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Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« Reply #1530 on: October 30, 2018, 10:54:13 pm »
Freakishly Slow Sea Ice Regrowth: 1 of 2 // Oct 26, 2018

Arctic sea ice regrowth in October is freakishly slow. We are at record low ice extent for late October; even lower than the 2012 minimum. In this video, and the next, I chat about:


֍ Beaufort Gyre stalling and reversal,
֍ atmospheric and ocean circulation changes,
֍ sea-surface and water column temperatures,
֍ salinities,
֍ heat transport, and much more.
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Freakishly Slow Sea Ice Regrowth: 2 of 2 // Oct 26, 2018


Second video continues as before.  And since formation in 2015, there have been two permanent hot spots in the oceans off Svalbard, with water temperatures at 78 degrees latitude North of 18.5 degrees Celsius in late October.    


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« Reply #1531 on: November 01, 2018, 05:15:22 pm »
 
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November 1, 2018

Big Oil-Funded Campaign🐉🦕🦖 Uses Pot of Money to Mislead Latino Voters

The fossil-fuel-funded campaign to defeat the carbon tax ballot measure in Washington State is attracting enormous sums of money as well as charges of dubious outreach efforts towards minority communities. A review of state data by Reuters shows that the oil industry has spent more than $30 billion dollars to fight the measure--double the amount of money spent by pro-initiative groups, and the most money ever spent to defeat a ballot measure in Washington. And as the Stranger reports, some of that staggering sum is going towards misleading campaigns directed at Spanish-speaking voters: several Latino business owners say that a mailer sent by the opposition campaign listing their businesses as opposed to the ballot is misleading and that they did not agree to appear on the mailer. "Most campaigns don’t even bother reaching out to Latino voters," Peter Bloch Garcia of the Latino Community Fund told the Stranger. "But because we’ve been organizing for years, front and center, and taking a strong position in support of 1631 they are explicitly targeting us. I have never in my life in Washington seen a targeted mailer like this that has exploited our community."

https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2018/10/30/34766340/big-oil-is-exploiting-latinos-in-washington-state-with-misleading-advertising



Oceans Boiling Up

The world's oceans may have absorbed much more heat in recent years than previously thought, a new study says, with worrying implications for how fast climate change may increase in the future. The study, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, finds that oceans may have warmed 60 percent more between 1991 and 2016 compared to current IPCC estimates. "We thought that we got away with not a lot of warming in both the ocean and the atmosphere for the amount of CO2 that we emitted," lead author Laure Resplandy told the Washington Post. "But we were wrong. The planet warmed more than we thought. It was hidden from us just because we didn’t sample it right. But it was there. It was in the ocean already."

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46046067



Florida Farmworkers Face Fearsome Temps 🌡️🚩

Climate change is seriously threatening the health of outdoor workers in Florida's booming agriculture industry, new research shows. A report released this week from Public Citizen and the Farmworker Association of Florida and Emory University finds that farmworkers working outside in all of Florida's 67 counties faced dangerous levels of heat this summer. The report also analyzes data collected from 250 farmworkers during an Emory University study, which showed that four out of five workers exceeded a body temperature of 100.4°F on at least one day during the study. "You talk to farmworkers and they know it’s getting hotter. They feel it and they’re worried," the Farmworker Association of Florida's Jeannie Economos told reporters on a press call.

https://thinkprogress.org/florida-farmworkers-climate-change-report-2e04cf75fce3/




Immigrants, Climate Change, Bombs and Conspiracy Theories

New research from Cornell, published in PNAS this week, finds that the public vastly underestimates how concerned minority and low-income Americans are about climate change, likely due to the widespread stereotype of environmental concerns being something for wealthy white people who don’t have more pressing problems.

But extreme events like Hurricanes Harvey and Maria have increasingly made it clear that those underserved communities are hit hardest by climate change, and their high level of concern reflects that reality. Importantly, the study found that when subjects were shown a mock-up photo of a diverse (hypothetical) green group, the perception gap between how much they thought people cared and how much people actually do care shrunk, offering yet more evidence that diversity is important to climate action.

Moving from the lab to field work, Alex Harris at the Miami Herald reported Tuesday on Public Citizen’s new report, coproduced with an Emory University researcher and the Farmworker Association of Florida, showing that rising temperatures are putting more and more of Florida’s farm workers in danger. They documented that outdoor workers regularly faced dangerously hot conditions this past summer, with those doing very heavy labor working in dangerous conditions 76% of the time.

