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Oregon surfers unite
to protect 362 miles of
the gray whale's coast.


     save 362 miles of Oregon beaches

Oregon Surfrider chapters
have begun a Long Live
Oregon Beaches campaign.

It celebrates protection of
beaches for the future
and every living thing
here and now. click logo



Millions of butts
per year flush into the
San Fransisco Bay


Butt free Berkeley

Keep butts out the bay poster




Maui is being sued by Monsanto for a successful citizen's initiative halting GMO experiments on their Island. Learn more here.




Constructed wetlands
turns sewage to wealth

Arcata





photo art of nebraska natural gas burn off



Drilling, building and
blasting ... ships and
pipelines everywhere.
Coast to coast, we all
face the same threats.


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British Columbia


Kinder Morgan is also building a pipeline that will plunge down the coastal range of British Columbia and directly into Cetacea, capital of cetacean whale and dolphin homewaters.

Cetacea is a planned port for super tankers that will load from the Kinder-Morgan pipeline.

Giant oil and fracked gas tankers will churn their way through the cetacean whale and dolphin capitol and then on across the Pacific Ocean. Perhaps to fuel slave ships harvesting shrimp for added big-box savings.



photo of jumping orca where the LNG tankers will go



Will this mother and child be caught in the passing lane between liquid gas super tankers plowing through their home waters off both coasts of north America?

Ask handsome young Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, he supports pipelines into the heart of Cetacea on the Grey Whale Coast. So, too, does the wise USer President Trump and President Enrique Peña Nieto of México. All these north american presidents know there is only so much left to get while the getting is still good.



photo of mother whale and child where the LNG tankers will go



Make your own

Sandals


Sew your own

Reusable cloth bag


Build your own

Rainwater reservoir


Accelerating Global Climate Collapse
climate temp graph


April 24, 2017 ... University of Cambridge : Caterpillar found to eat plastic shopping bags, possible biodegradable solution to plastic pollution

Scientists have found that a caterpillar commercially bred for fishing bait has the ability to biodegrade polyethylene: one of the toughest and most used plastics, frequently found clogging up landfill sites in the form of plastic shopping bags.

The wax worm, the larvae of the common wax moth, is a scourge of beehives across Europe. In the wild, the worms live as parasites in bee colonies. Wax moths lay their eggs inside hives where the worms hatch and grow on beeswax - hence the name.

"Wax is a polymer, a sort of 'natural plastic,' and has a chemical structure not dissimilar to polyethylene," said CSIC's Bertocchini, the study's lead author. read full report


April 17, 2017 ... Cornell university : Eye expressions offer a glimpse into the evolution of emotion

photo of two different eye expressions

New research by Adam Anderson, professor of human development at Cornell University's College of Human Ecology, reveals why the eyes offer a window into the soul.

"When looking at the face, the eyes dominate emotional communication," Anderson said. "The eyes are windows to the soul likely because they are first conduits for sight. Emotional expressive changes around the eye influence how we see, and in turn, this communicates to others how we think and feel."

This work builds on Anderson's research from 2013, which demonstrated that human facial expressions, such as raising one's eyebrows, arose from universal, adaptive reactions to one's environment and did not originally signal social communication. Full Eureka alert here


April 14, 2017 ... Atascadero News Opinion Section, A-4 : SLO County, California

cartoon of iTrumpet and poison pollution OK for Americans but not Syrians


April 13, 2017 ... MIT/UC Berkeley : The MIT laboratory of Evelyn Wang has built a scaleable device that draws water from air using sunlight as power source.

photo of device that draws water from air

The solar-powered harvester, reported in the journal Science, was constructed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology using a special material - a metal-organic framework, or MOF - produced at the University of California, Berkeley.

In 2014, Omar Yaghi and his UC Berkeley team synthesized a MOF - a combination of zirconium metal and adipic acid - that binds water vapor, and he suggested to Evelyn Wang, a mechanical engineer at MIT, that they join forces to turn the MOF into a water-collecting system. Read complete physics.org article


April 10, 2017 ... Oregon State University : Greenhouse gas effect caused by mangrove forest clearing is major

Clear-cutting of tropical mangrove forests to create shrimp ponds and cattle pastures contributes significantly to the greenhouse gas effect, one of the leading causes of global warming, new research suggests.

