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          Trial Date Set for Children’s Climate Lawsuit Against U.S. Government   
The judge also agreed to let the country’s biggest fossil fuel lobbies withdraw from the case, which may shield them from having to turn over documents.

A federal judge has set a trial date for the landmark lawsuit brought by 21 children and young adults over the U.S. government's alleged failure to rein in fossil fuel development and address climate change.

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          Trump’s ‘Energy Dominance’ Push Ignores Some Important Realities    
Market forces are calling the shots on fossil and renewable energies, analysts say, and the risks as other countries rein in carbon emissions can’t be ignored.

Mainstream experts in energy policy and finance reacted skeptically to the White House's carefully orchestrated energy policy hootenanny this week, as President Donald Trump and his Cabinet declared what he called "a golden age of American energy dominance."

Several analysts said the phrase betrayed an insubstantial and simplistic way of looking at the complex issues of energy markets, technology trends, climate risks and regulatory trade-offs that make up the nation's energy policy landscape.

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          Non-phthalate Plasticizer Market by Type (Adipates, Trimellitates, Epoxies, Benzoates), Application (Flooring & Wall Coverings, Wire & Cable, Film & Sheet, Consumer Goods, Coated Fabric), and Region - Global Forecasts to 2022..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets   
The market size of non-phthalate plasticizers is estimated to grow from USD 1.55 Billion in 2017 to USD 4.53 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 8.7% from 2017 to 2022. Eastman Chemical Company (U.S.), BASF SE (Germany), Exxon Mobil Corporation(U.S.), UPC Technology Corporation (Taiwan), Evonik Industries AG ( Germany), LG Chem Ltd. (South Korea), DIC Corporation (Japan), and Nan Ya Plastics Corporation (Taiwan) are some of the key players in the non-phthalate plasticizer market. ...
          Free Weekend Fun in Houston June 30-July 2   

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! Here is a snapshot of Free Things to Do in Houston this weekend, June 30 – July 2: FRIDAY Enjoy classical music — Enjoy a free Houston Symphony concert for ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights featuring Tchaikovsky & Mendelssohn. The concert begins at 8:30 pm at Miller Outdoor […]

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          Digital Marketing Career Development and Internship Program - Intern Tech - London   
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          Taxing Carbon — Letting Markets Work   

A new business-based climate advocacy group stepped into the CO2 spotlight this summer. The Climate Leadership Council took center stage with op-eds in the nation’s biggest dailies and a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal. The topic: supporting a carbon tax to reduce CO2 emissions. Admittedly, a tax is not a new idea but it became newly important considering the stature of the group’s Fortune 100 corporate and political membership, including BP, ExxonMobil, P&G and Johnson&Johnson.


          Exxonmobil, Eagle LNG Partners LLC And Crowley Sign LNG Collaboration Agreement   
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The goal is to establish the storage and technical support necessary to provide safe, reliable LNG delivery for vessel operators bunkering in North America.
          Căng thẳng Việt-Trung do Bắc Kinh ngang ngược về dầu khí Biển Đông   

Vị trí của các lô 118 và 136 so với đường lưỡi bò Trung Quốc trên Biển Đông. Địa điểm đặt giàn khoan Hải Dương Thạch Du 981 năm 2014 cũng được ghi chú.CSIS
Một nguồn tin ẩn danh nói với trang mạng quốc phòng Jane’s vào ngày 20/6, là Phạm Trường Long bỏ ngang chuyến đi do các viên chức Việt Nam bác bỏ yêu cầu tạm dừng thăm dò dầu lửa và khí đốt trong phạm vi đường lưỡi bò. Theo quan điểm của Hà Nội, việc Bắc Kinh chống đối thăm dò dầu khí ở lô 118 và lô 136 không chỉ là vô căn cứ mà còn gây phản cảm. Các lô này không nằm trong khu vực tranh chấp do chồng lấn thềm lục địa, mà chỉ vì đường lưỡi bò ảo mà cả Việt Nam lẫn cộng đồng quốc tế rộng rãi đều không thể chấp nhận được.
Một nguồn tin ẩn danh nói với trang mạng quốc phòng Jane’s vào ngày 20/6, là Phạm Trường Long bỏ ngang chuyến đi do các viên chức Việt Nam bác bỏ yêu cầu tạm dừng thăm dò dầu lửa và khí đốt trong phạm vi đường 9 đoạn, tức đường lưỡi bò do Trung Quốc tự ý vạch ra trên Biển Đông. Ông Ngô Sĩ Tồn (Wu Shicun), viện trưởng Viện nghiên cứu Biển Đông của Trung Quốc cho rằng cuộc gặp bị hủy bỏ vì « Bắc Kinh coi như Việt Nam không giữ lời hứa là không thăm dò dầu khí tại các khu vực tranh chấp ở Biển Đông ». Hai lô 118 và 136 dường như là trung tâm của bất đồng. Tướng Phạm Trường Long (Fan Changlong), phó chủ nhiệm Quân ủy Trung ương Trung Quốc đã lên lịch đi thăm Hà Nội hai ngày từ 18 đến 19/06/2017, rồi gặp gỡ bộ trưởng Quốc Phòng Việt Nam Ngô Xuân Lịch nhân sự kiện giao lưu quốc phòng cấp cao biên giới Việt-Trung từ ngày 20 đến 22/06/2017. Nhưng có điều gì đó không ổn đã xảy ra, vì ông Phạm Trường Long đã bất ngờ rời Hà Nội hôm 18/6 sau khi gặp thủ tướng Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, chủ tịch nước Trần Đại Quang và bộ trưởng Ngô Xuân Lịch. Hai ngày sau, bộ Quốc Phòng Trung Quốc loan báo việc hủy bỏ sự kiện giao lưu quốc phòng biên giới, với « lý do liên quan đến sắp xếp lịch làm việc ». Sự thật dường như là căng thẳng đang âm ỉ giữa Bắc Kinh và Hà Nội sắp bùng nổ - Việt Nam vốn tỏ ra nghi hoặc hơn Philippines trước các động thái khuyến dụ gần đây của Trung Quốc. Theo tác giả Murray Hiebert, phó giám đốc chương trình Đông Nam Á của Trung tâm Nghiên cứu Chiến lược Quốc tế (CSIS), thì đó là do bất đồng về việc thăm dò dầu khí. Hồi tháng Giêng, tập đoàn ExxonMobil loan báo kế hoạch khai thác trữ lượng khí đốt ở bờ biển miền trung Việt Nam. Dự án mỏ « Cá Voi Xanh » nằm ở lô 118 cách bờ biển Quảng Ngãi khoảng 100 km, có một phần nhỏ chồng lấn với đường lưỡi bò Trung Quốc. Bắc Kinh yêu sách « quyền lịch sử » đối với toàn bộ trữ lượng dầu khí nằm trong đường 9 đoạn này, bất chấp việc Tòa án Trọng tài Thường trực La Haye hồi tháng 7/2016 đã ra phán quyết khẳng định đòi hỏi này là vô căn cứ. Tác giả Hiebert cho biết địa điểm mà Exxon dự định khoan dầu nằm gần đường lưỡi bò, cách khoảng 10 hải lý, nhưng vẫn ở phía ngoài đường ranh tự vạch của Bắc Kinh. Tất nhiên trữ lượng khí đốt không cần biết đến biên giới, và việc khoan thăm dò của Exxon có thể bị Bắc Kinh coi là đụng chạm đến khu vực bồn trũng Nam Côn Sơn nằm giáp với đường lưỡi bò. Đây cũng là khu vực lòng chảo mà Bắc Kinh đã cho kéo giàn khoan nước sâu Hải Dương Thạch Du 981 (Haiyang Shiyou 981) đến vào năm 2014, gây ra cuộc khủng hoảng lớn kéo dài cả tháng trời giữa Việt Nam và Trung Quốc. Điều quan trọng cần ghi nhận theo chuyên gia Murray Hiebert, là dù lô 118 nằm chồng lên đường lưỡi bò, chắc chắn là lô này thuộc về phía Việt Nam trong bất kỳ việc phân định thềm lục địa nào trong tương lai. Việc thăm dò của tập đoàn Exxon ở lô 118 có vẻ đã chọc giận Bắc Kinh, nhưng ngòi nổ gần hơn cho cuộc xung đột là kế hoạch của Việt Nam nhằm thăm dò trữ lượng dầu khí tại lô 136, ở xa hơn về phía nam. Lô này nằm tại bãi cạn Tư Chính (Vanguard Bank), một thực thể chìm vốn là trở ngại trong quan hệ giữa Hà Nội và Bắc Kinh trong suốt 30 năm qua, được cho là có trữ lượng dầu có thể thương mại hóa. Bãi cạn Tư Chính nằm cách xa tất cả các đảo nhỏ và rạn san hô tranh chấp, nhưng Bắc Kinh tiếp tục yêu sách chủ quyền, dựa trên đường lưỡi bò không có cơ sở pháp lý. Năm 1992, Trung Quốc bán lại quyền khai thác dầu khí tại một lô rất lớn, bao gồm cả bãi cạn Tư Chính, cho một công ty Mỹ nhỏ hơn là Crestone Energy. Hợp đồng khổng lồ này chồng chéo với lô 136 của Việt Nam, hiện đang do công ty Repsol Exploration của Tây Ban Nha quản lý. Từ khi nắm được lô này hai năm về trước, nằm trong khuôn khổ việc mua lại công ty Úc Talisman Energy, Repsol vẫn giám sát khu vực để chuẩn bị cho công tác thăm dò dầu khí. Theo lời đồn đãi, thì Hà Nội đã thông qua một kế hoạch để công ty sớm tiến hành khoan thăm dò, bất chấp sự phản đối của Bắc Kinh. Không biết có phải là một sự trùng hợp hay không, ông Phạm Trường Long cùng với phái đoàn của ông đã đến Tây Ban Nha ngay trước chuyến thăm Việt Nam. Cả Repsol lẫn Hà Nội đều không đưa ra tuyên bố chính thức. Nhưng một chiếc tàu Việt Nam không rõ tên hiệu, dường như đã được điều đến tuần tra ở lô 136 ngay sau khi ông Phạm rời Hà Nội. Theo các dữ liệu của Windward, một công ty chuyên phân tích số liệu và rủi ro hàng hải, thì chiếc tàu đã đến khu vực này vào buổi sáng ngày 19/6 theo giờ địa phương, và đã hoạt động theo kiểu đi điều tra hoặc tuần tra. Căng thẳng cũng được thể hiện trong bối cảnh Việt Nam đang có những bước đi nhằm siết chặt hơn quan hệ với Hoa Kỳ và Nhật Bản, chắc chắn là sẽ làm Trung Quốc bực tức. Thủ tướng Nguyễn Xuân Phúc đã đi thăm Nhà Trắng hồi tháng Năm, và sau đó Washington đã chuyển giao một chiếc tàu tuần duyên lớp Hamilton cho lực lượng cảnh sát biển Việt Nam. Vào thời gian cuối của chuyến viếng thăm, Hoa Kỳ và Việt Nam đã đưa ra thông cáo chung, loan báo rằng Việt Nam hoan nghênh một hàng không mẫu hạm Hoa Kỳ lần đầu tiên thăm vịnh Cam Ranh, vốn là cảng nước sâu được quân đội Mỹ khai thác trong thời kỳ chiến tranh Việt Nam trước đây. Hoa Kỳ và Việt Nam cũng thỏa thuận tăng cường chia sẻ tin tức tình báo. « Chúng tôi sẽ không chia sẻ thông tin quân sự về tổ chức Nhà Nước Hồi Giáo tại Trung Đông đâu » - một viên chức Việt Nam nói đùa, ngụ ý rằng các thông tin san sẻ là thuộc lãnh vực phòng bị hàng hải trên Biển Đông. Việt Nam cũng quan tâm đến việc mua thêm các thiết bị quốc phòng của Mỹ, một điều đã trở thành khả thi sau khi Washington dỡ bỏ cấm vận vũ khí cách đây một năm. Bộ trưởng Quốc Phòng Việt Nam Ngô Xuân Lịch cũng dự kiến đi thăm Washington lần đầu tiên để gặp gỡ tướng James Mattis, bộ trưởng Quốc Phòng Mỹ trong những tháng tới, có thể là vào tháng Tám. Rất nhanh sau chuyến công du Washington, thủ tướng Nguyễn Xuân Phúc đã đến ngay Tokyo. Theo một thông cáo chung, Việt Nam và Nhật Bản đã thỏa thuận về quan hệ « đối tác chiến lược rộng rãi » và tăng cường hợp tác trong lãnh vực quốc phòng cũng như an ninh. Tokyo cam kết viện trợ trên 900 triệu đô la cho Hà Nội trong nhiều dự án khác nhau, trong đó có cả các hoạt động tuần duyên và cung cấp sáu tàu tuần tra. Chẳng bao lâu sau chuyến viếng thăm này, Nhật Bản và Việt Nam đã tiến hành tập dượt chung giữa tuần duyên hai nước, tập trung vào việc chống đánh cá bất hợp pháp – và có vẻ đã làm cho Bắc Kinh cay cú. Theo quan điểm của Hà Nội, việc Bắc Kinh chống đối thăm dò dầu khí ở lô 118 và lô 136 không chỉ là vô căn cứ mà còn gây phản cảm. Các lô này không nằm trong khu vực tranh chấp do chồng lấn thềm lục địa, mà chỉ vì đường lưỡi bò ảo mà cả Việt Nam lẫn cộng đồng quốc tế rộng rãi đều không thể chấp nhận được. Trong khi đó, Trung Quốc tiếp tục khai thác dầu khí ở cửa vịnh Bắc Bộ và quần đảo Hoàng Sa chiếm được của Việt Nam bằng vũ lực năm 1974. Hôm 16/6, ngay trước khi Phạm Trường Long đến Hà Nội, giàn khoan Hải Dương Thạch Du 981 lại được kéo đến phía nam đảo Hải Nam. Theo một thông báo của Cục Hải Sự Trung Quốc (China Maritime Safety Administration), giàn khoan này sẽ hoạt động tại khu vực cho đến ngày 15/9. Giàn khoan Hải Dương Thạch Du 981 lần này đặt ở vị trí đường trung tuyến giữa bờ biển hai nước, ở phía Trung Quốc ; và trong khi việc phân ranh về mặt kỹ thuật vẫn đang bị treo lại, thì địa điểm này vẫn thuộc Trung Quốc. Còn các lô 118 và 136 tuy rõ ràng thuộc về Việt Nam, nhưng Bắc Kinh lại đòi Hà Nội phải rút ra. Theo chuyên gia Murray Hiebert, kiểu cách xử sự ngang ngược này làm các lãnh đạo Việt Nam hết sức bực tức. RFI

          US-Börsen zur Eröffnung leicht im Minus   
Google-Strafe zieht Hochtechnologietitel nach unten.
Die US-Börsen haben am Dienstag kurz nach Handelsbeginn ein leichtes Minus verbucht. Gegen 16.15 Uhr verlor der Dow Jones Industrial Index um 8,67 Einheiten oder 0,04 Prozent auf 21.400,88 Zähler. Der S&P-500 Index fiel 3,52 Punkte oder 0,14 Prozent auf 2.435,55 Zähler. Der Nasdaq Composite Index verlor 26,16 Punkte oder 0,42 Prozent auf 6.220,99 Einheiten.

Im Fokus der Anleger stand die Rede des Präsidenten der Europäischen Zentralbank (EZB). Der Konjunkturaufschwung im Währungsraum gewinnt aus seiner Sicht immer mehr an Kraft. Daraufhin hatten Staatsanleihen in den USA wie in Europa bereits deutlich schwächer notiert.

In den USA wurden kurz nach Handelsbeginn Daten zum Verbrauchervertrauen und zu den US-Hauspreisen publiziert. Der Indexwert zum Verbrauchervertrauen für Juni fällt mit 118,9 Punkten besser aus als erwartet. Im Vormonat war er noch bei 117,6 gelegen. Die Preise am US-Häusermarkt sind im April, gemessen am Case-Shiller-Index, allerdings etwas schwächer gestiegen als erwartet. Im Vergleich zum Vorjahr legten die Preise in den zwanzig größten Ballungsgebieten um 5,67 Prozent zu. Im weiteren Tagesverlauf wird sich darüber hinaus die Chefin der Notenbank Fed, Janet Yellen zu Wort melden.

An der Wall Street haben sich Banken und Energieunternehmen an die Spitze der Gewinner katapultiert. Chevron notierte mit einem Plus von 0,44 Prozent. Ölschwergewicht Exxon konnte im frühen Handel ein kleines Plus von 0,17 verbuchen. Ähnlich wie in Europa konnten am heutigen Handelstag Bankentitel zulegen. JP Morgan Chase notierten mit einem Preisaufschlag von 0,53 Prozent. Anteile der US-Großbank Goldman Sachs stiegen um 0,61 Prozent. Auch die Titel der Citigroup verteuerten sich. Sie stiegen um 0,69 Prozent.

Die Titel der Google-Mutter Alphabet verloren 1,04 Prozent im frühen Handel angesichts einer Rekordstrafe in der EU. Auch andere Hochtechnologieunternehmen notierten heute tiefer: Apple verloren um 0,29 Prozent. Facebook-Aktien verbilligten sich ebenfalls um 0,91 Prozent.

Anteile des US-Telekomanbieters Sprint konnten um 5,74 Prozent zulegen. Sprint ist derzeit mit den US-Kabelanbietern Charter Communications und Comcast im Gespräch über eine engere Zusammenarbeit.

Aktien von Autobauer General Motors notierten wie erwartet etwas tiefer. Sie verzeichneten ein Minus von 0,49 Prozent. Das Unternehmen aus Detroit hatte zuvor sein Absatzziel gesenkt
          Our responsibilities as a corporate citizen   

We are proud that the products we bring to market help power the world and drive social and economic progress. But we also understand ExxonMobil should be judged not just on what we do to meet the world’s growing needs for energy, but also how we do it – all over the world, in dozens […]

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          06/29/2017: Who still shops at Staples?   
No health care on the show today — and very little President Trump — just some good ol' fashion corporate news up top. The office supply store Staples, has agreed to be acquired for nearly $7 billion. If the private equity deal goes through, it'll be the biggest buyout of the year to date. But it's also been a grim year for retail; sales and profits at Staples have been dropping for years. So who's buying? And why? Then: We're talking about a lot of stress tests today, not just on the nation's big banks but on energy companies.  Investors at Occidental Petroleum and Exxon Mobil voted last month for more transparency around climate change, and how it'll affect the bottom line. Plus: National Parkas and Forests make for popular camping spots over any summer, but that public campground might be privately run these days.
          5 Stocks to Buy for Double-Digit Growth and 20%+ Dividend Hikes   
By Brett Owens What do Exxon Mobil XOM Colgate Palmolive CL and Walmart WMT have in common Their dividend growth is running on fumes Sure they re all still members of the Dividend Aristocrats that social club of companies that
          Beacon Financial Group Buys Exxon Mobil Corp, Alerian MLP, General Mills Inc, Sells Vanguard ...   

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          Will oil corrupt a small Caribbean state?   

Waiting for the wealth to trickle down

SOUTH AMERICA’S only English-speaking country is one of its poorest. But perhaps not for much longer: Guyana has struck black gold. By 2020 ExxonMobil, the world’s biggest private oil firm, expects to be pumping oil in Guyanese waters, with Hess and Nexen, its American and Chinese partner firms. In the past two years they have found reserves of around 2bn barrels. Five more promising prospects will be drilled by 2018, and then perhaps a dozen more. Guyana could be producing 120,000 barrels per day by 2020, and more than 400,000 by the mid-2020s.

Even with oil at under $50 a barrel, this is vast wealth for a nation of just 750,000. But the Guyanese seem strangely underwhelmed. “It will not trickle down,” a street trader shrugs. Little of the work will be done onshore. Guyana has few engineers and no heavy industry. A global glut of refining capacity means there is no point in Guyana building its own. Oil will be...


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Over the years he has spoken at a number of security conferences, developed free security tools, and discovered serious security vulnerabilities in leading applications. Nathan's qualifications and education include:

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  • SCF : SABSA Charted Architect Foundation
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          The REXxon Valdez Crashes Into Jared Kushner   

It appears that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had himself a snot-nosed, wall-eyed hissy fit at the White House in front of a crowd that included Reince Priebus, Jared Kushner, and Tillerson’s Chief of Staff Margaret Peterlin.

Tillerson exploded over issues that had been building for months. The straw that broke the camel’s back was Johnny DeStefano, a political operative for Trump, telling Tillerson who he could and could not hire at the State Department.

Tillerson also complained that the White House was leaking damaging information about him to the news media, according to a person familiar with the meeting. Above all, he made clear that he did not want DeStefano’s office to “have any role in staffing” and “expressed frustration that anybody would know better” than he about who should work in his department — particularly after the president had promised him autonomy to make his own decisions and hires, according to a senior White House aide familiar with the conversation.

Yeah, well, we all know that the president’s promises are biodegradable.

Tillerson, who I imagine is pretty much used to getting his way, decided that maybe the president’s young and inexperienced crew might respond to hollering and promises to get a switch off the willow tree in the backyard.

They didn’t.

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          Taxing Carbon — Letting Markets Work   

A new business-based climate advocacy group stepped into the CO2 spotlight this summer. The Climate Leadership Council took center stage with op-eds in the nation’s biggest dailies and a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal. The topic: supporting a carbon tax to reduce CO2 emissions. Admittedly, a tax is not a new idea but it became newly important considering the stature of the group’s Fortune 100 corporate and political membership, including BP, ExxonMobil, P&G and Johnson&Johnson.


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          Fraud via proxy still seems fraudy.   


A puzzled Stoat asks what's the big deal and what's new about revelations that Exxon picked up on climate change issues back in 1981 while funding climate deniers for many years after.

I'll note by response that first those are two separate questions - even if you think it's not particularly news, that doesn't eliminate the problem for Exxon

The real issue as I see it is if Exxon has been trying to spread messages it knows aren't true - that's called fraud, and that's what got the tobacco companies in trouble. Paying someone to commit your fraud for you is no magic shield from liability.

There's this quote at Stoat (but not by Stoat):
Exxon NEVER denied the potential for humans to impact the climate system. It did question ‐ legitimately, in my opinion ‐ the validity of some of the science…
Well, I'm not sure that's an accurate statement, but again it doesn't matter too much if you're using someone else to do your denial for you.

Proving to a judge and jury that's what Exxon did isn't necessarily simple though. It's not Exxon speaking directly, so you'd have to show that Exxon is promoting that speech. Funding climate-denying politicians could just be because Exxon likes their bold stances in favor of motherhood and apple pie. Climate-denying non-profits that exist to do little else could be more problematic. Being able to subpoena documents could really clear this stuff up in terms of nailing down what the motivation was.

Via the Ubiquitous John Mashey, I see Scripps did a forum on the tobacco/climate connection from a few years back. I'm going to have to look at it in depth, but there's this:
A key breakthrough in the public and legal case for tobacco control came when internal documents came to light showing the tobacco industry had knowingly misled the public. Similar documents may well exist in the vaults of the fossil fuel industry and their trade associations and front groups, and there are many possible approaches to unearthing them.
We might have the first stage of this internal documentation with the latest info on what Exxon knew in 1981. Maybe we'll find out more.
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          Rex Tillerson Faces Mideast Test In Navigating Saudi Arabia, Qatar Tensions   
Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: A rift between U.S. allies and the Persian Gulf presents Rex Tillerson with one of his first big challenges as secretary of state. And it should be right in his wheel house. Tillerson was the head of Exxon Mobil, and he's got deep contacts in the region. But as America's top diplomat, he now has to contend with clashing interests not only in the Gulf, but also in Washington. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports. MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: Saudi Arabia has given Qatar until this weekend to meet what it says are non-negotiable demands. Secretary Tillerson is trying to cool tempers. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) REX TILLERSON: We hope all the parties will continue to talk with one another in good faith. KELEMEN: Saudi Arabia is blockading Qatar, and their foreign ministers were both here in Washington this week trading accusations about that. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir says Qatar has to stop the flow of money to extremists
          Steven Milloy: The Climate Teabagger   

Taking a page from the rabid teabagging right, Steven Milloy launched into an angry tirade during a speech he gave on Monday to promote his book, Green Hell: How Environmentalists Plan to Ruin Your Life and What You Can Do to Stop Them, at the Heritage Foundation.

Calling environmentalists doom-mongering “communists” intent on scaring the public into accepting full-throated government control, Milloy warned his audience that the “greens” are “burning with an impatient zeal to begin dictating by force of law your mobility, diet, home energy usage, the size of your house, how far you can travel and even how many children you can have.”

Milloy, who is certainly no stranger to these pages, went on to dispense the usual tired skeptic talking points and incendiary rhetoric, showcasing the swagger and ill-informedness that has made him such an effective tobacco and energy industry shill.

Given his admittedly strong academic chops, it is impressive just how little actual information Milloy was able to squeeze into his one-hour talk – not that this should come as much of a surprise, as anybody who has had the misfortune of seeing him in action will tell you. Campus Progress’ Sarah Karlin had a good take on his speech, noting – tellingly – that Milloy “rarely relied on scientific evidence to refute environmentalists’ claims” (perhaps an understatement).

Milloy also relied on the well-worn skeptic tactic of citing numbers without the proper references. But then what do you expect from someone who can say that “40 years ago before the Clean Air Act was enacted there was no scientific data to show that air quality in the United States, even in New York City was some general public health problem” with a straight face (Los Angeles says hi)? Or that water is “the most abundant substance on Earth. We can’t run out.” Tell that to Australia, California and other states that have already witnessed their fair share of crippling droughts.

As for his book, it has already received the approving imprimatur of no less august a climate “luminary” than EU and Czech President Vaclav Klaus, who lauded Milloy for showing how “to avoid the environmentalists’ vision of our future.”

Other fellow believers, including Steve Forbes and Larry Kudlow, called it a “must-read for anyone who wants to keep America on that [free market capitalism] path and away from Soviet-style command-and-control environmentalism” and “a must-read for those interested in keeping America free and prosperous.” The Deep Economy, this ain’t.

The irony of his entire shtick – using emotionally charged language to go after greens’ emotionally charged language – is certainly lost on him. Of course, it’s hard to take Milloy seriously when he’s still proudly wielding the “Junkman” moniker. Or when he fails to abide by his own self-serving standards. As Karlin wrily remarks:

Milloy may claim that “greens” are using their supposed environmental concern to advance a hidden political and social agenda, but it appears that Milloy is using his opposition to the greens, not to protect Americans’ liberties, but to pad his own pocket.”


          Union of Concerned Scientists Slams Exxon-Tobacco Link   

The tactical link between ExxonMobil's funded denial of climate change and the tobacco industry's organized denial of the health risks of its product have been documented in these pages before. But this new paper (pdf.) by the Union of Concerned Scientist brings such discipline and rigor to this argument that its conclusions are undeniable: Exxon is spending a fortune to prop up a convenient lie; and it's using the same tactics and many of the same people that the tobacco industry used. This paper should be required reading for every policy maker.

The opening paragraph gives a pretty good sense of what to expect:

In an effort to deceive the public about the reality of global warming, ExxonMobil has underwritten the most sophisticated and most successful disinformation campaign since the tobacco industry misled the public about the scientific evidence linking smoking to lung cancer and heart disease. As this report documents, the two disinformation campaigns are strikingly similar. ExxonMobil has drawn upon the tactics and even some of the organizations and actors involved in the callous disinformation campaign the tobacco industry waged for 40 years.

          Junk Scientist Milloy Disrobed - Again   

If Junk Science proprietor Steve Milloy had any credibility left, it's gone now.

Check this HuffPo article documenting the money that Milloy has taken (and apparently continues to take) from the Philip Morris and ExxonMobil.


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          Marco Rubio promete más financiamiento a las guarimbas en Venezuela   

La ruta del asedio contra Venezuela inicia en Estados Unidos y deja al relieve actores claros y claves, quienes de manera abierta y tras bastidores articulan influencias que en las calles venezolanas dejan saldos fatales.

Según el Miami Herald, Donald Trump ha lidiado con una inconsistente política exterior a cargo de los personeros burócratas del Departamento de Estado de Estados Unidos (EEUU), aunque en esta instancia haya puesto al mando a Rex Tillerson, hasta hace poco el máximo jefe de ExxonMobil, principal transnacional petrolera norteamericana alineada contra Venezuela.

Para este medio del estado de Florida, el "vacío" en el Departamento de Estado ha sido llenado por el liderazgo de un senador, lobbysta de los intereses de la diáspora cubana en EEUU, Marco Rubio, quien también es el principal promotor de la injerencia contra Venezuela en el Senado de EEUU. El Herald coloca textualmente a Marco Rubio como principal articulador de la política exterior estadounidense hacia América Latina, concretamente hacia países claves, como los que integran el eje de la Alianza Bolivariana para las Américas (ALBA-TCP), y con especial énfasis, Cuba y Venezuela. 

Marco Rubio: perfil y relaciones

Marco Rubio es señalado desde diversos medios estadounidenses, como The Washington Post, de provenir de una familia de relaciones turbias. Su cuñado y hoy miembro de su equipo político, Orlando Cicilia, fue un afamado y conspicuo operador del narcotráfico en Miami, acusado de asesinar a un agente de la DEA y apresado a finales de los años 80. Fue condenado a más de 35 años de cárcel. Pero Cicilia cumplió apenas poco más de 12 años, salió en libertad plena justo cuando Marco Rubio ascendió como representante al Congreso de los Estados Unidos en el año 2000.

Orlando Cicilia salió de la cárcel apenas cuatro días después de que Rubio tomara el cargo de diputado. Mientras tanto el antiguo jefe de Orlando, un capo de mayor envergadura llamado Mario Tabraue, sobre quien pesaba una pena de 100 años de cárcel por sus delitos, salió de prisión en el año 2003, con apenas 15 años de pena cumplida.

En ambos casos, Marco Rubio ha sido señalado de traficar influencias y presionar por "favores" judiciales a favor de los aparentes "benefactores" de su familia, que se acaudaló a partir de negocios en el ámbito de la comunidad cubana en Miami, donde los Rubio han sido sumamente influyentes.

Rubio se articuló en su ascenso político con Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, agente de los intereses contrarrevolucionarios cubanos y también del lobby sionista pro-israelí. Como buen hijo del ala dura republicana, creció políticamente en ese entorno y consolidó su liderazgo desde esa línea. Donde no faltaron los negocios oscuros, el narcotráfico y la proliferación de sujetos criminales con pies en la política.

Articulaciones hacia Venezuela

Desde 2014 Marco Rubio ya era lo bastante sobresaliente en su posición con respecto a Venezuela. Ese año hizo contacto público con María Corina Machado en el evento "América Latina: La libertad es el futuro", donde casi exclusivamente se habló de Venezuela. La Machado se alinea entonces con quien sería designado luego como un agente político de la intervención y desde ese punto las relaciones de Rubio con agentes del antichavismo en Venezuela se han diversificado.

Como bien señala el Miami Herald, Rubio ha sido el principal promotor de la presencia de Lilian Tintori en la Casa Blanca, justo antes de que se emprendiera un ciclo violento antichavista en Venezuela que hoy sigue en curso. Fue también co-autor de la política emprendida por Trump y que se basa en desmantelar la política de Barack Obama hacia Cuba, que había tardado años en emprenderse luego de la franca oposición de la diáspora cubana y sectores del Partido Republicano en Florida.

Según el abogado internacional de derechos humanos Jared Genser, consultado por el este medio, Marco Rubio fue el responsable de que Trump actuara contra el vicepresidente Tareck El Aissami, generando un conjunto de sanciones y señalamientos infames contra el segundo en la línea del Poder Ejecutivo venezolano, en febrero de este año. También fue articulador y responsable de sanciones que el Gobierno estadounidense impuso contra los Magistrados de la Sala Constitucional del Tribunal Supremo de Justicia (TSJ) de Venezuela en mayo de este año.

En el mapa de injerencia contra Venezuela en la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), Rubio también fue un actor clave, incluso fijando posiciones públicas, como la franca amenaza que hizo a El Salvador, Haití y República Dominicana, al señalar que estos países serían excluidos de la ayuda norteamericana en la lucha contra el narcotráfico, por apoyar la posición de Venezuela en esa organización.

Nuevo financiamiento para patrocinar la violencia antichavista en Venezuela

El medio norteamericano Sunshine State News ha reseñado una ponencia de Marco Rubio en un foro del Instutito Americano de la Empresa sobre "el crimen organizado en Latinoamérica", un poderoso grupo de asesores de grandes empresas que sirve de plataforma para actores como Roger Noriega y Luis Almagro. En ella el senador reseña las gestiones que está haciendo para financiar las actividades de "lucha y resistencia" que ha emprendido el antichavismo venezolano y que a la fecha cuenta con un saldo de más de 80 víctimas fatales.

Rubio habla de escalar la presión: "En Venezuela, los chavistas y los que están en el poder son el problema raíz. Y espero que podamos crear presión internacional en todos los foros posibles, incluyendo la OEA y las Naciones Unidas. Además de aumentar las sanciones a cualquiera en Venezuela que oprima al pueblo".

Al referirse a los nuevos apoyos a la oposición venezolana, Rubio dice hacer gestiones para alentar "al pueblo venezolano en su lucha por la libertad". Ha dicho además: "Por eso, como miembro del Senado, estoy pidiendo fondos para programas de promoción de la democracia. Y esperemos que para los fondos de transición para que cuando Maduro y sus compinches sean removidos, habrá fondos disponibles para ayudar a Venezuela…". Es decir, más financiamiento y recursos para la violencia armada que azota a Venezuela actualmente, expresa en saqueos, destrucción de ciudadades y asesinatos de civiles y efectivos de seguridad, como ha ocurrido esta semana en estados como Aragua, Maracaibo, Anzoátegui y Lara. 

En esa misma línea, la embajadora estadounidense ante la ONU Nikki Haley declaró recientemente un glosario de tiranización del Gobierno venezolano, revitalizando la matriz de la actuación contra Venezuela, para salvar al pueblo: "Tenemos que mantener la presión sobre Maduro, hay señales de que ahora va a empezar a usar su poder militar y armas, y lo que vemos en la televisión es en realidad mucho peor. Es una situación terrible, por lo que tenemos que poner tanta presión como podamos sobre Maduro".

El ministro español de Asuntos Exteriores, Alfonso Dastis, afirmó este jueves tras reunirse con su homólogo de EEUU, Rex Tillerson: "Hay que seguir aumentando la presión para que Venezuela vuelva a ser una democracia, se libere a los presos políticos y haya elecciones de verdad, libres, universales y secretas", dijo Dastis a los periodistas a las puertas del Departamento de Estado, tras su encuentro con Tillerson.

Hemos de suponer entonces el advenimiento, en muy breve tiempo, de nuevos paquetes de sanciones contra Venezuela y contra la dirigencia en el Gobierno, así como también el fortalecimiento del apoyo a las actividades terroristas y el empleo de la violencia armada dosificada en las calles venezolanas por parte de la gendarmería antichavista del caos.

Fuente: Misión Verdad


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          An Inside Look at the Horsemen of Our Apocalypse   
Dick Russell's new book profiles the "dark lords of the energy underworld."

The prolific author Dick Russell is perhaps best known as co-author of four books by wrestler/governor/TV star Jesse Ventura. But he has also written a family memoir about his schizophrenic son, a book about African-American leaders, an investigation of the JFK assassination, and two books about large fish.

His latest is Horsemen of the Apocalypse: The Men Who Are Destroying Life on Earth—And What It Means for Our Children. With a foreword by environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the book takes a close look at the captains of carbon and the damage they are doing to the planet. In profiling the men he calls the "dark lords of the energy underworld,” Russell puts a human face on climate change.

I caught up with Russell by phone at his home in California. The conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

Jefferson Morley: You’ve always had an environmental thread running through your books, including my favorite, Striper Wars. Is Horsemen of the Apocalypse related to Striper Wars?

Dick Russell: Striper Wars details a huge citizen effort, mostly led by fisherman, to save a fish, the great Atlantic striped bass. This fish, which goes all the way back to helping the pilgrims survive, was in danger of disappearing through overfishing and poaching. I was part of, and then chronicled, a successful effort to turn this around. It was a grassroots mobilization, and we were up against very powerful entrenched commercial interests that did not want to give up taking as many striped bass as they wanted.

In that sense, there is a parallel: the fossil fuel titans want to keep just keep pumping carbon emissions into the atmosphere. And there is a tremendous need now for citizens to march and rise up and to look for people at the local level to push for change.

JM: Your book gives a personal face to climate change, like an 'America’s Most Wanted' poster. Is that your goal?

DR: Yes it is, actually. When I set out to do the book, I did not anticipate it would turn out to be prophetic. So many of these guys that I profiled are now running the country, from [Rex] Tillerson, to the Koch brothers, to Harold Hamm’s protégé, Scott Pruitt, running the EPA. The list goes on and on.

I felt like there is such hypocrisy among these people; the Koch brothers decrying subsidies for renewable energy, while they get millions and millions in subsidies for what they are doing. It’s kind of mind-boggling.

I did some traveling for the book. I went to Texas to Rex Tillerson’s hometown. I went to Oklahoma and spent some time interviewing people about Harold Hamm. Not too many people knew of him and he was suddenly Trump’s energy adviser. He was offered the job of  Secretary of Energy, which he didn’t want it, so Trump gave it to Rick Perry. Here’s this Oklahoma billionaire who’s not only denying climate change through his fracking practices, but also the disposal of the wastewater was causing this huge problem, making Oklahoma the earthquake capital of the country.

I felt like these guys deserved to have their faces put on a wanted poster.

JM: David and Charles Koch are cultured men with refined tastes in music and the arts. They have a building named after them at Lincoln Center in New York. Should cultural organizations take their money?

DR: [Laughs] That’s a good question. It would be great if some of these cultural organizations could actually say no. In fact, the Nature Conservancy in Kansas did that—the Koch brothers had been funding some of their efforts for up to $1million a year. They just said, No, we’re not going to take it anymore because of your policies. I’d love to see more of that.

JM: I love the story about Rex Tillerson objecting to fracking activities next to his Texas ranch. It raises the question that recurs throughout the book: What is the psychic mechanism that enables such people to be such hypocrites? Is it just greed, or is it more complicated?

DR: It’s probably more complicated, but I think money is at the heart of it: the bottom line, profits. Somebody like Tillerson, his company has become the biggest natural gas provider in the United States—and he objected to having this fracking tower adjacent to his own land because it was an eyesore.

I went to Tillerson's ranch in Bartonville [Texas]. I pulled up in front of his ranch, a big, big horse ranch. In front of the gate to his ranch, there was this big sculpted metal globe. It looked like someone took a carving knife to it and the whole upper part of the globe, along these uneven serrated edges, opened up into this gaping void, and I thought, Wow, that is symbolic. Here is Tillerson’s globe and it’s a world whose apex has been systematically shredded. It was quite a metaphor.

JM: One of the most interesting and hopeful parts of Horsemen of the Apocalypse are the portraits of the children of the fossil fuel barons. What are they doing about the legacy of their parents and grandparents?

DR: Some of them are really trying to make a difference. Chris Lindstrom, who is the late John D. Rockefeller’s grandson, is very devoted to alternative energy… and so is the whole Rockefeller family. Their money came from Standard Oil, which then became Exxon, so they still have some impact as shareholders. They have been pushing for resolutions to force Exxon to address climate change. They’re very active.

I interviewed Katherine Lorenz—her grandfather, George Mitchell, he was a pioneer in fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, about 30 years ago. She took over the family foundation and has really been pushing, not just to reduce emissions fast, but also to go to wind energy. Texas is now the biggest wind energy producer in the country. That’s in part due to what her foundation has raised awareness about.

JM: Was there anything you discovered while doing the book? Anything that surprised you?

DR: I already knew a lot about climate change. I was writing about it as far back as 1989, but I was still surprised by the blatant or wanton disregard so many of these moguls have for the future. It was staggering to me.

I grew up in Kansas City and I went to the University of Kansas. So I went back there to examine what the Koch brothers have done. I had no idea that Kansas, because it has a lot of wind, had been one of the pioneering states in implementing clean power. The Koch brothers came in, for reasons that are hard to fathom, and got rid of all these state legislators who were advocates of clean power and put in these right-wing Republicans. They basically stopped further advances with wind energy. Why? It’s not a threat to them that I can see. They’re still making their millions all over the world. But wind energy is starting to compete a little bit and they wanted it out of the way.

     

          The Global Methane Industry Is Set to Keep the World on Fossil Fuels for the Foreseeable Future (Video)   
From the U.S. to Siberia to Chile, long-term contracts for gas import and export facilities are being signed.

The U.S. is projected to become a net exporter of energy in the 2020s, in large part because of increased natural gas exports, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

That may sound like good news at first. That is, until you consider that natural gas is 95 percent methane and that methane produces 84 times more short-term warming than carbon dioxide. We’re about to wrap the planet in the global methane industry, keeping the world on fossil fuels for the foreseeable future. Is that a smart solution to greenhouse gas-driven warming? Fossil fuel industries want us to think so.

Long-term contracts are being signed now for gas import facilities from Siberia to Chile. In the United States we’re told that our fracked gas and oil production will make us energy independent. In reality, export facilities are being planned across the U.S. Fourteen new applications have been submitted to federal agencies for liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals from Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico. Exporting natural gas, instead of supplying only U.S. markets, will raise energy prices here in the U.S., says EIA.

“Under my presidency, we will accomplish complete American energy independence,” President Trump claimed in a speech to a petroleum conference in Bismarck, North Dakota. But energy independence was never the goal for the fracked gas push. Export was always the real endgame. It’s estimated that one million new gas and oil wells will be drilled and fracked across America to supply new export markets. Gas and oil companies will also be installing new pipelines, compressor stations, dehydration stations and processing plants to carry this gas to market. A huge network of industrial installations will be moving into millions of American backyards.

Toxic emissions from these facilities include benzene, formaldehyde and hydrogen sulfide. With the new Trump administration’s policy of deregulation everywhere, there’s not much hope regulators will rein in widespread pollution. While industry officials and many politicians like to say the environmental effects are harmless, thousands of Americans have found out otherwise.

Residents of Porter Ranch, California, found out what can happen when you live next to massive gas infrastructure. In October 2015, the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility suffered a massive blowout in one of its wells. Fifty tons of methane an hour was venting into the atmosphere, the largest gas leak in U.S. history. For the first few days, the operator, SoCal Gas lied, telling residents the overwhelming putrid odor was from “routine maintenance.” When the lie was revealed, the company told neighbors they should expect no serious ill health effects.

Neighbors reported reoccurring nosebleeds, difficulty breathing, dizziness, shortness of breath, and migraine headaches. Pets died. Two elderly people died. Even with these obvious health threats, SoCal Gas fought responsibility. In the end, the company was forced to relocate 20,000 residents.

It took nearly four months before engineers repaired the leak. Meanwhile, 100,000 tons of methane escaped. Health officials believed the crisis would be over when the leak was capped. Yet families returning home got sick all over again and no one seemed able to tell them why. It’s believed the toxic chemical mercaptan, added to the natural gas to give it that rotten egg smell, was making people ill.

Across the country, in Eight Mile, Alabama, people are familiar with mercaptan. It’s been poisoning their town for eight years. The town is home to a natural gas processing plant where the chemical is added to gas before it travels out through pipelines.

Mobile Gas, the plant’s owners, say a small feed line was hit by lightning eight years ago. The company claims the leak was repaired and reported to the state’s regulator. Yet court documents show at least 6,000 gallons of mercaptan spilled, and seeped into the soil over a four-month period.

The state regulator has no record of Mobile Gas reporting the spill and though Mobile Gas denies the lingering health effects and stench are from its operations, the state regulator confirms there is no other explanation. 

The residents of Eight Mile have been living with the same health effects suffered by Porter Ranch residents, from bloody noses to watering eyes and migraine headaches. But no one in Eight Mile was evacuated. No public health agency, state or federal, is investigating the health effects suffered by residents. 

While the state has forced Mobile Gas to attempt a cleanup, mercaptan has seeped into the soil and contaminated the water table. According to environmental scientist Wilma Subra, the contamination will last for decades, perhaps centuries. With little hope of a real fix for the problem, residents are left living in a contamination zone. 

Ray Kemble knows what it’s like to get stuck living on toxic property. The aquifer under his tiny town of Dimock, Pennsylvania was contaminated eight years ago by drilling and fracking operations. On any given day his well water can look like radiator fluid, toxic milk or just plain mud. He’s had to buy bottled water ever since, as do 10 of his neighbors who also lost their water wells to fracking related contamination.

These families all had water that was clear and good to drink before drilling and fracking happened in their neighborhood. Yet the operator involved denied its drilling or fracking had any effect on the area's water.

That’s a neat trick, since state testing proved the driller, Cabot Oil & Gas was responsible. Cabot was forced to settle a lawsuit filed against it by the state of Pennsylvania and a class action lawsuit brought by harmed families. Scientific evidence, confirmed by the courts, proves Cabot is lying when it claims it is not responsible for the aquifer’s pollution, yet it persists in denying responsibility—and continues to get away with it.

Even when the federal toxic registry deemed Dimock’s water unsafe to drink, citing dangerous pollutants such as 4-chlorophenyl-phenyl ether, Cabot still maintains on its website that residents' water was always polluted and that Cabot had nothing to do with it.

The industry has a playbook for dealing with victims of contamination: Deny the problem; buy off some of the victims in exchange for silence agreements; overwhelm the rest with an army of lawyers; control the science; capture the agencies that regulate them; and flood the media with propaganda.

That's been the general strategy of the gas and oil industry dealing with those it has harmed. Emboldened by the Trump administration’s desire to decimate regulations designed to protect the public, we should expect more of the same.

Gas wells and homes are close neighbors in north Texas.

As this extensive new infrastructure moves into towns and farmlands across America, to drill one million new fracked wells, we should expect more families to face health effects, environmental damage and financial losses. The most dangerous aspect to American families though, may be the gas industry’s cover up of the real rates their facilities leak methane. Methane leakage rates from the gas industry have been a hotly debated topic for a decade.

The industry claims methane emission rates, from production to end-use, are very low. Recent research conducted by independent scientists has found exponentially higher rates. The Trump administration has already removed requirements for operators to report their methane emissions.

That’s dangerous because even U.S. policy makers can’t agree on what the actual leakage rate is for this formidable greenhouse gas. What will the emissions look like in countries where regulations are even weaker, or nonexistent? The scary fact is no one is looking. The IPCC didn’t include leakage from the global methane industry in its latest forecast. While gas production is excepted in nations like Argentina, Indonesia and Pakistan, tight regulation of emissions is not.

So why aren't we addressing the problem of greenhouse gas-driven warming with the global methane industry?

Rex Tillerson, Exxon's CEO for 40 years, now U.S. Secretary of State, put it best: “The world is going to have to continue using fossil fuels, whether they like it or not.”

The choice has been made for us by companies far more powerful than American citizens or their elected representatives, people for whom profits are the end-game. By all accounts, we’re moving ahead with the global methane industry. Even if it kills us.

Watch a preview of the AK Productions film Blowout: Who's Next? which will be released on July 17, 2017:

    

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          The 15 Most Ridiculous Things That Media Figures Said About Environmental Issues in 2016   
Climate denialism. Conspiracy theories. Trump apologism. This year had a little bit of everything.

Donald Trump and the presidential election dominated news coverage in 2016. But talking heads still found plenty of time to make jaw-dropping comments about climate change, energy, and the environment. This year’s list of ridiculous claims includes a dangerous conspiracy theory about Hurricane Matthew, over-the-top worship of fracking and coal, and absurd victim-blaming around the Flint water crisis. Here is our list of the 15 most ridiculous things that media figures said about climate, energy, and environmental issues in 2016.

1. Rush Limbaugh And Matt Drudge Peddled A Reckless Conspiracy Theory Downplaying The Threat From Hurricane Matthew. Shortly before Hurricane Matthew made landfall in the U.S., Rush Limbaugh and Matt Drudge concocted a conspiracy theory that the federal government was overstating the hurricane’s severity in order to manufacture concern about climate change. On The Rush Limbaugh Show, Limbaugh accused the National Hurricane Center of "playing games" with hurricane forecasting and added, “It's in the interest of the left to have destructive hurricanes because then they can blame it on climate change, which they can desperately continue trying to sell.”

Limbaugh doubled down on this theory the next day, telling his audience, “There’s politics in the forecasting of hurricanes because there are votes.”

Drudge, the curator of the widely read Drudge Report website, promoted the conspiracy as well, suggesting that federal officials were exaggerating the danger posed by Hurricane Matthew “to make [an] exaggerated point on climate.”

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Drudge also used his website to persuade Southeast residents not to take the storm seriously, with a banner “STORM FIZZLE? MATTHEW LOOKS RAGGED!” and additional headlines “IT’S A 4?” and “RESIDENTS NOT TAKING SERIOUSLY...”.

Climate scientist Michael Mann explained that people "could die because of the misinformation that folks like Rush Limbaugh and Matt Drudge are putting out there," and two actual hurricane experts provided a point-by-point rebuttal of Drudge’s claims. But that did nothing to dissuade Drudge, who refused to give up on the conspiracy theory.

2. Fox News Blamed The Flint Water Crisis On Climate Change Policies, "PC Stuff,” And Even Flint Residents Themselves. National media outlets largely ignored the water crisis in Flint, MI, as it unfolded over almost two years, but when the story did finally make national headlines, Fox News pundits were quick to pin the blame on anyone and anything other than the Republican governor of Michigan.

On Fox & Friends, host Heather Nauert and guest Mark Aesch suggested that “misplaced priorities,” including climate change and “PC stuff,” allowed the water crisis to happen:

And on The Kelly File, Fox News digital politics editor Chris Stirewalt placed blame on Flint residents themselves, saying that the "people of Flint should have been protesting in the streets" after noticing that their water was poisoned. Stirewalt also blamed Flint parents for giving their children contaminated water, declaring: "If you were pouring water into a cup for your child and it stunk and it smelled like sulfur and it was rotten, would you give that to your child? No, you'd revolt, you'd march in the street." In addition to being offensive, Stirewalt’s comments were premised on a falsehood; Flint residents did in fact repeatedly protest throughout the year to demand safe drinking water for their families.

3. CNN’s Alisyn Camerota Claimed Trump EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt “Hasn’t Denied Global Warming.” Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency, is a climate science denier who has refused to accept the clear consensus of the scientific community that human activities such as burning fossil fuels are primarily responsible for global warming. Yet according to CNN New Day anchor Alisyn Camerota, Pruitt simply “sees nuance” and “hasn’t denied global warming.” Camerota falsely claimed that Pruitt only disputes climate “predictions” and “forecasts,” when in fact he has also denied that global warming is human-caused, and even Camerota's premise that climate models are unreliable is incorrect. As Camerota wrongly absolved Pruitt of climate denial, CNN’s on-screen text read: “Climate Change Denier Scott Pruitt To Lead EPA.” Co-anchor Chris Cuomo also pushed back on Camerota, stating that Pruitt “says it’s ‘far from settled.’ That means he’s not accepting the science.”

Camerota badly butchered climate science, but it's noteworthy she was even discussing the issue given CNN’s spotty track record. In April, a Media Matters analysis found that CNN aired almost five times as much oil industry advertising as climate change-related coverage in the one-week periods following the announcements that 2015 was the hottest year on record and February 2016 was the most abnormally hot month on record. And in one segment later in the year where CNN did cover climate change, CNN Newsroom host Carol Costello speculated, “Are we just talking about this and people's eyes are glazing over?”

4. MSNBC's Mike Barnicle: ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson "Is A Huge Green Guy.” Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, is the chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, one of the world’s largest oil companies. Exxon is currently under investigation in several states for possibly violating state laws by deceiving shareholders and the public about climate change, while Tillerson himself has misinformed about climate science and mocked renewable energy. Yet according to Mike Barnicle, a regular on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, “Rex Tillerson is a huge green guy.” And alas, no, we don't think he was comparing Tillerson to the Jolly Green Giant or the Incredible Hulk.

5. Disregarding Everything Trump Has Said And Done On The Subject, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough Claimed “I Just Know” Trump Believes In Climate Science. On Morning Joe, co-host Joe Scarborough defended Trump after it was announced he had selected Pruitt, a climate science denier, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Scarborough -- who along with co-host Mika Brzezinski has repeatedly carried water for Trump -- insisted, “I just know” that Trump “has to believe” in climate science.

Scarborough’s comments followed a wave of TV coverage about how Trump had supposedly “reversed course” on climate change, which was based on a New York Times interview in which Trump said he has an “open mind” about the Paris climate agreement and that “there is some connectivity” between human activities and climate change. But few of these reports addressed any of the substantive reasons that such a reversal was highly unlikely, such as his transition team’s plan to abandon the Obama administration’s landmark climate policy, indications that he will dismantle NASA’s climate research program, and his appointment of fossil fuel industry allies as transition team advisers -- not to mention the full context of Trump’s remarks to the Times.

6. Trump Adviser Stephen Moore: Being Against Fracking “Is Like Being Against A Cure For Cancer.” While discussing his new book Fueling Freedom: Exposing the Mad War on Energy on C-SPAN2's Book TV, conservative economist and Trump economic adviser Stephen Moore stated that opposing fracking “is like being against a cure for cancer” because it is “one of the great seismic technological breakthroughs” that is “giving us huge amounts of energy at very low prices.” Never mind that many of the chemicals involved in fracking have actually been linked to cancer. 

7. Stephen Moore: “We Have The Cleanest Coal In The World.” Moore’s preposterous praise for fossil fuels wasn’t just confined to fracking. On Fox Business’ Varney & Co., he declared that the U.S. has “the cleanest coal in the world.” That statement is quite difficult to square with the fact that “Coal combustion contributes to four of the top five leading causes of death in the U.S.—heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic lower respiratory diseases—according to Physicians for Social Responsibility,” as Climate Nexus has noted.

Pro-coal propaganda also found a home on Fox Business’ sister network, Fox News, where The Five co-host Greg Gutfeld asserted that “coal is a moral substance. Where coal reaches, people live longer, happier lives.”

8. Breitbart’s James Delingpole: Climate Change Is “The Greatest-Ever Conspiracy Against The Taxpayer.” In an article promoting a speech he gave to the World Taxpayers’ Associations in Berlin, Breitbart’s James Delingpole wrote: “Climate change is the biggest scam in the history of the world – a $1.5 trillion-a-year conspiracy against the taxpayer, every cent, penny and centime of which ends in the pockets of the wrong kind of people.” In the speech itself, Delingpole similarly claimed that “the global warming industry” is “a fraud; a sham; a conspiracy against the taxpayer.”

Breitbart, which was until recent months run by Trump’s chief White House strategist Stephen Bannon, has frequently denied climate change and viciously attacked climate scientists. Delingpole, in particular, has described climate scientists as “talentless lowlifes” and referred to climate advocates as “eco Nazis,” “eco fascists,” and “scum-sucking slime balls.” Bannon has criticized Pope Francis for succumbing to “hysteria” about climate change; The Washington Post has written about how Bannon influenced Trump’s views on the issue during his time at Breitbart.

9. Fox Report On Law Gas Prices: “Put The Tesla In The Garage And Break Out The Hummer.” Just 10 days after Trump was elected president, Fox News began giving him credit for low gas prices, the latest proof of the network’s blatant double standard when it comes to covering gas prices under Republican and Democratic presidents. But simply shilling for Trump was apparently not enough for Fox Business reporter Jeff Flock, who provided the slanted gas prices report on Fox News’ America’s News Headquarters. At the conclusion of the reportFlock also displayed a brazen lack of concern about climate change, declaring: “I would say put the Tesla in the garage and break out the Hummer.”

10. Wall Street Journal’s Mary Kissel Instructed Viewers To “Trust” A Climate Science-Denying Fossil Fuel Front Group. In a video interview posted on The Wall Street Journal’s website, Journal editorial board member Mary Kissel instructed viewers who are “confused about the science surrounding climate change” to “trust” Rod Nichols, chairman of a climate science-denying fossil fuel front group known as the CO2 Coalition. During the interview, Nichols denied that human activities such as burning oil and coal are responsible for recent global warming, claiming that “climate change has been going on for hundreds of millions of years,” “there is not going to be any catastrophic climate change,” and “CO2 will be good for the world.” Kissel asked Nichols, “Why don't we hear more viewpoints like the ones that your coalition represents,” and concluded that the CO2 Coalition’s research papers are “terrific.”

The Wall Street Journal has made a habit of “trusting” climate science deniers like Nichols -- or at least repeating their false claims about climate science. A recent Media Matters analysis of climate-related opinion pieces found that the Journal far outpaced other major newspapers in climate science misinformation, publishing 31 opinion pieces that featured climate denial or other scientifically inaccurate claims about climate change over a year-and-a-half period.

11. Fox Host Clayton Morris: Rubio's Climate Science Denial At Presidential Debate Was An "Articulate Moment.” During a Fox News discussion of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s performance at a CNN presidential debate, Fox and Friends co-host Clayton Morris described Rubio’s claim that the climate is “always” changing -- a common talking point among climate science deniers -- as “a really articulate moment.” 

While Morris’ endorsement of Rubio’s climate denial as “articulate” is particularly striking, a 2015 Media Matters analysis found that media frequently failed to fact-check GOP presidential candidates’ climate change denial.

12. Fox Hosts Mocked Leonardo DiCaprio's Oscar Speech On Climate Change: "Focus On Something Else Other Than The Weather.” When actor Leonardo DiCaprio took home the Oscar for best actor for his role in The Revenant, the hosts of Fox News’ The Five and Fox and Friends mocked DiCaprio for devoting much of his acceptance speech to making the case for climate change action. On The Five, co-host Jesse Watters declared, “So the guy finally gets an Academy Award and he's talking about the weather. What's going on here?” Co-host Eric Bolling helpfully added, “Focus on something else other than the weather.”

