Warmongering and the Climate Crisis

The latest war in Europe forces us to address the issue of warmongering and the responses to it as it adds to our already perilous climate and extinction crises.
“In 2017, the US military bought about 269,230 barrels of oil a day and emitted more than 25,000 kilotonnes of carbon dioxide by burning those fuels. The US Air Force purchased US$4.9 billion worth of fuel, and the navy US$2.8 billion, followed by the army at US$947m and the Marines at US$36m.”

The US military with 800 off shore military bases and the independent states response to the threat it poses is grinding the living planet into dust.
The article below is a year old so the damage will be worse than stated. Add the emissions from the war in Ukraine to this already dire prognosis.
 “If the US military were a country, its fuel usage alone would make it the 47th largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, sitting between Peru and Portugal.”
US military is a bigger polluter than as many as 140 countries – shrinking this war machine is a must

William Kallfelz mentioned that the US taxpayers via the military industrial complex, are giving $33 Billion in ‘Aid’ to Ukraine. Russia will clearly see this as a declaration of war by the USA.
Glenn Greenwald has gone into some detail on the effects of warmongering;
Biden Wants $33 Billion More For the War in Ukraine. Which Americans Benefit?

Abby Martin interviewed Professor Guy McPherson in 2013; Human Extinction by 2030 Guy wasn’t as aware of the Aerosol Masking Effect when this interview was recorded.

A more recent analysis by the great anti-imperialist Abby Martin on the US military is embedded below
The US Military: Planet Earth’s Greatest Enemy, with Abby Martin

I have previously written about the inevitably of a nuclear war and subsequent nuclear winter. Included in the blog piece below is an analysis from Carl Sagan on the effects of a nuclear winter;
The Inevitability of Nuclear War and Subsequent Nuclear Winter
Our rewilding project of planting native trees on Rakino Island can be followed here; Rakino Island Nursery.

I'm an anti-imperialist, environmental activist and blue ocean sailor, who is passionate about the earth and all it's inhabitants without favour. Brace for imminent impact as we bare witness to the non-linear unraveling of the biosphere and habitability disappearing for most if not all complex life on the only habitable planet we know of. To quote President Niinistö in North Russia: ‘If We Lose the Arctic, We Lose the World’. Folks we have lost the Arctic.

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88 comments on “Warmongering and the Climate Crisis
  1. 🦊Stop Your Engines!🦊
    is the only “Action Message” – if acted on – that MIGHT save our world.

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  2. Kevin Hester says:

    “However, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said Russian President Vladimir Putin was responsible for Helsinki’s decision.”
    Sauli Niinisto recently boasted on Twitter that he met the head of the CIA. This is probably what they were discussing!

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  3. Sheila chambers says:

    How can we STOP our fascist, greedy, oligarch RULERS from waging endless warmongering?
    We CAN’T!
    “Voting” is an exercise in FUTILITY, the “vote” is CORRUPT, RIGGED & FAKE & our only “choices” are a string of more greedy, lying, oligarch warmongers!

    Dem or repug, there isn’t a snail trail difference between them. The last time I voted for a dem was B.Clinton, then when he SCREWED the working class with NAFTA, CAFTA, WTO & other “free trade” agreements that sent OUR GOOD JOBS OVERSEAS, I had it! I haven’t “voted” for a dem since, they all LIE & THEIR WARMONGERS!

    We have no power to stop this, our youth are well propagandized & believe we live in the greatest country on “gods” green earth. By the time they wise up, it’s too late, if they return, their in a body bag, on a litter never to rise again or their still brain washed & want to enlist again so they can continue the “fun” of RAPE, PILLAGE, DESTRUCTION & TERROR!

    Others become militarizes RACIST, KILLER, COPS who relish terrorizing the poor, the mentally ill, people of color, the homeless & killing the defenceless. Never trust a COP!

    Try to protest & you will get beaten, gassed, fire hosed, arrested & fined or if you make too noticable a fuss, KILLED OR DISAPPEARED!
    Those zionist that rule Israel & terrorize Palestinians just KILLED another ‘merican Al Jazeera reporter, they have killed many reporters & continue to kill Palestinians & take what little of their land they still cling too, soon ALL of Palestine will be ISRAEL!
    Have you read Eisenhower “cross of iron”? if not, here it is –

    Dwight D. Eisenhower – Cross of Iron Speech 1953

    “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.

    This world in arms in not spending money alone.

    It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.

    The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities.

    It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population.

    It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals.

    It is some 50 miles of concrete highway.

    We pay for a single fighter with a half million bushels of wheat.

    We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.

    This, I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking.

    This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.”

    This is the price of those endless wars, no health care, failing infrastructure, growing poverty, racist, unjust “education” systems, rotting cities, growing inequality, growing homelessness, religion forced down our throats, unjust laws, it robs of our wealth & steals our future, it turns our young people into cannon fodder, rapist, torturers & killers & we the people have been turned into weak, unthinking, uncaring SHEEPLE!
    We have had our future stolen from us, we have been deliberately kept uninformed & fed LIES like “renewables” saving our collective asses.

