Transition

The 26th United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP-26), scheduled to open on 10/31/21 in Glasgow, Scotland. COP brings wealthy and developing nations together to discuss fighting climate change as one entity. The conference for this year will attempt to finish the rules for the carbon market, not completed at...

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  • October 27, 2021

“Slammer Time” may be on the horizon. It won’t be about the DoJ looking backward or forward, but looking inward to do something historical to maintain democracy. Because a malign GOP is going to try it again. The blueprint was there for a while before it was committed to paper...

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  • October 26, 2021

There’s no time to lose. The new research led by the French team confirms that whether we like it or not, human civilisation is in the midst of the most rapid transformation of the global energy system we’ve ever experienced. And hanging on for dear life to the old, dying...

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  • October 21, 2021

… and, winter is coming. China, already in a significant energy crunch, has been experiencing energy shortages due to extreme weather, a surge in demand, and a fledgling effort to reduce CO2 emissions. It is a triple whammy for the country that produces the second-highest global greenhouse emissions in the...

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  • October 11, 2021

… and, winter is coming. For those just scrolling by while whistling past the graveyard, you might want to read this story and prepare yourself while you watch your wallet because the shit just might hit the fan and soon. Economic Impacts from climate change are here and only getting worse. There...

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  • October 11, 2021

[Governor] “If Kitty Dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer?” CNN debate moderator Bernard Shaw asked that question of then-presidential candidate Governor Michael Dukakis in 1988. The viewers wanted the visceral response but instead received a thoughtful and principled one, one that...

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  • August 27, 2021
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Former President Trump ordered the Pentagon to release all of its information on “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAP) within 18 days in his last coronavirus relief bill in December 2020. More inexplicable sightings of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) will be released for public scrutiny in June — including a UFO that broke...

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  • May 29, 2021

Peter Doocy keeps trying to stump Jen Psaki, and he continues to come up short on the gotchas as she continues to clean his clock. Jen Psaki schools Fox News Peter Doocy once again. See full episodes here. Fox News Peter Doocy thought he would take Jen Psaki off-kilter, but...

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  • May 21, 2021
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It depresses me to acknowledge this, but the Republicans’ commitment to blatant and serial lying, and Orwellian “make believe” governing, pose a real threat by overwhelming the public debate and individual’s efforts to stay grounded.  While a bit well-worn (and of uncertain provenance), this quote is fundamentally true: “A lie can travel halfway around...

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  • May 15, 2021

Because of new post-Brexit rules, a marine boundary dispute required the UK to dispatch two naval vessels to deal with a blockade of French fishing boats off the main port of the island of Jersey. Not exactly the Falklands crisis of 1770, or the Anglo-Vichy war of 1940-42, but there...

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  • May 6, 2021

Previous guy added a page to his website, one which mimics Twitter and Facebook in its appearance, because the grift needs to be fed. In a related story, Bloomberg reports that demand for butt implants rose during the pandemic. “Knowingly repeating a lie — an act of immorality — is...

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  • May 5, 2021

The Facebook Oversight Board sustained the ban on Trump — for now. Previous guy added a page to his website, one which mimics Twitter and Facebook in its appearance, because the grift needs to be fed. In a related story, Bloomberg reports that demand for butt implants rose during the pandemic....

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  • May 5, 2021

“Dadirri listens and knows, witnesses, feels, empathizes in the pain under the anger, and, if the anger is accompanied by action, seeks to understand the thoughts and feelings behind the action. Dadirri then seeks to find the source of that pain in knowledge-building for a deepening understanding of the more...

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  • April 23, 2021

Received this e-mail today from Finance Committee Chairman, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden’s (D. OR) re-election campaign: x It’s past time to end the federal prohibition of cannabis. @SenBooker @SenSchumer and I are working hard to get it done this year.— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) April 21, 2021 I've been asked a...

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  • April 22, 2021

Do we really have the will to prosecute Trump for anything? Or will he escape yet again because he’ll try to bargain his way out of an indictment  because he holds something, something national security secret. This is probably how Kushner guaranteed his safety after leaving the Trump regime. For...

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  • April 17, 2021
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Like Martin Luther objecting to Pope Leo X selling indulgences to raise money for a variety of excesses, the environmental costs of carbon markets far exceed the benefits. Austerity would have denied us Renaissance art which is less at risk in an age of non-fungible tokens. Today the consequences for the planet...

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  • March 28, 2021

We remain weary about the callow stupidity of the GOP/GQP but we must not patronize or condescend about how superfluous their grievances have been and continue to be. Now that we know more about Trump’s sexual practices, fascist fantasizing seems altogether rote and boring, but certainly redolent of a banality...

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  • March 25, 2021

Martha Raddatz disrespectfully attacks Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas for not maintaining Trump’s border policies. Martha Raddatz biased attack on HS Secretary See full episodes here. It has been clear for some time that Martha Raddatz has been harder on Democrats than Republicans. One would have to come to the conclusion that she...