That wasn’t the only time in 2016 that DiCaprio was caught in Fox News’ crosshairs for having the nerve to talk about climate change. Later in the year, The Five aired footage from an event in which President Obama criticized congressional climate deniers and DiCaprio said, “The scientific consensus is in, and the argument is now over. If you do not believe in climate change, you do not believe in facts, or in science, or empirical truths, and therefore in my humble opinion should not be allowed to hold public office.” The Five co-host Greg Gutfeld then responded by likening criticism of climate science deniers to religious extremism, saying: “You have to wonder about a belief system that doesn't want any challenges, that doesn't want any of their theories to be questioned. This -- what he is talking about is radical Islam of science. He is actually turning science into a religion.”

13. Fox’s Meghan McCain: "The Liberal Hysteria Over Climate Change Was So Overblown That Now People Have A Hard Time Even Believing It.” Rather than criticize conservatives or Republicans who frequently deny climate science, Fox News host Meghan Mccain blamed liberals for public confusion about climate change, declaring on Fox News' Outnumbered that “the liberal hysteria over climate change was so overblown that now people have a hard time even believing it and believing that it's something that's justified.” McCain, who also mocked Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for campaigning on the issue with Al Gore, added, “I do think there are signs we should look at, but if Al Gore, if you take his word for it, there's a big flood that's going to come in and wipe us all away in five minutes.”

McCain is the daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who notoriously flip-flopped on climate change legislation in 2009, undercutting congressional efforts to address the issue.

14. Fox’s Steve Doocy: Obama’s Monument Designation Was Done To “Appease Environmental Terrorists.” On Fox & Friends, co-host Steve Doocy declared that President Obama’s designation of the first marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean was “done to appease environmental terrorists.” Not so shockingly, Doocy and his co-hosts did not comment when their guest, Deadliest Catch’s Keith Colburn, acknowledged that "increased water temperatures" from climate change are impacting fisheries across the United States.

15. Fox Hosts Flipped Out About Portland Public Schools Decision To Stop Teaching Climate Denial To Children. In May, the Portland Public Schools board unanimously approved a resolution “aimed at eliminating doubt of climate change and its causes in schools.” But while climate science denial may no longer be taught in Portland public schools, it still has a place on Fox News, as the hosts of Outnumbered demonstrated in their flippant response to the resolution.

Co-host Lisa Kennedy Montgomery said the Portland schools decision is “so anti-scientific,” adding, “There are still scientists, believe it or not, out there who say, ‘No, we still have to look at the data.’ And it's impossible to predict how the climate is going to change over hundreds or thousands of years.” Co-host Jesse Waters remarked, “So getting out of the ice age, how did the Earth warm up after the ice age? There were no humans there with cars and factories.” He also stated, “It gets hot, it gets cold, this spring has been freezing. It's not getting warmer, it seems like it's getting colder. Am I wrong?”

But Fox News pundits aren’t just defenders of teaching climate science denial; they’re also partially to blame for it, according to researchers at Southern Methodist University (SMU). Last year, the SMU researchers released a study that found some children's textbooks that depict the reality of human-caused climate change with uncertainty are influenced by a climate science knowledge gap that finds its roots partly in conservative media misinformation. In particular, the SMU researchers pointed to previous research that showed Fox has disproportionately interviewed climate science deniers and that its viewers are more likely to be climate science deniers themselves.

     

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Yesterday, an industry-led task force issued final recommendations on how companies across all sectors should report on climate-related financial risks. ExxonMobil, which faced a shareholder rebellion on this issue at its annual meeting last month, could have seized the opportunity to welcome the recommendations and commit to improving its own reporting. Instead, the company released […]
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          UNILEVER ESTÁ USANDO INTELIGENCIA ARTIFICIAL Y JUEGOS MENTALES PARA CONTRATAR – retailnewstrends. Blog de LAUREANO TURIENZO   
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UNILEVER ESTÁ USANDO INTELIGENCIA ARTIFICIAL Y JUEGOS MENTALES PARA CONTRATAR


Hoy informa Bussines Inside de esta noticia. Me interesa mucho el tema. Hace tiempo, cuando era Manager General de una empresa del retail, leí acerca de un proyecto que estaba realizando un retailer japonés para contratar a los empleados de sus tiendas. Era parecido al que hoy se informa.
El tema estuvo un tiempo dando vueltas en mi cabeza. Luego, como todas las cosas verdaderamente importantes, se escondió en algún lugar de mi cerebro, y de vez en cuando regresaba a mí. Hoy ha vuelto.
Se trata de un nuevo universo en la selección del personal.
Unilever en 2016 ha estado usando la Inteligencia artificial y juegos mentales para contratar empleados . Y lo más interesante de la noticia es que Unilever asegura que los resultados son espectaculares…
Ahora veremos qué hay detrás de la palabra “espectacular”.
Leo el artículo. Sucede que Unilever tiene 170.000 empleados en todo el mundo. Y alguien decidió que la organización estaba vieja y que debía rejuvenecerse. El caso es que alguien de arriba confió en dos empresa de recursos humanos digitales:
• Pymetrics (Supe de ellos hace unos meses, por un antiguo compañero de la ExxonMobil. Recomiendo leer su web, es muy interesante su propuesta)
https://www.pymetrics.com/enterprise/
• HireVue para digitalizar los primeros pasos del proceso
https://www.hirevue.com/
El proceso es sencillo:
1. Los candidatos pueden encontrar las ofertas en la web de Unilever, o en anuncios de trabajo en Facebook, LinkedIn, The Muse y WayUp . A continuación, envían el enlace a su perfil de LinkedIn. (ADIOS A LOS CV)
2. Pymetrics: juegos de neurociencia
Los tipos de Pymetrics, le preparan una serie de juegos que les darán mucha información acerca de los postulantes.
¿Y cómo son las preguntas? Buena pregunta.  Lo averiguaré y se lo diré.
3: Entrevista con HireVue
Los candidatos que pasan la fase con Pymetrics van a una entrevista de HireVue, las cuales se pueden hacer por ejemplo desde un smartphone (de hecho muchas se han hecho por ese canal).  El candidato se pone en frente de la cámara y tiene un par de minutos por pregunta.  Luego HireVue analiza cada una de las respuestas (palabras clave, lenguaje corporal y tono). Y selecciona una lista de candidatos.
4: Un día con el cliente
Todos los candidatos seleccionados  son invitados a una oficina de Unilever y se le asigna un empleado que trabaja con ellos durante un día.
Al final del día Unilever decide si es el empleado ideal para el puesto.
El caso es que este tipo de proceso de selección se ha llevado a cabo en 68 países, en 15 idiomas, e involucró a 250.000 solicitantes. Y los  resultados en Norteamérica son los siguientes (cito):
• El tiempo medio para que un candidato fuese contratado pasó de cuatro meses a cuatro semanas. El tiempo empleado por los reclutadores para revisar las solicitudes disminuyó en un 75%.
Y lo que es más importante, se afirma que el nivel de los empleados contratados es excelente y la empresa está contentísima con el desempeño en los primeros meses de los nuevos empleados.
Como les digo, es un tema que me interesa desde hace tiempo. Y sé que dentro del universo retail están testando programas de selección muy parecidos. Hay un caso sobre una cadena líder de supermercados en Corea del sur, y otra (una de las grandes) en Estados Unidos.
La realidad que todo esto tiene sus antecedentes, pero la novedad es que estas empresas están construyendo juegos edificados desde la neurociencia , y se supone que borra de los procesos de selección los “prejuicios humanos” de precisamente un humano. En este nuevo escenario se tiran los prejuicios y sesgos inconscientes a la basura. La teoría nos dice que es un proceso más justo.
Pero evidentemente como todo puede tener su cosa buenas o malas, pero la realidad es que nadie puede afirmar que los procesos de selección a día de hoy son perfectos (hablo del sector retail). Y si se hace un uso correcto de esta tecnología, puede liberar de mucho trabajo burocrático y aportar mucho tiempo a los profesionales de recursos humanos para dedicarse a cosas más estratégicas de la empresa
No lo veo como la típica dicotomía de Hombres contra máquinas. Me agota este discurso. Creo que el escenario futuro es el que será y lo que tenemos es que tener el suficiente talento para adaptarnos de la mejor forma posible, y conseguir mejorar las condiciones laborales de nuestros empleados, seleccionar a los mejores y hacer de nuestras empresas mejores empresas.

          Trump fact check: Climate policy benefits vastly exceed costs   

When people who benefit from maintaining the status quo argue against climate policies, they invariably use two misleading tactics: exaggerating the costs of climate policies, and ignoring their benefits—economic and otherwise. In justifying his historically irresponsible decision to withdraw America from the Paris Agreement on climate change, President Trump followed this same playbook, falsely claiming: “The cost to the economy at this time would be close to $3 trillion in lost GDP [gross domestic product].”

That statistic originated from a report by National Economic Research Associates, Inc., which explicitly notes that it “does not take into account potential benefits from avoided emissions. The study results are not a benefit-cost analysis of climate change.” As Yale economistKenneth Gillingham noted, the report’s cost estimates are also based on one specific set of policy actions that the United States could implement to meet its Paris pledges. But there’s an infinite combination of possible climate policy responses, with some costing more than others.

For example, a revenue-neutral carbon tax is the proposed policy that currently has the most widespread support. One such proposal by the Climate Leadership Council has been endorsed by a broad coalition that includes Stephen Hawking, ExxonMobil, the Nature Conservancy, and George Shultz. And the Citizens’ Climate Lobby—a nonpartisan grassroots organization advocating for a similar policy—recently sent over 1,000 volunteers to lobby members of Congress in Washington, DC.

Regional Economic Modeling, Inc. (REMI) evaluated how the Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s proposed policy would impact the US economy. The REMI report concluded that implementing a rising price on carbon pollution and returning 100 percent of the revenue equally to American taxpayers would grow the economy and modestly increase personal disposable income, employment, and gross domestic product—the total of all goods and services produced within a nation’s borders. And the REMI report didn’t even include the financial benefits of slowing climate change and curbing its harmful economic impacts.

Those benefits are potentially massive. In terms of climate change, many of the benefits are realized in avoided costs. For example, the 2006 Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change found that unabated climate change would cost the world 5 to 20 percent of GDP by 2100. The economic picture could be even bleaker yet—most economic modeling assumes that economic growth will continue steadily regardless of climate change, but in reality, climate impacts are likely to slow economic growth. That was the finding of two papers published in 2015 by researchers from Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley.

The second paper found that there’s a sweet spot average temperature of around 13 degrees Celsius (55 degrees Fahrenheit) at which economic productivity is highest. The United States and much of Europe currently have climates in that optimal range, but many countries near the equator—which happen to predominantly be poorer, developing countries—already have temperatures above the sweet spot. As global warming causes temperatures to rise, the climates of the United States and Europe will slip out of the economically optimal temperature range, and that same temperature rise will push those poorer countries even further into the realm of economy-crippling heat. As a result, global warming will hamper economic growth. The researchers estimated that this would amplify the costs of climate change by at least 2.5 times more than previous estimates.

Tackling global warming will certainly come with costs. Although a revenue-neutral carbon tax would benefit the economy, that one policy by itself won’t be enough to solve the problem. We would still need to invest in and deploy low-carbon technologies like renewable energy and electric vehicles. However, looking at those costs in isolation without considering their benefits, as President Trump did, paints a misleading and inaccurate picture.

For example, Citibank—America’s third-largest bank—published a report in 2015 looking at both the costs and benefits of climate action and inaction scenarios. The report found that inaction actually had higher investment costs than the action scenario—such as cost-saving investments in energy efficiency, for example. 

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          ExxonMobil Talks a Good Game, but It’s Still Funding Climate Science Deniers   
Execs claim support for a federal carbon tax and the Paris agreement, but the checkbook ledger tells a different story.

ExxonMobil executives repeatedly claim their company supports a federal carbon tax and the Paris climate agreement. The company’s checkbook ledger, however, tells a far different story.

Yesterday, the company released its annual list of its “public information and policy research” grantees, which shows that it spent $1.65 million in 2016 on a dozen think tanks, advocacy groups and associations that contest climate science and oppose both the Paris accord and a carbon tax—the very policies the company professes to endorse. Last year’s outlay boosted the total of the company’s expenditures on climate disinformation over the last two decades to $34.6 million.

Chamber of horrors

Most of ExxonMobil’s spending on denier groups last year—87 percent—went to four organizations: the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Enterprise Institute, Manhattan Institute and American Legislative Exchange Council.

ExxonMobil gave more than half of last year’s kitty, a cool $1 million, to the Chamber, which provided President Trump with a key, but fraudulent, rationale for pulling out of the Paris agreement. Parroting a recent report funded by the Chamber and the American Council for Capital Formation (ACCF)―which received $1.78 million from ExxonMobil between 2000 and 2015―Trump claimed that over the next several decades the accord would cost the U.S. economy nearly $3 trillion and, by 2040, eliminate 6.5 million industrial sector jobs.

The Associated Press, Politifact and the Washington Post fact-checked the speech and arrived at similar conclusions: The Chamber and ACCF cooked the books.

“The study makes worst-case assumptions that may inflate the cost of meeting U.S. targets under the Paris accord while largely ignoring the economic benefits to U.S. businesses from building and operating renewable energy projects,” AP reporters Michael Biescker and Paul Wiseman pointed out. “Academic studies have found that increased environmental regulation doesn’t actually have much impact on employment. Jobs lost at polluting companies tend to be offset by new jobs in green technology.”

The Chamber, which has a long history of denying climate science, made similar dire warnings about job losses in a 2014 report analyzing the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. That report used flawed assumptions to magnify the carbon rule’s cost and exaggerate job losses and, like its recent report on the Paris agreement, didn’t factor in the carbon rule’s considerable benefits.

The market will take care of it

The next biggest ExxonMobil grant last year, $235,000, went to the American Enterprise Institute, which had already received $4.1 million from the company between 1998 and 2015. AEI economist Benjamin Zycher addresses climate issues more than anyone else these days at the free-market think tank, and his views are diametrically opposed to ExxonMobil’s professed positions. He disputes the conclusions of mainstream climate science, insists a carbon tax would be “ineffective,” and calls the Paris agreement an “absurdity.”

Zycher’s colleague Mark Thiessen, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, is also no fan of the international accord. In a June 2 essay, he cited numbers from the Chamber’s discredited report and maintained that “our emissions will arguably decline faster because of Trump’s withdrawal—because our free market economy will be stronger and more innovative without it.”

Wind energy blows

The Manhattan Institute, which received $705,000 from ExxonMobil between 2006 and 2015, pulled in another $135,000 from the company last year. Staffers there aren’t too keen on the carbon tax or the Paris agreement, either. Senior Fellow Oren Cass, who previously worked at Mitt Romney’s old firm Bain & Company, calls the accord a “fraud” and argues that a carbon tax would be “bad for the country” and “bad for the economy.”

Another senior fellow at the libertarian think tank, Robert Bryce, previously worked as a newspaper reporter and for the Institute for Energy Research, a former ExxonMobil grantee that is largely underwritten by the Koch brothers. A self-styled agnostic about climate change, Bryce regularly attacks renewable energy. He especially loves to bash wind, carping about the industry’s temporary federal tax breaks over the last 20 years and its threat to birds. Never mind that the oil and gas industry received an average of $4.86 billion a year (in 2010 dollars) in permanent federal subsidies between 1918 and 2009 (that continue to today), or that oil and gas industry fluid waste pits kill roughly three times more birds a year than wind turbines. Bryce never mentions either of those salient facts.

Not-so-smart ALEC

Between 2006 and 2015, ExxonMobil gave $600,000 to the American Legislative Council, a secretive lobby group that drafts sample corporate-friendly legislation for state lawmakers. Last year, the oil company gave ALEC another $76,500.

Does ALEC also oppose a carbon tax and the Paris accord? You bet.

In 2013, ALEC drafted a sample resolution for state legislators to reject “all federal and state efforts to establish a carbon tax on fuels for electricity and transportation.” More recently, the director of ALEC’s Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force slammed the Paris agreement as a “bad deal” for America. “The Paris agreement is little more than an effort by the previous president to lend some international legitimacy to his destructive regulatory campaign against affordable domestic energy,” Kenneth Stein, a former legislative aide to Sen. Ted Cruz, wrote in May 25 essay on ALEC’s website. “As has been seen in any number of U.S. industries, regulation and rulemaking stifle progress and innovation—much more so when the regulations become part of an international treaty regime.”

Why bother with a carbon tax or an international carbon-reduction agreement if, as ALEC erroneously maintains, scientists haven’t determined the role human activity plays in global warming? “Climate change is a historical phenomenon,” its website states, “and the debate will continue on the significance of natural and anthropogenic contributions.”

More than 100 corporations have quit ALEC for a number of reasons, notably its scientifically indefensible position on climate change. Those companies include a number of energy sector heavyweights, including American Electric Power, BP, ConocoPhillips and Shell. But not ExxonMobil.

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The fact that ExxonMobil’s grantees contradict the company’s avowed positions on climate science and policy should come as no surprise. Its funding pattern in Congress is analogous. Over the years, the company has consistently rewarded legislators who reject mainstream climate science and vote against carbon tax resolutions by funding their reelection campaigns. Half of the nearly $1.45 million it spent on candidates in the 2016 election cycle, for example, went to 81 climate science deniers in the House and 24 in the Senate. And 18 of the 22 senators who sent a letter to President Trump urging him to abandon the Paris agreement collectively received $371,000 in campaign contributions from ExxonMobil between 2011 and 2016.

Rex Tillerson began playing this game soon after he became the company’s CEO in 2006. In January 2007, the Union of Concerned Scientists published a report documenting that between 1998 and 2005, ExxonMobil had spent at least $16 million on a network of more than 40 anti-regulation groups to manufacture doubt about climate science. A week after its release, Tillerson acknowledged that his company had a PR problem. “We recognize that we need to soften our public image,” he said, according to a January 10 story in Greenwire, a trade publication. “It is something we are working on.”

Ten years later, ExxonMobil’s PR offensive continues. Publicly, company officials repeatedly assure the news media and the general public they have seen the light. Climate change is indeed real and we need to address it. At the same time, however, ExxonMobil is still bankrolling climate disinformation groups and deniers in Congress to stymie government action.

In January, Darren Woods, who has been working for ExxonMobil since 1992, replaced Tillerson as CEO. So far, he’s the same as the old boss. His inaugural blog post, which champions natural gas as “powerful tool” to reduce carbon emissions and stresses the challenge of “managing the risks of climate change” while meeting growing worldwide energy demand, could have easily been written by Tillerson. And, like his predecessor, Woods dutifully reiterated ExxonMobil’s nominal support for a revenue-neutral carbon tax and the Paris agreement. But until the company stops funding climate science denier groups and the members of Congress standing in the way, it will remain a major obstacle to saving the planet from the worst consequences of climate change.

 

 

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          Empire’s Deal With Circle K Is Its Biggest Acquisition Ever   

DALLAS -- Empire Petroleum Partners LLC’s asset purchase agreement with Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.’s Circle K Stores Inc. and CST Brands Inc. to acquire 70 Corner Store gas stations “represents the largest acquisition in the company’s history,” said Nandit Gandhi, chairman of Empire’s board of managers. It also allows the fuels wholesale distributor to enter a new state, Arizona.

Following a review by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Couche-Tard agreed earlier this week to sell a portfolio of 71 properties to Empire to satisfy compliance with regulatory requirements associated with its own acquisition of CST Brands Inc.

As reported in a CSP Daily News Flash, to facilitate Empire’s purchase of the convenience stores from Couche-Tard, Getty Realty Corp. has entered into an agreement providing acquisition leaseback funding to Empire, which will acquire fee-simple interests in 49 c-store and gas-station properties for $123 million under a unitary lease.

The acquisition of these Corner Store locations will expand Empire’s geographic reach, adding to its presence in six states where the company has existing operations, including Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas, as well as new entrance into Arizona.

“Empire’s team partnered with Circle K to complete an expeditious and effective process to solidify this compelling deal with numerous strategic benefits. The transaction also signals a considerable stride forward as Empire successfully executes on its acquisition goals, delivering meaningful U.S. expansion, along with increased scale and synergies, to significantly enhance our competitive position as a leading U.S. motor fuels distributor,” Gandhi said.

“As consolidation continues in the motor-fuel and convenience-store industry, we remain focused on driving Empire’s rapid growth trajectory to become one of the largest and most formidable wholesale motor fuel distributors in the U.S. [This] asset acquisition represents a significant step on that path and is expected to greatly add to the financial strength of the company,” he said. “Looking ahead, we intend to continue to make strategic acquisitions as a part of our strategy to drive consistent, profitable growth and position Empire for even greater success in the future.”

The companies said they expect to complete the transaction, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approval, this summer.

Laval, Quebec-based Couche-Tard's network includes 8,081 convenience stores throughout North America, including 6,710 stores selling motor fuel, mostly under the Circle K, Kangaroo Express, Mac's and Couche-Tard banners. Its North American network consists of 15 business units, including 11 in the United States covering 41 states and four in Canada covering all 10 provinces.

CST Brands, San Antonio, has more than 2,000 locations throughout the southwestern United States, Georgia, Florida, New York and Eastern Canada.

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          ExxonMobil passe un nouveau test sur le climat   
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          Investors slowly start to push climate change up their agenda   

By Simon Jessop, Gwladys Fouche and Nina Chestney

LONDON/OSLO (Reuters) - Investors are slowly starting to push companies to reduce their carbon footprint and help the world meet targets on limiting global warming that were agreed in the 2015 Paris climate talks.

Energy firms have faced shareholder demands to do more to curb carbon emissions, while some pension funds are demanding more commitment to climate goals from firms they invest in.

Yet progress has still been modest since the Paris deal agreed by almost 200 nations came into force in November last year, aiming to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times.

"Lots of investors are looking to align their investments with a 2 degrees world. It's just at what pace they all get there," said Fiona Reynolds, managing director at the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment.

Advocates of the climate deal hope new impetus will come from Thursday's document published by the Financial Stability Board's Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), a group set up by G20 nations.

The task force's document outlines a voluntary framework for companies to disclose the financial impact of climate-related risks and opportunities, drawing support from more than 100 companies with $11 trillion of assets.

It aims to help investors, lenders, insurers and other stakeholders understand how firms manage climate risk and guide companies on information they should provide to explain their climate strategy, ultimately helping ensure corporate laggards are held to account.

"The more companies report effectively on climate related risks and opportunities, the easier it becomes for investors to allocate the substantial amounts of capital required to implement the Paris Agreement," said Philippe Desfossés, chief executive of French pension fund ERAFP.

HIGH BENCHMARK

Sweden's largest national pension fund AP7 set a high benchmark in June when it named six companies it said had breached the Paris accord, and ditched them from its portfolio.

Several energy firms have faced shareholder rebellions at annual general meetings over their stance on climate change. ExxonMobil has been accused of misleading investors by a U.S. prosecutor, allegations the U.S. firm has dismissed as "frivolous".

Many energy firms have been sharing more information on their climate strategies, and some mining companies are starting to follow suit, such as iron ore miner Vale.

In a Reuters survey, 13 leading public and corporate pension schemes in Europe, Asia and North America managing a total $1.1 trillion said they were committed to engaging firms on their climate strategy. Three of those funds said explicitly that divestment was an option if talks were unsatisfactory.

However, some funds said the threat of divestment was not the best approach to encouraging firms to improve environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.

"We think engagement investment is about promoting companies to be involved with ESG through engagement," said Hiroichi Yagi, an adviser to the pension fund of Japan's Secom, a leading security firm.

"If you just sell and stop investing in companies that are not mindful of climate change, then you are abandoning engagement there," he said, adding that he was not aware of any Japanese pension funds advocating divestment as an option.

"GLACIAL PACE"

To date, most divestments have tended to be from companies mining coal, the dirtiest energy source. Some large investors, such as Norway's $960-billion sovereign wealth fund, have set limits on how much revenues can come from that source.

The most active asset owners on climate change have tended to be big pension schemes and sovereign wealth funds - Norway's and New Zealand's have reduced exposure to fossil fuels. Such firms have more in-house analysts to assess investments.

Smaller funds are making slower progress in pushing climate issues up the agenda in determining investment policy.

A survey by consultants Mercer of 1,241 European pension schemes, half of which had less than 100 million euros ($114 million) in assets, showed just 5 percent considered the financial impact of climate change on their portfolios. However, that was up from 4 percent a year earlier.

"It's ironic that the pace of response to this enormous issue is best described as glacial, outside a small group of leading funds," said Phil Edwards, Mercer's Global Director of Strategic Research, calling for more "urgency" to be applied.

Advocates of the Paris accord hope the TFCD's framework document will particularly assist smaller firms.

Britain's Environment Agency Protection Fund, a founder member of the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) that aims to help asset owners assess firms, said more than 3 trillion pounds ($3.9 trillion) of assets were now being invested using the TPI's guidelines.

"We are aiming to be one of the first asset owners to do this to show our support for the TCFD and its pick up by other asset owners," said Faith Ward, the scheme's chief responsible investment officer.

She said her fund planned to link its annual report to the TCFD framework.

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(Additional reporting by Reuters correspondents in Amsterdam, Stockholm, Paris, Helsinki, Sydney, Dublin, Madrid, Lisbon and Tokyo; Editing by Edmund Blair)


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          The week in GRC: Google faces record antitrust fine, and Walgreens and Rite Aid merger hits the rocks   

This week’s governance, compliance and risk-management stories from around the web

Bloomberg reported that Dan Loeb had amassed a $3.5 billion stake in Nestlé, targeting Europe’s largest company in the biggest bet of his career as an activist investor. Third Point, Loeb’s hedge fund, encouraged Nestlé to sell its stake in L’Oreal, increase leverage for share buybacks and adopt a formal profitability target, among other suggestions. ‘As always, we keep an open dialogue with all of our shareholders and we remain committed to executing our strategy and creating long-term shareholder value,’ Nestlé said. A L’Oreal spokesperson declined to comment.


– Plans to reform Canada’s asset management investment in an effort to remove conflicts of interest have encountered fierce resistance from firms that say the proposed changes will hurt investors, according to the Financial Times. The Canadian Securities Administrators has proposed a ban on asset managers paying commissions to advisers for selling mutual funds, arguing that this widespread practice increases costs for investors and curbs returns. But the Investment Industry Association of Canada and the Investment Funds Institute of Canada have rejected the proposed ban on commission payments, arguing that it would restrict the availability of advice to many households and damage Canadians’ ability to plan and save for their retirement.


Bloomberg reported that Google was hit with a record €2.4 billion ($2.7 billion) fine from EU regulators that said the company skewed search engine results to thwart smaller shopping search services. Google has 90 days to ‘stop its illegal conduct’ and give equal treatment to rival price comparison services, according to a binding order from the European Commission. It’s up to Google to choose how it does this and inform the EU of its plans within 60 days. Failure to comply would risk fines of up to 5 percent of its daily revenue.

Google’s lawyer Kent Walker said the company respectfully disagrees with the EU’s conclusions and will consider a court appeal, according to a blog post. ‘When you shop online, you want to find the products you’re looking for quickly and easily,’ Walker said. ‘And advertisers want to promote those same products. That’s why Google shows shopping ads, connecting our users with thousands of advertisers, large and small, in ways that are useful for both.’


– According to Reuters, dozens of companies such as Google, Microsoft and CBS urged a federal appeals court to rule that a law banning sex discrimination in the workplace offers protection to gay employees. The brief submitted by 50 companies to the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals marks the first time such a large group of businesses has backed arguments about employment discrimination that LGBT groups and the administration of former US president Barack Obama have made for years.

The companies said bias against gay employees is widespread, with more than 40 percent of gay workers reporting harassment and other forms of discrimination in various studies. The lack of a federal law clearly prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation has hindered recruitment in states that have not adopted their own law, the companies said.


– The Trump administration is struggling to find a nominee for the Federal Reserve board with community banking experience, delaying plans to fill two other Fed vacancies, including a key regulatory post, The Wall Street Journal said. The problem is that they can’t find somebody willing to take the job.

Ethics rules require Fed governors and their immediate family members to divest themselves of holdings in any financial firms to avoid potential conflicts of interest. But many of the country’s small banks are privately held and run by third-generation or fourth-generation executives. At least three community banker candidates who had been recommended for the job either bowed out or declined to be considered over concerns about selling their stakes in their banks, according to people familiar with the matter.


– Staples agreed to sell itself to private equity firm Sycamore Partners for $6.9 billion, The New York Timesreported. Shares in the company had fallen from about $18 per share two and a half years ago to just $7 earlier this year. Sycamore’s offer of $10.25 per share represents a 20 percent premium over the company’s stock price in early April, before initial reports of a deal to sell the company lifted shares. Staples’ board believes this process ‘has led to a transaction that is in the best interests of our stockholders, as well as Staples and its employees,’ Robert Sulentic, the company’s chairman, said in a statement.


– Blue Apron’s IPO was watered down by Amazon’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods, Reuters reported. Blue Apron listed on the NYSE on June 29. The company slashed its valuation expectations by a third earlier this week and early trading led to a market cap of around $2 billion. Amazon’s $13.7 billion deal to acquire Whole Foods has left some potential investors worried about Blue Apron, Reuters noted. The company has been criticized by the Council of Institutional Investors for its plan to list with a non-voting class of shares (CorporateSecretary.com, 6/26).


– A panel of top financial institutions and companies launched guidelines to push for more disclosure about the impact of climate change, highlighting rising concern about the potential investment risks posed by global warming, the WSJreported.

The task force, commissioned by a group of global regulators known as the Financial Stability Board and led by former mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg, said companies should disclose in financial filings how they are planning for risks and opportunities related to climate change. It also called for companies to develop specific metrics and targets to measure performance in that area. This follows recent defeats in proxy contests for ExxonMobil, Occidental and PPL Corporation on climate-change risk disclosures (CorporateSecretary.com, 6/23).


– While 66 percent of board directors rate their board as highly effective at accurately assessing CEO performance, the percentage drops to 36 percent when they’re asked about the board’s ability to assess the performance of board members, according to new research reported on by KPMG. According to the research, carried out by the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University and The Miles Group, only 23 percent of respondents rate their boards as very effective at giving direct feedback to fellow directors. More than half (54 percent) say if they had the sole power to do so, they would have one or more of their fellow board members removed.


– Nestlé’s investors responded well to the company’s announced plans for a $21 billion share buyback, Bloomberg reported. The announcement was a reaction to activist firm Third Point going public with its $3.5 billion stake in Nestlé, whose share price increased by 1.7 percent on Wednesday.

‘Nestlé’s value-creation model might be seen as a response to recent activist overtures, though the company insists its comprehensive review took place in early 2017, Charlie Mills, an analyst at Credit Suisse, wrote in a note. ‘It certainly points to a faster pace of change at the group [in the future], with growth the overriding agenda.’


– A cyber-attack that first targeted companies in Ukraine is spreading across the world, with several large companies falling victim to the attack, according to Reuters. The companies that have so far fallen victim include AP Moller-Maersk, Mondēlez International, Saint Gobain and BNP Paribas Real Estate. 

The attack locked machines and demanded that companies pay a $300 bitcoin ransom or risk losing all of their data. Reuters reported that more than 30 companies have paid the ransom so far.


– The planned merger between Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) and Rite Aid was called off this week over fears that the deal would be opposed by antitrust authorities. Even under a government administration that has pledged lighter regulation of business, regulators remained concerned about mergers creating dominant players in some sectors, The New York Timesreported.

Rite Aid will now sell 2,186 stores – roughly half of its total – and three distribution centers to WBA for $5.18 billion. Rite Aid shares tumbled as much as 30 percent following the news, its steepest fall in more than a decade. ‘While we’re disappointed we cannot complete the proposed merger with WBA, we believe this asset sale is an important strategic transformation for Rite Aid,’ said John Standley, Rite Aid’s chairman and chief executive, on a conference call with analysts.


– Berkshire Hathaway has announced it will buy 700 million Bank of America shares, placing Warren Buffett’s firm as the bank’s largest shareholder, the WSJ reported. Berkshire Hathaway bought $5 billion of preferred shares in Bank of America in 2011. The deal created provisions for Berkshire Hathaway to buy 700 million common shares in Bank of America at $7.14 per share, well below the current price of $24.32.

‘After an exchange, Mr Buffett’s firm would own about 7 percent of the bank’s common shares, giving it a significant role in corporate governance issues from compensation to the election of new directors,’ the WSJ said.


– The Federal Reserve passed all 34 financial institutions it checks annually as sound – the first time this has happened since testing began in 2011. The results indicate that the banks tested have finally replenished their capital levels following the financial crisis. The New York Times reported that this is good news for banks, banking executives and investors, but could lead us into risky territory.

‘Critics fear the easing of regulatory pressure and a more laissez-faire-oriented White House could set the stage for a return to the bad old days of enormous leverage and freewheeling deals until the music inevitably stops,’ wrote Nelson Schwartz in an op-ed for The New York Times.


– For investors looking for stocks that outperform their peers, simply looking at ESG issues isn’t a panacea, The New York Times reported. Companies that perform best on ESG issues do perform better, on average, than others but, according to research from Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s research group, ‘this performance was not consistent, and was very similar to the performance of large versus small companies.’


– Sprint Corp used confidential information from its alliance with RadioShack Corp to open competing mobile phone stores, dooming the comeback by the electronics retailer and destroying jobs, according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday by RadioShack creditors. RadioShack emerged from bankruptcy in 2015 with a deal to co-brand about 1,400 stores with Sprint, which was meant to help the telecoms provider better compete with larger rivals AT&T Corp and Verizon Communications. By early 2017, however, RadioShack, owned by General Wireless, had returned to bankruptcy and is liquidating.

The lawsuit filed in Delaware Superior Court by RadioShack’s official committee of unsecured creditors said Overland Park, Kansas-based Sprint breached its contract with RadioShack, and is seeking $500 million in damages. Sprint allegedly ignored its obligations to provide inventory and staff to RadioShack stores because of its own financial troubles. Company spokesperson David Tovar said the company was disappointed by the creditors’ committee action and Sprint expected to defend the matter vigorously.

The lawsuit alleged that in 2016, Sprint used confidential information obtained from RadioShack to open 200 competing stores near RadioShack’s best locations, sinking any comeback for the electronics chain. ‘Sprint’s action destroyed nearly 6,000 RadioShack jobs,’ the lawsuit noted.


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          Anti-capitalism must feature at hikoi against asset sales   


Anti-capitalist: Why the ‘C’ word needs to feature as part of the hikoi against asset sales


Starting this week, a nation-wide hikoi is leaving the far north and traveling to Wellington carrying a raft of messages to the government. These include opposition to state asset sales, opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and opposition to expansion of resource extraction (e.g. off-shore oil drilling, fracking, gold and coal mining). There is considerable appropriateness in bundling these issues together, and the opponents of these issues see them as interrelated. Briefly put, the linkage stems from a view that the country is being sold-out to multinational corporations with little or no benefit accruing to the people, and with negative social, political, economic and environmental consequences. It is hard to overstate the validity of these concerns.

However, absent most of the discourse about these issues is what lies at the heart of all of them: capitalism, in particular neo-liberal capitalism. The failure to direct our analysis to the root cause of these myriad social, economic and environmental issues will allow a further strengthening and entrenching of it.


Neo-liberal capitalism – or neo-liberalism in shorthand – is characterised by the privatisation of public assets; deregulation of trade, finance, investment, education and healthcare by nation-states in favour of trade management through a global rules-based system; the growth of multinational financial institutions (such as the IMF and World Bank); the rise of foreign direct investment; the development of intellectual property as a commodity, and a focus on individualism and societal atomisation. Indeed, neo-liberalism has been called ‘capitalism with the gloves off’ because business forces are stronger and more aggressive, and they face less organised opposition than ever before.[1]
This description fits well with the general thrust of the National Government’s political agenda. In reality, however, it is not so different from that of the previous (and potentially next) Labour government. This is why a debate about the more fundamental organization of our economic, political and social systems must be had. This is why we need to talk about capitalism.

Déjà vu?

New Zealand has already been subject to the extremes of neo-liberal capitalism under the fourth Labour Government and its successor in the 1990s National Government. Under Helen Clark, some of the worst excesses of the neo-liberal capitalist polices were abandoned (like private prisons and charter schools), but in other ways, neo-liberalism became even more deeply embedded into the political, economic and social fabric of New Zealand life. One of the best examples is the vigour with which the Clark government negotiated free-trade agreements and significantly relaxed Overseas Investment Commission oversight of foreign land and asset buying.

New Zealand society and social life has been transformed in the past 30 years. In particular there is a discernable shift from collective responsibility for social issues to individual responsibility. Health care and higher education, once viewed as a right and a collective good respectively, are now sold to us as an individual benefit, the cost of which must be borne individually. As a two-time Victoria University student, I was aghast at the ease with which the University Council raised student fees again and again against significant student protest when they had themselves been the beneficiaries of completely free university degrees.

Capitalism has no country

Part of the uproar about the National government’s approach is simply the brazenness with which it is being carried out. Key makes no apologies to those who don’t embrace his worldview: exacerbating the gap between rich and poor by making the rich richer, blaming the poor for being poor and if possible criminalising them at the same time.

Yet, what is critical for us to understand is that while Key’s approach is utterly odious to those of us who seek a more just world, it is simply part and parcel of capitalism. A government, any government, which operates a capitalist economic system operates a system of unavoidable injustice. That is the very nature of capitalism: it is the theft of the labour of the working class and the transfer of that wealth to the owning class.

The dominant feature of neo-liberal capitalism in the past 40 years is the growth in power of multinational corporations. Again, it is difficult to overstate the power exerted by corporations on the political and economic choices made by nation-states. It is now reportedthat more than half of the 100 largest economies in the world are corporations. Corporations such as Exxon, Chevron, General Electric, and Walmart have revenues that far outstrip New Zealand’s entire gross domestic product.
While these corporate names may strike you as decidedly American, a number of very well known ‘kiwi’ brands equally well meet the definition of a multinational corporation (i.e. they are a corporation with 25% or more foreign ownership). Included among these are the Bank of New Zealand, Skycity Entertainment Group, Contact Energy and Telecom.

The long and short of it is that the location of ownership is irrelevant; there is no such thing as ‘Chinese capital’ or ‘New Zealand capital’; there is money. The overriding impetus of corporations is to maximise profits. Local corporations exploit the environment and workers just like multinational ones do. The fight shouldn’t be about domestic or foreign ownership; the fight should be about ownership full stop. This is why a fundamental alteration to capitalist economics is so necessary.
In order for us to consider what other ways we can be in the world we must recognise first and foremost that the system is rigged. It is a system reliant on exploitation and inequality. If we don’t want those things then we are going to have to try something else. The first step is to re-introduce the critical discourse about capitalism to the forefront of our struggles; only then we will be able to more clearly see where power lies, and what avenues are available for change.
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1. Robert W McChesney. 1999. ‘Noam Chomsky and the Struggle Against Neoliberalism.’ Monthly Review. 1 April.
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          Căng thẳng Việt-Trung do Bắc Kinh ngang ngược về dầu khí Biển Đông   
Vị trí của các lô 118 và 136 so với đường lưỡi bò Trung Quốc trên Biển Đông. Địa điểm đặt giàn khoan Hải Dương Thạch Du 981 năm 2014 cũng được ghi chú. Ảnh CSIS

Một nguồn tin ẩn danh nói với trang mạng quốc phòng Jane’s vào ngày 20/6, là Phạm Trường Long bỏ ngang chuyến đi do các viên chức Việt Nam bác bỏ yêu cầu tạm dừng thăm dò dầu lửa và khí đốt trong phạm vi đường lưỡi bò. Theo quan điểm của Hà Nội, việc Bắc Kinh chống đối thăm dò dầu khí ở lô 118 và lô 136 không chỉ là vô căn cứ mà còn gây phản cảm. Các lô này không nằm trong khu vực tranh chấp do chồng lấn thềm lục địa, mà chỉ vì đường lưỡi bò ảo mà cả Việt Nam lẫn cộng đồng quốc tế rộng rãi đều không thể chấp nhận được.
Tướng Phạm Trường Long (Fan Changlong), phó chủ nhiệm Quân ủy Trung ương Trung Quốc đã lên lịch đi thăm Hà Nội hai ngày từ 18 đến 19/06/2017, rồi gặp gỡ bộ trưởng Quốc phòng Việt Nam Ngô Xuân Lịch nhân sự kiện giao lưu quốc phòng cấp cao biên giới Việt-Trung từ ngày 20 đến 22/06/2017. Nhưng có điều gì đó không ổn đã xảy ra, vì ông Phạm Trường Long đã bất ngờ rời Hà Nội hôm 18/6 sau khi gặp thủ tướng Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, chủ tịch nước Trần Đại Quang và bộ trưởng Ngô Xuân Lịch.


Hai ngày sau, bộ Quốc phòng Trung Quốc loan báo việc hủy bỏ sự kiện giao lưu quốc phòng biên giới, với « lý do liên quan đến sắp xếp lịch làm việc ». Sự thật dường như là căng thẳng đang âm ỉ giữa Bắc Kinh và Hà Nội sắp bùng nổ - Việt Nam vốn tỏ ra nghi hoặc hơn Philippines trước các động thái khuyến dụ gần đây của Trung Quốc. Theo tác giả Murray Hiebert, phó giám đốc chương trình Đông Nam Á của Trung tâm Nghiên cứu Chiến lược Quốc tế (CSIS), thì đó là do bất đồng về việc thăm dò dầu khí.

Một nguồn tin ẩn danh nói với trang mạng quốc phòng Jane’s vào ngày 20/6, là Phạm Trường Long bỏ ngang chuyến đi do các viên chức Việt Nam bác bỏ yêu cầu tạm dừng thăm dò dầu lửa và khí đốt trong phạm vi đường 9 đoạn, tức đường lưỡi bò do Trung Quốc tự ý vạch ra trên Biển Đông. Ông Ngô Sĩ Tồn (Wu Shicun), viện trưởng Viện Nghiên cứu Biển Đông của Trung Quốc cho rằng cuộc gặp bị hủy bỏ vì « Bắc Kinh coi như Việt Nam không giữ lời hứa là không thăm dò dầu khí tại các khu vực tranh chấp ở Biển Đông ». Hai lô 118 và 136 dường như là trung tâm của bất đồng.
Hồi tháng Giêng, tập đoàn ExxonMobil loan báo kế hoạch khai thác trữ lượng khí đốt ở bờ biển miền trung Việt Nam. Dự án mỏ « Cá Voi Xanh » nằm ở lô 118 cách bờ biển Quảng Ngãi khoảng 100 km, có một phần nhỏ chồng lấn với đường lưỡi bò Trung Quốc. Bắc Kinh yêu sách « quyền lịch sử » đối với toàn bộ trữ lượng dầu khí nằm trong đường 9 đoạn này, bất chấp việc Tòa án Trọng tài Thường trực La Haye hồi tháng 7/2016 đã ra phán quyết khẳng định đòi hỏi này là vô căn cứ. Tác giả Hiebert cho biết địa điểm mà Exxon dự định khoan dầu nằm gần đường lưỡi bò, cách khoảng 10 hải lý, nhưng vẫn ở phía ngoài đường ranh tự vạch của Bắc Kinh.

Lộ trình của chiếc tàu Việt Nam tại khu vực lô 136, sau khi Phạm Trường Long cắt ngang chuyến đi. Ảnh CSIS
Tất nhiên trữ lượng khí đốt không cần biết đến biên giới, và việc khoan thăm dò của Exxon có thể bị Bắc Kinh coi là đụng chạm đến khu vực bồn trũng Nam Côn Sơn nằm giáp với đường lưỡi bò. Đây cũng là khu vực lòng chảo mà Bắc Kinh đã cho kéo giàn khoan nước sâu Hải Dương Thạch Du 981 (Haiyang Shiyou 981) đến vào năm 2014, gây ra cuộc khủng hoảng lớn kéo dài cả tháng trời giữa Việt Nam và Trung Quốc. Điều quan trọng cần ghi nhận theo chuyên gia Murray Hiebert, là dù lô 118 nằm chồng lên đường lưỡi bò, chắc chắn là lô này thuộc về phía Việt Nam trong bất kỳ việc phân định thềm lục địa nào trong tương lai.

Việc thăm dò của tập đoàn Exxon ở lô 118 có vẻ đã chọc giận Bắc Kinh, nhưng ngòi nổ gần hơn cho cuộc xung đột là kế hoạch của Việt Nam nhằm thăm dò trữ lượng dầu khí tại lô 136, ở xa hơn về phía nam. Lô này nằm tại bãi cạn Tư Chính (Vanguard Bank), một thực thể chìm vốn là trở ngại trong quan hệ giữa Hà Nội và Bắc Kinh trong suốt 30 năm qua, được cho là có trữ lượng dầu có thể thương mại hóa. 

Bãi cạn Tư Chính nằm cách xa tất cả các đảo nhỏ và rạn san hô tranh chấp, nhưng Bắc Kinh tiếp tục yêu sách chủ quyền, dựa trên đường lưỡi bò không có cơ sở pháp lý. Năm 1992, Trung Quốc bán lại quyền khai thác dầu khí tại một lô rất lớn, bao gồm cả bãi cạn Tư Chính, cho một công ty Mỹ nhỏ hơn là Crestone Energy. Hợp đồng khổng lồ này chồng chéo với lô 136 của Việt Nam, hiện đang do công ty Repsol Exploration của Tây Ban Nha quản lý.

Từ khi nắm được lô này hai năm về trước, nằm trong khuôn khổ việc mua lại công ty Úc Talisman Energy, Repsol vẫn giám sát khu vực để chuẩn bị cho công tác thăm dò dầu khí. Theo lời đồn đãi, thì Hà Nội đã thông qua một kế hoạch để công ty sớm tiến hành khoan thăm dò, bất chấp sự phản đối của Bắc Kinh. Không biết có phải là một sự trùng hợp hay không, ông Phạm Trường Long cùng với phái đoàn của ông đã đến Tây Ban Nha ngay trước chuyến thăm Việt Nam.

Cả Repsol lẫn Hà Nội đều không đưa ra tuyên bố chính thức. Nhưng một chiếc tàu Việt Nam không rõ tên hiệu, dường như đã được điều đến tuần tra ở lô 136 ngay sau khi ông Phạm rời Hà Nội. Theo các dữ liệu của Windward, một công ty chuyên phân tích số liệu và rủi ro hàng hải, thì chiếc tàu đã đến khu vực này vào buổi sáng ngày 19/6 theo giờ địa phương, và đã hoạt động theo kiểu đi điều tra hoặc tuần tra.

Quân đội Việt Nam duyệt binh ở Trường Sa. Ảnh wikimedia
Căng thẳng cũng được thể hiện trong bối cảnh Việt Nam đang có những bước đi nhằm siết chặt hơn quan hệ với Hoa Kỳ và Nhật Bản, chắc chắn là sẽ làm Trung Quốc bực tức. Thủ tướng Nguyễn Xuân Phúc đã đi thăm Nhà Trắng hồi tháng Năm, và sau đó Washington đã chuyển giao một chiếc tàu tuần duyên lớp Hamilton cho lực lượng cảnh sát biển Việt Nam. Vào thời gian cuối của chuyến viếng thăm, Hoa Kỳ và Việt Nam đã đưa ra thông cáo chung, loan báo rằng Việt Nam hoan nghênh một hàng không mẫu hạm Hoa Kỳ lần đầu tiên thăm vịnh Cam Ranh, vốn là cảng nước sâu được quân đội Mỹ khai thác trong thời kỳ chiến tranh Việt Nam trước đây.

Hoa Kỳ và Việt Nam cũng thỏa thuận tăng cường chia sẻ tin tức tình báo. « Chúng tôi sẽ không chia sẻ thông tin quân sự về tổ chức Nhà Nước Hồi Giáo tại Trung Đông đâu » - một viên chức Việt Nam nói đùa, ngụ ý rằng các thông tin san sẻ là thuộc lãnh vực phòng bị hàng hải trên Biển Đông. Việt Nam cũng quan tâm đến việc mua thêm các thiết bị quốc phòng của Mỹ, một điều đã trở thành khả thi sau khi Washington dỡ bỏ cấm vận vũ khí cách đây một năm. Bộ trưởng Quốc Phòng Việt Nam Ngô Xuân Lịch cũng dự kiến đi thăm Washington lần đầu tiên để gặp gỡ tướng James Mattis, bộ trưởng Quốc phòng Mỹ trong những tháng tới, có thể là vào tháng Tám.

Rất nhanh sau chuyến công du Washington, thủ tướng Nguyễn Xuân Phúc đã đến ngay Tokyo. Theo một thông cáo chung, Việt Nam và Nhật Bản đã thỏa thuận về quan hệ « đối tác chiến lược rộng rãi » và tăng cường hợp tác trong lãnh vực quốc phòng cũng như an ninh. Tokyo cam kết viện trợ trên 900 triệu đô la cho Hà Nội trong nhiều dự án khác nhau, trong đó có cả các hoạt động tuần duyên và cung cấp sáu tàu tuần tra. Chẳng bao lâu sau chuyến viếng thăm này, Nhật Bản và Việt Nam đã tiến hành tập dượt chung giữa tuần duyên hai nước, tập trung vào việc chống đánh cá bất hợp pháp – và có vẻ đã làm cho Bắc Kinh cay cú.

Theo quan điểm của Hà Nội, việc Bắc Kinh chống đối thăm dò dầu khí ở lô 118 và lô 136 không chỉ là vô căn cứ mà còn gây phản cảm. Các lô này không nằm trong khu vực tranh chấp do chồng lấn thềm lục địa, mà chỉ vì đường lưỡi bò ảo mà cả Việt Nam lẫn cộng đồng quốc tế rộng rãi đều không thể chấp nhận được.

Trong khi đó, Trung Quốc tiếp tục khai thác dầu khí ở cửa vịnh Bắc Bộ và quần đảo Hoàng Sa chiếm được của Việt Nam bằng vũ lực năm 1974. Hôm 16/6, ngay trước khi Phạm Trường Long đến Hà Nội, giàn khoan Hải Dương Thạch Du 981 lại được kéo đến phía nam đảo Hải Nam. Theo một thông báo của Cục Hải Sự Trung Quốc (China Maritime Safety Administration), giàn khoan này sẽ hoạt động tại khu vực cho đến ngày 15/9. 

Giàn khoan Hải Dương Thạch Du 981 lần này đặt ở vị trí đường trung tuyến giữa bờ biển hai nước, ở phía Trung Quốc ; và trong khi việc phân ranh về mặt kỹ thuật vẫn đang bị treo lại, thì địa điểm này vẫn thuộc Trung Quốc. Còn các lô 118 và 136 tuy rõ ràng thuộc về Việt Nam, nhưng Bắc Kinh lại đòi Hà Nội phải rút ra. Theo chuyên gia Murray Hiebert, kiểu cách xử sự ngang ngược này làm các lãnh đạo Việt Nam hết sức bực tức. 

http://vi.rfi.fr/viet-nam/20170629-cang-thang-viet-trung-do-bac-kinh-ngang-nguoc-ve-dau-khi-bien-dong

          Dirty Corporations Pay Big to Host ALEC Legislators in San Diego   
-- By Nick Surgey of The Center for Media and Democracy and Connor Gibson of Greenpeace
 
At the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) 2015 annual meeting in San Diego, California, dirty energy companies and their supporters--including ExxonMobil, Chevron, and Duke Energy--continue to dominate the funding of activities, according to a list of conference sponsors obtained jointly by the Center for Media and Democracy and Greenpeace.
 
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          Degrading the American Dream: Inside Koch’s Americans for Prosperity Convention   

Last weekend was a wild one for climate action in our nation’s Capitol, between the protest outside a conference run by Koch Industries front group Americans for Prosperity and Sunday’s large street protest against the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline that encircled the White House with over 10,000 people.

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          It Looks Like the Kochs' Dream of a Right-Wing Constitutional Convention Has Been Roadblocked   
Two steps forward and three steps back… from the brink of a political experiment untried since 1787.

This year's legislative season saw a strong push in the states from right-wing groups, bankrolled by the Koch brothers and other ultra-conservative billionaires, hoping to convene a national constitutional convention in order to inject rigid fiscal constraints into our country's founding document. Advocates of a federal "balanced budget amendment" (BBA) picked up two more states, Wyoming and Arizona, in their drive to win the 34 resolutions needed to bypass Congress and convene a convention to propose changes to the U.S. Constitution.

That momentum, however, was blunted by surprisingly successful campaigns to rescind convention calls in three states, New Mexico, Maryland, and Nevada. As a result, BBA proponents now claim 27 states in their column, down from 28 at the beginning of the year.

Two steps forward and three steps back…from the brink of a political experiment untried since 1787.

Under Article V of the Constitution, amendments can be proposed either by two-thirds of both the House and Senate, or through a convention called for by two-thirds of state legislatures (currently 34 states). After adoption at a convention, any amendment must be ratified by three-fourths of the states (currently 38 states) before it can become part of the Constitution.

While amendments proposed by Congress have been adopted 17 times since the Constitution's ratification, a constitutional convention has never been called. Critics of this approach, from the Left and the Right, are concerned about how such a convention would play out in this era of massive political spending by billionaires and corporations, especially since there is nothing in Article V limiting the scope of a convention once called.

BBA momentum stalls

BBA Resolution Map 2017

Backers of a balanced budget amendment convention set their sights on at least seven red states this year, but of those, Wisconsin is the only one still in play, with an Assembly vote scheduled for June 14. Growing opposition resulted in the hard-fought defeat of a BBA resolution in Idaho and the tabling of a similar measure in Kentucky.

More than 200 organizations, including the Center for Media and Democracy, signed onto a letter in April 2017 denouncing an Article V convention at this time as "a dangerous threat to the U.S. Constitution, our democracy, and our civil rights and liberties."

In addition, three legislatures rescinded prior convention calls, following Delaware's lead last year. As a result, the number of states with BBA convention calls has dropped by one; passage in Wisconsin would make the year a wash.

The groups behind the convention drive are disappointed but undeterred, and have targeted at least seven states for 2018, (Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington).

"With tremendous momentum led by ALEC and other arch-conservative organizations, we started 2017 expecting to see Article V resolutions pass in many states," said Common Cause campaign strategist Jay Riestenberg. "Instead, in this dangerous period of divisive politics, we saw bi-partisan cooperation in several states to protect the Constitution."

"While three states took action to protect our Constitution by rescinding Article V convention resolutions, wealthy special interest groups are still dangerously close to calling a convention that would put everyone's constitutional rights and protections up for grabs," Riestenberg said.

All of the bills are closely tailored to model measures being promoted by the Koch-backed American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force. Funded and controlled by large corporations, including Koch Industries, ExxonMobil, telecom, and tobacco companies, ALEC has supported a BBA since 1995 and renewed its push for a constitutional convention in recent years, publishing an Article V convention handbook for legislators and hosting numerous strategy sessions.

BBA advocates cite "common sense" concerns about "fiscal responsibility," but the rhetoric masks the outright hostility that the Kochs and other billionaire backers have for key federal programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and for the regulatory infrastructure that protects consumers and the environment. Prominent economists warn that such an austerity amendment--which would constrain discretionary spending but not tax giveaways for corporations and the wealthy--would have catastrophic results during economic downturns and cripple the federal government's ability to aid states as they deal with the severe impacts of climate change.

More radical measures gain momentum

COS Resolutions Map 2017

Meanwhile, a faction of the Article V convention crowd seeking a much more radical rewrite of the Constitution made significant gains in 2017. The "Convention of States" (COS) project, run by the Texas-based Citizens for Self Governance, introduced wide-ranging resolutions calling for a broad convention to limit the powers of the federal government in 24 states and won passage in four, Arizona, Missouri, North Dakota, and Texas.

COS, whose budget more than tripled between 2011 and 2015 to $5.7 million, now has a total of 12 states behind its more unlikely, but more dangerous, approach. The group, founded by Tea Party Patriots founder Mark Meckler and Koch-tied dark money man Eric O'Keefe, has received major support from the Koch-linked Donors Trust and backing from ALEC, which has adopted COS’s proposal as a "model" bill. It seeks a constitutional convention to pass any number of amendments designed to limit the powers of the federal government, adopt term limits, and allow states to opt-out of regulations and even Supreme Court decisions they do not like.

The COS strategy, if successful, would radically revise the Constitution's structure of state and federal power sharing in a way that goes to the heart of what it means to be "united states." Most of the states that have passed Convention of State resolutions are in the deep south, prompting some critics to call it the "New Confederacy."

Max Abbott contributed to this article.

 

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          It Looks Like the Kochs' Dream of a Right-Wing Constitutional Convention Has Been Roadblocked   
Two steps forward and three steps back… from the brink of a political experiment untried since 1787.

This year's legislative season saw a strong push in the states from right-wing groups, bankrolled by the Koch brothers and other ultra-conservative billionaires, hoping to convene a national constitutional convention in order to inject rigid fiscal constraints into our country's founding document. Advocates of a federal "balanced budget amendment" (BBA) picked up two more states, Wyoming and Arizona, in their drive to win the 34 resolutions needed to bypass Congress and convene a convention to propose changes to the U.S. Constitution.

That momentum, however, was blunted by surprisingly successful campaigns to rescind convention calls in three states, New Mexico, Maryland, and Nevada. As a result, BBA proponents now claim 27 states in their column, down from 28 at the beginning of the year.

Two steps forward and three steps back…from the brink of a political experiment untried since 1787.

Under Article V of the Constitution, amendments can be proposed either by two-thirds of both the House and Senate, or through a convention called for by two-thirds of state legislatures (currently 34 states). After adoption at a convention, any amendment must be ratified by three-fourths of the states (currently 38 states) before it can become part of the Constitution.

