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« Reply #195 on: July 17, 2017, 09:12:02 pm »
WTC 1 and 2 I will always contend were also brought down.  The video footage that day showed clear puffs of smoke going out twenty feet at ninety degree angles at the corners of the towers a second before they began to fall.  The ninety degree puffs were simultaneous but each floor went off in succession from the top down.  I recall one newscaster even making a comment about it. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Olson announced what would happen on late night T.V. two weeks before the towers went down and she was on one of the planes.  I believe she knew too much.  I know what I saw and that won't change until I like these two truths which I will always remember while I breath blow in the wind.

We live in a photo-shopped future and are lied to every day.


I agree 100%.  It has always boggled my mind that America could believe 9/11 was perpetrated by some terrorist with box cutters.  The official story is obnoxiously obscene.  There are more holes in the official story than your average colander.  You don't have to be an expert of anything to look at the facts about 9/11 and know that the official story is a bunch of lies.  But WTC-7 was always the smoking gun.  They didn't even cover it's collapse in the government 9/11 report...not a word about it...they just officially ignored it.  But watch the footage.  It is obviously a planned demolition.  It literally disappears in a matter of seconds.  You've got to be smoking some strong **** to believe the official 9/11 story. 

Mike Ruppert tore that **** apart with Crossing the Rubicon


Agreed. There is going to be hell to pay when the public finally realize how this 9/11 mega-grand larceny disguised as a "terrorist attack" asset stripped trillions of dollars from we-the-people.


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« Reply #196 on: July 25, 2017, 08:58:46 pm »
We Must Put CEOs In Prison To Save Democracy Part One


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Published on Jul 25, 2017

Thom talks to Jesse Eisinger, author of The Chickenshit Club, on how justice fails to prosecute executives in this riveting two part interview.



We Must Put CEOs In Prison To Save Democracy Part Two


Thom is joined by author of The Chickenshit Club, Jesse Eisinger who says that we must put CEOs' in prison to save democracy, in part two of today's interview.
 
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« Reply #197 on: July 25, 2017, 10:40:58 pm »
We Must Put CEOs In Prison To Save Democracy Part One

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Mine looks puny compared to yours.

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« Reply #198 on: July 27, 2017, 02:11:08 pm »
Bannon Wants to CON us into believing he wants to Tax the Real Rich

I don't agree with much of Steve Bannon's alt.right agenda, but I love this idea. Raise the marginal income tax rate for people who make more than 5 million bucks a year, to 44% instead of 39.5.

At least Bannon understands the difference between the real rich and the merely affluent, something most people don't get, and no politicians care to recognize. This is something I've bitched about for years, as everyone on the Diner knows.

This idea will be DOA with the Republican Congress, I can tell you that.


STEVE BANNON  PUSHING FOR 44 PERCENT MARGINAL TAX RATE ON THE VERY RICH 

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July 26 2017, 3:25 p.m.


TOP WHITE HOUSE adviser Steve Bannon is pushing for tax reform to include a new 44 percent top marginal tax rate, hitting people who earn more than $5 million a year, with the revenue paying for tax cuts for the rest, according to three people who’ve spoken to him recently.

The top rate is now 39.6 percent and most Republicans have been planning to lower it significantly as part of tax reform. The plan Trump put out previously would have only three brackets, with the top one brought down to 35 percent.

Raising taxes on the very rich has been a rare policy that President Donald Trump has publicly espoused throughout much of his life. On Tuesday, he told the Wall Street Journal, “if there’s upward revision it’s going to be on high-income people.”

“I have wealthy friends that say to me, ‘I don’t mind paying more tax,’” he said. White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders was pressed on Trump’s comment at a televised briefing Wednesday, and said that further specifics of the plan would be released shortly, with an emphasis on tax cuts for the middle class.

Axios previously reported that Bannon was looking to raise the top marginal rate to “something with a four in front of it,” but the 44 percent bracket for those making $5 million and above is a more fleshed out proposal. Bannon has described himself as an “economic nationalist” and has pushed a populist agenda both through his previous outlet Breitbart News and and as an adviser to Trump. That contrasts with what Bannon calls the “globalist” wing of the party, made up by people like economic adviser Gary Cohn (though both Cohn and Bannon come from Goldman Sachs).

When the broad outline of the tax hike was reported earlier, Breitbart covered it favorably. The hike on the very rich would face stiff opposition from congressional Republicans, but find favor with Democrats.

