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  1. 7 points
    An environmental activist apologizing for the fear-mongering. http://environmentalprogress.org/big-news/2020/6/29/on-behalf-of-environmentalists-i-apologize-for-the-climate-scare
  2. 7 points
    What you re thinking of as "bunker" is actually a refined fuel. In the old days, bunker was broken into two types: IFO 180 and HFO 380. IFO for intermediate fuel oil, and HFO for Heavy fuel oil. Now, those are products that are from the bottom of the refinery splitters, what is left over in still-liquid form when the middle distillates are taken out. So in the "old days" thaat stuff was sold to the ship industry and burned off in those monster diesels that were specifically designed for that grade of fuel. And it was very cheap - below 6 cents a gallon, at one point. Once the IMO demanded that all ships go to low-sulfur fuels on January 1, 2020, the ship industry largely demanded that the refining of the grades of bunker be carried out by the fuels suppliers, not done on board by aftermarket treatments to keep the sulfur out of the exhaust. And the fuels industry has largely responded, so what you are seeing as quoted as "bunker" is the heavy stuff but with the material purified. And that is why you are seeing those $400/tonne cost figures. Can you still buy the old crud? Nope. Off the market. Now it is either marine diesel, or refined and treated bunker. On another note, the reason you do not see many ships powered by natural gas is that of energy density. A big ship's diesel running on gas produces considerably less power than one on oil fuel, so the same engine gets less horsepower, and thus steams much slower. It will also run colder, causing internal engine problems. And you need to store all that gas, which is yet another problem. It is not as easy as you might think; lots of technical issues.
  3. 6 points
    As a resident of Russia, I want to say that here is only part of the truth. There are lotteries, but there is no advertising about them on the TV. That is, you learn about them only at the polling station. But we all understand that changing the constitution is only connected with the re-election of Putin. And he has great respect in Russia. We do not vote for him because he is a dictator and we are afraid of him. We really thank him. In general, the concept of "dictator" is propaganda. Angela Merkel since 2005 in power. She is a dictator? This will be your answer.
  4. 6 points
    If Trump doesn't win we are in so much trouble. I look at the oil industry as a target with AOC in charge of environmental policy. This woman is a danger to exploration and production much worse than Biden, Obama, Pelosi and the rest put together. She is what I would call one "smooth operator". She makes Imelda look like a child. New Mexico is a bit part of the Permian Basin. AOC would kill production on federal lands, joined by Grisham. Nationalizing would be in their playbook, but none of them could lift a barrel if they tried.
  5. 5 points
    It appears that that ship is not built with a diesel. The engine is apparently a Rolls Royce jet engine, a turbine, set up to burn gas instead of kerosine. It is also a local-range ship, going from some port out to where the fish farms are, which are typically in sheltered waters in the fjords. The fish are not out in the open sea. The Danes are under great political pressure to "go green," for example to the extent that Danish coal electric plants are pressured to burn dried olive skins and twigs, compressed into bricks, instead of coal. They buy the bricks in Spain and haul them all the way to Denmark, in order to satisfy the Greens. Does the fish-farm boat make the grade cost-wise? I dunno, and would not speculate, but cost is not the only criterion. Politics also is.
  6. 5 points
    Not in this Reality, you're not. A metric ton is equivalent to about 7 bbls of oil. There's no way to get to your $2/bbl in this century. Sure, when WTI sells for $10/bbl bunker is that cheap, but I wouldn't build a business plan on that. The real problem with LNG fuel is its size and complexity. Size is premium on a container ship and their crews are not what I would call summa cum laude material. Add in the "filling station" problem and implementation gets tricky indeed. I'm 100% in favor when the ship in question is an LNG transport. Nothing like hauling your own fuel.
  7. 5 points
    These are not "debates" in any cognizable sense. They are incoherent people making hogwash statements to try to grandstand, and they all fail, on any intellectual level. They score points only with the slob contingent of society. Trump stands there making faces and shouting insults. Jeb Bush replies: "You cannot insult your way to the Presidency." Jeb was wrong; The Donald did exactly that - insult his way to the Presidency. These "debates" are nothing more than the insult-shouting you see before some World Wide Wrestling match. Just disgraceful. On a personal level, I refuse to watch them, they are just so appalling. What this demonstrates is: just how low, politics can go.
  8. 5 points
    Natural gas powered ships is the answer. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_LNG_Engine
  9. 5 points
    Upload I would suggest you enlighten yourself for a smidge, seeing that you are and truly believe in climate change which i do believe in..it is time to focus on the true cause of such a event. https://www.livebunkers.com/bunker-fuel-pollution Plz note the date of the article and the fleet size at THAT TIME. Today the fleet is in excess of 150,000. Now a question if i may....how did the science community miss a event that contributes 4000 time more environmental pollution than all the worlds auto's combined...Each Year. ,
  10. 5 points
    Indeed, US generals over-estimate the strength of China and under-estimate the Russians. They are shit-scared of China and refuse to allow Trump to re-deploy troops to the Asian region where they are needed, whilst down-playing the strength of Russia yet demanding excessive troops stay in Europe. The Europeans are quite capable of dealing with Russia with minimal help from the USA. The situation here in Asia is the opposite. The Pentagon admits that China has a strategic advantage in the fact that it has all it's troops concentrated in a small area, whilst those of the USA are too spread out, yet refuses to advise Trump to do anything about it. They are still fixated on the ME and Europe at a time when oil is super-abundant. They are neglecting Australia and Japan and one US general even had the temerity to suggest that Australia should just focus on being "the prettiest gal in the room"! I hope that fuckwit got the sack because if the USA fails to show greater commitment to this region by the end of the year, then Australia and Japan will have no option but to become nuclear-armed states. We have the Plutonium, we have the missiles, all we need is the reason. We signed the non-proliferation treaty on the basis of the "nuclear umbrella" provided by the USA and now it appears that the USA does not even have the balls to prepare for a conventional fight with China, despite all their provocation and bullying. If Biden wins, there will be a nuclear arms race in Asia which will make the Cold War look like a picnic.
