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Inequality and the USA: A Nation in Denial?
« Reply #75 on: August 31, 2014, 12:31:46 PM »


America’s top central bankers didn’t make time for inequality at their annual hobnob last week. Over in Germany, Nobel Prize winners in economics did. But few Americans noticed.

For the first time ever, activists have converged on the central banker annual gathering at Jackson Hole.

Read the whole article at : http://inequality.org/inequality-usa-nation-denial/
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Re: At Ferguson March, Call to Halt Traffic in Labor Day Highway Protest
« Reply #76 on: August 31, 2014, 01:02:35 PM »
OH BOY, this could be a big one!!!! There is also a slide show at this web page besides the story of shutting down the highways around St. Louis Monday, Labor Day to MARCH in protest against police brutality and the killing of the unarmed black teenager , Michael Brown,  in Ferguson, Missouri.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/31/us/at-ferguson-march-call-for-labor-day-highway-protest.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0

Will be interesting to see how this goes.
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Israel appropriates West Bank land for possible settlement use
« Reply #77 on: August 31, 2014, 01:31:36 PM »
Now that they blew Gaza to smithereens Israel is going to take more of the Palestinian Land!!

http://news.yahoo.com/israel-appropriates-west-bank-land-possible-settlement-112059363.html
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Sea-level surge at Antarctica linked to icesheet loss
« Reply #78 on: August 31, 2014, 01:48:50 PM »
First the top of the earth, now the bottom of the earth!!!!!!



read and weep at: http://news.yahoo.com/sea-level-surge-antarctica-linked-icesheet-loss-202528227.html
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How the American Dream Is Killing the American Electric Bill
« Reply #79 on: September 01, 2014, 06:29:21 AM »
Sons, we needs to change our ways!!!!!!!!!!



http://gizmodo.com/how-the-american-dream-is-killing-the-american-electric-1558412819
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Solar. So what now? Looks like we are are in deep do-do
« Reply #80 on: September 01, 2014, 06:46:08 AM »
When I started this blog over five years ago, I was very enthusiastic, even waxing lyrical, over our solar power.  Even though, in retrospect, our first system, as configured at the time, really was a complete waste of time and effort thanks to a badly designed and very expensive inverter.  Live and learn….  Fifteen years ago, I was campaigning like crazy over the prospect of millions of Aussie roofs being plastered with panels feeding the grid.  My faith in the technology was overwhelming, we could save the climate if only the political will came to be.  And it did.  Now millions of roofs are covered in grid feeding PVs.  I take zero credit for this, make no mistake.  Today however, I have a much deeper understanding of these issues, and I have made a remarkable turn around.  So what now?

for the bad news read on.......nuclear power or collapse!

http://damnthematrix.wordpress.com/2014/08/30/solar-so-what-now/

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America's Entrepreneurial Spirit is Dying-Great news for Labor Day!
« Reply #81 on: September 01, 2014, 07:30:26 AM »
By Kevin Montgomery 8/8/2014



http://valleywag.gawker.com/americas-entrepreneurial-spirit-is-dying-1618511415



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Right wing launches misguided protest against Labor Day
« Reply #82 on: September 01, 2014, 07:33:43 AM »
Of all the things to protest: Labor Day? Workers have it hard enough, so leave their one day alone.

By Danny Westneat

http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2024422357_westneat31xml.html
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Re: America's Entrepreneurial Spirit is Dying-Great news for Labor Day!
« Reply #83 on: September 01, 2014, 07:54:02 AM »
By Kevin Montgomery 8/8/2014



http://valleywag.gawker.com/americas-entrepreneurial-spirit-is-dying-1618511415

I don't think dying is the correct word here. More like "being stamped out of existence by government" through the various mechanisms available to them, vilification of heavy industry, taxes, regulation that the government itself won't follow but will certainly force others to, raging NIMBYism of the citizenry themselves, etc etc.

Dying is just the symptom in this case.
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Re: Right wing launches misguided protest against Labor Day
« Reply #84 on: September 01, 2014, 08:02:25 AM »
Of all the things to protest: Labor Day? Workers have it hard enough, so leave their one day alone.

By Danny Westneat

http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2024422357_westneat31xml.html

Let's work all day!!

Idiots.



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Re: America's Entrepreneurial Spirit is Dying-Great news for Labor Day!
« Reply #85 on: September 01, 2014, 09:01:43 AM »
By Kevin Montgomery 8/8/2014



http://valleywag.gawker.com/americas-entrepreneurial-spirit-is-dying-1618511415

I don't think dying is the correct word here. More like "being stamped out of existence by government" through the various mechanisms available to them, vilification of heavy industry, taxes, regulation that the government itself won't follow but will certainly force others to, raging NIMBYism of the citizenry themselves, etc etc.

Dying is just the symptom in this case.

You sound like you believe in the "Infinite growth myth." Is this true.....explain if not, please.
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Re: Right wing launches misguided protest against Labor Day
« Reply #86 on: September 01, 2014, 01:16:54 PM »


Let's work all day!!

