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9-Year-Old Zayene Cowie
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The carbon dioxide level just surpassed 413 parts per million (up from 300 ppm since 1880) and the global temperature has risen 1.9F.

The following four-part series by Paul Beckwith has the best overall explanation of Climate Breakdown to date. It includes his recommendations for future remediation. His explanations are clear and easy to understand for the lay person.




Some highlights from the videos:

• Climate restoration is necessary and the following trends need to be halted and reversed:
- the rise in the mean global temperature
- the more rapid rise in Arctic temperatures
- the retreat of Arctic sea ice

• We need to remove a trillion tons of carbon to get CO2 levels back down to 300ppm by 2050 (not including additional emissions).

• The earth has natural climate-control mechanisms which have been in play throughout the history of the Earth. These mechanisms include the carbon cycles, the nutrient cycles and hydrological cycles.

• The AMOC (Atlantic meridional overturning current) relies on arctic sea ice for its propulsion and has had a key role in past abrupt climate change.

• Earth’s climate mechanisms have been driven by Milankovitch cycles.

• At the end of the Younger Dryas period, Arctic temperatures rose by 10C over a few decades and the central Arctic ocean became free of sea ice. It remained so for several thousand years during the peak Milankovitch cycle.

• Over the last few thousand years there has been climate stability allowing for the development of civilization.

• The most startling repercussion of global warming has been the accelerated warming and melting of the Arctic driven by the albedo positive feedback.

• A rapidly-warming Arctic reduces the temperature gradient between the Arctic and the tropics. This destabilizes the jet stream, causing it to meander more to the north and south and to 'get stuck' in blocking patterns. This has led to a noticeable increase in the frequency, severity, and duration of severe weather events. This happens more in the northern mid-latitudes.

• The Arctic temperature amplification has disrupted circulation patterns in the oceans and the atmosphere.

• The heat from the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans is being exported to the Arctic ocean adding to the albedo effect. The Arctic ocean will eventually become free of sea ice.

• The familiar atmospheric three-cell circulation system will change as the temperatures equalize between the Arctic and the equator, ultimately resulting in only one Hadley cell as the temperature gradient between the Arctic and the Equator is lost.

• A rise in global temperature is not as critical as the rise in Arctic temperatures.

• The AMOC is the loose cannon and could either heat or cool the Arctic.

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Over 1.5 Million Students Go On March 15 Climate Strike

The Future of Climate Authoritarianism Is Now
Truthdig 3-20-19

It was the kind of headline one might encounter in the science fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin or Kim Stanley Robinson. Last month, citing a new study from the British science journal Nature, Quanta Magazine’s Natalie Wolchover explored the possibility of human-caused global warming forging a world without stratocumulus clouds by the end of the century. This would raise the temperature of the planet an additional 8 degrees Celsius (14.4 F)—double the increase for which we’re currently on pace. … “To imagine 12 degrees of warming,” Wolchover notes, “think of crocodiles swimming in the Arctic and of the scorched, mostly lifeless equatorial regions during [prehistoric times].”

French state faces landmark lawsuit over climate inaction
France 24 3-14-19

When French President Emmanuel Macron showed up for a town hall meeting last week in the picturesque provençal town of Gréoux-les-Bains, part of a Great National Debate that has seen him engage with local communities across the country, the star guest from Paris was upstaged by a local schoolboy who, mic in hand, urged him to get serious about saving the planet.

Tropical Cyclone Idai’s Death Toll in Mozambique May Exceed 1,000
Weather Underground 3-18-19

As Idai approached the coast, the stronger left eyewall of the storm moved over Beira (population 530,000) near the time of high tide, driving a large storm surge into the city. Beira is Mozambique’s fourth largest city, and second largest port. The city is very low-lying, with portions lying below sea level. The city has no power, no communications, and flooded access roads, though the airport has some limited accessibility.

Climate change is lifting Iceland – and it could mean more volcanic eruptions
The Guardian 1-30-19

Iceland is rising because of climate change, with land freed by the melting of the ice caps rebounding from the Earth at a rate of up to 1.4in per year.
The downside? Researchers believe the extra uplift could be behind an increase in volcanic activity, with three Icelandic eruptions in the last five years shutting down flights and spewing ash in the air.

