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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 22, 2018, 08:21:48 pm »

The Billionaire Class is Not Fit to Rule – Paul Jay

June 21, 2018

The ruling elites are creating a world where the majority of people suffer the consequences of the climate crisis and massive unemployment while the super-rich use artificial intelligence to save themselves – a commentary by TRNN’s Senior Editor


Story Transcript

The urgency of the situation is startling. The more I look at it, the more it scares the hell out of me. But that’s sort of the point. We need to tell people the whole truth about the urgency of this historical moment. The existential threat of the current moment. Of course, it feels overwhelming, but it does not have to be paralyzing. People can say we are being alarmist, but it’s past time to be alarmed.

While the fight for health care for all, a higher minimum wage, unionization, against systemic racism, mass incarceration and other necessary reforms are just and critical to engaging people in struggle, we also need to tell people the whole truth about just how critical the big picture is.

While the Trump 🦀 presidency is a cabal of criminals, billionaires and far-right ideologues, it must first of all be seen in the context of the threats to our very existence, not merely reduced to the daily scandals and twitter storms. There is no need to treat working people as infants. The culture is aimed at the infantilization of our political discussion. We can believe that America is already great or that we should Make America Great Again, but it’s all the religion of Americanism, and it’s meant to make us willing children who will march into battle or just resign ourselves to things the way they are. We are not infants and we must, as best we can, tell people the whole truth.

As catastrophic and savage as capitalism was during the 20th century, continuous wars and genocides, deep economic crisis and the constant threat of nuclear annihilation, the system proved to be resilient, the global elites did find a kind of equilibrium. Capitalism did not come to an end and the attempts at socialism failed. While many societies around the world have been destroyed, millions slaughtered in war and many more living in deep poverty, the truth is the majority of the people in the advanced capitalist world are mostly doing ok. In the United States there are as many families earning more than $100,000 a year, as there are earning under $30,000. But as resilient as capitalism has proved to be, I don’t think this world order is sustainable. The elites are no longer capable or willing of dealing with grave systemic threats, even when it is in their own long-term interests to do so.

We’re in a different kind of moment than we’ve ever faced before. Of course, nuclear weapons posed an existential threat before, but at least the elites saw that ending human life on earth wasn’t in their interests. That is so far that’s true. Because as crazy as the prospect of nuclear war is, they have not given up their deteriorating hair triggered nuclear arsenals and they actually contemplate the use of localized nuclear weapons. As you know, first Obama planned for a new wave of nuclear weapons, and now Trump is spending billions expanding America’s nuclear capability. While it’s unlikely that the elites will deliberately launch a nuclear Armageddon, we are all living in denial if we think that an accidental triggering of such isn’t possible. The hair trigger policy means there is around ten minutes to decide if what looks like an attack is one or is a glitch in the software. It’s a cold war posture still in place in the United States and Russia, it’s Dr. Strange Love’s Doomsday machine. We can’t have faith in the political leadership of these elites, that is the current leadership of either the Republican or the Democratic Parties or the billionaires who bankroll them, to face up to this danger. One would think it’s in the interest of the elites themselves to deal with this. But the military-industrial complex has far too much invested in a narrative that depends on a major existential rival. They need war and almost war.  American capital will not give up it’s dominant global commercial position they believe depends on their military might. Oil and guns determines US foreign policy, not national security. On this point alone, one can argue this ruling class is not fit to rule. But of course, there is more.

Modern industrial capitalism has given rise to the climate change crisis, a clear and objective existential threat to human and all living things. I’m sure Real News viewers have heard the basic facts, and the process is speeding up. Leading climate scientists have modeled that we will cross the 2 degrees above pre-industrial temperature threshold by 2050, and that was based on all the countries that signed the Paris accords living up to their commitments. Of course with the election of a climate denier as president and the undoing of the far too modest measures that were passed under Obama, who knows what that means to the model. We could cross 2 degrees in less than twenty years? Once that threshold is crossed, apparently, it’s far more difficult to slow down and reverse the process. Dramatic action is needed now. But it’s far down the list of things that get discussed in corporate media. According Media Matters, in the 2016 elections, the four major broadcast channels gave climate change 96 minutes of coverage, and those numbers included Fox who promotes climate denial.

According to a Yale poll, only 13% of people know that more than 90% of scientists believe humans activity causes climate change. Of course, it’s more like 97% of scientists. When it comes to voting, its barely on anyones radar. Yet it is clearly the gravest threat humans have ever faced.

You would think that the elites would find it in their own interest to take action given the apocalyptic consequences of denial or feeble action. But effective policy requires taking on the fossil fuel industry and committing to a green and sustainable economy. Clearly it will require strengthening the role of the public sector and democratizing the political process. It requires changing how things are owned and who has power. Even modest reforms are almost impossible as most of the elites care more about lowering taxes than saving the planet. They are not fit to rule.

Artificial Intelligence is here and rapidly advancing. It will soon produce a world with millions less jobs. Truck and taxi drivers to doctors to you name the occupation, it won’t be long before the top twenty percent of the population, won’t need most of the 80%. If you are a capitalist, a world with massive unemployment might not seem to be so bad, workers trying to compete agains the cost of robots.

The digital revolution makes all this possible. It’s allowed the process of financialization and globalization to grow to a qualitatively greater scale. Imagine creating complex financial products with a pencil and paper. There’s no Amazon or Walmart without computers to create such a beautifully efficient global supply chain. And of course, to play cheap global labor off against American workers which has basically stalled wage increases and hollowed much of the industrial working class.

Why can’t the ruling elites deal with the systemic threats of climate change, financial crisis, global war, and AI? Threats to the future of their own system?  Because they are in the middle of an o r g y of profit making. They can’t believe their good fortune. If they had any doubts before the election, Wall St. now loves Trump. Even though most of finance knows that unregulated, it’s only a matter of time before the crisis of 07/08 repeats itself. But what the hell, no one will go to jail and the public will bail them out again.

Wall St. is euphoric as they swim in an ocean of super wealth. While the financial sector represents about 7 percent of our economy it takes around 25 percent of all corporate profit, with only 4 percent of all jobs. With such concentrated wealth goes a competitive culture that prizes daily returns on capital, above the future of humans on earth. These are the people that control American politics as they throw unlimited funds at political campaigns.

The threat of climate crisis? The elites believe, if they actually think beyond their private jets and yachts, that they will be ok. Their kids will be ok, even their grandkids. And then? Apres Moi le Deluge. After me comes the floods said Louis the XV. In Maryland we just saw much of a city washed away, and it’s surely the shape of things to come.

I think potential of Artificial Intelligence is why the elites who think about such things, are not more alarmed by climate change. Rather than take the necessary measures to transform the economy to one that’s green and sustainable, they are planning to literally head for the hills. They have escape plans. They imagine cities on the hill serviced by robots. It’s the stuff of science fiction, but it’s on the horizon. Their greatest fear is not the cataclysmic destruction of the rest of humanity, but that AI will take over from the humans. Frankly, in that world, I’m rooting for the robots. This ruling class is not fit to rule. We must tell people the whole truth.

Those individuals in the elites who do see what’s coming and are trying to sound the alarm, and there are more than a few, are marginalized.

Of course, corporate media plays a critical role in all of this. They are far too concerned about Russia Gate and Trump’s tweet storms than the critical issues that face us. For obvious ratings reasons, but one wonders how the producers and journalists that play this game live with themselves.

Everything comes down as always, to a simple question. If we have no faith in the ruling elites, and we shouldn’t, then we the people have to change who controls government and build the public sector to challenge the power of the oligarchy. Our job at The Real News is as best we can, tell people the whole truth. The lead up to the 2020 elections will be a critical time to tell this truth. The outcome of those elections can’t be overestimated.

As much as the digital revolution helped create a vile stratum of the ultra-rich, it’s also created the conditions for a more democratic economy and politics. The Sanders campaign has shown that the political structures that were built to look democratic because the power of billionaires would always win out, can be challenged with mass fundraising. Online organizing and social media has transformed political campaigning and made it less reliant on funds for TV ads. The internet allowed independent media to challenge the power of concentrated media ownership, it made The Real News possible. We are just seeing the early phase of what’s possible.

Most importantly, Artificial Intelligence makes a planned and rational economy possible. You can’t have a planned national economy with a pencil and paper, we’ve seen what bureaucracy that led to in the Soviet Union.  But AI gives us the promise of a planned, green and sustainable economy. In fact, massive planned economies already exist. Amazon or Walmart are superbly planned and rational, with an efficient global supply chain that interconnects production everywhere. Superbly planned, internally, as the economy and politics around them become increasingly insane. The problem is the tremendous promise of AI is being strangled by private ownership whose only objective is profit. Scientist Stephen Hawking said control of AI is in the end, the greatest fight we have before us. The fight to harness AI in the public interest can’t be separated from the fight to develop a rational climate policy or a more equitable society.

All over the country and the world people are organizing, fighting for such change. People are in action, at the ballot box and in the streets, to assert the people’s interests. At the Real News we want to strengthen our coverage of these movements, enrich our work on the search for effective solutions, and focus on reaching working people who rarely hear about the big picture in corporate news.

We will redouble our efforts to build our global Climate Crisis Bureau. We are building on our stellar coverage of global affairs, with a focus on US foreign and military policy. We are going hyper local in Baltimore, connecting the daily struggle for a safe and more equitable city with the systemic reasons for chronic poverty and unemployment. Soon we will go local in southern Pennsylvania, covering a congressional race where a progressive Democrat is taking on a Trump supporter. Here we will cover the issues of concern to people who voted for Trump and engage people in the search for real solutions.

And in whatever we do, we will do our best to tell people the whole truth. But we can’t do it without you. It’s critical that we have the funds to strengthen our content and our marketing reach. If you agree with what I’ve said so far, please hit the donate button now. Write a check. Make a phone call. In the US and Canada, the donation is tax deductible. If you are already a donor, thanks very much, and think about donation again. If you are not a monthly subscriber, during our matching grant campaign is the time to sign up. If you give monthly, our matching grant will match a year’s worth of donations. Help us tell people the whole truth. Help us Make Real News.

https://therealnews.com/stories/the-billionaire-class-is-not-fit-to-rule-paul-jay

 For the latest verision of Apex Predators,Tomorrow is Yesterday...

