SitRep as the summer gently slips away…

 

Today mankind is locked into stealing ravenously from the future [by way of] diachronic competition, a relationship whereby contemporary well-being is achieved at the expense of our descendants. By our sheer numbers, by the state of our technological development, and by being oblivious to differences between a method that achieved lasting increments of human carrying capacity [agriculture] and one that achieves only temporary supplements [reliance on fossil fuels and other mined substances], we have made satisfaction of today’s human aspirations dependent upon massive deprivation for posterity.

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2602943/

 

One’s worldview,[1] also world-view or world view, is the foundation upon which all one’s beliefs and actions are based. It is the opinions and conclusions derived from a set of premises which are, by and large, unshakeable.

The rational worldview is that all things are ultimately explainable by science and reason, it is not afraid to say “I don’t know — yet”. Other worldviews tend to involve a creator “moving in mysterious ways”.

Of course this entire page could all be irrelevant, as biologist and philosopher John S. Wilkins affirms, “I don’t think worldviews exist.”

 

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Worldview

 

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Hello again, my dear fellow humans. I hope the words that you read here find you happy and well ?

I am myself moderately happy, but not all that well. So first a brief report on my health.

My right leg is still only partly functional.

I spoke to a doctor about this. He said that it is much too early to judge. He said that if arteries are blocked by a blood clot, then you have to wait until the blood flow finds alternative routes, which will then grow and expand, and that would likely take a couple more months.

Okay. But that assumes that the problem is some blocked blood vessels to my leg, which may be the correct diagnosis, but conflicts with the other diagnosis, which was that it is blocked blood vessels in the brain that caused the problem.

I suppose it might be both, but I’ll try and clarify that when I get an opportunity.

Vision from the right half of my right eye is still absent. It’s not very noticeable here at home but gives me surprises when I go out and find stuff appearing suddenly and unexpectedly entering into my right-side field of view.

I’ve got various upcoming appointments to see specialists about my bowel problem.

And then there is the mental stuff, the mind/brain problems. This has improved a lot since I came from the hospital, but is still nothing like it was before the stroke.

So, that’s about all I can say. The doctors tell me that it is still far too soon to be able to tell how much I will recover.

Anyway, I am at my lovely home on this superb mountain, and the weather is glorious, and there’s still some summer remaining, although soon the hordes of  tourists will return whence they came, as schools and colleges restart in September.

I have been on excursions to Newport and to Cardigan, and the place is teeming with tourists, people in the holiday trades are very busy making as much money as they can before the season ends and autumn approaches.

Okay. So much for all of that. 🙂

Two recent messages, contributed to the previous post, from Ghostwheel and Keith Elder deserve comment (Thanks for the stimulation) and will perhaps provide me with some mind-food to write about.

First, Ghostwheel

http://www.monsangelorum.net/?p=29212&cpage=5#comment-27318

And I’m spent. Morally, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually. What next?

My suggestion is this. If a person becomes emotionally engaged with these issues, similar to becoming deeply loyal to, say, your favourite football team, then you will become depressed and suffer, because of the anguish you experience when ‘your side’ is doing badly.

So, one way of dealing with the dilemma is to ‘rise above the fray’, so to speak.

In buddhism, there’s the notion of Attachment and Non-attachment. We are not the first people to encounter this problem, and it was resolved long ago. If you identify closely with every fragment of horrific news that you come across, then your existence becomes very draining, traumatic and harrowing.

So, the answer is, to do the meditation, until you find an inner space that is perpetually serene and tranquil, undisturbed by ANY events or encounters with traumatic events or distressing news.

The idea is, that you find this inner core of your being and then protect and nurture it, so that when you meet the final challenge of meeting your own particular personal death, you can traverse the experience without too much anguish.

People respond to this advice by declaring that ‘It’s impossible’ or ‘Too difficult’, etc.

But what other options do we have available ? I can assure everyone, that if you dedicate yourself toward that aim and work at it, you can find a state of complete peace and tranquillity which is impervious to any kind of anguish, trauma or distress.

Just the fact that this is temporarily encountered so that you know it is available reduces some of the unnecessary suffering.

I wouldn’t say this is EASY, nor that it is tremendously difficult. People vary such a lot, that some can accomplish astonishing feats, like doing hand stands, whilst others can struggle with simple stuff, like noticing that they actually do have a physical body to inhabit.

I hope what I say does not come across as condescending or patronising. It’s always risky to make suggestions to people over the internet when you can’t get any visual or verbal signals that indicate how what you say is being received.

Being in a state of great stress, anxiety or exhaustion, is not positive, doesn’t help resolve problems. So, relax and find inner peace, become serene and as happy as you can be, under whatever stressful circumstances you may be encountering. Notice your own breathing and pay attention. This helps one to see and think more clearly, which is already an advance over being sucked toward a whirlpool of escalating anxiety, hysteria and panic, or guilt, regret, remorse, sorrow, etc, etc. There a lot of that stuff to get lost in, if you allow it to get a grip, and much is avoidable.

This is kind of ‘general advice’, because to tailor advice to any specific person requires knowing them directly, their character and makeup, and having some insight into the particular obstacles that individual encounters. It’s not ‘one size fits all’, imo.

You can try letting go, letting go of everything, so you are not holding on to either pleasant or unpleasant notions. Be free, be liberated. From everything.

And then, let go of THAT effort and experience.

Dutch School; Scullery Maid; Dulwich Picture Gallery; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/scullery-maid-200039

There IS a way, a path, through all this mess of experience that we inhabit, but unfortunately, it’s not commonly taught or well-known, so people go through appalling distress and anguish, which is sad and avoidable.

Okay, secondly, Keith’s comment…

http://www.monsangelorum.net/?p=29212&cpage=5#comment-27331

Also talking about growing disillusionment with Guy McPherson, Vinay Gupta, George Webb, Naked Capitalism, liberals in general, etc. I’ve followed a similar path, albeit at a slower pace. I’ve also shifted to a much more conservative stance. The 2016 election made it very clear what an empty suit the democrat party has become.

It might be worth thinking about the origins of the Right Wing v. Left Wing dichotomy.

The terms date back to the French Revolution (although the same divide can be traced and observed very much earlier, ancient Greece and elsewhere.)

Origins in France

The political terms left wing and right wing originated in the 18th century during the French Revolution. They are based on the seating arrangements in the French National Assembly — those who sat on the left of the chair of the parliamentary president supported the revolution and a secular republic, and opposed the monarchy of the old regime. The people on the left were in favor of radical change, socialism and republicanism i.e. a strong French republic instead of the monarchy.