The Age of Stupid revisited: what's changed on climate change?
The Guardian 3-15-19

'Triumph for Our Climate': Judge Blocks Fracking on 300,000 Acres of Public Land
Common Dreams 3-20-19

"To limit greenhouse gas emissions, we have to start keeping our fossil fuels in the ground and putting an end to selling public lands for fracking," added Nichols. "This decision is a critical step toward making that happen." … U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras' "landmark" decision was focused on the Trump administration's land sales in Wyoming, but environmentalists said the ruling could have national implications.

What Norway’s Big Divestment Decision Means for Fracking, Tar Sands and Global Oil Exploration
Desmog 3-18-19

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, known as the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), primarily exists due to Norwegian oil production. And the fund will continue to be a major investor in companies like Exxon. … It appears it’s just cutting its losses on money-losing endeavors like fracking in America, tar sands oil production in Canada, and frontier exploration by UK companies in Africa and South-East Asia.

U.S. Oil Production Is Headed For A Quick Decline
Oil Price 3-11-19

production at the end of 2020 may have actually decreased from December’s 11.9 million barrels per day level to between 11.3 and 11.5 million barrels per day. This lower figure represents the production level that should be expected given the financial activity of the independent firms behind the shale output surge. … The coming decline will occur mostly in the areas that have produced the most growth over the last five years

Norway plans to expand Arctic oil exploration areas amid falling production
RT 3-15-19

Norway plans to include a total of 90 new blocks in the so-called APA annual licensing round this year, including 48 blocks in the Barents Sea, 37 blocks in the Norwegian Sea, and five blocks in the North Sea, Freiberg said. … Norway’s oil production is expected to drop this year to its lowest level since 1988, but to recover afterwards thanks to two large developments.

This is why they want more pipelines…

Despite Risks, Canada's Tar Sands Industry Is Betting Big on Oil Trains
Desmog 3-14-19

Last year, Canada exported a record amount of tar sands oil to the U.S., despite low oil prices leading to major losses once again for the struggling tar sands industry. That achievement required a big bump in hauling oil by rail, with those daily volumes in late 2018 more than double the previous record in 2014 during the first oil-by-rail boom. … Canada's oil industry essentially has reached its limit for exporting oil into the U.S. through pipelines.

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Capturing bacteria that eat and breathe electricity
Washington Stuate University 3-5-19

After 32 days, the team returned to the hot springs to collect the submerged electrodes. Working under the supervision of Haluk Beyenal, Paul Hohenschuh Distinguished Professor in the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, Mohamed and postdoctoral researcher Phuc Ha analyzed the electrodes. … Voila! They had succeeded in capturing their prey — heat‑loving bacteria that “breathe” electricity through the solid carbon surface of the electrodes.

In praise of the dumb home: A Passivhaus 25 years later
Treehugger 3-11-19

With the investigation of this prototype building, combining both typical masonry and lightweight structures, after a 25-year period of normal use, it has been confirmed that the solutions based on the passive house concept offer a path to sustainable construction with a good life cycle balance: The energy consumption is negligible, stable over time, and, in addition, the durability of the components and the building is prolonged, including excellent indoor air quality and comfort.

Scientists study fish to learn how to adapt to the impacts of climate change
Science Daily 3-19-19

Freshwater biodiversity is rapidly declining worldwide, and nature-based solutions which increase the resilience of ecological communities are becoming increasingly important in helping communities prepare for the unavoidable effects of climate change.

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'Almost certain extinction': 1,200 species under severe threat across world
The Guardian 3-15-19

Scientists … have mapped threats faced by 5,457 species of birds, mammals and amphibians to determine which parts of a species’ habitat range are most affected by known drivers of biodiversity loss. … Two major threats they had not mapped were diseases affecting amphibians and climate change, which threatens all species.

