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Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Greatest Threat To Mankind : The GOP Walking Brain Dead = Climate Change - Science Denying Luddite Conservatives - Hooked On Fossil Fuel Campaign Donations




Fight climate change for global stability, say US defence and diplomacy elite

Full-page newspaper advertisement by ex-military and foreign policy leaders is aimed at Republicans who want to block action on cutting carbon emissions

Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent

Thursday 22 October 2015 01.27 EDT

Nearly 50 leaders of America’s defence and foreign policy establishment are calling on political and business leaders to “think past tomorrow” and lead the fight on climate change.

In a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal the experts – 48 former secretaries of state and defense, national security advisers, diplomats and members of Congress from both parties – say it is time for America to claim global leadership on climate change.

The appeal is intended to apply pressure to Republicans in Congress who are trying to defeat Barack Obama’s plan to cut carbon pollution at home and seeking to limit US involvement in negotiations to reach a global deal on fighting climate change in Paris in December.

The letter, endorsed by Madeline Albright, secretary of state under Bill Clinton; Chuck Hagel, secretary of defense under Obama; George Shultz, secretary of state under Ronald Reagan; James Woolsey, CIA director under Clinton; and other prominent retired officials, declares that climate change is indeed a security threat.

“America’s elected leaders and private sector must think past tomorrow to focus on this growing problem, and take action at home and abroad,” the ad says.

“This issue is critically important to the world’s most experienced security planners. The impacts are real, and the costs of inaction are unacceptable.”

The ad hits back against Republicans who are trying to block a global climate deal, arguing that Obama should have to submit any agreement for approval to Congress – where it would almost certainly be defeated.In the run-up to the Paris climate conference, the Obama administration has rolled out almost daily pronouncements and events – many involving business leaders – to try to build the case that a climate change deal would be good for the economy and the country.

Many of the 48 had made previous such appeals.

The security establishment has long recognised the threat posed by climate change. In 2006 a report by the influential Center for Naval Analysis defined climate change as a “threat multiplier”, adding fuel to conflicts.

The current thinking however sees climate change as a danger on its own – drought, sea-level rise, food shortages, provoking migration and armed conflicts.

“Climate change is certainly going to destabilise situations,” General Ron Keys, retired leader of the air force command, told a seminar at the Wilson Centre think-tank on Wednesday. “There are some countries out there that are just hanging on by their fingernails.”

Generals also fear a rise in deployments dealing with natural disasters – which would play a strain on resources and could potentially leave the US exposed.


“The real problem is what do we do if we are involved in a Fukushima or a hurricane Sandy times three and somebody like Isis decides to make a big push,” Keys said. “If I were a bad guy I’d wait until the US was involved in a big situation and then I would make my move.”

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The globe warms: surface, troposphere, oceans and melting ice.
The earth is losing a trillion tons of ice per year:
- 159 Gt Antarctic land ice, McMillan el al, GRL (2014), http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2014GL060111/abstract
+ 26 Gt Antarctic sea ice, Holland et al, J Climate (2014) , http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00301.1
- 261 Gt Arctic sea ice, PIOMAS, http://psc.apl.uw.edu/research/projects/arctic-sea-ice-volume-anomaly/
- 378 Gt Greenland, Enderlin et al, GRL (2014), http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2013GL059010/abstract
- 259 Gt other land based glaciers, Gardner et al. Science (2013), http://www.sciencemag.org/content/340/6134/852.abstract
= - 1,031 Gt, total

55 comments:

  1. If you need any more proof on how idiotic we have become, you have it here: The argument posted that climate change needs the support of a link to “there coming to get us” paranoia.

    Climate change is a threat unto itself.

    Generals also fear a rise in deployments dealing with natural disasters – which would play a strain on resources and could potentially leave the US exposed.


    “The real problem is what do we do if we are involved in a Fukushima or a hurricane Sandy times three and somebody like Isis decides to make a big push,” Keys said. “If I were a bad guy I’d wait until the US was involved in a big situation and then I would make my move.”

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  2. There in no bigger group of organized ignorance than the US Republican Party.

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    1. The Catholic Church ?

      Your local mosque ?

      The US Democratic Party ?

      I can think of several contenders.....

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    2. The 'Philosophy' Department of your state's major university ?

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  3. The thing about "Climate Change" is that it gives you a perfect segue into "Wind and Solar" -

    and, the public loves Wind and Solar.

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    1. The Republicans' number two contender (no. 1 in Iowa, as of today) denies Evolution.

      What can you say?

