Flynn Lies Turn Out To Be Hillary’s Fault

The Tr*mp administration appears to be in crisis over contact by his campaign workers not to mention (suddenly former) National Security Advisor Michael Flynn with a hostile foreign government – and then lying about it – not to mention the fact that the President of the United States absolutely knew that Flynn was lying three weeks ago (but did not clue in his Vice President).

Tr*mp’s response is to blame Hillary Clinton…because, white frankly, nothing else makes sense.

Tweet Text: “The Russian non-sense is merely an attempt to cover up the many mistakes made by Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign.”

[Look a Russian cruise missile. Ha ha Made you look]

That feels wrong, doesn’t it?

Ironically, General Flynn was one of those leading the “lock her up cheers.” This photo is a screen grab of Flynn saying “we don’t need a reckless president who believes she is above the law.”

Is it possible in the alternative universe of Tr*mp and the GOP that ALL crimes are committed by Hillary and Obama and ANY reports that run counter to the Tr*mp’s most recent pre-dawn hallucination is FAKE NEWS?

[Look a Russian cruise missile. Ha ha Made you look]

Tr*mp told us just last week that he hadn’t gotten any calls on the Dakota Pipeline and he thought everyone was pretty much OK with it. He told us the week before that the American people are no longer interested in his tax returns. He continued to insist that he won the election in a landslide in spite of possibly billions of Mexican Muslims pouring into the country to vote against him.

Firmly grounded in reality.

Wonder if Flynn will get a nice Moscow condo next to Edward Snowden?

[Look a Russian cruise missile. Ha ha Made you look]

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Big Coal’s Big Lie Just Keeps on Spewing Pollution

While Tr*mp was entertaining us and distracting the media with his foolishness, the GOP got busy paying back the extraction industries (oil, gas and coal) who own them.*

While Tr*mp was entertaining us and distracting the media with his foolishness, the GOP got busy and began paying back the extraction industries (oil, gas and coal) who own them.*

Last week, House GOP revoked Obama regulation protecting streams from coal mining debris. That means the coal companies can return to blowing the tops off of mountains and dumping the “overburden” directly into the valleys. What they are dumping is not just dirt. It’s a toxic mess of contaminates including arsenic, cadmium and other poisonous heavy metals. It’s why streams run orange in Appalachia.

This entirely cynical move is made under cover of the War on Coal narrative concocted by the operatives of the coal industry and repeated over and over and over, the MO of special interests since the beginning of time. The War on Coal is a real as the War on Christmas.

As the fairy tale goes, Barack Obama “hates” coal (and coal miners) and has destroyed the industry along with billions of jobs. He has done this by over-reaching, GOP-speak for protecting citizens from the plundering industries. All the anti-pollution measures do is try and prevent coal companies from burying valleys and fouling public lands and waterways with cancer-causing chemicals. The way it has always worked is that the coal companies get the profits, while taxpayers pay for cleanup, should there actually be a cleanup.

McConnell, who is every bit Trump’s equal in creating an alternative reality, called the stream protection rule “an attack against coal miners and their families…the legislation we passed today will help stop this disastrous rule and bring relief to coal miners and their families.”
Except it won’t. Coal mining has been in a steep decline for far longer than Obama has been in office, but over-regulation ranks far down on the list as a cause.

Ironically, the overwhelming cause of decline in coal jobs is the free market. When fracking opened up new supplies of methane (what is called “natural gas”), public utilities began converting from dirtier and more expensive coal to natural gas. Compared to the amount of time they spent resisting environmental regulations, this transformation happened almost overnight. The demand for coal is in steep decline in China and elsewhere as well.

Another key cause of coal related employment is automation. Mountaintop removal technology, which has destroyed more than 700 mountains in Appalachia, has destroyed hundreds of thousands of jobs over the past three decades. Those jobs aren’t coming back.

(In fact, robotics are in the process of replacing jobs at all levels, especially in the heavy manufacturing section Tr*mp claims he is going to save. To accomplish this, he will need to do more than browbeat with Twitter. He will need a wand.)

The most overlooked cause of failure in the coal business is the coal companies themselves, which took on mountains of debt at the beginning of the twenty-first century as they anticipated a bonanza. When business slowed during the Bush financial depression, they were handcuffed in terms of their ability to react.

