The strategy of muddling the public’s impression of climate science has proved to be highly effective. In 2017, polls found that almost ninety per cent of Americans did not know that there was a scientific consensus on global warming.
What is certain is that the industry’s campaign cost us the efforts of the human generation that might have made the crucial difference in the climate fight
How Extreme Weather Is Shrinking the Planet, New Yorker, by Bill McKibben November 18, 2018 “………The climatologist James Hansen testified before Congress about the dangers of human-caused climate change thirty years ago. Since then, carbon emissions have increased with each year except 2009 (the height of the global recession) and the newest data show that 2018 will set another record. Simple inertia and the human tendency to prioritize short-term gains have played a role, but the fossil-fuel industry’s contribution has been by…
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15th Nov 2018 On the morning after the Financial Times has called on the UK Government to reassess its long-term energy plans following the demise of Toshiba’sMoorside nuclear project, the Stop Hinkley Campaign has published a briefing about lessons we can learn from the Sellafield Thermal Oxide Reprocessing Plant which is in the process of closing after only 24 years of operation and a very chequered performance.
The “Lessons for Hinkley from Sellafield” briefing says: The cost of building THORP increased from
£300m in 1977 to £1.8bn on completion in 1992. With the additional cost of associated facilities this figure rose to £2.8bn. Originally expected to reprocess 7,000 tonnes of spent fuel in its first ten years, it has managed only around 9,300 in 24 years.
The original rationale for THORP ended with the closure of the UK’s fast reactor programme in 1994. The new rationale – to produce plutonium…
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Libya’s Muamar Gaddafi, Torture, Rendition and the West
Al Jazeera (2018)
This documentary is about a secret agreement between US, UK and German intelligence to kidnap anti-Gaddafi dissidents around the world and fly them to Libya – to be imprisoned, tortured and/or killed by Gaddafi’s security officials.
Following the 2011 Libyan revolution, rebels captured a trove of security documents verifying these secret agreements. One document reveals the CIA, as well as UK and German intelligence, met with Libyan intelligence officials one week after 9-11 (while Libya was still under UN sanctions) to agree the details of the program. Documents also reveal that western intelligence officers were fully aware that Gaddafi tortured and murdered dissidents he detained in his prisons.
Western intelligence referred to the secret kidnappings – of victims that included pregnant women and children as young as six – as extraordinary rendition.
Following the invasion of Iraq…
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Forty years ago, Charles Krause lay on the tarmac of a remote jungle airstrip in Guyana, shot in the hip, holding still and pretending to be dead.
A Washington Post foreign correspondent at the time, Krause had come to South America along with California congressman Leo J. Ryan and his entourage to visit a remote cult compound known as Jonestown.
Ryan had constituents who had joined the agricultural commune following the charismatic, self-titled reverend Jim Jones and his California-based Peoples Temple. After hearing reports from concerned family members — who claimed that temple members were held there against their will, assaulted and abused — the congressman decided to fly down to investigate, accompanied by several members of the press.
But Jones had no intention of allowing the visitors to leave and dispatched several of his armed followers on a flatbed…
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Pelosi, McConnell are the most unpopular figures in NBC/WSJ poll – NBC News
The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi are the most unpopular political figures in the survey.
Forty-eight percent of registered voters view Pelosi negatively, versus 22 percent who have a positive opinion of her (-26).
And 36 percent see McConnell in a negative light, versus 21 percent who view him positively (-15).
Over 100 new freshmen Congress men and women got put into office, and they signal a trasformational shift from an old consciousness and way of doing a TOP DOWN, 1 PERCENT controlled ‘pay to play’ politics, to a new and very different way of governing, from the BOTTOM UP, while representing the 99 percent.
Just for this reason, there should be a change in leadership within the Democratic Party, from the old, established 1 percent top down pay to play corporate controlled leaders, to a new, bottoms up leadership style.
Huge globalist corporations use the ‘pay to play’ game to ‘bribe’ the old established Neoliberals. They want their bought off politicians to fight against any proposal or law that is actually good for the 99 percent. They promote and push only laws that benefits the 1 percent, no matter who is in control on either the Republican or Democratic side And Pelosi is representing that 1 percent, while ignoring the needs of the 99 percent.
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By Steve Hanley
Time to stop pretending.
The human race has conspired to exterminate itself, at least on this planet.
According to a study authored by Yann Robidou du Pont of the Australian-German Climate & Energy College at the University of Melbourne and Malte Meinshausen of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, if we continue to do what we are doing to address a warming climate, we might as well all lie back, sip our favorite alcoholic beverage, and party like its 1999, because we will all be dead soon and so will be our planet.
Nice work, humans.
We have conspired to foul our own nest so egregiously that our extinction is now all but assured.
All that left to do is rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic as we slowly but surely extinguish any chance that we have of survival.
Where Does Your Country Rank?
The study, entitled…
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The most interesting part of the Black Plague of the 1300 to the 1800’s is the fact that people never connected the dots. Medical doctors and scientists had all kinds of theories, from witches, to sinful behaviour, to dogs, to punishment by God, etc. They never figured out the root cause of the Black Plague that went around the world to many countries, and killed an estimated 50-70% of the population affected.
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In 2014, an Ebola virus started spreading rapidly through several African nations. This article focuses on that epidemic and how a virus like this can easily spread through large numbers of people. The Ebola virus killed large percentages of those people who got infected.
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