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"Warning! Soon our planet will be as hot as Channing Tatum."

While Trump and his violent, hate-filled minions create more mayhem in New Zealand, we are being distracted by something far more productive and important:

Global climate strikes are happening now. Young environmental activists skip school in a call to action

By Harmeet Kaur and Madison Park, CNN
Posted at 12:41 AM ET, Fri March 15, 2019

https://www-m.cnn.com/2019/03/15/world/climate-strike-students/index.html?r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F

It's the Global Climate Strike and students are walking out of classrooms in over 100 countries to protest climate inaction.

They say their governments have failed future generations by not cutting emissions and curbing global warming

.....

"Governments of the world have to wake up"

Thousands of young people have [also] gathered in Luxembourg City, singing, dancing and listening to speeches.

“We strike to express our dissatisfaction with current large-scale inaction on climate change,” says Zelie Guisset, from Youth for Climate Luxembourg.

“To show we are gravely concerned about the world we will live our future lives in. To demand that treating the climate crisis as the crisis it is. Hoping that our strike will urge and pressure politicians or other people in power to take the urgent action needed to solve this climate crisis.

“Thirty years of ‘small individual acts’ and ‘everyone does their bit’ has not worked. Governments of the world have to wake up."
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Fri Mar 15, 2019, 12:25 PM (8 replies)

Students strike for climate change, defying calls to stay in school ABC News

Source: ABC News

Playing hooky to save the climate: why students are striking on March 15

Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden, has inspired kids in more than 112 countries to skip school.

There's this article at Vox too:
https://www.vox.com/2019/2/21/18233206/march-15-climate-strike

Read more: https://m.



Many adults can't conceptualize that there is more going on than political horse races and football. Well these students want to wake us up because THERE'S AN ENTIRE PLANET THAT IS DYING. So three cheers for the students!!!!

AND they're protesting all over the world.

UPDATE: Turns out the New Zealand Mosque shooting just now was horrifyingly magnified because dozens of students were assembled in the area to draw attention to global warming.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Fri Mar 15, 2019, 12:22 AM (0 replies)

BREAKING IN FEB: Brexit was flipped by Putin and Mueller is now investigating

Me and a dozen others screamed and hollered about US vote suppression for years and the media only caught up when Georgia Republicans stole votes AGAIN last November.....

Why does it take the media so FRIGGIN LONG to connect both Trump's stolen election and Brexit back to Putin?! Or maybe Britain is discussing this and the US media is just slow and stupid and distracted by football and other dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb shit (and while you're reading all that dumb, throw in a concussion and depressed footballers).

SEE THE GUARDIAN BELOW:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/feb/17/brittany-kaiser-trump-russia-robert-mueller-cambridge-analytica

Mueller questions Cambridge Analytica director Brittany Kaiser

Second former employee of controversial data firm to be questioned by special counsel’s inquiry into Russia collusion

Carole Cadwalladr for the Guardian
Sun 17 Feb 2019

A director of the controversial data company Cambridge Analytica, who appeared with Arron Banks at the launch of the Leave.EU campaign, has been subpoenaed by the US investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

A spokesman for Brittany Kaiser, former business development director for Cambridge Analytica – which collapsed after the Observer revealed details of its misuse of Facebook data – confirmed that she had been subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller, and was cooperating fully with his investigation.

Damian Collins, chairman of parliament’s inquiry into fake news, said it was “no surprise” that Kaiser was under scrutiny by Mueller because “her work connected her to WikiLeaks, Cambridge Analytica and [its parent company] SCL, the Trump campaign, Leave.EU and Arron Banks”.

He said it was now vital Britain had its own inquiry into foreign interference: “We should not be leaving this to the Americans.”
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Wed Mar 13, 2019, 10:44 PM (17 replies)

Why doesn't the $&@#%!!! media mention Russia's DECISIVE influence on Brexit

There was a smattering of mentions here and there in the past, but on the whole, US journalists have FLUNKED again. It's all about Theresa May and Parliament.

