Monday, 18 December 2017

Freak conditions in United Arab Emirates

Freak hail & thunderstorms batter UAE desert

Rain, thunderstorms and hail have showered parts of the United Arab Emirates on Saturday, a freak change of weather for the typically hot and dry Gulf nation.

Hailstorms covered the sand in a white blanket, and both residents and tourists had to cancel their desert outings and wait out the severe weather at home.

Power Outage at Atlanta Airport

Massive Power Outage at Atlanta Airport Grounds Flights - LIVE BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE

A massive power outage at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has grounded flights there. Atlanta airport is the busiest airport in the world. We have LIVE BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE of the Atlanta Airport blackout.

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Trump's "collusion" with Putin

Putin thanks Trump and CIA for info that helped prevent terror attack

President Putin has called Donald Trump, to thank the CIA for vital intelligence that prevented a terrorist attack in St Petersburg. According to a statement from the White House, the two leaders agreed that the case quote “serves as an example of the positive things that can occur when our countries work together.” 

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Trump will not fire Mueller

Trump confirms he won’t fire Mueller despite allegations of unlawful email seizure & bias

Trump confirms he won’t fire Mueller despite allegations of unlawful email seizure & bias
Special Counsel Robert Mueller. © Aaron P. Bernstein / Reuters

18 December, 2017

US President Donald Trump confirmed on Sunday that he has no plans to sack FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the “Russia collusion” probe, recently marred by conflicts of interest and improper conduct claims.

Trump echoed various Republican officials who said over the weekend that he was not considering Mueller’s dismissal. "No, I'm not," Trump said upon returning from a trip to Camp David.

With new accusations brought against the investigators by Trump’s transition team lawyer on Saturday, a number of high-profile White House officials came forward to tell the media that the president was not entertaining the option.

In a letter to Congress on Saturday, the lawyer, Kory Langhofer, alleged that Mueller’s office had violated the US constitution by “unlawfully” obtaining troves of emails from a government agency that hosted the transition team's servers. The emails reportedly included confidential lawyer to client communication.

According to Langhofer, “tens of thousands” of emails were inappropriately managed by the General Service Administration, which handed over the emails without notifying the transition team.

Mueller was quick to dismiss the allegations, with his spokesman Peter Carr arguing on Sunday that the Special Counsel’s office followed due procedure when he sought the emails. "When we have obtained emails in the course of our ongoing criminal investigation, we have secured either the account owner's consent or appropriate criminal process," he said, as cited by CNN.

Trump said the allegations were “not looking good. It's quite sad to see that. My people are very upset about it. I can't imagine there's anything on 'em, frankly, because as we said, there's no collusion.”

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday morning that he doesn’t have “any reason to believe” Trump was going to fire Mueller. Noting that Mueller’s fate is ultimately still up to Trump, he dubbed the embattled probe “a giant distraction.”

Another senior Trump aide, director of legislative affairs March Short, told NBC: “There’s no conversation about that whatsoever” in the president’s circles.

It has been reported that Trump’s transition team officials would ask Mueller to return emails so they could seed out those involving “privilege” communications and redact them before handing them over.

© AFP Mueller’s Russia probe has cost millions – DOJ

Speculation about Mueller’s looming dismissal was stirred up by Democrats, who accused the White House of putting pressure on the investigative team.
In a Friday interview, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-California) claimed that there was a “rumor” spreading among lawmakers that Trump was poised to fire Mueller before Christmas. She even named an exact date when Trump would make the decision: December 22.

The Democrats are pushing for bipartisan bills to be passed by Congress to protect Mueller from what they see as encroachment by Team Trump. Such measures are an “absolute necessary step,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said earlier in December.

The two bills, sponsored by Republicans and Democrats, seek to limit Trump’s ability to sack Mueller. The first one, put forward by Sens. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) grants Mueller the possibility of a judicial review of the decision, while a bill by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) requests Trump to get a federal court approval if he moves to fire Mueller.

READ MORE: US mistakenly promotes Tymoshenko to Ukrainian president in rush to indict Manafort

The ever-widening probe has so far produced little fruit in terms of finding evidence of an alleged collusion between Trump, who repeatedly labelled the investigation a “witch hunt,” and Moscow, while costing the Justice Department $3.5 million.