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    2. Republicans worry about "sharia," and believe that Darwin was a "tool of the devil."

      Really. In the 21st. Century.

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    3. And, the scary part is, the Republicans will win if he's on the ticket.

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    4. Trump/Carson is a winning ticket.

      You've got it right.

      Carson/Trump is as well, but The Donald has too much ego to play second banana.

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  4. Highlights

    Jobless claims are pointing to very tight conditions on the unemployment side of the labor market with initial claims coming in at a lower-than-expected 259,000 in the October 17 week, just up from the prior week's near 42-year low of 256,000.

    The 4-week average is at a new 42-year low, down 2,000 to 263,250. The October 17 week was also the sample week for October employment report and a comparison with the sample week of the September employment report shows improvement, down 5,000 with the 4-week average down a more tangible 9,250.

    Continuing claims, where reporting lags by a week, are very healthy, up 6,000 to 2.170 million but with the 4-week average down 18,000 to 2.185 million. The unemployment rate for insured workers remains very low at 1.6 percent.

    As a share of the ever-increasing labor market, current levels of jobless claims may very well be at record lows. There are no special factors in today's report, one that points to a continued improvement for, if not hiring and payroll growth, at least for the unemployment rate.

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    1. The Obama Economy sucks.

      Most people have given up.

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  5. No Rufus he doesn't deny evolution. He could learn a thing or two at the feet of Uncle Bob in Uncle Bob's Bible class.

    As could you. As could Deuce, most certainly.

    Deuce wouldn't be blabbing on and scratching his head about the slaughter of the innocents.....

    (I still can't get over that one)


    So......Deuce has bitten the climate change lure......

    Let's see.....both Rufus and Quirk have said how silly this is.......Quirk has stated there is no enough data, that we don't even have the formula to analyze the data if we had the data, if we had data that wasn't monkeyed with...

    Rufus has called the whole thing the "weather".

    I'm with Rufus and Quirk on this one.

    And, I'd add, if true, we might be saving ourselves from the overdue ice age.


    Deuce, when are you coming after my guns ?

    You have embraced every other crack pot scheme on the horizon since your "change"........you have become a walking sputtering liberal meme...............it's truly disheartening to see.....

    Do I need to lock my guns away from you too ?

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    1. And Abraham.

      Deuce wouldn't be making a total fool of himself blathering on about Abraham......

      It's embarrassing to read Deuce and his total lack of understanding of the Bible.....

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  6. Rufus of old on climate change:

    "It's the weather, moron"

    Go look it up.

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  7. Many of the 48 had made previous such appeals.

    The security establishment has long recognised the threat posed by climate change. In 2006 a report by the influential Center for Naval Analysis defined climate change as a “threat multiplier”, adding fuel to conflicts.

    The current thinking however sees climate change as a danger on its own – drought, sea-level rise, food shortages, provoking migration and armed conflicts.



    What a lot of absolute horse shit.

    The temp gauge hasn't moved at all......

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    1. The cows don't give milk, the women miss their periods, the owls fly in the morning, the newspaper is not delivered, people kill one another in the inner city................all because of climate change which isn't happening according to the most recent thermometer readings....

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    2. Not even Quirk, not even Rufus buys this horse shit...........

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  8. I'm just worried fired up Deuce will come to Idaho and grab my shotgun to 'stop inner city violence'.

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  9. Deuce, you do know don't you that it's China that is the world most 'polluting' country, don't you ?

    I think India is number 2.

    So why are you not in China, or India, preaching ?

    Why are you, as usual in all things these days, blaming the Republicans, the very party you used to vote for ?

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    1. And you, a jet setter, a man riding in a chauffeured limo.....

      For shame ! you fossil fuel fellow.

      You must change your ways, ride a bike, like my Niece.

      Only you can change the future, my friend, and change always begins at home..........

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    2. I'll begin to take Deuce, the old hypocrite, seriously on 'climate change' when I have confirmed he is riding a bike...............and not until then...................

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    1. When the Deuce Man starts riding a bike, I will begin to take him seriously.

      I think you should agree with that,Tattoo Man.

      My Niece rides a bike.

      You do not, Tattoo Man.

      She, I can hear it in her lovely voice, is thinking now of marrying to a Hindu guy, Ph.D, who works out of Poland.

      I have a veto, which I will not exercise.

      She has asked me to walk her down the aisle in such an event.

      I have been doing some real reading on Hindu marriage ceremonies and Hindu understanding of marriage.

