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‘Unprecedented’ fires spread through the Arctic


Wildfires are spreading through parts of the Arctic, including Siberia, Alaska, Greenland and Canada at “unprecedented levels,” according to wildfire expert Mark Parrington from the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service.

According to BBC, the increasing number of wildfires affects air quality as well as conditions on the ground. Fires release toxic pollutants and gases into the atmosphere, which can be harmful to people, animals and plants. The smoke from the fires in Russia has now traveled as far as the west coast of Canada and Alaska, according to BBC. Smoke has blocked the sun and made it difficult for people to breathe in several countries, and some governments have declared a state of emergency.

Fires in the northern hemisphere between May and October are not abnormal, yet the location, intensity and length have been more extreme than usual, according to CAMS. The World Meteorological Organization reported 2019 saw Earth’s warmest June on record. With warmer conditions, fires grow more rapidly and can persist longer.

Russia’s Federal Forestry Agency reported over 6.5 million acres of land are currently burning across Siberia and Eastern Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent the Russian army to help fight the fires in Siberia, and United States President Donald Trump has offered Putin assistance to put the fires out.

According to USA Today, firefighters in Russia have few resources in some parts of the Siberian Arctic. In Siberia, rain is one of the only available resources to extinguish the flames. Hundreds of thousands of people have signed a petition calling for tougher action regarding the fires, claiming what Putin is doing is not enough.

While Russia is one of the regions most affected by the fire season, there are currently 21 fires burning through over 1 million acres of land in Alaska, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. BBC reported the majority of the fires throughout Alaska have been started by lightning strikes. In Canada, a single wildfire in the Northwest Territories has burned at least—if not more—100,000 acres according to the Environment and Natural Resources Ministry.

“The ongoing Arctic fires have been most severe in Alaska and Siberia, where some have been large enough to cover almost 100,000 football pitches, or the whole of Lanzarote,” Parrington stated in a CAMS report. “In Alberta, Canada, one fire is estimated to have been bigger than 300,000 pitches. In Alaska alone, CAMS has registered almost 400 wildfires this year, with new ones igniting every day.”

In addition to affecting air quality, climate scientists claim soot absorbs sunlight and warms the atmosphere. If soot falls on ice or snow, it absorbs heat as soot reduces reflectability.

Fires also contribute to the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Scientists estimate that fires in July 2019 resulted in the release of about 100 megatons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of the carbon output of the entirety of Belgium in 2017.

“We haven’t crossed any major irreversible tipping points yet, but for each tenth of a degree that we get close to 1.5 [degrees Celsius], it’s sort of like time’s running out,” meteorologist Eric Holthaus told TIME. “We’re already there in some places where the ice just doesn’t exist in the times and places that it used to. That’s a permanent change effectively to those parts of the Arctic.”

Greenland is one place serious ice sheet changes can be seen every year. The National Post reported the 2019 melting season could set a record for the most melted ice in history. 250 billion tons of ice have already melted this year due to a combination of low snowfall and significant melt run-off, according to The National Post. This is enough water to sustain the world population’s water intake for over 40 years.

“The basic chemistry and the basic physics of how the atmosphere absorbs heat—there’s no path where you can imagine that the Arctic is going to start to cool off again,” Brian Brettchneider from the International Arctic Research Center told TIME. “Cold air has to come from somewhere, cold air doesn’t just magically appear, and that somewhere has to be accounted for in the entire energy balance of the Earth. It would take a dramatic reversal of the chemical composition of the atmosphere.”


123 Comments on "‘Unprecedented’ fires spread through the Arctic"

  1. dissident on Sun, 11th Aug 2019 9:19 pm 

    All these fires are producing a nice black carbon deposit on the Greenland ice sheet which is accelerating its melt.

  2. twocats on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 12:44 am 

    yep. peak oil just didn’t have the mustard to take down civilization – it will be up to climate change to seal the deal

  3. Chrome Mags on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 2:14 am 

    “United States President Donald Trump has offered Putin assistance to put the fires out.”

    Is that even plausible? It’s not like fire trucks driving from Idaho to California, this is a completely different country on the other side of the planet. Do we now need to set up special shipping for fire trucks, water tenders, dozers, personnel etc.? Will they be painted red? Will the fire house ship sirens be going off all the way to Siberia – lol? How many of these ships will be needed since there are hundreds of fires? How far will they have to travel on the ground to get to the fires? Will these convoys need to also have diesel trucks following along to fuel up on 4,500 mile treks into unpopulated Siberia? Will they also need mechanics and repair trucks to fix problems on such long stretches? Who will bear the cost?

