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  • Do more to help poor nations cope with climate change, IMF tells rich countries

    09/27/2017 9:29:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | September 27, 2017 | by Larry Elliott
    The International Monetary Fund has told rich countries they must do more to help poor nations cope with climate change or suffer from the weaker global growth and higher migration flows that will inevitably result. In a chapter released ahead of the publication of next month’s World Economic Outlook, the Washington-based IMF said low-income countries had contributed little to the increase in greenhouse gas concentrations and could not afford to tackle the problem from their own meagre resources. “Rising temperatures would have vastly unequal effects across the world, with the brunt of adverse consequences borne by those who can least...
  • Maher: Obamacare ‘Was a Redistribution of Income’ Should Have Said ‘That’s Exactly What We’re Doing’

    09/23/2017 10:27:54 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/22/2017 | Ian Hanchett
    During the online “Overtime” segment of Friday’s edition of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher stated that Obamacare did redistribute income and President Obama should have said so. Maher said, “Obamacare is not putting us into the red. No. It’s actually making a little money. Because, you know, it was a redistribution of income. When they accused him that, he should have said, ‘Yeah. F*ck yeah. Exactly. That’s exactly what we’re doing. We’re taking money from people who will never miss it, and giving it to poor people who desperately need it. Sue me.'”
  • Columbia EDU: CLIMATE LAW ISSUES RELATED TO HURRICANE HARVEY (here come the trial lawyers)

    09/01/2017 11:28:34 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 8 replies
    Climate Law Blog (Columbia EDU) ^ | August 31st, 2017 | by Romany Webb/The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
    All of this raises critical questions for climate change law and policy. Here, the team of lawyers at the Sabin Center offers a brief primer on eleven key climate law issues highlighted by and likely to arise due to Hurricane Harvey: 1. Disaster Recovery Legislation... 2. Flood Insurance Reform... 3. Flood Maps 4. Flood Protection for Federal Projects 5. Controlling Air Emissions from Damaged Facilities 6. Handling Toxic Pollutants and Discharges of Toxic Water Pollution 7. Chemical Safety 8. Damage to Superfund Sites 9. Zoning and Building Codes 10. Public utilities 11. Climate Change Attribution and Hurricanes: Numerous scientists have...
  • Harvey climate deniers take a page from Big Tobacco | Editorial

    08/31/2017 6:11:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 55 replies
    New Jersey Star-Ledger ^ | August 31, 2017 | By Star-Ledger Editorial Board
    Harvey is precisely the kind of weather event that scientists have been predicting climate change would give us, a monster hurricane with severe downpours and devastating flooding. Yet some are still resisting reality, by noting that we can't connect this specific storm to climate change. The same is true of cancer and tobacco, as climate scientist Heidi Cullen points out. We still can't say for sure that someone who smokes two packs a day and dies from lung cancer died because of smoking. The pace and severity of global storms today is unnatural, as are the melting glaciers and rising...
  • A billionaire-owned restaurant charged a ‘minimum wage’ fee. Outrage ensued

    08/22/2017 5:12:08 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 44 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 17, 2017 | Maura Judkis
    A customer dining at D.C.’s Oceanaire restaurant noticed an unusual line at the bottom of his receipt: “Due to the rising costs of doing business in this location, including costs associated with higher minimum wage rates, a 3% surcharge has been added to your total bill.” Brian, who asked The Washington Post to use only his first name to avoid conflicts with his employer, was surprised to see the additional charge. He snapped a picture and sent it to local blog Popville, which posted a picture of his receipt. The outraged comments started rolling in. “Just raise prices if you...
  • A basic income really could end poverty forever

    07/17/2017 9:00:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    Vox ^ | July 17, 2017 | Dylan Matthews
    I first heard the term “basic income” in the socialist magazine Dissent in 2005. I was a 15-year-old leftist with a taste for weird, radical plans to restructure society: say, having the government buy up majority stakes in every company and then distribute them equally to every American; converting all companies into worker cooperatives; trying a planned economy where the planning is done by decentralized worker and consumer councils rather than a government bureaucracy. Basic income, wherein the government gives everyone enough cash to live on with no strings attached, struck me as an idea in that mold: another never-going-to-happen...
  • Erdogan says U.S. stance stalls Turkish ratification of Paris climate deal

