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If our nation wasn't at stake, because of her a pedo pete, I'd say we just watched someone trying to be funny.

The shit she say seems like what I'd think the originals on SNL would write if they were still running the show.


Here's what Dr. Grande had to say about her.

I found it pretty interesting.

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Dr. Grande has a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health (LPCMH) and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Professional (LCDP).

The one trait all leftists share is utter incompetence in their stated fields. When someone is morally bankrupt, they have no grounding in which to make rational, consistent decisions. At best, they are do-nothings. At worst, they are destructive maniacs, like that bitch Governor in Michigan.

Caramel Harris slept her way to the top, had it not been for that, she would be a third-rate hack lawyer working for some shyster-ambulence chasing J-e-w law firm.
 

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This should really be in the Jan 6th thread..................

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Germany turns off the hot water: Hanover becomes first big city to ban hot water in public buildings in response to Russian gas crisis​

  • Hanover first big city to ban hot water and central heating in public buildings
  • Lights to be switched off at night on major buildings like museums and town hall
  • Germans told to expect higher electricity bills and sweeping gas rationing
  • Move is a response to Vladimir Putin's gas squeeze which has Europe panicking
  • Russian state energy giant Gazprom cut gas supplies to Germany to 20 per cent
By WALTER FINCH FOR MAILONLINE

PUBLISHED: 10:24 EDT, 28 July 2022 | UPDATED: 11:56 EDT, 28 July 2022


The Germany city of Hanover has become the first big city in Europe to ban hot water and central heating in public buildings in response to Vladimir Putin's weaponizing of gas supplies.
The drastic step comes as Germans have been told to expect sky high electricity bills and sweeping gas rationing measures that will affect their day-to-day lives.
In a sign of things to come, Hanover, the capital of Lower Saxony in the north west of the country, will cut off the hot water in public buildings, swimming pools, sports halls and gyms.
Other desperate gas-saving measures include switching off public fountains and blacking out night-time lights on major buildings such as the town hall and museums.
The city's mayor, Belit Onay, spoke of an 'imminent gas shortage' that meant they had to reduce the city's energy consumption by 15 per cent.
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EU prices are at near-record levels amid fears Russia could soon turn off the gas tap completely, with leaders already discussing energy rationing
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UK energy bills could hit £500-per-month in January​

Energy bills could hit £500 for the month of January after Russia cut back gas supplies to Europe.
Wholesale gas prices surged yesterday after Vladimir Putin’s regime halved supplies to Europe through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, in what Germany condemned as a ‘duplicitous game’.
The move pushed up the price of gas across Europe, with many countries drawing up contingency plans to cut gas and electricity use by 15 per cent in order to conserve supplies and protect families through the winter.
These include turning off street lights, not heating public swimming pools and shutting down production at some major manufacturers, however more drastic measures may be necessary.
Germany and other European nations are racing to buy consignments of liquefied natural gas (LNG) via container from the United States, Africa and the Middle East, however this is pushing up prices and will be insufficient to fill the gap left by Russia.
Any increase in the wholesale cost of gas is pushed through to electricity as it is used as fuel in around 40 per cent of UK power stations.


The plans call for shutting off heating within public buildings between April and September each year, and thermostats set at just 20C (68F) for the rest of the year, although there will be some exemptions.
There will also be a ban on portable air conditioners, heaters and radiators among the general populace as the average German begins to pay a price for standing up to the Russian dictator.
The panic among European states - especially Germany - will likely come as music to Putin's ears, as he is seen to be cutting energy supplies in retaliation for countries that have supported Ukraine after he invaded the country.
Germany, like most of Europe, has been enjoying a hot summer which should soften the blow of the cold showers, but public officials are introducing the measures now in fear of what awaits them when the season turns.
Gazprom, the Russian state energy giant, has been giving European leaders sleepless nights by disrupting the flow of gas via its Nord Stream 1 pipe line.
They cut the flow to 40 per cent in June, citing maintenance issues, and this week they reduced the gas supply through the pipe to just 20 per cent.
These reductions, which EU energy chief Kadri Simson dismissed as 'politically motivated', have seen energy bills soar, governments struggle to fill gas storage facilities and energy-intensive heavy industries wondering if they can keep the factories running.

Russia denies that it is deliberately throttling supply to cause pain and instability in Europe, but few doubt that it is a deliberate ploy to punish what it calls 'unfriendly countries.'
In response, European Union countries agreed to a controversial, bloc-wide 15 per cent reduction in gas usage on Tuesday that is hoped will reduce the pressure on European countries most vulnerable to Russian energy blackmail.
Germany is one of the countries most reliant on Russia for its gas supply. The country has been racing to fill its gas storage reservoirs ahead of the winter.
It has managed to reduce its dependence on Russian gas from around half before the invasion of Ukraine to a quarter
Plans to shield households from shocking price hikes are quietly being shelved in an effort to protect energy companies from absorbing the costs themselves and going bust.
Germany has started rationing its gas usage after Vladimir Putin throttled supply from Russia. The vast majority of that gas arrived via Nord Stream 1, a pipeline that Moscow is now throttling it is thought in efforts to punish Germany for its support of Ukraine

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UK gas prices are soaring after Russia began throttling off supplies to Europe, causing a global shortage as EU leaders scramble for supplies
Kremlin: Gazprom is supplying as much gas to Europe as possible


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'We can't say yet how much gas will cost in November, but the bitter news is it's definitely a few hundred euros per household,' said Economy Minister Robert Habeck.
Even this number might be optimistic, with some fearing that German bill payers could see an extra €500 (£420) added a year by the Russian gas squeeze.
Meanwhile, UK household energy bills could rocket to £500 a month, which has sparked outrage as the country hardly imports any gas at all from Russia.
This fury has been compounded by news that British Gas owner Centrica has announced its profits had risen five fold to £1.34billion.
Centrica, which produces energy as well as selling it to households and businesses, announced it would restart its dividend at 1p per share after suspending it for three years as the rest of the country struggles with a cost of living crisis.
Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle raged at today's news, saying: 'This is not ''profits'' this is theft from the British people. Each penny of this should be returned with immediate effect.
'People will starve this winter, but the government's failed energy cap (which is as good as a chocolate tea pot) and energy company greed has led to this. This is not ''the global energy price''. 75% of our energy is domestically produced, the cost of production has not increased.'
And today, energy giant Shell joined Centrica in reporting bumper profits of £9.4bn in the second quarter - more than double last year's figure of £4.5bn.


