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"The dominant narrative around climate change tells us that it’s our fault. We left the lights on too long, didn’t close the refrigerator door, and didn’t recycle our paper. I’m here to tell you that is bullshit. If the light switch was connected to clean energy, who the hell cares if you left it on? The problem is not so much the consumption — it’s the supply. And your scrap paper did not hasten the end of the world."

She apparently hadn't run something between a rock and a hard place. It's not that people don't have the desire to use clean energy instead of fossil fuels. It's mainly because of the costs involved in converting to a clean-energy economy. Convenient clean energy has been a precious commodity for a long time. I take it to mean abundant on-demand electrical energy without severely polluting impact. Such thing underlies "development" and is globally desirable.

Anthropogenic climate change is manmade and it must be mansolved. For example, among the three actions she cited, (lights, refrigerator door, and paper) which is the most important one to remember to do to have the most impact? People may not know or care.

In the environmental mantra of "reduce, reuse, recycle." Which action has the most impact? Reduce. It doesn't have to mean austerity but it does mean being conscious of energy expenditures and making better decisions. Energy is involved in everything we do so we can and must tackle the problem from ALL sides: demand side, supply side, substitution side, sublimation side, etc.

Raising a child involves the greatest expenditure of energy most people will ever make. Bucket list depends on what's on it. Travel plans are usually overblown in their purported significance. Some people travel in order to be able to claim that they have visited famous places. I am not in this group. My most enjoyable travel experience was to study intensively about a destination and then go visiting there for real with a well-laidout plan. Inevitably meeting up with reality, the plan sprang surprises! Getting mansplainingly lost on a scenic route but never "topologically (i.e. manly) lost" can be fun.

All travel is actually about getting information and that information can largely be acquired from afar in comfort and convenience without all of the drawbacks of travel (flight delays, waiting in lines, lost items, items that should've been brought along from home or left at home, security stripping, confiscations [or stuffing oneself with Hawaiian papayas before a flight instead of having them be confiscated], luggage repacking, luggage too heavy and too small to accommodate souvenirs, weather being too hot, too cold, too humid, too dry, too rainy, too sunny, shoes being uncomfortable or downright abusive, travellers' ailments: flu from flights, diarrhea from bad water and foods, lying in a hotel bed [in "paradise!" no less] with a high fever while a companion [don't go to "paradise" without a companion] searched for an apothecary, etc.)

''The Big Lie we’re told about Climate Change is that it’s our own fault: How to deal with despair over climate change.'' by Mary Annaise Heglar:

per ardua ad astra ...

''Sanders Hits Back at Rich Biden Donor: 'The Democratic Party I Represent Is the Party of the Working Class, Not Billionaires''', by Jake Johnson:

From your important link: ''Just 30 years ago, tuition and fees at a public, four-year university totaled $3,360 per year in today’s dollars. That same degree today costs more than $10,000 per year in tuition and fees and more than $21,000 per year including room and board. Meanwhile, median hourly wages for college graduates have risen by less than $1 since 2001, when adjusted for inflation. The promise of higher pay has not materialized for recent college graduates, who have been taking out more and more in student loans to keep up with the skyrocketing cost of tuition. This has led to a generation of young people unable to start families, buy homes, and follow their dreams.

''We have failed a generation of our young people. What Bernie believes is that the American people deserve freedom – true freedom. You are not truly free when you graduate college with hundreds of thousands of dollars in student debt. You are not truly free when you cannot pursue your dream of becoming a teacher, environmentalist, journalist or nurse because you cannot make enough money to cover your monthly student loan payments. And you are not truly free when the vast majority of good-paying jobs require a degree that requires taking out tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt to obtain.''

fiat lux ...

Churning out RW propaganda like a pre-programmed ignoramus again - gripes?! IF U have an ounce of integrity to spare, read at least one the following links or any of the links embedded therein & revert IF U wish to debate like adults (as opposed to like frf) ... unless U'd rather exude malodorous reactionary RW brainfarts, whilst wrongly assuming U were making any sense! So, consider ...

et nosce te ipsum!

''Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals'', by Martin Lukacs:

''Stop obsessing with how personally green you live .... and start collectively taking on corporate power"!

''Listen to The Scientists'' says Greta Thunberg .. mostly because despite having a society that is built on science - far too many Americans are in deep denial about its lessons & principles! Ho hum at dumb..

et spero meliora!

Reason to listen: Science works! (and pays.)

My grade-school teacher's advice was, "Look before you leap!" My rejoinder is, "No action IS an action." If Germany can't, nobody can! We can always carve a new wooden god (as we of the U.S. haven't got into a war with [the regular armed forces of] Russia yet. Turkey, a NATO member, shot down and killed a Russian pilot who might have violated its airspace and a defensive U.S. airstrike killed "hundreds" of Russian mercenaries who were probably sold out {unwittingly contracted} to Iran to attack embedded U.S. force in East Syria.)

Corruption & Dictatorships are NOT hallmarks of socialism - they are however hallmarks of failed governments, whether they are called Democratic or are called anything else!

Long-term unsustainable adherence to corrupt socialism's policies and practices spells ruin, as in the case of Venezuela. Chavismo failed spectacularly because Hugo Chávez hogged power and condoned corrupt practices. Corruption is a constant threat everywhere as it was built into human nature but it can be restrained if there are counteracting ideals and structural mechanisms from the rule of justice and fairness. Mad-uro undermined the rule of law by amending Venezuela's constitution and stuffing justice with cronies. Wherever a constitution is amended to allow a strongman's hanging onto power, the state is doomed.

Socialism suffers from the concentration of power because all absolute power turns corrupt over time without countervailing restraints.

Chavismo (a kind of populist socialist dictatorship) is fine as long as there is still [often others'] wealth to be shared to bribe people for their votes in order to hang onto power. However, no country has ever had or ever will have unending wealth. When the wealth ends, all hell breaks loose. The people suffer.

In a certain sense though, there can be a nearly unending stream of wealth if one has a wealth generator of enough power. My Grandpa was indeed practicing socialism ( building and daily supplying public rest stop with free food and drinks and refreshing clean facial towels; forgiving loans not repaid [or unpaid rents on leased land] due to extenuating circumstances such as "acts of god" ) in his neighborhood but he engaged in trade ( financing expeditions to sell the local fishermen's excess catch of fish to the far-flung markets; why fish though? "it's the sea!" if the location were the outback instead of the sea, the commodity could well be the garnet because when the "civilized" dad who'd just been fired from his job in the urban jungle went into the wilderness to prospect for his new livelihood, he disappointingly found the low-worth garnet, and killed himself, but the outback's comparative advantage is that it has a lot of some of the most durable-in-abrasion garnet in the world! "See a world in a grain of sand" ) to generate wealth so his socialist largesse was sustainable until the global trading regime was disrupted by wars and revolutions. All things do eventually end.

My Mom taught me never to succumb to the first-sweet-then-bitter things but go for the first-bitter-then-sweet things. All worthwhile-at-the-end endeavors involve initial bitterness and sacrifices but by pushing through, one may one day appreciate their sweet results.

Thread: The Iran War : "War is God", by Michael Carmichael.
[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 days ago

Re. Iran - ''Disputing Trump’s claims, Japan says no evidence Iran was behind Saudi attack'':

cave - bellum se ipsum alet!

Thread: If Occupy Created Bitcoin
[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 days ago

''The Tactical Briefing that sparked Occupy Wall Street — does it hold any clues for The Future?

Blockchain Tech Crypto-Currency & Publicly Owned Banks or otherwise, we all still need to ''OWS'' and an ongoing, international - ''Global Insurrection Against Banker Occupation (GIABO)! + Please see:

dum spiro, spero ...

''The Occupy movement brought ideas of radical reinvention to the mainstream’s attention. It caught the imagination of a new generation of dreamers, redeemers, outsiders, and idealists. It gave birth to a new day for the disobedient mindset. And it shaped the course of our culture, moulding the very way in which we now talk about power and politics, culture and economics.

