The Post Carbon Institute posts this series of videos of a talk by Richard Douthwaite, co-founder of Feasta, an Irish think tank concerned with sustainable economics. He was speaking by phone and video to a group in Michigan, about a month before last year's Copenhagen Summit climate talks, so it is like watching Max Headroom do a slide show. The first four videos are about the problem, the last two are Feasta's proposal for a cap and share system and debt-free currency to keep the poorer folk going.
With their highest viewership ever, Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez were far less placid than usual for this morning's debate between Steven Aftergood and Glenn Greenwald. Greenwald is well-known for his legal and political blogging at Salon, while Aftergood directs a government secrecy project at the Federation of American Scientists, and posts secret documents himself with the Secrecy News project, which I've never heard of before.
I don't play now, but I have played a lot of tennis over the years, sometimes in leagues or clubs with people I didn't know well. I enjoyed playing with some of those guys so much that we arranged to play again, and became "tennis buddies." With others, I couldn't wait for the match to end.
“Terrorism is a real threat,” Biden said, “but it’s not an existential threat to the existence of the democratic country of the United States of America. Terrorism can cause real problems. It can undermine confidence. It can kill relatively large numbers of people. But terrorism is not an existential threat.” If Biden were running for the presidency, this piece of the Biden Doctrine—what he calls “proportionality”—would no doubt be red meat for many who place terrorism at the heart of America’s challenges today.
Tests for the virus retail at $500 so not everyone with mild symptoms is tested, and many cases are mild, or asymptomatic, but can still cause spread of the virus. Confirmed cases in Miami now up to 37. Florida Republicans have cut the mosquito control staff and budget by 50% the last 4-5 years, and Republicans in Congress have not allocated a dime for Zika research or control.
Fox news (where else?) - Former FEMA Director Michael Brown, who ran the federal response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, said President Barack Obama, who was on a two-week vacation should have put down his golf clubs last week during the height of the floods ravaging part of Louisiana.“The problem is the optics,” Brown said......The 'optics' on GWBush & Brown's FEMA with Katrina were the deaths of 1,464 people.