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 22, 2018, 07:51:47 pm »



June 22, 2018

#Energiewende #Government #Industrial policy

Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung

Heavy industry employers’ association criticises German government for inaction in energy policy

The German government currently administers past achievements and fails to set new impulses in economic and energy policy to ensure that the current economic upswing can be sustained, Rainer Dulger, head of the heavy industry employers’ association Gesamtmetall, says in an interview with the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung. “In many areas, they simply tick boxes of the coalition treaty.

If we criticise something, we only hear ‘What do you want? Things are working just fine’.” But apart from the economy, nothing is fine,” Dulger says. “The Energiewende is utter shambles,” he says, arguing that Germany shuns an inevitable public debate over changing its fundamental approach.

http://www.haz.de/Nachrichten/Wirtschaft/Niedersachsen/Gesamtmetall-Praesident-Rainer-Dulger-prangert-fehlenden-Reformeifer-der-Bundesregierung-an

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 19, 2018, 09:08:43 pm »

Time to Wake Up: Polar Distress: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (June 2018)

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 19, 2018, 06:14:41 pm »


Climate & Extreme 🔥 🌩 💧 🌪 Weather News #125 (5th-13th June 2018)


Understanding Climate Change

Published on Jun 13, 2018
00:27 Germany: Meiningen, Kaiserslautern & Dudeldorf flash floods
04:53 France: Bretuil, Chaponnay & Salies-de-Bearn flash floods
10:43 Bulgaria: Varna flash flood
11:02 Slovakia: Bratislava flash flood
11:29 Spain: Sitges flash flood
13:04 Italy: Bussoleno mudslide & Rosta hailstorm/flash flood
17:20 Slovenia: Crnomelj hailstorm
18:56 Austria: Neunkinchen flash flood
19:52 China: Typhoon Ewiniar & Guangdong floods
22:39 India: Northern storms
23:06 Bangladesh: Floods
24:10 Mexico: Guadalajara & Papantla flash floods
28:11 Panama: Panama City flash flood
29:01 The USA: The 416 Wildfire
30:28 New Zealand: North Island storm
30:59 Temp Data: inc. C3S May, June anomalies & anomaly forecasts
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 19, 2018, 05:39:47 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: This is a refreshingly objective analysis of Guy McPherson's prediction and the actual threats to civilization from Catastrophic Climate Change.

Global Glacier, Arctic and Antarctic Ice decline, CO2 pollution and global dimming are covered factually.

Denier myths like "a new ice age is coming because the sun is getting weaker" and "human civilzation (i.e. burning fossil fuels) caused GHG emissions are not warming the atmosphere" baloney exposed with facts.

This man is a prepper with all his scienctific facts ducks in a row. He backs what he says with scientifc data.

He agrees that civilization collapse is near but he does NOT agree that it will happen on Guy's timetable. 

It is well worth the 30 minutes of this video to listen to him and view his slide presentation.

Society to COLLAPSE September 2018...Probably
 


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Published on Jun 11, 2018

Guy McPherson believes industrial global society will probably collapse this September (in three months!)
This will lead to an abrupt rise in global temperatures due to global dimming being turned off and the extinction of all humans by 2026 at the latest.

Super Climate Doomer or the only one who sees it as it is? You decide. Wide ranging talk here on this aspect of prepping.

If you decline to accept human caused climate change or if you embrace it this talk should offer you much food for thought.

I am intending to live and not doing much differently based on this news. Frankly I'll be shocked if it appears as predicted but if it does then it does.



Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 17, 2018, 06:35:56 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: If you have a few minutes to hear what the top scientists out there are saying to each other about our climate change situation, check this radio program out from Radio Echoshock. Basically, they are appealing to philanthropists because scientists are convinced that governments are living in "we'll think of something" happy talk la la land.

Posted on June 6, 2018

SNIPPET 1:

Welcome to Radio Ecoshock. Later I’ll be talking with NASA scientist Matt Rodell about a new map of future Earth in a changed climate. Meanwhile, many European countries had the hottest May in over a hundred years or more. It’s hot and stormy, with hundreds of thousands of lightening strikes. But first this.

MICHAEL MIELKE: CLIMATE EMERGENCY, ECO-EMERGENCY

Are you already experiencing extreme climate change? We are. Around here, the new greatest record flood ever was just subsiding from homes and downtown streets – when the wildfires began. We had 90 degree heat in May (32 degrees C), in Canada. In the last few days mosquitoes have driven everyone inside. We don’t get mosquitoes here. Listeners in the American mid-West, the East Coast, and people around the world know what I’m talking about. We are getting worn down, and the real impacts of climate change are still ahead.

Why are world leaders still talking about 1.5 degrees C global warming as though that was still possible? Why is the American government calling it all a hoax? Why isn’t the media warning everyone, every day?

With too many questions I can’t answer, I called up a lifeline. Micheal Mielke calls himself a “Cultural Transformation Engineer”. He was the Executive Director for a movement that became the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act for Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, passed by Congress.

SNIPPET 2:

THE CORPORATE WORLD 💵 🎩 – SILENT PARTNERS 🙉 🙊 TO CLIMATE CATASTROPHE 🏴‍☠️

Disney Corporation and ABC shut down the Roseanne Barr show, due to her racist Tweets. It took them just a few hours to do it. But all the major media companies rake in billions of advertising dollars promoting gas-burning cars and trucks designed to emit greenhouse gases for at least another 20 years. What’s wrong with that picture?  >:(

We can understand why the Koch Brothers bribe politicians, or at least fund their elections, to keep their oil profits rolling in. But what about the other corporations? Their investors and CEO’s have kids who need a livable future. So do their customers. Why can’t corporate America, corporate Europe, or Japan, or business everywhere plan for salvation of the climate and the species?

DRAGON AND DELUSIONS

In May 2018 Michael and the Association for the Tree of Life released a new ebook titled “Climate and Ecological Delusions and Contradictions That Will Rapidly End Humanity 🏴‍☠️ …Unless…”It is free to anyone online. The MAHB site at Stanford immediately published a shorter summary piece, and Resilience.org picked it up too.

We Are All in the Clutches of the Delusion Dragon
 
It’s time to accept that we are not going to dislodge the entrenched interests holding back effective action on looming climate chaos by any means tried so far. Believing that 97% of credible scientists is consensus enough is 103% short for effective response.

KEVIN ANDERSON AND THE AMERICA CLIMATE EMERGENCY SUMMIT THAT NEVER WAS…

Many of my scientific guests, including Kevin Anderson, point to plenty of delusions and contradictions. But as Michael tells us, science alone cannot disable the suicide switch built into this civilization. The Chair of ATL met with Dr. Kevin Anderson at the Paris Climate Summit in 2015. Michael told me in an email:

“Following that, we were involved with a large effort, coordinated with Bernie Sanders during the campaign, (Bernie twice mentioned “mobilizing for climate” during the campaign), to have a “climate summit,” during the first 100 days of a Clinton Administration.

Russell Green was the key person, and he had over 20,000 people and organizations behind him (including our ATL), and with Clinton’s agreement and Sander’s causing it to happen, the Democratic Platform contained that Climate Summit. I asked Kevin to chair the Summit from the scientific perspective, and he agreed.”


Of course, when Donald Trump 🦀 was elected, the American emergency Climate Summit never happened, and the Donald withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Accord. A world-changing opportunity was missed, with costs too big to calculate.

Full free podcast interview:

https://www.ecoshock.org/2018/06/calling-a-lifeline.html
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 17, 2018, 04:36:58 pm »

The following sea level rise is baked in. Absolutely nothing that is done, no matter how gigantic the effort, will stop this from happening.

That does not mean we should not try, but any Climate Change mitigating  effort must be based on preserving the biosphere for future generations. It's too late to stop this and the next TWO generations from experiencing massive, worldwide Catastrophic Climate Change.

The timing of this sea level rise is still in question, but its inevitability, due to the PRESENT amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, is not. 👨‍🔬


The Fossil Fuel Industry, and those who presently profit from using fossil fuels, do not care.

Tomorrow is Yesterday...

Short term profit is ALL the Fossil Fuel Industry, and those who presently profit from using fossil fuels, care about, period.


Full Fledged 5 Alarm Climate Emergency In Antarctica

June 16th, 2018 by Steve Hanley

Using the Earth as a community toilet is finally having the effects scientists have been warning us about for decades. But as the Earth burns, our leaders have fiddled, frittering away nearly every chance to rein in the destruction before it is too late. Now the point of no return may be upon us.


The latest report — known as the “Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-Comparison Exercise” — was published in the journal Nature on June 13. It collects input from 84 climate scientists at 44 institutions around the world. The researchers used three different ways of measuring ice loss on the world’s southernmost continent.


Three Measurements, One Result

First, according to The Atlantic, they measured the gravity field of the Antarctic ice sheet. We rarely think of ice as having a gravitational effect but it does, just like the moon. Satellites like those used in the NASA’s GRACE program can measure that gravitational field from space.

Second, researchers aimed radar and lasers at the surface of Antarctica to detect its surface altitude, which they can then combine with knowledge of ice physics and topography to compute its balance. Third, by measuring the velocity of moving glaciers (often with GPS), researchers can calculate how much snow is being added to a glacier and how much is disappearing into the sea.

Antarctica ice loss

“These are completely independent data sets,” Beata Csatho, a geophysics professor at the University of Buffalo, tells The Atlantic. “We didn’t know until a few weeks ago where our results would sit relative to each other. It was a very nice surprise to see our results sitting right where they should be.”

“This is the gold standard in terms of demonstrating that ice sheets are changing,” adds Robin Bell, a professor of geophysics at Columbia University, who was not involved in the paper. “You have three measurements, three approaches, from three different instruments, and they all show pretty much the same thing.

Rate Of Ice Loss Is Accelerating

What they show is that the rate of ice loss in Antarctica has tripled in the past 5 years. Rob DeConto, a professor of climatology at the University of Massachusetts, refers to a chart showing the amount of ice lost over time. “If you look at the figure — it’s not a straight line going down, it’s like a downward-bending banana,” he tells The Atlantic. “That’s acceleration. You don’t have to be a statistician to see the pace of mass loss is increasing.”

The pace of change in Antarctica is not uniform across the continent. The fastest losses are appearing in two glaciers in western Antarctica known as Thwaites and Pine Island. If the pace of melting continues unabated, a phenomenon known as marine ice cliff instability may occur, sending the ice in those areas tumbling into the sea. The result could be as much as a 4.5 foot rise in global sea levels by 2100, putting more than 150 million US homes underwater. That got Bill McKibben’s attention.

