Biden warns that the progressive democratic world order is at risk of collapse

•January 20, 2017 • 47 Comments

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/18/joe-bidens-final-speech-at-davos.html

Vice President Joe Biden delivered an epic final speech Wednesday to the elites at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The gist of his speech was simple: At a time of “uncertainty” we must double down on the values that made Western democracies great, and not allow the “liberal world order” to be torn apart by destructive forces.

Biden went after Russian President Vladimir Putin by name, saying he is using “every tool” in his power to whittle away the European project, and undermine Western democracies. Biden accused Putin of wanting to “roll back decades of progress.”

Biden said Russia used “cyber aggression” to meddle in the U.S. election, an assertion supported by 17 U.S. intelligence agencies. He also warned that we will see further interference from Russia in the future and said the “purpose is clear” — that Putin wants to see a “collapse of the international order.”

“Simply put, Putin has a different vision of the future,” the vice president warned.

At the outset of his speech, Biden implored the media to not hear his speech as a shot at President-elect Donald Trump, who takes office on Friday. And, while what Biden said applies broadly to leaders in Europe, as well as the United States, there is no mistaking that his comments were a rebuttal to Trump’s friendly statements about the Russian president.

At the outset of his speech, Biden implored the media to not hear his speech as a shot at President-elect Donald Trump, who takes office on Friday. And, while what Biden said applies broadly to leaders in Europe, as well as the United States, there is no mistaking that his comments were a rebuttal to Trump’s friendly statements about the Russian president.

At a time when Trump and his advisors are talking about shaking up NATO, Biden said, we must “support our NATO allies. An attack on one is an attack on all. That can never be placed in question.”

Biden also warned that unlike Trump’s call for building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, it’s not the time to build walls and live in fear.

Biden implored world leaders to work together to protect democracy from encroachments by Russia, Iran and others. Yet, Trump’s world view is “America First,” which runs counter to Biden’s view.

Biden didn’t merely urge the world leaders at Davos to maintain the status quo. He warned that the reason for the pressure on the democratic order is the rise in income inequality and the hollowing out of the middle class, as the rich get richer and people in developing nations see their lives gradually improve.

He said the top 1 percent is not paying their fair share, and as a result we are seeing social instability increase.

“We need to tap into the big heartedness,” Biden said. “This is a moment to lead boldly.”

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he assumes we all think thats a bad thing?

note the lights going out on him..timing.. 🙂

“Biden also warned that unlike Trump’s call for building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, it’s not the time to build walls and live in fear.”

did he mention that to israel as well?

“support our NATO allies. An attack on one is an attack on all. That can never be placed in question.”

warmongers..

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Prince Charles writes a 52-page book about global warming

•January 20, 2017 • 9 Comments
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Ladybird Expert Book
Climate Change – HRH The Prince of Wales

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4120946/Charles-Ladybird-eco-warrior-Prince-writes-52-page-book-global-warming-cover-based-one-dramatic-video-looks-LOT-like-rescue-photo.html

Prince Charles has taken the extraordinary step of writing a Ladybird book warning of the threat of global warming.

The outspoken heir to the Throne, who has made no secret of his views on climate change, is co-author – along with two prominent environmental campaigners – of the 52-page guide.

Details of its content have not been revealed but The Mail on Sunday understands that the slim, hardback volume claims there is overwhelming scientific evidence that largely man-made global warming causes catastrophic events, including the recent flooding in parts of Britain and rising global temperatures.

It is not known if the opinions of experts who take a less alarmist view are reflected in the book, which is aimed at adults.

The publisher, better known for its children’s classics of the 1960s and 1970s, says the book offers a ‘bite-sized understanding’ of a ‘challenging subject’, and is written by ‘leading lights’ in their fields, providing ‘informed expert opinion’.

It added that it had been extensively peer-reviewed by scientists, including the Royal Meteorological Society – a first for Ladybird.

Former Government Minister Peter Lilley said: ‘Prince Charles is sadly reflecting the view fostered by organisations like the BBC and others that anyone who exercises their critical faculties on global warming is beyond the pale.’

But Sir Nicholas Soames, the Tory MP for Mid Sussex, said: ‘Climate change is a very complex and difficult subject, and it’s brilliant the way he has distilled the arguments into this book. I commend him for writing it.’

Former Business Secretary Vince Cable added: ‘I think it’s only a few people now who do not believe that climate change is happening, so Prince Charles is right to write about it.

