Strong Cities Network

I’ve continued to refine the orbit of my Chelyabinsk rock, and have now got it to fly 40 km over Chelyabinsk:


That’ll do for now. Next thing is to add in the atmospheric drag that will swing the rock south of Chelyabinsk, and land south west of it. And that will probably take ages.

In the mean time… Whenever I come across certain words, they flash up as red warning lights that whoever is speaking is using a private language in which these words all mean something else completely. They’re words like “dialogue”, “empowered”, “sustained”, “ongoing”, “challenge”. And when I got reading Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch’s recent speech to the UN about the global Strong Cities Network, I was tripping over them on almost every sentence.

These efforts have shown us the power of harnessing local expertise and leveraging local leadership to create targeted and effective approaches to eradicating violent extremism in any community.  We have learned that open dialogue and consistent engagement with a wide range of constituents is essential to crafting strategies and forging partnerships that will address the full scope of the threats we face.  We have seen that communities must be empowered to take these steps themselves so that the prevention approaches they design are crafted for their unique situations.  And we have observed the need for a mechanism that will expand the most effective efforts to reach more people around the globe – a way to highlight the best local ideas so that they can be adapted for use in other communities.

Until now, we have lacked that mechanism.  We haven’t had the benefit of sustained or coordinated cooperation among the growing number of cities and municipalities that are confronting this ongoing challenge.  Communities have too often been left isolated and alone.  But through the Strong Cities Network that we have unveiled today, we are making the first systematic effort in history to bring together cities around the world to share experiences, to pool resources and to forge partnerships in order to build local cohesion and resilience on a global scale.  Today we tell every city, every town and every community that has lost the flower of its youth to a sea of hatred – you are not alone.  We stand together and we stand with you.

This is a truly groundbreaking endeavor.  By connecting municipal leaders, facilitating information-sharing and providing training and other assistance where appropriate, the Strong Cities Network will help to fashion a global response to a global issue, without losing sight of its inherently local roots.  It will offer city leaders a way to learn from one another about successful initiatives and productive programs.  It will provide a platform for discussing community policing and prevention strategies that safeguard the individual rights of citizens.  And it will support the practical delivery of community resilience programs in cities that are taking a new look at this evolving issue.

Well, one thing I know for sure as a smoker, is that nobody is going to safeguard my individual rights, or ‘engage with’ me as a constituent, or ’empower’ me either. My rights are going to cease to exist, and I am going to be completely ignored and dis-empowered. And instead of “community cohesion” I’m going to experience growing social fragmentation and division and exclusion.

In fact, pretty soon, smoking a cigarette is most likely going to be re-defined as “violent extremism” that must be “eradicated” using “community policing and prevention strategies”. After all, once you’re convinced that “smoking kills”, then it’s become a form of violence, and a form of extremism. ‘Violence’ and “extremism” can be re-defined to be whatever you want them to mean.

My attention was drawn to all this by a rather impassioned speech by a young American woman to the American people, warning of creeping UN government:

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45 Responses to Strong Cities Network

  1. “I’ve continued to refine the orbit of my Chelyabinsk rock, and have now got it to fly 40 km over Chelyabinsk”

    Fly with Friendly Frank’s Aerodynamic Asteroid Airlines! “We May Not Get You There On Time, But We Guarantee You’ll Make Quite An IMPACT!”

    – MJM

  2. Roobeedoo2 says:

    A very impassioned speech. Unfortunately the minutest detail was the starting point…

    Welcome to the Thick End Of The Wedge

  3. waltc says:

    Couldn’t watch that girl for very long. She didn’t seem to be proving her thesis and I kept getting distracted by whether or not she had a chipped front tooth. As for the exerpts, the jargon alone creeps me out as it did you. Did you know that a jargon is, literally, a “colorless, smoky stone”? Perfect root of the word. Somehow I’d bet that Bloomberg has a hand in this and that a “strong city” would be gun and smoke-free, or to put that more aptly, citizens would not be free to smoke or own guns.

    • Frank Davis says:

      I was impressed by her sincerity. I wasn’t sure she’d proved her thesis either, but I could see what she was driving at. I didn’t notice the chipped front tooth, but I was a bit distracted by the mole on her cheek.

