Showing posts from June 11, 2016

Keep CHICKENS if you want a better life, billionaire Bill Gates tells poor people

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[Mr. Gates has a Marie Antoinette moment. "Super-rich Microsoft founder claims 'anyone living in extreme poverty is better off if they have chickens'" Let them eat chickens. *RON*]
By Jasper Hamill, The Sun, 9 June 2016

There’s nothing poultry about billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ bank balance.

So you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s fowl play for him to be dishing out financial advice to the poor people of the world.

But Gates has decided to tell people living in extreme poverty that the solution to their woes lies in raising chickens.
In a blog post entitled “why I would raise chickens”, the tech mogul said he was cock-a-hoop about the barnyard animals.

Another Neocon Endorses Clinton, Calling Her '2016's Real Conservative' and 'the Candidate of the Status Quo'

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[Neocon James Kirchick joins a slew of right-wing pundits who support war hawk Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. *RON*]
By Ben NortonSalon / AlterNet, 10 June 2016

Wall Street has thrown its weight behind Hillary Clinton. Some of the biggest names in the U.S. right-wing establishment have also expressed support for her.

Another neocon added his name to the pro-Clinton list on Thursday. James Kirchick penned an op-ed in The Daily Beast titled “Hillary Clinton Is 2016’s Real Conservative—Not Donald Trump.”

“Clinton is the candidate of the status quo, something that conservatives, by definition, are supposed to uphold,” Kirchick writes.

“Hillary Clinton is the one person standing between America and the abyss,” he says, seeing her as a mealymouthed centrist candidate with “better conservative credentials” than the alternatives.

The Milton Friedman Doctrine Is Wrong. Here’s How to Rethink the Corporation.

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[An excellent overview of the history and substance of the debate on CEO compensation. "We won’t fix the problem until we address the nature of the corporation." *RON*]

By Susan Holmberg and Mark Schmitt, Evonomics, 9 June 2016
The compensation of American executives—CEOs and their “C-suite” colleagues—has long been a matter of controversy, especially recently, as the wages of average workers have stagnated and economic inequality has moved to the center of the national debate. Just about every spring, the season of corporate proxy votes, we see the rankings of the highest-paid CEOs, topped by men (they’re all men until number 21) like David Cote of Honeywell, who in 2013 took home $16 million in salary and bonus, and another $9 million in stock options.

Rarely, however, does the press coverage go beyond the moral symbolism of a new Gilded Age. Coverage of CEO pay usually fails to show that the scale of CEO pay packages—and the way CEOs …

Correcting B.C.'s carbon pollution math on Pacific NorthWest LNG

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[This is without even mentioning two even more important facts: a) the criteria for assessing the project still do not include the emissions created overseas when the LNG is burned, and b) they are grossly under-estimating the amount of gas that is lost to atmospheric leakage when it is being brought up from the ground. *RON*]
By Matt Horne,, 10 June 2016

Last week, 90 scientists and climate experts sent an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressing their concerns about the potential climate impacts of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project. In response, B.C. minister of environment Mary Polak told a newspaper that the total carbon pollution from the liquefied natural gas project would be lower than estimated by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency because of the province's forthcoming climate plan -- much lower, in fact.

The CEAA has estimated that Pacific NorthWest LNG and its associated upstream operations would emi…

One in three strokes are caused by air pollution: Microscopic particles from car exhausts 'thicken the blood and trigger clots'

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[The general point is interesting, but I wonder if these guys are paid by the Koch brothers? The entire thrust is to point the finger at individuals, rather than industry, as causing the pollution that leads to disease. *RON*]Air pollution defined as cooking from fires in the home and traffic fumes Study: Fumes will trigger more strokes with city populations increasing Other major risk factors are smoking, high blood pressure and obesity  By Anna Hodgekiss and Ben Spenser, Daily Mail, 10 June 2016

Almost one in three strokes are triggered by air pollution, alarming research has revealed.

The worldwide study named the environmental hazard as a major cause of one of the leading causes of death for the first time.

CO2 turned into stone in Iceland in climate change breakthrough

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[Very interesting: "carbon dioxide has been pumped underground and turned rapidly into stone"! This radical new technique promises a cheaper and more secure method of burying CO2 emissions underground instead of storing it as a gas. "...the only thing holding back CCS was the lack of action from politicians, such as putting a price on carbon emissions: 'The engineering and technology of CCS is ready to be deployed. So why do we not see hundreds of these projects? There is no incentive to do it.'" *RON*]
Damian Carrington, The Guardian, 9 June 2016
Carbon dioxide has been pumped underground and turned rapidly into stone, demonstrating a radical new way to tackle climate change.

The unique project promises a cheaper and more secure way of burying CO2 from fossil fuel burning underground, where it cannot warm the planet. Such carbon capture and storage (CCS) is thought to be essential to halting global warming, but existin…