Chris Hedges | Reform or Revolution

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Karl Leibknecht, who had coaxed a reluctant Luxemburg into an uprising she knew was almost certainly doomed, had been executed a few moments before. The Spartacus Revolt was crushed. It was the birth of German fascism.

  Rosa Luxemburg memorial at the site where she was thrown into the Landwehr Canal, Berlin.(Manfred Brückels / Wikimedia Commons)(CC-BY-SA)

By Chris Hedges  May 22, 2016

Chris Hedges gave this talk on revolutionary socialist Rosa Luxemburg on Friday at the Left Forum in New York City.

On the night of Jan. 15, 1919, a group of the Freikorps—hastily formed militias made up mostly of right-wing veterans of World War I—escorted Rosa Luxemburg, a petite, 50-year-old with a slight limp, to the Eden Hotel in Berlin, the headquarters of the Guards Cavalry Rifle Division.

“Are you Frau Rosa Luxemburg?” asked Capt. Waldemar Pabst when she arrived at his…

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Summer is Coming: Game of Thrones a Metaphor for Climate Change

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Latest episode makes the metaphor even clearer.


In “The Door,” we learned that the White Walkers were created by the Children of the Forest, as a weapon in a war against humanity.

The Children of the Forest are a nature-worshipping magical race who lived on Westeros before humanity’s arrival. After the humans came, they went to war with the Children of the Forest over territory. The creation of the White Walkers, powerful monsters specifically designed to kill humans, was the Childrens’ response.

So that means the White Walkers are a quasi-natural backlash to humanity’s growth and expansion. Today, they have spun out of anyone’s control and threaten the very foundations of human civilization. And yet humanity is ignoring the White Walker threat in favor of internal squabbling.

It sounds a lot, in short, like the problem of climate change (other than the part about the White Walkers being…

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Portland Does the Right Thing. The Right Freaks Out

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I imagine, and hope, that many school libraries also ignore books that deny the holocaust, or assert that Dinosaurs could fit on the Ark because they were babies.

Above, one of my earliest and most popular climate videos has the lowdown on the “scientists petition against climate science”.

Fox News:

The Portland Public Schools board voted last week to ban any materials that cast doubt on climate change, the Portland Tribune reported.

According to the resolution passed May 17, the school district must remove any textbooks and other materials that suggest climate change is not occurring or that says human beings are not responsible for it.

“A lot of the text materials are kind of thick with the language of doubt, and obviously the science says otherwise,” said Bill Bigelow, a former Portland public school teacher who worked to present the resolution. Bigelow says textbook publishers are yielding to pressure…

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Religious Leaders Urge Obama to Make Good on His Prague Commitment



As President Obama prepares to become the first sitting President to visit Hiroshima, the site where the first atomic bomb was used in war, over fifty religious leaders have signed a letter urging him to use this trip to advance the goal he laid out in a 2009 speech in Prague — “to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons” — by announcing decisive steps towards that goal.

Despite the President’s sweeping commitment, the Obama administration is moving forward with a $1 trillion plan to upgrade the U.S. nuclear arsenal, a move that “risks throwing fuel on the fire” of a new nuclear arms race, according to a recent New York Times report. In the letter, the signers rebuked this plan:

We cannot see how this plan can be squared with the priority in your Prague speech to reduce “the role of nuclear weapons in…

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Seventy Prominent Scholars and Activists Urge Obama to meet Hibakusha, Take Further Steps on Nuclear Disarmament


May 23, 2016

President Barack Obama

The White House

Washington, DC

Dear Mr. President,

We were happy to learn of your plans to be the first sitting president of the United States to visit Hiroshima this week, after the G-7 economic summit in Japan. Many of us have been to Hiroshima and Nagasaki and found it a profound, life-changing experience, as did Secretary of State John Kerry on his recent visit.

In particular, meeting and hearing the personal stories of A-bomb survivors, Hibakusha, has made a unique impact on our work for global peace and disarmament. Learning of the suffering of the Hibakusha, but also their wisdom, their awe-inspiring sense of humanity, and steadfast advocacy of nuclear abolition so the horror they experienced can never happen again to other human beings, is a precious gift that cannot help but strengthen anyone’s resolve to dispose of the nuclear…

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Chelsea Manning Appeals “Unprecedented” Conviction

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LAWYERS FOR CHELSEA MANNING appealed her conviction on Thursday, calling it “grossly unfair and unprecedented” and arguing that “no whistleblower in American history has been sentenced this harshly.”

Alex Emmons  The Intercept  May 19 2016

Image: U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals

Manning was convicted of six counts of espionage by a military court in 2013 and is currently serving a 35-year sentence in military prison.

In January 2010, while serving as an Army intelligence analyst overseas, Manning – then known as Bradley — sent hundreds of thousands of documents about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to WikiLeaks. The documents revealed dramatically higher numbers of civilian casualties than were publicly reported and featured a video of Apache attack helicopters in Baghdad gunning down two Reuters journalists.

