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  1. Notice how Eric didn't say a word in that quote about being innocent of the allegations? When you're guilty, you attack the process or the investigators. Donald and his brood almost always attack the process or the investigators and clam up about the evidence against them.
  2. Oh, dear. Something negative is said about Donald, and his worshippers get all uptight and hurt and then defensive about being labelled a cultist. It happens every single time. Why does it happen? Because Donald's fans really are in a cult and really do worship their failed POS cult leader.
  3. More bad news related to climate change. Is there ever any other kind? Or, if you're an anti-science, conspiracy-loving person with faith-based beliefs, then this is of course fake news and all is well and using fossil fuels in abundance is a really, really great idea. If anything, we should be burning even more of it. Surely nothing bad will come of that. . The number of extremely hot days every year when the temperature reaches 50C has doubled since the 1980s, a global BBC analysis has found. They also now happen in more areas of the world than before, presenting unprecedented challenges to human health and to how we live. The total number of days above 50C (122F) has increased in each decade since 1980. On average, between 1980 and 2009, temperatures passed 50C about 14 days a year. The number rose to 26 days a year between 2010 and 2019. In the same period, temperatures of 45C and above occurred on average an extra two weeks a year. "The increase can be 100% attributed to the burning of fossil fuels," says Dr Friederike Otto, associate director of the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. As the whole world warms, extreme temperatures become more likely. High heat can be deadly for humans and nature, and cause major problems to buildings, roads and power systems. Temperatures of 50C happen predominantly in the Middle East and Gulf regions. And after record-breaking temperatures of 48.8C in Italy and 49.6C in Canada this summer, scientists have warned that days over 50C will happen elsewhere unless we cut fossil fuel emissions. "We need to act quickly. The faster we cut our emissions, the better off we'll all be," says Dr Sihan Li, a climate researcher at the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. "With continued emissions and lack of action, not only will these extreme heat events become more severe and more frequent, but emergency response and recovery will become more challenging," warns Dr Li. The BBC analysis also found that in the most recent decade, maximum temperatures increased by 0.5C compared with the long-term average from 1980 to 2009. But these increases have not been felt equally around the world: Eastern Europe, southern Africa and Brazil saw some maximum temperatures rise by more than 1C, and parts of the Arctic and Middle East recorded increases of more than 2C. Scientists are calling for urgent action from world leaders at a UN summit in Glasgow in November, where governments will be asked to commit to new emissions cuts in order to limit global temperature rises. "With continued emissions and lack of action, not only will these extreme heat events become more severe and more frequent, but emergency response and recovery will become more challenging," warns Dr Li. The BBC analysis also found that in the most recent decade, maximum temperatures increased by 0.5C compared with the long-term average from 1980 to 2009. But these increases have not been felt equally around the world: Eastern Europe, southern Africa and Brazil saw some maximum temperatures rise by more than 1C, and parts of the Arctic and Middle East recorded increases of more than 2C. Scientists are calling for urgent action from world leaders at a UN summit in Glasgow in November, where governments will be asked to commit to new emissions cuts in order to limit global temperature rises. Impacts of extreme heat This BBC analysis launches a documentary series called Life at 50C investigating how extreme heat is affecting lives across the world. Even below 50C, high temperatures and humidity can create severe health risks. As many as 1.2 billion people around the world could face heat stress conditions by 2100 if current levels of global warming continue, according to a study from Rutgers University in the US published last year. That is at least four times more than those affected today. People are also facing difficult choices as the landscape around them changes, as extreme heat makes drought and wildfires more likely. While, other factors can contribute, climate change is also an important driving force behind desertification. Sheikh Kazem Al Kaabi is a wheat farmer from a village in central Iraq. The land around him was once fertile enough to sustain him and his neighbours, but it has gradually become dry and barren. "All this land was green, but all of that is gone. Now it is a desert, drought." Almost all the people from his village have moved away to look for work in other provinces. "I lost my brother, dear friends and loyal neighbours. They shared everything with me, even my laughter. Now nobody shares anything with me, I'm just face-to-face with this empty land." https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-58494641
  4. I really thought the laughter and lunacy would die with the end of the Donald administration, but I'm happy to see that Donald's conspiracy-centric cult members are carrying on the proud tradition of entertaining the rest of us.
