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Afghanistan was a 20 year money laundering project.

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See, Afghanistan was not a failure. It accomplished everything it was supposed to do except for turning Pashtuns into westernized consumers.

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Just wait awhile.

Remember Vietnam, the place we had to go to to fight them over there so we wouldn't have to fight them over here, became a place open to US corporations to outsource production, all so US consumers could buy more for less, and no one seemed to either notice or mind.

While at an anti war protest many years ago, I mentioned to someone there that I was a Vietnam vet and saying the Vietnamese won, as they should have, and he said to me, "No, they didn't win, Nike did." Smedley Butler said it nearly 90 years ago, "war is a racket", and somehow, people don't seem to notice that those who benefit the most, do not participate at all. Of course, with the draft eliminated and no new taxes (indeed, tax cuts from Repubs) to fund the wars, most people are content to go shopping, as we were told to do nearly 20 years ago.

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In 1934, a colossal claim reached the American news media: There had been a plot to overthrow President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in favor of a fascist government. Supposedly in the works since 1933, the claims of the conspiracy came from a very conspicuous and reliable source: Major General Smedley Butler, one of the most decorated war heroes of his time. Even more unbelievable were his claims of who was involved in the plot – respected names like Robert Sterling Clark, Grayson M.P. Murphy, and Prescott Bush. While news media at the time mocked Butler’s story, recently discovered archives have revealed the truth behind Major General Butler’s claims.... hat tip to Arcadia Publishing.

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And FDR let the plotters escape with their heads and fortunes.

Imagine the world today if they had all been executed for treason and sedition?

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We don’t have to wait 20 years this time though. The corruption is moving along at digital speed nowadays. Maybe it’s the lack of ideology involved. We couldn’t set up shop immediately after Vietnam because of the multipolar Cold War. But today, in Afghanistan, there are no such considerations.

In fact, the only considerations Uncle Scam needed from the Taliban prior to pulling out were as follows... The ability to operate a gas pipeline across Afghanistan without interference. The 1998 O.G. Taliban were dead against it, but this isn’t your daddy’s Taliban. Today, the Taliban are far more politically and economically savvy. And they are allowing the energy pipeline in exchange for breathing space. Access for multinationals operating in Afghanistan was consideration number two. With this ensured, companies operating there during occupation can continue use looting... I mean... continue developing... Afghanistan’s natural resources like those oh so yummy rare earth minerals and lithium. A promise to keep thwarting China’s development plans for Silk Road 2.0/ the belt and road initiative as the previous puppet gubmint did for his favorite uncle Scam.

There was nothing on our list of demands and assurances for withdrawal about ensuring women’s rights. Minority rights. The rights of people who don’t want to party like it’s 999 AD, and they are living in a pan-Islamic, fundamentalist caliphate. You know, all the things the marketing campaign for this atrocity said we were fighting for. Freedom and Democracy, equality under an impartial, codified legal system. An end to honor killings and other barbaric rituals. Nope, just some pipelines, a F.U. to China and a spot at the money trough for the rapacious multinationals to keep gorging.

But did we expect? After all, Uncle Scam plays nice with Fraudi Arabia, so surely he can turn a blind eye to the Human rights abuses perpetrated by some tin pot Taliban warlord. How different could it be, ignoring the worst excesses of another ‘moderate regime and nominal ally’ in the region? We do that 10 times before eating breakfast in the land of the thief and the home of the slave.

Be on the lookout for that soon. A new wave of conditioning as the reporting on Afghanistan continues to dwindle over the coming year. Conditioning us hoi polloi to regard the guys who bombed the towers as a moderate regime and regional ally. That might be the hard sell for the suit dummies running the nexus between the media and foreign policy apparatus. But the narrative managers will find a way, no matter how twisted the mental gymnastics and doublespeak becomes.

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So true. It is impossible to overestimate the sheer evil and venality that courses through our duopoly and the corporate world they represent, and who for some inexplicable reason, Americans keep voting for, thinking that this time the (D) or (R) will make some fundamental difference. Perhaps Madeleine Albright's words as Secretary of State, who, as a grandmother, thought "it was worth it" to kill half a million Iraqi children during our bipartisan embargo of Iraq after Gulf War I, might be an indication as to their true nature.

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The forest grew thinner. But still, the trees voted for the axe. You see, the axe was clever, and because his handle was made of wood, had convinced the trees he was one of them.

An old Turkish proverb to sum up duopoly. We get to choose between a red handled axe or a blue handled axe, but either way, Tiiiiiimmmmberrrrr!

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@ Geetchnixon👍

Your axe metaphor is excellent! It appears that I'm going to have to find another subscription fee in my piggy bank.🤷‍♂️

EA

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Omg you hit the nail on the head these corrupt bastards I despise them

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Thank you for your service I lost two cousins in Vietnam

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I lost my brother. He came back, but his mind remained elsewhere ever since.

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I know a lot of those Vietnam guys. The still functioning ones paste bumper stickers like "Honor the Warrior, Not the War" to try to assuage the pain of their sacrifice .. . service.

A lot of the boys coming back from the ME seem dazed, confused and angry. 1000 yard stares.

*Sam Stone came home

To his wife and family

After serving in the conflict overseas

And the time that he served

Had shattered all his nerves

And left a little shrapnel in his knees

But the morphine eased the pain

And the grass grew round his brain

And gave him all the confidence he lacked

With a purple heart and a monkey on his back

There's a hole in daddy's arm where all the money goes

Jesus Christ died for nothin' I suppose

Little pitchers have big ears

Don't stop to count the years

Sweet songs never last too long on broken radios

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Thanks to John Prine.

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also John Prine:

"we lost Davy in the Korean War,

"and I still don't know what for,

"don't matter anymore"...

from the song, "Hello in There" (Album: Prime Prine)

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I am so sorry for your family's loss, it's at such times we find the true value of both them and our friends.

Death in any war is a tragedy, but death in a pointless war, based on lies, with no ultimate accountability for anyone, results in anger, rage and finally, a loss of respect for the institutions that govern us, and that leads to some form of societal collapse.

Ultimately, there is a cost for everything, especially when the payment is delayed.

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Robert Stone: "The bill always comes due."

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@michael t nola

As ever, well observed. Thanks

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Vietnam's average wealth has increased enormously since it went to a market economy. It's actually quite stunning. You should visit again.

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I'm happy for the Vietnamese, but their economy, like that of the PRC, is a mix of private and state.

In an earlier post, I commented that a couple weeks ago, for no particular reason, I looked at a Google maps of the A Shau valley, the site of my last operation in Vietnam in late summer 1968, which at that time was nothing but mountains with triple canopy forest and a floor that was elephant grass, that is where we hadn't bombed it, with bomb crater inside of bomb crater, the only man made object being a deserted Special Forces camp.

Looking at it today, seeing villages, hotels, restaurants, markets, even a guided tour to Hamburger Hill, the place where a couple years after my time there, the 101st suffered horrible casualties taking that hill, only to then leave it and to once again be NVA controlled, I was certain there was some mistake, so I zoomed out, going eastward, and sure enough, there were the familiar foothills, the Perfume river, Hue and finally the ocean.

What was in my brain, just as what has been in the brains of our political and military elite regarding these disastrous wars, has all been an illusion, one of American exceptionalism, and a world view we had better reject.

The difference between those beliefs was quite different, however; mine was one based on a youthful memory and quite harmless; theirs has led to vast human suffering and waste of money and resources, with absolutely no accountability at all, nor will there ever be.

No, I won't go back, and while I know they tend to like Americans, they should hate me, and that is a fact I cannot forget.

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Capitalism cures poverty.

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"Raises all boats but only if you have a boat"

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Worst economic system, except all others.

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for some. but not all.

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For all with caveat that you gotta want it.

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@Nathan

I agree with your description, and I applaud your suggestion.

