Monday 22nd of July 2019

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by Gus Leonisky on Mon, 2019-07-22 21:19

Seven [mostly French] people were arrested, including [journalist] Hugo Clément and three members of his film crew. All are charged with trespassing on a railway line.

A French television crew filming a demonstration against a giant coal mine was arrested Monday [22/7/19] in Australia and charged with trespassing on a railway.

The Carmichael coal mine project near the Great Barrier Reef is led by the Indian conglomerate Adani and is valued at more than 12 billion euros. Since its origin, it has been plagued by legal and regulatory problems, as well as by activism of organisations relentlessly denouncing its bad environmental impact.



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by Gus Leonisky on Mon, 2019-07-22 21:06

The prime minister will chair the government's emergency committee Cobra on Monday after a British-flagged tanker was seized by Iran in the Gulf.

Theresa May is expected to receive updates from ministers and officials and discuss maintaining the security of shipping in the area.

It comes amid reports ministers are considering freezing Iranian assets.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to update MPs later on further measures the government will take.

On Sunday, ministers denied domestic politics meant the government had taken its "eye off the ball".

The detainment of the Stena Impero marks escalating tensions between the UK and Iran, coming weeks after Britain helped seize a tanker carrying Iranian oil.


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Note there are about 400 cargo ships and 20 warships within the strait of hormuz at anyone time: Daily oil flow in the Strait of Hormuz averaged 21 million barrels per day in 2018...


“As a shipping company and part of the global shipping industry, we are taking the threat to our crew and ships very seriously,” Anthony Gurnee, CEO of Ardmore Shipping, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe” on Tuesday.

Ardmore Shipping is a U.S.-listed company based in Ireland, with a business of owning and operating a fleet of tankers that move refined oil products.

“At the moment, it is business as usual (but) insurance to transit the Strait of Hormuz has actually increased 10-fold in the last two months as a consequence of the attacks,” Gurnee said.

The attacks brought the U.S. and Iran close to conflict last month. President Donald Trump called off air strikes at the last minute in retaliation for Iran shooting down a U.S. drone over the Gulf, which followed attacks on two oil product tankers in the nearby Gulf of Oman by unidentified assailants.

Washington has blamed Iran for the attacks on four oil tankers in the same area on May 12. Tehran has denied the allegations.

“Whoever is doing this has demonstrated that they have the ability to be very destructive,” Gurnee said.

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Every ship needs various forms of insurance, including annual war-risk cover as well as an additional ‘breach’ premium when entering high-risk areas. These separate premiums are calculated according to the value of the ship, or hull, for a seven-day period, Reuters reported.

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Turkey Vows Response to US Sanctions, Including Steps Toward Incirlik Air Base...


The move comes after US State Department said last week that President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “are examining all of the options in the CAATSA [Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act] legislation over Turkey’s purchase of Russian S-400 missile systems."

Ankara is set to retaliate against the sanctions that Washington intends to impose on Turkey over its purchase of Russia's S-400 air defence system, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday,

“If the United States slaps sanctions, we will respond in kind. A [relevant] step can also be taken with regard to the Incirlik airbase. This is a natural position under these circumstances, not a threat and blackmail,” Cavusoglu told Turkish news TV channel TGRT Haber.

Last year, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag rejected media reports about US plans to withdraw its troops from the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey. This came after German troops left the base after German lawmakers were not allowed to visit the facility.


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The problem created by the Yanks isn't going to go away with sanctions and stuff like that. Only diplomacy will restore some sanity, especially in the West that started this whole stupid thing.

by Gus Leonisky on Mon, 2019-07-22 20:22


Johnson appears to dream of one day walking on water. For now, though, he simply wants to become Britain's next prime minister.

That's what brought him here to the seaside resort of Bournemouth in southern England. He ignores the thousands of Brits frolicking on the kilometer-long beach on this summer day, and instead marches straight into the Pavilion Theatre where the "Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club" regularly performs and the musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" will soon be staged.

