Prologue: The next budget of NATO would be more than sufficient to end world hunger with one stroke.

NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

NATO Is as Good as Dead

By Scott Ritter (*) - 26. November 2019

When the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was founded some 70 years ago, its first secretary-general, Lord Ismay, famously noted that the purpose of the treaty alliance was “to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down.” NATO’s mission was to secure peace in Europe, promote cooperation among its members and guard their freedom by countering the threat posed by the Soviet Union at the time. This latter point was critical—by signing onto NATO, the United States agreed to accept the leadership of a burgeoning resistance to ostensible Soviet aggression and subversion transpiring in Europe in the aftermath of World War II. But since the collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991, NATO has been an organization in search of a mission.

Malta: International organisations concerned by appearance of political interference into the investigation of the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia 

Daphne Caruana Galizia fought against corruption in highest offices and was assassinated with a powerful car-bomb.

Summary

Eleven international organisations have signed a statement about political interference into the investigation of the assassination of Daphe Caruana Galicia.

Sarah Clarke, Head of Europe and Central Asia, at ARTICLE 19 commented: “Malta has clear legal obligations to ensure an independent, impartial investigation into the assassination of its leading journalist, #DaphneCaruanaGalizia. There must be no executive interference in the investigation.”

We, the undersigned organisations, reiterate that the investigation into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia must be independent and impartial. We remind Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat that there must be no political interference in the investigation.

In the last week a number of important, overdue developments have taken place in relation to the investigation into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia including the arrest of Yorgen Fenech, the former head of the Electrogas Malta energy company, as a person of interest in the murder and Melvin Theuma, the suspected middleman.

The Far Reaches of the Cosmic Web

Cosmic Web - Visualization by Kim Albrecht

By  - 25. November 2019

Galaxies seem to be communicating with each other across vast distances never thought possible before, putting the cosmological principle into question again.

These gravitationally bound structures consisting of gas, dust and trillions of stars exist in the trillions. Most observed galaxies are spiral galaxies like our very own Milky Way, with others being elliptical, lenticular or irregular. The formation and evolution of a galaxy is generally revealed in galactic kinematics, particularly the rotation which is constrained by the conservation of angular momentum. Through studying the rotation of galaxies, scientists can thus infer how the galaxy was formed and how it evolved. Did it form from a rotating dust cloud? Did it evolve as a merger?

As would be expected, galactic behaviour – including its rotation – is influenced by that of its neighbours. However, in a recent report, Korean scientists Joon Hyeop Lee and colleagues presented observational evidence that the rotational direction of a galaxy tends to be coherent with the average motion of its nearby neighbours within 1 mega parsec (Mpc) – that’s 3 million light years or 20 million trillion miles. This is way beyond the expected effects of gravity.

Intrigued, Lee and his colleagues wanted to see just how far this coherency stretched. Utilizing data from the Calar Alto Legacy Integral Field Area survey (CALIFA) – an astronomical project utilizing the Calar Alto observatory in Spain to map 600 galaxies – they mapped the velocity distribution of ‘neighbour’ galaxies within 15 Mpc from the CALIFA galaxies.

A composite of panels depicting maps of some of the properties of galaxies obtained from CALIFA data.

Remarkably, they found that within distances of several mega parsecs the velocity profiles showed unexpectedly strong evidence of the dynamical coherence between the rotation of the CALIFA galaxies and their neighbours. Small scale coherences have been explained in terms of an entropic force – more on that can be read here – but what could be causing this large-scale coherence?

In a recent paper presenting these results, Lee and his team contemplated that question and suggested that a possible relationship exists between the long-term motion of a large-scale structure and the rotations of galaxies in it.

Axis alignments with large-scale structures such as cosmic filaments have been observed before. For example, in 2014 the axis alignments of a significant number of quasars were found to be parallel. Read more here.

However, any correlation in axis alignment over such large distance violates the cosmological principle, which states that we live in a homogeneous and isotropic universe.

To add fuel to the fire, in 2018 a team of scientists found that a significant number of dwarf galaxies followed a coherent velocity pattern aligned with the long axis of their host galaxy, as opposed to orbiting randomly as predicted by the cosmological model. Read more here.

