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Panama and Saudi Arabia among countries added to EU blacklist for money laundering
« Reply #11955 on: February 14, 2019, 05:31:01 AM »
The European Commission added Saudi Arabia, Panama and other jurisdictions to a blacklist of nations that pose a threat to the bloc because of lax controls against terrorism financing and money laundering, the EU executive said on Wednesday.

In total 23 jurisdictions are listed. They are Afghanistan, American Samoa, the Bahamas, Botswana, North Korea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guam, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Puerto Rico, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, US Virgin Islands and Yemen.

Apart from reputational damage, inclusion on the list complicates financial relations with the EU.

The bloc's banks will have to carry out additional checks on payments involving entities from listed jurisdictions.

https://www.euronews.com/2019/02/14/panama-and-saudi-arabia-among-countries-added-to-eu-blacklist-for-money-laundering
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229m Valkyrie megayacht
« Reply #11956 on: February 14, 2019, 05:36:51 AM »


Anyone considering upgrading their luxury motor cruiser might be interested in the new 229m or 751ft Valkyrie megayacht, which if built would become the worlds largest yacht. Smashing the previous record of 180 m or 592ft currently held by the Azzam yacht owned by Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates.



If built, the 229-meter (751-ft) Valkyrie would become the largest in the world, easily outstripping the 180-m (592-ft) owned by Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates. Park tells us the Valkyrie is much more than a student project, and that it was deeply researched and benefitted from cooperation with the Palmer Johnson team.”



The Trimaran yacht concept named ‘Valkyrie’ that has been conceived as a thesis project of Chulhun Park supported by Palmer Johnson at Royal College of Art London. The yacht-building giant then took Park on full-time, where he became a senior designer before moving onto Latvia’s Latitude Yachts as its chief designer.

Luxury inclusions of this yacht comprises of bars, an exhibition hall, spa, casino, club, theater, and a restaurant. Honestly, a yacht owner cannot ask for more on this huge floating architecture. It’s just like having your own private world on water. It challenges the usual mono hull design and brings to limelight a Trimaran hull which lessens the drag while cruising at high speeds. The design also promises a considerable increase of 25-30% in exterior and interior areas of the yacht. This is just a concept at this point in time, but we are pretty sure that some filthy rich blokes like Roman Abramovich will commission it to expand their fleet.

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The Psychology of the Wall
« Reply #11957 on: February 14, 2019, 05:51:47 AM »


Geopolitics, like thermodynamics, has its laws of conservation. If a wall comes down in one place, you can bet that it will go up somewhere else.

It wasn’t long after the Berlin Wall fell that different kinds of walls went up in Eastern Europe. New borders separated the Czech Republic from Slovakia, and then, after much bloodshed, the new successor states of former Yugoslavia.

By the end of the 1990s, barriers were being established in small towns in the Czech Republic, in Slovakia, and in Romania to separate Roma and non-Roma populations. Germans on both sides of the former Berlin Wall were declaring that they were one people. But in other countries in the region, the majority population was insisting, rule of law notwithstanding, that the citizenry was not one people and a wall was necessary to emphasize the distinction.

These discriminatory walls anticipated the next round of walls in the region: to keep out immigrants. Hungary built a wall on its border with Serbia in 2015, and then a second one in 2017 just to be sure. Germany was letting in more than a million desperate people. Hungary and most of the rest of Eastern Europe, after making the earlier case that they belonged in the European Union, were shutting the door after themselves.

It’s not just Eastern Europe. The Brexit vote was basically an effort to build a big wall across the English Channel to separate the United Kingdom from Europe. Keeping out immigrants was a major motivating factor.

Walls are practically everywhere, alas. You can find a very sad set of walls separating Israel from the Occupied Territories. Spain has walled off its cities of Ceuta and Melilla from the rest of Morocco (yes, there are two Spanish towns in North Africa). There’s a wall between Saudi Arabia and Iraq. According to Elisabeth Vallet, a geography professor at the University of Quebec-Montreal, there were 15 border walls around the world in 1989. That has jumped to 77 today.

As with so many of his fixations, Donald Trump’s call for a wall is hardly original. And this wall, too, is a response to the collapse of walls elsewhere. Economic globalization was responsible, from the 1980s on, for gradually tearing down all manner of barriers: to trade, to finance, and to the movement of manufacturers. Trump and his economic populists have done as much as they can to put back some of those barriers, for instance by withdrawing from the Trans Pacific Partnership and by slapping tariffs on products from allies and adversaries.

But Trump’s wall along the Mexico border is first and foremost about keeping people out. Economic globalization removed some barriers to the movement of people, but primarily those with highly sought-after skills. As for the truly desperate who were trying to climb over walls and breach borders, they were often motivated more by war and the violence of non-state actors.

These two types of “open borders” — one for money, the other for bodies — have often been confused in the public imagination. Or politicians have deliberately conflated the two, as Trump supporters did in the case of the infamous Hillary Clinton quote about “open borders.” She quite obviously meant economic globalization, not immigration, which was troubling in its own right, but for different reasons.

Trump is not a big fan of openness, in any of its manifestations. He loves the idea of exclusivity: private jets, elite parties, membership-only clubs like Mar-a-Lago. He prefers not to reveal his tax returns. He’d like to keep all of his financials well hidden. In Trump’s mind, walls define the parameters of privilege. Whenever he can wall off the press, his “low-intelligence” critics, the populations of “shit-hole” countries, he does so in a New York minute. He devises travel bans. He instructs his press secretary to dispense with the traditional daily press briefings. He stays within his Fox News enclosure. Even when he prances before the public in mass events, he wants to make sure that everyone in the crowd is on his side.

The Trump brand has always been about exclusivity, though of a rather tawdry variety: the appearance of prestige instead of the reality. As the writer Fran Lebowitz once remarked, Trump is “a poor person’s idea of a rich person.” It could also be said that he’s a non-political person’s idea of a president. He projects the appearance of a president — handshakes with other leaders, photo ops in the Oval Office — without any of the substance. All of his talk of “fake news” is just an indirect admission of his own doubts about his own authenticity as a president.