Germany on the brink: EU's economic powerhouse is heading for recession and energy rationing – with bills tripling – after Merkel ignored warnings Putin could cripple Europe by choking gas supplies
Europe's summer heatwave has only just finished, but already panic is growing in Germany over what horrors may lay in store for its citizens this winter.
Vladimir Putin is choking the country's gas supplies - officially because of 'essential repair work' to pipelines, though few doubt he is exacting revenge for Berlin's defiance over Ukraine. Flows through Nord Stream 1, Germany's main gas pipe, are now at 20 per cent of normal levels. There are fears it could soon close for good.
That has sparked warnings of energy rationing for both households and businesses which, under worse-case scenarios, could force entire industries to shut down. Domestic energy bills could triple, pushing already-high inflation up by another 2 per cent. £240billion could be wiped off the economy, with aftershocks felt into 2024.
'Germany is on the cusp of a recession,' is how top economist Clemens Fuest put it. Others worry the whole Eurozone could soon go into reverse.
Germany is, by a long way, the largest importer of Russian gas in the EU - buying some 52billion cubic metres of gas in 2020 according to figures from the bloc. The next-largest is Italy, on 28billion

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Germany is, by a long way, the largest importer of Russian gas in the EU - buying some 52billion cubic metres of gas in 2020 according to figures from the bloc. The next-largest is Italy, on 28billion

Europe’s diplomats admit 15% gas cut pledge has 'more holes than Emmental cheese'​

A moment of 'unity and solidarity' against Russia: That's how EU leaders hailed a deal to cut their gas use, amid fears Putin is about to turn off the taps.
But, at the same time, the Union's own diplomats have been briefing that the pact 'looks like Emmental cheese' because of the number of exemptions it contains.
Indeed, it appears almost half of EU countries could dodge the voluntary reduction as things stand - while more will be able to opt-out if they manage to hoard enough gas before winter hits. Specific industries could also be made exempt.
Far from showing strength against Putin, the last-minute get-out clauses - which did not feature in early drafts of the agreement - appear to be a tacit admission of how hopelessly dependent the bloc is on his energy supplies.
Patrick Triglavcanin, a researcher at the Council on Geostrategy, told MailOnline: 'Robert Habeck, the German economy minister, talking of how European solidarity and unity is pushing back against Putin is fanciful.
'Germany’s reliance on Russia for energy, lack of strategic foresight in this regard, and attempts to push its burdens onto other member states is hurting the bloc’s solidarity and unity, as well as the German economy.'
At least eight states are expected to dodge the cut based on exemptions laid out in the deal: Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Ireland, Malta, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.
Reasons range from poor interconnection to Europe's gas or electricity networks - meaning they cannot easily swap gas or energy with their neighbours - to reliance on Russia's power grid for energy, in the case of the Baltics.
Spain is known to have been particularly irked by demands for a gas cut, with diplomats saying ahead of talks that the country had 'done its homework' by building infrastructure that was not linked to Russia.
France, though not expected to seek an exemption, is know to have supported Spain's position.
Meanwhile Hungary is likely to simply ignore the agreement - which is voluntary, at least for the time being - having voted against the move, calling it 'unjustifiable, useless, unenforceable and harmful'.
Poland voted in favour of the plans but has voiced opposition, hinting in could apply for an exemption for key industry.
The treaty even contains provisions for countries such as Germany and Italy to reduce the voluntary target if they manage to store enough gas before winter hits.


In order to avert a catastrophe, EU leaders today agreed to cut gas use by 15 per cent but Germany - which imports the most Russian gas of any member state by far - faces double that.
Economy minister Robert Habeck says he is taking shorter showers, while regional leaders are dimming street lights and closing swimming pools.
The fiasco is a legacy of Angela Merkel, who ignored 15 years of warnings from her own top energy expert Claudia Kemfert that over-reliance on Russian energy would make the country vulnerable.
As Viktorija Starych-Samuolienė, co-founder of think-tank Council on Geostrategy, told MailOnline: 'Germany is in for a rough winter due to its heavy reliance on Russian gas.
'Despite repeated warnings about the risks of this reliance successive German governments have only deepened it, opening the country up to the risk of Russia doing exactly what it looks to be doing - using gas as a weapon.'
Germany is not alone in relying on Russian natural gas to run its economy, with some 40 per cent of EU member state's total gas consumption coming from its eastern neighbour.
But years of deliberate policy-making has made Germany uniquely vulnerable to Russian threats to cut gas flows.
First, there is the sheer volume of gas that Berlin imports - almost 52.5billion cubic metres in 2020, according to EU figures, which is around double the next-closest nation, Italy, on 28billion.
Second, Germany produces almost none of its own gas: Imports account for 95 per cent of yearly usage, powering key manufacturing industries as well as heating hospitals, care homes and houses.
Third, is the delivery method: Gas comes exclusively to Germany via pipeline, which unlike other European nations does not have any ports capable of receiving liquified natural gas.
Of those piping gas into Germany, Russia is by far the largest - accounting for 55 per cent of imports before the war - followed by Norway, Algeria and Qatar.
Last: Nord Stream 1 is by far the most important route for getting Russian gas into Germany, capable of transporting almost all of its daily needs - though small amounts did also arrive via the Yamal pipe from Belarus and Poland and the Soyuz pipe that goes via Ukraine.
It means that, by shutting off a single pipeline, Russia could have cut off more than half of Germany's gas imports and left Berlin with very few ways to switch supplies at short notice.
The situation has improved somewhat since the war broke out. Berlin has managed to cut Russian imports to around a third of its foreign supplies, and two liquified gas ports are under construction at Wilhelmshaven and Brunsbüttel, facing the North Sea.
The first should come online at the end of this year, and the second at the start of next - allowing the country to reduce its reliance on Russian imports further in 2023. But neither will come fast enough to help this winter.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz, caught completely off-guard by the war in Ukraine, has set a target for German energy companies to fill gas tanks to 90 per cent - a task made harder by the fact that storage facilities, many owned by Russian firms, were running critically low just as Putin ordered his invasion.
Firms are on course to miss that target, the country's regulator said on Monday, which IMF modelling suggests could mean the country running critically low on supplies all the way into the winter of 2026/27.
Despite importing so much gas, it makes up a smaller portion of energy used in Germany than other European countries (pictured) - but runs critical manufacturing industries, and is also used to heat care homes and hospitals