Simply know that for *many Vietnam Vets, going back can be

the *ultimate "big lift".

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And "Climate Change" hysteria is 50. First it was a "New Ice Age" but that didn't work out so well.....

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This is l-o-n-g, but interesting to think about. It tends to put things in perspective.

Mark Simone

The List Of 120 Years Of Climate Scares By Scientists

By Mark Simone

Oct 9, 2019

Scientists seeking funding and journalists seeking an audience agree: panic sells.

“Global cooling is going to kills us all!” “No, wait: global warming is going to kill us all!”

Here's the list - an amazing chronology of the last 120 years of scare-mongering on climate

1895 - Geologists Think theWorld May Be Frozen Up Again – New York Times, February 1895

1902 - “Disappearing Glaciers…deteriorating slowly, with a persistency that means their final annihilation…scientific fact…surely disappearing.” – Los Angeles Times

1912 - Prof. Schmidt Warns Us of an Encroaching Ice Age – New York Times, October 1912

1923 - “Scientist says Arctic ice will wipe out Canada” – Professor Gregory of Yale University, American representative to the Pan-Pacific Science Congress, – Chicago Tribune

1923 - “The discoveries of changes in the sun’s heat and the southward advance of glaciers in recent years have given rise to conjectures of the possible advent of a new ice age” – Washington Post

1924 - MacMillan Reports Signs of New Ice Age – New York Times, Sept 18, 1924

1929 - “Most geologists think the world is growing warmer, and that it will continue to get warmer” – Los Angeles Times, in Is another ice age coming?

1932 - “If these things be true, it is evident, therefore that we must be just teetering on an ice age” – The Atlantic magazine, This Cold, Cold World

1933 - America in Longest Warm Spell Since 1776; Temperature Line Records a 25-Year Rise – New York Times, March 27th, 1933

1933 – “…wide-spread and persistent tendency toward warmer weather…Is our climate changing?” – Federal Weather Bureau “Monthly Weather Review.”

1938 - Global warming, caused by man heating the planet with carbon dioxide, “is likely to prove beneficial to mankind in several ways, besides the provision of heat and power.”– Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society

1938 - “Experts puzzle over 20 year mercury rise…Chicago is in the front rank of thousands of cities thuout the world which have been affected by a mysterious trend toward warmer climate in the last two decades” – Chicago Tribune

1939 - “Gaffers who claim that winters were harder when they were boys are quite right… weather men have no doubt that the world at least for the time being is growing warmer” – Washington Post

1952 - “…we have learned that the world has been getting warmer in the last half century” – New York Times, August 10th, 1962

1954 - “…winters are getting milder, summers drier. Glaciers are receding, deserts growing” – U.S. News and World Report

1954 - Climate – the Heat May Be Off – Fortune Magazine

1959 - “Arctic Findings in Particular Support Theory of Rising Global Temperatures” – New York Times

1969 - “…the Arctic pack ice is thinning and that the ocean at the North Pole may become an open sea within a decade or two” – New York Times, February 20th, 1969

1969 – “If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000″ — Paul Ehrlich (while he now predicts doom from global warming, this quote only gets honorable mention, as he was talking about his crazy fear of overpopulation)

1970 - “…get a good grip on your long johns, cold weather haters – the worst may be yet to come…there’s no relief in sight” – Washington Post

1974 - Global cooling for the past forty years – Time Magazine

1974 - “Climatological Cassandras are becoming increasingly apprehensive, for the weather aberrations they are studying may be the harbinger of another ice age” –Washington Post

1974 - “As for the present cooling trend a number of leading climatologists have concluded that it is very bad news indeed” – Fortune magazine, who won a Science Writing Award from the American Institute of Physics for its analysis of the danger

1974 - “…the facts of the present climate change are such that the most optimistic experts would assign near certainty to major crop failure…mass deaths by starvation, and probably anarchy and violence” – New York Times

Cassandras are becoming increasingly apprehensive, for the weather aberrations they are studying may be the harbinger of another ice age

1975 - Scientists Ponder Why World’s Climate is Changing; A Major Cooling Widely Considered to Be Inevitable – New York Times, May 21st, 1975

1975 - “The threat of a new ice age must now stand alongside nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery for mankind” Nigel Calder, editor, New Scientist magazine, in an article in International Wildlife Magazine

1976 - “Even U.S. farms may be hit by cooling trend” – U.S. News and World Report

1981 - Global Warming – “of an almost unprecedented magnitude” – New York Times

1988 - I would like to draw three main conclusions. Number one, the earth is warmer in 1988 than at any time in the history of instrumental measurements. Number two, the global warming is now large enough that we can ascribe with a high degree of confidence a cause and effect relationship to the greenhouse effect. And number three, our computer climate simulations indicate that thegreenhouse effect is already large enough to begin to effect the probability of extreme events such as summer heat waves. – Jim Hansen, June 1988 testimony before Congress, see His later quote andHis superior’s objection for context

1989 -“On the one hand, as scientists we are ethically bound to the scientific method, in effect promising to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but – which means that we must include all doubts, the caveats, the ifs, ands and buts. On the other hand, we are not just scientists but human beings as well. And like most people we’d like to see the world a better place, which in this context translates into our working to reduce the risk of potentially disastrous climate change. To do that we need to get some broad based support, to capture the public’s imagination. That, of course, means getting loads of media coverage. So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have. This “double ethical bind” we frequently find ourselves in cannot be solved by any formula. Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest. I hope that means being both.” – Stephen Schneider, lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,Discover magazine, October 1989

1990 - “We’ve got to ride the global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing – in terms of economic policy and environmental policy” – Senator Timothy Wirth

1993 - “Global climate change may alter temperature and rainfall patterns, many scientists fear, with uncertain consequences for agriculture.” – U.S. News and World Report

1998 - No matter if the science [of global warming] is all phony . . . climate change [provides] the greatest opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world.” —Christine Stewart, Canadian Minister of the Environment, Calgary Herald, 1998

2001 - “Scientists no longer doubt that global warming is happening, and almost nobody questions the fact that humans are at least partly responsible.” – Time Magazine, Monday, Apr. 09, 2001

2003 - Emphasis on extreme scenarios may have been appropriate at one time, when the public and decision-makers were relatively unaware of the global warming issue, and energy sources such as “synfuels,” shale oil and tar sands were receiving strong consideration” – Jim Hansen, NASA Global Warming activist, Can we defuse The Global Warming Time Bomb?, 2003

2006 - “I believe it is appropriate to have an over-representation of factual presentations on how dangerous it is, as a predicate for opening up the audience to listen to what the solutions are, and how hopeful it is that we are going to solve this crisis.” — Al Gore, Grist magazine, May 2006

2006 – “It is not a debate over whether the earth has been warming over the past century. The earth is always warming or cooling, at least a few tenths of a degree…” —Richard S. Lindzen, the Alfred P. Sloan professor of meteorology at MIT

2006 – “What we have fundamentally forgotten is simple primary school science. Climate always changes. It is always…warming or cooling, it’s never stable. And if it were stable, it would actually be interesting scientifically because it would be the first time for four and a half billion years.” —Philip Stott, emeritus professor of bio-geography at the University of London

2006 - “Since 1895, the media has alternated between global cooling and warming scares during four separate and sometimes overlapping time periods. From 1895 until the 1930’s the media peddled a coming ice age. From the late 1920’s until the 1960’s they warned of global warming. From the 1950’s until the 1970’s they warned us again of a coming ice age. This makes modern global warming the fourth estate’s fourth attempt to promote opposing climate change fears during the last 100 years.” –Senator James Inhofe, Monday, September 25, 2006

2007- “I gave a talk recently (on fallacies of global warming) and three members of the Canadian government, the environmental cabinet, came up afterwards and said, ‘We agree with you, but it’s not worth our jobs to say anything.’ So what’s being created is a huge industry with billions of dollars of government money and people’s jobs dependent on it.” – Dr. Tim Ball, Coast-to-Coast, Feb 6, 2007

2008 – “Hansen was never muzzled even though he violated NASA’s official agency position on climate forecasting (i.e., we did not know enough to forecast climate change or mankind’s effect on it). Hansen thus embarrassed NASA by coming out with his claims of global warming in 1988 in his testimony before Congress” – Dr. John S. Theon, retired Chief of the Climate Processes Research Program atNASA, see above for Hansen quotes

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I worked in the Arctic over a period of some 50 years, mostly on the Arctic Ocean. The fact the ice is essentially gone in that time probably doesn't mean anything to you. Same with the glaciers all over Alaska; so much ice is gone there is hydrostatic rebounding taking place, so much so it's ahead of the rising sea levels. But... Never mind. Enjoy! Live large! Yee-Haw!

