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Human Extinction - Reputable Scientists now see it on horizon—by tsackton: "For much of the past twenty-five years, efforts to control global warming through limiting carbon emissions have mostly involved an economic fight, which the carbon producers have won. Oil and coal companies today are as economically powerful as ever, and are still preventing all but the smallest tentative steps towards real and effective control of carbon. However, the stakes may be more than economic. A new paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science suggests that for many mid-range global warming scenarios, the average global temperature will rise above what humans can survive. Human core body temperature is around 37 degrees C., and skin temperature around 35 degrees C. In order to avoid lethal overheating of the body's core, humans cannot endure for more than 6 or 7 hours external temperatures above 35 C. To see how close we are to that temperature today, and what realistic scenarios may be in the next century follow below the ominous squiggle of extinction."
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Racist Fox 'News' guest attacks Neil deGrasse Tyson because he 'fit the profile'—by Lawrence Lewis: "They can't help themselves: A frequent Fox News guest who has contributed to a white nationalist website attacked Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist and host of FOX's Cosmos, for speaking out about racial profiling he has experienced. The leading right wing noise machine attacking a scientist. How odd. The leading right wing noise machine televising a racist. How odd. The name is Gavin McInnes, and Fox gets credit for continuing to know under which rocks such people can be found.MCINNES: I hate this guy [...] White liberal nerds love this guy so much, he could defecate on them like Martin Bashir's fantasies and they would dance in the streets. All he does is, he's drunk with adulation. And he talks about things like "when I was young in New York I would get racially profiled when I'd go into stores." Back then he looked like he was in The Warriors. He had a huge afro and a cutoff shirt and New York was a war zone. Sorry, you fit the profile. McInnes should be sorry. But not for the reason he thinks. Fox should be sorry just for being the sorry sham that it is."
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Daily Bucket - A Small Visitor—by Attack Gardener: "A small visitor appeared Wednesday evening to entertain us. Join me below the Ring of Stink for a brief photo diary! Some of you may recall a few weeks ago I posted about an adult skunk wandering around acting weird. Turns out it was probably a mother skunk out hunting for her kits. They DO come out in the day, especially moms with babies, to forage. We were saddened by her death, though we weren't sure (still aren't really) that it was a she or that she had kits. However, whether it was that skunk or another one, we definitely have kits at chez Gardener! Wednesday night I was happily employed transplanting hellebores from an overgrown patch to a newly weeded and mulched area when the Darling Spouse starts shouting for me. Come quick! Bring a net! Uh, wut? So, off I go, slipping down a wooded slope in entirely inappropriate sandals and hoping he hasn't cornered a badger. And what to my wondering eyes should appear but a miniature skunk with laid back ears! I have never in my life seen anything so cute."

You can find more rescued green diaries below the sustainable squiggle.

Climate Chaos

I’m Not Giving Up on Our Earth Because it’s Difficult—by paradox: "Facts, truth, empirical realism, logic, rationality, un-biased observation methods, these are the cherished mental crown jewels of the liberal reality-based community, and I attempt to employ them as rigorously as Ezra Klein does when examining the prospects for success in eliminating global warming. Ruthless rationality and objectivism are not weak excuses for failure here, however, and objectivity aside publishing alleged impossibility is another mistake. Climate change is a policy goal where failure isn’t an option.  Should we fail Miami and half of Florida are just gone, underwater, every sea city to be barricaded in dikes like the Netherlands. No snow, the great American desert swallowing the plains. All of our political structures unwittingly set up on a stable food chain soon to be in chaos, politics and peoples naturally to follow. The challenges listed by Klein are very daunting, yes, but in no way is that an excuse for not trying a start in what we know we can do: completely convert domestic transportation to electric renewable along with everything in housing. In that evolution other solutions will be earnestly searched for on Klein’s list and of course variables may change, success suddenly might not seem so dim."

ALEC spurs states to resist EPA's CO2 power-plant emissions rules—by Meteor Blades: "The proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule limiting carbon dioxide emissions from electricity-generating plants will, when finalized, put the responsibility for implementation on the states. The rule is designed to lop 30 percent off power plants CO2 emissions by 2030 compared with the 2005 base year. In reality, because of reductions from 2006-2013, half of that 30 percent goal has already been achieved, something that has spurred many environmental advocates to say the rule doesn't go nearly far enough, nor fast enough. But while environmentalists prepare to urge a stricter rule during the 120-day public comment period EPA has established, there's a problem at the state level. As with so many state problems, this one has a foundation in the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council. In this case, ALEC is returning to its early 1970s origins as an implacable foe of the EPA. As usual, as reported by Andrew Restuccia, in January ALEC produced model resolutions filled with ample boilerplate but designed specifically to block the imposition of EPA regulation of greenhouse gases at the state level, even though the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that such regulation isn't an agency option but rather its obligation under the Clean Air Act."

GOP Senator: Science Not Known. He's a Doctor—by RLMiller: "Another day, another Republican pretending ignorance on climate science. This time it's John Barrasso (R-WY), claiming that the role of human activity in climate change is not known. It's easy to see why the Party of Stupid gets even stupider on climate change - they're boxed in to a corner of their own making. If they acknowledge reality, their base will tear them apart. If they deny reality, the media will tear them apart. Here's a thought experiment for Dr. John Barrasso, who used to be an orthopedic surgeon before representing the state of Wyoming: A patient presents with a serious, potentially life-threatening condition you haven't treated before. Do you: (a) consult with another doctor, a textbook, WebMD, or any authority at all, or devise an experiment to determine the cause of the condition, or try anything at all you've learned during your many years of training; or (b) shrug and watch the world burn?"

