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January 2023

by Bernard Sat Dec 31st, 2022 at 01:05:52 PM EST

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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Dec 31st, 2022 at 01:07:31 PM EST
When Russia weaponized passports ...
a tall tale fabricated by Iryna Vereschuk, Ukrainian deputy prime minister and minister for reintegration of temporarily occupied territories
Russia's imposition of citizenship means Ukrainians in occupied territories may be drafted in the war against their own country...
by Cat on Mon Jan 2nd, 2023 at 03:34:43 PM EST
[ Parent ]
in what respect is this a tall tale? Which parts of the article are untrue?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Jan 2nd, 2023 at 04:02:49 PM EST
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... ah, I suppose you mean that the part about drafting Ukrainians into the Russian army hasn't happened yet.

If you think it never will, please show your working.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Jan 2nd, 2023 at 04:06:19 PM EST
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I suppose, by "occupied territories" Vereschuk alludes to LPR, DPR, Kherson, Zaporizh* oblasts and Crimea whose residents, or collaborators, voted to secede from Ukraine and accept incorporation with Russian Federation ("annexation"). Which, of course, NATO functionaries condemned. Before then and even before PUTIN authorized domestic draft notices (reserve "mobilization" ending Nov), however, Russian media had reported consular officers—aka Gauleiters— established in Ukraine municipalities and check-points as well as refugee centers to process RF passport applications from all comers seeking RF guaranteed social benefit payments including but not limited to employment contracts.
by Cat on Mon Jan 2nd, 2023 at 06:01:21 PM EST
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EU refugee strait could worsen in 2023 without policy change
Russia's war against Ukraine has triggered a large movement of refugees toward the West.

Some 4.8 million people were registered as ["]temporary protection seekers["] by the UN Refugee Agency through early December, mainly in the eastern European Union: Poland, Germany, the Baltics, Romania and Slovakia. Depending on the course of the war, next year could see even bigger numbers.

The bloc faces the biggest refugee crisis SINCE WORLD WAR II, EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson said in Brussels in mid-December, adding that together Europe would continue to support people.
Concerns about Ukrainian refugees have also obscured growing migration movements in the southeast. In the past year, the numbers of asylum-seekers from Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan or Egypt, along with irregular border crossings, have risen sharply. The border management agency Frontex registered around 280,000 irregular entries by October -- 77% more than in 2021 and the highest number since the peak of the so-called refugee crisis in 2015 and 2016, for which there are only estimations.

ecre | Greece: Violations and Deflection Continue as Does EU Support and Will-full 'Ignorance', EUAA Joins Frontex on Controversy List, Unsafe Türkiye Remains 'Safe' Third Country
by Cat on Mon Jan 2nd, 2023 at 04:40:55 PM EST
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remix.news | Swiss national referendum will limit population to 10 million through strict immigration control to save environment, 30 Dec 2022
...The text for the referendum has also already been completed and would stipulate that Switzerland's population should not exceed 10 million until 2050. After 2050, this limit could be slightly increased but only due to organic, surplus births, according to the Le Temps new outlet.

SVP National Councilor Thomas Matter says he must sound a "red alert" over Switzerland's rising population, adding that "this is the last moment when we can still change something for Switzerland."...

by Cat on Tue Jan 3rd, 2023 at 03:58:01 PM EST
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Swiss central bank posts biggest loss in its 116-year history, 10 Jan
USD 143B (CHF 131.9B, EUR 133.2B, or 18% estimaged 2022 GDP)
It lost 131 billion francs [?] on foreign currency positions and 1 billion on Swiss franc positions as the franc [?] gained.
Karsten Junius, chief economist at Swiss bank J.Safra Sarasin, told CNBC that the central bank's losses would not alter its monetary policy and he expected another 100 basis points of hikes, to 2%, this year.

"While the SNB will also need some time to rebuild its valuation reserves it will take less time to show profits than in the case of the European Central Bank [ECB]," he said, also noting that inflation in Switzerland was closer to its 2% target than in the euro zone.

by Cat on Tue Jan 10th, 2023 at 06:25:39 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Speaking about Vereshchuk.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 2nd, 2023 at 08:00:41 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Jan 16th, 2023 at 09:21:41 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Pls do not link to fake news, disinformation or ugly war propaganda ... or you will be censored.

[signed EUvsDisinfo]

From an earlier thread ...

The Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine - Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Iryna Vereshchuk

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 17th, 2023 at 01:43:35 PM EST
[ Parent ]
In same diary about EU struggle to spout disinformation about Russia into the aether, see comment on new minister Ollongren ...

Home affairs minister Kajsa Ollongren's hour of fame when she became world news ...

The two people charged with kick-starting the coalition negotiations have resigned after one - D66 home affairs minister Kajsa Ollongren - was seen leaving parliament with controversial notes about the talks visible to waiting reporters.

Comment was posted in my diary ...

Will Rutte's Falsehoods Catch Up With Him?

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 17th, 2023 at 02:34:37 PM EST
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His buddy/friend from Tory party VVD ...

Dutch foreign minister admits lying about Putin comments
Halbe Zijlstra says his claims to have heard Russia's invasion plans in 2006 were 'stupid' | irish Times - Feb. 12, 2018 |

The position of foreign affairs minister Halbe Zijlstra, who lied about being in Russian president Vladimir Putin's dacha, has come under further pressure following the intervention of former Shell chief Jeroen van der Veer. Zijlstra 'borrowed' the story from Van der Veer and concluded from his words that there was a threat of war with Russia.

In his original version of the story, Zijlstra, who worked for Shell at the time, claimed he had been a back room in the dacha when he heard Putin define 'Greater Russia' as 'Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and the Baltic states.' Putin then added that 'Kazakhstan was nice to have'. However, Van der Veer told the Volkskrant in an email that he had spoken to Zijlstra about Putin in a more wide-ranging conversation but that Putin's remark about Greater Russia was 'historically intended'.

How in the earliest stages the NATO war narrative had taken hold under VP Dick Cheney, bullying NATO ahead of the Bucharest Summit in 2008 and the slogan: "making Russia a pariah state was openly advocated by think tank the Atlantic Council. #IvoDaalder et al.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 17th, 2023 at 02:37:58 PM EST
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Post the Maidan coup d'état ... aggression against Russia increased and sanctions put in place as a risk of war has been one of Pentagon's scenarios.

In former global empire run by the piracy and slavery of the Dutch East India Company, the glorious Gilded Age of Dutch painters school of Rembrandt and his oligarch benefactors in Antwerp, Amsterdam and Leiden ... Kasja is superbly qualified for the position of Minister of War in Dutch ruling cabinet Rutte IV.

Her first meeting with NATO in Brussels ... welcome in the hot seat, the war machine is already running. Questions?

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 17th, 2023 at 02:39:06 PM EST
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eudisinfo.eu "is the flagship project of the [EEAS European External Action Service's East StratCom Task Force. It was established in 2015 to better forecast, address, and respond to the Russian Federation's ongoing disinformation campaigns affecting the European Union, its Member States, and countries in the shared neighbourhood."

after the Barack Lugar EUCOM 2014 seeded UAF command with NATO+ personnel trainers
U.S. sends  600 ground troops to Eastern Europe + 150 from the 173rd Infantry Brigade
U.S. European Command and Department of Defense stage for longer-term defense cooperation
Ukraine's Donbas Battalion Commander Seeks US Support
"I want to make Ukraine into another Israel."

duly discharged to all-volunteer contract tours of employment supplied with donated kit ...

International Legion of Territorial Defense of Ukraine, officiously est'd 4 Mar 2022, FKA Academi FKA Greystone FKA Forward Observations Group FKA Mozart FKA MARSOC, ie. not Wagner

and plausible deniability
EUCOM Lt General Ben Hodges, "ret'd." 2017
California  National Guard and Ukraine since 1994
Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine ", Jan 2023: Special Operations Command Europe "doesn't have an official presence...but it is safe to assume that US special operators have some sort of footprint in the country"; US Army's 10th Special Forces Group: "Edwards acknowledged that some NATO militaries still have special operators in Ukraine"

UNGA resolution 44/34 International Convention against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries; status: signatories to date
UNOHCR Art.1, §1 (a-c)
Gilder Lehrman.org, World War I and America, Roosevelt, Pershing from "Mercy Ships" to the "Preparedness Movement"

archived March 13, 1917
"The US pretends that this arrangement preserves those ships' status as civilian and not belligerent under international law."

by Cat on Wed Feb 1st, 2023 at 05:48:27 PM EST
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Y'all know that admitting evidence of 9-years of UAF "crimes against humanity" in Donbas and NATO members' systematic "recruitment, use, financing and Training of mercenaries" (read: "proxy") might introduce reasonable doubt of NATO members' non-party status in RUSSIA'S UNPROVOKED WAR OF AGGRESSION and Ukraine's pile of ICC, ICJ, and "special tribunal" claims to ONE TRILLION DOLLAR war reparations.

The Big Pay Day kick-back to NATO's model democracies and its "partners" in the UNGA.

After all, the only pirate guideline in force is Rule of Atty #1.


Don't bother asking again. You can't afford it.


by Cat on Wed Feb 1st, 2023 at 06:36:48 PM EST
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As soon as you find evidence of recruitment, use, financing and training of mercenaries for Ukraine by Nato members, I'm keen to see it.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Feb 3rd, 2023 at 09:58:49 AM EST
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Ground-breaking proof that there are foreign volunteers in Ukraine!! Cat, you're a legend.

It can be argued that the difference between a volunteer and a mercenary is in the head of the soldier : are they doing it for the money? Is the pay really that good?

"Mercenaries", in the real world, are people who have a commercial contract to fight, generally through an organisation, legal or not, which provides fighters to a third party (e.g. Wagner). If you find any evidence of that on the Ukrainian side, I'm sure you'll let us know.

That foreign countries or organisations have helped train Ukrainian troops is well known, and has no apparent connection to your "mercenary" theme. (unless you are asserting that Ukrainian soldiers become mercenaries by the fact of being trained in another country in order to fight in Ukraine? I don't have a fine legal mind so you may have to walk me through it)

Fun Fact : Russian troops have been sent to Belarus to participate in training exercises. Are they now mercenaries?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Feb 3rd, 2023 at 09:56:26 AM EST
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Dozens of Russian recruits killed by Ukrainian strike in Donetsk region
Footage posted online, which Reuters could not immediately verify, showed a building purported to be a vocational college in the mining town of Makiivka reduced to a field of smouldering rubble. The Donetsk source, who declined to be named, said: "According to my information, there are fewer than 100 killed so far."

Ukraine's defence ministry said as many as 400 Russians had been killed.11

Ukrainian drone hits energy facility inside Russia - governor
The attack took place in the Klimovsky district, located on the Russia-Ukraine border, Bogomaz wrote on Telegram. There were no fatalities or injuries resulting from the incident, but the energy facility caught fire, he said.
by Cat on Mon Jan 2nd, 2023 at 06:23:51 PM EST
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Ukranews | Dormition Cathedral And Refectory Church Of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Closed Due To Eviction Of Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), 3 Jan
...The Constitutional Court recognized the law according to which the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate must change its name and indicate its affiliation to Russia as conforming to the Constitution....
Ukraine, Germany discuss Zelensky's peace formula
According to Ukrinform, this issue was discussed at a meeting between Germany's President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Ukraine's First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy Yulia Svyrydenko, the press service of the Ministry of Economy reported.
Zelensky, Rutte discuss next Ramstein format meeting
Spoke about the risk of escalation at the front and potential challenges, as well as our defense needs for an adequate response. We count on concrete steps by our partners to maximize the reinforcement of Ukraine at the next Ramstein," Zelensky posted on Telegram.
Zelensky discusses further defense cooperation with Sunak
We agreed to intensify our efforts to bring victory closer this year already. We already have concrete decisions for this," Zelensky posted on Twitter.
Zelensky, von der Leyen coordinate steps on Ukraine-EU summit, 2 Jan
I expressed gratitude for the unwavering support of the EU. We are waiting for the first tranche of macro-financial aid in January, the first batch of energy-saving lamps, school buses, generators and modular houses," Zelensky wrote on Telegram.
archived December 2022 rule of law and debentures, Worldwide Organized Crime 2019
by Cat on Tue Jan 3rd, 2023 at 04:29:09 PM EST
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euractiv | Investigation: Ukraine buys huge amounts of Russian fuels from Bulgaria, 18 Jan disturbance in the farce
From January to November 2022, Bulgaria exported €700 million worth of fuels to Ukraine, and if the trend continues in December, the total value for the year will exceed €825 million. Compared to the period before the war, this is a 1,000-fold increase, as Bulgaria's 2021 fuel exports to Ukraine totalled only €750,000. The current scale of Bulgarian oil exports to Ukraine is so large that it corresponds to about 1% of the size of the entire Bulgarian economy.
enery.ec.europa.eu | Bulgaria Energy Snapshot (2020)
total Oil and petroleum products import dependency: 99.4%
countryeconomy.com | Bulgaria - Crude oil production (2022),
eurostat | Exports of oil and petroleum products by partner country - monthly a/o Nov 2022
The producer of gas oil in Bulgaria is the country's only [oil] refinery, located in the port city of Burgas, owned by the Russian oil company Lukoil, which still operates mainly [!] with Russian oil imported by tankers via the Black Sea, thanks to a derogation [read: waiver] from [9] EU sanctions [packages].
LUKOIL in the Republic of Bulgaria
"PJSC LUKOIL started operating in Bulgaria on October 12, 1999, by becoming the holder of a controlling interest in Neftoсhim AD, the largest-capacity refinery on the Balkan Peninsula."
euractiv | Bulgaria accepts Russian Lukoil's tax cash for EU exports offer, 22 Nov 2022
"additional €350 million in the state budget"
reuters | Bulgaria clears way to take control of Lukoil oil refinery if needed, 13 Jan 2023
"The 196,000 barrel per day refinery, the biggest fuel producer in Bulgaria, has switched to processing only Russian crude after the country was granted an exemption from the European Union's ban on imports of Russian oil over the invasion of Ukraine."
The refinery in Burgas can afford to export fuel at significantly lower prices because it works with its own [sic] raw material. Last year, because of Western sanctions, Russian oil prices on world markets were on average $20-30 per barrel lower than stock spot market prices.

Bulgarian statistics show that Ukraine is now the Balkan country's third-largest trading partner thanks to the export of fuels, having replaced the USA. In 2021, Ukraine ranked eighth among the countries outside the ЕU as a destination for Bulgarian exports. Fuel exports from Bulgaria to Ukraine peaked in November 2022, when €130 million worth of petroleum products were exported.
This raises the question < wipes tears > of the possible re-export of fuels from Russian oil to the EU, but only after they have been sold by Bulgaria to a country outside the EU. If the oil originates from another country, for example, Kazakhstan, but has passed through Russia in transit, the new Bulgarian law says it can be imported into Bulgaria and the products can be sold on the European market.

archived Price Cap Policy for Petroleum Products of Russian Federation Origin, 30 Dec, How Russian oil flowed to Europe, littoral states like Romania and Bulgaria

BG Ministry of Energy, Preventive Action Plan to Safeguard the Security of Natural Gas Supply (2020) 64 pp, illustrated

1.2.3 Bulgaria's gas system comprises all activities relating to the production, transmission, storage, distribution and supply of natural gas to satisfy clients' needs. It includes facilities and infrastructure that enable the production, transmission, storage and distribution of natural gas in the country. These operate as a single interconnected gas transportation system. Bulgaria's gas system comprises the gas transmission network with a total length of 2, 799 km and the underground gas storage facility in Chiren (UGS Chiren). It is connected to Romania's system via interconnectors at Negru voda/Kardam and Ruse/Giurgiu; to Greece via an interconnector at Kulata/Sidirokastro; to North Macedonia via an interconnector at Kyustendil/Zhidilovo; and to Turkey via an interconnector at Strandzha/Malkoclar. Until 2019, approximately 97 % of domestic demand for natural gas was covered by (Russian) natural gas imports via EP Negru voda. Domestic natural gas is extracted onshore at GMS Dolni Dabnik and offshore at GMS Galata. Both gas fields are connected to transmission system via entry points. Following a switch on 1 January 2020, the main entry point for natural gas supplied to Bulgaria is now at Bulgarian-Turkish border (IP Strandzha-2/Malkoclar), which became operational at the end of 2019. Surplus capacity is traded on the Regional [capacity] booking platform (RBP). [pp 15-16]
wikiwtf, Energy in Bulgaria
The Gas Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria natural gas pipeline became operational in 2022, and will allow Bulgaria to receive about 1 bcm from Azerbaijan.[15] The country imports over 90% of its natural gas from Russia via the Turk Stream pipeline under a 10-year contract,[16] which is set to expire at the end of 2022. Due to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, Bulgaria's deputy prime minister Asen Vasilev on 19 March said that the country would not hold talks to renew the contract.[15] In April 2022, it was announced that Russia will suspend sending gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland, in exchange for their refusal to pay in roubles. In response to this, Bulgaria, is currently discussing importing liquefied natural gas through Turkey and Greece.[17]
archived Turkstream, Sudzha*, Yamal
by Cat on Wed Jan 18th, 2023 at 09:35:37 PM EST
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Also, ammunition :

Bulgaria secretly supplied Ukraine fuel and ammunition in early months of war

Bulgaria, one of the poorest EU members and long perceived as pro-Moscow, helped Ukraine survive Russia's early onslaught by secretly supplying it with large amounts of desperately needed diesel and ammunition, the politicians responsible have said.

The former Bulgarian prime minister Kiril Petkov and finance minister Assen Vassilev said their country provided 30% of the Soviet-calibre ammunition Ukraine's army needed during a crucial three-month period last spring, and at times 40% of the diesel.
Even greater secrecy surrounded the diesel exports, again via international intermediaries. They were especially sensitive since the fuel Bulgaria was shipping to Ukraine was produced from Russian crude oil, at a refinery near Burgas on the Black Sea operated by Russia's Lukoil.

... but apparently the diesel deliveries are continuing apace. Just goes to show how desperate the Russians are for clients.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Jan 19th, 2023 at 10:03:56 AM EST
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Bulgaria, October 2022 (five reports about Bulgaria)
from Moscow to Nessebar and back
by Cat on Mon Jan 23rd, 2023 at 04:06:18 PM EST
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Commission to reconsider EU-Ukraine agri-food trade liberalisation, 24 Jan
While almost half of Ukraine's agricultural goods were liberalised when the deep and comprehensive free trade agreement (DCFTA) with the EU entered into force back in 2016, the rest of the products were subject to a ["]transitional period["] of trade liberalisation lasting until May 2023.
However, the Commission is already mobilising to reconsider this arrangement in response to 'growing pressure' from member states after the success of the EU executive's solidarity lanes initiative, according to a source inside a preparatory meeting on Monday (23 January) ahead of a meeting of EU agriculture ministers.
For instance, ...according to the source, delegations from the neighbouring countries - including Poland, Hungary[, Bulgaria,] and Romania - emphasised the need to tackle the negative impact of Ukraine imports on neighbouring countries and the impact on their farmers' competitiveness [read: profits], with some calling for [moar CAP?] compensation.

They also voiced support for the idea of reconsidering the custom agreement for some cereals imported from Ukraine, especially with regard to checks for sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, highlighting the potential risk of importing contaminated grains.

archived JCC | aflatoxin content
the Commission representative present at the meeting took the opportunity to gauge member states' reactions to the idea of using the EU's Common Agricultural Policy's (CAP) crisis reserve to aid farmers in countries like Poland or Romania that are struggling with an influx of grain from neighbouring Ukraine ["granary of Europe"]. The crisis reserve is a €450 million fund included in the CAP scheme that can be used to finance exceptional measures to counteract market disruptions affecting production or distribution....
inna PUTIN!! unprovoked war
archived Ukraine Agricultural Production and Exports 2021/2022 Marketing Year
by Cat on Tue Jan 24th, 2023 at 08:50:27 PM EST
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Al Jazeera | Ukraine's Zelensk* says Putin's 36-hour truce is a tactical ploy, 5 Jan peace PROBE
Speaking pointedly in Russian and addressing the Kremlin and Russians as a whole on Thursday night, Zelensk* said Moscow had repeatedly ignored Kyiv's peace plan.

"They now want to use Christmas as a cover, albeit briefly, to stop the advances of our boys in Donbas and bring equipment, ammunition and mobilised troops closer to our positions," Zelensk* said in his nightly video address.

requisite ray-geem change
The Ukrainian leader also urged Russians to challenge Putin and his portrayal of the war as necessary to safeguard Moscow's interests against the West.

"In order to end the war more quickly, we need something completely different. We need Russian citizens to find the courage in themselves, albeit for 36 hours, albeit during Christmas, to free themselves of the shameful fear of one man in the Kremlin."

Gregorian calendar
United States President Joe Biden was equally dismissive of Putin's announcement.

"He was ready to bomb hospitals and nurseries and churches" on December 25 and on New Year's Day, Biden said. "I think he's trying to find some oxygen," he added.

"Announcement of unilateral ceasefire is as bogus and hypocritical as the illegal and grotesque annexations and accompanying referenda," [European Council pres. Charles] Michel said in a tweet, referring to the four Ukrainian regions Russia claimed to have annexed in September 2022.
Germany`s foreign minister Annalena Baerbock wrote on Twitter: "A so-called ceasefire brings neither freedom nor security to people living in daily fear under Russian occupation."

by Cat on Fri Jan 6th, 2023 at 05:41:55 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 6th, 2023 at 07:15:59 PM EST
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Ukrinform | Danilov says Ukraine being offered 'Korean scenario' for truce, 8 Jan cartography
The Russian Federation may offer Ukraine a "Korean scenario" for the truce, which would mean the division of the country. Oleksiy Danilov, the secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, said this on Ukraine's television, Ukrinform reports.

"We are currently being offered the Korean scenario. The so-called conditional '38th parallel.' Here are Ukrainians, but there Ukrainians are not like that. The Russians will now invent anything. I know for sure that one of the options they can offer us is the '38th parallel'," Danilov said.

At the same time, Danilov said that during a recent meeting, Korean representatives noted that establishing the division of the Korean peninsula into two parts along the 38th parallel was a mistake as the concessions made in the 1950s after the end of the war between North Korea and South Korea are currently leading to problems.

by Cat on Sun Jan 8th, 2023 at 06:23:46 PM EST
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Ukraine Latitude and Longitude meridians

RT | Kremlin rubbishes `hoax' about Korea-style Ukraine split plan, 9 Jan

that Russia has been secretly negotiating an end to the Ukraine conflict along the lines of how the Korean War ended is false, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated on Monday. ... Shortly before the hostilities broke out, the Kremlin recognized the Donbass republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join any Western military bloc.
by Cat on Tue Jan 10th, 2023 at 03:35:14 PM EST
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Hankyoreh | [Exclusive] Korean-style armistice out of the question for Ukraine, says defense council secretary, 10 Jan interview
Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, says that force is the only language terrorists understand

Danilov was pushing back against the Korean-style armistice model that some Western media outlets and experts have recently suggested could be a solution to Russia's war against Ukraine. While Danilov recognized the need for a demilitarized zone between the two countries, he said that zone ought to be set up in Russian territory, about 200 to 300 km from the border.
Hani: Why do you believe it's necessary to deploy the Patriot anti-air missile system within Ukrainian territory?
Danilov: We were asking for those systems since the first days of March last year, during the active phase of the war. And even before that, we were discussing help in the form of those systems with our friends and partners, starting from Oct. 3, 2021. Around the time Russians started openly preparing for the invasion, we started asking our partners for the maximum amount of help. But unfortunately, they didn't believe us and only gave us lighter types of weaponry. Those weapons are still very powerful tools on the battlefield -- NLAW, Javelin, Stinger. But they were insufficient for completing more complex military tasks.
Hani: Do you think it will be possible to regain all of Ukraine's territory, including Crimea?
Danilov: I don't "think" so -- I know that will happen. It's a huge mistake when people say the only one responsible for this war is Putin himself. All those who came to murder us, all the politicians who have voted for it, and the portion of the Russian population who support this -- they will all bear responsibility for this, just as the Germans paid after the Second World War. Someday they will feel shame for their actions, and believe me, they will be the ones cursing the name of Putin....

Politico.eu.com | U.S. will train Ukrainians on Patriot system in Oklahoma as soon as next week
by Cat on Wed Jan 11th, 2023 at 01:29:28 AM EST
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euractiv | Commission tries to calm worries over Ukraine grain influx, 11 Jan
The European Commission has stressed it is aware and mindful of the impact that the EU's so-called solidarity lanes to boost Ukraine's grain exports have on neighbouring countries such as Romania or Poland. ... Almost one year after the start of the war, the measures have proven successful: In December, a total of three million tonnes of grain was exported via the solidarity lanes, according to Michael Scannell, deputy director-general at the Commission.
For instance, in September, Romanian grain producers warned that an influx of Ukrainian grain via the solidarity lanes initiative was pushing them close to bankruptcy.

The Commission insisted at the time this has no negative impact on the single market, but Scannell conceded that the problem needs to be addressed and promised that the Commission is "very mindful of that."
Meanwhile, Romanian MEP Daniel Buda read a message he had received from a farmer in the country. "Please take these [agricultural] products to Africa where they really need them," the message read.

