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350 or bust: 350 or bust 2014-01-30 08:21:22

* Thank you, President Obama, for using your “bully pulpit” to publicly confirm the accuracy of climate science. Now, what the world needs is action based on the science, not business as usual: Obama’s Hopelessly Wrong On The Environment: Here’s The Reality of What We Face. (Alternet.org)

CuriosityCat: US Debt Ceiling: Issues Punted to early next year

The Cat goes to the Senate

Twenty-four hours of so before the US government ran out of money to pay its debts, Republican senators nudged aside the Tea Party senators and House representatives, to kick the can down the road and renew the fight in two months time:

The expected Senate deal would avoid a potential U.S. debt default, but it would only set new deadlines for lawmakers to make decisions about the long-term course of fiscal policy.

As outlined by aides, the deal would fund federal agencies through Jan. 15 and extend the nation’s borrowing authority through Feb. (Read more…)

CuriosityCat: Obama’s Powers and the Debt Ceiling Increase: What if the Tea Party is right?

Senator Collins

The debate is getting testy down south. The Republicans seem to believe that they have now become paragons of reasonableness, while the Democrats are risking armageddon:

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said that while Republicans entered the shutdown debate with unreasonable demands to scuttle key portions of Obamacare, it is now Democrats who are guilty of bargaining too aggressively.

“Republicans started off in a place that was an overreach, to defund a law that was central to the president’s agenda was not achievable,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.” “Now Democrats are I think getting too cute. (Read more…)

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CuriosityCat: Iran & Syria: Obama Talks Softly but carries a Big Stick

Teddy Roosevelt’s Big Stick Policy

President Obama has confounded his domestic and international critics by adopting the negotiation posture first espoused by President Teddy Roosevelt:

The widespread use of ‘speak softly and carry a big stick’ began with American president Theodore Roosevelt. In a letter to Henry L. Sprague, on January 26th 1900, he wrote: “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” Roosevelt claims the phrase to be of West African origin.

Obama has based his whole foreign policy on Roosevelt’s dictum. With Syria and the use of chemical weapons in defiance of the (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Iran & Syria: Obama Talks Softly but carries a Big Stick

CuriosityCat: Obama & Syria: A UN Formula that meets the interests of Obama and Putin

The Reluctant World Sheriff

 Right now, despite Senator Kerry waving a piece of paper after the negotiation session he had with Russia’s Foreign Minister, the wheels seem to be coming off the UN negotiations for a Security Council resolution that meets the needs of Obama, the French and the British, on the one hand, and Russia on the other:

Dispute between Russia and the United States over the terms of a path to rid Syria of its chemical weapons has caused fissures in the latest round of diplomatic efforts. Disagreement between the two chief negotiators over the repercussions of a (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Obama & Syria: A UN Formula that meets the interests of Obama and Putin

CuriosityCat: Obama & Syria: Another serious crisis that will not go to waste?

With the bottom falling out of the world’s financial markets, economies seizing up, panic setting in, one of President Obama’s top advisors, Rahm Emanuel, added this gem to political wisdom:

You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before. And Obama then launched into the Stimulus program, rescuing – at taxpayers’ cost – both the large banks and the remnants of the auto industry. Is the imminent decision to launch “limited strikes” against the Syrian government’s stockpiles of chemical weapons and (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Obama & Syria: Another serious crisis that will not go to waste?

350 or bust: President Obama Takes First Step On Path To Climate Sanity

As President Obama unveiled his plan of action to address climate change earlier this week, my husband and I were part of a group of 370 citizen lobbyists from across the U.S. and Canada who fanned out over Capitol Hill to make the case for the market-based approach of a revenue-neutral carbon tax to reduce […]

CuriosityCat: Climate Change: President Obama declares war on the Flat Earth Society

The President has a fight on his hands. I wonder if he has been briefed about the Flat Earthers? They are a stubborn and dogmatic lot, forever fighting with those globists who claim the world is round. You can bet that they will take up the President’s challenge with vigour. Starting way back in the late 1800′s in England, the Flat Earth Society’s centre of gravity shifted in early 1900′s to the USA, where it died out, but in the 1950′s and later in the 2000′s it was resuscitated. We start our search for the early Flat Earthers with the (Read more…)