So far, former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business partner Richard Gates have been indicted in the probe. However, the charges against them have focused on their lobbying in Ukraine between 2006 and 2016, not Russia. Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn and campaign aide George Papadopolous plead guilty to misleading FBI about their contacts with the Russian government that by itself does not equal “collusion.”

The probe, meanwhile, has been rocked by claims of conflict of interest after it was revealed that several of Mueller’s staffers were in one way or another connected to former democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s camp, and were openly critical of Trump even before the probe was launched.

US national security: Trump set to make key policy speech

Heatwave in Australia

40 to 45C For Half Of Australia Sunday & Monday

Via Facebook

Issued Thursday 14th December 2017. A SEVERE heatwave will continue to build across large parts of Australia this week peaking in size and intensity on Sunday and Monday! Maximum temperatures are forecast to exceed 40C in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Some locations will see 45C. Above image: Maximum forecast temperatures on Sunday via BSCH/OCF.

Summer gets very hot here so it’s not unusual to see these kind of temperatures however given the large area and intensity of the heat it is classed as a low intensity to severe heatwave for many locations. The highest populated areas across far Southern and far Eastern Australia will only see a few hot days but hundreds of thousands of people living through inland areas will feel the furnace… so spare a thought for them. 

The worst hit areas will be through inland South Australia, Western NSW and South West Queensland where temperatures are forecast to exceed 45C on Monday. The Western half of Queensland is also expecting to see a week straight of temperatures exceeding 40C. Below image via BOM. 

Detailed HSC forecasts, maps and alerts available for QLD, NSW, ACT & VIC here! 

The California fires in context

Fires threaten Santa Barbara

17 December, 2017

New mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for the areas of Montecito, Summerland and some parts of Santa Barbara city, emergency officials said.

Above graph shows carbon monoxide (CO) and carbon dioxide (CO₂) levels from December 5 - 20, 2017, while the map below shows the location of the measurements (and forecasts).

The graph shows levels at one location and for one time of day (00:00 UTC for CO, respectively 01:30 UTC for CO₂). On December 11, 2017, at this location, but at 22:30 UTC, CO levels were 55639 ppb and CO₂ levels were 898 ppm, as illustrated the combination image below (left panel).

The right panel of the image below shows that CO₂ levels were as high as 922 ppm on December 7, 2017, at 01:30 UTC at a slightly different location. No CO₂ measurements were available for December 9 and 10, 2017, but given that levels of CO₂ and CO typically go up and down hand in hand, CO₂ may have peaked at well over 1000 ppm on December 9, 2017, possibly exceeding the 1229 ppm CO₂ measured in Montana on July 22, 2017.

Such fires look set to cause increasing amounts of emissions, speeding up warming of the atmosphere. These fires were fueled by extremely dry, hot and strong winds lasting for many days. Global warming is behind all these conditions. Not only does more heat translate into higher temperatures and stronger winds, the decreasing temperature difference between the Arctic and the Equator is also increasing the intensity and duration of more extreme weather events.

For the first time in history, on December 7th, the Cal Fire elevated the fire threat to purple for San Diego County, warning that the weather conditions presented an extreme risk of fire for San Diego,” California Governor Jerry Brown wrote in a request for federal emergency assistance. “Fire officials predict extreme winds of up to 80 miles per hour, equal to the wind speed of a category one hurricane.”

The following is an extract from the California Scoping Plan 2017:

In California, as in the rest of the world, climate change is contributing to an escalation of serious problems, including raging wildfires, coastal erosion, disruption of water supply, threats to agriculture, spread of insect-borne diseases, and continuing health threats from air pollution. The drought that plagued California for years devastated the state’s agricultural and rural communities, leaving some of them with no drinking water at all. In 2015 alone, the drought cost agriculture in the Central Valley an estimated $2.7 billion, and more than 20,000 jobs. Last winter, the drought was broken by record-breaking rains, which led to flooding that tore through freeways, threatened rural communities, and isolated coastal areas. This year, California experienced the deadliest wildfires in its history. Climate change is making events like these more frequent, more catastrophic and more costly.

The situation is dire and calls for comprehensive and effective action as described at the Climate Plan.


• Climate Plan


• 10°C or 18°F warmer by 2021?