  11. 5 points
    What you are seeing in China is not quite what has typically happened in other parts of the world. China is demanding that its private banks use its private capital, provided by depositors, to make loans at near-zero interest in order to prop up the overall economy. That is quite different than what happend in say Cyprus, where the banks got hammered by defaulted loans and the banks simply confiscated some 50% of their depositors' money over a specific threshold, in order to recapitalize their banks. That was ugly enough; it was mentally justified by noting that the large deposits in the supposedly secure Cypriot banks were made by Russian oligarchs, who had stolen the funds from ordinary Russians in the first place. The net result was that ordinary Russians, including the peasants, financed the reckless lending of the Cypriot bank managers. What is pointed out in your cited article is that Americans, including pensioners, have funds in the shares of those Chinese banks (and presumably also in Chinese companies). Those investments are at risk, but not quite the same way as in Cyprus. Nobody is confiscating the capital. What they are doing is confiscating the ability of tha capital to earn a revenue stream. It is the Revenue that is being stolen by the CCP.
  12. 5 points
    One of the well-known liberal Russian journalists called Kashin said something like this - we once envied you the independence of the Western press. And we laughed when pro-Kremlin journalists argued that in the West they do nothing else than we propagandists but proclaim the propaganda of the liberals and Wall Street. But after 5 years and what was written at the time in the New York Times and Washington Post about Trump and Russia, no one in liberal Russia laughs anymore because it turned out that cynical Russian propagandists were right. https://meduza.io/en/feature/2017/11/13/the-day-russians-stopped-believing-the-western-media https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2017/11/15/independent-journalists-in-russia-will-have-to-live-without-their-western-role-models-oped-a59579
  13. 5 points
    Let's see, Trump just turned 74 on June 14 and Biden will be 78 if he makes it to November 20th. So unless Trump wins a six year term he'd be done by 78 but Biden would be well into his 80's with the cognitive capacity of?
  14. 5 points
    The article posted doesn't mention collapse at all. I'm sure it's designed so the spillway will allow the excess rainfall to proceed downstream. I think this is another example of an editor misnaming an article for click bait reasons.
  15. 4 points
    https://www.theepochtimes.com/ccp-forces-chinese-banks-and-its-investors-to-sacrifice-212-billion_3404104.html How often has this happened in other countries? Could this happen in America? RCW Chinese Regime Forces Chinese Banks, Their Investors to Sacrifice $212 Billion BY FAN YU June 28, 2020 Updated: June 28, 2020 Print ✉ News Analysis China wants its banking industry to share the pain and help to boost a slumping economy—to the tune of 1.5 trillion yuan ($212 billion). To combat the worst economic downturn in 40 years as the country attempts to rebound from the CCP virus crisis, the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) State Council has asked its banks to forgo up to 1.5 trillion yuan in profits. It’s an unprecedented and shocking demand and serves as a sobering reminder that China, under the CCP, is still fundamentally a socialist, command economy. There’s a lot to unpack on multiple fronts. First, Beijing is reaching beyond its traditional monetary policy toolkit to boost the economy. Second, banks will suffer financially as the central government is squeezing its profits during a period in which profits may already be slim to none, given the expected number of loan defaults. Third and most importantly, this sends a terrible message to shareholders—many of whom are foreign investors. Shareholders have few rights in the operations of the companies they believe they own, and these for-profit companies can, without notice, become nonprofit organizations in the service of the CCP. This probably isn’t what the shareholders signed up for when they bought their bank stocks. Bank Margins Squeezed The State Council, or China’s cabinet, announced the push in mid-June. While the form it will take varies, banks are expected to lower their lending rates, cut fees and service charges, defer repayments on existing loans, and provide more unsecured loans to small businesses. Unsecured loans are loans provided without liens on a company’s assets, which provide a level of guarantee should the borrower default. Economically, the announcement is akin to a policy stimulus, albeit Beijing isn’t sacrificing its state budget. It’s passing the cost to the country’s financial institutions and, ultimately, their defenseless investors. At a very high level, a bank’s business model is to make money on interest spreads. It attempts to lend or invest at a higher interest rate than the interest it has to pay depositors or creditors. Forcing banks to lend at lower rates squeezes revenues without a corresponding decrease in the cost of funding. And Chinese banks were already facing unprecedented stress even before the mandate to sacrifice profits. Many borrowers are facing solvency issues, and the level of nonperforming loans (NPL) is set to increase. S&P Global expected the officially reported NPL ratio for Chinese banks to be around 2.2 percent in 2020, up slightly from 1.74 percent in 2019. Unofficially, S&P estimates that the industry’s nonperforming assets will increase to 7.25 percent in 2020, up 2 percent from last year. UBS estimates that in a case where China’s economic growth is at 4.8 percent annually until 2021, China’s banking sector could see a 39 percent decrease in profits, according to a Bloomberg report. Disregard for Shareholders Chinese bank shares have declined in Hong Kong and mainland Chinese exchanges since June 16, when the measures were proposed. A Beijing mandate forcing banks to sacrifice profits—essentially coercing the banks’ owners to take losses at the behest of the CCP—is a violation of corporate governance protocols. It serves as another reminder to foreign investors that Chinese companies are unfit as investments. The U.S.–China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) issued a report on May 27 warning U.S. regulators that Chinese banks pose a systemic threat that is increasingly worrisome, as an increasing number of U.S. savers, pensioners, and retirement accounts own Chinese stocks, including in Chinese financial institutions. “They remain beholden to and supported by the state,” the report says. “The Communist Party-state retains the ability to intervene decisively in the banking system to achieve desired outcomes.” Chinese companies—including many of its banks—are part of MSCI and FTSE Russell’s emerging markets and global markets indices. Chinese domestic onshore bonds also make up a portion of the widely followed Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Index. And many popular investment funds in the United States are mandated to follow the indices by buying securities issued by Chinese companies. In just a few weeks, the USCC report has proven alarmingly prescient.