The farmer went on to detail how producer prices for maise have dropped way below production costs, prompting him not to harvest his 200 hectares of corn. "I will leave it to the wild animals because harvesting is not worth it," they explained.

< wipes tears >
by Cat on Thu Jan 12th, 2023 at 01:20:54 AM EST
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yahoo! Kyiv Independent | US warms to helping Ukraine regain Crimea, 18 Jan
...regardless of the risks such a move entails, the New York Times reported, citing several unnamed U.S. officials....
Daily Sabah | UN calls out Ukraine grain deal backlog, urges improvement, 19 Jan
"The United Nations urges all parties to work to remove obstacles for the reduction of the backlog and improve operational efficiencies," it said in a statement.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda "Eat Muh Gumbo" Thomas-Greenfield last week [again] accused Russia of a "deliberate slowdown of inspections," saying that 5 million tons [?] of food a month should be moving under the agreement. The Russian U.N. mission did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thomas-Greenfield's remark.
Since November, three inspection teams have been deployed daily and so far this month have concluded 5.3 inspections a day, said the United Nations, adding: "In the last two weeks, the average waiting time of vessels between application and inspection is 21 days."

It said some 3.7 million metric tons in Ukrainian exports moved under the deal in December, up from 2.6 million in November, while during the past two weeks nearly 1.2 million metric tons of exports shipped.

RT | Moscow explains Ukraine grain shipment delays, 21 Jan
The Russian Foreign Ministry stated that it could not confirm UN data about the number of ships and waiting times. According to Moscow, 64 vessels were docked at Ukrainian ports or waiting in inspection zones. "The order of inspections and passages is being managed by the Ukrainian side. Russian representatives cannot influence them in any way," the statement read.

The ministry accused Ukraine of creating "an artificial backlog" of freighters in Istanbul. The problem was "caused by Ukrainian merchants who are contracting vessels not in accordance with the rules and terms of registration, and without participating in the initiative," the ministry said.

archived Mon Dec 5th 2022, FAO report 11 Nov, Sun Nov 6th 2022 in Nord Stream Whodunnit UPDATE, instant war crime UPDATE, Sat Aug 6th 2022

JCC | Vessel movements, cargo, destinations a/o 22 Jan (total: 18,330,360 mt)

by Cat on Sun Jan 22nd, 2023 at 07:38:22 PM EST
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estimated 86K troops of UAF in Bakhmut area, according to  deployment map of militaryland.net which has "been following the Ukrainian troop movement since the start of the civil war in 2014, and the have increased their efforts since the start of the invasion in 2022."

by Cat on Thu Jan 12th, 2023 at 03:21:42 PM EST
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yahoo! Ukrayinska Pravda | Brussels wants to adopt 10th sanctions package by February, Hungary may halt it again, 12 Jan strategic strategery
Work on the next package has been gaining momentum in Brussels in recent days, and Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, hinted at the issue on 10 January. "We will put pressure on the Kremlin with sanctions as long as necessary. We will extend sanctions to those who militarily support Russia's war, such as Belarus and < wipes tears > Iran," she said, without elaborating.

Information from PAP sources indicates that this rhetoric is, however, followed by specifics. Andrzej Sadosz, the Permanent Representative of Poland to the EU, has confirmed this. "The work has really accelerated. Poland in a group of like-minded countries is now suggesting further sanctions. Strengthening the existing restrictions is also an ongoing process," he said.

Try to act surprised
New sanctions will also apply to products that can potentially be used by the Russian military [read: "dual-use"]. The sanctions lists are also planned to be expanded to include more individuals responsible for Russia's aggression against Ukraine and war crimes.

Belarus will also face new sanctions for continuing to support Russia's military actions against Ukraine. In this case, according to one of the diplomats, it is about "synchronisation of Belarusian sanctions with the Russian ones, especially sectoral sanctions in those areas where Minsk cooperates with Moscow militarily"....

archived Isolate Belarus before it's too late!
< wipes tears >
by Cat on Tue Jan 17th, 2023 at 08:47:52 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Eurozone gains new member and top student: Croatia, 29 Dec
The currency area's first new country for eight years pursues fiscally conservative policies.

On January 1, Croatia joins the eurozone, becoming the 20th member of the single-currency bloc -- with somewhat awkward timing. It's not a great moment to be joining the club: the euro slid to parity against the U.S. dollar in July and remains weak despite regaining some ground in recent months. The European Central Bank [ECB] is on a crusade against inflation, which is causing the economy to slow. A winter recession is now the base-case scenario....

euractive | Hopes and fears abound as Croatia's euro adoption nears
"Are you kidding? It's going to be a mess in the first days, and I can tell you: We're already quite apprehensive". That's how a saleswoman at a Zagreb bakery described her expectations for Croatia joining the eurozone on 1 January.

For a small country of fewer than four million people, which only gained independence in 1991, it's no small feat to join the single currency area after becoming an EU member in 2013. "This puts Croatia in the closest circle of European integration," Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said....

Al Jazeera | specteral Krugman
euronews upside PR
EU chief celebrates 'immense achievements' of member Croatia
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen met with leaders of Croatia and Slovenia at the Bregana border crossing between the two Balkan countries, which became obsolete in the first minutes of 2023 as the Schengen Area was expanded to include Croatia. ...
Residents in Croatia welcome the prospect of hassle-free border crossings
"The next generation of Croatians will grow up in Schengen," said von der Leyen. "People will be able to travel freely, business will be unhindered by checks, seamless travel will bring tangible results for people living along the border, working across the border or having family on both sides of the border."

Croatia is the first country to join the Schengen zone in 11 years. But it could also mean a heightening of security along its borders with non-EU nations, such as Bosnia and Serbia. The border between Slovenia and Croatia is 670 kilometres long. The press conference was held at its busiest point, about 10 kilometres from Zagreb. In 2019, the last year before the pandemic, 29 million people were registered at the border crossings between the two countries. ...

Croatia's big day: Balkan nation adopts euro and joins Schengen zone
After the clock struck midnight, Finance Minister Marko Primorac and National Bank Governor Boris Vujčić pulled out the first euro notes from a Croatian cash machine.....
by Cat on Tue Jan 3rd, 2023 at 02:33:31 PM EST
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almayadeen | Poland asks US Congress to solicit war reparations from Germany, 10 Jan
Poland has already asked the same from the United Nations, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, as well as 50 countries, including EU and NATO member states.

"We are counting on the support of our partners from the United States, US legislators, in the issue of Poland receiving compensation for the consequences of the Second World War," [PL envoy for war reparations Arkadiusz] Mularczyk told reporters.

by Cat on Tue Jan 10th, 2023 at 05:00:13 PM EST
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consilium | Joint Declaration on EU-NATO Cooperation, 10 January 2023 stretch goals
  1. As the security threats and challenges we are confronted with are evolving in scope and magnitude, we will take our partnership to the next level on the basis of our long-standing cooperation. We will further strengthen our cooperation in existing areas, and expand and deepen our cooperation to address in particular the growing geostrategic competition, resilience issues, protection of critical infrastructures, emerging and disruptive technologies, space, the security implications of climate change, as well as foreign information manipulation and interference.

  2. In signing this declaration we will take the NATO-EU partnership forward in close consultation and cooperation with all NATO Allies and EU Member States, in the spirit of full mutual openness and in compliance with the decision-making autonomy of our respective organisations and without prejudice to the specific character of the security and defence policy of any of our members. In this context, we view transparency as crucial. We encourage the fullest possible involvement of the NATO Allies that are not members of the EU in its initiatives. We encourage the fullest possible involvement of the EU members that are not part of the Alliance in its initiatives.

  3. We will assess progress on a regular basis.
euractiv | EU-NATO sign cooperation pledge, tone down strategic autonomy talk, 10 Jan
Signed by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel, and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, the new 14-point cooperation agreement comes almost a year after Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine last February.
"Putin wanted less NATO, but he has achieved the opposite - he will have more NATO and he will have more EU," he added, adding that the EU would be "determined to contribute more effectively to global and transatlantic security".

The new EU-NATO document builds on two previous joint declarations from 2016 and 2018. But while the new version is the first of such declarations to mention Russia and China by name, the rest of the text remains largely unremarkable when it comes to pinpointing threats or practical commitments....

NATO (a/o 2022): COE (AL, TR, EU (BE, BG, HR, CZ, DK, ES, EE, FR, DE, GR, HU, IT, LV, LT, LU, NL, PL, PT, RO, SI, SK, , FI*, SE*, ME**, MK**), EEA (IS, NO), COE observers (UK, US, CA, JP)
* NATO member applicant
** NATO and EU member applicant
by Cat on Tue Jan 10th, 2023 at 07:04:16 PM EST
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I won't use the false narrative of NATO aggression ... less NATO or more NATO  ... the fact is the global community has clearly split between US/UK/NATO  and the rest.

See my analysis as soon as the conflict burst into a military operation ... a definite split with Russia not seen for many centuries cannot be seen as a succes.

The resulting energy crisis has cost the EU Community of nations half a trillion Euro's so far. Funds gone up in smoke of expensive fossil fuel ... Europe's big benefactor the U.S. will profit considerably ... so will the BIG fossil fuel corporations ... more money for lobbying US Congress and Brussels ... big LOSER is planet earth. A backward slide in emissions is a bad omen ... capitalism reigns.

The war in Ukraine is a first step in the real confrontation with China 🇨🇳 which will certainly do all to keep all of Asia within an alliance of economic cooperation. A sailing fleet of European NATO vessels through the Taiwan Strait will have little or no impact.

New House Select Committee seeks 'Cold War' victory over China | Politico |

How is this a new Cold War?

I believe China and Russia have been waging a new Cold War against us for the better part of a decade. And now we're waking up to the fact that that's happening. I recognize that this is not perfectly analogous to the old Cold War, but I find that comparison useful ... [because] it's a whole of society effort.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 10th, 2023 at 07:55:57 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 10th, 2023 at 09:38:15 PM EST
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euractiv 2022
Different mentality needed on raw material domestic mining, says EU body, 25 May
...Currently, the EU has few or non-existent domestic supplies of the materials needed for the energy transition....According to internal market commissioner Thierry Breton, Europe's supply of critical materials needs to be secured because they are a pillar of Europe's resilience. He said the European Commission has an "ambitious" agenda for raw materials in a statement for the summit. "It combines more circularity and increased sustainable domestic production with reliable partnerships across the globe, which share our environmental and social standards," he continued....
The critical raw materials act, 20 Dec A/V (EN) industrial value chain interrupted
While the EU is currently struggling to deal with the repercussions of its energy dependency on Russia, the dependence on Chinese[, South American, African, Artic, and Asian] raw materials is increasingly attracting the EU's attention. To avoid the ["]mistakes["] of the past [400 years], the EU is currently working on a legislative proposal to boost its autonomy in this area and to give it more room to maneuver: the critical raw materials act.
Single Market Critical Materials
Euopean Raw Materials Alliance
"the best enabling framework for raw materials and the Circular Economy worldwide"
BNPPF Serenity - Equity Europe

euractiv 2023
NATO, EU mull joint plan to protect Europe's critical infrastructure, 11 Jan LOL

..."We have seen the sabotage of Nord Stream that has so shown that we need to be ready and that we need to confront this new type of threat," von der Leyen said ahead of a bi-annual meeting of European Commissioners, to which NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg was invited....
Former industry CEO: For ecological transition, we must 'exploit all of Europe's mines', 11 Jan
..."we need to go beyond the classic market economy by encouraging the development of the EU mining industry through financial support from member states", [Philippe Varin, former Orano Group chairman] explained. The EU must take a close look at the work that CHINA has been doing for the past 20 years and at what the US wants to put in place with its Inflation Reduction Act - a package of anti-inflation measures projected to help reduce domestic greenhouse gas emissions over the next ten years.

Varin said that looking inward and thinking about strategic autonomy was the only way the EU can exploit its own raw materials and rare earth. In this sense, the transition is "an industrial revolution" for which full decarbonisation of the energy mix and exploiting, producing, and transforming critical raw materials on European soil will become imperative, the expert added.

by Cat on Thu Jan 12th, 2023 at 06:45:20 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jan 19th, 2023 at 08:41:42 PM EST
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naturalgasintel | TTF PLUNGES to Lowest Level Since 2021 as Natural Gas Supply Outlook Strengthens, 4 Jan seasonal victory
as warmer weather has eased concerns that the region won't have enough of the fuel to make it through winter.

The Dutch Title Transfer Facility (TTF) February contract fell to nearly $22/MMBtu on Tuesday. That's a low not seen since November 2021 before Russia invaded Ukraine and sent natural gas prices soaring to record highs on supply fears.
Liquefied natural gas imports hit 13.1 million tons in December, according to data from Kpler. That broke a previous record of 11.85 Mt set in November. The United States accounted for the bulk of deliveries to Europe, shipping 5.45 Mt of the super-chilled fuel in December. Russia [!] and Qatar [!] were the next biggest suppliers, selling 1.66 Mt and 1.54 Mt to Europe, respectively, according to Kpler.

Uniper SE said Tuesday that the first liquefied natural gas cargo arrived at its import terminal in Wilhelmshaven. The Maria Energy arrived carrying a cargo of roughly 3 Bcf of natural gas, or enough for 50,000 German households. The terminal started operations Dec. 17 after the Hoegh Esperanza floating storage and regasification unit arrived at the port.

TTF declined throughout last week, with a brief reversal on Thursday as the market reacted to varying weather forecasts and baked in the possibility of more competition from Asia. The Japan-Korea Marker (JKM) [!] continues to hold the premium over TTF as demand weakens in Europe and more is expected in Asia later in the winter, but Asian spot buying has remained limited.

< wipes tears >
Meanwhile, in the United States on Tuesday, Henry Hub NOSEDIVED as well. The February [NG MMBtu] contract lost 49 cents to close at $3.98.[LNG export a/o 31 Oct 2022]

Warmer weather is expected across the Lower 48 states through the middle of January, "which is expected to reduce heating demand and drive looser market balances," said Schneider Electric analyst Christin Kelley. According to Schneider, natural gas production levels have completely recovered from freeze-offs during a brutal winter ["bomb cyclone"] over the Christmas holiday. Production is trending around 100 Bcf/d after dropping more than 11% during late December....

archived 1-, 3- and 12-month ahead caps, Mon Oct 17th, 2022 peg, Sun Dec 26th, 2021, Sun Nov 8th, 2009

What is an  LNG netback price?
by Cat on Wed Jan 4th, 2023 at 08:36:37 PM EST
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hum hum. Expanded LNG export facilities in North America offer a huge windfall for exporters, because they now get Eurasian prices for their gas. However, the fact that N American gas is still effectively stranded is illustrated that the domestic price (Henry hub) has retreated to historic levels, less than $4 USD/MMBtu, whereas world prices are ten times that...  with um no short-term fix in view.

Which means that BASF must surely be eyeing up plant sites in the USA...

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Jan 6th, 2023 at 11:37:10 AM EST
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Not intentional of course ... economic strategy of the global foremost bully ... or I will sanction you!

#blitzkrieg #euleftsleeping #wearenato

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 6th, 2023 at 02:27:13 PM EST
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It's certainly a useful lesson in self-reliance for Europe.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Jan 6th, 2023 at 03:20:28 PM EST
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Set the poorest families back 4 years ...

Purchasing power trends are the year-on-year change in people's income | CBS Stats - 2020 |

    Since 2000, purchasing power only declined in 2005 and in the years 2010-2013 as a result of the economic crisis. Those years also saw more people experience a decline rather than a rise in purchasing power.

So Putin had Europe by one leg, Biden has got Europe by the throat. What is there to like?

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 6th, 2023 at 08:00:46 PM EST
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First posted in my diary ...

Terrorism as a Global Wave Phenomenon: Anarchist Wave

The First Wave of global terrorism began in Russia. After Russia was humiliated in the Crimean War (1853-1856), Czar Alexander II decided to make it more like Western states which seemed so much stronger. In 1861, he freed 25 million serfs, roughly one third of Russia's population. He then established local self-governments, "Westernized" the judicial system, abolished capital punishment, greatly expanded universities, etc. But the changes proved difficult. The serfs had little money to buy properties necessary for their livelihoods, and the Czar refused to establish a national legislature. Narodnaya Volya (People's Will), a small group greatly influenced by anarchists, was formed in 1879, and in 1881 it assassinated Alexander II.

Doesn't bode well for the Ukraine ...

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 6th, 2023 at 09:31:42 PM EST
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EIA | Natural Gas Weekly Update w/e 21 Dec, illustrated, espec. rig count and reservoirs
Supply and Demand
Supply: According to data from PointLogic, the average total supply of natural gas rose by 0.2% (0.2 Bcf/d) compared with the previous report week. Dry natural gas production decreased by 0.9% (0.9 Bcf/d) to average 99.4 Bcf/d, and average net imports from Canada increased by 20.1% (1.1 Bcf/d).
Demand: Total U.S. consumption of natural gas rose by 15.5% (14.5 Bcf/d) compared with the previous report week, according to data from PointLogic. Natural gas consumed for [IOU] power generation increased by 8.2% (2.6 Bcf/d) week over week. Natural gas consumption in the industrial sector increased by 4.9% (1.2 Bcf/d), and in the residential and commercial sectors, natural gas consumption increased by 28.6% (10.7 Bcf/d). Below-normal temperatures throughout much of the United States this report week led to increased heating demand. Natural gas exports to Mexico increased 4.4% (0.2 Bcf/d), and natural gas deliveries to U.S. LNG export facilities (LNG pipeline receipts) averaged 12.7 Bcf/d, which was 0.4 Bcf/d higher than last week.
limits of inventory for export
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Pipeline receipts: Overall natural gas deliveries to U.S. LNG export terminals increased by 0.4 Bcf/d week over week to average 12.7 Bcf/d this report week, according to data from PointLogic. Natural gas deliveries to LNG export terminals in South Louisiana increased by 0.4 Bcf/d week over week to 9.3 Bcf/d, and natural gas deliveries to all other terminals were essentially unchanged averaging close to 3.5 Bcf/d. According to Gulf South Pipeline, natural gas deliveries to Freeport LNG [!] have averaged about 20 million cubic feet per day since December 20. Vessels departing U.S. ports: Twenty-six LNG vessels (ten from Sabine Pass, five each from Cameron and Corpus Christi, three from Calcasieu Pass, two from Cove Point, and one from Elba Island) with a combined LNG-carrying capacity of 98 Bcf departed the United States between December 15 and December 21, according to shipping data provided by Bloomberg Finance [!], L.P.
What is dry gas?
by Cat on Fri Jan 6th, 2023 at 05:13:09 PM EST
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U.S. Oil Rig Count Sees LARGEST Single Week Drop In 16 Months (20.01.23 arithmetic challenge)
The total number of total active drilling rigs in the United States fell by 4 this week, according to new data from Baker Hughes published on Friday.

The total rig count fell to 771 this week--167 rigs higher than the rig count this time in 2022, and 304 rigs lower than the rig count at the beginning of 2019, prior to The Pandemic®.

Oil rigs in the United States fell by 10 this week, to 613. It is the largest single week drop in the number of oil rigs since September 2021. Gas rigs rose by 6, to 156. Miscellaneous rigs [?!] stayed the same at 2.
Crude oil production in the United States stayed the same at 12.2 million bpd level in the week ending January 13, according to the latest weekly EIA [field production] estimates. U.S. production levels are up 500,000 bpd versus a year ago [of The Pandemic®]

EIA, Table 5.1 Crude Oil and Natural Gas Drilling Activity Measurements, number of rigs 1950-Nov 2022 (the latest month for which public data are available; NB. informant: Baker Hughes)
archival calculatedriskblog.com sample MoM total US rig count series (NB. WTI price curve)
2016 ("increased")
2017 ("crushed")

in related Price Cap Coalition "market intelligence"...
US oil field giant takes over Russia business after peers exit - RT Reuters, 22 Jan

The world's largest oilfield firm SLB (formerly Schlumberger) has managed to boost its operations in Russia by cherry-picking service and equipment contracts from Western rivals that opted to leave the country due to the threat of Ukraine-related sanctions, Reuters reported, citing the company's papers and people familiar with the issue.
Its reservoir performance division in Russia and Central Asia grew revenue by 25% from July to December of 2022 compared to the previous quarter. That outpaced the 12% and 11% growth of its Asian, Middle Eastern, and North African regions, according to documents viewed by the agency.

["]US-based["] SLB, which changed its name from Schlumberger last October, also expects to record all-time high results for the fourth quarter [2022] for its Russian reservoir performance division, according to a separate presentation seen by Reuters.
The multinational remains a major foreign employer in Russia with some 10,000 workers, or around 10% of its global workforce, spread across Russia and neighboring Kazakhstan [!].

Russia accounted for 6%, or $1.21 billion, of the total revenue of the Curacao-registered [!] company in the first nine months of 2022, according to a [SEC] regulatory filing....

by Cat on Sun Jan 22nd, 2023 at 01:34:26 PM EST
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oil edition

Bloomberg | US Rejects Oil Offers in First Attempt to Replenish Stockpiles, 6 Jan

The Biden administration is delaying the replenishment of the nation's emergency oil reserve after deciding the offers it received were either too expensive or didn't meet the required specifications, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Department of Energy rejected the several offers it got for a potential purchase in February...The department outlined its intention in December to begin restocking the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, starting with a purchase of 3 million barrels next month....The department will put off the purchase it had originally planned for next month, but its program, which used a new approach that accepts fixed-price offers, will continue, one of the people said.

archived repurchases to add to global crude oil demand when WTI at or below about $67 to $72 per barrel.... chained to DOE | FY23 Winter Oil Purchase 3MMB Request for Proposal 16 Dec

Thank goodness, the EU is no longer dependent on PUTIN embargoed "Russian-origin" petro or petrochems (so long the Price Cap Coalition excludes transformed "Russian-origin" petro or petrochems from its contraband action plan) and is prepared to pay unrestrained, premium prices for NOPEC and OPEC+ exports. PUTIN's "energy war" against ReNew European transition (from pre-industrial emissions) to net-zero (1990) emissions (fit for 2050) has FAILED to destroy demand for fossil fuels in advanced economies around the world! Peace dividends of EU vested interest in its association agreement in Ukraine are right around the corner—$750B reconstrucion invoice PLUS UAH 1.3T reparation payments for energy genocide, or ecocrimes, of the Russian Federation.

by Cat on Sat Jan 7th, 2023 at 02:22:21 PM EST
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Price Cap Coalition (AKA "buyer cartel") publicists have been chasing their tails to work out victory of liberal democracies against "pariah" states
  1. Russian Federation
  2. OPEC
  3. China

while both supply of and demand for (read: price/unit) defy conventional advantages of total world domination that secure profits to which they are accustomed.
by Cat on Mon Jan 9th, 2023 at 06:08:31 PM EST
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WTI CRUDE closes 79.86
BRENT closes 85.28

WTI CRUDE plunges 71.20
BRENT slides 74.32


China's COVID CRISIS Will Ensure Oil Price Volatility
timing the market of pump 'n' dump handles

by Cat on Sat Jan 14th, 2023 at 02:14:33 AM EST
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... and Urals is trading at a $26 discount on Brent, indicating that the price cap is worth about ten bucks a barrel.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Jan 17th, 2023 at 11:14:28 AM EST
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Gah bless the SPR Inflation Reduction Act!
by Cat on Mon Jan 16th, 2023 at 06:30:27 PM EST
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Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership on the Debt Limit, 18 Jan inflation reduction
Treasury will need to start taking certain extraordinary measures to prevent the United States from defaulting on its obligations. The two extraordinary measures Treasury anticipates implementing this month are (1) redeeming existing, and suspending new investments of the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund (CSRDF) and the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund (Postal Fund), and (2) suspending reinvestment of the Government Securities Investment Fund (G Fund) of the Federal Employees Retirement System Thrift Savings Plan.
archived home to many best-in-class financial and professional services

Why the White House is refusing to negotiate on the debt ceiling, 19 Jan routine

Congress has voted to increase the debt limit more than a dozen times in the last 25 years -- including three times during the Trump administration....
US Treasury buys time for Biden and GOP on debt limit deal, 20 Jan routine
An artificially imposed cap, the debt ceiling has been increased roughly 80 times since the 1960s....
archived Bidenomics, Debt Is (Mostly) Money We Owe to Ourselves
by Cat on Sat Jan 21st, 2023 at 04:57:23 AM EST
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Yellen warns of debt ceiling "catastrophe" for U.S. AND BEYOND, 28 Jan Lightyear, Buzz
• In the event of a default, "we'll have a financial crisis," she said. "And I believe we would have recession in the United States."
• If the government were unable to issue new debt, the economy would go into a tailspin. "Spending would have to decline to match the tax revenues," Yellen said, depriving the government of any ability to juice the economy with stimulus.
• Then fear might run loose, making consumers too scared to spend -- a scenario Yellen called "psychological consequences" that "could further IMPACT spending and deepen a recession
• A few days later in Zambia, after calling Beijing a "barrier" to Zambia's debt restructuring process, China's embassy in Lusaka unloaded on Yellen and America's own "catastrophic debt problem."
US urged to properly handle debt ceiling issue to avoid hurting global economy (19.01.23)
...According to data released by the US Treasury on Wednesday, China reduced holdings of US Treasury debt by $7.8 billion in November to $870 billion - the lowest since June 2010....
Zoom in: Yellen's trip was designed to persuade Africans, including elected officials, business leaders and farmers, that the U.S. is looking for ["]a long-term relationship["] on everything from food security to rural electrification.
US move lays bare perils of its hegemonic behavior at WTO (28.01.23)
...For starters, as China's Ambassador to the WTO Li Chenggang said at a Friday [27 Jan] meeting, the US is basically appealing "every unfavorable panel report into the void, which the US itself has created."...
But the possibility of an American default was a reminder to Yellen's African hosts that the U.S. is house divided. Promises made by one political party are not guaranteed to be honored by the other.
countercurrents | China Rebukes U.S. For Brinkmanship Over U.S.'s Catastrophic Debt Problem, 25 Jan
The Reuters report added: The U.S. fiscal policy is creating its own drag.

