Saturday, 20 January 2018

Robert David Steele: "Hawaii Intercepted A Real Missile"

Former CIA Robert David Steele 

"Hawaii Intercepted A Real 

Missile" Denise Wilbank Show

CrossTalk on continued US presence in Syria

Crosstalk: Obstructing Syria

With the Islamic State and its many confederates defeated or facing defeat in Syria, what is next for this war-torn country? 

What justification exists for the U.S. to maintain military forces there? 

Does Washington want Syria partitioned? If so, then why?

CrossTalking with Afshin Shahi, Mohammed Cherkaoui, and Jonathan Steele

Did ISIS carry out the Las Vegas massacre?

But, according to Gen. Mattis the main weapon for the US is NOT terrorism, but China and Russia

Las Vegas Massacre Was Isis?

Famine in Yemen

7 Million Yemenis on the brink of famine

A rouind-up of geopolitical news developments

The Greatest Push To Start WWIII Has Just Begun

The Polar Vortex splits into two

The Polar Vortex has split into two

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The Polar Vortex has split into two, with one part centering over Bering Strait (left) and the other part centering over Fram Strait/Greenland (right), while the Polar Vortex is reaching speeds over the Arctic as high as 416 km/h or 259 mph (green circle).

The image shows the situation on January 18, 2018, 15:00 UTC. Created by Sam Carana for with image.

Developing drought in New Zealand in themidst of la-Nina

Video: Watch the 'big dry' unfold in NZ
Dry and drought-like conditions are all too familiar in parts of the country.
20 January, 2018

But for those dry conditions to arrive so early, as they did in early December, is less common and in some places such as Kapiti Coast there has not been anything like it in a decade.
It took only four weeks of unseasonably dry conditions from the end of November into December to trigger drought-like conditions in a year of extremes.
Using an array of climate stations around the country, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) gathers data on rainfall, wind speed, air temperature and soil and feeds the information into the national climate database.
Orange is dry, red is drought and dark red is severe drought.
16 December. Orange is dry, red is drought and dark red is severe drought. Photo: Niwa
Niwa principal climate scientist Andrew Tait said its drought index was a valuable tool for assessing conditions around the country.
Once drought - or drought-like - conditions are reached, it can take significant rainfall to break them. In the Kapiti District, during December, 5mm of rain would need to fall every day to replace the water lost in the soil to evaperation.
"My suspicion is we'll have these drought conditions for the most of the summer," he said.
In 2015, when there was a comparable drought, the driest conditions peaked in late February and early March.
"To have it so high at the end of December is extremely rare ... catching people unaware because they would not have expected these dry conditions so early.
"We had four weeks of these conditions and that's all it takes. These types of events are in keeping with the climate projections for climate change."
Drought index January 15.
Drought index January 15. Photo: Niwa
Farmers often prepare for drought in advance, but the early onset of dry conditions can pose problems.
The Ministry for Primary Industries gets information from rural sources, Federated Farmers, regional councils, and others about what's happening with stock, land, prices, feed and irrigation.
The ministry classed the unseasonably dry start to summer as a medium-scale adverse event on 23 December and, at the start of the January, the classification was extended to the Buller and Grey Districts. Drought-like conditions are now affecting Taranaki, Manawatu-Whanganui, Wellington and the West Coast - 15 districts overall.
Heavy rain in parts of the country such as the West Coast - up to 75mm in two hours around Greymouth - recently may be enough to break meteorological drought but that doesn't mean farmers are out of the woods.
2️⃣0️⃣1️⃣7️⃣ was an interesting year to observe from a soil moisture anomaly perspective in NZ.

➡️The year began with meteorological drought in Northland.
➡️The dry conditions were alleviated in autumn.
➡️Meteorological drought then re-emerged late in the year.
Mr Tait said climate modelling, drought index, and involvement of the primary sectors have been a success - a network of monitoring that can help people get through a drought by anticipating its arrival.
The index - a map colour-coded by drought levels from 'dry' to 'severe drought' - changes gradually all the time, a "slow-growing and intensifying climatic feature".
Soil moisture on January 15.
Soil moisture on January 15. Photo: Niwa
There is a important distinction to note here:

Drought 'unavoidable'

