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Earth Day & Class Reunions: What Do We Choose to Celebrate? What Do We Prefer to Ignore? What Will Be Our “Class Legacy” to Future Generations? | EV & N #274 | CCTV

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On Earth Day we should pay particular attention — especially in college reunions — to what we celebrate AND what we choose to forget. This can provide a more nuanced and complete measure of our legacy to the future.

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The Young Turks   Published on Feb 2, 2016

A report has just been released that shows how much the Bush administration lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Cenk Uygur delivers his Final Judgment on LMD (Lies of Mass Destruction). Why do you think the Bush administration wanted to invade Iraq so badly?

RR4401
Published on Feb 19, 2011

Bush’s “victory” was not universally acknowledged.  Indeed, after the disastrous failure of the Iraq invasion of 2003, there were several prominent calls for the accountability of Prime Minister Blair and for the trial of both Blair and President Bush.

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Eventually Bush and his administration were tried in absentia by and international court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and they were convicted of war crimes.

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Published on May 29, 2013
Former U.S. President George W. Bush recently dedicated his Presidential Library in Dallas. The ceremony included speeches by President Obama, ex-President Bush, and every other living ex-president. But none of the speeches so much as mentioned to Iraq war — the undertaking that dominated George W. Bush’s presidency, and will define his historic legacy.

This omission might be due, at least in part, to the fact that Mr. Bush is now a convicted war criminal who dares not travel abroad out of fear of being arrested.

In February 2011, Bush was forced to cancel a scheduled appearance in Geneva, Switzerland after human rights groups filed a criminal complaint charging him with violating international treaties against torture.

His trouble increased dramatically a year ago when Bush — along with former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and several other top Bush administration officials — were convicted of war crimes in absentia by a special war crimes tribunal in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission was convened and conducted according to internationally recognized procedures and rules of evidence, and the week-long hearing ended with the five-member panel unanimously delivering guilty verdicts.

What is the significance of that tribunal? Is its verdict legally binding? Are there troublesome aspects to the idea that a foreign tribunal can sit in judgment of a U.S. President — whatever we may think of his actions? We will discuss these vitally important questions with Dr. Francis Boyle, a professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law. He served as a prosecutor at the tribunal.

What Will Be The Enduring Global Legacy of the
Yale Class of 1968?

Two and a half months before he hosted his 35th Yale Class Reunion at the White House, on 29 May 2003, President George W. Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq.  One person –who had already been active in the American public life at the time of President Bush’s graduation in 1968 — was interviewed by the BBC’s Francine Stock in that same year of his 35th Yale Class Reunion.  The link between the similarities of behavior of the American government during the Vietnam war and the Iraq invasion were made clear by this scholar who had witnessed and critiqued both wars


Dexter Webster
Published on Nov 27, 2013

The BBC interview offers a powerful, timely and enduring assessment of what came to characterize the exercise of American Presidential power under George W. Bush and every administration since.  This can be said to be a major legacy of the Yale Class of 1968.

In addition, Academy Award winner, Oliver Stone, — a fellow Yale ’68 classmate of President George W. Bush — has narrated and presented to the world a documentary that offers an explicit critique of the legacy of the Cheney-Bush years.  It stands as a tribute to what many in the Yale Class of 1968 remember as important over the last 50 years.  In fact, in the opinion of many in the class this documentary warrants extended attention and discussion during their forthcoming fiftieth reunion in New Haven.

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It is rare for any class reunion to receive among its alumni a former President of the United States.  It is even more rare to have that President accused and convicted by an international panel of jurists of war crimes.  Recalling these things as Yale ’68 gathers for its 50th reunion will be a painful and difficult event for many in the class.

Perhaps equally painful is the recognition that nothing seems to have been learned by subsequent administrations — Democrat or Republican — from the misjudgments and mistakes of the entire post-World War II cold-war period in American history.  Instead people like John Bolton (initially named to the U. N. Ambassador position as a “recess appointment” by President George W. Bush because of Congressional opposition) — now emerge on the National Security Council in an administration that seems to think military nationalism is the only way forward.