There's this from January.... then radio silence:

Senate Finds Russian Bots, Bucks Helped Push Brexit Vote Through

Scott Simon, NPR, January 19, 2019 7:01 AM ET
Heard on Weekend Edition Saturday

https://www.npr.org/2019/01/19/686830510/senate-finds-russian-bots-bucks-helped-push-brexit-vote-through

A recent report on Russian influence operations overseas detailed large amounts of money and effort spent to influence the referendum. Scott Simon talks with The New Yorker's Jane Mayer.

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Two democracies who share so much are in political turmoil at the same time this weekend - the U.S., in the midst of the longest government shutdown in its history, and the United Kingdom, stuck between a referendum in which people voted to leave the European Union and the reality of having no plan to do that with the deadline just two months away.

But what about the role of a third country that may benefit from the chaos? Russia has been accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections and the 2016 Brexit referendum. We're joined now by Jane Mayer, staff writer at The New Yorker, who's been covering the issue. Thanks so much for being with us.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Wed Mar 13, 2019, 06:48 PM (3 replies)

Trump and the collapsing Republican Party are triggering a massive political immune system

I posted this elsewhere on DU as a comment and one of DU's members suggested I make it an OP:

The Republicans have been deeply weakened since the midterms. We're in a collective state of "hold your breath" until 2020. Then the building resistance will explode. Dozens of Republican Senators are likely to step down due to a lousy choice between losing the next election or winning, but having no power with a Democratic House.

😀 There are bio-electronic analogies for what Trump is doing to the nation

We may have a hierarchical democratic system, but in addition to the checks and balances built into that very system, we also have the DNA of that democracy built into most of the citizens and spread throughout courts, laws and non-profit foundations. Obviously 30% of the citizens, Trump's base, never got the lesson in school (or they did but being in his cult induced a short circuit). But the DNA is now activated in the other 70% and a genuine resistance has flared up like antibodies in the immune system.

Another analogy: when a tree is bent to the breaking point by a strong wind, the cells regrow stronger than ever. It can then withstand even greater threats. Nixon strengthened America in many ways, giving rise to progressive legislation and a narrative about dysfunctional presidencies. The Great Depression produced the New Deal.

With both Nixon and the first New Deal in our institutional wisdom, Trump may easily induce a Green New Deal. I'm not gonna wait around for that to happen though. My immune system is already triggered and I put a handmade sign on my car that stretches across the entire bumper:

– A Green Regenerative America –
— G R E E N • N E W • D E A L —
Supercharge Solar Economy for All!
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Wed Mar 13, 2019, 02:58 PM (6 replies)

It's Constitutional, not "radical": free speech for all men and women, including Muslims

Ilhan Omar was brought to task for calling out, in the great American tradition of free speech, the buying of politicians by a foreign country (and not by a religious group) and many prominent Jews agreed with her. Time to take some deep breaths and start letting some light in. The real anti-semitism is in Trump's corner.

Demonizing Ilhan Omar: Why the entire political establishment wants to crush one woman

Shoddy media reporting, along with elite fears of what the American public really wants, have driven this disgrace

Salon:
https://www.salon.com/2019/03/08/demonizing-ilhan-omar-why-the-entire-political-establishment-wants-to-crush-one-woman/

PAUL ROSENBERG
MARCH 8, 2019

I wish I could say I were surprised at the demonization of Ilhan Omar by an establishment that remains eager to whitewash Elliott Abrams' record of war crimes. But I’m not. In fact, it’s exactly what I’ve come to expect. The super-strict (yet simultaneously sloppy) language policing to which Omar has been subjected is ludicrously asymmetric.

No matter how heinously conservatives may behave, Democrats always bend over backward to punish anyone on their side whom conservatives single out as comparable, no matter how far-fetched or bogus those conservative claims might be. We’re seeing that now as House Democrats struggle over a resolution aimed at rebuking Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., for nonexistent anti-Semitic comments. As Paul Waldman explained at the Washington Post: Omar did not accuse Jews of holding dual loyalties. Rather, she objected to dual loyalties being demanded of her — and those who attacked her only proved her point.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Fri Mar 8, 2019, 12:28 PM (1 replies)

New Presidential Candidate Making Global Warming #1 Priority

Good for him. He's seeing the big picture. Hats off if Warren, Booker, Harris or Sanders also prioritize the jobs-climate equation (the Green New Deal and its variants). We MUST simultaneously address the extreme wealth divide and our civilization-killing addiction to oil. We can only heal this country by taking such an integrated approach. FDR lives! Rachel Carson (Silent Spring) lives! Dr. Robert Bullard lives! (Dr. Bullard is the African American “father of the environmental justice movement.”)