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Despite importing so much gas, it makes up a smaller portion of energy used in Germany than other European countries (pictured) - but runs critical manufacturing industries, and is also used to heat care homes and hospitals
Should temperatures fall significantly below average during that time, then shortages will be more acute.
That could force entire industries to shut down, economy minister Robert Habeck warned recently, as unions warned that many companies will not survive the tumult.
Germany has offered bailouts to any company struggling because of the energy crisis, and has already handed over £15billion to one of its largest energy firms - Uniper - which was at risk of going bust last week.
Under federal law, German households are currently protected from rationing but ministers and executives have begun to warn that may have to change.
The country lacks the infrastructure to physically throttle supplies to homes, so the most-likely way gas would be rationed is to sharply increase prices.
Klaus Müller, head of the federal energy network, has said that household bills couple triple 'at least' from next year - urging people to start saving now in order to make it through.
Despite the mounting crisis, Scholz has ruled out the possibility of keeping Germany's remaining nuclear power plants - mothballed by Merkel - in service. The last three are due to be taken offline by the end of the year.
Politicians say the costs of extending their lifespan are too great compared to the benefit they would provide, though critics point out that the ruling Green party has long been ideologically opposed to nuclear energy.
Instead, the country is being forced to restart old coal-fired power stations despite long-term commitments to reduce emissions to meet environmental targets. Coal is widely regarded as the most-polluting fuel source.
Mr Habeck has spoken of reducing the amount of time he spends in the shower, and has urged other Germans to do the same. Industries are also being encouraged to cut down on natural gas use.
Already, regional leaders and large firms have spoken of reducing central heating temperatures in homes, dimming lights, shutting down swimming pools, and rationing hot water.
The crisis is likely to get so acute that Deutsche Bank predicts large numbers of Germans will resort to using wood burners to heat their homes this winter, instead of boilers.
All of which plays directly into the hands of Vladimir Putin, who is hoping the crisis will weaken stronger-than expected European resolve to oppose his war in Ukraine and lead to some kind of peace deal favouring Russia.
Angela Merkel ignored 15 years of warnings from Germany's top energy expert that over-reliance on Russian gas was making the country vulnerable (pictured with Putin in 2021)

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Angela Merkel ignored 15 years of warnings from Germany's top energy expert that over-reliance on Russian gas was making the country vulnerable (pictured with Putin in 2021)
Moscow has denied the dwindling gas supplies have anything to do with the war, saying instead that turbines which pump the gas need to be repaired and are to blame.
But experts point out that whenever turbines have needed routine maintenance in the past, Russia has boosted supplies through its other lines to cope. That has not happened this time.
Instead, the flow of gas has been slowly strangled. Russia cut flows to 40 per cent of their typical level in mid-June, shortly before Nord Stream 1 shut down for routine repairs.
Many in Germany feared it would not reopen again afterwards, and while that nightmare scenario has not come to pass the flow has been cut again and now stands at just 20 per cent of regular levels.
At the same time, Russia has fully cut off supplies to countries such as Poland and Finland who have taken stronger stances over Ukraine - ostensibly for refusing to pay in rubles - further increasing the crisis.
That has led Berlin to lobby for a voluntary 15 per cent cut in gas use across the continent that was agreed today, though signs of fraying unity were already on show.
Spain and Greece - whose economies were strangled by Germany after they were given bailouts following the 2008 financial crash - are strongly opposed, sarcastically telling Berlin to 'live within its means'.
Poland, which has led Europe in standing up to Russia, also argued that no country should be forced curb its industrial gas use to help other states facing shortages.
As the days grow darker and the weather grows colder, tensions are likely to rise further - to the delight of Moscow and the fear of Kyiv.
 

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Germany turns off the hot water: Hanover becomes first big city to ban hot water in public buildings in response to Russian gas crisis​

  • Hanover first big city to ban hot water and central heating in public buildings
  • Lights to be switched off at night on major buildings like museums and town hall
  • Germans told to expect higher electricity bills and sweeping gas rationing
  • Move is a response to Vladimir Putin's gas squeeze which has Europe panicking
  • Russian state energy giant Gazprom cut gas supplies to Germany to 20 per cent
By WALTER FINCH FOR MAILONLINE

PUBLISHED: 10:24 EDT, 28 July 2022 | UPDATED: 11:56 EDT, 28 July 2022


The Germany city of Hanover has become the first big city in Europe to ban hot water and central heating in public buildings in response to Vladimir Putin's weaponizing of gas supplies.
The drastic step comes as Germans have been told to expect sky high electricity bills and sweeping gas rationing measures that will affect their day-to-day lives.
In a sign of things to come, Hanover, the capital of Lower Saxony in the north west of the country, will cut off the hot water in public buildings, swimming pools, sports halls and gyms.
Other desperate gas-saving measures include switching off public fountains and blacking out night-time lights on major buildings such as the town hall and museums.
The city's mayor, Belit Onay, spoke of an 'imminent gas shortage' that meant they had to reduce the city's energy consumption by 15 per cent.
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EU prices are at near-record levels amid fears Russia could soon turn off the gas tap completely, with leaders already discussing energy rationing
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UK energy bills could hit £500-per-month in January​

Energy bills could hit £500 for the month of January after Russia cut back gas supplies to Europe.
Wholesale gas prices surged yesterday after Vladimir Putin’s regime halved supplies to Europe through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, in what Germany condemned as a ‘duplicitous game’.
The move pushed up the price of gas across Europe, with many countries drawing up contingency plans to cut gas and electricity use by 15 per cent in order to conserve supplies and protect families through the winter.
These include turning off street lights, not heating public swimming pools and shutting down production at some major manufacturers, however more drastic measures may be necessary.
Germany and other European nations are racing to buy consignments of liquefied natural gas (LNG) via container from the United States, Africa and the Middle East, however this is pushing up prices and will be insufficient to fill the gap left by Russia.
Any increase in the wholesale cost of gas is pushed through to electricity as it is used as fuel in around 40 per cent of UK power stations.


The plans call for shutting off heating within public buildings between April and September each year, and thermostats set at just 20C (68F) for the rest of the year, although there will be some exemptions.
There will also be a ban on portable air conditioners, heaters and radiators among the general populace as the average German begins to pay a price for standing up to the Russian dictator.
The panic among European states - especially Germany - will likely come as music to Putin's ears, as he is seen to be cutting energy supplies in retaliation for countries that have supported Ukraine after he invaded the country.
Germany, like most of Europe, has been enjoying a hot summer which should soften the blow of the cold showers, but public officials are introducing the measures now in fear of what awaits them when the season turns.
Gazprom, the Russian state energy giant, has been giving European leaders sleepless nights by disrupting the flow of gas via its Nord Stream 1 pipe line.
They cut the flow to 40 per cent in June, citing maintenance issues, and this week they reduced the gas supply through the pipe to just 20 per cent.
These reductions, which EU energy chief Kadri Simson dismissed as 'politically motivated', have seen energy bills soar, governments struggle to fill gas storage facilities and energy-intensive heavy industries wondering if they can keep the factories running.

