Suggestions for Posts?

If you’d like to suggest an article you think should be posted for view and/or discussion – just add a comment below including the url. The editors are always willing to consider suggestions from our readers that don’t involve self-immolation.

We’ll probably delete the suggestion after deciding to Post or not – just to keep the place tidy. 🙂

60 thoughts on “Suggestions for Posts?

  1. Cassandra says:

    Human activities are degrading the global environment at a pace that could endanger the “ecological foundations of society” and human health, according to a landmark United Nations report released Wednesday. The authors say that with unprecedented action on a global scale — including drastically cutting carbon emissions, improving water management and reducing pollution — humans can achieve a future with less poverty and hunger while preserving the environment.
    But our window for action is closing fast. If we continue business as usual, the authors warn, we can expect:
    • Millions of premature deaths caused by air pollution across large swaths of Asia, the Middle East and Africa by the middle of this century.
    • The continuation of a major species extinction event, impairing Earth’s capacity to meet human food and resource needs.
    • Freshwater pollutants making antimicrobial-resistant infections a major cause of death by 2050.
    UN press release March 13, 2019
    UN Global Environment Outlook 6

    • Perseverance furthers says:

      (Wall Street Daily April 2016) “China will build a major transcontinental cargo rail service that’ll eventually connect every province and key city in China with every major country in Europe with important trading posts in between.
      Europe is China’s largest trading partner, with a third of Chinese goods exported throughout the continent. Trade volume between China and the EU is valued at more than $600 billion per year. This sum is expected to top $1 trillion by 2020.
      …Predictions have China using the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in order to fund at least part of this strategic rail project. The AIIB is already busy funding parts of the new Silk Road in Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan.
      China’s new Silk Road is smart diplomacy. The route will span over 65 countries and 4.4 billion people – that’s a huge amount of potential buyers and shippers that would be able to utilize the railway. By funding and building crucial infrastructure throughout the Silk Road, China will be generating not only the business but the goodwill of its neighbors on the Eurasian landmass.
      Plus, it will keep its industries and labor force busy during construction.
      It’s a bit reminiscent of the Marshall Plan in which the United States helped to rebuild Europe after World War II, generating decades of goodwill. If only the U.S. could take a page from China’s new Silk Road and revitalize our nation’s railway industry, perhaps we could enjoy cheaper, efficient international trade with our neighbor, as well.
      Wishful thinking.”
      “The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) was launched in Beijing in October 2014. It received the highest credit ratings from the three biggest rating agencies in the world, and is seen as a potential rival to the World Bank and IMF.”

  2. За здоровье! says:

    Updated at 6:45 p.m. ET (NPR) An 18-year White House employee told congressional investigators that she and other career staffers denied security clearances for 25 Trump administration officials, including three “very senior” officials, only to see most of those recommendations overturned.
    The employee, Tricia Newbold, was interviewed by staff of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. Democrats on the panel released a summary of her interview, conducted over the weekend, raising new questions about how and why the White House issued security clearances to, among others, Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law.
    Republicans argued in response that Democrats on the committee released “cherry-picked excerpts” of the interview with Newbold to “manufacture a misleading narrative that the Trump White House is reckless with our national security.”
    Cummings: Whistleblower says White House pushed for security clearances despite ‘serious disqualifying issues’ House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings plans to issue a subpoena this week demanding an interview with Carl Kline, who served as the personnel security director at the White House during President Donald Trump’s first two years in office — as part of the Democrats’ investigation into the handling of the security clearance process, including for Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and the President’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, who are both also White House advisers.

  3. Chrizzart says:

    “Trump signs permit for construction of controversial Keystone XL pipeline” (March 29, 2019)
    “More States Crack Down on Pipeline Protesters, Including Supporters Who Aren’t Even on the Scene : South Dakota’s law is the latest as pipeline companies encourage tougher penalties for activists who block oil and gas projects—and for the groups that support them.” “Bills to clamp down on pipeline protests have spread to at least nine new states this year, part of an industry-backed push that began two years ago to heighten penalties for activists who try to block fossil fuel infrastructure projects.
    Several of the bills also allow prosecutors to go after people or organizations as “conspirators” or “riot boosters” for merely supporting or coordinating with others who violate the law.
    …On Thursday, the ACLU sued South Dakota officials in federal court on behalf of indigenous and environmental groups, arguing that the new law and two related statutes violate the Constitution by suppressing free speech and failing to describe what actions could qualify as violations. In a statement, the group said “such vague and broad language invites arbitrary enforcement, will chill protected speech, and will result in indiscriminate targeting of peaceful organizers.”

