Daily Archives: August 5, 2016

Sustainability: the threshold explained in 20 seconds (spaghetti analogy)


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Global warming threatens to release nuclear waste from Cold War base in Greenland

Scientists are warning the Greenland’s melting ice could release buried nuclear waste from a shuttered Cold War missile base Credit: AP

5 August 2016 • 5:19pm

Nuclear waste buried underneath the ice in Greenland in a Cold War-era bunker is at risk of being exposed, scientists fear, due to global warming.

Radioactive coolant, thousands of gallons of sewage and diesel fuel, and tons of PCBs – a chemical coolant, banned in 1979 – were abandoned at the US Camp Century base when it was decommissioned in 1967.

The Americans left the base nearly fully intact, under the assumption that it would be buried forever under accumulated snowfall.

The base was officially used as a scientific centre, designed to carry out experiments such as drilling into the ice core. But it also served as a top-secret nuclear missile testing site, under a programme named Project Iceworm, which was to see if launch sites could be built close enough for missiles to reach the Soviet Union.

When it was mothballed, the nuclear waste was buried in a series of tunnels 50 feet underground. Snow has since fallen on top.

But a new, peer-reviewed study published on Thursday in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, warns that the ice is melting faster than snow is falling on top, to replenish it. And climate change could see the material released into the oceans by the end of the century.

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Why the GMO Labeling Bill Obama Just Signed Into Law Is a Sham—and a Nat ional Embarrassment

The discriminatory bill exempts Big Food from putting GMO labels on food packages and keeps consumers in the dark.

By Andrew Kimbrell / AlterNet
August 4, 2016

It is known as the DARK Act—Denying Americans the Right to Know. It was signed by President Obama last Friday in the afterglow of the Democratic National Convention, without fanfare or major media coverage. The bill’s moniker is apt. With a few strokes of his pen Obama scratched out the laws of Vermont, Connecticut and Maine that required the labeling of genetically engineered foods.

He also nullified the GE seed labeling laws in Vermont and Virginia that allowed farmers to choose what seeds they wanted to buy and plant. And for good measure he preempted Alaska’s law requiring the labeling of any GE fish or fish product, passed to protect the state’s vital fisheries from contamination by recently approved genetically engineered salmon.

The White House justified the DARK Act’s massive onslaught on local democracy on the grounds that the bill would create national standards for labeling of GE foods. It does nothing of the sort. According to Obama’s own Food and Drug Administration, if enacted, the bill would exempt most current GMO foods from being labeled at all. The FDA further commented that it “may be difficult” for any GMO food to qualify for labeling under the bill. And for any GE foods that might be covered, the bill allows for food to be “labeled” through a digital system of QR codes that can only be accessed if the consumer has a smartphone and reliable internet connectivity.

Unfortunately for one-third of Americans, it seems President Obama does not know the digital divide is real. More than 50 percent of America’s poor and rural populations—a disproportionate number of which are minority communities—and more than 65 percent of the elderly don’t even own smartphones, and for those that do, many cannot afford monthly payments, or live in areas lacking internet access. A minimum of 100 million Americans will not have access to food information because of this labeling system.

Reverend Jesse Jackson understood this. He wrote a letter to the president urging a veto and saying that the bill raised “serious questions of discrimination” and left “unresolved matters of equal protection of the law.” Do all Americans have rights in an increasingly digital society? Or will they be discriminated against because they have limited means?

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Earth Overshoot Day 2016 is on Aug. 8


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Published on Aug 5, 2016

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Is Capitalism Terrorism Against All Humanity?

Published on Aug 5, 2016

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph, joins Thom. The Pope told reporters “Terrorism grows when there is no other option, and as long as the world economy has at its center the god of money and not the person. This is fundamental terrorism, against all humanity.” The Pope was responding question about the link between Islam and terrorism – which the Pope doesn’t think is particular to Islam. He told the reporters – “It is not right and it is not just to say that Islam is terroristic. If I speak of Islamic violence, I should speak of Catholic violence. Not all Muslims are violent, not all Catholics are violent. In almost all religions there is always a small group of fundamentalists. One can kill with the tongue as well as the knife.”

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Papantonio: Law and Disorder, A New Thriller About Corporate Corruption & Political Greed


The Ring of Fire

Published on Aug 5, 2016

Mike Papantonio’s new novel “Law and Disorder” will be hitting bookshelves in just a few weeks, and Pap and Thom Hartmann discussed the book on a recent episode of The Big Picture on RT America.