  16. 4 points
    The peak positives was 57% in queens. The serum prevalence test was 50% on a volunteer coming forward basis and 30% on the street in NYC. They got to herd immunity effectively. So did NJ and a few other dense cities. The NY and MA governors used nursing homes to discharge infected patients. The way the Italians achieved high death rates, infecting the most vulnerable. . Dr. Sunetra Gupta @ Oxford says that NY and NJ at the start of the lockdown may have already reached near effective herd immunity. Arizona's flattening new cases curve may indicate something similar. The Kinsa temperature measurements don't show a broad outbreak like New York metro. But a series of short breakouts and a low but rising trend in TX. Since the average age of positives is much younger - by more than 20 years, hospitalizations are not particularly high nor are deaths rising substantially. Of course, the young age of the infected is also causing fewer cases of elevated temperature readings, as symptoms are mild in the younger population and may not include a substantial fever. So the AZ new cases level at 400 confirmed per million is indicating a 4000 per million or greater daily infection rate, or 0.4% of the population every day, which would bring you to a 25% infected level within 2 months, and we are already a whole month into it, which should provide herd immunity among the active population that are not children under 14, who are apparently not usually vectors. Only 25% of the population is transmitting the disease between households, where 75% of cases acquire their infections. Get that population to herd immunity and you have a very slow spreading disease that will die out. You just need to prevent them from contacting elderly or high risk people in their households or other social circles. Hopefully they and their high risk contacts are being careful. The relatively small rise in hospitalization rates and deaths is indicating that is the case. https://91-divoc.com/pages/covid-visualization/ Arizona
  17. 4 points
    The Russian people, in general, are suffering greatly. The Muscovites are doing better. Russia has been a nuclear threat to the West since they got the technology. The Ruble is worth 1/70th of a dollar. Oil and natural gas are the backbone of the Russian economy. Putin has neglected to diversify the economy of Russia so they are going down fast due to low oil and natural gas prices! They are in the same basket as the Saudis and others who have made the fatal mistake of not thinking ahead to the next move in international chess. Russia is now just an annex of China. Their partnership is very unequal. All that is protecting them is their missiles. If Russia had a wiser leader they would be much better off financially.
  18. 4 points
    I woould encourage you to challenge my thoughts. This forum would be boring if we all agreed on everything! You will find that I do not agree with most of the posters here. They tend to be both Republican and Trump Supporters. I am neither. That said, for the most part we are all good friends. So there is hope for the USA, if not the planet. Gotta stick with it! I try to work hard for eve3yone's betterment. But I also demand that the counter-parties make an effort (particularly, these days, the Russians and the Chinese).
  19. 4 points
    Honestly, Ron, what do you think hill people forced to move off their mountainside are going to say? And I will stand by my comments that most of them ended up better off. I have read a lot of articles on it and watched many videos available since the era of YouTube and I have never seen numbers of any size put to the people who feel the way you are being led to believe they do. Having said that, even if 500,000 people feel that way, there are approximately 1,400,000,000 other people that have benefitted from the project. This is as good a place to mention the following as any. The West is incredibly hypocritical when it comes to developing countries, China included. It was okay for the United States and others to build vast numbers of dams, burn vast amounts of coal, pollute the hell out of land, sea and air; But the hypocrites and greenies (especially) howl at the moon over any developing country utilizing those same tools. They would rather people of those developing countries live in the dark and in squalor than lose their side of the environmental argument. I believe quite a number of Americans lost their lives building dams, bridges, tunnels and developing the USA as well, not to mention the dams and bridges that failed there, but nobody mentions that. Hypocritical, if you ask me.
  20. 4 points
    No, I wouldn't know that level of detail. On a project of that size I would speculate a couple of things: 1) that it could have been done at times and the foreign managers didn't see it (Why would the Chinese managers want to sabotage the job like that? I don't see it.), or 2) the person who thought they saw "something" like that happening didn't know what it was they were actually seeing. A non-trained eye could see an in-the-ground mixing or temporary storage pit of concrete and think it was somehow part of the foundation. You know the type: dig a bowl shaped hole and make a concrete shell, and then mix further concrete in it or hold concrete from one of the pumps for use on one of the specific side projects. Again, I just don't see it, certainly not on any scale. I mean, the "job site" was absolutely massive. They used small mountains for concrete raw materials supply with massive 24/7 cement processing plants right on each side of the gorges. It was incredible. I was on a repeated guided tour by the CEO as he would take me around each time I was there for a few days. I supplied food to expat communities back in those days, so every time I made a big delivery I personally showed up with a couple of hundred beef and salmon steaks and the CEO hosted BBQs at his villa and over at one of the expat canteens. You might say I was a rather popular figure around the job site and I could ride along with any of the guys when they were going somewhere interesting, or doing something interesting like blasting tunnels or placing turbines.
