Global Security News from Michael_Novakhov (27 sites): Counterintelligence from Michael_Novakhov (50 sites): Eurasia Review: California’s Anti-Green Land-Use Policies Increase Global Warming – OpEd

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Much of California enjoys year-round pleasant weather, without the
harsh winters of the midwest and northeast, and without the heat and
humidity of the deep south. One result is that California homes use less
heat and air conditioning than homes in other parts of the country.

Harvard economist Edward Glaeser says that a household in San Francisco has a carbon footprint 60 percent smaller than a similar household in Memphis.

Meanwhile, California has the nation’s most restrictive land-use
policies, which prevent new housing from being built, keep housing
prices high, and prevent people from moving to California.

In 2016, California had the second highest out-migration among the states
(second to New Jersey). The most common destinations of California
out-migrants were Texas, Nevada, and Washington. The state with the
highest net in-migration was Florida.

While at first glance California’s stringent land-use policies that
keep people from moving to the state might appear environmentally
friendly, the opposite is true. People have to live somewhere, and when
California’s land-use policies keep them from moving to California, they
end up living in states that give them a much higher carbon footprint.

Every retiree who ends up in Florida instead of California raises the
nation’s carbon footprint. Every worker who ends up in Texas, Nevada,
or Washington, rather than in California, raises the nation’s carbon
footprint.

If Californians were really serious about mitigating global warming,
their policies would be designed to encourage people to move to their
state, where people’s carbon footprints are naturally lower because of
the favorable climate. Instead, California has an anti-green
environmental agenda that pushes people to live in places with higher
carbon footprints.

Californians often act as if their state is environmentally friendly, but its land-use policies that push people into states where people have higher carbon footprints add more to global carbon emissions than the policies of any other state.

This article was published by The Beacon

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The Trump Investigations Report: Palmer Report: This is how Donald Trump’s presidency ends

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New York Magazine canvassed a hundred New Yorkers asking each the question, “How Will the Trump Presidency End?” Remember, this question was asked in New York, so you can expect a New York bias. Nevertheless, a thin majority (51%) responded he will run again and lose in 2020 – and a further 8% thinks he will lose and have to be deposed, with 23% believing he will win reelection. The remaining replies ranged from “don’t know” all the way to impeachment to “he will become dictator for life.”


What struck me about all this is, based on the opinions of people in a distinctly anti-Trump city, how easy it is to believe that Donald Trump has a Vegas chance to survive this current crisis. Most particularly, in a post-Fairness Doctrine, Post-Truth era, the “man on the street” thinks that a proven arch criminal, traitor, sexual predator and liar has a decent shot at a second term.



Welcome to a world where it is possible to believe that the Apollo mission to the moon was a hoax, where global warming is a business dirty trick of Chinese export, where the 911 attacks were engineered by the Bush administration and UFOs travel trillions of kilometers for the sole purpose of making lovely designs in our crops. Welcome to the world of “anything goes.” This is the State of the Union of “thought” as it exists in America today. And it is nothing short of unbelievably, staggeringly stupid.




I do not know who will be taking the oath of office on Wednesday, January 20th, 2021, but I do know who it won’t be, and I’ll stake my reputation on it: it won’t be Donald John Trump. To support this extraordinary claim I turn to no less a person than Sir Isaac Newton, who said in his Third Law of Motion: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”


If anything has been a constant in American national politics, it has been the routine left to right and back again swing of the pendulum of the political spectrum. Never before in history has that pendulum swung so severely to the right, and never before has there been so powerful a groundswell risen up of equal and opposite reaction, fueled by an outrage seldom seen before, and one about to be augmented by a Generation Z explosion – coming of age and desperate to vote Donald Trump into oblivion. And you may quote me.

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Global Security News from Michael_Novakhov (27 sites): Counterintelligence from Michael_Novakhov (50 sites): Eurasia Review: Islamic State Launches Last Ditch Counter-Offensive In Baghouz

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The Islamic State launched arguably their last counter-offensive to regain the territory they lost to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the Baghouz area of eastern Deir ez-Zor, Al-Masdar News reports.

Backed by nearly 100 women and children, the Islamic State stormed the
Syrian Democratic Forces’ positions at the northern flank of the Baghouz
Camp in a bid to force the latter to retreat from several areas.

According to preliminary reports, the Syrian Democratic Forces did
retreat from some points after losing a half dozen fighters on Monday.

The reports said the Syrian Democratic Forces saw many women and
children dressed in their combat fatigues attacking their points during
today’s battle.

