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Repeal the Espionage Act (FFF)
Swedish Court Rejects Request To Detain Julian Assange (G.)
US Moving Toward Major Antitrust Probe Of Tech Giants (R.)
Tech Stocks Crushed by Potential “Unprecedented, Wide-Ranging Probe” (WS)
Amazon and Facebook Both Want To Read Human Emotions (Kesel)
House To Vote Next Week On Whether To Find Barr, McGahn In Contempt (R.)
The Zeitgeist Knows (Kunstler)
New Poll Finds 61% Would Back Remain In A Second Referendum (TNE)
Canadian Inquiry Calls Deaths Of Indigenous Women ‘Genocide’ (R.)
The Great Insect Dying (Hance)
Arctic Is Thawing So Fast Scientists Are Losing Their Measuring Tools (TO)
High Likelihood of Human Civilization Coming to an End in 2050 (Nafeez Ahmed)



A good place to start.

Repeal the Espionage Act (FFF)

World War I is the gift that just keeps on giving. Although the U.S. government’s intervention into this senseless, immoral, and destructive war occurred 100 years ago, the adverse effects of the war continue to besiege our nation. Among the most notable examples is the Espionage Act, a tyrannical law that was enacted two months after the U.S. entered the war and which, unfortunately, remained on the books after the war came to an end. In fact, it is that World War I relic that U.S. officials are now relying on to secure the criminal indictment of Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks head who released a mountain of evidence disclosing the inner workings and grave wrongdoing on the part of the U.S. national-security establishment, especially with respect to the manner in which it has waged it undeclared forever wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Some news media commentators are finally coming to the realization that if the Espionage Act can be enforced against Assange for what he did, it can be enforced against anyone in the press for revealing damaging inside information about the national-security establishment — i.e., the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA. Therefore, they are calling on the Justice Department to cease and desist from its prosecution of Assange. Of course, they are right, but the problem is that they don’t go far enough. Their mindsets reflect the customary acceptance of the status quo. The mindset is that we Americans simply have to accept the way things are and plead with the government to go easy on us.

That’s just plain nonsense. It is incumbent on the American people to start thinking at a high level, one that doesn’t just accept the existence of tyrannical laws and instead calls for their repeal. [..] Wilson had to force American men to fight in World War I. He conscripted them. Enslaved would be a better word. When a government has to force its citizens to fight a particular war, that’s a good sign that it’s a bad war, one that shouldn’t be waged. In fact that was one of the reasons for the Espionage Act—not to punish people for spying but rather for criticizing the draft and the war. The law converted anyone who publicly criticized the draft or attempted to persuade American men to resist the draft into felons. And make no mistake about it: U.S. officials went after such people with a vengeance, doing their best to punish Americans for doing nothing more than speaking.

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The only thing that makes any sense is to close the case immediately.

Swedish Court Rejects Request To Detain Julian Assange (G.)

An attempt to extradite Julian Assange to Sweden has suffered a setback after a court in Uppsala said he did not need to be detained. The ruling by the district court prevents Swedish prosecutors from applying immediately for an extradition warrant for Assange to face an allegation of rape dating back to 2010. Assange denies the accusation. Assange is serving a 50-week sentence in Britain for skipping bail after he spent seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London attempting to avoid extradition to Sweden. Swedish prosecutors dropped their rape investigation in 2017 but reopened it after Ecuador rescinded its grant of asylum to Assange in April this year and allowed British police to arrest him.

The 47-year-old Australian was too ill to appear last week at the latest hearing at Westminster magistrates court in relation to a rival US extradition request. US government lawyers are seeking his removal to the US where he is charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion, which carries a maximum penalty of five years. He also faces additional charges of violating the Espionage Act by publishing classified information through WikiLeaks. If both Sweden and the US present competing extradition requests, it will be up to the UK home secretary, Sajid Javid, to decide which application takes priority. At the Swedish court on Monday, a judgment was read out saying that since Assange was already in a British prison he did not need to be formally detained to be questioned by Swedish prosecutors.

