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17 мая, 02:40

Stop Shopping

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The wheels on the bus go round and round round and round until we take off the wheels. If you want to change society: Buy only what is an absolute necessity. Repurpose and trade goods...fix things (imagine that?) Grunge worked because it said it is ok to repurpose clothing to wear it with holes. That the most Important things are inside of us and not on us. Do you want to see a real trickledown? Stop trickling your hard earned money to multinational corporations and a one percent who wants to enslave us and take over our government. Boycott and boycott often.

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16 мая, 17:08

Statistical Lies Exposed in Real News

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Why are profits high and wages low, even though unemployment is at 3.9%? If profits go up but wages don't, where does the money come from? Obviously it's not real people's purchases. We pay much higher prices for necessities, have more debt and pay more interest, have less income in real dollars. All that and Wall St. is booming. Can anyone see that it must be a bubble that creates money without creating goods to buy with it? IE. Perpetual motion of money that accrues interest and grows magically is the way to make something out of nothing. Our financial geniuses have outdone the alchemists wet dream. The FIRE sector arsonists say production is up and think that explains it. The production they talk about is all in the imaginary products of Wall St. They're creating money on their ledgers and we pay by struggling to make ends meet in our low paying under houred shit jobs. Well ... 90% of us do.... "... Economic theory normally stays that when unemployment is low, wages go up, because there is more competition to attract workers. However, both wages and inflation remain quite low at the moment. Now, President Trump himself offered an explanation six years ago to this issue, before he was president, when he was still a businessman. He said: “Unemployment rate only dropped because more people are out of the labor force and have stopped looking for work. Not a real recovery,' he wrote. “Phony numbers.'..." "... So if the average wage is stagnant and average productivity has doubled, that means the income is rising to the top. So if you want an explanation for the rise of inequality in this country, that is the first and foremost explanation, just in logical, statistical terms. If you’re producing twice as much, and the workers, the average workers are getting paid exactly the same, then the rest of that increased product is going to people other than the workers. And that’s what explains, more than anything else, income inequality and wealth inequality. ..." https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2018/05/official-unemployment-3-9-economist-robert-pollin-says-like-12.html

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16 мая, 14:59

Two Socialists In Pennsylvania Just Won Victories Democrats Can’t Ignore

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" Update, 9:45 PM, 6/15: Sara Innamorato and Summer Lee, both members of Pittsburgh’s chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, have defeated Dom and Paul Costa, both incumbent state representatives, in Pennsylvania’s Democratic primary. No Republican candidate has filed to run in either district. Rep. Dom Costa, defeated by Innamorato, mounted a late write-in bid for the GOP’s ballot line. It is unclear both whether it was successful, and if it was, what his intentions are for the November general election." For those you who are still supporting the ego whore Greens, THIS is how you do it, THIS is what DEMOCRACY looks. Get involved in the primaries and get to polls in November and kill the GOP! https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/05/two-millennial-socialists-take-down-a-pittsburgh-political-dynasty-1-results/

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12 мая, 16:44

Nationalize, Nationalize, Nationalize!

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All of medicine, pharmaceuticals, finance, insurance and real estate shall be operated on a non profit basis of, by and for the people in a sane community that protects the survival of the human race from the threats we face. https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2018/05/trump-vows-lower-drug-prices-skeptics-doubt-much-will-change.html

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10 мая, 23:04

You've Been Conned

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Americans beware! You've been conned. The long exerpt below is the heart of a recent essay by Michael Hudson. The post [at NC] exposes several other facets and much of the history of the great con. What follows puts the foremost seduction on display. [note: Sadly, like much of Hudson's writing, great insight is marred by typos and inadequate editing. You should read the entire article but you'll have to look beneath a lot of surface flaws.] "... Most private fortunes in the West have stemmed from housing and other real estate financed by debt. Until the 2008 crisis the magnitude of this property wealth was expanded largely by asset-price inflation, aggravated by the reluctance of governments to do what Adams Smith, John Stuart Mill, Alfred Marshall and nearly all 19th-century classical economists recommended: to keep land rent out of private hands, and to make the rise in land’s rental value serve as the tax base. "Failure to tax the land leaves its rental value “free” to be pledged as interest to banks – which make larger and larger loans by lending against rising debt ratios. This “easy credit” raises the price of obtaining home ownership. Sellers celebrate the result as “wealth creation,” and the mainstream media depict the middle class as growing richer by higher prices for the homes its members have bought. But the debt-financed rise in housing prices ultimately creates wealth mainly for banks and their bondholders. "Americans now have to pay up to 43 percent of their income for mortgage debt service, federally guaranteed. This imposes such high costs for home ownership that it is pricing the products of U.S. labor out of world markets. The pretense is that using bank credit (that is, homebuyers’ mortgage debt) to inflate the price of housing makes U.S. workers and the middle class prosperous by enabling them to sell their homes to a new generation of buyers at higher and higher prices each generation. This certainly does not make the buyers more prosperous. It diverts their income away from buying the products of labor to pay interest to banks for housing prices inflated on bank credit...." https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2018/05/michael-hudson-creating-wealth-debt-wests-finance-capitalist-road.html

