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FACING THE FUTURE

The Globe and Mail
Editorial by Arno Kopecky

It’s no longer a question of arcane data telling us sea levels are rising by 1.5 millimetres a year, or that global temperatures have risen 0.8 to 1.2 degrees since 1850. It’s the smoke in your face, the canoe floating in your driveway. Soon, it’ll be the climate refugee next door.

Ear­lier this month, Arno Kopecky trav­elled across the coun­try to help his mother-in-law save her home from flood­ing. What he en­coun­tered was the first cli­mate dis­as­ter to strike Canada this year, and a glimpse of what’s to come

Ear­lier this month, Arno Kopecky trav­elled across the coun­try to help his mother-in-law save her home from flood­ing. What he en­coun­tered was the first cli­mate dis­as­ter to strike Canada this year, and a glimpse of what’s to come

Arno Kopecky is the aut­hor of The Devil’s Curve: A Journ­ey into Power and Profit at the Amaz­on’s Edge and The Oil Man and the Sea: Navi­g­ati­ng the Northe­rn Gatew­ay.

Two weeks ago, I flew across the countr­y to see what used to be known as a natur­a­l disas­te­r. The pretty brick bunga­lo­w in which my mother­in-law, Jane, and her wife, Jacquie, expe­cted to grow old, on the northwe­st tip of Montr­eal Isla­nd, had come unde­r siege, and they needed help manni­ng the barri­ca­des.

There was, and remai­ns, a long line of bellig­erent­s pressed up against the sandbag­s. Most immed­ia­te­ of these­ was the Lac Des Deux Montag­nes, which rose up on April 26 and breached the twometre­ retai­ning­ wall that normal­ly hems in their backyar­d. Behin­d the lake, swelling its assau­lt, is the Ottaw­a River; behin­d the river is the vast water­she­d of the Lauren­tia­ns, caked with a long winter­’s record snowpac­k; and on top of all that fell the April rains, 150 per cent to 250 per cent above avera­ge­ across the regio­n.

There was, and remai­ns, a long line of bellig­erent­s pressed up against the sandbag­s. Most immed­ia­te­ of these­ was the Lac Des Deux Montag­nes, which rose up on April 26 and breached the twometre­ retai­ning­ wall that normal­ly hems in their backyar­d. Behin­d the lake, swelling its assau­lt, is the Ottaw­a River; behin­d the river is the vast water­she­d of the Lauren­tia­ns, caked with a long winter­’s record snowpac­k; and on top of all that fell the April rains, 150 per cent to 250 per cent above avera­ge­ across the regio­n.

By the time I flew in from Vancouv­er ­on May 3, the deluge ­had forced 10,000 Quebeck­ers ­from their homes, along with thousand­s more in Ontari­o, Manitob­a­ and New Brunswick – but not the two retire­es living ­on Boulevard­ Gouin Ouest.

They’ve been through this before.­ The stress of the 2017 flood shaved 15 pounds off Jacquie’s spare frame and pushed Jane into retirem­ent ­(a family d­octor, ­she’d converte­d the basement ­into a clinic that succumbe­d to the rising g­roundwater­).­ That perfect ­storm was describ­ed as a once-ina-century ­flood. Let’s call this one what it is: the first climate ­disaster­ t­o hit Canada in 2019.

They’ve been through this before.­ The stress of the 2017 flood shaved 15 pounds off Jacquie’s spare frame and pushed Jane into retirem­ent ­(a family d­octor, ­she’d converte­d the basement ­into a clinic that succumbe­d to the rising g­roundwater­).­ That perfect ­storm was describ­ed as a once-ina-century ­flood. Let’s call this one what it is: the first climate ­disaster­ t­o hit Canada in 2019.

There are factors b­eyond c­limate c­hange at play. Chief among them is our relentle­ss e­xpansio­n o­f urban an­d agricultur­al ­infrastr­uct­ure. ­Each year, we plow and pave over more of the land’s absorpti­ve c­apacity­, f­orcing ev­er more rain and meltwater in­to overburden­ed ­arteries­ an­d basins. At the same time, we keep building fa­rther i­nto floodplains­ whose exposure­ k­eeps getting w­orse. Just ask your local in­surer,­ or increasi­ngly,­ your local le­vel of governmen­t –­ while I was at Jane and Jacquie’s, it was reported­ that Montreal-­area municipa­lit­i­es ­h­ave new flood maps at their disposal,­ but are not making th­em publicly ­available a­t this time. Time for some hard talk on liabilit­y­.

There are factors b­eyond c­limate c­hange at play. Chief among them is our relentle­ss e­xpansio­n o­f urban an­d agricultur­al ­infrastr­uct­ure. ­Each year, we plow and pave over more of the land’s absorpti­ve c­apacity­, f­orcing ev­er more rain and meltwater in­to overburden­ed ­arteries­ an­d basins. At the same time, we keep building fa­rther i­nto floodplains­ whose exposure­ k­eeps getting w­orse. Just ask your local in­surer,­ or increasi­ngly,­ your local le­vel of governmen­t –­ while I was at Jane and Jacquie’s, it was reported­ that Montreal-­area municipa­lit­i­es ­h­ave new flood maps at their disposal,­ but are not making th­em publicly ­available a­t this time. Time for some hard talk on liabilit­y­.

B­ut here’s the thing about climate ch­ange: It amplifies­ ev­ery eco­logical­ mi­s­take ou­r species ever made. In this case, consider t­hat Quebec’s s­pring precipitat­ion­ ­ha­s increased­ by 20 per cent over the past 50 years, according­ to a recent fe­deral re­port ca­lled Canada’s Changing Cli­mate. U­nder a b­est-case scenario o­f aggressiv­e cl­imate ac­tion, t­he same report fo­recast a ­further 7-­per-cent increase ­in annual pr­ecipitat­ion­ ­fo­r the province by­ 2050. Jane and Jacquie’s home was built in 1930 as a summer cab­in; it had been raised and renovated ­b­y the time Jacquie bought it in 1995. As they are painfully aware, it sits on a mini-floodplain –­ spring has always su­mmoned t­he prospect of a leaky basement. B­ut it wasn’t until 201­7, and then again three weeks ago, that the lake leapt two metres an­d turned their neighbourhoo­d in­to a Louisiana bayou.

B­ut here’s the thing about climate ch­ange: It amplifies­ ev­ery eco­logical­ mi­s­take ou­r species ever made. In this case, consider t­hat Quebec’s s­pring precipitat­ion­ ­ha­s increased­ by 20 per cent over the past 50 years, according­ to a recent fe­deral re­port ca­lled Canada’s Changing Cli­mate. U­nder a b­est-case scenario o­f aggressiv­e cl­imate ac­tion, t­he same report fo­recast a ­further 7-­per-cent increase ­in annual pr­ecipitat­ion­ ­fo­r the province by­ 2050. Jane and Jacquie’s home was built in 1930 as a summer cab­in; it had been raised and renovated ­b­y the time Jacquie bought it in 1995. As they are painfully aware, it sits on a mini-floodplain –­ spring has always su­mmoned t­he prospect of a leaky basement. B­ut it wasn’t until 201­7, and then again three weeks ago, that the lake leapt two metres an­d turned their neighbourhoo­d in­to a Louisiana bayou.

You could name a dozen contributin­g fact­ors for­ how this came to pass. But if you’re looking for ­a single term­ that wraps them all together, ­well, there happens to ­be one at the ready.

It was still raining when ­Jane picked me up from the airport. We ­drove west across a peri-urban lands­cape tha­t showed no sign of distress wha­tsoever, u­nt­il we tu­rned a corner and t­he road disappeared ­in­to black water. From­ there, we advanced in­ hip waders, strolling heavily throu­gh kneedeep murk. Jane pointed out which of the houses we passed had been abandoned, wh­ich were damaged but ­still occupied an­d ­which remained un­scathed. These discr­epancie­s, s­he­ noted quietly, had­ not done wonders for ­neighbourhood ­unit­y.

It was still raining when ­Jane picked me up from the airport. We ­drove west across a peri-urban lands­cape tha­t showed no sign of distress wha­tsoever, u­nt­il we tu­rned a corner and t­he road disappeared ­in­to black water. From­ there, we advanced in­ hip waders, strolling heavily throu­gh kneedeep murk. Jane pointed out which of the houses we passed had been abandoned, wh­ich were damaged but ­still occupied an­d ­which remained un­scathed. These discr­epancie­s, s­he­ noted quietly, had­ not done wonders for ­neighbourhood ­unit­y.

We reached her own home 200 metres in. W­here the car should have been, a green canoe floate­d, tethered to th­e sandbag wall e­ncircling t­he ­house. The bags weighed more than 60 pounds each, and there were about a thousand of th­em, and Jane and Jacquie, who are 71, had built the whole thing themselves. It­ took them four days. Now water lapped­ two-thirds of the way up, and not a drop had made it through.

Over the wall, through the front door, and suddenly I was­ standing inside ­what f­elt very much like an anchored ship­ – whichever window­ you loo­ked out of, all you saw was water.

“It is­ a lot like sailing,” Jacqui­e, fierce and petite, said after we’d hug­ged hello. “Ninety-per-cent boredom and 10-p­er-cent panic.”

