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  Joe Biden Wants To Take The Wheel.
Posted by: BIAD - Yesterday, 01:42 PM - Forum: 2020 Presidential Race - Replies (4)

It's like I've gulped down a handful of crazy pills and everyone is stood around applauding!

Quote:Joe Biden Says ICE Shouldn’t Deport Drunk-Driving Illegal Aliens.

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'Former Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that he would not allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(ICE) agents to deport illegal aliens who get caught drunk driving.

Biden said during a 2020 election forum with Vice News that if he wins the presidency he will issue an executive
order that only allows ICE agents to deport individuals who have committed felonies — “and I don’t consider drunk
driving a felony,” Biden clarified.

“I would hold ICE agents accountable if in fact they stepped over my executive orders, which is no arrest of any kind
outside of the schools,” Biden said. “You know, look at the — one of the things that’s happening is, particularly for the
latino and hispanic kids, is the incredible pressure on them in terms of their sense of security.”

“You change the culture by saying, ‘you’re gonna get fired.’ ‘You’re fired,’ if in fact you do that,” the Democratic
presidential candidate explained. “You only arrest for the purpose of dealing with a felony that’s committed,
and I don’t consider drunk driving as a felony.”

10,497 people died in drunk driving related car accidents in 2016, according to the Center for Disease Control,
which accounts for 28% of all traffic-related deaths in the U.S. States issue a variety of different penalties for
drunk driving, ranging from fines to jail time to license suspension.

There have been multiple high-profile incidents in the U.S. in which illegal aliens have killed citizens while drunk driving.
In February 2018 a toddler was killed when an illegal alien drunkenly crashed his car into an ambulance, while another
illegal alien who had been deported twice before killed an NFL player in a drunk driving accident in February 2019...'
Daily Caller:

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  The Trashy Secret of Plastic Bag Bans
Posted by: Wallfire - 01-21-2020, 08:44 PM - Forum: Off Topic - Replies (7)

Some times things are not as they seem

Quote:All around the world, bans on plastic carryout bags are being passed faster than you can keep track,
especially in western countries like the United States where environmental sentiment is most prolific.

The idea behind the bans is simple and self-evident: a reduction in waste and litter, and a corresponding
reduction in associated environmental impacts like greenhouse gases. At first glance, it seems like a
perfectly rational step.

Shoppers will turn to lower-impact options like reusable bags or easily-recyclable paper bags.
The environment will benefit. Or will it? For it turns out that, from end-to-end, virtually every single
belief that informs these bans is based on misinformation; and as a result, bans on plastic carryout
bags do more harm than good.

Most people have heard this claim, and many have dismissed it as pro-industry propaganda.
Today we're going to look at the underlying data and uncover the real facts.

It's always difficult to do an episode like this, because we're pitting data-driven policy against the
honest impulses of well-intentioned environmentalists; the fact is that some policy that sounds good
turns out to be driven more by emotion or ideology than by science.

High-profile public issues like ocean trash and global warming are emotionally charged (rightfully so),
and many of us support policies which appear to be obvious remedies.
But the fact is that banning plastic carryout bags hurts the causes it intends to help.

Let me start by addressing the default feedback I'm going to get from this episode, which is that
I'm shilling for the disposable plastic industry. The data I'm going to present today shows that
manufacturers of disposable plastic benefit from bans on carryout bags, counterintuitive though
that may sound.

Carryout bags are their least profitable products — often given away for free at checkout — and as
the flimsiest things they make, have the smallest environmental impact. Banning such bags shifts the
manufacturers' sales to more profitable products with worse environmental impact.

So by presenting arguments against plastic bag bans, I'd be about the worst shill the manufacturers
could ask for.

I've assembled what I think are the three most pervasive myths about plastic carryout bags that
prompt virtuous people to advocate for bans. Let's have a look each of these three.

Myth #1: Plastic carryout bags contribute to ocean plastics
I'm tackling this one first because it's the most easily dismissed.
We covered this in excruciating detail in Skeptoid #665, Ocean Plastics: Facts and Falsehoods.

The short version of the answer is that although plastic bags do indeed represent their expected
proportion of plastic trash in the oceans, that plastic comes from China and several other East Asian
and other developing nations where up to 76% of trash is mismanaged, i.e., ends up as litter.

In the United States, only 2% is mismanaged, representing about one half of 1% of what's in the
ocean. Our plastic bags represent about 1% of that. Thus, any changes to consumer behavior in
the United States have no discernible impact on the amount of plastic in the ocean; the basic reason
being that the United States is already among the world's leaders in responsible waste management.