Russia denies that it is deliberately throttling supply to cause pain and instability in Europe, but few doubt that it is a deliberate ploy to punish what it calls 'unfriendly countries.'
In response, European Union countries agreed to a controversial, bloc-wide 15 per cent reduction in gas usage on Tuesday that is hoped will reduce the pressure on European countries most vulnerable to Russian energy blackmail.
Germany is one of the countries most reliant on Russia for its gas supply. The country has been racing to fill its gas storage reservoirs ahead of the winter.
It has managed to reduce its dependence on Russian gas from around half before the invasion of Ukraine to a quarter
Plans to shield households from shocking price hikes are quietly being shelved in an effort to protect energy companies from absorbing the costs themselves and going bust.
Germany has started rationing its gas usage after Vladimir Putin throttled supply from Russia. The vast majority of that gas arrived via Nord Stream 1, a pipeline that Moscow is now throttling it is thought in efforts to punish Germany for its support of Ukraine

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Germany has started rationing its gas usage after Vladimir Putin throttled supply from Russia. The vast majority of that gas arrived via Nord Stream 1, a pipeline that Moscow is now throttling it is thought in efforts to punish Germany for its support of Ukraine
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UK gas prices are soaring after Russia began throttling off supplies to Europe, causing a global shortage as EU leaders scramble for supplies
Kremlin: Gazprom is supplying as much gas to Europe as possible


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'We can't say yet how much gas will cost in November, but the bitter news is it's definitely a few hundred euros per household,' said Economy Minister Robert Habeck.
Even this number might be optimistic, with some fearing that German bill payers could see an extra €500 (£420) added a year by the Russian gas squeeze.
Meanwhile, UK household energy bills could rocket to £500 a month, which has sparked outrage as the country hardly imports any gas at all from Russia.
This fury has been compounded by news that British Gas owner Centrica has announced its profits had risen five fold to £1.34billion.
Centrica, which produces energy as well as selling it to households and businesses, announced it would restart its dividend at 1p per share after suspending it for three years as the rest of the country struggles with a cost of living crisis.
Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle raged at today's news, saying: 'This is not ''profits'' this is theft from the British people. Each penny of this should be returned with immediate effect.
'People will starve this winter, but the government's failed energy cap (which is as good as a chocolate tea pot) and energy company greed has led to this. This is not ''the global energy price''. 75% of our energy is domestically produced, the cost of production has not increased.'
And today, energy giant Shell joined Centrica in reporting bumper profits of £9.4bn in the second quarter - more than double last year's figure of £4.5bn.


Germany on the brink: EU's economic powerhouse is heading for recession and energy rationing – with bills tripling – after Merkel ignored warnings Putin could cripple Europe by choking gas supplies
Europe's summer heatwave has only just finished, but already panic is growing in Germany over what horrors may lay in store for its citizens this winter.
Vladimir Putin is choking the country's gas supplies - officially because of 'essential repair work' to pipelines, though few doubt he is exacting revenge for Berlin's defiance over Ukraine. Flows through Nord Stream 1, Germany's main gas pipe, are now at 20 per cent of normal levels. There are fears it could soon close for good.
That has sparked warnings of energy rationing for both households and businesses which, under worse-case scenarios, could force entire industries to shut down. Domestic energy bills could triple, pushing already-high inflation up by another 2 per cent. £240billion could be wiped off the economy, with aftershocks felt into 2024.
'Germany is on the cusp of a recession,' is how top economist Clemens Fuest put it. Others worry the whole Eurozone could soon go into reverse.
Germany is, by a long way, the largest importer of Russian gas in the EU - buying some 52billion cubic metres of gas in 2020 according to figures from the bloc. The next-largest is Italy, on 28billion

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Germany is, by a long way, the largest importer of Russian gas in the EU - buying some 52billion cubic metres of gas in 2020 according to figures from the bloc. The next-largest is Italy, on 28billion

Europe’s diplomats admit 15% gas cut pledge has 'more holes than Emmental cheese'​

A moment of 'unity and solidarity' against Russia: That's how EU leaders hailed a deal to cut their gas use, amid fears Putin is about to turn off the taps.
But, at the same time, the Union's own diplomats have been briefing that the pact 'looks like Emmental cheese' because of the number of exemptions it contains.
Indeed, it appears almost half of EU countries could dodge the voluntary reduction as things stand - while more will be able to opt-out if they manage to hoard enough gas before winter hits. Specific industries could also be made exempt.
Far from showing strength against Putin, the last-minute get-out clauses - which did not feature in early drafts of the agreement - appear to be a tacit admission of how hopelessly dependent the bloc is on his energy supplies.
Patrick Triglavcanin, a researcher at the Council on Geostrategy, told MailOnline: 'Robert Habeck, the German economy minister, talking of how European solidarity and unity is pushing back against Putin is fanciful.
'Germany’s reliance on Russia for energy, lack of strategic foresight in this regard, and attempts to push its burdens onto other member states is hurting the bloc’s solidarity and unity, as well as the German economy.'
At least eight states are expected to dodge the cut based on exemptions laid out in the deal: Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Ireland, Malta, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.
Reasons range from poor interconnection to Europe's gas or electricity networks - meaning they cannot easily swap gas or energy with their neighbours - to reliance on Russia's power grid for energy, in the case of the Baltics.
Spain is known to have been particularly irked by demands for a gas cut, with diplomats saying ahead of talks that the country had 'done its homework' by building infrastructure that was not linked to Russia.
France, though not expected to seek an exemption, is know to have supported Spain's position.
Meanwhile Hungary is likely to simply ignore the agreement - which is voluntary, at least for the time being - having voted against the move, calling it 'unjustifiable, useless, unenforceable and harmful'.
Poland voted in favour of the plans but has voiced opposition, hinting in could apply for an exemption for key industry.
The treaty even contains provisions for countries such as Germany and Italy to reduce the voluntary target if they manage to store enough gas before winter hits.


