Reader’s links: Jan. 19, 2023

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  1. Trump confirms efforts to return to Facebook, says ban was ‘major business mistake’

    Note: if Trump does not stop thinking – and publicly touting – the vaxx as ‘HIS SUCESS’, he has no chance…it just demonstrates that he is unable to pick the right advisers/executives, something that mired his whole Presidency, from start to Barr.

  2. A George Soros-backed organization suing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis may face its own legal scrutiny for violating federal tax laws.

    Alianza Americas, a nonprofit funded by Soros’ Open Society Foundations, has been made the target of an ethics complaint for failing to disclose lobbying on two years of its IRS Form 990 IRS tax returns, according to the Washington Examiner.

    Alianza is suing DeSantis for transporting illegal aliens from his state to Martha’s Vineyard last year, according to the Examiner.

  3. Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said on Wednesday that he expects President Biden to run for reelection in 2024 and warned fellow Democrats against challenging him.

    “I’m all in for President Biden,” Clyburn told CBS News’s Robert Costa in an interview on Wednesday. “I think he’s demonstrated in these two years … that he is deserving of reelection. And I do believe he will be reelected irrespective of who the Republicans put up.”

    Clyburn, who was a key Biden ally in the 2020 election, praised him for “passing more progressive legislation than any president since Lyndon Baines Johnson.”

  4. It was scandalous. Once Victoria, wife of Dmitri, was finally able to convince her husband that she was not responsible, the whole picture immediately became much more sinister. Who would have done such a thing?

    It had snowed heavily the night before. Victoria got up and went to work as usual. She brushed the snow off her car in their tiny driveway. Dmitri was working from home so did not need his vehicle. It sat ahead of Victoria’s towards the garage door. Of course, their garage was never used for cars because it was too cluttered with, well, clutter. This was a problem they would have only dreamed of having back in their native Belarus. Even then, they were too modest and realistic by nature to have allowed themselves such silly fantasies. Never had they imagined having two cars. Canadians had no idea how lucky they were. Yet, here they now were in Canada, twenty years later, living the dream in middle-class suburbia, townhouse and all.

    Thinking back to this morning Victoria recalled seeing the living room light on in the neighbor’s house across the street. She rarely saw those people coming or going. When she arrived back home after work Dmitri confronted her.

    “Why did you do that?” he asked his wife as she entered the front door stomping the snow from her feet. He pointed past her to his car in the driveway. Victoria stood in her coat and boots, her purse in hand, taken aback.
    “On my car. The picture. You drew a stupid picture in the snow on my car.”
    “No, honey, I didn’t. What was it?”
    “Oh, you know.”
    “No really. Whatever it was I didn’t do it.”
    “Are you serious?”
    “Yes, I’m serious. Now what was the picture?” She was surprised Dmitri was so wound up.

    He went to the kitchen and came back with a pencil and a small note pad. He replicated the line drawing that had appeared on the snow-covered back window of his car in the driveway earlier in the day.
    “Oh my,” Victoria said. Dmitri had suspected his wife because of her ribald sense of humour, but he was satisfied by what seemed to be her sincere reaction.
    “Maybe we should get one of those cameras for the front,” she suggested.
    “No. It ends up on the cloud. Too much information.”

    The next day was brilliant, clear and sublime. The sun and the cold and the fresh, fluffy snow made the world a winter wonderland. Dmitri was out shoveling his half of the driveway they shared with their neighbor. By luck, the neighbor came out while he was there.

    “Good morning Ali,” said Dmitri.
    “Good morning,” Ali replied as he went to his car.
    “Ali,” Dmitri said reaching into his coat pocket, “do you have any idea who drew this picture on my car yesterday?” Dmitri showed Ali, who was from Egypt, the drawing he had scribbled for his wife. Ali glanced at the picture.
    “No,” he shook his head. “I didn’t do it.”
    “Not one of your kids, maybe?”
    “No, I’m quite sure. –Looks like an apple.”
    “An apple?”
    “Sure. There’s the stem.” Ali pointed to the line coming out of the top.
    “Well,” Dmitri snorted, “an apple isn’t the first thing that comes to my mind.”

    Ali shook his head and said he was in a hurry. He bid Dmitri a good day and drove off. The neighbor on the other side then appeared. His name was Olek. He and his wife were from Ukraine. They had a boy and a girl in their early teens. “Good morning, Olek,” Dmitri called. “How are you?”
    “Fine,” Olek replied. “It’s a beautiful day, isn’t it?”
    “Yes it is.” Dmitri dropped his snow shovel and scooted over to Olek, note pad in hand. “Olek, someone drew this on my car window yesterday. Please have a word with your children–kids will be kids, I know, but–.”
    “My children would never do such a thing,” Olek blurted. He was a big, burly bear of a man. “And I think you know that, Dmitri.” His tone was firm and Dmitri immediately felt bad. Olek’s pretty wife, Svetlana, came out the door. She walked up and looked at the picture. “It looks like a heart with a carrot coming out of the top.” Olek pointed with his eyes a serious, rectilinear arrow to the house across the street. Dmitri caught the signal but said nothing.

    Just then the neighbor on the other side of Ali came out of his house. His name was Larry. He was married to a nice Jamaican woman. They also had two children. Dmitri and Olek walked briskly over to have a word with him. Olek, now sufficiently suspicious, also wanted to know who the mischief maker was. Dmitri showed his pad to Larry. Larry’s eyes opened wide.
    “Sorry to bother you, Larry,” said Dmitri, “but have you got any idea who may have drawn such a picture on my car?”
    “Geeze, no, Dmitri,” replied Larry. “You know my kids–they’re both special needs.”