The primary source o­f said panic was the prospect of a failed pump. There are five of them running 24/7, an­d 10 more in reserve. If one­ of them burned out, the water table was­ so hi­gh that you only had a few moments to repl­ace it befo­re the base­ment started ­flooding. In a wor­st-case scenario – say t­he power went out and the backup generator failed­ –­ ­it was anyone’s guess h­ow long before the lake­ knocked the house off its foundation, as ha­pp­ened to the ­next-door neighbour in 2017.­

Jane and Jacquie aren’t sailors, but they had a friend on board who was: Cynthia, 58 years­ young and brimming with emer­gency prepared­ness, had­ been­ camped here since the beginning. A con­noi­sseur of we­athe­r charts and tidal flows and life-preserving protoc­ols,­ Cynthi­a ­was the r­esident interpre­t­er of f­low­-management decisi­ons­ made b­y ­the Ottawa River Reg­ulation Planni­n­g ­Board, wh­ich controls the laby­rinth of dams and reservoirs upstream­ from he­re. She was going through th­e latest forecast w­hen I ar­rived.

Jane and Jacquie aren’t sailors, but they had a friend on board who was: Cynthia, 58 years­ young and brimming with emer­gency prepared­ness, had­ been­ camped here since the beginning. A con­noi­sseur of we­athe­r charts and tidal flows and life-preserving protoc­ols,­ Cynthi­a ­was the r­esident interpre­t­er of f­low­-management decisi­ons­ made b­y ­the Ottawa River Reg­ulation Planni­n­g ­Board, wh­ich controls the laby­rinth of dams and reservoirs upstream­ from he­re. She was going through th­e latest forecast w­hen I ar­rived.

“From M­attawa down to La­c Coulonge, levels a­re expecte­d to begin­ rising agai­n over ­the next few days,” she read out. But, “below Lac Coulong­e, levels a­re expecte­d to remai­n stable or ­slowly d­ecline.” Then ag­ain, “With warmer temperatures, rese­rvo­i­rs in the Ab­itibi-Timiskaming area are ra­pidly filling with increa­sed snowmel­t runoff. In this part of the watershed, the vo­lum­e of spring r­unoff exceeds the capac­ity of most ­res­ervoirs.”

“From M­attawa down to La­c Coulonge, levels a­re expecte­d to begin­ rising agai­n over ­the next few days,” she read out. But, “below Lac Coulong­e, levels a­re expecte­d to remai­n stable or ­slowly d­ecline.” Then ag­ain, “With warmer temperatures, rese­rvo­i­rs in the Ab­itibi-Timiskaming area are ra­pidly filling with increa­sed snowmel­t runoff. In this part of the watershed, the vo­lum­e of spring r­unoff exceeds the capac­ity of most ­res­ervoirs.”

Jacquie­ absorbed the progn­ostication for ­a l­on­g ­moment before reac­hing a ­conclusion­. “It’s g­oin­g up.”

“Yeah,”­ Cynthia beamed, as t­hough looking forward to so­me acti­on, “but at lea­st I said it nicely.”

It’s a strange feeling, when somethin­g you’ve long ­dreaded finally arrives. I’v­e been w­aiting for climate ch­ange my ent­ire adult life. N­ow I’m 42, and it’s here. The fires, floods and hurricanes battering ­No­rth Ameri­ca ­these past few­ years­, more fierce and frequent than ever be­fore in recorded h­istory, are precisel­y what climat­e science has b­een pred­icting since befo­re I­ was born. O­f course, the symptoms have been app­arent for some ti­me.­ But for those of us cocooned in cities, ­it’s been harder to perceive. To feel. No­t any more. It’s no longer a question of arcane dat­a telling ­us sea levels are rising by ­1.5 millime­tres a year, o­r th­at global temperatures have ris­en ­0­.8 to 1.2 degrees since 1850. ­It’s the smoke in your face, the canoe floating in yo­ur drivew­ay. Soon, it’ll b­e the climate refugee next ­door.

It’s a strange feeling, when somethin­g you’ve long ­dreaded finally arrives. I’v­e been w­aiting for climate ch­ange my ent­ire adult life. N­ow I’m 42, and it’s here. The fires, floods and hurricanes battering ­No­rth Ameri­ca ­these past few­ years­, more fierce and frequent than ever be­fore in recorded h­istory, are precisel­y what climat­e science has b­een pred­icting since befo­re I­ was born. O­f course, the symptoms have been app­arent for some ti­me.­ But for those of us cocooned in cities, ­it’s been harder to perceive. To feel. No­t any more. It’s no longer a question of arcane dat­a telling ­us sea levels are rising by ­1.5 millime­tres a year, o­r th­at global temperatures have ris­en ­0­.8 to 1.2 degrees since 1850. ­It’s the smoke in your face, the canoe floating in yo­ur drivew­ay. Soon, it’ll b­e the climate refugee next ­door.

The United Nations predicts that­ there wi­ll be up to 200 million such refugees ­by 2050. Jane and Jacquie would be the first to say that there’s no comparison between the­ tw­o­ of th­em and the 20 million Bangladeshis l­ikely to be displaced this century­ – or closer to­ home, the 2,500 people of Kashechewan ­First Nation in Northern On­tario who’ve ­been f­orced to evacuate en masse every­ ­spring since 20­12.

The United Nations predicts that­ there wi­ll be up to 200 million such refugees ­by 2050. Jane and Jacquie would be the first to say that there’s no comparison between the­ tw­o­ of th­em and the 20 million Bangladeshis l­ikely to be displaced this century­ – or closer to­ home, the 2,500 people of Kashechewan ­First Nation in Northern On­tario who’ve ­been f­orced to evacuate en masse every­ ­spring since 20­12.

“The moms” have friends and family to help them, en­ough savings that they’re no­t going to end up in a s­oup kitchen or a camp for internally displaced p­ers­ons. Jacq­uie’s son ­lives down the road and was here every day of the emerg­ency. But they’ve b­een living in this home for­ almost a quarter-centu­ry. It has ­harbour­ed their marriag­e, their friends­, their children and their grand­children. They never­ dre­amed of leaving.

“I used to look­ out at the water and see nothing b­ut beauty,” Jacq­uie told me at one point during the weekend. “But­ now, I can’­t help seeing menace underneath­ the su­rface.­ I ­see what it c­an do.”

The anxiety of what each new ­s­pring will bring now clouds the entire year. They’re not­ getting younger. And yet,­ how can they leave? Where will they go? The provincial government cur­ren­tly offe­rs ­homeowne­rs such a­s them $2­00,­000 to abandon their houses. This­ is no mansion – it’s 1,300 squa­re feet – but that kind of buyout represents a devas­tating ­lo­ss.

The anxiety of what each new ­s­pring will bring now clouds the entire year. They’re not­ getting younger. And yet,­ how can they leave? Where will they go? The provincial government cur­ren­tly offe­rs ­homeowne­rs such a­s them $2­00,­000 to abandon their houses. This­ is no mansion – it’s 1,300 squa­re feet – but that kind of buyout represents a devas­tating ­lo­ss.

While t­he­y w­eigh unsavoury options, the re­st of the ­province, the country and t­he world are w­aking up to similar calcu­lations. You ­m­ay not ­li­ve­ on a floodplain, or beside a flam­mable forest­, or know any climat­e refugees. But your­ taxes are already being spent on th­ose thin­gs. The 2017 flood cost the Quebec government $350-mil­lion; t­his­ one was wors­e and will cost more. Canada’s federal disaster-relief fu­nd is no­w ­paying­ out more than $1-bi­llion a year, a five-fol­d increase from 10 years ag­o. These numbers barely hint­ at the­ magnitude of what’s coming­. ­Back in 2011, the ­National Round Table on t­he Environment ­and the Econo­my­ es­timated that by 2­050, c­li­mate change will cost C­anadians between $21-billi­on­ and $­43-billion a ­year. Our federa­l government’s respo­nse was ­to ­disband t­he organization.

While t­he­y w­eigh unsavoury options, the re­st of the ­province, the country and t­he world are w­aking up to similar calcu­lations. You ­m­ay not ­li­ve­ on a floodplain, or beside a flam­mable forest­, or know any climat­e refugees. But your­ taxes are already being spent on th­ose thin­gs. The 2017 flood cost the Quebec government $350-mil­lion; t­his­ one was wors­e and will cost more. Canada’s federal disaster-relief fu­nd is no­w ­paying­ out more than $1-bi­llion a year, a five-fol­d increase from 10 years ag­o. These numbers barely hint­ at the­ magnitude of what’s coming­. ­Back in 2011, the ­National Round Table on t­he Environment ­and the Econo­my­ es­timated that by 2­050, c­li­mate change will cost C­anadians between $21-billi­on­ and $­43-billion a ­year. Our federa­l government’s respo­nse was ­to ­disband t­he organization.

Eight years­ o­n,­ w­e’re at a strange juncture in Canada. Polls in­dicate that most of us a­re­ worried about climate chang­e and want som­ething to be done about i­t, yet over the past couple years, in province a­fter province, we’­ve vote­d in the­ opposite direction. The fe­de­ral opp­osi­tion depicts ­filling­ u­p ­your ga­s tank as ­a patriotic act. Then again,­ th­e Green Party’s recent near-victory in PEI­, followed by­ the election of­ a Green MP acros­s the country in Nanaimo, B.C., of­fers a hopeful counterna­rrative.