Manning’s treatment in military court came under fire from journalists and free speech advocates. Because she was indicted under the Espionage Act, she was not…

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Aboriginal group to take their protest against nuclear waste dump to Resources Minister Josh Frydenberg


heartland-2Fears nuclear dump will end their story, MEREDITH BOOTH, THE AUSTRALIAN,MAY 23, 2016 Australia’s first registered Adnya­mathanha storyline runs 70km from Hawker to Cotebina Spring through pastoral and indigenous lands between Lake Frome and South Australia’s picturesque northern Flinders Ranges, where it is emerging as a battleline ­between anti-nuclear activists and the federal government.

Its landmarks, 440km north of Adelaide, tell the origin of Pungka Pudanha spring, where it is said tears falling from a grieving husband merged with the birth waters of his buried pregnant wife — a story that teaches children about family relationships and provides the basis for deeper women’s business.

Custodian and elder Regina McKenzie, a descendant of the king of five clans known as the Adnya­mathanha or “people of the rock”, said Pungka Pudanha was the first storyline in Australia to be registered with Aboriginal heritage authorities, in 2012.

But it was now at risk of…

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Power Loves the Dark | Police Nationwide Are Secretly Exploiting Intrusive Technologies With the Feds’ Complicity

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Civil libertarians and civil rights activists, however, are less than impressed with what’s being hailed as breakthrough police technology. We tend to view it instead as a set of potential new ways for the police to continue a long history of profiling and pre-convicting poor and minority youth. We also question whether the technology even performs as advertised. 

Word Cloud "Big Data"By Matthew Harwood and Jay Stanley  TomDispatch  May 19, 2016

Read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here.

Can’t you see the writing on the touchscreen? A techno-utopia is upon us. We’ve gone from smartphones at the turn of the twenty-first century to smart fridges and smart cars. The revolutionary changes to our everyday life will no doubt keep barreling along. By 2018, so predicts Gartner, an information technology research and advisory company, more than three million employees will work for “robo-bosses” and soon enough we — or at least the wealthiest…

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The cancer risk to people who drink chlorinated water is 93 percent higher than those who don’t

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This information is from well known Dr Mercola. If you go to the link you can download his free ebook, an excellent resource that will show you how to protect yourself and your loved ones from health risks by choosing the best water to drink and bathe in.

Need I repeat? We need to be vigilant in what we expose ourselves to today because corporate interests are such that they will focus on profits not on your health. Be vigilant and be informed.


“What if that clear, clean-looking liquid you use every day – to quench your thirst, to bathe and shower in, and to wash your dishes and laundry in contributed to dozens of everyday ailments, including…heart attacks, tiredness, sinus problems, sperm count, risk of miscarriage, a weakened immune system and many more.

Truth is, the water we use in and around our homes is far from the fresh…

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Former nuclear waste workers’ legal action over their radiation caused illness


justiceRadiation-Warning1Former McDonnell Douglas workers, residents file suit over radiation exposure, St Louis Public Radio By DURRIE BOUSCAREN • MAY 20, 2016 Three former aircraft workers and seven north St. Louis County residents who say they were exposed to radioactive waste stored near Lambert Airport after World War II, have filed a federal lawsuit against Mallinckrodt and the Cotter Corporation.

They hope to join a larger case, filed in 2012, that represents about 250 plaintiffs who lived or worked near the airport waste siteColdwater Creek, and another storage site in Hazelwood

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Crooked nuclear company SNC Lavalin. Is this one of the Nuclear Royal Commission’s advisors?


The numerous allegations against SNC-Lavalin and its subsidiaries helped Canada dominate a World Bank blacklist of corrupt companies.

Canadian companies represented 117 of the 600 firms on the list in 2013, that were banned from doing business with the World Bank. Most of them were SNC subsidiaries

corruption textSNC-Lavalin Named In Panama Papers The Huffington Post Canada  |  By Daniel Tencer 05/19/2016 Canadian construction and engineering giant SNC-Lavalin, already embroiled in corruption scandals in numerous countries around the world, can add one more black mark to its reputation: It has been named in the Panama Papers leak of offshore accounts, according to news reports.

Among the 11.5 million files in the Panama Papers were documents showing SNC-Lavalin paid a company in the Caribbean nearly $22 million to help secure contracts in Algeria, according to an investigation by the CBC and The Toronto Star.

The two news outlets…

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Adelaide prize contest for new green businesses



LONDON: Adelaide has launched a low carbon contest with an AU$250,000 (~US$187,000) prize, which is open to innovative entrepreneurs who can help the South Australian capital become the world’s first carbon neutral city.

South Australia’s Low Carbon Entrepreneur Prize will transform groundbreaking ideas from around the world into real projects, and is the first initiative of the ‘Adelaide to Zero Carbon Challenge’ which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while stimulating opportunities for pioneering green businesses.

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Sydney experiencing heat 5 times above average for May


heatNSW on track for record-breaking autumn weather as smoke blankets Sydney, ABC News 22 May 16  Warmer-than-average temperatures are expected to continue for at least another month or two in New South Wales, as the dry autumn saw smoke from hazard reduction burns blanket Sydney.

