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Knarfs Knewz / Trailer Trash Trump's Tweets
« Last post by agelbert on Today at 11:43:26 AM »
Turkey Day usually represents a late-season reset for pro football, but myriad controversies portend a more serious tone this year.

//The top storyline in the NFL this season has not been Tom Brady’s continued excellence or Carson Wentz’s timely emergence or the surprising Rams and Jaguars. It has instead been the dozens of players across the league who have knelt, sat, or raised their fists during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial injustice. //

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will not be anywhere near Thursday’s action, as he remains unsigned after initiating the wave of protests last fall, but his name will echo through living rooms every time, say, the Vikings quarterback Case Keenum throws an incomplete pass. Why, Kaepernick’s defenders will wonder, do retreads like Keenum continue to receive opportunities while a former NFC-champion quarterback sits at home?

//

Meanwhile, no one will loom over the NFL’s Thanksgiving more than the Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who has spent this fall sowing chaos on numerous fronts. //

As the protest issue simmers, Jones has feuded with the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell over Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension, which the running back began serving last week after months of injunction requests and appeals. ESPN reported that a furious Jones told Goodell he would “come after [him] with everything I have,” then later threatened to sue the league to hold up the commissioner’s contract negotiations.

On Thursday afternoon, Jones’s Cowboys will play the Los Angeles Chargers, who face a crisis of the existential variety. The franchise relocated this past summer from San Diego, a year after the Rams arrived in L.A. from St. Louis.

Meanwhile, since this article was published, Dolt 45 has rage-tweeted repeatedly, attempting to redefine the players' BLM-inspired protests into dishonoring the flag, or the troops, or some other manifestation of stolen valor. The point has always been about social injustice on African Americans and police brutality, to say nothing of open season/no bag limit on black Americans.

Case Keenum is inexplicably having an all star season. In the only football I watched yesterday, he led the Vikings to a convincing victory and played far better than a "game manager." Pretty good for a comparatively "old guy." Who knew?

jerry Jones' threatened lawsuits have folded like a tent, much like popular support for this Potempkin President... or the Cowboys, for that matter. They were beaten convincingly by the near-orphaned, aforementioned Chargers, as karma had a holiday. Even though I wasn't paying attention, I was pleased with the result.

And in other news, John Schplatter still makes shitty pizza. May worms take up residence in his head.

Trailer Trash Trump just does what he does.

Recent photo of Trailer Trash Trump having his morning Joe:




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Tesla Completes World’s Largest Li-ion Battery (129 MWh) In South Australia (#NotFree)

 

November 23rd, 2017 by James Ayre

SNIPPET:



Tesla has now finished construction work on the 129 megawatt-hour (MWh) energy storage facility that it was contracted to build in South Australia, the government of the region has revealed.

Full article:

https://cleantechnica.com/2017/11/23/tesla-completes-worlds-largest-li-ion-battery-129-mwh-energy-storage-facility-south-australia-notfree/
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http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-homeless-thanksgiving-20171123-story.html

Thanksgiving help for the homeless: 'We haven't seen numbers like this since the Great Depression'

On Skid Row


Volunteer Monica Smith serves up a Thanksgiving meal at the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles last year. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

City News Service

Thanksgiving meals will be served to thousands of homeless and near-homeless individuals today on Skid Row and in Pasadena and Canoga Park amid calls for donations and volunteers for the rest of the year.

The Midnight Mission will serve Thanksgiving brunch to nearly 2,500 homeless and near-homeless men, women and children, according to Georgia Berkovich, its director of public affairs.
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Scheduled volunteer servers include gubernatorial candidate and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, entertainer Dick Van Dyke and actress Nicolette Sheridan.

The Midnight Mission is seeking donations of $5 to $10 to help it cover the costs of the meals. Donations can be made by texting “Meals” to 71777, Berkovich said. The mission serves meals seven days a week, distributes hygiene kits after its meal service and conducts drives for food and clothing to distribute to its guests.

Berkovich said the group has been serving nearly 1 million meals a year each year since 2013.

“We haven't seen numbers like this since the Great Depression,” she said.

The nearby Fred Jordan Mission expects to serve more than a ton of turkey drumsticks, along with 500 pounds of mashed potatoes, 80 gallons of gravy, hundreds of pounds of traditional cornbread stuffing, 560 pounds of candied yams, 585 pounds of green beans, glazed carrots, spiced peaches, cranberry sauce and 400 pumpkin pies, according to the mission's Suzanna Choi.