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Like they say on Mars, "dont worry so much about climate change, worry when it stops,"

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The NSIDC states today, “As of August 17, sea ice extent stood at 5.77 million square kilometers (2.23 million square miles), tracking above the last six years, as well as 2011, 2012, and 2007 (Figure 1a).”

Why are you lying?

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Because lying is what people who hate people do.

Tho I am by no means an expert in this field

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Indeed.

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Hello, fool. Or is it just ignoramus? The annual sea ice extent---low and high---means little to nothing when taken out of context in comments such as yours. The dynamics of ice loss include what was formerly the thick (up to 5 meters) 'permanent' sea ice which include(d) the anchor ice in NE Canada and Greenland, the point closest to the North Pole. That ice is essentially gone, replaced by only the annual pack which melts off every summer leaving only traces of the once massive ice pack that kept the core together. Choose to remain clueless, no sweat off my back. Facts are facts.

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Oh, and PS---in the spirit of educating---much of that 'ice' you refer to in such a grant extent of area is slush, it's broken into small floes, brash, there is no cohesive pack left as there once was.

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I guess that particular lying climatebot went back to his wine cave. Lol

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This argument reminds me of the COVID arguments thrown back and forth. Hospitals are overrun!? No ICU beds, we are above 95%. ICU is full! (this summer, with basically zero covid cases, our local ICU was full. A friend with a burst appendix waited 8 hours to be seen because, well, no ICU beds - he was in the lobby, while the front line heroes told him not to complain so much). It's easy to use irrelevant facts to boost an argument. During flu season, that same ICU usually has 50 people waiting in the lobby because, well, ICU is full. we will get to you.

Meanwhile, hospitals can't hire nurses and experienced medical professionals with antibodies are saying no to experimental vaccines because they see the results aren't what "they" say they are. Ever wonder why so many "frontline heroes" are saying no? And why hospitals with relatively empty parking lots are "full"?

It's why I asked, if sea levels are rising and coastlines will be flooded soon, why is our former President living on ocean beachfront property?

Finally, re: Afghanistan...another conundrum. Everyone "knew" that the minute you pull out, the house of cards comes down. Not a single person said they wouldn't drop weapons and join the "winners". Yet the President is on national tv saying the opposite. Did he miss all the briefings? Then, when it happens, he blames everyone else. Strange times.

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No one is debating whether or not there is serious melting at the polar ice-caps. The discussions turn around what is responsible for that and to what extent, mass human behavior could EVER have been significant in preventing or reversing it. I think THAT's the evidence-based argument(s) " 'climate-change' 'deniers'" (LOL!) would like to have.

Yeah, "the 'climate' may be in the process of serious change." Now: What can _we_ do about it and why should _we_ believe those claims?

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@Readersaurus

We can believe those claims simply by looking out a window anywhere

out here in the West, where each successive year is hotter than the last, the water is dried up in all major sources (The Colorado River and Lake Mead,) the only aspect wrong with the Climate Models from the past is that even science now admits that they were *WAY too timid.

So, we can substantiate those claims by observing the *evidence for those claims. Then, we can verify the claims *for the evidence by reviewing the science behind those claims. I took my degree in Science, but only up to the BS level (BS level -cute, ay ?) This science of Climate Change is NOT complicated. I dare say that many people without any kind of science background to speak of, really *are capable of wrapping their minds around it. For those who are *not, they *will continue "fiddling while Rome burns".

See, the scientists who work on Climate Change models, the organizations such as NOAA who *help explain Climate Heating on their *website, who tell us that the global glaciers are melting DUE TO climate change right there on their *website are not just *claiming the reality of Climate Changed as so many climate deniers do in advancing the opposite stance, they are putting their science where their "mouth" is, and daily *proving more of it all the time. For the rest, "there are none so blind as those who will *not see".

What can we *do about it ? We can stop pooping in the very air that we and our children are required to breathe. Remember the first World Wide Covid shut down ? Remember how *incredibly quickly even the most polluted cities on the planet, such as Beijing and L.A. had their *atmospheres *suddenly turn crystal clear ? So these things, under "what can we do about it" are referred to as "evidence". THIS is one aspect shoving the world-wide push to Electric Vehicles. EVs will present Environmental problems of their *own, but we will be choking on *considerably less air pollution poison caused by the burning of fossil fuels. When the skies cleared around the globe with the first big "Shut down", that, my friend, is what a scientist would regard as at least preliminary PROOF that the pollution IS man made from the burning of fossil fuels worldwide. Turns out it is really NOT beamed here from Alpha Centauri after all. ;-D

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I am _not_ a "climate-denier"! There _is_ "climate" (LOL!) and it _is_ changing (usually, but not always, gradually and slowly).

Do me --and yourself--a favor? Please watch the linked program. Just watch it--if you're able to access and use the link (or look for it via another more local BBC progrramme provider), attentively, and think.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06qj30b

Then we can talk about these issues. "200,000" years? ---is, literally, "nothing" on a planet's evolutionary scale. "_Nothing_."

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Climate scientists are almost universal in their agreement that the warming planet is caused by man. There is a term for this era, the Anthropocene . Not sure if it’s formally been adopted however.

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Only those climate scientists who aren't censored are universal in their agreement. There is no such thing as settled science.

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What's with the "Yee-Haw"? You know that weakens your argument and makes thoughtful people disregard your comment.

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@memento mori

Not in my own experience, it doesn't. Given the great content of the balance of the comment, the "yee-haw" is just a dose of good, sardonic humor, in my ear.

The way the Earth is right now, we need all the humor we can *get !

I can hold two thoughts in my head at the same time. The *Deadly Seriousness of Global heating; the good humor from *wherever I can get it ! ;-D

And, yes ,memento mori, we are all aware that we are going to die.

Kind of a yawner, tho, we have known *that for a long time. In the meantime, a chuckle or two is the way the Warrior *chooses to face his death. Hiding under the bed has been "done", literally, to death ! ;-D

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"Yee-haw" is what Slim Pickens enthusiastically whoops as he rides the bomb down through the atmosphere in DR. STRANGELOVE.

I thought that might have been Otness's point of reference, but I don't wish to infer too much.

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NOAA disagrees with you. Fluctuation, yes. Downtrend over the last 10,000 years, yes. Gone? Hardly.

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And... the fastest change of temperatures ever recorded in the past 100,000 years. From ice core and oceanic sediment cores.

