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-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
The Doomsday Cult
[Townhall] The end is near, we’re all going to die. Unless, that is, we empower government to control more of the economy and our lives. It’s a standard trick of the left ‐ predict doom and gloom in the future in an attempt to scare the Hell out of people while promising to avoid it if we let them get their way. While this could apply to nearly anything Democrats are pushing on any given day, this week it’s about global cooling. I mean, global warming. Er, scratch that, climate change...for now, at least.

The government issued another climate report on Friday, as required by law, and it is full of...well, let’s just call it hyperventilating about how we’re destroying the planet. The report "is based on more than 1,000 previous research studies," according to the Associated Press. That means two things ‐ it’s based on the work of others, mainly people whose job is dependent on perpetuating the climate change myth, and it’s not new. But hey, it’s on official letterhead this time, so "STOP THE PRESSES," or something.

The problem with these sorts of "studies" is the main conclusion is already made before the actual work begins. These academics aren’t studying to see if the changing climate is caused by man or nature, it’s simply accepted as faith that it’s man’s fault. So these studies are done to reinforce preconceived notions and justify jobs. These academics who conduct them have to justify their jobs and bring in grant money, government grant money; our money.

Yet this is nothing new. Liberals have been pushing the "we’re all going to die because we’re destroying the planet" idea for decades. Long before the famous "global cooling" episode in the 1970s, they were pushing this narrative for control.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/25/2018 05:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under:

#1  One basic method of psychological manipulation is to threaten punishment / disaster and another is to promise rewards / paradise. This occurs within individuals and also within groups. Same old same old.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 11/25/2018 14:29 Comments || Top||

#2  A quick refresher course to remind us of previous global warming/cooling scares https://buff.ly/2r3Xpcg
Posted by: newc || 11/25/2018 15:28 Comments || Top||

#3  Doomsday cult, that would be the Demoncrats.
Posted by: Woodrow || 11/25/2018 17:19 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
China, the NSA, Google, and the War on Freedom
[PJ] The Chinese are making doubly sure public displays of displeasure with their totalitarian regime such as occurred in Tiananmen Square in 1989 will never be repeated. They are instituting a technological surveillance program so pervasive that when completed -- quite soon, it seems -- it will enforce conformity throughout their giant country on a scale that would stupefy Orwell and Huxley.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/25/2018 04:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6491 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "The Great Society" hush money only last as long as funding is available. Once the recipients outnumber the taxpayers, other steps must be taken.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/25/2018 4:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Wikipedia: The An Lushan Rebellion spanned from 16 December 755 to 17 February 763. This rebellion involved the death of some 13–36 million people, making it one of the deadliest wars in history.
The memory of what civil unrest can lead to runs very strong among the Chinese.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 11/25/2018 14:34 Comments || Top||

#3  I did not know abut the An Lushan Rebellion before, but now I have read, and thus acquired my pebble of learning for the day. :-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/25/2018 19:54 Comments || Top||

This is why the Afghan peace plan will fail again
[KhaamaPress] History shows that the old strategy of promising a share of power to the old guard, in exchange for their stamp of approval, will not work.

In early October, the newly- appointed US Department of State’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad launched his shuttle diplomacy. He is not a new face on the scene.

Khalilzad was on the US team in Geneva in 1988, which negotiated the agreement on the Soviet military withdrawal from Afghanistan. He also led the American delegation in Bonn that established the post-Taliban
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Posted by: trailing wife || 11/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Is a reason really necessary?
Posted by: gorb || 11/25/2018 5:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Simply put, Islam.
Posted by: Woodrow || 11/25/2018 17:20 Comments || Top||

Column One: Hamas And Fatah Unmasked
[Jpost] Abbas was similarly blindsided by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s visit to Oman, and Minister of Culture and Sports Miri Regev’s visit to Abu Dhabi for the world judo championships.

The recent almost-war with Hamas, the braying voice of Islamic Resistance®, taught us a lot about the terror regime. It also taught us a lot about Hamas’s rival, Fatah, and the Paleostinian Authority it controls in Ramallah. Israel’s most urgent task is to understand the implications of what we now know.

