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HOPE! Eight More Years!

by Oui Wed Jul 24th, 2024 at 05:39:06 AM EST

Reminds me of the years  early 1960s ... the feeling of change and hope when JFK was elected president in a close race with Richard Nixon.  We were in a long time Cold War and the foe was Communism spreading around the world.

Kamala Harris holds 1st presidential campaign rally since Biden's withdrawal from the race

A raucous Milwaukee crowd welcomed Vice President Harris has as she proclaimed that the road to the White House runs through Wisconsin.

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US Congress Entertains a Genocide War Criminal

by Oui Tue Jul 23rd, 2024 at 09:39:40 PM EST

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Pro-Palestine activists plan protests at US Capitol during Netanyahu's visit | Al Arabya |

Jewish Voices for Peace protest in Rotunda of the Capitol ...

Jewish protesters on Capitol Hill call for cease-fire in Gaza

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Not Trump Proof - NATO Disunity Grows

by Oui Mon Jul 22nd, 2024 at 10:19:42 PM EST

Orbán meets Trump in Mar-a-Lago

Hungary's Viktor Orbán meets Donald Trump | BBC News |

EU foreign policy meetings moved from Budapest to Brussels ... childish

Orbán in search for peace ...

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The Day After

by Oui Mon Jul 22nd, 2024 at 11:30:55 AM EST

After shooting incident ... bipartisan call to temper the inflammatory rhetoric 🔥 🔥and argue policy ... 🤥 🤥 lasted barely a fortnight.

Have to point the arrow heads on a complete different person.

VP Harris should keep focus on domestic issues the American people care about out.

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Hitler with Nukes?

by Frank Schnittger Sun Jul 21st, 2024 at 12:10:49 PM EST

I had the pleasure of attending the first two days of the McGill Summer school in the village of Glenties, Donegal, for the first time this year and listened to some excellent discussions and talks. Friday was headlined by An Taoiseach, Simon Harris who gave a speech and interview proposing to set up a new department of Infrastructural Development to improve the delivery of major infrastructural projects. See report by Mark Hennesy here.

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Before Dying, Wesley Got His War

by Oui Sun Jul 21st, 2024 at 10:40:28 AM EST

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Wes Clark - America's Foreign Policy "Coup"

Pentagon papers in 2001 after bombing Afghanistan in retaliation: "We are going to attack and destroy the governments of seven countries in 5 years. We are going to start with Iraq and move on to Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Iran." The Neocon policy of America in support of ally Israel.

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Heat Pumps: What I Imagine an Environmental Community Could Do

by gmoke Sun Jul 21st, 2024 at 02:01:47 AM EST

A friend pointed me to a recent Wired magazine story, "The hunt for the most efficient heat pump"

http://www.wired.com/story/heat-pump-maximum-efficiency/

Seems that friendly competition is generating interest in heat pumps in the UK and elsewhere with nearly 200 installations connected to real-time monitoring systems trying to score the highest Coefficient of Performance [COP] or Seasonal Coefficient of Performance [SCOP] at HeatPumpMonitor.org (http://heatpumpmonitor.org/).  Heat pumps with higher COPs and SCOPs provide more heat output for every input of electricity.  Standard installations are now at 2-4 COP, for every 1 kW of electricity in 2-4 kW of heat comes out.  There are some on the  leaderboard (mostly UK but at least one Danish and one USAmerican system) with COPs and SCOPs of 5 edging toward 6.

The International Energy Agency published a global estimate that heat pumps could reduce CO2 emissions by 500 million metric tons, the "equivalent to taking every car in Europe off the road."  

I dislike comparing everything to cars.  

Since it's heating and cooling of houses, let's measure emissions reductions in terms of households:  "each home emits 10.97 metric tons of COS per year from all energy use combined, versus 7.27 metric tons of CO2 per year from electricity alone."

Source:  http://www.epa.gov/energy/frequent-questions-epas-greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator#:~:text=Ac cording%20to%20the%20Calculations%20and,per%20year%20from%20electricity%20alone.

So 500 million metric tons is about 46 million households (and there are 127 million households in USAmerica).  Heat pumps could remove the annual CO2 emissions of more than a third of all households in USAmerica.

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Soros: Russia Needs to Face Total Defeat

by Oui Sat Jul 20th, 2024 at 03:40:21 PM EST

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Russian forces destroy two Patriot launchers in past day

Ukraine lost up to 140 troops in the area of responsibility of Russia's Battlegroup Dnepr

Ukraine reports 500,000 Russian troops surrounding the country | VOA News |

Ukrainian Defense Minister Rustem Umerov told the Aspen Security Forum on Wednesday that 500,000 Russian troops are surrounding Ukraine and Russia is looking to add 200,000 to 300,000 more in the coming months.