Scientists Fix the Process of Photosynthesis
The Green Optimist 3-16-19

The process is called photorespiration and it cuts the efficiency of photosynthesis by half. … This has not been much of a problem when many thousands of years ago the atmosphere had more carbon dioxide than oxygen. However, when oxygen became dominant, very few plants were able to evolve. As a result, the majority of the plants are not developing to their full potential. Instead, they put extra energy in cleaning up the toxic compounds. These include all our crops, fruit trees and vegetables, as well as many of the trees in our forests.

Brazil to Open Indigenous Reserves to Mining Without Indigenous Consent
Common Dreams 3-14-19

For many years, international and Brazilian mining companies have dreamed of getting access to the mineral wealth lying beneath indigenous lands. Finally, the government of Jair Bolsonaro seems determined to give them that opportunity.

This affects much more than just caribou…

B.C. approves 314 new cutblocks in endangered caribou habitat over last five months
The Narwhal 3-14-18

The new cutblocks cover almost 16,000 hectares in total, an area almost eight times the size of the city of Victoria. … The Wilderness Committee discovered a sharp spike in logging approvals in the critical habitat of B.C.’s eight most imperilled caribou herds, where last October the group documented an additional 83 new cutblocks covering an area the equivalent of 11 Stanley Parks in size.

This artlicle references lot of studies…

The 12 Signs That Show We're in The Middle of a 6th Mass Extinction
Science Allert 3-18-19

The trend is hitting global fauna on multiple fronts, as hotter oceans, deforestation, and climate change drive animal populations to extinction in unprecedented numbers. … A 2017 study found that animal species around the world are experiencing a "biological annihilation" and that our current "mass extinction episode has proceeded further than most assume."

Lake 'dead zones' could kill fish and poison drinking water
PHYS ORG 3-19-19

"A lack of oxygen in deep waters can have a detrimental effect on fish habitats and even lead to dead zones that cannot support life. Added to this is the potential for poisonous substances to be released into water we drink by algae that flourish at the surface in the warmer conditions. Analysis of how climate change will affect lakes shows clearly the threat to animals and humans in the not-so-distant future."

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excellent article…

Why We Should Not Be Surprised That Murdoch Tabloid's Favorite Sydney School Pupil Didn't Join Climate Strike
Desmog 3-15-19

But Tran appears to be one of the newest and perhaps unwitting recruits in a formal and organized project rooted in U.S. neoliberal and Republican politics, backed by fossil fuel cash and big business. … The ATA was launched in 2012 by Tim Andrews who has previously worked in Washington D.C. for the “Cato Institute, Americans for Tax Reform, and as a Koch Associate.” … In the ATA’s 2012 business plan, Andrews' biography said since 2008 he had lived in D.C. “learning effective advocacy and grassroots mobilization techniques from internationally recognized campaigning leaders.” … In other words, to borrow a phrase from Sydney student Tran, Andrews is an “activist with an agenda.” Andrews and the ATA have been running campaigns to block laws that would put a price on greenhouse gas emissions.

Fridays For Future

'I Wouldn’t Be Anywhere Else’: Students Around the World Strike for the Climate
Desmog 3-15-19

Battered by storms, historic flooding, heat waves, and sea level rise coupled with coastal erosion worsened by global warming, Louisiana students at this point are familiar with the impacts of climate change on a personal level. For example, New Orleanians live with the threat of forced evacuation during hurricane season. Meanwhile, their various politicians have spouted climate science denial talking points, embraced the 2015 Paris climate agreement, and embraced the expansion of the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries in Louisiana.

Students in France hold major climate change protest
Connexion 3-15-19

Romaric Thurel, one of the coordinators at Youth for Climate France, has said: “We are aiming for over 500,000 people across 150-200 towns and cities across France.” … “Here in France, we have already been striking every Friday for four weeks. Let’s teach a lesson to our government; let us demand that they are brought to account. Students, workers, unemployed people, retired people, parents, teachers; we need you! Resist with us. This is the most important lesson.”

'Worse than Voldemort': Global students' strike targets climate change
Reuters 3-14-19

“We have only been born into this world, we are going to have to live with this crisis our whole lives. So will our children and grandchildren and coming generations,” Thunberg said. “We are not going to accept this. We are striking because we want a future and we are going to carry on.”