More and more of these mysterious coherences are being observed, putting the cosmological principle into question.

RSF in perspective

The unified perspective looks at the interconnectedness of all things, which can be explained in terms of the granular structure of spacetime at the Planck scale. These coherently moving structures form larger and larger structures … structures within structures all the way up to the universe and beyond.

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There’s Growing Evidence That the Universe Is Connected by Giant Structures

Scientists are finding that galaxies can move with each other across huge distances, and against the predictions of basic cosmological models. The reason why could change everything we think we know about the universe.

By Becky Ferreira - 11. November 2019

The Milky Way, the galaxy we live in, is one of hundreds of billions of galaxies strewn across the universe. Their variety is stunning: spirals, ring galaxies shaped like star-studded loops, and ancient galaxies that outshine virtually everything else in the universe.

But despite their differences, and the mind-boggling distances between them, scientists have noticed that some galaxies move together in odd and often unexplained patterns, as if they are connected by a vast unseen force.

Galaxies within a few million light years of each other can gravitationally affect each other in predictable ways, but scientists have observed mysterious patterns between distant galaxies that transcend those local interactions.

These discoveries hint at the enigmatic influence of so-called “large-scale structures” which, as the name suggests, are the biggest known objects in the universe. These dim structures are made of hydrogen gas and dark matter and take the form of filaments, sheets, and knots that link galaxies in a vast network called the cosmic web. We know these structures have major implications for the evolution and movements of galaxies, but we’ve barely scratched the surface of the root dynamics driving them.

Scientists are eager to acquire these new details because some of these phenomena challenge the most fundamental ideas about the universe.

“That’s actually the reason why everybody is always studying these large-scale structures,” said Noam Libeskind, a cosmographer at the Leibniz-Institut for Astrophysics (AIP) in Germany, in a call. “It’s a way of probing and constraining the laws of gravity and the nature of matter, dark matter, dark energy, and the universe.”

Why are distant galaxies moving in unison?

Galaxies tend to form gravitationally bound clusters that belong to even larger superclusters. Earth’s long-form cosmic address, for instance, would have to note that the Milky Way is part of the Local Group, a gang of several dozen galaxies. The Local Group is inside the Virgo supercluster, containing more than 1,000 galaxies.

On these more “local” scales, galaxies frequently mess with each other’s spins, shapes, and angular velocities. Sometimes, one galaxy even eats another, an event known as galactic cannibalism. But some galaxies show dynamic links across distances too great to be explained by their individual gravitational fields.

For instance, a study published in The Astrophysical Journal in October found that hundreds of galaxies were rotating in sync with the motions of galaxies that were tens of millions of light years away.

“This discovery is quite new and unexpected,” said lead author Joon Hyeop Lee, an astronomer at the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, in an email. “I have never seen any previous report of observations or any prediction from numerical simulations, exactly related to this phenomenon.”

Lee and his colleagues studied 445 galaxies within 400 million light years of Earth, and noticed that many of the ones rotating in a direction toward Earth had neighbors that were moving toward Earth, while those that were rotating in the opposite direction had neighbors moving away from Earth.

“The observed coherence must have some relationship with large-scale structures, because it is impossible that the galaxies separated by six megaparsecs [roughly 20 million light years] directly interact with each other,” Lee said.

Lee and his colleagues suggest that the synchronized galaxies may be embedded along the same large-scale structure, which is very slowly rotating in a counter-clockwise direction. That underlying dynamic could cause the kind of coherence between the rotation of the studied galaxies and the motions of their neighbors, though he cautioned that it will take a lot more research to corroborate his team’s findings and conclusions.

While this particular iteration of weirdly synced up galaxies is novel, scientists have observed odd coherences between galaxies at even more mind-boggling distances. In 2014, a team observed curious alignments of supermassive black holes at the cores of quasars, which are ancient ultra-luminous galaxies, that stretch across billions of light years.

Led by Damien Hutsemékers, an astronomer at the University of Liège in Belgium, the researchers were able to observe this eerie synchronicity by watching the universe when it was only a few billion years old, using the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile. The observations recorded the polarization of light from nearly 100 quasars, which the team then used to reconstruct the geometry and alignment of the black holes at their cores. The results showed that the rotation axes of 19 quasars in this group were parallel, despite the fact that they were separated by several billion light years.

