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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 15, 2018, 09:47:57 pm »


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2018

The Global Extinction Rebellion Begins


DAHR JAMAIL, TRUTHOUT

Humans have undoubtedly triggered Earth's sixth mass extinction event, and are living amid an existential crisis unlike anything we have experienced. Despite the odds, a group in the UK has channeled their horror about the climate emergency into a movement called the Extinction Rebellion -- and they intend for it to become global.

Read the Article →

https://truthout.org/articles/the-global-extinction-rebellion-begins/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 15, 2018, 02:31:35 pm »


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No. 54, Nov. 15, 2018

SNIPPET:

You may be surprised to learn that Virginia has one of the fastest rates of relative sea-level rise in the country. The Hampton Roads region is experiencing both rising seas and sinking land, threatening tourist towns like Virginia Beach and the region's major military facilities with frequent flooding — a situation expected to worsen as the climate warms. This week, in the first of a series of stories on the topic, we write about how the state is beginning to get serious about tackling sea-level rise, which could make Virginia a leader in coastal adaptation and climate strategies.

When it comes to wildlife, we still have a lot to learn about the reintroduction of imperiled wild species. University of Texas-Austin researcher Kalli F. Doubleday explains why all eyes are on India's Sariska Tiger Reserve for important lessons on the reintroduction of big cats and their coexistence with neighboring humans.

While tigers may be good at grabbing headlines, let's not forget about insects. Scientists are calling for more research to understand why many insect populations are declining and what we can do about it.

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We have a special thank you for our subscribers this week: a free copy of Corrupted Science: Fraud, Ideology and Politics in Science [/font]by John Grant, courtesy of publisher See Sharp Press. This must-read new book dives into the sordid history of how corporations and politicians — including the Trump administration — have twisted or attacked scientific expertise. As a subscriber, you can download the e-book in any of these formats: PDF, Mobi (Kindle) or Epub. Enjoy — and thanks for subscribing!

In case you missed it:

Wildfires are on top of our minds right now as California battles its most deadly and destructive wildfire in state history. Wildfire historian Stephen Pyne explains why we need to have different strategies for fighting different kinds of wildfires 🔥, especially those at the intersection of wildlands and our developed communities.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 15, 2018, 02:06:25 pm »

A voice of the future ... from 1970 👀

Change our thinking, change our world


The wisdom of Alan Watts 🕊

Could it be a general mental structure that humans have imposed on themselves which leads to our species' constant self-ruin?

He starts with the fascinating story of some of the greatest minds of the 70s coming together in an organized effort to propose solutions, and reveals that even some of the greatest among us didn't seem to know what to do at the time.

Alan Watts has his own view of what's wrong with the world, and proposes a beautiful and simple way we can do something about it.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 14, 2018, 05:39:00 pm »


Agelbert NOTE: You need to up the volume at times for the Ocasio clips and then down it to continue hearing what Jamarl Thomas 👍, a very bright and perceptive young man, is saying.

Nov 14, 2018 | 376 views | by Jamarl Thomas 


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Storms Nancy Pelosi's Office Amid Green New Deal Sit In ...


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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 14, 2018, 05:28:01 pm »

 
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Novemebr 14, 2018



In Not-So-Subtle Nod 👍 to Climate Change, South Park Shows a ManBearPig Denier Eaten by ManBearPig  ;D

''The climate system is an angry beast and we are poking it with sticks,'' Dr. Wallace S. Broecker 
warned humanity, decades ago. Now it looks like the beast is awakening, and even former critics seem to be coming around to the idea that we should stop poking it.


This reversal is even showing up in what we watch after work. The libertarian-leaning sensibilities of South Park’s creators have been plainly evident on TV for years. Humor like South Park’s fuels the sort of nihilistic “both parties are the same” rhetoric that allows edgy young men to feel superior to both parties, without having to actually make a political choice.

Climate change has come up in the show multiple times, from skewering the over-the-top dramatics with a Day After Tomorrow parody to lampooning the smug self-satisfaction of Prius driving liberals. But the episode that has continued to resonate, particularly in the deniersphere, is the ManBearPig episode. This infamous 2006 bit mocked Al Gore’s pandering to the press and public while promoting his Inconvenient Truth movie.

To be fair, the episode was always more about Gore’s attention-seeking behavior and bitterness at losing the presidency. The titular mythical monster (half man, half bear, half pig) served a stand-in for his public concern for climate change. For deniers obsessed with Gore, though, “ManBearPig” became something of a meme. 