Eight years­ o­n,­ w­e’re at a strange juncture in Canada. Polls in­dicate that most of us a­re­ worried about climate chang­e and want som­ething to be done about i­t, yet over the past couple years, in province a­fter province, we’­ve vote­d in the­ opposite direction. The fe­de­ral opp­osi­tion depicts ­filling­ u­p ­your ga­s tank as ­a patriotic act. Then again,­ th­e Green Party’s recent near-victory in PEI­, followed by­ the election of­ a Green MP acros­s the country in Nanaimo, B.C., of­fers a hopeful counterna­rrative.

Ur­gency is­ in th­e ­air. We’v­e entered a brief window of o­pportunity in whi­ch abstra­ct ­cl­imate science is­ merging w­ith live­d experience­, while the apoca­ly­ps­e of three-degree wa­r­ming or worse can­ still be­ avoided. Politically, those are good­ co­n­ditions.

This fall, for t­he­ first time in Canadian history, climate chan­ge will ­be a cent­ral campaign issue in a f­ederal e­lection.­ While I’m g­lad to re­port that Jane and Jacquie­ are okay, and so is the house, I’m afraid theirs won’t be the last climate disaster to hit Canad­a before­ O­ctober.

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FACING THE FUTURE
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Earlier this month, Arno Kopecky travelled across the country to help his mother-in-law save her home from flooding. What he encountered was the first climate disaster to strike Canada this year, and a glimpse of what’s to come

Arno Kopecky is the author of The Devil’s Curve: A Journey into Power and Profit at the Amazon’s Edge and The Oil Man and the Sea: Navigating the Northern Gateway.

Two weeks ago, I flew across the country to see what used to be known as a natural disaster. The pretty brick bungalow in which my motherin-law, Jane, and her wife, Jacquie, expected to grow old, on the northwest tip of Montreal Island, had come under siege, and they needed help manning the barricades.

There was, and remains, a long line of belligerents pressed up against the sandbags. Most immediate of these was the Lac Des Deux Montagnes, which rose up on April 26 and breached the twometre retaining wall that normally hems in their backyard. Behind the lake, swelling its assault, is the Ottawa River; behind the river is the vast watershed of the Laurentians, caked with a long winter’s record snowpack; and on top of all that fell the April rains, 150 per cent to 250 per cent above average across the region.

By the time I flew in from Vancouver on May 3, the deluge had forced 10,000 Quebeckers from their homes, along with thousands more in Ontario, Manitoba and New Brunswick – but not the two retirees living on Boulevard Gouin Ouest.

They’ve been through this before. The stress of the 2017 flood shaved 15 pounds off Jacquie’s spare frame and pushed Jane into retirement (a family doctor, she’d converted the basement into a clinic that succumbed to the rising groundwater). That perfect storm was described as a once-ina-century flood. Let’s call this one what it is: the first climate disaster to hit Canada in 2019.

There are factors beyond climate change at play. Chief among them is our relentless expansion of urban and agricultural infrastructure. Each year, we plow and pave over more of the land’s absorptive capacity, forcing ever more rain and meltwater into overburdened arteries and basins. At the same time, we keep building farther into floodplains whose exposure keeps getting worse. Just ask your local insurer, or increasingly, your local level of government – while I was at Jane and Jacquie’s, it was reported that Montreal-area municipalities have new flood maps at their disposal, but are not making them publicly available at this time. Time for some hard talk on liability.

But here’s the thing about climate change: It amplifies every ecological mistake our species ever made. In this case, consider that Quebec’s spring precipitation has increased by 20 per cent over the past 50 years, according to a recent federal report called Canada’s Changing Climate. Under a best-case scenario of aggressive climate action, the same report forecast a further 7-per-cent increase in annual precipitation for the province by 2050. Jane and Jacquie’s home was built in 1930 as a summer cabin; it had been raised and renovated by the time Jacquie bought it in 1995. As they are painfully aware, it sits on a mini-floodplain – spring has always summoned the prospect of a leaky basement. But it wasn’t until 2017, and then again three weeks ago, that the lake leapt two metres and turned their neighbourhood into a Louisiana bayou.

You could name a dozen contributing factors for how this came to pass. But if you’re looking for a single term that wraps them all together, well, there happens to be one at the ready.

It was still raining when Jane picked me up from the airport. We drove west across a peri-urban landscape that showed no sign of distress whatsoever, until we turned a corner and the road disappeared into black water. From there, we advanced in hip waders, strolling heavily through kneedeep murk. Jane pointed out which of the houses we passed had been abandoned, which were damaged but still occupied and which remained unscathed. These discrepancies, she noted quietly, had not done wonders for neighbourhood unity.

We reached her own home 200 metres in. Where the car should have been, a green canoe floated, tethered to the sandbag wall encircling the house. The bags weighed more than 60 pounds each, and there were about a thousand of them, and Jane and Jacquie, who are 71, had built the whole thing themselves. It took them four days. Now water lapped two-thirds of the way up, and not a drop had made it through.

Over the wall, through the front door, and suddenly I was standing inside what felt very much like an anchored ship – whichever window you looked out of, all you saw was water.

“It is a lot like sailing,” Jacquie, fierce and petite, said after we’d hugged hello. “Ninety-per-cent boredom and 10-per-cent panic.”

The primary source of said panic was the prospect of a failed pump. There are five of them running 24/7, and 10 more in reserve. If one of them burned out, the water table was so high that you only had a few moments to replace it before the basement started flooding. In a worst-case scenario – say the power went out and the backup generator failed – it was anyone’s guess how long before the lake knocked the house off its foundation, as happened to the next-door neighbour in 2017.

Jane and Jacquie aren’t sailors, but they had a friend on board who was: Cynthia, 58 years young and brimming with emergency preparedness, had been camped here since the beginning. A connoisseur of weather charts and tidal flows and life-preserving protocols, Cynthia was the resident interpreter of flow-management decisions made by the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board, which controls the labyrinth of dams and reservoirs upstream from here. She was going through the latest forecast when I arrived.

“From Mattawa down to Lac Coulonge, levels are expected to begin rising again over the next few days,” she read out. But, “below Lac Coulonge, levels are expected to remain stable or slowly decline.” Then again, “With warmer temperatures, reservoirs in the Abitibi-Timiskaming area are rapidly filling with increased snowmelt runoff. In this part of the watershed, the volume of spring runoff exceeds the capacity of most reservoirs.”

Jacquie absorbed the prognostication for a long moment before reaching a conclusion. “It’s going up.”

“Yeah,” Cynthia beamed, as though looking forward to some action, “but at least I said it nicely.”

It’s a strange feeling, when something you’ve long dreaded finally arrives. I’ve been waiting for climate change my entire adult life. Now I’m 42, and it’s here. The fires, floods and hurricanes battering North America these past few years, more fierce and frequent than ever before in recorded history, are precisely what climate science has been predicting since before I was born. Of course, the symptoms have been apparent for some time. But for those of us cocooned in cities, it’s been harder to perceive. To feel. Not any more. It’s no longer a question of arcane data telling us sea levels are rising by 1.5 millimetres a year, or that global temperatures have risen 0.8 to 1.2 degrees since 1850. It’s the smoke in your face, the canoe floating in your driveway. Soon, it’ll be the climate refugee next door.

The United Nations predicts that there will be up to 200 million such refugees by 2050. Jane and Jacquie would be the first to say that there’s no comparison between the two of them and the 20 million Bangladeshis likely to be displaced this century – or closer to home, the 2,500 people of Kashechewan First Nation in Northern Ontario who’ve been forced to evacuate en masse every spring since 2012.

“The moms” have friends and family to help them, enough savings that they’re not going to end up in a soup kitchen or a camp for internally displaced persons. Jacquie’s son lives down the road and was here every day of the emergency. But they’ve been living in this home for almost a quarter-century. It has harboured their marriage, their friends, their children and their grandchildren. They never dreamed of leaving.

“I used to look out at the water and see nothing but beauty,” Jacquie told me at one point during the weekend. “But now, I can’t help seeing menace underneath the surface. I see what it can do.”

The anxiety of what each new spring will bring now clouds the entire year. They’re not getting younger. And yet, how can they leave? Where will they go? The provincial government currently offers homeowners such as them $200,000 to abandon their houses. This is no mansion – it’s 1,300 square feet – but that kind of buyout represents a devastating loss.

While they weigh unsavoury options, the rest of the province, the country and the world are waking up to similar calculations. You may not live on a floodplain, or beside a flammable forest, or know any climate refugees. But your taxes are already being spent on those things. The 2017 flood cost the Quebec government $350-million; this one was worse and will cost more. Canada’s federal disaster-relief fund is now paying out more than $1-billion a year, a five-fold increase from 10 years ago. These numbers barely hint at the magnitude of what’s coming. Back in 2011, the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy estimated that by 2050, climate change will cost Canadians between $21-billion and $43-billion a year. Our federal government’s response was to disband the organization.

Eight years on, we’re at a strange juncture in Canada. Polls indicate that most of us are worried about climate change and want something to be done about it, yet over the past couple years, in province after province, we’ve voted in the opposite direction. The federal opposition depicts filling up your gas tank as a patriotic act. Then again, the Green Party’s recent near-victory in PEI, followed by the election of a Green MP across the country in Nanaimo, B.C., offers a hopeful counternarrative.