Since heavy agriculture work in the US largely relies on undocumented immigrants, it’s likely that dangerous conditions and impacts go underreported. 

For those not in denial, the fact that the people working to feed us are doing so in dangerous conditions should be both upsetting and motivating. For those in denial, any connection of climate change and immigration issues is an unwelcome thought that must be rationalized away or flatly rejected.

For example, in response to a piece in the Guardian detailing how climate change is one of the drivers of the migrant caravan, Anthony Watts 🦖 goes full FoxNews 😈 Grandpa. He described the story, which documents how repeated (climate amplified) droughts that cause crop failures are sending farmers in search of a better way to feed their family, as “journalistic bullhockey.”

He then said the “‘climate driver’ idea is just as stupid as the idea that these people are making the trek of over 2000 miles on their own, walking the entire way, without assistance, timing the arrival to coincide with just before the U.S. elections, so they can be front page news, and used to elicit sympathy for one party while being used to attack the other.”

Yes, according to Watts, poor, starving immigrants have uprooted their entire lives and begun walking thousands of miles in order influence the US midterms. Because everything, everywhere, around the world, is always about how those pesky liberals are pulling the strings to make conservatives look bad.  

This, to deniers 🦕, is a sensible sentiment. And even the relatively sane ones are apparently finding the climate connection hard to believe. “As best I can tell,” Ryan Maue tweeted, the caravan-climate angle is “completely made up” and “#FakeNews is everywhere especially in weather & climate.” (Yes, the “relatively” in “relatively sane” is doing a lot of work...)

But the climate-carvan-connection news is certainly not fake. As Alex Kaufman at HuffPo writes this week, how we respond to these immigration issues is going to matter a whole lot as the climate continues to change. Deniers clearly aren’t going to see that this obvious climate impact is causing what they consider to be a major problem (aka people who aren’t Norwegian White coming to America) and aren’t going to respond by addressing a root cause: fossil fuel emissions.

Instead, they’ll do what authoritarians do, and send in the troops to use military force to enforce the (white) nationalist status quo.


Sad as Watts’s and Maue’s mental contortions are, they’re hardly the only climate deniers with conspiratorial mindsets. As Scott Waldman at E&E reported on Tuesday, a raft of climate-change-denying conservative pundits have spent the last week as “bomb deniers,” casting doubt on the reality of and perpetrator behind the string of mail bomb terrorist attacks. They doubted whether the bombs were real at all, or whether they were actually sent by “some progressive psycho” in the words of Steve Milloy.

Whether you want to deny the reality of climate change, or how it can be a trigger or driver of immigration, or that your President’s constant attacks on the press and politicians found fertile ground in a fevered mind, the playbook is the same.

Call the problem a hoax and blame it on a shadowy elite using “fake news” to achieve their own nefarious goals at the expense of an unwitting public. Whether the cabal is communist climate scientists, progressives mailing themselves bombs or wealthy Jewish liberals supposedly funding migrant caravans, it doesn’t matter how crazy it sounds so long as it gives aggrieved and entitled white men a scapegoat to attack.

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Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« Reply #1532 on: November 01, 2018, 08:10:28 pm »
EcoWatch

BY Lorraine Chow

Oct. 31, 2018 01:50PM EST

Iceberg 5x the Size of Manhattan Breaks Off Pine Island Glacier

SNIPPET:

The Pine Island Glacier, the fastest-retreating glacier in Antarctica, lost another massive chunk of ice earlier this week.

A 115-square-mile section calved off the ice shelf on Oct. 29. That's roughly the five times the size of Manhattan.

The piece was expected to take weeks or months to break off after the first cracks were observed about a month ago, according to Stef Lhermitte, an assistant professor in the Department of Geoscience and Remote Sensing at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

But "I was a bit surprised" it broke off that quickly, he told Live Science. "It turned out to be on the quick side."

Read more:

https://www.ecowatch.com/iceberg-glacier-antarctica-calving-2616839091.html

Agelbert NOTE: Trump 🦀 and his wrecking crew continue to TOTALLY IGNORE sound Scientific TRUTH while peddling a vile stream of happy talk LIES about some "affordable" (dirty fossil fuel based🦕🦖) Energy Plan. Vote Republican and you will guarantee climate catastrophe.