In order to avert a catastrophe, EU leaders today agreed to cut gas use by 15 per cent but Germany - which imports the most Russian gas of any member state by far - faces double that.
Economy minister Robert Habeck says he is taking shorter showers, while regional leaders are dimming street lights and closing swimming pools.
The fiasco is a legacy of Angela Merkel, who ignored 15 years of warnings from her own top energy expert Claudia Kemfert that over-reliance on Russian energy would make the country vulnerable.
As Viktorija Starych-Samuolienė, co-founder of think-tank Council on Geostrategy, told MailOnline: 'Germany is in for a rough winter due to its heavy reliance on Russian gas.
'Despite repeated warnings about the risks of this reliance successive German governments have only deepened it, opening the country up to the risk of Russia doing exactly what it looks to be doing - using gas as a weapon.'
Germany is not alone in relying on Russian natural gas to run its economy, with some 40 per cent of EU member state's total gas consumption coming from its eastern neighbour.
But years of deliberate policy-making has made Germany uniquely vulnerable to Russian threats to cut gas flows.
First, there is the sheer volume of gas that Berlin imports - almost 52.5billion cubic metres in 2020, according to EU figures, which is around double the next-closest nation, Italy, on 28billion.
Second, Germany produces almost none of its own gas: Imports account for 95 per cent of yearly usage, powering key manufacturing industries as well as heating hospitals, care homes and houses.
Third, is the delivery method: Gas comes exclusively to Germany via pipeline, which unlike other European nations does not have any ports capable of receiving liquified natural gas.
Of those piping gas into Germany, Russia is by far the largest - accounting for 55 per cent of imports before the war - followed by Norway, Algeria and Qatar.
Last: Nord Stream 1 is by far the most important route for getting Russian gas into Germany, capable of transporting almost all of its daily needs - though small amounts did also arrive via the Yamal pipe from Belarus and Poland and the Soyuz pipe that goes via Ukraine.
It means that, by shutting off a single pipeline, Russia could have cut off more than half of Germany's gas imports and left Berlin with very few ways to switch supplies at short notice.
The situation has improved somewhat since the war broke out. Berlin has managed to cut Russian imports to around a third of its foreign supplies, and two liquified gas ports are under construction at Wilhelmshaven and Brunsbüttel, facing the North Sea.
The first should come online at the end of this year, and the second at the start of next - allowing the country to reduce its reliance on Russian imports further in 2023. But neither will come fast enough to help this winter.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz, caught completely off-guard by the war in Ukraine, has set a target for German energy companies to fill gas tanks to 90 per cent - a task made harder by the fact that storage facilities, many owned by Russian firms, were running critically low just as Putin ordered his invasion.
Firms are on course to miss that target, the country's regulator said on Monday, which IMF modelling suggests could mean the country running critically low on supplies all the way into the winter of 2026/27.
Despite importing so much gas, it makes up a smaller portion of energy used in Germany than other European countries (pictured) - but runs critical manufacturing industries, and is also used to heat care homes and hospitals

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Despite importing so much gas, it makes up a smaller portion of energy used in Germany than other European countries (pictured) - but runs critical manufacturing industries, and is also used to heat care homes and hospitals
Should temperatures fall significantly below average during that time, then shortages will be more acute.
That could force entire industries to shut down, economy minister Robert Habeck warned recently, as unions warned that many companies will not survive the tumult.
Germany has offered bailouts to any company struggling because of the energy crisis, and has already handed over £15billion to one of its largest energy firms - Uniper - which was at risk of going bust last week.
Under federal law, German households are currently protected from rationing but ministers and executives have begun to warn that may have to change.
The country lacks the infrastructure to physically throttle supplies to homes, so the most-likely way gas would be rationed is to sharply increase prices.
Klaus Müller, head of the federal energy network, has said that household bills couple triple 'at least' from next year - urging people to start saving now in order to make it through.
Despite the mounting crisis, Scholz has ruled out the possibility of keeping Germany's remaining nuclear power plants - mothballed by Merkel - in service. The last three are due to be taken offline by the end of the year.
Politicians say the costs of extending their lifespan are too great compared to the benefit they would provide, though critics point out that the ruling Green party has long been ideologically opposed to nuclear energy.
Instead, the country is being forced to restart old coal-fired power stations despite long-term commitments to reduce emissions to meet environmental targets. Coal is widely regarded as the most-polluting fuel source.
Mr Habeck has spoken of reducing the amount of time he spends in the shower, and has urged other Germans to do the same. Industries are also being encouraged to cut down on natural gas use.
Already, regional leaders and large firms have spoken of reducing central heating temperatures in homes, dimming lights, shutting down swimming pools, and rationing hot water.
The crisis is likely to get so acute that Deutsche Bank predicts large numbers of Germans will resort to using wood burners to heat their homes this winter, instead of boilers.
All of which plays directly into the hands of Vladimir Putin, who is hoping the crisis will weaken stronger-than expected European resolve to oppose his war in Ukraine and lead to some kind of peace deal favouring Russia.
Angela Merkel ignored 15 years of warnings from Germany's top energy expert that over-reliance on Russian gas was making the country vulnerable (pictured with Putin in 2021)'s top energy expert that over-reliance on Russian gas was making the country vulnerable (pictured with Putin in 2021)

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Angela Merkel ignored 15 years of warnings from Germany's top energy expert that over-reliance on Russian gas was making the country vulnerable (pictured with Putin in 2021)
Moscow has denied the dwindling gas supplies have anything to do with the war, saying instead that turbines which pump the gas need to be repaired and are to blame.
But experts point out that whenever turbines have needed routine maintenance in the past, Russia has boosted supplies through its other lines to cope. That has not happened this time.
Instead, the flow of gas has been slowly strangled. Russia cut flows to 40 per cent of their typical level in mid-June, shortly before Nord Stream 1 shut down for routine repairs.
Many in Germany feared it would not reopen again afterwards, and while that nightmare scenario has not come to pass the flow has been cut again and now stands at just 20 per cent of regular levels.
At the same time, Russia has fully cut off supplies to countries such as Poland and Finland who have taken stronger stances over Ukraine - ostensibly for refusing to pay in rubles - further increasing the crisis.
That has led Berlin to lobby for a voluntary 15 per cent cut in gas use across the continent that was agreed today, though signs of fraying unity were already on show.
Spain and Greece - whose economies were strangled by Germany after they were given bailouts following the 2008 financial crash - are strongly opposed, sarcastically telling Berlin to 'live within its means'.
Poland, which has led Europe in standing up to Russia, also argued that no country should be forced curb its industrial gas use to help other states facing shortages.
As the days grow darker and the weather grows colder, tensions are likely to rise further - to the delight of Moscow and the fear of Kyiv.
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Waking Up From a Coma in 2022 (10 min 36 sec):

Published on Jul 30, 2022 by AwakenWithJP​
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These are the same people who can't tell you
- how many stars are on the American Flag, or how many stripes, and what they stand for
- why the 4th of July is a holiday
- how many continents there are
- which countries border the USA
- the result of 3x3x3
- how many dimes are in a dollar
- how many minutes are in a quarter of an hour

But can rattle off the names of the entire Kardashian family...

As in a video recently posted here...
 

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As much as I like Breitbart, they frequently have some awfully sloppy journalism and this article is an example. In one place it says the citizenship requirement is removed, and in another that illegals are allowed into the jobs. Those are two very different things. If LA is only allowing legally present non-citizens into the jobs I have no problem with that. If they're allowing illegals, I have a problem with that. The story says it both ways.
 

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Insane controllers.

Somebody just told me that Denmark is planning to ban tobacco, period...
 

