Europe to become the cash cow for the Green religion

•November 23, 2017 • 1 Comment

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42004328

French president Emmanuel Macron says that Europe will cover any shortfall in funding for the global climate body, the IPCC.

The scientific organisation has faced uncertainty since President Donald Trump outlined plans earlier this year to cut US funding.

The UK government also pledged to double their IPCC contribution.

Speaking at UN talks in Bonn, Mr Macron said that climate change was the most significant struggle of our times.

Today saw the start of the high level segment at this meeting of global climate negotiators known as COP23.

In his statement to negotiators, the French president outlined the need for increased commitments to cut carbon.

Mr Macron said these decisions must be based on clear scientific information.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has long been seen as a key element of that system of advice to governments.

Their assessment reports, which come out every six or seven years, are critical in informing the public and governments about the causes and impacts of climate change.

Earlier this year, President Trump proposed ending US funding for this body. Mr Macron said that Europe would now fill the gap.

“I propose that Europe replace America, and France will meet that challenge,” he told delegates here in Bonn.

“I would like to see the largest number of EU countries at our side, all together we can compensate for the loss of US funding but I can guarantee from the start of 2018, the IPCC will have all the money that it needs and it will continue to support our decision-making. They will not miss a single euro.”

The UK also announced that it would help the IPCC financially, with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) announcing a doubling of funding for the organisation.

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somebody has to stump up for it..the beast must be fed money..

“Macron says that Europe will cover any shortfall in funding for the global climate body, the IPCC.”

cute..

“I can guarantee from the start of 2018, the IPCC will have all the money that it needs and it will continue to support our decision-making. They will not miss a single euro.”

ALL the money it needs..

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Lebanese Army placed at full readiness to counter Israeli enemy

•November 23, 2017 • Leave a Comment

https://www.rt.com/news/410471-lebanon-readiness-border-israel/

The head of the Lebanese Army has asked the military to be at “full readiness” to face “the Israeli enemy” at the southern border. The announcement comes as Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia, vow to tighten their grip on Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia.

The army needs to be prepared to “confront the threats and violations of the Israeli enemy and its hostile intentions against Lebanon,” Joseph Aoun said on Tuesday. He also urged the army to cooperate with United Nations forces in Lebanon under UN Security Council Resolution 1701, adopted to resolve the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict.

The statement comes after Lebanese President Michel Aoun said that “Israeli targeting still continues and it is the right of the Lebanese to resist it and foil its plans by all available means,” according to Reuters.

President Aoun’s remarks were echoed by Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, who also cautioned Tel Aviv against sparking a war. Lebanon is ready to act, but will do its utmost to prevent Israel from an invasion, he told RT last week. “We should restrain Israel from starting a war exactly because Lebanon is sure to win it,” he said.
Lebanon is undergoing a deep political crisis after its Prime Minister Saad Hariri abruptly resigned on November 4 in a televised statement from Saudi Arabia. In his resignation address, Hariri accused Iran and Shiite Hezbollah militia of sowing strife in Arab countries.

The Arab League called an emergency meeting in Cairo on Sunday, blaming Iran for destabilizing the region. The alliance also described Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, but stopped just short of threatening any action against either. Ahmed Aboul Gheit, the Arab League’s secretary-general, said its members may reach out to the UN Security Council to discuss possible steps against the Islamic republic.

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the drums of war are beating..getting louder daily..

“The statement comes after Lebanese President Michel Aoun said that “Israeli targeting still continues and it is the right of the Lebanese to resist it and foil its plans by all available means,” according to Reuters.”

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Putin meets Assad

•November 23, 2017 • 1 Comment

https://www.9news.com.au/world/2017/11/22/06/27/putin-makes-surprise-visit-to-syria

On a surprise trip to Russia, Syria’s Bashar Assad discussed potential new peace initiatives for post-war Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putin who declared that Russia’s two-year military campaign in Syria is wrapping up, the Kremlin said Tuesday.

Moscow released footage of Assad warmly embracing Putin, who hosted him in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Monday, ahead of a summit between Russia, Turkey and Iran and a new round of Syria peace talks in Geneva later this month.

The meeting was unannounced and the Kremlin did not make it public until Tuesday morning.

“I passed on to (Putin) and all Russian people our greetings and gratitude for all of the efforts that Russia made to save our country,” Assad told Russia’s top generals in televised remarks.

Assad has only ventured outside his war-ravaged nation twice since the conflict began — both times to Russia.

This week’s visit to meet Putin is his second since the crisis began in March 2011 leading to a civil war that has killed some 400,000 people and resulted in millions of refugees.