"On a personal scale, this means a typical steak and shrimp cocktail dinner produced through mangrove conversion would burden the atmosphere with 1,795 pounds of carbon dioxide," said J. Boone Kauffman, an ecologist at Oregon State University who led the study.

"This is approximately the same amount of greenhouse gases produced by driving a fuel-efficient automobile from Los Angeles to New York City." (For one steak and shrimp dinner).

"What we found was astounding," said Kauffman, a senior research professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences. "It's a remarkable amount of carbon that is emitted into the atmosphere when you convert these mangrove forests to shrimp ponds or pastures. And the food productivity of these sites is not really very high." read more at physics.org


April 10, 2017 ... China : 70% Chinese millennials lead global home ownership

Seventy percent of Chinese millennials (the people born in the 1980s and 90s) are now said to own their home, and more than 90 percent of those that haven't bought yet say they intend to do so in the next five years, according to a new survey by HSBC.

The survey by the British banking giant included interviews with 9,000 people based in nine countries. While Chinese millennials lead the global trend of buying a home among the age group, Mexico is next at 46 percent, followed by France at 41 percent, the U.S. and Malaysia at 35 percent, Canada at 34 percent, the UK at 31 percent, Australia at 28 percent and the UAE at 26 percent. full article at China News


April 8, 2017 ... Boston : Across the U.S., state-level carbon emissions are higher in states where income is more highly concentrated among the wealthiest residents, according to a new study by two Boston College researchers.

Spending power drives carbon-intensive consumerism. But so do the political clout and economic power of the wealthiest individuals, according to Jorgenson and Schor, whose analysis with co-author and BC graduate student Xiaorui Huang employed established economic models that assess the political and economic influence of individual wealth on society. Full article at Science News


April 4, 2017 ... Iraq : NASA photo; Oil field fires in Qayyarah have been extinguished completely

photos of oil field fire and now extinguished

This oil field has burned for almost a year. A nearby sulfer mine and processing plant burned along with the oil field. Complete story at NASA Earth Observatory

NASA Photo of October 25, 2016 ... Iraq : Oil and sulfer fires near Mosul

Iraq war oil and sulfer fire pollution seen from space


April 2, 2017 ... Groundwater forecast : Groundwater is being depleted faster than aquifers can recharge

Groundwater – from underground supplies, as opposed to water in rivers or lakes – supplies global agriculture with 43% of crop irrigation.

The country exporting the most crops produced using groundwater is Pakistan, with 29% of global non-renewable sources embedded in trade. The second largest user of groundwater for irrigated crop export is the US (27%). India (12%) is third place. read complete Climate News Network article


March 27, 2017 ... United States : Trump took the presidency with 19.5% of Americans voting for him; Clinton lost with 19.8%; almost 59% did not vote (of which half were not eligible); and far more of those who were eligible to vote chose to stay home (30% of Americans) compared to the number who voted for the winner or the loser (less than 20%). Complete article


March 24, 2017 ... United States : US Government sinks to grotesque new lows

Democrats have adopted the full panoply of early 1950's anti-Russian witch hunt McCarthyism to smear Russia and republicans are no better. Something's going on around here. What it is ain't exactly clear…

Tani Cantil-Sakauye, chief justice of California’s Supreme Court, asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to stop immigration agents from stalking the state’s courthouses to make arrests. “Courthouses should not be used as bait in the necessary enforcement of our country’s immigration laws,” Cantil-Sakauye wrote in a letter.

“I am deeply concerned about reports from some of our trial courts that immigration agents appear to be stalking undocumented immigrants in our courthouses to make arrests,” she wrote.

Complete in-depth articles at Washington Post and Truthdig includes input from the Mayor and Police Chief of Los Angeles.

So what's going on with democratic party McCarthyism and republican cruelty? More than meets the eye.

Democrats in denial search for someone to blame for their political losses and fixate on the Russians. But there's more. Forget nuclear winter; the bipartisan democrat and republican trillion dollar nuclear modernization program needs an enemy and Russia is it.

Thus, US weapons designers have turned old nuclear warheads into more efficient weapons of mass destruction with a new fuse that sets the bomb off at more precise elevation above the target. This means hardened missile silos could be eliminated in a first strike by the US. The result is Russia on a less than one minute hair trigger alert to protect itself against the rogue US military empire. Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

What will those diabolical democrats and republicans dream up next? Austerity-funded weapons design as a top priority policy appears robust until the empire bankrupts the population.

