Freedom Rider: Rich Countries Subvert Climate Change Talks

editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The recent Paris talks on climate change failed utterly to slow the planetary slide towards extinction. The human-induced heat wave will continue to build. President Obama and other world leaders “say they want to reverse fossil fuel emissions and yet they agreed to what amounts to a 3 degree Fahrenheit temperature increase.”

Freedom Rider: Rich Countries Subvert Climate Change Talks

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The talks in Paris ended with an agreement to keep heating up the planet.”

There is no dispute in the scientific community. The world is getting hotter and humans are to blame. To be precise, the extraction of fossil fuel as a means of producing energy is the cause. The production of the greenhouse gas CO2 is making the earth hotter and millions of people will suffer and die because of it.

One would think that reversing the damage already done would be something that every country in the world would agree to do but that isn’t the case. The fossil fuel producers are rich and don’t want to give up their money. Most heads of state hold that title in name only. The rich people tell them what to do and making less money is never on their agenda.

That is why the United Nations recent twenty first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) was such a colossal failure. While people around the world live in hope that the climate change catastrophe can be averted, the talks in Paris ended with an agreement to keepheating up the planet. The United States, European Union, China, India, Russia and other nations all took part in the sleight of hand. They say they want to reverse fossil fuel emissions and yet they agreed to what amounts to a 3 degree Fahrenheit temperature increase. This may seem like a small change but the result is drought, floods, crop failure and a wide variety of weather extremes.

The United States took a lead role in deceiving the world.”

The agreement doesn’t even take effect until 2020. Countries have five years to continue pumping green house gases into the atmosphere as much as they like. In addition, the agreement is not even binding. Any nation can decide to ignore the pledges it made in Paris without repercussion.

The means of increasing carbon production while claiming to reduce it are numerous. India and China use semantics. They claim they will cut “carbon intensity” which means they will use coal more efficiently, not that they will use it less. Other countries play games because they were allowed to use 1990 as the date to measure carbon reduction. That doesn’t mean much for Russia because its economy collapsed in the 1990s. Going back to the high water mark of 1990 means they can actually increase carbon production over and above current levels.

The United States and the European Union also choose dates selectively. The United States says it will cut 2030 emissions by 26% as compared to 2005. But emissions now are lower than 2005, so the promise is a hollow one and the actual cut would be just 15%, assuming the U.S. actually lives up to its promise.

Just as in Copenhagen in 2009, the United States took a lead role in deceiving the world. Once again Barack Obama made a personal appearance and added his usual bizarre diatribe about American superiority. He said nothing about the United States refusing to consider compensating poor countries for damage done by rich countries. The final document states that “any discussion of loss and damages does not involve or provide a basis for any liability or compensation.

The carbon offset hoax is still alive and permits offenders to buy their way out of destroying other countries.”

The story from the Paris climate conference encapsulates everything that is wrong and unjust in the world. The rich right the rules and the poor have to live with them. The Kyoto accord provided a mechanism for aid to poor countries but the amounts promised have never materialized and the Paris agreement doesn’t even mention numbers.

The sham gets even worse. Carbon emissions from aviation and shipping aren’t counted in the emission reduction goals. The carbon offset hoax is still alive and permits offenders to buy their way out of destroying other countries.

These climate conferences are awaited with euphoria but always conclude with abject disappointment. The result is inevitable in a world where money talks more loudly than anything else.

The road to progress always leads to the proverbial race to the bottom. In this case the race is to “develop” and that means creating more carbon emissions at the expense of every living creature on the planet. The most developed nations reached their exalted positions through theft and exploitation. Now they want others to tread lightly where they plowed ahead in total disregard of everyone else. It isn’t hard to understand why India and China are skeptical of western lecturing on this issue.

But everyone is suffering. Sea levels are rising, heat and drought are displacing millions of people. The same system which created this calamity cannot undo it. The next race to the bottom will be quite literal in a world where life itself is at stake.

Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR, and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog as well as athttp://freedomrider.blogspot.com.Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)BlackAgendaReport.com.

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The 'historic COP21 'Climate Deal': 'Much Sound & Fury...