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 Truly truly distressing news from the Antarctic today, where a new study finds ice loss has tripled over the last decade.

That's a strong sign that things are coming unglued, and that we need to act very fast to go fossil-freehttps://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2018/06/13/antarctic-ice-loss-has-tripled-in-a-decade-if-that-continues-we-are-in-serious-trouble/?utm_term=.db5177bdfc52 …

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Antarctic ice loss has tripled in a decade. If that continues we are in serious trouble. washingtonpost.com
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The east coast of the United States is particularly vulnerable because of gravity. We don’t normally think of ice and gravity together, but the volume of ice in the Thwaites and Pine Island glaciers is so huge, it exerts a gravitational tug on the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, drawing some to that area just as the moon affects the tides. If those glaciers melt, the effect on the east coast will be amplified by 25%.

Rob DeConto, a professor of climatology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, tells The Atlantic, “This should get people’s attention, especially here in North America. This little hook where the ice is going into the ocean, it’s at the worst possible place in terms of its impacts on North America. For every centimeter [of sea-level rise] from West Antarctica, Boston feels one and a quarter centimeters. And that extends down the East Coast.”

An Anomaly Exploited

The professional climate deniers funded by the Koch brothers  and the fossil fuel industry 🐉🦕 🦖 have seized on an anomaly in the data to claim all this melting ice emergency is just a bunch of hooey cooked up by climate scientists eager to keep the research funding flowing. In East Antarctica, there has actually been an uptick in the thickness of the ice this century — proof, these charlatans proclaim, that the whole climate change thing is giant hoax.

The most recent data shows that trend had ended and a decrease in ice thickness had begun. “East Antarctica has begun to contribute to sea-level rise,” DeConto. “It’s actually become a source now. That’s where most of the ice is — it’s vastly bigger than West Antarctica.”

If West Antarctica ice melt can add over 4 feet to global ocean levels, what will the effect be if melting occurs in a part of Antarctica that is “vastly bigger?” The answer to that question seems painfully obvious. The video below makes the consequences clear.


Try to imagine what will happen when all the people who live in areas of the United States where rising sea levels will inundate their homes are forced to move. Will the people in the rest of the country welcome them with open arms? Will the United States even survive as a nation when large chunks of its territory sink below the waves?

Will this new study spark action to stop burning fossil fuels? It didn’t seem to have had much impact on the leaders of the G6 + 1 in Canada last week, who issued a weasel-worded statement about trying really, really hard to meet the goals of the Paris climate accords. And it certainly won’t have any effect on Charles and David Koch or the people who perseverate on Hillary’s emails.

If the history of humanity is any guide, the chances of the world coming to its senses to combat global warming any time soon are somewhere between slim and none. The only thing that will save us from ourselves is if combating climate change becomes profitable. Then and only then will the world as we know it have a chance of surviving.

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/06/16/full-fledged-5-alarm-climate-emergency-in-antarctica/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 15, 2018, 01:28:52 pm »

When Did You Become Aware Of The Ongoing Collapse of Civilization?

I first became aware that Business as Usual (BAU) was a death sentence for human civilization by reading Counterpunch in the late 1990's.

I continue to be suspicous of the peak oil movement simply because it is a back door defense of massive price hikes in fossil fuels. The very idea that fossil fuels are "precious to civilization" is the height of Orwellian discourse. Yes, they boosted the standard of living for a period of time, but the COST of that boost has been, and increasingly is, degraded democracy, a SEVERELY degraded biosphere, strife, misery, slave wages, more wars, more pollution and eventual collapse. Fossil fuels were NEVER a "free lunch".


I will ALWAYS refuse to accept the BULLSHIT that those massively polluting fossil fuels are "precious" AND "indispensable" to the survival of human civilization.


I refuse to allow the peak oil meme to become a convenient "supply and demand" manufactured artificial scarcity excuse for the Profit over Planet BASTARDS 🐉🦕🦖 😈 👹, who got us into this mess in the first place, to profit even more.

 








Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 14, 2018, 05:30:00 pm »

Learn why climate Change, an existential threat, is not treated as an existential threat by most people plus the facts about several other important issues we all face.

Q & A: How & Why We Make Real News

Posted June 14, 2018


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 11, 2018, 10:10:20 pm »


Livestock Industry Greatly Underestimates Carbon Emissions, Endangering Paris Climate Agreement 🚩


June 11, 2018

By greatly underestimating their greenhouse gas emissions, the livestock industry is placing the Paris Climate Agreement in jeopardy because we do not know just how big an impact this industry is having on climate change

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DIMITRI LASCARIS: This is Dimitri Lascaris, reporting for The Real News Network from Montreal, Canada.

According to a groundbreaking index launched last week, meat and fish companies may be putting the implementation of the Paris climate accord in jeopardy by failing to properly measure and disclose their greenhouse gas emissions. According to the new index, which is named the Coller FAIRR Protein Producer Index, nearly three quarters of the world’s biggest meat and fish companies have provided little or no evidence to show that they are measuring or reporting their emissions.

Now here to discuss this with us is Maria Lettini. Maria is the director of the FAIRR initiative, an institutional investor network whose members manage assets of over $6 trillion. Maria has been working with investors for over 20 years, and within the sustainability space for over 8 years. At FAIRR she’s focused on helping investors understand and incorporate material, environmental, and social risks into their assessment of global food companies. And she joins us today from London, in the United Kingdom. Thank you very much for joining us today, Maria.

MARIA LETTINI: Thanks, Dimitri. It’s a pleasure to be here.

DIMITRI LASCARIS: Maria, Why don’t you start by telling us about the FAIRR initiative. Who established this initiative, and what is its mandate?

MARIA LETTINI: So, the FAIRR initiative is an institutional investor network. It was founded by Jeremy Coller, who’s the CIO and founder of Coller Capital, which is a private equity secondaries firm based here in London. Jeremy founded the initiative two years ago, really with the aim of providing information and research to institutional investors so they could better assess the risks in the intensive industrialized animal agriculture sector, and really explore opportunities to meet the needs of a growing population in a way that mitigates risks with human health sector and the environment.

DIMITRI LASCARIS: In the battle against climate change, how important would you say it is to ensure full disclosure by the livestock industry of its greenhouse gas emissions, and of limiting those emissions, as well?

MARIA LETTINI: I would say it’s absolutely crucial. You know, 14.55 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions come from the animal agriculture sector, and that’s more than the entire global transport sector. And if you include the inputs into the sector, so broader agricultural commodities, it’s over one third of global greenhouse gas emissions. So that’s, that’s huge. I mean, it also pays a contribution in that it’s the number one cause of deforestation, globally. And so not only are we cutting down forests and our carbon sinks, but we are contributing on top of that by the emissions from the sector itself. So it’s the number one user of arable land today, and also the number one cause of Amazon deforestation.

So the animal agriculture sector, you know, is contributing, but it’s also being impacted by climate change. So rising temperatures and increasing drought also impact this sector, and the fact that this affects animal productivity, as well as costs associated with growing the animals.

DIMITRI LASCARIS: And in your view, what are the most important takeaways for investors and policymakers from the index you’ve just launched?

MARIA LETTINI: I’d say that companies just purely are not publicly disclosing how they’re managing these risks. We think that that’s absolutely crucial to be able to understand the, the magnitude of the sector. So from antibiotic use and the overuse in this sector in order to prop up the system, to water use and manure management issues, and back to the emissions that you mentioned just previously, we need to understand how companies are managing this risk, these risks, and in this industry as a whole how, what the plan is in order to mitigate the risks across this entire sector. It’s important to, to realise that most of the sector isn’t disclosing as they should.

DIMITRI LASCARIS: How do you think governments should respond to the apparent failure of so many livestock companies to measure and their report their greenhouse gas emissions adequately?

MARIA LETTINI: I think governments have a lot to think about, because business as usual is not going to get us to a 2 degree scenario. In our index we’ve assessed that over 73 percent of the companies had little or no disclosure around greenhouse gas emissions, and only 4 percent of the companies actually reported emissions that were really associated with the animal agriculture production business. So for example, enteric fermentation. And I think the governments are really going to understand, need to understand the magnitude of the problem here. And corporate reporting is certainly the first step, before thinking about the various solutions and the transition pathways.

So, you know, I assume governments will be thinking about efficiency improvements such as looking at improved feed for livestock, or even changing product mixes. And so at FAIRR we talk a lot about plant-based proteins, and the move away from animal, animal protein products. And so I think governments will begin looking at consumption patterns, and taking into account the negative implications to human health posed by antibiotic overuse in the sector, or overconsumption of meat, and the greater, the growing incidence of disease. As well as other environmental impacts, such as air pollution from these farms, and increasing incidence of lung, of lung ailments resulting from communities around these farms.

So I really think that animal agriculture sitting at the very core of many of the risks associated with the food sector, and it will be a real light bulb moment, perhaps for the entire capital market, the government. You know, we see this sector influencing commodities, as well as producers in this index, but right downstream to the processors, the retailers, the restaurant chains, and our supermarkets. So really, the animal protein sector really sits at the core of all the capital markets, and certainly makes up a significant portion of investor portfolios.

DIMITRI LASCARIS: Well, we’ve been speaking to Maria Lettini, the director of the FAIRR initiative about a new index relating to greenhouse gas emission disclosure by livestock companies. Thank you very much for joining us today, Maria.

MARIA LETTINI: Thank you.

DIMITRI LASCARIS: And this is Dimitri Lascaris, reporting for The Real News Network.

https://therealnews.com/stories/livestock-industry-greatly-underestimates-carbon-emissions-endangering-paris-climate-agreement

Agelbert NOTE: The (not exceeding) 2º C target is also one of those wishful thinking scenarios that do not have a snowball's chance in hell of being adhered to. The meat industry is just one more polluter out there that is not doing ZIP to stop our headlong path to plus 4º C AND BEYOND before 2100, NOT AFTER.




Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 10, 2018, 08:50:08 pm »


https://www.wftv.com/news/trending-now/puerto-ricos-empty-shoes-public-demands-transparency-in-hurricane-maria-death-toll/761497993

PUERTO RICO – Over 400 pairs of empty shoes appeared in San Juan, Puerto Rico, outside the capital building on Friday.

It is a growing memorial to the hundreds of people presumed dead during or in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. This comes after a Harvard report published in the New England Journal of Medicineestimated that there were up to 4,600 more deaths than usual in the three months after Hurricane Maria.

