Wednesday 1st of February 2023

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troubles in zakarpattia.....

Budapest and Kiev have suffered exceptionally poor relations for nearly a decade, owing largely to discriminatory laws against the estimated 150,000-strong community of ethnic Hungarians living in the southwestern Ukrainian region of Zakarpattia.

The source of the “stormy relationship” between Hungary and successive Ukrainian governments since the 2014 Euromaidan coup is no mystery, and stems from the criminally underreported-on problem of ultranationalists holding Ukrainian politicians and politics hostage, a Hungarian columnist has observed.

 

BY ILYA TSUKANOV

 

 

the garden of limited delights.....

The year 2022 was a year of great transformation and great difficulty. To assess what lies ahead in the coming year, we might start with the fact that 2022 was the 50th anniversary of the publication of the 1972 study The Limits to Growth. It was not a prophecy, but an analysis of current trends. It said that, if nothing changed, we could expect the beginning of an irreversible decline of the world economy in the first decades of the 21st century. The result of the combined effect of natural resource depletion and pollution.

 

2022 has been a difficult year for climate and energy. But there is still some hope

 

From "Il Fatto Quotidiano" 

 

Di Ugo Bardi -30 Dec 2022

 

our comfortable reflection in the mirror of tyrannical delusions....

Western “liberal democracies” are just totalitarian regimes with more money and better narrative management. The US-centralized empire controls the global south with bombs, bullets and blockades and controls the rest of us with mass-scale psychological manipulation.

Sure it’s more pleasant to be sitting where we are rather than at the barrel of the gun, but don’t confuse pleasantness with freedom. It’s nice that here they let you criticize your government and buy whatever you can afford at the store. It would be pleasant to live in a vat with your brain plugged into a virtual world of endless pleasure, too, but it wouldn’t be freedom. Psychological tyranny is still tyranny.

 

 

of norwegian crackpots.....

A Norwegian lawmaker on Friday said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg should be considered for the Nobel Peace Prize, due to his conduct during the conflict in Ukraine. This is not the first controversial nomination coming from Christian Tybring-Gjedde. In 2020, the Progress Party MP said then-US president Donald Trump merited the same honor.

Stoltenberg “deserves the prize for his outstanding work as NATO’s secretary general in a demanding time for the alliance,” Tybring-Gjedde said in a statement quoted by Norwegian media. 

the next panic pandemic.....

This article explains how a new pandemic might occur, what it could be, and what measures might prevent such an event. First, to explain the issue, it’s useful to understand some key terminology:

An epidemic is an outbreak of a disease in a particular location.

A pandemic is an outbreak of a disease which spreads to and occurs in many different geographic areas at the same time.

Endemic diseases are established and circulating regularly in populations. Some endemic diseases such as influenza can have surges in transmission or have epidemics at certain times.

A pathogen is an organism which causes a disease to its host, including but not limited to viruses.

your next president.... any loony dork but trump......

Former US national security advisor John Bolton has said he plans to run for president in 2024, revealing in an interview with Good Morning Britain on Friday that he will challenge his former boss Donald Trump for the Republican nomination. 

The notoriously belligerent Bolton, who served in the administrations of both Bushes and Ronald Reagan before his brief stint as Trump’s national security advisor, told the outlet his campaign will focus on a “much stronger foreign policy.” 

“I think it’s important that it’s understood not just in Moscow, but it’s understood in places like Beijing, that unprovoked aggression against your neighbors is not something the United States and its allies will tolerate,” he said. 

american military budget aid to kiev is as big as the total military expenditure of france and germany.....

 

For decades, the idea of dismantling the Soviet Union and Russia has been constantly cultivated in Western countries. Unfortunately, at some point, the idea of using Ukraine to achieve this goal was conceived. In fact, to prevent such a development, we launched the special military operation (SMO). This is precisely what some western countries –led by the United States– strive for; to create an anti-Russian enclave and then threaten us from this direction. Preventing this from happening is our primary goalVladimir Putin

microfascism gives birth to macrofascism....

 

Long after the appearance of Deleuze and Guattari's collaborative works Anti-Oedipus (1972), and A Thousand Plateaus (1980, together volumes one and two of Capitalism and Schizophrenia), the influence of the notoriously difficult philosophers, clinical psychotherapists, and activists is, paradoxically, widespread.

on the brink......

