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07 December 2015 @ 02:28 pm
Syria air strikes: The 236 words that will decide whether we go to war against Isis in Syria  
MPs will debate the motion for 10 and a half hours in Parliament on Wednesday
Matt Dathan Online political reporter @matt_dathan
Wednesday 2 December 2015
The RAF has been bombing Isis in Iraq since last year but has yet to win backing for action in Syria Reuters
David Cameron has published the Government's motion on bombing Isis in Syria that MPs will debate for 10 and a half hours on Wednesday.
It declares that Isis poses an "unprecedented" and "direct threat" to the UK and asks MPs to support the Government and Armed Forces in "taking military action, specifically airstrikes, exclusively against Isil in Syria".
The motion pledges not to deploy UK troops on the ground in Syria and commits the Government to giving MPs progress updates every three months.
This is the Government motion on taking military action in Syria (You can read the full text below)
Ministers have stepped up their efforts to convince MPs of the need to take military action in Syria, with the Defence Secretary Michael Fallon claiming that the number of Isis-inspired terror attacks have increased tenfold over the last year.
More http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/syria-air-strikes-the-236-words-that-will-decide-whether-we-go-to-war-against-isis-in-syria-a6755761.html

RAF jets carry out second round of bombing against Isis in Syria

Boris Johnson disputes David Cameron's 70,000 Syria claim

Catch-up: What's good about Stop the War? The name.
John Rentoul
clothcapclothcap on December 7th, 2015 02:40 pm (UTC)
Syria calls US-led coalition air strike on Assad regime forces an 'act of aggression'
But the US-led coalition denies carrying out the attack in which at least three Syrian soldiers were killed
Adam Withnall @adamwithnall
4 hours ago 157 comments
(File) Heavy smoke rises following an air strike by the US-led coalition in Kobani, Syria Getty Images
An air strike carried out by the US-led coalition in Syria is reported to have targeted regime forces for the first time, killing at least three soldiers and destroying a number of vehicles.
The Syrian government said four warplanes bombed its Saega military camp in Deir al-Zor province, describing it as an "act of aggression" by coalition forces.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, 13 more military personnel were wounded in the strike, which it said took place near the town of Ayyash on Sunday evening.
But while the Syrian foreign ministry said in a statement that it had written to the UN over the incident, a spokesman for the coalition denied it had carried out any air strikes on the area in question.
clothcapclothcap on December 7th, 2015 02:46 pm (UTC)
Jeremy Corbyn refuses to break link with 'disreputable' Stop the War
Jeremy Corbyn faces calls to cancel appearance at Stop the War fundraising dinner following Syria air strikes vote
Tristram Hunt says Labour leader should think again about attending, branding organisation 'really disreputable'
Charlie Cooper Whitehall Correspondent @charliecooper8
20 hours ago
Jeremy Corbyn is facing calls from senior MPs to cancel an appearance at a fundraising dinner hosted by the Stop the War Coalition this week, as internal strife continued to dog the Labour party in the wake of last week’s airstrikes vote.
Tristram Hunt, the former Shadow Education Secretary said that Mr Corbyn should think again about attending the event, branding Stop the War a “a really disreputable organisation”.
It came as the leader’s office dismissed reports of an imminent Shadow Cabinet reshuffle as “speculation”.
Some Shadow Cabinet members are understood to be preparing for a “revenge reshuffle” in the wake of the free vote on Syria, which saw 66 Labour MPs and 11 members of the Shadow Cabinet break with their leader’s position and back airstrikes.
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Edited at 2015-12-07 02:57 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on December 7th, 2015 03:04 pm (UTC)
Heavy weather in Cumbria, Lancs and some of Scotland
I think N. Wales got hit too.
Commiserations to all those that have suffered in the flooding of the whole of Cumbria, Lancs part of Scotland and Ireland.
Apparently the flood was so much it overcame the defences. 300 millimetres of rain in a day.
More heavy weather on the way. Let's hope it isn't as severe.