      The Hindus know how to celebrate, the women love jewelry, it is bid deal, done right. a big bang of a celebration !!

      The Hindus, like the Jews, like anyone sane, celebrate life.

      The moslems on the other hand say 'we love death more than you do life'.

      I like the Hindu, Jewish, American way myself, punky.


      I will now tell you something you do no know, punky.

      Out here in the "West" we have had this idea that marriage is 'until death do us part'.

      Nowadays it has been watered down considerably and is in fact until death do us part, or until something better comes along.

      In the nigger areas of our hopeless big cities, not even that applies, and the only sign of hope is to know who daddy is....

      All brought to you by the Democrats....who have controlled the big cities forever....

      An exception out West here is the Morman Way, where we hear talk of 'Celestial Marriage' and such. In this view, marriage is forever and forever. I am not sure this is the best, having been married for 35 years and knowing something about the topic....

      In Hinduism a marriage is considered as a part of a long long path, you may have been married to the same person before, you may be again, it is all a part of growth towards CitSatAnanda, the spirit follows its way, eventually you may find someone more to your level......and it is all a learning experience on the Path Upwards Ever Upwards.

      You would not get any of the meaning of this, Ashlikins, being an illiterate...

      If she wishes me to walk her down the aisle in India I will do so.

      She is a world class person.

      Speaking with my Niece, there is never an issue of 'faith', 'belief', no Kierkgaardian Leaps of Faith, no southern USA preaching come to Jesus.....

      Death is as normal as breathing, it is life's way to something always more....

      But never kill to get there....

      Ash, you are a total dumbfuck.





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    2. Anyone who writes "In the nigger areas of our hopeless big cities..." as the subject in a sentence is not to be taken seriously.

      b00bie is not a reliable source when it comes to what Muslims think. I doubt his understanding of Hinduism as well.

      That was quite the turd you laid this time b00b's!

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    3. Wrong, it is just telling the truth.

      The fatherless 'family' in the black areas is now around over 70%.

      The crime is out of control.

      And we have Deuce blaming the Police.

      You know zero of Hinduism.

      If you do not get the meaning of 'we love death more than you do lfie' --- and after 1400 years of it ---

      You are an idiot, Ash.



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    4. life

      As in the famous muzzy saying "We love death more than you do life"

      You are an idiot, Ash.

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    5. .

      Forget it, Ash, you can call him a racist, you can call him a fool, it makes no difference. He will be here tomorrow spouting the same old tripe.

      And when you suggest that he is a faux intellectual with delusion of unclehood he counters that you simple don't understand the monomyth.

      Old age or drink? Hard to say.

      :o)

      .

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    6. LOL, he is a piece of work!

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    Today's Happy Thought

    There in no bigger group of organized ignorance than the US Republican Party.

    The good thing is they are getting smaller every day.

    .

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    1. And we are all looking forward to you casting you sacred vote for:

      HILLARY

      The Criminal.

      You dumb fuck.

      I'm still trying to untangle your non sense concerning 'coincidence and causality'.

      It is job impossible.

      Now get out there and fix up inner city Detroit, Thoughtful Man.

      You are a Catholic.

      Do Something, you hypocritical turd !

      Mother Mary is at your side.

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    2. Quart, I do love ya, in an odd sort of way.................

      What would USA be without you ?

      In my best dreams, I see you handing out gifts to the Detroit poor, and dodging the bullets....

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    3. Passing the Breathalizer tests......

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    4. .

      I'm still trying to untangle your non sense concerning 'coincidence and causality'.

      Part of your befuddlement could be that you can't read. The terms are correlation and causality.

      Look it up on line.

      .

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    5. Did "Back to the Future's" prediction of a Cubs win on Oct. 21, 2015 cause them to lose?

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  12. I'm interested in a link to a study or studies showing the expected change in climate produced by the proposed changes in CO2 output.

    Thanks

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  13. As bad as old bozo bob is here, it is not an act. He is worse in real life as least in his dealings with women. Allen had him pegged on his “schtick” ( Allen’s word) on bozo’s comments about Jews.

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    1. :) heh

      Married 35 years and still going.....

      Comments about Jews ?

      I'm one of the few here that has stood up for Judaism all the way through....I've been for Israel all my life.

      As for the blacks you're the one that wanted to leave them in slavery, not me....you're the one that has called Lincoln the worst President ever.....

      I am sorry you lost your family lost the plantation in Virginia. I am right about that, am I not ? You should have done the work yourself, then I actually would feel for you.

      Something needs to be done to clean up the inner cities. I don't know what it is. I do know it is your Democratic Party that has run things there for decades.

