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Haven’t Enough to Keep You Awake At Night? Try The Doomsday Clock For A Truthful State Of The Union

Yves here. I never got “duck and cover” training in school, but there were enough designated fallout shelters with their yellow and black logos to stoke Cold War doomsday fears. By Skip Kaltenheuser. Originally published at DownWithTyranny! Tick Tock. The good folks at the Bulletin of Atomic Scientistshave returned to wind their Doomsday Clock. Last Thursday at the National Press Club a group of well-credentialed speakers, including former California Governor Jerry Brown and former Secretary...

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How the Peak Oil Story Could Be “Close,” But Not Quite Right

Yves here. Gail Tverberg hasn’t been posting her carefully argued pieces on energy, particularly “peak oil,” and environmental issues as often as she once did, so I was glad to see this piece. By Gail Tverberg, an actuary interested in finite world issues – oil depletion, natural gas depletion, water shortages, and climate change. Originally published at Our Finite World A few years ago, especially in the 2005-2008 period, many people were concerned that the oil supply would run out. They...

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Venezuela Coup Attempt Part of US Plan to Remake Latin America

The Wall Street Journal has just published an important, disheartening story, U.S. Push to Oust Venezuela’s Maduro Marks First Shot in Plan to Reshape Latin America. The Trump Administration has apparently decided to embark on a large-scale interventionist campaign to reverse supposed undue influence of Russia, China, and Iran in Latin America. Venezuela and Cuba are the first targets, and Nicaragua is next on the list. John Bolton, in too obvious a nod to Bush’s “axis of evil” has called...

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Brexit: May Running Down the Clock by Backing Yet-Again-Nixed Renegotiation of Withdrawal Agreement

You have to give Theresa May credit for being clever, or at least more clever than the various MPs that were braying that Parliament would take control of Brexit yesterday. No such thing happened, not even close. For starters, all Parliament was voting on were motions, and motions are not legislation, so none of them could even deliver on something that was also supposed to occur yesterday, that of “taking a no-deal Brexit off the table,” although they could have started that ball rolling....

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Many Countries at UN Oppose Trump Interference in Venezuela

Yves here. This Real News Network segment with Lawrence Wilkerson is a useful antidote to the impression much of the domestic media is trying to convey, that the US has broad-based support for its coup attempt in Venezuela. PAUL JAY: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Paul Jay. On Saturday morning there was a somewhat extraordinary meeting of the UN Security Council. It was an open meeting. Countries were invited to come give their opinion and response to the push by the United States,...

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Brexit Is Good News for Those in the Business of War

Yves here. This Brexit post gives me the opportunity to ask our estimable UK based readers to help calibrate an odd data point from my childhood. I have not spent all that much time in London, and most of that was when I was seeing the world on the McKinsey plan in the 1980s. On one visit, the mother of a good college friend (the mother was quite connected), had me drop in on a friend of hers, a jewelry designer who was becoming prominent (she’d just had a museum show). The mother mentioned...

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Brexit: May’s Sweatbox

When I searched on Brexit just now, I saw such a rehash of what ought to be old stories that I thought there must be something wrong with Google. “May to focus on Irish backstop.” “May mulls amending Good Friday Agreement.” “U.K. Parliament Moves Closer to Stopping a No-Deal Brexit” And the body of a Guardian story has this blather: Tory Brexit supporters alarmed by the prospect of a delay have hinted they could be won over in the coming weeks – if Theresa May can produce a serious concession...

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IEA Chief: EVs Are Not The End Of The Oil Era

Yves here. Repeat after me: Elon Musk will not save you. EVs are having a trivial impact on oil use. By Tsvetana Paraskova, a writer for the U.S.-based Divergente LLC consulting firm with over a decade of experience writing for news outlets. Originally published at OilPrice Electric vehicles (EVs) today are not the end of global oil demand growth, nor are they the key solution to reducing carbon emissions, Fatih Birol, the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), said...

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Brexit’s Primitive Passions Could Bring Havoc to Ireland – and Far Beyond

Yves here. The UK pres has been so full of baseless rumors, like that the EU would “offer” a Brexit extension, that it seemed clear that the notion of reopening the Good Friday Agreement, particularly with so little time left on the Brexit clock, was daft. However, given how many Brexit unicorns are still wandering about, the people that floated that rumor really could have seen messing with the Good Friday agreement as an option, or alternatively, it could have been members of the Government...

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Trump’s Space Force: Nuclear Lunacy

Yves here. I’m old enough to remember Reagan’s much-touted “Star Wars” program. In this Real News Network segment, Daniel Ellsberg explains why Trump’s effort to revive Reagan’s failed idea still won’t work. Not only is it another pork program, but it would actually increase the odds of nuclear war. PAUL JAY: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Paul Jay. Behind me is a graphic from a soon-to-be coming to your TV set Netflix series called Space Force. It’s a parody of what Donald Trump has...

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