Flight Prices

Thomas Cook customers in shock over flight prices

By Katie Hope Business reporter, BBC News






“Thomas Cook customers have accused airlines of cashing in on the holiday firm’s demise after being faced with high bills to book replacement flights.

People who booked flights with the company, now trying to find replacement deals, told the BBC that in some cases prices for the flights have tripled.

Holidaymaker Angela Mills said a flight from Glasgow to Rhodes, Greece, was £280 on Sunday, but was now £1,000.”


This is full on exploitation and seems to be the behaviour of an economic system that has reached maturity.  For instance, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, there is an annual balloon festival lasting for a week.  For many years, almost all Albuquerque motels raise their price significantly, some nearly double, for that week.  Two years ago, I only found one motel, where I stayed, that did not raise their price.  last year, that motel followed the rest.  For many miles around Albuquerque, prices were significantly higher. In California, south of San Jose and down to at least San Luis Obispo, motel prices nearly double every Friday and Saturday nights.  The answer to how much is your house worth? Is what somebody is willing to pay.  The principle, of course falls under the subject of supply and demand.  Notice the screaming absence of cost of production here.  In many restaurants in the UK, the cost of a couple of the cheapest vegetables on a plate is right up there with the cost of a plate of 1 veg, a roast potato and roast beef.  So, actually you pay for the room you take up in the restaurant.

No wonder Russia finally adopted capitalism!




“John Strickland, an airline analyst at JLS Consulting.”


“If the airlines don’t make profits where they can on a minority of flights then they don’t stand a chance of surviving.”






The Future is Hers

“…when you’re faced with what looks like an unshiftable dilemma, ask a child.”

“Thunberg has articulated the future to us, because the future is hers and her generations’ inheritance. Her presence is the appearance on the world stage of the possible future—one of frankness and goodness and unselfishness up against the conglomerate business mindset that thinks right now that it owns and can use both us and the world. That’s the choice we face. As Thunberg says, the real power belongs to the people. I’m not surprised to see the whole world turn to listen.”


novelist Ali Smith https://www.truthdig.com/articles/a-revolutionary-writer-for-our-darkest-days/

Who would have believed this could happen?  I have followed her from the beginning and my admiration is beaming.  It is “follow your dream” and “speak out” “be who you are” “Don’t underestimate the power of a mind that is made up.” Miya Yamanouchi all rolled into one.

Prof Martin Weitzman on climate change

Economist Prof Martin Weitzman on climate change


Tim Harford, Financial Times


“The message of Weitzman’s recent work has influenced the policy debates on climate change: the extreme scenarios matter. What we don’t know about climate change is more important, and more dangerous, than what we do.”


One of the most significant examples is the predictions of the amount of tropospheric CO2 in the future. Actually, analysis of the records held by the NASA Earth Observatory  at Moana Loa on Hawaii reveal that the amount of CO2 is rising and the amount of rising is increasing.  It has already hit a tipping point and the amount is unpredictable.  See: http://www.earthenspirituality.com/tippingpoints/tippingpoints.pdf



“Weitzman ‘asked us to contemplate the risk of runaway effects’, or ‘tail risks’ that lie well outside the most likely scenarios, such as permafrost thaw, explains Harford. ‘Central estimates can lead us astray,’ says Harford, and’ it is only when we ponder the tail risk that we realise how dangerous climate change might be’. ‘The truly eye-opening contribution – for me, at least – was Weitzman’s explanation that the worst-case scenarios should rightly loom large in rational calculations,’ says Harford.”





Methane Leaks Rule

Key facts about the new EPA plan to reverse the Obama-era methane leaks rule

Its ultimate fate may be decided by the administration in office in 2021.


By Dana Nuccitelli

Monday, September 9, 2019





“The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC, in 2013 estimated that the greenhouse effect from methane is 34 times stronger than carbon dioxide over a 100-year period, and 86 times stronger over a 20-year period. Its potency decreases over time because methane is a relatively short-lived greenhouse gas, mostly breaking down under chemical reactions after about 12 years, whereas carbon dioxide persists in the atmosphere for centuries.”