    You have to be pretty dam DUMB & VERY POORLY “EDUCATED” to believe we can replace declining resources with a resource dependent technology.
    Reality always wins in the end & the end is near.
    I wish more people would key into your site Kevin, we need more people to see the truth of the mess we are in even though it’s too late to prevent our collapse.


  4. David Hayes says:

    Once again I am thankful for all of your thoughts, and agree our next moments should be filled by absorbing the amazing miracles of our paradise that still do exist . On a technical note Kevin, could you kindly find a diplomatic way to suggest that Beril Sirmacek stop laughing when she also is talking……mixed with her deep accent it’s near impossible to decipher her intended message. Also her acoustical environment could really use mid range sound absorbtion as her sound is very reverberant …as in a tiled washroom……and/or suggest she uses a lavalier microphone…..or move he mic much closer to her mouth. Thanks

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  5. Kevin Hester says:

    As we circle the drain of collapse, never ending war.
    “To put this $54 billion amount in perspective, it is (a) larger than the average annual amount that the U.S. spent on its own war in Afghanistan ($46 billion), (b) close to the overall amount Russia spends on its entire military for the year ($69 billion), (c) close to 7% of the overall U.S. military budget, by far the largest in the world ($778 billion), and (d) certain to be far, far higher — easily into the hundreds of billions of dollars and likely the trillion dollar level — given that U.S. officials insist that this war will last not months but years, and that it will stand with Ukraine until the bitter end.”


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  6. Kevin Hester says:

    If you suffer from Bulimia don’t watch this 5* propaganda from the military industrial complex !


  7. sealintheselkirks says:

    NBC News just SMEARED real journalists in shameful hit piece | Redacted with Clayton Morris

    That both these independent journalists worked in mainstream corporate media and left to do this says a lot.

    And yes, I’ve watched Eva Bartlett’s posted vids but unfortunately I was made aware of the lies as a teenage anti-war protester with my step-mom’s activism in the Peace & Freedom Party in the late 60s so my level of ‘belief’ in what any government says about what they are doing is definitely filtered through experience. I also subscribed to her website.

    I’m surprised Eva hasn’t been ‘accidentally hit by a US drone missile. Or run over by a truck. Or poisoned by a nuclear salad. Really. Like what Obama’s Sec of State Hillary Clinton recorded asking why they can’t just drone bomb Julian Assange that I wasn’t surprised at, but I guess Bartlett isn’t as much of a threat like Assange as she isn’t well-known outside of anti-war circles and certainly not in the goddam corporate/fascist controlled MSM.

    There is nothing a government (or corporation which are essentially governments in themselves) won’t do to protect itself from exposure. Nothing. If anything one should be aware of that. I’m sure she is, just as she knows she’s on the ‘kill list’ of the Ukraine government and most likely on right winger Zionist Israel’s for her reporting on Gaza etc.

    Immense respect for people like her.


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  8. Kevin Hester says:

    “The U.S. Government spends on its military, annually, in not just its ‘Defense’ Department, but all of its departments taken together, around $1.5 trillion dollars. (Much of that money is hidden in the Treasury Department and others, in order to convey to the public the false idea that ‘only’ around 800 billion dollars annually is now being spent for the U.S. military.)


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    • sealintheselkirks says:

      Keven, the US spends FIVE TIMES what Russia’s entire yearly military budget just on US COPS! No kidding, this isn’t a joke!

      Russia spends $60 billion on their military and the US wastes $300 billion on police forces. Which is not quite a billion dollars PER PERSON PER YEAR but pretty damned close, all to just keep the masses in line.

      How militaristic is a society when they give absolute priority in hiring to low education racist right-winger GOP voters with authoritarian personality traits, those soldier ‘veterans’ of war crimes started by their own incompetent war criminal leaders who do whatever they are told to in whatever countries the US has invaded the power to kill at will, with near total ‘police immunity’ from their actions, anyone in the civilian population? And then the bastards transfer $5 billion worth of war weapons to their enforcers to do it with?
      One link and one article:

      Last week the Senate added $47 Billion to the ‘official’ already increased war budget of Biden 2022, then this week the Congress said it still wasn’t enough and ADDED another $37 Billion on top of that. Which passed with a bi-partisan vote…of course as they are just two faces of the 1 Party State and we know this.

      Just the first 3:25 minutes. That’s all you need. Made my eyebrows raise. Of course this is only the amount they want us to know about…

      And I don’t really like these two as he was a Rupert Murdoch/Fox TV show host for years and a serious right wing asshole but he ducked off the channel due to disagreements and now they do this and do have access to information not always available from other sources:

      US Military Budget: They don’t want you to know this | Redacted with Natali and Clayton Morris


      And where is the US getting all this boosted Pentagon funding money from? They’re printing it and, of course, borrowing from China but at the same time the US is trying to do this:

      US wants to surround China with missiles – but can’t find Asian country to host them

      The United States plans to spend billions of dollars to surround China with missiles. But a US military-sponsored study concluded its Pacific allies South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, and Australia are unlikely to host the offensive weapons.


