Thursday, 24 May 2018

Sharemilkers lose everything after raising alarm about M bovis

The horrors of New Zealand dairy farming


The sharemilkers who first raised the alarm about sick cows, leading to the discovery of Mycoplasma bovis, say they have been left homeless, penniless and without work.

Mary Potgieter and her husband were sharemilkers on the van Leeuwen farm in South Canterbury. She told RNZ's Checkpoint about the discovery of the cattle disease, and how all of the farm's cows had to be killed.

"It's really sad for me. I was getting new born calves by then. The cows had started calving at the end of July and the works wouldn't take the calves or pets.

"But this time Pet Food had come. [They] shoot the calves in the pens and I'd go back the next day and there would be blood in the pens. There were still calves alive as they were only allowed to take a certain number a day."

The rest of the cows had also been killed.

She described the discovery of the cattle disease and said she noticed some of the cows were "springing" in May 2017, which was an indicator they were ready to calve. This was worrying as it was too early in the year. 

They pulled at a cow's teat and what came out "was like butter". They called the vet, who did some tests which came back negative. During this time some of the cows displayed symptoms of arthritis and struggled to walk on their front legs.

They separated the cows - 162 of 352 were affected at that time. The pushed back on the vet to make more tests.

By July 2017 it was diagnosed as Mycoplasma bovis.

"We didn't know what it was. It was the first time we had heard that word," Mrs Potgieter said.

"When we heard what it was, and how bad it was, we were shocked." 
"He said it was down to management, that we didn't work properly."

After all the cows were culled they were forced to leave all of their equipment, including tractors and silage wagons, to move to Australia to look for work. 

"I don't think the bank's going to be happy about this but we've been living on our credit card," Mrs Potgieter said.

She hoped the van Leeuwen Dairy Group would distribute some of their compensation if or when they received it.

"If MPI doesn't pay up soon I'm going to have to declare bankruptcy."

Of this disease she said: "If it wasn't for the vets it never would have come out."

What is it about the weather?

The coldest winter in years”, says meteorologist

I spend a lot of my time trying to work out why I keep hearing about how cold it is when both my experience,memory and my research tells me that the weather is nothing like what I have experienced in the past.

Just a few days ago I wrote the following after waking sweating in the middle of the night:
Warmer-than-usual weather in NZ as we head towards an el-Nino
And now I find that I am being told that we are in for a ‘colder-than usual’ winter.


There may be more snow on the Alps than in the most recent, el-Nino winters but odds are that it will melt again when the temperatures go up again.

And here is the short-term forecast.

If we look at the sea temperature anomalies around NZ we can see that temperatures are still warmer than ‘average’ although,true this heat may be gradually moving away from New Zealand.

Federal forecasters see an El Nino moving in and bringing warmer and drier weather

As I have pointed out we have trouble headed our way in the form of another el-Nino although I have not heard that acknowledged from any New Zealand sources.

Last week I reported at the strangeness of temperatures RISING to 12 degrees Celsius in the middle of the night. The minimum temperature recorded on my thermometer last night was 12.2 degrees Celsius. It is currently 17.1C in the middle of the afternoon.

Well, I live in the city that has the reputation of having the worst weather in the country and yet we have this warm weather.

So I thought I’d better look somewhere else – to the city of my birth, Christchurch.

And I remember all those frosty days when there would be ice on the roads, not once a month but most days a week. Pretty stable really. The bad weather that blew through (and the fronts could come up in minutes) were the exception rather than the rules.

My memory is of plenty of days with blue skies and frosty mornings. Not only that but it was how it was when my father was brought up in the 1920’a.

Just in case my experiences of Christchurch in winter are subjective and unrepresentative then this comment certainly caught my attention:

Probably not the worst but Christchurch is getting on a par with Wellington as the most depressing. since the earthquakes, sunny days are becoming a thing of the past. Usually around 8 days out of 10 , the east side is covered in low grey cloud for 80% of the day. The Metsevice says fine , but you go outside and nothing but grey sky for as far as the eye can see.”

And for what it is worth here is a description from northern Canada:

You're describing what is happening here in northern Canada. Summer is in a month and only had maybe 5 days of sun. Otherwise it's that grey sky. Same was in winter.. it was hard.. September to May.”

Here is the weather for Christchurch today in this “colder-than-average” winter:
And here are the averages:

It’s not that I mistrust the ability of Metservice to predict tomorrow’s (or next week’s weather) as some might. I am not saying they've got it wrong and there is not going to be some pretty cold weather. 

