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October 23, 2020

Guess Who Said This

Guess who said this:

Many of us read The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry when we were children and remember what the main character said: “It’s a question of discipline. When you’ve finished washing and dressing each morning, you must tend your planet. … It’s very tedious work, but very easy.”

I am sure that we must keep doing this “tedious work” if we want to preserve our common home for future generations. We must tend our planet.

The subject of environmental protection has long become a fixture on the global agenda. But I would address it more broadly to discuss also an important task of abandoning the practice of unrestrained and unlimited consumption – overconsumption – in favour of judicious and reasonable sufficiency, when you do not live just for today but also think about tomorrow.

We often say that nature is extremely vulnerable to human activity. Especially when the use of natural resources is growing to a global dimension. However, humanity is not safe from natural disasters, many of which are the result of anthropogenic interference. By the way, some scientists believe that the recent outbreaks of dangerous diseases are a response to this interference. This is why it is so important to develop harmonious relations between Man and Nature.

No cheating please. Guess. Who said the above?

Please let us know your first guess in the comments.

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I honestly thought it was Xi Jinping, but that's just because I didn't pay attention to the Exupery reference. The rest seems more in line with him than Putin. They are both the greatest statesmen of the 21st Century, but I usually don't expect a lot from Putin on these matters. Cool.

Posted by: tropicalML | Oct 24 2020 6:24 utc | 101

Putin, few days ago at Valdai Discussion Group.

Posted by: Oliver Babajko | Oct 24 2020 6:36 utc | 102


U.S. hits highest daily COVID-19 case count since pandemic began


The current surge is more widespread than the uptick seen on July 17, when just four states accounted for more than 40,000 cases recorded, according to the Washington Post...

Worth noting: President Trump, without evidence, said during Thursday’s debate that the U.S. is “rounding the turn” in the pandemic and won’t “have a dark winter at all.”

Joe Biden responded that “anyone responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the United States of America."

The big picture: Nearly 130,000 fewer people will die of COVID-19 this winter if 95% of Americans wear face masks in public, according to research published Friday.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Oct 24 2020 7:14 utc | 103

I cheated. Cheating is always fair play. People who fail to cheat are known as 'suckers'.

Posted by: blues | Oct 24 2020 7:35 utc | 104

V.V. Putin at his recent speech for the Valdai Discussion Club.

Posted by: Observer | Oct 24 2020 7:41 utc | 105

Russians are known to be better readers of french litterature than the french themselves.That's why Putin would be much more probable than Xi...

Posted by: willie | Oct 24 2020 8:43 utc | 106

Richard Steven Hack #103

"U.S. hits highest daily COVID-19 case count since pandemic began"


Stay safe RSH and all comrades in the USA. It will be a long winter for you and I will be thinking of you all. I seriously doubt the Harris/Biden presidency will give a rat's arse beyond posturing. And anyway they will duck all responsibility until the inauguration day.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Oct 24 2020 9:22 utc | 107

I know, because I read the speech yesterday...

Posted by: michael | Oct 24 2020 9:41 utc | 108

What are you going to do when the evil dictator who wants to rule the world turns out to talk a lot and look a little bit like Grandma?

Posted by: Bemildred | Oct 24 2020 9:52 utc | 109

I heard yesterday the segment recommended by John Helmer of Putin´s long intervention on the Valdai Discussion Club, especially the part dedicated to "the person allegedly poisoned with Novichok", and ended hearing the last hour of intervention.

In the segment dedicated to environment on question by an Italian signorina, it does not seem to me he mentioned Saint Exúpery at all, neither he conflued with the environmental extermists on pay check of the oligarchs who are looking for benefitting from another tax on citizens, the carbon tax.
He argues that he, as president of the Russian Federation is worried about climate change if not because great parts of Russia where a lot of people live are built on permafrost, and thus, the melting of this terrain would cause great economic and social catastrophes.
But what he did not do is blame climate change on citizens´cars, diesel or gasoline, he stated we all know what is the main source of climate change.

And eventhough he did not mention it, we all know ( and if not, should..:) that major source of climate change is the US Army in continuous action and movement throughout the whole world, something that, due the utility and necessity of such activity for the future of humanity, must be eliminated in the first place before complicating the lives, already quite difficult in the middle of savage capitalism and a pandemic, of the suffered workers and taxpayers...