  5. I always thought and still think that Donald has a bright future in stand-up comedy.
  6. No surprises here. This is what makes the Taliban the Taliban. They're back in business and life is good for them. "Look at me, Ma. I'm on top of the world." But aside from the Taliban, most of the blame of course has to go to Biden and his advisers. What an unbelievably stupid exit plan they came up with. Posted at 18:00 GMT Taliban 'Carrying out Highly Organised Manhunt' The Taliban are carrying out a highly-organised door-to-door hunt for people on their wanted list, says the head of the group providing intelligence to the UN. "What we have seen is that the Taliban, in advance of moving into all major cities in Afghanistan, not just Kabul, is that they have a more advanced intelligence system," Christian Nellemann, of the Norwegian Centre for Global Analyses, told the BBC. "They have lists of individuals and even within the very first hours of moving into Kabul they began a search of former government employees -- especially in intelligence services and the special forces units." He said that, not only could this lead to mass executions, but also a "mass revealing of our methods and the intelligence networks that the West has provided. So this could undermine severely a number of our Western intelligence services." As we reported earlier, the Norwegian Centre for Global Analyses’ report to the UN also said the Taliban are recruiting new informer networks to collaborate with their regime. . So, according to the Taliban in this next article, they are not to be blamed for anything that happens. For example, when the mass executions begin, it'll be the fault of the bullets themselves or the fault of the executed people who stood in the way of where the bullets flew. But not the Taliban, who are completely innocent and trying to mind their own business. . Posted at 17:48 GMT BREAKING Taliban: 'We Cannot Be Blamed for Chaos' A Taliban official has told Reuters news agency that the militia "cannot be blamed" for the chaos and violence around Kabul airport as Afghans rushed to evacuate the country. Maintaining law and order in Taliban-controlled territory is the group's "top priority," the official said. Talks among Taliban leaders regarding the fate of Afghan national army members have begun, the official said, and some of the group's senior members have started registering arms, ammunition and vehicles left behind by US and allied forces. . The Taliban treat dogs better than they treat women. That's a fact. God help anyone who has the misfortune of being born a female in Afghanistan. Posted at 17:38 GMT 'No Hope': Woman Says Taliban Refused Her Entry to Airport A professional Afghan woman, with a visa for another country, has told the BBC that she was turned back from Kabul airport by the Taliban because she was alone. She said that when she arrived at the airport she was approached by two to three men carrying whips who demanded to know why she was not with a “mahram” (man). “It was so scary, nightmarish, like a movie,” she told the BBC’s Afghan Service. The woman, who we are not identifying, said she saw no signs of change among the Taliban militants. They are “brutal as before”, she said, and fears they will never let her leave the country. “There is no hope, it’s like the end of the world,” she said.
  7. Chaos and disorder and a lot of misery for a lot of civilians to come. I don't understand why there wasn't a gradual withdrawal. This has a "final days of Saigon" smell to it. President Biden Owns This Unfolding Chaos It is simply dizzying the speed at which events are unfolding – earlier this week US officials were cautioning that it would be months before Kabul might fall. It’s turned out to be days. And now, for all the diplomatic window dressing, this is turning into a scramble by the Americans to get out. Officials at the embassy were told to destroy sensitive documents, helicopters are ferrying staff to the airport. The Ambassador has left, the US flag lowered. And it’s left the Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, trying to put a brave face on events. Arguments can be made about the US policy to pull out – there is a strong feeling that US involvement couldn’t continue ad infinitum. But the manner of the withdrawal has been hapless, with a mass of miscalculation, warnings ignored, and – critically – a wild over-estimation of the capability of the American-trained Afghan armed forces. The policy may have been framed by Donald Trump when he was president, but Joe Biden owns this unfolding chaos. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-asia-58219963
  8. Aggrieved MAGA supporters who don't believe climate change is real, would you please direct your alternative beliefs and arguments to editors of school text books, academies of science, governmental bodies, the military, etc. The great thing is that you can also at the same time enlighten them as to how or why you think the earth is flat and how or why Donald really won the election. In fact, all your favorite conspiracy theories against established facts that make you so frustrated and unhappy can be written out in one long, comprehensive report. I'm sure your strongly held beliefs will be given all the time and attention that they so richly deserve.