A range of factors coincided this year. There has been warmer than average sea temperatures, anti-cyclones, humid air over the country, and a higher rate of evapo-transpiration - the wicking away of moisture from the land into the atmosphere.
Prevailing winds from the north have brought moisture to the eastern and northeastern parts, but the south of the North Island and the Nelson-Tasman region are sheltered from these winds. A weak La Nina cycle means a warmer than average year, plus the air temperature has been warmed by the sea surface anomaly- the so-called 'marine heatwave'.
Anticyclones - areas of high pressure - lead to calmer conditions, the kinds of conditions that lead to calm seas. In turn the warmer water on the sea surface does not mix with cooler water - as it would be in choppier, low pressure conditions - and the temperatures increase.
"We cannot avoid it ... we can make a decision early enough so we're not caught out. We are never going to have a country without drought but we want a country where we can farm," Mr Tait said.
MPI director sector policy Jarred Mair said the January rain could break the drought in terms of soil moisture, and that was great news for farmers, but it was not an end to the official medium-scale event, as the drought continued to affect farmers.
"The classification of a medium-scale event stands for six months [for example, for Buller and Grey Districts until 10 July 2018]. This means that extra funding will be available as needed to the Rural Support Trusts to help their communities.
"Droughts are slow to build and slow to recover from.
"Farmers are already dealing with the longer-term impacts of the drought. For example, farmers have been unable to make and save much supplementary feed for winter, or have been using their winter feed already. Some dairy farmers have needed to dry off or cull stock, and brought in extra supplements. So the impacts will be felt at least into winter. Planning ... will be crucial and help is available to work out what that plan will look like."
Mr Mair said drought can happen at any time on a localised scale. The government gets involved when the effects meet criteria for an adverse event, which is all about the impact on the primary sector.
Defining a drought as a medium scale event takes into account:
  • The ability or capacity for the community to cope
  • The climatic conditions, including the Niwa drought index and forecasting
  • The risk management options available for farmers to prepare for drought
  • The magnitude of the drought
Mr Mair said the recent rainfall, although localised, was excellent news.

"The rain that has fallen will support pasture growth, and will take two to three weeks before this translates into feed for animals. Winter crop yields will benefit. In the meantime, farmers will still use their drought strategies to get through. Building up pasture covers, supplementary feed and animal condition will continue to be a priority."

Extreme heat AGAIN in Australia

Baby rescued from locked car, several die in extreme heat in Australia

Temperatures soared across Victoria in Australia on Friday, leading to a spate of health call outs.
20 January, 2018

A 15-month-old baby had to be rescued from a locked car as the heatwave in Australia shows no sign of cooling off.
The baby was one of four children who had to be rescued from vehicles on Friday in Melbourne as the mercury continued to climb higher.
Eleven children had to be rescued the previous day, but none had to be taken to hospital.
Several people died from cardiac arrests as extreme heat swept across the state of Victoria.
Paramedics were called to 31 cardiac arrests on Thursday alone. 
The 15-month-old was the only infant taken to hospital, Ambulance Victoria said.
"The child taken to hospital was ... only in that car for a very short time and in that very short time became visibly distressed and needed medical transport," Paul Holman said.
"It really shows you ... how vulnerable these little ones are," Holman said.
The mercury topped 40.3 degrees Celsius in the Melbourne CBD at 2.27pm on Friday, and dropped to 35.8C as the cool change arrived not long after 3pm.

The searing heat led to concerns about players safety at the Australia Open. 
Elize Cornet of France collapsed onto her back midway through a game out of heat exhaustion. Up against Belgian Elise Mertens, Cornet eventually finished the game but required a medical time-out to continue.
Shortly after temperatures peaked just above 40C - a marker that would have been enough for Australian Open officials to enact their discretionary heat policy - the mercury began to slowly drop. 
The cool change  saw temperatures in the inner-city plummet 10 degrees. 

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Both Australia and NZ governments donated taxpayers' money to corrupt Clinton Foundation

Aussie Complaints Headed to FBI on Clinton Foundation’s Dealings Down Under

Retired Australian police detective Michael Smith has accumulated startling evidence of millions of dollars mishandled