The Syrian Democratic Forces will likely counter
this Islamic State offensive in the coming hours as they hammer away at
the militant group’s last bastion with both airstrikes and heavy
artillery.

Due to their shortage of fighters, the Islamic State
has begun using women and children at the front-lines to help defend
their last positions at the Baghouz Camp.

The Islamic State had
previously prohibited women from fighting at any of their front-lines;
however, due to a shortage in manpower and provisions, they have made an
exception to this rule.

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Global Security News from Michael_Novakhov (27 sites): Counterintelligence from Michael_Novakhov (50 sites): Eurasia Review: Australian Bishops’ Conference Calls For Minimum Wage Hike

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The Catholic Church in Australia is calling for an increase to the
minimum wage in the country, saying that it will help lift families out
of poverty.

Megan Kavanagh, a member of the Australian Catholic Bishops
Conference Employment Relations Reference Group, said in a March 17
statement that Australian tradition going back to what is known as the
Harvester Case of 1907 dictates that full-time employees with dependents
should be able to support themselves without falling into poverty.

“The current level of the minimum wage falls far short of the
objective identified and set by Harvester in a much less prosperous
Australia 112 years ago,” Kavanagh said.

The Church is calling on the Fair Work Commission to step up, arguing
that it has not done enough to support hundreds of thousands of
families who are suffering from low wages, as well as children who are
living in poverty.

Current minimum wage in Australia is $18.93 per hour. The Austrlaian
Catholic Bishops Conference is calling in its submission to the Fair
Work Commission for the wage to be raised to $20 per hour.

Kavanagh said this would be an important first step in resolving economic problems facing working families.

She noted that the value of the minimum wage in Australia has declined relative to national wages in the last 20 years.

“The Fair Work Commission last year found that the minimum wage
provided a reasonable income for a single adult without family
responsibilities,” she said. “In other words, what was an inadequate
wage for a family two decades ago has become a reasonable wage for a
single adult without family responsibilities. That is simply
unacceptable.”

The government should address the poor living standards of people in
low-wage jobs, either by increasing minimum wage or offering more
government assistance, stressed Joe Zabar, director of economic policy
at Catholic Social Services Australia.

He warned that policy moves such as freezing or reducing Family Tax
Benefits in recent years have only served to prevent families from
achieving living wages.

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Global Security News from Michael_Novakhov (27 sites): Counterintelligence from Michael_Novakhov (50 sites): Eurasia Review: EU And Partners Hope To Bring Peace And Stability To The Sahel – Analysis

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Nine soldiers serving with the regional G5 Sahel force were killed by an
improvised explosive device in Mali early this month. This attack
against the G5 Sahel, which is made up of military forces from Burkina
Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, is the latest in what must be
understood as a clear and present threat to the governments of the
region.

Covering 5 million square kilometers, the G5 countries have deployed
troops across three sectors (west, central and east), with each composed
of two to three battalions. Each battalion will consist of 650 troops,
for a total of 5,000. In addition to the member countries, the force is
supported by a coalition of 26 countries and the EU.

Importantly, the G5 is designed to help the Sahel region better combat
security threats from extremists, though funding has remained an
obstacle. In December, the European Commission announced funding of 125
million euros ($141 million) for the G5 Sahel countries at the partners
and donors coordination conference in Nouakchott, Mauritania. Donations
from the Gulf states are particularly generous and helpful, although
sometimes at cross purposes.

From a European standpoint, the EU supports the efforts of the G5 Sahel
countries in the fight against terrorism, organized crime and any other
threat to security, stability and peace. The EU wants to reinforce its
regional approach in the Sahel with the aim of supporting cross-border
cooperation, regional cooperation structures and, in this context,
enhancing the national capacities of the G5 Sahel countries. Stability
in the Sahel region is key for European security.

To meet that security requirement and need, the EU Common Security and
Defence Policy missions in the Sahel, the EU Capacity Building Missions
(EUCAP) in Mali and Niger, and the EU Training Mission (EUTM) in Mali
were established in June 2017. The first step allowed for the
establishment of a regional coordination cell (RCC) within a joint
military concept based within one of the EU civilian missions, EUCAP
Sahel Mali. The RCC included a network of internal security and defense
experts deployed in Mali, but also in EU delegations in the other G5
Sahel countries.

This structural expansion is to help joint force military and police
components improve cross-border cooperation. Interestingly, EUCAP Sahel
Mali and EUCAP Sahel Niger are ahead of their development curve and will
be able to conduct punctual and targeted activities of strategic advice
and training in other G5 Sahel countries. EUTM Mali already supports
the operationalization of the G5 Sahel joint force at its headquarters.
It may provide training outside its mission area on a case by case
basis.

