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« Reply #1995 on: May 18, 2015, 06:11:32 AM »
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The unreality of time

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If Time does not exist, then the concept of Velocity (Distance/Time) has no meaning, and Momentum (Mass x Velocity) has no meaning, and Acceleration (Velocity/Time) has no meaning, and Force (Mass x Acceleration) has no meaning, and Energy (Force x Distance) has no meaning. 

Obviously Energy = Mass x Velocity2 would have no meaning, so there would be no Relativity Theory to rationalise with Quantum Mechanics.  And Newtonian Mechanics would have no meaning, and planets wouldn't orbit their sun in elipses.  What a splendid advance in thinking.

If you want to waste time (which doesn't exist anyway) then listen to a philospher.

Or a pedant.

Actually a prophet can challenge the unidirectional theory of time.
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Re: The Surlynewz Channel
« Reply #1996 on: May 18, 2015, 02:42:08 PM »
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The unreality of time

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If Time does not exist, then the concept of Velocity (Distance/Time) has no meaning, and Momentum (Mass x Velocity) has no meaning, and Acceleration (Velocity/Time) has no meaning, and Force (Mass x Acceleration) has no meaning, and Energy (Force x Distance) has no meaning. 

Obviously Energy = Mass x Velocity2 would have no meaning, so there would be no Relativity Theory to rationalise with Quantum Mechanics.  And Newtonian Mechanics would have no meaning, and planets wouldn't orbit their sun in elipses.  What a splendid advance in thinking.

Since the author of the article is well aware of physical laws such as these, and presumably does not find them meaningless, don't you think you might have misunderstood? No doubt you have jumped to a conclusion from just seeing the simple phrase "the unreality of time". (Actually I would disagree with using that phrase -- it is more designed to shock than to convey information. What I would say is that time is derivative, rather than fundamental.)

In any case, the idea of those -- mostly physicists (e.g. Julian Barbour and Max Tegmark), not philosophers, by the way  -- of those who say "time is unreal" is known as the "block universe" theory, and is basically an elaboration of the old Einsteinian idea of time as the fourth dimension, and that past and future already exist, while our sensation of time passing is, in some sense, an illusion, of only having a narrow window on the whole. There are problems with this (I don't buy it), but my point is that all the physical laws you mention work just as well (some might say better) under the block universe hypothesis.

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If you want to waste time (which doesn't exist anyway) then listen to a philospher.

Though you may consider philosophizing to be a waste of time, you have ontological, epistemological and ethical opinions. If you choose not to examine the reasons you have for those opinions (that is, to philosophize), well, then how are you different from, say, a religious fundamentalist?

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« Reply #1997 on: May 19, 2015, 03:34:23 AM »
A corporate fat cat, tea party activist, and a worker are sitting a table and someone brings them a plate of 10 cookies...  Immediately, the fat cat grabs 9 of the cookies.  He then leans over to the tea party member and whispers "you'd better look out for that worker, I think he's going to try to steal your cookie."


WHILE GOP SHAMES POOR ON FOOD STAMPS, WE PAY BIG OIL $10 MILLION-A-MINUTE

Republicans would love to have you believe that poor people wanting to eat something other than cat turds with their SNAP benefits is what you should be screaming about. It’s a real simple formula, actually: billionaires pay millionaires to convince the middle class that it’s poor people to blame for all their ails. It helps to have an entire fake news network to get the message out 24/7 as well. But while they drop this Weapon of Mass Distraction on the gullible masses, the real dirty culprits continue feeding at the trough until their freaking heads explode.

According to a new estimate compiled by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Big Oil companies are benefiting from global subsidies of $5.3 trillion a year. To break that down a little further, that’s equivalent to $10 million a minute every single day. Conversely, in 2012, the average American taxpayer making $50,000 per year paid just $36 towards the food stamps program. Now you might be quietly thinking, “Yeah, but fossil fuel helps get me to the job I hate, and it’s not like we can use poor people as a fuel source.” One, don’t give the Koch Brothers any ideas; two, the majority of those fat subsidies go towards paying off the costs of polluters not compensating the governments for their eco disasters.