      Is all of this psychotic or is it just pure stupidity and inability to process with critical thinking skills the down-the-line consequences? Or is this exactly what the Fascists of both sides of the corporate party are in cahoots to do? I’m betting on a combination…

      I’m unable to track the thought processes of people this fucking stupid/vicious/corrupt. That old saying about putting yourself in other people’s shoes…is impossible with these, well…whatever they are. As we’ve known for a long time, those that crave power tend to get into those positions because they are willing to do anything, and I mean ANYTHING, to get there and stay there.

      Nothing will change except for the worse. ‘shakes head’


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  9. sealintheselkirks says:

    This 1:44 vid cut comes from the article link below it if’n you want to read it. But remember that this was filmed 2 years after the US funded $5 billion to the neo-Fascists that overthrew the just-elected president…and they wore Nazi emblems on their uniforms and waved Nazi flags above themselves while they did it.


    This is the full article:

    Caitlin Johnstone: A Nuclear State of Denial


    Another link in the story is about politicians words and the UK Army General saying they are the generation “to defeat Russia in battle” and be ready for WWIII.

    This is getting nuttier by the day.


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  10. Kevin Hester says:

    “Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday told Congress last month that the service wants to scrap nine of its littoral combat ships, some of the newest ships in the US fleet, because their anti-submarine systems “did not work out technically.”


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  11. Kevin Hester says:

    “The super-polluting military alliance of NATO announced Tuesday its first emissions reduction targets, pledging to recognize the deepening climate emergency as “a defining challenge of our time.”

    “Speaking in Madrid, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said the 30-member alliance would reduce emissions by at least 45% by 2030 and reach net-zero emissions by 2050.”

    “It will not be easy. But it can be done,” Stoltenberg said.

    “We cannot compromise our military effectiveness. NATO is about preserving peace through a credible deterrence and defense. Nothing is more important,” he added.”

    For Stoltenberg nothing is more important than war.
    He’s a very discrete, sly war monger



    • sealintheselkirks says:

      Stoltenberg is just lying through his teeth. It can be done…well no it can’t you asswipe NATO warmonger since that would mean a loss of face.

      Nothing is more important than war, Kevin. It’s all our damned species knows how to do well.

      Ain’t that a bitch?

      This popped up and fit’s right into your post:

      You Can’t ‘Green’ the Military (You Have to Fight It)

      The armed forces of state violence are “going green”, but they’re no friends of the environment. We need an internationalist climate movement that’s strongly opposed to militaries, police, prisons, and borders.


      Here’s another version of warmongering, one that most people don’t think about.

      Earth Matters: Pollution’s toll on people of color; climate inaction could cost $178 trillion


      Nothing else for now…


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      • Sheila chambers says:

        Yeah, “our” military is the worse tool we have to make “peace” by bombing the crap out of some poor, third world country that just happens to have something we want, like oil, rare earths or important resources like coltan, copper, platinum etc.
        We cannot stop the destruction or waste of resources by the ruthless military until we collapse & collapse we will & probably soon.
        What a racket war is, produce expensive military hardware, destroy it by killing millions of innocent people overseas, destroy their infrastructure & make MORE expensive killing machines for more PROFITS!
        This UNELECTED government is a FASCIST OLIGARCHY, we did NOT “elect” Biden, the dam ELECTORAL COLLAGE DID & when the electoral collage doesn’t SELECT the RULERS for us, the “supreme” court will!

        Our corporate media is still pushing “renewables” as “clean, green energy”, they want us to waste our $$ on a OIL DEPENDENT technology that will only burn MORE oil, coal & natural gas & cannot “replace” declining RESOURCES.

        I’m also sick & tired of the media claiming that pregnant “people” need abortions, “people” will have to travel far to another state for abortions, “people” cannot get pregnant as “people” includes MALES & males cannot get pregnant!

        They are cutting out FEMALES/WOMEN from reproduction!

        In Ohio the “REPUGLICON” govenor refused to allow a TEN YEAR OLD LITTLE GIRL who was RAPED to get an abortion, her family had to drive her to another state for her to get a chemical abortion for her EARLY pregnancy.

        How many MORE DEAD WOMEN & GIRLS will it take to make abortions legal AGAIN?

        My ‘puter suddenly turned off the monitor & then I heard something spinning up, I didn’t know if it was a fan or the drive going bonkers so I just turned it off. Took it to the shop where is started up just fine. I told the assistant that I still wanted a new computer as this one is very very OLD.
        I left the old computer & waited for the new one to arrive.

        That was late june & by July 16, I STILL hadn’t seen the new ‘puter so I took back the old one as I needed to do some work online like pay my credit cards, end the pause for my prescription meds, read my Email, order some sandals to replace my old, worn out ones.

