Friday, 18 August 2017

Sane Progreeive about the elevation of hate

A sane voice from the progressive Left

Media Elevates War Mongers, Tortures to Denounce Hate?! What?

Teodrose Fikre - Great historical perspective and takes on current agendas:

Maxim Group:

Brennan Gilmore now Writing for Politico:
interview with MSNBC

This has the links to history and former involvement with Lord's Army Issues at the State Department:

On what Kony was ACTUALLY ABOUT:
CIA Veterans on Russia Lies:

Links here on the election manipulation I mentioned - go to video description:

That moment when the Ann Frank Center Twitters Out John Brennan to talk about lasting harm to society:

James Corbett Series on Boiling Frog Post:

Bush War Mongering Criminals Now


Rep. Rohrabacher Says Assange Could Be Pardoned For Info About DNC Leak Source

SETH RICH WAS WIKILEAKS SOURCE: Kim Dotcom, Rohrabacher, Forensicator, Bill Binney Agree On Leak

California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Wednesday in an effort to obtain information about the source of a leak of Democratic officials’ emails.

Rohrabacher told The Daily Caller in an exclusive interview Thursday that Assange is hoping to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he is currently in asylum, and that during the meeting they explored “what might be necessary to get him out.”

The congressman told TheDC that “if [Assange] is going to give us a big favor, he would obviously have to be pardoned to leave the Ecuadorian embassy.” Assange took asylum in the embassy in August 2012 after facing sexual assault charges in Sweden. The Justice Department also reportedly wants to charge Assange for helping Edward Snowden, a former NSA analyst, leak thousands of classified documents.

He has information that will be of dramatic importance to the United States and the people of our country as well as to our government,” Rohrabacher said. “Thus if he comes up with that, you know he’s going to expect something in return. He can’t even leave the embassy to get out to Washington to talk to anybody if he doesn’t have a pardon. Obviously there is an issue there that needs to be dealt with, but we haven’t come to any conclusion yet.”

The U.S. intelligence community has said Russia was involved in the hacking and leaking of emails from the Democratic National Committee during the presidential election. Assange has continued to maintain that Russia was not WikiLeaks’ source and has long maintained that he would never reveal a source.

Rohrabacher has been maligned by opponents for being too favorable to the Russian government, and was called “Putin’s favorite congressman” by Politico. He told TheDC that these attacks are due to people’s efforts to “obscure information that would be damaging to their political positions.”

They can’t fool the American people all the time, especially if there’s some dramatic information that would expose this monstrous fraud that has been perpetrated on the American people and thus undermining an elected president and his ability to take the responsibility given to him by the voters,” Rohrabacher stated.

The California congressman met with Assange along with conservative journalist Charles C. Johnson. Johnson is frequently attacked as just an internet troll, but he is well-connected to several key political figures. He told TheDC that he arranged the meeting between Rohrabacher and Assange.

Rohrabacher told TheDC that Johnson “stepped in as a friend” to help him on his overseas trip. The congressman went to London on his own dime and Rohrabacher is the first U.S. representative to visit Assange.

A pardon of Assange would have to come directly from President Donald Trump, and Rohrabacher told TheDC, “I can’t remember if I have spoken to anybody in the White House about this.”

The congressman has yet to receive the information that has been promised to him by Assange, but he said he is confident he will receive it.

If I had to bet on it, I would bet that we are going to get the information that will be mind-boggling and of major historical significance,” Rohrabacher said. He said if it is significant enough, he will bring it directly to Trump.

And there has already been some indication that the president will be very anxious to hear what I have to say if that is the determination that I make,” Rohrabacher added.

Trump has continued to maintain that someone other than Russia could have been the source of the leaked mails.

From the Hill 

Assange meets US congressman, vows to prove Russia did not leak him documents

Tsunamis in strange places

2017 the year of the rogue tsunami: Tsunami's in strange places...Iran Holland Greenland and more not thought to have been caused by a quake!

17 August, 2017

A video by DAHBOO777 showing a series of events which took place in South America and South Africa sometime around August 10th was sent into me by Chessie Crow Gartmayer showing a terrifying tsunami along the west coast of Africa which was not caused by a quake.

A drastic amount of sea water receded from several places along the South American coast.

He also claims he caught a huge wave anomaly over this region around this same time shown on a MIMIC Radar System.