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NYC Mayor Eric Adams Melts Down as Second Busload of Migrants Arrive in City​

by ** Marneyabout 22 hours ago

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Mayor Eric Adams suddenly decides that refugees are not as welcome as he first said they would be.
After New York City’s woke mayor, Eric Adams said he would “welcome refugees with open arms” last week as a busload of 50 migrants were shipped in, he now seems to be changing his mind as more migrant busses arrive from the border.
Speaking at a news conference on Sunday morning, Adams greeted a busload of migrants as they passed through the city. Only 40 chose to leave the bus at NY, with the remaining 36 deciding to opt for different locations.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has begun to bus the migrants away from the border as a never-ending number continually swarms across into border states day on day. While woke leaders from other states encourage an open-border approach to illegal migrants, they seem reluctant to share the burden of housing and keeping them in their regions.

Adams blasted Abbott on Sunday, suggesting that it was “horrific” that the supposed ‘refugees’ were supposedly not able to choose the area of the US they’d like to live and work in while their asylum claim is processed.
“This is horrific when you think about what the governor is doing,” he said as he claimed the migrants did not realize they were on their way to New York.

Slightly concerning that as the mayor of the city, he thinks it’s “horrific” to send migrants there!

“We’re finding that some of the families are on the bus that wanted to go to other locations, and they were not allowed to do so,” he whinged.

“They were forced on the bus with the understanding that they were going to other locations that they wanted to go to, and when they tried to explain they were not allowed to do so.”

The United Nations describes a ‘refugee’ as:

“Persons who are outside their country of origin for reasons of feared persecution, conflict, generalized violence, or other circumstances that have seriously disturbed public order and, as a result, require international protection.”


With that in mind, surely the part of the United States where such a desperate individual who is attempting to escape violence is sent pales into insignificance? Unless, of course, you’re talking about economic migrants, which is what the majority of illegal immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border really are.

Under UN law, countries may legally keep those claiming asylum in detention centers while their claims are made, and many countries, including Australia, do just that.



Last year, US border patrol agents reported 1.7 million encounters with migrants crossing the border. Border states like Texas have been forced to bear the brunt of the crisis. But Adams blasted Abbott for failing to inform him about when the buses ferrying a few dozen migrants might turn up:

“They’re not letting us know when the buses are leaving. They’re not letting us know what are the needs of the people on the bus,” he moaned.

“They are not giving us any information, so we’re unable to really provide the service to people en route.”

Talk about reaping what you sow! Meanwhile, in a statement on Friday, Abbott said:

“I hope he follows through on his promise of welcoming all migrants with open arms so that our overrun and overwhelmed border towns can find relief.”
 

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NYC Mayor Eric Adams Melts Down as Second Busload of Migrants Arrive in City​

by ** Marneyabout 22 hours ago

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Mayor Eric Adams suddenly decides that refugees are not as welcome as he first said they would be.
After New York City’s woke mayor, Eric Adams said he would “welcome refugees with open arms” last week as a busload of 50 migrants were shipped in, he now seems to be changing his mind as more migrant busses arrive from the border.
Speaking at a news conference on Sunday morning, Adams greeted a busload of migrants as they passed through the city. Only 40 chose to leave the bus at NY, with the remaining 36 deciding to opt for different locations.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has begun to bus the migrants away from the border as a never-ending number continually swarms across into border states day on day. While woke leaders from other states encourage an open-border approach to illegal migrants, they seem reluctant to share the burden of housing and keeping them in their regions.

Adams blasted Abbott on Sunday, suggesting that it was “horrific” that the supposed ‘refugees’ were supposedly not able to choose the area of the US they’d like to live and work in while their asylum claim is processed.
“This is horrific when you think about what the governor is doing,” he said as he claimed the migrants did not realize they were on their way to New York.

Slightly concerning that as the mayor of the city, he thinks it’s “horrific” to send migrants there!

“We’re finding that some of the families are on the bus that wanted to go to other locations, and they were not allowed to do so,” he whinged.

“They were forced on the bus with the understanding that they were going to other locations that they wanted to go to, and when they tried to explain they were not allowed to do so.”

The United Nations describes a ‘refugee’ as:

“Persons who are outside their country of origin for reasons of feared persecution, conflict, generalized violence, or other circumstances that have seriously disturbed public order and, as a result, require international protection.”


With that in mind, surely the part of the United States where such a desperate individual who is attempting to escape violence is sent pales into insignificance? Unless, of course, you’re talking about economic migrants, which is what the majority of illegal immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border really are.

Under UN law, countries may legally keep those claiming asylum in detention centers while their claims are made, and many countries, including Australia, do just that.



Last year, US border patrol agents reported 1.7 million encounters with migrants crossing the border. Border states like Texas have been forced to bear the brunt of the crisis. But Adams blasted Abbott for failing to inform him about when the buses ferrying a few dozen migrants might turn up:

“They’re not letting us know when the buses are leaving. They’re not letting us know what are the needs of the people on the bus,” he moaned.

“They are not giving us any information, so we’re unable to really provide the service to people en route.”

Talk about reaping what you sow! Meanwhile, in a statement on Friday, Abbott said:

“I hope he follows through on his promise of welcoming all migrants with open arms so that our overrun and overwhelmed border towns can find relief.”
Amazing how big time liberals become financially conservative when it’s their actual money being spent.
 

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“We’re finding that some of the families are on the bus that wanted to go to other locations, and they were not allowed to do so,” he whinged.
Hey. They get on the plane, or bus, and GO there!

AFTER buying a TICKET. Like any of us do.

If they don't have the money, they have to stay PUT. We're not running a tour here...well, some Dumbo cRats are; but it's time to cut the comedy.
 

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Amazing how big time liberals become financially conservative when it’s their actual money being spent.
They're all happy to see these open borders and migrant invasions - at a DISTANCE.

When it becomes up-close-and-personal, alluva sudden, attitudes seem to change. Schitt be gettin REAL.
 

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Nigerian illegal anthem:

♫ We'll take Manhattan, ♫
♫ The Bronx and Staten ♫
♫ Island, too... ♫
♫ Turn them into a zoo...♫
 

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Nigerian illegal anthem:

♫ We'll take Manhattan, ♫
♫ The Bronx and Staten ♫
♫ Island, too... ♫
♫ Turn them into a zoo...♫
But don't forget Cleveland and detriot too.
There already destroyed but will make more room for you.
And then there is Boston it's already a hole.....
Just give em more money that you work for too.
 