You must understand (or don't) that this is an unfolding and inexorable series of events. A most definite trend. It is forces larger than most can conceive without significant effort. The Earth is a giant heat engine. And its waters much more consequent than all of its land masses. I've observed this trend. Firsthand. For decades. And you, have you ever been to the Arctic? On the Arctic Ocean? Have you been 'anywhere' that you think you can speak of the Arctic with authority? Do tell. Have a look. Then "do tell."

https://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/

http://www.nomenugget.net/news/noaa-survey-shows-shocking-lack-thermal-barrier-between-northern-and-southern-bering-sea

https://e360.yale.edu/features/cargo_shipping_in_the_arctic_declining_sea_ice

https://mashable.com/article/north-pole-temperatures-above-freezing-europe-deep-freeze#W_XRgyyfuOqN

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/arctic-sea-route-first-ship-no-icebreaker-winter-icebergs-ice-shelf-teekay-russia-a8208596.html

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/bristol-bay-salmon-are-in-hot-water/

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@Independent Thinker

How about being an independent experiencer ! Come on out to Californina, grab a big chair, and park yer bunz right in the MIDDLE of one, maybe three of the largest fires that the State has ever seen. And if you are afraid you might miss out, no sweat ! These Super Fires have been happening bigger and hotter EVERY YEAR ! Don't forget to bring your own water, bcuz these Western States are ALL having in the middle of a LOOOONG drought. Then when you pull up your chair, whip out your list, and sneeringly read it to everybody going by. YES, going by. They are under evacuation orders like they get now EVERY year ! It is scheduled to come *every year, even hotter, and scientists actually SAY (yes, they have a fucking list TOO) that they can now show *proof that these Western Fires ARE caused by climate change !

Unless I missed it, you don't even CLAIM to be a scientist, but the Western States ARE seeing a HUGE influx of Climate Nay-Sayers RIGHT NOW, *hired by No-Kidding EXXON ! Do your boots smell like Crude ? If NOT, we can GET you a job with the Oil Boyz right here in NEW MEXICO ! They are thicker than flies right now, and VERY rude to people who do NOT swallow their bullshit hook, line and sinker !

Oh, yeah ! Bring your cutsey list. If you are not already ON Big Oil's payroll, that snide and snarky list will show *initiative when we go to get you that job !

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That's cuz the clowns won't clear cut the old growth. Fire is not unnatural, it's the cycle. You probably know that, though. However, it does suck for us short-lived humans who want to frolick in the forest and lament when it burns, or for those who their condo with a woodsy view, but seeds sprout in the rich, fire-charged loam and the forest grows back. For those city types who don't know, it's called 'Nature'.

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'clear cut the old growth' yikes I thought we just had to rake and clean like the Fins.

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@hierochloe

That was certainly the "solution" recommended by that "stable genius", Trump !

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Hehe.

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Who said there is no climate change? My statement is that it is not caused by mankind's activities. Climate cycles have occurred for millions of years. They are caused by planetary forces, including the sun. Local weather events (pollution, fires, cloud seedings) can be caused by man. Weather and climate are two different things. Weather is localized; climate is planetary.

It is interesting how most people here rely on either facts or logically stated beliefs, but liberals on here almost always resort to insults, name-calling, personal attacks, etc. Your post is quite an illustrative example.

For the record, the list obviously isn't mine; the author is listed at the top. I'm old enough to have lived through several decades of climate claims that did not materialize. I also worked for 10 years for the EPA, so I'm not unfamiliar with environmental issues.

Forest and fire experts have pointed out that during the past several years, California has not been creating fire breaks. Apparently, they have failed to cut out old growth like they used to. They feel that is contributing to the fires. The drought is real and has been caused by planetary forces, obviously. There is nothing that you or anyone else could do to change that. The latest prediction by climate scientists now is that we are going into a mini ice age because we are in a grand solar minimum (we're getting less warmth from the sun--something having to do with its position relative to the earth.

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@Independent Thinker

MORE recently disproven BULL, Sir.

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Explain this 120,000 year time-lapse of European glaciation. We'll wait. https://vimeo.com/300291304

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Nice post. Agreed. Decreased solar activity over next few decades. BTW cooling is much more dangerous to us then warming

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Hmm. "decreased solar activity" - doesn't mean the sun is getting cooler - and, in any case, wouldn't that mean that the earth is getting cooler, not hotter? But that doesn't seem to be the case, now does it ....

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Hmm, so the sun has changed it's position, fascinating ....

Problem is too much "old growth" has been cut ...

Drought by "planetary forces" - yeah, climate change caused by increasing CO2 caused by, guess who ...

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The inuit of north america have been telling anyone who will listen that th sun is not rising where it traditionally use to, but since they are not scientists we just call them denyerers.

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I see the Climate Jehovahs here have been offended. Almost as much as the war pigs.

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Apparently! When a belief can be neither discussed nor questioned, ignorance abounds on many sides. There is no such thing as "settled" science; science, by its nature, is based on continuing questioning, researching, and testing of hypotheses.

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@Independent Thinker

Too bad that thinking apparently did not include a course in Logic 101 ! Repeatedly beating on a premise that NO ONE has proposed, is called a "Straw man Argument" in Formal Logic.

In this case, *no one is claiming *here, that there IS such a thing as "settled science", you know, among the OPEN questions of science. And yet you have repeated that twice in just a short run on this queue alone. Take a breath, my friend ! This is beginning to sound like the repetitious drumming of propaganda !

There is no "settled science" because PROOF is the ultimate arbiter of Science. HOWEVER, there ARE proven proposals that are no longer being *investigated by Science, because they are *now simply established FACTS. I.E., the proposal that "The Earth Is Round" is no longer *subject to scientific inquiry, so it has gone in to the realm of ESTABLISHED fact, not scientific investigation.

"Water tends to run downhill", also now a matter of established fact, not scientific investigation. "Burning Fossil Fuels FOULS the Earth's Atmosphere". The only people willing to argue that *are the shills for Big Oil, presently involved in a BRAND NEW energetic *PUSH to reinforce the *old propaganda horse hockey from Big Oil.

Big Oil is now working off of the EXACT "playbook" from Big Tobacco ! You know, those jerk wads who stood before Congress, their right hands piously raised, *swearing that Nicotine is *NOT an addictive substance ? That petrochemical-sounding B.S. technically, and popularly, called "Gaslighting" ?

See, the FACT that Nicotine is one of the *MOST addictive substances on the EARTH, is a scientific FACT, NOT open to "review", right along with Scientific consensus that the Earth *IS Round.

So matters of FACT *ARE settled. Matters of scientific inquiry are not "settled" Science. However, once science has no further *reason to investigate those proposals, they are likewise no longer a matter of Science. They have become Established FACT.

The way *you are using: "there is no such thing as 'settled science' is meant to mean: "there is no such THING as ESTABLISHED Truth." And in that claim, you are demonstrably, and hilariously, WRONG ! ;-D

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The only difference between this year's fires and those of 100 years ago is that now we have millions of video cameras capturing and disseminating the flames in real time.

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@Independent Thinker

p.s. What I *really appreciate about your "list", is that it comes with absolutely NO PROOF. So it has all of the strength and gravitas of a

RUMOR circulating around in a Middle School. Cool !

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Hello? Seriously?

If you'll look carefully, you will see that it is not my list. It is merely a compilation of statements from papers, magazines, scientific papers, or whatever.

Did you actually read the list and understand that the statements on the list were ACTUALLY WRITTEN OR STATED by real people, as indicated? The author merely COMPILED them.

What kind of "proof" are you looking for? "Proof" that the stated news outlets (etc.) really printed those statements?? If so, just look them up--the source for every statement was provided by the author. I imagine you find them there.

I'm sincerely sorry that you're having a difficult time in California, but your posts seem to be bordering on hysteria and aren't logically connected to my post.

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@Independent Thinker

What kind of proof? Ever heard of bibliography for your so-called quotes, so that others can reference the "source" on their own ?

As it IS, there is no proof that these people, assuming that they *ever lived, *ever said these things. Did you think you would be addressing a kindergarten with all of this magical thinking ?

It is not just the average Joe on the street who has recently *disproven this hokey list. The reality of Climate Change was proven by *EXXON back in the Seventies. And *they proved it was man-made, because EXXON was *making it, via the burning of fossil fuels.

