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Torah and Bible Leads Palestinian Oppression

by Oui Tue Feb 7th, 2023 at 09:04:36 PM EST

שלנו בטאבו: סודות גואלי הארץ מאברהם אבינו ועד הישובים הצעירים

International Law and Human Rights pushed aside: ICJ and UNGA-UNSC

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Systems differ and patients die

by Frank Schnittger Tue Feb 7th, 2023 at 06:48:18 PM EST

The failure of healthcare information support systems to provide a fully integrated and portable digitised personal medical history to aid healthcare professionals in making timely and efficient diagnostic, treatment and care decisions has become an open sore in Irish society, leading to much public debate. I felt moved to share my experience of such systems in the Irish Times today:

Cross-posted on Slugger O'Toole

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Muslim Hatred Expressed In US Congress

by Oui Sat Feb 4th, 2023 at 10:48:51 PM EST

Full debate In US House for removal Rep. Omar from Foreign Affairs Committee | C-span |

Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger

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Ukrainians Are NATO Mercenaries

by Oui Fri Feb 3rd, 2023 at 11:41:45 AM EST

A short answer to respond to an RFQ in another thread would not suffice. The comment grew larger into a diary. Work in progress, so I may expand the article in coming hours.

Mercenaries are from all ages throughout history of human kind. In the time of the Roman Empire, etc. sometimes they are called what they are slaves.

In the past 100 years, the European colonial empires hired mercenaries to continue the rear fight as in Belgian Congo and the wealth of minerals in the province of Katanga

Why did the CIA/West Kill Patrice Lumumba?

Baerbock fighting Russia

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Ireland and the 6 Nations Rugby Championship

by Frank Schnittger Thu Feb 2nd, 2023 at 09:46:03 PM EST

Ireland have a patchy record in the 6 Nations rugby championship with only four wins since Italy joined in 2000. This compares to seven for England, and six for France and Wales, and none for Scotland or Italy. The figures for Grand Slams are even worse, with four for France and Wales and two for England and Ireland. So it ill-becomes us to become too sniffy about a tournament which funds virtually the entire game in Ireland.

Some younger fans, who don't remember the horrible 1990's and early 2000's, regard it as little more than a warm-up tournament for the World Cup, allegedly the only game in town for Ireland as the world's current no. 1 ranked country. We didn't win the 6 Nations for the first time until 2009, even if we did pick up three Triple Crowns in 2004, 2006 and 2007. In the entire history of the tournament, since 1883, we have a positive win/lose ratio only against Italy. We are still playing catch-up with everyone else.

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Februari 2023

by Oui Thu Feb 2nd, 2023 at 04:12:33 PM EST

Your take on today's news media

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CIA's Research in Behavioral Modification

by Oui Wed Feb 1st, 2023 at 04:40:51 PM EST

From the CIA documentation center at Langley, Va.

Killing Hope -- U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II

The opportunity to build the war- ravaged world anew, to lay the foundations for peace, prosperity and justice, collapsed under the awful weight of anti-communism.

The weight had been accumulating for some time; indeed, since Day One of the Russian Revolution. By the summer of 1918 some 13,000 American troops could be found in the newly-born Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Two years and thousands of casualties later, the American troops left, having failed in their mission to "strangle at its birth" the Bolshevik state, as Winston Churchill put it.

The young Churchill was Great Britain's Minister for War and Air during this period. Increasingly, it was he who directed the invasion of the Soviet Union by the Allies (Great Britain, the US, France, Japan and several other nations) on the side of the counter-revolutionary "White Army". Years later, Churchill the historian was to record his views of this singular affair for posterity:

    Were they [the Allies] at war with Soviet Russia? Certainly not; but they shot Soviet Russians at sight. They stood as invaders on Russian soil. They armed the enemies of the Soviet Government. They blockaded its ports, and sunk its battleships. They earnestly desired and schemed its downfall. But war--shocking! Interference--shame! It was, they repeated, a matter of indifference to them how Russians settled their own internal affairs. They were impartial--Bang!

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A Cordon Sanitaire

by Frank Schnittger Tue Jan 31st, 2023 at 11:21:33 AM EST

Recent discussions about the Protocol in Northern Ireland have focused on the problems it poses for the DUP. But from an EU perspective it seeks to solve a far larger problem for the EU as a whole. Much of the analysis of Brexit has been in terms of it being an English nationalist project. What has been missed is the extent to which it is also a political libertarian project.

Much of the driving force behind Brexiteer ideology has been the belief that the "Brussels bureaucracy" and its focus on regulation has been stifling British innovation, dynamism and the potential for growth. The main `benefit of Brexit' was always supposed to be the freedom it gave Britain to chart its own way in the world, with its own trade deals, and with much freer and closer relations with the rest of the world.