  4. Cassandra says:

    “Climate change is a threat to dolphins’ survival” “…The UZH [University of Zurich] researchers show in their study for the first time that marine heatwaves not only affect or-ganisms at lower levels of the food chain, but also might have considerable long-term consequences for the animals at the top, such as dolphins. “Marine heatwaves are likely to occur more frequently in the future due to climate change,” says study leader Michael Krützen, professor at the Department of Anthropology at UZH. “This is worrying not only for the long-term prospects of marine mammal populations, but also for the entire oceanic ecosystems.”
    “Long-term decline in survival and reproduction of dolphins following a marine heatwave”

  5. Doc says:

    US officials worry paralyzing illness may grow more common (AP) “…acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, a rare, mysterious and sometimes deadly paralyzing illness that seems to ebb and flow on an every-other-year cycle and is beginning to alarm public health officials because it is striking more and more children.
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said it may bear similarities to polio, which simmered among humans for centuries before it exploded into fearsome epidemics in the 19th and 20th centuries.
    Fauci, who published a report about the disease Tuesday in the journal mBio, said it is unlikely AFM will become as bad as polio, which struck tens of thousands of U.S. children annually before a vaccine became available in the 1950s.
    But he warned: “Don’t assume that it’s going to stay at a couple of hundred cases every other year.”
    Since 2014, acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a long-recognized condition associated with polioviruses, nonpolio enteroviruses, and various other viral and nonviral causes, has been reemerging globally in epidemic form. This unanticipated reemergence is ironic, given that polioviruses, once the major causes of AFM, are now at the very threshold of global eradication and cannot therefore explain any aspect of AFM reemergence.

  6. Uh-oh... says:

    “European Union antitrust regulators on Friday charged BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen with colluding to block the rollout of emissions cleaning technology in a move that could lead to hefty fines. In the latest emissions scandal to hit the auto industry, the European Commission said it had sent so-called statements of objections to the companies setting out the charges, nearly two years after carrying out dawn raids at their premises. It said the collusion occurred between 2006 to 2014 and took place during the carmakers’ technical meetings.”
    See also Deutsche Welle

  7. Capt. Z-Ro says:

    The Japanese space agency just blasted an asteroid with an explosive copper bomb in hopes of learning more about the solar system.
    The country’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft created a crater in the asteroid by shooting the “small carry-on impactor” — essentially a metal cannonball the size of a baseball — on Friday.
    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, confirmed the impact with images transmitted from a camera left behind by the spacecraft.

  8. Chimayóso says:

    CHIMAYO, N.M. – A northern New Mexico man is accused of poaching animals with illegal traps, and now there’s video that shows what Game and Fish agents found while searching his property. The investigation started after a pet dog named Roxy got caught and died in one of the illegal traps.
    The Department of Game and Fish said this case is the most recent high-profile trapping investigation in New Mexico. it also sparked legislation dubbed ‘Roxy’s Law’ in an effort to ban traps, snares and other devices on public land. The bill never made it to a vote.

  9. Realpolitik says:

    Will Netanyahu annex illegal settlements in West Bank? Analysts say it’s just election talk to grab votes on the right, but Palestinians take the Israeli PM’s words seriously.

  10. Don Herbert says:

    “Confirmed: New phase of matter is solid and liquid at the same time” (National Geographic 4/8/19) The material “would be like holding a sponge filled with water that starts dripping out, except the sponge is also made of water,” says study coauthor Andreas Hermann, a condensed matter physicist at the University of Edinburgh whose team describes the work this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
    Note that “Plasma is one of the four fundamental states of matter, and was first described by chemist Irving Langmuir in the 1920s.”