Take New Jersey’s professional YouTube screamer and occasional governor Chris Christie, for example. Christie gift wrapped a present to Exxon — a big fat potential 2016 campaign donor — at the expense of the environment and residents of New Jersey. Since his 2016 power lust is way more important than the people of New Jersey, Christie blatantly interfered with his state’s $9 billion lawsuit against oil giant Exxon Mobil when he let them off the hook for billions. This is just one of many egregious examples of this kind of scumbaggery.

Nicholas Stern, an eminent climate economist at the London School of Economics, says  “this very important analysis shatters the myth that fossil fuels are cheap by showing just how huge their real costs are. There is no justification for these enormous subsidies for fossil fuels, which distort markets and damages economies, particularly in poorer countries.”

To piss you off even further, the IMF estimate of $5.3 trillion in Big Oil subsidies also found that just over half the figure is the money governments are forced to piss away on the victims of air pollution and the income lost due to ill health and premature deaths. Moreover, that is higher than a 2013 IMF estimate because new data from the World Health Organisation shows the harm caused by air pollution to be much higher than thought.

With oil cheaper than it has ever been, now might be the time to finally start considering ending subsidies–something that President Obama and the G20 nations called for in 2009. Unfortunately we have a party (Republicans) that caters to the guy who parks his boat in his much bigger boat and another party (Democrats) that are much less gangsta about their relationship with Big Oil, so who really knows.
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U.S. on Wrong Side of History
« Reply #1998 on: May 19, 2015, 11:09:07 AM »
U.S. on Wrong Side of History

By Bruce K. Gagnon


May 18, 2015 "Information Clearing House" - This is what it has all come down to.... the US and the corrupt, dictatorial Gulf monarchies meeting at Camp David Thursday and agreeing on a plan to flood the Middle East with 'missile defense' (MD) systems.

These Gulf monarchies are the essential allies of the US in the world now (in addition to a few other fascist-leaning nations).  Together they are destabilizing and creating chaos in Syria, Yemen, Ukraine and beyond.  This meeting is evidence of the desperation and the moral decay of the USA.

Obama announced that that he would streamline weapon sales and increase joint military exercises with Bahrain (home to US Navy Central Command and the Fifth Fleet), Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as part of an “iron-clad commitment” that the United States will help protect them against their neighbor and rival Iran.  The Gulf states claim they fear Iran's nuclear weapons even after recent successful negotiations to ensure they don't build any.

In fact Iran stopped its nuclear weapons program several years ago - the CIA has even reported as much as has the IAEA.  But truth and reality don't matter much anymore.

What this new deal with the Gulf states really means is unrestrained US and Arab extremism throughout the Middle East.  The plan is to build a region-wide MD system including Patriot and THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) along with MD radars.  It's also likely that Aegis ship or land-based MD systems will be added to sweeten the pot as well. 

The US weapons production corporations will make lots of money.  It's important to remember that weapons are the #1 industrial export product of our country.  When weapons are your #1 export product, what is the global marketing strategy for that product line?  Endless war.  What does that say about the soul of the USA?

All of these MD systems will be "interoperable" with the Pentagon's existing programs.  It will all be run through the US military space satellite network.  That means the Gulf states will pay for the US to build a region-wide MD system that is aimed at Iran, Syria, and Russia and fully controlled by Washington.

MD is a key element in US first-strike attack planning - its the shield that is used after a Pentagon sword is thrust into the heart of another nation's military forces.  When the attacked nation attempts to fire a retaliatory strike it is then that the MD systems are used to pick off the remaining military capability thus giving the Pentagon a "successful" first-strike. The whole system works best if you can get real close to the 'offending nation' and hit their missiles soon after launch rather than waiting for them to reach deep space - or hit them on descent from space as they approach their targets.

In the US Space Command's Vision for 2020 planning document they say that with space forces the Pentagon will "control and dominate" space and the Earth below on behalf of corporate globalization.  On their headquarters building at Peterson AFB in Colorado Springs their logo reads "Master of Space". 

This new Gulf states agreement is dangerous, provocative, destabilizing and very expensive.  The US has once again betrayed its revolutionary roots against British monarchy as it snuggles up with the Arab right-wing feudal monarchies. Nothing good can come from this new agreement.