• Abrupt Warming - How Much And How Fast?

• Accelerating growth in CO₂ levels in the atmosphere

• Feedbacks

• Warning of mass extinction of species, including humans, within one decade

• Turning forest waste into biochar

Patrick Henningsen, Adam Garrie and friends

The World’s Most Interesting Man’ with special guest Adam Garrie

This week the SUNDAY WIRE is broadcasting LIVE as host Patrick Henningsen covers this week’s top stories from the US, UK and internationally.

We’ll also be joined by special guest, editor of The Duran, Adam Garrie, will join us from London to discuss the rise of general Russia Mania in the West as it seems to be reaching some sort of climax this holiday season, as well as the latest surprising development with Julian Assange and Wikileaks.

We’ll also delve into the life and times of what could very well be “The World’s Most Interesting Man,” former Georgian President turned professional agitator Internationale, Mikheil Saakashvili, as we chronicle his incredible geopolitical carpet-bagging exploits of late including threatening to jump off off a building Kiev. What’s he really up to?

We’ll also address some important Christmas season issues that might be affecting the ones you love, or maybe just someone you might cross paths with this holiday season.

Enjoy the show…

Listen to "Episode #214 – ‘The World’s Most Interesting Man’ with special guest Adam Garrie" on Spreaker.

The latest from Debbie, Sane Progressive

Sane Progressive: FBI deputy director stated in text message they had insurance policy against Trump presidency

Peter Lavelle: Please, everyone start networking to create our own subterranean community

A timely warning from RT’s Peter Lavelle

Talking about Facebook and western media - 

"We live in an important and dramatic moment. The war against free speech is increasing. The tech giants and the US government collude against us, including this platform. Time is running out. PLEASE everyone start networking to create our own subterranean community. Eventually we will have this leave this platform. Free speech here has come to an end”.

"MSM Never Lie On Purpose"

Clip take from full video here - Trust in the mainstream media is at an all-time low. But no one should be surprised and the media has itself to blame. This sad state of affairs is a self-inflicted wound and actually a conscious business model. The media no longer has an interest in reporting news – media today propagates ideology. CrossTalking with Eric Alterman, Lionel, and Patrick Henningsen.

CrossTalk on Russia Probe: Collapsing Confidence

It would seem the more the anti-Trumpers push to have the president removed from office, the more we learn about how the media and such places as the FBI really work. To date the investigation known as Russiagate has revealed preciously little. Though we are learning there was collusion elsewhere.

CrossTalking with Richard Goodstein, Josh Bernstein, and John Cardillo.

More on the fires in SoCal

More questions about the California fires

I’ve got questions but no answers.

There is absolutely no doubt that abrupt anthropogenic climate change is behind these fires that are setting records in winter.

I have always taken issues with the whole “weather wars”, Agenda 21 narrative because it is conspiracy theory with little direct evidence and is very much associated with climate change denial.

However, if you take time to look at the footage of the fires it is difficult to explain why houses have burnt so nothing is left of them, aluminium melts and yet trees remain intact (while in other cases they have not – they have burnt as in a forest fire).

One explanation for trees not burning given is the presence of asphalt and yet in the suburbs there is so much asphalt and concrete and yet the fires have still spread sparing much of the vegetation.

Unless you buy into typical western reductionism wherby there can only be a single explanation for any phenomenon there is no reason why there cannot be this sort of activity happening as part of a declining Empire happening in conjunction with abrupt climate change as the result of human activities.

You can choose to buy into the fantasy world of CNN etc. or you can look at the evidence.

What will it be?

More questions about the California fires

Highly Decorated Fire Captain John Lord speaks out about CA Fires

Navy Veteran, Highly Decorated, 25-year fire educator and Northern California Fire Captain, John Lord goes on the record here with his bombshell affirmations that the wind and fire events around Santa Rosa were “not natural”. Fire Captain John Lord speaks out about the possible directed energy weapons used to start over 16 major fires that began in the middle of the night in Napa/Sonoma/Mendocino Counties.