    It’s really amazing how complacent people, leaders can be when all signs point to runaway GW. I mean it may not be completely out of hand yet, but just try to stop the momentum of GW and you’ll find out real quick nothing is stopping it. We could even stop emitting CO2 on short order (suffering economic collapse) and the momentum would still continue on for 30 years (thermal inertia).

    It’s not momentum like a train, its momentum like hundred billion runaway locomotives that will gain more and more momentum with each passing day of massive emissions. Yet, humankind goes on like nothing’s really happening. It’s a laugh or its sad, take your pick.

  4. Chrome Mags on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 2:17 am 

    Oh, hey, I’ve even got a better one. Remember how Trump blamed California for failing to rake up their leaves for the fires? Why doesn’t he blame Russia for failing to do the same? That my friends was a lesson in hypocrisy.

  5. Shortend on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 7:07 am 

    Surprise. NOT. Like the world was not warned about this decades again regarding climate change if we continue BAU.

  6. DerHundistLos on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 7:14 am 

    And we have our own epidemic of wildfires that have stretched fire services to the breaking point, although Trump would not know this fact since he brags that he doesn’t read.

    Just to give you an idea, 2017 and 2018 United States insured property losses due to wildfires, drought, flooding, and hurricanes totaled in excess of $150 BILLION, which is equivalent to 30+ years of insured losses prior to 2000!!!!!

    Trump’s all talk and ZERO action.

  7. Sissyfuss on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 7:34 am 

    Released methane adds to the flammability of the boreal forests near the Arctic Circle. The warming is going exponential in those areas and will continue to spread South while simultaneously the equatorial regions will continue to become uninhabitable forcing more climate refugees towards the 45th Parallel. Add in sea level rise and it will get very crowded in those now less temperate zones. And we, as a species are doing nothing to counter the rising emissions that are the cause of these growing calamities. Gaia has set up the planet to counteract against a cancerous horde that threatens her viability. Nature is not our friend, she is our master and she is preparing the whip that will teach us to obey her laws and respect her power.

  8. Dredd on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 10:20 am 

    “‘Unprecedented’ fires spread through the Arctic”

    So, it’s heating up in more ways than one (Seaports With Sea Level Change – 4).

  9. Robert Inget on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 11:38 am 

    I’ve little to add to excellent comments expressed.

    Why will a thousand conspiracy theories (a single suicide
    or hit job) get more ink than the slow painful deaths of billions of warm and cold blooded creatures?

    Joe Stalin; “The death of a single child is a calamity, the death of millions, just a stasitic”.

    Once mega fires begin feeding on permafrost, stored carbon,
    as oxigen blocking ice and snow melts-away, da da da ‘That’s All Folks’.

  10. Robert Inget on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 11:56 am 


    Lindsey Graham claims he needs an AR-15 to fend off looters in case of hurricane

    Hurricane season may be busier than expected due to weak El Nino

    Florida beachgoers form human chain to save swimmers caught in rip currents.

    Barry no longer a hurricane but could still cause major damage.

    Hurricane season may be more turbulent than usual with as many as nine severe storms expected to hit the US this year, according to experts.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned Thursday that “above-normal hurricane activity” has been predicted for hurricane season, which will run until Nov. 30.

    In the forecast, five to nine hurricanes are expected to hit stateside, with at least two of those classified as “major hurricanes.”

    There are also 10 to 17 named storms — which have winds of 39 miles per hour or greater — anticipated for the region.

    On average during the season, there are 12 named storms, of which six escalate to hurricanes, according to NOAA.

    (Most of our biggest refineries are located on the Gulf coast so as to process Venezuelan and Saudi heavy crude)

  11. Robert Inget on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 12:27 pm 

    Today’s S. Oregon Police Report;
    (a case to be made to outlaw motor vehicles bears, cows)

    Motorcyclist dies after hitting cow on Highway 238 in Medford

    TRAFFIC ALERT: A Car Versus Pedestrian Crash is Slowing Traffic on Highway 238 West of Jacksonville

    Motorcyclist dies in Coos county crash.

    Motorcyclist Dies in Crash With Bear, SUV in Central Oregon.

    New Traffic Flow on Highway 62 in Medford
    Police chase cow near Chick-Fil-A

    Medford Man Dies in Rollover Crash in Northeast Oregon.

    Girl Injured in Medford Apartment Fire Dies.

    Child Injured After Driver Hits Medford School Bus

    Police Arrest Suspect in Medford Hit-and-Run Crash

  12. I AM THE MOB on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 4:48 pm 

    Putin’s nuclear missile test was an epic fail!