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire.... http://space4peace.blogspot.com
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Re: U.S. on Wrong Side of History
« Reply #1999 on: May 19, 2015, 12:50:45 PM »
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There will be wars all right unfortunately the military assets being bought today will do little good in future conflicts. Advanced missile defence systems are most useful in wars that involve national states but a more probable scenario are riots, civil wars, insurgency and terrorists type organisations trying to overthrow existing governments. None of those threats can be mitigated with air defences so this investment while expensive is an utter waste of money for the middle-east governments/regimes. I suppose the military corporations who stand to make billions from this deal care little about the fact that they are selling redundant technology it is only about money and PR.

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« Reply #2000 on: May 19, 2015, 04:04:53 PM »
U.S. on Wrong Side of History

There will be wars all right unfortunately the military assets being bought today will do little good in future conflicts. Advanced missile defence systems are most useful in wars that involve national states but a more probable scenario are riots, civil wars, insurgency and terrorists type organisations trying to overthrow existing governments. None of those threats can be mitigated with air defences so this investment while expensive is an utter waste of money for the middle-east governments/regimes. I suppose the military corporations who stand to make billions from this deal care little about the fact that they are selling redundant technology it is only about money and PR.

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I posed a question in knarfs news about how stable the opulent gulf states and cities such  as uae, quatar dubai,   abu dhabi and saudi are with the lower oil price. Can they keep the high standard of living the native locals enjoy.. and will extremists be beheading hindu and catholic foreign slaves... i mean workers.. in tbose nabes before long. Any ideas?
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Re: U.S. on Wrong Side of History
« Reply #2001 on: May 19, 2015, 06:12:59 PM »
U.S. on Wrong Side of History

There will be wars all right unfortunately the military assets being bought today will do little good in future conflicts. Advanced missile defence systems are most useful in wars that involve national states but a more probable scenario are riots, civil wars, insurgency and terrorists type organisations trying to overthrow existing governments. None of those threats can be mitigated with air defences so this investment while expensive is an utter waste of money for the middle-east governments/regimes. I suppose the military corporations who stand to make billions from this deal care little about the fact that they are selling redundant technology it is only about money and PR.

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Locking Up Poor People in Debtor's Prisons to Fund Police Departments
« Reply #2002 on: May 27, 2015, 01:24:25 PM »


It's Sinister: We're Locking Up Poor People in Debtor's Prisons to Fund Police Depts.

Local courts and municipalities are adopting aggressive collection practices that prey on the poor.


By Corinna Regnier / The Guardian
May 26, 2015

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Ray Charles Staten Sr. should have celebrated his 60th birthday this month. Instead, his family marked the fourth anniversary of his death. It all started, according to a lawsuit that settled in March 2015, when a small debt became a death sentence in the spring of 2011.

Unable to pay an outstanding debt of $409 in court fines, Mr Staten was arrested and sentenced to 16 days in Mississippi’s Harrison County Jail. Shortly after being booked at the jail, Mr Staten fell seriously ill. Despite his obvious symptoms and his cellmates’ cries for help, the jail’s privately-contracted medical staff allowed his condition to worsen until – on the fifth day of his sentence – he collapsed in his cell and, upon being transported to a medical center, could not be revived. He had suffered acute peritonitis, a life-threatening infection of the abdominal lining for which early treatment is essential.

Whenever the government locks someone in jail, it has a constitutional duty to provide adequate medical care, a responsibility that can’t be evaded simply by contracting it out to a for-profit company. Unfortunately, Mr Staten’s is a familiar story: the ACLU is currently litigating a case in a Mississippi prison that challenges, in part, the dangerously inadequate health care provided by Health Assurance, a private corporation also responsible for Mr Staten’s medical treatment — or lack thereof.Mr Staten’s experience is far from unusual.

Every day, indigent Americans are ripped from their homes and their communities and forced into jails of varying degrees of dysfunction and decay. The US supreme court ruled three decades ago that it is unconstitutional to imprison people because they cannot afford to pay debts. The ruling, however, hasn’t ended the practice of jailing people for unpaid government fees and fines.In 2010, the ACLU found that courts across the nation regularly deny Americans proper consideration of their financial position and throw them into jail over fines they could never hope to pay. As a result, local jails nationwide have transformed into modern-day “debtors’ prisons” overcrowded with indigent people whose only punishable offense is being poor. The effects are devastating.