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10 мая, 00:52

The Loser in Chief

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Did it Again https://www.facebook.com/TheOther98/photos/a.115969958413991.17486.114517875225866/2420491961295101/?type=3

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09 мая, 16:01

Arctic Heat Surges Again

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As temperatures at the North Pole approach the melting point and the Arctic ice thins toward the vanishing point, new research suggests that the extraordinary records being set year after year are a manifestation of manmade climate change. One new study, published last week in the journal Weather and Climate Extremes, found that unusual heat that hit the Arctic in 2016 could not have happened without the increases in greenhouse gas emissions since the Industrial Revolution, which has set off a feedback loop of rising temperatures and dwindling sea ice. It is a classic prediction of climate theory that's playing out more vividly than ever before. Sign up for InsideClimate News Weekly Our stories. Your inbox. Every weekend. EMAIL The study's authors, scientists from NOAA and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, used a climate model that could generate heat anomalies based on the greenhouse gas levels found in the late 1800s. They found that the kind of extreme heat that happened in 2016 wasn't possible in the 1800s model. The presence of greenhouse gas emissions contributed to the spikes, and the loss of sea ice exacerbated the warming. "While sea ice melts due to Arctic warming, ice loss itself can cause additional warming near the surface and be responsible for most of the Arctic amplification (a phenomena used to characterize the strong Arctic warming compared to lower latitudes)," lead author Lantao Sun said in an email. "The physics behind this is that sea ice acts as a barrier for the heat transport from the ocean to the atmosphere." Arctic Heat Spikes Again Similar to 2016, the winter of 2017-2018 has seen extreme Arctic heat events—including one that's happening now. Over the last few days, temperatures have been as much as 30 degrees above normal, and the sea ice has taken a corresponding dip. "The sea ice has taken a huge nosedive in the last couple days," said Julienne Stroeve, a senior sea ice scientist with the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). Sea ice volume in the Arctic has been down in recent years. Credit: Zachary Labe/PIOMAS In April, air temperatures rose throughout many parts of the Arctic, as the sea ice extent dropped, tying the month of April 2016 for lowest extent on record. The Danger in Sea Ice Loss Stroeve has also been studying what lessons can be gleaned from the 2016 winter. In a paper that has been accepted but not yet published in The Cryosphere, Stroeve writes about a new chapter in sea ice history. In the past, winter heat waves didn't have much of an impact on sea ice. That's because even though the temperature would rise higher than normal, it was still comfortably below freezing most of the time. That was important, because the winter is when the sea ice rebounds after the summer melt. Not anymore. "The warming we're starting to see in winter is enough now to impact ice growth in the winter," she said. As temperatures spiked throughout the winter of 2016-2017, Stroeve found that the growth in ice thickness over the Arctic Ocean was reduced by 5 inches. Sea ice thickness is decreasing in the Arctic. Credit: Zachary Labe/PIOMAS Stroeve hasn't yet analyzed the winter of 2017-2018, but she expects the losses to have continued. "This year definitely had the least amount of freezing degree days,"—an equation that looks at the number of days below freezing and how far below freezing they were. "It was probably the warmest winter we've seen," she said. The temperature measurements at Cape Morris Jesup, the northernmost point of mainland Greenland, tells that story. In the month of February, since 1981, it has been rare for hourly air temperatures to spike above freezing. In 1997 it happened once. In 2011 it happened five times, and in 2017 it happened seven times. This year, it happened 59 times. "As Arctic sea ice loss continues, we will see stronger warming in the Arctic," Sun said. By the middle of the century, Sun and his co-authors found that when these heat waves happen, the size of the anomaly will likely be double what was seen in 2016. "In other words, the future Arctic surface temperature (e.g. how much warming we will get) is closely tie to how much sea ice melts," he said. https://insideclimatenews.org/news/08052018/arctic-heat-wave-climate-change-sea-ice-loss-amplification-north-pole

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07 мая, 14:45

Is winter warming resulting in less winter ice growth?