With global temperature records continuing to tumble, the Sydney basin is also experiencing temperatures up to five degrees higher than average for this time of year.

The unusually dry autumn is also presenting conditions more favourable to hazard reduction back-burning around the city.

Across the state, 70 controlled burns are taking place this weekend.

In a statement, the NSW Rural Fire Service said the burns would continue while the dry conditions permitted it.

The RFS said smoke would clear on Sunday as the air temperature and wind speeds increased, but motorists were urged to exercise caution as smoke limited visibility on the Pacific Highway…

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The vicious circle- global warming increases bushfires that increase global warming


fire-Ukraineflag-canadaThe Fort McMurray fire’s stunning pulse of carbon to the atmosphere, WP  By Chris Mooney May 20 The Fort McMurray wildfire, which seems likely to be the costliest disaster in Canada’s history, continues to grow. According to the government of Alberta, as of Friday morning it had burned over 500,000 hectares of land, or more than 1.2 million acres…..

Steve Taylor, a research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service said the fire already ranks in the top six or seven largest fires seen in Canada in the satellite era, starting in 1970, when observations became most reliable. Especially since this is occurring in May, early in the wildfire season, that’s pretty incredible.

And so is another detail about this fire — the amount of carbon that it is apparently pouring into the atmosphere.

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WikiLeaks: Assange Will Stay ‘Political Prisoner’ Under Clinton

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 WikiLeaks activist Jacob Appelbaum said Hillary Clinton will make life difficult for Julian Assange due to “bitterness” over the organization’s leaks.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange holds a copy of a U.N. ruling as he makes a speech from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy, in central London, Britain Feb. 5, 2016.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange holds a copy of a U.N. ruling as he makes a speech from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy, in central London, Britain Feb. 5, 2016. | Photo: Reuters

The Guardian  Telesur  May 19, 2016

Julian Assange, the founder of whistleblower website WikiLeaks, will remain a “political prisoner” under a U.S. Hillary Clinton presidency, The Guardian reported hacker and WikiLeaks representative Jacob Appelbaum saying Thursday.

5 Reasons Why Ecuador Granted Asylum to Julian Assange

“I had a meeting with someone from then secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s office some time after the Cablegate,” Appelbaum said during a panel following the Cannes film festival premiere of “Risk,” a new documentary about Assange.

Cablegate refers to the 2010 leak of more than 250,000 classified…

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500,000 in Bangladesh flee Cyclone Roanu; at least 24 killed as storm sweeps inland

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May 2016BANGLADESHPowerful Cyclone Roanu weakened Saturday afternoon after crashing into coastal Bangladesh, flooding towns and villages, triggering landslides and leaving at least 24 people dead across the region. An estimated half-million people fled their homes for cyclone shelters following warnings from the authorities. After the storm made landfall around noon local time, gusts reaching 90 kph uprooted trees, destroyed houses, and disrupted electricity and communications.
According to a statement issued Saturday evening by the disaster management authority in Dhaka, at least 24 people died across seven districts in southern Bangladesh. Seven people died in Banskhali in Chittagong district after a surge in the sea breached dikes and flooded coastal villages. Three people, including a child, drowned on Hatiya Island after seawater flooded their village. Mohammad Shahabuddin, an official with the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society’s Cyclone Preparedness Programme, said that a mother and her 13-year-old son died…

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NSA Closely Involved in Guantanamo Interrogations, Documents Show

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The files, from Snowden, show the NSA worked daily with the CIA and military on interrogations at Guantánamo and supported renditions.

Photo: Paolo Pellegrin/Magnum PhotoPhoto: Paolo Pellegrin/Magnum Photo

Cora Currier  The Intercept  May 16 2016

PERSONNEL FROM THE National Security Agency worked alongside the military, CIA, and other agencies on interrogations at Guantánamo in the early days of the war on terror, new documents show.Entries from an internal NSA publication, which were among the documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden, described staffers’ deployments to Guantánamo Bay during a time period when prisoners were subjected to brutal questioning and mistreatment. An NSA employee also described participation in a rendition, when U.S. forces seized six men in Bosnia and secreted them off to Cuba.

In October 2003, a post in SIDtoday, the online newsletter of the NSA’s Signals Intelligence Directorate, or SID, advertised the “chance to get to GITMO for 90 days!

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Defective ABB Breakers for Nuclear Power Station(s) – “Substantial Safety Hazard”

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Hazardous Problem of ABB breakers as described and illustrated by the utility, Dominion Nuclear Connecticut to the US NRC on March 13, 2015: “DOMINION NUCLEAR CONNECTICUT. INC. MILLSTONE POWER STATION UNIT 3 10 CFR PART 21 REPORT OF BINDING IN ABB K-L CLOSE LATCHES (PART NUMBER 716610K01)
Serial No. 15-109 Docket No. 50-423 Attachment 1, Page 4 of 4 Figure 1 Defective ABB K-Line Secondary Close Latch

[Note what looks like green patina on the defective one:
The material doesn’t appear appropriate for something so important as a nuclear power station. It’s apparently supposed to be new, or almost new. So, why does it have the green patina? ]

Swedish Swiss ABB clearly has dangerous issues with quality assessment-quality control, at least as recently as last year.

