Thursday, 24 January 2019

Weather extremes Down-Under

Temperature records tumble as Adelaide reaches 46.6C
Adelaide has set a new heat record, surpassing the previous one reached in 1939, hitting 46.6C this afternoon.
Adelaide city centreAdelaide city centre Photo: Public Domain / Creative Commons

24 January, 2019

At least 20 locations hit record temperatures including Adelaide Airport, Minlaton, Noarlunga, Snowtown and Port Lincoln.
Ceduna set a record for the second day in a row, reaching 48.6C. At 3.15pm Port Augusta hit 49.1C.
Adelaide Metro said that due to the extreme heat it would run trams "at reduced frequency" between the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, west of the CBD, and the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.
Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) expected more records would fall later in the day.
Meteorologist Hilary Wilson said records were breaking across the state.
"It really is quite something to see this many records broken in one day," Ms Wilson said.
"It's preliminary at this stage but when we do the figures it wouldn't be at all surprising to see that this was the hottest day ever for South Australia as a whole.
"Typically the hottest time of the day is mid-afternoon so Adelaide could still sneak up a little bit higher."
The heatwave has also prompted fire bans in 13 districts.
SA Country Fire Services (CFS) state duty commander Yvette Dowling warned communities were at risk in the extreme heat.
"If a fire does start with these forecast weather conditions we're not going to be able to control that fire," she said.
"The communities are at risk, our firefighters are at risk, all emergency services are at risk."
Another Australian state, Victoria, was also expected to be hit by temperatures in the mid-40s.
About 2700 houses in the central Victorian towns of Nagambie and Avenel were set to battle an anticipated maximum of 41C during a power blackout.

Weather: Scorching hot 30degC+ temperatures to hit parts of NZ

Temperatures are set to soar next week as a heatwave makes it way to some parts of New Zealand. 

From Sunday, temperatures are expected to be consistently higher than average, with most regions having daily highs of 27 to 32degC. 

Nelson and Marlborough will be hit the worst, with temperatures ranging from 30 to 34degC, WeatherWatch says. 

Hawkes Bay, Gisborne, Waikato, King Country, Central Otago and inland parts of Canterbury will also see temperatures soar into the 30s....

As the country bakes in the mid-summer heat, firefighters are bracing themselves for a busy fire season, with the rest of January expected to very hot and dry for much of the country. 


Louis XVI (aka Emmanuel Macron) runs to Merkels’ arms in Aachen treaty

23 January, 2019

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a quick look at French President Emmanuel Macron’s comparison of the Yellow Vests movement to the times of King Louis XVI who, as Macron rationalizes, met his tragic fate by refusing to embrace reforms.

Emmanuel Macron told 150 corporate executives gathered at Versailles (including Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, JPMorgan Chase CEO James Dimon, and Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey), that “a lot of people thought that it was not a good date to gather here,” referring to the execution of French King Louis XVI, who was guillotined on January 21, exactly 226 years ago on Monday…“but when you look at French history, if at the end they ended up like that, it’s because a lot of leaders decided not to reform.”

The meeting held by Macron was called together in part to alleviate investors’ fears after 10 weeks of Yellow Vest protests throughout France and spreading across Europe.

According to RT, the nationwide protests have sometimes turned violent, and according to Macron’s office, have caused concern among foreign investors hoping to cash in on Macron’s business-friendly reforms.

Notably, Macron reassured his CEO guests that he would “not roll back what we have done in the past 18 months” – unpopular labor and tax reforms that have been cited as sparking the Yellow Vest protests.

Macron also said that the Yellow Vest movement had been spurred by middle-class anger over globalization, arguing that similar sentiments have given rise to Brexit and populist governments across Europe.

The Houndog

Marzieh Hashemi released without charge

Iranian Press TV journalist released without charge after 10 days in US custody

Iranian Press TV journalist released without charge after 10 days in US custody

23 January, 2018

A US-born Iranian journalist was freed without charge on Wednesday after testifying before a grand jury. Her arrest by the FBI had sparked protests and accusations of racism against Washington.