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Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« Reply #1533 on: November 02, 2018, 06:24:34 pm »

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November 1, 2018

Big Oil-Funded Campaign🐉🦕🦖 Uses Pot of Money to Mislead Latino Voters

The fossil-fuel-funded campaign to defeat the carbon tax ballot measure in Washington State is attracting enormous sums of money as well as charges of dubious outreach efforts towards minority communities. A review of state data by Reuters shows that the oil industry has spent more than $30 billion dollars to fight the measure--double the amount of money spent by pro-initiative groups, and the most money ever spent to defeat a ballot measure in Washington. And as the Stranger reports, some of that staggering sum is going towards misleading campaigns directed at Spanish-speaking voters: several Latino business owners say that a mailer sent by the opposition campaign listing their businesses as opposed to the ballot is misleading and that they did not agree to appear on the mailer. "Most campaigns don’t even bother reaching out to Latino voters," Peter Bloch Garcia of the Latino Community Fund told the Stranger. "But because we’ve been organizing for years, front and center, and taking a strong position in support of 1631 they are explicitly targeting us. I have never in my life in Washington seen a targeted mailer like this that has exploited our community."

https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2018/10/30/34766340/big-oil-is-exploiting-latinos-in-washington-state-with-misleading-advertising



Oceans Boiling Up

The world's oceans may have absorbed much more heat in recent years than previously thought, a new study says, with worrying implications for how fast climate change may increase in the future. The study, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, finds that oceans may have warmed 60 percent more between 1991 and 2016 compared to current IPCC estimates. "We thought that we got away with not a lot of warming in both the ocean and the atmosphere for the amount of CO2 that we emitted," lead author Laure Resplandy told the Washington Post. "But we were wrong. The planet warmed more than we thought. It was hidden from us just because we didn’t sample it right. But it was there. It was in the ocean already."

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46046067



Florida Farmworkers Face Fearsome Temps 🌡️🚩

Climate change is seriously threatening the health of outdoor workers in Florida's booming agriculture industry, new research shows. A report released this week from Public Citizen and the Farmworker Association of Florida and Emory University finds that farmworkers working outside in all of Florida's 67 counties faced dangerous levels of heat this summer. The report also analyzes data collected from 250 farmworkers during an Emory University study, which showed that four out of five workers exceeded a body temperature of 100.4°F on at least one day during the study. "You talk to farmworkers and they know it’s getting hotter. They feel it and they’re worried," the Farmworker Association of Florida's Jeannie Economos told reporters on a press call.

https://thinkprogress.org/florida-farmworkers-climate-change-report-2e04cf75fce3/




Immigrants, Climate Change, Bombs and Conspiracy Theories

New research from Cornell, published in PNAS this week, finds that the public vastly underestimates how concerned minority and low-income Americans are about climate change, likely due to the widespread stereotype of environmental concerns being something for wealthy white people who don’t have more pressing problems.

But extreme events like Hurricanes Harvey and Maria have increasingly made it clear that those underserved communities are hit hardest by climate change, and their high level of concern reflects that reality. Importantly, the study found that when subjects were shown a mock-up photo of a diverse (hypothetical) green group, the perception gap between how much they thought people cared and how much people actually do care shrunk, offering yet more evidence that diversity is important to climate action.

Moving from the lab to field work, Alex Harris at the Miami Herald reported Tuesday on Public Citizen’s new report, coproduced with an Emory University researcher and the Farmworker Association of Florida, showing that rising temperatures are putting more and more of Florida’s farm workers in danger. They documented that outdoor workers regularly faced dangerously hot conditions this past summer, with those doing very heavy labor working in dangerous conditions 76% of the time.

Since heavy agriculture work in the US largely relies on undocumented immigrants, it’s likely that dangerous conditions and impacts go underreported. 

For those not in denial, the fact that the people working to feed us are doing so in dangerous conditions should be both upsetting and motivating. For those in denial, any connection of climate change and immigration issues is an unwelcome thought that must be rationalized away or flatly rejected.

For example, in response to a piece in the Guardian detailing how climate change is one of the drivers of the migrant caravan, Anthony Watts 🦖 goes full FoxNews 😈 Grandpa. He described the story, which documents how repeated (climate amplified) droughts that cause crop failures are sending farmers in search of a better way to feed their family, as “journalistic bullhockey.”

