I have very little heart to delve down into the Palestinean situation since I travelled to Israel in 1982 when I arrived in Israel neutral but left hating the place - a reversal of what normally happens on travels.
on TruNews political commentator Kim Iversen joins the Godcast to
discuss her change of heart on Zionism and the plight of the
Palestinian people after taking a trip to the occupied West Bank. We
also address the intentional division created by the fake Left-Right
paradigm, and how propaganda, not facts, drive the elections of the
United States of America. Edward Szall, Kim Iversen,
the idea behind a new proposal for a submarine that could freeze
seawater to create new icebergs. The concept, from a team of
designers from Indonesia, won second place in an international design
competition through the Association of Siamese Architects.
goal of the submarine is to replace sea ice as it melts, inspired by
efforts to tackle rainforest loss by planting trees.
we could cover more polar surfaces again with ice, it would certainly
prevent the absorption of heat by the oceans, which would also affect
global temperatures," Faris Rajak Kotahatuhaha, an architect who
led the team, told Business Insider in an email. "The ultimate
goal is to respond [to] sea-level rise with the different way of
proposed iceberg-making submarine as it might look in the Arctic.
Faris Rajak Kotahatuhaha
ice is certainly a problem in need of a solution: Greenland saw
record ice melt last month, and Antarctica is losing ice faster than
ever in recorded history. Both Greenland's ice sheet and one of
Antarctica's biggest glaciers are approaching a threshold of
they were to collapse, rising seas would swallow coastal cities.
submarine that births an 'ice baby'
to the team's design, the ice-making submarine would dip below the
ocean surface to fill with seawater, then rise back to the surface
and close the hatch of its hexagon-shaped well. Reverse osmosis would
then filter salt out of the water so that it could freeze faster.
submarine would dump the concentrated salt back into the sea, while
the remaining fresh water would freeze inside a hexagon-shaped cast
surrounded by turbines to insulate it with cold air.
a month, the submarine would reopen its hatch, sink below the water,
and pop out an 82-foot-wide, 16-foot-thick hexagonal ice chunk. The
ship could then push that "ice baby," as the team calls it
in the video below, next to other hexagonal icebergs to build an ice
and his team members, Denny Lesmana Budi and Fiera Alifa, call the
process "re-iceberg-ization." An animated video illustrates
Mark Serreze, the director of the University of Colorado's National
Snow and Ice Data Center, told NBC News that he saw the submarine
idea as little more than "a Band-Aid."
are you going to do, put out a flotilla of 10,000 submarines?"
Serreze said, highlighting that such submarines would have to be
deployed on an enormous scale to affect the rate of sea-level rise.
Mann, a professor of atmospheric sciences at Penn State, told NBC
that the concept was "like trying to save the sand castle you
built at the beach using a Dixie cup as the tide comes in."
sea ice could help indirectly, if done right
really lower sea levels, the icebergs this proposed submarine could
make would have to end up on land, Serreze said. That's because
melting sea ice does not directly contribute to sea-level rise, since
the ice is already in the ocean regardless of whether it's liquid or
solid. Melting land ice — like glaciers and ice sheets — is the
melts during a heat wave in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, on August 1.
Caspar Haarloev from "Into the Ice" documentary via Reuters
ice does play a crucial role, however, since it reflects more
sunlight (and its warmth) away.
the video, the design team says new sea ice could also help restore
polar ecosystems suffering from the loss of ice habitats.
the ice formed is large and broad enough to reflect more sun, and if
global temperatures have become cooler, the 'ice babies' can again be
produced as permanent ice on the Arctic," Kotahatuhaha said.
submarines could also serve as research centers, living spaces, and
hubs of eco-tourism, the team said.
proposed ice-making submarines could serve as research centers or
hubs of eco-tourism. Faris Rajak Kotahatuhaha
questions about an ice-making submarine
details about how an ice-making submarine could come to fruition are
going to build them and how much energy does it take, and how are the
submarines powered?" Serreze told NBC.
said his team still needed to conduct more research and get outside
expertise to iron out those details, but he'd want the submarine to
be a "zero-emission vehicle" that harnesses power from the
sun or tides. If the vessel were powered by fossil fuels, it would
contribute to sea-level rise by releasing greenhouse gases into the
atmosphere. (The heat those gases trap leads ice to melt and ocean
water to expand in volume.)
now, Kotahatuhaha said, he's hoping to build collaborations and study
the project's feasibility.
biggest challenge is not about the research itself but investment to
support the research project," he said.
