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humphrey

Not so much now but in my younger days (according to the unit calculations) I would have been a full blown alcoholic. LOL!

wi59

You’re not alone Humphrey 🙂

humphrey

Speaking of Stephen Hawking made an appearance in Hong Kong recently. (well sort of).

humphrey

Not sure if this is scientific or not.

polarbear4

Good! I would never get in one of those and I do not like the thought of them anywhere near me.

Eileen R

I think they would only work if all cars were self-driving.

Don midwest

Juan Cole’s blog has an article this morning about another area of the Trump administration failures

And that is before the 200 civilians killed in our bombing raid …

A distracted Trump administration Couldn’t even focus on its own anti-ISIL summit.

A ‘security’ expert is quoted about the screw ups and …

Alterman concludes with a particularly acid comment:

“Nobody can imagine a world without the U.S. in a leading role, but governments are starting to think that they need to imagine and hedge against it.”

Trumpism got push back in congress, what about push back from the world???

Now that Trumpism has made it obvious that US is a rogue nation, what about The New Climate Regime?

Europe alone—only Europe
Bruno Latour
Translated by Stephen Muecke
I begin with the simple idea that climate change and its denial have been organising all contemporary politics at least for the last three decades. Climate change plays the same role that social questions and the class struggle played over the two preceding centuries.

We can understand nothing about the way inequalities have exploded for forty years, and the accompanying movement towards massive deregulation, if we don’t admit that a good part of the globalised elite had perfectly understood what was going on with the bad news about the state of the planet, which, thanks to the work of scientists, began to crystallise at the beginning of the nineties.

Since the threat was real, the elites drew the conclusion that it would be necessary to adopt two opposing courses of action. First, give up the post-war liberal dream of a common world created by the modernisation of the planet—so, let’s cut ourselves off as quickly as possible, through deregulation at any price, from the rest of the inhabitants to whom we sold this dream of universality; secondly, systematically organise long-term denial of this ecological change, which nevertheless brings in not just the environment but what is called the Earth-system.

(One can see in the case of Exxon-Mobil, which, at the beginning of the nineties, moved quickly from cutting edge scientific research on climate and the Earth, to the organisation of a denial of climatic change, a useful empirical benchmark to situate this transformation of liberal ideals).

Bruno makes some strong assertions in these paragraphs.

Climate change and its denial play the same role as class struggle played for the last 2 centuries.

Inequality is a global problem and the governmental systems are not able to deal with it.

Then in a couple of sentences he notes that Elites have withdrawn from the promise of a global world, a retreat, since it would take several earths to provide the resources for the current population AND then denial.

What makes today’s political situation so disconcerting is that this double movement, renunciation and denial, is an open secret

Europe alone—only Europe

Don midwest

Air pollution leads to dementia. And in future will cost more to deal with it than heart and lung disease

Trump’s Coal Plants, Auto Emissions are causing our Alzheimer’s Epidemi

polarbear4

super cool, as always. :O)

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