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Re: Economic Inequality
« Reply #600 on: April 29, 2020, 11:18:51 AM »
OK, so let's go into the meme. Is the fat, deplorable Trump voter the cause of economic inequality? And if so, should they be shot?
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Re: Economic Inequality
« Reply #601 on: April 29, 2020, 12:14:33 PM »
Is the fat, deplorable Trump voter the cause of economic inequality?

Well, if you support and embrace a system where billionaires can exist, if you think there is nothing wrong with monopolies, if you accept the structural racism, you don't help to lower the economic inequality, right? Someone with a MAGA hat is very very likely such a person. The ideology is the root cause. For an ideology to function it needs supporters.

So no, he is not the cause but he's helping the cause.

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And if so, should they be shot?

There was a time where traitors would be shot. These are different times now. So no, they obviously shouldn't be shot.
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« Reply #602 on: April 29, 2020, 12:28:45 PM »
Here's a meme to digest,
PROGRAMMED US ENSLAVEMENT IN THE LATE 1910’s
In a private meeting with Woodrow Wilson (US President 1913 – 1921), Colonel Edward Mandell House predicted the banksters’ plans to enslave the American people. He stated:

“Very soon, every American will be required to register their biological property in a national system
designed to keep track of the people and that will operate under the ancient system of pledging.
By such methodology, we can compel people to submit to our agenda, which will affect our security
as a charge back for our fiat paper currency.

Every American will be forced to register or suffer being able to work and earn a living.
They will be our chattels (property) and we will hold the security interest over them forever, by operation of the law merchant under the scheme of secured transactions. Americans, by unknowingly or unwittingly delivering the bills of lading (Birth Certificate) to us will be rendered bankrupt and insolvent, secured by their pledges.

They will be stripped of their rights and given a commercial value designed to make us a profit and
they will be none the wiser, for not one man in a million could ever figure our plans and, if by accident one or two should figure it out, we have in our arsenal plausible deniability.
After all, this is the only logical way to fund government, by floating liens and debts to the registrants in the form of benefits and privileges.

This will inevitably reap us huge profits beyond our wildest expectations and leave every American a
contributor to this fraud, which we will call “Social Insurance.” Without realizing it, every American will unknowingly be our servant, however begrudgingly. The people will become helpless and without any
hope for their redemption and we will employ the high office of our dummy corporation [ USA] to foment
this plot against America.”

http://abundanthope.net/pages/True_US_History_108/Colonel_Edward_Mandell_House_
Predicts_the_Creation_3153.shtml
and for those who missed Smedley Butlers 'war is a racket' memo
https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2020/04/max-blumenthal-and-ben-norton-with-michael-hudson-how-the-us-makes-countries-pay-for-its-wars-economics-of-american-imperialism.html

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Re: Economic Inequality
« Reply #603 on: April 29, 2020, 03:13:32 PM »
nanning:
But scientists and ASIF members are not the majority of voters.
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Re: Economic Inequality
« Reply #604 on: May 09, 2020, 01:56:10 AM »
Gollan on elder care: Milk the old. Screw the workers. Ripoff the taxpayer.

"My net worth is $3 to $4 million"

"she and her company initially were cited for about $1.6 million for labor violations, including wage theft - not paying 11 employees for working much of 24 hours a day, six days a week."

"profit margins can be huge and, for violators of labor laws, hinge on the widespread exploitation of thousands of caretakers, many of them poor immigrants effectively earning $2 to $3.50 an hour to work around the clock"

"Workers describe sleeping in hallways and garages, on couches and the floor. Some care homes deduct $25 a day from caregivers’ paychecks for “lodging.” "

"charged last year with human trafficking and labor abuse "

" care-home operators across the nation broke minimum wage, overtime or record-keeping laws in at least 1,400 cases"

"the state labor commissioner’s office ordered Costa and her company, Bedford Care Group, to pay about $1.6 million for unpaid wages and penalties ...Papers were then filed with the state to create two new residential care-home companies ...  These new companies then received licenses from the state to run the six former Bedford care homes ... Costa’s Bedford Care Group filed for bankruptcy ...allowed her to effectively slash the amount she owed workers by settling the case for about $200,000 ...  her father registered a new company with the state ... took over as the new owner of Costa’s six care homes. "

"abandon their company names - and the judgments against those named entities - rendering the penalties and wage theft judgments meaningless."