    Putin can’t counter NATO’s defense. He is a sitting duck!

  13. claes on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 5:08 pm 

    MOB, if I could only figure out to whom your loyalty is ?

  14. makati1 on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 5:15 pm 

    MOB, where is proof for your Russophobe statement? I would say the S400 and S500 anti-missile systems are all they need to protect Russia. The US has zero real defenses against missiles. Most are antique. Prove me wrong.

    Keep in mind that they still have at least 1,600 nuke missiles in place that can hit the US in less than 20 minutes.

    “The Federation of American Scientists estimates that Russia possesses 6,500 nuclear weapons, while the United States has 6,185; Russia and the U.S. each have 1,600 active deployed strategic nuclear warheads.”

    I prefer to live in a country no one wants to nuke. I sleep well. Do you? LOL

  15. makati1 on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 5:17 pm 

    claes, he has no loyalty, like most Amerikans. Last we heard, he was leeching off of his mom and supposed girlfriend, waiting to suicide. Hardly someone to believe.

  16. claes on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 5:27 pm 

    Then at least he’s loyal to family, and that’s good enough for me

  17. Anonymouse on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 5:31 pm 

    Ummm, ‘Mob’ is a deranged lunatic living somewhere in the backwoods of Missouri. He spends most of his days, trolling and spinning out his patented word-salads, and when not going that, flipping between ‘personalities’ such as they are, for…reasons known only to him, and his…’alts.’

    Davyturd dialed down his Russo-phobia, but, that is mostly because he is far too busy posting as ‘juanpee’ these days to bother with stuff like that. He leaves his more wingnutty material for ‘DAVYMOB’, who is well suited to say things even Davytard finds too stupid and or embarrassing to say directly.

  18. I AM THE MOB on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 5:35 pm 

    Putting ‘false flag’ to a whole new level.

  19. claes on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 5:39 pm 

    By the way, and as we are talking. It seems like Epstein killed himself, but it wasn’t suicide.

  20. makati1 on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 5:59 pm 

    There are too many pedophiles in high places to have allowed him to live and spill the beans. It is the responsibility of the FBI to investigate and prosecute, but that will never happen in today’s Police State Amerika where the wealthy scam billions, lie, cheat and walk free while the tax slave druggie with a ‘nickle bag’ of pot is imprisoned.

    The US is worse than any banana republic or 3rd world nation and all of its filth is being displayed for all the world to see.

  21. claes on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 6:08 pm 

    Mak, you are so right, except for China beeing the most fascistic, hatefull and racistic state in newer history.

  22. I AM THE MOB on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 6:11 pm 

    A Mexican gang hung 9 dead bodies from a bridge in a gruesome battle linked to control of the avocado trade

  23. Anonymouse on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 6:56 pm 

    ‘newer history’? When did that start?

  24. I AM THE MOB on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 6:58 pm 

    Two Years Into His Presidency and Donald Trump Still Doesn’t Use Computers

  25. Duncan Idaho on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 7:01 pm 

    The market down again, big time.
    Is the Fat Boy heading into the ditch?
    6 times bankrupt scammer- maybe.

  26. makati1 on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 7:27 pm 

    Really claes? I think the US holds that title, and has for a long long time. Say 400+ years. The US was built on slavery and hate. It remains a racist country. Only an ignorant, brainwashed, delusional American cannot see that fact.

    THE fascist movement is inevitable in the United States. To believe otherwise is to imagine that the capitalists will give up their power without a fight.” FASCIST TRENDS IN THE UNITED STATES

    Sounds like the pot calling the kettle black… LOL

  27. makati1 on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 7:45 pm 

    Duncan, Trump is doing his best to kill the US. His lies are so obvious and his tweets are those of an insane person ignorant of how the real world works. An arrogant bully.

    Have you ever watched a video of Mussolini? WWII Mussolini

    Do you see the similarities? I do. Beware the future of the US if he is reelected and can ignore the peasants.

  28. makati1 on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 9:27 pm 

    Poverty – Food for thought:

    “Russia’s poverty rates totaled 14.3%, or 20.9 million people, in January-March 2019, according to Russia’s State Statistics Service (Rosstat).”

    “One organization estimated that in 2015, 13.5% of Americans (43.1 million) lived in poverty. Yet other scholars underscore the number of people in the United States living in “near-poverty,” putting the number at around 100 million, or nearly a third of the U.S. population.”

    100 million is the population of the Philippines.