        (Freddies didn’t have any sandles in my size, lots of gaps in their shoe department, lot’s of gaps everywhere.)

        Now that DAM BIDEN is getting chummy with the Saudie “prince” the KILLER OF AN American REPORTER who was killed & dismembered but hey, what’s a little killing when our BLOODY MILITARY NEEDS MORE OIL TO CONTINUE IT’S MAYHEM AROUND THE 3RD WORLD!
        I hate this dam, warmongering, unjust, racist, homophobic, theocratic, fascist oligarchy!

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  12. Kevin Hester says:

    Nafeez Ahmed continuing his Stirling work.
    In light of how Julian Assange is being tortured I admire all the alt-media.

    Defence Agencies ‘Accelerating’ Risk of ‘Hothouse Earth’
    US Military Study Warns
    Nafeez Ahmed
    23 June 2022



  13. As always, your site is full of news, excellent group interview/discussion, articles, videos and even some humor. Plus I always learn some history from a perspective about 180 degrees from what is taught in schools.

    One of the videos I just couldn’t stomach: “2022 World Climate and Security Report Series Launch”, especially the talking head Sherry/Sheryl Goodman. I actually wondered if “she” was an android! Something about her was/is creepy.

    Grateful for your erfforts, Kevin.

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  14. Kevin Hester says:

    “The climate emergency, the real existential threat, is being ignored to appease the gods of war.”



    • sealintheselkirks says:

      Look at the maps on this link. The changes in 14 days…so now the US/NATO and the people that invaded Russia hundreds of years ago (and there are LONG memories over there about who attacked who) are using Ukraine bodies to fight a proxy war against Russia. After Obama pushed the neo-Fascists coup in 2014…this was bound to happen. Especially after 8 years of bombing the breakaway republics unrelentingly… Yeah, look at the maps. Just who is ‘winning’ this made-up war?

      ‘Western’ Media Spread Copium To Prolong The War In Ukraine

      Ray McGovern certainly knows his shit, doesn’t he? Politicians don’t like people who tell the truth…


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  15. WordPress won’t let me log in. I had my ‘puter in the shop for a month, just got it back & a new computer that I will need to customize.
    I see our lying media is still pushing “renewables” as a solution to our energy & GHG emissions. Do they think we are all as stupid as they seem to be?
    Now will this get posted?

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  16. Well at least you’re back, Sheila. Lucky you because you get to catch up on all the absolutely brutal reality that is splattering on top of all our heads…

    Our military protecting the planet:

    The U.S. Naval Academy Plans a Golf Course on a Nature Preserve. One Maryland Congressman Says Not So Fast

    Environmentalists in Annapolis were aghast when they learned of the Naval Academy’s efforts to build a golf course on a protected wildlife sanctuary that one Navy document calls a “conservation area” not suitable for development.


    Anybody wanna lay a bet down against the military getting their fucking golf course in?


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    • sheila chambers says:

      You mean our ” defense” warmongers are “protecting” the planet?
      Our dam warmongering, fascist military put’s more C02 in the atmosphere than any other activity. Their diesel spewing tanks, trucks, fighter jets, warships & bombers pour tons of C02 into our atmosphere & the military knows very well that they cannot survive on “renewable” “energy”.
      Yeah, how can anyone think we need more STUPID GOLF COURSES especially on so called “protected” land?
      NOTHING is protected if it interferes with PROFIT! PROFIT is all that matters in a CAPITALISTIC country!
      I still don’t have ANY SPIDERS, NONE, ZIP, ZILCH! The only spiders left here a little wolf spiders & a few tiny spider in webs in the cracks around the front door. No more web weavers, no more webs in the juniper bushes, the insects are dying out, very few are seen any more & insects are a KEYSTONE SPECIES, lose them & we lose everything else!

      “Funny” how warmongering Biden can find BILLIONS OF DOLLARS to help the Ukraine fight the Russian invasion but NO funds are available for OUR HOMELESS, HUNGRY, POOR, JOBLESS OR FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE like every other industrialized country in the world has now, you already know about our many short comings compared to other countries so I won’t repeat them here, but the USA is NOT the “greatest country in the world” & we are NOT FREE! This, IMHO, is a lying, WARMONGERING, RACIST, fascist, country ruled by a corrupt, greedy oligarchy.

      The new computer is working well, I’m able to find my way around it & customize it, I like the black theme.
      Too bad we can’t add images here.
      Now let’s see if I can post this.

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    • Well that was a pretty dang accurate little 5 minute talk you just posted, Kevin. The male voice was very droll as it obviously wasn’t Caitlin Johnstone.

      The meme on the picture is highly inaccurate I’m sorry to say. Too many people like warm, make money off war, or are completely mesmerized by the onslaught of never-ending patriotic propaganda.

      Then there is this:

      Servant of the Corrupt


      In February 2021, by order of President Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine shut down three domestic television channels, accusing them of spreading Russian “propaganda.”