This has been proven from EXXON's own *files under a FOIA request. At that time, ('70s) EXXON knew that they were faced with either getting *out of the petrochemical business, or with

launching the granddaddy of all public propaganda campaigns,

*stonewalling the truth for as long as possible. Which choice to you think they pursued ?

EXXON started this present day propaganda campaign, first claiming there was "no such thing" as climate change, and then when the very *environment proved them liars, they admitted, well, yes there *is Climate Change, but it is *not man-made, and it is *really specifically *NOT made from man burning fossil fuels. ;-D

It is cyclical change over long periods of time on the Earth that just "happens". Trust us. No, it is not.

I really don't *care how you, or how Exxon finally "expire from this fair Orb", but you can't image the kind of karma you collect knowingly lying to all the people on this Q and whichever others you are poisoning with this disinformation campaign. Enjoy the money. I know you don't believe in Karma, because, elsewise, how would you *ever sleep ? ;-D

And, even as you extol the glories of reader comprehension, I invited you *to California in the first paragraph. Had you read further, you would have discovered that I myself, am in New Mexico, where we are choking ON the smoke from the CA fires.

But, the smoke from the CA fires are actually screwing up the sunsets in the New York skyline as well. And, catching you out for your inexhaustible lies, is really not the same thing as hysteria. Hysteria is what you must experience attempting to face yourself in a mirror.

Finally, if you understood *anything about doing research via ice core, and soil samples, going back multi-thousands of years, you would know that Scientists have *already proven that the present state of the planet is *not just another "little glitch", just like all the imaginary "glitches" you claim we have in our past, certainly not since *humankind has been aboard the planet.

TTFN !

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How is this related to Matt's article?

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Cousins maybe?

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Matt's father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate?

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Global warming is happening. We have passed a tipping point. Crops failed from heat. 118 on the edge of the arctic ocean in Siberia. 121 in Canada. Those are Death Valley temperatures. The next thing is famine.

The problem is that the "Green New Deal" is pure malarkey. It is impossible. The only way forward is nuclear power, and 5 times what we use today.

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@Brian

You are totally correct, Brian, yes. And the recent PROOF all over the world, has the Oil Companies is a panic of propaganda attempting to bring people *back into the foolish fold of the Climate Change deniers. As I say, here in New Mexico I am meeting strangers in the grocery store, the rural mail boxes, etc. sidling right up and beginning conversations with "Gee, notice how local Big Oil is paying for all of our schools?" They are not pleased when you observe the FACT that New Mexico Schools are *proven to be among the WORST in the Country. Maybe not as bad as Mississippi, but running a *close second to them !

So, when I see this bogus list under an online handle that is recently new here, I hear echoes of these Oil Company shills inundating New Mexico right now.

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If Big Oil is so successful, why are they all mumbling ESG now? And the pipeline from Canada shut down. Note also the prevalence of luxury EVs for the 1% to commute to and fro.

Re schools, have you noticed anything about the quality of CA schools? As big as Big Oil is, the largest employer in the USA is the US govt. The trend right now is climate change. That is, until someone notices that the electrical grid cannot support millions of EVs charging on a hot day. Especially in CA. All you've done is export manufacturing to China. And that VOC/carbon cloud does get blown all over the world.

I'm not here to deny "climate change." It's changing. I just know that anything shoveled up in extremis by those who profit from the supporting chin music should be taken with a grain of salt. I was in school when we heard about the coming Ice Age. Now it's the opposite. If it's so dire and imminent, why did the smartest President ever, buy a mansion with beach front property and throw a big 60th Bday shindig?

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That ice age theory was a few scientists not the majority and that was debunked ages ago. Anyway that’s the great thing about science. Once a theory is disproven scientists throw it out and go with the best available evidence. It’s why Pluto is no longer a planet. The problem with many non-scientists is they think science is immutable like a religion. It isn’t.

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They’re like big tobacco but unfortunately everyone loses in climate change denial.

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Yawn.

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@Brian

Yes and fish and ocean critters were killed by the THOUSANDS by overheated coastal waters in Washington State during their LAST heat wave.

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Salmon were cooked out of many streams in Alaska in 2019. All the way up to Nome. The only reason they've done well in Bristol Bay is it's a short haul to the lakes where they spawn, so the trip didn't kill them all off. That said, many were too heat-stressed to spawn. The recent exceptionally warm winters allowed for the successful spawners' offspring to enjoy a higher than average percentage of completing their own 3-4 year cycle.

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Wait. Aren’t you climate Jehovahs always bleating about weather *not being climate? Which is it, oh faithful one? Lol

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@Thomas Heath

It must be a bitch to live in a world of complete "Black and White". Grab a chair, there, Tom bcuz I am *really going shock your professionally paid troll world. We can actually deal with TWO THOUGHTS in our brain at the SAME time. Ask a ten-year-old. So it is NOT always a *matter of "Ether/Or, like it is in questions of whether or not a woman is pregnant.

Often, (and here I recommend a firm grip on that chair), it is a matter of BOTH/AND ! Weather is NOT Climate, but weather is a *definite, and FINITE *subset of Climate.

Consider Miami, a Tropical Climate. Now, does Miami EVER experience weather ? They certainly THINK they do. Is their weather liable to produce icebergs, considerably sub-zero temps and the like ? Do you *ever expect Miami to experience being an *Arctic Climate in the near future ?

Of course not, bcuz Arctic climates do not HAVE the same kind of weather that Tropical Climates have.

See, these "ponderous" questions that seem to weigh SO heavily upon you, really ARE easily explained without over-straining the brain all THAT much at all !

So, Climate = BIG Picture. Weather = *predictable phenomena *within any specific Climate ! Like an automobile *wheel within an automobile TIRE ? See ? Different, but *related things !

I know, MIND BLOWING.

SO ! QED ! Yes, DO go call the neighbors, oh faithless one ! :-D

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Whoa. Amazing. And true.

Yeah, I can't take any doomsayer who dismisses nuclear as being seriously concerned about the problem. But so many of them can't even THINK it.

Not to be too cynical, but that fact makes it seem like they're getting some reward or other from climate catastrophism.

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Must have really been horrible living through the Roman Warm Period and the Medieval Warm Period then. No wait. Those were enriching days for humanity. NVM.

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Thomas Heath

Fails by the logical test of "Non-Sequitur". Take a class Tom, "There are none so blind as those that *will not see." Anon

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The ad hom is the refuge of the moron.

Afraid of scientific truth I see.

Cheers! Lol

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That is part of the story. Now where is all the reactor waste going to be stored?

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It can be stored right where it is now. In ponds, and then casks on site. It can also be recycled because fuel is retired when it is ~5% burned. Japan does this, but we don't. Without recycling the entire high level waste stream can be stored in one football field for all reactors the USA has ever had. It's just not that much. NRC regulations.

It could be stored in Yucca Mountain which is far more than adequate, but that's a political matter and fossil fuel interests know that once Yucca Mountain is accepted that is no longer a "problem", and they lose a PR war playing card.

It could simply be dropped to the bottom of the ocean in casks. There is 4.4 billion tons of uranium dissolved in the ocean already. Casks won't leak much, they will be covered by sediment, and then get baked into new sedimentary rock.

The popular idea of radiation is wildly overstated. You know this because after removing all the water from seawater, what's left over is a highly concentrated form of the 13.3 tons of uranium dissolved in every cubic mile of ocean. That is sold to you as sea salt. It's supposed to be better for you than mined salt which is primarily distinguished by having less pollution and less uranium in it.

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@We have a monster share of it right here, only slightly underground, and leaking like a blacked out drunk in an alley, right here in New Mexico ! I suppose we "deserve" it, since much of it began right here.

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@Brian

Nuclear power is a TOTAL non-starter from the git-go. Simply BECAUSE we have not solved that pesky little fuel rod disposal problem.