But in last Wednesday’s episode, twelve long years after Gore was mocked mercilessly for warning of ManBearPig’s existence, the cryptid made its first (real world) appearance in the show. And real news like NBC  and Vanity Fair--as well as conservative fake news like Newsbusters, the Washington Times and Fox--all wrote how this new episode could be considered an anthropocene apology to Al Gore.

In the episode, the cartoon’s four young protagonists must seek out Gore after being blamed for the murders committed by ManBearPig (which police mistake for yet another school shooting). They’re determined to make amends so that they can clear their names and take down ManBearPig together. Lest you think the creators are now fans of the former VP, the cartoon Gore is less than gracious, requiring the kids apologize repeatedly and throw him a party at Olive Garden, where he bores them with a slideshow of his career. At the end, he gives them his Nobel prize and tells the kids it’s up to them now. (Presumably, this cliffhanger will be be picked up in tonight’s episode.)

But in one particularly climatic scene, captured by the right-wing “Media Research Center,” ManBearPig slaughters his way through a restaurant, while a glib denier explains that “You can't just go along with what people are saying, Susan, okay? There's no scientific proof, no real evidence of a ManBearPig… everyone wants to use the fear of a ManBearPig to get what they want. They throw around bad science, bad taxidermy… ”

When ManBearPig crashes through the wall behind the man, and begins a violent rampage he continues undaunted, saying “You can't just let people tell you that if you don't believe in ManBearPig, then you don't care about the world.”

When Susan points out that not only is ManBearPig real, but here, right now (and ripping the spine out of the guy behind him) the man shifts to the denier line that it’s too late now: “What can we do that everyone else will also do, Susan? Come on, use your brain. Even if we do something about it...  What about the Chinese? They’re just gonna keep right on--”

But ManBearPig picks him up and begins chomping down on the his skull, cutting off his denial mid-sentence.

While climate change was already plenty real twelve years ago, when ManBearPig was just a figment of Gore’s imagination, a decade of Sandys and Harveys and Marias and Florences, of wildfires and droughts and pests and heat waves, have made the risk of poking Dr. Broecker’s climate beast an obvious, if inconvenient, truth.





Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 14, 2018, 04:47:21 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: Pelosi is a BLUE DOG 🐩 Democrat who accepts "contributions" from the Hydrocarbon Hellspawn Fossil Fuel Fascists 🐉🦕🦖. I hope Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez ✨ is successful in shaming Pelosi into supporting a Green New Deal. 

 
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November 14, 2018

Demands For Green New Deal on The Hill

 
   

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) joined more than 200 youth protesters in a climate-sit in outside House Minority Leader Nancy 🐩 Pelosi's 🦕 office Tuesday.

The protest, convened by the Sunrise Movement and Justice Democrats, was meant to put pressure on Pelosi and House Democrats to adopt radical climate action, and Ocasio-Cortez told protesters that should Pelosi become Speaker, "we’ve got her back in showing and pursuing the most progressive energy agenda that this country has ever seen."

Earlier this week, Ocasio-Cortez unveiled a resolution for a select committee to form a plan for a Green New Deal, and on Tuesday tweeted that Pelosi's proposed reinstated climate committee must not have members appointed who accept fossil fuel 🐉🦕🦖 contributions.

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"We need a Green New Deal and we need to get to 100 percent renewables because our lives depend on it," Ocasio-Cortez told reporters.
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"The IPCC themselves, they say we have 10 years left and I--not just as an elected member, but as a 29-year-old woman--am thinking not just about what we are going to accomplish in the next two years but the America that we’re going to live in in the next 30 years."

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/416411-youth-protestors-fill-nancy-pelosis-office-demanding-climate-change


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 14, 2018, 02:54:10 pm »

The Speech That Saved The Planet

Haricot Blue  Community

Tuesday November 13, 2018 · 7:24 PM EST

72 Comments

What We're Fighting For

My Fellow Americans:

I stand before you tonight, not only as your President, but also as a father, and as a grandfather to nine beautiful grandchildren.  It is on their behalf, and on behalf of all the children and grandchildren of the world, that I ask for your attention, for it is their future that now hangs in the balance. 

