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K-Dog Off Leash Newz / American Censorship is alive and well.
« on: July 02, 2020, 01:43:00 PM »
American Censorship.

I get moved to go after the trolls at Honey Trap Central from time to time.  I have been outspoken and honest there lately.  Today Cassius Marcellus Clay is my hero.  I think there is a family connection. 

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https://constitutioncenter.org/blog/cassius-marcellus-clay-fiery-kentucky-abolitionist/

Clay became an abolitionist early in his life after hearing a speech by William Lloyd Garrison while at Yale in 1832. He eventually founded the abolitionist newspaper True American.

He was also a total badass who killed his enemies and died of natural causes at 92.  Then I read about the civil war.  A bug bit and I had to write a comment at Clusterfuck Nation.

Note the bottom of my comment In this screenshot.



Here is the same view through K-Proxy. 



I hesitate to post this because I am fully aware I do not always see:  Your comment is awaiting moderation. when Kunstler or his handlers slams down the hammer.  Sometimes they warn me sometimes they don't.

But I'm feeling metal today so what the hell.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/Z7A7kn6zQe4" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/Z7A7kn6zQe4</a>

I think Kunstler will be coming out with an autobiography soon.  The title will be:

American Asshole

https://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/beware-of-what-you-wish-for/

This does not come as a surprise.  My clarity of opinion has even been respected by some of the trolls at Clusterfuck Nation of late.  I have been writing well.  As I have been running a high tide I'm not surprised the curmudgeon and the Homeland Security Program who pays him would be concerned.

Why I'm here and why I have a blog of my own.

* The comment was approved, this time.  The last time Kunstler put me on a leash I left for three weeks.  I am fully aware all my comments published to clusterfucknation may not get a public view even when I can see them because I am logged in.

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The American Economy is Still Imploding

The Headlines are Wrong. The Numbers are Misleading. The Economy’s Still in Deep Trouble.

umair haque

https://eand.co/the-american-economy-is-still-imploding-4c8a1c369a51

I was surprised to read today — as you were, perhaps — that the American unemployment rate fell in May, to 13 percent or so. Too surprised. I frowned, and thought to myself: “that can’t be right.” It didn’t make sense, tally with…reality. I didn’t trust it — because it just didn’t seem possible. Data isn’t something that we should ever treat as God-given — when it fails to represent the reality we see with our own eyes, we can and should question it.

So I began to do the research, and lo and behold:

“Some temporarily jobless workers were characterized as ‘employed’ in May; had they been counted correctly, the Department said, the unemployment rate would have topped 16%.”

The unemployment rate — the real one — is higher than 16%. Now, that makes sense. How many people do you know that have been furloughed or laid off? Hasn’t America been swept by an economic tsunami? The true unemployment rate isn’t falling; it’s climbing. Not my opinion — the government’s own admission. That is a big deal. Not a small one. I want to stress what a big mistake this is. You’re reading, by now, over and over again, in headline after headline, article after article, that the unemployment rate fell. But…it didn’t.

So how high is it? My guess is it’s about 20% at the moment. Then why is the figure of 13% being reported as a headline? Lazy journalism, I guess, or bad economics, or both. Why was it reported instead of the correction? Was it just politically convenient? I don’t know. I’m not a cynic. What I do know is that when the Department of Labour itself says that the real unemployment rate is higher than the headline…and no one seems to report it…a nation is being given a false picture of the economy, and how it’s really doing.

The American economy is still imploding.
Bad data, and thinking based on it, doesn’t help. It only prevents seeing the problem. An unemployment rate that the government itself admits is rising to higher than 16% — but won’t say just how high — is only one kind of vivid proof of that.

Evidence is beginning to emerge of three things that I and every good economist have feared — three ways that catastrophe becomes economic depression, by way of a widespread loss of confidence in its ability to produce decent lives, higher living standards, and anything close to stability, instead of chaos, despair, and ruin.

First, even what shrinking number of decent jobs there were left in the American economy are still being replaced by low-income, go-nowhere, dead-end ones — at an even faster rate now. What jobs were added in May were mostly in “low income service jobs” — hospitality and restaurants. That is because mega-corporations in particular have used the pandemic as an opportunity for the “cost-savings” that the American economy has become famous for. Maybe we can do without this set of managers, those accountants, these analysts, those branches, that whole branch businesses. Bang! There go legions of jobs, never to return. They’re transformed, instead, into “low-income service jobs.”

