US District Judge William Alsup shut down a lawsuit filed by liberal mayors in Oakland and San Francisco who sued big oil companies for their alleged impact on climate, claiming damages included sea level rise that has yet to materialize, but is on the way, according the models cited in the litigation. The judge explained that it would be unfair to blame oil companies who supplied the oil to the public benefitted from it and demanded it.
On Monday, U.S. District Judge William Alsup released a detailed 16 page ruling that ends a years’ long effort by liberal mayors in Oakland and San Francisco to sue big oil companies, including Bay Area based Chevron.
The suits by Oakland and San Francisco sought money from oil companies to pay for a sea level rise that has yet to materialize, but is on the way, according the models cited in the litigation. The cases brought by Oakland and San Francisco were among the first serious efforts by municipalities which sought compensation for the alleged impact of fossil fuels on the climate. The central tenant of the lawsuits brought against the oil companies is the belief that like Tobacco companies, oil companies create a public hazard by continuing the production of fossil fuels.
Judge Alsup noted that the cities of Oakland and San Francisco have inarguably benefited from the production of fossil fuels. Although remarks to this effect were made by Judge Alsup, the final decision did not attempt to tabulate the grand total of all the costs and benefits provided to the cities by fossil fuels.
New Mexico is suing Google, Twitter, Tiny Labs, and other app developers for collecting data on children under 13-years-old without their parents’ permission. The apps can track where children live, play, and go to school.
Syria: A Russian military plane was shot down accidentally by Syrian anti-aircraft fire, killing all 15 on board. Initially, Moscow blamed Israel, because Israeli jets were flying in the same area as the passenger route and, thereby, attracted Syrian anti-aircraft fire into the path of the passenger plane.
The basis for the war in Afghanistan was an official document that was classified as secret but which was said to contain conclusive proof that the 911 attack on the US was directed from Afghanistan, but there was no proof whatsoever.
Google’s Chinese search engine, called ‘Dragonfly’, will censor dissidents, block information critical of the government, and will link searches to phone numbers, thus allowing authorities to identify who is making the searches. [Google finds nothing wrong with participating in this program.]
Car ‘smash and grabs’ are common in California because thieves know they will not be prosecuted. In San Francisco, police-commission rules forbid police to chase thieves if they try to escape in a car. This, they say, is to cut down on high-speed chases and, therefore, is justified because it reduces accidents.
A leaked clip shows how Facebook is used to spread political propaganda and promote hidden agendas in a way that most viewers do not detect. Be aware that there are powerful forces using sophisticated techniques to engineer your opinions about issues that profoundly affect your future.
Despite California having a vigorous economy, 20% of Californians are suffering economic hardship, mostly due to the cost of housing. Moderate wage earners age 35 to 44 are leaving California due to rising crime, heavy traffic, a growing homeless epidemic and, especially high taxes. [These are the natural effects of collectivism. Only the wealthy and the impoverished will remain in the state. Eventually, everyone will be impoverished except the ruling elite.]
Democrats are demanding that Senator Chuck Grassley postpone the vote to appoint Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court following accusations by Christine Blasey Ford, 51, a far-left California professor, who claims Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than 35 years ago.
In a rare and unprecedented speech delivered on the House floor just two days after the nation memorialized 9/11, Democratic Hawaiian Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard on Thursday slammed Washington’s longtime support to anti-Assad jihadists in Syria, while
Dragonfly, the search system, was designed to remove content that China’s authoritarian government views as sensitive, such as information about free speech, democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest. Poulson also had concerns over the accessibility customer data to Chinese agencies that target political activists and journalists.
Some of the evidence provided by the UK is questionable, especially since the event was used to impose sanctions against Russia, and new sanctions are threatened. Jake Morphonios shows how the photos of the suspects at Gatwick Airport in England appear to be doctored by Scotland Yard.
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Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow, Chris Horner, presented a study that exposes an elaborate campaign by the billion-dollar-per-year climate industry that weaponizes state prosecutors by arranging private parties to fund and direct them, led by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
James Corbett’s mini-documentary, How Big Oil Conquered The World, reviews the history of JD Rockefeller and his family, including David Rockefeller. JD’s credo was that “competition is a sin”, and this documentary shows how the destruction of competition actually was accomplished – not just in the oil industry – but everywhere Rockefeller money was invested. That includes education, health care, banking, and even the food supply. The goal is to monopolize everything, including life itself.