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Unique video: Super-rare ball lightning moving across Siberian field


RT

Published on Aug 5, 2016

Courtesy: Roman Tregubov https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr_s…

A unique video of a giant fireball moving across a Siberian field was caught on mobile phone camera by Roman Tregubov in July while he was staying in countryside just outside Novosibirsk.

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Trump & The Lesson of Hiroshima


MoveOn

Published on Aug 5, 2016

An important lesson for Donald J. Trump on the 71st anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.

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Trump: Code Red – It Just Got Scarier


The Big Picture RT

Published on Aug 5, 2016

America’s Lawyer Mike Papantonio, The Ring of Fire/Law and Disorder joins Thom. The idea of a Donald Trump presidency was scary enough already – but it just got even scarier. Plus – Pap has a new book out. Law And Disorder – you can preorder now – http://amzn.to/2aUteOC

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Cornel West: Trump Will Be a Neofascist Catastrophe and Clinton a Neoliberal Disaster | Alternet

Cornel-West

West is ready to turn his back on the Democratic Party.

By Robert Hennelly / AlterNet
August 2, 2016

Polls indicate that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton got a four-point bounce from the heavily scripted Democratic Party Convention. But it is hard to know the depth and intensity of support from Sanders activists passionate enough to earn themselves a place at the convention. Those are the kinds of activists that could help Clinton the most come November. Yet, an informal survey of dozens of Bernie delegates indicates a lack on enthusiasm for the Clinton cause. No doubt, the decision by prominent Bernie booster Cornel West to go for Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein won’t help.

However successful Clinton was in racking up impressive wins in the primary cycle, her actual vote totals were higher in 2008, when she faced off with then-senator Barack Obama.

As early as March, Super Tuesday results made it clear there was a potential enthusiasm gap when the vote totals from 15 states showed 3 million registered Democrats who had come out in 2008 had decided to stay home. In Texas, turnout dropped by 50 percent. In South Carolina, there was a 40-percent drop in the African-American turnout from the watershed 2008 primary.

Consider the key swing state of Ohio. In the 2016 primary election, Clinton only garnered close to 680,000 votes, compared to the nearly 1.1 million she polled in her victory in 2008.

In 2012, Cleveland, in Cuyahoga County, was one of three urban locales where a wave of young minority voters carried the day for Obama, delivering the three states he needed to win. (The others were Philadelphia, and Florida’s Broward County.)

The Ohio Battleground

So how are things these days in Cleveland, site of that pivotal Obama win in 2012? Downtown Cleveland is enjoying a robust revitalization, but there are also vast swaths of the rest of the community in which factory buildings lie vacant.

There are close to 6,000 zombie homes — homes their owners believe are in foreclosure, even though the bank that holds their mortgages never completed the legal process to foreclose — a physical legacy of the foreclosure crisis which is still felt here. Some 20,000 have already been torn down, and for the homeowners in the poorer part of town, property values have dropped by as much as 80 percent.

As the Republicans gathered in Cleveland to nominate Donald J. Trump as their presidential candidate, a public policy and social action forum dubbed IMPACT took place at Mount Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, one of the city’s largest African-American congregations. The forum featured Cornel West, the “provocative democratic intellectual,” as he bills himself, as its keynote speaker.

Mount Olivet’s traditions run deep. It was founded in the 1930s and served as the base of operations for Martin Luther King Jr., when he came to Cleveland.

West, professor of philosophy and Christian practice at Union Theological Seminary and professor emeritus at Princeton University, was one of Senator Bernie Sanders’ most ardent supporters among African-American leaders, and several congregants were anxious to know whether the influential public intellectual was going to support Hillary Clinton in the general election.

But West, who served on the Democratic Party platform committee as a Sanders pick, told his audience he was supporting the Green Party candidate Jill Stein, because of her policy positions, “calling for reparations, calling for the massive release of all prisoners who are there for soft drugs… [She is also calling for
a] massive redistribution [of wealth], a green jobs program…siding with the Palestinians… [and is] concerned about the violation of international law by the United States.”

“I am going to fight against Trump,” West pledged, but “in this case I am opting for third-party Sister Jill Stein.”

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