Do you know what percentage of the economy is already “low-income service work”? Prepare to be shocked. About half.
Something close to half of Americans work in dead-end, go-nowhere jobs, that usually come with no benefits, protections, or guarantees, whether pensions, decent healthcare, retirement, and so forth. Worse, this kind of work never offers rising incomes. You work for minimum wage — or less in many states, where “tips” count as formal earnings. The result is that unlike yesteryear’s jobs, a person’s income never rises. They just go on eking out a living most of their lives.

That’s the second thing that I and most good economists have feared — that this pandemic would harden wage stagnation, and amplify inequality
. What happens when more than 50% of Americans work low-income service jobs? Economically speaking, three things do. One, because incomes never rise, people accumulate no savings. Two, as incomes flatten, debt explodes. Three, as debt explodes, living right at the edge of bankruptcy becomes the new normal. That’s already where 80% of Americans are, living paycheck to paycheck. More than 50% of Americans working low-wage service jobs is going to push that already nightmarish statistic past breaking point. Maybe 90% of Americans will end up living at the edge. Maybe 95% will. Those are not numbers that can be called anything like a prosperous economy — even if the stock market booms, and Jeff Bezos and Zuck go on earning billions.

What happens to a nation of people whose incomes never rise? That brings me to the third thing that I’ve feared, right along with most good economists. Social upheaval. Political instability. The breakdown of society. You might say, looking at America, with a hundred thousand dead, and a lunatic in the Oval Office — “Buddy, we’re already there!” You’re right.

But this instability has been caused by yesterday’s broken economy. Sure, the stock market boomed, and the rich got richer. But behind the curtain — where too few cared to look — or maybe under the rug, terrible things were happening. The average American now died in debt, as — around 2010 or so — the middle class became a minority, for the first time in modern history.

American media doesn’t seem to understand the gravity of this statistic, so let me spell it out. The last time an entire nation died in debt, Weimar Germany became Nazi Germany. Germans owed unpayable debts to France and Britain. They couldn’t pay them. They fell into poverty. Amidst the chaos, Nazism arose. Hitler and his gang blamed the economic woes of the average German on…Jews. But Jews had nothing whatsoever to do with them. So what? The average German was spellbound by this story, this myth. And the rest is history — one of its grimmest chapters. Weimar Germany’s social collapse into Nazi Germany had economic roots. In the average German dying in debts he could never pay.

America is undergoing exactly the same process right now. The average American is saddled by debts he cannot repay. First, it’s “lunch debt,” then it’s “student debt,” then it’s credit card and mortgage debt, which becomes “medical debt.” The ones in quotes don’t even exist in other rich countries today. The only difference between Weimar Germany and America 2020 is that Americans don’t owe debts to other countries — they owe them to their own super-rich. The process is exactly the same. American incomes are now too low for the average American to ever pay off his debts.

The result is desperation, fear, anxiety, and rage. And so the socioeconomic effect is precisely the same as it was in Weimar Germany.
A crushing, staggering kind of social collapse, into hate, violence, and ruin. A demagogue emerged, who blamed the economic woes of the average American — which were very real — on Mexican, Latinos, Jews, Muslims, all of whom have nothing whatsoever to do with those woes. Trumpism was a direct consequence of America’s broken economy — and the American elite’s profound denial that it was and is broken.

Think about where America is today. Soldiers on the streets of Washington DC? A President calling for people to be shot in the streets? A nation terrorized? A world horrified by all this? It can all — all — be traced back to that single fatal statistic, the average American now dying in debt. That is how momentous — and how predictive, too — that figure is.

So what does it tell us, about the future? That if the average American keeps dying in debt, more and more social collapse is on the horizon. That today’s Donald Trump will be tomorrow’s Ivanka or Eric or worse. That American authoritarianism isn’t some kind of temporary anomaly, but that it’s here to stay. Nations don’t withstand economic tides. They’re like tsunamis. There’s no protection from them. There’s only prevention.

What kind of prevention? The stimulus that Congress passed supported American households and business for just one week. After that, businesses were given loans, to help tide them over. But a loan that keeps piling up debt — when Americans’ debt is already unpayable — isn’t much good. It only helps you go bankrupt that much faster.