From the Dominion Report:
For this type of breaker, after opening, the closing spring charging motor runs to charge the closing springs and configure the breaker for the next closing demand. With a stuck or bound secondary close…

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NBC4 is revealing LA’s Nuclear Secret – investigative journalism spells it out


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You really need to go to the link above and read the original article. It makes it easy for you to follow up aspects and find details

Years of mishandling dangerous radioactive materials and chemicals has also left a toxic legacy for generations of people living near the Santa Susana Field Laboratory.  BY JOEL GROVER AND MATTHEW GLASSER

Tucked away in the hills above the San Fernando and Simi valleys was a 2,800-acre laboratory with a mission that was a mystery to the thousands of people who lived in its shadow. In a place called Area IV of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL), there was a secret collaboration between the U.S. government and private companies to test the limits of nuclear power.

For decades, scientists and staff at SSFL experimented with new types of nuclear reactors, advanced rocket systems and futuristic weapons. While this…

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May 22 Energy Week


Science and Technology:

¶ Solar Impulse has landed in Ohio following the 12th stage of its circumnavigation of the globe. The zero-fuel aircraft arrived in Dayton at 21:56 local time having flown from Tulsa, Oklahoma. The 1,100-km journey took about 16 hours to complete, a relatively short hop for the plane. [BBC]

Solar Impulse's flight from Tulsa was fairly short, compared to some earlier stages. EPA. Solar Impulse’s flight from Tulsa was fairly short, compared to some earlier stages. EPA.


¶ Leaders of political parties in Sri Lankan parliament agreed to convert the Parliamentary complex from using grid power to solar power, the Government Information Department says. A Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy study found the conversion cost-effective. [Colombo Page]

¶ This fall, New Energy Corp Inc of Calgary will install a 25-kW EnviroGen hydrokinetic power system in the Winnipeg River for the Sagkeeng First Nation. The equipment does not require a dam and is anchored in the…

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Hillary Engineered Election Fraud in Haiti

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Democracy denied: US turning Haiti into another vassal state
Cynthia McKinney –

(Dec. 2015) “Haiti is currently in the midst of an electoral crisis because the US wants to dictate who the next president will be. In 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton interfered in Haiti’s election results denying the people their right of self-determination.  According to the previous (and now current) head of Haiti’s Presidential Electoral Commission (EC), Pierre Louis Opont, the EC had prepared election results to be publicized; those results were passed on to Cheryl Mills, the Chief of Staff of then-Secretary Clinton. But, instead of announcing the two winners, who would then compete in a runoff, Mills announced a completely different result.Opont and the remaining Commission members were shocked, but said or did nothing at the time and allowed the fraudulent result to stand.”

And this bombshell –“…Tony Rodham, the Secretary’s

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Exposing Smokey Joe

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One of the most critical stories to understand in combating science denial is the role that tobacco companies have played in undermining science in the public eye.

I’ve made several videos spotlighting key players in this drama, – above focusing on “Smokey Joe” Barton, a Texas congressman, who, long before he began his campaign to intimidate and harass climate scientists like Mike Mann, was a reliable shill for the tobacco industry.

It takes resources to keep after this sprawling field of information – and I hope you’ll consider helping with a tax deductible contribution,  and click below.


Naomi Oreskes explored the details in her book, “Merchants of Doubt”, which I’ve profiled in the piece  below:

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US and S. Korea Nuclear Power Stations Impacted-Potentially Impacted by Defective Schneider Masterpact Breakers (Lists)

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While several US nuclear power stations are known to have problems, which apparently stem from defective Schneider Electric Masterpact breakers, many more have these breakers, which could cause safety problems. These include two South Korean Nuclear Power Stations, as well as many US ones. These are the Schneider Electric Masterpact breakers provided via Nuclear Logistics Inc., so there may be more. Information about another Schneider Masterpact defect and the nuclear power stations involved is also provided below.
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Problem Reported May 12, 2016: “PART 21 – INITIAL NOTIFICATION OF MASTERPACT BREAKER FAIL TO CLOSE… AZZ/NLI is providing written notification of the identification of a potential defect or failure to comply. “On the basis of our evaluation, it has been determined that there is sufficient information to determine if the subject condition is left uncorrected could potentially create a Substantial Safety Hazard or could create a Technical Specification Safety Limit violation…

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John Key Had this Man Arrested For Exposing Corruption! Not only are NZ’s Councils Corrupt, but the Police, the Courts, the Parliament & Prime Minister too

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You likely have not heard this information regarding the man who exposed corruption in the Rodney District Council … in mainstream media you never will, not in all its truth anyway. Learn of the shocking events that evolved after this man did the RIGHT thing. Here you will see that “not only are our councils corrupt, but the police, the courts, the parliament & Prime” Minister too. From Vinny Eastwood …  one of the few outlets for real news available today. Subscribe to his Channel on YT and see other lies and corruption he’s exposed (all links below).

