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As the US, EU shrink, Russia grows: In 2020 the US was the worlds largest oil and gas producer

Marc Morano is On Fire

The man from Climate Depot


Morano: ‘In 2020, the United States was back to 1952 with energy, not just independence, but energy dominance’

MORANO: “We are already seeing – the first part of it is in California, $6 a gallon. Gas is already up a dollar. Estimates are seven, $8 a gallon possible with recession if Putin, who we’ve given all of this power to by literally shutting down U.S. domestic energy.

Just a little history lesson here. In 2020, the United States was back to 1952 with energy, not just independence, but energy dominance. We were the world’s largest oil and gas producer. More energy exports and imports, more energy production than consumption and we hadn’t done that since Harry Truman was president. Joe Biden came in at he said the first thing he wanted to do was jail fossil fuel executives. Biden’s energy secretary had done a video singing about no more gasoline, The is world aflame due to global warming.

Biden – by the way – Biden – I’m sorry, Obama’s energy secretary (Chu) said he wanted European-style gas prices. So what happened as he started shutting down the Keystone pipelinebanning drilling on federal lands and Anwar, and defunding energy projects through banks through environmental social governance (ESG). All sorts of things.

So a war on fossil fuels happens. We are now in a much, much weaker position one year into this administration to where now Vladimir Putin is the direct beneficiary of all this. And you can’t keep Europe out of this. Europe is many years ahead of their version of a disastrous Green New Deal. One professor in Europe actually said it’s typical Marxist garbage — what they’ve engaged in. Europe began shutting down their energy, so the whole world has been empowering basically three places. The Middle East for the OPECChina, and now of course Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

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91 comments to As the US, EU shrink, Russia grows: In 2020 the US was the worlds largest oil and gas producer

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    David Maddison

    There is a direct relationship between cheap energy production and consumption and standard of living.

    The more inexpensive energy consumed, the higher one’s standard of living because the energy is used to make things, or transport things or keep you warm or cool, etc..

    And no, random energy producers like wind and solar subsidy farms don’t count because the energy is expensive and not available on demand. Plus random energy has to be rationed or consumption reduced such as by investing in new, less energy consuming and more expensive infrastructure and equipment.

    I’d say that whereas real on-demand energy such as fossil fuels, nuclear and proper hydro (not Snowy Hydro 2 which is an energy consumer not producer) provides a higher standard of living, the more random energy you have, the lower standard of living. But I guess, THAT’S THE PLAN, ISN’T IT?

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    OldOzzie

    Putin was playing Biden all along

    The U.S. president and his aides thought they could manage Putin. Their calculations were dead wrong.

    And Nahar Toosi argues that Biden’s still getting played by Putin, even after the invasion:

    Everyone’s begging to differ at this point, because Biden’s failure to grasp the moment is so obvious. He’s still working from the incrementalist playbook while Putin’s openly running the imperialist playbook. That clear disconnect and impotence will not just dampen any potential for a rally effect, but will likely accelerate the confidence-crisis cascade that began with Biden’s disgraceful retreat from Afghanistan and abandonment of thousands of Americans to the Taliban. And in this case, that’s not just a rational reaction but one well-earned by Biden and his administration.

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      Forrest Gardener

      The thing which makes me skeptical of almost all political writing is that they pretend Biden is somehow in command of his mental faculties rather than an avatar used by forces who prefer to remain in the shadows.

      In this quote it refers to “Biden’s disgraceful retreat”. I don’t believe he had any idea what others were doing in his name.

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        David Maddison

        That’s why I always refer to Biden’s puppeteers or handlers, recognising that Biden is too demented to even know what day it is. Although, he is not very smart (but still evil) so dementia or not, he still wouldn’t be qualified for US President.

        If he wasn’t US President, he’d be at home with regular nursing assistance visits or in the dementia ward of a nursing home.

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      OldOzzie

      Peace Through Begging: Biden Wasted Months Asking China to Stop Putin

      With the Biden administration finding itself in yet another foreign policy crisis as Putin’s troops fight to take Ukraine, more information is coming to light about what President Biden and his aides did in its attempts to stave off an invasion. Predictably, the news isn’t good.

      According to a Friday report in The New York Times, the Biden administration was leaning heavily on China — that other bad actor currently engaged in a genocide against its own people and openly hostile toward the free world — to try and talk Putin out of rolling Ukraine. Of course, though, President Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party was not receptive to doing the bidding of the United States, and China “rebuffed” Biden’s pleas for help.

      The Biden administration’s decision to abandon attempts to leverage U.S. power to check Putin’s ambitions and try to have China talk to its authoritarian thug friends in Russia wasn’t a last-ditch effort, either. As The Times reports, the decision to seek China’s help took place “over three months” during which “senior Biden administration officials held half a dozen urgent meetings with top Chinese officials in which the Americans presented intelligence showing Russia’s troop buildup around Ukraine and beseeched the Chinese to tell Russia not to invade.”

      While it’s unclear exactly how Biden thought begging an evil empire to help slow the roll of another evil empire might go, it didn’t go well. China told Biden to buzz off and unsurprisingly ran to tell Moscow about the Biden administration’s plan that did little more than allow China and Russia to strengthen ties with each other — and that’s more bad news for the United States.

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      max

      Paul Craig Roberts:
      Think back to 2014 when the US overthrew the Ukrainian government and installed a neo-Nazi regime. The neocons were smirking, laughing at how easy it was to buffalo the Russians. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland publicly bragged about how the US had spent $5 billion dollars preparing the overthrow of Ukraine. Much cheering of how Ukraine would now be used to destabilize Russia and seize the Russian Black Sea naval base.

      After a long frustrating, humiliating 8 years of trying to get the West’s attention that this was not a scheme Russia could accept, and after one last effort which got nowhere, Russia has acted.

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        OldOzzie

        Ukraine’s Deadly Gamble

        By tying itself to a reckless and dangerous America, the Ukrainians made a blunder that client states will study for years to come

        Russian President Vladimir Putin chose this war, Joe Biden said in his Thursday afternoon speech to America regarding the conflict in Ukraine. That is true, but U.S. elites also had something to do with Putin’s ugly and destructive choice—a role that Democrats and Republicans are eager to paper over with noble-sounding rhetoric about the bravery of Ukraine’s badly outgunned military. Yes, the Ukrainian soldiers standing up to Putin are very brave, but it was Americans that put them in harm’s way by using their country as a weapon, first against Russia and then against each other, with little consideration for the Ukrainian people who are now paying the price for America’s folly.