Meanwhile, Russian GMO-free produce exports surpass its weapons export sales and approach a third of its natural gas exports. Russia has proven that organic farmers are more practical than US weapons of mass destruction.


March 23, 2017 ... Human Health : Comparison of health expenditures among nations clearly illustrates effect of US austerity and corporatist health system.

graph of comparative health expenses


March 22, 2017 ... Chiapas : Zapatista cultural strength uses organic coffee to assist the world's refugees and their ongoing struggle for freedom and an autonomous democracy.

Truthdig and telesur have the full story.


March 9, 2017 ... University of California - Santa Barbara : Eating healthier food could reduce greenhouse gas emissions, says a new study out of UCSB, some relatively small diet tweaks could add up to significant steps toward addressing climate change.

That's the finding of a new study led by UC Santa Barbara researchers, who analyzed the potential effects of healthier model diets for the United States. The results appear in the journal Climatic Change.

The food system contributes about 30 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, with the largest proportion coming from animal-based food. In addition, the poor quality of the standard U.S. diet -- including high levels of red and processed meat and low levels of fruits and vegetables -- is a major factor in a number of preventable diseases. The U.S. spends $3 trillion on health care every year --18 percent of the gross domestic product -- much of it allocated to diseases associated with poor diets.

The connection made here are that the unhealthy US diet uses environmentally destructive farming methods and the resulting medical expenses also contribute to global climate collapse. Smaller scale organic gardening leads to healthy people who avoid red meat and processed foods. This in turn reduces medical industry contribution to global climate collapse. Read full UCSB news release here


March 8 2017 ... Women's Day : Small loans made to help small businesses. In honor of Women's Day, the micro-finance organization Kiva is giving out FREE loans to first-time lenders. It costs you nothing and helps a borrower. ZeroWasteNews invites you to take part. Click photo below.

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March 7 2017 ... Geneva : Two United Nations experts are calling for a comprehensive new global treaty to regulate and phase out the use of dangerous pesticides in farming, and move towards sustainable agricultural practices. They say: “excessive use of pesticides are very dangerous to human health, to the environment and it is misleading to claim they are vital to ensuring food security.”

The Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, and the Special Rapporteur on Toxics, Baskut Tuncak, told the Human Rights Council in Geneva that widely divergent standards of production, use and protection from hazardous pesticides in different countries are creating double standards, which are having a serious impact on human rights.

Chronic exposure to pesticides has been linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, hormone disruption, developmental disorders and sterility. Farmers and agricultural workers, communities living near plantations, indigenous communities and pregnant women and children are particularly vulnerable to pesticide exposure and require special protections. Read full UN report


March 1, 2017 ... US military Budget yields Chaos : Over 90% of world terrorism is located near US military concentrations. During this same time, Afghanistan became #1 world Heroin producer.

graph of terrorist attacks outside western europe


February 26, 2017 ... San Luis Obispo County, California:

Immigration directive not a focus, officials say;
unedited excerpts from The Tribune, Newspaper of the California Central Coast, front page, above the fold, Sunday paper.

As President Donald Trump's administration beefs up immigration enforcement and looks to local law enforcement agencies for help, San Luis Obispo County officials say they're in the business of protecting residents, not deporting them.

Only one California agency, the Orange County Sheriff's office, is among the participants.

In San Luis Obispo county, local law enforcement agencies say they aren't interested. And California law backs them up, giving local agencies discretion in detaining people with immigration violations. State law also makes it illegal for state and local law enforcement to detain anyone solely for immigration purposes.

California is home to more than 2.5 million undocumented immigrants.

Despite the Trump directive, the California TRUST Act, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law in 2013, gives local law enforcement officers discretion when detaining people for potential immigration law violations.

Lori Haley, an ICE spokeswoman, said that the agency isn't granting interviews to the news media and declined to comment on the memorandum.

Local police departments also want no part in the ramped up immigration enforcement.

Capt. Jeff Anderson of the San Luis Obispo Police Department said officers don't ask about residents' citizenship when responding to calls.