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 20 companies providing care for the elderly, disabled and mentally ill in California continue to operate illegally - many of them under their original names - after ignoring judgments for back wages and penalties totaling more than $1.4 million"

"California Social Services Department banned Costa from the assisted living business for life after finding multiple health and safety violations ... Costa ignored the ban"

“Are there problems? There are lots of problems ... Elderly people aren’t able to pay what they’d need to pay for these homes to be compliant.”

"The Publicos wrote Deza two checks totaling more than $17,700 in back wages. But instead of letting her deposit the checks, Rommel Publico demanded the money back, claiming it was his ... she was frightened he would fire her if she refused ...  “I gave him the cash,” said Deza, 66. “Oh my goodness, that’s my money. I worked so hard for it. I really needed that money. It’s big money for me.” "

"She worked around the clock as a caregiver in one of their care homes for nearly a decade, earning about $2 an hour. Rarely allowed a day off, she kept working, afraid she would be fired if she complained ... I needed that money for my medications and food, but he got away with murder by not having to pay. I’m angry, but what can we do?"

"kept timesheets that showed caregivers worked eight hours a day, even though their employment manual required them to be available 24 hours per day, seven days a week ... bribes to falsify timesheets and required them to sign agreements not to sue her"

" four members of a family were charged with various felonies, including human trafficking and labor abuse ...  forced some to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and some caregivers had their passports withheld ... slept on mattresses on the floor and in garages and were prohibited from leaving ... were told to lie to emergency room doctors about how they were maimed. They also were forced to pay their medical bills ... one of the facilities’ owners, collected a fleet of cars, including a Lamborghini and a Ferrari, also is charged with raping a caregiver.  "

“It’s extreme greed by the owners. The workers are treated horribly.”

https://apnews.com/8e852a9b2fd9459e9e7ca2412c7bcf47

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Re: Economic Inequality
« Reply #605 on: May 09, 2020, 02:17:30 AM »
Chaudhary at the baffler: Who is "we" ?

"In this story, there is no universal “we.” Climate change is not the apocalypse, and it does not fall on all equally, or even, in at least a few senses, on everyone at all."

" Right-wing climate realism then, in its simplest form, is a political-ecological scenario of the concentration, preservation, and enhancement of existing political and economic power."

"A world we can already see coming into its own in Fortress Europe or at the U.S. border and in increasingly direct and punitive post-democratic governance in places like Puerto Rico, Greece, or Flint. We can observe interstitial border states, like Turkey and Mexico, adopting the control of migrants as an emerging geopolitical lever, but for a permanent “tier” below, providing a key service for the preservation of power in a world already experiencing migration on a scale not seen since the Second World War "

"The Rex Tillersons of the world have taken a look at the same data, the same trends, the same underlying social and political conditions, and they have noticed that in the probable world in which nothing changes for them, business-as-usual, they end up on the “winning” side of a sharp global and local dividing line. Every structural incentive serves to reinforce such thinking. The best outcome in such a position is to push on with business-as-usual; the costs of climate change will largely be borne by those who already bear the cost today. Indeed, as I will argue, that other people will be bearing those costs helps keep the system going as long as possible and makes the Rex Position of maximal extraction for maximal maintenance, or cashing out, that much better. Even modestly successful climate mitigation and adaptation for the vast majority of people would require socioeconomic and political changes that would pose a steep loss to the Rex Position."

"Right-wing climate realism can seek to embrace the shell game but just choose the shells—to help, no matter what the cost, maintain capitalism in the twenty-first century."

" Through an ecological lens, what Thomas Piketty describes as “patrimonial capitalism” becomes a horrifyingly distorted mirror-image of the steady-state or circular economies often posited as goals in ecological literature. Wealth is held, maintained, and recirculated back to itself in close kinship networks. This is, of course, already a characteristic of the world as it is."

