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Health Care & Environment
05.23 China factories releasing thousands of tonnes of illegal CFC gases, study finds [Instead of depleting the stratospheric ozone layer, which protects us from the sun’s ultra-violet radiation, we should enhance the ozone layer to also reduce infrared radiation CO2 absorbs and heats from—in a reversible way to be safe]
05.22 Much shorter working weeks needed to tackle climate crisis – study [Less supervised internet-based work from home would be more likely]
05.22 Internal emails reveal how the chemical lobby fights regulation [Political lobbying including unlimited bribes is terribly effective, especially when politicians are immoral]
05.15 Plastic pollution harms bacteria that produce 10 per cent of oxygen we breathe, study reveals [We keep learning more about ways we're killing life faster and faster]
News Media Matters
05.24 Rising sea levels could swamp major cities and displace almost 200 million people, scientists say [Its unusal for US mainstream media to mention global warming...]
05.22 Climate crisis more politically polarizing than abortion for US voters, study finds [Faux News spreads lies and distortion to millions in America, and mainstream news sources avoid annoying corporate advertisers—also programmed by Faux]
US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
05.24 Boy Scout sex abuse scandal’s stunning toll: Over 12,200 reported victims [5:07 video; abuse worse than the Catholic Church]
05.23 Joe Biden, Warmonger
05.23 Republicans aren’t just climate deniers. They deny the extinction crisis, too [As taught by Fox News and bribed by fossil fuel companies]
05.21 Palestinians need a state, not a 'business plan' [They have slow-motion genocide now...]
Economics & Corrupt Capitalism
International & Futurism
05.22 Austria’s crisis is a lesson for Europe: far-right parties are unfit to govern [We've seen this playbook before!]
05.21 Trump's China trade war risks damaging US economy, says OECD [Does Baby Trump know what he's doing?]
Muammar al-Qaddafi in extremis
Libya is the worst-case scenario for the Arab revolts.
Ten days later the world isn't focused on Cairo any more. On February 26 military police brutally attacked protesters in Tahrir Square and in front of the Parliament, a sign the old order and means of repression are not gone. Not that all hope is lost: slowly, steps are being taken to move toward a new democratic government. And as for the wave of revolutionary fervor, that continues throughout the Arab world. On Friday Iraqis staged their own "Day of Rage" and the biggest oil refinery was shut down. Additional tribal leaders joined the opposition in Yemen and it's looking more and more as if Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen will have to step down, not wait till 2013, his Mubarak-like initial offer. Revolt is strong in Bahrain too. A Shiite leader returned from exile to Manama and thousands marched to call for the PM's removal. Demonstrations were weaker in Algeria and Tunisia, but they happened.
All the attention of course is on Libya. This is the worst-case scenario for the Arab revolts. A mad dog leader (Reagan's words), isolated, eccentric, and deranged, has made the country an empty shell. The small population is scattered into disconnected tribes. Qaddafi and his No. 1 son Saif al-Din are pledged to fight to the end. Only Libya's oil riches may protect the country from future chaos. If oil income is distributed among the population, that may foster domestic tranquility (which happens in the princedoms and makes them more secure against revolt). But Libya's revolution can't have been as planned and coordinated as those of Tunisia and Egypt. It's more a spontaneous impulse, inspired by news of the Arab world. One can only hope that the revolutionary spirit and the Arab connectedness symbolized by Al Jazeera will somehow also inspire Libya to rebuild itself and avoid the truly worst-case scenario of descending into another Afghanistan.
There is no semblance of decency in Qaddafi. He ordered his own air force to strafe demonstrators, and is hiring outsiders to kill his own people.
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