Extreme weather report - 12/16/2017

Climate & Extreme Weather News #86 (December 8th to 16th 2017)

00:13 The USA: Thomas Fire & Snow Storms
10:57 Italy: Emilia Romagna floods
15:56 The UK: Winter storm
17:38 The Philippines: Tropical Storm Urduja
19:51 Indonesia: Jakarta flood
22:21 South Africa: Vaal tornado
25:12 Australia: Queensland thunderstorms

32:13 December temp anomalies, Arctic update & Greenland study

Thomas Fire Likely to Become Largest in California History

A Giant Approaches Santa Barbara/May be Unstoppable

Thomas Fire Likely to Become Largest in California History

16 December, 2017

Fanned by Santa Ana winds gusting up to 65 mph, the Thomas Fire swiftly expanded toward the Santa Barbara community of Monticeto on Saturday. The blaze rapidly grew by 8,500 acres forcing numerous evacuations and road closures, including the emptying of a zoo.

Tonight, winds are still fanning burning embers and lighting spot fires in the Monticeto area. This video shows a palm tree burning as sparks fly down a local street.

Check out the conditions tonight for the . Wow! 0:12


Montecito is one of Santa Barbara’s more affluent communities. But as of this report, all homes have so far been kept safe due to valiant firefighting efforts by the more than 8,000 personnel battling what has aptly been called a monster blaze. That said, night-time flare ups and spot fires continue to make this defensive effort extraordinarily difficult.

Totaling 267,500 acres by late Saturday, the fire was at the time the third largest in California history. That’s just 12,500 acres smaller than the Cedar Fire which burned through the San Diego area in 2003. Winds presently fanning the fire near Santa Barbara are expected to die down tonight through Sunday. However, Santa Ana gusts of up to 55 mph are expected to return to the Ventura side of the fire on Sunday — risking rapid expansion there.

The blaze is still just 40 percent contained. Its sprawling extent and predicted continued dry and windy weather conditions make it likely that the fire will ultimately exceed the size of the Cedar Fire over the coming days. Firefighters had hoped to get the fire under control by January 1, 2018. But conditions, which include the longest running red-flag warning on record, have made the fire very unruly and difficult to manage despite the amazing efforts of the largest fire fighting force ever assembled by California.

GOES 16 visible (red band) imagery shows smoke from the flowing over the Channel islands this afternoon.

Conditions associated with human-forced climate change are clearly a compounding issue. Various climate studies indicated that persistent ridging, above average temperatures, rising drought prevalence in winter, and unusually strong Santa Ana winds would increase fire danger for California as the Earth warmed. And this is the general state of affairs we now witness.

It’s a trend we see now. Large fires have become more prevalent in California. Fire officials now note that the fire season has grown in lock-step with warming to become a year-round affair. And thirteen of the twenty largest fires on record for California have occurred since the year 2000.

Protest in Palestine and Israeli crimes

Shared because this is bound to be censored and removed from circulaton

Intifada on the West Bank

‎Intifada on the West Bank from Robin Westenra on Vimeo.

Ibrahim Abu Thuraya: Disabled Palestinian activist shot dead by Israeli troops in Jerusalem protest

Outrage after double amputee among of eight Palestinians killed since Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital

17 December, 2017

A Palestinian activist who lost his legs in an air strike has been shot dead by Israeli troops as he protested against the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Wheelchair-bound Ibraheem Abu Thuraya, 29, was one of four Palestinians killed during Friday’s violent clashes, according to officials. Witnesses said he was unarmed.

The Palestinian Authority’s health ministry said Mr Thuraya was shot just east of Gaza City, with the Israeli army saying it opened fire on the “main instigators” of violent protests at the Gaza border. A 31-year-old, Yasser Sokhar, was killed in the same clash.

The violent protests followed the decision by Donald Trump earlier this month to officially recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Another 82 Palestinians were injured, five of them seriously, in clashes along Gaza’s border with Israel, the health ministry said.

Mr Thuraya had lost his legs and a kidney in an air strike, according to local reports, and was regularly seen with other Palestinian activists at protests.

He was injured in 2008 by an Israeli helicopter that targeted him after he brought down the Israeli flag and raised the Palestinian flag along the border,” his brother Samir told AFP .

It did not stop him from demonstrating for Jerusalem. He went alone every day to the border.”

He is understood to have washed cars for a living and told Shehab News in 2016 he hoped one day he could go abroad to get prosthetic legs. The group Irish Friends of Palestine helped raise money for his motorised scooter, according to its website.