    Victoria then came outside to the front doorstep to have a smoke. She watched as Dmitri, Olek and Larry began trudging across the street. The neighbors over there were leaving to go somewhere. They were Russian. They had one boy who she guessed was around twenty years old. She knew from one brief exchange that they were from Moscow. Muscovites were notoriously snooty, which was pretty rich, she thought, considering most of the rest of Russians had never even seen a flush toilet.
    “Good morning Alex,” said Dmitri as the three men approached.
    “Good morning,” replied Alex Federov, turning around from the hatchback of his car, a little surprised by the sudden entourage.
    “Alex, I don’t suppose you would know the pervert who drew this picture on my car yesterday?”

    For a moment Alex Federov stared blankly at the simple line drawing. He then looked up at the three men and gave out a weary, heavy sigh. “No, Dmitri,” he started, “I have no idea who would draw such a thing on your car, but I can tell you exactly what it means.”
    “Oh?” replied Dmitri curiously. “Please do.”
    “Well,” said Federov as he pointed to the carrot, “that’s Zelensky.” He then paused a moment for effect, looking up to the eyes of the three men. Then he pointed back down to the heart in the picture and said, “and that’s all you guys.”

    Victoria took a long haul on her cigarette as she watched the exchange from afar. She had never meant to create an international incident.

  5. U.S. Enabling North Korea, So South Korea Wants Nuclear Weapons
    by Gordon G. Chang
    January 19, 2023 at 5:00 am

    South Korea’s president has just told the world that he no longer has confidence in the United States.

    “It’s possible that the problem gets worse and our country will introduce tactical nuclear weapons or build them on our own,” said President Yoon Suk Yeol on January 11, at a joint briefing by his country’s defense and foreign ministries. “If that’s the case, we can have our own nuclear weapons pretty quickly, given our scientific and technological capabilities.”

    America has a treaty obligation to defend the Republic of Korea, as South Korea is formally known, and Washington has extended its “nuclear umbrella” to protect it. In other words, the U.S. has pledged it will, if necessary, launch its most destructive weapons at those attacking South Korea. For Yoon to announce that his government might have to arm itself with nukes, therefore, is to in effect announce that he does not trust Washington to honor its word.

  6. Are the Ukrainian Political Elite Starting to Eat Each Other?
    By Larry Johnson
    Published January 19, 2023 at 6:45am

    You know that happy feeling when things are going your way? Everything is turning up roses? You got a nice buzz going? Well, if you feel that way then you certainly are not a member of Ukraine’s ruling elite. Some genuine chaos unfolding in Kiev in the wake of Russia’s victory in Soledar.

    Let us commence with the news that someone (or a group of someones) assassinated Ukraine’s top three intelligence officials — the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Denis Monastyrsky, his first deputy Yevgeny Enin and the State Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Yuriy Lubkovich. Wait a minute (some will say) we do not know if this was a mechanical failure or pilot error. True, no final conclusions, yet. But an eyewitness interviewed by one of the Kiev media claimed:

    that the helicopter with the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine on board was spinning and burning in the air before the collision.

    If that witness is giving an accurate account then it is highly unlikely that the mid-air fireball was caused by pilot error or a mechanical malfunction. This sure sounds like a surface-to-air missile, like a U.S. supplied Stinger that popped up on the black market. Here is one of the rumors floating around Ukraine. It emerged shortly after the chopper crashed into a kindergarten courtesy of someone with the nom de plume, Hacker DPR Joker:

    I will tell you all, my loyal followers, what happened today in Brovary. The Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine had long been aware that the leadership of the Ministry of Defense was trading Western arms,

    12 January 2023 by Larry Johnson 121 Comments


    I will be writing a separate piece on the likely end of the Joe Biden President. For now I want to present something that my old friend, Command Paul Evancoe USN(RET), wrote last March. Paul was an exceptional Navy SEAL and is an extraordinary man. Now, Here is Paul:

    Nearly everything we read about Russia’s invasion into Ukraine mentions their use of thermobaric weapons. Of course, the media does not explain what that means. So – here’s a quick, concise summary that will allow you to sound like a genuine expert.

    The thermobaric weapon, also known as a fuel air explosive (FAE), is a two-stage munition. The first-stage charge creates an aerosol cloud above the target made up of very fine material – from a highly volatile carbon-based fuel (butane, propane, etc) that may also include micron-size metal particles (magnesium, aluminum, etc.) as a booster/intensifier. Once the cloud is formed and has adequate time (we’re talking micro seconds) to mix with the surrounding air (so it can oxygenate), a second charge known as a detonating charge (more than one may be used depending upon the design and size of the weapon) is projected into the center of the cloud, detonating it. The ensuing detonation creates a very lethal massive explosion with a huge overpressure shock wave that is instaniously followed by a vacuum that sucks all surrounding oxygen (air) away from the target area. This is followed by a second shock wave – actually a thunder clap as the air rushes back in to fill the vacuum void. The blast wave lasts significantly longer than a conventional explosive because of it lower velocity of detonation. Along with the searing heat it creates, it is capable of instantly vaporizing human bodies within its blast radius.detonating charge (more than one may be used depending upon the design and size of the weapon) is projected into the center of the cloud, detonating it. The ensuing detonation creates a very lethal massive explosion with a huge overpressure shock wave that is instaniously followed by a vacuum that sucks all surrounding oxygen (air) away from the target area. This is followed by a second shock wave – actually a thunder clap as the air rushes back in to fill the vacuum void. The blast wave lasts significantly longer than a conventional explosive because of it lower velocity of detonation. Along with the searing heat it creates, it is capable of instantly vaporizing human bodies within its blast radius.