We seem to have had no public discussion of the alternatives that were possible at several points in recent history to have crafted a very different legacy for our children.  Once again, Oliver Stone has pointed this out very clearly to us:

It now seems that President George W. Bush is scheduled to participate in the activities of 50th Reunion of Yale Class of 1968 in the June of 2018.  It will be significant to observe whether this aspect of the Class legacy is something the members of Yale ’68 choose to celebrate or prefer to ignore.

Related reflections:

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Bush: “Mission Accomplished” — REAL Speech

RR4401
Published on Feb 19, 2011

Evolution and Global Warming Denialism: How the Public is Misled


NatCen4ScienceEd
Published on Sep 26, 2011

Teachers have long been pressured to teach “alternate views” of evolution. Now they’re being pushed to deny that global warming is happening, or if it is, that humans aren’t a major factor. Genie Scott dissects the tactics of climate change deniers, and the parallels with anti-evolutionists. Where: Glasgow, Scotland. When September 15, 2011

Naomi Oreskes deconstructs Nick Minchin’s climate denial

John Cook
Published on Apr 23, 2012

Naomi Oreskes explains with great clarity the driving force behind climate denial – aversion to the political and economic implications of climate change. UPDATE: Some commenters are asking about evidence that humans are causing global warming.

A summary is provided at http://sks.to/evidence and http://sks.to/agw with links to the many peer-reviewed papers that provide empirical evidence for human caused global warming.

Recycling hope for plastic-hungry enzyme – BBC News

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43783631
By Mary Halton Science reporter, BBC News

  • 16 April 2018

Scientists have improved a naturally occurring enzyme which can digest some of our most commonly polluting plastics.

PET, the strong plastic commonly used in bottles, takes hundreds of years to break down in the environment.

The modified enzyme, known as PETase, can start breaking down the same material in just a few days.

This could revolutionise the recycling process, allowing plastics to be re-used more effectively.

UK consumers use around 13 billion plastic drinks bottles a year but more than three billion are not recycled.

Found in a dump

Originally discovered in Japan, the enzyme is produced by a bacterium which “eats” PET.

Ideonella sakaiensis uses the plastic as its major energy source.

Researchers reported in 2016 that they had found the strain living in sediments at a bottle recycling site in the port city of Sakai.

…(read more).

7 Eye-Opening Facts for Earth Day | Mashable


Mashable

Published on Apr 22, 2015

Read more: http://mashable.com/2015/04/22/earth-…

1. Atmospheric CO2 concentrations are at a record high: greater than 400 ppm Sources: NOAA (http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/ccgg/tre…
Mashable (http://mashable.com/2014/04/08/carbon… 350.org (http://400.350.org/)

2. We dump 19.4 billion pounds of plastic into the ocean every year Sources: Science Mag study (http://www.sciencemag.org/content/347…
Mashable (http://mashable.com/2015/02/19/plasti…)

3. An estimated 18 million acres of forest are lost each year Source: FAO (http://www.fao.org/docrep/014/am859e/…
Live Science (http://www.livescience.com/27692-defo…)

4. Earth is facing a 40% shortfall in water supply by 2030 Sources: UNESCO (http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-… FAO (http://www.fao.org/nr/water/aquastat/…)

5. Climate change-related extreme events, plus population growth, could increase hunger by up to 20% by 2050 Source: WFP (http://www.wfp.org/climate-change)

6. September Arctic sea ice extent is declining at a rate of 13.3% per decade Sources: NASA (http://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/a… AND http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/septem… NSIDC (http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/)

7. Earth is off to its warmest start on record Sources: NOAA (https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/); Mashable (http://mashable.com/2015/04/17/earth-…)

Earth Day 2018 Narrated by Julian Lennon


Bristol Eastern High School Lancer Productions
Published on Apr 11, 2018