THE STATE WE’RE IN :: Climate change: ‘Clear and unequivocal’ emergency, say scientists

A global group of around 11,000 scientists have endorsed research that says the world is facing a climate emergency.

The study, based on 40 years of data on a range of measures, says governments are failing to address the crisis.

Without deep and lasting changes, the world is facing “untold human suffering” the study says.

The researchers say they have a moral obligation to warn of the scale of the threat.

“We have rising emissions, rising temperatures, and we’ve known this for 40 years and we haven’t acted – you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know we have a a problem,” said Dr Newsome.

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Mitigating and adapting to climate change while honoring the diversity of humans entails major transformations in the ways our global society functions and interacts with natural ecosystems. We are encouraged by a recent surge of concern. Governmental bodies are making climate emergency declarations. Schoolchildren are striking. Ecocide lawsuits are proceeding in the courts. Grassroots citizen movements are demanding change, and many countries, states and provinces, cities, and businesses are responding.

As the Alliance of World Scientists, we stand ready to assist decision-makers in a just transition to a sustainable and equitable future. We urge widespread use of vital signs, which will better allow policymakers, the private sector, and the public to understand the magnitude of this crisis, track progress, and realign priorities for alleviating climate change. The good news is that such transformative change, with social and economic justice for all, promises far greater human well-being than does business as usual. We believe that the prospects will be greatest if decision-makers and all of humanity promptly respond to this warning and declaration of a climate emergency and act to sustain life on planet Earth, our only home.

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Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal ‘would cost UK economy £70bn’

Plan would shave up to 4% from size of economy by the end of 2020s, says thinktank

Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal is expected to cost the UK economy as much as £70bn over the next decade compared with remaining in the EU, according to one of the country’s leading economic thinktanks.

In a warning in the run-up to a snap election, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) said the prime minister’s plan would shave up to 4% from the size of the economy by the end of the 2020s, equivalent to about £1,100 per person per year, compared with a situation where Britain remained in the EU.

It said that Johnson’s plan would fail to generate a “deal dividend” for the economy, contrary to government claims that MPs passing the withdrawal agreement would spur economic growth by lifting the current cloud of uncertainty facing the nation.

Instead, it warned that the withdrawal agreement and proposed free-trade deal put forward by the prime minister would result in a smaller economy than an extension and continued uncertainty.

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Labour party to consider banning private jets

Labour Party will examine proposal to ban private jets


Andy McDonald, the opposition spokesman for the transport sector, said a report from the Common Wealth think tank proposing a ban on private jets made a “very convincing argument”.

“Why is the government enabling billionaires to trash the climate when it’s the rest of us who will suffer the consequences?” he said in a statement.

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Capitalism is about making profit regardless of anything else. It’s about a very small minority of people being ridiculously rich and destroying the planet – our home.

Capitalism is about making money regardless of anything else.

It’s time to say that we’ve had enough of their BS, that we care for our planet and that we care for people.

I am encountering hosting troubles. I may be touching on sensitive issues but tbh I suspect that it’s spook b’stards. What I’m saying is quite obvious – Capitalism is destroying the planet – but that’s so subsersive??? Actually, not acceptable to say that.

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Johnson and Cummings under fire as police hand criminal evidence on Vote Leave to prosecution agency

Evidence that could lead to criminal charges against the pro-Brexit campaign led by Boris Johnson and his key adviser, Dominic Cummings, has now been passed by police to the criminal prosecution authorities, openDemocracy has learned.

Last year, the Electoral Commission found that Vote Leave broke electoral law by overspending during the 2016 European Union referendum, after the campaign funnelled £675,000 through another pro-Brexit group to avoid spending limits.

After nearly 16 months of investigating Vote Leave, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) handed a file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service last month. The initial formal referral by the police means they are now seeking legal advice from the Crown Prosecution Service on how to further build their case against Vote Leave, and where they need further evidence to advance the prospect of charges being brought.

Unrelated: I am aware that this site’s security certificate expired yesterday & trying to resolve it

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Trump’s Plan For The NHS

The reality appears to be that Boris Johnson and Donald Trump are lying about the NHS.

Trump’s Plan For The NHS: Channel 4 Dispatches

Despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s assertion that the NHS is not on the table, Dispatches hears from sources with knowledge of the initial trade discussions between the two countries who question whether this is the whole story.

Reporter Antony Barnett discovers that “drug pricing” has been discussed in six initial meetings between trade officials from the two countries and learns of secret meetings between US drugs firms and British civil servants where medicine “price caps” have been talked about. 

  • Dispatches was also told that British trade officials have been warned that the subject is so sensitive that they must not mention “drug pricing” in emails but use the term “valuing innovation”.

US government and its powerful pharmaceutical industry want the NHS to pay more for their medicines which are much more expensive across the Atlantic. They want to remove the UK’s ability to block American drugs not deemed “value for money” and restrict our powers to allow cheaper alternatives to be prescribed to patients which save the NHS hundreds of millions of pounds a year.

According to research carried out for the programme, the cost to the UK government could run into the billions, approximately £27 billion, wiping out the potential Brexit bonus for the NHS promised by Boris Johnson.