For all the gritty details and data, I don't need to repeat myself here, go listen to that episode.

Myth #2: Bans decrease the amount of disposable plastic leaving the supermarket
This is the biggest surprise for many people: banning carryout bags doesn't reduce the number of
plastic bags people bring home like you'd think.
Here's why.

Somewhere between a fifth and a third of carryout bags end up getting reused, either for picking up
dog poop or lining small waste baskets around the house. And why not, they're free and most people
have plenty of them in the kitchen cabinet.

But in places where they've been banned, people still have a need for small plastic trash bags.
So they suddenly find themselves having to buy them when they didn't before. Research published
in 2019 in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management analyzed what's happened in
municipalities where carryout bag bans have been put in place, and the results are surprising.

Sales of plastic trash bags skyrocketed alarmingly. Sales of the big sizes remained even, but sales
of 8-gallon bags shot up by 64%, and sales of small 4-gallon bags more than doubled, rising by 120%!

For those of you of a more liberal bent who might hope that your plastic bag ban will strike a blow to
the faceless, soulless corporations who manufacturer plastic bags, think again. Bans have multiplied
their sales and their profits.

But it's not just the number of bags. The free carryout bags that were banned were extremely flimsy,
and the plastic trash bags people bought to replace them are substantially heavier, containing much
more plastic material.

In all, in the municipalities studied, 40 million pounds of plastic was saved, and 12 million new pounds
of plastic was sold to replace it.

Now it's important to note that this "myth" is actually true — bans do succeed in reducing the total
amount of plastic leaving the stores. But don't be fooled. The ultimate goal is to minimize environmental
impact, not to reduce the number of pounds of plastic sold — and those are two different targets.
We want to know the net environmental impact.
And it's this next myth that puts us way, way over the top.

Myth #3: Plastic bags are worse for the environment than other options
I'm going to go with carbon footprint here to measure the net environmental impact — though we'll
talk about landfills and eyesores soon. Carbon footprint is the ultimate driver of environmental impact

People have four common choices of carryout bags. First, the single-use cheap plastic bags that are
the subject of the bans.
Second, paper bags.Third, durable reusable plastic bags (either polyethylene or polypropylene); and
fourth, reusable cotton bags.

For each of these products, we look at the carbon footprint over the entire product life cycle: from the
sourcing of its material, to its manufacture, through transportation and logistics, through its use phase
(taking into consideration how many times it's used, how many groceries it transports), and finally
through its end of life which may end up in recycling, in landfill, or even in incineration.

This is a lot of data, but it is all tracked by various industry stakeholders. If you want all the details,
see the references at the bottom of this page.

For the purposes of this podcast, I'm just going to give you the final numbers, and these numbers
already take into account that a minority of disposable carryout bags are reused at home as trash bags.

These numbers come from a 2011 study by the UK Environment Agency.

It should come as no surprise that the humble single-use plastic carryout bag has by far the lowest
carbon footprint, the basic reason being that there's simply so little material there. Plus, it's plastic,
which has a low melting temperature; it requires less energy to manufacture and recycle than most
other materials.
So, right off the bat, the target of the bag bans is actually the product that best meets the objectives
of true environmentalists.

The second best alternative is paper bags, with 4 times the carbon footprint of the single-use plastics.
A lot of this has to do with the amount of water used to make and recycle paper, and it takes a lot of
carbon-emitting energy to purify and reclaim fresh water.

However, if you reuse your paper grocery bag 4 times before recycling it, its net environmental impact
is comparable to that of the single-use plastic. (You are all taking your paper grocery bag back to the
supermarket and reusing it 4 times, aren't you? No?
Then if you're environmentally minded, you should be asking for plastic at checkout.)

The next is the durable reusable plastic bag, the type increasingly being offered by supermarkets as
an alternative, often for some low price like 10 cents. These are quite a bit heavier, and have 14 times
the carbon footprint; meaning you need to use it 14 times to match the efficiency of the single-use.

This surprising difference is mainly because there's a lot more plastic in the durable reusable bag;
it weighs 108-136 grams, compared to only 3.5 grams for the single-use bag.

Worse still are cotton bags; growing cotton involves tractors and seeds and irrigation and a whole other
level of impact. You'd need to reuse a cotton grocery bag 173 times to match the carbon footprint of
bringing home a single-use plastic instead on each of those trips.