No surprise, then, that Trump is offering the appearance of security rather than the reality of security. A wall is largely a symbol. It means nothing when the United States refuses to address the true causes of insecurity, both at home and abroad. Nicholas Kristof did a nice column in The New York Times, drawn in part from my IPS colleagues’ National Priorities Project data, about all the sensible ways to spend $5.7 billion: on America’s children, on gun buybacks and drug treatment programs, on job training for prisoners, and on helping people overseas. That’s what a real president would support, not a “fake president.”

But let’s dig a little deeper. The wall addresses a core psychological insecurity. Trump supporters — and many others — feel as if their own privileges are evaporating. Those privileges are connected to race and gender (the angry white men who now swell the ranks of the Republican Party). But they are also connected to class (the blue-collar workers that once formed the backbone of the Democratic Party).

And don’t forget the oft-overlooked privilege of being American. U.S. citizens are feeling increasingly anxious as they watch the United States fail to achieve its objectives in one war after another — even as China expands its influence and Russia regains its great power status. Americans watch conflict, extremism, disease, and the other horsemen of the Apocalypse engulf other countries, and they feel as if America can no longer ride in on its white horse to save the day (the last time was perhaps World War II). Worse, they can hear the drumbeat of those hooves approaching the very shores of this country.

Trump and his supporters want that wall to prevent all these privileges — individual, communal, national — from leaking out. It’s the architectural equivalent of a gun. It’s for defense, a way for people to “stand their ground.” But it’s also compensation for powerlessness and lack of control. As with guns, the sense of safety and security is almost entirely illusory.

Liberals, unfortunately, don’t offer much of an alternative. They use more inclusive language when it comes to individual and communal privilege — though liberals are also guilty of constructing walls when they live in the ghettoes of the wealthy, send their children to private schools, or expunge any discordant viewpoints from their social media networks. These walls are largely invisible — just like the financial red lines that helped to create America’s urban wastelands — but they are no less powerful.

In terms of national privilege, liberals also believe in American supremacy, though they speak more in terms of restoring American leadership. America, in other words, has not really adjusted to a multipolar world, its more modest place within it, or the resulting anxieties that torment the souls of Americans.

The U.S. military, after all its failures around the world, no longer preserves American privilege. The U.S. dollar, weakened by U.S. debt and the strengthening of other national currencies, may soon lose its special glow. A wall is a fallback position, and a rather pathetic one at that. The United States desperately needs a leader — actually, a cadre of leaders — who can reconceive America’s relationship with the world, who can redefine U.S. privilege, who can see the importance of a shift from global power over to global power with. It would be a true privilege to elect such visionaries to leadership positions.

The world is waiting.



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About author John Feffer is co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies. He is the author of several books and numerous articles. He has been a Writing Fellow at Provisions Library in Washington, DC and a PanTech fellow in Korean Studies at Stanford University. He is a former associate editor of World Policy Journal. He has worked as an international affairs representative in Eastern Europe and East Asia for the American Friends Service Committee. He has studied in England and Russia, lived in Poland and Japan, and traveled widely throughout Europe and Asia. He has taught a graduate level course on international conflict at Sungkonghoe University in Seoul in July 2001 and delivered lectures at a variety of academic institutions including New York University, Hofstra, Union College, Cornell University, and Sofia University (Tokyo). John has been widely interviewed in print and on radio. He serves on the advisory committees of the Alliance of Scholars Concerned about Korea. He is a recipient of the Herbert W. Scoville fellowship and has been a writer in residence at Blue Mountain Center and the Wurlitzer Foundation. His website is: www.johnfeffer.com

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On Monday's episode of "The Michael Knowles Show," bestselling author Michael Knowles explains how the Left has turned environmentalism and the issue of global warming into a religion — complete with saints, sacraments, and consequences for refusing to bow to their dogma.

Environmentalism, global warming, is the issue for the Left. I know it just seems like a pet issue, it just seems like, "Okay, environmentalism is one, raising taxes is another, healthcare another." No. Environmentalism is the whole thing because it’s the religion. The religion is the religion of global warming, and the religion is then totalizing. It takes in part everything. So this Green New Deal is the great example of that. The Green New Deal for some reason includes a jobs program. Mandatory universal basic income. It destroys 88% of the American energy industry. It destroys and then rebuilds every single residential and non-residential building in America. It takes over a sixth of the US economy. Enforces a social healthcare program. It destroys private insurance and eliminates patient choice. Why is all of that in an environmental bill? What does that have to do with the Delta Smelt or the Polar Bears? Seemingly nothing, unless you realize that this is not about protecting the natural environment, this is the totalizing religion of the Left.

Through this religious build, they’ll get everything they want. The Green New Deal sets up a mechanism, a select committee that can pass any law they want. The committee without any accountability to voters, without any campaigning, without any Democratic or Republican politics. Just pure tyranny. They get everything through. It’s the whole system. And so that’s why they all have to focus on global warming. And like every other false religion, no amount of data is going to convince them to drop it.

Like all other false religions, they’re waiting for the world to end. The world is going to end at midnight on Tuesday! They’re all out there waiting for the world to end when midnight comes. It’s 12:02! Everybody is still alive… What happens to their faith? Their faith doesn’t go away, they double-down on it. They say, "Oh, it’s going to be really bad when it happens tomorrow."

When you point out, for example, that Amy Klobuchar was talking about global warming while it was snowing during her speech, they say, "You idiot! Weather isn’t climate!" Weather is when one discrete weather event happens and climate is the totalizing religion that we believe in. That’s basically the difference. So they say, one single event in the weather doesn’t move the needle on global warming one way or the other, it’s the totality of event. Except they don’t abide by that rule when the weather helps their position. When there’s some big flood they say it’s global warming. When there’s a heatwave they say it’s global warming. When one year it’s hotter than the previous year they say that is global warming. When there’s a heat spell in the middle of summer, that is global warming. And now, because it’s a totalizing religious system, it’s unfalsifiable. So when the weather is too cold, it’s global warming. When the weather is too hot, it’s global warming. When the weather doesn’t move at all, as it didn’t for a very long period of time between the late 90s and today, when the global mean temperature doesn’t increase, they say that’s global warming too. Extreme weather, moderate weather, any kind of weather is global warming.

