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There Ain't Nothing Boris Can't Fix

by Oui Mon May 16th, 2022 at 11:31:21 AM EST

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NATO War Planning -- In 2021 Ukraine

by Oui Wed May 11th, 2022 at 03:29:40 PM EST

I forgot about Halbe Zijlstra and his prophesy about Vladimir Putin and his goal of Greater Russia -- fly on the wall in Putin's dacha in 2006.

Transcript of the speech by future Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra ...

ALERT ⚠️ complete fake story full of lies for which he had to retire from the cabinet of Mark Rutte ...

Rutte and VVD -- Conservatives similar to policy run by Tories across the channel.

Rise of Populism Based on Terror and Islamophobia

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Shireen Abu Akhleh Killed by Israeli Sniper [Update]

by Oui Tue May 10th, 2022 at 06:29:18 PM EST

Title updated — “Gaza War and Destruction of Palestinians”

FM Wopke Hoekstra (talented McKinsey scholar reminds me of Robert McNamara, same IQ vs EQ deficit) ... why place such a financial a$$hole on a position of diplomacy, foreign affairs with no knowledge of history ... on the job training.

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N. Ireland Protocol receives democratic mandate

by Frank Schnittger Mon May 9th, 2022 at 12:03:50 PM EST


DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson and his party are ignoring the democratic mandate of voters in the North.

The Irish independent has published my letter pointing out that the Protocol now has a democratic mandate in N. Ireland. Democracy needs to precede tribal bias against protocol

[Update] The Irish Times has now published the letter as well - and their sub-editor didn't mess with the text, so it reads better. (Fourth letter down).

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American Revival of the Barry Goldwater Era

by Oui Sun May 8th, 2022 at 07:37:54 PM EST

How the "Daisy" Ad Changed Everything About Political Advertising | Smithsonian |

On September 7, 1964, a 60-second TV ad changed American politics forever. A 3-year-old girl in a simple dress counted as she plucked daisy petals in a sun-dappled field. Her words were supplanted by a mission-control countdown followed by a massive nuclear blast in a classic mushroom shape.

The message was clear if only implicit: Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater was a genocidal maniac who threatened the world's future. Two months later, President Lyndon Johnson won easily, and the emotional political attack ad--visceral, terrifying, and risky--was made.

A Minute Ago She Was Plucking Daisies

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Annexation Of Land - Changing Borders

by Oui Sun May 8th, 2022 at 08:27:26 AM EST

Building Eretz Israel ...

Statement by UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Hastings on eviction orders of the Residents of Masafer Yatta in the Occupied West Bank

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Expelling Russia

by Frank Schnittger Sat May 7th, 2022 at 11:20:41 AM EST


A Russian TV station this week broadcast video simulating the effect of nuclear weapons being detonated off the coast of Ireland, in a report introduced by Dmitry Kiselyov (pictured)

What more provocation do we need before we break off diplomatic relations with Russia?

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City Agriculture - May 5, 2022

by gmoke Fri May 6th, 2022 at 03:45:05 AM EST

Zero emissions cherry orchard in New Zealand
https:/cleantechnica.com/2022/01/20/100-zero-emissions-cherry-orchard

Follow the Food series from the BBC and Corteva Agriscience
How we might build a food utopia
https:/www.bbc.com/future/bespoke/follow-the-food/how-we-might-build-a-food-utopia
The People Building Edible Cities
https:/www.bbc.com/future/bespoke/follow-the-food/the-people-building-edible-cities

Urban Forest - 20 story carbon neutral residential green building for Brisbane, Australia
https:/koichitakada.com/projects/urban-forest
https:/inhabitat.com/urban-forest-is-set-to-be-the-greenest-residential-building

Agritecture Design - software for designing better farms, urban and rural - now in beta
https:/design.agritecture.com
Example: a farm for an IKEA parking lot in NJ
https:
www.agritecture.com/blog/2021/9/1/could-this-new-design-be-ikeas-parking-lot-of-the-future

Treehouse with "green walls, facades and rooftops, plus water features, natural light, and ventilation strategies to green the traditional office building"
https:
www.archdaily.com/974806/ronald-lu-and-partners-competition-winning-design-re-imagines-the-w orkplace
https:
inhabitat.com/biophilic-treehouse-imagines-a-greener-office-experience

2021 Census for Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA)
https:/www.agritecture.com/census

Bacteriological replacement for Haber-Bosch produced fertilizers?
https:
www.agritecture.com/blog/2022/2/8/can-ancient-bacteria-mitigate-the-harmful-co2-effects-of-c onventional-fertilizer