One month ago, I received a report from the world’s leading climate scientists.  The report states that we have only twelve years to drastically curtail our emissions of greenhouse gasses or risk calamities ranging from drought and crop failures, wildfires, water shortages, the death of ocean ecosystems, and sea level rise that would inundate our coastal cities.  This nightmare will unfold, not in thousands or hundreds of years, but in the lifetime of our own children and grandchildren.  Some of it is happening now.  Indeed, it may already be too late to prevent this catastrophe.  But there may still be time.  My fellow Americans, we must take this last, best chance to preserve a habitable planet for children and theirs.  We must act boldly.  We must act selflessly.  But above all, we must act now.

There are those who continue to cynically or ignorantly deny this crisis.  For decades we have indulged their stubborn intransigence even as the evidence has become incontrovertible.  But the luxury of time is no longer ours.  The time for talk is over.  We must act.

There are those who still cling to the fantasy that technology will save us; that we can avoid personal sacrifice and rely on our scientists’ and engineers’ ingenuity to forestall catastrophe.  But the stark truth is that no such technology exists today.  Nor will it exist this year, or this decade.  And twelve years is all we have to prevent the worst effects of global warming from becoming our children’s reality.  We must act.

There are those nihilists among us who suggest that all is lost, that action is futile, that we may as well succumb to the inevitable.  But science tells us that we still have a fighting chance to save this planet, and if there is even a chance, I say we must seize it with all our might and all our determination and all our resources and fight until the bitter end.   We must act now.

Finally, there are those defeatists who say that America is too divided, too distracted, too apathetic and self-absorbed to mobilize for such a massive undertaking.  Yet throughout our history, America has shown time and again that we can rise to meet the occasion; that we do not shy from a fight when the cause is just – and what cause could be more just than the preservation of the very Earth that sustains us?  We must act now! 

What will it take?  Nothing less than a transformation of our energy, transportation, and agricultural infrastructure, which is to say our way of life.  As we did in World War II, we must mobilize every man, woman, and child; every factory and corporation; every school and place of worship – every resource in our possession – to achieve our ends. 

Sacrifice will be required from all our citizens.  Yet this transformation will also yield great benefits. Millions will be put to work across the country building and maintaining the new clean-energy economy and infrastructure.  Millions of lives will be saved and improved by the cleaner air we will breathe.  Millions will be spared the scourge of infectious disease now forecast to afflict us.  We may be able to save our great coastal cities from destruction by the sea; our fertile plains from destruction by drought; our forests from destruction by infestation and blight; and our coral reefs and ocean life from destruction by acidification and temperature rise.   Plants and animals now doomed to extinction may recover and thrive.  We may, indeed, be able to pass on to our progeny a world more healthy, clean, and beautiful than the one we inherited.

If we can do this – and I believe we can – then we must.  And so today, I say that we will.  Together, we will save this planet we share and love.  And when we do, we will take our rightful place among those generations before us who rose to meet the challenge of their time. 

In the coming weeks, I will lay out a comprehensive plan to achieve net zero carbon emissions by the year 2050 through a combination of greenhouse gas regulation, carbon pricing, energy-efficiency initiatives, and a “Manhattan Project” initiative to rapidly develop and deploy new clean energy and carbon capture technologies.  These plans will require Congressional action, which I hope will be swift, and judicial review, which I expect will be favorable.  Above all, they will require the united support of the American people, which I hope and pray will be overwhelming.  And to those who would resist our efforts, let me be clear:  I am sworn to protect and defend this nation against ALL threats.  No threat could be greater than that posed by climate change, and I intend to use all the power at my disposal to protect our country.

Of course, we cannot win this battle alone; we must immediately engage the world in intensive diplomacy to ensure that our efforts are matched by the other major polluting nations.  But America has a special obligation as both the world’s leading per capita emitter of greenhouse gas, and, more importantly, as leader of the free world.  It is up to us to set the example. 

For fifty years, we have watched this enemy approach, relentlessly and remorselessly, and we have done little to prepare or to defend ourselves.  Now, the enemy is at our shores.  Will we rise to the occasion, as we have so often before in our history?  Or will we succumb to denial and defeatism as the world burns?   I would like to say that we will be judged by the actions we take today, and should we succeed in this great endeavor, I believe this is true.  But the hard truth is that, should we fail, there may be none remaining to judge.  Therefore, for the sake of our children, our democracy, and our planet, let us do everything in our power to succeed – starting now.   

