Monday 29th of May 2017

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by Gus Leonisky on Mon, 2017-05-29 06:42


Following this week's NATO and G7 summits, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that Europe "must take its fate into its own hands" as it sees the Western alliance divided by Brexit as well as Trump's reluctance to uphold the 2015 Paris climate accords, local media reported.

Addressing a crowd at an election rally in Munich, Merkel said that in the last few days, she had "experienced" that Germany and other European countries no longer can "completely rely on others."

On Thursday, Merkel attended the one-day NATO summit in Brussels, spending Friday and Saturday in Italy's Sicilian town of Taormina where the two-day G7 summit took place.


"We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands," she stressed, adding that Germany and other European countries would do their best to stay on good terms with the US and the post-Brexit UK. "We have to fight for our own destiny."

Merkel's comments follow Donald Trump's bid for more time to decide if the US would continue backing the 2015 Paris climate accords. Earlier today, US media reported that the president had allegedly informed his confidants that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change. Secretary of Defense James Mattis subsequently refuted the rumors in an interview with CBS, saying that Trump is open to various positions concerning the US participation in the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate.



Trump has repeatedly threatened to withdraw from the Paris accord that was concluded in 2015 between 194 countries as the full compliance with the agreement would reduce US GDP by $2.5 trillion over the next decade, explaining that it means "factories and plants closing all over the country."

The Paris climate agreement within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, championed by former US President Barack Obama, was ratified by 143 countries. It aims to hold the increase in average global temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial level by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with all the signatory states agreeing to reduce or limit their greenhouse gas emissions.

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by Gus Leonisky on Sun, 2017-05-28 21:53
French President Emmanuel Macron acknowledged the importance of dialogue with Russia in resolving certain international problems during the G7 summit in Italy. The statement comes ahead of his meeting with Vladimir Putin in Paris on Monday.

“Many international problems cannot be resolved without Russia,” Macron said, as cited by TASS. He stressed the necessity of talking to Moscow at a news conference after the two-day meeting of G7 leaders in Sicily, which wrapped up on Saturday.

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by Gus Leonisky on Sun, 2017-05-28 21:48

The National Security Agency under former President Barack Obama routinely violated American privacy protections while scouring through overseas intercepts and failed to disclose the extent of the problems until the final days before Donald Trump was elected president last fall, according to once top-secret documents that chronicle some of the most serious constitutional abuses to date by the U.S. intelligence community.

More than 5 percent, or one out of every 20 searches seeking upstream Internet data on Americans inside the NSA’s so-called Section 702 database violated the safeguards Obama and his intelligence chiefs vowed to follow in 2011, according to one classified internal report reviewed by Circa.


The Obama administration self-disclosed the problems at a closed-door hearing Oct. 26 before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that set off alarm. Trump was elected less than two weeks later.

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by Gus Leonisky on Sun, 2017-05-28 21:38

I'm stumped... I've tried to find a TV comedy equivalent to the present Trumpade, but nothing comes to mind... Most of the new situation comedies have gone insipid anyway. TV comedies of today could not possibly express the loony tune of the Donaldom in full bloom. The only thing I could find was a Harold Lloyd clip from about 94 years ago. . 


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by Gus Leonisky on Sun, 2017-05-28 20:36

Teenager folgen Trends, das ist fast ein Naturgesetz. Manche Moden sind so bizarr, dass Eltern erstmal beim Experten nachfragen müssen. Aktuelles Beispiel: "Pussy Slapping".

Okay, es ist jetzt so weit. Ich bin alt und vergrätzt und verstehe "die jungen Leute" nicht mehr.

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Yes, this is weird, but then when the world has Donald Trump for a US President, a man who has self-described as "pussy grabbing" on secret tapes, what is there not to be worried about?


"Now, however, it seems to be common practice among some of the schoolgirls to take a slap on the "Venushigel""...