It's noteworthy that a 2018 study by the Danish government, which compared organic cotton bags to
single-use plastics, found the environmental impact 20,000 times worse. The irony is that if you ask many
environmentally-focused consumers what type of bag they'd most like to use instead of single-use plastics,
many of them might well answer organic cotton.
This is the difference between data-driven policy, and emotion or ideology-driven policy.

So what's so bad about single-use plastics?
Universally acknowledged as the biggest downside of unmanaged plastic waste is the fact that it does
not biodegrade. Plastic trash is definitely an eyesore, and that's bad for everyone.

But let's also consider it from an ecological perspective, not just an aesthetic one.
If we have to shovel plastic bags into landfills, that's actually not the world's most terrible thing to do
with plastic.

Of course the preference is always to recycle it, but the market doesn't always support that: there has
to be a buyer for the recovered material, or else it's not worth the cost (both monetary and carbon) to
So it goes into landfills. Plastic in landfills does not release greenhouse gases.

The carbon in it remains sequestered; and if we have petrochemical materials like plastic already in our
environment, having its carbon sequestered is far from a terrible thing. Obviously it would be best if that
plastic had never been manufactured in the first place; but the reality is that it has, so we're better off
deciding what to do with it than wishing we didn't have to.

What should we do, if banning them is so much worse?
Economists have a pretty good answer for this. Keep the single-use bags available as always.
Charge a small fee for them, as this drives people to start using the durable plastic alternatives.
People who want to keep a few of the single-use bags around for household use will have as many as
they want, and they won't need to buy so many more of the heavier, higher-impact trash bags.

Stop offering the cotton reusable alternatives. And, of course, continue working toward plastics based
on lower-impact petrochemical alternatives.

Let this following piece of irony not be lost on a single listener: It is rabid insanity to allow plastic bag
manufacturers to sell plastic trash bags in supermarkets — and even to allow the markets themselves
to sell their own store brands — but not allow bags to be sold individually at checkout!

And so the final conclusion on the subject of plastic bag bans is that the best solution — supported by
climate science, ecology, economic theory, and proven by experimentation — is to continue to allow
lightweight single-use bags to be provided for a fee by retail merchants, and to encourage shoppers
to reuse durable reusable plastic bags.

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  Bright UFO recorded over Scotland 20-Jan-2020
Posted by: Wallfire - 01-21-2020, 06:04 PM - Forum: UFOs, Aliens and Universal Questions - Replies (2)

Any ideas what this is

Quote:January 21, 2020 LUFOS EuropeLatest postsUFO videos https://www.latest-ufo-sightings.net/202...h-comments     source

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This 2020 UFO sighting was just submitted to me through Latest UFO Sightings Facebook page. It was filmed over Inverurie, a town in Aberdeenshire, Scotland on 20th January 2020.
Witness report: Yesterday at 6pm Inverurie Aberdeenshire Scotland. I have seen satalites before and you can see them move. This didnt look like it moved. I watched for over half hour. Then left it for half an hour went to show my husband and it had completely vanished

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  Angola, Where A Woman Can Be Just Like An Evil White Man.
Posted by: BIAD - 01-19-2020, 10:30 PM - Forum: All about Africa - Replies (2)


Quote:Isabel dos Santos: Africa's richest woman 'ripped off Angola'.

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'Leaked documents reveal how Africa's richest woman made her fortune through exploiting her own country,
and corruption. Isabel dos Santos got access to lucrative deals involving land, oil, diamonds and telecoms
when her father was president of Angola, a southern African country rich in natural resources.

The documents show how she and her husband were allowed to buy valuable state assets in a series of suspicious
deals. Ms Dos Santos says the allegations against her are entirely false and that there is a politically motivated
witch-hunt by the Angolan government.

The former president's daughter has made the UK her home and owns expensive properties in central London.
She is already under criminal investigation by the authorities in Angola for corruption and her assets in the country
have been frozen.

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Thirty per cent of Angolans live in poverty on less than $2 a day.

Now BBC Panorama has been given access to more than 700,000 leaked documents about the billionaire's business
empire. Most were obtained by the Platform to Protect Whistle-blowers in Africa and shared with the International
Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).
They've been investigated by 37 media organisations including The Guardian and Portugal's Expresso newspaper.

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Angola in numbers

29 million population
27-year civil war, fought from independence to 2002
$4,170average income, but this masks big disparities
30%of population live in poverty - less than $1.90/day
2ndbiggest oil producer in Africa. Also major diamond producer
(Source: World Bank, Opec)

Andrew Feinstein, the head of Corruption Watch, says the documents show how Ms Dos Santos exploited her country
at the expense of ordinary Angolans. "Every time she appears on the cover of some glossy magazine somewhere in
the world, every time that she hosts one of her glamorous parties in the south of France, she is doing so by trampling
on the aspirations of the citizens of Angola."