In an interview with the programme, one of Trump’s former top trade negotiators Stephen Vaughn said he doesn’t understand what Boris Johnson means when he says the “NHS is not on the table”

Asked what happens when one side in trade negotiations says the NHS is off the table, Vaughn said: “Well that that really goes to the question of what the UK government means when it says the NHS is off the table. I don’t know what they thought they meant when they said that.“

18.28 NHS drugs bill could soar if Johnson signs Trump trade deal – report

NHS bosses fear hospitals and patients will have to pay billions more for drugs as the price of Boris Johnson striking a post-Brexit trade deal with Donald Trump.

A report by the NHS Confederation, which represents most hospital trusts in England, warns the NHS could be landed with a much larger bill for medication and denied the chance to use cheaper alternatives to expensive branded drugs.

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Police considering criminal charges against Boris Johnson

Investigation into Boris Johnson and Jennifer Arcuri paused for police watchdog probe

Ms Arcuri is at the centre of allegations that Mr Johnson showed favouritism to help her get hold of £126,000 in public funding and privileged access to three foreign trade missions while he was mayor of London.

[D]espite Downing St’s objections, the IOPC confirmed it was gathering evidence and had asked for precedence in any investigations to avoid the risk of contaminating evidence or prejudicing potential future cases.

A spokesman said: “We are currently acquiring material as part of our assessment to determine whether it is necessary for this matter to be criminally investigated.

“We have asked the committee to give precedence to our enquiries given we are assessing possible criminality.”

Lock him up! Lock him up!

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It was published on the Bristol Indymedia site hours before it was disabled by British Transport Police.

It was a gematria analysis of the name Jean Charles de Menezes (de Menezes) is the surname.

[Minutes later addition: The analysis showed that JCdM was intentionally (and oviously selected to be) murdered actually to provide directions.

[2.34 Killing JCdM gave my location

2.48 That’s what it did. That’s why he was murdered.

3.10 Immediately after JCdM’s murder MetPol were making remarks that were directed at me e.g wearing a jacket that was too warm for the weather & jumping over barriers. Later Ian Blair did the “Houston we have a problem.”. This is a reference to surveillance at my home. I will disclose the toy that said “Houston we have a problem”.

3.28 Ian Blair was a total cnut

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One angry blogger: I am angry at the discrimination directed at people who just don’t get it

While I support Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, I am only a supporter. This is separate. This is my issue.

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The Conservative are responsible for Brexit nonsense over the past three and a half years and this general election

UK’s Conservative party are solely responsible for Britain’s Brexit debacle over the past three and a half years. The Conservatives brought the referendum vote, Boris Johnson shamelessly lied in the referendum campaign, the Conservatives negotiated a Brexit deal twice, former Conservative prime minister Theresa May called a general election to increase her majority to get Brexit done and ended up with a reduced majority, the Conservatives still had a majority in coalition with the DUP to get Brexit done. The insane idiot Boris Johnson took over as PM, sacked (withdrew the whip from) 21 of his own MPs and spaffed on the DUP to destroy his working majority. He refused to continue with his withdrawal agreement when it was clear that parliament would fulfil their duty by scrutinising it and bringing amendments.

Boris and his rich, elite backers want an insane, anarchic no-deal Brexit. They want a wholesale burning of rules and regulations so that we return to the regulatory regime of fifty years ago. They want to destroy protections for workers and consumers, they want the freedom to pollute and they want you to eat shit. Thankfully opposition parties have prevented that.

The point about Boris Johnson is that he refuses to submit to scrutiny. The prorogation of parliament, telling children not to get drunk at university when it was so much more than that and abandoning his withdrawal agreement are all about evading scrutiny and criticism. His advisor is probably as insane as he is.

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Coming soon :: How to campaign in a general election

I’m expecting a general election soon. BJ has spaffed up a Brexit mess that is certain to be refused by everyone.

In theory in UK we exist in a participatory democracy. I say in theory because in reality rich vested interests dominate. The rich are powerful through their wealth and influence.

Participatory democracy depends on people to participate. It’s a very long since I’ve campaigned in a general election. Oh, come to think of it … Anyway, I’m hoping to bring you a rough guide on how to campaign in a general election soon. It’s not strictly necessary to be associated with a political party to participate in general election campaigning. You could for example want to campaign for a candidate that appreciates the climate crisis. [ed: or against a candidate that doesn’t]

I’d better update my rough guide.

ed: Problems were encountered posting this post. Thanks to my hosting service.

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THE STATE WE’RE IN :: George Monbiot is trying to get arrested today

Journalist and author George Monbiot is trying to get arrested today as part of the Extinction Rebellion Climate Emergency protests in London. There have been over 1,400 arrests of XR rebels in London and the Metropolitan Police have now imposed a blanket ban on London XR protests.

Today, I aim to get arrested. It is the only real power climate protesters have

Image of Extinction Rebellion protestors getting removed and possibly arrested by police
Photograph: Ollie Millington/Getty

A few hours after this column is published, I hope to be in a police cell. I don’t yet know what the charge will be, where I will be arrested or when, but I know that if I go home this evening without feeling the hand of the law on my sleeve, I will have failed. This may sound like a strange ambition, but I believe it is a reasonable one.

