Sunday, November 11, 2018

#Dump45Now

 
Item: The U.S. is in full Constitutional Crisis. #45 waited till just after the election to dump Sessions whose southern accent apparently got on his imperial nerves. Immediately after 45, Jr. signaled he might be indicted, #45 plopped Matthew Whitaker in his place as the new acting AG. Who is Whitaker? Formerly Sessions’ chief of staff, after Mueller’s appointment, Whitaker called his investigation a witch hunt. No wonder: he’s loyal to #45, and he takes over the DOJ at a critical point in the investigation. He’s made it clear he intends to satisfy #45’s desire to knock the teeth out of it, including the misdeeds of the Don’s family, and the corruption of the 2016 election by Russian interference.  Now Mueller will have to run any major decisions by Whitaker, including all indictments or a report on his findings. As a result, #45 aided and abetted by Whitaker has the maximum amount of time between taking control of the investigation and the new Democrats are seated (and subpoenas fly) on January 3. 
 

Item: The Border has become #45’s racist dog whistle and election ad. But before the administration ordered 5239 troops to head there to encounter a migrant caravan due weeks from now, it already knew that very few of the migrants would make it to the border, perhaps only 1,500 desperate people asking for asylum from death-squad-plagued Honduras, whose democratically leader, Zelaya was kidnapped by the U.S. under Secretary of State’s Hillary Clinton’s watch, throwing the country into chaos.  #45 promises to send 10,000 more troops in the next few weeks, matching the troop level that now occupies Afghanistan.  And new rules give #45 the discretion of who gets asylum and who doesn’t.

 


Item: Concentration Camps. The Administration is quietly converting military installations along the Southern United States into concentration camps designed to hold immigrants. (First they came for the immigrants. I was not an immigrant…you know the drill). Targeted camps include Tornillo Port of Entry, Texas; Goodfellow AFB, Texas, Fort Bliss, Texas, Dyess AFB, Texas, Little Rock AFB, AK; Pendleton Marine Corps Air Station, CA; Navy Outlying Field Wild and Silverhill, AL; and Yuma Marine Corps Air Station, AZ, for a total capacity of 135,000 inmates, including 3,800 children. Plans for Concord Weapons Depot (formerly Port Chicago) in CA have been cancelled after local authorities and the community voiced its opposition. My source: Courage to Resist.

 
Item: Voting “irregularities.”  Florida and Georgia are still in play as “ballot submission deadlines, candidate lawsuits and preparations for recounts or runoffs all converged,” according to Laura Clawson writing for Alternet. Many other races are still too close to call. Republicans are already trying to impede vote recounts in a number of states. But election integrity in the U.S. is on the banana level: there were missing voting machines in a Detroit precinct, which turned voters away who may not have been allowed to return. In an Indiana precinct voting machines weren’t plugged in and only one volunteer was present to oversee the voting; In Arizona three polling places were unable to function, in one case because the building in which it was housed was in foreclosure! Long lines were reported caused by technical problems, forcing the use of paper ballots in three Georgia precincts, in another Georgia precinct with only three machines, and in some precincts in New York City which reported broken scanners where voters stood in line for hours.

But outright voting manipulations occurred, among other states, in Texas where at least one voting machine had wi-fi connectivity, impacting Beto O’Rourke’s race. In one Texas precinct, 133,412 ballots were cast but the list of voters who voted shows only 133,041, showing a discrepancy of 371 more ballots cast than voters who voted. And in one precinct, 55 voters cast 119 votes! In Texas and Georgia voters reported instances of voting machines blatantly flipping votes. In Florida hundreds of thousands of mail in ballots are stuck in a post office that had to be locked down because #45 devotee Cesar Sayoc sent a bomb through that facility. And after former Senator Patrick Murphy discovered that his absentee ballot wasn’t counted, Senator Nelson (Dem) of Florida with only a 15,000 vote difference as of right now, is filing a lawsuit seeking to revisit the “invalid signature” rejections and get these votes counted.  

Most egregious of all, North Dakota demanded identification of Native Americans based on street addresses, whereas everyone residing on a reservation has a P.O. Box, thereby disenfranchising thousands of Native American voters.  Said Chase Iron Eyes: “when they called on us to enlist and defend our country, they didn’t need street addresses, why now? That story has a happy ending. For that, please see the schadenfreude express below!

Already there are four good reasons to #Dump45Now when the new House of Representatives is seated in January. How many more will we have by then?

 
  
Schadenfreude department:

Democratic activists crowdfunded a massive effort to get street address IDs for all the disenfranchised Native Americans so successfully that the turnout was even higher than in 2012, and Republican Randy Boehning, whose idea this was, was unseated by Democrat Ruth Buffalo, a Native American.