What I do observe is that NIWA, Metservice, or whoever, misrepresent things to portray conditions of climate disruption as somehow ‘normal’ and I will continue to regard my own observations and the anecdotes of others as being a better reflection than the official explanations.

 Listen carefully to the description and what you have is a description of weather chaos. The young woman in the video is of such an age that she can hardly have any concept of what a 'stable climate' looks like and I doubt that her fellow researchers do either.

Our commenter above with his/her anecdotal evidence says the forecasters describe depressing, leaden skies as ‘fine weather’.

I rest my case:

P.S. Here is a photo of the unusual sky we observed here in Lower Hutt. "Normal", I'm sure, just like warm temperatures in the middle of the night and seesaw weather

North Korea - "Washington confuses negotiation with surrender"

While North Korea is Denuclearizing US Promises Kim the Fate of Gaddafi
Vesti News 

Washington confuses negotiation with surrender - Daniel McAdams on N.Korea talks

RT heads to witness closure of N. Korean nuclear test site abroad secretive & very slow train

RT heads to witness closure of N. Korean nuclear test site abroad secretive & very slow train

RT’s Igor Zhdanov and a small team of international journalists are heading to North Korea’s only nuclear test site at Punggye-ri abroad a luxurious, yet secretive and slow train.
We’re currently on the train, somewhere midway from Wonsan to the nuclear test site. We don’t even know the exact destination, as to where we going, we don’t know the name of the station,”Zhdanov reported from the moving train by phone.

Sane Progressive is back!

Police Officers Will Determine Who Is Allowed Firearms Under Safe Secure Act

The U.S. is becoming a threat to Europe's economy

By Elijah J. Magnier

23 May, 2018

Iran will reject any offers by the European Community and even by the US, to return to the negotiating table and to resume the drafting of the nuclear agreement in exchange for Tehran to stop developing its missile program, pull out of Syria and it support to its allies (Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas Palestinian Jihad, Houthis in Yemen) because what is at stake is Iran’s national security, its constitution and doctrine”, said a high Iranian official involved in the nuclear programme negotiation.

All the billions that Europe believes it can offer for Iran to restructure and modify the nuclear agreement will not change our views and our goals. Iran will certainly be affected by further sanctions, however there are economic alternatives on the table. These existed even during the days of the sanctions which lasted for decades. Today, Iran 2018 in no longer like Iran 1979. We have partners and allies around the globe. ”

The source was adamant: “Imam Ali Khamenei told us –correctly: If the Americans ask for a finger and we give it to them, they will ask for the hand, and if they take the hand, they will ask for the arm and if they get it, they will ask for the body . The objective is to subjugate Tehran to US control and push Iran away from Russia. We didn’t submit in the last four decadessince our Islamic revolution won, so it will certainly not happen today”.

The issue is to subjugate Iran: it is a matter of control, not a matter of making a nuclear bomb. It is a matter of hitting Russia’s allies who managed to defeat the US in its playground (the Middle East) allowing Russia to return, stronger than ever, to the international arena. This US objective (not very well hidden!) is in fact clearly manifested by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s 12 impossible conditions– a diktat aiming to make Iran submit and have the US define Iran’s “choices” and allies.

On the day President Donald Trump announced the US withdrawal from the nuclear agreement, the Russian President stressed that he was not interested in the US’s stand: “Moscow is committed to all its agreements with Iran”.

Iran does not believe that Barack Obama pushed for a nuclear deal to satisfy Tehran or reward it. And that former US administration was convinced that Iran would not bow. So, it hoped that Tehran would discuss other issues (its Middle Eastern policy, for example), and would keep its distance from the Russian and Chinese giants (Washington’s available competitors), quite ready to replace the US and Europe in Iran to help overcome US sanctions.

Indeed, Iran believes that Russia, China and many other countries (like India and Turkey) will not abide by the US sanctions either. Even if Europe withdrew from the nuclear agreement within the Iranian-proposed deadline to the EU (40 to 60 days) to give sufficient guarantees, Iran will not abide by any US proposal in any case.

At the signing of the nuclear deal in 2015, Iran was divided into two parts: one part wanted to move towards establishing economic contracts with Europe and another part wanted to concentrate on contracts with mainly China and Russia.