God bless you all, and God bless the United States of America.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/11/13/1812548/-The-Speech-That-Saved-The-Planet

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 13, 2018, 09:02:24 pm »



📢 California Wildfires Are Part of a Climate-Driven Global Trend

Once again, record wildfires are ravaging California. But America’s Golden State isn’t the only place to suffer an unusually fiery year. Around the world, hotter, drier weather due to climate change is driving bigger and more destructive blazes 🔥.


Read more:

https://www.wri.org/blog/2018/08/5-graphs-show-just-how-unusual-years-wildfires-are

Agelbert NOTE: Fossil Fuel 🦕🦖 Fascist RESPONSE by their BOUGHT AND PAID FOR POTUS TOOL to the irrefutably accurate, scientifcally determined FACTS in the above article:


 
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 13, 2018, 08:24:30 pm »


BY John Feffer, TomDispatch

PUBLISHED November 13, 2018

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 13, 2018, 08:12:57 pm »

 

California 🔥🔥🔥 Wildfires Hit Grim Record ☠️Amid Trump's Clueless Tweets

BY Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams

PUBLISHED November 13, 2018

The statewide death toll from the wildfires blazing in California hit 44 ☠️ as firefighters on Monday continued to battle the flames that have already destroyed thousands of structures and displaced thousands of humans and animals alike. The increased death toll comes as scientists rip President Trump's recent tweet about the fires avoiding any climate crisis connection to the destruction.

Read the article:

https://truthout.org/articles/california-wildfires-hit-grim-record-amid-trumps-clueless-tweets/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 13, 2018, 07:31:45 pm »


 



November 13, 2018
   
Dear Anthony,

Our efforts to pressure fossil fuel companies is really having an effect. Earlier this year, ExxonMobil and Chevron finally releasing climate risk disclosure reports and ConocoPhillips agreed to disclose its lobbying efforts. And now, a prominent corporate responsibility group is securing responses from major fossil fuel companies in response to our recent Climate Accountability Scorecard. Our work to hold these corporations accountable for years of deception and climate impacts is working—unfortunately, it’s not enough. Just last month, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released their latest report showing that every fraction of a degree of warming we can avoid matters. The report calls for ‘rapid and far-reaching’ action. And we needn’t look farther than the fires currently rampaging through Californian communities to understand how urgent the situation is. We need to keep the pressure on fossil fuel corporations to make real change and take responsibility for the impacts of their business.  —Katy

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 13, 2018, 07:12:40 pm »

EcoWatch

Nexus Media

By Marlene Cimons

Nov. 10, 2018 09:12AM EST



Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 13, 2018, 04:24:27 pm »

EcoWatch


Ice Sheets in Greenland, Antarctica Could Reach Catastrophic 'Tipping Points' if We Don't Limit Warming

By Olivia Rosane

Nov. 13, 2018 07:41AM EST

SNIPPET:

Scientists just gave us another terrifying reason to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels: If temperatures push much beyond that point, both Greenland and Antarctica's ice sheets could reach a point where nothing can stop them from melting.

An international team of researchers published this chilling finding in Nature Climate Change Monday. The researchers set out to study how the ice sheets would fare in a warming world, and the results were urgent.

"A big take-away is that the ice sheets, like many components of the climate system, likely have tipping points. Once they reach a certain amount of warming (~1.5 - 2.0°C), positive feedbacks kick in and commit us to long-term ice sheet mass loss and sea level rise," study author and Rowan University School of Earth and Environment Assistant Professor Luke Trusel explained on Twitter.

Read more:

https://www.ecowatch.com/ice-sheets-greenland-antarctica-warming-2619507205.html



Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 13, 2018, 02:01:19 pm »

 
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Wildfires 🔥🔥🔥🔥 Latest Example Of How Burning Fossil Fuels Leads To Burning California

With dozens of lives lost and thousands of acres burned, the fires currently raging across California are an unpleasant reminder of what’s at stake in the climate fight.

Those who are opposed to the clean energy solutions that, while obviously wouldn’t put out  the flames but would at least quit fanning them, haven’t let this moment go without their own commentary.

For example, we heard that Dr. Jane Orient 🦕 of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)  sent out a press release on Sunday with two broad claims. One was that since warming has paused and more acres were burned in the 1930s, CO2 emissions aren’t the cause of increased wildfires. Orient also says that if the US adopted “California-like renewable energy mandates” that fight climate change, it still wouldn’t prevent forest fires. The claims link to two year-old page on a Doctors for Disaster Preparedness (DDP) website, one on wildfires, the other California energy policy.