The ICIJ have called the documents The Luanda Leaks.

The oil connection
One of the most suspicious deals was run from London through a UK subsidiary of the Angolan state oil company
Sonangol. Ms Dos Santos had been put in charge of the struggling Sonangol in 2016, thanks to a presidential decree
from her father Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who kept a tight grip on his country for the 38 years he was in power.

But when he retired as president in September 2017 her position was soon under threat, even though his hand-picked
successor came from the same party. Ms Dos Santos was sacked two months later. Many Angolans have been surprised
at the way that President Joao Lourenço has gone after the business interests of his predecessor's family.

The leaked documents show that as she left Sonangol, Ms Dos Santos approved $58m of suspicious payments to a
consultancy company in Dubai called Matter Business Solutions. She says she has no financial interest in Matter, but
the leaked documents reveal it was run by her business manager and owned by a friend.

Panorama understands that Matter sent more than 50 invoices to Sonangol in London on the day that she was fired.
Ms Dos Santos appears to have approved payments to her friend's company after she was sacked.
Although some consultancy work had been carried out by Matter, there's very little detail on the invoices to justify such
large bills.
One asks for €472,196 for unspecified expenses, another asks for $928,517 for unspecified legal services.

Two of the invoices - each for €676,339.97 - are for exactly the same work on the same date and Ms Dos Santos
signed them both off anyway. 

Lawyers for Matter Business Solutions say it was brought in to help restructure the oil industry in Angola, and that the
invoices were for work that had already been carried out by other consultancy companies it had hired.

"Regarding the invoices related with expenses, it is common for consultancy companies to add expenses to invoices
as a general item. This is often due to those expenses involving large amounts of paperwork... Matter can produce
documentary evidence to confirm all expenses incurred."

Ms Dos Santos's lawyers said her actions with regard to the Matter payments were entirely lawful and that she had not
authorised payments after she had been dismissed from Sonangol. They said: "All invoices paid were in relation to
services contracted and agreed between the two parties, under a contract that was approved with the full knowledge
and approval of the Sonangol Board of Directors."

The ICIJ and Panorama have also uncovered new details about the business deals that made Ms Dos Santos rich.
Much of her fortune is based on her ownership of a stake in the Portuguese energy company Galp, which one of her
companies bought from Sonangol in 2006.

The documents show it only had to pay 15% of the price upfront and that the remaining €63m ($70m) was turned into
a low-interest loan from Sonangol. Under the generous terms of the loan, her debt to the Angolan people didn't have
to be repaid for 11 years.
Her stake in Galp is now worth more than €750m.

Ms Dos Santos's company did offer to repay the Sonangol loan in 2017.
The repayment offer should have been rejected because it didn't include almost €9m of interest owing.
But Ms Dos Santos was in charge of Sonangol at the time and she accepted the money as full payment of her own debt.

She was fired six days later and the payment was returned by the new Sonangol management.
Ms Dos Santos says she initiated the purchase of the stake in Galp, and that Sonangol made money from the deal as well.

"There's absolutely no wrongdoing in any of those transactions. This investment is the investment that in history has
generated the most benefit for the national oil company and all the contracts that were drafted are perfectly legal
contracts, there are no wrongdoings."
Her lawyers say the repayment offer in 2017 covered what Sonangol had indicated was owed.

The diamond connection
It's a similar story in the diamond industry.
Ms Dos Santos's husband, Sindika Dokolo, signed a one-sided agreement in 2012 with Angolan state diamond company
Sodiam. They were supposed to be 50-50 partners in a deal to buy a stake in the Swiss luxury jeweller De Grisogono.

But it was funded by the state company. The documents show that 18 months after the deal, Sodiam had put $79m into the
partnership, while Mr Dokolo had only invested $4m. Sodiam also awarded him a €5m success fee for brokering the deal,
so he didn't have to use any of his own money.

The diamond deal gets even worse for the Angolan people.
The documents reveal how Sodiam borrowed all the cash from a private bank in which Ms Dos Santos is the biggest
shareholder. Sodiam has to pay 9% interest and the loan was guaranteed by a presidential decree from her father,
so Ms Dos Santos's bank cannot lose out.

