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350 or bust: Memo To America

While this is officially a memo to America, I’d say the rest of us should pay attention, too. Especially here in Canada where our current federal government has officially tied our national climate policy to that of the United States. Until, of course, President Obama started taking actions to reduce CO2 pollution. Since then, Stephen . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Memo To America

350 or bust: President Obama Brings Out His “Anger Translator” During White House Correspondents Dinner

President Obama is frustrated with Senator Inhofe and his ridiculous snowball, and the other Republicans blocking progress on climate change. * “Look at what’s happening right now. Every serious scientist says we need to act,” Obama said, pitch and volume rising. “The Pentagon says it’s a national security risk. Miami floods on a sunny day, . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: President Obama Brings Out His “Anger Translator” During White House Correspondents Dinner

350 or bust: President Obama: Keystone XL must pass climate & jobs test

In his final press conference of 2014, President Obama spoke frankly about the so-called “benefits” to Americans of the Keystone XL pipeline. He points out it’s Canadian oil being transported over the United States to be sold on the global markets, with very little benefit to U.S. consumers. It’s good for the Canadian oil industry . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: President Obama: Keystone XL must pass climate & jobs test

CuriosityCat: Ebola, the President, and Quarantines: Who will protect Americans, and how?

Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox

Today we saw an ebola nurse defy the order of the Governor of her state to remain in quarantine, after she returned from ebola-stricken Africa.

Kaci Hickox took to the streets to indicate her opposition, by riding her bicycle. And Governor Paul LePage of Maine was not amused: Kaci Hickox . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Ebola, the President, and Quarantines: Who will protect Americans, and how?

CuriosityCat: Iraq, Syria & the Islamic State: Obama’s new & revised Queensbury Rules

For many years, a code has governed the manly art of boxing: the Queensbury Rules, endorsed by John Douglas, the Marquess of Queensbury. These rules set out what you can and cannot do to your opponent in the boxing ring, and are equated with a sense of fair play and sportsmanship. The essence the . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Iraq, Syria & the Islamic State: Obama’s new & revised Queensbury Rules

CuriosityCat: New program can analyse your personality (and a politician’s)

Yair Neuman: Personality Analyzer

Prof. Yair Neuman, a researcher at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev has developed such a program, and has used it to analyse the views of President Obama and Hillary Clinton towards Israel:

Neuman’s method, which he describes as augmented intelligence, works with any text of a person’s words – . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: New program can analyse your personality (and a politician’s)

350 or bust: Harper Government In Stark Contrast To President Obama on Climate Policy

* This exchange took place in the Canadian House of Commons yesterday: Mr. Bruce Hyer (Thunder Bay—Superior North, GP): Mr. Speaker, two of Canada’s greatest challenges are rising CO2 and growing poverty. The Conservative government has not addressed either one. Proposed by the Citizens Climate Lobby, carbon fee and dividend would address both by setting . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Harper Government In Stark Contrast To President Obama on Climate Policy

Cowichan Conversations: BC Ombudsperson slams province on environmental protection

Premier Clark’s chickens coming home to roost!

The chickens are coming home to roost as Premier Christy Clark winds down the first year of her 4 year mandate to govern, protect and enhance life in BC.

Have you noticed her low profile of late? If there are not any good news announcements to . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: BC Ombudsperson slams province on environmental protection

CuriosityCat: Ukraine: One possible Russian-driven solution

Bill Clinton: Ukraine Saviour?

Ukraine is in turmoil, with positions apparently hardening on all sides, since the Geneva Agreement outlining a method of resolution was agreed upon a short while ago. The level of support for the anti-Kiev position in eastern Ukraine is unclear at the moment: Armed men have seized public buildings in . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Ukraine: One possible Russian-driven solution

CuriosityCat: Keystone: Harper & TransCanada asleep at the switch

Read this Bloomberg News article for an interesting analysis of the events behind the Obama stalling of the Keystone Pipeline approvals. Harper, a micro-manager at home, appears oblivious to how the environmental forces operate in the US, and TransCanada missed the boat, as well:

On Aug. 31, just after the State Department passed . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Keystone: Harper & TransCanada asleep at the switch

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 . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: US Debt Ceiling: Issues Punted to early next year

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

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, . . . → 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, . . . → 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 . . . → 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 . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: President Obama Takes First Step On Path To Climate Sanity

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 . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Climate Change: President Obama declares war on the Flat Earth Society

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 . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: The Obama Tar Sands Pipeline

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

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 . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Obama Calls Out Climate Deniers, & Other Good News

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 . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: President Hugo Chávez Dies-The Vultures are Circling

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 . . . → Read More: Alex’s Blog: The Trouble With Austerity: Economics as Ideology

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 . . . → Read More: Alex’s Blog: The Trouble With Austerity: Economics as Ideology

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. *