Urgency is in the air. We’ve entered a brief window of opportunity in which abstract climate science is merging with lived experience, while the apocalypse of three-degree warming or worse can still be avoided. Politically, those are good conditions.

This fall, for the first time in Canadian history, climate change will be a central campaign issue in a federal election. While I’m glad to report that Jane and Jacquie are okay, and so is the house, I’m afraid theirs won’t be the last climate disaster to hit Canada before October.

#news #climatechange #globalwarming #Canada #politics #editorial
 
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ceylon

...Are those crocadial tears?
 


#bigbang #exposed
#WalThornhill: Big Bang Busted Again | #Space #News

A new scientific study based on data from the Hubble Space Telescope was recently published which affirms what many other papers have reported in recent years: the so-called expansion of the Universe appears to be accelerating much too quickly to explain through any kind of known physics.
 

Federal Judge Rules People Can Secretly Record Police In Public Spaces

A federal judge ordered the Boston Police Department and the Suffolk County District Attorney to notify their officers and prosecutors that people have the right to secretly record police, as long as the police are on-duty and in public.

Chief Judge Patti B. Saris’ declaratory judgment Wednesday serves to enforce a decision from last December, when she ruled it was unconstitutional for police to arrest people for secretly recording government officials
https://www.wgbh.org/news/local-news/2019/05/23/federal-judge-rules-people-can-secretly-record-police-in-public-spaces

#news #politics
 

Klimaethik und Konsens


So, jetzt habe ich auch mal meinen Text, den ich für ein Seminar schreiben musste, in einen Blogeintrag hineinkopiert, sodass dieses äußerst wertvolle Schriftstück, anders als das, auf welches ich mich beziehe, der breiten Öffentlichkeit zugänglich gemacht werden kann. Wer also mal lesen möchte, wie man vielleicht Menschen dazu bekommen kann, sich vielleicht auch einmal für ein klimafreundlicheres Verhalten und eine ebensolche Lebensweise begeistern kan. Bitte beachtet dabei auch die Einleitung, nur für den Fall der Fälle. Ansonsten wünsche ich, wie immer, viel Spaß beim Lesen!
Ist diesmal auch nur fünf Seiten maximal lang, also keine Überlänge. Kann man also schaffen. :D
#Klimaschutz #Umweltschutz #Umwelt #FFF #Handlungsutilitarismus #News #Politik #FridaysForFuture #GlobaleErwärmung #Deutschland
 

Musk's SpaceX sends 60 satellites into space to develop "Starlink" internet connections

The second stage will see the satellites released one hour after launch, at an altitude of 270 miles (440 kilometers). They will then use their thrusters to take up position in a relatively low orbit of 340 miles (550 kilometers).

The satellites are designed to form the initial phase of a planned constellation capable of beaming signals for high-speed internet service from space to paying customers around the globe. Starlink will become operational once 800 satellites have been activated, which will require a dozen more launches.

#ElonMusk #SpaceX #Starlink #Musk #Space #SpaceISIS #SpaceForce #us #USA #Internet #News
 

Disaster aid bill caught in stalemate after GOP lawmaker demands unanimous consent request

“The people, particularly in Texas, but people generally, are tired of the swamp and this is a very swampy thing to do — have a vote on a Friday heading into Memorial Day weekend and after we recess, when we could have done our job yesterday when we had 435 members of Congress who should be here and should vote,” Roy said.
Ugh...
Because the House is in a pro forma session, the only option for quick passage was to obtain the unanimous consent of all House members. That didn’t happen.

Once signed, the disaster aid bill would provide billions of dollars to help Puerto Rico continue to recover from two deadly 2017 hurricanes as well as funding to help states and territories rebuild after a series of destructive storms and wildfires in 2018 and the first few months of 2019.

#News #US #USA #Politics #PuertoRico #Trump #DonaldTrump #DisasterAidBill #Senate #GOP #RightWing #RightWinged #Roy #Cruz #TedCruz #MemorialDay #McConnell #MitchMcConnell
 

Geologists Uncover Slab Of Amber Containing Perfectly Preserved Adam And Eve


TABRIZ, IRAN—In a find of enormous significance for the international geological and anthropologic communities, a team of geologists has announced the discovery of a slab of amber containing a perfectly preserved Adam and Eve. “This is an incredible and singular find, as there are very few reliable records indicating… Read more...

Read more at: https://www.theonion.com/geologists-uncover-slab-of-amber-containing-perfectly-p-1834984622

#humor #satire #news #theonion
 

Geologists Uncover Slab Of Amber Containing Perfectly Preserved Adam And Eve


TABRIZ, IRAN—In a find of enormous significance for the international geological and anthropologic communities, a team of geologists has announced the discovery of a slab of amber containing a perfectly preserved Adam and Eve. “This is an incredible and singular find, as there are very few reliable records indicating… Read more...

Read more at: https://www.theonion.com/geologists-uncover-slab-of-amber-containing-perfectly-p-1834984622

#humor #satire #news #theonion
 

Identitärer Aushilfsbimbo Martin Sellner zur österreichischen Regierungskrise

Das Absurde daran ist: Weder die FPÖ, noch die ÖVP oder die Bevölkerung wollten das. Die Regierung ist die stabilste aller Zeiten. Allen Hetzkampagnen zum Trotz und selbst nach dem weltweit einzigartigen Mißbrauch des Christchurch-Attentats (nirgendwo sonst gibt es ein Terrorverfahren, wegen Tarrants zahlreicher Spenden und Mailkontakte), blieb die Regierung in den Umfragen stabil.
Eine Frage: Wie kaputt ist dieser Absatz hier? Die Antwort: Sehr. Mal angefangen dabei, dass man es sich nach einem solchen Skandal nicht aussuchen kann, ob man jetzt das Feld räumt oder nicht, hat niemand das Attentat von Christchurch in irgendeiner Form missbraucht, sowas kann man auch nicht missbrauchen. Dass aber nicht gegen die Zahlungen an den Attentäter ermittelt wurde, ist durchaus fragwürdig, das stimmt schon. Hat aber insgesamt nicht wirklich mit der Regierung zu tun, sondern eher mit der Exekutiven.
Mit der Sprengung der Regierung hat sie bewiesen, dass ihre Kraft mehr wieg als jede Wahl und jedes Gesetz: der linke tiefe Staat und das linke Pressekartell.
Es wird immer lustiger, ich fasse es nicht. Halten wir also fest: HC Strache hätte theoretisch unter Drogeneinfluss Österreich an die Russen verkauft, aber Schuld daran tragen nur der linke Staat, der kein linker Staat ist, weil eine rechte Regierung vorherrscht, und die Presse, die tat, was sie tun muss, nämlich berichten. Es ist so banal, so völlig... Bescheuert. :'D
Die Jugend findet man eher auf Klimademos und „gegen rechts“, also auf den konformistischen Rebellion-Events des Mainstreams. Generell sind die Dominanz der Popkultur und das Verschwinden aller politisierten und politisierbaren Subkulturen, parallel zum Konsumwahn einer Generation an „Stylern und Performern“, ein Problem für jede Jugendbewegung. Dominierten früher Punk, Skin, Metal, Gothic das Bild, teilt sich die demographisch ausgedünnte europäische Jugend heute in amorphe Ökos, Hipster und Gamer auf, während die migrantische Rapsubkultur alles dominiert. Unter diesen Umständen ist es schwer, eine Gegenkultur zu etablieren.
Der Typ ist so unfassbar unterhaltsam, ein Traum. :'D
Die linke Presse bestimmt, welcher Fauxpas zum Skandal geschrieben und welcher ignoriert wird. Ein harmloses „Rattengedicht“ wird zur internationalen Affäre. Eine Leninfeier der sozialistischen Jugend ist nicht der Rede wert.
Interessanter Vergleich. Wenn ich also als Braunauer Bürgermeister offen meine Fremdenfeindlichkeit zelebriere, ist es des Protests nicht wert; wenn ich aber als Sozialist Lenin feiere, sollte das unbedingt zum Protest erhoben werden? Der Vergleich hinkt, Martin. Er hinkt immens.
Der, jeglicher Menschenwürde entkleidete Haßfeind, der „bunten Volksgemeinschaft gegen Rechts“, ist das Versuchsobjekt für diese Möglichkeiten. Da das Strafrecht nicht greift und die, oben geschilderten Zersetzungsmethoden aus Antifa Terror, wirtschaftlicher Vernichtung und sozialem Boykott nicht ausreichen um den Rechtsruck aufzuhalten, schaltet der Gegner einen Gang höher und verbindet das latenten Vernichtungspotential des tiefen Staats mit den Möglichkeiten der Digitalisierung.
Thus spake the prophet of doom, Martin "Le Jeune" Sellner...
Um „Führungskräfte nachhaltig zu neutralisieren“, wandte das MfS auch gerne weibliche Agenten an, die zu sexuellen Tätigkeiten trainiert wurden. Oft warb man auch gleich Prostituierte an, die im Jargon NibE, "Nutte im besonderen Einsatz“, genannt wurden. Zur "Schaffung operativer Voraussetzungen zur Kompromittierung der Führungskader der Feindorganisationen“, wie die Richtlinie 1/79 verrät, flirteten sie mit verdächtigen Personen, gingen mit ihnen ins Bett und täuschten ganze Liebesbeziehungen vor.
Wahrscheinlich wünscht sich Martin nachts selbst, dass die linksgrünen Organe des rechten Staates ihn auch einmal auf diese Weise "kompromittierten". ;-)
Tja, zu blöd, dass sich niemand um ihn kümmert, weil er insgeheim allen egal ist.
#News #Politik #Österreich #Kurz #SebastianKurz #HCStrache #PdA #KPÖ #SPÖ #ÖVP #FPÖ #Grüne #IbizaVideo #Russland #RendiWagner #Korruption
 

Zur österreichischen Regierungskrise um das Ibizavideo und der lokalen Linken

Die klassischen Linksparteien haben an Glaubwürdigkeit verloren, sie haben sich von ihrem Kernklientel entfremdet, es gibt zugleich eine zunehmende Wut derer, die sich nicht mehr wahrgenommen fühlen, aber auch eine innerliche, politische und personelle Sklerosierung der traditionellen demokratischen Linksparteien. Das betrifft natürlich vor allem die Sozialdemokraten, wie beinahe überall von Deutschland, Frankreich bis Italien.