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for climate activism

BBC 3-14-19

"We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change, it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees," Norwegian Socialist MP Freddy Andre Ovstegard told AFP news agency. … "Greta Thunberg has launched a mass movement which I see as a major contribution to peace," he added.

Extinction Rebellion
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Indian summer monsoon amplified global warming 130,000 years ago, helping end ice age
PHYS ORG 3-19-19

Our new study … showed that the Indian summer monsoon pulled heat and moisture into the northern hemisphere when Earth was entering a warmer climate around 130,000 years ago. This caused tropical wetlands to expand northwards – habitats that act as sources of methane, a greenhouse gas. This amplified global warming further and helped end the ice age.

Ocean sink for human-made carbon dioxide measured
Science Daily 3-19-19

Scientists have determined the amount of human-made carbon dioxide emissions taken up by the ocean between 1994 and 2007. … As reported in the latest issue of Science, the researchers have found that the ocean has taken up from the atmosphere as much as 34 gigatonnes (billions of metric tonnes) of human-made carbon between 1994 and 2007. This figure corresponds to 31 per cent of all anthropogenic CO2 emitted during that time.

How marine snow cools the planet and how ocean acidification could reverse that effect
Science Daily 3-15-19

"Marine snow is the falling debris of dead organisms in the ocean, such as plankton and algae," said the study's lead author, Dr Adriana Dutkiewicz. … "The deep ocean floor is covered with the remains of these tiny sea creatures. They produce more than 25 percent of the oxygen we breathe and form the Earth's largest carbon sink. … About 80 million years ago, only one megatonne of carbon ended up in carbonate layers annually, growing to about 30 megatonnes about 35 million years ago and 200 megatonnes today.

Global Warnings

QMS: Time to disconnect greed from the welfare of earth, if survival means anything. I like trees.

Paul Beckwith: "I declare a global climate change emergency to claw back up the rock face to attempt to regain system stability, or face an untenable calamity of biblical proportions."

Kevin Hester: "There is no past analogue for the rapidity of what we are baring witness to. There has been a flood of articles ... 2C is no longer attainable and that we are heading for dangerous climate change"

Guy McPherson: "The recent and near-future rises in temperature are occurring and will occur at least an order of magnitude faster than the worst of all prior Mass Extinctions. Habitat for human animals is disappearing throughout the world, and abrupt climate change has barely begun."

Magi Amma: We need to turn on a dime at mach nine!

• 1 gigatonne = 1 billion tons
• 1 gigatonne Carbon = 3.67 gigatonnes CO2
• 1 part per million (ppm) of atmospheric CO2 = 7.81 gigatonnes CO2
• 1 part per million of atmospheric carbon = 2.13 gigatonnes of carbon

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everything changes but change itself...

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Thanks for covering the environment. Found this project harvesting ocean plastic interesting.


Chin up, look ahead

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hey high ho, heigh? eh?

thanks for the link to the ocean garbage collector. last I heard they had tried it and had some technical problems. great idea and eventually it will work. I think they were thinking four years iirc to clean up the pacific garbage patch.

will have to check up on that later. have a good one...

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...have gone extinct at an alarming rate for decades.

Alabama ranks fourth in species diversity in the United States, after Hawaii, Florida, and California. With regard to the number of species per acre, Alabama ranks second. Furthermore, the state of Alabama has the highest diversity in the nation for freshwater mussels, freshwater turtles, freshwater snails, and crayfish. Approximately 180 mussel species, or 60 percent of the nation's mussels, occur in Alabama, and several species are endemic (native to a region and found nowhere else). Of all snails in the United States, 43 percent are found in Alabama and roughly 102 species are endemic.

Alabama has approximately 117 endangered or threatened species listed and ranks third in the highest number of threatened and endangered species, behind Hawaii and California.

Dams, canals, mining, dredging, and direct and indirect pollution threaten this system and the species depending on it. During the past few decades, at least 12 species of mussels and 42 species of aquatic snails are presumed to have gone extinct.

Fish are at risk around the world...