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I'm not qualified to lampoon the GOP.... Oh, wait! I am!—by thefarleftside: "'I'm not qualified to debate the science over climate change.' —John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives. He really said that. I am not kidding. You can look it up. To keep from looking like a complete fool any normal person might have gone on to say 'That's why I'm refunding all my campaign donations from the oil companies because if I don't understand the true nature of the catastrophic climate change currently threatening the future of the human race, and I honestly have no intention of educating myself on the problem, then perhaps it's better if I just sit quietly in the corner and wait for the next vote to name a post office.' But we understand. John's a Republican, and it's hard to sound sensible when you're busy lining your pockets."

Krugman refutes three GOP talking points in battle over EPA's proposed reduction of carbon emissions—by HoundDog: "Writing an op-ed for the New York Times, Paul Krugman attacks three GOP talking points in the battle over the new EPA regulations proposing to reduce coal's carbon emission by 30% in The Climate Domino. Krugman lists the three primary Republican attacks on the proposed regulations as the 'three C's: conspiracy, cost, and China.' Dismissing the idea of a vast international conspiracy by scientists around the world to commit a hoax, as craziness not worth responding to, Krugman moves on to address the issues that taking action to limit carbon emissions would wreak havoc on our economy, and that it doesn't matter what we do because China will just keep on polluting regardless of what we do. Before admitting that there may be some small cost involved, he repeats his analysis of a few days ago, that in a depressed economy when we are leaving both significant amounts of labor and capital unused, so it is quite possible to argue that regulations requiring new investment to control carbon emissions could provide a Keynesian boost that might increase jobs, and not really cost anything, but that even if one did not argue this point the amount of the cost is small relative to the economy."

President Obama's clean-energy push and new EPA rules will prevail predicts John Podesta in CSM—by HoundDog: "David J. Unger of The Christian Science Monitor scores a great interview with President Obama'a White House counselor, and writes Obama's clean-energy push, new EPA rule will prevail, predicts Podesta, who says 'We're committed to getting this done," describing the new EPA proposal to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 30% from 2005 base levels by 2030, that were announced Monday. Coal burning power plants emit the most carbon so they receive the most attention. Republicans and fossil fuel industry lobbyists reacted with alarm citing the controversial Chamber of Commerce study, claiming that new regulations for the power sector could cost "tens of billions of dollars and and hundreds of thousands of jobs each year." I reviewed two Paul Krugman articles refuted his study which Podesta also dismisses as flawed, and based on assumptions that have nothing to do with the actual rules, which Krugman. Krugman refutes three GOP talking points in battle over EPA's proposed reduction of carbon emissions."

Food, Agriculture & Gardening

The Daily Bucket--The Hellish Glee of Killing Weeds—by 6412093: "Trigger warning. If you continue reading below the orange portal, you will see the face of Satan. Wiki says it is Elymus repens, a very common perennial species of grass, known as twitch, quick grass, quitch grass (also just quitch), dog grass, quackgrass, scutch grass, and witchgrass. That long white root is a horribly fecund rhizome. I've hired guys to dig it up out of what used to be a pretty ornamental garden outside my front door, then I paid my kid to dig up there even more, and then I dug there myself, and all the time we kept uncovering more and more and more of those roots. My teacher in a gardening class alleged it emits a poison to wipe out its competition. The Penn. State Agricultural Sciences state it can reduce  crop productivity by 95%."

EPA Regulations of June 2nd, 2014 in our ridiculous present situation; Obama Must Not Weaken—by e2247: "The extraordinary increase in global coal consumption in the 2001-2011 decade is partly due to the OECD outsourcing its industrial production as most consumer goods are made by using electricity generated by burning coal. Only a tiny part of our population is aware that global coal consumption has risen more than 56% in just 10 years, 2001-2011. The U.S. EPA Regulations of June 2nd, 2014 can help counter the ridiculousness of our present situation in which it is culturally acceptable to encourage indiscriminate consumption and resource depletion."

Saturday Morning Garden Blogging Vol. 10.16—by Frankenoid: "Another great week here in Denver.  We started out in the low 80s, warmed up to 92° mid-week, then another band of thunderstorms moved in on Wednesday and temperatures went down as the moisture moved in. The forecast calls for more thunderstorms over the weekend—perhaps June will be as wet as May was. Of course the cost of the extra May rain (and the May snow) was a late start to planting. My poor cucurbits were close to pot bound, and with the cool weather are slow in putting out new growth. But they're still alive, and I count that as a victory. I have most of the kohlrabi and cauliflower planted, and a couple of bulb fennel plants. Still have two tomato plants, eggplant, and the leeks in the veggie patch."

Energy

Are we beginning to see the death throes of fossil fuels financially?—by don mikulecky: "This article: Why the Petro-Divestment Movement Is Unstoppable is a possible forerunner of things to come. Why would growing numbers of students and faculty collectively challenge the energy future being actively pursued by our prime minister? The short answer resides in a simple report released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in 2012, a report estimating that two-thirds of known fossil fuel reserves need to remain in the ground if run-away climate change is to be avoided. The economic implications of these findings are massive. We are in the midst of monumental struggle and we know the outcome in advance."