350 or bust: The Obama Tar Sands Pipeline

Is the Keystone XL pipeline really what President Obama wants to leave as his legacy, for future generations to remember him by – and curse him for? * Meanwhile climate destabilization continues as unabated as our carbon dioxide emissions: Czech PM Declares Emergency As Floods Threaten Prague: Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas declared a state of […]

The Canadian Progressive: Dr. James Hansen: Keystone XL, tar sands expansion “can be stopped”

By: Dr. James Hansen Today (May 9, 2013) 36 Norwegian organizations sent an open letter to Prime Minister Stoltenberg expressing opposition to development of Canadian tar sands by Statoil (the Norwegian state is majority shareholder of Statoil). Signatories include not only environmental organizations, but a broad public spectrum, including, appropriately, many youth organizations. It is encouraging that Norwegian [...]

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350 or bust: Obama Calls Out Climate Deniers, & Other Good News

It’s always enjoyable (and all too rare!) to share good news, and I’m pleased that there’s some to share on this, the last Friday in April: The Ontario government under newly elected premier Kathleen Wynne announced on Wednesday that it will be partnering with the government of Manitoba and the International Institute for Sustainable Development [...]

Cowichan Conversations: President Hugo Chávez Dies-The Vultures are Circling

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Democratic Socialist Hugo Chavez delivered democracy, human rights and reduced poverty for his citizens.

He dared to stand up to the Americans and allied with Cuba.

US President Jimmy Carter monitored Venezuelan elections and described them as the most fair in South America and yet US and Canadian politicians snidely maligned Chavez as a dictator.

The sins of Chavez and his administration were that in fact that he did exactly the opposite of what the US-Canada practices are in relation to the oil wealth and the corporate forces that dominate the energy resources.

Canadian provinces Newfoundland and

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Alex's Blog: The Trouble With Austerity: Economics as Ideology

A somewhat abridged version of this post first appeared in The Toronto Star here

Governments here and elsewhere are increasingly preoccupied with cutting even as evidence piles up of its harmful consequences on people and the economy. Austerity is not even delivering the balanced budgets its advocates promise. Even the IMF is now preaching balance rather than a single-minded focus on cuts. Yet, austerity’s adherents hold fast, deny the evidence or double down. Why is that?

Of course a few at the top benefit from austerity, at least in the short term, and though few, they exert considerable influence. And

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350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

We act not because it’s easy, but because it’s right. Thousands of people are gathering in Washington DC today to send a message to President Obama that clean air, clean water, and a stable climate are not negotiable – the Keystone XL Pipeline must not be approved. *

350 or bust: President Obama’s SOTU Sends Message To Canada: Act On Climate Change Or Get Left Behind

The times, they are a-changin’! Not only did President Obama speak clearly about the need to act on climate change in his State of the Union address earlier this week, yesterday on CBC Radio’s flagship supper-hour news show, As It Happens, the U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Jacobsen was interviewed about Canada’s lack of action [...]

The Canadian Progressive: Keystone XL pipeline: Leaders in historical act of civil disobedience in front of White House

48 environmental, civil rights, and community leaders engage in historic act of civil disobedience to stop Keystone XL pipeline. Julian Bond, Bill McKibben, Michael Brune, and others arrested in front of White House in call for action on climate. By Sierra Club | Feb. 13, 2013: WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, 48 environmental, civil rights, and community leaders READ MORE

350 or bust: How Republicans (& Canadian Conservatives) Can Answer Obama’s Challenge To ‘Reduce The Threat Of Climate Change’

Today’s blog post is courtesy of Citizens Climate Lobby: In his State of the Union address, the President said, ‘If Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations [from climate change], I will.’ Republicans who wish to avoid more regulations should embrace the free-market approach of a revenue-neutral tax on carbon. Saying that “for the [...]

