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Declared a Nuclear Terrorist State

by Oui Fri Oct 28th, 2022 at 10:39:23 AM EST

Nuclear escalation just around the corner #biden #Putin #jinping

Hans Kristensen
@nukestrat

Director, Nuclear Information Project,
Federation of American Scientists.
Write Nuclear Notebook and SIPRI world nuclear forces overview.

h/t Cat for his comment

The situation here is still pretty psychotic.

"Although the Cold War's shadow has long since receded ..." (DOD,"2022 Nuclear Posture Review Fact Sheet, US Extended Deterrence") US America is committed to menacing the cultivation of economic and political relationships between China and Russia, specifically, and any sovereign state.

Bloomberg locked its preview of DOD's 2022 National Defense Review, posted today, 27 Oct.

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Big Oil Winning the War On Ukraine

by Oui Thu Oct 27th, 2022 at 04:55:29 PM EST

In March there were joyful reactions in fossil fuel lobby community when sanctions on Russian natural gas were announced and the European powers were left without a diversion but coal, LNG and nuclear power. The wreckage of green transition to solar and wind power. Quite unreliable sources for fuel consuming industrial processes and transport sector. The politicians in EU HQ Brussels and member states were caught napping as Joe Biden crossed Europe in his Blitzkrieg boasting promises America couldn't meet.

Enduring Long-term American Energy Leadership

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Great Start for Sunak: Rees-Mogg Sacked

by Oui Tue Oct 25th, 2022 at 02:03:54 PM EST

!Cleaning house ...

BBC News

  • The prime minister is now starting to shape his cabinet
  • Jacob Rees-Mogg, one of Boris Johnson's most loyal supporters, has resigned as business secretary while Brandon Lewis has stepped down as justice secretary
  • Work and Pensions Secretary Chloe Smith, Environment Secretary Ranil Jayawardena, Welsh Secretary Robert Buckland and Tory Party chairman Jake Berry have also left their roles
  • In a short farewell speech earlier, Liz Truss defended her legacy of trying to push through tax cuts and said leaders needed to be bold
  • Sunak is the UK's third leader in seven weeks after winning a Tory leadership contest triggered by Truss stepping down
  • Sunak has ruled out an early general election, despite calls from Labour, the Scottish National Party, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party

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Spaniard Borrell's Fascist Gaffe Us vs Them

by Oui Thu Oct 20th, 2022 at 06:10:42 PM EST

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Decade of Inflation and Unwinding Globalization

by Oui Mon Oct 17th, 2022 at 10:49:38 PM EST

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Member States Held Ransom by EU Brussels

by Oui Wed Oct 26th, 2022 at 09:14:55 AM EST

What happened to protect big fossil fuel interests, would have happened if Brussels and the Obama would have pushed through the trade agreement, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Selling off European economic sovereignty to American big capital.

Obama Is On a Fast Track to Solidify Secret European Trade Deal | EarthJustice - June 25, 2015 |

Strangle hold by wealthy fossil fuel corporations on European Union member states.

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CDU and SPD Resisting Baerbock's Russia Policy

by Oui Sun Oct 23rd, 2022 at 07:21:05 PM EST

Saxony's Prime Minister Kretschmer is skeptical about the EU sanctions against Russia. He fears the effects on the German economy. He calls for a "negotiated solution" between the Kremlin and the Ukrainian government and the use of Russian gas after the end of the war.

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Macron Awakening Fossil Fuel Reliance

by Oui Sat Oct 22nd, 2022 at 05:57:03 PM EST

My recent diary ...

German Dissent Cause for Sabotage Pipelines?

By destruction of Nord Stream 1 and 2, the United States and/or a NATO ally succeeded in destruction of an off-ramp for de-escalation of the Ukraine crisis. Listening to national security experts from the States there is only a way forward to go for the "kill" of Putin's demise and the annihilation of the Russian Federation, a Republic crossing eleven time zones.

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Zero Net Energy - October 20, 2022

by gmoke Fri Oct 21st, 2022 at 03:44:35 AM EST

An energy rule of thumb is one third of energy goes to buildings, one third goes to industry, one third goes to transportation.  The technology is certainly available to reduce the energy that goes to buildings drastically, nearly to zero even in retrofitting existing ones.  If we got serious about it, we could do quite a lot to reduce that third of all energy that goes to heat, cool, and power buildings.

Unfortunately, it seems even with a carbon war going on in the Ukraine affecting the world, we didn't focus on this readily available tactic which means there will be a lot of unnecessary suffering this winter and, probably, winters to come.

