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Interim French government named

by eurogreen Sun May 22nd, 2022 at 01:30:55 PM EST

After a comical period of suspense, when the annoncement of a new Prime Minister (which leaked rumours promised would be a woman and an ecologist) and of a government, were repeatedly pushed back (as various people apparently turned the job down), Macron finally nominated Elisabeth Borne, a classic technocrat, reputedly from the left because she had worked for PS ministers; reputedly ecologist because she had worked for Ségolène Royal!

In any case, as with the selection of Macron's parliamentary candidates, nobody is under any illusions as to her autonomy or personal agency. Everyone does whatever the boss thinks is a good idea at the time; that is the definition of Macronism.

Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger

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Noam Chomsky on WWIII - Russia - China

by Oui Sun May 22nd, 2022 at 06:49:57 AM EST

An evening with Noam Chomsky: Contours of Global Order

The topic up for discussion was the 'Contours of Global Order: Domination, Stability, Security in a Changing World'. As you can imagine this is a vast area. We began by looking back to 1939 during World War II when the United States had devised the `Grand Area' for post-war dominance. Chomsky talked about how the US wanted to gain unquestionable power and maintain fierce loyalty from their allies. He remarked that this was still true of today, saying `The US presidents may have changed name or "style" but their substance is still very much the same'.

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At last, a progressive Australian government?

by eurogreen Sat May 21st, 2022 at 06:15:09 PM EST

Scott Morrison has conceded, Anthony Albanese has claimed victory.

At the time of writing, it's not clear whether the Australian Labor Party has an outright majority in the lower house of Parliament, but they will certainly find one by enrolling Greens and independents.. In the Senate, there is a clear ALP/Green majority. Overall, the two-party system is clearly weakened, with Greens and, "teals" (blue/green independents) making big gains.

He will be judged on results, but new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese seems set to be the most progressive Prime Minister since... Gough Whitlam in 1972.

Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger

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A Hit for AUKUS

by Oui Sat May 21st, 2022 at 02:27:31 PM EST

Scott Morrison resigns 😁

Great move ... good luck with your nuclear submarines build by UK-US corporations to fight climate change as Australia burns under the heat of our Sun 🔥☀️🌪

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Time to wield the big stick

by Frank Schnittger Wed May 18th, 2022 at 10:43:24 AM EST

The Boris Johnson government has once again signalled its intention to break international law and its treaty obligations to the EU by introducing domestic legislation to over-ride parts of the protocol and to annul the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice over protocol related matters. This is in addition to its current unilateral and illegal extension of grace periods on protocol implementation and its failure to honour agreements on data sharing and building facilities for goods inspections.

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There Ain't Nothing Boris Can't Fix

by Oui Mon May 16th, 2022 at 11:31:21 AM EST

Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger

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NATO War Planning -- In 2021 Ukraine

by Oui Wed May 11th, 2022 at 03:29:40 PM EST

I forgot about Halbe Zijlstra and his prophesy about Vladimir Putin and his goal of Greater Russia -- fly on the wall in Putin's dacha in 2006.

Transcript of the speech by future Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra ...

ALERT ⚠️ complete fake story full of lies for which he had to retire from the cabinet of Mark Rutte ...

Rutte and VVD -- Conservatives similar to policy run by Tories across the channel.

Rise of Populism Based on Terror and Islamophobia

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Shireen Abu Akhleh Killed by Israeli Sniper [Update]

by Oui Tue May 10th, 2022 at 06:29:18 PM EST

Title updated — “Gaza War and Destruction of Palestinians”

FM Wopke Hoekstra (talented McKinsey scholar reminds me of Robert McNamara, same IQ vs EQ deficit) ... why place such a financial a$$hole on a position of diplomacy, foreign affairs with no knowledge of history ... on the job training.

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N. Ireland Protocol receives democratic mandate

by Frank Schnittger Mon May 9th, 2022 at 12:03:50 PM EST

DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson and his party are ignoring the democratic mandate of voters in the North.

The Irish independent has published my letter pointing out that the Protocol now has a democratic mandate in N. Ireland. Democracy needs to precede tribal bias against protocol

[Update] The Irish Times has now published the letter as well - and their sub-editor didn't mess with the text, so it reads better. (Fourth letter down).

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American Revival of the Barry Goldwater Era

by Oui Sun May 8th, 2022 at 07:37:54 PM EST

How the "Daisy" Ad Changed Everything About Political Advertising | Smithsonian |

On September 7, 1964, a 60-second TV ad changed American politics forever. A 3-year-old girl in a simple dress counted as she plucked daisy petals in a sun-dappled field. Her words were supplanted by a mission-control countdown followed by a massive nuclear blast in a classic mushroom shape.

The message was clear if only implicit: Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater was a genocidal maniac who threatened the world's future. Two months later, President Lyndon Johnson won easily, and the emotional political attack ad--visceral, terrifying, and risky--was made.