Better to not stir thing beyond with the people, already quite to the limit after working extenuating hours from night to night ( due summer/wintert ime changes...)to then arrive home and having to put on a mask to go wlaking a bit to get some fresh air before sleeping scarce 5 or 6 hours to go working again from night to night...

Thus, Putin did not seem to me is the author of those statements...

Anyway, due the quality of some of the simultaneous translation, I may have lost some segement...

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Oct 24 2020 10:28 utc | 110

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Oct 24 2020 10:28 utc | 110

Si, se lo perdió Ud., tres horas dan para mucho. Curiosamente en esos detalles se fijan nuestros ilustrísimos periodistas del periódico imperial de referencia, El País, que si el principito y que si iremos a pillar un resfriado a vuestro entierro, o sea Putin es malo malísmo. A ver quien es el político que con esa elocuencia y conocimiento de causa aguanta tres horas hablando de todo y de lo que sea. Si, las traducciones simultáneas dejan mucho que desear, alguna experiencia tengo y no es un trabajo fácil, pero podrían mejorarlo.

Posted by: Paco | Oct 24 2020 10:39 utc | 111

Masks for All Could Save 130,000 U.S. Lives by February 28
Half-a-million Americans could die before spring without stepped-up prevention


The study is based on data collected through September 21. The near-record pace of new Covid-19 cases and the uptick in daily deaths this week is just what the research predicted, says study leader Christopher Murray, MD, a professor of health metrics sciences at the University of Washington. Covid-19 infections are growing rapidly across the United States, with hospitalizations and deaths poised to explode as winter sets in, Murray and his colleagues write.

“We are heading into a very substantial fall/winter surge, so the idea that the pandemic is going away… we do not believe is true,” Murray told reporters in an online press conference. “The turn this week, where deaths and cases are now going up at the national level, is very much in line with what the paper is suggesting.”

Of course, masks alone aren't going to solve the problem. Without mass testing, contact tracing and isolation of the exposed, in conjunction with a short but sharp lockdown, the pandemic can not be stopped. All masks can do is reduce the total cases somewhat and thereby save some lives.

Re Putin: The reason I'm not interested in this is simple: I already have read many times "what Putin wants" and how he expresses it. Everyone knows - or should know - that Putin is a logical, precise, realistic, and cautious individual not given to hyperbole or random statements. We all know - or should know - that "what he wants" is a strong, economically and militarily secure, Russia, which requires a regional and preferably international community that Russia can interact with as an equal. Beyond that, I doubt he's a saint. He's going to look out for his own welfare first, like everyone else on the planet. But that policy towards Russia and the international community alone puts him head and shoulders over just about every other national leader. As an anarchist, I don't like politicians and rulers of any stripe. But Putin is as close to being a "statesman" as any current leader anywhere.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Oct 24 2020 10:47 utc | 112

Well, apparently it was Putin. I was going to say Trump as a haha-funny-joke, but I agree with Jams O'Donnell (comment 6) that neither he nor Biden can string together a coherent sentence, let alone any semblance of a sensible idea.

Thursday's 'debate' was appalling in both style and substance. What a choice! - one of these morons is going to be in charge of the so-called 'free world' for the next four years. Not much hope in store there for any harmonious relationships between Man and Nature, Man and Man or even Man and Woman (apart from a bit of pussy-grabbing and hair-sniffing, of course). If Creepy Joe wins, we get mindless Russophobia; if it's the Trumpenstein, it'll be deep do-do time for China and Iran. The Palestinians are toast whatever happens. A lose-lose situation.

Hold on for the bumpy ride.

Posted by: B. Wildered | Oct 24 2020 11:06 utc | 113

Stay safe RSH and all comrades in the USA. It will be a long winter for you and I will be thinking of you all. I seriously doubt the Harris/Biden presidency will give a rat's arse beyond posturing. And anyway they will duck all responsibility until the inauguration day.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Oct 24 2020 9:22 utc | 107

Thanks. To be honest, I've been waiting around 40 years to watch this, I'm willing to take my chances just to be here now.

Posted by: Bemildred | Oct 24 2020 11:26 utc | 114

I've really no clue, but am going with Bashar Assad. Syria was once under the control of France, so it still likely has French influence. In many respects Assad seems like the most honorable leader in the world. Thanks to Anglo-Zionist deep state apparatus, Syria's environment is a mess. Also he has three young kids, so he does have reason to care about the future of the earth.

Posted by: Old and Grumpy | Oct 24 2020 12:41 utc | 115

I didn't know who wrote/said that, if it is Putin however it's one of the most dishonest bullshit by a psychopath I read this year, at least at par with what the dumb duo of Biden/Trump constantly blathers.