Around 600 members of the Conservative Party are sitting in the cream-colored theater and are currently in the process of electing a new leader -- who will also be Britain's next prime minister. There's not much excitement in the hall; the whole thing is more reminiscent of a funeral service than a coronation mass, though that probably has less to do with the desolate state of the Tories than with the advanced median age of the audience, which looks to be around 70.


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by Gus Leonisky on Mon, 2019-07-22 15:55


Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has blamed Washington for the ongoing row between Tehran and London, saying the US is pulling the strings in an effort to step up pressure on Iran.

When US President Donald Trump called off an airstrike against Iran after the downing of a US drone, the war hawks in Washington turned to the UK, apparently seeking to “drag it into a quagmire” and further escalate tensions between the US, its allies, and Iran, Zarif tweeted.

“Only prudence and foresight can thwart such ploys,” the foreign minister said. His words come amid an ongoing row between Iran and the UK that started when a tanker carrying Iranian oil was seized in the Strait of Gibraltar on July 4.

While the Gibraltar authorities said they suspected the tanker of violating EU sanctions against Syria, Iran denied the accusations and called the justification “laughable.” It also denounced the move as “piracy” and accused the UK authorities of acting on behalf of the US.


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I have been waiting since the tanker carrying Iranian oil was seized in the Strait of Gibraltar on July 4, for a journalist in the Western press to wake up. We're told that the oil was on "its way to Syria" contrary to sanctions imposed by the EU on behalf of Washington — unless we still don't like Assad nor the Ruskies... Okay, think about it. Syria has more oil than it can use and has been selling oil to other countries. Even ISIS was selling Syrian oil to Turkey, which Turkey was happy to get "cheap"... Now what would an Iranian vessels sailing probably in the wrong direction in the Med or having travelled around the Cape of Good Hope to an unknown destination "suspected to be Syria" makes as much sense as going to the moon on a bicycle. But our MSM (MMMM) — our media de shit — still follow the official line probably because a stick has been pushed up their collective colon...


by Gus Leonisky on Mon, 2019-07-22 12:49

"The closer I came to the centre of power in Canberra the more I appreciated how the decisions — or indecisions — of government today can make a crucial difference to the fate of our country..."

Peta Credlin... who seems bitter about her own self-importance being reduced to a yapping fiddle on SkyNews and a column on one of Uncle Rupe's ragsheets...


Here comes Peta, the puppet master of Tony Abbott, who crashed any hope of CO2 emission reductions for this fair sunny country. One wonders if la madam Credlin sleeps on a bed of hot coals — or eats coal for breakfast, lunch and dinner, like our Scummo. Yes, Running a country is a full blown coal affair. The crudity du jour concludes:


"It's simply impossible to run a modern economy on wind and solar power because batteries are expensive and not universally practical. Assertions that the technology will come good might comfort schoolkids who've been brainwashed about the dangers of climate change but they're no basis for running a country."


And in the middle of all this authoritative rubbish — herself brainwashed by the coal industry— la madam incredible Credlin finds literary detours to blasts Labor for not having had the foresight to commission submarines for her COALition of power-nuts to play with, now. Had Labor decided to spend 50 billions then on subs, during the GFC (which never happened of course in her tiny brainfart) Rudd and Julia would have crashed the economy and madam Credulity and her COALition Turdy puppet would still be pulling strings in Kanbra... blaming Labor for the economy... Er, they still do, don't they?


Yes, the brainwashed schoolkids of today will have to come to realise the glory of burning coal for power when their own grandchildren will end up schooling underground (or in subs, underwater) because of the gloriously high temperatures on the surface of the planet. 





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by Gus Leonisky on Mon, 2019-07-22 11:26


Published on Jul 21, 2019



A Russian space capsule with three astronauts aboard blasted off from Russia's launch complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Saturday, July 20. The launch of the Soyuz rocket took place on the 50th anniversary of the day U.S. astronauts landed on the Moon. The capsule carried Andrew Morgan of the United States on his first spaceflight, Russian Alexander Skvortsov on his third mission to the space station and Italian Luca Parmitano. They joined Russian Alexey Ovchinin and Americans Nick Hague and Christina Koch who have been aboard since March. The crew patch for the expedition echoes the one from Apollo 11's 1969 lunar mission. (AP)

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by Gus Leonisky on Mon, 2019-07-22 11:21

Large areas of central and southern Russia have seen a major decline in their bee populations in recent months. 

