Monday, September 26, 2016
Straight Talk: Human caused climate change is caused by humans. If we are to stop the increase in global temperature we must stop the increase in humans. We just had the hottest summer ever recorded, possibly the hottest summer in thousands of years. Greenland's huge annual ice loss is even worse than previously estimated. The planet will pass the politically cynical 1.5°C goal within this decade – long before a single realistic step is taken to stop the march to a 4°C or greater arise by 2100. Sure this means we are pretty well doomed, but it is depressing so neither candidate will address the topic in the debates. Trump's recent endorsement of ever more coal mining and oil and gas production is no better than encouraging teenagers to smoke unfiltered cigarettes – it will kill us. Maybe people will grasp the seriousness of the threat when they learn that the world's coffee supply is doomed if climate change continues unabated; chocolate, too.
Toe The Line: India's Prime Minister has challenged the people of Pakistan to “come forward to fight against poverty. Let's see who wins. Let's see who is able to defeat poverty and illiteracy first, Pakistan or India."
The Economics of Faith: Guam has passed a bill that does away with the statue of limitations on child sex abuse over the protests of the Roman Catholic Church which said that the bill would decimate the priesthood and bankrupt the church.
Explainer: If you wonder why college and professional athletes are joining Colin Kaepernick's protest – other than the obvious ridiculousness of considering patriotism as a prerequisite for playing or watching a spiriting event – consider the last few days crop: In Georgia cops tasered “a compliant black” in a jail. In Baltimore a black man called 911 for help, cops came and beat him to death. In NJ a corrections officer slammed a black woman into a door; her injuries required 12 staples and 4 stitches to close. In MD cops pepper-sprayed a handcuffed black teenaged girl. Then there are the unconvincing videos of the killing in Charlotte.
Leroy Brown Brigade: A Kurdish militia attack has killed dozens of Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Shouldn't mess around with a junk-yard dog.
Sarcasm: President Obama welcomed the opening of the Smithsonian's new National African American History and Culture Museum saying that it told the “glorious story” of white Americas treatment of blacks, first as slaves, then as second class citizens and then as fodder for privatized prisons.
Dream On: Does marijuana hold the cure for Alzheimer's?
Factoid: “Nobody Knows What Happens Next in the 2016 Election.”
Covert Action: Knowing that a frontal assault on Social Security is unlikely to succeed, Republicans are attempting to destroy it covertly, from within. While the number of Americans retiring continues to increase, Congress has systematically cut the Social Secuirty's administrative budget and forced hiring freezes - so deeply that the staff is forced to take a two-week unpaid furlough every year just because of the underfunding. Republicans hope the resulting crapification of the service will lay the groundwork to privatize it to “save it”. Ditto for Medicare.
Be Carefle Out There: Gas station restrooms are often less than attractive, but the handle on the gas pump is one of the unhealthiest things you can touch.
A Parting Shot:
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 7:15 AM