The first thing we learned about Hamas is that its control over Gazoo is all encompassing.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 11/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

Terror Networks
Terrorism in East Africa
Long and detailed, looking back as far as the 1960s to explain the various jihadi groups that formed and split off from one another in Toad The Wet Sprocket style, including links to ISIS and Al Qaeda.
[AlAhram] Numerous armed Islamist groups continue to plague the East African region and especially Somalia as a result of the fragmentation of the country and the lack of central authority

The collapse of state institutions in Somalia after 1991 and the lack of a central authority capable of asserting its control over the whole of Somali territory generated a complex weave of social and economic deterioration that brought about mounting rates of poverty, unemployment and crime, lowering moral and ethical standards and adding to the lack of opportunities for dignified livelihoods and exacerbating drought and famine.

The Somali people increasingly had to eke out their lives by relying on humanitarian aid from international relief agencies together with generally paltry remittances from relatives abroad. Organised crime, the kidnappings of foreigners and piracy proliferated, as did murderous Moslem jihadist groups.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 11/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

#1  No intelligence assessment should be rendered without a recommended course of action. In this case I recommend 'Afri solutions for Afri problems' along with a heavy dose of containment and isolation.

History illustrates that western attempts at problem resolution and enforcement of the 'rule of law' on the continent of Africa have not gone well. Why we cannot learn from our mistakes is beyond me.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/25/2018 4:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Think they have cause and effect the wrong way around...

The somali lack of civilised bahviour * aid caused the destruction of the government and it just got worse from there.

As said above.

Contain. Quarantine & emborder.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 11/25/2018 6:00 Comments || Top||

President Trump's farmer bailout flows to city slickers (large corporate entities and wealthy absentee landlords)
[The Hill] We’re learning the first details of the Department of Agriculture’s bailout for farmers whose exports were hit by President Trump’s trade war. Department records show that more than 1,000 payments were made to "city slickers" who live in the nation’s largest cities, according to information the Environmental Working Group has obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

So far, the USDA has pledged to provide up to $12 billion to offset the impacts of Trump’s trade war. The first round includes $4.7 billion in direct payments to growers of soybeans, corn, cotton, sorghum, wheat, hogs, dairy, sweet cherries and shelled almonds.

The data includes almost 88,000 payments made through Oct. 31, totaling $356 million. That’s less than one-tenth of the amount the administration expects to make through Trump’s Market Facilitation Program.

But our analysis of this small slice of data reveals that 1,142 bailout payments were made to "farmers" in the nation’s 50 largest cities, including nine residents of San Francisco, four residents of Los Angeles, five residents of New York City and four residents of Washington, D.C.

Based on this sample, it’s reasonable to expect that more than 20,000 big-city "farmers" will ultimately receive bailout payments. That number would be consistent with an earlier EWG analysis, which found that nearly 20,000 people living in the nation’s largest cities received farm subsidy payments in 2017.

How is this possible? It would be easy to blame Congress, as Congress has consistently failed to require that farm subsidy recipients contribute personal labor to the farm. The Government Accountability Office recently found that nearly one-fourth of farm subsidy recipients do not work on the farm.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/25/2018 04:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Subsidies always accrue to landowners.

Which is why land taxes are better than tariffs on work such as income or sales taxes.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 11/25/2018 5:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Del McCoury said it best in a song: "Forty Acres and a Fool"
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 11/25/2018 14:26 Comments || Top||

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Sun 2018-11-25
  Federal officials close border into Mexico amid migrant protests
Sat 2018-11-24
  U.S. Airstrikes Kill 50 Al-Shabaab Jihadis in Somalia
Fri 2018-11-23
  Terror attack on Chinese Consulate in Karachi foiled; 2 policemen martyred
Thu 2018-11-22
  PA court sentences Palestinians to 15 years hard labor for selling land to Jews
Wed 2018-11-21
  US military says strikes killed over 30 suspected militants in Somalia
Tue 2018-11-20
  Daesh suffers devastating defeat as Syrian Army liberates entire Al-Safa region
Mon 2018-11-19
  Key Taliban commanders among 7 detained by Afghan Commandos in Takhar
Sun 2018-11-18
  43 civilians killed by anti-ISIS coalition strikes in east Syria
Sat 2018-11-17
  Taliban kill 30 policemen in Farah province
Fri 2018-11-16
  Saudi Arabia will BEHEAD Khashoggi killers
Thu 2018-11-15
  Maute brothers' teen cousin surrenders in Mindanao
Wed 2018-11-14
  Ceasefire Goes Into Effect In South Following Unprecedented Rocket Barrage
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  Gaza factions agree to cease fire if Israel halts attack - Palestinian official
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