So, then they lecture us, they say that weather isn’t climate. Give me a break. You’ve got to pick a lane. You can’t have it both ways. So, despite the fact that global warming predictions have not come true. Despite the face that New York is not underwater, Florida is not underwater, like Al Gore predicted, it hasn’t been underwater for ten years. No evidence that it’s catastrophic. Despite all of this, they’re going to stick to it.

https://www.dailywire.com/news/43351/knowles-aocs-green-new-deal-proves-global-warming-michael-j-knowles
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On Monday's episode of "The Michael Knowles Show," bestselling author Michael Knowles explains how the Left has turned environmentalism and the issue of global warming into a religion — complete with saints, sacraments, and consequences for refusing to bow to their dogma.

Environmentalism, global warming, is the issue for the Left. I know it just seems like a pet issue, it just seems like, "Okay, environmentalism is one, raising taxes is another, healthcare another." No. Environmentalism is the whole thing because it’s the religion. The religion is the religion of global warming, and the religion is then totalizing. It takes in part everything. So this Green New Deal is the great example of that. The Green New Deal for some reason includes a jobs program. Mandatory universal basic income. It destroys 88% of the American energy industry. It destroys and then rebuilds every single residential and non-residential building in America. It takes over a sixth of the US economy. Enforces a social healthcare program. It destroys private insurance and eliminates patient choice. Why is all of that in an environmental bill? What does that have to do with the Delta Smelt or the Polar Bears? Seemingly nothing, unless you realize that this is not about protecting the natural environment, this is the totalizing religion of the Left.

Through this religious build, they’ll get everything they want. The Green New Deal sets up a mechanism, a select committee that can pass any law they want. The committee without any accountability to voters, without any campaigning, without any Democratic or Republican politics. Just pure tyranny. They get everything through. It’s the whole system. And so that’s why they all have to focus on global warming. And like every other false religion, no amount of data is going to convince them to drop it.

Like all other false religions, they’re waiting for the world to end. The world is going to end at midnight on Tuesday! They’re all out there waiting for the world to end when midnight comes. It’s 12:02! Everybody is still alive… What happens to their faith? Their faith doesn’t go away, they double-down on it. They say, "Oh, it’s going to be really bad when it happens tomorrow."

When you point out, for example, that Amy Klobuchar was talking about global warming while it was snowing during her speech, they say, "You idiot! Weather isn’t climate!" Weather is when one discrete weather event happens and climate is the totalizing religion that we believe in. That’s basically the difference. So they say, one single event in the weather doesn’t move the needle on global warming one way or the other, it’s the totality of event. Except they don’t abide by that rule when the weather helps their position. When there’s some big flood they say it’s global warming. When there’s a heatwave they say it’s global warming. When one year it’s hotter than the previous year they say that is global warming. When there’s a heat spell in the middle of summer, that is global warming. And now, because it’s a totalizing religious system, it’s unfalsifiable. So when the weather is too cold, it’s global warming. When the weather is too hot, it’s global warming. When the weather doesn’t move at all, as it didn’t for a very long period of time between the late 90s and today, when the global mean temperature doesn’t increase, they say that’s global warming too. Extreme weather, moderate weather, any kind of weather is global warming.

So, then they lecture us, they say that weather isn’t climate. Give me a break. You’ve got to pick a lane. You can’t have it both ways. So, despite the fact that global warming predictions have not come true. Despite the face that New York is not underwater, Florida is not underwater, like Al Gore predicted, it hasn’t been underwater for ten years. No evidence that it’s catastrophic. Despite all of this, they’re going to stick to it.

https://www.dailywire.com/news/43351/knowles-aocs-green-new-deal-proves-global-warming-michael-j-knowles

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Re: The Psychology of the Wall
« Reply #11960 on: February 14, 2019, 07:07:55 AM »


Geopolitics, like thermodynamics, has its laws of conservation. If a wall comes down in one place, you can bet that it will go up somewhere else.

It wasn’t long after the Berlin Wall fell that different kinds of walls went up in Eastern Europe. New borders separated the Czech Republic from Slovakia, and then, after much bloodshed, the new successor states of former Yugoslavia.

By the end of the 1990s, barriers were being established in small towns in the Czech Republic, in Slovakia, and in Romania to separate Roma and non-Roma populations. Germans on both sides of the former Berlin Wall were declaring that they were one people. But in other countries in the region, the majority population was insisting, rule of law notwithstanding, that the citizenry was not one people and a wall was necessary to emphasize the distinction.

These discriminatory walls anticipated the next round of walls in the region: to keep out immigrants. Hungary built a wall on its border with Serbia in 2015, and then a second one in 2017 just to be sure. Germany was letting in more than a million desperate people. Hungary and most of the rest of Eastern Europe, after making the earlier case that they belonged in the European Union, were shutting the door after themselves.

It’s not just Eastern Europe. The Brexit vote was basically an effort to build a big wall across the English Channel to separate the United Kingdom from Europe. Keeping out immigrants was a major motivating factor.

Walls are practically everywhere, alas. You can find a very sad set of walls separating Israel from the Occupied Territories. Spain has walled off its cities of Ceuta and Melilla from the rest of Morocco (yes, there are two Spanish towns in North Africa). There’s a wall between Saudi Arabia and Iraq. According to Elisabeth Vallet, a geography professor at the University of Quebec-Montreal, there were 15 border walls around the world in 1989. That has jumped to 77 today.

As with so many of his fixations, Donald Trump’s call for a wall is hardly original. And this wall, too, is a response to the collapse of walls elsewhere. Economic globalization was responsible, from the 1980s on, for gradually tearing down all manner of barriers: to trade, to finance, and to the movement of manufacturers. Trump and his economic populists have done as much as they can to put back some of those barriers, for instance by withdrawing from the Trans Pacific Partnership and by slapping tariffs on products from allies and adversaries.

But Trump’s wall along the Mexico border is first and foremost about keeping people out. Economic globalization removed some barriers to the movement of people, but primarily those with highly sought-after skills. As for the truly desperate who were trying to climb over walls and breach borders, they were often motivated more by war and the violence of non-state actors.

These two types of “open borders” — one for money, the other for bodies — have often been confused in the public imagination. Or politicians have deliberately conflated the two, as Trump supporters did in the case of the infamous Hillary Clinton quote about “open borders.” She quite obviously meant economic globalization, not immigration, which was troubling in its own right, but for different reasons.

