Daily Archives: February 14, 2019

Mexico City Thinks Big on Climate: Taking Action to Solve the Climate Crisis

Climate Reality

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Sabemos que nuestra dependencia a los combustibles fósiles esta causando una verdadera crisis climatica y es una amenaza muy real para la salud pública, pero hay individuos, empresas y comunidades enteras al rededor del mundo que ya estan tomando accion. Por ejemplo, la ciudad de méxico es una de las ciudades más grandes del hemisferio occidental y alli los lideres estan pensando enn grande y se han puesto manos a la obra en busca de soluciones.

It started as a climate crisis, driven by fossil fuels. Now it’s becoming perhaps the greatest human health crisis yet. The good news? Around the world, people, businesses, and communities are taking action and helping create a healthier future for us all. For example, the Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the Western Hemisphere and there the leaders are thinking big and have gone to work in search of solutions.

This Is What a Nuclear War Would Actually Look Like (HBO)

VICE News

Published on Mar 21, 2017

As Secretary of Defense under President Clinton, Bill Perry has spent most of his life watching the world prepare for nuclear war. And given the current political climate, he thinks the world isn’t nearly as scared as it should be.

Since the dawn of the nuclear age in the 1940s, most of the worlds nuclear capability was split between the U.S. and Russia. The umbrella of American protection meant that its allies didn’t have to develop nukes of their own.

But that appears to be changing.

President Donald Trump has been less hawkish about standing up to Russia. Now, European Union is reportedly considering a nuclear deterrent of its own. During the first week of March — after reports came out that as he left office, President Barack Obama warned Trump that North Korea would be “the most urgent” problem — North Korea fired four missiles that landed just 200 miles from Japan.

All of this has experts, including Perry, worried about an era of renewed nuclear threat from jittery states and rogue actors. Perry often talks about his nightmare scenario: a small amount of enriched uranium falling into the hands of a terrorist group.

“I think of all of the nuclear catastrophes that could happen, this is the most probable,” the 89-year-old said. “I think, I would say, there’s probably an even chance, this would happen sometime in the next 10 years.”

Roberto Lovato: Elliott Abrams Is Bringing Violence of 1980s U.S. Latin America Policy to Venezuela

Democracy Now!

Published on Feb 14, 2019

https://democracynow.org – President Trump met with Colombian President Iván Duque at the White House Wednesday to discuss ongoing efforts to topple the Venezuelan government, the same day that U.S. special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams faced questioning from Congress about his role in atrocities carried out in Latin America in the 1980s. This includes defending Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt’s campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people. We speak with Roberto Lovato, independent journalist working out of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, about the violent history of Elliott Abrams and the U.S.-backed opposition in Venezuela.

Glenn Greenwald Defends Rep. Ilhan Omar: Criticizing Israeli Lobby & AIPAC Is Not Anti-Semitic

Democracy Now!

Published on Feb 11, 2019

https://democracynow.org – Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is facing criticism today after commenting on a tweet by Glenn Greenwald. On Sunday, Greenwald tweeted, ”GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy threatens punishment for @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib over their criticisms of Israel. It’s stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans.” Rep. Omar retweeted his post and added the line: “It’s all about the Benjamins baby.” She later named AIPAC as the organization paying American politicians to be pro-Israel.

Argentina: Tens of Thousands March Against IMF-Imposed Austerity

Feb 14, 2019

In Argentina, tens of thousands marched through the capital Buenos Aires Wednesday, blocking roads to protest high unemployment and austerity measures imposed by President Mauricio Macri, including cuts to public utility subsidies. The austerity measures have led to higher water and electricity bills. They come as Argentina submitted to a plan by the International Monetary Fund to end much of its fiscal deficit by the end of the year. This is Argentine labor leader Hugo Godoy.

Hugo Godoy: “Our people do not want this agreement with the International Monetary Fund, which we want to repeal. We have bills and proposals for government policies that include the needs of the Argentine people.”

FEMA Administrator Brock Long Resigns

Image Credit: CBS / Face the Nation

Feb 14, 2019

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Brock Long, said Wednesday he is resigning his post after less than two years on the job. Long’s resignation came after a government auditor found he improperly used government vehicles to travel to and from his home in North Carolina. As FEMA administrator, Brock Long oversaw the Trump administration’s widely criticized response to devastating wildfires in California and other western states, as well as a series of major hurricanes in 2017—Harvey, Irma and Maria. Last year, a George Washington University study commissioned by Puerto Rico’s governor found over 3,000 people died as a direct result of Hurricane Maria. After Donald Trump disputed the findings, Brock Long defended the president.

Brock Long: “These studies are all over the place. The Harvard study was done differently, studies a different period of time, versus the George Washington study. There’s a big discrepancy, whether it’s direct deaths or indirect deaths.”

In response to Brock Long’s resignation Wednesday, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz tweeted, “Brock Long was Trump’s hatchet man in the botched Puerto Rican relief effort after hurricanes Irma and María. He should have been fired and held accountable for the loss of lives.” Deputy FEMA chief Peter Gaynor will serve as acting administrator until the Senate confirms a replacement.

NASA Administrator Hosts Industry Forum on Lunar Exploration Plans

NASA Video
Published on Feb 14, 2019

Administrator Jim Bridenstine kicked off an industry forum with remarks, followed by William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, who provided an overview of the agency’s lunar human architecture solicitation requests. This video is available for download from NASA’s Image and Video Library: https://images.nasa.gov/details-NHQ_2…