Trump and Venezuela -  let's note this: Solving Climate Change means changing 'The System' because nothing changes when nothing changes.

Quoting George again:
"So everybody has to pick a side here. Everybody has to decide are you with the rich Venezuelans or are you with the poor? Are you with the black Venezuelans or are you with those with gold teeth living in expensive exile (in Miami)?  Where do you stand?

I know I stand. It's not the most difficult question I've ever asked myself. They want to destroy the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela because they cannot bear riches and wealth being under the control of a government. An elected government, repeatedly elected government!

Chavez and Maduro have won more elections than any other politicians on the entire planet!

Elections that were judged by Jimmy Carter no less who won a Nobel Prize for observing other people's elections as pristine, as the best in the world.

They can't stand it the imperialists, the colonialists.  How dare these poor southerners from Latin America repeatedly elect a government that acts for the poor and acts against the interests of the rich and powerful? I don't want you to think that I have no criticisms of Nicolas Maduro and of the Venezuelan government I do but some of you won't like what those criticisms are.

I criticized both Chavez and Maduro for leaving the economy overwhelmingly in the private sector. If you own the economy you can own the politics or you can successfully use your ownership of the economy to make life impossible for the elected government.

[As happens in the United States of America]

And that's what's happening here. They describe them as a socialist country. It's not a socialist country - France is more of a socialist country than Venezuela. There's more industry economy in the hands of the state in France than there is in Venezuela.

Venezuela has a socialist government yes, but it doesn't have a socialist economy. And it should have made much more progress in taking into public hands the commanding heights of the economy and taking away the threat of the richest Venezuelans holding them to ransom, sabotage, subversion, and economic wrecking.

My second complaint is equally controversial: there is a real problem of criminality and lawlessness in Venezuela in a way that there simply isn't in Cuba, one of the safest places in the world. If you're a revolution you have to apply revolutionary tactics against criminals organized criminals or merely street thugs robbers and murderers.

Venezuela is not repressive it isn't repressive enough to the criminal classes that it should have dealt with long ago

[As has not happened in the United States of America either.]

And thirdly I have real criticisms of corruption in certain elements in Venezuela. It is not possible to be a socialist government and to allow corruption to flourish underneath you. This demands revolutionary rigour to root out corruption and to deal in the most serious possible way with the corrupt elements that are poisoning the well in your society.

[ As has not happened in the United States of America either. How do you think Donald Trump got elected? Sheer Luck? ] 

Now I've been saying this for some time and it hurts me to have to say it again but I tell you this if you are asking me to choose between Donald Trump, John Bolton and Eliot Abrams or whoever is nobody knows their names who run the European Parliament, or whoever is that's running the European Union,  or Teresa May or Jeremy Hunt, if you ask me to choose between them and Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro ... well that's another question that isn't difficult to answer

....  I stand with the Venezuelan Revolution, I stand with its leader President Nicolas Maduro who will be the President of Venezuela until the people of Venezuela vote him out."

Where do you stand?

Do you stand with Trump, Bolton and Abrams?

Do you stand for Imperialism?

Do you stand for the Billionaire Oligarch Class 1%?

Do you stand for no change to the present System?
Antarctica / Re: Sea Ice Extent around Antarctica
« Last post by gerontocrat on Today at 08:52:23 AM »
JAXA ANTARCTIC Sea Ice Extent : 2,575,601 km2(February 17, 2019)

Extent gain of 10k, 27k less than the average loss of 17k for this day.

Extent is 7th lowest in the satellite record for this day, behind 2018, 2017, 2011, and 2006, and looking back further, 1997 and 1993. Table Ant3 attached only goes back to 2003. Ho hum

Extent loss from maximum is 446k km2 (2.8%) less than the 10 year average so far, with on average 99.7% of extent loss for the season done and on average just 2 days to minimum (19th February).

The Perils of Projections

We have reached the time of year when daily extent change is likely to dither above and below zero.

The average remaining melt from this day to minimum would produce a minimum of 2.52 million km2, 370k km2 more than the record low in 2017.
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