Saturday 31 December 2016


This is possibly one of the most significant interviews of 2016 in which Peter Wadhams brings us up-to- date with the collapse of Arctic sea ice in winter (which is unprecedented and unpredicted) and all that it means for changes in global climate.

Both Peter and Jennifer talk about this in a way that I accessible to everyone.
Jennifer Hynes interviews Prof. Peter Wadhams on Arctic sea ice collapse and abrupt climate change

This You Tube video is not available in this country (and presumably elsewhere) because of “copyright”.

If so listen directly to the audio from Extinction Radio. Thanks to Jennifer Hynes and to Mike Ferrigan

To listen to the interview GO HERE

Do not miss the other interviews, including with Paul Beckwith and Tim Garret.


Much of the first half-hour of the interview is concerned with Donal Trump and the politics of mitigation (geoengineering).

I have extracted the scientific part of the discussion on collapse of the sea ice, methane emissions and what is happening in the Antarctic


Interview with Maria Zakharova banned from You Tube

This video was BANNED from You Tube 

Russia: Obama was the most evil President

Russia: Obama was the most evil President from Inessa S on Vimeo.

Maria Zakharova, Russia's Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, has stated on a national TV show that Obama will go down in history as one of the most evil Presidents and Administrations. We can only agree, that something along the lines of the Nuremburg trials for the Neocons would be most appropriate

Here is the entire interview in Russian

More fakery from CNN

CNN sanctions its own American kids with #FAKENEWS story about closure of Moscow school

December 30, 2016 - Fort Russ News

Maria Zakharova, Facebook  - Translated by Kristina Kharlova

Maria Zakharova, spokesperson for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

American officials 'anonymously' briefed their media that in response [to Obama's sanctions], Russia closed an American school in Moscow.

It's a lie. Apparently, the White House has really gone mad and started to come up with sanctions against their own children.

And please don't write that "Moscow has denied... or will not...".

Write like it is: "CNN and other Western media once again referring to the American official sources spread false information"

Usually, you ask Santa Claus to bring you something. This year I will ask him to take something away.

[Russian Orthodox Christmas is on January 7 - FR]

Obama's lost his marbles - Russia's 2016 wrap up

My previous video - "Russia: Obama was most evil President" got blocked on YouTube so please head on over to Vimeo to see it: The Obama administration has announced its retaliation measures for "Russian efforts in interfering with the US presidential election", ordering sweeping new sanctions that included the expulsion of 35 Russians diplomats from the US. With no evidence whatsoever, US intelligence services assert that Russia ordered cyber-attacks on the Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton’s campaign and other political organizations, in an attempt to influence the election in favor of the Republican candidate, Donald Trump. Russia's Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, Maria Zakharova, makes Russia's stance known on this issue.

As if that wasn't laughable enough - Washington's number 1 warhawk, Senator Insane, is using this justification to amp up support in the Baltics for continued US military presence (watch till the end.)

One question that boggles me - have the so called "leaders" of the Baltics not been witness to what McCain, Saakashvilli & Co did to the Ukraine and Georgia? Why would you volunteer your country to be the next disposable pawn?

PS: The Russian President did not expel US diplomats out of Russia, wished Barack Obama a Happy New Year - and invited all the kids of US diplomats stationed in Moscow to attend the annual children's NYE performance at the Kremlin

---Inessa Singouchova

No Expulsion for American Diplomats; Putin Invites Their Kids to a Kremlin Holiday Party

December 30, 2016 - Fort Russ News

Tass - Translated by Kristina Kharlova

Putin chose not to expel American diplomats from Russia

Russia will not stoop to the level of "kitchen" diplomacy, said the President
Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided not to expel the US diplomats from Russia in response to the new Washington sanctions against Moscow.

"Russian diplomats returning home will spend Christmas holidays [Bet Obama didn't know Russian Orthodox Christmas is on January 7 - FR] with family and friends at home. We are not going to create problems for American diplomats. We're not going to expel anyone", - read the statement of the Russian leader.

Putin added that Russia will not "prevent families and children of diplomats from using their usual vacation places during the New Year holidays". [Obama banned the kids of Russian diplomats from going to their usual vacation retreats in USA - FR] "Moreover, all children of American diplomats accredited in Russia, are invited to the New Year and Christmas kids party at the Kremlin", - said the Russian leader. 

"Reserving the right to retaliate, we will not stoop to the level of irresponsible "kitchen" diplomacy and will build further steps for the restoration of Russian-American relations, which will be based on the policy to be conducted by the administration of President Donald Trump," - said Putin.

"New unfriendly steps of the outgoing US administration we regard as provocative, aimed at further undermining Russian-American relations," - he said.

"This is clearly contrary to the fundamental interests of both the Russian and American people, given the special responsibility of Russia and the United States for the preservation of global security, is detrimental to the entire complex of international relations," - the President added. 

"It is unfortunate that the Obama administration finishes its work in this manner, but, nevertheless, I wish him and his family members a Happy New year, - reads the statement of the head of state. - Happy New Year to the President elect Trump and the American people!" 

"I wish you all happiness and prosperity!" - said the Russian leader.

The Obama administration introduced new anti-Russian sanctions that have affected some of the Russian companies, the FSB and Main Intelligence Directorate (former GRU) of the Russian General staff, and its senior management. In addition, the 
US authorities declared persona non grata 35 Russian diplomats and announced the closure of two facilities owned by Russia [used as retreats for kids of Russian diplomats - FR] in the states of New York and Maryland. Washington relates these steps to supposed hacker attacks on American political institutions, of which the current administration is accusing Russia [which exposed the DNC rigging US election, although the US intelligence community is not 100% certain, just as with Iraqi WMD's - FR]

FR: Earlier the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs outraged by the expulsion of its employees recommended that Putin expel 35 American diplomats in a mirror response

Obama just lost the diplomatic war with Russia

Putin Stunner: "We Will Not Expel Anyone; We Refuse To Sink To 'Kitchen' Diplomacy"

30 December, 2016

Vladimir the merciful?