    Such weapons are used for a variety of purposes and come in a range of sizes. Extremely large, air-dropped versions are designed to destroy caves and tunnel complexes. The U.S. first used them in the Vietnam War along the Ho Chi Minh Trail to stop the delivery of arms and troops from the north to the south and to flatten jungle areas for use as helicopter landing zones. The US also relied on them to eliminate al-Qaida hiding in mountain caves in Afghanistan. Russia is now using them in a “bunker-buster” role to destroy defensive positions in Ukraine.

    The major detractor in their use is that they are far from surgical. When used in an urban area, house flattening, lung embolisms, broken ear drums, etc. collateral damage is unavoidable. I hope this helps with your understanding./I>

    Speaking of great guys, I was honored to be the first live guest on The Duran in 2023. Sitting down for a chat with Alex Christoforou and Alexander Mercouris is always a scintillating experience. I apologize for some of the glitches in the broadcast. I have the highest possible speed for my router, but seem to have problems with Streamyard. (If anyone has any ideas how to solve this problem let me know).

  8. Mexico Is Not Really an American Friend
    One sure sign of historic national decline is the collective inability of a government and its people to defend their own borders and national sovereignty.
    By Victor Davis Hanson

    January 18, 2023
    Left-wing Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador recently praised a visiting Joe Biden: “Just imagine: There are 40 million Mexicans in the United States—40 million who were born here in Mexico, [or] who are the children of people who were born in Mexico!”

    Why wouldn’t Obrador be delighted? Since Biden took office in January 2021, America has allowed some 5-6 million illegal entries across its southern border.

    Obrador further congratulated the malleable Biden whom he apparently sees as a kindred but complacent left-wing spirit: “You are the first

  9. The Invasion of America by Sea Has Begun
    Our coastal areas have become the new front in the border crisis as the world knows illegal entry attempts by ship are a risk worth taking.
    By Brian Lonergan

    January 18, 2023
    While the world debates whether the crisis at the southern U.S. border constitutes an invasion, a second front of the invasion has opened up along America’s coastlines. This has compounded the threat to our national sovereignty, and our absentee landlord in the White House pretends neither problem exists.

    In November, Matt O’Brien of the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) released an investigative report warning that our maritime borders may soon be under assault by would-be migrants in a manner similar what we’re seeing at our southern border. The report cited a rise in waterborne attempts by migrants to enter the United States unlawfully. The report’s warnings were prescient.

    Entering the United States by sea has long been considered the more dangerous way to enter the country illegally. The spectacular growth of drug- and human-trafficking cartels, however, combined with the relaxed security posture of the federal government, apparently have made illegal entry attempts by ship a risk worth taking.

    A boat containing 25 Haitian migrants recently was taken into U.S. Border Patrol custody off the coast of Florida near Miami. Because of its proximity to the Caribbean islands, Florida has borne the brunt of illegal maritime entries. The most famous was the Mariel Boatlift in 1980, when a mass exodus of Cubans was absorbed into South Florida. In 1991, about 40,000 Haitians attempted the same entry. Last August, the Coast Guard took 113 Haitians into custody after their overloaded vessel ran aground off Key Largo, Florida.

    Fed up with such incidents as well as with the White House’s asleep-at-the-wheel approach to immigration enforcement, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has taken action. Earlier this month, he activated the National Guard and the Florida National Guard to address the attempts to breach our shores. This brought a predictable response from the Biden Administration, as press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre dismissed the moves as “political stunts.”

    As in so many other instances, the current administration was promptly left with egg on its proverbial face, as the emptiness of its rhetoric and actions were quickly exposed. Just hours after Jean-Pierre’s statement, Fox News’ Bill Melugin reported that the Coast Guard had asked the DeSantis Administration in writing for help to deal with the growing number seaborne attempts to enter the country illegally. Why does the federal government need the help of a man allegedly engaging in political stunts with a problem we are told is all in our imaginations?

    True believers in the anti-borders narrative can try to explain away these maritime incursions, but the application of Occam’s Razor-style logic yields some fairly clear explanations. The U.S.-Mexico border is less than 2,000 miles long, and our Border Patrol is currently overwhelmed trying to protect it with little support from the executive branch. The U.S. shorelines are over 95,000 miles long. The idea that we can patrol them any better than our southern border in our current political climate is folly.

    More importantly, an unofficial but very clear signal has been sent by this White House to the rest of the world: If you are taken into custody for illegally entering the United States, you will most likely be allowed into the country and permitted to stay indefinitely. The rules to qualify for asylum can be circumvented by using a few magic words supplied by activist lawyers.

    Should our coasts become a new front in the border crisis, it also raises a security threat. Last November alone, Border Patrol agents caught 12 foreign nationals whose names were on the terrorism watch list. Given the number of “gotaways” currently in the country, it raises the nightmare scenario that a sizeable population of foreign terrorists are now living among us. A porous coastline only gives those bent on causing great damage to our country another option for entry.

    We should certainly fight this administration in the courts as they attempt to gaslight the American public that we are not witnessing an invasion of our borders. Whatever a judge decides on the issue, however, reasonable people can see the truth with their eyes and ears. If this is indeed an invasion, it is one that we have invited with years of compromised leadership and feckless policy.

  10. 26:15 Willem Middelkoop first coined the phrase the Big Reset, which Klaus Schwab rehypothecated into the Great Reset, which refers to much more than the original expression’s reference to finances only. Middelkoop gives a first-rate analysis here, including more clarification on Pozsar’s recent papers.

  11. Researchers Claim Coffee Is Contributing To Climate Change
    By Anthony Scott
    Published January 19, 2023 at 9:00am

    First red meat, then gas stoves, and now coffee.

    Researchers from Canada are currently analyzing coffee’s “contribution to climate change”.