He then said the “‘climate driver’ idea is just as stupid as the idea that these people are making the trek of over 2000 miles on their own, walking the entire way, without assistance, timing the arrival to coincide with just before the U.S. elections, so they can be front page news, and used to elicit sympathy for one party while being used to attack the other.”

Yes, according to Watts, poor, starving immigrants have uprooted their entire lives and begun walking thousands of miles in order influence the US midterms. Because everything, everywhere, around the world, is always about how those pesky liberals are pulling the strings to make conservatives look bad.  

This, to deniers 🦕, is a sensible sentiment. And even the relatively sane ones are apparently finding the climate connection hard to believe. “As best I can tell,” Ryan Maue tweeted, the caravan-climate angle is “completely made up” and “#FakeNews is everywhere especially in weather & climate.” (Yes, the “relatively” in “relatively sane” is doing a lot of work...)

But the climate-carvan-connection news is certainly not fake. As Alex Kaufman at HuffPo writes this week, how we respond to these immigration issues is going to matter a whole lot as the climate continues to change. Deniers clearly aren’t going to see that this obvious climate impact is causing what they consider to be a major problem (aka people who aren’t Norwegian White coming to America) and aren’t going to respond by addressing a root cause: fossil fuel emissions.

Instead, they’ll do what authoritarians do, and send in the troops to use military force to enforce the (white) nationalist status quo.


Sad as Watts’s and Maue’s mental contortions are, they’re hardly the only climate deniers with conspiratorial mindsets. As Scott Waldman at E&E reported on Tuesday, a raft of climate-change-denying conservative pundits have spent the last week as “bomb deniers,” casting doubt on the reality of and perpetrator behind the string of mail bomb terrorist attacks. They doubted whether the bombs were real at all, or whether they were actually sent by “some progressive psycho” in the words of Steve Milloy.

Whether you want to deny the reality of climate change, or how it can be a trigger or driver of immigration, or that your President’s constant attacks on the press and politicians found fertile ground in a fevered mind, the playbook is the same.

Call the problem a hoax and blame it on a shadowy elite using “fake news” to achieve their own nefarious goals at the expense of an unwitting public. Whether the cabal is communist climate scientists, progressives mailing themselves bombs or wealthy Jewish liberals supposedly funding migrant caravans, it doesn’t matter how crazy it sounds so long as it gives aggrieved and entitled white men a scapegoat to attack.

A fine enviro news summary, AG.

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Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« Reply #1534 on: November 02, 2018, 07:04:49 pm »
NO ONE becomes a REFUGEE BY CHOICE  

Jun 20, 2018 by CGTN

Refugee crisis continues to deteriorate as regional conflicts and widespread violence cause people to flee their homes. Since 2001, the United Nations and ...


Immigration as a Refugee IS NOT A CHOICE.


Jan 15, 2014 | 60,781 views | by TEDx Talks

Refugees are often marginalised, their humanity ignored as their stories go untold. In this remarkable and emotional talk, however, author and former refugee ...



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Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« Reply #1535 on: November 06, 2018, 11:08:19 am »

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I made my own list of radical steps last month, and concluded that "individual actions can add up to carbon savings, but there is one individual action that tops them all" –  vote the reactionary climate arsonists 🐉🦕🦀🦖😈👹💵🎩🍌🏴‍☠️🚩 out.

Agelbert NOTE: CHOICE, NOT CHANCE; Vote DEMOCRATIC for a VIABLE BIOSPHERE or vote REPUBLICAN for A NONviable one.



Artist: Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, Zundert 1853–1890 Auvers-sur-Oise)
Date: 1888
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 18 x 21 3/4 in. (45.7 x 55.2 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Credit Line: Purchase, The Annenberg Foundation Gift, 1992
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« Reply #1536 on: November 07, 2018, 01:15:44 pm »


Victory: A Climate Change Denier 🦕 Will No Longer Run the House Science Committee

However you feel about the outcome of last night’s election, if you care about evidence-based policymaking, there’s one thing to cheer: The House Committee on Space, Science, and Technology will, for the first time in nearly a decade, be led by someone who accepts the conclusions of mainstream climate science.