Trump is not a big fan of openness, in any of its manifestations. He loves the idea of exclusivity: private jets, elite parties, membership-only clubs like Mar-a-Lago. He prefers not to reveal his tax returns. He’d like to keep all of his financials well hidden. In Trump’s mind, walls define the parameters of privilege. Whenever he can wall off the press, his “low-intelligence” critics, the populations of “shit-hole” countries, he does so in a New York minute. He devises travel bans. He instructs his press secretary to dispense with the traditional daily press briefings. He stays within his Fox News enclosure. Even when he prances before the public in mass events, he wants to make sure that everyone in the crowd is on his side.

The Trump brand has always been about exclusivity, though of a rather tawdry variety: the appearance of prestige instead of the reality. As the writer Fran Lebowitz once remarked, Trump is “a poor person’s idea of a rich person.” It could also be said that he’s a non-political person’s idea of a president. He projects the appearance of a president — handshakes with other leaders, photo ops in the Oval Office — without any of the substance. All of his talk of “fake news” is just an indirect admission of his own doubts about his own authenticity as a president.

No surprise, then, that Trump is offering the appearance of security rather than the reality of security. A wall is largely a symbol. It means nothing when the United States refuses to address the true causes of insecurity, both at home and abroad. Nicholas Kristof did a nice column in The New York Times, drawn in part from my IPS colleagues’ National Priorities Project data, about all the sensible ways to spend $5.7 billion: on America’s children, on gun buybacks and drug treatment programs, on job training for prisoners, and on helping people overseas. That’s what a real president would support, not a “fake president.”

But let’s dig a little deeper. The wall addresses a core psychological insecurity. Trump supporters — and many others — feel as if their own privileges are evaporating. Those privileges are connected to race and gender (the angry white men who now swell the ranks of the Republican Party). But they are also connected to class (the blue-collar workers that once formed the backbone of the Democratic Party).

And don’t forget the oft-overlooked privilege of being American. U.S. citizens are feeling increasingly anxious as they watch the United States fail to achieve its objectives in one war after another — even as China expands its influence and Russia regains its great power status. Americans watch conflict, extremism, disease, and the other horsemen of the Apocalypse engulf other countries, and they feel as if America can no longer ride in on its white horse to save the day (the last time was perhaps World War II). Worse, they can hear the drumbeat of those hooves approaching the very shores of this country.

Trump and his supporters want that wall to prevent all these privileges — individual, communal, national — from leaking out. It’s the architectural equivalent of a gun. It’s for defense, a way for people to “stand their ground.” But it’s also compensation for powerlessness and lack of control. As with guns, the sense of safety and security is almost entirely illusory.

Liberals, unfortunately, don’t offer much of an alternative. They use more inclusive language when it comes to individual and communal privilege — though liberals are also guilty of constructing walls when they live in the ghettoes of the wealthy, send their children to private schools, or expunge any discordant viewpoints from their social media networks. These walls are largely invisible — just like the financial red lines that helped to create America’s urban wastelands — but they are no less powerful.

In terms of national privilege, liberals also believe in American supremacy, though they speak more in terms of restoring American leadership. America, in other words, has not really adjusted to a multipolar world, its more modest place within it, or the resulting anxieties that torment the souls of Americans.

The U.S. military, after all its failures around the world, no longer preserves American privilege. The U.S. dollar, weakened by U.S. debt and the strengthening of other national currencies, may soon lose its special glow. A wall is a fallback position, and a rather pathetic one at that. The United States desperately needs a leader — actually, a cadre of leaders — who can reconceive America’s relationship with the world, who can redefine U.S. privilege, who can see the importance of a shift from global power over to global power with. It would be a true privilege to elect such visionaries to leadership positions.

The world is waiting.
http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/john-feffer/83502/the-psychology-of-the-wall

This is terrific. The "wall" is a metaphor, and Feffer gets it exactly right. Trumpkins want to keep "the other" away, and the rest of the world out along with all of their anxieties. It's a no-win game, but the right wing ecosphere, handsomely funded by energy company billionaires and other self-interested parties, is happy to keep Uncle Cracker ratched up into a tizzy..;. until he drops.
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The European Commission added Saudi Arabia, Panama and other jurisdictions to a blacklist of nations that pose a threat to the bloc because of lax controls against terrorism financing and money laundering, the EU executive said on Wednesday.

In total 23 jurisdictions are listed. They are Afghanistan, American Samoa, the Bahamas, Botswana, North Korea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guam, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Puerto Rico, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, US Virgin Islands and Yemen.

Apart from reputational damage, inclusion on the list complicates financial relations with the EU.

The bloc's banks will have to carry out additional checks on payments involving entities from listed jurisdictions.

https://www.euronews.com/2019/02/14/panama-and-saudi-arabia-among-countries-added-to-eu-blacklist-for-money-laundering

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By Aakash Jhaveri
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Let’s face it, sex toys are still a taboo product in India. Even in 2019, people just cannot have a good time with themselves, even when it’s harming nobody else. It’s thoughts like these that thwart innovation from happening, as witnessed first-hand at CES 2019. Smart sex toys have only recently started to come up, but the tech world refuses to acknowledge it.

Sex toys are just inanimate objects that help facilitate pleasure to users. Smart sex toys take that a step ahead as these toys offer extra features like the ability to control them via your smartphone or smartwatch and change settings as per your liking. Some of the fancier ones also bring in Amazon Alexa onboard, because, why not? It’s an industry that had previously been deserted of innovation, but things were finally starting to change.

    Yeah having a chipset going in your body may not sound interesting, but it definitely does feel interesting.

At this year’s CES, we saw many interesting new smart sex toys, some bringing bodies together, others, sass. Honestly, we are not surprised that people want their robotic partners to have a personality. One of the notable ones was the Osé, the world’s first handsfree sex toy for women.

The Ose was offered blended orgasms via micro-robotics (already sounds sexy to me) that could mimic the sensations of a mouth, tongue or even fingers sans all the jittery vibrations that plague most other smart sex toys. It was truly a product that helped women experience a more satisfying sex-life with the help of technology. It was so cool that it deservingly won an award for innovation at CES, but the celebrations were short-lived.

Soon after, their award was stripped back without enough reasoning to justify the action. Eventually, they got back stating that the product was disqualified on the basis of being “immoral, obscene, indecent, profane or not in keeping with CTA's image”

We would have been fine if there were a blanket ban on every sex toy at CES, but that was not the case. Lora DiCarlo, the company behind Ose was understandably disgusted at this move.