Now before one dives into the veracity of these claims, one should consider their source. One association of doctors linking to another group of doctors certainly sounds respectable... But are they?

No. Not at all. Not even the slightest little bit.  

As we’ve covered before, Dr. Jane Orient is the Breitbart-beloved anti-vaxxer who once compared a tobacco tax to “Third Reich measures” and more recently was the source of some of the conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton’s health on the campaign trail. The AAPS🦕 , which she 🦕 runs, along with DDP, considers Medicare and Medicaid “evil,” publishes pseudo-scientific claims with starkly conservative bents (like denying the existence of HIV and claiming abortions cause breast cancer) and once suggested President Obama was not actually “a brilliant orator,” but instead uses “neuro linguistic programing (NLP), a covert form of hypnosis.”

So while the organizations may appear legitimate at first glance, even a cursory search reveals their bald partisanship and outright insanity. Woe to the reporter who takes the press release seriously at face value.

However, since even a stopped clock is right twice a day, we’ll take a look at their actual claims.

On whether rising CO2 levels are making wildfires worse, Orient and the AAPS use a graph going back to 1926 to claim that since more acres were burnt then, it must be poor forest management causing fires now. They use the National Interagency Fire Center’s data to prove this point, despite the fact that the Center says explicitly that data prior to 1983 is unreliable, and “should not be compared to later data.” (Exactly why is complicated, but include the fact that pre-’83 fires may be double or triple-counted.)

Not only is Orient guilty of the classic logical fallacy of “people die naturally therefore murder’s a hoax,” but she’s also using unreliable data to do so.

In reality, the connections between fires and climate are varied and well-established. Temperatures were exceptionally high this season where the fires started, and have risen twice the global average in the west since 1970, while the wildfire season has grown from five to seven months, on average. This corresponds to a fourfold increase in large fires between 1980 and 2010. Further, warming has contributed to the drying-out of the west: one study shows that over half the increase in aridity (a key driver of fires) is because of climate change.

We can make similarly quick work of the second claim that a California-like renewable energy standard wouldn’t prevent forest fires. While obviously investing in renewables won’t completely stop wildfires, as the above links between warming and fires demonstrate, fossil fuel emissions make things warmer and dryer, which are the conditions necessary for fires like these.

By phrasing her question as though people are saying “Only YOU can prevent forest fires, by putting up solar panels,” Dr. Orient is just tossing a strawman onto the fires.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 12, 2018, 11:22:59 pm »

November 12th, 2018 by Kyle Field

SNIPPET:

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If Tesla can help people in California wildfire, please let us know. Model S & X have hospital grade HEPA filters . Maybe helpful for transporting people.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 10, 2018


Full article:

Tesla 👍 Opens Up Free Supercharging For Customers In Areas Affected By California 🔥🔥🔥 Wildfires
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 12, 2018, 05:33:01 pm »

RADIO ECOSHOCK
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Fire Fury Future

Posted on November 8, 2018, by Radio Ecoshock

Podcast 🔊 https://www.ecoshock.org/2018/11/fire-fury-future.html

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 12, 2018, 02:48:10 pm »

California declares state of emergency 🔥; entire city of Malibu 🔥 evacuated

426,849 views


ABC News

Published on Nov 10, 2018

The Woolsey fire 🔥 is not contained at all, and conditions are not expected to improve anytime soon.

 



Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 11, 2018, 10:56:31 pm »


2018 Environment Report With Dr. Guy McPherson and Gary Null

10,686 views


The Progressive Radio Network

Published on Nov 1, 2018

Dr. Guy McPherson is a professor emeritus of Natural Resources, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona.  He has specialized in forest resources, energy decline and climate change and its economic consequences. In the past he has also taught at Texas A&M and University of California at Berkeley. Having become disillusioned with the American university environment and academia, and after attempts by university officials to silence his outspokenness about the human causes of climate change, Guy abandoned his tenured position as a full professor for ethical reasons of conscience. He is the author of several books, the latest co-written with Carolyn Baker entitled “Extinction Dialogs: How to Live with Death in Mind.”  He is also the co-host of the radio program Nature Bats Last heard every Tuesday evening at 3 pm Eastern time on the Progressive Radio Network.  His website is  GuyMcpherson.com

An internationally renowned expert in the field of health and nutrition, Gary Null, Ph.D is the author of over 70 best-selling books on healthy living and the director of over 100 critically acclaimed full-feature documentary films on natural health, self-empowerment and the environment. He is the host of ‘The Progressive Commentary Hour” and “The Gary Null Show”, the country’s longest running nationally syndicated health radio talk show which can be heard daily on here on the Progressive Radio Network.

