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 Sunday, 14 September 2014

The Clean Energy Economy: 2.7 Million Green Jobs, 40% Fewer Emissions

Here is some very good news. It becomes ever more clear day by day that the claims made against non-carbon energy -- great costs, loss of jobs, marginal impact -- are the usual corporate lies. BP can spend a fortune buying television ads, but it doesn't change the facts that are emerging.

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Silvio Marcacci - Clean Technica

Hey everybody – here’s a great idea: Let’s cut American greenhouse gas emissions 40% and energy demand 30% then create 2.7 million jobs while lowering the national unemployment rate 1.5%

Oh, and by the way, this will only cost 1.2% of the current United States gross domestic product. Sounds like a no-brainer, right? Now it gets better – these are green jobs, and renewable energy is the key to unlocking it all.

Welcome to the brave new world that’s 'truly within reach” according to 'Green Growth: A U.S. Program for Controlling Climate Change and Expanding Job Opportunities,” an upcoming report from the University of Massachusetts and Center for American Progress.

A Clean Energy Economy 'Truly Within Reach”

By now, the fossil fuel industry’s talking points are tired and stale: Expanding renewables will crush the American economy and cause blackouts without really impacting climate change.

The ...

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Scientists Capture The Sound Of A Single Atom, And Apparently It's A 'D-Note'

It turns out there is a "music of the spheres" -- I have heard it twice in my life. No idea what it was, maybe this.

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The study was published online in the journal Science on September 11, 2014.

MACRINA COOPER-WHITE - The Huffington Post

What does an atom sound like? Apparently it's a "D-note."

That's according to scientists at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden, who have revealed in a new study that they've captured the sound of a single atom.

"We have opened a new door into the quantum world by talking and listening to atoms," study co-author Per Delsing, a physics professor at the university, said in a written statement. "Our long term goal is to harness quantum physics so that we can benefit from its laws, for example in extremely fast computers."

For their study, Delsing and his colleagues constructed an artificial atom 0.01 millimeters long and placed it on the end of a superconducting material. Then they guided sound waves along the surface of the material, bounced sound off of the atom, and recorded what came back using a tiny microphone located on the other end ...

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Workers in Maine Buy Out Their Jobs, Set an Example for the Nation

More and more in rural areas, such as where I live, I see localism on the rise. In the absence of rational policy at the Federal and many State levels, local communities are acting. Here is a lovely example. This is what is going to save many localities.

Rob Brown, Noemi Giszpenc and Brian Van Slyke - Truthout

On remote Deer Isle, Maine, the movement for a more just and democratic economy won a major victory this summer. More than 60 employees of three retail businesses - Burnt Cove Market, V&S Variety and Pharmacy, and The Galley - banded together to buy the stores and create the largest worker cooperative in Maine and the second largest in New England.

Now the workers own and run the businesses together under one banner, known as the Island Employee Cooperative (IEC). This is the first time that multiple businesses of this size and scope have been merged and converted into one worker cooperative - making this a particularly groundbreaking achievement in advancing economic democracy.

Getting There: What It Took

When the local couple that had owned the three businesses for 43 years began to think about selling their stores and retiring, the workers became concerned. The stores were ...

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Syngenta Asks EPA to Raise Tolerance Level for 'Bee-killing' Chemical

This is the latest in the bee crisis. It is so shameless and greedy it is breath-taking. Monsanto, Syngenta. These are evil corporations.

Please contact the EPA and let them know you are opposed to this. The decision will directly affect your life.

TIFFANY STECKER - E & E Publishing

Seed and crop management company Syngenta Crop Protection LLC has petitioned U.S. EPA to increase the legal tolerance for a neonicotinoid pesticide residue in several crops -- in one case increasing the acceptable level by 400 times, according to a notice in today's Federal Register.

Syngenta, one of the biggest manufacturers of pesticides, wants to increase the allowable threshold for residues of thiamethoxam, a pesticide that has been linked to the decline of honeybees and other pollinators over the past several decades.

The petition would apply to alfalfa, barley, corn and wheat, both the crop itself and the straw and stover left over after cultivation. Syngenta is seeking to increase the levels from as low as 1.5 times for stover from sweet corn to as much as 400 times for hay from wheat.

Neonicotinoid pesticides are one of many factors that scientists say have caused a dramatic ...

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No Change in U.S. Mood: 23% Satisfied, 76% Not

This is our social temperature and it is not good. How would you define a country where better than three out of four people living the country are unhappy and unsatisfied. And the trend is downwards. I don't know what it is going to take, but we are building up to an explosion. It would be desirable if this could be channeled into the 2014 elections in which the House majority is reduced, the Democrats retain the Senate. And, as long as I am wishing, that a Supreme Court vacancy occurs in the Rightist wing during Obama's tenure. Unfortunately that isn't what the polls say will happen. But it could if people would vote.