Bravo da Rosa, the new chief executive of Sodiam, told Panorama that the Angolan people hadn't got a single dollar
back from the deal: "In the end, when we have finished paying back this loan, Sodiam will have lost more than $200m."
The former president also gave Ms Dos Santos's husband the right to buy some of Angola's raw diamonds....'
Quote:Who is Isabel dos Santos?
*Eldest daughter of ex-President Jose Eduardo dos Santos
*Married to Congolese art collector and businessman Sindika Dokolo
*Educated in UK, where she currently lives
*Reported to be Africa's richest woman, with a fortune of some $2bn
*Has stakes in oil and mobile phone companies and banks, mostly in Angola and Portugal
BBC:  (There's plenty more in the link.)

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  Shock-high prices for charging electric cars - SEK 20 mil
Posted by: Wallfire - 01-18-2020, 01:35 PM - Forum: Off Topic - Replies (1)

I think people need to open there eyes to the truth, this is only the start

January 17, 2020

1.9K[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.55)]Shares[/color] The charging network Ionity, which is a collaboration between BMW, Mercedes, Ford, Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen, has concluded a new price structure for Europe with a variable kWh tariff. This means that an electric car will cost more than SEK 20 per mile solely in electricity consumption.

According to the new price list, each kilowatt hour will cost SEK 8.70 in Sweden. This means that a fully charged battery can cost up to SEK 700 and that the electric car will then cost more than SEK 20 miles during highway driving.

By comparison, after the price increase last year, competitor Tesla takes SEK 2.56 per kilowatt hour.

- It has always been Ionity's goal to build a unified and cohesive network to make seamless, fast speed, long-distance electric mobility across Europe a reality. Providing customers with outstanding service levels is the key to our business. When it comes to the rapid development of electronic mobility for our new pricing system, it offers a viable and transparent pricing structure in Europe. Our customers have the freedom to choose the most appropriate schedule available, says Ionity's CEO Michael Hajesch in a statement.
According to Bytbil.com , many Swedish electric car owners have reacted negatively and now promise to leave Ionity to either charge at home or find other solutions.
The new prices will come into force on 31 January.

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  Massive Canadian snowball fight postponed — due to too much snow
Posted by: Wallfire - 01-17-2020, 08:59 PM - Forum: The Great Climate Change Debate - Replies (1)

GT how could you lie to us

Quote:A Canadian university was forced to reschedule its annual snowball fight — because of snow.

In an ironic move, the University of British Columbia said its “serious snowy showdown,” which was expected to draw thousands on Wednesday, had to be postponed after a campus-wide snow day was called.
The Vancouver university canceled all classes as almost 10 inches of snow fell in the area, according to Canada’s official meteorologists, ECCC.
UBC’s social committee said the delay was to ensure everyone could get to the campus safely and “have the wildest snowball fight possible.”
“Enjoy your day off, get some extra target practice, and we’ll see you all tomorrow!” organizers said
The annual snow fight — attended by 3,000 last year — is now expected for 3:30 p.m. New York time Thursday, starting with an official countdown.
“It’s your chance to rally against that person in lecture who states things in the form of questions, provide some payback for the friend that ‘forgot’ your secret Santa gift or stand up to the roommates that stole your leftovers from the fridge,” organizers said online

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  The situation in Sweden is getting more serious - the police want the defense's help
Posted by: Wallfire - 01-17-2020, 12:15 PM - Forum: Social Unrest and Justice - Replies (4)

I have been talking about Sweden and how bad it is for sometime, thing is if the army is sent in to help the police the next step is a war. Same thing happened in Northern Ireland, and that war went on for a long time. Could this be the start of the wars in Europe, because if it starts in Sweden muslims will come to Sweden to fight and it will spread to Europe.
The government in Sweden at the moment is not going to stand up to the muslims, indeed its said the government is owned by Soros

January 14, 2020

National Police Chief Anders Thornberg fears another tough year. Now he wants the Armed Forces to be allowed to help the police more than it does today. It reports Sydsvenskan . This if Sweden is affected by an escalated gray zone problem. He believes that the country has a threat to itself and that the border between war and peace is diffuse.
Increased order disruptions, difficult to explain accidents, physical sabotage and cyber attacks. If this type of problem increases, the police will be put under tougher pressure. At the same time, the authority is already having a hard time fulfilling its mission as shootings and bombings have increased.