While amendments proposed by Congress have been adopted 17 times since the Constitution's ratification, a constitutional convention has never been called. Critics of this approach, from the Left and the Right, are concerned about how such a convention would play out in this era of massive political spending by billionaires and corporations, especially since there is nothing in Article V limiting the scope of a convention once called.

BBA momentum stalls

BBA Resolution Map 2017

Backers of a balanced budget amendment convention set their sights on at least seven red states this year, but of those, Wisconsin is the only one still in play, with an Assembly vote scheduled for June 14. Growing opposition resulted in the hard-fought defeat of a BBA resolution in Idaho and the tabling of a similar measure in Kentucky.

More than 200 organizations, including the Center for Media and Democracy, signed onto a letter in April 2017 denouncing an Article V convention at this time as "a dangerous threat to the U.S. Constitution, our democracy, and our civil rights and liberties."

In addition, three legislatures rescinded prior convention calls, following Delaware's lead last year. As a result, the number of states with BBA convention calls has dropped by one; passage in Wisconsin would make the year a wash.

The groups behind the convention drive are disappointed but undeterred, and have targeted at least seven states for 2018, (Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington).

"With tremendous momentum led by ALEC and other arch-conservative organizations, we started 2017 expecting to see Article V resolutions pass in many states," said Common Cause campaign strategist Jay Riestenberg. "Instead, in this dangerous period of divisive politics, we saw bi-partisan cooperation in several states to protect the Constitution."

"While three states took action to protect our Constitution by rescinding Article V convention resolutions, wealthy special interest groups are still dangerously close to calling a convention that would put everyone's constitutional rights and protections up for grabs," Riestenberg said.

All of the bills are closely tailored to model measures being promoted by the Koch-backed American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force. Funded and controlled by large corporations, including Koch Industries, ExxonMobil, telecom, and tobacco companies, ALEC has supported a BBA since 1995 and renewed its push for a constitutional convention in recent years, publishing an Article V convention handbook for legislators and hosting numerous strategy sessions.

BBA advocates cite "common sense" concerns about "fiscal responsibility," but the rhetoric masks the outright hostility that the Kochs and other billionaire backers have for key federal programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and for the regulatory infrastructure that protects consumers and the environment. Prominent economists warn that such an austerity amendment--which would constrain discretionary spending but not tax giveaways for corporations and the wealthy--would have catastrophic results during economic downturns and cripple the federal government's ability to aid states as they deal with the severe impacts of climate change.

More radical measures gain momentum

COS Resolutions Map 2017

Meanwhile, a faction of the Article V convention crowd seeking a much more radical rewrite of the Constitution made significant gains in 2017. The "Convention of States" (COS) project, run by the Texas-based Citizens for Self Governance, introduced wide-ranging resolutions calling for a broad convention to limit the powers of the federal government in 24 states and won passage in four, Arizona, Missouri, North Dakota, and Texas.

COS, whose budget more than tripled between 2011 and 2015 to $5.7 million, now has a total of 12 states behind its more unlikely, but more dangerous, approach. The group, founded by Tea Party Patriots founder Mark Meckler and Koch-tied dark money man Eric O'Keefe, has received major support from the Koch-linked Donors Trust and backing from ALEC, which has adopted COS’s proposal as a "model" bill. It seeks a constitutional convention to pass any number of amendments designed to limit the powers of the federal government, adopt term limits, and allow states to opt-out of regulations and even Supreme Court decisions they do not like.

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Max Abbott contributed to this article.

 

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Một nguồn tin ẩn danh nói với trang mạng quốc phòng Jane’s vào ngày 20/6, là Phạm Trường Long bỏ ngang chuyến đi do các viên chức Việt Nam bác bỏ yêu cầu tạm dừng thăm dò dầu lửa và khí đốt trong phạm vi đường lưỡi bò.

Vị trí của các lô 118 và 136 so với đường lưỡi bò Trung Quốc trên Biển Đông. Địa điểm đặt giàn khoan Hải Dương Thạch Du 981 năm 2014 cũng được ghi chú. CSIS
Theo quan điểm của Hà Nội, việc Bắc Kinh chống đối thăm dò dầu khí ở lô 118 và lô 136 không chỉ là vô căn cứ mà còn gây phản cảm. Các lô này không nằm trong khu vực tranh chấp do chồng lấn thềm lục địa, mà chỉ vì đường lưỡi bò ảo mà cả Việt Nam lẫn cộng đồng quốc tế rộng rãi đều không thể chấp nhận được.

Tướng Phạm Trường Long (Fan Changlong), phó chủ nhiệm Quân ủy Trung ương Trung Quốc đã lên lịch đi thăm Hà Nội hai ngày từ 18 đến 19/06/2017, rồi gặp gỡ bộ trưởng Quốc Phòng Việt Nam Ngô Xuân Lịch nhân sự kiện giao lưu quốc phòng cấp cao biên giới Việt-Trung từ ngày 20 đến 22/06/2017. Nhưng có điều gì đó không ổn đã xảy ra, vì ông Phạm Trường Long đã bất ngờ rời Hà Nội hôm 18/6 sau khi gặp thủ tướng Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, chủ tịch nước Trần Đại Quang và bộ trưởng Ngô Xuân Lịch.

Hai ngày sau, bộ Quốc Phòng Trung Quốc loan báo việc hủy bỏ sự kiện giao lưu quốc phòng biên giới, với « lý do liên quan đến sắp xếp lịch làm việc ». Sự thật dường như là căng thẳng đang âm ỉ giữa Bắc Kinh và Hà Nội sắp bùng nổ - Việt Nam vốn tỏ ra nghi hoặc hơn Philippines trước các động thái khuyến dụ gần đây của Trung Quốc. Theo tác giả Murray Hiebert, phó giám đốc chương trình Đông Nam Á của Trung tâm Nghiên cứu Chiến lược Quốc tế (CSIS), thì đó là do bất đồng về việc thăm dò dầu khí.

Một nguồn tin ẩn danh nói với trang mạng quốc phòng Jane’s vào ngày 20/6, là Phạm Trường Long bỏ ngang chuyến đi do các viên chức Việt Nam bác bỏ yêu cầu tạm dừng thăm dò dầu lửa và khí đốt trong phạm vi đường 9 đoạn, tức đường lưỡi bò do Trung Quốc tự ý vạch ra trên Biển Đông. Ông Ngô Sĩ Tồn (Wu Shicun), viện trưởng Viện nghiên cứu Biển Đông của Trung Quốc cho rằng cuộc gặp bị hủy bỏ vì « Bắc Kinh coi như Việt Nam không giữ lời hứa là không thăm dò dầu khí tại các khu vực tranh chấp ở Biển Đông ». Hai lô 118 và 136 dường như là trung tâm của bất đồng.

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Hồi tháng Giêng, tập đoàn ExxonMobil loan báo kế hoạch khai thác trữ lượng khí đốt ở bờ biển miền trung Việt Nam. Dự án mỏ « Cá Voi Xanh » nằm ở lô 118 cách bờ biển Quảng Ngãi khoảng 100 km, có một phần nhỏ chồng lấn với đường lưỡi bò Trung Quốc. Bắc Kinh yêu sách « quyền lịch sử » đối với toàn bộ trữ lượng dầu khí nằm trong đường 9 đoạn này, bất chấp việc Tòa án Trọng tài Thường trực La Haye hồi tháng 7/2016 đã ra phán quyết khẳng định đòi hỏi này là vô căn cứ. Tác giả Hiebert cho biết địa điểm mà Exxon dự định khoan dầu nằm gần đường lưỡi bò, cách khoảng 10 hải lý, nhưng vẫn ở phía ngoài đường ranh tự vạch của Bắc Kinh.

Tất nhiên trữ lượng khí đốt không cần biết đến biên giới, và việc khoan thăm dò của Exxon có thể bị Bắc Kinh coi là đụng chạm đến khu vực bồn trũng Nam Côn Sơn nằm giáp với đường lưỡi bò. Đây cũng là khu vực lòng chảo mà Bắc Kinh đã cho kéo giàn khoan nước sâu Hải Dương Thạch Du 981 (Haiyang Shiyou 981) đến vào năm 2014, gây ra cuộc khủng hoảng lớn kéo dài cả tháng trời giữa Việt Nam và Trung Quốc. Điều quan trọng cần ghi nhận theo chuyên gia Murray Hiebert, là dù lô 118 nằm chồng lên đường lưỡi bò, chắc chắn là lô này thuộc về phía Việt Nam trong bất kỳ việc phân định thềm lục địa nào trong tương lai.

Việc thăm dò của tập đoàn Exxon ở lô 118 có vẻ đã chọc giận Bắc Kinh, nhưng ngòi nổ gần hơn cho cuộc xung đột là kế hoạch của Việt Nam nhằm thăm dò trữ lượng dầu khí tại lô 136, ở xa hơn về phía nam. Lô này nằm tại bãi cạn Tư Chính (Vanguard Bank), một thực thể chìm vốn là trở ngại trong quan hệ giữa Hà Nội và Bắc Kinh trong suốt 30 năm qua, được cho là có trữ lượng dầu có thể thương mại hóa.

Bãi cạn Tư Chính nằm cách xa tất cả các đảo nhỏ và rạn san hô tranh chấp, nhưng Bắc Kinh tiếp tục yêu sách chủ quyền, dựa trên đường lưỡi bò không có cơ sở pháp lý. Năm 1992, Trung Quốc bán lại quyền khai thác dầu khí tại một lô rất lớn, bao gồm cả bãi cạn Tư Chính, cho một công ty Mỹ nhỏ hơn là Crestone Energy. Hợp đồng khổng lồ này chồng chéo với lô 136 của Việt Nam, hiện đang do công ty Repsol Exploration của Tây Ban Nha quản lý.

Từ khi nắm được lô này hai năm về trước, nằm trong khuôn khổ việc mua lại công ty Úc Talisman Energy, Repsol vẫn giám sát khu vực để chuẩn bị cho công tác thăm dò dầu khí. Theo lời đồn đãi, thì Hà Nội đã thông qua một kế hoạch để công ty sớm tiến hành khoan thăm dò, bất chấp sự phản đối của Bắc Kinh. Không biết có phải là một sự trùng hợp hay không, ông Phạm Trường Long cùng với phái đoàn của ông đã đến Tây Ban Nha ngay trước chuyến thăm Việt Nam.

Cả Repsol lẫn Hà Nội đều không đưa ra tuyên bố chính thức. Nhưng một chiếc tàu Việt Nam không rõ tên hiệu, dường như đã được điều đến tuần tra ở lô 136 ngay sau khi ông Phạm rời Hà Nội. Theo các dữ liệu của Windward, một công ty chuyên phân tích số liệu và rủi ro hàng hải, thì chiếc tàu đã đến khu vực này vào buổi sáng ngày 19/6 theo giờ địa phương, và đã hoạt động theo kiểu đi điều tra hoặc tuần tra.

Căng thẳng cũng được thể hiện trong bối cảnh Việt Nam đang có những bước đi nhằm siết chặt hơn quan hệ với Hoa Kỳ và Nhật Bản, chắc chắn là sẽ làm Trung Quốc bực tức. Thủ tướng Nguyễn Xuân Phúc đã đi thăm Nhà Trắng hồi tháng Năm, và sau đó Washington đã chuyển giao một chiếc tàu tuần duyên lớp Hamilton cho lực lượng cảnh sát biển Việt Nam. Vào thời gian cuối của chuyến viếng thăm, Hoa Kỳ và Việt Nam đã đưa ra thông cáo chung, loan báo rằng Việt Nam hoan nghênh một hàng không mẫu hạm Hoa Kỳ lần đầu tiên thăm vịnh Cam Ranh, vốn là cảng nước sâu được quân đội Mỹ khai thác trong thời kỳ chiến tranh Việt Nam trước đây.

Hoa Kỳ và Việt Nam cũng thỏa thuận tăng cường chia sẻ tin tức tình báo. « Chúng tôi sẽ không chia sẻ thông tin quân sự về tổ chức Nhà Nước Hồi Giáo tại Trung Đông đâu » - một viên chức Việt Nam nói đùa, ngụ ý rằng các thông tin san sẻ là thuộc lãnh vực phòng bị hàng hải trên Biển Đông. Việt Nam cũng quan tâm đến việc mua thêm các thiết bị quốc phòng của Mỹ, một điều đã trở thành khả thi sau khi Washington dỡ bỏ cấm vận vũ khí cách đây một năm. Bộ trưởng Quốc Phòng Việt Nam Ngô Xuân Lịch cũng dự kiến đi thăm Washington lần đầu tiên để gặp gỡ tướng James Mattis, bộ trưởng Quốc Phòng Mỹ trong những tháng tới, có thể là vào tháng Tám.

Rất nhanh sau chuyến công du Washington, thủ tướng Nguyễn Xuân Phúc đã đến ngay Tokyo. Theo một thông cáo chung, Việt Nam và Nhật Bản đã thỏa thuận về quan hệ « đối tác chiến lược rộng rãi » và tăng cường hợp tác trong lãnh vực quốc phòng cũng như an ninh. Tokyo cam kết viện trợ trên 900 triệu đô la cho Hà Nội trong nhiều dự án khác nhau, trong đó có cả các hoạt động tuần duyên và cung cấp sáu tàu tuần tra. Chẳng bao lâu sau chuyến viếng thăm này, Nhật Bản và Việt Nam đã tiến hành tập dượt chung giữa tuần duyên hai nước, tập trung vào việc chống đánh cá bất hợp pháp – và có vẻ đã làm cho Bắc Kinh cay cú.

Theo quan điểm của Hà Nội, việc Bắc Kinh chống đối thăm dò dầu khí ở lô 118 và lô 136 không chỉ là vô căn cứ mà còn gây phản cảm. Các lô này không nằm trong khu vực tranh chấp do chồng lấn thềm lục địa, mà chỉ vì đường lưỡi bò ảo mà cả Việt Nam lẫn cộng đồng quốc tế rộng rãi đều không thể chấp nhận được.

Trong khi đó, Trung Quốc tiếp tục khai thác dầu khí ở cửa vịnh Bắc Bộ và quần đảo Hoàng Sa chiếm được của Việt Nam bằng vũ lực năm 1974. Hôm 16/6, ngay trước khi Phạm Trường Long đến Hà Nội, giàn khoan Hải Dương Thạch Du 981 lại được kéo đến phía nam đảo Hải Nam. Theo một thông báo của Cục Hải Sự Trung Quốc (China Maritime Safety Administration), giàn khoan này sẽ hoạt động tại khu vực cho đến ngày 15/9.

Giàn khoan Hải Dương Thạch Du 981 lần này đặt ở vị trí đường trung tuyến giữa bờ biển hai nước, ở phía Trung Quốc ; và trong khi việc phân ranh về mặt kỹ thuật vẫn đang bị treo lại, thì địa điểm này vẫn thuộc Trung Quốc. Còn các lô 118 và 136 tuy rõ ràng thuộc về Việt Nam, nhưng Bắc Kinh lại đòi Hà Nội phải rút ra. Theo chuyên gia Murray Hiebert, kiểu cách xử sự ngang ngược này làm các lãnh đạo Việt Nam hết sức bực tức.

Thụy My



(RFI)

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By Lauren M. Graham, Ph.D.

On June 19, 2017, Synthetic Genomics Inc. announced a breakthrough in its collaboration with ExxonMobil involving the modification of an algae strain that more than doubled its oil content to 40 percent without significantly inhibiting the strain’s growth.  Synthetic Genomics researchers identified a genetic switch that could be fine-tuned to regulate the conversion of carbon to oil in the algae species, Nannochloropsis gaditana, and established a proof-of-concept approach for the new process.  The achievement is a key milestone in the partnership that aims to demonstrate that algae can be incredibly productive as a renewable energy source with a corresponding positive contribution to our environment.  Additional research, testing, and analysis is required to ensure the process is commercially viable. 


          The Ideology of Future World, Part 1   
Oh, EPCOT Center, where are you?!

It's not the first time this opinion has been voiced, and it surely won't be the last. It's been said so much by now that it's become a cliche... the 30-something EPCOT fan, pining away for the lost attractions of yesteryear. The Sci-Fi kid who grew up with NASA pennants and Star Trek episodes on tape may be one of the few types unaccomodated by theme parks, an area so often dominated by nostalgia and fantasy.

That may be part of the mystique,  but more than anything, EPCOT Center was the right product at the right time, the theme park about science and technology that opened during a pivotal era for science and technology. Home computers, video game systems, cable TV and VCRs became creature comforts used the world over, and special effects began their slow encroachment on the rest of movies. EPCOT Center was there, reflecting ourselves back at us, perhaps not flatteringly but basically correctly.

Recently I was reading through Fjellman's Vinyl Leaves and was struck by his coverage of Future World. Fjellman seemed rather enchanted by much of WDW, but in Future World, he came down hard on the corporate sponsors and their (rather naive) messages inside the attractions. And while it's true that a cultural critic, as Fjellman is, is always going to gravitate towards areas of greater thematic gravity simply because those areas actually have something to discuss, it's sort of remarkable from the 21st century to re-read his late 20th century concerns.

For example, in General Motors Transcenter, he sees the Bird and Robot Show as an effort to portray the computerized factory "workers" - then already replacing flesh and blood workers - as positive, helpful, unthreatening servants. Fjellman makes the connection to Michael Moore's then-recent documentary Roger & Me, depicting the economic devastation in and around Flint, Michigan, by GM's abandonment of the area. Well, Flint MI isn't any better off today than it was in 1990, and for basically the same reasons.

But in other cases he seems to be wide of the mark. In EPCOT Computer Central, people play computer games to humanize and put a friendly face on new, threatening technology, and Fjellman sees this as another effort to indoctrinate the public to their new mechanical masters. It's not Fjellman's fault that he didn't see the internet age and dot com bubble coming, but it's interesting in hindsight to see an area of human activity that de-corporatized as it developed, to the point that fighting for digital freedoms is a very real issue in Washington today, an issue that CommuniCore never hinted at.

Yet more than anything, it's truly strange today to read Fjellman going apoplectic over these attractions which today, if not universally beloved, are considered to be classics of the first degree, standard bearers to beat. Most of them were with us for less than the life span of many house pets, yet their legend was grown outsize, torpid. There are fans of Horizons who never saw it in person. And if these classics really weren't so idiotically vapid as they seemed in the 80s, perhaps they weren't all they're cooked up to be today, either. Ideologically, if not technologically, a lot of Future World was very often suspect.

So let's take a leisurely tour of Future World, taking a look at the message of those original shows, their new message (if relevant), original sponsor, and assessing whether these subjects are still relevant, and how the message of Future World could change. After all, a lot can change in thirty years!



Spaceship Earth, 1982
Original Sponsor: Bell Systems
Original Message: The evolution of communication technology will lead mankind into the future.
Current Sponsor: Siemens
Current Message: The evolution of communication technology has led mankind into the future, where you are also a cartoon.

Comments: Of all of the major corporate pavilions at Future World, this one has aged the most gracefully, which is good, because it's inside a structure so complex it can't really be easily removed. Of all of the visions of the future presented at EPCOT Center, Spaceship Earth's came the nearest to actually coming true - even the families of Horizons were doing things like playing dorky transparent organs instead of staring at glowing screens the way everybody actually is today. This also means it's the easiest to update, which means it's gotten the most updates. But that itself is the problem.

The original version of the show, scripted with an assist from Ray Bradbury, had a tone that was dry and vaguely spooky, like many of the original Future World shows. The Walter Cronkite narration and insertion of "Tomorrow's Child" into the finale had the effect of softening the attraction somewhat, and to me the Cronkite version is still the champion for "best overall" version - it had show scenes almost all the way through, with animatronics and compelling visuals from bottom to top to bottom. The 1994 Irons version was simultaneously an improvement and a downgrade - it had an even better script, a stronger message, and an excellent soundtrack. The trouble came shortly before the "180 top" segment, where the sections dealing with an actual communications technology future, still relevant in the 90s, became an extended advertisement for AT&T's new videophone technology, which looked then like the sort of tech gadget that Screech would mock on Saved By The Bell. Worse still, the entire segment was accomplished with static figures in cheap sets which had no resemblance to the rest of the attraction, and were rendered in UV-sensitive paint which didn't always do a good job hiding the fact that most of what you were looking at was just black curtains.

True to tradition, the 2007 reboot both improved things and made them worse. Screens were added to each car and an Innoventions-style quiz game with animated cartoon became the new finale. A new score by Bruce Broughton doesn't have remotely the same impact as the 1994 score, and Judy Dench's narration is the first truly eye-rolling one for this attraction, although the contrast was heightened by coming immediately after Irons' excellent script and delivery. However, the refresh did manage to extend the good segment of the ride - complete with scenery and animatronics - a good 30 feet nearer to the 180 top, resulting in the strongest version of the front half of the ride since before the 1994 edition.

What Needs to Change: The focus of the next refurbishment needs to be extending the quality scenery at least part of the way down the descent portion of the ride. The original version included astronauts floating in space on the 180 top repairing satellites, then as the cars descended they coasted through the center of a space station where a woman directed the operation from a control tower. It was one of the most impressive things in EPCOT. The same effect can be achieved today, even with limited function figures, and Spaceship Earth really deserves that ending, more than it deserves a grid of dots or watching the news on TV. Once through that section, the original Spaceship Earth show converted to the "Tomorrow's Child" segment, right about where the 1994 show was giving you the famous "lightning in space". The final diorama and tunnel has never been attractive, and WDI really needs to commit to putting something cool here.

I suggest bringing back the 1994 score and dialing back on the patronizing quality of the narration for the next version. The in-car screens were prescient for 2007, and debuted mere months after the first iPhones went on sale, but are embarrassingly behind the curve now, and really need to show something worthwhile or be removed.

Status: Still truckin'
New Sponsor Suggestion: As the iconic visual of EPCOT Center, I think it's time for Disney to commit to this one themselves. The trouble with the sponsorship game is that sponsors are always going to want to tell a specific narrative, and inside an already constructed attraction like Spaceship Earth, it isn't an easy thing to do. As the last remaining Future World Classic, this one should be owned and funded entirely by Disney, and it needs to speak for the rest of Future World in a way that the other pavilions no longer do.

Earth Station, 1982
Original Sponsor: --
Original Message: --
Current Sponsor: Siemens, "Project Tomorrow"
Current Message: Thanks for riding!
Comments: I still think this is the most logical spot in Future World for Guest Relations. The original Earth Station included a detail everybody remembers: the computerized reservation central, where you could talk to another person through a video screen! Literally everything about Earth Station, and the WorldKey system, has been replaced by an average smartphone device, and that's fine. But I still think Guest Relations should be moved back to here. It doesn't need to be anything flashy, but this spot was designed for it.

Status: A less technologically advanced Face Time



CommuniCore Futurecom, 1982
Original Sponsor: AT&T
Original Message: A hands-on look at the complexities of relaying information across the country, including the Age of Information diorama, the Information Fountain, Network Control game, Packet Phraser, and Microchip Maze.
Current Sponsor: --
Current Message: --
Comments: the true "post show" of Spaceship Earth was one of Communicore's nicest areas, using human-scaled activities and warm, inviting earth tones. On a basic level, kinetic pieces of art like the Information Fountain and Age of Information were fun to look at even if you didn't bother to stick around to figure out what it was all about. Exhibits like this were Future World's equivalent of Magic Kingdom's charming architectural facades, and the lack of them is one reason why Future World currently feels so sterile. If Future World is going to draw people back in to its monumental architecture, it needs socialization hubs like this - with appealing colors, natural light, and actual fun things to look at that don't mean much.

Status: Not quite as relevant, but still cool.

Universe of Energy, 1982
Original Sponsor: Exxon
Original Message: Fossil fuels, despite the extraordinary difficulty of obtaining them, are still the best energy source available, although if something better comes along, Exxon intends to own that, too.
Current Sponsor: --
Current Message: We're running out of fossil fuels, but don't worry, we'll think of something.
Comments: The most ideologically weighted of the original Future World shows, let's be honest - Universe of Energy was never especially progressive or prescient. Much of the original show was devoted to explaining, at excruciating length, where fossil fuels come from and how they are harvested. Don't worry, there's also dinosaurs! The 1996 reboot of the show, Ellen's Energy Crisis, put a warm face on the proceedings but pretty much wrote off alternate energy sources as impractical. In some ways, the 1982 show was more honest - we are running out of options with fossil fuels, and the search for fossil fuels has led us, politically, to some pretty ugly places.

What Needs To Change: Universe of Energy is a problem. The basic design of the pavilion is based on a pitch created by production designer John DeCuir and bought by Disney in the 1970s. Technologically, the "moving theater" is probably the most outdated thing at Walt Disney World, running on an absurd jury rigged system that is as crude as it feels. But the pavilion is also an opportunity to create a real classic; after all, those dinosaurs are still pretty awesome.

If the moving theater concept is going to be retained, then at the bare minimum Disney needs to invest in new theater cars and a trackless ride system. With the ability to quickly and precisely move into place instead of waiting for the equivalent of two Commodore 2s to move you into place, it should be possible to present a dramatically reduced version of the original Universe of Energy show - complete with dorky theme songs - in about 15 minutes. The question is, should we really be doing that, even if the film in Theater 2 is entirely new? Because it's still then a show ideologically dominated by a fossil fuels company.

I think running an omnimover through the building is a better choice. This would allow you to retain the dinos and build new scenes around the experience, as well as present a different point of view, perhaps showing how far we've come since 1982 - and how much farther we have to go. Omnimovers are popular and efficient, and a family-friendly, not too long experience could do well today sitting next to two major thrill rides. To do that we need a sponsor with a real vision for a world without fossil fuels.

Status: Still Relevant
New Sponsor Suggestion: Tesla

CommuniCore Energy Exchange, 1982
Original Sponsor: Exxon
Original Message: Fossil Fuels are still the best!
Current Sponsor: --
Current Message: --
Comments: This was the place where, freed from the confines of a moving theater, Exxon really hit home their point, offering guests opportunities to turn bicycles and wheels to light up lightbulbs, before offering the news that we would have to keep turning that crank for hours to generate one dollar of electricity! It wasn't terribly exciting and was usually empty, but it was memorable and did a lot better job doing the ideological heavy lifting than Universe of Energy ever has. If you've got to make a point, that's how to do it.

Status: Effective but Questionable



CommuniCore Epcot Computer Central, 1982
Original Sponsor: Sperry Univac
Original Message: Computers are not scary at all, and in fact even you can use them.
Current Sponsor: --
Current Message: --
Comments: A wide-ranging overview of the various ways computers can improve and automate our lives, Sperry-Univac's keystone exhibit - The Astuter Computer Revue - closed shortly and reopened as the blandly cute Backstage Magic within just two years, but that was not the only problem. The exhibit overall focused heavily on the institutional and business aspects of computers - after all, this was years before even simple graphical interfaces became common, and nearly a decade and a half before Windows 95. As a result, a lot of Computer Central felt impersonal and utilitarian, where we could see computers doing things like calculating census data. Other computer abilities highlighted by Sperry included things that almost nobody does on a computer these days, like assembling an American flag. The most memorable thing in Computer Central, SMRT-1, was less of a demonstration of computer technology as a traditional theme park interaction exhibit dressed up as a robot.

One component amidst this sea of number crunching and automation did ring true as to where we were going with computers: the Rollercoaster game. Anybody who played this goofy thing in the 80s may not immediately think it as their introduction to CAD, but that is what it was. Computer Central wasn't much interested in the home and entertainment sectors of computing - the sectors which would explode in about a decade - and there wasn't even a single mention of "e-mail" anywhere in it, but I'd wager that between WorldKey, Rollercoaster, and the other games here, more Americans touched a computer inside EPCOT Center than anywhere else in the country during the 80s.

Status: Fossilized

Wonders of Life, 1989
Original Sponsor: MetLife
Original Message: It's a real battle to stay healthy (???)
Current Sponsor: --
Current Message: --
Comments: Instead of breaking up each attraction here, I'm going to treat the entire pavilion as a piece, which is frankly really difficult. Of all of the Future World pavilions, Wonders of Life presented the most diffuse message, and had the shortest life span. Most guests simply treated the individual attractions as Magic Kingdom-style experiences, void of ideological ramifications, which was good, because they largely were.

Throughout, the visual theme of an indoor fun fair gave way to militaristic themes in the major attractions. A rather naked imitation of the 1987 film Innerspace, Body Wars was a ride-thru B movie complete with bad acting and sickening special effects. The charming Cranium Command was, in its day, one of the funniest, smartest things at WDW, but it had no more of a message than the Tiki Room - not freaking out seemed to be its main suggestion for dealing with daily life. Elsewhere, Wonders of Life offered a film about human conception and birth, and sold late 80s idea of healthy foods, like frozen yogurt and waffles.

It's probably better to think of Wonders of Life as a reflection of Michael Eisner's ideas about theme parks than any kind of coherent addition to the Future World lexicon. Here garish, Michael Graves-ian colors combine in a circus atmosphere complete with a spinning overhead mobile. Faceless, industrial institutions like the Miniaturized Exploration Technologies and the eponymous Cranium Command invite tourists to do highly unlikely things. Celebrities appear for no apparent reason - hey kids, is that Charles Grodin? What whimsy!

More than anything, Wonders of Life can be paired with The Living Seas as pavilion ideas that Disney created back in the 70s that never really found a great reason to exist. As an outgrowth of some truly strange ideas created for a Life & Health pavilion by Rolly Crump, Wonders of Life was more of its time and less interesting. It was also never quite able to justify how a discourse on healthy eating and exercise wasn't folded into the message of The Land, across the park.

Status: Goofy Gestalt
New Sponsor Suggestion: It's probably better to allow Wonders of Life to exist in its native habitat - the 1990s. This spot should be used as an expansion pad.


CommuniCore American Express TravelPort, 1982
Original Sponsor: American Express
Original Message: --
Current Sponsor: --
Current Message: --
Comments: Basically a laserdisc assisted version of a travel agent, minus the ability the actually book a flight, TravelPort is hardly remembered aspect of Communicore, and for mostly good reasons, because it neither predicted nor rode any particular futuristic wave. It did, however, have a big red sphere, and those will always be cool.

Status: Replaced by Airfare Watchdog, Expedia, UrbanSpoon...



Horizons, 1983
Original Sponsor: General Electric
Original Message: If We Can Dream It, We Can Do It
Current Sponsor: --
Current Message: --
Comments: This is the big one, and it's the big one for good reason. While the other Future World pavilions were marked by corporate elisions or made ideological hash of their messages, Horizons made the case that the rest of Future World couldn't - that the future was going to be really goddamned awesome, and you were going to float upside down. That message doesn't date, even if all of the other trappings of the show did. And as an index of the rest of Future World, showing us undersea colonies (The Living Seas), cool space stations (Spaceship Earth), and desert cultivation (The Land), Horizons was enormously effective and Future World will never be complete without it.

Here's why Horizons is still relevant today, and it's the reason why every kid who ever rode it, and most adults, have never forgotten it, regardless of how simplified and schematic is was. Kids deserve to be shown a version of the future that isn't a totalitarian society, or an ecological disaster, or a zombie apocalypse, and our society is not and never has been forthcoming with these options. Horizons delivered and made dimensional, tactile, a version of the future which was friendly and reassuring, and people, especially at a young age, deserve to know that positive change is possible too, even if it's wrapped up in a package which is somewhat of a fantasy. Because if you can't be cheerfully optimistic at Disney World, then what the hell is left?

Now, let's be clear: there will never again be an attraction as elaborate as Horizons. Disney was really the only place that ever built things like this, and they're not in that business anymore. Split into four segments - Looking Back at Tomorrow, the two omnisphere theaters, Tomorrow's Windows and Choose Your Own Future - Horizons was a staggering multi sensory epic. But when you get down to it, the key sections were Looking Back at Tomorrow and Tomorrow's Windows, and both of them were built on the fountain of stuff that Disney still does well - dimensional figures and scenery. These segments also have basically solid designs. What wasn't crucial in Horizons was not the specific designs of the clothes, accessories, even music or narration, all of which were pedestrian. What made Horizons work was the astonishing way the omnimovers creeps through and around those pod-like sets, sliding past space stations, and down below undersea cities. This can still be replicated, and given a new look with modern modern conceptions of shapes, colors, clothes, music, and dialogue - basically the same things which keep Spaceship Earth plugging along.

Therefore, even if the full version in all its glory can never be replicated, there is simply no excuse for Disney not to rebuild at least part of Horizons as their prestige family friendly omnimover attraction at Epcot. It's Epcot's Pirates of the Caribbean, and it really needs to be there, if only in part. I suggest putting up a new, condensed version where Wonders of Life is now.

Status: Integral, badly needed.
New Sponsor Suggestion: Horizons was the most Disney thing in Future World, so this is another one that Disney needs to really build and market as their own. Amongst the Disney faithful, a new version of Horizons would be one of the marketing and public relations success stories of the decade, and truly send the message that Disney was committing to Epcot again.

CommuniCore Electronic Forum, 1982
Original Sponsor: --
Original Message: The upcoming computer age will open new doors of communication, maybe
Current Sponsor: --
Current Message: --
Comments: Of anything in EPCOT, Electronic Forum probably got nearest to where we would be in three decades. Televisions in the lobby, ostensibly intended to be used to access news casts from around the world, were most often used by EPCOT visitors to dial up college football games. As Richard Beard memorably puts it in his iconic Walt Disney's EPCOT Center, the Future choice Theater "offer(s) a rare opportunity to get a number of things off your chest and into a computer". The resulting demographic breakdowns displayed onscreen, and indeed the entire concept of electronically voicing opinions, was probably not what visitors carried away from this experience. Since the demographic breakdowns of 170 people were self-reported, Future Choice Theater was likely the first experience many people had with that most modern of internet activities, misrepresenting yourself.

In later years, the emphasis on current social issues gave way to the more benign "Person of the Century Poll", of which the winner was usually Michael Jackson. Because the attractions in Electronic Forum required the cheerful compliance of audiences to remain on message, here already was evidence of the true directions technology would take - subverted for amusement, redirected to watch college football on Sundays, turned into popular culture popularity contests. Anybody who thinks human mischief in the age of the internet is anything but an inevitabile could take a long look at Electronic Forum for a more persuasive alternate view.

Status: Replaced by Social Media



World of Motion, 1982
Original Sponsor: General Motors
Original Message: Private automobiles are more efficient, more useful, and less dangerous than any form of transportation yet invented.
Current Sponsor: General Motors, Test Track
Current Message: Thanks to rigorous testing, private automobiles are safer than ever before.
Comments: Designed at a time when the American automobile industry was imploding due to overseas competition and embroiled in expensive and publicity damaging scandals concerning chemical dumping and labor, World of Motion had next to nothing to say about the future, and spent most of its time concentrating on the past. That past, as designed by Marc Davis, was supremely goofy and fantastical, as various hazards and inconveniences - irate mules, sea serpents, flying carpets, airborne pigs, and traffic cops - impede the frivoulsly liberated human population's desire to go for a drive in the country. This wasn't so much a history of the automobile as a history of getting from place to place, ending in a vision of the future where paved multi-lane highways run every which way into the horizon - a future where no invention will ever replace the family sedan. Exxon, over at the Universe of Energy, would likely have approved.

What Needs to Change: The current version of Test Track, although less of my kind of ride than World of Motion was, is one of the few Future World pavilions to really feel like it has a place in Epcot. It has a corporate sponsor, a unified aesthetic, and is pushing an agenda, and doing a pretty good job doing it. Although I really miss all those those Marc Davis animatronics and huge sets - remember how massive the oak tree in the bicycling scene was? - Test Track is still on message. In a world where EPCOT Center is re-concieved from the ground up for 2016 audiences, an entire pavilion touting the personal car would not, I feel, make the cut, but for the popular and effective ride, this one should stay for now.

Status: Unkillable

TransCenter, 1982
Original Sponsor: General Motors
Original Message: Cars and combustion engines are great!
Current Sponsor: General Motors
Current Message: Buy some stuff, even a car!
Comments: Much like Energy Exchange over at CommuniCore, TransCenter does the ideological heavy lifting for General Motors. While Exxon let you turn a crank and see how insignificant your personal body power was compared to the merest blip of electricity, GM took a comic approach. The Water Engine took place in a darkened room where screens appeared behind the lowering cylinders of a combustion engine. While a laconic cowboy - the absolute embodiment of 80s American patriarchy - insists that he'll stick with the combustion engine till something better comes along, various crazy cartoon characters demonstrate their engines until a Mad Scientist-type turns on a "Water Engine" that explodes and wrecks comic havoc. Funny, charmingly animated, Water Engine still played directly into the prejudices of Americans and General Motors.

Steven Fjellman saw much that was ominous in The Bird and Robot Show, and given that his book was written in the immediate aftermath of Roger and Me, it's not too surprising. It's perhaps better, and more accurate, to see Bird and Robot as an outgrowth of traditional Disney theater shows like Country Bear Jamboree and Tiki Room, similar to the way that Kitchen Kabaret sought to add some old school Disney charm to to sleek, corporate EPCOT programme. WED basically treated the robotic assembly arm as the most advanced audio-animatronic possible, and paired it with a model of one of their earliest animated figures - a Tiki Room bird - to show off how fluidly it could move, lift objects, perform tricks, etc. Three decades on, the automation of labor has only increased, and is rapidly cresting the horizon where social change is going to need to happen to keep pace with the displaced population of laborers. Much like over at Expo Robotics, the robots are now the whole show.


The cleverest idea in TransCenter, and the one that really stuck, was the notion to require riders to exit through an automobile show room. Everyone remembers the Aero 2000, a machine designed to reduce wind resistance, but the Aero was a fantasy car and acted as the lure to keep people walking through the exhibit. Further along came more practical, potentially salable items such as the GM Lean Machine and, most importantly, next year's GM models.

What Needs to Change: The 1998 reboot into Test Track retained a few of the post-show elements. There was a simulator type attraction called Time Chasers, and a new gift shop which absorbed the back part of the automobile show room. The cars were instead moved forward into the exhibit area; guests still walk past the areas where Bird and Robot and Water Engine played. Given the fact that Test Track has a height restriction where World of Motion had none, I find it impossible to believe that films and exhibits in this are wouldn't be more popular with waiting families than the original menu of attractions were. In this case it's a matter of relocating or condensing the shop to make room for some informational activities that supplement the on-ride messages of safety and reliability.

Status: More memorable than you'd expect from a car company.

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          The Nigerian Oil Industry: Assessing Community Development and Sustainability   

Purpose: The reoccurrence of loss in revenue generation from the oil industry which is due to the unstable and heated relationship between oil corporations and host communities in the Niger Delta (ND) region of Nigeria has spurred the strategic social permission of oil multinational corporations (OMNCs) to operate in the country. Thus, OMNCs have continually given attention to the challenges faced by the region through community development in terms of initiatives and projects. Community development (CD) and sustainability are core to viable social responsibility (SR) whether from the part of government or from OMNCs. However, since the independence of the country in 1960, a lot of development agencies and commissions have been established by the government towards social and infrastructural development in the ND region. These agencies and commissions often combine efforts with OMNCs to enforce development and sustainability in the region which consequently result in mutual benefits on both ends. The purpose of this paper is to critically examine CD and sustainability of host communities in the ND by evaluating initiatives conducted by government development agencies such as the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and OMNCs such as ExxonMobil and Shell Petroleum Development Commission (SPDC) in the region.

Approach/Design/Methodology: The paper applied a qualitative research approach. It conceptualises CD and sustainability and examines the views of community members on initiatives from the NDDC and OMNCs. Instruments for primary data collection were the Focus Group Discussion, In-depth Interviews (IDIs) and observation. The research made use of thirty IDIs and five FGDs. Secondary sources of data were journal articles, reports and other documents from both the OMNCs and NDDC. It also made use of the Nvivo11 software to organise the data while a content-based analysis was used to set data into themes. The study puts into consideration the perspectives of different community members as well as the various concepts which exist in the literature.

Findings: Analysis reveals that there is positive impact when development takes place in host communities and sustainability attained but consequently, there are no probable and visible improvement of the OMNCs operations and business in the region, which is why there is reoccurrence of revenue loss in the country from the oil sector.

Value/Originality: This paper gives voice to participants in a social setting by highlighting the importance of CD and sustainability in the ND region. It does this by looking into the different initiatives conducted by the NDDC, ExxonMobile and SPDC.
          Das sind die teuersten Unternehmen der Welt   

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Amerikanische Firmen dominieren die Rangliste der weltweiten Mega-Konzerne. Unter den größten 100 nach Börsenwert sind laut einer Studie der Beratungsgesellschaft PwC allein 55 US-Firmen.

Aus China kommen 11 Unternehmen und aus Europa 22, davon 4 aus Deutschland. Sie sind aber gemessen an den US-Konzernen klein. Die teuersten Unternehmen und ihre Branchen per Ende März:

1. Apple (Technologie) — 754 Milliarden US-Dollar

2. Alphabet, Aktienklasse A (Technologie) — 579

3. Microsoft (Technologie) — 509

4. Amazon (Konsumgüter) — 423

5. Berkshire Hathaway, Aktienklasse A (Finanzen) — 411

6. Facebook (Technologie) — 411

7. Exxon Mobil (Öl & Gas) — 340

8. Johnson & Johnson (Pharma/Konsumgüter) — 338

9. JP Morgan Chase (Finanzen) — 314

10. Wells Fargo (Finanzen) — 279

...

56. SAP (Technologie) — 121

58. Siemens (Industrie) — 117

59. Bayer (Pharma) — 95

87. BASF (Chemie) — 91

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          Reply #49   
I have not purchased 1oz of any thing from Exxon since they destroyed the Alaskan enviroment then had the nerve to cry that it was costing them too much to clean up after that drunken slob that they hired destroyed it. Also, they just gave their CEO 400 million what the HE__ was that for?

Good luck to all that play.
          Reply #28   
Before we start boycotting ExxonMobile, why not boycott Citgo while we are at it? Citgo profits go to Hugo Chavez who is a buddy of Fidel Castro. Scrapping your SUVs would also be a good way to cut gas costs. You could also stop carrying your spoiled brats all over the place, get your cell phone out of your ear so you can drive more carefully and plan your lives like your parents and grandparents did. Other ideas would be to move closer to your job, live within your means and quit trying to
          Reply #22   
IF the majority of people boycott any company, it will bring them down. I am not buying Exxon Gas....

I think we should tackle one problem at a time. It should not be that much of an inconvenience for people to stop buying Exxon if they want the price to change. If most of the people stop buying they will have to lower their prices, if they lower their prices the other stations will follow.

Do not buy Exxon....................

Watch the results. This is what we are doing in my family.
          Reply #1   
Well I feel your pain. I about cried when I put gas into my car yesterday and the gage hardly moved but my purse was empty! 2.99 a gallon

But does not Exxon-Mobile supply everyone? Even if you do not stop at their stations they would be the supplier for other stations? Just asking? How would a person know who the supplier was for every gas station? It may be a stupid question but it made me think of asking anyway LOL
          NATURAL GAS EXPOSED - If we don't end America's growing addiction to natural gas, the gas industry will ruin our communities, our health and our climate.   


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          Cuomo Calls for Curbing Money in Politics, But Will Money Influence His Decision on Fracking?   

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that reducing the role of money in politics will move to the top of his agenda: He will begin a push for campaign finance reform in the state. This is great news. But some are questioning whether Cuomo is ready to put his money where his mouth is right now, on an issue of critical importance: Pressure from big money lobbyists might be a factor pushing Cuomo's administration toward lifting a moratorium on the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Cuomo has indicated he will decide shortly, and he seems to be close to a decision to permit fracking in some areas.


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VIDEO:
In Albany on Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo discusses fracking in New York state.





Fracking involves pumping large amounts of water, plus chemicals and sand, underground to extract natural gas. There's plenty of evidence, especially from Pennsylvania, that fracking can be a terrible deal for local residents, with many of them reportedly ripped off in deals leasing their land to energy companies and suffering from contaminated water. (Watch this video).

Many New York residents are working to keep fracking out of their state.  On Tuesday, the group New Yorkers Against Fracking held a rally at New York City Hall.  According to EnergyWire (subscription required), four New York state legislators and three members of the New York City council charged that the Cuomo administration had engaged in "collusion" with the natural gas industry during the drafting of state regulations on hydrofracking. This charge comes after the Environmental Working Group published emails indicating that Cuomo's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) gave industry lobbyists secret access to draft rules weeks before publicly releasing them or  sharing them with environmental advocates.

DEC officials have replied that they did nothing wrong and simply were seeking data from the industry to complete the assessment. But the contacts gave industry lobbyists an inside track on influencing the outcome. Thomas West, a high-priced oil and gas lobbyist, drew on information exchanged to make "one last pitch" to DEC on changes before the agency released proposed rules last fall.

As Cuomo nears a decision on whether to allow fracking to go forward, there are reasons to be concerned about the influence of special interests, including the two largest U.S. natural gas companies, Exxon Mobil and Chesapeake Energy.

Last month, when the New York Times reported that Cuomo's DEC was preparing to recommend fracking in five economically-troubled counties in the southwest part of the state, but only in places where local communities are supportive, an industry group praised the DEC trial balloon.

The Times, citing an analysis from the New York Public Interest Research Group, reported that ten corporations or trade associations spent $4.5 million over the last three years lobbying Albany on fracking and other natural gas issues. (Republic Report has asked NYPIRG for the data.)

Another cause for concern is that the director of the DEC's Division of Mineral Resources, involved in preparing a related environmental impact statement on fracking, is Bradley J. Field, reportedly a persistent advocate for fracking (and also a climate change denier).

And while Cuomo said Monday that "it's inarguable" that local community opposition fracking "should be taken into consideration" in granting hydrofracking permits, the next day he stressed that local views are  "relevant," but not "necessarily determinative."

The group of influential people now pushing Cuomo to make New York a leader in getting money out of politics should ask that the Governor apply that principle to his decision on fracking.
          Exxon investors want a bank-style stress test for climate change   
Shareholders want to know all kinds of things about the companies where they put their money. That now includes how companies might address climate change. Investors at Occidental Petroleum and Exxon Mobil voted for more transparency on those issues last month. While many oil companies have voiced support for the Paris agreement to limit emissions, their business practices are not necessarily in accord. Shareholders want more information about companies’ plans to navigate increased emissions regulation so that they can see whether those companies will remain competitive. Exxon shareholders recently gathered in a Dallas symphony hall for the company’s annual meeting. The energy giant had strong first quarter earnings. Still, many investors wanted to take the company to task, specifically on whether Exxon will be ready for a world that’s weaning itself from oil. Nearly two-thirds of Exxon’s shareholders voted to make the company disclose its plans around possible increases in climate
          Electrician, Tech Leader and Operations Manager   
IL-Wilmington, ExxonMobil Pipeline Company is currently hiring for an Electrician, Tech Leader and Operations Maintenance Technician in Wilmington, Illinois. ExxonMobil is a premier petroleum and petrochemical company offering rewarding careers with competitive benefits. To apply, visit http://careers.exxonmobil.com/ Scroll to the bottom and click the 'Operations' career field Scroll to the middle and click 'Sea
          ExxonMobil Still Financing Climate Deniers   

Yesterday, the company released its annual list of its “public information and policy research” grantees, which shows that it spent $1.65 million in 2016 on a dozen think tanks, advocacy groups and associations that contest climate science and oppose both the Paris accord and a carbon tax—the very policies the company professes to endorse. Last year’s outlay boosted the total of the company’s expenditures on climate disinformation over the last two decades to $34.6 million.

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          Option Block 615: AMZN, GOOGL, SBUX Earnings, Plus Epic Strategy Block   

Trading Block with very special guest co-host: Henry Schwartz, Trade Alert

Earnings today after the bell:

  • Alphabet/GOOGL - $889, ATM Straddle - $29, approx. 3.2%
  • Amazon - $921.50, ATM Straddle - $37.50, approx. 4%
  • Intel - $37.25, ATM Straddle - $1.20, approx. 3.2%
  • Starbucks - $61.75, ATM Straddle - $2.40, approx. 4%

Odd Block: Calls trade in Applied Optoelectronics Inc. (AAOI), calls trade in Nabors Industries Ltd (NBR), and calls trade in Yandex NV (YNDX)

Strategy Block: Uncle Mike Tosaw discusses the six factors of option pricing.

Around the Block/Question of the Week:

Earnings Season is upon us. Big names are reporting soon. Which is your pick for the largest % move post-earnings?

  • $AMZN, 36%
  • $GOOGL, 26%
  • $CMG, 30%
  • $MSFT, 8%

Earnings this week: 3M, ATT, Chipotle, JetBlue, Xerox, Boeing, PepsiCo, Nasdaq, Google, Amazon, Ford, Intel, Southwest, Starbucks, Exxon, General Motors.


          Option Block 567: VIX Fades and Broker Buyouts   

Trading Block: Earnings today before the bell: T-Mobile USA, Inc. Earnings today after the bell: Visa Inc. S&P 500 Skew Unwind Shows Complacency Over Clinton Win: Analysis. TD Ameritrade to buy Scottrade in two-step deal with TD Bank: Read more.

Odd Block: Calls trade in Fiat Chrysler Auto (FCAU), puts trade in Time Warner Inc. (TWX), calls and puts trade in CBS Corp. (CBS).

Mail Block/QuestionOfTheWeek:

Is #Trumpocalypse done? Is $VIX already pricing in @HillaryClinton win? Where will $VIX close on election day?

  • Unchaged (Between 12-14)
  • Elevated (15-18)
  • Spike (Over 18)
  • Selloff (Below 12)

Listener question:

  • Question from Mark Brant: How do funds get orders routed to floor traders? If OH hosts HFs please discuss, thx. Starting one to run the Big Kahuna and favor OH!

Around the Block:

Earnings Highlights This Week:

  • Monday - Visa
  • Tuesday - Apple
  • Wednesday - Tesla
  • Thursday - Alphabet, Amazon, Twitter
  • Friday - Exxon Mobil

This Week in the Market:

  • Oct 25: Consumer Confidence
  • Oct 26: International Trade, New Home Sales
  • Oct 27: Jobless Claims, Durable Goods
  • Oct 28: GDP, Consumer Sentiment

          Option Block 543: Broker Buying Sprees and Earnings Breakdowns   

Trading Block: Big news! OptionsHouse is now the sponsor of The Option Block.

Earnings today include CME, FORD, DOW.

  • Ford off nearly 9%
  • AMZN: $748.50. ATM Straddle approx. $50, 6.6%
  • GOOG: $742. ATM Straddle approx. $38.50, 5%.

Odd Block: Calls trade in ETSY Inc. (ETSY), calls trade in The Technology SPDR (XLK), calls and puts trade in Yandex NV (YNDX)

Mail Block: Listener questions and comments

  • Question from AWorth: Can the Options House guys explain how their short buyback program works? Is it only for outright shorts, or if I have a short leg of a spread that is near the money on expiration but trading under $.10, can I close that out without commission or do I have to close the whole spread?
  • Question from Thomas Hatch: I like dividend yield stocks. I listened to an earlier show and you mentioned writing covered calls to generate dividends. Can I apply this strategy to dividend yield stocks? Any risks I should watch out for when doing this?
  • Question from 777: Are you aware of any specific gold arb between chinese gold derivatives and their U.S. equivalents?

Around the Block: Earnings on Friday include CBOE, Exxon-Mobil (XOM), Merck (MRK) and UPS (UPS). This weekin the market sees GDP, Consumer Sentiment on July 29.


          Option Block 496: TWTR Bulls Piling In   

Trading Block: OCC announced total cleared contract volume for the month of January was up four percent from January 2015 with 371,870,087 contracts, marking the third highest January on record. CBOE announced that it plans to list S&P 500 Index (SPX) Wednesday - expiring Weeklys options beginning February 23, 2016. ISE Mercury to launch on February 16, 2016.
Earnings today after the bell: Options on Google parent Alphabet Inc were busy on Monday ahead of the its quarterly results that could help it unseat Apple Inc as the most valuable company in the world.

Odd Block: Calls trade in The Kroger Co. (KR), calls and puts trade in Twitter Inc . (TWTR), and calls and puts trade in PVH Corp (PVH)

Strategy Block: Tosaw discusses the knockout collar.

Mail Block: Listener questions and comments

  • Question from JDon - Congrats on your milestone. Howd you get such a cool handle?

Around the Block: Earnings!

  • Tuesday - Chipolte Mexican Grill, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Merck & Company, Sirius, UPS, Yahoo
  • Wednesday - CBOE Holdings, Exelon Corporation, General Motors Company, GoPro Inc., Pfizer
  • Thursday - ConocoPhillips (before), Intercontinental Exchange (before), LinkedIn (after)
  • Friday - CME Group Inc.

          Option Block 451: Chinese Implosion   

Trading Block: China meltdown. Chinese equities have suffered the sharpest one-day crash in eight years. Earnings: Bidu, Facebook, Twitter, Exxon Mobil. Will option traders ‘pin’ gold to $1,100/oz?

 

Odd Block: Call buyers in EXCO Resources Inc. (XCO), calls trade in Knowles Corp (KN), and calls trade in Pfizer Inc. (PFE)

Strategy Block: What is going on in the S&P 500?

Mail Block: Listener questions and comments.

  • Question from Jose - Avengers, JPW, Minions, so many big summer movies. What is a good way to play big movie releases with options? I have got about 10k in my trade account to use for fun spec stuff like this. Ideas?
  • Question from Brian Collamer - Hi. Last week Uncle Mike was talking about a customer who had a call calendar on in Netflix. The customer got assigned on the short call. Does that mean the strikes went in the money? If so, would not you exercise the back month long call to cover the assignment? Thanks for the great content you folks make available!

 

Around the Block: Earnings!


          Option Block 413: When Not To Use Options   

Option Block 413: When Not To Use Options

Trading Block: A quiet day on the street today. ISE preps third options exchange. Expect more volatility in oil says Exxon CEO. NASDAQ near 5000 amid ECB plans, big pharma deal. Earnings today include: Costco, Kroger.

 

Odd Block: Calls roll in T-Mobile US Inc. (TMUS), big moves in Canadian Solar Inc. (CSIQ), and OTM puts trade in Inc. yet Corporation (INCY).

 

 

Xpress Block: Alex discusses the OX Virtual Trade Account and Schwab Mobile

 

Mail Block: Listener questions and comments.

  • Question from Alejandro Vergoza - When is it right to use options and when is it right to use the stock instead?
  • Question from Jay - If the market is really falling out of bed what are some good strategies to take advantage of that movement while also minimizing option decay?
  • Question from Fred - Is there a problem in the options market with novice options traders not understanding the risks they are taking? Do you think that will that lead to regulatory action down the road?

 

 

Around the Block: Earnings tomorrow includes Staples. February jobs report comes out on Friday. Can non-farms save the bulls?


          Option Block 294: You’re Soaking in It   

Option Block 294: You’re Soaking in It

Trading Block: Positioning going into the short weekend. Where are the long premiums? Where is the free juice? Are OX clients still trading or are they already on vacation?

ZNGA love - time for Andrew to gloat. TWTR giving up some of the gains.

Odd Block: Hail Mary call buying in The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), calls trade in Ziopharm Oncology Inc. (ZIOP), and in Titan International Inc. (TWI)

Xpress Block: The Warren Buffet put in Exxon? The success of OX mobile trading.

Mail Block: We’re taking your questions

  • Question from Allan Schwartz - Why is open interest still only updated daily? Do we not have enough information now to update that more frequently, if not instantly? If I buy to close 30 calls, that should be reflected in the OI instantly, not the following morning.
  • Question from Biz Man - Does OX offer any systems to automate trading? Example - Automatically write a 5% OTM call on XYZ underlying every month/week, etc. It would save some hassle for busy clients. 

Around the Block: The holiday approaches. Markets closed Thursday, and half-day on Friday.


          Option Block 238: Markets Have a Headache   

Option Block 238: Markets Have a Headache

 

Trading Block: Weekly expiration this Friday. Exxon sells off after a disappointing earnings announcement. CBOE was down for most of the day, causing a lot of headaches. Bundesbank came out and rejected the "outright monetary transaction" taking the wind out of the sails today.

Odd Block: Put spreads trade in Open Text Corp. (OTEX),calls trade in Supernus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (SUPN), giant combination trades in Talisman Energy Inc. (TLM), and crushing volume in Incredimail Ltd. (PERI).

Xpress Block: News just crossed the tape that George Soros just purchased an 8% stake in JC Penney.

Strategy Block: Uncle Mike, Andrew, and Alex each discuss their favorite war stories about some of the dumbest trades they've seen.

Around the Block: Upcoming earnings include Amazon, AIG, Pfizer, JC Penney. Could Europe end up back on the warning screens?


          Option Block 217: Now What Are We Going to Watch?   

Option Block 217: Now What Are We Going to Watch?

Trading Block: Most of the major indexes closed fractionally down, weighed down by some less-than-stellar earnings. There was a bit of interesting activity in Facebook. RIMM, now known as BlackBerry, announced the new BlackBerry 10. Former founder of PFG sentenced to 50 years. Netflix pulls a reverse Widow Maker.

Odd Block: Big put spread goes up in Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM), a large block of calls trade in Taiwan Semiconductor Inc. (TSM), a closing trade in Take-Two Interactive (TTWO), and puts trade in Expeditors International of Washington Inc. (EXPD)

Xpress Block: Chatter on the OX forums has been heavy in Netflix and Priceline. Not much movement in vol. 

Strategy Block: Tosaw discusses selling the put on Ford and buying call options.

Around the Block: Non-Farms comes out tomorrow. What is there to watch after that?