The discovery, which was published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, is an indicator that large-scale structures influenced the dynamics of galaxies across vast distances in the early universe.

“Galaxy spin axes are known to align with large-scale structures such as cosmic filaments but this occurs on smaller scales,” Hutsemékers said in an email, noting that theoretical studies have proposed some tentative explanations of this process.

“However, there is currently no explanation why the axes of quasars are aligned with the axis of the large group in which they are embedded,” he noted.

The truth behind synchronized galaxies could change everything

The secret of these synchronized galaxies may pose a threat to the cosmological principle, one of the basic assumptions about the universe. This principle states that the universe is basically uniform and homogenous at extremely large scales. But the “existence of correlations in quasar axes over such extreme scales would constitute a serious anomaly for the cosmological principle,” as Hutsemékers and his colleagues note in their study.

However, Hutsemékers’ cautioned that more of these structures would need to be spotted and studied to prove that this is a serious wrinkle in the cosmological principle. “Other similar structures are needed to confirm a real anomaly,” he said.

For the moment, the dynamics behind these quasar positions are not well understood because there are few observational techniques to refine them. “As far as large-scale alignments are concerned, we are essentially waiting for more data,” Hutsemékers’ said. “Such studies are statistical and a step forward would require a large amount of polarization data, not easy to gather with current instrumentation.”

Future radio telescopes, such as the Square Kilometre Array, might be able to probe these mysterious alignments in more detail.

“One of the great things about science is that you can have a model built with thousands of pieces of data but if one thing doesn’t stick it starts to crack. That crack either has to be sealed or it’s going to bring the whole house down.”

Quasar alignments are not the only hurdles that oddly synchronized galaxies have presented to established models of the universe. In fact, one of the most contentious debates in cosmology these days is centered around the unexpected way in which dwarf galaxies appear to become neatly aligned around larger host galaxies such as the Milky Way.

These satellite galaxies are currently a thorn in the side of what is known as the ΛCDM model, which is a theoretical timeline of the universe since the Big Bang. Simulations of the universe under the ΛCDM model predict that small satellite galaxies will end up in a swarm of random orbits around larger host galaxies.

But over the past decade, new observations have revealed that a huge chunk of the satellite galaxies around the Milky Way are synced up into one tidy orbital plane. At first, scientists wondered whether that simply meant something weird was going on with our own galaxy, but a similar plane of satellites was then observed around Andromeda.

The alarm bells really started ringing in 2015, when astronomers published observations of the same phenomenon a third time around Centaurus A, an elliptical galaxy about 10 million light years from the Milky Way.

This discovery “suggests that something is wrong with standard cosmological simulations,” according to a subsequent 2018 study in Science, led by Oliver Müller, an astronomer at the University of Strasbourg in France.

“At the moment, we have observed this at the three closest galaxies,” Müller said in a call. “Of course, you can always say that it’s only three, so it’s not statistical yet. But it shows that every time we have good data, we find it, so it could be universal.”

In a 2015 study, Libeskind and his colleagues suggested that filaments in the cosmic web might be guiding these organized galaxies, a process that could cohere with the ΛCDM model. Ultimately, though, there’s no conclusive answer to this dilemma yet.

“One of the great things about science is that you can have a model built with thousands of pieces of data but if one thing doesn’t stick it starts to crack,” said Libeskind. “That crack either has to be sealed or it’s going to bring the whole house down.”

The next generation of galaxy research

This tantalizing uncertainty has motivated astronomers like Marcel Pawlowski, a Schwarzschild Fellow at AIP and co-author on the 2018 Science study, to make this problem a focus of their research. Pawlowski is looking forward to data from the next generation of huge 30-meter class observatories that could show whether other big galaxies are surrounded by either isotropic or organized patterns of satellite galaxies.

“What we have to do now is expand our search to more distant satellite systems, and find satellite galaxies as well as measure their velocities,” said Pawlowski in a call.

“The field really advanced because of this debate going on in the literature,” Pawlowski added. “It’s been really good to see how the observational evidence became more and more solid.”