 


By Maddie Stone

November 7, 2018 9:33am Filed to: BRAVE NEW WORLD

However you feel about the outcome of last night’s election, if you care about evidence-based policymaking, there’s one thing to cheer: The House Committee on Space, Science, and Technology will, for the first time in nearly a decade, be led by someone who accepts the conclusions of mainstream climate science.

With Democrats now in control of the House, leadership of the House Science Committee is likely to fall to Texas Democrat Eddie Bernice Johnson. Johnson, who became the committee’s first African American and first female ranking member in 2010, is a strong advocate for funding STEM education and expanding educational opportunities for minorities, in particular. She’s also a solidly pro-environment politician, according to her League of Conservation Voters scorecard.

It’s almost hard to imagine a world in which the House Science Committee is not a Frankenstinian mockery of its name, cobbled together from dead theories and misguided lines of inquiry. It has been that way for so, so very long. The committee’s death spiral began when Republicans assumed the control of the House in 2010, but it was when Texas Republican Lamar Smith became chair in 2013 that the ship really sailed off the flat earth’s edge.

Under the tenure of Smith, the committee has held hearing after hearing casting doubt on mainstream climate science, used its subpoena power to harass and intimidate climate scientists, entertained the conspiracy theory that sea level rise is caused by rocks falling into the ocean, and used its Twitter account to blast links to climate change-denying Breitbart articles. Smith, who is not a scientist, has used the veil of authority that chairmanship offers to pen articles imploring the public not to buy into the “hysteria over carbon dioxide” while railing against “climate alarmists” at pro-fossil fuel get-togethers. (He has also accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry.)

In short, the House Science Committee has been a dark place for rational discourse on climate change. Sitting on it has been a lonely and frustrating experience for Bill Foster, Congress’s lone scientist (until last night). To be fair, the Republican-led committee has been more supportive of space exploration and astronomy, even though it favors further privatization of the sector and has criticized the James Webb Space telescope for going massively over-budget. Smith is also a big fan of fusion energy research, which, cool. And in recent months, the committee has made a mission of going after science’s serial sexual harassers, even going to far as to recommend stripping them of federal funding in September.

But these bright spots do not negate the damage Smith and his ilk have done to public understanding of climate science. In a statement released last night, Congresswoman Johnson laid out her priorities for the committee, including “promoting effective STEM education,” “defending the scientific enterprise from political and ideological attacks,” and addressing climate change by “starting with acknowledging it is real.”

Last on Johnson’s to-do list? Restoring the credibility of the House Science Committee. It’s a tall order, but for the first time in years, I’m feeling hopeful about the possibility.

https://earther.gizmodo.com/victory-a-climate-change-denier-will-no-longer-run-the-1830276533
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« Reply #1537 on: November 08, 2018, 02:16:59 pm »
SNIPPET:

The Intercept

October 31, 2018

NYU Professor Ruth Ben-Ghiat and Yale Professor Jason Stanley on Trump’s Brand of Authoritarianism

Jeremy Scahill: I’m joined now by two scholars of fascism. Ruth Ben-Ghiat is a professor of history and Italian studies at New York University. She’s the author of several books, among them, “Fascist Modernities” and “Italian Fascism’s Empire Cinema.” Her forthcoming book is called “Strongmen: How The Rise, Why They Succeed, How They Fall.” She’s also a columnist for CNN.com.

And Jason Stanley is the Jacob Urowsky professor of philosophy at Yale University. Stanley is the author of “Know How,” “Language in Context,” “Knowledge and Practical Interests,” as well as “How Propaganda Works.” His latest book, which was released earlier this year, is “How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them.” Ruth, Jason, welcome both of you to Intercepted.

Jeremy Scahill: So, that was from the film “A Night at the Garden.” People can watch that at fieldofvision.org. Ruth, one other sort of historically important point I think that’s relevant to bring up is — we can say, oh, well, this isn’t something that is a direct analog to fascism right now, because we have a multiparty system, because we are having elections, because Trump has not declared himself president for life in an official way, although he does joke about it sometimes.

But couldn’t someone make an argument — yes, because we’re only two years into this, but the direction that we are heading in definitely has historical analogs in how Mussolini consolidated power and in how Hitler consolidated power, how General Franco consolidated power? Isn’t it a fair point to say, yes, you may be technically correct that we’re not living in that right now, but all of the warning signs from history are screaming out for us to recognize this for what it is?