  29. I AM THE MOB on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 9:31 pm 

    Frightened by shootings, appalled at Trump, Americans are voting with their feet — to leave

  30. Davy on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 10:29 pm 

    You ain’t seen nothin yet MOB. When the economy collapses and CW2 goes hot, you can expect a mass exodus out of the US.

    Did I mention I’m moving to Europe?

    I think I might of.

  31. makati1 on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 11:23 pm 

    Davy you are so full of shit! It was Italy and your supposed wife’s home. I would say…out of the frying pan, into the fire. Why do you think Europe is sane or will be safer? LOL

  32. makati1 on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 11:29 pm 

    MOB, the exodus has already begun. Even my partner’s sister who lives in Californication is planning to move back to the Philippines because she is worried about her 13 year old daughter and the increasing crime and drugs there. There are many many Americans living in the Philippines.

    “In 2015, the U.S. State Department estimated that there were more than 220,000 U.S. citizens living in the Philippines, with a significant mixed population of Amerasians and descendants from the colonial era as well.”

    I am sure that number has grown since then.

    BTW: “The Philippines has a generally low cost of living. International Living reports that you could comfortably live on $800 to $1200 a month, covering housing, utilities, food, healthcare and taxes.” Or less.

  33. Cloggie on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 11:42 pm 

    “MOB, if I could only figure out to whom your loyalty is ?”

    To the Jews.

    “Ummm, ‘Mob’ is a deranged lunatic living somewhere in the backwoods of Missouri. He spends most of his days, trolling and spinning out his patented word-salads, and when not going that, flipping between ‘personalities’ such as they are, for…reasons known only to him, and his…’alts.’”

    Nobody is fooling And according to him I’m a Jew. rofl

    Seriously, empire dave is defending the empire status quo, but to his dispair he sees his world falling apart.

    Mob is dreaming the jewish dream (our nightmare) of total bolshevation of North-American society, like in the USSR after 1917, only this time the coloreds are going to be his proletariat to get the dirty work done (killing millions of whites-with-an-attitude).

    Me, the European pro-white board-natzi, believes in a European rebirth and restoration of European grandeur, by the EU teaming up with Russia, turning gradually rightwing, burrying Anglo post-1815 supremacy, and snatch ourselves ca. 120 million desperate bubble gum poppers, out of the murderous hands of Mobs tribe and park them just-in-time in a white alliance, sufficient to contain the next super-power, China, en passant destroying global J-power while we are at it. I like Mob, not personally, but geopolitically, because he has no choice but to be Europe’s useful idiot in that he is going to deliver us CW2. Many original links here were posted by the fool from Middleville:


  34. Davy on Tue, 13th Aug 2019 3:49 am 

    “Davy you are so full of shit! It was Italy and your supposed wife’s home. I would say…out of the frying pan, into the fire. Why do you think Europe is sane or will be safer? LOL”

    dumbfuck, that was your buddy juanpee. You are so dense. must be old age

  35. JuanP identity fraud on Tue, 13th Aug 2019 3:49 am 

    Davy on Mon, 12th Aug 2019 10:29 pm

    You ain’t seen nothin yet MOB. When the economy collapses and CW2 goes hot, you can expect a mass exodus out of the US.

    Did I mention I’m moving to Europe?

    I think I might of.

  36. Davy on Tue, 13th Aug 2019 3:51 am 

    well folks, yesterday the board kinda returned to a normalcy but fuck nut juanpee couldn’t stand that. So it is back to the normal of stupidity. I am just warning you today the forum probably will look like shit. thanks mentally ill juanpee

  37. Davy on Tue, 13th Aug 2019 4:04 am 

    Poor cloggo, his euro pbm empire is dissolving before his eyes all because of those rascal Italians he loves to talk up. LOL.