      Three months later, Zelenksky arrested Viktor Medvedchuk, who was at the time leading the second-biggest party in Ukraine’s national parliament, the pro-Russia and Eurosceptic Opposition Platform for Life (OPZZh).

      Yep, let’s start a nuclear war to prop up a Fascist dictatorship promoted by a coup funded by the US. How’s that work again?


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    • sheila chambers says:

      WordPress won’t allow me to “like” your video about our endless warmongering. LIKE!!
      I also can’t “log” in even though they have all my info so I have to keep filling in the “details” each time I come here.


  17. Kevin Hester says:

    “Before the US Department of Defense banned ocean dumping of munitions in 1970, the military disposed of millions of unused explosive devices this way.”
    Oh the fuckn irony.
    A mate of mine dived on dumped 6 inch shells off the coast of Great Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf.
    The brass casings made brilliant umbrella stands.
    The warheads killed indiscriminately.


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    • sheila chambers says:

      They have a bloody PAYWALL, I would have to SUBSCRIBE to read that article.

      WAR is the greatest destroyer of resources & lives we engage in, bloody stupid that!
      The US has TRILLIONS OF TAX DOLLARS to waste on illegal, unjust WARS while we the people suffer homelessness, hunger, sickness we can’t afford to get treated, our homeless too often get treated like CRIMINALS just because they are homeless & have to poop behind a bush because there are no public toilets.

      The US has not just dumped empty shells in the ocean, they have also dumped nuclear waste in the deep ocean subduction zones.
      NOTHING matters more to our RULERS than protecting the PROFITS of the corporations & the WEALTH of the RICH.

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  18. Sheila chambers says:

    FINALLY after hitting the wordpress logo many many times, I got logged in. Then the page went wonky, blinking + icon, busy but blinking tab, locked up browser, just fucked up so I had to close the browser & try again. it’s still wonkey.

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  19. As for military shit ocean dumping every fucking country has done this. Easier to scuttle a nuclear sub in the deeps that dismantle the radioactive thing. Madness rules the world.

    Temps hit 110.4’F/44C today.

    109.4F yesterday, 111.7’F on Thursday, 105.6’F on Monday. Last Sunday dropped the first triple digit reading but it was in the upper 90s all last week anyway. Tomorrow isn’t looking any better so the only thing that is happy is the cannabis garden but damn are these girls drinking a lot of water!


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  20. The reason I stay the hell away from MSM as much as possible. I’m sure it is the same in every country at this point since the CIA admits they own it everywhere:

    Polls show almost no one trusts US media, after decades of war propaganda and lies

    The CIA has long manipulated the media, spreading disinformation to justify US wars. Today just 11% of North Americans trust television news.



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  21. Why does it feel like none of the ‘leaders’ are listening? As if Biden’s blatantly obvious on-going proxy war the US against Russia using Ukraine bodies after the US funded the neo-Fascist coup in 2014 isn’t enough? WTF?

    Nancy Pelosi Could Get Us All Killed


    In the 42C range yesterday. Fucking hot. Haven’t been outside since this morning because when the dog wants out she comes right back in. No fires locally yet which is good.


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  22. I’m waiting for the US to give nuclear weapons to Ukraine. Since Trump supposedly ‘transferred’ nuclear technology to the Saud Family’s Arabia; why not?

    The MSM is swamped with how Ukraine is ‘winning’ the war, how one drone took out 30 Russian tanks, how the Ghost of Kiev shot down so many Russian fighter jets (which has been debunked as Ukraine admitted the Ghost never existed). But so many people get their ‘news’ from FaceBlech that the main propaganda battle in the US is taking place there. But there is a problem with that.

    Zuckerberg hired CIA agents as fact checkers and content moderators, and has engaged a number of companies to ‘fact check’ stories. The problem? Most are directly funded by the US government.

    For some funny reason I just don’t trust any of this. Seems a bit shady to me:

    Most of the “Fact-Checking” Organizations Facebook Uses in Ukraine Are Directly Funded by Washington


    Today is a break from three weeks straight of above 95’F temps as the high pressure moved east with some clouds and much wind today causing dancing trees out the window. Hottest time of the day is in ten minutes, 5pm, so I’m going to wait and check the thermometers before I post this. Fires have broken out to the southeast of me, below Spokane, with people fleeing in EVAC III (GET OUT NOW) amidst Red Flag warnings for low humidity, heat, and high winds. I’m not in that wind pattern, it’s going n/e toward Idaho. Another is s/w towards the middle of the state, near Ellensburg/Moses Lake are by the Columbia River and it is also billowing a huge smoke cloud into the sky. That one is going by north of me. I’ve got blue sky with some big clouds going by from the n/w. They are burning up in Canada with extreme heat but I’m not getting smoke from there, either. August and I haven’t been choking on smoke this summer.