This growing phenomenon funnels poor Americans into the criminal justice system with sentences that disrupt their lives, too often trapping them in a damning cycle of poverty and incarceration that far outlasts their initial conviction. These practices have a disparate impact on communities of color in the United States.Consider 19-year-old Kevin Thompson, a black teenager in DeKalb County, Georgia, who was jailed simply because he was unable to pay $838 in fines and fees associated with a routine traffic citation. Though only half of DeKalb County’s residents are black, nearly all probationers jailed for failure to pay by its recorders court, which handles minor offenses like traffic misdemeanors, are black. The ACLU filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of Mr Thompson and reached a settlement with the county that included a number of new reform measures aimed at preventing others from facing the same unconstitutional treatment.

Jail sentences like those imposed on Mr Thompson and Mr Staten aren’t just unjust – they’re also costly. The ACLU’s 2010 report In for a Penny found that individuals incarcerated for failure to pay often cost the state more than they owe. The report identifies one individual whose incarceration in New Orleans cost more than six times his $498 debt. So why are we stuck with this senseless system?

Local courts and municipalities – reliant on fines and fees as a source of revenue – are adopting increasingly aggressive collection practices. This was the case in DeKalb County, where county policymakers enlisted a for-profit company for the specific purpose of targeting those too poor to pay fines on sentencing day. And a report released in March by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division found that municipal courts in Ferguson, Missouri, prioritized revenue above fair administration of justice and imposed undue burdens on residents living in or near poverty, perpetuating and exacerbating racial and economic inequality in the community.

Too many Americans are locked away over small debts. At best, they will leave with few resources and diminished job prospects, trapped in a cycle of poverty and inequality. At worst, they will suffer and die due to the callous neglect of their jailers, like Mr Staten. Poverty should never be criminalized. Local courts and municipalities must find other sources of revenue that don’t make victims of their most vulnerable citizens.
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Re: Locking Up Poor People in Debtor's Prisons to Fund Police Departments
« Reply #2003 on: May 27, 2015, 01:29:50 PM »


It's Sinister: We're Locking Up Poor People in Debtor's Prisons to Fund Police Depts.

Local courts and municipalities are adopting aggressive collection practices that prey on the poor.


By Corinna Regnier / The Guardian
May 26, 2015

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31 COMMENTS


 
Ray Charles Staten Sr. should have celebrated his 60th birthday this month. Instead, his family marked the fourth anniversary of his death. It all started, according to a lawsuit that settled in March 2015, when a small debt became a death sentence in the spring of 2011.

Unable to pay an outstanding debt of $409 in court fines, Mr Staten was arrested and sentenced to 16 days in Mississippi’s Harrison County Jail. Shortly after being booked at the jail, Mr Staten fell seriously ill. Despite his obvious symptoms and his cellmates’ cries for help, the jail’s privately-contracted medical staff allowed his condition to worsen until – on the fifth day of his sentence – he collapsed in his cell and, upon being transported to a medical center, could not be revived. He had suffered acute peritonitis, a life-threatening infection of the abdominal lining for which early treatment is essential.

Whenever the government locks someone in jail, it has a constitutional duty to provide adequate medical care, a responsibility that can’t be evaded simply by contracting it out to a for-profit company. Unfortunately, Mr Staten’s is a familiar story: the ACLU is currently litigating a case in a Mississippi prison that challenges, in part, the dangerously inadequate health care provided by Health Assurance, a private corporation also responsible for Mr Staten’s medical treatment — or lack thereof.Mr Staten’s experience is far from unusual.

Every day, indigent Americans are ripped from their homes and their communities and forced into jails of varying degrees of dysfunction and decay. The US supreme court ruled three decades ago that it is unconstitutional to imprison people because they cannot afford to pay debts. The ruling, however, hasn’t ended the practice of jailing people for unpaid government fees and fines.In 2010, the ACLU found that courts across the nation regularly deny Americans proper consideration of their financial position and throw them into jail over fines they could never hope to pay. As a result, local jails nationwide have transformed into modern-day “debtors’ prisons” overcrowded with indigent people whose only punishable offense is being poor. The effects are devastating.