    A literal sex doll for men launched on the floor at CES in 2018 and a VR porn company exhibits there every year, allowing men to watch pornography in public as consumers walk by

    Lora Haddock, CEO, Lora DiCarlo

It seems like 'society' has a small problem, particularly with women having a good time without the need of a partner.

That would not only be a very narrow-minded way to look at things (sex toys don’t necessarily mean that a partner won't be needed), but also a very unethical one. There exist countless single, homosexual or just disinterested women who’d prefer resorting to toys instead of another human being.

The rationale for opting to get some mechanical assistance should not be anyone else’s business. Period.

https://in.mashable.com/tech/2175/this-valentines-day-lets-remember-the-most-innovative-smart
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Smart Sex Toys.  Just what we need, the NSA having a digital record of how often you have orgasms.  ::)

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The president’s latest decision will backfire on conservatives.
President Donald Trump and his short-sighted supporters have been enjoying the fun they’ve had at the Green New Deal’s expense. Unfortunately for them, the president’s plan to declare a national emergency, which the White House announced Thursday and which could allow Trump to build his wall without congressional approval, may have just made a Green New Deal inevitable in 2021—or whenever he’s out of the White House.

By now, we’ve all become numb, alarmingly so, to the nutty ideas the president of the United States has floated or in some cases enacted to undermine the basic norms of our democratic institutions: firing FBI personnel on various pretexts, discounting election results he doesn’t like, befriending vicious dictators, claiming judges are biased based on their ethnicity, alleging massive voter fraud without evidence, ignoring intelligence findings he doesn’t agree with, and on and on and on.

But as bizarre and dangerous as these have been, his plan to declare a national emergency is by far the absolute worst.

Shame on any “conservatives” who roll their eyes, shrug their shoulders and let him take this path because they are sick of arguing with him. (You know who you are.) This is going to backfire on them in a major way—and the tragedy is that every one of them knows this.

The core of conservatism has always been a distrust of a powerful national government and the necessity of imposing restraints on it. That’s out the window now, like nearly every other tenet that held the movement together.

I used to laugh when my more progressive friends warned me that Trump wanted to turn America into a third-world banana republic. He’d never pull that off, I’d tell them. The Constitution will stop him. Members of Congress will stop him. The GOP will stop him. Now, I’m the one who is the fool.

I’ve tried very hard to restrain myself from frantic pronouncements, but this national emergency declaration is the closest my friends have ever come to seeing their worst fears realized. Is there any other way to see it?

The notion that a president of the United States can simply circumvent the national legislature out of pique, declare something that has been going on for years as an “emergency,” and then implement policies our elected representatives did not vote for, allocate money for or in any other way authorize is totally antithetical to representative democracy and the checks and balances system.

If Trump is correct constitutionally, which he isn’t, then what did the Founders create a Congress for in the first place? I’d like to think that the Supreme Court will call a stop to this nonsense in a 9-0 decision, as they did in 1974 when they forced the executive branch to turn over to Congress tapes of President Richard Nixon’s private conversations. Unfortunately, I’ve lost so much faith in conservatives’ ability to draw any red line against Trump that I find it easy to believe that the conservative majority of the court will go along with this, anyway. As a result, Congress will no longer matter. As a result, the Supreme Court will no longer matter, either.

You would think that a president of the United States would care about the long-term threats his actions might have on our democracy. But obviously Trump—a man who reportedly said that amassing more crippling debt doesn’t matter because he’ll be out of office when we have to deal with it—doesn’t care about any of this. Obviously, the Republican Congress is too scared of their own voters to care about that. But here’s what they should care about: They are making their most vivid, frenzied nightmare come true.

For a decade now, the right has warned about a progressive “dictator” like Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton forcing the United States to pursue policies that the majority does not want. Now they are making it so much easier for the next Democratic president to do exactly that. Shortly after learning of Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency to build his beloved border wall, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said a left-wing president might just as well declare an emergency to impose any policies they want, too.

As Elizabeth Warren tweeted: “Gun violence is an emergency. Climate change is an emergency. Our country’s opioid epidemic is an emergency.” You see where this is headed.

But maybe I’m missing something. Maybe Trump has a plan to stop all of this, too. Maybe we are only a couple of months away from Trump donning a scary robe, declaring another “emergency” and postponing the 2020 elections. If Emperor Palpatine can do something like that, why can’t he? Is there anyone with the courage to stop him? We will find that out very shortly. And I’m not sure we are going to like the answer.

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This is the real "National Emergency" - the hot topic in the 2020 elections
« Reply #11965 on: February 16, 2019, 07:08:48 AM »
If we get close to the climate catastrophes listed below for last year, which I think will be worse, systemic change to our way of life looks more imminent. It will have to be a major platform for either party.

These are just the disasters that cost over a billion dollars.


