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Dec 17, 2012 by Steve Herz
In one sense, this exceedingly modest outcome was no surprise. From the outset, we were warned that this was just an “implementation” or “transitional” meeting; the big issues were not to be discussed. This is because at last year’s meeting in Durban, the Parties decided on a three year schedule to negotiate an overarching agreement, and nothing in the climate negotiations happens until the last possible moment. The Durban timetable all but assured that incrementalism and procrastination would rule the day in Doha.
But in another sense, this summer vacation approach to the negotiations was utterly incomprehensible. The urgent need for action was there for all to see. Many delegates came with vivid, heart-rendering accounts of how climate change was already impacting their countries in ways their governments could not address. Not least, President Obama’s negotiating team could point to this summer’s searing, unprecedented drought in the Midwest, forest infernos in the Rockies, and of course, the over $70 billion worth of devastation inflicted by Superstorm Sandy.
If these calamities weren’t a clear enough call to action, informed delegates arrived in Doha with three new hair-on-fire reports in their briefcases that put these impacts in larger context. In November, the global consultancy PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the International Energy Agency both issued papers showing that nothing short of heroic efforts will be necessary to reduce emissions enough to keep global temperature rise below the 3.6°F that most climate scientists believe is the outer bound of “safe” warming. Without such efforts, we’ll likely see 7.2°F – 10.8°F of warming by the end of this century. The World Bank followed these assessments with its blockbuster Turn Down the Heat report, which described in appalling detail what a 7.2°F warmer world would actually be like. It’s truly scary stuff.
Just as disappointing as the outcome in Doha was the role of the United States in bringing it about. When President Obama first took office, there were great expectations that he would bring about a new era American climate leadership. Instead, the US negotiating posture too often has been characterized by a reluctance to expend real political capital, a hypersensitivity to Congressional extremism, and an unwillingness to lead by example.
More at the linkDec 17, 2012 by Steve Herz Excerpt: In one sense, this exceedingly modest outcome... more
By Dr. Jill Stein- Green Party Presidential candidate who received a half million votes despite media blackout and being ostracized from debate in 2012 election, and who actually discusses the climate crisis.
"As the highly scripted stagecraft of the presidential campaign fades from the headlines, there's a new show in Washington. ”Fiscal Cliff” stars President Barack Obama, who urges Republicans and Democrats to agree on a ”grand bargain” that would soften the economic shock of the impending across-the-board tax and spending cuts. But that bipartisan handshake would be nothing to celebrate.
Here's why: Both parties are intent on imposing an austerity budget bloated with military spending and private-industry health insurance waste. That would be a raw deal for the American people.
It's a sign of Washington's rightward drift that a Democratic president has offered to put Social Security on the chopping block, even though it hasn't contributed one dime to the deficit. And Obama has offered to cut Medicare rather than pursue an improved ”Medicare for All” insurance system that could save trillions over the next decade by eliminating the wasteful bureaucracy and medical inflation inherent in our private health insurance system.
Equally troubling, both parties are ignoring another problem that's truly critical: the climate cliff.
Our planet is rapidly approaching a geophysical tipping point at which the consequences of climate change, such as the disappearance of polar ice caps and the melting of frozen methane deposits, trigger an unstoppable acceleration of warming. Once that happens, it will render our climate incompatible with civilization as we know it.
Throwing the nation over the climate cliff will make our current fiscal challenges look like a minor bump in the road.
Mother Nature must also have a seat at the negotiating table as our leaders hash out their supposedly grand bargain. In a nation already reeling from droughts, wildfires, and superstorms, budget priorities must reconcile the climate and economic imperatives. After all, they're ultimately one and the same.
Our current drive to expand oil and gas drilling on U.S. soil is part of a bipartisan energy policy that's doing nothing to reduce unsustainably high carbon emissions. Showpiece programs to encourage renewable energy alternatives like solar and wind can't avert climate disaster unless they're going to replace fossil fuels."
More at the linkBy Dr. Jill Stein- Green Party Presidential candidate who received a half million... more
The internal workings of the US military had little significance to the overall state of the nation, except during wars – until the post-WWII era. With the military dominating our foreign policy and being one of the most trusted institution, the character of our senior generals may become a major factor shaping our future. Hence the importance of this chapter by GI Wilson from The Pentagon Labyrinth: Ten Short Essays to Help You Through It, edited by Winslow T. Wheeler and published by the Center for Defense Information and the World Security Institute. You can see a summary and download a free copy of this important book at the Project for Government Oversight (POGO). . http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/your-details/43080-careerism-and-psychopathy-in-the-us-military-leadershipThe internal workings of the US military had little significance to the overall state... more
Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party's 2012 Candidate for President, was arrested for holding a sit-in at the local Fannie Mae office located in Philadelphia, protesting the housing foreclosures occurring throughout our country. She was formally charged with "defiant trespassing". So do we now have tyranny in our country when individuals peacefully exercise free speech?
