Daily Archives: July 18, 2017

Lawrence Wilkerson: Donald Trump Admin. ‘Like A Mafia Family’ | All In | MSNBC


MSNBC

Published on Jun 7, 2017

‘That’s essentially the way I view President Trump now – as a godfather,’ says the colonel and former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Walter Shaub: The Ethics Chief Who Took On The White House | All In | MSNBC


MSNBC

Published on Jul 7, 2017

Chris Hayes interviews Walter Shaub, outgoing director of the Office of Government Ethics, who’s stepping down after challenging the president over conflicts of interest.

Government ethics watchdog Walter Shaub resigns


CBS Evening News

Published on Jul 6, 2017

Walter Shaub, director of the Office of Government Ethics, resigned Thursday. Then, he talked to CBS News’ Julianna Goldman, in his first television interview since announcing his resignation.

(HD) Earth Under Water in Next 20 Years – Full Documentary

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The Big Melt: Looming danger of abrupt climate change


WION

Published on Jul 15, 2017

WION examines how a chunk of ice in Antartica might flood cities in India.

World is One News, WION examines global issues with in-depth analysis. We provide much more than the news of the day. Our aim is to empower people to explore their world.

Sixth Mass Extinction (Full Documentary)


Planet Doc Full Documentaries

Published on Jun 28, 2016

Massive extinctions took place millions of years ago, so long ago that life had time to start again from zero, leaving behind creatures that were lost forever in the transformations suffered by a young, inexpert and changing. We are the most efficient agent of a phenomenon which is as old as life itself: the extinction of species. But we are becoming so efficient in our role as destroyers that, as we begin to understand the interdependent mechanisms of life on earth, we are realising that perhaps our own activities could end up leading our species along the road to extinction.

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Since the first animal fossil register, approximately 800 million years ago, the Earth has suffered at least twelve massive extinctions, of which five were of truly gigantic proportions.
Millions of species disappeared forever in these periods of massive deaths. When we hear of extinctions in pre-history, we tend to think of the time when the Earth was inhabited by fabulous animals: the dinosaurs.
The dinosaurs dominated the zoology of our planet for one hundred and forty million years, a period which, in comparison with the history of our species, makes them almost eternal.

A medium-sized meteorite crashed into the Earth. It was neither the largest nor the most devastating of the many that have impacted against our planet, but the power of the impact was the equivalent of 10,000 times the detonation of all the nuclear weapons in the world.

Another of the great agents of extinction came with the evolution of the Earth itself.
Since life began, continental drift and fragmentation have brought brutal changes in all land and marine ecosystems. The movement of the tectonic plates changed currents, winds, river courses; it changed the land relief, the coasts, the islands. The structure of the world was radically altered.

Sixty million years ago, the supercontinent Gondwana broke apart, giving rise to new, powerful oceans.
Tectonic movements and the climatic repercussions they bring with them have been responsible for the disappearance of many species. In fact, the first great extinction, 440 million years ago, was due to the southward drift of the supercontinent Gondwana, which gave rise to a prolonged ice age in which around 75% of all the species on the planet were wiped out.

The appearance of man would change the planet forever. Man became sedentary and learnt to cultivate the land from which he would obtain so much food that he could store the surplus for consumption during the unproductive months.
We have become an agent of extinction just as devastating as the drift of continents or the impact of meteorites.The consequences of our actions have become global ecological problems. We are changing the climate of the entire earth and the first signs can be seen where we might least expect it.

We are the cause of the sixth massive extinction, an extinction that is taking place today, right now.
Scientists calculate that in the next one hundred years half of all the living beings on the planet will be in danger of extinction. A ridiculously short period on the scale of extinctions, where time is measured in millions of years.
The Earth has already survived changes similar to those we are bringing about, massive extinctions that led to the disappearance of 95% of all species. It, therefore, will survive all this alarming damage. And life, almost certainly, will return to the Earth. But unless we are capable of avoiding it, our species, like the dinosaurs, the marsupial tigers or the ichthyosauruses, will be merely a memory of an insignificant instant in the long life of the planet Earth.

Climate & Extreme Weather News #44 (July 14th to July 17th 2017)


Understanding Climate Change

Published on Jul 17, 2017

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Shaub on Trump administration ethics: ‘State of cris…


CNNMoney

Published on Jul 17, 2017

Walter Shaub, the departing director of the Office of Government Ethics, says the Trump administration is not following ethical norms that assure the American public that the government is working in its best interest.

Departing Ethics Chief: U.S. Is ‘Close to a Laughingstock’ – The New York Times

JULY 17, 2017

As director of the Office of Government Ethics, Walter M. Shaub Jr. has often gone head-to-head with the Trump administration over conflicts of interest. Credit Vanessa Vick for The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Actions by President Trump and his administration have created a historic ethics crisis, the departing head of the Office of Government Ethics said. He called for major changes in federal law to expand the power and reach of the oversight office and combat the threat.

Walter M. Shaub Jr., who is resigning as the federal government’s top ethics watchdog on Tuesday, said the Trump administration had flouted or directly challenged long-accepted norms in a way that threatened to undermine the United States’ ethical standards, which have been admired around the world.

“It’s hard for the United States to pursue international anticorruption and ethics initiatives when we’re not even keeping our own side of the street clean. It affects our credibility,” Mr. Shaub said in a two-hour interview this past weekend — a weekend Mr. Trump let the world know he was spending at a family-owned golf club that was being paid to host the U.S. Women’s Open tournament. “I think we are pretty close to a laughingstock at this point.”

Mr. Shaub called for nearly a dozen legal changes to strengthen the federal ethics system: changes that, in many cases, he had not considered necessary before Mr. Trump’s election. Every other president since the 1970s, Republican or Democrat, worked closely with the ethics office, he said.

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