Those who sat to the right supported the institutions of the monarchist old regime or Ancien Régime. The stronger your opposition to radical change and desire to preserve traditional society, the more you were to the right. Tradition, institutional religion and privatization of economy were considered the core values of the right-wing.

Social Policies

A variety of social issues in the U.S. divide the left and right. These include abortion, the death penalty, drug policy, gay rights, women’s rights, separation of church and state, gun rights, and healthcare policy. In general, the left wing philosophy believes in “one for all and all for one,” looking to the government to support those who cannot support themselves. The right wing, on the other hand believes supporting individuals in need is not the most efficient way to optimize government resources, and relies on the private sector and charitable institutions for the same.

http://www.diffen.com/difference/Left_Wing_vs_Right_Wing

 

In my understanding (which is far from complete), a soceity can swing leftwards, leaving behind older values and practices, but after a while it hits the limits, kind of like a boat meeting the left bank of a river. It might have made some sense, initially, to steer a course on the left, because that was a viable navigable route. But if you always bear left, never to the right, you’ll end up colliding with the riverbank, and getting into big trouble.

So that’s where we are now. Left wing ideas and policies have become increasingly ridiculous, absurd to the point of insanity. For example, offering tiny children a choice from a selection of dozens of different genders, and encouraging adults to get sexual gratification by non-consensual relations with minors, and so forth.

It’s a similar kind of madness to what we saw from the Right in Victorian England, when any mention or open discussion of sexual affairs was considered offensive and impolite (whilst at the same time, something like every third house in London was a brothel !). Any part of a woman’s leg above the ankle was considered rude and provocative, and should be hidden from view. And then they extended this to furniture, and tables and pianos in some houses were given special cloth garments to conceal the legs….

It’s basically a delusional Marxist agenda to force social change and adjust the balance of power between ‘social classes’, whilst completely ignoring all science and fundamental human nature. Also ignoring the lessons and experiences of history SINCE the French Revolution, such as Chairman Mao’s catastrophic ‘Cultural Revolution’.

Another example, Cambodia. It’s not that hard, to begin with ‘well-intentioned’ idealistic policies, which even if superficially logical sufficient to convince a mob, are actually absurd and unworkable, and attempt to put those policies into practice by brute force, killing anyone who disagrees. It’s been done many times, and we really ought to have learned the lessons by now, rather than getting dragged into yet another horrendous bloodbath of genocidal or fratricidal madness and slaughter.

It may well be the case that we humans have multiplied beyond the carrying capacity of Planet Earth, and as each individual tries to satisfy their urge for increased consumption and possession of material goods, as symbolic of success and status, we are collapsing the entire Biosphere, as a viable self-sustaining entity.

If that is the true state of affairs, then we are headed into extremely unpleasant times, and can only guess what the eventual outcome will be. So, for myself, as a relatively compassionate and thoughtful individual, I’d like priority to be given toward minimising the horror and suffering.

But, you see, sentimentality does NOT work. It’s a childish response. You want to save the cute little bunny from the fox, or those sweet fawns from the wolves, the seals or penguins from the sharks. It’s naive.

Because, then the foxes, wolves, all similar predators, vanish into extinction, and their natural prey, rabbits, deer, etc., multiplies until their environment is destroyed and they too disappear.

Some claim that that doesn’t matter, because we can replace the cruelty of ‘death by wolf’, or lion, or orca, with death by human hunter. But then the whole thing escalates into increasing absurdity. Instead of a self-sustaining or self-maintaining natural order and balance, humans are forced to intervene and manage the entire Biosphere, and if you think we are capable and equipped to carry that responsibility, well, I do not share your view.

We are so far distant from being able to manage relatively straightforward issues, such as the survival of African rhinos and elephants, that we are unlikely ever to be able to manage entire ecosystems right down to the level of soil organisms. Most human interventions, even when well intentioned, tend to lead to unexpected and often undesirable consequences.

I believe in the principle of self-defence. I think that a human should fight back against, say, rats that are invading. Before they start gnawing at the baby in its’ cot, which does happen. But also, I believe that forcing ANY species into extinction is immoral, a crime against this Universe, and shows us to be unfit for our role and duty of care. With the possible exception of some of the most ghastly pathogens.

Unfortunately, many of the most horrible organisms, from a human perspective, are very well able to take care of themselves and to multiply and diversify, thus evading any of our attempts to eradicate them.

You want to try and explain this stuff to the hordes of illiterate and low IQ Arabs and Africans, etc, who are swarming into Europe ? ahahaha…. They do have totally different worldviews and values, and the radical Islamist jihadis want to take us all back to their idealised 7th. Century world.

As I understand it, (and I might be mistaken ?) the pale skinned peoples of the northern hemisphere evolved that appearance because of the low sunlight and Vitamin D. They also evolved high IQ’s, creativity and resourcefulness, because they were forced to plan ahead, if they were to survive the harsh test of winter.

unknown artist; Harvest Scene; Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/harvest-scene-42862

If, as in the northern regions of Europe, Siberia, and North America, there’s only four or five months of relatively mild weather and plentiful daylight, alternating with long periods of severe cold weather and darkness, then the people who could not plan ahead did not survive, and those that could, did.

McBey, James; Harvest, Angus; Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/harvest-angus-107376

This is in contrast to the tropical belt, where it’s always hot and sunny, with abundant food of all kinds. Those people did not need to evolve the ability to plan ahead and store food, because it’s always summer all year around.

Harvest Field with Reapers, Haywood, Herefordshire 1815 George Robert Lewis 1782-1871 Purchased 1981 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T03235

So, my dear reader, you can now heave a sigh of relief, because you have made it all the way to the end. Congratulations ! Hope to continue next time, but for the moment, I am exhausted…  Blessings and commiserations, wherever you may be…

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439 Responses to SitRep as the summer gently slips away…

  1. ulvfugl says:

    Three ISIS pockets remain in Syria. One is in Raqqa where the enclosed ISIS units will fight to death. The U.S. military and its Kurdish proxy forces are literally destroying the city to save it. It is unlikely that the remaining ISIS forces in the city will give up or agree to an evacuation deal. In an earlier deal with Kurdish forces a group of ISIS fighters negotiated a retreat from the Tabqa dam in exchange for free passage towards Raqqa. The U.S. military broke the deal by attacking the retreating ISIS fighters.

    A second pocket is in the semi desert north-west of Palmyra. ISIS fighters there have dug elaborate cave systems (video). The caves may protect against detection from the air but these positions are indefensible against a ground assault. The area will likely be cleansed within a week.