In explaining why she protested, Stein said that almost half of Americans now live in poverty or near poverty, while eight million families face eviction from their homes due to foreclosures, and over a third of mortgage holders are "underwater" - meaning that they owe more to the lenders than their properties are worth on the market.
Said Stein, "The developers and financiers made trillions of dollars through the housing bubble and the imposition of crushing debt on homeowners. And when homeowners could no longer pay them what they demanded, they went to government and got trillions of dollars of bailouts. Every effort of the Obama Administration has been to prop this system up and keep it going at taxpayer expense. It's time for this game to end. It's time for the laws be written to protect the victims and not the perpetrators. It's time for a new deal for America, and a Green New Deal is what we will deliver on taking office. "
I applaud Jill Stein for her courage in standing up to tyranny for all Americans. This is the civil disobedience that worked so effectively for Gandhi and Henry David Thoreau. This is the courage of real leadership.
Thank you, Jill Stein, for standing up for the working classes of America. Certainly Obama, Romney, and the Congressional Republicans and most Democrats won't stand up for the working and middle classes of America since they are all on the corporate payroll of these financiers.
The Barefoot AccountantDr. Jill Stein, the Green Party's 2012 Candidate for President, was arrested for... more
In my day job, I co-author books (okay, you may want to say "ghostwrite"--whatever!) for CEOs. As such, I'm often interested in inviting guests to Mr. Media who have written smart business management books. This video interview marks the second visit by consultant Jeff Fox, whose latest book is The Transformative CEO. http://www.mrmedia.com/2012/07/transform-yourself-consultant-jeff-fox-has-the-ceo-cure-2012-video-interview/In my day job, I co-author books (okay, you may want to say... more
Americans may be split on which presidential candidate can fix the economy, but President Barack Obama trounces Mitt Romney in one out-of-this-world scenario — an alien invasion.
The majority of Americans, nearly 65 percent, say Obama is better suited than Romney to handle an alien invasion, according to a new National Geographic Channel poll, USA Today reports.
The survey, conducted to promote “Chasing UFOs,” a TV series premiering Friday, also found that almost eight in 10 people, 79 percent, believe the government has kept information about UFOs a secret from the public. In addition, 55 percent believe agents similar to those played by Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in the film “Men in Black” — their mission is to hide information about extraterrestrial beings — actually exist.
Meanwhile, more than a third of Americans, 36 percent, believe UFOs exist.
http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=40AD0C95-BA8A-4DA9-AD05-57328D0EB5FAAmericans may be split on which presidential candidate can fix the economy, but... more
If you're a business manager of any sort looking for a fresh voice on the challenges of leadership, check out today's interview with Jill Geisler of The Poynter Institute. She jam-packed this video with insight and advice, all in support of her new book, "Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know." http://www.mrmedia.com/?p=4901If you're a business manager of any sort looking for a fresh voice on the... more
I was always a sensitive child, my feelings too easily hurt, and that day, I sat alone in the woods nursing some slight or the other. I don't remember why I was brooding, but I do remember feeling mighty sorry for myself.
Miss Hazel (in the South, we always called adults Miss or Mister) sat down on a pine log next to me. But instead of feeding my self-pity, she told me that feeling sorry for myself was not going to get me anywhere worth going in this life. She advised me to exit my pity party, take responsibility for my own feelings and rejoin the other Girl Scouts who were enjoying this particular campout.
Years later, when I wrote my former Girl Scout leader to thank her for these words of wisdom, she bawled like a baby.
Miss Hazel has some good company among the Girl Scout sisterhood. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, astronaut Mae Jemison, network anchor Katie Couric, 10 of 17 women in the United States Senate, 45 of 75 women in the House of Representatives, including Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), and Congresswomen Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.) and Ellen O. Tauscher (D-Calif.), and 53 percent of all women who own U.S. businesses are former Girl Scouts, according to Girl Scouts of the USA.