Black-led urban farms thrive until they have to fight for their land
https:
www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/mar/05/black-led-urban-farms-are-thriving-until-they-ha ve-to-fight-for-their-land

Agrico Qatar recent in-store aquaponic vertical farm at Carrefour Qatar Majid Al Futtaim City Centre Mall, Westbay, Doha
https:
www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6910156449646006272

Refurbishing an abandoned building into a successful mall through plants
http://www.clouarchitects.com/projects/capitamall-nuohemule/
https:/inhabitat.com/plant-filled-mall-used-to-be-an-abandoned-building

Living Grid house with exterior walls designed for plantings
http://www.larchitects.com.sg/projects/the-living-grid-house
https:/inhabitat.com/living-grid-house-balances-nature-with-functionality

Net zero energy city planned for Egypt - producing more energy AND food than it consumes
https:/urb.ae/projects/nexgensustainablecity
https:/inhabitat.com/first-climate-positive-net-zero-city-in-the-world

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Northern Ireland Assembly Elections

by Frank Schnittger Tue May 3rd, 2022 at 08:19:33 PM EST

Voters in N. Ireland go to the polls on Thursday 5th. of May to elect a new Legislative Assembly. The election takes place on the same day as local elections in Britain which could prove disastrous for the Tories, as it represents the voters first chance to vent their disapproval of "Partygate", high inflation, and endemic Tory cronyism and corruption.

In N. Ireland the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and their allies in the Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV) party and loyalist paramilitaries have tried to make the Protocol to the UK/EU Withdrawal Treaty the main issue. They even collapsed the last Executive (aka N. Ireland devolved government) over the issue and have threatened not to allow a new Executive to be formed unless the Protocol is scrapped or radically reformed.

They claim the Protocol creates a sea border between Britain and N. Ireland, and thereby diminishes their "Britishness". The fact that it also gives  N. Ireland preferential access to the Single Market many in Britain would die for gets lost in the waves of emotion they have created around the issue.

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Germany Goes To War

by Oui Mon May 2nd, 2022 at 10:30:04 AM EST

Just as one hundred years ago, American corporate capitalism bands together with European fascism, this time with the historic states of the former Prussian empire across Poland, Baltics and the Ukraine.

Delivery heavy weapons to Ukraine ...

Delivering heavy weapons to #Ukraine is the right step forward. Otherwise we would need to tell #Ukraine: 'Fight alone'. Clearly, that's not what we want to do. We are standing in solidarity with #Ukraine. @ABaerbock #Bundestag

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Energy (and Other) Events - May 2022

by gmoke Sun May 1st, 2022 at 07:49:44 PM EST

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Index
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Conferences
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Tuesday, May 3
Graduate workshop: Data-driven environmental economics research from the EPA

Thursday, June 2 - June 3
Numbers and Nature: Mitchell J. Feigenbaum Symposium

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Lecture Series
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Tuesday, May
CAN WE RESIST THE HIJACKING OF DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA & BEYOND?
Cambridge Forum (https:/www.cambridgeforum.org?cat=3)

Friday, May 13
Building Climate Resilience in Transportation Systems
MIT Mobility Forum, (http://mmi.mit.edu/events)

Wednesday, May 11
Networking on the Trails: Mass Audubon's Climate Initiatives
Climate Adaptation Forum (https:/climateadaptationforum.org/events)

Friday, June 10
Market (Redesign) Pathways to a Decarbonized Grid; and Weaning Buildings Off Fossil Gas
NE Restructuring Roundtable (http://www.raabassociates.org/main/roundtable.asp)

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Events
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Monday, May 2
Mandating Climate Disclosures: Impacts on Sustainability and Financial Markets
Bazaar of Ideas: Moving Stuff Around

Wednesday, May 4
The Power of Protest: A Film Screening: The Boys Who Said No!

Thursday, May 5
Net Zero MA.: Legislation + Energy Sources for Achieving 2050 Climate Goals
Summit: Inventing the Future of Money
Environment, Ethics and Embodiment: Buddhist Approaches to Climate Change

Friday, May 6
Improving climate models with hybrid AI approaches

Saturday May 7
Fayette Park plant swap
Wake up the Earth Festival

Monday, May 9
Circular Economy for Sustainable Development: The Role of Land, Fuels, and Manufacturing

Tuesday, May 10
American governance: The way forward
Energy Companies and the Energy Transition: Transforming the Organization
Manufacturing the Clerical Predator: How the Catholic Hierarchy Creates and Maintains a Culture of Abuse