  21. 4 points
    Umm no, that wasn't what he said. In practice, the so called free press MSM is anything but, bought and paid for by corporate interests and captured by ideology to endorse a specific world view, which is the antipathy of freedom.
  22. 4 points
    I once had a conversation with a taxi driver who pointed out in capitalist societies people are rich and governments are poor. Communist/heavy socialist countries the government is rich and people are poor.
  23. 4 points
    "Cutting" purchases is not going to be enough. The only plausible way to deal with the Chinese continuing threat of planet domination and abuse is to cut them off completely. Americans simply stop buying from China. US exports have dropped by some 30%, but that is not the end of the world for the Americans. First, exports make up perhaps 7% of American wealth generation. Second, most of US exports head to Canada, which in turn is the largest source of imports of finished goods and oil into the USA. Canada is also the largest external source of lumber and wood products, including wood furniture. Canada makes up about 30% of US construction timber supply (and would do more if the Americans let it). Mexico is a very large source of assembly labor, in the maquiladora plants along the Border, specificaly at El Paso. The US does not really need the Chinese; it is all in the mind. Chinese exports have dropped by some 37% although hard numbers are tough to come by as the Chinese simply bury the figures. What that does is stall the expansionism and bring on currency collapse. And that puts pressure on the CCP. Without that pressure, you can write off freedoms for the people of Hong Kong. As the Borg controllers say: "Prepare to be assimilated. Resistance is futile." Will the Clintonista Democrats do any of this? Of course not. It was the Clintonistas, and Hillary specifically, that was pushing for the Trans-Pacific Partnership [TPP], a "deal" which would cement China as the economic powerhouse of the future. The only benefit of the TPP was that the USA would be the supplier of grains and pork to China. So what - big deal. You don't need that market. When the Australians attempted to take a hard look at the China policies of right suppression and environmental destruction, the CCP retaliated by banning the import of australian cattle, and chopped the import of Aussie ores and coal. China citizens were effectively stopped from traveling to Australia; that clobbered the Aussie tourism sector. The Chinese can play rough, don't kid yourself. Right now, the CCP grabbed two Canadian businessmen and are holding them in torture chambers in some prison, locked in concrete cells with no water and the lights on 24/7, and charged them with "espionage," and will hand then the Death Penalty - all done to force Canada to release Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawai Electronics, on estradation request from the USA on charges of money laundering and funnelling cash from Iran through US banks. Her detention consists of being restricted to the City of Vancouver, at her house there, which is worth some $14 million, complete with a stable of fine cars and lots of servants. Not exactly a concrete bed in a cold cell in Beijing, now is it? https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53183654
  24. 4 points
    The deal made by Kissinger was for the KSA to denominate their sales in US dollars, which they have done ever since, hence Petrodollars. Having billions a day of petrodollars sloshing around the world's economies has cemented the US dollar as the defacto reserve currency planet wide. We can not overestimate the value that has accrued to the US public for this arrangement. When India buys Saudi crude they do it in dollars, which they have to acquire for the transaction. Same for 195 other countries. That creates a steady and constant demand for US currency and causes every American's standard of living to be better than it would have been otherwise, as our currency is constantly being debased by debased politicians buying votes and taking bribes.
  25. 4 points
    Well, OK, let us just analyze what you have just said here. First, you lead off by stating that the Saudis "have gotten away with" "flooding USA with oil..." We live in a capitalist society. The Saudis put their oil in some ship and send it to the Gulf Coast. Is there a Buyer? If there is no Buyer then the oil never gets unloaded; it just sits there, and racks up per-diem demurrage charges while that tanker is at anchor. If it does have a Buyer, why would you be upset? The Saudis are perfectly entitled to compete to sell crude to US refineries, same as the Canadians, the Mexicans, the Nigerians, and so forth. My guess is that the loads already have Buyers and the shipments are to fulfill sales contracts. It is also possible to a chunk of that crude is destined for direct use inside Saudi-owner refinery capacity located in the US Gulf Coast. Hey, they bought the refineries, they are perfectly entitled to buy their own oil - or not. How would you like it if some outside Authority came along and declared that you must buy your gasoline only at the Sunoco pumps, and never mind that the Esso station is more convenient (and has a better price)? Meanwhile, remember that at least some of the US industry's problems are inflicted by the US Congress. There was that big refinery in Philadelphia but no pipeline to service it, and the Congress effectively prevents Gulf oils from getting there because of the Jones Act which requires coastal shipping to be only in US tankers with US crews (and those do not exist). So that refinery had to obtain supplies by rail unit-train, and some of that came from Canada. You do have to admit that that was rather a silly arrangement. The refinery burned, so it is not re-opening due to the high landed crude feedstock costs. Just lovely. You now say that the idea was to "intentionally wipe out American shale..." But, let's face it, there is no zipper in the back of the skull of the Saudi oil minister, and you cannot reach back there in any event to pull the zipper down, reach in, and pull out the brains to go examine them to determine what the Minister is thinking. So what you are doing is speculating. That speculation has an apparent logical foundation, as the conclusion you suggest is plausible, yet determining motive is dicey at best. All we can do is look at actions, not motives. Has American shale production been a nuisance to the Saudi cartel control of markets? Sure it has. But so has Russian outputs and sales. If the Saudis push their crude onto US refineries and in turn the US pushes their light tight oil onto other refineries, whether in China or Korea or Rotterdam, does that not end up displacing Russian crude? So the picture is much more complex than you would set it out to be. Cheers.