All those remarkable women were helped along by a Georgia girl named Juliette Gordon Low who, 100 years ago today, founded the Girl Scouts in Savannah.
http://womensenews.org/story/our-daily-lives/120311/girl-scouts-are-full-stars-mine-miss-hazelI was always a sensitive child, my feelings too easily hurt, and that day, I sat alone... more
After decades of producing sharply worded critiques of the former regime, Om Zied isn't quieting down in the new Tunisia, or even dulling her verbal blade.
"Cavemen" is the word she used on the radio a couple of months ago to describe the ultra-conservative Salafists at the University of Manouba, in a suburb of Tunis. Salafists were pressuring administrators to permit women to wear the niqab, a full face veil, to classes.
During the same radio interview the self-avowed secularist argued that few Islamists had ever tried to defend the rights of veiled women under the regime of the ousted president, Ben Ali.
She used a pen name for protection, but her identity was never really shielded from the government, which targeted her with continual intimidation and harassment.
Om Zied is how she continues to be known here, although the need to fear official reprisal is gone and she can use her real name now: Neziha Rajba.
Today she stands out as visionary who always somehow believed that Jan. 13, 2011, would someday come.
http://www.womensenews.org/story/the-world/120228/tunisias-om-zied-stays-sharp-power-shiftsAfter decades of producing sharply worded critiques of the former regime, Om Zied... more
If we’re going to take control of our energy future and can start avoiding these annual gas price spikes that happen every year — when the economy starts getting better, world demand starts increasing, turmoil in the Middle East or some other parts of the world — if we’re going to avoid being at the mercy of these world events, we’ve got to have a sustained, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy. Yes, oil and gas, but also wind and solar and nuclear and biofuels, and more.
President Obama gave a speech at the University of Miami on Thursday discussing his energy plan — assuming that one can use the word “plan” to describe a strategy devoid of any judgment. Obviously, all-of-the-above = more of everything = more fossil fuels = Hell and High Water.
The president has come a long way from his 2008 declaration that this is “the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.” Now it’s more like “Après nous, le Déluge” (see “JPL bombshell: Polar ice sheet mass loss is speeding up, on pace for 1 foot sea level rise by 2050“).
Just a year ago, “all-of-the-above” was actually a standard Republican talking point, so much so that Democrats routinely mocked it (see Markey slams oil-above-all” approach). It is certainly true that when the president says it, he means it, whereas the Republicans merely say it and then bitterly oppose all of the clean energy programs that Democrats put on the table. I’m not sure future generations will notice the difference.
Obama’s all-of-the-above energy speech took a none-of-the-above approach to environmental problems: It ignored them all, including the most important of them all, global warming.
Obama is currently in the midst of a failed presidency from a historical perspective because of his abandonment of the climate issue, which is the only issue future generations are going to care about if we don’t act now, as I’ve said many times.
Obama will probably get only one serious shot at redemption, the grand bargain on tax and the deficit at the end of this year (see “Bipartisan Support Grows for Carbon Price as Part of Debt Deal“). Speeches like this provide no evidence whatsoever that Obama even understands the stakes anymore.
Here are two other places in the speech where he repeats his new slogan:
OBAMA: But over the long term, an all-of-the-above energy strategy requires us having the right priorities. We’ve got to have the right incentives in place. I’ll give you an example. Right now, $4 billion of your tax dollars subsidize the oil industry every year — $4 billion. They don’t need a subsidy. They’re making near-record profits. These are the same oil companies that have been making record profits off the money you spend at the pump for several years now. How do they deserve another $4 billion from taxpayers and subsidies?
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Preach it, Mr. President! (Applause.)…
OBAMA: I said this at the State of the Union — a century of subsidies to the oil companies is long enough. (Applause.) It’s time to end taxpayer giveaways to an industry that has never been more profitable; double down on clean energy industries that have never been more promising — that’s what we need to do. (Applause.) This Congress needs to renew the clean energy tax credits that will lead to more jobs and less dependence on foreign oil.
The potential of a sustained, all-of-the-above energy strategy is all around us. Here in Miami, 2008, Miami became the first major American city to power its city hall entirely with solar and renewable energy. Right here in Miami. (Applause.) The modernization of your power grid so that it wastes less energy is one of the largest projects of its kind in the country. On a typical day, the wind turbine at the Miami-Dade Museum can meet about 10 percent of the energy needs in a South Florida home, and the largest wind producer in the country is over at Juno Beach. Right here at this university, your work is helping manufacturers save millions of dollars in energy bills by making their facilities more energy efficient. (Applause.)
