EIR Daily Alert Service, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2018
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2019
Volume 6, Number 194
EIR Daily Alert Service
P.O. Box 17390, Washington, DC 20041-0390
- Will Impeachment Coup Kill Artemis, or Will We Kill the Coup?
- Hubris or Madness: Biden Demands a TV Ban of Giuliani
- Rep. Gaetz Exposes Schiff Seeking Dirt on Trump From Ukraine
- Banks’ Liquidity Crunch Is Unabated, Industry Declines Further
- Cutting Coal in Africa for Climate Genocide
- UN’s Effort To Create ‘Global Green New Deal’ Financial Bubble Flopped 10 Years Ago
- Major German Daily Covers Danish Scientist Bjorn Lomborg Counter to Climate lies
- Lavrov-Pompeo Talks More Constructive Than in Sochi
- Kiev Plans To Reopen Passenger Traffic Between Ukraine and Crimea
- Vice-Premier Liu He To Head China Delegation in October Trade Talks in Washington
Sept. 30 (EIRNS)—The Fiscal 2020 funding to begin the acceleration of the Moon-Mars mission Project Artemis towards a human return to the Moon in 2024, remains completely uncertain as that fiscal year begins on Tuesday. Rapidly defeating the Democrats’ pseudo-impeachment of President Donald Trump and the British Empire coup that lies behind it, could determine that the Moon-Mars mission can take off.
The White House and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine make clear that if Americans are to be back on the Moon by that deadline, the $5 billion “space colonization” part of the NASA budget has to be increased to $6.6 billion in FY2020, as just a “down payment” on the much larger funding of it needed in the following four fiscal years.
EIR’s understanding is that the House of Representatives covered NASA only in a continuing resolution through the start of the Thanksgiving recess Nov. 20, which added nothing at all to the human space exploration budget. The Senateapparently adjourned for two weeks Friday Sept. 27 without voting on a NASA appropriation; but the Senate Appropriations Committee on Sept. 26 had raised space exploration to $6.2 billion from the $5 billion of FY2019, and that awaits a vote by the full Senate. Some $745 million of that increase was for the really new element of Project Artemis so far, the new manned Moon lander; this is several hundred million short of what is minimally needed, and appears to be most of the shortfall. Beyond the full Senate vote, lies a conference committee of the wide-apart House and Senate.
Administrator Bridenstine and other NASA officials directly involved with the lander’s development have said that these shortfalls must be made up by the end of the calendar year to keep the take-off of Project Artemis on schedule. As to getting more funds from commercial companies or foreign partners to make up for insufficient U.S. funding, the NASA chief put a sharp message on Twitter Sunday, concerning the SpaceX company’s unveiling of its Mars Starship development program.
Bridenstine said: “I am looking forward to the SpaceX announcement tomorrow [Monday, Sept. 30]. In the meantime, Commercial Crew is years behind schedule. NASA expects to see the same level of enthusiasm focused on the investments of the American taxpayer. It’s time to deliver.” The tweet was not a rebuke to SpaceX, but a strong message to Congress, and an indication of how existential the launch-funding of Project Artemis is.
In the now three years’ British intelligence-led coup attempt against President Trump, the latest, pseudo-impeachment phase (an impeachment inquiry ordered by the Speaker without the required vote of the House) is a gamble that the sheer weight of the national media’s coordinated “information warfare” can make the public tolerate a stampede of the House to actual impeachment. If key House Democrats think the gamble is working, they will dig in against “giving the President anything,” including the Moon-Mars adventure.
But this coup against Trump is of the same format, by the very same CIA and FBI forces, for the same British intelligence reasons, as the then-unprecedented persecution and prosecution of economist and statesman Lyndon LaRouche during the 1980s, when LaRouche had attained international respect and influence and a strong American grass-roots movement.
LaRouche’s movement today is thus in the unique position to destroy this very vulnerable impeachment-coup attempt, while bringing forward LaRouche’s case again for exoneration.
If coup is broken up, we can see Congress pushed hard from both above and below to fund President Trump’s Moon-Mars vision, which was met with Americans’ excitement and optimism.
U.S. POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC
Sept. 30 (EIRNS)—Joe Biden, a three-time front-runner for Democratic Presidential nominations, who bragged that he gave Ukraine’s former President Petro Poroshenko “six hours” to fire Ukraine’s General Prosecutor Viktor Shokin, now demands that U.S. television networks immediately ban Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani. It could be concluded that Biden is being hurt politically by Giuliani’s very limited exposé of the Ukraine matter.