The four largest coal mining companies are now in bankruptcy.

Thanks Obama.

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*They also paid back the NRA by revoking a law that made it illegal for mentally unstable people to buy a gun. Now Tr*mp can have a gun.

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Arctic temperatures remain historically high as sea ice extent falls to historic low

“After studying the Arctic and its climate for three and a half decades, I have concluded that what has happened over the last year goes beyond even the extreme.” – Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, CO (quote from the Washington Post).

According to multiple reports from climate scientists, they are currently viewing conditions in the Arctic with disbelief. A sustained heat wave is keeping January temperatures significantly higher than normal with every sign pointing an actually change in the basic climate functioning of the region. The comments were made in Earth magazine and others.

Temperatures have hovered near freezing twice since November, inhibiting the formation of new ice. The terms being used by Arctic meteorologists and climate scientists are words like “stunned” and “disbelief”. Next week (the second week in Februayr 2017), temperatures will rise +50 degrees above the median.

If you think none of this affects you, you should re-think that thought: Conditions in the Arctic region control global weather patterns.

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Rift Cutting Through Massive Larsen C Ice As Shelves Melt From Below

Rift Cutting Through West Antarctic Shelf Grew By 11 Miles In December, Leaving Only About 12 Miles To Go


A 100 meter wide, half a mile deep fissure is cutting off Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf like a giant knife slicing through butter, following in the path of Larsen A and B shelves, both of which have broken away from the mainland in the past 20 years.  The 2000 sq mile shelf, which is about the size of Delaware, is expected to collapse into the sea within a month or two. The ice shelf is about 2000 sq mi, or about the size of Delaware. It will join the Larsen A and Larsen B shelves on the West Antarctica Peninsula, which have broken off an collapsed into the sea within the past 20 years.

In East Antarctica, once believed stable, the Totten Glacier has destabilized and crossed the point of no return. In Greenland, the Peterson ice shelf is undergoing the same rapid change.

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Smaller Arctic Reindeer Reflect Adaptation to Arctic Eco Collapse

Species is down sizing in order to adapt to new conditions on the tundra, where it rains instead of snows

According to new research from the James Hutton Institute, the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, the Arctic reindeer species is getting smaller and their body mass as a whole is now 12% less. This real time evolution is  a result of long term changes to their habitat related to fast moving climate change, directly caused by their inability to get to their food source. The average mass has dropped from 121 lbs in 1994 to 106 lbs in 2016.

Reindeer hooves have adapted over tens of thousands of years to punch through the crust of snow that normally covers the tundra in late fall. However, the Arctic climate is changing twice as fast as the rest of the planet, which means weather patterns have shifted significantly. Fall now brings heavy rains, which freeze in an ice layer that is often several inches thick. The reindeer are unable to get through to the grass beneath the ice.

As the reindeer herds shrink, the Sami ethnic group in northern Sweden has suffered an epidemic of depression, with fully 1/3 of young people having attempted suicide.

Largest Siberian Herd Down 40%

The largest reindeer herd on the planet has shrunk from 1,000,000 to about 600,000 in the past decade and a half. Russia’s Taymyr Peninsula herd has been decimated by increasingly violent floods driven by climate change, which causes more animals to drown during migration.  It is also more difficult for the herds to find cooler temperature (and escape mosquitoes, another affliction moving north that is going to change a lot of other things) as the Arctic warms twice as fast as the rest of the planet.

 

 

 

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End of Days Luxury Escape Communities: By Invitation Only

Welcome to Trident Lakes. “It’s going to be one of America’s most fun, most plush, and also one of its safest neighborhoods. It’s going to be a five star resort with DEFCON 1 preparedness.” – Richie Whitt, Trident Lakes communications director, speaking to CBS News, Dallas

Above: The fountain that will grace the aboveground campus will rival the water display at the Bellagio in Vegas. Residents will be welcomed by a huge marble statue of Poseidon, an ironic choice of Greek gods for semi-arid northern Texas.