Edited at 2015-12-07 03:08 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on December 7th, 2015 03:23 pm (UTC)
'Inequality' is behind the rise of Isis, says author Thomas Piketty
Piketty writes that the Middle East's political and social system has been made fragile by the high concentration of oil wealth into a few countries
Jim Tankersley
Tuesday 1 December 2015
A member of Isis waves the group's flag through the streets of Raqqa Reuters
A year after his 700-page opus "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" stormed to the top of America's best-seller lists, Thomas Piketty is out with a new argument about income inequality. It may prove more controversial than his book, which continues to generate debate in political and economic circles.
The new argument, which Piketty spelled out recently in the French newspaper Le Monde, is this: Inequality is a major driver of Middle Eastern terrorism, including the Isis attacks on Paris earlier this month — and Western nations have themselves largely to blame for that inequality.
More http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/inequality-is-behind-the-rise-of-isis-says-author-thomas-piketty-a6754786.html
Pays your money and make a choice. I saw it written that ISIS and ISIL are the Shah's fighting and pillaging gang.
If true, considering the Saudi's relationship with senior people I can't see Cameron doing much of anything to ISIS-ISIL.
There are 2 factions, ISIS in the North and ISIL in the South afaik. You don't see that mentioned in the zionist run press.
So I wonder what the real motive is?
clothcapclothcap on December 7th, 2015 03:29 pm (UTC)
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Clean Power Plan “Co-Benefits” Are as Insipid as the Rule’s Direct Benefits (i.e., the idiotic social cost of carbon)
by William Yeatman 04 May 2015
A big problem for EPA in trying to defend its egregious Clean Power Plan is that the rule is being promulgated in the name of fighting climate change, but it won’t actually impact the climate.
As a result, the agency has had to resort to two bits of trickery in order to justify the rule’s exorbitant costs.
The first is known as the social cost of carbon. As has been persuasively argued by my colleague Marlo Lewis, the social cost of carbon is assumption-driven garbage. (See, e.g., this).
EPA’s second statistical misdirection, which is the subject of this post, is to claim that the rule would save thousands of lives by reducing conventional pollutants other than carbon dioxide, primarily ozone and fine particulate matter. Today, a group of public health professionals issued a press release trumpeting a study backing the EPA’s “co-benefit” claims regarding the Clean Power Plan.
In this post, my purpose is not to rebut the statistical analysis by which these “prevented deaths” were conjured. As Bjorn Lomborg smartly pointed out in his book Cool It, we could reduce untold emissions of air pollution, and save scores of thousands of lives, simply by reducing the speed limit everywhere to five miles per hour. Just because there are “co-benefits” attendant to any given policy doesn’t mean much in a vacuum.
More http://www.globalwarming.org/2015/05/04/clean-power-plan-co-benefits-are-as-insipid-as-the-rules-direct-benefits-i-e-the-idiotic-social-cost-of-carbon
clothcapclothcap on December 7th, 2015 03:40 pm (UTC)
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Independent Satellite Records Agree: Little to No Global Warming over Past 18 Years
by Marlo Lewis 05 May 2015
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Roy Spencer, John Christy, and William Braswell of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) Earth System Science Center recently released Version 6 (V.6) of their global satellite temperature dataset. The scientists describe the upgrade, which took three years to complete, as “by far the most extensive revision of the procedures and computer code we have ever produced in over 25 years of global temperature monitoring.”
Compared to the previous UAH dataset (V5.6), the most important change is a reduction in the global average lower-troposphere temperature trend from +0.140°C/decade to +0.114°C/decade over the past 36 years (Dec. ’78 through Mar. ’15).
Christy V6-vs-v5_6-LT-1979-Mar2015
Figure explanation: Monthly global-average temperature anomalies for the lower troposphere from Jan. 1979 through March, 2015 for both the old and new versions of LT (top), and their difference (bottom).
The revision is noteworthy in several respects. First, as the scientists point out, the UAH dataset more closely matches the Remote Sensing Systems (RSS) dataset, a separate satellite monitoring program, which shows no net warming since Dec. 1996. In the RSS record, the length of the warming pause is now 18 years five months.
More + graphs http://www.globalwarming.org/2015/05/05/independent-satellite-records-agree-little-to-no-global-warming-over-past-18-years
Satelite measurements are the most accurate. More accurate than thermometers, tree rings, models and ships' buckets.
clothcapclothcap on December 7th, 2015 03:48 pm (UTC)
Is Ethanol a Green Fuel?
by Marlo Lewis 06 May 2015