"Neofeudalism is also a steady-state economy—one in which growth is essentially nil or close to it—but characterized not by some harmonious socially sustaining socioeconomic life ... a handful of distinct—if almost certainly overlapping—surplus populations: First, a massive number of socioeconomically expendable people (no longer needed for the basic stable reproduction of the sated and well-off) who face direct, permanent ecological adversity ... second, an over-large body—also facing severe economic and ecological constriction—of what one might term “neoserfs”: people who work in basic production and extraction, maintenance, and non-essential service functions. In between these groups and a ruling class would be a third mass: loyal retainers, if you will. Those who perform high level services, especially governance and security."

"Approximately 25 percent of the American workforce is already employed protecting wealth and surveilling other workers. This is a trend one can see in other countries; it tracks inequality. "

" “if climate change is allowed to destroy whole economies and nations, no amount of walls, guns, barbed wire, armed aerial drones, or permanently deployed mercenaries will be able to save one half of the planet from the other.” But this is highly uncertain, not particularly likely, and certainly not automatic."

" left-wing climate realism is the politics of a world relieved from social, economic, and ecological despair and exhaustion ... This is absolutely possible in the same way, right-wing climate realism is hardly “bound to fail.” "

"Existing inequalities and inequities increase exposure to climate impacts, even while, through exploitation, extraction, and enclosure, they are simultaneously drivers of further inequality and ecological stress ... But, at the very least, as climate change continues to intensify, the geographical maps of the global caste system will continue to be redrawn."

" There is no universal “we” whose present benefits are being maximized. Profits, rather, are maximized for the few at extraordinary socioeconomic and ecological costs to the vast majority. Climate change does not negatively affect only prospective “future” generations but is already exacting costs from most people currently alive while benefiting a rather smaller number immensely."

" diverging “climates,” diverging interests, and even diverging times ... it is the case that for billions of people and even majorities in Global North countries that they have strong interests in immediate and radical transformation ... At the same time there are those who have no rush at all. This is not about people’s moral character per se but actually just a straightforward comparison of structural interests. Nordhaus is, in a weird way, right; it’s not worth the trillions of dollars of losses or the trillions of dollars of costs to mitigate so quickly. It’s that he’s only right for one of those images, for one small set of people with inordinately large amounts of power ... two diametrically opposed worlds, where even ecology does not unite all people. Simply put, we’re not all in this together."

https://thebaffler.com/salvos/were-not-in-this-together-chaudhary

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« Reply #606 on: May 09, 2020, 05:19:50 PM »
I am not sure that you accurate portray either left- or right-wing climate realism (or for that matter climate realism at all). 

In its simplest form, climate realism requires extensive data as well as an examination of the data model and the mechanisms claimed to be the cause of climate change.  The changes to date are accepted on both the left and right.  The major differences are in the forecasted changes

On the right, it is not about maintaining the current power (although there may be some in that realm who will cling to this philosophy to maintain their control).  Rather, the lack of extensive data and consensus among the models leads to diminished claims of economic and climatic hardships. 

On the left, it is more about green technology not be able to supply the necessary energy to maintain the current status, let alone the cost.  Claims about achieving 100% green energy within a decade appear infeasible. 

In theory, if both these claims are correct, then moving forward with more palatable and affordable efforts towards green energy would be the best alternative.  Granted, this approach would satisfy neither those on the far left or right, but would satisfy the climate realists in the middle. 

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« Reply #607 on: May 09, 2020, 10:19:47 PM »
"Neofeudalism is also a steady-state economy—one in which growth is essentially nil or close to it—but characterized not by some harmonious socially sustaining socioeconomic life ... a handful of distinct—if almost certainly overlapping—surplus populations: First, a massive number of socioeconomically expendable people (no longer needed for the basic stable reproduction of the sated and well-off) who face direct, permanent ecological adversity ... second, an over-large body—also facing severe economic and ecological constriction—of what one might term “neoserfs”: people who work in basic production and extraction, maintenance, and non-essential service functions. In between these groups and a ruling class would be a third mass: loyal retainers, if you will. Those who perform high level services, especially governance and security."
A great fear I do have is that we shall slip unaware into the same amoral society that the social insects have gamed themselves into and it will be the end of all hope for what may have been an enlightened future. The above describes it to perfection.

