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Isn’t fracking great?

Fracking is proving a god-send to saving the planet…wait…what?

The U.S. Department of Energy published data last week with some amazing revelations — so amazing that most Americans will find them hard to believe. As a nation, the United States reduced its carbon emissions by 2 percent from last year.Over the past 14 years, our carbon emissions are down more than 10 percent. On a per-unit-of-GDP basis, U.S. carbon emissions are down by closer to 20 percent.

Even more stunning: We’ve reduced our carbon emissions more than virtually any other nation in the world, including most of Europe.

How can this be? We never ratified the Kyoto Treaty. We never adopted a national cap-and-trade system, or a carbon tax, as so many of the sanctimonious Europeans have done.

The answer isn’t that the EPA has regulated CO2 out of the economy. With strict emission standards, the EPA surely has started to strangle our domestic industries, such as coal, and our electric utilities. But that’s not the big story here.    Read more »

Will Zika kill the Olympics? Can it be moved?

Could the Olympics be in trouble because of the Zika virus?

The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has told sports federations that athletes and staff concerned for their health over the Zika virus should consider not going to the Olympic Games in August in Rio de Janeiro.

The message was delivered in a conference call involving USOC officials and leaders of US sport federations in late January, according to two people who participated in the hook-up.

Federations were told no one should go to Brazil “if they don’t feel comfortable going — bottom line”, said Donald Anthony, president and board chairman of USA Fencing.

The USOC’s briefing to sport federations is the latest sign Olympics officials are taking the Zika threat to the Rio Games seriously, and acknowledges at least some athletes and support staff could face a tough decision over whether to attend.   Read more »

Hang on, I thought we just ‘celebrated’ the warmest year on record?

Apparently global warming isn’t that bad. After all, if it was really real and as catastrophic as has been suggested, we wouldn’t be getting headlines about the pending snow-pocalypse about to descend on the US.

One in seven Americans will get at least half a foot of snow outside their homes when this weekend’s big storm has finished delivering blizzards, gale-force winds, whiteout conditions and flooding to much of the eastern United States.

The first flakes of what could become two feet or more of wet, driving snow began falling in Washington Friday afternoon, sloshing in from the Ohio River Valley looking just like the forecasts promised.   Read more »

Why do I call Obama the world’s greatest gun salesman?

I, and many others, call Barack Obama the world’s greatest gun salesman.

Why?

Well look at this:

RGR

That is the share price of Sturm Ruger & Co Inc since 2008 when Obama was first elected.  Read more »

Guest Post: The Donald Trump Phenomenon

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, United States, July 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young - RTX1KTWT

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American politics has always been a bit of a sideshow. Presidential elections usually throw up something slightly bizarre that the rest of the world can poke fun at. This year is no different. Donald Trump is proving to be much more than a short term headline grabber.

The western media have generally seen Trump as a temporary aberration.   They expected him to make a splash and then “wiser heads” in the Republican Party would oversee his shuffle off stage right. The Washington establishment would get it sorted.

However Trump has proved the pundits wrong.   He is holding his own. In most polls he has at least double the support of his nearest opponent. All this has raised the question “why”?

The MSM in the USA, especially the left leaning Washington Post and NY Times have run disparaging lines – earlier as throw away comments but as their casual approach didn’t work now the criticisms have become more strident and personal.

“What we have witnessed so far is a demonstration of how a billionaire megalomaniac and narcissist has fun: having secured a national stage, he runs around and says whatever he pleases, even if it is blatantly obnoxious. If he gets positive feedback, he does it all the louder. If he gets negative feedback, he turns into a bully, whom he also sees as fun”.

What the MSM haven’t quite figured is that the more they vilify Trump the stronger his support grows because of the resentment of the media and their arrogant, manipulative style.

The media are trying to find other reasons for Trump’s popularity. They claim he has support because he is a successful business man and Americans admire business success. Wrong!

They claim Trump has a rugged independence and swashbuckling image that appeals to voters. Wrong!   Read more »

The real Islamic states get together to combat Islamic terrorism

Window dressing or a genuine attempt at solving the problem?

Given Muslim nations tend to march backwards almost as fast as the French, especially when confronted with the IDF I don’t hold much promise in this.

Saudi Arabia has announced the formation of a 34-state Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism, according to a joint statement published on state news agency SPA.

“The countries here mentioned have decided on the formation of a military alliance led by Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism, with a joint operations centre based in Riyadh to coordinate and support military operations,” the statement said on Tuesday.