This growing phenomenon funnels poor Americans into the criminal justice system with sentences that disrupt their lives, too often trapping them in a damning cycle of poverty and incarceration that far outlasts their initial conviction. These practices have a disparate impact on communities of color in the United States.Consider 19-year-old Kevin Thompson, a black teenager in DeKalb County, Georgia, who was jailed simply because he was unable to pay $838 in fines and fees associated with a routine traffic citation. Though only half of DeKalb County’s residents are black, nearly all probationers jailed for failure to pay by its recorders court, which handles minor offenses like traffic misdemeanors, are black. The ACLU filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of Mr Thompson and reached a settlement with the county that included a number of new reform measures aimed at preventing others from facing the same unconstitutional treatment.

Jail sentences like those imposed on Mr Thompson and Mr Staten aren’t just unjust – they’re also costly. The ACLU’s 2010 report In for a Penny found that individuals incarcerated for failure to pay often cost the state more than they owe. The report identifies one individual whose incarceration in New Orleans cost more than six times his $498 debt. So why are we stuck with this senseless system?

Local courts and municipalities – reliant on fines and fees as a source of revenue – are adopting increasingly aggressive collection practices. This was the case in DeKalb County, where county policymakers enlisted a for-profit company for the specific purpose of targeting those too poor to pay fines on sentencing day. And a report released in March by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division found that municipal courts in Ferguson, Missouri, prioritized revenue above fair administration of justice and imposed undue burdens on residents living in or near poverty, perpetuating and exacerbating racial and economic inequality in the community.

Too many Americans are locked away over small debts. At best, they will leave with few resources and diminished job prospects, trapped in a cycle of poverty and inequality. At worst, they will suffer and die due to the callous neglect of their jailers, like Mr Staten. Poverty should never be criminalized. Local courts and municipalities must find other sources of revenue that don’t make victims of their most vulnerable citizens.



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Re: The Surlynewz Channel
« Reply #2004 on: May 27, 2015, 01:42:14 PM »
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Good job Surly for posting. Thank you. I will pass this along.

Thanks, AZ. Been away this week, visiting relatives on a northern tour, and got an afternoon with some borrowed bandwidth.

And as you know, as regards the depredation s of the 1%, rust never sleeps.
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''Imminent'' Collapse of the Antarctic Ice Shelf and a ''New Era'' in the Arctic
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

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As human-caused climate disruption progresses, sea level rise is happening far faster than previously expected. (Photo: Iceberg via Shutterstock)

As human-caused climate disruption progresses, recent scientific reports show the collapse of a massive Antarctic ice shelf is "imminent," changes in the Arctic Ocean are so profound scientists say the region is entering a "new era" and sea level rise is happening far faster than previously believed.

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/31089-imminent-collapse-of-the-antarctic-ice-shelf-and-a-new-era-in-the-arctic

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Tsar Bomba: The World's Most Powerful Nuclear Weapon
« Reply #2006 on: June 01, 2015, 09:14:09 AM »
Tsar Bomba: The World's Most Powerful Nuclear Weapon


The Tsar Bomba mushroom cloud.

Just after midday on October 30, 1961, the most powerful human-made explosion in history radiated from the Arctic island of Severny, creating a shockwave that broke windows up to 560 miles away. The USSR had just detonated Tsar Bomba, a hydrogen bomb with a yield of 50 megatons—more than 3,000 times the power of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

Severny, part of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago north of Russia, is an island of strong winds, ice-covered mountains, and freezing summers. In the 1870s, Russia resettled a small population of its indigenous Nenets people from the mainland onto the island, in order to assert sovereignty over the archipelago, and protect it from a Norwegian takeover. The Nenets survived the severe conditions by hunting polar bears, reindeer, and seals. But their time on the islands was short-lived. In the 1950s, they were returned to the mainland, when the government decided it had new plans for the island: it was to become the Soviet Union’s most important nuclear testing site.