  9. Climate Change: IPCC Report Is 'Code Red for Humanity' Humanity's damaging impact on the climate is a "statement of fact," say UN scientists in a landmark study. The report says that ongoing emissions of warming gases could also see a key temperature limit broken in just over a decade. The authors also show that a rise in sea levels approaching 2m by the end of this century "cannot be ruled out". But there is new hope that deep cuts in emissions of greenhouse gases could stabilise rising temperatures. This sober assessment from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) features in a 42-page document known as the Summary for Policymakers. It leads a series of reports that will be published over coming months and is the first major review of the science of climate change since 2013. Its release comes less than three months before a key climate summit in Glasgow known as COP26. "Today's IPCC Working Group 1 Report is a code red for humanity," said UN Secretary-General, António Guterres. "If we combine forces now, we can avert climate catastrophe. But, as today's report makes clear, there is no time for delay and no room for excuses. I count on government leaders and all stakeholders to ensure COP26 is a success." In strong, confident tones, the IPCC's document says "it is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, oceans and land." According to Prof Ed Hawkins, from the University of Reading, UK, and one of the report's authors, the scientists cannot be any clearer on this point. "It is a statement of fact, we cannot be any more certain; it is unequivocal and indisputable that humans are warming the planet." The authors say that since 1970, global surface temperatures have risen faster than in any other 50-year period over the past 2,000 years. This warming is "already affecting many weather and climate extremes in every region across the globe". Whether it's heatwaves like the ones recently experienced in Greece and western North America, or floods like those in Germany and China, "their attribution to human influence has strengthened" over the past decade. IPCC report fast facts Global surface temperature was 1.09C higher in the decade between 2011-2020 than between 1850-1900. The past five years have been the hottest on record since 1850 The recent rate of sea level rise has nearly tripled compared with 1901-1971 Human influence is "very likely" (90%) the main driver of the global retreat of glaciers since the 1990s and the decrease in Arctic sea-ice It is "virtually certain" that hot extremes including heatwaves have become more frequent and more intense since the 1950s, while cold events have become less frequent and less severe The new report also makes clear that the warming we've experienced to date has made changes to many of our planetary support systems that are irreversible on timescales of centuries to millennia. The oceans will continue to warm and become more acidic. Mountain and polar glaciers will continue melting for decades or centuries. "The consequences will continue to get worse for every bit of warming," said Prof Hawkins. "And for many of these consequences, there's no going back." When it comes to sea level rise, the scientists have modelled a likely range for different levels of emissions. However, a rise of around 2m by the end of this century cannot be ruled out - and neither can a 5m rise by 2150. Such outcomes, while unlikely, would threaten many millions more people in coastal areas with flooding by 2100. One key aspect of the report is the expected rate of temperature rise and what it means for the safety of humanity. Almost every nation on Earth signed up to the goals of the Paris climate agreement in 2015. This pact aims to keep the rise in global temperatures well below 2C this century and to pursue efforts to keep it under 1.5C. This new report says that under all the emissions scenarios considered by the scientists, both targets will be broken this century unless huge cuts in carbon take place. The authors believe that 1.5C will be reached by 2040 in all scenarios. If emissions aren't slashed in the next few years, this will happen even earlier. This was predicted in the IPCC's special report on 1.5C in 2018 and this new study now confirms it. "We will hit one-and-a-half degrees in individual years much earlier. We already hit it in two months during the El Niño in 2016," said Prof Malte Meinshausen, an IPCC author from the University of Melbourne in Australia. What is the IPCC? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a UN body set up in 1988 to assess the science around climate change. It provides governments with scientific information they can use to develop policies on global heating. The first of its comprehensive Assessment Reports on climate change was released in 1992. The sixth in this series will be split into four volumes. The new report - from scientists on the IPCC's Working Group 1 - is the first of these volumes to be released. "The new report's best estimate is the middle of 2034, but the uncertainty is huge and ranges between now and never." The consequences of going past 1.5C over a period of years would be unwelcome in a world that has already experienced a rapid uptick in extreme events with a temperature rise since pre-industrial times of 1.1C. "We will see even more intense and more frequent heatwaves," said Dr Friederike Otto, from the University of Oxford, UK, and one of the IPCC report's authors. "And we will also see an increase in heavy rainfall events on a global scale, and also increases in some types of droughts in some regions of the world." So what can be done? While this report is more clear and confident about the downsides to warming, the scientists are more hopeful that if we can cut global emissions in half by 2030 and reach net zero by the middle of this century, we can halt and possibly reverse the rise in temperatures. Reaching net zero involves reducing greenhouse gas emissions as much as possible using clean technology, then burying any remaining releases using carbon capture and storage, or absorbing them by planting trees. "The thought before was that we could get increasing temperatures even after net zero," said another co-author, Prof Piers Forster from the University of Leeds, UK. "But we now expect nature to be kind to us and if we are able to achieve net zero, we hopefully won't get any further temperature increase; and if we are able to achieve net zero greenhouse gases, we should eventually be able to reverse some of that temperature increase and get some cooling." Five future impacts Temperatures will reach 1.5C above 1850-1900 levels by 2040 under all emissions scenarios The Arctic is likely to be practically ice-free in September at least once before 2050 in all scenarios assessed There will be an increasing occurrence of some extreme events "unprecedented in the historical record" even at warming of 1.5C Extreme sea level events that occurred once a century in the recent past are projected to occur at least annually at more than half of tidal gauge locations by 2100 There will be likely increases in fire weather in many regions While the future projections of warming are clearer than ever in this report, and many impacts simply cannot be avoided, the authors caution against fatalism. "Lowering global warming really minimises the likelihood of hitting these tipping points," said Dr Otto. "We are not doomed." A tipping point refers to when part of the Earth's climate system undergoes an abrupt change in response to continued warming. For political leaders, the report is another in a long line of wake-up calls, but since it comes so close to November's COP26 global climate summit, it carries extra weight. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-58130705
  10. Donald fans, you cannot have it both ways if you wish to be taken seriously. You cannot express moral outrage when you think Biden is behaving inappropriately and then think it's fine or that there's nothing to it whenever Donald misbehaves. Now let's all take a moment to remember the 13-year-old girl who, along with at least one other witness, said she was raped by Donald Trump and his good chum Jeffrey Epstein. Yes, I know Donald fans will feel their idol was vindicated because the case against Donald and Jeffrey was dismissed by the judge after the girl, under pressure from Donald's lovely high-powered legal people, felt compelled to withdraw her accusation. Also, since when are Donald idolizers here concerned with the welfare of girls or women? We're all of course accustomed to his fans knowingly or unknowingly embarrassing themselves on a daily basis here, but maybe never so much as when they make their cringe-worthy misogynist remarks. How can I put this? Why not try being less like Donald? If you have to pattern your behavior after someone, why not choose a better role model? Maybe you haven't noticed, but he really doesn't give a shit about you. I mean, really, really, really doesn't, or ever has or ever will. What in the world were you thinking when you decided to make him your hero to live through and then, even after his spectacular fall from grace and all-around failure as a president and human being, you decided to still continue to defend and support him?
  11. Didn't four-plus years teach these people what Donald is all about? That's just an amazing amount of money that Donald has scammed out of the very people he claims he wants to help. The Save America movement should be renamed the Save Donald Trump From Personal Bankruptcy movement. At least it would be a more honest and accurate name then. Donald, when he thinks back on all the suckers he scammed throughout his life and who still believe in him.
  12. Well, of course you would say this. This has been the go-to reaction by hardcore Donald worshippers to most every misdeed or outrage committed by Donald to date.