‘Also, he is writing about science, and so there is no problem with that. Prince Charles has written widely on social matters over the years, and I commend him for that.’

Prince Charles penned the introduction and co-wrote the 5,000-word book with former Green Party Parliamentary candidate Tony Juniper and polar scientist Emily Shuckburgh. It is the first of a new series from Ladybird aimed at explaining complicated subjects to a mass audience.

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seriously?

charles needs to GTFO..

anything is climate change..if its not still with no wind then its extreme weather and its all because of us..

“It is the first of a new series from Ladybird aimed at explaining complicated subjects to a mass audience.”

bullshit..its dumming down the memes the elites want taught to the kids..there is nothing complicated at all..its a scam..

“Prince Charles is sadly reflecting the view fostered by organisations like the BBC and others that anyone who exercises their critical faculties on global warming is beyond the pale.”

indeed..

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Luxottica and Essilor in 45-billion euro merger deal to create eyewear giant

•January 20, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/15/luxottica-essilor-in-45-billion-euro-merger-deal-to-create-eyewear-giant-source.html

Italy’s Luxottica and France’s Essilor have agreed a 45-billion euro merger deal to create a global powerhouse in the eyewear industry, a source with knowledge of the matter said.

The deal, one of Europe’s largest cross-border tie-ups, is expected to be announced before the market opens on Monday. It will see Luxottica’s 81-year old founder Leonardo Del Vecchio take a 31 percent stake in the merged group through his family holding Delfin, the source said.

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another global powerhouse created..consolidation continues..

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Deutsche Bank finalizes $7.2 billion settlement

•January 19, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/17/news/economy/deutsche-bank-fine/

Deutsche Bank has cemented a $7.2 billion settlement with the Department of Justice for selling toxic mortgage-backed securities in the years before the market meltdown of 2008.

The DOJ said Tuesday that the settlement — which includes a $3.1 billion civil penalty — is the largest of its kind levied by the department.

The other $4.1 billion included in the settlement is earmarked for “relief to underwater homeowners, distressed borrowers and affected communities,” DOJ said in a statement. That includes issuing loan forgiveness and forbearance and providing funding for affordable housing across the U.S., to be overseen by an independent monitor.

“Deutsche Bank did not merely mislead investors: It contributed directly to an international financial crisis,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said.

“Our conduct in this matter falls short of our standards and is unacceptable,” said Deutsche Bank (DB) CEO John Cryan. “We apologize unreservedly for it. We have subsequently exited many of the underlying activities and comprehensively improved our standards.”

The deal was first announced in December, but Tuesday marked the formal closure of the settlement.

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DB is really under the pump..$7.2bn fine is sizable..but when you consider how much they grifted out of the system perhaps its not..

“The DOJ said Tuesday that the settlement — which includes a $3.1 billion civil penalty — is the largest of its kind levied by the department.”

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IMF boosts U.S. growth forecasts

•January 19, 2017 • 5 Comments
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump leaves a press conference in Trump Tower, Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 11, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump leaves a press conference in Trump Tower, Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 11, 2017.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-imf-growth-idUSKBN1501P9

The International Monetary Fund on Monday said the U.S. economy would grow faster than previously expected in 2017 and 2018 based on the incoming Trump administration’s tax and spending plans, but it kept its global growth forecasts unchanged due to weakness in some emerging markets.

Updating its World Economic Outlook, the IMF forecast overall global growth at 3.4 percent for 2017 and 3.6 percent for 2018, unchanged from October. That compared to 3.1 percent in 2016, the weakest year since the 2007-2009 financial crisis.

It estimated a modest fiscal stimulus under President-elect Donald Trump would push U.S. gross domestic product growth to 2.3 percent in 2017, a gain of 0.1 percentage point on the last forecast, and to 2.5 percent in 2018, up 0.4 percentage point.

The IMF noted, however, that Trump’s plans for expansionary fiscal measures including tax cuts and infrastructure spending also could stoke inflation in an economy already nearing full employment.

“If a fiscally-driven demand increase collides with more rigid capacity constraints, a steeper path for interest rates will be necessary to contain inflation, the dollar will appreciate sharply, real growth will be lower, budget pressure will increase, and the U.S. current account deficit will widen,” IMF chief economist Maurice Obstfeld said in a statement.

That would increase the likelihood of more protectionist U.S. trade measures and retaliatory responses, Obstfeld told a news conference.

“In that scenario, all countries would lose out,” he added.