      Why do you live in a walled compound ?

      Obviously, because you basically live in an urban jungle.

      What are your solutions to the problem ?

      You have none, other than to lock yourself away from it.

      Just like Quirk on a little lesser financial level.

      Black life in our inner cities sucks. We might as well talk about it. There are no fathers. There are no jobs. There are drugs and violence everywhere.

      It was Quirk who first called Detroit "a war zone".

      I'm for Ben Carson cause he deserves it. He got his act together, and would be a world class role model.

      What are your solutions, Deuce ?

      You have none.

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  14. National Geo on Hansen's latest prediction:

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/07/150721-james-hansen-sea-level-rise-climate-change-global-warming-science/

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    1. A history of Hansen's "Science:"

      https://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/spectacularly-poor-climate-science-at-nasa/

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  15. The problem in dealing with climate change is rather simple.

    Assume case 1. There is climate change and there is something that can be done to mitigate it. That requires action to do so and if the effort pays off and the process is slowed or reversed, there are positive benefits. WE WIN

    Assume case 2. There is nothing that can be done and all efforts are meaningless. If that is true then it also means that whatever is expended to fight climate change would have been lost anyway, so there is nothing lost as all would have been lost in any case. WE LOSE

    Assume case 3. Something could be done, but we do nothing and we lose the battle because we never fought it. WE LOSE

    I look at it the same way I look at an 89 year old man complaining about all the money he spent on doctors, insurance and a healthy life style.

    The same people that think we should spend ourselves into oblivion on defense because of something that may never happen argue that we should spend nothing on reducing carbon emissions when all serious science says there is a problem.

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    1. I'd still like to see the expected changes claimed for the proposed solutions. My recollection is they are minuscule.

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      "Serious Science:"

      TO MANUFACTURE WARMING DURING THE HIATUS, NOAA ADJUSTED THE PRE-HIATUS DATA DOWNWARD

      http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/06/04/noaancdcs-new-pause-buster-paper-a-laughable-attempt-to-create-warming-by-adjusting-past-data/

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    2. If you follow your own advice, Deuce, you will give up the Limo, and get a Geo or something.

      Is this going to happen ?

      Nah, you love the feel of the Limo and how it sets you apart.....

      And quit these carbon heavy trips to Europe every month or so......would you please......try Skype....

      You are the biggest carbon sinner here.

      Will you change ?

      Nah, it's so much easier to pontificate.

      Who is the most carbon friendly of us all ?

      My Niece.

      She bikes.

      So we have the hypocrite Deuce in his Limo and my Niece on her bike, doing research on information flows in the human brain.

      Who is the climate change sinner here ?

      eh ?

      As for myself I share a small compact car with my wife.

      And rarely go anywhere.

      Quirk drives a lot, round and round Detroit, drinking.

      But at least he isn't a hypocrite. I get the distinct impression Quirk thinks the 'climate debate' is mostly horse shit. So at least he isn't preaching one thing and doing another.....

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    3. I could take you on a short drive and show you exactly where the rocky pine forests give way to the rolling loess fields of the Palouse.

      Almost to the foot.

      Spokane, Washington was under ice. All of Canada was under ice. We are overdue, from the geological record, for another coming of the ice.

      Deuce has taken up again another liberal meme, and wants to fight 'climate change'.

      Not only has he no clue about which he speaks.....Quirk is right, the 'science' is so unsettled, we don't even have the math or the formulas to begin to tackle it....but Deuce will be damned if he is going to give up that Limo.....

      When Deuce produces a picture of himself driving a small gas friendly car I will begin to give his views some real consideration....

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  16. I’ll do a post. How are you doing? You had a rough road there for awhile. I hope it is getting better for you.

    All the best to you!

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    1. That is good of you, considering Doug's views on nearly everything are quite opposite of yours.

      I commend you.

      I hope Doug comes back in a great big way.

      It's lonely being one of the few sane here.

      One of the two, at last count.......

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  17. I notice no one latched onto my little essay on the nature of marriage in Hinduism in any intelligent way.

    Not a comment, not one little comment.



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  18. 11, count'em, Eleven Freakin' Hours, and all the Republicans got back was Seven Bloody Stubs.

    Eleven hours to get your asses handed to you by a 67 year old grandmother.

    Way ta go, pubbies. You ain't "the party of stupid" for nuthin'.

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    1. You voted for John McCain.

      I remember it well.

