Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Trump promises not to put Trump Towers in Greenland


Donald Trump Tweets Fake Pic of Gold Tower in Greenland Amid Media Frenzy Over Plans to Buy Island


19 August, 2019



On 18 August, US President Donald Trump confirmed his interest in acquiring the world’s largest island, Greenland, clarifying, though that it was not a concern for the immediate future, with Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen dismissing it as an “absurd discussion".

US President Donald Trump has tweeted a photoshopped picture of a huge gold Trump Tower in Greenland, with a blithe caption that says: “I promise not the do this to Greenland!” in a seeming reference to the media storm generated by his recently aired idea of purchasing the Arctic nation.



Trump posted the tweet after it became known he had conferred with senior US officials about the possibility of acquiring the island from Denmark, with The Wall Street Journal claiming the US president listened with interest when his advisers discussed Greenland’s resources and geopolitical importance.

According to the publication, while some staff supported the idea, others brushed it off as no more than a “fleeting fascination”.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow fuelled this week’s media craze around Greenland when he extolled the benefits of a potential purchase, emphasising Greenland's extensive mineral deposits and its strategic location.

On Sunday Trump confirmed to reporters that he had recently discussed the possibility of buying the island, though he said such a move was not an immediate priority.

The concept came up and... strategically it's interesting. (Although) it is not number one on the burner - I can tell you that".

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen labelled the idea of the US acquiring Greenland - a self-ruling part of Denmark – as “absurd”, telling Danish broadcaster DR:

It's an absurd discussion, and Kim Kielsen (Greenland's premier) has of course made it clear that Greenland is not for sale. That's where the conversation ends".

Trump is set to visit Denmark in early September with the trip said to be unrelated to his aired notion of purchasing the island.
With a population of 56,000, 80 percent of Greenland is covered in ice that is slowly melting. This gradually renders more mineral resources of the island increasingly accessible.

Greenland is an autonomous region within the Kingdom of Denmark. Since 1979, Denmark has been in charge of Greenland’s foreign affairs, military issues and constitutional matters, while Greenland decides its internal affairs.

Trump's tongue-in-cheek tweet sparked a reaction from Twitter users. Many appreciated the humour behind the post.




Some actually considered the idea of the US acquiring Greenland a good deal.



Others speculated on the island's possible uses:



The idea of the US acquiring the island is not new, as back in 1946 US President Harry Truman attempted to buy Greenland for $100 million in gold. Denmark, however, rejected the offer.



Heat in Antarctica could be driving stormy weather in New Zealand


Exceptionally rare warming above Antarctica may be affecting NZ's weather




20 August, 2019


One of the southern hemisphere's rarest phenomena may be under way in the skies above Antarctica and could be driving New Zealand's stormy August weather.

Meteorologists are debating whether a sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) began earlier this month, putting a wobble into the polar vortex of westerly winds around the Antarctic and allowing freezing air to escape more easily and head towards southern New Zealand.

Whether one is or isn't already occurring, computer models are showing a much more significant winter stratospheric warming could begin in about 10 days or a fortnight.


Scientists are unsure what is happening in the stratosphere - the second layer of the Earth's atmosphere - this month. In this 2018 photo, the Fiordland College Space Programme's crew, led by teacher Christoph Zink, prepare to launch a helium balloon to rise 33km into the stratosphere from Manapouri.


Only two SSWs have ever been recorded in the southern hemisphere - a major event at this time of year in 2002 and a minor one in 2010. SSWs are more frequent in the northern hemisphere in winter due to land masses close to the North Pole.


Blue Skies Weather forecaster Tony Trewinnard told Stuff that an SSW forecast late last month had begun early this month and had now probably peaked, with temperatures in the stratosphere 20km or more above the Antarctic as much as 20 degrees Celsius warmer than the long-term average.

Nacreous ("mother of pearl") clouds high in the stratosphere above Scott Base in the Antarctic play a role in the formation of the ozone hole (file photo).
Nacreous ("mother of pearl") clouds high in the stratosphere above Scott Base in the Antarctic play a role in the formation of the ozone hole (file photo).
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National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research meteorologist Ben Noll told Stuff he was unconvinced that event was particularly significant, given the temperature rise was still short of the 25C threshold for a minor SSW determined by the Japan Meteorological Agency.


A major SSW is defined as a warming of 30 to 50C at those heights, which is large enough to cause a reversal of prevailing winds through the atmosphere from westerlies to easterlies.