    07/10/2017 7:30:33 AM PDT · by TangoLimaSierra · 34 replies
    reuters ^ | July 8, 2017
    The U.S. decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement means Turkey is less inclined to ratify the deal because the U.S. move jeopardizes compensation promised to developing countries, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday. Erdogan was speaking at the G20 summit in Germany where leaders from the world's leading economies broke with U.S. President Donald Trump over climate policy, following his announcement last month that he was withdrawing from the accord.
  • UK to pull out of fishing deal that let others in its waters

    07/02/2017 3:48:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 2, 2017 9:02 AM EDT | Danica Kirka
    Britain is pulling out of an agreement that permits fishermen from five other countries to operate in U.K. waters, the first step in reasserting control over its fishing industry as it prepares to leave the European Union. The government announced Sunday it will trigger the two-year process of leaving the London Fisheries Convention, which allows vessels from France, Belgium, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands to fish between six and 12 nautical miles off the U.K. coastline. Britain signed the convention before it joined the EU and would be bound by its terms after leaving the bloc unless it starts to...
  • Amazon to offer discount Prime memberships for those on government assistance

    06/07/2017 10:45:37 AM PDT · by Captain Peter Blood · 66 replies
    The News & Observer ^ | 06-07-2017 | Teresa Welch
    Amazon will now offer discount memberships to its Prime subscription service at a rate of $5.99 each month. Prime is best known for getting subscribers unlimited free two-day shipping on most items, as well as allowing access to Prime Music, Prime Video, Prime Reading and Prime Photos. For now, the discount is available to people with a valid Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards, but Amazon said it plans to expand the lower rate to people on other government assistance programs. Amazon said a Prime membership helps customers “save time and money.” “We designed this membership option for customers receiving government...
  • Affluent Democrats nix radical redistribution

    06/02/2017 1:11:03 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Jun 1, 2017 | Michael Barone
    Thomas Edsall, the longtime Washington Post reporter now writing on his New York Times blog, laments the increasing tendency of high-income Americans to vote Democratic. That leaves the Democrats with an increasingly affluent constituency, presumably unwilling (or less willing than others) to support redistributive policies like Bernie Sanders's proposal for higher tax rates on the affluent. "In the past," Edsall writes, "Democrats could support progressive, redistributive policies knowing that the costs would fall largely on Republicans. That is no longer the case. Now supporting these policies requires the party to depend on the altruistic idealism of millions of supporters who,...
  • Barcelona's poorest residents to trial minimum income scheme in social experiment

    06/01/2017 7:47:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    TheLocal.es ^ | 1 June 2017 14:02 CEST+02:00 | Fiona Govan
    Barcelona’s poorest district is to pilot a “basic income” scheme that will see residents given grants to lift them above the breadline in a ground-breaking social experiment. The Barcelona district of Besós has been picked to test a €13 million European Union funded pilot scheme investigating “innovative and creative solutions” to urban poverty. The Catalan capital has been chosen alongside Utrecht in the Netherlands and the Finnish city of Helsinki to test the scheme, which will see the poorest residents in each chosen district given grants for two years to lift them above the breadline. In the B-Mincome experiment, 1,000...
  • Top CEOs Are In a Last Ditch Bid to Persuade Trump to Stick with the Paris Climate Deal

    06/01/2017 3:35:43 PM PDT · by Fhios · 37 replies
    Fortune via Drudge ^ | 5/31/17 | Kevin Lui
    Major U.S. corporations and leading business figures are raising an eleventh-hour appeal to President Donald Trump, urging him to not pull the country out of the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. ....
  • Communism’s Unsubtle March On America – Evidence: Zuckerberg

    05/28/2017 11:16:49 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 25 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-27-17 | James Raider
    Uninhibited by evident, even glaring hypocrisy, Mark Zuckerberg told a fresh crop of Democrats graduating from the Harvard romper rooms this week, “We should explore ideas like universal basic income to give everyone a cushion to try new things.”He treated them with other nonsense and simplistic oration that he couldn’t help but inflict on the naive audience in promotion of Facebook, such as championing globalism and claiming that nationalism is “the struggle of our time.”Apparently he has too much time on his hands since he dropped his lawsuit against the Hawaiians who were peacefully complaining  and demonstrating against the “wall” he...
  • California Climate Change Debate Heats Up