On the other side of the ocean, people witnessed huge waves crashes, (Tsunami) crashing into the shores along South Africa's western coast, you can find the video

The video alerted my attention to the fact that the tsunami along the South African coast is only one of many rogue tsunamis which The Big Wobble has reported this year.

Back in March 2017, reports of a tsunami hitting South Iran on the internet appeared to be incorrect, as no quake large or small has not been registered in the area yesterday. 

However large waves were filmed smashing into the port city of Dayyer in the southern Iranian province of Bushehr where at least one person has lost his life and five others were reported missing.

Search and relief operations were ongoing to establish the fate of the five missing with divers deployed to the scene.

Deputy Interior Minister and Head of the National Disaster Management Organization Esmaeil Najjar told IRNA that the incident in Dayyer and Assaluyeh damaged several residential homes, boats and shpis.

He added that the waves were estimated to be more than three meters high.

What caused the waves remains a mystery.

Photo Photo Press Tv showing the devastation after the tsunami...

Back in June and just a few miles from where I live footage emerged of a tsunami hitting the coast of The Netherlands catching beachgoers off guard with a seven foot tidal wave.

According to local media, the phenomenon is so rare that it is the first time it has been so well filmed and documented.

The first reports of an approaching tidal wave of a medium height were at around 5.45am on Monday morning.

In footage shot from the balcony of a flat in the coastal resort of Zandvoort, the wave can be seen sweeping away beach chairs, boats and parasols.

The man filming is heard saying 'a tsunami!' multiple times in disbelief at what he is seeing.

You can see the video below.

Also in June four people are 4 people where reported dead along with 39 homes swept into the sea after a tsunami hit Greenland's west coast, police have said.

The surge of water is also reported to have swept away 11 homes in the village of Nuugaatsiaq. Police chief Bjorn Tegner Bay said he was unable to confirmed there had been fatalities, according to KNR, Greenland's broadcasting corporation.

The authorities were not sure weather a small rare earthquake  caused the tsunami or a landslide.

According to the police chief, it struck off Uummannaq, a small island well above the Arctic Circle. Meteorologist Trine Dahl Jensen told Danish news agency Ritzau that for such an earthquake to hit Greenland was "not normal", as she warned of the risk of aftershocks.

See the video below.

Incredible huge tsunami waves rolled into Durban beachfront, South Africa, freak waves rolling into Durban beachfront on Sunday 12 March 2017… as rough seas battered the KwaZulu-Natal coastal resort in South Africa.

Locals could be seen fleeing the beach as huge wave broke onto the shore front, see below.
Photo Craig Dove

Thursday, 17 August 2017

NZ' sorry record on reporting climate change

This article is a year old but holds true (even more so) now.

Changing the journalism of climate change

1 May, 2017

Claims that the government "cheated" on carbon emissions made headlines recently, but those in the know said this was actually old news. It's a sign reporting on the issue needs to change, an international expert in climate change journalism tells Mediawatch.

Listen to podcast HERE

Paula Bennett in New York questioned on New Zealand's used of "junk carbon credits" by TVNZ's Q+A show last weekend Photo: screenshot

When Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett signed a global climate change agreement at the UN in New York on Earth Day, she said it was "a huge achievement" for New Zealand.

But lately the headlines here have highlighted how little New Zealand has achieved in cutting emissions.

Paula Bennett had told the UN New Zealand was aiming for 90 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2025, but on Tuesday RNZ reported industry insiders saying that was highly unlikely.

And even before she left for New  York, the government's emissions policy was under fire

"The government can no longer bluff its way with the help of unreliable carbon credits,” the Dominion Post said in a strongly-worded editorial.

The paper wasn’t alone in castigating the government over the trade in so-called junk carbon credits overseas.

How did this come to light?

"We Cheated!" screamed the cover of last week’s New Zealand Listener magazine, advertising a dramatic lead story about "dodgy credits" which had "done nothing to reduce emissions".

Back in October last year, prior to the Paris climate change summit, Listener writer Rebecca Macfie wrote another detailed cover story for the magazine - and an even longer one for the magazine’s website - which said companies here were importing so-called joint initiative credits from countries including Ukraine and Russia.

Overseas research, she wrote, had concluded "in 80 percent of cases ... these credits have little or no environmental integrity".

That finding was at the heart of the recent Listener cover story too, but some said the "carbon cheat" claims were not news.

No surprise?

