America’s Reproductive Slaves

America’s Reproductive Slaves

MAY 20, 2019

Chris Hedges

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/americas-reproductive-slaves/

 

As Chris Hedges points out, the new Alabama law is draconian. It is disgraceful and an insult to women in Alabama and thus to all American women.  Further, it is shameful and by implication, threatens women’s constitutional rights.

 

“Raising children is not a lifestyle choice. It is labor-intensive work that demands of parents, and especially women, huge physical, emotional, financial and time commitments. The wider society reaps the benefits of this work. It has a social and moral responsibility to compensate and assist those who raise children.”

 

A new diet for gassy cows is helping the environment

A new diet for gassy cows is helping the environment

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/video_and_audio/must_see/48336239/how-a-new-diet-for-gassy-cows-is-helping-the-environment

 

Cattle farming is responsible for almost 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization.

So some farmers in Colombia have been piloting a different way of raising cows that has proved better for the environment.

A film by Daniel Gordon for People Fixing the World.

 

 

Far better to invest in something like this than space travel.  When it comes down to it, nobody knows whether humans or any Earthly animal or plant can survive out of the cloak of Earth energy.

 

Brilliant Idea for heating Large Offices

Advanced Heat Recovery (AHR) system 

 

https://www.resilience.org/stories/2019-05-16/the-little-technology-that-could/

 

“What’s impressive is that it prevents about 1.8 million pounds of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere each year, cutting the museum’s carbon footprint by 16 percent.  This is significant in the fight against climate change, stresses Patrick Hamilton, the museum’s Director of Global Change Initiatives, because buildings account for one-third of US greenhouse gas emissions.”

 

“We love that,” he said, “because it means we have $293,000 that can be redirected to the scientific and educational mission of the museum rather than to paying utility bills.”  Science Museum of Minnesota

 

“Here’s how it works. Heat generated by all the electricity used by the museum’s computer servers, elevator motors, telephone switching equipment and other big electricity loads is piped into the two heat recovery chillers rather than being rejected to the outside, as is standard procedure in most commercial buildings.  Inside the chillers, compressors step up the heat energy to produce 115 oF water, which then is used to warm incoming fresh, cold winter air and circulated through radiators along the building’s extremities. It makes no sense at all for the Science Museum to purchase energy to heat the building while at the same time it discharges hot air to the outside.

“You don’t throw your aluminum in the garbage at home.  You recycle it.  So, you should recycle the heat in your building instead of throwing it away,” explains Matt Presser, account manager at Ingersoll-Rand, which manufactures the Trane chillers used at the Science Museum.”

System change not climate crisis

SYSTEM CHANGE NOT CLIMATE CHANGE

Vicky Robin from Vicky Robin Blog

https://www.resilience.org/stories/2019-05-16/from-despair-to-repair/

“Yes! But notice that most system change has to do with human civilization, human inventions gone awry – democracy, justice, infrastructure, food production, finance. Our actions come from fixing our civilizational future. Now our grief is overwhelming: almost everything is too little too late… but if we stop CO2 we may save a remnant of the beauty, intelligence and glue of our human presence on the planet.

I am not saying this is wrong!!! I want to do all of this as well, and work daily locally on it. It’s just missing the true heart of the matter – that we as humans act upon the earth for our benefit but we do not act with the earth at any level of scale for healing all life.”

Human Extinction

 

Human Extinction

Risk ‘misunderestimated’: War, sleeping pills, and the Extinction Rebellion

By Kurt Cobb, originally published by Resource Insights

May 5, 2019

https://www.resilience.org/stories/2019-05-05/risk-misunderestimated-war-sleeping-pills-and-the-extinction-rebellion/

Just when we need wise leadership and global cooperation, what we are seeing is internal fighting over rigid local opinions.  It is like people on a train that has jumped the tracks and is headed down the mountain fighting over who gets access to the dining car first.

“The ultimate question that the Extinction Rebellion poses is this: Why should we care about human extinction? The geologic record suggests that humans will one day go extinct no matter what they do. So, what if that happens sooner rather than later?

The answer to those questions hinges on whether a person defines his or her community strictly in spacial terms and does not include temporal terms. In other words, are we a community of people only by space (and then only weakly at that) or are we a community that extends through both space AND time?

In other words, does it matter whether human culture continues?

Those who deny climate change are answering the last two questions “no.” If those who accept that climate change is largely human-caused do not see it as an existential question, they may as well be deniers.”

“The hardest minds to change are those who accept climate change as a reality, but cannot embrace the necessary steps implied by that belief. Will the Extinction Rebellion change that? I’d like to think the answer is yes. But I think a more thoroughgoing change in human hearts and perceptions will likely only come from actual catastrophic consequences hitting much larger groups of people and only if they understand that those consequences are the result of climate change.”

 

 

Risk misunderestimated War

Risk ‘misunderestimated’  War, sleeping pills, and the Extinction Rebellion

By Kurt Cobb, originally published by Resource Insights

May 5, 2019

https://www.resilience.org/stories/2019-05-05/risk-misunderestimated-war-sleeping-pills-and-the-extinction-rebellion/

“How is it that the awareness of risk has become so blunted among so much of the world’s population?”