    The third ISIS pocket left is near the Israeli border in Golan heights. The area still awaits a solution but there is no doubt that the Takfiri forces there will eventually be eliminated. Israel has tried to press the U.S. and Russia for protection of the area from an expected onslaught by the Syrian Hizbullah. It also asked to suppress all Iranian influence in Syria. But Washington as well as Moscow rejected the Israeli requests. Netanyahoo lost the war he waged on Syria and Israel will now have to live with a far more capable force along its northern borders.

    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/08/syria-summary-towards-the-end-of-the-caliphate.html#comments

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  4. Keith S Elder says:

    An update from William Blum, another wounded warrior in the fight for truth:

    https://williamblum.org/aer/read/150

  5. marty says:

    Hi ulvfugl. I like the bit about evading the worst of the effects of suffering through meditation in this most recent blog of yours. Seems to be working for me. Although I know I have a long journey ahead of me. 🙂

    It looks as though our old friend has thrown in the towel.

    Not bitter?

    I’m not bitter, although this decision is bittersweet and I’m afflicted with large servings of disappointment, disgust, sadness, humor, and various other emotions. Finally, in other words, I’m reasonably enlightened about the human condition.
    I’ve finally concluded that nearly all humans within civilization deserve the horrors they willfully bring to others. I’m saddened by the knowledge that innocents and non-human life will suffer as a result. And I’ll not shoulder that heavy burden.
    To the extent I am able, I opted out of the monetary system in pursuit of peace long ago. I remain grateful for the generosity of my supporters, which covers most of my modest living expenses, and I understand those who would rather contribute to other causes in the future.
    I did what I could, at tremendous personal cost. It wasn’t nearly enough. Please carry on without me, albeit with my moral support.

    https://guymcpherson.com/2017/08/im-mostly-done/#more-14549

  6. marty says:

    I should say rather that meditation helps to find the place within myself to avoid suffering, not the effects of suffering.

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    Regarding the prevalence of the dragon in the myths of ancient cultures, British astronomers Victor Clube and Bill Napier, wrote in 1982: “The earliest recorded myths are those of combat, between a god or hero and a dragon. The dragon was a familiar figure in Greece, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Babylon, India, China, North America, and elsewhere. Usually, he has the form of a winged serpent. He is a gigantic monster; he spouts fire and smoke; bellows and hisses; he throws rocks, and is the creator of terrible destruction; and his home is in the sky.” (The Cosmic Serpent: A catastrophist view of Earth History: Universe Books, New York) Another example comes from the ancient Far East, as recorded by Engelb. Kœmpfer, M.D in 1728: “In the thirty sixth year of his reign, it rain’d Stars from Heaven, in Japan…In the 40th year of his reign, on a clear and serene day, there arose of a sudden in China, a violent storm of thunder and lightning: Comets, Fiery-Dragons and uncommon Meteors appeared in the Airs, and it rain’d fire from Heaven.” Roberta J. M. Olson in Fire and Ice: A History of Comets in Art (1985) writes: “Certain artistic conventions were employed in the rendering of comets and these carried over to images of other celestial events. For example, the English artist Thomas Sandby recorded a large meteor observed in August 1783 which was identified with the ancient type called Draco volans, or “flying dragon”.”

    http://sacredgeometryinternational.com/here-there-be-dragons

  8. ulvfugl says:

    Btw, I do not take Mango Thunderslice’s theories seriously, but find him amusing to listen to sometimes….

    Thanks Keith… I like William Blum’s take, pity he is getting so ill.

    I still get emails criticizing me for the stand I took against Islamic terrorists earlier this year. Almost every one feels obliged to remind me that the terrorists are acting in revenge for decades of US/Western bombing of Muslim populations and assorted other atrocities. And I then have to inform each one of them that they’ve chosen the wrong person for such a lecture. I, it happens, wrote the fucking book on the subject!

    In the first edition of my book Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower, published in 2001, before September 11, the first chapter was “Why do terrorists keep picking on The United States?” It includes a long list of hostile US military and political actions against the Islamic world during the previous 20 years.

    So I can well see why radical Muslims would harbor a deep-seated desire for revenge against The United States and its allies who often contributed to the hostile actions. My problem is that the Islamic terrorist actions are seldom aimed at those responsible for this awful history –- the executive and military branches of the Western nations, but are more and more targeted against innocent civilians, which at times includes other Muslims, probably even, on occasion, some who sympathize with the radical Islamic cause. These random terrorist acts are thus not defendable or understandable from any revenge point of view. What did the poor people of Barcelona have to do with Western imperialism?

  9. ulvfugl says:

    @ marty

    Thanks for the McPherson link. It’s a long time since I’ve read him…

    Seems like a mix of self-aggrandisement and self-pity.

    My take : he got that immensely privileged position, as a University Professor, at a very young age, and then he destroyed his own career by over-estimating how radical and disruptive he would be permitted to be. The system rejected him, and he’s spent the years since trying to get some revenge. Attacking the system that had given him the status and privilege and that then spat him out.

    I’ve been reading well-written diatribes by well-educated folk predicting that ‘The Sky is Falling !’ or just about to fall, ever since the 1960’s. Most of my life, in fact. I’ve written quite a few myself. It didn’t fall yet. That is no guarantee that they are all wrong, and that it won’t fall.

    There’s a very long list of ‘What if…’ questions that can be posed. Like, ‘What if Yellowstone erupts as a supervolcano ?’

    I’m passed the stage of laying awake at night worrying about that stuff. I’m into the final fraction of my own personal lifetime, and I have the pressing urgency of short term survival to cope with. This little blog with a few hundred readers gives me an opportunity to offer my opinions and beliefs, I’m grateful for that, but it’s not going to change the destiny of the 7.5 billion out there, or the fate of the planet, is it.

    I think that McPherson’s strategy was to put his audience into a state of chronic alarm and anxiety because ‘The End is Nigh’. His analysis for that could well be correct. Or it might not be. He excels at the technique of cornering his audience into a logical trap where they are forced to accept his propositions.

    I mean, when you’re trying to win over an audience, like a lawyer talking to a jury, you use whatever arguments and rhetorical devices you have available as skillfully as you can. It’s fairly simple in the case of ‘Did X commit the murder, or not’, but we are talking about something that is immensely more complex and difficult to evaluate, that is, everyone’s future and the future of this planet.