Ruth Ben-Ghiat: Yes, and — you know, in the case of Mussolini there was a two-year period that’s very instructive where he was head of a coalition government — and Hitler had the same. It’s just that Hitler had already been trying to get to power for 10 years, and he wanted power immediately. You know, Mussolini used to joke about staying in power for 20 years. His personality profile, the way he treated and humiliated his allies in Parliament is very, very similar.

You know, one of the reasons he killed Giacomo Matteotti, who was the head of the Socialist Party —even I was taught in former years that it was just because he was anti-fascist. Well, turned out Matteotti was about to denounce Mussolini and his family and the National Fascist Party for corruption. And so, he was killed for a classic kleptocracy. Mussolini was put under investigation, and it was to escape investigation that he declared dictatorship.

So, these transition moments are very, very important, but they are transitions. When we — when things evolve, and — I believe that we are heading toward, you could say, a militarized authoritarian surveillance state. It will look different than the fascism of the 20th century looked. But we are heading toward that, but we are in the transition, and we still have time to do something about it.

Jeremy Scahill:  What would be, Ruth, the sort of next steps that people should be aware of based on your understanding of history?

Ruth Ben-Ghiat: One of the issues is, when you have someone like this in power, there’s so much going on, and they hit you in so many directions — which is a strategy, by the way. This is a Bannon “blitzkrieg” strategy, that it’s hard to know what to do first. So, you have population management, the very significant move that they were trying to have the National Park Service not allow protest, and GOP legislators introduced several bills to criminalize protest.

One thing I find interesting, which recurs in the past, is Trump is this charismatic figure. And they come along every so often, you’ve mentioned some of them. And they seem to coalesce the kind of anxieties and frustrations of a given historical moment, but the conservative elites—in this case, GOP—back them and not other people, because they believe that they can use them as a vehicle to do the things they’ve been wanting to do for a long time—the racist, the voter suppression, all the things that the GOP has been trying to activate and was very frustrated it couldn’t do under Obama, right? This is a kind of mutual using of the authoritarian and his backers, right? And so, many of the repressive, authoritarian-minded things going on right now are being introduced by the GOP.

{... ...]

Jeremy Scahill:: Well, and, Jason, you also write about the necessary mythology that comes with Trump’s whole spiel, that America was once great. What he’s really sort of telegraphing there is, there was a time when white people were in full control of this country until the immigrants, the blacks, the uppity women, the Jews, the globalists came to steal America’s greatness. And one of the stats in your book that you cite is 45 percent of Trump supporters believe that whites are the most discriminated-against racial group in America and that 54 percent of Trump supporters believe that Christians are the most persecuted religious group in America.

Jason Stanley: When the dominant group is made to feel like victims, that seems to be the culture that breeds the success of this kind of politics. [... reflective of this, that —]

Jason Stanley: [...  ...] So, the idea is that all movements for equality are really masks for domination. And so, at that moment when you find the dominant racial group being made to feel like this enormous victim of feminism, of minority groups, that’s when you know the politics is taking effective control. Of course, it distracts them from what they’re really victims of, which is the people funding this kind of politics, which, as Ruth mentioned, are very often business elites .

Jeremy Scahill: These are the words of the great Langston Hughes   from his poem Let America Be America Again. The poem was performed here on Intercepted by Ty Jones, the producing artistic director at the Classical Theatre of Harlem.

Ty Jones Performs Langston Hughes’s Poem “Let America Be America Again”

Let America be America again.

Let it be the dream it used to be.

Let it be the pioneer on the plain

Seeking a home where he himself is free.

 

(America never was America to me.)

 

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed—

Let it be that great strong land of love

Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme

That any man be crushed by one above.

 

(It never was America to me.)

 

O, let my land be a land where Liberty

Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,

But opportunity is real, and life is free,

Equality is in the air we breathe.

 

(There’s never been equality for me,

Nor freedom in this “homeland of the free.”)


 

Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?

And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?

 

I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,

I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars.

I am the red man driven from the land,

I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek—

And finding only the same old stupid plan

Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.

 

I am the young man, full of strength and hope,

Tangled in that ancient endless chain

Of profit, power, gain, of grab the land!

Of grab the gold! Of grab the ways of satisfying need!