A Minute Ago She Was Plucking Daisies

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Annexation Of Land - Changing Borders

by Oui Sun May 8th, 2022 at 08:27:26 AM EST

Building Eretz Israel ...

Statement by UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Hastings on eviction orders of the Residents of Masafer Yatta in the Occupied West Bank

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Expelling Russia

by Frank Schnittger Sat May 7th, 2022 at 11:20:41 AM EST

A Russian TV station this week broadcast video simulating the effect of nuclear weapons being detonated off the coast of Ireland, in a report introduced by Dmitry Kiselyov (pictured)

What more provocation do we need before we break off diplomatic relations with Russia?

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City Agriculture - May 5, 2022

by gmoke Fri May 6th, 2022 at 03:45:05 AM EST

Zero emissions cherry orchard in New Zealand

Follow the Food series from the BBC and Corteva Agriscience
How we might build a food utopia
The People Building Edible Cities

Urban Forest - 20 story carbon neutral residential green building for Brisbane, Australia

Agritecture Design - software for designing better farms, urban and rural - now in beta
Example: a farm for an IKEA parking lot in NJ

Treehouse with "green walls, facades and rooftops, plus water features, natural light, and ventilation strategies to green the traditional office building"
www.archdaily.com/974806/ronald-lu-and-partners-competition-winning-design-re-imagines-the-w orkplace

2021 Census for Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA)

Bacteriological replacement for Haber-Bosch produced fertilizers?
www.agritecture.com/blog/2022/2/8/can-ancient-bacteria-mitigate-the-harmful-co2-effects-of-c onventional-fertilizer

Black-led urban farms thrive until they have to fight for their land
www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/mar/05/black-led-urban-farms-are-thriving-until-they-ha ve-to-fight-for-their-land

Agrico Qatar recent in-store aquaponic vertical farm at Carrefour Qatar Majid Al Futtaim City Centre Mall, Westbay, Doha

Refurbishing an abandoned building into a successful mall through plants

Living Grid house with exterior walls designed for plantings

Net zero energy city planned for Egypt - producing more energy AND food than it consumes

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Northern Ireland Assembly Elections

by Frank Schnittger Tue May 3rd, 2022 at 08:19:33 PM EST

Voters in N. Ireland go to the polls on Thursday 5th. of May to elect a new Legislative Assembly. The election takes place on the same day as local elections in Britain which could prove disastrous for the Tories, as it represents the voters first chance to vent their disapproval of "Partygate", high inflation, and endemic Tory cronyism and corruption.

In N. Ireland the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and their allies in the Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV) party and loyalist paramilitaries have tried to make the Protocol to the UK/EU Withdrawal Treaty the main issue. They even collapsed the last Executive (aka N. Ireland devolved government) over the issue and have threatened not to allow a new Executive to be formed unless the Protocol is scrapped or radically reformed.

They claim the Protocol creates a sea border between Britain and N. Ireland, and thereby diminishes their "Britishness". The fact that it also gives  N. Ireland preferential access to the Single Market many in Britain would die for gets lost in the waves of emotion they have created around the issue.

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Germany Goes To War

by Oui Mon May 2nd, 2022 at 10:30:04 AM EST

Just as one hundred years ago, American corporate capitalism bands together with European fascism, this time with the historic states of the former Prussian empire across Poland, Baltics and the Ukraine.

Delivery heavy weapons to Ukraine ...

Delivering heavy weapons to #Ukraine is the right step forward. Otherwise we would need to tell #Ukraine: 'Fight alone'. Clearly, that's not what we want to do. We are standing in solidarity with #Ukraine. @ABaerbock #Bundestag

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Energy (and Other) Events - May 2022

by gmoke Sun May 1st, 2022 at 07:49:44 PM EST


Tuesday, May 3
Graduate workshop: Data-driven environmental economics research from the EPA

Thursday, June 2 - June 3
Numbers and Nature: Mitchell J. Feigenbaum Symposium

Lecture Series

Tuesday, May
Cambridge Forum (https:/www.cambridgeforum.org?cat=3)

Friday, May 13
Building Climate Resilience in Transportation Systems
MIT Mobility Forum, (http://mmi.mit.edu/events)

Wednesday, May 11
Networking on the Trails: Mass Audubon's Climate Initiatives
Climate Adaptation Forum (https:/climateadaptationforum.org/events)

Friday, June 10
Market (Redesign) Pathways to a Decarbonized Grid; and Weaning Buildings Off Fossil Gas
NE Restructuring Roundtable (http://www.raabassociates.org/main/roundtable.asp)


Monday, May 2
Mandating Climate Disclosures: Impacts on Sustainability and Financial Markets
Bazaar of Ideas: Moving Stuff Around

Wednesday, May 4
The Power of Protest: A Film Screening: The Boys Who Said No!

