Friday, July 22, 2011

Heat, Zero Climate Change Analysis, Them Against Us -- How Mainstream Media is Killing Us all

Delusional? An open wound on democracy? The ostrich head in the sand? Collective functional illiteracy? The inability to look beyond one's great American (nightmare) Dream?

It's at the feet of mainstream media, whether you call it MSNBC,  Murdoch's Fabrication Factory, or National Public Radio or PBS. This morning's news about heat and cities virtually turning impotent with a few days of 100-degree plus weather had nothing about climate change, weather disruption, or the science and collective wisdom of millions around the globe looking at famines, droughts, water shortages, crop failures, rivers running dry, desertification, total ecosystem meltdown, and what rural and urban people can do to respond to this disruption. 

We've looked at the psychology of climate change, and the inability of human brains to forecast and mitigate and plan for climate disruption -- we haven't evolved to understand the longer-term risk analysis necessary to prepare for a world without ice, maybe within 100 years from now. We aren't able as a society to bring our collective educated will, all those powerful forces that want to do good  by a global community, into the fold and forcefully attack the willing collective propaganda and greed-induced measures of a corporate state, corporate globe.

The bottom line is that no matter how sing-songy and overtly old these stories are filed by PBS, NPR, CBS or the like, we in the know, in the middle of sustainability, climate change, and ecosystem collapse -- middle being at the point of studying and formulating some larger plan to bring all those issues together: equity, ecology, education, energy and economy that are the five e's of sustainability, sustainable development, sustainable planning -- are getting burned out by the collective amnesia of mainstream media and the fear of liberals to stand tall and begin to call a spade a spade. 

Here are headlines from NPR:

Heat Wave Opens Cooling Centers, Fire Hydrants

Another hot and muggy day is forecast for much of the country again on Friday, as the dangerous heat wave moves to the East. Thirty-two states issued excessive heat warnings Thursday. Air conditioning companies have been getting more service calls than they can handle.

Oklahoma's Parched Land Needs Massive Rainfall

Many areas of the country are suffering from "exceptional drought" conditions. That's the most intense level assigned by the federal agency that monitors droughts. Unusually dry conditions are creating ever expanding hardships for farmers and ranchers from New Mexico to Kansas. Oklahoma has been especially hard hit.

Then, the story on Democracy Now, with a UN expert and Christian Parenti and his new book, "Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence.”

Horn of Africa Famine: Millions At Risk in "Deadly Cocktail" of War, Climate Change, Neoliberalism

The United Nations has called an emergency meeting to discuss the Horn of Africa drought, which it says has already claimed tens of thousands of lives. Famine was declared in two regions of Somalia on Wednesday where 3.7 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Another 8 million people need food assistance in neighboring countries including Kenya and Ethiopia. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls the situation a "catastrophic combination of conflict, high food prices and drought" and has appealed for immediate aid. We go to Nairobi for an update from Kiki Gbeho of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.


We also speak with Christian Parenti, author of "Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence.” “This was predicted long ago by people on the ground,” Parenti says. “It is a combination of war, climate change and very bad policy, particularly an embrace of radical free-market by regional governments that mean the withdrawal of support for pastoralists, the type of people you saw with their dead cattle."

A bit of a side story -- follow the work of Anonymous -- maybe hacking is the revolutionary formula of the now, the future, the Paul Revere and Tom Paine way to unmask the lies of power.


Hacker Group Releases NATO Data Following Raids

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