It’s common knowledge that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a textbook study in the law of unintended consequences. The program inflates food and fuel costs, exacerbates world hunger, contributes to political instability and violence in developing countries, expands aquatic dead zones, accelerates wetlands conversion and habitat loss, likely increases net greenhouse gas emissions, and ushers in a reign of regulatory uncertainty rather than the predictable marketplace its creators intended.
And this just in: NOAA and NASA scientists find that ethanol manufacturing releases five to 30 times more volatile organic compounds (VOCs) than estimated in EPA’s 2011 National Emissions Inventory. VOCs are pollutants that form ozone-smog when they react with nitrogen oxides (NOx) in the presence of sunlight.
Continues http://www.globalwarming.org/2015/05/06/is-ethanol-a-green-fuel/
Wind energy and solar aren't healthy either. Mining of the rare earths used in the turbine motors causes pollution and deaths. Wrt solar,at their end of life highly polluting chemicals go to landfill.
clothcapclothcap on December 7th, 2015 03:57 pm (UTC)
Clean Power Plan Litigation: Thoughts on Ripeness and Standing
by Marlo Lewis 30 Apr 2015
State legal objections to EPA carbon regulations
In Murray Energy Corporation v. EPA, petitioners seek an “extraordinary writ” from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to prohibit further action on EPA’s “ultra vires” (unlawful) Clean Power Plan (CPP) rulemaking. They also seek judicial review of EPA’s legal opinion that §111(d) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) authorizes such regulation.
Previous posts discuss the merits of the case. To recap very briefly, petitioners contend the CPP is plainly unlawful under §111(d), the very provision supposedly authorizing it. CAA §111(d) prohibits EPA from requiring States to adopt performance standards for existing facilities in source categories already regulated under §112. Power plants have been so regulated since December 2011, when EPA finalized its Mercury Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule. According EPA and its allies, the so-called 112 exclusion is “ambiguous,” EPA’s proposed resolution of the ambiguity is a “reasonable construction” of the statute, and under said construction the CPP is lawful.
The Court heard oral argument on April 16. Most commentary I’ve seen does not expect the Court to rule on the merits but rather to dismiss the petition on “ripeness” and “standing” grounds. Here’s why. The CPP is still a proposed rule. Typically, courts allow the notice-and-comment rulemaking process to play out, limiting review to final agency actions. In addition, demonstrating a “concrete and particularized” injury from an agency action is hard when the final form of the action is undecided and (presumably) still unknown.
On ripeness, Judges Griffith and Kavanaugh asked whether EPA Administrator McCarthy’s cheerleading for the CPP indicates the public comment process won’t change anything and is therefore a “sham.” On standing, Judge Kavanaugh asked whether actions some States are already taking to comply with the CPP help petitioners demonstrate injury, even though States and industry often engage in preparatory action before rules are finalized.
Those questions don’t get to the heart of the matter. The case is ripe because EPA’s basic position on the 112 exclusion is for all practical purposes a final agency action. EPA must conclude that §111(d) does not prohibit performance standards for existing facilities regulated under §112 or else the whole rule collapses.
More http://www.globalwarming.org/2015/04/30/clean-power-plan-litigation-thoughts-on-ripeness-and-standing
clothcapclothcap on December 7th, 2015 04:12 pm (UTC)
Beyond Coal? Far From It — Study
by Marlo Lewis 10 Nov 2014
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Climate scientist John Christy states the common sense of the matter when he says, “If it’s not economically sustainable, it’s not sustainable.”
Why have carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions surged despite a quarter century of global warming advocacy?
Source: Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center
Contrary to Al Gore, Tom Steyer, and IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri, the answer is not ‘lack of political will’ or ‘the Koch brothers.’ The root cause is far more fundamental: Commercial energy is essential to civilization, much of world is energy poor, even in industrialized countries low- and middle-income households struggle with high energy costs, and zero-emission energy sources that are cheap, reliable, and scalable do not yet exist.
Consequently, a political movement bent on taxing, regulating, and mandating the world ‘beyond coal,’ ‘beyond petroleum,’ and ‘beyond gas’ is doomed to fail (although, sadly, it can do considerable economic damage before finally imploding).
A new report by Manhattan Institute scholar Robert Bryce explains by the numbers why the world is nowhere near ‘beyond coal.’ Policies aggressive enough to achieve IPCC and other popular CO2 reduction targets would inflict severe economic losses, rendering such policies unsustainable.
Bryce’s executive summary is short and to the point:
Here http://www.globalwarming.org/2014/11/10/beyond-coal-far-from-it-study
clothcapclothcap on December 7th, 2015 04:34 pm (UTC)
A few tweetz to be going with
From Brian's twitter account.