          Option Block 123: Like a Virgin   

Option Block 123: Like a Virgin

Trading Block: Apple blows the doors off earnings again – long premium going into earnings was the way to play it. JC Penney up $6.50 today, but is it best to still keep a short position? Netflix on the comeback trail?

Odd Block: Unusual activity in Deutsche Bank AG (DB) and DeVry Inc. (DV).

Xpress Block: Tim Navabi breaks down the recent activity at OX. Have the recent round of earnings and a move to the upside started to lure back degenerate premium sellers back to Netflix? Have people continued to dive back into the short end of Google?

Strategy Block: In this rare opportunity, Mark Sebastian takes over the strategy block to discuss what he thinks about the VIX.

Around the Block: Keeping an eye on Ford and Apple - again. Very interesting to see oil still around the 100 mark - gold and silver are also moving. Earnings: Jan 31 - Amazon, Feb 1 - Chipotle (stealth Apple), Exxon Mobile & UPS - next week.

For more information on Mark’s webinar with ICE on weekly options, please click here: https://icewebinar.webex.com/icewebinar/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=661422660.



          Option Block 78: The DC Vol Spike   
  • Trading Block:  The debt kerfuffle in Washington continues as debates stall. What could happen with a no vote? Exxon misses their earnings, MMI earnings after the bell, and a metals/commodities breakdown. Also a debate over the future of ISE.
  •  Odd Block:  Unusual activity in Oshkosh Corp (OSK), Titan International Inc (TWI) and Clearwater (CLWR)
  • Around the Block:  Debt ceilings worries continue into the weekend, the VIX and Ford’s upcoming auto and truck sales numbers.

          Advanced Safety Data Sheet Author - ExxonMobil - Clinton, NJ   
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          SD-WAN adoption: Exxon Mobil deploys Cybera technology   
In this case study, learn how SD-WAN adoption dramatically simplified a major oil company's wide area network while improving security and increasing flexibility.
          Careful what you wish for: Trump’s environmental attacks will harm industry   

By EDF Blogs

By Ben Ratner and Sean Wright

In the same week Apple raised $1 billion through green bonds to invest in clean energy, and Amazon put solar panels on a million square foot processing facility, the Trump administration – at the urging of the worst elements in the oil and gas industry –proposed a two-year delay of sensible rules that would limit emissions of methane and other air pollutants.

Natural gas, which is mostly methane, has been put forward as a cleaner alternative to other fossil fuels and as an energy resource that can play a key role in the transition to a lower-carbon future. But now more than ever, that proposition is now called into serious question.

How will natural gas compete in a changing world?

Every year, oil and gas operations around the country emit some 8-10 million metric tons of methane into the air. Methane is a highly potent greenhouse gas, responsible for about a quarter of the climate warming we’re experiencing today – and those emissions come mingled with a host of other smog-forming and carcinogenic pollutants.

There are cost-effective, proven ways to reduce these emissions, and leading companies are already implementing them. The problem is, many companies refuse to address the problem on their own. And now they’re looking to the Trump administration for a free pass to pollute.

When trade associations like the American Petroleum Institute attack cost-effective policies that protect public health and the climate, it sends a signal that the natural gas industry will do everything it can to maximize short-term profits – even at the risk of damaging the reputation of the industry in the eyes of the public and jeopardizing its ability to operate over the long term.

The question is: In an increasingly carbon constrained world, what is the natural gas industry’s plan for the future?

We’re not arguing that gas is at risk of going away tomorrow. The United States leads the world in natural gas production, as new technologies and processes have unlocked massive, cheap reserves. But make no mistake, the transition to cleaner energy in the U.S. and across the globe is irreversible and accelerating. In this context, fighting reasonable and necessary emissions rules only magnifies risk for the natural gas industry and its investors. It’s a head-in-the-sand approach that ignores the realities of what consumers, communities and markets demand.

Capital markets shifting to cleaner companies and forms of energy

The Trump administration’s recent moves come at a time when environmental concerns informing investment decisions are reaching record highs. For example, investors with $10 trillion in assets under management have committed to the Montreal Carbon Pledge to reduce the carbon footprint of their portfolios, with an eye towards portfolio de-carbonization in the long run.

As part of the shift to assets in lower emitting companies and industries, investors are demanding better carbon and methane disclosure as well as proactive environmental management. The recent watershed Exxon vote, in which 62% of investors (including industry titans like BlackRock and Vanguard) demanded better climate risk disclosure from Exxon management, showed that carbon risk considerations have hit the mainstream.

Increasingly, investors see methane simply as a form of carbon risk in need of management, not neglect. And methane waste can be cost-effectively managed – as proven in states like Colorado where production has continued apace even as strict methane rules have come on the books.

On top of investors’ efforts to shift portfolios towards cleaner companies, the divestment movement also continues to grow, driven by a range of environmental risks of owning fossil fuel stocks. Just recently mainstream investor CalSTRS divested from coal. Going forward, increasing numbers of investors will look carefully at the environmental record of oil and natural gas companies in determining their comfort level in continuing to invest.

Some companies lead but no substitute for commonsense rules

Companies like Southwestern Energy, Noble, Shell and others have led on methane emissions by setting methane targets, supporting state-based regulations, and working with the Oil and Gas Methane Partnership to disclose methane emissions. Their efforts certainly deserve recognition, and are supported by some investors who factor strong methane management into investment decision.

Still, voluntary actions by the few are no substitute for rules and oversight that require responsible operations by the thousands of oil and gas companies operating in the United States. Some of these companies simply lack a commitment to sustainability and to operating over the long-term, and will not rein in emissions unless they are required to do so by law.

Methane safeguards serve the long-term interests of industry and investors

As the scientific reality of climate change and consumer demand steer the world toward a cleaner energy future, will attacks on environmental protections inflict lasting damage on the oil and gas industry? Only time will tell. It’s likely, however, that if the loudest industry voices continue to oppose rules that could guide it toward a cleaner future, the industry as a whole will suffer.  Unfortunately, that will include the more forward-leaning companies, which will be dragged down by their intransigent peers. This outcome will become all the more likely thanks to the Trump administration’s erosion of environmental safeguards that are fundamental to responsible development.

It’s time for oil and gas operators and mainstream investors with a long-term view to take a look at what rules and regulations are needed to rein in methane emissions in their industry. And they also need decide if they want to align themselves with an administration whose policies may be unwittingly handicapping the very industry it attempts to serve.


          Obama và cuộc chiến chống lại những giá trị của nước Mỹ   
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Người ta thường khen TT Obama là một nhà hùng biện có tài. Cũng không ít người cho rằng Obama là một tay ngụy biện ngoại hạng.

Muốn biết Obama hùng biện hay ngụy biện, cứ đọc những bài diễn văn ứng khẩu và xem Obama tranh luận thì biết thôi. Người viết nhìn vào một khía cạnh khác: những khẩu hiệu ông Obama trương lên trong các cuộc vận động tranh cử tổng thống thì thấy rằng, ông ta là một chính khách mà khả năng chơi chữ lão luyện đến mức đáng được gọi là phù thủy.

“Change, yes we can” là khẩu hiệu chiến lược của Obama khi ông ra tranh cử nhiệm kỳ đầu chức vụ Tổng Thống năm 2008. Trong bài diễn văn nhậm chức, để cam kết cho lời hứa hẹn đanh thép của mình, Obama còn quả quyết rằng: Nếu không vực dậy được nền kinh tế, tôi sẽ chỉ làm Tổng Thống một nhiệm kỳ (If I do not get this economy going, then I will be a one-term president.) Quả thực, do việc dân chúng Mỹ nóng lòng muốn có sự thay đổi đường lối chính trị đang gặp nhiều thất bại của Tổng Thống Bush con nói riêng và của đảng Cộng Hòa nói chung, bất chấp Obama có khả năng thực hiện lời hứa hay không, cử tri đã dồn phiếu cho ông. Có thể nói, Obama thắng cử là nhờ cái khẩu hiệu ăn khách này. Lúc đó ai lại không muốn có thay đổi.

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Sau 4 năm lãnh đạo của TT Obama, mặc dầu kinh tế nước Mỹ càng ngày càng tuột giốc, Obama không những không tự ý rút lui như đã hứa, mà vẫn đang ráo riết tranh cử nhiệm kỳ II với một khẩu hiệu khác cũng thách thức không kém: Forward, tạm hiểu là: cứ thế mà tiến tới. Chưa đủ sao, còn tiến tới đâu nữa? Như vậy thì, từ khẩu hiệu “Change, yes we can” tới khẩu hiệu“Forward”, người dân Hoa Kỳ phải hiểu ý của Obama thế nào? Ông muốn nói gì? Phải chăng ông muốn nói, tình hình nước Mỹ hiện nay do ông lãnh đạo đã đổi thay nhiều rồi, và thay đổi theo chiều hướng tích cực, nghĩa là từ xấu đến tốt, từ yếu kém đến vững mạnh hơn. Từ cái thành tựu huyễn hoặc đó, Obama kêu gọi nhân dân Hoa Kỳ hãy vững tin nơi ông và bầu cho ông, khỏi cần thắc mắc gì hết. 

Đích điểm của chữ Forward là, ông muốn nhắn với cử tri Hoa Kỳ: Chó sủa mặc chó, keep going on forward, caravan!!! Có đúng vậy không?  Với khẩu hiệu này, một số lớn dân chúng Mỹ vẫn ủng hộ ông mặc dầu kinh tế Mỹ vẫn đang ở trên đà tuột giốc.

Lãnh đạo tài là khả năng đáp ứng được nguyện vọng của quần chúng. Nói khác đi, nguyện vọng quần chúng chính là mục tiêu đạt tới của người lãnh đạo. Vậy mục tiêu lãnh đạo thực sự của TT Obama là gì? Giải quyết vấn đề kinh tế của nước Mỹ? Làm sống lại uy tín của Hoa Kỳ trên thế giới? Hay còn cái gì khác? Chúng ta thử đi vào từng vấn đề, tìm hiểu xem.

1. Vực dậy nền kinh tế

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Những con số thống kê dưới đây trích từ những bài biên khảo đăng đầy rẫy trên báo chí, và truyền thông Mỹ, Việt, tuyệt đối không phải do người viết phịa ra.

Trong 4 năm cầm quyền của TT Obama, 

- Nợ công của nước Mỹ từ 10.500 tỷ dollars nhẩy lên 16.000 tỷ. Tăng gần 52%.

- Thất nghiệp từ 5,8% lên 8,3%, tăng 43%.

- Giá xăng trung bình từ 2.18 USD/gallon lên 4.07 USD. Tăng 86%.

- Năm 2009 có 160.000 căn nhà trên nước Mỹ bị foreclosed. Bốn năm sau con số tăng lên 4 triệu.

- Con số hàng ngàn tỷ dollars đổ ra để kích cầu, bail out cho ngân hàng và ngành kỹ nghệ xe hơi, thực tế chẳng gây ảnh hưởng gì trên đời sống người dân Mỹ. Kinh tế vẫn tuột giốc. Thất nghiệp vẫn tăng nhanh. Và nợ công vẫn chồng chất mỗi ngày mỗi cao. Số tiền này phần lớn chui vào túi bọn tư bản xe hơi tại Illinois, căn cứ địa của Chủ Nghĩa tư bản theo định hướng xã hội chủ nghĩa của Obama.

- Điển hình cung cách xài tiền chùa và tài năng kinh tế của ông Obama nằm trong dự án phát triển công ty năng lượng xanh Solyndra tại California. Dự án của công ty này mặc dầu ngày trước đã bị chính quyền Bush bác, nhưng được chính quyền Obama chấp thuận trở lạivà tài trợ 535 triệu dollars. Solyndra thật sự chưa đi vào hoạt động để sinh lời, nhưng chỉ 5 tháng sau sau khi nhận được tài trợ, nó đã khai bankruptcy. Việc lạ lùng là nó chìm vào quên lãng không kèn không trống. Không có ai đứng ra nhận trách nhiệm. Bạc tỷ lấy từ tiền thuế của dân, ông Obama phung phí một cách bừa bãi, không tính toán, coi như là chuyện giải trí qua ngày.

Còn rất nhiều những con số thống kê khác, nhưng thiết tưởng bấy nhiêu thôi cũng đủ để chúng ta đánh giá được khả năng lãnh đạo kinh tế của ông Tổng Thống. Toàn bộ nền kinh tế Mỹ coi như chỉ có thất bại, tại sao ông Obama không tự ý rút lui như đã hứa: If I do not get this economy going, then I will be a one term president, mà lại thản nhiên ra tranh cử nhiệm kỳ nữa?

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Kinh tế là cái tủ đứng chặn cứng họng Obama đối với dân chúng Mỹ. Kẻ lẻo mép này hết thế để bào chữa, nhưng lại ngụy biện đổ tội lên đầu người tiền nhiệm là TT Bush con. Người viết chẳng cố ý bênh ông Bush mà chỉ nói lên lời công đạo. Lý luận như Obama thì thật là gian manh và láu cá. Bởi nếu thế thì giai đoạn thịnh trị (về mặt kinh tế) dưới thời Clinton phải là do tài cán và công lao của TT Bush cha mới phải. Tại sao người ta lại dành hết cho ông Clinton? Ông TT Bush cha chỉ nói có một câu lỡ lời: Read my lips, no new taxes  (Nhìn vào môi tôi mà coi, tôi sẽ không tăng thuế mới.) Nhưng trong thời gian nắm quyền, vì kinh tế suy thoái và vì cuộc chiến đánh Iraq quá tốn kém, ông đã buộc phải thất hứa với nhân dân Hoa Kỳ và tăng thuế. Hậu quả là năm 1992 ông đã thất bại khi ra tái tranh cử và trở thành Tổng Thống một nhiệm kỳ.

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Cung cách giải quyết vấn đề kinh tế của TT Obama đưa đến một trong hai kết luận sau đây. Hoặc là Obama là một ông Tổng Thống bất tài và thiếu tự trọng. Hoặc là Obama coi việc giải quyết vấn đề kinh tế của đất nước không phải là mục tiêu hàng đầu của ông. 

Người viết mong rằng kết luận sau là trật. Nhưng nếu ông Obama tái đắc cử thì rõ ràng nó lại trúng phóc. Đảng Cộng Hòa đã chui vào bẫy của ông Obama khi coi vấn đề kinh tế là đề tài chính trong cuộc vận động tranh cử kỳ này. Để xem người Mỹ có phải là một dân tộc trưởng thành về chính trị không, nghĩa là ý thức về các quyền tự do và dân chủ của mình như thế nào. Họ hành xử thẳng thắn (fair) quyền công dân và khôn ngoan tới mức nào trước quyền lợi của đất nước và tư lợi nhỏ nhen của bản thân và phe nhóm.

2.  Phục hồi uy tín của Hoa Kỳ

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Nhiều người cho rằng Obama là một Tổng Thống Mỹ có khuynh hướng thiên về phía Hồi Giáo nhất từ trước tới nay và làm cho đồng minh Israel nhiều phen phải bực mình nhất. Đó là một sai lầm lớn nếu nhìn sâu vào chính quyền Obama và những hoạt động của chính quyền này. 

Năm 2008, Obama, chỉ là một nghị sĩ tập tễnh trong Thượng Viện Hoa Kỳ, vây cánh trên chính trường không có, kinh nghiệm lãnh đạo là con số không, tiền bạc cũng không nốt, tay mơ thế mà đá văng được bà Hillary, ngoi lên làm ứng cử viên của đảng Dân Chủ, và nhẩy phóc được vào Tòa Bạch Ốc làm cả thế giới phải sững sờ và kinh ngạc. Màn xiệc tài tình này ai làm được ở nước Mỹ, ngoài tư bản Do Thái và đám truyền thông dòng chính? Vấn đề tư bản Mỹ Do Thái và báo chí dòng chính đã có quá nhiều người nói đến rồi, kể cả người viết. (Xin tìm đọc lại các bài: Dòng chính, Tại sao không Occupy Tòa Bạch Ốc, Ố là là Obama, Thả con cá bắt con tép v.v. của người viết trên website Hồn Việt uk online.) Tuy nhiên ở đây người viết cũng xin nêu thêm những dẫn chứng Do Thái và truyền thông dòng chính tác động đến con bài Obama như thế nào.

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Người đổ tiền nhiều nhất cho Obama ra tranh cử là tỷ phú Soros. Người mặc xiêm y, trang điểm phấn son cho Obama để ra mắt trước công chúng (Campaign chief manager) là David Plouffe. Người dẫn lối chỉ đường cho Obama trong Tòa Bạch Ốc (Chief of staff) là David Axelrod. Người này tác giả của The Amateur, cuốn sách best seller hiện nay, gọi là Bộ Óc Chính Trị (Political Brain) của Obama. Tất cả đều là Do Thái. Và còn rất nhiều nữa. Nhưng trên hết không thể không kể đến sự bao che đặc biệt của báo chí dòng chính Hoa Kỳ dành cho Obama và gia đình ông.

Năm 2008 nếu ứng cử viên PTT, bà Sarah Palin đi ăn một bữa tối hơi tốn kém một chút thì chắc chắn truyền thông dòng chính không để cho bà yên. Nhưng bà Michell Obama ăn dinner 500 dollars một bữa thì không sao. Bà Palin hồi còn làm Thống Đốc Alaska đi công tác dẫn theo đứa con nhỏ cho có mẹ có con, báo chí dòng chính moi móc ra để vùi dập bà, cho là bà lợi dụng chức vụ để lãng phí ngân sách. Trong khi bà Michell cùng với con cái và bạn bè du hí Tây Ban Nha xài bạc triệu thì báo chí im lặng. Trong một cuộc du hí khác, 2 công nương Obama rủ bạn bè đi tắm biển Mexico đem 25 vệ sĩ theo hầu, báo chỉ coi là chuyện con nít? Tháng 10 năm ngoái, trong một cuộc đi du hí Phi Châu bằng phản lực cơ Boeing 757, với con cái và bạn bè cùng đi, bà Michelle ghi tên con của mình trong đoàn là nhân viên cao cấp (senior staffers.) Tốn phí bạc triệu. Báo chí dòng chính cũng im re. Tại sao năm 2008 Báo chí Dòng Chính hạch sách tư cách hợp pháp của ứng cử viên John McCain vì ông sanh tại Canal Zone, chứ không phải trên đất Mỹ, mà lờ đi chuyện bà nội của Obama xác nhận Obama sanh tại Kenya? Báo chí Dòng chính nghĩ sao về cái chết đột ngột của ký giả Andrew Brietbat vì ông nắm được nhiều tài liệu bí mật về Obama? Tại sao CBS rút lại contract cho WND thuê để dựng Billboard “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” Tại sao Báo chí Dòng Chính cả vú lấp miệng em, nhận chìm xuồng vụ ông cò Arpaio và TS Jerome Corsi điều tra vấn đề “Birth Certificate” của TT Obama. Tờ giấy Obama trưng ra chỉ là tờ Chứng Nhân Khai Sanh (Certification of Birth) chứ không phải bản sao giấy khai sanh (Long form Birth Certificate Copy.) Sankey, một cựu cảnh sát viên điều tra người Anh cho biết đã khám phá ra TT Obama có 49 địa chỉ và 16 số an sinh xã hội (SSN) khác nhau. Trên các địa chỉ tại Illinois, có 2 con số bắt đầu bằng 042 và 364. Số 042 là con số chỉ thiết lập tại Connecticut, mặc dù Obama không ở hoặc làm việc tại Connecticut bao giờ? Báo chí dòng chính đánh hơi giỏi lắm kia mà, sao không biết chuyện này? Cứ cho là điều tiếng về ông Obama đều là những chuyện đáng nghi ngờ cả, nhưng ít ra báo chí cũng phải tìm hiểu cho rõ trắng đen, điều tra cho biết hư thực để phổ biến, vì đó là thiên chức và là nhiệm vụ hàng đầu của báo chí.

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Kể ra thì còn nhiều lắm. Người Mỹ có một lời khuyên khá chí lý thế này: When the Mass Media promotes someone frome zero to hero, be very suspicious. The Mass Media is controlled by the Council on Foreign Relations. (khi báo chí dòng chính đề cao ai từ con số không thành anh hùng thì phải rất cẩn trọng, đáng nghi lắm, vì Báo chí dòng chính do Hội Đồng Liên Lạc Ngoại Giao kiểm soát.) Mass Media là công cụ của bọn tư bản đầu sỏ Do Thái. Không lý cái công cụ này đưa Obama lên để làm cuộc cách mạng vô sản, triệt hạ chủ nhân của nó. Một trò bịp và mị dân vĩ đại mà dân chúng Mỹ vẫn không hay biết. Sự thiên vị đáng khinh bỉ như thế của báo chí dòng chính để làm gì? Có phải câu trả lời là để giữ nước sơn bên ngoài cho “thần tượng” Obama được tốt đẹp lâu bền?  Bọn tư bản Do Thái và báo chí dòng chính đổ công, đổ của, đổ đi cả lương tâm và danh dự vào một con bài như thế dĩ nhiên là có mục đích.

Trở lại từ đầu. Ngay sau khi Obama mới bước chân vào Tòa Bạch Ốc, ông đã vội vã bay sang Cairo để chính thức thay mặt nhân dân Hoa Kỳ xin lỗi nhân dân Ai Cập. Tại sao bỗng dưng lại phải xin lỗi và để làm gì? Người tinh ý hiểu ra liền, trừ có ông TT Mubarrak là không hiểu nên mới bị đá đít. Ngay sau đó, Obama đến Riyadh, thủ đô Arab Saudi, cúi gập người bái chào Quốc Vương Abdulla để xin bệ kiến. Có phần chắc chắn là một ông Tổng Thống Mỹ da trắng không thể làm được các hành vi và cử chỉ này. Nhưng Obama làm được. Ở trong nước, Obama ra mặt chiều chuộng các phe phái Hồi Giáo, đặc biệt là nhóm The Muslim Brotherhood. Mục đích của tư bản Do Thái là sử dụng chính sách chia Islam đẻ trị Islam hòng làm suy yếu khối Hồi Giáo Trung Đông. Ý đồ này đã có kết quả. Một loạt các lãnh đạo các nước Hồi Giáo Bắc Phi bị hạ bệ và thay vào đó là lãnh tụ của phong trào Muslim Brotherhood. PT Muslim Brotherhood bị cho là thân Mỹ, mau chóng trở thành kẻ tử thù của nhóm Al Qaida. Đại sứ Mỹ tại Libya, Christopher Steven bị giết chết ngày 11/9 trong tòa Lãnh Sự Mỹ tại Benghazi là hành động trả thù của Al Qaida. Việc này châm ngòi nổ cho cuộc xung đột mới giữa các phe phái Hồi Giáo. Cuốn film Innocence of Muslim chỉ là cái cớ. Cho đến nay, Obama và Bộ Ngoại Giao Mỹ chỉ phản ứng cầm chừng cho có lệ. Tư bản Do Thái đạt được mục dích. Đối với bọn này, Obama xứng đáng được ở lại Tòa Bạch Ốc thêm 4 năm nữa.

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Tình hình tại Á Châu cũng không khá gì hơn. Obama và bà ngoại trưởng Clinton chỉ đánh võ mồm, điều động tầu chiến, hàng không mẫu hạm đến Thái Bình Dương nói là Mỹ trở lại Á Châu để bảo vệ quyền lợi của Mỹ ở khu vực này. Nhưng khi hãng dầu Exxon của Mỹ đặt máy thăm dò ngoài khơi Đà Nẵng, trong khu vực 200 hải lý của thềm lục địa VN, bị thằng Chệt đe dọa phải tức tốc rút đi thì Obama trơ mắt đứng nhìn. Quyết tâm của Mỹ trở lại Thái Bình Dương như thế đấy. Thằng Chệt vẽ cái lưỡi bò, chứ nó vẽ cái lưỡi voi trên biển Nam Hải, thứ xem Obama dám làm gì? Tóm lại, nước Mỹ không những đã không phục hồi được uy tín, trái lại, càng ngày càng bị thế giới khinh rẻ hơn đến nỗi cựu ứng viên ra tranh cử TT của đảng Cộng Hòa Donald Trump đã phải thốt lên cay đắng: The world is laughing at us (thế giới đang cười vào mũi chúng ta.)

3.  Đạo luật bảo hiểm y tế toàn dân

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Xem ra đây mới là mục tiêu hàng đầu trong nghị trình làm việc (agenda) của TT Obama. Người ta nói Đạo Luật Bảo Hiểm Y Tế Toàn Dân hay gọi nôm na là Obamacare là công trình để đời của ông Obama. Đúng thế, TT Obama đã dốc hết toàn tâm toàn lực để đánh bạc với dư luận về vấn đề này. Núp dưới cái vỏ bọc “Bảo Hiểm Y Tế,” ông Obama phát động cuộc đấu tranh giai cấp, đánh thuế người giầu để lo cho người nghèo, hầu san bằng sự cách biệt giầu nghèo trong xã hội Mỹ. Người viết tin chắc chắn rằng với hơn 3000 trang giấy, đạo luật này ít có ai đọc hết nổi, kể cả những người làm luật và giới luật sư, chưa dám nói đến chuyện hiểu hết. Càng không thể nói đến chuyện hiểu rành rẽ từng chi tiết của đạo luật. Thôi thì hãy cứ lấy một vài điểm cụ thể nhất và liên hệ thiết thân nhất đối với từng cá nhân trong cái đạo luật này để thử đem ra mà bàn xem sao. Ở đây cũng nên minh định một điểm là người viết hoàn toàn không nói rằng chế độ an sinh xã hội của nước Mỹ hiện nay là toàn hảo. Không, nó không toàn hảo và có nhiều thiếu sót cần sửa đổi. Nhưng nên thay đổi và bổ khuyết một cách khôn ngoan và khả thi chứ không thể đạp đổ và thay thế theo cung cách mỵ dân và phiêu lưu được.
 
Có 2 vấn đề hệ trọng, gây tranh cãi rất nhiều trong luật Cải Tổ Y Tế của TT Obama. Một là việc cưỡng bách mua bảo hiểm. Hai là vấn đề tài trợ ngừa thai và triệt sản.


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Vấn đề cưỡng bách mua bảo hiểm -    Có điều khoản luật là mọi công dân bắt buộc phải mua bảo hiểm y tế, nếu không sẽ bị phạt tiền. Những người nghèo quá không mua nổi bảo hiểm sẽ được chính quyền trợ cấp. Nhiều tiểu bang chống lại việc cưỡng bách này vì cho là vi hiến, đã kiện lên Tối Cao Pháp Viện. Ông Tòa Tối Cao giỏi chơi chữ, lắt léo phán rằng, luật bảo hiểm y tế không phải là một thứ giao dịch thương mại, cho nên tiền phạt người không mua bảo hiểm không phải là tiền phạt mà là tiền thuế. Luật này vì thế hợp hiến và đã được thông qua, nhưng nó tồn tại bên cạnh những chống đối không khắc phục nổi. Chuyện tréo cẳng ngỗng là trước kia ông Obama tích cực chống đối việc phạt tiền những người không chịu mua bảo hiểm,nhưng bây giờ thì ông hết còn chống, trái lại, rất bằng lòng. Ở đây người viết không luận bàn về khía cạnh pháp lý, chỉ xin nêu một số khó khăn thiết thực trước mắt của vấn đề.

Ứng cử viên của đảng CH là ông Romney đưa ra con số cụ thể thành phần dân chúng Hoa Kỳ hiện phải sống nhờ vào sự trợ giúp của chính phủ là 47%. Đây là một tỷ lệ hết sức lớn. Theo thống kê mới nhất, dân số HK là 314, 591,917 người. 47% dân số tức 147,824,961 người sống nhờ trợ cấp qua nhiều hình thức. Với chính sách o bế di dân và hầu như bỏ ngỏ biên giới của Obama, chắc chắn con số nhận trợ cấp sẽ càng ngày càng tăng. Lý do là vì biên giới canh phòng lơ là, dân nhập cư lậu sẽ dễ dàng tràn vào Mỹ. Đàng khác, chủ trương tự do phá thai và triệt sản của Obama sẽ làm cho tỷ lệ người già và hưu sẽ một ngày một tăng, trong khi lực lượng lao động và đóng thuế sẽ càng ngày càng giảm. Tỷ số 47% nhận trợ cấp sẽ càng ngày càng tăng, trong khi 53% lao động và đóng thuế sẽ càng ngày càng thu hẹp lại. Điều đó có nghĩa là gánh nặng trợ cấp của chính phủ sẽ bắt buộc phải tăng theo. Việc tăng chi này lấy từ đâu ra, nếu không phải từ thuế, hay từ việc vay mượn ngoại quốc. Như vừa nói, vì lực lượng lao động càng ngày càng giảm dần, ngân sách lấy từ thuế cũng sẽ giảm dần theo tỷ lệ thuận. Muốn cân bằng thu chi, chính phủ bắt buộc phải tăng thuế, hoặc cắt bớt các chương trình khác. Cụ thể như dưới thời lãnh đạo của TT Obama, những người được hưởng medicare đã bị cắt đi dịch vụ khám mắt, khám răng, và hạn chế bớt một số loại thuốc chữa bệnh.  Phải tăng thuế thì tăng bao nhiêu mới đủ? Đó là vấn đề. Càng tăng thuế, dân càng nghèo đi, giới đầu tư càng chán nản. Họ sẽ đem tiền đi đến những nơi khác làm ăn có lợi hơn.

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Lối đánh thuế “lấy của người giầu chia cho người nghèo” nằm trong khái niệm đấu tranh giai cấp của cộng sản. Nó được mạ vàng bằng mỹ từ rất hấp dẫn “redistribution” (tái phân phối lợi tức) trong kinh điển của Marx. Chính sách tái phân phối lợi tức được áp dụng tại các nước CS. Nhìn vào VN thì sẽ biết kết quả của chính sách này. Cải Cách Ruộng Đất, đánh tư sản, đổi tiền v.v. đều là cách tái phân phối lợi tức. Các phương thức này đã không những không đem lại công bình cho xã hội, mà trái lại, càng tạo thêm đầy dẫy bất công: cán bộ càng ngày càng giầu sụ trong khi đại đa số dân chúng càng ngày càng nghèo đi. Luật bảo hiểm y tế của Obama đèo bòng thêm gánh nặng trợ cấp mua bảo hiểm y tế cho người dân nữa thì không biết lấy tiền ở đâu ra để chi phí? Cũng không thể không xét đến vấn đề tăng phí bảo hiểm. Bạn xài xe. Nếu chiếc xe gây tai nạn, hãng bảo hiểm sẽ tăng tiền bảo hiểm. Bảo hiểm y tế cũng thế. Tiền bảo hiểm sẽ tăng cùng với tuổi già và những căn bệnh bạn có thể mắc phải. Như thế thì, nhắm mắt lại bạn cũng có thể thấy được nước Mỹ sẽ đi về đâu do cái đạo luật bảo hiểm y tế này.

Nếu không tăng thuế mà đi vay mượn ngoại quốc thì chuyện gì sẽ xẩy ra? Cứ coi như người viết nói chuyện tếu cho vui. Chuyện đùa nhưng biết đâu sẽ là thật. Hiện nay, tổng sản lượng quốc gia (GDP) của Mỹ là 15,586 trillion dollars. Nợ ngoại quốc: 16,016 trillion, tức 100.48% GDP. Mỗi người Mỹ tính theo đầu người hiện gánh một số nợ không do mình vay là 52.714 dollars. Có hơn 10 quốc gia cho nước Mỹ vay nợ. Đứng đầu là Chệt: 1149, 6 billion. Obama quen thói bóc ngắn cắn dài, làm ít nhưng chơi sang, thiếu thì đi vay mượn. Một ngày đẹp trời nào đó, món nợ vay của thằng Chệt xấp xỉ bằng GDP của nước Mỹ. Hồ Cẩm Đào lúc này mới ghé miệng vào tai Obama nới nhỏ: Cái nị có muốn vay nữa không, ngộ còn nhiều lắm. Chỉ cần nị đưa cho ngộ cầm cái gì đó để làm tin thôi là lược zồi, để cho mấy cái thằng Chệt của ngộ nó khỏi théc méc thôi ấy mà. Sang cái nước Mỹ của nị cho ngộ đi, hay đưa cái “sổ đỏ” của nị cho ngộ giữ dùm cho là xong thôi. Ngộ cẩn thận lắm. Ngộ giữ cho không sợ mất đâu. Nị cần bao nhiêu nữa cũng có liền à…  Có lẽ người viết quá bi quan chăng, nhưng cứ thử bầu cho Obama và bọn liberal xem rồi chuyện gì sẽ xẩy ra. Chuyện đùa thôi nhưng phải coi chừng, quan trọng lắm đó. Cách nay vài bữa, tỷ phú Ross Perot, nguyên ứng cử viên TT cảnh cáo: The United States could be taken over by another worldly power (Nước Mỹ có thể sẽ bị sang tay cho một thế lực ngoại quốc khác.)
 
Vấn đề ngừa thai và triệt sản -  Từ trước đến nay không có một ứng cử viên Tổng Thống nào, trừ Obama ra, lại ngu xuẩn húc đầu vào thành trì tín ngưỡng của người Thiên Chúa Giáo. Họ thừa hiểu rằng như thế chắc chắn sẽ mất đi một số phiếu đáng kể của các giáo dân. Không phải TT Obama ngu xuẩn. Ông ta khôn ngoan và mưu lược lắm. Nhiệm kỳ đầu, với chiêu bài CHANGE, Obama muốn phô trương một cuộc cách mạng quét sạch rác rưởi của xã hội, làm sạch Tòa Bạch Ốc và Quốc Hội Hoa Kỳ. Còn gì lý tưởng và hấp dẫn bằng. Cuộc vận động mang phong thái sáng tạo này thu hút được 91% nữ cử tri và 53% nam cử tri công giáo. Obama đắc cử. Trong 4 năm ngồi trong Tòa Bạch Ốc, ông thay đổi chiến thuật và chiến lược để o bế các nghiệp đoàn và dân nghèo, kết thân với các tổ chức anh chị ACORN và Black Panthers, vuốt ve Muslim Brotherhood, hứa hẹn đám phụ nữ Pro Choice và đông tính luyến ái, dễ dãi với dân nhập cư lậu, thả lỏng canh phòng biên giới, tìm cách bịt miệng những tiếng nói chống đối. Khối cử tri này hiện ước lượng là trên 50% dân số. Qui tụ được liên minh này, Obama bỏ rơi thành phần cử tri còn trung thành với Giáo Hội Công Giáo, vận động tái ứng cử với chiêu bài FORWARD (cứ thế mà đi, không còn do dự gì cả.)  Các thành phần trên tập hợp lại dưới cái tên “Liberal,” dưới sự lãnh đạo của Obama,mưu làm một cuộc cách mạng mới là triệt hạ Thiên Chúa Giáo và các giá trị truyền thống của nước Mỹ.


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Người Mỹ ròng (con cháu di dân từ Âu Châu) phần lớn đạo đức và bảo thủ. Chủ trương tự do phá thai, triệt sản, và đồng tính luyến ái là phản lại giáo lý của Thiên Chúa Giáo. Khoan nói tới việc chủ trương cưỡng bách cung cấp các phương tiện phá thai và triệt sản cho phụ nữ có vi phạm quyền tự do tôn giáo mà Hiến Pháp minh thị bảo đảm hay không, nhưng chắc chắn chủ trương này xúc phạm trầm trọng đến danh dự và chủ đích của các bậc Tổ Phụ (Founding Fathers) đã sáng lập nên nước Mỹ. Các Tổ phụ của nước Mỹ tin tưởng và đặt niềm tin đó vào Thượng Đế một cách công khai và rõ ràng với câu “IN GOD WE TRUST” khi tuyên bố nền Cộng Hòa. Sự kỳ diệu không phủ nhận được là niềm tin này đã biến nước Mỹ thành một Quốc Gia cường thịnh, một Xã Hội Văn Minh, Tự Do, và Dân Chủ, một thể chế mô hình được cả thế giới ca tụng và mong muốn rập khuôn. Nếu có ai bảo rằng người viết là một tín đồ Công Giáo nên quen thói “mẹ hát con khen hay” thì xin nhìn vào các nước láng giềng của Mỹ mà suy gẫm. Cùng lập quốc trên một giải đất với tất cả mọi điều kiện hầu như giống nhau mà tại sao nước Mỹ rất cường thịnh trong khi các nước Canada và Mexico lại thua kém? Há chẳng phải nước Mỹ nhờ câu “Thần Chú” kia sao? Tìm ra được câu trả lời thuyết phục xin quí vị vui lòng chỉ giáo cho.

Cái nền móng xã hội được bao nhiêu thế hệ Mỹ xây đắp và vun trồng, thế mà nay Obama muốn đạp đổ chỉ vì để thỏa mãn đòi hỏi của một thành phần muốn tự do sống thác loạn. Nếu các đòi hỏi này được đáp ứng, xin cứ tin đi, đó là dấu chỉ của nước Mỹ đi đến sụp đổ. Nếu không muốn nói TT Obama cố tình giật sập nước Mỹ, thì cũng nên biết rằng ông ta và đảng Dân Chủ cùng với sự hỗ trợ cuồng nhiệt của thành phần liberal, đang ra sức cải biên Hoa Kỳ thành một chế độ tư bản vô thần theo định hướng xã hội chủ nghĩa. Chế độ này đại để là quyền tự do không bị giới hạn phải được triệt để áp dụng, kể cả tự do ngừa thai, phá thai, đồng tính luyến ái v.v., nhưng nhà nước lại có quyền kiểm soát (control) và điều hành (regulate) mọi sinh hoạt trong đời sống xã hội. Đó là mô thức “Trật tự thế giới mới.” Hoa Kỳ đi bước trước. Thế giới lần lượt theo sau.

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Mặc dầu với một kiến thức luật có thể nói là uyên bác, (giáo sư Luật Hiến Pháp ở đại học), Obama cố tình không hiểu rằng trong các quyền của con người, tự do tôn giáo là quyền căn bản nhất được Hiến Pháp đặc biệt bảo đảm. Quyền Tự Do Tôn Giáo bao gồm hai khía cạnh rất rõ rệt là tự do tín ngưỡng và tự do hành đạo. Hành đạo được tự do thực hiện tại những nơi không cản trở đến tự do của người khác. Nhưng niềm tin hay tín ngưỡng, vì nó thuộc lãnh vực siêu hình nên gắn liền với tâm linh con người bất cứ họ ở đâu, làm việc gì. Tín ngưỡng là quyền tin có Thiên Chúa và tuân giữ giới luật của Thiên Chúa. Hai điều kiện “tin theo và tuân giữ” này gắn liền với nhau không thể tách rời mới gọi là tín ngưỡng. Như vậy tự do tôn giáo chủ yếu là quyền con người được tự do tín ngưỡng, tức là tin có Thiên Chúa và tuân thủ những điều răn Thiên Chúa dậy. TT Obama không thể bắt buộc người công giáo phải ngừa thai, phá thai hoặc cung cấp phương tiện để làm các hành động đó cho người khác với bất cứ lý do gì, vì điều đó trái với tín ngưỡng, hay tín lý tôn giáo. Luật Cải Tổ Y Tế bắt buộc các cơ sở tôn giáo mướn 50 nhân viên trở lên phải mua bảo hiểm (tức cung cấp phương tiện) ngừa thai và phá thai cho nhân viên rõ ràng là vi phạm quyền tư do tôn giáo của người dân.
 
Tung ra đạo luật này vào mùa bầu cử, TT Obama không sợ mất phiếu của người Thiên Chúa Giáo. Ông nên được coi là một chính khách cam đảm, đáng khâm phục. Vượt quá lòng can đảm là sự thách đố liều lĩnh của ông đối với các giáo hội Thiên Chúa Giáo và nhất là với Hiến Pháp. Về mặt chính trị, TT Obama muốn phá bỏ cái nền móng cơ bản lập quốc của các Tổ Phụ: In God, We Trust, biến Hoa Kỳ thành một đất nước vô thần. Con đường để đạt được mục tiêu này, TT Obama hiển nhiên đã tạo ra một cuộc chiến tranh ý thực hệ giữa tín ngưỡng và vô thần, giữa tôn giáo và quốc gia, giữa ông và các tín đồ Thiên Chúa Giáo? Có thắng được hay không thì chưa biết, nhưng trước mắt ông sẽ gặp phải vô vàn vô số những khó khăn chồng chất. Giáo Hội Công Giáo đang cung cấp 20% cơ sở và dịch vụ chăm sóc sức khỏe cho dân chúng trên khắp nước Mỹ. Nếu các cơ sở và dịch vụ này buộc phải đóng cửa vì không muốn lỗi luật của Chúa như Hội Đồng Giám Mục Hoa Kỳ đe dọa thì chuyện gì sẽ xẩy ra? Để duy trì một cuộc sống ổn định cho xã hội, TT Obama không có con đường  khác ngoài việc quốc hữu hóa các phương tiện này và cưỡng bách các nhân viên phải đi làm? Ông dựa vào luật pháp nào để làm việc đó? Nếu không quốc hữu hóa thì lấy cái gì thay thế lấp vào chỗ trống khi các cơ sở và dịch vụ này phải đóng cửa? Tiền bạc đâu để thiết lập những cơ sở thay thế, mua trang bị, và thuê mướn nhân viên. Trong bao lâu mới hoàn thành việc thay thế? 5 năm? 10 năm? Hay hơn nữa?


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-  Mel Sanger, nhà nghiên cứu chính trị quốc tế gọi TT Obama là AntiChrist (kẻ chống Chúa hay Quỉ Vương.) Nếu TT Obama là một AntiChrist thật thì hành động của ông phải kể là một cuộc chiến giữa Thiên Chúa và Satan.

-  Mychal Massie, nhà văn da đen và nhà bình luận truyền hình tại Los Angeles nói: They (Obama và Michell) are the worst kind of racialists, they are elitist Leninists with contempt for traditional America (Họ là loại người kỳ thị xấu xa nhất, là những đồ đệ xuất sắc nhất của Lenin, họ coi những giá trị truyền thống Mỹ chẳng ra gì.)

-  Còn nguyên ứng cử viên của đảng CH ra tranh cử TT phát biểu cụ thể nhưng rất cương quyết: I could vote for anybody over President Obama. President Obama has been a total and complete disaster(Tôi bỏ phiếu cho bất cứ ai ngoài Obama. TT Obama là một tai họa hoàn toàn và tuyệt đối.)
Il 2 dicembre 1984, i gas tossici della fabbrica di pesticidi della multinazionale Union Carbide, per un errore di manutenzione, provocano nel giro di poche ore tra i sedicimila e i trentamila morti a Bhopal, città indiana del Madhya Pradesh. Nel marzo del 1989 dalla petroliera Exxon Valdes, della multinazionale Exxon, fuoriescono undici milioni di galloni di petrolio: un incidente che contamina più di mille chilometri di spiagge e distrugge le condizioni di vita di migliaia di nativi americani . Nel 2003, in Italia, sono morte per infortuni sul lavoro 1.237 persone. Chi risponde di queste stragi, di questi morti? Individui singoli? Strutture? Gerarchie? Un dato certo è il potere che sta alla base di queste violenze. Ai potenti spettano infatti alcuni privilegi: di poter violare impunemente la legge; di rappresentarsi come "non devianti"; di opporsi efficacemente a norme che ne possano criminalizzare i comportamenti. Dal canto suo, la cultura egemone offre ai potenti un ampio ventaglio di strumenti per ridefinire e/o oscurare la realtà violenta. Che fare? Una via è quella del diritto penale nazionale e internazionale, con il ricorso alla peraltro discussa efficacia deterrente della sanzione; un´altra è quella culturale, rifiutando il linguaggio di cui si nutre l´immagine del disonesto ma non criminale colletto bianco; una terza è quella civile, fondata sul riconoscimento della condizione di "vittima", anche da parte del terzo, lo "spettatore".
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Questo libro vuole essere un granello di sabbia nell’ingranaggio della macchina capitalista. L’autore, Steve Proulx, racconta l’evoluzione di 23 multinazionali americane, dai loro timidi inizi fino alle attuali dimensioni smisurate. Che si tratti del successo eccezionale della Wal-Mart o del comportamento ipocrita della Exxon Mobil, queste pagine narrano le vicende e gli eccessi di questi giganti industriali nel momento in cui lo spettro di una mondializzazione senza regole minaccia l’equilibrio dei popoli. Un secolo di “progressi economici” comincia a pesare notevolmente sul nostro avvenire e sull’ambiente in cui viviamo. Fino a che punto ci spingeremo per mantenere questi livelli di crescita insensati? Giungeremo davvero a ipotecare il nostro ecosistema per ottenere raccolti sempre più abbondanti? A sfruttare uomini, donne e bambini per ridurre ulteriormente i costi di produzione? A fare la guerra per il petrolio? Domande tardive: lo stiamo già facendo...

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«Un’analisi illuminante sul modo in cui alcune multinazionali gestiscono il nostro mondo. Un libro che sottolinea e ricorda atteggiamenti e azioni dalle conseguenze spesso spaventose: sfruttamento abusivo delle risorse naturali, distruzione del patrimonio culturale, deresponsabilizzazione di fronte alle catastrofi ecologiche, sfruttamento delle persone... Ci ricorda inoltre che l’azione impegnata di individui e associazioni può avere effetti concreti sulle politiche dei grandi gruppi capitalistici. Il nostro futuro e quello del nostro pianeta sono entrambi nelle nostre mani.»
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«Steve Proulx ci presenta dei fatti e delle cifre eloquenti, lasciandoci la responsabilità di farci la nostra personale opinione su questa nuova economia. Non resta che sperare che un giorno l’economia ritorni ad essere al servizio dell’uomo, e non il contrario!»
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«Una lettura illuminante, ideale per sapere tutto sui colossi che tengono le fila dell’economia.»
Voir

«Grazie a una ricerca minuziosa negli archivi e sul Web, e a molteplici incontri, l’autore raccoglie una mole di materiale colossale.»
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          Will Happer Drills For Support With Lamar Smith, Ted Cruz And Texas Public Policy Foundation   

PART 1. Inside the machinery of doubt - money, think tanks, politicians and “experts” all agree in Texas
Will Happer rebranded part of the George C. Marshall Institute (GMI) as the CO2 Coalition (“CO2Co”) in 2015, but was little noticed, as GMI finally ended  “not with a bang but a whimper.”  Gayathri Vaidyanathan reported in EENews

Happer said that the funding from fossil fuel companies to the Marshall Institute has dried up in recent years because of the negative press. “You can forget about asking money from Exxon; they send all their money to Stanford [University] or to Princeton [University] for greenwashing,” he said.
In fact, foundations that are interested in national security also declined to donate, he said. So the board members of Marshall convened this summer and decided to refocus their energies on climate change
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Texas is a fine place to drill for help on climate denial. A recent Texas Public Policy Foundation  (TPPF)T Austin conference attracted oil/coal executives,  economists, lawyers,  think tankers and perhaps potential funders. Peabody Energy “donated” $40K to TPPF during 2014-2015, according to recent bankruptcy documents (p.776). 
Politicians included Senator Ted Cruz  by video, and in person, Attorney General Ken PaxtonSenate Majority Whip John Corbyn and Rep. Lamar Smith.a

This meeting offers a good example of the spinning gears in the machinery of doubt — what Senators recently dubbed the Web of Denial — as fossil fuel money fuels clouds of dubious “science” and economics eagerly accepted by an enthusiastic audience.  This long post can do no more than provide an overview and a few examples of the pervasive nonsense, but people can sample the videos for more.

TPPF works hard to defend business against Federal agencies, claiming overreach, and against local ordinances, claiming inconsistency.  Tobacco Petroleum Plastics Fracking seems a better fit than anything involving Public.
TPPF2015 seemed a one-day Texas-style Heartland Institute Climate Conference, with  at least 14 speakers in common (H). 

TPPF gave prominent roles to Happer and 5 other CO2 Coalition affiliates in Austin, November 19-20.
On December 8, Peabody-connected Happer testified in the Senate for Cruz.   By mid-January, CO2Co had recruited signatures of “300 scientists” for a letter (CO2Co2016) to help Smith harass NOAAsigned by fossil-industry people, retired physicists, chemists, doctors, bloggers, think tankers, at least one dentist and random others, but few climate scientists.
At least 90% fit the only obvious criterion for inclusion: publicly reject human causation of climate change. 


Fred Singer pioneered the use of overblown climate denial sign-on letters from the early 1990s, but since 2008, Happer has signed or organized at least 10.  Some letters invite the public, but most recruit through tightly-connected social networks likely to avoid premature exposure.  Such lists can seem impressive until one carefully checks the signers and compares them with more credible lists, such as one that collected 2800+ scientists in less than a week.c

People are welcome to sign such letters! They really help exposure of the social networks and demographics of climate denial and create permanent records that help calibrate signer credibility..  The earlier Happer-led  APS2009 was invaluable, and 62 of its 228 signers lent their names here.  Many of the same names appear again and again.

Chronology around GMI–>CO2Co, Lamar Smith and letter-writing
2014.06.23 Letter to Smith (“SMITH2014”) vs EPA, signed by ~87 (Happer and 45 other CO2Co2016 signers.)
2015.03.15 Patrick Moore Tweets letter to Museums (CO2Co2015), by ~79 (Happer, 52 more CO2Co2016 signers.)
2015.04.06 CO2Cregistered in Virginia
2015.05.xx CO2Cgranted 501(c)(3) status, via application that lists Happer as President
2015.06.01-2015.09.xx Happer, Lindzen expert witnesses in Minnesota for Peabody Energy
2015.06.14 Letter from Smith to NOAA on Karl, et al(2015) in Sciencechronology by NOAA head Kathryn Sullivan later. 
2015.10.28 Final dissolution of GMI announced.

2015.11.19-20  CO2Co people play major role at TPPF's Energy & Climate Policy Summit, with Smith and Cruz 
2015.12.07 About 600 Americans write letters supporting NOAA, List1,  List2.
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2015.12.08 Happer testifies at hearing of a US Senate Subcommittee convened by Senator Cruz  
2016.01.15 Happer-led CO2Co2016 Letter accidentally 
revealed by John Droz, Jr,  at that point with ~150 signers,
2016.01.28  CO2Co2016 is sent to Smith, with 309 names.  (The “325” below is puzzling.)
2016.02.22  Smith writes to NOAA, citing “letter from 325 scientists, engineers, economists and other scholars”


CO2Co affiliates are described in earlier post and shown hereafter in red All CO2Co2016 signers are underlined and
many are well-known climate science deniers, but Happer clearly gained many new signers from Texas, as per Part 4.
Whether or not he also succeeded in drilling for dollars cannot be known, given think tank financial opacity.

PART 2. Overview of TPPF2015  - At The Crossroads, 2nd conference, November 19-20, 2015, Austin, TX
The annotated agenda is an overview, but the video playlist is a more complete record, including talks by moderators.
Conference messages were consistent, repeated often and seemed well-received by the audience:

  • The theory of human-caused climate change is wrong, a hoax/scam; climate change poses no serious threat; 
    more CO2 is better, satellites show warming stopped after 1998; the Earth may be headed for new ice age.
  • The Climate Right Stuff (TRCS), a group of retired NASA Apollo engineers and petroleum industry veterans,
    refutes mainstream climate science with a few equations and graphs, although not in peer-reviewed journals.
  • There is a strong moral case for increasing the use of fossil fuels, to help the poor.
  • Any reductions in fossil fuel usage would create economic disaster.
  • Texas politicians are fighting against overreach by the Environmental Protection Agency and chicanery by NOAA.
  • This  was the “most impressive gathering of experts”,  the speakers were some of the “greatest minds in the world.”

“Science” not presented by Texas climate scientists, but by oil men, retired engineers, and out-of-state “experts”
Texas faces serious climate challenges (such as floods), but luckily has fine climate scientists at credible schools like Rice, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and  UT AustinIn 2010 some wrote On global warming, the science is solid.
Texas researchers publish in top journals like Science and speak at American Geophysical Union (AGU) meetings,  and some are especially skilled at explaining science to general audiences, given an hour in a reasonable presentation format. 

NASA Is Facing a Climate Change Countdown (2015) shows that NASA's many competent people accept climate science and are trying to deal with the serious challenges of sea level rise in Florida and Texas. The Johnson Space Center (JSCis vulnerably near the coast, whose risks are modeled with NOAA data by current JSC staff.  Various NASA branches participate at AGU meetings (2015)  or (2013).  Former NASA astronaut Dr. Kathryn Sullivan heads NOAA, which works often with NASA.

None of these spoke,f so instead climate “science” was presented by the following:

Session I: The Earth's Climate History
Ben (“Bud”) Brigham,  (bio, bio, TX) oil executive and TPPF advisor, runs oil & gas company Brigham Resources.
H. Leighton Steward  (DS, H, LA) long-experienced oil professional, runs a coal-sponsored website, key TRCS member.
Don Easterbrook (DS, H, WAemeritus geologist, repudiated by faculty (source1, source2), originator of popular bad graphE

Session II: Not a Pollutant: CO2 is The Gas of Life
Will Happer (DS, H, NJemeritus atomic physicist, past Chair of  fossil-funded GMI, now President CO2Co.
Richard Lindzen  (DS, Hbio, H, MAemeritus, only real climate scientist, but often refuted, paid by coal companies from 1991
Patrick Moore (DS, Hbio, H, Canadaconsultant, speaker, fossil-funded and not a cofounder of Greenpeace.

Session V: The Right Climate Stuff  (TRCS)
Walter Cunningham (DS, H, TX) retired NASA astronaut: global warming is a great hoax, uses bad graphE
George l. Stegemeier (bio, TXpetroleum engineer
Hal Doiron (DS, H, TX) retired NASA mechanical engineer: global warming is scam, expose NOAA fraud, uses worse graphE

Other CO2Co Advisors played major roles in the conference:
Kathleen Hartnett White  (bio, H, TXTPPF Senior Fellow, Director for Armstrong Center of Energy and Environment
Mark P. Mills (SWbio, H, DCconsultant, senior fellow Manhattan InstituteT, past associate of Greening Earth Society, etc.

Part 3. Videos of TPPF2015, with brief commentaries and highlights
The Video Playlist
Opening Luncheon Keynote with Attorney General Ken Paxton & Robert Murray (with Ted Cruz by video)

TPPF CEO Brooke L. Rollins opens,  at 07:15 introduces a “very special friend” of TPPF, “former TPPFer” Ted Cruz, by video, 08:15- 14:27, followed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and keynoter Robert Murray 27:40-1:01:30.
Perhaps coincidentially, Ted Cruz’s Climate-Denial Hearing Attracts Cash From Coal King Bob Murray April 6, 2016, but in late June  Murray Energy warns of up to 4,400 layoffs in September, as Murray blames them on President Obama.

Long-debunked arguments are endlessly repeated in “Gish Gallops”  to audiences unfamiliar with the field, not in peer-reviewed journals or real science conferences.  Skeptical Science has given them standard (SkS#) numbers and added science-based rebuttals in this list, which people might keep  at hand if watching the videos.  Graphics are often misleading, with cherry-picked geographies or time periods, apples-and-oranges comparisons, often dubiously-sourced.
Few graphics would survive an AGU audience or credible peer review, but can impress a general audience.


Session I: The Earth's Climate History.
Brigham spends 6 minutes, asserts expertise as a geophysicist on Earth's history and modeling, and offers 6 “facts” below, repeating those he wrote before, most found in CO2Co arguments rejected in Minnesota oreven  a 1992 coal-funded video.  He claims that academia and science are corrupt and that since oil field modeling sometimes yields dry holes, climate modeling is worthless Garbage-In, Garbage-Out.h  (SkS#5) 

  1. “Climate changes, always has and always will..(SkS#2)  It’s been a lot hotter in the past, in fact we’ve had warming and cooling spells roughly every 1500 years, (SkS#21) and today’s temperatures are easily within historical ranges.
  2. Species do better in warmer climates, they struggle more in cooler climates. (SkS#55)
  3. Sea level has fluctuated dramatically over the Earth’s history. This area has flooded many times throughout earth’s history.  not exactly, but  relevant (SkS#23) (SkS#80)  Does he really mean that this is OK for Houston, Galveston, etc? &&
  4. CO2 levels have also historically fluctuated, (SkS#2) they’ve been much higher than they are today,  (SkS#45) (SkS#103)  and 100 years from now CO2 levels will still be lower than prior levels. 
  5. CO2 is not pollution, (SkS#42) it’s necessary for survival. It greens the earth. (SkS#120) Green is good, and species have prospered with much higher CO2 levels than today. (SkS#55)
  6. And last, the most recent warming spell, which I’m personally very grateful for, began well before the industrial revolution. (SkS#32) So it obviously was not initiated by the burning of fossil fuels. Based on the last 18 years of satellite readings, Earth’s temperatures have flattened, (SkS#7) despite the fact that CO2 levels continued to rise. (SkS#43) So it appears that the recent warming spell may have ended.” (SkS#4) (SkS#151)

Attorney Robert Henneke, General Counsel  at TPPF, introduces next speaker, 06:20-07:40.
Steward speaks 07:45-23:35., shows at 12:33 a well-known misleading John Christy graph,  5 variants seen here, and the “Monte Hieb” graphH,  21:38 another popular source of confusion, of which 4 instances appear here.

Easterbrook speaks 24:23-42:51, saying that in 2000 he had predicted global cooling, that had happened  and people should “Expect global cooling to continue for another 2-3 decades.”  (SkS#4) (SkS#9)  He uses 2 versions of the Christy graph,C  33:50 and 34:48, plus many graphs debunked years ago, 06/11,  06/1204/13 (including repudiation by his department for writing embarassingly poor claims, and comments by others), 09/13, 10/13, 11/13, 01/14, 08/14.  He retired from Western Washington University ~1997, but forgets to mention “Emeritus.”