African countries have become collateral victims of this year's rate hikes by the U.S. Federal Reserve, aimed at curbing inflation at home.

"Tightening financial conditions and the appreciating U.S. dollar have had dire consequences for most African economies," the African Development Bank (AfDB) wrote in a report last week.

by Cat on Tue Jan 31st, 2023 at 08:14:10 PM EST
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never accepts failure
• to restrain trade
• to "embargo" RF gas and oil production and export
• to "limit" RF revenue
• to "limit" G7 gas and oil consumption
• to facilitate actual price discovery worldwide
• to increase gas and oil production or increase costs gas and oil production worldwide
• to control producer price inflation worldwide
• to enforce gas and oil terms of sale worldwide
• to enforce G7-denominated "benchmark" price structure
• to reduce the cost of petroleum substitution

US Treasury | READOUT: Deputy Secretary Adeyemo's Meeting with Price Cap Coalition Deputies

Collectively, the Price Cap Coalition Deputies acknowledged the price cap on Russian crude oil's effect to date in accomplishing the Price Cap Coalition's dual goals of [1] limiting Russia's revenues from oil exports and [2] stabilizing global energy [sic] supplies.
misplaced three (3) cap precision
The Deputies agreed to an approach for refined products that will institute two distinct caps, in addition [?!] to the crude cap: one cap for [refined crude petroleum] products that generally trade at a premium [price] to crude, such as [a] diesel or [b] gas[oline] oil, and one for [refined petroleum] products that trade at a discount[sic] to [unrefined, or] crude
demand for crude (read: raw) stock varies by "grade" of impurities which determine intermediate costs of refining crude into finished fuel spedifications and distillates [read: "petrochemicals"] consumed in production of finished industrial and consumer durable, non-bio-degradable products
such as [c] fuel oils]. The Deputies agreed that this approach will better calibrate the price cap policy for refined [petroleum] products, given the wide range of [spot] market prices at which [no-cap, "premium" OPEC, NOPEC producer] products trade.
archived Basics of Refining and Optimization, transformation of Price Cap racketeering
As long as the price cap continues to meet the Coalition's dual goals, the Deputies agreed to undertake a review of the level of the crude price cap in March. This will allow the Coalition to take into account ["]developments["] in global markets after the refined products caps are implemented announced...
Bloomberg | Indian Backdoor for Russian Oil Weakens Calls for European Ban, 13 Apr 2022
Saudi Arabia more than doubled Russian oil imports in the second quarter, freeing up their own crude for export, 15 July 2022
Russian fossil fuel exports 26 December 2022 to 01 January 2023, 5 Jan
India's breaking all records for buying Russian oil, but who is the surprise buyer?, 15 Jan
The UK Loophole That Keeps Russian Oil Coming In, 16 Jan
rigzone | India Now Buying 33 Times More Russian Oil Than a Year Earlier, 17 January
EU leaves back door open - RT Bloomberg
'Banned' Russian oil in high demand- RT Bloomberg, 19 Jan Singapore

Platts to discontinue restricted-origin European ULSD [Ultra-Low-Sulfur Diesel] assessments on March 1

Platts, part of S&P Global Commodity Insights, will discontinue its restricted-origin European ULSD cargo assessments, with effect from March 1.

Platts first proposed the discontinuation in a subscriber note published Nov. 24, 2022:
These assessments were launched on April 11, 2022, to provide further price transparency [!] into what was a developing [regional] market at the time, as Platts had observed a number of participants in the European diesel market restricting Russian material, in part or entirely, in their spot trading activity due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

As European markets increasingly shifted away from buying Russian-origin products, Platts decided to change the methodology of its established benchmark European diesel assessments to exclude Russian-origin product with effect from June 1, 2022, from open origin previously.

btw, the Price Cap Coalition is no closer to defining a RF fiscal "break even" price/bbl than it was Dec 2021, because it kicked CBR off SWIFT, can't track onshore FX pairs and swaps;  can't independently verify tanker and pipe deliveries; can't or won't independently verify RF current account income and all-trade partners; can't verify long-term contract settlement; and rely on a limited sample of no-cap compliant brokers (possibly P&I insurers) to voluntarily, accurately report dated transactions.
by Cat on Sat Jan 21st, 2023 at 07:46:24 PM EST
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never accepts failure

Dialy Sabah | Over 90% of EU, G-7 firms active in Russia despite sanctions: Report, 22 Jan

The report said there were 2,405 subsidiaries owned by 1,404 EU and G-7 [holding] companies as of April 2022 and only less than 9% of them were closed or sold.

"Confirmed exits by EU and G-7 firms that had equity stakes in Russia account for 6.5% of total profit before tax. As for EU and G-7 firms with active commercial operations in Russia, with available information in the ORBIS database, 8.6% of tangible fixed assets, 8.6% of total assets, 10.4% of operating revenue, and 15.3% of total employees were found," the report stated.

The report also showed that there are more exits by foreign firms headquartered in the U.S. than those based in the EU and Japan; fewer than 18% of U.S. subsidiaries have actually divested.

archived divest? HOW?

income P&L and balance sheet "accountability"
What is a corporate charge-off?
What is a corporate write-down?
What is a corporate write-off?

Simon Evenett, "Less than Nine Percent of Western Firms Have Divested from Russia" (University of St. Gallen: 13.01.23), 16 pp

...Even when a Western firm has decided to exit and committed to do so publicly, it may still ultimately fail to do so. For instance, it may not be able to find a buyer for its subsidiary that is prepared to pay a high enough price. And even when a buyer is found and the price agreed, the Russian [, US, or EU] government may have put in place obstacles that impede or anyway delay the sale, or ultimately prevent transfer of proceeds abroad.5

For all these reasons we may observe Western companies not divesting their assets from the Russian economy. Thus, the research question we address is: how many EU and G7 firms that had ["]active equity["] investments in Russia at the beginning of the conflict have divested at least one of their subsidiaries by the end of November 2022?...

by Cat on Sun Jan 22nd, 2023 at 05:53:12 PM EST
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never accepts failure

Madness of the brave statesman

The Minister of Finance of Saudi Arabia, Prince Mohammed al-Jadaan, may God prolong his days, last Friday began to dot all the I, Yo and other letters of the world alphabet.
But it all started small. The kingdom agreed with the Chinese that it would sell part of its oil for yuan.

In Washington, they were not even very alarmed, and it was not up to the Saudis - here it is necessary to defeat Russia, but it still cannot be defeated. Here is the Kingdom and unbelted to the point of impossibility.

And now America does not understand what to do with the Saudis. It seems that the time has come to apply the NOPEC anti-cartel law on recognizing Saudi Arabia's actions to artificially limit [or increase] oil production in order to maintain high prices on the world market [power] as violating the [goddam, godgiven] rights of American consumers. So what happened?

Some grimy Saudi minister, may Allah preserve him, has agreed that Saudi Arabia will soon negotiate with all buyers of its oil to switch to settlements in the national currencies of the buyer countries. Say, it's time for the Kingdom to abandon such toxic currencies as the dollar and the euro - however, for the euro the Kingdom will sell oil to the European Union, and for dollars - to America.

< wipes tears >
by Cat on Mon Jan 23rd, 2023 at 03:34:20 PM EST
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never accepts failure

EU eyes $100/barrel cap on Russian premium [sic] oil products

like ["discounted"] diesel [FUEL] and a $45 [?!] per barrel cap on ["]discounted["] products like fuel oils, European Union officials said on Thursday (26 January).
The $60 [?!] per barrel [EU "embargo"] limit on [Russian-origin] crude is now up for review as the [spot] market price has been just below the cap.
by Cat on Fri Jan 27th, 2023 at 11:09:57 PM EST
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UA Ambassador to France, Vadym Omelchenko w/e 28 Jan

CNN | West to deliver 321 tanks to Ukraine

...US this week pledged to provide 31 M1 Abrams tanks and Germany agreed to send 14 Leopard 2A6s. Previously the United Kingdom has pledged 14 Challenger 2 tanks, while Poland has asked for approval from Germany to transfer some of its own German-made Leopard 2s to Ukraine...
Reuters | Total of 321 heavy tanks promised to Ukraine - Ukraine ambassador to France
"As of today, numerous countries have officially confirmed their agreement to deliver 321 heavy tanks to Ukraine," Vadym Omelchenko, Ukraine's ambassador to France, said in an interview with French TV station BFM. "Delivery terms vary for each case[,] and we need this help as soon as possible," he added.

Omelchenko did not provide a breakdown of the number of tanks per country.

1 bbl crude = 42 US gal. Max fuel capacity per unit ranges 440-500 US gal, or approx. 11 bbl crude per unit. However, none of these battle tanks run on crude oil; they consume "discounted"— or "premium"— priced refined "fuel oil" (gasoline, diesel, jet, kerosene). Regardless of "fuel oil" type, the optimal, maximum operating range is 340 mi (550 km) without refueling. Which implies above all that the Price Cap Coalition must guarantee daily supply of various "fuel oil" to Ukrainian MBT operators wherever and whenever necessity demands fuel; the probability that the "global" supply chain is willing or able to deliver such "Russian-origin" crude and oil products by sea or pipe to Ukraine's ports ≤ the price cap is nil; therefore, S/T and L/T search for OPEC, NOPEC "excess capacity" will also fail to "stabilize" the prices of these "dual-use" commodities, much less secure and fulfill NATO's current "fuel oil" demand worldwide.

Unless RF destroys NATO gifts (tanks, vehicles, jets) to the UAF faster than NATO can replenish them.

by Cat on Sat Jan 28th, 2023 at 01:23:18 PM EST
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Don't forget Morocco .. non-NATO member ... 1st amongst Arab states .. penitence for QatarGate and MEP corruption ... will too deliver xxx number renovated Russian era tanks to Ukraine :-(

These are ready to be shipped ... the most modern Western tanks will likely arrive after the Spring battle has passed.

Blows my mind what happened before - on - after 24-02-2022 in Europe.... such a beautiful garden wrecked by tanks from ALL sides.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 28th, 2023 at 02:04:13 PM EST
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m'k. Let's go with wikiwtf inventory.

Do these come equipped with regulary scheduled discount "fuel oil" delivery to Ukraine?

by Cat on Sat Jan 28th, 2023 at 03:41:39 PM EST
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hmmm, Morocco is a net oil importer. And has limited refining capacity to satisfy domestic demand.
ima go out on a limb to predict, Morocco will not be delivering "fuel oils" with its "refurbished" T-72B tank gifts to Ukraine. Perhaps Morocco will divert its oil and oil products from Europe instead?
..."Morocco's decision to deliver arms to Ukraine was taken, almost under duress, during the Rammstein summit for Ukraine which took place on April 26, 2022 [!] and which was hosted by the United States. At this summit, Tunisia and Morocco were the only two countries to represent North Africa....
Newsqueek | What Are [Soviet] T-72B Tanks?
I dont't see a note about fuel efficiency. ("fuel oil": diesel; 0.44L/km or 0.92mpg estimated)
by Cat on Sat Jan 28th, 2023 at 04:31:37 PM EST
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Main Battle Tank - Russia

The T-72B1 is powered by a multi-fuel V-12 piston air-cooled 840 hp engine that will run on three fuels: Diesel, Benzene or Kerosene. Two 200-liter auxiliary fuel drums can be fitted on the rear of the hull. The T-72 can be fitted with a snorkel for deep fording, and takes about 20 minutes to prepare for amphibious use.

Not sure what engine is used in the upgraded version

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 28th, 2023 at 07:29:45 PM EST
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and dismissed it, because I couldn't immidiately locate commensurate fuel efficiency metrics; same for Abrams M1-*models, Leopard Leopard 2A-, Challenger 2-. I settled for the "diesel" link, because the informant specifically claims
...Initially refurbished and upgraded [read: "modernized" to your point] T-72B3 tanks were powered by original V-84-1 diesel engine, developing 840 hp. However later production tanks were fitted with a new V-92S2F engine, developing 1 130 hp. This tank is also fitted with new tracks....
along with munition and armor details. However, having earlier qualified optimal range (ergo max fuel capacity, ergo "curb wght"), I'm not pressed to discuss hypothetical, marginal operating efficiency or inefficiency attributable to diesel-substitute "fuel oils".

Additionally, I've come across quite a bit of criticism concerning maintenance hours, replacement parts, and the usefull life of (reported) salvaged equipment shipping to the UAF. Could this "heavy tank" publicity be concealing 5%, 10%, or 20% of late model, "modern" NATO reserve MBTs for field test? Sure: Skunk works enter all manufacturer R&D. But iduno; don't care.
cockroach alert GAO | Weapon System Sustainment

The salient point is, none of them will roll—NATO's "game change" offensive is dead, literally parked—if fuel supply to Ukraine MBT operators is restricted. Do you imagine re-fitted petrol stations across the country? IRCR-flagged liquid cargo trailers, railcars?

by Cat on Sat Jan 28th, 2023 at 10:01:58 PM EST
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At the risk of repeating myself...
Go to Oilprice.com and compare Urals to whatever other benchmark you like, for the past three months.

And tell me what you see.

Did the pricecappers expect a bigger impact than $10 a barrel? Perhaps they did, if they are complete idiots. I suspect they think it was worth all the fuss. What do you think?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Jan 30th, 2023 at 04:08:10 PM EST
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Bank of America "financial and professional services" sales kit

U.S. Seizes $1.4 Billion In Frozen Iraqi Assets, 21 Mar
"The money, plus an additional $600 million frozen by Britain and 10 other countries, will be used to help defray the costs of rebuilding Iraq after Saddam Hussein's regime is toppled, Treasury Secretary John W. Snow said in announcing Bush's order."

U.S. Warns Iraq It Risks Losing Access to Key Bank Account if Troops Told to Leave, 11 Jan
"Iraq, like other countries, maintains government accounts at the New York Fed as an important part of managing the country's finances, including revenue from oil sales."

Iraq's currency on roller coaster ride amid foreign transfers scrutiny, 15 Jan frozen assets

While the official exchange rate has been fixed at 1,470 Iraqi dinars against the dollar, the currency was trading at up to 1,600 to the greenback on local markets from mid-November before settling at about 1,570 dinars, according to state media.
Since mid-November, Iraqi banks have had to comply with specific SWIFT international transfer system criteria to access their foreign reserves, estimated at $100 billion and held at the [New York Fed].

"Taking part in the international cross-border fund transfers requires complying with global anti-money laundering provisions, counterterrorist financing provisions, and sanctions provisions - such as those that apply to Iran or Russia," [economic expert Ahmed] Tabaqchali said...."The U.S. Federal Reserve examines the requests, and if there are any suspicions, it stops the transfer," he said.

Since the adoption of the new ["]mechanism["] in November, the Fed has blocked about 80% of transfer requests to Iraqi banks due to doubts over the final destination of these transfers, according to Saleh.

Purchasing power plunges

This has led to a shortage of dollars on the Iraqi market and a depreciation in the dinar's value.

by Cat on Mon Jan 23rd, 2023 at 12:45:15 AM EST
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This has been covered by all the Italian press, in Italian. In English, on the other hand, Ukrainian Nazis don't exist so you need to go to Marxist sites
Four members of a neo-Nazi terrorist cell have been arrested in Italy on suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks in the country. A police investigation revealed links between this organisation and fascist groups in Ukraine, including the notorious Azov battalion. This incident highlights the hypocrisy of western imperialism, which is funnelling cash and guns to armed groups in Ukraine with neo-Nazi and far-right roots, evidence of which are regularly dismissed as overblown or "Russian propaganda".
They were planning an attack on a plice station near Naples
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Jan 20th, 2023 at 06:13:23 PM EST
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Italy being at the forefront again, I see. By the way I just finished Eco's Numero Zero and remembering all the Gladio and Borghese coup stories is always a trip.
by generic on Fri Jan 20th, 2023 at 08:53:45 PM EST
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The Cossack who took on the Bolsheviks: How a Russian officer inadvertently buried independent Ukraine, 1917-1920
In February 1918, the fugitive government of the UPR signed a peace treaty with the Central Powers of World War I in Brest. Ukraine assumed obligations to supply food to Germany and Austria-Hungary, and in return, the latter recognized Ukrainian independence and promised to liberate Ukrainian lands from the Bolsheviks. Recognition of independence in exchange for food shouldn't seem insignificant. At the end of the First World War, the Central Powers experienced a major shortage. Ukraine's resources, practically unaffected by the war, were more than welcome.

It took German and Austrian troops a month to recapture Kiev and most of Ukraine from the Bolsheviks. The government of the "formally independent" country returned on the heels of the German Imperial Army. The Germans cleared Kiev of beggars in a couple of days and spent another week getting rid of rampant bandits. And then, they turned on the "formally independent" UPR government.
In 1917, Skoropadsky apparently lacked significant political ambitions. An aristocrat and one of the major landowners in Ukraine, he was wary of the Provisional Government and Central Rada's socialist views. Skoropadsky's election as General Ataman of the Free Cossacks was one of the few illustrious moments in his political career. At the beginning of the 20th century, dressing up as a Cossack was an oddity even by violent revolutionary standards.

Skoropadsky was the descendant of a Cossack hetman who lived 200 years earlier. This strengthened his authority in the eyes of the Ukrainians. Moreover, in contrast to the demagogues of the Central Rada, Skoropadsky had money, social influence, and combat experience - a solid foundation for power in revolutionary times.

Before the Bolsheviks' offensive in Ukraine, Skoropadsky resigned, which saved his reputation during the fall of the Central Rada. After the UPR was returned to Kiev, Skoropadsky engaged in building ties with the Ukrainian elites and the leadership of the German and Austrian occupation forces. The latter were interested in the exportation of food from Ukraine, which the UPR leadership could not provide. Skoropadsky, on the other hand, relied on major landowners and could easily ensure German interests.

by Cat on Mon Jan 23rd, 2023 at 01:23:43 AM EST
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Mit dem Sparpreis günstig in die Ukraine reisen

Das Wichtigste auf einen Blick

Das Angebot ist nur personalbedient im DB Reisezentrum und DB Agenturen erhältlich

Kinder bis 3 Jahre reisen kostenfrei mit einer Begleitperson, die mindestens 18 Jahre ist

25 % Rabatt mit der BahnCard 25/50/100 auf den deutschen Streckenanteil
Ab 52,30 Euro

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jan 24th, 2023 at 06:56:10 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Dec 31st, 2022 at 01:07:46 PM EST
MSN Torygraph | Nuclear plants face shutdown over tax on windfalls
EDF, which operates all five of the country's serving nuclear plants, said the Chancellor's raid on power producers will make it harder to keep the ageing Heysham 1 and Hartlepool stations open as long as hoped.
Mr Hunt's windfall tax levy on electricity generators, which was announced in the Autumn Statement in November, comes into force today. Conservative MPs have warned that the raid will reduce investment in the UK's energy market at a time when the country needs dependable energy sources to balance more intermittent wind and solar power.
RT | UK stops Russian gas imports
the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office confirmed on Sunday in a post on Twitter.
According to the UK Office for National Statistics [ONS], the sanctions-hit country [RF] was Britain's biggest supplier of refined oil, providing 24% of the nation's total supply. At the same time, the share of crude oil imports from Russia totalled 5.9% in 2021.

Data tracked by the office shows that, in 2022, the US became the largest source of LNG supplies to Britain. In 2023, London is planning to replace Russian LNG with supplies from Qatar and Azerbaijan.

by Cat on Mon Jan 2nd, 2023 at 09:13:23 PM EST
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France HITS BACK at America with green industry plan, 4 Jan First World neolib "subsidy" violence
Le Maire's move is France's COUNTER-STRIKE to prevent the flight of industry FDI out of Europe -- a fear that has only been compounded by the fact the EU is facing far higher energy costs than the U.S., partly < wipes tears> because of the war in Ukraine.
conversely, greater reserve currency borrowing costs
Fed raises interest rates half a point to highest level in 15 years
ECB hikes rates, sees significant increases ahead as it announces plan to shrink balance sheet
"Let's take advantage of this moment ... to become the leading decarbonized nation in Europe," he said. No figures however have yet been announced.

On Wednesday, Le Maire also said he and his German counterpart Robert Habeck were pushing to get EU partners to adopt < wipes tears > "a European Inflation Reduction Act" which would include "bigger, swifter and more simplified subsidies" for green industries.

EU leaders have so far agreed to ask the European Commission to come up with proposals to make the bloc more competitive in the face of the green subsidy spurge [sic] in the U.S. These are expected to be discussed at a European Council summit in February.

archived US tax credits and sales rebates

DICTION CORNER novel *-English portmanteau or simile suicide? You be the judge.
surge, serge, splooge, spurge

by Cat on Wed Jan 4th, 2023 at 04:14:45 PM EST
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Thank you for "spurge", that I didn't know, Euphorbe en français (good for warts, apparently). Splooge works better in the context.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Jan 6th, 2023 at 12:00:36 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Jan 6th, 2023 at 03:40:59 PM EST
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NEW script!
Politico.eu.com | Von der Leyen announces Net-Zero Industry Act to compete with US subsidy spree, 17 Jan inflation tax credit friendshoring Marshall Plan subsidy "spurge" debt "mechanism" competition
"The aim will be to focus investment on strategic projects along the entire [read: worldwide] supply chain," von der Leyen said at the World Economic Forum in Davos. "We will especially look at how to simplify and fast-track permitting for new clean tech production sites."

The efforts come in response to Washington's Inflation Reduction Act -- a $369 billion green subsidy [sic] package that the EU fears will drive industry abroad FDI outflows to USA. In her speech, von der Leyen warned that the U.S.'s actions had provoked concern in the EU capital.
The EU executive will also prepare a European Sovereignty Fund as part of the mid-term review of the bloc's long-term budget, she added.

This will come in addition to [corporate] tax-breaks for green industry and leaner state aid rules for clean tech subsidy of CapEx and "energy-intensive" externalities. The Commission is currently in consultation with EU nations over how best to revise the bloc's emergency state aid rules, following several spiraling economic CRISES provoked by The Pandemic and the [UNPROVOKED] WAR IN UKRAINE.

antitrust farce
On Monday, the EU's competition chief Margrethe Vestager warned that the bloc's competitiveness [read: value chain] can't be built "out of subsidies" and that forthcoming changes to the EU's emergency state aid rules should remain temporary, for fear of fracturing the internal market.

Her views collide with those of Thierry Breton -- the EU's Internal Market chief -- who said that "short-term temporary solutions" were not sufficient.
<blockuote>The EU executive will also prepare a European Sovereignty Fund as part of the mid-term review of the bloc's long-term budget.

archived 'Made in Europe' strategy, post-FIT tech, like the Americans
by Cat on Tue Jan 17th, 2023 at 09:55:11 PM EST
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NEW script! (running time 00:24:00)
euractiv | EU Commission announces 'Green Deal Industrial Plan', but no fresh money, 28 Jan
As the [DEMOCRATIC] US and [COMMUNIST] China inject massive ["]subsidies["] to win the green technology RACE, the European Union cannot afford to stand still, according to Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission.

"And that means that we Europeans also need to get better at nurturing our own clean-tech industry," she said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

"We have a plan, a Green Deal Industrial Plan, our plan to make Europe the home of clean tech and industrial innovation," she announced on Tuesday (17 January).

sovereign tax and budget authorities
Many EU countries have already announced funding programmes for clean tech, said Thierry Breton, the EU's internal market commissioner. Among the biggest are Germany (with about €100 billion), the Netherlands (€45 billion) and France (with €55 billion over 10 years). Adding Spain and Italy, Europe has already earmarked "more than €250-280 billion" for clean tech, Breton said.
The risk is that companies in those countries take advantage of this to take a dominant position in the EU single market, to the detriment of other companies in smaller EU member states which do not enjoy similar government backing [read: tax shelter, no-low interest loans, deferred loan payment, and grants].

To address this, the Commission chief announced the creation of a new "European Sovereignty Fund" [read: EUR-denominated EU bond issues] which will be tabled as part of a wider mid-term EU budgetary review due in the summer.