“As Julian Assange is currently serving a prison sentence, the investigation can proceed with the help of a European investigation order, which does not require Julian Assange’s detention (in Sweden). The court therefore does not find it proportional to detain Julian Assange,” the judgment said. Assange’s Swedish defence lawyer, Per Samuelson, argued that Assange’s imprisonment in Britain meant there was no flight risk. “He is in prison for half a year at least, and he is detained on behalf of the United States. So there is no point detaining him in Sweden too,” Samuelson said.

Responding to the ruling, the Swedish prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson said: “The investigation continues with interviews in Sweden. I will also issue a European investigation order in order to interview Julian Assange. No date has been set yet. We will constantly review the state of the investigation.” Before the judgment, the prosecutor confirmed that if the court granted her request she intended to issue a European arrest warrant for Assange “concerning surrender to Sweden”.

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May take years.

US Moving Toward Major Antitrust Probe Of Tech Giants (R.)

The U.S. government is gearing up to investigate whether Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google misuse their massive market power, sources told Reuters on Monday, setting up what could be an unprecedented, wide-ranging probe of some of the world’s largest companies. The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice, which enforce antitrust laws in the United States, have divided oversight over the four companies, two sources said, with Amazon and Facebook under the watch of the FTC, and Apple and Google under the Justice Department.

With jurisdiction established, the next step is for the two federal agencies to decide if they want to open formal investigations. Results are not likely to be quick. A previous FTC probe of Google took more than two years. Technology companies face a backlash in the United States and across the world, fueled by concerns among competitors, lawmakers and consumer groups that the firms have too much power and are harming users and business rivals. Shares of Facebook Inc fell 7.5% on Monday while Google’s owner Alphabet Inc shed more than 6%. Amazon.com Inc shares fell 4.6% and Apple Inc dipped 1%.

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Pretty wild swings.

Tech Stocks Crushed by Potential “Unprecedented, Wide-Ranging Probe” (WS)

It’s a rare moment in recent years that US government regulators are suddenly going after four tech and social media giants simultaneously – Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Apple. These four companies are part of my FANGMAN index that also includes Microsoft, Nvidia, and Netflix. The index dove 4.3% today, the biggest percentage decline since the infamous 4.6% drop on December 24, 2018. In terms of dollars, $137 billion in market capitalization was wiped out. Over the past four trading days the FANGMAN index has dropped by 6.6%. I highlighted today’s move in red (market cap data via YCharts):

The index has gone through some brain-twisting surges and plunges over the past two years. It peaked on August 31, 2018 (at $4.63 trillion), then plunged 29% by December 24 (to $3.29 trillion), then exploded 40% higher by April 29. But that day, at $4.61 trillion, it failed to take out the August high. And then the selling started. Since April 29, the FANGMAN index has dropped 14.0%, or by $645 billion in market cap, giving up 49% of the post-Christmas rally in just five weeks.

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And here’s that Orwell guy again.

Amazon and Facebook Both Want To Read Human Emotions (Kesel)

Facebook and Amazon’s insanity only seems to continue with no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Now, the two big conglomerate giants want to move into the uncharted territory of reading human emotions, both in their own ways. Facebook wants a robot that has five senses which can read human emotions. Facebook wants “emotionally sensitive” robots that can explore the world, identify objects and people and enable its users to make more friends, Dailymail reported. The robots would be fitted with wheels or tank-like caterpillar treads that would allow them to trundle about their environment. Alternatively, such robots could be fitted out with drive systems that would allow them to move around underwater, fly through the air or float in space, Facebook suggest in their patent.

I am not sure why anyone would trust Facebook with data ever again, let alone biometric data, after all the numerous scandals Activist Post has documented including data mining. But to each their own I guess. Amazon is also looking into reading human emotions in a completely different way by utilizing a voice-activated wearable device, that will sense its wearer’s state of mind by the tone of voice, Bloomberg reported. It’s worth noting that both companies have a smart home device, and after reading this you should fear what information is being gathered by the cameras and microphones attached to those electronics … besides the typically targeted advertising to turn consumers into the product.