      "Northern Mississippi secured, Boss"

      That was your comment to Deuce on that election night. Back in the days when Deuce was a Republican, and the Jew hatred had not manifested so grossly.

      I kinda love you Rufus. You are what we all long to be down deep, but try to resist, some more successfully than others.

      An organism of pure emotion.

      Thinking is just too hard.

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  19. Islamic State attacks dramatically increase after over a year of US airstrikes

    October 23, 2015 2:19 am By Robert Spencer 7 Comments

    Nothing to be concerned about. Obama says that we’re on the way to degrading and destroying the Islamic State, and he wouldn’t lie to us, now, would he?

    Islamic State33

    “ISIS attacks are dramatically increasing over a year into the US-led campaign against the group,” by Alex Lockie, Business Insider, October 22, 2015:

    IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre issued a report on October 22nd stating that ISIS attacks rose in the 3rd quarter of 2015 compared to the previous three-month period, both in terms of the number of non-militant casualties and the frequency of attacks.

    Jane’s reported 1,086 separate attacks between July 1 and September 30 of this year, or a daily average of 11.8 daily. That’s up from 8.3 last quarter, representing an increase of 42%.

    The attacks killed 2,978 non-militants, a 65% increase from the previous quarter.

    Jane’s concludes that the true number of attacks was likely “far higher,” as the agency relies on open-source intelligence and only reports what can be confirmed definitively by governments, or attacks claimed by the ISIS militants themselves.

    The uptick is significant in showing that though ISIS failed to gain a significant amount of territory during that time period, they remained capable of inflicting damage to targets around in the Middle East and Africa even in areas outside of their control.

    “We’re probably more in a consolidation phase currently where the group is stabilizing gains its made and protecting those gains,” Matthew Henman, head of IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Center, told NBC News.

    Of the attacks outside of ISIS’s are of control, Nigeria was a main target, likely because of the presence of ISIS affiliate Boko Haram. Though the total number of attacks outside of the group’s “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq dropped, the casualties per strike rose considerably.

    “This underlines the nature of the group’s insurgency in Nigeria and several bordering countries, with its operations characterized by mass-casualty operations targeting the civilian population,” the report noted, according to NBC.

    Though the data set reported ends on the same day that Russia began its bombing campaign in Syria, the findings support claims that international efforts to roll back ISIS have fallen flat. Despite constant hammering from a US-led coalition, ISIS is still capable of carrying out constant attacks across a wide geographic area.

    “They’re able to make daily life fraught and dangerous and insecure,” Henman added.

    But ISIS still focuses on their home turf. The 902 ISIS attack in Iraq and Syria, which resulted in 1,780 non-militant fatalities, represent 83% percent of all ISIS attacks recorded over the period.

    While ISIS attacks and operations are still centered Iraq and Syria, this report shows that the organization has so far successfully weathered the multi-national military effort to stop them and have even branched out to become a consistent global threat.

    No kidding, really?

    http://www.jihadwatch.org/2015/10/islamic-state-attacks-dramatically-increase-after-over-a-year-of-us-airstrikes

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    1. Sooner or later The Donald and the other Republicans are going to need an answer to the question 'what are you going to do about this situation?' -- a really tough question...

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    2. Plans by U.S. to capture Islamic State’s capital already go awry
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      By Liz Sly October 22 at 4:15 PM

      Members of a Syrian armed group hold positions in the front line against the Islamic State outside Ain Issa, in the countryside of Raqqa province. (Alice Martins/For The Washington Post)

      AIN ISSA, Syria — In this abandoned desert town on the front line of the war against the Islamic State in Raqqa, local fighters are fired up by announcements in Washington that the militants’ self-proclaimed capital is to be the next focus of the war.

      But there is still no sign of the help the United States has delivered ostensibly for the use of the Arab groups fighting the Islamic State, nor is there any indication it will imminently arrive, calling into question whether there can be an offensive to capture Raqqa anytime soon.

      Fifty tons of ammunition air­dropped by the U.S. military last week and intended for Arab groups has instead been claimed by the overall command of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, which is fighting alongside Arab units but overwhelmingly dominates their uneasy alliance, according to Kurdish and Arab commanders.

      [New U.S. plan to counter the Islamic State will arm groups focused on Raqqa]

      The question of whether Arab or Kurdish fighters get the weapons is crucial, in part because of Turkish sensitivities surrounding the United States’ burgeoning relationship with the Syrian Kurds. Turkey accuses the YPG of affiliation with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, designated a terrorist organization by Ankara and Washington, and has already lodged a complaint with the U.S. Embassy in Ankara that the YPG received the weapons intended for Arabs.