Putin is administering a country which literally lives off and pretty much only off, exporting hydrocarbons. Sure, it's the clients that burn it and kill the planet, but certainly the merchant of death has also some responsibility for what it does in the end.

So, at least this time, he should have better held his gob.

Posted by: curious euro | Oct 24 2020 12:44 utc | 116

@ Posted by: curious euro | Oct 24 2020 12:44 utc | 117

Putin is administering a country which literally lives off and pretty much only off, exporting hydrocarbons

Of which Germany - the green hero of Europe - is one of the main (if not the main) buyers.

Posted by: vk | Oct 24 2020 12:56 utc | 117

karlof1@47

Putin definitely has the right idea about finances and the economy. Compare to the US supporting the stock market and using that as a measure of success.

"""Vladimir Putin: I would say that nothing is changing in our country. I do not know about Sweden. On the other hand, I do know some things, and I will say a few words about them. The same is true about Belarus and other countries, where the decisions are made by their leadership. As for us, nothing has changed: people’s lives and health remain our priorities, without a doubt.

"On the other hand, life and health are directly connected to healthcare, which must receive serious support from the federal and other budgets. For these budgets to be replenished, we need a working economy. Everything is closely interconnected. One needs to find a balance. I believe that we found this balance at the very beginning. We took a number of serious steps to support the economy. This support amounted to 4.5 percent of the GDP. Some other countries allocated even more funds for this purpose.

"The point is actually not so much the amount of allocated funds but their effective use""

Posted by: financial matters | Oct 24 2020 13:32 utc | 118

The very ecological tone of the remarks makes me think that it is from a German, or perhaps someone who has lived in Germany for a long time.
The reference to Saint-Exupéry (the Little Prince) suggests that this German was particularly fond of Saint-Exupéry's works, which is precisely the case of the pilot of Messerschmitt 109 who shot down Saint-Exupéry's P 38. Moreover, this pilot specified that he had aimed at the wings and not the fuselage of the P 38 in order to spare the life of his enemy. That reveals a very great respect for any form of life on this planet, which according to me excludes that the author of the remarks could be Greta Thunberg, which would have tried to kill the pilot, to limit definitively his carbon production. My answer to the question is therefore the following: the author of this speech is Horst Rippert, who shot down Saint-Exupéry's reconnaissance plane on July 31, 1944.

Posted by: Leuk | Oct 24 2020 13:49 utc | 119

Nobody said this in a speech

Posted by: circumspect | Oct 24 2020 14:06 utc | 120

Pol Pot?

Posted by: sflicht | Oct 24 2020 15:28 utc | 121

I didn't know who wrote/said that, if it is Putin however it's one of the most dishonest bullshit by a psychopath I read this year, at least at par with what the dumb duo of Biden/Trump constantly blathers.

Putin is administering a country which literally lives off and pretty much only off, exporting hydrocarbons. Sure, it's the clients that burn it and kill the planet, but certainly the merchant of death has also some responsibility for what it does in the end.

So, at least this time, he should have better held his gob.

Posted by: curious euro | Oct 24 2020 12:44 utc | 117

Russia has to provide living to her people, and that is not really possible without exports. Keep in mind the web of impediments on Russian non-primary products. As CO2 contributor, China has risen from a rather distant position to first and foremost, mostly due to enormous increase in coal production and coal imports.

For the same amount of energy, coal yields 2-3 more CO2 emissions than hydrocarbon, especially natural gas in which a large part of energy comes from hydrogen. Given that, not all hydrocarbons are equal. Fracking consumes energy, and technologies that convert bitumen into liquids, so widely used in Canada, consume even more.

Lastly, Russia develops nuclear energy that has least carbon input among energy sources that are practical on a large scale with costs affordable to developing countries. Germany can afford, if barely, its conversion to non-nuclear renewables through a combination of natural gas, and outsourcing the most energy-intensive production, AND robust subsidies. Mind you, weather-dependent energy can be somewhat economical only when combined with natural gas, natural gas power plants can be switched on and off quickly for the nights, cloudy weather or low wind conditions, relying on energy storage would at least double the cost of "renewables".

Western environmentalists succumbed to aesthetic and religious type of thinking, do not even try to ask them about costs and efficiency of what they like versus nuclear power.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Oct 24 2020 15:32 utc | 122

Probably the snake Macron

Posted by: Norwegian | Oct 24 2020 15:36 utc | 123

Sakineh Bagoom said that.
But I’m mostly delusional these days. I can say with certainty that Con’s article induced much of that delusion. An article, which if you put a “NOT” in front of every sentence you get the correct picture.