    “Can Salvini Beat The Italian Troika?” strategic culture via zero hedge

    “Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia (FI) is failing quickly, as is M5S, whose support has halved since last March’s election. This election calculus creates a much more stable situation that what shook out of 2018’s election. And it is the reason why Salvini looks ready to take the fight to the Italian Troika…“Yes, Salvini has failed to deliver on his promises as the junior member of a coalition government run by inept leftists and sabotaged by his own Prime Minister, Finance Minister and President. The writer, Ferdinando Giugliano, then states that Salvini promised to get Italy out of the euro, which he explicitly did not campaign on nor has he talked about openly since being in power. That Salvini wants to get Italy out of the euro without concessions and changes to the EU’s finance rules is well known. But it’s not something he’s agitating for. Laying the plans for leaving the euro through the mini-BOT? Of course. Is that a bargaining chip to use in negotiations with Brussels? Absolutely. If you look at what Giugliano is saying it’s clear that his opening statement is the most accurate in the entire piece. “Matteo Salvini… likes to play the long game.” Which is exactly what he should be doing, as I’ve pointed out consistently for nearly two years now (here, here, here). At every turn Salvini must cast others as the problem if he wants to win politically, which isn’t hard because it’s the truth. And the more he does this the higher in the polls Lega rises…The best outcome was for Brussels to keep Salvini saddled to M5S, retaining the status quo for as long as possible. Oops…But Salvini, in constant contact with his fellow Euroskeptic leaders like Viktor Orban in Hungary, Nigel Farage in the U.K., Marine Le Pen in France, knows that timing in politics is everything. Poking this snake now, going for a consolidation of power the people seem to want of him, while Brussels is up to its neck in Brexit, new divisions within the EU parliament, and financial markets becoming more unmoored from reality every day is the right move…If he pulls this off he could change the face of Italian politics for a generation and the face of Europe for a century.”

  38. Davy on Tue, 13th Aug 2019 4:11 am 

    Poor makato, his agenda of food security in Asia is being severely tested. He does nothing but backtrack these days from all he has said over the years. Asia is going down the toilet but that is not what he said would happen. Makato always talks about how Asia is rising and the west sinking. LOL. Just like his brother in stupidity, cloggo, reality is a bitch. He has food security issues ahead of him on his overpopulated little island. Wht happens in China definitely blows down to the P’s.

    “Fall Armyworm’ Invades China; Wreaks Havoc On Agriculture Lands” zero hedge

    “China’s agriculture ministry warned in June that it found fall armyworms in 21 provinces, across 333,000 hectares of crops. Fall armyworms (Spodoptera frugiperda) are a destructive garden pest that can destroy a variety of crops as well as grasses. Chinese officials are worried about prevention and control measures of the pest might be failing, which could lead to crop losses this year. Beijing warned fall armyworms could damage hundreds, if not thousands of hectares of crops, leading to possible food security issues for the country. To counter the pest, China has requested farmers in the 21 provinces to use government-approved pesticides. The “heart-devouring worm” – as locals call it – has spread almost 1,900 miles north since migrating from neighboring Myanmar earlier this year, now threatens 21 provinces and regions in China and could heavily impact the country’s grain output. In Yunnan, a province in southwestern China, the pest has already destroyed 86,000 hectares of corn, sugarcane, sorghum, and ginger crops. Fall armyworm started to spread through Africa and Asia in 2016, these pests, which are moths, fly 60 miles per night, is very challenging for farmers and governments to exterminate.”

  39. makati1 on Tue, 13th Aug 2019 4:14 am 

    Davy, it was you, not JuanP. If it was JuanP…not the immature juanpee you use… then I congratulate him on getting your writing style down perfect! Go JuanP!


  40. Davy on Tue, 13th Aug 2019 4:28 am 

    “Davy, it was you, not JuanP. If it was JuanP…not the immature juanpee you use… then I congratulate him on getting your writing style down perfect! Go JuanP!”

    There you got it straight from the horses mouth, makato, enabling and supporting ID theft and socking. Fuck nut. Then you whine about it. typical losing his mind senial old man. You and Bobby Ignet are two pees in a pod.

  41. Davy on Tue, 13th Aug 2019 4:32 am 

    Another one of the liberal left’s darlings tainted. Obama must be sweating bullets about now. Disgrace

    “Clinton Treasury Secretary Larry Summers Rode On Epstein’s ‘Lolita Express” zero hedge
    “Larry Summers has been telling any financial journalist who will listen that the bottom is about to fall out of the economy any minute now…but perhaps he has an ulterior motive for all of his economic doomsaying. The former Harvard President and Clinton-era Treasury Secretary has been cited four times on the flight logs of Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘Lolita Express’. During his first trip, he was still working in the Clinton administration. And during his most recent – in 2005 – he and his wife accompanied Epstein to Epstein’s private island just days after their wedding. During his first trip on Sept. 19, 1998, (while he was Treasury Secretary) Summers flew from the airport in Aspen, Colo. to Dulles international. His second trip didn’t take place until April 15, 2004, when Summers flew from JFK to Bedford, Mass., an airport not far from Harvard, where he was president of the university at the time. On his third trip, Summers flew from Bedford to White Plains for reasons that are unclear. And during his fourth trip, Larry and Lisa Summers flew from Bedford to Epstein’s Island, and were accompanied by Epstein’s close confidant and alleged Madam Ghislaine Maxwell. Summers is just one more member of the Clinton inner circle who was ‘exposed’ to Epstein thanks to these trips. And with more Epstein-related document dumps ahead, we may soon learn more about exactly what he was doing on those flights.”

