Tom Atlee: Climate and Democracy

Tom Atlee

Tom Atlee

The two most important issues? Climate and democracy.

Climate and democracy are what I call meta-issues – issues which impact virtually every other issue and therefore, I believe, have priority over all other issues. This is a controversial assertion. But I want to stress that it comes not from denial of the importance of other issues, but from caring about them from a big enough perspective to see that they can’t be successfully addressed in isolation from these two all-pervading issues which have the power to make or break everything else we are doing.

After receiving my last message, an organizer for Sunday’s mega-People’s Climate March in NYC (and elsewhere) asked me what I thought of it.  [Note:  This post was written after the subsequent post about research and polarization, but mistakenly posted before it.]

While urging anyone who feels called to attend this important mega-demonstration to do so if they can, I want to give a more nuanced response to the organizer who wrote to me, and to share it with you here.

It has been joked that all people are equal but some are more equal than others.

In a similar vein, I would suggest that all issues are important and interconnected, but some are more important and interconnected than others.

Take climate and democracy.

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Sep 18

SchwartzReport: Syngenta Akss EPA to Raise Tolerance Level for Bee Killing Chemical by 400X — Evil, Shameless, Greedy — and the EPA Might be Corrupt Enough to Agree to Kill Remaining Bees

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

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.

Syngenta Asks EPA to Raise Tolerance Level for ‘Bee-killing’ Chemical
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.

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Sep 14

SchwartzReport: Quantum Biology? Fruit Fly Cellular Communications at a Distance via Cytonemes

Categories: Earth Intelligence
Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

Here is some important and fascinating new quantum research.

Weekender: Quantum Biology? Scientists Discover Amazing Quantum Processes At Work In Nature
Unknown Country

The “interconnectedness of all things” is a notion embraced by the spiritual community and, more recently, by science in the field of quantum mechanics.

This area of research is still regarded as largely theoretical by the scientific community, however, unlike the “nuts and bolts” science that focuses on improving our medical and technological knowledge with solid, peer-reviewed studies.

Yet a recent finding made by UCSF scientists seems to a have distinctly quantum flavor to it: in a discovery that directly contradicts the standard biological model of animal cell communication, researchers discovered that typical cells in animals have the ability to transmit and receive biological signals by making physical contact with each other, even at long distance. The mechanism appears to be similar to the way neurons communicate with other cells, and contrasts the standard understanding that non-neuronal cells “basically spit out signaling proteins into extracellular fluid and hope they find the right target,” explained senior investigator Thomas B. Kornberg, PhD, a professor of biochemistry with the UCSF Cardiovascular Research Institute.

In the study, the results of which was published earlier this year in the journal Science, living tissue from fruit flies was used to demonstrate that cells send out long, thin tubes of cytoplasm called cytonemes, which Kornberg said “can extend across the length of 50 or 100 cells” before touching the cells they are targeting. The point of contact between a cytoneme and its target cell acts as a communications bridge between the two cells.

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Sep 11

Yoda: Plants Use RNA to Communicate

Categories: Earth Intelligence
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Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Smart, everything is…AND connected.

Plants may use language to communicate with each other, Virginia Tech researcher finds

BLACKSBURG, Va., Aug. 15, 2014 – A Virginia Tech scientist has discovered a potentially new form of plant communication, one that allows them to share an extraordinary amount of genetic information with one another.

The finding by Jim Westwood, a professor of plant pathology, physiology, and weed science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, throws open the door to a new arena of science that explores how plants communicate with each other on a molecular level. It also gives scientists new insight into ways to fight parasitic weeds that wreak havoc on food crops in some of the poorest parts of the world.

His findings were published on Aug. 15 in the journal Science.

“The discovery of this novel form of inter-organism communication shows that this is happening a lot more than any one has previously realized,” said Westwood, who is an affiliated researcher with the Fralin Life Science Institute. “Now that we have found that they are sharing all this information, the next question is, ‘What exactly are they telling each other?’.”

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Sep 11

Yoda: Scientists Use Gold Substrate to Synthesize Germanene

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Scientists Use Gold Substrate to Synthesize Germanene

Germanene is made of just one layer of germanium atoms. The researchers believe that the material has good electrical and optical properties and can be used in future electronics. The team also believes that the unique properties of the material could also lead to its use in quantum computing.