Customers aren’t returning. The experience of states who reopened early, like Georgia, has been palpable. You can force people “back to work” — one reason the unemployment rate hasn’t hit 25% yet. But you can’t make anyone spend money. That’s what the chart above says. It’s more important than unemployment, because it’s predictive. At many stores and businesses, drop-offs of customers of 50% or more are still very much the norm.

People are staying home for three reasons. One, the pandemic is still spreading, and sane people don’t want to get sick. Two, people have been laid off, and they don’t have money to spend. Three, they’re prioritizing all those unapayable debts.

Confidence hasn’t returned to the economy.
In fact, there’s no real sign of confidence returning to the economy. Debt-saddled Americans, who already live at the edge, are being pushed over it, by the inadequate government response to a pandemic. As a result, spending isn’t recovering, and unemployment — the real rate — is still rising.

All that calls for what I and ever other good economist have literally been begging for. More, bigger stimulus. What should you do if you see unemployment still rising and spending still falling? If you don’t want depression to be your fate, you must stimulate. This time, for longer than the equivalent of one week.

America is sleepwalking into a depression. The hype in the headlines is just that, hype. Glance just the tiniest bit deeper, and the truth is troubling. The economy is still imploding. All it’s key indicators are still blinking red. Nothing, right about now, is being done about it. And that, my friends, is a recipe for social collapse to lengthen, harden, and twist into the stuff of epic tragedy.

Umair
June 2020

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K-Dog Off Leash Newz / Parallax View
« on: April 20, 2020, 10:31:26 AM »
An interesting video and an interesting You Tube channel.

I'm also interested in what the space alien news has to say too.  India is about to get buggered by Covid-19 and the group that owns this You Tube wants to write history their way.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/r_q5c7wSgNU" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/r_q5c7wSgNU</a>

Diners will enjoy this video.  Having the government encourage racism.  Who koda knowd.  Glad it can't happen here!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/0CC6ChW-CQg" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/0CC6ChW-CQg</a>

Covid is going to make Trump more popular in India than he is here.

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K-Dog Off Leash Newz / Heros of the Revolution
« on: March 24, 2020, 07:34:45 PM »

Greta Thunberg says she may have had covid-19 and has self-isolated

Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2238364-greta-thunberg-says-she-may-have-had-covid-19-and-has-self-isolated/#ixzz6Hf4K2z2r




Greta Thunberg says she and her father, Swedish actor Svante Thunberg, appear to have been infected by the coronavirus.

In an interview with New Scientist, the climate change campaigner said they had both experienced some symptoms of covid-19 after a recent train tour of Europe together. The pair were travelling before restrictions were imposed in several countries.

However, she stressed that neither of them have been tested for the virus, as Sweden is only testing people with the most severe symptoms and those in at-risk groups.

Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2238364-greta-thunberg-says-she-may-have-had-covid-19-and-has-self-isolated/#ixzz6Hf4VcJjO

“I came home from central Europe and then I isolated myself from the beginning, because I thought I might as well, as I’ve been on trains and so I don’t want to put anyone else at risk,” she said. “But I started feeling some symptoms after a few days. At the same time, my father was feeling much more intense symptoms.”

The 17-year-old said she wants to tell people how easy it is to transmit the disease without knowing you have it. Researchers have found that many cases globally have been asymptomatic.

“The important thing is, I didn’t basically feel that I was ill. It could be that I was feeling unusually tired, I was coughing a bit,” she said. “That also is very dangerous because you don’t know you have it. If I wouldn’t have been for my father getting it at the same time and much more intense than me, I might not even have noticed it, that I was sick.”

She said it is a reminder of why it is important for people to follow the social-distancing measures imposed by governments. “That is something I want to communicate, that many people don’t feel symptoms at all, or very mild symptoms, but it can still be contagious. So you have to really practice social distancing whether you feel ill or not,” she says.

While neither she nor her father have been tested because of Sweden’s approach, Thunberg said it would be surprising if it isn’t covid-19. “So of course I’m not 100 per cent sure I have got it. But it would have been very strange if it would have been something else, because it just fits very [well]. Especially my father’s reaction, it’s exactly fitting with the symptoms.”