      • roobeedoo2 says:

        Oh FFS! Is it just men? There is nothing wrong with her looks whatsoever…

        I think she looks like Joan Cusack too, Click

        • Frank Davis says:

          I thought she was quite pretty, actually. Apart from the mole on her cheek… And the chipped front tooth…

        • roobeedoo2 says:

          Perhaps it’s just the passion then that turns people off. No wonder cold fish like the Dreadful Arnott does so well ;)

        • Frank Davis says:

          It was the passion that drew my attention, and held it.

        • roobeedoo2 says:

          Then you’re one in million, Frank and should be cherished because if my experience is anything to go by, all that passion gets you is to be told to ‘wind your neck in’.

        • waltc says:

          ftr, I thought she was attractive too, which is why I was fascinated by the chipped tooth, might even be an endearing flaw, but there it was. Nor was I turned off by what you call her passion, but rather by the fact that she didn,t seem to justify it and it ultimately came off, to me, as slightly heated hype. Otoh, Conviction backed by logic is attractive in either sex.

        • Roobeedoo2 says:

          Do you have an example of that, Walt? I’d send Clicky but I’ve given him the night off… I don’t want PETA on my back ;)

        • roobeedoo2 says:

          Oh hello Clicky. Not a terribly good example… or is it? *thinks*

  4. harleyrider1978 says:

    Ive got 120 head of cows all around me mooing for the next 3 days as the rancher just came out today and took all their calves away…………..No sleep No sleep No sleep!

    • beobrigitte says:

      The rancher took the calves away a little too soon then?

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Naa beo they always just about take the calves at 4 months of age and take them all to a feed lot to bulk them up for the next 5 months and then sale str8 to a slaughter house and cut out the middleman and make 3 ties as much money.

  5. harleyrider1978 says:

    Americans Are Smoking Again, a Boon for Municipal Tobacco Bonds

    So CDCs recent claim that rates dropped likea rock were all BS……..The fist week cdc claimed smoking dropped to 17% then 2 weeks later another claim came out it had dropped to 15%……..

  6. garyk30 says:

    Congrats on the asteroid program.
    You deserve a ‘boy’ to the minus 18th power, that is, you get an ‘attoboy’. ;)

  7. garyk30 says:


    Science needs your help with another serious problem.
    Science tells us that our Universe is made up of atoms; but, that is clearly wrong.

    85 percent of the matter in our Universe is ‘dark matter’ and it is not made up of atoms.

    All of their laws and theories are probably wrong. :(

    • Frank Davis says:

      I don’t really understand this dark matter business. But I read somewhere that the problem was that the galaxies don’t rotate at the right speed according to the laws of gravity, if only stars are counted. And so they invented dark matter to make the law of gravity work properly. Something like that. It seemed a bit of a fudge, anyway.

      I’ll sort it out next week, after I’m done with Chelyabinsk ;)

      • Rose says:

        I like the idea of dark matter, it haunts the gaps inbetween like the newly discovered concept of invisible smoke.
        Dark matter explains a lot, just because you can’t see it, feel it, smell it or hear it doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

      • nisakiman says:

        Glad to hear you’re on the case, Frank. This ‘dark matter’ malarkey has been bothering me for a while! :-)

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Frank I was reading a blog run by astronomers and scientists on this subject a few yars ago and it was mostly MIT grads and students commenting. Basically they all said nearly everything claimed today about space is based upon epidemiology studies of the cosmos and then those things are used to claim other things on top of other things………Basically all their so called theories arebased upon beliefs rather than solid evidence……….or could it be just everything today is flat out JUNK SCIENCE!

      • RdM says:

        I’ve enjoyed very much reading chapters of Miles Mathis, coming to him from malagabay.wordpress I forget which post, but you can search him there .com.

        It’s a huge, take your time, read, but specifically re ‘dark matter’ you could look at chapter 293. (and pdf chapters around there)
        & elsewhere as at Obviously more reading needed?

        But better to scroll through the entire chapter list at the home page:- I should have enumerated all those links, a long way down, but there are some pdf’s too;- go look!

        Again, it’s huge, but he’s so straightforward and simply clear in his arguments, it’s…

        From elsewhere in his writing, and critique of ‘conventional’ maths & science, eerily:

        “It is the same with the math of these theories. Good theories are simple, and the math has no tape on it. Bad theories are full of paste-overs, pushes, and props, and they always come with a long list of assurances, insurances, and apologetics. They also come with complete their own cops, who will threaten and bully anyone who points out the tape and the props. Good math and theory doesn’t need cops: it is its own recommendation. Only bad theory needs to intimidate you to believe it.”


