Saturday, November 30, 2013

US freed top Iranian nuke scientist as part of secret talks ahead of Geneva deal

From Jihad Watch / Posted by Robert Spencer


Mojtaba Atarodi "had been arrested in 2011 for attempting to acquire equipment that could be used for Iran’s military-nuclear programs." What could possibly go wrong?

"‘US freed top Iranian scientist as part of secret talks ahead of Geneva deal,’" by Mitch Ginsburg for the Times of Israel, November 29:
The secret back channel of negotiations between Iran and the United States, which led to this month’s interim deal in Geneva on Iran’s rogue nuclear program, has also seen a series of prisoner releases by both sides, which have played a central role in bridging the distance between the two nations, the Times of Israel has been told. 
In the most dramatic of those releases, the US in April released a top Iranian scientist, Mojtaba Atarodi, who had been arrested in 2011 for attempting to acquire equipment that could be used for Iran’s military-nuclear programs.
American and Iranian officials have been meeting secretly in Oman on and off for years, according to a respected Israeli intelligence analyst, Ronen Solomon. And in the past three years as a consequence of those talks, Iran released three American prisoners, all via Oman, and the US responded in kind. Then, most critically, in April, when the back channel was reactivated in advance of the Geneva P5+1 meetings, the US released a fourth Iranian prisoner, high-ranking Iranian scientist Atarodi, who was arrested in California on charges that remain sealed but relate to his attempt to acquire what are known as dual-use technologies, or equipment that could be used for Iran’s military-nuclear programs. Iran has not reciprocated for that latest release.
Solomon, an independent intelligence analyst (who in 2009 revealed the crucial role played by German Federal Intelligence Service officer Gerhard Conrad in the negotiations that led to the 2011 Gilad Shalit Israel-Hamas prisoner deal), has been following the US-Iran meetings in Oman for years. Detailing what he termed the “unwritten prisoner exchange deals” agreed over the years in Oman by the US and Iran, Solomon told The Times of Israel that “It’s clear what the Iranians got” with the release of top scientist Atarodi in April. “What’s unclear is what the US got.”...
What a surprise.

Knocked Out: Is America Becoming South Africa?

by   / Personal Liberty Digest

“They’re right. All those people who say it’s our job to just sit and watch people die. They’re right.” — Spoken by Taylor Kitsch in the role of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Kevin Carter in “The Bang Bang Club,” described by IMDB as “a drama based on the true-life experiences of four combat photographers capturing the final days of apartheid in South Africa” 

There is a new game spreading across urban America, my friends, and you cannot buy it from Nintendo. It’s called the “Knockout Game.” Caution: If you lose, it could cost you your life. But don’t expect the liberal media to report it. You see, it is perpetrated by blacks against whites. That kind of news simply doesn’t wash, especially under the Presidency of Barack Obama.

Click to see 'Knockout Game' video:

The game is not like chess. It comes down to human mechanics. Can a young man walk up on an unsuspecting stranger and knock him out cold with a single punch? It helps if the victim is old and an invalid. I am not sure whether there are bonus points for knocking out frail women over 70, but who knows?

Across New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia, black teens alone or in packs are being captured on video walking up to strangers on the street and sucker punching them as hard as they can. Robbery is not the motive — only a “clean” (think of the irony in that word) “knockout” of strangers whose only offence has been to walk down the street. The game has also been coined by inner city youths as “polar bear hunting” — a name that in itself indicates the color of the victims. The Knockout Game is becoming more popular and has spread to Illinois, Missouri and Massachusetts. Soon to be in a city near you?

News Blackout By The Liberal Media

I have not heard of such random and overt race violence since I spent time in South Africa at the very moment Nelson Mandela was being released from prison and the black majority was expecting him — a man who would not renounce violence — to ascend to the presidency of South Africa.

Fast-forward 23 years. In Brooklyn, the spread of gang violence has been captured over and over again. At least it has been recognized by Councilman David Greenfield, who said the victims rage in age between 12 and 78 years old. You don’t have to be an expert to figure that these teens prey upon people the way hyenas stalk the sick and weak gazelle.

At least New York is trying to protect its people with increased police presence and a new bill that would allow Knockout Game players to face up to 25 years in prison.