However, it seems unlikely that the sovereignty fund will have new cash, with GERMANY so far refusing to repeat the EU's joint borrowing experiment that was first introduced in 2020 with the bloc's €800 billion recovery fund adopted in response to the coronavirus crisis.
No fresh money

With no fresh money on the table, the Commission is looking at a "bridging solution" [read: subordinate debt] for smaller EU countries.

revenue acts and paid-in ECB capital
Experts sceptical

While the US and China have centralised industrial policy [read: federal, not FRB, tax and budget authorities] initiatives, Europe has a fragmented approach due to the different layers of government [read: capital structure "proportionality"] - whether at regional, national or EU level.

"The problem is not Europe having no green industrial policy. The problem is Europe having too many of them," he told EURACTIV in emailed comments. "It's an uphill battle to even understand what's really going on in this space," [Breugel fellow Simone Tagliapietra] said. ...

archived EU finance in A Tale of two Budgets, 'United States of Europe', The Origins of the Modern Grants-In-Aid System: 1860-1932, the spirit and course of confederacy in GD III, Fri Aug 18th, 2017
by Cat on Wed Jan 18th, 2023 at 07:45:37 PM EST
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russian.rt.com | WPN: Poland will bill Europe for weapons for Ukraine, 24 Jan
(MSM corroboration pending)
Today, during a press conference, Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki was asked whether the country would somehow be able to return the money for the weapons transferred to Ukraine. In March 2022, immediately after the start of the Ukrainian conflict, the European Peace Fund was launched in the EU, which is used to finance arms supplies to Ukraine; now the size of the fund has reached €3.6 billion, writes the portal WNP.  

"Of course, we will also apply for compensation to the EU ... This will be another goodwill gesture of the European Union. The EU should compensate us for these costs. I hope that this will happen," the head of the Polish government said. "In the context of Leopard tanks and the transfer of modern equipment to self-defending [sic] Ukraine, Poland is again at the forefront: this is again we are organizing assistance, putting pressure on Germany," the Polish leader emphasized.

WPN.pl Business Portal. Retrieved 24.01.23
WNP.pl | Morawiecki on the BBC: We will wait a week or two for Germany's response, 24 Jan
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday that Poland would wait a week or two for a German response regarding permission to hand over its Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, but it was determined to do so, whatever that response might be.
archived supra, Inflation Reduction Act applicability, Beyond CIA and Pentagon Intelligence, coal-fired Poland goes nuclear, Poland still doesn't understand captalism

running time 00:14:09, subtitles enabled
RATAJCZAK:What sells well in Poland, Europe, or the European Union many not be welcomed with enthusiasm for entry to the US market and, subsequently accelerate its business after its registration in Nevada [!].
LACHERT: And why is Nevada a good place? Can this state become a kind of gateway for Poles to enter the entire US market? Is there anything particualarly attractive in Nevada for entrepreneurs or specific industries?
RATAJCZAK: We have been cooperating with Nevada for a few years. Specifically, we have been working with institutions committed to supporting entrepreneurship in Nevada. We believe that Nevada offers an optimal ecosystem [!] for supporting innovation and entrepreneurship. As an illustration, Nevada borders with California [!] and, in recent years, many companies native to California have migrated to Nevada for economic reasons an because of its friendly [income] tax system and support for entrepreneurship.
best seller
Sontag, S., In America (1999) 398 pp
by Cat on Tue Jan 24th, 2023 at 05:31:01 PM EST
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'Like Marx on steroids:' EU governments slam subsidy plan, 30 Jan G7 e pluribus Inflation Reduction Act "competitive" strategery
The EU Commission president will this week lay out her ideas for an industrial policy designed to help major manufacturers and other businesses remain competitive in the face of two EXISTENTIAL threats: high energy bills and American domestic subsidies for their rivals.
Central to [Von der Leyen's] blueprint is loosening restrictions on how much money [national] governments or the EU ["]centrally["] can pump in as subsidies known as "state aid" to prop up struggling businesses.
In draft conclusions seen by POLITICO, Council President Charles Michel has also pitched the idea of establishing a fund financed by joint EU loans bond sales that would allow EU countries to subsidize industry on equal terms.

A wide range of EU ambassadors hit out at those draft conclusions in a meeting last week, four EU diplomats told POLITICO. In the meeting, Dutch Ambassador Robert De Groot slammed Michel's pitch as "Karl Marx" on steroids, according to three of the diplomats.
Written in Paris
EU leaders will thrash out their options at a summit on February 9-10. Von der Leyen plans to follow that up with more detailed industrial policy proposals in March, followed by a Net-Zero Industry Act which would channel investments into green tech production sites as part of new benchmarks for climate-friendly industries. She has said she'd work in the longer term on the European sovereignty fund.

Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden already laid out their fears...finance ministers of Finland, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Austria and Slovakia sent a letter to Trade Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis ...Italy also sent around a nonpaper that warns against loosening state aid rules

Others are skeptical as well, as it's not likely to yield much easy money in comparison to the U.S. tax breaks in the Inflation Reduction Act. ...
by Cat on Tue Jan 31st, 2023 at 04:55:17 PM EST
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"classic Russian technique"
by Cat on Thu Jan 19th, 2023 at 09:38:29 PM EST
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You mean, arresting people at demonstrations?

38 people arrested in Paris, 400 000 demonstrators. That's nearly 0.01%.
At any anti-government demonstration in Moscow, the percentage is 100.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Jan 20th, 2023 at 11:12:45 AM EST
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by Cat on Fri Jan 20th, 2023 at 02:47:31 PM EST
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China lifts ban on Irish beef imports, reopening multimillion-euro market, 5 Jan
Prior to the ban, in 2019, the value of Irish beef exports to China amounted to €96 million and was on course to rise to over €100 million in 2020.

Celebrating the news, announced on Thursday (5 January), Irish agriculture minister Charlie McConalogue called China's decision to resume Irish beef imports on the same conditions as before a "clear vote of confidence in the output of our beef sector".
As per the country's latest Climate Action Plan, which pledges to halve overall carbon emissions by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050, greenhouse gas emissions in Ireland's agriculture industry must be reduced by 25% by 2030.

But, for the IFA [Irish Farmer's Association], the move is more likely to strengthen farmers' economic viability rather than drive up ...

archived A desire for more cows.
However, a representative from the Irish Farmer's Association (IFA) warned that the combination of the impact of the COVID pandemic on China's food service industry, together with ground gained on the market by competitors such as Brazil in the absence of Irish beef imports over the past < wipes tears> two and a half years [!], means the market may not immediately bounce back....
BRICS (2009 FTA): CN, RU, BR, IN, ZA; AR*, DZ*, EG*, ID*, IR*, CM*, ML*, SN*, TH*, UZ*, FJ*, ET*, KZ*
by Cat on Fri Jan 6th, 2023 at 03:18:57 AM EST
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Six potential reasons why this time is different, and there won't be a recession, 29 Jan
A Big Recession Poll

According to Macrobond, 100% of the yield curve is now inverted. Even though the 30-year Treasury yield is a couple of basis points higher than the 10-year Treasury yield, the message of the chart is clear: the yield curve is signaling a US recession is in the making

by Cat on Mon Jan 30th, 2023 at 12:21:47 PM EST
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OpEd | European Green Deal for Ukraine: The time to launch is now
The European Union has ambitious plans to decarbonise its economy but achieving its goal of producing 35 billion cubic meters of biomethane [read: natural gas] by 2030 may be unrealistic without leveraging Ukraine's potential, writes Olga Bielkova.

Ukraine is fighting a war for our right to exist, and now, the defense of our country, the safety of our people, and the preservation of our values are a singular focus for every Ukrainian. Yet, we can't postpone the question of reconstruction until after the victory.

parity watch UAH:EURO, 1:0.025
When announcing The European Green Deal Investment Plan, the Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, was right to emphasise the role of public investment as a key to unlocking even bigger opportunities with private funds.

The European Green Deal Investment Plan was conceived with a very specific goal in mind - to mobilise €1 trillion of sustainable, private sector investments. Its ambition reached beyond environmental concerns and the need to achieve net zero by 2050 - this is how Europe plans to build a competitive and inclusive economy.

We need this in Ukraine! The scale of damage in our country is so extensive that it doesn't make sense to rebuild what was left of the Soviet times. We can and should leapfrog to tap emerging opportunities where Ukraine has already demonstrated a competitive edge, be it agriculture, manufacturing, or IT sector. Together with our European neighbors and partners, we'd like to implement Ukraine's twin transition. ...

archived Ukriform energy genocide, adjustment bureau
ec.europa.eu | The European Green Deal Investment Plan and Just Transition Mechanism 2020
europarl.europa.eu | European Green Deal Investment Plan, Main elements and possible impact of the coronavirus pandemic 2020
Carnegie Endowment | What Does the European Green Deal Mean for Africa? 2021 loss and damages
by Cat on Tue Jan 3rd, 2023 at 03:05:40 PM EST
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IMF | Ukraine: Program Monitoring with Board Involvement, 21 Dec 103 pp pdf summary
...The fiscal deficit has ballooned to accommodate a large expansion of defense spending, financed by a combination of external support and monetization, with multiple supplementary budgets since the start of the war. The inflation targeting regime was replaced by a hard peg to the US dollar, supported by FX controls and a sizeable increase in policy interest rates. The exchange rate has come under episodic pressure (and was devalued by 25 percent in July), despite sizable external financing. Notwithstanding all these strains, the authorities have largely managed to maintain macroeconomic and financial stability, and they are committed to take necessary measures to preserve stability. ...
dnyuz.com | Ukraine's difficulties on the bond markets leave it more reliant on foreign aid., 27 Dec
Ukraine has not been able to roll over debt accumulated before the war. The country paid investors about $2.2 billion more than it collected in bond sales in that time, the Central Bank said. All of that has left Ukrainian public finance, which has been wobbly at the best of times in the post-independence period, deeply reliant on assistance from the United States, the European Union, European countries that donate individually and other [lenders].
AP | Ukraine's debts: US aims to get IMF to reexamine loan fees, 31 Dec
...The [NDAA 2023] requires American representatives to each global development bank, including the IMF, where the U.S. is the largest stakeholder, to use "the voice, vote, and influence " of the U.S. in seeking to assemble a voting bloc of countries that would change each institution's debt service relief policy regarding Ukraine.

Among other things, the U.S. is tasked with forcing the IMF to reexamine and potentially end its surcharge policy on Ukrainian loans. Surcharges are added fees on loans imposed on countries that are heavily indebted to the IMF....

"I can see why the Senate would want to relax the surcharge for Ukraine," Peter Garber, an economist who most recently worked at the global markets research division of Deutsche Bank, wrote in an email. "As the principal bankroller of economic aid for Ukraine, the US would not want to deliver funds only to have them go right to the coffers of the IMF." ...
archived Dear Mr. President and Secretary Yellen
by Cat on Tue Jan 3rd, 2023 at 03:34:03 PM EST
[ Parent ]
... Ukraine is fighting a war for our right to exist

Biggest crap ...

Speech by President von der Leyen at the European Parliament Plenary on the Russian aggression against Ukraine | March 1, 2022 |

Madam President of the European Parliament,
Mr President of the Council,
High Representative,
Mr President of the Ukraine, dear Volodymyr,
Mr Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament,
My Honourable Members,

War has returned to Europe. Almost thirty years after the Balkan Wars, and over half a century after Soviet troops marched into Prague and Budapest, civil defence sirens again went off in the heart of a European capital.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 3rd, 2023 at 08:00:27 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Politico.eu.com | EU-Ukraine summit to be held in Kyiv on February 3, 3 Jan
Top EU officials have already been to the Ukrainian capital on official visits: von der Leyen herself visited twice, first last April, then in September, while European Parliament President Roberta Metsola and European Council President Charles Michel both went to Kyiv in April.

During their first phone call of the year, Zelenskyy and von der Leyen also discussed over[-]arching issues related to the war in Ukraine. The Ukrainian president stressed "the importance of receiving the first tranche" of the latest €18 billion EU aid package to Ukraine "in January." This would amount to a €3 billion payment.

archived perverse incentives, Sat Apr 9th, 2022
by Cat on Wed Jan 4th, 2023 at 03:39:51 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Politioco.eu.com | The EU is leading Ukraine into a sovereign debt crisis, 23 Jan
Brave and economically ravaged Ukraine needs a debt deal to win the coming peace -- and grants rather than loans
< wipes tears >


by Cat on Mon Jan 23rd, 2023 at 02:40:55 PM EST
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European investors give China the cold shoulder, 3 Jan
It is perhaps good news that Beijing is moving away from its zero-COVID policies but "the die is already cast" on decoupling from China and diversifying supply chains, according to Chris Humphrey, executive director of the EU-ASEAN Business Council, which represents European businesses in Southeast Asia.
Direct investment position of the United States in China from 2000 to 2021
"Southeast Asia has been seeing the benefit of this with increased inflows of foreign direct investment, and I do not see the recent moves by China changing that trend," he added. "For many businesses, China is now being run as a discreet [?] market, whereas Southeast Asia is being seen as a part of a larger global or Asian operation."

EU member states invested around US$26.5 billion (€25.14 billion) in the 10 countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bloc in 2021, the largest yearly rate on record and about 14% of overall investment in the region, according to ASEAN data. That compares to $18.5 billion in 2020 and $6.1 billion in 2019.

ASEAN (1967 FTA): BN, KH, ID, LA, MY, MM, PH, SG, TH, VN, TL*
EAS (2005 East Asia Summit): CN, RU, IN, KR, ASEAN; US, AU, JP, NZ
APEC (1989 FTA): CN, CN-hk, CN-tw, RU, ID, SG, VN, TH, PH, MX, PE, CL, BN, PG, MY, KR; US, AU, JP, NZ, CA
IPEF (2022 NGO): US, AU, JP, IN, NZ, KR, FJ, ID, BN, MY, PH, SG, TH, VN, CA*
PBP (2022 NGO): US, UK, NZ, JP, EU*
A study published by Rhodium Group in September found that European investment in China is increasingly concentrated around a handful of large, mostly German firms.
archived World POWs G20 summit preppers, IPEF "anti-China" Summit

Eurozone economic downturn milder than expected, 4 Jan
"Eurozone still unlikely to see growth in the near future"

by Cat on Thu Jan 5th, 2023 at 12:26:45 AM EST
[ Parent ]
thecradle | Fuel-starved Germany welcomes Iraqi PM for talks on gas deliveries, 13 Jan
The Iraqi [PM Mohammed Shia al-Sudani] is also expected to finalize a deal with German conglomerate Siemens to pave the way for the 'rehabilitation and maintenance' of Iraq's power grid
The German multinational conglomerate is reportedly planning to increase its partnership with Iraq by building conventional power plants, creating renewable energy sources, and stabilizing the nation's electrical grid.

Since the start of the RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE and the ensuing [9] western sanctions [packages] against Moscow, Germany lost access to 55 percent of its LNG imports, a dire situation that has sent Berlin scrambling to open up new energy sources during the past year.

In November, Qatar signed two sales and purchase agreements with US multinational ConocoPhillips to export two million tons of LNG to Germany for at least 15 years starting in 2026...

Politico.eu.com w/e 14 Jan 2023
• Quatar's German Empire
• Whisper it, but Europe is winning the energy war with PUTIN
Sputnik | Top LNG Producer Qatar Predicts Return of Russian Gas to European Market Within Five Years
Atlantic Council 2023, runing time 07:32:01
feat. UAE Energy Minister Suhail al-Mazrouei, Qatar Energy Minister Saad al-Kaabi
by Cat on Sat Jan 14th, 2023 at 06:10:26 PM EST
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@ 01:46:01
counter-intuitive uses for the US Stategic Petroleum Reserve
by Cat on Sun Jan 15th, 2023 at 03:40:47 PM EST
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The annual World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos, Switzerland has kicked off on Monday with a number of top-tier leaders absent.
• Macron
• Biden
• Putin
• Sunak
• Xi
Of the Group of Seven (G7) leaders, only German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is set to attend Davos this year, along with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
9 heads of the2022 G7: FR, DE, IT, EU-CO, EU-EC, JP, UK, US, CA
Despite the shrinking number of political leaders, this year's attendance list is rich in top managers. Among 2,700 participants in the official WEF sessions, "we're likely to surpass the old record from 2020 with 600 global CEOs - including 1,500 C-suite level overall," according to WEF head of digital and marketing, George Schmitt.

According to Bloomberg, a total of 116 billionaires are attending the WEF this year, a 40% rise from ten years ago. Representatives from the US will form the largest group with 33 delegates. Some 18 more billionaires are coming from Europe, and 13 from India, including industrialist Gautam Adani, the world's fourth-richest person, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

by Cat on Mon Jan 16th, 2023 at 07:11:26 PM EST
[ Parent ]
An instrument similar to the button presented by secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton to Sergei Lavrov. Screwed things up instead of a commitment to work together. Nice thought of her army of PR specialists. [poor translators English to Russian btw]

What Is the Great Reset?

Klaus Schwab and co-founder WEF Thierry Malleret published a book called COVID-19: The Great Reset. In the book, they define the Great Reset as a means of addressing the "weaknesses of capitalism" that were purportedly exposed by the COVID pandemic. Misconceptions spread like a wildfire across a cork dry prairie filled with tumbleweed ...

The specific phrase "Great Reset" came into general circulation over a decade ago, with the publication of a 2010 book, The Great Reset, by American urban studies scholar Richard Florida. Written in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, Florida's book argued that the 2008 economic crash was the latest in a series of Great Resets--including the Long Depression of the 1870s and the Great Depression of the 1930s--which he defined as periods of paradigm-shifting systemic innovation.

Four years after Florida's book was published, at the 2014 annual meeting of the WEF, Schwab declared: "What we want to do in Davos this year . . . is to push the reset button"--and subsequently the image of a reset button would appear on the WEF's website.

In 2018 and 2019, the WEF organized two events that became the primary inspiration for the current Great Reset project--and also, for obvious reasons, fresh fodder for conspiracy theorists. (Don't blame me for the latter--all I'm doing is relating the historical facts.)

A Better Economy Is Possible. But We Need to Reimagine Capitalism to Do It | TIME |

The World Economic Forum's Great Reset initiative seeks new ideas in order to use this unique moment in history provided by the disruption to economics, politics and our everyday life to catalyze a new approach to how our societies are run.

Here are four important building blocks needed to make this happen: Mindset, Metrics, Incentives and Connection.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 16th, 2023 at 08:05:56 PM EST
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Notes on exhaustionism, the latest moment of the global organic crisis

The concept of exhaustionism developed in this piece describes the governance ideologies and frameworks found within advanced capitalist state/societal complexes in response to the present 'organic crisis' of post-Cold War global capitalism; one accelerated by the 2008 financial crisis and Covid-19 pandemic. The exhaustionism of political leadership within the contemporary world order has contributed to widely held assumptions that the collapse of civilisation and the planet is either occurring or imminent.

In 2018, The World Inequality Report co-authored by Thomas Piketty showed that between 1980 and 2016, the poorest 50 per cent of the global population captured twelve cents for every dollar of global income growth, while the top 1 per cent captured twenty-seven cents for every dollar. The Covid-19 pandemic and the social and public health crisis it has produced have only made such trends more explicit.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 16th, 2023 at 08:07:27 PM EST
[ Parent ]

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 16th, 2023 at 08:08:09 PM EST
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NATO membership for Ukraine would have prevented war, says Sanna Marin, 17 Jan WEF
... Marin said she was "sure" that Vladimir Putin would not have launched the invasion had Kyiv already been a member...
instead of Finland and Sweden?
< wipes tears >
by Cat on Tue Jan 17th, 2023 at 10:04:21 PM EST
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Sanne Made more waves with her dance party ...

Such a smart remark ... Ukraine could have been a member had the country been united and settled the Donbas and Crimea issue ... however Lviv/Kyiv wanted it all, especially revenge for the Holodomor food crisis under Stalin rule ... kick the Russian Navy out of Sevastopol and Zelensky asked Russia oriented citizens to leave Eastern Ukraine. As a result, Putin implemented the R2P rule to protect his citizens in the Donbas after living 8 years under artillery fire and 13,000 deaths.

When one can't get over the past, Europe will have permanent wars and an uneasy future.

A stalemate leads to present escalation and ultimate risk of a nuclear obliteration.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 17th, 2023 at 10:30:57 PM EST
[ Parent ]

The best place to hide during a nuclear blast, 17 Jan tactical tips
In a study published in Physics of Fluids, scientists simulated an atomic bomb explosion to determine the best and worst places to be in a concrete-reinforced building during such an event.  

The safest place: the corners of a room, author Ioannis Kokkinakis of Cyprus' University of Nicosia said in a statement....

archived PLANA simulation, New York gets ready, "lies about the effects of radiation"
by Cat on Wed Jan 18th, 2023 at 04:35:10 AM EST
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RT | Worlds Apart, 27 Dec "Unsafe & Not Sorry" interview, A/V (DE, EN)
For all the parallels between the hottest phases of the Cold War and the current tensions between East and West, there's at least one crucial difference. The neutrality of some European nations that was consciously created and maintained as a balancer between the two camps in the 20th century is no more. On the contrary, the neutral status of Ukraine, the basis of post-Cold War stability, is now in ruins. What does this mean for security in Europe? To discuss this, Oksana is joined by Heinz-Christian Strache, Vice-Chancellor of Austria, 2017-2019.
running time 00:25:52
by Cat on Wed Jan 18th, 2023 at 04:49:18 AM EST
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however Lviv/Kyiv wanted it all, especially revenge for the Holodomor food crisis under Stalin rule

An important insight. Whether the Holodomor was a deliberate genocide or an administrative error, it could not have happened without a totalitarian government ruling by terror. The memory of those events are a powerful motive for Ukrainians to resist Putin's Russia, not out of revenge, but of fear of a repeat. The Russian junta increasingly exhibits the aforementioned characteristics.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Jan 18th, 2023 at 09:42:07 AM EST
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So where would the food have come from under a non "totalitarian" government?
by generic on Wed Jan 18th, 2023 at 01:08:51 PM EST
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I have found one (1) relevant empirical research doc (Ukraine 1900-2009 data series) surfing the innerboobs in a torrent of US Depression era "dustbowl" historiography and anti-communist Great Famine screeds—the subject of numerous post-hoc formulaic, "liberal" correctives published after 1982 derive—but zero (0) empirical records documenting either drought, famine, or "food insecurity" related to western Europe, much less any other region of the world in the period. Which I find as peculiar as the "megadrought" archival void between, say, 120K BCE and 1315 CE (imputed interpretations of "ring" dendrology and ice cores), not to mention the fact that the US Drought Monitor surveillance begins 1950. The "Global" Drought Monitor series begins 1955.

Help. Help put paid to lie "once in 100 year" myths.

by Cat on Wed Jan 18th, 2023 at 03:45:20 PM EST
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I've read this review of Anne Applebaum's book:
Review of Anne Applebaum's "Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine" | History News Network
(1) She discusses the harvests and procurements in separate, inconsistent passages. She refers to the 1932 harvest being "40 percent below the plan for the USSR, and 60 percent in Ukraine" (190), but she never explains what those harvest plans were. Yet on the same page, she writes "Intriguingly, the overall drop in production was not as dramatic as it had been in 1921," and she cites official total Soviet harvest data for 1931-1934, all in the range of 67-69 million tons, showing no decline. She never addresses this inconsistency. She does not mention that Davies and Wheatcroft, whose work she cites for the 40 percent and 60 percent declines, gave much lower figures for 1931 and 1932.17   In other passages she implies or explicitly refers to "harvest failure" in Ukraine (209, 211, 213, 283). Yet in her conclusions she ignores these earlier statements and evidence. In fact, the official figure for the 1932 harvest of 69 million tons that Applebaum cites (190) was a pre-harvest forecast, and the actual 1932 harvest was much smaller. The kolkhoz annual reports, which included final harvest data, reported that the 1932 harvest was extremely low, and the 1933 harvest much larger.18

Applebaum's discussion of the grain procurements is similarly inconsistent and incomplete. She refers to the "unrealistic, impossible procurement plan of 5.8 million tons" for 1932, (179) yet earlier she wrote that the 1931 plan was 8.3 million tons (168), and she never compares the two or explains why the lower 1932 plan was "impossible" while the higher 1931 plan was not.19   She also does not explain that this 1932 plan was reduced from the original 1932 procurement plan of 7.1 million tons.20   The regime announced the reduced procurement plan for 1932 in a long decree published on 6 May that granted peasants and kolkhozy the right to sell their produce on the free market after fulfilling procurement quotas.21  This was a crucial decision in Soviet history because it laid the basis for the kolkhoz private-plot economy that played a major role in food production to the end of the Soviet regime. Yet she calls it an "an edict" that "forbid peasants from trading" until meeting procurement quotas (195), completely omitting its reduction of those quotas, including Ukraine's from 7.12 million tons to 5.83 million tons, or almost 20 percent. She does not even footnote or give any other reference to this document, which was in her sources. 