After Brian Kemp, Georgia’s Secretary of State, purged over a million votes, his maneuvers bit him in the butt election day when he went to the polls to discover he was ineligible to receive a ballot.


 

Please sign and send Daily Kos petition to your U.S. senator(s): support legislation to protect the Mueller investigation before it’s too late.

Sign the petition to House Democrats to impeach #45 if Mueller is fired.

Please donate to Stacey Abram’s campaign not to concede her candidature for Governor of Alabama.


If you can spare the time, please phone your representatives in Congress.  Tell them this is a Constitutional Crisis, and that you demand that Whitaker recuse himself.

In California:
Kamala Harris  415   981-9369
Diane Feinstein   415   393-0707

In the East Bay:
Barbara Lee  510  763-0370

To qualify for the California November Ballot the measure to restore funding to schools needs to be on the ballot, requiring 900,000 signatures. Please go here to collect signatures.


The elections

Best rose of all: Florida restores voting rights to 1.4 million ex-felons who’ve served their time.

The House gains a Democratic majority, giving it subpoena power.

Florida Secretary of State orders a full machine recount.

Georgia’s Stacey Abrams plans legal action to insure all votes are counted.

For the first time ever, 100 women were elected to the U.S. House:

Two Muslim women Ilhan Omar (MN) and Rashidda Tlaib (MI).

Two Native American women, Deb Haaland (NM) and Sharice Davids (KS). 

Two more African American women, Ayanna Pressley (MA) and Jahana Hayes, (CT).

The first Latina members from Texas, Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia.

The youngest African American woman, Lauren Underwood (IL).

And  Lucy McBath in Georgia, Kendra Horn in Oklahoma, and Lizzie Fletcher in Texas.

N.Y. 14th district will have the very youngest woman ever elected to Congress to represent them, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. 

The first Latina Democratic governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham (N.M).

The first African American woman to serve as AG of New York, Tish James.

The first African American from Colorado Joe Neguse was elected.

Colorado elected Jared Lois an open gay governor.

First ever Medicare for All PAC established by Rep.  Pramila Jayapal (D. Wash.). By issuing ID cards, Medicare for All has the power to end GOP voting violations.

Darrell Issa (Rep-CA) concedes even before polls close.

Older voters, a GOP mainstay, abandon the party in droves, a win for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Activists crowdfund an initiative procuring street addressed IDs for thousands of Native Americans otherwise denied the vote.

Students behind Everytown for Gun Safety organize a campaign to get everyone to vote.

Iowa students back campaign to send two Dem women and one man (in a  state where all representatives but one were Republicans) to Congress.

Across the country voters reject ICE loving Sheriffs.

Texas elects 19 black women judges.

Progressive attorneys general were elected: Xavier Becerra (CA), Phil Weiser (CO), William Tong (CT), Kathy Jennings (DE), Karl Racine (D.C.), Kwame Raoul (IL), Tom Iller (IO), Brian Frosh (MD), Maura Healey (MA), Dana Nessell (MI), Keith Ellison (MN), Hector Balderas (NM), Tish James (NY), Peter Neronha (RI), T.J. Donovan (VT), and Josh Kaul (WI).Aaron Ford (NV),

And more than 240 LGBTQ candidates won their primaries, with at least 14 elected. 

Throughout the U.S., activist groups such as unions, DACA, and folks in Georgia work to get out the midterm vote.

California passes Proposition 12, the world’s strongest animal welfare law for farmed animals.

Baltimore voters stand up to water privatization.


The climate

Florida amendment 9 passes banning any drilling offshore in state waters.

Peat soils, thick deposits of decomposed plant matter, as a breakthrough conservation strategy for combatting change have  been pioneered by The Nature Conservancy.

Two states launch investigations into responsibility of Exxon in causing climate change, and nine cities and counties actually sue major fossil fuel companies, seeking climate-related compensation.

In Washington State, carbon pricing initiative gains traction.

Sempervirens Fund restores redwood forests in California’s Sta. Cruz mountains.

The Nature Conservancy announces successful efforts to reforest bottomlands of the Lower Mississippi River Valley, sequestering millions of tons of carbon from the atmosphere.


Labor

In Boston, the Ujima Project works to create economic equity for artists.

Woman activist aims to get 50 million Americans into the worker-owned economy.

The Courts

Ponca Nation of Oklahoma becomes first U.S. tribe to recognize the Rights of Nature in tribal law.

Judge Peter Messitte of the U.S. District Court for Maryland dismissed 45’s interlocutory appeal attempting to delay his trial for violation of the emoluments clause.

7 to 2 the Supreme Court denies an administration motion to stop a constitutional lawsuit filed by 21 young plaintiffs, Juliana vs. the U.S., perhaps because demonstrations upholding the lawsuit were staged in cities nationwide.