The first was in October 2015, weeks after Russia launched its military campaign in Syria to shore up Assad’s forces, which turned the war in favor of Assad.

The meeting in Sochi, which lasted three hours, preceded a summit between the presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey set for Wednesday at the same venue. Iran and Russia have been Assad’s main backers while Turkey supports the opposition.

Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Russian president had previously assured the leaders of Turkey and Iran that “Russia will work with Syrian leadership to prepare the groundwork for the understandings that could be reached in Sochi on Wednesday and to make sure that agreements that could be reached would be viable.”

It wasn’t immediately clear if the Kremlin put any pressure on Assad to accept a new deal brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran — or whether that deal would involve Assad staying on as president once the war is over — but Assad signaled his intention to hold his ground in future Syria peace talks.

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the winners hug..

“Moscow released footage of Assad warmly embracing Putin, who hosted him in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Monday, ahead of a summit between Russia, Turkey and Iran and a new round of Syria peace talks in Geneva later this month.”

hes still there and it must really being pissing off the western/sunni alliance..

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Big Brother is here..Twitter will monitor users behavior “Off platform”

•November 23, 2017 • 1 Comment

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-19/big-brother-here-twitter-will-monitor-users-behavior-platform

In perhaps the most intrusive move of social media platforms’ efforts signal as much virtue as possible and appease their potentially-regulating government overlords, Twitter has announced that it is cracking down on what it defines at hate-speech and not just by looking at its own site.

In what amounts to a major shift in Twitter policy, Mashable’s Kerry Flynn reports that the company announced on Friday that it will be monitoring user’s behavior “on and off the platform” and will suspend a user’s account if they affiliate with violent organizations, according to an update to Twitter’s Help Center on Friday.

Abusive Behavior

We believe in freedom of expression and open dialogue, but that means little as an underlying philosophy if voices are silenced because people are afraid to speak up. In order to ensure that people feel safe expressing diverse opinions and beliefs, we prohibit behavior that crosses the line into abuse, including behavior that harasses, intimidates, or uses fear to silence another user’s voice.

Context matters when evaluating for abusive behavior and determining appropriate enforcement actions. Factors we may take into consideration include, but are not limited to whether:

  • the behavior is targeted at an individual or group of people;
  • the report has been filed by the target of the abuse or a bystander;
  • the behavior is newsworthy and in the legitimate public interest.

Violence: You may not make specific threats of violence or wish for the serious physical harm, death, or disease of an individual or group of people. This includes, but is not limited to, threatening or promoting terrorism.

You also may not affiliate with organizations that – whether by their own statements or activity both on and off the platform – use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes.

Abuse: You may not engage in the targeted harassment of someone, or incite other people to do so. We consider abusive behavior an attempt to harass, intimidate, or silence someone else’s voice.

Hateful conduct: You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.

Hateful imagery and display names: You may not use hateful images or symbols in your profile image or profile header. You also may not use your username, display name, or profile bio to engage in abusive behavior, such as targeted harassment or expressing hate towards a person, group, or protected category.

Furthermore, Twitter says it will control the stream of information more broadly…

At times, we may prevent certain content from trending.

As Kerry Flynn notes, these changes comes amid aggressive moves by Twitter to curb abuse and harassment on the site after more than a decade of essentially letting the abusers operate freely.

Over the last week, Twitter has taken action against the accounts of white supremacists. Twitter permanently banned Tim “Treadstone” Gionet, a prominent alt-right troll more widely known as Baked Alaska, earlier this week. It also removed the verification badges of Jason Kessler, one of the organizers of the racist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, and of alt-right activist Richard Spencer.

Twitter’s decision to monitor users off site sparked concern from free speech advocates such as Andrew Torba, founder of social network Gab.

“This is a scary precedent to set,” he wrote in an email to Mashable.

“Rules like this will only force dissidents and those who are speaking truth to power to silence themselves or risk being silenced by Twitter.”

Twitter’s new rules will not be enforced until December 18th

And of course, “if you’re doing nothing wrong, then why would this be an issue for you” will be instant reposte of those defending yet more intrusion within America’s surveillance state.

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google and facebook have been doing this for years..its orwellian in the extreme..

“Rules like this will only force dissidents and those who are speaking truth to power to silence themselves or risk being silenced by Twitter.”

i think my days on twitter are coming to an end..

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Israel ready to share intelligence on Iran with Saudi Arabia..like mates would

•November 22, 2017 • 1 Comment

https://www.rt.com/news/410049-israel-share-intelligence-on-iran/

The chief of staff of Israel’s military (IDF) told Saudi Arabia’s Alaf newspaper in an unprecedented interview that his country is ready to share intelligence on Iran with Riyadh.