Whether it’s the strange motions of dwarf galaxies in our own galactic neighborhood or the eerie alignment of galaxies over millions or billions of light years, it’s clear that the dance moves of galaxies are an essential key to unlocking the large-scale structure of the universe.

The galaxies we see captured in static positions in beautiful deep-field shots are actually guided by many complex forces we don’t yet fully comprehend, including the cosmic web that undergirds the universe.

“What I really like about this stuff is just that we are still at the pioneering phase,” said Müller. “That’s super exciting.”

 

 

Researchers map food sustainability across the planet

Scientists used 20-years of food systems research to rate the sustainability of food systems in countries across the globe. Blue represents higher levels of sustainability, while orange and red represent lower sustainability scores. Photo by Béné et al., International Center for Tropical Agriculture

By Brooks Hays - 25. November 2019

Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Scientists have published a new world map featuring the sustainability rate of regional food systems. The map could help researchers better understand the links between diet and climate change.

To build the new map, published Monday in the journal Scientific Data, scientists surveyed the last 20 years of scientific literature on global food systems. Researchers settled on 20 indicators of food system sustainability in 97 countries -- some wealthy, some impoverished and others somewhere in between.

Scientists organized the 20 indicators -- which included measurements like greenhouse gas emissions, the presence of fair trade practices, food price volatility and food waste -- into four categories: environment, economic, social and food and nutrition.

UPDATE: Even reputable scientific publications and scientists batantly spread lies - see underneath.

The Lies About Assange Must Stop Now

John Pilger (right), as well as all true, honest journalists and people of conscience worldwide demand that the lies must stop and that Julian Assange (here left at the British cangaroo court hearing) is set free immediately.
KEEP FIGHTING ! RESIST !

By John Pilger - 24. November 2019

Newspapers and other media in the United States and Britain have recently declared a passion for freedom of speech, especially their right to publish freely.  They are worried by the “Assange effect”.  

It is as if the struggle of truth-tellers like Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning is now a warning to them: that the thugs who dragged Assange out of the Ecuadorean embassy in April may one day come for them.

A common refrain was echoed by The Guardian last week. The extradition of Assange, said the paper, “is not a question of how wise Mr. Assange is, still less how likable. It’s not about his character, nor his judgement. It’s a matter of press freedom and the public’s right to know.”  

Indonesia fires emitted double the carbon of Amazon fires, research shows

Fires in peat land in South Sumatra’s Ogan Komering Ilir district. Image by Nopri Isim

By  - 25. November 2019

  • Forest fires that swept across Indonesia this year emitted nearly twice the amount of greenhouse gases as the fires that razed parts of the Brazilian Amazon, new research shows.
  • The Indonesian fires pumped at least 708 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) in the atmosphere, largely as a result of burning of carbon-rich peatlands.
  • The fires were the most intense since 2015 and threaten to set back Indonesia’s commitments to reduce its carbon emissions and contribute to global efforts to slow climate change.

JAKARTA — Fires from land and forest fires across Indonesia this year have pumped at least 708 million tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere — almost double the emissions from the fires that swept through the Brazilian Amazon this year.

The Amazon rainforest is in trouble. Again.

The systematic deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest under "Nero" Bolsonaro's governance with the help of transboundary international crime syndicates is ECOCIDE. Ana Terra Athayde

This three-part video series looks at the world’s largest rainforest, why it’s in jeopardy, and the people trying to save it.

By Sam Ellis, Christina Thornell, and Ana Terra Athayde - 25. November 2019

The largest rainforest in the world is shrinking. Again.

For more than a decade, Brazil successfully fought deforestation in the Amazon. But that didn’t last: In 2019, tens of thousands of man-made fires ravaged the rainforest. Deforestation there reached an 11-year high.

Since far-right president Jair Bolsonaro was elected in October 2018, the Amazon has been put at risk again. The new president has weakened environmental protections, and he’s encouraged cattle ranchers, loggers, and farmers to expand their businesses by clearing new land in the Amazon.

The European Parliament declares climate emergency

Climatechange means Change of Nature
"EU Parliament declares climate emergency. MEPs want immediate and ambitious action to limit effects of climate change" © 123RF / EU–EP  

By EU/ET - 25. November 2019

  • Commission must ensure all proposals are aligned with 1.5 °C target 

  • EU should cut emissions by 55% by 2030 to become climate neutral by 2050 

  • Calls to reduce global emissions from shipping and aviation

EU should commit to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the UN Conference, says Parliament.