Friday, May 13
Carbon Neutral Geothermal Building In the Hudson Valley

Tuesday, May 17
Securing the Future of Agriculture

Wedneday, May 18
NECEC Emerging Trends Series: Deploying Climate Solutions
A Changing Planet Seminar: Seasonal rainfall over Eastern Africa and the Tropics: Trends, Climate Models and Projections

Thursday, May 19
Climate Conversations: Adaptation in Agriculture
The End of the Petrostate - How Electrification will Reshape the World

Friday, May 20
Bringing Together Varied Communities, As in the Covid Pandemic and Climate Change

Wednesday, May 25
MA Attorney General Climate Debate

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These kinds of events are happening all over the world every day and most of them, now, are webcast and archived, sometimes even with accurate transcripts. Would be good to have a place that helped people access them.

This is a more global version of the local listings I did for about a decade (what I did and why I did it at http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com/2013/11/what-i-do-and-why-i-do-it.html) until September 2020 and earlier for a few years in the 1990s (https:/theworld.com~gmoke/AList.index.html).

A more comprehensive global listing service could be developed if there were enough people interested in doing it, if it hasn't already been done.

If anyone knows of such a global listing of open energy, climate, and other events is available, please put me in contact.

Thanks for reading,

Solar IS Civil Defense,
George Mokray
gmoke@world.std.com

http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com - notes on lectures and books
http://solarray.blogspot.com - renewable energy and efficiency - zero net energy links list
http://cityag.blogspot.com - city agriculture links list
http://geometrylinks.blogspot.com - geometry links list
http://hubevents.blogspot.com - Energy (and Other) Events
http://www.dailykos.com/user/gmoke/history - articles, ideas, and screeds

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America Today!

by Oui Fri Apr 29th, 2022 at 12:10:11 PM EST

State of exceptionalism, if you don't have money, and lots of it, you don't have a voice. Position of power in direct relationship to wealth of a person.

Wielding power as highest ranking Democratic member Senate Foreign Relations Committee ...

User Clip: 1998 - Biden chastises UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter | C-span |

In 1998, the former UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter testified to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee following Ritter's resignation after years of frustration in Iraq. In Biden's time after his opening statement, Biden chastised Ritter that the decision to go to war was above his "pay grade." While open to the idea of removing Saddam, Biden said the President and Cabinet Secretaries and people in "limos" get to make that decision, not a Weapons Inspector.

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Third and Deciding Phase for Europe

by Oui Wed Apr 27th, 2022 at 01:03:11 PM EST

Yesterday's expansion of hostilities outside the border of Ukraine ...

Two explosions inside Moldova (Transnistria) destroyed transmission towers of Russian news broadcasts

Many warnings were given that the explosion of refugees flowing across the Mediterranean Sea would encourage fascist populism of Xenophobia and Islamophobia.

A changing landscape authored by the group of nations allied in the Five Eyes to destabilize and conquer. Cheney and Rumsfeld will be proud of what New Europe has become ... difficult birth pangs, but with rendition, torture, detention and black ops one can truly build a unifying force of evil. Add quite some mean covert operations, propaganda and disinformation, any fascist power can change the mindset of a continent. Lessons from Goebbels with dark tools hidden in Big Tech would make any inferior nation very powerful. The 5% wanting to rule the 8 billion of human kind.

A Final Warning: Rise of Fascism

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NATO Russia Founding Act - A Dead Letter

by Oui Mon Apr 25th, 2022 at 02:34:13 PM EST

Changing US foreign policy after George H. Bush and James Baker III, the unreliable partner for peace in the world.

From "Chicken Kiev" to Ukrainian Recognition: Domestic Politics in U.S. Foreign Policy toward Ukraine | Harvard Ukrainian Studies - by Susan Fink (1997) |

President Bush Remarks at the Supreme Soviet Building - Ukraine address 1 August 1991

Remarks to the Supreme Soviet of the Republic of the Ukraine in Kiev, Soviet Union - August 1, 1991 (transcript)

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Standing Up to Russia

by Oui Mon Apr 25th, 2022 at 08:34:50 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine: Antony Blinken and Pentagon General Austin announce a new phase in war of non-negotiations as goal.

Spokesperson to Zelensky ...

America offers a win over Russia as the Ukrainians deserve to be free.

