SchwartzReport: Political Corruption = Child Poverty

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

I think this is an excellent essay on the state of voting and voters in the election coming up. I find political ads offensive, ads in general come to that and mute the sound, maybe you do the same. But I have come to realize the truth in John Cassidy’s essay. Some very significant fraction of Americans has just tuned out or, perversely, just votes a party ticket without understanding the truth about the candidates or the issues. That is the only explanation I can see for the continuing voting that occurs in Red value states, even though the policies they are voting for are horribly damaging to their lives. This also explains I think how people like Louie Gohmert or Steve King, or Ted Cruz remain in office.

The Empty Elections of 2014

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Oct 31

SchwartzReport: Beyond Carbon Energy — Developing Nations Breaking Free with Renewables

Categories: 05 Energy
Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

In the last three days I have found four stories making the specious argument that we must continue to support carbon energy because it, and only it, will end poverty. I published one of the most glaring examples the other day. The truth however is rather different. Developing nations that are not already in the grip of the carbon energy corporatists are finding they can skip the whole carbon energy business in the same way they skipped the whole copper wire communications era, and went straight to wireless and mobile phones. And, when they make this decision, they discover how quickly they can develop power even in remote areas, as this essay describes.

The energy myth that refuses to die: Why renewables are taking over in the developing world

Poor nations are embracing clean energy at twice the pace of rich ones, a new report finds

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Oct 30

Jean Lievens: Kate Raworth on Inequality at Root

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

Want to Solve Climate Change? Tackle Inequality

What will it take to get into the doughnut? Tackling inequality is key – and that means addressing resource inequalities in both consumption and production. Here’s why, in three messages.

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Oct 29

Mongoose: Got a Bad Attitude? Go to Jail…

Mongoose

Mongoose

From America’s CounterIntelligence hub, CounterPunch…

Will the Feds Soon be Targeting People With a “Bad Attitude”?

Obama’s Hypocritical Crusade Against Extremism

EXTRACT

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Oct 28

Berto Jongman: Ebola Airborne?

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Infectious Disease Experts Argue: ‘Ebola Virus Could Be an Aerosol-Transmissable Disease’

Healthcare workers should be equipped with air-purifying respirators because “patients and procedures generate aerosols, and Ebola virus remains viable in aerosols for up to 90 minutes,” they noted.

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Oct 28

Jean Lievens: Unionizing 53 Million Freeland Workers — One Third of the US Workforce

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

Union leader turns eyes on freelance workers

independent contractors aren’t eligible for such things as unemployment benefits and they don’t fall under the National Labor Relations Act.

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Oct 27

Jean Lievens: The sharing economy – make it sustainable

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

The sharing economy: make it sustainable

Damien Demailly; Anne-Sophie Novel

Studies N°03/2014. Iddri, 2014. 32 p.

Is the sharing economy a tool for ecological transition? The main objective of this report is to analyse the environmental potential of the sharing economy, considered in its full diversity, and the conditions for the realization of this potential.

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Oct 25