Ahead of the UN COP25 Climate Change Conference in Madrid 2-13 December, the Parliament on Thursday approved a resolution declaring a climate and environmental emergency in Europe and globally. They also want the Commission to ensure that all relevant legislative and budgetary proposals are fully aligned with the objective of limiting global warming to under 1.5 °C.

DR Congo: Development Banks Linked to Palm Oil Abuses

Workers in DRC held under appalling conditions by palm oil plantations.

By HRW - 25. November 2019

(London) – Four European development banks are financing the palm oil company FERONIA in the Democratic Republic of Congo that is violating workers’ rights and dumping untreated waste, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The company, Feronia, will hold a shareholders meeting with the four banks in London on November 25, 2019 to discuss the company’s environmental and social track record.

The 95-page report, “A Dirty Investment: European Development Banks’ Link to Abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Palm Oil Industry,” documents that investment banks owned by Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom are failing to protect the rights of people working and living on three plantations they finance. Human Rights Watch found that Feronia and its subsidiary in Congo, Plantations et Huileries du Congo, S.A. (PHC), exposes workers to dangerous pesticides, dumps untreated industrial waste into local waterways, and engages in abusive employment practices that result in extreme poverty wages.

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Update 25. Nov. 2019: CARRIE LAM MUST STEP DOWN! We've been saying it for so long that the pro-democracy protesters in hashtag#HongKong represent the absolute majority of this city state's population, despite all the propaganda by CCP China to the contrary, and now we have proof of it. Hong Kong's District Council elections show a clear majority for the pro-sovereignty camp, who have so far won more than 300 seats, compared to about 41 seats for the pro-establishment camp, according to local media estimates. Never before a voter participation of 71% was recorded and over 90% of old and young citizens stand firm with those who waged the protests. The ongoing pro-sovereignty protests initially started over democracy demands as the "Umbrella-Reolution" over 5 years ago, but now sparked in 2019 over a finally-shelved kidnapping bill (extradition bill in doublespeak) which would have allowed the hashtag#CCP to kidnap anyone they want - whether locals or visitors - from Hong Kong on demand. The protesters are now in their 5th month, and their 5 demands are the resignation of hashtag#CarrieLam ((the puppet CEO of Hong Kong and employee of the CCP), complete withdrawal of the kidnapping bill, democratic elections in a fully autonomous city-state, the release of the protesters kidnapped by Carrie Lam's gangs, and an independent investigation into police brutality against citizens. The HK uprising is part of a larger awakening in the consciousness of citizens around the globe from Chile to France to Hong Kong to Catalonia to the Netherlands to the Czech Republic to Ecuador to Bolivia to Colombia to hashtag#Serbia to hashtag#Athens to hashtag#Iraq to hashtag#Syria to Lebanon to Egypt to Sudan to Haiti. These uprisings are all fighting one common enemy: a corrupt central government that doesn't represent them. Politicians around the world have proven themselves corrupt, and therefore, the only reasonable system of government is one without them. It's a decentralized form of government where decision-making is no longer in the hands of a few corrupt politicians in the capitals of this planet but in the hands of ALL citizens. A similar concept exists TODAY in Switzerland where political decisions are made mostly through a national referendum by ALL citizens, not behind closed doors by politicians. (With reporting by Ali Cheaib - Independent Journalist)

Update 23. Nov. 2019: A man claiming to have worked as a secret Chinese operative for five years says Beijing has directed overseas assassinations, including in HongKong, Taiwan and on Australian soil.

  • Wang Liqiang has provided new information about the kidnapping of five booksellers from Hong Kong and their rendition to mainland China, according to Nine Newspapers

  • He has also reportedly revealed information about spies from Beijing infiltrating the Hong Kong democracy movement, Taiwan's elections and involvement in Australian affairs

Update 20. Nov. 2019:  A four-day siege of Hong Kong's Polytechnic University (PolyU) is nearing an end, although dozens of protesters remain inside. Around 800 to 900 protesters have already left the campus, hundreds of whom were under 18, police said. The campus - which turned into a fiery battleground during the past week - is surrounded by police who are arresting for rioting any adults trying to leave. Some are too scared to leave as a result, leaving them trapped inside. The campus siege has been one of the most dramatic confrontations in the wider protest movement that has paralysed the city for more than five months. Police arrested around 1,100 people in and around PolyU on Tuesday alone, they said at a late night briefing.

