Daily Archives: April 3, 2021

Yanis Varoufakis: From an Economics without Capitalism to Markets without Capitalism | DiEM25

DiEM25– Jan 26, 2021

A lecture organised by University of Tübingen economics students, delivered on Monday February 3, 2020, on the theme “From an Economics without Capitalism to Markets without Capitalism”. Mainstream economic models lack some important features of really-existing capitalism, including money, time and space. Its models offer ideological cover for a capitalist system that has usurped competitive, free markets. The result? Unbearable inequality, climate catastrophe and permanent stagnation. A fork on the road is approaching: It will take us either into deeper stagnation and environmental degradation or to a society with markets but no capitalism. Prof. Yanis Varoufakis talks about the future of our economy and the current state of economics with special regard to pluralism in economics.

Imminent Global Ocean Tipping Points: Ocean Warming, Acidification, and Deoxygenation

Paul Beckwith

Published on Apr 3, 2021

Please donate to my blog http://paulbeckwith.net​ to support my research and videos connecting all the dots on abrupt climate system change.

The ocean is a giant reservoir for heat and dissolved carbon. Since the beginning of the industrial revolution the oceans have taken up about 30 – 40% of the total CO2 emitted by humanity, as well as roughly 93% of the heat added to our planet from global warming. There is a huge cost to the oceans, with the heating we are getting much higher marine temperatures throughout the water column, and with the added CO2 we are getting ocean acidification. There are a myriad of consequences for marine biochemistry, geochemistry, and for all ocean life, including the loss of oxygen dissolved in the water.

I chat mostly about the key points in the new peer-reviewed scientific paper titled “The Quiet Crossing of Ocean Tipping Points”, namely that the most imminent problems are ocean warming, ocean acidification, and ocean deoxygenation. In many of my videos I talk about extreme weather events increasing greatly in frequency, severity, and duration and we are also seeing this in extreme ocean “weather” events, for example marine heat waves, coastal hypoxia, and ocean acidification events linked to strong upwelling episodes. The paper emphasizes that the ocean warming, acidification, and deoxygenation are all high-probability, high-impact ocean tipping points in the oceans physical, chemical, and biological systems. Although often fragmented both regionally and in time, the cumulative compounding effects really affect the entire ocean. The ocean tipping elements exhibit the characteristics of threshold, highly nonlinear behaviour, bifurcation, regime shifts, and system reorganization associated with math theory on tipping points.

I also touch on some of the grave consequences of ocean tipping points, including coral reef bleaching, phytoplankton loss at the base of the marine food web, ocean plastics, ocean currents weakening and switching, ocean stratification reducing vertical mixing with depth, sea surface temperatures going much higher than the 26.5C threshold for powering stronger, larger, more rapidly intensifying hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclone tropical storms. Warmer oceans do not hold as much dissolved gas, so with less oxygen in the water, and stressed ecosystems, we are getting large species migrations from lower latitudes to higher latitudes. The deoxygenation in the Gulf of Mexico that has been caused mostly by excessive nutrient runoff from rivers has created so called ocean dead zones for many years. More concerning is that we are now getting deoxygenation in many parts of the open ocean, most notably in the low latitude Pacific Ocean.

Emergence of the Global Police State

RT America

Published on Apr 3, 2021

On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses the emergence of the global police state with Professor William I. Robinson.

Robinson in his new book, The Global Police State, uses shocking data to reveal how far capitalism has become a system of repression. He argues the emerging megacities of the world are becoming the battlegrounds where the excluded and the oppressed face off against the global police state.

Robinson is a professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His work focuses on political economy, globalization, Latin America and historical material.

California is facing critical drought following the worst year of wildfires

CGTN America

Published on Apr 3, 2021

California is now facing critical drought following the worst year of wildfires. How will the drought impact the local economy?

The Oakland Institute | The Land Rights Issue

The Oakland Institute

Over the last eight years, there has been a significant increase in land-based investment, both in terms of the number of investment projects and the total land area allocated. Industrialized nations and private foreign investors have driven demand for arable land in developing regions, particularly in Africa, but also in South America, and Asia-Pacific.

The lands offered to investors are frequently in use although occupants lack legal claims to the land and access to legal institutions. As demand for land assets increases and governments and multilateral institutions promote land investment, displacement and impact on livelihoods have become serious sources of concern.