The mission is seeking donations of unwrapped toys worth $15 to $20 each to be given to thousands of poor children for Christmas. The toys can be dropped off at the mission on Thanksgiving or any other day through Dec. 15, Choi said.

Union Station Homeless Services will be serving thousands of meals at its annual Thanksgiving Dinner in the Park at Central Park in Pasadena, continuing a tradition that began in 1972. Donations of store-bought pies will be accepted Thanksgiving morning, CEO John C. Brauer said.

More than 2,000 people will be served a sit-down meal of turkey with trimmings at the 30th annual Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner for San Fernando Valley homeless and low-income families at the Guadalupe Community Center in Canoga Park.
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Knarfs Knewz / Re: On Thanksgiving, the NFL Faces a Collision of Crises
« Last post by Surly1 on Today at 06:39:52 AM »
Turkey Day usually represents a late-season reset for pro football, but myriad controversies portend a more serious tone this year.

//The top storyline in the NFL this season has not been Tom Brady’s continued excellence or Carson Wentz’s timely emergence or the surprising Rams and Jaguars. It has instead been the dozens of players across the league who have knelt, sat, or raised their fists during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial injustice. //

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will not be anywhere near Thursday’s action, as he remains unsigned after initiating the wave of protests last fall, but his name will echo through living rooms every time, say, the Vikings quarterback Case Keenum throws an incomplete pass. Why, Kaepernick’s defenders will wonder, do retreads like Keenum continue to receive opportunities while a former NFC-champion quarterback sits at home?

//

Meanwhile, no one will loom over the NFL’s Thanksgiving more than the Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who has spent this fall sowing chaos on numerous fronts. //

As the protest issue simmers, Jones has feuded with the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell over Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension, which the running back began serving last week after months of injunction requests and appeals. ESPN reported that a furious Jones told Goodell he would “come after [him] with everything I have,” then later threatened to sue the league to hold up the commissioner’s contract negotiations.

On Thursday afternoon, Jones’s Cowboys will play the Los Angeles Chargers, who face a crisis of the existential variety. The franchise relocated this past summer from San Diego, a year after the Rams arrived in L.A. from St. Louis.

Meanwhile, since this article was published, Dolt 45 has rage-tweeted repeatedly, attempting to redefine the players' BLM-inspired protests into dishonoring the flag, or the troops, or some other manifestation of stolen valor. The point has always been about social injustice on African Americans and police brutality, to say nothing of open season/no bag limit on black Americans.

Case Keenum is inexplicably having an all star season. In the only football I watched yesterday, he led the Vikings to a convincing victory and played far better than a "game manager." Pretty good for a comparatively "old guy." Who knew?

jerry Jones' threatened lawsuits have folded like a tent, much like popular support for this Potempkin President... or the Cowboys, for that matter. They were beaten convincingly by the near-orphaned, aforementioned Chargers, as karma had a holiday. Even though I wasn't paying attention, I was pleased with the result.

And in other news, John Schplatter still makes shitty pizza. May worms take up residence in his head.
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It Could Get Worse After The Election



Two big things happen in Queensland this coming weekend. One is the state election. The other is the first Ashes Test at the Gabba. The two can be linked in a surprising way.

While coverage of the Queensland election has been dominated by the jobs-versus-environment battle over Adani's proposed Carmichael mine, another major environmental issue has received little press: land clearing.



Queensland clears more native woodland than any state in Australia by far. In fact if Queensland were a country, it would be one of the world's top 10 deforesters, according to the Wilderness Society.

Wait, what does this have to do with the cricket? Well, The Wilderness Society has calculated that an area a little larger than the surface of The Gabba is cleared every three minutes in Queensland.

Yes, one-and-a-bit Gabbas every three minutes. Which is around 600 Gabbas a day. The scary part? The rate of clearing could be about to increase massively.


Gemma Plesman holds a koala, who are one of the biggest victims in all this.

The Wilderness Society's calculations go a little like this. The Gabba is about 1.8 hectares in size.

    The rate of deforestation/land clearing in Queensland, according to the most recent statistics released by the Queensland Government for 2015-16, was 395,000 hectares;
    That's about 1,080 hectares a day, or 0.75 hectares a minute;
    That works out to 2.25 hectares every 3 minutes. Which as mentioned, is a Gabba-and-a-bit.

"In Queensland we really take the trophy for the deforestation hotspot in Australia," Wilderness Society Queensland campaign manager Gemma Plesman told HuffPost Australia.

"We used to have some pretty good laws that protected forests and bushland, and they were hard fought for, and deforestation rates dropped really low. But then Campbell Newman's government came into power [in 2012] and he changed the Vegetation Management Act."