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Published on Jul 7, 2013

If you’re reading this at click “Original Article” for the video.
This 3 hour video in my opinion is the key testimony that will show all New Zealanders that not only are our councils corrupt, but the…

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Climate Denial Fails Pepsi Challenge

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Stephen Lewandowsky specializes in conducting research that pulls back the curtain climate denial psychology. He’s done it again.

Washington Post:

Researchers have designed an inventive test suggesting that the arguments commonly used by climate change contrarians don’t add up, not only according to climate scientists (we know what they think already) but also in the view of unbiased experts from other fields.

The trick? Disguising the data — and its interpretation — as if it was part of an argument about something else entirely.


First of all, consider that climate doubters (like scientists) often use objective data to back up their claims. They just tend to represent it in ways that scientists have long found objectionable.

Here’s an example: Data indicate that in the long run — over many decades — global temperatures have been rising. But over shorter periods, temperatures might fluctuate up and down quite a bit. Climate contrarians might exploit this fact…

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The Weekend Wonk: Jamin Greenbaum on East Antarctica

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Scientist Jamin Greenbaum was in the news again this week as the Washington Post, among others, carried news of his recent study deepening understanding of melting in remote East Antarctica.

Readers of this blog will know Jamin from Interviews I conducted more than a year ago, so useful to review. One more example of why regular visitors here know the players and the playbook well ahead of the mainstream media. Worth supporting.


To summarize, West Antarctica is well known to be melting and moving rapidly towards the sea – but less has been said about vast East Antarctica, for the most part because it has not been as accessible and well studied. Now the veil is being penetrated, and the news is unsettling.

Greg Laden’s Blog covers this week’s new research:

Here is the abstract:

Climate variations cause ice sheets to retreat and advance, raising or lowering sea level by…

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More than Soot: Alberta Fire’s Toxic Emissions

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darksnowsootThe Dark Snow project was originally formed to look into the effects of wildfire soot, especially from North America, on the Greenland Ice Sheet. A Darker ice sheet would absorb more sunlight, and melt faster.

The current Alberta wildfire is extremely unusual in size for this early  in the season, and it’s having some significant impacts beyond just carbon and soot.


“All the ash and some of the contaminants that are coming off the landscape when we start to get those rains, is going to be washing those materials into the river, right above the city of Fort McMurray.”


Silins, who is among several water scientists working with the Alberta government on a recovery plan for Fort McMurray, says the contaminated water will be difficult to treat.


Though rain would provide long-awaited relief to firefighters on the front line, it would be a double-edged sword for water treatment officials.

Spring showers…

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Kennedy, Bush, Sanders, And The Organization.


By Jerry Alatalo

“The power to destroy the world by the use of nuclear weapons is a power that cannot be used – we cannot accept the idea of such a monstrosity… The time has now come for the nations of the world to submit to the just requisition of their conduct by international law.”

No More War! 1958

– LINUS PAULING (1901-1994) American scientist, Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1954, Nobel Peace Prize 1962

HighwayAlphabet Because a Soviet naval officer on a diesel-powered submarine off the coasts of Cuba and Florida during the Cuban missile crisis said “no”, nuclear war between the United States and then Soviet Union was thankfully averted. “Dodging a bullet” fails to describe fully the supreme level of Earthly catastrophe which would have occurred had he joined with two fellow submarine officers, whose unanimous agreement was necessary to launch nuclear torpedoes at U.S. naval forces who discovered…

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NASA shows the drastic impacts of climate change


NASA: Climate Change and Global Warming

Climate change effects shown in NASA images highlight drastic impact  [EXCELLENT PICTURES] 

MAY 20, 2016 THINK the science of climate change is not settled? These confronting before and after photos of shrinking glaciers and disappearing lakes may well change your mind.

The images released by NASA’s climate change arm reveal just how much our world has changed — some in months, others over years.

From the whiting event in Lake Kivu in Central Africa, to a flooding Mississippi River in the US, the before and after photos reveal startling changes in some places across the world, some in the space of just a few short years.

Other dramatic pictures reveal the effects of fire and flooding.

Glaciers also come up for mention with Alaska’s Columbia Glacier a particular cause for concern.

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Investigative journalism reveals the dirty nuclear secret of California’s Santa Susana Field Laboratory


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You really need to go to the link above and read the original article. It makes it easy for you to follow up aspects and find details

Years of mishandling dangerous radioactive materials and chemicals has also left a toxic legacy for generations of people living near the Santa Susana Field Laboratory.  BY JOEL GROVER AND MATTHEW GLASSER

Tucked away in the hills above the San Fernando and Simi valleys was a 2,800-acre laboratory with a mission that was a mystery to the thousands of people who lived in its shadow. In a place called Area IV of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL), there was a secret collaboration between the U.S. government and private companies to test the limits of nuclear power.