    05/10/2017 6:55:34 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | May 10, 2017 | By JONATHAN J. COOPER
    A proposal to restructure one of California's landmark climate change initiatives goes before a state Senate committee on Wednesday, stepping up a legislative debate about the future of the state's cap-and-trade program. The measure would end the current program and impose a perpetually escalating tax on carbon emissions, with much of the revenue it generates going back to taxpayers to offset the higher bills they'd face for gas and energy. The bill, written by Democratic Sen. Bob Wieckowski of Fremont, would allow the state to charge a fee for carbon emissions that would apply to all industries, with a price...
  • Earth Day Dopes

    04/19/2017 4:22:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2017 | John Stossel
    Expect more craziness this weekend. Earth Day is Saturday. This year's theme: Government must "do more" about climate change because "consequences of inaction are too high to risk." They make it sound so simple: 1) Man causes global warming. 2) Warming is obviously harmful. 3) Government can stop it. Each claim is dubious or wrong. This weekend at a movie, I was surprised to be assaulted again by former Vice President Al Gore. In a preview, a puffy-looking Gore suddenly appeared, attacking Donald Trump and mocking critics of his previous movie, "An Inconvenient Truth," the deceitful documentary that spreads fear...
  • There's No Need To Change Federal Law To Offset 'Good Luck'

    03/30/2017 7:44:43 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 30, 2017 | George Leef
    We hear claims that the U.S. needs to make transformative changes so our society will be better (in the eyes of intellectuals, anyway) almost every day. One such claim comes in a new book by an economics professor who argues that lucky people are taking too much of “our” wealth and that’s causing bad consequences for America. Naturally, government can fix that supposed problem. The author, Robert Frank is an economist who has spent decades thinking about the role of luck in our society. More than twenty years ago, he co-authored the book The Winner-Take-All Society, arguing that we have...
  • Monty Python’s Eric Idle wants to put climate change deniers on trial in a world court

    03/16/2017 9:45:31 PM PDT · by TBP · 88 replies
    Twitchy ^ | March 15, 2017 | William A.
    On Wednesday night, Eric Idle, known to many Monty Python fans as Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir Lancelot, took aim at climate change deniers. "I think that denying climate change is a crime against humanity. And they should be held accountable in a World Court."
  • Zimbabwe 2.0: South Africa's President Vows To Redistribute White-Owned Land And Businesses

    02/12/2017 4:22:56 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/12/2017
    In a stark flashback to the events that led to Zimbabwe's terminal collapse into banana republic status, as well as unleashing hyperinflation and economic devastation, on Thursday South African President Jacob Zuma pledged to break up white ownership of business and land to reduce inequality, in a State of the Nation address which as the WSJ reports was disrupted by a fistfight, walkouts and a release of pepper spray in the parliamentary chamber. It appears South Africa is not fond of implementing "Rule 19." Scenes of verbal and physical clashes inside the parliament, some 27 years to the day...
  • How Pope Francis can cleanse the far-right rot from the Catholic Church (BAT $%^& CRAZY ALERT)

    02/09/2017 5:01:54 PM PST · by NRx · 32 replies
    WaPo ^ | 02-09-2017 | Emma-Kate Symons
    Pope Francis needs to take tougher action against the United States’ most influential Catholic in Rome, Cardinal Raymond “Breitbart” Burke. The renegade cleric is not only undermining Francis’s reformist, compassionate papacy, and gospel teaching as it applies to refugees and Muslims, but the rebel prince of the church is also using his position within the walls of the Vatican to legitimize extremist forces that want to bring down Western liberal democracy, Stephen K. Bannon-style. Simply put, the Vatican is facing a political war between the modernizing Pope Francis and a conservative wing that wants to reassert white Christian dominance. Burke...
  • Republicans Are Coming for Your Free Birth Control

    01/12/2017 1:35:13 PM PST · by mdittmar · 86 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | Jan. 12, 2017 | Becca Andrews
    In the effort to dismantle Obamacare, women's health takes a hit. In 2012, a women's preventative health care provision within the Affordable Care Act went into effect making birth control free for women with insurance. When it was first rolled out, an estimated 26.9 million women benefited. If the mandate is struck down, it will leave 55 million women without no-copay birth control.