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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Republican wins special election for Iowa State House seat 55%-44% over the Democrat. Republicans control both House and Senate in Iowa-Sioux City Journal, 1/17/18

2152R-1712D, 55%-44%, all precincts reporting

1/17/18, "Bossman wins special election for Woodbury County legislative seat," Sioux City Journal. Bret Hayworth

"Winning in his second try in less than two years for the Iowa House District 6 seat, Jacob Bossman will join the Iowa Legislature for essentially a one-year term.

Bossman, a Republican from Sioux City, defeated Rita DeJong, the Democratic candidate from Sioux City. The vote total reported after the close of polls at 9 p.m. Tuesday was 2,152 for Bossman and 1,712 for DeJong. 

"I think it was just the hard work of myself and the campaign. I didn't take anything for granted and was out working this morning," Bossman said of his victory on Tuesday night, 20 minutes after polls closed. 

The special election was the first test of the state's new voter ID law. Woodbury County poll workers were trained on the new photo-ID requirement and were well versed for implementing it, said Woodbury County Auditor Pat Gill. 

Besides requiring ID and signature verification at the polls, the law also ended straight-party voting and shortened the period for early voting from 40 to 29 days. 

With the Bossman win, Republicans moved to hold 59 of 100 seats in Iowa House. They also control the Iowa Senate, now two weeks into the legislative session that will run for 100 days to late April. 

House District 6, which covers Sioux City, Sergeant Bluff, Bronson and Salix, leans favorably for Republicans. There are 7,778 voters registered as Republicans, 5,013 as Democrats and 6,617 as no party, according to election data as of Jan. 1.

"The Republicans turned out," Bossman said. 

Bossman, 37, is regional director for U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley. Bossman during the campaign said he would support "sound budgeting practices and hold the line on reckless spending," as a way to avoid tapping emergency state budget funds during a tight financial year. Bossman also pointed to the need for a "simple, fair tax code that will make our economy more competitive with neighboring states." 

DeJong , 64, is a retired educator from the Sioux City Community School District. It was her first run for elective office. DeJong campaigned on the need to increase spending on education and to boost ways to access affordable healthcare. 

Bossman said his understanding is that final election results will be certified by the Secretary of State's Office on Monday, and he could be sworn in as soon as Jan. 23. 

Bossman lost a bid for Iowa House District 6 in 2016, losing the Republican Party primary to Jim Carlin. After one year in the Iowa House, Carlin shifted to the state's other chamber, winning an open Senate District 3 seat in a Dec. 12 special election. The outcome set up the need for another quick special election with the Legislature entering its second week of the new session."




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Republican Nancy Mace wins South Carolina Statehouse special election. Ms. Mace worked on Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign as South Carolina coalitions and social media director. In 1999 she was first woman graduate of Citadel's Corps of Cadets-Post and Courier, 1/16/18

1/16/18, "Republican Nancy Mace wins Statehouse District 99 election," Post and Courier, Caitlin Byrd (South Carolina) 

"Nancy Mace, the first woman to graduate from The Citadel’s Corps of Cadets in 1999, can add state lawmaker to her list of accomplishments. 

The Daniel Island Republican defeated her Democratic challenger Cindy Boatwright on Tuesday in a special election for House District 99.

Early results show Mace garnered about 57 percent of the vote compared to Boatwright's 43 percent, according to unofficial results. 

On a county-level, Boatwright defeated Mace in Charleston County by a 687-634 tally, with more than 80 percent of precincts reporting. But Mace won big in Berkeley County by a count of 1,432 to 900, according to unofficial returns. 

Mace was surrounded by friends and family at her Daniel Island home when she learned she had won. 

When Mace is soon sworn into office, she will become the 21st female legislator serving in the S.C. House of Representatives. Four women now serve in the state Senate. 

She will also become the first woman to represent the district, one of the more prosperous zip codes in the region. 

"I don’t look at this as a win for me. I look at this as a win for Berkeley and Charleston counties, for the Lowcountry and for the taxpayers of South Carolina. More importantly, it’s a win for substantive solutions aimed at fixing our most pressing issues – infrastructure, the nuclear power plant mess, education and the sustainability and safety of our communities," Mace said in a 595-word statement following her win. 

Though neither Mace nor Boatwright has previously served in the Statehouse, Mace is hardly a political novice. 

