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Left Over: Just another E-Mail from the Real World…

A friend sent me this article, and I am adding my answer…I don’t have permission to print out the article in its entirety, but you can look for it at FP..it’s short and succinct… WORTHY OF THEIR ANGER Our leaders’ … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Just another E-Mail from the Real World…

Left Over: There’s Somethin’ Happening Here…

I’ve been holding back on commenting….reality has been so overwhelming and I feel as if, for the first time since possibly the War of 1812, that the West is slowly, inexorably being pulled into another war, this time on home … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: There’s Somethin’ Happening Here…

Babel-on-the-Bay: Amigos, meet the elephant.

The so-called Three Amigos met in Ottawa this week. It was nothing more than a public relations exercise. Nothing substantive could be resolved. The American, Canadian and Mexican leaders simply tried to ignore the problems their countries face. They certainly did not want to talk about the elephant in the room; Donald Trump. With Barack […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Amigos, meet the elephant.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Why Did Obama Kill the #KXL Pipeline?

Everything in this article isn’t perfect, but these parts are: Alberta’s problem is twofold: Its oilsands have been buried by fracked American oil that is both higher-value and cheaper to produce, while longer-term they face marginalization in a world committed to weaning itself off carbon. So another pipeline isn’t needed; oilsands production won’t be expanding […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Why Did Obama Kill the #KXL Pipeline?

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Obama’s Vision and Legacy: A retrospective look at the Obama presidency – before we lose all sight of recent history, as our culture is wont to do

  Here are three short articles which I wrote between 2011 and 2015 which sum up the Obama presidency, and the Obama vision and legacy. We should remember, those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Let us review now the torturou… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Obama’s Vision and Legacy: A retrospective look at the Obama presidency – before we lose all sight of recent history, as our culture is wont to do

Things Are Good: Abstinence Only Sex Education Loses Funding in the USA

President Obama has cut funding for abstinence only sex education in the 2017 federal budget. The lack of adequate sex education has led to health crises and too many unwanted pregnancies (which is made worse by places lacking proper rights for women) in the USA. It’s so bad in some of the states that documentaries […]

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LeDaro: Syria: Foots on the ground

“The American footprint in the war against ISIS is about to get bigger and for the first time U.S. ground troops are going to be based inside Syria”

Here we go again. Obama was supposed to end all the wars. Afghanistan and Iraq are still ongoing wars and Obama has added Syria now. West . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Syria: Foots on the ground

The Disaffected Lib: What Now? What If the US Senate Scuttles the Iran Nuclear Deal?

All 54 Republicans in the US Senate will vote against ratification of the Iran nuclear pact negotiated between Tehran and the P6 nations.  They’ll need 13 Democrats to vote with them and the deal is effectively stillborn.  Democratic senator Chuck Schumer could deliver the Republicans the votes they need.

Israeli prime minister Netanyahu has . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: What Now? What If the US Senate Scuttles the Iran Nuclear Deal?

A Different Point of View....: G7 false commitments won’t help us tackle 7-million air pollution deaths

During the hour that it took the world’s elite G7 politicians discussing climate change to wander through an enchanting meadow of flowers in Germany’s Bavarian Alps earlier this week, at least 800 people died prematurely from the impact of air pollution, most of it caused by the burning of non-renewable fossil fuels.

Wanting to show . . . → Read More: A Different Point of View….: G7 false commitments won’t help us tackle 7-million air pollution deaths

A Different Point of View....: G7 false commitments won’t help us tackle 7-million air pollution deaths

During the hour that it took the world’s elite G7 politicians discussing climate change to wander through an enchanting meadow of flowers in Germany’s Bavarian Alps earlier this week, at least 800 people died prematurely from the impact of air pollution, most of it caused by the burning of non-renewable fossil fuels.

Wanting to show the world – particularly voters at home – that they care about the seven-million people a year dying from various pollution and carbon related causes, the leaders of the world’s richest countries, including Canada, signed a joint declaration calling for a global phasing-out of fossil fuels 85 years from now.

It’s unlikely that, during their deliberations in the picturesque Schloss Elmau at the foot of Germany’s highest mountain, anyone at the Summit reflected on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) report of a year ago that said in 2012 around seven million people died – one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure.

Unfortunately, despite positive coverage in mainstream media in several countries, the section of the Summit dealing with climate change must be considered an over-blown failure.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was disappointed that G7 members – largely because of opposition from Canada and Japan – wouldn’t agree to a commitment to a low-carbon economy by 2050. Instead, the G7 agreed to a full-blown, no-carbon economy, but not until 2100.