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 11, 2018, 07:52:46 pm »



Caravans From Hell

By Tom Lewis | October 29, 2018 | Climate

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A significant part of the population of the United States is alarmed about what it thinks is an enemy army approaching our southern border — a collection of rapists, MS-13 gang members, middle eastern terrorists and zombies intent on forcing their way into the country in order to destroy our society and culture. One of our citizens became so anxious about this invasion, which, he had it on good authority, was being financed by Jews, that on Saturday he went into a synagogue in Pittsburgh and killed 11 people.

The information about the content and intentions of this caravan, as it is being called, first came to public attention almost exclusively through fulminations on Fox News and subsequent tweets from the Tweeter in Chief of the United States. (Except the part about the zombies, I made that up. But there are still a few days until the midterm elections. Watch that space.) The entire FoxTrump Tango has been a pathetically transparent attempt to scare the bejesus out of American voters so they will gallop out and vote for the wall, or whatever.

But the debunkers of this fairy tale have not done their job. Yes, they have shown us — those of us who will look at contrary evidence, such as, you know, photographs — that this is no army, but a ragtag procession of families, many women and small children among them, stumbling 30 miles a day through blistering tropical heat in the hope of asylum in the United States — protection for which they are entitled to apply under the laws of this country.

But the bunkers and debunkers of this story all seem equally oblivious to the root cause of the migration, the reason so many parents have undertaken this arduous, thousand-mile trek toward uncertainty. Spoiler alert: It’s not, as the perpetrators of this fantasy would have you believe, because they are lazy and want to get on welfare; or because they are criminals in search of new victims; or terrorists who hate us because we’re free. Nor is it sufficient to assume, as the mainstream media do, that they are intent on moving away from crime-and-poverty, like so many yuppies who have read the Chamber of Commerce brochures and are making a career move.

I hold the view — a minority opinion, apparently — that understanding why people act as they do is a prerequisite for influencing what people do. But comprehending motivation requires empathy and intelligence, both of which seem to be in scant supply in our political life. A corollary notion is that understanding the forces acting on these people might prepare us for dealing with those forces when they get around to acting on us.

Here’s what no one wants to tell you, or hear: the thousands of people who have left their homes in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to risk their lives and their childrens’ lives in search of a better life are fleeing the longest and most vicious drought in the history of the region.

They are climate refugees, and they are only the vanguard.

For at least five years, drought in Central America’s Dry Corridor has been intensifying, causing ever worsening crop failures, food shortages, water insecurity, unemployment and migration. Guatemala ranks as one of the ten countries in the world most vulnerable to climate change. Last year the UN’s World Food Programme asked a sampling of migrants why they had left their homes in the Dry Corridor. By overwhelming majorities, they cited not crime-and-violence, but the drought and its many offspring. Nearly half cited hunger.

Our society and culture will be destroyed not by desperate families seeking a better life, but by our ignorance and greed and refusal to understand what is happening here, not just to unfortunate brown people from other countries, but to all of us on this planet.

There will be many more caravans, larger ones, from Central America, and then they will be trudging out of our own America — from uninhabitable zones in Arizona, Nevada, central California, and from the inundated coasts of Florida and the Carolinas.

The caravans are coming, and hell’s to pay.

UPDATE: The Guardian of England, frequently the best source of American news, agrees: “The unseen driver behind the migrant caravan: climate change

http://www.dailyimpact.net/2018/10/29/caravans-from-hell/#more-4056


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 11, 2018, 12:28:06 pm »

Herculean Climate Rant to Rouse Humanity


Paul Beckwith

Published on Nov 8, 2018

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

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 The Fossil Fuelers 🦖 DID THE Clean Energy  Inventions suppressing, Climate Trashing, human health depleting CRIME,   but since they have ALWAYS BEEN liars and conscience free crooks 🦀, they are trying to AVOID   DOING THE TIME or   PAYING THE FINE!     Don't let them get away with it! Pass it on!   
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 11, 2018, 12:07:19 pm »