Thursday, May 5
Net Zero MA.: Legislation + Energy Sources for Achieving 2050 Climate Goals
Summit: Inventing the Future of Money
Environment, Ethics and Embodiment: Buddhist Approaches to Climate Change

Friday, May 6
Improving climate models with hybrid AI approaches

Saturday May 7
Fayette Park plant swap
Wake up the Earth Festival

Monday, May 9
Circular Economy for Sustainable Development: The Role of Land, Fuels, and Manufacturing

Tuesday, May 10
American governance: The way forward
Energy Companies and the Energy Transition: Transforming the Organization
Manufacturing the Clerical Predator: How the Catholic Hierarchy Creates and Maintains a Culture of Abuse

Friday, May 13
Carbon Neutral Geothermal Building In the Hudson Valley

Tuesday, May 17
Securing the Future of Agriculture

Wedneday, May 18
NECEC Emerging Trends Series: Deploying Climate Solutions
A Changing Planet Seminar: Seasonal rainfall over Eastern Africa and the Tropics: Trends, Climate Models and Projections

Thursday, May 19
Climate Conversations: Adaptation in Agriculture
The End of the Petrostate - How Electrification will Reshape the World

Friday, May 20
Bringing Together Varied Communities, As in the Covid Pandemic and Climate Change

Wednesday, May 25
MA Attorney General Climate Debate


These kinds of events are happening all over the world every day and most of them, now, are webcast and archived, sometimes even with accurate transcripts. Would be good to have a place that helped people access them.

This is a more global version of the local listings I did for about a decade (what I did and why I did it at http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com/2013/11/what-i-do-and-why-i-do-it.html) until September 2020 and earlier for a few years in the 1990s (https:/theworld.com~gmoke/AList.index.html).

A more comprehensive global listing service could be developed if there were enough people interested in doing it, if it hasn't already been done.

If anyone knows of such a global listing of open energy, climate, and other events is available, please put me in contact.

Thanks for reading,

Solar IS Civil Defense,
George Mokray

http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com - notes on lectures and books
http://solarray.blogspot.com - renewable energy and efficiency - zero net energy links list
http://cityag.blogspot.com - city agriculture links list
http://geometrylinks.blogspot.com - geometry links list
http://hubevents.blogspot.com - Energy (and Other) Events
http://www.dailykos.com/user/gmoke/history - articles, ideas, and screeds

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America Today!

by Oui Fri Apr 29th, 2022 at 12:10:11 PM EST

State of exceptionalism, if you don't have money, and lots of it, you don't have a voice. Position of power in direct relationship to wealth of a person.

Wielding power as highest ranking Democratic member Senate Foreign Relations Committee ...

User Clip: 1998 - Biden chastises UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter | C-span |

In 1998, the former UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter testified to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee following Ritter's resignation after years of frustration in Iraq. In Biden's time after his opening statement, Biden chastised Ritter that the decision to go to war was above his "pay grade." While open to the idea of removing Saddam, Biden said the President and Cabinet Secretaries and people in "limos" get to make that decision, not a Weapons Inspector.

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Third and Deciding Phase for Europe

by Oui Wed Apr 27th, 2022 at 01:03:11 PM EST

Yesterday's expansion of hostilities outside the border of Ukraine ...

Two explosions inside Moldova (Transnistria) destroyed transmission towers of Russian news broadcasts

Many warnings were given that the explosion of refugees flowing across the Mediterranean Sea would encourage fascist populism of Xenophobia and Islamophobia.

A changing landscape authored by the group of nations allied in the Five Eyes to destabilize and conquer. Cheney and Rumsfeld will be proud of what New Europe has become ... difficult birth pangs, but with rendition, torture, detention and black ops one can truly build a unifying force of evil. Add quite some mean covert operations, propaganda and disinformation, any fascist power can change the mindset of a continent. Lessons from Goebbels with dark tools hidden in Big Tech would make any inferior nation very powerful. The 5% wanting to rule the 8 billion of human kind.

A Final Warning: Rise of Fascism

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NATO Russia Founding Act - A Dead Letter

by Oui Mon Apr 25th, 2022 at 02:34:13 PM EST

Changing US foreign policy after George H. Bush and James Baker III, the unreliable partner for peace in the world.

From "Chicken Kiev" to Ukrainian Recognition: Domestic Politics in U.S. Foreign Policy toward Ukraine | Harvard Ukrainian Studies - by Susan Fink (1997) |

President Bush Remarks at the Supreme Soviet Building - Ukraine address 1 August 1991

Remarks to the Supreme Soviet of the Republic of the Ukraine in Kiev, Soviet Union - August 1, 1991 (transcript)

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Standing Up to Russia

by Oui Mon Apr 25th, 2022 at 08:34:50 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine: Antony Blinken and Pentagon General Austin announce a new phase in war of non-negotiations as goal.

Spokesperson to Zelensky ...

America offers a win over Russia as the Ukrainians deserve to be free.

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