Mace worked as South Carolina coalitions and social media director for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. In 2014 she ran unsuccessfully against U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

Charleston Democrats say they not deterred by the night's results."...
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https://www.postandcourier.com/politics/republican-nancy-mace-wins-statehouse-district-election/article_37689baa-fb03-11e7-8ea4-6feac19bbafa.html



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Human waste in Port-au-Prince, Haiti is hauled away one bucket at a time from outhouses. This city of 3 million still has no central sewage system in 2017. The pay for emptying outhouses is $4 per day. 1 in 5 Haitians don't even have access to outhouses-NPR, July 2017

For the night's work, "Gabriel will take home four dollars. The company doesn't provide showers, health care or even water for the guys to drink on the job. The four bucks isn't enough to feed Gabriel's three kids."

July 30, 2017, "Haiti's 'Bayakou': Hauling Away Human Excrement By Hand," NPR, Rebecca Hersher 

"LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: 

"Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is one of the largest cities in the world without a central sewage system. Most of the more than 3 million residents use outhouses and rely on workers with some of the worst jobs in the world, hauling away human excrement by hand one bucket at a time. The men are called bayakou, and they work in the dark by candlelight. Rebecca Hersher spent a night with a group of them.

REBECCA HERSHER, BYLINE: As soon as we arrive, you can smell it. It's a heavy, earthy stench, like rotten eggs and grosser things.

Bonsoir.

An estimated 1 in 5 Haitians don't have access to any kind of latrine. Those who do have outhouses generally hire a bayakou to clean them out. Tonight, a team of four bayakou are emptying one outhouse. One of the guys, Gabriel Toto, is sitting on the edge of the hole, his bare feet in the brown soup below, holding a big stick.

GABRIEL TOTO: Oh.

HERSHER: The stick measures about 15 feet deep. Tonight, with a foreign reporter around, Gabriel is wearing knee-length pants and gloves. Usually, he works naked.

TOTO: (Through interpreter) They don't usually give us these gloves and things, when you're not here. 

HERSHER: He grabs a bucket, lights a cigarette and steps into the hole. It's 9:30 p.m.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: So he's going to start now.

(CROSSTALK)

HERSHER: The men joke as they work. Every so often, they dump out a bucket and find something weird or dangerous - sticks, rocks, trash, razor blades. At one point, the photographer with me freaks out.

UNIDENTIFIED PHOTOGRAPHER: Oh, oh. Oh, my God.

HERSHER: There's a gun in the latrine (laughter).

They look the gun over, determine it doesn't work and move on. It takes about three hours for Gabriel to empty the hole. By the end, he's sweating and covered in human waste. His gloves are ripped.

Have you ever been injured?

TOTO: (Through interpreter) I have been injured many places, like my fingers, my arms. And even I have stitches in my legs, on my feet - same situation. I even lost one of my toenails one day when I was working.

HERSHER: Later, another bayakou pulls me aside to show me his eyes, red and pus-filled with an infection he says he's had for years. Most bayakou teams dump the waste wherever they can. About 53,000 gallons of human waste makes its way into city canals and roadside ditches every day in Port-au-Prince. It spreads disease. Haiti is still in the midst of a cholera epidemic. It catches fire during rainstorms. The contents of your outhouse might just show up unannounced in your living room. But tonight, the drums are being trucked to a safer, more official place, the only sewage treatment plant in Haiti because, tonight, these bayakou are working for one of the two big sanitation companies in Port-au-Prince.

FLAURE DUBOIS: Us as a company - as a private company, we make sure that they are going the right place. They load the drums into a truck. And it's our driver.

HERSHER: Flaure Dubois is the financial director at Jedco. She and the company's operations manager, Rudy Riviere, say one way to make Haiti's sanitation system better is to professionalize the bayakou business.

RUDY RIVIERE: Haitians do not mind paying for something. But they just want to understand what they're getting for it.

HERSHER: For example, Jedco has been advertising the dangers of raw sewage. If people are afraid, maybe they'll pay to have it trucked away rather than dumped into an open canal. The obvious upside for the company is more customers and more money. Back at the sewage treatment plant, it's 2:30 in the morning, and the bayakou who are blasting tunes out of the truck while they unload the night's haul.