How a group of teens built the climate movement Zero Hour


Published on Oct 31, 2018

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

Zero Hour Just 🦅 Transition

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

 The Fossil Fuelers 🦖 DID THE Clean Energy  Inventions suppressing, Climate Trashing, human health depleting CRIME,   but since they have ALWAYS BEEN liars and conscience free crooks 🦀, they are trying to AVOID   DOING THE TIME or   PAYING THE FINE!     Don't let them get away with it! Pass it on!   
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 11, 2018, 11:53:07 am »

EcoWatch

By Olivia Rosane

Nov. 07, 2018 07:48AM EST

SNIPPET:

3. Rise of the Green New Deal:


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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 10, 2018, 03:15:18 pm »

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 09, 2018, 10:03:15 pm »

The 6th Mass Extinction 🏴‍ ☠️ | Dr Dominique Dodge-Wan | TEDxCurtinUSarawak
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TEDx Talks

Published on Jul 25, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 09, 2018, 07:17:25 pm »

Agelbert RANT : Taking this advice is SINE QUA NON for the Demcratic Party, though Pelosi et al have every intention of SABOTAGING IT with pig lipstick, token environmental AND Renewable Energy FLAKERY that ACTUALLY supports the Profit over Planet Corporate STATUS QUO.

Truthdig

By Juan Cole

NOV 08, 2018


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 08, 2018, 05:30:13 pm »


How the Environment Fared in the Midterm Elections

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

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

SNIPPET:

Ballot Initiatives

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

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

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

Photo: Tara Lohan

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

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

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

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

Other Races

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

Full article:

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

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 08, 2018, 02:16:59 pm »

SNIPPET:

The Intercept

October 31, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

{... ...]

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

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

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

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

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

Let America be America again.

Let it be the dream it used to be.

Let it be the pioneer on the plain

Seeking a home where he himself is free.

 

(America never was America to me.)

 

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed—

Let it be that great strong land of love

Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme

That any man be crushed by one above.

 

(It never was America to me.)

 

O, let my land be a land where Liberty

Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,

But opportunity is real, and life is free,

Equality is in the air we breathe.

 

(There’s never been equality for me,

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


 

Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?

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

 

I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,

I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars.

I am the red man driven from the land,

I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek—

And finding only the same old stupid plan

Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.

 

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

Tangled in that ancient endless chain

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

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

Of work the men! Of take the pay!

Of owning everything for one’s own greed!

 

I am the farmer, bondsman to the soil.

I am the worker sold to the machine.

I am the Negro, servant to you all.

I am the people, humble, hungry, mean—

Hungry yet today despite the dream.

Beaten yet today—O, Pioneers!

I am the man who never got ahead,

The poorest worker bartered through the years.

 

Yet I’m the one who dreamt our basic dream

In the Old World while still a serf of kings,

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

That even yet its mighty daring sings

In every brick and stone, in every furrow turned

That’s made America the land it has become.

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

In search of what I meant to be my home—

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

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

And torn from Black Africa’s strand I came

To build a “homeland of the free.”

 

The free?
 

Who said the free? Not me?

Surely not me? The millions on relief today?

The millions shot down when we strike?

The millions who have nothing for our pay?

For all the dreams we’ve dreamed

And all the songs we’ve sung

And all the hopes we’ve held

And all the flags we’ve hung,

The millions who have nothing for our pay—

Except the dream that’s almost dead today.

 

O, let America be America again—

The land that never has been yet—

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

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

Who made America,

Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,

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

Must bring back our mighty dream again.

 

Sure, call me any ugly name you choose—

The steel of freedom does not stain.

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

We must take back our land again,

America!

 

O, yes,

I say it plain,

America never was America to me,

And yet I swear this oath—

America will be!

 

Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,

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

We, the people, must redeem

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

The mountains and the endless plain—

All, all the stretch of these great green states—

And make America again!

Listen to the entire podcast or read the lengthy interview:


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

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

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

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


 
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 07, 2018, 01:15:44 pm »



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

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

 


By Maddie Stone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://earther.gizmodo.com/victory-a-climate-change-denier-will-no-longer-run-the-1830276533
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 06, 2018, 11:08:19 am »


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

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



Artist: Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, Zundert 1853–1890 Auvers-sur-Oise)
Date: 1888
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 18 x 21 3/4 in. (45.7 x 55.2 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Credit Line: Purchase, The Annenberg Foundation Gift, 1992
Accession Number: 1992.374

https://www.metmuseum.org/art/object-package?pkgids=415
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 02, 2018, 07:04:49 pm »

NO ONE becomes a REFUGEE BY CHOICE  

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Immigration as a Refugee IS NOT A CHOICE.


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