Fukushima: A View from the Ocean—by MarineChemist: "The lecture shown below is a great resource that summarizes the most recent results from a crowd-funded program Our Radioactive Ocean dedicated to monitoring Fukushima sourced radionuclides off the US and Canadian Pacific coasts and measurements made by the international scientific community in the Pacific. Probable impacts of the Fukushima disaster on the health of the North Pacific ecosystem and human inhabitants of western North America are discussed and moderated questions are answered at the video's conclusion. [Video link]"

Renewables

India achieves 12.9% of renewable energy potential with 32,269.6 Mw as of March 2104—by HoundDog: "Business Standard of Bangalore, India reports India achieves 12.95% of renewable energy potential, achieving a total installed capacity of renewable energy of 32,269.6 Mw as of March 2014. With this, the renewable energy, including large hydro electricity, constitutes 28.8% of the overall installed capacity in India. According to the India Renewable Energy Status Report 2014 released at the ongoing Green Summit 2014 in Bangalore on Thursday, the total renewable energy potential from various sources in India is 249,188 Mw. The untapped market potential for overall renewable energy in India is 216,918.39 Mw that shows huge growth potential for renewable energy in India."

Solar Roadways and Capitalism—by Science Watch: "Many of you will have heard of the Solar Roadways Indiegogo campaign. It hit the internet as a viral sensation late last month, but the initial wave of excitement and enthusiasm has been followed by a second wave of articles criticizing the practicality of the technology. (Extreme Tech is perhaps the most readable of the detractors.) These critics have raised a number of excellent issues with the technology. They point out that solar panels are more expensive than asphalt, and always will be. They point out that the roads would (probably) break often, and would need to be maintained more than traditional roads. These are excellent points, not to be ignored. But do you notice something? They are entirely concerned with cost and labor. They are evaluating Solution B against Solution A and finding it wanting. And that is because they are failing to consider the additional metric which Solution B is designed to address. This pattern is going to play out over and over again in the coming decades."

Fracking

Not even our ocean water is safe from fracking waste—by Horace Boothroyd III: "A 'proprietary' mix of chemicals only known to petroleum insiders. And what I suspect, but can not prove obviously, are toxic wastes costing the petrochemical companies billions to store safely. From what has erupted from faucets around the country reinforces my suspicions because all of the products listed are expensive to store and most definitely are hazardous. But the Pacific Ocean is big enough to absorb nine BILLION gallons of flammable petro waste right? According to the Center for Biological Diversity, oil rig operators have federal permits to dump more than nine billion gallons of fracking wastewater into California's ocean waters each year. That's enough wastewater to fill more than 100 stadiums the size of the Rose Bowl brim-full of toxic waste. And CBD wants the Environmental Protection Agency to do something about it."

Keystone and Other Fossil Fuel Transportation

Commander Behind Bin Laden Killing: FBI/DHS Wasting Time Tracking Environmentalists—by Steve Horn: "Dave Cooper, Command Master Chief SEAL (Retired) for the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), has authored a threat assessment concluding TransCanada‘s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is potentially at-risk of a terrorism attack. In the report, Cooper concluded operational security vulnerabilities for the pipeline have been overlooked by the U.S. government. Cooper—most famous for overseeing the Abbottabad, Pakistan Osama Bin Laden raid as the commander of Navy SEAL Team Six—wrote the report as a consultant for billionaire Tom Steyer‘s advocacy group NextGen Climate Action. 'The very nature of Keystone XL’s newsworthiness, should it ever be built, increases its attractiveness as a target to terrorists: Keystone XL, aside from being a "soft" target just like any other pipeline, has a built-in emotional impact that can’t be denied or wished away,' he wrote in the report’s introduction. 'That simple fact, a newsworthy proposal that engenders strong passions, should clue in pipeline owners and government officials to the very real possibility of intentional attack.'"

Critters

Birds do it, paramecia do it—by nicteis: "I might note that there's a heckuva sci-fi story here, about a society in which any sexual act results in each partner walking away with one half of their own identity and one half of their mate's. The narrative implications would be staggering. For one thing, how will they ever be able to divvy up their CD collections now that they have half of one another's tastes? Ah, but wait a minute! If the genetic swap was really half and half, and really random, any gene for E-ness or O-ness, you'd think, could have wound up with either parent. So the long standing puzzle was: how does each parent hang on to his, her, or its sexual identity?"

The Daily Bucket - early blooms in the bay—by OceanDiver: "June 3, 2014. Salish Sea. Pacific Northwest A month ago the waters of the bay near my house were clear, with my sampling net showing nothing but microscopic detritus and a few creatures who manage a living over the winter scavenging such organic debris. This week I saw a promising murkiness in the water. A sample under the microscope shows us why: early populations of plankton have begun to bloom. [...] In the marine world, a bloom is the sudden explosive growth of a particular population of microscopic creatures, triggered by sunlight and a nutrient supply. Sometimes these can be dangerous, producing toxins or depleting oxygen in a body of water when massive volumes decompose. HABs (Harmful Algal Blooms) usually occur where excessive nutrients like agricultural fertilizer or sewage are dumped into a small area with poor circulation. I do have reason to think there's anthropogenic nutrient run-off into this bay, from the type and volume of certain kinds of seaweed, but these blooms we're seeing now are entirely expected at this time of year."