  42. Davy on Tue, 13th Aug 2019 4:40 am 

    “Japanese Consortium To Build World’s First Electric Tanker” clean technica

    “Now comes news that four Japanese companies have teamed up to build the world’s first zero emission tanker. Yes, it’s a coastal tanker intended for use on Tokyo Bay, not traversing the Pacific Ocean, but it’s a significant step in the right direction. The tanker, which will be powered by electric motors and a (really large) battery pack, is projected to enter service about two years from now. The four companies — Asahi Tanker Co., Exeno Yamamizu Corp., Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd., and Mitsubishi Corp — have created a joint venture called e5 Lab Inc. to build and operate the tanker.”

  43. Davy on Tue, 13th Aug 2019 4:47 am 


    “Unlike a classic solar panel, however, and due to its current transparency of up to 30%, the ASCA organic photovoltaic film offers the advantage of letting a proportion of the sunlight pass through, thereby enabling photosynthesis to take place…With this demonstration, the growers and Eiffage Energie Systèmes are seeking to measure the contribution of organic photovoltaic film as both a low-carbon energy solution and as a regulator of luminosity and thermal conditions.”

  44. Davy on Tue, 13th Aug 2019 4:54 am 

    “Reality-Denial Among America’s Democratic Party Faithful” strategic culture

    “I believe that, specifically (and ever since at least the time of FDR’s death in 1945) the wealthiest Americans (and not merely ambiguous “elites and activists”) did shape it, to become, as it now is: fascist. That’s why both Parties now are fascist — one liberal fascist, and the other conservative fascist. Liberalism is not progressivism. And fascism (extreme conservatism) is the opposite of progressivism. By contrast, liberalism mixes together those two opposites. (Fascism is the modern form of feudalism, and derives from that. Progressivism is the anti-fascism.) Furthermore, by now, there exists massive empirical evidence that the US Government, at least ever since 1981, is no democracy, at all, but is instead ruled only by its very wealthiest and well-connected citizens”

  45. Davy on Tue, 13th Aug 2019 5:09 am 

    Junker clogo likes to paint pictures extremely in his favor until reality sets in. makato is in the same category.

    “Juncker Warns Of Brexit Calamity: “C’est La Bulls**t” Says French Ports Chief” money mavin via zero hedge

    “It Must Be Serious The lie of the day award goes to Jean-Claude Juncker, the outgoing European Commission president who once famously stated, “When it becomes serious, you have to lie.” On Saturday, Juncker warned the British Will be the ‘big losers’ in a No Deal Brexit. “If it comes to a hard Brexit, this is in no one’s interest, but the British would be the big losers. They pretend it’s not like that, but it will be,” he said in an interview with an Austrian newspaper, which was published on Saturday. “We are at maximum preparation, though some British authorities say we are not well prepared for a no-deal. But I do not participate in this summer game. We are prepared and I hope the British are too,” he said.”

    “Preparations Puissesseau said that no one was prepared in March, but everyone is prepared now. “I have just received a delegation of Polish hauliers – and they are the most important in Europe – and I can tell you that they are perfectly up to speed on everything that has to be done,” said Puissesseau while also insisting freight transport in a WTO-Brexit are not as complicated as critics claim. Roughly 30 percent of the lorries from Dover to Calais currently travel empty (a sign of serious imbalances in the UK’s bilateral trade relationship with the EU). “They will go straight to the green line and won’t need any clearance. Another 60 percent of the does not carry material that needs to be checked,” he said. Loose Ends There are many loose ends that need to be addressed, so despite Juncker’s claim, no one is fully prepared. No one will be fully prepared on October 31 either. But now that Brexit reality has sunk in, there is plenty of time to tie up most of the significant loose ends. Expect Cooperation It is to the advantage of both the UK and the EU to cooperate, so expect cooperation.”

  46. Davy on Tue, 13th Aug 2019 5:45 am 

    Oops, sorry for losing my shit again everyone. It’s all juanpees fault. juanpee is in control of my emotional state.

