The John James Newsletter 170
8 April 2017
Unlike almost all public protests that have proceeded it, the campaign against climate change is not for abundance, but for austerity. It is a campaign not for more freedom, but for less. Strangest of all, it is a campaign not just against other people, but also against ourselves
You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them
After 25 years of trying, why aren’t we environmentally sustainable yet?
In 1992, more than 170 countries at the Rio Earth Summit agreed to pursue sustainable development, protect biological diversity, prevent dangerous interference with climate systems, and conserve forests. But, 25 years later, the natural systems on which humanity relies continue to be degraded. So why hasn’t the world become much more environmentally sustainable despite decades of international agreements, national policies, state laws and local plans?
Leonard Cohen: Ring the bells that still can ring, there is a crack, a crack in everything ….
The most beautiful video of this inspired song
The Rich Line Up at the White House ATM
The financial disclosure forms from about 180 staffers that begrudgingly were released by the White House late last week — a Friday night news dump designed to be as cumbersome for the press as possible — revealed, as The Washington Post reported, that Trump, “who campaigned as a champion of the working class, has surrounded himself with a circle of wealthy advisers.
The Demise of Academia in Erdogan’s Turkey
Since the coup more than 7300 academics (including more than 1500 deans) have been purged and 15 universities expropriated. Alongside the attacks on tertiary education and academia, the numbers surrounding other educational sectors are mind boggling: 44,000 staff from the Education Ministry, the great majority of them teachers, 1280 schools, 800 dormitories and 550 foundations (many of them educational). Upwards of 90,000 civilians have been detained, with roughly half arrested, and more than 120,000 have been fired or suspended from their jobs.
So Far, 2017 is in the Running to be the 4th Consecutive Hottest Year on Record
We haven’t quite got to the global ‘year without a winter’ yet. But it sure looks like we’re heading in that direction –fast. The global rate of temperature increase has rocketed over the past three years. 2017 was not expected to continue this trend. Early indications are that March was also around 1.3 C hotter than 1880s.
Disastrous Consequences if US Proceeds with “Policy of Provocation”
After losing its economic prowess, Washington has turned almost obsessively to its military might, and the prospect of nuclear war is no longer unthinkable. Russia’s General Staff deputy head of operations Gen. Viktor Poznikhir, “The presence of American ABM sites in Europe and ABM-capable ships in the seas and oceans close to Russia’s territory creates a powerful clandestine potential for delivering a surprise nuclear missile strike against us.” The Pentagon believed nuclear war on Russia is winnable. Video by John Pilger.
WikiLeaks release shows how the CIA uses computer code to hide the origins of its hacking attacks
And ‘disguise them as Russian or Chinese activity’. The WikiLeaks’ Vault 7 tranche of files and claim to give an insight into the CIA’s Marble software, which can forensically disguise viruses, trojans and hacking attacks. It also claims the CIA can bypass the encryption of Whatsapp, Signal, Telegram, Wiebo, Confide and Cloakman by hacking the smart phones the applications run on.
Climate change pushing floods, cyclones to new extremes, with worse to come
Warm air can be more humid than cold air, that is, it can hold more water vapour in absolute terms. And atmospheric water vapour content increases 7% for each 1-degree-Celsius increase in global average temperature, establishing the conditions for more intense rainfall events.
Flash floods are likely to sweep across the Australian landscape with increasing intensity, particularly in urban or residential areas. Peak rainfall is predicted to soar with rising surface temperatures as Australia experiences ever greater extremes of heat.