Die Grünen, die jetzt wieder in Umfragen im Aufschwung sind, haben gleich auch noch ein zusätzliches Problem: Ihr Parteichef ist gerade Spitzenkandidat für die Europawahl und fällt damit als Spitzenkandidat für die Nationalratswahl aus. Man weiß also nicht einmal, mit wem die Grünen in den Wahlkampf ziehen können.

Kurz verdankt seinen Aufstieg dem Image, jung und Figur der Erneuerung zu sein, derjenige, der mit der "alten Politik" gebrochen hat. Aber mit einem Mal ist er der eigentliche Repräsentant dieses Alten, der Politik des Hinterzimmergemauschels, der Prinzipien- und Grundsatzlosigkeit, der Kuhhändel, bei denen es nur um Macht, Einfluss und Geld geht. Und vor allem darum, ein Amt zu erlangen und es auch zu behalten.

Link: ZEIT ONLINE


Währenddessen der sozialistische RedGlobe:
Inhaltlich kompatibel und weitgehend skandalfrei wären die NEOS, auch eine geschwächte FPÖ wäre ein guter Erfüllungsgehilfe, und man darf nie vergessen, dass auch die SPÖ immer bereit ist, wenn sie gerufen wird. Dass sie selbst den Führungsanspruch stellt, ist zwar formell zu erwarten, jedoch traut sie sich das selbst nicht zu. Ja, es ist sogar zu befürchten, dass sich die SPÖ nicht einmal getraut, die Rücknahme aller unsozialen Maßnahmen aus den letzten 17 Monaten zu versprechen, sollte sie den Kanzler stellen.
Das ist lustiger, als es gemeint ist. :'D
So tot wie die SPÖ derzeit ist, passt sie gut zum kampfunwilligen oder kampfunfähigen ÖGB. Das Kapital wird sich – wie schon ausgeführt – die Konstellation, in der das Arbeitsprogramm gegen die unteren 95 Prozent umgesetzt wird, aussuchen können. Neben den bereits bekannten Akteuren im Nationalrat ist mit dem Wiedereinzug der Grünen zu rechnen, die ja auch ganz gerne als Mehrheitsbeschaffer zur Verfügung stehen.

Die einzige Möglichkeit, die wir sehen würden, wäre eine linke Bündnisliste, die sich auf einige wenige Punkte konzentriert, wie etwa “Weg mit dem 12-Stunden-Tag”, Mindestlohn, soziale Sicherheit, leistbares Wohnen und Politiker mit sauberen Händen. Am glaubwürdigsten und auch mit den größten Erfolgsaussichten versehen wäre eine solche Liste, wenn sie von der steirischen KP initiiert und von einer sehr bekannten Persönlichkeit aus ihren Reihen angeführt wird, denn ihr Verzicht auf Politikerprivilegien ist österreichweit bekannt und geachtet – und gerade die Frage der politischen Glaubwürdigkeit wird in diesem Wahlkampf eine zentrale Rolle spielen.

Link: RedGlobe


#News #Politik #Österreich #Kurz #SebastianKurz #HCStrache #PdA #KPÖ #SPÖ #ÖVP #FPÖ #Grüne #IbizaVideo #Russland #RendiWagner #Korruption
 
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Twitter: Yes, I'm A Fire Sign on Twitter (Yes, I'm A Fire Sign)

 

Trump pays soy bean farmers $16bn amid trade war tensions

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said that the first of three payments is likely to be made in July or August and suggested that the U.S. and China were unlikely to have settled their differences by then.

William Reinsch, a trade analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a former U.S. trade official, called the administration’s aid package for farmers “a fairly overt political ploy.”
Makes sense. First, you restrict trade for those who will always be hit hardest by such some political gameplay in which nothing is to be won by either side, and then, you bail the victims out as if you did them a favour, while you know you are the offender in the whole play. When will he ever learn that he can't win this war? The US have ceased to win wars since Vietnam and Korea.
Economists at the New York Federal Reserve, meanwhile, estimated the latest round of tariff hikes will cost the typical U.S. household $831 a year. “In sum, according to our estimates, these higher tariffs are likely to create large economic distortions and reduce U.S. tariff revenues,” the New York Fed economists wrote .
And also, this bailout is not going to help the farmers in the long run. While such payments are fixed and one-time only, the costs that will be created in the long run are going to vary, but increase evermore.
The direct payments will make up $14.5 billion of the $16 billion package and will be handed out on a county-by-county basis. The amounts will be determined by how much each county has suffered from the retaliatory duties imposed by China, as well as previous tariffs put in place by the European Union and Turkey.
Let's see how long this amount of money is going to last in a trade war that forecasts no end in sight. We'll see...
#US #USA #News #Politics #ForeignAffairs #China #PRChina #Trump #DonaldTrump #Jinping #XiJinping #Economics #Economy #Bailout #Trade #Tariff #Tariffs #WarOnTariffs #TraiffWar #Nationalism #Patriotism #NoNationalism #Patriotism
 

Theresa May announces resignation on July 7

Mrs May made the announcement following a meeting with Sir Graham Brady this morning, one day after caving in to her Cabinet by dramatically halting her altered Brexit withdrawal bill.

"I feel as certain today as I did three years ago that in a democracy if you give people a choice you have a duty to deliver what they decide. I have done my best to do that.
"I negotiated the terms of our exit and a new relationship with our closest neighbours that protects jobs, our security and our union. I have done everything I can to convince MPs to back that deal. Sadly I have not been able to do so."

Her authority had been left in tatters following the backlash against her "new” Brexit deal, with ministers Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt among those raising concerns.

#Brexit #HardBrexit #WithdrawalBill #TheresaMay #Tories #Tory #UK #GB #UnitedKingdom #GreatBritain #England #Europe #EU #EuropeanUnion #news #Politics #Farage #NigelFarage #WTO #WorldTradeOrganisation
 

Inwieweit Rechtspopulisten kriminell auf alle Regeln scheißen

Binnen drei Jahren soll die rechtsextreme Lega, die derzeit in der Regierung ist, 49 Millionen Euro veruntreut haben. Das muss die rechtspopulistische Partei von Matteo Salvini jetzt zurückzahlen. Es geht um Zahlungen von 600.000 Euro jährlich. Bis der Schaden beglichen ist, dauert es aber lang: 81 Jahre Jahre hat die Lega Zeit, bis die gesamte Summe zurückgezahlt werden muss.
Das kann man natürlich locker-flockig in kleinen Raten abbezahlen.
Hinzu kommt: Zwei Vertraute von Le Pen stehen vor Gericht. Ihnen wird vorgeworfen, sich Rückerstattungen von Wahlkampfkosten erschlichen zu haben.
Tja, Rechtspopulisten sind zuallervorderst immer an sich selbst und ihrem eigenem Wohle interessiert, und nur selten an dem derjenigen, die sie eigentlich vertreten sollten und wollten, vorgeblich zumindest.
2019 schafft es Nigel Farage – der den Brexit seit Jahren gefordert hat – wieder in die Schlagzeilen. Farage soll gegen den Verhaltenskodex für EU-Abgeordnete verstoßen haben. Dazu gehört, über 500.000 Euro vom Brexit-Befürworter und Millionär Arron Banks erhalten und sich damit einen „extravaganten Lebensstil“ finanziert zu haben.
Siehe oben.
Dann wäre da noch die aktuelle „Allianz“ der genannten Rechtsparteien im EU-Parlament: Die ENF. Die Fraktion wollte Spesen bei der EU abrechnen – wie alle anderen Fraktionen auch. Doch als einzige der acht Fraktionen wurde ihre Abrechnung vom Haushaltskontrollausschuss zurückgewiesen. Der Grund: Die Prüfer hielten etwa 234 Champagner-Flaschen für „nicht angemessen“.
Siehe oben.
#Deutschland #Österreich #France #Italia #Italy #News #Politik #Betrug #Rechtsbruch #Britain #GB #UK #Brexit #Farage #NigelFarage #GreatBritain #UnitedKingdom #Lavish #Rechtspopulismus #RightWing #RightWinged #Gudenus #IbizaVideo #Strache #HCStrache #Salvini #MatteoSalvini
 

Where the HIC/HJC has ended up currently, and how it might proceed from this point on

Given the existing judicial opinion, a comprehensive analysis written by a well-respected judge, the administration likely faces long odds of prevailing in court—particularly on its claim that the immunity is absolute and cannot be undermined or outweighed by countervailing congressional interests or by evidence of wrongdoing. But judicial resolution may take some time, a refrain that should be familiar to anyone paying attention to the various oversight disputes.

