Never Going Home,
"We are past the point of no return for climate change".
We have had 400 ppm of CO2 all year, and it may stay that way. This was the hottest year on record.
There is no nice way for the world to burn something like 25% of the current fossil fuel. It's hard on people. Even a lesser rate of increase is collapsing global economy. (This is drastic. Change voluntarily. The most local economy is a kitchen garden, and it fixes carbon, if you do it right.)
The quiet desperation of millennials : Live with your parents and try to find some job, and pay on that student debt. What happened to the future?
The Elephant in the Room is Capitalism, maybe [Yeah]
Within the capitalist construct, anyone who conserves resources and protects complex systems loses completely to a business that cuts and burns faster. Nice people keep their jobs.
Economist, Joe Stiglitz looks at Italy leaving the Eurozone. What will "the Eurozone" be? 2 entities, north and south? The Euro is unsustainable.
Overthrowing the Syrian Government, a Joint Criminal Enterprise, Diana Johnstone (Thanks Eleni) Serious article:
The US can't let Russia take Al-Nusra/al-Qaeda out of Aleppo, because the bombing of their positions actually HELPS them by giving good international PR when hospitals get hit.
So to not help Al-Nusra/al-Qaeda, a ceasefire is necessary, which lets them resupply and dig in, and so on. All clear? That's the US government position.
Based on the examination of a single December 2015 Pentagon sponsored shipment of more than 990 tons, one can reasonably conclude that the amounts of light weapons in the hands of ”opposition” rebels inside Syria is substantial and exceedingly large.
3500 Syrians are dead or missing this year, from trying to get to a place they and their children won't be killed. For those who used to be more-well-off, this is everything they have in the world, to risk death on the high seas, and it's the best they can do. Those with nothing, can do nothing.
More than 10,000 refugees have crossed the Mediterranean, trying to reach Italy, in the last 48 hours. The rough seas calmed a bit...
Giving Best Effort