Jay Inslee Officially Launches Historic 2020 Bid Centered On Climate Change

“I’m running for president because I’m the only candidate who will make defeating climate change our nation’s No. 1 priority.”

Alexander C. Kaufman Huffington Post

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5c7887f3e4b087c2f294b12e

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday became the first major candidate in history to officially launch a White House bid centered entirely on combating climate change, entering a crowded field of Democrats vying to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020.

In a video that opens with shots of storm clouds gathering over the Seattle skyline, Inslee, 68, vowed to transition the nation to 100 percent renewable electricity and generate “millions of good paying jobs” in “every community across America.”
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Fri Mar 1, 2019, 02:42 PM (24 replies)

Young activists arrested at Mitch McConnell's office while demanding action on climate change

Looks like the old guard, no matter the party affiliation, are getting a lot of attention from the kids who have to live in the hurricane-saturated world the Big Oil generation has created. Green New Deal please. Big solutions time. We have 12 years to turn things around. Thankfully most Democrats are already with the kids... and the scientists.

Young activists arrested at Mitch McConnell's office while demanding action on climate change

Feb 25, 2019 12:06pm EST by Walter Einenkel
Source: Daily Kos

https://m.dailykos.com/stories/1837571

Young people, worried for their future, are tired of waiting around for politicians to negotiate deals with the planet. Senators have been hiding in their offices for fear of facing these young people. Today’s big coward was Sen. Mitch McConnell.

They sang and marched peacefully up and down the hallway.

McConnell, who likely has 10 panic buttons throughout his office, may have pressed all of them, because the kids were being arrested for their part in the protest. This comes a short while after the protesters were warned that this kind of peaceful protest freaks people out.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Tue Feb 26, 2019, 11:08 AM (4 replies)

Young activists arrested at Mitch McConnell's office while demanding action on climate change

Source: Daily KOS

Young people, worried for their future, are tired of waiting around for politicians to negotiate deals with the planet. Senators have been hiding in their offices for fear of facing these young people. Today’s big coward was Sen. Mitch McConnell.

The sang and marched peacefully up and down the hallway.

McConnell, who likely has 10 panic buttons throughout his office, may have pressed all of them, because the kids were being arrested for their part in the protest. This comes a short while after the protesters were warned that this kind of peaceful protest freaks people out.



Read more: https://m.dailykos.com/stories/1837571



Looks like the old guard, no matter the party affiliation, are getting a lot of attention from the kids who have to live in the hurricane-saturated world the Big Oil generation has created.

Green New Deal please. Big solutions time. We have 12 years to turn things around.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Tue Feb 26, 2019, 12:35 AM (2 replies)

Earth may be 140 years away from reaching carbon levels not seen in 56 million years

Source: Science Daily

A new study finds humans are pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at a rate nine to 10 times higher than the greenhouse gas was emitted during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), a global warming event that occurred roughly 56 million years ago.

The results suggest if carbon emissions continue to rise, the total amount of carbon dioxide injected into the atmosphere since humans started burning fossil fuels could equal the amount released during the PETM as soon as 2159.

"You and I won't be here in 2159, but that's only about four generations away," said Philip Gingerich, a paleoclimate researcher at the University of Michigan and author of the new study in the AGU journal Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology. "When you start to think about your children and your grandchildren, and your great-grandchildren, you're about there."

Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190220112221.htm



This, and the UN report giving us 12 years to do something, is why millions of younger Americans want a Green New Deal.

Hey Older Folks:

Remember that line in the Buffalo Springfield song? The one that goes "getting so much resistance from behind". Why are we hippies NOT listening to this new generation? Why do we protect the status quo so much?
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Sat Feb 23, 2019, 06:29 PM (12 replies)
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