Thursday, 19 January 2017

New Zealand's weather bomb

Dozens 'boxed in' by Arthur's Pass slips

A pub owner is among dozens in Otira and Arthur's Pass who could be cut off until Saturday by landslides brought down by foul weather.
The New Zealand Transport Agency said the most significant slip was just east of Aitkens, where about 20,000 cubic metres of debris was covering the road.
The New Zealand Transport Agency says the most significant slip is just east of Aitkens, where about 20,000 cubic metres of debris is covering the road. Photo: NZTA
19 January, 2017

Key highways in the South Island were shut today as heavy rain and fierce winds swept through. The Lewis Pass to Picton has re-opened but State Highway 73 at Arthur's Pass remained closed.
Otira Pub owner Gillian MacDougall said she was ready to evacuate if a slip nearby gave way any further.
However, she said, just where she and others should escape to remained an open question - as further slips over the road to the west and east of Otira meant they were trapped in all directions.
The small alpine settlement was at the centre of the mid-summer weather "bomb low", which has brought heavy rain and winds of up to 170km/h to central parts of the country.
Travellers and locals have been stranded by the slips, as have those in the nearby township of Arthur's Pass. The road was expected to take at least another day to clear.
Otira is home to about 40 people while Arthur's Pass has roughly 30.
Ms MacDougall said while her pub had so far avoided being damaged, a passing ute driver had not been so lucky.
Otira Pub owner Gillian MacDougall says the pub is hemmed in on all sides by slips.
Otira Pub owner Gillian MacDougall says her pub - pictured here on a day of fine weather - is hemmed in on all sides by slips. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
"I woke up because the wind was howling, but when I looked out the window I could see all of these trucks up behind me, and I thought... What is going on?
"What had happened is [he] was driving past along the main road and the slip came down and pushed him off the road."
The driver had escaped unscathed, she said.
Three truck drivers and three campervans carrying tourists were trapped in the pub when the weather hit and they were all getting to know each other rather well, she said.
"They would probably rather have been on the other side before it all happened, because now they're boxed in, aren't they. I think this is when you come together, isn't it. Everyone comes together and has a laugh and talks about what's happened."

Slips could take another day to clear

The New Zealand Transport Agency said contractors had started using heavy machinery to clear the slips on Arthur's Pass, but SH73 was unlikely to re-open before Saturday.
The weather hit hardest through the alpine pass, where creeks and rivers rose rapidly and trees and debris were sent tumbling on to roads.
Regional performance manager Pete Connors said the most significant slip was just east of Aitkens, where about 20,000 cubic metres of debris was covering the road.
"It is significant and the problem is it's where rail is immediately adjacent to the road, so it's not a simple matter of just side-casting the slip - we've got to actually physically remove it."
KiwiRail was unable to use the railway line through the pass at the moment, he said.
Lines crews at work
Meanwhile, electricity lines companies were repairing faults in lines across the lower South Island.
Aurora Energy said it had restored the power to 1100 households and businesses in Dunedin and Central Otago this morning.
Power remained cut to another 400 houses in the Roslyn area of Dunedin.
Powernet in Southland and Network Waitaki in North Otago said they were dealing with dozens of small faults, mainly in coastal areas caused by trees falling on power lines.
They were unsure how many people were affected.
In Wellington, ferry services were back in action as high winds died away and the sun came out.
Trolley buses were back on the roads after being swapped for diesel buses this morning

ISIS on verge of conquering Deir Zor

US-ISIS alliance on verge of conquering major Syrian city

The important city of Der Zor in Syria is now surrounded by U.S.-backed ISIS jihadists, who are on the verge of retaking it from government forces.

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18 January, 2017

The U.S. had paved the way, on 16 September 2016, for this conquest, by bombing Syria’s troops and weapons-compounds in Der Zor. Those government forces were protecting the residents there from ISIS mercenaries and weaponry, that are financed by Saudi Arabia, and armed by the U.S. and other members of the Saudi-led alliance.

As the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), which at the time was under the leadership of Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn (who will be incoming U.S. President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor), had warned the rest of the Obama Administration in a cable on 12 August 2012:


The American journalist Seymour Hersh reported, on 1 January 2016 in the London Review of Books (after the New Yorker and other U.S. print news media had refused to publish his article), “Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, director of the DIA between 2012 and 2014, confirmed that his agency had sent a constant stream of classified warnings to the civilian leadership [Obama] about the dire consequences of toppling Assad.

The jihadists, he said, were in control of the [U.S.-backed] opposition [Obama’s ‘moderate Syrian rebels’].” Obama then fired Flynn, for opposing U.S. participation in the Saudi alliance to overthrow the secular and Russian-allied government of Syria’s President, Bashar al-Assad.