  47. Davy on Tue, 13th Aug 2019 5:59 am 

    “I Love Spam Madly, Deeply, Unironically” lenny

    “I am skilled at classical French cooking. I have a Higher Certificate from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. I also, however, love Spam. (In case you were wondering, Spam pairs well with Gewürztraminer.) I kept kosher for a few years (long story). When I broke away from the dietary laws — because I was quitting smoking and could not maintain so many forms of self-abnegation at once — the food item I cheated with was Spam. It symbolizes both the part of me that is Korean and the part of me that is American — two identities that are difficult to unite. More important, I associate Spam with relaxation, being present, and not worrying about what you can’t control. Why? Because Spam evokes beaches, pineapples, funny tropical shirts: i.e., Hawaii. It’s the one place in the world where I can be un-stressed-out, and it happens to be the only U.S. state that loves Spam as much as I do. Mainland Americans have given me no end of grief for this. First rule of Spam Club: You never talk about Spam Club. Otherwise, you risk social death. Case in point: When I was at university, my friend Mike told me that his freshman-year roommate threw out Mike’s Spam and gave him $5 to cover the cost. But Mike and I both had a really good excuse for this embarrassing proclivity: We’re of Korean extraction, and Korea is the world’s largest consumer of Spam outside the United States. How did Korea become hooked on the laughingstock of all supermarket products? The meat that was so ridiculous that Monty Python created not only a sketch around it but an entire Broadway musical? A bit of history: Spam has been manufactured by the Austin, Minnesota-based Hormel Foods Corporation since 1937. It became widespread in Korea during and after the Korean War (1950 to 1953), when the U.S. government shipped loads of Spam to Korea, at a time when fresh meat was hard to come by. Korea was by no means the only beneficiary of this largesse; during and after WWII, the U.K. also turned to Spam to supplement monthly meat rations. In fact, articles on Spam’s role in wartime Britain bear titles such as “Spam: Did It Save the Nation?” (Here are some nostalgic British WWII-era Spam recipes.) Unlike the U.K., however, where they poke fun at Spam, Korean Spam consumption was unironic. While modern-day Brits no longer regularly eat Spam, it has remained part of the diet in Korea. In September 2017, Korean sales of Spam reached 1 billion tins. And Spam’s Korean co-distributor, Cheil Jedang, announced in January that its top-selling New Year gift box was Spam. In my day, the tins were usually packed in velvet-lined boxes and wrapped in white satin ribbon. Spam is an important part of Korean home cooking. It’s the sine qua non ingredient of kimchi jjigae (stewed kimchi) and budae jjigae — literally “army stew.” My mother, a biochemist with a particular fear of foodborne illnesses, was virulently anti-pork, making it sound like a veritable menagerie of revolting organisms — trichinosis, tapeworm, hepatitis, all reproducing at exponential rates. Yet we always had Spam in our pantry. Apparently Koreans are now accepting their love of the lowbrow: David Chang, the Michelin-starred Korean-American chef, is extolling Spam. Spam’s enduring popularity in Korea surprises me, because I had assumed Koreans were now prosperous enough to abandon any food item that you need a key to open. This is a common phenomenon, though — hardship habits die hard. Some Germans raised on the substitute coffee product “Ersatzkaffee” — either during the Second World War or subsequently in the former GDR — occasionally used the bad stuff over real coffee much longer than was necessary. Wartime food is a symbol of survival. I am constantly surprised by how many non-Koreans have never seen Spam, so I’ll describe it. It’s like gefilte fish but made from compressed processed ham. As with gefilte fish, Spam is surrounded by a clear gelatinous amniotic fluid. After you open the tin (now it’s regular pull-tab, but when I was growing up, you needed to twirl open the top with a key), you hit the bottom until the Spam block pops out, though most of the time you need to go around the edge with a knife. When it exits the can’s vacuum seal, it makes a slurpy noise, like when you push cranberry jelly out of a tin. Whenever we moved house — which was pretty often — the first meal in our new home, usually eaten on moving boxes instead of tables — was Spam and instant ramen. Spam is already fully cooked, but in my house we usually fried it anyway, cut into narrow slabs. When my family lived in the United States, my parents were really into long road trips to national parks, which I enjoyed about as much as those kids did in the movie National Lampoon’s Vacation. And my parents must have been victims of Manchurian Candidate levels of Midwestern American suburban brainwashing, because they really did sing folk songs in harmony while driving — “I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad” comes to mind. At the end of a long day in the car, we’d stay in these cheap hotels, where my mother would violate the hotel fire code — and every basic tenet of the social contract — by secretly making rice and frying up Spam right on the floor of the hotel room. She’d use a rice cooker and hot plate THAT SHE HAD BROUGHT FROM HOME. On one such occasion, I spilled my Spam and rice all over the hotel carpet, leading her to yell at me, “This hotel will never let Oriental [sic] people stay here again!” To which I replied, “Erm … why should they, really?” So Spam, in other words, evokes all kinds of memories: changing house, boring road trips, and my cheap-ass family. There is no substitute for Spam. When I lived in France, where Spam was unavailable, I was forced to resort to a depressing Danish knock-off. A few years ago, I went with some Korean-American friends to a trendy Korean restaurant in New York (not David Chang’s, a different one). We ordered the aforementioned budae jjigae, the army stew, so named because it was invented using random U.S. Army-provided rations, like Spam, hot dogs, and waxy government-manufactured cheese. This restaurant’s upscale version, however, was made with homemade ramen noodles, high-quality mozzarella, and what looked like Spam but was too fancy. “I’m really not into this artisanal Spam,” my friend said, grimacing and poking at it with a chopstick. I agreed. It felt wrong to dress up a poor man’s dish, like making puttanesca sauce with caviar or cottage pie with chopped truffles. Which — what am I saying? — probably does exist somewhere. I’m not a purist about food, but I do object when I feel that people are just missing the ontological essence of a dish. I needed the real thing. The healthy versions are not nearly salty or greasy enough, and the salt and grease are precisely why Spam goes so well with rice. By far the most common form in which I’ve eaten Spam is in the form of kimbap. Imagine maki rolls — the kind of sushi that is rolled into logs and cut into small cylinders — but instead of fish, they contain vegetables, a thin omelet cut into strips, and, in our house, Spam. Kimbap wasn’t really dinner food. I associate it primarily with picnics. In Korean school, kimbap was, without exception, the food that everyone’s mom packed for their kids’ school-picnic lunches. As a sullen teen, I hated those picnics with a passion you can only imagine. They were hokey affairs with long hikes and teachers screaming at you about what a nice fucking day we were having. Invariably, some tool would bring a guitar, and everyone would be forced to sing. To this day, I hate acoustic guitar. But then there was my Spam kimbap. It was a reminder that this hell passing for a picnic was only temporary, and that somewhere out there was a mother with whom I battled daily but who had nonetheless gotten up at dawn to make me Spam kimbap. My mother, in addition to the frugality, had a psychological hang-up about food. She hated cooking and resented that it was considered the domain of women. Cooking symbolized her wasted education and the career sacrifices she had made for her family. Perhaps because of her hostility toward cooking, I hated food until age twelve or so. I remember wishing it were possible to take a pill instead of having to eat dinner. Consequently, I looked like a famine victim. When I hit puberty, though, my metabolism kicked in, and I developed a normal teenage appetite. This concerned my mother. When I was five-foot-six (167 centimeters) and my weight crept past the 115-pound mark (52 kilograms), she put me on a kale-juice diet. And trust me, kale was not easy to find in those days. Yay, body dysmorphia. And yet, paradoxically, she also served me greasy, salty, insanely caloric Spam, always fried. Why, you ask? Well, isn’t it obvious? Fried foods are always evocative of love. The smell of frying itself is mouth-watering — be it Spam, tempura, croquettes, or chicken drumsticks. Even people who don’t like you can make a sandwich. I mean, what is the office deli platter if not hard evidence of that? But no one who hates you will fry you some Spam. I remember from those school picnics that some of the other kids’ mothers didn’t use Spam in their kimbap, instead using surimi, that pink fake-crab thing. Surimi — now, that’s bad parenting. Life is too short to have more than one dubious processed-meat product in your kitchen: Let Spam be it.”