Session II: Not a Pollutant: CO2 is The Gas of Life  
White  moderates.
Happer speaks 06:00-17:48, praises coal, advertises CO2 Coalition,  uses a Christy graph  12:30-,  claims 97% consensus is “phony,”  (SkS#3)  compares it to Lysenkoism.  perhaps “drills” for dollars or other support with last slide:

“Policies to slow CO2 emissions are based on flawed computer models which greatly exaggerate warming.
More CO2 is an overall benefit so costly “mitigation” schemes are all pain, no gain.
The CO2 Coalition needs help to spread this message.
CO2Coalition.org   happer@princeton.edu”  ( Happer is Emeritus at Princeton, and CO2Co has no relationship to it.)

Lindzen  speaks 18:15-43:25 on “Where Does Catastrophism Come From?”   (sound is poor in some sections)
His talk emphasizes uncertainty and low climate sensitivity. As he often does, he attacks climate scientists,  including:

“There is also a lot of science on demand.
The well-established Medieval Warm Period is a problem for the narrative. (False, MedievalDeception 2015…)
Michael Mann's Hockey Stick gets rid of the Medieval Warm Period.   (SkS#164) (MedievalDeception 2015.)  
The physics of moist convection requires that warming maximizes in the upper tropospheric troposphere, and models agree, but the data doesn't show this.  (SkS#47)
Ben Santer reworks the data to show the maximum.
Significant warming ended about 18 years ago showing that CO2 is not the major factor in climate, (SkS#7)
Tommy Karl adjusts and rearranges the data to eliminate the pause.”  (note dismissive “Tommy”)

Patrick Moore then speaks 43:40-1:08:00 on “Should We Celebrate CO2?” At 48:25 he uses Nasif Nahlei  variant of the Hieb graphH and at 1:05:31 one that looks derived from Nahle.

Actual researchers in the field might know more about this than the speakers in Sessions II and iII. Climate Change Poses Risks for Agriculture and Global Food Security  references 2015 report by the US Dept of Agriculture. The US Global Change Research Program report, especially Chapter 7 Food Safety, Nutrition, Distribution  shows  increased CO2 decreases nutrients, even if CO2 increases growth. Liebig's Law of the Minimum applies: without rain, corn does not grow in Sahara.

Session III Energy Poverty
TPPF's Doug Domenech (TPPFbio) introduces the session. Caleb Rossiter 02:25-, Calvin Beissner (H) 17:35-, and Horace Cooper (NCPAT Adjunct Fellow, HeartlandT SrFellow)  32:24-47:00 say the poor need fossil fuels, not renewables.  (SkS#175)

Session IV: Politics and Economics
TPPF VP Chuck DeVore  claims a global cooling scare 40 years ago, says he voted against CA AB32.
Mills 03:15- denigrates solar,  batteries.
DeVore introduces Heartland's  James M. TaylorT (H15:15-as having “studied atmospheric science”j  at Dartmouth,
Taylor says they heard compelling science,  that wind and solar will double or triple electricity costs for illusory benefit.
Rupert Darwall (UK33:10-44:20 attacks environmentalists, restrictions on DDT, acid rain.  He says that global warming is just politics, relies  on satellite-based temperatures and proclaims global warming no threat, while showing lack of science expertise

Dinner Keynote with Mark P. Mills
Brooke L. Rollins starts the dinner, White  speaks 04:00-, and Mills speaks 15:34-49:00.

Book Preview with Kathleen Hartnett White
TPPF's Doug Domenech starts the session, announces Lamar Smith (H)  “superhero on climate” as breakfast speaker.
White speaks 03:18-, then Stephen Moore from 19:00-. followed by discussion.

Breakfast and Keynote Address by U.S. Congressman Lamar Smith
White and Henneke begin, then Lamar Smith speaks 05:23-33:36. He attacks EPA and the Clean Power Plan as a power grab. “I will work to require more transparency, sound science, accountability to the American people.” He attacks  NOAA 16:24- :

Its employees altered historical climate data to get politically-correct results in an attempt to disprove the hiatus in global temperature increase.(false) k  … need the Texas Public Policy Foundation to fight against Federal Government overreach.”

A questioner demands access to all code and data from publicly-paid research.  Of course, Smith had already been offered access to the methods and data, and generally ignored it.  Hal Doiron says 24:10-

“Many of us here are former government employees, veterans of our NASA Apollo program  … a number of us ex-NASA guys have looked at what they've done, we know where the cracks are in their analysis. We'd like to grill em, and expose em for the fraud they're putting on the American people.” 

White returns to wrap up, 33:36-35:33,  claims  people “grossly manipulate science.”  

“…think of the magnitude of the task that Chairman Smith is taking on, when unelected parties in the Federal government or elected parties in the Federal government are willing to manipulate science,  grossly manipulate science. … their having the bully pulpit, their reach is vast in what the kind of propaganda that is fed to the public. This is key not only to the recognition of the necessity, of the importance of energy in this country but to our Constitutional order.  And you don't have to look very far back in history to see in some of the most horrific political regimes in the world, which would include Stalin's and Hitler's, and all of that, the way science manipulated and science silenced, within the same week or so that Chairman Smith was sending subpoenas to NOAA or NASA an Attorney General in New York state was trying to subpoena parties and  to try in a procedure to criminalize even questioning certain science.(false)  l  So the  stakes on this are, not to speak histrionically, are civliizational, the protection of the integrity of science is absolutely fundamental to our freedom.
And our next panel is a very exciting one on that, because the scientists and engineers who had a great emprical test of whether their science was right, they put man on the Moon and brought him back safely. The Right Stuff on Climate will speak later and they are a fascinating inspirational voice about what it means to protect the integrity of science, as is Chairman Smith.”  (clapping)

Session V: The Right Climate Stuff (TRCS)
White  introduces speakers, gives an award to TRCS..n  Cunningham speaks 04:10-18:25.  He starts::

“I thought i was going to be dealing with both realists and alarmists, and it's obvious … I'm preaching to the converted.
I am not a climate scientist 
(true)- my associates here are, really (false) … I have spent my life as a physicist (false)m … climate change is one of the least predictable fields of science.  Climate science was actually a respected field until about 30 years ago.  That's when some of the climate scientists started to ignore scientific discipline.”

Starting at 07:54  he introduces a slide  by saying  “Climate alarmists would have you believe…”

“And today, instead of the alarmists presenting data to prove their new hypothesis, they are challenging skeptics, like us, to disprove their hypothesis.  … Carbon dioxide was 12 to 15 times higher than it is today.”  (SkS#45)
He uses Hieb graphH09:12, at 10:02 shows a graph modified from WIllie Soon 2004(SkS#1) , which he does not mention covers only the Arctic, strongly cherry-picked, and wrong.

He says  climate models have never successfully predicted anything.  
(SkS#5) 

Starting 09:31, his graph is closely adapted from an obscure 2008 graphE by Easterbrook,  who in late 2010 wrote a related post at the more visible WUWT.  That stirred people to thoroughly discredit it within a few days, detailed analysis in Note.E

“Even in the last 10,000 years there have been many periods when temperature was higher than it is today. (at best misleading)
To be truthful about it, today we are experiencing the longest, and coolest interglacial period on record, and believe me, the next ice-age is long overdue.” (If he means that absent humans, the Earth would be on a slow descent into an icea age, he is probably right, If he means that we can expect an ice age soon, he is almost certainly wrong, unsurprisingly, since talk repeatedly shows lack of any relevant knowledge. Given human CO2, another ice age is unlikely for tens of thousands of years, as per  David Archer, The Long Thaw(2010), or Ruddiman, Kutzbach, Vavrus(2011), or Ruddiman's Earth Transformed(2013). )

At 10:00, he shows misleading, well-debunked pair of graphs adapted from Soon 2004 (really 2005).S

At left,  14:57 he offers his conclusions, having forgotten that he said he is no climate scientist.  
He says 17:05-

“I have not found one piece of empirical evidence that man-made carbon dioxide has a significant impact on our climate.” He shows graphs showing humans can tolerate higher levels of CO2. “If any of you are concerned with one of the greatest scientific hoaxes of all time, check the data, form your own conclusions.”

Perhaps he should demand that NASA waste no money to safeguard its installations from sea level rise and see how it responds.


Stegemeier is introduced as a TRCS member and a petroleum reservoir engineer with over 50 years experience in thermal engineering.  “His current book, Principles of Geo Solar Engineering, is a study of the energy balance of the Earth's atmosphere, with the intent of quantifying the role of CO2 in the Earth's global temperature.”o
He speaks 19:40- and starts honestly: “I'm another not a climate scientist, I'm a petroleum engineer.”  then says:

“The political science of global warming has greated the greatest controversy in the scientific community since Galileo challenged the settled science theory with his experimental methods. He was not just a scientist, but he was an engineer and he was a mathematician. That perhaps justifies me standing up here as an engineer and talking about climate science.”  (Dunning-Kruger Effect may apply to all speakers in this session)

Doiron speaks from 36:00-50:40  He praises Stegemeier and his brother Richard as:

“have been lobbying with the leaders of the National Academy (of Engineering) not to jump on board with this global warming scam, and so far they've been successful. Other national academies, the National Academy of Science, is all in, but maybe the engineers are the last bastion of hope to get some sanity into this process.”

He says TRCS includes others, but the core group is Apollo program veterans.  He uses a Christy graphC 38:55He projects 600ppm CO2 by around 2130, does a curve-fitting exercise based on a 30-90°N reconstruction (25% of Earth) and says they prove no more than 1°C rise by then, using 1000-year and  62-year cycles.  For more detail, Jim Peacock gave a much longer version of the talk in mid-2014 for the fringe group  Doctors for Disaster Preparedness.

Q&A follows from 50:41-.  Asked if it will matter, Doiron says that's the part he isn't expert on, but he does not think it will, because Houston's temperature varies much more.

Cunningham says: 52:12  “It hasn't been that long ago  that you had ice totally covering the United States down even to the Northern part of Texas….” (firm claim of irrelevant nonsense: Rice University: 18,000 years ago. not in TX.) Later he says a slight increase in carbon dioxide will be better for a lot of things.
Current NASA staff takes sea level rise seriously, but Doiron says: 55:21

“If you monitor sea level rise, it's not changing, (SkS#1

          Will Happer Rebrands George C. Marshall Institute As CO2 Coalition   

The George C. Marshall Institute (GMI) was a leader in climate denial from 1990 onward, but disbanded in 2015. Its chairman Will Happer and CEO WIlliam O'Keefe rebranded its climate denial effort as the CO2 Coalition, more accurately a CoalOILition.

Of its 18 people, 15 signed Happer's “300 scientists” (sic) letter to help Lamar Smith(R-TX) waste more taxpayer money harassing NOAA. Early analysis of the signers list makes it look even sillier than Happer's 2009 petition to the American Physical Society, as will be seen in a forthcoming detailed post. Oil and coal industry people are well-represented.


Inspired by DeSmog UK's recent exposure of Patrick Moore's work for European coal, this post summarizes known connections of those involved in the CO2 CoalOILition. People were tagged Coal and/or OIL, explained below.1  For example, of 18, five worked directly for Exxon, Shell or the American Petroleum Institute.  Also, 14 have been involved with Heartland ICCC meetings.

The first table is a dense summary, the second gives the backup details. 
Readers might evaluate climate-related efforts from such a group as akin to health recommendations from Big Tobacco. 

Coal, OIL and the CO2 CoalOILition
C O Board of Directors C O Advisory Committee
O Roger Cohen C O Larry Bell
O Bruce Everett Jan Breslow
C O Will Happer C O Kathleen Hartnett-White
C O Craig Idso C O Richard Lindzen
C O Patrick Moore C O Pat Michaels
O Rodney Nichols C O Mark Mills
C O Harrison Schmitt C O Norman Rogers
C O Leighton Steward C O
O William O’Keefe O Lorraine Yapps Cohen

The detailed list annotates the descriptions from their website, to explain the C and O tags.
Money flows are often hidden via Donors TrustDonors Capital Fund or transfers among think tanks, but the following have gotten OIL funding directly from ExxonMobil, the Kochs and/or Richard Mellon Scaife.2

TPPF has run key conferences in 2014 and 2015:
TPPF2014 conference speakers included Hartnett-White (organizer), Mills, Steward, Spencer.
TPPF2015 speakers included Happer, Lindzen, Mills, Moore, Steward, and Lamar Smith. One may wonder if they talked.
Robert Murray, CEO of Murray Energy (coal), gave the opening keynote.

Almost everyone here already has extensive DeSmog profiles. (Scroll down to view the table)

Coal, OIL and CO2 CoalOILition - Details
C O  co2coalition/about WebCited 03/14/15+annotations  Involved3 GMI, Heartland, TPPF2014, 2015 ,Lamar Letter -> G H T L
Board of Directors
O Roger Cohen, PhD: fellow of the American Physical Society. Former Manager Strategic Planning ExxonMobil Research and Engineering.  OIL: ExxonMobil. 3 2 x
O Bruce Everett, PhD: faculty Tufts University’s Fletcher School, over forty years of experience in the international energy industry.  OIL: 22 years at ExxonMobil.  Advisor on September 2015 list, now on Board x
C O Will Happer, PhD: Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics (emeritus) Princeton University, former Director Office of Energy Research Director of Research, U.S. Department of Energy, co-founder Magnetic Imaging Technologies. President.  OIL: GMI Chairman ;  December 2015 sting.  Coal: Peabody, for 2015 MN  hearing
Coal+OIL: spoke at Heartland ICCC-10.
5 4 3 x
C O Craig Idso, PhD: founder Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Geophysical Union, and the American Meteorological Society.  OIL: ExxonMobil, Scaife, Koch(Lambe) direct funding, and likely indirect via DONORS and Heartland.
Coal: was Peabody Energy employee; Western Fuels Association, while working on PhD via Robert Balling, wrote several articles for WFA-funded World Climate Report.
Coal: Cyprus Amax Minerals (coal), gave Balling and Idso 1996 and 1998 grants, and
OIL: ExxonMobil F. gave them 1999 grant. CSCDGC was formed in 1998, and $(if any)  no longer public.
Coal+OIL: spoke at Heartland ICCC-1, -2, -3,  -4, -6, -7, -9, -10: NIPCC
5 x
C O Patrick Moore, PhDCo-founder and 15-year leader of Greenpeace (1971-1986). Chairman and Chief Scientist, Ecosense Environmental. Leader, Campaign to Allow Golden Rice Now. False:Not Co-Founder.
Coal: Euracoal in 2015.  OIL: speak at TPPF2015.
Coal+OIL:: gave keynote at Heartland ICCC-9.
4 3 x
O Rodney Nichols: former Chief Executive Officer of the New York Academy of Sciences; Scholar-in-Residence at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, former Executive Vice President Rockefeller University.
OIL: Director GMI; Trustee Manhattan Institute. Connection likely via Frederick Seitz, 
Truth Tobacco Industry Docs 
4 x
C O Harrison Schmitt, PhD: geologist, astronaut and last man to walk the moon (Apollo 17), adjunct professor 
OIL: Chairman/President of Annapolis Center for Science-Based Public Policy (ExxonMobil, Scaife, Kochs)

Coal+OIL:: spoke at Heartland ICCC-2, -3, -4, -6, -7.
4 x
C O Leighton Steward: geologist, former Chairman, Louisiana Land and Exploration Company; chair, Institute for the Study of Earth and Man Southern Methodist University, author.
OIL: Shell Oil for 16 years (SourceWatch); Director EOG (Enron Oil and Gas), Burlington Resouurces. 
Spoke at TPPF2014 and TPPF2015.
Coal: Plants Need CO2 website, backed by coal magnate  Corbin Robertson.
Coal+OIL: spoke at Heartland ICCC-4,  Moderated ICCC -7, -9
4 3 x
O William O’Keefe: CEO George C. Marshall Institute; founder Solutions Consulting; former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer American Petroleum Institute.  He was listed as the Contact for the 501(c)(3) filing,  as Director September 2015, involved in the Lamar Smith letter, but as of 03/13/16, was not included.
OIL: GMI, 25-year API executive, also ExxonMobil lobbyist. .
5 3 x
4 9 Of 9 who are/were on Board; all have some Coal/OIL connection. All 9 signed the Letter for Lamar Smith. 4 7 3 9
Advisory Committee
C O Larry Bell, PhD: Professor University of Houston, established the research program in space architecture, author of Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind the Global Warming Hoax.
Coal+OIL: Spoke at Heartland ICC-6, -7, -9
3 x
Jan Breslow, M.D., Senior Attending Physician, Frederick Henry Leonhardt Professor, Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics and Metabolism, Rockefeller University.
Tobacco connection (likely via Frederick Seitz at Rockefeller): Truth Tobacco Industry Documents
  “jan breslow”
x
C O Kathleen Hartnett-White: distinguished fellow and director of the Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment, Texas Public Policy Foundation, former chair Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
OIL: TPPF from CG Koch, C Lambe (Koch), ExxonMobil (as per SourceWatch), DONORS.
Coal: although no known funding, strong support: Google: site:
site:www.texaspolicy.com coal gives 300+ hits
OIL+Coal: SPoke at Heartland ICCC-10
The website misspells her name as Harnett-White, twice.  TPPF BIo.
3 3 x
C O Richard Lindzen, PhD: emeritus Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology, member National Academy of Sciences, fellow of the American Meteorological Society and American Association for the Advancement of Science, author of 200 scientific articles and books.
Coal : Western Fuels Association 1991 video and 1995 MN Hearing; Peabody for 2015 MN Hearing
OIL: 1992 OPEC talk in Vienna, also via Annapolis Center, GMI, Heartland, Tech Central Station (ExxonMobil)

Coal+OIL: spoke at Heartland ICCC–2, -3, -4
4 4 3 x
C O Pat Michaels, PhD: director of the Center for the Study of Science, Cato Institute, past president American Association of State Climatologists, former Virginia state climatologist, program chair American Meteorological Society.
Coal: Western Fuels Association funding of World Climate Report, many others
OIL: 40 percent from petroleum.

Coal+OIL: spoke at Heartland ICCC-1, -2, -3, -4, -6, -7, -9, -10.
5 4
C O Mark Mills: senior fellow Manhattan Institute, CEO Digital Power Group, a tech-centric capital advisory group, faculty Fellow McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University.
Coal: Western Fuels Association via Greening Earth Society (“Scientific Advisor”), World Climate Report. Google site:www.worldclimatereport.com mills  for example: “Want to Improve Your Nation's Health? Burn Coal”
OIL: via Manhattan Insitute (CG Koch, C Lambe(Koch), Scaife); spoke at TPPF2014 and TPPF2015.

Coal+OIL: spoke at Heartland ICCC-10.
4 3 3
C O Norman Rogers: founder of Rabbit Semiconductor company, policy advisor to The Heartland Institute, member of the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society.
Coal+OIL: Heartland Policy Advisor; moderated at  Heartland ICCC-9
4 x
C O Roy Spencer, PhD: Principal Research Scientist at the University of Alabama Huntsville; served as Senior Scientist for Climate Studies at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center; co-developer of satellite temperature measurement system.
Coal: Peabody, for MN 2015 Hearing

Coal+OIL: spoke at Heartland ICCC-1, -2, -3, -4, -6,  -9, -10.
Oil: GMI, Tech Central Station
4 4 3 x
O Lorraine Yapps Cohen: former communications & marketing manager ExxonMobil, columnist Examiner newspapers.  OIL: ExxonMobil.  Examiner.
6 8  of 9 Advisors; only 1 has  no known connections with Coal or OIL (or both), although a few are indirect 4 7 4 6
10 17  of 18 Board + Advisors 8 14 7 15


1 People were tagged with C or O if at some time or other, not necessarily currently, and not necessarily paid personally, they:

  • were long-time fossil employees.  For example, of 18 people, 3 worked for ExxonMobil, 1 for Shell.
  • got paid directly by fossil companies or their associations for consulting, testimony, other work or their think tank business.
  • got paid indirectly through fossil-funded groups, either via employment or other serious association, at least expenses likely. For example, Heartland ICCC speakers are counted but merely being a “Heartland expert” (sic) does not.
  • were fossil-funded think tank Trustees/Board members, so would know funding, although perhaps not paid.

Think tank finances are purposefully murky. Many ways exist to funnel money to advocates, such as speaking fees or book purchases. Readers can imagine the funding effects of any associated with these think tanks of saying “I accept mainstream science, we must reduce fossil burning.”

Crescendo to Climategate Cacophony pp.93-95 shows GMI, Heartland, and Manhattan. They (and TPPF) have had either tobacco connections (GMI, via Frederick Seitz) or direct funding (the rest), Fakery2 p.39. Of course, tobacco companies stay in business only by addicting people during adolescent brain development, knowing many will die. Some think tanks help and get paid for it.
For TPPF see
 Truth Tobacco Industry Documents, as for example Philip Morris (1998):

“We have had a close relationship with them for many years.  Per Neal's operation, they have done a lot of work on issues that we deem important.  We are a longtime financial supporter.”

Involvement level is estimated as in Crescendo, p.96 and other tables there:
5  Organizers of petitions, conferences, projects; CEO/Chairman of Board, WSJ OpEd.
4  Active in small workshop, keynote speaker, chapter author; Board member, active worker, WSJ letter.
3  Speaker; contributor to report, journal article; Advisory Board member, occasional projects.
2  Attend conference, give one talk for Roundtable, sign small letter/petition; temporary connection.
1  Sign “mass-market” petition


GMI, as the pioneer think tank for climate denial, was of course the focus of Merchants of Doubt.

Hashtag: #CO2CoalOILition
Update 04/04/16: Cohen GMI score upped to 3, given coauthoring with Happer.
 


          ExMo Pays Scientists $10,000 To Trash IPCC Report   
Scientists and economists have been offered companies $10,000 each by a lobby group funded by ExxonMobil to undermine the IPCC's new Fourth Assessment Report. The report surfaced a day after one of the most notorious and reviled US Skeptics, Richard Lindzen, was featured on CNN's Larry King Live.

          "Ambiguous scientific statements about climate are hyped by those with a vested interest in alarm"   
Think about that statement: “those with a vested interest in alarm.”
The quote comes from a Wall Street Journal article by Richard Lindzen, the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Science at MIT. Lindzen argues that there is a worldwide conspiracy of climate scientists, all fudging their data and condemning dissenters in a coordinated effort to get governments to spend more on climate change research. “Indeed,” Lindzen says, “the success of climate alarmism can be counted in the increased federal spending on climate research from a few hundred million dollars pre-1990 to $1.7 billion today.”
That looks like a big number. But setting aside the profligacy of the current U.S. administration or the tendency of bureaucrats to gather up every aspect of weather-related spending and call it climate change research, let's put it into context.
While all the climate scientists in the country (along with their landlords, lab assistants, secretaries, suppliers and janitorial services) were divvying up $1.7 billion - during the whole course of 2006 - ExxonMobil was announcing third-quarter profits of $9.92 billion. And yes, that's third quarter; the largest amount of money ever “earned” by a company in just three months.
Things are going okay in the rest of the oil patch, as well.
Royal Dutch Shell reported third-quarter net income up 68% to $9 billion;  BP, $6.5 billion; ConocoPhillips, $3.8 billion; and ChevronTexaco, (an anticipated) $3.9 billion. The oily industry is on track to cream $96 billion this year — more than what the U.S.A.'s industrial and telecom companies will earn, combined.
Over in the coal room, Peabody Energy announced this year that it's sales in 2005 were up 11.8 per cent, but its profit was up a tiday 141 per cent to $423 million.
And all that during a year when General Motors spent more than $2.5 billion in advertising. Mark La-Neve, GM's vice president of vehicle sales, service and marketing, says GM is trimming its ad budget this year, but will continue to direct it to areas where GM sees the most potential for revenue from the various vehicles. “So we're spending more on the (full-sized trucks) than we would on the (Pontiac) Solstice launch.”
At the end of the day, it would be easy to argue that we all have a “vested interest” in a sustainable world. But when you're making a billion dollars every three days, it must be easier to believe that you'll be able to buy your kids a comfortable place on earth, no matter how much the neighbourhood gets run down. It's also easier to divert a little cash to prop up the “scientists” and think tanks who will use any desperate argument available to deny that the status quo is, in fact, a big problem.
Finally, it's not clear - in this era of picking sides - why Richard Lindzen chose to throw his lot in with the deniers. Unlike hackers such as Tim Ball, or tobacco and oil company stooges like Steve Milloy, Dr. Lindzen is a scientist of significant accomplishment. But that doesn't excuse him from reason. That doesn't justify his calling all of the best scientists in the world liars, conspirators and frauds.
“A vested interest in alarm”? He should be ashamed.

          Lowongan Kerja Terbaru ExxonMobil   
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          Rusko udělalo velký krok na cestě k ovládnutí arktického šelfu    
Nikita Konvalenko
29.6. 2017   Zvědavec
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„Již na základě prvních výzkumů můžeme oznámit objev nového ropného naleziště, jehož odhadovaná mocnost se zvyšuje s každým dalším vrtem“, vyjádřil se Rosněfť. Odběr vzorků pokračuje a společnost doufá, že odhad mocnosti nového naleziště během vrtání dál poroste.
100 miliard tun ropných zásob pro Rusko

Jak bylo uvedeno v dubnu deníkem „Pohledy“, prognóza vytěžitelných zdrojů Chatanžské části představuje 58,6 milionů tun ropy (plus kondenzát) a 116,5 miliard kubických metrů zemního plynu. Vrty na šelfu východní Arktidy (které se konaly poprvé v historii) byly prováděny ze břehu, což umožnilo výrazně snížit náklady. Přičemž Rosněfť připravil vrtný průzkum v rekordně krátkém čase. V posledních pěti letech společnost investovala 100 miliard rublů na rozpracování arktického šelfu, ale v příštích pěti letech (2017 – 2021) plánuje zvýšit investice 2,5 krát – až do výše 250 miliard rublů.

„V podstatě začínají práce na celém nosném území výskytu ropy a zemního plynu, které už podle předběžných údajů obsahuje miliony tun ropných ekvivalentů“, řekl prezident Vladimír Putin během telekonference na počátku vrtání a předeslal: „Toto jsou pouze první sondy. Před námi je hodně práce.“

Stejně tak Rosněfť doufá, že úspěch na sondě „Centralno-Olginskaja-1“ otevře perspektivy objevení dalších nalezišť na šelfu východní Arktidy. Podle názoru odborníků mohou být odhadované zásoby uhlovodíků v ruské Arktidě jako celku vyčísleny na 100 miliard tun ropných ekvivalentů.
Bude potřeba flotila ledoborců

„Na pozadí snížení těžby na západní Sibiři jsou velmi důležité naše dvě hlavní těžební lokality: východní Sibiř a arktické oblasti“, řekl novinám „Pohledy“ prezident Centra pro strategické komunikace Dmitrij Abzalov. Ale problémem východní Sibiře je nákladná výstavba infrastruktury a logistiky, protože v podstatě tato pole budou pracovat pro jihovýchodní Asii, uvedl dále mluvčí.

„Tudíž Arktida se stává principiálně důležitým regionem, může tam být v průběhu příštích 10-15 let soustředěno na 30 procent světových zásob energonosičů, s přihlédnutím k jejich vyčerpání“, podtrhl expert. Vzhledem k oteplování se velice zjednodušuje těžební procedura, kry jsou menší a tudíž se snižují náklady na pracovní plošiny a otevírají nové distribuční kanály, doplnil Abzalov.
Příprava k těžbě zabere roky

Nicméně Abzalov se zdráhá předpovědět, kolik let projde do zahájení těžby ropy v otevřeném nalezišti. „Hlavní část problémů je spojena s vytvořením infrastruktury“, řekl. „Kromě toho pro potřeby výstavby, osvojení a vrtání je nutná flotila ledoborců, která musí být znovu sestavena. Nyní je už fakticky ve výrobě“, dodal.

Podle názoru Abzalova je výstavba infrastruktury a těžba na arktickém šelfu velmi technologicky náročný proces, který bude vážnou výzvou pro společnost Rosněfť. Ona, stejně jako další ruské společnosti, dosud nemají k dispozici všechny potřebné technologie. Dříve se to kompenzovalo dodávkami zařízení ze zahraničí, zejména z amerického ExxonMobil. Ale po zavedení západních sankcí se spolupráce stala nemožná. Během sankcí mohl Rosněfť jen částečně kompenzovat ztrátu přístupu k západním technologiím. Proto průmyslová těžba bude do značné míry záviset na schopnosti společnosti samostatně si opatřit potřebné technologie, nebo najít nové zdroje dodávek zařízení.

Osvojení naleziště také naráží na cenu ropy a z ní vyplývá otázka, jakými trhy má být podepřena, doplnil Abzalov. Tím se rozumí jak kvalita ropy, tak složitost a tím i vysoké náklady na její těžbu a dopravu. Zda se stane naleziště rentabilní, bude jasné až v pozdějších fázích, kdy budou zkalkulovány a připraveny konkrétní projekty, podtrhl expert.
Otázka zahraničních investic

Je tu ještě jedna věc, totiž finance. Žádná společnost nemůže samostatně a v plném rozsahu utáhnout tak velké projekty, musí získat peníze zvenčí, vysvětlil Abzalov.

„Pokud se nyní omezí financování ruské ropy, například vklady do ruských společností, stane se z toho poměrně obtížná záležitost. Bude nutné přilákat buď Čínu, nebo Indii, nebo někoho jiného, kdo je s tím spojen“, řekl mluvčí. Může se jednat o investory z Kataru, kteří mimochodem aktivně spolupracují se společností Rosněfť a dokonce se zařadili do seznamu jejích akcionářů, vyjádřil expert. (Další důvod k blokádě Kataru – pozn. překl.) Proto bude hodně záležet na nových sankcích, které by mohly být na Rusko uvaleny.

Zároveň je Abzalov přesvědčen, že potenciál pro osvojení arktických oblastí Rosněfť má a je plně schopen vyrovnat se s tímto úkolem.
Ovládneme arktický šelf navzdory zadržování

Připomeňme, že v průběhu nedávné „přímé linky“ řekl Vladimír Putin, že Arktida je velmi perspektivní z pohledu ekonomiky a důležitá pro zajištění národní bezpečnosti Ruska. V této souvislosti zdůraznil, že Rusko musí dát Arktidě prioritu, zajistit tam ruskou svrchovanost a bezpečnost hospodářské činnosti a přepravních tras.

„Rusko roste s Arktidou – to je úžasně významný trend, s nímž se bude rozvíjet náš stát. Právě dokončujeme největší a světově nejprostupnější atomový ledoborec. A budou postaveny další lodě“, oznámil dříve novinám „Pohledy“ ředitel výzkumu expertní skupiny „PieR“ Alexandr Seravin. Podle jeho slov bude Arktida „pod velkým zřetelem: Musí se oživit Murmansk, Archandělsk, otevřou se severní námořní cesty.“ Россия сделала большой шаг на пути к лидерству на шельфе Арктики
          Comment on Not to be hyperbolic, but Qatar-Saudi Arabia dispute could boil over into World War III  by michael r james   
Both Iraq and Iran are Shia majority. But for decades Saddam Hussein who was Sunni but ran a quasi-secular military dictatorship managed to keep it all under control. The US invasion destroyed Hussein's civil and military government structure and so the Shias resumed their natural supremacy (installed democratically!) and this got worse with al-Maliki who was hardline and overtly persecuted Sunnis and refused reasonable bi-partisan government (while the Bush's US looked on disinterestedly, FFS!). This is what caused the Sunni backlash, including al-Queda elements, which continues to this day (when you see some horrific bombing in Iraq it is Sunni retribution against the dominant Shia). These various Sunni insurrections are covertly supported by the rich Middle-East regimes, notably Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the Emirates. The Sunni insurrection in Iraq spread into Syria which is a bit like Iraq: Sunni are numerically dominant but the Shias control more of government with Assad as a Shia-related sect, and thus why they (and Lebanon's Hizbollah) have been historically supported by Iran. And Russia (whose only Mediterranean base is in Syria grace of Assad). And of course these countries border Israel. None of these Sunni-majority countries admit to supporting ISIS but indirectly they do (funds and arms go thru intermediates, and Qatar does it by paying big ransoms when their citizens or others are taken hostage--it's a nod-and-wink game by both parties). They all do--even or especially the Saudis. That is why this Saudi action against Qatar has nothing directly to do with any of this stuff in Syria. Instead it has to do with the Saudi's need to control what they perceive as instability coming from Qatar's relatively "progressive" approach (al Jazeerah doesn't step on Qatari internal affairs but has no problem reporting on the worse practices of the rest of the Arab world; women in Qatar have vastly higher freedom and status than in Saudi Arabia or the others--something that it shares with the Shia majority Iran and Iraq!). Qatari support of the Arab Spring in Egypt and of the Muslim Brotherhood (Sunni Pan-Islamists, long-supported by the Saudis but now perceived as a threat to the Saudi royal family) who actually won the Egyptian election would have got the Saudis very nervous and furious. To complicate things there are Shia minorities in many of these countries (and about 45% of Yemenis hence the vicious Saudi war there, supported outrageously by the US) who are tolerated but hardly treated as equals; in fact Bahrain has majority Shia but again the rulers are Sunni, and Shia unrest over their suppression is what caused Saudi Arabia to march its armed forces in to rescue the Bahrainis a few years back. Bahrain also has the second largest US (naval) base. Not a single one of these parties is innocent but Qatar is probably the most "progressive", something that threatens the Saudis. It's why the largest US (air) base in the middle-east is there--after they had that 1996 massacre in Saudi Arabia and had to find somewhere else. Both Bahrain and Qatar were British protectorates into the 60s. Most Americans in their State department know all this which is why Rex Tillersen keeps making statements that clash with idiot statements and actions by Trump; he's no idiot and probably will inevitably have a clash with Trump too big to survive. Being former CEO of Exxon made him an easy mark as a super-global-villain but I reckon he is one of the few competents desperately trying to keep Trump from exploding the situation (in the ME, China, North Korea, Ukraine, Cuba, you name it). Probably because he isn't stupid and listens to his State Department experts (he hasn't rushed in to replace all the Obama people). At any rate, what we see is typical of authoritarian states---there can be only one supreme authority and Saudi Arabia is worried about, and is actually losing control over "its" peninsula. I doubt that WW3 is likely but a meltdown within the peninsula might almost be inevitable because the Saudi kings and Wahabi sect won't be able to hold back modernism forever. Or keep exporting it (including bin Laden; and of our direct interest, Indonesia). And into this astoundingly complicated mess we have Donald Trump! What could possibly go wrong? Also it is why I have never thought it was a great strategy of Qantas to put all of its European traffic into Dubai.
          ExxonMobil talks up tackling climate change 'while still funding climate deniers'   
Oil and gas giant reportedly gave $1.65m to organisations contesting climate legislation
          "It's Fake Fiscal News" - Jim Chanos Dashes Economic Pipe Dreams, Fears Much Worse To Come   

Authored by Lynn Paramore via INETEconomics.com,

The famed short-seller offers a mid-2017 reality check for “fake fiscal news,” economic pipe dreams, and “portents of even worse things”

Since the election of Donald Trump, the stock market has soared and many pundits have noted positive economic trends in the US. Jim Chanos of Kynikos Associates, known for his financial prescience, is less sanguine. He sat down with INET’s Lynn Parramore to discuss the underlying components of the economy, in which he finds several areas of concern. Chanos is a member of INET’s Global Partners Council.

Lynn Parramore: Let’s talk about perceptions of the U.S. economy. You’ve pointed out that surveys asking how people feel about the economy show optimism, while actual hard numbers look disappointing. What do you make of this gap?

Jim Chanos: It’s intriguing that people are reporting they’re feeling better, particularly in the corporate sector, but even among consumers. People say they feel good about the economy and yet they apparently don’t have any money at the end of every month to keep spending.

We’re seeing weak consumer spending numbers in both auto and housing, which are big drivers of the economy. With unemployment so low and the expansion where it is, these figures should be better than they are. There are portents of even worse things when you look at state and federal tax receipts, which are down, and other leading indicators.

It could all just be a soft spot in an ongoing expansion — time will tell. But the narrative we were told is that animal spirits would take us to the next level of economic activity. That clearly is not happening in mid-2017. We’re 8 years into an economic expansion, and economists say that the modern U.S. economy has never gone more than 10 years without a recession. So as recoveries go we are well into it.

People have bought their cars and remodeled their houses and done a lot of things that one does in an economic recovery. I think incremental spending [spending based on increased disposable income] is going to be harder and harder to come by as time goes on.

LP: What about the health care industry? What impact would the GOP plans have on the economy?

JC:  The Senate bill is really onerous on the backs of consumers and patients. It appears that they need it to get tax cuts and tax reform done. But I don’t think the GOP understands the political minefield they’re laying for themselves here.

Americans are getting unexpectedly higher copay and deductible expenses. They’re shouldering more and more of the health care obligation themselves, and that’s something a lot of families haven’t budgeted for. It was already a going trend in our employer-based system at the time of Obama’s election — remember, about 50 percent of us get health care through our employers. But now it’s also happening in Obamacare’s individual and small group markets. That means people have less money to spend even if their income isn’t shrinking.

Winter is coming for the U.S. health care industry. So many businesses have been structured for ongoing health care usage and inflation that they’ve just gotten fat. People tend to extrapolate from the near-term past and by and large that’s ok, but it catches you flatfooted when there’s a real tectonic shift. I think we have one of those coming in U.S. health care. Just as the shale revolution has changed the energy business, I think the advent of the consumer paying more out of pocket is changing the politics of U.S. health care. Remember, the government pays about half the top line for U.S. health care companies in the form of reimbursement. So politics does matter.

LP: In terms of the energy business, how is it changing and how do those changes impact the economic road ahead?

JC: The energy business will be far more troubled going forward. Much of it is uneconomical. Global demand for oil, gas and fossil fuel is dropping, but supply keeps increasing. Exxon used to have returns on capital in the high 20s, now they’re in the single digits.

The good news is that America, because of the shale revolution, has lots of cheap natural gas. The bad news is that coal is not coming back, whatever President Trump might think. More good news is the increasing adaption of solar and wind and renewables. The bad news is that it’s going to leave a lot of energy companies out in the cold, for lack of a better term. I keep pointing to the fact that Saudi Arabia seems to be rushing to sell the public part of its oil patrimony via the Aramco IPO [the state-owned Saudi Arabian Oil Company] and I think there’s a reason for that.

Frackers are in trouble. They’ve raised so much capital and they’ve been very successful in increasing production, but not in creating cash flow for their investors. A couple of years ago when the Saudis began to put pressure on oil prices intentionally, it was to pressure the frackers and hasten their demise — but the business brought costs down just as fast as oil prices. Frackers were able to stay in business. The capital markets, which froze to them for about six months, opened back up, and that was key because this is a negative cash flow business and the fact that they could access capital again meant they just kept drilling. They keep drilling, but they will have to figure out a way to turn a profit.

LP: Much has been made of the tech companies, the celebrated “disrupters,” as drivers of American prosperity. What’s your view of these firms, the Facebooks and Ubers and Netflixes?

JC: With the exception of Facebook, the disrupters — Netflix, Uber, etc.— don’t seem to be scaling. The Harvard Business Review has a great story out which concludes that unlike dotcom 1.0 when Amazon and Facebook were inventing whole new markets and were relatively cash-flow positive right away, companies like Uber and Tesla are more personal fiefdoms of their CEOs.

Uber is going to be an interesting story. We’ve heard a lot about how they have manipulated workers and consumers, and the governance disasters. Lost in the story of corporate governance is the story of an unprofitable model. They haven’t figured out how to operate a sustainable business.

LP: What about Trump’s infrastructure proposals? Could they help the economy?

JC: That’s just another sort of fake fiscal news, if you will. It’s going to be public-private partnerships. I have a long experience with those: I was short Macquarie Bank, which was the originator of these sorts of things in ’05-’06.

Macquarie started the idea of infrastructure as an asset class idea. But it always revolved around things like parking structures and toll roads — anything where you can have clearly definable cash flow and where you can get an immediate cash payment for use. It’s not water culverts or county service roads. Macquarie did a famous deal on the Indiana toll road (which filed for bankruptcy in 2014, collapsing in debt). It’s things like that.

Because private investors need high rates of return, these deals generally haven’t been good deals for anybody. They haven’t generated the cash investors anticipated. Consumers end up avoiding the toll roads or using different parking facilities if you raise the rates too much. In reality, we already have something [that] create[s] these infrastructure projects: It’s call municipal finance, where municipalities and states can set up funding vehicles and sell bonds to finance the projects.

Now we’re told that the private sector will be able to do this better. Well, they might be able to do it better and faster, but only for a small number of projects. Real projects that we need — repairing, refurbishing, whatever — are tougher. You’re not going to get private investors to sign up for those without definable cash flows. It’s something that sounds good but when we actually start looking at projects that make sense for private investors leveraged up with state-backed or federally-backed bonds to do a project, we’re going to find that it winnows down the list dramatically.

LP: Who is actually going to benefit from such projects?

JC: In my own view, these public-private projects are not what core supporters thought they were getting with Trump.  It’s going to be great for Wall Street investment banks, but I’m skeptical that a lot of people are going to be able to get excited about the economic growth coming from them. Rural people won’t benefit from them. They won’t be happening in the Deep South, where you might need new levees. This is for parking garages at JFK. The reconstruction of New York City’s Tappan Zee Bridge is being funded this way, a public-private partnership.

In the U.S., an attitude of hostility toward government involvement in the economy has developed over the last several decades. In the U.K., when it comes to the economy, the Conservative Party and the Labour Party both see a role for government. The Conservatives see a role that needs to be shaped and controlled and limited, while Labour feels that government should have a bigger role. But they both understand that it has a meaningful role to play. In the U.S. we have a much different situation. The Democratic Party in the U.S. is more like the Conservative Party in the U.K., while the GOP is a party that is actually opposed to the government, taking the view that the government is bad and needs to be reduced or limited. That’s a significant difference, and it shows up in our infrastructure.

LP: How serious do you view the weaknesses in the economy we’ve discussed?

JC: One of these things that we’ve talked about wouldn’t be so bad, but you put them all together and the U.S. economy doesn’t look so great.

The big 3 drivers are still housing, autos, and health care. They disproportionately count for a huge amount of activity. What we see is that housing has stalled, autos have turned down, and health care is possibly about to turn down. Retail is also turning down. Nike is laying off 2 percent of its workforce. I can’t remember the last time Nike said it was laying off people.

Again, this could simply be cyclical, and as we reach the end of the expansion it gets harder and harder to generate new sales as peoples’ leverage has gone up. It could be that, but the problem is that we’re not well equipped to handle anything other than a downturn that’s mild because the Fed is already at near-zero interest rates.

Interestingly, the deficit is starting to go back up because of lower tax receipts. That’s the wrong way for the deficit to go up. New spending, like government spending on infrastructure, would be the right way.


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          Formosa Petrochemical Joins Largest North American Petrochemical Projects Meeting this November – With Record Numbers of Petrochemical Capital Project Managers Attending   

Downstream Modular Construction Conference 2016: 550+ Construction & Project Managers, from: Formosa Petrochemical, Sabic, Shell Chemical, BASF, Lyondellbasell Chemical, Sasol, ExxonMobil, YPF, Dow, Huntsman, Chevron Phillips Chemical are gathering in Houston (Nov 14-15, Omni Houston Hotel) to discover if modularization is the right strategy for their next projects, and if so, how to maximize and optimize a modular approach to improve cost, schedule and safety whilst mitigating project execution risks.

(PRWeb October 24, 2016)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/10/prweb13782174.htm


          Pertamina wins $114m arbitration case against local company   

Pertamina wins $114m arbitration case against local company
State oil and gas company Pertamina has won an arbitration case against local petrochemical company PT Trans Pacific Petrochemical Indotama (TPPI). more..
US govt asks for legal certainty in oil industry
The US Department of Energy called on the Indonesian government to ensure the certainty of energy sector contracts and regulations to attract more investment from US companies. more..
500 firms to join industry expo
JAKARTA: Around 500 local and multinational firms in the metalworking and machine tool industry will participate in the fifth International Metalworking Technology and Machine Tools (MTT) Expo 2011 to be held at the Jakarta International Expo in Kemayoran, Jakarta, this month. more..
Medco to start Tunisia oil production
JAKARTA: Medco Tunisia Anaguid, a subsidiary of Indonesia’s largest private oil and gas firm, PT Medco Energi Internasional (MEI), says it has targeted to produce around 3,000 barrels of oil a day (bpd) at the Durra field in Tunisia. more..
Govt promises incentives for investors in energy sector
Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Darwin Zahedy Saleh has promised to consider providing fiscal incentives and more attractive production-sharing arrangements for potential investors in the energy sector. more..
Government Plans Talks on Possible Premium Price Rise
The administration and the House of Representatives will meet at the end of this month to discuss a possible increase in the price of subsidized fuel, a government official said. more..
Pertamina Bids $3.5 Billion for Exxon’s Angola Stake, WSJ Says
PT Pertamina bid about $3.5 billion for Exxon Mobil Corp.’s 25 percent stake in an Angolan oil block, surpassing an offer from a Chinese rival, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a person familiar with the matter.
NTB Still Chasing Stake in Newmont
If nothing else, West Nusa Tenggara’s tenacity in the pursuit of the last batch of divested shares in Newmont Nusa Tenggara is worthy of respect. more..
TPPI Tanda Tangani Pembayaran Utang ke Pertamina
JAKARTA--MICOM: PT Trans Pacific Petrochemical Indotama menandatangani perjanjian pembayaran utang ke PT Pertamina (Persero) senilai US$375 juta. Selengkapnya..
Divestasi Newmont
NTB Minta Pusat Pertimbangkan Kepentingan Daerah
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          Gratitude for a Winning Partnership   
I’ve had a great career in the graphic design and communication industry. And now, I have fulfilled a dream of owning my own business—along with a great business partner and friend—that is staffed with really bright and nice people.

I spent years designing pieces and campaigns that were clever and aesthetic, and perhaps even a bit uniquely creative from time to time. Now I’m in the business of creating pragmatic solutions that visually communicate information people can actually use, need and appreciate. Our company specializes in communicating “how-to” information, mostly for major manufacturers of consumer products. Our small, but talented, team of information designers creates practical, yet aesthetic, visuals that are logically organized and targeted for the user, either in print, online or any medium.

Sure, I miss the creative flair and cache of marketing and advertising pieces. The kudos you get doing WOW graphics and glamorous photo shoots. But now I’m doing work the real consumer in me missed having for years and years—technical communication products (instructions, user manuals) that the typical consumer (like me) can understand and use.

As a consumer, I often lost the joy of buying a new product once I opened the box. Why? I became frustrated with myself because the instructions left me feeling inadequate and…well, just too stupid to understand how to use, assemble or care for my brand new purchase! Information and data were given to me, sometimes in massive amounts, all assuming I should be able to follow it, understand it and enjoy my purchase. Sound familiar?

Many times it took me forever to understand the instructions. I wasn’t able to use my product immediately or actually USE all the features. Or even worse, I would put it together wrong and then reassemble it, wasting more time! I felt like a loser. In time, I came to the conclusion, “It’s NOT ME; it’s THEM!” Themmeaning the manufacturer, the product engineers, the technical writers, the product managers, and the CEOs, who refused to recognize the need to translate their proprietary data and languages into simple language that would actually communicate on my level as a consumer.

They were what I referred to as Product Elitist (OK, and worse) who really wanted to make me feel stupid while they used their internal knowledge and vocabulary to punish me and to demonstrate their superiority! And adding insult to injury, I paid money for the suffering. I bought into the marketing and didn’t return the products to avoid my own humiliation from my inability to understand the data! Aarrgh!!! And as I continued to create my own conspiracy theory against me—these same elitist, kept their jobs because no one in their organization was brave enough to admit or point out—THEY couldn’t understand them either!! As long as they could sell it and I was buying—they were OK with my suffering. That was my conspiracy theory and by God…I was sticking with it!

So, when I got the chance, I went into the business of trying to show them the errors of their ways, and guess what their first objection was? How much it cost! Providing documentation, instructions and helpful information their customers could understand, as a customer service, seemed to them TOO EXPENSIVE. Despite the fact it was a mere fraction of their marketing and advertising budgets to SELL us the goods and make us suffer through their proprietary jibber-jabber after the sale.

So, our little team began making our case on the value of doing a better job of communicating to customers in terms THEY could understand. Our case was based on reducing customer service calls, having fewer returns, and creating a loyal customer base that would buy more of products because of an improved ownership experience…things like that. Product manufacturers started, and continue, to come around thanks to my team’s hard work convincing them of the value of improved product information, companies seeing positive results…andan economy that tanked.

Yes, one good thing from the economy tanking is happening. Now that people have to spend their money more judiciously. They want MORE for their purchases. They want to be able to USE all the features. They want to ENJOY their new purchases faster with fewer hassles AFTER they take it out of the box. They want to LEARN about their products and not feel stupid trying to understand it. It really shouldn’t have been considered too much to ask for. But when times are good, hey what the heck, you can sell something for the label alone, right? We were glad to see some consumers finally woke up and manufacturers started caring.

Now that I’ve got this off my chest, I have a confession. I work with the very people I’ve sounded off about—and I LIKE working with them! My business and I depend on them for their expertise, input, and support. They are our partners and I respect their knowledge and enjoy their involvement. They’re vital to our success as a business and to the products we produce to communicate technical information specifically for the end-users.

Our goal is to EARN our clients’ respect and confidence by not completely recreating or glossing over their work or altering the accuracy and details required of it. Our job is to translate and communicate that information accurately and logically so that the masses can understand it, learn from it, and benefit from it.

Once that’s accomplished, the product development people that I once thought were conspiring against my fellow consumers and me, appreciate that we made sure all the work they put into their product and sweated over to develop for years is both used and appreciated by many more people. Then, a winning partnership between two very different disciplines is accomplished and everyone—from the people who invented and engineered the products, to the regular guy like me, who buys them—benefits.

Jim Kughler is general manager and president for Knoxville, Tennessee-based Infographics, a pioneer and leader in the development of innovative post-purchase product communications tools for consumer goods manufacturers. Jim began his career as a graphic designer after graduating from Indiana University. His 22 years of experience has covered the entire gamut of creative communications. From a graphic designer, to the manager of an in-house corporate graphic design studio he has experienced the process of corporate communications and marketing from the inside. From a sales representative in the emerging electronic age of printing and prepress in the 80’s to the late 90’s, to a director of sales over two teams in two states, Jim has spent his career providing design, sales and creative production consulting services to national brands such as: Philips, Magnavox, Philco, Sylvania, Rubbermaid, Yale, Sara Lee, Coca-Cola, TVA, Exxon-Mobil, Maytag, Meridian, Maxim, Trophy and Bayliner.
          Digital Marketing Career Development and Internship Program - Intern Tech - London   
Honda, Cadbury, Kraft, Microsoft, Xbox, Nokia, Revlon, Burberry, LVMH, Exxon mobile and MasterCard. DIGITAL MARKETING CAREER DEVELOPMENT &amp; INTERNSHIP PROGRAM....
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          Digital Marketing Career Development and Internship Program - Intern Tech - London   
Honda, Cadbury, Kraft, Microsoft, Xbox, Nokia, Revlon, Burberry, LVMH, Exxon mobile and MasterCard. DIGITAL MARKETING CAREER DEVELOPMENT &amp; INTERNSHIP PROGRAM....
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          Reply #1132   
Congrats to you Crow!

Your signature sayings just crack me up!...(free gasoline's what got me from the Exxon board meetings)

I thought Caji was funny but you've just about got him beat
          MIDNIGHT OIL - 17 February 2017   
Coming soon to Spark Arena! This will be Midnight Oils first headline New Zealand shows since playing the Supertop in 1990. They later returned to play Mountain Rock Festival in 1995 still making it well over 20 years since New Zealand audiences have had the true satisfaction of watching the band live! Among numerous other honours, Beds Are Burning is included in the U.S. RocknRoll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 Songs That Shaped RocknRoll, from Midnight Oil's global breakthrough album Diesel and Dust, also featuring The Dead Heart, Put Down That Weapon and Dreamworld. Midnight Oil is more than just a rock & roll band. From the northern beaches of Sydney to the streets of Manhattan, they have stopped traffic, inflamed passions, inspired fans, broken new ground and now, this September, Eccles Entertainment is bringing you the band in the flesh! This will be Midnight Oils first headline New Zealand show since playing the Supertop in 1990. They later returned to play Mountain Rock Festival in 1995 still making it well over 20 years since New Zealand audiences have had the true satisfaction of watching the band live! Seeing Midnight Oil in full flight is to experience the transcendent, kinetic power of live rock & roll. They leave you inspired to live life more passionately and to Get Involved. This September is New Zealands time to Get Involved. Rob Hirst (drums, vocals) and Jim Moginie (guitars, keys & vocals) started making music together at school in 1972. They gradually evolved into Midnight Oil, with singer Peter Garrett joining in 1975 and Martin Rotsey (guitar), coming on board in the following year. Founding bass player, Andrew Bear James, was replaced by Peter Giffo Gifford from 1979 until 1987 when Bones Hillman joined the band. Before they took it global, Midnight Oils early spiritual home was the Royal Antler Hotel, Narrabeen on Sydneys northern beaches. It was there that the Oils fan base swelled from a handful to a thousand in a space intended for half that number. Between 1976 and the very early 80s, these five young men played out this blistering ritual almost 1000 times. At all of these shows the distance and the difference between audience and band was indistinguishable. From their earliest days, Midnight Oil was writing songs about who and what they saw around them. Their earliest releases (1978s self-titled album, 1979s Head Injuries and 1981s Place Without A Postcard plus their Bird Noises EP) all hail from this frenzied post-punk era. The legendary Australian pub rock scene was at its zenith and searing classics like Bus To Bondi, Cold Cold Change, Back On The Borderline, Stand In Line and Dont Wanna Be The One left thousands of sweat drenched punters staggering out of suburban beer barns night after night. Throughout the band wrote their own rules; refusing to appear on popular TV shows like Countdown and shunning all the music biz norms. At the same time, Midnight Oil was becoming known for their support of environmental and social justice causes. The singular trail that they blazed set the tone for everything that followed. In 1982, their fourth album 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 turned everything on its head. They deconstructed their sound and reassembled it into complex agitrock anthems like US Forces and Power and the Passion. The lyrics captured a band who would not be boxed in by geography, precedent, corporations, government or the expectations of anyone. Red Sails in the Sunset came next. Recorded in Japan it took sonic experimentation and polemics to new and extreme levels. It was released in 1983 against the backdrop of singer Peter Garrett making a run for the Australian Senate on a Nuclear Disarmament platform. While Garrett focused on real politics, Red Sails saw drummer Rob Hirst coming to the fore, assuming lead vocal duties on When The Generals Talk and Kosciusko. In 1985, Midnight Oil performed an unforgettable live set on Sydneys Me-mel (Goat Island) to celebrate the 10th birthday of music station 2JJ before reacting to the experimental extremes of their two previous albums with the fierce, streamlined EP Species Deceases, Featuring enduring fan favourites like Hercules and Progress this was a reset that suggested a new beginning. That new beginning happened in 1986 when Midnight Oil was invited to tour through some of Australias most remote communities with legendary Aboriginal group, the Warumpi Band. The Blackfella/Whitefella tour was a transformative experience that exposed the band to the austere beauty of the desert landscape, the inspiring creativity of the indigenous people and the deplorable conditions in which so many of those people existed. The band returned to Sydney and began work on their global breakthrough Diesel and Dust. The singles lifted from that album like The Dead Heart, Put Down That Weapon, Dreamworld and, of course, Beds Are Burning brought Midnight Oil to new audiences around the globe. The band toured internationally through 87 and 88 driving the album to huge critical and commercial success. It ultimately sold more than 6 million copies and earned them a Grammy nomination although the band declined to attend the ceremony in order to be part of a political event at home. Among numerous other honours, Beds Are Burning is included in the U.S. RocknRoll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 Songs That Shaped RocknRoll. Diesel & Dust was recently listed at #1 in the definitive book 100 Best Australian Albums. 1990s Blue Sky Mining saw tracks like One Country, Blue Sky Mine and Forgotten Years bring an international orientation to the bands songwriting without losing any of their characteristically Australian voice. While touring the US after the albums release, the band drew attention to the environmental disaster caused by an Exxon oil tanker that ran aground in Alaska. They hired a flatbed truck and played a blistering guerilla set outside the Exxon offices in New York, stopping traffic and putting the issue on front pages worldwide. Blue Sky Mining was another globally successful album, charting top 5 in many parts of Europe and top 20 in the U.S.. Back home it won the band five ARIA Awards and was certified five times platinum. Midnight Oils creative evolution continued with 1993s Earth and Sun and Moon with its emphasis on melody, textures and storytelling. They toured the world on the WOMAD festival and were one of the first international artists to play in South Africa after Nelson Mandela came to power. These new experiences influenced 1996s atmospheric album, Breathe which they recorded in Sydney and New Orleans. Then, in typically perverse fashion, the band veered away from these warm, dark, ambient textures to create arguably their most angry and confronting release - 1998s Redneck Wonderland. In Australia, anti-migrant and anti-Aboriginal sentiment was being inflamed for political gain and Midnight Oils visceral response pulled no punches. In 2000 the band performed to an audience of over a billion people at the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games revealing clothing emblazoned with the word, SORRY; thereby provoking global discussion about the apology due to stolen generations of Aboriginal children forcibly removed from their families between the 1890s and 1970s. That year they also recorded the excellent Say Your Prayers, an anthem for the East Timorese which appeared on a benefit release and was stripped onto their 11th and final studio album, Capricornia. Aptly enough, this swag of songs drew heavily from their deep affection and appreciation of their Australian homeland. In December 2002 Peter Garrett left the band to pursue a full time political career. He was elected in 2004 as a federal Member of Parliament where he would eventually serve as a cabinet Minister in various portfolios including School Education and Environment. Nonetheless in 2005 the Oils regrouped to headline the Waveaid tsunami benefit concert for over 50,000 people at the Sydney Cricket Ground. In 2009 the band topped a massive bill at Sound Relief at the Melbourne Cricket Ground where over 80,000 fans joined them in raising millions of dollars for victims of Australian fires and floods. Apart from these two iconic stadium appearances for charity (and a handful of intimate warmup gigs immediately prior to each of them) the members played together in The Break and separately in other bands for over a decade. Then in May 2016 they made headlines with a surprise announcement via Facebook that they would be getting back together for some gigs next year. On February 17, 2017 the band held a press conference on Sydney Harbour at which they announced that they would be touring the world from April through November of this year. The tour will be accompanied by the release of three new box sets; one will contain all their existing LPs and EPs, another will contain all their existing CDs and videos plus there will be a new 4 CD/8DVD treasure trove of previously unreleased or rare material called The Overflow Tank. As the tour name implies, The Great Circle will begin with an April pub gig in Sydney and then loop around Brazil, North America, Europe and New Zealand before climaxing with a lap of Australia. These circles of both the globe and their homeland will close with one more Sydney show on Remembrance Day. Of course The Great Circle will see the band drawing attention to issues affecting the planet, including collaborating with Greenpeace on crucial issues like dangerous climate change. The tour name also has a further meaning. Sailors and airmen use the great circle to navigate across oceans because the planets curvature means the shortest distance between two points is not usually a straight line. Its appropriate for this band who have always been deeply engaged with the world around them but whose career path has never been obvious or linear. Midnight Oil is still more than just a rocknroll band and in 2017 they will bring things back to where they all began. The circle remains unbroken. Presented by Eccles Entertainment www.midnightoil.com
          Financial Analyst, Leadership Development Program - ExxonMobil - Texas Gulf Coast, TX   
Candidates must have the ability to learn accounting systems such as SAP and the capability to manage multiple monthly priorities and deadlines....
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          The world's largest investor handed 2 of NYSE's biggest rivals a huge endorsement   

The company logo and trading information for BlackRock is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., March 30, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidThomson Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - BlackRock Inc on Friday said it would move fifty of its exchange-traded funds from NYSE Arca to homes on rival trading exchanges in a move that points to more competition in the fast-growing industry.