SIGNIFYING NOTHING' but the Same Ole HOT AIR [pun intended]

KEY COP21 Low-Lites: Kyoto exempted the US' [& presumably all of NATO's] military GHG gas emissions from even being counted as part the US' total- even though the USG's DOD is the World biggest GHG gas emitter & guzzles over +80% to +90% of the USG's total fuel allotment -as much as Nigeria- Africa's most populous state w its largest econ & as an original OPEC member, Africa's largest oil producer! So now COP21 doubles down on that by exempting the global airline & shipping industries whose total GHG gas emissions = that of Japan [emits as much GHG gas as all of Africa] & Germany combined!

FYI: the G20 nations which meet every yr, are responsible for 75% - 80% of all global GHG gas emissions -vs- the lowest 100 emitting countries combined emit just 3% of that total. Thus the G20 could have come up w a deal to cut GHG gas emissions among themselves without most of Africa & the Global South- IF they were really serious about this issue. So why did they even need nearly 200 countries instead of the top 20 [or perhaps the top 40] emitters [aka the G20], especially when the lowest 100 countries together only emit a mere 3% of global total???
Well IMO this so-called 'Historic Climate Deal' at COP21 gives the answer. It seems this was all about getting as many countries to sign onto the Wall St Bankster "Cap & Trade w 'Off-sets' " scheme [= SCAM]!!! And the COP21 'deal' does NOT even call it 'cap & trade', but rather the misleading & innocuous sounding terms IE: 'Sustainable Development' & 'Clean Development Mechanism [CDM rhymes w ADM]'- which is the UNFCCC's 'brain-child'!
} CDM allows emission-reduction projects [= the 'offsets'] in developing countries to earn certified emission reduction (CER) credits, each equivalent to one tonne of CO2. These CERs can be traded and sold, and used by industrialized countries to a meet a part of their emission reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol...
- CDM is the MAIN SOURCE of INCOME for the UNFCCC Adaptation Fund, which was established to finance adaptation projects and programmes in developing country Parties to the Kyoto Protocol that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.
- To help [G20] countries meet their emission targets, & encourage the private sector and developing countries to contribute to emission reduction efforts [again- most 'developing countries' all-together account for just 20% - 25% of global GHG gas emissions], negotiators of the Protocol included 3 MARKET-Based mechanisms - emissions trading [cap & trade], the clean development mechanism (CDM) & Joint Implementation (JI). Under JI countries w commitments under the Kyoto Protocol are eligible to transfer &/or acquire emission reduction units (ERUs) and use them to meet part of their emission reduction target [aka 'Cap & Trade' by another name]. {

So that's why the G7 & G20 nations needed African & the Global South nations on board w their COP21 'deal', because that's where most of the main 'off-sets' are!!! IMO this is worst than a bogus solution to the problem! Cause it actually gives phony 'green-cover' to even More LAND-GRABS in Africa & the Global South by the main 'Climate Usual Suspects' = 'Green-Washing' their LAND-GRABS!!! And apparently they dangled 'climate reparations' in front of Africa & the Global South to beguile them. Yet we know that the same folks who walked out of the Global Confab on Racism TWICE [once under Bush Jr just before 9-11-2001 -&- again under Obama], & refuse to even 'officially' acknowledge the Great Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade [aka Maafa] & the near extermination of Native Americans during the greatest LAND-GRAB in History as Historic CRIMES Against HUMANITY, & thus refuse to even discuss reparations for the heirs of Africans Kidnapped into Slavery during the Maafa- Ain't about to give African & 3rd World peoples 'climate reparations' for a problem that folks only became aware of in just the last 15-20 to 30 yrs or so ago!!! Yet it seems most African & 3rd World leaders actually went for this ole Okee-Doke / Rope-A-Dope!!!
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The COP21 'Deal' pays lip-service to the 1.5*C target [FYI: the IPCC's long standing standard has been 2*C]. Yet everyone knows that 1.5*C can't be met without either drastic cuts in fossil-fuel use along w a rapid roll-out of renewable energy technologies [very UNLIKELY to happen] -OR- rolling-out some very drastically dubious methods IE: geo-engineering, carbon capture & storage / CCS systems [aka 'clean-coal'], 'green' [NOT!] fission Nuke-Power, along w even more gas-fracking!!! IMO ea & every one of these 'phony {non}'Solutions' are a HELLUVA way to try to get to 1.5*C or even 2*C for that matter!!! First IMO they likely will NOT work, & even if they do they're likely to do more harm than good- IE: these dubious 'cures'.will likely be WORSE than going past 2*C!!!