Wonder material graphene is considered to be an ideal candidate for use in next-generation of electronics. However, other researchers are looking at materials beyond graphene such as “Silicine”, which is made of silicon.

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Sep 10

SchwartzReport: Human Extinction Impact — First Time Data Integration Plus Sense of Diversity Loss to Speed of New Species Extinctions

Categories: Earth Intelligence
Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

Another unhappy trend. We need a major paradigm change. One that recognizes that we live embedded in the Earth in a vast matrix of life, all of which is interdependent and interconnected. When one part of it is stressed all life suffers.

6th Mass Extinction? Humans Kill Species Faster Than They’re Created
STEPHANIE PAPPAS, Contributing Writer – Live Science

Humans are killing off species thousands of times faster than nature creates them, new research finds.

The modern rate of extinction across species is 1,000 times that of the background rate before humans began altering the globe and thousands of times faster than the creation of new species, according to a new study in the journal Conservation Biology. The findings echo and expand on previous research published in the journal Science, which also suggested that humans are on the verge of causing a sixth mass extinction on Earth.

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Using molecular phylogenies – family trees created by a comparison of DNA among species – the researchers tracked how species are born and die over time. This is the first time the three sources of information, from fossils to diversification to molecular phylogenies, have been tied together, Pimm said.

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Sep 10

SchwartzReport: BP Gulf Spill “Gross Negligence” – $18 Billion Fine? Does Corporate Accountability Begin Now?

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

Here is some excellent news about the Gulf oil spill. A major court decision has seriously placed the blame and responsibility where it belongs. And the court also made it clear what it thinks about BP, Transocean, and Halliburton ethics and behavior.

‘Worst Case’ BP Ruling on Gulf Spill Means Billions More in Penalties
MARGARET CRONIN FISK, LAUREL BRUBAKER CALKINS and JEF FEELEY – Bloomberg

BP Plc acted with gross negligence in setting off the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, a federal judge ruled, handing down a long-awaited decision that may force the energy company to pay billions of dollars more for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster.

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Sep 5

Berto Jongman: Global Collapse – Limits to Growth Was Right Plus Robert Steele on What Limits to Growth Got Wrong

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Limits to Growth was right. New research shows we’re nearing collapse

Four decades after the book was published, Limit to Growth’s forecasts have been vindicated by new Australian research. Expect the early stages of global collapse to start appearing soon

Graham Turner and Cathy Alexander

The Guardian, 1 September 2014

The 1972 book Limits to Growth, which predicted our civilisation would probably collapse some time this century, has been criticised as doomsday fantasy since it was published. Back in 2002, self-styled environmental expert Bjorn Lomborg consigned it to the “dustbin of history”.

It doesn’t belong there. Research from the University of Melbourne has found the book’s forecasts are accurate, 40 years on. If we continue to track in line with the book’s scenario, expect the early stages of global collapse to start appearing soon.

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Sep 2

Anthony Judge: Eradication as the Strategic Final Solution of the 21st Century?

Anthony Judge

Anthony Judge

Eradication as the Strategic Final Solution of the 21st Century?

Indicative checklist of possible domains of application

Introduction
Eradication as primarily inspired by the philosophy of weeding
Preponderance of references to the eradication of zombies
Indicative checklist of domains of strategic predisposition to eradication
Evaluation of strategies of eradication and the possibility of alternatives
Eradication in the light of radicalization, liminality and termination
Unquestionable eradication and the eradication of questioning
Toward comprehending the paradoxical eradication dilemma of the Abrahamic religions
References

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Sep 1

SchwartzReport: Good News on Forests and Air

Categories: Earth Intelligence
Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

This is a wonderful story that gives some hope that the dominant culture is opening to the interconnected and interdependent nature, of nature.

Seeing the Wood
The Economist (U.K.)

More good news. The Clean Air Act, which the Theocratic Right has been trying to undermine since it was passed, we now know, based on actual data, has done great good. Not enough to be sure, but at least a step in the right direction.

Thanks To The Clean Air Act, We Breathe 3 Million Fewer Tons Of Toxins Each Year
EMILY ATKIN – Climate Progress

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Aug 25