Read: Study: Puerto Rico death toll ☠️ 4,600 higher post-Maria

Some independent experts questioned the methods and the number in that study.

Puerto Rico’s Institute of Statistics announced Friday that it has sued the U.S. territory’s health department and demographic registry, to obtain data on the number of deaths following Hurricane Maria, the AP reports.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello told CNN there would be “hell to pay” if officials do not release the death statistics.

The government released additional information Friday, saying an additional 1,397 overall deaths were reported in the aftermath of the storm, from September to December 2017, according to the Washington Post.

Officials have not released the cause of death in any of those cases.

A spokeswoman for the island’s health department, which oversees the demographic registry, did not respond to the AP’s request for comment.

Many officials and people in Puerto Rico believe the official death toll of 64 from Hurricane Maria is severely underestimated.

In February, Puerto Rico announced that a team of experts from George Washington University would lead an independent review of the official death count.

The group’s preliminary report was due before hurricane season began June 1, but the team has been granted more time. 
                                               

Az, Thank you for posting this. 

This is a tragic sign of things, far worse, to come due to Catastrophic Climate Change. 

I could not agree more. This is a vowel away from genocide. The kindest thing that could be said is that the death toll is a direct consequence of intentional neglect.

I will never forget that they sent the hospital ship "Comfort," and anchored the Bi tch offshore, the better to let innocents die. Fuc king Racist assholes...


You are exactly right. However, the mindset you described is not limited to the racists. 

The Nuevo Dia newspaper down there just posted a headline saying that, at last count, 68% of the those who died from Hurricane Maria were of "advanced age" (Edad Avanzada).

Quote
El Nuevo Día

El 68% de las muertes tras María fueron personas de edad avanzada | La boricua Alexandria Ocasio en carrera congresional por Nueva York

https://www.elnuevodia.com/

I guess that is anyone over 65. The hurricane helped eliminate a lot of pensioners. I imagine those fine upstanding banksters 😈 down there are pleased as punch to have less "useless eater" Puerto Ricans to interfere with their austerity measures to "help the economy" (the banksters 😈 are running the place, thanks to a US Court decision during the Obama Adminstration). Never mind that the pensioners who perished were school teachers or firemen or cops or road crews that worked 30 years to get that pension. So it goes.  :(
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 10, 2018, 05:31:56 pm »


https://www.wftv.com/news/trending-now/puerto-ricos-empty-shoes-public-demands-transparency-in-hurricane-maria-death-toll/761497993

PUERTO RICO – Over 400 pairs of empty shoes appeared in San Juan, Puerto Rico, outside the capital building on Friday.

It is a growing memorial to the hundreds of people presumed dead during or in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. This comes after a Harvard report published in the New England Journal of Medicineestimated that there were up to 4,600 more deaths than usual in the three months after Hurricane Maria.

Read: Study: Puerto Rico death toll ☠️ 4,600 higher post-Maria

Some independent experts questioned the methods and the number in that study.

Puerto Rico’s Institute of Statistics announced Friday that it has sued the U.S. territory’s health department and demographic registry, to obtain data on the number of deaths following Hurricane Maria, the AP reports.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello told CNN there would be “hell to pay” if officials do not release the death statistics.

The government released additional information Friday, saying an additional 1,397 overall deaths were reported in the aftermath of the storm, from September to December 2017, according to the Washington Post.

Officials have not released the cause of death in any of those cases.

A spokeswoman for the island’s health department, which oversees the demographic registry, did not respond to the AP’s request for comment.

Many officials and people in Puerto Rico believe the official death toll of 64 from Hurricane Maria is severely underestimated.

In February, Puerto Rico announced that a team of experts from George Washington University would lead an independent review of the official death count.

The group’s preliminary report was due before hurricane season began June 1, but the team has been granted more time. 
                                               

Az, Thank you for posting this. 

This is a tragic sign of things, far worse, to come due to Catastrophic Climate Change. 
 
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 10, 2018, 03:00:36 pm »

In the known Universe they're are 2 Rules.

1) Play Nice

2) Share your toys

Pretty basic .....




Quote
"Is not he a true philospher who, though he be unrecognized, cherishes no resentment?

What you do not wish done to yourself, do not do to others.

I will not grieve that others do not know me. I will grieve that I do not know others.

Do not wish for quick results, nor look for small advantages.

With coarse food to eat, water to drink, and my bended arm for a pillow, I still have joy in the midst of these things.

Riches and honor acquired by unrightiousness mean no more to me than the floating clouds."

Confucious (Kung Fu-tzu or Kung the Master) 551 B.C. - 479 B.C.

"Technical knowledge of Carrying Capacity will not save us; only a massive increase in Caring Capacity will." -- A. G. Gelbert
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 10, 2018, 12:17:49 pm »

If Venezuela continues to lose production, and price reacts as expected, US shale producers are just going to make a killing. They figured out how to continue to increase oil production at $50/bbl, goodness only knows what happens if they begin getting $100 or $150.

I sincerely hope Oil prices go above $100 or $150/bbl, but given the current situation in the Gulf fo Mexico ( Shell just opened a well they claim they can get gas from at SUPER cheap cost), the rapidly expanding Russian and other areas (excluding Venezuela , which is cratering) of fossil fuel production AND the cheap power from Wind and solar, that ain't gonna happen. The competition is just too fierce.

Shell Starts Production at Kaikias at $30 Break-Even Price 👀

June 1, 2018 by gCaptain

SNIPPET:

Shell Offshore, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, announced Thursday the early start of production at the first phase of Kaikias, which has an estimated peak production of 40,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d), around one-year ahead of schedule.

Shell says it has reduced costs by around 30% at this deep-water project since taking the investment decision in early 2017, lowering the forward-looking, break-even price to less than $30 per barrel of oil.

“We believe Kaikias is the most competitive subsea development in the Gulf of Mexico and a prime example of the deep-water opportunities we’re able to advance with our technical expertise and capital discipline,” said Andy Brown, Upstream Director, Royal Dutch Shell. “In addition to accelerating production for Kaikias, we reduced costs with a simplified well design and the incorporation of existing subsea and processing equipment.”

Kaikias is located in the prolific Mars-Ursa basin around 130 miles (210 kilometres) from the Louisiana coast and is owned by Shell (80% working interest), as operator, and MOEX North America LLC (20% working interest), a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui Oil Exploration Co., Ltd.

full article:

http://gcaptain.com/shell-starts-production-at-kaikias-at-30-break-even-price/

Unfortunately for the environment, (SEE: GUARANTEED Catastrophic climate Change ), there's a LOT more gas where that came from:  :P

Shell Makes Large Deepwater Discovery in U.S. Gulf of Mexico

May 25, 2018 by gCaptain

SNIPPET:

“Shell’s major, deep-water hubs are well positioned for production expansion through near-field exploration and additional subsea tiebacks,” the company says. “The company expects its global, deep-water production to exceed 900,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day by 2020, from already discovered, established areas.”

The Appomattox host platform is owned by Shell (79%) and Nexen Petroleum Offshore USA Inc. (21%).

Full article:

http://gcaptain.com/shell-makes-large-deepwater-discovery-in-u-s-gulf-of-mexico/


Also, THIS threat to all things fossil fuel is NOT going to go away, but will continue to effectively exert downward pressure on oil and gas prices.




June 8, 2018 by Bloomberg

Next Offshore Wind in U.S. Can Compete With Gas, Developer Says

By Jim Efstathiou Jr. (Bloomberg) — Massive offshore wind turbines keep getting bigger, and that’s helping make the power cheaper — to the point where developers say new projects in U.S. waters can compete with natural gas.

The price “is going to be a real eye-opener,” said Bryan Martin, chairman of Deepwater Wind LLC, which won an auction in May to build a 400-megawatt wind farm southeast of Rhode Island.

Deepwater built the only U.S. offshore wind farm, a 30-megawatt project that was completed south of Block Island in 2016. The company’s bid was selected by Rhode Island the same day that Massachusetts picked Vineyard Wind to build an 800-megawatt wind farm in the same area.

Bigger turbines that make more electricity have cut the cost per megawatt by about half, said Tom Harries, a wind analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. That also reduces maintenance expenses and installation time. All of this is helping offshore wind vie with conventional power plants.

See Also: Massachusetts, Rhode Island Award Major Offshore Wind Contracts

“You could not build a thermal gas plant in New England for the price of the wind bids in Massachusetts and Rhode Island,” Martin said Friday at the U.S. Offshore Wind Conference in Boston. “It’s very cost-effective for consumers.”

read more:

http://gcaptain.com/next-offshore-wind-in-u-s-can-compete-with-gas-developer-says/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 09, 2018, 06:35:05 pm »

The Big Wobble

Friday, 1 June 2018


Mexico burning! Life-threatening temperatures hitting 50 C (122 F) just 3.9 Celsius short of the hottest temperature ever recorded on our planet


Photo Servicio Meteorolico Mexico

A heat wave in Mexico that has increased temperatures to 50 C (122 F) in many areas has led authorities to declare a state of emergency, the country's National Weather Service (SMN) said Thursday.

According to the SMN, temperatures could rise to 50 C in the northern state of Sinaloa, the western state of Michoacan and the central state of Hidalgo, while temperatures in the rest of the country will exceed 30 C (113 F).

The SMN recommended residents to stay alert to announcements made by the National System of Civil Protection and by state and municipal authorities, as well as to take preventative measures such as staying hydrated and avoid excessive exposure to the sun.

Civil Protection declared a state of emergency in numerous municipalities throughout the country, allowing the use of federal funds to help states and local authorities assist residents during the heat wave.

The world's hottest ever temperature belongs to Death Valley at134.1 degrees (56.7 Celsius), set July 10, 1913, but Weather Underground does not believe it is a credible measurement:

Quote
“The record has been scrutinized perhaps more than any other in the United States,” “we don’t have much more to add to the debate aside from our belief it is most likely not a valid reading when one looks at all the evidence.”

If you discard the Death Valley record from 1913, the 129.2-degree F (53.9 Celsius) reading from Mitribah June 2016 would tie the world’s highest known temperature, also observed in Death Valley on June 30, 2013, and in Tirat Tsvi, Israel, on June 22, 1942.

But Masters says the Israeli measurement is controversial.