Geoengineering as a last resort
submarine as it would look in action, with people for scale. Faris
ice-making submarine is far from the only proposed geoengineering
solution to the climate crisis. Scientists and startups have also
suggested cannons that would shoot fake snow across Antarctica and a
balloon that could pump aerosols into the atmosphere to deflect
most common critique of all these ideas, however, is that they don't
address the root problem: greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate
has been a lot of work on geoengineering, and it should continue,"
Serreze told NBC. "We never want to go in that direction. But if
it's a last gasp, then you try it."
prices are climbing fast in the world's biggest emerging markets,
posing a possible inflation threat after months of dormant pressures.
two largest developing economies face a price surge for staple
products -- pork in China and onions in India -- that are central to
consumers' diets. In Turkey and Nigeria, supply problems are driving
up costs, while United Nations data show global food prices rose at
the fastest pace in October in more than two years.
the spike is painful for poorer consumers, it hasn't reached a level
to convince central banks to pull the brake on policy easing, as they
remain focused on boosting economic growth amid a global slowdown.
Average inflation across emerging markets is still at an all-time
low, according to a Bloomberg gauge of consumer price indexes.
think it's likely they would look through food inflation that is
concentrated on a handful of products and driven by idiosyncratic
factors," said Taimur Baig, managing director and chief
economist at DBS Bank Ltd. in Singapore. "Bias toward further
monetary and fiscal easing will remain in 2020, in our view."
the threat of a price shock is real. Nomura Holdings Inc. economists
recently warned of three potential triggers of higher food costs --
weather-related shocks, higher oil prices and a sharp depreciation in
the dollar -- saying emerging and frontier markets are most at risk
since food costs make up a larger portion of their consumers' income.
key will be whether the increases begin to feed into consumers'
longer-term inflation expectations, which could drive up wages and
core inflation in a spiral, said Sonal Varma, Nomura's chief
economist for India and Asia ex-Japan.
is a big policy dilemma for central banks, to have supply-side driven
higher food inflation while growth is weakening," Varma said.
"The question is: Do central banks believe that this is durable
or that it's transitory?"
how the phenomenon is playing out in key emerging markets:
prices doubled in October following massive livestock culls to
protect against swine fever, pushing up consumer inflation to 3.8%,
the highest level since January 2012. Though pork prices have since
come off their recent highs, economists expect inflation to peak at
5% or 6% in January. Inflation at that level could impede central
bank efforts to ease monetary policy and boost an economy amid an
ongoing trade war and weak domestic demand.
the meantime, swine fever is jumping borders, with neighboring
Vietnam culling almost 6 million pigs to prevent the spread of the
disease. It hasn't showed up yet in Vietnam's CPI -- partly because
high food prices a year ago have skewed the statistical base -- but
the impact likely will be reflected in coming months, said Alex
Holmes, an Asia economist at Capital Economics Ltd. in Singapore.
Live pig prices in November are up almost 30% from a year earlier,
according to an industry group.
India, where spikes in the cost of onions have sparked social unrest
in years past, a 26% year-on-year rise in vegetable prices pushed
October headline inflation above the Reserve Bank's threshold of 4%
for the first time in 15 months.
runs up against a central bank intent on easing policy to spur
growth. Data due Friday is likely to show India's gross domestic
product grew 4.5% in the July-September quarter, its slowest pace
since early 2013, according to a Bloomberg survey of economists.
latest Bloomberg survey shows consumer price inflation expected to
peak at 4.8% in the October-December period, before tapering off.
inflation hovered near 30% in the first quarter and has remained
above 15% for much of the year, due to a currency crisis in August
2018 coupled with supply-chain issues and a heavy reliance on natural
irrigation. The government has taken to buying produce directly from
farmers and selling it in cities, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
denouncing alleged price-gougers as traitors and terrorists. Recent
droughts in grain-producing provinces raise concerns about possible
supply constraints next year, with the central bank expecting food
inflation at 11% by the end of 2020.
regional drought has curbed food output in some southern African
countries. Driven by increases in the cost of corn products,
food-price growth has pushed Zambian inflation to a three-year high,
and monthly food inflation in Zimbabwe has reached almost 50% as
supplies dwindle. In Nigeria, the price of imported rice has surged
7.3% since August after President Muhammadu Buhari ordered border
closures, partly to counter widespread food smuggling.
(Reuters) - British police on Friday shot dead a man wearing a fake
suicide vest who stabbed two people to death in London and injured
three more before being wrestled to the ground by bystanders, in what
the authorities called a terrorist attack.
attacker went on the rampage just before 2 p.m. (1400 GMT), targeting
people at Fishmongers’ Hall near London Bridge in the heart of the
city’s financial district - the scene of a deadly attack by
Islamist militants two years ago.
on the street, half a dozen bystanders tackled the suspect to the
ground and grabbed his knife.
video posted on Twitter showed police dragging one man off the
suspect before an officer took careful aim. Two shots rang out. The
man stopped moving.