(SOUNDBITE OF SLOSHING LIQUID)

HERSHER: Gabriel is standing in the parking lot, shirtless and wet from a bucket bath in the back of the truck. Of the $175 that Jedco got from tonight's client, Gabriel will take home four dollars. The company doesn't provide showers, health care or even water for the guys to drink on the job. The four bucks isn't enough to feed Gabriel's three kids. And bayakou and their families are stigmatized and even ostracized. It's one of the reasons they only work in the dark.

TOTO: (Through interpreter) So many times, I've been humiliated by the work that I'm doing. You have seen what I've done. Some people will never stand close to me - like talking to me the same way that you are talking to me as close as you are. Like, they will stay away from me.

HERSHER: He says getting people to pay to have their sewage trucked out of the city isn't enough to change the culture around sanitation in Haiti. People also need to respect those who do the dirty work, which starts with better pay and basic health care.

TOTO: (Through interpreter) The first people who should give value to the work that we are doing are those people at the company. And, you know, when they sit behind their desk in the AC, they don't care. They don't take care of us. So if they don't give value to what we are doing, who else will give value to that?

HERSHER: But he's not holding his breath for things to change. He says his dream is to get his driver's license. God willing, he says, his children will never do this work. For NPR News, I'm Rebecca Hersher in Port-au-Prince.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: This story was supported by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting."




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63 million free Americans stopped the central planners at the very last second of the very last minute and elected Donald Trump president. The self-appointed imperial planners are now focused intensely on eliminating the disruption in their plans, Donald Trump-tcth, sundance

1/16/18, "The System is Actively Working To Defend Itself," tcth, sundance

"Almost a century of carefully carried out central planning, spanning multiple generations of nudge-by-nudge action, had the U.S. system positioned on the cusp of full autonomous control. Every outcome within the system was planned to exacting and specific control detail…. 

….and at the very last second, of the very last minute, of the very last hour, free people stopped the entire system – and elected Donald John Trump as the president.... 

People often attempt to describe the larger umbrella of control with terms like “Deep State”, the “Administrative State”, the “Establishment”, the “industrial media”, and other descriptive word assemblies....

It is, in essence, what we generally describe as “The System”.

The presidency of Donald John Trump is an existential threat to that system. A John Galt per se’. President Trump represents an uncontrollable, unaligned independent, free-thinking change-agent; a disruptor who exists entirely outside of the systems’ ability to influence favorable action.

It is a remarkable dynamic to witness.

To fathom the disruptive nature of the inherent conflict it helps to remember that roughly half of the U.S. demographic has been institutionally led to a point where their sense of being-amid the matrix of life-is defined by their acceptance of the systems’ inherent disposition of collectivism.

Half of the U.S. electorate have no concept of freedom, individualism or, in essence, their own cause-and-effect relationship within their outcome.
 
All elements, people, organizations and entities, who depend on the continuance of the command and control structure within the system, are now focused intensely on eliminating the disruption that is Donald John Trump.

The defenders of the disruption, Trump supporters, are people who value their largest ‘sense-of-self’ within simple concepts of freedom, individualism and liberty.

The conflict between the collectivists and the individualists is where we see the visible representative of individual freedom known as President Trump under an unrelenting and vicious attack. 


In large measure this conflict is so consequential it is more openly visible than we have ever seen before amid the world of politics....
 
For the past 24 months the entire enterprise of society to include media, entertainment, sports, business and commerce has focused exclusively on U.S. politics and Donald Trump.

Every conversation, every-single-minute of every-single-media-broadcast was about candidate trump, and is currently about President Trump, nothing else.

The system is pulsating every second of every day around President Trump.

Right now, to those control agents, nothing else matters except President Trump.

Put your reference point back about three years and ask yourself if you can ever recall a time when 1,440 minutes of every day, every word, every topic, every action, everything, was centered around the same entity or issue.

That’s how inherently adverse the larger system is to the disruptive change-agent we know as President Trump....

Never before has this taken place. Never before has a single entity commanded 100% of all adverse attention from the dependents within the system.

The relationship between the intra-connected dependents within our nation, and their place amid the hierarchy of control, is why institutional media and institutional government are in complete synergy of purpose.

Those who have held power over our national economic and social fabric are apoplectic about their inability to stop President Trump from burning through the horsehair and dropping the sword of Damocles upon their collective throne.
 