According to IRS data, just over 43,000 people filed tax returns for the year 2014 claiming income of at least $5 million, accounting for $600 billion in taxes, or 8.8 percent of the total taxes paid.

The new rate would only apply to about a third of that money, as the 44 percent kicks in at the $5 million level. Still, the hike would pull in around $18 billion per year, or $180 billion over 10 years.

https://theintercept.com/2017/07/26/steve-bannon-pushing-for-44-percent-marginal-tax-rate-on-the-very-rich/

I don't believe a WORD that Bannon says. Anyone that does is kidding themselves. The guy is a wedge issue EXPERT.         


For example, Bannon was HAPPY about all the protests against the Immigration ban because, even though he KNEW it would probably not make it to law, he WANTED the white population of the US to get stirred up against the immigrant HISPANICS when they went out in large numbers on the street!   

That's right, he EXPECTED AND PLANNED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HATE BY BIGOTS.  He explained calmly that he set all this up so it would appear to Trump's base that Trump was "keeping his promises" to them.

But there's more. Bannon firmly believes that MOST Americans (Bannon's definition of "American" = person of white European descent  ;)) are racist, which is the "logical" way to be, according to Bannon, despite his claims of "not being a racist".

So, making the HISPANIC immigrant population more visible in the eyes of "Americans" is a great method of strirring up hatred and consolidating power for the "good" of "Americans". It is a mere coincidence that this gives Bannon and Trump more and more despotic power. Bannon is counting all those "good Germans" out there to help Trump and Bannon DO their THING.

In Germany, they know EXACTLY what Trump and Bannon's THING is (see below):


Here's an article that is rather clear to anybody possessing a shred of objectivity:

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Steve Bannon, Michael Savage and Alex Jones (among others) are now in the cockpit of national power, while the nation's major newspapers and television networks are doing their very best to "normalize" avowed bigot and fascist (using Mussolini's definition of the word) Donald Trump. Bannon is Trump's chief adviser. ...

 ...Bannon's ex-wife has even testified in court that Bannon has 'said he doesn't like Jews' and didn't want his children to go to school with Jews."

Bannon and company are some of the most talented practitioners of the dark arts of political propaganda in this country, and they all came together like beads of mercury under Trump's banner. It's essentially a Kristallnacht waiting to happen: the murder of a policeman by a black man or undocumented Hispanic, or a Muslim suicide bomber will fuel weeks of media melodrama in their hands as they continue to create an alternative reality for cable news while driving a policy agenda dictated by petro-billionaires.
https://www.thomhartmann.com/blog/2016/11/big-trump-media-story-bannon-and-crew-dangerous-propagandists-are-cockpit-national-powe

He is VERY clever, in a satanic sort of way. What ICE is doing was started by Obama. But Bannon and Trump have increased it for propaganda purposes, NOT to improve working conditions or add jobs for the poor in the USA! Bannon and Trump USE wedge issues to stir up HATE so they can gain more POWER, period!

A Veteran ICE Agent Speaks Out: ‘We Seem to Be Targeting the Most Vulnerable People’

Now this "taxing the rich" BULLSHIT he is peddling is MORE smoke and mirrors to make Trump's base believe that Trump is "keeping his promises" to "poor downtrodden whitey red blooded Merikans". And even the poor among the minorities might fall for this sucker play.

Eddie, do not be fooled by this. Here is a video interview with Joshua Green, a man that met, talked with and studied Bannon IN DEPTH that explains Bannon's MO and WHY Bannon's ideology provides inspiration for him to cook up this kind of clever sleight of hand swindle to SUCKER people so the racist wealth worshiping fascsists can continue consoliditating their power in the USA.   


Joshua Green wrote a book titled, "Devil's' Bargain", where Trump and Bannon's methods are objectively exposed.  In this interview, he explains why Bannon DOES what he DOES.


The rich are the LAST people that are worrying about this SUCKER PLAY. Bannon wants to "Tax the RICH" ??

The system is GAMED in favor of he rich crooks that have slowly, silently STOLEN EVERYTHING THEY HAVE from we-the-people. The process began with inflation fun and games. It proceeded from there to make an artificial tax rate distinction between "earned" and "unearned" income. If Bannon really wanted a just tax reform, the FIRST thing he would have to do is ELIMINATE the distinction between "earned" and "unearned" income, including that ridiculous term called "Capital gains". BUT HE HAS NOT SAID ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING ABOUT ADDRESSING THAT SOCIALISM FOR THE RICH WELFARE QUEENS GIVEAWAY. His silence on that says it ALL!