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The Democrats need to hurry with that impeachment plan, lest ‘the other side’ starts handing out indictments.

House To Vote Next Week On Whether To Find Barr, McGahn In Contempt (R.)

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote next week on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas related to the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, the No. 2 House official said on Monday. “Next Tuesday, I will bring a resolution to the House floor forcing Attorney General Barr and former White House counsel McGahn to comply with congressional subpoenas that have been duly issued by the House Judiciary Committee,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said in a statement. “The resolution will authorize the Judiciary Committee to pursue civil action to seek enforcement of its subpoenas in federal court,” said Hoyer, a Democrat.

The House move escalated the fight between the Republican White House and Democrats who control the House and are seeking documents and testimony relating to various investigations, ahead of the 2020 presidential election in which President Donald Trump is seeking a second term. The House Judiciary Committee voted on May 8 to recommend that the full House cite Barr, the top U.S. law enforcement official and a Trump appointee, for contempt of Congress after he defied its subpoena to hand over an unredacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on 2016 Russian election interference. Democrats had also subpoenaed McGahn to testify before the Judiciary Committee last month, but he did not appear after the White House directed him not to comply.

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“Everybody’s broke, one way or another, even though they are up to their eyeballs in products designed to fall apart in a few years.”

The Zeitgeist Knows (Kunstler)

Who said the global economy was a permanent installation in the human condition? The head cheerleader was The New York Times’s Tom Friedman, with his 1999 book, The Lexus and the Olive Tree, the trumpet blast for the new order of things. Since then, we partied like it was 1999, with a few grand mal seizures of the banking system along the way, some experiments in creating failed states abroad, and the descent of America’s middle-class into a Disney version of Hieronymus Bosch’s Last Judgment — which is kind of what you see on the streets of Los Angeles these days.

Guess what: the global economy is winding down, and pretty rapidly. Trade wars are the most obvious symptom. The tensions underlying that spring from human population overshoot with its punishing externalities, resource depletion, and the perversities of money in accelerated motion, generating friction and heat. They also come from the fact that techno-industrialism was a story with a beginning, a middle, and an end — and we’re closer to the end than we are to the middle. There will be no going back to the prior party, whatever way we pretend to negotiate our way around or through these quandaries.

The USA-China romance was bound to end in divorce, which Mr. Trump is surreptitiously suing for now under the guise of a negotiated trade rebalancing. The US has got a chronic financial disease known as Triffin’s Dilemma, a set of disorders endemic to any world reserve currency. The disease initially expressed itself in President Nixon’s ditching the US dollar’s gold backing in 1971. By then, the world had noticed the dollar’s declining value trend-line, and threatened to drain Fort Knox to counter the effects of holding those dollars. Since then, all world currencies have been based on nothing but the idea that national economies would forever and always pump out more wealth.

It turns out that they pump out more debt in the pursuit of that chimerical wealth until the economic viziers and banking poohbahs begin to declare that debt itself is wealth — and now all the major players around the world are choking to death on that debt, especially the USA and China, but also Japan and the dolorous commune known as the EU. Everybody’s broke, one way or another, even though they are up to their eyeballs in products designed to fall apart in a few years. Better learn how to fix stuff, especially machines, because a lot of it won’t be replaced going forward.

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New Poll Finds 61% Would Back Remain In A Second Referendum (TNE)

New polling has found that 61% of those who would vote in a second referendum would vote to Remain in the European Union. The YouGov survey for KIS Finance found that between the choice of Theresa May’s Brexit deal or remaining in the EU, 61% of those who confirmed they would vote stated they wanted the UK to stay in the European Union. When a no-deal scenario is added into the mix, 53% of people would vote to Remain, while 34% would vote for no-deal, and just 12% would vote for Theresa May’s deal. The research also uncovered that 1 in 10 have put off important financial decisions, such as buying their first home, moving house, spending money on home improvements, investing and making major purchases such as a car, until the future of Brexit is clear. In London this figures rises to 1 in 5 who have delayed key financial decisions as a direct result of Brexit.