350 or bust: Mr. President, Please Don’t Overlook Climate Change

A message from an Oklahoma farmer for President Barack Obama, as he prepares to deliver his State of the Union address tonight:

350 or bust: Dramatic Increase In Arctic Methane Release Requires Dramatic Increase In Political Will To Address Climate Crisis

* All eyes in the climate change community are going to be on President Obama tonight as he delivers his State of the Union address, which outlines his administration’s vision for the next four years. The clip below, from AP, discusses the urgent need for Obama to address climate change (although one wonders why they [...]

bastard.logic: Unpacking the Ramifications of Obama’s Targeted Killing Memo

Rosa Brooks unpacks the Obama JD’s targeted killing memo: “Like many legal documents, this one does fine on its own terms, but looks a lot less satisfying when taken out of its hermetically sealed legal universe.”

Related: John Fugelsang talks with Harper’s Scott Horton and Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK about the kill memo and a possible slippery slope into domestic assassination:

Update: Via Jack Goldsmith, two different takes on the white paper — first, Jeffrey Rosen is outraged:

The Justice Department white paper released on Monday by NBC News is the public’s first direct glimpse

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bastard.logic: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney On Targeted Killing: Lethal Strikes On U.S. Citizens ‘Legal,’ ‘Ethical,’ And ‘Wise’

Words fail (h/t):

A friendly reminder from TAFKAdnA:

The Obama administration claims that the secret judgment of a single ”well-informed high level administration official” meets the demands of due process and is sufficient justification to kill an American citizen suspected of working with terrorists. That procedure is entirely secret. Thus it’s impossible to know which rules the administration has established to protect due process and to determine how closely those rules are followed. The government needs the approval of a judge to detain a suspected terrorist. To kill one, it need only give itself permission.

“Trust me” != due process, Mr. POTUS.

Related: Thomas P.M. Barnett:

For

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Cowichan Conversations: Deal Made On Fiscal Cliff, Maybe!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

 

After months of entrenched Republican intransigence and unwillingness to actually, ahem tax the rich, a deal is in the works that could avert millions being denied unemployment benefits and tax increases for the middle class especially.

 

 

 

 

 

Tentative Deal Is Reached to Raise Taxes on the Wealthy By JONATHAN WEISMAN-New York Times

 

 

The fiscal cliff is nigh; Senators strike deal, House won’t vote By Matt Smith, CNN (VIDEO)

 

Fiscal cliff deadline to pass as Senate readies for vote. Richard Adams-Guardian U.K.

 

US Lawmakers Reach deal-AljJazerrah

350 or bust: Obama Belatedly Calls For A National Conversation on Climate Action

In a rather lukewarm* way, at his post-election press conference today, President Obama responds to reporters questions about Hurricane Sandy and the need to take action on climate change. His lack of passion and commitment on this issue is disappointi… . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Obama Belatedly Calls For A National Conversation on Climate Action

Cowichan Conversations: Mitt Romney Looked Like A Liar In Presidential Debate

Richard Hughes Political Blogger

They say that pictures don’t lie. Well Mitt Romney you looked liked a liar in the debates. That is of course because he is a liar.

Flip flopping around on environmental, social and economic issues Romney looked ill at ease. Lying does that.

When Romney was pontificating about his business acumen I was hoping Obama would call him on the fact that his skills and his biggest personal successes were in buying out businesses, milking them, stripping them down, bankrupting them throwing masses of American workers on the scrap heap.

His pontificating about his wondrous economic remedies summonsed up Former President Bill

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Cowichan Conversations: President Obama Battered and Bruised From Last Nights Debate

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

The question that dominated from last nights Presidential Debate was what happened to Obama? He was flat, lacked focus, energy and hunger.

As far as the bumbling foot in mouth prone challenger Governor Mitt Romney his metamorpheus was surprising. He was focused, forceful and won the debate without reservation.

It was interesting how detached President Obama seemed. He was rusty and I sense that he has had four years of keeners and professional clappers surrounding him.

Look for an invigorated Obama for round two. He will need to be reminded that when he is on the stage

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