Daily Archives: February 22, 2017

Van Jones: “Decoding Race” | Talks at Google

Talks at Google

Published on Feb 22, 2017

Google’s Decoding Race Series – is the first step of a longer-term strategy – intended to inform and empower Googlers to have open and constructive conversations on race, and its intersections.

In December 2016, Alphabet’s Chief Legal Officer, David Drummond, talked with Van Jones for a fireside chat. They discussed a variety of topics, including the election of Donald Trump, Americanism, the love army, #yeswecode, and much more.

Following this fireside chat, be sure to check out the Decoding Race panel on “Programming and Prejudice: Can Computers Be Racist?” moderated by Van Jones available at https://youtu.be/Rq3ao5xmpy0

Inundated by storms and flooding, California hopes for sun

PBS NewsHour

Published on Feb 22, 2017

Rain and flooding have wreaked havoc on Northern California, a region that just recently was struggling to overcome a historic drought. In San Jose, officials ordered some 14,000 people to evacuate overnight. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo about when it may be possible for residents to return to their homes.

New research casts doubt on govt line on fracking

RT America

Published on Feb 22, 2017

There were more than 6,600 spills at fracked oil and gas wells in the US over a 10-year period, according to a new paper on hydraulic fracking authored by university scientists from around the country. This figure far exceeds the numbers given in an earlier Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report. Prof. Zacariah L Hildenbrand, co-founder of Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation (CLEAR), joins RT America’s Anya Parampil to discuss the significance of these disparate figures and how to mitigate the problem of spills at fracked sites going forward.

Massive floods hit California, 1,000s flee

RT America

Published on Feb 22, 2017

Nearly 50,000 people have been asked to evacuate San Jose, California due to record flooding. Hundreds of others have been rescued by boat as floods swallow entire neighborhoods. RT America correspondent Brigida Santos joins RT America’s Anya Parampil from Los Angeles to bring us the details of the disaster and to update us on the continuing Oroville Dam crisis.

Active, illegal clearance of Sumatran elephant habitat in the Leuser Ecosystem

Rainforest Action Network

Published on Feb 22, 2017

GPS: 4°34’0.60″N, 97°41’7.20″E

A Rainforest Action Network (RAN) field investigation has found evidence of active, illegal clearance of critically endangered Sumatran elephant habitat within the rainforests of the Leuser Ecosystem. The culprit is a rogue palm oil producer known as PT. Agra Bumi Niaga (PT. ABN) who supplies a nearby crude palm oil processing mill operated by PT. Koperasi Prima Jasa (KPJ)—a known supplier to Wilmar International. Wilmar ships this Conflict Palm Oil around the world where it is may be used by consumer brands, including PepsiCo.

This investigation uncovered evidence showing how PT. ABN has accelerated the clearance of hundreds of hectares of forest over a six-month period. The activity documented is in clear violation of the moratorium announced by the President of Indonesia in April 2016 as well as instructions from the Governor of Aceh made on June 17th, 2016 ordering the same company to cease all forest clearance activities, including areas with existing permits.

Noam Chomsky on Moral Relativism and Michel Foucault- Noam Chomsky Quotes

Noam Chomsky New 2017

Published on Feb 22, 2017

Standing Rock’s Last Stand- #NoDAPL Camp Eviction — Chase Iron Eyes Interview

Acronym TV

Published on Feb 22, 2017

full podcast: https://www.atrumpshow.com/episodes/014

Wednesday, February 22, 2017— Today in North Dakota the last remaining water protectors at Standing Rock face a 2 pm deadline to vacate the camp.

On the podcast today, I interview Standing Rock Sioux member, Chase Iron Eyes. Iron Eyes is a Native American activist, attorney, politician, and a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Additionally, Chase is a member of the Lakota People’s Law Project and a co-founder of the Native American news website Last Real Indians and in 2016 ran unsuccessfully for US Congress.

In brief, here is where we are in the epic- almost year long struggle to protect the water by stopping the Dakota access pipeline from drilling under the Missouri river. It has been a peaceful and prayerful protest that has been ongoing since April of 2016 and has captured the imaginations of people all over the world faces and that today faces overwhelming force of local, state and federal agencies—including Morton County police, Bureau of Indian affairs, National Park Service Rangers, and the Department of Homeland Security—armed for war are prepared to enforce the deadline. The tactic of the militarized police state, acting as agents in our country’s longest war—our war against the Native Americans— has been well documented. Water protectors have been shot with rubber bullets, tazed and blasted with water cannons in freezing temperatures. The water cannon tactic reminiscent of the civil rights protests in the 1960s. As reported in the Guardian, FBI representatives have contacted several ‘water protectors’, raising alarm that an indigenous-led movement is being construed as domestic terrorism.