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No words. How can a country allow this to happen?

Canadian Inquiry Calls Deaths Of Indigenous Women ‘Genocide’ (R.)

The deaths in Canada of more than a thousand aboriginal women and girls in recent decades was a national genocide, a government inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women concluded in a report on Monday. The 1,200-page report, which resulted from an inquiry launched by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government in 2016, blamed the violence on long-standing discrimination against indigenous people and Canada’s failure to protect them. It also made sweeping recommendations to prevent future violence against indigenous women. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police revealed in 2014 that 1,017 aboriginal women had been murdered between 1980 and 2012.

The inquiry, which was beset by delays and staff resignations, opened painful wounds as it heard testimony from 468 family members of missing or murdered women. “This colonialism, this discrimination and this genocide explains the high rates of violence against indigenous women, girls, 2SLGBTQQIA people,” Marion Buller, the chief commissioner of the inquiry, said at a ceremony held to present the report. The 2SLGBTQQIA group refers to two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual people. “An absolute paradigm shift is required to dismantle colonialism in Canadian society. And this paradigm shift must come from all levels of government and public institutions,” Buller said.

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“To assess the range of scientific opinion, Mongabay interviewed 24 entomologists and other scientists working on six continents, in more than a dozen countries, to better determine what we know, what we don’t, and, most importantly, what we should do about it. This is part one of a four-part exclusive series by Mongabay senior contributor Jeremy Hance.”

The Great Insect Dying (Hance)

Humans like to think we run the world, believing in our omnipotence. But while we shape and engineer — make, muddle and destroy — we are not, according to scientists, the world’s ultimate controllers. That role clearly falls to insects, “the little things that run the world,” as E.O. Wilson, the world’s pre-eminent entomologist, told us back in 1987. Insects may be tiny, but they are mighty and superabundant. British entomologist and ecologist C.B. Williams once estimated a population of one million trillion insects on Earth at any given time. They are everywhere that there is land and sky — intimately involved with everything.

Mirror image? Two look-alike insects photographed in Southeast Asia. Image by Tan Ming Kai

Insects tend to every square centimeter of living soil; they aerate and fertilize; they breakdown the billions of bits of organic debris and waste that other Earth residents produce, disposing of everything from leaf litter to elephant dung. Insects are the original recyclers, digesting dead wood and dead bodies. They also reside at the base of the food chain, feeding tens of thousands of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish — and, by extension, us. More than 300,000 known plants are pollinated by animals, most of them insects.

It’s estimated that all the world’s arthropods, a group that includes insects, arachnids, millipedes, centipedes and crustaceans, weigh 17 times more than the planet’s 7.5 billion humans. Take away this vast mass of crawling, fluttering, skittering insects — comprising maybe 90 percent of all animal species — and you’re truly staring planetwide ecological breakdown in the eye. Waste will pile up; soil will shed nutrients without replacement; animals will starve; and potentially hundreds of thousands of plant species will vanish. Extinction would stalk the land like a famished beast, and the future of humanity would be at stake.

The Schoenherr blue weevil (Eupholus schoenherrii) is a spectacular blue and turquoise beetle from New Guinea. Image by Rhett Butler/Mongabay

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Tools swallowed up by thawing soil.

Arctic Is Thawing So Fast Scientists Are Losing Their Measuring Tools (TO)

Greenland is melting much faster than previously understood, as melting has increased six-fold in recent decades, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “We wanted to get a long precise record of mass balance in Greenland that included the transition when the climate of the planet started to drift off natural variability, which occurred in the 1980s,” study co-author Eric Rignot told CNN. “The study places the recent (20 years) evolution in a broader context to illustrate how dramatically the mass loss has been increasing in Greenland in response to climate warming.”

Rignot added, “As glaciers will continue to speed up and ice/snow melt from the top, we can foresee a continuous increase in the rate of mass loss, and a contribution to sea level rise that will continue to increase more rapidly every year.” The study also shows how sea level rise is accelerating, and will continue to do so with each passing year, as the effects compound upon themselves. On that note, Indonesia recently announced it will be moving its capital city of Jakarta, partly due to the sinking of the land and sea level rise. This is a city of 10 million people.