A long list of Arab countries such as Egypt, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, together with Islamic countries Turkey, Malaysia, Pakistan and Gulf Arab and African states were mentioned.   Read more »

Obama says Daesh is contained, ineffective…nek minit

You simply can’t believe a word Barack Hussein Obama says these days.

He recently declared that through his hands-off approach to Daesh they were contained and ineffective.

Meanwhile they have expanded their activities in Afghanistan.

Islamic State fighters have captured swathes of eastern Afghanistan in a drive to establish a new province of the group’s self-styled caliphate on territory straddling the border with Pakistan.

Up to 1600 fighters pledging allegiance to Isis are ruling much of four districts south of Jalalabad with the same ruthlessness that characterises the group’s regime in Syria and Iraq: public beheadings, strict adherence to Koranic teachings foreign to Afghanistan, and extortion. Some of the worst atrocities have been filmed and posted online.

Tens of thousands of villagers have fled the jihadists and the Afghan army is engaged in a daily battle to prevent the group spreading further. The already stretched security forces are losing 500 men across the country every month.   Read more »

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There is only one way: Kill them before they kill us

Barack Obama is going to make an address to the US public in the wake of the latest terrorist attack.

US President Barack Obama will make a special primetime address to the nation on counterterrorism efforts.

Just days after 14 people were shot dead in California, the White House said the president will address the nation from the Oval Office at 8pm on Sunday (2pm NZT tomorrow).

The speech will include “the steps our government is taking to fulfilll his highest priority: keeping the American people safe”.

Obama vowed earlier on Saturday (local time) that America “will not be terrorised,” as the Islamic State group praised the couple behind Wednesday’s mass shooting as “soldiers” of its self-proclaimed caliphate.

The FBI are investigating the attack in San Bernardino as a possible act of terrorism.    Read more »

Why is this a problem?

I’m really struggling to see why this is a problem?

ISIS fighters taken with the help of U.S. Special Forces are allegedly being tortured by America’s Kurdish allies. But don’t expect the U.S. to look too hard into the allegations.

On October 22, a team of Kurdish soldiers, backed up by elite commandos from the U.S. Army’s Delta Force, raided an ISIS prison compound in the Iraqi town of Hawija, where Kurdish intelligence indicated dozens of their own peshmergafighters were being held. It turned out there were no Kurds in the prison, but 69 hostages were freed, and more than 20 ISIS fighters were killed.

The Kurds also took six ISIS fighters as their prisoners. And now, U.S. officials and humanitarian aid workers in the region tell The Daily Beast, it appears those prisoners are being tortured in Kurdish custody, in violation of international law.

“I am sure they are being tortured, no question,” said a U.S. defense official in Iraq who is familiar with raid and spoke on condition of anonymity. He noted that Americans do not have access to them, but added, “You have to remember where we are. Torture is pervasive.”

The brutality of the Kurdish campaign against ISIS is well established inreporting by The Daily Beast and other media. But the treatment of these prisoners, taken with the assistance of U.S. government forces who then deny any responsibility for what happens to them, is reminiscent of the “rendition” program under Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush, which transferred suspected terrorists to the custody of governments that used methods of torture flatly prohibited by American and international law.

A human rights worker in the region, who asked not to be identified, said Kurdish authorities haven’t disclosed where the prisoners are being held and that he, too, thinks that is because the prisoners are being tortured.

Various nongovernmental organizations in Iraq and Syria have documented, over the course of the U.S.-led war against ISIS, systematic abuses by Kurdish military forces against the militants and their perceived sympathizers, including the forced removal of civilians from their homes in what one human rights group said amounted to “war crimes.”

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It’s official: the war through Terror is ramping up

The liberal elite luvvies and terrorism huggers might like to think cuddles, hashtags, fancy lights and candles are going to solve the problem with terrorism.

Unfortunately they are wrong…our enemies couldn’t care less what we think – they are escalating their war against our way of life.

A global report has confirmed the number of attacks and deaths attributed to terrorism are continuing to rise.

In a frightening snapshot of the trend in terror events, the report released on Wednesday shows there were 32,658 people killed in terrorist attacks last year, the highest number recorded, accounting for an 80% increase from 2013.

Despite being highly concentrated in five countries, terrorism is spreading, with more nations recording attacks and deaths.

Australia was ranked 59th out of 162 countries, and was second only to the United States in terms of deaths in Western nations.  

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