  • You laughed when we told you about earthquake swarms and now even the Oklahoma government admits they are caused by oil and gas activities.
  • You scoffed when we said the seas are rising and now everyone in South Florida lives the dream.
  • And now, as predicted in Catmap three years ago: the first of the doomsday escape facilities (that we know about) is selling space to the rich and famous:

About an hour north of Dallas, a new community is under construction as the best and the best-looking of our species prepare for a future that seems shaky to a lot of us. Near the town of Ector, TX, a consortium of developers has begun construction on Trident Lakes, a 5 Star doomsday resort for beautiful people who want to enjoy Armageddon, whatever form it might take.

When completed, the 700 acre, $300 million development will include a golf course, equestrian center, spa, gun ranges, high end retail and fine dining.  Below ground, about 400 luxury condos ranging from 900 to 3,600 sq ft will be protected by a high tech security wall.  The underground luxury bunkers will be ready for years of post apocalyptic living, sustained by greenhouses, and DNA vault and long term water and food supplies along with electricity generators. Those concerned about the future will be offered a DNA vault to preserve their genes.

Because: Doomsday.

Unfortunately, membership in this resort is by invitation only. What could be worse than living through the End Times with common people? We know, we know.

Now ask yourself this question: If this facility is being constructed more or less publicly, how many more are already underway in far more remote locations for the uber elite? Do you think Vladimir has one? How about Wayne Newton?

Remember that the Dr. Strangelove scenario (1964) was mostly all true. The bunker that would allow US government officials to ride out a nuclear attack still exists beneath the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia.

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Don’t Worry, It’s Only A Type 3 Gas Pipeline Leak: Well Fix It In January

Pipeline Merrily Bubbles Methane in Upstate New York As Gas Pipeline National Fuel Gas Says: “Chill Man”

Franklinville, NY – As reported in the OLean Times Herald (NY), hunters Ryan Weatherley* and Tim Ross came across a breached natural gas** line while walking on state property. When they called pipeline operator National Fuel, they were advised not to worry about the leak, which apparently occurred in several locations along the line. The company was aware of the leak, but planned to fix it after the Holidays because it was only a Type 3 leak, which is not likely to explode, probably. The company says the methane bubbling in the water is not contaminating groundwater. Might be contaminating air though.

After seeing the video posted on YouTube, Patrick Duddy – by coincidence a former employee of a natural gas company – called National Fuel to follow up on the story. He got a longer version of the same story. A company spokesmodel is quoted in the Olean Times Herald: ““We knew about the leak long before we saw it on YouTube.” It turns out that it has been leaking for well over a year and has not even blown up once.

The company fixed the pipeline Dec 2 because of all the irritating phone calls. But not because there was a problem with leaking methane. National Fuel hiked rates 41% on August 1, 2016.

That makes us all feel better.


* Quote from the hunter: “This is what happens when you don’t know how to weld and you get a government contract.”
** Natural gas is comprised primarily of methane, the super powerful greenhouse gas.

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Ivory Coast Deforestation Illustrates A Stark Choice: Eat or Save the Forest

About 80% of Ivory Coast’s Forest Have Been Wiped By Illegal Cocoa Plantations

On Africa’s west coast, the nation of Ivory Coast has finally begun to fight back against a deforestation rate that is considered the worst in Africa. About 4/5ths of the original forest cover has been cut down since the country gained its independence in 1960, as illegal cocoa planters cut down the woodlands to set up pirate cocoa farms. With the logging came precipitous reductions in the population of elephants, chimps and other animals found in very few other locations.

What may eventually turn out to be good news for the forests has created a humanitarian crisis, as the cocoa farmers are expelled from the land they stole, but without other means of making a living. The problem is that cocoa has become the country’s leading export crop, making an illegal and destruction commercial enterprise an important keystone of a fragile economy.

So go the choices of the 21st Century.