Burning through that horsehair is the Big Ugly.

The moment when the horsehair finally breaks, is the moment when everything changes.

All systems are currently working to ensure he is stopped. 

There are trillions-of-trillions at stake."...

Consider: [Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, Gettysburg, Pa., Nov. 19, 1863. 51,112 soldiers died at the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863, Union and Confederate combined] 

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. 

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. 

The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vainthat this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863"


(image above from tcth)

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Added:

Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863

Generals
Union General: George G. Meade
Confederate General: Robert E. Lee
 

Soldiers Engaged 
Union Army: 82,289
Confederate Army: 75,000 

Outcome  
Union victory 

Gettysburg Casualties 

23,049 Union 

28,063 Confederate

 

"Battle Summary: The Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (July 1–July 3, 1863), was the largest battle of the American Civil War as well as the largest battle ever fought in North America, involving around 85,000 men in the Union’s Army of the Potomac under Major General George Gordon Meade and approximately 75,000 in the Confederacy’s Army of Northern Virginia, commanded by General Robert Edward Lee. Casualties at Gettysburg totaled 23,049 for the Union (3,155 dead, 14,529 wounded, 5,365 missing). Confederate casualties were 28,063 (3,903 dead, 18,735 injured, and 5,425 missing), more than a third of Lee’s army.


These largely irreplaceable losses to the South’s largest army, combined with the Confederate surrender of Vicksburg, Mississippi, on July 4, marked what is widely regarded as a turning point—perhaps the turning point—in the Civil War, although the conflict would continue for nearly two more years and witness several more major battles, including Chickamauga, Spotsylvania Courthouse, Monocacy, Nashville, etc."...


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Urge to carry out female genital mutilation still strong among women who moved to Sweden from African and Middle East countries. A third say they must do it for family honor. A mother traveled to London to ensure her daughter was mutilated despite knowing it was illegal in London-Dagens Nyheter, Sweden, June 2014

6/24/2014, "One of three families wants to continue circumcising," Dagens Nyheter, Marit Sundberg, Sweden

"A third of all families with background in countries where circumcision is a norm is planning to continue with the custom. It assesses women who have participated in a study by Karolinska institute. "The social pressure to secure family honor is so strong," says researcher Vanja Berggren.

The researchers have interviewed eight women originating in Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti and Eritrea. One of the women was born here while the others have lived in Sweden for between 13 and 20 years. Everyone finds that the pressure to circumcise daughters is extremely strong, and believe that one third of the families whose background is in countries where circumcision is the norm intends to carry out the intervention on their own girls. 
 
"It is part of the culture of honor. The women indicate the importance of continuing circumcision to insure the virgin's virginity, thereby securing the family's honor," says Vanja Berggren, one of the authors of the study.
 
Several of the women say they are experiencing an inner conflict and mean that they do not really want to continue with the custom.  

The pressure is perceived as strongest when the family visits the home country during the vacation.
 
Some parents feel worried that relatives will take the daughter to a circumcision without knowing about it.
 
How the women plan to carry out the surgery are not shown by the study. But a woman stated that she had traveled to London to circumcise her daughter, despite being illegal in Britain too.
 
According to Vanja Berggren, more information is required from the authorities.
 
- A woman had lived in Sweden for 20 years before she found out that circumcision was illegal three years ago.
 
Vanja Berggren is involved in the Ministry of Education's investigation of how school staff should handle pupils who have become or at risk of being genital mutilated. The investigators will recommend the authorities to publish more information about Swedish legislation before the summer vacation. One suggestion is that everyone will be able to download a certificate of law, which they can then show to their relatives in their home country.
 
As it is now, the silence around the question is the biggest threat to all the girls in the risk zone, she believes.
 
Karolinska institute's study "Perceptions and experiences of female genital mutilation after immigration to Sweden: an explorative study" was published in 2013.
 
"There is no statistical study, but the result indicates that this is an issue that is important to continue exploring in Sweden."

