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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« Last post by TerryM on January 16, 2019, 08:26:46 AM »
While selling my driving data to the highest bidder is not my greatest concern, apparently many at CES are pitching their services.


https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-10/cars-will-soon-be-monitoring-their-drivers-and-selling-data-they-collect

My own paranoia runs more to police departments that simply lock my doors and delivering me to the local gaol. :-\
Terry
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Consequences / Re: Volcanoes
« Last post by b_lumenkraft on January 16, 2019, 08:16:19 AM »
Earthquakes and volcano eruptions alongside the ring of fire are normal indeed.

A possible Yellowstone catastrophe is always good for a clickbaity headline.

A huge volcano event that could trigger a volcanic winter is just as unpredictable as an impact catastrophe from space. I'm afraid we can't do very much about it.
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The rest / Re: US intervention in foreign lands
« Last post by TerryM on January 16, 2019, 08:15:25 AM »
Today's Democrats outdo Republicans WRT war mongering.

https://theintercept.com/2019/01/11/as-democratic-elites-reunite-with-neocons-the-partys-voters-are-becoming-far-more-militaristic-and-pro-war-than-republicans/

Trump was the last presidential candidate to run on a platform of "Peace in our time", perhaps Tulsi can bring the party to it's senses?
Terry
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Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2018/2019 freezing season
« Last post by Niall Dollard on January 16, 2019, 08:14:26 AM »
Current ECMWF op run, which stretches out to Jan 26th, shows no northern blocking over the North Atlantic.

For western Europe, going by these charts, the impact of the late December SSW is quite minimal.
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Consequences / Re: Decline in insect populations
« Last post by TerryM on January 16, 2019, 08:05:59 AM »
Monarch butterflies at <.05% of historic levels, and down 85% from last year.

https://xerces.org/2018/11/29/critically-low-monarch-population-in-california/#

As a child the monarchs would darken the sky here in Cambridge Ontario, a few years back they did a count and recorded less than 40 of the beautiful insects. I personally saw but one last year.

Terry
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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency
« Last post by Lurk on January 16, 2019, 08:05:50 AM »
(COPY Post) sidd posted this in the wrong thread. I will rectify that.

The Mechanics of Deception  - the Steele Dossier on Trump et al

Posted on March 17, 2018 by Yaacov Apelbaum

(closing statements)

Anyone who has ever worked in intelligence knows that a good brief should answer the who, what, when, where, how, and why questions. Almost none of the allegations in the dossier offer hard corroboration. It is mostly based on generalizations, truisms, and a lot of materials that were circulating on the internet and Ukrainian circles since the mid 2000s. The writers of the dossier anticipated this criticism and countered it by building-in plausible deniability for most of the allegations through statements like:

“but key witnesses silenced and evidence hard to obtain” or “all direct witnesses to this recently had been “silenced”…”

It seems that the real dossier story is not the scandalous insinuations that it makes, but rather it’s the funding sources, the teams that worked on it, and its compilation and distribution channels.

At peak capacity, the dossier team must have consisted of at least 25 individuals who worked on it for over 6-12 months. Assuming a modest $200 per hour rate per person, some first/business class travel and accommodations, media, consulting, IT, and legal services, this project must have cost an upwards of 5-10 million dollars.

According to Simpson’s testimony and documents, Fusion GPS was only paid about a million dollars by the DNC and Clinton campaign, which begs the questions of what was Hakluyt’s cut and where did the rest of the money go?

Simpson and Steele did far more than simply conduct sordid opposition research for the Clinton campaign. By various machinations, they successfully reached the most influential people in UK and US politics, the media, and federal government agencies and shaped/influenced the narrative of the 2016 presidential elections.

There is little doubt that Simpson/Jacoby and their US political/media network and Steele with his enablers in Hakluyt, the British media, and the Foreign Office successfully waged a full-scale influence operation against the US and are continuing to do so even now.

https://apelbaum.wordpress.com/2018/03/17/the-mechanics-of-deception/

Please respond in this "Political theatre/wrestling" thread here
https://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/index.php/topic,2446.msg186511.html#msg186511
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The rest / Re: Political theatre/wrestling
« Last post by Lurk on January 16, 2019, 08:03:30 AM »
sidd posted this in the wrong thread. I will rectify that.

(coping it to the Trump Presidency thread for the record)

The Mechanics of Deception  - the Steele Dossier on Trump et al

Posted on March 17, 2018 by Yaacov Apelbaum

(closing statements)

Anyone who has ever worked in intelligence knows that a good brief should answer the who, what, when, where, how, and why questions. Almost none of the allegations in the dossier offer hard corroboration. It is mostly based on generalizations, truisms, and a lot of materials that were circulating on the internet and Ukrainian circles since the mid 2000s. The writers of the dossier anticipated this criticism and countered it by building-in plausible deniability for most of the allegations through statements like:

“but key witnesses silenced and evidence hard to obtain” or “all direct witnesses to this recently had been “silenced”…”

It seems that the real dossier story is not the scandalous insinuations that it makes, but rather it’s the funding sources, the teams that worked on it, and its compilation and distribution channels.

At peak capacity, the dossier team must have consisted of at least 25 individuals who worked on it for over 6-12 months. Assuming a modest $200 per hour rate per person, some first/business class travel and accommodations, media, consulting, IT, and legal services, this project must have cost an upwards of 5-10 million dollars.

According to Simpson’s testimony and documents, Fusion GPS was only paid about a million dollars by the DNC and Clinton campaign, which begs the questions of what was Hakluyt’s cut and where did the rest of the money go?

Simpson and Steele did far more than simply conduct sordid opposition research for the Clinton campaign. By various machinations, they successfully reached the most influential people in UK and US politics, the media, and federal government agencies and shaped/influenced the narrative of the 2016 presidential elections.

There is little doubt that Simpson/Jacoby and their US political/media network and Steele with his enablers in Hakluyt, the British media, and the Foreign Office successfully waged a full-scale influence operation against the US and are continuing to do so even now.

https://apelbaum.wordpress.com/2018/03/17/the-mechanics-of-deception/
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Arctic sea ice / Re: September Predictions Challenge
« Last post by Paddy on January 16, 2019, 08:00:30 AM »
Let's re-open this for the January poll for the maximum...

We could do that, although we never had a December (June-equivalent) poll this freezing season.
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Consequences / Re: Volcanoes
« Last post by TerryM on January 16, 2019, 07:54:43 AM »
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The rest / Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« Last post by Lurk on January 16, 2019, 07:42:06 AM »
"Contrary to common belief, the truth is rarely concise, pure, and never simple. As Proverbs 1:2-7 implies, the acquisition of knowledge and understanding does require an investment of time and effort."

Now that is the truth of it. Right there. Still waters run deep.
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