Update 19. Nov. 2019: In a widely anticipated move, just after 6pm ET on Tuesday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan bill, S.1838, showing support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong by requiring an annual review of whether the city is sufficiently autonomous from Beijing to justify its special trading status.The U.S. Senate just unanimously passed the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019”, and the Chinese are absolutely seething with anger. Also CCP China must learn that the world found out about their interference into the internal affairs and security of all the countries where they set foot - especially with their form of serious corruption and loan gagging. We have seen this especially in Africa over and over again. Enough is enough. And in addition the Chinese with their coal-plants and other pollution, incl. single-use cheap plastic crap, affect us all worldwide. It's good to set a block and to remind them that contracts and human rights must not be breached. The blood of the protesters in HK was not and must not be spilled in vein.

The Protest Core at PolyU

Students standing steadfast for justice.

By Ali Cheaib Independent Journalist - 18. November 2019

The corrupt government of hashtag#HongKong decided to storm hashtag#PolytechnicUniversity yesterday (Sunday, Nov 17) which led to violent clashes with the pro-autonomy students who were barricading there. You can clearly see in this video how Hong Kong's licensed killers (cops in doublespeak) are casually shooting protesters with rubber bullets and chemical weapons ( hashtag#teargas).

Protests are now escalating and intensifying across Hong Kong ever since hashtag#CarrieLam (the puppet CEO of Hong Kong and employee of the hashtag#CCP) has made it very clear that her government will NEVER grant the protesters their 5 demands.

Explosive leaked email claims that UN watchdog's report into alleged poison gas attack by Assad was doctored

Douma on April 6, 2018 The OPCW is nominally independent, but its annual budget of roughly £75 million is supplied by member states, with much of the money coming from the USA and EU and NATO members, many of them heavily committed to supporting the rebels in Syria.

It says that the independent scientists’ official report on the Douma incident had been slashed and censored so severely that it:

- Misrepresented the facts – by leaving out key information;

- Hid the fact that the traces of chlorine found on the site were merely tiny trace elements, in parts per billion, and in forms that could have been found in any household bleach;

- Contained major deviations from the original report submitted by impartial experts, so that it had ‘morphed into something quite different’;

- Suppressed a total mismatch between the symptoms allegedly displayed by victims at the scene, and the effects of the chemicals which were actually found. The symptoms seen on harrowing videos shown at the time of the incident simply did not match the symptoms which would have been caused by any material found at the site.

UPDATE: While Canberra cancelled the New Years fireworks, Sydney argues against a massively supported call to stop it, that the display, watched by an estimated one billion people globally, is worth A$130 million annually to the NSW economy and "Cancelling the event would seriously hurt Sydney businesses ... while most of the budget, largely used for crowd safety and cleaning measures, has already been spent". All lame arguments, since the major cost is the firework istself and that could just be shelved for next year and the city neds security an claning anyway. For Australian governance everything is only about money - and that is why they are in such mess. The money would be better spent on supporting volunteer firefighters and farmers

Koalas ‘Functionally Extinct’ After Australia Bushfires Destroy 80% Of Their Habitat

PORT MACQUARIE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 19: An injured koala receives treatment after its rescue from a bushfire at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital on November 19, 2019 in Port Macquarie, Australia. - Photo by Tao Shelan/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images

By Trevor Nace (*) - 23. November 2019 - see update below

As Australia experiences record-breaking drought and bushfires, koala populations have dwindled along with their habitat, leaving them “functionally extinct.”

The chairman of the Australian Koala Foundation, Deborah Tabart, estimates that over 1,000 koalas have been killed from the fires and that 80 percent of their habitat has been destroyed.

Recent bushfires, along with prolonged drought and deforestation has led to koalas becoming “functionally extinct” according to experts.

Functional extinction is when a population becomes so limited that they no longer play a significant role in their ecosystem and the population becomes no longer viable.