"Something potentially more interesting is signalled in the next 10 to 15 days, showing a warming of 40-50 degrees. If this were to occur, it would be more impressive than what has occurred so far this month in the stratosphere.

The March 2018 "Beast from the East" snowstorm blankets London. The reversal from normal westerly winds to bitterly cold easterlies across Europe was linked to a sudden stratospheric warming event over the North Pole.
The March 2018 "Beast from the East" snowstorm blankets London. The reversal from normal westerly winds to bitterly cold easterlies across Europe was linked to a sudden stratospheric warming event over the North Pole.
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The March 2018 "Beast from the East" snowstorm blankets London. The reversal from normal westerly winds to bitterly cold easterlies across Europe was linked to a sudden stratospheric warming event over the North Pole.


"It is worth keeping an eye on over the next week or two. [But] being a keen watcher of winter in the northern hemisphere, I have seen a number of occasions where the forecast 10 to15 days in advance was too aggressive."


The winter 2002 SSW came ahead of an unusually warm and windy September, followed by the coldest October in 20 years.


The stratosphere is the second layer of the Earth's atmosphere, in which temperatures generally increase with height due to the concentration of ozone. It extends to about 50km above the surface, and starts at altitudes of between 7 and 10km over the poles and about 17km above the equator.



Major SSWs in the northern hemisphere have percolated down through the atmosphere and reversed winter wind directions, leading to frigid easterly winds and very cold, snowy winters across Europe, including the "Beast from the East" in February and March 2018.


Trewinnard said the current SSW appeared to be driving the country's unsettled weather.


"The impact of sudden warming high in the polar atmosphere is to 'knock' the polar vortex out of shape. Over time - it takes two to six weeks - the polar vortex gets a wobble, like a spinning top, and this allows cold air from the Antarctic continent to 'leak' out into the weather systems of the southern ocean.


"Eventually this affects New Zealand as depressions and troughs of low pressure, and cells of very cold air. This can make our weather colder and stormier for a period of a month or two.


"Generally this is looking like a stormy couple of months ahead, with frequent rainfalls, cold outbreaks, and windier than normal weather for the whole country.The periods likely to see the most impact from intense weather systems are the last few days of August and the very beginning of September, and again mid-September."




The freezing weather conditions dubbed the "Beast from the East" brought snow and sub-zero temperatures to many parts of the UK and Europe.

Noll said stormier than normal conditions were expected into September, "and it might even last longer than that".

But even with an SSW, it didn't necessarily mean New Zealand would "feel the full impact".

"That could be over South America, or even out over the oceans."

The first sunrise of 2008 at Scott Base, with nacreous clouds high up in the stratosphere - the second layer of Earth's atmosphere where ozone concentrations are at their peak.

BLOCKED for "flat Earth theories and creationist beliefs"



I feel free to talk my mind now and have cut the "umbilical 

cord" with the man with a stroke of genius destroyed by his 

own hubris.


When was my last post espousing flat earth theories and 

creationist beliefs"?

Thrown out of the “Tribe”



Today I tried to re-post the following onto Guy Mcpherson's Facebook page, Nature Bats Last and found I couldn't. because I had been BLOCKED
https://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2019/08/an-update-on-methane-climate-and-arctic.html

On the basis of that I went onto a friend's computer and found this from Pauline 


Panagiotou-Schneider

Unfortunately, because of Robin Westenra’s recent blog post wherein he damns Guy and Kevin Hester, (and I presume me as well-ffs Am I chopped liver?) for 1) our too-short visit to see him in NZ in July where we drove five hours to see him while also trying to meet up with another NBL member we had never met(sadly that didn’t happen),
and 2) for the technical issues on the NBL radio show with him were he claims Guy and Kevin (those evil geniuses) had some kind of mastermind plot to push him “out of the tribe” (paranoid much?) by causing technical issues... cuz no one ever had tech issues on the show before, said no one ever;

We are therefore giving our dear, but much confused friend, a break from NBL until he figures out that we love him and are not plotting behind his back.

Robin’s recent embracing of chemtrails may have caused the confusion clouding his judgment. Sadly, that’s a topic we don’t tolerate here any more than we do discussion of flat Earth theories or creationist beliefs.

****

What follows are my comments on the above:

Read this to see the ACCURATE version of events.


They did not drive five hours

The visit (the date of which they got wrong TWICE) was pre-arranged and
the ferry, which they got off, is 15 minutes away, not five hours.

However, it is not just the fact of being there that matters.