Exactly, we are like a frog in a pot of water that has gone sleepy whilst the water is steadily headed toward the boil.  Will we jump out in time or not?  That is the critical question we must answer.

“It also seems plausible that the infrastructure we have built—dams, reservoirs, roads, electric grids, seawalls, water systems, and other industrial and agricultural systems—will not withstand intact the heat, drought, floods, sea level rise, severe weather and other problems that unchecked climate change will bring with it. At the very least, we are unlikely to be able to reliably grow enough food to feed all of us.

How is it that the awareness of risk has become so blunted among so much of the world’s population? Of course, for the poorest among us—those who barely make it from one day to the next—risk is immediate, personal and abundantly clear. Lack of food, shelter, medical care and protection from violence are existential questions that command attention.”

 

Fossil Fuel Subsidies

 

Dirty Energy Dominance: Dependent on Denial

How the U.S. fossil fuel industry depends on subsidies and climate denial.

 

Oil Change International (OCI)

http://priceofoil.org/content/uploads/2017/10/OCI_US-Fossil-Fuel-Subs-2015-16_Final_Oct2017.pdf

 

 

“Policies, rules, and provisions in the tax code that continue to support fossil fuel production undermine efforts to transition to a clean energy economy, and rob the public purse of the resources needed to do so. Removing these highly inefficient subsidies – which waste billions of dollars propping up an industry incompatible with safe climate limits – should be the first priority of fiscally responsible climate, energy, and tax reform policies.”

 

“The United States federal and state governments gave away $20.5 billion a year on average in 2015 and 2016 in production subsidies to the oil, gas, and coal industries, including $14.7 billion in federal subsidies and $5.8 billion through state-level incentives. At the state level, this is likely a significantly conservative estimate, given limits to available data.”

 

Oil Spill Safety Rules

ENVIRONMENT MAY 2, 2019

U.S. administration relaxes safety rules sparked by 2010 Gulf oil spill

 

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-usa-oil-offshore/trump-administration-relaxes-safety-rules-sparked-by-2010-gulf-oil-spill-idUKKCN1S81BT

 

 

“’The U.S. administration is putting industry cost savings ahead of safety just weeks after the anniversary of the worst oil spill in U.S. history,’” said Diane Hoskins, campaign director for ocean conservation group, Oceana.

 

‘We should be implementing new safety reforms, not rolling back the too-few safety measures currently in place.’

 

The BP Macondo well blowout and fire on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig on April 20, 2010 killed 11 workers and cost billions of dollars for Gulf Coast restoration.

 

The Obama administration had created a task force to examine the causes of the accident, and those findings were key in the formulation of the Obama-era rules.

 

Democratic Senator Tom Carper, the top Democrat on the Senate Environment Committee, said the new rule flouted the findings of that task force.”

 

Reminders USA April, 2019

Reminders USA April, 2019

 

“The Department of Justice pursues those goals while operating in accordance with the rule of law. The rule of law is the foundation of America. It secures our freedom, allows our citizens to flourish, and enables our nation to serve as a model of liberty and justice for all.”

Rod Rosenstein, the US deputy attorney general (Just resigned)

 

“– and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Abraham Lincoln      November 19, 1863

 

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their safety and happiness.

Declaration of Independence

 

The first amendment to the Constitution says: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EPA Decides Not to Regulate Fracking Wastewater

EPA Decides Not to Regulate Fracking Wastewater as Pennsylvania Study Reveals Recent Spike

By Sharon Kelly  Thursday, April 25, 2019

 

Is there any doubt just who is running the country?

 

https://www.desmogblog.com/2019/04/25/fracking-wastewater-disposal-health-pennsylvania-environmental-protection-agency

 

“On April 23, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) told two environmental groups that it had decided it was “not necessary” to update the federal standards handling toxic waste from oil and gas wells, including the waste produced by fracking.

 

State regulators have repeatedly proved unable to prevent the industry’s toxic waste from entering America’s drinking water supplies, including both private wells and the rivers from which public drinking water supplies are drawn, the Environmental Protection Agency concluded in a 2017 national study.

 

The corrosive salt-laden wastewater from fracked wells has been spread on roads as a de-icer. It’s been sprayed into the air in the hopes of evaporating the water — a practice that spreads its blend of volatile chemicals into the air instead. Oil industry wastewater has even been used to irrigate crops — in California, where state regulators haven’t set rules to keep dangerous chemicals like the carcinogen benzene out of irrigation water.

 

If equally contaminated waste came from other industries, it would usually be designated hazardous waste and subject to strict tracking and disposal rules designed to keep the public safe from industrial pollution. But in July 1988, after burying clear warnings from its own scientists about the hazards of oilfield waste, the EPA offered the oil and gas industry a broad exemption from hazardous waste handling laws.

 

The EPA’s decision this week echoes that.”