Are 'Greens' Ready to Take on 'Green Nuker' 'Climate Guru'-

JIM HANSEN?

Hansen was of-course in Paris for COP21. He called the Deal a 'fraud' [true]. But he also convened his own little 'confab' w like minded CAGW / 'climate activists' & called a press conference to push his/their dangerously dubious {non}'Solution' to the problem- so-called 'Green' [NOT!] Nuke-Power- } Drs James Hansen, Tom Wigley, Ken Caldeira & Kerry Emanuel will present research showing the increasing urgency of fully decarbonizing the world economy. However, they will also show that renewables alone cannot realistically meet the goal of limiting global warming to 2*C, & that a MAJOR Expansion of NUCLEAR Power is essential to avoid dangerous anthropogenic interference w the climate system this century. - The scientists will outline how only a combined strategy employing all the major sustainable clean energy options — including renewables and NUCLEAR — can prevent the worst effects of climate change by 2100...
In light of the urgency of tackling climate change & nuclear power’s essential role in limiting temp rises [that's a really 'ironic' claim], the 4 scientists will thus challenge environmental leaders who still hold anti-nuclear positions to instead support development & deployment of 'safe' & 'environmentally-friendly' nuclear power [they're regurgitating standard nuke-industry dubious talking-points]. For example, the Climate Action Network, representing all the major environmental groups, still insists despite all evidence to the contrary that “nuclear has no role to play in a fully decarbonized power sector.” The 4 scientists will state that the anti-nuclear position of these environmental leaders is in fact causing unnecessary & 'severe harm to the environment' & to the future of young people... [WOW- WTF!!! see @http://hosted.verticalresponse...03503199/be41125912/ ]{ I mean DAMN! Its like for Hansen & his 'green-nuke crew- the on-going NUKE Disasters at Fukushima & Chernobyl NEVER Even Happened!!!

Hansen's so 'dead-set' on pushing so-called 'green-nuke' power, he actually made a Declaration of WAR vs anti-nuke [true] 'Greens' in 2014- } ’I [Dr Hansen] also recommend that the public STOP Providing FUNDS to Anti-Nuke Environmental Groups. They are not likely to listen to anything other than financial pressure. If they are allowed to continue to spread 'misinformation' about nuclear power, it is unlikely that we can stop expanded hydro-fracking, continued destructive coal mining, and irreversible climate change...' { Thus Hansen effectively BLAMES anti-nuke greens for gas-fracking, coal-mining & CAGW / 'climate-change' just as much as the fossil-fuel industry, just because these true 'Greens' refuse to buy Hansen' & his ilk dangerously dubious hype that [fission] Nuke-Power is really 'green' [NOT!]!!!