For decades, scientists and staff at SSFL experimented with new types of nuclear reactors, advanced rocket systems and futuristic weapons. While…

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South Australia runs over 50% on renewable energy


Map-South-Australia-windSouth Australia runs mainly on renewable energy following coal map solar south-australiaplant closure, The Independent,  Gabriel Samuels 12 May 16  Majority of energy comes from solar and wind but the transition has been fraught with difficulties  South Australia now gets the bulk of its electricity from wind and solar power, following the closure of its last coal-fired power station.

The state, which includes the city of Adelaide,  exclusively has gas generators, solar panels and wind turbines serving a population of 1.7 million.

More than 50% of the region’s electricity stems from wind and solar with the remainder coming from energy efficient combined cycle gas plants.

The final coal station still in operation in Port Augusta closed down on May 9 after operating for 31 years. It generated 520 megawatts of power from coal but failed to compete with the falling price of clean renewable energy. Its closure produced a brief faltering in wholesale energy prices…

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The Icemen’s Ominous Warning

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This is the first video I completed after last year’s Dark Snow trip.

I combined an interview with Greenland expert Konrad Steffen that I bagged in Illulissat in early June, with some footage I had of tropical Glacier guru Lonnie Thompson from the American Geophysical meeting.

I cut in some B-roll of footage I shot at Russell Glacier, and Uumannaq, two of the remote locations last year’s trip took me to.

The piece starts out slowly, building on the combined big-picture view from the two men, and kind of creeps up on you as they take us to the logical implications of their lifetimes of observation and research. The effect is sobering.

This is an example of the kind of communication that can only happen by going where the action, and the key actors, are.

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Evergreene Digest: Obama is bullish on war, no matter how you spin it.

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Obama is bullish on war, no matter how you spin it.

Rather than being remembered as the reluctant warrior, pushed into war by circumstance, there is far more likelihood Obama will be remembered as the opposite: the president who cemented the forever war mentality and architecture that has continually expanded, and that tragically shows no signs of slowing.
The president has reached the dubious milestone of being at war longer than any of his predecessors. And the conflicts aren’t ending anytime soon.
Related: The Death Stops Here: The Death and Resurrection of Daniel Berrigan

Trevor Timm, The Guardian

Monday 16 May 2016 | Barack Obama has now been at war longer than any president in United States history, as the New York Times pointed out on Sunday. Barring some sort of peace miracle in the next six months, he will be the only president who ever served two full terms…

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The Intercept | Snowden Archive—the SIDtoday Files

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 SIDtoday is the internal newsletter for the NSA’s most important division, the Signals Intelligence Directorate. After editorial review, The Intercept is releasing nine years’ worth of newsletters in batches, starting with 2003. The agency’s spies explain a surprising amount about what they were doing, how they were doing it, and why.

The Intercept  May 16, 2016

The SIDtoday Files is where The Intercept will be releasing articles from SIDtoday, an internal publication of the National Security Agency. The articles are written in accessible, non-technical language and offer a window into the NSA’s culture and operations. They originate from within the Signals Intelligence Directorate, or SID, the NSA’s core spying division, and were provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

We’ll be releasing these files in large batches, starting with articles from the period after SIDtoday’s inception in March 2003. The articles will be subjected to editorial evaluation, legal review…

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Chief HPV Scientist Admits Vaccines Are A Deadly Scam

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HPV-vaccine-creator-speaks-out-700x350 A leading expert Dr Diane Harper speaks out on HPV vaccines

Dr. Diane Harper, one of the leading experts on HPV vaccines, has spoken out about the ‘deadly effects’ the vaccines have on those who take it. 

Dr. Harper was responsible for the Phase II and Phase III safety and effectiveness studies for Gardasil and Cervarix, which secured approval for their use on the public.

“Dr. Harper explained in her presentation that the cervical cancer risk in the U.S. is already extremely low, and that vaccinations are unlikely to have any effect upon the rate of cervical cancer in the United States.”

During a speech at the 4th International Conference on Vaccination, she decided to come clean to the public about the dangers of receiving the HPV vaccine – saying that she could no longer sleep at night.


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Early Ice Breakup Shows Arctic Warmth

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

icebreakup16NASA Earth Observatory:

Every spring, the expansive pack of sea ice that coats the Beaufort Sea during the winter starts to thin and break up when the spring sunlight arrives and temperatures rise. Normally, that breakup does not reach full swing until late May. In 2016, much of the Beaufort Sea’s ice started breaking up by mid-April.

“It really is quite remarkable,” noted Walter Meier, an ice specialist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. “There is always fracturing of the ice, but it seems to have become more prevalent and more widespread in recent years. This region used to be mostly multi-year ice, which is quite a bit thicker. Now, most of the Beaufort is seasonal, first-year ice. The thinner ice is weaker and more easily broken up by the winds.”