Here, again, as with so many other reports, the author, whom I greatly respect, fails to point out that methane breaks down into CO2 and water.  That’s a double whammy.  So, methane breaks down “after about 20 years.”  Why not stress that it breaks down into the highly persistent CO2 and water vapor which are both greenhouse gasses?


As for methane leakage, see:




Summer weather becomes more persistent in a 2 °C world

Summer weather becomes more persistent in a 2°C world


Nature Climate Change

Published: 19 August 2019




Heat and rainfall extremes have intensified over the past few decades and this trend is projected to continue with future global warming1,2,3. A long persistence of extreme events often leads to societal impacts with warm-and-dry conditions severely affecting agriculture and consecutive days of heavy rainfall leading to flooding. Here we report systematic increases in the persistence of boreal summer weather in a multi-model analysis of a world 2 °C above pre-industrial compared to present-day climate. Averaged over the Northern Hemisphere mid-latitude land area, the probability of warm periods lasting longer than two weeks is projected to increase by 4% (2–6% full uncertainty range) after removing seasonal-mean warming. Compound dry–warm persistence increases at a similar magnitude on average but regionally up to 20% (11–42%) in eastern North America. The probability of at least seven consecutive days of strong precipitation increases by 26% (15–37%) for the mid-latitudes. We present evidence that weakening storm track activity contributes to the projected increase in warm and dry persistence. These changes in persistence are largely avoided when warming is limited to 1.5 °C. In conjunction with the projected intensification of heat and rainfall extremes, an increase in persistence can substantially worsen the effects of future weather extremes.


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I still cannot understand how such detailed probability figures can emerge from a model when the increase of CO2 in the troposphere is increasing at an increasing rate and this rate is not constant.  Please see:  http://www.earthenspirituality.com/tippingpoints/tippingpoints.pdf




Tipping point with CO2

Feeding the future: Fixing the world’s faulty food system
Josh Wilson, The Daily Telegraph



“The world is also facing an unprecedented climate emergency, with temperatures hurtling towards a dangerous tipping point.”



We are already suffering from having reached a tipping point with CO2. Our crisis is not “coming.”  It is here!



“Year by year readings since 1959 taken from the

NOAA’s Mauna Loa Atmospheric Baseline Observatory.  These readings show that the amount of C02 per decade almost tripled in nearly 60 (59) years.”





You Belong to the Land

How can this be?

Social Infrastructure

Britain’s Social infrastructure is breaking down

Wed 14 Aug 2019


Aditya Chakrabortty


“Britain is being stripped of the buildings and spaces that host friends and gently push strangers together”


“Britain is being stripped of its social infrastructure: the institutions that make up its daily life, the buildings and spaces that host friends and gently push strangers together. Public parks are disappearing. Playgrounds are being sold off. High streets are fast turning to desert. These trends are national, but their greatest force is felt in the poorest towns and suburbs, the most remote parts of the countryside, where there isn’t the footfall to lure in the businesses or household wealth to save the local boozer.”


“Politicians bemoan the loss of community, but that resonant word is not precise enough. A large part of what’s missing is social infrastructure.”


“In ripping out our social infrastructure, we are outraging a wisdom that goes back centuries and spans countries.”


“But parks and libraries don’t generate cash. Social infrastructure has no lobby, no registry of assets and certainly no government agency. No Whitehall official monitors how much of it has closed or withered away – that relies on civil society groups to file freedom of information requests or badger town halls with survey.”


“The library really is a palace. It bestows nobility on people who can’t otherwise afford a shred of it. People need to have nobility and dignity in their lives. And, you know, they need other people to recognise it in them too.”

“Our people deserve palaces.”




Court ruled that ICWA is constitutional

Court ruled that ICWA is constitutional


By Kolby KickingWoman




Earth Flag

Earth Flag



Beautiful Child


“Updated: 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturns lower court decision

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously voted to uphold the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act; overturning a lower district court’s decision in a late decision Friday afternoon….  Passed in 1978, the Indian Child Welfare Act has been praised as the “gold standard” for by national child welfare organizations. The law states when a Native child is up for adoption, homes of family or tribal members are prioritized for placement.

Research has also shown that Native and non-Native children alike have better outcomes when they are raised in their communities rather than foster homes or state child welfare systems.

Sarah Kastelic, executive director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association, said that the decision was in the best interest of Native children.”