Follow the kids.
Strike on Fridays. Join the XR April 15 rebellion...

On April 15th we are calling for a full-scale Rebellion to demand decisive action from governments on climate change and ecological collapse.
Join us as we engage in acts of non-violent civil disobedience against governments in capital cities around the world. This is not a one-off march - we will keep going for as long as we have to, shutting down cities day after day until our demands are met.
Independent XR groups, allies and protestors will take to the streets. A small number of brave Conscientious Protectors, activists from XR affinity groups prepared to lose their liberty for this cause, will commit acts of peaceful civil disobedience to disrupt the business-as-usual which is sending our species on a one-way track to extinction.

XR has it going on....

Writer's on our site might want to add their own "Letters to the Earth"...

This is an invitation to write a letter of response to this crisis. This could be a letter to or from the Earth, future or past generations, those who hold positions of power and influence, other species. The idea is open to interpretation: it can come from a personal place, be dramatic in form, be a call to action. The invitation is open to all - to think beyond the human narrative and to bear witness to the scale and horror of this crisis. This is an opportunity to ask how this existential threat affects the way we wish to live our lives and the action we take.

Thanks as always for your weekly OT on this critical topic. I appreciate all your research, MA!

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thanks for all the links, always. time to highlight the XR April 15 actions. and the continuing Friday strikes. thanks also for that great video of the little guy reading from his book. so jarring and so sad. but just what we need to have said.

I had no idea that Alabama was in such a dire environmental straights. pollution and dredging, it looks like. and those are killing the mollusks. mining, right, with all those pools of water that have poisons in them. tailing dams. what ever do they mine?

thanks for all you do. have a good one...

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@magiamma sediment from soil erosion, it is deadly to mollusk....mostly from (de)forestry, construction, and agriculture.

We do have coal mining in areas and quarries for limestone, sand, and gravel are common. Natural gas is also pretty common in areas.

Like CA, because our ecosystem is so rich, the extinction is more apparent.

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normal physiological phenomena, one's eyes take a while before they are fully functional when one first wakes up. I got to the bottom of the OT and read "The Threat is Open" and thought to myself, "boy is it ever, open, obvious and blatant". Let's hear it for the damn kids - "look, you kids need summer jobs, so get out there and shut this fucking thing down" - can we find a way to fund that, some sort of stipend for monkeywrenching and training therein? Huge flash mobs clogging the streets and malls refusing to buy anything but organic comestibles and recycled, recyclable and reusable necessities like garments and gear? Refusing to work in extraction and most production and selling? Forming cooperative intentional communities based around sustainable self-support? Where are the pseudo-progressive wealthy with all their millions and billions?

Oh man do I need coffee. Time to go go open the gate, smell the air, check the sky and throw some peanuts to the resident scrub jays, I suspect.

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@enhydra lutris
good rant. let's do it for the kids. summer jobs to save the planet. makes sense. consumer boycott by all youth. flash mobs r us. yes. dayum. best idea I've heard in a while. build on the Fridays for future. k, let's do it.

thanks for the ot yesterday. read more last night. so much there. we have been so brainwashed for so long. I think the kids do have a better go at it as I look at the actions they are taking. thanks for all the food for thought. have a good one.

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in London? That's astonishing... and wonderful. Over 1,5 million students worldwide walked says Greta Thunberg. It looks as if the next generation knows the crimes being committed against them by the adults in positions of power.
"We are not going to accept this", says Thunberg.

Chris Hedges interviewed the founder of Extinction Rebellion. He lays it out.

In a new book called The Revolutionary Genius of Plants: a new understanding of plant intelligence and behavior by Stefano Mancuso, there are several descriptions of architectural innovations that used plants as models to design buildings. These buildings are designed to provide mechanisms for efficient cooling and one is "capable of producing water from atmospheric moisture condensation". This particular building is called the Warka Tower.

There is another structure he describes (and I think he helped build), which is called the Jelleyfish Barge. It is a floating hydroponic system and it produces desalinated water. It runs on solar power.