Thunberg, who started her school strike outside the Swedish parliament in August 2018 to demand far more ambitious action on climate change from the country’s government, took part in her 83rd strike last week. The movement behind the walkouts, Fridays for Future, has told strikers to conduct protests virtually due to the pandemic, which Thunberg said was a collective decision taken at an emergency remote meeting.

Thunberg is pleased with how strikers responded to the call to stay off the streets. “I think people have been very good at that within the movement, respecting each other and people in risk groups. Even though we are young and are not primarily the ones targeted by this virus, we still stand in solidarity with those in risk groups, and I think that is a very beautiful thing.”

Thunberg said the pandemic and climate emergency shouldn’t be compared, because both of them need to handled together. “One does not outrule the other,” she said.

However, she added: “The corona[virus] crisis really shows that our current societies are unsustainable. If one virus can wipe out the entire economy in a matter of weeks and shut down societies, then that is a proof that our societies are not very resilient. It also shows that once we are in an emergency, we can act and we can change our behaviour quickly. And as long as we have solidarity and common sense, we will get through any crisis.”







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K-Dog Off Leash Newz / Don't tell anybody. They kill prophets here.
« on: March 23, 2020, 09:31:17 PM »
How does the virus spread?

Truckers.



How do I know?  I just went to look at the map.



You can see the little red dots from new cases are following interstates.  The dots line up.  In time the above pattern will be lost as cases spread evenly across the land but right now there is a very clear pattern.  First COVID flew in  landing at multiple locations.  Once in it then found its way into interstate trucking and spread across the land.  The cross contamination between the airline and trucking industries likely happened at airports.

Somebody tell Trump.

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K-Dog Off Leash Newz / Time for Solidarity
« on: March 15, 2020, 08:43:21 PM »
If you know what solidarity is.  If you know what solidarity is you are pissed and you know it is past time for ass to be kicked.

Fed Intervened to Prevent Financial Crisis, Not to Save the Stock Market

Last Thursday, the U.S. Federal Reserve made a dramatic move to stabilize the financial system that many thought represented a stock market bailout. The Twitter-world was fast to call it a bailout with some tweeters suggesting if the Fed has enough money to bail out the stock market then why not those ordinary folks holding student loan debt or common mortgages. However, the real reason the Fed injected about $1.5 trillion into the debt markets was to keep them from collapsing in the face of the rapidly spreading coronavirus mania.

Were the debt markets on the brink of collapse? We’ll never know, but what we do know is the call was close enough to cause the Fed to take aggressive action. It also highlights how fast conditions can change even in a highly regulated marketplace. It was important for the Fed to act quickly because of lessons learned during the 2008-2009 financial crisis, where credit markets seized up, ultimately putting a couple of major brokerage firms out of business, forcing mergers and leading to the biggest bailout of the U.S. financial markets in history.

In short, the Fed did not flood the market with cash to save the benchmark S&P 500 Index from crashing or widely-held Amazon shares from wiping out small-investor 401K accounts. Its aggressive move was not meant to save the few, but to save the many from a major collapse of the vital Treasury market. This move was designed to prevent another financial crisis.

Every day, small banks, big banks, brokerage firms, hedge funds, money markets and the Federal Reserve participate in the repurchase agreement or repo market. The world’s financial institutions use this type of transaction to fund themselves using government debt as collateral. Due to the excessive demand for Treasurys, liquidity has become a major issue. Essentially, if the repo market seizes up for some reason, much of the financial system will cease to function. This occurred during the 2008 financial crisis which is often described as a “run on the repo market.”

So the Fed didn’t bailout the market last week, it provided liquidity to a major market that became less liquid as financial firms gobbled up safe-haven Treasurys as protection during the coronavirus crisis that turned our bull markets into bear markets in a matter of weeks.

With the major investors taking cash out of the markets by buying Treasurys, the Fed made a move to address this shortage by putting cash back into the market.

I wrote on March 10 that investors should ignore the headlines and focus on the direction of Treasury yields. “Looking at the short-term, stocks could continue to retrace their recent break if yields continue to rise. That’s the simplest forecast.”

