Category: CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate scientists warn about “methane time bomb”

MATTHEW MACEGAN—There is no reason to accept such a catastrophe fatalistically, however, as many climate scientists tend to do. The threat of nuclear war, combined with the growing crisis of global warming, raises ever more sharply the need to reorganize society along socialist lines in order to put an end to private ownership of the means of production and the system of rival capitalist nation-states, the main barriers to dealing with the global challenges that confront humanity.

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THE INFORMATION EXPLOSION

JOHN SCALES AVERY—Human nature seems to exhibit what might be called “tribalism”: altruism towards one’s own group; aggression towards outsiders. Today this tendency towards tribalism threatens both human civilization and the biosphere. Greed, in particular the greed of corporations and billionaire oligarchs, is driving human civilization and the biosphere towards disaster.

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AROUND THE WORLD WITH PETER KOENIG ON CHINA RISING RADIO SINOLAND

JEFF J. BROWN—t was a real treat to have Peter Koenig on the show today. He has been all over the world and seen how the West inflicts its genocidal destruction on billions of victims in the developing world. A lifelong expert at the World Bank, he explained how 75% of its work is dedicated to Western, capitalist plunder of poor peoples’ wealth and exploitation of their natural and human resources (asset stripping at 10 cents on the dollar, while slaving away in Western sweatshops for 25 cents an hour). Nonetheless, he has managed to do good deeds by staying in the 25% that really tries to help those in need.

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THE DEVIL’S DYNAMO

JOHN SCALES AVERY—Why call a book about military-industrial complexes “The Devil’s Dynamo”? A military-industrial complex involves a circular flow of money. The money flows like the electrical current in a dynamo, driving a diabolical machine. Money from immensely rich corporate oligarchs buys the votes of politicians and the propaganda of the mainstream media. Numbed by the propaganda, citizens allow the politicians to vote for obscenely bloated military budgets, which further enrich the corporate oligarchs, and the circular flow continues.

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Ecuador Endangered

JOHN SEED—The tropical Andes of Ecuador are at the top of the world list of biodiversity hotspots in terms of vertebrate species, endemic vertebrates, and endemic plants. Ecuador has more orchid and hummingbird species than Brazil, which is 32 times larger, and more diversity than the entire USA.

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Welcome to 2018: Be An Active Witness

ROWAN WOLF—I am not asking that each of you (and everyone else you can recruit) call out everything that is being twisted or denied, but the phenomenon is so broad, in so many areas of our social, political, and biological lives that you can “specialize”. You can be an expert witness. With enough of us involved and supporting each other we may be able to shift the wheel in a direction away from destruction.

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