"Our focus is still and will always be to serve the people in our community," he said. "We don't want them to hesitate to call or contact us because we'll look into their immigration status." read full article at The Tribune


February 25, 2017 ... Editor : The US government has done far more than permitted, perpetuated, and subsidized corporate destruction of the environment and climate; it is the number one polluter in the country. And the US military is number one polluter in the US Government. Shame on all those Generals who sent the toxic smoke of burn piles over the children of America serving the United States. Those generals are worse parents than they are generals.

And lest people make haste to blame the republicans, do not forget it was 56 years ago when president Lyndon Johnson was given the first very accurate projection of impending climate collapse. And examine what he did. Rather than concentrate on preserving Earth life support bio systems, President Johnson, a democrat, chose to sacrifice the loyal and patriotic service of American youth and fortunes on a to this day still grotesquely polluting nonsensical domino theory of war.

Instead of acting as an adult human being elected with honor to the most responsible job in the US, Lyndon Johnson was driven from office in disgrace for warring on people so isolated many of them had only vague notions connecting explosions on the ground to high flying bombers. War is never the answer.


February 23, 2017 ... Europe : Mysterious Radioactive Leak Detected Across Europe. The US atom bomb test sniffer plane called Constant Phoenix has been deployed.

According to reports, small amounts of highly radioactive radioisotope, iodine-131, of unknown origin, have been detected over large areas of Europe. A nuclear ‘incident’ in the vicinity of the Arctic circle may have spread the mysterious radioactive leak during the past week. The quantities of radiation detected are said to be not harmful to human health.

Adding an air of mystery to this alleged “incident” was the spotting of the “Constant Phoenix”, which on Friday arrived in the UK’s Mildenhall airbase after departing from Florida.

Further note: The Constant Phoenix sniffer aircraft is paid for by US citizens. Even so, results of radiation monitoring, since the Fukushima meltdowns, are no longer made available to US citizens. This policy change was instituted by the Obama administration following the meltdowns in Japan. Read the full yourNewsWire European reports here


February 21, 2017 ... Davao City, Phillipines : The City Engineer’s Office said Monday that a rainwater collection system is mandatory before they will issue the certificate of occupancy. Rainwater collection in new buildings is mandatory.

The ordinance contains provisions on the proper harvesting, storage and utilization of rainwater in Davao City.

Engr. Arjean V. Jumamoy, a representative from the City Engineer’s Office noted that the purpose of rainwater collection is to mainly conserve water and to utilize rainwater for non-potable purposes such as flushing the toilet and for general cleaning purposes. “This ordinance is a requirement only to those new applicants for new building permit for residential, commercial and institutional,” Jumamoy said.

“Actually, we won’t only conserve water but also the energy because if we have rainwater, there will be a lesser energy used in pumping for our municipal water,” she stated.

She added that “we are just too confident that we are have constant rain here in the city but the people don’t know that our water resource is actually deflating.” read complete article here


February 20, 2017 ... Global Economy, Planet Earth : Six men are as wealthy as half the world's population.

"As of 02/17/17, the world's 6 richest individuals (all men) had $412 billion … Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Amancio Ortega, Mark Zuckerberg, Carlos Slim Helu (with Larry Ellison jockeying for position) … The wealth of these six men increased by $69 billion in just one year ... In the U.S., the Forbes 400 own as much as 3/5 of the American People." Read report from Common Dreams

Editor's note: Cannibal capitalism is destroying Earth life support system so that a half dozen very weird people can compete to see which one is the best and eventually owns everthing.

Competitive capitalist perspective is blind to the logical next step; when nobody, the surviving fictional corporate being, actually owns everything.


February 17, 2017 ... San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico : The Walls Above, The Cracks Below (And To The Left) The Storm On Our Path ...

For us, as Zapatista originary peoples, the storm—the war—has been going on for centuries. It arrived to our lands with the lies of the dominant civilization and religion. At that time, the sword and the cross bled our people dry.

Over time, the sword was modernized and the cross was dethroned by the religion of capital, but it continued to demand our blood as an offering to the new god: money.

We resisted, we always resist. Our rebellions were displaced by the dispute between various forces for Power. Those forces, always from above, demanded that we struggle and die to serve them. They demanded obedience and submission under the guise of liberating us. Like those who said and say they fight, they came and come to rule. There were supposed independences and false revolutions, those past and those to come.

