Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Ideologia liberal, Putin, Senza categoria

Putin asfalta Megyn Kelly. Una intervista goduriosa, da risentirsi e rivedersi con cura.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2020-04-09.

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Mrs Megyn Kelly è stata anchorwoman di Fox News Channel per più di una decina di anni. Il 6 gennaio 2017 è stata rimossa dai palinsesti ed il 26 ottobre dell’anno successivo Nbc la ha licenziata a causa delle sue dichiarazioni razziste.

Il due giugno 2017 Mrs Megyn Kelly partecipa come moderatrice alla tavola rotonda del Petersburg International Economic Forum, ed intervista Mr. Putin, di fronte ad una platea internazionale di oltre mille persone.

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Vladimir Putin distrugge la giornalista pagata per metterlo al muro.

Megyn Kelly Moderates Key Session Of St. Petersburg International Economic Forum | NBC News

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Risentire con cura questa registrazione ci consente di comprendere meglio la dinamica della politica interna americana.

Mr Putin fa impietosamente a pezzi Mrs Megyn Kelly, la asfalta in lungo ed in largo: in breve, le fa fare la figura dell’oca ammaestrata. E, diciamolo francamente, non ha nemmeno calcato la mano.

Ma distruggendo Mrs Megyn Kelly Mr Putin ha distrutto le tesi liberal democratiche.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Ideologia liberal, Stati Uniti

Bloomberg. Il candidato democratico misogino, sessista, uno sparviero.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2020-02-24.

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Parole e fatti che sotto ogni luna farebbero sorridere, per i liberal democratici sono peccati capitali irredimibili, punibili con la sedia elettrica anche se non corroborati da prove probanti: basta la denuncia.

Adesso è finito sulla graticola mediatica Mr Bloomberg, candidato alla White House, ed è persino la Cnn a formulare le accuse in un articolo inusitatamente lungo e dettagliato.

«Allegations of misogynistic and sexist comments loom over Michael Bloomberg’s first 2020 debate»

«They include claims from the 1990s that prior to a male colleague’s wedding, Bloomberg told a group of female employees to “line up to give him a blow job as a wedding present”; that he would regularly direct comments like “look at that nice piece of ass” at women in the office; and that upon learning that a female employee was expecting a baby, he responded: “Kill it!” »

«Bloomberg, through his representatives, has denied making the “kill it” comment and other comments laid out in at least two lawsuits, but has also acknowledged that he has made comments that do not align with his values»

«And his alleged offensive comments about women could make for particularly charged moments in light of the #MeToo movement»

«Further complicating matters is the fact that Democrats have been outspoken in calling out the numerous accusations of sexual harassment and assault made against Donald Trump»

«CNN examined two lawsuits that paint a vivid picture of the billionaire as having allegedly condoned and promoted misogyny and sexism in the workplace.»

«Sekiko Sakai Garrison was a sales representative at Bloomberg LP until she was terminated in May of 1995, and she sued Bloomberg in 1997 …. Bloomberg e altri dirigenti maschi dell’azienda umiliavano e molestavano sessualmente le colleghe»

«the Bloomberg LP office was described in the suit as a boy’s club where career advancement for women depended heavily on their “sex appeal”»

«Wearing short skirts was said by these male executives»

«Women sales persons who were less attractive or who were married were ridiculed and new mothers and recently married women lost lucrative portions of their sales territory»

«Bloomberg also uttered comments like, “That’s a great piece of ass” in the presence of colleagues»

«”You still dating your boyfriend? You giving him good blow jobs?”»

«When Garrison eventually informed Bloomberg that she was pregnant in 1995, she alleged that he responded: “Kill it!”»

«Mary Ann Olszewski, a former Bloomberg LP sales representative who worked at the firm from 1993 to 1995, sued the company and one of its then-executives whom she accused of rape. In a 1997 deposition, Olszewski said she was “regularly” on the receiving end of harassing looks from Bloomberg»

«Olszewski also claimed that Bloomberg often used crude language in the office. “Look at that nice piece of ass,”»

«When you’re a woman who worked at Bloomberg, you had to look beautiful»

«When Bloomberg deemed a woman attractive, he would make remarks like, “I could have her any time,”»

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Cerchiamo di essere chiari.

Nessuno sano di mente si sognerebbe mai di vedere in simili accuse un alcunché di importante. Ma mica tutti sono psichicamente normali.

Il problema consiste nel fatto che per i liberal democratici questi sono reati imprescrittibili, da ritenersi reali anche in assenza di prove ma di sole denuncie, reati peggiori degli omicidi volontari.

E l’aspetto peggiore e che i giudici liberal condannano dei poveracci usando questo metro.

Ma da un esame anche superficiale emerge come ad essere denunciati siano quasi esclusivamente persone abbienti, dalle quali poter ottenere risarcimenti milionari. Abbienti, ma non troppo: gli straricchi hanno mezzi di stupefacente portata.

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Cnn. Allegations of misogynistic and sexist comments loom over Michael Bloomberg’s first 2020 debate

When Michael Bloomberg takes the 2020 debate stage for the first time Wednesday night, allegations of sexist and misogynistic behavior will loom over the former New York City Mayor.

They include claims from the 1990s that prior to a male colleague’s wedding, Bloomberg told a group of female employees to “line up to give him a blow job as a wedding present”; that he would regularly direct comments like “look at that nice piece of ass” at women in the office; and that upon learning that a female employee was expecting a baby, he responded: “Kill it!”

Bloomberg, through his representatives, has denied making the “kill it” comment and other comments laid out in at least two lawsuits, but has also acknowledged that he has made comments that do not align with his values.

The renewed criticism comes as the 78-year-old is mounting an unconventional campaign for the White House, choosing to forego the four early states and targeting the delegates-rich Super Tuesday contests and beyond. The billionaire has already poured hundreds of millions of dollars into the race, blanketing the country with more than $400 million on television, radio and digital advertisements. Those efforts appear to be working for now: Bloomberg has risen in recent national polls, notably eating into support for former Vice President Joe Biden.

But as Bloomberg’s candidacy gains traction, his decades-long record as a business titan and three terms as mayor of New York City is garnering fresh scrutiny, including his legacy of fostering the deeply controversial policing tactic of “stop and frisk.” And his alleged offensive comments about women could make for particularly charged moments in light of the #MeToo movement.

Democratic Party leaders and allies are confronting uncomfortable questions about Bloomberg’s past conduct, but there have not yet been widespread statements of condemnation against the former mayor. Further complicating matters is the fact that Democrats have been outspoken in calling out the numerous accusations of sexual harassment and assault made against Donald Trump. Trump has denied those allegations.

The Bloomberg campaign is responding to questions about his past behavior in part by highlighting his history of promoting women to senior roles both as a businessman and mayor.

Campaign chairwoman Patricia Harris said as a part of a lengthy statement: “In any large organization, there are going to be complaints — but Mike has never tolerated any kind of discrimination or harassment, and he’s created cultures that are all about equality and inclusion. Anyone who works hard and performs well is going to be rewarded, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation or anything else.”

A boy’s club

CNN examined two lawsuits that paint a vivid picture of the billionaire as having allegedly condoned and promoted misogyny and sexism in the workplace.

Sekiko Sakai Garrison was a sales representative at Bloomberg LP until she was terminated in May of 1995, and she sued Bloomberg in 1997. The lengthy complaint detailed the many ways in which Garrison said Bloomberg and other male executives at the company sexually demeaned and harassed female colleagues. Bloomberg spokesman Stu Loeser said that Bloomberg “did not make any of the statements alleged in the Sekiko Garrison case.”

In that lawsuit, the Bloomberg LP office was described in the suit as a boy’s club where career advancement for women depended heavily on their “sex appeal.” “Wearing short skirts was said by these male executives, and others, to be an advantage for promotion. Women who applied for sales positions were required to meet criteria of sex appeal,” Garrison’s complaint said. “Women sales persons who were less attractive or who were married were ridiculed and new mothers and recently married women lost lucrative portions of their sales territory, were denied business opportunities, had their pay cut and received inferior bonuses as compared to their male counterparts.”