Yet don’t expect the mainstream media to report a word of it. They are too busy reporting on the latest happenings regarding George Zimmerman or any incident of white-on-black violence. News anchors like Anderson Cooper at CNN and others like Krystal Ball and Al Sharpton at MSNBC will never report such a story. Yet a few brave souls are willing to stand up to the liberals and their black agenda. That small group includes Greta Van Susteren, who wrote last week:
Do you know what is going on? That is young African-American teenagers viciously and gratuitously attacking a random victim, a teacher, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Now, this violent act is what the teens where this is happening laughingly call “The Knockout Game.”

I beg of Reverend Jesse Jackson, Reverend Al Sharpton and even President Obama to step up right now and speak out. Your silence will speak volumes, but your voice could make a big difference. Don’t wait. Be leaders, they need you. We need you.
Can Van Susteren expect honesty on what is happening regarding race violence from Jackson, Sharpton or Obama — three men who seem more committed to stirring it up rather than reducing its incidence? Of course not. Jackson is becoming irrelevant, while Sharpton plays the fool each weekday during his hour-long rants on MSNBC that attack what he calls the “white establishment.”

The far greater and more sinister threat to race relations in America is being carried out by Obama.

He inserts himself each time a wrong is done to a black by a white, but he remains stone silent regarding black-on-black and black-on-white violence. It is Obama’s reach, politics and personal grievances against white people that shape his Presidency and, thus, threaten our safety and liberty.

How can we be surprised? Obama’s hero is Mandela, a man who refused to renounce violence. I wrote about it in Obama Condemns Slavery, Then Celebrates The Life Of Terrorist Nelson Mandela. I spoke of my month spent traveling throughout South Africa in 1990. That was the same month Mandela was waiting his release from prison and was on his meteoric rise to the presidency of South Africa. It was a time when black resentments planted by Mandela’s Marxist African National Congress (ANC) had taken root, and there was murderous black violence against other blacks and large numbers of whites.

One night, my uncle and I strayed a few blocks past our hotel in downtown Johannesburg. Two policemen with submachine guns came upon us in disbelief and asked what the heck we were doing outside of our hotel at night. They said there was a good chance that such a stroll could end our lives, and then they escorted us back to our hotel. I remember that — as an American who had lived only in Spokane, Wash., and in Calgary, Canada — I was completely shaken.

Today, South Africa is one of the most violent countries in the world. Instead of the black utopia that Mandela promised, 50 South Africans are murdered every day. Whites live and work behind barricaded walls protected by armed guards.

Protecting Yourself In Obama’s America

After I returned from South Africa, I took up self-defense training and boxing. (Today, it would be called mixed martial arts.) I had an instructor, Matt David, who was a black belt in karate and a former California Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion. David was an imposing man who more than once accidentally knocked me out cold while sparring, and he could throw me across the judo mats like a rag doll (not an easy feat because in those days I weighed more than 200 pounds). You might think a man like David and the presence he carried would be all the protection he needed. David didn’t think so. When outside his gym, he always carried his Glock on his hip.

I cannot say what David needed to feel safe. That was his personal decision and his 2nd Amendment right. What I can say is that many parts of America are far more dangerous than what Spokane was 20 years ago. And while I have never met a more capable person of defending himself without a firearm than David, his No. 1 rule for personal safety was not to carry a sidearm. It was to not be in a place where you need one.

What is tragic is that in America there is getting to be fewer and fewer such places, and we can’t even count on our leaders or their mainstream media to inform us where it is safe and where it is not safe. To do that would state the obvious: that America is becoming a less safe place by the month just as it was in South Africa two decades ago.

Yours in good times and bad,
–John Myers

P.S.: The South African Airways 747 we flew to South Africa was completely empty. On our return flight to London, every seat was taken, mostly by whites who were permanently leaving the country.

P.S.S.: The experience I had in South Africa and the violent meltdown are captured in the book The Bang Bang Club by Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva and in the 2010 movie of the same name.

Twas the Night Before Obamacare

By Craig Andresen / The National Patriot

So…According to the Dictator…

“This holiday season, millions of Americans have a chance to get quality, affordable health insurance—many for the first time. If you have family members who are uninsured, you can play a big part in helping them find coverage that works for them. It might not always seem like it, but your family listens to you. So have the talk.”


Yes…Obama wanted you to talk to those gathered around your Thanksgiving table about…Obamacare.

He even suggested the things your holiday guests should bring to the feast.

No…Not cranberry sauce or that green bean casserole with the crunchy onion rings on top.