  26. 4 points
    Obama said there were 57 states, called military medical personnel corpse-men and numerous other gaffes, but he's a demoncrat so the media as always, gave him a pass.
  27. 4 points
    One of the biggest reason we need Trump for another four years is to purge the government and Deep State of Obama appointees. To me, it is amazing that Trump has done as good a job as he has while battling dozens of traitors in his midst, plus the establishment organizations, and 90% of the media. Winning a second term would be a Godsend, as was the first IMHO.
  28. 4 points
    Watching Chairman of the Joint Chiefs just boo hooing that he didn't actually mean to go with Trump to St. John's church, was just pathetic. If the Commander in Chief requests your presence and you don't choose to go for political reasons, open your mouth General Milley. Between Milley and Esper we're in big trouble if any of our enemies decide to attack us militarily.
  29. 4 points
    Given the choice between Gordon Chang's notable brilliance and the blatherings I've seen from you, I'm going to go with Chang.
  30. 3 points
    1. The only way I know to assess the level of herd immunity is to make anti-bodies tests on a large statistical sample of population. The exercise was done in Urban Sweden and the result was about 10-14%. Please provide links to similar studies made in US if there are any. 2. I checked the daily number of new cases in NY, NJ and Ma. In NY 700 cases per 20 million so 3.5/100,000 NJ about 200 per 9 million so 2.2/100,000 in Ma about 150 per 6.5 million so 2.5/100,000. I do not know what is the % of positive ceses per tests made in this particular States, in US it is about 7%(50,000 cases per 700,000 test). It is 15 new cases / 100,000 persons. With such a high prevalence US should do at least 10 million tests per day. 3,In Poland we long ago stabilized at 400 cases/ day ( with gradual opening, people under 60 live relatively normal way, per my observation , I also live in 90% like before pandemic. The difference is that there are strict rules at restaurants and people obey them, and you need to keep distancing and wear masks in some closed areas like pubs, malls, generally buildings, but in most offices if you are employee NOT). 400/day with 38 million population gives 1.1 /100,000 And % of positive tests in Poland is 400/20,000 = 2%. In Europe we are losers cause Germans, Italians, UK test more people per 1 new case. But we are still much better than US. 10-15 deaths a day in Poland the same as the level of deaths from traffic accidents. I think we can live this way for many years if needed. Summary: - number of cases per capita in the „safest” States mentioned in the thread is still way too high, - testing is still very inadequate, - I think also partisanship really kills a lot of Americans, cause some people think it is politically wise to not obey lockdowns so they need to last MUCH LONGER. - There are No proofs ( any where in the world per my best knowledge) of ANY herd immunity, anywhere.
  31. 3 points
    Do you have links that show where/when Brzezinski proposed this split? He hasn’t represented the US Govt. since the Carter administration as far as I know. The CCP is openly hostile to the US, their entire internal narrative is one of China being the victim of every evil plot imaginable the US is always currently engaged in or planning to activate. CCP history - the US bombarded north-eastern Chinese cities in the Korean war (which the US started), and the CCP was forced to resond to those unprovoked US attacks on Chinese soil by ‘defending’ their North Korean communist brethren. Being the CCP, they are of course still, right now, ginning up resentful patriotism in their population by pushing a historical narrative that’s completely baseless. Those are the “facts” the CCP accounts on this site are always claiming to know, that’s the tip of the iceberg. The CCP creates a false history to ensure hostility towards the US in it’s population, but that country isn’t hostile to the US?
  32. 3 points
    Hi, and thank you for coming on board and sharing your perspective! Americans do not much like Mr. Putin because of his invasion and theft of the Crimea, the invasion and occupation of the Donbas, the supply of missile launchers to shoot down civilian airliners, the invasion and occupation of two sections of the Republic of Georgia, and the continued occupation of the Kaliningrad Oblast. And that is before we get to his involvement with that murderous psychopath Assad sitting in Syria and using barrel bombs on civilians. Perhaps you can see Mr. Putin from that perspective.
  33. 3 points
    I heard 30% previously. The 60% number sounds about right. I did a quick internet search which shows a range between 60% to 90% . A recent article said a UK group's model said Coronavirus could herd at 43%. Your 60% makes sense to me. I stand corrected. UK GROUP MODEL SAYS 43% LINK https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/covid-19-achieving-herd-immunity-may-occur-sooner-than-previously-thought
  34. 3 points
    Actually, 60%. More like mutation. *Wouldn't it appear that something dispositive has changed? Cuomo would have us all believe that they did such a great job in NYC that they shut the virus down, which is laughable.