In addition, Nuclear is the MOST expensive, MOST dangerous, MOST insane solution on the *Planet to the problem of boiling fucking *WATER. Because, as you *MUST know, that is *all that the nuclear reactors in a power plant actually DO. Boil water into steam for spinning the turbine generators.

You can't TRULY believe that a freakin' Nuclear PLANT is the most elegant solution for boiling water ! The ONLY people I have ever met who can "bullshit defend" that entire *idea with a straight face, are all people who have a FINANCIAL interest in reviving nuclear power.

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I need to smoke whatever the independent thinker is smoking. Independent? Yes! Thinkers? No! QED

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*JRad

Persons under discussion really DO know how to load a bowl, Yes ?

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Beautiful!

Hanson had the A/C disabled for his infamous testimony in 1988. PBS of all places still has the story on their website. Gotta scare the masses out of their cash! lol

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Post this shit to Breitbart.

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Thank you for this, Independent Thinker. This is incredibly useful.

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Well, that was fun. It's interesting that in 1938, the warming climate was regarded as a good thing (which retrospectively over human history and pre-history is probably fairly realistic -- as a species we do better in warmer climates).

Why exactly was that relevant to a piece on American corruption in Afghanistan?

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Hi, DNY. Probably no relevance! I was responding to someone's comment but I don't remember whose it was. Then it took on a life of its own!

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@DNY

That is a "feature" of this horrible Substack software. The man's post was submitted *long before the comments above it. The other big problems is "message creep" ! ;-D My only defense for that, (and *it is "weak tea") is to tag my every comment with the online "handle" of the person to whom I am originally writing. This way, by the time it ends up aligned with a comment by someone whom I may never even have *read, the new commenter will know that my perhaps snide entry was *not aimed at them !

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There is a serious aspect to true change in global climate that seems to be ignored. Earth’s magnetic field is what protects life on Earth from much of the dangerous rays from the Sun.

It is a measurable reality that the magnetic field is in a constant, gradual state of decay, which has nothing to do with activity on Earth. So as the decay continues more dangerous rays enter Earth’s atmosphere which affects climate.

Believe it or not…

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The reason you don't hear about that is because it's immune to policy decisions, so there's no money in it.

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Good point. Also, there is the fact that since the settled science crowd claims Earth is a few billion years old, the degrading magnetic field doesn't fit in with their scam. After all, how can it still exist after a few billion years?

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Thanks for posting. I had not heard about the magnetic field connection to climate, but it makes sense. Very interesting.

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All that matters to the indoctrinated is plant fertilizer. So much for their “green” bleating.

From NASA in 2016:

Carbon Dioxide Fertilization Greening Earth, Study Finds.

From a quarter to half of Earth’s vegetated lands has shown significant greening over the last 35 years largely due to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change on April 25.

An international team of 32 authors from 24 institutions in eight countries led the effort, which involved using satellite data from NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer instruments to help determine the leaf area index, or amount of leaf cover, over the planet’s vegetated regions. The greening represents an increase in leaves on plants and trees equivalent in area to two times the continental United States.

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Dear New Green Deal folks,

The problem with increased vegetation growth is...???? You do understand that plants take in CO2 and give off oxygen, do you not? More CO2 healthier plants, less CO2 ailing plants, no CO2 dead plants. And CO2 does not affect planetary climate cycles one way or the other. You've been duped by folks who want to control population, control you, and get rich.

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It really drives the faithfully brainwashed crazy when you tell them the Dirty Thirties CO2 level was 320ppm. Lol

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I've read that as well.

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Since the anointed leaders of the Climate Change Industrial Complex managed to convince the rubes that plant fertilizer is "pollution", it will be ignored. I'm going to talk to my cannabis plants. They enjoy my 40,000ppm exhalations. lol

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@Thomas Heath

Artificial Fertilizer *is pollution AND it is poison ! That is why we can now *celebrate the fact that Chlorpyrifos has JUST *recently been BANNED in the U.S. ! This means that people who can barely *spell "science", are no longer able to *legally poison and kill their neighbors, and the neighbor's children and animals !

And, while we are breaking each other's heart, ROUNDUP (active poison glyphosate) has *ALSO been recently banned in the U.S. ! That was an ass-kicking for MONSANTO, my friend. Poisoning the world for absolute DECADES now, Monsanto. Yes !

So, don't whine to me, address the FDA, and the U.S. Courts !

Cheers !

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Interesting.

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"Cable News Military Experts Criticizing Afghanistan Withdrawal Are on the Defense Industry Dole"

https://invidious-us.kavin.rocks/watch?v=7APO7x7A5V0

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Ahhh...what a non-surprise! After the steady increase in ex (maybe) intelligence agency types showing up as "consultants" on all the MSM orgs.

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@Areslent

Thanks for the URL.

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don’t forget it was also to protect poppy fields so that perdue pharma could keep pushing oxy on it’s heavily addicted users. guess now that we have subscription based “vaccines” they don’t need to worry so much about the opiates as their main cash cow.

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Ouch. But so true.

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Lara Logan has a really good piece about Afghanistan on Fox Nation. Several things not reported in the media.

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Thanks. Probably can't beat these jewels:

Roaming Charges: When the Empire of Graveyards Falls in the Graveyard of Empires

Roaming Charges: When the Empire of Graveyards Falls in the Graveyard of Empires - CounterPunch.org

https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/08/20/roaming-charges-23/

BY Jeffrey St, Clair – Aug. 20, 2021 – IMPORTANT: This is incredibly well written !!!

US Created Al Qaeda & $2 Trillion War In Afghanistan—Aug 19 – OUTSTANDING Summary

https://youtu.be/rxHrdicNwss

The Day of the Imbeciles

https://youtu.be/n9ogGxIF_a4

Remember when Raytheon put on a Beyonce concert to promote Adam Schiff?

Truly despicable -- that human excrement is among leading Congress war-mongers and recipient of arm industry donations.

http://politicalpartytime.org/party/36073/

Congressmen Holding Concert Fundraisers Could See a Beyonce Bump | Politics | US News

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Trump’s Pledge to Exit Afghanistan Was a Ruse, His Final SecDef Says - Defense One

https://www.defenseone.com/policy/2021/08/trumps-pledge-exit-afghanistan-was-ruse-his-final-secdef-says/184660/

Trump’s Pledge to Exit Afghanistan Was a Ruse, His Final SecDef Says. Chris Miller now says talk of a full withdrawal was a “play” to convince a Taliban-led government to keep U.S. counterterrorism forces.

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This same thing will happen domestically with the "infrastructure" package (if passed), just as it did with all the Covid bail-outs, the 2008 bail-outs, etc, etc. If we actually tracked government spending we could lower taxes AND do more for our country. In reality, the federal government can't even account for all it's spending. Pathetic.

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The bulk of the money will go to the administration of the funds, meaning the upper level advanced degreed morons in the bureaucracy will do for infrastructure what the HMO did for healthcare. It's how it always works out.

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Morons? Like the Biden village idiot Jake Sullivan?

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The list is long, isn't it....

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ridin that cantillon effect

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Just look at The Big Dig, it started over 20 years ago and 'estimates say' it won't be paid off for at least another 20 years. The infrastructure package will likely just be another implentation of that, but on a national level.

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...and with a mileage tax attached to increase the bloodletting

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They'll raise taxes or implement a new one in the next 2 years, I reckon. If not sooner than that.

Here it's already gotten terrible. If you own a car you have pay a quarterly tax just for the privilege to do so, which is really an absurd notion.

You pay to the get the car inspected, you pay to get the car registered, you pay to get your license, and then you pay a excise tax on the car after that just to have it.

In theory you'd think the money would be used to create better infrastructure (roads/public transportation), but it's not. Who knows where it goes.