FYI: Even if [fission] Nuke Reactors did NOT go TMI, Chernobyl, Fukushima every decade or 2 [which they of-course DO], they'd still be a dubious, if NOT dangerous, {Non}'Solution' to the problem! The nuke-weapons proliferation, radioactive waste, security & potential 'issues' re: SFP pool [generally out of 'containment' & lightly guarded] sabotage or accidents...- ALL of These PROBLEMS would still Exist!!! Plus the main source of nuke fuel U235 is due to hit 'peak uranium depletion' by between 2050 - 2100- which will only hasten if more fission nuke power plants are brought online. Furthermore- Even If the World's current +400 nuke reactors were doubled to +800 by 2050 [means building likely +600 or more new reactors as 200 would have to replace existing reactors that should be 'retired'] - a MIGHTY Big IF- That would amount to at MOST just a mere 3% - 3.5% cut in total global GHG gas emissions [IMO likely just a 2% - 2.5% cut]!! Yet doubling the number of reactors doubles the risks of one / some going Chernobyl-Fukushima, & also could double the proliferation risks as well. IMO That's NOT a 'Good DEAL'!!!
Plus do you really think Hansen & his 'green-nuke' ilk are willing to just hand-over the keys of nuke-power plants to African & 3rd World nation-states?? PLEEEASE!!! All we've got to do is look at how the US & the EU hounded & demonized Iran re: its 'civilian' / non-Weapons nuke-prog, or how they refused to hand-over S.Africa's govt to Mandela's ANC till the Apartheid regime [w Mandela's OK] total dismantled every TRACE of its nuke [weapons] prog!! Since most African countries do NOT have enough skilled technical people to build &/or run modern nuke plants, they would NOT be in control of them- & most likely would have little say-so re them.
- Speaking of Paris France- A lot of folks ala Hansen hype that France has the World's largest per-capita nuke-power plants that generate about 75% - 80% of its electricity. But what they don't say is that the 'back-bone' to the French so-called 'nuke-miracle' is Niger's uranium mines. FYI: Niger has been France's main supplier of uranium for over 40+ yrs, & just like w Australia's aborigines & the US native people, uranium mining has been anything but 'green'!!! Most of Niger's people were dirt poor before the French 'nuke-miracle' & they're still poor today. But now they've got to deal w mound of radioactive tailings from 4 decades of uranium mining that's also poison much of their scarce fresh-water supply. The dirty fact Dr Hansen is [fission] Nuke-Power is a DIRTY BIZ from start to finish- which no-one really knows exactly how looong toxic nuke-waste will 'finish'!!!

Hansen's 'excuse' for hyping nuke-power as his phony 'green' 'magic-bullet' {non}'Solution', is because renewables can't cut it alone. First of all Dr Hansen- Cuba proves you can give your people a hi standard living in an ecologically sustainable manner, & yet Cuba does NOT even have access to state of the art renewable energy technology, NOR nuke-power!!! Cuba did it by rolling-back from industrialized to more eco-friendly agriculture, relying on Public Transport vs private cars, & extensive recycling of items rather than just dumping them for new ones.
Plus IMO too many greens think wind & solar is all there is to renewable energy [their 'magic-bullet' solution]. FYI: The big ‘beefs’ re wind & solar is they’re intermittent & NOT ‘energy-dense’. But IMO most who say that seem locked into a grid & meter mentality, which IMO may NOT be even the best use for wind & solar- but rather off-grid [or semi so] re: residential areas [NOTE: in very sunny climes solar can be used to directly cook w & heat water, without first converting it the electricity].
IMO in a sense Hansen's right- wind & solar are NOT up to the task [at-least NOT yet]. But I know of at least 4 other KNOWN [NOT theorized & ‘exotic’] renewable energy technologies- which 2 just occasionally get mentioned by ‘greens’ & the other 2 are almost NEVER mentioned- IE: scaled-down & integrated [vs massive-scale] hydro-electric & geothermal -PLUS- tidal & Bio-Gas. All 4 of these are, unlike wind & solar, continuous & dense- but the first 3 are largely location dependent. In the US the best sites for geothermal [that I know of] are Hawaii, the Yellowstone region, & the Hot-Springs area of AR. For tidal you’d likely have to be within 100 miles of the sea-coast / lake-shore BUT- the US’ top 5 most populous cites are indeed right on &/or near sea / lake-shores- along w a number of other major US cities.
But Bio-Gas [which converts organic waste to methane gas & organic fertilizer via a simple natural process] has NO such restrictions re location & is very scalable- from industrial & municipal, to farms & communities, to individual homes. Yet it & tidal are rarely mentioned, while small-scale hydro & geothermal are only occasionally so. IMO this over-sight by 'greens' leaves the door wide-open for Hansen & his ilk to hype [fission] Nuke-Power as 'green' [NOT!]!!