According to this carbon countdown clock (https:/www.mcc-berlin.net/fileadmin/data/clock/carbon_clock.htm), at the current rate, the most CO2 we can emit to stay below 1.5ºC rise is 400 Gt, starting from 2020, and that carbon budget will be used up by about July/August  2029.  

We have 284 Gts left as I write.

Becoming and remaining a net zero office building
https:
www.nytimes.com/2022/08/22/opinion/energy-office-buildings-net-zero-climate.html

Distributed battery systems for utilities:
Vermont's Green Mountain Power
https:
greenmountainpower.com/news/gmp-expands-battery-options-for-customers
California's PG&E
https:/electrek.co/2022/08/18/teslas-virtual-power-plant-first-event-helping-grid-future
Utah's Rocky Mountain Power (and Idaho)
https:/www.canarymedia.com/articles/batteries/in-utah-thousands-of-homes-feed-the-grid-stored-solar -power

Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands building designed to generate more energy than it consumes
https:
www.unstudio.com/en/page/13592/echo-tu-delft
https:
inhabitat.com/echo-by-unstudio-generates-more-energy-than-it-uses

Sunnova wants to build solar/battery neighborhoods that don't connect to the grid
https:/www.nytimes.com/2022/09/01/business/energy-environment/sunnova-off-grid-neighborhoods.html

5 net zero homes
https:
inhabitat.com/5-sustainable-eco-homes-built-with-style

Team Zero helps homeowners, builders, and industry professionals work towards a Zero Energy future.  
https:/teamzero.org/gateway-to-zero

Renovating a 100 year old Craftsman home to net zero
https:/www.washingtonpost.com/magazine/2022/09/14/net-zero-home-renovation-washington

URB - Net zero community for 100,000 in United Arab Emirates
https:/urb.ae
https:
inhabitat.com/urban-design-of-the-worlds-largest-net-zero-community

The Line - first development in Neom, a planned $500 billion city for an anticipated population of 9 million
https:/en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Line,_Saudi_Arabia

My Biggest Regret Building a Net Zero Home
https:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4aqEjIwBwo
hat tip to W David Stephenson

How will future climate impact the design and performance of nearly zero energy buildings (NZEBs)?
https:
www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360544221027286
hat tip to cleantechnica.com

First NYC condo certified to passive house standards
https:
gbdmagazine.com/bksk-architects
https:/inhabitat.com/first-condo-in-nyc-certified-by-passive-house-institute

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Britain Ready for Further NATO Escalation

by Oui Thu Oct 20th, 2022 at 01:13:13 PM EST

A Wish List Is Not Statecraft or Diplomacy

American Revival of the Barry Goldwater Era | May 8, 2022 |

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Voting Corner Putsch, PM Truss Resigns

by Oui Wed Oct 19th, 2022 at 07:12:16 PM EST

Title was: Truss Confidence Vote After Manhandling MPs

BREAKING :: Game Is Up …

END OF UPDATE

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First Crack In AUS-US Foreign Policy

by Oui Tue Oct 18th, 2022 at 08:57:39 AM EST

A Profile of Courage

The Guardian first reported a change to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website to remove language describing west Jerusalem as the capital on Monday.

Wong said the decision was made by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese's Cabinet earlier today.

First bit of good news from Middle-East in a very, very long time.

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City Agriculture - October 17, 2022

by gmoke Mon Oct 17th, 2022 at 06:37:52 PM EST

Salmon Wars:  The Dark Underbelly of Our Favorite Fishy Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins, "a critical look at the commercial salmon farming industry which now provides 90 percent of the salmon consumed by North Americans"

book: https:/us.macmillan.com/books/9781250800305/salmonwars
CSPAN interview:  https:
www.c-span.org/video?522142-1/qa-douglas-frantz-catherine-collins-commercial-salmon-farming

A tropical garden inside Manaus, Brazil Innovation House provides passive cooling
https:/www.agritecture.com/blog/2022/9/16/laurent-troost-revives-an-abandoned-structure-in-manaus-b y-inserting-a-tropical-garden-inside

It's Time to Make Cities More Rural
https:
www.wired.com/story/why-its-time-to-make-cities-more-rural
hat tip:  Gil Friend

NION - sustainable office building in Frankfurt am Main with gardens inside and out
https:/www.unstudio.com/en/page/16495/nion

https:
inhabitat.com/nion-to-be-one-of-frankfurts-most-sustainable-office-spaces

Factory in Vietnam with walls of live plants
https:/g8a-architects.com/project/jakob-factory
https:/inhabitat.com/the-jakob-factory-in-vietnam-builds-walls-out-of-live-plants

Mary Mattingly, environmental artist working on urban food systems, among other things
https:/www.nytimes.com/2022/09/30/t-magazine/mary-mattingly-art-climate.html(not sure this will get you past the paywall but it's worth a shot)