The head of the Russian beekeepers' union, Arnold Butov, said 20 regions had reported mass bee deaths. 

The affected regions include Bryansk and Kursk, south of Moscow, and Saratov and Ulyanovsk on the Volga River. 

Mr Butov, quoted by Russian media, said the crisis might mean 20% less honey being harvested. Some officials blamed poorly regulated pesticide use.

Yulia Melano, at the rural inspection service Rosselkhoznadzor, complained that her agency had lost most of its powers to control pesticide use since 2011.

Russia produces about 100,000 tonnes of honey annually. Mr Butov said the union's members were collecting data on bee losses, so that by 1 August a detailed report could be submitted to the Russian government.



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It is an open secret that bees play a highly important role in our life, even though we may not even notice that. Bees take part in the pollination of crops that give mankind a third of all food resources. Other insects take part in the pollination as well, but bees are responsible for up to 90 percent of the process. Albert Einstein said once: "If the bee disappeared off the face of Earth, man would only have four years left to live."

The crops that bring us most of our food provide for 35 percent of calorie intake, as well as for most minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Nuts, melons and berries will not grow without pollinating insects. Bees also pollinate citrus fruits, apples, onions, broccoli cabbage, zucchini, beans, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, tomatoes, beans, coffee, cocoa, avocados and coconuts. The production of these crops belongs to most valuable segments of the global food industry. Thus, the disappearance of bees from our planet will at first trigger a major food crisis that humanity has never seen before. 

Scientists started registering the process of the mass extinction of bees all over the world in 2006. In the USA, up to 30 percent of bee colonies die every winter. Over the past 50 years, the production of bee-dependent agricultural products has quadrupled, but the number of bee colonies has halved.  The quantity of bees per hectare has decreased by 90 percent.

The phenomenon became known as Colony Collapse Disorder or "bee flu." Europe loses 20 percent  of bee colonies every year, and once can observe a similar trend in the USA and Asia. As for Russia, the Russian Ministry for Agriculture reported that bees die out massively in several regions of the country.

Representatives of the Ministry for Agriculture of the Russian Federation said that due to the high bee mortality in a number of regions of the country, the beekeeping industry suffered a significant material damage. The scale of the disaster is still difficult to assess. The cause of the death of insects remains unclear too. 

Over the past ten years, the number of bee colonies in Russia has decreased by almost 20 percent. The problem is not about financial losses that beekeepers incur - the problem is about the possible food crisis that may strike the whole world. 

In the summer of 2019 in Russia, mass bee mortality was recorded in the Tatarstan republic, in the republic of Bashkortostan, in Bryansk, Voronezh, Lipetsk, Kursk, Ulyanovsk, Moscow, Tula, Nizhny Novgorod, Ryazan, Rostov, Saratov, Smolensk regions, in Mordovia, Udmurtia, Mari El, Krasnodar, Altai, Stavropol and other regions.

Specialists started looking into the problem, but the research will take months. However, scientists already say that bees die on a massive scale because of the use of pesticides and herbicides on agricultural fields. To make matters worse, authorities do not inform beekeepers about the time, place and peculiarities of the chemical treatment of crops.

Over the recent years, scientists have recorded a rapid decline in the number of domestic and wild bees, as well as many other insects, including butterflies, on all inhabited continents. Over the past five-ten years, the population of wild bees has decreased by 25-30 percent, whereas the quantity of domestic bees in the United States halved in 2015.

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Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) are often in the headlines. Typically insects only feature in these stories by virtue of their role as disease vectors, for example the transmission of Zica, Dengue and West Nile viruses by mosquitoes. Indeed mosquitoes are vectors for perhaps the biggest killer in human history – the parasitic organisms that cause Malaria. Of course insects are not only vectors for human diseases, but also those that impact many other animals and plants. As just one example, the peach-potato aphid (Myzus persicae) is one of the most economically important plant pests globally, infesting more than 700 plant species and transmitting well over 100 viruses to major crops.