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Water & Drought

Where does your drinking water—by Historyofthe Future: "come from? Where I live, the city's drinking water comes from a nearby river. That river also receives all sorts of sewage, farm and industrial run-off. Every time I drink a glass of water I think ... why do we not take better care of the water that we need to drink in order to live? I grew up near Lake Michigan. Cities along the southern edge (that's Chicago and its numerous suburbs) and also east of Chicago get their drinking water from the Lake. Lake Michigan is also home to major industries. These are concentrated east of Chicago, largely over the state line in Indiana. The BP refinery in Whiting is the one most in the press lately because of mercury discharge into the lake. Mercury is a neuro-toxin. It makes people stupid. That is, mercury exposure is linked to decrease in mental capacity. [...] Can we get to a mental place where everyone agrees that we all need to drink water and that all of us need non-toxic water for our lives and the lives of our children?"

Resources Agency official says tunnel plan documents won't be translated—by Dan Bacher: "In a clear case of racial discrimination, the Brown administration has violated the rights of non-English speaking Californians by refusing to publish the some 40,000 pages of Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to build the peripheral tunnels and the BDCP EIS/EIR in any other language than English. This failure to abide by numerous state and federal civil rights laws occurs in a state where 20 percent of the residents, including many people on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta where the tunnels will have the most severe environmental impacts, are non-English speakers."

Pollution, Hazardous Wastes & Trash

Building Bridges Radio: African American Fishermen Still Fight BP Oil Spill—by buildingbridgesradio: "Vanishing Pearls: Generations-Old African American Fishermen Fight for Existence featuring Nailah Jefferson, filmmaker Vanishing Pearls. Following the worst environmental disaster in American history, the 2010 Deepwater oil spill, Nailhah Jefferson’s Vanishing Pearls chronicles the untold story of personal devastation in Pointe a la Hache, a close-knit fishing village on the Gulf Coast and the fight of this community of African American fishermen for justice, accountability and their way of life."

Measuring Southward Transport of the Fukushima Contaminant Plume in the Western Pacific—by MarineChemist: "The purpose of this diary is to summarize results of a recent peer reviewed study by Kaeriyama and colleagues published in Environmental Science & Technology who measured radioactive isotopes of cesium (137-Cs half life ~30 yr and 134-Cs half life ~ 2 yr) in the western North Pacific Ocean to help track the location and movement of the Fukushima contaminated seawater plume. They measured the depth distribution of 134-Cs and 137-Cs from August 2011 until March 2013.  Measurements indicate Fukushima isotopes had spread as far to the south as 18°N along 135°E longitude at 300 meters depth by September 2012.  They estimate that 9.0% of the Cs from the Fukushima disaster is being transported to the south into the subtropical western Pacific Ocean. This result supports and is consistent with previous studies which suggest significant amounts of Fukushima derived radionuclides are being transported south towards the tropics at depths centered around 300 meters. Measurements are thus indicating that previous models have likely overestimated the eastward transport of Fukushima radioactive elements and thus the maximum activity concentrations that will impact the west coast of North America and highlight the utility of trace concentrations of Cs as a tool to build a better understanding of ocean circulation."

Fukushima Poison Is Flowing Into The Ocean—by Duckmg: "Water, water and more water flows into the reactors at Fukushima and comes out poisoned. The apologists say don't worry the world has a lot of water and dilution is the solution. I say Cesium, Strontium and Plutonium can't be good no matter the concentration."

National Parks, Forests & Other Public Lands

Rambling Thoughts on Ranching, Wilderness, and Camping—by ban nock: "Later googling around I found this Early history of the Taylor Grazing Act in Western Colorado which was written back in the days when people wrote to be read and it makes for easy and interesting reading. Most already know the outlines of the story. Tragedy of the commons, open range over grazed, dustbowl, establishment of what was later the BLM. The implementation was interesting. Miles from anywhere, they all got together, sheep men, cattlemen, lawyers, and the people appointed from Washington to implement the act. They hammered out agreements acceptable to all and changed them as new directives came out of DC, and as they gained experience. What they did is establish where each rancher normally grazed his cattle, established how many head he had, and determined if the range was being grazed without damage. The lines on the map establishing where each rancher grazed cattle became more defined and the lines became the grazing allotment that went with that ranch. With approval they were free to put up fences, dams for irrigation, barns, etc. The allotments went with the ranch, no wonder people looked upon the land as being theirs."

Transportation & Infrastructure

Transportation Matters, Too—by richturc125: "An observation worth noting … and pondering, from the 2012 report “The New American Oil Boom,” issued by the Energy Security Leadership Council (a project of Securing America’s Energy Future). In 2010, the U.S. transportation sector relied on petroleum-based fuels for 93.2 percent of delivered energy. Even this figure understates the problem, as liquid fuels derived from biomass provided approximately four percent of delivered energy. These fuels, which are substitutes for petroleum, are priced on the same curve. Taken together, liquid fuels provide 97 percent of the energy that moves our cars, trucks, ships, and aircraft. As a result of this utter reliance, American consumers and businesses, and the economy by extension, are fully exposed to oil prices with practically no means to choose less costly alternatives in the short term. In other words, oil demand is highly price inelastic…. [I]ncreased spending in the short term must come at the expense of other spending on goods and services, the negative effects of which reverberate throughout the economy. It’s actually fairly straightforward and simple to understand. As long as we continue to allocate ever-larger portions of our own finite budgets to paying high prices for gasoline and other fossil-fuel products, we have less of that same budget to spend elsewhere. These spending practices do not exist in a vacuum, and so of course the adverse consequences ripple out across the local, regional, state, and federal economies."