    The new analysis was published by researchers from the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi in a piece titled “Here’s how your cup of coffee contributes to climate change”

    In their analysis researchers concluded “Limiting your contribution to climate change requires an adapted diet, and coffee is no exception. Choosing a mode of coffee preparation that emits less GHGs (greenhouse gases) and moderating your consumption are part of the solution

  12. EDMONTON – City aims for Edmontonians to ‘live more locally’ with 15-minute districts

    As Edmonton inches towards two million residents, it’s looking to a concept that would see the city create 15-minute districts as a way to improve quality of life, help achieve its plan to become carbon neutral by 2050, and control urban sprawl.

    The 15-minute city is an urban design strategy that the current city council adopted as part of the City Plan at the end of 2020. The next city council, and its successors, will make the decisions that either help bring this plan to life or leave it to languish. As the municipal election approaches, this is a good time to examine what this concept means for Edmonton.

    So what is a 15-minute district?

    The City Plan defines it as “small towns in our big city, where people can meet many of their daily needs locally.”

    The goal is to create “a place where you can get all of the immediate needs and amenities within a 15-minute … distance of your home,” architect Shafraaz Kaba told Green Energy Futures. That could potentially include groceries, recreation, green space, housing, health care, small businesses and more — the district plans expected in early 2022 will define what will be included.

    The city says it wants to make it possible — not mandatory, but possible — to get to those places without a car, by walking, biking, or taking transit.

    If all goes as planned, Edmontonians will be able to access their daily needs (without having to drive) from where they live in their respective districts — the City Plan identifies 15 of them across the city — by the time the city grows to two million people. It’s a target that attendees of Taproot’s People’s Agenda listening sessions said they are keen for the city to implement, expressing that they want to see an overall increase in density and walkability.

    But no city is built exactly the same, and Edmonton is particularly sprawled out, meaning how it approaches shifting towards this concept will look different from other cities around the world.

    Where does the ’15-minute’ term originate?

    The idea itself isn’t necessarily new, as it “builds on principles of New Urbanism and transit-oriented development, and it finds its roots in the idea of the neighbourhood unit advanced by the American planner Clarence Perry in the early 1900s,” writes City Monitor’s Patrick Sisson.

    The urban design concept grew in popularity in 2019 when French-Colombian professor Carlos Moreno further developed the idea of “focusing on economic development in every corner of the city.”

    Moreno inspired Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo to champion the 15-minute city, and it became a core component of her successful 2020 reelection campaign.

    “It now stands as her central policy framework to improve quality of life and help the city live up to the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement,” writes Sisson. “As cities around the world strive to make similar transformations, Paris’s experience with the 15-minute philosophy will be closely watched for ideas that can be emulated elsewhere.

    The COVID-19 pandemic spurred even more demand for localized amenities as workers shifted to home offices and spent more time in their nearby communities.

    What other cities are doing something similar?

    Paris wasn’t the first place to get on board, but it has likely done the most to put it into practice by promoting cycling and walking, restricting vehicles, and putting an emphasis on people-first infrastructure and parks.

    C40 Cities, a coalition of 97 cities around the world that are focused on fighting climate change, has put an emphasis on the concept as a means to post-pandemic economic recovery.

    Other examples of cities working on similar strategies include Melbourne, which has built a long-term plan to move towards 20-minute neighbourhoods; Ottawa, whose 15-minute city plan aims to “have residents take half their trips by foot, bicycle, public transit or by carpooling”; and Portland, which plans for 90% of the city to have access to daily needs through its Complete Neighbourhood project.

    If these places are focusing on individual neighbourhoods, why is Edmonton building at the district level?
    “While other cities may be focused on different geographies, our intent is to recognize that we’re different from other cities, we have different needs,” said Michael Strong, principal planner with the City of Edmonton and project lead for district planning.

    Edmonton currently has 402 neighbourhoods, including the newly approved Meltwater. There are around 200 plans in effect to guide individual neighbourhood development, and those without a plan are guided by the City Plan, city strategies, guidelines, and zoning bylaws. Planning decisions for both residential and industrial neighbourhoods are shifting as a whole towards the direction of the City Plan, and the new district plans will help achieve that overall vision.

    Strong pointed to the Building Great Neighbourhoods project as an example of why the city shifted towards the district model, which led to various departments collaborating about how to be more efficient and effective.

    “Part of that was understanding that certain neighbourhoods share infrastructure, services, and boundaries. By rolling this up into a district we can then take a better look holistically about how to gain some efficiencies and effectiveness in terms of how we provide those services,” Strong told Taproot.

    “The districts really came into that conversation about how we work at a much larger scale to provide these things that take our city in that direction as we grow to two million.”

    While it may get confusing differentiating 15-minute neighbourhoods or 15-minute districts, Strong said overall “it comes down to what we can do to build more compactly.”

    “Obviously work has to happen at a neighbourhood level, but we’re hoping that Edmontonians will not get caught up on the exact definition of ‘We’re doing it right or we’re doing it wrong,’ but we’re moving in the direction to allow ourselves to live more locally as Edmontonians have told us they want, and to provide more of these daily needs within a 15-minute reach.”

    Although Edmontonians will still be able to choose to travel by car, the goal is that they don’t necessarily have to own one to live here.

    While there’s no guarantee that residents will choose alternative modes of transportation over vehicles, Strong said the City Plan’s emphasis on nodes and corridors will help with that.

    “We are trying to change the environment, and that will impact people’s decisions to travel as far as they do. By emphasizing more services within a corridor like 124th Street … you may have a car, but maybe you’re less compelled to drive it by virtue of the city moving towards a more compact built environment.”

    At a city-wide level, the City Plan aims to have 50% of daily trips made by active mobility (walking, biking) or public transit, with cars accounting for the other 50%. Currently, less than 25% of all daily trips are made by transit or active modes, so the move towards 15-minute districts will contribute towards that goal.