“We are writing today with grave concern that you continue to book Rudy Giuliani on your air to spread false, debunked conspiracy theories on behalf of Donald Trump,” Biden campaign advisers Anita Dunn and Kate Bedingfield wrote, on campaign stationery, to executives and top political anchors at ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, and NBC, including Jake Tapper, Chuck Todd, and Chris Wallace. “We write to demand that in service to the facts, you no longer book Rudy Giuliani, a surrogate for Donald Trump who has demonstrated that he will knowingly and willingly lie in order to advance his own narrative.… [emphasis in original]
“Giuliani is not a public official, and holds no public office that would entitle him to opine on the nation’s airwaves,” said the letter. “The decision to legitimize his increasingly outlandish and unhinged charges and behavior—calling it ‘news’—rests solely with you….
“Giving Rudy Giuliani valuable time on your air to push these lies in the first place is a disservice to your audience and a disservice to journalism,” they conclude.
Giuliani had appeared on the CBS and ABC Sunday morning talk shows yesterday. He was also interviewed that day by Fox host Maria Bartiromo, and said he could show that Democrats had colluded with Ukraine officials against Trump’s campaign in 2016. “If you can prove that somebody else [Ukraine] did it … then you pursue that vigorously,” he told her.
Sept. 30 (EIRNS)—Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) sent out a tweet today contrasting House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff’s disgusting lies about President Donald Trump and his July phone call to Ukraine’s new President Volodymyr Zelensky, to an audio-clip from a prank call to Schiff from a Russian comedian in 2017. The comedian posed as the Nazi-supporting Andriy Parubiy, then-Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament, offering Schiff a sleazy exposé on Trump.
The transcript of Gaetz’s tweet, including recordings of Schiff now, and then:
Schiff: [on ABC News “This Week,” Sept. 29, 2019] “What we have seen in that call record is a President of the United States use the full weight of his office to manufacture dirt on his opponent and interfere in our election.”
The video captioning then reads: “But Schiff was caught on tape trying to talk to Ukrainian officials who he thought had dirt on Trump.”
Schiff: [in 2017] “So you have recordings of both [Russian journalist Ksenia] Sobchak and [Russian model Olga] Buzova where they’re discussing the compromising material on Mr. Trump?”
[Fake] Parubiy: “Absolutely!”
Schiff: “Well, obviously we would welcome a chance to get copies of those recordings.”
The tweet video returns to Schiff’s ABC interview yesterday.
Schiff: [Sept. 29, 2019] “It is illegal, improper, a violation of oath, a violation of his duty to defend our elections and our Constitution, for the President to merely ask for foreign interference.”
The video captioning then reads: “Schiff apparently has two standards—one for himself, and one for President Trump.”
Note that on Sept. 16, the Ukraine State Bureau of Investigation, now under the new government of President Zelensky, launched a criminal investigation against the vile Andriy Parubiy, regarding his role in the “mass riot” in Odessa, in which 42 Ukrainians who opposed the neo-Nazi coup, were burned alive on May 2, 2014. The 42 people had been driven by the Nazi mob into the Trade Union Building, which was then boarded up and set on fire, all broadcast live on the Internet around the world. According to Ukraine’s UNIAN Information Agency last week, Parubiy himself reported the SBI investigation proudly on his Facebook page, boasting of the Odessa “mass riots,” that “I did everything possible to protect Ukraine.”
COLLAPSING WESTERN FINANCIAL SYSTEM
Sept. 30 (EIRNS)—The final day of the third quarter and of the U.S. Fiscal Year 2019, with over $100 billion of new Treasury debt being issued, again saw short-term interest rates jump out of the range, and control, of the Federal Reserve. The New York Fed has pumped about $350 billion in urgent short-term liquidity into the banking system since Sept. 17, but still cannot keep its overnight lending rate within the 1.75-2% range it announced on Sept. 18; it will have to keep offering overnight loans of up to $100 billion every day until at least Oct. 10. Underneath this banking system stress, meanwhile, the industrial economy continued to decline.
While the banks’ demand for Monday morning’s “repo” lending stopped at $63.5 billion of the $100 billion the Fed was prepared to lend, the overnight funding interest rate again got out of control. It opened (7:45 a.m.) at 2.7-2.8% and ended (9:00 a.m.) at 2.3%, well above the target range. And the range for the two-week loans which the Fed last offered on Friday, Sept. 27, was reportedly 2.6%. If the upward pressure moves long-term rates up as well, bankruptcies will ensue in large numbers.