    5pm and it’s 90.2’F, slightly above 32’C. Coolest day in the last 22…not that is isn’t baking in the sun if you’re dumb enough to be standing out in it! But the next bout of heat is already aiming this way supposed by the first of next week.


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  23. Sheila chambers says:

    You can’t trust what our CORPORATE media tells us. It seems the president of the Ukraine is a fascist, if so, why are we spending billions of dollars supporting him?

    It looks like Ukraine will lose that war, Russia will take over Ukraine & Europes “bread basket” & its fossil resources will be Putins & that will be a very “sticky wicket” for Europe.
    The UK is very worried that they will be short of natural gas this winter & in the UK, natural gas is needed for cooking & heating their homes & if we lose the Gulf stream, Europe will become much colder.

    We have many serious NEEDS HERE, what about our homeless, what about our poor & sick people who cannot afford our dam private for profit health care scam? NO ONE cares about them, their not PROFITABLE.

    OIL is in decline, Saudi Arabia said it cannot pump more oil & it expects to hit maximum “production” by 2027. That doesn’t bode well for those still pushing for & expecting more GROWTH.
    Down here in SW Oregon coast, there is a big fire raging south of us in Cali, but it’s cool here while other areas are cooking.
    I still don’t see insects, still don’t see any spiders, but we always have trillions for wars, Biden never saw a war he didn’t want to get engage in.

    I wonder how long it will take for those baking in other areas to move here? We don’t have enough water for more people, we can’t grow enough food here to feed the current population let alone more people. WASF!

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    • Already happening up here, Sheila. Migration I mean.

      New homes are popping up all over the place, from McMansion dude-ranches for the wealthier refugees to single-wide trailers or just plain campers under the trees on some little acre. The poorest are not showing up much except some of the vehicle-living families because there just is no chance for them to survive. All the jobs are down in Spokane. Even the camper/motorhome/travel trailer/tent multi-family encampment 2.5 miles down the dirt road south of me is still driving to Spokane every day (50miles or more). You can’t sit on the road with a beggar’s sign in towns of 300 people. Or even the largest here of about 4,000. Not for long, anyway. A few of them are local, too, that can’t afford the rents on what they are being paid. Rents are going up, too.

      Drilling new wells on just-bought properties is now a 1.5 year waiting list that grows longer every week. I’m expecting water tables to drastically go down in short order. We haven’t had decent ‘aquifer recharge’ winters in years and the alfalfa farmers in the valleys are sucking the hell out of them. Those giant wheeled monster long pipes across fields? Each one of those sprinklers on top of the pipes is 5 gallons a minute. Oops.

      My water is on an underground river 90 feet down, and I have a 1,000 gallon cistern under the upper wheelhouse. It’s not too deep to hand pump but those are damned expensive to buy ($2 grand or more) and I certainly don’t have one in stock!

      Property taxes are going up, too, of course. I had two property tax raises last year, one already this year. Many Deep South license plates including CA, AZ, TX along with those from AL, FL, GA, MS. Some most definitely are RWNJs which fit right in with the brain damaged Idiocracy extras already living in this county.

      But there are other people who are just running away from the heat thinking this is as far north as they can get in the Pac N/W. And the Deep South storms, too, for that matter. Older couples mostly, and I’ve talked with a few including a food bank volunteer couple that said they’d had enough.

      But this is the end of the road as I don’t think Canada is taking many that want to make the jump further north. But then directly above me it is as burning hot as here and down south. Look up Lytton BC from last year at 122’F/52’C. In Canada???? By the way, don’t go there as it was incinerated the same week.

      People already here are starting to complain and they are all from somewhere else. You know, like Europe? And the real locals, the indigenous Salish peoples, are still locked up on the Rez and the US unSupreme Court just took their right to autonomy away by saying US cops can now go on the Rez and arrest people. So it goes in an Oligarchy…

      Crazy shit our species does, isn’t it?


      Yep, a monster fire just southwest of Yreka last I looked. From 1,000 acres Sunday to 60,000 acres Monday. Lightning strikes from that t-storm that rolled through. My ex & 2 of the stepkids are still around Mt. Shasta so I’m sure they’re seeing the smoke cloud. It hit 50,000 feet Monday afternoon…and it’s still burning out of control today.

      Coolest day in 22 days yesterday. Only hit 85’F this afternoon. Positively balmy! Lack of bugs is distinctly obvious, and I saved a baby bird today.

      Story: Was watering the garden before 9am when the tigerkitty who was inside the fence triggered on the mated pair of birds that were hopping all over the place around us. The dog had laid down in the shade of the woodshed when the cat darted to the fence and tried to reach through it which made the dog interested and she jumped up and came over to snatch something up in her mouth. I yelled at her to drop it, she did and ran a few feet away to look at me miserably because she hates me mad at her.

      Left the cat inside the fence (she didn’t like that at all!) and ran around to find a baby bird laying where Cinner’s dropped it. Completely in shock of course, hell it was in a dog’s mouth! It’s life passed through it’s mind and it wasn’t a long life so it didn’t take very long!