    What are the benefits and drawbacks of making this shift?
    There are the immediate advantages of mobility and convenience, which provide improved quality of life because residents can access necessities quicker and more efficiently within their neighbourhoods.

    Edmonton also has the highest per capita emissions of any municipality in Canada, according to the University of Alberta. With 15-minute districts, residents will be able to get where they need to go for work or to pick up groceries without needing to own a vehicle, which the city hopes will promote a more sustainable city by lowering carbon emissions and freeing up roads and parking spaces for other uses. The health of Edmontonians could also be improved as they walk or bike more to get around.

    The design may also be a boon for the city’s coffers — as cities sprawl, costs go up.

    “It costs a lot of money to build new fire halls, police stations, ambulance services, and even the roads to get there,” architect Kaba told Green Energy Futures. Plus, there’s “all of the pipes that deliver our water, our sewage, our natural gas lines, our electricity, all of that takes millions and millions of dollars to expand further and further outwards.”

    But some urban experts say that 15-minute cities may not transfer well from Europe to North America, and could exacerbate inequality. Toronto-based urban designer and thinker Jay Pitter even called the template “presumptive and colonial” at the CityLab 2021 conference.

    “It doesn’t take into account the histories of urban inequity, intentionally imposed by technocratic and colonial planning approaches, such as segregated neighbourhoods, deep amenity inequity, and discriminatory policing of our public spaces,” she told the CityLab 2021 conference in March.

    Pitter is more in favour of a “bottom-up approach to redesigning streets and neighbourhoods that allows people to make their own decisions on design right outside their doorstep,” she said. That might see some places go from 60-minute cities to 45-minute cities or 30-minute to 20-minute.

    Whether Edmonton’s approach to this design will be effective is to be determined, as it’s still in its early stages.

    How will the city bring its plan to life and track progress?

    The city is in the midst of developing the district plans, which includes figuring out which data it will use to measure whether trips for daily necessities are possible within 15 minutes of active transportation or transit.

    Howaida Hassan, the city’s general supervisor of urban growth in planning and environment services, said the household travel survey may be used, or transit ridership numbers.

    “But I think we might have to expand our tools in terms of how we capture this data, perhaps capturing it more frequently so that we can understand those trends, instead of waiting every 10 years to understand it,” she said.

    The city will also have to make a noticeable shift away from building a city that prioritizes vehicles as the main mode of transportation, so increasing density will be crucial.

    But by continuing to take actions like prioritizing infill targets, in 2050 Edmontonians might see 50% of new dwelling units added through infill, which is one of the goals of the City Plan. Eventually, residents will be able to physically feel the city changing, said Hassan.

    Strong also said it’s important to remember that district planning is only one possible strategy that can be used to shape the city, and tools like updating the zoning bylaw, which will dictate how developers build on sites, will also contribute to shifting the focus away from car-oriented planning.

    What’s next?

    City administration is preparing drafts of all 15 district plans and organizing to conduct a second round of engagement early next year as directed by city council’s urban planning committee. The goal is to have council approve district plans by the end of 2022, which will aim to show residents more specifically how their neighbourhoods will evolve.

    The district plans will also provide direction to industry about where development and redevelopment are encouraged as well as information for administration and council that will inform decisions regarding land use, mobility, and infrastructure.

    The city said the first iteration of the plans will guide Edmonton’s growth to 1.25 million, with updates to be made with each additional 250,000 people. Strong and Howaida expect that the soon-to-be elected councillors and mayor will provide direction and feedback on the future district plans.

    “We expect them to put more pressure or focus on areas that the city needs to go to respond to new opportunities and challenges and issues,” said Strong. “And that the measurement that we do and build over time will help inform that decision to focus on different aspects of the City Plan to achieve it.”

    The idea to do this story emerged from a discussion during one of Taproot’s listening sessions on the People’s Agenda, our project to ground our municipal election coverage in issues that are important to Edmontonians.

    PIC : A map of Edmonton’s 15-minute districts, as proposed in the City Plan. (City of Edmonton)


    15-Minute Cities – Planning to live local in a sustainable world

    Architect Shafraaz Kaba says the concept of the 15-minute city can help tackle urban sprawl and help us build zero-emissions cities that are people friendly, location efficient and climate resilient.

    Kaba is co-chair of Edmonton’s Energy Transition and Climate Resilience Committee and a pioneering architect of super efficient, net-zero buildings.

    This is part one in our Green Energy Futures CKUA Radio series on 15-minute cities and Edmonton’s bold plan to live within a 1.5 degree carbon budget, get to zero emissions and build a sustainable city of the future.

    • DEUTSCHE PRAVDA – “We’re coming closer to limits of adaptation” Climate researcher Johan Rockström | WEF 2023

      ( 6 min )

      Rising water levels and a change in sea currents – the melting of the arctic ice has dramatic consequences for the planet’s climate. Scientist Johan Rocjström warns in Davos that it is high time to change course if we still want to avoid a climate catastrophe.

    • FOX NEWS – Davos speaker calls for one billion people to ‘stop eating meat’ for ‘innovation’ and the environment

      Siemens AG chairman said the future will bring proteins that are zero carbon, healthier and tastier than meat



      WEF 2023: Siemens Chairman Jim Hagemann Snabe on eating meat and sustainable food.

      Siemens Chairman Jim Hagemann Snabe: “If a billion people stop eating meat, it will have a big impact …

      I predict we will have proteins that don’t come from meat in the future, they will probably taste even better …

      They will be zero carbon and much healthier.”