`Singapore-on-Thames' would become the gateway and bridge between some of the most dynamic economies in the world - in the Far East, the pacific rim, the Commonwealth, and in the USA. (Let us ignore, for the moment, the fact that Singapore is actually one of the most heavily regulated and strictly enforced places on earth). Global Britain would triumph where a sclerotic bureaucrat ridden old Europe would fail to compete.

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Energy (and Other) Events Monthly - February 2023

by gmoke Sun Jan 29th, 2023 at 09:46:25 PM EST

Conferences
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Ethics and Solar Geoengineering: Justice, Legitimacy, and Governance in a Climate Crisis
February 2

Sustainability Connect 2023: A Forum on the Future of Sustainability at MIT
Tuesday, February 14

EBC Tenth Annual Offshore Wind Conference: T-minus 7 years to 30GW by 2030
February 15

The 1619 Education Conference
February 18 - February 19

Mathemalchemy Symposium:  Exploring the Intersections of Mathematics, Art, & Education
Friday, February 24

Lecture Series
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Global Energy Trends 2023: Crisis, Contingencies, and Climate Change
Thursday, February 2

Explore the Shape-Shifting Media Climate with Earth's Publicist - David Fenton
Friday, February 3

Cancel Wars:  How Universities Can Foster Free Speech, Promote Inclusion, and Renew Democracy
Friday, February 3

Vandana Shiva: My Life in a Biodiversity of Movements
Monday, February 6

Green Shipping Corridors: Getting Maritime Shipping to Net Zero
Tuesday, February 7

Environmental Justice Roundtable
Wednesday, February 8

Climate change in Africa: Exploring citizen experiences and perspectives
Friday, February 10

Through the Grapevine: Socially Transmitted Information and Distorted Democracy
Friday, February 10

Sustainable Places: Climate Adapted Cities
Wednesday, February 15

Climate Action in Nigeria:  Risks, Urgencies, and Opportunities
Wednesday, February 15

Living Between Worlds, with Grace, Dignity, and Power
Wednesday February 15

The Role of Carbon Capture in Meeting Net-zero Carbon Goals
Thursday, February 16

Living with Climate Change in Northern New England
Thursday, February 16

Events
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Energy Seminar: Leon Clarke, Bezos Earth Fund
Monday, January 30

Mini-Symposium on Environmental Justice and Energy Sustainability ​
Tuesday, January 31

Chilean Constitutional Reform: Mother Nature, Mapuche Women, and Decolonial Perspectives
Tuesday, January 31

The Falling Sky and The Yanomami Struggle
Tuesday, January 31

Navigating Energy Transitions: The implications of 1.5°C scenarios for Canada's Paris-aligned energy transitions
Wednesday, February 1

Quartette: Stories from the Lives of Four Women Jazz Musicians--Maxine Sullivan, Velma Middleton, Melba Liston, and Shirley Scott
Wednesday, February 1

The Foreign Policy of Technology
Thursday, February 2

Interspecies Attentiveness: An Artist Panel Discussion
Thursday, February 2

Cambridge, MA: BEUDO: A Path to Reducing Building Emissions in Cambridge
Thursday, February 2

Wikipedia edit-a-thon on climate change
Friday, February 3

Housing as a Climate Lever, with Scott Wiener
Monday, February 6

Using an International Human Rights Framework for Climate Justice Advocacy in the United States
Tuesday, February 7

Restoring the Earth's lungs - How can forests support climate change mitigation?
Wednesday, February 8

Understanding the threat of white Christian nationalism to American democracy today:  Findings from the PRRI and Brookings Christian Nationalism Survey
Wednesday, February 8

Rethinking China's rise, restraints, and resilience
Wednesday, February 8

Transition in the Food Industry:  A Solutions Approach
Wednesday, February 8

A Digital Green New Deal: Wiring Gaia in the Anthropocene
Wednesday, February 8

The Energy Transition and Indigenous Communities in the US and Canada
Wednesday, February 8

Climate Change and Health: A Health Policy and Bioethics Consortium
Friday, February 10

Can companies save the planet? Sustainable investment between greenwashing and real impact:  Finance Company climate claims
Wednesday, February 15

Analyzing Earth's "Fine Prints": Utilization of High-Resolution Geological Records to Elucidate Future Climate Change
Wednesday, February 22

Business Climate Challenge Energy Management Workshop
Tuesday, February 21

Nomad Century - How to Survive the Climate Upheaval
Tuesday, February 21

Inclusive Insurance: A U.S. Roadmap for Climate-Related Disasters
February 22

Paul R. Ehrlich's Life: A Journey through Science and Politics
Thursday, February 23

Are Economic and Judicial Sanctions Effective in Combatting Authoritarianism? Evidence from Venezuela, Hungary & Poland
Monday, February 27

