Sunday, July 24, 2016

Hottest Year Ever


14 record-setting hot months in a row, as of last month.
"Climate change, caused by heat-trapping greenhouse gases, will not (disappear). This means we face more heatwaves, more extreme rainfall and potential for higher impact tropical cyclones," said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.

It's not hot air melting the Antarctic Polar Icecap; it's hot water.

129.2 degrees F. in Kuwait. How many people will live there when the oil runs out? How about Phoenix, El Paso and Las Vegas? 

We are the only species to be able to use the lakes and rivers of fossil water deep beneath the ground, and we figured out how to use the oil under the ground to pump it all up here to the surface. It gives us drink in the desert, and a swimming-pool, and a nice golf-course, and feeds billions of us daily, rain or shine. We have really figured this one out. Now what?
Ilargi, at The Automatic Earth, looks at essentials of restructuring an economy in a period of financial collapse (your pension first)
Setting up a basic income system in a society that, for example, imports its clothes and furniture -and sometimes even food- from China, is a doomed proposition. The number one requirement for a successful basic income is that the money issued stays inside the society it’s being issued in. If not, it would merely speed up bankruptcy. The money must be spent locally, on local products, as much as possible, because then it will be worth much more to the local economy. This will also go far towards fighting deflation, because the velocity of money will increase. To ensure that as much as possible is spent inside a community/society, the manufacturing base will need to be (re-)built.
Across the pond, Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn looks to actually have a much stronger position after this whole coup-that-failed thing, even though the insiders tried to exclude anybody who joined the party in the last couple of years from the vote. That backfired, didn't it? Corbyn could be a really effective Prime Minister if they will just keep plotting against him and getting exposed for it.
Wikileaks "Part 1" of the Clintoon emails, induces DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign.   (This is called "Damage-Control". The rigged results are agreed-upon, and a scapegoat is sacrificed, forced to head up Hillary Sauron's campaign and get nicely paid. Superdelegates get somewhat downgraded, but onlyafter a lock on the results. Clinton is the nominee, as decreed, and Sanders says he's fighting to get her, not Jill Stein MD, elected POTUS.)        
Trump's strategy, like Nixon's "Southern Strategy" is to take disaffected voters that the Democrats have previously owned, but who are just screwed these days. They used to be called "hard-working-Americans" and things like that.    "But finally came Trump’s speech, and this was for the first time, policy was there. And he’s making a left run around Hillary. He appealed twice to Bernie Sanders supporters, and the two major policies that he outlined in the speech broke radically from the Republican traditional right-wing stance. And that is called destroying the party by the right wing, and Trump said he’s not destroying the party, he’s building it up and appealing to labor, and appealing to the rational interest that otherwise had been backing Bernie Sanders. So in terms of national security, he wanted to roll back NATO spending. And he made it clear, roll back military spending. We can spend it on infrastructure, we can spend it on employing American labor. And in the speech, he said, look, we don’t need foreign military bases and foreign spending to defend our allies. We can defend them from the United States, because in today’s world, the only kind of war we’re going to have is atomic war. Nobody’s going to invade another country. We’re not going to send American troops to invade Russia, if it were to attack. So nobody’s even talking about that. So let’s be realistic...  Trump also opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the TTIP trade and corporate power grab [inaud.] with Europe to block public regulation. And this was also a major plank of Bernie Sanders’ campaign against Hillary, which Trump knows. The corporatist wings of both the Republican and the Democratic Parties fear that Trump’s opposition to NAFTA and TPP will lead the Republicans not to push through in the lame duck session after November. The whole plan has been that once the election’s over, Obama will then get all the Republicans together and will pass the Republican platform that he’s been pushing for the last eight years. The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement with Europe, and the other neoliberal policies. And now that Trump is trying to rebuild the Republican Party, all of that is threatened. And so on the Republican side of the New York Times page you had David Brooks writing “The death of the Republican Party.” So what Trump calls the rebirth of the Republican Party, it means the death of the reactionary, conservative, corporatist, anti-labor Republican Party."    
Retrofitting Suburbia (Hey, it's all we've got to show for the last 70 years.)  
How does the forest feel with us?  What is her name?  Will she sing to us? Kingsnorth tries to explain an odd trip he took.                                                              
 Song Briefly Sung by Mother Earth

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