Mni Wiconi, or Water is Life—has become the rallying cry for this movement— and on December 4th, 2016— I was at Standing Rock when a victory—albeit temporary—was achieved when President Barack Obama had the Army Corps of Engineers deny an easement that Energy Transfer Partners needed to finish construction the pipeline. As part of the delay, an Environmental Impact Statement was to be completed. Donald Trump reversed that decision and halted the Environmental Impact Statement when Donald Trump issued an executive order on January 24—during his first week as president—ordering the go-ahead of the Dakota access pipeline.

Although not explicitly written on Trump’s Executive Order, it may has well have been titled: money is life.

In the 2nd half of the podcast, I interview Michal Nigro. Michael is an award award-winning filmmaker, Emmy nominated writer-director and social justice activist. He is a photojournalist and often travel partner of mine—we were at Standing Rock together back in December.

Thanks for listening,
– Dennis

February Warmth Melts Chicago Record Book

Associated Press

Published on Feb 22, 2017

With record-breaking temperatures reaching into the high 60’s for five days in a row, short sleeves and even shorts can be spotted along Chicago’s beaches. (Feb. 22)

Wilnelia Rivera on Becoming a Just Sustainable City: The Case for Boston


Published on Feb 22, 2017

This talk is part of the 2016 StreetTalks 10-in-1, where some of the best and brightest in Boston’s transportation world present their ideas for making Boston streets better. Presented by Livable Streets Boston in the Old South Meeting House.

Rex Tillerson is big oil personified. The damage he can do is immense | Bill McKibben | Opinion | The Guardian

‘It’s like appointing Ronald McDonald to run the agriculture department.’ Photograph: Brian Harkin/Getty Images

Now a fossil fuel executive will run America’s foreign policy, right out in the open. Donald Trump gets credit for a kind of barbaric transparency

Wednesday 11 January 2017 07.00 EST Last modified on Tuesday 31 January 2017 10.36 EST

In one of the futile demonstrations that marked the run-up to the Iraq war, I saw a woman with a sign that read “How Did Our Oil End Up Under Their Sand?” In nine words she managed to sum up a great deal of American foreign policy, back at least as far as the 1953 coup that overthrew Mossadegh in Iran and helped toss the Middle East into its still-boiling cauldron.

If the Senate approves Rex Tillerson after his testimony on Wednesday, they’ll be continuing in that inglorious tradition – in fact, they’ll be taking it to a new height, and cutting out the diplomats who have traditionally played the middleman role.


Rex Tillerson – who has literally spent his entire working life at Exxon – is big oil personified. It’s like appointing Ronald McDonald to run the agriculture department (which is certainly a possibility, since that job is still unfilled).

“All in all, it’s hard to imagine a single hire that could do more damage to the planet”

So in one sense Tillerson’s appointment simply makes formal what has long been clear. But in another way, his announcement is truly novel: the honor (secretaries of state are usually considered the second-most important official in our government) comes after a season of disgrace at the world’s largest oil company, in a moment when the energy business is on the ropes and when its product is causing the greatest crisis the planet has yet faced.

Those three things are linked, of course. The disgrace is the long, slow reveal by investigative reporters that Exxon knew all about climate change as early as the late 1970s. Their scientists were so far ahead of the curve that management was taking precautions and planning strategy a quarter-century ago – building drilling rigs to account for the sea level rise they knew was coming, and plotting to bid for leases in an Arctic they knew would melt.

But instead of telling the rest of us, the investigations revealed their deep involvement in the effort to spread doubt and confusion about climate change. Given the consequences, this is a series of corporate crimes that makes VW’s emissions cheating seem like stealing a candy bar from the 7/11. In a rational world, Congress would be grilling Tillerson about the company’s conduct, not preparing to hand him the country’s plum unelected job.

Exxon knew of climate change in 1981, email says – but it funded deniers for 27 more years

But climate change means not just the collapse of the planet’s fundamental systems (after the hottest year ever measured, global sea ice has been charting record lows – literally the world looks different from outer space). It also means that the energy business is in serious trouble.

Big oil has underperformed on the stock market for years. Exxon’s once-sterling profit record is now checkered at best. And as a result it’s resorted to every kind of chicanery. USA Today reported on Monday that, through a European subsidiary, it managed to do business with Iran, Syria and Sudan while those countries were under US sanctions (sanctions the, um, secretary of state would need to enforce). Everyone knows that the company stands to make billions-with-a-B if America lifts its sanctions on Russia. With its business in decline, these are the kinds of moves that Exxon has been reduced to plotting.

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