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  • How deep is Turkey's Sinjar entanglement?

    03/07/2017 6:39:39 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | March 7, 2017 | Fehim Taştekin, translator Timur Göksel
    Turkey, which has developed rather odd relationships with some of its neighbors in recent years because of its reckless foreign policy, has begun treating Kurdish notables coming from Iraqi Kurdistan as official leaders. According to former Turkish Consul-General at Erbil Aydin Selcen, when Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani used to come to Turkey, he was received in Istanbul and not in Ankara, the capital. The meetings were not held in palaces but at less-impressive locations. The Kurdistan flag was never displayed. Meetings were held in Arabic, not Kurdish. To give the impression that the meetings were unofficial, nobody wore ties. In short, everything was...
  • Students calling for change after the Parkland shooting [60 Minutes Master Thespian Fails]

    03/19/2018 4:26:08 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    See BS "News" ^ | 3/18/18 | S Alfonsi
    .... In less than a month, the teens did what few thought possible, they changed gun laws in Florida and ignited a national movement... ....Alex Wind, a self-described theater geek, Jaclyn Corin, the junior class president, student reporter David Hogg, and senior Emma Gonzalez started what they call the never-again movement in Cameron Kasky's living room.... In three weeks, they'd convinced Florida's Republican Governor Rick Scott to defy the National Rifle Association, something that hasn't happened in Florida in 20 years.... Jaclyn Corin: We can't praise them for doing what they've done because that wouldn't have stopped what happened at...
  • Climate change could slowly alter Northeast forests

    03/12/2018 9:28:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | March 12, 2018 | by MATT MARKEY
    BENEDICTA, Maine - An autumn drive through the rugged forests of New England and eastern Canada presents a convincing case that this is the place where postcard images are made. Looking deeper, biologists see red flags and hear the clanging of alarm bells. “When I see that forest, I see change,” said Justin Richardson, a biogeochemist and assistant professor in the University of Massachusetts. Mr. Richardson, who conducted extensive research on the changing climate and its impact on the forests of the region as part of his doctoral work in Dartmouth College’s Department of Earth Sciences, led a 2016 study...
  • Hotter, Drier, Hungrier: How Global Warming Punishes the World’s Poorest

    03/12/2018 9:17:18 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 12, 2018 | By SOMINI SENGUPTA
    KAKUMA, Kenya - These barren plains of sand and stone have always known lean times: times when the rivers run dry and the cows wither day by day, until their bones are scattered under the acacia trees. But the lean times have always been followed by normal times, when it rains enough to rebuild herds, repay debts, give milk to the children and eat meat a few times each week. Times are changing, though. Northern Kenya has become measurably drier and hotter, and scientists are finding the fingerprints of global warming. According to recent research, the region dried faster in...
  • Trade War Prospect Shakes Part of Trump Base: Midwest Farmers

    03/10/2018 12:27:17 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 10, 2018 | MONICA DAVEY and PATRICIA COHEN
    MAPLE PARK, Ill. — Snow and sleet were falling on Eldon Gould’s 500 acres this week, but he was already looking ahead to planting season; depending on ground conditions and the temperature, that could be just several weeks away. But now the prospect of steel and aluminum tariffs was adding to the list of worries and uncertainties that come with every corn and soybean season. “It’s the retaliation risk,” Mr. Gould said from his kitchen table in Maple Park, in a region of northern Illinois where farmland runs on for miles. “The world’s already awash in grain,” Mr. Gould said,...
  • Amid Storms' Destruction, Climate Bill Pressure Grows On Mass. House

    03/08/2018 11:46:56 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    WBUR Public Radio ^ | March 7, 2018 | by Colin A. Young
    While crews shore up seawalls and coastal infrastructure and residents brace for another powerful storm, a coalition that includes architects, engineers, planners and downtown Boston businesses is putting pressure on the House to pass a bill requiring the state to plan for the effects of climate change. The Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Coalition sent a letter Monday to all state representatives urging them to reach out to House leadership and ask for action on a bill (S 2196) requiring the state to develop a comprehensive adaptation management action plan in response to climate change. The coalition — which includes dozens...
  • North Idaho schools cut through the climate debate by teaching kids to think like scientists