  13. Interesting. Officer Hodges in his testimony referred to Donald Trump's MAGA supporters as "terrorists" when they tried to storm the Capital building and overthrow the government on behalf of Donald. This has me confused, since more than one of Donald's true-blue supporters here has assured me that they were really good, patriotic MAGAs who were there to peacefully protest and were actually invited in by police officers sympathetic to their cause. Could it maybe be that Hodges and the other officers are lying through their teeth because they're out to get Donald and discredit MAGAs? Capitol Riot: Policeman Tells 6 January Hearing He Feared He Would Die A police officer who defended the US Capitol during a riot by Donald Trump supporters on 6 January has said he feared he would be crushed by the mob. "This is how I'm going to die," a tearful Aquilino Gonell told a Congressional committee as an inquiry opened into the Washington DC attack. Another officer, Harry Dunn, who is black, said he was racially abused. At least 535 rioters have been arrested since the attack that left five dead, including one police officer. Prosecutors have so far secured only a few convictions. The assault led to the political impeachment and acquittal of Republican Mr Trump, who was accused by lawmakers of inciting the riot -- a claim he has repeatedly denied. The inquiry in the House Select committee is being conducted almost entirely by Democrats, after most Republicans boycotted the proceedings. However, two Republicans -- Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger -- have broken ranks to join the investigation. "If those responsible are not held accountable... this will remain a cancer on our constitutional republic," Ms Cheney said as the hearing began on Tuesday. The nine-member select committee was formed after Republicans objected to an independent commission such as the one that investigated the 11 September 2001 attacks. The panel -- which has powers to summon witnesses -- is expected to investigate the circumstances leading up to the riot and why law enforcement bodies were ill-prepared. A 'medieval battlefield' On Tuesday, four police officers described being beaten and assaulted by rioters who had come to disrupt the certification by Congress of President Joe Biden's election victory. Officer Gonell described the scene as a "medieval battlefield". Wiping away tears, he described returning home and pushing his wife away from him because of the amount of chemical irritant that had soaked into his uniform. The Iraq War veteran went on to criticise Republicans for what he described as their "continuous shocking attempt" to "ignore or destroy the truth" about that day. Asked by Ms Cheney about Mr Trump's claim that they were a "very loving crowd," Sgt Gonell hit back: "I'm still recovering from those hugs and kisses." "If that was hugs and kisses, we should all go to his house and do the same thing to him." He later said that he did not mean for anyone to go to Mr Trump's home, and apologised for the "outburst". Officer Dunn said he told several protesters that he had voted for Mr Biden. "Does my vote not count? Am I nobody?" he told them, after they wrongly claimed that the election was fraudulent. The scene on 6 January was described as a "medieval battlefield" . "That prompted a torrent of racial epithets," he testified. "One woman in a pink Maga [Make America Great Again] shirt yelled, 'You hear that, guys, this [expletive] voted for Joe Biden!" "No-one had ever -- ever -- called me a [expletive] while wearing the uniform of a Capitol police officer." 'Those words are weapons' Officer Michael Fanone slammed his fist on the desk as he accused Republicans of a "disgraceful" violation of their oaths of office. Mr Kinzinger, one of the only Republicans who voted to impeach Mr Trump for his role in the riot, appeared to hold back tears as he criticised his colleagues. "We still don't know exactly what happened. Why? Because many in my party have treated this as just another partisan fight. It's toxic and it's a disservice to the officers and their families," Mr Kinzinger said. Officer Dunn said he did not fully process the racial comment until the following days. "I was just trying to survive that day, and get home. "When I was able to process it, it was so emotional. It was so disheartening and disappointing that we live in a country like that, where they attack you because of the colour of your skin. "Just to hurt you. Those words are weapons." Officer Daniel Hodges' lip trembled with emotion as he was shown a video of himself trapped in a doorway being pummelled by rioters, who he repeatedly referred to as "terrorists" during his testimony. "To my perpetual confusion, I saw the Thin Blue Line flag, a symbol of support for police, more than once, as the terrorists continued to ignore our commands and attacked us," he said. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-57989578
