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Say something confidently, simply precisely and MOST people will believe you.
Dr Karl just said :
"Global warming has changed the Earth's wobble by 26cm by the way it has melted snow and the way the Earth's mass has been redistributed.

Feb 22, 2018 at 4:20 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

The leftmob suddenly started praising Brillo yesterday after he aggressivly interviewed one minister about how another minister calling Corby a traitor.

Feb 22, 2018 at 4:15 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Someone on another long-ago thread once said [paraphrasing]

For tis the sport to have the enginer Hoist with his owne petar

Feb 22, 2018 at 2:48 AM | Unregistered Commenterclipe

I think these lawsuits were just virtue signalling, but Exxon and others called the bluff.

Which is funny as heck, because the standards of evidence in court is a LOT higher than et standards of ‘evidence;’ in green propaganda.

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/02/21/climate-lawsuit-hypocrisy-cross-examination-is-going-to-be-brutal/#comment-2749312

Feb 22, 2018 at 1:23 AM | Unregistered Commenterclipe

Pcar

It seems pretty clear that Ms. May isn't actually "in charge" - I don't think for a nanosecond that her words there are of her own fashioning - it has all the hallmarks of a "Yes Prime Minister" coup.

The tail is wagging the dog.

If she goes then there will have to be a clear-out in the upper ranks of the civil service - I doubt I'm alone in suspecting that the upper tiers of Whitehall lack the will to engage with the job to hand and in most but not all cases the actual skills to guide the process through.

The present train crashes in German politics aren't getting any play whatsoever in our media - the almost solitary / sole exception being Andrew Neil , Italy seems to be shaping up for some ructions.

There's probably a few Old Chinese Proverbs that cover it.....

EDIT:

Brillo for Prime Minister !

Stood on the German Ambassador's toes!

Sir Humphrey's meltdown would be epic!

Feb 22, 2018 at 1:06 AM | Registered Commentertomo

UKIP leader says "This is Brexit betrayal at its contemptible worst. It’s time for May to go
and for a genuine Brexiteer to step up for role of Prime Minister'

The legal text makes no mention of Theresa May's pledge to end free movement after Britain leaves the EU in March 2019. How much grovelling has been going on then..... May on knees Here

Feb 21, 2018 at 11:46 PM | Unregistered CommenterKleinefeldmaus

gc

valid points - the Chinese are going to have to adjust their game. It is a complicated subject - but some things are clear.

First off - at present - and it likely has to change and there are some signs that limited progress is being made - the Chinese economy is as controlled as the Communist Party can make it. I don't know what the figure is now, but official electronic notification of foreign currency dealings (foreigners buying stuff) was about US$400 equivalent, capital transfers outside China are very strictly controlled by CPC from a very low baseline - some thousands of US$ equivalent I suspect (don't know detail) - and aggressively policed.

It isn't a stretch to imagine that overseas projects like mines, power stations, railways, ports and the like have government reps in place and some have been identified as military folk - I wondered about Gwalor as an entrepôt for Chinese arms sales to Iran and to some extent Pakistan.

I don't think Communist Party of China is overly fussed about treading on local toes - Chinese entrepreneurs are seen to be disposable if required and their investments will be closely monitored by party officials.

The Chinese might have some success with making cars in S. Africa - but the education systems and social norms further north require probably a generation of upgrades to develop the workforce into viable factory workers ... exports will predominate.

The Chinese leaderships have a longstanding reputation for inscrutability and legendary contempt for non-Chinese - that will have to change a bit. The Neil Heywood business pulled the curtain back a bit on how China operates....

Feb 21, 2018 at 11:26 PM | Registered Commentertomo

Feb 21, 2018 at 7:53 PM | tomo

If the Chinese follow the example of the colonial powers, British Empire, and many others before and since......

The Chinese will want to control Chinese interests on foreign soil, and will want as many Chinese in the workforce as possible, but China no longer has an unlimited supply of unskilled cheap manual labourers.

Excluding local unemployed would be a mistake, causing resentment within the host nation. Chinese businesses will want to be welcomed, and invited into other areas and countries.

The Chinese will probably want their own enclaves to live and work in. Building new towns and industrial complexes will be quicker and cheaper in the longterm than trying to renovate dilapidated ruins.

Much of the investment will come from Chinese entrepreneurs, as they have spare cash to invest, once the infrastructure is in place.

The Chinese Government may supply military advisers and security consultants to assist the host nations as China sees fit.

If the Japanese can assemble cars in Britain for sale across Europe, why can't the Chinese do the same in Africa?

Feb 21, 2018 at 10:49 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

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