 Western Wildfires, California Firestorm†
Summer-Fall 2018
   2018-06-01    2018-12-31    In 2018, California has experienced its costliest, deadliest and largest wildfires to date, with records back to 1933. The Camp Fire is the costliest and deadliest wildfire - destroying more than 18,500 buildings. California also endured its largest wildfire on record - the Medincino Complex Fire - burning over 450,000 acres. Additionally, California was impacted by other destructive wildfires: the Carr Fire in Northern California and the Woolsey Fire in Southern California. The total 2018 wildfire costs in California (with minor costs in other Western states) approach 24.0 billion - a new U.S. record. In total, over 8.7 million acres has burned across the U.S. during 2018, which is well above the 10-year average (2009-2018) of 6.8 million acres. The last 2 years of U.S. wildfire damage has been unprecedented in damage, with losses exceeding 40.0 billion.    $24.0
   106
Southwest/ Southern Plains Drought†
Summer-Fall 2018
   2018-06-01    2018-12-30    Drought conditions were present across numerous Southwestern and Plains states (TX, OK, KS, MO, CO, NM, AZ, UT). The most extreme drought conditions continue to persist across the Four Corners region of the Southwest. The agriculture sector has been impacted across the affected states including damage to field crops from lack of rainfall. Ranchers have also be forced to sell-off livestock early in some regions due to high feeding costs.    $3.0
   0
Hurricane Michael†
October 2018
   2018-10-10    2018-10-11    Powerful category 4 hurricane made landfall at Mexico Beach, Florida with devastating winds of 155 mph and storm surge in excess of 15 feet. Mexico Beach was nearly destroyed, while Panama City suffered extensive damage. Florida's Tyndall Air Force Base also suffered a direct strike from Michael's most intense eye wall winds causing billions in damage costs. Michael's intense winds also reached well inland causing billions in damage costs to agriculture and forestry, as high winds hit during harvest season for numerous crops across several states. Michael is the third category 4 storm to make landfall in the U.S. since 2017.    $25.0
   49
Hurricane Florence†
September 2018
   2018-09-13    2018-09-16    Hurricane Florence was a large and very slow moving hurricane that produced extreme rainfall across eastern North Carolina (up to 35.93") and South Carolina (up to 23.81"), as prodigious amounts of rainfall were common in many locations. Florence made landfall as a category 1, at Wrightsville Beach, NC with damaging storm surge up to 10 feet and wind gusts reported over 100 mph. However, the majority of the damage caused by Florence was due to the rainfall inland, which caused many rivers to surpass previous record flood heights. U.S. Marine base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina suffered extensive damage that will cost billions to repair. The total damage from Florence in North Carolina is more than the cost experienced during Hurricane Matthew (2016) and Hurricane Floyd (1999) combined.    $24.0
   53
Rockies and Plains Hail Storms†
August 2018
   2018-08-06    2018-08-07    Severe hail impacts from baseball to softball size impacted several states including Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming. The most costly impacts occurred in numerous locations of eastern Colorado.    $1.0
   0
Central and Eastern Tornadoes and Severe Weather†
July 2018
   2018-07-19    2018-07-22    At least 41 tornadoes and high wind damage from thunderstorms impact numerous Central and Eastern states (MO, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, AL, AR, GA, TN, NC, SC, VA, MD, PA) over a multi-day event. The tornado damage was most severe across Iowa.    $1.6
   0
Colorado Hail Storm†
June 2018
   2018-06-18    2018-06-19    Severe hail storms cause golf ball to baseball-sized hail and widespread damage in many areas from northern Denver to Boulder and Fort Collins. Many homes, businesses and vehicles were impacted. Utah also experienced moderate hail damage.    $2.2
   0
Texas Hail Storm†
June 2018
   2018-06-06    2018-06-06    Large-hail impacts highly-populated area of the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. Golfball to baseball-sized hail damages many homes, vehicles and businesses.    $1.3
   0
Central and Eastern Severe Weather†
May 2018
   2018-05-13    2018-05-15    Severe storm damage across many Central states including TX, KS, CO, OK, MO, IL, IN, IA and OH. This was followed by a derecho event across the Northeastern states of MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, WV, MA and CT that caused widespread high wind damage. Also, there were one dozen tornadoes reported across PA, NY and CT causing further damage.    $1.4
   5
Central and Northeastern Severe Weather†
May 2018
   2018-05-01    2018-05-04    Numerous central states (KS, NE, OK, TX, NM, MO, IA, IL, IN, OH, WI) were impacted by large hail and tornadoes. Several northeastern states including NY, PA and VT were also impacted by high wind damage from severe storms.    $1.4
   0
Southern and Eastern Tornadoes and Severe Weather†
April 2018
   2018-04-13    2018-04-16    Tornadoes and severe storms with large hail cause widespread damage across many Southern and Eastern states (AR, FL, GA, LA, MD, MI, MS, MO, NJ, NY, NC, PA, SC, TX, VA) over a multi-day period. There were over 70 confirmed tornadoes largely clustered in Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and Virginia. This same system also caused winter storm impacts of high wind and ice accumulation in northeastern states.    $1.3
   3
Southeastern Tornadoes and Severe Weather†
March 2018
   2018-03-18    2018-03-21    A potent severe storm system caused over 20 tornadoes across Alabama and also widespread hail damage from Texas to Florida. Most notably this system produced an EF-3 tornado that caused extensive damage in Jacksonville, Alabama and across the campus of Jacksonville State University.    $1.5
   0
Northeast Winter Storm†
March 2018
   2018-03-01    2018-03-03    Powerful Nor'easter impacted many Northeastern states including MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, CT, DE, RA and VA. Widespread damage resulted from the combination of high winds, heavy snow and heavy coastal erosion.    $2.2
   9
Central and Eastern Winter Storm†
January 2018
   2018-01-03    2018-01-05    A Nor'easter caused damage across many Northeastern states including MA, NJ, NY, CT, ME, NH, PA, MD, RI, SC, TN, VA, NC and GA.    $1.1
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Let’s face it, sex toys are still a taboo product in India. Even in 2019, people just cannot have a good time with themselves, even when it’s harming nobody else. It’s thoughts like these that thwart innovation from happening, as witnessed first-hand at CES 2019. Smart sex toys have only recently started to come up, but the tech world refuses to acknowledge it.

Sex toys are just inanimate objects that help facilitate pleasure to users. Smart sex toys take that a step ahead as these toys offer extra features like the ability to control them via your smartphone or smartwatch and change settings as per your liking. Some of the fancier ones also bring in Amazon Alexa onboard, because, why not? It’s an industry that had previously been deserted of innovation, but things were finally starting to change.

    Yeah having a chipset going in your body may not sound interesting, but it definitely does feel interesting.

At this year’s CES, we saw many interesting new smart sex toys, some bringing bodies together, others, sass. Honestly, we are not surprised that people want their robotic partners to have a personality. One of the notable ones was the Osé, the world’s first handsfree sex toy for women.

The Ose was offered blended orgasms via micro-robotics (already sounds sexy to me) that could mimic the sensations of a mouth, tongue or even fingers sans all the jittery vibrations that plague most other smart sex toys. It was truly a product that helped women experience a more satisfying sex-life with the help of technology. It was so cool that it deservingly won an award for innovation at CES, but the celebrations were short-lived.

Soon after, their award was stripped back without enough reasoning to justify the action. Eventually, they got back stating that the product was disqualified on the basis of being “immoral, obscene, indecent, profane or not in keeping with CTA's image”

We would have been fine if there were a blanket ban on every sex toy at CES, but that was not the case. Lora DiCarlo, the company behind Ose was understandably disgusted at this move.

    A literal sex doll for men launched on the floor at CES in 2018 and a VR porn company exhibits there every year, allowing men to watch pornography in public as consumers walk by

    Lora Haddock, CEO, Lora DiCarlo

It seems like 'society' has a small problem, particularly with women having a good time without the need of a partner.