        It is not an expression of support for Putin’s grotesque actions to try to understand why it seemed worthwhile for him to risk hundreds of billions of dollars, the lives of thousands of servicemen, and the possible stability of his own regime in order to invade his neighbor. After all, Putin’s reputation until this moment has always been as a shrewd ex-KGB man who eschewed high-risk gambles in favor of sure things backed by the United States, like entering Syria and then escalating forces there. So why has he adopted exactly the opposite strategy here, and chosen the road of open high-risk confrontation with the American superpower?

        Yes, Putin wants to prevent NATO from expanding to Russia’s border. But the larger answer is that he finds the U.S. government’s relationship with Ukraine genuinely threatening. That’s because for nearly two decades, the U.S. national security establishment under both Democratic and Republican administrations has used Ukraine as an instrument to destabilize Russia, and specifically to target Putin.

        While the timing of Putin’s attack on Ukraine is no doubt connected to a variety of factors, including the Russian dictator’s read on U.S. domestic politics and the preferences of his own superpower sponsor in Beijing, the sense that Ukraine poses a meaningful threat to Russia is not a product of Putin’s paranoia—or of a sudden desire to restore the power and prestige of the Soviet Union, however much Putin might wish for that to happen. Rather, it is a geopolitical threat that has grown steadily more pressing and been employed with greater recklessness by Americans and Ukrainians alike over the past decade.

        That Ukraine has allowed itself to be used as a pawn against a powerful neighbor is in part the fault of Kyiv’s reckless and corrupt political class. But Ukraine is not a superpower that owes allies and client-states judicious leadership—that’s the role of the United States. And in that role, the United States has failed Ukraine. More broadly, the use of Ukraine as a goad against enemies domestic and foreign has recklessly damaged the failing yet necessary European security architecture that America spent 75 years building and maintaining.

        Why can’t the American security establishment shoulder responsibility for its role in the tragedy unfolding in Ukraine?

        Because to discuss American responsibility openly would mean exposing the national security establishment’s role in two separate, destructive coups: the first, in 2014, targeting the government of Ukraine, and the second, starting two years later, the government of the United States.

        In February 2014, the protests forced Yanukovych into exile in Moscow. Consequently, Nuland and other Obama administration officials worked to assemble a new Ukrainian government friendly to the United States and therefore hostile to Russia.

        In late February, the Russians responded to the American soft coup in Ukraine by invading Crimea and eventually annexing it and creating chaos in Eastern Ukraine. The Obama administration declined to arm the Ukrainian government. It was right to avoid conflict with Moscow, though by leaving Kyiv defenseless, it showed that the White House had never fully gamed out all the possible scenarios that might ensue from setting a client state on course for conflict with a great power. Instead, Obama and the Europeans highlighted their deadly miscalculation by imposing sanctions on Moscow for taking advantage of the conditions that Obama and the Europeans had created.

        The White House seems to have taken a perverse pride in the death and destruction it helped incite in Eastern Europe. In April 2014, CIA Director John Brennan visited Kyiv, appearing to confirm the agency’s role in the coup. Shortly after came Vice President Biden, who took his own victory lap and counseled the Ukrainians to root out corruption. Naturally, a prominent Ukrainian energy company called Burisma, which was then under investigation for corruption, hired Biden’s son Hunter for protection.

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          OldOzzie

          Russian military attack on Ukraine: How we got there

          Moscow says the current situation is the result of years of failed talks to end the bloodshed in eastern Ukraine after the 2014 coup in Kiev

          Here are the key events of the past eight years that led to this conflict.

          1. ‘Euromaidan’ protests in Kiev end with West-backed coup

          2. Crimea votes to leave Ukraine for Russia

          3. Conflict breaks out in Donbass

          4. Minsk ceasefire puts an end to large-scale fighting

          5. No reform, no peace for Donbass

          6. Road to escalation in Donbass

          7. Russia recognizes Donbass republics

          8. Moscow launches ‘military operation’ in Ukraine

          9. What comes next?

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            OldOzzie

            From New Catallaxy Blog

            Plasmamortarsays:

            February 27, 2022 at 8:25 am

            I suspect that once the Russians saw the new U.S. army ad, they knew the time was right…

            For the comparison, see here

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            OldOzzie

            Where is Ukraine ‘defense minister’ Alexander Vindman?

            Remember Alexander Vindman? He is the man whose “whistleblowing” about an innocuous phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky turned America inside-out for months.

            Playing into the now-proven Democrat and media hoax that Trump was some kind of dangerous foreign puppet, Vindman declared that his patriotism just wouldn’t allow him to stand by while the president discussed perfectly ordinary things with a foreign head of state who shared a border with Russia and Vladimir Putin.

            Now that foreign head of state is losing his country. Vindman helped shade Trump straight into impeachment — a political act that destabilized the United States and helped pave the way for sleepy, barely aware, and not-leadership-material Joe Biden to become president. Biden spent his first year in office making America weaker — economically and militarily. America barely has a southern border thanks to Biden, but we’re being asked to worry about someone else’s border half a world away by the same man, thanks in no small part to Col. Vindman.

            Ukraine is under invasion from Vlad Putin’s Russian military, coming at what Vindman has called his “homeland” from the north, south, and east. Zelensky is pleading for the world to help save his country from a madman, which raises the most obvious question no one has asked yet.

            Where is the great patriot Alexander Vindman? Can Zelensky count on his compatriot?

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          OldOzzie

          The First Casualty of War is the Truth – The Current Western Propaganda for Ukraine is Epic in Scale

          February 26, 2022 | Sundance | 516 Comments

          When we shared yesterday that all interested observers should be very wary of the information from media sources around Ukraine, there was a reason for that. Question everything. Take nothing at face value.

          If you have never experienced the propaganda push surrounding war, the totality of the inbound bullsh*t can be destabilizing, overwhelming and unnerving. It’s one of the reasons why CTH doesn’t share immediate information. Everyone has an agenda.

          Everything in modern warfare is storytelling.

          Question all of it.

          The stories of the 13 guards on an island telling the Russian naval ship to fuck off, yeah it was a lie (turns out they surrendered). The “Ghost of Kyiv” pilot, the lady with the sunflower seeds etc., now all recognized as lies and propaganda. And do not expect it to stop, because it won’t. Thus, the nature of warfare for your mind.

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    Neville

    The golden rule is, we must only install reliable dispatchable, BASE-LOAD energy like Coal, Gas,Nuclear, Hydro etc and ABANDON unreliable, dilute, TOXIC energy like S & W.
    Anything else is a fra-dulent waste of billions $ FOREVER and a lower standard of living.
    Don’t forget that we STILL generate over 80% of our TOTAL GLOBAL energy from Fossil fuels , Hydro, Nuclear etc.