Detonations began in 1955. In 1961, Novaya Zemlya acquired the dubious honor of being the proving ground for Tsar Bomba, which weighed 60,000 pounds, measured 26 feet long and seven feet in diameter, and had a yield of 50 megatons. It remains the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/atlas_obscura/2014/10/30/tsar_bomba_the_most_powerful_nuclear_weapon_ever.html

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A Hunter S. Thompson Museum Is Reportedly in the Works
« Reply #2007 on: June 05, 2015, 12:04:03 AM »
A Hunter S. Thompson museum is planned for his Owl Farm near Aspen



A Hunter S. Thompson museum is planned for his Owl Farm near Aspen

"I'm working to make it a museum," Anita Thompson, Hunter S. Thompson's widow, told us in Owl Farm's kitchen. "That’s why these rooms have remained the way Hunter left them.”[/b]

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By Katie Shapiro, The Cannabist Staff

WOODY CREEK, Colo. — Hunter S. Thompson’s widow is planning on opening a museum dedicated to the gonzo journalist on the Aspen-area farm he lived on for more than 35 years, The Cannabist has learned.

Owl Farm was the notorious home to Thompson, the father of gonzo journalism who lived on the Woody Creek, Colo., compound from 1969 until his death in 2005. The farm is normally closed to the public, as it is still his widow Anita Thompson’s private residence.

But fans of Thompson’s legendary writing — including “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and “The Rum Diary” — will get to experience it for themselves when part of the famed property opens as a museum dedicated to Thompson’s bestselling writing and singular way of life.

“I’m working to make it a museum,” Anita Thompson told The Cannabist during a barbecue at Owl Farm on Saturday, part of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws’ annual meeting in Aspen.

“That’s why these rooms have remained the way Hunter left them,” she said, gesturing from her perch in the kitchen toward their famously storied living room, which hasn’t changed much in the 10 years since her husband took his own life. “At first it brought me comfort, and then over the last few years, I’ve kept it this way simply because it is history.


Hunter S. Thompson and his wife Anita Thompson (Courtesy of Anita Thompson)
“I want others to experience it.”

And others want to experience it. Walking Owl Farm’s grounds on Saturday felt like a pilgrimage of sorts. It was chef Randy Placeres’ first visit to the grounds, and he called it “mind-blowing.”

“It’s like a museum,” said Placeres, chef at Aspen Culinary Solutions. “A piece of art. A piece of America — the best kind of America, where cannabis can someday become legal in all 50 states.”

Aside from preserving the historic home they shared, Anita Thompson also runs The Gonzo Foundation, where she hosts writing workshops and fundraising events at the Woody Creek Community Center — just next door to what was Hunter’s favorite watering hole, the Woody Creek Tavern.

“Our work’s focus is to promote political activism, American literature and journalism through honoring Hunter’s legacy,” she said. “We also have an endowment to a few universities to support young writers and activists who want to change and take control of their environment.”

Don’t start making travel plans just yet. There’s no timeline set for the museum, and there is still full-time security protecting the property from curious fans.







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6 Climate Triggers That Could Completely Change Our World
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6 Climate Triggers That Could Completely Change Our World[/size][/color][/b]

Ilissa Ocko, climate scientist at Environmental Defense Fund   |   May 29, 2015 11:44am
   

   
   

               

Coastal flooding in Annapolis, Maryland, in 2012.
               

         Ilissa Ocko, climate scientist atEnvironmental Defense Fund(EDF), contributed this article to Live Science’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.


         One of the biggest fears about climate change is that it may be triggering events that would dramatically alter Earth as we know it.

         Known to scientists as “tipping events,” they could contribute to the mass extinction of species, dramatic sea level rise, extensive droughts and the transformation of forests into vast grasslands --among other upheavals our stressed world can ill afford.
      

      

Here are the top six climate events scientists worry about today.
      

         1. The Arctic sea ice melts
      

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         The melting of the Arctic’s summer ice is considered to be the single greatest threat, and some scientists think we’ve already passed the tipping point. As sea ice melts and the Arctic warms , dark ocean water is exposed that absorbs more sunlight, thus reinforcing the warming. The transition to an ice-free Arctic summer can occur rapidly --within decades --and this has geopolitical implications as nations competefor the newly opened space and petroleum resources. Added to all that will be the damage that would result from the disruption of an entire ecosystem.
      

         2. Greenland becomes ice free

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         The warming of the Arctic may also render Greenland largely ice free. While Greenland’s ice loss will likely reach the point of no return within this century, the full transition will take at least a few hundred years. The impacts of the Greenland ice melt is expected to raise sea levels by up to 20 feet. Half of the 10 largest cities in the world, including New York City, and one-third of the world’s 30 largest cities are already threatened by this sea-level rise. Today, those cities are home to nearly 1.8 billion people. Other vulnerable American cities include Miami, Norfolk and Boston.
      