You are crazy if you think Bannon has ANY plans to change that socialism for the rich ONLY SCAM that Trump and Bannon wholeheartedly SUPPORT!  That will only get WORSE under Trump and his wrecking crew.


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« Reply #199 on: July 28, 2017, 07:05:01 pm »


Economic Update: The Economics of Socialism

Friday, July 28, 2017

RICHARD D. WOLFF

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Richard D. Wolff is professor of economics emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008. He is currently a visiting professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University, New York City. He also teaches classes regularly at the Brecht Forum in Manhattan. Earlier he taught economics at Yale University (1967-1969) and at the City College of the City University of New York (1969-1973). In 1994, he was a visiting professor of economics at the University of Paris (France), I (Sorbonne). His work is available at rdwolff.com and at democracyatwork.info.

By Richard D. Wolff, Truthout | Audio Segment



http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/41427-economic-update-the-economics-of-socialism
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« Reply #200 on: August 05, 2017, 07:41:01 pm »
We Know Vast Wealth is Unhealthy, So Why Do We Idolize the Wealthy?


Aug. 3, 2017

Thom talks about the latest oligarch to show signs of political aspirations, and what being super rich can do to a person emotionally and spiritually.
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« Reply #201 on: August 06, 2017, 03:22:09 pm »

Do conservatives ever become liberal?

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I did, I was a Republican until I was about 25. I listened to Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, NRA Radio, and others pretty much every day for years. I was disgusted when anyone put on any news channel other than Fox News. Somehow I still managed to have liberal friends. They are very nice, tolerant people.

I generally would avoid any “liberal” media or topics, but I remember deciding to watch a global warming show on National Geographic just to confirm that I could prove that it was a bunch of BS. I walked away horrified, questioning myself and really upset about polar bears.

The next step was when I moved to DC and realized that I had NEVER spent any real time around people who weren’t white. I realized that that really didn’t give me much authority to judge others. I saw my coworkers working harder than me and still struggling with finances etc. I could see my “privilege” playing out before my eyes.

I was also working for a law firm that processed foreclosures. I spoke with borrowers on the day we were going to auction their home. I listened to their stories while they cried and begged me to stop the sale. I saw how heartless the Republican response was to people who were really suffering and the fact that the problem was so wide spread spoke to the fact that this was a systemic issue, not a personal responsibility issue.

I saw how soulless and ill functioning corporations were when dealing with such a sensitive topic. I saw how complicated, opaque and exploitative the mortgage industry was. I started supporting consumer protection laws, when I used to believe that it was the consumer’s job to read every line of a contract and research on their own to protect themselves. It’s simply not possible to do this when you are working and trying to raise a family. The fact that a law firm that did this work regularly struggled to keep up meant that a normal person had no chance.

The death knell for my conservatism was when Glenn Beck pretty much put me into panic attack territory and I had to take a break from politics. I can’t remember what the topic was exactly, but I remember thinking that it couldn’t be right for me to be this stressed out when everyone else seemed fine. I liked the “cultural” NPR podcasts about food etc, but I vowed that I wouldn’t start listening to their liberal propaganda. Well, obviously that didn’t last.

Over the next two and half years I slowly realized how wrong and heartless I had been as a conservative. As I met more people with different backgrounds, I realized how incredibly narrow, arrogant and lacking in empathy my perspective was. I always considered myself to be a nice and compassionate person, but my conservative beliefs didn’t allow me to act or respond in a way that made me function with kindness and compassion.

I am also much happier as a liberal. I feel that people should be a community. Looking directly at suffering is incredibly uncomfortable and I always feel like I don’t do enough, but I know for sure now that I’m not lying to myself. I always questioned whether my position was the right one as a conservative.

Finally, I always used to ask myself whether I would be on the right side of history if another crisis of humanity arose in my backyard. I’m now positive that I’m fighting the right fight.

https://www.quora.com/Do-conservatives-ever-become-liberal

 
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« Reply #202 on: August 07, 2017, 09:33:05 pm »
Bank CEO Profits Are The Loans Refused To Workers 


Augus 4, 2017

Thom explains one of the ways Banks break their social responsibility in order to use the loans, which are rightly the property of the people, for their own profit.
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« Reply #203 on: August 08, 2017, 10:32:56 pm »
Do You Want Your Tax Policy Written by the Koch Brothers? (w/guest Robert Weissman)


Thom sits down with Robert Weissman (President - Public Citizen) to talk about what's coming down the pike with republicans' "tax reform" plans.