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LYDIA SAAD - The Gallup Organization

PRINCETON, NJ -- It is not the worst of times, but it is far from the best of times when it comes to Americans' perceptions on how things are going in the country. Just shy of one in four Americans, 23%, are currently satisfied with the direction of the country, while 76% are dissatisfied. This marks the 10th consecutive month that satisfaction has fallen between 23% and 25% -- a remarkably narrow range in a measure that has reached as high as 70% and as low as 7% since 2000.

Percentage Satisfied With Direction of the U.S.

The latest results are from the 2014 Gallup Poll Social Series: Governance survey, conducted Sept. 4-7.

This month's rating also matches the average so far in 2014, which is down slightly from an average 24% in 2013, but up from 17% in 2011. The main difference between satisfaction in 2014 ...

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 Saturday, 13 September 2014

People Who Live Near Fracking More Likely To Become Sick, Study Finds

If you live near a Fracking operation pay close attention to this report, and act occordingly. I am not surprised at its findings. Just another example of how corporate profits trump wellness. It is the hallmark of our culture.

EMILY ATKIN - Think Progress

People living close to natural gas wells in southwestern Pennsylvania are more than twice as likely to report respiratory illnesses and skin problems than those living farther away, according to a new study from Yale University.

Dr. Peter Rabinowitz, a former Yale School of Medicine professor who now teaches at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health, got the results by randomly surveying 180 households with 492 people in Washington County, Pennsylvania. Washington County is in the heart of the Marcellus Shale, one of one of America’s fracking hotspots - and arguably the epicenter of fracking-related pollution complaints and industrial accidents.

Of those surveyed, Rabinowitz found that 39 percent of people living less than 0.6 miles from a gas well reported upper-respiratory problems like sinus infections and nosebleeds, compared to just 18 percent of people living more than 1.2 miles away. For skin problems like rashes, 13 ...

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Number of Aging Americans Paying Student Loans Soars -U.S. Report

This is how completely out of whack the American educational system has become at the college level. Student debt now exceeds credit card debt.


The rising cost of higher education is dogging Americans into retirement, with people aged 65 and older still carrying some $18.2 billion in unpaid student loans, according to a federal report released on Wednesday.

While the Government Accountability Office report noted that relatively few U.S. households headed by people 65 or over are carrying student loans, the value of the unpaid debt had spiked from $2.8 billion in 2005, before the financial crisis.

That debt is concentrated in a small number of homes. Just 4 percent of households headed by someone 65 or older carried student loan debt as of 2010, up from 1 percent in 2004.

"Some may think of student loan debt as a just a young person's problem," said U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, who heads a Senate committee on aging and held a hearing on the findings on Wednesday. "As it turns out, that's ...

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The Inflation Cult

Paul Krugman has made some errors as all economists do occasionally, but day to day, pound for pound, he and Joseph Stiglitz are correct consistently more than anyone else. The point he is making is absolutely on the mark. Inflation hysteria is nonsense, yet I read it and hear it every day. Krugman is an outlier. Corporate media generally don't seem to have the courage to call out the Inflationists as the frauds they are.

PAUL KRUGMAN, Nobel Laureate - Op-Ed Columnist - The New York Times

Wish I’d said that! Earlier this week, Jesse Eisinger of ProPublica, writing on The Times’s DealBook blog, compared people who keep predicting runaway inflation to 'true believers whose faith in a predicted apocalypse persists even after it fails to materialize.” Indeed.

Economic forecasters are often wrong. Me, too! If an economist never makes an incorrect prediction, he or she isn’t taking enough risks. But it’s less common for supposed experts to keep making the same wrong prediction year after year, never admitting or trying to explain their past errors. And the remarkable thing is that these always-wrong, never-in-doubt pundits continue to have large public and political influence.

There’s something happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear. But as regular readers know, I’ve been trying to figure it out, because I think it’s important to understand the persistence and power of the inflation cult.

Whom are we ...

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Koch Foundation Proposal to College: Teach Our Curriculum, Get Millions

The Koch brothers don't just want to buy the U.S. government -- and are well on their way to achieving their goal -- they also want to buy colleges so that they will teach their idiosyncratic Theocratic Rightist worldview. I'm not making this up, as this report spells out. I first covered this a few years ago this is the latest.

DAVE LEVINTHAL - The Center for Public Integrity

In 2007, when the Charles Koch Foundation considered giving millions of dollars to Florida State University’s economics department, the offer came with strings attached.

