Thursday, December 13, 2007

Water Wars


Posted on Dec 11, 2007

By Amy Goodman

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded this week, in Oslo, Norway. Al Gore shared the prize with the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which represents more than 2,500 scientists from 130 countries. The solemn ceremony took place as the United States is blocking meaningful progress at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, and the Republicans in the U.S. Senate have derailed the energy bill passed by the House of Representatives, which would have accelerated the adoption of renewable energy sources at the expense of big-oil and coal corporations.

Gore set the stage: “So, today, we dumped another 70 million tons of global-warming pollution into the thin shell of atmosphere surrounding our planet, as if it were an open sewer. And tomorrow, we will dump a slightly larger amount, with the cumulative concentrations now trapping more and more heat from the sun.

“As a result, the Earth has a fever. And the fever is rising. The experts have told us it is not a passing affliction that will heal by itself. We asked for a second opinion. And a third. And a fourth. And the consistent conclusion, restated with increasing alarm, is that something basic is wrong. We are what is wrong, and we must make it right.”

He went on: “Last Sept. 21, as the Northern Hemisphere tilted away from the sun, scientists reported with unprecedented distress that the north polar ice cap is ‘falling off a cliff.’ One study estimated that it could be completely gone during summer in less than 22 years. Another new study, to be presented by U.S. Navy researchers later this week, warns it could happen in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.”

How will climate-change skeptics explain that one? (Already, big business is celebrating the break up of the polar ice cap, as a northern sea route from the Atlantic to the Pacific is opening, creating a cheaper route for more needless shipping.) It is hard to imagine the north pole, the storied, frozen expanse of ice and snow, completely gone in just a few years. Lost as well will be the vast store of archeological data trapped in the ice: thousands of years of the Earth’s climate history are told in the layers of ice that descend for miles there. Scientists are just now learning how to read and interpret the history. The great meltdown will surely have catastrophic effects on the ecosystem in the north, with species like the polar bear already edging toward extinction.

Rajendra Pachauri, an Indian scientist, accepted for the IPCC. He is a careful scientist with the political finesse to chair the work of the IPCC despite the enduring antagonism of the United States. He pointed to the disproportionate effect of climate change on the world’s poor:

“[T]he impacts of climate change on some of the poorest and the most vulnerable communities in the world could prove extremely unsettling ... in terms of: access to clean water, access to sufficient food, stable health conditions, ecosystem resources, security of settlements.”

Pachauri predicts water wars and mass migrations. “Migration, usually temporary and often from rural to urban areas, is a common response to calamities such as floods and famines.”

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Dinosaurs lived here for 100 million years(approx. nobody really knows) and never endangered their surroundings, if not for meteorites slamming Earth they would probably still be here. But give humanity the industrial age of 200 and voila! We are the biggest destructive influence on this planet. Our devotion to fossil fuel combustion has earned us the reputation of planetary destructionists.

We will be the only creature to create it's own demise on this planet ever.

Quite an accomplishment.

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24 comments:

Micki said...

HURRY!

Us (US) to the world: BUSH DOES NOT REPRESENT US


Petition from Americans to world leaders at Bali Summit:

Please ignore President Bush. He doesn't represent us.

I love the opening on this petition -- Please ignore President Bush. He doesn't represent us.

Please consider signing -- but do it real QUICK!

Micki said...

Boy, Den, you were busy thinking last night, when you should have been bzzzzzzzzzzzzing!

DEN said...

Just don't get me started about the lack of educated individuals.

Carey said...

Such fascinating stuff from last night's late posts. Will read them after I pick up my sick cat from the doctor's. Very sick cat, by the way.

Yes, Potrero residents vote today. Last night on the local news I heard a Potrero woman say, "They say they're not the same people as those guys in trouble in Iraq. They're the same Blackwater."

They know what's best for everyone because they're getting handsomely paid, these pirates. Let us hope and pray Blackwater does not settle in San Diego.

My mouth and fingers are off today. Everything's coming out jumbled.