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      OldOzzie

      In the meantime – Fortescue seals future for green hydrogen in Queensland

      Fortescue Future Industries’ plans to establish a 2GW renewable energy infrastructure-manufacturing facility and a separate 50,000 tonne green hydrogen production facility in Queensland have reached a major milestone with state-owned network operator Powerlink agreeing to connect the project sites to its transmission network.

      Fortescue Future Industries has secured support from the Queensland government to connect two proposed green hydrogen projects to the grid so that they can access supplies of renewable electricity.

      In a deal struck with the state government-owned Powerlink and the Economic Development Queensland (EDQ), two new green hydrogen developments at Gibson Island and Aldoga – near Gladstone – will be connected to the Queensland transmission network and supplied with renewable electricity.

      Queensland deputy premier Steven Miles said the connection agreement was a crucial component in the development of the renewable hydrogen facilities and the state government’s plans to establish itself as a “hydrogen and renewables manufacturing superpower.”

      “FFI are seeking to build a facility at Gibson Island to produce around 50,000 tonnes of renewable hydrogen per year. Connection to the transmission network is vital to allow green energy to power this facility,” Miles said.

      “Queensland’s constantly growing fleet of renewable power stations will provide the energy to produce green hydrogen ready for export to overseas markets like Japan and South Korea.

      “By working with Powerlink, FFI will receive a streamlined service across their Queensland connection developments, which could be up and running as soon as 2023.”

      and

      Andrew Forrest’s green hydrogen plans grow murkier Posted 2022-02-25, The Daily Telegraph Australia Headlines That Andrew Forrest and For­tescue Future Industries are in quiet retreat from Moscow highlights one of the major risks facing Fortescue shareholders from his green hydrogen strategy.

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        David Maddison

        What is all this “green” hydrogen going to be used for?

        It’s not an easy fuel to use, not the least because it has to be stored at a temperature of -253C.

        And there is a good reason why commercial rockets don’t use liquid hydrogen rocket fuel. It is a good fuel for rockets if you can tolerate the expense and trouble which the private sector wishes to avoid.

        Do we want to be driving around sitting on a large tank of a cryogenic, potentially explosive fuel (when mixed with oxygen) that requires extreme safety precautions to store or refuel?

        Oh! I know. They’ll restrict LH2 to public transport only and ban private cars. After all, elimination of personal mobility, except for the Elites, is what they want.

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        David Maddison

        Here’s a testable fantasy you can check back on.

        https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/subsidised-green-hydrogen-to-future-proof-nsw-economy-20211013-p58zio

        Subsidised green hydrogen to ‘future-proof’ NSW economy

        Angela Macdonald-SmithSenior resources writer

        Oct 13, 2021 – 2.15pm

        NSW is expecting its bumper $3 billion of subsidies on offer for green hydrogen production will lure interest from energy importers in Japan and South Korea, despite the state being up to two years behind rivals Queensland and Western Australia in launching a strategy for the clean fuel.

        Fortescue Metals Group’s green energy arm also immediately voiced its keen interest to explore green hydrogen investments in NSW, alongside its existing ventures proposed in Tasmania and Western Australia.

        SEE LINK FOR REST

        ALWAYS FOLLOW THE MONEY TRAIL!

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          With that $3 billion, NSW could build at least one of those new High Tech Coal Fired Power Stations to replace the Erring Coal Fired Power Station that is due to close in 2025……………………..

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          KP

          I don’t expect she did any research at all on how viable those plants would be and what they would cost the people of NSW… just reprint the press release with a few words added..

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        Hasbeen

        It would make a damn sight more sense to develop the proven Rundle shale oil deposits there, & protect us from loss of fuel supply shipping.

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    David Maddison

    What the dumbed-down people of the Western World fail to understand or comprehend is the scale of real energy producing machines as compared to the virtue-signaling toys such as solar and wind subsidy-harvesting devices of the Green fantasy.

    Sheeple see a wind subsidy farm and somehow think that it can replace a proper coal, gas, nuclear or real hydro plant. But they don’t understand the random nature of the windmill, the requirement for very expensive battery storage and synchronous power controls, and the very diffuse and random nature of wind power.

    Similarly for solar panels.

    Rational thinkers need to educate the Sheeple through memes and/or advertisements with diagrams and facts and figures showing how wind and solar plants are NOT substitutes for real power generation. And that you need thousands of environment-destroying windmills or huge areas of solar panels plus batteries plus subsidies to even come close to replacing a real power plant.

    Sadly, in Australia, the owners of the real power stations WANT to close them down because it is more profitable for them to make useless and expensive random energy. The Government has set up a subsidy regime to guarantee proper power plants are put out of business.

    And we have extreme Green, anti-science, anti-energy governments at all Federal and State levels so it is only going to get worse if conservatives remain silent.

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    OldOzzie

    Even as Russian tanks roll toward Kiev, the US is still buying a lot of Russian oil

    Ed wrote about this yesterday but I was really struck by it last night when Sec. of State Blinken appeared on the evening news and answered a question about the US continuing to buy oil from Russia. Listen to Blinken’s answer:

    I guess it hadn’t fully registered with me before hearing that answer that, even with Russian tanks rolling down Ukrainian highways, the plan is to continue to buy a a significant amount of Russian oil every month.

    How much exactly? The most recent figures from the US Energy Information Administration are from last November. In that month we bought 17,855,000 barrels of oil from Russia, slightly more than we purchased from Saudi Arabia. Russia is our third biggest supplier after Canada and Mexico. Those nearly 18 million barrels or oil in November represented about 7% of the total the US imported that month.

    As Blinken said, the major concern is that cutting off the Russian oil supply could create a significant problem for the US, sending oil and gas prices spiraling upwards at a time when inflation is already doing the same. Reuters had a story about the US approach which was published Wednesday, just before the invasion began.

    But if the US isn’t buying that Russian oil, who would be?

    So that may be the reasoning behind the current US policy. If China jumps in to buy up excess oil we refuse to buy, it won’t make much difference to Russia and could actually benefit them if prices go up. But are we sure that’s what would happen?

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      David Maddison

      So, under the policies of Biden’s puppeteers, Europe is dependent upon Russian gas (and oil?) And the US relies on Russian oil.

      What could possibly go wrong?

      Oh wait, something already did go wrong!

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      Tarquin Wombat-Carruthers

      Was Hunter Biden in on the negotiations?

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      Ronin

      Total morons running the US.

