Engineers are LOSING the battle to lower water behind California’s crumbling dam by 50ft before new storm hits on Wednesday – after admitting the waters have only dropped 11ft in 24 hours
– Lake Oroville’s water level had only been reduced by 11ft 24 hours after it reached peak capacity on Saturday
– By Tuesday afternoon it was 888ft full, 14ft less than its 902ft maximum but way off the 850ft target
– Engineers are draining it by allowing water to gush down its main spillway despite a gaping hole
– They need to drain the lake by 50ft before storms hit on Wednesday and Friday bringing more rain
– They are simultaneously repairing an eroded emergency spillway which was used for the first time over the weekend as they investigated the hole in the main spillway
– On Sunday, 200,000 people were evacuated amid fears the emergency spillway would give way to the lake
– They are now in shelters across the region and have no choice but to wait until evacuation order is lifted
– The California Guard has sent 25 soldiers and high water vehicles to help deal with the unfolding crisis
– The Salvation Army is asking for volunteers and donations to help provide assistance to evacuees
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Trump hasn’t been in office long enough to charge him with any offense, let alone an impeachable one – other than for continuing US imperial wars in multiple theaters. No president was ever charged with crimes of war or against humanity. Several instead won Nobel Peace Prizes, Obama the latest, despite months of high crimes before getting the award. Trump may or may not warrant impeachment. A few weeks in office is way too early to judge him this harshly despite justifiable criticism of what he’s done so far.
An article by Robert Berke in oilprice.com, which describes itself as “The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News,” illustrates how interest groups control outcomes by how they shape policy choices.
Berke’s article reveals how the US intends to maintain and extend its hegemony by breaking up the alliance between Russia, Iran, and China, and by oil privatizations that result in countries losing control over their sovereignty to private oil companies that work closely with the US government. As Trump has neutered his presidency by gratuitously accepting Gen. Flynn’s resignation as National Security Advisor, this scheme is likely to be Trump’s approach to “better relations” with Russia.
Berke reports that Henry Kissinger has sold President Trump on a scheme to use the removal of Russian sanctions to pry President Putin away from the Russian alliance with Iran and China. Should Putin fall for such a scheme, it would be a fatal strategic blunder from which Russia could not recover. Yet, Putin will be pressured to make this blunder.
[…] To repeat ourselves, the greatest threat that Russia faces is not sanctions but the incompetence of its neoliberal economists who have been thoroughly brainwashed to serve US interests.
Trump expects Russia to ‘return Crimea’ – White House. . . I’m shaking my head . . . keeping the door halfway open or halfway closed? No matter, it’s a halfway statement and keeps the aggravation going!
Fmr Cdr British forces in Afghanistan proposes: ‘NATO should invite Israel, India and Japan to join in civilizational struggle to protect West’
SOTT Comment: The following shameless propaganda piece appeared in the British Telegraph yesterday. We’re running it because it’s instructive of how Western elites, particularly in the US and UK, see the world. Just when it looked like NATO’s days as a regional occupation force were numbered under Trump, his enemies in the Establishment are urgently advocating that NATO’s membership and reach be expanded into a global American military organization ‘to protect civilization’…
National Security Advisor Flynn fired after just one month in office, supposedly for ‘speaking with Russian ambassador to US’, Washington Post . . .The fact that this article is in the Washington Post makes it of interest.
Former US national security adviser Michael Flynn was set up by both Democrats and neoconservatives because he supported President Donald Trump’s tendency for better ties with Russia, an analyst says.
“Flynn was sacrificed,” and Trump made a “major blunder” for asking him to resign, said Stephen Lendman, a journalist and political analyst based in Chicago.
“Getting rid of Flynn, getting rid of an ally; it weakens him; it makes him more vulnerable,” Lendman said during an interview with Press TV on Tuesday.
“Maybe there will be somebody else in this administration that will be targeted for elimination and maybe he’ll make another mistake by getting rid of that person,” he said of Trump.
Trump himself is the target of an impeachment and might ultimately be removed from office, the analyst noted.