Miscellany

World's First Solar Collector—by jamess: "This is believed to be Humanity's first successful device to routinely harness the boundless power of Sun, circa 6th century B.C. Its simplicity of design, is simply genius. During the sixth century BCE, Confucius wrote about the common use of curved mirrors shaped from shiny metal to concentrate the rays of the sun for making fire. These became known as yang-suis ­­ translating to solar ignitors, or burning mirrors. According to the great philosopher, upon waking up the eldest son would attach a solar ignitor to his belt as he dressed for the day. It was his duty to focus the solar rays onto kindling to start the family’s cooking fire. [...] After polishing its curved surface to a high degree of reflectance, the inquisitive archaeologists focused sunlight onto a piece of tinder just as the eldest son would have done so many years past, and in seconds the combustible material burst into flames. 'This verified without a doubt that the purpose of the artifact is to make fire,' Lu and Zhai later wrote, assured of having found the oldest solar device in the history of humanity."

Dems Tone-Deaf on Veterans' Asbestos Issue—by CACourtsMonitor: "A bit of background: You've seen those ads seeking victims of mesothelioma, which is a cancer caused by asbestos, right? Compensation for those tragedies is nearly always in the millions of dollars, and connecting lawyers with victims has made "mesothelioma" the most expensive of Google's search words. Well, a disproportionate number of "meso" victims are veterans. A recent study indicated that, while vets are only 8 percent of the U.S. population, they are 30 percent of mesothelioma victims. The reason is that military equipment, including Navy ships, used a lot of asbestos. It can take decades to kill you, but those "meso" cases are hitting the courts today."

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sat Jun 07, 2014 at 01:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by DK GreenRoots.

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  •  Thanks, Markos, for that Daily Kos endorsement (23+ / 0-)

    of Congressman Mark Schauer for Governor in Michigan.   We need all of the the help we can get to beat Rick Snyder at the polls this November!

    Schauer is going to be a great green governor for the great State of Michigan......

    •  thanks for that...I missed. (8+ / 0-)

      quite the mess we've made of things.

      We are not broke, we are being robbed. ~Shop Kos Katalogue~

      by Glen The Plumber on Sat Jun 07, 2014 at 01:39:41 PM PDT

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      •  i was startled nobody is talking about a dust bowl (7+ / 0-)

        i'm not an expert but jeez, it sounds awful.

        •  I was just out there in late April. (6+ / 0-)

          All that is missing is lots of high winds. The dirt is like talcum powder.  And so many of the hedgerows and windbreaks of the  1930's have been ripped out.

          Sad. Shortsighted greed. Stupidity.

          "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

          by YucatanMan on Sat Jun 07, 2014 at 02:54:19 PM PDT

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          •  it's the "Idea of Efficiency" (3+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            GreenMother, James Wells, YucatanMan

            MBAs chasing efficiency, productivity,
            and not looking at the big picture.

            •  No big picture--no efficiency. (2+ / 0-)
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              MBA is good for what again?

              "It were a thousand times better for the land if all Witches, but especially the blessing Witch, might suffer death." qtd by Ehrenreich & English. For Her Own Good, Two Centuries of Expert's Advice to Women pp 40

              by GreenMother on Sat Jun 07, 2014 at 04:03:42 PM PDT

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              •  money grubbing greed. :-) n/t (1+ / 0-)
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                "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

                by YucatanMan on Sat Jun 07, 2014 at 09:56:44 PM PDT

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              •  I have an MBA (1+ / 0-)
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                but i never bought into much of the nonsense.

                •  If you want to be a Big Picture person go into the (1+ / 0-)
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                  Humanities. That's where you learn how to connect all the dots. I know people say it's a worthless major, but really, most of the people saying that went to places like Bob Jones U or have an MBA .

                  Dot connectors are the scariest thing imaginable to a culture of professional weasels.

                  "It were a thousand times better for the land if all Witches, but especially the blessing Witch, might suffer death." qtd by Ehrenreich & English. For Her Own Good, Two Centuries of Expert's Advice to Women pp 40

                  by GreenMother on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 07:22:31 AM PDT

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                  •  or just spend a year or two in the library. (0+ / 0-)

                    honestly, i'm not real impressed with most
                    liberal arts majors. They are supposed to
                    learn critical thinking skills but they lack so much
                    information, they can't really analyze anything.

                    James Burke is the ultimate big picture humanities
                    critical thinker but he spends a lot of time at the
                    libraries of the royal society and the british museum.

                    •  That's a crock. The problem is that a serious (0+ / 0-)

                      Humanity major is going to be able to connect political to cultural, to science, to social and tell you where things went wrong or went right.

                      Whereas weasel professionals like to dissuade anyone from any forwards thinking, and historical research, and cross referencing whatsoever, because once those things happen, if it's a scam, pretty soon everyone will know it's a scam, and probably not even an original scam.