Today, if Europe withdraws or fails to provide adequate guarantees to Iran, other partners (Russia and China) are ready to move in. For example, if Total withdraws from the Pars gas field, China’s CNPC is ready to replace it (Total owns 50.1 percent of the stake, CNPC 30 percent and PetroPars 19.9 percent). If Airbus and Boeing withdraw from the agreement in response to US’s will and sanctions, they lose $ 39 billion and will be replace by Russian firm.
This does not mean that Iran will not lose real partners in Europe; however it has not gained much so far because it has received only $10 out of the $ 150 billions of Iran’s frozen assets in the US. Therefore, the “real loss” did not occur – because America did not abide by the agreement but left it on one side before handing it on finally to the Trump era.

Trump does not understand that the policy of piracy and his conduct with the Middle East countries is a tribute to them and a form of blackmail which keeps them in power. Trump wants to dominate the Islamic Republic and maintain unilateral world ‘control’: Obama understood he could no longer pretend to this. Trump is just not realistically accepting the return of Russia and he refuses to share power. ”

It is true that Russia did commit itself to US sanctions against Iran, at a time when it was weak (from the 1990s and until 2011). But the situation has changed since the Syrian war. Shifts in the balance of power emerged when the “axis of resistance” in the Syrian war – along with Russia (that is not part of it, but supporting it in the Levant) – defeated the US and its European and Middle Eastern allies and prevented “regime change”. Thus, Iran – and its allies – do not feel a position of weakness at all in the face of escalating American positions against them.

President Bashar al-Assad was asked long ago to abandon the Palestinian cause and organisations he hosted in Syria and the Lebanese “Hezbollah”: he refused and war was waged against his country. Hezbollah has been offered billions to stop attacking Israel and withdrawing weapons from southern Lebanon: its secretary-general has rejected repeated Japanese and US offers. Iran also rejected billions and the lifting of sanctions to stop supporting Palestine and Hezbollah. When the US found out that the use of military force and regime change did not work in the Levant to crush the enemies of Israel and those outside its orbit of dominance, it turned to economic warfare and old-new sanctions.

Today, the European Community is joining the line of the “axis of resistance” against Trump’s bullying. The old EU continent will be the most affected by US sanctions against Iran and its US partner. Trump is behaving with what are supposed to be his European partners in the same way he is dealing with Arab countries (a policy of encouragement and intimidation, principally with Saudi Arabia, Bahrein and the Emirates).

Thus, the US has not only threatened Iran and the “axis of resistance” but is threatening European security and economy, both under threat, and from a longstanding historical ally. Trump is pushing the world towards militarism, and towards separation and alienation from the US, with its unbridled unilateral policy that refuses to accept the fait accompli: the time of unilateralism is over.

Syria’s capital is 100% free of terrorism

SYRIA WAR: Damascus Is Fully Liberated From Terrorists By Syrian Army - Russian Army Reports

Syria’s capital is 100% free of terrorism, what’s next? (Video)
Syriana Analysis
The Syrian Army declared on the 21st of May 2018 the full liberation of Yarmouk camp and Hajar al-Aswad from ISIS in the southern suburbs of Damascus, which means Damascus is 100% free of terrorism for the first time since 2011. After Damascus, where will be the next move of the Syrian Army?

Kevork Almassian answers.

The latest out of Washington D.C.

I have long since given up trying to make sense of anything that comes out of Washington. Most of it is lies.
NONE of this represents my opinion.
If you an opinion it is this: the day this pile of cards of comes crashing down is not a day too soon.

Rank And File FBI Agents "Sickened" By Comey And McCabe Want To "Come Forward And Testify"
Zero Hedge,
23 May, 2018

Several FBI agents would like Congress to subpoena them so that they can step forward and reveal dirt on former FBI Director James Comey and his Deputy Andrew McCabe, reports the Daily Caller, citing three active field agents and former federal prosecutor Joe DiGenova. 

There are agents all over this country who love the bureau and are sickened by [James] Comey’s behavior and [Andrew] McCabe and [Eric] Holder and [Loretta] Lynch and the thugs like [John] Brennan–who despise the fact that the bureau was used as a tool of political intelligence by the Obama administration thugs,” former federal prosecutor Joe DiGenova told The Daily Caller Tuesday.
They are just waiting for a chance to come forward and testify.