      But Cinners is a Golden Retriever with a very soft mouth. No damage just shock. I picked it up and tried to put it on the woodshed roof but it clung to my finger so I ended up putting it on the top of the fence posts so the parents could see it. It just laid there breathing heavily so I put my hand over it and pushed life energy at it for a minute, then went back to watering.

      Looked up and the baby was on its feet wings outspread and it jumped off the damn post and landed in the shade right where Cin had picked it up. She watched as did the cat. The parents were freaking of course, so I grabbed up the cat and tip-toed past the baby and we headed back to the house. Ten minutes later I went out to look and the parents were nowhere to be seen and the baby was gone from the grass. I’m assuming it managed to fly away.

      My good deed for yesterday!


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  24. Sheila chambers says:

    I’ve lived here for over 20 years & yet for the first time ever, I saw a CHIPMUNK here, a Townsends chipmunk. Too bad we can’t add pictures here, but it looked like a typical chipmunk but not as bright as those back east, of course, even the Downy woodpecker is brighter back east, ours are dull. I wonder where it came from, we are several miles from a forest. It did like the free NUTS in my bird feeder.

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  25. Kevin Hester says:

    “Over 929,000 people have died in the post-9/11 wars due to direct war violence, and several times as many due to the reverberating effects of war
    Over 387,000 civilians have been killed as a result of the fighting
    38 million — the number of war refugees and displaced persons
    The US federal price tag for the post-9/11 wars is over $8 trillion ”



  26. KIssinger is a ‘second cousin’ or something like that to my Granny K who adopted my father at birth but she had married before that and was a Morgan then. I have a picture of him leaning over her sisters giving them a hug at a huge gathering of the Kissinger Clan some time in the past (my granny’s been dead for decades so I can’t ask her). He’s still a fucking war criminal who won’t go into some countries because he’ll be extradited to the ICC at the Hague.

    But this fits I think:

    + “The amount of times we get told people got married to our song (I Melt With You), made love to that song for the first time… whatever, it’s lovely. But literally the lyrics are about a couple making love as the atom bomb drops and sort of melting together.” — Modern English frontman Robbie Grey



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  27. Kevin Hester says:

    “I believe neutrality is impossible, because the world is already moving in certain directions. Wars are going on. Children are starving,” Zinn said in a 2005 interview. “To be neutral … is to collaborate with whatever is going on, to allow it to happen.”



  28. Kevin Hester says:

    “War is the primary business of the U.S. empire and the bedrock of the U.S. economy.”
    The business of war is booming. Shame about the rivers of blood and the injection of giga-tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere.



    • Here’s two others you might have not read:

      Game of nuclear chicken in Zaporozhye

      The IAEA’s priority is supposedly nuclear safety, but its priority in Ukraine appears to be to fulfil the selfish political demands of Ukraine and its NATO allies



      A cut:
      …Russia has submitted photographic evidence of Ukrainian attacks on the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant to the UN Security Council and the General Assembly…

      “The Russian Ministry of Defense is ready to provide the IAEA with high-resolution images, which show that weapons, especially heavy ones, are not placed on the territory of the station,” he added.

      In addition to the photographic evidence of Ukrainian shelling of the plant, Nebenzia entered into the record a timeline of strikes, named the Ukrainian artillery unit involved, and specified which strikes featured M777 howitzers given to Ukraine by the Pentagon.

      “It seems that our colleagues exist in some kind of their own parallel reality, in which the Russian military shells the NPP it is protecting, using American systems at that,” Nebenzia said.

      If I was in Europe I’d be REALLY worried living downwind, ya know?


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  29. I am posting stuff after having to sign in, and some are just not showing up. Poof! Disappeared into non-existence. I don’t know what is wrong but I guess Sheila is having the same problem which is why we aren’t seeing her here much… I’m signing in with my shop instead.

    Thought you might want to know.


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  30. 3Oct

    I wrote a reply (usual large reply!) on the insurance thread, added links of course, and then tapped ‘post comment’ and did the required sign-in and it has NOT posted in the last couple of days. And no I didn’t happen to save it before I tried to post it. Same little ‘kevin hester’ icon popped up in the upper left hand corner.

    My mistake as this isn’t the first time something I’ve written has disappeared going to your website and I don’t think it’s you doing it. Something is not working with this WordPress algorithm or it is deleting because it doesn’t ‘like’ something? Just who owns this by the way? Some neoliberal right wing corporate asshole buy the site? Probably…lot of this merger/monopoly Fascist shit going on all over the internet.

    This is what Sheila in Oregon mostly disappeared due to getting blocked so much by WordPress? Hmmmm. I’m going to save this one to post elsewhere just and send it to your personal email if this gets blocked on this thread…


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  31. Kevin Hester says:

    The cost of the “Cold War” featuring Carl Sagan


    • Read this yesterday. Three miles from the border of Russia. Ready and raring to invade.