Posted by Gary Walton at 8:14 am

http://www.thebigwobble.org/2018/06/mexico-burning-life-threatning.html
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 09, 2018, 01:38:24 pm »

EcoWatch

Common Dreams

Jun. 08, 2018 07:44AM EST


Hottest Month of May🔥 Ever Recorded in U.S. 
By Jake Johnson

SNIPPET:

Surpassing a mark set during the peak of the Dust Bowl in 1934, the continental U.S. just had its hottest May on record thanks in large part to the human-caused climate crisis, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced on Wednesday.

"For May, the average contiguous U.S. temperature was 65.4°F, 5.2°F above the 20th century average," NOAA observed in its breakdown of the new data. "The first five months of 2018 were marked by large month-to-month swings in temperature, but when averaged, the contiguous U.S. temperature was 45.0°F, 1.6°F above the 20th century average and was the 21st warmest January-May on record."

"The warmth was coast-to-coast," Jake Crouch, a climate scientist with NOAA's National Center for Environmental Information, said in an interview with USA Today.

While acknowledging that tropical storms—in addition to other "climate anomalies"—played a role in driving up May's average temperature, Crouch told USA Today that the man-made climate change contributed significantly to the record-breaking heat.

read more:

https://www.ecowatch.com/monthly-temperatures-climate-change-2576246064.html


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 08, 2018, 06:36:29 pm »

Pruitt is a tool. I hope they tear him a new ass in court. I just have my doubts.

I agree that he is a pseudo-Christian. A very dangerous pseudo-Christian. One of your "Christians". I get it better than you think I do.

I can tell good people from bad people without to much trouble, generally speaking. I just don't usurp the authority to pass judgment on whether other people are good or evil.

And I believe that almost everyone is perfectly capable of evil, given the right circumstances. 

Yeah, I was being sarcastic. It's a character flaw, I know. But it's a way I have learned to deal with certain kinds of frustration. I see irony almost everywhere.

Good day to you, too. Have a nice weekend.


I am not "passing judgement" on you, Krauthammer or Pruitt. You are a good man who calls em' like he sees em'.

 So am I. Good day to you too.




June 8, 2018

Marine Heat Waves, Changing Ocean Currents and Capitalism’s Threat to Life

celebrate and honor the oceans. Today, the oceans are under increasing threat. They’re being degraded by human society, so on World Oceans Day and beyond, let us commit to preserving and protecting the oceans, the source and basis of planetary life.[/i][/color]

SNIPPET:

The Problems of Trump🦀 and Capitalism

Faced with this situation of potential ecological catastrophe, Trump and his allies who wield power in the US, lie that global warming is a fabrication, a hoax, or impossible to confirm. They deny the overwhelming evidence and cover over clearly demonstrated science. But this isn’t just a denial of reality, as bad as that is.

This is, as The New York Times journalist Justin Gillis said of Scott Pruitt’s 🦀 denial of climate change, a “civilization-threatening lie.” This is a conscious act that sows confusion, denies people knowledge and prevents them from being able to respond to the existential danger climate change represents.

Trump, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Interior Department and other agencies are moving as fully and as quickly as they can to overturn or eliminate every rule, regulation and barrier that stands in the way of fossil fuel 🐉🦕🦖 development and use.

Their goal is to protect the “freedom” of giant corporations to plunder the natural world to maximize their profitability, and to enhance US “energy dominance,” no matter the destruction it brings.

Full article:


https://truthout.org/articles/marine-heatwaves-changing-ocean-currents-and-capitalisms-threat-to-life/

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 08, 2018, 06:20:08 pm »




June 8, 2018

Marine Heat Waves, Changing Ocean Currents and Capitalism’s Threat to Life

SNIPPET 1:

June 8 is World Oceans Day, a day to celebrate and honor the oceans. Today, the oceans are under increasing threat. They’re being degraded by human society, so on World Oceans Day and beyond, let us commit to preserving and protecting the oceans, the source and basis of planetary life.

It would have been unthinkable not many years ago to imagine the impending death of the Great Barrier Reef. The world’s largest living structure and a world heritage site unsurpassed for its tremendous beauty, the Great Barrier Reef has been one of the planet’s most important ecosystems. Now, after consecutive years of prolonged, extreme marine heat waves in 2016 and 2017, one-half of the reef is dead.

Yet the reef, which has gone through immense challenges over millions of years of changing climates, is not entirely gone yet. Leading coral reef scientist Terry Hughes recently told the Guardian that, “The Great Barrier Reef is certainly threatened by climate change, but it is not doomed if we deal very quickly with greenhouse gas emissions. Our study shows that coral reefs are already shifting radically in response to unprecedented heatwaves.”

Further work from other research teams documented in April that globally, marine heat waves have increased in frequency and are of longer duration. Scientists from the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes and the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies published a study finding that between 1925 and 2016, marine heat waves occurred 34 percent more often, and lasted 17 percent longer. The result has been a 54 percent increase in the number of marine heat wave days happening each year globally.

The study brought together a range of ocean temperature data over the time period studied. Controlling for climate variability, the authors were able to determine that the increase in marine heat waves was related to an increase in sea surface temperature. “With more than 90 percent of the heat from human-caused global warming going into our oceans, it is likely marine heat waves will continue to increase,” said study co-author Neil Holbrook from the University of Tasmania.

The paper cites the impact of recent marine heat waves in a number of the world’s oceans, concluding that, “These events resulted in substantial ecological and economic impacts, including sustained loss of kelp forests, coral bleaching, reduced surface chlorophyll levels due to increased surface layer stratification, mass mortality of marine invertebrates due to heat stress, rapid long-distance species’ range shifts and associated reshaping of community structure, fishery closures or quota changes, and even intensified economic tensions between nations.”

The news of increasing ocean heat waves and their devastating impact is truly alarming, especially in connection with the many other signs of accelerating climate change and general ecological crisis, including in just the past several months.

Arctic, Antarctic Melt and the Ocean Conveyor Belt

An enormous waterfall gushes off the Nansen Ice Shelf. Credit: Jonathan Kingslake

SNIPPET 2:

The Problems of Trump🦀 and Capitalism

Faced with this situation of potential ecological catastrophe, Trump and his allies who wield power in the US, lie that global warming is a fabrication, a hoax, or impossible to confirm. They deny the overwhelming evidence and cover over clearly demonstrated science. But this isn’t just a denial of reality, as bad as that is.

This is, as The New York Times journalist Justin Gillis said of Scott Pruitt’s 🦀 denial of climate change, a “civilization-threatening lie.” This is a conscious act that sows confusion, denies people knowledge and prevents them from being able to respond to the existential danger climate change represents.

Trump, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Interior Department and other agencies are moving as fully and as quickly as they can to overturn or eliminate every rule, regulation and barrier that stands in the way of fossil fuel 🐉🦕🦖 development and use.

Their goal is to protect the “freedom” of giant corporations to plunder the natural world to maximize their profitability, and to enhance US “energy dominance,” no matter the destruction it brings.

Full article:


https://truthout.org/articles/marine-heatwaves-changing-ocean-currents-and-capitalisms-threat-to-life/

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 08, 2018, 05:40:17 pm »


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June 7, 2018



Judge Rules Pruitt🦖 Must Provide Evidence for his Climate Denial

Remember last March, when Pruitt’s scandal du jour wasn’t about trying to get himself a used mattress or his wife a fast food gig or wasting money on fancy pens or any of the other 10 scandals this month? Remember when all we were concerned about was how he said climate change wasn’t caused by human activity?

As it turns out, a federal judge hasn’t let herself be distracted by the increasingly outrageous revelations against Pruitt from that original concern. On Friday, US District Court judge Beryl Howell ordered the EPA to produce the evidence upon which Pruitt based his comments.

This could be a tall order, because, of course, there is no good evidence to suggest humans aren’t driving climate change. At least none solid enough to hold up in court.

But tobacco lobbyist-turned-fossil-fuel-defender-turned-shadow-EPA-admin Steve Milloy isn’t worried. He suggested on Twitter that Heartland’s climate report is all the proof Pruitt needs for the judge. 

Unfortunately for Milloy, a quick Google on that report brings up all sorts of reasons why it’s not going to pass any sort of courtroom scrutiny. Despite being named after the IPCC, Heartlands Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) report clearly lacks the credibility of its namesake. And it doesn’t take a law degree and years on the judicial bench to smell the BS: the school teachers who received the report in a mass spamming last year quickly saw through the sham.

As well they should. Heartland has issued NIPCC reports for years now and the content of each report relies on already-debunked denier talking points. For example, RealClimate debunked the 2008 report by pointing to pre-existing rebuttals. The 2009 and 2011 reports were overrun with cherrypicks, the 2013 report was zombie science, 2014’s was a joke, and 2016 took a fruitless run at the consensus.

And let’s not forget that deniers have already tried, and failed, to prove their denial in court. Perhaps, then, the courtroom will house the Red Team attack on climate science Pruitt has long tried to get going. But instead of being used to attack regulations, Pruitt will be playing defense.

Looks like Pruitt might get a chance to go to the mattresses after all.  

https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060083483

I saw that about the judge. I have my doubt as to whether he'll be held to any kind of high standard, but it'll be interesting to see.

Maybe he'll quote 2nd Peter Chapter 3 verse 10 and say global warming is God's Will.

Which it might be.


Pruitt 🦀 is a pseudo-Christian, not a Christian. You have difficulties differentiating between the two. I get that. I get that you are, perhaps  ;), just being sarcastic because I pulled on your Kratuhammer praise "chain". 

You sir, know quiite well that Judeo-Christian Scripture is not a valid proof of just about anything, except, perhaps some mens rea , in a court of law, never mind  Climate Change Denial.

Pruitt 👹 is a Kochroach!


That said, it is true that Lawyer Pruitt is an old hand at legaleze duplicity, routine perjury, double talk and evasive bullshit. So, he can probably avoid being forced to admit, for at least a year, that Climate Change is REAL and caused by Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.
 
I get that too. Have a nice day.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 08, 2018, 04:52:00 pm »


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June 7, 2018



Judge Rules Pruitt🦖 Must Provide Evidence for his Climate Denial

Remember last March, when Pruitt’s scandal du jour wasn’t about trying to get himself a used mattress or his wife a fast food gig or wasting money on fancy pens or any of the other 10 scandals this month? Remember when all we were concerned about was how he said climate change wasn’t caused by human activity?

