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K-Dog Off Leash Newz / Trumps Total Fuckup (Iran) Official Thread
« on: January 07, 2020, 10:36:25 AM »
Numbers vary but it looks to be a classic case of crowd asphyxiation.  Numbers as high as 56 dead.

Stampede kills 56 at funeral for Iranian general slain by US

Iranian lawmakers chant slogans as some of them hold posters of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in Iraq in a U.S. drone attack, in an open session of parliament, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Iran's parliament has passed an urgent bill declaring the U.S. military's command at the Pentagon in Washington and those acting on its behalf "terrorists," subject to Iranian sanctions. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A stampede broke out Tuesday at the funeral for a top Iranian general slain in a U.S. airstrike, and at least 56 people were killed and more than 200 were injured as thousands thronged the procession, Iranian news reports said.

The stampede took place in Kerman, the hometown of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, as the procession began, said Pirhossein Koulivand, head of Iran’s emergency medical services.

There was no information about what set off the crush. Online videos showed people lying apparently lifeless, their faces covered by clothing. Emergency crews performed CPR on others as people wailed and cried out to God....

What follows is a citizen video from You Tube.  Skip the first minute.

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K-Dog Off Leash Newz / Interesting videos
« on: December 17, 2019, 10:27:14 AM »
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A slow start,  Watch a few tear gas canisters get thrown and then jump to minute 12.  Watch from there.  It is a slow starter but good when it gets rolling.

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This speaks for itself.

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K-Dog Off Leash Newz / Cut and paste with a snarky woof.
« on: June 03, 2019, 09:07:05 AM »
Donald Trump is like a 20th-century fascist, says Sadiq Khan

London mayor hits out at US president before his state visit to Britain

Donald Trump and Sadiq Khan have been embroiled in a feud since 2016. Photograph: Reuters

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has compared the language used by Donald Trump to rally his supporters to that of “the fascists of the 20th century” in an explosive intervention before the US president’s state visit to London that begins on Monday.

Writing in the Observer, Khan condemned the red-carpet treatment being afforded to Trump who, with his wife Melania, will be a guest of the Queen during his three-day stay, which is expected to provoke massive protests in the capital on Tuesday.

Khan said: “President Donald Trump is just one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat. The far right is on the rise around the world, threatening our hard-won rights and freedoms and the values that have defined our liberal, democratic societies for more than 70 years.

“Viktor Orbán in Hungary, Matteo Salvini in Italy, Marine Le Pen in France and Nigel Farage here in the UK are using the same divisive tropes of the fascists of the 20th century to garner support, but with new sinister methods to deliver their message. And they are gaining ground and winning power and influence in places that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.”

Khan, who has had a feud with Trump since becoming mayor in 2016, adds: “This is a man who also tried to exploit Londoners’ fears following a horrific terrorist attack on our city, amplified the tweets of a British far-right racist group, denounced as fake news the robust scientific evidence warning of the dangers of climate change, and is now trying to interfere shamelessly in the Conservative party leadership race by backing Boris Johnson because he believes it would enable him to gain an ally in Number 10 for his divisive agenda.”

On Saturday Trump defied diplomatic convention which dictates that leaders do not weigh in to the domestic politics of other nations, particularly ahead of visits, by backing Johnson to succeed Theresa May in an interview with the Sun. He also used the interview to describe the Duchess of Sussex, as “nasty”.

In another interview in the Sunday Times he said he would want “to know” Jeremy Corbyn before sharing American intelligence and suggested Nigel Farage negotiate with Brussels if the EU failed to give Britain what it wants.

Mel Stride, the newly appointed Commons leader, made clear his surprise at Trump’s comments, saying that while the president was entitled to his opinion, he would not be picking the next British prime minister.

Corbyn said: “President Trump’s attempt to decide who will be Britain’s next prime minister is an entirely unacceptable interference in our country’s democracy. The next prime minister should be chosen not by the US president, nor by 100,000 unrepresentative Conservative party members, but by the British people in a general election.”

Jo Swinson, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: “It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Donald Trump backs Boris, they’re cut from the same cloth. Boris Johnson is what you’d get if you sent Donald Trump to Eton.