Supreme Court denies net neutrality challenges brought by the telecom industry.

Nye County, Nevada prosecutors and Sheriff’s deputies end 60 year policy of arresting protesters at the Nevada National Security Site (the Nevada test site.)

Another federal court rules 45’s decision to end DACA is wrong.

Judge Brian Morris of the U.S. District Ct. for Montana rules the administration ignored climate change and blocks Keystone XL pipelines from going forward, ruling that the administration violated key laws when it approved the pipeline.

Peace

Russia and the U.S. announce they seek negotiations to uphold the general prohibition of intermediate range nuclear missiles in Europe, now and in future. 

Secretary of State Pompeo, never known for peace activism, calls for an end to fighting in Yemen.

And General Mattis sets a 30-day deadline for a Yemen ceasefire.

In Iraq, oil takes an independent step for the benefit of all Iraqis, but maybe not exactly for the planet.

The two Koreas halt military exercises and close gunports once aimed at each other.

The UN votes the 127th time to end the U.S. blockade which has caused Cuba untold suffering, with 189 for, and two objections. Guess who?

Because of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, five U.S. lawmakers, led by Rubio urge 45 to suspend any related negotiations for a U.S.-Saudi nuclear agreement.

Resistance

Nationwide protests break out as Whitaker, the new AG, poses serious threat to Mueller’s investigation.

Data for Democracy harnesses powers of Big Data for civic good, tracking (for example) data on migration and family separation.

Demonstrating against the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines, Richmond residents stage a Halloween parade in full costume outside Virginia Governor’s office.

The Mexican way: as the refugee caravan travels through Mexico, it is welcomed with food, festivity, care, and clothing! Huipils and huaraches, anyone?

Marriott hotel workers stage a strike in ten cities in the U.S. and Canada. Note the transnational strike.

Undocumented black migrants build informal organizing network.

Veterans issue open letter to all active duty fully armed soldiers deploying to the border, urging them to disobey orders threatening defenseless migrants legally seeking asylum.

Eleven Honduran migrant caravan members sue 45 for violating their Constitutional rights to demand asylum.

Student groups push ‘Justice for Jordan’ at the University of Maryland.

Nuclear

Walkatjurrra walkabout opposes uranium mining in Australia.

Toshiba abandons new nuclear project at Moorside, UK.

Grand Canyon uranium ban upheld as Supreme Court declines to hear government’s challenge.

Civil  Rights

California’s Gov. Brown signs law granting parolees right to apply for licenses and certifications to support themselves using the skills they’ve learned before and during incarceration.

California passes AB 2845 setting more careful parameters for parole board hearings, and making it unlawful for employers to consider convictions for which applicants have received pardons.

Wyoming strikes down another Ag-Gag law.

Over 80 civil society organizations object to NPS “Pay to Protest” proposal.

Over 90,000 citizen comments submitted in response to NPS “Pay to Protest” proposal.

UN adopts new general comment on the Right to Life, referencing nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction.

Nine more Wisconsin communities vote to amend the Constitution, clarifying that only human beings (and not corporations) should have  human rights, and that money is not the same thing as free speech.

Suspected BuzzFeed leaker released on $100K bond.

Portugal launches world’s first ever national participatory budget.

Law Enforcement

FBI policy guide notes that ‘domestic’ terrorism’ is connected to ‘white supremacy.’ Duh. Errata: read fascism throughout.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

In a Fix no 'Fix' Can Fix

 
Michael Moore’s most recent film, Fahrenheit 11/9 refers to the day following the  elections of 2016, which he equates with 9/11 as a comparable assault on the U.S. I’ve watched the film twice in less than a week. What stands out earlier, and in the most recent viewing is that the images speak even louder than its words. The first frames show you a rogues gallery of suited male heads, alongside statistics reporting how many times women have accused each of predation. But these words take on an entirely different level of meaning in the heart of the film, when we see the current White House imposter haranguing the Detroit Economic Club where the protocols forbid any questions from the floor. One by one, women protesters in the audience stand up to object to the proceedings only to be manhandled by stone-faced goons who whip them around and force them from the room. Those shots tell you infinitely more about the way women in this society are treated than any statistics can.

Through much of the film we see footage of National Conventions, and political rallies, with their abundance of flags big as aircraft carriers, five-story-high amplified images of political figures, balloons, confetti, strobe lights, cascades of water, etc. which preview the concluding shots of Hitler’s rallies with their display of flags, screaming people, and which document the autocratic body language of the presiding demagogue.  We even see the image of his U.S. counterpart projected on the Empire State Building. And by comparison, it dawns on us how subversive rock concerts can be and how they mock all our political posturings, much as the feast of the Saturnalia, with its idiot-king-for-a-day satirized the Roman empire in its day.

 

Coming to a City Near You


We see the moment when the black children of Flint Michigan are deemed dispensable as a politician presses his finger to the water gage which will shut off the waters of Lake Huron and divert the Flint River and its contamination to fill the taps of Flint, consigning everyone of its children to the lead poisoning which will  devastate their bodies and minds, and condemn each one of them to being less than human—the moment when Rick Snyder, the devil’s spawn Governor of Michigan, destroys a whole city more effectively than any so-called terrorist ever could.  But Moore doesn’t stop there. He shows a triumphant Air Force One flying Obama to the rescue. And as the people who voted for him with their whole hearts watch, he drinks or pretends to drink the contaminated water of Flint—twice—in a PR stunt Madison Avenue could only dream of. And not satisfied with his twice betrayal, he allows Flint Michigan to be bombed, strafed, and terrorized by the Army which uses the city for target practice without any forewarning to its terrified inhabitants.

At first viewing, the separate strands of Moore’s film seem like something of a hodge podge, the poisoning of Flint, the student anti-gun resistance movement originated by the students of Parkland High School in Florida, but the point Moore is making is that from Clinton on, each American president has paved the way for the Walpurgisnacht of the current Ozministration. Yes, dear children, we are in a fix. The taps of hatred have been turned on, and they can’t be turned off because the pipes are corroded, Flint’s black children’s lives have been forever blunted, and nothing can wash the stain off these lily white hands. We are in a fix, and no ’fix’  can fix it. Not even an electoral upset.



Donate so hundreds of black Georgians can cast their ballots.


Sign to demand Brian Kemp who scrubbed more than 300,000 Georgia voters from the rolls take his marbles and go home.

Donate to resist GOP voter suppression of native Americans in North Dakota.

Veto troops to the border to ‘repel’ desperate men, women, and children.

Please tell San Mateo district attorney that the Okobi family deserves justice NOW.


Women

Catholic synod declares women’s inclusion in Catholic leadership is a ‘duty of justice.’

Must watch: Maggie Doyne changes lives of 200 children starting with this one thought: forget the 80 million, start with one.

Physicians for Social Responsibility honor visionary leaders, Beatrice Fihn and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.

Nuns on the Bus logs 5600 miles for tax justice.

A record number of women poised to win elections.

Voting rights

Florida fighting to restore voting rights to individuals with minor felony convictions.

NAACP issues dire warning about Texas voting machines that like to flip for Cruz.

U.S. Supreme Court paves way for state supreme courts to strike down GOP gerrymanders.

After GOP tries to stop one bus of elderly black voters in Georgia, ten more buses join in the fight.

In victory over GOP suppression scheme, court rules thousands of Georgians must be allowed to vote.

San Francisco grants non-citizen residents voting rights in local election.

The Courts

Free Press raises funds to sue Ajit Pai.

Mom and four-year-old sue DHS to reunite after seven months of separation under administration border policy.

U.S. citizen wrongfully detained and mocked by ICE awarded $55,000 settlement.

UK fracking protesters freed after convictions are overturned.

In the UK, hundreds are ready to go to jail over climate crisis.

Peasants’ rights declaration presented before the UN general assembly.

Puerto Rico tribunal verdict: U.S. guilty of crimes against humanity.

Lawsuit depicts First Crime Family as a ‘racketeering enterprise that defrauded thousands of people.

Gabby Gifford’s organization  sues the administration.

Tenth Circuit panel grants summary judgment bars Wyoming from enforcing Ag-Gag laws.

The Climate

Swiss philanthropist donates $1 billion to conservation efforts.

Oakland City Council adopts resolution declaring climate emergency.

San Jose, CA wins award to fight climate change.

Resistance

FedEx finally cuts ties with the NRA.

Google workers worldwide leave desks demanding end to sexual harassment and improvements to workplace culture.

Demonstrators block the White House Impostor during march for love and solidarity in Pittsburgh.

Supreme Court halt to Juliana vs. U.S. youth climate lawsuit inspires nationwide resistance.

With Mattis’ call for Yemen ceasefire, congress getting closer to forcing military to withdraw, according to Center for Economic and Policy Research.

Foremost Farms, U.S.A. and Aria Food, a European dairy coop are forming a strategic partnership.









Saturday, October 27, 2018

Election Whoopee in a Banana Republic!











Item: GOPs Brian Kemp purges over half a million voters.


Item: Georgia Secretary of State running for Gov. says he’s ‘concerned’ if everybody exercises their right to vote.

Whoopee!

So is it 53,000 voter registrations that have been tossed in the proud State of Georgia as those e-announcements shrill? or 340,134?

Greg Palast says it’s 340,134 and he’s got their names. Now why would  a nice man like Brian Kemp ever think of doing such a nasty thing? When he was elected Secretary of State—that’s the proud State of Georgia—didn’t he swear he would uphold the Constitution? Well yes, he did. But the constitution he pledged to uphold was his own robust constitution, and not the state’s. And it must be pretty robust ‘cause he tossed 1 in 10 Georgia voters off the rolls, especially those who might cotton to his opponent, Stacy Abrams, Georgia’s first black woman candidate, for Governor.

Now if you knew you would lose, and lose to a black woman, wouldn’t you try to whitewash a few names off the rolls, say maybe 10,000, or why not a little more, say, maybe 50,000, and while you’re at it, why not go whole hog at 340,134?  Who’s counting anyway, and if anyone actually tries to question you, why it’s simple, old buddy:  you say they just moved.  Moved?  Well, yes, they didn’t answer my nice glossy junk mailer I sent them, so they must’ve moved.  And who’s this Greg Palast anyway? Some Yankee smart ass, meddling where he has no bidness.  And anyway, as Secretary of the proud State of Georgia, you got every right to ask for a recount anyway, so if you don’t off them coming, you get to off them going.


Republicans annonce the elephant as their symbol has outlived its usefulness. It's headed out the door to be replaced by the noble condom.
(Is there any other kind?)



RNC chairman, Reince Priebus explained that the condom more clearly reflects the Party's current stance because the condom accepts inflation, halts production, destroys the next generation, protects a bunch of pricks, and gives you a sense of security while you're actually being screwed.



Join rally at a court house near you to support the children’s trial Juliana vs. the U.S. which knowingly violated their constitutional rights by contributing to climate change. In San Francisco, 3 to 6 PM, 95 7th Street Monday, October 29.

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Youth plaintiffs file response with Supreme Court which turned down their case, pointing to the government’s serious mischaracterization of Juliana v. the United States.

15-year old Swedish climate activist urges all kids worldwide to walk out of school for a few weeks as she did while doling out educational leaflets to passersby outside the Swedish Parliament. “We can’t save the world by playing by the rules, because the rules have to change.”

Five climate activists shut down Enbridge, Inc., the equivalent of 15% of U.S. oil.

Water protectors lock-down Dallas mansion of CEO of Energy Transfer Partners.

Coal-mining country of Wales pledges to leave its remaining coal in the ground.

New York attorney general Barbara Underwood files suit against Exxon-Mobil for defrauding investors by downplaying the  financial threat of regulations to mitigate human-caused global warming.

In a victory for indigenous rights in Ecuador, the Kofan people win legal battle defending Ecuador’s largest river nullifying 62 gold mining concessions.

Peace flotilla protests pollution, waste of taxpayer money, and  militarism at Bay Area Blue Angels airshow.

Greg Palast sues Georgia’s Brian Kemp for purging 340,000 from voter rolls.

Federal judge rules that Georgia election officials must stop tossing out absentee ballots and applications due to signature mismatches without first giving voters an opportunity to fix or dispute any alleged errors.

NAACP wins lawsuit against Shelby County, TN election commission in a ruling ordering it to send notices to all voters who submit incomplete voter registration forms.

Federal judge rules that the border is not a right-free zone.

The Center for Constitutional Rights announces the release from detention and reunification of father and two year old son.

Mexican  President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks up for rights of Honduran Migrants Caravan.

PJ, a Cambodian immigrant, receives recommendation for a pardon. Please sign the petition to Gov. Brown.

Oregon volunteers welcome newly released asylum seekers with rides and legal assistance.

LGBTQ stages a massive rally outside White House to reaffirm that trans people will not be erased. 

New Hampshire court strikes down GOP’s law aimed at suppressing Dem-leaning college student voters.

Louisiana district court rules that non-unanimous jury verdict based on racism is unconstitutional.

Overwhelming majority in the European Parliament votes to strengthen EU’s plan to cut plastic pollution.

Army tries and fails to prove GOP claims that antifascist protestors are national security threat.

Marshall Island victims of U.S. bomb tests seek justice in the form of adequate health care.

Black liberation activist, Mike Africa Sr. of Move, as been released on parole after 40 years.

UN rights expert, Baskut Tuncak, urges Japan to halt returns to heavily contaminated Fukushima.

Tohoku Electric Power announces plans to scrap reactor at Onagawa plant.

U.S. announces plans to sue radiation-contaminated Hunters Point shipyard contractors, among them Tetra Tech for fraud.

Emergent political movement, People Power, led by musician politician Bobi Wine, alters landscape of Ugandan politics.

Mass demonstrations take to the streets denouncing the corrupt government of Haitian president Jovenal Moise. 

A Connecticut man who warned motorists about “cops ahead” with a hand-drawn sign brings a federal complaint protesting his arrest and demanding punitive damages. 

New York Attorney General, Barbara Underwood, subpoenas industry groups and lobbyists over fraudulent net neutrality comments.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Eyewash by the IPCC Enables Pentagon Inertia


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, established by the United Nations Environmental Program and the World Meteorological Organization in 1988 has just issued a report described by the New York Times as quite concerning, predicting a “world of worsening food shortages and wildfires, and a mass die off of coral reefs as early as 2040.” Despite all its handwringing
(“ the damage requires transforming the world economy at a speed and scale that has ‘no documented historic precedent’ and ‘the atmosphere will  warm up by  as much as 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit above preindustrial levels by 2040, inundating coastlines and intensifying droughts and poverty’) it urges us just to do the same and more of the same, but it overlooks the vital discussion of self-reinforcing feedback loops resulting from arctic ice melt.

 

Because it leaves out everything it either doesn’t know or can’t quite cope with, the IPCC report and all the media attention it has received is utter eyewash.  Why? For answers we must look to Peter Wadhams, emeritus professor of ocean physics at the University of Cambridge.  His analysis of the flaccid IPCC report is that it is based on old fashioned modeling that ignores the data of observational scientists. It soft pedals such self-reinforcing feedback loops as methane feedback, sea-level rise and glacier melt feedback, decline in thermohaline circulation,  and albedo feedback, (the reflectivity of white ice deflecting the sun’s heat).  None of the four, potentially leading to catastrophic global warming, are described as major threats, says Wadhams, because the IPCC doesn’t consider them in the first place, either hoping they go away by themselves, or forgetting them altogether.

 

For example. the report claims that, if we are to keep to 1.5 degrees, there will be an ice-free summer once every hundred years!  And that if we allow the temperature to rise to 2.0 degrees, there will be an ice-free summer every ten years! Whereas the reality now is that either next year, or at most the year after that we will have nothing but ice-free summers thereafter.

The IPCC has always ignored methane release from the Arctic offshore. And they ignore it again this year.  Because they themselves lack the resources that observational scientists have, they base their conclusions on the old models that say the methane is not supposed to be released for another 50 to 100 years.

Another self–reinforcing feedback mechanism and potentially runaway cycle has to do with the acceleration of sea level rise, coupled with glacier retreat. Because the IPCC ignored present conditions, they produced reports relating to sea level rise in the next century, gifting policy makers with complacency and allowing them to under budget for sea defenses. This year, while reporting on the melt occurring in Greenland, and Iceland, the report still ignores both what’s happening in the East Antarctic ice sheet which is beginning to retreat, and the moulins happening in Greenland of melt water running down to bedrock, which accelerates the rate of melt.



Katrina
A third self-reinforcing feedback loop related to the loss of sea ice, and not mentioned by the IPCC relates to the decline in thermohaline circulation,  a process controlled both by water temperatures and ocean salinity, which leads to an increased amount of water warming up faster in the tropics, resulting in increased hurricane intensity. It ignores the albedo effect altogether for which a very simple solution might be to color all the planet’s roofs and highways white.



To sum up, the IPCC seems to think that IF we can keep warming to 1.5 degrees, methane release won’t happen because the sea ice won’t melt. But the sea ice is already melting! Other runaway cycles won’t happen either, so they think they don’t even have to mention them.  The report offers complacency when a dire panic warning is called for, requiring  a catastrophic overhaul, but if we go by the IPCC’s impotent report, we are not going to get anything like it done in time, and certainly not as long as the U.S. and Brazil insist on withdrawing altogether from the Paris accords.

 

Wadhams stresses that at the stage we find ourselves, namely keeping to a 1.5 temperature rise, we have to focus on carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere. The IPCC  report doesn’t mention how much CO2 removal per year is needed to keep the warming down to 1.5, namely at least 20 billion tons per year, from 40 to 50% of what our present emissions are.  Or up to 1 trillion metric tons of carbon from the biosphere over the 21st century.  To address such a commitment, development of a huge industry is needed that will change the lives of everyone on Earth. It has already affected me. At 82 years of age, just when walking became a conscious act, I gave up driving, I junked my car. I am inviting you to consider what in your life you might consider giving up.

 

Supposedly the Pentagon “got it,” declaring in 2017 that global warming is a threat to “national security.” Now suppose those Pentagon bean counters were to look over their shoulders for a minute to see what some of the world already sees: the streets of Shanghai choking, the forests of the Western Northern hemisphere burning, do you think they might have the imagination to reallocate every penny that now goes into killing children and starving them in countries like Yemen, and Afghanistan to a concerted effort to preserve life on this planet? Because that’s what it will take:  all the resources that now go to war-making and destruction would have to be reallocated to sucking per year that 20 millions tons of carbon dioxide pout of the atmosphere in order to save Earth.

Nothing short of declaring war on global warming will do it.



War is the most profligate user of fossil fuels. Prevent the Iran war.









Judge denies U.S. governments request to skip trial on its responsibility to protect U.S. citizens from the damage due to global warming and its impacts.

Point Conception, an eight-mile stretch of pristine southern California coastline will be protected by The Nature Conservancy.

New Supreme Court ruling re: ConAgra and Sherwin-Williams could make it easier to hold corporations liable for climate change.

AMP Creeks Council and Greater Southern Maryland Community announce success fighting Dominion Energy Cove Point effort to build a giant fracked gas compressor station on 14 clear cut acres.

New York City announces divestment of its pension  funds from fossil fuel stocks. Both the Mayor and City Comptroller plan to re-invest that $4 billion in community-led climate solutions.

Ecosia, a German start up, to buy 200 hectares of Hambach forest slated for open coal mining.

Judge Ann Aiken rules that 21 children and young adults have standing claiming that their due process rights have been violated by the government and fossil fuel companies.

One of nation’s oldest, Englewood, Colorado based Westmoreland Coal Company files for bankruptcy.

Our People and Planet awards two green businesses Nature’s Magic, a woman-owned business in Georgia, and Eutree, which recycles urban tree “waste” in Villa Rica, Georgia.

Bringing together advocates for peace and economic, racial, environmental and climate justice, Peace Congress announces plans to end U.S. wars at home and abroad.

Due at least in large part to public opposition, the administration’s weapons parade in Washington D.C. has been cancelled.

Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) are calling for the Government Accountability Office to launch an investigation into the policies and practices of charter schools.

Education “Secretary” Betsy DeVos loses major battle over Obama’s student loan protections.

Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) introduces the Strengthening
Social Security Act of 2018 (H.R. 6929) to ensure the annual Cost of Living Adjustment adequately reflects the real cost of living, and will improve the financial health of the Social Security Trust Fund.

Senators Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV) Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dick Durbin (D –Il) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) along with 18 other Democratic senators send a letter to Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen urging her to withdraw proposed regulatory chances to the “public charge” rule.

Thousands of Glasgow women strike over pay discrimination.
Hundreds of thousands march in Berlin demonstrating against racism and calling for solidarity against the far right.

Dunkirk, the biggest European city so far to do so, offers entirely free transport to residents and visitors alike.

Citing the S.F. Bryant Street jail as unsafe and apt to liquefy in a major earthquake, No New Jail activists call for its closure and funds for a substitute to be allocated to health, education, and housing.

Canada legalizes marijuana.
 
Following their success advocating for no funding increases for ICE, the #DefundHate Coalition urges people to mobilize calling for complete defunding of this racist agency and its inhumane practices.

California’s Contra Costa and Sacramento Counties and the City of Santa Ana sand Williamcon Couty, TX, and Atlanta pull out of their contracts with ICE.

Atlanta cop, Matthew Johns, who beat a teenager, is indicted after over two years.

A measure on the Maine ballot proposes universal home health care for all Maine residents to be paid for by a tax on people making more than $128,400 a year.

ACLU with other civil rights groups file joint lawsuit against Kemp for “disproportionately impacting the ability of voting-eligible African-American, Latino, and Asian-American applicants to register to vote.”

Activists raise a stunning $100,0000 in 70 minuites to defeat Native American Voter Suppression in North Dakota.

The Illinois State Journal-Register announces that remains from the 1908 Springfield race riots will be excavated.

Rahm Emanuel announces he won’t seek third term as mayor of Chicago. We await his notification of retirement.

More than eighty civil society organizations protest the National Park Service’s “Pay to Protest” Proposal.

National Park Services receives over 71,000 comments in response to the new proposed anti-protest regulations.

Florida Supreme Court thwarts Republican Governor Rick Scott’s plan for the Florida courts to remain in Republican control for years to come.

As Judge Suzanne Bolanos considers letting Monsanto off the hook, jurors demand court respect their historic verdict holding Monsanto to account.

The two Koreas agree to begin re-connecting rail and road links.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Streets for Sale


This week responding to what Washington throws our way requires the lightning quick swordplay of the samurai. On the nuclear catastrophe front San Onofre was the site of a near miss nuclear accident when a storage cask fell 18 inches, six inches more than its warrantee allows, and on the vote suppression and  vote  integrity front, while a Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate, Brian Kemp, purges the voting rolls of black folks because his chief opponent happens to be a black woman, Harvey Wasserman and Bob Fitrakis publish an article pointing up Democrats for failing to focus on how all those nice blue wave votes can be and inevitably will be stolen (https://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/52754-rsn-will-the-trump-gop-strip-and-flip-americas-2018-election-while-the-democrats-fail-to-protect-the-vote)

Connie at the White House-longest lasting protest in U,S. History

 We speed past these so very critical issues to focus on the stealth program initiated by the National Park Service to chop the head off protest of any kind. The Park Service wants to demand bucks for protest. They want to declare those White house sidewalks off limits. They want to keep organizers guessing till the day before knowing very well that any large protest, of say 100,000 or more takes months of planning and strategizing to folks out. Whose streets? you my ask.  Pay-to-play’s streets., that’s whose.

 


The Park Service is but one branch of an octopus that’s spreading its many tentacles around us to make sure we can’t even utter a whimper. How can we send them a message that they’re hopelessly out of line? That the streets have always been the venue of citizen assemblies?  That we are not succumbing to compassion fatigue, that we are not wasted by protest fatigue. Hell, no!

 

The deadline for this stealth initiative is this coming Monday.  If you care at all, please submit your comments by then (See our Action section where you can do so easily.) Let them know loud and clear that you have no intention of going home and shutting the door behind you. You are in this for the duration, and you don’t mean to follow uncivil regulations anymore than you itch to join a monastery.  Hell, no!


or at: http://www.justiceonline.org/take_action_now_stop_trump_new_laws_to_crush_protests_in_washington_dc#/5/

Deadline October 15, this Monday: Follow this link to the National Park Service Comment page. Let National Park Service k now how these changes matter to you.
or go to:
https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=NPS-2018-0007-0001

or go to:
https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/tell-brian-kemp-stop-suppressing-georgia-voters/?link_id=1&can_id=655968a96e1bce05c463b2f640bf633c&source=email-stop-this-voter-suppression-scheme&email_referrer=email_434860&email_subject=stop-this-voter-suppression-scheme

https://popularresistance.org/national-park-service-proposes-severe-restrictions-on-protests-in-washington-dc/


ACLU fights back at the Park Service’s “Stealth Proposal” to limit public’s right to protest outside White House.

District Court Judge Robert Tiffany acquitted defendants of all charges in Clearwater County “Valve Turner” case.

Military families speak out against the Afghanistan 17-year-long war as veteran of 8
tours there dies.

In Maine, 4 Bantu Somali refugees raise crops on shared land at New Roots Coop Farm, growing regional and Somali produce, one of a number of coop farms operating in the North East.

The City of Oakland, along with Alameda County, formally halted its use of Roundup on Sept. 1, according to Public Works Department notice.

According to the NYT, a new wave of Democrats is testing the party’s lockstep support for Israel.

Fox reported Bret Baier reports U.S. Supreme John Roberts refers allegations of judicial misconduct against Kavanaugh to Tenth Circuit to investigate his ethics.

Petitions to impeach Kavanaugh surge as organizers insist not even Supreme Court judges are ‘above the law.’

Protesting, N.Y.C. law students stage walkout protesting Kavanaugh’s nomination.

Gov. Jerry Brown signs legislation to end harmful use of drift gillnets.

Federal Judge permanently bars Administration from withholding policing grants from California, San Francisco, and other so-called sanctuary jurisdictions across the nation.

Re-discovered grand jury records of Georgia’s “last” lynching persuades federal Georgia judge to order them unsealed, declaring the testimony to be of broad public interest.

Congress passes broad water infrastructure legislation providing for more natural coastal infrastructure, delivering key victories for the Everglades and Long Island Sound.

Israel’s Mishab Housing and Construction has been fined by Israel for discriminating against Arab home buyers.

Citing arbitrary use and racial bias, Washington State abolishes state’s death penalty.

Amid massive public outcry, 12-year-old-Tamir Rice’s killer won’t be hired as a cop
byK another police jurisdiction.

NYT reports that Democratic states suing the government rack up substantial wins.

U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick cites newly unsealed video, ordering that a lawsuit by Mario Woods, shot by S.F. rogue cops,  mother can proceed to trial.

Google’s “Waze” expands carpooling service throughout the U.S.

ACLU sues San Francisco for targeting African-American in drug arrests.

Postal workers unite nationwide against administration’s “privatization” plan.

Fourth circuit court vacates Mountain Valley Pipeline permit.

World Nuclear Industry Status Report confirms nuclear power decline.

Coalition of civil rights group sues George’s Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp for voter suppression of upwards of 50,000 voters favoring his opponent.

Gov. Jerry Brown signs the Fair and Just Sentencing Reform Act (SB 1393) allowing judges to use their discretion instead of being forced to stick to unjust mandatory minimums in deciding sentences.

Representative Ro Khanna calls for congressional hearing into journalist Khashoggi’s disappearance. 


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