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Catherine Fitts has been on this for years. She teamed up with an econ professor and they've discovered that trillions have been unaccounted for for years (one of many articles here: https://home.solari.com/missing-money-2021-update-with-mark-skidmore/).

No joke, there should be a huge push to rebuild infrastructure, if only for the likely future where China no longer accepts US$$.

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It takes people to build infrastructure. That means people with shovels and jack hammers. Look at our society. Why would anyone subject themselves to back breaking labor when being unemployed may actually pay you more. Most of that money will go to the white collar administrators who will dither for years until the money dries up and then blame the tax payer for not providing enough money.

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They would not NEED taxes. BTW, the "income tax" was supposed to be temporary.

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Clearly universal income is the solution: let's all get in on the grift.

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Ancient Klingon proverb: It is better to die on my feet than live on my knees.

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Don't forget Jet-Setting John and his "Climate" crisis.

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It's been unaccountable for decades. You couldn't hire enough accountants to reconcile the books even if it was worthwhile.

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Oh, it's even "better" than that.

From Catherine Austin-Fitts [https://missingmoney.solari.com/dod-and-hud-missing-money-supporting-documentation/]

"On October 4, 2018 federal government officials accepted the recommendation of the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB) that the government be allowed to misstate and move funds in order to hide expenditures if it is deemed necessary for national security purposes. The new guidelines are to apply to all agencies, not just the black budget. See page 3 of the July 2018 FASAB report for a summary of the proposed recommendations and see here for more detail. See here for the final statement – Statement of Federal Financial Accounting Standards 56.

With the change in accounting guidelines, which is a full departure from Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), only a few people with high level security clearances have the authority to determine what is deemed a national security issue and these same people will now be allowed to restate financial reports in order to conceal actual expenditures without any disclosure. No one but those few people would know that such modifications were made, thus making evaluation of government financial statements impossible. From this point forward, the federal government will keep two sets of books, one modified book for the public and one true book that is hidden.

The FASAB recommendation effectively institutionalizes non-transparency in federal financial reporting. While many aspects of federal finances are non-transparent now because government has failed to comply with existing financial reporting laws, at least citizens had the laws working in their favor. Now citizens have no recourse; non-transparency is going to proceed as a matter of executive branch authority and policy."

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Since most audits are a sham anyway, I’m amazed some firm hasn’t stepped up to prostitute themselves and deliver an audit. Think of the fees.

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Btw, how did that Pentagon audit go? :-)

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I wouldn’t listen to a single thing this government or its media have to say. Why people still believe and put faith in these sectors is beyond me.

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They have nothing else. If not for the state, most of us wouldn’t be here, or so they believe. The states provides. They view it as their mother.

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Rachel Maddow labeling anyone corrupt is really rich. She gets paid 7 million a year to shill for empire. There’s no difference between overpaid pundits like her and a corporate funded politician that justifies boondoggle after boondoggle to keep the gravy train flowing.

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I think the fox guys have turned into the loyal opposition and are much more honest

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is it possible, and hear me out, that they're two sides of the same coin and only switch positions when the admins change to make it look like you have a choice? is it possible? I think so. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lzqUe1Qfec

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Yeah I get your point and I agree. When it was the Trump administration the fox guys were jingoistic lying pricks. That’s why I said the loyal opposition a parliamentary term. Now that the other guys are in charge of the administration they are suddenly honest and righteous and trustworthy.

It’s more than possible it’s pretty much a certainty

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These motherfuckers don't care

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At least with the politician it appears to still be a democratic republic.

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That might be one of the understatements of the week.

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I remember reading an article a while back (hell, maybe Matt wrote it for Rolling Stone) about a phenomenon where even the cheapest purchases like a cup of coffee cost exactly $100 in Afghanistan. Why? Because the US occupiers were handing out money like candy, and the only denomination we brought over there to bribe everyone with was hundreds.

America complaining about the corruption of the Afghan people and government is like the proprietor of a crack house wondering why all his clients are addicts. Creating a strong, independent state that wouldn't collapse the second we left was antithetical to our mission. Our commitment to actual nation building and spreading democracy was about as sincere as Walter White's interest in running a carwash.

Anyone who has anything to say about our withdrawal from Afghanistan other than "thank god we're finally out" has something to sell, and it's time to stop buying.

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Oh yeah? Everyone wanted out, Slick. Kudos for the on point, entertainingly presented factoids concerning the occupation, but what people quite rightfully have “anything to say about” is the way it was done. But you already know this.

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'everyone' is clearly an overstatement, I know people not in the 'everyone' camp, some of whom have a greater than zero financial interest at least temporarily at risk from 'getting out'. I think 'almost everyone' is far more accurate. Just looking at the current attempts to form a counter-narrative to what 'everyone wanted' seems to demonstrate my point.

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There was a coterie of neocons on CNN and MSNBC daily warning everyone that Terror had to be fought in the Middle East, Iraq, Iran etc. Some of them wrote books, saying, "orange man bad" - he will create nuclear holocaust on behalf of the Russians. He's on the payroll! He's trying to take apart NATO! Get him out while the getting is good and get someone really competent in there, like President Biden. And here we are. Can't you just picture President Biden, rallying the troops at Valley Forge? You can't? Come on man!

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"Can't you just picture" that's a hard nope, Honestly I'm absolutely stunned he pulled the plug - we have to listen for the sucking sound when it pops up next, at least the part that does actually stop/move. No doubt this type of crap is going to continue: https://theintercept.com/2020/12/18/afghanistan-cia-militia-01-strike-force/

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Sigh

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What's the deal with the the back-up deflection from the point? What's in it for you guys to ignore and deflect the the fact that the most well funded, sophisticated military known to man obviously and intentionally left up to 40k Americans and billions in state of the art equipment to a known enemy when there were dozens of other ways and tons of time to plan things out for a more optimal outcome? What's with the comedy routine and the red herrings?

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For myself, other than the ridiculous 'everyone, slick' snarky hyperbole that's simply not even close to true (pointing it out is hardly a red herring), I'm in total agreement about the shitshow execution. Shitty framing doesn't help a good point.

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Fine, try this: everyone that isn’t a smelly, mercenary, pos wanted out. Like that doesn’t go without saying. And using a comedy intro leading into straight-up bullying of everyone into dropping the point and just agreeing that there is nothing more to question or be concerned with now that we are out of there, reeks of a tactic with an agenda behind it: soften them up and then tell them to just shut up about it. And certainly people started rolling over for that easy out. It’s the literary equivalent of a shiny object. Oh, and I’ll frame things anyway I want to. Obviously.

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I'm personally thrilled. None of my friends have to be CAOs anymore.

A female MSG named Yoly is someone i'm thinking about here. Really broke her up doing that. She was a great soldier but that was not duty that worked for her.

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I was attending college in Wilkes-Barre, PA when Hurricane Agnes hit in 1972. That was an election year. Virtually the entire city was flooded by the Susquehanna River. The damage was biblical. I went to work during that summer, working on cleanup crews. You were paid cash daily. I saw guys signing up for multiple crews, working one, and collecting on 3 or 4. These crooks tried to make me feel like a chump for not doing it. That was small potatoes. I saw waste everywhere. Nixon, along w/ burglarizing the Dem Headquarters, send a flood of dollars for mobile homes, repairs, cleanup, etc. I saw people get 2 or 3 mobile homes for free. They would live in one and rent out the other 2. I was raised as a libertarian. This experience galvanized that libertarianism. Waste and fraud exists systemically in all governments. That's why we need MUCH less government.

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Years after Katrina on the LA interstate north of Slidell on the way to Jackson there sat a field of hundreds if not thousands of unused rotting mobile home trailers the federal government had bought and never used. They stretched as far as the eye could see. I never saw one single article written on it in several years. God knows how much wasted money that was.

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"Forget it Jake, it's Chinatown"...err New Orleans!

