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Jack Burton

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How many states will Hillary win in November.

I think Trump is going to crush crooked Hillary.

How many states will Hillary win?

climate change explained
Naomi Klein argues climate change is a battle between capitalism and the planet
Klein made similar points in Dublin last week, drawing on campaigns based on her book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate. It argues that climate change is a battle between capitalism and the planet, that the commitment to perpetual growth is incompatible with planetary limits and that “the triumph of market logic, with its ethos of domination and fierce competition, is paralysing almost all serious efforts to respond”.

In a lecture in Dublin on the same evening Klein spoke, US environmental sociologist John Bellamy Foster delivered a parallel message. His subject was “the anthropocene and the crisis of civilisation: climate change and capitalism”.

The power to shape planetary outcomes passes from nature to humans. Ecological change irreversible on a human time scale now threatens civilisation and possibly the survival of the human species. As he put it, a capitalism based on the perspective of infinite accumulation and growth in a finite planet is not compatible with the survival of civilisation. Hence the slogan he champions in the influential Marxist journal, Monthly Review, he edits: “System change not climate change!”

Bellamy Foster says an “ecological civilisation” is a necessary transitional society beyond capitalism, defined by far more substantive equality of global resources and burden-sharing of cutbacks in consumption between rich and poor states and people.

These are big, bold and challenging ideas with a significant and informed following in Ireland. They are identified here to illustrate an important strand in the climate change debate combining green and socialist thought with the possibility of civilisational collapse.

Electric Vehicles Emit More Pollutants Than Fossil Fuel-Burning Cars

Want to save the planet? Then stop driving that Prius.
A study from the University of Edinburgh shows that electric and hybrid vehicles emit as many, if not more, atmospheric toxins than fossil fuel-burning vehicles. The study, conducted by Victor Timmers and Peter Achten at the University of Edinburgh, and published by the journal Atmospheric Environment, found that heavier electric vehicles produce as many pollutants as their lighter weight conventional vehicles.

Electric vehicles tend to produce more pollutants from tire and brake wear, due in large part to their batteries, as well as the other parts needed to propel them, making them heavier. These pollutants are emitted when electric vehicle tires and brakes deteriorate as they accelerate or slow down while driving. Timmers and Achten’s research suggests exhaust from traditional vehicles is only about one-third of the total emissions.

The Edinburgh study comes on the heels of research conducted in March by the investment firm Devonshire Research Group, a company that specializes in valuing and devaluing tech firms, showing that Tesla electric vehicles are “not as sustainable as they may seem.”

A camping guest.

I upgraded my home wifi to 802.11a (5GHz)

Ever since I upgraded to Windows 10 my wireless internet throughput sucked. During the day when neighbors were at work/school it was usually okay. But at night when I suspect my neighbors were streaming movies/tv/games things would get very slow.

I did the various things to help speed up Windows 10 network by changing various system/network settings. But that still didn't help much. I tried switching wifi channels. But my neighborhood has so many wifi networks with repeaters and people using different channels I couldn't find a channel that wasn't overlapping with multiple other networks.

So I upgraded my wifi to 5GHz. What a difference. Last night I did some speed tests. My wifi throughput went from sub-1 Mbps to averaging 25 - 30 Mbps download and 6-8 Mbps upload.

If your wifi is slow you might want to consider upgrading to 5Ghz wireless.

My new favorite website

Countdown until Obama is OUT OF OFFICE

doomers getting more desperate

The extreme fringe that represents the global warming doomer cult is freaking out. 97% of the rest of the world isn't buying the hoax. So now they are prepared to cause even greater inconvenience and break the law to push the hoax. Earth First tactics of arson and other crimes are soon to follow. You must be made to obey. These freaks need to be exposed for the dangerous radicals they are.
Civil disobedience is the only way left to fight climate change
Right now, thousands of people are taking direct action as part of a global wave of protests against the biggest fossil fuel infrastructure projects across the world. We kicked off earlier this month by shutting down the UK’s largest opencast coal mine in south Wales.

Last Sunday, around 1,000 people closed the world’s largest coal-exporting port in Newcastle, Australia and other bold actions are happening at power stations, oil refineries, pipelines and mines everywhere from the Philippines, Brazil and the US, to Nigeria, Germany and India.

This is just the start of the promised escalation after the Paris agreement, and the largest ever act of civil disobedience in the history of the environmental movement. World governments may have agreed to keep warming to 1.5C, but it’s up to us to keep fossil fuels in the ground.

With so many governments still dependent on a fossil fuel economy, they can’t be relied upon to make the radical change required in the time we need to make it. In the 21 years it took them to agree a (non-binding, inadequate) climate agreement, emissions soared. It’s now up to us to now hold them to account, turn words into action and challenge the power and legitimacy of the fossil fuel industry with mass disobedience.

DU types struggling to come up with a juvenile nickname for Trump

I recommend "not cankles".

Doomer insanity hits a new high (or low?)
Professor: Islamophobia Accelerates Global Warming
Is Islamophobia accelerating global warming? That was the actual title of a lecture given earlier this week at Massachusetts Institute of Technology by a professor Ghassan Hage.

Ghassan Hage fits perfectly the profile required for anyone who wants to get on in modern academe.
Hage, born in Lebanon before moving to Australia, is the author of several books exploring race in Australia, including, “White Nation” and “Against Paranoid Nationalism.” In online essays, he has called airport security an example “in which Westerners require from those they racialize an exact obedience to the letter of the law.”

A supporter of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement, he has likened Israelis to “slave owners” in a tweet and has called Palestinian militants “freedom fighters” in an essay. He ended that particular essay, “A Massacre Is Not A Massacre,” sarcastically: “I have such a limited brain and my ignorance is unlimited. And they’re so f—— intelligent. Really.”

For those of you who were unable to attend the lecture, here is what you missed:
This talk examines the relation between Islamophobia as the dominant form of racism today and the ecological crisis. It looks at the three common ways in which the two phenomena are seen to be linked: as an entanglement of two crises, metaphorically related with one being a source of imagery for the other and both originating in colonial forms of capitalist accumulation. The talk proposes a fourth way of linking the two: an argument that they are both emanating from a similar mode of being, or enmeshment, in the world, what is referred to as ‘generalised domestication.’

The science is settled. 97% of antisemitic socialists agree.

Headlines 'exaggerated' climate link to sinking of Pacific islands

Translation: doomers were lying again to scare the bejeezus out of people to push their socialist agenda. Doomers pretty much say everything bad or unwanted is attributable to the global warming hoax. Hey look! I have a hangnail. That's proof of global warming. Now we must have one world government so your socialist betters can redistribute wealth the way they see fit.
Report’s author says many media outlets have misinterpreted the science by conflating sea-level rise with climate change
Links between climate change and the sinking of five islands in the Pacific Ocean have been exaggerated, the author of a widely reported new study has said.

The report, published on Friday, tracked the shapeshifting of 33 reef islands in the Solomon Islands between 1947 and 2014. It found that five had been washed away completely and six more had been severely eroded. The study blamed the loss on a combination of sea-level rise and high wave energy. Many media outlets, including the Guardian, jumped to the conclusion that the islands were lost to climate change. But this largely misinterprets the science, according to the study’s author, Dr Simon Albert.

“These trade winds have basically pushed water up into western Pacific and have driven these exceptionally high rates of in the Solomons,” said Albert. “The trade winds are partly a natural cycle but also the recent intensification is related to atmospheric warming.”

It appears that in some cases journalists did not contact the researchers and instead quoted from a comment piece the authors wrote on The Conversation website. This was used to justify erroneous headlines.
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