10 Foot Sea Level Rise Unstoppable

    The West Antarctic Ice Sheet, 25.4 million cubic kilometers, 6.1 million cubic miles, is on track for an 'inevitable' melt, NYT:

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    Black People, Beware of the "Un-Niggas"

    Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree


    First they came for the dogcatchers...

    With apologies for in any way reprising those tasteless jokes which reference  the alleged paucity of stray dogs in areas abutting budget priced chinese restaurants, I offer for the canny investor a convenient metric by which to know in advance that global warming's grip on the throat of humanity has inexorably tightened beyond repair.  A leading indicator, if you will, of the food price apocalypse prophesied in the latest government climate change report.


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    And dropping a barbell he points to the sky saying the sun aint yellow it's chicken


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    Echoes of Zimmerman in Minnesota.

    It seems that this fellow was sick and tired of folks entering his homestead without his permission.

    A great word, really. I mean Homestead!

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    Introducing Open Mikes Q&A: Professional Wrestling

    A couple weeks ago, wrestling phenom Ultimate Warrior died. I talked to Michael Maiello about it, hoping to publish it for my website Gonzo Times. My fiance Jennifer Lauren Reimer died in a not unexpected but nonetheless sudden and heartbreaking turn of events and my inbox got flooded with people expressing their condolences. The interview I did with Mike unfortunately got lost along with his offer to make this a regular thing.

    I Resolve the Middle East Crisis and Win the Nobel Peace Prize

      Now that Mr. Netanyahu has(indefensibly, I think) pulled out of the peace talks, we are back to square one on the Arab-Israeli conflict.  Although we may not know how to get to a peace settlement, many of us have a clear idea of what a just settlement would look like. So to stimulate a little discussion, I will humbly present an outline of what I think would be the most practical terms on which the sixty-six year old feud could be settled--even though nobody asked me.

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    Playing the Race Card on a Conservative Friend



    Playing the Race Card on a Conservative Friend


    Me and My Racist Friend

    This is where the party ends
    I'll just sit here wondering how you
    Can stand by your racist friend
    I know politics bore you
    But I feel like a hypocrite talking to you
    You and your racist friend

       - They Might Be Giants

    Donald Sterling, owner of the LA Clippers (a NBA team for those who don't follow sports) is in some hot water because of some racist comments caught on tape. The New York Times in yesterday's op-ed concluded:

    There’s a larger obligation here. The league’s top leadership tolerated and sheltered Mr. Sterling for much too long. The new commissioner, Adam Silver, needs to make clear that there’s no place in the league for owners with plantation attitudes, whether or not they’re caught expressing them on tape.

    The Elusory Turn, the Equivocal Change

    Guildenstern: It really boils down to symptoms. Pregnant replies, mystic allusions, mistaken identities,arguing his father is his mother, that sort of thing; intimations of suicide, forgoing of exercise, loss of mirth, hints of claustrophobia  not to say delusions  of imprisonment; invocations of camels, chameleons, capons, whales, weasels, hawks, handsaws - riddles, quibbles and evasions; amnesia, paranoia, myopia; day-dreaming, hallucinations; stabbing his elders, abusing his parents, insulting his lover, and appearing hatless in public  - knock-kneed, droop-stockinged and sighing like a love-sick schoolboy, which at his age is coming on a bit strong.

    Some of you may be wondering why I altered my user name and avatar.  Maybe none of you are, but I will try to explain regardless. As I mentioned in past blogs, I was laid off at the beginning of 2013. I am still unemployed (although I have done some temporary manual labor work over the months), but if the truth be told I didn't try that hard to find a job.  This had to do in large part with my personal wrangling with the question: What is it that I want to do?

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    Do Black People See Obama As the Messiah?

    Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree


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    The Fossil Fuel Companies Will Have to Give Up Trillions of Dollars of Wealth to Stop Global Warming

    The most important issue that the world faces right now in global warming. We are beginning to see the effects of it in extreme weather world wide. It is very depressing to see the politicians be bought by and owned by the fossil fuel companies. This week Rachel Maddow covered how Oklahoma passed a law placing a fine or fee on anyone who uses solar or wind energy.  This bill was written a lobbied for by Koch industries owners through their political efforts. It seems to defy reality that is all around us, that we need to reduce are carbon foot print.  

    Chris Hayes has published an essay recently in the Nation that has an interesting look at why the fossil fuel industry has gone to war to prevent any restraints on their industry and protect the high dependency on fossil fuel.  He compares it to the value of slaves owned in the old south to the value of the resources that are owned by fossil fuel companies. We are going to have to ask the companies to give up trillions of dollars of future wealth and leave 80% of it in the ground. Like the south they will not give that up with out a big fight.

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    A Little Known Fact - The Statue of Liberty Wears Shackles

    For over a hundred and twenty years the Statue of Liberty has greeted immigrants to these shores with open arms and the promise of the kind of freedom that they had never known. As a result, that towering, stately, and majestic lady has come to represent the quintessential symbol of freedom, liberty, and justice for people all over the world. Just the sight of her brought hope and inspiration to millions of European immigrants as they entered New York Harbor, and that initial vision sustained them as they started their new lives in America.

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    Boyce Watkins: You’re Making A Complete Damn Fool of Yourself

    Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree

    Dr. Boyce Watkins: You’re Making A Complete Damn Fool of Yourself


    Mayhem for Federal Unemployment Benefits

    I have to admit that I love the Mayhem guy for the Allstate Insurance commercials.


    The actor Dean Winters does an amazing job in my opinion harking back to the slapstick comedy of olden times, combining it with a modern sensibility.  Plus, he just seems to be having a hoot doing the spots.

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    Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free


    Every since I wrote the column "Crabs in a Barrel," the gross hypocrisy of South Carolina State Senator, Rev. Darrell Jackson, has lingered with me. In that column I describe how the Black, South Carolina State Senator, who was also the pastor of the 10,000 member, "Family Way Bible Life Center Church," came out against Senator Barack Obama afer selling his support to Senator Hillary Clinton for $10,000 a month--a dollar amount that corresponded exactly with the number of members he had in his church.

    Now, as I drive through the Black community and see the magnificent "houses of God" towering over the community in the midst of poverty, social need, and in some cases, squalor all around them, I can't help but wonder how many of them are really doing God's work.

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    Sally Kohn Sings Kumbaya to Fox News




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