The world's largest asset manager and issuer of ETFs will move 30 of its iShares-brand ETFs to CBOE Holdings Inc's Bats exchange and an additional 20 ETFs to Nasdaq Inc , the New York-based company said in a statement. BlackRock managed $1.4 trillion in ETFs on March 31.

Intercontinental Exchange Inc's NYSE Arca exchange is home to the lion's share of the more than 2,000 U.S.-listed ETFs, but competitors have been aggressively trying to win away issuers and traders. After the changes are made on Aug 1, iShares will still have 209 ETFs listed on NYSE Arca, the company said.

NYSE has faced scrutiny for technical glitches affecting ETFs, including a March issue that prevented some ETFs from completing an auction at the end of the day.

In a statement, Samara Cohen, Americas Head of iShares Capital Markets at BlackRock, said "a thriving market for ETFs requires a robust, resilient ecosystem, with multiple participants committed to continuous innovation and improving the client experience."

A NYSE spokeswoman declined to comment.

ETFs are absorbing an increasing share of market activity, and listing them is valuable to exchanges hoping to win more trading volume and also sell data. More value is exchanged each day in the top ETFs like the SPDR S&P 500 ETF and iShares Russell 2000 ETF than in most stocks.

(Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt)


          Back to Rockin' the Bakken: Jobs Returning to America's Oil Patch   
By Fox Business
With oil prices on the mend, and an incoming president who is no enemy to drilling, energy companies in the U.S. are hiring again.

In Williston, the North Dakota town that sits at the epicenter of the American shale boom, hiring activity has picked up in the first weeks of 2017. Shawn Wenko, executive director of Williston Economic Development, said oil companies operating in the oil-rich Bakken Formation are hosting two or three job fairs each week. Four companies are expected to add a combined 300 jobs in the first quarter, partly driven by oilfield services.

The number of active rigs in the U.S. surged by 35 to a total of 694 this week, Baker Hughes (BHI) said in its latest report. The U.S. rig count is now up 57 versus the same day in 2015. Schlumberger (SLB), the world’s largest oilfield services provider, said Friday during its fourth quarter earnings release that business was lifted during a period that saw oil companies drilling more wells.

The turnaround fueled an increase of 3,300 jobs in oil and gas extraction and support services in November, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It was the first increase since September 2014. Over the previous two years, the industry lost over 155,000 jobs.

The uptick in drilling comes as President Donald Trump takes office. Trump and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the President’s pick to lead the Energy Department, are proponents of new U.S. drilling. Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT), Trump’s pick for secretary of the Interior Department, has pledged to explore an expansion of drilling on federal land.

“America’s incredible energy potential remains untapped. It is a totally self-inflicted wound,” Trump said in a May campaign speech detailing his energy plans.

Citing Trump’s proposals to soften regulations, outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas said the energy sector, specifically oil-rig operators and pipeline builders, will regain its status as one of the hottest industries for new hires in 2017.

As drillers and job seekers flocked to the Bakken Formation, Williston’s population nearly doubled from 2010 to 2015. Officials don’t expect the same type of surge they saw at the height of the boom, but the rebound in oil prices should fuel a “significant” boost in 2017.

“This play really shows some long-term potential for us,” Wenko told FOXBusiness.com, referring to the Bakken. “It’s a good indicator for us, as far as what the industry is doing. They’re investing in the billions and putting up long-term facilities.”

Williston, the country’s fastest-growing small city five years in a row, used the oil slump to catch up on infrastructure projects, including a new $240 million airport under construction.

“One of the big misconceptions is people want to say Williston went bust,” Wenko said. “The slowdown helped us catch our breath.”

The industry is also pouring money into the Permian Basin of Texas. Exxon Mobil (XOM) acquired 250,000 acres of land in the Permian this week, paying up to $6.6 billion to nearly double the company’s footprint in the lucrative shale play.

U.S. oil prices climbed 2.2% to $52.51 a barrel on Friday, well above the sub-$40 prices seen last summer. Prices have continued to recover after OPEC’s deal to coordinate production cuts, a move that further eased concerns over swelling global supplies.

Back to Rockin' the Bakken: Jobs Returning to America's Oil Patch - Fox Business

 

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          Exxon Mobil Donates $5 Million to North Dakota Housing Fund   
By Reuters
A subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corp donated $5 million on Monday to a North Dakota government housing fund that subsidizes construction of low-cost apartments for teachers and emergency personnel in the state's oil patch.

XTO Energy will receive a 100 percent tax write-off for its donation to the North Dakota Housing Incentive Fund, which will be used to construct more than 75 apartment units in Kildeer, Watford City and Williston, towns at the center of the state's oil hub.

North Dakota has had a hard time attracting teachers, police officers and firefighters into such towns due to the high cost of housing. The fund seeks to help alleviate that.

"These are the communities our employees live in and we want to respect those communities," Tim McIlwain, XTO's head of operations, told a news conference.

The donation was the largest since the fund was established in 2011, eclipsing the $3 million Marathon Oil Corp donated in 2012.

The fund can accept up to $30 million in donations each year, according to a law passed by the state legislature. The fund, in turn, uses the money to subsidize apartment construction. The apartments must be rented at income-adjusted levels for 15 years.

While housing prices across North Dakota's oil patch have come down recently, they still far eclipse prices before the state's oil boom began in 2008. Prices have slid recently as the region's economy has stabilized. A more-than 50 percent drop in oil prices in the past year has also taken some of the premium off housing.

A typical one-bedroom apartment in Williston runs about $1,700 per month, but at a facility built with money from the housing incentive fund the cost for a similar apartment costs about $800 per month.

"This housing fund is a key component of keeping things moving the way they should be moving in a fast-growing economy," Governor Jack Dalrymple, a Republican, said at the press conference.

Exxon Mobil is the only oil company to have donated to the fund since January, state officials said.

Exxon Mobil Donates $5 Million to North Dakota Housing Fund - Reuters

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          Карнавал в верховной власти: кому выгоден политический кризис в Бразилии   

Парламент Бразилии рассматривает обвинения против президента страны Мишела Темера, которого подозревают в пассивной коррупции. Если две трети депутатов сочтут обвинения обоснованными, в отношении главы государства будет назначено судебное разбирательство. В этом случае Темер рискует повторить судьбу своей предшественницы Дилмы Русеф, которая была отстранена от власти меньше года назад после крупного коррупционного скандала. Опрошенные RT эксперты полагают, что схожесть политических ситуаций, в которых оказались Русеф и Темер, свидетельствует о наличии некоего единого сценария, причём сторонники импичмента в обоих случаях могли действовать исключительно в интересах внешних сил. Кто и с какой целью расшатывает ситуацию в латиноамериканской стране — разбирался RT. В ближайшее время парламент Бразилии определит, стоит ли предоставить право Верховному суду страны начать расследование против нынешнего президента Мишела Темера. Глава государства пребывает в должности менее года, но уже успел стать фигурантом крупного коррупционного скандала. Всё началось с того, что весной 2017 года издание Globo опубликовало аудиозапись, на которой, как утверждается, Темер беседует с владельцем компании JBS (производитель мясной продукции. — RT) Жоэсли Батистой. Президент якобы просит бизнесмена подкупить бывшего спикера нижней палаты парламента Эдуарду Кунью, заплатив ему за молчание по делу о коррупции, в котором была замешана государственная нефтяная компания Petrobrasо. Встреча Батисты и Темера, как утверждает издание, прошла 7 марта 2017 года, а размер взятки составил более $630 тыс.  В настоящее время Кунья находится в тюрьме — в конце марта 2017 года он был осуждён на 15 лет и четыре месяца лишения свободы за взяточничество, отмывание денег и незаконное хранение средств за рубежом. Примечательно, что именно Кунья стал инициатором импичмента президента Дилмы Русеф, которая ранее возглавляла совет директоров Petrobras. Здание штаб-квартиры Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. в Рио-де-Жанейро, Бразилия Reuters Как сообщают бразильские СМИ, высокопоставленные чиновники и должностные лица, включая Темера (с 2011 по 2016 год был вице-президентом страны), занимались вымогательством денег у руководства Petrobras. По данным портала Congresso em Foko, уголовные дела могут грозить трети депутатского корпуса. 31 августа 2016 года в результате длительного разбирательства верхняя палата парламента отстранила от власти Русеф. Правда, формально основанием для импичмента послужили нарушения при распределении бюджетных средств и попытки скрыть дефицит госказны.  Пассивная коррупция Выборы президента Бразилии запланированы на 2018 год, до этого времени обязанности главы государства должен выполнять Темер. 21 мая он призвал граждан не верить в обвинения, выдвинутые против него. Но людей Темеру переубедить не удалось — сотни тысяч жителей крупных городов вышли на улицы с требованиями его отставки и проведения досрочных выборов. 20 июня федеральная полиция Бразилии заявила: есть доказательства того, что глава государства получал взятки. Деньги якобы передавались Темеру через бывшего члена парламента Родриго Рочу Лоуреса. 26 июня генеральный прокурор Бразилии Родригу Жанот обвинил президента в «пассивной коррупции» и передал материалы дела в Верховный суд. После этого Темер назначил нового генпрокурора. С сентября прокурорское кресло впервые должна занять представительница слабого пола — Ракел Додж. Ещё через пару дней стало известно, что бразильский президент отменил июльскую поездку в Германию на саммит G20. В администрации главы государства причины такого решения не уточняют. Непопулярные реформы На фоне коррупционного скандала рейтинг Темера упал до 5%. Но основными причинами его крайне низкой популярности являются санкционированные им реформы по сокращению расходов на социальное обеспечение, здравоохранение и другие меры экономии. Также по теме Зажгли в Рио: протесты против пенсионной реформы в Бразилии закончились погромами Намерение правительства Бразилии провести пенсионную реформу жители страны восприняли в штыки. Практически во всех крупных города… В частности, сильнейшее негодование вызвали планы по увеличению пенсионного возраста с 54 до 65 лет. Новое трудовое законодательство, которое продвигает Темер, предоставляет больший объём прав работодателям. Левые силы считают, что граждан будут заставлять заключать кабальные договора, оговаривающие увеличение рабочих дней и часов. С декабря прошлого года по Бразилии прокатились несколько волн протестов, сопровождавшихся столкновениями с полицией. Поддержку митингующим выразили бывшие президенты Дилма Русеф и Лула Силва (2003—2011). Оба политика являются лидерами Партии трудящихся. Основной же причиной обрушившихся на Бразилию социально-экономических бед является кризис, вызванный падением цен на энергоресурсы, от экспорта которых сильно зависит доходная часть бюджета. Рецессия углубила и без того гигантскую пропасть между богатыми и бедными.  Протест жителей Сан-Паулу против предложенных президентом Мишелом Темером экономических реформ Reuters Коэффициент Джини (показатель для обозначения степени расслоения общества от нуля до единицы. — RT) в Бразилии близок к 1 (чем ближе значение к нулю, тем меньше разница между богатыми и бедными). Швейцарский инвестиционный банк Credit Suisse оценил этот показатель в 0,83. Уровень безработицы в Бразилии достиг 11,5%. В 2015 году, параллельно с уменьшением инвестиций, ВВП Бразилии упал на 3,8%. В 2016 году объём производимых товаров и услуг снизился ещё на 3,8%. Рецессия в экономике страны произошла впервые с 1947 года. Однако Темер утверждает, что к концу 2017 года ВВП вырастет на 0,5%. В интересах внешних сил Руководитель сектора Латинской Америки РИСИ Дмитрий Бурых считает, что политическая система и партийный аппарат современной Бразилии оказались полностью дискредитированы. Практически на каждую политическую фигуру можно найти компромат, а нового лидера среди бразильских политиков нет. «В таких условиях очень легко манипулировать общественным мнением. И здесь я усматриваю внешнее влияние. Главная задача заключается в недопущении к власти представителей Партии трудящихся, которые будут противодействовать американским корпорациям», — заявил RT Бурых. Джо Байден и президент Бразилии Дилма Русеф Reuters Эксперт уверен, что реформы Темера по урезанию прав рабочих и повышению пенсионного возраста направлены на удовлетворение запросов иностранных компаний. Именно это решение президента вызвало бурный протест общества. Как полагает Бурых, за политической турбулентностью в Бразилии стоят крупнейшая в мире нефтедобывающая корпорация ExxonMobil, энергетическая компания Chevron, международная корпорация Koch Industries (торговля, инвестиции, переработка нефти и пр.) и структуры миллиардера Джорджа Сороса, которые финансируют интернет-активистов и СМИ. «Американцы при Бараке Обаме настаивали на изменении нефтяного закона Бразилии. Они хотели убрать пункт о том, что Petrobras должна участвовать в любой концессии на территории страны. Вероятно, США стремились подобрать под себя добывающий рынок», — сказал Бурых. «Примерно в это же время были открыты новые шельфовые месторождения, но концессия была отдана китайской госкомпании. Тут же началось ухудшение американо-бразильских отношений и разразился коррупционный скандал с Petrobras, который до сих пор влияет на ситуацию в стране», — отметил эксперт. Бурых напомнил, что, по сведениям СМИ, перед президентским скандалом АНБ США получило доступ к закрытой коммерческой информации: «Я допускаю, что в переписке топ-менеджеры Petrobras позволили себе некие вольности. На этой основе и началась раскрутка скандала». «На фоне шумихи о коррупции в начале 2015 года акции Petrobras рухнули на четверть. Покупателями подешевевших бумаг стали подконтрольные Соросу компании. Как говорится, ничего личного — только бизнес. Поэтому рецессия в экономике Бразилии выгодна США для скупки её активов», — заключил Бурых. Источник новости

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          U.S. warns businesses of hacking campaign against nuclear, energy firms    

By Jim Finkle

TORONTO (Reuters) - The U.S government warned industrial firms this week about a hacking campaign targeting the nuclear and energy sectors, the latest event to highlight the power industry's vulnerability to cyber attacks.

Since at least May, hackers used tainted "phishing" emails to "harvest credentials" so they could gain access to networks of their targets, according to a joint report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The report provided to the industrial firms was reviewed by Reuters on Friday. While disclosing attacks, and warning that in some cases hackers succeeded in compromising the networks of their targets, it did not identify any specific victims.

"Historically, cyber actors have strategically targeted the energy sector with various goals ranging from cyber espionage to the ability to disrupt energy systems in the event of a hostile conflict," the report said.

Homeland Security and FBI officials could not be reached for comment on the report, which was dated June 28.

The report was released during a week of heavy hacking activity.

A virus dubbed "NotPetya" attacked on Tuesday, spreading from initial infections in Ukraine to businesses around the globe. It encrypted data on infected machines, rendering them inoperable and disrupting activity at ports, law firms and factories.

On Tuesday the energy-industry news site E&E News reported that U.S. investigators were looking into cyber intrusions this year at multiple nuclear power generators.

Reuters has not confirmed details of the E&E News report, which said there was no evidence safety systems had been compromised at affected plants.

The activity described in the U.S. government report comes at a time when industrial firms are particularly anxious about threat that hackers pose to their operations.

Industrial firms, including power providers and other utilities, have been particularly worried about the potential for destructive cyber attacks since December 2016, when hackers cut electricity in Ukraine.

U.S. nuclear power generators PSEG , SCANA Corp and Entergy Corp said they were not impacted by the recent cyber attacks. SCANA's V.C. Summer nuclear plant in South Carolina shut down on Thursday due to a problem with a valve in the non-nuclear portion of the plant, a spokesman said.

Another nuclear power generator, Dominion Energy , said it does not comment on cyber security.

Two cyber security firms said on June 12 that they had identified the malicious software used in the Ukraine attack, which they dubbed Industroyer, warning that it could be easily modified to attack utilities in the United States and Europe.

Industroyer is only the second piece of malware uncovered to date that is capable of disrupting industrial processes without the need for hackers to manually intervene.

The first, Stuxnet, was discovered in 2010 and is widely believed by security researchers to have been used by the United States and Israel to attack Iran's nuclear program.

The U.S. government report said attackers conducted reconnaissance to gain information about the individuals whose computers they sought to infect so that they create "decoy documents" on topics of interest to their targets.

In an analysis, it described 11 files used in the attacks, including malware downloaders and tools that allow the hackers to take remote control of victim's computers and travel across their networks.

Chevron Corp , Exxon Mobil Corp and ConocoPhillips , the three largest U.S. oil producers, declined to comment on their network security.

(Reporting by Jim Finkle; Additional reporting by Timothy Gardner in Washington and Ernest Scheyder in Houston; editing by Grant McCool and Tom Brown)


          U.S. warns businesses of hacking campaign against nuclear, energy firms    

By Jim Finkle

TORONTO (Reuters) - The U.S government warned industrial firms this week about a hacking campaign targeting the nuclear and energy sectors, the latest event to highlight the power industry's vulnerability to cyber attacks.

Since at least May, hackers used tainted "phishing" emails to "harvest credentials" so they could gain access to networks of their targets, according to a joint report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The report provided to the industrial firms was reviewed by Reuters on Friday. While disclosing attacks, and warning that in some cases hackers succeeded in compromising the networks of their targets, it did not identify any specific victims.

"Historically, cyber actors have strategically targeted the energy sector with various goals ranging from cyber espionage to the ability to disrupt energy systems in the event of a hostile conflict," the report said.

Homeland Security and FBI officials could not be reached for comment on the report, which was dated June 28.

The report was released during a week of heavy hacking activity.

A virus dubbed "NotPetya" attacked on Tuesday, spreading from initial infections in Ukraine to businesses around the globe. It encrypted data on infected machines, rendering them inoperable and disrupting activity at ports, law firms and factories.

On Tuesday the energy-industry news site E&E News reported that U.S. investigators were looking into cyber intrusions this year at multiple nuclear power generators.

Reuters has not confirmed details of the E&E News report, which said there was no evidence safety systems had been compromised at affected plants.

The activity described in the U.S. government report comes at a time when industrial firms are particularly anxious about threat that hackers pose to their operations.

Industrial firms, including power providers and other utilities, have been particularly worried about the potential for destructive cyber attacks since December 2016, when hackers cut electricity in Ukraine.

U.S. nuclear power generators PSEG , SCANA Corp and Entergy Corp said they were not impacted by the recent cyber attacks. SCANA's V.C. Summer nuclear plant in South Carolina shut down on Thursday due to a problem with a valve in the non-nuclear portion of the plant, a spokesman said.

Another nuclear power generator, Dominion Energy , said it does not comment on cyber security.

Two cyber security firms said on June 12 that they had identified the malicious software used in the Ukraine attack, which they dubbed Industroyer, warning that it could be easily modified to attack utilities in the United States and Europe.

Industroyer is only the second piece of malware uncovered to date that is capable of disrupting industrial processes without the need for hackers to manually intervene.

The first, Stuxnet, was discovered in 2010 and is widely believed by security researchers to have been used by the United States and Israel to attack Iran's nuclear program.

The U.S. government report said attackers conducted reconnaissance to gain information about the individuals whose computers they sought to infect so that they create "decoy documents" on topics of interest to their targets.

In an analysis, it described 11 files used in the attacks, including malware downloaders and tools that allow the hackers to take remote control of victim's computers and travel across their networks.

Chevron Corp , Exxon Mobil Corp and ConocoPhillips , the three largest U.S. oil producers, declined to comment on their network security.

(Reporting by Jim Finkle; Additional reporting by Timothy Gardner in Washington and Ernest Scheyder in Houston; editing by Grant McCool and Tom Brown)


          La guerra de Yemen en tiempos de Trump   




La guerra de Yemen en tiempos de Trump

El Viejo Topo

 


El primer ataque militar ordenado por Trump ha sido contra un pobre y pequeño pueblo de campesinos escondido entre las grises montañas del centro del Yemen. A finales de enero tropas de elite del ejército de Estados Unidos atacaron al Ghayil, en la provincia de al-Bayda. Qassim al Rimi, el líder de Al-Qaeda en la Península Arábiga, supuesto objetivo del ataque, se había esfumado horas antes –dijeron que había habido un chivatazo–. En el ataque, los soldados asustados por la resistencia masacraron a la población de la pequeña aldea. Además de destruir 12 casas y exterminar los burros y ovejas de la comunidad murieron asesinados seis mujeres y 10 niños menores de 13 años. Se desconoce el numero de combatientes que murieron en la refriega pero se sabe de la muerte de un oficial estadounidense y que uno de los helicópteros usados en la operación fue destruido. No sé sí será una premonición, pero el primer ataque ordenado para hacer grande a America otra vez fue un auténtico desastre1.
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La población de al-Ghayil pertenece mayoritariamente a la tribu Qayfa. En Yemen la mayoría de las veces los hombres tribales no se alinean en términos territoriales sino sanguíneos. Los jeques de esta tribu –al-Bayda está dividida y es un frente de guerra– tienen relaciones con los saudíes; una relación sellada por el dinero. Esta tribu pelea en la guerra de Yemen al lado del depuesto Presidente Hadi y de los Estados Unidos. Estos hombres tribales reciben como combatientes de la coalición un salario mensual que los saudíes pagan, aun sabiendo que Qassim al Rimi, el líder de Al-Qaeda en Arabia Saudí –la organización de Al-Qaeda en Yemen y Arabia Saudí, están unidas–, está protegido por ellos. Mientras los saudíes les pagan, sus aliados de Estados Unidos los atacan. El caos de la política en Oriente Medio está por todos lados. Un caos que aunque parezca paradójico tiene su lógica.
Está documentado que Al-Qaeda ha sido un instrumento de Estados Unidos y Arabia Saudí, aunque obviamente no se reduce solo a ello. La usan a escondidas de su población porque saben que esta no aceptaría que apoyaran de alguna manera a grupos terroristas que luego atentan contra sus ciudades. Pero Washington, Ryad y otros gobiernos vienen aprovechándose desde hace décadas de estos grupos de jóvenes radicalizados. El nacionalismo árabe laico, enemigo histórico del Islam político, es también enemigo de las grandes compañías privadas petroleras occidentales que tienen a sus gobiernos en su nómina. Este doble juego entre policías y terroristas, basado en intereses comunes a corto plazo pero a la larga difícil de manejar, ha empezado a pasar factura en forma de ataques terroristas a ciudades y aviones de Europa y Estados Unidos.
Yemen llegó a mandar oficialmente a Afganistán a 3.000 guerrilleros reclutados en mezquitas o madrasas para luchar contra los soviéticos de manera organizada por la CIA; combatientes que usó después el Presidente Saleh contra los socialistas del sur. Luego fueron dos mil islamistas a la guerra de Iraq, la mayoría a luchar junto al líder de Al-Qaeda Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, cuya estrategia era enfrentar a los sunitas con los chiítas. Estrategia también usada por las fuerzas ocupantes. Estos combatientes, financiados por los saudíes y qataríes, a su regreso constituyeron los cimientos que han formado Al-Qaeda en Yemen. Hubo cierta continuidad porque lograron entenderse entre las diferentes generaciones y fundaron en el año 2009 la organización Al-Qaeda en la Península Arábiga.
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La guerra actual del Yemen, que lleva ya más de dos años, empezó con dos ataques de ISIS en Sanaa: el asesinato del periodista defensor de los derechos humanos Abdulkarim al-Jaiwani y el ataque suicida a dos mezquitas zaydíes cuando estaban repletas de feligreses. Fue un salto en la historia de los rebeldes salafistas en Yemen. Hasta ese momento habían atacado a objetivos colonialistas: el Cole de la marina estadounidense, instalaciones petroleras, turistas. Ha sido la primera vez y la última que ISIS se ha responsabilizado públicamente de atentados dirigidos contra civiles yemenitas, aunque se sabe que el Estado Islámico está operando en Taiz y Aden. Este terrorismo contra la población apareció cuando los intereses del Estado saudí lo requerían. Pero no son solo los saudíes quienes lo dirigen. Una y otra vez diferentes servicios de inteligencia acuden al terrorismo en la región cuando sus gobiernos no pueden conseguir sus objetivos con la diplomacia o la guerra convirtiendo al terrorismo en la tercera pata de su política. Para estos gobiernos los grupos “terroristas” a los que manipulan son la continuación de la política por otros medios. Por eso los saudíes protegen al líder de Al-Qaeda en Yemen. Pueden necesitarlo en el futuro si su guerra contra Yemen fracasa.
El caso en Londres de Bherlin Gildo, acusado de terrorista, es una muestra elocuente de lo que estamos hablando. Los fiscales abandonaron el caso cuando los abogados del acusado demostraron que la inteligencia británica había armado y asesorando al grupo en que militaba el acusado. El grupo armado estaba activo en Inglaterra y Siria. En el juicio los abogados preguntaron al juez si se podía mandar a alguien a la cárcel por seguir la política del gobierno. ¿No debía ir entonces también el gobierno a la cárcel?, preguntaron al juez2. Los fiscales, avergonzados, retiraron el caso. No es el único. En documentos desclasificados de la inteligencia estadounidense escritos en 2012 se da la bienvenida a “usar” a los salafistas (la corriente puritana wahabista del Islam saudí que siguen el ISIS y Al-Qaeda) en Siria e Iraq3.
The Economist publicó recientemente un articulo sobre Yemen en el que documentaba cómo Al-Qaeda se ha ido fortaleciendo en los dos últimos años gracias a la política de guerra saudí, una política que cuenta con el apoyo de Washington y Londres. Según el artículo, Al-Qaeda en Yemen es más poderosa que nunca4. Periodistas que han visitado el sur del país dicen que las banderas de Al-Qaeda y las independentistas son mas visibles que las del gobierno del Presidente depuesto Hadi, él mismo nativo del sur. Viendo el resultado sobre el terreno, los ataques de los drones o las operaciones especiales militares que han causado la muerte a cientos de civiles durante la administración Obama y que continúa Trump parecen operaciones militares dedicadas al consumo interno: aparentar que se hace algo contra Al-Qaeda, más que operaciones militares bien concebidas para debilitarla.
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Hay varias razones para este éxito de Al-Qaeda. Una de ellas es que las tribus que luchan contra el gobierno huzí-Saleh, sobre todo del sur del país, como la tribu Qaifa, ven a los militantes de Al-Qaeda como sus aliados. Es importante para Al-Qaeda dado el carácter tribal de la sociedad yemení. Sin el consentimiento de las tribus ninguna organización puede moverse libremente y prosperar. Pero hay otras razones reveladoras de lo que venimos diciendo. Un estudio hecho sobre los objetivos de los bombardeos aéreos de la coalición –realizados por aviones saudíes pero asesorados por militares ingleses o estadounidenses– muestra que ninguno de ellos, y son cientos las salidas documentadas de sus aviones, ha sido dirigido directamente contra Al-Qaeda a pesar de que llegó a controlar Mukalla, el segundo puerto más importante del Océano Indico después de Aden, durante un año4. The New York Times informó incluso que Al-Qaeda gestionaba los ingresos del petróleo de Hadramout en nombre del Presidente depuesto Hadi5. Cuando los saudíes permitieron a regañadientes –Estados Unidos estaba en una posición difícil cuando el The New York Times publicó la noticia– a soldados de la coalición de Emiratos Arabes Unidos sacar a los guerrilleros islámicos de la ciudad, Ryad solo lo autorizó con la condición de que se dejara escapar a los guerrilleros de Al-Qaeda hacia los wadis aislados del interior.
¿Porqué al Presidente Trump le gustan los halcones saudíes que apoyan a Al-Qaeda?
Esta política saudí de fortalecer a Al-Qaeda es en cierta manera el reconocimiento de que la guerra contra Yemen está siendo un fracaso. La coalición de los huzíes con Saleh ha demostrado ser más fuerte de lo que se pensaba. La mayoría de los yemeníes la apoyan a pesar del enorme sufrimiento –la agresión saudí está provocando según Naciones Unidas la mayor crisis humanitaria que existe actualmente, el país vive estos meses una epidemia de cólera dantesca que está causando cientos de muertos– porque ven al gobierno huzíes-Saleh como la resistencia de una nación frente a un poder externo. Las empresas de comunicación suelen presentar a los huzíes como un aliado iraní o un Hezbolah en Yemen que amenaza a la seguridad saudí. Pero es pura propaganda para legitimar la venta de armas millonarias a los agresores. Los huzíes tomaron Sanaa contra la opinión de Irán, que le aconsejó no hacerlo. En Yemen no hay tropas iraníes o de Hezbolah, son el ejército nacional y las milicias tribales quienes resisten a los saudíes bajo una política de defender a una nación agredida injustamente.
Los halcones que se han hecho cargo del poder en Ryad, representados por el Príncipe Mohammed bin al Salman, a cargo de la defensa y los ingresos petroleros, pueden dar un paso mayor y mandar al grueso de su ejército a invadir Yemen, pero es una opción cada vez más difícil de realizar por su coste político y económico. Un ataque a Hodeidah, el puerto del Mar Rojo por donde entran al menos el 80% de la comida y las medicinas importadas, llevaría al país al límite y las consecuencias son impredecibles. Este escenario se ha hecho todavía más improbable debido al conflicto entre saudíes y qataríes que está debilitando a la coalición. Doha ha ordenado a sus mercenarios pakistaníes regresar a casa. Los estrategas militares saben que entrar es fácil. Lo difícil es salir y para ello se necesita construir una solución política; cada vez más difícil de lograr. Los hermanos musulmanes, cercanos a Qatar, encuadrados en Yemen en el partido del Islah, apoyaban a Hadi. Ahora es una incógnita lo que van a hacer. En esta situación cualquier acuerdo político precisa incluir a los huzíes y Saleh.
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Arabia Saudí es un vampiro que se alimenta de petróleo. Ha anunciado que quiere diversificar la economía, pero de momento eso solo es un proyecto. El 90% de los ingresos del gobierno vienen del crudo. Del petróleo depende la vida extravagante de la masiva familia al-Saud, los salarios de dos tercios de los trabajadores saudíes y todo el entramado de política exterior de injerencia e intervención en asuntos ajenos. El gasto militar ha representado el 13% del PNB durante los últimos seis años. Arabia Saudí se ha convertido en el mayor comprador de armas per capita del mundo. El mejor cliente de Inglaterra y Estados Unidos. Pero también ha financiado, gastando miles de millones de dólares, el wahabismo, principal instrumento ideológico de la expansión saudí, y se ha gastado otro tanto para comprar a las empresas de comunicación que informan sobre Arabia Saudí. Ante tantos gastos su superdependencia petrolera hace que cualquier turbulencia en el mercado de petróleo sea vital para sus intereses. Ryad necesita intervenir en él si no quiere ser afectada fatalmente por cualquier crisis.
Los halcones saudíes necesitan a Estados Unidos para ello. En su guerra contra Yemen dependen de ellos para mover sus aviones, municiones, entrenamiento, refueling en vuelo y proteger las fronteras. Uno de las últimas medidas de Obama –hay una oposición creciente en el Congreso a vender armas a los saudíes– había sido bloquear una entrega de munición de precisión por su preocupación con los ataques a objetivos civiles. Hay más de 12 mil muertos, la mayoría civiles, a causa de ellos. Una prohibición que Trump levantó rápidamente.
El Presidente Trump está haciendo más caso a los militares que Obama cuando se trata de política de seguridad nacional. Esto significa menos diplomacia y más bombas, incrementando el riesgo de una guerra total en la región. De momento sigue la política de Obama de drones y operaciones especiales, aunque se han intensificado. Hay quien piensa que dada la relación que el Presidente Trump está creando con el Principe Salman los Estados Unidos podrían atacar directamente a los huzíes. Sí esto ocurre el conflicto quedará fuera de control, pudiendo convertirse en el primer enfrentamiento directo entre iraníes y saudíes en una guerra generalizada.
En su viaje a Ryad –era su puesta de largo diplomática– Trump anunció una venta de armas por valor de 110 mil millones de dólares. Hubo más contratos económicos, cerca de 270 mil millones de dólares, entre ellos uno con Exxon Mobil. En su visita Trump se hizo acompañar de Rex W. Tillerson, su Secretario de Estado. Tillerson es gran amigo de los saudíes debido a que es un hombre del petróleo. Durante décadas fue el jefe ejecutivo de Exxon Mobil. Tillerson conoce bien la región. El problema es que la conoce desde la óptica de los intereses de las compañías petroleras. Al nombrarlo, Trump se había comportado como el sirviente de los intereses petroleros, que en realidad es lo que ha demostrado al sacar a Estados Unidos del acuerdo climático de París. Los intereses petroleros son parte de su coalición reaccionaria.
¿Para qué quieren los saudíes una Al-Qaeda fuerte en el sur de Yemen?
A finales de mayo un barco petrolero, el MT MUSKIE, con bandera de Estados Unidos, fue atacado en el estrecho de Bab al Mandab. La Fuerza Naval de la Unión Europea dijo que los atacantes dispararon granadas propulsadas por cohetes antes de llevar a cabo su asalto al buque. Los saudíes acusaron inmediatamente a los huzíes del incidente, pero el presidente del Comité Supremo Revolucionario de Yemen, Mohamad Ali al-Houzi negó toda responsabilidad de sus soldados y acusó a Arabia Saudí de fabricar el incidente.
El estrecho de Bab al Mandab, donde acaba el mar Rojo al sur del Yemen, es uno de los siete mayores embudos de transporte energético en el mundo. Pasan cada día 3,8 millones de barriles de petróleo y el equivalente a 0,5-1 millón de barriles de gas natural. Un bloqueo significaría un repunte inmediato del precio del petróleo, algo muy beneficiosos para los saudíes, quienes se encuentran en aprietos financieros. El precio del barril del petróleo saudí es muy competitivo, está por debajo de los 10 dólares. Cualquier aumento del precio del barril es muy lucrativo.
Un bloqueo del estrecho de Bab al Mandab tendría efecto en los precios, pero afectaría muy levemente a las exportaciones petroleras saudíes, a diferencia de lo que ocurriría con las de Irán y otros países del golfo. Eso ayuda a entender, al menos parcialmente, las diferencias existentes entre Arabia Saudi y otros estados del Golfo Pérsico. Un conflicto que afecta también al futuro de Yemen del Sur. Mientras la Unión de Emiratos Árabes apuesta por un Yemen del Sur independiente, Ryad estaría tentado de apoyar una división del territorio en sultanatos gobernado a la vieja manera colonial inglesa, territorio fértil para las disputas y la inestabilidad. Emiratos Árabes Unidos ha desplegado miles de tropas en el sur a diferencia de los saudíes; han entrenado a 30 mil yemeníes como soldados de un ejército estatal; y han invertido 2 mil millones de dólares en proyectos para revivir la economía. Incluso ha llegado a participar en operaciones contra Al-Qaeda junto a las fuerzas especiales de Estados Unidos7.
Los saudíes necesitan menos el paso por el estrecho que otros países del Golfo, porque el oleoducto saudí que une el este y oeste de Arabia, el Golfo con el Mar Rojo, atravesando la Península Arábiga, ha empezado a ser operativo. Los grandes pozos petroleros saudíes están en zonas chiítas del Golfo Pérsico. Arabia solo necesitaría para exportar el grueso de su petróleo que los estrechos de Ormuz y Bab al Mandab estuviesen abiertos. Podría embarcarlo en sus puertos del Mar Rojo. Pero sigue necesitando el paso de sus tanques petroleros por el canal de Suez. La buena amistad con Egipto es vital para sus intereses. Por eso cultiva sus relaciones con el Mariscal de Campo al-Sissi atacando a los Hermanos Musulmanes, que están apoyados por Qatar. El desarrollo de la guerra de Siria está siendo una mala noticia para Ryad. El Presidente Bashar al-Assad parece estar ganándola, cerrando la salida de petróleo saudí a Europa por oleoducto vía Turquía o en barcos desde el puerto de Lattakia. La crisis con Qatar puede ser interpretada en esta clave. Su acercamiento a Irán podría facilitarle un futuro entendimiento con Siria, asegurándose el envío del gas –Qatar tiene cuantiosas reservas– a Europa a través de su territorio. Egipto está cerrando el canal de Suez a sus barcos por su apoyo a los Hermanos Musulmanes.
La política militarista saudí –la nueva generación macho rehusa establecer compromisos– busca controlar por la fuerza las salidas del petróleo en la región. Un objetivo estratégico por su alta dependencia de los ingresos petroleros. Es una de las razones que explican la guerra del Yemen y su apoyo a ISIS en Iraq y Siria. Los guerrilleros islamistas pueden dañar cualquier oleoducto que atravesando Iraq y Siria llegase a Europa o al Mediterráneo, incidiendo en el precio y perjudicando a sus adversarios. En su frontera sur un gobierno de los huzíes protegería el paso a través Bab al Mandab de los barcos de Irán y de otros países del Golfo que exportan millones de barriles cada mes por el estrecho. Esa es la razón del porqué Ryad necesita un Yemen bajo su control, o si fracasa una Al-Qaeda fuerte en el sur del Yemen. Es una política de piratas pero esa es la historia de la familia beduina de los al-Saud. ¿No están saqueando en su propio provecho el petróleo de su pueblo?
Notas:
  1. Ver “Death in Al Ghayil”, Iona Craig, The Intercept.
  2. “Terror trial collapse after fears of deep embarrassment to security services”, The Guardian, Monday 1 june 2017.
  3. “Now the truth emerges: how the US fueled the rise of ISIS in Syria and Iraq”, The Guardian, june 6
  4. “In its third year of war, Yemen risk fragmentation”, The Economist Apr 27th 2017.
  5. Ver “What is happening in Yemen and how are Saudi Arabia´s airstrikes affecting civilian”, The Guardian, The Date Yemen Project.
  6. “Yemeni Bankers Get in Troubles Over a costumer, Al Qaeda”, The New York Times. Nov 15 2016.
  7. Ver el articulo citado de The Economist.
Fuente: http://www.elviejotopo.com/articulo/la-guerra-de-yemen-en-tiempos-de-trump/




          02 JUNIO 2017   



  • - IMPORTACION MARITIMA, PUERTO DEL CALLAO

    IMPORTACIONES CALLAO: EXPORTADORES
    FECHA: 02 JUNIO 2017(CALLAO)
    BUQUE: CARTAGENA EXPRESS


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    SONOCO PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DIV OF.¦CAJAS SONOCO 59391FLP VACIAS PARA MEDICAMENTOS EPS SHIPPER ID 20.5" X.¦5135
    EL ISKANDARIYA (= AL
    MR OLIVE FOR FOOD INDUSTRIES EGYP..¦ACEITUNAS NEGRAS 97 BARRILES X 160.00 KGS C/U NETOS LOTE: 115 FECHA DE¦40000
    ORIENTAL WEAVERS INTERNATIONAL.....¦ALFOMBRA SHAGGY LISO 520 TEJIDO DE TRAMAACABADO: COSIDA 4 ARISTAS DIME¦5600
    GDYNIA
    CANTONI MOTOR SA...................¦MOTOR ELECTRICO DELCROSA SH71-4B MOTOR ELECTRICO TRIFASICO USO:POTENCI¦15297
    GENOA
    ARIMAR INTERNATIONAL SPA...........¦PARAFINA WAX SER 311 (BFA170) USO:PARAFINA CSP311FX...................¦14920
    ARTSANA SPA........................¦BIBERON CHICCO DE VIDRIO CON TETINA DE SILICONA ARTICULO PARA BEBE TER¦13255
    M T M SRL..........................¦REDUCTOR ELETTRO BRC 01RD00402004 RID. ELETT- ASS. AT90ECO "SE" 140 KW¦5508
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    GIJON
    CILINDROS Y CROMADOS PALENTINOS S..¦CILINDRO HIDRAULICO REPUESTOS PARA EQUIPOS PESADOS USO:7021 CICROSA...¦20336
    HAMBURG
    ABB LOGISTICS CENTER EUROPE GMBH...¦MOTOR ELECTRICO ABB M3AA 160MLA 2 12.5 KW 440V 19.700A 3533RPM DE CORR¦1390
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    AVO WERKE AUGUST BEISSE GMBH.......¦FINO - DELIKATESS WURSTCHEN AVO-WERKE AUGUST BEISSE G INSUMO ALIMENTIC¦860
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    BESTSELLER LATAM ZF SA.............¦CASACA(CHAMARRA) JACK & JONES JORWILL SUMMER BOMBER GRADO ELABORAC.:TE¦491
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    CHT R BEITLICH GMBH................¦RAPIDOPRINT XR GRANULAT CHT BEZEMA ANTIREDUCTOR PARA EVITAR QUE SE RED¦1111
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    COSMO INTERNATIONAL FRAGRANCES SA..¦ESENCIA FRAG CF11122 COSMO INTERNATIONALFRAGR : COSMO INTERNATIONAL FR¦337
    CRAFT BEARINGS UAB.................¦RODAMIENTOS CRAFT SEGUN FACTURA COMERCIAL DE BOLAS....................¦7160
    CRANE AB...........................¦BILLETES DE BANCO PRECIO POR MILLAR PRINTED MATTER DE LA DENOMINACION.¦62400
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    DOKUMENTAL GMBH & CO KG............¦TINTA PARA BOLIGRAFOS DOKUMENTAL BP259 1010178 PARA LA FABRICACION DE.¦3622
    DOLOMITWERK JETTENBERG SCHOENDORFER¦DOLOMITA PARA USO EN LA INDUSTRIA DEL VIDRIO 163387 DOLOMITA 0 - 2 MM.¦59850
    DOW EUROPE GMBH / PAPE GMBH & CO...¦POLVO DE LATEX DOW DLP 2000 00000355892 PRESENTADO EN BOLSAS DE 20 KG.¦9342
    DPH - DICHTUNGSPARTNER HAMBURG GMBH¦RETEN DPH 1265791(82426) PARA USO AUTOMOTRIZ RETEN P/ATAQ CORONA POST.¦1236
    DR PAUL LOHMANN GMBH KG............¦SULFATO DE MAGNESIO DR. PAUL LOHMANN BATCH : 3041726 INSUMO PARA LA IN¦15732
    DRICONEQ PRODUCTION AB.............¦BARRA DE EXTENSION (HUECA) DRICONEQ 10-671706 CON DIAM. EXTERNO 89MM D¦5251
    DSIUNDERGROUND MULTITEX SRO........¦PYTHON STANDARD 1 400X SARZE 1039004 DELKA V MM 2100; 500X SARZE 39687¦21100
    DURAN GROUP GMBH...................¦VASOS DURAN 211062402 PARA USO EN LABORATORIO FORMA BAJA GRADUADOS CON¦259
    DYNAMIC RUBBERS & TIRES CO LTD.....¦ACEITES S-M ARMATICOS ESTADO: BUENO ACEITES AROMATICOS................¦34840
    DYNAMIC RUBBERS & TIRES CO LTD.....¦ACEITE AROMATICO IRANOL DAE-40 (AROMATICRUBBER PROCESS OIL) LIQUIDO VI¦17640
    DYNAMIC RUBBERS & TIRES CO LTD.....¦ACEITE AROMATICO ACEITE AROMATICO USO INDUSTRIAL BULTOS ACEITE AROMATI¦17550
    EGON VON RUVILLE GMBH ; BBR AUTOMOT¦CORREA MULTIPLE CONTITECH CONTITECH/ REPUESTOS PARA USO AUTOMOTRIZ COR¦1112
    EINDHOVEN HUB NL SANDVIK SMC LOGIST¦PUNTA METALICA SANDVIK 774C1 DE MARTILLOROMPEBANCO REPUESTOS DE USO MI¦502
    ESSENTRA POROUS TECHNOLOGIES GMBH..¦TUBOS FILTRANTES FILTRONA XCA439555 MEDIDAS: 80.0 X 5.5 MM PARA LA FAB¦9487
    EUR LO TRADING GMBH................¦EMULSION LIQUIDA USADA EN LA INDUSTRIA COSMETICA. JAYPOL 213 AGENTE CO¦2230
    EUWA HHEUMANN GMBH.................¦RELLENO DE RESINA EUWA RESIN EUWA FH03/02 EN BIG BAGS USO INDUSTRIAL S¦15660
    FAFNIR GMBH........................¦CONSOLA FAFNIR 908298 USO: VISUALIZAR STOCK DE PRODUCTO EN TANQUES MAT¦223
    FELDMUEHLE UETERSEN GMBH...........¦PAPEL ESTUCADO FELDMUEHLE EXCEO GLOSS MATERIAL:PAPEL ESTUCADO USO:PARA¦21438
    FREDK MOELLER SOEHNE GMBH..........¦HOJA DE SIERRA CIRCULAR KULKONI 10 (250 MM ) 1 6 MM A 20 MM 48 DIENTES¦2128
    FRESENIUS KABI DEUTSCHLAND GMBH....¦SMOFLIPID 20% FRESENIUS KABI BATCH N° 16LB6842 MAN. DATE: 23.02.2017 E¦12384
    FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE DEUTSCHLAND.¦DIALIZADOR FX 10 FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE -DIALIZADOR FX 10-CODIGO: 5004¦16418
    GCP DAREX GERMANY GMBH.............¦DAREX PL 1333-08 CODIGO:5145793 LAQUE BARNIZ LACA DE PROTECCION USO:IN¦17600
    GEHRLICHER PHARMAZEUTISCHE EXTRAKTE¦SINVIRAL SOLUCION ORAL GOTAS SINVIRAL LOTE: 1701 - F.V. 03/2020 PARA U¦523
    GEODIS WILSON GERMANY GMBH & CO KG.¦AMPLIFICADOR KOMATSU USO COMERCIAL BULTOS 94147940-AMPLIFICADOR.......¦2403
    GGP METALPOWDER AG.................¦POLVO DE COBRE 10310 LOTE: 10015222/1-10015222/2-10015222/3 CU CH M 18¦15130
    GIVAUDAN HUNGARY KFT...............¦FLAVATONE GIVAUDAN INSUMO PARA LA INDUSTRIA ALIMENTICIA BULTOS 9904535¦1364
    GRINDEX AB.........................¦ELECTROBOMBA SUMERGIBLE GRINDEX MASTER SH CONEXION DE DESCARGA 3"(76.2¦4140
    GRUNDFOS OPERATIONS A/S............¦KIT DE UNIDAD DE CONTROL GRUNDFOS PARA BOMBAS KIT DDD RETROFIT KIT SET¦680
    H STOLL AG & CO KG.................¦MAQUINA TRICOTOSA RECTILINEA STOLL CMS 822 HP INCLUYE PARTES Y ACCESOR¦1929
    HAMBURG SUD HAMBURGHAMBURG SUD HAMB¦CONTENEDORES VACIOS...................................................¦0
    HAMM AG............................¦RODILLO VIBRATORIO HAMM GRW 280-12H 2017-ORDEN NO. 2111081042 MACHINE.¦56660
    HANSEN & ROSENTHAL KG..............¦VASELINA LIQUIDA HANSEN & ROSENTHAL INSUMO PARA ELABORACION DE JABONES¦15280
    HARTMANN DRUCKFARBEN GMBH..........¦TINTA SUN CHEMICAL 91415399 TINTA VARIOSCOLORES PARA IMPRESION POR SIS¦41600
    HEINRICH KUPER GMBH & CO KG........¦MAQUINA COSEDORA DE CHAPAS KUPER FW1150 INDUSTRIAL ACERO SOLIDO MAQUIN¦619
    HELIOPOTASSE.......................¦NITRATO DE POTASIO 960 BOLSAS DE 25KGS C/U EN 20 PALETAS USO INDUSTRIA¦24525
    HOPPECKE BATTERIEN GMBH & CO KG....¦ACUMULADORES DE PLOMO HOPPECKE TRAK-BLOCBAT 6V 170 AH C5 U/C PARA USO.¦137
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    HUSQVARNA AB.......................¦DESBROZADORA HUSQVARNA 555RXT 555RXT BRUSHCUTTER ALL EX US50 INCLUYE A¦719
    JOST-WERKE DEUTSCHLAND.............¦TORNAMESA JOST TORNAMESA JOST 1100 HE18 1001741/KLKHE18 JOSENG0001 PAR¦1195
    JRS PHARMA GMBH & CO KG............¦FOSFATO DE CALCIO ANHIDRO EMCOMPRESS EN 16 SACOS X 25KG INSUMO QUIMICO¦9590
    JSB MATCH DIABLO AS................¦POLIMAG / DIAVOLOS....................................................¦898
    JSC SOLVIKA........................¦TURBA HT PALLETS: SPHAGNUM PEAT MOSS 0/40 PH 3.5-4.5 NO ADDITIVES USO:¦136094
    JUNGHEINRICH EXPORT AG & CO KG.....¦APILADOR ELECTRICO TRILATERAL JUNGHEINRICH 51470196 EQUIPO PARA TRASLA¦21116
    KAPOPLAST..........................¦MONOFILAMENTO TE¥IDO; ACABADO: NORMAL CORTO PRESENTACION: PAQUETES; TI¦12336
    KLUMPP & SCHROTH GMBH..............¦IMPRESORA OFFSET 01 COLOR FORMATO OFICIOA¥O 1989/1990 SN 499383 USO:TO¦2560
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    LIFOCOLOR FARBEN GMBH & CO KG......¦COLORANTES LIFOCOLOR 1000579F PE/PP EN KILOGRAMOS COLOR:AMARILLO COLOR¦4298
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    ORIF
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  • - IMPORTACION MARITIMA, PUERTO DEL CALLAO

    IMPORTACIONES CALLAO: EXPORTADORES
    FECHA: 01 JUNIO 2017(LA PAMPILLA)
    BUQUE: ASPEN SPIRIT


    ORIGEN..¦EXPORTADOR..........¦PRODUCTO..............................................................¦KILOS
    SAN FRANCISCO
    GUNVOR SA..........................¦ALASKA NORTH SLOPE CRUDE OIL SM REFINACION DE PETROLEO A GRANEL ACEITE¦103861666

    IMPORTACIONES CALLAO: EXPORTADORES
    FECHA: 01 JUNIO 2017(CALLAO)
    BUQUE: MSC DOMITILLE


    ORIGEN..¦EXPORTADOR..........¦PRODUCTO..............................................................¦KILOS

    TOTAL PETROCHEMICALS FRANCE QATAR..¦LOTRENE FE 8000 LOTRENE LDPE - LOW DENSITY POLIETILENO SE UTILIZA EN E¦52020
    AARHUS
    NOVAGRI............................¦SISTEMA DE VENTILACION SKOV COMBI-TUNEL Y OTROS EQUIPOS ADICIONALES. 4¦16710
    ALGECIRAS
    HIDRAL SA..........................¦ASCENSOR ASCENSOR ASCENSOR............................................¦3046
    ALTAMIRA
    MEXICHEM RESINAS VINILICAS SA D....¦RESINA DE PVC MEXICHEM G-34 RESINA DE PVC USO INDUSTRIAL LOTES:B170403¦104040
    MEXICHEM RESINAS VINILICAS SA DE...¦RESINA DE PVC PRIMEX G 34.............................................¦51980
    MEXICHEM RESINAS VINILICAS SA DE CV¦RESINA DE PVC SHIN TECH SHIN-TECH SUSP. TYPE PVC RESIN EXTRUSION COD:.¦383870
    MEXICHEM RESINAS VINILICAS SA DE CV¦RESINA DE PVC PRIMEX P-180 RESINA PRIMEXP-180 USO INDUSTRIAL CODIGO: 9¦25940
    MEXICHEM RESINAS VINILICAS SA DE CV¦RESINA DE PVC PRIMEX G-34 OBTENIDO POR POLIMERIZACION EN SUSPENSION US¦77980
    MEXICHEM RESINAS VINILICAS SA DE CV¦RESINA DE PVC PRIMEX G-34 CODIGO: 942063USO INDUSTRIAL RESINA PRIMEX G¦51940
    ANTWERPEN
    BORREGAARD DEUTSCHLAND GMBH........¦LIGNOSULFONATO BORRESPERSE MATERIAL: 108264 LOTES: 60704 DATE OF PRODU¦23130
    CELLMARK PULP & PAPER INC..........¦PAPEL COUCHE NORSKE NORCOTE SUPER H- - PAPEL ESTUCADO O CUCHé LIGERO.¦20690
    DOW EUROPE GMBH CO VLS GROUP BELGIU¦DOWFROTH B-300 DOW B-300 200 KG STEEL DRUM ESPUMANTE EN BASE A POLIGLI¦17440
    GOODYEAR DUNLOP TIRES OPERATIONS SA¦NEUMATICOS GOODYEAR GP-4D CAPACIDAD DE CARGA:265 KG VELOCIDAD MAX:MENO¦8788
    NOOTEBOOM TEXTIEL BV...............¦TELA DE TRAMA Y URDIMBRE SATINADO CRUDO Y APRESTADO DIMENSIONES:GRAMAJ¦6506
    ODENWALD FASERPLATTENWERK..........¦CIELOS RASOS ART. NO. 00060128 OWACOUSTIC® PREMIUM/ A2-S1 D0 (EN 13501¦17960
    TEREOS STARCH & SWEETENERS.........¦GLUTEN DE TRIGO P1100251109 LOTES: B1F090961 F.PROD: 31/03/2017 F.VCTO¦17920
    TESSENDERLO CHEMIE NVSA............¦SULFATO DE POTASIO GRANULAR TAP BULK / FERTILIZER FOR AGRICULTURAL USE¦1112950
    TESSENDERLO CHEMIE NVSA............¦SULFATO DE POTASIO PARA USO AGRICOLA GRANULADO A GRANEL...............¦240800
    THYSSENKRUPP RASSELSTEIN GMBH......¦HOJALATA ELECTROLITICA RASSELSTEIN MATERIAL: 10062835 / BOLETO DE ENTR¦124874
    UPM SALES OY.......................¦PAPEL BOND UPM FINE BOBINAS PE-6220777-05 DIAM: 1000MM CORE: 76MM GSM:¦66598
    BALBOA
    ANCHOVETA SAC......................¦FILETES DE ANCHOAS....................................................¦27230
    DISTRIBUIDORA INTERNACIONAL GLOBAL.¦SET TAZA Y PLATO PERLADO COLECCION MAPA PE(PTY) MATERIAL:CERAMICA USO:¦8460
    BALTIMORE
    BLASER & MERICLE INC...............¦FERTILIZANTE MILLER CODIGO: 19255 KALFA-PLUS 15 (55 GAL DRUM) FERTILIZ¦16812
    CASTROL CARIBBEAN & CENTRAL AMERICA¦ACEITES LUBRICANTES CASTROL 02752 CRB VISCUS 25W-60 2. PAIL...........¦123675
    REYNOLDS SERVICES INC..............¦PLANCHAS DE HOJALATA REYNOLDS TINPLATE ESPESOR 0.27 MM DIFERENTES MEDI¦52438
    UNDER ARMOUR.......................¦POLO (T-SHIRT/REMERA) UNDER ARMOUR 1292061-464 DE: TEJIDO DE PUNTO TE¥¦934
    BARCELONA
    ARCHROMA MANAGEMENT GMBH...........¦DEKOL SN NEW DEKOL COD: 28139429658 USO:INDUSTRIAL DEKOL SN NUEVO LIQ.¦14813
    DOW EUROPE GMBH....................¦DOW(TM) LDPE 132G DOW POLIETILENO DE BAJA DENSIDAD USO INDUSTRIAL / DO¦100485
    ERCROS SA..........................¦PENTAERITRITOL PENTAERITRITOL USO:USO : INDUSTRIAL COMERCIALIZADO EN T¦20600
    FAMADENT SLU.......................¦REVESTIMIENTO CERAMVEST CAJA POR 9KG. CON 60 SOBRES DE 150 GR.; OFICIO¦23737
    GRUPO METALGRÁFICO SA..............¦JUNTA P27 PAST GRUMETAL POLICLORURO DE VINILO PLASTIFICANTE INDUSTRIAL¦12650
    KAPALUA TRADING SA.................¦ARTICULOS DE COSMETICA Y DEMAS PREPARACIONES CAPILARES................¦8620
    LABORATORIO DPA SL.................¦ADITIVO PARA TRATAMIENTO DE MA DPA 400 SACOS DE 25KG CADA UNO LOTE: 23¦20600
    LABORATORIOS ORDESA SL.............¦LECHE EN POLVO LABORATORIOS ORDESA BLEMIL PLUS 1 NUTRIE DE LECHE ENRIQ¦20332
    LAINCO SA..........................¦CUNEB FORTE LAINCO EN 17 PALLETS X 4 BIDONES X 200 LITROS C/U USO AGRI¦21420
    SILGAN WHITE CAP HOLDINGS SPAIN S..¦TAPAS METALICAS -MC 082CSB038 WHITE - WEISS - BLANC BPS6 1150/CARTON-D¦11871
    BILBAO
    BGB GIOVANNI BOZZETTO SA...........¦PERMULSIN DNMS G PRODUCTOS QUIMICOS PARALA INDUSTRIA TEXTIL 940 SACOS.¦24346
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    SAN ANTONIO
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    BOPP CHILE SA......................¦PELICULA DE POLIAMIDA BOPP AT15 ANCHO:1.240 METROS ESPESOR:15.000 MM G¦24779
    COMERCIALIZADORA CABILTERRA LTDA...¦NUECES SIN CASCARA CABILTERRA MARIPOSA AMBAR LIGHT-MARIPOSA LIGHT AMBA¦4200
    COMERCIALIZADORA SAN JUAN LTDA.....¦ALMENDRA (PRUNUS DULCIS) CABILTERRA CARMEL CALIBRE 23/25 25/27 27/30 C¦5225
    DAP DUCASSE DISE¥O LIMITADA........¦PAPEL MURAL COLOWAL TOCONAO BLANCO INVIERNO PAPEL USO PARA DECORATIVO.¦6760
    EXPORTADORA TRIPLE ALIANZA LIMITADA¦MANZANAS FRESCAS TRIPLE ALIANZA LIMITADA833 CAJAS USO: COMERCIALIZACIO¦20786
    HAPAG-LLOYD CHILE SPA..............¦CONTENEDORES VACIOS...................................................¦0
    HAPAG-LLOYD CHILE SPA..............¦CONTENEDORES VACIOS...................................................¦0
    NOVUS DE CHILE COMERC E INDUS LTDA.¦ACTIVATE DA ACTIVATE DA LOTE: DM1628807 / DM1633301 ACTIVATE DA 25KG B¦10330
    SOLCROM SA.........................¦MAQUINA PARA PINTAR WAGNER W550 MATERIAL: POLIETILENO HOGAR MAQUINARIA¦844
    SAN VICENTE
    AVENA DE LOS ANDES SA.........
          28 MAYO 2017   



