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What Ever Happened to Normal Weather?

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Weather is becoming more extreme, and meteorologists are taking notice.

Paul Douglas, Guardian

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Friday 27 May 2016 | Whatever happened to normal weather? Earth has always experienced epic storms, debilitating drought, and biblical floods. But lately it seems the treadmill of disruptive weather has been set to fast-forward. God’s grandiose Symphony of the Seasons, the natural ebb and flow of the atmosphere, is playing out of tune, sounding more like a talent-free second grade orchestra, with shrill horns, violins screeching off-key, cymbal crashes coming in at the wrong time. Something has changed.

My company, AerisWeather, tracks global weather for Fortune 500 companies trying to optimize supply chains, increase profitability, secure facilities, and ensure the safety of their employees and customers. It’s my 4th weather-technology company. Our team is constantly analyzing patterns, providing as much lead-time of impending weather extremes as possible. As a serial entrepreneur I respond to data, facts and evidence. If I spin the data and only see what I want to see, I go out of business. I lay off good people. I can’t afford to look away when data makes me uncomfortable.

Paul Douglas is a Pennsylvania State University meteorologist and Founder of AerisWeather, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is co-author of “Caring for Creation: The Evangelical’s Guide to Climate Change and a Healthy Environment”, to be released by Bethany House Publishers in September, 2016.

 

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"The world's greatest democracy? Really?"

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Election 2016 is a prime example of the sad state of "democracy" in America.

Danny Katch, Socialist Worker

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https://socialistworker.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/330/images/Trump%20and%20Clinton-montage-a.jpgMay 26, 2016 Donald Trump doesn't think much of democracy.

The man who the Republicans will nominate to be president of the United States publicly admires authoritarians like Russia's Vladimir Putin. He encourages mob violence against protesters and then offers to pay their legal fees. He and his allies have threatened critics in the media by vowing to cancel FCC licenses and changing libel law to make it easier to sue them if Trump becomes president.

Danny Katch: Author of Socialism ... Seriously: A Brief Guide to Human Liberation.

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How Can We Trust Our Elections?

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  • Ultimately we need to be able to show others that these problems exist, and the people we need to convince to make reforms aren’t just going to take our word for it.
  • Related: New York voting fiasco just the warm-up for the November game.

John Wellington Ennis, Huffington Post

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Millian%20Fists%20%7C%20Illusion.jpg 05/19/2016 | When I set out to document election fraud ten years ago by traveling around Ohio with a video camera, I knew I had my work cut out for me. The suggestion that the presidential election, in America of all places, could be stolen earned you an incredulous look, if not laughter in your face. And this was from Democrats. Even when we released the resulting documentary, FREE FOR ALL!, most of the media wouldn’t even acknowledge these concerns, let alone give credence to wild theories that political leaders might not be that honest.

A lot can happen in ten years. Now Democrats seem to readily accept any theory of election theft offered. Now the media follows voter suppression like the new electoral horserace, from following Voter ID laws that make it harder to vote, to upholding the myth of in-person voting fraud.

John Wellington Ennis: Filmmaker, Activist, Father 

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New York voting fiasco just the warm-up for the November game, Greg Palast, OpEdNews

Buckle up, America. The voting demolition derby that was the New York primary on Tuesday was merely the crash test for the coming voting wreckage in November: a carefully planned pile up.

 

The Politics of Triangulation

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  • One of the most powerful achievements of the two-party system has been to effectively limit political competition in a nation still widely regarded as a democracy. These limits are enforced by law and procedure but are also the results of the strategy of Triangulation.
  • Related: Clintonism screwed the Democrats: How Bill, Hillary and the Democratic Leadership Council gutted progressivism

Richard Moser, CounterPunch

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Phony%20American%20Politics%2C%20Americans%20Voters%20as%20Suckers.jpgMay 13, 2016 | One of the most powerful achievements of the two-party system has been to effectively limit political competition in a nation still widely regarded as a democracy. These limits are enforced by law and procedure but are also the results of the strategy of Triangulation.

Triangulation proclaims: “there is no alternative,” and works to enforce that claim. This strategy has demobilized a near majority of US voters into non-voters and induced a significant minority to knowingly vote for parties that do not represent their views or interests.

Triangulation took its most coherent form under the Clintons but it really describes the relationships between the Democrats and social movements since the 1970s at least.  The Republicans play the same game.

Richard Moser writes at befreedom.co where this article first appeared.

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Clintonism screwed the Democrats: How Bill, Hillary and the Democratic Leadership Council gutted progressivism, Paul Rosenberg, Salon

Imagine there's no Clintons. It's easy if you try! Without pernicious DLC, liberalism is a stronger movement today.

We can dream, or we can organize.

  • "We would rather be ruined than changed. We would rather die in our dread than climb the cross of the moment and let our illusions die."  --WH Auden
  • Related: Special Report | Days of Revolt - The Revolution Is Coming

Systemic Disorder

http://images.dailykos.com/i/user/116919/fist.jpg May 18, 2016 | The swift rise, and swift crumbling, of the Occupy movement brings to the surface the question of organization. Demonstrating our anger, and doing so with thousands of others in the streets, gives us energy and brings issues to wider audiences.

Yes spontaneity, as necessary as it is, is far from sufficient in itself. For all the weeks and sometimes months that Occupy encampments lasted, little in the way of lasting organization was created and thus a correspondingly little ability to bring about any of the changes hoped for. Nor is social media a substitute for mass action.

Systemic Disorder, written by Pete Dolack, journalist, activist, writer, poet and photographer, presents essays on the ongoing economic crisis of capitalism and the environmental  issues connected to it, the political and ideological disinformation that holds the global system in place, thoughts on the creation of a better world and the occasional book review.

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Special Report | Days of Revolt - The Revolution Is Coming, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • Yes, revolution is possible. Yes, even in the most powerful of imperialist countries, in the bastions of reactionary, oppressive rule throughout the world, revolution could prevail, could bring into being a radically different and far better society, and make a great contribution to achieving a radically different and far better world.
  • Part 1: “Yes, We MUST Seize State Power. And No, They Are NOT Unbeatable!”
  • Part 2: On the Possibility of Revolution

Neocons and Neoliberals: Two Masks, One Face

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A true opposition party is needed to counter the never-changing American agenda for military and corporate empire.

Washington's Blog

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November 10, 2016 | Obama might very well be classified as a “neoliberal”. He appears to be appointing leading neoliberals to key positions in his administration.

If you’re a liberal, you might think this is great. Instead of the Neoconservatives who have been in power for the last 8 years, we’ll now have neoliberals. You may assume that “neoliberals” are new, smarter liberals — with liberal social policies, but with a stronger, more realistic outlook.

Nope.

Washington's Blog strives to provide real-time, well-researched and actionable information.

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It's time for business leaders to stand up for the community.

Corporate elites nearly moved mountains for the good of society, residents and cities. Here's a wake-up call to get going again. 

 

Robert MacGregor, Minneapolis (MN) StarTribune 

 

 

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May 13, 2016 | I recently attended a luncheon with some 85 Minnesotans in Naples, Fla. — a remarkable function focused on the exceptional work of the Minnesota Historical Society.

As I reviewed this outstanding Minnesota institution’s materials, acknowledging a long list of wealthy contributors and Minnesota foundations, I was especially proud to have strong Minnesota roots.

There are more large foundations in Minnesota developed by successful business people than perhaps anywhere else in the U.S.

Robert MacGregor is co-chair of the Global Governing Board of the Caux Round Table, an international network of business leaders working to promote a moral capitalism. 

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