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YES - Prohibition of Abortion repealed in Ireland

by Frank Schnittger Fri May 25th, 2018 at 11:25:01 PM EST

The Eight Amendment to the Irish Constitution, passed by a margin of 67% to 33% on a 54% turnout in 1983, made abortion all but equivalent to murder in all circumstances except where there was an immediate and certain risk to the life of the mother. 35 years later a referendum to repeal that amendment was held yesterday.

The Irish Times exit poll predicts a 68% to 32% victory for the repeal side. A much higher turnout, approaching 70% is also expected to have occurred. This is a better result than the Yes side dared to hope, given that the No campaign had the full support of the Catholic Church and assorted well funded right wing think tanks and organisations who used emotive posters and language basically portraying YES supporters as baby killers.

As might be expected, the younger the voter, the more likely they are to support repeal. However the contrast between the 50-64 demographic (YES 63-37) and the 65+ demographic (NO 60-40) is stark. A sea change appears to have occurred between voters born before and after 1953, a period which saw the Catholic Church defeat the first attempts by government to introduce publicly funded health care for mothers and children.

Women and urban voters also supported repeal in greater numbers, but again, it is striking that there was no great Male/female or Urban/rural divide. All parts of the country voted for repeal, and men supported repeal by 65-35%.

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by Cat Fri May 25th, 2018 at 09:31:26 PM EST

Thank you for your confidence.

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Poroshenko's Losing Bet on a Clinton Win

by Oui Fri May 25th, 2018 at 08:13:31 AM EST

See also Martin Longman's fp story earlier ...

The World of Michael Cohen and Felix Sater

My earlier diary on Felix Sater ...

It's Not Russia ...

Trump lawyer 'paid by Ukraine' to arrange White House talks

Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, received a secret payment of at least $400,000 (£300,000) to fix talks between the Ukrainian president and President Trump, according to sources in Kiev close to those involved.

The payment was arranged by intermediaries acting for Ukraine's leader, Petro Poroshenko, the sources said, though Mr Cohen was not registered as a representative of Ukraine as required by US law.

Mr Cohen denies the allegation.

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Trump Campaign: George Bush Sr. and Spy Stefan Halper

by Oui Fri May 25th, 2018 at 07:59:13 AM EST

Puzzling ... US Presidential Election 2016:
Cambridge Espionage Halper Dearlove British Conservatives MI6 and ties to CIA / George Bush Sr.

George H. Bush, former CIA Director, involved in the Bay of Pigs operation, the plumbers, Watergate, assassinations, drugs running for CIA, Vietnam War, Laos, Columbia, Nicaragua, Afghanistan ... political frontmen on the payroll, Marcos, Noriega, brother of Kharzai ...

h/t Cat :: Returning to your simple remark "Halper" refers to Stefan Halper, an US intelligence agent US Congress tried to keep confidential: Intel Uses Media To Report Informant's Life In Danger, Turns Out They Are Just Covering Themselves

Cambridge politics professor outed as FBI informant in Trump investigation | Varsity |

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Trump a Master In Dynamite - A Nobel Prize?

by Oui Thu May 24th, 2018 at 05:57:26 PM EST

The Apprentice whose followers were already calling for his candidacy as the recipient of the explosive Nobel Prize, that would be true dynamite!

Trump is pretty good in "blowing-up" things from trade deals like NAFTA, TPP, Paris Climate Accord, WTO agreements due to "national security" risks and the Iran Nuclear agreement JCPOA signed by Barack Obama.

US Government destroyed NK Summit in Singapore with threat of "Libya Model"

Of all the countries that might have acted as a spoiler for the summit in Singapore between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un--China, Russia, Japan, the United States and North Korea themselves--the one that doomed it was unexpected. It isn't even involved in North Korea diplomacy and is located a long 6,000 miles away from the Korean Peninsula. It's Libya.

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All American, Spy Felix Sater Working All Sides

by Oui Thu May 24th, 2018 at 06:40:28 AM EST

So this guy Felix Sater was the Intelligence asset working from inside the Trump organization. He has been mentioned before as a FBI asset in Wall Street financial dealings, mob corruption and work for the US Government. Who was his handler? From his statement before the Senate Intelligence committee, he can be seen as the "Deep Throat" working all sides: Russia - Washington - Tel Aviv. I would be not surprised if he liasoned between IC of London - Moscow - Herzliya, the Mossad. He started work for the DIA under the Bill Clinton administration - Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Mujahideen, Pakistan's ISI, Stinger missiles - thinking the Operation Infinite Reach of 1998 and the Clinton pardon of Marc Rich in 2000 - also a Mossad asset. See also the Russia links between Rosneft and Glencore.