With [US] President Donald Trump, there is an opportunity for a new international alliance in the region and a major strategic plan to stop the Iranian threat,” Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), told the paper. “We are ready to exchange experiences with moderate Arab countries and exchange intelligence to confront Iran.” 

When asked whether Israel had recently shared intelligence with the Saudis, Eisenkot said: “We are ready to share information if necessary. There are many common interests between us…”

The military official added that Iran was the “biggest threat to the region,” Haaretz reported, also saying that Tel Aviv and Riyadh were in full agreement about Iran’s intentions, and noting that Israel and Saudi Arabia had never fought each other.

Eisenkot went on to say that Israel’s security situation had never been as good as it is at present, claiming that was why “we are highly regarded by the moderate countries in the region.” He then accused Tehran of trying to destabilize the region by building weapons factories and supplying advanced arms to terrorist groups throughout the Middle East.

Iran seeks to take control of the Middle East, creating a Shiite crescent from Lebanon to Iran, and then from the Gulf to the Red Sea,” Eisenkot said, when asked about Iran’s intended goal. “We must prevent this from happening.”

The IDF chief also stressed that Israel had no intention of launching an attack on Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement, despite what he believes is Iranian provocation. “We see Iranian attempts at bringing about an escalation, but I don’t see a high chance for this at the moment,” he said.

The Saudis and Israel do not have diplomatic ties with one another, and the interview marked the first time an Israeli chief of staff has been interviewed by a media outlet in Saudi Arabia. Eisenkot’s remarks come despite the IDF chief saying in August 2015 that Iran was not the biggest threat to Israel, instead naming Hezbollah and Hamas as the most immediate threats to Israeli security.

Tel Aviv and Tehran have been arch enemies since Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979. At that time, the new Iranian government refused to recognize the legitimacy of the Jewish state and cut diplomatic ties.

Iran accuses Israel of oppressing Muslims, backing anti-Iranian groups, and conducting covert operations on Iranian territory. Israel, meanwhile, has been at the forefront of those accusing Iran of developing nuclear weapons and blames it for supporting Shiite armed groups such as Hezbollah.

Tehran has repeatedly threatened to destroy Israel, with Iranian army chief Maj. Gen. Abdolrahim Mousavi stating in September that the Jewish state could cease to exist within the next 25 years. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, expressed a similar sentiment in December 2016.

The power struggle between Riyadh and Tehran, meanwhile, appears to have dragged in Lebanon, whose prime minister, Saad Hariri, resigned on November 4 in a televised statement recorded in Saudi Arabia. His unexpected departure from office has led to speculation that he was coerced into stepping down. Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Thursday that Hariri is being detained in Saudi Arabia alongside his family, calling the move an “act of aggression.”

In his resignation speech, Hariri attacked Iran and Hezbollah for spurring conflict in Arab states, and said he feared assassination. Saudi Arabia has also accused the Iranian-backed Hezbollah of “hijacking” Lebanon’s political system.

However, Hezbollah’s leader has accused Saudi Arabia of declaring war on the group as well as on Lebanon, claiming Riyadh detained Hariri and forced him to resign in order to destabilize Lebanon. “It is clear that Saudi Arabia and Saudi officials have declared war on Lebanon and on Hezbollah in Lebanon,” Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech last week.

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With [US] President Donald Trump, there is an opportunity for a new international alliance in the region and a major strategic plan to stop the Iranian threat,” Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), told the paper. “We are ready to exchange experiences with moderate Arab countries and exchange intelligence to confront Iran.” 

i thought israel was the great satan?..why would the house of saud hold their hand? 🙂

“The Saudis and Israel do not have diplomatic ties with one another, and the interview marked the first time an Israeli chief of staff has been interviewed by a media outlet in Saudi Arabia. Eisenkot’s remarks come despite the IDF chief saying in August 2015 that Iran was not the biggest threat to Israel, instead naming Hezbollah and Hamas as the most immediate threats to Israeli security.”

this has further to play out..

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500-year-old da Vinci painting sells for record $592 million at auction

•November 22, 2017 • 26 Comments

https://www.perthnow.com.au/lifestyle/kids/500-year-old-da-vinci-painting-sells-for-record-592-million-at-auction-ng-79df1efb125f2b6874f90c0f0e39ceff

A 500-YEAR-OLD painting by world-famous artist Leonardo da Vinci has sold for a record $592 million.

The painting went up for auction last week after Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev decided to sell it.

