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Re: Documentaries
« Reply #100 on: August 02, 2018, 07:22 AM »
Today, a few interesting videos are available on the forum.

But first and foremost, Let’s talk about the news that hit the headlines.
The Autolib service ended yesterday at midnight, no more car electric car-sharing scheme in Paris; Facebook has detected on its platform attempts to manipulate the US elections without being able to identify the authors; Hundreds of people remained stranded in the Paris metro last night for more than two hours; A plane with 99 people on board crashed in Mexico without casualties; Worms frozen for 42000 years were found in Siberia ... and they are still alive.

Deserts in Europe

According to estimates of the United Nations, more than 2.6 billion people in 110 countries are directly affected by progressive desertification. Deserts now cover more than a third of the entire surface of the earth, thus 65% of arable lands. More than three billion cattle, sheep and goats chomp their way through pastures faster than they can be regenerated. This program shows how desertification is changing the balance of the earth and affecting two continents in particular: Asia and Europe.

Late night party with Sammy and Rocco

What is the Most Intelligent Animal on Earth?
Is it the chicken? Or the alligator?

To find out, watch this video:

Tesla just had a horrible earnings report, but the stock is higher

Inside North Korea
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« Reply #101 on: August 03, 2018, 03:50 AM »
Today, I'm holding a conference titled "The world is losing the war against climate change".

Rising energy demand means use of fossil fuels is heading in the wrong direction.

EARTH is smouldering. From Seattle to Siberia this summer, flames have consumed swathes of the northern hemisphere. One of 18 wildfires sweeping through California, among the worst in the state’s history, is generating such heat that it created its own weather. Fires that raged through a coastal area near Athens last week killed 91. Elsewhere people are suffocating in the heat. Roughly 125 have died in Japan as the result of a heatwave that pushed temperatures in Tokyo above 40°C for the first time.
Such calamities, once considered freakish, are now commonplace. Scientists have long cautioned that, as the planet warms—it is roughly 1°C hotter today than before the industrial age’s first furnaces were lit—weather patterns will go berserk. An early analysis has found that this sweltering European summer would have been less than half as likely were it not for human-induced global warming.

Sweden's highest peak lost 4 meters in July.

Tarfala Research Center Director Gunhild Ninis Rosqvist takes action on the southern summit of Kebnekaise on July 31, 2018

Yet as the impact of climate change becomes more evident, so too does the scale of the challenge ahead. Three years after countries vowed in Paris to keep warming “well below” 2°C relative to pre-industrial levels, greenhouse-gas emissions are up again. So are investments in oil and gas. In 2017, for the first time in four years, demand for coal rose. Subsidies for renewables, such as wind and solar power, are dwindling in many places and investment has stalled; climate-friendly nuclear power is expensive and unpopular. It is tempting to think these are temporary setbacks and that mankind, with its instinct for self-preservation, will muddle through to a victory over global warming. In fact, it is losing the war.

Insufficient progress is not to say no progress at all. As solar panels, wind turbines and other low-carbon technologies become cheaper and more efficient, their use has surged. Last year the number of electric cars sold around the world passed 1m. In some sunny and blustery places renewable power now costs less than coal.
Public concern is picking up. A poll last year of 38 countries found that 61% of people see climate change as a big threat; only the terrorists of Islamic State inspired more fear. In the West campaigning investors talk of divesting from companies that make their living from coal and oil. Despite President Donald Trump’s decision to yank America out of the Paris deal, many American cities and states have reaffirmed their commitment to it. Even some of the sceptic-in-chief’s fellow Republicans appear less averse to tackling the problem. In smog-shrouded China and India, citizens choking on fumes are prompting governments to rethink plans to rely heavily on coal to electrify their countries.
Optimists say that decarbonisation is within reach. Yet, even allowing for the familiar complexities of agreeing on and enforcing global targets, it is proving extraordinarily difficult.
One reason is soaring energy demand, especially in developing Asia. In 2006-16, as Asia’s emerging economies forged ahead, their energy consumption rose by 40%. The use of coal, easily the dirtiest fossil fuel, grew at an annual rate of 3.1%. Use of cleaner natural gas grew by 5.2% and of oil by 2.9%. Fossil fuels are easier to hook up to today’s grids than renewables that depend on the sun shining and the wind blowing. Even as green fund managers threaten to pull back from oil companies, state-owned behemoths in the Middle East and Russia see Asian demand as a compelling reason to invest.