Here's how the latest version of the Act states its purpose:

    The stated purpose of the act is to regulate the clearing of vegetation in a way that—

    (a) conserves remnant vegetation that is—

    (i) an endangered regional ecosystem; or
    (ii) an of concern regional ecosystem; or
    (iii) a least concern regional ecosystem; and

    (b) conserves vegetation in declared areas; and

    (c) ensures the clearing does not cause land degradation; and

    (d) prevents the loss of biodiversity; and

    (e) maintains ecological processes; and

    (f) manages the environmental effects of the clearing to achieve the matters mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (e); and

    (g) reduces greenhouse gas emissions; and

    (h) allows for sustainable land use.

Reading through that list, it's hard to imagine you could lose 600 Gabbas a day (or 219 thousand Gabbas a year) worth of native vegetation -- yet somehow have no land degradation, biodiversity loss, or increased greenhouse gas emissions.

In other words, can the Act really live up to its stated aim?

"No definitely not," Gemma Plesman responded. (You can listen to our podcast with Gemma Plesman below and learn how trees have such an important role to play in mitigating climate change.)

While a nation and a state obsess Over Adani's proposed Carmichael mine, land clearing is the silent devastation ripping Australia's ecological heartland to shreds. As with the Carmichael mine, what happens next depends on the Queensland election result.

The current Palaszczuk Labor minority government took over from the Newman government in 2015 and tried to strengthen the Vegetation Management Act in parliament. It failed because it didn't have the numbers.

If elected, the LNP intends to leave the current laws in place. That means more land clearing. There's a fear among conservationists that they may relax the laws even further due to the One Nation influence.

If re-elected, Labor has said it would reinstate stronger vegetation management laws and back them up with a $500 million Land Restoration Fund. It's one of the costliest promises of the entire campaign, but it's a bridge to a future where industries like carbon sequestration could be even more valuable than agriculture.


With two bulldozers and a chain, you can basically bugger up a huge chunk of Australia.

As ever, voiceless wildlife are caught in the political crossfire. For koalas, it's essential that unchecked land clearing stops, especially in the ever-expanding urban fringe areas of south-east Queensland.

"At the moment big developers are winning and koalas are losing," Plesman said.

"Koalas simply have nowhere to go [when their habitat is cleared]. Sometimes they are injured directly by bulldozers, or they go looking for shelter and they get attacked by dogs. Habitat loss really is driving them to the brink of extinction in Queensland."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/11/23/queensland-bulldozes-a-gabbas-worth-of-native-bushland-every-three-minutes-and-it-could-get-worse-after-the-election_a_23282421/


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Surly Newz / Doomstead Diner Daily 11/24
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Knarfs Knewz / Methane bubbles are effect and cause of rise in temperature
« Last post by knarf on Today at 05:45:28 AM »
Due to climate change, including rising temperatures, more and more methane is bubbling up from lakes, ponds, rivers and wetlands throughout the world. The release of methane – a potent greenhouse gas – leads to a further increase in temperature, thus creating a ‘vicious circle’. This is the conclusion of a team of biologists led by Radboud University in an article published in Nature Communications on 22 November. Reducing greenhouse gas is the way to break the vicious circle.

"Never before have such unequivocal, strong relationships between temperature and emissions of methane bubbles been shown on such a wide, continent-spanning scale.", says biologist Sarian Kosten of Radboud University.
Bubbling greenhouse gas

The study focused on shallow lakes, ponds, rivers and wetlands. These aquatic environments are relevant in the context of climate change because they are responsible for much of global greenhouse gas emissions. An important part of these emissions is caused by bubbles filled with methane gas that develop in the sediment at the bottom of these water bodies. When the bubbles reach the surface, the gas enters the atmosphere. 

From a Dutch fish pond to postglacial lakes in Sweden

For the current research, an international team of scientists studied existing literature and conducted a large experiment in close collaboration with the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW). First, existing research into methane bubbles was collected from various locations, ranging from a fishing pond in Malden (a town near Nijmegen) to postglacial lakes in northern Sweden and forest ponds in Canada. “Next, we simulated methane bubble production in 1000-litre ‘mini-lakes’ at the NIOO, where we could accurately control temperature and other conditions,” explains Ralf Aben, biologist at Radboud University. “In this way we excluded causes other than the rise in temperature.”
1 degree extra, 6 to 20 percent more methane

In open tanks filled with water and sediment, the researchers were able to mimic an annual cycle. Four tanks had a 'normal' Dutch climate, and in four other tanks the average temperature was 4 degrees Celsius higher. That led to 50 percent higher emissions of methane bubbles. The biologists predict that a temperature rise of 1 degree Celsius leads to 6 to 20 percent higher emissions of methane bubbles, which in turn leads to additional greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and to an additional temperature increase.
Now what?