Of work the men! Of take the pay!

Of owning everything for one’s own greed!

 

I am the farmer, bondsman to the soil.

I am the worker sold to the machine.

I am the Negro, servant to you all.

I am the people, humble, hungry, mean—

Hungry yet today despite the dream.

Beaten yet today—O, Pioneers!

I am the man who never got ahead,

The poorest worker bartered through the years.

 

Yet I’m the one who dreamt our basic dream

In the Old World while still a serf of kings,

Who dreamt a dream so strong, so brave, so true,

That even yet its mighty daring sings

In every brick and stone, in every furrow turned

That’s made America the land it has become.

O, I’m the man who sailed those early seas

In search of what I meant to be my home—

For I’m the one who left dark Ireland’s shore,

And Poland’s plain, and England’s grassy lea,

And torn from Black Africa’s strand I came

To build a “homeland of the free.”

 

The free?
 

Who said the free? Not me?

Surely not me? The millions on relief today?

The millions shot down when we strike?

The millions who have nothing for our pay?

For all the dreams we’ve dreamed

And all the songs we’ve sung

And all the hopes we’ve held

And all the flags we’ve hung,

The millions who have nothing for our pay—

Except the dream that’s almost dead today.

 

O, let America be America again—

The land that never has been yet—

And yet must be—the land where every man is free.

The land that’s mine—the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME—

Who made America,

Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,

Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,

Must bring back our mighty dream again.

 

Sure, call me any ugly name you choose—

The steel of freedom does not stain.

From those who live like leeches on the people’s lives,

We must take back our land again,

America!

 

O, yes,

I say it plain,

America never was America to me,

And yet I swear this oath—

America will be!

 

Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,

The R A P E and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies,

We, the people, must redeem

The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.

The mountains and the endless plain—

All, all the stretch of these great green states—

And make America again!

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Agelbert NOTE: As much as I admire the courage of those luminaries above and as much as I agree with their analysis of the present political threat to we-the-people (INCLUDING THE FOOLED TRUMP SUPPORTERS) that Trump's (Fascist) Brand of Authoritarianism represents, the entire discussion is made MOOT by the inability of the US Government (including BOTH the Democratic and Republican wings of the Profit over People and Planet Oligarchs 'R' US 😈🐉🦕🦖👹 💵 🎩 🍌🏴‍☠️ Party) to take steps to mitigate Catastrophic Climate Change by going on a War Economy footing to transition to 100% Renewable Energy within a decade or less. Neither Hitler nor Stalin nor Mussolini had to to face the fact that the human species is on the fast track to extinction, even though we were already well on the way in the time of those dictators. It REALLY IS DIFFERENT this time with the Trump Fascist Wrecking Crew et al.

The way things ARE now, the Hydrocarbon Hellspawn (i.e. the greedball oil loving, Fascist pie in the sky wishful thinkers of the Fossil Fuel 'Industry ' ) are killing, 24/7, ANY hope for a viable biosphere.

IOW, no amount of fixing the Fascist Tyranny now sweeping the globe will stop the unavoidable mass extinction of most, if not all, of the mammalian vertebrate species on this planet (including humans, of course). ONLY a transition to a 100% Renewable Energy powered WORLD economy WITHIN A DECADE OR LESS can, hopefully (it may be too late even for that too, but that doesn't mean we should not try) guarantee a (barely) viable biosphere for future generations.

OTHERWISE, ....IT........ IS....


 
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« Reply #1538 on: November 08, 2018, 05:30:13 pm »

How the Environment Fared in the Midterm Elections

Candidates promising action on climate change and public lands won many victories, but several important ballot initiatives were defeated.

News November 7, 2018 - by John R. Platt and Tara Lohan

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Ballot Initiatives

There was more bad news than good on the environmental front when it came to voting on ballot initiatives. :(

The biggest environmental win that happened through the ballot initiative process came from Florida. Voters there approved Amendment 9, which covered two unrelated issues, banning offshore oil and gas drilling in state waters and banning the use of electronic cigarettes in workplaces. The drilling ban was supported by environmental interests as well as the tourism industry, both of which would like to keep Florida’s waters and beaches clean.

In another win for the environment, Nevada voters passed Question 6, which seeks to increase the amount of energy the state’s utilities need to get from renewable sources such as wind, solar and geothermal. Question 6 increases the renewable portfolio standard to 50 percent by 2030.