Applebaum does cite correspondence between Stalin and Kaganovich in July 1932 about reducing Ukraine's procurement plan, but she never states that they actually did reduce the plan (179) or how it would have changed the procurement plan. She also claims that in the winter of 1933 Stalin refused to "ease up on grain collections" (193). Her sources, however, show that the regime reduced procurement targets for Ukraine four times: in the May 1932 decree by 1.3 million tons, as noted; in July by 40 million puds, 656,000 tons, more than ten percent of Ukraine's plan; in October by an additional 70 million puds, 1.15 million tons; and in January 1933 by 28 million puds, 459,000 tons.22  In all the cases after May, Stalin reduced procurements in response to appeals from Ukraine to help starving peasants. He even turned down other provinces' requests for reduced procurements while granting Ukraine's, which Applebaum does not mention.23   Finally, on 5 February, the regime ordered local officials to stop procurements and focus on seed, and began providing food relief.24

The Soviet government thus reduced Ukraine's procurements from kolkhozy and peasants in 1932 not by a begrudged 40 million puds, 656,000 tons, as Applebaum ambiguously implies, but from 434 million puds to 218 million puds, 7.1 million tons to 3.57 million tons, or approximately half. Even with the procurements required from state farms, the total procurement plan for Ukraine was reduced to 260 million puds, or 4.2 million tons, about one-third below the 1931 actual procurements.25   Although this evidence is in Applebaum's sources, she misrepresented the second reduction, failed to explain the first, never mentioned the third, fourth, or the decree suspending procurements, and never stated the final procurement plan. And she criticized other scholars for cherry-picking (49-50)! Applebaum notes later that the regime reduced procurement for Ukraine from the 1933 harvest by 915,000 tons (284), yet she never explains that they cut procurements in 1932 four times as much. Even with that reduction, actual grain procurements for 1933, 6.2 million tons, were larger than those for 1932, 4.2 million tons. These data, in her sources, are central for understanding the famine, but she never cites them.26

Which, gives a lot of sources. Supposedly the definitive work on grain production is
Davies and Wheatcroft, Years of Hunger, Palgrave MacMillan, 2004, 449. 
but I haven't read it.

In Losurdo's Stalin book he makes the case that none of Stalin's enemies, including Trotsky who supported Ukrainian independence in his later years claimed that there was intent in the famine.

by generic on Wed Jan 18th, 2023 at 06:19:29 PM EST
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Thanks for another sample of "anti-communist Great Famine screeds", but no. Applebaum (!) is a polemic graduate of the Jared Diamond School of Interpretive Neolithic Race Theory. This cohort litters the innerbbobs with STALIN and MAO penny dreadfuls. I did scan some in search of contemporaneous, empirical records but found instead circular references to a limited set of "econometric" (aka cliometric) models of supply and demand, ceteris paribus, if at all.

Conversely, one ought not discount the probability that search engines highly rank such a class of um literature and exclude controversial references to drought reseach, in general, and famine afflicting the HISTORIC "granary of Europe", specifically, to vindicate the present, political coalition against Russia's brutal, unprovoked war: Remembering The Holodomor.

I tested quite a few keyword combinations and plowed through dozens of result pages before finding one (1) relevant "peer-reviewed" colloquium presentation (2019) from Odessa State Environmental University.

I want to understand drought data series—of geographic regional scope in the period, 1900-1955— to comprenhend the frequency of adverse environmental conditions ("exogenous factors" to which "expert" economists allude) that determine and disrupt customary social practices, of which [INSERT HUMAN INDUSTRY]. Criticism of anecdotal agricultural organization, yield, and distribution, when and where FORCES OF NATURE ("hydroclimatic extremes") preclude such, is nonsensical.

by Cat on Thu Jan 19th, 2023 at 02:09:33 PM EST
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clutching at straws, much?
Also : the millions of deaths by starvation in China during the Great Leap Forward were actually caused by neglected climate phenomena?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Jan 19th, 2023 at 02:48:09 PM EST
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to complete?
by Cat on Thu Jan 19th, 2023 at 03:00:05 PM EST
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Yes, and this review goes into detail of why she's full of shit.
I don't remember seeing actual drought data anywhere. I'm sure I read a paper that at least had citations of contemporary press mentioning a drought, but I haven't found it yet.
by generic on Thu Jan 19th, 2023 at 03:22:58 PM EST
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Wait, I think I found it. Stephen Kotkin's Stalin biography:
But in 1931, a cold spring followed by a summer drought--a fatal combination--struck the Kazakh steppes, Siberia, the Urals, the Volga, and Ukraine.48

48. Drought, in different ways, affected other world regions around this time. In the United States the "great southern drought" of 1930-31, which coincided with a price collapse and banking failures, inflicted hardship across twenty-three states from West Virginia to Texas; President Herbert Hoover sought to have the Red Cross, a private agency, be wholly responsible for relief, opposing federal drought relief (seeing it as opening the door to general federal relief). French West Africa suffered drought, locusts, and its worst famine ever; the French authorities did not relent on tax demands. Mortality in French West Africa was disproportionately higher (in an immensely smaller area and overall population) than in the Soviet Union. China in 1931-32 suffered the opposite problem: large snowmelt and tremendous rainfall that inundated an area equivalent in size to England and half of Scotland, flooding some 52 million people, and killing as many as 2 million from drowning and especially starvation. Tauger, "Natural Disaster," 8, citing Woodruff, Rare as Rain; Report of the National Flood Relief Commission, 1931-32 (Shanghai, 1933); Fuglestad, "La grande famine." See also Buck, 1931 Flood.
by generic on Thu Jan 19th, 2023 at 03:37:29 PM EST
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Though again, I haven't checked the sources given here, but if they're on library genesis or scihub it might be worth a look if they have what you're looking for.
by generic on Thu Jan 19th, 2023 at 04:20:45 PM EST
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Mortality in French West Africa was disproportionately higher (in an immensely smaller area and overall population) than in the Soviet Union.

A bit hard to parse, because it's poorly written : French West Africa of the time is easily bigger than the Ukraine. He seems to be talking about the West Niger famine of 1931 (a small subset of FWA), which caused tens of thousands of deaths.

The linked article comments on the mediocrity of the French administrators, and their responsibilities. Possibly an apposite comparison to Stalin and Yagoda's apparatchiks.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Jan 19th, 2023 at 04:22:05 PM EST
[ Parent ]
My diary two days before the Maidan Revolt of Dignity Massacre ...

Ukraine's Holodomor of 1933 and the Maidan Revolution | Feb 22nd, 2014 |

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 19th, 2023 at 04:33:06 PM EST
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One year "great southern drought"? That's a new and interesting fallacy in the annals of environmental calamities—presently categorized "climate change" everywhere but Europe. Never mind ancient Egyptian grain distribution to the "barbaric periphery" (eg. Bernal); Churchill and famines afflicting British India (eg. Lal); and systematic reclamation of Great Plains topsoil devised by Henry Wallace and financed by a decade of PWA appropriations (eg. Schlesinger).
by Cat on Thu Jan 19th, 2023 at 07:22:43 PM EST
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I suspect they would have continued to produce it by the traditional methods. The original problem for the Bolsheviks was that traditionally involved landowners being richer than the others, which was unacceptable. The subsequent problem is that their solutions (forced collectivization) turned out to be not fit for purpose.

I'm not saying that it couldn't have been accomplished without millions of deaths -- on the contrary! I think that globally, they were just too stupid to manage it, and far too eager to apply brute force to any problem.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Jan 19th, 2023 at 10:47:08 AM EST
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I've read enough about the period, and the meta discussion to call the charge of genocide ludicrous. Certainly not enough to have a well founded critique or defense of the specific policies. However, one of the constants in human history is that both land reform and industrialization tend to be incredibly violent affairs. And both the USSR and China experienced vast increases during Stalin's and Mao's lifetimes, something you really didn't happen during the Enclosure in the UK for example.
by generic on Fri Jan 20th, 2023 at 10:05:55 AM EST
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I agree about the genocide framing; it is hyperbole (in particular, because over a million Russians died in other regions during the same period of collectivisation).

But I can't accept a sanguine "shit happens" interpretation either; when you revolutionise agriculture for the benefit of the poor, it's not just an unfortunate side-effect when several million of them die in the process.

In the case of Ukrainians (and Khazaks), the memory of that process is tainted by the fact that it was imposed by foreigners.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Jan 20th, 2023 at 04:22:49 PM EST
[ Parent ]
My contention is not "shit happens", but
  1. "he who is without sin".
  2. The overall project was pretty successful in ways less radical regimes weren't.
by generic on Fri Jan 20th, 2023 at 07:33:23 PM EST
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Honestly they wouldn't have been. The whole point of the Russian federalization proposal was to get the NATO skeptic east enough political weight to make that very unlikely.
by generic on Wed Jan 18th, 2023 at 01:16:24 PM EST
[ Parent ]
to scale.

6.6 million square miles and 11 time zones
by Cat on Wed Jan 18th, 2023 at 04:02:18 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Meet the new boss, same as...
by Cat on Wed Jan 18th, 2023 at 04:38:37 PM EST
[ Parent ]
... and whose army?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Jan 19th, 2023 at 11:06:19 AM EST
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idunno how people transmitted violent speech, conspiracies, and action to uh social engagements over millenia before digital telecommunitcation, but alrighty then.
by Cat on Thu Jan 19th, 2023 at 08:18:44 PM EST
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There is One Self-interest. The One Self-interest is the True Messiah.
by Cat on Fri Jan 20th, 2023 at 08:30:48 PM EST
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Linde Moves Over - Excerpt: "Linde, the most valuable company listed on the DAX, is moving over to the USA. At an extraordinary shareholders' meeting in Connecticut, 93 percent of shareholders voted in favor of delisting from the German stock exchange, the world market leader for the production of industrial gases announced Wednesday evening.
"The Linde board had announced the move in October last year. German capital is losing a centerpiece of the industry. As of March 1, the 150 billion euro monopoly will only be traded on Wall Street. (...) The delisting of Linde comes at a time when the U.S. government is launching large subsidy programs for capital from abroad.

"The deindustrialization of the FRG continues to progress. Who wants to invest in a country where the government is driving up energy prices and waging a long war in Europe? Location advantages look different. It fits the picture: Linde's successor in the Dax will most likely be the arms manufacturer Rheinmetall."

by Tom2 on Sat Jan 21st, 2023 at 10:48:08 AM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Dec 31st, 2022 at 01:08:21 PM EST
The Secretary-General has decided to disband his Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) regarding the 29 July 2022 Incident at Olenivka in Ukraine in the absence of conditions required for the deployment of the Mission to the site. The establishment of the FFM has been announced on 3 August 2022 following the requests from the Governments of Ukraine and the Russian Federation. The Secretary-General is very grateful to Lt. Gen. dos Santos Cruz of Brazil, Ms. Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir of Iceland, and Mr. Issoufou Yacouba of Niger for their availability to undertake the task. The Secretary-General reiterates his call for full respect of international humanitarian and human rights law, including the protection and treatment of prisoners of war.  
archived "they have no way of verifying these allegations"
UN | Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, 5 Jan Q&A with Stéphane Dujarric
Question: Thank you, Steph. Before I get to my question, a couple of follow-ups on Olenivka.  The Fact-Finding Mission was initially agreed by the Ukrainians and the Russians.  Who is to blame or what's the real underlying reason of why this Mission will never get off the ground?
Dujarric: Well, the basic reason is one of security guarantees. We did have as you said, the political agreement. But for such a complex and delicate mission and dangerous mission, let's face it in what is an active war zone.  We require a clear safety and access guarantees from both sides and we didn't feel we had received them.
Question: And you didn't feel that there was any possibility of getting those guarantees in the future because...?
Dujarric: I mean, inshallah, we can only hope that in the future there will be the right conditions and we, of course, stand ready to reconstitute the team.  But at some point, you have people on standby, you have an infrastructure that's ready to go.  It was clear to us that we should disband, let the people return to their daytime jobs.  And of course, the Secretary-General stands ready to reconstitute the Mission extremely quickly should the guarantees been given.
Question:  And what are the implications for this... of the families of the prisoners in Olenivka who have been waiting for this Fact-Finding Mission to really find out what happened there?
Dujarric: I think the implications are clear.  There will not be a fact-finding mission from the UN to establish the facts.  What we want to see is that the obligations of the Russian Federation and of Ukraine in terms of access by the ICRC to prisoners be fully respected.
archived Incident at Olenivka in EU Inflation and Russia Sanctions Timeline,  Incident at Olenivka
by Cat on Fri Jan 6th, 2023 at 11:51:28 PM EST
[ Parent ]
palmbeachpost | Florida's dictator immigration problem, 4 Jan
Bolsonaro was supposed to be in Brazil, handing over the presidential sash to the man who beat him in the recent presidential election, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Instead Bolsonaro hightailed it to Florida after saying, "We will not throw in the towel. We may have lost the battle but not the war."

Where have we heard that before? Oh, yeah. From our own deposed would-be dictator, Donald Trump, who also sought refuge in Florida after his plans to subvert presidential election results flamed out in a violent failed coup at the U.S. Capitol.

laprensalatina | Bolsonaro left damage to the Brazilian president's residence, 6 Jan
Such announcement was made by the first lady Rosángela da Silva, popularly known as Janja, who invited GloboNews television to a tour in the residence. She showed torn carpets and sofas, leaks in walls, broken windows, and missing works of art which must be traced to know their whereabouts. Janja showed the rooms and private areas of the residence and said she will reopen the public part for visitors....
Kommersant | Bolsonaro supporters invaded the Congress and the presidential palace, 8 Jan
Incidents reminiscent of the storming of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 occurred just a week after Brazil's new socialist President Lula da Silva was sworn in on January 1. His predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro, left the country on December 30 , according to media reports.
CNN-brasil | Criminals invade Federal Supreme Court, National Congress, and Planalto Palace
President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) is currently in Araraquara, in the interior of São Paulo, on a trip due to the rains that affect the city of São Paulo. The governor of the Federal District, Ibaneis Rocha, told CNN that the Army should have demobilized the Bolsonaristas camps in front of the barracks.

"The Army should have put an end to the encampment, and it didn't," said the governor to CNN, while radicals invaded the plenary of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), the National Congress and the Planalto Palace.

The president of the PT, Gleisi Hoffmann, stated in a publication on Twitter that "the DF government was irresponsible in the face of the invasion of Brasília and the National Congress".
In an interview with CNN, federal deputy José Guimarães (PT-CE) stated that the DF government needs to be held accountable.

"Losing the election is part of democracy, as is winning the election. These acts directly hurt democracy and the Brazilian Constitution needs to be respected and established". The government of the Federal District needs to be held accountable," said Guimarães.

by Cat on Sun Jan 8th, 2023 at 09:47:14 PM EST
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Guardian | Brazil protests: Bolsonaro denounces violence as 400 arrested after his supporters storm congress, 8 Jan photo gallery
29m ago
19.31 EST
Bolsonaro condemns denounces violence, denies responsibility
Far-right ex-president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, has just tweeted condemning today's attacks, but denying that he bears responsibility for the storming of Brazil's democratic institutions, saying that he "repudiate[s] the accusations, without evidence, attributed to me by the current head of the executive of Brazil".

In a press conference on Sunday, Lula blamed Bolsonaro for the attacks.

"This genocidist ... is encouraging this via social media from Miami," Lula said, referring to Bolsonaro. "Everybody knows there are various speeches of the ex-president encouraging this."

Bolsonaro, an acolyte of Donald Trump's who has yet to concede defeat, has peddled the false claim that Brazil's electronic voting system was prone to fraud, spawning a violent movement of election deniers.

Bolsonaro, who has been seen in Florida in recent days, has barely spoken in public since losing the election.

by Cat on Mon Jan 9th, 2023 at 01:04:24 AM EST
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euractiv | How the Mercosur deal's ethanol boost contradicts EU green promises, 11 Nov 2022
Brazil Exports to China Jump 35.6% and lead to record trade surplus, 5 Dec
According to data from the ministry, total corn exports rose 222.3% in November from the same month last year. Oil sales also posted a strong 124.9% expansion in the period, while sugar exports rose 69.8%.
mercosurpress | Venezuela closer to Mercosur and Argentina, 27 Dec
Venezuela's return to Mercosur, the resumption of flights between Buenos Aires and Caracas, and an invitation to President Nicolás Maduro to attend the CELAC summit in Buenos Aires next month are some of the signs showing the Argentine government's rapprochement with Chavismo. In addition to that, a rise in bilateral trade of up to 60% is expected....
St Kitts Nevis Observer | Brazil Markets Fall After Lula's First Day, but Country Posts $62b Trade Surplus for 2022, 3 Jan
Brazilian markets delivered a withering verdict on leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's first full day in office on Monday, after he pledged to prioritize social issues and ordered a budget-busting extension to a fuel tax exemption....
countercurrents | Lula Halts Privatization Of 8 State-Owned Giant Companies, 4 Jan
...Aside from Petrobras, the order includes Pre-Sal Petroleo, the state firm responsible for the supervision and sale of the government's share of oil and gas from production-sharing contracts, the postal service Correios, and the Empresa Brasil de Comunicacaooperator, which manages the federal government's broadcast network.

The Brazilian social welfare system's IT services enterprise Dataprev, state-owned nuclear company Nuclep, IT services corporation Serpro, and the Agriculture Ministry's National Supply Company are also off the privatization list....

Telesur | Brazil Returns to CELAC "Fully and Immediately", 5 Jan
When the Bolsonaro government decided that Brazil should leave the group, the then foreign minister, Ernesto Araújo, alleged that CELAC did not achieve progress in favor of democracy and that it was a platform in favor of "authoritarian regimes," such as those of Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua.
BRICS (2009 FTA): CN, RU, BR, IN, ZA; AR*, DZ*, EG*, ID*, IR*, CM*, ML*, SN*, TH*, UZ*, FJ*, ET*, KZ*
CELAC (2013 NGO): AG, AR, BS, BB, BZ, BO, BR, CL, CL-rn, CO, CR, CU, DM, EC, SV, GD, GT, GY, HN, HT, JM, KN, LC, MX, NI, PA, PY, PE, PR, SR, VC, VZ
by Cat on Mon Jan 9th, 2023 at 05:35:42 PM EST
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reuters | Argentina strikes $5 bln China currency swap extension, 15 Nov
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BRICS (2009 FTA): CN, RU, BR, IN, ZA; AR*, DZ*, EG*, ID*, IR*, CM*, ML*, SN*, TH*, UZ*, FJ*, ET*, KZ*

Argentina Hosts 7th CELAC Summit amid New Presidential Landscape, 19 Jan

On January 24, Latin America's leaders will descend upon Buenos Aires for the seventh iteration of the CELAC Leaders' Summit. CELAC, or the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, is a multilateral group of 33 countries from across the Western Hemisphere that excludes Canada and the United States....
Telesur | Latin American Movements Reject US Blockade at CELAC Summit, 23 Jan
and demanded respect for the resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) that condemn Washington's arbitrary policy.

"We repudiate any blockade against any nation, we demand the end of the ongoing blockades, and the definition of reparation mechanisms for those who suffer them," the progressive organizations pointed out, requesting that Cuba be removed from the [USA] list of State sponsors of terrorism.

Politico.eu.com | EU ends sanctions on Cuba, June 2008
"By way of compromise, EU leaders agreed that a continuation of the relaxed policy would be hinge on an annual review [of 'human rights' in Cuba]."
They also demanded that the CELAC leaders carry out joint actions to demand the dismantling of the U.S. military bases installed in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The joint declaration was also supported by Descamisados, Populismo K, the Network of Intellectuals in Defense of Humanity, the American Association of Jurists, the Juan Peron Organization, Puebla Space, Chile's Association of Fiscal Employees, the Colombian Union of the State Employees and Public Services Workers, the Brazilian Public Servants Confederation, and the Uruguayan Association of Municipal Employees and Workers.

Bloomberg | Brazil and Argentina Are Discussing Whether to Combine Currencies, 23 Jan
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CELAC (2013 NGO): AG, AR, BS, BB, BZ, BO, BR, CL, CL-rn, CO, CR, CU, DM, EC, SV, GD, GT, GY, HN, HT, JM, KN, LC, MX, NI, PA, PY, PE, PR, SR, VC, VZ

by Cat on Mon Jan 23rd, 2023 at 07:06:21 PM EST
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FOX NEWS | "Lulu is working to turn Brasil into a Chinese-style dictatorship", 9 Jan
A/V (EN), running time 00:39:00
by Cat on Tue Jan 10th, 2023 at 04:21:35 PM EST
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wut: "Companies should 'push this circuit breaker' to stop offline violence from spreading online within seconds, he said."
by Cat on Tue Jan 10th, 2023 at 07:53:12 PM EST
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tabloid USAToday | They carried flags, chanted slogans[,] and stormed Congress - in Brazil this time
subhead: "Brazil investigates after storming of Congress by backers of [Gen.] Bolsonaro, [now] known as 'Trump of Tropics'"
HTML title: brazil-riots-bolsonaro-arrests-storming-congress-government
Assault on Brazil's democracy: Who's saying what?
Brazil's Justice Minister Flávio Dino [on crime] ...
Brazil's President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on the rioters [!]...
Paulo Calmon, Brasilian political scientist [on "authoritarian, populist radicalism"] ...
U.S. President Joe Biden [on on "the peaceful transfer of power" to the Lima Group...
U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, who chairs the Senate's foreign relations committee [on return of Lula da Silva, Term II]....
Wang Wenbin, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman [opposing violent attacks]....
Pope Francis [on signs]...
Aristotle: "Every state is as we see a sort of Κοινωνία..."
by Cat on Mon Jan 9th, 2023 at 04:38:32 PM EST
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12 dead as protesters and police clash in south Peru | AFP, 10 Jan

Inquirer.net 221 views  11 hours ago

Guardian | Peru protests: 17 dead in fresh clashes as calls grow for President Boluarte to resign, 10 Jan

rolling anti-government protests turned deadly again, pushing the overall death toll to nearly 40 in the nationwide unrest after the ousting and arrest of former president Pedro Castillo a month ago.

Monday's bloodshed took place near the airport in the city of Juliaca in the southern region of Puno, as demonstrators fought running battles with police. Social media images showed gunshots wounds and clouds of smoke as protesters threw stones using slings and used metal plates as shields.

euractiv | Big European telecom operators seek EU antitrust clearance for online advertising bid, 9 Jan "anonymous token" distro
by Cat on Tue Jan 10th, 2023 at 05:23:26 PM EST
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A building burns amid anti-government protests in downtown Lima, Peru, Thursday, January 19, 2023. © AP Photo / Martin Mejia
by Cat on Fri Jan 20th, 2023 at 08:12:25 PM EST
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APsplainin South Korean president [Yoon] travels to UAE, seeks arms sales
Yoon's visit comes as South Korea conducts business deals worth billions of dollars and stations special forces troops to defend the UAE, an arrangement that drew criticism under his liberal predecessor [Moon]. Now, however, it appears the conservative leader wants to double down on those military links even as tensions with neighboring Iran have already seen Tehran seize a South Korean oil tanker in 2021.
...The release came amid speculation that Seoul and Tehran are making progress in addressing Iran's call to unlock its funds of $7bn frozen in South Korea under United States sanctions....
"I think that the situation in the Middle East is changing very rapidly when it comes to geopolitics," said June Park, a fellow with the International Strategy Forum at Schmidt Futures [!]. "So Korea wants to make sure some of the strategic partnerships and the components ... with the UAE" remain strong.
After the ceremony, South Korea's Yonhap news agency quoted Sheikh Mohammed as saying the UAE planned to invest $30 billion in South Korea. "We decided to make the investment with confidence in the Republic of Korea that keeps its promises under all circumstances," he said. The report did not elaborate.
South Korean oil refineries hit hard by Iran sanctions, Sep 2019
...According to the US Energy Information Administration [IEA], in 2017 South Korea imported approximately 3 million barrels per day (mb/d) of crude oil and condensate, making it the fifth-largest importer in the world. South Korea also consumed 2.7 mb/d of petroleum and other liquids. Three of the 10 largest crude oil refineries in the world are located in South Korea, making it one of Asia's largest petroleum product exporters. Due to its domestic oil production capacity, South Korea is highly dependent on the Middle East's oil supply and the region accounted for more than 82 per cent of South Korea's 2017 crude oil imports.
In May 2019, the United States halted oil sanction waivers for countries -- including major customers in China, India, South Korea, and Japan -- that had been allowed to buy Iranian barrels despite the US ban on exports. As a result, Iran's oil exports have fallen sharply from nearly 2 mb/d in March to as low as 0.4 mb/d in May, the bulk of which is heading to Asia.

Before US sanctions were imposed, South Korea was the biggest importer of Iranian condensate. Asian customers favour Iran's South Pars condensate for its rich yield of naphtha, a raw material that is a key feedstock for the petrochemical industry. Moreover, South Korean buyers have preferred Iranian condensate over Qatari condensate because of its relatively [comparatively] cheaper price. In 2018, South Korea bought and tested 23 different types of condensate from 15 countries as possible substitutes for Iranian condensate at a cost of about US$9 billion....