That culture of pervasive harassment stemmed directly from the man at the top of the firm, Garrison alleged.

According to her complaint, Bloomberg so frequently said the words “I’d f**k that in a second” in reference to women that it was shortened to “in a second.” Bloomberg also uttered comments like, “That’s a great piece of ass” in the presence of colleagues, she said.

Garrison laid out multiple allegations of Bloomberg directly targeting her. In 1993, Bloomberg purportedly said to Garrison: “You still dating your boyfriend? You giving him good blow jobs?

And when Garrison got engaged around that time, Bloomberg saw her ring and allegedly said: “What, is the guy dumb and blind? What the hell is he marrying you for?”

When Garrison eventually informed Bloomberg that she was pregnant in 1995, she alleged that he responded: “Kill it!”

“Plaintiff asked Bloomberg to repeat himself, and again he said, ‘Kill it!’ and muttered, ‘Great! Number 16!’ suggesting to plaintiff his unhappiness that sixteen women in the Company had maternity-related status,” the complaint said. “Then he walked away.”

The lawsuit has been previously been reported on by multiple outlets. A former Bloomberg employee, David Zielenziger, told the Washington Post in a story published over the weekend that he had witnessed Bloomberg’s conversation with Garrison. That lawsuit was ultimately settled on undisclosed terms.

“In his testimony in the case, Mike said: ‘I never said those words and there would be no reason to do so, it’s ridiculous and an outrage,” Loeser said. “Mike openly admits that his words have not always aligned with his values and the way he has led his life and some of what he has said is disrespectful and wrong.”

Bonnie Josephs, a lawyer who initially represented Garrison, told CNN: “My experience of her complaint was that it was well-founded and that it was credible.” Neal Brickman, a lawyer who represented Garrison after Josephs, did not respond to a request for comment.

‘Feeling someone looking at me’

Mary Ann Olszewski, a former Bloomberg LP sales representative who worked at the firm from 1993 to 1995, sued the company and one of its then-executives whom she accused of rape. In a 1997 deposition, Olszewski said she was “regularly” on the receiving end of harassing looks from Bloomberg.

She said that on at least 20 occasions, she experienced “reaching up for things and feeling someone looking at me, turning and seeing Mike Bloomberg directly looking at my skirt going up and giving me a little look, like a sexual look.”

Olszewski also claimed that Bloomberg often used crude language in the office. “Look at that nice piece of ass,” Olszewski recalled Bloomberg saying about a colleague.

At one meeting, Olszewski alleged, Bloomberg openly disparaged a woman he was dating at the time, making a “condescending” joke about how “I need to be deaf, blind and dumb” to go out with her.

The Village Voice reported in 2001 on details of Bloomberg’s deposition in this lawsuit (CNN was only able to obtain a part of the deposition). The media executive said, according to the Village Voice, that he would believe a rape charge only if it was backed up by an “unimpeachable third-party” witness.

Loeser, the Bloomberg spokesperson, told CNN: “It was a contentious deposition and this is not what Mike believes.”

The Olszewski case was closed in 2001 after Olszewski’s legal team missed a filing deadline. Olszewski’s lawyer at the time did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.

One former senior Bloomberg LP employee who worked closely with Bloomberg told CNN in an interview that both Bloomberg’s behavior and the hostile work environment that Garrison and Olszewski described in the two lawsuits were consistent with what they also witnessed during their tenure at the company.

“When you’re a woman who worked at Bloomberg, you had to look beautiful. You had to be gorgeous,” said the former employee who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “If you were overweight, they would call you horrible names. It’s mean stuff.”

One such commonly used nickname that Bloomberg and his colleagues used, according to this ex-employee, was “SFU” — abbreviation for “Short, Fat and Ugly.”

This person also described Bloomberg’s penchant for denigrating pregnant women in the office, including by making comments like, “I didn’t get her pregnant, but I could have.” When Bloomberg deemed a woman attractive, he would make remarks like, “I could have her any time,” they said.

And those kinds of remarks are not just rooted in allegations from the distant past.

Bloomberg was described by one reporter as making crude remarks about women’s looks when he was New York City’s mayor.

And Bloomberg also raised eyebrows in late 2018 when in an interview with The New York Times, he said about allegations leveled against disgraced TV anchor Charlie Rose: “I don’t know how true all of it is.” Rose taped his namesake show at Bloomberg studios, and Bloomberg LP was named as a defendant in one of the lawsuits brought against the former host.

CBS and PBS fired Rose in November of 2017 after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment, which Rose has denied.

“We never had a complaint, whatsoever, and when I read some of the stuff, I was surprised, I will say,” Bloomberg told the Times. “But I never saw anything and we have no record, we’ve checked very carefully.”

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Ideologia liberal

Futuro. Il label indelebile delle sinistre.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2020-02-22.

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La quasi totalità dei discorsi e degli scritti, siano essi libri siano essi articoli, dei liberal socialisti gode di una caratteristica unica, che li identifica spesso fin dalla prima frase.

L’incipit esprime un apoftegma su come sarà il futuro.

Ricordiamo come apoftegma (gr. ἀπόϕθεγμα, da ἀποϕθέγγομαι “pronuncio”) identifichi un enunciato breve e sentenzioso: una verità incontrovertibile, sotto gli occhi di tutti.

Va di conserva che detti enunciati usino solo ed esclusivamente la formazione modale indicativa, ossia il modo verbale che indica la realtà pura e semplice, incontrovertibile.

Nei discorsi e negli scritti dei lberal socialisti non trovano albergo il modo congiuntivo e, tanto meno, quello condizionale, elemento questo che li accomuna a dei trattati di teologia dogmatica. Solo molto raramente fa capolino il modo futuro.

Una simile granitica certezza deriva dal fatto che questi apoftegmi altro non sarebbero che derivazioni logiche dei canoni ideologici osservati e vissuti a livello fideistico.

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Si arriva al paradosso che il futuro è enunciato di norma senza l’uso del modo futuro.

German power grid firms need sharp rise in renewable generation capacity by 2035

2035: Paths towards a sustainable EU economy – Sustainable transitions and the potential of eco-innovation for jobs and economic development in the EU eco-industries 2035

Finland will achieve carbon neutrality by 2035

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2050 long-term strategy

Climate neutral economy by 2050

Environment action programme vision to 2050

The environment in 2050: flooded cities, forced migration – and the Amazon turning to savannah

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Diventa quindi lecito il porsi almeno una domanda

“donde traggono simili certezze i liberal socialisti?”

Una risposta coerente deve partire dai prolegomeni.

Qualsivoglia frase con almeno un senso apparente trova le sue basi logiche nei postulati e negli assiomi di partenza.

Il postulato è una proposizione che, «senza essere evidente né dimostrata, si assume – o si richiede all’interlocutore di assumere – come fondamento di una dimostrazione o di una teoria (in generale, di un sistema deduttivo)»

L’assioma invece indica «una proposizione evidente di per sé».

A ben vedere, qualsiasi teoria non si caratterizza per i risultati che propone, bensì per i postulati che ha posto.

Ma allora, per definizione, essendo i postulati per loro intrinseca natura soggettivi, per quanto possano anche essere corroborati dalle risultanze, tutte le teorie sono per forza di cose soggettive: nessuna teoria ha il valore di una verità assoluta.

Questa banale considerazione è forse quella più disattesa in senso assoluto.

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Per quanti abbiano un normale senso dello humour, vi sarebbe anche molte altre considerazioni da fare, ma una sorge immediata e spontanea.

Per ragionare con simile sicurezza circa il futuro, su cosa sicuramente succederebbe, i liberal socialisti devono assumere un altro postulato, che loro danno per scontato: che di qui alla data di interesse non siano variate le condizioni al contorno e che loro siano ancora al potere.

Ma sarebbe davvero difficile ammettere la correttezza di un simile postulato.

Se non altro, di qui al 2050 tutti gli attuali attori politici saranno morti.

Ma nessuno potrebbe giurare che i successori di Frau Merkel o di Frau von der Leyen ne conservino gli attuali indirizzi politici.