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Massachusetts: State Troopers Get Fired, Lose Their Gun Rights For Not Accepting COVID Jabs​

The anti-2A actions come as the result of a vaccine mandate signed by left-wing GOP Governor Charlie Baker​

by FRANKIE STOCKES

August 9, 2022

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Massachusetts State Troopers who were fired from the statewide police force after refusing the accept the COVID-19 jab lost more than their jobs, with the head of the state police unilaterally issuing an order to revoke their 2nd Amendment rights to carry a firearm and threatening to imprison those who disobey him.​

Thirteen Massachusetts State Troopers were fired from the state police force earlier this year after refusing to accept the COVID-19 jab, in an instance of medical tyranny that closely resembles those that have played out time and time again nationwide. Far beyond losing their jobs, the troopers lost a critical chunk of their 2nd Amendment rights as well, according to a letter sent out by Massachusetts State Police Colonel Christopher Mason.


Under Mason’s orders, which took effect in July, Massachusetts State Troopers who were fired for refusing the COVID-19 jab will see their License to Carry Firearms expire, and it won’t be renewed. Police officers and gun rights activist groups have slammed the anti-2nd Amendment enhancement to COVID-19 punishments, and question its legality.
“Please be advised that effective July 6, 2022, your Massachusetts State Police issued License to Carry Firearms…will be expired by the MSP and will not be renewed,” the letter, which was sent out on June 20th and obtained by local media, reportedly reads.
“You will no longer be permitted to have firearms, rifles, shotguns, machine guns, large capacity feeding devices, and ammunition in your possession,” the letter goes on to state, laying out numerous ways Mason is shredding the 2nd Amendment rights of his own police force comrades. “Possession of a firearm and/or ammunition without an LTC is a criminal offense,” he wrote, typing the term “criminal offense” in bold font.
Mason goes on to write that the troopers impacted by his order can transfer their weapons to a “person who is lawfully licensed to take possession” of them, or “surrender them” to their “local police department.”
According to Massachusetts media reports, all of the troopers fired under the vaccine mandate issued by left-wing Republican Governor Charlie Baker sought exemptions, but were denied, even under religious pretenses.
Under the mandate, those who refuse the vaccine are ordered by Governor Baker to face “progressive discipline up to and including termination.”
The anti-2nd Amendment actions of the Massachusetts State Police and its unelected leader, Colonel Mason, run completely contrary to the actions of many American Sheriffs, who are constitutionally elected by the people they vow to serve and protect.
As unelected bureaucrats and anti-2nd Amendment politicians prepare for a crackdown on the constitutionally protected rights of gun owners, American Sheriffs are vowing to defend the US Constitution, digging their heels into the dirt as they face down federal and state attacks on the 2nd Amendment and the most sacred rights of the American people.
 

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We NEED this coming collapse.

So often I'm in agreement with Unca Walt, all these years...but this time, I think, the best thing for us is to hit bottom, hard. These pencil-necked Woketards who can't figure out which restroom to use...need to be face to face with reality. In the form of an empty food shelf. In the form of, no gasoline. In the form of, BLM sojers at their mouth-frothing best.

As things get worse, incrementally, the Left incrementally cuts off our basic enumerated rights. Religion, speech, arms, and now, freedom from quartering - which is just an articulation of the right to keep and use one's own property.

Let's end it. Let's work this out, the only way demented weaklings understand.
 

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Massachusetts: State Troopers Get Fired, Lose Their Gun Rights For Not Accepting COVID Jabs​

The anti-2A actions come as the result of a vaccine mandate signed by left-wing GOP Governor Charlie Baker​

by FRANKIE STOCKES

August 9, 2022

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Massachusetts State Troopers who were fired from the statewide police force after refusing the accept the COVID-19 jab lost more than their jobs, with the head of the state police unilaterally issuing an order to revoke their 2nd Amendment rights to carry a firearm and threatening to imprison those who disobey him.​

Thirteen Massachusetts State Troopers were fired from the state police force earlier this year after refusing to accept the COVID-19 jab, in an instance of medical tyranny that closely resembles those that have played out time and time again nationwide. Far beyond losing their jobs, the troopers lost a critical chunk of their 2nd Amendment rights as well, according to a letter sent out by Massachusetts State Police Colonel Christopher Mason.


Under Mason’s orders, which took effect in July, Massachusetts State Troopers who were fired for refusing the COVID-19 jab will see their License to Carry Firearms expire, and it won’t be renewed. Police officers and gun rights activist groups have slammed the anti-2nd Amendment enhancement to COVID-19 punishments, and question its legality.
“Please be advised that effective July 6, 2022, your Massachusetts State Police issued License to Carry Firearms…will be expired by the MSP and will not be renewed,” the letter, which was sent out on June 20th and obtained by local media, reportedly reads.
“You will no longer be permitted to have firearms, rifles, shotguns, machine guns, large capacity feeding devices, and ammunition in your possession,” the letter goes on to state, laying out numerous ways Mason is shredding the 2nd Amendment rights of his own police force comrades. “Possession of a firearm and/or ammunition without an LTC is a criminal offense,” he wrote, typing the term “criminal offense” in bold font.
Mason goes on to write that the troopers impacted by his order can transfer their weapons to a “person who is lawfully licensed to take possession” of them, or “surrender them” to their “local police department.”
According to Massachusetts media reports, all of the troopers fired under the vaccine mandate issued by left-wing Republican Governor Charlie Baker sought exemptions, but were denied, even under religious pretenses.
Under the mandate, those who refuse the vaccine are ordered by Governor Baker to face “progressive discipline up to and including termination.”
The anti-2nd Amendment actions of the Massachusetts State Police and its unelected leader, Colonel Mason, run completely contrary to the actions of many American Sheriffs, who are constitutionally elected by the people they vow to serve and protect.
As unelected bureaucrats and anti-2nd Amendment politicians prepare for a crackdown on the constitutionally protected rights of gun owners, American Sheriffs are vowing to defend the US Constitution, digging their heels into the dirt as they face down federal and state attacks on the 2nd Amendment and the most sacred rights of the American people.
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That ought to be an easy one to defeat in court. What does a vaxx mandate have to do with 2a rights?
Nothing, I think.

In Gnu Yark, even the Jabbed don't have any 2A rights.
 

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That ought to be an easy one to defeat in court. What does a vaxx mandate have to do with 2a rights?

I think troopers have automatic carry rights and now they would have to get permits like the rest of the regulars in MA
 

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this is an 'alternative' form of money...it can / will give the illusion of 'being in control of my own finances' until the taxation grows on each transaction, etc

at the end of the day, the oligarchs will own all carbon credits as they'll simply buy them all up, to pass around, give away as gifts at christmas and soon they will be Forbes listings of who owns the most carbon credits...while the poor starve


it all sounds so wonderful but we've been sold this load of shit before....
 

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We NEED this coming collapse.

So often I'm in agreement with Unca Walt, all these years...but this time, I think, the best thing for us is to hit bottom, hard. These pencil-necked Woketards who can't figure out which restroom to use...need to be face to face with reality. In the form of an empty food shelf. In the form of, no gasoline. In the form of, BLM sojers at their mouth-frothing best.

