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  1. Gezza

     /  December 24, 2018

    Aljazeera tv reports this is a common theme of many tweets in response to this one from The US’s Ignoramus-In-Chief.

    One pointed out that it was unbelievable that, after claiming credit for defeating ISIS himself (NB experts say they are not defeated yet) Trump is totally unaware of the man who is widely credited with pulling together and managing the coalition of allies that drove ISIS from all the territory they held.

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    • Duker

       /  December 24, 2018

      “the man who is widely credited with pulling together and managing the coalition of allies that drove ISIS from all the territory they held.” Pleeeese . Are you McGurks speech writer?
      In reality no one has heard of him in the 3 years hes had the job, so I would give a pass on actual results. ISIS was always going to fold against a modern military force no matter who was ‘pulling together ‘ – weasel words if Ive ever heard, sounds like he was in some meetings

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      • Gezza

         /  December 24, 2018

        No I just watch te news on Aljaz and listen to their commentators who’re closer to the action than me and figure maybe sometimes they know more than me, but of course if you’ve just got back from a stint over there fighting insurgents and making the place safe for democracy to flower or you’re plugged in to the US Defence & Diplomatic establishents I’ll happily take yaw views on board as well. You sound like you’re an expert on most things.

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    • McGurk would likely be delighted that President Trump claims to be unaware of him.

      Trump seems to be the career kiss of death for people who work for him. And the size of the list of those who don’t any more is quite astonishing.

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Trump_administration_dismissals_and_resignations

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  2. Gezza

     /  December 24, 2018

    Jesus Christ. Look at this bloody plonker. The yanks have gone and put an ignorant spoilt brat in charge of what is now the most dysfunctional bloody US government in history. What a bloody disaster for the poor bastards. There’ll be foreheads getting slapped all over the country.

    Imagine being the person trying to run any agency of government under this loose cannon? They must all get up every morning and check his Twitter feed immediately to see whether it’s safe for them to even go to work today or has he just gone and shat on them overnight for some Fox News or brain explosion-related reason.

    All the Dems have to do now is keep denying him whatever he wants and he’ll go right over the edge. Bloody lunatic.

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    • Gezza

       /  December 24, 2018

      More tweets from Trump’s toilet

      Aljazeera tv’s Washington reporter just said Jim Mattis will be leaving his position on 3 January now, instead of in two months time. Apparently Trump rushed this new DefSec appointment overnight after being incensed hearing all the negative comment on talkbacks.

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      • Gezza

         /  December 24, 2018

        Ie “pushing Mattis out the door”, was the phrase he used.

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      • Gezza

         /  December 24, 2018

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      • “U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday said he was replacing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis two months earlier than had been expected, a move officials said was driven by Trump’s anger at Mattis’ resignation letter and its rebuke of his foreign policy.”

        Trump said that Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan would take over for Mattis on an acting basis on Jan. 1. In a tweet, Trump called the former Boeing Co executive “very talented.”

        That means little, – Trump describes himself as very talented.

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        • Duker

           /  December 24, 2018

          Not surprising , he dissed the boss before actually leaving, everywhere else that would mean pack your bags right away.

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          • Gezza

             /  December 24, 2018

            Er … you might as well put the boot in when an overgrown spoilt brat has just unexpectedly chucked your toys out of the cot in another of his endless tantrums.

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  3. Gezza

     /  December 24, 2018


    Screen grab from video – Indonesian tsunami sweeps away band and crowd

    The death toll from a volcano-triggered tsunami in Indonesia has risen to more than 220, with over 800 people injured, officials said on Sunday.

    “222 people are dead, 843 people are injured and 28 people are missing,” Indonesia’s national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. “This number is predicted to increase because not all victims have been successfully evacuated, not all health centres have reported victims and not all locations have got complete data,” he added.

    The tsunami hit both sides of Indonesia’s Sunda Strait on Saturday, sending a wall of water crashing about 20 metres inland and sweeping away hundreds of homes and hotels, officials and witnesses have said.

    Scientists from Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency, also known as BMKG, said it could have been caused by undersea landslides from the eruption of Anak Krakatau, a volcanic island formed over years from the nearby Krakatau volcano.