Permafrost in the Arctic is now thawing so fast that scientists are literally losing their measuring equipment. This is due to the fact that instead of there being just a few centimeters of thawing each year, now several meters of soil can become destabilized in a matter of days. Adding insult to injury, another study revealed that this permafrost collapse is further accelerating the release of carbon into the atmosphere, possibly even doubling the amount of warming coming from greenhouse gases released from the tundra. Already in Greenland, the ice sheet’s melt season began about a month early while in Alaska, several rivers saw winter ice break up on their earliest dates on record.

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It’s life, captain, but no longer as we know it.

The headline may look crazy, but Nafeez is not a crazy man.

High Likelihood of Human Civilization Coming to an End in 2050 (Nafeez Ahmed)

A harrowing scenario analysis of how human civilization might collapse in coming decades due to climate change has been endorsed by a former Australian defense chief and senior royal navy commander. The analysis, published by the Breakthrough National Centre for Climate Restoration, a think-tank in Melbourne, Australia, describes climate change as “a near- to mid-term existential threat to human civilization” and sets out a plausible scenario of where business-as-usual could lead over the next 30 years. The paper argues that the potentially “extremely serious outcomes” of climate-related security threats are often far more probable than conventionally assumed, but almost impossible to quantify because they “fall outside the human experience of the last thousand years.”

On our current trajectory, the report warns, “planetary and human systems [are] reaching a ‘point of no return’ by mid-century, in which the prospect of a largely uninhabitable Earth leads to the breakdown of nations and the international order.” The only way to avoid the risks of this scenario is what the report describes as “akin in scale to the World War II emergency mobilization”—but this time focused on rapidly building out a zero-emissions industrial system to set in train the restoration of a safe climate.

The scenario warns that our current trajectory will likely lock in at least 3 degrees Celsius (C) of global heating, which in turn could trigger further amplifying feedbacks unleashing further warming. This would drive the accelerating collapse of key ecosystems “including coral reef systems, the Amazon rainforest and in the Arctic.” The results would be devastating. Some one billion people would be forced to attempt to relocate from unlivable conditions, and two billion would face scarcity of water supplies. Agriculture would collapse in the sub-tropics, and food production would suffer dramatically worldwide. The internal cohesion of nation-states like the US and China would unravel.

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“If we are (almost) the only animal with a sense of justice, it is because we also are (almost) the only animal with a sense of cruelty.”
– Nassim Nicholas Taleb





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    Henri Matisse Still Life with Apples on Pink Cloth 1925   • Repeal the Espionage Act (FFF) • Swedish Court Rejects Request To Detain Julian Assan
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle June 4 2019]


    I thought maybe my view of this would change through time, but no, I still find it very strange to see all those Brits turn up to protest Trump while their own “leaders” are turning their own country into an utter cesspool. What is it that Trump has done that May and Farage and Boris Johnson haven’t also done, or worse, but at home?

    Is it a form of escapism?


    I think people feel paralysis and a bad guy is all they can summon to cope with their sense of not being able to impact the ills facing humanity. They instead should stop shopping, start growing their own food and meet the people on their own streets. Then they wouldn’t need the bogey man.

    Dr. D

    “it can be enforced against anyone in the press”

    That’s why this, and many other laws, are completely unconstitutional. But when government wants more power, which is always, judges agree with prosecutors, policemen, congress, and the executive AGAINST YOU, to make anything illegal that’s convient at the time. There are a variety of others, like the 2nd, of course, but the recently exhumed Logan Act comes to mind. Never used since 1799 in the Adams Administration, it intends to keep private citizens (Presently Kerry, Biden, and Obama) from trying to co-negotiate and co-represent the presently-elected U.S. government and thereby hamper all progress from pure self-interested peevishness. As it’s written, however, it prevents all American citizens from talking to anyone who is employed by any foreign government about virtually anything that might be seen as profitable and political. Nevertheless, it’s still hanging around to be used when the government feels like enforcing it against anyone they don’t like, for the once-in-240-years emergency. Or against you, if you happened to exchange words in a cruise ship bar, with an Italian who was once a diplomat.