PS: IMO we’re likely for awhile going to have to ‘bite the bullet’ & allow some use of oil & methane- so the main focus must be phasing out coal, nuke-power, tar-sands & deep-sea oil & gas-fracking ASAP! This also means energy conservation & efficiency both for industry, power-generation, homes & bldgs, & transportation- along w cutting waste & recycling. Energy efficiency in transport means increase fuel-efficiency standards & cutting-back driving personal cars in favor of more extensive, efficient & effective integrated public transport systems. Plus we must look to moving away from a SAD meat-based diet to a more plant based-diet. FYI: Raising live-stock for market apparently accounts for as much as 20% of the World's GHG gas emissions. And guess who by far eats the most meat [w a few exceptions]- the US, EU, Australia & Canada- IE: the same 'Usual Climate Suspects'!!!

Excellent observations and surmisation(real word?)'

 

Nixakliel, thanks for that. Pretty much quite sums it up, very little disagree ment if any. Why folks(elite,educated leaders/scientists)have seemed to have forgotten Chernobyl and Fukushima, whose effects are still being tallied as a big negative, so muchn so Germany scrapped its nuke power.

It's quite similar to the gun arguments, Pro and Con, as in missing the point. Dancing around whether guns should be a right to have and to hold, based on a ruling that didn't have the firepower that exists today, makinf then that 2nd Amendment 'Right' obsolete. It's like doing laundry by taking it to the nearest river, foregoing the newly invented washing machines. Until the apparently seemingly accepted by all, essential human characteristic, that is damaging to life, animals, plants, humans, is eradicated almost completely, problems will remain, as its based on, 'I(my family, my race, my nation,etc)belong while you(others, whomever they be from whichever tribe, or country)do not; my sense of entitlement trumps yours, and I will use the baser means if it comes to that to maitain that entitle sense of power that I deserve. Figured out what that universal characteristic is that's in humans? It's violence, when talking/diplomacy, negotiating which puts all parties ideas at the same level of worthiness, seems to break down, what happens is a reversion to a violent state, which is akin to, do it my way, or I'll take my bat and ball and go home and no one can then play, or worse, I take out my gun and blow you away, cuz' you're no longer on the same level, since the talks have broken down. Violence is at the heart of all conflicts, and until humans manage to squelch it, in most endeavours, cooperating will forever be iffy at best. BUT humans have created such a mess due to its nascent existence, yet, it's only humans who can correct it, or nature will do it for us, and it won't be in our favor necessarily. And as always, humans have this tendency to go around half-cocked, in gaining a little knowledge assume they know it all, or at least enough to make major decisions...usually an error, discovered decades later. In one generation most fossil fuels have been burned up, what's left is hard to get at, and better it be left unearthed. If, like James Baldwin letters to nephews/nieces it'd have to be a huge apology for not thinking of descendents when living a life disregarding others, and rushing to instead of finding ways to replenish blue fin tuna, a rush is on to get the very last of the species before it's gone. Greed sux.

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"I'm just trying to make a way out of no way, for my people" -Modejeska Monteith Simpkins

 

AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

FIRST WORLD WAR:  THE APPROXIMATELY 6,000 YEAR WORLD WAR ON AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE

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Probably within the next 2 centuries, folks will be extinct. They're just too damn crazy to continue living. Leaders don't give a fuck about the folks that vote them in office, all they care about is money. Where's Syria's leader? Why can't he help his people to keep them from fleeing the country and stop the fuckin' fighting? What are they fighting about? What's everyone that's fighting, fighting about? No one's special. Folks just out-mean the mean. One day, they too, will be dead. The world's turning into just 7 million assholes of various mentalities; some good, some bad, some very, very bad. No more special than anything else living on planet Earth. A good gust of wind will take care of some, tsunamies others, tornadoes others, war others until our crazy asses are all gone. 

Every day we've all been on this planet, someone's has been fighting about some shit, somewhere. There has NEVER been total peace on this planet. Will someone tell all these monetarily enhanced assholes, they're not going to live forever either??? They're not special, just crazy as hell!!!!!!

Climate change will always play a role in human affairs. The Little Ice Age between 1300 to 1870 caused a lot of turning points in history, wars, famines, conquests, pestilence. 1816 was a year without summer many froze  and starved to death. The Little Ice Age came about because of 2 very long stretches of low to none sun spot activity and a number of major tropical volcanoes eruptions at least 4 major ones that spilled a lot of ash in the atmosphere blocking sun rays from reaching the Earth. 