The second reason is economic and political inertia. The more fossil fuels a country consumes, the harder it is to wean itself off them. Powerful lobbies, and the voters who back them, entrench coal in the energy mix. Reshaping existing ways of doing things can take years. In 2017 Britain enjoyed its first coal-free day since igniting the Industrial Revolution in the 1800s. Coal generates not merely 80% of India’s electricity, but also underpins the economies of some of its poorest states. Panjandrums in Delhi are not keen to countenance the end of coal, lest that cripple the banking system, which lent it too much money, and the railways, which depend on it.

Last is the technical challenge of stripping carbon out of industries beyond power generation. Steel, cement, farming, transport and other forms of economic activity account for over half of global carbon emissions. They are technically harder to clean up than power generation and are protected by vested industrial interests. Successes can turn out to be illusory. Because China’s 1m-plus electric cars draw their oomph from an electricity grid that draws two-thirds of its power from coal, they produce more carbon dioxide than some fuel-efficient petrol-driven models. Meanwhile, scrubbing CO{-2} from the atmosphere, which climate models imply is needed on a vast scale to meet the Paris target, attracts even less attention.
The world is not short of ideas to realise the Paris goal. Around 70 countries or regions, responsible for one-fifth of all emissions, now price carbon. Technologists beaver away on sturdier grids, zero-carbon steel, even carbon-negative cement, whose production absorbs more CO{-2} than it releases. All these efforts and more—including research into “solar geoengineering” to reflect sunlight back into space—should be redoubled.

Yet none of these fixes will come to much unless climate listlessness is tackled head on. Western countries grew wealthy on a carbon-heavy diet of industrial development. They must honour their commitment in the Paris agreement to help poorer places both adapt to a warmer Earth and also abate future emissions without sacrificing the growth needed to leave poverty behind.
Averting climate change will come at a short-term financial cost—although the shift from carbon may eventually enrich the economy, as the move to carbon-burning cars, lorries and electricity did in the 20th century. Politicians have an essential role to play in making the case for reform and in ensuring that the most vulnerable do not bear the brunt of the change. Perhaps global warming will help them fire up the collective will. Sadly, the world looks poised to get a lot hotter first.

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« Reply #102 on: August 05, 2018, 10:06 AM »
In a previous message, I talked about the re-emergence of Isis in Iraq. Trump gloated over the victory against the Islamic State, but it seems they have been active in Irak, Afghanistan, and even Pakistan lately. In this rare video, we can see they have ongoing operations in Yemen.
Note that it's the leader Baghdadi who is talking at the beginning of the video. His whereabouts remain unknown.

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« Reply #103 on: August 05, 2018, 10:21 AM »
Here are a few interesting videos.

A wise African tricks a Baboon into telling him where the water source is !

The Warren Buffett Indicator is saying that stocks are way overvalued. Will stocks crash as a result?

Why you should not learn to code

Thrown Out Of Sydney No Go Zone

Re: Documentaries
« Reply #104 on: August 08, 2018, 06:20 PM »
Here is a speech by Robert (Bobby) Kennedy in South Africa.. It's famous for his quote "A tiny ripply of hope"..

The Second Gun - An old film that proves the theory that Sirhan Sirhan wasn't the only assassin the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel there to kill RFK.

RFK Must Die & Bobby Kennedy for President are available on torrent sites. They are very informative.

The Real Manchurian Candidate - Do you doubt Sirhan Sirhan was 'brainwashed' .. Watch this one.

Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said “Surah (chapter of) Hud and its sisters turned my hair gray"

Hud (11)

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« Reply #105 on: August 09, 2018, 03:38 PM »
A few interesting videos:

Saudi Arabia Feud With Canada Explained

The latest podcast of Peter Schiff

According to strategists, the stock market should be more concerned about tariffs

Monsieur baboon attacked by angry geese

An exceptional conference of Vincent Mignerot, in French about the “economic collapse”.
Note that he explains that he does not consider himself a collapsologist for various reasons.

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Re: Documentaries
« Reply #106 on: August 09, 2018, 09:34 PM »
The Second Gun - An old film that proves the theory that Sirhan Sirhan wasn't the only assassin the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel there to kill RFK.

There is no question in my mind that the asassinations of Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King were no accidents. They were conspiracies orchestrated at the highest levels of the US government, in particular J. Edgar Hoover who was the king of the FBI and acted with total impunity.

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« Reply #107 on: August 10, 2018, 05:23 PM »
Tonight, I'm going to talk about Afghanistan. Indeed, the advance of the Taliban towards Kabul hit the headlines recently, since they entered the town of Ghazni.

It is the second provincial capital seized by insurgents in less than three months. However, the army quickly regained control of Farah.

Ghazni in 2010.

The Taliban entered the town of Ghazni, capital of the province of the same name, on Friday 10 August, less than 200 kilometers south of the capital, Kabul, where fighting continues, regional officials said.

According to the local police chief, Farid Ahmad Marshal, joined by the Agence France-Presse (AFP) in the morning, they "launched their assault yesterday around 11 pm, attacking the roadblocks that surround the city. Fighting with the security forces is continuing ".

"They moved into the city and fired several mortars at the houses," provincial governor Arif Noori's spokesman said, citing several dead and wounded soldiers. "The bodies of about 30 Taliban are lying on the ground," he said.

According to a security source, the special forces had been precautionary "deployed last month along the Kabul-Kandahar highway" - which passes through Ghazni - "in anticipation of a Taliban offensive." These are already "in motion" to block their progress. Joined on the phone by AFP, Yasan, a resident of Ghazni, said: "The Taliban (...) use the loudspeakers of the mosque to tell people to stay at home. We hear loud explosions and shots, we are terrified. "

Insurgent spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement that "this attack is part of the Spring offensive," launched in early May "in several directions." "Hundreds of heavily armed Mujahideen have taken checkpoints and police stations in the city," he added. And he asserted that "140 members of the enemy forces were killed, but losses in the insurgent ranks are low”.

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« Reply #108 on: August 12, 2018, 04:06 PM »
Tonight, I’m going to hold a conference about the Islamic State organization in Afghanistan.
In Afghanistan, the Islamic state is training child soldiers.

Implanted in several regions of this country, the Islamic State strengthens its ranks by forming "the lion cubs of the caliphate". Le Figaro newspaper met in Jalalabad children who left the organization.

The rustling of the fans is intertwined with the murmured prayers: first by the teacher of the juvenile rehabilitation center of Jalalabad, capital of the Afghan province of Nangarhar, then by the twelve boys sitting on the ground in front of him. At the white board on a wobbly table, Pashu phrases and excerpts from the Qur'an are mixed together.

Four months ago, Mohammed, 16, recited his prayers before another "more important" mullah. He also wanted, he said, to "fight to the death the Afghan government and foreign invaders." Before being arrested by the authorities, Mohammed was one of the many children recruited by the Islamic State group in Khorasan, the Afghan branch of ISIS proclaimed in Nangarhar in 2015. This province bordering Pakistan, where Taliban fighters, IS soldiers, Afghan and international forces are clashing, is one of the most unstable in the country.

And here is a video of the Islamic State in Afghanistan released 2 days ago.