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« Reply #608 on: May 09, 2020, 11:12:48 PM »
Re: " you accurate portray either left- or right-wing climate realism"

The article was written by Chaudhary at the Baffler, not by me.

Chaudhary is not the only one, Klein has similar exposition on disaster capitalism and the shock doctrine.

As to my opinion, I think that the men (mostly men) behind the fossil lobbies understand very well the implicatons of climate change. They intend to delay mitigation as long as they can, to extract and sell every last gram  of fossil fuels they possibly can, until climate disaster cannot be hidden anymore, and their industries are forced to close. Every second of delay is precious to them.

Chaudhary: "This is not about people’s moral character per se but actually just a straightforward comparison of structural interests. Nordhaus is, in a weird way, right; it’s not worth the trillions of dollars of losses or the trillions of dollars of costs to mitigate so quickly. It’s that he’s only right for one of those images, for one small set of people with inordinately large amounts of power"

Others may differ in their conclusions.

On this forum most are western residents of developed economies who will suffer much less than those forsaken souls, say, in Bangladesh. Disruptions to our lives will be minor compared to the destruction coming for the poorer parts of the world, _who already bear the brunt of presnt climate costs_

As with COVID-19, we see many calls for reopening the economy come from a bunch of sheltered white collar intelligentsia who imagine they can isolate and work from home in "safety"  demanding that the blue collars get back to work and expose themselves to infection. A similar logic indeed, to calling for continued use of fossil fuels by the rich since the impact is (so far) borne by the poor.

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« Reply #609 on: May 10, 2020, 12:30:00 AM »
Sorry, I will take issue with Chandhary instead.  Those in the fossil fuel industry may or may not be climate realists.  Their financial interests are what drives them.  I agree that it is not worth the trillions of dollars to mitigate so quickly.  I disagree that the poorer parts of the world will bear the brunt of climate change.  The warming is least, possibly non-existent, in the equatorial countries, which are the poorest.  Their economies are least reliant on fossil fuels.  How can they possibly be destroyed by climate change, while the western world is just mildly inconvenienced?

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« Reply #610 on: May 10, 2020, 12:45:45 AM »
What a bunch of BS claims.

The warming is not non-existent in equatorial countries as it actually exists on a global scale. I will let you work out the rest from there.

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« Reply #611 on: May 10, 2020, 02:03:57 AM »
What a bunch of BS claims.

The warming is not non-existent in equatorial countries as it actually exists on a global scale. I will let you work out the rest from there.

I have worked it out.  Global temperatures have risen 1.1C since 1880.  Europe has experienced a temperature rise of 1.3C.  The U.S. has risen 1.6C.  Asia is about 1.5C.  Arctic regions have experienced temperature increases of 3-4C.  I will leave it to you to figure out which regions have been affected to a lesser degree in order to average out to 1.1C. 

Just in case you need more help:

https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-global-warming-varies-greatly-depending-where-you-live

https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2009GL037698

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Re: Economic Inequality
« Reply #612 on: May 10, 2020, 08:19:48 AM »
Re: disagree that the poorer parts of the world will bear the brunt of climate change

Mmmm. What is proposed SLR protection budget for Dacca as opposed to NY ?

Here is a projection for population exposed to coastal SLR

doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-12808-z

I attach fig 2-a.

There are other projections for impact from increased storms, crop yield, disease, and temperature/humidity and the like. All spell the same. The poor of all nations will die quicker from climate change. The poor of the poorer nations will die quickest.

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« Reply #613 on: May 10, 2020, 02:45:18 PM »
I guess we are just going to have to disagree on that.  The temperature effects have been and are expected to be least in the poorer regions (i.e. tropics).  This will have much less effect on storms, disease, etc.  Perhaps if you wish to argue that the poorer nations crop production has not benefitted in the same way as the midlatitudes, then I will agree with you.  But other than, I see no preferential dying among the poorer nations.