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@randtntx @randtntx
great links! awesome and awesomer.

love both the water catchment structure and the floating hydroponic gardens that recycle brackish water. excellent.

both make infinite sense for the coming climatic changes. that catchment structure could also be used as an air conditioner, I bet. and it is so lovely and easy to build, and with so few materials. I love it. I have been thinking about stuff like that for quite a while and that one is the best one yet.

thanks also for the hedges interview with one of the founders of EX. I will watch it later. best day...

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@magiamma I thought they were awesome as well.

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The Deep Adaptation report seems to say it all. I am considering sending it to all my contacts with a letter encouraging them to start adapting.

Thanks for the OT!

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"Make dirt, not war." eyo

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this is Bendell's second paper. it is well worth reading as it deals with our own psychological adaptation as well.

I agree it should be sent to everyone. Thanks for posting it.

Here is a video from his website where he speaks to these issues.

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@mhagle thanks, I think? I mean for me it's nice to talk, but doing is the shiznit.


The purpose of this conceptual paper is to provide readers with an
opportunity to reassess their work and life in the face of an inevitable near-
term social collapse due to climate change.

The approach of the paper is to analyse recent studies on climate change
and its implications for our ecosystems, economies and societies, as
provided by academic journals and publications direct from research

That synthesis leads to a conclusion there will be a near-term collapse in
society with serious ramifications for the lives of readers. The paper reviews
some of the reasons why collapse-denial may exist, in particular, in the
professions of sustainability research and practice, therefore leading to
these arguments having been absent from these fields until now.

The paper offers a new meta-framing of the implications for research,
organisational practice, personal development and public policy, called the
Deep Adaptation Agenda. Its key aspects of resilience, relinquishment and
restorations are explained. This agenda does not seek to build on existing
scholarship on “climate adaptation” as it is premised on the view that social
collapse is now inevitable.

The author believes this is one of the first papers in the sustainability
management field to conclude that climate-induced societal collapse is now
inevitable in the near term and therefore to invite scholars to explore the

Reader Support

A list of readings, podcasts, videos and networks to support us in our
emotional responses to the information contained in this paper
is available

My emphasis at the end, now I don't feel like reading the paper. lol collapse-denial huh. I will at least browse it, if not consume the whole thing eventually. For my neighbor's son who is fourteen right now, what to say if he asks. I don't know.


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The three teens in my household . . . my son pretty much understands this but maybe not on this level. The two females are not there. My husband . . . might be too much for him.

I would like to be able to frame it on a "opportunity to reinvent our future the way we want."

Let's make the world more beautiful!


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"Make dirt, not war." eyo

facing this climate catastrophe and all the other damage we have done to mother earth is, to put it starkly, depressing. Here is an article which resonates with me anyway, and proposes we acknowledge this depression and allow ourselves to express our grief. For me, this is a good idea, I don't think it helps to pretend it doesn't exist.

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and it is more and more in our faces and more people are 'getting' that it is real. I wonder what the people in Nebraska and throughout the Midwest will think after the waters have settled and they have had time to process the devastation and their grief.

check the Bendell video out in my reply to the post above. he has worked on this issue for some time and in great depth. thanks for the music. always soothes the soul.

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@magiamma @magiamma that Bendell video. I appreciate what he is saying and I really liked that poet. There are some points that both the Bendell video and the article I mentioned share.
I think both help to suggest a way to avoid the cynicism, fatalism, panic, hopelessness, or just the feeling of being immobilized because you don't know what to do.
Reaching out to community is a common thread between the two.

Facing our grief can be transformative. It can foster empathy and has the power to galvanize people to action. It cannot alter the past. It does not have the power to halt climate feedback loops or predict and prevent tipping points. And it cannot stop a looming biospheric and societal chaos that is all but locked into the system. But it can strengthen the pysche, offer us an insight into resilience, and give us the tools we need to resist the inhumanity that accompanies collapse. It can also help us appreciate and protect what remains.