The oil painting depicting Christ holding a crystal orb*, called Salvator Mundi which is Italian for “Saviour of the World”, is one of fewer than 20 paintings by da Vinci known to exist, according to Christie’s, the auction house conducting the sale.

Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian Renaissance*, meaning he was good at many things. He is known as a scientist, mathematician, artist and inventor. He is sometimes credited with the inventions of tanks, helicopters and parachutes as well as many scientific discoveries.

His most famous painting is the Mona Lisa. The eyes of the woman in his portrait appear to follow viewers around the room. It is said to be worth more than $800 million and is on display

at The Louvre gallery in Paris, France.

The record-breaking Salvator Mundiwas once labelled as “the biggest discovery of the 21st century”.

In 1958, the painting was sold for $60 at an auction in London, however, its value has risen substantially over the years.

There were gasps from the audience during bidding at last week’s auction as the price continued to rise past $500 million.

“I can hardly convey* how exciting it is for those of us directly involved in its sale,” said Christie’s specialist Alan Wintermute.

“The word masterpiece barely begins to convey the rarity*, importance and sublime* beauty of Leonardo’s painting.”

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how many children could be fed for $500 million?

a perverse amount of money..

the painting itself is also very interesting..

the orb..remember trump in the middle east with an orb?

there is some sort of constellation in there im sure..and the two fingers are very common..even disney liked two fingers:

https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/4902170/heres-why-you-will-never-see-a-disney-theme-park-employee-point-with-one-finger/

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Germany coalition: Talks collapse as FDP pulls out

•November 22, 2017 • 1 Comment

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42047532

Talks on forming a coalition government in Germany have collapsed after the free-market liberal FDP pulled out.

FDP leader Christian Lindner said there was no “basis of trust” with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU bloc and the Greens.

What happens next is unclear, but Mrs Merkel is due to meet President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who has the power to call snap elections.

Her bloc won September’s poll, but many voters deserted the mainstream parties.

After winning its first parliamentary seats, the far-right nationalist AfD (Alternative for Germany) vowed to fight “an invasion of foreigners” into the country.

Mrs Merkel said she regretted the collapse of the talks, adding she would meet the German president later on Monday to formally tell him negotiations had failed.

“It is a day of deep reflection on how to go forward in Germany,” she said. “As chancellor, I will do everything to ensure that this country is well managed in the difficult weeks to come.”

Aside from early elections, Mrs Merkel could also form a minority government with the Greens, who are yet to comment.

German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung called the development the worst crisis of Mrs Merkel’s 12 years in office.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/20/world/europe/germany-merkel-coalition.htm l

The collapse of talks reflected the deep reluctance of Ms. Merkel’s conservative bloc and prospective coalition partners — the ecologist-minded Greens and pro-business Free Democrats — to compromise over key positions. The Free Democrats quit the talks late Sunday, citing what they called an atmosphere of insincerity and mistrust.

“There is no coalition of the willing to form a government,” said Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff, director of the Berlin office of the German Marshall Fund. “This is uncharted territory since 1949. We’re facing a protracted period of political immobility. Not only is this not going to go away soon, there is no clear path out.”

Calling new elections is not a straightforward procedure in Germany. Written with the unstable governments of the 1920s and 1930s and collapse of the Weimar Republic in mind, the German constitution includes several procedural hurdles that would insure a prolonged and difficult process.

Some were quick to link Germany’s disorder to a broader crisis of democracy in the West. “The unthinkable has happened,” said Christiane Hoffmann, deputy head of the Berlin bureau of Der Spiegel, a German magazine. In that sense, she said, “This is Germany’s Brexit moment, its Trump moment.”

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/881924/Morrissey-Angela-Merkel-Germany-immigration-migrant-crisis-crime

In an interview with German newspaper Die Spiegel, he said: “I want Germany to be German. I want France to be French.

“If you try to make everything multicultural, you will not have any culture in the end.

“All European countries have fought for their identity for many, many years.

“And now they just throw it away. I think that’s sad.”

When asked if he sees the German Chancellor as the “mother” of Europe, due to her enduring years as the leader of the country and her power within the EU, he said: “Well, she’s smart enough not to say much.

“She stays silent, which is very interesting.

“But I’m sad that Berlin has become the rape capital… because of the open borders.”

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its all over for merkel..in a convoluted way the immigration flood will bring her down..she has changed centuries of culture in less than 5 years..

“The unthinkable has happened,” said Christiane Hoffmann, deputy head of the Berlin bureau of Der Spiegel, a German magazine. In that sense, she said, “This is Germany’s Brexit moment, its Trump moment.”

trump moment?

morrissey stirring the pot in the last article..

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