Nutrient-rich sediments produce more methane than nutrient-poor sediments. One possibility for reducing methane production is therefore to make sure that sediments have fewer nutrients, which means using less fertiliser!

The global rise in temperature will be difficult to reverse, but not impossible. “Every tonne of greenhouse gas that we emit leads to additional emissions from natural sources such as methane bubbles,” says Kosten. “Luckily, the opposite is also true: if we emit less greenhouse gas and the temperature drops, we gain a bonus in the form of less methane production. This bonus from nature should be our motivation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions even further.”

http://www.ru.nl/english/news-agenda/news/vm/iwwr/2017/methane-bubbles-effect-cause-rise-temperature/
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Knarfs Knewz / 'Blast' heard hours after Argentinian sub went missing
« Last post by knarf on Today at 05:38:36 AM »
A sound detected by sensors hours after an Argentine submarine sent its last signal was "consistent with an explosion", a navy spokesman said on Thursday.

A search operation has been under way since contact with the submarine - with 44 sailors on board - ceased on the morning of November 15.

Concern for the crew has increased as oxygen supplies are running low. Experts say the ARA San Juan had enough oxygen to last seven to 10 days.

"Some information was received regarding the singular anomalous event - short, violent, and non nuclear - consistent with that of an explosion," said navy spokesman Enrique Balbi.

The San Juan went missing in the South Atlantic off the coast of Argentina. Balbi said there was no sign the blast might be linked to an attack on the sub.

US Navy Lieutenant Lily Hinz said the unusual sound detected underwater could not be attributed to marine life or naturally occurring noise in the ocean.

"It was not a whale and it is not a regularly occurring sound," Hinz said.

The submarine's disappearance prompted a massive search for the vessel, involving 10 countries.

"It's not looking good. The fate of those 44 crew members on ARA San Juan is looking increasingly grim," Al Jazeera correspondent Daniel Schweimler said from Buenos Aires.

Family members are angry with the Argentinian authorities, saying it has taken the navy too long for this information to come to light. "Many of them are fearing the worst, many of them fear they are dead," Schweimler added.

Since the start of the operation, about 480,000-square kilometres have been combed. Initially, the multinational effort was impeded by bad weather conditions that caused waves of more than six metres in height.

The San Juan is a TR-1700-class, non-nuclear submarine, built in the former West Germany. It officially entered service in 1985 and was refurbished to modern standards in 2013.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/heard-hours-argentinean-missing-171123153120706.html
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Knarfs Knewz / Who is Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe's 'Crocodile'?
« Last post by knarf on Today at 05:35:44 AM »

Emmerson Mnangagwa has promised a new era of democracy for Zimbabwe

Harare, Zimbabwe - On Wednesday, two weeks after fleeing to South Africa, a beaming Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa emerged from his car to the thundering chants of "Garwe! Garwe! Garwe!".

The roar only grew louder as the 75-year-old later took to the stage to address the cheering crowds.

"Today, we are witnessing the beginning of a new and unfolding democracy," he told the thousands who had gathered to welcome home the man they believe can take Zimbabwe into a new era.

Popularly known as "Garwe", or crocodile in Shona, after his days as a member of the 1960s Crocodile Gang that waged anti-colonial resistance acts against the white minority regime of the time, Mnangagwa is set to become Zimbabwe's second leader and third president since independence in 1980.

Mnangagwa - also known as "Ngwena" (a totemic name for a crocodile) or "E.D.", after his initials - has long been seen as the man most likely to replace his mentor and Zimbabwe's longtime leader, Robert Mugabe.

But things took a different turn as factional battles within the ruling ZANU-PF party over Mugabe's succession pitted him, a vice president, against the president's wife, Grace.

On November 6, the internal power struggle led to the dismissal of Mnangagwa, who fled to South Africa for safety.

But in a sudden move, the military seized power on November 15 and placed 93-year-old Mugabe under house arrest at his Blue Roof Residence in Harare. As pressure grew, Mugabe finally resigned on Tuesday, putting an end to his reign of 37 years.

Great expectations

Mnangagwa's political shrewdness and ability to survive seemingly dire situations have seen him grow into his nickname.

Tales of his dramatic escape from Zimbabwe shortly after his firing as vice president could make for an action movie script, and have earned him wide popularity and sympathy among many Zimbabweans.