In 2016, unusually warm temperatures during the first few months of the year set the stage for the…

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Glenn Greenwald | The Intercept is Broadening Access to the Snowden Archive. Here’s Why

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 The SIDtoday documents run a wide gamut: from serious, detailed reports on top secret NSA surveillance programs to breezy, trivial meanderings of analysts’trips and vacations, with much in between.

Glenn Greenwald  The Intercept  May 16 2016, 10:37 a.m.

FROM THE TIME we began reporting on the archive provided to us in Hong Kong by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, we sought to fulfill his two principal requests for how the materials should be handled: that they be released in conjunction with careful reporting that puts the documents in context and makes them digestible to the public, and that the welfare and reputations of innocent people be safeguarded. As time has gone on, The Intercept has sought out new ways to get documents from the archive into the hands of the public, consistent with the public interest as originally conceived.

Today, The Intercept is announcing two innovations in how we report…

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Daniel Ellsberg Recalls the Spirit of Resistance in the 1971 May Day Protests (Video)

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Ellsberg explains how nonviolent action has the potential to influence current global issues. “It has to take place without violence, but it won’t take place without courage, people willing to commit themselves”

Photo Truthdig.comPhoto  May 18, 2016

“Incidentally, having never been arrested, I didn’t know if I’d be allowed to take a book with me.”

This is how Daniel Ellsberg, former government analyst and the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers, describes his mindset during the 1971 May Day protests against the Vietnam War. While Ellsberg is nonchalant when recalling his experience over those few days in early May, his fascinating tale of resistance to government shows that it was by no means an easy choice. In the video below, he sits down with Judy Gumbo Albert, a Vietnam War protester and peace activist, to relive the events on the 45-year anniversary of the “Mayday Tribe’s

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New York’s proposed Clean Energy Standard a financial gift to the nuclear industry


Tax - payersA gift to the nuclear power industry, The River Reporter May 18, 2016 — State officials are in the midst of a round of meetings regarding the state’s proposed Clean Energy Standard (CES), which will determine how much renewable electricity will be distributed to customers by utilities in years to come. The proposed plan calls for the state to generate 80% of electricity from renewable power by 2050, which is certainly a laudable goal.

Incredibly, however, the proposed CES mandates that rate-payers keep the state’s four nuclear power plants alive by paying higher-than-market prices for the expensive electricity produced by the plants.

As Jessica Azulay, program director of Alliance for a Green Economy, wrote in a memo, “The proposed Clean Energy Standard also includes a gift to nuclear corporations operating in Upstate New York. Due to low electricity prices, declining demand, competition from wind power, and rising nuclear costs, New York’s four…

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May 20 Energy News



¶ While Australian network operators are usually keen to underline the importance of the grid, a survey by Western Power of regional consumers has shown that an overwhelming majority, four out of five, are either very keen or are open to the idea of cutting the line altogether. [RenewEconomy]

Customers want to leave the grid. Most customers want to leave the grid.

¶ The latest inventory of national greenhouse gas emissions, released by the government, indicates that Australian emissions increased 1% over the 2015 calendar year, growing to 3% above 2000 levels, and forecast to be above of Australia’s target of -5% on 2000 levels by 2020. [CleanTechnica]

¶ According to a new report from GlobalData, China was responsible for nearly half of all new wind installations globally during 2015. Only a few weeks ago, GlobalData predicted China’s installed wind capacity would triple by 2030, reaching 495 GW, up from 149…

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85% of Cumbrians say NO to Nuclear Nightmare, While NuGen Peddle their Fairytale in Beckermet

Evening Mail Three Quarters of Voters Say NO Evening Mail

In just one day 85% of 1268 Cumbrians said  NO to the nightmare of new build while NuGen peddle their “sleeping beauty” fairy story.  This poll is far larger than the responses to the first NuGen CONsultation and we suspect far more representative of Cumbria.  Many Sellafield workers who oppose Moorside would be reluctant to take part in a CONsultation which requires the consultee to provide personal information.

At the sleepy village of Beckermet yesterday Nugen peddled their “sleeping beauty” fairy tale. I spoke to some villagers who feel absolutely wretched and desperate but also unable to organise and make a stand against the nightmare which is already beginning on the flood plain of the river Ehen and out at sea with over 300 boreholes. There was no planning permission given or “necessary” for the boreholes which were given the ok by one delegated Copeland council official. The…

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20 May – the week in climate and nuclear news


a-cat-CANCLIMATE CHANGE. Australia’s coming election: climate change policy to be a vote changer. Australia’s political leaders ignoring climate change, in lead-up to election. Great Barrier Reef should be a central election issue – Tim Flannery. As sea levels rise fast, CSIRO sacks world sea level expert ! Sydney Peace Prize to go to Naomi Klein.

Corporations rejoice as Fairfax media sacks a top investigative journalist

SOUTH AUSTRALIA. Now that South Australia’s shonky Nuclear Royal Commission is over, the push for making Australia the hub of global radioactive trash moves into a new stage. And, I’m happy to report, it is a troubled one!