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Drone Tractors: Putting Farmer Brown Out To Pasture

Autonomous, GPS Guided, Data Driven Farm Equipment Is the Next Step In Industrial Agriculture And The Latest Example of Incipient Human Obsolescence


Tractor above: Case IH Autonomous Concept Vehicle from Case IH Agriculture

While the concept of a giant GPS controlled RC tractor plowing the field and harvesting crops is not exactly mind blowing these days, autonomous farm equipment is also equipped with all kinds of other scientific bells and whistles to interact and report on soil and water conditions and interact with weather predictions. Infrared sensors can sample soybean and corn plants’ health, while other devices measure weed distribution and soil moisture levels. The data is collected and analyzed providing farmers in their rustic high tech offices with tools to make long term and day to day decisions regarding planting, harvesting and pesticide application.

These new data driven farming tools are a key component in precision agriculture, which in turn is enabled by GMO based monoculture technology, agricultural interests and farm consolidation. With pesticide application a key component in precision agriculture, it should be no surprise that Monsanto and DuPont are key players in this paradigm shift down on the farm.

For example, data collected by John Deere tractors (which controls most of the American tractor market) is linked up to a digital agricultural weather information outfit called Climate Corp. Their algorithms provide guidance for farm managers based on their weather prediction platform combined with data from individual operations. Monsanto bough Climate Corp in 2015 as part of their objective of becoming an integrating hub for planters, not to mention achieving global domination of your food supply.

As in virtually every other aspect of commerce, there are any number of advantages to technology driven farming. However, these methods are only effective on large scale operations, which in turn benefit from minimization of labor costs. The need for seasonal unskilled workers and farm hands will continue to decrease with the passing of the family farm, thus continuing to remove employment opportunities for rural America.

And farmers will be (are already becoming) farm managers. And Old MacDonald’s goose is cooked.

Humans are so intelligent, they are capable of making themselves obsolete. Or, more likely, making “low use segments” of the population obsolete.


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Earthquakes Powered By Runaway Global Warming: No It’s Not A Conspiracy Theory

Increase in Powerful Quakes May Be Related To Ice Sheets Getting “Lighter” and More Extreme Storms

Think of the Earth As A Giant Plastic Ball And Everything Starts To Make Sense 

The planet Earth is changeable and inherently unstable. Whenever stress is applied to one component of the complex interlocking geophysical system we call home (for now) has unpredictable consequences. After three powerful earthquakes and a new volcano eruption within a few weeks of each other*, we are reminded of a topic we have broached here before, but is worth discussion again.

ICE SHEET COLLAPSE ALLOWS CRUST TO SPRING BACK

There are two main ice sheets on the planet, one in Greenland and the other in Antarctica. Together they hold enough ice to raise global sea levels at least 50 feet if all the ice melts. But that is not our concern in this article. But it is our concern that this land-based ice is melting at an unprecedented rate.

The Greenland ice sheet is between 6,600 – 9,800 ft thick (2,000 – 3,000 m) and covers 660,000 sq mi. The Antarctic ice sheet is is almost 5.4 million sq mi and contain about 7.2 million cubic MILES of ice. This ice mass sits on land and is phenomenally heavy. In Greenland, for example, it has pressed the interior of the island about 1,000 ft below sea level.

When the total weight of this ice mass on top of the land changes, the earth’s crust rises. This causes stress changes that telegraph around the globe. Whenever underground pressures change near faults, earthquakes can happen.

In September 2016, researchers from the Technical University of Denmark published a new paper in Science Advances suggesting that the ability of the Earth’s crust in Greenland’s to snap back when the ice is removed has been underestimated. Remember that the Earth’s crust is on 5 to 30 miles thick. In some areas, the land is rising at a rate of 1/2″ in year.

SWELLING OCEAN VOLUME AND STORMS

Another way the geosphere interacts with global warming driven effects is in the context of increasing ocean volume. While most people are aware that the seas are rising globally due to ice melt, not everyone understands that the actual volume of the ocean is expanding due to warmer water. This is simply a matter of physics. However, the increase in ocean volume further destabilizes the geosphere, creating the possibility that more fault lines will be triggered. A fault that is unstable can be prepared to a coiled spring. It does not take much change in pressure to release its energy.

MORE EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS

This cause and effect scenario is less obvious than the first two, but has also been discussed in a serious way by earth scientists. This theory suggests that powerful typhoons can activate faults due to reduced atmospheric pressure as the storm passes over land. The change in pressure can release accumulated stress as it interacts with the terrain.

* Japan, New Zealand and Italy.

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