"I waded through the Listener article on how New Zealand has rorted  - and been rorted by - the Emissions Trading Scheme over the past eight years. And by the end of it, I thought: 'No kidding I saw that coming,' said Andrew Dickens, in a comment piece for Newstalk ZB’s website.

The 'shock horror' reaction to the report dubbing New Zealand a 'carbon cheat' this week is hardly news," editor Pattrick Smellie said in an opinion piece for Fairfax Media. He said there was an outcry about the so-called junk carbon credits earlier, and their purchase had already been banned in New Zealand.

So why no headlines back then then? Pattrick Smellie wrote:

"The issue was complex and barely covered in mainstream media. Hence the belated outrage today, thanks to racy packaging by the Morgan Foundation."

Publishing in partnership

It was indeed economist Gareth Morgan's foundation which 'broke' the story about the scale of the purchases, in partnership with the Listener. The story made wider news the following Monday when the magazine appeared in print, and the full Morgan Foundation report appeared online along with an article in The Spinoff .
Some jourmalists had pointed out the problem of junk carbon credits long ago. A year ago, the New Zealand Herald’s economics editor Brian Fallow wrote
It seems the Government plans to rely heavily on a hoard of cheap, low-quality carbon credits to meet its current climate change target. Or at least pretend to meet it. But if that is the plan - its achieved by completely subverting the Emissions Trading Scheme.

And way back in 2003, Brian Fallow wrote this in The Herald:
A carbon credit is a creature of the Kyoto Protocol and will have no value unless it comes into force. That will happen if and only if Russia ratifies it. If Russia does ratify the question then will be how much of its "hot air" credits get released into the market.

Quite a lot were, and New Zealand companies were in the market for them

But if a dodgy practice undermining New Zealand's carbon emissions policy went mostly unreported until the Morgan Foundation got involved this month - why? 

Professor Robert A Hackett is an international expert on journalism and climate change, and was in Wellington this week speaking about the topic.

He told Mediawatch he was alarmed the media did little to bring the apparent rorting of New Zealand's emissions trading scheme to public attention while it was still going on.

"Carbon trading is rife with scams. Journalists should be surveying the scene for developments we need to know about. It should have been the responsibility of journalists to tell that story and make it interesting," said Prof Hackett, from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.

The public interest - and what interests the public

Online tools now allow editors to know precisely how popular their stories prove to be with online audiences. Naturally, they want more of the content people click on and less of the rest.

Articles about environmental threats on the horizon, it appears, rarely harvest a lot of online traffic.

Last week, New Zealand Herald science reporter Jamie Morton pointed outthe Morgan Foundation Report wasn’t the only alarming climate research released in recent days. Another recent release was a Royal Society report, warning even modest rises in sea levels climate change could swamp significant areas of coastal New Zealand - but this was not widely reported in the media here.

"This hinders reporting of climate change," said Prof Hackett. "Research in Canada shows that people concerned about climate change - but who are not yet politically active on the issue - want climate treated as a a matter of politics, not just of science, environment or technology."

Journalists reporting on all these areas should be tasked by editors with covering climate stories together.

Better and stronger together

"We shouldn't just leave this up to journalists battling against economic retrenchment," Prof Hackett added. "You need to find ways to sustain and finance public interest journalism. In Canada, for example, we are exploring tax-exemptions for non-profit journalism organisations."

In the 1990s, a public journalism movement brought some US news organisations together to report major issues. Prof Hackett said the recent co-operative effort that went into the Panama Papers could also be a model to follow.

There have been some shifts. Before 2000, the reporting of climate change in the US was hamstrung by concerns about balance, with contrary views from climate skeptics often given equal weight.

"This confused the American public about the consensus among the majority of climate scientists. The US press has [now] moved away from fake balance," Prof Hackett said.

"If genuine climate scientists start questioning their own theories, that should be reported ... But there's a difference between skepticism based on science and opposition based on ideology or vested interests."

Listen to podcast HERE

Record temperatures in western Nunavut hub of Cambridge Bay, Canada

"Such warm Arctic temperatures reflect recent findings in the 2016 State of the Environment, the annual summary of the global climate, from the American Meteorological Society, released Aug. 11, that says the Arctic is "is warming at more than twice the rate of lower latitudes."

"In 2016, the average temperature of land surfaces north of 60 was two degrees Celcius above the 1981 to 2010 average, breaking the previous record of 2007, 2011, and 2015 by 0.8 C, the report said. That represents a 3.5 C increase since record-keeping began in 1900, said the report, which includes a special section on the Arctic."