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Arizona had an identical measure, Proposition 127, on the ballot, but it was soundly defeated after an outpouring of $30 million from its opponents, including the state’s biggest utility.

In what was likely the most-watched environmental ballot initiative race, Washington’s Initiative 1631 was defeated. If it had passed it would have been the first state-wide initiative to put a fee on carbon pollution. Environmental supporters hoped Washington would be a good proving ground to inspire more carbon pricing programs across the country, but voters didn’t go for it this time and have defeated similar measures in recent years.

While Colorado voted in clean-energy enthusiast Jared Polis as governor, voters defeated Proposition 112, which would have increased the buffer between oil and gas drilling operations and occupied homes and businesses.

Two other ballot measures sought to protect clean water. Montana’s Initiative 186, which would have set stricter standards for the mining industry, was defeated. And so was Alaska’s Measure 1, which would have protected salmon habitat.

Other Races

Congress and the Senate tend to get the most attention, but local candidates also deserve attention.

Full article:

https://therevelator.org/environment-midterms/

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« Reply #1539 on: November 09, 2018, 07:17:25 pm »
Agelbert RANT : Taking this advice is SINE QUA NON for the Demcratic Party, though Pelosi et al have every intention of SABOTAGING IT with pig lipstick, token environmental AND Renewable Energy FLAKERY that ACTUALLY supports the Profit over Planet Corporate STATUS QUO.

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The 6th Mass Extinction 🏴‍ ☠️ | Dr Dominique Dodge-Wan | TEDxCurtinUSarawak
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Published on Jul 25, 2017

In a landmark paper published in 1982, Jack Sepkoski and David M. Raup identified five mass extinctions. Could we be on the verge of the 6th?

Dominique Dodge-Wan, or Dr Dominique as she is known to her students, is Associate Professor in Applied Geology at Curtin University, Miri, where she has been teaching full time since 2010. She graduated in Geology and Mineralogy at Brussels University (ULB) and then completed a PhD in Hydrogeology.

She worked as a consultant hydrogeologist in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, for groundwater resource investigations, borehole test pumping and contamination studies. Dominique came to Sarawak to manage groundwater research for Malaysian Rural Water Supply Schemes for Antah Biwater/JKR. The work included identifying possible water sources for drought prone rural communities in the Kuching to Sibu coastal region.

Having been a keen caver, her on-going research interest are centered on limestones and their karstification. More recently, she has identified and researched rare biologically influenced cave formations in various caves in Malaysia. Dominique is also an active member of the Malaysian Nature Society and was involved in raising public awareness for Piasau Nature Reserve.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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EcoWatch

By Olivia Rosane

Nov. 07, 2018 07:48AM EST

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3. Rise of the Green New Deal:


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How a group of teens built the climate movement Zero Hour


Published on Oct 31, 2018

Last summer, at the age of 15, Jamie Margolin started a climate group with some other teens. A year later, Zero Hour held its first march on Washington, D.C. Watch our short doc on how they did it and what they’re giving up to fight climate change.

Zero Hour Just 🦅 Transition

   
Zero Hour Platform and attacks on them by the Hydrocarbon Hellspawn 🦕🦖

 The Fossil Fuelers 🦖 DID THE Clean Energy  Inventions suppressing, Climate Trashing, human health depleting CRIME,   but since they have ALWAYS BEEN liars and conscience free crooks 🦀, they are trying to AVOID   DOING THE TIME or   PAYING THE FINE!     Don't let them get away with it! Pass it on!   
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Herculean Climate Rant to Rouse Humanity


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Published on Nov 8, 2018

I am only wearing a T-Shirt in this RANT as I walk to school in Ottawa. Problem is that we are in November, and I am at at latitude 45 N and it is a balmy 10 C (50 F). Dude, where is winter??

I chat on Rapid Climate Change, Arctic darkening, Hope vs Hopelessness, Compassion, Resilience, Stoic Stoicism, CDR, SRM, Iron Salt Aerosols, Marine Permaculture Arrays, Sulphur, Biomimicry, Trees, Artificial Cement, Sucking Carbon from the Sky and Water, and a lot of other cooling things.

Please assist my Epic Quest to wake humanity by donating to http://paulbeckwith.net
   



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