You do not, in my values, visit someone in their home just to be rude and look into a cellphone and leave without so much as a word of thanks or even “goodbye”

I have looked into (but not "embraced" “chemtrails”) but I have veered towards religion - something which they hate almost as much as the Dark One does.

"Robin’s recent embracing of chemtrails may have caused the confusion clouding his judgment. Sadly, that’s a topic we don’t tolerate here any more than we do discussion of flat Earth theories or creationist beliefs."

I have never, even ONCE posted anything on their Facebook page that reflects any of the above and I have never (sic) espoused "flat Earth theories or creationist beliefs" in ANY form, privately or publicly but only very specific observations about Arctic ice which they seem to be disinterested in).

What I say in my blog or on my Facebook page is none of their business although, in their eyes, they possibly think it is especially as Kevin Hester said on the radio interview that I had been "working on their behalf".

The arrogance is almost unimaginable as I have never worked on anyone else's behalf (or at least not since I was working for a short while for CollapseNet).

With the comments on the radio show they seem to prove their point. There were technical problems whether or not they had it before. But, as usual, it is ALWAYS someone else’s fault.

You can listen to the interview here, which, technically-speaking, in my mind is a disgrace.  

As I remember it was highly- stressful to get to this point and that was after a failure of the studio to connect us . something Pauline is denying in her version.



Always someone else’s fault.

Now, I have to distinguish between the message and the messenger.

Pauline seems to want to paint me as “paranoid much” but I can tell you who IS paranoid

I suspect that some examples have been removed from the website because I have seen a whole raft of accusations in recent months.  

While on the visit Guy was on the point of accusing Peter Wadhams of the same (because he did not respond to some invitation of the "Great Man").







All this from someone who seems to have given up on the science and is just going through the motions for presentations and interviews.

Every time I have mentioned particular data relating to methane or the Arctic ice the response has been one of total disinterest.

And what am I supposed to do with this?

"We are therefore giving our dear, but much confused friend (sic), a break from NBL until he figures out that we love him (sic) and are not plotting behind his back."

Go onto my knees, beg forgiveness and do a mea culpa?

It seems that that started from the day I started independent research with Margo and wasn't taking all my cues from one person.

P.S.

From Pauline Schneider, via Facebook:

"Robin, as long as you believe that we somehow insulted you and “pushed you out of the tribe” when we came to see you, you will be mistaken.

As long as you insist upon insulting Kevin, Guy and me this way, you will be mistaken.

We love you and Pam.
We were excited to see you.
You have disgraced our short visit with your insults on your blog.

When you remember that we love you, please let me know."


I hope you feel better soon.


This came through as a comment on Facebook that, sadly, I have to see as being quite true:


"A few years ago, some of Guy’s detractors, those who disliked him but otherwise agree with his insights, predicted that there would soon be built a cult of personality around him, the basis for a kind of religion, which he would stoke. At the time, I scoffed at that. Now, I’m not so sure. There does seem to be a cult of personality around him, and as others have observed, he seems to be growing ever more narcissistic.”

An update on methane, climate and Arctic ice - 18 August, 2019

This is the latest update from Margo

Methane, Climate & Arctic Sea Ice Update with Margo (Aug. 18, 2019)




I'm sure that readers of this blog understand this, perhaps leaving only those who do not WANT to understand.


This is what most people point to when they claim that a blue sea event is impossible (or unlikely).


What folk misunderstand is that although the sea ice extent is tying with the 2012 melt year conditions are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.

Note, the above defines sea ice extent as the "area of ocean with at least 15 per cent ice.

What that means is you could have ice that is 6 inches thick and it is defined as "sea ice extent".

This is far - removed from 2012 when there was plenty of ice that was several meters thick.

When the ice is in such a condition the sea ice extent data can go up and down like a yo-yo but this is not really a predictor of what might happen.

Have a look at the data below from the US Navy site.

There are now NO areas where the sea ice concentration is at 100%- and it has changed quickly, as shown by the .gif.



Particularly alarming, the following shows that ice in the Central Arctic Basin is between 0.5 and 1 metre thick and the tiny area of thicker ice, north of Greenland is only 2 meters thick. Now, that old ice has completely disappeared.



Here you can see the rapid changes over 30 days.

Notice the area of very thin ice close to the North Pole.



And another source of data on ice concentration


It is difficult to say in these conditions what might transpire during the remaining weeks of sunlight (and beyond)  but those people who are claiming to know whether there might be a BOE or not do not know what they are talking about.

Finally, this video from CNN is in equal parts information and propaganda.  What it does (while completely overlooking sea ice because it has a far more short-term effect on the climate than the Greenland ice sheet.