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      max

      JOHN DANIEL DAVIDSON:
      The West should have also considered the folly and recklessness of floating the idea of NATO membership for Ukraine, something no serious person ever thought Russia would accept without going to war to prevent it. And yet as far back as 2008, the United States openly discussed the possibility of Ukraine’s membership in NATO, even as Kyiv still claimed sovereignty over Russia’s most important naval base in Sevastopol. Under these conditions, the idea of Ukraine joining NATO was preposterous.

      Instead, for years now the West has encouraged Ukraine to take a hard line on Russia, with false promises that the U.S. and NATO would stand up to Moscow and defend Ukraine when it came down to it, or that Ukraine would become a NATO member and thus secure its untenable borders.

      As the political scientist John Mearsheimer argued back in 2016, the West has been leading Ukraine “down the primrose path, and that the end result is that Ukraine is going to get wrecked. … What we’re doing is encouraging the Ukrainians to play tough with the Russians. We’re encouraging the Ukrainians to think they will ultimately become part of the West, because we will ultimately defeat Putin and we will ultimately get our way, time is on our side.”

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        KP

        Max I can’t fault a word of it!! They did the same with Saddam Hussien & Gadaffi, putting them in power and encouraging them until they had independent ideas, then hanging them out to dry.

        Standard operating procedure for the British Empire and now the Yanks.

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    Neville

    Just to allow us to properly understand the data, here’s an article from Lomborg in 2018 and he quotes from the IEA for the TOTAL global energy data.

    Fossil fuels + Nuclear + Hydro generates about 88.5% of global energy and just 0.8% from TOXIC, unreliable S & W. When will the MSM tell the people the truth?

    https://climatechangedispatch.com/where-do-we-get-most-of-our-energy-hint-not-renewables/

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    Neville

    Lomborg also provides the 2040 IEA estimate for TOXIC S & W. And WOW it’s a massive 3.6% of GLOBAL energy generation. But at what disastrous cost to the stupid countries who follow blindly down this RUINOUS path?
    Certainly endless TRILLIONS $ flushed down the drain for DECADES into the future and all for ZERO measurable change to CLIMATE or TEMPERATURE.
    Who doesn’t easily understand any of their BS and fra-d?

    https://climatechangedispatch.com/where-do-we-get-most-of-our-energy-hint-not-renewables/

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    David Maddison

    Here’s something that might help the US military if they get involved in Ukraine.

    Remember when Harris said:

    “Just ask any marine today: Would she rather carry 20 pounds of batteries or a rolled-up solar panel?”

    It would be hilarious if it weren’t so tragic.

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      OldOzzie

      Given the miserable wet (soggy) weather here in Sydney, rolled up solar panel would be useless

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        OldOzzie

        Autumn weather outlook: Wet and warm conditions could last for months

        If you were hoping the wet weather might finally be on the way out, we have some bad news. Meteorologists have said it could be soggy until April.

        If you’re getting thoroughly sick of the drenching on the east coast and all the humidity that moisture has brought with it, there’s bad news. According to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) you may as well get used to it because warm and wet weather is sticking around for most – maybe all – of autumn.

        And with rivers full and soils sodden that means the chance of flooding is high.

        This week the Bureau released its climate outlook for March to May.

        “We’re heading for a relatively wet and warm autumn for many,” said BOM meteorologist Dean Narromore.

        “It’s likely to be wetter than normal for many areas, including parts of eastern and central Australia already impacted by summer floods in 2022”.

        The culprit, as with much of the wet weather over the last few months, is La Nina which is part of the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) climate driver.

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          PeterPetrum

          Not only has it been warm and wet up here in the Blue Mountains, with the cloud base down to about 2000ft for most of the day, living up here at 3500ft over the last two months has been soul destroying. With the exception of my potatoes (which are going gangbusters) all my other vegetables and fruit trees have rotted in the ground or been fruitless.

          So much for global warming, I crave the sun, which we have only seen for about seven days since Boxing Day.

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            KP

            Ah, but a little further inland it has been wonderful without the 30deg+ days and the hot drying inland winds! The veges are booming and although the fruit trees gave up their fruit early on, they are growing foliage like never before!

            There is a new minor sun-planetary cycle starting in May this year, running for 12months, but I don’t know if it will direct us back towards drought or keep this wet intermission going. I think we will have at least one more summer like this, and if we’re lucky, two.

            Then heading back to dry, hot desiccated Australia….

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            Dave in the States

            Meanwhile, in N America it has been freezing cold with winter storm after winter storm sweeping across the country. Less than a month to the equinox we have had over night lows of about 15 degrees below zero F here all week.

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        Boambee John

        She could use the solar panel as a raincoat?

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      Ronin

      ‘We’ll have to wait till sun up to call an airstrike.’

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      Fran

      This recruiting video for the US army features Emma with 2 moms. She definitely would carry the rolled up solar charger.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIYGFSONKbk

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    Neville

    Here’s Lomborg’s summary of the delusional Glasgow clown show in NOV 2021. His hopes for new so called cheaper GREEN breakthroughs are way too optimistic IMO,but let’s wait and see what happens by 2030 or 2040 etc.

    Certainly I agree with him that the first 26 COPs have been a complete waste of time and endless TRILLIONs of dollars for ZERO change to the climate or temperature etc. Big surprise NOT.

    https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/19733052.green-energy-way-beat-climate-change-cop26-snubbed/

    “THE outcome of the UN Climate Summit in Glasgow (COP26) has been criticised by commentators as unambitious, with some calling it a “monumental failure”. Even the summit’s host, Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted the deal was “tinged with disappointment.” This is hardly surprising: historically, most climate promises have fared badly.

    Since climate negotiations started almost three decades ago, grand promises have been followed by spectacular let-downs and large emission increases. In a startlingly honest review of climate policies of the last decade, the UN Environment Program found that global emissions since 2005 were indistinguishable from a world in which we did nothing to tackle climate change. Imagine that: for all the last decade’s many lofty climate promises, including the Paris agreement, emissions have increased as if there is no climate policy whatsoever.

    It is easy and popular for politicians to talk up the dangers of climate change and promise safety with grandiose policies for 2030 or 2050. It is much less popular when it is time to ask voters to pay for these draconian climate policies. When French president Macron enacted a tiny gasoline tax, he was met with years of yellow-vest protests. In June, Swiss voters said no to a new carbon tax, and the UK government backed off on even introducing a new, costly mandate to replace gas-fired home heating.

    In Glasgow, US President Biden restated his goal to have the US go net-zero by 2050, but this will have a surprisingly small impact. Even if he managed to get to zero today and keep it there for the rest of the century, the standard UN climate model shows this would only reduce the temperature rise by the end of the century by 0.16C.