Here were his suggested side dishes for the main meal of Obamacare.
  1. Your Social Security Number
  2. Information about your employer and income— either a pay stub or a copy of your most recent W-2 tax form
  3. If you currently have health insurance, you’ll need your health insurance card or paperwork that includes a health policy number

Why not have your friends and family just bring a steaming HAGGIS???

But wait…There was more…

“Start early: Don’t wait until the last minute—be sure to start the conversation early!”
“Integrate the talk into family time: Take advantage of downtime after meals or between holiday activities to start your talk.”

Gee whiz…That steaming haggis, a Scottish “gourmet” dish made of sheep’s pluck (heart, liver and lungs); minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally encased and, boiled in, the animal’s stomach and simmered for approximately three hours, along with the resulting olfactory assaulting gas attack, is sounding like the better alternative.

Well…Thanksgiving has come and gone, leftovers are being made into sandwiches as decorations are being hung by those not brave or insane enough to hazard black Friday shopping or wading through the carnage of it today and, before we are dictated to regarding the conversation of our upcoming Christmas gatherings…

Allow ME to kick off the Season with a REASON by supplying you with a NEW Christmas classic.
Now gather ‘round and lend an ear as I tell you a tale of Christmas cheer…

The Night Before Obamacare

(A Visit From Dear Leader)

Twas the night before Obamacare, and all through the land
The enrollment deadline was frighteningly at hand.
The pink slips were hung by the chimney with care,
And hopes for employment simply weren’t there.
The children were huddled, asleep in their beds
While visions of high premiums took hold of our heads.
And Ma in her “kerchief, and I in my cap,
With nary a clue and a policy gap.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Oh my GOD, please tell me that THAT’S not a rash.
The policy I liked had been taken away
And the DOCTOR I liked had told me NO WAY.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a Canadian bus and 2 REALLY large ears.
It was a little old campaigner, so my door I did lock,
I knew in a moment it no doubt was Barack.
More rapid than vultures the coursers they came
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!
“Now Harry! Now Nancy and Jarret, you vixen!”
“ON Sebelius! On Carney! This law I’ll be fixen’”
Get AWAY from my house, stay OUTSIDE the wall!!
As dry leaves that before his bloviations did fly,
When they meet with the TRUTH just as plain as the sky.
So UP in the yard the coursers they flew,
With a crock full of crap and a teleprompter too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard in the night,
That Ted Cruz was the one who was actually RIGHT!
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
He was a bald-faced liar, from his head to his foot,
And his website was still down, not working, kaput.
A bundle of promises he had flung on his back,
He was nothing but a con man, a shyster, a hack.
His eyes didn’t twinkle, what he had, was a leer,
As he made a noise in his throat and said, ”Let me be perfectly clear.”
“You’ll LIKE socialism, You’ll see, Just go with the flow,”
And “I’m a Marxist, TRUST me You’ll LOVE it, I KNOW!”
He gave me a smile as he lied through his teeth,
And the smoke he was blowing encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a thin face and not much of a belly,
But his WIFE’S double wide keester, THAT shook just like jelly.
She was chubby and plump, and looked like a Wookie
And I laughed when she told me to put down the cookie.
A wink of his eye and a twist of her head,
Soon led me to know I had PLENTY to dread.
Barack finally stopped talking, but went straight to his work,
Redistributing wealth, good grief, what a jerk.
And flipping the finger while thumbing his nose,
And leaving us nothing, up the chimney he rose!
He jumped on his bus, to his team gave a shout,
And away they all sped, the minions…The lout.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
Okay…Aside from the obvious tie-in between Obama wanting us all to talk about Obamacare during the holidays, there is a rather unique reason for choosing Clement Clarke Moore’s poem, “A Visit From St. Nicolas” for this parody.

It turns out that Clement Clarke Moore’s father , Benjamin, had a rather unique place in American history.

Benjamin Moore officiated at the inauguration of our first president, George Washington and I rather doubt that today, 43 presidents and one Dictator later, either Mr. Moore or president Washington would agree with one single thing about Obamacare.

And you thought he was only famous for paint?

The holidays, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and of course, Christmas, are for family and friends, thanks for the blessings we have and celebrating new beginnings.  The holidays are not for mandated government redistribution of wealth, dictated socialism or…Obamacare but, if you MUST bring up Obamacare in connection with Christmas…

At least NOW you have the proper means by which to do so.

Really, There was No Iranian Nuclear Deal in Geneva

Night Watch / Townhall Columnist
Night Watch

China: Update. The Chinese announced that they monitored the flight of US B-52 bombers, but chose not to react based on their threat assessment. Some Chinese media called the People's Liberation Army a "paper tiger."

