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8 in 10 people now see climate change as a “catastrophic risk” – survey

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["There's certainly a huge gap between what people expect from politicians and what politicians are doing. It's stunning. I really hope that political leaders will realise the mandate they seem to have to act on the problem." *RON*]
Laurie Goering, Thomson Reuters Foundation, 23 May 2017
LONDON, May 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly nine in 10 people say they are ready to make changes to their standard of living if it would prevent future climate catastrophe, a survey on global threats found Wednesday.
The survey of more than 8,000 people in eight countries – the United States, China, India, Britain, Australia, Brazil, South Africa and Germany – found that 84 percent of people now consider climate change a "global catastrophic risk".

That puts worry about climate change only slightly behind fears about large-scale environmental damage and the threat of politically motivated violence escalating into war, according…

Noam Chomsky: Neoliberalism Is Destroying Our Democracy

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[Excellent and on-point, as usual. How elites on both sides of the political spectrum have undermined our social, political, and environmental commons. *RON*]

Christopher Lydon, The Nation, 2 June 2017

For 50 years, Noam Chomsky, has been America’s Socrates, our public pest with questions that sting. He speaks not to the city square of Athens but a vast global village in pain and now, it seems, in danger.

This interview comes from Open Source with Christopher Lydon, a weekly program about arts, ideas and politics. Listen to rest of the conversation with Chomsky here.

The world in trouble today still beats a path to Noam Chomsky’s door, if only because he’s been forthright for so long about a whirlwind coming. Not that the world quite knows what do with Noam Chomsky’s warnings of disaster in the making. Remember the famous faltering of the patrician TV host William F. Buckley Jr., meeting Chomsky’s icy anger about the war in Vietnam, in 1969.

It’s a …

B.C. grand chief responds to Alberta premier on Trans Mountain, warning it 'will never see the light of day'

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[Stewart Phillip of Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs calls Rachel Notley's comments 'very reckless.' See also: 'It is our Standing Rock:' First Nations announce legal actions against feds, Kinder MorganKinder Morgan pipeline expansion will proceed, Alberta premier vowsNo further concessions on Trans Mountain, Kinder Morgan Canada president saysB.C. has no exclusive claim on its coast, Alberta premier warns pipeline foesPipeline 'facts and evidence do not change,' PM says as B.C. poised for new governmentNatural resources minister rejects idea First Nations united against pipelines. *RON*]
Brandi Morin, CBC News, 2 June 2017

The president of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs is challenging Alberta Premier Rachel Notley on the building of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip said comments by Notley, which she made at a news conference Tuesday in Edmonton, were &quo…

The young Japanese working themselves to death

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[Neoliberal politicians + corporatocrats are the 1 percent. Life and death under the corporatocracy. "Critics say the government is prioritizing business and economic interests at the expense of the welfare of workers. 'The Japanese people count on the government but they are being betrayed.'" *RON*]

Edwin Lane, BBC World Service, 2 June 2017
Japan has some of the longest working hours in the world, and some young Japanese workers are literally working themselves to death. Now there are calls for the government to do more.

Michiyo Nishigaki was a proud mother when her only son Naoya landed a job at a large Japanese telecoms company, straight out of college.

He loved computers, and it seemed like a great opportunity in Japan's competitive graduate jobs market.

But just two years later things started to go wrong.

"He was telling me he'd been busy, but he said he was OK," Ms Nishigaki tells me. "But then he…

Anti-vaccine groups step up work as Minnesota measles outbreak rages

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[If they were only harming themselves you could at least say this was evolution in action. Outbreak tally in the state now exceeds the total cases in the US last year. Further reading: Unraveling the history of the vaccine-autism scare. *RON*]

Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 2 June 2017
After years of being the target of anti-vaccine groups, a vulnerable Somali immigrant community in Minnesota is now fighting a raging measles outbreak. It’s the worst outbreak in the state in nearly 30 years, and this year’s totals now exceed the total number of measles cases reported in the entire country in 2016.
Nevertheless, anti-vaccine groups have stepped up their effort to spread frightening falsehoods and dangerous misinformation about vaccines and measles, the Washington Post reports. In a recent forum, an anti-vaccine advocate handed out fliers that falsely alleged that safe and life-saving vaccines cause permanent brain damage and death.
Health professionals a…