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Senator Chuck Schumer (D, NY) says Tillerson’s firing indicates that the Trump administration is disintegrating. I understand why Senator Schumer sees it that way, expecially following all the other dismissals and resignations.

I see it differently. The firing of Secretary of State Tillerson, the movement of CIA Director Pompeo to Secretary of State, and the promotion of Gina Haspel, who oversaw the secret CIA torture prisons in Thailand (, indicate that the military/security complex has closed its grip on the Trump regime. There will be no more talk of normalizing relations with Russia.
This is a very disturbing conclusion.... the main advantage Trump had over Clinton imho was having more cordial relations with Putin.  While I appreciate the arguments against foreign interference in American Democracy, I am definitely in the "Better Red than Dead" camp.  Nothing is worth getting in a nuclear war over.

In Pittsburgh, a community bill of rights helped ban fracking

Ben Price


Here's the problem: In 2010, the oil and gas industries operating in Pennsylvania were acquiring land leases that would allow them to extract natural gas using the process known as "fracking." Many rural municipalities had been targeted already for this activity, and the state Legislature had enacted laws forbidding local governments from limiting or banning the industrial activities related to fracking. The people of Pittsburgh were alarmed to learn that a few larger open spaces — and even small parcels of land in the city — had been quietly leased for fracking. The nine members of the city council were hearing from their concerned district constituents and one of the council members put out a call for advice to environmental groups, land-use law firms, and other experts. A group discussion ensued in which nearly 30 organizations participated. The overarching question raised by the council member was, "How can Pittsburgh protect its people, environment, and water supply from the toxic effects of industrial gas extraction in the city?"

Here's how one organization is working on the problem: After hearing advice from organizations suggesting appeals to state regulatory agencies and recommendations for new local zoning laws that might limit fracking to designated "heavy industrial zones," the council member asked another important question, "Don't these proposed 'solutions' actually allow fracking, rather than stop it?" The almost unanimous answer that came back was that "it's illegal to stop the fracking, because of state preemption. The best you can do is try to limit the harm."

The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) was asked for its recommendations. Rather than "regulate" the amount of harm that fracking would inflict on a city that had been cleaning up smog and brownfields for decades following the withdrawal of the steel industry, CELDF offered to draft a local civil rights law that would guarantee certain community rights, including the right to clean air, pure water, the rights of natural ecosystems to flourish, and the right to be free from toxic trespass (poisoning). The proposed city ordinance, known as a Community Bill of Rights, would protect the rights it established by banning any new industrial extraction of natural gas. Several aspects differentiated the Community Bill of Rights from proposals for regulating fracking through local land use and zoning laws. Not only did it focus on protecting fundamental rights against violation by industrial extraction of gas and recognized those rights as higher law than state administrative law, but it bypassed the entire regulatory system by asserting the authority of the city to protect said rights by exercising the right of local community self-government.

•In 2010, the city council of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, unanimously (9-0) adopted the Pittsburgh Community Bill of Rights, which created enforceable rights to clean water and air, recognized legal rights of the natural environment to exist and flourish, reaffirmed the right of local community self-government, and, in order to protect these rights, banned the extraction of natural gas using fracking and related activities.
•News of Pittsburgh's bold policy of protecting the rights of people and nature by banning fracking spread through national media and by word-of-mouth. Following Pittsburgh's legislative action, multiple other municipalities in Pennsylvania — and then in Ohio, Colorado, California, and New Mexico — drafted and adopted Community Bills of Rights. Corporate objections to adoption of the Pittsburgh measure included threats of lawsuits based on supposed violations of "corporate rights" and breach of state laws preempting local governance over corporate activities. Despite these early threats, to date there has been no litigation brought against the Pittsburgh Community Bill of Rights.

Learn more from:
•National Community Rights Network
•Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

This case study is adapted from our latest book, "Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons." Get a copy today.

This piece was edited by Emily Skeehan.

Agelbert Newz / Re: Excellent comment by jdwheeler42
« on: March 07, 2018, 02:10:46 PM »
Really, though, it is a false dilemma.  The good solutions for Peak Oil also happen to be the good solutions for Biosphere Disruption.  They just are bad for continuing a BAU consumerist lifestyle.

Thank you for your serious and well reasoned comment. I understand that you see this as six of one and half a dozen of the other, but there is a key issue here that negates the "peak oil will save us" meme as an excuse to keep buring fossi lfuels until they are all used up.


JD, if you haven't perused this detailed study by David Wasdell, I recommend it. It clearly shows the climate sensitivity (radiative forcing) is much higher than the low balled IPCC scenario model math.