E poi, cosa mai potrebbe accadere in Europa se la depressione economica si accentuasse? Già ora la Francia ribolle di sommovimenti.

E se venisse una guerra atomica? Chi mai potrebbe escluderla?

Poi, nel 2050 la popolazione autoctona tedesca sarà quasi estinta: i nordafricani rimasti in quella landa avranno le stesse idee politiche?

In sintesi: nessuno ha in tasca la verità assoluta e nessuno sa prevedere il futuro. Le sicurezze dei liberal sono fasulle.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Ideologia liberal, Stati Uniti, Trump

Lo scenario di Trump rieletto visto dai liberal democratici. – Cnn

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2020-02-21.

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«Attacking Trump has become something of a hobby at this annual Bavarian gathering»

«Few Westlessness believers doubt he will win a second term.»

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Le elezioni presidenziali americane di novembre hanno la concreta possibilità di riconfermare Mr Trump alla presidenza. Per essere cauti, avrebbe un buon 50% di probabilità di riuscirci.

È nella logica delle cose che i repubblicani esulterebbero, mentre il liberal democratici vedrebbero ciò come una terrificante iattura.

Un solo dato a giustificazione della angoscia dei liberal: nel prossimo quadriennio dovranno essere rinnovati quasi quattrocento giudici federali: in tal caso la composizione delle corti sarebbe per due terzi repubblicana. Una simile composizione delle corti federali durerebbe decine di anni.

Ma una eventuale rielezione avrebbe anche ripercussioni in tutto il mondo.

I più paventano una “Westlessness”: se il significato letterale dovrebbe essere la designazione della scomparsa dell’occidente, in realtà designa la scomparsa della sua componente liberal democratica negli Stati Uniti e, di conseguenza, della sparizione dei liberal socialisti in Europa. È del tutto sequenziale che i liberal democratici e socialisti aborriscano una tale evenienza.

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«What will a second Donald Trump presidential term look like — if it happens? That was the thought in many delegates’ minds as they gathered over the weekend in the southern German city of Munich for a security conference»

«Defense Secretary Mark Esper was a key speaker in Munich. …. “China, China, China, Russia, China.”»

«Attacking Trump has become something of a hobby at this annual Bavarian gathering»

«Germany in particular has drawn Trump’s ire»

«Since his presidency began, the MSC has become a diplomatic skirmish and precursor to tougher battles to come.»

«Only last year, host Chancellor Angela Merkel clashed with US Vice President Mike Pence over NATO, Iran and gas from Russia»

«The working assumption here is that Trump is to blame for the loss of core values» [Nota. Per “core values” l’articolista intende l’ideologia liberal socialista]

«Few Westlessness believers doubt he will win a second term.»

«But the reality is, despite the Westlessness MSC rhetoric, most in Munich believe Trump is the future»

«The MSC foreshadows a world split into either pro-USA, or pro-China camps.»

«But to be part of the universe of everything America, with Trump at the door, can be a formidable gate keeper.»

«The thought in European capitals now, is how he will respond with recalcitrant allies if he is handed a second term. It could be a case study in retribution»

«America’s friends are facing tough choices they haven’t had to make in generations»

«It’s almost 30 years since the Cold War ended: for a few decades the world felt less divided. A second round of Trump could change all that.»

«But for anyone thinking a Democrat may be different, Bremmer cautions America’s isolation is not a Trumpian thing; he said it had begun under Obama, the last President’s policies in the Middle East being an example of that»

«Europe may find America has grown out of love with its Western roots and moved on» [Nota. Per “Western roots” l’articolista intende l’ideologia liberal socialista]

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Ricordiamo come quanto esposto sia il punto di vista di un liberal democratico che scrive dalla roccaforte dei liberal.

Sicuramente un secondo mandato a Mr Trump toglierebbe un gran numero di centri di potere ai liberal democratici, e con essi una cospicua fonte di guadagni.

L’Unione Europea si troverebbe al bivio, se scomparire oppure adattarsi.

In modo significativo, e verosimilmente non certo casuale, tra ottobre e novembre dovrebbe anche decidersi il Merkeldämmerung.

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The world is bracing for what another four years of Trump could look like

What will a second Donald Trump presidential term look like — if it happens? That was the thought in many delegates’ minds as they gathered over the weekend in the southern German city of Munich for a security conference.

The official theme at the conference was “Westlessness,” an intentional gripe at the impact of Trump’s isolationist, America First policies. But what emerged at the event, attended by hundreds of world leaders and their top officials, was a soft-focus vision of the next four years if Trump wins reelection.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper was a key speaker in Munich. Leaving Washington for Europe at the beginning of the week, one of his senior officials framed his mission to the MSC as, “China, China, China, Russia, China.”

He wasn’t the only American official bringing that message.

Attacking Trump has become something of a hobby at this annual Bavarian gathering. It is symptomatic of how many in Europe feel that America, and Trump in particular, is withdrawing from the post-World War II world order it built, leaving more than half a billion people this side of the Atlantic, and countless more around the planet without the deep pockets and security backing they have come to rely on.

Germany in particular has drawn Trump’s ire. Since his presidency began, the MSC has become a diplomatic skirmish and precursor to tougher battles to come.

Only last year, host Chancellor Angela Merkel clashed with US Vice President Mike Pence over NATO, Iran and gas from Russia.

This year’s premise — the West is weakening — is an extension of those festering transatlantic differences. The working assumption here is that Trump is to blame for the loss of core values. Not for the first time in his two-year tenure as Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo defended his boss.

During his speech, which came shortly before Esper’s on Saturday morning, Pompeo told the MSC audience of ministers and policy experts, “those statements don’t reflect reality,” he said. “I’m happy to report that the death of the transatlantic alliance is grossly exaggerated. The West is winning, and we’re winning together.”

Doing it together emerged as another one of America’s messages in Munich, but what has needed little communicating and where there was almost no argument is that Trump’s world vision has traction and will continue.

Few Westlessness believers doubt he will win a second term.

Most see Trump as the future

Another four years of Trump felt baked in to pretty much every conversation — except perhaps those in the orbit of House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the other US Democrats who crossed the pond with her on their annual MSC pilgrimage to meet with like-minded souls.

But the reality is, despite the Westlessness MSC rhetoric, most in Munich believe Trump is the future.

Ian Bremmer, a regular at the MSC and a global affairs expert from geopolitical risk firm Eurasia, believes Trump is getting some things right, namely being tough on Iran, along with standing up to China on trade and intellectual property theft. Many Europeans in Munich would agree even if, like Bremmer, they question the wisdom of how Trump sets about delivering his goals.

Several Middle East government ministers — from his enemies to overseas allies — who declined to be named, all think Trump’s win is a forgone conclusion, and appear to be calibrating their actions accordingly.

In the Middle East that means uncertainty because no one believes Trump has a plan to de-escalate tensions with Iran, but it is in confrontation with China that Trump’s second-term legacy would likely to lie.

A choice of pro-USA or pro-China

The MSC foreshadows a world split into either pro-USA, or pro-China camps.

At the podium, Esper, as promised, focused on China. “I continue to stress to my friends in Europe — and just this past week again at the NATO Defense Ministerial in Brussels — that America’s concerns about Beijing’s commercial and military expansion should be their concerns as well,” the US Defense Secretary said.

The catalyst of this round of anti-China opprobrium is not trade, as it has been the past few years, but Huawei’s 5G networks. Specifically the company’s compulsory allegiance to the Chinese state, and that state’s corrupt and illegal practices. Buy their 5G equipment and forever be vulnerable to their spying and intellectual property thievery.

Mark Esper delivers a speech at the 2020 Munich Security Conference on February 15.

It’s a US message that’s been gathering momentum for the past few months, especially since both the British, French and German governments, along with the European Union, have recently said they’ll continue using controlled amounts of Huawei equipment, in nonsensitive locations.

Other US government officials at the conference sowed the same seeds of perceived wisdom.

The messaging was softer than Esper’s, from banking boardrooms to bars and other MSC venues, senior officials from the State Department, the Department of Justice and the White House seemed to dial back earlier language that implied intelligence sharing with key partners like the United Kingdom was at stake.

