Daily Archives: April 8, 2013

McKibben: ‘The Essential Cowardice Of Too Many Democrats Is Becoming An Ever More Fundamental Problem’ | ThinkProgress

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/04/08/1832721/mckibben-the-essential-cowardice-of-too-many-democrats-is-becoming-an-ever-more-fundamental-problem/

By Climate Guest Blogger on Apr 8, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Unlike gay rights or similar issues of basic human justice and fairness, climate change comes with a time limit. Go past a certain point, and we may no longer be able to affect the outcome in ways that will prevent long-term global catastrophe. We’re clearly nearing that limit and so the essential cowardice of too many Democrats is becoming an ever more fundamental problem that needs to be faced. We lack the decades needed for their positions to “evolve” along with the polling numbers. What we need, desperately, is for them to pitch in and help lead the transition in public opinion and public policy.

Instead, at best they insist on fiddling around the edges, while the planet prepares to burn.

 

Is the Keystone XL Pipeline the “Stonewall” of the Climate Movement?

And If So, Is That Terrible News?

By Bill McKibben via TomDispatch

A few weeks ago, Time magazine called the fight over the Keystone XL pipeline that will bring some of the dirtiest energy on the planet from Alberta, Canada, to the U.S. Gulf Coast the “Selma and Stonewall” of the climate movement.

Which, if you think about it, may be both good news and bad news. Yes, those of us fighting the pipeline have mobilized record numbers of activists: the largest civil disobedience action in 30 years and 40,000 people on the mall in February for the biggest climate rally in American history. Right now, we’re aiming to get a million people to send in public comments about the “environmental review” the State Department is conducting on the feasibility and advisability of building the pipeline. And there’s good reason to put pressure on. After all, it’s the same State Department that, as on a previous round of reviews, hired “experts” who had once worked as consultants for TransCanada, the pipeline’s builder.

Still, let’s put things in perspective: Stonewall took place in 1969, and as of last week the Supreme Court was still trying to decide if gay people should be allowed to marry each other. If the climate movement takes that long, we’ll be rallying in scuba masks. (I’m not kidding. The section of the Washington Mall where we rallied against the pipeline this winter already has a big construction project underway: a flood barrier to keep the rising Potomac River out of downtown DC.)

It was certainly joyful to see marriage equality being considered by our top judicial body. In some ways, however, the most depressing spectacle of the week was watching Democratic leaders decide that, in 2013, it was finally safe to proclaim gay people actual human beings. In one weekend, Democratic senators Mark Warner of Virginia, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Tim Johnson of South Dakota, and Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia figured out that they had “evolved” on the issue. And Bill Clinton, the greatest weathervane who ever lived, finally decided that the Defense of Marriage Act he had signed into law, boasted about in ads on Christian radio, and urged candidate John Kerry to defend as constitutional in 2004, was, you know, wrong. He, too, had “evolved,” once the polls made it clear that such an evolution was a safe bet.

Why recite all this history? Because for me, the hardest part of the Keystone pipeline fight has been figuring out what in the world to do about the Democrats. ….(read more).

http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175684/

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Subsidized Corn Destroying Global Bio-Diversity


TheRealNews

Published on Apr 3, 2013

James Boyce Pt.3: Industrial agriculture threatening existence of small farmers growing corn in Mexico and Guatemala; potatoes in Peru and the Andes; rice in Bangladesh and Southeast Asia – farmers who maintain the reservoir for adaptation of crops to new insects, new pests, and climate change

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Oliver Stone’s Journey from Cold Warrior to America’s Untold History

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=9987
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http://www.sho.com/sho/video/titles/19984/oliver-stones-untold-history-of-the-united-states-season-premiere
http://www.sho.com/sho/video/titles/19983/oliver-stones-untold-history-of-the-united-states-episode-3-the-bomb

PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Paul Jay.The ten-part series The Untold History of the United States is a series that unpacks much of the conventional narrative of U.S. post Cold War history. We’ve been doing a multipart series with Peter Kuznick on The Real News, coauthor of this series with Oliver Stone.Oliver

Stone, as most of you know, is one of the more celebrated filmmakers in Hollywood. Oliver is a three-time Academy Award winning director and screenwriter, a Vietnam War veteran. He’s made around two dozen acclaimed films, including Platoon, Wall Street, Born on the Fourth of July, JFK, Nixon, W., and Wall Street and Wall Street 2.Now Oliver Stone, as I said, with Peter Kuznick has produced this ten-part series for Showtime, The Untold History of the United States. And Oliver joins us now in the studio. Thanks for joining us. OLIVER STONE, FILMMAKER: Thank you, Paul.

http://www.sho.com/sho/oliver-stones-untold-history-of-the-united-states/video/season/1

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Showtime : Video : Full Episodes

http://www.sho.com/sho/video/titles/19984/oliver-stones-untold-history-of-the-united-states-season-premiere

Narrated by Oliver Stone, this new one-hour series features human events that at the time went under reported, but crucially shaped America’s unique and complex history.

http://www.sho.com/sho/video/titles/19983/oliver-stones-untold-history-of-the-united-states-episode-3-the-bomb

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http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

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Oliver Stone’s Journey from Cold Warrior to America’s Untold History


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Published on Apr 7, 2013

Oliver Stone Pt.1: I volunteered to fight in Vietnam and voted for Reagan; I started seeing through the lies and realized I had to start by understating why we dropped the atomic bomb

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BBC News – Wikileaks publishes 1.7m US diplomatic records

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22062317
8 April 2013 Last updated at 07:25 ET

Wikileaks says it has created the world’s largest searchable collection of US diplomatic documents

Wikileaks Revelations

Wikileaks has published more than 1.7 million US diplomatic and intelligence reports from the 1970s.

They include allegations that former Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi was a middleman in an arms deal and the first impressions of eventual British PM Margaret Thatcher.

The documents have not been leaked and are available to view at the US national archives.

Wikileaks says it is releasing the documents in searchable form.

Much of the work has been carried out by the website’s founder Julian Assange while he has been holed up at the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

Mr Assange took refuge in the embassy last June to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over allegations that he sexually assaulted two female ex-Wikileaks supporters in 2010.

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

An “Exit Interview” with Yale President Richard C. Levin


YaleUniversity

Streamed live on Apr 6, 2013

At the 135th anniversary celebration of the Yale Daily News, President Richard C. Levin sits down for a candid conversation with two former editors of the paper, Emily Nelson and Paul Needham. This interview was recorded on April 6, 2013, in the Yale University Art Gallery lecture hall.

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