    Yet, this climate policy would be spectacularly costly. A new study in the renowned journal Nature shows that reducing emissions by 95 percent by 2050 – almost Biden’s promise of net-zero – would cost 11.9 percent of GDP or more than $11,000 present-day dollars for each American citizen, every year.

    These costs are far higher than what most people are willing to spend – in one survey, a majority was unwilling to spend even $24 per year. Proposing costs that are hundreds of times higher that voters accept simply can’t be sustained for decades.

    Moreover, cutting emissions is not mostly about what the rich world does, because most emissions in the 21st century will come from China and India along with the rest of Asia, Africa and Latin America. For them, the current climate approach of paying huge amounts for achieving negligible temperature reductions in a 100 years is spectacularly unattractive. As their citizens live off as little as a few hundred dollars annually, they understandably care more about their kids surviving malaria and malnutrition. They want to escape misery, poor education and low job prospects. They care about lifting themselves and their children out of poverty with strong economic growth.

    Just days before the Glasgow summit, 24 emerging economies including China and India said that the demand for them to achieve net zero by 2050 was unjust because it stopped poor countries from developing their economies. The President of Uganda put it even more bluntly: “Africans have a right to use reliable, cheap energy.” Little wonder these nations intervened against language in the final deal that would have called for phasing out coal.

    We clearly need a smarter way forward, otherwise the next 26 climate conferences will be similarly inconsequential as the first 26 iterations. Leaders should focus on innovation to make green energy cheaper. While politicians often claim green is already cheaper, they are belied by the evidence – if it was cheaper, we wouldn’t need years of haggling to get hundreds of nations to grudgingly promise to go greener.

    In this smarter approach, we would dramatically ramp up investment into research and development of cheaper, low-CO₂ energy, from fusion and fission, solar, wind and batteries to second generation biofuels and many other brilliant ideas. Not only would it be much cheaper than current climate policies, it would also drive major breakthroughs for new, better and greener energy.

    In Glasgow, leaders missed the chance to switch gears and drastically ramp up funding for green innovation. They will get another chance at COP27 in Cairo, Egypt next year. If we can innovate the price of green energy below fossil fuels, everyone will switch”.

    “Bjorn Lomborg is President of the Copenhagen Consensus and Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. His latest book is False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet”.

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      PeterPetrum

      In a startlingly honest review of climate policies of the last decade, the UN Environment Program found that global emissions since 2005 were indistinguishable from a world in which we did nothing to tackle climate change.

      Well then, considering what a small proportion of atmospheric CO2 anthropogenic emissions are, it seems very likely that the majority of the increase in atmospheric levels are from a different source, probably our slowly warming oceans and possibly, as hypothesised by Prof Ian Plimer, from a multitude of volcanic vents on our ocean floors that emit CO2 with the same isotope signature as burning coal and oil.

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      Graeme No.3

      Neville:
      One way to cut our CO2 emissions would be to up-grade our coal-fired plants to the latest technology. We could get probably 50% reduction or about 0.13% of world emissions.
      Unfortunately coal-fired wants (close to) continuous running to get the best economics. Stop/start operation makes them (and our existing plants) uneconomic which is why current plants operators want to shut them down. (the same applies to nuclear or CCGT gas fired). To cover for the failure of renewables to deliver – which they don’t quite often – the answer is OCGT burning (expensive gas) for more emissions at higher costs.
      So there is a rush into “renewables” by the ‘operators’ based on the belief that the general public will pay (and pay) more for electricity forever. My suspicion is that they won’t.

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    OldOzzie

    Green New Inflation: U.S. Producers Add Rigs At Sluggish Pace Despite Soaring Oil Prices

    U.S. oil producers have not been jolted into action by soaring petroleum prices.

    Friday’s report from Baker Hughes Co. shows the number of oil rigs in the country grew by just five from a week earlier to 650. That represents a slowdown from the prior week, when the rig count expanded by 10.

    The slow-motion expansion of oil rigs suggests hesitancy on the part of oil companies to increase production despite the highest oil prices since 2014. Many producers say the threat of anti-fossil fuel regulation is holding back expansion. As well, the experience from the last fracking boom, which resulted in many investors suffering losses when overproduction rendered many wells unprofitable, continues to haunt the industry.

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      KP

      Well, you wouldn’t would you! The price of oil goes up so you make more profit from your current wells than if you opened an extra well and paid all the expenses… The people involved are very sharp on which option produces the most profit, I am sure, and the trick is to keep supply down so demand & price is high. Less work for the same money…

      The irony is that Putin’s invasion is paying for itself! He might make more than if he hadn’t done anything!

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      James Murphy

      Not just the price of oil going up, but the cost of shipping it too.
      https://www.rigzone.com/news/wire/key_russian_oil_shipping_rate_triples-25-feb-2022-168057-article/

      The rate to book an Aframax vessel to load at one of Russia’s Baltic Sea ports to western Europe almost tripled on Thursday from the previous day, according to traders and shipbrokers. The bulk of Russia’s flagship Urals crude that loads in the northern European ports is usually sold to western buyers, although they sometimes go into China and India.

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      OldOzzie

      Dear Ms. Forsythe,

      For your information, as far as I’m aware, there are vanishingly few (if any) authentically black or brown ethnic Russians. Their native genes (you should pardon the expression) don’t contain the necessary color-coding. Therefore, the chances of a black or brown Russian running that country are so slim as to be effectively non-existent. “White privilege” and “white supremacy” simply aren’t relevant factors there. To pretend otherwise would be un-ethnical.

      However, your unblinking focus on racial animosity and hostility probably won’t allow you to acknowledge that. Perhaps you should try thinking outside the racial box once in a while?

      Signed,

      Your blogger-mentor in international genetics.

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        OldOzzie

        Actually that was the thing that struck my wife and myself when in Moscow late 2018 – How Mono Ethnic Moscow was – we could have been in Sydney’s Northern Beaches

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          PeterPetrum

          Come come, Old Aussie, a humungous number of Aussies of a range of ethnicities from the Western Suburbs flock to our Northern Beaches. All residents who live on the Northern Peninsula claim that anyone from south or west of Mona Vale is a “Westy”.

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    Neville

    We must never forget that in Glasgow China promised net ZERO emissions by 2060 and India by 2070.
    But China AGAIN seems more interested in the clueless promise of 100 billion FREE $ from the so called wealthy countries to China India and other developing countries. AGAIN big surprise NOT.

    https://thediplomat.com/2021/11/china-stresses-developed-nations-promises-at-cop26/

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    OldOzzie

    The AFR View

    Putin’s war is a brutal blow to a complacent West

    Russia’s assault on the Ukrainians is a mugging by strategic reality for the governments and peoples of the Western world. They must respond to the challenge.