What we are doing about it

The Oakland Institute is committed to increasing transparency about land deals including the terms of the deals, the actors involved, and the impact on people and the environment.

Oakland Institute Publications

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In King Leopold’s Steps: The Oakland Institute

March 16, 2021

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Anuradha Mittal, amittal; +1 510-530-5126

  • Forcibly displaced by Belgian colonial authorities in 1911 to establish oil palm plantations, the Lokutu, Yaligimba, and Boteka communities in the DRC remain afflicted with widespread hunger and poverty, amidst rampant human rights and environmental abuses on the plantations.
  • Community efforts to negotiate the return of their land have been met with violent repression by plantation security forces, unlawful detentions, beatings, torture, and even murder.
  • Funds affiliated with investment management firm Kuramo Capital now retain majority ownership over the disputed concessions through Straight KKM, a Mauritius-based private equity fund.
  • High profile investors bankrolling the plantations include: the University of Michigan Endowment, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust, the South African Government Employees Pension Fund and Public Investment Corporation, and the Royal County of Berkshire Pension Scheme, among others.

Oakland, CA — As community efforts to reclaim 100,000 hectares of their ancestral land, initially seized over a century ago for oil palm plantations, are met with violent repression, unlawful arrests, and murder, a new report from the Oakland Institute — In King Leopold’s Steps: The Investors Bankrolling the PHC Oil Palm Plantations in the Democratic Republic of Congo — unveils the names of the investors financing the plantations in the DRC.

Communities in Lokutu, Yaligimba, and Boteka in the DRC were forcibly displaced in 1911 by the Belgian colonial authorities to establish oil palm plantations. Livelihoods have been severely impacted as a result — hunger and poverty are widespread while the dumping of untreated industrial waste has polluted a major source of drinking water. Community members, working as laborers on the plantations, have been subjected to unpaid wages and unsafe working conditions.

In February 2021, as communities gathered to voice their concerns to a delegation from Straight KKM — the new owners of the concessions — security forces cracked down, arresting a group of peaceful protestors. While in custody, community members were reportedly subjected to inhumane conditions and torture. In another incident, Blaise Mokwe, a 33-year-old villager, was falsely accused of stealing palm fruit from the plantation and beaten by PHC security guards on February 15th. He died of his injuries a few days later.

In King Leopold’s Steps unravels the opaque nature of private equity to unmask the current investors bankrolling the PHC plantations. Straight KKM is owned by various funds affiliated with Kuramo Capital Management — which claims to be Africa’s “leading independent investment management firm.” Several high-profile investors include: The University of Michigan Endowment, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust, the South African Government Employees Pension Fund and Public Investment Corporation, and the Royal County of Berkshire Pension Scheme, among others.

“While several of the investors claim to promote socially conscious and environmentally sustainable investments, they have turned a blind eye to the legacy of abuses in the PHC concessions,” said report author Andy Currier. “Through limited partnerships and layers of ownership, these pension funds, foundation trusts, and university endowments maintain distance from the extensive history of documented abuses against the local communities, while seeking a profitable return on their investment.”

Oakland Institute’s Policy Director, Frédéric Mousseau, concluded, “These investors are directly responsible for the ongoing land theft and human rights violations perpetrated against the local communities and must immediately review their financial commitments to Kuramo Capital Management. They must be held accountable for perpetrating these abuses and take immediate action to return the land to the communities.”

Oakland Institute

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Computer Babies

Eve Poirier
Dec 5, 2015

Computer Science for Babies

Eric Redmond

Sep 8, 2015

The book is available to order right now, in time for the Holidays https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/…

Computer Science for Babies

Eric Redmond– Sep 8, 2015

The book is available to order right now, in time for the Holidays https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/…

Noam Chomsky – Consumerism

Chomsky’s Philosophy– Jun 6, 2017

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSAvW…

Noam Chomsky – The youth and the mass media’s false reality and history

RegisUniLibrary– Feb 20, 2013

Interview with Noam Chomsky on May 22, 2012, at M.I.T. Cambridge, MA conducted by Chris Steele (Filmed/Edited by Dan Banta and Trenton Cotten, translated by Christina Castaneda).