[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.
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.
[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.
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.
[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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[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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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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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.
[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.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.