We are out in the wild of space, humans are irrelevant in what goes on in the universe. I don't think humans really appreciate how rare it is to be alive and aware because of our existence on this planet. Our existence is really rare as far as we know, we can only speculate there is other intelligent life out there based on science and probabilities.  We could be eliminated because of a nova of a nearby star and killed by gamma rays or hit by a huge meteor or we could blow ourselves up, there are number of things that could happen to show how lucky we are to be here. 

The human race is really out of control, immoral and incompetent that have its priorities screwed up, we don't respect the very environment that allows us to exist.  

The fate of this world is already baked in the atmosphere and there will be no strong effort to ACT strongly against Climate change, there will have to be major causalities before the world responds responsibly. Many of our Black island nations will disappear, a lot of really populated places in the world will be under water. We are already witnessing an exodus of people leaving war torn countries in Middle and Eastern Asia partly because of climate change that have caused economic downturns and food shortages that spawns discontent and wars. 

This only the beginning of much more chaos to come. 

 

What's the purpose of voting for leaders that are probably get your ass killed in some war of theirs or another? All we do is vote for our assassins all over the world. We can die at their whim at any time. Mother's kids controlling mother's kids. Doesn't matter if you're older than dirt, you're just your mother's kid. No mother, no fuckin' you. People tell you to hate people you don't even know and then tell you to kill them.  Off you go!!

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Climate change will always play a role in human affairs. The Little Ice Age between 1300 to 1870 caused a lot of turning points in history, wars, famines, conquests, pestilence. 1816 was a year without summer many froze  and starved to death. The Little Ice Age came about because of 2 very long stretches of low to none sun spot activity and a number of major tropical volcanoes eruptions at least 4 major ones that spilled a lot of ash in the atmosphere blocking sun rays from reaching the Earth. 

We are out in the wild of space, humans are irrelevant in what goes on in the universe. I don't think humans really appreciate how rare it is to be alive and aware because of our existence on this planet. Our existence is really rare as far as we know, we can only speculate there is other intelligent life out there based on science and probabilities.  We could be eliminated because of a nova of a nearby star and killed by gamma rays or hit by a huge meteor or we could blow ourselves up, there are number of things that could happen to show how lucky we are to be here. 

The human race is really out of control, immoral and incompetent that have its priorities screwed up, we don't respect the very environment that allows us to exist.  

The fate of this world is already baked in the atmosphere and there will be no strong effort to ACT strongly against Climate change, there will have to be major causalities before the world responds responsibly. Many of our Black island nations will disappear, a lot of really populated places in the world will be under water. We are already witnessing an exodus of people leaving war torn countries in Middle and Eastern Asia partly because of climate change that have caused economic downturns and food shortages that spawns discontent and wars. 

This only the beginning of much more chaos to come. 

 

 

Our ancestors believe that the earth is a living being.  

If that is true, then this living being is doing what all life forms do when under attack, and that is to send out signals to all its defenders to counter-attack and destroy invaders and parasites that are attempting to destroy it.  

Right now, humanity is surely being perceived by this earth/planet, as a deadly germ, a virus, a disease, that is must [cure] rid itself of.  

 

The Earth just needs to hold on until a super deadly germ, virus, disease named Donald Trump sits his ass in the White's House. Earth will come to a sudden realization that it's going to have to quadruple down on that cure for riddance.

Earth's not prepared for this invading parasite with the mega wallet.

Has this creep, born from a white woman's womb, ever been checked by one of their mental "experts" for his MENTAL HEALTH? There's something wrong with this dude that only I CAN SEE and it's not GOOD.

Money makes white people more blind than Stevie Wonder. I'll bet some of them will have plates of it for Christmas to enhance their ugliness, wrinkles and racism.

Say what you want about President Barack Obama, no one surpasses his intelligence, class, style and handsomeness that HE BROUGHT TO THE OVAL OFFICE, that's "running" to replace him.

Nigger that YT.

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