In an even more serious situation, the police will need extra support. The Chief of Police wants this support to come from the defense.
- In a very difficult situation, we must be able to expect to receive further reinforcements, says National Police Chief Anders Thornberg to TT.
The Chief of Police also believes that the military should be able to be summoned in the event of a terrorist attack or a similar situation "which deviates significantly from the normal" and requires police action. The police can use the defense as support for the fight against terrorism already - but it is tightly regulated.
- [The defense] could strengthen the police, under the command of the police, it is important to emphasize. Make certain surveillance measures, be in different places, help with knowledge about bombs and other things, make transport or resources available, says Anders Thornberg.
The boundary between war and peace is unclear
He notes that the threat to Sweden today is complex and believes that the boundary between war and peace will not always be clear.
- It is not certain that in a future situation it is quite clear whether it is war or not. If a decision on heightened preparedness has not been made, it is the police who have the main responsibility under Swedish legislation, he says.

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  This is why Country and Western songs will never die
Posted by: 727Sky - 01-17-2020, 06:59 AM - Forum: Bar, Grill and Grotto - Replies (2)

And as a usual rule I never listen to C&W but this one might make me change my mind.

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  What is the cause?
Posted by: guohua - 01-13-2020, 04:40 PM - Forum: Forces of Nature - Replies (3)

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Quote:Why Are Volcanoes All Over The Globe Suddenly Shooting Giant Clouds Of Ash Miles Into The Air?
This is a good question  minusculethinking
Quote:There certainly hasn’t been a lack of seismic activity so far in 2020.  Just a few days ago, I wrote about the horrific earthquake swarm that Puerto Rico is currently experiencing. 
More than 1,000 earthquakes have rattled Puerto Rico so far, and as you will see below, it was just hit by another very large earthquake. 

But right now volcanic eruptions have taken center stage.  In particular, a massive eruption in the Philippines is making headlines all over the world, but what most people don’t realize is that several other volcanoes have also blown their tops in spectacular fashion within the past week. 
Suddenly, volcanoes all over the globe are shooting giant clouds of ash miles into the air, and this is greatly puzzling many of the experts.
There has been more Volcano activity than I knew about and Earthquakes too. tinyshocked

Quote:Let’s review what we have witnessed over the past 7 days.
Yes lets go back JUST 7 days.

Quote:Last Tuesday, one of the most important volcanoes in Alaska shot hot ash 25,000 feet into the air

Quote:Shishaldin Volcano erupted at 5 a.m. Tuesday, the Alaska Volcano Observatory announced, and sent up an initial ash cloud to 19,000 feet. Clouds initially obscured the mountain, but satellite imagery confirmed the ash cloud, U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Hans Schwaiger said.

Seismicity diminished for a few hours, but it then increased again. During the increase, the volcano spewed an ash cloud to 25,000 feet, the observatory announced. The later eruption increased the volume of ash.

There are 5280 feet in a mile, and so we are talking about an ash cloud nearly 5 miles high.

Then on Thursday, Mt. Popocatepetl in Mexico shot hot ash nearly 4 miles into the sky
Quote:Mexico’s Popocatépetl volcano burst to life on Thursday in a spectacular gush of lava and clouds of ash that hurled incandescent rock about 20,000 feet into the sky.

The dramatic explosion of the active stratovolcano, a little over 40 miles southeast of Mexico City, was captured on video by Mexico’s National Center for Disaster Prevention, CENAPRED.

That is not all. tinyshocked

Quote:Meanwhile, down in South America the Sabancaya volcano in Peru just shot a plume of volcanic ash approximately 24,000 feet into the air
Quote:Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Buenos Aires warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 24000 ft (7300 m) altitude or flight level 240 and is moving at 15 kts in S direction.

But hardly anyone is paying any attention to what just took place in Peru because of what just happened in the Philippines.
On Sunday, Taal volcano roared to life, and it is being reported that the eruption sent “steam, ash and pebbles up to 10 to 15 kilometers (6 to 9 miles) into the sky”.

Can you imagine that?

According to USA Today, ash has already reached Manila, and “red-hot lava” has started gushing out of the volcano…

Quote:Red-hot lava gushed from of a Philippine volcano on Monday after a sudden eruption of ash and steam that forced villagers to flee and shut down Manila’s international airport, offices and schools.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage from Taal volcano’s eruption south of the capital that began Sunday.
But clouds of ash blew more than 100 kilometers (62 miles) north, reaching the bustling capital, Manila, and forcing the shutdown of the country’s main airport with more than 240 international and domestic flights cancelled so far.