When Wounds Travel: Ecologies of War and Healthcare East of the Mediterranean
Wednesday, March 1

A Clean Energy Workforce and the Path to Equity  
Thursday, March 2

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These kinds of events below 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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We Are All From Mars Now

by Oui Fri Jan 27th, 2023 at 12:19:54 PM EST

Architect of Lviv Uprising of 2014 Speaks Out

I suspect this is a piece of propaganda from Kyiv as I cannot find a recent statement of Vicky Nuland in this regard. As far back as March 22 there was a similar statement for a resolution ... just hogwash as diplomacy and a compromise solution is only meaningful before hostilities starts. Mid-Februari 2022 the Ukrainian Army and Azov battalion started an artillery barrage on the Donbas as OSCE reported (w/o UK and U.S. observers as they pulled out a fortnight before Feb. 24th).

Warning disinformation

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The seven deadly sins of the DUP

by Frank Schnittger Thu Jan 26th, 2023 at 08:48:51 PM EST

Cross-posted from Slugger O'Toole where it has topped 10,000 readers and 400 comments with many commenters saying it is one of the best opinion pieces they have ever read...

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When I saw the headline to Brian Walker's piece, Rather than keep slagging off the DUP over the Protocol, let's recognise their better points, I expected to see a forensic analysis of the DUP's 7 tests for determining whether the Protocol had been adequately reformed to meet their requirements for re-entering the devolved institutions in Northern Ireland (NI).

I was looking forward to seeing what elements might be extracted from them that could be congruent with the EU and its legal and political obligations towards its member states. I was hoping for an exploration of any potential common ground that might lead to a settlement.

Instead, what we got was an expression of shared fury with the DUP, and a reduction of the Protocol to identity politics embellished by a gratuitous sideswipe impugning the EU Commission. I was moved to respond as follows:

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The cost of doing business

by Cat Wed Jan 25th, 2023 at 05:00:40 PM EST

...Thanks to the courage of our soldiers holding back the occupiers, and thanks to the leadership of the United States of America, which has consolidated the world in defense of freedom, we see how to win this battle.

Yet to win, we must engage all our resolve and our strength.

It is like starting your own business and working every day from morning till night, every day, so that one day you can see how your dream is becoming true - when you finally have your own operating business....



"After the end of the war, American business can become a locomotive of global economic growth" —Address to the participants of the meeting of the US National Association of State Chambers," 23 January 2023

Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger

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The importance of being England

by Frank Schnittger Sun Jan 22nd, 2023 at 03:10:31 PM EST

Brexit and the resulting impasse around the protocol have tended to put the focus on the DUP and the failure of the Belfast or Good Friday Agreement (BGFA) institutions to operate properly. For unionists the issue is a perceived diminution in the constitutional link with Britain. For nationalists it is another sign of the failure of Northern Ireland to function properly and the need to remedy that by preparing for a united Ireland.

Cross-posted from Slugger O'Toole.

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US War Powers, Regime Change and Third Option

by Oui Sat Jan 21st, 2023 at 11:47:07 PM EST

Brutal US Sanctions, Sanctions and more Sanctions ...

Sunni provocation in local districts of Iran

During the George Bush regime, there was always a drive to overthrow the Iranian government as a revenge for many incidents of confrontation since the Revolution of 1979, not the intervention of 1953 to place the Rena Khan Pahlavi Prince on the Western oriented throne ...

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US War Powers, Regime Change -- Part 2

by Oui Sat Jan 21st, 2023 at 12:09:33 AM EST

History of US aggression against the Islamic Republic of Iran

Supporting Saddam Hussein in the 1980s with genocidal attack employing chemical warfare on the battlefield, providing military intelligence and targeting from satellite data. Joining in horrible war crimes. A million lives lost on the Iraq-Iran War.

Exclusive: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran | Dawn - Aug. 28, 2013 |

The U.S. knew Hussein was launching some of the worst chemical attacks in history -- and special presidential envoy Donald Rumsfeld set up a meeting in Baghdad and still gave him a hand.

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US War Powers, Regime Change -- Part 1

by Oui Fri Jan 20th, 2023 at 11:50:21 PM EST

A long read, however the unrest in the Middle East has not ended. NATO and the EU-27 are all aligned in confrontation with the outside "Jungle" of terror.

Trump policy of the Abraham "Economic" Accords has been extended by Joe Biden and Europe tags along. Israel has received a free hand to suppress the Palestinian movement for independence.

The so-called effort to restart the JCPOA nuclear deal with Iran has been a shameful farce. The White House and US Congress has tightened the sanctions and a new front of the U.S./UK with NATO allies and the European Union have agreed the deal made under Barack Obama U.S. dead. A definite break with further risk of hostilities on the Arabian peninsula and the Persian Guif.