Trump’s special representative on telecommunication’s policy Robert Blair said, “we never meant this as a threat,” emphasizing core intelligence sharing between the UK and US will continue.

The bottom line is, the US doesn’t believe the UK or anyone else can insulate themselves from China’s 5G malfeasance if they use Huawei gear, specifically from software updates that open back doors. These will allow the Chinese state to harvest sensitive, valuable proprietary data and even shut down future tech like AI-driven automated cars and telemedicine that will depend on 5G.

Trump’s plain choice for Europe

It’s not lost on Europe that the US is effectively saying it’s our data highway. Even if the message is soft for now everyone knows Trump wants this his way and he’ll use pressure to achieve it.

Blair arguments thrown up by some in Munich — that the US can open data back doors in their IT systems, too — as specious: he points out Europe’s shared values with the US while China harnesses face recognition and other AI tech to violate its citizens’ human rights, including locking up to 2 million Muslim Uyghurs for “re-education.”

Trump was said to have been furious recently when, despite heavy US pressure, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson still allowed Huawei to bid on part of the UK’s new 5G network. But the American President may yet have Johnson in a tight spot, as the Brexit-busy leader needs a good trade deal with the US.

During Brexit campaigning, increasing UK trade with China was touted as a benefit of breaking free from Brussels. But now, Johnson shutting the door in Huawei’s face could have unforeseen consequences for business opportunities in the other direction. But this is the choice the United States appears to want its friends to make.

Writ large, this risks polarizing the world. But to be part of the universe of everything America, with Trump at the door, can be a formidable gate keeper.

Trump survived his impeachment trial emboldened, lashing out at his enemies. The thought in European capitals now, is how he will respond with recalcitrant allies if he is handed a second term. It could be a case study in retribution.

America’s friends are facing tough choices they haven’t had to make in generations. Take a leap of faith that China will change course, that its Communist Party will shed autocracy and its high-tech grip on its billion-plus citizens and reform — or go with what they know and can almost trust by backing the US.

A return to the days or us-or-them

The fear is, like the very fragments of data the decision hinges on, the choice could be binary. If the US blocks anyone from its AI world that uses Chinese high-tech, in the same way it threatens secondary sanctions against businesses who trade, however remotely, with Iran — then the world could be thrown back to the us-or-them days of the Soviet Union, when its Communist Party locked the rest of the world out of their sphere of influence.

A time when tiny islands like Cuba took on outsized significance.

It’s almost 30 years since the Cold War ended: for a few decades the world felt less divided. A second round of Trump could change all that.

But for anyone thinking a Democrat may be different, Bremmer cautions America’s isolation is not a Trumpian thing; he said it had begun under Obama, the last President’s policies in the Middle East being an example of that.

Pelosi echoed the current administration’s message that Huawei 5G is a danger no US politician will ignore, saying in Munich Sunday that “national security, economy, values all come together on the Huawei issue.”

So even in a world with a Democrat in the White House, if not this time then next time which MSC organizers might imagine to be less Westlessness, Europe may find America has grown out of love with its Western roots and moved on. The “Old World” still wants the old bond, but they’ll be beholden to America’s whims, 5G and whatever else comes after it.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Ideologia liberal

America e Stati Islamici. L’etica diventa un discrimine politico.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2020-02-19.

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Se è molto importante essere perfettamente consci del proprio essere, altrettanto importante sarebbe il comprendere come gli altri ci percepiscano. La constatazione di cosa si sia dovrebbe essere un procedimento mentale oggettivo, mentre la percezione emerge dal soggettivo.

Per vederne anche solo un aspetto limitato, questo è il motivo per cui gli uomini pubblici curano in modo puntiglioso la propria immagine, ossia il modo con cui si presentano al pubblico. Poi, mica detto che le apparenze siano anche realtà, ma a conti fatti la fiducia relazionale si fonda proprio su come sia percepita la controparte.

Per molti decenni l’Occidente ha svolto una funzione egemone nel mondo, che dominava politicamente, economicamente e militarmente. Chi comandava in Occidente comandava di conseguenza il mondo.

L’ideologia liberal democratica è stata imperante, ed ha esercitato un potere che però non ha saputo mantenere.

Se è vero che al momento attuale Mr Trump in America e Mr Johnson nel Regno Unito hanno rigettato questa ideologia, che rimane relegata in ciò che resta dell’Unione Europea, sarebbe altrettanto vero constatare come essa sia avversata in tutto il resto del mondo, e ciò con segni sempre più evidenti di intolleranza.

Esistono anche gli altri, e la loro percezione di ciò che sia, di ciò che resti, dell’Occidente è della massima importanza per comprendere come si comporti il mondo.

Se l’Unione Europea continua ad ostinarsi a non contrarre rapporti economici se non con quanti accettino la sua ideologia, forse sarebbe più proprio dire la propria Weltanschauung, è del tutto ovvio che gli altri ne facciano volentieri a meno. L’Unione Europea si è chiusa nel forte di Masada o, meglio, di Alamūt.

Con circa 1.8 miliardi di fedeli, ossia il 23% della popolazione mondiale, l’islam è la seconda religione del mondo per consistenza numerica (dopo il cristianesimo) e vanta un tasso di crescita particolarmente significativo. Il 13% dei musulmani vive in Indonesia, che è anche il paese musulmano più popolato, il 25% nell’Asia meridionale, il 20% in Vicino Oriente, Maghreb e Medio Oriente e il 15% nell’Africa subsahariana. Minoranze considerevoli si trovano anche in Europa, Cina, Russia e America.

Sarebbe impossibile, ed anche sciocco, vivere ignorando con i mussulmani considerando l’Occidente.

Il lungo articolo dell’American Interest, di cui riportiamo stralci, verte proprio questo aspetto.

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«We Americans talk about sex publicly all the time these days, but it rarely dawns on America’s cultural warriors that foreigners overhear these conversations»

«The consequences are not always trivial»

«It rarely dawns on America’s cultural warriors that foreigners overhear these conversations, and that they also consume our sexually vulgarized popular culture productions through exported movies and television serials. Some of these foreigners are Middle Easterners, and the narrative produced by American writers and readers, producers and viewers, affects the image of American society—our politics and policies with it—in the region»

«Most of these buckets are the property of the post-bourgeois salon Left, which has rendered the American Left as a whole so drunk on culture-war juice that it spends almost no effort on the political economy issues that used to be its raison d’etre. The country is arguably much worse off as a result. …..»

«The amazing law recently passed in California (where else?) on affirmative consent in sexual relations on campus»

«According to the NYT, colleges must require “affirmative conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity»

«So an encounter that progresses from kissing to intercourse would require not one go-ahead but several»

«The California law stipulates, again without actually defining it, that consent can be communicated verbally (they didn’t dare say orally) or through actions, but other such codes in other states require written consent, which we are told can range from a short statement to up to two pages»

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«To one extent or another, all Muslim Middle Eastern societies (to include those of North Africa, the Sahel and Southwest Asia), Arab and non-Arab alike, maintain traditional attitudes toward human sexuality and to how that subject in its various manifestations may and may not be discussed in public»

«In short, compared to their own social surroundings, Middle Eastern Muslims see an America that is the consequence of multiple, protracted scoundrel cascades»

«But rather a lot of tradition-minded Middle Easterners are disgusted by America»

«The rise of “gay rights” discourse and especially of the gay marriage controversy to the pinnacle of American politics—all the way to the Supreme Court—befuddles and disgusts most of them»

«The immodesty and downright salaciousness of American “low” fashion, especially for women, repels and disgusts them, too.»

«the casual pervasiveness of it in Americans’ own depictions of American society shocks and disgusts them, too»

«Their default expectation of us is already one of disgust at our immodesty, disrespect, materialism and impatience»

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Due semplici considerazioni.

«affirmative conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity …. require written consent»

Un consenso informato scritto, azione per azione, valevole solo ed esclusivamente per quell’azione stessa.

«If you don’t find this hilarious, then I cannot help you»

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«The immodesty and downright salaciousness of American “low” fashion, especially for women, repels and disgusts them, too.»