         3. The West Antarctic ice sheet disintegrates.
         
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         On the other side of Earth, the West Antarctic ice sheet is also disintegrating . Because the bottom of this glacier is grounded below sea level, it’s vulnerable to rapid breakup, thinning and retreat as warm ocean water eats away at the ice. Scientists expect the West Antarctic ice sheet to “tip” this century, and there is evidence that it already began happening in 2014. However, the entire collapse of the glacier, which would raise sea level by 16 feet, could take a few hundred years.
      

         4. El Nino becomes a more permanent climate fixture.
               
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         The oceans absorb about 90 percent of the extra heat that is being trapped in the Earth system by greenhouse gases. This could affect the ocean dynamics that control El Niño events. While there are several theories about what could happen in the future, the most likely consequence of ocean heat uptake is that El Niño, a natural climate phenomenon , could become a more permanent part of our climate system. That would cause extensive drought conditions in Southeast Asia and elsewhere, while some drought-prone areas such as California would get relief. While the transition to a world with more El Niños is expected to be gradual and take around one hundred years, the event could be triggered during this century.

         5. The Amazon rainforest dies back
   
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Deforestation, a longer dry season and rising summer temperatures are threatening the amount of rainfall in the Amazon. At least half of the Amazon rainforest could turn into savannah and grassland. Once that event is triggered, the changes could happen over just a few decades. This would make it very difficult for the rainforest to reestablish itself and would lead to a considerable loss in biodiversity. However, the reduction of the Amazon ultimately depends on what happens with El Niño, along with future land-use changes from human activities.
      

         6. Boreal forests are cut in half
      
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         Increased water and heat stress are taking a toll on the large forests in Canada, Russia and other parts of the uppermost Northern Hemisphere. So are their vulnerability to disease and fires. This could lead to a 50 percent reduction of the boreal forests --an event from which they may never be able to recover. Instead, the forest would gradually transition into open woodlands or grasslands over several decades. This would have a huge impact on the world’s carbon balance because forests can absorb much more carbon than grasslands can. As the forest diminishes, the climate will be affected --as will the Earth's energy balance. However, the complex interaction between tree physiology, permafrost and fires makes the situation tricky to understand.


         Other concerns ...
      

         As if that's not enough, there are a few other tipping events that scientists are also concerned about, but they are even more complex and harder to predict. Examples of such events include the greening of the Sahara and Sahel deserts, the development of an Arctic ozone hole and a chaotic Indian summer monsoon.
      
         How do we keep from tipping over?
      
         We know from measurements that the Earth has had many climate-related tipping events throughout its history. Today’s situation is different, because humans are now driving these changes and the warming is occurring at a faster rate.
      

         But as humans we also have the power to change the trajectory we’re on --and possibly turn the situation around in only a few years.
      

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Climate Deniers Are Deliberately Trying to Misinform Children About Climate Change
         
In U.S. states dependent on dirty fuel revenue, climate deniers are trying to prevent children from learning about climate change science.
               
By Jeff Turrentine / OnEarth MagazineJune 4, 2015


                     Every now and then you come across a statement by a public official that is so ridiculous, so perfect in its unabashed wrongness, you have to read it a few times to fully appreciate it as a work of demagogic art.
                  
                     My current favorite in this category comes courtesy of one Scott Weber, a member of the Park County School District #6 Board of Trustees in Cody, Wyoming. Two weeks ago, when he and his fellow board members were supposed to be voting on whether to purchase new textbooks and reading materials for the district, Weber put a stop to the vote by taking a bold stand in defense of climate denial, political cronyism, and intellectual closed-mindedness.

                     Here’s what he said about one of the reading materials the board was considering for purchase, as reported by the Casper Star-Tribune:

                     As a board member, I will not authorize any of the $300,000 allocated for this purchase to include supplemental booklets about "global whining." … Our Wyoming schools are largely funded by coal, oil, natural gas, mining, ranching, etc. This junk science is against community and state standards.