    Seems to me, we could have the debate, analogous to a court room, where a smart lawyer convinces the jury that we are teetering upon the brink of Doom. But then you take the case to an Appeal Court, and an even smarter and more expensive lawyer convinces everyone that they were mistaken, and the Signs and Portents do not indicate Doom at all.

    Us poor members of the public, preoccupied with the concerns and stresses of our daily lives, find it very hard to evaluate what we are told. It’s all a confusing mess. Just because someone is presented nominally as an ‘Expert’, an authority figure, does not guarantee that what they say is correct and accurate. Most such folk, consciously or unconsciously, are working an agenda filled with all kinds of unverified assumptions.

    I don’t think any of this is new to the readers of this blog, is it, it’s been said before.

    There’s a nice quote in the W. Blum thing above..

    “We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause.” – William James (1842-1910)

    Well, people have very different motives. There’s plenty of very powerful and well known names whose motivation is to get richer, because wealth = power and influence. One thing I respect about McPherson, is that he’s not in it for the money. So long as he’s got a clean shirt and food, and can pursue his obsession, he’s satisfied enough.

    If, as seems to me to be the truth, we are witnessing global ecological collapse (because our systems are not compatible with a viable biological world) then it becomes a competitive struggle to see who survives, either longest or at all…

  10. ulvfugl says:

    Re meditation.

    There are thousands and thousands of different approaches, systems, practices, etc, that get lumped together under that word. It’s not just ‘one thing’.

    Even the goal or target or reason for doing it, is very different, as taught by different schools and religious sects.

    Vinay Gupta has presented quite a few lectures on meditation and Enlightenment. He’s following a Hindu approach, or one of the many Hindu approaches. Which is very different to a Buddhist approach, and again, there’s many varieties or flavours of Buddhism. Then there are also Taoist schools. And others.

    Of course, any committed worthwhile teacher is going to declare that THEIR method or approach is the best. It’d be perverse for someone to teach what they considered to be BAD system that didn’t work.

  11. ulvfugl says:

    For years nuclear fusion was the stuff of sci-fi books and movies, but technology has brought it, like so many other things, closer to reality. So close, in fact, that there are plans to build the first nuclear fusion reactor by 2025 – a reactor that could yield a lot more energy than is fed into it and provide vast amounts of clean, sustainable energy.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-27/researchers-announce-nuclear-fusion-breakthrough

  12. ulvfugl says:

    Here is serious evidence that the so called “Syrian rebels” systematically trained children to play “chemical attack” victims.

    The evidence was found by Partisangirl who today tweeted:

    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/08/syria-rebel-trained-children-to-perform-a-chemical-attack-video.html#comments

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    A University of Queensland discovery may lead to new treatments for anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). UQ Queensland Brain Institute scientists have discovered that new brain cells are produced in the adult amygdala, a region of the brain important for processing emotional memories.

    Disrupted connections in the amygdala, an ancient part of the brain, are linked to anxiety disorders such as PTSD.

    Queensland Brain Institute director Professor Pankaj Sah said the research marked a major shift in understanding the brain’s ability to adapt and regenerate.

    https://scienmag.com/adult-brains-produce-new-cells-in-previously-undiscovered-area/

  16. ulvfugl says:

    Interesting thread of tweets from Outsideness…

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    ” …According to the statement, over 800 ISIS members, 13 battle tanks, 39 pickup trucks armed with large-caliber machine guns and 9 mortars and artillery guns have been destroyed during the clashes in the Ghanem al-Ali village area near the Euphrates River.”

    http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2017/08/httpssouthfrontorggovt-forces-russian-warplanes-eliminate-800-isis-fighters-and-high-number-of-equip.html

    Richardstevenhack said…
    Off topic but in line with my previous posts on Youtube “demonetizing” gun-related channels, this has now extended to more political channels…

    YouTube “Economically Censors” Ron Paul, Labels Videos “Not Suitable” For All Advertisers
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-27/youtube-economically-censors-ron-paul-labels-videos-not-suitable-all-advertisers

    The onslaught against free speech continues…

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    I’m on Katie’s side, I think people need to be woken up to the threat as fast as possible.

  22. ulvfugl says:

    Based on the number of people affected, amount of water involved, and other factors, meteorologists have warned, there may be no parallel available to any other rainstorm in U.S. history as Mashable’s Andrew Freeman reports Tropical Storm Harvey has dropped more than 11 trillion gallons of water on Texas, triggering catastrophic, unprecedented flooding in the Houston area.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-28/shocking-drone-footage-shows-harveys-unprecedented-devastation-no-parallel-any-rains

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    Bank_sters Aug 28, 2017 8:52 AM
    The black mold will be epic. These homes will have to be gutted, dried and then rebuilt from the inside out.

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    spanish inquisition Bank_sters Aug 28, 2017 8:55 AM
    I don’t think you can call it “black” mold.

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    Son of Loki spanish inquisition Aug 28, 2017 8:59 AM
    Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner calls it, “mold of color.”

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    spanish inquisition Son of Loki Aug 28, 2017 9:03 AM
    HAHA. No way! Well, if he did he is a white supremacist like Charles Barkley for giving “white” mold a pass and putting the problem squarely on the “colored” molds!

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    Joe Davola spanish inquisition Aug 28, 2017 9:18 AM
    I shoulda gone long on Chinese drywall manufacturers, they’ve provided such good product in the past!

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    tmosley Bank_sters Aug 28, 2017 9:01 AM
    The black mold was always, and has always been “epic” in that area. It is constantly moist. Ground always saturated. If you don’t have central air to pump out the moisture, it will be in your house too. It is everywhere outside.

  23. ulvfugl says:

    Wildlife experts have been warning about the alarming decline in insects for decades.

    But the fall in numbers of bugs in Britain has now reached such a troubling extent that even motorists are noticing that their windscreens are clear of squashed flies, gnats, moths and wasps.

    Where a trip in high summer would once have necessitated taking a squeegee to the front window, now the glass is largely clear, drivers are reporting.

    Writing in The Telegraph letters page earlier this week, Michael Groom of Teffont Evias, Wiltshire asked: “Where have all the insects gone? My windscreen remains clear whatever the speed.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/08/26/windscreen-phenomenon-car-no-longer-covered-dead-insects/

    I have also been saying this for decades. When I was a kid I used to collect moths, so I have a vivid recollection of how many there would be around any light source at night.
    Now, here where I live, which has about as much ‘unspoiled nature’ as anywhere in the UK, there are scarcely any insects of any kind around an outside light or at the windows at night.

    SOMETHING is very seriously wrong. Some people blame sheep dip and other pesticides, but AFAIK a definitive cause has yet to be established and proven.