  11. Smilin' Joe Fission says:

    New Mexico Is Divided Over The ‘Perfect Site’ To Store Nation’s Nuclear Waste (NPR 4/11/19) The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering a proposal by Holtec International, a private U.S.-based company, to build a massive consolidated interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel near Carlsbad N.M. – in the midst of the biggest oil field the United States has. Holtec’s facility could eventually hold up to 100,000 metric tons of the material, “storing it until a permanent repository is found.”
    Holtec International spent nuclear fuel canister failure at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in California See also “What’s the deal with spent nuclear fuel?” and

  12. Money barks says:

    Under Republican and Democratic presidents from Nixon through Obama, killing migratory birds, even inadvertently, was a crime, with fines for violations ranging from $250 to $100 million. The power to prosecute created a deterrent that protected birds and enabled government to hold companies to account for environmental disasters.
    But in part due to President Donald Trump’s interior secretary nominee, David Bernhardt, whose confirmation awaits a Senate vote, the wildlife cop is no longer on the beat. Bernhardt pushed a December 2017 legal opinion that declared the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act applies only when companies kill birds on purpose.
    Internal government emails obtained by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting provide evidence of federal wildlife agents opting out of investigations and enforcement, citing that policy change as the reason.
    First enacted to implement a 1916 treaty with Canada, the 1918 law was written to protect migratory birds – as well as their nests, eggs and even feathers – from being captured, sold or killed “at any time, or in any manner.” Similar treaties were signed by the governments of Mexico, Japan and the Soviet Union, now Russia, and included in the law.
    The reinterpretation of the bird law by the administration may run afoul of these long-standing treaties. The issue is on the agenda of a trilateral meeting among the U.S., Canada and Mexico this week.

  13. Doc says:

    A casual observer of Wednesday’s House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing might think insulin prices just go up by themselves.
    After all, the key industry executives filed opening statements to the congressional panel outlining patient-assistance programs, coupons and discounts — a range of price reductions that might make one think this life-or-death diabetes medication is easily affordable to the patients who need it.
    In fact, the price of insulin nearly doubled from 2012 to 2016 alone, triggering national headlines about the resulting hardships — sometimes deadly — suffered by people with the Type I-version of the condition who are left to ration insulin because it is too expensive for them to use as prescribed.
    The three drug manufacturers that make insulin — Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk and Sanofi — joined three pharmacy benefit managers — CVS Caremark, Express Scripts and OptumRx — to testify before the Oversight and Investigations panel at its second hearing probing the corporate maneuvers behind the skyrocketing costs. See also

  14. Will B. says:

    Global energy consumption is rocketing upward every year: The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects it to climb another 28 percent within a generation.

  15. Ed. Bernays says:

    “Carl’s Jr. is testing out a cannabis burger to stay at the forefront of the CBD trend.”
    “The chain said on Wednesday that it will sell the Rocky Mountain High: CheeseBurger Delight burger at one location in Denver, Colorado for just one day (April 20th, of course). The burger features a sauce infused with CBD, or cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive hemp derivative.
    Though the promotion is limited, it’s not a stunt. The burger chain is using the test to determine whether a CBD burger belongs on its permanent menu, said Patty Trevino, senior vice president of brand marketing for Carl’s Jr.”
    2012 Carl’s Jr. ‘slutburger’ ad

  16. Bhapa says:

    Trucking and the Indians hoping to cross the US-Mexico border : In the latest of its Untold America series, AJ+ hops in the cab of an 18-wheeler belonging to Satnam Singh, a Punjabi Sikh immigrant, who came to the US 40 years ago.
    “For decades, Indian nationals have been making long journeys to reach the US-Mexico border. In some detention facilities in California, up to 40 percent of the people being held are reportedly from India, according to government data from last year.”

  17. HAIL VICTORY says:

    The Roots of Trumpian Agitprop (NYR Daily 4/16/19)
    “TRUMP – The Great Victory”
    The auteur behind the trailer, who has not received credit for his work, is a visual effects artist named Brandon Kachel. He posted the original video in 2016, about a week after Trump’s election, and did not know about the president’s tweet until Slate emailed him. The president appears to have used a version of Kachel’s trailer that had been ripped off and modified by other YouTube users for the 2020 election. (The version tweeted Tuesday surfaced on the pro-Trump Reddit board /r/The_Donald in recent days.)