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In poche parole, i mussulmani considerano gli americani o, meglio, i liberal democratici, dei depravati nel cuore e nella mente, con tutte le conseguenze che ne derivano. La depravazione sessuale è solo una conseguenza.

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American Sex and the Middle East

We Americans talk about sex publicly all the time these days, but it rarely dawns on America’s cultural warriors that foreigners overhear these conversations. The consequences are not always trivial.

Yes, you read that right. We Americans have sex, sometimes, but we talk about it publicly all the time these days, especially the kind that tends to dwell at the sloughs of the bell curve of normality. We generally assume—without letting ourselves in on the assumption most of the time, so self-absorbed are we—that the cultural conversations we have on subjects sexual stay in the United States, if not in Vegas. It rarely dawns on America’s cultural warriors that foreigners overhear these conversations, and that they also consume our sexually vulgarized popular culture productions through exported movies and television serials. Some of these foreigners are Middle Easterners, and the narrative produced by American writers and readers, producers and viewers, affects the image of American society—our politics and policies with it—in the region. The consequences are not always trivial. …..

All the American culture-war topics surrounding variable human sexuality—same-sex rights and marriage, abortion, surrogacy, and, lately, campus sexual assaults as a sub-category of generic violence against women—attract great buckets of ink on a regular basis. Most of these buckets are the property of the post-bourgeois salon Left, which has rendered the American Left as a whole so drunk on culture-war juice that it spends almost no effort on the political economy issues that used to be its raison d’etre. The country is arguably much worse off as a result. …..

The amazing law recently passed in California (where else?) on affirmative consent in sexual relations on campus. ….

According to the NYT, colleges must require “affirmative conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity.” Moreover, the Times informs us that the law mandates such consent for each phase of a sexual encounter, without explicitly defining what those phases are: “Consent to one kind of contact cannot be taken to mean consent to another. So an encounter that progresses from kissing to intercourse would require not one go-ahead but several.” The California law stipulates, again without actually defining it, that consent can be communicated verbally (they didn’t dare say orally) or through actions, but other such codes in other states require written consent, which we are told can range from a short statement to up to two pages. ….

Jess interrupts their romantic embrace and flatly states: “Pat, you’ve got to sign this paper before I can lick your [fill in the blank……use your imagination].”.

If you don’t find this hilarious, then I cannot help you. ….

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Now what, finally at long last, has all this to do with the Middle East? The answer is “plenty”, but I will be brief. ….

To one extent or another, all Muslim Middle Eastern societies (to include those of North Africa, the Sahel and Southwest Asia), Arab and non-Arab alike, maintain traditional attitudes toward human sexuality and to how that subject in its various manifestations may and may not be discussed in public. ….

Middle Easterners are regularly sideswiped by our mean-world syndrome, both the sexualized parts and the other parts. But unlike Americans, they lack the day-by-day encounter with American reality that might leaven their perceptions. ….

In short, compared to their own social surroundings, Middle Eastern Muslims see an America that is the consequence of multiple, protracted scoundrel cascades. ….

True, they are neither stupid nor primitive, but the conventions of what is fictive and how it is produced are not homogeneous across cultures: Societies can be different without some being “superior” or “better” than the others. ….

But rather a lot of tradition-minded Middle Easterners are disgusted by America. There is a difference. ….

The rise of “gay rights” discourse and especially of the gay marriage controversy to the pinnacle of American politics—all the way to the Supreme Court—befuddles and disgusts most of them. The immodesty and downright salaciousness of American “low” fashion, especially for women, repels and disgusts them, too. ….

the casual pervasiveness of it in Americans’ own depictions of American society shocks and disgusts them, too. ….

To figure out why so few Middle Easterners were won over by President Obama’s famous Cairo speech ….

As a fish is the last to discover water, most Americans have become jaded to the point of non-discernment with respect their own cultural circumstances. But Arabs and Turks and Kurds and Pashtuns and Berbers who come to America to study in their impressionable youth are not jaded, and they do not all return home as fans of American culture or society, particularly of the way we conduct ourselves when it comes to matters sexual. ….

Their default expectation of us is already one of disgust at our immodesty, disrespect, materialism and impatience.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Ideologia liberal, Unione Europea

Green Deal. ‘The hypocritical deal on climate neutrality by 2050’. [C Hasselbach]

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-12-17.

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Fa davvero molta specie che un giornale così posizionato sull’ideologia liberal socialista esca con un simile titolo:

«The hypocritical deal on climate neutrality by 2050».

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«They all agree, but they won’t all agree to participate»

«The hypocritical deal on climate neutrality by 2050 reached at the EU summit demonstrates how isolated Germany is on this issue»

«All 27 heads of state and government, including Poland …., have agreed that the EU should be climate neutral by the year 2050. However, Poland has been granted a concession — it can take a bit longer to get there»

«Ursula von der Leyen’s contortion allows her to save face, but only with the greatest of difficulty»

«She even went so far as to compare it to the first moon»

«Hypocritical pretense of unanimity»

«In doing so, she put pressure EU governments to fall into line»

«If just one country had refused to go along with the resolution, the European Council would have stabbed von der Leyen in the back. The EU as a whole would have looked utterly ridiculous. Hence this hypocritical pretense of unanimity»

«However, in order to achieve it, concessions had to be made. Poland will not only essentially be able to decide for itself when to decommission its many coal-fired power stations — it currently derives almost 80 percent of its electricity from coal»

«The Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland also managed to ensure that nuclear power was specifically mentioned in the closing statement as an energy source en route to climate neutrality»

«French President Emmanuel Macron, supposedly Germany’s closest ally, is of course also behind this. As is well known, France generates the majority of its electricity in CO2-emission-free nuclear power plants; it’s planning to build several new nuclear reactors, and sees absolutely no reason why that should not be acknowledged as a contribution to climate protection»

«This summit has shown how little the German model is regarded as a desirable example»

«Worse still: Although Ursula von der Leyen is responsible for the whole of the EU, many eastern Europeans still see her as the German who’s now trying, in the EU’s name, to impose a German agenda in climate policy, too»

«German Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to get her position on refugee issues accepted as the policy of the EU as a whole — and failed»

«Germany now needs to acknowledge that other countries also have views on climate policy that differ from its own.»

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Riassumendo.

L’European New Green Deal ricorda strettamente le famose grida di manzoniana memoria.

Senza unanimità e sostanziale adesione di tutte le componenti, più che un provvedimento è una farsa.

Senza poi finanziamenti adeguati, la farsa diventa anche una tragedia.

«Grida fresca: son quelle che fanno più paura».

La massima di oggi viene pronunciata dall’Azzecca-garbugli nel terzo capitolo dei Promessi Sposi, e potrebbe addirittura essere presa come un monito contro i decreti legge, e contro il riformismo e le novità legislative in genere.

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Deutsche Welle. 2019-12-14. Germany’s climate policy doesn’t suit the EU

They all agree, but they won’t all agree to participate. The hypocritical deal on climate neutrality by 2050 reached at the EU summit demonstrates how isolated Germany is on this issue, says DW’s Christoph Hasselbach.

How can you obtain a unanimous decision from which one country is excepted? But this is exactly what the European Council has done. All 27 heads of state and government, including Poland (the British prime minister, Boris Johnson, was understandably absent), have agreed that the EU should be climate neutral by the year 2050. However, Poland has been granted a concession — it can take a bit longer to get there. How long has not been stipulated.

Ursula von der Leyen’s contortion allows her to save face, but only with the greatest of difficulty. The new president of the Commission was keen to demonstrate at the start of her term in office what the EU, and she herself, are capable of. Shortly before the EU summit, parallel to the World Climate Conference in Madrid, she announced the great aim of “European climate neutrality in just 30 years.” She even went so far as to compare it to the first moon landing — as if climate neutrality were an event that could be pinned to a specific date!

Hypocritical pretense of unanimity

In doing so, she put pressure EU governments to fall into line. If just one country had refused to go along with the resolution, the European Council would have stabbed von der Leyen in the back. The EU as a whole would have looked utterly ridiculous. Hence this hypocritical pretense of unanimity.