Brian Gerrish @briangukc
As we start to see the US UK hands behind terrorism be careful because to question gov’t may make you a terrorist

welladriansays ‏@welladriansays Dec 5
@briangukc @justmebeingme4 You only need to look at state surveillance measures in UK to see Gov regards citizens as biggest threat
@briangukc @justmebeingme4 In US, the Patriot Act was rolled out so quickly because it was already written,to counter domestic "terrorism"

David Scott ‏@Albion_Rover Dec 5
@briangukc @ukcolumn
or being a Christian may be enough
[The regime has begun its assault already with its withdrawal of the law that makes school assembly obligatory]

Free2SaySo ‏@JeSuisPas1 Dec 5
@briangukc @Samhill121212
SO TRUE ... my Broadband hacked ..... Good News = Send them on Wild Goose Chase 😇
[I get hacked quite frequently]

Mathematician ‏@craig01814821 Dec 5
@briangukc @ukcolumn Israel supplys UK water! Maple company

KC ‏@kingchrist1331 Dec 5
@briangukc @sophybee1 Any Questions?

clothcapclothcap on December 7th, 2015 04:52 pm (UTC)
Naughty naughty

Iraq condemns Turkish incursion, calls on Ankara to withdraw forces
PressTV Dec 5, 2015
The Iraqi prime minister has called on Turkey to immediately withdraw its forces from northern Iraq, calling Ankara's move "an incursion".
The entry of "around one armed battalion" of Turkish troops to the northern Nineveh province was a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty, Haider al-Abadi’s media office said in a statement early on Saturday.
“The Iraqi authorities call on Turkey to respect good neighborly relations and to withdraw immediately from the Iraqi territory,” the statement added.
It also stressed that the Turkish troops entered “without the request or authorization from the Iraqi federal authorities,” which is a “serious breach of Iraqi sovereignty.”
More http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/12/05/440341/Iraq-Turkey-incursion-Abadi-prime-minister
clothcapclothcap on December 7th, 2015 04:56 pm (UTC)
ISIL direct result of US policy to destabilize Middle East: Analyst