Following this morning's reports that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov would recommend to Russian President Vladimir Putin a retaliation in kind, and expel 35 American diplomats, saying that “we cannot leave such acts unanswered. 

Reciprocity is part of diplomatic law" with Putin spokesman Peskov adding that "there is no doubt that Russia's adequate and mirror response will make Washington officials feel very uncomfortable as well", it was ultimately up to Putin to decide how to respond to the US.

Which he did on Friday morning, when in a stunning reversal, the Russian leader took the high road, rejected the Lavrov proposal, and in a statement posted by the Kremlin said that Russia won’t expel any Americans in retaliation to US moves, in a brutal demonstration of just how irrelevant Obama's 11th hour decision is for US-Russian relations

President Obama expels 35 🇷🇺 diplomats in Cold War deja vu. As everybody, incl 🇺🇸 people, will be glad to see the last of this hapless Adm.
The reversal comes as Russian officials portrayed U.S. sanctions as a last act of a lame-duck president and suggested that Trump could reverse them when he takes over the White House in January

Earlier Russian Prime Minster Dmitry Medvedev said the Obama administration was ending its term in "anti-Russia death throes."

"It is regrettable that the Obama administration, which started out by restoring our ties, is ending its term in an anti-Russia death throes. RIP," Medvedev, who served as president in 2009 when Obama tried to improve Russia-U.S. relations, wrote on his official Facebook page.

In the just released statement, Putin laughed off Obama's 11th hour temper tantrum, and said that Russia won’t cause problems to U.S. diplomats or deport anyone, adding that Russia has the right to respond in tit-for-tat manner, but it will not engage in irresponsible diplomacy.

The punchline, however, was saved for what may be Russia's final slam of the debacle that is Obama's administration saying that "It’s a pity that the current U.S. administration is finishing their work in such a manner" saying that Russia refuses "to sink to the level of this irresponsible "kitchen" diplomacy."

Putin ended the statement by congratulating U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, and the American people on the New Year and invited the hildren of US diplomats to a holiday celebration at the Kremlin.

From the full statement posted on the Kremlin website:

Although we have the right to retaliate, we will not resort to irresponsible ‘kitchen’ diplomacy but will plan our further steps to restore Russian-US relations based on the policies of the Trump Administration.

And with that one statement, Obama lost the diplomatic war with Russia.

In other news, the Kremlin said it will send a government plane to the US to evacuate the expelled diplomats and their family members. Earlier, there were reports that the diplomats were having problems buying tickets on such short notice, with airlines already booked by New Year’s travelers.

* * *

We regard the recent unfriendly steps taken by the outgoing US administration as provocative and aimed at further weakening the Russia-US relationship. This runs contrary to the fundamental interests of both the Russian and American people. Considering the global security responsibilities of Russia and the United States, this is also damaging to international relations as a whole.

As it proceeds from international practice, Russia has reasons to respond in kind. Although we have the right to retaliate, we will not resort to irresponsible ‘kitchen’ diplomacy but will plan our further steps to restore Russian-US relations based on the policies of the Trump Administration.

The diplomats who are returning to Russia will spend the New Year’s holidays with their families and friends. We will not create any problems for US diplomats. We will not expel anyone. We will not prevent their families and children from using their traditional leisure sites during the New Year’s holidays. Moreover, I invite all children of US diplomats accredited in Russia to the New Year and Christmas children’s parties in the Kremlin.

It is regrettable that the Obama Administration is ending its term in this manner. Nevertheless, I offer my New Year greetings to President Obama and his family.
My season’s greetings also to President-elect Donald Trump and the American people.

I wish all of you happiness and prosperity.

'I always knew he was smart' – Trump responds to Putin's reaction to sanctions

'I always knew he was smart' – Trump responds to Putin's reaction to sanctions

30 December, 2016

Heightened tensions between the US and Russia did not seem to greatly concern an affable President-elect Donald Trump, who took to Twitter to praise Russian President Vladimir Putin’s limited response to President Barack Obama’s newly enacted sanctions.

In response to President Obama’s decision to expel Russian diplomats and impose more sanctions on Russia, Russian President Putin has so far only indicated Moscow would not to retaliate in the same fashion, promising not to throw out US diplomats in his country.

Putin said he regretted that Obama was ending his term “in such a way,” but that he extended his New Year’s congratulations to the outgoing US president and his family nevertheless.

Great move on delay (by V. Putin) - I always knew he was very smart!
President-elect Trump has taken this as an apparent decision to wait on a more robust response until a new administration occupies the White House.

Calling the delay a “great move,” and saying that he “always knew [Putin] was smart!” Trump not only shared his opinion on the tensions between Obama’s administration and Moscow, but emphasized it by pinning the tweet to the top of his page.

This comes following Thursday’s news that Obama issued new sanctions targeting intelligence services and officials as well as techlology companeis, overall amounting to four individuals and five entities, which the US government has accused of hacking into American institutions ahead of the November election.

In the executive order, which Obama signed Wednesday night, the president said he was taking “additional steps to deal with the national emergency with respect to significant malicious cyber-enabled activities… in view of the increasing use of such activities to undermine democratic processes or institutions.”

Putin: We regret relations with Obama administration ending on negative note

Neither Trump nor his transition team have indicated what he's planning to do after he takes office. Trump said in a statement on Thursday that he will "meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated about the facts of this situation."