Yahoo Becomes the Latest Tech Company to Drop ALEC
The above link is a bit of good news in the political world. Yahoo has joined Google, Facebook, and Microsoft in dumbing their ALEC membership. ALEC stands for the American Legislative Exchange Council. They are an organization that has long stood in the way of their being any meaningful progress on climate change legislation among other things. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said:
“The facts of climate change are not in question anymore, everyone understands that climate change is occurring, and the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place, and we should not be aligned with such people. They are just literally lying.”
To learn more about ALEC go here:
Global warming’s inequality problem: Why the world’s poorest nations are likely to get shafted http://www.salon.com/2014/09/22/global_warmings_inequality_problem_why_the_worlds_poorest_nations_are_likely_to_get_shafted/ via @Salon
This article is important, interesting, and unfortunately true. My dad has been dealing with this side of the issue for years now so I am fairly well versed in it. This is also unfortunately a side of global warming the mainstream media almost never covers. Global warming is a justice issue as much as it is an environmental one.
Is this the beginning of the end of climate change denialism? http://www.salon.com/2014/09/20/if_climate_deniers_don%e2%80%99t_believe_science_listen_to_the_birds_partner/ via @Salon
I can only hope that this article has some truth to it. If you look at most issues slowly but surely the human race becomes more just. However what threatens to stop this slow climb to justice is the environmental issues that we face. We can slowly fight for human rights, gay equality, peqce, etc. However, eventually we will run out of time on environmental problems. We don’t have the benefit of taking the long slow road to environmental justice. If we don’t wake up soon, we will wake up in a world we wished we hadn’t.
I just took my dog outside to unbearable humidity and large insects flying in packs. I felt as if I just walked out into the Time of the Dinosaurs. This is summer in Texas, and today is not even that bad compared to some, as there were moments of a semi-cool breeze.
Look if you are not interested in climate change as a justice issue, if you don’t care about what it is doing to animal and plant life, about what it is doing to our oceans, or any other previously made argument, trust me, you don’t want to live in a world that is just plain hotter than it already is. It is so muggy and hot out you would feel like stabbing someone for walking too close to you. Trust me, you don’t want to live in the Time of the Dinosaurs.
The above article at Salon is about how the Koch brothers have played a role in preventing Ohio from moving forward with renewable energy for the next two years. They are a true threat to our democracy. How we can let these emotional mutants to play such a big role in running this country is beyond me. To paraphrase Klaus Kinski: I hope fire ants piss in their lying eyes!
It’s a queer world, God knows, but the best we have to be going on with. – Brendan Behan
If you read the headlines enough they become like a tickertape of the absurd. I go to Huffington Post once or twice a day as it is usually a good place to see what the country is talking about. I don’t really read many of their articles, there are way better places to get in depth knowledge, but it’s a good place to get the pulse of what is going on. Just today they had a morning headline about how the Iraq War architects were being brought back into the fold by the media as if they had any credibility left. They should be in shackles for all the poor men and women they sent to their deaths, not on TV voicing their opinions. Then tonight I see the headline is that our country is going to execute three convicts within 24 hours starting tonight. It’s like that scene in David Lynch’s Wild at Heart where the characters of Sailor and Lula ride through the desert flipping through the radio. Every station features news darker and more degrading than the last, until they finally can’t stand it and decide to crank heavy metal music.
However, there are reasons to be hopeful. President Obama finally made the speech that he needed to on climate change. It obviously remains to be scene what he can actually accomplish, but it was a strong speech that no other President has dared to make. It also looks that despite the media giving some voice to the insane warmongers who got us into Iraq, that there is also some genuine pushback to stay out of the Middle East for once. I am no Thomas Friedman fan, but in the Sunday Times he mentioned that the two countries that are doing best in the Middle East, Tunisia and Kurdistan, are also the countries that we have largely stayed out of. Hopefully some of those in power understand this.
I just recently started a part time job canvassing for a political organization. I thought it would be a good way to make a little extra cash and do something positive in my community on days I don’t have shows. Going door to door I have found most people to be polite and kind. Flipping though mainstream TV and paying attention to the headlines is an easy way to find oneself depressed. However, there is good in this world and it is worth remembering that all hope is not lost. You might have to dig for it sometimes, but it is there. Don’t let the bastards get you down…
As predicted, many on the right are freaking the fuck out over Obama’s new climate regulations. He wants to cut greenhouse gas emissions at power plants by 30% by the year 2030. Of course the right is only framing things in terms of lopsided, bogus, outdated economic information. The news is doing their usual he said/she said bullshit. I think these new regulations are great news and I want to tell you why by telling you things that will happen if we don’t go forward with these and other regulations. I am not going to use scientific language like parts per million or what have you. I am going to curse…a lot!
- They are going to prevent people from fucking dying. That’s right, if the worst of climate change happens people are going to die as a result. Not only are they going to die, but they will die because we were immoral and refused to do anything to help them. These regulations are a good start in helping people. How are they going to die? Climate change will bring bigger storms, lead to droughts in countries that are already impoverished, and create wars over valuable resources like water. Who says that climate change will create more war? The fucking Pentagon!
- They are going to prevent more people from fucking dying and getting sick. Another thing that rarely gets included in right wing think tank’s estimations is how much we already pay in terms of asthma and other respiratory disease from power plants. Even if you are the kind of selfish bastard that doesn’t care about foreigners, poor people, or animals, you probably give a shit about your kids and their friends.
- Animals are going to fucking die. Climate change is going to increase the extinction rate. Don’t just say goodbye to polar bears, say goodbye to a whole host of animals you grew up with as part of earth as you knew it!
- The oceans are going to become way more fucking acidic. They are already on their way. Coral reefs, fish, and other species are going to disappear. The only thing left will be fucking jellyfish. Think of how much life comes out of the ocean. Think of how much of our food source comes in some way from the ocean. In the words of Bill Paxton in Aliens, “Game over man!”
- Storms are going to become way more powerful. We will get hurricanes that make Hurricane Sandy look like a fucking wet dream. The other day in the news I saw a fire tornado! When was the last time you saw that shit!
Those are just several of the things that these regulations are trying to prevent. This is one step out of many that need to be taken. As Slavoj Zizek says in his brilliant movie The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, “Why is it easier for us to imagine the end of life as we know it than to make a few small changes to our economic system?” We need to wake up and realize that not doing anything makes us immoral mutants of the highest fucking order! When poor people and all of our fellow citizens of the earth, animals, and entire ecosystems are at risk, why are we not doing even more to confront this problem? It’s because those that are greedy and have something to lose control a large amount of the information we are getting. It is high fucking time we ditched being classy and laid it out there what is going to happen. Because what is going to happen if we do nothing is fucking obscene in the truest sense.