In video footage apparently recorded shortly before his death, Mr Thuraya can be seen carrying the Palestinian flag and waving the victory sign at Israeli soldiers.

In another video, he is heard saying: “This land is our land. We are not going to give up. America has to withdraw the declaration it has made.”

Tear gas was reportedly used against the protesters and at some point Mr Thuraya abandoned his wheelchair, crawling through the grass before he was shot.

His funeral took place on Saturday, The Guardian reported.

Photos and videos showing Mr Thuraya being pushed in his wheelchair shortly before his death have been widely shared on social media.

Nasser Atta, a Jerusalem-based journalist, said on Twitter the death of the Gaza amputee “will be the beginning of the start of a third intifada, they compare him to Mohammed al-Dura killed during the Second Intifada”.

Mohammed al-Dura was a 12-year-old boy killed by Israeli forces during rioting on the Gaza Strip in 2000, prompting worldwide condemnation and violent retribution.

According to the Middle East Eye, Mr Thuraya was known for climbing electricity poles and holding up Palestinian flags during protests.

He told the Irish Friends of Palestine: “Please never look at my disabled body, look at the great job I am doing. I never get despaired. It’s not the end of the world and life should go on.”

Several thousand Palestinians took part in Friday’s protests at the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza, according to Israeli forces and eyewitness accounts.

During the violent riots IDF (Israel Defence Force) soldiers fired selectively towards main instigators,” the military said in a statement.

It said demonstrators in the West Bank threw firebombs and rocks and rolled flaming tyres at soldiers and border police.

Another Palestinian was shot and killed after he reportedly stabbed an Israeli soldier during clashes at the West Bank border, according to reports which claimed he was believed to have been wearing a suicide belt.

He was named by the Palestinian Health Ministry as 29-year-old Mohammed Aqal.

Protests have raged for the past 10 days in the disputed territories since Mr Trump’s announcement – highly controversial because Jerusalem is a holy place to Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Israeli forces seized control of East Jerusalem from Arab forces in the 1967 Middle East War and later annexed it in a move considered illegal under international law.

Israel has maintained a blockade of Gaza for a decade, claiming this is necessary to contain the territory's Islamist rulers Hamas, who have called for a new uprising in response to Mr Trump's Jerusalem declaration.

Mr Trump said the announcement merely recognises the reality that Jerusalem already effectively serves as the Israeli capital and is not intended to alter the city's borders.

Guy McPherson chasing lights in Norway and trying to deal with difficult people

It has been a source of joy for me to hear after all that he has gone through in recent times, and with his Australian tour having been cancelled (Australia’s loss) Guy and Pauline have been able to take some time out to enjoy some time in the Norwegian Arctic observing the Northern Lights.

However, as can be seen, people who disrespect and wish harm towards Guy, whom I can only call arseholes have followed him there.

Guy is not mentioning any names but I can hazard a guess who was responsible.

Chasing Lights

NatureBats Last,
17 December, 2017

In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present
~ Sir Francis Bacon

Some readers have informed me that my essays must stick to climate science. According to this perspective, my personal life is not worth reading about, hence not worth writing about. Others of course feel similarly about my work on abrupt climate change leading to near-term human extinction. I rarely waterboard an unsuspecting victim into reading anything I write, but on this occasion I’m providing a note of warning: What follows is a personal account, nearly devoid of evidence about abrupt climate change.

As regular followers of my work are aware, I recently visited Norway. The airfare was generously, accidentally provided by the attempted host and sponsor of my Australian tour when he withdrew support. The evidence-free smear campaign launched my way caused him to fearfully withdraw sponsorship after flexible airline tickets were purchased. Living my message led me on a chase for the northern lights, which I’d never seen. I’ll express a few thoughts as I depart the country this dark Sunday morning.

In the Oslo airport, headed to Tromsø

I know the environmental costs of air travel. I also know about global dimming, the topic few self-proclaimed authorities refuse to acknowledge. Please keep your judgment to yourself.

The trip was an overwhelming success. Aurora borealis spectacularly swirled and shimmied from horizon to horizon. The ten people in my first-night tour group were treated to a multicolored, all-night show. Even though I’m chromatically challenged, the celestial show was impressive.