As it turns out, a federal judge hasn’t let herself be distracted by the increasingly outrageous revelations against Pruitt from that original concern. On Friday, US District Court judge Beryl Howell ordered the EPA to produce the evidence upon which Pruitt based his comments.

This could be a tall order, because, of course, there is no good evidence to suggest humans aren’t driving climate change. At least none solid enough to hold up in court.

But tobacco lobbyist-turned-fossil-fuel-defender-turned-shadow-EPA-admin Steve Milloy isn’t worried. He suggested on Twitter that Heartland’s climate report is all the proof Pruitt needs for the judge. 

Unfortunately for Milloy, a quick Google on that report brings up all sorts of reasons why it’s not going to pass any sort of courtroom scrutiny. Despite being named after the IPCC, Heartlands Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) report clearly lacks the credibility of its namesake. And it doesn’t take a law degree and years on the judicial bench to smell the BS: the school teachers who received the report in a mass spamming last year quickly saw through the sham.

As well they should. Heartland has issued NIPCC reports for years now and the content of each report relies on already-debunked denier talking points. For example, RealClimate debunked the 2008 report by pointing to pre-existing rebuttals. The 2009 and 2011 reports were overrun with cherrypicks, the 2013 report was zombie science, 2014’s was a joke, and 2016 took a fruitless run at the consensus.

And let’s not forget that deniers have already tried, and failed, to prove their denial in court. Perhaps, then, the courtroom will house the Red Team attack on climate science Pruitt has long tried to get going. But instead of being used to attack regulations, Pruitt will be playing defense.

Looks like Pruitt might get a chance to go to the mattresses after all.  

https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060083483
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 07, 2018, 05:58:55 pm »

Another from the Greatest Hits Collection.

The secretive Bilderberg elite are worried about the 'post-truth' world


The key topics for discussion at this year's meeting were published by its organizers Wednesday, giving an insight into what are deemed the most pressing issues in global affairs:

1. Populism in Europe

2. The inequality challenge

3. The future of work

4. Artificial intelligence

5. The U.S. before midterms

6. Free trade

7. U.S. world leadership

8. Russia

9. Quantum computing

10. Saudi Arabia and Iran

11. The "post-truth" world

12. Current events

Some issues like the rise of anti-establishment politics and populism in Europe, persistent inequality, the West's trick relationship with a resurgent Russia and Saudi Arabia and Iran's emnity have been around for a while. Others, like the rise of artificial intelligence and quantum computing, reflect uncertainty over mankind's relationship with technology.



They should be worried. They caused the problem and it will no doubt eventually bite them squarely on the ass. I can't wait.

Me, too.

Of all of the issues listed, the pone that has me perched on the top step of the dugout is AI. There is a reason the smartest guys in the room are worried about it. We have already fully demonstrated that our tech achievements have far outstripped our moral capacity. Doesn't take a whole lot of intellegence, artificial or no, to determine that a machine capable of learning from experience and refining its own algos could soon come to the conclusion that the solution to the problems of resource constraints on earth was to eliminate the resource consumers.

A couple of your ago, you may recall that someone made a computer that could master Go, which I understand is more complex than chess. In it, each player deploys pieces placed alternately on an initially empty board with victory going to the side that immobilizes their opponent by more effectively controlling territory.

The machine said, learned to master Go by training itself through practice, playing countless games against itself, learning from its mistakes and refining its algorithms accordingly. Over time it exceeded the skills of its human mentors. And in the fullness of time, an AI program named AlphaGo defeated the world’s greatest Go players.

Consider this as you reflect on the implications of self-learning machines—machines that acquired knowledge by processes particular to themselves, and apply that knowledge to ends unknown to us. Would such machines learn to communicate with one another? You read about the Facebook AI experiment with chatbots that the FB engineers had to shut down, because the bots were developing their own language.

Maybe I'm just superstitious, but every hackle in me raises at the prospect of a for all intents and purposes unsupervised technology which trains itself and keeps its own counsel. We might soon find ourselves like the Aztecs of Old Mexico, confronting armored Gods who are ten feet tall riding on massive animals, and who can point a stick and with a BOOM! end a life. Faced with a Spanish culture both awe-inspiring and incomprehensible, the natives were as children.

So may we be.


Well said.  AI can easily get out of control simply because the speed of action is so blindingly fast once a decision is arrived at. The Bilderbergers wouldn't mind a few billion of we-the-people getting bumped off by an armada of drones tasked with "balancing  planetary food resource demand" for the good of humanity, of course 😇 (). The problem for the elite parasites with their obligatory mega-sized carbon footprints is that AI has this peculiar habit of thinking things through and just might decide to bump off those that have the highest carbon footprint FIRST, as a matter of efficiency and logic 🤖




However, considering what the Bilderbergers consider to be a 'Present-Truth' world, I think it is rather Orwellian of them to be concerned about a 'Post-Truth' world. Their concern has always been about making sure the TRUTH was NOT known about how elites have irresponsibly and mindlessly plundered the people and the environment for centuries. That has not changed, despite the headline.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 07, 2018, 05:20:15 pm »


Hurricanes Getting Sluggish

Hurricanes are moving more slowly than they once did, allowing them to do more damage over a given area, according to new research. A study published Wednesday in the journal Nature finds that tropical cyclone speeds have slowed by 10 percent worldwide between 1949 and 2016.

While the study is based on past observations and does not directly address causation, lead author James Kossin of NOAA and other scientists told several outlets that the findings are consistent with what can be expected as the planet warms.

The research comes the same week as Houston officials release their final report on Hurricane Harvey, which finds that the combination of the🌧 1 trillion gallons dumped on the city and the spatial coverage of the storm "have never been experienced across the United States since reliable records have been kept."
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/06/hurricanes-cyclones-move-slower-drop-more-rain-climate-change-science/


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 05, 2018, 08:22:12 pm »

CleanTechnica

Carbon Bubble About To Burst, Leaving Trillions In Stranded Assets Behind, Claims New Research

June 5th, 2018 by Steve Hanley

Figures lie and liars figure, but if the figures presented by researchers from Radboud University, the University of Cambridge/C-EENRG, Cambridge Econometrics, The Open University, and the University of Macau and published in the journal Nature Climate Change this week are correct, the transition from fossil fuels to renewables is now unstoppable whether nations adhere to their commitments under the Paris climate accords or not.

In the wake of such change, assets valued at trillions of dollars will become stranded as what the researchers call the “carbon bubble” collapses, leading to global economic instability similar to what the world experienced in 2007.

The researchers used advanced computer modeling techniques to arrive at their conclusions. Such techniques have come under fire from fossil fuel advocates, who accuse climate scientists of cooking their research to fit their preconceived notions. We here at CleanTechnica believe the opposite is true.

“If countries keep investing in equipment to search for, extract, process and transport fossil fuels, even though their demand declines, they will end up losing money on these investments on top of their losses due to limited exports,” explains lead author J F Mercure of Radboud University and C-EENRG.


“Countries should instead carefully deflate the carbon bubble through investment in a variety of industries and steady divestment. The way in which this is done will determine the impact of the ongoing low-carbon transition on the financial sector.”

Hector Pollitt, study co-author from Cambridge Econometrics and C-EENRG, adds: “This new research clearly shows the mismatch between the reductions in fossil fuel consumption required to meet carbon targets and the behavior of investors. Governments have an important role to play in emphasizing commitments to meet the Paris Agreement to ensure that the significant detrimental economic and geopolitical consequences we have identified are avoided.”

Just this week, 288 of the world’s largest investors wrote a joint letter to world leaders attending the G7 conference in Toronto calling on them to close coal power generating stations, stop subsidizing fossil fuels, and ramp up their carbon reduction policies in accordance with their commitments to each other in Paris in 2015.

Examining the impacts of new low and zero emissions technology on multiple countries, the computer modeling suggests countries that continue to base their economies on fossil fuel exploration, use, and export will suffer the most economic harm when the carbon bubble bursts. “This means that by 2035, GDP growth is affected negatively in producer countries such as the US and Russia, while it is affected positively in importing countries such as the EU and China,” Dr. Mercure says.

The researchers say in their report, “New efficiency standards imply that we do more with the same amounts of energy, as older, less efficient technologies are gradually phased out. The transition is therefore irreversible; however its pace can vary according to whether and how new climate policies are implemented.”

The best way to avoid economic damage when the carbon bubble bursts is to start reducing carbon emissions early.

“Divestment is a prudential thing to do. We should be carefully looking at where we are investing our money. For instance, much like companies, pension funds and other institutions currently invest in fossil fuel assets. Following recommendations from central banks, commercial banks are increasingly looking at the financial risks of stranded fossil fuel assets, even though their possible impacts have not yet been fully determined.”

“Until now, observers mostly paid attention to the likely effectiveness of climate policies, but not to the ongoing and effectively irreversible technological transition. This level of ‘creative destruction’ appears inevitable now and must be carefully managed,” Mercure concludes.

It should be noted that the United States under Donald Trump is racing ahead with a plan to become the largest fossil fuel exporter in the world, which is one step in the process of making America great again, according to the wisdom of the polluter in chief. If the researchers are correct, that policy will ultimately bankrupt the United States and allow other nations to amplify their influence in the world as the sun slowly sets on the American Empire.


We may not find out which view of the future is correct for a decade or two, but the scientific evidence suggests the US has chosen the wrong road and is speeding headlong toward a financial cliff. “We’ll see,” said the Zen master.  :(

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/06/05/carbon-bubble-about-to-burst-leaving-trillions-in-stranded-assets-behind-claims-new-research/

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 04, 2018, 02:29:28 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: The wild swings in weather are part of increasingly Catastrophic Climate Change.

We lost a good percentage of plants last night. 3 days ago, we had record highs of 34c. Last night we hit below freezing. and that will continue to happen for the week.

No one here needs to hear my explanation of why the weather extremes.

MrsC5 woke me, in a bit of a manic mood, saying, she wanted part two of the house greenhouse built next year and that she wants to bring the storm proof schoolbus greenhouse into production next year. She then got on the phone to start ordering the next shipping container.

Sucks to be right all the time and waiting for others to catch up.

I'll use the cool weather to finish getting the firewood in.

Then I will move on to strengthening the main greenhouse because I know the big winds are coming as part of that weather chaos.... and I better start making a game plan as to how to anchor the shipping containers to the ground.