Marzieh Hashemi, 59, was snatched by FBI agents at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis last week, after she arrived in the US to meet her family. Born Melanie Franklin to an African-American family in Louisiana, she is a veteran TV presenter and producer for Press TV, Iran’s international English-language news network. The US authorities offered no explanation as to why she was arrested.

On Friday last week, an unsealed court order revealed that Hashemi was taken into custody as a material witness in an unspecified criminal case, but she was not charged with any crime. On Wednesday, she appeared before a DC District Court accompanied by her son to testify before a grand jury. Hours later, they both left. Hashemi is now staying with her family at a Washington-area hotel.

She is relieved that this is over but the family is pretty angry and upset at the way that this happened,”said Abed Ayoud, a lawyer for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

Three of Hashemi’s adult children have been subpoenaed to testify in the same case.

The US law that allows witnesses to be arrested is rarely used in practice. Nargess Moballeghi, a friend of the detained journalist, told RT that its use is controversial due to alleged abuse of this power.

The ACLU and Human Rights Watch talked about how since 9/11 this law has basically been used to detain Muslims indefinitely without trial – in essence on a fishing expedition,” she said.

The arrest and lack of explanation from the US were criticized by Iran, with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif saying her treatment was the latest example of racism in America. “50 years after MLK assassination, US still violates the civil rights of black men and women,” he tweeted on Monday.

A protest was held on Wednesday by supporters of Hashemi in front of UN offices in Tehran, while another one was staged in Washington DC. Her family in the US said Black Lives Matter and other groups defending black rights were helping to organize rallies on US soil, if the journalist’s detention continued.

Eric Rignot and others interviewed on Radio Ecoshock

Global Heat Alert?

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While Washington spins, here is the real alert. We may be in a rapid shift of warming on Earth. Interviews with top ice scientist Eric Rignot on Antarctic ice rush; Yangyang Xu - fast heat from air cleanup; and Julio Herrera Estrada on super drought science.

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Sea Ice, Methane & Earthquake Report with Margo (Jan. 23, 2019)

Margo goes over Arctic & Antarctic Sea Ice, methane & recent earthquakes worldwide. Time is short - get your spiritual houses in order. 

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Pelosi Blocks Trump

Pelosi Blocks Trump's "State Of The Union" Speech

Zero Hedge,
23 January, 2019

Update: Well that did not take long.
A few hours after President Trump told Speaker Pelosi he would accept her earlier invitation to deliver his SOTU speech in the House, daring the House Democratic leader to rescind her invitation, the Democrat leader responded angrily doing just that, and blocking the President from delivering his annual address next Tuesday:
Dear Mr. President:
When I extended an invitation on January 3"I for you to deliver the State of the Union address, it was on the mutually agreed upon date, January 29th. At that time, there was no thought that the government would still be shut down.
In my further correspondence of January 16th, I said we should work together to find a mutually agreeable date when government has re-opened and I hope that we can still do that.
I am writing to inform you that the House of Representatives will not consider a concurrent resolution authorizing the President's State of the Union address in the House Chamber until government has opened.
Again, I look forward to welcoming you to the House on a mutually agreeable date for this address when government has been opened.

Later on Wednesday, while he was speaking to reported in the White House, Trump was informed that Pelosi blocked his SOTU. His response was the following:
 “I'm not surprised. It's really a shame, what's happening with the Democrats—they've become radicalized. They don't want to see crime stopped, which we could very easily do on the southern border. ...
This will go on for a while.”
The circus will indeed go for a while, although one wonders...

Can you imagine if Boehner had blocked Obama’s state of the union adresss under similar circumstances? The media would’ve been lit, definite charges of racism
President Trump has rebuffed Speaker Pelosi's politically-charged threat to delay his speech due to the shutdown, saying in a letter that he plans to deliver the State of the Union Address at the House chamber as planned on Tuesday as scheduled (accepting an invitation that Pelosi had sent earlier in the year).

