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The solar artificial heart

The artificial heart is a good example our irrational belief in technology. The time and energy put into inventing, designing, manufacturing, and installing artificial hearts would be better spent stopping tobacco subsidies.The same is being done with solar energy. Show More Summary

In Baltimore, expect #falseflag operations.

Police will dress as protesters, with masks, and throw stones, break windows, or set vehicles afire. You can count on something of this nature happening.They want to create a "backlash" by peaceful citizens. The narrative will be that everything is ok, just a few extremists and unreasonable people to deal with.Profits are over. Show More Summary

Saudi Arabia, besieged on all sides, gambling with last of its cheap oil "Saudi Arabia is not trying to crush U.S. shale plays. Its oil-price war is with the investment banks and the stupid money they directed to fund the plays. It is also with the zero-interest rate economic conditions that made this possible."Saudi Arabia, forced into a gamble, precipitated the fall of expensive oil. Show More Summary

Falling birth rate, good for humans, bad for capitalism

Zero Hedge: "Japan's population continues to fall (4th year in a row) but what is worse, there are now 33 million people over the age of 65 (a record 26%), more than double the number under the age of 14 (16.2 million). The ministryShow More Summary

Ocean acidity rise linked with mass extinction event in Late Permian period

The Pioneer: "There have been five mass extinctions over the course of life on earth. The largest one, known as the Great Dying, occurred at the end of the Permian period, 252 million years ago. Around 96 percent of earth’s marine species, 70 percent of terrestrial vertebrates and 57 percent of all insect families were completely killed off."

Carbon tax, bad idea

Want to know how a carbon tax will work? Look at current taxes. Years to get approved, then laden with exceptions, then many loopholes found. Why would a carbon tax be different?It is worse than that. A carbon tax CAN NOT work.The price of carbon necessary to have a real effect would be too high. Show More Summary

Hiding in plain sight, the big secret of capitalist economics: Externalities

Grist: "The notion of “externalities” has become familiar in environmental circles. It refers to costs imposed by businesses that are not paid for by those businesses. For instance, industrial processes can put pollutants in the air that increase public health costs, but the public, not the polluting businesses, picks up the tab. Show More Summary

Permafrost, a vicious cycle

carbonbrief : "Scientists are concerned that permafrost thaw and the subsequent release of carbon will fuel a positive feedback loop, which will accelerate climate change. Warmer conditions cause the release of carbon dioxide and methane...Show More Summary

How the climate change debate got hijacked by the wrong standard of proof

Resource Insights: "Some people wrongly treat the fossil fuel industry and carbon dioxide itself as if they are both somehow involved in a quasi-criminal proceeding. They think any one piece of evidence--even in isolation--that might suggest, however tenuously, that neither is implicated in climate change leads to reasonable doubt and a verdict of not guilty."

Tax Breaks for Pedestrians

The Stranger: "Now, recall that Section 179 of the United States Internal Revenue Code still (in the age of Obama) gives Americans money for buying SUVs (the expense limit: $25,000; weight of vehicle: 6,000 lbs; business use: 75% ). With this in mind, let's consider the most eco-friendly mode of transportation in our uncertain times of climate change: "

US people want #publictransit, Congress does not

Transit advocates plan to 'Stand Up For Transportation' | TheHill: "Public transit advocates are holding rallies across the country on Thursday to push Congress to approve a new transportation spending bill this year."

The liquid fuel problem

The US has trillions of dollars of infrastructure and systems that depend not just on fossil-fuel, but oil in particular. Everyone knows that these systems are unsustainable, but they cannot be dismantled without tremendous loss of wealth. Show More Summary

ExxonMobil CEO Says Arctic Oil Is Needed to Meet Future Demand

Peak Oil News: "An Energy Department advisory council study adopted last week said the U.S. should start exploring for oil and gas in the Arctic soon in order to feed future demand, and that the industry is ready to safely exploit the Arctic’s huge reserves, despite recent mishaps."

The pension hoax

Corporate media has been pushing a lie. They are saying that we can't afford grandma and grandpa's pensions because they don't have enough grand children. Hmm. Here are some responses to that.First, what about all the profits generated...Show More Summary

Can't have both

Oceans are turning acid, methane is releasing, currents are changing. There may still be time to save our species, but, unfortunately, the profit system still has the upper hand.The hope of renewable energy seems logical, until you look at the details. Show More Summary

US will use nuclear weapons before giving up on #autosprawl

US test-fires intercontinental missile in California (VIDEO) — RT USA: "An intercontinental ballistic missile was fired early Monday from a facility in California, the US Air Force announced, saying the tests were a message to the world...Show More Summary

Potholes alone cost the US $6.4 billion a year in direct costs -- #autosprawlsubisdy

The US economy is under threat because of its neglected infrastructure - Voices - The Independent: " a dollar number for the damage they cause – $6.4bn (£4.2bn) for 2014, which was also a pretty brutal winter in the eastern US. This year will surely be no less costly."

Paris pollution prompts free public transport call

The Local: "For a few hours this week Paris became the most polluted city in the world, according to one particular ranking. The city's mayor has responded by calling for free public transport and driving restrictions to be put in place on Friday."

Buffet doubles down on #autosprawl - signaling the end of US captialism

Death by Car: "There is very close to a zero percent chance that anybody will be selling automobiles to ordinary households 100 years from now. The reasons for this inhere in the extreme mismatch between the automobile as a devourer of resources and planet Earth’s limited supply of resources. Show More Summary

Coming soon: the 'Big Heat' by @nafeezahmed

The Ecologist: "Global warming has been on vacation for a few years, writes Nafeez Ahmed. But that's only because the excess heat - two Hiroshima bombs-worth every second - has been buried in the deep ocean. But within a few years that's set to change, producing a huge decade-long warming surge, focused on the Arctic, that could overwhelm us all."

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