  • - IMPORTACION MARITIMA, PUERTO DEL CALLAO

    IMPORTACIONES CALLAO: EXPORTADORES
    FECHA: 28 MAYO 2017(CALLAO)
    BUQUE: ARKADIA


    ORIGEN..¦EXPORTADOR..........¦PRODUCTO..............................................................¦KILOS
    SAN ANTONIO
    ANTALIS CHILE LIMITADA.............¦TINTA AMSTRONG COLOR: NEGRO EN TARRO DE 1KG NEGRO PROCESO ARMSTRONG -.¦6877
    AUTOMOTORES ECASO SA...............¦CAJA DE ALIMENTACION INFERIOR FLSMIDTH DE ACERO PARTES Y PIEZAS PARA M¦7980
    CARLOS CRAMER PRODUCTOS AROMATICOS.¦SABORIZANTE PI¥A PARA ELABORACION DE BEBIDA GASEOSA EN BIDONES 2P5113-¦684
    CASAS DEL VALLE BARROS HNOS LTDA...¦MANGA ND S/N C/GALLETA CIRCULAR QSP N.D.DIA. 120 MANGA QSP ND DIA 120.¦7076
    COBRE CERRILLOS SA.................¦CONDUCTOR ELECTRICO GENERAL CABLE RV-K 1000V SUPERFLEX RV-K 4X10 MM2 0¦36679
    COPEFRUT SA........................¦MANZANAS FRESCAS COPEFRUT MANZANAS CALIBRES:100 PARA CONSUMO HUMANO CA¦45539
    DOSIVAC SA.........................¦TUERCA AJUSTE DOSIVAC -42133/1-10 UNID................................¦11
    EDITORIAL KIER SA..................¦LIBROS SIGLO XXI ANTOLOGIA GRAMSCI (PARTE I) EDICION ESPECIAL 978-987-¦575
    EXPORTADORA EL REFUGIO LTDA........¦MANZANA LUCKY MANZANAS FRESCAS PARA CONSUMO HUMANO CAJAS DE CARTON CON¦21496
    FORD ARGENTINA SCA.................¦PROTECTOR DE CAJA FORD ACB3/2K612606/BC/REPUESTO PARA VEHICULO PROTECT¦411
    GIVAUDAN ARGENTINA SA..............¦ESENCIA FRESA GIVAUDAN INSUMO INDUSTRIA ALIMENTARIA LOTE: BU00146444 7¦1062
    GONVARRI CHILE ESTRUCTURAS METALICA¦AMORTIGUADOR DE IMPACTO HIASA AIR H-100PAMORTIGUADOR DE IMPACTOS TIP-H¦2500
    INDUSTRIA DE ALIMENTOS DOS EN UNO..¦CHOCOLATE CON RELLENO ARCOR CHOCOLATE CON RELLENOS SURTIDOS DE MANJAR.¦7458
    IXOM CHILE SA......................¦PM-700 IXOM PM-700 IBC 1200 KG NU: NA CLASE: NA 16 IBC DE 1200 KGS. CA¦41820
    MANUFACTURAS METALURGICAS RHEEM....¦TAMBOR CODIGO: F6KBBBF6J3VY000D00 USO:CALIBRE 20-20-20 COLOR VERDE SIN¦23602
    MANUFACTURAS METALURGICAS RHEEM....¦TAMBOR DE 55 GLS RHEEM COLOR ROJO SIN LOGO PARA USO COMERCIAL EN UNIDA¦23760
    MANUFACTURAS METALURGICAS RHEEM....¦TAMBOR DE 55 GLS RHEEM COLOR ROJO SIN LOGO INCLUYE SELLOS PARA USO COM¦46080
    MANUFACTURAS METALURGICAS RHEEM....¦BALDES PLASTICOS FLINT GROUP CODE: G2ER2ED1M00O4FL1M6 BD 20L R2 PE BLA¦6482
    MARIENBERG GESTORA DE NEGOCIOS LIMI¦MALLA SOMBRA MARIENBERG TE¥IDO; ACABADO:APRESTADO CONST: LIGAMENTO TAF¦7331
    MIMET S A..........................¦VITRINA VERTICAL MIMET VV-66D-03 PUERTASDESLISABLES-GAS REF: R-404A (H¦4116
    MIMET S A..........................¦CONSERVADORA MOSTRADORA MIMET CV-280IAE CONSERVADORA MOSTRADORA CV-280¦6466
    NALCO IND SERVICES CHILE LTDA......¦NALCO 650P NALCO USO INDUSTRIAL EN TAMBORES NALCO 650P AGENTE DE LIMPI¦56801
    NALCO IND SERVICES CHILE LTDA......¦NALCO 8575 NALCO ZINC ACIDO ORGANICO ACIDO FOSFORICO INDUSTRIAL BULTOS¦8752
    PACX SOUTH AMERICA SA..............¦HARINA DE ALFALFA PARA CONSUMO ANIMAL 650 SACOS DE POLIPROPILENO DE 40¦26097
    POLCURA EXPORTACIONES SAMANUEL OLEG¦MANZANAS FRESCAS MANZANA FRUTO FRESCO PARA CONSUMO HUMANO MANZANAS FUJ¦22562
    POLYGAL SUD SA.....................¦POLIC ALVEOLAR LIV POLYGAL ACABADO:LAMINADO; COLOR:CON COLOR PLASTIF:.¦12692
    PROCTER & GAMBLE CHILE LTDA........¦TELA NO TEJIDA TS FITBR 15GSM CW 168MM CD 152 4MM GR SPB EM (7 PAQUETE¦7379
    PROCTER & GAMBLE CHILE LTDA........¦PA¥ALES DESECHABLES PAMPERS 80274769 PAMPERS J&S / TC PEQ 48PADSX6IT P¦6287
    PRUNE SA...........................¦PASAS FRUTISA 10 KG X CAJA COSECHA 2017 FECHA DE ELABORACION MAYO 2017¦20486
    SC JOHNSON &SODE ARGENTINA SAIC....¦RAID DOBLE ACCION Z&M RAID 665371 INSECTICIDA DE USO DOMESTICO EN SPRA¦8351
    SOGEFI FILTRATION ARGENTINA SA.....¦FILTRO DE COMBUSTIBLE FRAM C-10353 AUTOMOTRICES PARA AUTOS / CAMIONES.¦1068
    SOUTHERN STAR SHIPPING SERVICES ON.¦LIMPIADOR CIF 15 X 450 ML PARA LIMPIEZA ANTIBACT DOYP.................¦20623
    SOUTHERN STAR SHIPPING SERVICES ON.¦SOPA KNORR 10 X 86 G PARA EL CONSUMO HUMANO SOPA VEG C/FID LETRAS.....¦15632
    SOUTHERN STAR SHIPPING SERVICES ON.¦JABON REXONA 108 X 90G PARA EL ASEO PERSONAL JAB BAMBOO FRESH.........¦21368
    TA GAS TECHNOLOGY SA...............¦KIT SIGAS 2.4 TA GAS TECHNOLOGY -KIT SIGAS 2.4+IN03 ARF+ (KIT PP 4C GN¦3992
    TECBOLT SA.........................¦ROSCALATA CABEZA MAMUT/FIXSER DE #8-18 X3/8 ROSCALATA CABEZA TRUSS PH.¦5234
    TEKEMI SA..........................¦BLINDAJE ELECTROMAGNETICO TEKEMI PARA AISLAR LA ZONA DE FUNCIONAMIENTO¦3076
    TFP PRODUCTEC SA...................¦TELA TECHNOSPIRAL METSO SPIRALTEC 7OF900D GRAMAJE= 1350 G/M2 TELA PLAS¦170
    WINPACK SA.........................¦JUMBO STRETCH FILM ACABADO:LAMINADO; COLOR:CON COLOR PLASTIF: % CALIDA¦72809
    SAN VICENTE
    COLCHONES ROSEN SAIC...............¦COLCHON ROSEN NEW STYLE 4 1.35 X 1.90 14011363 COLCHON NEW STYLE 4....¦14096
    COLCHONES ROSEN SAIC...............¦COLCHON ROSEN NEW STYLE 6 1.05 X 1.90 14011403 COLCHON NEW STYLE 6....¦3522
    COLCHONES ROSEN SAIC...............¦COLCHON ROSEN NEW STYLE 2 0.90 X 1.90 14011373 COLCHON NEW STYLE 2....¦4015
    COLCHONES ROSEN SAIC...............¦METRO TORTA EMB ROSEN NEW STYLE RELLENO FIBRA POLIESTER LAMINA POLIURE¦10262
    COLCHONES ROSEN SAIC...............¦METRO TORTA EMB ROSEN FUE FDA NEW STYLE RELLENO FIBRA POLIESTER LAMINA¦5910
    COLCHONES ROSEN SAIC...............¦MT EMB PUNZ MASIAS COL ROSEN MASIAS RETAZO DE GUATA DE FIBRAS SINTETIC¦5880
    COLCHONES ROSEN SAIC...............¦NP EMB POLI BASE ROSEN BASE AMER BASE AMER 600 GR/MT2 DIMENSIONES:105.¦7077
    COLCHONES ROSEN SAIC...............¦MT EMB PUNZ MASIAS COL ROSEN MASIAS RETAZO DE GUATA DE FIBRAS SINTETIC¦7293
    COLCHONES ROSEN SAIC...............¦BASE BOX ROSEN PREMIUM DORM 0.80 X 2.00 P/UNIR 14007328 BASE BOX PREMI¦4768
    COLCHONES ROSEN SAIC...............¦BASE BOX ROSEN PREMIUM DORM 0.80 X 2.00 P/UNIR 14007328 BASE BOX PREMI¦5116
    COMERCIALIZADORA NUTRECO CHILE LTDA¦KORI 5 KORI -LOTE: 3470059-FECHA DE ELABORACION: 11-05-2017...........¦123650
    COMPANIA SIDERURGICA HUACHIPATO S..¦BARRAS DE ACERO DE ACERO PARA USO EN LA INDUSTRIA METALURGICA BARRA DE¦204155
    EXPORTADORA EL REFUGIO LTDA........¦MANZANA LUCKY MANZANAS FRESCAS PARA CONSUMO HUMANO CAJAS DE CARTON CON¦21300
    EXPORTADORA EL REFUGIO LTDA........¦MANZANA LUCKY MANZANAS FRESCAS PARA CONSUMO HUMANO CAJAS DE CARTON CON¦21300
    LAMINADORA LOS ANGELES SA..........¦MADERA ASERRADA PINUS RADIATA PARA USO COMERCIAL MADERA ASERRADA SECA.¦109409
    MADERAS IMPREGNADAS PRESERVA LTDA..¦POSTE DE PINO 2 - 3 X 2.40 MTS                                 ¦51087
    MONO AZUL SOCIEDAD ANONIMA.........¦PERAS FRESCAS MO¥O AZUL GRADO: ELEGIDO CALIBRE: 165 ATM: CC COMERCIALI¦25360
    MONO AZUL SOCIEDAD ANONIMA.........¦PERAS FRESCAS MO¥O AZUL GRADO: ELEGIDO CALIBRE: 150 ATM: CC COMERCIALI¦25200
    PRIMAR SA..........................¦ALIMENTO PARA PECES PRIMAR -PROTEC 1 PR-LOTE: 3441119.................¦51000
    PRIMAR SA..........................¦ALIMENTO PARA PECES SKRETTING LOTE: 3456065 EN BOLSAS DE 20KG PROTEC 5¦25500

    IMPORTACIONES CALLAO: EXPORTADORES
    FECHA: 28 MAYO 2017(CALLAO)
    BUQUE: BBC NEBRASKA


    ORIGEN..¦EXPORTADOR..........¦PRODUCTO..............................................................¦KILOS
    ANTWERPEN
    NLMK PLATE SALES...................¦PLANCHAS -PLANCHAS DE ACERO RODADAS A CALIENTE 12 PZAS-ESPESOR: 6.5 AN¦496102
    GALVESTON
    ORICA INTERNATIONAL PTE LTD........¦DETONADORES ELECTRONICOS ORICA DPIRXII.15CZSLA USO EN MINERIA ELECTRON¦21445
    HOUSTON
    BRIDGEWELL RESOURCES...............¦POSTES DE MADERA TRATADA TRATADOS CON CCA 0.8 LIBRAS X PIE CUBICO PARA¦29313
    BRIDGEWELL RESOURCES LLC...........¦POSTES DE MADERA TRATADA TRATADOS CON CCA 0.8 LIBRAS X PIE CUBICO PARA¦19672
    COLOMBO MARINE INC.................¦PLANCHAS MEDIDA: 1/2 X 120 X 480 PARA USO INDUSTRIAL PLATE: ASTM SA5¦9261
    CONCANNON LUMBER...................¦POSTES DE PINO: 20 PZS SOUTHERN YELLOW PINE UTILITY POLES CCA TREATED.¦25971
    CPVEN SERVICIOS PETROLEROS SAC.....¦CAJA ALLISON (TRANSMISION) CLT6061-4 SERIES N U86237 / U86252 PARA MAQ¦2561
    GEOD DRILLING EQUIPMENT & SUPPLY...¦KIT DE REPARACION MENOR . . P/N 13304198PARA EQUIPO DE PERFORACION-RIG¦1380
    PACIFIC SERVICES & TRADING INC.....¦ANGULO STEEL ANGLES DE HIERRO O ACERO REF: ASTM A131-A ABS GRA 20 PULG¦12949
    PACIFIC SERVICES & TRADING INC.....¦CUCHARON CATERPILLAR BUCKET 374 S/N 302-8995 BUCKET-XD 83" 6.00 YD3 (E¦12020
    PACIFIC SERVICES & TRADING INC.....¦797F BODY PO: CG00394A SERIAL NUMBER: MAJ00776 INV: 01G 132351........¦43477
    PLUSPETROL INTERNATIONAL INC.......¦ACEITE LUBRICANTE FRICK 5 TAMBORES CON 55 GALONES CADA UNO ACEITE LUBR¦1179
    PLUSPETROL INTERNATIONAL INC.......¦INHIBIDOR DE CORROSION BECOR CORROSION INHIBITOR BECORIN 1000 LT POR T¦46239
    SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION¦ADITIVO DE FRACTURACION SCHLUMBERGER LOTE : HO16125999 USO EN LA INDUS¦4595
    MOBILE
    BRIDGWELL RESOURCES LLC............¦POSTE DE PINOS 4/50 CERTIFICADO FITOSANITARIO N F-F-01097-06420501-7-B¦76089
    TAMPICO
    EXPLOSIVOS MEXICANOS SA DE CV......¦EXPLOSIVO PARA VOLADURA DE CONTORNO SENATEL MEZCLA BASE DE NITRATO DE.¦160595

    IMPORTACIONES CALLAO: EXPORTADORES
    FECHA: 28 MAYO 2017(CALLAO)
    BUQUE: BOCHEM LUXEMBOURG


    ORIGEN..¦EXPORTADOR..........¦PRODUCTO..............................................................¦KILOS
    POINT LISAS
    MATHANEX TRINIDAD TITAN UNLIMITED B¦METHANOL ALCOHOL METILICO. METHANOL COMERCIALIZADO POR TONELADAS......¦300000
    MATHANEX TRINIDAD TITAN UNLIMITED B¦METANOL COMERCIALIZADO POR TONELADAS USO..............................¦1000000

    IMPORTACIONES CALLAO: EXPORTADORES
    FECHA: 28 MAYO 2017(CALLAO)
    BUQUE: JADE


    ORIGEN..¦EXPORTADOR..........¦PRODUCTO..............................................................¦KILOS
    DESTREHAN
    BUNGE LATIN AMERICA LLC............¦MAIZ AMARILLO COMERCIAL GRANEL LOADED 21226.409 MT OF US NO. OR BETTER¦21226409
    BUNGE LATIN AMERICA LLC............¦MAIZ AMARILLO COMERCIAL GRANEL LOADED 21226.408 MT OF US NO. 2 OR BETT¦21226408
    BUNGE LATIN AMERICA LLC............¦FREJOL DE SOYA COMERCIAL GRANEL LEADED 5499.796 MT OF U.S. NO. 2 BETTE¦5499796

    IMPORTACIONES CALLAO: EXPORTADORES
    FECHA: 28 MAYO 2017()
    BUQUE: JUSTICE EXPRESS


    ORIGEN..¦EXPORTADOR..........¦PRODUCTO..............................................................¦KILOS
    BAYTOWN
    KOCH SUPPLY AND TRADING LP.........¦ULTRA LOW SULFUR DIESEL (ULSD) COMBUSTIBLE PARA EMBARCACIONES AUTOMOTO¦12016387
    KOCH SUPPLY AND TRADING LP.........¦ULTRA LOW SULFUR DIESEL -ULSD- IN BULK................................¦29167409

    IMPORTACIONES CALLAO: EXPORTADORES
    FECHA: 28 MAYO 2017(CALLAO)
    BUQUE: SEABOARD AMERICA


    ORIGEN..¦EXPORTADOR..........¦PRODUCTO..............................................................¦KILOS
    BROOKLYN
    INTERNATIONAL WIRE GROUP...........¦RECORTERIA DE COBRE COPPER SCRAP RECORTERIA DE COBRE (SCRAP DE HILO DE¦16187
    TOYOTA TSUSHO AMERICA INC..........¦ANTICONGELANTE ; TOYOTA ; NRO AUTOPARTE:D0888-980039 CLNT C451 10451/5¦9792
    GUAYAQUIL
    CITIKOLD SA........................¦CONTENEDORES VACIOS...................................................¦0
    CITIKOLD SACITIKOLD SACITIKOLD SACI¦CONTENEDORES VACIOS...................................................¦0
    MIQ GLOBAL LLC.....................¦SUMINSTRO PARA MINERIA................................................¦11308
    MIQ LOGISTICS LLC..................¦POSTES DE MADERA......................................................¦27433
    HOUSTON
    AGILITY PROJECT LOGISTICS INC......¦ACEITES LUBRICANTES CHEVRON CHEVRON ACEITES LUBRICANTES CHV DELO TORQF¦134030
    AGILITY PROJECT LOGISTICS INC......¦ACEITES LUBRICANTES CHEVRON ACEITE LUBRICANTE CHV DELO TORQFORCE SAE 1¦115570
    AMEROPA NORTH AMERICA INC..........¦ARROZ EL PLEBEYO COMERCIAL/CONSUMO HUMANO BULTOS US NO.2 OR BETTER LON¦260147
    BECKER CUSTOM TRAILERS.............¦O3 CARRY ON TRAILER SPGSM A¥O FAB:2017 A¥O MOD:2017 CA:OTROS USOS ESPE¦3924
    BOSTON AGREX INC...................¦HIGADO DE RES IBP PARA LA INDUSTRIA DEL EMBUTIDO USO:.. HIGADO DE VACU¦26681
    BOSTON AGREX INC...................¦HIGADO VACUNO HIGADO DE BOVINO USO: COMERCIALIZACION FROZEN BEEF LIVER¦26281
    BRENNTAG LATIN AMERICA INC.........¦EPIKURE CURING AGENT 3290 EPIKURE USO INDUSTRIAL PRESENTADO EN 1 TAMBO¦13325
    CHANNEL PRIME ALLIANCE.............¦COPOLIMERO DE ETILENO ENABLE 20-10HE ENABLE 20-10HE COPOLIMERO DE ETIL¦50428
    CHEMTEX INTERNATIONAL..............¦COPOLIMERO CHEMTEX -COPOLIMERO DE ALTA DENSIDAD RESINA PLASTICA SINTET¦94145
    CHEMTEX INTERNATIONAL..............¦HOMOPOLIMERO CODIGO: CH00760 HIGH DENSITY HOMOPOLYMER.................¦150952
    CHEVRON PRODUCTS CO................¦ACEITE BASE PARA LUBRICANTE CHEVRON 246747 ACEITE BASE CHV NEUTRAL OIL¦20412
    CORPAC STEEL PRODUCTS CORP.........¦TUBOS ITEM CODE: CWSP008X0322DH2-01 USO EN OLEODUCTOS O GASEODUCTOS EN¦271825
    COVESTRO LLC.......................¦ARCOL POLYOL ARCOL F3040 LOTE: PC87110409 PC87110410 PARA LA PRODUCCIO¦17232
    COVESTRO LLC.......................¦DESMODUR T80 COVESTRO T80 LOTE: PA85002408 UTILIZADO COMO MATERIA PRIM¦21339
    COVESTRO LLC.......................¦DESMODUR T80 COVESTRO T80 LOTE: PA85002408 UTILIZADO COMO MATERIA PRIM¦21339
    COVESTRO LLC.......................¦DESMODUR T80 COVESTRO T80 LOTE: PA85002412 UTILIZADO COMO MATERIA PRIM¦21339
    COVESTRO LLC.......................¦DESMODUR T80 COVESTRO T80 LOTE: PA85002410 UTILIZADO COMO MATERIA PRIM¦21339
    COVESTRO LLC.......................¦DESMODUR T80 COVESTRO T80 LOTE: PA85002412 UTILIZADO COMO MATERIA PRIM¦21339
    COVESTRO LLC.......................¦TOLUENE DI ISOCYANATE DESMODUR DESMODUR T80 TIGHT HEAD DRUM (250 KGS).¦42678
    COVESTRO LLC.......................¦ARCOL POLYOL ARCOL F3040 LOTE N° PC87110410 PARA LA PRODUCCION DE POLI¦17232
    ERGON REFINING INC.................¦MORITE MEJORA LA DISPERSION DE LA MATERIA PRIMAS QUE ENTRA FACILITANDO¦21388
    EXXONMOBIL CHEMICAL CO.............¦RESINA DE POLIETILENO EXCEED3518CB BATCH: 17284 USO: MATERIA PRIMA PAR¦24076
    EXXONMOBIL CHEMICAL CO.............¦COPOLIMERO DE ETILENO EXXON 900 BAG - SMALL BAGS PARA USO INDUSTRIAL L¦71327
    EXXONMOBIL LUBRICANTS TRADING CO...¦MOBILGREASE XHP 681 MOBIL EN 96 TAMBORESDE 180 KILOS PARA USO COMERCIA¦19022
    EXXONMOBIL LUBRICANTS TRADING CO...¦M-1 FS 0W40 MOBIL EN 1560 CAJAS PARA USOCOMERCIAL 112634 M-1 FS 0W40 C¦15913
    EXXONMOBIL LUBRICANTS TRADING CO...¦MOBILTAC 325 NC MOBIL EN 56 TAMBORES USOCOMERCIAL 103867 MOBILTAC 325.¦19084
    EXXONMOBIL LUBRICANTS TRADING CO...¦MOBILTAC 375 MOBIL EN 8 TAMBORES USO COMERCIAL 100691 MOBILTAC 375NC N¦16722
    EXXONMOBIL LUBRICANTS TRADING CO...¦M-GREASE XHP 222 MOBIL EN 96 TAMBORES DE180KG PARA USO COMERCIAL 10602¦19306
    EXXONMOBIL LUBRICANTS TRADING CO...¦MOBILTAC 375 MOBIL EN 12 TAMBORES USO COMERCIAL 100691 MOBILTAC 375NC.¦19898
    EXXONMOBIL LUBRICANTS TRADING CO...¦M-ATF D/M BULK MOBIL A GRANEL USO COMERCIAL 113277 M-ATF D/M BULK ACEI¦18372
    EXXONMOBIL LUBRICANTS TRADING CO...¦M-DEL 1 ESP 5W-40 MOBIL A GRANEL PARA USO COMERCIAL 122264 M-DEL 1 ESP¦19424
    EXXONMOBIL LUBRICANTS TRADING CO...¦M-DEL 1 ESP 5W-40 MOBIL A GRANEL PARA USO COMERCIAL 122264 M-DEL 1 ESP¦19505
    EXXONMOBIL LUBRICANTS TRADING CO...¦M-GREASE XHP 222 MOBIL EN 96 TAMBORES DE180KG PARA USO COMERCIAL 10602¦19306
    EXXONMOBIL LUBRICANTS TRADING CO...¦M-GREASE CM-P MOBIL EN 24 PAILS PARA USOCOMERCIAL 101233 M-GREASE CM-P¦19538
    EXXONMOBIL LUBRICANTS TRADING CO...¦M-1 FS 0W40 CASE 6X1UQL MOBIL EN 3120 CAJAS PARA USO COMERCIAL 112634.¦17946
    GEOCHEM INTERNATIONAL..............¦POLIETILENO DE ALTA DENSIDAD ALATHON 1440 BOLSAS DE 25KG USO: ENVASES.¦36200
    GEOCHEM INTERNATIONAL..............¦POLIETILENO DE ALTA DENSIDAD PETROTHENE PELET USO: EN FRASCOS HDPE COD¦54300
    GEOCHEM INTERNATIONAL..............¦POLIETILENO DE ALTA DENSIDAD PRESENTACION EN SACO DE PLASTICO DE 25KG.¦36166
    GEOCHEM INTERNATIONAL..............¦POLIETILENO DE ALTA DENSIDAD HDPE LH735-000 BATCH: CB117B2604 CB217C26¦72345
    GEOCHEM INTERNATIONAL..............¦POLIETILENO DE ALTA DENSIDAD.-CB217D1801(2 160 PAQUETES).-HDPE LH735-0¦54300
    GEOCHEM INTERNATIONAL..............¦POLIETILENO DE ALTA DENSIDAD PETROTHENE PETROTHENE LH735000 PARA USO I¦72400
    INDUSTRIAL MARITIME CARRIERS LLC...¦ARTICULOS ELECTRICOS LV...............................................¦95035
    INTERMODAL TANK TRANSPORT USA INC..¦ADITIVO LUBRIZOL BAR 349 DELIVERY NO: 83733231 83733232 LUBRICATING OI¦41894
    INTERMODAL TANK TRANSPORT USA INC..¦ADITIVO LUBRIZOL BAR 2310 DELIVERY NO: 83733233 LUBRICATING OIL ADDITI¦20203
    INTERMODAL TANK TRANSPORT USA INC..¦ISOTANQUE CIMC T11SIN VALOR COMERCIAL SOLO PARA EFECTOS DE ADUANA1 TAN¦21346
    INTERRA INTERNATIONAL LLC..........¦ARROZ GRANO LARGO DON JORGE PARA CONSUMOHUMANO ORYZA SATIVA US#2 MILLE¦200345
    ITF INC............................¦TUBO DE ACERO AL CARBONO DIAMETRO: 12 USO INDUSTRIAL SCH-140 TUBOS DE.¦102190
    ITF INC............................¦BRIDA DE ACERO C.D INDUSTRIES DIAMETRO: 30 USO INDUSTRIAL CL. 150 FLAN¦19317
    ITF INC............................¦TUBERIA DE PLASTICO ITF INC INDUSTRIAL BULTOS POLIETILENO 8 SDR9 TUBO.¦8165
    M&INTERNATIONAL PURCHASING CO I....¦RADIADOR DE CARGADOR FRONTAL PARA EXCAVADORA CATERPILLAR USO:225-3317.¦5248
    METSO MINERALS INDUSTRIES INC......¦TUERCA METSO REPUESTOS EXCLUSIVOS PARA CHANCADORA DE MINERALES NUT JAM¦1730
    MIQ GLOBAL LLC.....................¦SUMINSTRO PARA MINERIA................................................¦137580
    MIQ GLOBAL LLC.....................¦SUMINISTROS MINEROS...................................................¦14705
    MIQ GLOBAL LLC.....................¦EQUIPO MINERO.........................................................¦8856
    MIQ GLOBAL LLC.....................¦SUMINSTRO PARA MINERIA................................................¦5759
    MIQ GLOBAL LLC.....................¦SUMINSTRO PARA MINERIA................................................¦3774
    MIQ GLOBAL LLC.....................¦SUMINISTROS PARA MINERIA..............................................¦11495
    MIQ GLOBAL LLC.....................¦SUMINISTROS PARA MINERIA..............................................¦19478
    MIQ GLOBAL LLC.....................¦SUMINISTROS PARA MINERIA..............................................¦17236
    MIQ GLOBAL LLC.....................¦SUMINISTROS PARA MINERIA..............................................¦21954
    MIQ GLOBAL LLC.....................¦BOOM SHEAVE POINT.....................................................¦6350
    MUEHLSTEIN INTERNATIONAL...........¦POLIETILINO DE BAJA DENSIDAD CERTENE LDF-720A EN 990 BOLSAS DE 25 KG N¦25214
    SEABOARD MARINE LTD................¦CONTENEDORES VACIOS...................................................¦0
    SEABOARD MARINE LTD................¦CONTENEDORES VACIOS...................................................¦0
    SIEMENS INDUSTRY INC BUILDING T....¦SWITCHGEAR DE BAJA TENSION SIEMENS WL SWITCHGEAR DE BAJA TENSION DE 48¦13315
    SUNNY SKY PRODUCTS LLC.............¦JARABE SABOR MANZANA VERDE JOLLY RANCHER133302 PRESENTACION EN FRASCO/¦8632
    THE DOW CHEMICAL CO................¦VORANATE VORANATE 250 KG DRUM/551 LB DRUM 00000090618 VORANATE*T-80 TY¦19980
    THYSSENKRUPP INDUSTRIAL SOLUTIONS..¦MAQUINARIA PARA TRITURACION DE ALTA PRESION. HIGH PRESSURE GRINDING R.¦95033
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          Class A CDL Driver - PETROLEUM EXPRESS, INC. - Houston, TX   
Magellan, Motiva, Kinder Morgan, Chevron, Exxon North/South, Conoco Phillips, U.S. Full-time CDL drivers are eligible for:....
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          Implementation Manager - RE Powell - Richland, WA   
Companies like Chevron, Shell, Conoco 76, and ExxonMobil trust us, and our customers, to represent their elite brands and distribution contracts.... $50,000 - $60,000 a year
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          Financial Analyst, Leadership Development Program - ExxonMobil - Texas Gulf Coast, TX   
Candidates must have the ability to learn accounting systems such as SAP and the capability to manage multiple monthly priorities and deadlines....
From Exxon Mobil - Thu, 08 Jun 2017 22:34:02 GMT - View all Texas Gulf Coast, TX jobs
          "We have more than an oil slick out of control, we also have these big corporations out of control." - Marine toxicologist Rikki Ott on the BP and Exxon Valdez oil spills.   
As a former commercial salmon "fisherma'am in Alaska," marine toxicologist Riki Ott experienced firsthand the devastating effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Exxon did everything it could to reduce its liability. Exxon never paid for long-term damages. It only paid for short-term damages. So this is really something to watch out for. It’s one thing to say we’re going to hold- the President- listening to him say, we’re going to hold BP accountable to our laws. Our laws are pretty darn weak. For starters, they’re will only going to protect directly damaged parties. So fisherman, I’m sorry, but in our community, as I’m sure down in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast, the fisherman buy groceries, good restaurants, put children in school, by clothes. If the fishermen don’t have money, where- it damages all the shoreside industry as well. So, there’s collateral damage to businesses that won’t necessarily be compensated under the law. And unfortunately, the Exxon Valdez case set president in the Supreme Court that these big companies don’t have to pay much on the issue of punitive damage. It got knocked way down. So it’s more like a business expense. These big companies will go on making business, drilling for oil, and fishermen are going to go bankrupt. That’s certainly what we saw in Cordova.

Exxon got away with not reporting cleanup workers’ health problems. There over 6,722 workers reported upper respiratory illnesses, I discovered in toxic tort lawsuits. And there is an exemption to the Occupational Safety and Health Act that says these industries don’t have to report colds and flu. So instantly, all this coughing and these cold and flu-like symptoms become colds and flu instead of probably what it really is which is a chemical-induced illnesses. This is work related. So we really need to close that loophole in OSHA.

- two excerpts from a DemocracyNow! interview with Rikki Ott.
          Kommentarer till Goda nyheter! Lågt förtroende för USA och Trump i världen av Kerstin Stigsson   
Till Peter Grafström. Hur vet du att nationalisterna verkligen inte önskade det som gjorde att dom växte? Jag antar att du menar hur Hitler kom till makten och hur han slaktade miljoner människor. Du anser alltså att man saknar verklighetskontakt om man anklagar nationalisterna för detta. Menar du att det tyranniska etablissemanget bristande demokratiska uppträdande tvingade nazisterna att massakrera 5 8 miljoner människor och starta ett krig som kostade upp till 80 miljoner människor livet??? Jaha, och när en människa begår en våldtäkt eller mord så är det alltså tredje part som bär skulden för detta! Vem tror du att du kan övertyga med ett sådan resonemang? En fanatisk nazist? Du nämner att Marx bekräftar att britterna finansierade alla kommunistiska rörelser på kontinenten - har du någon källhänvisning till detta påstående, eller ett dokument? Och då menar jag på marxistarkivet, eller i ett något släppt dokument från någon regering. Inte från någon tidningsartikel eller bok. Venezuela är ett kapitel för sig själv. R Tillerson, USA, var tidigare direktör för världens största oljebolag ExxonMobil när Chaves köpte upp bolagets tillgångar, och det har inte Tillerson glömt. Han suktar fortfarande efter Venezuelas olja (googla Venezuela och Tillerson). 'Socialismen blev monopol kapitalisternas nyttiga idioter' - så varför har mkapitalet satsat miljarder och miljarder dollar på att bekämpa socialismen. I varje socialistiskt land på vår jord har kapitalet med propaganda, desinformation, terror, etc försökt störta socialistiska regeringar, t ex Kuba. I Sovjetunionen försökte de gång på gång och där lyckades de till sist. USA (med kapitalet i spetsen) finansierade och utbildade militärjuntorna i Sydamerika, Grekland och troligen även den vita apartheidregeringen i Sydafrika i konsten att tortera, fängsla och mörda socialister. Jag antar att du menar att de gjorde detta för att de tyckte att det var på skoj ... Churchill nämnde att det var de konservativa, liberalerna och medelklassens uppgift att strypa bolchevikerna vid dess födelse. 'Tsarryssland hade världens största oljeproduktion och världens snabbaste industrialiseringstakt' (Ingen källa nämns). Och vem fick betala för att få ur monarkin, ryska liberaler och medelklassen blev rika? Jo, det gjorde den vanliga ryska arbetarklassen. Före 1917 var det en enorm fattigdom. Tusentals dog varje år i svält, köld eller i arbetsrelaterade skador. Medellivslängden låg på 30- 50 år (beroende på år). Oligarkin och kapitalet har som en ideologi att betala så lite som möjligt och tjäna så mycket som möjligt. Att folk svälter är en stor nytta för kapitalet. Kapitalet vill ha en stor arbetarklass där de kan välja och vraka mellan arbetare till liten peng. Kapitalet tar ingen hänsyn till att arbetaren inte har mat på bordet, eller att arbetarens barn svälter eller att arbetaren skadar sig på arbetet. Det finns så många andra arbetare som kapitalet kan använda. Man sparkar enbart den arbetare man har slitet ut och anställer en annan. Det är detta jag menar med att kapitalet anser att arbetaren är kanonmat. Du nämner aldrig nazism i dina kommentarer ... Varför?
          Financial Analyst, Leadership Development Program - ExxonMobil - Texas Gulf Coast, TX   
Candidates must have the ability to learn accounting systems such as SAP and the capability to manage multiple monthly priorities and deadlines....
From Exxon Mobil - Thu, 08 Jun 2017 22:34:02 GMT - View all Texas Gulf Coast, TX jobs
          Mid Year 2017 Portfolio Review   
My portfolio is up 15.75% for the first six months of 2017, pulling up my since inception IRR to 23.74%, and comfortably ahead of the S&P 500's 9.34% gain so far this year.  Significant winners have been Tropicana Entertainment, MMA Capital, Pinnacle Entertainment and Resource Capital, the only significant loser has been New York REIT.
Closed Positions:
  • ILG Inc (ILG): In hindsight, this was one of my favorite special situations of the past several years.  ILG (f/k/a Interval Leisure Group) had entered into a reverse morris trust transaction with Starwood prior to the announcement of Starwood's merger with Marriott, thus those that wanted to play the merger arb on the Starwood/Marriott transaction had to short out both Marriott and ILG against Starwood creating an uneconomic selling pressure on ILG's shares.  Since the deal has closed, ILG has run up well over 100%, I unfortunately sold a little too soon in the low $20s as ILG is now being bid up under speculation of a merger with Marriott Vacations Worldwide (VAC).  I'll be looking closely for ideas like this in the future, something similar was the Dell buyout of EMC/VMWare which created a coiled spring in VMWare stock that's caused the DVMT tracker to do very well too.
  • Actelion (ALIOY):  The Actelion/J&J deal closed and the development stage biotech company that was created out of the merger, Idorsia, has done very well too.  I bought the unsponsored ADR, there was a short week or two there when the shares dropped and people started speculating on why and if withholding taxes were going to be an issue, I got scared out of my position, ended up making a small amount of money but left some on the table.
  • CSRA (CSRA):  CSRA is the government services spinoff of CSC, with CSC I had the right idea at the time of the spinoff, CSC was setup to be sold and it was earlier this year when it merged with a division of HP Enterprises in a reverse morris trust to create DXC Technology (DXC).  I haven't spent much time on DXC, but CSC turned out to be the better side of the CSC/CSRA split.   I ended up selling CSRA earlier this spring in a slight fit as I didn't realize pension income was being included in their "adjusted" EBITDA figure they were presenting.  It caused the shares to look artificially cheap compared to peers and I just missed it, lesson learned.
  • WMIH Corp (WMIH):  The white whale of NOL shells, with over $6B in NOLs and apparently no dance partner in sight, it appears like the company's sponsor KKR is unable to find a deal that makes sense, they can walk in January, and will likely use that as leverage to strike an even more advantageous deal with WMIH.  If a deal does happen in the meantime, there still could be money to be made after but I don't see a reason to wait around any longer.
Previously Unmentioned New Positions:
  • Miramar Labs (MRLB):  Miramar Labs is another CVR opportunity, and even smaller than the others mentioned on the blog, but they make a medical device that's used to reduce underarm sweat and hair.  It's more of a elective beauty and/or lifestyle product that is sold to plastic surgeons, spas, etc, and its treatments are paid in cash and not processed through insurance companies.  Sientra (SIEN) is buying Miramar for $0.3149 per share upfront and $0.7058 per share in contingent payments for a total just over $1.02 per share.  The contingent payments are a little unique, where the milestone is a cumulative net sales number with no deadline.  Unlike the other CVRs that rely on an FDA approval, here Miramar already has an approved and commercialized product, so unless the sales flop going forward, the payout should occur, its just a matter of when.  The big payout is for $80MM in sales, Mirmar did $20MM in sales last year, but they're seeing some growth, I'm modeling out a 3-3.5 year timeframe to hit the milestone payment which at current prices of around $0.55 per share generates a pretty nice IRR.  Thanks to @yolocapital on Twitter for pointing it out to me.
  • Sound Banking Company (SNBN):  Sound Bank is a tiny North Carolina based community bank that is being acquired by another small bank but with high growth ambitions, West Town Bancorp (WTWB).  There are many small bank mergers happening, if I was less capital constrained, or had a lower risk mandate I'd probably be diving head first into more of these as the spreads are fairly wide for what should be low risk deals.  West Town Bancorp is offering $12.75 in cash or 0.6 shares of WTWB for each share of SNBN.  With SNBN currently trading at $13.40, you could create shares of WTWB for $22.33 when they currently trade for $24.45.  There is a cap on the cash/stock consideration, so proration is likely with the stock trading over the $12.75 cash payout, but it still seems/seemed like a good bet, the merger is expected to close in the third quarter.
  • Interoil Corp (IOC) Contingent Resource Payment:  I got bored and ended up trying this CRP/CVR the day or two before the merger with Exxon Mobil was completed, no view on how much natural gas is actually in PNG, so its a pure speculation that should be decided in the next quarter.
Current Holdings:
I added a little money earlier this year, the performance figures take that properly into account.

Disclosure: Table above is my blog/hobby portfolio, its a taxable account, and a relatively small slice of my overall asset allocation which follows a more diversified low-cost index approach.  The use of margin debt/options/concentration doesn't represent my true risk tolerance.

          Romney: Clinton Encouraged me to Consider Being Trump's Secretary of State   
Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney revealed Friday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton encouraged him to think about being President Trump's secretary of State. Romney, who is also the former governor of Massachusetts, made the comments at his annual political summit in Park City, Utah. While he was a vocal Trump critic during the presidential campaign, Romney was under consideration to be Trump’s secretary of State before Trump picked Rex Tillerson, who was then serving as CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp. Romney said he would have been willing to serve as the country’s top diplomat if Trump offered...
          2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #26   
A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week. 

Editor's Pick

Mission 2020: A new global strategy to ‘rapidly’ reduce carbon emissions

Carbon Crunch from Figueres et al 2017

Figure from Figueres et al. (2017)

In April, a new global initiative called Mission 2020 was launched by Christiana Figueres, the former UN climate chief who oversaw the signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change in late 2015.

The aim of Mission 2020 is to bring “new urgency” to the “global climate conversation” with a call to begin “rapidly declining” global greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

Today, in a co-authored commentary published in the journal Nature, Figueres sets out further details about Mission 2020’s six central calls to action. The commentary is endorsed by 61 signatories, which include climate scientists as well as a range of NGO, religious, political and business leaders. 

Mission 2020: A new global strategy to ‘rapidly’ reduce carbon emissions by Zeke Hausfather, Carbon Brief, June 28, 2017 


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          Instrumentation Technician - ExxonMobil - Sarnia, ON   
Knowledgeable on relevant safety procedures, practices, codes and legislation and is conversant with rights and obligations under the Ontario Occupational...
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          Instrumentation Technician - ExxonMobil - Sarnia, ON   
Knowledgeable on relevant safety procedures, practices, codes and legislation and is conversant with rights and obligations under the Ontario Occupational...
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          The Economic Motive for America’s Current Wars   

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Russia has long been the chief seller of energy — mainly gas and oil — in the world’s largest energy-market: the EU, or Europe. This means that U.S.-based energy companies, such as Exxon and … Continue reading

The Economic Motive for America’s Current Wars was originally published on Washington's Blog


          PetroChina Overtakes ExxonMobil in Oil Production   
Chinese energy firm said last year's increase driven largely by efforts to ramp up production in new oilfields.


          Instrumentation Technician - ExxonMobil - Sarnia, ON   
Knowledgeable on relevant safety procedures, practices, codes and legislation and is conversant with rights and obligations under the Ontario Occupational...
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          Có một cuộc khủng hoảng mới giữa Trung Quốc và Việt Nam đang nhen nhóm ở Biển Đông?   

Ý nghĩa của việc Trung Quốc đột ngột hủy bỏ các hoạt động quân sự ở biên giới với Việt Nam là gì?

Carl Thayer, The Diplomat ngày 29/6/2017

Anh Hoàng dịch

Sự hủy bỏ đột ngột giao lưu ở biên giới Việt - Trung đã làm suy yếu lòng tin chiến lược giữa Hà Nội và Bắc Kinh và là sự thất bại quan trọng nhất trong quan hệ song phương kể từ vụ giàn khoan HD-981 vào giữa năm 2014.

Cuộc Giao lưu hữu nghị quốc phòng biên giới Việt Nam - Trung Quốc lần thứ tư được dự trù từ lâu diễn ra trong năm nay đã bất ngờ bị hủy bỏ, theo báo cáo là do Trung Quốc không hài lòng khi Việt Nam khôi phục các hoạt động thăm dò dầu khí ở Biển Đông. Không bên nào chính thức xác nhận điều này này. Bài báo này xem xét các thông tin công khai và riêng tư được cung cấp cho The Diplomat.

Ngày 12 tháng 6, Trung Quốc tuyên bố rằng Thượng tướng Phạm Trường Long, Phó Chủ tịch Quân ủy Trung ương, đã rời Bắc Kinh đến thăm Tây Ban Nha, Phần Lan và Việt Nam. Các phương tiện truyền thông Trung Quốc cho biết tướng Phạm Trường Long “cũng sẽ tham dự cuộc họp biên giới cấp cao lần thứ tư giữa quân đội Trung Quốc và Việt Nam” trong chuyến thăm Hà Nội của ông.

Cùng đi với tướng Phạm Trường Long là một phái đoàn cấp cao gồm Thiệu Nguyên Minh, Phó tham mưu trưởng Bộ tham mưu liên hợp Quân ủy Trung ương Trung Quốc; Lưu Chấn Lập, Tham mưu trưởng Lục quân; Lưu Nghị, Phó Tư lệnh Hải quân; Tống Côn, Phó Chính ủy Không quân; và Viên Dự Bách, Tư lệnh Mặt trận Phía Nam.

Báo Quân đội nhân dân Việt Nam đăng tin Phạm Trường Long sẽ “thăm hữu nghị chính thức” từ ngày 18 đến 19 tháng 6. Ngày 13/6, Thiếu tướng Nguyễn Đại Hội, Phó Cục trưởng Cục Đối ngoại, Bộ Quốc phòng Việt Nam, thông báo chương trình Giao lưu hữu nghị Quốc phòng biên giới Việt - Trung lần thứ tư sẽ được tổ chức tại biên giới Lai Châu và Vân Nam của Trung Quốc từ ngày 20 đến 22 tháng 6 và Thượng tướng Phạm Trường Long sẽ “đồng chủ trì chương trình trao đổi với Đại tướng Ngô Xuân Lịch”, Bộ trưởng Quốc phòng Việt Nam.

Chẳng bao lâu sau đó, xuất hiện sự khác biệt giữa tin công khai và báo cáo cá nhân của các nhà quan sát tại Hà Nội liên quan đến chuyến thăm của Thượng tướng Phạm Trường Long. Tin công khai thì nói mối quan hệ quốc phòng đang diễn ra tốt đẹp và ngày 18 tháng 6 đã đạt được thoả thuận giữa Đại tướng Ngô Xuân Lịch và Thượng tướng Phạm Trường Long về việc đào tạo nhân sự giữa Bộ Quốc phòng hai nước theo Tuyên bố Tầm nhìn chung về Hợp tác quốc phòng đến năm 2025 được ban hành vào tháng 1 năm 2017.

Các thông tin báo chí đầu tiên từ Hà Nội và Bắc Kinh tường thuật các cuộc thảo luận được tổ chức vào ngày 18 tháng 6 giữa Thượng tướng Phạm Trường Long và Đại tướng Ngô Xuân Lịch, Tổng Bí thư Nguyễn Phú Trọng, Chủ tịch Trần Đại Quang và Thủ tướng Nguyễn Xuân Phúc. Bình luận của các phương tiện truyền thông do cả hai bên xuất bản đều lạc quan và tích cực. Chẳng hạn, Tân Hoa Xã dẫn lời ông Trọng “Việt Nam và Trung Quốc là những nước láng giềng xã hội chủ nghĩa thân thiện, quan hệ giữa hai nước và hai đảng phát triển với sự hợp tác và trao đổi sâu rộng trong nhiều lĩnh vực”.

Theo Tân Hoa Xã, ông Quang nói “hợp tác thân thiện hơn nữa giữa hai quân đội sẽ giúp làm sâu sắc hơn nữa sự tin tưởng lẫn nhau giữa hai nước và hai đảng, và tạo điều kiện thuận lợi cho sự hợp tác hiệu quả của hai nước”.

Báo Nhân Dân Việt Nam cho biết hai bên “thống nhất nội dung, biện pháp hợp tác trong thời gian tới”. Báo Quân đội nhân dân Việt Nam, viết rằng ông Ngô Xuân Lịch coi chuyến thăm của Phạm Trường Long là “một sự kiện chính trị quan trọng, bước phát triển mới trong quan hệ hợp tác giữa nhân dân và quân đội hai nước”.

Nhân Dân, cơ quan của Đảng Cộng sản Việt Nam, cho biết Đại tướng Ngô Xuân Lịch nói “cuộc viếng thăm đang diễn ra của Thượng tướng Phạm Trường Long là biểu hiện sinh động về mối quan hệ ngày càng gắn bó mật thiết giữa hai Đảng, hai Nhà nước và Quân đội hai nước”. Bài báo ghi nhận rằng Đại tướng Ngô Xuân Lịch và Thượng tướng Phạm Trường Long “sẽ đồng chủ trì các hoạt động trong Chương trình giao lưu với Đại tướng Ngô Xuân Lịch”, Bộ trưởng Quốc phòng Việt Nam, từ ngày 20 đến 22 / 6.

Theo Tân Hoa xã, ông Lịch cho biết “mối quan hệ giữa hai quân đội đã có những tiến bộ thực chất trong những năm gần đây, với sự hợp tác vững chắc trong việc bảo vệ biên giới, gìn giữ hoà bình và tìm kiếm cứu nạn”. Theo Tân Hoa Xã, ông Phạm Trường Long đáp lời: “Nhờ sự thúc đẩy của các nhà lãnh đạo hai nước, quan hệ Trung Quốc - Việt Nam đang phát triển tốt đẹp và sự hợp tác đã đem lại kết quả trong nhiều lĩnh vực”.

Phạm Trường Long thậm chí còn gợi ý rằng Trung Quốc sẽ nối kết Sáng kiến ​​Một vành đai - một con đường của Trung Quốc với kế hoạch Hai hành lang - một vành đai kinh tế của Việt Nam và thúc đẩy hợp tác thực tiễn trong mọi lĩnh vực để cùng phát triển.

Cả hai phương tiện truyền thông Việt Nam và Trung Quốc đều báo cáo rằng vấn đề Biển Đông đã được đưa ra trong các cuộc thảo luận giữa Phạm Trường Long và các nhà lãnh đạo của Việt Nam. Tân Hoa Xã trích dẫn Nguyễn Xuân Phúc nói rằng “Việt Nam sẵn sàng hợp tác với Trung Quốc để thực hiện Tuyên bố về Ứng xử của các bên ở Biển Đông và sớm tiến thỏa thuận về một bộ quy tắc ứng xử ở Biển Đông thông qua tham vấn”.

Tân Hoa Xã trích dẫn quan điểm của Phạm Trường Long cho rằng “các hòn đảo ở Biển Đông đã là lãnh thổ của Trung Quốc từ thời cổ đại… và tình hình hiện tại ở Biển Đông đã ổn định và đang trở nên tích cực…”. Ông Phạm Trường Long cũng kêu gọi “cả hai bên phải tuân thủ sự đồng thuận quan trọng mà lãnh đạo hai nước và hai đảng đạt được. Hai bên nên tăng cường truyền thông chiến lược và quản lý đúng và kiểm soát những khác biệt để duy trì mối quan hệ tổng thể cũng như hòa bình và ổn định của Biển Đông”.

Nhân Dân, trong bài báo về cuộc gặp gỡ Ngô Xuân Lịch - Phạm Trường Long, lưu ý rằng “cả chủ và khách đồng ý không cho phép các vấn đề liên quan đến biển ảnh hưởng đến quan hệ hai nước”.

Tuy nhiên, ngay sau đó, rõ ràng xuất hiện sự khác biệt về chuyện Việt Nam khởi động lại việc khoan dầu ở Biển Đông và những khác biệt này dẫn tới việc hủy bỏ các hoạt động trao đổi phòng thủ biên giới đã được hoạch định.

Không rõ Phạm Trường Long nói chung chung về việc Việt Nam thăm dò dầu khí trong vùng biển đang tranh chấp hay nêu đích danh tên các lô thăm dò cụ thể.

Một nguồn tin Việt Nam cho biết trong một email cá nhân rằng Phạm Trường Long “đã đưa vấn đề ra cho các nhà lãnh đạo Việt Nam, bao gồm cả Thủ tướng Nguyễn Xuân Phúc và yêu cầu Việt Nam dừng khoan dầu tại lô 136/03”. Lô 136/03 nằm trong khu vực Vanguard Bank. Các nhà phân tích khác cho biết Phạm Trường Long đã đề cập đến khối 118, còn được gọi là Cá Voi Xanh, nơi mà Exxon Mobile hiện đang hoạt động ngoài khơi miền Trung Việt Nam.

Các nguồn tin của Việt Nam cho biết nhà lãnh đạo, không nói rõ là ai, mà ông Phạm Trường Long tiếp xúc, đã trả lời bằng cách bảo vệ mạnh mẽ chủ quyền của Việt Nam. Chính sự trao đổi bằng lời nói đó đã khiến Phạm Trường Long hủy bỏ việc Trung Quốc tham gia cuộc Giao lưu hữu nghị Quốc phòng biên giới Việt - Trung lần thứ tư và trở lại Trung Quốc một cách đột ngột.

Không rõ là Phạm Trường Long có rời khỏi Hà Nội ngay vào đêm 18 tháng 6 hay sáng ngày hôm sau. Cuộc giao lưu ở biên giới năm 2017 dự kiến ​​bắt đầu vào ngày 20 tháng 6.

Cần lưu ý rằng một năm trước, Tòa án Trọng tài đã nghe vụ kiện chống lại Trung Quốc do Philippines đưa ra đã phán quyết rằng Đường chín đoạn của Trung Quốc đòi Biển Đông không có cơ sở về mặt luật quốc tế. Toà án cũng phán quyết rằng yêu sách Trung Quốc về chủ quyền dựa trên các quyền lịch sử đã bị xóa bỏ khi Trung Quốc phê chuẩn Công ước Liên hợp quốc về Luật biển (UNCLOS).

Phát biểu của Phạm Trường Long về Biển Đông có thể hiểu là nhấn mạnh Việt Nam không tuân thủ “sự nhất trí của các nhà lãnh đạo hai nước và hai bên”. Sự can thiệp của ông làm cho các nhà lãnh đạo của Việt Nam cảm thấy khó chịu vì hai lý do: Thứ nhất, bởi vì nó được chuyển giao bởi một ông tướng, chứ không phải là một nhà ngoại giao của Bộ Ngoại giao, và thứ hai, bởi vì nó đại diện cho sự tái khẳng định đường chín đoạn của Trung Quốc và tuyên bố của Trung Quốc về “chủ quyền không thể tranh cãi” đối với vùng nước đặc quyền kinh tế mà Việt Nam có chủ quyền.

Vào ngày 22 tháng 6, tờ Hoàn Cầu thời báo của Trung Quốc đưa tin năm nay Việt Nam đã tiến hành thăm dò dầu khí ở vùng biển gần quần đảo Hoàng Sa và gián tiếp liên kết điều này với việc Phạm Trường Long huỷ bỏ các cuộc Giao lưu hữu nghị ở biên giới trong năm nay.

Hoàn Cầu thời báo không trích dẫn nguồn tin chính thức, nhưng trích lời nhà phân tích dân sự Lưu Phong nói rằng “Việt Nam đơn phương đã phá vỡ sự đồng thuận của mình với Trung Quốc, về việc gác tranh chấp và cùng khai thác, và đang có những động thái nhằm tăng cường yêu sách lãnh thổ đối với khu vực… Các hành động phi pháp của Việt Nam làm xói mòn sự ổn định của Biển Đông, vi phạm chủ quyền và quyền hàng hải của Trung Quốc”.