DiGenova - a veteran D.C. attorney who President Trump initially wanted to hire to represent him in the Mueller probe - only to have to step aside due to conflicts, has maintained contact with "rank and file" FBI agents as well as a counterintelligence consultant who interviewed an active special agent in the FBI's Washington Field Office (WFO) - producing a transcript reviewed by The Caller
These agents prefer to be subpoenaed to becoming an official government whistleblower, since they fear political and professional backlash, the former Trump administration official explained to TheDC.

The subpoena is preferred, said diGenova, “because when you are subpoenaed, Congress then pays…for your legal counsel and the subpoena protects [the agent] from any organizational retaliation…. they are on their own as whistleblowers, they get no legal protection and there will be organizational retaliation against them.”

DiGenova and his wife Victoria Toensing have long represented government whistleblowers. Most recently, Toensing became council for William D. Campbell, the former CIA and FBI operative that was deeply embedded in the Russian uranium industry - only to be smeared by the Obama administration when he gathered evidence of two related bribery schemes involving Russian nuclear officials, an American trucking company, and efforts to route money to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) through an American lobbying firm in order to overcome regulatory hurdles, according to reports by The Hill and Circa.

diGenova told the Daily Caller that asking for a Congressional subpoena is "an intelligent approach to the situation given the vindictive nature of the bureau under Comey and McCabe. I have no idea how to read Chris Ray who is not a leader and who has disappeared from the public eye during this entire crisis. You know he may be cleaning house but if he’s doing so, he’s doing it very quietly.”

"I don’t blame them," added diGenova. "I don’t blame the agents one bit. I think that the FBI is in a freefall. James Comey has destroyed the institution he claims to love. And it is beyond a doubt that it is going to take a decade to restore public confidence because of Comey and Clapper and Brennan and Obama and Lynch.”

Meanwhile, the agent from the Washington field office says that rank and file FBI agents are "fed up" and desperately want the DOJ to take action, according to transcripts of the interview. 
Every special agent I have spoken to in the Washington Field Office wants to see McCabe prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. They feel the same way about Comey,“ said the agent. 
The administrations are so politicized that any time a Special Agent comes forward as a whistleblower, they can expect to be thrown under the bus by leadership. Go against the Muslim Brotherhood, you’re crushed. Go against the Clintons, you’re crushed. The FBI has long been politicized to the detriment of national security and law enforcement.”

The special agent added, “Activity that Congress is investigating is being stonewalled by leadership and rank-and-file FBI employees in the periphery are just doing their jobs. All Congress needs to do is subpoena involved personnel and they will tell you what they know. These are honest people. Leadership cannot stop anyone from responding to a subpoena. Those subpoenaed also get legal counsel provided by the government to represent them.”

Meanwhile, the former Trump administration official who spoke with The Caller explained that the FBI's problems go way beyond Comey and McCabe. 
They know that it wasn’t just Comey and McCabe in this case. That’s too narrow a net to cast over these guys. There’s a much broader corruption that seeped into the seventh floor at the bureau.”

They ruined the credibility of the bureau and the technical ability of the bureau, so systemically, over the past several years, they’re worried about their organizational reputation and their professional careers." 

Subpoenas when? 

IT’S CRASHING DOWN! Congress Just Made LEGENDARY Move to CRUSH The DEEP STATE Rats Once and For ALL!


CONSPIRACY CRACKED! CIA, DOJ & FBI fed info --->Halpern--->who Gave it to Steele --> who put it in "Dossier"--->which got sent to the FBI ---> Which used it to get FISA Warrant for Trump

23 May, 2017

An honest to God CONSPIRACY has finally been cracked in the halls of power of the United States government, and the fallout may be deadly.
Here's what appears to have taken place: High-ranking officials in the CIA, U.S. Justice Department, and FBI, didn't want Donald Trump to win election. So they planted spies inside the Trump campaign to get info to help Hillary Clinton's campaign. 
When it became clear that Trump was actually going to win the election, these same high-ranking people began to actually MANUFACTURE phony "evidence" to implicate Trump in a completely bogus "Russia Collusion" scandal. This would allow them to either Blackmail Trump to do what they wanted once he got into office, or could be used to Impeach him out of office if he refused to submit to their demands. 

How they went about it:

CIA/DOJ/FBI created phony info and gave it to their Informant, a guy named Halpern from Cambridge University near London.
Halpern forwarded that phony information to British spy, Christopher Steele.
Steele placed some of the information into his notorious "Dossier" about Trump.
The Dossier went to Senator John McCain, who admits he had it delivered . . . . right to the FBI . . . .  which is one of the Agencies that started the whole thing!
The FBI then used the "Dossier" to SCAM federal judges on the FISA Court to get Search/Wiretap/Warrants to spy on Trump.
When Trump won the election, the CIA, DOJ, FBI, and everyone else involved, had to run like hell to cover-up what they had done.  
Now, they're caught.