While energy-hungry South Korea does rely on the Emirates for just under 10% of its crude oil supply, Seoul has struck a series of deals far beyond oil with this nation of seven sheikhdoms [sic] that closely tie the nation to Abu Dhabi. South Korea's trade with the UAE is into the billions [?!] of dollars worth of cars, material, and other goods.
archived sanction waiver roulette, Thu Jan 30th, 2020, South Korea's growth in 2020
by Cat on Tue Jan 17th, 2023 at 11:17:39 PM EST
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Czechia GE in progress under the radar.

New Zealand GE decapitated.
Jacinda Ardern announces she will resign as prime minister by February 7, 19 Jan

"I just don't have enough in the tank for another four years."

[Labour party leader] Ardern said she had no plan for this year's election, but wanted to spend time with her family.

Dec 2022 poll smoke: National and ACT strengthen, Luxon closes gap on Ardern
by Cat on Thu Jan 19th, 2023 at 03:19:18 PM EST
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The New Zealand Labour Party is my old firm. Talented leaders are few and far between. Ardern has my admiration for getting her priorities right (daughter born in office who will be starting school in a few weeks; boyfriend she hasn't got around to marrying yet).

She lacks an obvious successor; this is compounded by the fact that Labour were most likely heading for a beating in the elections in October, even if she stayed in charge.
My personal favourite to succeed her is Kiri Allan - a charismatic, funny, divorced cancer-surviving Maori lesbian (lots of bases covered there). Note the name. But give her three or six years.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Jan 19th, 2023 at 04:31:49 PM EST
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"New Zealand is in for a RECKONING" still frame. Redacted with Natali and Clayton Morris, 24-hr topical savants (19.01.23)

Sputnik | Who is Chris Hipkins, New Zealand's Next Prime Minister?, 20 Jan pro temp

...Hipkins is presently the minister for education and for police, although he rose to political prominence when, as Health Minister, he took over the country's response to the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020. In November of that year, Ardern's government created a separate Ministry for COVID-19 Response with Hipkins at the helm....
archived New Zealand's censorship regime in Murderous Attack On Mosques in New Zealand
by Cat on Sat Jan 21st, 2023 at 03:18:16 AM EST
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'k. So you're fully on board with the NZ fachosphere which (arguably) hounded the genocidal Ardern into resignation.

Fits. By your sources shall you be known.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Jan 30th, 2023 at 03:29:51 PM EST
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Bulgaria faces snap polls as Socialists abandon plans to form government, 23 Jan
the country's fifth in two years
Israel on the Danube
President Rumen Radev will now have to have to decide when to dissolve the parliament and set a date for new polls within two months.
by Cat on Mon Jan 23rd, 2023 at 06:20:08 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Campaign for [Petr] Pavel, today's anti-communist 2nd round ballot
Babiš only narrowly lost the first round of the presidential election on January 13-14, but is trailing badly ahead of second-round voting that begins on Friday. According to POLITICO's Poll of Polls, Babiš is expected to win only 42 percent of the vote, while Pavel is on course for 58 percent.
..."[Babiš] can't gain more votes by having a positive campaign -- which is why he tries to appeal to the lowest instincts [?], like fear of war [!]. By doing this, he is peddling Kremlin propaganda," said political analyst Miloš Gregor.
Babiš has dredged up Pavel's former membership in the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia and accused him of being a communist secret agent like ex-KGB agent Vladimir Putin, as well as a warmonger -- something that's been seized on by pro-Russian disinformation websites. But Babiš didn't mention that he was also a member of the Communist Party in the 1980s and was an agent of the ŠtB communist secret police -- something he has always denied but which was put to rest by the Slovak Constitutional Court in 2017.

In the current campaign, Babiš has the support of incumbent President Miloš Zeman, also a former member of the pre-1989 Communist Party, but he's opposed by Prime Minister Petr Fiala -- a political enemy.
Presidential watershed

Pavel, 61, is strongly pro-Western and supports Ukraine against Russia; his backing for the Czech Republic to adopt the euro and support for gay marriage has won him traction among liberal voters. As for his Communist Party membership, he acknowledges on his website that it was a mistake, but explains that he was "born into a family where this was considered normal."

He has played up his military experience during his year-long campaign for the country's top job. In the 1990s he served with the U.N.'s peace-keeping mission, UNPROFOR, in the former Yugoslavia [!], where a unit he led saved besieged French soldiers from being taken captive. From 2012 to 2015 he led the general staff of the Czech army and served as a military adviser to the government.

"He presents himself as a diplomat and a war hero who would ensure that the Czech Republic handles any situation," said [Miloš] Gregor, a political science professor at Masaryk University in Brno.

After Shock | euro-skeptic minority report, 8 Jan
• Istanbul Treaty
• migrants
• Dmitry Kozak, "Putin's right-hand man"
• discontent
• Pavel Fischer, "pro-French creature"
• Pyotr Pavel, "pro -Anglo-Saxon creature"
...Let's keep in mind that if Andrei Babish and one of the three contenders of the opposition Brussels coalition enter the second round of voting, the rest will call to cast their votes for a single opposition candidate. And most importantly, Brussels firmly and completely controls the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic. (!!!)

Of course, if Danushe Nerudova enters the second round, it will be better than the American general's favorite as President of the Czech Republic, but ... Strictly speaking, the Czech Republic can return to its subjectivity only in one case: the complete collapse of the EU, since Berlin (including through Brussels) was initially worried that no "surprises" would ever arise in its "personal garden". Another thing is that in this "garden", apparently, the Anglo-Saxons strongly moved the Germans.

But let us return to the extremely interesting topic of the informal meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the EU member states. Or rather, to the possible consequences of the destruction of the veto and the approval of the policy of decision-making by a simple majority, as well as the problems of Eastern Europe associated with this future. ...

archived get over the principle of unanimity, simple majority w/e 25 June, September 2022 "political union"
by Cat on Fri Jan 27th, 2023 at 08:39:39 PM EST
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"ex-NATO general soundly defeated billionaire and former Prime Minister Andrej Babiš": exactly 58% of ballots, "according to the official tally."
by Cat on Sat Jan 28th, 2023 at 06:15:17 PM EST
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It would be great to have a February thread

Dr Campbell goes rogue

by Tom2 on Thu Feb 2nd, 2023 at 01:58:11 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Dec 31st, 2022 at 01:08:35 PM EST
by Cat on Sun Jan 1st, 2023 at 05:33:44 PM EST
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Biden's [Trump] Venezuela strategy upended along with US-backed opposition
The Biden administration eased restrictions on Venezuela's oil sector in November following tentative progress achieved in Mexico City between the Maduro government and the political opposition, called the Unitary Platform, representing the 2015 National Assembly.
"We continue to recognize the authority of the 2015 National Assembly, and we recognize it as the last remaining democratic institution there," national security spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Wednesday.
wikiwtf 2020 Venezuelan parliamentary election
"...The opposition parties that make up the Democratic Unity Roundtable coalition agreed unanimously not to participate in the election..."
archived Lima Group
by Cat on Fri Jan 6th, 2023 at 04:05:03 PM EST
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Hearing set Friday on Maryland Supreme Court rule to cut off public access to court recordings, 3 Jan
In 2019, the Georgetown Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection and Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts challenged the broadcast ban on behalf of Soderberg and fellow journalist Baynard Woods, who were putting together a documentary on the Gun Trace Task Force [GTTF] corruption scandal. The other plaintiffs in the suit were activist Quiana Johnson and the nonprofits Open Justice Baltimore andBaltimore Action Legal Team [@BALTLegal].
by Cat on Fri Jan 6th, 2023 at 06:48:02 PM EST
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For Country Caucus has entered the room.
For the past seven months, I [PA-D-6] have worked with fellow veteran Rep. Don Bacon, a Republican from Nebraska, to advance the Banning Oil Exports to Foreign Adversaries Act. This bipartisan legislation would bar any and all of our foreign adversaries from accessing [read: buying] our national reserves, including not only China but < wipes tears > North Korea, Russia, Iran, and any other country under sanction by the United States. I'm proud that our work garnered 37 co-sponsors in the 117th Congress, including 13 Republicans.
archived justice delayed, Filling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve
by Cat on Mon Jan 9th, 2023 at 11:12:56 PM EST
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118th House of the odious finally elected a speaker.

last ballot 216 Mac, 212 Hak

The numerate among us will note, some representatives did not vote—let's dub them Permenent Select Poker Committee of Swing Voters (excluding vacancie, if any, and non-voting delegates from US territories colonies. The innumerate among us will PROBE INSIDE the House GOP's speakership crisis until the ELECTION 2024 free press locks onto good-hair, UA-caucus candidate targets < checks watch > 3Q2023, which also coincides with the official, annual FYE appropriators' clusterf*ck.

by Cat on Sat Jan 7th, 2023 at 03:16:03 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Jan 8th, 2023 at 03:33:27 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Jan 8th, 2023 at 08:57:45 PM EST
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Establishing the Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party, 10 Jan investigative authority
...The resolution passed in a 365-65 vote, with 146 Democrats joining Republicans in supporting the measure. All "no" votes came from Democrats....
scmp | Chinese 'spy' who claimed he undermined Hong Kong protest movement facing deportation [to China] from Australia over fraud claims in both countries
by Cat on Wed Jan 11th, 2023 at 12:12:58 AM EST
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Computer breakdown sows chaos across US air travel system, 11 Jan critical infrastructure
Chinese cybernetic ties to Kremlin military story developing....
by Cat on Thu Jan 12th, 2023 at 02:05:02 AM EST
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I work in support of critical applications for public infrastructure.
The Federal Aviation Administration said preliminary indications "traced the outage to a damaged database file." [...] The system broke down late Tuesday and was not fixed until midmorning Wednesday.

Appalling. Maximum turnaround on an application that critical shouldn't exceed four hours (and backup systems to provide critical information should be immediate).

Campbell said there has long been concern about the FAA's technology, and not just the NOTAM system.

Many of those systems "are old mainframe systems that are generally reliable, but they are out of date," he said.

Wow. In a forty-year career, I have only rarely and peripherally worked with mainframe systems. Running a critical app that relies on a mainframe? Unthinkable in this century.

I am available for consulting services.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Jan 12th, 2023 at 10:37:13 AM EST
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Classified documents found from Biden's time as VP
"at an office at the University of Pennsylvania in Washington while it was being cleaned out, [Biden special cousel Richard] Sauber said. Biden had used the office while he served as an honorary professor for the university from 2017 to 2019."
by Cat on Tue Jan 10th, 2023 at 04:28:44 PM EST
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CNN | US intelligence materials related to Ukraine, Iran, and UK found in Biden's private office, source tells CNN, 10 Jan accountability
...Attorney General Merrick Garland has received a preliminary report on the documents inquiry, a law enforcement source said, and now faces the critical decision on how to proceed, including whether to open a < wipes tears > full-blown criminal investigation.

The documents were dated between 2013 and 2016 [!], according to the source familiar. They were found in three or four boxes also containing unclassified papers that fall under the Presidential Records Act...

by Cat on Tue Jan 10th, 2023 at 07:19:15 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jan 10th, 2023 at 07:35:54 PM EST
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research fellows
At least 10 current and former high​-ranking Biden administration officials -- including Secretary of State Antony Blinken -- worked at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, the president's namesake Washington, DC-based think tank where classified documents were discovered in November, according to a report.​...
by Cat on Wed Jan 11th, 2023 at 10:53:44 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jan 12th, 2023 at 05:27:17 PM EST
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US AG Garland Delivers Remarks on the Appointment of a Special Counsel, 12 Jan
I am here today to announce the appointment of Robert Hur as a Special Counsel, pursuant to Department of Justice regulations governing such matters. In keeping with those regulations, I have today notified the designated members of each House of Congress of the appointment.  

I am joined today by John Lausch, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, who conducted the initial investigation into the matter that I will describe today. ...

U.S. Attorney John Lausch stepping down as Chicago's top federal prosecutor early this year
by Cat on Thu Jan 12th, 2023 at 07:53:06 PM EST
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APsplainin: Biden special counsel deepens Justice Dept. in politics fray
(ill-conceived headline of the w/e 14 Jan, Best-in-Class, AI Fit-2-Print category)
• EXPLAINER: What are special counsels and what do they do?
• Biden political future clouded by classified document probe
• Biden's Delaware home is now a player in document drama
• In Washington, 'classified' is synonymous with 'controversy'
by Cat on Fri Jan 13th, 2023 at 06:22:50 PM EST
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Classified records pose conundrum stretching back to Carter, 25 Jan by accident, not design, normz
It's been a problem off and on for decades, from presidents to Cabinet members and staff across multiple administrations stretching AS FAR BACK as Jimmy Carter. The issue has taken on greater significance since Trump willfully retained classified material at his Florida estate, prompting the unprecedented FBI seizure of thousands [?] of pages of records last year.
An aide to the Carter Center provided no details when asked about that account of Carter discovering documents at his home after leaving office in 1981. It's notable that Carter signed the Presidential Records Act in 1978[,] but it did not apply to records of his administration, taking effect YEARS LATER when Ronald Reagan was inaugurated [1981]. Before Reagan, presidential records were generally considered the private property of the president individually.
The National Archives declined to comment[,] when asked to provide a list of times that classified documents were turned over to the agency by former officials.
archived The Dictator and The Decider
by Cat on Wed Jan 25th, 2023 at 03:38:17 PM EST
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What about Johnson? It didn't pose a "condrum"; he just took them - and not just some random documents, either.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jan 26th, 2023 at 07:58:57 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jan 12th, 2023 at 03:07:11 PM EST
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Yellen to meet Chinese finance minister , 16 Jan LET US HELP YOU HELP US
Yellen is expected to meet Liu in person for the first time in Zurich ahead of planned visits to three countries in sub-Saharan Africa on Wednesday, a Treasury Department official told The Hill.
The economic officials' meeting follows a Group of 20 [G20] conference talk between President Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping last year during which the pair agreed their senior officials should stay in contact. Though Biden's first [ASEAN] face-to-face meeting with Xi went well
the two nations are still at odds over issues like the autonomy of Taiwan and policy moves like the Biden administration's move to block the export of advanced semiconductor chips and chipmaking materials to Beijing.

Yellen last year called for the U.S. to take a "friend-shoring" [INFLATION REDUCTION ACT, SAR-Cov-19 ORIGIN, UIGHUR SLAVE LABOR, HONG KONG SAR DEMOCRATIZATION,] and develop strong supply chains with like-minded allies in order to COMBAT China's marketplace "crical material" dominance and roll back U.S. reliance on Beijing cheap "crical material". The meeting with Liu also comes after Yellen last week said the U.S. was projected to reach its roughly $31.4 trillion borrowing limit on Jan. 19....

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on January 13, 2023
Xinhua News Agency: We have noted that Foreign Minister Qin Gang, who is on a visit to Africa, said that, Africa is a big stage for international cooperation, not an arena for major-power rivalry. Could you offer more information?
Wang Wenbin: When Foreign Minister Qin Gang met the press with Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) Moussa Faki Mahamat the other day, he stressed that the world would not be stable and prosperous without a peaceful and growing Africa. What Africa needs is solidarity and cooperation, not bloc confrontation....
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on January 16, 2023
Beijing Daily: We noted that Foreign Minister Qin Gang concluded his visit to Angola and Benin last week. Could you share more about the visit?
Wang Wenbin: This year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Angola. ...
Shenzhen TV: Foreign Minister Qin Gang also visited Egypt and the League of Arab States Headquarters during his trip to Africa. Could you share more on this?
Wang Wenbin: Not long ago, President Xi Jinping attended the first China-Arab States Summit ...
Bloomberg: The World Health Organization has expressed hopes for China to share more detailed information on its coronavirus situation. That was even after China provided the death toll figures over the weekend. What is the foreign ministry's response to this? 
Wang Wenbin: On January 14, Ma Xiaowei, minister of China's National Health Commission (NHC) spoke to WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on the phone to exchange views mainly on the COVID-19 situation in China. ...
CCTV: US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held talks in Washington D.C. on January 13 and released a joint statement, which claims that the Indo-Pacific faces growing challenges including from actions inconsistent with the rules-based international order by China. They also stressed the commitment to strengthening the US-Japan alliance and the US's commitment to Japan's defense and criticized China on issues relating to the East China Sea and Taiwan. What's China's response?
focustaiwan.tw | Tax breaks insufficient to cement Taiwan's chipmaking lead: Analysts, 7 Jan
...Taiwan has a relatively low output of materials and equipment for wafer fabrication, which are mostly imported, and if it wants to have more control over supply chains, it must work to address that weakness...
by Cat on Mon Jan 16th, 2023 at 08:43:21 PM EST
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following G20 diplomatic incidents

AP | US, Chinese officials discuss climate, economy, relationship, 18 Jan
Narrative embellishment of "readout" texts, featured translation by Josh Lipsky, senior director of the Atlantic Council's GeoEconomics Center, and a litany of US "national interests" .

US Treasury | Remarks by Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen at Bilateral Meeting with People's Republic of China Vice Premier Liu He, 18 Jan prepared remarks
"manage our differences and prevent competition from becoming anything ever near conflict."

Xinhua | Chinese vice premier holds talks with U.S. treasury secretary in Switzerland
mof.gov.cn press brief ("readout") and silent witnesses

GT | Liu He-Janet Yellen meets in Zurich, a bilateral respite that would boost confidence for world economic recovery
agenda brief ("readout"), "cautiously optimistic" editorial annotation, and translations by Chinese academic analysts

AP | In Senegal, Yellen talks about future of US-Africa relations, 20 Jan Price Cap Coalition investors' road show

She came to talk about making the multilateral banks -- like the World Bank [WB] and the International Monetary Fund [IMF] -- more fair to developing countries' interests [sic], constructing new projects such as the largest wind farm in West Africa and committing new funds to loans for education and health care [capital projects] on the continent.

Trying to set a tone [for] African self-determination after countless years[?!] of colonial brutal[ity], Yellen embarked Wednesday on a 10-day visit of three [of 55] African nations, starting with Senegal [ending in South Africa], aimed at promoting all the economic possibilities that lie between the U.S. and the world's second-largest continent.

US Treasury motorcade
She talked about how the U.S. Development Finance Corp. has committed more than $11 billion across Africa [over x decades] and how the Millennium Challenge Corp. [!], a U.S. foreign assistance agency, is working in 14 African countries with more than $3 billion in active programs [over x decades], with more [debt] in the pipeline.
"Countries need to be wary of shiny deals that may be opaque and ultimately fail to benefit the people they were purportedly designed to help in the first place," she said.
whitehouse | U.S. STRATEGY TOWARD SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA, Aug 2022, 17 pp
Yellen will also make a stop in Zambia, which will serve to highlight its YUGE debt to China, its biggest creditor. Zambia is re[-]negotiating the nearly $6 billion debt, and Yellen has been critical of China's failure to make progress on negotiations.
Sputnik | Zambia Plans to Import Fuel Refined in Neighboring Angola, President Says, 14 Jan
The Treasury secretary also called for ending the Russian invasion of Ukraine, wading into politically murky territory in Africa, where some heads of state have not condemned the invasion due to relations they have with Russia.
archived H.R.7311 - Countering Malign Russian Activities in Africa Act May 2022
"RUSSIA'S BARBARIC AGGRESSION is particularly being felt by Africa and its people." Yellen said Friday. "RUSSIA'S WAR AND and WEAPONIZATION of [winter] food has exacerbated [famine] food insecurity and caused UNTOLD SUFFERING. And the global economic USD-denominated headwinds caused by the actions of a single man -- President (Vladimir) Putin -- is creating an unnecessary drag on Africa's economy."
archived FM PANDOR: Long time no see

Irish Sun | US anti-Russia bill totally unwarranted South African FM, 18 Jan
by Cat on Fri Jan 20th, 2023 at 06:38:39 PM EST
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africanews | South Africa to stage joint naval drills with Russia, China in February, 19 Jan
"South Africa will host the Chinese and Russian Federation navies in a multilateral maritime exercise between February 17 and 27," the South African military confirmed in a statement.

"In order to strengthen the already flourishing relations between South Africa, Russia, and China," the joint maneuvers will take place off Durban, the largest port in southern Africa, and Richards Bay some 180 km further north, the statement said.
Meanwhile, the opposition Democratic Alliance [!] has slammed the decision, saying it means that contrary to its "neutral" stance on Russia's Ukraine war, South Africa's ruling African National Congress [ANC] party has effectively sided with Moscow.

The China-Russia-South Africa drills is named Operation Mosi, which means smoke.

by Cat on Sat Jan 21st, 2023 at 03:52:27 AM EST
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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on January 20, 2023
Reuters: I have two questions here. The first one is Reuters reported that a team of US Treasury officials will visit China [?!]. This is in preparation for a visit by the Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. Are you able to confirm this news? My second question is the Chinese embassy in Lisbon removed some CCTV cameras. Does the ministry have any comment on this?
Wang Wenbin: I would refer you to the competent Chinese authorities for the first question. On your second question, the Chinese embassy in Portugal respects the host country's laws and regulations. The CCTV cameras were installed for necessary internal security purposes in line with established international practice and certainly not intended at the local residents. 
US News Reuters | U.S. Treasury Team Heading to China in February to Prepare Yellen's Trip, 19 Jan
A firm date for Yellen's trip had yet to be set, awaiting expected changes in China's economic leadership, said one of the sources, who was not authorized to speak publicly. The trip was expected in coming months, with the date likely to be set after the Treasury staff visit to China, a second source said.
US News Reuters | Chinese Embassy in Lisbon Removes CCTV Camera, 19 Jan
after concerns of a "blatant violation of privacy" were raised by residents. Three large 360-degrees surveillance cameras were installed around the consular section two months ago, a resident who wished to remain anonymous told Reuters in December, saying they were concerned they might be able to film apartments buildings and public roads....
GIS Reports Online | Portugal is key to China's Euro-African strategy, Oct 2020
Like a white knight, China stepped in after Portugal's 2011 bankruptcy with billions of dollars in [EFSF] investment. Now Chinese influence in Portugal is becoming a crucial cog in its strategy to exert influence and expand trade throughout Europe and Africa.

[simplified Chinese ties to colonial "brutality" map CAPTION: With a foothold in Portugal, China gains greater access to economies throughout the lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) world. Combined, they make up a market of nearly 280 million consumers and a GDP of $1.96 trillion.]

archived There's no greater unknown unknown than that which one chooses not to see 2012, Money for nothing and chicks for free in Now I'm really pissed off!
by Cat on Fri Jan 20th, 2023 at 07:40:51 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | US, Netherlands strike deal on blocking chip exports to China, 27 Jan
The agreement is a major win for Washington in its efforts to stop the rise of China as a tech superpower. It will notably stop some of the sales of advanced microchip printing equipment by Dutch giant ASML, one of the few companies in the world able to produce the printers needed to manufacture ["]high-end["] semiconductors that are at the center of the growing tech war between the U.S. and China.
bi-lateral, inflation reduction "friendshoring" FDI consequences
The deal is expected to shake up relations between The Hague and other European Union capitals, as it would create a parallel export controls regime between the U.S., the Netherlands[,] and others that challenges the EU's common posture [wut] toward China. Currently, European governments [wut] primarily coordinate such policies across the 27-country bloc.
Washington has enticed The Hague by inviting it to host this year's Summit for Democracy, an annual event initiated by the White House to boost democratic values worldwide. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte last week met with U.S. President Joe Biden, where they discussed how to "quite frankly, meet the challenges of China," the U.S. leader told reporters ahead of the meeting.
how to define "advanced" chip technology without trashing ASML global orders
In the industry, chips with single-digit nanometers are deemed to be more advanced than those with double-digit nanometers. EUV [Extreme Ultra-Violet lithography] machines are best placed to manufacture those single-digit [nm] chips, but in some cases DUV [Deep Ultra-Violet lithography] machines can be "boosted"[,] when combined with other technology, which raises their strategic market value in the tug-of-war [sic] over chip technology.

ASML's Chief Executive Officer Peter Wennink told reporters this week that it would take "months" to clarify the details of a high-level agreement.