''Without Occupy, it may be said that a critical gaze on how power is used and abused might lack the rekindled, widespread appreciation that it enjoys today. Without Occupy, greater numbers of the disillusioned may have succumbed to apathy and inaction. Without Occupy, it may have been impossible for a presidential candidate to run while praising the ideals of socialism.'' - from ...

'The Tactical Briefing that sparked #OccupyWallStreet — does it hold any clues for the future?''

respice; adspice; prospice ...

Thread: Free Market Apocalypse
[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 days ago

''Eight years ago on a Saturday morning in September, a few hundred New Yorkers marched to Manhattan’s financial district and set up a defiant encampment on Wall Street’s doorstep.

''Three years earlier, millions of Americans had lost their savings, their pensions, their jobs, or their homes in the 2008 financial meltdown. Yet no major Wall Street executives went to prison for their role in the debacle. Indeed, the loudest proponents of market liberalization and financial deregulation—the very policies that led to the crash—used the catastrophe to consolidate their own wealth and power.

''Despite this institutional failure to hold anyone accountable for the 2008 financial meltdown or address the causes of one of the worst recessions of all time, no one in the professional political class saw Occupy Wall Street coming. The movement’s unlikely explosion shocked the political establishment. GOP strategist Frank Luntz said he was “frightened to death” of the effort. House majority leader Eric Cantor decried the “growing mob” of Wall Street protesters.

''Meanwhile, Democratic Party leaders scrambled to figure out how to relate to a movement that was picking a popular fight with corporate power that party elites had been avoiding for decades.

''For 30 years, Democrats parroted Republican talking points about “free trade” and “welfare reform.” They failed to muster a coherent counterstrategy to the GOP’s dog-whistle racism and culture war, passed devastating trade deals like NAFTA, and marched in line on the disastrous Iraq War. They turned a blind eye as big money corrupted the American political system and finance capital rewrote the rules of the economy. For decades, the party’s leaders neglected to fight visibly and vocally for everyday working people—urban and rural, white, black, and brown—who had once been the party’s core base.'' -excerpted from ...

Thanx for your kind words bw and my regards and best wishes to U and yours in all of your endeavors.


OWS "will be an asterisk in the history books, if it gets mentioned at all,” columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin wrote in the New York Times on September 17, 2012, the one-year anniversary of Occupy’s kick-off. He acknowledged Occupy’s role in creating a public conversation about inequality, but otherwise dismissed the movement as “a fad.”

''But today, Occupy Wall Street no longer looks like such a failure. In the long run, Occupy invigorated ideas and people that influence today’s American left and Democratic politics.''- from your link ...

per ardua ad astra ...

"We are "still" the 99 percent."


"Occupy Wall Street was seen as a failure when it ended in 2011. But it’s helped transform the American left."

8 years ago today Americans woke up to their exploitation, and class consciousness became a thing again. 9/17/19.

Thread: Free Market Apocalypse
[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (22953) 5 days ago

Happy September 17th, OWS & Shadz!

8 years on and we're not that far away from Prime Minister Jeremy Corbyn and President Bernie Sanders! Who would have ever thought?

Thanks for all you've done here these past 8 years. Amazing work! Never give up!

"How Socialism Made America Great"


The very foundation of the economic security of any American's life is underpinned by socialist policies such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, free immunizations for children, public education, free school meals, transportation infrastructure, etc.

These things counter a free market capitalist system with checks and balances. Without those, we're all at risk.

40% of Americans embrace some form of socialism and the number is growing. Occupy woke up class consciousness in the USA so this makes total sense.


''Democratic Socialism Means Creating an Economy That Works for All - Says Sanders'' .. from:

fiat justitia ...

Thread: Free Market Apocalypse
[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 5 days ago

The https://labour.org.uk/manifesto/ of 2017 was a work of real genius;

Bernie's https://berniesanders.com/issues/ is too but MSM won't say it!

multum in parvo ...