But the new IMF outlook does not include any assumptions regarding Trump’s trade plans, such as potential tariffs on Mexican and Chinese goods, as there seems to be less of a political consensus surrounding them, Obstfeld said.

The IMF does assume a stronger dollar, firmer oil prices and “more inflationary pressure and a less-gradual normalization of U.S. monetary policy.”

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“the U.S. economy would grow faster than previously expected in 2017 and 2018 based on the incoming Trump administration’s tax and spending plans”

the donald effect..

“Trump’s plans for expansionary fiscal measures including tax cuts and infrastructure spending also could stoke inflation in an economy already nearing full employment.”

having a bet each way..

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Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning’s sentence

•January 19, 2017 • 6 Comments

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http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/17/14239900/chelsea-manning-pardon-obama-wikileaks

President Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning’s sentence, according to a report fromThe New York Times. While not technically a pardon, the order reduces Manning’s sentence from 35 years to just over seven years, the majority of which Manning has already served. As a result, Manning is due to be released from federal custody in just five months, on May 17th.

While serving as an intelligence analyst in Iraq, Manning leaked more than 700,000 documents to WikiLeaks, including video of a 2007 airstrike in Baghdad that killed twoReuters employees. In 2013, Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for her role in the leak and has been held at the US Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth for the past three years.

Julian Assange, who has long been sought by US and EU authorities for extradition on Swedish rape charges, had previously pledged to surrender himself to US authorities if Manning was pardoned.

The news was welcomed by many in Manning’s legal support team. “Obama may well have just saved Chelsea Manning’s life,” said Sarah Harrison, who has defended Manning as Active Director of the Courage nonprofit. “Freeing her is clearly and unambiguously the right thing to do.”

At the same time, Harrison did not shy away from continued criticism of President Obama. “Today’s news will not make good the harm done on Obama’s watch,” she continued. “Chelsea’s conviction under the Espionage Act and 35-year sentence set a terrible precedent that is left entirely intact by this commutation. Who knows what Donald Trump will do with this precedent, and these powers, that Obama has left him?”

Born Bradley Manning, Chelsea announced her gender transition the day after the verdict was handed down. “I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female,” she said in a statement. “Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible.” Obtaining the resulting medical treatments was extremely difficult for Manning, and was the subject of significant and sustained activism. After a lawsuit, Manning was approved for hormone therapy in 2015. In September 2016, she launched a hunger strike, demanding access to gender reassignment surgery; the military complied five days later. Notably, today’s commutation means many of the resulting procedures may take place after Manning’s release.

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the king taketh and the king giveth..

wasnt it obama that put him there?

in the new age of freedom for whistleblowers..lol?

manning alerted us to “collateral damage” the film..and many other pieces of truth that were very very inconvenient for the system..

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New candidate for missing element in Earth’s core

•January 19, 2017 • 4 Comments

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http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-38561076

Japanese scientists believe they have established the identity of a “missing element” within the Earth’s core.

They have been searching for the element for decades, believing it makes up a significant proportion of our planet’s centre, after iron and nickel.

Now by recreating the high temperatures and pressures found in the deep interior, experiments suggest the most likely candidate is silicon.

The discovery could help us to better understand how our world formed.

Lead researcher Eiji Ohtani from the University of Tokyo told BBC News: “We believe that silicon is a major element – about 5% [of the Earth’s inner core] by weight could be silicon dissolved into the iron-nickel alloys.”

The innermost part of our Earth is thought to be a solid ball with a radius of about 1,200km.

It is far too deep to investigate directly, so instead scientists study how seismic waves pass through this region to tell them something of its make-up.

It is mainly composed of iron, which makes up an estimated 85% of its weight, and nickel, which accounts for about 10% of the core.

Add this together though and around 5% is unaccounted for.

To investigate, Eiji Ohtani and his team created alloys of iron and nickel and mixed them with silicon.

They then subjected them to the immense pressures and temperatures that exist in the inner core.

They discovered that this mixture matched what was seen in the Earth’s interior with seismic data.

Prof Ohtani said more work was needed to confirm the presence of silicon and that it did not rule out the presence of other elements.

https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm16/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/153611

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“Lead researcher Eiji Ohtani from the University of Tokyo told BBC News: “We believe that silicon is a major element – about 5% [of the Earth’s inner core] by weight could be silicon dissolved into the iron-nickel alloys.”

silicon eh?

“The innermost part of our Earth is thought to be a solid ball with a radius of about 1,200km.”

nice..

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