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  • March 22, 2021

Both Jake Tapper & Martha Raddatz grilled Joe Manchin on why a Senator from a poor state would limit their income and on the filibuster. He gave willfully naive answers. Joe Manchin: Willfully naive answers See full episodes here. Jake Tapper immediately pointed out the inconvenient truth about Joe Manchin’s constituency....

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  • March 7, 2021

As with emissions controls, California leads the nation. This is another BFD, just like federal fleets, etc. And can’t come soon enough, if only to eliminate the continuing snafu of gig workers in Uber/Lyft. Gonna need an infrastructure year rather than a week, because that is more important than more vehicles....

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  • March 5, 2021
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The sparse number of actual carbon capture and sequestration projects plus weak carbon markets amplify the problems of the climate crisis yet to be revisited, post-Trump. Two heartland examples in North Dakota and Texas show how there are several interlocking problems addressing the climate crisis that must be included in future environmental policy. More specifically...

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  • February 28, 2021

Despite the sad benchmark of half a million Americans dead from Covid-19, many developments in the war against Covid-19 are happening daily with most being positive. The CDC is reporting that more than 16 million doses of the two approved vaccines have been delivered since Sunday, probably clearing that backlog...

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  • February 26, 2021

I’ve always admired Naomi Klein since reading her terrific and insightful book “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.”   She has a NYT editorial column up yesterday, expounding on her prior theme in relation to Texas’s recent disaster, titled “Why The Republicans Fear The Green New Deal,” in which she...

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  • February 22, 2021

The “Arctic is already under such threat from so many angles, and while production there is expensive, it is also very, very high risk. It requires absolutely the strongest levels of global oversight.” Phoebe Barnard, Professor at Washington’s Conservation Biology Institute Putin’s Russia made history today when the Christophe de Margerie, the enormous...

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  • February 16, 2021

Here’s the latest news today out of Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D), who announced a 2022 Senate bid earlier this month, said in a statement Tuesday that he will not accept donations from the fossil fuel industry in his run. Fetterman said in the statement obtained by The Hill via...

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  • February 16, 2021

“In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.” ~ Aristotle It is a fact that the biggest threat to our species is not climate change, though it will likely end much of what we experience today, but rather our war on bio-diversity. Bio-diversity is under attack from...

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  • February 6, 2021

'GQP' – Republicans announce themselves as a Trumpist party We cannot ignore the growing threat of right-wing extremism and its enablers any longer. x “McCarthy claims he has received private assurances from Greene that she no longer wishes death on Pelosi.“ -Washington Post — Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) February 5, 2021...

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  • February 5, 2021

Yep, he’s running scared: Republican strategists aligned with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) on Monday launched an outside group aimed at hitting Democrat Stacey Abrams over her possible 2022 gubernatorial run. The independent group, dubbed “Stop Stacey,” says it will work to uncover what it called the former gubernatorial candidate's “shady voter groups that...

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  • February 1, 2021

Perhaps Trump will defend himself rather than have the Federalist Society fire up the bullpen for some strange version of a constitutional law expert. Butch Bowers, Deborah Barbier, Josh Howard, Greg Harris, and Johnny Gasser, five of former President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team attorneys have exited, as “Trump wanted them...

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  • January 31, 2021

“Lies of a feather flock together” “I think there is a very fair question here whether moderators of The Donald destroyed evidence that would aid law enforcement investigation." https://t.co/bLXNZ8fXvt — Mother Jones (@MotherJones) January 29, 2021 In the days ahead of the January 6 Capitol riot, there were warnings, but...

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  • January 30, 2021

It seems clear that Trump will continue to be a Russian asset, with the bonus of classified information transferred even beyond his presidency. A new book by Craig Unger features a former KGB spy, Yuri Shvets as a source. …Trump first appeared on the Russians’ radar in 1977 when he...

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  • January 30, 2021

Democracy is an afterthought for Trumpists. Whether it’s the “sense of style” or “good men knowing their limitations” the movie character of Dirty Harry played by Clint Eastwood resembles the RWNJ fantasy of transcendent morality embodied in some westerns. Harry Callahan acts beyond a rule of law premised on liberal...

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  • January 28, 2021

A perfect story to encapsulate what an unfit dick Trump was.  Apparently, on his way out the door, Trump fired the White House Chief Usher — and sent all the staff home — so that no one was there to open the White House door when the Bidens arrived. As one of their...

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  • January 22, 2021

Donald Trump is gone, but the gaslighting on his behalf continues. Rep. Steve Scalise is trying to plant this little brain parasite in our heads so we all think the Trump administration wasn’t the unending series of surprise late-night taint waxings we all perceived it to be: x Biden wants...

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  • January 21, 2021

There’s actually a White House press briefing at 7pm ET. Just in case you’re watching it live. MSM is comparing the use of press briefings already, considering the lies of the 45 Administration. x Tune in for the first press briefing of the Biden-Harris Administration with Press Secretary Jen Psaki....