The second night was canceled by a snowstorm. The final night found us viewing great lights again, this time beneath the sparkling Geminid meteor shower.

The return to my Scandahoovian roots — as my mom would jokingly say — attracted the kind of animus I’ve come to expect from people who would prefer I become as miserable as they are. Sadly for them, those days are long behind me. I no longer use the expectations of others as a means of entrapment.

As usual, I volunteered my time to meet with anybody who desired on my first and likely last trip to Norway. This is known as generosity. Many people, unfamiliar with the concept, confuse it with seeking status.

As usual, my generosity was countered with selfishness and hatred. My attempt to serve as a rare “leaver” in the spirit of American writer Daniel Quinn was abundantly greeted with Quinn’s commonplace “takers.”

Emblematic of my generosity, I agreed to have lunch with anybody who desired. Almost immediately, I was attacked by anonymous trolls claiming I would use the opportunity to extract meal money out of unsuspecting “fans.”

I’m the most generous person I know with respect to money and time. I have given away nearly all that hasn’t been taken from me.

Whereas I’m not averse to dining at the expense of somebody who wants to converse with me, I don’t charge for the experience. People far less knowledgeable and interesting than me charge $500 US per hour to chat on the telephone. Dining surely costs even more! In contrast, I’ve been practicing a “gift economy” in a world dominated by takers so long I’ve barely a dime to my name. 

Such is the outcome one can expect in response to generosity in a culture of colonization.

A visiting Catalonian selected the venue. My partner and I arrived at the appointed time and place to enjoy the delightful company of new companions from Norway, Spain, and England.

Good news: Seven of us enjoyed the meal and conversation. More good news: One of the seven generously picked up the tab.

Bad news, at least for the jealous trolls: I’ll not reveal which one. More bad news: We’re leaving Norway this morning.

I’d like to report that I will reflect positively on the entire Norwegian experience in the years to come. For better and worse, I don’t have years ahead of me.


Unfortunately it seems to be my fate to fall out with people who have have picked a fight- in each case over Guy McPherson.

Notable examples have been Nicole Foss and Mike Ferrigan.

Now I can add Torstein Viddal to that list. 

Already notorious for being crusty (that is the most charitable description I can give) and picking a fight usually over nothing 

His response to what I took to an innocent question of mine regarding a Jennifer Hynes interview with Paul Beckwith left me shaken and definitely more understanding of what Guy has had to put up with.

"Scary, scary. Can you tell me what interview this was taken from, Torsten?"

His response:

"Can you explaing to me the realistic situation where you would need to know which interview this was taken from Robin. Has someone got their knife to your throat....?"

More comments followed which I do not have access to as we worked himself up to what must have been quite a rage.

Finally, I was kicked out of his Facebook group and blocked:

I'm gonna block you forever here now. You fool me for a long time, but your posting of the Climate Denier vid yesterday was very revealing.”

I have noticed this tendency to pick arguments and especially with Guy. My observation is that he tends to make prognosticiations which Guy has quoted and then he gets angry with being quoted and denies his original statements.

It would take a fairly obsessed mind to spend time putting the following piece with Mike Ferrigan and Mike Sliwa together.

It is very sad that we can't just debate the science and keep it seemly without the ad hominem attacks and efforts to destroy Guy's reputation.

The video is from Extinction Radio.  One might ask what any of the following has to with near-term extinction or climate change, but we have to keep in mind who we are dealing with.

It is not in my nature to ignore such behaviour and slurs towards the messenger of Bad News.

Just in case you think this is just about me I would like to share two comments on this from Facebook (names withheld):

My interactions with Torstein have been consistently weird. He rarely answers a question directly”

I have had so many battles with him (Torsten), always about nothing. Also other friends have been blocked like you. I hope you find ways to feel better. I’m not sure what would make him feel better about himself. Not sure that I care”

And about Guy McPherson:

“My experiences with Guy are that I have found him generous, helpful and generally magnanimous. I don’t always agree with all he says, and I think he’s cool with that, which adds to his integrity”



All of this is very sad. I like to get on with people and do with the majority and cannot help those with whom I cannot get on with.

It has given me once again cause to consider the future of what I have been doing day-in and day-out for over six years.