“They’re both unqualified to lead, both revel in offending people and both represent the strain of nationalism and populism that we need a liberal movement to stand up to.”

In May 2016 Trump challenged Khan to an IQ test, after the mayor said the president’s views on Islam were “ignorant”. Then, following the terrorist attack on London Bridge and Borough market in 2017, the president accused Khan of “pathetic” behaviour. In July last year Trump said Khan had “done a very bad job on terrorism”.

Organisers of the protests on Tuesday say they will register their anger both against Trump and his wider views, including those on Brexit, which the US president has made clear he supports. Alena Ivanova, a campaign organiser for Another Europe is Possible, said: “Tuesday’s protests aren’t just about Trump, they’re about Trumpism – a politics of racism and bigotry. Trump is part of a global nationalist surge, and Brexit and its cheerleaders are the British franchise of it. Like Trump, Brexit is a threat to our basic rights and freedoms, and promises a future of division, despair and rightwing economics.”

At least 250,000 people are expected to turn out in central London at 11am, on a route between Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square, when Trump meets Theresa May in Downing Street.

Organisers of the rally claim that US officials have pressured the Metropolitan police to impose an unprecedented “exclusion zone” around Trump’s route to keep him at a distance from the public.

One plan is for a “cage” or “pen” to hold demonstrators on Whitehall about 70 metres from Downing Street to keep them out of earshot during Trump’s meeting with May.

“They get to choose who goes in and who goes out , which is a totally ridiculous proposition on our right to protest,” said Asad Rehman of the Stop Trump Coalition.

The giant “Trump baby” blimp is expected to be deployed in Trafalgar Square, but only if the fundraising page for charities “against the politics of hate and division” reaches £30,000, organisers say.

A six-metre-high cartoon blimp of Donald Trump was flown by protesters over Parliament Square last time the president visited London in 2018. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP

K-Dog Off Leash Newz / Cult Leader News
« on: May 05, 2019, 02:48:36 PM »
Guy is going through a transitional period.  He wants to send out the appropriate doom leader signals but he has finally realized that saying we all cook next week isn't working out so well.  Consequently his message is moving in the direction that we are gyrating towards a  tipping point that once crossed makes us toast very quickly and Guy can't say when except that the coin toss comes up within a few years.  That is how I describe it. 

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I once was very tolerant of Guy and felt he had a good 'wake up' message but some years have gone by and as it goes:

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So Guy's illogical public misapprehension of positive feedback I now see as dangerous.  Guy actually has a narrow view of the situation and whatever happens, keep Guy away from numbers.  He specializes in extreme answers and two plus two for him is always one hundred except on Tuesdays when it is three hundred. 

The thing, is it was not Guy himself who really changed my mind about him though his actions have not helped.  With a deeper understanding of human nature I understand how easily people can be misled by bullshit and the bottom line is, a blue ocean in the Arctic does not cause the earth to suddenly cook and all life perishes.  Thom gave Guy enough time to go off the rails and he did. 

Guy came to Seattle a few years ago and I met him at a talk he gave.  Only four people showed up to see him.  Fringe science is not doing well unless it talks about AI and self-driving cars or drone delivery.  Calling Guy's science fringe is being kind.

K-Dog Off Leash Newz / Oval office News <== Official white house feed.
« on: April 30, 2019, 09:21:57 AM »

Ivanka Trump: Empowered Women Pave the Way to Economic Progress

“I recently traveled to Africa to advance the White House's Women's Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, or W-GDP, which seeks to reach 50 million women in the developing world by 2025,” Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump writes.

“We will work to achieve this goal by supporting women in the workplace, helping them succeed as entrepreneurs, and by advancing legal reforms that will create greater gender equality . . . Despite the incredible difficulties they face, women in Africa are already transcending poverty, creating jobs, and pioneering a brighter future. Now, we want to empower them.”

Click here to read more.