First, the curriculum it funded must align with the libertarian, deregulatory economic philosophy of Charles Koch, the billionaire industrialist and Republican political bankroller.

Second, the Charles Koch Foundation would at least partially control which faculty members Florida State University hired.

And third, Bruce Benson, a prominent libertarian economic theorist and Florida State University economics department chairman, must stay on another three years as department chairman - even though he told his wife he’d step down in 2009 after one three-year term.

The Charles Koch Foundation expressed a willingness to give Florida State an extra $105,000 to keep Benson - a self-described 'libertarian anarchist” who asserts that every government function he’s studied 'can be, has been, or is being produced better by the ...

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How Big Telecom Smothers City-run Broadband

This is why the U.S. has second rate internet. Third rate compared to countries like Korea. This is a classic monopolist move to block competition and keep prices high and service poor. Only citizen action is going to stop this. You need to get involved. It's just that simple, we all need to get involved. Only 57,1% of Americans voted in the last Presidential and that was one of the largest percentages in years. That means in our best years over 42% of those eligible don't vote.

ALLAN HOLMES - The Center for Public Integrity

Janice Bowling, a 67-year-old grandmother and Republican state senator from rural Tennessee, thought it only made sense that the city of Tullahoma be able to offer its local high-speed Internet service to areas beyond the city limits.

After all, many of her rural constituents had slow service or did not have access to commercial providers, like AT&T Inc. and Charter Communications Inc.

But a 1999 Tennessee law prohibits cities that operate their own Internet networks from providing access outside the boundaries where they provide electrical service. Bowling wanted to change that and introduced a bill in February to allow them to expand.

She viewed the network, which offers speeds about 80 times faster than AT&T and 10 times faster than Charter in Tullahoma according to advertised services, as a utility, like electricity, that all Tennesseans need.

'We don’t quarrel with the fact that AT&T has shareholders ...

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Mold, Feces and Cockroaches: Documents Reveal New Reasons to Distrust Foster Farms Chicken

My recommendation is to buy free-range organic chicken raised locally. But I know that many people don't have that option, so I am always on the lookout for food stories that might help you. This report is the story of another breakdown arising from inadequate regulation enforcement and greed. Another triumph of profit over wellness. After reading it it will be clear why I suggest you never buy Foster Farms chicken.

LINDSAY ABRAMS, Staff Writer - Salon

After a 17-month long Salmonella outbreak linked to at least 634 illnesses, Foster Farms officially stopped poisoning people with its chicken this July. The company insists it’s since cleaned up its act, lowering its Salmonella rate to just five percent of chickens tested (way below the industry average of 25 percent). It’s newfound commitment to safety has been so successful that, NPR recently reported, 'some food safety experts are now saying the whole poultry industry should follow this company’s example.”

But new documents reveal that the company had a lot more to overcome than it’s let on. The Natural Resources Defense Council just released hundreds of pages of USDA documents, obtained through a FOIA request, that expose some pretty nasty - and widespread - health and safety violations at the company’s processing plants, more than 200 of which occurred at two California plants directly linked to the outbreak. Those ...

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 Friday, 12 September 2014

Solar Continues Trumping Fossil Fuel Pricing, With More Innovations To Come

This is lovely good news about the transition out of our carbon energy addiction. The report presents what I think is an accurate assessment of the Non-carbon Energy Trend.

In spite of constant government coddling, endless subsidies, and the huge sums available to buy influence, along with ads to protect its dominance, carbon energy is quickly becoming uncompetitive. One can only wonder where we would be now if the attempt Jimmy Carter made to shift away from carbon had not been blocked by Ronald Reagan, whom I believe history will identify with the beginning of the decline of America. In any case, in spite of everything non-carbon will prevail because it is cheaper, and easier, and doesn't cause climate change. There will also be a little discussed effect: an increase in wellness as the diseases caused by carbon decline.

The real monster in the closet is nuclear waste. Nothing proposed actually deals with the problem, and solar and wind will help only marginally. We haven't a clue what to do with waste, and the timebomb is ticking. Tanks leak. Pools degrade. An how does one really calculate the costs? How does one project expenses for something that is deadly for 10s of thousands of years? Finding a solution to nuclear waste within the next 15 years is going to become an urgent issue.

Happily, by then we will have dealt with a large percentage of carbon usage, as the report describes.

CHIP REGISTER, Contributor - Forbes

Solar power has come a long way in a short period of time. Just five years ago, the bulk of the energy community viewed it as being unreliable, expensive and difficult to source. Without massive government subsidies, utilities generally shunned solar, sticking with more traditional and reliable generation, namely, coal and natural gas. This was despite fossil fuels trading at or near record highs of $10 per mmBtu amid strong demand and tight supplies. If solar couldn’t even beat natural gas when it was trading that high, chances were it would never play a significant role in America’s energy mix and would only be economic through governmental intervention.