As the U.S. has become an oil and gas exporter, the security around the Strait of Hormuz is of importance for Europe, India, South Korea and especially China.

The unrest inside Iran has all the marking of foreign intervention and acts of violence by terror groups funded by the West such as the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK).

Iran blacklists US officials for supporting 'terrorist' group MEK | Al Jazeera |

Iran says the Americans provided deliberate support to a group that is accused of killing 17,000 Iranians over decades.

The Iranian government has blacklisted United States officials over their backing of a group that Tehran considers to be a "terrorist" organisation.

The Iranian foreign ministry published a list of 61 current and former American officials who it said have provided "deliberate support" to the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), a group that openly calls for overthrowing the current Iranian establishment.

Several of the individuals, including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, were previously blacklisted by the Iranian government for other reasons.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senators Ted Cruz and Cory Booker, and former National Security Adviser Lincoln Bloomfield were among the sanctioned individuals.

The individuals provided support to the group by participating in its events and "offering political and propaganda support", the Iranian foreign ministry said.

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City Agriculture - January 19, 2023

by gmoke Fri Jan 20th, 2023 at 04:29:24 AM EST

3D printing houses with dirt, green walls and various crops built-in
http://www.fastcompany.com/90780034/bioconstruction-will-build-homes-out-of-flowering-3d-printed-dir t

Singapore skyscraper, Capita Spring, with a food forest on top and gardens throughout
http://big.dk/#projects-sing
http://inhabitat.com/this-is-how-singapore-does-vertical-biophilic-urbanism/

Reducing energy in Controlled Environment Agriculture [CEA]
http://www.agritecture.com/blog/2022/10/18/5-organizations-trying-to-solve-ceas-energy-problems
Editorial Comment:  These are the only CEA operations I know of which designed energy efficiency into their systems from the beginning:
Net zero vertical farm in Chicago
http://inhabitat.com/food-waste-fuels-vertical-farming-in-chicago/
InFarm for supermarkets who want to grow their own food
http://www.fastcompany.com/3058155/at-this-supermarket-the-produce-section-grows-its-own-produce

CO2 to boost plant growth in rooftop farming
http://interestingengineering.com/innovation/co2-boost-plant-growth-on-roof
http://www.wbur.org/news/2018/05/15/rooftop-garden-bu
hat tip to Nathan Phillips

BBC on carbon farming
http://www.bbc.com/future/article/20211020-carbon-farming-a-better-use-for-half-earths-land

BBC with Corteva, an agriscience company with roots in the DuPont companies, has produced three editions of eight half hour programs and three specials since 2021
http://www.bbc.com/future/bespoke/follow-the-food/

Growing wheat indoors and without soil
http://agfundernews.com/infarms-indoor-wheat-suggests-we-re-examine-the-realities-of-vertically-farm ed-commodities

Cutting-edge tech made this tiny country a major exporter of food
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/interactive/2022/netherlands-agriculture-technology/
Editorial Comment:  If you can't get past the Washington Post paywall, copy the address into http://archive.ph

Forest stadium for Milan, Italy (a design concept but not an actual project)
http://www.stefanoboeriarchitetti.net/en/project/san-siro-an-international-forest-stadium-for-milano /
http://inhabitat.com/stefano-boeri-architetti-designs-a-forest-stadium-in-milan/

How Tunisia's lagoon farms use saltwater from the Mediterranean Sea
http://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1387222141790782
hat tip to Monica Raymond

BBC asks "What if all our food was grown in indoor vertical farms?"
http://www.bbc.com/future/article/20230106-what-if-all-our-food-was-grown-in-indoor-vertical-farms

How to make vegetables last longer
http://www.bbc.com/future/article/20230118-how-to-make-fruit-and-vegetables-last-longer

War In Ukraine A Failed Process by NATO

by Oui Wed Jan 18th, 2023 at 05:32:47 PM EST

At Davos military allies call for quick escalation of training Ukrainian forces in advanced weaponry.

Russia forces poised to conquer key logistic center of Bakhmut after Soledar.

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No Peace In Sight

by Oui Sun Jan 15th, 2023 at 04:46:02 PM EST

Zelensky uses each and every opportunity to get more advanced weapons delivered from NATO allies ..

From day one ...

Ukraine's Zelensky asks citizens to resist and Europe to do more

Yesterday and today ...

Once blood flows and "investment" increases in warfare, one gets a perpetuum mobile to sustain a stupid, senseless war! 😡

No one wants this war and only a handful of delegates in government have their hands on the lever ...

Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger

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Another Execution

by Oui Sat Jan 14th, 2023 at 12:05:15 PM EST

A Death Sentence Is So .. ehh Definitive

A civilized nation does not invoke the death penalty ever ... EU principled law.

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