They are correctly panicking over the rapid rate of melt which could happen over a lifetime while they ignore a phenomenon that could bring very rapid changes (as in months and years, not decades).  That does not fit into their narrative (see the second half of the video).

They do, however, acknowledge, perhaps for the first time, the role of the much warmer waters in melting ice far more rapidly than the mainstream ever contemplated.

Scientists find troubling signs under Greenland glacier



Sunday, 18 August 2019

NYT pushes colour revolution for Hong Kong


NYT Cheerleads US Color Revolution Attempt in Hong Kong

By Stephen Lendman

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August 16, 2019 "Information Clearing House" - China’s official People’s Daily broadsheet minced no words, saying: “There is no question that the (Trump regime) has its hand in what is going on in Hong Kong.”

It “signaled its support for protesters in” the city, what’s been ongoing for months, an attempt to destabilize the country at a time of Trump regime-instigated trade war — initiated to undermine its industrial, economic, and technological development.

China’s Global Times asked: “Is a color revolution taking place in Hong Kong? We think so…(rioters involved in the) ruthless destruction of the city’s rule of law.”

Radical protesters want to paralyze the city, undermine the authority of the government and police.”

Demonstrations are no longer a complementary way of expressing demands under the legal framework, but an attempt to overthrow the rule of law and reshape the city’s power structure. This is a typical color revolution.”

A statement by the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region said the following:

The distortion of reality, the blind observance of double standards by American politicians is already close to hysteria,” adding:

They conspired with radical criminal elements and are insanely involved in anti-Chinese criminal cases in Hong Kong” — indicating Beijing’s fury toward the Trump regime over what’s going on and likely intention to respond in its own way at its own time.

China’s envoy to Moscow Zhang Hanhui warned foreign nations, notably the US, against “stick(ing) their noses in our affairs.”

In an August 13 article, I suggested what’s going on is a Trump regime attempt to destabilize China by targeting it soft Hong Kong underbelly — many residents in the city pro-Western.

US dirty hands likely orchestrated and manipulated pro-Western 5th column elements Hong Kong to riot against its ruling authorities and Beijing.

Geopolitical/economic know-nothing Trump most likely doesn’t know or understand what’s going on in parts of the world disruptively because of his regime’s actions — run by Pompeo, Bolton and their henchmen.

On Tuesday, he nonsensically tweeted: “Many are blaming me, and the United States, for the problems going on in Hong Kong. I can’t imagine why?”

On Wednesday, he suggested a meeting with China’s Xi Jinping to discuss the ongoing protests, what won’t resolve a thing if held.

Beijing wants US meddling in its internal affairs stopped. US dirty hands are all over what’s going on in the city. The ball is in the court of Trump regime hardliners running his hostile geopolitical agenda.

The NYT never met a US war of aggression, color revolution, old-fashioned coup, or other hostile actions by its ruling authorities on the world stage it didn’t wholeheartedly support.

Addressing what’s happening in the city, its hostile to peace and stability right-wing editors turned truth on its head, calling US-manipulated/radicalized rioters largely “young people…who ardently don’t want to come further under the repressive rule of the Chinese Communists.”

So-called “Chinese Communists” are free market capitalists, heading the nation toward becoming the world’s leading economy one day.

Its successful system created longterm economic growth and development. Ellen Brown quoted Michael Hudson saying the US demands “economic regime change” in China, wanting it conforming to the failed Western model it rejects, adding:

They should have the same kind of free market that has wrecked the US (and other Western) econom(ies).”

China embarrasses them by the efficiency and effectiveness of its economic and financial model it’s not about to let US bullying change.

Beijing’s system is “an economic threat to the Western neoliberal model, and it is this existential threat that is the target of the (Trump regime’s) trade and currency wars today,” Ellen Brown explained.

US color revolution tactics in Hong Kong, its ongoing trade war, and the Obama regime’s Asia pivot, continued by Trump, to establish a greater Pentagon military footprint in the Indo/Pacific are part of Washington’s war by other means on China.

The NYT pretends otherwise, supporting Hong Kong rioters, falsely claiming unacceptable disruptive tactics reflect free expression dissent.

If violent protests erupted in US cities and continued for days, especially if orchestrated and manipulated by a foreign power, they’d be state-sponsored blood in the streets putting them down.

Stephen Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient. Visit his web site: - stephenlendman.org (Home – Stephen Lendman). Contact at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. Stephen's newest book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” - www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html