    “This is part of the wholesale loss of small animals in recent decades. The public know about bees and butterflies, but these are just the tips of the iceberg. Moths, hoverflies, wasps, beetles and many other groups are now sparse where once they were abundant.”

  24. ulvfugl says:

    julian assange just tweeted this video in relation to bob hawke being manipulated by the cia to control the unions in australia. fiona barnett outed bob hawke as a paedophile when she turned whistleblower in 2016. this is pizzagate related because the cia is behind everything to do with child trafficking and paedophilia. they use paedophilia to control politicians, bankers, high powered businessmen. its their leverage over everybody to make them do what they want. they encourage paedophilia and they have a constant supply of children to traffick from natural disasters ( if they are natural ) and warzones. ngo’s and peace keeping organisations are in on it too. they all have their finger on the pulse to see where they can make their next buck or blackmail case using children as the collateral

    https://voat.co/v/pizzagate/2091586

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    America on the Brink of Nuclear War (Part 1)

    The US and North Korea are on the brink of hostilities that if begun would almost certainly lead to a nuclear exchange. This is the expressed judgment of most competent observers. They differ over the causes of this confrontation and over the size, range and impact of the weapons that would be fired, but no one can doubt that even a “limited” nuclear exchange would have horrifying effects throughout much of the world including North America.
    So how did we get to this point, what are we now doing and what could be done to avoid what would almost certainly be the disastrous consequences of even a “limited” nuclear war?

    http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2017/08/mayday-korea-by-william-r-polk.html

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    They are billionaires. They own the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph and the Spectator, but rarely give interviews. And now the resignation of one of the Telegraph’s political columnists, Peter Oborne, backed by a searing article in which he accuses the paper’s management of colluding with advertisers, has put them into the limelight they appear to hate.

    In his piece for Open Democracy, Oborne wrote: “After a lot of agony I have come to the conclusion that I have a duty to make all this public. There are two powerful reasons. The first concerns the future of the Telegraph under the Barclay Brothers.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31517392

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    Pedophile vicar housed in luxury apartment by Church of England

    https://www.rt.com/uk/401082-pedophile-vicar-apartment-church/

    Last year Liverpool Crown Court heard that after serving jail time in 2010, the 68-year-old downloaded a further 1,730 indecent images featuring children and animals between 2014 and 2017 and also wrote a child sex abuse fantasy featuring himself.

    Now, the Liverpool Echo have revealed that Battersby is now being housed in a luxury apartment paid for by the church.

    The apartment is in the 29-storey Beetham Tower block, which is found next to West Tower, Liverpool’s tallest building. Two-bedroom apartments in the block can cost up to £165,000, or £1,050 per month to rent, the paper reports.

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    NICOLA Sturgeon’s government and the EU is paying for children age two and up to be given lessons on sexuality and whether they want to identify as being boys, girls or gender neutral.
    And they are paying for the roll out of a programme which allows a ‘research artist’ who works with children from two up as well as policy makers to encourage infants to talk about sex.

    https://spidercatweb.blog/2016/11/11/snp-scotgov-funds-sex-ed-for-2yrr-olds/

    Horrifyingly the ‘Gendersaurus Rex’ concept – which is promoted and paid for by the taxpayer through the Imaginate Creative Project – asks: “How do we talk about queerness outside of sexuality?

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    Local residents have been warned to stay inside while doctors in hazmat suits are treating more than 200 people with breathing problems, burning eyes and sickness in contamination tents, according to Daily Mail.

    Eastbourne Hospital has now announced a major incident and has treated hundreds of Bank Holidaymakers.

    The coastguard, police, ambulances and fire and rescue crews are at the worst affected area, Birling Gap, near Beachy Head – a famous headland due to its 160m drops and high suicide rates as Britain’s tallest chalk sea cliffs.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm

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    With Houston’s police force desperately spread across the city, having rescued an estimated 2,000 people so far from floodwaters, Houston PD Chief Art Acevedo has announced that Houston PD officers have arrested looters.

    While the scenes of devastation across Houston are depressing, the following clip could be the most depressing…

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-28/looting-begins-houston-distracted-police-rescue-over-2000-floodwaters

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    Abstract

    Pigmentation of the hair, skin, cuticle, feather and eye is one of the most salient and variable attributes of vertebrates. In many species, melanin-based coloration is found to be pleiotropically linked to behavior. We review animal studies that have found darker pigmented individuals average higher amounts of aggression and sexual activity than lighter pigmented individuals. We hypothesize that similar relationships between pigmentation, aggression, and sexuality occur in humans. We first review the literature on non-human animals and then review some of the correlates of melanin in people, including aggression and sexual activity. Both within human populations (e.g., siblings), and between populations (e.g., races, nations, states), studies find that darker pigmented people average higher levels of aggression and sexual activity (and also lower IQ). We conceptualize skin color as a multigenerational adaptation to differences in climate over the last 70,000 years as a result of “cold winters theory” and the “Out-of-Africa” model of human origins. We propose life history theory to explain the covariation found between human (and non-human) pigmentation and variables such as birth rate, infant mortality, longevity, rate of HIV/AIDS, and violent crime.

    Highlights

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0191886912000840

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    I remember way back when the US was regime-changing the communist Afghanistan government by supporting the Taliban and other mujahideen. The overt American purpose was to rid Afghanistan of their communist oppressors. The unstated reason was thought to be to prevent the Soviet Union from building petroleum pipelines from Turkmenistan (then the Turkmen SSR) through Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    Turkmenistan has the fourth largest gas reserves after Russia, Iraq and Qatar. The US and Saudi Arabia follow Turkmenistan.

    About the time the US invaded in 2001, Unocal (Chevron) and some Saudi outfit started planning the same thing (TAPI), except the pipeline would exit Afghanistan to the east, towards the Indian markets. That never really started because the US/Saudi Arabia do not want to negotiate with the Taliban. Unfortunately, the west-east portion of the pipeline would run through historically Pashtun/Taliban controlled areas. If the US can’t eradicate the Taliban after 16 years and won’t negotiate – at least for the gas pipeline rights – then poor Turkmenistan’s gas is going nowhere. Any Afghani pipeline that isn’t paying the Taliban protection money is going to have a lot of holes in it.

    Not suggesting that pipelines are ‘the reason’ for the eternal Afghanistan war, but they always seem to be somewhere in the background in US conflicts.

    In the mean time, Pakistan has been able to block (or approve) any overland pipelines to India from the Gulf/Iran/Central Asia. Pakistan is Central Asia’s Ukraine to India. Eventually, everyone is just going to go around it.