According to their declaration, the G7 countries say they intend to insist on greenhouse gas reduction at least in the upper 40 to 70 per cent range by 2050. There’s also a promise to cut emission by 17 per cent by 2020.

But, despite the tough talk, no nation-specific targets were set, and the G7Declaration is not binding.

Canada, living up to its long-held reputation as the world’s leading foot dragger on climate issues, balked at Merkel’s earlier proposal that G7 countries would eliminate carbon emissions by 2050.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who rejects scientific information on the threat of global warming, said Canada would reach the G7 targets through developing new technologies, not by reducing living standards.

Meanwhile, the G7 countries – in a farcical display of public relations – agreed on a binding two degree target for limiting global warming. Again, no timeframe was set, but the G7 group will take their declaration with them to Paris in December for the crucial UN Climate Summit.

Had they been more concerned about the hardship people around their world are experiencing – including people in some of their own countries – perhaps the Summit would have taken a more realistic, more dynamic approach to tackling the world’s most pressing problem.

Environmental groups were divided
in their opinions of the Summit. 

Christoph Bals from the NGO Germanwatch said “the summit sends a strong signal for a successful climate agreement at the end of the year in Paris.”

But the development organization Oxfam said the outcome was inadequate. “If the G7 really want to implement their decisions, they must take concrete measures – such as promptly initiating a phase-out of harmful coal,” said Oxfam climate protection analyst Jan Kowalzig.

“Coal is the biggest single cause of climate change”, says Oxfam, “yet the G7 countries are still burning huge amounts, despite efficient, affordable, renewable alternatives being available. G7 coal power stations emit twice as much fossil fuel CO2 as the whole of Africa, and their contribution to global warming will cost Africa alone more than $43-billion per year by the 2080s . . . .”

In addition, despite the bravado in Germany, G7 countries have pledged US$8-billion per year in subsidies to expand fossil fuel production. This runs totally contrary to their claimed emission commitment positions.

Despite U.S. President Obama’s action-oriented position in Germany, the globe’s second largest polluter is not committed to substantive action on climate change. Back home, 70 per cent of Republicans in the Senate and 53 percent of Republicans in the House deny the existence of human-caused global warming.

In view of such contradictions, holding global warming to two degrees appears to be a monumental challenge.

In fact, expectations for a successful outcome in Paris have been waning, and the lack of any concrete action by the G7 further decreases expectations.

If the planet is to avoid large increases in global warming, massive actions never before accomplished by humankind will be necessary.

No doubt some progress will be made but, according to the independent Climate Action Tracker, the world’s current policies would result in global warming of 3.6 to 4.2 degrees Celsius by 2100. Even the current pledges of the G7 countries, if converted into effective policies, probably would not be enough for the world to stay under the target of keeping warming to 2 degrees Celsius.

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OpenMedia.ca: BREAKING: Fast Track and the TPP have been derailed

BREAKING: Obama’s own Senators have just put the brakes on Fast Track and the TPP, potentially derailing the process for the foreseeable future.

Slated for debate . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: BREAKING: Fast Track and the TPP have been derailed

The Disaffected Lib: They’re Calling It "World War O"

It seems pretty clear that Barack Obama came into the presidency intending to extricate the United States from its foreign wars.  There were two at the time, Iraq and Afghanistan.  Today there are five.

From Politico:

Obama pledged in his 2013 inaugural address that “a decade of war is now ending,” but the numbers . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: They’re Calling It "World War O"

The Disaffected Lib: Netanuyahu’s Win Could Be Israel’s Greatest Defeat

Tossing ideas around yesterday I came to a “What If” moment.  What if, I wondered, Israeli prime minister re-elect, Benjamin Netanyahu, has destroyed Israel’s lifeline – the backing of the president of the United States of America.

It’s been the American president, who alone controls his country’s veto at the United Nations Security . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Netanuyahu’s Win Could Be Israel’s Greatest Defeat

The Disaffected Lib: "Extraordinarily Dirty" – What Obama Thinks of Athabasca Bitumen

Barack Obama didn’t pull any punches in giving his opinion about Alberta’s bitumen.

Obama said he was still not sure whether he would approve Keystone, the $8-billion TransCanada Corp. project that would send oil from Alberta and the Northern U.S. to refineries in Texas. But he was more critical than ever, telling a South Carolina . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: "Extraordinarily Dirty" – What Obama Thinks of Athabasca Bitumen

The Disaffected Lib: Netanyahu’s High-Risk Gambit

What?  I Stepped In What?