While some individuals could produce, the limited number of koalas makes the long-term viability of the species unlikely and highly susceptible to disease.

Prologue: The coup d'etat in Bolivia, misguided by Bolivian extreme right in cohorts with U.S.-warmongers and their botched AI game-plans, shows the same pattern as in Ecuador and Colombia, Chile, Haiti etc. where the power-grabbers call then for "talks" in all the countries in order to win time to kill the leaders of the people. Only Venezula could so far resist these machinations.

Elections Between Witch Hunts, the Coup Plan in Bolivia

The daily picture in Bolivia - right-wing controlled military against the people.

By Marco Teruggi (*) - 23. November 2019

A colleague who had to leave Bolivia writes to me. She is being chased along with her partner whom the coup plotters are looking for in order to “liquidate him”, as she was told. Since before Evo Morales was forced to resign, a death-list of names began to circulate; and its application accelerated from that moment. It was Arturo Murillo, the de facto government minister, who was responsible for putting that hunting list in black and white: he talked about “hunting” three leaders, after chasing parliamentarians accused of “sedition” and “subversio,” as ommunication minister Roxana Lizárraga pointed out to “journalists and pseudo-journalists”. On Thursday the Telesur TV channel was taken off of Bolivian television stations.

UPDATE 23. Nov. 2019: Officials speaking for CCP China are stating that Wang Liqiang had been accused of economic crimes and actually would be a fugitive - a rather lame counter-claim issued by the surprised Chinese. A man claiming to have worked as a secret Chinese operative for five years says Beijing has directed overseas assassinations, including in HongKong, Taiwan and on Australian soil.

  • Wang Liqiang has provided new information about the kidnapping of five booksellers from Hong Kong and their rendition to mainland China, according to Nine Newspapers

  • He has also reportedly revealed information about spies from Beijing infiltrating the Hong Kong democracy movement, Taiwan's elections and involvement in Australian affairs

Defecting Chinese spy offers information trove to Australian government

A Chinese spy has risked his life to defect to Australia and is now offering a trove of unprecedented inside intelligence on how China conducts its interference operations abroad.

Wang “William” Liqiang is the first Chinese operative to ever blow his cover. He has revealed the identities of China’s senior military intelligence officers in Hong Kong, as well as providing details of how they fund and conduct political interference operations in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia.

Mr Wang has taken his material to Australia's counter-espionage agency, ASIO, and is seeking political asylum – potentially opening another front in Australia’s challenging bilateral relationship with China.

 

The Collapse of Civilization May Have Already Begun

Scientists disagree on the timeline of collapse and whether it's imminent. But can we afford to be wrong? And what comes after?

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By Nafeez Ahmed - 22. November 2019

“It is now too late to stop a future collapse of our societies because of climate change.”

These are not the words of a tinfoil hat-donning survivalist. This is from a paper delivered by a senior sustainability academic at a leading business school to the European Commission in Brussels, earlier this year. Before that, he delivered a similar message to a UN conference: “Climate change is now a planetary emergency posing an existential threat to humanity.”

In the age of climate chaos, the collapse of civilization has moved from being a fringe, taboo issue to a more mainstream concern.

As the world reels under each new outbreak of crisis—record heatwaves across the Western hemisphere, devastating fires across the Amazon rainforest, the slow-moving Hurricane Dorian, severe ice melting at the poles—the question of how bad things might get, and how soon, has become increasingly urgent.

Monsanto pays out $10mn as it admits spraying BANNED toxic pesticide on Hawaii crops

Deadly Monsanto spray - FILE PHOTO © AFP / JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER

By RT - 22. November 2019

Embattled biotech company Monsanto will pay a hefty fine for stockpiling over 72kg of highly dangerous pesticide and spraying it on “research crops,” even after it was banned by the US government.

Monsanto acknowledged that it used methyl parathion, the active ingredient in Penncap-M, on corn seed and other crops on the Hawaii island of Maui back in 2014, knowing that it was prohibited by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the previous year.

The US Justice Department, which investigated the case, said that over 72kg (160lbs) of the chemical – fatal if inhaled and hazardous if swallowed – was illegally stored at a company facility, endangering “the environment, surrounding communities and Monsanto workers.”