After the election of Donald Trump (who hired Flynn back as his National Security Advisor), the U.S. Democratic Party and some influential Republicans have been accusing Mr. Trump of being, essentially, a Russian agent and a grave threat to U.S. national security — much like, in the 1950s, the far-right John Birch Society and U.S. Senator Joseph R. McCarthy had accused U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower of being ‘soft on communism’ if not outright pro-Soviet and a traitor in the White House.

The anonymous blogger who goes by the name of “Moon of Alabama” or “bernhard,” has been issuing most of the important news reports about the Syrian war, especially concerning these developing events in Der Zor.
On 11 December 2016, I headlined “Obama & Erdogan Move ISIS from Iraq to Syria, to Weaken Assad”, and reported, based upon earlier reports from “bernhard”, and from Turkey’s government, and other sources, that the U.S.-coalition (the Saudi-led) plan for ousting ISIS from Mosul in Iraq had been to force the ISIS jihadists in Mosul Iraq to choose between either being killed there, or else continuing their jihad by relocating themselves westward to Der Zor in Syria, and retaking for ISIS that city, by conquering the Syrian government’s forces there.

One of those sources, which was cited by “bernhard,” had tweeted on 12 October 2016: “Breaking news: Sources in #London say: ‘#US& #Saudi_Arabia concluded an agreement to let #ISIS leave #Mosul secretly& safely to #Syria’!” And that’s exactly what then happened. Note that, according to this tweet, it was the Saudis, not Obama’s regime, who made the deal. If the Saudis were acting on behalf of Obama, the U.S. aristocracy was in the driver’s seat, but that would have been highly unlikely, especially because Obama has routinely been doing the Sauds’ bidding. Included in that have been his efforts to block prosecution of the Saudis for having financed 9/11.)

For example: as one strong friend of the royal Arabs, Hillary Clinton, has said in private:

We need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL [ISIS] and other radical Sunni groups in the region.”
Saudi Arabia is owned by the Saud family (the Thani family own Qatar); so, she knew that they are the main funders of Al Qaeda etcetera (or, like Osama bin Laden’s former bagman said of Al Qaeda’s financing, “Without the money of the — of the Saudi, you will have nothing”). That family controls the government, and all the rest of their aristocracy do whatever the Saud family tell them to do. Hillary wasn’t naive.

Bernhard’s January 17th report banners “How The U.S. Enabled ISIS To Take Deir Ezzor” (“Deir Ezzor” is a different Anglicization of “Der Zor”) and he simply assumes there that Syria and Russia will be defeated at Der Zor, and that the Saudi-led alliance, (commonly called “The West,” though since 2001 it’s led by the Sunni-fundamentalist Saud family who financed the 9/11 attacks and who financed Al Qaeda and other jihadist groups), will win.

That victory would mean exterminating all people there who oppose ISIS. If this plan succeeds, then the only way that Syria would be able to retake Der Zor will be to reduce the entire city to rubble, which would provide a field-day for anti-Russian propagandists, including Western ‘humanitarian’ agencies (such as “The White Helmets”).

Another well-informed blogger on the Syrian war is Ziad Fadel, at his “Syrian Perspectives”, and he headlined in his usual colorful style on January 14th, “Turk Cannibals Rob Cannibals of Their Body Parts; Stunning Defeat for ISIS at Dayr El-Zor in SAA [Syrian government] Counterattack”, and he described how three anti-ISIS jihadists had been injured by Syria’s army and sent to Turkish doctors who, apparently, removed valuable organs for sale to rich patients, before killing the injured anti-ISIS jihadists.

Ziad’s son Leith Fadel, who runs the excellent “Al Masdar News” site, headlined on January 17th, “Syrian Army attempts to lift the siege on Deir Ezzor Airport” and reported that the battle for Der Zor is by no means yet decided, though the ISIS side does currently have the upper hand.

The reason that there is no ‘peace dividend’ from the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union and end of its Warsaw Pact military alliance and end of their communism (especially after 2001), is that America’s “military-industrial complex” (as Dwight Eisenhower called it in 1961) has taken over the U.S. government, and they are refusing to let go of it.

America’s aristocracy (and the foreign billionaires who also control America’s ‘defense’ firms) are too heavily invested in it, to allow the government to be freed from its grip. Instead, they are determinedly and increasingly now buildingand buying deep underground luxury bomb-shelters for themselves and for their core people, and continuing to pay Senators and Congressmen whatever they need in order to defeat any potential political contenders who refuse to cooperate.