  13. The Deep State Joins Biden’s Attorneys in Leaking Excuses Behind Biden’s Classified Document Scandal and Criminal Actions
    By Joe Hoft
    Published January 19, 2023 at 9:30am

    The Deep State FBI and DOJ have apparently joined in the leaking of information to select mainstream media outlets along with Biden’s lawyers. Like the Mueller exam, the information released on Biden’s criminal actions with classified documents are coming from “sources” to remain unknown.

    The well-oiled corrupt disinformation apparatus that includes the Deep State and the mainstream media is back at work.

    Americans are left picking up pieces of information on the Biden criminal classified document scandal from the very same entities that gave us four years of Russia collusion lies.

    Biden’s actions are criminal per attorney Mike Davis who distinguishes why President Trump acted under the law (Presidents have the right to take with them basically what they want when they leave the White House under the Presidential Records Act) and Biden acted flawlessly (holding classified documents in your garage for years is not protected by any laws).

    Americans are unable to get the truth anymore from our government. The DOJ and FBI are horribly corrupt. The leaked information to date on this case is as nauseous as the leaked lies from the Mueller gang. Knowing what we know now, this smells much worse.

    • global news – When will Canada’s 200 additional armoured vehicles make it to Ukraine?

      Defence Minister Anita Anand pledged to send an additional 200 Canadian-made armoured vehicles to Ukraine.

      This is part of the additional $500 million in military aid committed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in November 2022.

      Mike Drolet reports on the timeline of Ottawa’s contribution, the company manufacturing those vehicles and what Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pleaded for.

    • europravda – How is Europe preparing for the next phase of the war in Ukraine?

      “War in Europe: Year Two” was the topic of one of the most thought-provoking sessions at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos.

    • JAN 19 2023 – Former PM Boris Johnson visits Kiev and urges allies to’ double down on support’

      FORMER British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday (January 19) urged allies to double down on sending military equipment to support Ukraine and speed up an end to the war with Russia.

      Johnson, who left office in September 2022 amid a wave of scandal, was leading Britain when Russia invaded Ukraine in February and in subsequent weeks sought to position Britain as the Ukraine’s number one ally in the West.

      “There is nothing to be lost by doubling down on the materiel, equipment that we are sending to Ukraine and there is nothing to fear in escalation, and the best thing for the world is to get this thing done, and done fast,”

      Johnson said in an interview as part of the Reuters Impact Arctic Warning series on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.

      Johnson was speaking at Ukraine House, an exhibition front on Davos’ main high street, where Ukraine’s high-level delegation has been drumming up support for the country as it nears the end of the first year of the war.

      The former mayor of London was made an honorary citizen of Ukraine’s capital on Wednesday night by Kyiv’s mayor Vitali Klitschko in Davos.

      Waving his residency card proudly, Johnson said it would be his “golden Oyster card” – a reference to the travelcard used in London – to one day return to the Ukrainian capital, although he had no immediate plans to go.

    • reuters -Factbox: European states in Estonia pledge weapons for Ukraine

      Jan 19 (Reuters) – A group of 11 European states have pledged to deliver more arms to Ukraine in its war with Russia, saying they would send main battle tanks, heavy artillery, air defence, ammunition and infantry fighting vehicles.

      The countries that issued the statement from Estonia, calling it the Tallinn Pledge, said they would urge other allies to contribute to the package at a meeting in Ramstein, Germany.

      The 11 nations were Estonia, Britain, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, Slovakia and Spain.

      Below are highlights from the statement that listed existing and planned contributions from some of the nations in the group:

      Denmark will continue to train Ukrainian forces, including but not limited to the UK-led Operation INTERFLEX. Denmark has donated or financed military aid worth close to 600 million euros. Weapons donations and military support will continue in close cooperation with allies and in accordance with Ukrainian needs.

      The Czech Republic said it was working with its defence industry to increase production capacities to provide more support, especially in producing large calibre ammunition, howitzers and armoured personnel carriers (APCs). A key component will be maintenance of already delivered equipment.

      The Estonian package consists of tens of 155 mm FH-70 and 122 mm D-30 howitzers, thousands of rounds of 155 mm artillery ammunition, support vehicles for artillery units, hundreds of Carl-Gustaf M2 anti-tank grenade launchers with ammunition. Estonia will continue to provide both basic and specialist training to hundreds of Ukrainian Armed Forces members in 2023.

      Latvia is preparing new donations with additional tens of man-portable air-defence systems (Stinger) and additional air-defence elements, two M-17 helicopters, tens of machine guns with ammunition, several tens of UAVs and spare parts for M109 howitzers. In 2023, Latvia is planning to train about 2,000 Ukrainian soldiers from basic infantry training to specialised courses.

      The new Lithuanian package consists of dozens of L-70 anti-aircraft guns with tens of thousands of ammunition, and two Mi-8 helicopters, with a total replacement value of 85 million euros. In 2023, Lithuania will invest 40 million euros for procurement to support Ukraine’s military. This will include anti-drones, optics, thermo-visual devices and drones. In addition, 2 million euros will be transferred to the UK International Fund to finance heavy weaponry acquisitions projects such as artillery systems and ammunition, direct fire platforms or armoured fighting vehicles. The total value of Lithuania’s upcoming package is 125 million euros.

      The new Polish package consists of S-60 anti-aircraft guns with 70,000 pieces of ammunition. Poland has already donated 42 infantry fighting vehicles along with training package for two mechanised battalions. Poland continues to deliver 155 mm KRAB howitzers and is supplying Ukraine with various types of ammunition. In addition, Poland is ready to donate a company of Leopard 2 tanks with 1,000 pieces of ammunition.

      In addition to the heavy equipment donated, Slovakia will continue intensive discussions with allies to unlock further equipment donations, now focused on main battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, air defence systems. It also includes increased production of howitzers, demining equipment and ammunition. Details are being developed based on exchanges with allies and partners.