                      That's how people understand that we are living in the New Gilded Age, the New Robber Baron Age. That's why people look back at past Labor Protests, and use that predict the next move of union busting companies and other 1 percenters.

                      In the Humanities one is supposed to learn not only how to research, but also how to put it all together. The last 15 years have seen a steep decline in the quality of education across the board at every level. and this is contrived. The great dumbing down of American (now known as 'Murica) emphasis on Mur-ky.

                      Those who do not know their history are doomed to repeat it, and what are we doing now? Much like the attacks on our government by certain forces, a similar attack has been launched on education. It's too bad that people have been too slow to pick up on it til now.

                      You cannot criticize a government or an educational program, realistically, if your side is part and parcel in it's organized failure.

                      Hence the rise of the MBA and the Cult of the Sales Personality. It doesn't matter what you know. It doesn't matter if your plan is good or if it's been done before or failed. All that matters is--CAN YOU SELL IT.

                      Between a total breakdown of government services due to a recently installed oligarchy, global climate change disasters, and a increasingly huge gap between the very rich and everyone else, pretty soon it will be Can you sell your used tin cans to that other homeless person.

                      That ought to be interesting. Then education will be even less important than simply scrounging for food shelter and water. How easy would our population be manipulated then?

                      "It were a thousand times better for the land if all Witches, but especially the blessing Witch, might suffer death." qtd by Ehrenreich & English. For Her Own Good, Two Centuries of Expert's Advice to Women pp 40

                      by GreenMother on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 10:20:25 AM PDT

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    •  There isn't any dust bowl. (0+ / 0-)

      Conditions like that occur every year around this time out on the plains during high wind conditions after all of the soil disturbance from plowing and subsequent soil dry-out.

  •  my first death ray (13+ / 0-)
    World's First Solar Collector—by jamess: "This is believed to be Humanity's first successful device to routinely harness the boundless power of Sun, circa 6th century B.C.
    In 2004, Jamie and Adam took on the Archimedes Death Ray for the first time.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Sat Jun 07, 2014 at 01:11:04 PM PDT

  •  Gov. Jindal signs bill to ban suits against oil (17+ / 0-)

    companies. What a surprise!

     

    Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a bill Friday to quash a landmark lawsuit brought by a local flood protection agency that sought damages from the oil and gas industry to restore the state’s vanishing coastline.

    Jindal signed the legislation -- which prevents government bodies in Louisiana from pursuing such litigation -- despite warnings from the state attorney general and nearly 100 legal experts. Critics of the law say it is so broad it could potentially imperil hundreds of other lawsuits against oil and gas companies, including litigation against BP for its role in the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

    The state loses the equivalent of a football field of land every hour to the Gulf of Mexico, and has lost a quarter of its coastline since the 1930s. Partially repairing the coastline by 2050 would cost $50 billion, the state estimated.


     One of the primary reasons for the loss of land is their canal system that oil companies use that cuts thru wetlands. losing wetlands also makes the area worse off because no protection from the prior wetlands with storm surges.  

    but .. hey. oil companies get more corporate welfare!

     

    •  This is really a disheartening development.... (10+ / 0-)

      The entire issue of disappearing wetlands and accountability for that in the Gulf Coast waters of Louisiana and the connection to water management in the Mississippi River is a massive issue which isn't going to be solved by the Lousiana Legislature's cheap shots against environmental litigation.

      •  This issue with messing with the standing of (5+ / 0-)

        parties that are allowed to initiate litigation and appeals in Louisiana reflects continuing pattern of conduct in that state by which pressure or restraint is directed by the Legislature at plaintiff parties or their attorney/organizational advocates.

        A similar, hard fought Legislative interference action has also previously occurred with attempts to restrain advocacy activities by the Environmental Law Clinic at Tulane University in New Orleans.  

        The Tulane Environmental Law clinic staff and law students have a track record of effective legal and technical advocacy for their clients [which often include impoverished local communities in Lousiana] addressing major environmental permit and enforcement actions in Louisiana.   As a result, the Tulane Clinic became the target of right wing and regulated industry attacks....trying to shut down their environmental enforcement and advocacy activity.

        Note this...

        Bill to cripple Louisiana clinics defeated:

        On May 19, 2010, the Louisiana Senate Commerce,
        Consumer Protection, and International Affairs Committee killed Senate Bill 549. Senator Robert Adley, R-Benton, introduced the bill at the Louisiana Chemical Association’s (LCA’s) behest to try to force Tulane University to shut down TELC in return for continued state funding. Tulane and Loyola Universities, students, clients, alumni, and clinical faculty from all the state’s law schools worked—with help from the Clinical Legal Education Association, the Society of American Law Teachers, the American Association of Law Schools, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the ABA, and many others—to publicize
        clinics’ roles in legal education and expanding access
        to the legal system.

        At the May 19 hearing, Tulane University President Scott Cowen testified that if Tulane were to shut down its clinics to preserve state funding under Bill 549, “we [would] throw under the bus every indigent person in this state ... and say we will not represent you because the money is more important. That does not happen in America.”

        On May 24, 2010, New Orleans City Business
        editorialized: “By attempting to snuff [TELC’s] existence, Adley and the LCA were, in effect, thumbing their noses at the law, judicial process and regulation .... Lawmakers
        deserve commendation for helping the bill meet its demise.”