    Posted by: PavewayIV | Aug 28, 2017 12:25:59 PM | 135

    Enlightening perspective from the other side of the Caspian:

    The Rise of Militant Salafism in Azerbaijan and Its Regional Implications

    Never new the Saudis were priming Shia-dominated Azerbaijan with Wahhabism. If it shares a border with Iran, I suppose it’s a target. Interesting recent tie-in frojm Dilyana Gaytandzhiev, the Bulgarian journalist fired for revealing Azerbaijan’s state-owned SilkWay Airlines arms-smuggling business conducted under diplomatic cover. She just tweeted:

    via @YouTube
    The link is just to a generic RT report on the explosions. SADVAL is a Lezgian separatist movement in Azerbaijan/South Daghestan. Sunni Lezgians are one of the Sunni Muslim groups targeted by Wahhabists, but no idea what role extremism plays in SADVAL.

    No idea what the reference to Israel ammunition depot was about. Israel gets 40% of its oil from Azerbaijan and has a $5 billion (!) arms deal with the impoverished, corrupt nation. No surprise though considering the SilkWays/CIA/Mossad and Saudi/UAE involvement in the arms-smuggling rat line.

    I’m beginning to see a pattern here. The US either installs or backs an existing corrupt, authoritarian government in exchange for oil interests (and blocking the Russian/Iranian/Chinese menace), while the Saudis simultaneously inject the Wahhabi Death Cult into any poor, disenfranchised Sunni populations. That’s got to be an arms dealer’s dream come true.

    The Saudis claim to be countering Iranian-backed Shia extremism, but that’s pretty damn hard to find anywhere. Are the IRCG, PMUs or Hezbollah really Shia fanatical extremists, or just someone screwing up Israeli/Saudi domination schemes? Seems more like weponized Wahhabism is exported wherever there is any Shia influence of any kind because Shia means Iran and it must be destroyed. The lingering paranoia of psychopaths.

    Posted by: PavewayIV | Aug 28, 2017 5:43:59 PM | 136

    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/08/four-more-one-year-wars-in-afghanistan/comments/page/2/#comments

  41. marty says:

    Interesting take on A.I.

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    Thanks marty !

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    At the rate things are going, a full-blown civil war appears to be materializing.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-28/full-blown-civil-war-materializing-nobody-will-be-able-retreat-neutral-corner

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    Inside the secret network behind mass surveillance, endless war, and Skynet…

    INSURGE INTELLIGENCE, a new crowd-funded investigative journalism project, breaks the exclusive story of how the United States intelligence community funded, nurtured and incubated Google as part of a drive to dominate the world through control of information. Seed-funded by the NSA and CIA, Google was merely the first among a plethora of private sector start-ups co-opted by US intelligence to retain ‘information superiority.’

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-28/how-cia-made-google

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    But then why is this free science from the discovery, since in 1997 the expedition of VNDemin visited the ruins of the Seydozer? And everything was confirmed – traces of the ancient civilization are obvious, but the official scientific circles are in no hurry. Obviously, a refutation of the find is being considered, it does not fit into the Semitic idea of ​​the development of earthly civilization. What will be done with this find, time will tell.

    One thing is clear: the city found by AVBarchenko and VN Demin, is older than all civilizations in Asia and Africa, because it was once buried by a glacier, and the glacier on the Kola Peninsula only melted 10-12 thousand years BC .

    http://ru-an-info.livejournal.com/11920194.html

    http://xn—-ctbsbazhbctieai.ru-an.info/%D0%BD%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%BE%D1%81%D1%82%D0%B8/%D0%B0%D1%80%D1%82%D0%B5%D1%84%D0%B0%D0%BA%D1%82%D1%8B-%D0%BA%D0%BE%D0%BB%D1%8C%D1%81%D0%BA%D0%BE%D0%B3%D0%BE-%D0%BF%D0%BE%D0%BB%D1%83%D0%BE%D1%81%D1%82%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B0-%D0%BF%D0%BE%D0%B4%D1%82%D0%B2%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%B6%D0%B4%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%B8%D0%B5-%D0%B2%D0%B5%D0%BB%D0%B8%D0%BA%D0%BE%D0%B3%D0%BE-%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%BE%D1%88%D0%BB%D0%BE%D0%B3%D0%BE-%D0%BD%D0%B0%D1%88%D0%B5%D0%B9-%D1%86%D0%B8%D0%B2%D0%B8%D0%BB%D0%B8%D0%B7%D0%B0%D1%86%D0%B8%D0%B8/

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    In the United States, facts, an important element of truth, are not important. They are not important in the media, politics, universities, historical explanations, or the courtroom. Non-factual explanations of the collapse of three World Trade Center buildings are served up as the official explanation. Facts have been politicized, emotionalized, weaponized and simply ignored. As David Irving has shown, Anglo-American histories of World War 2 are, for the most part, feel-good histories, as are “civil war” histories as Thomas DiLorenzo and others have demonstrated. Of course, they are feel good only for the victors. Their emotional purpose means that inconvenient facts are unpalatable and ignored.

    Writing the truth is no way to succeed as an author. Only a small percentage of readers are interested in the truth. Most want their biases or brainwashing vindicated. They want to read what they already believe. It is comforting, reassuring. When their ignorance is confronted, they become angry. The way to be successful as a writer is to pick a group and give them what they want. There is always a market for romance novels and for histories that uphold a country’s myths. On the Internet successful sites are those that play to one ideology or another, to one emotion or the other, or to one interest group or another. The single rule for success is to confine truth to what the readership group you serve believes.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-28/paul-craig-roberts-weaponization-history-and-journalism

    What happens when all the monuments are gone? Where does the hate turn next? Once non-whites are taught to hate whites, not even self-hating whites are safe. How do those taught hate tell a good white from a bad white? They can’t and they won’t. By definition by Identity Politics, whites, for now white heterosexual males, are the victimizers and everyone else is their victim. The absurdity of this concept is apparent, yet the concept is unshaken by its absurdity. White heterosexual males are the only ones without the privilege of quotas. They and only they can be put at the back of the bus for university admissions, employment, promotion, and only their speech is regulated. They, and only they, can be fired for using “gender specific terms,” for using race specific terms, for unknowingly offending some preferred group member by using a word that is no longer permissible. They can be called every name in the book, beginning with racist, misogynist, and escalating, and no one is punished for the offense.

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    This is the school where the fake videos were taken. From the same youtube channel.