Since then, those above have taken turns and continue to take turns in order to govern, badly, or aspire to do so. In past and present calendars, their proposal continues to be the same: that we offer our blood, while they lead or pretend to lead.

Finally the system unmasks itself and shows its true face and vocation. “War Always, War Everywhere,” reads the name on the proud ship that navigates through a sea of blood and shit. It is money and not artificial intelligence that fights humanity in the decisive battle: that of survival. read complete Zapatista invocation here


February 15, 2017 ... Massachusetts : Massachusetts could become the first U.S. state to commit to 100% renewable energy. Legislation, introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Sean Garballey and Marjorie Decker and in the Senate by Sen. Jamie Eldridge, establishes targets for Massachusetts to meet its electricity needs from renewable energy by 2035 and all of its energy needs, including heating and transportation, from renewable sources by 2050. full Ecowatch report here


February 5,2017 ... Real World Economics : Astonishing almost vertical global climate collapse graph totally refutes lying corporatist propaganda from greedy people like Trump.

Accelerating Global Climate Collapse
climate temp graph

“The point of modern propaganda isn’t only to misinform or push an agenda. It is to exhaust your critical thinking, to annihilate truth.”

Dave Raithel quoted this statement by Garry Kasparov. Graph prepared and presented by merijntknibbe at Real World Economics


February 5,2017 ... Massachusetts Institute of Technology : MIT States That Half of All Children May be Autistic by 2025 due to Monsanto.

A senior scientist at MIT has declared that we are facing an epidemic of autism that may result in one half of all children being affected by autism in ten years.

Dr. Stephanie Seneff, who made these remarks during a panel presentation in Groton, MA last week, specifically cites the Monsanto herbicide, Roundup, as the culprit for the escalating incidence of autism and other neurological disorders. Roundup, which was introduced in the 1970’s, contains the chemical glyphosate, which is the focal point for Seneff’s concerns. Roundup was originally restricted to use on weeds, as glyphosate kills plants. However, Roundup is now in regular use with crops.

If you don’t consume corn on the cob or toasted soybeans, however, you are hardly exempt from the potential affects of consuming glyphosate. Wheat is now sprayed with Roundup right before it is harvested, making any consumption of non-organic wheat bread a sure source for the chemical. In addition, any products containing corn syrup, such as soft drinks, are also carrying a payload of glyphosate. Complete Defend Democracy post Original Post date: 26 January 2015 by Janet Phelan


February 4, 2017 ... Zapatista Alchemy : Concluding remarks at a conference on Zapatista need for real science.

"When, upon the recommendation of a compa, I read that excellent text called The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, by the neurologist Oliver Sacks, I thought that Sacks must have been itching to open that man’s head to see what was happening in his brain. Although I would have preferred to open his wife’s head to understand how she could stand to be confused for a hat and why she didn’t “fix” her husband’s dysfunction with a good smack upside the head." Full presentation


February 1, 2017 ... Minneapolis, Minnesota : "Its criminal for the U.S. to bomb and attack other countries and then turn away refugees when the U.S. has destroyed their homeland." The Anti-War Committee

Fifteen thousand peace marchers against Trump Muslim ban and defending all immigrants were addressed by the mayor and others outside the Federal Building in downtown Minneapolis. Read complete FightBack news source


January 28, 2017 ... San Francisco, California : Official determination of methods to cut off transfer payments from California to the US is ongoing. Trump is threatening California sanctuary cities with cuts in federal funding. California could then restore Trump's cuts and reduce payments to the federal government to cover its added costs.

California is among very few donor states. Most of Trump's electoral victories are from states receiving California donations to their financial welfare. Read complete article

Governor Brown, fondly referred to as Governor Moonbeam, also vows to launch satellites to monitor global warming if US funding for NASA's Earth science research is eliminated. The Governor also warned Trump to keep his hands off the Livermore National Lab that is managed by the University of California. He said the labs do good science and he is a regent who will defend science in California.


January 26, 2017 ... Connecticut's Senator Murphy explains US president's policy :

"We bomb your country creating a humanitarian nightmare then lock you inside. That's a horror movie, not a foreign policy."

Tweet reported on Democracy Now. Compliment Senator Murphy - office phone 202-224-4041

Note that for those who defend against terrorist invasion by the United States government, the creepy US president also wants to reinstate torture and reopen secret US torture bases. This policy is actually designed to terrorize US citizens into submission. Torture almost never yields useful information.