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EU Death Trap - Fast Track Ukraine As Member

by Oui Fri Apr 22nd, 2022 at 07:25:46 PM EST

OPEC: Disputes with Biden administration mean Riyadh and Abu Dhabi are likely to drive hard bargain

White House faces oil standoff with Saudi Arabia and UAE as prices soar | The Guardian - Mar 13, 2022 |

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Mr Franklin's Folks

by gmoke Fri Apr 22nd, 2022 at 01:29:53 AM EST

Preface:  I originally wrote this a couple of decades ago, based upon my experiences  working with a traveling energy show in the 1970s and 1980s and my own experiments with public displays of renewable energy at farmers' markets (https:/www.dailykos.com/stories/2005/8/21/140257-).  I rewrote it for a new venture, Flourish Fiction which is trying to fill the need for "more hopeful stories to awaken imagination and help inspire the next generation of climate solutions."  It is also published there at https://flourishfiction.substack.com/p/mister-franklins-folks?s=r

This is one way to imagine how to change the climate conversation in one growing season.

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Mister Franklin's Folks began when a small group of people decided to bring a solar fountain to the local farmers market.  A solar electric panel pumped water up from a tub into a little fountain that would splash and spray.  The brighter the sunshine, the higher the water would go.  Children loved to turn it on and off with their shadows, jumping into and out of the sunlight, making the water dance and themselves laugh.  Older kids asked questions, and so did some of the adults. "What's it  for?  How does it work?  Why are you doing this?  So what?"

The exhibit was labeled "Solar Fountain/Wishing Well" and some coins lay at the bottom of the tub.  Nearby, there was a table under the shade of an  umbrella where one of Franklin's Folk sat with a collection of books, pamphlets, leaflets, cards, and stickers, along with a big can labeled "Donations." The van parked behind them was full of working models and public experiments, product demos, and testing equipment.  They shared guides with anyone who wanted them.  For a small donation.

Each week, from Memorial Day to the week before Thanksgiving, throughout the farmers' market season, they'd be there. Each week, they'd set up a little solar fountain and present a different example of solar ingenuity and practical power.  When they said power to the people, they meant it.

They said, "A south-facing window is already a solar collector and we can show you how to use it.  A south-facing porch is even better.  It can become a sunspace or greenhouse and you can grow food all year long."  

They provided designs and projects that began by caulking and sealing a window and ended with a complete one-room HVAC and electrical system for daily and/or emergency use.

"A  few inches of solar panel, a hand or foot powered generator, and a set of rechargeable batteries is a perpetual source of personal electrical power.  You can have power as long as the sun keeps shining and can turn the handle or push the pedal when it isn't.  You can have power as long as the batteries hold a charge.   And when the batteries die, recycle the old ones and buy some new.  That is, unless we've changed to capacitors, flywheels, or fuel cells by then."

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It Could Happen Here: Chronicle of a (not so) Foretold Election

by Bernard Tue Apr 19th, 2022 at 08:20:31 PM EST

It was pretty much written in advance. All pundits agreed. Emmanuel Macron was leading the polls, far ahead of his challengers. Politicians from the French Social-Democrat party, the Parti Socialiste (PS), moved to support Macron, leaving the official candidate, Anne Hidalgo, in the dust. So did other politicians from the mainstream right-wing, the former Gaullist party of Chirac & Sarkozy, Les Républicains, this time, to the detriment of the Les Républicains candidate, Valérie Pécresse.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine even boosted Macron's lead in the polls, leaving his main challenger, Marine Le Pen, several percentage points behind, with the only left-wing candidate,  Jean-Luc Mélenchon (France Unbowed) far behind, and fascist firebrand Eric Zemmour numbers sinking fast.

For the second round, coming up next Sunday, 24 April, every polls showed Macron leading by a wide margin, regardless of his opponent. All pundits agreed: Macron was all but sailing to re-election.

Not so fast.

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Zelensky A Leader Failed to Rise from the Ashes

by Oui Sat Apr 16th, 2022 at 06:08:06 PM EST

Eisenhower Warning: Military Industrial Complex

Battlefield Ukraine 🇺🇦

Defend our borders from over there ...

Volodymyr Zelensky: 'Ukraine fights back' | Kyiv Independent - March 13, 2021 |

Untimely revelation puts the Zelensky regime under pressure from US Treasury and beholden to the White House and Pentagon.

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Passover Around the World

by Oui Fri Apr 15th, 2022 at 09:32:44 AM EST

Passover Sacrificial Lamb on Temple Mount

Yad Vashem and Holocaust: Putin's Private Party | Jan 24, 2020 |

Coming week Israel and the occupied territory of Palestine will receive word from the White House how the West Bank will be carved up to the advantage and "security" of the Jewish settlers. Trampling on the historic rights of the Palestinian people living in the Middle East as refugees. With the signature of the man in the White House, the UN Security Council Resolution will be dropped in the trash bin of US History, including the Rights for Independence and Freedom of all people.

 

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