    03/08/2018 11:41:40 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Pacific Northwest Inlander ^ | March 8, 2018 | By Wilson Criscione
    Somewhere in the process of digging down through 7 feet of snow near the top of a mountain, measuring the snowpack and jotting down numbers, Cheyenne Kiecker discovered something that, for her, felt impossible: Maybe she does like science after all. In February, Kiecker and her classmates studied the snow at Lookout Pass in North Idaho. She learned how the snow impacts the runoff into streams and rivers and lakes, how it affects the fish and the spring foliage, how it changes the wildfire season. And she's learned that in recent decades, the snowpack in the very spot she and...
  • Fisheries output to plunge unless global warming reeled in

    03/08/2018 11:23:00 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 8, 2018 | by Alister Doyle
    OSLO - Global fisheries output will slump by 20 percent by 2300 and by 60 percent in the worst-hit North Atlantic region if governments fail to slow long-term global warming, a U.S. team of scientists said on Thursday. Unchecked long-term warming would thaw sea ice around Antarctica and disrupt ocean currents, winds and the growth of tiny plankton, the report found. Worldwide, ever more nutrients would sink to the ocean depths, away from fish near the surface. “Marine ecosystems worldwide will be increasingly starved for nutrients,” lead author J. Keith Moore of the University of California, Irvine, told Reuters of...
  • AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Reflects on Pope Francis’ Pro-Worker Ministry

    03/07/2018 6:30:32 PM PST · by mdittmar · 7 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | March 6, 2018 | AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
    Event to commemorate Pope Francis’ fifth year as the head of the Roman Catholic Church.    (South Orange, N.J., March 6, 2018)—Ahead of the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ election, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will praise the pontiff’s leadership and legacy, in an event held tonight at Seton Hall University. He will be joined by Cardinal Joseph Tobin, archbishop of Newark; newly elected Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey; and Mary Meehan, Ph.D., interim president of Seton Hall University, each of whom will also deliver remarks to commemorate Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s fifth anniversary as the leader in the Catholic Church. In...
  • Ratings Update: Texas Primaries Narrow Democratic Fields Some top recruits fail to make runoffs

    03/07/2018 5:36:47 PM PST · by SMGFan · 11 replies
    Roll Call ^ | March 7, 2018
    After months of speculation, the 2018 midterm elections are officially underway with initial primaries in Texas. There’s more evidence of a Democratic surge previously seen in Virginia and in special elections around the country, but also the reality that some of the swarm of Democratic candidates aren’t even going to make it to the general election. While operatives on both sides of the aisle treat primaries like the plague, they can be a proving ground for candidates (particularly first-time ones) and an opportunity to ramp up their campaigns before moving on to more competitive general elections. Some of the Democrats’...
  • #OpenWhineWednesday: Or Why You Can’t Look More Like Sharon Stone.

    03/07/2018 7:13:17 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 10 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 3-7-18 | MOTUS
    I was reading an article on the NYT site (related to yesterday’s post but not good enough to bother linking) when this headline popped up in their annoying animated sidebar feature:  “You Won’t Look Like Sharon Stone at 59.” Of course not, you morons – Sharon Stone doesn’t even look like Sharon Stone at 59.Which is not to say she isn’t gorgeous as she assuredly is, but nobody, I don’t care how much high grade cosmetic surgery, fillers, plumpers and Botox you’ve had, looks like they did as a 30-something three decades hence. I knew this was click-bait  but clicked...
  • GOP Panic Spreads to Pennsylvania

    03/06/2018 4:42:30 PM PST · by lasereye · 156 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 4, 2018 | Josh Kraushaar
    Republicans are learning an uncomfortable reality about the political environment for 2018: Tax cuts, conservative culture-war staples, and even Nancy Pelosi herself probably won’t be enough to overcome the deep hole that President Trump has put them in. With the White House awash in scandal and struggling to articulate its agenda, the political mood has turned so grim that Republicans are in danger of losing an upcoming special election in the heart of Trump country. That’s the lesson to draw from the surprisingly competitive campaign Democrat Conor Lamb is running in a Pittsburgh-area district Trump easily carried by 20 points,...
  • Reddit Admits Hosting Russian Propaganda

    03/06/2018 12:54:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 3/6
    Reddit has become the latest social-media platform to admit that Russian propaganda was used on its site during the 2016 US presidential election. It follows leaks from news site The Daily Beast showing a Russian troll farm active on the website. Co-founder Steve Huffman said that it had removed "a few hundred accounts" suspected of being of Russian origin. In a blogpost, he said "indirect propaganda", which was more complex to spot and stop, was the biggest issue. "For example, the Twitter account @TEN_GOP is now known to be run by a Russian agent. Its tweets were amplified by thousands...
  • Secret al-Qaeda Memo: We Must Recruit and Manipulate ‘Ignorant’ Muslims