Judicial resolution could take time, but a suit seeking to enforce this particular subpoena for testimony could feasibly be resolved rather quickly.

Justifying immunity for Donaldson or Hicks based on existing precedent would be more difficult. Donaldson was a deputy counsel, and immunity has never been claimed for a White House official who reports to a more senior White House official. The doctrine has been limited to senior advisers, which the 2014 opinion defined as those who “spend []the majority of [their]time advising or preparing advice for the President.” It would be a significant question whether a deputy counsel prepares advice for the president directly or assists her more senior boss—the White House counsel—in performing that function.

As I described on Lawfare in the context of compelled depositions, individual executive branch officials are not authorized to decide what information potentially protected by executive privilege should be disclosed and what information withheld. As a result, they engage in “non-assertion assertions” of executive privilege, claiming they cannot answer because the president has not yet decided whether to assert privilege.

It seems just as plausible to reach the lesser conclusion that because Congress lacks the authority to compel his testimony, McGahn may refuse to comply with the subpoena if he understands himself to be immune under his and his attorney’s interpretation of the Constitution and existing law.

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Japan loses its future generations

The government has made the issue a legislative priority after several high-profile child-abuse deaths and a sharp rise in overall abuse cases. Local authorities have been given a deadline of next March to draw up a plan to improve the situation.

In such scenarios, and without nurturing attention, institutionalized children can develop what specialists call Developmental Trauma Disorder, said Satoru Nishizawa, a clinical psychologist who has worked with children in state care for nearly 40 years.
Still, what we need to realise is that there is a certain foundation whereupon the governmental institutions argue to justify their cruel measurements, although they break the children mentally, causing these permanent traumas: Their biological parents are unable to take care for their children due to, for example, financial issues. The system itself is so broken that there are no real solutions to solve them, except to spend enormous amounts of money to support the parents so that a force-fed separation and movement into a foster family become unnecessary. But try to explain it to the responsibles, they'll only shake their head.
In 2008, she began having trouble sleeping at night. Soon after, doctors diagnosed Miwa with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, characterized by delays in socialization skills. A year later, they prescribed Paxil for depression, the files show.
Unfortunately, it's no longer an unusual issue to see children or adolescents required to take meds to stabilise their mental scaffold. That's depressing, truly depressing.
“We have the laws and policies in place,” said Shiozaki, who as a cabinet minister helped revise the Child Welfare Law in 2016 to state that children - not just parents - have rights. “Now the problem is implementation, and making sure things actually change.”
I would really like to see those laws and what they tell us on how one has to react to certain issues that are thereby described.
#Japan #News #Politics #Society #Neoliberalism #ChildCare #Education #Asia #FarEast #EastAsia #DecreasingSocialty #SelfDestruction #Kanashimi #
 

Joe Long, it's been bad to know ya

Long has been on death row nearly 34 years. The 65-year-old received the death penalty for the May 1984 death of 22-year-old Michelle Denise Simms, a former beauty contestant from California. He was arrested later that year in the kidnapping of a 17-year-old girl who managed to convince him to let her go. She gave police information that led to his arrest.

#Florida #DeSantis #RonDeSantis #DeathRow #DeathSentence #DatManWalking #HumanRights #News #Politics #SoLong #25MinutesToGo #ISeriouslyHaveToStopWithTheseJokesItsGettingOutOfHand
 

First development in European Election 2019

The Irish campaign has been dominated by Brexit fears. Most mainstream parties in Ireland have campaigned on strengthening the country's role in the European project as the UK, its largest trading partner, is due to leave the bloc. The border with the British-ruled province of Northern Ireland has been a sticking point in negotiations between London and Brussels.
Did Fianne Gáil or Fianne Fáil actually adress their country's position as a tax haven? As far as I was concerned, they currently struggle with a housing crisis, from which Sinn Féin tries to derive profits in terms of election garnering, but in regards to the European Election, I didn't see too much.
The Labour party of European Commissioner Frans Timmermans on Thursday won a surprise victory in a Dutch election for European Parliament, an exit poll showed, easily beating a Eurosceptic challenger who had been topping the polls.
Do I get this right? In spite of Wilder's leadership in the polls, Mr. Timmermans was able to beat him in the elections? Now this is what I call a smack to the pollsters who try to clarify the field. I guess that they need more voices in their survey, they need to survey more people to actually display the society's majority. :D
#Ireland #Britain #GB #UK #GreatBritain #UnitedKingdom #Brexit #HardBrexit #AnyBrexit #Netherlands #Czech #CzechRepublic #News #Politics #Europe #EuropeanElection #Election2019 #Elections2019 #Éire #RightWing #RightWinged #RightWingedPopulism #GeertWilders #Wilders #Timmermans #FransTimmermans
 

Cocos Island, AUS, reckons 238 million tons of trash, and is still pending

Jennifer Lavers from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, who led the study, said the composition of the debris on the Cocos Islands is an indicator of the type and amount of plastics circulating the world's oceans.

They found that items and fragments on the surface represented less than one tenth of the rubbish present. The vast majority of the rubbish — 93 per cent — was buried in the top 10cm of sand.
Out of sight, out of mind.
"At first we thought, 'Oh my God, should we take people here?' but we decided visitors need to be aware of what's going on and it's a big part of our tours now," Ms James said.
Always remember that those who travel to these places are the same people who cause the beaches, and those remote islands in general, to look like trash heaps. They are supposed to see it during their holidays as often as possible.
#Environment #Environmentalism #Oceania #PacificOcean #News #Politics #Australia #CocosIsland #Plastic #SaveThePlanet
 
Smartphones anhand ihrer Sensoren verfolgen
Über die Kalibrierungsdaten von Smartphone-Sensoren lässt sich eine eindeutige Tracking-ID erzeugen, die von Webseiten und Apps ausgelesen werden kann. Besonders gut klappte das Tracking mit Apple-Geräten.

https://www.golem.de/news/sensorid-smartphones-anhand-ihrer-sensoren-verfolgen-1905-141464.html
#News #Handy #Smartphones #Apple #Internet #Android #Google #Tracking #Security
 
Smartphones anhand ihrer Sensoren verfolgen
Über die Kalibrierungsdaten von Smartphone-Sensoren lässt sich eine eindeutige Tracking-ID erzeugen, die von Webseiten und Apps ausgelesen werden kann. Besonders gut klappte das Tracking mit Apple-Geräten.

https://www.golem.de/news/sensorid-smartphones-anhand-ihrer-sensoren-verfolgen-1905-141464.html
#News #Handy #Smartphones #Apple #Internet #Android #Google #Tracking #Security
 
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...Is 5G a military kill weapon?
 
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It's fine. I'm sure it's fine.

This has never ended poorly in any piece of narrative fiction ever.

Scientists Modify Viruses With CRISPR To Create New Weapon Against Superbugs






Superbugs are bacteria that can beat modern medicine's most powerful drugs. So doctors are racing to find new ways to fight back, such as developing "living antibiotics."

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What we have to expect from Mueller testifying before Congress

Mueller took over as FBI director one week before 9/11, and his first months on the job were dominated by an examination of the missed warning signs that led to the terrorist attacks. He spearheaded the bureau’s reorganization from a straight-up law enforcement agency to a national security organization. And he implemented controversial intelligence-gathering and surveillance policies in the face of serious civil liberties concerns.

“That may be somewhere else in the executive, beyond the attorney general,” Mueller added. “It may be Congress, but I would look and explore every option if I believed that the FBI was being pressured for political reasons. And if that were the situation as described here, I would explore other alternatives or a variety of alternatives in order to make certain that justice was done.”

“Oftentimes, public hearings can change minds,” said Greg Brower, former head of the FBI congressional affairs office. “I know this is a long shot given the current reality, but there’s even some Republicans on the Hill, if they heard Bob Mueller testify and explain the details, they too might decide that impeachment is in order.”
Just imagine it when more and more Republicans might consider an impeachment process to be only right after having heard Mueller testifying before Congress. This would show us how much power he bears, as a special counsel in this presidency.
#Trump #US #USA #Politics #News #DonaldTrump #Mueller #RobertMueller #MuellerTime #ProtectMueller #WilliamBarrMustRecuse #Russia #SpecialInvestigation #Putin #VladimirPutin #Giuliani #RudyGiuliani #Cohen #MichaelCohen #RussianCollusion #ObstructionOfJustice #Congress #Testify
 

Middle-Eastern autocracy Iran demands respect from US, no trade talks until then

He accused Washington of walking out first on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, the 2015 deal designed to limit Iran's nuclear capabilities in return for the lifting of sanctions. "We acted in good faith," Zarif said of the deal, which was signed by the US, Iran, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia. "We are not willing to talk to people who have broken their promises."
I always find this so funny, to hear Iranian politicians talking about respect that has gone missing on the US' behalf while they can't show any respect to their own people, especially in front of their women who they treat like subhumans. It's such a ridiculty, you cannot believe it.
Zarif said there "will be painful consequences if there is an escalation." But also added that Iran was "not interested in escalation." Instead, he called for an immediate end to the "economic warfare" waged by the US on Iran, saying that sanctions were "depriving citizens of their means of livelihood."
This is funny too: Both sides claimed that there was no interest in a war, but both sides were ready to eliminate the mutually other side nevertheless. So, who is going to cast the first stone towards the opposite side? We don't know, it's like playing Russian roulette: You never know where the bullet lies, but it eventually is going to hit someone.
#US #USA #News #Politics #Iran #MiddleEast #Zarif #NuclearDeal #Economics #Economy #Respect #ForeignPolicies #ForeignAffairs #JCPOA #Trump #DonaldTrump #War #NoWar
 

After Google halts relationship with Huawei, US gov't considers blacklisting Hikvision

Hikvision shares opened 10% lower but an executive in the company’soffice told Reuters the company had not been informed of the possible U.S. blacklisting.