        As to the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic, See links below:

        http://www.law.tulane.edu/...

        http://www.tulane.edu/...

      •  This is how you defend the environment in (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Aunt Pat, 6412093

        the real world...see this list of Tulane Environmental Law Clinic accomplishments:

        http://www.tulane.edu/...

        The is no substitute for environmental enforcement stewardship in the protection of natural resources and public health when it comes to regulation of air pollution, water pollution, hazardous and industrial wastes, etc.  

        So many progressive Democrats I see on Daily Kos want to operate only at an ideological, public relations, messaging and communication level on environmental issues, instead of actually engaging the real world, real physical problems, real developments in regulation, and what industry is really doing.  

        Some environmental organizations have departed from reality-based conservation stewardship, leadership and conservation science by engaging marketing-based campaign branding campaigns that don't have anything to do with conservation.   Sierra Club is one of the worst offenders in this problem presently, because of the present incompetent national leadership of that organization.

        Even worse, the whole concept of mixing and confusing entertainment, like Gasland, with reality means that environmental organizations start engaging in conflation and disinformation.   The entire effort to paint a "KXL is an export pipeline" meme or trope, with Michael Brune claiming that all of the crude deliveries of a future KXl pipeline are deemed for export, is an example of the decline in the ethical responsibilities of environmental organizations.

        The idea of the 'KXL is an export pipeline' campaign is to prattle on about how the United States will get no benefit
        at all from the KXL pipeline and to make this claim repeatedly in an attempt to deny the reality of what the KXl pipeline is primarily for.....which is to bring heavy sour crude from Alberta tar sands to Gulf coast refineries for feedstock for those refineries.   Canadian tar sands heavy sour crude would thus replace other foreign crude oil imports presently being received by those Gulf Coast refineries.

        In the 'KXL is an export pipeline' organized lying campaign, the fundamental idea is that mass communication of disinformation and reality denial is somehow supposed to be influential on the Presidential Permit decision.  

        However, the only basis of a wining environmental argument to win what we're after -- which is a Presidential Permit denial based on the adverse greenhouse gas emission intensity of heavy sour crude from tar sands -- means embracing and understanding the reality of what the KXL is actually for....to import heavy sour crude into the United States for use in Gulf Coast refineries.   If you don't embrace that reality, then such an argument position means giving up on the entire reality based reason for asking for Presidential Permit denial.....since the national interest of the United States is not engaged if such crude oil is not used in the United States.

        •  Replying to self , Your Superiorness? (1+ / 0-)
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          Some environmental organizations have departed from reality-based conservation stewardship, leadership and conservation science by engaging marketing-based campaign branding campaigns that don't have anything to do with conservation.  Sierra Club is one of the worst offenders in this problem presently, because of the present incompetent national leadership of that organization.
          What is this "reality" of which you speak, Great Knower? The Sierra Club has been a leader in pushing for closure of coal-fired power plants. This has occurred within the context of what most of us consider "reality". The Sierra Club, like many non-profits, went through a "branding" obsession a few years back, but the driver for that was largely outside consultants and ad/PR agencies. The obsession these days is native advertising and the corruption of content.

          It is not easy to see what you are not looking for, or to know what it is you do not know.

          by kosta on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 01:49:46 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  You said: (0+ / 0-)
            The Sierra Club has been a leader in pushing for closure of coal-fired power plants.
            The leadership and achievement for the drive against coal fired plants by the Sierra Club started with Carl Pope, the past executive director of the Sierra Club and a nationally respected environmental expert.   The move against building new coal plants and the pressure against continued operation of existing coal plants has been an outstanding Sierra Club success, that was highly successful and directly a result of Carl Pope's leadership.

            Sierra Club's national board decided that it no longer wanted a highly successful, knowledgeable and effective executive director at the helm of the organization and instead decided to hire Michael Brune as a replacement E.D.    Brune has no functional environmental law, environmental science and policy background, does not understand conservation science and stewardship and he specializes in the kind of conflation advocacy that is science denial and rejection.

            For example, Brune has been prattling on claiming that natural gas to electricity being worse than coal to electricity for greenhouse gas intensity purposes.  That is science denial and policy-making based on the content of the entertainment workproduct Gasland and not valid energy/environmental analysis fit for a conservation organization.  

            Like the phony 'KXL is an export pipeline' campaign being quarterbacked by Brune, saying that natural gas to electricity is worse than coal to electricity for greenhouse gases is science and reality denial.

            I've been a member of the Sierra Club for 25 years, and have been volunteer for the Michigan Chapter of the organization during that entire time.   I've also been a chapter officer.   The Sierra Club has never before had such a unprofessional, untrained and ill-equipped executive director at its helm who rejects the  conservation science practice that John Muir fostered in the Sierra Club in favor of illegitimate conflation advocacy.
               

  •  Thanks for doing this for us MB. (13+ / 0-)

    Humor Alert! No statement from this UID is intended to be true, including this one. Intended for recreational purposes only. Unauthorized interpretations may lead to unexpected results. This waiver void where prohibited. Artistic License - 420420

    by HoundDog on Sat Jun 07, 2014 at 01:14:17 PM PDT

  •  Thank You Meteor Baldes (13+ / 0-)

    "The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations." ~ Thomas Jefferson

    by Lefty Coaster on Sat Jun 07, 2014 at 01:18:13 PM PDT

  •  I'm not qualified to choose my favorite of these (11+ / 0-)

    oh wait, I am!