In the

Washington Examiner, Anna Giaritelli

reports that human smugglers are running radio ads in Central America offering to transport people into the United States. “The word is definitely out,” a U.S. Border Patrol agent told Maria Bartiromo on Fox News. The Department of Homeland Security “estimates unauthorized immigrants are spending nearly $10,000 to hire a human smuggler to travel from Central America in an attempt to enter the U.S. illegally,” bankrolling criminal enterprises. 
“Consumer spending in March rose at the highest rate in close to a decade, according to data released Monday by the Commerce Department,” Sylvan Lane reports in

The Hill

. “Spending on consumer goods rose $123.5 billion in March, a 0.9 percent increase, reflecting strength in one of the most crucial forces behind U.S. economic growth.”
“As Ronald Reagan foretold a generation ago, it is morning again in America. Today’s booming economy, under President Donald J. Trump, stands in stark contrast to the stagnation and volatility Americans endured over the past decade,”

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson

 writes in RealClearPolicy. “Few programs in modern American history have the potential to touch the lives of so many people as powerfully as Opportunity Zones, which are now home to approximately 31.3 million Americans in all 50 states and the District of Columbia — or roughly 10% of the country.”

Read and discuss!

K-Dog Off Leash Newz / toons
« on: April 06, 2019, 12:52:50 PM »

K-Dog Off Leash Newz / Lights on nobody home but the Font has changed.
« on: April 04, 2019, 08:20:23 AM »
Looks like the comment section at Clusterfuck Nation has been shut down.

Is it anything I did?  Actually it is possible.  I did do something in the last week which could and should have troll security shitting bricks.  The possibility of a few formerly targeted folks getting together face to face and exchanging notes Diner style could happen.  That would be a good reason to pull the government plug.  I can ask Wage if the same suit who was following me was the same one who confronted her in the Illinois Mall.   I have his picture.

Or not, it does not really matter as the Mighty Morphin Alt-Right Power Rangers will be around as long as as they have Homeland Security budget.  I believe that is called perpetuity or the end of the world, whatever comes first.  The politics of America will continue to be managed behind the scenes and the alleged job of cataloging crazy potential terrorist dogs shall go on.  It pays many bills.

Who is Wage?  A woman who left CFN because she was being followed.  Like I was and at the same time.  She disappeared for a while in terror but then I find out she started her blog again!  Great news.  Wage made a last post at CFN stating what happened to her and it vanished from the archives there very quickly.  To go to Wage's blog you would go here first.

This is Tripps blog who also is blogging again after a long hiatus as well. Trip is also a former CFN real person.  Go there click my doggie on his followers list and you will have a link to Wage. You will also see JD in the list at Tripps place.

No comments on Kunstler's blogroll which collects hundreds of phony alt-right comments a week for two days now.  A small victory!

If it has nothing to do with me so what.  I'll enjoy the victory anyway.

K-Dog Off Leash Newz / Web Page Newz
« on: December 22, 2018, 02:31:15 PM »
I've mentioned I'm working on a new web presence before.  I am about as far as the functionality Irv Mills (and others) have with blogspots right now.  The difference being my code is running in my own server on the very computer I'm typing this on.

Irv's site (A common Blogspot look and feel)  Nothing wrong with it if you don't mind the golden handcuffs.

Compare that with a peek at what I'm up to now.  This is a screenshot.  I started writing an 'article' using my internal editor and added some dummy comments.

As you see if I just wanted a blogspot looking site where I write the software and host it myself I can be up and running pretty quick.  That just polishes what I have now.  But I want more than that so this post is just a tease.  Kblog really is up on the dark web and if you knew what to type in as a URL you could actually get there.  You could even leave a comment.  But like I said, not yet.  I have plans.

I'll be correcting the 'Dune' quote above through my Admin Panel but I'll have to create a Frank Herbert user first.  Go ahead and comment on my nascent essay.  Your input could make it into the debut Kblog release!

Whenever that is.  :icon_sunny:

K-Dog Off Leash Newz / Paranoia will annoia, and how can we know?
« on: December 12, 2018, 09:47:45 PM »
Don't know where to put this.

Took five-teen minutes to load.  Had two different browsers going.  One is still loading.  My spidey sense tells me something is being repressed.

But what?

There's an Assange/Wikileaks thread on the "Heros of the Revolution" board.

This site doesn't load for me at all.  I get the header and then a blank page below it.


We need a genuine weird fuckery link to post these fun discoveries too.  But real genuine weird stuff like this.  The stuff that is you know it when you see it weird stuff.

The know it when you see it wierdness thread.