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« Reply #204 on: August 15, 2017, 05:54:23 pm »


Economic Update: Faith and Labor Fight Inequality

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

By Richard D. Wolff, Truthout | Audio Segment 
 


This week's episode discusses

how golf courses are economically undemocratic,

how US drug corporations block cheap medicine imports,

why US corporations don't deserve tax cuts,

how Monsanto bought academic research to keep Roundup on the market,

and the economics and politics of scapegoating immigrants in the US and Germany.


The episode also includes an interview with Joerg Rieger and Rosemarie Henkel-Rieger on how they combine faith and labor advocacy to fight inequality.

  http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/41602-economic-update-faith-and-labor-fight-inequality
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« Reply #205 on: August 18, 2017, 10:26:21 pm »



Capitalist Economies Create Waste, Not Social Value

Thursday, August 17, 2017

By Chris Williams and Fred Magdoff, Monthly Review Press | Book Excerpt


More production means more waste: more waste means more production. Waste is a sign of capitalism's success. When people throw away a product after using it for a short period of time, in the spirit of planned obsolescence, they will buy a new one, contributing to growth and corporate profits.

As early as the 1920s Stuart Chase identified four systematic sources of waste under capitalism: (1) the labor power used to produce "vicious or useless goods and services"; (2) labor power wasted due to unemployment; (3) the unplanned nature of production and distribution of goods leading to inefficiencies and overproduction; and (4) the senseless waste and overuse of natural resources. Addressing the term coined by nineteenth-century writer and social reformer John Ruskin, Chase wrote that what capitalism produces is not wealth, but "illth." 


Illth abounds under capitalism. In Monopoly Capital: An Essay on the American Economic and Social Order, first published in 1966, Paul Baran and Paul Sweezy included an appendix by Joseph D. Phillips titled "Estimating the Economic Surplus." Phillips demonstrated that the economic surplus -- aspects of the economy that served no socially useful purpose and would therefore be considered waste in a more rationally organized society -- averaged over half of the gross national product of the United States.

Illth comes in many forms. One is conspicuous consumption by the very rich -- the luxury cars, yachts, private jets, huge houses, and other forms of ostentatious living. World Bank economists calculate that the wealthiest 10 percent of the world's population uses close to 60 percent of all the world's resources. If this richest 10 percent reduced their consumption to the average consumption of the rest of humanity, total global resource use would be cut in half. The New York Times estimated the amount spent on luxury items in the United States in 2012 -- leaving out the luxury homes -- at $302 billion. A 2015 report by the British charity Oxfam found that the wealthiest 10 percent were responsible for half of all emissions of greenhouse gases, whereas the poorest half of the world's people were responsible for about 10 percent.

The prison-industrial complex, expanded primarily due to the racist "war on drugs," and developed in large part to control communities of color, is most certainly illth. Essentially all the enormous economic financial sector does is find ways to make money with money, providing little of social value. The same can be said for marketing, advertising, and packaging for brand promotion and the proliferation of products designed with built-in obsolescence or to stimulate new wants.

The system of giant multinational supermarket companies controlling food supply and sales produces vast quantities of wasted food. It is estimated that between 30 and 50 percent of the food grown in the United States goes to waste. Food is left in the field if it doesn't meet certain cosmetic standards of large buyers, even if it is perfectly good quality. Supermarkets routinely overstock their produce shelves in deliberate displays of abundance, knowing that a portion will spoil and be thrown away. Globally, about one-third of food is wasted, amounting to about 1.8 billion tons and worth approximately $1 trillion. All of this wasted food means wasted water, labor power, energy, and all the other resources that went into making it -- petrochemicals for pesticide and fertilizer production, energy to run agricultural machinery and transportation to markets, and so forth.

The vast majority of food waste is due to an agricultural and food system set up to generate profit. However, a lack of storage infrastructure in the Global South is a major cause of spoilage and pest infestation before the food reaches markets.

The spread of online shopping was once touted as environmentally more benign than trips to the retail shops, but instead it is adding a new dimension to the waste of resources. According to the Wall Street Journal, "Giant warehouses are springing up across the country as surging online sales send retailers scrambling to find space to house products destined for delivery to customers' homes." The huge increase in e-commerce deliveries means corresponding increases in cardboard boxes, the most rapidly growing part of the 35 million tons of containerboard produced in 2015. Transport of the packages from warehouses creates further environmental damage. Ardeshi Faghri, a professor of civil engineering at the University of Delaware, said that a 20 percent increase of various vehicle emissions that was measured was at least partially caused by more deliveries of goods: "Online shopping has not helped the environment…. It has made it worse."