    “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” Boxer Mike Tyson summed up volumes of geopolitical and military theorising in one terse statement.

    Not long ago, few would have bet on the reality of a hot war in Europe by February, no matter how obvious it is in retrospect that this blow was coming.

    For more than a decade there has been high-level debate about the return of great power contests – putting an end to talk about “the end of history” and the inevitable triumph of peaceful liberal democracies. But it’s still a shock when an old-fashioned territorial invasion by one of the traditional great powers of Europe becomes a bloody reality, and signals the return of a world most had thought gone.

    Russia’s military has some big weaknesses. But even if Ukraine had been a member of NATO, the alliance would be struggling to halt the kind of blitzkrieg that Russia has now launched on its neighbour.

    Culture wars weaken the West

    Western societies have had the luxury of descending into culture wars that trash the broader liberal civic culture we all share.

    Healthy self-criticism and self-correction is one thing; self-loathing is something else, and the new authoritarians are only too happy to stoke these divisions in their online trolling.

    There have been been a few moments when the West seemed to lose its grip. In a famous 2016 interview with The Atlantic, Barack Obama said he was proud of abandoning his earlier red lines on chemical warfare in Syria, following his smart new rule of “don’t do stupid stuff” in the Middle East.

    But he didn’t see the old-style authoritarians re-emerging in the background, and in Beijing and Moscow they were furiously taking notes. The grabs in the South China Sea, Syria and now Ukraine all followed.

    And the West just blithely assumed after the Nixon breakthrough half a century ago that China would always be benign. The US could guide it into the world economy, and prosperity might make it if not exactly a democracy, then a relatively open economy.

    But as China-watcher Richard McGregor noted in our Review section, the Chinese Communist Party was never going to put itself out of business: it’s not that Beijing has changed direction since the reform days, it’s just that it’s now too powerful to bother going along with any US-led global consensus.

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      James Murphy

      It says a lot about Obama that he thinks he didn’t do anything stupid in the Middle East…
      Admittedly, he didnt do anything stupid in terms of financial gain for his mates in the defence industry

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      max

      Written by John Smith
      For years now, a broad coalition of Washington neocons and neoliberals has foolishly stoked tensions between Russia and the United States. The Western Alliances have deployed tens of billions of dollars in armaments to one of the world’s most volatile locations, looking to get some kind of eruption. Groups that dragged us into conflicts in Iraq, Libya, and Syria are now the same ones that are dragging us into this conflict with Russia. Putin is pragmatic and doesn’t necessarily want a war with the US and NATO but is concerned with a democratic Ukraine that is a member of the EU and NATO on the doorstep of Russia.

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        Graeme No.3

        max:
        and after 20+years of claims that NATO and the EU wouldn’t expand eastwards, what did they expect when Russia was stronger and they were weaker?
        Wasn’t it Bismarck who coined the phrase Real Politick?

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      Ronin

      They must’ve learned from MH17 and don’t want a repeat.

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      max

      By JAMES CARDEN

      If anything, Washington’s neoconservatives have an unerring instinct for survival. Having brought about multiple disasters in the two decades since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, from the Iraq war to the twin debacles in Libya and Syria, the neocons seem to have perfected the art of failing up.

      Harvard University’s Stephen Walt once quipped that “Being a Neocon Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry.” And in this regard, the story of the Kagan family is instructive.

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    OldOzzie

    Speaking of Hildebrand Latham brings the baseball bat:

    Real Mark Latham
    @RealMarkLatham
    ·
    34m
    Congratulations to Sky News.

    They’ve finally found a show worse than Pyne & Marles:

    The Blame Game, run by Studio Stupid reject Joe Hildebrand.
    It’s as entertaining as a Russian panzer division in Chernobyl.

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    OldOzzie

    The West Could Have Prevented The Russo-Ukrainian War, But Chose Not To

    President Biden and our European allies closed every off-ramp for Russia while misleading Ukraine into thinking we would defend it.

    Not every war is unnecessary or avoidable, but history might well judge the Russo-Ukrainian war as both, not least because the United States and its European allies could have prevented it, but didn’t.

    The decision to go to war was Russia’s, and Russia bears ultimate responsibility for what happens now. But that does not absolve the West of its strategic incompetence and complacency, and it does not mean the United States and its allies are guiltless in all of this.

    At multiple points leading up to the current crisis, there were ways for the United States and Europe to create off-ramps for both Moscow and Kyiv, to shepherd a negotiated settlement so that both sides got a minimum of what they needed, and some of what they wanted.

    What might that have looked like? For Moscow, a recognition of its strategic claim on Crimea and the port of Sevastopol as the home of its Black Sea Fleet. For Kyiv, the promise of political independence and greater integration with Europe in exchange for territorial concessions.

    The West should have also considered the folly and recklessness of floating the idea of NATO membership for Ukraine, something no serious person ever thought Russia would accept without going to war to prevent it. And yet as far back as 2008, the United States openly discussed the possibility of Ukraine’s membership in NATO, even as Kyiv still claimed sovereignty over Russia’s most important naval base in Sevastopol. Under these conditions, the idea of Ukraine joining NATO was preposterous.

    Instead, for years now the West has encouraged Ukraine to take a hard line on Russia, with false promises that the U.S. and NATO would stand up to Moscow and defend Ukraine when it came down to it, or that Ukraine would become a NATO member and thus secure its untenable borders.

    As the political scientist John Mearsheimer argued back in 2016, the West has been leading Ukraine “down the primrose path, and that the end result is that Ukraine is going to get wrecked. … What we’re doing is encouraging the Ukrainians to play tough with the Russians. We’re encouraging the Ukrainians to think they will ultimately become part of the West, because we will ultimately defeat Putin and we will ultimately get our way, time is on our side.”

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      BIDEN REGIME & NATO NEED A HISTORY LESSON ON RUSSIA!

      THE THREE BROTHERS WENT HUNTING AS THE LEGEND GOES—AND THREE NATIONS EMERGED

      The eldest, Lech, fell in love with Poland after finding the nest of a white eagle—the nation’s symbol to this day. He chose it for his home.

      For the history-hating Marxists reading this, I won’t make you guess which nation ‘Czech’ founded, I’ll tell you so we don’t waste time—The Czech Republic. How ‘bout that?

      And guess where the medieval state of ‘Kievan Rus’ as it was know, was founded by ‘Rus’?