He told the annual meeting in Aspen, Colorado, that 550,000 Russians have been killed or wounded so far in the 2-year-old war and that Russia is relying heavily on mercenaries, including those from Africa.

On Ukraine's push to loosen restrictions by the U.S. and some others on the use of long-range weapons against targets deep inside Russia, Umerov said,

"We want to change it from a limit on range to a focus on functionality."

"The work is still in progress," he added. "We want to say it loudly. We are focusing on the military targets."

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CrowdStrike Entrenched Deep in the Digital Domain

by Oui Sat Jul 20th, 2024 at 07:48:45 AM EST

Dmitri Alperovitch Silverado Policy Accelerator

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Dmitri Alperovitch is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Silverado Policy Accelerator, a non-profit focused on advancing American prosperity and global leadership in the 21st century and beyond. He is a Co-Founder and former CTO of CrowdStrike Inc., a leading cybersecurity company, and has served as a special advisor on cybersecurity strategy to the Department of Defense.

Obsessed Russophobe ...

This is the man who ordered a risky takeover of Crimea in 2014, redrawing borders in Europe via military force
7:53 a.m. · 28 feb. 2022

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Palestinian Resistance in 10 Cartoons

by Oui Fri Jul 19th, 2024 at 10:44:26 AM EST

In Biblical times, the Jews were refugees banned from Egypt and God's Ten Commandments were smashed coming off the mountain ...

My recent diary ...

Israel Exploited 9/11 and Is Paying the Price

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Good Morning World - Big Tech Issue

by Oui Fri Jul 19th, 2024 at 07:47:25 AM EST

Often nicknamed the "blue screen of death" or BSOD, Microsoft says it happens when Windows has unexpectedly had to shut down.

Windows outage live: Virgin Australia and Melbourne airport confirm operations affected; Crowdstrike says `content deployment' caused issue

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Conspiracy to Cause a Public Nuisance

by Oui Thu Jul 18th, 2024 at 08:47:14 PM EST

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U.S. fails to ratify ocean mining treaty; other countries rush toward underwater riches | 60 minutes |

Countries that ratified the U.N.'s Law of the Sea treaty are diving into plans for deep sea mining, but Republican holdouts in the U.S. torpedoed U.S. efforts to join in.

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Biden Losing In 14 Battleground States

by Oui Thu Jul 18th, 2024 at 09:42:46 AM EST

Tapper: 'Biden appeared quite confused' in latest recorded interview | CNN News |

Biden tells NAACP: ’I know what a Black job is: it's the vice-president' of the US | The Guardian |

President makes comment in convention speech, referring to remarks made by Trump in June debate

The remark was instantly controversial, the NAACP asking: "What exactly are Black and Hispanic Jobs!?!"

Harris's jobs before becoming the first woman and first person of colour to be vice-president included district attorney of San Francisco, attorney general of California and US senator.

In Las Vegas, Biden told his audience: "It's because of you that I'm president and Kamala Harris is vice-president. By the way, she's not only a great vice-president. She can be president of the United States."

The remark was not without attendant irony, given the continuing crisis in Democratic ranks over Biden's age and cognitive fitness.

Sorry Joe, you have entered the era of white supremacy and a confirmation of American exceptionalism or nationalism or fascism.  "What's In A Name."

Make America Safe Again (MA$A)

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Will VDL Be Voted Out? Five More Years :(

by Oui Wed Jul 17th, 2024 at 08:50:29 PM EST

Ursula von der Leyen scraps pesticide reduction bill, in gift to farmers | Politico - 6 Feb 2024 |

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White House Conspiracy Iran Targets Trump

by Oui Wed Jul 17th, 2024 at 08:43:38 AM EST

President Joe Biden defended his suggestion that Donald Trump should be put in a "bullseye” in an NBC News interview following the assassination attempt on his Republican opponent. Biden spoke to Lester Holt on NBC Nightly News.

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Biden says it was a 'mistake' to say he wanted to put a 'bullseye' on Trump | AP News |

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Call to Arms by Democrats - Revolt 2024

by Oui Tue Jul 16th, 2024 at 07:59:27 AM EST

From the ashes we rise ...