Idiots.


Well....certainly there is something to be said for flexible work hours. If a majority of society could orient on the idea of results, rather than just clocking time, it makes perfect sense. For example, I worked perhaps 6 hours today, interspersed with some shopping, cooking, a dip in the pool, conversations with step brother on political machinations needed to turn a government budget change to his career advantage. Flexible work within the day and week, maybe I'll skate out of the office early on friday to make up for the work today. It all works out, assuming you've got a job that allows the type of deliverables that makes this possible. I couldn't build a car on a manufacturing line all by myself today of course, or drill a well.
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UPDATE: Ferguson Protestors Postpone Hwy Shutdown
« Reply #87 on: September 01, 2014, 03:45:40 PM »

Protestors chant at a rally for Michael Brown on August 30, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed teenager, was shot and killed by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on August 9. His death caused several days of violent protests along with rioting and looting in Ferguson. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2014/09/01/update-ferguson-protestors-postpone-hwy-shutdown/
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The Most Depressing Discovery About the Brain, Ever
« Reply #88 on: September 01, 2014, 04:48:46 PM »
Say goodnight to the dream that education, journalism, scientific evidence, or reason can provide the tools that people need in order to make good decisions. Originally published at Alternet, this article resonated with me, a lot, particularly following from the recent discussions on the viability of solar power.

By Dan Kahan

Dan Kahan is the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law & Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School. His primary research interests are risk perception, science communication, and the application of decision science to law and policymaking.  His latest research paper is called “Motivated Numeracy and Enlightened Self-Government,” but you may as well call it “Science Confirms: Politics Wrecks Your Ability to Do Math.”  You sometimes see this occurring in the comments on even this blog!

Marty Kaplan, the author of this piece, writes:
Kahan conducted some ingenious experiments about the impact of political passion on people’s ability to think clearly.  His conclusion, in Mooney’s words: partisanship “can even undermine our very basic reasoning skills…. [People] who are otherwise very good at math may totally flunk a problem that they would otherwise probably be able to solve, simply because giving the right answer goes against their political beliefs.”

In other words, say goodnight to the dream that education, journalism, scientific evidence, media literacy or reason can provide the tools and information that people need in order to make good decisions.  It turns out that in the public realm, a lack of information isn’t the real problem.  The hurdle is how our minds work, no matter how smart we think we are.  We want to believe we’re rational, but reason turns out to be the ex post facto way we rationalize what our emotions already want to believe. 

It’s obvious, really;  after decades now of trying to get people to alter their behaviour on all sorts of issues, I have failed.  OK, I may have bent a few people, myself included mind you, but on the whole nobody will change their belief systems, no matter the evidence.  When people are misinformed, giving them all the facts in the world to correct the errors of their ways only makes them cling to their beliefs more tenaciously.  I have witnessed this so many times now, I even know when to stop talking and wasting my time.  Flat Earthers will always be Flat Earthers.

Quoting again from Alternet…  here’s some of what else was found:
People who thought WMDs were found in Iraq believed that misinformation even more strongly when they were shown a news story correcting it.
People who thought George W. Bush banned all stem cell research kept thinking he did that even after they were shown an article saying that only some federally funded stem cell work was stopped.
People who said the economy was the most important issue to them, and who disapproved of Obama’s economic record, were shown a graph of nonfarm employment over the prior year – a rising line, adding about a million jobs.  They were asked whether the number of people with jobs had gone up, down or stayed about the same.  Many, looking straight at the graph, said down.
But if, before they were shown the graph, they were asked to write a few sentences about an experience that made them feel good about themselves, a significant number of them changed their minds about the economy.  If you spend a few minutes affirming your self-worth, you’re more likely to say that the number of jobs increased.
The implications for contentious issues, like climate change and limits to growth are enormous.  If I hear one more time we have enough oil to last us another 500 years……  I may go berzerk!  Studies of how our minds work, such as this one, suggest that the political choices people make are impervious to facts that contradict us.  How else, for instance, can one even explain the election of our Prime Moronster?

Climate Change denialism implies a psychological disorder.  Denial can only be described as business-as-usual for our brains;  more and better facts don’t convert badly informed voters into better thinking citizens.  It just makes them more committed to their faith and beliefs.  In the entire history of the universe, no Murdoch Press readers ever changed their minds because of anything they might read here……  When there’s a conflict between faith and beliefs, and plain evidence, it’s the beliefs that win.  Once a believer in nuclear power, always a believer.  The power of emotion over reason isn’t a bug in our human operating systems, it’s a feature says Kaplan

http://damnthematrix.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/the-most-depressing-discovery-about-the-brain-ever/
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Pennsylvania Makes Public 243 Cases of Fracking Contaminated Water
« Reply #89 on: September 01, 2014, 05:59:44 PM »


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/29/1325694/-Pennsylvania-Makes-Public-243-Cases-of-Fracking-Contaminated-Water?detail=email#
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