        Ah, “next week” … an upgrade on “tomorrow”? “Sometime soon” is good enough for me!

        • Frank Davis says:

          I do know of him. I came across him some years ago. Expanding earth explains gravitation. A bit beyond me. I’m actually a stick-in-the-mud Newtonian traditionalist.

          He’s also an artist. In fact, he seems to produce a great deal of art. And I found his art to be perfectly dreadful, to the point that I began to think he was such a bad artist that he couldn’t possibly be a good mathematician.

        • RdM says:

          Can’t reply to your comment, so here:

          I don’t think it’s the same guy.
          And there was another chap I read recently (can’t find) about expanding earth & gravity less earlier, hence dinosaurs able to be impossibly large… again, not the same chap.

          Although malagabay had a couple of posts on inflating earth.

          Miles Mathis has gravity relating to radius, mass relating to charge.

          A brief search shows me a miles w mathis with bad artwork… not the same chap.

          Anyway, look at his homepage. He’s pretty much a Newtonian too, just adds that Newton didn’t realise all that he had, and goes further into a genuine unified field theory.

          Corrects Einstein & Tesla too.

          My post was a little confused, hasty, badly made… I was a little drunk at the time! ;=)

          (and, possibly, again, albeit at least blessed with some good dark tobacco roll-ups ;-)

          Sorry ;-

          Perseverance furthers…

          (and )

  8. Yvonne says:

    “Strong Cities Network will help to fashion a global response to a global issue” the lie is “without losing sight of its inherently local roots”.
    Oxford Street to be pedestrianised, granted that may be a good thing but the buses and traffic will only clog up other roads. Sandton City (practically Johannesburg) is grid-logged for much of the day, yet new cycle lanes have been introduced, a la London. It is dangerous enough when in a car, a mugger’s dream smorgasbord of cyclists to rob; notwithstanding the smelly armpits when arriving at the office cycling in >30degC.
    No doubt other examples will come to mind, it is just a matter of joining the dots.
    Politicians have the cheek to ask for our votes!!

  9. beobrigitte says:

    In the mean time… Whenever I come across certain words, they flash up as red warning lights that whoever is speaking is using a private language in which these words all mean something else completely. They’re words like “dialogue”, “empowered”, “sustained”, “ongoing”, “challenge”.
    I tend to class these words as ‘manipulation-keywords’. They sound impressive but are total “clank”.
    suggests is one of the most abused keywords; not only can one get away with utter nonsense, it always guarantees to be taken serious. So it’s serious – albeit total nonsense!
    And it is drip fed to the public until it unquestioningly becomes incorporated into their lives.
    It is frustrating to see that so few people have questions. A very simple one is: If a whiff of cigarette smoke CAN (??? I thought it does – at least that’s what we are being told!!) kill, how come I, after 46 years of smoking are still alive and kicking?
    Next question: HOW much money is wasted on this SUGGESTED ‘killer’ when what will turn out the REAL ‘killer’ goes about it’s business unhindered? (One example of viral DNA being able to be integrated into the human genome is poor Henrietta Lacks.)
    Then, next question: if all research financed by the tobacco industry&friends is nonsense, why are we told to believe anything tobacco control&friends produce?
    Most important question: where is the INDEPENDENT research?

    In the meantime I am being told that I, as a woman, am supposed to be “empowered”. Empowered to WHAT? To be politically “correct”?

  10. harleyrider1978 says:

    Separate but equal was the compromise on smoking or non just like JIM CROWE laws were in venues indoors. All were eventually done away with in the end. Seek no compromise with an enemy that will not compromise,thats why all their radicalism will end in total abolishment of all the bans everywhere just like the history of all prohibitional movements everytime they are tried………600 years of indoor smoking has seen several attempted indoor smoking bans in centuries past and also just 70 years ago in America…all were repealed in the usual 15 year scope of time as that’s the average lifespan of these tyrannical laws.
    Reasons these laws always fail
    1. Government loves regular steady flow of tobacco revenues in the 10s 100s of billions a year.
    2 The Government knows full well the junk science invented to impose these ban laws
    3. People tire of the laws in general and we all know public opinion was invented by the Nazis to show so called support for their tyranny.
    4. In the end more people either start drinking or smoking as these laws pass with time and become disregarded and hated by the people at large.

  11. RdM says:

    The WHO Obesity and overweight fact sheet (Jan 2015)

    Notice the 1st item in Features:
    “A healthy lifestyle is the fashion in Russian cities”
    See the picture…

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