  14. Whoops! Another close crony of Donald's has been arrested. I didn't see that coming. Isn't it strange how this has happened so many times over so many years to so many of Donald's allies? Donald fans, why do you think this keeps happening? Is it just bad luck? Or are the Feds just out to get anyone close to Donald so they can inflict maximum ex-presidential harassment? But seriously, I really am greatly concerned about how Donald might take this news. The last thing he needs is yet another new problem to deal with when he already has so many inconvenient criminal investigations and pending lawsuits to deal with. Look here at the last line of this article: Do you think there's anything nefarious that Donald could have done in his past that this Barrack might use to snitch on Donald and help lessen his jail time or whatever? I know it's hard to believe that Donald could ever have done anything nefarious or illegal or whatever. I know for sure he's always enjoyed a stellar reputation for honesty and integrity among his supporters. But what if it turns out that Barrack knows something? Something not very nice, I mean. Maybe that wouldn't be good for Donald. I know. Maybe some of Donald's terrific god-fearing, MAGA-hat-wearing supporters should make their way to Barrack's house -- very quietly and peacefully of course -- and help to convince Barrack to make the right choice and, above all, to not snitch on Donald. Snitching, after all, can be bad for your health, and he needs to know that. He needs to know that as soon as possible. . Thomas Barrack: Top Trump Aide Accused of Working as Foreign Agent Billionaire and long-time Donald Trump ally Thomas J Barrack has been arrested in Los Angeles for allegedly acting as an agent of a foreign government. The 74-year-old investment firm founder served as a key adviser to the former US president's 2016 campaign, and was considered a top fundraiser. Mr Barrack is accused of illegally lobbying on behalf of the United Arab Emirates during and after the campaign. A spokesman for Mr Barrack said he planned to plead not guilty. He is the latest ex-Trump official to face federal charges. Mr Barrack is charged with conspiracy, obstruction of justice and making multiple false statements to the FBI during a 2019 interview. Also charged are Matthew Grimes, 27 -- who works for Mr Barrack -- and UAE citizen Rashid Sultan Rashid Al Malik Alshahhi, 43, according to the seven-page indictment. Acting Assistant Attorney General Mark Lesko said the conduct alleged in the indictment was "nothing short of a betrayal" of US officials including Mr Trump himself. The three men are accused of seeking to advance the interests of the UAE government both by influencing Trump officials and through media appearances. In May 2016 Mr Barrack is alleged to have inserted language praising the UAE into a Trump campaign speech. An advanced draft of the speech was allegedly sent to Mr Alshahhi to pass on to UAE officials. The defendants are also alleged to have received "talking points" from senior UAE officials for use in media appearances. "After one appearance in which Barrack repeatedly praised the UAE, Barrack emailed Alshahhi, 'I nailed it... for the home team,' referring to the UAE," the charging document states. The men also allegedly agreed to promote the candidacy of a UAE-favoured individual to serve as US ambassador to Abu Dhabi. In December 2016 -- following the election -- Mr Barrack is also alleged to have advised Mr Grimes and Mr Alshahhi to create a "wish list" of US foreign policy items that the UAE wanted to see accomplished during the Trump administration. While Mr Barrack and Mr Grimes were both arrested in California on Tuesday morning, Mr Alshahhi remains at large. With the announcement, Mr Barrack becomes the latest Trump aide to face criminal charges, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former Trump Organization lawyer Michael Cohen. Donald Trump may be out of office, but members of his inner circle are still in the prosecutorial cross-hairs. Tom Barrack is just the latest target. It's difficult to overstate Barrack's ties to Trump over the course of their four-decade friendship. He was instrumental, for instance, in convincing then-candidate Trump to hire Paul Manafort as his campaign manager and helped fill out senior staff positions. Now, like Manafort and other Trump associates, Barrack faces accusations of using his ties to Trump to advance the interests of a foreign government. It's yet another indication that during Trump's campaign and the early days of his presidency, nations sought to take advantage of the novice nature of Trump's political team to gain influence over US foreign policy -- both above the table and under it. Barrack and Trump reportedly have had a falling out, but their ties run deep. If he wants to talk about Trump's past activities, prosecutors may be inclined to listen. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-57909836
  15. Here's a recent story on the deteriorating state of affairs in Africa's most populous country, Nigeria: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-57860993
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