In Afghanistan, working for British intelligence and also becme an CIA asset, was our right-wing "friend" Radek Sikorski. Another excellent relationship with Poland, Ukraine and a strong anti-Russian sentiment, dare I say hatred?

Radek Sikorski Returns to Ukraine's Headlines: Putin's Coup
U.S. Citizens Continue to Infiltrate Eastern European Governments

How Felix Sater Worked The Trump Moscow Deal During The Campaign  | BuzzFeed - 6 days ago |

The first attempt to build a signature tower in the Russian capital was in 1987, when he visited the Soviet Union to scout locations. In 1996, his company announced another "exploratory trip" that came to nothing. In 2005, he set his sights on an abandoned pencil factory before that deal flickered and failed. In 2013, after hosting the Miss Universe pageant there, Trump tweeted, "TRUMP TOWER-MOSCOW is next."

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Jerusalem as the Zionists See It's Future

by Oui Wed May 23rd, 2018 at 06:44:27 PM EST

The US has abandoned International convention and the UN Security Council Resolutions about Israel as a state and the illegal occupation of Palestinian land. To place a hardliner like Thomas Friedman in the US Embassy in Jerusalem ... 'nuf said!

Israel: US ambassador handed doctored image of east Jerusalem | DW |

The Al-Aqsa Mosque is one of Islam's holiest sites; Muslims believe the Prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven from the structure. Known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif ("Noble Sanctuary") and as Temple Mount to Jews, the larger compound surrouding the mosque sits on land sacred to both religions. It is considered the holiest site in Judaism.

The site in Israel-annexed east Jerusalem has been a frequent flashpoint for violence between Israelis and Palestinians and a major source of tension in the decades-old conflict.

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Atlantic Council Teams Up With Zuckerberg's Facebook

by Oui Tue May 22nd, 2018 at 08:51:31 PM EST

Had to double-check news feed ... this can't be true, can it??

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An Economic 'Siege' of the Islamic State of Iran

by Oui Tue May 22nd, 2018 at 04:56:28 AM EST

Persons at the U.S. State Department have always sought revenge for lives lost during the Lebanon Wars between Sunni, Shia proxy groups in conjunction with Israel. Many American citizens were taken hostage for ransom in Beirut and the greatest loss of American lives was the Beirut Marine baracks bombing during the Reagan administration.

The US retaliated by supporting Saddam Hussein during the Iraq-Iran war and turning a blind eye when massive use of chemical warfare was used. During this war Iran lost a million lives on the battle field. Iraq used US satellite intelligence to pinpoint it's destructive arsenal of weapons.

By shredding the JCPOA nuclear deal, the USA has lost all of its credibility across vast regions of the globe.

The tragicomedy of Iran sanctions | Al Jazeera |

Iran marks May 22 as the anniversary of its economic 'siege' by the US. Following the takeover of the US embassy in Tehran in 1979, Jimmy Carter, the then US president, imposed sanctions on Iran, freezing around $12bn worth of Iranian assets abroad.

But coming as it did during a period of internal upheaval for Iran and shortly before the Iran-Iraq war, the sanctions were initially little more than an irritant for a country facing much greater issues.

In most cases, US-produced goods could be purchased through third parties, adding relatively small transaction costs. And Iranian exports - which tended to be essential items such as oil or high quality goods such as carpets, caviar and pistachios - did not depend on any single market.

In 1995, then US president Bill Clinton expanded the scope of sanctions significantly to include oil, gas and trade, effectively banishing US firms from the Iranian market.

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America On Path to Break-up the European Union

by Oui Mon May 21st, 2018 at 06:04:01 PM EST

Very much the theme of the AngloSaxon conservatives joined by the alt-right across the Western world ... once again warmongering coming out of the Pentagon, White House and the National Security Council under leadership of neocon John Bolton.

US vows 'strongest sanctions in history' on Iran, will 'crush' terror proxies | Times of Israel |

'This is just the beginning': Laying out strategy after exiting nuke deal, Pompeo says Iran must come clean about nuclear program, stop threatening Israel, leave Syria, halt terror.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Trump administration is preparing to impose "the strongest sanctions in history" on Tehran after withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal earlier this month, and laid out a laundry list of demands for a new treaty, in his first major speech outlining Washington's strategy for curtailing the Islamic Republic's nuclear ambitions and its `malign' regional behavior.

"We will apply unprecedented financial pressure on the Iranian regime," Pompeo told a crowd gathered at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank based in the nation's capital.

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NY Times: Collusion Trump Transition Team with UAE/Israel

by Oui Sun May 20th, 2018 at 08:05:19 AM EST

[Update-2 Title of diary was "Explosive News NY Times"]

Like I have said all along, looking in the wrong place for the defeat of Democrats in the 2016 Election ...

