Climate change is planetary, ongoing, inevitable and affected by many non-human factors such as El Nino, volcanic eruptions, the level of solar radiation, etc.. Canada cannot, literally, have made any commitments about climate change as such. It can only have made commitments about reducing Canada’s carbon dioxide emissions, for the purpose of reducing the rate of anthropogenic (human caused) climate change. The purpose of the commitment should not to be confused with the commitment itself. To avoid confusion in interpretation, the words “climate change” should be replaced by “carbon dioxide emissions reduction”.
via PIPELINES, THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE ECONOMY: CANADA’S NEW IMPACT ASSESSMENT LAW
The seemingly endless fear mongering did not appear to stem the tide of the reversal of GOP fortunes in the 2018 midterm elections, where the Democrats were able to regain a majority in the House of Representatives.
Trump’s attempts to stem the flow of good paying jobs out of this country has met with mixed results at best. His crackdown on immigration (both legal and illegal) has been seen by many as draconian and inhumane in the extreme.
via Donald Trump: Captain Chaos
Despite its claims to be revealing something novel Chaos as a Strategy therefore rapidly disintegrates into a simple repetition of all the normal claims about Russia.
Back in my youth, we talked about the importance of confidence building measures. The idea was that potential enemies, could reduce the chance of conflict, by reassuring each other they did not have hostile intent. This gave one another peace of mind.
Today supposedly sane foreign policy experts think that it’s a good idea to provoke nuclear-armed powers and that peace of mind is dangerous.
via Poking the bear
In a sense, therefore, it’s perfectly fair for the Henry Jackson Society to point this all out. But the Society goes further than that. It exaggerates (75,000 Russian informants in London – give me a break!), and creates the picture that all this activity amounts to a major threat, without providing any evidence that Russian intelligence is getting its hands on really sensitive information that has the capacity to seriously damage British security. There’s a lot of huff, but at the end of it all, not a lot of puff.
via Putin sees and hears it all
There’s a variation on this in which one claims that the Kellogg-Briand Pact included (in secret invisible ink) the sanctioning of “defensive” war found in the U.N. Charter. But more commonly the claim is that the U.N. Charter opened up the “defensive” and the “U.N.-sanctioned” loopholes for legal wars, and there’s nothing that Kellogg-Briand can do about it. That second loophole (“U.N.-sanctioned”) introduces the supposed correction of the Peace Pact’s supposed central failure, namely its lack of “teeth,” “enforcement,” or — in plane language — the use of war as a tool with which to eliminate war.
via What If Governments Obeyed Laws? by David Swanson + Merchants of Death: How the Military-Industrial Complex Profits from Endless War
The facts do not support the mythology. The United States government did not need to make Japan a junior partner in imperialism, did not need to fuel an arms race, did not need to support Nazism and fascism (as some of the biggest U.S. corporations did right through the war), did not need to provoke Japan, did not need to join the war in Asia or Europe, and was not surprised by the attack on Pearl Harbor. For support of each of these statements, keep reading.
via Russiagate is not Pearl Harbor, 9/11 was not Pearl Harbor, and Pearl Harbor was not Pearl Harbor by David Swanson