Donald Trump is not fit to be president of the United States. He does not possess the requisite intellect and does not understand the significance of the office he holds nor the tasks associated with it. He doesn't read. He doesn't bother to peruse important files and intelligence reports and knows little about the issues that he has identified as his priorities. His decisions are capricious and they are delivered in the form of tyrannical decrees.

He is a man free of morals. As has been demonstrated hundreds of times, he is a liar, a racist and a cheat. I feel ashamed to use these words, as sharp and loud as they are. But if they apply to anyone, they apply to Trump. And one of the media's tasks is to continue telling things as they are: Trump has to be removed from the White House. Quickly. He is a danger to the world.

Trump is a miserable politician. He fired the FBI director simply because he could. James Comey had gotten under his skin with his investigation into Trump's confidants. Comey had also refused to swear loyalty and fealty to Trump and to abandon the investigation. He had to go.

Witnessing an American Tragedy

Trump is also a miserable boss. His people invent excuses for him and lie on his behalf because they have to, but then Trump wakes up and posts tweets that contradict what they have said. He doesn't care that his spokesman, his secretary of state and his national security adviser had just denied that the president had handed Russia (of all countries) sensitive intelligence gleaned from Israel (of all countries). Trump tweeted: Yes, yes, I did, because I can. I'm president after all.

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by Gus Leonisky on Sun, 2017-05-28 20:11



U.S. President Donald Trump voiced significant displeasure over Germany's trade surplus on Thursday during a meeting with European Union leaders in Brussels. "The Germans are bad, very bad," Trump said, according to meeting participants.

The participants told DER SPIEGEL that Trump went on to say: "See the millions of cars they are selling to the U.S. Terrible. We will stop this."

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker showed solidarity with the Germans at the meeting and contradicted Trump's rebuke. Free trade benefits everybody, Juncker said. Participants at the meeting who spoke with DER SPIEGEL said that Juncker tried to maintain a collegial tone, but remained uncompromising on that point.

During the roughly one-hour meeting, Trump met initially with European Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. After about 45 minutes, they were joined by others, including European Parliament President Antonio Tajani and the EU's chief diplomat, Federica Mogherini.

According to a report in the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, many EU officials were appalled by how little the Americans appeared to know about trade policy. The guests from Washington seemed not to be aware that EU member states only negotiate trade treaties as a bloc. According to the paper, Trump's chief economic advisor, Gary Cohn, claimed during meetings, for example, that different customs tariffs are in place between the U.S. and Germany than between the U.S. and Belgium.

'Not Gonna Happen'

For years, Germany has exported more than it imports and Trump has criticized the country's trade surplus before - in an interview with the German tabloid Bild prior to his inauguration, for example. In that interview, too, he voiced particular frustration at the number of German cars he sees on the streets of New York. "I would tell BMW if they think they're gonna build a plant in Mexico and sell cars into the U.S. without a 35 percent tax, it's not gonna happen. It's not gonna happen." It was a clear threat to slap punitive tariffs on German automobiles.

The new U.S. president finds Germany's surpluses unfair because they necessarily mean that its trading partners have a trade deficit, the U.S. in this case. But the German government has also been criticized within the EU for its trade surplus. In a recent interview with SPIEGEL, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble also said that the surplus was too large.

Still, after numerous meetings between European leaders and Trump along with several attempts to explain international trade policy, the EU thought that progress had been made. As Trump made clear on Thursday, however, that hope was in vain.


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Anyone with a brain, which Donald hasn't, would know that the Germans are clever people. They invent things that are very precise and well-thought out, including philosophy. Nothing is perfect though. But the USA? The difference is between a freshly-caught trout, deep fried to perfection with the best potatoes wedges and a fresh garden salad -- and McDonald's. The difference is between a BMW -- and a 1970s Cadillac. That is why the President in on a diet of Doritos and Bacon, and lives in a huge mansion with five cooks -- while Merkel lives in modest apartment near a railway bridge under which you can buy Berliner Currywurst... from a mobile caravan...