      Britain’s accelerated package consists of a squadron of Challenger 2 tanks with armoured recovery and repair vehicles, AS90 self-propelled 155mm guns, hundreds more armoured and protected vehicles, a manoeuvre support package that includes minefield breaching and bridging capabilities, dozens more uncrewed aerial systems to support Ukrainian artillery and another 100,000 artillery rounds. It also includes hundreds more sophisticated missiles including GMLRS rockets, Starstreak air defence missiles and medium range air defence missiles, 600 Brimstone anti-tank munitions and an equipment support package of spares to refurbish up to a hundred Ukrainian tanks and infantry fighting vehicles. The package is further augmented by continuing basic training and junior leadership training in Britain with 9 International partners, with the aim of training about a further 20,000 personnel in 2023.


      GOV.UK – Joint Statement – The Tallinn Pledge

      A joint statement by the defence ministers of Estonia, the United Kingdom, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania; and the representatives of Denmark, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, and Slovakia.



      DEUTSCHE PRAVDA – NATO Military Committee press conference

      NATO’s highest Military Authority, the Military Committee, meets in person on 18-19 January 2023 in Brussels.

    • CNN = Ex-Ukrainian president calls proposed military aid package a ‘game-changer’

      “….Ukraine will retake Crimea…”

      The US is set to finalize a huge military aid package for Ukraine totaling approximately $2.5 billion worth of weaponry, including for the first time Stryker combat vehicles, two sources briefed on the next tranche of aid told CNN.

    Why Is Iran Shipping Uranium Everywhere?
    Western security officials need to take the threat of Iran proliferating its relatively small amount of weapons-grade uranium to its proxies via black market routes more seriously than they do.
    By Brandon J. Weichert

    January 18, 2023
    A Shadow war is raging between the United States and its Israeli and Sunni Arab allies—notably Saudi Arabia—against the Islamic Republic of Iran. The stakes are for the very survival of the U.S.-dominated order that has existed in the Middle East since the end of the Second World War. For both Israel and Saudi Arabia, the stakes may very well be the survival of their nation-states in the face of a growing, ideologically rabid Islamist Iran. Since 2019, that shadow war is increasingly coming out into the light—and it could drag the world into another great power war.

    Recently, the Iranians are believed to have attempted to ship uranium to their Houthi Rebel proxies fighting against Saudi-backed Sunni forces in Yemen’s civil war. Unfortunately for the world, that shipment was intercepted by none other than al-Qaeda.

    If you thought that would end Iran’s dangerous game of pin-the-uranium-on-the-donkey, another shipment was intercepted, this time by British counterterrorism forces. It is believed the uranium was being sent to proxies operating in Britain for a possible assassination attempt on an unknown person living in Britain (uranium has been used to great effect by Russian intelligence to poison dissidents living in Britain).

    Movements for a Larger War
    There is, however, another possibility: These tiny amounts of uranium are being distributed along known Iranian routes. After all, the Iranian-backed Lebanese terrorist group, Hezbollah, has long used both European and British ports of entry as transit nodes for the illicit traffic of moving weapons into Lebanon.

    In 2013 and 2014, Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commander, General Qassem Soleimani, brokered a deal worth 400,000 Euros with Hezbollah to secure warehouse facilities in places like England, Germany, and Belgium to covertly store ammonium nitrate—a key component in the explosives Hezbollah routinely uses, and a precursor element for HMX.

    It is more than likely Hezbollah still has covert depots scattered at English ports that it uses to house illicit weapons and other material that will eventually find their way into the waiting hands of Iranian agents, such as those fighting on the ground in places like Syria or Lebanon.

    Just as the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen have been building up their weapons capabilities to use against the Saudi-backed groups fighting them, Hezbollah in Lebanon has been building up their capabilities to launch a renewed offensive against Israel.

    With the world distracted by the Russo-Ukraine War, Tehran’s rulers may believe the time is ripe for them to strike while the Western defenses are down. These shipments may be an ominous sign that they are preparing the battlefield.

    Iran’s Precision Project
    In 2020, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy issued a stark report detailing a robust and pernicious threat to Israeli security from the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist group headquartered in neighboring Lebanon. According to the 2020 report, the Iranians have bankrolled what they refer to as the “Precision Project.” Paul Iddon of Forbes stated that Israeli leaders “will have to contend with increasingly lethal Hezbollah missiles [when another Israeli-Hezbollah conflict erupts].”

    Iddon assessed that, “[Hezbollah] has amassed an enormous arsenal of surface-to-surface missiles and rockets.” This arsenal is extremely dangerous and can do previously unheard-of levels of damage to the Israeli heartland, should Hezbollah be given the go-ahead to initiate another caustic war with Israel by their Iranian masters.

    The IRGC has overseen the project designed to enhance the accuracy of Hezbollah’s rockets. Thanks to their assistance, Hezbollah’s rockets will be able to better target and more accurately hit critical Israeli infrastructure and other soft targets deep inside Israel.

    Under Iran’s direction, Hezbollah built many of these missile production facilities throughout Lebanon and Syria very near to large civilian populations, in order to deter the Israelis from striking hard at these dangerous facilities. Plus, the fact that the facilities building the missiles for Iran’s Precision Project are distributed so far afield, means Israeli warplanes will have increased difficulties taking out these facilities before they can pose an immediate threat to their homeland.

    The Nuclear Element
    As I document in my forthcoming book, The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (due out March 28), since 2016, the IRGC has been creating massive stores of a chemical known as Octagen (HMX). This is a critical element for creating fuel for the kinds of precision missiles that Hezbollah has been building in their IRGC-supported missile production facilities throughout Lebanon and Syria.