Many believe he represents change and could turn the country's fortunes around.

During his vice presidency, Mnangagwa introduced the Command Agriculture scheme, an African Development Bank-backed programme designed to help communities become more self-sufficient.

Launched two years ago, the initiative is still in its infancy. But some analysts believe it has the potential to return Zimbabwe to its status as the breadbasket of the region.

As a prominent ZANU-PF official, Mnangagwa backed the seizures of white-owned commercial farms at the turn of the millennium.

However, in his home province of the Midlands he reportedly "secretly" protected some white farmers from being driven from their lands.

According to leaked intelligence reports reviewed by Reuters news agency, re-engaging white farmers could be one of the potential priorities in a post-Mugabe era.

"Mnangagwa realises he needs the white farmers on the land when he gets into power … he will use the white farmers to resuscitate the agricultural industry, which he reckons is the backbone of the economy," reads part of the report.
International relations

In his first public remarks since fleeing into exile for safety, Mnangagwa expressed keenness in reshaping Zimbabwe into a more inclusive nation across the lines of race and political affiliation.

His vision for the country, he said, also includes re-engagement with the international community.

As Mugabe's second-in-command, he has brokered multi-million dollar trade deals with Russia, China and South Africa.

In 2015, he led trade delegations to Europe in an effort to re-open lines of communication with the West which, in 2001, imposed targeted sanctions on top government leaders, including Mnangagwa, during one of Zimbabwe's darkest decades of political and human rights violations.

Much to the chagrin of Mugabe, Mnangagwa has built up a rapport with foreign investors, the International Monetary Fund and local diplomats, including Britain's ambassador to Zimbabwe, Catriona Laing.

Despite denials by Laing, the ambassador was criticised by the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) opposition party for backing an "incorrigible regime".
Old guard

While many supporters wave banners inscribed "E.D. for a new Zimbabwe", in the belief the 75-year-old could reform the country's economy, the reality is that Mnangagwa belongs to ZANU-PF's old guard.

Since 1980, he has held a number of roles, including minister of state security, minister of justice and ZANU-PF's chief election agent in 2008 - all helping create the system that enabled Mugabe to remain in power.

The two have been close allies since the 1960s, when Mnangagwa's family took in the young Mugabe when he was deployed as a rural teacher in their area.

They forged a friendship, with Mugabe taking Mnangagwa under his wing as his protege. Both were sentenced to at least 10 years in prison for their anti-colonial acts. In jail, they studied law via correspondence.

Although tarnished by his role in ethnic massacres in the 1980s and intimidating the opposition, Mnangagwa has promised a new era of democracy under his leadership.

Alex Magaisa, a law professor and former government adviser, told Al Jazeera that Mnangagwa will have to work hard to "cleanse" his reputation.

With the economy in tatters and political stability wavering, Magaisa said improving people's wellbeing could work well in his favour.

"If the economy is fixed, people will generally be happy," he said.

On Wednesday, in his first public address since his dismissal, he vowed to bring a different political reality in Zimbabwe, which is scheduled to hold elections next year. 

"Never should the nation be held at ransom by one person ever again, whose desire is to die in office whatever the cost of the nation," he told the cheerings crowd.

After almost 40 years of one-man rule, Mnangagwa faces many challenges as the country's new president.

Whether he will succeed remains to be seen.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/emmerson-mnangagwa-zimbabwe-crocodile-171124062910487.html
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Knarfs Knewz / Deadly blast strikes mosque in Egypt's Sinai
« Last post by knarf on Today at 05:30:56 AM »


At least 115 people have been killed in a bomb and gun attack on a mosque in Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula, according to state media.

The attack took place in the al-Rawda village, west of el-Arish, shortly after Friday prayers.

Egyptian state media MENA provided the death toll, citing an official security source. It also said that 80 people were wounded in the attack.

Local media reports said that attackers planted explosives and then opened fire on worshippers while the sermon was under way.

Egypt has for years been battling an armed movement in the rugged and thinly populated Sinai Peninsula, which has gained pace since the military overthrew democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in mid-2013.

In 2014, following a suicide bombing that left 31 soldiers killed, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi declared a state of emergency in the peninsula, describing it as a "nesting ground for terrorism and terrorists".

Local media also reported the closure of the Arish-Rafah road, further east.

The attack comes a day before the Rafah border crossing, the main gateway for Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip to the outside world, was due to open for a three-day period.

The border opened briefly earlier this week.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/blast-strikes-mosque-egypt-sinai-171124113423231.html

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