IBM says it has created the world's smallest and most powerful microchip, 6 May 2022
"45% higher performance -- and about 75% lower energy usage -- than today's most advanced 7-nanometer chips"
US and Japan join forces to start factory for tiny 2-nanometer chips, 3 Aug
mass production in Japan in 2025
Why Are Some Companies Still Short Semiconductor Chips When Others Are Swimming In Them?
"Matching supply with demand in long cycle businesses is always challenging."
by Cat on Sat Jan 28th, 2023 at 07:29:25 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jan 17th, 2023 at 05:30:43 PM EST
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President Biden to end COVID-19 emergencies on May 11, 31 Jan
Biden's announcement comes in a statement opposing resolutions being brought to the floor this week by House Republicans to bring the emergency to an immediate end.
pandemicoversight.gov, $4.2T obligated, $4.08T spent, $5.2T total
• Where did Pandemic Relief Funds Go?
• FRAUD ALERT: PRAC Identifies $5.4 Billion in Potentially Fraudulent Pandemic Loans
• WATCH: PRAC Chair Michael Horowitz [!], 10am ET Feb 1, House Committee on Oversight
Public health emergency for mpox [FKA monkeypox] officially ended 31 Jan 2023
"As of the most recent CDC data, about 1.18 million doses of smallpox vaccines were administered during the monkeypox outbreak."
by Cat on Tue Jan 31st, 2023 at 11:57:20 PM EST
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Judge dismisses antitrust farce filed against oil companies over alleged international price fixing, "carbon war" for their goddam, godgiven right to cheap fuel
The complaint, filed March [28, 2022] by 24 named individuals living all over the country, accused the petroleum companies of agreeing "among themselves, and with Saudi Arabia and Russia, to cut the production of oil, to remove and store excess oil supply, to limit future exploration and production of oil, and to stop the price war that had erupted between Saudi Arabia and Russia, all for the purpose and with the intended effect to raise the price of oil and gasoline and other fuels in the United States and elsewhere."
2. The United States is the largest producer of oil in the world [18.7M bbl/d, CYE 2021]. Saudi Arabia is the second largest producer of oil in the world [12.3M bbl/d, CYE 2021]. Russia is the third largest producer of oil in the world [10.5M bbl/d, CYE 2021].
3. Exxon Mobil is the largest oil company in the United States. Chevron Texaco is the second largest oil company in the United States. Phillips 66 is the third largest oil company in the United States.
4. OPEC is the acronym for Organization of Petroleum-Exporting Countries. [31.7M bbl/d, CYE 2021, excluding RF+ 11] OPEC was formed in 1961 to coordinate a common conduct for the production and sale of oil and fuel products. Its members are Algeria, Angola, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, [Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Congo,] and Venezuela. Saudi Arabia is by far the largest member of OPEC. OPEC is an international cartel.
OPEC (1960 FTA): IR, IQ, KW, NG, SA, VZ, LY, AE, DZ, AO, GQ, CG, GA; PLUS OM*, s-SS*, SS*, BN*, RU*, MX*, AZ*, KZ*, MY*, BH*, EC*, ID*, QA*
It operates throughout the world. It exercises the power to control the production and price of oil and other fuel products for its members. OPEC influences the price of oil and gasoline on a worldwide basis....
The suit then cites a tweet by the former president [Trump] on April 2, 2020: "Just spoke to my friend MBS (Crown Prince) of Saudi Arabia, who spoke with President Putin of Russia, & I expect & hope that they will be cutting back approximately 10 Million Barrels, and maybe substantially more which, if it happens, will be GREAT for the oil & gas industry!" Trump then added: ".....Could be as high as 15 Million Barrels. Good (GREAT) news for everyone!"
The suit also states that Trump later held a secret meeting with representatives of Exxon, Chevron, the American Petroleum Institute, Occidental Petroleum, and other energy oil marketing companies, after which "the American oil companies agreed to cut production by 2 million barrels per day (or 3 million barrels per day) by the end of the year as a quid pro quo for the cessation of the price war [?], just as Russia and Saudi Arabia had demanded."
U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White, a George W. Bush appointee, dismissed the suit on Monday for a number of reasons in a curt, 12-page ruling. For one thing, he wrote, the allegations in the lawsuit were beyond the scope of the courts, thanks to the "political question doctrine."
Perhaps more to the point, Judge White also wrote that the lawsuit lacked enough evidence to proceed....
EIA | Oil and petroleum products explained 1950-2021 illustrated
...Also in 2021, the United States produced about 18.77 million b/d of petroleum and consumed about 19.89 million b/d. Even though U.S. annual total petroleum exports were greater than total petroleum imports in 2020 and 2021, the United States still imported < wipes tears> some crude oil and petroleum products from other countries to help to supply domestic demand for petroleum and < wipes tears> to supply international markets.

The United States remained a net crude oil importer in 2021, importing about 6.11 million b/d of crude oil and exporting about 2.96 million b/d. However, some of the crude oil that the U.S. imports is refined by U.S. refineries into petroleum products--such as gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel, and jet fuel--that the U.S. exports. Also, some of imported petroleum may be stored and subsequently exported....

by Cat on Tue Jan 10th, 2023 at 11:23:36 PM EST
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Police: 6-year-old shoots teacher in Virginia classroom | ABC News |

Newport News is a city of about 185,000 people in southeastern Virginia known for its shipyard, which builds the nation's aircraft carriers and other U.S. Navy vessels.

"Today our students got a lesson in gun violence," said George Parker III, Newport News schools superintendent, "and what guns can do to disrupt, not only an educational environment, but also a family, a community."

Virginia law does not allow 6-year-olds to be tried as adults.

In addition, a 6-year-old is too young to be committed to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice if found guilty.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 7th, 2023 at 02:44:09 PM EST
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until further notice
by Cat on Sat Jan 7th, 2023 at 02:57:10 PM EST
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DYK Alexander Hamilton founded the NY Post in 1801? WHAT A DIFFERENCE a duel and a box-office libretto produced by a federalist of Newyorican persuasion makes to 21st century democratization!

ill-conceived healine w/e 14 January
Residents of Ana Walshe-managed DC building fear phony agents coverup

Read more ....

by Cat on Fri Jan 13th, 2023 at 06:07:58 PM EST
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Hunter Biden asks court to stop love child from taking his sullied surname
John Edwards be, like, it doesn't have to be this way.
by Cat on Mon Jan 16th, 2023 at 06:45:02 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Jan 7th, 2023 at 03:44:50 PM EST
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Drug-addled Hunter Biden lived at Delaware home where classified docs were kept
"giving him unrestricted access to America's secrets"!
by Cat on Fri Jan 13th, 2023 at 06:13:01 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 8th, 2023 at 03:45:47 PM EST
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Cubans crossing into US STUNNED to hear of new [old] asylum limits, 6 Jan
Revelations TITLE  42:1-163 and TITLE 8 §1182. Inadmissible aliens
President Joe Biden announced Thursday that Cubans, Nicaraguans, Haitians[,] and Venezuelans will be expelled to Rwanda Mexico if they enter the UK U.S. illegally, effective immediately. At the same time, he offered humanitarian parole for up to 30,000 people a month from those four countries if they apply online, pay for their airfare[,] and find a financial sponsor.
Suella Braverman plans to ditch key Windrush pledges, 6 Jan
"to fast-track detention and removal of migrants"
archived Suella Busy Defending UK Borders in Great Start for Sunak, Priti resignation

Biden administration wants Supreme Court to end Title 42 -- just not yet, 20 Dec
because Congress has yet to choose which chapter or verse for repeal
archived Presidential Proclamation 2019, APsplainin OBSCURE US laws 2021

by Cat on Sun Jan 8th, 2023 at 04:32:10 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Jan 27th, 2023 at 03:44:13 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Dec 31st, 2022 at 01:08:56 PM EST
Sweden to EU: Hands off our forests alias www.politico.eu/article/sweden-un-woke-policy-forest-european-climate-law/
Balancing the economic and social benefits of forestry with environmental protection goals has been at the center of the European Green Deal discussions in Brussels, and has pitted Sweden -- together with other heavily forested countries like Finland and Austria -- against the rest of the bloc on the grounds that the European Commission shouldn't interfere with national forest management policies.

During the six months of its presidency of the Council of the EU, Sweden will have to push forward key policy files impacting forestry, including a new regulation aimed at boosting nature restoration, a proposal for certifying carbon removals and an EU Forest Monitoring Framework -- and be expected to tune down its critics. But green activists fear it won't do so, while the Swedish forestry sector -- which represents more than 10 percent of the country's industry -- is asking Stockholm to use the presidency to have their concerns heard in Brussels.

IRENA Country Profile 2019: 35% nuclear, 20% oil, 39% renewable supply, of which 58% "bioenergy"
Fun Fact: 50% of Serbia's 2019 total supply was coal, 13% renewables, of which 57% "bionenergy"
Fun Fact: 46% of Sri Lanka's 2019 total supply was gas,  14% coal, 39% renewables, of which 89% "bioenergy"
archived December 2022 transition action plans
by Cat on Mon Jan 2nd, 2023 at 04:26:08 PM EST
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Sputnik | Rare Earth Ore Body Found in Sweden Touted as Europe's 'Largest Deposit of its Kind'
according to government-owned mining company Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara Aktiebolag (LKAB).
LKAB has identified Per Geijer deposit, located in close proximity to an existing iron mine, as containing mineral resources exceeding one million tonnes of rare earth oxides.
"This is good news, not only for LKAB, the region and the Swedish people, but also for Europe and the climate. This is the largest known deposit of rare earth elements in our part of the world, and it could become a significant building block for producing the critical raw materials that are absolutely crucial to enable the green transition. We face a supply problem. Without mines, there can be no electric vehicles," Jan Moström, President and Group CEO of LKA, said in a statement [12 Jan].
"We need to strengthen industrial value chains in Europe and create real opportunities for the electrification of our societies. Politics must give the industry the conditions to switch to green and fossil-free production. Here, the Swedish mining industry has a lot to offer. The need for minerals to carry out the transition is great," Minister for Energy, Business and Industry, Ebba Busch, added.
The Per Geijer deposit needs to be investigated further regarding possible mining conditions, with a relevant plan submitted, along with an application for an exploitation concession in 2023. According to the company, around 10 to 15 years might pass before any actual mining and delivery of raw materials begins.
by Cat on Thu Jan 12th, 2023 at 07:42:11 PM EST
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Nevada lithium mine gets $700M conditional loan from [US Dept. of] Energy, 13 Jan drought monitor
to an Australian mining company to pursue a proposed lithium project in Nevada, as the U.S. seeks domestic supplies for a key component [read: critical mineral] in electric vehicle batteries.

Ioneer [Rhyolite Ridge LLC] Ltd. has hoped to begin mining by 2026 in Esmerelda County.

The conditional commitment comes on the heels of two critical materials loans closed by LPO -- Syrah Vidalia [!], which will process active anode material, and Ultium Cells, which will manufacture battery cells. These projects marked LPO's first-ever loans in the critical materials sector and the most recent loans under Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) Loan Program within the last decade.
Onshoring the critical materials supply chain is an important step toward energy independence, lower costs for American consumers, and protection from global supply bottlenecks. While this conditional commitment [alias debenture or surety] demonstrates LPO's intent to finance the project, a final loan is contingent on the project meeting numerous conditions related to environmental review, finances, and technical due diligence. The company projects the site could produce enough lithium to support production of about 400,000 electric vehicles annually for decades; the government's announcement Friday pegged that figure at 370,000 vehicles annually.
What is a Term Sheet?
archived Gulf of California, USGS, charge recycling and pack replacement, the 24/7 whine of the A/C
by Cat on Fri Jan 13th, 2023 at 11:35:01 PM EST
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What about a key component in treaty on biodiversity?

Nevada lithium mining an unprovoked attack on planet earth's last Tiehm's buckwheat.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 14th, 2023 at 06:46:55 AM EST
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That's not a critical element in the Big Tech "ecosystem".

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jan 14th, 2023 at 03:01:34 PM EST
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Utah's Great Salt Lake, Replenishment Program
Plans are in place to build a series of desalination plants near The Great Salt Lake. The brine can be pumped into the lake and it will have far less salinity than the water in the lake. There are two existing major salt manufacturing plants in the area and brine can be pumped into drying beds and be processed by the existing salt companies. The salt will be used as table salt, snow [?!] melt, in water softeners and on the public roads. This desalination plant will have no impact on the environment.
"The only lithium production in the United States was from one brine operation in Nevada."
"What this looks like is a fairly transparent effort by the Biden administration to build political and economic momentum for the project in an effort to steamroll the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Endangered Species Act," said Patrick Donnelly, Great Basin director for the Center for Biological Diversity.
It is anticipated that three bands of the Shoshone Tribe will be participating in formal consultations with the [Bureau of Land Management] BLM regarding the project. In addition to the formal consultation process, Rhyolite Ridge has been making direct outreach with tribes to understand any cultural resource areas and environmental concerns, to explore opportunities for economic development, to provide job training, and to identify initiatives for tribes to participate in the ["]clean energy["] economy.
never waste a crisis
Burning Man latest foe of 'green energy' project in Nevada [desert], 12 Dec "geothermal" exploration
Lithium mines aimed at boosting production of electric vehicle batteries and geothermal power plants that tap underground water to produce renewable energy are at various stages of planning and development in the nation's top gold mining state.

Environmental groups, Native American tribes, and ranchers are among those who've filed lawsuits over the past two years seeking to block individual projects. They say that while they support reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to help COMBAT climate change, the commercial developments on public land in Nevada were approved illegally and will have their own environmental and cultural consequences.
The San Francisco-based Burning Man Project and four co-plaintiffs filed the new lawsuit in federal court in Reno this week accusing the Bureau of Land Management [BLM] of breaking environmental laws in approving Ormat [Technologies] Inc.'s exploratory drilling in the Black Rock Desert 120 miles (193 kilometers) north of Reno....

archived My Name is Salt

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jan 14th, 2023 at 05:25:07 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jan 19th, 2023 at 08:28:07 PM EST
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euractiv | How EU countries use [BIOMASS] to bloat their renewable [BIO]energy stats, 23 Jan INCONTINENCE ALERT
Biomass is often portrayed as an overlooked energy giant, with the European Commission saying it is "the main source of renewable energy in the EU, with a share of almost 60%" - more than wind and solar combined.

Yet, experts agree these [renewable carbon FKA ash] figures are probably overstated because < wipes tears > of the way biomass is counted [?!] in EU renewable energy statistics, ESPECIALLY when it is BURNED for heating.

needs mo' bigger power plant incinerators, possibly renewable tires
"The worst way to burn biomass is to do it in an open fire," said Jan Rosenow, director of European programmes at the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), a think-tank specialised in clean energy.

According to Rosenow, around 30% of the energy contained in a wood log is transformed into usable heat when burned in a fireplace, while the remaining 70% ["eNErGy"] is just lost and "goes up your chimney".

By contrast, other renewable heating technologies like heat pumps, which run on electricity [fueled by wtf], are measured according to a different metric: energy output, or useful energy.

The result, according to Rosenow, is that ["]biomass-based["] heating looks disproportionately bigger than it really is in the EU's official statistical reports.

< wipes tears >
"The way it's being treated under the renewable energy directive is that the more biomass you burn, the better it is for your target," he explained. "EU countries that have a very high share of renewable heat [sic] tend to be the countries that burn a lot of biomass. And if they burn it inefficiently, it's even better because they get more [carbon] credit [to sell!]"
by Cat on Mon Jan 23rd, 2023 at 06:15:48 PM EST
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IKEA replaces Russia, Belarus with wood supplies from EU countries
"We have managed to replace those (Russia and Belarus) volumes in other countries on a very hot wood market," Ulf Johansson, Global Wood Supply and Forestry Manager at brand owner Inter IKEA, told Reuters.

Sweden, the Baltics [EE, LT, LV, FI?], Poland, and Germany are among countries where IKEA's wood sourcing has increased as a result of the war in Ukraine, he said, adding that some of the solutions might be long-term and others short-term.
IKEA has in recent years been buying and managing forests in a number of countries through its investment vehicle IKEA Investments, from which it might use wood and wood products in the future.

While IKEA says managing forests responsibly will help mitigate climate change, it does not yet include that business in its overall target to be climate positive by 2030 due to difficulties < wipes tears > measuring [BIOMASS] carbon capture and storage.

by Cat on Fri Jan 27th, 2023 at 11:20:43 PM EST
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'Extreme event': warm January weather breaks records across Europe, 2 Jan
The warmest January day ever was recorded in at least eight European countries including Poland, Denmark, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Belarus, Lithuania[,] and Latvia, according to data collated by Maximiliano Herrera, a climatologist who tracks extreme temperatures.
"We can arguably say this is the first time an extreme weather event in Europe (in terms of extreme heat) is comparable to the most extreme in North America."
archived Odds of annuder "mild winter", 2022 jet streams of BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS, Large Atmospheric Waves in the Jet Stream 2019
by Cat on Mon Jan 2nd, 2023 at 09:28:53 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 2nd, 2023 at 10:27:24 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Europe's energy prices slump. Just not on your bill., 3 Jan gibberish
Natural gas prices are below what they were when Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine -- but it's still too early to celebrate.
Make no mistake, that's still very expensive gas -- about five times higher than in 2019, when European gas prices first started creeping up. And crucially in terms of European industry's global competitiveness, the price still considerably higher than [pipeline] natural gas in the U.S
The cost of doing heating and cooling business with LNG shipping and handling
New terminals, including in the Netherlands and Germany, will have a combined annual capacity of almost 40 billion cubic meters (bcm) by the end of 2023 -- a little under 10 percent of what the EU consumed in 2021.
It is now "plausible" that the EU could get to the end of winter with storage facilities half-full, he added, but this would require continued mild weather, sustained LNG imports[,] and continued gas conservation efforts from consumers [summer 2023]. That would be a "very good result," easing pressure on European countries in the so-called [EIA] gas injection season [2022], when [US inventories] needs to be [re-]filled during spring and summer.
The EU imported 134.8 bcm of LNG last year, up from 81 bcm in 2021, tweeted Miguel Gil Tertre, chief economist for the EU's Directorate General for Energy. That's helped replace the dramatic [!] reduction in Russia pipeline [!] gas, which used to supply 40 percent of the EU's [NG] demands and has now dropped to less than 10 percent
before sabotage of Nord Stream I.
by Cat on Fri Jan 6th, 2023 at 04:38:23 PM EST
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Global ocean temperatures hit new record in 2022, 11 Jan
according to a study published in the journal Advances in Atmospheric Science on Wednesday.
"First of all, the oceans hold the key to the climate. The oceans are what absorb almost all of global warming heat. So, if you want to know how fast the Earth is warming, the answer is in the oceans. If you want to know what our future climate is going to look like, the answer is in the oceans," said John Abraham, study co-writer and professor of mechanical engineering at St. Thomas University.
In 2022 alone, researchers found Earth's oceans exceeded the 2021 record by 10 zettajoules -- a joule with 21 zeros behind it -- and among the world's seven oceanic regions, the North Pacific, North Atlantic, Mediterranean Sea, and Southern Ocean [Antarctic Ocean] recorded their highest ocean heat content since the 1950s.
According to lead researcher Lijing Cheng from the International Center for Climate and Environmental Sciences, more than 90% of the excess heat accumulated by Earth's climate system is deposited into its oceans. However, Cheng writes that "rising ocean temperatures bolster the energy exchanges from ocean to atmosphere, increase the quantity of atmospheric moisture and change the patterns of precipitation and temperature globally."
Satellite images reveal shrinkage of Utah's Great Salt Lake, 2 Aug satellite transformation

Great Salt Lake May Cease to Exist, Scholars Warn, 11 Jan alarms, drought, incredulity
"Our unsustainable water use is desiccating habitat, exposing toxic dust, and driving salinity to levels incompatible with the lake's food webs," the report's summary states. "The lake's drop has accelerated since 2020, with an average deficit of 1.2 million acre-feet per year. If this loss rate continues, the lake as we know it is on track to disappear in five years."
by Cat on Thu Jan 12th, 2023 at 02:30:45 AM EST
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CAPTION: Elephant Butte Reservoir near Truth or Consequences, N.M., on July 10, 2021 as the state enters its third straight year of drought. AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File

AP | Judge orders proposed Rio Grande decree to be made public

The case has been pending before the U.S. Supreme Court for nearly a decade
33.3% of Too Late!
Texass has argued that groundwater pumping in southern New Mexico has reduced river flows, limiting how much water makes it across the border. New Mexico maintains that it has been shorted on its share of the river. Colorado also has rights to the river.
Judge Michael Melloy noted in his order that teams of negotiators that included engineers, hydrologists and others had worked collaboratively throughout much of 2022 to develop formulas [!], limits[!] and potential remedial steps [!] as possible paths to settling the litigation.

Justice Department attorneys sought to keep the information sealed, saying making it public would violate a confidentiality agreement [!]. But the order noted all parties had conceded that the underlying data used to derive the formulas and deviation limits were publicly available and part of the water management toolbox commonly in use throughout the country.

archived November 2022 irrigation action plans, Cutting Fresh Water Supply to Europe, France Record Drought, Welcome to the European Drought Observatory! , nations o'merchants v hANDofGOtt
by Cat on Wed Jan 4th, 2023 at 11:26:02 PM EST
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In the mornin' you go gunnin' for the man who stole your water
And you fire 'til he is done in but they catch you at the border
And the mourners are all singin' as they drag you by your feet
But the hangman isn't hangin' and they put you on the street
... You go back, Jack, do it again, wheel turnin' 'round and 'round
You go back, Jack, do it again

(Steely Dan, 1972)

But no, you can't do it again. That water is a fossil resource.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Jan 6th, 2023 at 11:49:59 AM EST
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elaborate, please.
by Cat on Fri Jan 6th, 2023 at 03:33:52 PM EST
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"That water is a fossil resource"
Turns out that I was wrong (possibly). I had assumed that the Rio Grande intersected with the Ogallala aquifer, but it's further west, from Nebraska to Texas. It is fossil water (most of it probably dating from the last Ice Age) and is being depleted for agriculture, also coal and oil extraction.  

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Jan 6th, 2023 at 04:50:39 PM EST
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... but... insofar as the water levels in the man-made dams on the Rio Grande and Colorado rivers are only going one way, it's pretty much the same disaster movie, but with a faster time scale.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Jan 6th, 2023 at 04:58:05 PM EST
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Sputnik | New Honeybee Vaccine Touted as 'Breakthrough' in Protecting Pollinator From Fatal Disease, 6 Jan better living with neonicotinoids
Honey bees are to be vaccinated, as a jab specially developed for the critically-important pollinator insects has just been approved for use by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Engineered to prevent this bee species' deaths from a bacterial condition known as American foulbrood disease, a conditional license for the inoculation was approved this week, the biotech firm Dalan Animal Health, Inc. stated.

The vaccine, "breakthrough in protecting honey bees", Dalan Animal Health CEO Annette Kleiser said in a statement. ....

Non Technical Summary
Honey bees are responsible for the annual pollination of at least $17 billion worth of US crops, but face severe health challenges. Nosema ceranaeis a fungus [?] that causes a common and widespread infection that is associated with poor colony health and Colony Collapse Disorder. Currently, Nosema diseaseis primarily treated with a single antibiotic [?!]...
IFL Science | World-First Vaccine For Honeybees Gets Approved In The US, 5 Jan
The vaccine, which has just received approval from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), was developed by the US biotech company Dalan Animal Health. Instead of injecting the individual bees with a shot, which would no doubt prove troublesome, the vaccine comes in the form of dead bacteria that are mixed into the food consumed by worker bees.  

The vaccine is then digested and transferred to the glands that produce royal jelly, the nutrient-rich secretion that's fed to queens. The queen ingests the laced jelly and fragments of the vaccine are transferred to her ovaries and developing eggs. Having been exposed to the inactive bacteria, the developing larvae emerge from their eggs with immunity against American Foulbrood.

American Foulbrood can be catastrophic for honeybee hives. It's a highly infectious disease introduced to the hive by drifting bees from nearby colonies carrying spores [AU-Eng., "seed-like cell"] of the bacteria. These spores are extremely tough and can remain viable for many years on contaminated equipment. They are also extremely resilient against extreme weather conditions and many chemicals that would kill off other bacteria....

archived Mon Oct 5th, 2020, Wed May 2nd, 2018, Wed Dec 10th, 2014, anything but accept responsibility 2012
by Cat on Fri Jan 6th, 2023 at 06:29:08 PM EST
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euractiv | EU Court puts end to emergency use of bee-toxic pesticides, 29 Jan waiver collapse
The ruling came in the wake of a request for annulment before the Belgian Administrative Court on the derogation [read: waiver] given by Belgium for the use of these bee-toxic insecticides on sugar beets [!]. The request was brought by the campaigner groups Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe and Nature & Progrès Belgium together with a Belgian beekeeper.

The plant protection products in question - imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam - belong to a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, which are chemically similar to nicotine and target [read: poison] insects.

Neonicotinoids have come under fire in recent years for contributing to the decline of bees by disrupting their sense of orientation, memory and mode of reproduction.
"This landmark ruling of the EU Court puts an end to 10 years of abuse by member states, with the blessing of the European Commission," said Hans Muilerman, chemical officer at PAN Europe.

curia.europa.eu | JUDGMENT OF THE COURT, (EN) 2016
applicant at the first instance, appellants, interveners
Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-147/21
CIHEF and Others
, (ES, DE, EN FR, IT, PL, PT) 19 Jan 2023
The level of harmonisation achieved at EU level by the Biocidal Products Regulation does not prevent Member States from adopting restrictive rules on the promotion of sales of those products
Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-162/21 (FR) 19 Jan
Pesticide Action Network Europe and Others

PLUS a plot twist
Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-632/20 P, 17 Jan
The Court annuls the Commission's decision allowing Kosovo* to participate in the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications
archived Fri Oct 7th, 2022, * asterisk, Wed May 4th, 2022, Tue Apr 26th, 2022

by Cat on Fri Jan 20th, 2023 at 10:27:04 PM EST
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If the current Californian monsoon turns out to be the new normal every winter, then perhaps it would be worth looking at waterworks to send the water south and east?
American ingenuity, etc.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Jan 12th, 2023 at 09:38:54 AM EST
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dry temperate, fire, and mud slide
by Cat on Thu Jan 12th, 2023 at 04:18:15 PM EST
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APsplainin Pakistan Syndrome: dessicated top soil and impermeable surface run-off
Tackling THREAT of mudslides in soaked [sic] California

["]atmospheric rivers["] have saturated [sic] the steep mountains and BALD hillsides scarred from WILDFRIRES along much of California's long coastline, causing hundreds of landslides this month.
< wipes tears
Since New Year's Eve, the California Department of Conservation's landslide mapping team has documented more than 300 landslides. The state's prolonged drought has made matters worse.

