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07.11 7,000+ Colleges and Universities Declare Climate Emergency and Unveil Three-Point Plan to Combat It [Fox News and Betsy DeVos never talk about this stuff so it must be Bull Shit, right?]
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07.15 Extinction Rebellion protests block traffic in five UK cities [Non-corporate human animals make their annoying bleating sounds...]
07.14 A Glacier the Size of Florida Is Becoming Unstable. It Has Dire Implications for Global Sea Levels [The willfully ignorant needn't read more, Trump]
07.13 'Climate Despair' Is Making People Give Up on Life [Willfully ignorant governments—having fired many of their best scientists—have made themselves too stupid to despair]
07.13 Trump administration to approve pesticide that may harm bees [The worst government money can buy!]
07.10 Plastic Has A Big Carbon Footprint — But That Isn't The Whole Story [Fixing our world begins by educating your consciousness with the best truth from trustworthy news sources—so you'll then insist truly bad things will get fixed. But if instead you are educated by untrustworthy news sources—then your consciousness could be warped to where you are hating and fighting with your best friends. Clue: untrustworthy news sources never seriously report news about the world's most critical emergency—Global warming.]
07.09 Judge reinstates Madrid's low emissions zone [Yeh!]
07.07 How Solar Panels Work (And Why They're Taking Over the World) [Hope they leave space between panels for wild flowers to grow so birds and butterflies can flourish!]
07.04 US produces far more waste and recycles far less of it than other developed countries [As expected—and made worse by Trump—the U.S. is best at being the worst]07.03 Booming LNG industry could be as bad for climate as coal, experts warn
07.03 Caravan of Americans battling diabetes heads to Canada for affordable insulin [3:36 video; Like Central Americans flee for their lives from criminal drug gangs, Americans flee for their lives for affordable pharmaceutical drugs]
06.30 The US military is a bigger polluter than more than 140 countries combined [Could a world-wide moratorium of military activity dramatically slow the climate crises?]
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07.16 Turnstile teaching [The problem is NOT the color of students skin, as our fake President reflexively thinks. The problem is the lax attitude and deficient funding by government to always do a much better job for a better future.]
07.15 Sanders Accuses Biden of Parroting Pharma and Insurance Industry Script With Attacks on Medicare for All [Like Trump, Biden explains why he's unelectable every day.]
07.15 Trump Takes Pelosi's Side Against AOC and The Squad as Intraparty Fight Over Immigration Continues [Its about much more than immigration, its about the Corporate Dominance—by many of the same companies, even—over both major Political Parties. With too few exceptions, neither party has represented The Public since Nixon generously raised the minimum wage (Part D Medicare and ACA both became Frankenstein legislation due to excessive corporate price-fixing influence), and that has to change!]
07.14 Trump: People like Paul Ryan almost killed the Republican Party [Then it's too bad he didn't stay to finish the job!]
07.13 Trump's POS Labor Secretary, Acosta, Out. POS Number 2, Linked to Abramoff, to Fill Role [A willingness to perform criminal behavior seems the only competency required...]
07.15 Australia 'deeply concerned' about China's treatment of Uighur people [What are the reasons, exactly, that justify harsh imprisonment of a million people?]
07.15 Zuma tells South Africa corruption inquiry he is victim of foreign plot [Unaccountable corrupt governments are so in fashion these days...]
07.14 Warren vows to probe U.S. crimes on immigrants if elected [Can you imagine living in a nation with a working Justice System? How far we've fallen!]
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07.15 Australia now has the highest minimum wage in the world [From 1960 to 2018 – the U.S. has fallen from 1st place to below the tenth place and off the chart]
07.14 At least 24 Yellow Vests lost eyes in violent protests. Now they're more determined than ever [Protests of all kinds will continue until systemic inequality loses political dominance]
07.13 After a Police Shooting, Ethiopian Israelis Seek a ‘Black Lives Matter’ Reckoning [Since so-called modern humans evolved there have been 10,000 generations of people. It is extremely far-fetched to think anyone is racially pure. SO ALL THIS HATE IS INCREDIBLY STUPID.]
07.13 Brazil’s President May Appoint Son, Friend to the Trumps, as Ambassador to U.S. [Friend of the Trumps, so we know they're all brain-dead except about near-term profits. They are clear-cutting the Amazon Rain Forest to feed-then-butcher millions of methane farting cows, over and over. Yep, that's there business plan. So therefore the rest of the world will hopefully plant billions of trees elsewhere to sequester CO2 to offset what the Bolsonaro family and investors are destroying. What's wrong with this picture?]