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Katrina was a whorehouse.

My boss was sending people down to help out. I asked him if I could go, wanted to help. He said "you don't want to go there". He was right.

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"Katrina was a whorehouse."

It hit New Orleans, so ya it was.

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I know you were kidding, but I meant it was disorganized and lots of waste that was winked at. The government just dumped money and people on it but that wasn't going to salvage the nation's impression of what went on there. The stories I heard from people coming back - a lot of them just sat in trailers waiting for direction which never came.

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Wasn't there something about them full of asbestos?

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Pretty sure they were all offgassing Formadehyde and the like from the glues and crap. Add heat. Add humidity.

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Ah, maybe that was it - I knew they were pretty much unfit for human habitation for one reason or another ...

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Yup, that was it.

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Rinse and Repeat. Remember the converted Hospital ships for Cuomo? WE NEED MORE BEDS, MORE VENTILATORS, EVERYONE IS DYING!!??

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Don’t know. I never saw anything about it. Asbestos had been banned for years prior to that so the federal government buying hundreds or thousands of contaminated mobile homes would be a scandal. Oh, who am I kidding? That sounds exactly like something it would do.

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I’m a libertarian myself except I’ve learned that you can’t fight the printing press. All the waste can always be masked. Look at the national debt. I just know that something will give eventually. Empires fall. Will the US be any different that Rome?

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No.

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People won't write Iambic Pentameter plays about our leaders stabbing each other in the back for fear of being cancelled.

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I saw similar waste in the US Virgin Islands after hurricane Marilyn hit in 1995.

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You're deluded - govt isn't a business. If you hand emergency services, health care, etc.to private companies costs invariably go up & quality goes down. Witness the contractor binge in Afghanistan. sure government is inefficient - a leaky bucket. But making govt work better is the point. Less govt means free(r) rein for greedy corrupt corporations - watch your wallet

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Save it for your grandchildren who are currently on the hook for Trillions with a "T" in government spending.

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Yeah, first thing we'll do is cut the trillions in social security youre living off of and hand it over to JP Morgan to manage -- just like Bush proposed and all small government types want to do. Dog food for everyone!

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That wiff of commie. Can’t miss it.

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You wanna compare what those funds would be worth if that had been done? I'm figuring many, many trillions, with a "t", and that's with allowing JPM or Goldman free leeway to steal 20% (with half of THAT then going back to politicians). Anything would have been better than allowing those funds to just be replaced by IOUs from Congress.

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Lol

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This is the first piece I've read anywhere that actually tells the story. The plethora of pundits puking out their upset with wails of "we left without honor", or "you don't abandon an ally" is total bullshit.

Post WWII, the defense industry found the transition to peacetime activities less profitable; they needed Vietnam. In Iraq, no one seems interested in the fact that Halliburton, who was at the time being outed for overcharging hundreds of millions in multiple departments for totals in the dozens of billlions, moved their corporate HQ to Dubai beyond the reach of auditors. Forget that for just a moment, and question why a major defense contractor is based in Dubai...(?).

In the current tragedy, the receipt trail runs in so many directions I can't even begin to think I know where it goes. Matt outlined the fundamentals, but I know it's gotta be way worse than this. Why isn't this the story? Why is MT the only guy pointing fingers in the right locations?

These are business deals gone bad. Or maybe good, depending on which side you're on. And the story I'm seeing throughout media is complete obfuscatory bullshit.

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Cheney extracted $39 billion from the Iraq war for Halliburton. No wonder he lied about yellow cake uranium.

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When I was in Iraq some clever soldier or contractor had sketched Cheney's face in a Halliburton port-a-potty, above the letters KBR (Kellogg Brown Root), where they inscribed "Keep Bringing Retards."

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So many truths appear on the walls of restrooms.

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They were also referred to as "Kill, Bag, Replace."

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This is like a nightmare--I forgot about KBR and it is coming back, thanks for the memories.

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heh. We wished we had a KBR DFAC where I was. They were better than the others. We ate white frozen lettuce and other mostly inedible stuff. The only time it got better was when we made a drug deal with a local company of 4ID and traded T-rat packages for what we had. I don't know why they wanted it.

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Matt, I hope you see this, I wish I posted it yesterday. You occasionally ask for topic suggestions and I think this should be considered, in a way it’s relevant to the situation discussed here. I came across this a couple of weeks ago.

If this is true, and I think it is worthy of serious consideration, it deals a stunning blow to 80 years of what would be a massive lie. Thanks!

https://www.realclearhistory.com/articles/2021/08/01/why_rudolph_hess_was_the_last_casualty_of_ww_ii_788057.html

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I am not commenting on this specifically, but you do call to mind the post-war activities relating to documents that occur in the background. My focus is archives and documents. The German archives were captured and the book, _The Struggle for the Files_ examines this process and the political aspects. I am sure the fate of many captured during that period is complex. https://kathleenmccook.substack.com/p/german-archive-struggle-post-potsdam

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I’m about to read your link, did you read the bit about Hess that I posted? If so, any opinion? I think it’s a fascinating possibility to consider.

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A lot of surmise there.

Deciding whether Rudolf Hess was addled or of sound mind is first on the list of things to determine.

That said, it never gets beyond surmise since it was in the Soviet interest at least to keep the guy on ice until death without being able to communicate. I think the Western Allies cared less after a point and would have released him long before he died. From the Western POV Nazi Germany was over by the 1970s.

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I did read it. It is fascinating. The denazification process was so complex that's why I think if we see the file struggle we realize this. The Bernie Gunther novels address a lot of this with fairly solid historic back-up: If the Dead Rise Not-http://philipkerr.org/

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There were roughly 500 tons of yellowcake in Iraq. How do I know? I was involved in Operation McCall removing it from Al Tuwaitha in 07-08. The former Osirak reactor that the Israelis bombed in the early 80s. I was there, we loaded the yellowcake into "pigs", big cast iron things, transported it to aircraft that took it to Diego Garcia and then it was shipped to Canada for processing into fuel rods.

Truth: most of the yellowcake dated from before the Israeli attack, when they had a serious nuclear program.

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Was it gone before the Iraq war?

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An undersecretary of defense came by about a week before Obama took office and handed out awards and coins to those who had participated. The citation said "For removing Saddam Hussein's Nuclear Program from Iraq". Someone was trying to airbrush history a bit.

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Thanks for first hand info. It beats media BS.

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np. Wish I could upload the citation, it's a piece of work. I'd just redact my name :-)

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No, we removed it in three batches in early 2008. I think Bush wanted it gone before Obama took office (not that he knew that was his successor when this happened in the spring of 08)

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Among lots of other things. I think $39 billion is the just the verifiable amount; he blew to Dubai before any actual accounting of corporate records could be done.

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But his daughter is a Senator.

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Congresswoman and probably not for much longer :-)

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Face palm/I knew that, but because they have only 1 she seems outsized. Tx.

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The termites are in deed very fat now. The house still looks fine-ish from afar. But looking closer, it is full of holes, close to collapse.

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Cheney was VP of Halliburton before he became VP, wasn't he?

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Our current Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, joined the board of Raytheon Technologies after retiring from the army. "Raytheon Technologies Corporation is an American multinational aerospace and defense conglomerate headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. It is one of the largest aerospace, intelligence services providers,[4] and defense manufacturers in the world by revenue and market capitalization. Raytheon Technologies (RTX) researches, develops, and manufactures advanced technology products in the aerospace and defense industry, including aircraft engines, avionics, aerostructures, cybersecurity, guided missiles, air defense systems, satellites, and drones. The company is also a large military contractor, getting a significant portion of its revenue from the U.S. government"

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Certainly add Raytheon to the list. Certainly.

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RTX is a good buy. Pays a dividend and more importantly will never go bankrupt. It’s too big to fail.

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