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Added: "Perceptions and experiences of female genital mutilation after immigration to Sweden: an explorative study," researchgate.net

Oct. 2013

"Abstract"

"The aim of this study is to explore how women from part of the world where female genital mutilation (FGM) is normative perceive and experience FGM after immigrating to Sweden. Interviews were conducted with eight women from Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia. The data were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. The women's feelings were ambivalent: though they opposed FGM, on the one hand, because of its negative effects on health, they acknowledged the practice's positive cultural aspects on the other hand. The themes that emerged from the interviews are the role of FGM in ensuring virginity and protecting a family's honor, its role in avoiding shame and enhancing purity, social pressure experienced after immigration, an understanding of FGM as a symbol of the country of origin, and support for changing the tradition. These findings indicate that women originating from communities where FGM is normative live in a context in which the practice is viewed as an important aspect of life even after immigration. More research concerning this complex and deeply rooted cultural issue is recommended."


Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/256664464_Perceptions_and_experiences_of_female_genital_mutilation_after_immigration_to_Sweden_An_explorative_study



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Monday, January 15, 2018

Congress seeks investigation into Russian collusion with US environmental groups pushing what appears to be propaganda advancing foreign interests to the detriment of average Americans. US groups accepting Russian financing via paperless money trails could be required to register as foreign agents-Washington Examiner, Kevin Mooney, opinion

1/15/18, "Environmental group may have to register as foreign agents," Washington Examiner, Kevin Mooney, opinion

"U.S. environmental activists who are working to halt the production and use of fossil fuels could be required to register as foreign agents if Congress gets serious about enforcing an existing law.

There was some potential movement in that direction last October [2017] when Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, introduced legislation that would put some teeth into the Foreign Agents Registration Act. The law, which was first passed in 1938, calls for individuals and organizations to provide full disclosure when they are working to advance the public policy interests of a foreign government.

As the Washington Examiner has reported, Grassley’s proposed legislation would close off an exemption that has allowed lobbyists for foreign interests to avoid registration while providing the U.S. attorney general with additional authority to conduct investigations. 

While the media remains largely focused on ongoing investigations into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 campaign, the connection between Vladimir Putin’s government and U.S. environmental groups deserves more scrutiny.

Klein Ltd., a Bermuda-based shell corporation run by executives with strong ties to longtime Putin friend Leonid Reiman and Russian energy investment groups including Firebird New Russia Fund and Vimpelcom Ltd., reportedly funneled $23 million to the Sea Change Foundation, according to a detailed 2014 U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee report.

Klein’s legal counsel dismisses such charges as “completely false and irresponsible.” But in a letter addressed to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, members of Congress document evidence pointing to a paperless money trail that flows from Russia into U.S. environmental groups through the Sea Change Foundation. The implication is that the Russians have been pouring tens of millions of dollars into willing environmental advocacy groups in an effort to spread propaganda directed against fracking in the U.S. and the technology that makes it possible, according to evidence presented in the letter. 

Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and his colleagues have called on the U.S. Treasury Department to conduct an investigation into the allegations of Russian collusion with U.S. environmental groups. In response to a media inquiry I sent last year asking about the allegations, a U.S. Treasury spokesman said in an email message, “We respond as appropriate to Congressional inquiries, but wouldn’t comment publicly on an investigation.”

The motivation for Russian interference here is clear. As the congressional letter notes, American ingenuity in the oil and gas industry have significant geopolitical ramifications. Thanks to innovative extraction technologies such as hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, the U.S. now has access to vast reserves of oil and gas previously held to be unrecoverable. The unexpected energy resource bonanza has dramatically shifted the dynamics of the economic and geopolitical landscape in America’s favor.

The U.S. is the top producer of natural gas in the world. In 2016, U.S. natural gas imports set a record low even though consumption has increased. In 3 of the first 5 months of 2017, U.S. natural gas exports were greater than imports — the growing trend points to the U.S. becoming a net exporter. This new commitment to natural gas means less expensive energy bills for consumers as well as economic, environmental, and national security benefits for the country as a whole. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates that the fracking boom has created 2.7 million jobs, with an estimated additional 3.5 million projected by 2035.

From a foreign policy perspective, the U.S. can now export liquefied natural gas to parts of Europe that have been dependent on Putin’s government for their gas. This weakens Putin and puts the U.S. in a stronger position to exert influence. Up until now, periodic disputes with Russia have resulted in economic bullying tactics from Moscow that include wintertime threats to close pipelines supplying oil and natural gas. Those days may be over now that American natural gas development is poised to impact Russia and its Gazprom oil company.