However, in order to achieve it, concessions had to be made. Poland will not only essentially be able to decide for itself when to decommission its many coal-fired power stations — it currently derives almost 80 percent of its electricity from coal! The Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland also managed to ensure that nuclear power was specifically mentioned in the closing statement as an energy source en route to climate neutrality.

French President Emmanuel Macron, supposedly Germany’s closest ally, is of course also behind this. As is well known, France generates the majority of its electricity in CO2-emission-free nuclear power plants; it’s planning to build several new nuclear reactors, and sees absolutely no reason why that should not be acknowledged as a contribution to climate protection.

Memories of Merkel’s refugee policy

Germany, on the other hand, is phasing out both coal-fired power generation and nuclear power over a relatively short period of time. No other European country is taking this route, and it looks as if it’s going to stay that way.

This summit has shown how little the German model is regarded as a desirable example. Worse still: Although Ursula von der Leyen is responsible for the whole of the EU, many eastern Europeans still see her as the German who’s now trying, in the EU’s name, to impose a German agenda in climate policy, too.

And that’s gone wrong before. German Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to get her position on refugee issues accepted as the policy of the EU as a whole — and failed. Germany now needs to acknowledge that other countries also have views on climate policy that differ from its own.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Ideologia liberal, Unione Europea

Timmermans prende atto che il ‘Clima’ è morto stecchito. Originale il mezzo.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-12-17.

Diavolo

I liberal socialisti dell’Unione Europea hanno una fantasia galattica e sottilmente malvagia.

Avevano posto grandiose speranze nella riunione Onu Cop5, fallita in modo definitivo per la mancata adesione di Stati Uniti, Cina, India e Russia alle ardite tesi liberal. Nessun accordo è stato possibile.

Orfani del Cop25, in attesa di un futuribile Cop26, adesso i liberal devono confrontarsi nel parlamento europeo e con la Commissione.

Ben poco possono Herr Timmermans e sodali contro il Consiglio e la Commissione Europea.

Troppo orgogliosi per ammettere la loro sconfitta, si dedicano ad un sport in cui i liberal eccellono: mutare il significato delle parole.

Si sono generati un loro proprio dizionario specifico, che può trarre in inganno qualsiasi Lettore. Per esempio, ‘human rights’ per i liberal indica ciò che la loro ideologia reputa essere tali, anche se il resto del mondo non se ne cale più di tanto.

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«”Taxonomy”: is the process of naming and classifying things such as animals and plants into groups within a larger system, according to their similarities and differences.».

Il termine equivalente italiano sarebbe tassonomia.

«EU ambassadors have agreed on a slightly-modified version of the EU sustainable investment taxonomy – which aims to clarify which sectors are fully sustainable»

«The previous version was blocked last week by nine countries (France, UK, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia), because they wanted more guarantees regarding “technological neutrality”.»

«Now MEPs will have to decide if the newly agreed council position is strong enough.»

«A classification system for sustainable investments, known as EU taxonomy, is currently being negotiated with the European Parliament by the European Council, which comprises heads of EU states. Following the negotiation, one taxonomy is set to be implemented into all EU legislation»

«The ministers also endorsed the council’s action plan on climate change, which is aimed at reducing carbon emissions across Europe by 2030. To accomplish that, the EU has said it needs an estimated €180 billion ($198 billion) in investments»

«As the voice of the European asset management industry, we support the EU’s political objective to fight climate change and meet the Paris agreement goals, and have been following closely the negotiations on EU taxonomy regulation. (It’s) crucial that investee companies are required to disclose all key data needed to evaluate the investment against the EU taxonomy.»

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«Energia nucleare e gas sono da intendersi come ‘di transizione’, quindi gli investimenti nei settori ad esse associate non vanno considerati ‘verdi’ tout court ma capaci di contribuire a un’economia a emissioni zero»

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Ricapitoliamo.

– La richiesta di finanziamenti di 180 miliardi euro in dieci anni significa 18 miliardi l’anno, ossia quanto basta a non far morire di fame i liberal socialisti. La richiesta iniziale era stata di 1.300 miliardi….

– Classificandoli come ‘di transizione’ anche nucleare e gas possono legalmente essere sostenuti da fondi europei.

– È in corso la battaglia per l’uso del carbone e, più specificatamente, della lignite. Nessuno dubiterebbe però che a breve un ritocchino della tassonomia lo renda benvenuto e bene accetto.

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Clima: Paesi Ue, continuiamo negoziato su investimenti verdi

Compromesso su nucleare e gas, è ‘transizione’ a emissioni zero

BRUXELLES – Energia nucleare e gas sono da intendersi come ‘di transizione’, quindi gli investimenti nei settori ad esse associate non vanno considerati ‘verdi’ tout court ma capaci di contribuire a un’economia a emissioni zero. E’ il compromesso tra i paesi Ue su cui si basa il nuovo mandato alla presidenza finlandese per negoziare con l’Europarlamento la classificazione degli investimenti sostenibili (tassonomia). Mercoledì scorso gli Stati Ue avevano bocciato un accordo già raggiunto con l’Eurocamera per disaccordi sul nucleare.

Gli eurodeputati incaricati del negoziato vedranno le carte nelle prossime ore, e stasera decideranno il da farsi. La tassonomia su cui le istituzioni europee stanno discutendo potrebbe avere importanti ricadute economiche e finanziarie, quale primo passo per dare una patente di sostenibilità agli investimenti in determinati settori. La settimana scorsa, nella sua prima conferenza stampa da presidente della Bce a Francoforte, Christine Lagarde, si era detta “dispiaciuta” del naufragio dell’accordo tra Pe e Consiglio

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EU countries agree on ‘sustainable investment’


EU ambassadors have agreed on a slightly-modified version of the EU sustainable investment taxonomy – which aims to clarify which sectors are fully sustainable. The previous version was blocked last week by nine countries (France, UK, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia), because they wanted more guarantees regarding “technological neutrality”. Now MEPs will have to decide if the newly agreed council position is strong enough.

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EU finance ministers endorse ‘green’ taxonomy

Officials also pledge to help move private capital toward sustainable investments

Setting their priorities for the coming years, European Union finance ministers endorsed a classification system for sustainable investments and said they would work to direct additional private capital to such investments at an Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting Thursday.

A classification system for sustainable investments, known as EU taxonomy, is currently being negotiated with the European Parliament by the European Council, which comprises heads of EU states. Following the negotiation, one taxonomy is set to be implemented into all EU legislation.

The EU finance ministers did not provide additional information on how they planned to increase private capital allocated to sustainable investments.

The ministers also endorsed the council’s action plan on climate change, which is aimed at reducing carbon emissions across Europe by 2030. To accomplish that, the EU has said it needs an estimated €180 billion ($198 billion) in investments.

The ministers said they will continue to engage with each other on issues such as sustainable finance, green budgeting, carbon pricing, green taxation and environmentally harmful subsidies.

Responding to the political agreement, Fiona Reynolds, CEO of United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment, said in an emailed comment that the classification system underpins disclosure requirements and bridges the gap between the 2015 Paris Agreements and investment practices.

“The taxonomy will enable investors to determine the proportion of revenue from sustainable economic activities financed by the investment portfolio,” Ms. Reynolds said. “The taxonomy will also support active ownership efforts: Investors and companies can use the taxonomy to identify future growth opportunities.”

Tanguy van de Werve, director general of European Fund Management Association, said in an emailed comment: “As the voice of the European asset management industry, we support the EU’s political objective to fight climate change and meet the Paris agreement goals, and have been following closely the negotiations on EU taxonomy regulation. (It’s) crucial that investee companies are required to disclose all key data needed to evaluate the investment against the EU taxonomy.”

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Ideologia liberal, Unione Europea

Cop25, EU e ‘clima’. Una cosa è esternare i desiderata, un’altra finanziarli.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-12-17.

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Uno dei tanti problemi del ‘clima’, sempre che tale problematica esista, è la discrepanza tra i proclami enunciati a gran voce e l’impossibilità concreta di trovare un accordo ragionevole tra gli stati. È una visione ideologica oltremodo costosa, e nessuno nei fatti vuole investirvi.