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but often cynicism is just realism. many people are probably going through the stages of grief at their own pace. there are a lot of people who just do not want to even think about climate breakdown. there are others that do but do not want to stay informed because it is too painful or too depressing or both. I meet them all the time. then there are folks who need to be in the middle of it because they feel, like I do, that doing something, as much as one can, is the responsible thing to do or feel that doing something is better than doing nothing. the reality is we are here now wherever we are. but that here is going to continue to degrade, like it or not, and watching that happen, even as part of being in the now, is hard, heart breaking at times. mourning is a balance. I just got back from visiting a friend who's wife had just died. both good and bad. hard for me, in fact, I may never get over it. in any case, I will never be the same. but I will integrate the pain and move on. because I have no choice. I feel the same about climate breakdown in many ways. thanks for your thoughts.

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Message: serious catastrophe is inevitable now, so it’s a matter of mitigation and degree.

Big article about what kind of struggles Phoenix, Arizona, can expect — or is already engaged in — to remain inhabitable.

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still one of fastest growing?

“Haboob” — new word added to my vocabulary.

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rimshot sound I didn't see if anyone has posted a link yet, so here:

To establish an improved Medicare for All national health insurance
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
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Is this what took so long? lol


(a) In General.--Subject to the other provisions of this Act,
individuals enrolled for benefits under this Act are entitled to the
following long-term services and supports and to have payment made by
the Secretary to an eligible provider for such services and supports if
medically necessary and appropriate and in accordance with the
standards established in this Act, for maintenance of health or for
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to a medically determinable condition, whether physical or mental, of
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(1) causes a functional limitation in performing one or
more activities of daily living; or
(2) requires a similar need of assistance in performing
instrumental activities of daily living due to cognitive or
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(b) Eligibility.--The Secretary shall promulgate rules that provide
for the following:
(1) The determination of individual eligibility for long-
term services and supports under this section.
(2) The assessment of the long-term services and supports
needed for eligible individuals.
(c) Services and Supports.--Long-term services and supports under
this section shall be tailored to an individual's needs, as determined
through assessment, and shall be defined by the Secretary to--
(1) include any long-term nursing services for the
enrollee, whether provided in an institution or in a home and
community-based setting;
(2) provide coverage for a broad spectrum of long-term
services and supports, including for home and community-based
services and other care provided through non-institutional
(3) provide coverage that meets the physical, mental, and
social needs of recipients while allowing recipients their
maximum possible autonomy and their maximum possible civic,
social, and economic participation;
(4) prioritize delivery of long-term services and supports
through home and community-based services over
(5) unless an individual elects otherwise, ensure that
recipients will receive home and community based long-term
services and supports (as defined in subsection (f)(4)),
regardless of the individuals's type or level of disability,
service need, or age;
(6) be provided with the goal of enabling persons with
disabilities to receive services in the least restrictive and
most integrated setting appropriate to the individual's needs;
(7) be provided in such a manner that allows persons with
disabilities to maintain their independence, self-
determination, and dignity;
(8) provide long-term services and supports that are of
equal quality and equally accessible across geographic regions;
(9) ensure that long-term services and supports provide
recipient's the option of self-direction of services from
either the recipient or care coordinators of the recipient's
(d) Public Consultation.--In developing regulations to implement
this section, the Secretary shall consult with an advisory commission
on long-term services and supports that includes--
(1) people with disabilities who use long-term services and
supports and older adults who use long-term services and
(2) representatives of people with disabilities and
representatives of older adults;
(3) groups that represent the diversity of the population
of people living with disabilities, including gender, racial,
and economic diversity;
(4) providers of long-term services and supports, including
family attendants and family caregivers, and members of
organized labor;
(5) disability rights organizations; and
(6) relevant academic institutions and researchers.
(e) Budgeting and Payments.--Budgeting and payments for long-term
services and supports provided under this section shall be made in
accordance with the provisions under title VI.
(f) Definitions.--In this section:
(1) The term ``long-term services and supports'' means
long-term care, treatment, maintenance, or services needed to
support the activities of daily living and instrumental
activities of daily living, including all long-term services
and supports available under section 1915 of the Social
Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396n), home and community-based
services, and any additional services and supports identified
by the Secretary to support people with disabilities to live,
work, and participate in their communities.
(2) The term ``activities of daily living'' means basic
personal everyday activities, including tasks such as eating,
toileting, grooming, dressing, bathing, and transferring.
(3) The term ``instrumental activities of daily living''
means activities related to living independently in the
community, including but not limited to, meal planning and
preparation, managing finances, shopping for food, clothing,
and other essential items, performing essential household
chores, communicating by phone or other media, and traveling
around and participating in the community.
(4) The term ``home and community-based services'' means
the home and community-based services that are coverable under
subsections (c), (d), (i), and (k) of section 1915 of the
Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396n), and as defined by the
Secretary, including as defined in the home and community-based
services settings rule in sections 441.530 and 441.710 of title
42, Code of Federal Regulations (or a successor regulation).