    “The more laws and commands there are, the more thieves and robbers there will be” –Tao te Ching.

    But don’t worry: we’ll make more! We make thousands more a year, but that’s nothing: the EU makes ten thousand.

    “No man’s life, liberty, or property, are safe while the legislature is in session.” –Gideon J. Tucker

    “Swedish Court Rejects Request To Detain Julian Assange (G.)”

    Assange breeching the first gauntlet, to be exonerated of his smears in Sweden. Thanks Sweden! Hey, you’re the nation that’s held up for us all to emulate, obeying any oligarch, breaking any law, killing journalists, the people cowering in their rooms rather than do anything about it. Yes, that’s our hero!

    Now if only he can live long enough to testify before Congress and hopefully prove his 1st Amendment case. That may, or probably, is the deal DJT is cutting with the Queen right now. The U.K. and MI6 are going to get away with rigging the U.S. election, in return we’ll keep quiet about it and let them save face, while Assange gets to the U.S. to testify about Brennan et co, but also doesn’t counter-attack the murderous British villains who masterminded all this, including Brennan et co. Or so one can propose. There is NO specific evidence and can’t be, or Brennan and the Dark state would kill him if they had to nuke London to do it.

    “US Moving Toward Major Antitrust Probe of Tech Giants (R.)”

    Ah, it warms to cockles to see these INGSOC maniacs begin to be completely destroyed. At least here. I have no doubt China will have a tyrannical fascist state, and Europe mimicking them, as we see in Article 13, joyfully followed by Macron arresting journalists who mildly embarrass them and barely do their jobs, and Germany, and the U.K, and…

    “Tech Stocks Crushed by Potential “Unprecedented, Wide-Ranging Probe” (WS)

    As wildly deserved when every 3rd-rate unicorn who never turned a profit is worth more than GM or Ford, and every tech giant out there is worth more than Exxon. Which do you think is more valuable? Heat and light? Or Tweeting?

    According to the market, Tweeting, obviously, but that’s what happens when money has no meaning, and there are no free markets worldwide. Ask Powell, that’s his day job.

    “Amazon and Facebook Both Want to Read Human Emotions (Kesel)”

    The problem is less that they do this, than that – if you know ANYTHING about computers, they will TOTALLY DO IT WRONG. It will break, fail, attack people with facial deformities or ethnic types, it will alert authorities in grade schools (who plan to use this) of the wrong threats, who will then overreact, attack students, and get counter-sued into oblivion. But since every. single. thing. computers do is an utter failure, they’re broken all the time, they lose your money, steal your password, reveal your data, misroute your Square receipts to your ex-husband, falsely book your hotel rooms, crash your plane, break your car and make it burst into flames, clearly we haven’t had enough and the answer is – you guessed it – MORE computers. Because when you hate humanity and all life just. that. much. Any possible way to remove, destroy, annoy, and unemploy humans is a sacred good, even if the world you created for yourself doesn’t work at all, for anyone, computers and cars included, and collapses on itself, bankrupt. Or so my total life experience has demonstrated, at least since Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in 1823.

    But don’t worry, just like government, this one time it won’t backfire and it’ll all work out. Trust us.

    “Canadian Inquiry Calls Deaths of Indigenous Women ‘Genocide’ (R.)”

    Okay, so 1,000 in 30 years? That’s 30 deaths a year in a nation of 30 Million. The murder rate in Canada was 660 last year. That would be 20,000 in 30 years. While noticeably higher than the aggregate population (and meanwhile, they live in some of the toughest neighborhoods) and need remediation, I think what they’ve murdered here is the meaning of the word “genocide.”

