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The John James Newsletter 68

11 July 2015 – Chalk Farm, England

We’re three metres from the iceberg and we have been asked if we’re going to go right or left. Either way we’re going to hit the iceberg

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The Climate Deception Dossiers

Internal fossil fuel industry memos reveal a deliberate campaign to deceive the public that continues even today. Containing 85 internal memos totaling more than 330 pages, the seven dossiers reveal a range of deceptive tactics deployed by the fossil fuel industry. These include forged letters to Congress, secret funding of a supposedly independent scientist, the creation of fake grassroots organizations, multiple efforts to deliberately manufacture uncertainty about climate science, and more.

http://www.ucsusa.org/global-warming/fight-misinformation/climate-deception-dossiers-fossil-fuel-industry-memos#.VZ83RuedzjC 

Exxon knew of climate change in 1981 – but it funded deniers for 27 more years

A newly unearthed missive from Lenny Bernstein, a climate expert with the oil firm for 30 years, shows concerns over high presence of carbon dioxide in enormous gas field in south-east Asia factored into decision not to tap it

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/08/exxon-climate-change-1981-climate-denier-funding?CMP=ema_632

Big Oil Knew. Big Oil Lied. And Planet Earth Got Fried.

Leading oil giants such as ExxonMobil, BP, and Shell—just like tobacco companies who buried and denied the threat of cancer for smokers—knew about the dangers of global warming and the role of carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions long before the public received warning from the broader scientific community. And what’s worse, of course, is not only that they knew—but how they have spent the last nearly thirty years actively denying the damage they were causing to the planet and its inhabitants.

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/07/09/big-oil-knew-big-oil-lied-and-planet-earth-got-fried  

This is the ANNUAL tally, that sharply INCREASED with the signing of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997. SO????  !!!!!!  Are climate negotiations just a smoke screen? 

South Carolina blaze brings tally of recent black church fires to seven

Since a young white man shot nine black people in the Emanuel AME church on 17 June, at least six predominantly African American churches in the south have been set ablaze. The fire at Mount Zion brings that tally to at least seven.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/01/south-carolina-black-church-fires-mount-zion-greeleyville?CMP=ema_565 

US police killings headed for 1,100 this year, with black Americans twice as likely to die 

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/01/us-police-killings-this-year-black-americans?CMP=ema_565 

What do we do when antibiotics don’t work any more?

No wonder resistance is growing when 80% of drug use is on the farm.

http://www.ted.com/talks/maryn_mckenna_what_do_we_do_when_antibiotics_don_t_work_any_more 

Oligarchs and Vigilantes Take Over Public Safety in a Big City

In Detroit, safety is a privilege enjoyed by the white and wealthy. In the black neighborhoods, public safety has been sacrificed to the gods of austerity. With the city government too poor provide basic security, safety has become a private commodity.

http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/98019392/0/alternet~What-Happens-When-Oligarchs-and-Vigilantes-Take-Over-Public-Safety-in-a-Big-City   

Austerity Has Failed: An Open Letter From Thomas Piketty to Angela Merkel

Five leading economists warn the German chancellor, “History will remember you for your actions this week.”

http://www.thenation.com/article/austerity-has-failed-an-open-letter-from-thomas-piketty-to-angela-merkel

440 cuts and counting – the Abbot Legacy

This post will be regularly updated to keep track of the Abbott Government’s broken promises and everything his Government does to hurt Australians. Each item will have a link to a source.

http://sallymcmanus.net/abbotts-wreckage

Pacific radioactive waste is leaking

The Runit Dome in the Marshall Islands is a hulking legacy of years of US nuclear testing. Now locals and scientists are warning that rising sea levels caused by climate change could cause 111,000 cubic yards of debris to spill into the ocean

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/03/runit-dome-pacific-radioactive-waste?CMP=ema_565 

The World’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions in One Graphic

an infographic and huge databaseof the world’s current greenhouse gas emissions.

http://www.climatecentral.org/news/greenhouse-gas-emissions-by-country-19167

The drums of war – 

Iran deploys new long-range radar days ahead of nuclear talks deadline:

Iran is building up its air defense systems and particularly the ability to detect enemy aircraft as the US and Israel maintain that they could use military force to prevent Tehran from obtaining nuclear capability.

http://rt.com/news/271801-iran-early-warning-radar/  

U.S. stockpiles powerful bunker-buster bombs in case Iran nuclear talks fail:

The bunker-busting bombs are America’s most destructive munitions short of atomic weapons. At 15 tons, each is 5 tons heavier than any other bomb in the US arsenal.

http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-pentagon-iran-20150704-story.html#page=1  

 Japan joins US-Aussie military drills amid regional tensions:

The ‘Talisman Saber’ exercises will last two weeks, with 30,000 US and Australian troops taking part

http://rt.com/news/271747-japan-us-australia-drills/  

http://https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/al7xVFsUcH_AXfgHPQeVF4mka01MmBpVauJRwWL-nBHq1eU4Qh9A8Gd1WQWcwVMmULHU=s170Australia in battle to save threatened species:

About 20 percent of Australia’s unique mammals are threatened with extinction, along with 12 percent of its birds.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/australia-battle-save-threatened-species-150705105649032.html 

Russia: Tit for Tat

Surprise, surprise: the majority of Russians would prefer the West’s hostility of Brezhnev days to their warm embraces in the days of Gorbachev and Yeltsin.

http://www.unz.com/ishamir/russia-tit-for-tat

Will ISIS Liberate Palestine?

Da’ish is paying an average of $300 a month, promising two days off each week to visit one’s family, cash bonuses for marriage and one-time child subsidies of $400 per child. Whereas UNWRA has just reduced monthly cash for food stipends to $30 per month. One can imagine what some of the camp residents are thinking: which horse is the best bet for an improved life?

http://www.countercurrents.org/lamb040715.htm 

The Arctic is hotter than Miami!

Professor Wadhams, the East Siberian Sea is a lurking monster. The effect of a methane outbreak could be as catastrophic as an asteroid collision. The amount of warming would be immediate and large. The probability is about 50%. The ramifications are profound.

http://beta.counterpunch.org/2015/07/03/methane-outbreak-nears

Fracturing of the Jet Stream 

The jet stream used to act as a barrier, keeping cold air in the Arctic and keeping temperate air in the temperate zone. As the jet stream fractures, more extreme weather – including more intense heatwaves – can be expected.

http://arctic-news.blogspot.fr/2015/07/fracturing-of-the-jet-stream.html 

China’s Declared Growth Rate Is Fiction

China avoided the global recession after the 2008 crash by opening the credit taps and embarking on the largest spending spree on infrastructure the world has ever seen. But capitalist economies cannot avoid recessions forever.

http://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/5609073-dyer-china-s-growth-rate-pure-fiction

Looting Syrian, Iraqi sites on industrial scale

ISIS militants are looting ancient sites  and selling treasures to middlemen to raise cash,

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2015/Jul-02/304832-isis-looting-syrian-iraqi-sites-on-industrial-scale-unesco.ashx 

Greek Government Approves Brutal Austerity Measures In Proposal To EU

Greece’s Syriza-led government agreed to a massive new €13 billion (US$14.34 billion) package of austerity measures yesterday evening, less than a week after Sunday’s landslide “no” vote in a referendum on European Union (EU) austerity.

http://www.countercurrents.org/lantier100715.htm 

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