Monday, June 6, 2016

Left Field

Eyes on the Ball,

This analysis by Thierry Meyssan, in France is that Erdogan the proto-Otttoman-Sultan, may actually be one genocidal step ahead of Obama and Putin, who dislike him enough to actually cooperate somewhat with each other.
 "The end of this programme supposed that the Kurds should be the ones to be expelled this time, and be replaced by Turks, or, failing them, by Sunni Arabs. This is the programme that, in 2011, France agreed to implement with Turkey, hoping to limit the massacres. According to a secret Treaty signed by the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the time, Alain Juppe and Ahmet Davutoğlu, Paris and Ankara were to create a new state in Syria in order to dislodge the Kurds of the PKK. This is the agreement that François Hollande agreed to apply by organising, at the Elysée, the meeting Erdoğan-Muslim. And it is this agreement that Washington and Moscow, without knowing it, are in the process of completing"

Hillary Clinton's campaign is scrambling as details emerge of a shocking "tell-all" book written by an ex-Secret Service agent, Gary Byrne, who protected the Clintons during the 1990s.
"I want you to hear my story. It's about the men and women risking their lives to protect this nation. And more important, it's about how the Clintons must never again be allowed to put them or you and your children—at risk."
Gary Byrne, former Secret Service Agent

Analysis of public debate styles here:
Clinton match-up is highly likely to be an unmitigated electoral disaster, whereas a Sanders candidacy stands a far better chance. Every one of Clinton’s (considerable) weaknesses plays to every one of Trump’s strengths, whereas every one of Trump’s (few) weaknesses plays to every one of Sanders’s strengths. From a purely pragmatic standpoint, running Clinton against Trump is a disastrous, suicidal proposition.

Barack Obama is a firm backer of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Hillary Clinton's DNC Chair "fixer".
"She’s had my back. I want to make sure we have her back — Debbie Wasserman Schultz."

Obama wanted to cut Social Security, then Bernie Sanders happened.

FOIA documents reveal that Ed Snowden DID try to get concerns about misuse of power addressed through channels within the NSA, before he resorted to leaking and leaving.

Is "Degrowth" (I shudder at that desperate term) the answer to global warming? Interview and transcript.
"Second point I want to make, and this is really fundamental, Bob says that you can’’t solve this problem of greenhouse gas emissions and bringing them down substantially just by reducing GDP. But I would make the same statement, or equivalent statement, that it’’s way too ambitious to think that you can just do it by efficiency."

Portland Oregon has been working diligently on sustainability for 20 years. It is probably doing better than any other American city. (Yes, Portland has good weather for that. Hawaii does well with sustainability outside Honolulu, too.) This is worth looking at.

How to Prepare for Collapse in 9 Steps, a case-study, with David Holmgren, co-originator of the Permaculture concept. (He has a 26 year head start. Start a vegetable garden.)

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