                     This junk science is against community and state standards. Stop for a moment and give that sentence the attention it deserves. For thousands of years, going back to Aristotle, humanity’s greatest minds have sought to safeguard the precepts of the scientific method by keeping them away from the corrupting influence of political culture. Defending the integrity of science from powerful people is what got Galileo imprisoned. And yet, 400 years later, here we are: watching a public official tasked with guiding the educational trajectories of his community’s children rail against the accepted science on climate change -because its conclusions threaten to undermine the local political culture.

                     RELATED: Climate Denial Is Immoral, Says Head of U.S. Episcopal Church
            

                     What I find most remarkable about Weber’s statement, though, is its refreshing forthrightness. Note how he just comes right out and admits what everyone already suspects to be the case: that his slurring of climate science as “junk science”is rooted in nothing more scientific than his understanding of which side his bread -and Cody’s -is buttered on.
                           

                     While oil and natural gas operations may have taken something of a downturn in the state over the last five years, Wyoming is still, incontestably, coal country. It’s by far the top coal-producing state in the United States, responsible for nearly 40 percent of our domestic yield. Wyoming, in fact, produces more coal than the next five coal-producing states combined.And according to a recent study published by the University of Wyoming’s Center for Energy Economics & Public Policy, coal-mining operations directly account for more than 11 percent of Wyoming’s gross state product and a nearly identical percentage of state revenues.

                     Weber may be channeling some of the nervous frustration that Wyoming is experiencing as a result of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, which is expected to be finalized this summer. The plan requires states to design individual programs to dramatically cut carbon pollution from their power plants. Wyoming will have to reduce its emissions from coal-based plants by nearly one-fifth. According to the authors of the University of Wyoming study, complying with these new regulations could end up slashing coal production in the state by one-third. This might then -gasp-force state officials to rethink their investments in renewable energy. Despite its sizeable potential for wind power production, Wyoming is one of only two states west of the Rockies to have no Renewable Portfolio Standard.

                     Interestingly, there’s another coal-dependent state that’s never gotten around to adopting an RPS where schoolchildren are also being used as pawns in the battle between science and the status quo. Last December members of the West Virginia Board of Education convened to vote on the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards. Among other things, the standards offer an accurate representation of the scientific consensus on the causes and effects of climate change. (No surprise there, given that the standards were drafted and vetted by science educators.) One board member, however, refused to accept the standards as written, citing his own personal belief that human influence on climate change was not “a foregone conclusion.” He persuaded his colleagues to subject the standards to a 30-day comment period, during which 7,000 people shared their opinions -6,500 of them expressing a desire to keep the standards just as they were.

                     Despite this clear display of community support, when the Board of Education reconvened in April to vote once more on the science standards, the aggrieved board member was allowed to insert into them the kind of equivocating language that has become climate deniers’ preferred rhetorical weapon of late. Let that sink in: Over the objections of the science educators who drafted the standards and the overwhelming majority of public commenters, languagespecifically designed to sow doubt about the truth of global warming has been built into West Virginia’s state-approved science curriculum.

                     RELATED: Louisiana Teachers Are Literally Using the Bible as Science Textbooks in Public Schools

                     In Wyoming, where Scott Weber so passionately stood up for the antiscience cause recently, conservative lawmakers are pushing to revise the wording of that state’s Next Generation Science Standards along similarly specious lines. The standards are currently stuck in legislative limbo. There are similar battles being waged over climate education right now in Texas and Oklahoma. In those states the energy economies may be based on different hydrocarbons, but the political and cultural pressure to sustain the myth of sustainable fossil-fuel extraction is every bit as great.               
                     
                     Anyone who would deliberately misinform children about the gravity of the problem that awaits them when they grow up doesn’t deserve to be in charge of their education.When a community is economically and systematically linked to the root cause of global warming, any threat to the system -from federal pollution rules to the basic tenets of the scientific method—could be viewed as an obscene violation of “community standards,”and thus something to shield schoolkids from. But what’s really obscene is endeavoring to keep young people from learning the truth about climate change -an empirically observable phenomenon that will harm future generations far more than it has already harmed this one.                           

                           Jeff Turrentine onEarth’s articles editor. He is a former editor at Architectural Digest and is also a frequent contributor to Slate, The Washington Post and The New York Times Book Review.
                        
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