FBI Anon & Clinton Foundation Corruption

Blackstone Intelligence

According to FBI Anon, the corruption of the Clinton Foundation could, if brought to light, bring about cataclysmic results to our nation.

We need to talk about Peak Oil again

Is Oil About To Become Front-Page News Again?

23 May, 2018

Authored by John Rubino via,

Here’s a new indicator for you: It seems that the difference between the price of oil here and abroad is a measure of tightness in the market, with a rising spread indicating higher prices in the future, with all the inflationary pressures that that implies. From today’s Wall Street Journal:

Trans-Atlantic Oil-Price Spread Soars as Supply Glut Disappears

U.S. oil prices are lagging behind global oil prices climbing toward $80 a barrel, the latest sign of a market that has gone from glutted to exceptionally tight in the past year.
U.S. oil futures are trailing Brent, the global benchmark, by more than $7 a barrel, settling at $71.28 a barrel on Friday. The two oil benchmarks are further apart than they have been since 2015, before U.S. crude could be freely exported.
The divergence is a sign of how stretched global oil supplies have become even as U.S. output has marched higher, overtaking Saudi Arabia and rivaling Russia. That has contributed to soaring U.S. exports, which have hit a record of nearly 2.6 million barrels a day as users clamor.
The market is screaming right now, ‘We need every barrel we can get,’ ” said Phil Flynn, an analyst at the Price Futures Group.
Both benchmarks have been on a tear lately. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies have been holding oil off the market for more than a year, and demand has surged as the global economy roared to life. Unexpected disruptions, like plunging oil output from Venezuela, have tightened supplies even further. A glut of oil that held prices down for years is essentially gone.
Higher oil prices are starting to boost inflation and some worry that they will rein in the pace of economic growth, cutting into disposable income. U.S. gasoline prices have climbed to $2.92 a gallon on average, and are already more than $3 in several states. Companies like Walmart Inc. have warned that higher fuel prices are starting to threaten margins.
The political jockeying over higher oil prices has begun. President Donald Trump has pointed the finger at OPEC, blaming the cartel for “artificially Very High” prices in a tweet in April. Sen. Ed Markey (D., Mass.) has said Mr. Trump’s foreign policy is driving prices higher and is calling to reinstate the oil-export ban, which was lifted in 2015.
Rather than sending American crude oil abroad to benefit Big Oil’s bottom line and foreign nations such as China, it should be kept here to help insulate consumers from geopolitical uncertainty and benefit American families,” a report to be released by his office on Monday says.
Some economists have argued that shipping oil abroad wouldn’t contribute to higher prices at the pump. Retail fuel prices have historically been more closely tied to the world benchmark rather than the national one, since gasoline is exported.
Some analysts said Brent’s push higher may be a signal that U.S. oil can’t fill the void in the global oil market quickly enough.

Geopolitically, it’s a big net negative for the US, since the main beneficiaries are countries that are at best frenemies and at worst flat-out threats. Saudi Arabia, Iran, Venezuela, and Russia are all big oil exporters and will, to varying degrees, use the coming windfall to do things that liberal democracies will not appreciate.
Economically, expensive oil means tighter margins for businesses that operate with long supply chains. Food, for instance, tends to travel long distances to reach local grocery stores, so higher transport costs mean more expensive tomatoes and hamburgers. Businesses suffering in this way will raise their prices to compensate, which will combine with tight labor conditions to goose the official inflation numbers.
This in turn will push up interest rates, with potentially serious consequences. See There’s A Number That Ends This Cycle — But What Is It?
And the car companies, well, they’ll find themselves on the wrong side of history once again, going all-in on trucks just as Big Iron becomes too expensive to own. See America’s Dumbest Companies Repeat Their Biggest Mistakes.
For precious metals miners the picture is mixed. Mining is energy intensive, so higher oil means rising costs. But inflation is great for gold and silver prices, which will more-or-less offset oil. The experience of the 1970s, when gold and silver soared along with oil, gives cause for optimism.

Anyhow, rising oil is one more peak-cycle indicator that solidifies the comparisons with past peaks and the carnage that followed