      Russia. And you’ll never guess what ‘Kievan’ refers to….that’s right. Kiev. Is this starting to come together for you?

      Without any regional knowledge or thinking—Joe Biden and the NATO fools were about to kick off WW III—rattling nukes of all things instead of just sabres!

      Since signing of the ‘Eternal Peace Treaty’ ending the Russo-Polish War (1654-67), all lands east of the Dnieper River have been Russian.

      Other than a short stint when Kiev’s Bolshevik Red Army took over and created the short-lived “Ukranian Soviet Socialist Republic” (1917-21) it was restored as one of the founding republics of the Soviet Union in 1922.

      Eastern Ukraine (including Crimea) was ceded to the ‘Ukranian SSR’ by the Soviet Union the year after I was born, so this whole idea of Ukraine as an independent nation is quite new—and even then, it remained in that union with Russia until forced out when the West caused its crumbling.

      – DONETSK AND LUHANSK ARE AS RUSSIAN AS TEXAS IS AMERICAN—MAYBE MORESO

      – SO THEY’RE LYING…GOT IT…BUT WHY DO THEY WANT WAR WITH RUSSIA?

      I’m so glad you asked—and there are a few answers.

      I’M NO PUTIN APOLOGIST, BUT HE’S RIGHT ON THIS ONE—THIS IS BIDEN’S WAR, NOT PUTIN’S

      SO LET’S DROP THE MEDIA HYPE FOR A MOMENT AND TALK PUTIN

      Do you know who is the most prolific ‘church builder’ in modern history?

      So in closing, I’ve got a message for Joey from a friend.

      MESSAGE TO BIDEN—“WORRY ABOUT AMERICA’S BORDER, NOT UKRAINE’S”

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      max

      By Eric S. Margolis
      World War III? Or a bad, expensive joke?

      Russia has declared a nuclear test alert. The Ukraine crisis is beginning to become very scary.

      When the old Soviet Union broke up, I and other moderates called for the former Moscow-dominated states of East Europe to become neutral. Otherwise, East-West conflict would, I warned, be inevitable (see my book ‘War at the Top of the World’).

      Instead, the rabidly anti-Russian US war party drove NATO east to the former Soviet borders, making a major confrontation near certain.

      We are there today, playing Russian roulette with nuclear weapons.

      Washington is beating the war drums and sounds borderline hysterical, warning ‘the Russians are coming.’ Moscow scoffs at the whole business, saying President Joe Biden is trying to divert attention from the big economic and political mess in the US.

      Nothing like a jolly little war to distract public opinion at a time when rightwing forces are fast gaining ground in the US and now, of all places, in placid Canada.

      Washington’s sofa samurais are playing with fire. The neocons’ latest effort to overthrow President Putin risks backfiring badly by drawing China into the fray and undermining US domination of the continent. Luckily for us, Russia is currently being run by hard men from the old KGB who are experienced and cautious. It is well that they are because Russia has thousands of nuclear weapons pointed at the US and its allies. No one in their right mind should contemplate a nuclear confrontation. Russia has repeatedly made clear that if backed into a corner, it may well use tactical nuclear weapons. China is coming around to the same thinking.

      Beaten in Vietnam, Iraq and now Afghanistan, the US is seeking a cheap victory in Ukraine. But the northern rim of the Black Sea is not known for its low-hanging geopolitical fruit. And Russia always surprises.

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    OldOzzie

    The Kerry Clown

    John Kerry urges Putin to not let Ukraine invasion distract from combating climate change

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    David Maddison

    This quote is sort of relevant here. It is from General Freiherr von Hammerstein-Equord of the Weimar Republic and an opponent of the National Socialists.

    “I divide my officers into four classes as follows: The clever, the industrious, the lazy, and the stupid. Each officer always possesses two of these qualities.

    Those who are clever and industrious I appoint to the General Staff. Use can under certain circumstances be made of those who are stupid and lazy. The man who is clever and lazy qualifies for the highest leadership posts. He has the requisite nerves and the mental clarity for difficult decisions. But whoever is stupid and industrious must be got rid of, for he is too dangerous.”

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    Buchanan: Did We Provoke Putin’s War In Ukraine?

    When Russia’s Vladimir Putin demanded that the U.S. rule out Ukraine as a future member of the NATO alliance, the U.S. archly replied: NATO has an open-door policy. Any nation, including Ukraine, may apply for membership and be admitted. We’re not changing that.

    In the Bucharest declaration of 2008, NATO had put Ukraine and Georgia, ever farther east in the Caucasus, on a path to membership in NATO and coverage under Article 5 of the treaty, which declares that an attack on any one member is an attack on all.

    Unable to get a satisfactory answer to his demand, Putin invaded and settled the issue. Neither Ukraine nor Georgia will become members of NATO. To prevent that, Russia will go to war, as Russia did last night.

    Putin did exactly what he had warned us he would do.

    Whatever the character of the Russian president, now being hotly debated here in the USA, he has established his credibility.

    When Putin warns that he will do something, he does it.

    Thirty-six hours into this Russia-Ukraine war, potentially the worst in Europe since 1945, two questions need to be answered:

    1. How did we get here? And where do we go from here?

    2. Whatever we may think of Putin, he is no Stalin. He has not murdered millions or created a gulag archipelago.

    Nor is he “irrational,” as some pundits rail. He does not want a war with us, which would be worse than ruinous to us both.

    Putin is a Russian nationalist, patriot, traditionalist and a cold and ruthless realist looking out to preserve Russia as the great and respected power it once was and he believes it can be again.

    But it cannot be that if NATO expansion does not stop or if its sister state of Ukraine becomes part of a military alliance whose proudest boast is that it won the Cold War against the nation Putin has served all his life.

    President Joe Biden almost hourly promises, “We are not going to war in Ukraine.” Why would he then not readily rule out NATO membership for Ukraine, which would require us to do something Biden himself says we Americans, for our own survival, should never do: go to war with Russia?

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    another ian

    Canada –

    “Viva Frei on Canada Freedom Convoy”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2RJHcs17OI

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    Bozotheclown

    I have $50,000 cash to buy either gold directly from a miner or oil directly from a well. Prospective sellers please step forward.

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      You will then need to use an Oil Refinery for the crude oil (cost unknown). Maybe the Gold Miner has refined the gold in situ, otherwise you will need someone like the Perth Mint (cost unknown). You would be better off buying the gold in bars from the Perth Mint and the refined crude oil from a reputable supplier……………..

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        KP

        I dunno… both those commodities suffer from a non-free market with price rigging by all sorts of big boys. If you could get gold off the mine or oil off the well it would be a difference matter.