07.13 Trump’s Cruelty and Mexico’s Duty [Our president is immoral to his core and reacts to things like a child, not understanding that his actions are often crueler than they should be. And that cruelty will never completely be excused or forgotten—the people's hatred of Trump is growing, like the Texan's hatred when President General Santa Anna laid seige to the Alamo, which was Mexico's territory at the time...]
SCIENCE, HEALTH & BUSINESS:
Federal Gulf Oil Report: A Flawed Abuse of Science - Gulf Crisis is Not Over
Previous studies have warned that the combination of oil and dispersants is more toxic than oil on its own, because the chemicals break down cell walls, making organisms more susceptible to oil.
The federal government's National Incident Command has released it's report on the gulf oil spill “BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Budget: What Happened To the Oil?” The main message of this report – and certainly the main spin it has been given in statements by government spokespeople and the major media is - “it's all but over, we've accounted for most of the oil, most of it's gone and what's left is disappearing fast”.
But the report's conclusions are at best premature, based in many respects on guesswork, and evidence that didn't fit its conclusions was suppressed. The conclusions drawn from the report and being pushed out broadly to the public are wrong. Leaving aside the dangerous implications this report may lead to in terms of governmental policy, this report is itself an attack on and abuse of science.
Here is the report's key summary finding:
There is so much wrong with this report and how it is being used that it would take pages to describe. A New York Times article from August 4 describes some initial response from scientists who have done research in the gulf for years:
There is nothing wrong with modeling per se but there is something very wrong about modeling using wild guesses for inputs and using that to draw premature unfounded conclusions.
Even Edward Overton, an emeritus LSU gulf researcher who is listed as one of the scientists consulted in preparation of the report, while generally supporting the report, was reported to have “expressed concern, however, that dispersed oil in the deep ocean might not break down quickly.”
Oil plumes are “disappeared” from the findings
For weeks after the Deepwater Horizon accident both BP and NOAA director Jane Lubchenco, echoing BP's CEO, denied that there were any oil plumes beneath the surface. When researchers reported clear evidence of the massive plumes, she called their findings only “anomalies” that might or might not be oil which might or might not be from the BP disaster. Only later on June 8, in the face of overwhelming evidence, Lubchenco reversed her stance conceding “The bottom line is that yes, there is oil in the water column, it’s at very low concentrations...” (Lubchenco joint press conference with Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, June 8, 2010) partial timeline of NOAA stonewalling on undersea plumes...
The report continues to seriously downplay both the existence of the underwater plumes and the continued dangers posed by their aftermath, stating only:
And in the report's description of the 26% of the oil not yet accounted for, the deepwater plumes are omitted. Here is the description:
What About the Effects of the dispersant Corexit?
The federal report tries to whitewash and downplay this critical issue too. Here is what it says:
“EPA and NOAA have carefully monitored BP's use of dispersant”. But evidence is emerging that they did nothing of the sort, ultimately allowing at least 2 million gallons of this highly toxic chemical to be used.
Ron Kendall, a toxicologist from Texas Tech was reported to have testified to congress that "The bottom line is that a lot of oil is still at sea dispersed in the water column," said Ron Kendall. "It's a big ecological question as to how this will ultimately unfold." Previous studies, including a 400-page study by the National Academy of Sciences, have warned that the combination of oil and dispersants is more toxic than oil on its own, because the chemicals break down cell walls, making organisms more susceptible to oil. from Guardian UK August 3, 2010...
The Obama Administration and Media further distort the message
We close with two points:
First: even if you take the new government figures for real (which we don't, by a long shot), there is still way more oil in the gulf now (after over 100 days of oil in the Gulf) than there was in Alaska after the Exxon Valdez spill - and that spill basically caused major portions of the ecosystem to collapse, in some cases years later. It's true that this disaster is different from the Exxon Valdez spill in many ways. But the key point is that what is needed urgently is fully transparent release of all findings (including from BP and all government agencies) and much more research, not rosy reports that obscure the truth.
And finally: a much more scientific assessment of where things stand with the gulf oil spill, this from University of Georgia investigator Samantha Joye. She has spent more than 15 years doing research in the gulf with her team and they were among those who found and measured the massive undersea oil plumes:
We welcome more comments. Email us your comments.
In the United States today science, as science, is under attack as never before, mostly from uninformed evangelical organizations. Defend Science is an activist group to defend against illogical suppression of scientific research.
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This story was published on September 16, 2010.