    In fact, the 2020 Beirut blast is believed by some (including this author) to have resulted from HMX being detonated—whether purposely or accidentally—at one of Hezbollah’s secret depots at the Port of Beirut.

    All this means is that the Iranians are coordinating a massive effort across the arc of the Shiite Crescent in the Middle East to expand their power, threaten their neighbors, and destabilize the already tenuous American position in the region. By adding some uranium to the growing arsenals of Hezbollah and/or the Houthis, the Iranians are enhancing the lethality of their proxies.

    We could be waking up one day this year to news that the critical Israeli port of Haifa has been destroyed in a dirty bomb attack delivered by Hezbollah missiles. Or, we might awaken to learn that the critical oil production facilities in eastern Saudi Arabia have been obliterated in a Houthi dirty bomb attack (delivered by the large fleet of Iranian drones that the Houthi have at their disposal), spiking the price of the world’s already-high oil prices.

    Western security officials need to take the threat of Iran proliferating its relatively small amount of weapons-grade uranium to its proxies via black market routes more seriously than they do. Greater effort must be put into busting up these illicit trading routes the Iranians have spent years building globally so as to prevent the flow of increasingly devastating Iranian weapons from getting to their proxies, who mean to do our allies—and us—great harm.

    Perhaps Iran will be unable to build a viable arsenal of nuclear weapons.

    Nevertheless, they have enough nuclear material to spread around the region so that their proxies can use it to devastating effect in a series of nuclear-like attacks that could do grave damage to key U.S. allies. Such a move could force Washington to make a staggering choice (as Russia and China press against U.S. power elsewhere): either escalate against Iran and break the back of the already ailing U.S. military or abandon the Middle East to Iran and its Russian and Chinese partners.

  15. The Left is Mutating into the Taliban
    From misogyny to religious discrimination, the similarities are too close to ignore.
    January 19, 2023 by Rachel Alexander 2 Comments

    The left likes to use its support for murdering unborn babies as evidence the right discriminates against women, but stepping back and looking at the big picture, it’s clear the left’s policies are more in step with the misogyny of the Taliban. In fact, the left’s increasingly fascist tendencies are starting to move toward many policies of the Taliban. The comparison is rarely made, however, because the similarities are subtle and are increasing slowly, akin to heating up a frog slowly in boiling water so it doesn’t realize what’s happening.

    The Taliban demands absolute adherence to its rigid beliefs, just like the left does with wokism. Re-education or else. Wokism is being coded into law, trampling on multiple rights including free speech, freedom of religion, freedom of association, the right to keep and bear arms, states’ rights and equal protection. Those who dissent are targeted and often held up as examples as a warning to others what will happen to them if they engage in the same type of behavior. Senior Taliban leaders recently said the harsh application of sharia law during their first era of rule in the 1990s was necessary because of the “depravity” and

  16. Alec Baldwin to be charged with involuntary manslaughter in ‘Rust’ film shooting
    The film’s cinematographer was killed in the on-set shooting.

    ByMeredith Deliso

    Alec Baldwin and armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed will each be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter for the 2021 fatal shooting on the New Mexico set of the film “Rust,” officials said Thursday.

    Santa Fe First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies and special prosecutor Andrea Reeb announced their decision Thursday morning in a written statement shared with media.

  17. Dr. William Makis – Totality of Evidence

    Alberta will bring in mRNA-loving International doctors?
    This is a poison pill for Alberta Premier Danielle Smith, to keep her on ice until Notley wins in May 2023. The corrupt College of Physicians, which fired its own unvaccinated employees in 2021, and still persecutes doctors who raise concerns about mRNA Vaccine injuries is offering to “fast-track” International doctors who will push mRNA, instead of opening doors wide open to Canadian doctors and nurses who were persecuted for “mRNA thought crimes” or no longer want the mRNA vaccine.
    This is a catastrophic blunder that will destroy our healthcare.
    Dr. William Makis MD – January 19, 2023

  18. Armed Black Lives Matter Protesters In Virginia Hold Rally To Demand Reparations (VIDEO)
    By Cullen Linebarger
    Published January 19, 2023 at 11:30am

    The issue of reparations for slavery has seemingly become the new passion for elements of the radical left. The most recent example of this passion happened on Monday in Richmond, Virginia when armed Black Lives Matter agitators marched on the State Capitol to demand free money for a sin that was abolished in America over 150 years ago.

    The Gateway Pundit has previously reported on the far-left’s nationwide push to give reparations to black Americans. The most recent case involved the San Francisco “Reparations Committee” proposing to give every black resident $5 million each and grant them total debt forgiveness.

    Now BLM senses an opportunity to push this communist, unconstitutional scheme in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    Here are the full details from the Post Millennial:


    • europravda – ‘The time of the Wild West is over,’ EU’s Vera Jourova warns Elon Musk’s Twitter from Davos

      The EU Commissioner for Values and Transparency discussed the Twitter takeover with Euronews Next at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

    • WEF: starve social media of revenue if they allow information that contradicts the “Great Narrative”

      Yesterday at Davos, PR Firm Edelman’s Richard Edelman explains that businesses associated with the WEF need to starve social media platforms of revenue if they allow information that contradicts the “Great Narrative” that

  19. McCarthy Officially Ends Pelosi’s Unconstitutional Proxy Voting Scheme
    By Cristina Laila
    Published January 19, 2023 at 2:24pm

    House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Thursday officially ended Pelosi’s unconstitutional proxy voting scheme.

    “No more proxy voting,” McCarthy announced Thursday. “Effective immediately, Members of Congress have to show up to work if they want their vote to count.

    On May 27, 2020 the House held its first ‘proxy vote’ since Congress first met in 1789 thanks to Nancy Pelosi.

    71 Democrats voted ‘by proxy’ in its first vote since adoption of its party-line rule.

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