But what impact do these viruses/diseases have on the insect? The answer is complex. For years it was thought little or no effect, because the insects typically showed no obvious symptoms. However, upon closer inspection it is apparent that insects do initiate an immune response (with many similarities to the human response), and there are several examples of viruses having negative effects, such as a reduced life span in mosquitoes carrying Malaria. However, some viruses are transmitted to eggs (i.e. can perpetuate across insect generations) with apparently no adverse effects. And some viruses can even be beneficial to the insect, for example plant viruses can alter insect biology allowing them to feed on diseased plants.

Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) that directly kill insects have comparatively received very little attention. Yet we ignore these at our peril, given that insects represent well over 50% of all known species on earth and are critical to the functioning of all terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. They provide fundamental services such as nutrient cycling, food (including for humans), control of pests (biocontrol), and of course pollination. It is this latter service that has received ever increasing attention over recent years because of continued concern about pollinator decline (especially bees), and the direct impact this has on our food security.

Insect diseases are certainly implicated in this decline, in combination with parasites (such as the Varroa mite), pesticide use, habitat loss and climate change.

We are right to be concerned, as insect pollination has an estimated value to global agriculture well in excess of £100 billion per year, not to mention an ecological value beyond agriculture which is far harder to quantify. This service is provided predominantly by ‘wild’ pollinator species (bees, hover flies, butterflies etc), although ‘managed’ pollinators (honey bees, bumble bees and several solitary bee species) also play a very important role. In fact, for many intensive crop systems managed pollinators are now essential, which, combined with honey production, means that pollinator husbandry is big business and undertaken on an industrial scale.

Just as factory farming in birds has been implicated in the spread of avian flu, the same is true of viruses in managed bees. The parallels are obvious, yet the lessons not learnt (or ignored) – i.e. that intensive production in crowded, stressful and unsanitary conditions provides the perfect breeding ground for a mutating virus (as well as other pathogens and parasites).

For several years it has been known that honey bee diseases can be transmitted to other species in the insect grouping, known as an Order, called Hymenoptera (this contains all bees, wasps and ants). However it wasn’t known if they could be transmitted to pollinators in other insect Orders such as Diptera (which includes all flies).

Very recent evidence has found three bee viruses in hover flies – and this should certainly raise alarm bells, as hover flies are very important pollinators (and also eat aphids). While it remains unclear whether these viruses can actively replicate in flies –the warnings from history are again there. Hymenoptera split from Diptera around 320 million years ago – coincidentally around the same time mammals and birds are thought to have last had a common ancestor. The ability of ‘bird’ flu to mutate and infect humans is all too clear – so it perhaps shouldn’t be surprising that bee viruses can also mutate to infect many other insect groups. Where this happens the viruses may well be lethal, especially in immune-compromised individuals (as with humans). This brings us back to the many other problems that insects face, all of which contribute to a reduced capacity to fight infection – pesticides, climate change and habitat loss etc.

Thus insects definitely do get sick, and emerging infectious diseases are clearly an increasing concern, however they shouldn’t be studied in isolation.


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As we all (we should all) know, the combination of negative factors have an effect on survival. for bees, bee flu and insecticides are bad in their own right — but the combo is devastating. And we have a ccount for other factors including the bee mites Varroa.



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by Gus Leonisky on Sun, 2019-07-21 19:36


Rad dreher tell us :


There must be something in that, something to build on. There has to be. There has to be more there than to insist on an idolatrous view of America.

It’s like this: America is the only country in the world that could have produced Louis Armstrong, one of the greatest artists in the history of the world. There’s something in that. I’m serious. If you hate Louis Armstrong, you hate America. If you don’t hate Louis Armstrong, then ask yourself what it is about him that you love, and build out from there to your neighbors. I’m going to try this myself.