And here is a video released one month ago titled "swords of Jihad", and coming from Irak, near Baghdad. Note: The video is particularly violent. Viewer discretion advised.
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« Reply #109 on: August 18, 2018, 02:33 PM »
Tonight, I’m going to hold an exceptional conference about the United States, titled “The United States, the sick country”.
This study was published in Le Monde Newspaper yesterday.
Of course, you won’t find similar information in any US newspaper, It would be immediately censored by the American dictator (but I can assure you this is no "fake news").

Two mortality studies conclude that the recent decline in US life expectancy is related to a "systemic" problem.

The United States is suffering from a "systemic" disease, and this should encourage other developed countries to be vigilant. This is, in essence, the conclusion of two studies published on Wednesday 15 August, in the British Medical Journal. The first one, conducted by Steven Woolf (Virginia Commonwealth University), reveals a worrying increase in mortality among middle-aged American adults over the past 17 years, and particularly since 2012, when US life expectancy has begun to stagnate, before declining from 2015.

That year, says the second study, conducted by Jessica Ho (University of Southern California) and Arun Hendi (Princeton University), a dozen rich countries including France simultaneously experienced a significant decline in their life expectancy compared to 2014. Sudden and unprecedented, this fall was however generally offset by a rebound the following year, with the exception of the United Kingdom and the United States.

In the United States, this drop in life expectancy recorded in 2015 was confirmed in 2016. The index then stood at 78.6 years, 0.3 years lower than in 2014. The Associated Press reported that 2017 should see another drop in life expectancy. It would be the third consecutive year of decline - a situation that has been unprecedented for several decades.

First observation: overdoses are the leading cause of increased mortality in all groups. Mortality rates due to the use of drugs or drugs increase by more than 410% among Native Americans, 150% among blacks, 80% among Hispanics ...

These are the stigmas of the opioid crisis that has hit the United States since the marketing of powerful analgesics close to morphine in the mid-1990s. These have plunged more than 2 million Americans into dependency. This observation is not new.

Strong social inequalities
But, says Steven Woolf and his coauthors, this is not the only cause. "Mid-life mortality rates," the researchers explain, "have also increased for a wide range of diseases that affect multiple functions and organs of the human body. For the Amerindians, mortality rates between 25 and 64 years have increased for twelve different causes, including diseases due to hypertension (+ 270%), liver cancer (+ 115%), viral hepatitis ( + 112%), diseases of the central nervous system (+ 100%) ... Suicides, alcohol-related or non-alcoholic liver diseases, brain tumors, respiratory or metabolic diseases or obesity increase mortality in several groups.

Mortality rates are rising across the entire US population for a dozen diseases. This signals, for the authors, that the deterioration of health in the United States is due to "deep and systemic causes". "We suspect that rising income inequality, educational deficits, social divide and stress can play a significant role," says Woolf. Other factors may include lack of universal access to care, public possession of firearms, and high rates of obesity. "

Epidemiologist Philip Landrigan (Boston College), who did not participate in the study, welcomed "very solid" work. "The data presented do not allow us to distinguish the profound determinants of this deterioration in the health status of Americans. But it is clear that when you create strong social inequalities, you create a category of the population that ends up seeing their life expectancy decrease, he says. The poor are also those who are most exposed to almost all environmental pollutants such as lead, pesticides, air pollution ... This potential factor is frequently neglected. "
In addition, this deterioration in the health of Americans comes at a time when smoking is at a historically low level in the US (about 15.5% of the adult population was smoking in 2016) and the average consumption of alcohol increased only marginally over the study period.

For Jay Olshansky (University of Illinois), who predicted in 2005 in the New England Journal of Medicine, an imminent reversal of trend in the United States, it also signals that "the era where we could win a lot life expectancy is over”.

Note: I was talking in a message about a flat situated in New York for 28 million $:
But in my opinion, it’s not a good investment. Besides the view of Central Park, what’s the point in living in such a place? Imagine a mere power cut, without an elevator, this flat would just become inaccessible: