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19 November 2013 @ 08:29 am
Watch the World's Forests Disappear on Google Earth [Mother Jones]

Scientists Confirm World's Oldest Creature...But Kill it Determining Its Age [Breitbart] LOLOL

Global Warming Since 1997 Underestimated by Half [Real Climate]

Bubble and Beyond [Extra Environmentalist] Includes a conversation about "neofeudalism"; I haven't had a chance to listen, but it was recommended to me by jezebel873.

Eating Our Young: The world is spending more on the old and skimping on the young [Newsweek]

Map: These are the cities that climate change will hit first [Washington Post] Dear Miami, you're the first to go.

A 140-Acre Forest Is About to Materialize in the Middle of Detroit [The Atlantic Cities] Only seasoned doomers will get why this is here, but I won't be explaining it.

Emissions of CO2 driving rapid oceans 'acid trip' [BBC]

Capitalism and the Destruction of Life on Earth: Six Theses on Saving the Humans [Truth-Out]

Mainstream economics is in denial: the world has changed [The Guardian]

Russell Brand on revolution: “We no longer have the luxury of tradition” [New Statesman]

Naomi Klein: How science is telling us all to revolt: Is our relentless quest for economic growth killing the planet? Climate scientists have seen the data – and they are coming to some incendiary conclusions. [New Scientist]

And now for some unexpectedly good news:

Majority of red-state Americans believe climate change is real, study shows: Study suggests far-reaching acceptance of climate change in traditionally Republican states such as Texas and Oklahoma [The Guardian] The data is probably deeply flawed.
11 November 2013 @ 03:14 pm
Typhoon Haiyan the biggest yet as world's tropical storms gather force [The Guardian]

Australia is on track for its warmest ever year, says study [The Guardian]

Climate Change May Magnify Toxic Chemical Dangers [Huffington Post]

China eyes Antarctica's resource bounty [The Guardian]

California on course for driest year on record [SFGate]

South Florida Faces Ominous Prospects From Rising Waters [NY Times]

Climate Change Seen Posing Risk to Food Supplies [NY Times]

How Climate Change Will Affect You [The Onion] Satire.

Learning How to Die in the Anthropocene [NY Times]
Many thinkers, including Cicero, Montaigne, Karl Jaspers, and The Stone’s own Simon Critchley, have argued that studying philosophy is learning how to die. If that’s true, then we have entered humanity’s most philosophical age — for this is precisely the problem of the Anthropocene. The rub is that now we have to learn how to die not as individuals, but as a civilization.
22 October 2013 @ 04:00 pm
Gulf ecosystem in crisis after BP spill [Al Jazeera]
Hundreds of kilograms of oily debris on beaches, declining seafood catches, and other troubling signs point towards an ecosystem in crisis in the wake of BP's 2010 oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. "It's disturbing what we're seeing," Louisiana Oyster Task Force member Brad Robin told Al Jazeera. "We don't have any more baby crabs, which is a bad sign. We're seeing things we've never seen before."
The ocean is broken [The Herald]

Climate change: how hot will it get in my lifetime? - interactive [The Guardian]

New Study: Koch’s Could Make $100 Billion on Keystone XL Pipeline Deal [Grist]
A new study released today concludes that Koch Industries and its subsidiaries stand to make as much as $100 billion in profits if the controversial Keystone XL pipeline is given the go-ahead by U.S. President Obama.

The report, titled Billionaires’ Carbon Bomb, and produced by the think tank International Forum on Globalization (IFG), finds that David and Charles Koch and their privately-owned company, Koch Industries, own more than 2 million acres of land in Northern Alberta, the source of the tar sands oil that will be pumped to the United States via the Keystone XL pipeline.

IFG also finds that more than 1,000 reports and statements in support of the Keystone XL pipeline project have been made by policy groups and think tanks that receive funding from the Koch brothers and their philanthropic foundations.
Native Americans Declare War on Fracking. Canada Declares War on Native Americans. Updates. [Daily Kos]

U.S. Income Inequality Higher Than Roman Empire's Levels: Study [Huffington Post]

Half the world has 1% while 1% has half the world’s wealth [Systemic Disorder]

4 in 5 in USA face near-poverty, no work [USA Today]

Let’s Get This Class War Started [Chris Hedges]

The Resident: Americans whoring body parts [Russia Times] Clearly, not a serious piece of journalism, but how could I not post it?

Japan to Shoot Down Foreign [Chinese] Drones [The Diplomat]

Potential effects of agrochemicals in Argentina [Boston Globe]
Dr. Andres Carrasco, a molecular biologist at the University of Buenos Aires, pauses during an interview in Buenos Aires, Argentina on July 8. Carrasco found that injecting very low doses of glyphosate, a weed-killer, into embryos can change levels of retinoic acid, causing the same sort of spinal defects in frogs and chickens that doctors are increasingly registering in communities where farm chemicals are ubiquitous.
20 September 2013 @ 01:47 pm
Tony Abbot Abolishes Australia's Climate Commission [Huffington Post]

Colorado Floodwaters Cover Fracking And Oil Projects: ‘We Have No Idea What Those Wells Are Leaking’ [Think Progress]

The Constitution-free Zone: Fact and Fiction [Panam Post]

What Witchcraft Is Facebook? [The Atlantic]
Mass psychogenic illness—historically known as "mass hysteria"—is making a comeback.
Yosemite Rim Fire is taste of things to come [New Scientist]

Shrinking Water Supply under Threat in U.S. Farm Breadbasket [Scientific American]

Here's Why America Stopped Caring About The Public Good [Robert Reich]

The Official Transportation of the Apocalypse [Slate]
Bike-sharing programs prepare us for the end times.
3 germs are urgent threats to USA's health, CDC says [USA Today]

IEA’s Birol Says Oil Prices Still Too High for Economic Recovery [Bloomberg]

Dear Capitalism, It’s not us, it’s you. [Injustice By Design]

August jobs report: Hiring continues as unemployment falls [CNN]
Only 63.2% of Americans now participate in the labor force -- meaning they have a job or are looking for one. That's the lowest rate since August 1978.
Radioactive Water from Fukushima Nears the Ocean [Time]

‘Oligarchic tendencies’: Study finds only the wealthy get represented in the Senate [Raw Story]
In all of the five Congresses examined, the voting records of Senators were consistently aligned with the opinions of their wealthiest constituents. The opinions of lower-class constituents, however, never appeared to influence the Senators’ voting behavior. ... Contrary to popular opinion, it was Democrats — not Republicans — who were more responsive to upper-class opinion in the 111th Congress.
How Billionaire 'Philanthropy' Is Fueling Inequality and Helping To Destroy the Country [AlterNet]

Bookshelf: Sorry, but psychopaths are running the world [Progressive Review] (short book review)

When you are on top, ‘might makes right’ is ‘rule of law’ [Systemic Disorder]
According to the Energy Information Administration's weekly report released today, crude inventories fell 4.37 million barrels, bringing total US crude inventories to 355.6 million barrels, the lowest level since March 2012!

If you'll recall when I last posted about a weekly EIA report a few months ago, the crude inventories were at 367 million barrels.

Also, gasoline inventories have been declining too. They're down 1.67 million barrels this week.

This news, combined with the FED's statement that they will not begin tapering of QE yet, is wonderful for those of us who want doom to rain down on this society. If peak oil doesn't get you, the reckless monetary policy of the Federal Reserve will. They're truly in a catch 22. Stop QE and have the stock market collapse now, or keep kicking the can down the road and continuing QE to have the stock market collapse even more in the future. Whatever they choose one thing is evident, sooner or later those stimulants will have to be withdrawn, and then the day of reckoning will arrive.

Past estimates by the EIA and other authorities proved to be overly-optimistic, as they had expected Mexico to be producing more oil for a longer period of time.

And now with the war in Syria heating up, the unrest in Egypt, the tensions between Iran and Israel over their nuclear program, the debt ceiling crisis, high unemployment rate, and the end of QE and low interest rates just ahead, there's no shortage of things to feel doomy about. Hooray!
24 August 2013 @ 12:46 pm
The next generation of video game consoles is about to come out in a few months, and with them a new level of virtual immersion and addiction will be reached. People called WoW "World of Warcrack" because it was so addictive. Now, imagine World of Warcrack type games with 10x the graphics and how much MORE addictive they will be.

Will this new generation of kids ever bother to read books? Why would they when they can go into such fantastic virtual worlds?

And it's not just the consoles, it's the all-pervasive internet and cell phones, so many digital distractions and addictions to fall into.
Why would they read when they have all that?

Perhaps this is why so many of the bookstore chains have closed, so that Barnes and Noble is the only one left, and even B&N are doing bad and having to close stores over the next few years. Also the public libraries are cutting hours and some of them are closing too.

I recently say this viral video about people who made a giant domino chain of books.

I think this video says it all. Instead of being interested in reading books, people now find much more amusement in making toys out of them. Their attention spans have been eroded by their cell phones, social media, internet, and video games, so that the only use they have for books now is to make dominoes out of, or build forts out of, or play catch with, etc.

Perhaps if someone can make a car engine that runs by burning all these old books that no one reads anymore it can be a potential solution to our energy problems,
07 August 2013 @ 03:09 pm
New records for sea ice loss, greenhouse gas in 2012 [AFP]

Seven facts you need to know about the Arctic methane timebomb [The Guardian]

Hedges: We Must Grasp Reality to Build Effective Resistance - Pt 3 of 7 [The Real News]
It's bleak, and I'm sorry. The climate science reports are bleak; I'm not making it up. This kind of mania for hope is really a kind of sickness because it prevents us from seeing how dire and catastrophic the situation is if we don't radically reconfigure our relationship to each other and to the ecosystem. So of course people don't want to hear it.
Human intelligence and the environment [International Socialist Review (Chomsky)]
A group of scientists at MIT came out with a report about a year ago describing what they called the most comprehensive modeling of the climate that had ever been done. Their conclusion, which was unreported in public media as far as I know, was that the major scientific consensus of the international commission is just way off, it's much too optimistic; and if you add other factors that they didn't count properly, the conclusion is much more dire. Their own conclusion was that unless we terminate use of fossil fuels almost immediately, it's finished. We'll never be able to overcome the consequences. That's not part of the debate.
THE SHADOW OUR FUTURE THROWS [Ivan Illich, New Perspectives Quarterly] An interview from 1999.

US debt six times greater than declared - study [RT]
The United States has accumulated over $70 trillion in unreported debt, an amount nearly six times the declared figure, according to a new study by University of California-San Diego economics Professor James Hamilton.
'Elysium' delivers action, destruction and a deeper message on life [Reuters] Matt Damon is optimistic about the future.
29 July 2013 @ 09:34 am
Arctic Thawing Could Cost $60 Trillion [Discovery]
Rapid warming of the Arctic could result in economic costs of $60 trillion – roughly the size of the entire world economy last year – according to a new analysis.

Writing in the journal Nature, Gail Whiteman of Erasmus University in the Netherlands, and Chris Hope and Peter Wadhams of the University of Cambridge, note that while Arctic climate change is acknowledged to carry negative environmental repercussions – particularly for sea ice-dependent life such as ringed seals and polar bears – the economic consequences have mostly been framed as positive.


But Whiteman, Hope and Wadhams argue that the economic costs of a melting Arctic will greatly exceed any benefits, with much of the cost being “borne by developing countries, which will face extreme weather, poorer health and lower agricultural production as Arctic warming affects climate.”
Americans For Prosperity, Koch Owned Group, May Have Misled In Georgia Solar Energy Fight [Huffington Post]

Charles Koch on the Poor: Let Them Eat Economic Freedom [The Nation]
Of course, the Koch ad isn’t really directed toward the poor or the middle class. It’s geared to the corporate elite, lobbyists and legislators to help them better rationalize their crusade to kill minimum wage increases, voting rights, Obamacare, environmental protections and other nuisances. Shockingly, but not surprisingly, the GOP-controlled House voted Thursday to completely eliminate funding for food stamps from the Farm Bill. The right doesn’t just want to starve the beast, it wants to feel morally upright even if it starves hundreds of thousands of souls along the way.
Hunger Games USA [Paul Krugman, NY Times]
Something terrible has happened to the soul of the Republican Party. We’ve gone beyond bad economic doctrine. We’ve even gone beyond selfishness and special interests. At this point we’re talking about a state of mind that takes positive glee in inflicting further suffering on the already miserable.
Rent-a-Paramilitaries Freak Out Wisconsin [Talking Points Memo]
There’s been a battle royale up in Wisconsin over an effort to establish a big iron mining operation near Lake Superior, to be owned and operated by a company called Gogebic Taconite. The Republican legislature approved the mine in March over environmentalists’ objections. Some protests have been staged since the operation got started. But people started to get freaked out over the weekend when the company brought in what the Wisconsin State Journal calls “masked security guards who are toting semi-automatic rifles and wearing camouflaged uniforms.”


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Are You Living in a Fourth Amendment Exclusion Zone?
As you can see in the image below provided by the ACLU which highlights the 100 mile radius established by the ridiculous DHS policy, the 197 million individuals living on this outlandishly-extensive ‘border’ accounts for nearly 2/3 of the entire nation’s population. From Washington D.C. to the entire state of Florida (thanks to its coastal positioning), the massive ‘border’ suffocates most of the major cities within the US — and most likely your home.
Detroit’s Bankruptcy and America’s Future: Robots, Race, Globalization and the 1% [Juan Cole]
The big question is whether Detroit’s bankruptcy and likely further decline is a fluke or whether it tells us something about the dystopia that the United States is becoming. It seems to me that the city’s problems are the difficulties of the country as a whole, especially the issues of deindustrialization, robotification, structural unemployment, the rise of the 1% in gated communities, and the racial divide. The mayor has called on families living in the largely depopulated west of the city to come in toward the center, so that they can be taken care of. It struck me as post-apocalyptic. Sometimes the abandoned neighborhoods accidentally catch fire, and 30 buildings will abruptly go up in smoke.
The Global Hoodie [Souciant]
I can’t say whether Zimmerman acted out of that fear or that anger, how much of it was racism and how much was the pent-up rage that more and more middle class Americans are feeling. But I can say that whichever of those categories his killing of Martin fell into, it is a very American response, one that is reflective of the way the US, and other countries, also behave in their foreign policy.

Trayvon Martin is indistinguishable from the long list of innocent Muslim civilians killed by US drone attacks. Or the thousands of Palestinians who have been beaten or killed by Israeli soldiers, police, settlers, rocket fire and heavy ammunition. He may have just as well been an Iranian who is being slowly driven into poverty and even starvation by Western sanctions. Or any one of a wide range of Syrians who have been summarily executed because of their ethnicity, or who were in an area targeted by their President.
Richest 300 Persons on Earth Have More Money Than Poorest 3 Billion [Truth Out]
As we repeatedly focus on wealth inequality in the United States (i.e.; just four hundred persons in the US have as much in assets and income as the bottom 50% of Americans), a video points out the even more extreme global wealth disparity.

It's continually becoming more obvious that the richest 0.01% of people are literally willing to kill the rest of us to continue amassing power and wealth.