India: Update. The aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya departed Severodvinsk, Russia, on 26 November. The carrier will have a few days' stop to clear customs and fill its bunkers at Murmansk, some 215 nautical miles away, where it will be joined by the frigate INS Trikhand and fleet tanker INS Deepak to begin the voyage to India by 30 November.

When the ships enter the Mediterranean Sea, they will rendezvous with two more Indian escort s - a destroyer and a frigate. The task group will proceed, via the Suez Canal. One Indian naval defense news report stated that when Vikramaditya enters the Indian Ocean it will rendezvous with the other Indian aircraft carrier, INS Viraat, and other ships and submarines to form a battle group.

The group will proceed across the Indian Ocean to a new naval base, INS Kadamba, outside Karwar, a city just south of Goa in Karnataka state. This will be the largest naval base in the Indian Ocean region. Vikramaditya and its escorts are expected in Karwar by the third week of January 2014.

Vikramaditya is traveling without its complement of MiG-29K fighters. Pilots from Black Panther Squadron are finishing certification training in Moscow. The shore-based test facility for Vikramaditya is INS Hansa, at Goa which is still under construction. The ship and its crew are scheduled to be fully operational by mid-2014.

Pakistan: New Chief of the Army Staff. On 27 November the government approved Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's appointment of Lieutenant Raheel Sharif as the new Chief of Army Staff. The transfer of command ceremony from General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani to Lieutenant General Sharif will take place on 29 November.

Prime Minister Sharif also appointed Lieutenant General Rashad Mahmood, the most senior three-star general in the Pakistan Army, as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (JCSC), which is a prestigious but most ceremonial position. The most powerful military position in Pakistan is the Chief of Army Staff, which actually functions as a Chief of General Staff, i.e., a full command, not a staff, position.

General Raheel Sharif, age 57, was born in Quetta to a renowned military family. He is a Rajput and no relation to the prime minister. He was the third most senior of the senior generals. His most recent position was Inspector General, Training and Evaluation, where his task was to come up with a strategy to counter India's cold start attack doctrine.

Comment: Several features of this appointment deserve mention. In terms of professional training, General Sharif trained with the Bundeswehr University, the Canadian Army Command and Staff College and the British Royal College of Defence Studies.

His list of official training assignments does not include the US. That indicates he is one of a number of Pakistani officers who rose in the ranks during the period when US military training was denied because of Pakistan's nuclear tests in 1998.

One of the long term ripple effects of those sanctions is that entire cohorts of senior officers in friendly countries have risen in rank with little direct and prolonged experience of American military schooling and American life. That gap in inter-cultural understanding is a significant communications problem.

General Sharif's sole corps command was XXX Corps at Gujranwala, an infantry corps whose primary task is defense of the northern approaches to Lahore. He has no other significant postings as commander of a combat formation. He has never commanded a Pakistan Army attack formation.

The last time Nawaz Sharif appointed a Chief of Army Staff in 1999, the general overthrew him in a coup. It was Pervez Musharraf who is being tried for treason. General Sharif's appointment should be safer. For the past six years, Sharif's progression has occurred under the tutelage of General Kayani.

Sharif strongly has asserted that the internal terrorism is as great a threat as is the threat from India. His position as chief of training and evaluation suggests a strong anti-Indian professional orientation as well, but nothing suggests a propensity for political intervention.

New Chief Justice of Pakistan. President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday, 28 November, approved the appointment of Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani as the next Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP). The appointment was approved by the president on the recommendation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Jillani, who currently serves as the acting chief election commissioner, will take over on 12 December from Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry who will retire after a tumultuous eight-year tenure.

Comment: Most analysts agree that Jillani's tenure as CJP should be much less controversial than that of outgoing CJP Chaudhry. Both justices were sacked by Musharraf and placed under house arrest in November 2007. Chaudhry has been an activist and has led the judiciary in pressuring the elected government to recognize the independence of the judiciary, despite its official status as a government bureaucracy.

"Jillani will serve as a judge while the present chief justice acts like a politician. Jillani will do what a judge is supposed to do, he has no special agenda," one member of the bar told the press. Jillani has been a Supreme Court judge since 2004. 

Iran-US: This week the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman denounced the US "fact sheet" on the Iran agreement as a misrepresentation. Foreign Minister Zarif clarified the situation, obliquely.
Zarf said the capacity at the Arak plutonium nuclear reactor construction site is not going to increase.