Unfortunately, authorities are warning that the worst may still be yet to come.
In fact, they are telling us that a “hazardous explosive eruption” could literally happen at any moment…

Quote:“The earthquakes were strong, and it felt like there was a monster coming out” as in the movies, Cookie Siscar, who had left the area and was relaying a report from her husband, Emer, a poultry farmer, told the Times.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology increased its threat level for Taal Volcano to four out of five, saying that a “hazardous explosive eruption” could happen at any minute
Meanwhile, we continue to see unusual earthquake activity all over the globe.

After already experiencing more than 1,000 earthquakes since the beginning of 2020, Puerto Rico was hit by a magnitude 5.9 quake on Saturday

Quote:A magnitude 5.9 quake shook Puerto Rico on Saturday, causing further damage along the island’s southern coast, where previous recent quakes have toppled homes and schools.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 8:54 a.m. (1254 GMT) quake hit 8 miles (13 kilometers) southeast of Guanica at a shallow depth of 3 miles (5 kilometers).

For quite a while, I have been warning that our planet is becoming increasingly unstable and that the shaking is only going to get worse.
I know that a lot of people didn’t believe me at first, and that is okay.

After the events of the last few days, perhaps a few more people will start to understand what is going on.
There have always been earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, but for most of our lives we have been able to assume that our planet is generally stable.

Unfortunately, that is no longer a safe assumption.

We have entered a period of time when all of the old assumptions will no longer apply, and everything that can be shaken will be shaken.

 OK, before Greta Thunbergs handlers get this information and have her stand there and Preach to all the Brain-Dead People this is all caused by Global Warming/Climate Change.
It is Not,,, in My Humble Opinion.
Nor do I believe it is Planet "X" the Ninth Planet also known as Nibiru approaching our Planet.
I have not heard of any reports of sightings.

But I would contribute this to the Action or Nonaction of our sun and the fact our Poles are Shifting.

Again JMHO  tinysure

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  Asylum right - reform or abolish altogether?
Posted by: Wallfire - 01-12-2020, 02:21 PM - Forum: European Union - Replies (1)

I wonder why the EU wont do this

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Published January 12, 2020 at 10.51 am
COLUMN. The asylum system does not work in Sweden, but also in many other countries. Marginal adjustments are not enough, but a radical overhaul is needed that removes the system errors. Asylum is not a "right" but a favor that a recipient country can give or not give. Here is a text about some of the shortcomings that characterize the current system, writes Jan Tullberg.

A fundamental mistake is that a country cannot get rid of the people who get no on their application.
The very term "regulated immigration" is based on the fact that one can control it, not that it becomes what it becomes,
regardless of what the country's government and people believe.

The EU should soon end with the plans for forced distribution of all those who have penetrated into Europe.
Instead, the countries of origin should be required to take back their own citizens, regardless of whether they want to
move home or not.

Those countries that do not accept this condition are excluded from the possibility of obtaining visas to European countries
and receive reduced aid. This is a requirement, not something that can be used to extort European governments.

Persons who cannot be returned to their country of origin should be deported to a refugee camp in a third country.
For that service, the EU should pay, but it is a low cost, perhaps SEK 5,000 per person per year. Such constructive proposals,
about safe heavens, have been launched a long time ago, but inability has prevented implementation.

Few people will stay in these camps for any length of time without returning to their home country, even though, in their own
words, they "flee for their lives". Australia has successfully solved the problem of asylum seekers by allocating them to other

An asylum application should not be a mysterious right. That type of pledge in international conventions should therefore be
terminated. If the relevant authority, such as the Swedish Migration Agency, said no, then it is no.

The system of appeal to higher courts in Sweden with migration courts and overmigration courts shall be abolished.
It only contributes to bureaucracy and widespread abuse. The goal of that reform in 2006 was that "increased legitimacy" would
make those who are expelled more likely to obey the decision. But the percentage deviations increased instead.
The reform is a failure which precedes other failures. Redo, put down.

Criminals who have been granted asylum or are seeking asylum should be expelled regularly for life without the opportunity to return.
There is a long queue of people who want to come here. If you misbehave, you should not get a second chance, when so many
have not received their first.

In many countries, serious criminals sit and manage to remain in the paralyzed host country. Somewhere there is a destructive
bureaucrat who believes that it is impossible to prosecute or expel because of the rules and the politicians, through incapacity
and incompetence, are unable to change the rules for the better.

The Migration Board should make demands directly on applications. An entirely unreasonable situation is that the applicant does
not identify himself. The system is so unhealthy that applicants gain an advantage by searching in the false name because they
can then easily saddle and tell a new sniffing story if the first one fails.