They mean business. Some people call this new America, “perpetual war for perpetual peace.” It is America’s trickle-down version of a ‘welfare state’. But what could trickle down at the end of it might be nuclear bombs, which wouldn’t be welfare for anybody, except possibly, the owners of that “military-industrial complex,” if they’d actually be enjoying high ‘welfare’, deep underground.

The 9/11 victims were merely baits for this operation. But for the Saud family — who are too wealthy for Forbes even to list them — the objective is instead world conquest, for their Sunni-fundamentalist sharia-law system.

North Pole warmer than southern Europe

The Sun hasn't risen over its horizon for more than two months yet the North Pole was warmer than South of France, Italy, Greece Turkey and Syria yesterday!

18 January, 2017

The Sun hasn't risen over its horizon for more than two months yet at a balmy -6C +21F the North Pole was yesterday warmer than parts of the South of France, Italy, Greece Turkey and Syria.

The North Pole was actually yesterday 34C or 93F warmer than the average temperature for the time of the year and it's been like that for most of the winter which is incredible when you realize parts of Greenland and Russia have had regular temperatures as low as -57C or -71F.

Today most of Europe is witnessing sub-zero temperatures as the big freeze continues.

Here in Holland we witnessed a winter wonderland after a reasonably mild winter so far and a mild spring.

As the whole of Europe slips into below freezing temperatures, Holland's water ways begin to freeze over,

The cold snap is expected to warm up a little later in the day here in North Holland.

Even parts of Spain is a winter wonderland!

The Trump years are going to be crazier than you think

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It has been so long I had wondered what has happened.

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Lavrov: UK, Germany, France have interfered in US election

Russia Snaps, Accuses UK, Germany And 

France Of "Grossly Interfering" In The US 


18 January, 2017

Having listened stoically for the past two months to accusations without evidence that Moscow "hacked the US election", and that Hillary's loss was indirectly due to Putin's alleged meddling, which resulted in Obama's expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats, on Wednesday Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov finally snapped, and lashed out at the ongoing US election scapegoating fiasco, saying that leaders and top officials from the UK, Germany, and France have “grossly interfered” in US internal affairs, “campaigned” for Hillary Clinton, and openly “demonized” Donald Trump.
Unlike US accusations of Russian interference, at least Lavrov's claim can be substantiated with a simple google search of news event in mid to late 2016.
Speaking during a press conference following a meeting with his Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz, Lavrov said his angry outburst was because Moscow “is tired" of accusations it meddled in the US election. In fact, Lavrov said, it is time to “acknowledge the fact” that it was the other way around.
“US allies have grossly interfered in America’s internal affairs, in the election campaign,” Lavrov said, quoted by RT.
“We noticed that Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande, Theresa May, and other European leaders” did so. He added that official representatives of some of the European countries did not mince words, and essentially “demonized” Donald Trump during the election campaign.
Among the more vivid examples, last August German Foreign Minister Frank Walther Steinmeier called Trump a “hate preacher.” Reacting to Trump’s statement that parts of London are ‘no-go areas,’ UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said in December that Trump is “unfit” to be US president. Later on, however, Johnson said that Trump’s presidency might be a “moment of opportunity.”
On the other hand, the Russian government has expressed its willingness to work with the US under Donald Trump, Lavrov said. "Trump says that if the promotion of US national interests would lead to a chance of working with Russia, it would be foolish not to do that."
“Our approach is the same: where our interests coincide, we should be and are ready to work together with the US as well as the EU and NATO,” the minister stressed.
Over the past year, Russia has been repeatedly accused by Washington of meddling in the US election. In January, the US Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) issued a report allegedly proving Moscow had its fingers in the US election campaign. The public was only provided, however, with a declassified part of the paper, which contained no solid evidence. Trump’s advisor on foreign policy during the campaign, Carter Page said that the paper was “speculative” and served “certain political theories.” The US media, citing CIA sources and unverified reports, even alleged that Moscow tried to aid Trump directly to secure his victory.  Trump has rebuffed the allegations, saying it was simply another “excuse” by the Democrats to explain the defeat of Hillary Clinton.
The demonization campaign culminated with last week's release of a dossier, according to which Russia had "compromising" materials on Trump, suggesting the president-elect is a puppet for the Kremlin.
In response, yesterday Putin warned that he sees attempts in the United States to "delegitimize" Trump using "Maidan-style" methods previously used in Ukraine, and slammed the creators of the Trump report, saying "people who order fakes of the type now circulating against the U.S. president-elect, who concoct them and use them in a political battle, are worse than prostitutes because they don’t have any moral boundaries at all."