Noam Chomsky | The Doomsday Clock: Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change, and the Prospects for Survival

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 Immediately after Obama spoke in Paris, pledging that the United States would be in the vanguard seeking global action, the Republican-dominated Congress voted to scuttle his recent Environmental Protection Agency rules to cut carbon emissions.

By Noam Chomsky   TomDispatch  June 12, 2016

Read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here.

[This essay is excerpted from Noam Chomsky’s new book, Who Rules the World? (Metropolitan Books).] 

In January 2015, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists advanced its famous Doomsday Clock to three minutes before midnight, a threat level that had not been reached for 30 years. The Bulletin’s statement explaining this advance toward catastrophe invoked the two major threats to survival: nuclear weapons and “unchecked climate change.” The call condemned world leaders, who “have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe,” endangering “every person on Earth [by]…

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Rabbi Michael Lerner | Grieving for Orlando, for GLBTQ, for Muslims, for America

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Tikkun  to heal, repair and transform the world

A note from Rabbi Michael Lerner  Tikkun Magazine

We at Tikkun reaffirm our commitment to the safety of and respect for the GLBTQ community.

“They” are “us”—we are both straight and gay and bi and trans, Jewish and Christian and Muslim and Buddhist and Hindu and earth-based religions of every variety,  young and old, religious and secular humanists and atheists.

We will not let any sector of “us” get scared that the rest of us will abandon them. Just as I said at Muhammed Ali’s funeral that Jews will stand with Muslims in the face of growing Islamophobia (all the more needed now that some politicians are trying to use the horror of mass murder of gays in Orlando by a supposedly Muslim young man to justify repression against Muslims), so we will not let gays become an “acceptable” target for…

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How Rigged Voting Machines Are Stealing Our Elections

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Hacking Democracy

Directed by Simon Ardizzone and Russell Michaels (2006)

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Hacking Democracy is about Bev Harris, founder of Black Box Voting, and her efforts to end the systematic use of voting machines to alter American election results. At the time the documentary was made (2006), computers counted 80% of the votes cast in US elections. However because the software programs that run voting machines are considered “trade secrets,” neither candidates nor election officials have any way of auditing whether voting machines are accurately recording and tabulating votes.

A visit to the group’s website (http://blackboxvoting.org/) indicates the vote tampering Harris uncovered continues to be widespread. Big discrepancies between exit polls and “official” (machine tabulated) results suggest that vote rigging is even more widespread today than it was ten years ago. If anything these discrepancies are worse than ever in 2016. See What is #Exitpollgate?

The film mainly focuses on…

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June 14 Energy Week

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Science and Technology:

¶ A big spike in atmospheric CO2 levels means the greenhouse gas is about to pass a symbolic threshold. This year will very likely mark the first time the concentration of CO2, as measured atop Hawaii’s famous Mauna Loa volcano, has been above 400 parts per million for the entire year. [BBC]

Night falls at the Mauna Loa Observatory. Photo by LCDR Eric Johnson, NOAA Corps. Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Night falls at the Mauna Loa Observatory. Photo by LCDR Eric Johnson, NOAA Corps. Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons.

World:

¶ India’s Ministry of New & Renewable Energy announced that it has received a major funding boost for its ambitious rooftop solar power program. The program is expected to receive low-cost debt funding worth $2.5 billion from several international development banks. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Siemens and Van Oord have installed 75 of the 150 4-MW turbines at the 600-MW Gemini wind farm in the Dutch North Sea. The units are being transported…

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Patients-Nuclear Reactors Routinely Release Radioactive Iodine into Sewers/ Environment

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Potassium iodine is what is often handed out to those living near nuclear reactors to take in the event of a nuclear accident. It is to protect against dangerous radioactive iodine (and cesium) for a short time. Much mentioned is Iodine 131, with a half-life of 8 days, which still means that it stays in the environment for several months. Less mentioned is the long-lived (15.7 million year half life), and actually more dangerous, Iodine 129 spewed into air and water by nuclear reactors, and still in the environment from nuclear weapons testing and use.
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Nuclear reactors legally release radioactive iodine, including iodine 131 and 129, into the air and water, even without an accident. It is legal to put radioactive iodine, and other radioactive materials, into US and UK (sewer) drains, as well. In the US there is no limit, but rather concentrations, which allow dilution, misleadingly given as…

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The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism

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The Terror Factory reveals shocking information about the criminals, con men, and liars the FBI uses as paid informants…as well as documenting the extreme methods the FBI uses to ensnare Muslims in terrorist plots, which are in reality conceived and financed by the FBI.

The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism

By Trevor Aaronson goodreads.com

A groundbreaking work of investigative journalism, The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism exposes how the FBI has, under the guise of engaging in counterterrorism since 9/11, built a network of more than 15,000 informants whose primary purpose is to infiltrate Muslim communities to create and facilitate phony terrorist plots so that the Bureau can then claim it is winning the war on terror.

An outgrowth of Trevor Aaronson’s work as an investigative reporting fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, which culminated in an award-winning cover story in Mother Jones magazine, The Terror Factory reveals shocking information about the criminals…

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Orlando shooter: deeper hidden ties to the FBI?

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Orlando shooter: deeper hidden ties to the FBI?

by Jon Rappoport

June 13, 2016

(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, Power Outside The Matrix, click here.)

“…Michael German, a former F.B.I. agent who researches national security law at New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice, told the Times, ‘They’re [the FBI] manufacturing terrorism cases.’” (The New Yorker, June 10, 2016, “Do FBI Stings help fight against ISIS?” by Evan Osnos)

The website Cryptogon has pieced together some interesting facts, and a quite odd “coincidence.” I’m bolstering their work.

First of all, the Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, changed his name in 2006. As NBC News notes: “Records also show that he had filed a petition for a name change in 2006 from Omar Mir Seddique to Omar Mir Seddique Mateen.”

Why is that important? Why is his original last name, Seddique, also spelled Siddiqui, significant? Because of a previous terrorism…

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Legal ivory sale drove dramatic increase in elephant poaching, study shows | Environment | The Guardian

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Damian Carrington, Monday 13 June 2016:  Research shows the legal sale in 2008 catastrophically backfired – but two African nations want to repeat the stockpile sell-off.

A huge legal sale of ivory intended to cut elephant poaching instead catastrophically backfired by dramatically increasing elephant deaths, according to new research.

The revelation comes just months before a decision on whether to permit another legal sale and against a backdrop of more African elephants being killed for ivory than are being born. In 2015 alone, 20,000 elephants were illegally killed.

The international trade in ivory was banned in 1989 but, in 2008, China and Japan were allowed to pay $15m for 107 tonnes of ivory stockpiled from elephants that died naturally in four African nations. The intention was to flood the market, crash prices and make poaching less profitable.

But instead, the legal sale was followed by “an abrupt, significant, permanent…

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Chris Hedges | We Must Understand Corporate Power to Fight It

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The reach and effectiveness of corporate propaganda dwarfs even the huge effort undertaken by Adolf Hitler and Stalin. The layers of deception are sophisticated and effective. News is state propaganda. Elaborate spectacles and forms of entertainment, all of which ignore reality or pretend the fiction of liberty and progress is real, distract the masses.  

By Chris Hedges truthdig.com  June 12, 2016

 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is seen on a television monitor addressing her supporters, as reporters file their stories after a June 7 news conference by presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. (Mary Altaffer / AP)

In the winter of 1941, a Jewish gravedigger from Chelmo, the western province of Poland, appeared in Warsaw and desperately sought a meeting with Jewish leaders.

He told them the Nazis were rounding up Jews, including the old, women and children, and forcing them into what looked like…

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