I better get some calories in me and another coffee and get onto the days labor ahead.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 30, 2018, 09:05:05 pm »

Here's more info on the uncounted dead in Puerto Rico:

Puerto Rico’s Uncounted Dead: Study Says Hurricane Maria Toll Far Higher Than Official Count (Pt. 1/2)

May 29, 2018

A Harvard study has found that at least 4,645 people have died as a result of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, 70 times more than Puerto Rico officials claim. We speak to Omaya Sosa, co-founder of Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism, who first reported  the government’s official death toll was underreported.

Story Transcript
AARON MATÉ: It’s The Real News, I’m Aaron Maté. When he visited Puerto Rico in October, President Trump lauded what he called, the “low death toll” from Hurricane Maria.

DONALD TRUMP: Every death is a horror. But if you look at a real catastrophe, like Katrina, and you look at the tremendous hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died, and you look at what happened here with really a storm that was just totally overpowering, nobody’s ever seen anything like this. What is your death count as of this moment, seventeen? Sixteen people certified, sixteen people, versus in the thousands. You can be very proud of all of your people, all of our people working together. Sixteen versus literally thousands of people.

AARON MATÉ: But for months, Puerto Rico’s residents and experts have warned that the death toll has been vastly undercounted, and a new study confirms their fears. A team of researchers estimates that at least 4,645 people have died as a result of Hurricane Maria. About one third of the deaths were caused by delayed or inaccessible medical treatment. Omaya Sosa is co-founder of Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism. In September, just days after Hurricane Maria hit, she broke the story that the government’s official death toll was far too low. Omaya, welcome. Talk to us about the reporting you’ve done from the days after Hurricane Maria, what you found, and how it tracks with what had just come out in this new study today?

OMAYA SOSA: Thanks For having me, Aaron. We started reporting on this story literally a couple of days after the hurricane. We heard what the government was putting out, and what we saw on the streets, and from regular people, policemen, rescuers, people at the hospitals, doctors, was very different from what the government was saying. So, already, from September 28, we published our first story, saying that we already knew it was dozens more than what the government was saying. And we have continued investigating since.

In Early December, we said that those first forty days, the death toll was around 1,000 in excess, compared to 2016, and that was based on official mortality data, only covering the month of October and the first ten days after the hurricane in September. So, this report basically confirms what we were already reporting in September, October and November, and finally in that first week of December, that the death toll was much higher, that many of the deaths happened after the hurricane because of the inadequate response and because of problems with the health care system in Puerto Rico. Which is really a pity, because when President Trump got here and made those unfortunate comments, a lot could have been done to prevent thousands of these deaths.

So, the data that Harvard put out today is consistent with what we have been reporting and with what we have been investigating. We are still in the middle of the second phase of our investigation, and we’re actually concentrating on the health care system and what happened there. And we are seeing that the deaths that were linked to problems with services, health care services, are probably even higher than what Harvard is saying today.

AARON MATÉ: So, when you say there that more could have been done to prevent these deaths, even after President Trump spoke. What are you referring to? Are you referring to the health facilities or particular?

OMAYA SOSA: There was no plan from our government and our health department to really get to know what was happening on the ground in the health care facilities, and when I say health care facilities, I refer to all the levels in health care, hospitals, elderly homes, maybe smaller doctors and specialists, offices and so forth. It was a disaster, it was a complete disaster, and all the patients that needed lifesaving services, or that were even stable but needed some kind of support- like for example, people that depend on oxygen, or people that need dialysis, those persons were really left stranded with no support system. And many of those people died.

The government could have put in a response plan, an emergency response plan in terms of public health to first know what was going on, and then tried to canalize these patients to where the best facilities were, or support certain facilities. But there was no organization of any kind. There was no information for patients to know where there were hospitals that were actually working. It was a complete mess.

AARON MATÉ: Sorry to interrupt, but you mentioned oxygen. If I have it right from your reporting, the lack of available oxygen is due, in large part, to the fact that delivery of oxygen is privatized. Do I have that right?

OMAYA SOSA: Yes, it’s privatized, and many roads were- you could not drive through them after the hurricane aftermath. The electricity was down everywhere, basically, so these companies were not working. There are not many of them, and they were not working. So, the whole system of delivery of oxygen and supplies and medicines- it wasn’t only oxygen, it was- all kinds of supplies was stopped. And there was no effective way for facilities to get these life-supporting services; medication, insulin for diabetics, for example. And the government didn’t do much to try and fix this.

AARON MATÉ: What do you think accounts for the vast discrepancy between the official death toll- we heard President Trump, back in October, say it was sixteen, and later on, the government of Puerto Rico increased that to just sixty-four. But now the study says it’s over 4,600. What accounts for the discrepancy?

OMAYA SOSA: I think there was a total lack of interest from our Puerto Rican government and from the federal government to really try and get to know what was going on. The resources were not assigned. From week number one, they already knew that people were dying at hospitals. I did a couple of interviews with the health secretary, our health secretary. Months after, I did an interview with the governor himself, and I told him we were seeing all these data, and what was going on. And there was no interest in really assigning researchers to know what was going on, on the ground. And that’s what- maybe they thought it would reflect badly on the image of how the response was coming along. I don’t know, you know, they never said.

AARON MATÉ: All right. We’ll pause there and come back in part two. My guest is Omaya Sosa, co-founder of Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism.


Puerto Rico’s Uncounted Dead: Study Says Hurricane Maria Toll Far Higher Than Official Count (Pt. 2/2)


https://therealnews.com/stories/puerto-ricos-uncounted-dead-study-says-hurricane-maria-toll-far-higher-than-official-count

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 30, 2018, 07:16:10 pm »

I bet it was more than that.

RE


https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/study-hurricane-maria-killed-4600-puerto-rico-180529144146777.html

    Newz
    Puerto Rico

Study: Hurricane Maria killed more than 4,600 in Puerto Rico

A third of the storm-related deaths on the island was caused by issues over access to healthcare, researchers say.
15 hours ago



Hurricane Maria was the strongest storm to hit Puerto Rico in 90 years [Alvin Baez/Reuters]

Hurricane Maria killed directly or indirectly more than 4,600 people in Puerto Rico, more than 70 times the toll recorded by officials, a new study has suggested.

In the 102 days since the hurricane hit the island, an estimated 4,645 people died, according to the study published on Tuesday by US-based The New England Journal of Medicine.

A third of the deaths were caused by delayed or interrupted access to healthcare, said the Mortality in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria study, which was compiled by Harvard University researchers.

The overall figure dwarfs the government count of 64 people.

It also follows earlier independent studies which placed the death toll at around 1,000 in the 40 days since the hurricane struck.
READ MORE
Puerto Rico crisis ongoing months after Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria, the strongest storm to hit the US territory of Puerto Rico in 90 years, made landfall on the island in September 2017.

It caused an estimated $90bn of damages, destroyed more than 70,000 homes and leaving many people with limited access to electricity, fuel, mobile phone coverage and basic supplies.

"On average, households went 84 days without electricity, 64 days without water, and 41 days without cellular telephone coverage after the hurricane," the study said.
Official toll under review

The latest estimate was based on interviews conducted with more than 3,000 randomly selected Puerto Rican households in January and February this year.

Experts alleged the disruption and widespread devastation hampered attempts to accurately record the number of people killed by the storm.

Puerto Rico officials have not shared any new data on hurricane-related deaths since December 2017, when Governor Ricardo Rossello ordered a review of the official toll.

The study, however, said mortality rates on the island increased 62 percent from September 20 - when Hurricane Maria made landfall - to December 31, compared with the same period in 2016.

WATCH
00:00

The Puerto Rican mayor who challenged Trump

The report used criteria from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to determine if a person's death could be blamed on the hurricane.

Deaths can be attributed to a cyclone if they are caused by forces directly related to the event or unsafe or unhealthy conditions resulting from it, according to CDC criteria.

Accurate recording of the deaths is vital, the study said, for "future risk reduction and preparedness planning".

At least one independent expert questioned the methods and the number in the new study.

"This estimate could be off by thousands. Easily," Donald Berry, a professor of biostatistics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, told The Associated Press.

Hurricane Maria was the second Category 5 storm to affect Puerto Rico - home to 3.4 million people - within the space of two weeks last year, after Hurricane Irma killed three people earlier in September.
Puerto Rico: Shelter After the Storm

Fault Lines

Puerto Rico: Shelter After the Storm

SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies

Very interesting collapse article on PR here that predicts they will lose more than half their population by mid century. This is without additional major hurricanes.[/size]

https://medium.com/migration-issues/how-low-will-puerto-ricos-population-go-c8d108ac8b3b

Good article. 

There are a series of problems in Puerto Rico that too few people know about. Those environmental problems are more harmful to human health than the hurricane caused infrastructure destruction. Those problems were exacerbated by the hurricanes.

Here is a brief list of those problems:

1) SEVERE aquifer contamination by pharmaceutical plants for the last 40 years causing increased cancer, bith defects, IQ decrease and mental disease.

2) SEVERE air and aquifer contamination by Chemical plants for over 50 years.

3) SEVERE air pollution from fossil fuel power plants, some using coal and others using Venezuelan high sulfur crap to run the plants.

4) SEVERE chemical poisoning of the soil, which also leaches into the aquifers to add poison insult to injury, from routine massive use of pesticides and non-selective herbicides like Glyphoste for over 50 years. This too, contributes to cancer and birth defects.

5) Improper garbage disposal and no effective recycling campaign adds to air and ground pollution and disease near the dumps.

6) The south of Puerto Rico has been the wild west for Monsanto to test WHATEVER it wants for over 50 years on the "test" crops. If you think those efforts are innocuous, I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.

7) ALL the birth control products now used all over the world were initially tested by American Doctors on Puerto Rican women in the 1940's. Birth defects and deaths frequently resulted from the drugs that didn't work as planned. If you think Puerto Rico does not continue to be a testing ground for drugs, I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.

Of course Puerto Rico iwill be depopulated to a great extent. Puerto Rico is a textbook example of a Capitalist "deregulated" Paradise. They used to have some social programs to help the people get by. That's old hat now. Puerto Rico is going FULL Libertarian. The laws are written for the rich and the poor either live with this cruel capitalist slavery or leave.

The irony of all this for me is that Climate Change is going to give the same sucker punch, on steroids, to the USA as the Capitalists (a lot of them were, and are, bought and paid for Puerto Ricans) gave to Puerto Rico for over a century. What goes around really does come around.