    Thanks to FarLeftSide for cutting GOP climate ignorance to the quick.

  •  Human extinction (11+ / 0-)

    If we don't watch out, Mother Nature has a way for shutting this whole thing down.

    I've never left a blank space on a ballot... but I will not vote for someone [who vows] to spy on me. I will not do it. - dclawyer06

    Trust, but verify. - Reagan
    Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

    by Words In Action on Sat Jun 07, 2014 at 02:02:08 PM PDT

  •  weeds (7+ / 0-)

    When I was a kid, Chemlawn used to come around to make a perfectly green lawn. Fortunately I did not live in a rich neighborhood so the number of people who could afford these toxic chemicals were few.  I feel sorry for the kids in better neighborhoods. Just to be clear, this is not saying anything about pulling non preferred species, perhaps just an issue with calling them weeds.

    I do not understand monoculture lawns.  I understand if you are are growing food competing species need to be minimized. I have done this on a scale of an acre and on small scale.  The other day I have to pull out a vine that was taking over my Oregano.  I have rosemary killed by such things.  But do I worry when some clover is my lawn?  No. Why do I want to damage the environment for a monoculture lawn? This does not even take into consideration the chemical fertilizers that get wasted in the water runoff and pollute our water supplies.

    Years ago an folk singer named Fred Small put a poem called The Weed to music.  It was a metaphor for out focus on eliminating non preferred things.  The story is of a gardener who pulls a weed , every is happy to have it gone, until the gardener dies as has to face the almighty, at which point a simple question is asked, and how can one respond when one has destroyed something the almighty has created?

    As this is the Green News, and we are in gardening season, let me promote the idea of a lawn with weeds, mulching the leaves and grass back into the lawn, and if one is growing food, look at the methods to minimize chemical runoff.

    She was a fool, and so am I, and so is anyone who thinks he sees what God is doing. -Kurt Vonnegut Life is serious but we don't have to be - me

    by lowt on Sat Jun 07, 2014 at 02:10:12 PM PDT

    •  If you weed and hoe by hand (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
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      there is no need to use chemicals at all, and thus no chemical runoff to minimize.

      Several years ago I turned my remaining patch of lawn into raised vegetable beds. Except for the grass that insists on growing up through the sidewalk and driveway, I don't have any to mow.

      However, I am tempted to use chemical herbicides on the invasive species (Japanese something-or-other) that threatens to take over my entire yard (and two of the neighbors', on the corner) with its underground runners. So far I have resisted, in part because I've read that even the chemicals don't work very well -- but then I need to be more diligent about digging it out.

  •  Thanks, MB. (6+ / 0-)

    I love nature, science and my dogs.

    by Polly Syllabic on Sat Jun 07, 2014 at 02:19:13 PM PDT

  •  Thanks MB (7+ / 0-)

    and thanks to the kossacks who wrote these post.

  •  what an epic week! (4+ / 0-)

    Question: is the whole Bergdahl nontroversy a good thing for the planet by getting the wingnuts riled up about something other than the EPA regulating coal fired plants? Or does the climate movement actually benefit from having fire breathers in a tizzy, spouting a bunch of nonsense?

    Ecology is the new Economy => Kosonomy

    by citisven on Sat Jun 07, 2014 at 04:07:19 PM PDT

  •  CA PUC fires atty trying to hold PG&E accountable (4+ / 0-)

    for gas line safety in the wake of San Bruno explosion.  (Nothing to worry about.  /snark)
    http://www.sfgate.com/...

    Critics of the commission said the dismissal of Cagen - who had a 35-year track record of handling regulatory cases with the agency - was the latest evidence that the agency is overly cozy with the utility it regulates.

    "Bob Cagen is a dedicated public servant who we believe held the public interest in safety as a highest priority," said Connie Jackson, San Bruno's city manager. "We think he did a great job. This is absolutely ridiculous."

    My Karma just ran over your Dogma

    by FoundingFatherDAR on Sat Jun 07, 2014 at 05:08:25 PM PDT

  •  I really appreciate this feature, (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Eric Nelson, Meteor Blades

    I always find more excellent diaries listed here, that I somehow missed during the week. Thanks, MB.

    “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

    by 6412093 on Sat Jun 07, 2014 at 07:03:17 PM PDT

  •  skunks "wandering around acting weird" (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Eric Nelson

    While it may be just a skunk with babies, one would be wise to consider that it may also be a skunk with rabies. No joke: If you come across a skunk, raccoon, or any other nocturnal animal outside during the day and "acting weird" do keep your distance. Rabies is almost always fatal, and in a most agonising fashion.

    All things in the sky are pure to those who have no telescopes. – Charles Fort

    by subtropolis on Sat Jun 07, 2014 at 07:19:25 PM PDT

  •  Just cuz (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Meteor Blades, navajo

    Excellent roundup MB Thank you and everyone for this edition today

  •  Thx4 the story about the ancient solar igniter!! (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Pakalolo, Calamity Jean

    I have a soft spot for archaeology - my wife used to be one, and in fact we met in an archaeology class.

    If you follow the links you'll read that there were dozens of these lying about in Chinese museums, but no one know what they were used for until Lu and Zhai had a replica made and tried to light a fire with it.

    That's called being a scientist.

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