90 percent of the applicants have in some strange way gotten rid of their identity documents. However, they may emerge later if
and when the applicant thinks it may be beneficial. Sweden must demand that applicants are honest and see cheating and fraud
as directly disqualifying.

The current international rules are that an asylum application requires that you first smuggle into the country.
This should be changed so that smuggling does not provide an added benefit to smugglers - and smugglers. The qualification
requirements for applicants must be comprehensive and weighed against what the recipient country sees as an acceptable volume
and what migrants can add.

It should be made clear that asylum is for a few people who need special protection, or a base for conducting a desirable opposition
to the regime in their home country. There is no reason to grant asylum to people with destructive purposes for their home country
or for Sweden.

The word "asylum law" seems to arouse strong emotions and blocks analytical thinking. But there is no human right to move to
another country, it is only a favor. Human rights are not a universal obligation to care for people in all countries, but a declaration
by states that they must follow these guidelines in their own country's policy towards their own citizens.

Many governments want to increase their legitimacy by stating that they exercise moderate power in the interests of citizens.
Rights are seen as a promise to citizens who promise respect and frameworks for policy intervention in citizens' lives.
Rights used to support democracy, but have now been transformed into rules that prevent democratic decision-making.

The UN adopted a silly declaration against torture. The stupid thing is not to be against torture, but to urge all countries not
to expel people who might be subjected to torture. This applies to terrorists as well as serious criminals. How did you thin
 about this decision?

The reasonable answer is that they did not think about the consequences at all, but felt that it sounded humanitarian and good
as a symbolic policy, even though in practice this meant protecting criminals and helping them escape justice.

Many democracies wanted to send even more kind signals and banned the deportation of people who risked the death penalty.
Of course, one can be for or against this punishment, but in this and other issues one should have an openness to other opinions
and tame one's own goodness.

The death penalty is not a senseless punishment, but one that is supported by a majority of the world's population.
However, the prevailing establishment in Europe is convinced that the death penalty is barbaric. They drive their idea
imperialist and ignore that the effect of this naive prohibition is that justice is prevented.

The Swedish state, of course, has every right to ban the death penalty in the country and the minority who want such
a punishment must accept this decision, but Sweden must also accept that other countries have a different penalty scale
than the Swedish one.

The key to international cooperation is to capture criminals and to expel the suspects to their home countries so that they
can be brought to justice, since the care and justice of crime victims requires the villains not go free.

It should be a priority, not a misguided concern about suspected criminals.
The world's states have legal systems with various weaknesses: for severe punishments, for mild punishments, corruption,
poor prisons, and prisons with poor guard.
It is destructive to put your nose in the weather and appoint Swedish criminal justice to a global standard.

The world's states have legal systems with various weaknesses: for severe punishments, for mild punishments, corruption,
poor prisons, and prisons with poor guard.
It is destructive to put your nose in the weather and appoint Swedish criminal justice to a global standard.
The world's states have legal systems with various weaknesses: for severe punishments, for mild punishments, corruption,
poor prisons, and prisons with poor guard.
It is destructive to put your nose in the weather and appoint Swedish criminal justice to a global standard.

One effect of the poor asylum policy is that thousands of migrants drown on the Mediterranean.
For stupid reasons, the sea rescues import some of those salvaged to Europe. There will be more or less developed
cooperation between the smugglers and the guard vessels.

This increases the chances of achieving a life in Europe and it motivates more migrants to take the opportunity to cross
the sea. If the authorities tightened up, thought about and stopped playing humanitarian theater, they would return the
migrants to North Africa.

If the asylum search process were tightened up and deportations were carried out, the magnet Europe would lose its traction
and the drowning accidents would cease. The Syrians who suffered the war there had a 2 per cent risk of death.
Those who try to cross the Mediterranean have about the same death risk, 2 percent.

The various weaknesses reinforce each other.
There are strong destructive features in politics and many citizens wonder what the authorities are doing.
Are they just generally incompetent? Or are they driven by ethnomasochistism and consciously trying to undermine democracy
and national independence?

A government's first task is to maintain order within the country and protect borders, but many politicians and bureaucrats seem
to be striving to sabotage this ability. The asylum system showed its inability already during the Balkan crisis of the 1990s, but it
is not being reviewed.

It is patched and repaired, but if you add up the deterioration and improvement then the deterioration is considered and an
increasing abuse becomes more and more normal. The result is directly dangerous to society.

The "asylum right" is so lousy that it should be abolished and replaced with a general asylum stop.

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