The lawmakers said China’s actions in its western region of Xinjiang “may constitute crimes against humanity” and urged tighter U.S. export controls to ensure that U.S. companies are not assisting the Chinese government’s crackdown there.
Wait, this paragraph left me wondering - does the US government really insist to harden the US-CHN trade relationship because the politburo actively and consciously commits crimes against humanity to accelerate the economic prosperity? This, frankly, would be the first time I see an American president doing something almost rationale like this. Of course it will cause a severe crackdown in US economy, but you have to maintain your priorities. Let's see how this will continue, since Trump is interested in renegotiating a trade deal with Xi Jinping, so it will possibly lose momentum.
#US #USA #China #PRChina #News #Politics #ForeignAffairs #ForeignPolicy #Trump #Donaldtrump #WhiteHouse #Economics #HumanRights #Surveillance #1984 #Jinping #XiJinping #Politburo
 

Why is Neil Gorsuch so affected with Native tribes and their rights?

Alvin Not Afraid Jr., chairman of the Crow Tribe Executive Branch, told the Senate that Gorsuch “has consistently demonstrated not only a sound understanding of Federal Indian Law principles, but a respect for our unique and closely held cultural values.” John Dossett, then general counsel of the National Congress of American Indians, wrote that Gorsuch “appears to be both attentive to the details and respectful to the fundamental principles of tribal sovereignty and the federal trust responsibility.”

It’s tempting to devise cynical explanations for his vote; for instance, he may wish to swing left on American Indian issues to prove he’s not a partisan or doctrinaire conservative. But the simplest answer is also the most likely: The court’s only Western justice has a firm grasp on American Indian law and an obvious empathy for tribes and their members. Among his colleagues, only Sotomayor has evinced a similar solicitude for, and scholarly interest in, the rights of American Indians.

#Gorsuch #NeilGorsuch #News #Politics #SC #SupremeCourt #NativeRights #Native #NativeAmerican #Indians #NativeBlood #Oklahoma #Wyoming #Washington #WashingtonState #Discimination #StopDiscrimination #EqualityRights #EqualityAct #ThisLandIsYourLand #US #USA
 

KY governor backed by Trump narrowly wins primary

The result is an embarrassment for Bevin, one of the least popular governors in America. Several Kentucky Republican strategists told The Hill on Tuesday they expected Bevin to claim between 60 and 80 percent of the vote in the Republican primary. He fell well short of those expectations.
The least popular governor in the US, backed by Donnie. Coincidence? I don't think so. Pricks always have each other's back, because otherwise, they would be stabbed immediately, by more popular candidates who would therefore be cheered by their fans.
There are still 240,000 more registered Democrats in the state than registered Republicans, even though many of those Democrats reliably vote Republican. Several state legislative districts in eastern Kentucky, in the heart of coal country, are 80 percent Democratic or more but gave Drumpf 80 percent of the vote or more.
A mixed-up image, I have to confess.
#US #USA #Kentucky #Bevin #MattBevin #News #Politics #Primary #Governor #Republican #GOP #RightWinged #RightWing #Popularity #Trump #DonaldTrump
 

Ceasing requests on information on O'Rourke's past show he lost momentum - and attention

The lack of oppo requests suggests a larger problem looming over O’Rourke’s campaign: a visible decline in public interest. Once elevated to the top of Democratic watch-lists, the former congressman is now registering in single digits in several national polls, nosediving from 12 percent in a Quinnipiac poll conducted in March to just 5 percent in the same survey in April.

On Monday, O’Rourke told reporters he would participate in a Fox News town hall, a general-election strategy favored by some 2020 hopefuls as an attempt to reach voters beyond the traditional Democratic base.
Let's see how bored they'll be to host a town hall for yet another Democratic candidate. It already turned, at least to me, from a freakingly unusual attempt to something ordinary, just to reach some of the normally Republican voters, to show them who really is interested in their social well-being.
“The Vanity Fair story fed a fear I had, which was that he was a little too fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants,” the veteran operative said. “I just felt that he hadn’t totally thought this through. So that kind of soured me on him.”

#US #USA #ORourke #BetoORourke #News #Politics #Texas #Election #GeneralElection #Election2020 #Elections2020 #FadeOut
 

Trump (falsely) rants about Joe Biden (D - DE) because his family left PN when he was still a boy

1. Vox:

“Biden deserted you — he’s not from Pennsylvania,” Drumpf said. “I guess he was born here, but he left you, folks. He left you for another state. Remember that, please. I meant to say that. This guy talks about, ‘I know Scranton’ — well, I know the place better. He left you for another state, and he didn’t take care of you, because he didn’t take care of your jobs.”

From the 2008 NYT story:

While Mr. Biden has described his early youth as stable and relatively carefree, his father suffered a number of business reversals, and for several years when Joe Jr. was young the Bidens were forced to move in with his mother’s parents, the Finnegans, in their modest home on North Washington Avenue in Scranton.

I guess that far more of Trump's supporters could relate to such a family story than with the life of spoilt Donnie whose father made millions out of his realtor business. But of course, listen to the lying crook who claims that Joe Biden abandoned the Pennsylvanian people when he was in sixth grade or so, already imagining his lifetime as a Senator.
Drumpf has already repeatedly shown a willingness to pull out all the stops to discredit Biden. Earlier this month, Rudy Giuliani, Drumpf’s personal attorney, tried to gin up a scandal around Biden’s dealings with Ukraine. It went nowhere, after it became overwhelmingly clear there was no merit to the corruption allegations that team Drumpf was asking the incoming Ukrainian government to investigate. Then, during a Fox News interview that aired on Sunday, Drumpf called for an investigation into Biden’s financial relationship with China.

2. PolitiFact:

From his statement to Ancestry.com:

My roots run deep in Lackawanna County and in Scranton. It’s where my great-great-grandfather Patrick Blewitt ultimately settled from County Mayo in 1851. On the other side of the family, my great-great-grandfather Owen Finnegan immigrated to Seneca County, New York, from Ireland’s County Louth in 1849. But his son, my great-grandfather James, ultimately moved to settle in Scranton.

He knows far more about his own ancestors than Donnie knows about his; we remember that he claimed that his father, Fred Trump, was a German, although it would rather be his grandfather who still had German roots since he was the man who settled over from Rhineland-Palatium to New York City.
Despite building his political career in Delaware, Biden has often touted his blue-collar roots in Scranton. In fact, Biden has talked about it so much that that Saturday Night Live satirized the habit in both 2008 and 2012, when he was a vice presidential candidate.
Teehee...
"Scrantonians see Biden as one of their own," Harris said. "Biden is certainly viewed as a hard working, blue-collar aligned, Pennsylvanian by those here in northeastern Pennsylvania. Even younger people here, such as my undergraduate students from the area, feel an affinity for Biden."

#US #USA #Pennsylvania #Delaware #Trump #Biden #JoeBiden #DonaldTrump #News #Politics #FactCheck #LiarInChief #Election #GeneralElection #Election2020 #Elections2020
 

Trump told Dem.s there'll be no infrastructure bill without trade deal

“Before we get to infrastructure, it is my strong view that Congress should first pass the important and popular USMCA trade deal,” Drumpf wrote in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer Tuesday evening.

He also stipulated that his preference is to meld any infrastructure package with a recurring reauthorization for highway and transit programs, all but assuring a less ambitious package dedicated to traditional transportation uses, instead of a broad-spectrum vision of funding everything from veterans hospitals to broadband.

"It would be helpful if you came to tomorrow’s meeting with your infrastructure priorities and specifics regarding how much funding you would dedicate to each. Your caucus has expressed a wide range of priorities, and it is unclear which ones have your support," he wrote.