PressTV Dec 7, 2015
The US government is not telling Americans the real reason behind ISIL’s rise, Daniel Patrick Welch told Press TV on Monday.
The rise of the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group is the direct outgrowth of US policies which were meant to “terrorize and destabilize” the Middle East region, a writer and activist in Boston says.
The US government is not telling Americans the real reason behind ISIL’s rise, Daniel Patrick Welch told Press TV on Monday.
“This kind of terrorism is the predictable outgrowth of deliberate planned result or the after-effect of a long-running campaign to terrorize and destabilize countries all over the world because the US doesn’t like its government and wants a more compliant regime to protect US economic and political interest,” Welch said.
If the West cuts its funding for Wahhabi and extremist groups, then terrorism will fade, he added.
Welch said US President Barack Obama’s latest speech on terrorism and ISIL is a useless debate that will not eradicate the terror threat around the world.
In a prime-time speech from the White House on Sunday night, Obama said the threat posed by terrorists to the United States has evolved into a dangerous "new phase."
“I know that after so much war, many Americans are asking whether we are confronted by a cancer that has no immediate cure,” he stated. “The threat from terrorism is real, but we will overcome it.”
The comments came in the aftermath of the recent deadly mass shooting in California, where 14 people were killed. The Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group has claimed that the assailants were its followers.
More http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/12/07/440714/Obama-ISIL-West-policy
Who is funding them? CIA works through Saudis.
clothcapclothcap on December 7th, 2015 05:00 pm (UTC)
On the attack on Syrian forces
Obama envoy says US not targeting Syrian army camp
PressTV Dec 7, 2015
In this image released by the US Air Force (USAF), an F-15E Strike Eagle prepares on November 12, 2015 to depart RAF Lakenheath in the United Kingdom to support 'Operation Inherent Resolve,' and conduct counter-ISIL missions in Iraq and Syria. (AFP)
In this image released by the US Air Force (USAF), an F-15E Strike Eagle prepares on November 12, 2015 to depart RAF Lakenheath in the United Kingdom to support 'Operation Inherent Resolve,' and conduct counter-ISIL missions in Iraq and Syria. (AFP)
An envoy to US President Barack Obama has dismissed reports that the American-led coalition in Syria has killed Syrian forces in a recent attack.
Brett McGurk, Obama's envoy to the US-led coalition that purportedly targets Daesh (ISIL) in Syria, said there had been no coalition airstrikes within 55 kilometers of a Syrian army camp in Deir al-Zour Province, where three army soldiers were killed and over a dozen others injured on Sunday evening.
"Reports of coalition involvement are false," McGurk said on Twitter.
This is while the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is affiliated to the foreign-backed Syria opposition, had earlier said that four Syrian troops were killed after the air raids hit part of the Saeqa military camp near the town of Ayyash in the west of the province.
The UK-based group said the strikes hit the military camp located around two kilometers (1.2 miles) from an area controlled by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.
The observatory also said a woman and two children were killed in another air attack by the US-led coalition in the city of Deir al-Zour overnight.
Damascus slammed the coalition, with Syria’s Foreign Ministry saying in a letter to the UN Security Council and secretary general that "the Syrian Arab Republic strongly condemns this flagrant aggression by the US-led coalition forces, which blatantly violates the objectives of the UN charter."
More http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/12/07/440720/US-denies-hitting-Syrian-soldiers
clothcapclothcap on December 7th, 2015 05:03 pm (UTC)
Militant attack near Russian consulate kills 4 in Syria's Aleppo

PressTV Dec 7, 2015
Militants fire mortar shells toward an area under the control of the Syrian government during clashes north of the city of Aleppo, on December 15, 2014. (AFP photo)
Militants fire mortar shells toward an area under the control of the Syrian government during clashes north of the city of Aleppo, on December 15, 2014. (AFP photo)
At least four people have been killed and some others injured in a militant attack near the Russian consulate in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo.
More than six people were also injured as rockets fell close to the Russian diplomatic mission in the militant-riddled city on Monday.
No further details were immediately available on the terror attack.
The control of Aleppo, which was used to serve as Syria’s major trade hub before the deadly crisis started in the Arab country in March 2011, has been divided between government and militants.
More http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/12/07/440708/Syria-Aleppo-Russia-militants-Russian-Consulate
clothcapclothcap on December 7th, 2015 05:06 pm (UTC)
About ISIS oil marketing

Daesh smuggles majority of oil via Turkey: Iraqi PM
PressTV Dec 7, 2015
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says Daesh Takfiri terrorist group carries out the majority of its oil smuggling through Turkey.
Abadi made the remarks in a meeting with German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier in Baghdad on Monday, during which he highlighted the "importance of stopping oil smuggling by [Daesh] terrorist gangs, the majority of which is smuggled via Turkey," his office said in a statement.
The remarks came as tensions have been on the rise in Baghdad-Ankara relations over Turkey’s deployment of troops to northern Iraq and Daesh oil smuggling via Turkish territory.
On Saturday, Abadi urged Turkey to withdraw its several hundred forces immediately from Iraq’s northern Nineveh Province and called Ankara's move "an incursion".
Turkey, accused of supporting Daesh terror group, claims the deployment is a routine rotation to train Iraqis to retake Mosul from Daesh, which captured Iraq's second-largest city in 2014.
Accusations over Turkey’s role in Daesh oil smuggling were also raised by Russia. On November 30, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he received additional information confirming that Daesh had been conducting its oil sales via Turkey.
More http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/12/07/440704/Iraq-Abadi-Turkey-Daesh-Russia-Putin-Rubaie-