South Australian Premier creates two new Nuclear Advisory Agencies.  Unfortunately their touted “independence” is already in doubt.  Parry Agius – founding member of Uranium lobby group – should not be on a new “independent” Nuclear Advisory Board.  The S.A. government sets up parliamentary…

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Rapid growth in solar energy jobs as oil companies shed workers


green-collarThere Will Be More New Jobs in Solar Than Oil by the End of the Year, Fortune by Jonathan Chew @sochews APRIL 20, 2016, Indeed just released this startling info on energy jobs.

The world’s biggest oil companies are slashing jobs to cope with decreasing revenues, and one knock-on effect has been the drop in oil job postings.

Conversely, however, if the current pace of postings hold, solar would become the largest market for energy jobs by the fourth quarter of 2016, according to numbers tabulated by Indeed, the world’s highest traffic job site…….

Tara Sinclair, chief economist at Indeed. “Whether or not solar overtakes oil on Indeed, energy workers would do well to position themselves for work in renewable fields such as solar, wind, and hydroelectricity.”

This corresponds with a recent report by The Solar Foundation that highlighted the rapid growth of the U.S. clean energy sector. By…

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Renewable energy transition is stalling world greenhouse gas emissions


climate-changeSurge in renewable energy stalls world greenhouse gas emissions Falling coal use in China and the US and a shift towards renewable energy globally saw energy emissions level for the second year running, says IEA, Guardian, John Vidal, 17 March 16, Falling coal use in China and the US and a worldwide shift towards renewable energy have kept greenhouse gas emissions level for a second year running, one of the world’s leading energy analysts has said.

Preliminary data for 2015 from the International Energy Agency (IEA) showed that carbon dioxide emissions from the energy sector have levelled off at 32.1bn tonnes even as the global economy grew over 3% .

Electricity generated by renewable sources played a critical role, having accounted for around 90% of new electricity generation in 2015. Wind power produced more than half of all new electricity generation, said the IEA.

The figures are significant…

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America’s veterans transition to Climate Change Fighters – Solar Ready Vets


Solar Ready Vets Transforms US Military Into Climate Change Fighters, Clean Technica, May 18th, 2016 by Tina Casey 

At least 190,000 veterans are expected to transition out of the US military each year over the next several years, and the federal program Solar Ready Vets is gearing up to match them with solar jobs. The Energy Department has just announced that it is adding five more military bases to the program’s roster of solar training locations. The agency will also pour $10 million into 10 new training projects that will help rev up the solar industry’s ability to absorb new workers.

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Nearly 100 schoolchildren ‘possessed by the devil’ have ‘contagious visions’ of man in black trying to kill them

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Peru Children
May 2016PERUThe mass case of ‘demonic possession’ has caused some pupils to suffer from seizures while others have fainted at the school. Almost 100 schoolchildren are thought to have been ‘possessed’ by the devil – and see visions of a man in black trying to kill them. In what has been described as a mass case of demonic possession, the pupils in Peru are experiencing seizures alongside their horrifying hallucinations. Experts have struggled to explain the strange goings-on, which also include widespread convulsions and fainting at the school, reportedly built on a Mafia graveyard.
According to local reports, as many as 80 students at the Elsa Perea Flores School in northern Peru’s Tarapoto have been experiencing the supposedly contagious ‘condition’ since last month. A pupil, not named in local media, described their experience: “It’s disturbing for me to think about it. It’s as if someone kept…

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Sodium Fluoride – Once Used as Rat Poison & an Insecticide! Also Known to Kill Humans – Poison on Tap

Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch

Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch

jar-158897_1280Did you know that Sodium Fluoride was once used as an insecticide to kill pests? Or that it has been known to also kill humans? They don’t tell us this when they recommend fluoridated water and we who refuse it are vilified as anti science among other things. Do the research before you drink fluoride. Chances are, if you haven’t done any, you are already drinking it … given it is added to many water supplies in NZ.


Published on Nov 16, 2015

Is fluoride bad for you? Should you be concerned about sodium fluoride being in your water or toothpaste? Learn why Sweden, Norway, Austria, Finland, China and more countries have banned fluoride. How did fluoride get approved for…

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The Stupid. It Burns. Trump Would “Renegotiate” Paris Agreement

Climate Denial Crock of the Week


Republican presidential contender Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would renegotiate America’s role in the U.N. global climate accord, spelling potential doom for an agreement many view as a last chance to turn the tide on global warming.

A pull-out by the world’s second biggest carbon-emitting country would hobble the deal reached in Paris last December by nearly 200 nations, who for the first time in more than two decades found a common vision for curbing greenhouse gas emissions.


“I will be looking at that very, very seriously, and at a minimum I will be renegotiating those agreements, at a minimum. And at a maximum I may do something else,” the New York real estate mogul said in an interview with Reuters.

“But those agreements are one-sided agreements and they are bad for the United States.”

Trump said he did not believe China, the world’s top emitter of…

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