      Just as significant, however, is the recognition that Kurds are unlikely to be able — or perhaps even willing — to fight for the Sunni Arab lands controlled by the Islamic State, including Raqqa, the jewel in the crown of the militants’ self-styled caliphate and a city the Kurds do not aspire to govern................

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/us-plans-to-capture-the-islamic-states-capital-already-go-awry/2015/10/22/c07a7349-a53b-4beb-9f80-f0db02c647fd_story.html

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    3. And what would you do about it Bob ?

      I was afraid you'd ask that...

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    4. American soldier killed in effort to free Islamic State captives

      October 22, 2015 3:38 pm By Robert Spencer 16 Comments

      The first U.S. soldier killed in Iraq since 2011. The captives were facing “mass execution.” Why mount these dangerous half-measure operations at all, instead of taking genuine action to destroy the Islamic State, as Obama promised to do?

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      “First American soldier killed in Iraq since official end of combat in 2011,” by Mustafa Salim, Missy Ryan and Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Washington Post, October 22, 2015:

      BAGHDAD —Elite American and Kurdish forces raided an Islamic State prison in northern Iraq on Thursday, freeing about 70 captives facing “mass execution” and leaving one U.S. commando dead, U.S. and Iraqi officials said.

      The raid marked the first time a member of the U.S. military had been killed in a combat situation in Iraq since the United States launched its campaign against the Islamic State last year.

      U.S. Special Forces have staged several raids on Islamic State compounds in northern Syria, but Thursday’s predawn raid was the first of its kind against the jihadist group in northern Iraq.

      The operation by the Army’s Delta Force also highlighted the U.S. military’s close cooperation with Kurdish rather than Iraqi federal forces, a move likely to anger the central government in Baghdad. In the past, Iraqi leaders have sparred with Kurds over growing Kurdish power, oil revenue sharing and political independence in their northern enclave.

      The Special Operations forces and Kurdish peshmerga troops launched the operation early on Thursday to rescue hostages who “faced imminent mass execution,” Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said.

      In a statement, Cook said that U.S. helicopters flew the Kurdish forces to the town of Hawija, well south of Iraq’s largely autonomous Kurdish region. The hostages freed included more than 20 members of Iraqi security forces, Cook said. Five Islamic State militants were captured and at least 10 were killed.

      The Kurdish Regional Government said that none of the 69 freed captives were Kurdish, contradicting earlier claims by other Kurdish officials. The Pentagon placed the number of freed prisoners at 70.

      One U.S. service member died from wounds suffered when Islamic State forces opened fire on the Kurdish and American forces, Cook said. Four peshmerga were wounded….

      http://www.jihadwatch.org/2015/10/american-soldier-killed-in-effort-to-free-islamic-state-captives

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  20. The Republican "Insiders" are having a shit fit -


    Insiders: Trump nomination looking more likely

    Eighty-one percent of Republican insiders say that the likelihood that Trump becomes their party’s nominee is higher today than it was a month ago.

    By Katie Glueck

    10/23/15 05:12 AM EDT
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    The odds that Donald Trump wins the Republican presidential nomination are going up.

    Eighty-one percent of Republican insiders say that the likelihood that Trump becomes their party’s nominee is higher today than it was a month ago, and 79 percent of Democrats said the same. That’s according to the POLITICO Caucus, our weekly bipartisan survey of the top strategists, operatives and activists in the early-voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.

    “I can't even describe the lunacy of him as our nominee. But reason has not applied to date in this race and my hopes are fleeting that it will ever surface,” lamented an Iowa Republican, who like all participants was granted anonymity in order to speak freely.

    “Predictions of his demise keep not coming true,” added a New Hampshire Republican.

    Asserted a South Carolina Republican, “Donald Trump being the GOP nominee is now within the realm of possibility.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/10/insiders-trump-nomination-looking-more-likely-215087#ixzz3pOeh8l8F

    I am not a Republican "Insider", whatever that may be....I continue to support Dr. Ben Carson, on the advice of my father - "vote for the best person" -

    At least the Republican race is exciting this year....while over on the Democratic side your choice is

    Hillary -- the ultimate insider, and a criminal

    or

    Bernie Sanders -- who is crazy as hell and honey mooned in the Soviet Union...

    Ah, American politics...

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    Eighty-one percent of Republican insiders say that the likelihood that Trump becomes their party’s nominee is higher today than it was a month ago.

    That's why no one pays attention to Republican insiders.

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