Stocks closed lower last week, but Treasury yields moved higher. Some of the selling in the stock market was related to investors making adjustments to lower earnings. This is normal. What isn’t normal is a stock market crash and that aggressive selling was being fueled by fears of a financial crisis, not only a recession.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/l_LeJfn_qW0" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/l_LeJfn_qW0</a>

https://www.nasdaq.com/articles/fed-intervened-to-prevent-financial-crisis-not-to-save-the-stock-market-2020-03-15


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K-Dog Off Leash Newz / It is time
« on: February 22, 2020, 08:31:31 PM »

Along with climate change, resource depletion, earth­quakes, hunger, poverty, and other natural disasters new individualists resisting domestication will take on the eco-collapse challenge. Mindful of those who show the way and those who have gone before. We are entering an age of extremes where leftist illusions and conservative platitudes can't show us a way to a promised land.  We must lead ourselves.

Desiring unity we encounter the individualist.  Our invis­ible menace.  Immune from considerations of the herd they embrace darkness in thought, desire and soul.  Yet in spite of them there will be pockets of destructive refusal.  Sparks in darkness.  Tears in rain.


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K-Dog Off Leash Newz / Ciimate.....Just The Facts
« on: February 09, 2020, 04:36:45 PM »
BAU only requires the public to believe that dangerous global warming is decades away.  That global warming is on the burn can't be denied any longer and new denialist propaganda and its authors are adapting to the times.  All they have to do is kick the can down the road.

Consier this list:

Key elements of a sustainable energy future include:

  •     A substantial increase in energy efficiency
  •     A successful transition from conventional to renewable energy
  •     Maintenance of the earth's ecological systems and the life-supporting services they provide
  •     Equitable distribution of energy services to different segments of the population, both internationally and within nations.

It is not my list.  This is a list of new climate denialism.  It is a list that elite billionaires and anyone else committed to business as usual can love.

Highly sophisticate websites now proport to furnish detailed climate info that shows the earth won't reach 1.5 degrees C of warming for another 45 years.

Lets, see?

CarbonBrief which put  out this junk science and false technical statement:
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The most common one used by the IPCC is something called ECS. ECS stands for Equilibrium Climate Sensitivity.  The rule of thumb being used these days is that for every doubling of CO2 we get a 3 degree rise in temperature .

Really ladies and gentlemen?  if global CO2 has to rise to over 800 ppm before we 3 degrees more warming lets all party on.

 :multiplespotting:

CarbonBrief

Is exclusively funded by:

https://europeanclimate.org/

which is funded by:

https://www.bloomberg.org/

Among others.

The list after I rework it.  Too bad I don't have billionaire funding.

Key elements of a sustainable energy future include:

  •     A substantial increase in energy efficiency coupled with rationing. 

    Jevon's theorem says this is the way it has to be or use accelerates.
  •     A successful transition from conventional to renewable energy.

    Means an end to global industrial civilization as we know it.  There is no other way.
  •     Maintenance of the earth's ecological systems and the life-supporting services they provide.

    Can only be done by a commitment to reducing population and by immediate arrest of all ongoing environmental destructions.
  •     Equitable distribution of energy services to different segments of the population, both internationally and within nations.

      This statement is added at the end because the enemy does it.  It always sounds so damn good.

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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

https://apnews.com/add7a702258b4419d796aa5f48e577fc

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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.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/Z-JgEgvXe-k" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/Z-JgEgvXe-k</a>

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K-Dog Off Leash Newz / Interesting videos
« on: December 17, 2019, 10:27:14 AM »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/Fnnz8l2evWA" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/Fnnz8l2evWA</a>

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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<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/no7W50CdKEo" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/no7W50CdKEo</a>

This speaks for itself.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/EMwfv_syQnM" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/EMwfv_syQnM</a>


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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

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/01/donald-trump-like-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

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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. 

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/3SPiXBSjc-4" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/3SPiXBSjc-4</a>

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:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/XKVmpJaMffM" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/XKVmpJaMffM</a>

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.


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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.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/articles/empowered-women-pave-way-economic-progress/?utm_source=ods&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=wwr

In the

Washington Examiner, Anna Giaritelli
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/border-patrol-agent-human-smugglers-running-radio-ads-in-central-american-countries

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
https://thehill.com/policy/finance/441135-consumer-spending-rose-in-march-at-highest-rate-in-close-to-a-decade

. “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
https://www.whitehouse.gov/articles/opportunity-zones-new-dawn-economic-opportunity/?utm_source=ods&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=wwr

 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!

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

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