That could be it!  The genuine weird fuckery thread.  When you are not quite sure if its paranoia or our tax dollars at work.

As for Unicorn Riot.  Eventually it will load.

You don't have your own Newz Channel as of yet.  Why don't you make a channel and create the thread there? ???


Yeah, good idea.  Just because I have it does not mean I have to put something there every day but when I do.  Well Then.

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Heroes of the Revolution / Web wierdness prevents revolution.
« on: December 12, 2018, 08:48:50 PM »
Don't know where to put this.

Took five-teen minutes to load.  Had two different browsers going.  One is still loading.  My spidey sense tells me something is being repressed.

But what?

Frostbite Falls Newz / Diner News
« on: November 04, 2018, 06:43:13 AM »
This is a reprint of a blogger who coincidentally is close to me.  He has the Diner as a link on his page so he deserves a re-post!

Go here:

The Diner is listed in his blogroll.

October 10, 2018
Finally people are waking up to how bad it is!

As hurricane Michael bears down on the Florida pan handle as a Cat 4 storm, I wonder how many people who are going to be directly affected by its devastation are thinking about anthropogenic climate change. This week a new report ( from the IPCC finally paints a bleak picture and calls for radical reductions in carbon dioxide emissions in order to avoid a worst-case scenario.

For a number of years now I have been predicting a dooms-day scenario due to the twin impacts of climate change and peak fossil fuels. The former represents significant costs to societies. The latter represents significant decline in generating the income needed to pay the costs. In other words, for example, just when we will need to address things like moving whole cities inland (costs) our ability to generate the needed income will have vanished. No fuel, no work, no product, no income. It's actually pretty simple.

And for years I called out the primary causes of this predicament. First and foremost is the incredible lack of wisdom in human beings' cognition. No forethought. No caution. Just barge ahead with any technology that provides individuals with more convenience. All humans share in this deficit. All humans, given whatever chances they had, have consumed and wasted resources unmindfully. But our so-called leaders are especially to blame for their inability to tell the truth (and in many cases even understand the truth). Even Obama really blew it. He had a bully pulpit even if he didn't have a Congress that would help him out. Now we get Trump who outright denies climate change (calls it a hoax) and is attempting to ease even the weak restrictions Obama put on the fossil fuel industry, which could have the effect of raising the US emissions even more.

So human foolishness and stupidity, which seem to apply to a majority of the population in the US anyway, is at the root of our problem and that isn't going to go away on its own any time soon. The rest of the world seems to have many more people who are more thoughtful about the situation and are able to accept the scientific consensus about climate change (though many of them are not as up to speed on the problems with peak energy). But even so they are still not understanding that the proximal cause of our situation is the whole neoliberal capitalistic socio-economic system with its emphasis on profit maximization and growth. These things, this philosophy and world view, are just plain wrong. Speed, convenience, private wealth, novelty, these are the habits of thought that now infest a world of 7+ billion people. Every country in the world harbors a population of people who see what the developed world's people have and they want it too. So, for example, even though China's leadership position is to fight climate change, it still maintains a desire to grow its economy. These two objectives are diametrically opposed (see Naomi Klein's book: This Changes Everything).

We need to be absolutely clear on one thing regarding what can be done to solve the immediacy of the climate catastrophe (according to the IPCC report) and that is that market-based mechanisms will simply not work to reduce carbon emissions in any meaningful way. Even a very steep tax on carbon, a policy measure rather than a strictly free market approach, probably won't do the job either, especially if the scheme involves rebating the money to the consumers. Any cost of carbon scheme needs to hurt both consumers and producers equally and sufficiently to force them to change their behaviors. Taking money out of my wallet and putting it into my pocket is not going to accomplish anything.

Only one thing will give us a chance to survive - and then only some of us. We have to stop burning fossil fuels period and that is going to make us extremely poor. We have to abandon capitalism, for profit (and especially profit maximization), growth oriented firms and relocalize, i.e. reform local communities able to collectively meet their basic needs. We have to abandon cars and trucks and airplanes and probably even trains.