If I succeed, I will be one of many. In the current wave of Extinction Rebellion protests, more than 1,400 people have so far allowed themselves to be arrested. It’s a controversial tactic, but it has often proved effective. The suffragettes, the Indian salt marchers, the civil rights movement and the Polish and East German democracy movements, to name just a few, all used it as a crucial strategy. Mass arrests are a potent form of democratic protest.

They work because they show that the campaigners are serious. When people are prepared to jeopardise their liberty for their cause, other people appear more likely to listen to what they say, and more likely to recognise its importance. Those who founded Extinction Rebellion researched these histories and sought to apply their lessons to the greatest predicament humanity has ever faced: the gathering collapse of our life support systems.

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Global Extinction Rebellion protests start

Extinction Rebellion London protests 7 October 2019

Extinction Rebellion activists are protesting in cities around the world, including Berlin, Amsterdam and Sydney.

Organisers have planned to shut down key sites in central London, in addition to demonstrating outside government departments.

Extinction Rebellion says protests in the capital will be five times bigger than similar events in April.

The protests are calling for urgent action on global climate and wildlife emergencies.

Thank you Extinction Rebellion.

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Not at all serious but I haven’t done any [edit: bad;) poetry for many years.

Things I like

Chocolate Cake,

Chocolate Cake

Is really great

Ankles and toes around my neck

That’s better

Chocolate Cake,

Chocolate Cake

Brown eyes

Green eyes

Like a snake

All these things

I love

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The climate crisis explained

The climate crisis explained in 10 charts

The problem – rising carbon dioxide in the atmosphere

The level of CO2 has been rising since the industrial revolution and is now at its highest for about 4 million years. The rate of the rise is even more striking – the fastest for 66m years – with scientists saying we are in “uncharted territory”.

The causes – fossil fuel burning

Billions of tonnes of CO2 are sent into the atmosphere every year from coal, oil and gas burning. There is no sign of these emissions starting to fall rapidly, as is needed.

The climate crisis explained in 10 charts continued at the Guardian

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This Friday 20 September GLOBAL STRIKE FOR CLIMATE

Young Climate activists are inviting adults to join them starting this Friday.

Greta Thunberg and 46 young activists write

“Starting on Friday 20 September we will kickstart a week of climate action with a worldwide strike for the climate. We’re asking adults to step up alongside us. There are many different plans under way in different parts of the world for adults to join together and step up and out of your comfort zone for our climate. Let’s all join together, with your neighbours, co-workers, friends, family and go out on to the streets to make your voices heard and make this a turning point in our history.

This is about crossing lines – it’s about rebelling wherever one can rebel. It’s not about saying “Yeah, what the kids do is great, if I was young I would have totally joined in.” It doesn’t help, but everyone can and must help.

This moment has to happen. Last year’s UN intergovernmental panel on climate change’s special report on global warming was clear about the unprecedented dangers of going beyond 1.5C of global heating. Emissions must drop rapidly – so that by the time we are in our mid- and late-20s we are living in a completely transformed world.

But to change everything, we need everyone. It is time for all of us to unleash mass resistance – we have shown that collective action does work. We need to escalate the pressure to make sure that change happens, and we must escalate together.

So this is our chance – join us on climate strike this September. People have risen up before to demand action and make change; if we do so in numbers we have a chance. If we care, we must do more than say we do. We must act. This won’t be the last day we need to take to the streets, but it will be a new beginning. We’re counting on you.”

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Proroguing Parliament analysis

UK Prime Minister Boris ‘Bully Boy‘ Johnson is intending to prorogue the UK parliament.

My analysis is that there is no likelyhood of a no-deal Brexit and Johnson’s actions are intended to gain support of nihilist Brexiteers in a forthcoming general election.

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The farce of democracy

I apologise that I’m not that articulate that I can adequately express myself.

We exist in a tyranny masquerading as democracy.

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THIS IS NOT A DRILL ~ AN extinction rebellion HANDBOOK

My copy of THIS IS NOT A DRILL ~ AN extinction rebellion HANDBOOK has just arrived. Here’s an excerpt for you from ‘The Civil Resistance Model’ by Roger Hallam.

The key lesson about all structural political change is this: disruption works. Without disruption there is no economic cost, and without economic cost the guys running this world don’t really care. That’s why labour strikes are so effective against companies and why closing down a capital city is so effective against governments. You have to hit them where it hurts: in their pockets. That’s just the way it is.

The central dynamic here is the ‘dilemma’ action. When you create a dilemma for the authorities you open up a space of opportunity which was not there previously. Within that space you can get noticed, speak truth to power, negotiate, and more.

The authorities now have a serious dilemma: let people party on the streets, or opt for repression.

The lesson then is you don’t wait until everyone is ready, because you’ll be waiting for ever. You just need to go out and do it.

Rebellions are created because some people have had enough. They are all over it and don’t care if they’re successful or not. It’s sublime madness. It ‘s the only thing that will save us now.

I care about succeeding and it’s a matter of continuing until then.

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