Non solo.

I liberal che hanno il ‘clima’ come visione ideologica sono relegati solo in una parte dell’Europa: se anche questa andasse ad emissioni zero, essa costituisce solo un sei per cento delle emissioni mondiali totali.

Un accordo che non coinvolga Cina, India, Federazione Russa e Stati Uniti è solo un pezzo di carta con unica utilità propagandistica.

Il fallimento è evidente, come candidamente ha ammesso Miss Greta.

Cop25, Greta e ‘Clima’. La fine che si sono meritata.

«We have been striking for over a year, and basically nothing has happened»

«The climate crisis is still being ignored by those in power, and we cannot go on like this»

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Il problema è esplicitato, per esempio, da questo report:

Germany: Poverty gap widens between rich and poor regions

«Although the poverty rate has fallen across Germany, at least a quarter of 95 regions surveyed have witnessed an increase of 20% over the past decade»

«Despite the good news that the national poverty rate has dropped to 15.5%, the gap between affluent regions on the one hand and poverty-stricken regions on the other is growing steadily and clearly»

«Bavaria had the lowest poverty rate with 11.7%, while Bremen had the highest with 22.7%.»

«The Ruhr region in North Rhine-Westphalia — the most populous German state — was considered “problem region number one,” according to the report»

«It had a poverty rate of 21.1% with a population of about 5.8 million»

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Che la Ruhr, un tempo il cuore del’industria tedesca, abbia un tasso di povertà del 21.1%, la conta lunga sullo stato della Germania, che si sta avviando alla deindustrializzazione.

Sostenere il ‘clima’ sarebbe la distruzione di quel poco che ancora rimane. La miseria generalizzata a tutti i tedeschi, già alle prese con una severa recessione.

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Cop25 senza accordo, colloqui proseguono

Riunione ripresa in piena notte, accordo di Parigi a rischio.

I colloqui sul clima alla Cop 25 di Madrid sono appena entrati nel loro ‘secondo tempo supplementare’: dovevano terminare venerdì ma nessun accordo è stato ancora raggiunto, e sono ormai entrati, di domenica, nel loro quattordicesimo giorno. I funzionari di quasi 200 Paesi non sono riusciti a superare i loro diversi punti di vista su alcuni punti chiave. Così, a tarda ora di sabato, la presidente della conferenza, la ministra cileno dell’Ambiente Carolina Schmidt, ha detto ai delegati già stremati di tornare a riunirsi all’ 1.30 per esaminare i nuovi accordi elaborati dalla sua squadra.
“Le cose si stanno mettendo a posto”, ha detto prima di tornare in sala. Ma i rappresentanti dei Paesi in via di sviluppo e i gruppi ambientalisti hanno invece affermato che le bozze circolate hanno rischiato addirittura di annullare o bloccare gli impegni assunti nell’accordo di Parigi del 2015, accentuando la forbice tra quello che richiedono gli scienziati e quello che i negoziatori sono disposti a offrire.

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Green New Deal Ue, salta già tutto? I paesi Visegrad minacciano il veto

Polonia, Ungheria e Repubblica ceca stanno minacciando il veto sull’obiettivo della neutralità climatica entro il 2050

Ue: Polonia, Ungheria e Cechia minacciano veto su clima

Polonia, Ungheria e Repubblica Ceca stanno minacciando il veto sull’obiettivo della neutralità climatica entro il 2050 contenuto nella bozza di conclusioni del Consiglio europeo, se non ci riceveranno maggiori garanzie sui finanziamenti per la transizione verso le emissioni zero.    Il giorno dopo la presentazione del Green Deal, i 27 capi di Stato e di governo rischiano dunque di non trovare un accordo sul principale obiettivo della strategia illustrata ieri dalla presidente della Commissione Ursula von der Leyen. “Ci sono ancora tre paesi che per diverse ragioni hanno problemi a impegnarsi all’obiettivo” della neutralità climatica entro il 2050, ha detto una fonte europea. “Non so se se ci sarà un accordo sulla bozza di conclusioni” preparata dal presidente del Consiglio europeo, Charles Michel, ha confermato un’altra fonte: “Alcuni paesi dicono che possono dare il loro accordo solo se si conoscono le implicazioni finanziarie”.

Green New Deal Ue già a rischio

In particolare, Polonia, Ungheria e Repubblica ceca vogliono avere maggiori garanzie su quante risorse riceveranno dal “Just Transition Fund” (il Fondo della transizione giusta, ndr), annunciato ieri da von der Leyen nell’ambito del Green Deal per aiutare i paesi e le regioni che si trovano in ritardo nella transizione climatica perché dipendenti da energie fossili. La Repubblica ceca, inoltre, insiste affinché nelle conclusioni ci sia un chiaro riferimento al nucleare come fonte indispensabile per raggiungere la neutralità climatica entro il 2050. Ma la richiesta della Repubblica ceca sul nucleare è ritenuta inaccettabile da Austria, Lussemburgo e Germania. L’attuale bozza di conclusioni del Consiglio europeo ribadisce che gli Stati membri sono liberi di scegliere il loro mix energetico, ma è considerata dalla Repubblica ceca troppo vaga per assicurare che il nucleare riceva finanziamenti Ue. “La discussione sarà difficile sul ruolo del nucleare nell’ambito del finanziamento e della neutralità climatica entro il 2050”, ha spiegato una terza fonte. In questo contesto, con Michel e von der Leyen che vogliono evitare un fallimento al loro primo Consiglio europeo, diversi diplomatici europei prevedono una lunga notte di trattative al Vertice. 

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Leaders face crucial EU summit for climate action

Heads of government from each of the EU member states will gather at the EU summit starting on Thursday (12 December) at which leaders will try to agree on the EU’s long-term budget and endorse the goal of making the EU climate-neutral by 2050.

EU leaders will meet in three different formats: a regular summit, a European Council (Article 50) meeting, and a European summit.

This will be the first EU summit chaired by Charles Michel, replacing Donald Tusk, since he was elected the president of the European Council by EU leaders in July.

Women at table

It will be also the first EU council for his successor, Sophie Wilmès, who is the new prime minister of Belgium and the first female head of government in the country’s history.

Likewise, the Finish social democrat Sanna Marin will also attend the summit for the first time, after the former prime minister Antti Rinne stepped down last week.

As a result, the gender balance of the EU council will improve slightly, having five female and 23 male heads of government in the European Union.

This will likely be the last EU summit for Malta’s prime minister Joseph Muscat, who has officially said that he will resign in mid-January, following protests over the assassination scandal of the anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Additionally, this may also be the last EU summit with the EU-28 format, since the UK is due to leave the EU on 31 January.

Climate-neutral refuseniks

EU leaders are expected to unanimously agree on the commitment of making the EU climate-neutral by 2050 during the EU council, just after the commissioner for the Green Deal, Frans Timmermans, unveils the first package of proposals on Wednesday.

However, Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary objected to the EU’s 2050 climate-neutrality goal.

The controversial proposal by the Finish presidency for the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) will also be discussed at the summit, including the ‘Just Transition Fund’ for coal-dependent member states.

EU leaders will also considered the idea of a Conference on the Future of Europe starting in 2020 and ending in 2022.

During the European Council (Article 50) meeting scheduled for Friday, leaders are expected to discuss the result of the general election in the UK – taking place on Thursday night, with exit polls at 11PM European time and a result by Friday morning – and its consequences for the Brexit process, as well as the future EU-UK relations.

The Euro summit taking place on Friday will focus on the revision of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) treaty which assists member states in financial difficulty, the budgetary instrument for convergence and competitiveness (BICC) – the long-awaited eurozone budget – and technical work on the strengthening of the banking union.

In the EU summits, heads of government from each of the EU member states, the EU council president and the president of the EU commission meet once every quarter to define the EU’s overall political direction and priorities – by consensus, double majority or unanimity.

Pubblicato in: Energie Alternative, Fisco e Tasse, Ideologia liberal

Germania! Vuoi burro o alternative? La sciagurata rispose.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-10-24.