Nothing like first hand knowledge. Thanks AG. When we flew out of San Juan last time in the Cessna twin, I was struck by the absolute astonishing beauty of the island. It's sad that it and the people of PR have been so badly treated.

I've been watching this Spanish language TV cop drama set in Cuba  (Cuatro Estacianos En la Habana --- Netflix). It's interesting to compare PR and Cuba. I'd sure like to spend some time in both places.


Yep. The thing about PR versus Cuba, that too few people know, is that a significant portion of the most brazen, greed infested, take no prisoners fascists that left Cuba around 1959 settled in Puerto Rico WITH FEDERAL GOVERNMENT LOANS to start their businesses. This immediately caused a lot of anger among Puerto Rican businessmen who could not get small business loans on easy terms. It's been festering ever since.

The (mostly light skinned) Cubans promptly took over most of the media and have been quite busy turning the TV shows into as vulgar displays of profanity, nudity and whatever else they could corrupt Puerto Ricans into "enjoying". Most of the Cubans that went to Miami were in about the same category.

Did you know that Cubans have a reputation among Latins as being the "Jews" of the Caribbean?  Since I am of Sephardic Jew stock, I know a thing or two about that. The negative stereotype of the hoarding, slave driver businesman that too many Jews have is well deserved among the upper crust Cubans that left Cuba.

IMHO, the best there was stayed in Cuba. Cubans "helped" Puerto Rico beome the mess it is now. Of course Puerto Ricans (the lighter skinned variety with DA MONEY that think they are better than the rest of them - my sociopath family is well represented there) "helped" too.

I can give you historical chapter and verse starting from 1825 on WHY Cubans and Puerto Ricans are so prone to KISS EMPIRE ASS. But that is a long, sad story starting with who the Spanish "Tories" were back when King Ferdinand was sweating losing all his stolen land to upstarts in South America who had the temerity to claim people should be treated with respect.

All the Spaniards loyal to the Spanish Crown rushed to the Caribbean. Thus the peoples of those beleagered islands set the spineless mold for colonized submission. All that said, the Cubans still had an independent streak, as the USA eventually found out.

My daddy, the US Army officer, told me to never trust a Puerto Rican. He said, and I confirmed it in the FAA, than when Puerto Ricans work under an American system, they jockey for position to see who can double cross their fellow Puerto Rican the most and thus gain favor with the Americans working with them. He said the Americans, despite seeing us as second class salt water niggers, could be trusted to reward our labor more objectively. I was raised in Kansas. I never got along well with most Puerto Ricans, including my egomaniac dad, even when I was an atheist.

It seems obvious, at least to me, especially after the remorseless disdain and non compassion for its suffering colony, that the US will pay in spades one way or another for its astonishing cruelty. It's only a matter of time, and that time is shortening in the gathering whirl wind all around the world. And the US population in its apathy, self centeredness and ignorance and collusion deserves everything coming to it in return.

Karpatok, in her comment, shows some knowledge of what the colonized mentality is subjected to. As she surmises, it's no bed of roses.

I am ashamed of the colonized Puerto Rican culture. No I am not "blaming the victim". Most of the blame goes to the USA from Thomas Jefferson on down the line. But, Puerto Ricans have turned into crabs in an empire bucket!

Yes, the tropical rain forest and beaches are lovely, but it is very, very hard to live in peace down there. If you stop your car on a part of El Yunque Rain Forest, as my wife and I used to do, to enjoy the view of the citiy lights in the distance, it would not be long before some shifty characters would show up with their boom, boom ,boom music in their cars checking you out to see if they could rob you (and that's when all they want is money). 

As to the environment, there are lots of tiny concrete bridges all over the island, since the place is rather mountainous. You used to be able to stop near one of these bridges and look at some small brook or stream with all the pretty tropical foliage around. You could see beautiful multi-colored guppies in the clear waters. Back in 1996, just before leaving, all you saw was plastic bottles and old appliance junk, and whatever else people would throw out when no one was looking, trashing the small streams with cloudy waters.  :(

Do you know what the car thieves do routinely down there? They take whatever they can get from the vehicle they steal and then they BURN the car. :P

It's sad. I don't like to think about it. I'm just talking here because I wish to help folks here keep this Puerto Rican environmental tragedy in the proper context.

People are people, regardless of where they were born or their genetics. Most Americans think they are somehow "different" from other people. They aren't. They mostly are simply NOT prepared for what is already here and increasing in severity from morally degenerate fascist elitists to impovershed, criminalized crazed people to a polluted environment. They mostly DO NOT GET IT. They will. All of us will increasingly experience IT. God is NOT mocked.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 30, 2018, 02:40:55 pm »

I bet it was more than that.

RE


https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/study-hurricane-maria-killed-4600-puerto-rico-180529144146777.html

    Newz
    Puerto Rico

Study: Hurricane Maria killed more than 4,600 in Puerto Rico

A third of the storm-related deaths on the island was caused by issues over access to healthcare, researchers say.
15 hours ago



Hurricane Maria was the strongest storm to hit Puerto Rico in 90 years [Alvin Baez/Reuters]

Hurricane Maria killed directly or indirectly more than 4,600 people in Puerto Rico, more than 70 times the toll recorded by officials, a new study has suggested.

In the 102 days since the hurricane hit the island, an estimated 4,645 people died, according to the study published on Tuesday by US-based The New England Journal of Medicine.

A third of the deaths were caused by delayed or interrupted access to healthcare, said the Mortality in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria study, which was compiled by Harvard University researchers.

The overall figure dwarfs the government count of 64 people.

It also follows earlier independent studies which placed the death toll at around 1,000 in the 40 days since the hurricane struck.
READ MORE
Puerto Rico crisis ongoing months after Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria, the strongest storm to hit the US territory of Puerto Rico in 90 years, made landfall on the island in September 2017.

It caused an estimated $90bn of damages, destroyed more than 70,000 homes and leaving many people with limited access to electricity, fuel, mobile phone coverage and basic supplies.

"On average, households went 84 days without electricity, 64 days without water, and 41 days without cellular telephone coverage after the hurricane," the study said.
Official toll under review

The latest estimate was based on interviews conducted with more than 3,000 randomly selected Puerto Rican households in January and February this year.

Experts alleged the disruption and widespread devastation hampered attempts to accurately record the number of people killed by the storm.

Puerto Rico officials have not shared any new data on hurricane-related deaths since December 2017, when Governor Ricardo Rossello ordered a review of the official toll.

The study, however, said mortality rates on the island increased 62 percent from September 20 - when Hurricane Maria made landfall - to December 31, compared with the same period in 2016.

WATCH
00:00

The Puerto Rican mayor who challenged Trump

The report used criteria from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to determine if a person's death could be blamed on the hurricane.

Deaths can be attributed to a cyclone if they are caused by forces directly related to the event or unsafe or unhealthy conditions resulting from it, according to CDC criteria.

Accurate recording of the deaths is vital, the study said, for "future risk reduction and preparedness planning".

At least one independent expert questioned the methods and the number in the new study.

"This estimate could be off by thousands. Easily," Donald Berry, a professor of biostatistics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, told The Associated Press.

Hurricane Maria was the second Category 5 storm to affect Puerto Rico - home to 3.4 million people - within the space of two weeks last year, after Hurricane Irma killed three people earlier in September.
Puerto Rico: Shelter After the Storm

Fault Lines

Puerto Rico: Shelter After the Storm

SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies

Very interesting collapse article on PR here that predicts they will lose more than half their population by mid century. This is without additional major hurricanes.[/size]

https://medium.com/migration-issues/how-low-will-puerto-ricos-population-go-c8d108ac8b3b

Good article. 

There are a series of problems in Puerto Rico that too few people know about. Those environmental problems are more harmful to human health than the hurricane caused infrastructure destruction. Those problems were exacerbated by the hurricanes.

Here is a brief list of those problems:

1) SEVERE aquifer contamination by pharmaceutical plants for the last 40 years causing increased cancer, bith defects, IQ decrease and mental disease.

2) SEVERE air and aquifer contamination by Chemical plants for over 50 years.

3) SEVERE air pollution from fossil fuel power plants, some using coal and others using Venezuelan high sulfur crap to run the plants.

4) SEVERE chemical poisoning of the soil, which also leaches into the aquifers to add poison insult to injury, from routine massive use of pesticides and non-selective herbicides like Glyphoste for over 50 years. This too, contributes to cancer and birth defects.

5) Improper garbage disposal and no effective recycling campaign adds to air and ground pollution and disease near the dumps.

6) The south of Puerto Rico has been the wild west for Monsanto to test WHATEVER it wants for over 50 years on the "test" crops. If you think those efforts are innocuous, I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.

7) ALL the birth control products now used all over the world were initially tested by American Doctors on Puerto Rican women in the 1940's. Birth defects and deaths frequently resulted from the drugs that didn't work as planned. If you think Puerto Rico does not continue to be a testing ground for drugs, I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.

Of course Puerto Rico iwill be depopulated to a great extent. Puerto Rico is a textbook example of a Capitalist "deregulated" Paradise. They used to have some social programs to help the people get by. That's old hat now. Puerto Rico is going FULL Libertarian. The laws are written for the rich and the poor either live with this cruel capitalist slavery or leave.

The irony of all this for me is that Climate Change is going to give the same sucker punch, on steroids, to the USA as the Capitalists (a lot of them were, and are, bought and paid for Puerto Ricans) gave to Puerto Rico for over a century. What goes around really does come around.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 29, 2018, 02:30:15 pm »

Antarctica is not just losing a steady amount of ice each year; the ice loss is accelerating each and every year.

Quote
Note: the grey area is the average sea ice extent for the day of year +/- two standard deviations (+/- 2σ). Average and standard deviation are computed from the 1981-2010 (WMO standard) data.

It might take centuries to melt ALL of it, but it WILL only take few decades to melt enough of it to cause trillions of dollars in damage to ports and sea side cities. The cretins who do not want to admit this threat needs to be addressed NOW by a ban on the burning of fossil fuels will always claim the melting of the ice is "not worth mentioning".

We need fossil fuels like a dog needs ticks.



Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 29, 2018, 01:56:22 pm »

Climate & Extreme Weather News #122 (26th-28th May 2018)

Understanding Climate Change

Published on May 28, 2018




Agelbert NOTE: The expected reaction to the above irrefutable evidence of Crazy Weather from idiots and other assorted straw grasping, fossil fuel loving, Climate change Deniers:

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