We probably won't take the initiative and there are no leaders on the world stage that would risk being booted off of that stage by telling people that they will have to give up most of the trappings of civilization. So what is most likely to happen, as I have predicted before, is that we will continue to cling to our old ways until it is obviously too late (which may already be the case) and the loss of fossil fuel energies (they will be too expensive to extract and refine) and the damage to our social fabric done by climate catastrophes force us to do these things.

I've not been blogging much these days. At some point I realized that I was basically preaching to the choir for the most part and getting repetitive. What prompted me to write this was the issuing of the IPCC report and especially Trump's and other Republicans' responses to it. The report suggests that a solution is feasible but also some of the committee members admit that it is highly unlikely that any of its recommendations will be taken up in time precisely because of the postures and attitudes of the far right ideologies. The US's best hope for any kind of change in policies and taking real leadership is to vote the Republicans out of Congress in November. And then follow through in 2020 with a real change in the presidency. Personally I would prefer to see a Social Democrat (maybe not Bernie per se) run. But at least we should try to find someone with those leanings in the Democratic party and I completely support that person being a woman (just not Hillary!) The rumors about Elizabeth Warren are interesting.I honestly do feel that men have made a mess of everything in governance and that it would be really great to give women a shot at doing better. I'm betting they can. And the current climate of the #meToo movement and the energy pumped into the women electorate (and many of us males who sympathize) may just be right to propel a larger proportion of the government to be controlled by women.

To be clear, though, a change in the political landscape of the US is not a solution. At best it can only serve to possibly slow down the acceleration toward destruction. Whether that would be a good thing or not I cannot say. But like clinging to life in a desperate situation gives a chance that a miracle might happen, slowing down the destruction might offer some last minute help.

The IPCC only deals with the global temperature issue; recommending using non-fossil fuel sources is meant as a way to reduce emissions. It does not provide a complete model of the relationship between fossil fuels and climate change with respect to other dynamics vis-a-vis EROI impacts on our ability to mitigate or adapt. It does not factor in the decline in fossil fuels from excessive extraction and the fact that as of this moment it is the consumption of fossil fuels that subsidize the solar and wind industries. We are already getting poorer due to the declining return on energy invested and climate change will make everything more expensive - a positive feedback loop ensues that will shortly blow up the financial system and with it, civilization.

I continue to advise people to consider less what they can do as individuals to combat climate change (but do that also) and begin laying plans for how to survive in a totally chaotic world of 2-3 degrees C and no oil.

To be clear, though, a change in the political landscape of the US is not a solution. At best it can only serve to possibly slow down the acceleration toward destruction. Whether that would be a good thing or not I cannot say. But like clinging to life in a desperate situation gives a chance that a miracle might happen, slowing down the destruction might offer some last minute help.


History / People Who Did Not Get Collapse Right
« on: October 14, 2018, 08:51:11 PM »
This thread is dedicated to an ironic dark humor of a particular type.  Short bios of people not all of whom may have embraced a rational understanding of collapse as advocated on the diner.  Their collapse is of a more irrational kind.  Some should get Darwin awards.

Please follow the form I introduced in the first post.  Start with it and change and improve it as you wish.  If you do change it I'll fix the first to incorporate the improvements if they look useful generally.

Science, Inventions & Techology / John B. Goodenough
« on: September 25, 2018, 08:53:43 PM »
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This was in my work email today.  Total Diner material!

Diner Newz & Multimedia / Things which defy comprehension.
« on: September 22, 2018, 01:19:42 PM »
‘Putin wants me dead’: Russian ‘model’ seduces UK tabloids with new Salisbury poisoning claims <-- click at your own risk, it goes to Anna's instagram page.

 A 30-year-old Russian model, whose husband may have been poisoned by rat poison at a Salisbury restaurant, has claimed “Vladimir Putin wants me dead.” Even more astonishingly, a British tabloid decided this was front page news.

When the story was first breaking on Sunday, the excitement in the Sun’s newsroom must have been palpable. Another reported poisoning in a knock-off Italian eatery in Salisbury, and a Russian was involved as well. Almost too good to be true, this was the Skripal poisoning all over again.

Anna Shapiro, a 30-year-old Russian model (although a part-time model, which one assumes is a bit like a part-time actor) and event organizer, described to The Sun how she found her husband Alex King fighting for his life in the toilet at restaurant Prezzo and “foaming at the mouth."

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