The New York Times discloses the basic collusion between the Trump Campaign and the joint effort by Israel and the Arab princes to get Trump elected. No one in U.S. Congress will put blame on close ally  PM Netanyahu of the Jewish State of Israel ... so the bully got a pass and carte blanche to setup the Republican nominee to defeat the Democrats and in its extension to confront Iran, the archenemy of Israel and Saudi Arabia. The "piggyback" coup d'état by covert forces of AngloSaxons conservatives [STL Group and Cambridge Analytica] in combination with the State of Israel.  See also the move of US Embassy to Jerusalem contravening International Law and UN Security Council resolutions. President Trump obliged Israel and Suadi Arabia by breaking the JCPOA, deal of the Five +1 with Iran on nuclear disarmament.

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The Global Plutocracy Story

by gmoke Sun May 20th, 2018 at 02:09:18 AM EST

With the news of Saudi and UAE meetings with the Trmp campaign, Jeet Heer, staff writer at the New Republic, points out that the "so called Russia story is a global plutocracy story" and I believe he is correct.  In fact, the global plutocracy story is the key to many stories:

The global plutocracy story is also the story of fossil foolish companies burning everything they can now & soaking the public for "stranded assets" when climate change becomes undeniable.

The global plutocracy story is also the real estate story with kakistocratic kleptocrats buying multiple high-end properties in London, NYC, and other cities around the world as part of a money laundering operation and hollowing out once living neighborhoods on the side.

The global plutocracy story is also the story of media and audience commercialization with growing 24/7/365 surveillance capability now technologically available to governments, corporations, groups, & individuals.

The global plutocracy story is also .... ad almost infinitum.

Dublin is to Blame

by Frank Schnittger Fri May 18th, 2018 at 12:33:21 AM EST

As Brexit day looms ever closer some things are gradually becoming clearer to even the most delusional of Brexit supporters. It is not the EU which is quaking in it's boots at the prospect of Britain leaving, it is the UK.

Having realised that leaving the customs Union and Single market puts at risk all the benefits the UK derives from trading (and integrating it's production processes) with its largest trading partner, the British government is desperately trying to salvage what it can while still delivering on its formal promise of Brexit.

All the debate in British government circles between "a customs partnership" and "Max fac", or maximum facilitation of EU trading rules and tariff collection is essentially a debate between two options the EU has already dismissed as unworkable.

But it is the Irish border question which has, almost single handedly, unravelled the UK government's negotiating position, and N. Ireland Unionists are, very slowly, coming around to realizing it. The DUP are panicking, and desperately casting around for a bogeyman to blame.

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Tillerson's Legacy: America Reaching for the Twilight Zone

by Oui Thu May 17th, 2018 at 08:51:22 AM EST

Rex Tillerson spoke at the graduation class of military cadets ... it's not just Donald Trump, the former Secretary of State implied all recent administrations where truth did not matter in personal and/or policy matters: Bill Clinton - George Bush - Barack Obama and Donald Trump. Excellent speech, worth remembering for his courage.

    Former secretary of state speaks at Virginia Military Institute and urges graduates to resist 'leaders [who] seek to conceal the truth'

Rex Tillerson warns of 'integrity and ethics crisis' - but doesn't name Trump | The Guardian |

Rex Tillerson, the former secretary of state, warned on Wednesday that America had plunged into a "crisis of ethics and integrity in our society and among our leaders" that could set the country down "a pathway to relinquishing our freedom".

"If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom," Tillerson said.

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John Bolton, North Korea and the Libya Model

by Oui Thu May 17th, 2018 at 07:56:35 AM EST

North cancels inter-Korean talks, threatens US summit | Asia Times |

A statement by the state-run Korean Central News Agency said the Max Thunder exercise was "a bid to make a pre-emptive air strike at the DPRK and win the air." Democratic People's Republic of Korea is the official name for North Korea.

Max Thunder, held annually, is the largest air-warfare drill on the peninsula involving both South Korean and US assets. This year's two-week drills started last Friday. The North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) called the exercises "an undisguised challenge" to the Panmunjom Declaration and a "rude and wicked provocation."  

Trump faces North Korea dilemma after John Bolton infuriates Pyongyang

North Korea's denunciation of John Bolton has forced Donald Trump to decide whether to stick with his national security adviser and his hardline tactics, or push ahead with a summit with Kim Jong-un that will provide historic spectacle but an uncertain outcome.

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EU to Ditch Dollar in Iran Trade

by Oui Wed May 16th, 2018 at 09:30:12 PM EST

Ahead of a summit of EU leaders, Donald Tusk criticizes Trump for US actions | DW |

The EU is hoping that Iran will continue to obey the rules of the agreement as long as enough of the economic benefits promised in the deal are preserved. The Iran nuclear deal aims to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear bomb.