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America birthed Louis Armstrong? Sure... But love him hate him, it's a matter of stylistic taste, not a defining moment on loving or not loving the USA. Nor is it a defining absolute in the appreciation of music and other art forms. The USA has a superiority complex (ego) because they feel their inferior history is but a recent short derivative of European/antiquity history. So they have to pump up their self-importance with an army that chews a lot of cash that the USA do not have. In regard to Louis, there are plenty of better artists in the "history of the world"... each with their "unique" voice and "expression" — but we "don't hear these" BECAUSE THE USA CONTROLS THE ENTERTAINMENT OUTLETS...


by Gus Leonisky on Sun, 2019-07-21 19:10

The truth about Flight MH17 disaster over Ukraine will never be unveiled

Czech political scientist Marek Kyncl said in an interview with Parlamentní website that the work of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) had nothing to do with professional criminological work.

Speaking about the investigation into the crash of Boeing 777 of Malaysia Airlines over Ukraine in 2014, Marek Kyncl pointed out a few curious details. First of all, the serial number of the missile, which shot down the Boeing, indicated that the missile had been delivered to the military unit located on the territory of Ukraine. This is evidenced in the documents provided by the Russian side. 

Secondly, important witnesses to the case have never been interrogated. Some of them have either disappeared or died. Kyncl refers to Ukrainian flight dispatcher Anna Petrenko, who changed the course of the aircraft over the area where the hostilities took place. Shortly after the disaster, she went on an unpaid leave and disappeared without a trace. The air traffic data obtained by Ukrainian radar stations, as well as audio recordings of conversations between flight control officers had been kept secret, the expert said.

Another important witness to the case is Colonel Ruslan Grinchak, the commander of the 164th radio-technical brigade that was operating in the area of the crash. Grinchak has not been interrogated either. According to Kyncl, this officer could provide important information about the tragedy, because during the Ukrainian Air Force exercise in Odessa in 2016, he said that one could  shoot down "another Malaysian Boeing."

Another important witness is Vladislav Voloshin, a pilot and then deputy general director of the Nikolaev Airport. Voloshin flew a fighter jet to patrol the area where the Boeing was shot down. Voloshin reportedly committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest, Kyncl noted. 

Thirdly, the Americans did not provide any satellite photos even though there was a US satellite in the area of the crash site. To crown it all, photo and video materials that can be found on, as well as materials provided by non-governmental organizations, such as the Bellingcat Investigative Journalist Group, cannot be considered as evidence for the trial, the Czech expert believes. 

As for the suspects, whose names the JIT has recently announced, Marek Kyncl says that Igor Girkin-Strelkov at that time was the commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the People's Republic of Donetsk, while Sergei Dubinsky was in charge of its intelligence service. Leonid Kharchenko served as an intelligence officer of the People's Republic of Donetsk and was a direct subordinate to Sergei Dubinsky. None of the suspects could work as air defense system operator. They could technically give an order to shoot down the aircraft, but it was not them, who launched the missile, the Czech political scientist noted.

In his opinion, there is no reason, for which militants should be interested in the crash of a civilian aircraft. "The reasons, for which these people will be judged, will have little to do with the crash of the plane," Kyncl said. "The real culprits, as well as the cause of this crime, will most likely remain secret," Marek Kyncl said.

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by Gus Leonisky on Sun, 2019-07-21 18:03


Oh, poop.

In Gowanus, Brooklyn, a single small, diaperless baby shut down an entire city swimming pool — plunging a large crowd of sweltering people into sweaty despair.

“What the f—? On the hottest day? They closed the pool?” fumed Suegeil Mercado, 43, who’d been waiting on line with her 6-year-old daughter.

The pool won’t reopen until Sunday at 11 a.m.

“Red Hook it is!” one dry-bathing-suited local exclaimed as he stormed off — to another pool.

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Here in Sydney, we're used to (no we're not) to hotter days for longer periods... The maximum experienced in my neck of the woods was 46.5 degrees Celsius (115.7 F), but temps nearing 49 (120+) and above are measured in the dry Aussie parts, like Marble Bar. I've experienced 50+ (122+) at Lake Disappointment... And these temps are IN THE SHADE.  On a steel plate in the sun, it takes two seconds to cook an egg...