Big news in baseball--three very important press conferences scheduled back to back with George Mitchell leading the way on the steroid issue.

This is big. I'm betting much stricter testing standards will be absolutely pushed through.

I heard someone say that you must take away the records of the "elite" athletes, the Olympic medal winners, if there is drug usage, but not the other records like baseball stats and such.

Whew boy, that's a huge dilemma.

Micki said...

SENATE JUDICIARY CMTE VOTES ON COMTEMPT FOR ROVER, BOLTEN -- SPECTER, GRASSLEY VOTE IN FAVOR WITH DEMS

Last updated December 13, 2007 10:27 a.m. PT
Panel votes on contempt for Rove, Bolten

By LAURIE KELLMAN
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Judiciary Committee voted for a contempt citation against presidential confidants Karl Rove and Josh Bolten on Thursday, the latest move in an inquiry into possibly politically motivated firings of federal prosecutors.

The 12-7 vote sent the citation against the two to the full Senate. Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters afterward that he will consider whether to bring it to the floor next year.

Micki said...

Now, watch the busheviks claim executive privilege and run out the clock!

F-ers!

Micki said...

Even if the full Senate approves the comtempt citations, prosecution would be handled by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Dictrict of Columbia.

Unfortunately, those prosecutors in the DC office serve at the pleasure of George W. Bush -- at least until January 20, 2009 -- and that office has already declared that they "would not be permitted to bring contempt charges or convene a grand jury in an executive privilege case." (From WaPo, July 20, 2007, "Broader Privilege Claimed in Firings")

F-ers -- again!

Micki said...

I hate the busheviks.

DEN said...

It is not Friday funnies yet but for a hoot you have to see this video which explains Mormonism.

Danger! do not drink liquids during the viewing or you might end up spitting them out.

Gerald said...

Water is a very precious resource. In my book I discussed water. I did not mention a corporation by name but I believe that Coca Cola put up a water purifying plant in a third world country and charges 25 cents on a dollar for a person to have water on a daily basis. Most people in these countries only earn a dollar per day. THIS IS TOTALLY IMMORAL!!!

David B. Benson said...

Den --- Actually, we are not the first of Earth's creatures to cause our own demise.

The early atmosphere was reducing and early life somehow started and began extracting oxygen and leaving it in the air as a waste product. Eventually there was enough oxygen to finish off most of those early forms. The only surviving species I know about are the stromatolytes, a form of cyanobacteria now found in only three places in the world; all three extremely inhospitable (too hot and salty) so that nothing comes along to eat up these remaining survivors.

Gerald said...

I LOVE THE UNITED STATES OF EVIL FOR HER TRANSPARENCY REGARDING HYPOCRISY!!!

BEND OVER HERE IT COMES AGAIN!!!

Gerald said...

The more you find out about the Mormon cult or fate, the more you you must say that they are not or may not be true Christians! What I know about Mormonism, I have serious doubts about Romney and his campaign to be president.

We have a screwball in the White House now! Let us not be euchred again with screwy ideas about some cult to claim that they are Christians!

Gerald said...

We also have screwball kkkhristians who claim to be true Christians.

G. K. Chesterton - IT'S NOT THAT CHRISTIANITY HAS BEEN TRIED AND FAILED. IT'S THAT IT HAS NEVER BEEN TRIED.

Christianity is a value system and a way of life. True Christians know the Words of Jesus Christ.

Micki said...

Geez. I misspelled contempt, twice above.

Micki said...

The RNC has selected its theme song for their useless presidential convention in '08.

Jesus Christ Superstar!

Gerald said...

GOD DOES WORK IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS!!!

MY CHURCH AND ALL RELIGIONS MUST STICK THEIR NOSES OUT OF POLITICS. Huckabee, a minister, must not be elected president.

I DO NOT WANT TO BE A god ON EARTH. I WANT TO BE A SAINT IN HEAVEN.

JOHN KERRY WAS RIPPED BY MY CHURCH IN 2004. PLEASE JUST THINK ABOUT WHAT MY CHURCH MAY HAVE CREATED IF ROMNEY IS ELECTED PRESIDENT.