17 January, 2018

An Australian investigative journalist who is a retired police detective said Tuesday he has been asked to provide the FBI with details about multiple allegations of mishandling millions of dollars contributed to the Clinton Foundation by the Aussie government.
I have been asked to provide the FBI with further and better particulars about allegations regarding improper donations to the CF funded by Australian taxpayers,” Michael Smith told LifeZette.
At the center of Smith’s complaints are former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and multiple Australian government officials, including senior diplomat Alexander Downer, that government’s high commissioner to the United Kingdom.
Downer hit U.S. headlines recently when he was reported to have told the FBI of a May 2016 conversation he had with George Papadopoulos, then a campaign aide to President Donald Trump. Downer told U.S. law enforcement officials that Papadopoulos told him Russia had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.
The New York Times claimed in its Dec. 30, 2017, story that the information Downer gave the FBI was a major factor in the bureau’s decision to investigate allegations of collusion between Russian interests and the Trump campaign. Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI last year.
The materials Smith is giving the FBI focus on a 2006 memorandum of understanding between the Australian government and the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton HIV/AIDs Initiative (CHAI). Smith claims the foundation received a “$25M financial advantage dishonestly obtained by deception” as a result of actions by Bill Clinton and Downer, who was then Australia’s minister of foreign affairs.
Smith claims the foundation received a “$25M financial advantage dishonestly obtained by deception.”
Also included in the Smith materials are evidence he believes shows “corrupt October 2006 backdating of false tender advertisements purporting to advertise the availability of a $15 million contract to provide HIV/AIDS services in Papua New Guinea on behalf of the Australian government after an agreement was already in place to pay the Clinton Foundation and/or associates.”
A third complaint concerns what Smith describes as “the $10 million financial advantage dishonestly obtained by deception between April 1, 2008, and Sept. 25, 2008, at Washington, D.C., New York, New York, and Canberra Australia involving an MOU between the Australian government, the “Clinton Climate Initiative,” and the purported “Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute Inc.”
A spokesman for the Clinton Foundation did not respond to LifeZette’s request for comment early Tuesday.
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$13.7m NZ taxpayer funds pledged to shady Clinton charity

13 November, 2017

It has been revealed that millions of New Zealand taxpayer dollars have been donated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) to Hillary Clinton’s charity, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), a non-profit organisation created from the Clinton Foundation with the stated goal to reduce HIV/AIDs in Africa.
An MFAT spokesman confirmed to the NBR that between January 2010 and June 2016, $7.7 million of taxpayer funds had already been donated and another $6 million was to follow, keeping to a pledge to donate $13.7 million made by the government organisation in 2013.
ACT party member David Seymour commented “In a world where New Zealanders can crowdsource to buy a beach, it’s not clear what role there is for the government to collect taxes and contribute it to a global charity which is more than capable of reaching out and raising its own money.”
The big question is, why is our government sending millions of dollars overseas while at the same time cutting funding for crucial services which desperately need the money here in New Zealand?
To fully understand how Clinton charities operate and decide whether a single taxpayer dollar should have been donated, we first need to look at some of the controversies.
Over the past 15 years, the Washington Post can reveal the charities have raised over $2 billion dollars, mainly from big corporates, foreign governments and political donors. Many have called the contributions ‘pay for play’, where powerful donors exchange funds for future political favours. Speeches make up a large part of the revenue stream, with the Clintons earning hundreds of thousands per speech from the likes of big Wall Street banks including Goldman Sachs as revealed by WikiLeaks.
Clinton’s charity has confirmed that in 2012, Qatar donated US $1 million to the Clinton Foundation raising a question of ethics after Hillary promised that while she was serving as secretary of the state donations from foreign governments would no longer be accepted due to the potential influence on foreign policy.
It was also been revealed the Clinton charities utilised the devastating Haiti earthquake to implement disaster capitalism, funneling funds into Haiti under the pretense of aid but only for the funds to flow away from the Haitians desperately in need and instead to companies who had made previously large donations to the Clinton Foundation.
Then there is the $145 million ‘pay for play’ contributions made to the Clinton Foundation by shareholders of Canadian company Uranium One, a mining company with concessions in Kazakhstan and the US. Uranium One sought to sell these concessions to the Russians, but the deal had to be approved by a government committee due to the implications to national security.
In return for the contributions and the extra $500,000 Bill Clinton received in speaking fees from a Russian investment bank, the 20% purchase of US uranium assets by the Russians was approved, knowing this purchase would mean the production of more nuclear weapons against America’s own interests.
The Clinton Health Access Initiative has also had its share of controversy.
US Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn recently released a 71 page report which slammed CHAI’s “self-serving” philanthropy in Africa, after the charity was found distributing watered down HIV/AIDS medications to sick Africans.
According to the report, these cheaper drugs which were provided by Ranbaxy Laboratories “subjected patients to increased risks of morbidity and mortality”. Ranbaxy later was found guilty of selling badly made generic drugs and fined a record US$500 million.
If Hillary is elected president, she has committed to changing how the Clinton Foundation operates. Bill Clinton hassaid “The Foundation will accept contributions only from U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and U.S.-based independent foundations, whose names we will continue to make public on a quarterly basis. And we will change the official name from the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation to the Clinton Foundation. While I will continue to support the work of the Foundation, I will step down from the Board and will no longer raise funds for it.”
However, CHAI, which receives around 60% of the funds from the Clinton Foundation, has yet to decide whether it will also refuse foreign government donations if she was to win, and when asked for comment on CHAI the Clinton campaign spokesman declined.
There’s no doubt the Clinton charities have done some incredible work overseas through CHAI, but the manner in which these charities are utilised as vehicles for personal benefit can not be ignored. With strong financial ties to Wall Street, big pharmaceuticals and other large corporate sponsors, it’s clear the charities are being used as avenues to channel funds under the guise of philanthropy.
What is of great concern here in New Zealand is the level of taxpayer funded donations made to Hillary’s charity without public knowledge, and how quiet the mainstream media has been about it.
John Key and the National Party clearly have no issue using millions of taxpayer funds as bribes, revealed by the corrupt Saudi sheep dealso it should be of no surprise to see the government fund a shady charity found to be acting only for ‘self serving’ interests.
We need to hold our government accountable for where taxpayer funds are being applied, especially when gifted to charities operated by corrupt American political figureheads.
Our country currently can not afford to be sending millions of dollars overseas. Instead of donating the remaining $6 million pledged to CHAI, we demand that MFAT reallocate the funds within New Zealand to help assist those struggling under our poverty and homelessness crisis.
For an excellent review of the Clinton Foundation, please have a read through the Washington Post’s feature ‘Inside the Clinton Donor Network’.
We also highly recommend watching the in-depth documentary ‘Clinton Cash’, which discusses the ‘pay for play’ model and resulting corruption which can be viewed here.