The Purchasing Managers’ Indices (surveys) on the U.S. economy have been published for September: The “services” index was at 50.9, indicating slow expansion; but the industrial/manufacturing index was at 47.1, in significant contraction for the fourth month of the past five. Some tell-tale signs were reported by MarketWatch: Wisconsin and Indiana both have lower factory employment than they did one year ago, in September 2018; they are the most manufacturing-intensive U.S. states. Michigan and Ohio both have lower factory employment than at the end of 2018. Only Illinois has factory employment growth in 2019—by just 400 jobs. Overall those five industrial states have employment about flat compared to one year ago.
SCIENCE AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Sept. 30 (EIRNS)—During his three minutes before the nature idolaters at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York on Sept. 23, African Development Bank (AfDB) President Akinwumi Adesina made the fantastic declaration that Africa—the entire continent—should scrap coal power plants, in favor of solar and wind power sources. “Coal is the past, and renewable energy is the future,” Adesina told delegates in Manhattan. “For us at the African Development Bank, we’re getting out of coal.”
This is deadly folly. As LaRouchePAC’s Science Team leader Ben Deniston presented to a Baltimore forum audience Sept. 29, “60% of the global electricity is generated by coal and natural gas, so eliminating these CO2 emitting sources would deny the world’s population the right to electricity, and wipe out most of the world’s population, as these latter-day Nazis behind the climate change movement intend. Instead of reducing CO2, if we are really concerned with stopping mass death, we should make our objective, raising the electrical energy consumption of the poorest 34 nations of the world, which lack adequate electricity.”
According to Adesina (not known to be a genocidalist, himself), what Africa needs to do is to create “the largest solar zone in the world,” in the Sahara Desert. His remark, “There’s a reason God gave Africa sunlight,” was perhaps a poor attempt at humor. To accomplish this, he said, the AfDB intends to establish a $500 million green finance fund, designed to leverage $5 billion (10 times in private investments) for renewable projects. Adesina also referenced a $20 billion fund, although details on this (like the funds) are still “blowing in the wind.”
In real terms, what Adesina’s proclamation means is that the AfDB will no longer engage in financial relations with coal power producers, or their supporting infrastructure, including mines. Already, reports have surfaced of mine operators having to turn to their own equipment providers as alternative sources of funds for working capital. In South Africa, this directly impacts the fight concerning Eskom—electricity supplier to the entire region—already heavily indebted and dependent on government bail-out funding.
For millions of people in Southern Africa, electricity from coal is the only source of home heat and cooking. Take away coal, and the level of sickness will rise sharply. In a first-hand account of conditions this winter (just ending in South Africa), the failure of a single transformer (blew several months ago and has still not been replaced), caused sickness in the immediate area to increase drastically. Households were forced to resort to dangerously using kerosene for heating, and cooking, and candles for lighting—all fire hazards, and kerosene heaters can also produce carbon monoxide.
What is needed for Africa is a commitment to increase the power-density of the region at the source, specifically to begin the transition to nuclear power. Until that time, to cut coal with only a vague commitment to harvest sunbeams, is to cause many, many people to die unnecessarily.
Sept. 30 (EIRNS)—Following the Sept. 23 all-day UN Climate Action Summit, in New York, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) announced the release of their 2019 report, “Financing a Global Green New Deal,” in Johannesburg, South Africa. Launched with little fanfare, the Global Green New Deal is riding in the shadows of the Green Finance Initiative, but aimed to build up support for a “green” financial bubble to keep alive the City of London and Wall Street, by means of the global “carbon reduction” genocide policy.
At the South Africa launch, UNCTAD economist Dr. Diana Barrowclough pushed the lie that proposal sought to “recast” the FDR 1930s New Deal policy on a global scale, so as “to pull up the people and cool down the planet,” wrote Engineering News trade publication of South Africa. The foreword of the 70-page UNCTAD report says, “This year’s Trade and Development Report [Financing a Global Green New Deal] suggests that meeting the financing demands of the Agenda 2030 requires rebuilding multilateralism around the idea of a Global Green New Deal, and pursuing a financial future very different from the recent past.”