    03/06/2018 12:25:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Tuesday, 27 February 2018
    In the series of Abbottabad files, discovered in Osama bin Laden's house which was raided by the US military in Abbottabad, northern Pakistan in 2011, one document has exposed particularly sensitive information. It reveals that al-Qaeda targeted “common” and “ignorant” recruits worldwide, as stated by the group’s Libyan military commander Abu Yahya al-Libi. Abu Yahya was al-Qaeda’s second-in-command after Ayman al-Zawahri and was killed in a US drone attack in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan. The document dated Monday, 29 March, 2010 was an internal bulletin sent to al-Qaeda members. It read: “Warning: To be published among the media,...
  • Women key to fight against climate change

    03/06/2018 8:31:03 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | March 6, 2018 | by Stefan Möhl
    Growing up in a South African township, Ndivile Mokoena realized early that women, children and society's poorest are hit hardest by environmental issues. Now she works for gender equality and climate justice globally. Women are more likely to die as a consequence of drought, flooding or heat waves. And - as long as political and economic power lies with men - they will continue to find it more difficult adapt to dramatic changes in their environment resulting from climate change, says climate and gender activist, Ndivile Mokoena. Mokoena works for GenderCC, an organization that promotes gender equality in climate protection...
  • Partisan Tensions Bubble Over at BBG, VOA as Trump Delays Naming New Leaders

    03/05/2018 7:08:09 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 11 replies
    freebeacon ^ | March 5, 2018 | Susan Crabtree
    Conservative critics complain that BBG’s $684 million budget is being used to undermine Trump’s agenda at home and abroad President Donald Trump's more-than-one-year delay in naming new leadership at the Broadcasting Board of Governors and its flagship broadcasting service, the Voice of America, is fueling fierce internal battles over the direction of its coverage and criticism from conservatives that the $684 million BBG budget is being used to undermine Trump's policies. With the Obama appointees remaining in place for more than a year, tensions are bubbling over within the BBG as conservative-leaning current and former employees continue to bristle at...
  • Why what we eat is crucial to the climate change question

    03/05/2018 8:15:28 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 5, 2018 | by Ruth Khasaya Oniang'o
    Did you know that what’s on your plate plays a larger role in contributing to climate change than the car you drive? When most wealthy people think about their carbon footprint, or their contributions to climate change, they’ll think about where their electricity and heat come from or what they drive. They’ll think about fossil fuels and miles per gallon, about LED lights and mass transit – but not so much about combine harvesters or processed meals or food waste. Few consider the impacts of the food they eat, despite the fact that globally, food systems account for roughly one...
  • Health savings outweigh costs of limiting global warming: study

    03/05/2018 8:06:08 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | March 4, 2018
    The estimated cost of measures to limit Earth-warming greenhouse gas emissions can be more than offset by reductions in deaths and disease from air pollution, researchers said on Saturday. It would cost $22.1 trillion (17.9 trillion euros) to $41.6 trillion between 2020 and 2050 for the world to hold average global warming under two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), a team projected in The Lancet Planetary Health journal. For the lower, aspirational limit of 1.5 C, the cost would be between $39.7 trillion and $56.1 trillion, they estimated. But air pollution deaths could be reduced by 21-27 percent to about...
  • Climate change could ravage waterfront by 2100, so Portland plans to fight back

    03/04/2018 7:21:20 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 75 replies
    The Press-Herald ^ | March 4, 2018 | BY KELLEY BOUCHARD
    In less than 100 years, strolling from shop to shop along Commercial Street in Portland or running with your dog on Willard Beach in South Portland could become something folks did in the old days. Based on the latest tidal trends, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that by the year 2100, those areas will be under at least a foot of seawater at high tide on a calm day. Under this grim scenario, Willard Beach would disappear, showing up once in a while as a narrow strip of sand at extreme low tides. The indomitable brick buildings on...
  • Warming trends: Climate change to shorten Mt. Spokane’s season

    03/04/2018 7:15:01 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | March 4, 2018 | By Becky Kramer
    Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park’s parking lot was packed with cars on a recent weekday morning. Skiers strapped on boots amid a light snowfall, anticipating a powder day on the slopes. At the top of the chairlifts, the snow pack was about 8 feet deep – close to the seasonal average for the nonprofit ski hill in Spokane’s backyard. Future decades won’t be so kind to the resort on Mount Spokane. New research from Oregon State University indicates that today’s young skiers could see significant changes in snowpack by the time they reach middle age. By the end of...