    “High Likelihood of Human Civilization Coming to an End in 2050 (Nafeez Ahmed)”

    Dez guyz. I know what they mean, but it’s hard to believe how small-minded and culturally-oblivious/centrist they are. So…schmarty-guyz, was there no human culture or civilization before the Internet? No cathedrals in the Middle Ages? No aqueducts or instant, ocean-wide galley travel in the Roman era? The Greek era? The Egyptian era? No pyramids? No terra-cotta army in 200BC? No steam-powered robotic automatons and Antikytheria machines in Greece?

    Hold my hand and travel further back: No Iliad, no human civilization of men, with kingdoms, laws and rules of hospitality in 1,000BC? No massive writing and astrology in Babylon? We’re now at 3,000 BC.

    How about the !Kung bushmen? Not human? Not civilized? Gee, they seem NOT to have invaded 15 nations and killed 2 million people this century, unlike, oh, say, YOUR people. How about the Algonquin, the Mandan — not human, not civilized? They don’t even have roads or ‘houses’, yet their culture would carry on and not even notice the loss of London, New York, Tokyo, and be far better off for it. Wow, the cultural superiority and myopia is breathtaking. If 5 humans exist, there will be human civilization and culture. Because that’s who we are.

    What he means is there won’t be Toyotas and Starbucks peppered between unsustainable and temporary suburbias, with useless, invasive, oil-wasting 737s overhead, protected by an army that uses the most oil on the planet and kills the most humans for no reason, all fed by Monsanto that is destroying the most seed species and poisoning the most plants, bugs, and humans while their children are abducted and raped by the ten-thousands by active violence and neglect. THAT’S the civilization he’s worried we will lose. But he’s already lost it, because our “civilization” is ALREADY not civilized. Nor is it any longer “human”. But having no sense of history, culture, biology, or humanity, he can’t tell. Which is pretty much worldwide, no slight to him personally.

    “If we are (almost) the only animal with a sense of justice, it is because we also are (almost) the only animal with a sense of cruelty.” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

    Speaking of, clearly Taleb has never seen a cat with a mouse. They have a refined sense of cruelty, just as animals in the wild tear each other apart and eat their fellows, still screaming and breathing. It’s only our human sense of “justice” that makes us NOT be so cruel, and to aspire to something greater and better. A cat won’t. A cougar would as soon fell and eat you as look at you if it can get away with it, as happens in Colorado and the rest of the United States from time to time. You’re not special, but you’ve been so sheltered you think you are. Sheltered by what? The “human civilization” you think we don’t have. We do. And wherever three or more of you meet, he is there.


    I absolutely love the Matisse at the top. 1925 is quite late in his career, maybe that’s what it took to make the reds and blues so rich


    Finland just vowed to be carbon neutral by 2035. I don’t think they thought that through. But what I find more serious/confusing is that Nafeez Ahmed says human civilization ends by 2050. 15 years after Finland saves the planet. We’re not all reading from the same book


    • High Likelihood of Human Civilization Coming to an End in 2050 (Nafeez Ahmed)

    Dr. D did a good job of correcting the headline

    • High Likelihood of Human Civilization our social/economic system Coming to an End in by 2050 (Nafeez Ahmed)

    Yesterday is gone.
    Tomorrow will not be the same as today.

    Bugs are dying everywhere.
    The surviving bugs are SUPER-BUGS

    Humans are dying everywhere.
    The surviving humans are going to be different from us.

    You think Humans are special?
    Read the truth.
    Gut flora, or gut microbiota, or gastrointestinal microbiota, is the complex community of microorganisms that live in the digestive tracts of humans and animals, including insects.

    The microbial composition of the gut microbiota varies across the digestive tract. In the stomach and small intestine, relatively few species of bacteria are generally present.[9][10] The colon, in contrast, contains a densely-populated microbial ecosystem with up to 1012 cells per gram of intestinal content.[9] These bacteria represent between 300 and 1000 different species.[9][10] However, 99% of the bacteria come from about 30 or 40 species.[11] As a consequence of their abundance in the intestine, bacteria also make up to 60% of the dry mass of feces.[12] Fungi, protists, archaea, and viruses are also present in the gut flora, but less is known about their activities

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