However, an international campaign known as “Keep It in the Ground” has been pushing an anti-fossil fuel agenda that advances Russia’s geopolitical interests at the expense of the U.S. and America’s allies. The campaign claims support from more than 400 organizations across the globe, with a sizable percentage operating inside the U.S. The campaign is opposed not just to the extraction of fossil fuels, but to any fossil fuel-related project including pipelines, rail transportation, refineries, and energy exploration.

These groups include Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, 350.org, the Center for Biological Diversity, WildEarth Guardians, the Rainforest Action Network, Earthworks, and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, to name just a few. Some of the larger environmental advocacy groups in the U.S., such as the Natural Resources Defense Council and the League of Conservation Voters, don’t appear on the list of 400, yet do support the same anti-fossil policy aims and draw from the same pool of financial supporters.

The common denominator here between many of these groups is the San Francisco-based Sea Change Foundation, which has been identified as the incubator for Russian funding of environmental groups. Another key player is the Energy Foundation, which is also based in San Francisco and appears to be an offshoot of the Sea Change Foundation.

If Grassley succeeds in bolstering the Foreign Agents Registration Act, a good starting point for an investigation would be with the “Keep It in the Ground” campaign members and with other environmental groups that support the campaign’s agenda.

While these groups are free to advocate for their preferred policies, they should not be permitted to posture as grassroots activists if they are in fact doing the bidding of foreign interests, to the detriment of average Americans who benefit from affordable and reliable sources of energy."

"Kevin Mooney (@KevinMooneyDC) is a contributor to the Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential blog. He is an investigative reporter in Washington, D.C. who writes for several national publications."

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Added: "All the funds from the [Sea Change] foundation come from their [Simons family] personal fortune, or wealth associated with Renaissance Technology, the wildly successful hedge fund that Nat's father, James Simons, created and where Nat spent years as a portfolio manager. There's also income from a vaguely named company based in Bermuda, which has drawn accusations from various conspiracy-prone bloggers." (So one is a "conspiracy blogger" if one questions financing and expenditures of a massively funded political effort aimed directly at defenseless Americans who aren't millionaires and have no political power? Where did you get the idea that "trust us" is sufficient? ed.) 

Sea Change Foundation's " past grantees include the Center for American Progress (CAP), a progressive think tank in Washington, D.C....Beyond giving millions every year to its main grantee, the Energy Foundation, and well over $1 million a year to major organizations such as the Sierra Club, World Wildlife Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, and CAP, it also gives mid-six-figure grants to a wide array of other groups involved in energy or climate issues."






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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Obama called African nation Libya a 'shit show' due to UK PM Cameron failure to follow up there after US spent $1 billion bombing to get regime change. Obama didn't want European and Arab states 'holding our coats while we did all the fighting. Free riders aggravate me'-UK Independent, March 2016

3/10/2016, "Barack Obama says David Cameron allowed Libya to become a 's*** show'," UK Independent, Tim Walker, Nigel Morris 

"Unprecedented attack by serving US President claims UK was 'distracted'" 
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"Barack Obama has sharply criticised David Cameron for the UK’s role in allowing Libya to become a “shit show” after the fall of the dictator Muammar Gaddafi, in an unprecedented attack on a British leader by a serving US President.

 Mr Obama said that following a successful military intervention to aid rebels during the 2011 Arab Spring revolt, Libya was left to spiral out of control – due largely to the inaction of America’s European allies.

In a candid U.S. magazine [Atlantic] interview, Mr Obama said: “When I go back and I ask myself what went wrong… there’s room for criticism, because I had more faith in the Europeans, given Libya’s proximity, being invested in the follow-up.”

Singling out the British Prime Minister, he suggested that Mr Cameron had taken his eye off Libya after being “distracted by a range of other things”.

Mr Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy, then the French President, pushed hard for the bombing raids on Colonel Gaddafi’s forces that led to his fall, but since 2011 Libya has sunk further into violence and civil war, and latterly has become a focal point for Isis in North Africa.

Mr Obama went on: “We actually executed this plan as well as I could have expected: We got a UN mandate, we built a coalition, it cost us $1bn – which, when it comes to military operations, is very cheap. We averted large-scale civilian casualties, we prevented what almost surely would have been a prolonged and bloody civil conflict. And despite all that, Libya is a mess.”