January 19, 2017 ... United States : "In the past 30 years, America had 13 wars spending $14.2 trillion...no matter how good your strategy is you're supposed to spend money on your own people."

A visiting Chinese billionaire, Jack Ma said that. Common Dreams report


January 18, 2017 ... United States : Americans average five hours a day watching television. By the time we reach age 65, we’re watching more than 50 hours of television a week, and that number increases as we get older. And reality TV programming consistently captures the largest percentage of TV watchers every season by an almost 2-1 ratio ... the political scene in the United States has devolved over the years into a carefully calibrated exercise in how to manipulate, polarize, propagandize and control a population. Complete counterpunch source


January 17, 2017 ... Real World Economics : Since 2015, the richest 1% has owned more wealth than the rest of the planet. Read more at Real World Economics


January 16, 2017 ... Oxfam : New estimates show that just eight men own the same wealth as the poorest half of the world. As growth benefits the richest, the rest of society – especially the poorest – suffers. The very design of our economies and the principles of our economics have taken us to this extreme, unsustainable and unjust point. Our economy must stop excessively rewarding those at the top and start working for all people. Accountable and visionary governments, businesses that work in the interests of workers and producers, a valued environment, women’s rights and a strong system of fair taxation, are central to this more human economy. Full Oxfam report

Those eight men are Bill Gates, Amancio Ortega, Warren Buffett, Carlos Slim Helu, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Ellison, and Michael Bloomberg. Common Dreams review


Chinese passengers enjoy high speed sleeper trains

high speed chinese train


January 6, 2017 ... China : Chinese passengers now travel one of the world's longest high speed rail lines in night sleeper cars or regular day seats.

The 2,264-kilometer Shanghai-Kunming rail line runs across the five provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guizhou and Yunnan. The high speed train with sand proof bearings reduces travel time from Shanghai to the capital of Southwest China's Yunnan province Kunming from 34 to 11 hours. Full speed tunnel videos and original text at Russian Times


January 4, 2017 ... United States : The war against alternative information.

Excerpts from McCarthyism 2.0 – part 1, by Rick Sterling

The US has passed the “Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act” that President Obama signed into law on Dec. 23 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2017, setting aside $160 million to combat any “propaganda” that challenges Official Washington’s version of reality.

The new law mandates the U.S. Secretary of State to collaborate with federal agencies... “to lead, synchronize, and coordinate efforts of the Federal Government to recognize, understand, expose, and counter foreign state and non-state propaganda and disinformation efforts aimed at undermining United States national security interests.”

The legislation was initiated in March 2016... amid allegations of “Russian hacking” around the U.S. presidential election and media furor over supposedly “fake news.” Defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton voiced strong support for the bill: “It’s imperative that leaders in both the private sector and the public sector step up to protect our democracy, and innocent lives.”

The new law is remarkable... because it merges a new McCarthyism about purported dissemination of Russian “propaganda” on the Internet with a new Orwellianism by creating a kind of Ministry of Truth – or Global Engagement Center – to protect the American people from “foreign propaganda and disinformation.”

The new Global Engagement Center is authorized to: “Facilitate the use of a wide range of technologies and techniques...” (This section is an apparent reference to proposals that Google, Facebook and other technology companies find ways to block or brand certain Internet sites as purveyors of “Russian propaganda” or “fake news.”)

The law also is rife with irony since the U.S. government and related agencies are among the world’s biggest purveyors of propaganda and disinformation – or what you might call evidence-free claims, such as the recent accusations of Russia hacking into Democratic emails to “influence” the U.S. Election. Read the complete Consortium News article here


One Belt train route reaches England from China

Chinese freight train photo

January 2, 2017 ... China : Free trade freight train connections with England create profitable rail-linked business as well as people to people relations through tourism, science and the arts. The present schedule is one train weekly.

Departing from Yiwu West Railway Station in eastern Zhejiang Province, the train will travel for about 18 days and more than 12,000 kilometers before reaching its destination in Britain.

Yiwu is known for producing small commodities, and the train mainly carried such goods, including household items, garments, cloth, bags and suitcases. It will pass through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France before arriving in London.

London is the 15th city in Europe added to China-Europe freight train services.