This is politics over principle pure and simple. Cutting a few billion dollars to the uber-profitable fossil fuel industry is a great applause line, but it’d be like making your entire anti-smoking cutting subsidies to the tobacco industry.
Let me end with Salon’s Andrew Leonard on the speech:
By Joe Romm on Feb 27, 2012
More at the linkIf we’re going to take control of our energy future and can start avoiding these... more
Leadership is such a crucial element. The world is void of leadership. There is a bankruptcy of leadership in the homes, in business and in government. Leadership decides the direction of the homes. Leadership decides the direction of the business. Leadership decides the direction of a nation. It is sad that today's leaders will put so much emphasis on delivering results than leading by an example. More info visit: http://thewisdombookstore.comLeadership is such a crucial element. The world is void of leadership. There is a... more
North Korea: Reality Check! - the reality of a country that has fought for its independence and won; surviving, like a little SpartaDemocratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) have constantly been the subject of colonial wars and aggression. Korea fought a stubborn anti-colonial struggle against the Japanese since the latter occupied their country brutally from 1910 until 1945. The Koreans in fact emerged from the Second World War as a victorious member of the allied forces. But US imperialism, hungry to expand its colonial domination, took up seamlessly from the Japanese in occupying the south of the Korean peninsula, setting up its puppet Syngman Rhee as the head of a fascistic comprador capitalist clique, rather than allowing nation-wide elections as was its obligation; realising that the victorious national liberation forces led by Marxist revolutionaries (Kim Il Sung, et al) would sweep to power. http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/recent-news/43043-north-korea-reality-checkDemocratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) have constantly been the subject of... more
David Graeber likes to say that he had three goals for the year: promote his book, learn to drive, and launch a worldwide revolution. The first is going well, the second has proven challenging, and the third is looking up.
Graeber is a 50-year-old anthropologist—among the brightest, some argue, of his generation—who made his name with innovative theories on exchange and value, exploring phenomena such as Iroquois wampum and the Kwakiutl potlatch. An American, he teaches at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Even in Zuccotti Park, his name isn’t widely known. But he has been one of the group’s most articulate voices, able to frame the movement’s welter of hopes and grievances within a deeper critique of the historical moment. “We are watching the beginnings of the defiant self-assertion of a new generation of Americans, a generation who are looking forward to finishing their education with no jobs, no future, but still saddled with enormous and unforgivable debt,” Graeber wrote in a Sept. 25 editorial published online by the Guardian. “Is it really surprising they would like to have a word with the financial magnates who stole their future?”
http://tinyurl.com/3nzbnlsDavid Graeber likes to say that he had three goals for the year: promote his book,... more
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New York, NY–Women’s eNews is proud to announce its media partnership with the Women in Leadership Forum and award ceremony, held under presidential decree, and taking place on November 23rd - 24th 2011 at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.
The nonprofit news organization joins Barclays, the major global financial services provider, and Coca-Cola Middle East as the latest international organizations to give support to the jointly-hosted 3rd Annual Women In Leadership Forum and Shamsa Bint Suhail Award for Creative Women organized by the French business information group naseba.
The Shamsa Bint Suhail Award for Creative Women, established by decree of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, aims to support the efforts of Emirati women, recognizing their creative talents and expertise. It also rewards those who have delivered an outstanding contribution in building and promoting their community.
Rita Henley Jensen, founder of Women’s eNews and its sister site Arabic Women’s eNews added “We are proud to play a part in raising awareness of women’s contributions to business across the Middle East at an event which brings women and men from across the world together to celebrate their successes.”
Barclays currently operates several initiatives aimed specifically at women, including a commitment to promote gender diversity in recruitment campaigns, plus the creation of their very own Women’s Initiative Networks and Women of the Year Awards.
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Al Gore is mad as hell about his campaign to get the word out about global warming being smothered by a heavily funded doubt campaign and a disinterested media, and he’s not going to take it anymore.
But unlike Howard Beale in the 1976 film “Network,” he hasn’t simply gone to the nearest window to shout it out at the top of his lungs. Instead, he decided that the lies have to stop, the truth has to come out, and he formed an organization called the Climate Reality Project to make it happen, and today: September 14th 2011 is the day, through an event called 24 Hours of Reality.