        The whole ‘paper gold’ market has distorted the price of gold for a couple of decades now, its a giant ponzi scheme where no-one says anything is dodgy or wrong and just hopes there is a buyer for them to offload to. Its widely accepted there is not enough gold metal to cover the amount of paper promises floating around…

        Oil I don’t know so much about, but there is a massive gap between the price per barrel and what it costs to fill my car. The gap between them has been widening over the last few years, never mind the Govt stealing money on the way through. If they want the country to expand and accelerate, just drop the tax on fuel, it makes everything cheaper!

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      James Murphy

      It’s an interesting idea, but crude oil seems like a challenging commodity to keep as an individual.
      How much storage space do you have?
      What type of crude oil do you want?
      keep in mind that 1 barrel is 42 gallons(US), or about 159 Litres, so if you already have a tank or tanks big enough to hold a suitable investment volume, then good on you, but if not, it’ll cost a lot, or, you would have to pay someone else for storage. It doesn’t have an indefinite lifespan either, so filling up a tank and leaving it for years is not going to work.

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    another ian

    “Ukraine and Russia Officials Negotiating a Meeting – Biden Administration Tells Zelenskyy to Stop, Only U.S. Permitted to Negotiate With Russia
    February 25, 2022 | sundance | 366 Comments

    Amid an intense conflict continuing, the government of Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin are in negotiations for a meeting. However, the U.S. State Department does not want Zelenskyy and Putin to negotiate an end to hostilities.”

    More at

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/02/25/ukraine-and-russia-officials-negotiating-a-meeting-biden-administration-tells-zelenskyy-to-stop-only-u-s-permitted-to-negotiate-with-russia/

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    another ian

    European energy crisis

    “In Len Dighton’s “Fighter” he notes that the pre WW2 mantra that “The bomber will always get through” got a nudge towards the Spitfire when it was realised that

    “Bombing would kill voters. Accurate bombing could actually kill politicians”.

    So there will be drastic changes when it is realised that

    “Severe fuel shortages will actually burn politicians”

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      Graeme No.3

      another Ian:
      the nudge towards the Spitfire (and the Hurricane) was initiated by Dowding, when Director of Research because he wanted “a real killer fighter”. This was ignored or opposed by the Bomber crew. Dowding was sidelined to the Fighter Branch (where he prepared for war). The Air Ministry continued to spend most of the money on bombers like the Heyward, the Hendon, the Bombay, the Whitley the Hampden, the Fairy Battle etc. none of which were much use in World War 2. Further they wanted the Manchester and the Botha both of which killed more British than Germans. On top of this they opposed the Hurricane – which was built initially for export – and tried twice to cancel the Spitfire. And to cap it all they opposed the Mosquito and the Lancaster and ‘castrated’ the Stirling.
      When the British Treasury raised the question about all the money going to bombers and ordered 25% should be spent on bombers, they ‘fiddled the figures’ to reduce that to 13%.
      The same mob were still operating into the 1950’s and early 60’s. So I think your hopes of a drastic change are illusory. The idea that they can shut down nuclear and coal-fired plants and rely on renewables (with a bit of gas-fired and biofuels to cover gaps in generation) has been utterly stupid, but the belief is so entrenched in the Public Service and the ‘minds’ of their politicians that I cannot see them changing.

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      another ian

      And

      “The Party of Chaos Blows Its Cover”

      “https://kunstler.com/clusterfcuk-nation/the-party-of-chaos-blows-its-cover/”

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    Honk R Smith

    I think we’ve moved into a post-psychosis world.
    I interact everyday with highly educated folk that are no longer persuaded by facts and reason.
    It was there with climate alarmism.
    It became acute with Trump.
    I have to remind myself everyday to avoid engagement with such people because even the slightest indication of heresy on the Climate/Trump/Virus iron psychoses triangle, will be met with near incoherent dismissive anger.
    It is like they are zombies.
    Except they don’t want to eat brains because they might ingest something that would induce doubt.

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      Kevin T Kilty

      Your triad of related narratives “Climate/Trump/Virus” is a nice observation. A couple of decades ago there was a proposed triad in the U.S. like this which consisted of “Religious/Authoritarian/Republican” components. The Authoritarian triad it was called. The research leading to what little evidence existed for this idea consisted mostly of circular reasoning and wishful interpretations of survey results. Your iron psychoses triad is unfortunately all too real.

      At the time this authoritarian triad was in vogue I had a running internet conversation with a retired phychology professor from U of Minnesota. He and I both agreed that despite not being religious in any way ourselves, we both enjoyed and preferred the company of somewhat religious people because they tended to be more tolerant, thoughtful, and well read than the leftists and atheists we knew.

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        Honk R Smith

        Thank you, although I take no pleasure in the observation.
        I think I might count myself among the ‘somewhat religious’.
        I had a relative that was a less than voluntary 37 year old private in the Confederate Army. He was captured at Petersburg and survived Point Lookout Maryland where nearly 5000 rebel POWs died mostly from exposure. Then walked home.
        His obituary contained the statement, “he was a professor of religion all his life, but a member of no visible Church”.
        You are welcome anytime in the Invisible Church.
        We have almost no standards.
        Actually, can’t think of any. 🙂

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    another ian

    “The First Casualty of War is the Truth – The Current Western Propaganda for Ukraine is Epic in Scale
    February 26, 2022 | Sundance | 37 Comments

    When we shared yesterday that all interested observers should be very wary of the information from media sources around Ukraine, there was a reason for that. Question everything. Take nothing at face value.

    If you have never experienced the propaganda push surrounding war, the totality of the inbound bullsh*t can be destabilizing, overwhelming and unnerving. It’s one of the reasons why CTH doesn’t share immediate information. Everyone has an agenda.”

    More at

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/02/26/the-first-casualty-of-war-is-the-truth-the-current-western-propaganda-for-ukraine-is-epic-in-scale/

    “Question all of it.

    The stories of the 13 guards on an island telling the Russian naval ship to **** off, yeah it was a lie (turns out they surrendered). The “Ghost of Kyiv” pilot, the lady with the sunflower seeds etc., now all recognized as lies and propaganda. And do not expect it to stop, because it won’t. Thus, the nature of warfare for your mind.”

    Particularly check the dates on the last 2 photos

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    I have absolutely no doubt that if the West rapidly transitions to renewables, away from oil and gas, the Russians will soon follow our lead.

    /sarc

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    […] As the US, EU shrink, Russia grows: In 2020 the US was the worlds largest oil and gas producer […]

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