  35. 3 points
    Great points Jan. Tell me though, if you were Mayor De Blasio, what would you do about Antifa, Black Lives Matter, or rioters and terrorists? Personally, I would support the police and fire departments. Controlling the troublemakers would be my top priority, and my second priority would be firing and/or prosecuting bad cops. High speed chases are ridiculous unless the car has murderers in it IMHO. Just get the license plate and description of the car and call it in. I don't know all the technology in a police car, but it should include great cameras. Those on the cops should also be the best. As a side note. The murder of Floyd was horrific and demonic IMO. It reminds me of the killing of a very obese Black man years ago for selling individual cigarettes! I have mentioned this before, by I spent twenty years as charge RN on a psychiatric ward. I often dealt with agitated patients who were high or drunk, including ones that the police didn't want to put in jail but were dangerous. I never hurt one. Before I retired, I got a black eye and some stitches over my eye when a young veteran whirled around and slugged me. I was knocked over but got back up and grabbed him. We wrestled and I got control of him with him lying on top of me, on his back, and my arms around his neck. I was 65 and he was about twenty. A policeman who is not winning a tussle may need to use a neck hold of some kind. A Full Nelson, or a Half Nelson. It is not wise to try to totally eliminate neck holds. I released him as soon as a helper showed up. All the females had disappeared. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8462181/NYPD-police-commissioner-says-NYCs-criminal-justice-imploding-spike-shootings.html
  36. 3 points
    The whole collusion narrative was stillborn but that didn't stop the useful idiots from painting the picture, until they couldn't. It's interesting how it went from the lead every hour to nonexistent and no one seems to care. If Russia changed the election with a few thousand dollars of targeted advertising while Hillary and friends blew through $2 billion then we'd better invite them in to help us with our myriad problems, they must be geniuses. China on the other hand has thrown at least a billion into this campaign, all anti Trump messaging. No crying foul from the MSM collecting those bucks, they are a business after all.
  37. 3 points
    Agree about the media ecosystem in the US. When "news" became about profit instead of a public good, everything went off the rails. We're in the new age of yellow journalism. I don't see how that effects Russia's efforts to 'shape' our politics. The whole 'did Trump collude' narrative misses the mark IMO. Russia and China both view the US as the enemy, of course they will meddle anyway they can in our political process, assuming anything else is naive. When Yeltsin was up for re-election in the mid 90's American political advisers basically took over his campaign when it looked like the big bad communists might come back in power by winning the vote. America's 'help' produced years of a alcoholic running Russia into the ground. I'd want a bit of payback if I was in the Kremlin.
  38. 3 points
    Oh Hi my eyes are somewhat open...Smiles while I am not a rocket scientist by any means I can assure you I have somewhat of a grasp on trade and economics. Let's play a game...no more trade with China or India until they go LNG...Meanwhile the US will pickup a few hundred thousand jobs ...and world wide pollution will drop. Actually I do believe mfg and shipping costs from China and India is now the same as just mfg in the US
  39. 3 points
    There is Zero basis for the doctrine of "qualified immunity." The doctrine is entirely judge-made, it does not exist in legislatioin passed by a legislative body, which would be done on the State level. Moswt States have specific legislation that explicitly removes qualified immunity under the known-risk doctrine. For example, the driver of a fire truck is not immune from suit if he runs a red light and T-bones an auto. You might find this surprising but no Legislature will excues that driver. Now what happens in practice is that unions require, as part of the contract, that the municipality take on the financial risk by defending and compensating any tort suits that lead to Judgments. So as a practical matter the pioliceman or firefighter being sued is off the hook financially, the municipality has to step in and accepts the risk. In turn, the municipality simply buys liability insurance and insures itself against Judgments, so the risk transfers to insurers. This procedure has a certain benefit: if the insured, a municipality, county, State or whatever, simply fails to enact and maintain prudent measures to protect the public, then first the insurance rates will zoom, and eventually no insurer will write the risk, leaving the municipality "bare." When the taxpayers are exposed to huge judgments, then you see changes in protocols. Coindicentally to this writing, the Connecticut Supreme Court just issued its ruling on a seminal case of police misconduct resulting in the death of a juvenile. The case is simple enough: the policeman, working for the Town of Seymour, spotted a Ford Mustang sedan with underneath "glow lights," those little neon lights that the Spanish kids put on to make the car under-body glow. They think that is seriously cool, so the Hispanics do that. The cops, typically ethnic Italian, know that, and so go aftger the Spanish kids (typically from Puerto Rico) and beat up on them with tickets, tow the cars off, that sort of nonsense. So you have these ethnic undercurrents playing out with the cops and the kids. The cop gives chase and the Spanish kid takes off. It is a short chase; the car goes over an embankment, goes over onto the roof (which collapses), and the passenger, a 15-year-old, is killed. The family sues the Seymour Police (and, presumably, the pliceman and the Town) under the existing statutory exemptions to the Qualified-Immunity doctrine. Oops, the judges don't like that outcome, they think, "Too bad, so sad," and toss the case on appeal, voted 8-1. So, now by case-law precedent, there is precisely nothing that any policeman could ever do wrong that would attract money damages. Nothing. What kind of cruddy policeman goes and gives high-speed chase to some teen with underbody glow lights? What, the residents of Seymour pay taxes for that crap? I invite you to think about that outcome. A policeman pulls out his gun and shoots your dog. Too bad. A policeman runs a red light and T-bones and kills your wife and children coming home from school. Too bad. A fireman or crew refuses to put out a grease fire in your oven and your house burns down, a total loss, because you refuse to salute the American flag. Too bad. And yes, this has actually happened. Forget about the sworn oath of office. All gone. None of this was ever contemplated by any Legislature, it is all "Judge-made law." You get that resut in America. It is lousy; it is awful. It is also profoundly un-American. It is done by poisonous lawyers who are in turn hired as Judges and then wreak havoc and vengeance upon society with their cruddy thinking. And nobody does anything about it. The above CT case was dissented vigorously by Justice Ecker (no relation, althoug he is obviously of Dutch origin). Justice Ecker wrote a long 69-page solo dissent. It sets it all out, some heavy reading if you are up to it. I have not yet studied the Dessent. I attach it for your reading pleasure and personal enlightenment. And it is also a big reason I will never live or set up a plant in CT again. https://drive.google.com/file/d/19O_EN73WzQ13qNoFZnk7T-lWvrmlbTyU/view
  40. 3 points
    I would like to pose a few fundamental questions. Why do these countries have money deposited in the US system? Do these countries assume they have the same rights as a US citizen? If so what ever gave them that constitutional right? Perhaps the big question would be do foreign nations believe they have the right to do business or use the US in the same manner they are accustomed to in their country ...how could a foreign assume such a thing. I believe I had a conversation with you in regards to the rules of conduct while one is in a foreign nation.