U.S. per capita energy consumption is twice that of the most industrialized European countries despite a similar standard of living. The United States consumes 25 percent of world energy, but it does so almost 50 percent less efficiently than Europe. Clearly, there is ample room for improvement, especially because Europe is not particularly energy-efficient in the first place.

Waste is also a routine by-product of capitalists' tendency to overbuild capacity in good times, assuming that growth will continue at its same trajectory. The company that overbuilds capacity eventually comes up against a much lower cost producer or mistaken market possibilities or a recession, leading to abandoned factories and stores that are then repurposed, torn down, or just left to decay. Abandoned or torn-down facilities such as steel mills, clothing factories, movie theaters, and malls represent a huge waste of resources. In many cases it makes no social or environmental sense to abandon or tear down such properties, but it becomes a reasonable thing to do in an economy in which decisions are made on whether more profits can be made by abandoning a facility than by repurposing the building or constructing a new one.

The same occurs with homes. Tear-downs are common in middle class and wealthy neighborhoods. A Wall Street Journal article titled "Multimillion-Dollar Homes Face the Wrecking Ball" describes a fourteen-bedroom house being purchased for $11.5 million and the empty lot marketed three years later, after the house was torn down, for $14 million. According to the article, "It's almost becoming routine: eight-figure listings treated as tear-downs -- and marketed as such. Buyers see value in the land, especially in exclusive neighborhoods or on the waterfront. There, they can build brand-new homes with modern design and cutting-edge technology." In other areas, whole working-class neighborhoods have been torn down and residents dispersed in order to build highways through cities or advance urban "renewal" to gentrify or commercialize a district.

During the rapid growth in international trade in the early 2010s, large numbers of ships were constructed to haul raw materials as well as parts and finished goods. But with the decline in global economic growth in the middle of the decade, scrapping the ships became common. "About 1,000 ships that have the combined capacity to haul 52 million metric tons of cargo will be dragged onto beaches, cut into pieces and sold for scrap metal this year [2016]. That is second only to the record amount of capacity of 61 million so-called dead-weight tons that were scrapped and recycled in 2012." While at least the steel is being recycled, the buildup of shipping overcapacity that ends with ships on the scrap heap when shipping prices plunge during a slowdown is a colossal waste of material and human resources.

In addition to all the other sources of waste we've discussed, the military needs to be acknowledged as a sinkhole into which large amounts of resources disappear. One example is the Obama administration's $1 trillion plan to "modernize" U.S. nuclear weapons and the introduction of the most expensive weapons project in history, the F-35 fighter jet. This plane became notorious for escalating costs and failed tests. "With an American fleet of more than 2,400 planes planned by the late 2030s -- projected total costs will exceed $1 trillion. One billion dollars will be needed just to pay for the highly advanced pilot helmets, running to $400,000 apiece." Imagine what might be able to be done to repair U.S. public schools if $2 trillion (the cost of the F-35 and nuclear weapon "modernization") was used to create healthy and pleasant places for children to learn. The $178 million cost of just one of the planes is enough to provide 3,358 years of college money.

And though the human costs of the U.S.-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the early decades of the twenty-first century are horrendous, the financial costs run into the trillions of dollars -- money that could have done much good if spent on social programs in the United States and abroad.

The military also wastes incredible quantities of fuel. It is exempt from all international climate agreements and local environmental regulations at its hundreds of bases worldwide, allowing the U.S. military to be the single largest institutional user of fossil fuels and by far the world's biggest polluter.

 

A full 80 percent of the energy consumption of the federal government is for the operation of the Department of Defense. According to the CIA's World Factbook, in 2006 only thirty-five countries used more oil per day than the Pentagon. 

The U.S. war in Iraq emitted more CO2 each year than 60 percent of all countries on the planet combined  :o .


Even within the military, a voluminous budget of almost $1 trillion and guaranteed cost-plus contracts facilitate gargantuan waste, such as the $385 billion for military contractors for U.S. overseas bases over a twelve-year period.