That would not only be a very narrow-minded way to look at things (sex toys don’t necessarily mean that a partner won't be needed), but also a very unethical one. There exist countless single, homosexual or just disinterested women who’d prefer resorting to toys instead of another human being.

The rationale for opting to get some mechanical assistance should not be anyone else’s business. Period.

https://in.mashable.com/tech/2175/this-valentines-day-lets-remember-the-most-innovative-smart

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President Donald Trump and his short-sighted supporters have been enjoying the fun they’ve had at the Green New Deal’s expense. Unfortunately for them, the president’s plan to declare a national emergency, which the White House announced Thursday and which could allow Trump to build his wall without congressional approval, may have just made a Green New Deal inevitable in 2021—or whenever he’s out of the White House.

By now, we’ve all become numb, alarmingly so, to the nutty ideas the president of the United States has floated or in some cases enacted to undermine the basic norms of our democratic institutions: firing FBI personnel on various pretexts, discounting election results he doesn’t like, befriending vicious dictators, claiming judges are biased based on their ethnicity, alleging massive voter fraud without evidence, ignoring intelligence findings he doesn’t agree with, and on and on and on.

But as bizarre and dangerous as these have been, his plan to declare a national emergency is by far the absolute worst.

Shame on any “conservatives” who roll their eyes, shrug their shoulders and let him take this path because they are sick of arguing with him. (You know who you are.) This is going to backfire on them in a major way—and the tragedy is that every one of them knows this.

The core of conservatism has always been a distrust of a powerful national government and the necessity of imposing restraints on it. That’s out the window now, like nearly every other tenet that held the movement together.

I used to laugh when my more progressive friends warned me that Trump wanted to turn America into a third-world banana republic. He’d never pull that off, I’d tell them. The Constitution will stop him. Members of Congress will stop him. The GOP will stop him. Now, I’m the one who is the fool.

I’ve tried very hard to restrain myself from frantic pronouncements, but this national emergency declaration is the closest my friends have ever come to seeing their worst fears realized. Is there any other way to see it?

The notion that a president of the United States can simply circumvent the national legislature out of pique, declare something that has been going on for years as an “emergency,” and then implement policies our elected representatives did not vote for, allocate money for or in any other way authorize is totally antithetical to representative democracy and the checks and balances system.

If Trump is correct constitutionally, which he isn’t, then what did the Founders create a Congress for in the first place? I’d like to think that the Supreme Court will call a stop to this nonsense in a 9-0 decision, as they did in 1974 when they forced the executive branch to turn over to Congress tapes of President Richard Nixon’s private conversations. Unfortunately, I’ve lost so much faith in conservatives’ ability to draw any red line against Trump that I find it easy to believe that the conservative majority of the court will go along with this, anyway. As a result, Congress will no longer matter. As a result, the Supreme Court will no longer matter, either.

You would think that a president of the United States would care about the long-term threats his actions might have on our democracy. But obviously Trump—a man who reportedly said that amassing more crippling debt doesn’t matter because he’ll be out of office when we have to deal with it—doesn’t care about any of this. Obviously, the Republican Congress is too scared of their own voters to care about that. But here’s what they should care about: They are making their most vivid, frenzied nightmare come true.

For a decade now, the right has warned about a progressive “dictator” like Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton forcing the United States to pursue policies that the majority does not want. Now they are making it so much easier for the next Democratic president to do exactly that. Shortly after learning of Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency to build his beloved border wall, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said a left-wing president might just as well declare an emergency to impose any policies they want, too.

As Elizabeth Warren tweeted: “Gun violence is an emergency. Climate change is an emergency. Our country’s opioid epidemic is an emergency.” You see where this is headed.

But maybe I’m missing something. Maybe Trump has a plan to stop all of this, too. Maybe we are only a couple of months away from Trump donning a scary robe, declaring another “emergency” and postponing the 2020 elections. If Emperor Palpatine can do something like that, why can’t he? Is there anyone with the courage to stop him? We will find that out very shortly. And I’m not sure we are going to like the answer.

https://progressivepartyusa.com/blog/

I'm not that thrilled about OAC or the coming shift to the left that I see as inevitable, given the rapacious policies of the unchained colonial model extraction capitalists that started with Regan and has gotten us to where we are now with Trump.

The problem is not that OAC and the mindset she represents in the public perception has bad intentions, it's just that, in pursuance of their goals of giving something to everyone ad saving the planet, they will cause a whole cascade of unintended consequences that basically punish those of us who have fought the hardest to make a comfortable place for ourselves in a difficult world.

There are several issues I'd like to point out.

One is that socialism, just like capitalism, tends to be a top-down forced regime that forces square pegs into round holes and limits opportunities for capable people who need some freedom from repression.

Secondly, it is very true what Thatcher said (and I'm no fan of the late M. Thatcher by any means) that the problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other peoples money. It boils down to the fact that, overall, people have to support themselves, and socialism rewards all manner of slacking.

Add to that a world of diminishing resources and runaway climate change, and the odds of success in making the world's poverty and want go away are exactly zero.

The current US socialist narrative also contains all kinds of mistakes about human nature and evolutionary biology, around both race and gender. Those chickens will come home to roost. That's unavoidable.

Overall, i agree that it probably would work out better for those who are most collapse-affected now, the dumb working stiffs who vote for people who make promises they can't deliver, like Trump (there's plenty of irony there).  But ONLY is they can dismantle the Permanent War Machine, which I find highly unlikely. More likely there will be a devils bargain that allows them to keep trying to dominate the rest of the world until the tanks run out of gas or all the bombs are dropped at once.

It isn't going to make much difference. It just sounds good.



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Re: This is the real "National Emergency" - the hot topic in the 2020 elections
« Reply #11968 on: February 16, 2019, 11:47:51 AM »
If we get close to the climate catastrophes listed below for last year, which I think will be worse, systemic change to our way of life looks more imminent. It will have to be a major platform for either party.

These are just the disasters that cost over a billion dollars.