    CNN with shorts of most of the videos shown to congress. Would be interesting to find all of them and see how many match the school.

    The second video from the bottom at this link covers many of the still pics I have found. A different room to b’s acting video but same school. This was one of the thirteen videos shown to US congess.

    https://www.liveleak.com/view?i=ecd_1377102425

    Actors or bodies in different settings.
    boy with blue jeans,white stitching around pockets, white belt also appears here Also not a couple of kids bottom right of last pic. One appears here

    All pics I have found under gas attacks showing white tiles on the floor are linked to Ghouta, no other claimed attach. Two settings, one the schoolroom with the matching skirting board as in b’s vid, and another room that is a hospital prop. The hospital prop has the same floor tiles, but no skirting board and has tiled walls. Possibly another room at the shool or maybe another location?

    Posted by: Peter AU 1 | Aug 28, 2017 11:11:26 PM | 49

    The pics shown to congress show ppl who don’t look dead at all.
    The black flag in the school is interesting: when does IS first make its appearance in the Ghouta?
    FSA would be familiar with the sort of local humour on the posters but the speaker and his bearded brothers are holding the mike. They would not be hesitant to kill ppl and use them for their vids (as document by “A closer look on Syria”). Apparently they did so with the bodies of their enemies…

    Posted by: Mina | Aug 29, 2017 2:50:28 AM | 50

    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/08/syria-rebel-trained-children-to-perform-a-chemical-attack-video.html#c6a00d8341c640e53ef01b7c91a9e8b970b

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    Twelve years ago, I came to New Orleans, a 23-year-old professional cook, looking for something more exotic than my home-town of Minneapolis. What better place, I thought, than the opposite end of the Mississippi River: New Orleans. Over the years, I learned Cajun cooking and French/Italian Creole in French Quarter restaurants. I rose to the level of chef de cuisine in one of the legendary Brennan family restaurants, the same family that groomed Emeril Lagasse and Paul Prudhomme. I don’t claim to be another Emeril or Prudhomme, but the experience and knowledge I gained in New Orleans was priceless. The racial knowledge I gained in a city that was 67 percent black was priceless in its own way, too.

    As for hurricanes, people in New Orleans thought of them the way people in Los Angeles think of earthquakes. We all knew “The Big One” was coming eventually, but we never thought it really would — not in our lifetimes, anyway.

    https://www.amren.com/news/2017/08/hurricane-katrina-aftermath-racism-blacks-story/

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    What it is that IS thought it was doing last night in counter-attacking some of Syria’s best and heaviest units is not clear to me. This counter attack to the NW through the riparian villages could be made at night when stealth and surprise favors the attacker, but the sun usually rises every morning and when that happens the side that has the most weight of fire and armor typically moves forward to grind up the forces that attacked in the night. This series of events is predictable given IS’s previous experience with the R+6 forces. So, what are they doing?

    At the same time R+6 continues to carve the Uqayribat pocket in west Homs Province into smaller and more digestible pieces. A North-south bisection is underway at the moment. This pocket should be gone in a few days.
    This will free up yet more pro-government fighters for commitment elsewhere.
    In other news, it now is clear the the HTS attempt to open a path to the IS fighters in the Uqayribat Pocket was a local initiative for which the HTS local commaders have been rebuked and disciplined. pl

    http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2017/08/is-continues-to-throw-away-reserves-29-august-2017.html

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    Levees at Columbia Lakes in Brazoria County have been breached, according to the official Brazoria County website.

    Live Feed…

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-29/brazoria-county-urges-get-out-now-after-columbia-lakes-levee-breach

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    The center of Tropical Storm Harvey edged out over the Gulf of Mexico late this morning, and satellite images and radar loops show that Harvey is responding by building new intense thunderstorms near its center. These thunderstorms will bring renewed rounds of torrential rains to the Houston area through at least Wednesday morning. Houston got a brief reprieve on Monday morning from the heavy rains that have submerged the city, when a slot of dry air to the west of Harvey rotated into the core of the storm and stifled the heavy rains over Southeast Texas.

    Harvey’s heaviest rains fell instead near the Louisiana/Texas border, where an intense band of heavy thunderstorms fed by Gulf moisture brought 12-hour rainfall amounts in excess of ten inches to three WU personal weather stations near Beaumont, Texas. Rainfall amounts in western and central Louisiana of 4 – 8 inches were common, in the 12-hour period from midnight to noon Monday.

    https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/harvey-moves-back-over-water-historic-rainfall-will-continue

    When we first saw the model predictions last week of widespread rain amounts for Houston of 15 – 25 inches, with some amounts as high as 40 inches, we issued the required “Catastrophic rains coming” forecast, but our view of the forecast was tinged with a sense of unreality. Could the models be wrong? What would that kind of rainfall would do to Houston? Surely the heavy rains wouldn’t center directly over the nation’s fourth-largest city, would they? But they did. Here we are, in the midst of a mega-disaster on the scale only surpassed by Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Katrina in recent decades, from a hurricane hazard we’ve never seen on such a large and destructive scale—torrential rain. The damages from Harvey will undoubtedly run into the tens of billions of dollars, making Harvey’s rains the most destructive ever experienced from a hurricane.

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    NumbersUsa Aug 29, 2017 3:04 PM

    So True: “If President Trump supports the war on WikiLeaks, after candidate Trump proclaimed his love for WikiLeaks, it will be further proof that he has outsourced his presidency to the deep state”

    The “deep state” are/is jew supremacists-zionists-(israeli surrogates), & most every one of them hold dual citizenship with so-called israel.

    It should be required by law that no office or employment with the U.S. government can be held by an individual holding dual citizenship & allegience to a foreign power. This is insane, but works for the jew supremacist to hold their power within the U.S. government.

    You dumb Americans ever wonder why your sons & daughters die for the jew supremacist wars?

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-29/ron-paul-will-congress-and-trump-declare-war-wikileaks

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    https://twitter.com/hashtag/RoyalPaedoUk?src=hash

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    According to Reuters, roads and bridges in Houston have started to buckle under the impact of the catastrophic flooding in parts of the city. According to Jeff Linder of the Harris County Flood Control District, one bridge had collapsed and some roads had been damaged by the torrential rains.