But five years on, America’s energy landscape looks significantly different. Natural gas has come well off its pre-recession highs and is now trading steadily around $4 per mmBtu, with little to no volatility. Oil and coal prices dropped as well. Given ...

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Millennials Are Better-Read, Vastly Superior to Rest of Population, Says Science

This is more good news and, I confess it surprised me a bit, although when I travel I see a lot of Millennials reading books on tablets and phones, with music in their ears. I am very glad to see these numbers. I think we are finding that interacting with technology requires reading skills, and supports imagination. That is encouraging.


On Thursday, as A.O. Scott mourned the death of adulthood in American culture (R.I.P.), a new study by the Pew Research Center confirmed that it's young adults who are keeping American (literary) culture alive. Contrary to reports that have questioned whether or not millennials read, younger Americans actually read more than their older counterparts: 88 percent of Americans younger than 30 reported having read a book in the past year, compared with 79 percent of those older than 30.

What’s more, libraries are not a cherished refuge of the old, but a destination for the young: In a September 2013 survey, 50 percent of respondents between the ages of 16 and 29 had used a library in the past year, compared with 47 percent of their older counterparts, and 36 percent of people under 30 had used a library website in that same time frame; compared with 28 percent ...

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Study: Science and Religion Are Not Only Incompatible, Religious Areas Being Left Behind

My assessment of the world tells me that Theocratic Rightism, whether Christian, Muslim, or Jewish, or anything else, is the most toxic social force in the world. Few want to talk about this realistically, but it is having a severely negative impact on all aspects of wellness at any scale one chooses to examine. Here is one aspect. For my original 2007 essay on this see: The Neuron Strategy. http://www.explorejournal.com/article/S1550-8307%2807%2900245-5/fulltext


Science and religion just don’t co-exist, according to a recent study by economists at Princeton University.

'Places with higher levels of religiosity have lower rates of scientific and technical innovation, as measured by patents per capita,” said Roland Bénabou, the study’s lead author, told Mother Jones.

The researchers used an economic model to explore the relationship between scientific innovation, religious faith, and government power as they formed different 'regimes.”

They identified a secular, European-style regime where religion had very little policy influence and science enjoyed great support; a repressive, theocratic regime where the state and religion suppress science; and an American-style regime where religion and science generally thrived.

They study, which has not been published in a peer-reviewed journal, found a strong negative relationship when they analyzed data on patents per capita and religiosity, using data from the World Intellectual Property Organization and the World Values ...

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Trust in Federal Gov't on International Issues at New Low

This is the inevitable result of endless war against one Muslim group, or state or another, and governmental corruption. Eventually the people who have to actually live through such regimes see plainly that their government is harming them in some way. This is where social unrest comes from, and this is not good news.

JEFFREY M. JONES - The Gallup Organization

PRINCETON, NJ -- Americans' trust in the federal government to handle international problems has fallen to a record-low 43% as President Barack Obama prepares to address the nation on Wednesday to outline his plan to deal with ISIS. Separately, 40% of Americans say they have a "great deal" or "fair amount" of trust in the federal government to handle domestic problems, also the lowest Gallup has measured to date.

Trust in Federal Gov't to Handle International, Domestic Problems

The results are based on Gallup's annual Governance poll, conducted Sept. 4-7. This year's poll was conducted at a time when the government is faced with instability in many parts of the world, including Iraq and Syria, the Middle East, and Ukraine. President Obama, who recently said he had "no strategy" for dealing with ISIS -- the Islamic extremists who have taken control of parts of Iraq and Syria and ...

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If Only American Kids Could Eat School Lunches Like They do in France

As you read this article ask yourself: Why don't we do this? What is stopping it?

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Clarissa A. León - Salon

The standard school lunch for an American child often contains dishes brimming with preservatives and sodium. While some schools have completely overhauled their school menus to contain fresh vegetables and grains, others still struggle with meeting nutritional guidelines. But for students in France, it appears that school lunches are the least of their concerns.

Rebecca Plantier moved to a town near Annecy, France to research why French children aren’t as overweight as many American children are. The local city council offered Plantier a tour of her children’s cafeteria, orcantine as it’s known in France, and Plantier discovered early on that if America and France had a school lunch food fight, France would be the overwhelming victor.

In France, lunch menus are prepared two months in advance and sent away to a nutritionist who gives the menu final approval. The nutritionist can make adjustments to the meal, such as ...

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