"It means no new nuclear fuel will be produced and no new installations will be installed, but construction will continue there," Zarif told Iran's parliament in translated comments broadcast on Iran'sPress TV.

Zarif also said that uranium enrichment at the Natanz and Fordow facilities will continue at levels around 3.5-5 percent purity, but the facilities' capacities will not be expanded.

When asked about this, French Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said: "In the interim accord, the Arak reactor is specifically targeted and the end of all work at this reactor. In the agreement and the text, which has been approved by the Iranian authorities, the Arak reactor is clearly targeted."

Lies My President Told Me
Paul Driessen / Townhall Columnist

“Under my plan, if you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your healthcare plan, you’ll be able to keep your healthcare plan. Period. Nothing changes, except your health insurance costs will go down.”

It was just a couple of renegade IRS agents in Cincinnati. Benghazi was a spontaneous protest that got out of control in direct response to an inflammatory video posted on the internet. During September 2012, our rebounding economy created an astonishing 873,000 jobs. And on and on.

If we have learned anything about President Obama and his administration, it is that they are compulsive, practiced prevaricators – determined to advance their agenda of “fundamentally transforming” America and imposing greater government control over our lives, living standards and pursuit of happiness. When caught, they dissemble, say they were “not informed directly,” issue false apologies, or fire back with “What difference, at this point, does it make anyway?!?”

Keep all this in mind when the President and other Washington politicos bring up “dangerous manmade global warming,” insist that we slash fossil fuel use, and tell us we need to give poor countries billions of dollars a year to compensate them for “losses and damages” they incurred due to warming we caused.

When they claim “97% of scientists say the planet is warming and human activity is contributing to it,” remember: This is based on 75 of 77 “climate scientists” who were selected from a 2010 survey (that went to 10,257 scientists). 700 climate scientists, 31,000 American scientists and 48% of US meteorologists say there is no evidence that humans are causing dangerous warming or climate change.

Moreover, “contributing to” is meaningless. Is it a 1, 5, 20 or 90% contribution? Is it local or global?

Do scientists know enough to separate human factors from the numerous, powerful, interrelated solar, cosmic, oceanic, terrestrial and other forces that have repeatedly caused minor to major climate changes, climate cycles and weather events throughout human and geologic history? At this point, they do not.

When the President says “carbon pollution in our atmosphere has increased dramatically,” remember: It’s not “carbon” (soot) – it’s carbon dioxide. It’s not “pollution” – it’s the plant-fertilizing gas that makes all life on Earth possible. Increased “dramatically” means rising from 330 ppm (0.030% of the atmosphere) in 1975, when scientists were concerned about global cooling, to about 400 ppm (0.040%) today.

(Oxygen represents 21% of atmospheric gases (210,000 ppm). Argon is 0.93% (9,300 ppm). About 90% of the “greenhouse effect” is from water vapor. And roughly 95% of the annual addition to atmospheric carbon dioxide levels is from volcanoes, subsea vents and other natural sources.)

Over the past 16 years, while CO2 levels continued to increase “dramatically,” average planetary temperatures did not budge. The eight years since a Category 3 hurricane made landfall in the United States is the longest such period since 1900 or even the 1860s. Even with the recent Midwestern and East Coast twisters, US tornado frequency remains close to a record low. Is that due to CO2 emissions?

There is one point on which the President is correct. In 2008 he said “This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow.” And indeed, they are now rising at a mere seven inches per century.

All of this should fascinate the scholar and climate realist that lurks inside each of us. But what should concern us is the pernicious effects that the constant barrage of “manmade climate change” hype and headlines is having on public policies, taxpayer and consumer expenditures, and our daily lives.

Like threads in a tapestry, “dangerous manmade climate change” is intertwined with anti-hydrocarbon, imminent resource depletion, renewable energy, sustainable development, and wealth redistribution theses and ideologies. They are used to concoct and justify energy and economic policies, ranging from delays and bans on oil and gas leasing and drilling, to the war on coal mining and use, and diehard opposition to hydraulic fracturing and the Keystone XL pipeline.

They promote spending $22 billion just in federal money during FY-2014 on climate change studies; costly solar projects of every description; wind turbines that blight scenic vistas and slaughter millions of birds and bats annually, while wind energy developers are exempted from endangered species and other environmental laws that apply to all other industries; and ethanol programs that require millions of acres of farmland and vast quantities of water, fertilizer, pesticides and fossil fuel energy to produce a gasoline additive that reduces mileage, harms engines, drives up food prices … and increases CO2 emissions.