The US: An Inspirational Leader in the Middle East
by Con Coughlin
https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/16679/us-leader-middle-east

Posted by: Sakineh Bagoom | Oct 24 2020 15:37 utc | 124

circumspect @120--

Putin makes reference to The Little Prince about paragraph 45 in his speech for those having trouble finding it.

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 24 2020 16:36 utc | 125

@karlof1 | Oct 24 2020 16:36 utc | 125

Putin makes reference to The Little Prince about paragraph 45 in his speech for those having trouble finding it.

"No cheating please. Guess."

Posted by: Norwegian | Oct 24 2020 16:53 utc | 126

karlof1 @ 125

I did a keyword search and found the speech. He is worried about the permafrost melting which will affect his pipelines. He is worried about the Polar icecaps melting which will allow other nations in with larger ships and weapons platforms. In addition he will be losing his methane reserves as they gas off into space.

Climate change and the losses to the Russian economy appears to be his worry. I will save the climate change rant for another day.

Posted by: circumspect | Oct 24 2020 17:11 utc | 127

Well, could have been a lot of people... The Little Prince as required reading excludes most US educated...

If it was Putin, consider this: Russia, though fairly diversified industrially, does rely on oil and gas to underpin itself financially. I am not a Russaphobe, and US belligerence makes me want to pull my hair out - I'd rather live with people than fight and kill them - but it is hard to see how, or even if, Russia will be a leader or even a willing follower in transitioning away from oil and gas.

When the Paris Climate event ended in '15, the Russian Duma decided not to even vote on ratification until 2018. Perhaps some Russia followers here can inform us if they took that vote and what the result was? Of course what came out of Paris was largely toothless and amorphous, but the Russian assembly taking this (in)action does not bode well.

Posted by: vinnieoh | Oct 24 2020 17:12 utc | 128

Hermann Goering.

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

Posted by: Leuk | Oct 24 2020 17:22 utc | 129

My favourite Putin at Valdai snippet:

"...Consolidating this country and looking at what is happening in the world, in other countriesI would like to tell those who are still waiting for Russia’s strength to gradually wane, the only thing we are worried about is catching a cold at your funeral."

Posted by: Mike D | Oct 24 2020 17:31 utc | 130

Roger Rabbit. He may have been quoting Putin... Perhaps...

Posted by: David G Horsman | Oct 24 2020 17:40 utc | 131

Vladimir Putin this week in the Valdai Forum.

Posted by: Natercia Pedroso Ped | Oct 24 2020 19:42 utc | 132

james@93, I had one - friends borrowed it at the beginning of summer...never lend a live trap is the lesson there. Making do with cactus pads along the wall, but next summer I'll buy another.

Posted by: juliania | Oct 25 2020 1:37 utc | 133

James, I hear you saying why don't I ask for it back? Well, they are friends, but the complication is they don't believe in masks - rather keep my distance.

Posted by: juliania | Oct 25 2020 1:44 utc | 134

@ juliania... you might have to buy another one then! i have had this one for a long time, but i know they sell them at the stores... live trap.. i take them far away from here and i never kill any of them.. it is the best way to go.. cheers...

Posted by: james | Oct 25 2020 2:20 utc | 135

@ james and juliania

I'm somewhat confused. Are you talking about the same animal? Rats are huge compared to mice.

I use live trap mouse traps in outbuildings. They work well if checked every day, or at least it makes it feel as if I am making headway without killing anybody. But rats who live here in the rich soils of the midwest, home to acres of food crops, would never venture into, let alone fit into, a live mouse trap. They might chew it apart if something enticing were inside?

If one's problem is rats, the answer might be a mechanical killing trap device or a predator, like cats, which my rural neighbors use to prevent destruction of equipment and seed stock. I don't use either, just live traps but I've only got mice in-migration problem during autumn, not rats. I'm sure those mice always come back somehow after I export them. Such is life. Balance.

Posted by: suzan | Oct 26 2020 2:21 utc | 136

Rats working in Cambodia to clear mines weigh between 1 and 3 pounds.

https://theconversation.com/rats-help-clear-minefields-in-cambodia-and-suspicion-of-the-military-148685

Posted by: suzan | Oct 26 2020 19:21 utc | 137

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