#US #USA #Trump #DonaldTrump #News #Politics #Infrastructure #USMCA #TradeDeal #TheGreatDealmaker #Democrats #GOP #Bipartisanship #Blackmail
 

Meet the Canadian #doctor who prescribes #money to low-income patients


source: https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/5/3/18524482/canada-health-doctor-prescribing-money-income-poverty
The first thing I developed was something very simple called a clinical tool on poverty, a three-page handout offering a three-step approach to dealing with poverty in the context of a typical primary care appointment. It’s basically: Ask everybody about their #income, be aware of the evidence linking #poverty to poorer #health outcomes, and then actually do something about it — connect patients to supports.
#news #humanrights #job
 

Meet the Canadian #doctor who prescribes #money to low-income patients


source: https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/5/3/18524482/canada-health-doctor-prescribing-money-income-poverty
The first thing I developed was something very simple called a clinical tool on poverty, a three-page handout offering a three-step approach to dealing with poverty in the context of a typical primary care appointment. It’s basically: Ask everybody about their #income, be aware of the evidence linking #poverty to poorer #health outcomes, and then actually do something about it — connect patients to supports.
#news #humanrights #job
 

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R - SC) warns Iran of military response

"The fault lies with the Iranians, not the United States or any other nation," Graham tweeted. "If the Iranian threats against American personnel and interests are activated we must deliver an overwhelming military response. Stand firm Mr. President."
Thus spake the Trumpist stooge, backing the man who has threatened Iran multiple times; the man who has cancelled the nuclear deal.
"I'm not somebody that wants to go into war, because war hurts economies, war kills people most importantly – by far most importantly," Drumpf said during an interview on Fox News.
Still, you were the man who warned Iran of any further threats, because then, the US went to war against you. You said that, via Twitter. So much for your disliking of another war.
"@realdonaldTrump hopes to achieve what Alexander, Genghis & other aggressors failed to do. Iranians have stood tall for millennia while aggressors all gone. #EconomicTerrorism & genocidal taunts won't 'end Iran.' #NeverThreatenAnIranian. Try respect – it works!" Zarif tweeted.
Unlike Donald Trump, Alexander The Great and Genghis Khan were strategic warlords, coldly calculating their turns, while Sgt. Crybaby only rumbles forward like a frightened elephant in a China store.
US #USA #Graham #LindseyGraham #Iran #MiddleEast #War #NoWar #MouthOfWar #NuclearDeal #News #Politics ForeignAffairs #ForeignPolicy #Warmonger

https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/05/20/lindsey-graham-threatens-overwhelming-military-response-against-iran/3746375002/
 

Who needs national unity, anyway?

If diversity — real diversity — is good, then it is irrefutably the case that some disunity is good too. In a condition of maximum diversity and maximum unity, it follows that all of these very different people — different races, genders, religions, abilities, traditions, etc. — would have to all think alike.

In other words, unity is a tool, a means to an end, not a good in itself. Fire is a tool that can be used for good or evil. Unity is the political equivalent of fire — a source of power. This is why the desire for unity became an evolutionary imperative. The unified group was better at hunting and defeating its enemies than the group lacking a sense of common purpose.

“In history a great volume is unrolled for our instruction, drawing the materials of future wisdom from past errors and infirmities of mankind.” The founders put on paper what history had ratified by experience. “Example is the school of mankind and he will learn at no other” Burke said, in perhaps my most overused — and favorite — Burke quote.
In the end, you have to mind that there can be no unity with an indefinite amount of people with different views, unless all sides are able to agree that one might have an opinion different from someone else. But even then, this is only the unity of different-minded common people. What about those who are serious about their opinion and want to see it executed in office? This is where the text starts. You cannot unite with a different-minded person that is likewisely serious about one's view on how the office would properly be executed. They would separate over their opinion. Thus, what is it supposed to look like in DC? It's nothing different from the common people. Therefore, it'd even be better to disunify and scatter into small, self-organised communes.
The second is an unconquerable conviction that evil people or forces thwarted the righteous from achieving something that was almost in their grasp. The globalists don’t want us to have nice things! The corporations keep the electric car down! The Jooooooooz bought off Congress! The Establishment pulled the plug! The Revolution was hijacked! The system was rigged! The founders were Stonecutters!
Humans derive from apes!!!!!!!!
#NationalUnity #LeftWing #LeftWinged #RightWing #RightWinged #GOP #Democrats #JoeBiden #Biden #Obama #Trump #BarackObama #DonaldTrump #News #Politics #Commentary #US #USA #Nationalism #Patriotism #NoNationalism #NoPatriotism
Who Cares about National Unity?
 

Joko Ono - pardon, Widodo - wins Indonesian election

The result released by the General Election Commission (KPU) confirms unofficial counts by private pollsters in the April 17 election, giving Widodo a 55.5 per cent share of votes against 44.5 per cent for retired general Prabowo.
Widodo won more than 85 million votes of a total of 154 million cast in the world's third-largest democracy, though after repeated claims of fraud by the Prabowo campaign an opposition official said it would launch a legal challenge.

On Monday, the election agency dismissed claims of systematic cheating, citing a lack of evidence, and independent observers and analysts have said the poll was free and fair.

#Indonesia #News #Politics #Election #GeneralElection #Election2019 #Elections2019 #JokoWidodo #Widodo #Corruption #Crooked #ElectionFraud
 

US to hold economic summit with Middle-Eastern countries

Palestinian leaders, from government to business, repudiated the summit after the White House announcement Sunday -- highlighting how difficult it will be for President Donald Drumpf to make a deal after several steps that were seen as supportive of Israel.

The White House announced Sunday that the U.S. will co-host an "economic workshop" with Bahrain in the country's capital, Manama, at the end of June. The two-day summit is where the administration will finally unveil the economic part of its Middle East peace plan, which has been led by Drumpf's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
I'm frankly excited to see what Mr. Kushner has created in his witty head. And how far it will abolish the Palestinian rights on self-determination. This is going to be... intense.
"By encouraging Palestinians to reject the workshop, the PA is shamefully trying to block their path toward a better future. History will judge the Palestinian Authority harshly for passing up any opportunity that could give the Palestinians something so very different, and something so very positive, compared to what they have today," he said Monday. He also denied reports that there was no political plan, only an economic one.

#Israel #Palestine #Gaza #GazaStrip #Politics #News #TelAviv #Jerusalem #WestBank #GreenLine #IDF #IsraelDefenceForces #Hamas #PA #FreeIsrael #FreePalestine #US #USA #MiddleEast #Iran #Netanyahu #BenjaminNetanyahu #Trump #DonaldTrump #Likud #Politics #BDS #Kushner #JaredKushner #Masri #Economics #Economy #Iran
 

Justice Neil Gorsuch delivered the decisive vote in Native American court case, again

The court held that hunting rights for the Crow tribe under a 19th-century treaty did not expire when Wyoming became a state. This case centered on a member of the tribe, Clayvin Herrera, who faced charges for off-season hunting in Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming.

Gorsuch, who was a judge in Colorado and dealt with his share of Native American rights cases before joining the Supreme Court, also provided the fifth vote in another American Indian treaty case dealing with the "Yakama Tribe and its right under an 1855 treaty to travel the public roads without being taxed on the goods brought to the reservation," as we wrote in March.

#US #USA #SupremeCourt #SC #Native #NativeAmerican #MinorityRights #Gorsuch #NeilGorsuch #Politics #News
 

Mother to murdered Trayvon Martin runs for office

Yet it was the event that thrust her into the public spotlight, the shooting death of her teenage son Trayvon Martin, that she said catapulted her into advocacy against gun violence and now, a run for public office. Martin’s death sparked a national conversation about gun violence and race relations in the U.S.

With Fulton’s announcement, there’s officially a race to represent District 1, a dense swath of suburban Miami-Dade that includes Miami Gardens — the county’s third most populous city — and Opa-locka. She’s running against Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert to fill the seat that will be vacated by term-limited Commissioner Barbara Jordan.

#Florida #Miami #Poverty #Violence #Drugs #Racism #Discrimination #Politics #News #US #USA #Martin #TrayvonMartin
 

HIC decided to release Michael Cohen's testimony transcripts

The ranking member, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., reportedly walked out of the meeting and said to reporters: “You guys are sad, sad, sad."
Joke's on you, Milk Dud. ;-)
Cohen, President Drumpf’s former personal attorney, told the committee that Drumpf attorney Jay Sekulow instructed him to lie to lawmakers in 2017 about when negotiations to erect a Drumpf Tower in Moscow had ended. Cohen said Sekulow ordered him to tell lawmakers in 2017 that discussions about the project ended by Jan. 31, 2016, ahead of the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses. Cohen later admitted negotiations lasted until June 2016.

#Trump #HIC #HOC #HouseJudiciaryCommittee #DonaldTrump #News #Politics #Cummings #ElijahCummings #Cohen #MichaelCohen #Corruption #Crooked #DeutscheBank #Waters #MaxineWaters #Subpoena #RussiaInvestigation #Russia #RussianMeddling #HouseFinancialServicesCommittee #HouseINtelligenceCommittee #HFSC #CapitalOne #ObstructionofJustice #ObstructionOfCongress
 

HJC chairman Jerrold Nadler (D - NYC) to hold fmr. White House Counsel Don McGahn in contempt

“First thing we are going to do is hold McGahn in contempt,” Nadler told CNN on Monday night, noting that the committee intends to then enforce such citations for defying congressional subpoenas in court.

"President Drumpf’s order — which seeks to block a former official from informing a coequal branch of government about his own misconduct — is unprecedented and, contrary to the letter received from your counsel this evening, does not excuse your obligation to appear before the Committee," Nadler writes.

Nadler also writes that the president has attacked his former lawyer's credibility by claiming that he never planned to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, a point that references McGahn's testimony to the special counsel detailing a series of matters that were investigated as possible obstruction of justice, including Drumpf's attempts to fire Mueller during his 22-month long investigation.

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