Yes we know that the President resents that most of the wind turbines, the best ones, are made in Germany... This could be why he does not "believe" in global warming...


by Gus Leonisky on Sun, 2017-05-28 17:24


Following her theft of the 'strong and stable' slogan from Mein Kampf, she gave her manifesto the suitably Mussolini-esque title of "Forward, together!" All that was missing was an accompanying picture of a valiant Aryan soldier, chest puffed out, hands on the drone control unit, ready for the next crusade. The strange thing is, though, the Tories would much rather not have a manifesto at all; they'd much prefer just a two line version reading "it's your patriotic duty to vote Tory. Now f*ck off and leave us alone."

The Tories' clear aim is a repeat of 1931. Held in the wake of a run on the pound and the near collapse of the banking system, this was the last time any party received a majority of votes in a general election, and it delivered 470 seats to the Tories. Labour was left with 52 (down from 287). One of the major factors behind this victory was a Labour party bitterly divided between its leadership and the vast majority of its MPs. In a mirror reversal of today's situation, Ramsey MacDonald - Prime Minister of a minority Labour administration elected in 1929 - had invited the Tories into government to implement a brutal austerity budget of wage and benefit cuts opposed by most of his own party. This was the most gratuitous self-destruction of the Labour party at the hands of its own right wing until - well until this June 8th I imagine.

The Tories, of course, massively capitalized on this disarray: their 1931 manifesto (comprised of a few skimpy paragraphs) wrote that: "to complete this work [of dealing with the economic emergency] it is imperative that the government should have a national mandate giving it freedom to use whatever means may be found necessary after careful examination to effect the end in view. It is necessary that in place of a small Parliamentary majority we should have a stable government with a large majority backed by the resolution of a great majority of the electors. The country must show in no uncertain matter that it will have nothing to do with a party whose program could only convert a situation grave already into one of chaos and catastrophe." The Tories would provide a "stable government," which Labour would threaten with its "chaos"; therefore it is in the national interest that the Tories get the biggest majority possible. Sound familiar?

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by Gus Leonisky on Sun, 2017-05-28 15:19

US President Donald Trump has told “confidants”, including head of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, he plans to leave a landmark international agreement on climate change, Axios news outlet is reporting.

The report on Saturday cited three sources said to have direct knowledge of the impending decision.

On Saturday, Trump said in a Twitter post he was very close to announcing a final decision on the Paris Accords.

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by Gus Leonisky on Sun, 2017-05-28 15:16

by Gus Leonisky on Sun, 2017-05-28 14:01

Emmanuel Macron is the fourth president of the French Republic to meet the Russian head of state. Among these, it was Jacques Chirac who established the most fruitful partnership with Vladimir Putin. But that was more than ten years ago.

A few days before the first meeting between Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron on 29 May 2017, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reiterated: "So far, the best relations have been with Jacques Chirac." Confirming what was reported by Jean-Pierre Raffarin, French Prime Minister from 2002 to 2005. "Macron? In any case it will be better ... But less well than with Chirac," said the Russian president at the Beijing summit devoted to" New Silk Roads "on May 14, 2017.

Recalling that Franco-Russian relations were beginning to erode during the second half of the Chirac presidency, Bruno Drweski, lecturer at the National Institute of Eastern Languages ​​and Civilizations asked by RT France, said: The President of the Russian Federation addressed the Gaullist image that Chirac had preserved rather than the reality of a leader who had not been able to face external and internal pressures aimed at the independence of France and its role between powerful and less powerful countries. "

Ten years after his departure from the Elysée, Jacques Chirac, last "Gaullian" President, remains in any case the standard by which Vladimir Putin will be able to evaluate the quality of his exchanges with the new French president.

It remains that the relations that had managed to bring Jacques Chirac and Vladimir Putin together was a small golden age between France and Russia. At that time, not only did the two leaders realize that the geopolitical interests of the two countries converged, but they also had mutual esteem for each other, and even affection.


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