I see it more of a six-of-one, half-a-gross of the other situation... or in other words, a proper response to climate change will make peak oil irrelevant.  As David Wasdell puts it at the end of the above article,

"It is time to say NO to the dark and toxic energy of the underworld. It is time to say YES to the pure and sustainable energy of light. Photo-dynamics can out-power, out-pace and out-resource any amount of energy we can get from fossil sources. It is time to break free from our bondage to the past. It is time to embrace the freedom of the Sun. It is time to usher in the dawn of Solar Society.

The transition from fossil dependency to solar dependency is an extraordinary shift for our species. It can be compared to the introduction of photosynthesis in the evolution of plants, which could then take solar energy to transform basic chemicals into more complex molecules. Today we are able to take solar energy and transform it directly into electricity, power, heat, and light. That provides the basis for a metamorphosis. We are not caught in the death throes of civilisation, merely the demise of an inappropriate mode of civilisation. We are experiencing the birth pangs of a new form of humanity."

Agelbert Newz / Re: Agelbert's Newz Channel
« on: March 06, 2018, 11:02:21 AM »
The thing to panic about is Peak Oil because its impact is just about to crash the world economy and prevent any kind of industrial reboot.
You're right about the impact of Peak Oil, but Biosphere Disruption (aka Climate Change) can cause the extinction of most complex lifeforms on Earth, so it is a far bigger problem.

Also, Peak Oil is completely unavoidable, all we can do it change the timing a little one way or the other, and brace ourselves for the impact.  While Biosphere Disruption has already begun, we still have at least in theory the ability to avoid the worst effects.

Really, though, it is a false dilemma.  The good solutions for Peak Oil also happen to be the good solutions for Biosphere Disruption.  They just are bad for continuing a BAU consumerist lifestyle.

Knarfs Knewz / Re: Knarf's Knewz Channel
« on: March 05, 2018, 08:56:29 AM »
Well, in that case, I'd say we have one hell of a chance coming for a good cleanse. Many people will be cleansed right into bankruptcy and homelessness. 

In the last great depression, we had far, far fewer people with government paychecks. I expect that a great number of the ones we have now will simply be out of a job altogether, but that remains to be seen.

I still say it's easier to grow an economy going up the energy hill than it is to shrink one coming down. The first case happens spontaneously and results in positive financial surprises for most people, and the second case is fraught with danger, apt to be chaotic, and ultimately results in a lot fewer living humans.
Think of all the jobs there will be for funeral directors and grave diggers...  :icon_mrgreen:

This Breakfast is real popular down south, but has never appealed to me.  It looks to me like somebody PUKED on the biscuits. 🤮


Biscuits & Gravy

I agree it *looks* gross, but it tastes delicious....


[Please go to the original article for pictures and links.  My work computer doesn't want to let me copy the pictures.]

The world's oceans levels are rising at faster and faster rates as waters warm and ice sheets melt.

Researchers, led by University of Colorado-Boulder professor Steve Nerem, looked at satellite data dating back to 1993 to track the rise of sea levels.

Their findings, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that sea levels aren't just rising — that rise has been accelerating over the last 25 years.

Even small increases can have devastating consequences, according to climate experts. If the worst climate-change predictions come true, coastal cities in the US will be devastated by flooding and greater exposure to storm surges by the year 2100.

Research group Climate Central has created a plug-in for Google Earth that illustrates how catastrophic an "extreme" sea-level rise scenario would be if the flooding happened today, based on projections in a 2017 report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency.

You can install the plug-in (directions here) and see what might become of major US cities.

Knarfs Knewz / Re: Is History Repeating Itself? The End Of US Dollar
« on: March 04, 2018, 09:59:40 AM »
Buy Land & Gold.  How many times have I heard this bit of Wisdom in the Doomosphere?  ::)  The only thing he forgot was to buy the Gunz & Ammo.

He doesn't mention a solution if you don't have $MONEY$ to buy land and gold though.  :icon_scratch:
If you can't afford land and gold, buy guns and ammo.
If you can't afford guns and ammo, buy pitchforks and torches.  :icon_mrgreen:

Geopolitics / Re: WW3?? --- A Return To Mutual Deterrence
« on: March 01, 2018, 12:57:00 PM »
It sure seems like it's time to shrink our military presence in the world, and relearn how to mind our own fucking business. Otherwise at some point it's very likely we get a very painful comeuppance. This month? Probably not, but it's possible.
When 5% of the world's population consumes 25% of the world's resources, a "very painful comeuppance" is guaranteed.  Shrinking our military presence will merely serve to hasten the day. "Strategic withdrawal" is about the least painful approach, unless you choose instant annihilation....

Knarfs Knewz / Re: Knarf's Knewz Channel
« on: February 27, 2018, 10:45:02 AM »
The Democrats couldn't swamp a saloon, let alone the midterms. To win, they have to get their base back, and they remain firmly in Delusionville about how that works.