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  • January 21, 2021

“Being American is more than a pride we inherit. It's the past we step into.” “A nation that isn’t broken but simplify unfinished” x WATCH: Amanda Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, recites a poem on unity in the U.S. at #Inauguration2021 pic.twitter.com/3sIv7DBpla — MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 20,...

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  • January 20, 2021

CNN reports that the Biden team is greatly concerned that Trump’s public numbers on vaccines are fake and, more critically, it is hard to really know what the current state of play is.   States across the country say they're running low on coronavirus vaccine supply, with many officials insisting the...

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  • January 20, 2021

Mitch McConnell did not hold back as he threw Donald Trump under the bus for the unpatriotic seditious insurrection on the Capitol of the United States. Mitch McConnell comes clean? x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. “The mob was fed lies,” McConnell said. “They were provoked by the President...

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  • January 19, 2021

A senior Biden climate team transition official alerted E&E News that the damage Trump and his fossil fuel grifters (that have held power over the agencies tasked with protecting the climate system) have been successful in hollowing out the EPA of staff and resources at a time when the “ability to...

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  • January 15, 2021

Staring at the Andrew Jackson portrait in the Oval Office must have had a stochastic effect. Like Nixon talking to portraits, Trump decided he’d go out with a bang. As his hero, Trump perhaps read about the second inaugural on 4 March 1829. Trump would never hold such an “open house” rather...

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  • January 8, 2021

The outgoing president and vice president normally attend the inauguration of their successors. This is so automatic that, according to the inauguration committee, no invitation is sent because none is needed. Any arrangements are made at the staff level. But now CNN is reporting that Pence wants to attend the...

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  • January 7, 2021

No more delays and no more excuses. Donald Trump must be removed immediately. https://t.co/YTYlMtCSFD — Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) January 7, 2021 Trump is “a dangerous person who should not continue in office…this is an emergency of the highest order.” — Nancy Pelosi Do you think Vice President Pence and...

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  • January 7, 2021

Mooo.  The GOP “farmer” in the hell, gets his participation trophy at the Battle of Bowling Green. https://twitter.com/zachsdorfman/status/1346218438214234112?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients GW Bush: Nelson Mandela, Julia Child, Muhammad Ali Obama: Harvey Milk, Toni Morrison, Gloria Steinem Trump: Rush Limbaugh, Devin Nunes, Jim Jordan pic.twitter.com/OVRg6TiEmZ — ALT-immigration (@ALT_uscis) January 5, 2021...

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  • January 5, 2021

Another Trump-Russia participation trophy, because Devin was so stupid he won’t get an indictment until Trump leaves office. x What’s the over/under thar Trump will award himself the Medal? pic.twitter.com/vl1Rzws2Ny— Devin Nunes’ cow 🐮 (@DevinCow) January 4, 2021 Nunes has filed multiple lawsuits characterized as Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation...

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  • January 4, 2021
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It is a new year.  Trump’s days are specifically numbered.  Hope of effective Covid vaccines remain in the air.  And, yet . . . CNN reports that “At least 140 House Republicans to vote against counting electoral votes” for President-elect Joe Biden.   Let that sink in for some time — because it really isn't...

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  • January 1, 2021
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The neoliberals’ “free market” is not going to sequester enough carbon to save the environment. Even Warren Buffett isn’t willing to take a bet on surviving an impending climate crisis catastrophe, because “the rents are too high”. Existential threats have a critical reality, about which ruthless criticism is entailed. Even...

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  • December 27, 2020

Blessings to all the activists, particularly Tó Nizhóní Án, whose 40-year grassroots efforts help heal our damaged planet and potentially protect us from a cataclysmic future for all life at risk of extinction. From the Press release of the Hopi and Navajo people: The demolition of the three 775-foot-tall smokestacks at Navajo Generating Station...

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  • December 21, 2020
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Contradictions and false consciousness inhabit many Trumpists and Trump voters, demanding a crypto-fascist election outcome, a sad commentary on the times. Trump himself is left with autocratic fantasies fed by his closest sycophants. x Sources who have gotten used to Trump’s eruptions over four years sound scared by what’s transpired in...

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  • December 20, 2020

CBS News reports that technically Trump got fewer electoral college votes (304) in 2016 because of two faithless electors. Biden received all 306 elector votes. “President Trump called his Electoral College tally a landslide. By his own standards, these numbers represented a clear victory then, and I respectfully suggest they...

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  • December 15, 2020

Watching the depressing and alarming spectacle of 17 Republican states joining Texas’s bad faith, frivolous Supreme Court application to overturn the election in favor of Trump, I am reminded that in September 2015 I wrote a post titled “The Sad Truth of John Boehner’s Resignation” — which received 1,275 Recommends, 789 Comments and,...

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  • December 10, 2020