  48. Davy on Tue, 13th Aug 2019 6:09 am 

    From cloggo a few days ago:
    and fill in, you get that the server is hosted by Cloudflare:
    Cloudflare is one of the last bastions of free speech, under lefties also known as “hate speech”.
    It is very sad that the admin of this site doesn’t seem to want to take the trouble to log in to his server dashboard and active a few presets, enforcing posters to post under a unique username/password combination. That doesn’t eliminate (JUANPEE) to post garbage under fake identities, but at least it stops identity theft and that would make a hell of a difference.
    If possible, you could also enforce that one IP-address can only post under a single identity.
    Please admin, invest an hour of your time to get this right. The international situation is getting more “interesting” (like in famous the Chinese proverb) by the day.

  49. JuanP identity fraud on Tue, 13th Aug 2019 6:09 am 

    Davy on Tue, 13th Aug 2019 5:45 am
    Davy on Tue, 13th Aug 2019 5:59 am

  50. Davy on Tue, 13th Aug 2019 6:16 am 

    From me a few days ago:

    “I am spending less time on this lame unmoderated forum to concentrate on my own blog. I do want to thank all those who have attacked me with giving me material for growth. I have saved the best of my comments for my new blog. I have years worth of material. I have enjoyed moderating the worst of you and neutering your selfish useless agendas.”

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