Loss of habitatt for New Zealand's penguins

Starving and dead penguins found on Waiheke Island and around New Zealand

Snapper is a survivor, but numerous penguins have died around Waiheke Island in the past 10 days.

20 January, 2018

Snapper is a survivor, but numerous penguins have died around Waiheke Island in the past 10 days.

Starving and dead little blue penguins are being reported on Waiheke Island and throughout the country.

About 10 little blue penguin deaths have been reported to Waiheke Native Bird Rescue in the past 10 days.

Founder of the service, Karen Saunders, said two severely underweight penguins were brought to her on Sunday and another arrived on Wednesday.

Waiheke Native Bird Rescue founder Karen Saunders is concerned by the spate of dead and starving penguins.

Waiheke Native Bird Rescue founder Karen Saunders is concerned by the spate of dead and starving penguins.

One adult and one baby penguin died, while a baby called Snapper is displaying a stunning will to survive, she said.
A fairy prion being cared for by Waiheke Native Bird Rescue.
Dead and starving penguins are being reported at bird rescue centres on Auckland's North Shore, Coromandel Peninsula, in Kaikoura, and in other parts of New Zealand.

Department of Conservation principal science advisor Graeme Taylor said La Nina conditions at sea since the spring have increased ocean temperatures, making it harder for young penguins to find fish.

"It's likely that lots of young penguin chicks left their nests in November and December.

"They are now struggling to find food as they're on their own and learning to fend for themselves at sea," Taylor said.

Saunders is concerned that both climate change and over-fishing are behind the influx of starving little blue penguins, which are an endangered species classified as "declining".

"The oceans are just dying, it's awful.

"I would love to see the ocean around the whole of Waiheke Island become a marine reserve.

"A huge number of seabirds come to the Hauraki Gulf - it's an amazing ecological area of our world and we're just destroying what we've got," Saunders said.

Last year, 14 baby penguins were brought into the Waiheke bird rescue centre and they all died.

"All the babies were coming out of the nests because the parents abandon the nests.

"If they can't find food, they keep looking for food and don't go back because they have got nothing to feed their babies."

Penguins often come into the bird rescue centre weighing less than 500 grams, when a normal adult should weigh 1100 grams.

"They have lost such much weight, they are going into multiple organ dysfunction and haven't lasted more than a couple of hours," Saunders said.

She is encouraging anyone who sees a sick penguin or other seabird to bring it into the bird rescue centre immediately.

"If you can get near a seabird, it's critically ill," she said.

Saunders said it's not only illegal but a "nightmare" when people try to look after native birds themselves, because often they do more harm than good.

Stormy weather coupled with king tides on January 4 and 5 was exhausting for penguins, who could not sleep in burrows close to the coast, she said.

People should keep dogs on leads on beaches for 48 hours after storms to make sure they don't harm exhausted seabirds, Saunders said.

After the storm on January 4 and 5, about 14 birds were brought into the bird rescue centre, a huge percentage of the 19 birds Saunders has seen this year.

These included a little shearwater, a diving petrel, blue petrels, a fairy prion, kingfishers, and tui.

Some were underweight and others were exhausted by the storm.

Getting an average of one new bird a day is hard work for Saunders, whose role is voluntary.

"It has been chaos," she said.