Edible Cities - turning parks into orchards and gardens where anyone can pick for free
https:
wapo.st/3Mkk8tB" (not sure this will get you past the paywall but it's worth a shot)

Here are some of the resources mentioned in the WashPost article:
Edible Town, Andernach, Germany - https:
www.andernach-tourismus.de/en/andernach/the-edible-town
Edible Cities Network -https:
www.edicitnet.com
Endless Orchard - public access fruit trees around the world - https:
endlessorchard.com/map
Urban Food Forest, Atlanta, GA - https:/www.aglanta.org/urban-food-forest-at-browns-mill-1
Food Forests, Philadelphia, PA - https:/www.phillyorchards.org/2020/06/10/philadelphias-food-forests
Beacon Food Forest, Seattle, WA - https:/beaconfoodforest.org
George Washington Carver Edible Park, Asheville, NC - https:
www.facebook.com/Dr-George-Washington-Carver-Edible-Park-620672487948577
Bloomington, Ind Community Orchard - https:
bloomingtoncommunityorchard.org/site
Hyattsville, MD Food Forests - https:/www.hyattsville.org/902/Food-Forests

Community orchards in the UK help preserve apples
https:
www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-63160292

This could be called planting for gleaning:
Boston Area Gleaners
https:
www.bostonareagleaners.org

Agnès Varda's two documentaries on gleaning:
The Gleaners and I
https:
www.criterion.com/films/30368-the-gleaners-and-i
The Gleaners and I: Two Years Later
https:
/www.criterion.com/films/30564-the-gleaners-and-i-two-years-later

Biden Just Kicked Pakistan Over the Cliff Edge

by Oui Sun Oct 16th, 2022 at 02:14:36 PM EST

Before the horror of the Afghanistan retreat and devastation for women's rights to education #Trump #Taliban

American provocation and covert acts by CIA intelligence ...

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Reinventing Collapse

by gmoke Sun Oct 16th, 2022 at 03:47:36 AM EST

Reinventing Collapse:  The Soviet Example and American Prospects by Dmitry Orlov

Gabriola Island, BC, Canada:  New Society Publishers, 2008
ISBN:  978-0-86571-606-3

(page 5)  Wars take resources;  when resources are already scarce, fighting wars over resources becomes a lethal exercise in futility.  Those with more resources would be expected to win.  I am not arguing that wars over resources will not occur.  I am suggesting that they will be futile, and that victory in these conflicts will be barely distinguishable from defeat.

Frontpaged with minor edit - Frank Schnittger

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Israel a Terrorist History as State

by Oui Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 12:27:43 PM EST

Many countries experimented with poison in warfare ... Israel does not stand alone. SHAME!

Oslo Accords and Shattered Dreams of Peace | PBS |

Ben-Gvir the Terrorist

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Groningen Gas Fields, Profit Before Citizens

by Oui Fri Oct 14th, 2022 at 07:34:13 PM EST

Slochteren was Europe's biggest natural gas deposit and in 30 years covered public spending for hundreds of billion guilders.

When the resulting earthquakes began and homes and businesses were destroyed or severely damage, the national government in The Hague had their doors closed and their eyes watching their wallets. Mo words for this but deep shame ... at the center once again: Conservatives of VVD and PM Mark Rutte.

Rutte has a large delegation of friendly PR specialists and not once he used his previous favorite escape of loss of memory. In 5 hours of tough questioning, Rutte found a new fiddle-faddle he used a dozen times: "I can't reconstruct the moment ...".

Translation:
Rutte has lost a memo, intended exclusively for him, about a conversation with Shell CEO Ben van Beurden about the level of gas extraction. They cannot find it at the Ministry of General Affairs. The committee of inquiry has the memo #pegas

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Israel's Arrow-3 Missile Systems to Secure Europe

by Oui Fri Oct 14th, 2022 at 01:01:17 PM EST

How it started ...

Romania and Poland to install anti-rocket missile systems to protect against incoming Iranian ballistic rockets

Protests in 1980s against stationing US Cruise Missile sites inside Europe ...

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Washington's Oil Anger Focuses On Saudi Arabia

by Oui Tue Oct 11th, 2022 at 12:24:28 PM EST

We are self-reliant in production of fossil fuel for the next one hundred years and more ... convert old reliable partners into enemies of tomorrow with a snap of the fingers.

Our diplomacy is simple: "You are either with us or with the enemy ... there is no grey area."

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Nuclear Armageddon In A Blink of the Eye

by Oui Fri Oct 7th, 2022 at 03:40:43 PM EST

ARMAGEDDON

Crossing red lines for over a decade ...

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