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My deal or no deal, May says in Brexit speech

Transcript excerpts:

Do they want to leave the EU with a deal which delivers on the result of the referendum that takes back control of our money, borders and laws while protecting jobs and our national security?

Do they want to leave without a deal?

Or do they not want to leave at all, causing potentially irreparable damage to public trust not just in this generation of politicians, but to our entire democratic process?

It is high time we made a decision.

So far, Parliament has done everything possible to avoid making a choice.

Some argue that I am making the wrong choice, and I should ask for a longer extension to the end of the year or beyond, to give more time for politicians to argue over the way forward.

That would mean asking you to vote in European Elections, nearly three years after our country decided to leave.

What kind of message would that send?

Some have suggested holding a second referendum.

I dont believe that is what you want and it is not what I want.

We asked you the question already and you gave us your answer.

Now you want us to get on with it.

And that is what I am determined to do.

What Governor Jay Inslee faces.

If You're Against The Green New Deal, I Don't Know What The Point of You Is

You believe in science
Think climate change is real
But oh no we cant afford
A Green New Deal
The reports are dire
The scientists are clear
But you say its unrealistic
To change things in 10 years

But youll already be dead
On judgment day
Your time has come and gone
Now get out of our way
If youre not gonna fight
For a future for my kids
Then Im not sure
What the point of you is

Aliens are invading
Were fighting for our lives
And we have 12 years
To somehow turn the tide
You say we cant afford it
You want incrementalism
Tell me can you hear
How stupid that sounds

Politics is broken
It happened on your watch
You gave big money
All the keys to all the locks
So the time has come
To try something else
Wed love to have you with us
But if you dont want to help

We DU Climate Change Supporters Have Our Nobel Prize Nominee!


Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old whose protests outside the Swedish parliament spurred a massive global movement of young people striking from school to demand bold action on the climate crisis, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

"We have nominated Greta because the climate threat may be one of the most important causes of war and conflict," Freddy Andre Oevstegaard, a parliamentary representative in Norway, told Norwegian newspaper VG.

Oevstegaard is one of the three Socialist Left Party members who nominated Thunberg. As he put it, "The massive movement Greta has set in motion is a very important peace contribution."

The Norwegian Nobel Committee will announce its latest laureates in October, and those selected will receive their prizes in December. While nominations must be submitted before February 1, news that Thunberg is being considered broke Wednesday.

Thunberg responded on social media by saying she is "honored and very grateful for this nomination."

Her nomination was welcomed by peace and environmental advocates around the world



Political will forces institutional, corporate and market will.

Planetary student strikes demand to know: are we adults smarter than a 5th grader?

Live updates from The Guardian:


It started 29 weeks ago when 16-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg began skipping school on Fridays to protest climate change by standing outside of her nation's parliament building. Today, kids from more than 110 countries, including the United States, are following Thunberg's lead and will play hooky from classes for something they think is ultimately more important: preventing the warming of their planet.


Why Elites Won't Change The World And Why Democracy Will

The Zapple Doctrine and The Fairness Doctrine in New Media?

I don't agree with some liberal arguments that if we just reason -- through discourse, media, and common knowledge of US history -- with conservatives, that we can change their minds.

I DO agree with the liberal argument that we Democrats, at least, must work on reasoning with each other to broaden and deepen our understandings of what's at stake for our democracy.

We just shouldn't have to bear that burden of fairness as a party, but as a nation.

But I do think most people believe in fair play and fairness.

Sure, these "doctrines" below are important, relevant in the 2020 election. They're worth review, 24/7/365, so we can keep our wits in the year ahead.

I see the Zapple and Fairness Doctrines improving political media.

But also in equipping personal exchange. Fairness in media helps us balance more than one interpretation in seeking commonality in our experience -- "win-win" -- over "win-lose."

These doctrines makes sure each side "hears" the other side accurately. Listening can be the essence of our body politic's fairness in decision making. They give more light and less heat in our discourse.

When media rules favor one player, or one kind of "speech" over another, the political rules of who speaks and who listens are rigged, inevitably.

Then there's Humor, talking emoji, talk by pictures, memes that illustrate/relieve the tensions we've lived by. They vie for our attentions as ways of understanding, over broadened and deepened, informative discourse.

Or do they offer net gain in fairness to our discourse?

From the video/media threads here:

From Wikipedia:



Natural Resource Defense Council -- Climate Change Fighters

Since 1970.


Not For Nothing, Apple Cares About Cutting Its Carbon Footprint

As tech consumers, tech efforts that help us fight climate change are important.

This news helps me to feel better about my use of Apple products. My Macbook Pro, ten years old, has never given me any problem. My iPhones have changed my life from their photo quality to their GPS power when I travel in other countries, Africa and Australia included.


Apple's 13th annual supplier responsibility progress report said all final assembly points for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, AirPods and HomePod, were now certified zero waste to landfill, while conserving billions of litres of water and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Apple's suppliers in 45 countries have diverted 1 million tonnes of garbage in three years, saved 28.7 gigalitres of water and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 466,000 annualised metric tons, which is the equivalent to taking 100,000 cars off the road for one year.


Apple currently has 25 operational renewable energy projects around the world, totalling 626 megawatts of generation capacity, with 286 megawatts of solar PV generation coming online in 2017 -- its highest ever in one year.

The company also has 15 more projects in construction. Once built, over 1.4 gigawatts of clean renewable energy generation will be spread across 11 countries.

All effort is relative, when weighed against fossil fuel damage, or might not be that impressive in comparison to what's needed in our 3rd largest country on the planet, but I want any global tech efforts to count for something.

If Democrats Are Going To Believe That Science Matters In Government

Americans need to get more familiar with our science organizations that have not had an easy relationship with different administrations.

When government loses or manipulates how science "serves" the ends of government, we've lost our credibility, standing among nations, and our sense of how science's larger truths positively serve all nations.

What better way to re-foreground science in our government policies than for Democrats to take the lead.

To start somewhere, I choose the Union of Concerned Scientists, started at MIT in 1969.

Here are a few articles from Wikipedia's entry that interested me:

Science DailyOct. 2, 2007 article "World's Nobel Laureates And Preeminent Scientists Call On Government To Halt Global Warming". Sciencedaily.com. Retrieved on 2015-12-26.

Another Contrived Missile Defense Test is Coming Up Decoys Would Overwhelm System, Says Union of Concerned Scientists Archived June 10, 2007, at the Wayback Machine

Rohter, Larry (21 August 2008). "Ads on Nuclear Threat Removed From Convention Airports" via NYTimes.com.

I notice that the Wayback Machine tries to preserve scientists' content that could vanish through website change, shutdown or censorship.

There are 45 other organizations that study and promote energy renewables, as well.

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