As things get worse, incrementally, the Left incrementally cuts off our basic enumerated rights. Religion, speech, arms, and now, freedom from quartering - which is just an articulation of the right to keep and use one's own property.

Let's end it. Let's work this out, the only way demented weaklings understand.
I think I am halfway on board with just fucking ending this dangling... I recognize and accept your position, CJ.

But. <-- I cannot get away from the "but": I have seen the broken civilization reality** that is coming to us. I really do not want to experience that again, even though I cannot find any way even in my imagination that would repair the loss of trade, travel, finance, food, healthcare, infrastructure including power... and more -- that would in any way stop it.

I cannot honestly say whether it is selfishness in wanting my A/C, fresh blueberries, yada to stay there, or whether it is selflessness in wishing for my sons and grandlings to have some more time in a civilized venue.

Either way, we all know what exists right now cannot obtain for very long.

**Late Edit Add: Picture the broken world of Chicago. Now cut out the cameras, running water, running vehicles, and open stores. Start there, and go down lower.
 

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I think I am halfway on board with just fucking ending this dangling... I recognize and accept your position, CJ.

But. <-- I cannot get away from the "but": I have seen the broken civilization reality** that is coming to us. I really do not want to experience that again, even though I cannot find any way even in my imagination that would repair the loss of trade, travel, finance, food, healthcare, infrastructure including power... and more -- that would in any way stop it.

I cannot honestly say whether it is selfishness in wanting my A/C, fresh blueberries, yada to stay there, or whether it is selflessness in wishing for my sons and grandlings to have some more time in a civilized venue.

Either way, we all know what exists right now cannot obtain for very long.

**Late Edit Add: Picture the broken world of Chicago. Now cut out the cameras, running water, running vehicles, and open stores. Start there, and go down lower.
I have thought about it. I've read a lot of history. An Easterner by birth, I spent nearly a decade out here, wandering and photographing old ghost mining towns, and reading their history.

(I've been in the West 20 years, with a ten-year break; but I've seen enough to be a bit bored with it...)

No phones. No power. Doc has whiskey - as an anesthetic, not as recreation. People get old, and then one day you get up, and there's no smoke coming from Baby Doe's chimney there at her shack. She's frozen stiff.

This is our past, and now - thanks to the financialists, who set the stage for European financialist-oligarchs to take power, to sow chaos to impose their dream of ruling the world under the rubric of Communism...for all that, and our foolishness and ignorance...our long-ago past is our immediate future.

We gonna have to do without air conditioning. I didn't exactly live out that life...although I sorta did...but I came in just after. The era of the Great Resorts was just newly dead when I arrived in the 1950s. Air conditioning was only starting to come to be. A family wanted to be comfortable in summer...they took the train to the Adirondacks or the Smokies or the Rockies, and spent the summer in a hotel. Not a Super 8, but a resort set up for long-term summer occupancy.

Later, they took their 1955 Chevy or their 1962 Rambler to the lake, weekends and a month in summer. You got hot, you went swimming. You didn't live there, winters, unless you really were okay with arctic temperatures.

You were too poor? You found a place where the weather was comfortable. You could be hot in summer (Dixie) or freeze in winter (Yankeeland). Or, if you REALLY got lucky, you found work in California...Paradise.

We're gonna be doing that. The Northern cities are gonna repopulate. The East is going to have a sort of rebirth - for its fertile soil. People are going to have to work, and HARD, and they'll sweat and/or freeze while they do it.

Some of us will be living in the kind of mining shacks I've seen in Garnet or Bannack, out here - the size of a large gardening shed in our time. It sucks, but this is the real-life translation of a "reduction in our standard of living."

It's what comes of Transforming an economy from a productive one to a money-manipulation one, existing on money-printing, then on credit, then on government subsidies based on government credit, and then, all fall down.
 

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It's what comes of Transforming an economy from a productive one to a money-manipulation one, existing on money-printing, then on credit, then on government subsidies based on government credit, and then, all fall down.
What no revolt in there?
 

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I have thought about it. I've read a lot of history. An Easterner by birth, I spent nearly a decade out here, wandering and photographing old ghost mining towns, and reading their history.

(I've been in the West 20 years, with a ten-year break; but I've seen enough to be a bit bored with it...)

No phones. No power. Doc has whiskey - as an anesthetic, not as recreation. People get old, and then one day you get up, and there's no smoke coming from Baby Doe's chimney there at her shack. She's frozen stiff.

This is our past, and now - thanks to the financialists, who set the stage for European financialist-oligarchs to take power, to sow chaos to impose their dream of ruling the world under the rubric of Communism...for all that, and our foolishness and ignorance...our long-ago past is our immediate future.

We gonna have to do without air conditioning. I didn't exactly live out that life...although I sorta did...but I came in just after. The era of the Great Resorts was just newly dead when I arrived in the 1950s. Air conditioning was only starting to come to be. A family wanted to be comfortable in summer...they took the train to the Adirondacks or the Smokies or the Rockies, and spent the summer in a hotel. Not a Super 8, but a resort set up for long-term summer occupancy.

Later, they took their 1955 Chevy or their 1962 Rambler to the lake, weekends and a month in summer. You got hot, you went swimming. You didn't live there, winters, unless you really were okay with arctic temperatures.

You were too poor? You found a place where the weather was comfortable. You could be hot in summer (Dixie) or freeze in winter (Yankeeland). Or, if you REALLY got lucky, you found work in California...Paradise.

We're gonna be doing that. The Northern cities are gonna repopulate. The East is going to have a sort of rebirth - for its fertile soil. People are going to have to work, and HARD, and they'll sweat and/or freeze while they do it.

Some of us will be living in the kind of mining shacks I've seen in Garnet or Bannack, out here - the size of a large gardening shed in our time. It sucks, but this is the real-life translation of a "reduction in our standard of living."

It's what comes of Transforming an economy from a productive one to a money-manipulation one, existing on money-printing, then on credit, then on government subsidies based on government credit, and then, all fall down.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Yup. That is what I DON'T WANT RIGHT NOW.

Anyone who does... is simply not thinking, but impulse-wishing.


Me and my fargin packrat trivia: I learned in a metallurgy course that there are many buildings in Chicago that must remain heated.

Allowing the structures to get too cold would change the stress levels to beyond the beam capacities. Only a long-term total power failure in the dead of a bad Chicago winter would do this... so it is not a problem.

Before, that is.

With infrastructure breakdown, and only those who learned metallurgy (and remember that tidbit) would even know... Now it is most ricky-tick back on the "ohshit table".

LATE EDIT ADD: Of course it will not be Chicago alone... that was just the example in the course.