Nuclear Ukraine? Amid 'concerns' over alleged Russian threat, the world overlooks the real danger

Kiev is capable of building an atomic device, and its leaders often outline such thoughts

Last year, Western media and high-ranking politicians actively discussed the possibility of Russian troops using atomic weapons in Ukraine. There has even been speculation on the likelihood of a nuclear war breaking out. However, it could be said that the risk is probably a lot higher on the other side of the barricades

 

By Olga Sukharevskaya, ex-Ukrainian diplomat

 

they want their version of the flying pigs story to become ours....

Why are we being bombarded by fact-checks and “anti-disinformation” efforts in our timeline scrolls? When reading the new, we too often find that so-called “experts” are behind whatever claim media professionals make, no matter how outlandish or disconnected from reality such claims may be.

and superman saves the empire of lies......

At the beginning of the 5th century AD, Augustine, bishop of Hippo, wrote his "De Mendacio" ("On Lying"). Reading it today, we may be surprised at how rigid and strict Augustine was in his conclusions. A Christian, according to him, could not lie in any circumstances whatsoever; not even to save lives or to avoid suffering for someone.

The suffering of the material body, said Augustine, is nothing; what's important is one's immortal soul. Later theologians substantially softened these requirements, but there was a logic in Augustine's stance if we consider his times: the last century of the Western Roman Empire.

BY Ugo Bardi

 

anthropological warming......

THE ARTICLE THAT FOLLOWS BELOW IS COMPLETE (NOT QUITE COMPLETE — AS IT IS SOMEWHAT INCOMPLETE) BULLSHIT. BUT IT IS FASCINATING TO SEE HOW A REALITY SUCH AS THE CHANGING DAILY WEATHER CAN INFLUENCE OUR THOUGHTS, IDEAS AND CONCEPTS. 

PRESENTLY THE TEMPERATURES IN EUROPE HAVE GONE BEYOND RECORD TERRITORY WITH MORE THAN 20 DEGREES CELSIUS IN SWITZERLAND IN JANUARY — WHILE IN THE USA, A RECORD COLD SNAP HAS STRANDED UP TO A THIRD OF AMERICANS AND CANADIANS. 

MEANWHILE, IN AUSTRALIA, SYDNEY HAS EXPERIENCED ITS WETTEST YEAR (2022) ON RECORD (AND IT'S STILL RAINING CATS AND DOGS TODAY) WHILE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA, BUSHFIRE SEASON HAS ALREADY BEGUN. 

THE POINT IS TO KNOW WHAT IS HUMAN INDUCED, AND WHAT IS NATURAL.

aussie military....

B-21s for Australia? Not on the basis of defending against a Chinese base in Australia’s nearer region. 

Defence policy often proceeds under a number of heroic and muddled assumptions. Most likely, the Defence Strategic Review (DSR) will also. These must be tested.

 

BY Mike Scrafton

 

Defence policymakers often make assumptions about potential adversaries that are convenient for their own purposes. Adversaries are expected to attack or invade Australia in a manner that validates preconceived preferences. More problematically, they assume deterrence only works in one direction.

our human destruction of space. nothing new under our sun.....

Let simple Wordsworth chime his childish verse,
And brother Coleridge lull the babe in nurse.

                           Lord Byron… [GL QUOTE]

 

The popularity of both William Wordsworth, the Romantic English poet, and the Avatar franchise — in their respective eras — indicates a steady decline to destruction, writes Jonathan Cook.

 

the kangaroo and the jap......

There is some terrible double-foolishness afoot, that is certain to be widely noticed beyond the Western bubble. Australia is stepping forward with gusto to secure its position as a best-military-buddy not only with America, the most warlike nation in history, according to Jimmy Carter, but also with Japan, one of the 20th century’s most infamous warmongers, presently rearming with alarming relish. You are, as they say, known by the company you keep.

America imposed a Pacificist Constitution on Japan in 1947, after it was defeated in World War II. Article 9 of this constitution outlaws the resort to war by Japan as a means to settle international disputes involving the state.

 

BY Richard Cullen

 

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