World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity — This is Your Second Notice!

❝ Twenty-five years ago, the Union of Concerned Scientists and more than 1700 independent scientists, including the majority of living Nobel laureates in the sciences, penned the 1992 “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity”…These concerned professionals called on humankind to curtail environmental destruction and cautioned that “a great change in our stewardship of the Earth and the life on it is required, if vast human misery is to be avoided.” In their manifesto, they showed that humans were on a collision course with the natural world. They expressed concern about current, impending, or potential damage on planet Earth involving ozone depletion, freshwater availability, marine life depletion, ocean dead zones, forest loss, biodiversity destruction, climate change, and continued human population growth. They proclaimed that fundamental changes were urgently needed to avoid the consequences our present course would bring.

On the twenty-fifth anniversary of their call, we look back at their warning and evaluate the human response by exploring available time-series data. Since 1992, with the exception of stabilizing the stratospheric ozone layer, humanity has failed to make sufficient progress in generally solving these foreseen environmental challenges, and alarmingly, most of them are getting far worse…

❝ As most political leaders respond to pressure, scientists, media influencers, and lay citizens must insist that their governments take immediate action as a moral imperative to current and future generations of human and other life…

Read it and weep, folks. But, I’d rather you get angry, get active. More than 15,000 scientists signed on, this time. There is no shortage of principled avenues of opposition to this crap.

Flynn’s lawyers have stopped talking to Trump’s lawyers. Still talking to Mueller, though.


TweedleDee & TweedleDumb

❝ Lawyers for former national security adviser Michael Flynn have told President Donald Trump’s legal team that they are no longer communicating with them about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference.

The decision could be a sign that Flynn is moving to cooperate with Mueller’s investigation or negotiate a deal for himself. Flynn’s legal team communicated the decision this week, said a person familiar with the move…blah, blah, blah

In large criminal investigations, defense lawyers routinely share information with each other. But it can become unethical to continue such communication if one of the potential targets is looking to negotiate a deal with prosecutors…

❝ In addition to scrutinizing Flynn’s contacts with Russia during the transition and campaign, Mueller has been investigating the retired U.S. Army lieutenant general’s role in $530,000 worth of lobbying work his now-defunct firm performed for a Turkish businessman during the final months of the 2016 presidential campaign.

I guess becoming a pimp for one or another segment of the American Military-Industrial Complex like his peers wasn’t sufficiently rewarding.

“Los Doyers” Fans Turned a Racist Insult into a Point of Pride

❝ If you watched Games 1 and 2 of the World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros, live from LA, you saw them: screaming and passionate fans, wearing T-shirts, jerseys, and more with “Los Doyers” written in the Blue Crew’s classic flowing script. Fans can buy officially licensed gear from various Dodger Stadium clothing stores, or pirated ones at the swap meet. Regardless of provenance, however, one thing is clear: “Los Doyers” memorabilia is everywhere right now in Southern California—and, thanks to the World Series, it finally has a national audience.

I’m sure the folks watching across the country—especially those who don’t speak Spanish—must be wondering why Dodgers fans can’t spell. That’s not the case; “Los Doyers” is a play on how “Dodgers” is pronounced in Spanish, a language that doesn’t have a “j” sound. In other words, it’s how our parents and uncles and aunts and immigrant cousins and even ourselves call the Los Angeles franchise—nothing but #respect, you know?

❝ But “Los Doyers” also represents two of the greatest reappropriation stories in American sports: how Latinos learned to love a team that literally built their foundation on the bulldozed homes and dreams of Mexican-American families, and took a term originally used to deride Latinos and made it their own.

RTFA. Good journalism. A solid cultural record of workingclass spirit, immigrant pride, how something as basic as supporting your town’s sports team brings folks together.

Humans Responsible For Virtually All Global Warming Since the 1950s


Ready to challenge the creeps who profited from this?

❝ Humans are likely responsible for 93 – 123% of Earth’s net global warming after 1950, says a blockbuster climate report…The Climate Science Special Report is the first product released by the Fourth National Climate Assessment; the core assessment itself, focusing on impacts, will be released in 2018. The NCA is an congressionally mandated quadrennial effort by hundreds of U.S. scientists to assess how the climate is changing in the United States. The project is carried out by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Preparation of the report included workshops around the nation, a public-comment period on the draft, and a technical review spanning 13 agencies.

Yes, of course, Trump and his lackeys in Congress – mostly Republicans – will try their best to stop the full report next year.

28 Countries Rate as High-Income in the OECD. Which Does the Worst Job of Reducing Income Inequality?

The US government, through its tax system and spending, does the least to reduce inequality among all high-income advanced economies. The US market income Gini coefficient, a measure of how equally income is distributed across the population before government policies take effect, decreases by 22 percent after taxes and transfers like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The average reduction for countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is 37 percent.


Click to enlargePIIE Chart by Melina Kolb

And the corporate pimps working for Trump in Congress want to make it worse.

Fake President’s Hatred of Sanctuary Cities Fails. Unconstitutional!

❝ [Fake] President Donald Trump’s latest executive order aimed at implementing the hardline immigration policies he championed during his campaign has been blocked by a federal court.

US District Court Judge William Orrick issued a permanent injunction Monday blocking Trump’s executive order seeking to strip so-called sanctuary cities of federal funding.

The ruling represents a major setback to the administration’s attempts to clamp down on cities, counties and states that seek to protect undocumented immigrants who come in contact with local law enforcement from deportation by federal authorities.

❝ The ruling was also the latest instance in which a federal judge has stood in the way of Trump’s effort to implement his hardline policies on immigration, joining rulings that have blocked different portions of Trump’s travel ban and preliminary injunctions on the sanctuary cities order.

RTFA for all the gory details – including assorted whines from the White House, assorted ruling class golf clubs. Also some note taken of scholars and folks who believe in Constitutional law.