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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

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New Neighbors,

Miami and New Orleans will be gone pretty soon, due to rising waters. Where will people go from these and other coastal areas, swamped by global warming? (Austin-San Antonio corridor looks like a big destination, according to the map provided.)

Oil will all get burned as soon and as fast as possible, then POOF!
World oil production will soar to new records over the next five years, as a dramatic expansion in demand from airlines offsets the arrival of electric cars, according to a report from O​PEC.
Most of the production increase will come from countries outside Opec, led by explosive growth from frackers in the United States, with China and India leading the increase in demand.

​Four Disastrous US Presidential Policies that Continue to Destroy the Nation (There are more...) Charles Hugh Smith:

Chinese re-education camps treat Islam as a mental illness. It takes a long time to cure, too. Folks may need to remain in treatment more than a year. (This is different from France ordering Marine LePen to undergo psychiatric testing, for posting video of horrors of Islamic terrorism. She's bound to be found sane, tried for posting it, convicted and sent to prison, like normal.)

Three Phases of Surveillance to Totalitarianism: It is Happening Now, Jeremiah Johnson. (Cool, just one more part to go!)

The Russian military has established a no-fly zone over the Latakia province of western Syria, Russian Senator and former Air Force commander Viktor Bondarev stated on Monday.
“The establishment of a no-fly zone over the Russian military base in Latakia will prevent a repeat of the IL-20 aircraft tragedy,” Bondarev told the Russian Federation’s Council this evening.
“After creating a no-fly zone in Latakia, it is necessary to announce that any unauthorized objects in the sky over Hmeimim Airport will definitely be eliminated,” he added.

​Russia, as I suggested would be the case, has already gotten some S-300 systems into Syria, and associated gear has been airlifted in​. 
No time was wasted after announcement of intent.

"When we listen to experts they say that when Russia says it “will deliver,” it most definitely means “it has already delivered,” and we have seen that in the statements issued by the Russian Ministry of Defense, when they said that the Syrian generals have already been trained to operate the S-300. So basically, the S-300 is there. The generals have already been trained to use them, so now, they will just start operating them. "

​Rod "the wire" Rosenstein will remain as Assistant Attorney General, overseeing investigation of Russian Collusion allegations against Trump campaign. (He'll be very good.)
The Wall Street Journal has confirmed something that many suspected all along: that last week's bombshell New York Times story detailing a purported coup attempt by Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, as well as subsequent reports that Rosie's firing/resignation was imminent, were planted to distract from the ongoing Kavanaugh confirmation saga - if only for a little while.

​Is globalism collapsing down to nationalism, "globally"? (Finian doesn't like Steve or Jim.)
Bannon was addressing a rightwing forum in Italy at the weekend in which he declared that he would be devoting “80 per cent” of his time to help anti-European Union parties win seats in the next European parliamentary elections due in May 2019.
Bannon said he was setting up a coordinating committee, called “The Movement”, in Brussels, from where his political project would direct “war rooms” across Europe to ensure that anti-EU and anti-immigrant parties would succeed in gaining up to a third of the total seats in the 27-nation member bloc’s parliamentary elections. In short, a declaration of political warfare. Unapologetic. Brazen. Arrogant.
The American ideologue and former Goldman Sachs banker, who is accused of inciting racism and neofascism in the US, has openly backed nationalist politicians in Europe, from the UK’s Nigel Farage to France’s Marine Le Pen, Hungary’s Victor Orban and Italy’s Matteo Salvini
Bannon is threatening to explicitly unravel the European Union which he views with contempt for what he calls is its “cultural Marxism”.
https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/09/25/bannon-declares-war-rooms-win-european-elections-that-not-meddling.html

​(So if the EU will collapse before the US and NATO...)​ John Ward, "The Slog" has some insights on Brexit theatrics and who is revising Theresa May's script.
 Laughter followed by tears and fears in this post. In a small island off a small-minded continent, Little Englander pols are doing hysterical verbal somersaults in a bid to avoid being pigeon-holed as anything other than Brexmain in their outlook. But whatever her reasons were, May has put the European Commission on the back foot, and it is a joy to watch. Less amusing is the reason why she was allowed to do so: first because we don’t know what it was, and secondly because the 0.2% of usual suspects will have been behind it.

Ah, here's the ticket! With hard-Brexit, the UK can have excellent bilateral trade deals right away with the US, China and India. Environmental and labor protections will have to "harmonize" with the lowest common denominator agreed by those countries, to avoid regulatory slowdowns. Sign Here!

The Slog has been on a roll recently. I believe this is the best summation of the debt-enslavement and neo-colonialization of Greece that I have seen, and written in lovely, jabbing, whimsical and insightful English.
That is the real story of how the banking, globalist and political √©lites ground the Greek population into the dust. Because that is what the unelected √©lites have done, are still doing and will continue to do: enrich themselves at the expense of everyone else, and then blame the dysfunctional economies that result on taxes that “are too high”. Especially on them.

Charles Hugh Smith sees "The Lord's Right" in Feudal society, manifested as the wrist slaps for "date rape" compared to hard time for lower-class rapists.
Same song; different verse... Weinstein and Clinton sing along.
This implicit privilege to non-consensual sex was known as Droit du Seigneur(right of the lord) in feudal Europe. While scholars debate whether the right of lords to have their way with female subjects was institutionalized, it doesn't take much imagination to see the lack of recourse unmarried female serfs had if summoned to the lord's lair.
The "right" to non-consensual sex is simply one facet of class privilege in America. One need only examine the histories of Harvey Weinstein and Bill Clinton to see how Droit du Seigneur works in America: from the perverse perspective of the privileged, the female "owes" the "lord" sex as "payment" for his interest in her, or (even more offensively, if that's possible) the female is "fortunate" to have attracted the violent sexual gratification of the "lord."

Joseph Stiglitz and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talk social and economic justice. (She could do a lot worse than talking more to Joe Stiglitz.)

Index of countries with efficient and inefficient health care systems puts the US near the bottom (and dropping) with Hong Kong and Singapore up top, and Thailand rising fast.

It's a good thing they will get rid of the name "Monsanto" soon. Round-Up contributes indirectly to early bee death, based upon how much is used in the area the bees pollinate. Glyphosate – the most used pesticide ever – damages the good bacteria in honeybee guts, making them more prone to deadly infections

Maybe it is time to do the obvious and let team Bayer/Monsanto take some losses!
In a massive victory for independent science, it was announced Sunday that the U.S. Senate and Congress appropriations committees have deleted text from a controversial Bill, which would have cut all the U.S. funding to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), after they challenged the chemical industry by classifying the world’s most used herbicide, glyphosate, as a probable human carcinogen in 2015.

Worker Bee​

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