    Worse, the damage is far from over. As reported yesterday, the water levels at two reservoirs to the west of the city, where more than 3,000 homes have been flooded, continue to rise. Meanwhile, Buffalo Bayou, the primary drainage system that runs through the city, is holding steady and may not recede for days, said Edmond Russo, deputy engineer with the US Army Corps of Engineers. According to USGS data, the Buffalo Bayou has recorded a record 33 inches of rain, and another 20 is expected in the coming 48 hours.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-29/houstons-bridges-and-roads-are-starting-fail-floodwaters-rise

    svayambhu108 bamawatson Aug 29, 2017 4:57 PM
    Meanwhile Harvey strenghtened again to 50mph

    https://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/atlantic/2017/tropical-storm-harvey

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    In a statement, Gwent Police said: “Last night we received reports of around 50 people fighting in Jeddo Street in Pill, Newport, at around 11.30pm.
    “Officers attended and two men were hospitalised with injuries.

    http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/two-men-taken-hospital-after-13545733

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    On Monday, Nasrallah declared Aug 28 as Lebanon’s “Second Day of Liberation” in a televised address celebrating Lebanon’s military victory over Daesh in the country’s north-east. As we reported recently, it’s an ‘open secret’ that pindo SOF are indirectly coordinating with Hezbollah through the Lebanese Army, though politically sensitive as Lebanon depends heavily on pindo military aid. And finally, Israel senses that international opinion is shifting quickly now that ISIS is rapidly folding. It knows that world opinion will not stomach another Iraq style invasion for regime change in the Middle East. And yet such a prospect of regime change in Syria is now all the more difficult as Russian air defenses are so deeply entrenched. Israel now finds itself isolated and Netanyahu’s brazenness stems from this realization. His screams grow louder from a position of weakness. Now, the only question that remains is: on the remote chance that Israel does escalate militarily in Syria, what will Russia let it get away with?

    https://niqnaq.wordpress.com/2017/08/29/jew-asshole-cunt-scum/

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    Scientists from the UK and Germany have discovered the largest Ichthyosaurus on record and found it was pregnant at the time of death.

    The new specimen is estimated to be between 3 and 3.5 m long and is an adult female. Ichthyosaurs were a highly successful group of sea-going reptiles that became extinct about 90 million years ago. Often misidentified as swimming dinosaurs, these reptiles appeared before the first dinosaurs had evolved. The largest species of ichthyosaur grew to over 20 m in length.

    The new specimen was originally discovered on the Somerset coast, during the mid-1990s, and is from the Early Jurassic, roughly 200 million years old. However, the specimen remained unstudied until it wound up in the collections of the Lower Saxony State Museum in Hannover, Germany.

    https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/largest-ichthyosaurus-was-pregnant.html

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    It is exactly one year ago when the Venus of Dolní Věstonice, a ceramic statuette of a naked woman believed to be 29,000 years old and considered one of the oldest artefacts of its kind in the world, went under a detailed scan in a special 3D microscope. Now historians from the Moravian Museum in Brno have presented the first scan results so far.

    https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/shapely-czech-venus-reveals-secrets.html

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    South Sudan, the youngest country in the world, has been plagued by a violent conflict since 2013. There has been a renewed violence since July 2016, which has already caused more than 1.6 million people to flee their country. There, humanitarian personnel are threatened, several members of NGOs have already lost their lives. The cost of the work permit was increased to $ 10,000. Journalists’ visas are issued in droppers. Very few images come from this conflict. UN experts denounce the signals of “imminent genocide” and an ethnic cleansing that is underway. Among the thousands of refugees, more than 800,000 have joined Uganda. As soon as the frontier crosses, these refugees tell of the atrocities they have lived in their country.
    (Reissue of 8 May 2017).

    http://www.rfi.fr/emission/20170829-soudan-sud-genocide-conflits-violences-refugies-humanitaire-onu

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    Huge arrest today involving Haiti. There may be ties to the Clintons and/or Pizzagate. Anyone feel like digging??? (pizzagate)
    submitted 10 hours ago by Mrs_Ogynist01
    “Retired U.S. Army Colonel Charged With Conspiring to Bribe Senior Officials of the Republic of Haiti”

    https://voat.co/v/pizzagate/2095387

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    The Greek government has said it will not accept Germany returning migrants who have crossed its borders, insisting Greece is already overwhelmed.
    The Greek official spoke on condition of anonymity, The Times reports, due to his closeness to talks with the European Union (EU) on the migrant returns, which could begin next in September.

    “It would be tragic if not hugely nonsensical for Greece to take back refugees from Germany and other European countries as it battles to manage 60,000 refugees and migrants already stranded here,” the official said.

    “It’s not an issue of Greece not wanting, rather of it not being able, to take back refugees because it simply does not have the space.

    “Accommodation facilities are already up to the brim with refugees. They are at breaking point.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/08/30/greece-will-refuse-migrants-returned-from-germany/

    Migrants are not refugees.

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    These things were bound to happen. We have semi-autonomous armed bands roaming the countryside with their clan banners flying. Allegiances are in flux. It reminds me of bands of horsemen roaming the steppes centuries ago. The only difference is that the horses are replaced with Nissan pickups, BMP-1s and Strykers. And the Tartar bows and lances are replaced with heavy machine guns and ATGMs.
    In other news two Arab militias previously fighting under the SDF banner in the Manbij region defected to the SAA. The militia leaders have already met with Suheil al Hassan. I think we’ll see a lot more of this in the coming months in the greater Idlib and Aleppo regions as part of an aggressive campaign to pull local tribes and tribal forces under the SAA.
    I also think Moscow and Damascus are going to make it clear to the Kurds that full cooperation with Damascus is their only prudent course of action. I think Russia has developed enough sway over Erdogan to control any massive Turkish attacks on the Kurds if the Kurds yield to the wisdom of Damascus. Otherwise, Turkey will make life miserable for the Rojava Kurds.
    I’ll go out on a limb here and say this will happen before the SAA turns its attention and forces from the coming liberation of Deir Ezzor to the reduction of the Idlib jihadis, probably with the aid of the Kurds and the acquiescence of the Turks. We’ll see.
    TTG

    http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2017/08/us-troops-in-northern-syria-came-under-direct-attack-ttg.html

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    As the storm leaves Texas and Louisiana behind late Wednesday, it’s expected to move across the Lower Mississippi Valley and Tennessee Valley through Thursday. The forecast calls for the storm to continue into the central U.S., and it’s expected to become a tropical depression by tonight.

    Even then, Houston won’t be free from threats: rainfall over the state will eventually need to make its way into the Gulf, which means several more pulses of water could be coming the city’s way, Watson said.

    “There is another train that is heading toward Houston,” Watson said. “Behind every one of these dollar signs is a family that doesn’t have a house anymore.”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-30/harvey-makes-2nd-landfall-western-louisiana-after-pummeling-texas-50-inches-rain

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