Tuy nhiên, tờ Hoàn Cầu thời báo đã khẳng định rằng Phạm Trường Long “đột ngột cắt ngắn chuyến đi của ông sang Việt Nam” và dẫn lời Bộ Quốc phòng Trung Quốc nói rằng các hoạt động phòng thủ biên giới bị huỷ bỏ là do “sắp xếp làm việc”. Hoàn Cầu thời báo cũng liên kết việc hủy bỏ giao lưu ở biên giới với sự bất đồng về Biển Đông bằng cách trích dẫn “các phương tiện truyền thông nước ngoài”. Hoàn Cầu thời báo còn lưu ý “chưa có tuyên bố chính thức nào của phía Việt Nam”.

Một nguồn tin riêng tư ở Hà Nội xác nhận một đồng nghiệp Việt Nam dự định tham cuộc giao lưu được cho biết rằng các cuộc giao lưu đó đã bị hủy bỏ và người ấy phải ở lại Hà Nội.

Sự thụt lùi này là một dấu hiệu cho thấy Trung Quốc đang trở nên quyết đoán hơn để đáp trả các khả năng Philippines tiến hành thăm dò dầu và các hoạt động thăm dò dầu trên thực tế của Việt Nam. Nhưng cũng có những sự phát triển khác mà nếu liên kết với nhau thì sẽ giải thích được vì sao Phạm Trường Long lại quay ngoắt một cách dị thường như thế.

Những phát triển này bao gồm: việc chính quyền Trump nối lại quyền tự do đi tuần tra hàng hải của Hoa Kỳ tại quần đảo Trường Sa vào ngày 24 tháng 5; việc Trung Quốc đánh chặn một chiếc máy bay tuần tra hàng hải P-3C Orion của Hoa Kỳ trên vùng biển gần đảo Hải Nam, cũng vào ngày 24 tháng 5; việc ông Phúc viếng thăm Washington và Tokyo cuối tháng 5 và đầu tháng 6, thảo luận về các quan hệ quốc phòng và an ninh hàng hải; các cuộc tập trận hải quân chung của Hoa Kỳ và Lực lượng Phòng vệ Hàng hải của Nhật Bản ngoài khơi bờ biển Triều Tiên vào đầu tháng 6; và những lời chỉ trích mạnh mẽ về hành vi của Trung Quốc trên Biển Đông do Thủ tướng Australia và các bộ trưởng Quốc phòng của Hoa Kỳ, Australia và Nhật Bản đưa ra tại cuộc Đối thoại Shangri-la, cũng vào đầu tháng Sáu.

Bằng chứng về mối liên hệ giữa việc Phạm Trường Long huỷ bỏ các hoạt động giao lưu ở biên giới với các hoạt động của Hoa Kỳ và các đồng minh có thể được tìm thấy trong bài báo của Hoàn Cầu thời báo về chuyến thăm của Phạm Trường Long. Hoàn Cầu thời báo lưu ý:

Tình hình Biển Đông Sự giảm căng thẳng không phải là mong muốn của các cường quốc bên ngoài như Hoa Kỳ và Nhật Bản nhằm biến Biển Nam Trung Hoa thành nơi cạnh tranh về địa chính trị. Họ mong thấy Việt Nam và Philippines gặp rắc rối với Trung Quốc, tạo cơ hội cho họ can thiệp. Giờ đây họ đã coi trọng Hà Nội hơn sau khi Manila thay đổi thái độ”.

Có những suy đoán rằng Phạm Trường Long đã hành động theo ý của mình; nếu thế, thì ông hành động rất vụng về vì các cuộc phản đối như vậy thường được Bộ ngoại giao Trung Quốc thực hiện. Những lời phát biểu của Phạm Trường Long, một vị tướng PLA cấp cao, có thể hàm ý mối đe dọa sử dụng quân đội. Những lời phát biểu của Phạm Trường Long cũng phản tác dụng vì không đe dọa được các nhà lãnh đạo của Việt Nam. Thực vậy, trong chỗ riêng tư, các nguồn tin Việt Nam cho biết rằng “các nhà lãnh đạo Việt Nam khiển trách [Phạm Trường Long], và Phạm Trường Long không vui, ông quyết định trở lại Trung Quốc vào ban đêm”.

Sự hủy bỏ đột ngột giao lưu ở biên giới Việt - Trung đã làm suy yếu lòng tin chiến lược giữa Hà Nội và Bắc Kinh và là sự thất bại quan trọng nhất trong quan hệ song phương kể từ vụ giàn khoan HD-981 vào giữa năm 2014.

Không chắc chắn rằng liệu Bắc Kinh sẽ đẩy mạnh áp lực lên Việt Nam để chứng minh rằng Tập Cận Bình là một nhà lãnh đạo mạnh mẽ trước Đại hội Đảng Cộng sản Trung Quốc lần thứ 19 của Trung Quốc hay không. Các nguồn tin từ Việt Nam đã đưa ra ý kiến ​​riêng rằng việc Trung Quốc triển khai giàn khoan dầu mỏ cỡ lớn HD-981 ở vùng biển gần Hoàng Sa vài ngày trước khi chuyến thăm của ông Phạm Trường Long có thể báo hiệu một cuộc khủng hoảng mới. Cũng những nguồn này cho biết, nhưng chưa được xác nhận, rằng Trung Quốc đã triển khai 40 tàu và thuyền xuống Biển Đông.

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          Những ẩn số và biến số trên bàn cờ Biển Đông   

Nguyễn Quang Dy

“Ai kiểm soát Biển Đông sẽ thống trị châu Á, và bất cứ ai thống trị châu Á sẽ thống trị thế giới”. (Alexander Vuving, “Trung Quốc sẽ làm gì ở Biển Đông”, Đại sử ký Biển Đông, 21/2/2016).

Trong báo cáo “Asia-Pacific Rebalance 2025: Capabilities, Presence, and Partnerships”, CSIS, January 19, 2016), các chuyên gia CSIS đã cảnh báo rằng Trung Quốc trỗi dậy là “thách thức chính” đối với Mỹ, và “đến năm 2030 thì Biển Đông hầu như sẽ trở thành cái ao của Trung Quốc” (“by 2030 the South China Sea will be virtually a Chinese lake”). Liệu Việt Nam và Mỹ có muốn điều đó không, và có thể làm gì để ngăn chặn điều đó?

Biển Đông lại nổi sóng

Đầu tháng 5/2014, Trung Quốc kéo dàn khoan khổng lồ HD-981 vào vùng đặc quyền kinh tế của Việt Nam tại Biển Đông, tạo ra khủng hoảng và bước ngoặt trong quan hệ Việt-Trung. Nếu sự kiện đó là “tập một” trong chiến lược giàn khoan (oil rig offenssive) thì những gì đang diễn ra có thể là “tập hai”, nhằm từng bước biến Biển Đông thành cái ao của Trung Quốc (nếu Mỹ và các nước khác hành động quá ít và quá chậm). Ngày 16/6/2017, Trung Quốc lại thông báo giàn khoan HD-981 “sẽ hoạt động ngay gần cửa Vịnh Bắc Bộ trong 3 tháng…”

Trong khi HD-981 tiếp tục di chuyển xuống phía Nam thì Trung Quốc triển khai khoảng 40 tàu hải giám (và máy bay Y8) tại khu vực quanh bãi Tu Chính (Vanguard Bank) để ngăn cản Việt Nam triển khai dự án khai thác dầu Cá Rồng Đỏ (lô 136-3) cách Vũng Tàu khoảng 450km (trong vùng đặc quyền kinh tế Việt Nam), do PetroVietnam hợp tác với Talisman (nay là Repsol của Tây Ban Nha). Theo Carl Thayer (UNSW) có khả năng xảy ra đụng độ trong những ngày tới. Lê Hồng Hiệp (ISEAS) cũng nhất trí: “Nếu Việt Nam tiếp tục khẳng định chủ quyền của mình và tiếp tục thăm dò, thì đương nhiên sẽ xảy ra đụng độ với Trung Quốc”.

Biển Đông lại nổi sóng và kịch bản cũ dường như đang được lặp lại, nhưng trong một bối cảnh mới khó dự đoán hơn, vì có nhiều ẩn số và biến số. Theo Bill Hayton (BBC, 26/6/2017), tướng Phạm Trường Long đã đến Tây Ban Nha trước khi đến Việt Nam (có lẽ để yêu cầu chính phủ Tây Ban Nha ép Repsol bỏ cuộc). Chưa biết Việt Nam sẽ nhượng bộ hay sẽ thách thức Trung Quốc. Lúc này có thể Trung Quốc chưa sẵn sàng làm liều, vì họ còn đang bận chuẩn bị Đại hội Đảng 19 (vào cuối năm nay) và đang triển khai chiến dịch lấy lòng người (Charm Offensive) để quảng cáo cho quốc sách “Một vành đai, Một con đường”.

Trong khi đó, dư luận Việt Nam (và quốc tế) đang ồn ào về sự kiện tướng Phạm Trường Long (Phó Chủ tịch Quân ủy TW) và phái đoàn quân sự cấp cao Trung Quốc đến Hà Nội (18/6/2017) đã đột ngột bỏ về. Tại sao tướng Long đến rồi lại đột ngột bỏ về? Nguyên nhân gì làm quan hệ Việt-Trung căng thẳng? Liệu có dẫn đến xung đột hay không? Ý nghĩa của hợp tác chiến lược Viêt-Mỹ/Việt-Nhật? Và những biến số trên bàn cờ Biển Đông?

Để làm rõ các câu hỏi đó, cần đặt chúng trong bối cảnh mới. Quan hệ Việt-Trung có nhiều vấn đề, nhưng tranh chấp Biển Đông vẫn là then chốt nhất, vì nó không chỉ liên quan đến quan hệ song phương Việt-Trung (như Trung Quốc muốn) mà còn liên quan đến nhiều nước khác ngoài ASEAN, đặc biệt là tam giác Mỹ-Trung-Nhật. Những biến chuyển trong quan hệ Viêt-Mỹ và Việt-Nhật gần đây đã tác động trực tiếp đến quan hệ Việt-Trung.

Tại sao Phạm Trường Long đột ngột bỏ về?

Sau hai chuyến đi Mỹ và Nhật (liền nhau) của Thủ tướng Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, với kết quả đạt được về kinh tế và an ninh, chắc chắn Trung Quốc khó chịu và phản ứng. Tại sao lần này Bắc Kinh lại cử tướng Phạm Trường Long (Fan Changlong) chứ không phải Dương Khiết Trì hay Trương Cao Lệ (như lần trước)? Có lẽ vì vấn đề cốt lõi trong chuyến đi Mỹ và Nhật của Thủ tướng Phúc là hợp tác quốc phòng. Tuy vấn đề thương mại (ký được hợp đồng $8 tỷ với Mỹ) cũng quan trọng, nhưng không quan trọng bằng thỏa thuận về quốc phòng.

Về điểm này, tôi tán thành nhận xét của Lê Hồng Hiệp: “đáng chú ý là nội dung về hợp tác quốc phòng giữa hai bên, Việt Nam và Hoa Kỳ, cũng như Việt Nam và Nhật Bản, được nêu bật, đặc biệt là trong tuyên bố chung giữa Việt Nam và Hoa Kỳ, hai bên thảo luận việc để tàu sân bay của Hoa Kỳ vào cảng Cam Ranh. Đây có thể là nguyên nhân chính khiến cho Trung Quốc không cảm thấy thoải mái, và rõ ràng là Trung Quốc muốn gây sức ép để Việt Nam không nghiêng quá gần về phía Hoa Kỳ hay Nhật Bản, vì Hoa Kỳ và Nhật Bản là những đối thủ cạnh tranh chiến lược với Trung Quốc trong khu vực này”. (ISEAS, June 20, 2017).

Hà Nội có biết trước là Bắc Kinh sẽ phản ứng không? Chắc chắn là biết. Nhưng Việt Nam bị mắc kẹt (như “catch-22”) giữa hai nước lớn, nên buộc phải cân bằng quan hệ trong tam giác Mỹ-Trung-Việt. Tuy không muốn làm mất lòng Trung Quốc, nhưng Việt Nam phải tăng cường hợp tác với Mỹ và Nhật vì lợi ích sống còn (cả kinh tế và an ninh). Vì vậy, Chủ tịch nước Trần Đại Quang phải đi thăm Trung Quốc (11-15/5/2017) trước khi Thủ tướng Nguyễn Xuân Phúc đi thăm Mỹ (29-31//2017). Đó là nước cờ “ngoại giao phòng ngừa” để cân bằng quan hệ với hai nước lớn, nhưng có thể không đủ để xoa dịu Bắc Kinh, vì lợi ích cốt lõi của hai bên khác nhau tới mức không thể dung hòa. Xã luận Thời báo Hoàn Cầu chỉ trích Việt Nam ngay khi tướng Long đến Hà Nội. Họ lớn tiếng kẻ cả khuyên ta “chọn bạn mà chơi”, ám chỉ Việt Nam không được xích lại quá gần Mỹ và Nhật (Global Times, May 18, 2017).

Ngày 18/6/017, thượng tướng Phạm Trường Long cùng một đoàn sỹ quan cao cấp gồm tư lệnh mặt trận Phía Nam (Viên Dự Bách), Phó Tổng tham mưu trưởng Liên quân (Thiệu Nguyên Minh), Tham mưu trưởng Lục quân (Lưu Chấn Lập), Phó Tư lệnh Hải quân (Lưu Nghị), Phó Chính ủy Không quân (Tống Côn), và Đại sứ Hồng Tiểu Dũng, đã đến Hà Nội. Tướng Long đã gặp các lãnh đạo cao nhất của Đảng, Nhà nước và Quân đội Việt Nam. Đây là lần đầu tiên từ sau chuyến thăm của Bộ trưởng Quốc phòng Thường Vạn Toàn (3/2016), Trung Quốc cử một đoàn quân sự cấp cao như vậy đến Việt Nam, chắc không phải vô cớ.

Theo New York Times (21/6/ 2017), Bộ Quốc phòng Trung Quốc thông báo chương trình Giao lưu Hữu nghị Quốc phòng biên giới Việt-Trung lần thứ 4 đã bị hủy vì “những lý do liên quan đến sắp xếp” giữa hai nước. Nhưng nguyên nhân thực sự là tướng Long “đã tỏ ra giận dữ trong hội đàm kín” về tranh chấp chủ quyền ở Biển Đông và hoạt động ngoại giao tích cực của Việt Nam với Mỹ và Nhật vừa qua. Tướng Long đã cắt ngắn chuyến thăm và rời Việt Nam tối 18/6 mà không công bố nguyên nhân. Người phát ngôn Bộ Ngoại Giao Trung Quốc tránh né không giải thích, trong khi báo chí chính thống của Việt Nam không đưa tin. Trong hội đàm chính thức với Việt Nam, tướng Long nhấn mạnh “toàn bộ các đảo ở Biển Nam Hải đã thuộc lãnh thổ Trung Quốc kể từ thời thượng cổ”. Báo chí chính thống của Việt Nam cũng không đưa tin. (Vào lúc đó các báo đài bận kỷ niệm “ngày báo chí cách mạng” 21/6).

Nguyên nhân căng thẳng Việt-Trung

Hiện nay, Việt Nam đang đứng trước sức ép to lớn và thách thức nan giải, cả về kinh tế lẫn an ninh, buộc chính phủ phải đổi mới thể chế và điều chỉnh chiến lược nước lớn sang tư thế “tái cân bằng tích cực” (pro-active rebalancing). Muốn duy trì tính chính danh của chế độ trước cộng đồng quốc tế và cộng đồng dân tộc, khi dân chúng đã mất lòng tin và bất bình (vì kinh tế xuống dốc, ô nhiễm môi trường, chiếm dụng đất đai, vi phạm nhân quyền, và phụ thuộc Trung Quốc), Đảng buộc phải tuyên bố thúc đẩy tái cơ cấu kinh tế (Nghị quyết TW5) chống tham nhũng và điều chỉnh quan hệ với các nước lớn, để tìm cách tháo gỡ khó khăn.

Có ba nhóm vấn đề chính cần tháo gỡ. Thứ nhất, kinh tế tiếp tục suy thoái và tụt hậu, ngân sách thâm hụt (thu không đủ chi) vì nợ công quá lớn và nợ nước ngoài đến hạn, nếu không tái cơ cấu kinh tế một cách thực chất thì không thể chặn được đà này. Thứ hai, sau khi Mỹ rút khỏi TPP thì Việt Nam bị hẫng hụt, nếu không đổi mới thể chế và tăng cường hợp tác quốc tế (với Mỹ, Nhật và EU) thì không thể duy trì được tăng trưởng. Thứ ba, hầu như ai cũng muốn thoát Trung, vì đất nước phụ thuộc quá nhiều vào Trung Quốc về kinh tế và chính trị nên ngày càng rủi ro và nguy hiểm cho độc lập và chủ quyền quốc gia. Nếu không điều chỉnh quan hệ với các nước lớn đồng thời tăng cường nội lực thì không thể thoát Trung được.

Nếu Trung Quốc muốn “trùm chăn” từng nước láng giềng bằng quan hệ song phương để dễ bắt nạt thì các nước (ASEAN) phải tung chăn ra và liên kết lại để cùng đối phó (tại Biển Đông). Tuy Trung Quốc có thể dễ dàng bẻ gãy từng chiếc đũa, nhưng khó lòng bẻ gãy cả bó đũa. Nếu bó đũa ASEAN còn yếu, họ càng phải tăng cường liên kết ngoài ASEAN (với Mỹ, Nhật, Ấn, Úc). Xung quanh chuyến đi Mỹ và Nhật của Thủ tướng Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, có những động thái mới đáng chú ý, được phản ánh trong nội dung Tuyên bố Chung.

Ngày 22-25/5/2017, Mỹ chuyển giao cho Cảnh sát Biển Việt Nam một tàu tuần duyên (lớp Hamilton, trọng tải 3250 tấn) và 6 xuồng tuần tra tốc độ cao (trong số 18 chiếc đã thỏa thuận). Ngày 2/6/2017, khu trục hạm USS John S. McCain đã đến Cảng Quốc tế Cam Ranh trong khi TNS John McCain dẫn đầu phái đoàn Ủy ban Quân lực Thượng viện (cùng Hạ viện Mỹ) đang thăm Việt Nam, đã gặp Chủ tịch nước Trần Đại Quang, Chủ tịch Quốc hội Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân và Bộ trưởng Quốc phòng Ngô Xuân Lịch. Sau đó TNS McCain đã đến Cam Ranh thăm tàu USS John S. McCain. Đó là một sự kiện mang ý nghĩa tượng trưng cao. Ngày 11-15/6/2017, tàu USS Coronado (LCS 4) lại đến Cảng Quốc tế Cam Ranh để thực hiện chương trình bảo dưỡng dự phòng viễn dương trong khuôn khổ “chuyến thăm kỹ thuật”. Một ngày không xa, người ta có thể thấy tàu sân bay Mỹ cập Cảng quốc tế Cam Ranh.

Ngày 20/5/2017, tàu sân bay trực thăng JS Izumo (tàu chiến lớn nhất của Nhật) đã đến Cảng quốc tế Cam Ranh để tham gia chương trình “Đối tác Thái Bình Dương 2017” (PP17) tại Khánh Hòa. Cùng đến Cam Ranh để tham gia chương trình PP17 còn có tàu khu trục JS Sazanami của Nhật và tàu vận tải cao tốc USNS Fall River của Mỹ. Ngày 13/6/2017, tàu tuần dương JS Echigo của Nhật lại đến cảng Tiên Sa, Đà Nẵng để tham gia chương trình huấn luyện chung với Bộ tư lệnh Cảnh sát Biển Vùng 2 về phối hợp hoạt động trên biển. Nói cách khác, những hoạt động hợp tác hải quân nói trên là một sự răn đe đối với Trung Quốc.

Liệu căng thẳng có dẫn đến xung đột?

Việt Nam bị sức ép phải duy trì tốc độ tăng trưởng nên buộc phải tăng cường khai thác dầu khí tại Biển Đông, mặc nhiên sẽ đụng chạm tới cái mà Trung Quốc coi là lợi ích của họ. Trung Quốc sẽ tìm mọi cách ngăn cản các hoạt động này của Việt Nam. Vì vậy, sẽ không ngạc nhiên nếu mâu thuẫn Việt-Trung tăng lên khi Việt Nam tiếp tục khai thác dầu khí, và tăng cường hợp tác hải quân với Mỹ và Nhật, qua hai chuyến đi của ông Phúc. Có lẽ đây là nguyên nhân chính làm quan hệ Việt-Trung căng thẳng, và làm tướng Long bỏ về sớm. Tuy đây là “một chuyện chưa từng có tiền lệ” (theo lời ông Nguyễn Vinh Quang, cựu phó Đại sứ VN tại Trung Quốc), nhưng có thể Bắc Kinh đã tính toán từ trước, chứ không phải ngẫu nhiên.

Việt Nam thăm dò, khai thác dầu khí trên thềm lục địa của mình là một việc chính đáng, không làm phức tạp thêm tình hình vì Việt Nam có chủ quyền ở đó theo Luật Biển của LHQ. Nhưng nếu Trung Quốc phản đối và ngăn cản bằng vũ lực thì họ sẽ thách thức quan hệ Việt-Trung, tạo ra khủng hoảng mới, ngang bằng (thậm chí lớn hơn) vụ khủng hoảng giàn khoan tháng 5/2014. Tuy nhiên trong bối cảnh hiện nay, chắc cả hai bên đều không muốn xảy ra xung đột (vì chưa sẵn sàng). Nhưng liệu trong thời gian tới, hai bên có thể ngăn chặn được xung đột hay không, vẫn là một câu hỏi khó đoán (vì còn nhiều ẩn số và biến số). Nhưng cả hai bên đều không thể nhượng bộ, vì phải giữ thể diện và lợi ích cốt lõi. Tuy lần này chưa xảy ra bạo loạn (như tháng 5/2014), nhưng khó kiềm chế được người dân biểu tình chống Trung Quốc.

Nếu Việt Nam khẳng định chủ quyền của mình và tiếp tục thăm dò dầu khí tại dự án Cá Voi Xanh (lô 118) và Cá Rồng Đỏ (lô 136-3), thì có thể xảy ra đụng độ với Trung Quốc. Trong trường hợp Việt Nam rút các tàu thăm dò của mình về thì vô hình trung thừa nhận khu vực đó có tranh chấp, và như vậy phải từ bỏ lợi ích sống còn của mình cho Trung Quốc. Nếu Trung Quốc bỏ qua vụ này, thì vô hình trung họ chấp nhận “một tiền lệ nguy hại cho chiến lược Biển Đông của Trung Quốc” (theo Alexander Vuving). Chính vì phải giữ thể diện và lợi ích quốc gia mà hai bên khó hóa giải được mâu thuẫn. Nếu Trung Quốc đưa lực lượng hải giám (và giàn khoan HD-981) tới áp đảo, mà Việt Nam vẫn không chịu lùi bước, thì xác xuất rủi ro xung đột rất cao. Nếu Trung Quốc dấn tới, họ sẽ thách thức không chỉ Việt Nam mà còn nhiều nước khác trong và ngoài khu vực có lợi ích về tự do hàng hải ở Biển Đông. Vấn đề là thái độ phản ứng của Mỹ và Nhật thế nào? Tuy họ chia sẻ với Việt Nam về tầm nhìn chiến lược tại Biển Đông, nhưng họ chưa phải là đồng minh chiến lược, mặc dù lợi ích chiến lược của chính họ cũng khó cho phép họ làm ngơ. Hàng năm lưu lượng hàng hóa đi qua Biển Đông là hơn $5,000 tỷ (bằng gần một nửa thương mại quốc tế), trong đó riêng Mỹ chiếm $1,200 tỷ.

Từ sau vụ khủng hoảng giàn khoan (5/2014), quan hệ Việt-Trung đã tốt hơn. Việt Nam vừa cảnh giác, vừa cố gắng cải thiện quan hệ với Trung Quốc, đồng thời tăng cường hợp tác với các đối thủ chiến lược của Trung Quốc là Mỹ, Nhật, và lôi kéo sự quan tâm của EU và các nước khác tới Biển Đông. Quan trọng hơn, các sáng kiến hợp tác quốc phòng cụ thể giữa Việt Nam với Mỹ và Nhật cũng được nêu bật trong các tuyên bố chung trong hai chuyến đi Mỹ và Nhật mới đây của Thủ tướng Phúc. Các tuyên bố này nhấn mạnh lập trường cứng rắn của Việt Nam với Mỹ và Nhật về Biển Đông. Mỹ và Nhật bắt đầu chuyển giao cho Việt Nam tàu tuần duyên và xuồng tuần tra, và giúp Việt Nam nâng cao năng lực hàng hải. Những động thái nói trên chắc làm Bắc Kinh tức giận và phản ứng. Cho dù lý do thực sự làm tướng Long bỏ về là cố ý (hay bị “mời về”) thì sự cố đó không phải là một tín hiệu tốt cho quan hệ hai nước. Vì vậy trong thời gian tới có thể xảy ra một làn sóng căng thẳng mới trong quan hệ Việt-Trung.

Theo Carl Thayer, nếu tướng Long khẳng định “Nam Hải (Biển Đông) là lãnh thổ Trung Quốc từ thời xa xưa” và yêu cầu Việt Nam ngừng thăm dò dầu khí tại mỏ Cá Voi XanhCá Rồng Đỏ, thì chắc Việt Nam sẽ coi tuyên bố và yêu cầu đó là “quá khích” (inflammatory). Lãnh đạo Việt Nam chắc sẽ từ chối và phản ứng bằng cách khẳng định lại chủ quyền của mình tại Biển Đông. Alexander Vuving cũng nhận định: “có thể cả hai phía đều tính toán sai” và cả hai quốc gia “đều quyết tâm chứng tỏ cho phía bên kia thấy quyết tâm của mình về chủ quyền”. Dù sao, việc tướng Long đột ngột bỏ về tối 18/6 là một dấu hiệu bất thường làm sóng gió đang nổi lên trong quan hệ Việt-Trung. (“China Cancels Military Meeting With Vietnam Over Territorial Dispute”, Mike Ives & Jane Perlez, New York Times, 21/6/2017).

Ý nghĩa hợp tác chiến lược

Trong bối cảnh Việt Nam tăng cường hợp tác toàn diện với Mỹ, dự án hợp tác PetroVietnam và Exxon Mobil đã ký (1/2017) để khai thác mỏ Cá Voi Xanh (lô 118) vừa có ý nghĩa kinh tế to lớn (trị giá $10 tỷ) vừa có ý nghĩa chiến lược phòng vệ (hedging). Trước đây, Exxon Mobil không sợ Trung Quốc, thì bây giờ Exxon Mobil càng không sợ, vì Ngoại trưởng Rex Tillerson vốn là CEO của tập đoàn Exxon Mobil. Trung Quốc chỉ có thể bắt nạt Việt Nam chứ không bắt nạt được Mỹ và Exxon Mobil. Điều đáng chú ý là mỏ khí Cá Voi Xanh cách Đà Nẵng (bán đảo Sơn Trà) có 88km, và giáp ranh “đường lưỡi bò” của Trung Quốc.

Cùng với cam kết của Mỹ và Nhật giúp Việt Nam tăng cường năng lực hải quân, quyết tâm triển khai dự án dầu khí Cá Voi XanhCá Rồng Đỏ, cũng như ý định đưa tàu sân bay Mỹ đến Cảng Quốc tế Cam Ranh là các vấn đề rất nhạy cảm trong quan hệ Mỹ-Trung-Việt, nhất là trong bối cảnh hiện nay có những tin đồn về thỏa thuận ngầm giữa Việt Nam và Mỹ về căn cứ Cam Ranh. Có lẽ đây là ẩn số quan trọng nhất trong hợp tác chiến lược Việt-Mỹ.

Tuy chưa rõ hai bên đã đạt được thỏa thuận hay chưa, nhưng nhiều người tin rằng Việt Nam sớm muộn cũng phải cho Mỹ thuê căn cứ Cam Ranh như một giải pháp tình huống có ý nghĩa răn đe và phòng vệ chiến lược (strategic hedging and deterence) bên cạnh ý nghĩa kinh tế (trong lúc ngân sách gần trống rỗng). Tiếp theo chuyến thăm của Bộ trưởng Quốc phòng Mỹ Leon Panetta đến Cam Ranh (3/6/2012) như bước khởi đầu, các chính khách Mỹ và chiến hạm Mỹ đã liên tiếp tới Cam Ranh trong mấy năm qua. Quan trọng nhất là Tổng thống Obama đã tuyên bố bỏ cấm vận vũ khí trong chuyến thăm Việt Nam (23-2/5/2016), mở ra triển vọng hợp tác chiến lược Viêt-Mỹ. Trong bối cảnh căng thẳng Việt-Trung tăng lên, vấn đề Mỹ thuê căn cứ Cam Ranh dường như chỉ là vấn đề thời gian và giá cả cụ thể mà thôi.

Câu chuyện Mỹ thuê Cam Ranh trở nên nhạy cảm và bí ẩn trong chuyến đi Mỹ của Thủ tướng Nguyễn Xuân Phúc. Ngày 4/6/2017, Reuters đưa tin Podesta Group là công ty môi giới giữa Chính phủ Việt Nam với Chính quyền Trump (với tiền công là $30.000/tháng) đã kín đáo thừa nhận hai bên đã ký kết “một thỏa thuận quan trọng”. Thỏa thuận đó không phải về thương mại vì không có mặt Bộ trưởng Bộ Thương mại, nhưng lại có mặt Thứ trưởng Bộ Quốc phòng (tướng Nguyễn Chí Vịnh) và Bộ trưởng Bộ Công an (tướng Tô Lâm).

Có một số hiện tượng đáng lưu ý. Hội nghị TW5 lẽ ra họp vào tháng 3/2017 nhưng đã hoãn đến tháng 5/2017 (phải chăng để chờ ông Trump khẳng định?) Ngày 21/5/2017, Nhà Trắng thông báo Tổng thống Trump sẽ tiếp Thủ tướng Phúc ngày 31/5/2017. Liệu ông Trump có mời ông Phúc sang thăm không nếu TW5 không thông qua phương án cho thuê Cam Ranh? Một điểm nữa đáng chú ý là trong vụ khủng hoảng con tin Đồng Tâm, có tin Podesta Group đã nhắn tin cho Hà Nội rằng ông Trump sẽ không mời ông Phúc sang thăm nếu xảy ra đàn áp bằng bạo lực, và nếu vậy thì ông Phạm Bình Minh cũng không nên đi Mỹ.

Trước khi ông Phúc lên đường thăm Mỹ, Reuters lại đưa tin chuyến thăm Mỹ của Thủ tướng Phúc là kết quả của một cuộc “thương lượng ngầm” với Mỹ. Tuyên bố Chung có một đoạn tích cực về Biển Đông: “Tổng thống Donald Trump của Hoa Kỳ nhấn mạnh là nước Mỹ sẽ tiếp tục cho tàu và máy bay di chuyển và hoạt động tại bất cứ nơi nào luật pháp quốc tế cho phép”. Một đoạn khác về song phương: “Chính phủ Việt Nam coi trọng và mong muốn thúc đẩy hợp tác hữu nghị với Hoa Kỳ theo hướng thực chất, toàn diện, ổn định và lâu dài trên cơ sở tôn trọng thể chế chính trị của nhau”. Trong câu trên không thấy cụm từ “toàn vẹn lãnh thổ” như mọi khi để ám chỉ chính sách “Ba không” (không có căn cứ quân sự nước ngoài).

Có một chi tiết quan trọng khác là trong khi Thủ tướng Nguyễn Xuân Phúc hội đàm với Tổng thống Trump tại Nhà Trắng (31/5/2017) thì đồng thời tại Hà Nội, Chủ tịch nước Trần Đại Quang và Bộ trưởng Quốc phòng Ngô Xuân Lịch gặp TNS John McCain (Chủ tịch Ủy ban Quân lực Thượng viện). Ngày hôm sau, không phải vô cớ mà TNS John McCain bay đi Cam Ranh, đến thăm chiến hạm USS John S.McCain đang đậu tại Cảng Quốc tế Cam Ranh. Ngày 5/6/2017, phái đoàn John McCain về đến Mỹ đã ra thông cáo: “Chúng tôi hy vọng sự hiện diện của USS John S. McCain là biểu tượng cho sự hòa giải giữa Mỹ và Việt Nam, cũng như nhắc nhở các đồng minh và kẻ thù của chúng ta về cam kết lâu dài của Mỹ tại khu vực”.

Những nghịch lý tại Biển Đông

Theo Báo cáo Asia-Pacific Rebalance 2025, muốn đối phó hiệu quả với sự trỗi dậy hung hăng của Trung quốc hiện nay (đặc biệt là tại Biển Đông), Mỹ phải kết hợp cả ba yếu tố là “tham dự” (engagement), “răn đe” (deterrence) và “trấn an” (reassurance). Đó là một chiến lược đúng, nhưng hơi muộn, vì chưa kịp triển khai thì chính quyền Trump đã thay thế chính quyền Obama, với những bước đi chập chững gây bất an và bất định cho khu vực.

Chính sách ngoại giao đổi chác của ông Trump làm đồng minh Châu Á bất an, lo ngại Mỹ sẵn sàng thỏa hiệp với Trung Quốc (để kiểm soát Bắc Triều Tiên), nên không sẵn sàng chống lại sự trỗi dậy hung hãn của Trung Quốc. Nếu ông Trump không sẵn sàng thách thức những đòi hỏi ngang ngược của Bắc Kinh ở Biển Đông, thì các nước khu vực có thể bị xô đẩy ngả theo Bắc Kinh. Philippines từng là đồng minh gắn bó nhất của Mỹ ở khu vực, nay cũng công khai tách khỏi Mỹ để ngả theo Trung Quốc. Nhưng “tuần trăng mật” của Donald Trump và Tập Cận Bình từ sau Mar A Lago Summit đã tàn, vì hợp tác Mỹ-Trung về vấn đề Triều Tiên hầu như chỉ là ảo tưởng, làm Washington thất vọng vì không có kết quả thực chất.

Trong khi đó, Trung Quốc vận dụng “Binh pháp Tôn tử” (và cờ vây), tiếp tục triển khai “Tam chủng Chiến pháp” (three-warfare doctrine) kết hợp chiến tranh tâm lý với truyền thông và pháp lý. Tuy Trung Quốc không muốn xung đột với Mỹ, nhưng lại gây căng thẳng tối đa tại Biển Đông (như trò “brinkmanship”). Thứ nhất, Mỹ là mối lo lớn nhất của Trung Quốc, nên họ gây căng thẳng để hù dọa Mỹ không dám can thiệp vào khu vực này. Nếu xung đột nhỏ với Việt Nam hay Philippines xảy ra thì Trung Quốc dễ dàng bắt nạt đối phương và coi đó là việc nội bộ (song phương), không liên quan đến Mỹ. Thứ hai, Trung Quốc cũng không muốn Nhật, Úc, Ấn Độ can thiệp vào Biển Đông (cùng với Mỹ) vì một liên minh như vậy (Mỹ-Nhât-Úc-Ấn) là mối lo thứ hai của của Trung Quốc. Nếu vô hiệu hóa được hai mối lo trên, Trung Quốc dễ dàng cô lập, bắt nạt và phân hóa ASEAN (như đang diễn ra hiện nay).

Bị Trung Quốc phân hóa nên ASEAN đang đánh mất vai trò, trong khi Mỹ sao nhãng. Đó là thời cơ tốt nhất để Trung Quốc bắt nạt nước láng giềng Việt Nam (claimant) hay Singapore (ASEAN coordinator). Theo Alexander Vuving, đây là “cơ hội ngàn vàng” để Trung Quốc lấp chỗ trống quyền lực, nhằm thay thế vai trò lãnh đạo khu vực của Mỹ. Trung Quốc triển khai chiến lược lấn sân từng bước, thay đổi thực địa tại Biển Đông bằng cách xen kẽ chiến dịch lấy lòng người (Charm Offensive) bằng một đợt dùng sức mạnh để cưỡng chế (coercion). Đó là chính sách “cái gậy và củ cà rốt” tuy cổ truyền nhưng vẫn có tác dụng (nhất thời).

Hiện nay, Việt Nam được coi như lá bài chủ chốt giúp Mỹ ngăn chặn tham vọng bá quyền của Trung Quốc muốn độc chiếm Biển Đông, nhất là sau khi Philippines đã ngả theo Bắc Kinh. Hợp tác chiến lược Việt-Mỹ là cơ sở thiết yếu cho quan hệ đối tác chiến lược, giúp tăng cường ảnh hưởng của Mỹ ở khu vực, và tăng cường vai trò của Việt Nam trong ASEAN. Mỹ và các đồng minh/đối tác trong khu vực cần lập ra một liên minh trên thực tế (de facto coalition) theo khuôn khổ “đối tác an ninh khu vực” (regional security partnership).

Về lâu dài, lợi ích an ninh của Việt Nam (cũng như ASEAN) gắn liền với “tứ giác Mỹ-Nhật-Úc-Ấn” (bên cạnh cộng đồng ASEAN). Một liên minh “defacto” như vậy có thể chia sẻ thông tin tình báo, hợp tác hải quân và hàng hải để nâng cao năng lực an ninh quốc phòng. Thông qua chuyển giao trang thiết bị/huấn luyện/tập trận chung, liên minh này có thể giúp các nước khu vực (như Việt Nam) từng bước tham gia tuần tra Biển Đông (FONOPs). Chỉ có như vậy mới có thể giúp các nước ASEAN tự tin, đoàn kết và “thoát Trung”.

Mấy lời cuối

Cuộc chiến “mèo vờn chuột” trên Biển Đông đang gia tăng. Lực lượng Hải giám hùng hậu của Trung Quốc như “hạm đội dân quân biển” ngày càng hung dữ. Những vụ tàu Hải giám Trung Quốc đâm tàu Kiểm ngư Việt Nam còn gia tăng, có thể dẫn đến xung đột trên biển rất nguy hiểm, dễ rơi vào bẫy Trung Quốc. Trong khi lực lượng hải quân Việt Nam (hay Mỹ và Nhật) không thể trực tiếp can thiệp, thì “hạm đội dân quân biển” của Trung Quốc tung hoành bắt nạt lực lượng Kiểm ngư và Cảnh sát Biển còn nhỏ yếu của Việt nam. Người Việt tuy giỏi đánh du kích (trong rừng) nhưng Biển Đông không giống rừng Trường Sơn.

Nhưng điều đáng lo ngại nhất không phải ta thua vì thiếu tàu chiến hay máy bay, mà sợ “quân đội nhân dân” đánh mất lòng tin của dân, không còn “trung với nước, hiếu với dân”. Lâu nay “quân đội chuyên nghiệp” của ta quá mải mê làm kinh tế để làm giàu, bận chiến đấu tại trận địa Đồng Tâm hay sân golf Tân Sơn Nhất, nên các nhóm lợi ích quân đội tham nhũng không thua kém ai, làm quân đội mất sức chiến đấu. Trong khi Trung Quốc quyết liệt chống tham nhũng và cải tổ quân đội, thì chúng ta đã làm gì? Nay lời kêu gọi “quân đội thôi làm kinh tế” để tâp trung bảo vệ tổ quốc, nghe như một khẩu hiệu yếu ớt và muộn màng. Nhưng thà “muộn còn hơn không”, vì đã đến lúc “đổi mới hay là chết” (do “cùng tắc biến”).

Mỹ và Nhật đã bắt đầu chuyển giao cho Cảnh sát Biển Việt Nam một số tàu tuần duyên/tuần tra và tăng cường huấn luyện/tập trận trên biển, nhưng điều này còn quá ít và quá chậm (too little too latte) trước tình thế cấp bách hiện nay. Tàu tuần duyên (lớp Hamilton) mà Mỹ vừa chuyển giao cho Việt Nam chưa hoạt động được trước tháng 11/2017 (vì cần 6 tháng huấn luyện sau khi chuyển giao). Có nhiều hệ quả do chính sách “đi dây” cân bằng thụ động của Việt Nam, cũng như chủ trường “lãnh đạo từ phía sau” (leading from behind) của ông Obama, tuy “xoay trục” nhưng “vừa đái vừa run” như “tiếng kèn ngập ngừng” (uncertain trumpet). Mỹ đã để Trung Quốc cướp mất bãi cạn Scarborough của Philippines, nên đã làm cho ông Duterte mất lòng tin vào Washington, đã quyết định bỏ Mỹ để ngả theo Trung Quốc.

Tuy Mỹ vẫn tuần tra Biển Đông (FONOP) nhưng bằng cách “đi qua vô hại” (innocent passage), làm Trung Quốc coi thường. Ông Tập Cận Bình đã “nắn gân” và qua mặt ông Obama. Mấy năm qua Trung Quốc đã ráo riết “thay đổi thực địa” và quân sự hóa Biển Đông như cắt lát salami, nên đã chiếm được thế thượng phong. Theo Carl Thayer, “Biển Đông nay là cái ao của Trung Quốc”. Nhưng cái giá phải trả là Trung Quốc đang đẩy Việt Nam vào tay người Mỹ, như trước đây họ đã đẩy Việt Nam vào tay người Nga. Vì vậy, Cam Ranh cũng như Cá Voi Xanh là những ẩn số và biến số có thể làm thay đổi cuộc chơi (game changers).

Dù sao tôi vẫn tin trong trời đất và thế gian này luôn có quy luật “cùng tắc biến, biến tắc thông”. Cái gì không thể xấu hơn được nữa thì sẽ tốt lên. Trong mọi chuyện xảy ra trên đời này, luôn có quy luật “hệ quả không định trước” (unintended consequences).

27/6/2017

N.Q.D.

Tác giả gửi cho viet-studies ngày 27-6-17

Nguồn: http://www.viet-studies.net/kinhte/NQuangDy_BanCoBienDong.html


          Tillerson, Trump’s forgotten man, throws an epic hissy fit in front of Priebus and Kushner   
The taciturn secretary of state has apparently reached a breaking point. Josh Marshall, the editor and publisher of Talking Points Memo, has written frequently about the political phenomenon he has termed wraithing: the tendency of every adviser, aide, and ally within Donald Trump’s orbit to eventually be stripped of dignity by their allegiance to the president, ultimately left a ghostlike shadow of their former selves. It is a sort of metaphysical corollary of the concept of enabling, which Vanity Fair special correspondent Sarah Ellison documents today. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the once powerful ExxonMobil chief executive who stepped down to join the Trump administration, finds himself somewhere in between the Read More
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          October 20, 2011 - he made the toys we wanted   
The first computer I ever used was an Apple ][+.  It only displayed 40 characters per line, and didn't understand upper and lower case. Mostly I used it for spreadsheets, which was a revelation.

Then I used an Apple //e (Apple loved using idiosyncratic typewriter characters back then). And with that, I wrote a comprehensive computer catalog manual for a library in Springfield IL. After that, I knew I had to have something that made the writing process so much easier.

Briefly, I considered a new machine from Apple, called the "Lisa." It was the precursor to the Macintosh.  But it was very pricey.

So I bought a Kaypro II -- a machine running the CP/M operating system, then the dominant business platform. It was the first loan of my life ($2500 for computer and printer). I paid it off in two years, mostly through writing about computers. 

My next computer was an MS-DOS machine, also from Kaypro. 

When Windows came out, I found it really confusing, contradictory, and thoroughly inelegant. Then a friend lent me an Apple Powerbook, a Macintosh laptop. I gave it a hard and thoughtful look. 

And it grabbed me. I saw what Windows was TRYING to do (which was "copy Apple"). The Apple operating system was a brilliantly executed, paradigm-shifting way to think about interacting with a computer. I shifted platforms.

Later came the other fascinating devices: the Newton (in that brief period when Steve Jobs was ousted from Apple by John Sculley), then (after Jobs returned) the iPod, the many interesting Mac designs, the iPhone, the iPad.

Most of the folks in my family use Apple computers, although later I shifted again to the Linux operating system, mostly to explore the Internet. But I do have, and use, an iPad.

After hearing about the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs on Oct. 5, I listened again to his famous 2005 commencement speech at Stanford. He talked about how he dropped out of college, then did things that didn't seem important at the time. 

For instance, he took a calligraphy class. 

Later, he even got fired from the very company he founded.

But he came to realize that those experiences became the foundation of his character, and his life's path. 

Jobs was not an engineer or a programmer. He was a designer, with a passion for the subtle touches that mark the difference between something that works and is serviceable, versus something that not only works, but is also an engaging sensual delight. 

And he rediscovered the freedom of new beginnings.

He was that extraordinary phenomenon, a visionary. He had a passion for the future, a belief that something "insanely great" was not only possible, but urgently necessary. 

His management style was often acerbic, confrontative, and disruptive. But he shipped the products that people wanted.

A few weeks ago, I read that Apple was, briefly, the most valuable company in the world. Even after it fell back behind Exxon, it still remained the unchallenged tech company, surpassing not only early rival IBM, but the company that once seemed unbeatable: Microsoft.

There's a cynical phrase. "He who dies with the most toys wins." Jobs created some of the most compelling toys the world had ever seen. And as someone else noted, poignantly, millions of people heard about Jobs' death ON a device that he created. 

And now he's dead, a man a year younger than I am, the kind of detail one can't help but notice.

There are never enough years, I suppose, at least not if we have our health and the joy of translating dreams into reality. Money, based on all the psychological research to date, doesn't seem to have anything to do with happiness.

But here's something that does matter. One man turned his restless imagination into a fountain of creation. That's the big reward. He made things. He changed things.

So my tribute is just two words, finally, the two words so hard to earn, and so rare to hear from those we ourselves admire. 

Well done.

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LaRue's Views are his own.
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          As drilling revives in the Gulf of Mexico, these two "stocks under rocks" stand out   
With drilling reviving in the Gulf of Mexico this year, the big stories have been the massive deepwater finds by such industry giantsas Chevron (CVX) and Exxon-Mobil (XOM), findsthat are comparable tothe elephant wells discovered by Royal Dutch Shell (RDS-A) before the BP disaster. Meanwhile, some 23 deepwater rigs are [...]
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I met someone who was a high-up science person at Exxon who knew Tillerson. He said he was actually a good CEO, and noticeably better than who they had before. (Time out here to boggle a bit.) There was also something in the rumor mill recently about Tillerson blowing up because the First Crime Family and their direct hangers-on were interfering with his ability to hire people at State. Which isn't to say he'd be hiring good people. But there may be more reasons than mere incompetence for the empty offices. ??
          Comment on Lazy Saturday Reads: Trump Collusion Coming into Focus by bostonboomer   
<blockquote>What is motivating Tillerson’s demolition effort is anyone’s guess. He may have been a worldly CEO at ExxonMobil, but he had precious little experience in how American diplomacy works. Perhaps Tillerson, as a D.C. and foreign policy novice, is simply being a good soldier, following through on edicts from White House ideologues like Steve Bannon. Perhaps he thinks he is running State like a business. But the problem with running the State Department like a business is that most businesses fail—and American diplomacy is too big to fail. What is clear, however, is that there is no pressing reason for any of these cuts. America is not a country in decline. Its economy is experiencing an unprecedented period of continuous economic growth, its technology sector is the envy of the world and the American military remains unmatched. Even now, under Trump, America’s allies and enduring values amplify its power and constrain its adversaries. America is not in decline—it is choosing to decline. And Tillerson is making that choice. He is quickly becoming one of the worst and most destructive secretaries of state in the history of our country.</blockquote>
          Exxon refuses invitation to local public forum, but attends one in Trinidad   
ExxonMobil is not drilling for oil in Trinidad and Tobago. It is looking to produce oil in Guyana. In fact, the company has received all that it needs to start oil production in Guyana—its Environmental Permit and Production Licence. However, it has, on two occasions, refused to appear at a public forum in Guyana. However, […]
          “We are looking, listening and ready to learn from other oil-rich countries” – Harmon   
By Abena Rockcliffe-Campbell “Of course!” said Minister of State, Joseph Harmon when asked on Friday if the government is taking heed of the lessons learnt by other countries that have allowed ExxonMobil to drill for oil. The question posed to Harmon was loaded. The reporter highlighted some of the problems faced by countries like Papua […]
          Names of key figures negotiating with ExxonMobil “still under wraps”- State Minister   
By Abena Rockcliffe- Campbell The government is not ready for the Guyanese people to know the names of the main professionals negotiating with oil giant, ExxonMobil, to secure a deal that will outline how much the nation will benefit from its oil. This position taken by the coalition government was articulated by Minister of State, […]
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          Rex Tillerson Faces Mideast Test In Navigating Saudi Arabia, Qatar Tensions   
Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: A rift between U.S. allies and the Persian Gulf presents Rex Tillerson with one of his first big challenges as secretary of state. And it should be right in his wheel house. Tillerson was the head of Exxon Mobil, and he's got deep contacts in the region. But as America's top diplomat, he now has to contend with clashing interests not only in the Gulf, but also in Washington. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports. MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: Saudi Arabia has given Qatar until this weekend to meet what it says are non-negotiable demands. Secretary Tillerson is trying to cool tempers. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) REX TILLERSON: We hope all the parties will continue to talk with one another in good faith. KELEMEN: Saudi Arabia is blockading Qatar, and their foreign ministers were both here in Washington this week trading accusations about that. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir says Qatar has to stop the flow of money to extremists
          Marco Rubio promete más financiamiento a las guarimbas en Venezuela   
Luis Florido y Marco Rubio en Miami
Según el Miami Herald, Donald Trump ha lidiado con una inconsistente política exterior a cargo de los personeros burócratas del Departamento de Estado de Estados Unidos (EEUU), aunque en esta instancia haya puesto al mando a Rex Tillerson, hasta hace poco el máximo jefe de ExxonMobil, principal transnacional petrolera norteamericana alineada contra Venezuela.

Para este medio del estado de Florida, el "vacío" en el Departamento de Estado ha sido llenado por el liderazgo de un senador, lobbysta de los intereses de la diáspora cubana en EEUU, Marco Rubio, quien también es el principal promotor de la injerencia contra Venezuela en el Senado de EEUU. El Herald coloca textualmente a Marco Rubio como principal articulador de la política exterior estadounidense hacia América Latina, concretamente hacia países claves, como los que integran el eje de la Alianza Bolivariana para las Américas (ALBA-TCP), y con especial énfasis, Cuba y Venezuela.

Marco Rubio: perfil y relaciones

Marco Rubio es señalado desde diversos medios estadounidenses, como The Washington Post, de provenir de una familia de relaciones turbias. Su cuñado y hoy miembro de su equipo político, Orlando Cicilia, fue un afamado y conspicuo operador del narcotráfico en Miami, acusado de asesinar a un agente de la DEA y apresado a finales de los años 80. Fue condenado a más de 35 años de cárcel. Pero Cicilia cumplió apenas poco más de 12 años, salió en libertad plena justo cuando Marco Rubio ascendió como representante al Congreso de los Estados Unidos en el año 2000.

Orlando Cicilia salió de la cárcel apenas cuatro días después de que Rubio tomara el cargo de diputado. Mientras tanto el antiguo jefe de Orlando, un capo de mayor envergadura llamado Mario Tabraue, sobre quien pesaba una pena de 100 años de cárcel por sus delitos, salió de prisión en el año 2003, con apenas 15 años de pena cumplida.

En ambos casos, Marco Rubio ha sido señalado de traficar influencias y presionar por "favores" judiciales a favor de los aparentes "benefactores" de su familia, que se acaudaló a partir de negocios en el ámbito de la comunidad cubana en Miami, donde los Rubio han sido sumamente influyentes.

Rubio se articuló en su ascenso político con Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, agente de los intereses contrarrevolucionarios cubanos y también del lobby sionista pro-israelí. Como buen hijo del ala dura republicana, creció políticamente en ese entorno y consolidó su liderazgo desde esa línea. Donde no faltaron los negocios oscuros, el narcotráfico y la proliferación de sujetos criminales con pies en la política.

Articulaciones hacia Venezuela

Desde 2014 Marco Rubio ya era lo bastante sobresaliente en su posición con respecto a Venezuela. Ese año hizo contacto público con María Corina Machado en el evento "América Latina: La libertad es el futuro", donde casi exclusivamente se habló de Venezuela. La Machado se alinea entonces con quien sería designado luego como un agente político de la intervención y desde ese punto las relaciones de Rubio con agentes del antichavismo en Venezuela se han diversificado.

Como bien señala el Miami Herald, Rubio ha sido el principal promotor de la presencia de Lilian Tintori en la Casa Blanca, justo antes de que se emprendiera un ciclo violento antichavista en Venezuela que hoy sigue en curso. Fue también co-autor de la política emprendida por Trump y que se basa en desmantelar la política de Barack Obama hacia Cuba, que había tardado años en emprenderse luego de la franca oposición de la diáspora cubana y sectores del Partido Republicano en Florida.

Según el abogado internacional de derechos humanos Jared Genser, consultado por el este medio, Marco Rubio fue el responsable de que Trump actuara contra el vicepresidente Tareck El Aissami, generando un conjunto de sanciones y señalamientos infames contra el segundo en la línea del Poder Ejecutivo venezolano, en febrero de este año. También fue articulador y responsable de sanciones que el Gobierno estadounidense impuso contra los Magistrados de la Sala Constitucional del Tribunal Supremo de Justicia (TSJ) de Venezuela en mayo de este año.

En el mapa de injerencia contra Venezuela en la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), Rubio también fue un actor clave, incluso fijando posiciones públicas, como la franca amenaza que hizo a El Salvador, Haití y República Dominicana, al señalar que estos países serían excluidos de la ayuda norteamericana en la lucha contra el narcotráfico, por apoyar la posición de Venezuela en esa organización.

Nuevo financiamiento para patrocinar la violencia antichavista en Venezuela

El medio norteamericano Sunshine State News ha reseñado una ponencia de Marco Rubio en un foro del Instutito Americano de la Empresa sobre "el crimen organizado en Latinoamérica", un poderoso grupo de asesores de grandes empresas que sirve de plataforma para actores como Roger Noriega y Luis Almagro. En ella el senador reseña las gestiones que está haciendo para financiar las actividades de "lucha y resistencia" que ha emprendido el antichavismo venezolano y que a la fecha cuenta con un saldo de más de 80 víctimas fatales.

Rubio habla de escalar la presión: "En Venezuela, los chavistas y los que están en el poder son el problema raíz. Y espero que podamos crear presión internacional en todos los foros posibles, incluyendo la OEA y las Naciones Unidas. Además de aumentar las sanciones a cualquiera en Venezuela que oprima al pueblo".

Al referirse a los nuevos apoyos a la oposición venezolana, Rubio dice hacer gestiones para alentar "al pueblo venezolano en su lucha por la libertad". Ha dicho además: "Por eso, como miembro del Senado, estoy pidiendo fondos para programas de promoción de la democracia. Y esperemos que para los fondos de transición para que cuando Maduro y sus compinches sean removidos, habrá fondos disponibles para ayudar a Venezuela…". Es decir, más financiamiento y recursos para la violencia armada que azota a Venezuela actualmente, expresa en saqueos, destrucción de ciudadades y asesinatos de civiles y efectivos de seguridad, como ha ocurrido esta semana en estados como Aragua, Maracaibo, Anzoátegui y Lara.

En esa misma línea, la embajadora estadounidense ante la ONU Nikki Haley declaró recientemente un glosario de tiranización del Gobierno venezolano, revitalizando la matriz de la actuación contra Venezuela, para salvar al pueblo: "Tenemos que mantener la presión sobre Maduro, hay señales de que ahora va a empezar a usar su poder militar y armas, y lo que vemos en la televisión es en realidad mucho peor. Es una situación terrible, por lo que tenemos que poner tanta presión como podamos sobre Maduro".

El ministro español de Asuntos Exteriores, Alfonso Dastis, afirmó este jueves tras reunirse con su homólogo de EEUU, Rex Tillerson: "Hay que seguir aumentando la presión para que Venezuela vuelva a ser una democracia, se libere a los presos políticos y haya elecciones de verdad, libres, universales y secretas", dijo Dastis a los periodistas a las puertas del Departamento de Estado, tras su encuentro con Tillerson.

Hemos de suponer entonces el advenimiento, en muy breve tiempo, de nuevos paquetes de sanciones contra Venezuela y contra la dirigencia en el Gobierno, así como también el fortalecimiento del apoyo a las actividades terroristas y el empleo de la violencia armada dosificada en las calles venezolanas por parte de la gendarmería antichavista del caos.

Fuente: MISION VERDAD
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          A legrosszabb lobbistát keresik az EU-ban   
Citromdíjat osztanak a legrosszabb módszerekkel, vagy a legrosszabb célért lobbizó érdekeltségeknek az Európai Unióban. A civil szervezetek által adományozott díjra először lehet az interneten szavazni. Olyan cégek, vagy magánszemélyek szerepelnek a szavazólapon, mint az olajipari óriás Exxon, vagy Peter Mandelsson, az EU kereskedelmi biztosa.
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          Once More into the Breach   
Well, I'm glad we got that bit of business out of the way!

The stock market did its usual spastic freak-out the moment the Federal Reserve Statement was issued. First it lurched down. And then up, big time. And then down again. And it spent the rest of the day generally heading south. It wasn't a plunge, by any stretch, but it certainly nuked a very healthy rise in equities into oblivion.


Looking at the candlestick chart of the IWM (which is the ETF for the Russell 2000), you can see a picture-perfect shooting star. My feeling is that tomorrow will be a down day, and we can get back to the business of shorting this market.


Colgate (CL) is a relatively stable/"no surprises" stock that might be worth acquiring puts against.


Coventry Health (CVH) appears to have failed to break out of a normally bullish pattern, whic