Referring to that mess in private, Mr Obama reportedly uses the more colourful term, “shit show”.

The comments will be a severe embarrassment to Mr Cameron, who has often been forced to defend British involvement in Libya on the grounds that Western intervention helped to avert a bloodbath. They will also place strain on the transatlantic alliance as coalition forces target Isis positions in Syria and Iraq.

Mr Cameron’s spokeswoman said he had frequently made clear that he still believed military action in Libya was “absolutely the right thing to do” and stressed that the Government had put support for the country on the agenda when the UK hosted a meeting of G8 leaders in 2013.

She said: “We would share the President’s assessment that there are real challenges in Libya. That’s why we are continuing to work hard with international partners to support a process in Libya that puts in place a government that can bring stability, and why we are talking about how we can support such a government in the future.”

Speaking at length to The Atlantic, Mr Obama revealed that the Prime Minister had risked damaging the countries’ “special relationship” by delaying an increase in defence spending to meet a Nato target of 2 per cent of GDP. Alluding to Mr Cameron’s foot-dragging, Mr Obama said: “Free riders aggravate me.”...

Mr Obama also said Mr Cameron’s failures had affected his decision not to enforce a “red line” over President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons during the Syrian civil war. The President had planned a strike against Assad’s forces in August 2013....The strike was called off at the 11th hour. One “major factor” in the decision, the President said, “was the failure of Cameron to obtain the consent of his Parliament” for military action. 

During his White House tenure, Mr Obama explained, he has tried to encourage other nations to act in international matters without always waiting for the US to take the lead.

It was precisely to prevent the Europeans and the Arab states from holding our coats while we did all the fighting that we, by design, insisted” that they spearhead the Libyan intervention, he said, describing the strategy as “part of the anti-free rider campaign”.

Mr Obama also said Mr Sarkozy, who left office the year after the Libyan intervention, had been keen to “trumpet” France’s involvement. The White House allowed him to take disproportionate credit for the air strikes, thus “[purchasing] France’s involvement in a way that made it less expensive and less risky for us,” Mr Obama said." Images above from UK Independent

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Added: UK had accepted major favors from Obama so put themselves in position to be humiliated by him. From 2009-2012 Obama admin. gave UK gov. $137 million in new global spy equipment. UK GCHQ can track US citizens inside US-such as a US presidential candidate and staff-which NSA needs a warrant to do. Edward Snowden warned of cozy NSA and UK GCHQ relationship which UK is desperate to keep. British spies were "first," had "crucial" role in US 2016 election meddling, supplied alleged anti-Trump info to Obama admin.

Aug. 1, 2013, "Exclusive: NSA pays £100m [$137,290,032] in secret funding for GCHQ," UK Guardian, Nick Hopkins, Julian Borger

*Secret payments revealed in leaks by Edward Snowden  

GCHQ expected to 'pull its weight' for Americans  
Weaker regulation of British spies 'a selling point' for NSA

 "The US government has paid at least £100m [$137,290,032] to the UK spy agency GCHQ over the last three years to secure access to and influence over Britain's intelligence gathering programmes. The top secret payments are set out in documents which make clear that the Americans expect a return on the investment, and that GCHQ has to work hard to meet their demands. "GCHQ must pull its weight and be seen to pull its weight," a GCHQ strategy briefing said.

The funding underlines the closeness of the relationship between GCHQ and its US equivalent, the National Security Agency. But it will raise fears about the hold Washington has over the UK's biggest and most important intelligence agency, and whether Britain's dependency on the NSA has become too great."...

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Added: UK spies "first" to meddle in 2016 US election with alleged anti-Trump "intelligence:"

April 13, 2017, "British spies were first to spot Trump team's links with Russia," UK Guardian, Luke Harding, Stephanie Kirchgaessner, Nick Hopkins  

"Exclusive: GCHQ [UK Government Communications Headquarters] is said to have alerted US agencies after becoming aware of contacts in 2015....Britain’s spy agencies played a crucial role in alerting their counterparts in Washington to contacts between members of Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russian intelligence operatives, the Guardian has been told."...UK is free to collect data on US citizens inside the US while US  government needs a warrant to collect communications of American citizens inside the US ....UK GCHQ says they didn't target Trump, acquired data incidentally and gave it to Obama officials.



 
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