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Energy Board changes Pipeline Complaints [Rules] (it was in the omnibus bill). Democracy NK style.
We're screwed - probably the only hope is widespread, mass protest - maybe Idle No More can lead the country into full scale civil disobedience against our descending further into a petro economy?
“As a member of the Energy Committee and the Environmental Committee we have talked to scientists, and you know what these scientists tell us? They say the projections that we made about the damage for global warming, we were wrong,” Sanders continued. “We underestimated the problem. What they’re now saying is if we don’t get our act together and start cutting in a very significant way greenhouse gas emissions, we’re talking about this planet heating up by eight degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century. And that is calamitous for this planet.”
Surviving Progress (2011). With David Suzuki, Jane Goodall and Stephen Hawking.
Humanity's ascent is often measured by the speed of progress. But what if progress is actually spiraling us downwards, towards collapse? Ronald Wright, whose best-seller, A Short History Of Progress inspired SURVIVING PROGRESS, shows how past civilizations were destroyed by "progress traps" - alluring technologies and belief systems that serve immediate needs, but ransom the future. As pressure on the world's resources accelerates and financial elites bankrupt nations, can our globally-entwined civilization escape a final, catastrophic progress trap? With potent images and illuminating insights from thinkers who have probed our genes, our brains, and our social behaviour, this requiem to progress-as-usual also poses a challenge: to prove that making apes smarter isn't an evolutionary dead-end.
One of the reviews:
"The documentary starts by explaining how human nature is not designed to deal with the complexity of 21st century life. As the movie progresses it goes in more and more situations of how today's civilization (mainly the rich countries) is on a course to destroy our environment which may very well bring the end to our civilization."
On P&P tonight:
The Republican governor of Nebraska is tabling a bill to take away the decision-making of Keystone XL from Obama. He's doing this because he believes Obama is stalling on making a decision because whatever decision he makes will upset his support base from unions or environmentalists. Thus, he's going to have Congress make the decision for Obama instead, and the only hurdle now will be the Senate - and the governor believes he has at least 60 votes there in support of XL.
According to a report of the pre-trial hearing by Kevin Gosztola of the liberal website Firedoglake, Manning's offer of a plea was intended to simplify the evidentiary element of the trial. By accepting responsibility for transferring some information, the soldier would avoid pleading to more serious offences including breaches of the Espionage Act – the "aiding the enemy" count – and Computer Fraud and Abuses Act.
Less than three days after Sandy made landfall on the east coast of the United States, Iain Murray of the Competitive Enterprise Institute blamed New Yorkers' resistance to Big Box stores for the misery they were about to endure.
The truth is that we simply no longer understand America. Looking at the country from Germany and Europe, we see a foreign culture. The political system is in the hands of big business and its lobbyists. The checks and balances have failed. And a perverse mix of irresponsibility, greed and religious zealotry dominate public opinion.
IImagine for a moment if Obama had begun his re-election campaign this way: "Listen, our schools are no longer considered to be among the top 10 worldwide, one out of every four of our bridges is wobbly, more of our kids are dying and our old people are dying sooner even though we spend twice as much on our health care system as Germany. We were so ill prepared for a hurricane that millions of New Yorkers had to sit in the dark for days. And our 'high-speed' trains move barely faster than local trains in China. We must start over."
Verified, & worst news I've heard so far: NYU hospital generator failed.
Personnel manually evacuating PICU & NICU down 9 flights of stairs.
Reuters is reporting that nineteen workers were trapped inside a Con Edison power station on the east side of Manhattan by rising floodwaters. The news agency cited a witness but did not say whether the workers were still trapped or if they had managed to get out.
Reuters says that a rescue worker said the station had suffered an explosion inside.