War of 1812 and the Burning of the White House

Tea Party Revolt turned into MAGA riots in America

Trump, Republicans incite crowd before mob storms Capitol | WaPo - 7 Jan. 2021 |

"Trump has called all patriots": 210 Jan. 6th criminal defendants say Trump incited them | Crew - Feb. 2024 |

Instead of focusing on a divided America at home, Joe and his Cabinet went beyond the shores of Montezuma to fight new wars ... today Joe is in hot water and there is no cure for his hot tub washing anymore.

This is not sedition but the roots of another Civil War in America ...

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Israel Exploited 9/11 and Is Paying the Price

by Oui Mon Jul 15th, 2024 at 01:42:08 PM EST

A 'horrific massacre' - that's how Palestinians are describing one of the worst Israeli attacks on Gaza, since the war began. More than 90 Palestinians were killed and 300 injured on Saturday, in al-Mawasi - an area Israel had designated as safe. Its fighter jets and drones unleashed a barrage of missiles and bombs, obliterating tents that sheltered thousands of displaced families.

As the death toll rises and the humanitarian crisis deepens, there are serious questions about Israel's military conduct and the protection of civilians. Israel claims it was targeting Hamas leaders. But is that justification for killing so many civilians?

For 18 years, Hala Rharrit worked as a political officer in the US Department of State, and eventually as spokesperson for the government. After realising that United States policy on Israel's war on Gaza was making it "impossible" to promote the US, "it came to a point where I realised I could no longer be part of the [Biden] administration", she says.

Rharrit tells host Steve Clemons that US talking points are "dehumanising to the Palestinians" neglect their plight. and follow the lead of Israeli talking points. US policy is destabilising the region and not making Israel any safer, Rharrit argues.

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America: Gun Violence a Deity

by Oui Mon Jul 15th, 2024 at 09:23:58 AM EST

Guns and violence have been normalized as part of American folklore, dna and culture of the Old Wild West.

Mass shootings with an AR-15 semi-automatic

Trump downplays background checks push after Odessa mass shooting | NBC News - 1 Sept 2019 |

"Over the last five, six, or seven years, no matter how strong you need the background checks, it wouldn't have stopped any of it," he claimed.

President Donald Trump on Sunday said that a mass shooting that took place a day earlier in Texas "really hasn't changed anything" about how lawmakers are approaching gun control legislation.

Confronted with mass shootings, Texas Republicans have repeatedly loosened gun laws | Texas Tribune - 24 May 2022 |

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Throwing the Towel In Biden's Re-Election Viability

by Oui Sun Jul 14th, 2024 at 02:05:36 PM EST

For me personally, it isn't just his age or poor debate performance ... Joe Biden leaves a poor track record on foreign policy ... fifty years of poor judgements and failures. Joe had been hypocritical all his political life and won people over though his Irish humor. There are two quite different Biden's we have seen throughout his career as Senator, Vice-president and as President today.

There is an ugly warmonger side in him and that is not accidental. I suspect the decision of regime change was quite personal for him ... Joe wants to "finish" off Assad, the Iranian ayatollahs and Putin before he retires from politics. In the present state of mind, Biden may quite well be unfit to function as Commander-in-Chief with responsibility for the nuclear football ... recall the late months in Trump's presidency? Biden should resign and let Kamala Harris become the face of a new generation of American leadership. Breaking the glass ceiling of the White House at last. Excellent legacy for the "wisdom" of Joe for civics lesson and history books. 😂

Joe flying across nine time zones and outside his 10-16 hrs comfort zone

Clooney and Roberts help Biden raise $30 million-plus at a star-studded Hollywood gala | AP News - 16 June 2024 |

Some of Hollywood's brightest stars headlined a fundraiser for President Joe Biden that took in a record $30 million-plus for a Democratic candidate, according to his campaign, in hopes of energizing would-be supporters for a White House contest they said may rank among the most consequential in U.S. history.

Luminaries from the entertainment world have increasingly lined up to help Biden's campaign, and just how important the event was to his reelection bid could be seen in Biden's decision to fly through the night across nine time zones, from the G7 summit in southern Italy to Southern California, to attend.

    This week's gathering of G7 leaders in Italy looks more like the last supper than a display of Western power.

    President Biden has been "losing focus" during discussions at this week's G7 summit in Italy, with one diplomatic insider saying the commander-in-chief is "the worst he has ever been."

    Another attendee from a non-US delegation told the Sun that the 81-year-old's public missteps on the first day of the gathering were "embarrassing."

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A more confident unionism could embrace Ireland and the World

by Frank Schnittger Sat Jul 13th, 2024 at 06:43:27 PM EST

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