  18. Extrajudicial says:

    “Armed vigilantes apprehend hundreds of asylum seekers near Mexican border
    Video shows the heavily-armed group taking hundreds of migrants into custody.” Groups like United Constitutional Patriots are not a new presence on the border. A variety of organizations, such as the Minutemen and Arizona Border Recon, regularly patrol the border with the stated aim of gathering “intelligence” on migrant crossings.
    “I Went Undercover With a Border Militia. Here’s What I Saw. A firsthand look inside America’s resurgent paramilitary movement.” (2016)

  19. Bloodmoney says:

    More than 70,000 people have been killed in Yemen’s civil war since January 2016, according to a database tracking violence in the country. The figure, released by the Armed Conflict and Location Event Data Project (ACLED) on Thursday, included 10,000 people who were killed in the past five months alone.

  20. Cassandra says:

    For nearly 40 years, the massive computer models used to simulate global climate have delivered a fairly consistent picture of how fast human carbon emissions might warm the world. But a host of global climate models developed for the United Nations’s next major assessment of global warming, due in 2021, are now showing a puzzling but undeniable trend. They are running hotter than they have in the past. Soon the world could be, too.
    In earlier models, doubling atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) over preindustrial levels led models to predict somewhere between 2°C and 4.5°C of warming once the planet came into balance. But in at least eight of the next-generation models, produced by leading centers in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and France, that “equilibrium climate sensitivity” has come in at 5°C or warmer. Modelers are struggling to identify which of their refinements explain this heightened sensitivity before the next assessment from the United Nations’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). But the trend “is definitely real. There’s no question,” says Reto Knutti, a climate scientist at ETH Zurich in Switzerland. “Is that realistic or not? At this point, we don’t know.”

  21. Untouchables says:

    One of America’s wealthiest cities is experiencing a massive increase in reported incidents of human feces found on public streets as it struggles to accommodate its homeless population amid skyrocketing rent prices and a decreasing supply of affordable housing.

  22. "Survival of the fittest" says:

    “Could antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” become a bigger killer than cancer?” CBS News “60 Minutes”, April 21, 2019) “Antibiotics have saved hundreds of millions of lives. But their continued, widespread use has led to mutated bacteria that are resistant to these drugs”
    See also “What does antibiotic resistance look like? Watch this experiment.”

  23. Mike says:

    BBC News: Two gorillas have been photographed posing for a relaxed selfie with the rangers who rescued them as babies. The image was taken at a gorilla orphanage in Virunga National Park, DR Congo, where the animals were raised after poachers killed their parents.
    The park’s deputy director told BBC Newsday that they had learned to imitate their carers, who have looked after them since they were found. The gorillas, he added, think of the rangers as their parents.

    • Eggman says:

      “Egg farmers, industry support 2019 White House Easter Egg Roll” “A record-breaking 74,000 eggs will be donated to the event this year to be used for the iconic Egg Roll, as well as decorating, hunting and snacking. Families in attendance will also enjoy EggPops, hard-boiled eggs on a stick that have become a new South Lawn tradition. Kids and their parents will have an opportunity to visit AEB’s interactive Hen to Home exhibit to learn about an egg’s journey from the farm to the plate as well as take photos with the popular Eggy mascots.”

  24. Eat-Em-Up says:

    “Malaysia will look to leverage its expansive palm oil resources to support military procurement, a senior government official has stated. Palm oil is one of Malaysia’s most important commodities, contributing nearly 5% to the country’s GDP with exports in 2018 reportedly worth MYR62.7 billion (USD15 billion)”.
    “How the world got hooked on palm oil : It’s the miracle ingredient in everything from biscuits to shampoo. But our dependence on palm oil has devastating environmental consequences. Is it too late to break the habit? “Worldwide production of palm oil has been climbing steadily for five decades. Between 1995 and 2015, annual production quadrupled, from 15.2m tonnes to 62.6m tonnes. By 2050, it is expected to quadruple again, reaching 240m tonnes. The footprint of palm oil production is astounding: plantations to produce it account for 10% of permanent global cropland. Today, 3 billion people in 150 countries use products containing palm oil. Globally, we each consume an average of 8kg of palm oil a year.”