  41. 3 points
    Here are some facts few people know: Humans are not causing a “sixth mass extinction” The Amazon is not “the lungs of the world” Climate change is not making natural disasters worse Fires have declined 25% around the world since 2003 The amount of land we use for meat — humankind’s biggest use of land — has declined by an area nearly as large as Alaska The build-up of wood fuel and more houses near forests, not climate change, explain why there are more, and more dangerous, fires in Australia and California Carbon emissions are declining in most rich nations and have been declining in Britain, Germany, and France since the mid-1970s Netherlands became rich not poor while adapting to life below sea level We produce 25% more food than we need and food surpluses will continue to rise as the world gets hotter Habitat loss and the direct killing of wild animals are bigger threats to species than climate change Wood fuel is far worse for people and wildlife than fossil fuels Preventing future pandemics requires more not less “industrial” agriculture I know that the above facts will sound like “climate denialism” to many people. But that just shows the power of climate alarmism. In reality, the above facts come from the best-available scientific studies, including those conducted by or accepted by the IPCC, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other leading scientific bodies.
  42. 3 points
    China is already at war with her neighbors. Ask the governments of India, Viet Nam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Tibet... oops., they not only went to war with that one, they knocked it over and have subjugated it, kinda like the Wehrmacht and Poland. Yup, lovely leadership over there in the Communist Party of China. Just lovely.
  43. 3 points
    I've seen single pours with concrete cutter marks for presumably that purpose. They also did something like that on an asphalt road by my condo as well. Brand new asphalt and they cuts slits in it, vacuum cleaned the dust, and then filled them with tar - some pothole prevention theory I'm sure.
  44. 3 points
    In my opinion by early 2021, the biggest story in the oil market will NOT be demand recovery nor the return of shut-in wells, it will be the massive decline in US shale oil and gas production as large decline rates meet declining E&P spending. You need about 600 rig to maintain production. Of course rigs dont produce oil wells do it but I think we are ar entering a prolonged time of decreasing shale gas and oil production. During the not-so-perfect inevitable go-back-to-work stage, people will still social distance. That means less subways & bus rides & less car pooling. More cars on the road means much more demand. Super bull wave coming eventually?
  45. 3 points
    Firstly source of this is “US Intelligence officials” which have been discredited during whole #Russiagate thing Secondly this is reported by NYT which has also lost its credibility with string of crazy stories on #russia threat (eg Rus hacked US power grid) Any other crediible sources?
  46. 3 points
    I would gently suggest that you misapprehend the nuances of the Saudi-US relationship. Yes, the US protects the House of Saud, at least from offshore threats. The "cooperation on oil" would be that the USA can purchase and import that Saudi oil to the USA for its needs, without getting into threats of embargo. That would be different than what you are suggesting, that the KAS is now obligated to tailor its sales to meet some pre-determined (by whom?) quantities to establish some pre-determined (by whom, again?) pricing. The other thing you should keep in mind is that the typical barrel of oil sold in the USA has traded hands some 17 times at least from the producer well to the refinery. Those sales are done by speculators on the commodity exchanges. The speculators, or "traders," are a mixed blessing and curse. On the one hand they provide liquidity to the market. On the other hand they create these wide swings in pricing, and send distorted signals to the producers. Fortunately, most oil is sold by long-term contract, so it escapes the clutches of the trader sharks. You don't want to confuse "traders," or rank speculators, with orderly buying and selling. Cheers.
  47. 3 points
    Looking at google earth there seems to be some warping but nothing near the split picture shown up top here. I hope that dam holds, a lot of ordinary people will pay the price if not. One big issue, what happens if an earthquake hits while so much water is being dealt with? Scary stuff.