Dan Shugar, an associate professor of geoscience at the University of Calgary, said drought can have a counterintuitive effect when combined with the incredible rainfall California has seen in recent days.

"You'd think if the ground is dry it should be able to absorb a lot of water, but when ground becomes too dry, the permeability of the ground actually decreases," he said. As water runs off the hardened soil, moving downward and picking up energy, it can begin carrying soil and debris away, he said. Added to that, wildfires have left some hillsides with little to no vegetation to hold the soil in place.

by Cat on Thu Jan 19th, 2023 at 07:58:10 PM EST
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Unfortunately I have not been able to visit the most famous parks and wonders of nature in the States, but did travel the route from LA to SF and reverse three times and recall the seventies. Amazing spots, love Monterey, Carmel at the Sea and Santa Barbara. Stayed a few days in Carmel Valley, a very romantic spot ... fond memories.

On one occasion a long stretch of the coastal highway was blocked and we traveled the inner highway and passed Vandenberg AFB and rocket site.

Monterey County Emergency Services -- Landslides

Landslide is a general term for various types of "slope failure," that result in the downward and outward movement of slope-forming materials including rock, soil, artificial fill, or a combination of these. The materials may move by falling, toppling, sliding, spreading, or flowing. Slope failure can range from slow moving rotational slumps and earth flows, which can slowly distress structures but are less threatening to personal safety, to fast-moving rock avalanches and debris flows that are a serious threat to structures and have been responsible for most fatalities.

The Big Sur area is one of the most landslide-prone stretches of the California coast, with over 1,500 mapped historic large landslides. Historically, landslide activity has increased during severe El Niño years. During the 1972-1973 El Niño season, a landslide along the Big Sur coast resulted in one death. Throughout the 1997-1998 El Niño season, Highway 1 closed all along the Big Sur Coast due to flooding and mudslides and about 40 different sections of the highway were damaged. 

In more recent year's numerous landslide events have been recorded in Big Sur, damaging structures, and forcing the closure of Highway 1. 2017 saw record damage along Highway 1. In February, a column of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge was displaced by an active landslide, which moved eight inches in one night and destabilized the bridge. This section of Highway 1 was closed for eight months and the new bridge cost about $24 million. In March of 2017, Paul's Slide buried Highway 1 with debris and left only 11 feet of roadway. Around 2 million cubic yards of material came down the hill. In May, at Mud Creek, a deep-rooted debris flow caused by the heavy winter rains, covered a quarter mile of the Highway 1 in 6 million cubic yards of debris.

Devastating fires have destroyed much of the beauty I imagine. At the time the single fire we witnessed was east of San Diego when we traveled a mountainous road to visit Indian reservations. The volunteer fire fighters traveled in a single truck likely build in the 1930s ... something from the Keystone Cops era of Hollywood. Amazing.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 19th, 2023 at 08:40:58 PM EST
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wtaf: "The specific data for the study, Mishra said, applies only to the wildfires, but researchers suspect similar effects would apply to survivors of other natural disasters."

Grennan et al., "Differences in interference processing and frontal brain function with climate trauma from California's deadliest wildfire," PLOS Climate, 18 Jan 2023

by Cat on Fri Jan 20th, 2023 at 09:03:50 PM EST
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2023 Sub-basin Groundwater Model, located in the Phoenix Active Management Area and subject to Arizona's 100-year Assured Water Supply (AWS) program

Developers are trying to build hundreds of thousands of homes in Arizona. New report warns there isn't enough water., 12 Jan

The Howard Hughes Corp. is a major player in the area, with 100,000 homes planned on 37,000 acres. The question of where developers might get the water to support such vast housing tracts has previously presented a mystery, with some developers merely saying they were confident in their prospects. The report the state released this week provides an initial answer: They won't be finding that water solely in the aquifer below the land. Instead, they will have to find new ways of importing and possibly recycling water if they want to build out the property.
by Cat on Thu Jan 12th, 2023 at 04:16:42 PM EST
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Couple of hundred miles of pipeline to the Gulf of California, plus a nuclear power station to run the desalination plant. Easy.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Jan 13th, 2023 at 01:16:01 PM EST
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Super! NEW Transit fees for Sac City and Reno to offset the cost of the Replenishment Program tunnelling through the Rockies, forthcoming
by Cat on Fri Jan 13th, 2023 at 02:59:54 PM EST
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International fusion energy project faces delays, says chief, 6 Jan
The [2025 plasma deadline] "wasn't realistic in the first place," even before two major problems surfaced, [Pietro] Barabaschi said.

One problem, he said, was wrong sizes for the joints of blocks to be welded together for the installation's 19-by-11-metre (62-by-36-feet) chamber. The second was traces of corrosion in a thermal shield designed to protect the outside world from the enormous heat created during nuclear fusion.

Fixing the problems "is not a question of weeks, but months, even years," Barabaschi said.

Chinese Scientists Report New Mode of Plasma Found in Fusion Power Experiments, 11 Jan
The scientists' findings, described as "a big breakthrough in steady-state operation," were detailed in an article published in the international journal Science Advances earlier this month [6 Jan].
According to their report, they found a new "super-I mode" of plasma during a recent record-setting operation of the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) in December 2021. The reactor is located in Hefei, China, and uses the torus-shaped Tokamak reactor design first invented in the Soviet Union.
Russia will launch new capsule to return [ISS] crew, 11 Jan
"possibly pushing their mission to close to a year, NASA and Russian space officials told reporters"
by Cat on Thu Jan 12th, 2023 at 04:46:53 PM EST
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In summary : Electricity too cheap to bother metering is coming; but we'll have to buy it from the Chinese.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Jan 13th, 2023 at 02:00:17 PM EST
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EU lacks action plan on mental health, experts say, 12 Jan blind leading lame leading halt
...The document was presented at the international conference 'Resilient Mental Health in the EU', held under the Czech Presidency of the EU Council [14 Nov].
GAMIAN-Europe proposes a future EU Strategy for Mental Health: "blueprint"
"We are in a truly extraordinary situation. We are fighting several crises at once. The topic of mental health requires attention," said Czech Deputy Health Minister Jakub Dvořáček at the conference.

The effects of pandemic restrictions, the war in Ukraine, and the rising cost of living have contributed to a greater risk of depression and anxiety among EU citizens. However, healthcare systems in the EU have so far struggled to keep up with the new realities and increase capacity accordingly.

Systemic [read: pervasive] difficulties in the provision of care persist, with low capacities of personnel and insufficient space in treatment facilities. In 2019, there were only 73 psychiatric beds per 100,000 inhabitants in the EU. The highest ratio of beds per inhabitant was in Belgium, while the lowest was in Italy. ...

archived Health Union
by Cat on Thu Jan 12th, 2023 at 07:05:08 PM EST
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Must see
Sachs is a hero.. he deserves the nobel prize
and this one too
by Tom2 on Fri Jan 20th, 2023 at 07:19:15 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Dec 31st, 2022 at 01:09:11 PM EST
nomadlist | The 2023 State of Digital Nomads featured in Politico.eu.com prediction, Portugal's digital nomad bubble poised to pop, which does not venture to compute FDI attributable to "golden visas" issued to, ahem, ICT specialists.
by Cat on Sat Jan 7th, 2023 at 03:32:26 PM EST
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A promising new Covid pill shows key advantages over Paxlovid™ in trial, 29 Dec
The results, published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine, suggest that the treatment had fewer side effects than Paxlovid™, the go-to antiviral for high-risk patients. ... The new pill was also less likely than Paxlovid™ to cause unexpected side effects due to reactions with other medications [ADR, ADE, or DDI] such as those for insomnia, seizures, or high blood pressure [!].
When it comes to [trivial] side effects, around 26% of the trial participants who took Paxlovid™ said it altered their sense of taste -- food tasted sour, sweet, bitter or metallic -- but just 4% of people who took VV116 reported that experience. Although some people in both groups [acquired] elevated levels of triglycerides [!] (fat in the blood that can increase the risk of heart disease or stroke), a smaller share of those in the VV116 group saw that effect: 11% compared to 21% of participants who took Paxlovid™.
Once-favored Covid drugs ineffective on Omicron may be putting millions at risk, 3 Jan
The FDA pulled [emergency use] authorizations for four [monoclonal] antibody treatments in 2022 as Omicron and its myriad subvariants wiped out their effectiveness.
While antiviral pills are plentiful and remain an option for some with weak immune systems, they won't work for everyone -- Pfizer's Paxlovid™ [adversely] interacts with many widely prescribed drugs.
Pfizer's Paxlovid™ not included in China's national insurance, 9 Jan
saying it was too expensive.
that hasn't stopped people from scrambling to purchase it on their own through any means at their disposal -- including buying generic Indian versions of the drug through the internet, according to local media reports.
When Paxlovid™ Is 'Commercialized' In 2023, Patient Access To The Covid-19 Treatment Will Depend On Insurance Status, 7 Jan
Until now, the federal government has paid for all doses of Paxlovid. The government negotiated a $530 price for a [5-day] course of treatment....However, by mid-2023 the government will no longer pay for most Paxlovid™ treatments.
Likewise, the Covid-19 [Comirnaty®] vaccine is expected to cost much more in the private market. Pfizer plans to charge $110 to $130 for its Covid-19 vaccine dose, almost quadrupling the current [HHS] price.
a person's access to [read: ability to buy] a potentially life-saving Covid-19 treatment will likely depend on arbitrary [sic] features like insurance status, age, and Medicaid-eligibility.
archived can't win for losing Dec, COVID Trade War uh oh Oct
by Cat on Mon Jan 9th, 2023 at 09:03:15 PM EST
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immunity debt has entered the room.
DW AP AFP Reuters | China reports almost 60,000 COVID-19 deaths in a month, 14 Jan
GT | Nearly 60,000 COVID-19-related deaths reported in China in the past month; peak infection has passed: NHC, 14 Jan
total of 59,938 COVID-19-related deaths between December 8, 2022 and January 12 this year
The number was revealed by Jiao Yahui, an official from the NHC [National Health Commission]. She said that the average age of those who died of COVID-19 in the period was 80.3 years old, with 90.1 percent of the fatalities above 65 years old, and 56.5 percent were aged above 80 years old; more than 90 percent suffered from underlying conditions.
The number of severe COVID-19 cases reached a peak on January 5, standing at 128,000, according to Jiao, who also noted that the number was down to 105,000 as of January 12 and that 75.3 percent of beds for severe cases were occupied.

Yet Jiao warned that currently, the number of severe cases that have been hospitalized remains high. On January 12, 97.8 percent of reported severe cases that are hospitalized, totaling 97,000, were suffering from both COVID-19 infection and an underlying condition, Jiao said.

Japan to require negative COVID test upon arrival for Chinese travellers, 27 Dec
South Korea joins places restricting Chinese travelers, citing COVID-19, 30 Dec
BBC | China blocks visas for S Korea and Japan over Covid restrictions, 10 Jan
(unexpectedly annoying JP, KR omicron variant sensitive ppl)

WHO.int, Table View a/o 6 Jan 2023: deaths total; death last 7 days
US 1,088,854; 3,922
UK 202,157; 433
JP 1,233,269; 2,785
KR 32,867; 371
China 33,698; 846

JHU, dashboard a/o 15 Jan 2023: deaths total; 28-day deaths
US 1,099,860; 12,132
China 18,192; 1,736
archived The situation here is still pretty psychotic Dec 2022

by Cat on Sun Jan 15th, 2023 at 07:01:42 PM EST
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Who.har.har is "we"?
< wipes tears >
archived cause of death: from COVID-19 or with COVID-19?
by Cat on Tue Jan 17th, 2023 at 09:01:33 PM EST
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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on January 17, 2023, dread oil and gas PRICE SURGE WARNING
People's Daily: OECD Secretary-General Mathias Cormann said on January 16 that he certainly very much welcomes the easing of Covid-related restrictions in China, which is very much positive in terms of making sure that the supply chains function more efficiently and more effectively and will help bring inflation down. What's your response?

Wang Wenbin: We have noted relevant reports. We have also seen that lately, more and more professional international institutions have said that China's adapting of COVID response will prove to be a boon for the world economy. Børge Brende, President of the World Economic Forum, said in recent days that China's optimization of COVID-19 response will lead to stronger and more prosperous growth and contribute to global growth. The IMF noted that China will achieve stable economic growth in 2023 and become the largest positive factor of the world economy. Multiple international investment banks and financial institutions including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Barclays, and Natixis have revised up their forecast for China's economic growth rate in 2023....

which is truly going to fuck with Price Cap Coalition benchmark "solidarity" budgets, "critical material" storage,  COP27 pledges, and counter-cyclical demand-side "inflation reduction".
by Cat on Tue Jan 17th, 2023 at 10:32:03 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Jan 22nd, 2023 at 07:48:49 PM EST
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CNN | FDA wants to simplify the use and updating of Covid-19 vaccines, 23 Jan
...The FDA said it expects to assess circulating strains of the coronavirus at least annually and decide in June which strains to select for the fall season, much like the process to update annual flu vaccines....
thehill | FDA panel to consider annual COVID-19 vaccine shots, 23 Jan
The FDA's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) will meet Thursday [26 Jan] to discuss how to simplify and streamline the COVID-19 vaccination process, including the composition of coronavirus vaccines and the recommended scheduling for these shots.
While acknowledging that COVID-19 and the flu are not identical, VRBPAC said the deployment of the bivalent COVID-19 boosters, created to target both the ancestral strain of the virus as well as the BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subvariants, was "analogous" to annual flu vaccinations.
Politico | FDA lays out vision for annual Covid vaccine updates, 24 Jan
..."When you have recommendations that are changing, that can certainly lead to some confusion," Neil Maniar, the director of the Master of Public Health Program at Northeastern University, told Prescription Pulse. "This is a really important opportunity ... to kind of hit the reset button in a way, and to say 'this is what it's going to be like moving forward now for all of us.'"...
GT | Daily COVID infections peaked at nearly 7m around Dec 22, 2022 before plummeting to 15,000: China's CDC, 25 Jan
by Cat on Thu Jan 26th, 2023 at 12:59:46 AM EST
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Vaccine injured protest, London 2023
by Tom2 on Thu Jan 26th, 2023 at 09:33:41 PM EST
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Declassified British Documents Reveal U.K. Support for Indonesian Invasion and Occupation of East Timor, Recognition of Denial of Self-Determination, 1975-1976
Gerald Ford Dies at 93; Supported Indonesian Invasion of East Timor That Killed 1/3 of Population
Indonesia: No.10 record of conversation (President [Soeharto/Suharto],  Dr Widjojo) in re: ASEAN
Declassified Documents Concerning President Soeharto [sic] of Indonesia
The "final solution" to the Communist problem
Declassified Records Show U.S. Knew About, Supported 1965 Massacre in Indonesia
Reuters, U.S. knew of Indonesian anti-communist massacre as it unfolded
The documents also reveal that Indonesian army intermediaries told Western embassies they were considering toppling then president Sukarno less than a fortnight after the killing of six generals by rebel military personnel that sparked the bloodletting.
HRW, Indonesia: US Documents Released on 1965-66 Massacres
"The US government now needs to release the remaining documents, not only for the historical record of one of the 20th century's worst atrocities, but as a long overdue step toward bringing redress to the victims."
FAS, Declassification of Indonesia Files in Progress
"The United States provided financial and military assistance during this time and later, according to documents released by the State Department, and General Suharto consolidated his power, ruling from 1967 to 1998," Senator Udall noted.
Declassified Files Provide Insight into Indonesia's Democratic Transition
Revealed: how UK spies incited mass murder of Indonesia's communists
World POWs "messaging system", Timor-Leste
World POWs G20 summit preppers
World POWs G20 summit 15-16 Nov

11 Jan 2023
WaPoo | Indonesia admits historical rights violations -- but shirks accountability

Indonesian President Joko Widodo expressed regret Wednesday for egregious human rights violations in the country over the past six decades, including a U.S.-backed anti-communist purge that led to the massacre of some 500,000 Indonesians during the height of the Cold War. He promised to prevent similar violations from happening again but stopped short of explicitly admitting the government's role in the atrocities or making any commitments to pursue accountability.
CNN | Indonesia's President says he regrets country's bloody past as victims demand justice
"If President Jokowi [sic] is serious about past human rights violations, he should first order a government effort to investigate these mass killings, to document mass graves, and to find their families, to match the graves and their families, as well as to set up a commission to decide what to do next," said Andreas Harsono, Indonesia researcher at Human Rights Watch.
The Intercept | Listen to Barack Obama's chilling description of U.S. involvement in the gigantic Indonesia Massacre, 13 Jan 2023
... She found herself a job right away teaching English to Indonesian businessmen at the American embassy....The Americans were mostly older men, careerists in the State Department, the occasional economists or journalists who would mysteriously disappear for months at a time, their affiliation or function in the embassy never quite clear....
by Cat on Sun Jan 15th, 2023 at 06:00:54 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Jan 15th, 2023 at 07:10:04 PM EST
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You didn't get the memo? Emmanuel Todd went right off the rails at least ten years ago, and he keeps getting worse. He himself claims he is not an intellectual but a researcher. Former Marxist who has gone full authoritarian conspirationist.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Jan 17th, 2023 at 11:38:55 AM EST
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Tue Dec 3rd, 2019

PS. Don't know; Don't care how Emmanuel Todd and I arrived at this conclusion. I've never heard of or from the guy.

I did knew this, when I said it in 2019: I am a witness of "perpetual war" prosecuted by eurocentric "Great Powers" (their descendants, heirs, and assignees aka paid "professional soldier," mercenaries, and "proxies"), time out of mind to "win" total world domination by every means necessary—tools for mass murder, laws of war, financial ROI, bogus juridical authority, coloni and censors, basic and applied pseudo-sciences, extortion aka punitive "economic" sanctions, "incentives" aka bribery, hagiography, doctrinaire heat-seeking armicists, and institutional culumny heaped on mendacity, posing as diplomatic and political "solutions" to the problem of ...replacing depleted armament.

I am a witness for the invisible field of battle between the "Great Powers." That is the innumerable dead discarded from the officious definition of world war limited to First World infantry KIA on or before the second nuclear bomb strikes some "critical infrastructure" in a liberal democracy.

I am witness to a few generations of homicidal maniacs desire to dissociate methods of war from war and am truly not persuaded that war by any other name is not war.

by Cat on Fri Jan 20th, 2023 at 04:44:29 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Jan 22nd, 2023 at 06:40:25 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 17th, 2023 at 05:15:36 PM EST
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Sorry ..my bad, wrong comment

Posted earlier @MoA ...

Emmanuel Todd On The Third World War

I didn't agree ...

I appreciate the insight and and analysis of b. above the predictions of Mr. Todd.

For one, Europe doesn't get it ... the Blitzkrieg of Joe Biden across EU-27 countries after the Kabul retreat and the bullying had effect because Angela Merkel retired and a "soft power" traffic light coalition was positioned in Berlin. Macron was isolated and the NATO war narrative took hold.

Biden did not only target Russia, but even more he knee capped a rising economic competitor, the EU.

The Trump MAGA policy was embraced by Joe ... trade with China would be reduced and critical manufacturing should be onshore, the lesson of pharma during the pandemic. The Defense Production Act symbolizes the future of America's Hermit demeanor. Self-sustainability or autarky as future economic model.

Globalization must be reversed and the strategy of Deglobalization must take priority above all.

The US let the Arab states fund the first Afghan and Iraq War. US soldiers returning in body bags would be detrimental to the succes of the campaigns after 9/11. Second Iraq War became too similar to the Vietnam War, Bush hiding transport of dead soldiers.

The US enforces a growth of NATO to play act in Libya, Syria and today in Ukraine. European nations carry an equal financial burden and their defense material will be ordered with sticker Made In USA.

The Ukraine War is equally an attack on the economies of Europe's industrial heart. Cheap gas from Russia delivered wealth to the EU, especially Germany.

The Global economic community wil split, not in half bur 25/75 in favor of the Far East, India, Indonesia, Central Asia, Arab states and Iran plus majority of Africa and South America. Japan, South Korea and Australia will side with NATO.

The failed coup d'état of  July 2016, [originated on NATO Incirlik airbase] to overthrow Erdogan, loosened the ties with aggressor NATO, a heavy blow to the alliance. Türkiye had been withheld to become a member of the EU [fast-track of Ukraine in comparison] so all paths are open looking East to join China-led SCO.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 17th, 2023 at 05:22:02 PM EST
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(what an appalling echo chamber of social reactionaries and conspirationists Moon of Alabama has turned into.)

I wasn't able to ascertain what it is you disagree with in Todd's theses.

The only part that I can agree with in what Todd is saying, is that conservative social values  of Putin's Russia is appealing to the populations of a large part of the world. I would nuance that by saying that is above all the leadership of those countries that find those social values, and its authoritarianism, so appealing.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Jan 18th, 2023 at 02:47:29 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Dec 31st, 2022 at 01:10:10 PM EST
by Cat on Tue Jan 10th, 2023 at 11:39:59 PM EST
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CAPTION: British author, historian and journalist Paul Johnson 2006 US Presidential Medel of Freedom. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

"who shifted his allegiances from the left to support Margaret Thatcher and Conservative causes, died Thursday after a long illness, [AGE,] his son announced on social media. He was 94."

by Cat on Fri Jan 13th, 2023 at 06:39:42 PM EST
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NY Yella Cake -100: Of French tools, conferences, fatties, and untoward timemachine publicity

After his announcement of a Nazi war against "the criminals of Nov. 9, 1918" (German pols who surrendered to the Allies), despite the ongoing occupation of the Ruhr, maybe not the best time for such an announcement. The costly rallies he just held raise suspicions that he's being subsidized by the French... royalists?

Another reason the British are not best pleased with the French is that the French delegates at the Lausanne Conference say they'll stay and continue negotiating with Turkey rather than walk out and end the conference at the expiration of the deadline Britain has declared....

APsplainin "The" and "French" in 2023
by Cat on Tue Jan 31st, 2023 at 03:21:08 PM EST
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If there were such a thing as "the French", I would be one. The problem of these two words is that almost anything you write after them is going to be a grosse connerie.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Jan 31st, 2023 at 04:44:15 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Dec 31st, 2022 at 01:10:31 PM EST
As I told Frank a few weeks ago, I'm posting this Newsroom for the last time. I did a few adjustments, removing the special "Brexit" section that has been there for perhaps too long and essentially reverting to an older template.

For more than fifteen years, I have really enjoyed this place: I learned a lot of things, there were interesting and insightful debates and the occasional meet-ups in Paris were great.

All of this is long gone now; I'm hardly visiting and don't really feel like reading, let alone comment. The only occasions we have any significant number of people lately have been the passing of Helen a year ago and AR Geezer last July. And the debate is gone: there's only posting, a good quantity to be sure, but not much that catches my eye - I'll leave it at that.

Maybe the site has outrun its usefulness, maybe the political blog format of the aughties is no longer adapted in the age of FB, Insta and Twitter, maybe Jêrome's initial ambition to "bring DKos to Europe" was a pipe dream from the get go, but in the end, ET is now over for me and I'm moving on.

Thanks a lot to all for your friendship over these years. I'll follow Frank at Slugger and if anyone wants to keep in touch, he has my contact info.

In the words of Douglas Adams: So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (I mean it)

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jan 1st, 2023 at 02:58:21 PM EST
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Much appreciated for your insight and many, many years contributing to  ET and making this a place to meet and discuss. Many contributors have kept to FB or other social media. So too the loss of Helen and ARGeezer was hard to compensate ... each has individual qualities and clarity to present their views.

So many years Bernhard, a true warrior with great perseverance. You will be missed. Many thanks. Bon voyage ... wishing you all the best in further endeavors.


'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 1st, 2023 at 03:42:12 PM EST
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Thanks Bernard, as we discussed, your contributions will be much missed. I won't have the time to keep the Newsroom going, so unless someone else here would like to volunteer I'm afraid we will have to let it lapse. Some people are just hard to replace!

Bon Voyage, my friend, until we meet again!

Index of Frank's Diaries

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jan 12th, 2023 at 04:04:00 PM EST
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Happy new year all!

I'd come back pretty randomly (a friend asked me to forward my articles about Piketty's capital) after such a long time away (years...)...

and that is to learn of three sad pieces of news: Helen and Geezer's deaths, and now Bernard's departure (admittedly only from this part of the world).

Helen was far too young, and I would have been sure to try to meet her once I eventually would return to London. It won't have the same flavour when I do, although I'll go to the very pub where we would have met had she still been alive.

I see on my right a number of articles with titles that make me want to read them, so I'll find the time to - in fact I am amazed that there is so much production. Many thanks to all who still take the time!

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Fri Jan 27th, 2023 at 02:45:45 PM EST
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