Top Environmental Policy Adviser’s Nomination Withdrawn

It comes somewhat as a surprise that climate change denier Donald Trump has finally withdrawn the nomination of Kathleen Hartnett White as environmental policy advisor, a climate change sceptic. White has got her academic degrees in humanities and religion at Stanford University and attended one year at Texas Tech University law school. It was announced that president Trump himself has nominated her to chair the Council on Environmental Quality.

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The Super Blue Blood Moon in Tromsø


Not really expected, when watching the end of the total lunar eclipse today from our offices in Tannbygget in Tromsø, we were really fascinated that the forecast time of the moon’s appearance was so precise. The moon was not really red this time as the eclipse happened when skies were still rather bright.

This is the second total eclipse I had the opportunity to watch in Tromsø, after the eclipse on winter solstice in 2010, see here.

31 January 2018 @ 5:40 pm.

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Now They Gas Monkeys

The real shocking news about Volkswagen’s ongoing scandal about exhaust fumes is that the Germans are now gassing monkeys. (Humans were only tested for adverse effects nitrogen oxide.) The news broke more or less on Germany’s Holocaust Memorial Day, 27 January, the day when in 1945 the Auschwitz extermination camp was liberated by the Red Army.

When Reinhard Heydrich informed senior NAZI government officials on 20 January 1942 at a villa in Wannsee about the planned “final solution of the Jewish question”, attendees of the infamous conference discussed, in rather private talks, disadvantages of then common mass shootings and experiments with gassing disabled and later Jews in vans with exhaust fumes. The latter’s disadvantages were 1) it took too long, and 2) it wasn’t quiet.

Results of these experiments led directly to Auschwitz.

30 January 2018 @ 6:11 am.

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So, Are You Going to Be Investing in the US?


Trump speaks with leaders from Adidas, Nokia and Volvo at Davos from CNBC.

The above took place yesterday in Davos, Switzerland, on the verge of the World Economic Forum annual meeting. President Trump meets apparently his colleagues. His inquisitorial attitude clearly indicates who’s the boss.

One has to realize that these extremely submissive People, who were asked whether they properly do invest in the US, each lead companies with thousands if not hundreds of thousands of employees.

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Ahmadinejad, Trump

A few days after then Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had made what was widely regarded anti-Semitic rants at the UN General Assembly in September 2008, he met, still in New York, with ultra-orthodox Jews. This is remarkable only on first sight, as the respective rabbis are utterly anti-Zionists.

I remembered that meeting back in 2008 when listening to wannabe statesman Donald Trump when he declared 15 January this year’s Martin Luther King Jr Day. After he had allegedly insulted all Africans and Central Americans by calling their homelands shitholes: “Take them out!” (Haitians, out of the US).

Ahmadinejad, who was respected by the low classes in Iran who therefore elected him twice, had damaged Iran’s global interests considerably during his 8-yr tenure as his daring and inflammatory speeches about Israel, nuclear enrichment and ballistic missiles was relentlessly sanctioned by the international community. Ultimately, it was Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s irresponsible politics which brought Iran to its knees in 2015, accepting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action negotiated with world powers, P5+1.

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