Minister Boris Johnson, who has called a snap election for Dec. 12
and is due to host NATO leaders including U.S. President Donald Trump
next week, praised those who took on the man for their courage and
said Britain would never be cowed.
... want to pay tribute to the extraordinary bravery of those members
of the public who physically intervened to protect the lives of
others,” Johnson told reporters in Downing Street.
me they represent the very best of our country and I thank them on
behalf of all of our country,” Johnson said. “This country will
never be cowed, or divided, or intimidated by this sort of attack.”
said the incident was now thought to have been contained and vowed
that anyone else involved would be hunted down. Downing Street said
he would later chair a meeting of the government’s emergency
top counter-terrorism officer, Neil Basu, said specialist armed
officers from the City of London police shot the suspect, who died at
the scene. He said a hoax explosive device was strapped to his body.
Counter Terrorism detectives will be working round the clock to
identify those who have lost their lives, to support all the victims
and their families,” London police chief Cressida Dick told
Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, Johnson’s main opponent in the
election, said he was shocked by the incident and that his thoughts
were with those caught up in it.
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Dick said the attacker launched his assault at Fishmongers’ Hall, a
grand building at the northern end of the bridge.
of those who confronted the attacker there told the Daily Telegraph
newspaper that he had kicked him in the head to make him drop the
Hurst, who gives tours of the capital, said he and a colleague took
on the suspect with about five others.
jumped in and kicked him in the head to make him release his knife. A
few others did so,” he told the Telegraph. “He was shouting ‘get
off me, get off me’.”
three armed police officers circled the suspect in the shadow of the
Shard skyscraper, western Europe’s tallest building, one bystander
in a suit and tie grabbed the knife and swiftly retreated as police
city’s mayor Sadiq Khan said ordinary Londoners had demonstrated
“breath-taking heroism” in disarming the knife-wielding attacker
despite him having a device which they did not know to be a hoax.
remarkable about the images we’ve seen is the breath-taking heroism
of members of the public who literally ran towards danger not knowing
what confronted them,” Khan told reporters.
ambulance service declared a “major incident” in the area and
London Bridge station, a busy commuter hub, was closed for a number
the 2017 election campaign, London Bridge was the scene of an attack
when three militants drove a van into pedestrians and then attacked
people in the surrounding area, killing eight and injuring at least
State said its fighters were responsible, but the British authorities
have cast doubt on those claims.
month before, a suicide bomber killed 22 children and adults and
wounded 59 at a packed concert hall in the English city of
Manchester, as crowds began leaving a concert by U.S. singer Ariana
March the same year, an attacker stabbed a policeman close to
London’s parliament buildings after a car ploughed into pedestrians
on nearby Westminster Bridge.
people died, including the assailant and the policeman he stabbed,
and at least 20 were injured in what police called a “marauding
this month, Britain had lowered its national terrorism threat level
to “substantial” from “severe”, its lowest level since 2014.
This has not been reported yet in the British media
people have been wounded in a stabbing on a shopping street in The
Hague on Friday, media reported, citing Dutch police.
police said on its official Twitter account that three people had
people were injured in a knife attack on Grote Marktstraat,” the
services were at the scene, the city's police said in the statement,
according to Reuters. The police are looking for a North African man,
Reuters reported. Meanwhile, the Russian Embassy in the Netherlands
said that Dutch police were searching for a black-clad man between
the ages of 40 and 50 in connection with the attack in The Hague.
Dutch national broadcaster NOS said a knife attack in The Hague did
not appear to be a terrorist attack.
on Friday, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said in a statement that
an attacker stabbed several people on London Bridge in the UK
capital. The UK's top counter-terrorism officer said that British
police shot a man dead on London Bridge in a terrorism incident,
adding that the suspect was wearing a hoax explosive vest.
...the government borrows money by issuing bonds and then orders its central bank to buy those bonds by creating, or “printing,” money that doesn’t actually result in printed bills going into circulation.
It's called hocus-pocus economics. No new energy is being created by this cheap trick. -- RF
Wood McKenzie estimates that operators of offshore installations in the Asia-Pacific region, which includes the South East Asia region, Australia and New Zealand, could face a total decommissioning bill of over $100 billion for just 2,600 platforms and 35,000 wells.
As with nuclear power, monster bills come due after the energy is produced. I suspect that due to this heavy cost burden, much of the decommissioning work will not be properly done, or done at all. But the same can be said for renewables — see following articles. -- RF
The whistleblower complaint has opened a window into the politicization of the intelligence community, and the corresponding weaponization of the national security establishment. Energy Dept. Has Thousands of ‘Critical’ Cyber Security Gaps, Auditors Say Their review, which included locations operated by the National Nuclear Security Administration, revealed multiple cybersecurity weaknesses recurring year after year.