  25. 'Representative democracy' says:

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority on Tuesday appeared poised to hand President Donald Trump a victory on his administration’s plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, a move opponents call a Republican effort to deter immigrants from taking part. Among the conservative justices indicating support for the administration’s stance were Trump’s two appointees, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, and Chief Justice John Roberts, considered the court’s pivotal vote.
    Opponents have said the question would cause a sizeable undercount by frightening immigrant households and Latinos from filling out the census forms, fearful that the information would be shared with law enforcement. This would cost Democratic-leaning areas electoral representation in Congress and federal aid, benefiting Trump’s fellow Republicans and Republican-leaning parts of the country, they said. The census is used to allot seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and distribute some $800 billion in federal funds.
    Lower courts ruled that the administration violated federal law and the U.S. Constitution in seeking to include the question on the census form. A ruling by the Supreme Court is due by the end of June.

  26. Hoser says:

    Philippines’ Duterte gives Canada 1 week to take back garbage or ‘we will declare war’
    Canada leads the developed world in per capita production of garbage.
    “The 720 kilos [1,587 lbs.] per capita of waste produced annually by every Canadian is about twice what is produced per capita in Japan, and as much as 10 times what is produced by a half-dozen countries in Africa. More alarmingly, our production is seven per cent higher than per capita output of waste in the United States, which all but invented consumer excess.”

  27. Curanderismo says:

    Folk medicines and herbal products have been used for millennia to combat a whole range of ailments, at times to the chagrin of modern scientists who have struggled to explain their medicinal benefits.
    However a recent study by researchers at the University of Sydney has determined exactly how a popular ancient remedy, the elderberry fruit, can help the fight against influenza.

  28. Cassandra says:

    “We have a president who has a long, tangled history with figures connected to Russian organized crime — all of it, apparently, perfectly legal.”
    See also “The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia” @ “…there’s a new kind of war going on. It’s a global war without bombs or bullets or boots on the ground, and the weapons are information and data and social media and financial institutions. The Russian mafia is one weapon in this global conflict, and they’ve been fighting it smartly since the fall of the Soviet Union.”

  29. Wheels within wheels says:

    “China is using American satellites to simultaneously oppress its own people and pose a threat to the U.S. military, and it’s unknown what can be done to stop them.”
    “…While the U.S. has laws prohibiting American companies from exporting satellites to China, the laws do not regulate how bandwidth from those satellites are used, allowing China to “rent” U.S. satellites. Furthermore, offshore firms have allowed China to utilized U.S. technology without drawing suspicion.
    Chinese ambitions to control satellite networks -and the Internet as a whole – are well documented, to the point where the CIA has recently warned allied intelligence assets of the dangers of dealing with Chinese telecom companies such as Huawei.”

  30. Theremin music says:

    The U.S. Navy is drafting new guidelines for pilots and other personnel to report encounters with “unidentified aircraft,” a significant new step in creating a formal process to collect and analyze the unexplained sightings — and destigmatize them. The previously unreported move is in response to a series of sightings of unknown, highly advanced aircraft intruding on Navy strike groups and other sensitive military formations and facilities, the service says.

  31. Harbinger says:

    Researchers say what was once the world’s second-largest colony of emperor penguins has “now all but disappeared” after changes in sea-ice conditions made their typical breeding grounds highly unstable. A group of researchers from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) published their findings in the Antarctic Science journal on Thursday. The team said in a statement that they studied “very high resolution satellite imagery to reveal the unusual findings.”
    The initial breakup was associated with a particularly stormy period in September 2015, which corresponded with the strongest El Niño in over 60 years, strong winds, and a record low sea-ice year locally. Conditions have not recovered in the two years since.

  32. Egghead says:

    After Pentagon Ends Contract, Top-Secret Scientists Group Vows To Carry On (NPR 4/25/19) The Jasons group comprises about 60 members. By day, they’re normal academics, working at colleges and universities and in private industry. But each summer, they come together to study tough problems for the military, intelligence agencies and other parts of the government. “The idea that they’re going to cut back on the kind of advice that the Jasons provide is not good for the Department of Defense,” says Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists, an independent watchdog group. “It’s not good for the nation.” “The department remains committed to seeking independent technical advice and review,” Pentagon spokesperson Heather Babb said. But Aftergood sees another reason for the end of the relationship. He says that the Jasons are a blunt bunch. If they think an idea is dumb or won’t work, they aren’t afraid to say so.
    “They were offering the opposite of cheerleading,” he says. “And DOD decided that maybe they didn’t want to pay for that any longer.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.