POSTERS, YOU MUST THANK GOD THAT I AM SOMEKIND OF A MORMON god. IF I WAS A god, ALL HELL WOULD BREAK LOOSE AGAINST THE EVIL NAZIS IN NAZI AMERICA.

Gerald said...

If I was a god, fire and brimstone upon the United States of Evil would reign supreme.

Gerald said...

St. Jerome said, "Ignorance of the Scripures is ignorance of Christ." Bush, the neoconservatives, and the kkkevangelicals are ignorant of the Scriptures and so they are ignorant of Christ.

Screwballs reign supreme in the Nazi Party, like Romney, Huckabee, Thompson, etc.

Gerald said...

Posters, I will be linking to letters with my post. These posts will deal with the Holy Trinity and Voting.

The Holy Trinity

Dear Posters:

We have often heard that God works in mysterious ways. One of His mysteries is the Holy Trinity. I do not believe personally that it is a mystery for me. Here are my ideas on the Holy Trinity.

In the Holy Trinity there are three persons in one God. We have God, the Father, God, the Son, and God, the Holy Spirit.

I will look at God, the Father, in the Old Testament of the Bible. We seem to view God, the Father, as punishing and vengeful God. It is God, the Father, who will judge us when we go before Him. God, the Father, promised to send us His Son who will save us. God, the Son, comes to save us in the New Testament. It is in the New Testament where we read about a love and merciful God. God, the Son, leaves us with many beautiful words to help save us. Upon God, the Son’s death, Jesus promises to send us the Holt Spirit to guide us. God, the Holy Spirit, is with us every day.

God, the Son, or Jesus gave us more chances to be saved when He inspired St. Faustina to write her diaries. Jesus stressed the short prayer, “Jesus, I trust in You.” He also said to St. Faustina that who whoever says the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at their hour of dead that Jesus would stand between the dying person and God to save the soul. He also promised that even the most harden of sinners will receive His mercy before God, the Father.

I believe that the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is very important in saving our souls. I also would hope that Mary, the mother of Jesus, would be with me at the hour my judgment as a character witness. The reason why Mary is so important to me is in the fact that God, the Father, will never refuse any thing that Mary asks of Him. Upon God’s judgment of me, I will need all the help I can receive.

Sincerely,
Gerald

Voting

Dear Posters:

I will share with you some ways that I may vote. My voting for a candidate will possibly vary because there may be many unknown factors at this time, such as my belief that Hitler Bush will declare martial law and cancel the 2008 presidential elections.

I will not vote for any person in the Nazi Party. That fact is etched in stone. I do not plan to vote for Obama or Edwards. If Kucinich is nominated, he will receive my vote. If Hillary is nominated, I will give her a close look. If Dodd or Richardson is nominated, either one may receive my vote.

If Kucinich or Hillary is not nominated by the Democratic Party, I would hope that Kucinich would run as an Independent. If Bloomberg runs as an Independent, I will consider voting for him. If Ron Paul runs as an Independent, I may consider voting for him. As you can read, my voting is very fluid at this time. I have no problem with Hillary’s credentials to be president. In fact I believe that she is the best qualified candidate to handle the various domestic and world problems. Personally, I do not like her stance on possibly continuing Hitler Bush’s wars and possibly starting new wars.

Time will tell who will be nominated to run for president from the different parties.

Sincerely,
Gerald

DEN said...

Doc, thats interesting.

DEN said...

OK folks, we have a missing kid alert.

Go here this is legit not a scam.

The news story

Mom claims they will not issue an amber alert for him even though dad is known for harming him in the past.

Could be anywhere in the USA.

Alan said...

What is this? The orange "B" (I think it's a 'B') is in front of everybody's name all the sudden. It wasn't like that earlier today... or ever, before tonight.

Alan said...

You definitely can't miss this one.

It's Bill O's loofah-phone sex, sung at the opera, word for word.

So anyway, I'd be rubbing your...