Surriscaldamento 001

«VOLETE BURRO O CANNONI?». Mussolini pronunciò questa frase dal balcone di Palazzo Venezia poco prima della dichiarazione della Seconda Guerra Mondiale e la folla gridò entusiasta «Cannoni! Cannoni!». Poi chi ha pagato il conto di quella guerra sono stati tantissimi giovani che purtroppo non avevano capito a tempo…

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La storia si ripete, mutatis mutandis.

I tedeschi hanno condiviso l’entusiasmo di Frau Merkel per le energie alternative, ed adesso iniziano ad arrivare i conti da pagare.

«Germany’s power network operators (TSOs) will hike by 5.5% next year the fee consumers have to pay to support the country’s shift toward renewable energies»

«The surcharge is a key part of Germany’s policy to switch to lower carbon sources of energy, known as Energiewende, but has sparked criticism from consumers because it makes up 21% of their final bills»

«A joint statement from the four TSOs said the fee to pay producers feed-in tariffs under Germany’s EEG renewable energy act will increase to 6.756 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) in 2020 compared with 6.405 cents in 2019»

«A household consuming 5,000 kWh per annum would pay another 18 euros more next year to account for the EEG»

«In Germany, some 23% of power bills are made up of grid usage fees, which have increased due to the higher handling costs of renewable power»

«The remaining 25% represent procurement and retail distribution»

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Una Germania in piena recessione, con un drammatico calo della produzione industriale, si trova a sbattere il volto sul granito dei costi legati alle energie alternative ed a quelli della distribuzione, che dovrebbe essere rifatta di sana pianta, ancorché possa servire a qualcosa. Le distanze infatti tra gli impianti ed i luoghi di consumo sono troppo elevati per gli attuali elettrodotti, e la dissipazione elevata.

Energia. Il problema degli elettrodotti a lunga distanza. Le dissipazioni.

Già.

Pochi ci hanno pensato.

In una Germania che si dice andare incontro ad un surriscaldamento, le dispersioni degli elettrodotti sono vere e proprie stufette elettriche.

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Germans to pay 5.5% higher levy for renewable power in 2020

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s power network operators (TSOs) will hike by 5.5% next year the fee consumers have to pay to support the country’s shift toward renewable energies, they said on Tuesday, confirming what a source earlier told Reuters.

The surcharge is a key part of Germany’s policy to switch to lower carbon sources of energy, known as Energiewende, but has sparked criticism from consumers because it makes up 21% of their final bills.

A joint statement from the four TSOs said the fee to pay producers feed-in tariffs under Germany’s EEG renewable energy act will increase to 6.756 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) in 2020 compared with 6.405 cents in 2019.

Think-tank Agora and consumer prices comparison companies on Monday said the fee would likely hit a range of 6.5-6.7 cents.

The TSOs said in their statement that more renewable power production was forecast for next year, which could see more pay-outs to renewable power producers.

At the same time, the account in which the collected fees are held had been drawn down this year by relatively high green power output, which is driven by variable weather patterns, it said.

A household consuming 5,000 kWh per annum would pay another 18 euros more next year to account for the EEG, prices portal Check24 said in a press release on Tuesday.

In Germany, some 23% of power bills are made up of grid usage fees, which have increased due to the higher handling costs of renewable power. The remaining 25% represent procurement and retail distribution.

Agora predicted that the fee should peak in 2021, because by then wind turbines built last decade would gradually drop out of the fixed 20-year subsidy scheme that was reformed in 2017.

Pubblicato in: Ideologia liberal

Merkel e ‘clima’. La fronda cresce e prende sempre più forza.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-09-29.

Germania. Große Koalition kaputt. Thinking the Unthinkable. 001

Il 24 ottobre 2021 la Germania tornerà alle urne. Due anni passano presto.

L’ultimo sondaggio di propensione a voto indicherebbe questi risultati, accanto ai quali tra parentesi riportiamo le percentuali conseguite nelle elezioni del 2017.

Union, ossia Cdu e Csu, 26% (32.9%), Sp 14% (20.5%), AfD 16% (12.6%), Fdp 8% (10.7%), Linke 8% (9.2%), Grüne 22% (8.9%).

L’attuale Bundeskanzlerin Frau Merkel ha dichiarato che non si presenterà per un nuovo mandato, e la formazione di una nuova Große Koalition sembrerebbe essere impossibile.

Come possano evolversi le cose di qui a due anni è cosa impossibile da prevedersi: l’unico elemento certo sarebbe quello che il nuovo cancelliere potrebbe anche mutare radicalmente la Weltanschauung politico economica tedesca, situazione che verosimilmente raccoglierà ridotta a pezzi.

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Già adesso si iniziano a notare segni di scollamento nella politica sul ‘clima’. I Grüne sono in reflusso, ed i cittadini sembrerebbero essere sempre più insofferenti.

Germania. Energie alternative. Quasi tutto bloccato dai residenti.

Ma gli ostacoli principali alle politiche energetiche di Frau Merkel sarebbero quelli economici.

«German climate protection plans involving the closure of some coal plants might cost 1.2 billion euros ($1.32 billion) by 2030 without achieving the desired reductions in carbon emissions, an independent study said on Monday»

«A draft law detailing the plan to shut hard coal fired power plants by offering operators fiscal incentives in auctions, seen by Reuters on Sept. 5, showed Germany will start shutting coal plants from next year, under a long-term exit plan up to 2038»

«The government aims to meet a target of reducing carbon emissions to 55% of their 1990 level by 2030»

«“Because of planned price caps, more plants might have to be forced to close on top (of those awarded money in the closure auctions), which brings the risk of compensation lawsuits and delays,”»

«The draft law envisages that by 2022, around 12 plants run by operators including RWE, EnBW and smaller competitors would be shut, leaving 30 with 15 gigawatts (GW) capacity»

«Aurora said that an assumed maximum price of 150,000 euros compensation per megawatt – with taxpayers’ costs in mind – may achieve the first round of closures, with the desired outcome of idling old plants in north Germany not crucial for meeting demand in the industrial south»

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Fare piani al 2038, ossia un arco di tempo di venti anni, presuppone la certezza che le attuali volontà politiche restino immutate, cristallizzate, almeno per tutto questo lungo lasso di tempo. Ma con l’ottobre 2021 Frau Merkel uscirà di scena e la depressione economica si sarà fatta sentire con tutta la sua forza.


German coal closure auctions could be costly, insufficient: study

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German climate protection plans involving the closure of some coal plants might cost 1.2 billion euros ($1.32 billion) by 2030 without achieving the desired reductions in carbon emissions, an independent study said on Monday.

A draft law detailing the plan to shut hard coal fired power plants by offering operators fiscal incentives in auctions, seen by Reuters on Sept. 5, showed Germany will start shutting coal plants from next year, under a long-term exit plan up to 2038.

The government aims to meet a target of reducing carbon emissions to 55% of their 1990 level by 2030.

“Because of planned price caps, more plants might have to be forced to close on top (of those awarded money in the closure auctions), which brings the risk of compensation lawsuits and delays,” said the study from Aurora Energy Research.

The draft law envisages that by 2022, around 12 plants run by operators including RWE, EnBW and smaller competitors would be shut, leaving 30 with 15 gigawatts (GW) capacity.

Aurora said that an assumed maximum price of 150,000 euros compensation per megawatt – with taxpayers’ costs in mind – may achieve the first round of closures, with the desired outcome of idling old plants in north Germany not crucial for meeting demand in the industrial south.

But later on, the lawmakers might offer decreases down to 100,000 euros/MW up to 2030, Aurora said, stressing this was an assumption as the draft had not specified the levels yet.

Fewer operators might accept these pay-offs, causing undersubscribed auctions and necessitating ordered shutdowns that could cause more emissions and messy lawsuits that the exit plan was meant to avoid, Aurora said.

The country’s energy regulator will have to decide on mandated closures on the basis of the plants’ age.

After 2030, there will be no more compensation for plants over the age of 25 years.

Other factors that operators will bear in mind to prepare themselves for the auctions were raw material and wholesale prices as well as power demand in coming years, Aurora said.[EL/DE]