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Economic Update: Human Rights vs. US Water Economics

Friday, August 25, 2017 

By Richard D. Wolff, Truthout | Audio Segment


This week's episode discusses Trump's battle with Amazon over taxes, how Americans are dying younger, Monsanto profiting at farmers' expense and the economics of homeless school children.

This episode also includes an interview with Rob Robinson on access to safe of water in the US.
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« Reply #207 on: September 01, 2017, 03:01:31 pm »


Bret Stephens’ Callous Capitalist Climate-Harvey Take


Yesterday, Bret Stephens used his New York Times column for one of the most callous and tone-deaf Harvey takes we’ve seen anywhere (including in the deniersphere proper). In the piece, good ol’ Bret praises capitalism and wealth for helping people survive disasters like Harvey, but ignores the fundamental moral failing of climate inaction: some countries grew rich and developed thanks to unchecked fossil fuel use, while those countries now developing are forced to deal with the worst of the impacts they did little or nothing to cause.

Unsurprisingly, Twitter was quick to call out both the framing and the factual errors in Stephen’s “hurricane apologism” and how the choice of image for the column, a sinking Mercedes Benz, “perfectly encapsulates” Stephens’ priorities.


So, as Stephens states, Harvey may just be a “speed bump” for Houston’s economy in the long run. At least 39 people died during that “speed bump,” which is a heartless way to describe the economic losses stemming from flooded homes and lives lost.  >:(

But hurricane victims and climate activists should be comforted , Stephens seems to suggest, by the fact that disaster losses as a percentage of global wealth have held steady since 1990, using Pielke Jr.’s favorite (deceptive) statistics.

Pielke’s general argument is that an increase in damages is due to an increase in national wealth (more buildings) that extreme weather hits. But that’s just one side of the coin, the other being that we’re building stronger buildings, which are more resilient to extreme weather. Those more resilient buildings reduce the impact of extreme weather, but that doesn’t factor into Pielke’s figures.

This financial framing , borne of privilege, faithful to wealth and minimizing of the experiences of millions who suffer, is a prime example of how measuring disasters in dollars only tells part of the story.

But even if one accepts this framing, it still ignores the fact that developing countries will take a significant hit to their GDP from climate change. So Stephens’s sage advice that these countries get richer to deal with climate change manages to be both emotionally and intellectually shallow.

Stephens’s handling of climate change is disappointing given the excellent work folks on the reporting side are doing at the Times. Their coverage of Harvey has captured the emotional weight of disaster, discussed the complexities of urban development and provided historical context from Sandy survivors. The Times was one of the first major outlets to thoroughly and correctly explain Harvey’s climate connection. And the editorial board has provided sympathetic and nuanced takes of their own on the connection between Harvey and climate.

Unfortunately, Stephens’s piece slots neatly into a strange parade of oddities this week from the Times’s editorial page that kicked up a torrent of criticism. One columnist got taken to task for an uninformed and inappropriate piece on cultural appropriation. Another op-ed critical of Chelsea Manning was rightly trashed for being dehumanizing, “error-ridden and transphobic.” And, of course, the Internet had a ball dragging the decision to give Blackwater founder Erik Prince space to advertise his company’s services as a mercenary, with a plan for Afghanistan that even other private military contractors think is offensive and unworkable.

Given that the Times advertised itself as a counterweight to alternative facts, it seems weird that their opinion page has chosen to echo the baser instincts of fake news outlets by choosing to publish pieces downplaying climate impacts, are rooted in racial ignorance, espouse error-ridden transphobia or offer up offensive and unrealistic industry shilling. 


Agelbert NOTE: The BILLIONS of dollars of damage from Hurricane Harvey is an INDIRECT MASSIVE SUBSIDY to the Fossil Fuel Industry. How long are we going to let them get away with this THEFT!!?




 



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Economic Update: A Tale of Two Crises

Friday, September 01, 2017

By Richard D. Wolff, Truthout | Audio Segment

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/41799-economic-update-a-tale-of-two-crises


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September 8, 2017

Equifax Data Breach is a 10 out of 10 Scandal
 

The hacking of consumer credit reporting giant Equifax, and the company's 'cynical' handling of it, is a far-reaching disaster that borders on criminal, says financial regulation expert Bill Black.

William K. Black , author of THE BEST WAY TO ROB A BANK IS TO OWN ONE, teaches economics and law at the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC). He was the Executive Director of the Institute for Fraud Prevention from 2005-2007. Black was a central figure in exposing Congressional corruption during the Savings and Loan Crisis.

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