    It also hit during a period of high tides caused by the full moon.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/indonesia-tsunami-kills-43-anak-krakatoa-eruption-181223034830826.html

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    • It’s the first time I have heard of a volcano triggered a tsunami. There must have been a major undersea landslide.

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      • Gezza

         /  December 24, 2018

        Quite common, it seems, PG – according to volcanoligist commentary on Aljaz tv this morning – but resulting tsunamis are often local and occur in unpopulated areas so go unreported. Sides of erupting volcanos near or in the sea can blow out and slide down into the water, generating tsunami waves. That’s more commonly the cause of volcanic tsunamis than the explosive effect of sudden eruptions.

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      • Gezza

         /  December 24, 2018

        Also, tremors associated with eruptions can trigger collapse of masses of sedimentary landslides into nearby canyons, also causing local tsunamis. Pretty sure I’ve read recently that there’s evidence a local earthquake at some time in the past caused this in the Cook Strait Canyon.

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      • Griff.

         /  December 24, 2018

        Krakatau volcano news & eruption updates:
        https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/krakatau/news/72510/Large-part-of-Anak-Krakatau-has-collapsed-into-the-sea-reconstruction-of-the-eruption.html
        Large part of Anak Krakatau has collapsed into the sea – reconstruction of the eruption
        First visual information about the situation on Anak Krakatau island group itself has come in, revealing that a large part of Anak Krakatau’s SW flank has collapsed, which most likely is the trigger for last night’s tsunami.
        An overflight of was undertaken today by the Kumparan agency and revealed continuous, violent phreatomagmatic explosions, i.e. driven by lava and water interaction.

        The combined information allows a rough reconstruction of the events:

        #1 A new surge of magma arrives in the upper conduit of Anak Krakatau from around 20-21 Dec, causing increasing explosive and effusive activity – strombolian explosions or lava fountains, and lava flow emission – from the summit vent. This activity probably reached its peak on the evening of 22 Dec, when it was clearly visible by naked eye from more than 40 km away on the coast.
        #2 In the evening of 22 Dec, lava fountains fed flows that reached the sea, probably on the south or southeast shores of Anak Krakatau, in similar locations as during previous episodes this year.
        #3 Around 21:00 local time, the weight of rapidly accumulated lava on the subaerial and submerged cone of Anak Krakatau triggered an instability and a larger landslide removed a part of the southwestern cone – a flank collapse occurred. This rapid displacement caused the (small, but devastating) tsunami which reached the Java coast around 21:30 (local time).

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        • Duker

           /  December 24, 2018

          Isnt there part of one of the Azores that could collapse into the Ocean -even without an eruption-, that will send a mega tsunami to hit the US east coast.
          Same goes for a part of the big island in hawaii, near the area which has large lava flows recently. The land there has very extensive cracks over many kms as prepares for its slide into the sea

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  4. Joe Bloggs

     /  December 24, 2018

    trump was handed the best performing economy on the planet. All the tough decisions – to refinance the banks, rescue the car companies and deflate the real-estate bubble – had been made. The stock market was tearing along, setting records almost every week.

    Trump gave this rising balloon extra air with $1tn of tax cuts using borrowed money which went straight into the pockets of the 1%.

    Now the stock and bond traders have their ‘sell’ signs all over their maps of America.

    December has proved to be the worst month for shares in many decades. Oil prices have slumped and the market is expecting worse to come in the new year.

    From the Atlantic to the Pacific, US home sales are struggling, with not enough buyers and asking prices are not being met.

    The US economy has slipped to its lowest growth rate for 18 months in December and now trump’s trying to divert attention with his clueless decisions to hand ISIS a free meal ticket in Syria and close down the US government in a fit of pique.

    While trump fiddles the rest of America burns.

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  5. Griff.

     /  December 24, 2018

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  6. The Consultant

     /  December 24, 2018

    Christmas Eve, 1968 EST – Christmas Day here in NZ….

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  7. The Consultant

     /  December 24, 2018

    No Christmas tree ornament was ever more beautiful.

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  8. Joe Bloggs

     /  December 24, 2018

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