Pelosi had suggested Trump consider delaying the speech if the shutdown continued, citing se

Pelosi had suggested Trump consider delaying the speech if the shutdown continued, citing security concerns because Secret Service agents and Department of Homeland Security staff aren’t being paid during the shutdown.
However, both have reassured Trump that security will not be a problem and so he sent the following letter to the California Democrat:
Dear Madam Speaker:
Thank you for your letter of January 3, 2019, sent to me long after the Shutdown began, inviting me to address the Nation on January 29th as to the State of the Union.
As you know, I had already accepted your kind invitation, however, I then received another letter from you dated January 16, 2019, wherein you expressed concerns regarding security during the State of the Union Address due to the Shutdown. Even prior to asking, I was contacted by the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Secret Service to explain that there would be absolutely no problem regarding security with respect to the event. They have since confirmed this publicly.
Accordingly, there are no security concerns regarding the State of the Union Address. Therefore, I will be honoring your invitation, and fulfilling my Constitutional duty, to deliver important information to the people and Congress of the United States of America regarding the State of our Union.
I look forward to seeing you on the evening on January 29th in the Chamber of the House of Representatives. It would be so very sad for our Country if the State of the Union were not delivered on time, on schedule, and very importantly, on location!

So what will Nancy do next? Politico's Jake Sherman notes that...

Again …

The House and Senate have to pass a resolution to allow the president to give the State of the Union.

Or there are alternatives...

The western narrative on events inVenzuela

Zero Hedge is fully in favour of national sovereignty so long as it is not socialist Venezuela.

US Refuses To Withdraw Diplomats From Venezuela, "Will Take Appropriate Actions" If Harmed

Zero Hedge,
23 January, 2019

In what may shape up to be a major international incident over the next 48 hours, the United States has refused to withdraw diplomats from Venezuela, saying in a Wednesday evening statement that the US "stands with interim President Juan Guaido," adding "The United States does not recognize the Maduro regime as the government of Venezuela. Accordingly the United States does not consider former president Nicolas Maduro to have the legal authority to break diplomatic relations with the United States or to declare our diplomats persona non grata.

Earlier Wednesday, Maduro broke diplomatic relations with the US, giving American diplomats 72 hours to leave Caracas after President Trump declared Maduro's political opponent, Venezuelan National Assembly President Juan Guaido, the Interim President of Venezuela

Guaido responded with a tweet of appreciation

14 other countries have similarly recognized Guaido. 

Cuba and Bolivia, meanwhile, have expressed support for Maduro - while Mexico remains on the fence, supporting the empanada-eating Maduro "for now." 

Guaido - who swore himself in as acting president of Venezuela earlier Wednesday, asked all embassies to "maintain their diplomatic presence in the country."  

"Through the powers that the Constitution grants me, I would like to communicate to all leaders of diplomatic missions and their accredited staff in Venezuela — the state of Venezuela firmly wants you to maintain your diplomatic presence in our country. Any messages to the contrary lack any validity, since they come from people or entities that have been characterized as usurpers. They have no legitimate authority to make any statements on this." -Juan Guaido

The United Nations is monitoring the situation according to UN Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq during a Wednesday briefing.

"The United Nations firmly rejects any kind of political violence. We underline the urgent need for all relevant actors to commit to inclusive and credible political negotiations to address the challenges facing the country, with full respect for the rule of law and human rights," said Haq in a statement.

Venezuelans, meanwhile, took to the streets en masse during a day of unrest in which pro-Maduro forces fired live rounds into the crowds killing several people.

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Venezuela’s opposition filling streets nationwide today in protests against President Maduro and his socialist government.

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BREAKING: At least 4 people have been killed after pro-Maduro forces opened fire at anti-Maduro protesters in the city of Barinas
9:43 AM - Jan 24, 2019

: More live ammo warning shots fired at protestors in Felipe, Yaracuy '
: Heavy clashes right now between Pro-Maduro security forces and opposition protesters in central Caracas in .
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