With just three weeks to go, Israel’s national election has turned into a real nail-biter.  The governing Likud party of Benjamin Netanyahu is in a dead heat tie with the rival Zionist Union party, each of which stands to collect 24-seats according to the latest polls.  Of course it’s . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Netanyahu’s High-Risk Gambit

The Disaffected Lib: Obama Vetoes Congressional Go Ahead on Keystone XL

It’s said to be Barack Obama’s first veto of any significant legislation since he took office.  It comes as no surprise.  He said he would do it.  It doesn’t decide the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline one way or the other.

Congress forwarded a bill authorizing the construction of the pipeline.  Obama vetoed the . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Obama Vetoes Congressional Go Ahead on Keystone XL

The Disaffected Lib: Is Netanyahu Being Targeted for Regime Change – By the White House?

Barack Obama may have had enough of Benjamin Netanyahu’s stunts.  It might just be time for Bibi to go.  Foreign Policy’s Aaron David Miller writes that Obama is pursuing regime change in the upcoming Israeli elections.

Welcome to regime change, Obama-style. There are few opportunities to change the mullahcracy in Tehran. But Jerusalem may be . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Is Netanyahu Being Targeted for Regime Change – By the White House?

The Disaffected Lib: Obama Comes Clean. Putin Didn’t Plot to Seize Crimea.

Go Ahead, Pick One.

Oh my, my, what comes out of the mouth of that man!

The Western narrative we’ve been force fed by liars like Harper and his collaborators on the other side of the aisle, is that Vlad Putin plotted to use the unrest in Ukraine to seize Crimea.  Hillary openly compared . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Obama Comes Clean. Putin Didn’t Plot to Seize Crimea.

The Disaffected Lib: The Hypocrisy is Blinding

One of these people is Not Happy to Be Here

Barack Obama cuts short his state visit to India, after lecturing his hosts on tolerance and women’s rights, so that he can kiss the slippers of the new Saudi king, Salman.

So, Barack, how do you explain that one?  “Sometimes we need to balance . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Hypocrisy is Blinding

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: How’s That City On The Hill?

From Barrett Brown, a wrongfully jailed journalist… in the USA. He’s imagining speaking to the founding fathers about the country’s progress:

Benjamin Franklin: “It was among my fondest dreams that my beloved Philadelphia would someday grow into one of the world’s great centers of high culture, and become a by-word for the gentlemanly arts. Tell . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: How’s That City On The Hill?

The Disaffected Lib: Is Raul Castro’s Cuba the First Big Winner in Cold War II?

Now that Washington and Havana appear to be on the road to kissing and making up, it’s worth considering whether the timing is really that spontaneous?

Cuba was always the Soviet’s toe hold in the Americas.  It was over Soviet designs in Cuba that the world was brought to the brink of nuclear . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Is Raul Castro’s Cuba the First Big Winner in Cold War II?

The Disaffected Lib: Arms Race Update – US to Spend a Trillion Dollars on Upgrading Nukes

US Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel, put it bluntly.  “No other mission we have is more important.“

The mission Hagel was referring to was a trillion-dollar, 30-year programme to upgrade America’s nuclear weapon arsenal.  A trillion dollars.  Even today that’s serious money.

According to the Associated Press, Hagel told the Pentagon on Friday that the . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Arms Race Update – US to Spend a Trillion Dollars on Upgrading Nukes

The Disaffected Lib: Why the Obama-Xi Emissions Deal is Window Dressing.

The CO2 emissions deal reached this week by the presidents of the US and China is a positive step, no doubt about that.  It’s also far too little, much too late, although it’s reflective of how inflexible our global society has become even in matters of our very survival.

Even the numbers are . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Why the Obama-Xi Emissions Deal is Window Dressing.

The Disaffected Lib: Washington, Kabul Kiss & Make Up. US Troops Stay in Afghanistan Until 2024.

Hamid Karzai talked tough about getting Western forces out of Afghanistan immediately if not sooner.   Afghanistan, however, is under new management that means America’s longest war ever will be extended for another decade.

Barack Obama, elected president in 2008 on a wave of anti-war sentiment, will pass off both the Afghanistan war and . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Washington, Kabul Kiss & Make Up. US Troops Stay in Afghanistan Until 2024.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Gasland Part II – Fracking Hell

Watched “Gasland Part II” [9/10] on HBO on demand, and it is something you have to see. The case it makes against fracking is a very strong one, and it shows the depths of corruption in the US system that has allowed the poisoning of water tables across America.

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