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The John James Newsletter 14
19 September 2014.


Carbon and War
It has been estimated that the US military is responsible for five percent of TOTAL global greenhouse emissions. In the dialogue around stopping climate change, too much emphasis is being put on ethical consumerism. Does it really matter if we try to fly less if the US Air Force continues to burn one-fourth of the world’s jet fuel? We have to address the systemic causes of climate change: the most eco-friendly thing you can do is be anti-war.

The Retaliation continues – 1
China, Russia to build one of the largest ports in North Asia
The Port will be on Russia’s Sea of Japan coast as the latest step by Beijing and Moscow to bring their economies closer, and diversify from Western influence. The new seaport will be located just 18 kilometres from the Chinese border and will be capable of handling up to 60 million tons of cargo a year.

The Retaliation continues – 2
Gazprom Limiting EU Gas: Cuts Poland Supplies By 24% In Past Two Days
suddenly the stakes for Russia, and thus Europe, just got all too real, as Putin will now have no choice but to really ramp up the retaliatory escalation, which following the food ban can only mean one thing: a staggered reduction in gas flow to Europe – see MAP.

What is the paradox of increasing Antarctic sea ice really telling us?
This year could well see a new record set for the extent of Antarctic sea ice – hot on the heels of last year’s record, which in turn is part of a puzzling 33-year trend in increasing sea ice around Antarctica. This is an a scientific explanation.

Counting the Costs: Climate Change and Coastal Flooding
A landmark report exploring coastal flooding: the sleeping giant of climate change risks.

US school districts given free machine guns and grenade launchers Schools???
School police departments across the US have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine-resistant armoured vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles. At least 26 school districts have participated in the Pentagon’s surplus program, which is not new but has come under scrutiny after police responded to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, with teargas, armour-clad military trucks and riot gear.

Opening of a poignant manifesto by Brandon Sloan
The world is coming to an end
The air is polluted, the oceans contaminated
The animals are going extinct, the economy’s collapsed
Education is shot, police are corrupt
Intelligence is shunned and ignorance rewarded
The people are depressed and angry
We can’t live with each other and we can’t live with ourselves
So everyone’s medicated
We pass each other on the streets
More people want 15 seconds of fame
Than a lifetime of meaning and purpose
Because what’s popular is more important than what’s right
Ratings are more important than the truth …..

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