"I would like our debate to reconfirm without any doubt that as long as Iran respects the provisions of the deal, the EU will also respect it," Tusk said.

But the EU's hopes have been complicated by the fact that European companies would also be exposed to US sanctions imposed on anyone doing business in Iran.

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Gaza Massacre by the Jewish State of Israel

by Oui Wed May 16th, 2018 at 08:55:45 AM EST

The great ally for decades of the United States. Only George Herbert Bush with Secretary of State James Baker III and Barack Obama with John Kerry had the courage to follow through on Internationl Law and the UN Security Council resolutions to confront the state of Israel. Both the Republicans and Democrats lost the the next bid for presidency in the election. For President Bush it was more clear-cut due to a sluggish economy and his broken promise of no tax cut than it was for the surprise defeat of Hillary Clinton after wasting an 19 points lead from mid-August.

    Bush's most publicized successes as President came in foreign policy.  In an almost bloodless campaign, he authorized the use of military force to remove Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega from power.  And when in 1990 Saddam Hussein annexed Kuwait as a possible prelude to invading Saudi Arabia, rather than fulfilling Margaret Thatcher's fears that he might "go wobbly", Bush instead put together a domestic and international political and military coalition that drove Hussein out of Kuwait in less than a month of combat and with a minimal loss of American lives.

Removing the Democrats from power became a major goal for PM Netanyahu, Israel lobby groups and to undo the nuclear deal with Iran sealed by the UN Security Council. The US has become itself a pariah state within the global community of nations and spreading terror across te Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

In the next decade, Europe will need to adjust its reliance on the capital infrastructure which has it embeded in Wall Street, trade treaties and the financial banking system. A next step will be to remove the dominant US dollar currency in favor of a basket of foreign valutas. The Brexit should expediate the separation of mainland Europe with the AngloSaxon empire of pure capitalism, warmongering and policy of regime change by force as seen during the last twenty years.

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Europe's Ugly Option to Follow in Trump's Steps

by Oui Tue May 15th, 2018 at 06:50:23 PM EST

The Dutch obedient to US "requests" to ban anti-virus software from Kaspersky Lab. The Dutch have been leading in the anti-Russia propaganda ever since the coup d'état in Kiev in February 2014. With US pressure mounting to conform with the new sanctions on Iran, the European nations will be forced to choose for the warmongering AngoSaxons or transgess to open markets of EurAsian block of nations.

The UK has positioned itself as intriguant to play both sides in the coming months as Brexit is clouding everyone's rational thinking.

Kaspersky Lab To Open Swiss Data Centre, Amid Dutch Ban

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Zero Net Energy - May 14, 2018

by gmoke Tue May 15th, 2018 at 02:51:43 AM EST

Design for World's First Energy Positive Hotel in the Arctic Circle
inhabitat.com/snohetta-unveils-designs-for-worlds-first-energy-positive-hotel-in-the-arctic- circle
Editorial Comment:  Snøhetta is doing more and more and more of these ground-breaking projects.  Good for them.

Net Zero Energy retrofit for Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, CA
https:/cleantechnica.com/2018/03/07/mynt-systems-inc-cost-effective-net-zero-carbon-retrofit%E2%80% A8

Disappear Retreat:  zero energy, zero waste, zero water microhouse

Charenton-Bercy net zero skyscraper by Skidmore Owings and Merrill in Paris
https:/www.dezeen.com/2018/03/14/paris-garden-skyscraper-charenton-bercy-som-most-sustainable-build ings-europe
https:/inhabitat.com/soms-net-zero-paris-skyscraper-will-be-one-of-the-most-sustainable-buildings-i n-europe

Architecture at zero competition

Oslo Airport smart city will be the world's first energy-positive airport city with the capacity to sell surplus energy to surrounding buildings and communities

CORE 9 carbon positive house

Canada's first net positive carbon multi-tenant building
www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/heres-first-office-building-certified-under-canadas-ze ro-carbon-building-standard.html

USA's first passive house plus, retrofit of a brownstone built in 1900's

Self-sustaining modular floating city design

Tidal powered net positive energy hotel for Hainan

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SE Asia: Reading Tea Leaves of Defunct British Empire

by Oui Fri May 11th, 2018 at 02:34:38 PM EST

Trump's insistence that we unilaterally withdraw from the Korean peninsula

For seven decades, the United States and South Korea have been the closest of allies. Their soldiers have served together not just on the Korean Peninsula but in Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. And under America's protective umbrella, the South Korean economy has soared.

Now, as North Korea carries out a series of provocative missile and nuclear bomb tests, that alliance is straining at a time when both nations may need it more than ever.

President Trump issued a blast of antagonistic comments in the last few days that have made South Koreans doubt that they can take the alliance for granted any longer.

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