  48. 3 points
    China’s Largest Dam Draws Scrutiny for Structural Flaws as Flooding Ravages Country BY EVA FU June 24, 2020 Updated: June 26, 2020 Print ✉ China’s controversial Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydropower project in the world, has drawn scrutiny for its structural flaws and environmental damage ever since its construction was first proposed in the 1950s. As torrential rainstorms are currently sweeping through half of China, a hydrology expert warns that the dam could collapse under the added pressure, endangering the lives of millions who reside nearby. Widespread flooding has affected at least 11.2 million people in 26 Chinese provinces and municipalities across central and southern China since heavy rainfall began wreaking havoc in early June. More than 9,300 houses have tumbled and 171,000 others have sustained damage. The financial damage has surpassed 24.1 billion yuan ($3.4 billion), according to local authorities. The record rainfall is forecasted to continue for another 10 days. In Guizhou, a mountainous province in China’s southwest, the stormwater at one point rose to 16 feet higher than acceptable thresholds. The flooding in Yanhe County caused water to cascade over a bridge and wash away houses underneath. “It’s a hotpot in water,” Mr. Liu, a resident of Qijiang County, in the southwestern city of Chongqing, said in an interview. The flooding, he said, is “sounding a warning to the rest of China.” If the nearby Three Gorges Dam cannot withstand the water right now, the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, one of the country’s most fertile and populous regions, would be in serious trouble, he predicted. ‘Pressed From Both Ends’ Built with the stated objective of taming the flood-prone Yangtze River and generating clean energy, the massive 180 billion yuan ($25.4 billion) project has been plagued by corruption and environmental costs. Authorities’ forced relocation of over 1 million residents further fueled public anger. A worker collects floating rubbish at Three Gorges Reservoir Region in Chongqing, China, on July 22, 2018. (Getty Images) “Whether the Three Gorges can play a role in preventing flooding in the current situation, or if the Chinese government has deceived the Chinese public from the beginning—this has been made pretty clear for people throughout the years,” Wang Weiluo, a Chinese hydrologist who is currently residing in Germany, told The Epoch Times. The Yangtze River runs through 11 Chinese provinces and regions in central and western China, including Tibet, Sichuan, Chongqing, Hubei, and Shanghai. Many regions have a water level below that in the dam’s reservoir, placing them “directly under the water currents” during times of flooding, Wang said. Authorities have for years hushed voices critical of the dam. Reached by The Epoch Times on June 23 about the Three Gorges, Fan Xiao, a senior engineer in the state-owned Sichuan Bureau of Geological Exploration and Exploitation of Mineral Resources, said his superiors had instructed him earlier in the day “not to take any foreign media interviews.” Fan did, however, write extensively about issues surrounding the Three Gorges Dam. One article in 2004, for example, explored the issue of reservoir-induced earthquakes and landslides. Another, in 2016, questioned the dam’s “net capacity” in flood mitigation, after accounting for the cost of destroying local habitats. There’s also a fundamental conflict between people in the upper reaches and the lower reaches, Wang said. When there’s heavy rain, the former wants the water discharged, while the latter cannot deal with the additional flooding. “The Three Gorges is pressed from both ends,” he said. Currently, the reservoir has kept a water level lower than normal to ensure the dam’s safety. In a picture taken on June 16, 2011, a resident looks out at the site where last October, a huge chunk of hillside broke free in Badong, in Hubei province, on the Yangtze River. (Peter Parks/AFP via Getty Images) Systemic Issues A glance at Chinese media reports over the years conveys a diminishing sense of confidence in the dam. In 2003, an article headline from state media Xinhua said the dam could withstand a once-in-a-10,000-year flood; the wording was changed to 1,000 years in 2007, then 100 years in 2008; and in 2010, a TV anchor at state broadcaster CCTV cited the Changjiang Water Resources Commission, which has direct oversight over the Yangtze River Basin, saying that people “cannot place all their hopes on the Three Gorges Dam.” The structural integrity of the dam itself triggered widespread debate last year after a satellite image of the dam purportedly showed a curvature, raising fears that it may break. While the operating company of the Three Gorges dam has dismissed the concerns by pointing to potential inaccuracies with Google satellite images, it later admitted in a social media post that the dam had moved by up to 1.05 inches. The company said it was within acceptable margins. Authorities said they are discharging floodwater at around 980 water reservoirs along the Yangtze River, while they have hesitated to release the water inside the Three Gorges Dam, despite the level reaching a two-meter excess (6.6 feet)—citing concerns about sudden flooding. But netizens recently circulated a video accusing authorities of secretly discharging the dam water without giving advance notice, worsening their plight. Wang is urging people living near the dam to prepare emergency kits to protect themselves. “The Chinese Communist Party will never take responsibility for it … Every death is just a number” to the regime, he said. Mr. Chen, a resident of Sichuan Province, worries that something more catastrophic could befall China in the future under the regime’s mismanagement. “The government made this [dam] a show project,” he told The Epoch Times’ sister media NTD. “After the disastrous consequences, commoners always foot the bill.” Follow Eva on Twitter: @EvaSailEast
  49. 3 points
    Of course...my mind but cannot help to wander to the Iran ordeal. All the old blustering...stealing tankers...shooting drones....causing in issues in the straights with aircraft carriers waiting with planes on the deck. Next stop the Iranian govt is left with a bunch of old rusty tankers....ostracized by the world community and no place to go. Ohh and a bit undercapitalized..go figure. While that was brilliant oh his part i do have quite a bit of empathy for the people. They are fun loving full of energy and quite intelligent...why they have to suffer under there form of governance is in itself a crime on humanity...yet no civilians had to die to defend the few. The above is strictly a opinion your mileage may vary. Then there was the Syrian/Isis debacle..the junior varsity. Today Russia and Turkey are cleaning up the mess...how would you like to have the Turks&Russians deal with your civil disobedience organization.. Another opinion and of course there is that milage thing.. Just a thought here...it seems the US has a few disgruntled generals who are not to happy.
  50. 3 points
    Hogwash! I have stood at the base of that dam, on both sides of it. I have been inside the power turbine tunnels. I have walked in the overflow channels, driven/walked in the ship elevator, log and debris release, sludge abatement areas, and on top of it. I did all of that during its construction and my host was the CEO of an Chinese/Italian/German/American/British consortium that had over 700 expat families living and working on site for the duration of its construction. The designs were the result of many great minds from around the world coming together. All of the "threats" that are being trumpeted now are exactly what the dam was designed and built to not only withstand, but far exceed. It is not lost on me that mixed among the rhetoric about the dangers of the flooding right now are the mentions and reminders of the "great ecological damage" and "human displacement" the dam was responsible for when it was constructed. I have to ask myself why these complaints would be raised again during a time of political stress both within the country and around the world. Hogwash! That dam is as safe or safer than any dam in the modern world.