The service will improve China-Britain trade ties, strengthen connectivity with western Europe, while better serving China's Belt and Road Initiative, an infrastructure and trade network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along ancient trade routes, the China Railway Corporation said. Source: Xinhua News


December 31, 2016 ... Zapatista Year-end Speech : Read one of the world’s most prominant democracy workers. Be patient with the computer translation posted in the archive. The Zapatista Subcommandante has the interesting skill of writing in one's native language for computer translation into many languages. English and Russian are easy. Chinese, Japanese and Korean are more difficult.

The writer was once Subcomandante Marcos, former Zapatista leader He almost always wore a mask and was able to change identity to avoid hero worship and provide himself with a new window for looking at the world.

The Zapatistas are quite impressed to discover that it is true that autonomy grows from living the new story. This is a sociologist’s dream, the Zapatistas are knowingly applying Albert Einstein’s social thought about visualizing a new story and then living it until a crytical mass accepts the new story over the old.

At that point, the new story becomes reality.

This is not magic. This is physics. Did Einstein really say that? It sounds like he might have. (Though my understanding of his math and physics is entirely poetic).

Humanity writes a new story rather than confont the monster hydra.

Distributed intelligence does not threaten existing bad government. Instead, it makes wealth in balance with Earth that is so huge it causes billionaires to feel greed, but they are left behind in the dust of happier, healthier and stronger nations that are not impressed by tawdry billions.

Link to original speech en español


December 23 - 29, 2016 ... Editor : If everyone on Earth lived like the US, the world economy would require almost five Earths for replenishment of aquifers, forests, fish stocks, erosion and pollution recycling.

The existing world economy will double in eighteen years at 4% growth per year. At that point, world economic activity will require three Earths and the US will be operating at a ten Earth consumption rate. The rest of the world will still be attempting to catch up.

A crash education campaign is the only known solution. But that conflicts with billionaires amassing still more wealth.

Thus, to some, the near future looks like robot trucks will soon deliver robot produced goods to robot consumers programed at 4% consumption growth per year. Either that, or lonely surviving billionaires be battling twenty pound scorpions and 30 foot alligators, like during the last global geologic era warm spell.

Believe it or not.

Alternatively; Designing and building a human economy and way of life that uses less than one Earth provides living space for the diverse forms of life that manufacture the balanced atmosphere life requires. This is seen as a rewarding job by those who enjoy breathing.


New Chernobyl rediation shield

Safety shield erected at Chernobyl A massive radiation shield has been installed over the number four nuclear reactor in Chernobyl, Ukraine, the site of the catastrophic 1986 nuclear accident. The steel-and-concrete structure is 275 metres wide, 108 metres high and weighs 36,000 tonnes. It is the largest movable land-based structure ever built and will last about 100 years, when a new replacement shield must be ready. Read original Nature article here


November 27, 2016 --- editor : unknown source

defend standing rock web art


map of CO2 sources

November 23, 2016 ... Nasa Earth Observatory : Satellite Detects Human Contribution to Atmospheric CO2. Launched in July 2014, NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) was designed to give scientists comprehensive, global measurements of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Now a team of scientists has used that satellite data to identify a human signal amid the seasonal fluctuations of the greenhouse gas.

Ground stations have provided a broad view of carbon in the atmosphere. Those valuable past efforts have been limited in various ways, past measurements could not necessarily pinpoint the sources of carbon dioxide. Full NASA article with More Maps


November 22, 2016 ... Defend Democracy Press : Hundreds of cancer-causing chemicals detected in Americans’ bodies

Concerns about the human health effects of perpetual exposure to environmental toxins often get dismissed or ignored by health authorities on the grounds that such chemicals don’t stick around inside the body long enough to cause problems. But a new report by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) – the first of its kind – suggests quite the opposite, and could help explain why rates of cancer and other chronic diseases continue to skyrocket in the developed world.

Researchers from the respected environmental watchdog group spent upwards of a year poring through data compiled from more than 1,000 biomonitoring studies, as well as other research published by leading government agencies and independent scientists, and came to some shocking conclusions. They found that as many as 420 unique chemicals known or suspected to cause cancer, are now being detected in human blood, urine, hair and other tissue samples, demonstrating not only that carcinogens are everywhere, but that they’re also permeating our bodies at an alarming rate. Complete article here