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The last three winters have seen air temperatures at the North Pole surge above 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit). While heat transport associated with individual storms can result in high air temperatures persisting over several days, a more important metric in regard to how winter warming impacts the sea ice cover is the cumulative number of freezing degree days. This is defined as the number of days below freezing multiplied by the magnitude of the temperatures below the freezing point. Widespread reductions in the total number of freezing degree days (as compared to average) are apparent for the last three winters, being most pronounced this past winter (Figure 4a). Previous studies evaluated how the low number of cumulative freezing degree days in the 2015 to 2016 winter over the Barents and Kara Seas impacted the ice thickness and sea ice extent in that region. A newer study looks at the effects of warm winters for a larger area. NSIDC scientist Julienne Stroeve found that in response to the warm winter of 2016 to 2017, ice growth over the Arctic Ocean was likely reduced by 13 centimeters (5 inches). Generally, one does not expect variations in winter air temperature to have a significant impact on winter ice growth—temperatures still generally remain well below freezing and the rate at which ice grows (thickens) is greater for thin ice than thick ice. Thus, despite an overall increase in winter air temperatures, thermodynamic ice growth over winter has generally increased in tandem with thinning at the end of summer (Figure 4b). However, since 2012, this relationship appears to be changing. Overall winter ice growth in the 2016 to 2017 winter was similar to that in 2003, despite having a mean November ice thickness well below that seen in 2003. A similar analysis is not yet available for the 2017 to 2018 winter, but given the very warm conditions, it is likely that thermodynamic ice growth was reduced compared to average. Figure 4a. These maps show the cumulative number of freezing degree day anomalies from the Climate Forecast System version 2 (CFSv2).

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06 мая, 18:23

SNL Cold Open 5/5/18

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Check out the SNL cold open for 5/5/18 Saturday Night Live Published on May 5, 2018 With the FBI listening in, Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller) fields calls from Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin), Rudy Giuliani (Kate McKinnon), Melania Trump (Cecily Strong), Ivanka Trump (Scarlett Johansson) and Jared Kushner (Jimmy Fallon) with Stormy Daniels as herself. Dr. Bornstein is played by Martin Short. Leslie Jones popped up as a disgruntled Omarosa and Beck Bennett comes in as a creepy Mike Pence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1K8s-tQGqY

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06 мая, 16:33

This forum has been completely co-opted by Green Party political hacks!

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I remember the early days when we discussed wealth inequality and what to do about it. before the forum became nothing but a place to hate democrats or anybody that would threaten the election of the GOP. Of course that makes perfect sense seeing how good the GOP is at addressing wealth inequality.....

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05 мая, 18:14

Jobless rate at 17 year low - I told you Trump would take care of us workers

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The working man is back. All of you college types can kiss my __. we put Trump in office and he is protecting us against China, and putting my people back to work. Read it and weep. Clinton was just part of your machine and you lost the working man years ago. The Republicans represent the working man.

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04 мая, 17:33

A record-high amount of first-year ice.

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An updated assessment of ice age changes through the first nine weeks of 2018 shows there was essentially no multiyear ice within the Beaufort, Chukchi, East Siberian, Laptev, Kara and Barents Seas in early March (Figure 4b). There is only a small tongue of second-year ice extending from near the pole towards the New Siberian Islands. Near the pole, there are large patches of first-year ice among the multiyear ice. As averaged over the Arctic Ocean (Figure 4d), the multiyear ice cover during week nine has declined from 61 percent in 1984 to 14 percent in 2018, the least amount of multiyear ice recorded. In addition, only 1 percent of the ice cover is five years or older, also the least amount recorded. This is rather striking since September 2017 did not set a new record low minimum extent. The proportion of first-year versus multiyear ice in spring will largely depend on the amount of open water left at the end of summer over which first-year ice forms. How much ice is transported out of the Arctic through Fram Strait in winter also plays a role. The unusually high amount of first-year ice this March suggests that there was a strong Fram Strait ice export this past winter. Given that (in the absence of ridging) first-year ice grows to about 1.5 to 2 meters (4.9 to 6.6 feet) thick over a winter season, the ice age data point to a fairly thin ice cover. Nevertheless, how much ice melts out this coming summer will depend strongly on summer weather conditions." http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/ there has been an update of this information....