If mainstream coverage of the UNCTAD release seemed slightly less than the momentous issues involved here, there is a reason: This is old news. The original Global Green New Deal was launched by the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs ten years ago! In the 2009 report, “A Global Green New Deal for Climate, Energy, and Development” are 10 proposals where we find the same “goals” as today: Draw financing into a global effort to cut carbon emissions. In 2010, a book was released, A Global Green New Deal: Rethinking the Economic Recovery by Edward B. Barbier, whom Amazon identifies as a “Senior Scholar in the School of Global Environmental Sustainability.” Obviously, this “soft sell” didn’t sell then—not least because of the massive rejection of the call to suicide on behalf of “climate protection” by developing and poor countries at the 2009 Copenhagen COP15 climate summit—and had to be “amped up” to a level commensurate with the banksters’ financial crisis of today.
In that line, we have hedge fund manager cum presidential candidate Tom Steyer announcing, on the same day, his commitment to create a $20 billion “Global Green New Deal Fund” designed to “leverage private capital” over the next 10 years. A Sept. 17 “Covering Climate Now” article in The Nation attempts to unite Bernie Sanders’ Green New Deal with a recommitment to the COP21 Paris Climate Agreement, urging: “Combine the two and you get a Global Green New Deal, an idea that The Nation advanced 20 years ago and that today is needed more urgently than ever.”
Sept. 30 (EIRNS)—Prominently on its second page, Germany’s largest mass-tabloid Bildzeitung publishes statements by Danish scientist Bjorn Lomborg countering Greta Thunberg’s doomsday drive: that mankind does not emit CO2 out of evil intention, but that humanity’s growing use of energy has pulled mankind out of poverty. The enormous supply of energy has improved living and working conditions and increased life expectancy. In the past 25 years alone, 1 billion humans have been relieved from poverty—although Lomborg does not mention China’s effort with 800 million of those.
Furthermore, he states, a century ago weather-related catastrophes killed 500,000 people annually, whereas today, drought, floods, and hurricanes kill 20,000 globally. If there is any green energy to come, it needs time be established, says Lomborg. To exit fossil energy sources by 2028 at the latest, or earlier as Thunberg wants, would trigger a global catastrophe and throw many people back into poverty.
Interestingly, Lomborg notes that the United Nations polled 10 million people globally on their list of priorities: Health, education, jobs, and food ranked first; climate was mentioned last in the list of 16 priorities, showing that they consider issues other than climate to be more urgent.
THE NEW GLOBAL ECONOMIC ORDER
Sept. 30 (EIRNS)—Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s talks with U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly were much more constructive than the ones on May 14 in Sochi, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said yesterday. “It was a really substantive, constructive conversation. I would say it was much more constructive and substantive than their talks in Sochi,” she said in an interview with the Russian TV Channel One. “There were no obeisance[s] in either way. They listed sore points and outlined possible ways to find solutions to them.” In Zakharova’s words, it was a kind of “taking inventory of the problems that can be addressed.”
She said that the internal political situation in the United States is the key cause preventing the positive development of U.S.-Russian relations. “They [the Trump Administration] want to build relations with the entire world but their resources, including foreign policy ones, are focused on the situation inside the United States,” Zakharova said. She assessed that this was the reason neither U.S. President Donald Trump nor the Secretary of State had known anything about visa problems for some members of the Russian delegation to the UN General Assembly.
Among the topics Lavrov and Pompeo discussed were Syrian settlement, the situation in Ukraine, and visa problems for the members of the Russian General Assembly delegation.
Sept. 30 (EIRNS)—Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Vladislav Krikliy announced plans to resume regular passenger traffic to Crimea and will issue a tender for transport operators. In July, during Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky’s trip to the Kherson Region, he ordered the construction of checkpoints on the border with Crimea to be completed by December 2019.
These plans to resume passenger traffic with Crimea will be for the benefit of the Ukraine and Russian Crimean citizens, but first the Ukrainian authorities need to restore infrastructure on the border, First Deputy Parliament Speaker of the Crimean Parliament Efim Fix told TASS on Sept. 29. “If they make this decision and both countries approve of it, this will do good. Relations between Ukraine and Russia will start mending,” he said.
Sept. 30 (EIRNS)—Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, and chief of the Chinese side of the China-U.S. comprehensive economic dialogue, will lead the Chinese delegation to Washington, D.C. in the second week of October, for the 13th round of the China-U.S. high-level economic and trade consultations. The delegation’s visit was announced at the Great Hall of the People during the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on Oct. 1.
China and the United States have exchanged views on the specific arrangement for the 13th round of China-U.S. high-level economic and trade consultations, Chinese Vice-Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen told Xinhua. Wang said that China’s viewpoint on the consultations remains consistent and clear: “The two sides should seek solutions through equal dialogues on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, which is in line with the interests of both countries and peoples, as well as the world and people of the world,” Wang stressed.
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