Will the Dems pick up a few seats? Probably. Will it matter? Nope.
The #MeToo women and the #BLM people seem pretty motivated at the moment.  Even just a 20% increase in turnout would make a big difference in who gets elected.  However,  I don't think even if the Dems got both houses of CONgress they would legislate any effective gun control.
"Effective gun control legislation" is a bit of an oxymoron.  There are already 50,000 gun control laws on the books in the US.  Why would more of the same change the outcome?

What would truly be effective, but would take years to fully realize, would be to require gun owners to have liability insurance the way they do with cars.  As gunshot victims realized the lucrative payouts they could get from lawsuits, the cost of said insurance would skyrocket, making gun ownership prohibitively expensive save for the very rich, their employees, and those who could claim sovereign immunity.

Doom Psychology & Philosophy / Re: Human Anxiety in Late-Stage Capitalism
« on: February 27, 2018, 10:14:21 AM »
In THEORY, I prefer a relational database where you can find files through different searches in different categories.  However, SMF is not really capable of that unless the users drop in multiple links to different folders.  Nobody will do that, not even me.  It has to be automated.  Never found a forum or blog yet that could do this.
Blog authors can add keywords to their articles to do much the same thing, and both blog authors and forum users can put tags on posts.
You can't tag Forum posts, nor can you tag comments in a Blog.
SMF may not let you, but I know I have used some kind of forum software that does let users add tags to posts... not so sure about the blog comments.

Doom Psychology & Philosophy / Re: Human Anxiety in Late-Stage Capitalism
« on: February 27, 2018, 09:42:06 AM »
In THEORY, I prefer a relational database where you can find files through different searches in different categories.  However, SMF is not really capable of that unless the users drop in multiple links to different folders.  Nobody will do that, not even me.  It has to be automated.  Never found a forum or blog yet that could do this.
Blog authors can add keywords to their articles to do much the same thing, and both blog authors and forum users can put tags on posts.

Surly Newz / Re: The Daily Meme
« on: February 21, 2018, 04:10:44 PM »

The Brandon "Lexington and Concord" Smith memorial meme.
I know... thank goodness that is over and done with... could you imagine how many trillions of dollars we would have wasted if we had maintained a military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan after Bush declared "Mission Accomplished"?  :'(

It's called Insurrection, and it's not about overthrowing the government, it's about making it too costly to impose control....

Doom Psychology & Philosophy / Re: Prepping for Death
« on: February 20, 2018, 07:45:54 AM »
Why bury this stuff?  It will never be found if you encase it in concrete under the ground.  Why don't you get cremated and have your ashes spread somewhere cool?  Hell, I'll use your ashes to fertilize some bamboo and fruit and nut trees.  I'll keep your timecapsulemajigger as well, so that if TSHTF it will be above ground and have a better chance of being found. 

As far as Missouri goes, WOW!!!, I just left Missouri today.  I spent the last three days in Rolla Missouri doing a 34 hour reset.  I delivered to Freeburg MO and then picked up a load of 2x4x10's at a mill in Swiss MO that's going to Wisconsin.  I drove up the middle of MO on Hwy 63.  I fell in love with MO.  In fact, at this point, it's the state I want to buy property in and move to one day.  It's absolutely beautiful, and the people seem to be pretty awesome as well.  Just rolling country with plenty of trees and surface water in the interior.  Seems like an awesome place to settle.  I can definitely see why you want to be buried there...irregardless of you mother.   Why the fuck would you leave MO for Alaska anyways? 

If I ever get the chance I'll move to MO.  I saw a sign on the side of a tractor trailer that was parked on the side of I-44 that said "acreage for sale $1950 per acre." 

Missouri kicks ass. February.

The locals pronounce it "misery" for a reason... and that reason is summer.

See how well you like the place in August.

Surly Newz / Re: The Daily Meme
« on: February 20, 2018, 07:21:37 AM »
Funny bit of info on this.  In order to get a hunting license you have to take a class on gun safety.  But if you aren't going to hunt, then you don't need the gun safety class, and you can just go buy your large capacity semi-auto handgun and go kill people with it.  What kind of sense does that make? 

I think in order to have a handgun you should have to have a concealed carry license, and in order to have a riffle or shotgun you should have to take the hunter safety class. 

What's the logic here?  In order to have a hunting license to go shoot deer you have to take a hunter safety class, which is just about gun control (as in breath control and the like).  But to buy a gun to just have you can just go buy one so long as you are 18 and aren't a felon.  Fuckin' retarded is what it is. 
That's the kind of gun control I fully support, namely:

1.) Hitting your target
2.) Making sure it doesn't go off accidentally
3.) Making sure no one else gets hold of it

If you can't control your gun that way, you have no business owning one.

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