Nunavut locals cooling off in the Arctic ocean as warm records tumble in the High Arctic islands

15 August, 2017

Unseasonably warm temperatures over the past weekend saw people in the western Nunavut hub of Cambridge Bay heading out to their cabins or the beach, where some even dipped into the Arctic Ocean to cool off.

However, it wasn't so long ago-for example, in 1974, according to Environment Canada-that you could expect to find snow on the ground at this time of year.
Recently, temperatures have been rising 10 degrees or more above normal ranges for this time of year in Nunavut's Kitikmeot region and the High Arctic islands, where the weekend's heat wave broke Environment Canada records.
Cambridge Bay's high temperature of 22 C on Aug. 11 broke the previous high temperature of 20.5 C for that day, recorded in 2013.

Temperatures remained warm in Cambridge Bay throughout the weekend-21.6 C on Aug. 12 (breaking the previous high of 21.4 C from 2013) and on Aug. 13, when the high reached 21.9 C (breaking the previous high of 18.9 C set in 1949).
Taloyoak's high of of 21.8 C and Kugaaruk's high of 22.8 C on Aug. 12 also broke records for the day.

Kugaaruk's even-warmer high of 24.3 C on Aug. 13 then broke the previous high record temperature of 21 C, set on that date in 1985.

On Aug. 12, the hottest spot went to Bathurst Inlet where the mercury rose to 33.5 C, breaking the station record of 32.2 C set in in 2013

 Kugluktuk also saw a high, but not record-breaking, temperature of 26.6 C on Aug. 10-with more warmth, and a high of 21 C predicted by Environment Canada for Aug. 14.

Pond Inlet and Arctic Bay, with temperatures of 18.3 C and 18.4 C respectively, on Aug. 13, also broke previous recorded temperatures for that date.

Today Iqaluit is also set to enjoy some above-average temperatures, with Environment Canada forecasting a high of 16 C-six degrees above the usual 10 C temperature for Aug. 14.

Such warm Arctic temperatures reflect recent findings in the 2016 State of the Environment, the annual summary of the global climate, from the American Meteorological Society, released Aug. 11, that says the Arctic is "is warming at more than twice the rate of lower latitudes."

In 2016, the average temperature of land surfaces north of 60 was two degrees Celcius above the 1981 to 2010 average, breaking the previous record of 2007, 2011, and 2015 by 0.8 C, the report said. That represents a 3.5 C increase since record-keeping began in 1900, said the report, which includes a special section on the Arctic.

"Rapid change is occurring throughout the Arctic environmental system," the report said, with many signals indicating that the "Arctic environment continues to be influenced by long-term upward trends in air temperature."

Floods in north and south India

Biblical amounts of rain: Nearly 3 times the monthly ave 184mm or almost 7 inches drench Bangalore overnight the highest recorded amount ever


the Big Wobble,

16 August, 2017

When Bengalore went to sleep on Monday night, the city had received 44.8mm of rain for August. When it woke up on Tuesday morning, that figure had risen by 128.7mm - the highest rainfall in a day since 1890, according to the Met department.

It made up nearly 300% of the rain expected over the entire month, pouring down on the city from 11pm on Monday to 4am on Tuesday.

The highest-ever rainfall recorded in the city in a day was on August 27, 1890, when Bengalore received 162.1mm of rain, the monthly ave for Sept August is 62.8 mm.

According to the Karnataka State Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSDMC), that record was broken on Tuesday.

It said the city received 184mm of rain since Monday night, the highest being recorded in Bilekahalli. The overnight rain flooded several parts of the city, submerging parking lots and entire road stretches, and snapped power in vast swathes since the early hours of Tuesday

The Yediyur lake breached a retaining wall, while foam from the Bellandur lake flowed to neighbouring localities.

Over 40 rescue boats came out in ST Bed area of Koramangala, while the fire department was called to flush out water from apartments in HSR Layout, Koramangala, Jayanagar and Bannerghatta Road, among other areas.

At least 26 trees were uprooted.

Wildlife volunteers received panic calls as snakes entered homes in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, JP Nagar, Nagarabhavi, Thanisandra, Uttarahalli and Puttenahalli.

Floods continue to batter Bihar, several dead

The situation in Bihar continued to remain grim with the death toll climbing to 72. The flood has affected nearly 73.44 lakh people across 14 districts. Several parts of the state continue to be inundated following incessant rains in Nepal and northern part of the state.