Daily Archives: July 16, 2017

Penguins, Polar Bears and Civilization: Vanishing Polar Ice and Human Climate Vulnerability | EV & N #249 – CCTV


“Post-Columbian” cities, established as marine ports, will inevitably collapse as global sea-level rises faster than they can cope.

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For the news of the Antarctic ice movement this week his week (12 July 2017) that reinforces the scientific conclusion that the destruction of the “post-Columbian” coastal port city is inevitable and irreversible, see:

As Dr. James Hansen has made it clear:

“It is not a question of WILL sea-level rise a large amount.
It’s only a question of how fast that will occur.”

For consideration of polar ice loss upon the change in global sea-level see:





Trump’s Tax Cuts Give $40 To Poor People, Nearly $1 Million Each To The Wealthy Elite

The Ring of Fire

Published on Jul 16, 2017

According to a new analysis by the Tax Policy Center, the proposed tax cuts from the Trump Administration would provide about $40 a piece for the majority of Americans, but the wealthy will be getting back close to one million dollars each. Still think Republicans care about working Americans? Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.

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In case anybody out there still thought that the Republican party in Washington, DC actually cares about American citizens, American workers, the underclass, the struggling class, let’s take a look at the analysis from the Tax Policy Center of what Donald Trump’s proposed tax breaks that the Republicans in the House support. Let’s take a look at what those tax cuts would actually do for this country. For anyone making the poverty level income in the United States, Donald Trump and the Republican tax cuts would give that person an extra $40 a year, folks. If you’re living in poverty, Donald Trump and the Republicans will cut your taxes and you’re going to pocket 40 bucks a year. Meanwhile, if you make more than $3.4 million a year, the top 0.1% of income earners in the United States, you know how much money they’re going to get each year? $940,000. Every single year under Donald Trump and the Republican tax plan.

There is no more question about the fact that Republicans do not care about 99% of the country. Yeah, people who make more than $25,000 but less than $3.4 million, they’re going to get more than $40 back, but they’re not going to get $940,000 back each year. They’re going to see their taxes go down by maybe a couple hundred, maybe $100, $200 per year. But we are literally giving people who make millions of dollars every single year almost a million dollars back in taxes. Experts at the Tax Policy Center also say that these tax cuts, even with Donald Trump’s massive budget cuts, will not pay for themselves. Meaning, just like under George W. Bush, there goes that ballooning deficit again that Republicans were bitching about every single day during the Obama administration, but when Republicans are President, as Dick Cheney says, “Deficits don’t matter.”

So, we’re going to drive this country further into debt, just to give millionaires and billionaires an extra million dollars a year. But don’t worry, folks living on poverty, who are going to have your health care slashed, your food stamps slashed, your after-school meal programs slashed, you’re getting 40 bucks a year, courtesy of President Donald Trump.

Why Are Nations So Divided? Trump, Brexit, and the Struggle for Status

Big Think

Published on Jul 16, 2017

There’s a schism between the idealism of globalization—i.e. that a more connected, educated, and mobile world is going to make everything better—and that of populism, which demands a more insular, community orientated way of life and thus and world at large. In 2016, both the U.K. and the U.S. made it overwhelmingly apparently that the schism had reached a boiling point: the UK voted to leave the European Union without, seemingly, any forethought as to what it would do to the economy. And America elected a reality TV star, Donald Trump, who advocated both sexual assault and violence against journalists. Good times! But David Goodhart says we should have seen this coming—that there has been a battle between “Anywhere” and “Somewhere” for decades, and that the issues don’t all come down to “elites” versus “non-educated”. It moreover comes down to a political system that favors one over the other. So what can we do? Perhaps see the other side for who they really are: one of us, just with a different view on the world.

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Arctic business: profits in melting polar ice caps – (VPRO documentary – 2014)

vpro documentary

Published on Jul 16, 2017

In the North, some people are happy that climate change is a fact now: If we continue this way, the Arctic ice will have melted by 2040! We will see glaciers disappear and entire species of fish migrate. Ecologists see it as a disaster, but investors see a business opportunity and extreme profits in the melting polar ice caps. If, (or when), the Arctic will melt, it will be come an Arctic business. What if this melting of the polar ice caps is inevitable? We know the dangers, but are there also opportunities in global warming? A world without Arctic ice means a new area to discover, exploit and navigate; it means Arctic business.

During the summer months, a new shipping route around the ice caps will be navigable, a much shorter route to Asia than the current ones through the Suez Canal or around the Cape. Oil, gas and minerals that were inaccessible under the ice are suddenly within reach, and new investors are moving to the polar circle. The Chinese are extensively researching opportunities in Iceland, the Norwegians will benefit from a new northern shipping route, and Greenland is the only country in the world rising faster than the sea level, so it will have more arable land.

Our view of the Earth is distorted by the projection of the world that we learned in school, and that we still see in the news every day. But if you turn the globe over and view it from the polar area, you will see a new future emerging. A new geopolitical and economic game unfolds. It’s time to have a look at the players who seize global warming as a golden opportunity.
Original title: Het warme Noorden.

Originally broadcasted by VPRO in 2014.
© November 2014

VPRO Documentary:
Our globalized world causes societies, economies and cultures to seek a new balance. VPRO Documentary reflects on this with new features every week. We research subjects like politics, world economy, society and science with experts and try to grasp the essence of prominent trends and developments.

China-US ties called into question 100 days after Florida summit

CGTN America

Published on Jul 16, 2017

The first meeting between Presidents Trump and Xi Jinping was marked by promises for future relations between the United States and China. One-hundred days after Mar-a-Lago, can China-U.S. relations get back on track?

50 for Freedom | Make a Stand to End Modern Slavery


Karine Jean-Pierre on G20 & Trump – MSNBC AM Joy

Ignorance Has Become a Political Virtue on the Right, Benjamin Franklin is Rolling in his Grave

Earth’s sixth mass extinction event under way, scientists warn | Environment | The Guardian


Researchers talk of ‘biological annihilation’ as study reveals billions of populations of animals have been lost in recent decades

Damian Carrington Environment editor @dpcarrington

Monday 10 July 2017 15.00 EDT

A “biological annihilation” of wildlife in recent decades means a sixth mass extinction in Earth’s history is under way and is more severe than previously feared, according to research.

Scientists analysed both common and rare species and found billions of regional or local populations have been lost. They blame human overpopulation and overconsumption for the crisis and warn that it threatens the survival of human civilisation, with just a short window of time in which to act.

The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, eschews the normally sober tone of scientific papers and calls the massive loss of wildlife a “biological annihilation” that represents a “frightening assault on the foundations of human civilisation”.

Prof Gerardo Ceballos, at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, who led the work, said: “The situation has become so bad it would not be ethical not to use strong language.”

Previous studies have shown species are becoming extinct at a significantly faster rate than for millions of years before, but even so extinctions remain relatively rare giving the impression of a gradual loss of biodiversity. The new work instead takes a broader view, assessing many common species which are losing populations all over the world as their ranges shrink, but remain present elsewhere.

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The tobacco industry’s march on Africa | Guardian Explainer

The Guardian

Published on Jul 12, 2017

With smoking in decline in much of the developed world, tobacco companies are putting their hopes in new markets where populations are growing quickly and regulations can still be contested in the courts.
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But African governments are not standing idly by and a landmark case in Kenya could set the tone of anti-smoking regulations across the continent.