The policies pummel jobs, families and entire communities around coal mines and coal-fired factories and electrical generating plants, impairing the health and welfare of millions. Being unemployed – or holding multiple lower-paying part-time jobs – means greater stress, reduced nutrition, sleep deprivation, family discord, higher incidences of depression, greater alcohol, drug, spousal and child abuse, higher suicide rates and lower life expectancies. It means every life allegedly saved by anti-fossil fuel regulations is offset by lives lost or shortened because of those rules.

The policies, laws and regulations affect everything we make, grow, ship, eat, drive and do – 100% of our energy based economy, not just one-sixth under ObamaCare – and put legislators, bureaucrats, activists and courts in ever-increasing control over our lives, livelihoods, liberties, living standards and life spans.

Even worse, it’s all for nothing – even if carbon dioxide plays a bigger role in climate change than many scientists believe it does. Germany is relying increasingly on coal for power generation.

Australia has junked its cap-tax-and-trade program. Britain is reexamining its commitment to CO2 reduction. China and India are building new coal-fueled power plants every week, and neither they nor any of the real “developing countries” are required to commit to “binding targets” for lower carbon dioxide emissions.

Under agreements signed at the just-concluded UN climate conference in Warsaw, 130 developing nations must merely make “contributions” toward lower emissions, and only when they are “ready to do so.”

But then international climate programs were never really about preventing climate change. As IPCC official Ottmar Edenhofer has admitted, they are about “how we redistribute the world’s wealth.” 

First, tens of billions continue flowing annually to IPCC scientists and bureaucrats and renewable energy programs. Then we start talking about real money.

Now that the IPCC, President Obama and hordes of other climate alarmists have convinced so many people that climate change is “real,” it’s “happening now,” humans are “contributing to” myriad disasters on an “unprecedented” scale – the Group of 130 expects the FRCs (Formerly Rich Countries) to pay up.

China, India, island nations and poor countries demand “compensation,” “adaptation” and “mitigation” money, to pay for “losses and damages” from rising seas and more frequent, more intense storms and droughts – which they say are happening already, and which they blame on industrialized nations that helped raise CO2 levels from 280 ppm at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution to 400 ppm today.

They want $50 billion immediately, followed by $100 billion to $400 billion per year, plus free transfers of our best energy, pollution control and industrial technologies. It’s too late to prevent, mitigate or adapt to climate change, they say. You “rich countries” need to start paying for the damage you are causing.

20% of the EU budget will now go toward CO2 emission reductions and helping poor countries adapt to climate change: €180 billion ($245 billion) by 2020. What the United States will have to pay in “compensation” and under ClimateCare schemes being hatched at EPA, DOI and Energy headquarters is yet to be determined. But the payments will be substantial, even crippling.

We are caught in a climate trap of our own (bureaucrats and politicians) making. How will we get out?

Pentagon to continue defiance of China’s claimed air defense zone                                            Kristina Wong / The Washington Times

A B-52 bomber flies over the Pacific Ocean. (Image: U.S. Air Force)

The Pentagon said Friday it will continue to operate in an air zone over the East China Sea that China recently declared as under its control.

“We have flights routinely transiting international airspace throughout the Pacific, including the area China is including in their [air defense identification zone],” said Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warre.

“These flights are consistent with long standing and well known U.S. freedom of navigation policies that are applied in many areas of operation around the world. I can confirm that the U.S. has and will continue to operate in the area as normal.”

The statement comes after China sent two fighter jets to tail U.S. and Japanese warplanes that were flying in the airspace in defiance of China’s Nov. 23 announcement that all planes flying through the area would have to submit flight plans and other information to Beijing authorities.

Chinese media reports said the fighter jets identified the planes but took no action.

China’s newly declared “Air Defense Identification Zone” includes airspace over the East China Sea, which is home to a tiny but hotly contested group of islands that have been under administrative control by Japan but also claimed by China.

The U.S., which has defense treaties with China’s regional neighbors Japan, South Korea and the Philippines, immediately issued a response dismissing the declaration before sending B-52 bombers through the zone Monday as part of a training exercise.

South Korea and Japan also sent planes through the zone before the Chinese fighter jets were scrambled.

Through official media outlets, Chinese officials said their air force would remain on high alert and would take measures to protect China’s airspace.