      How did the US react to missiles in Cuba in 1962 which was 90 miles across the ocean? Only a Russian submariner stopped WWIII that time, and I’m not counting on that ever happening again.

      Crossing the Border into Ukraine

      Mihail Kogălniceanu, Romania— “The U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division has been deployed to Europe for the first time in almost 80 years amid soaring tension between Russia and the American-led NATO military alliance. The light infantry unit, nicknamed the “Screaming Eagles,” is trained to deploy on any battlefield in the world within hours, ready to fight.” –CBS News, October 21, 2022.

      Then finished watching this last night (I don’t think I’ve posted it here before):

      And what will those in their government/privately built bunkers going to emerge into when they crack open the doors in 6 months or a year or even two years to emerge into a lightless radioactive dust cloud world filled with rubble when their supplies run out?

      The end of this short tells me don’t bother…

      What If A Nuclear Bomb Hits New York Tomorrow 18 minutes

      There are no sane humans in politics, the military, or in corporations. Insanity (or utter stupidity) seems to be a requisite for those jobs…

      On that note I’m going to go cut some firewood for the house, and go tomorrow to cut and bring in another load because, after all, I need to spew CO2 to keep myself warm. Does that mean I’m also insane? Possibly…

      A bit cynical today perhaps.


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  32. That was really weird, Kevin! The first What If link popped up to you asking questions in a public meeting (and you were much younger then!), and I tried again but just checked and now both my replies have the correct link. Ugly picture, no?

    Hope all is well as can be expected. The US has armed Fascists roaming the street, Brownshirts indeed no different than pre-WWII. How appropriate being as we’re so damned close to WWIII…
    Selkirk Range weather, Freezing at night some showers after dark or morning but mostly sunshine and 12-15C. But this afternoon I saw an outside thermometer that read slightly over 17C… No snow on the mountains in any direction.

    I used to be dropping backcountry peaks on a board by this time of year back in the late 80s…

    Big sigh.


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  33. These people are insane. And there doesn’t seem to be any damn way to get them to stop.

    So I watched the British movie ‘Threads’ again last night on youtube since that seems to be what we’re heading for. Rather appropriate as I’m starting to really doubt there is anybody with a modicum of intelligence in a position of power to stop all this. Every day the screams for was grow louder, like what you hear in a madhouse. Oh wait…

    All at Once Mainstream Pundits Push for WW III

    Selkirk Range weather:

    Dropped into the 5-10C range this week, freezing nights, then started raining at dark on Thursday. Yesterday woke up to inches of very heavy wet snow that had the apple tree completely bowing down towards the ground as the leaves were barely starting to turn and there are 200+ apples still hanging from branches. I’m really surprised limbs didn’t snap off. By noon it had stopped, by 4pm it started raining dang hard, by 8pm that slacked off and by 11pm it was 10’C and the sky was clearing. At 3am I let the dog out before bed and the sky was clear and it was still 10C!! This morning 5Nov woke up to a seriously blue sky and bright sunshine and all the snow was gone off the conifers and the apple tree but the poor thing looks bedraggled and is looking quite crushed from the weight of rain on snow. At the moment it’s about 4 feet shorter than it was Thursday…

    Weather is still calling for more snow on the way. Some kind of winter ‘atmospheric river’ is heading in and expected to see more snow. Looks like winter is here and I have not gotten the full winter wood supply in yet.


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  34. And a lovely day in the neighborhood it is in Europe:

    German military preparing for potential war with Russia, leaked internal report reveals

    A leaked confidential strategy paper shows Germany is preparing for a potential war with Russia, as it boosts its budget and plans to become the world’s third-biggest military spender.

    And comparing the military carbon footprints… One hour flying a B-52 nuclear war bomber is equal to 7 YEARS of the average car driver’s total CO2 load? But they don’t want to add in the fucking militaries of the world? What’s wrong with this picture? COP-OUT 27 indeed!

    COP-OUT27 Hastens Climate Catastrophe #COP27



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    • Those hundreds of years of wasted money…has produced this so it truly wasn’t wasted now was it? And, of course, we know just how ‘accurate’ these fucking drone weapons are, right. Targeting granny picking vegetables in her garden, a kids’ soccer game, a wedding or two, a car full of children heading to an airport…so now some fucking teenage geek moron in an AF uniform sitting in front of a screen in Nevada makes a mistake with a nuke…

      What can go wrong, eh? Can’t make this shit up.

      America’s New B-21 Bomber Is a Nuclear Drone

      The Air Force and Northrop Grumman have unveiled the B-21, a bomber the military claims can do it all—including remotely drop nuclear weapons.




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Kevin Hester

Kevin Hester is currently living on Rakino Island, a small island in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland, New Zealand, monitoring the unravelling of the biosphere and volunteering at the Rakino Island Nursery is currently developing a proposal to create a marine reserve near by. The Island has no grid tied electricity or reticulated water.  I catch my own water from the roof and generate my electricity from the ample solar radiation on the island.

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