 Western Wildfires, California Firestorm†
Summer-Fall 2018
   2018-06-01    2018-12-31    In 2018, California has experienced its costliest, deadliest and largest wildfires to date, with records back to 1933. The Camp Fire is the costliest and deadliest wildfire - destroying more than 18,500 buildings. California also endured its largest wildfire on record - the Medincino Complex Fire - burning over 450,000 acres. Additionally, California was impacted by other destructive wildfires: the Carr Fire in Northern California and the Woolsey Fire in Southern California. The total 2018 wildfire costs in California (with minor costs in other Western states) approach 24.0 billion - a new U.S. record. In total, over 8.7 million acres has burned across the U.S. during 2018, which is well above the 10-year average (2009-2018) of 6.8 million acres. The last 2 years of U.S. wildfire damage has been unprecedented in damage, with losses exceeding 40.0 billion.    $24.0
   106
Southwest/ Southern Plains Drought†
Summer-Fall 2018
   2018-06-01    2018-12-30    Drought conditions were present across numerous Southwestern and Plains states (TX, OK, KS, MO, CO, NM, AZ, UT). The most extreme drought conditions continue to persist across the Four Corners region of the Southwest. The agriculture sector has been impacted across the affected states including damage to field crops from lack of rainfall. Ranchers have also be forced to sell-off livestock early in some regions due to high feeding costs.    $3.0
   0
Hurricane Michael†
October 2018
   2018-10-10    2018-10-11    Powerful category 4 hurricane made landfall at Mexico Beach, Florida with devastating winds of 155 mph and storm surge in excess of 15 feet. Mexico Beach was nearly destroyed, while Panama City suffered extensive damage. Florida's Tyndall Air Force Base also suffered a direct strike from Michael's most intense eye wall winds causing billions in damage costs. Michael's intense winds also reached well inland causing billions in damage costs to agriculture and forestry, as high winds hit during harvest season for numerous crops across several states. Michael is the third category 4 storm to make landfall in the U.S. since 2017.    $25.0
   49
Hurricane Florence†
September 2018
   2018-09-13    2018-09-16    Hurricane Florence was a large and very slow moving hurricane that produced extreme rainfall across eastern North Carolina (up to 35.93") and South Carolina (up to 23.81"), as prodigious amounts of rainfall were common in many locations. Florence made landfall as a category 1, at Wrightsville Beach, NC with damaging storm surge up to 10 feet and wind gusts reported over 100 mph. However, the majority of the damage caused by Florence was due to the rainfall inland, which caused many rivers to surpass previous record flood heights. U.S. Marine base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina suffered extensive damage that will cost billions to repair. The total damage from Florence in North Carolina is more than the cost experienced during Hurricane Matthew (2016) and Hurricane Floyd (1999) combined.    $24.0
   53
Rockies and Plains Hail Storms†
August 2018
   2018-08-06    2018-08-07    Severe hail impacts from baseball to softball size impacted several states including Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming. The most costly impacts occurred in numerous locations of eastern Colorado.    $1.0
   0
Central and Eastern Tornadoes and Severe Weather†
July 2018
   2018-07-19    2018-07-22    At least 41 tornadoes and high wind damage from thunderstorms impact numerous Central and Eastern states (MO, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, AL, AR, GA, TN, NC, SC, VA, MD, PA) over a multi-day event. The tornado damage was most severe across Iowa.    $1.6
   0
Colorado Hail Storm†
June 2018
   2018-06-18    2018-06-19    Severe hail storms cause golf ball to baseball-sized hail and widespread damage in many areas from northern Denver to Boulder and Fort Collins. Many homes, businesses and vehicles were impacted. Utah also experienced moderate hail damage.    $2.2
   0
Texas Hail Storm†
June 2018
   2018-06-06    2018-06-06    Large-hail impacts highly-populated area of the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. Golfball to baseball-sized hail damages many homes, vehicles and businesses.    $1.3
   0
Central and Eastern Severe Weather†
May 2018
   2018-05-13    2018-05-15    Severe storm damage across many Central states including TX, KS, CO, OK, MO, IL, IN, IA and OH. This was followed by a derecho event across the Northeastern states of MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, WV, MA and CT that caused widespread high wind damage. Also, there were one dozen tornadoes reported across PA, NY and CT causing further damage.    $1.4
   5
Central and Northeastern Severe Weather†
May 2018
   2018-05-01    2018-05-04    Numerous central states (KS, NE, OK, TX, NM, MO, IA, IL, IN, OH, WI) were impacted by large hail and tornadoes. Several northeastern states including NY, PA and VT were also impacted by high wind damage from severe storms.    $1.4
   0
Southern and Eastern Tornadoes and Severe Weather†
April 2018
   2018-04-13    2018-04-16    Tornadoes and severe storms with large hail cause widespread damage across many Southern and Eastern states (AR, FL, GA, LA, MD, MI, MS, MO, NJ, NY, NC, PA, SC, TX, VA) over a multi-day period. There were over 70 confirmed tornadoes largely clustered in Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and Virginia. This same system also caused winter storm impacts of high wind and ice accumulation in northeastern states.    $1.3
   3
Southeastern Tornadoes and Severe Weather†
March 2018
   2018-03-18    2018-03-21    A potent severe storm system caused over 20 tornadoes across Alabama and also widespread hail damage from Texas to Florida. Most notably this system produced an EF-3 tornado that caused extensive damage in Jacksonville, Alabama and across the campus of Jacksonville State University.    $1.5
   0
Northeast Winter Storm†
March 2018
   2018-03-01    2018-03-03    Powerful Nor'easter impacted many Northeastern states including MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, CT, DE, RA and VA. Widespread damage resulted from the combination of high winds, heavy snow and heavy coastal erosion.    $2.2
   9
Central and Eastern Winter Storm†
January 2018
   2018-01-03    2018-01-05    A Nor'easter caused damage across many Northeastern states including MA, NJ, NY, CT, ME, NH, PA, MD, RI, SC, TN, VA, NC and GA.    $1.1
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IMHO I think we'll have worse climate catastrophes. The number 1 will be loss of the summer wheat or soybean crops due to a devastating heat wave/drought. Then maybe when some products don't show up on store shelves or prices on staples go through the roof we will see climate catastrophe on the radar.
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Re: This is the real "National Emergency" - the hot topic in the 2020 elections
« Reply #11969 on: February 16, 2019, 12:05:39 PM »

IMHO I think we'll have worse climate catastrophes. The number 1 will be loss of the summer wheat or soybean crops due to a devastating heat wave/drought. Then maybe when some products don't show up on store shelves or prices on staples go through the roof we will see climate catastrophe on the radar.
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