Stability in the Sahel is key to the region’s future development. France
plays a major role in this sphere from both a strategic and economic
vantage point. In January 2013, France launched Operation Serval in Mali
to counter a militant Islamist insurgency that threatened to topple the
government in Bamako. In August 2014, Serval was transformed into
Operation Barkhane, which consists of about 4,500 soldiers throughout
the G5 Sahel countries and a budget of about $797 million per year. It
has three major bases: In the Chadian capital N’Djamena, where the
headquarters and joint staff are located, and command posts in Gao,
Mali, and Niamey, Niger. In October last year, Barkhane expanded its
area of operations to Burkina Faso at the request of the Burkinabe
government, which is facing a rise in militant Islamist attacks. These
attacks are growing in frequency and thus a greater focus on the Sahel
by Paris is pushing for a greater effort by partners to support the
Sahel countries.

France is reaching out to Arab partners for assistance in countering
terrorist ideologies in the Sahel by coordinating messages about the
ills of extremism and violence. These messages, which are in both French
and Arabic, are helping to shape the strategic space that these
terrorist groups are able to operate in by reducing support. The unique
nature of the extremist groups in the Sahel — mostly led by the Macina
Liberation Front, which is inspired by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb
and Ansar Dine’s fundamentalist theoreticians — illustrates where
government weakness allows groups to operate and conduct illicit
financial activity across weak borders.

Grievances, such as poor economic conditions and ethnic racism and
hatred, litter the Sahel and these factors feed into extremist
recruitment strategies. Historical drivers such as the former theocratic
Macina Empire, which from 1818 to 1863 encompassed a large territory
comprising the Segou, Mopti and Timbuktu regions, is part of the
landscape. The Macina Empire, which was dominated by the Fulani ethnic
group, applied Islamic rule across its territory. These tendencies to
bring back historical antecedents but in an updated and violent mode is
shaping the security environment across the Sahel.

By attempting to garner control of the Sahel in a cross-border manner,
the EU and partners are hoping that stability will bring investment,
especially the development of rail infrastructure across this part of
Africa. The Sahel, and ultimately the Chad Basin, is another part of
Africa that has direct implications not only for Europe, but the Middle
East as well. This is why the battle for Libya’s south, which stretches
into Niger and Mali, is so critical at this time. US, French and other
forces from these countries are in the midst of cutting illicit networks
that were tied back to Libya’s south and the ratlines of illegal
migration.

Naturally, the US is invested in the Sahel through a number of mutual
interests with Europeans, especially France, at this juncture but, for
the Trump White House, the Sahel is a local issue, at least publically.

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FBI from Michael_Novakhov (25 sites): “Andrew McCabe” – Google News: “Bachelor” Finale Engages Viewers; Nielsen Week In Review – SHOOT Online

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“Bachelor” Finale Engages Viewers; Nielsen Week In Review  SHOOT Online

An unusual ending to ABC’s long-running attempted love matches on “The Bachelor” paid off for the network.

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1. World from Michael_Novakhov (22 sites): FOX News: Nurse accused of impregnating incapacitated woman at Arizona facility fighting STD tests

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The former nurse accused of raping and impregnating an incapacitated patient in Arizona will fight a court-ordered HIV and STD test, his lawyer said Tuesday.

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1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (87 sites): Eurasia Review: Ron Paul Airs Concerns About The Trump Presidency – OpEd

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Ron Paul, the libertarian communicator who ran three times for president, has been neither a “never-Trumper” nor a loyalist of President Donald Trump.

Instead, Paul, through the 2016 presidential campaign and Trump’s presidency, has judged Trump’s various comments and actions against Paul’s understanding of right and wrong.

Interviewed
recently by host Larry King at King’s Politicking show at RT, Paul’s
assessment of Trump’s presidency came out mostly negative.

In the wide-ranging interview, Paul, who King introduces as “always outspoken,” lives up to that description in providing clear criticism of Trump in regard to several matters.

From increasing United States military spending to piling on new US government debt to continuing mass surveillance to seeking to build a wall at the US-Mexico border through the exercise of “national emergency” powers to keeping US troops in Syria, Paul declares Trump is following the wrong course.

Paul, however, is not entirely negative regarding Trump’s presidency.

In the interview, Paul dismisses the accusation that Trump is “beholden to” Russia President Vladimir Putin.

Paul also praises Trump for talking with leadership of the North Korea government, though Paul notes that the effort toward improving relations with North Korea appears to have recently been “sabotaged.”

Watch Paul’s complete interview here:


This article was published by RonPaul Institute.

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