What can change in a day? Gore answers that question in a brief video that plays on the Climate Reality website. “A street can become a river, a mountain can become a mudslide, a forest can become kindling…” all told over images of floods, fires and devastation. “Cataclysmic events,” we are told, “are becoming the new normal,” and the truth has become one of its causalities. Big oil and coal are spending fortunes to spread doubt beneath the radar, but, according to Al, “Not anymore. On Sept. 14Th, the world will join hands to create 24 hours of reality, an event that will focus the world’s attention on the Full Truth, Scope, Scale, and Impact of the Climate Crisis.”
“Climate deniers,” says Al, “may have money, connections and influence, but together, we have something they don’t: Reality.”
The PR leading up to this event has been impressive. There is a video trailer produced by Alex Bogusky that shows a fat lady singing with smoke coming out of her Viking helmet. Above it is suspended a globe which explodes when sufficiently heated by the smoke, or is it the high note she is singing? In either case, you get the message. Moments later these words fill the screen, “The denial ends on September 14th. Another hilarious, but serious video by the same team is called, The Denial Hits the Fan, which looks like, well–you know.
Source: http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/09/al-gores-climate-reality-project-denial-ends-today/Al Gore is mad as hell about his campaign to get the word out about global warming... more
Libyan rebel leader Mahmoud Jibril will meet French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris on Wednesday to discuss prospects for a political transition in a post-Muammar Gaddafi era.
Link : http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/24/us-libya-france-jibril-idUSTRE77N20B20110824Libyan rebel leader Mahmoud Jibril will meet French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris... more
These men and women are leading by example, often opening their own homes to foster security and stability in the lives of children orphaned by AIDS.
http://www.forgottenvoices.org/blog/2011/06/09/this-week-on-the-ground-leading-by-example/These men and women are leading by example, often opening their own homes to foster... more
The road to sustainable business now passes through a glass tunnel called “Transparency.” Consumers exercise their singular, unequivocal influence: their ability to choose the company that not only creates, markets and sells a product that is to their liking, but does so in a manner that is consistent with their values. And here, in this land of “innocent until proven guilty,” companies know that if they don’t “take the tunnel,” it will be assumed that they have something to hide. This, in turn, leads to action which ensures that there is some good news to report. Thus we progress, however slowly, towards a more sustainable society.
Last week, Nestlé in the United States, parent company to Nestlé USA, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, Nestlé Waters North America, Nestlé Nutrition and Nestlé Professional, reported for the first time, their environmental metrics for the preceding year. Greenhouse gas emissions were flat in absolute terms, though given an increase in production volume this represents a six percent reduction in GHG emissions per unit of product, compared to the previous year. This translates into a rate of 35.4 kg of CO2 per ton of product. There are no comparable metrics available for a company as diverse as this one, involved in essentially light industry, except its own prior performance. Heavy industries, like cement or steel might emit something on the order of 70 times this amount per unit of production.
The conglomerate’s water usage rose by 2.1 percent in absolute terms, though, once again, thanks to increased production, there was a 2% reduction on a per unit of output.
The company’s bottled water subsidiary, Nestlé Waters North America, whose sustainability chief, Michael Washburn, I interviewed in a three-part series back in March, had a slightly more impressive 2.2% reduction (over the past five years) in the face of a 27% production volume increase.
If this doesn’t convince you that the company is at least trying to clean up their act, maybe you should check out Nestle Nutrition’s gerber.com where they give, among other things, breastfeeding tips (though there are still those boycotting the company because of it’s predatory advertising tactics for baby formula).
Post Continues: http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/05/nestle-csr-reporting/The road to sustainable business now passes through a glass tunnel called... more
A few minutes ago on May 5, 2011, Arab TV announced that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khameini requested Iran's President Ahmadinejad to step down from his post. This has not been confirmed nor verified by Western media as yet, however, it has been reported that several of his close aides are already under arrest.
The UK Guardian reported today that many of Ahmadinejad's aides were accused of using 'supernatural powers', including invoking jinns (spirits) in an attempt to further the president's agenda against Khameini. This includes Irani Chief of Staff Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei,
The arrests come amid a growing rift between Ahmadinejad and Khamenei which has prompted several MPs to call for the president to be impeached. The Guardian 5/5/2011
Checking for the latest on Iranian website Ayandeh-Negar, an article posted therein declared that relations between Ayatollah Khameini and his 'son' Mahmoud Ahamadinejad had become deviant.A few minutes ago on May 5, 2011, Arab TV announced that Supreme Leader Ayatollah... more