BAM that's the system
everlasting lobbyist laws

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so so? any pointers to analysis of above said bill? I have no way to know what the net net is. would it make any difference anyway. those decisions are not made for usuns. oh well. have a good one...

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@magiamma thanks, I prefer my own analysis and research. On the topic of LTC, it is an absolute necessity in my view, unless "quality of life" means seeing more wheelchair grannies sleeping in tents and begging on the sidewalk for spare change or food. This bill seems to do nothing about that but go on, it will help some few to survive.

The current electoral system of bribery via lobbyists is Broken with a capital B, I actually did know a granny who had to be rescued from an Assisted Living center because of elder abuse, she lived in a tent nearby until she died. RIP Magenta. The foxes already own and run all the hen houses. freem arket D-Values. simple and wrong

Industry regulators are corrupt, and union bosses are helping divide workers, that's what I think. Just look at the contracts the bosses have signed over the years, the decades, always shorting the future workers for investor profit. Teamsters, meh. SEIU, double-meh. United Farm Workers? Well Dolores Huerta has a pretty nice gig with Ds since forever. Teachers strike for better pay, not a better climate. meh Can't have it all, why not.

Definition of plutocracy
1 : government by the wealthy
2 : a controlling class of the wealthy

I am interested in reading analysis by for and from real c99ers, from what is happening in their own fine neighborhoods, how incremental policy manifests reality on the grounds. Not interested in the current chamber of echoes, that is my personal problem.

Have a nice day. have fun

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just after I typed that I said to myself, what difference will it make since the lobbyists write the laws anyway. who reads them. not our representatives. they are busy raising money and being 'bribed'. such important work. so basically, it's figure out what crumbs they are offering and what hoops to jump through to get said crumbs. I count on mollie, for the most part, and a few others here, now hopefully you, to get that information. how to keep grannies off the street and all the rest of the more and more who are falling through the cracks, into the crevices and off, off, off the cliffs. plutocracy, cleptocracy, oligarchcracy, autocracy... what else

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About three-quarters of Americans say the government is spending too little on education, and roughly 7 in 10 say the government is spending too little on assistance to the poor and dealing with drug addiction. By comparison, nearly half of Americans say the government is spending too much on foreign aid.

The findings come as President Donald Trump’s latest budget plan proposes to cut many programs that are popular with the public, including alternative energy, the safety net for the poor, and health care.

Support for more government spending on health care has been on the rise since 2014. Seven in 10 consider the government’s spending on improving national health to be too low, up from 62 percent in 2016 and 56 percent in 2014. While Democrats are more likely than Republicans to say spending on health is too little, there has been a sharp increase across party lines. The poll finds 80 percent of Democrats say there is too little spending, up from 66 percent in 2014, and 59 percent of Republicans say the same, up from 42 percent four years ago.


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such a surprise. not.

Seven in 10 consider the government’s spending on improving national health to be too low, up from 62 percent

thanks for all you do and have a good one...

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Industry regulators are corrupt, and union bosses are helping

This is the new governance. Sub out the dirty work, retire on the kickbacks, make the taxpayers pay, the 'private' sector swells. Is this a financial social 'democracy' designed for the monied 'interests' to enjoy socialism while we have to suffer (pay for) the capitalists largess? The short term gains lead us nowhere but into more debt. Oops, fell off topic.

Suggest we invest in the future, in whatever way we can, man. The hogs won't starve.

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