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Re: Economic Inequality
« Reply #614 on: May 10, 2020, 04:39:09 PM »
The Global Poor live closer to the edge, so a slight warming may have a disproportionate effect on them, compared to a large warming where the Global Rich live.
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« Reply #615 on: May 10, 2020, 05:06:52 PM »
The Global Poor live closer to the edge, so a slight warming may have a disproportionate effect on them, compared to a large warming where the Global Rich live.

That is a better argument that saying they will bear the brunt of the burden.  The burden does not fall disproportionately upon them, but what does occur will have a greater impact.  That is true of just about everything.

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« Reply #616 on: May 10, 2020, 07:07:11 PM »
I agree that it is not worth the trillions of dollars to mitigate so quickly.

Are they your dollars? What do you think the dollars will do in the end?

I don´t get that attitude.

Global temperatures have risen 1.1C since 1880.  Europe has experienced a temperature rise of 1.3C.  The U.S. has risen 1.6C.  Asia is about 1.5C.  Arctic regions have experienced temperature increases of 3-4C.  I will leave it to you to figure out which regions have been affected to a lesser degree in order to average out to 1.1C.

The oceans?

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« Reply #617 on: May 11, 2020, 12:18:00 AM »
Attached is fig2 and supplementary fig5 from Coffel(2018 doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/aaa00e ) showing impact of T and wet bulb T. T impacts are greatest in the poorer nations.

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« Reply #618 on: May 11, 2020, 12:34:04 AM »
 a later paper : Raymond (2020 doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aaw1838 ) on already occurring wet bulb temperatures:

"These conditions, nearing or beyond prolonged human physiological tolerance, have mostly occurred only for 1- to 2-hours’ duration (fig. S2). They are concentrated in South Asia, the coastal Middle East, and coastal southwest North America"

"The southern Persian Gulf shoreline and northern South Asia are home to millions of people, situating them on the front lines of exposure to TW extremes at the edge of and outside the range of natural variability in which our physiology evolved"

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« Reply #619 on: May 11, 2020, 03:02:52 PM »
Unfortunately, Coffel makes the assumption that temperatures will rise uniformly throughout space and time.  The data as already shown that not to be so.  A few examples:

"For instance, the warming in higher latitudes of the Northern hemisphere is considerable higher than in the tropics."

"Only few countries located in tropical areas do not show a clear trend of year temperatures. The trend is more important in countries located in higher latitudes. It means that although the warming can be noted everywhere, there are countries where its effects are stronger."

http://berkeleyearth.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/AnnualMap2017.png

"From 1980 onwards, a strong warming emerges that is almost global in nature with very strong trends. Exceptions are the off-equatorial and tropical regions of the central and eastern Pacific associated with the transition to a negative Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation phase."

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/234081404_African_Climate_Change_1900-2100

"While warming is seen to dominate the continent, some coherent areas of cooling are noted, around Nigeria/Cameroon in West Africa and along the coastal margins of Senegal/Mauritania and South Africa.

https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ab4557/pdf

Coffel makes a prediction based on his opinion.  It should come as no surprise that the equatorial regions are hotter than more poleward areas.  That is basically the gist of his paper.  There is nothing to support the contention that poorer countries will bear the brunt of climate change.

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« Reply #620 on: May 11, 2020, 05:50:01 PM »
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Unfortunately, Coffel makes the assumption that temperatures will rise uniformly throughout space and time.  The data as already shown that not to be so.  A few examples:

"For instance, the warming in higher latitudes of the Northern hemisphere is considerable higher than in the tropics."

"Only few countries located in tropical areas do not show a clear trend of year temperatures. The trend is more important in countries located in higher latitudes. It means that although the warming can be noted everywhere, there are countries where its effects are stronger."

You are confusing the temperature spread around the globe and the web bulb temperatures.

The people on the equator are living closer to the edge so less change will push them over it.

Some of the regions most susceptible to dangerous heat and humidity combinations

Then again the cost is in lives and human suffering and not dollars (not ours) so maybe that is why you cannot seet it?
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« Reply #621 on: May 11, 2020, 07:36:20 PM »
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Unfortunately, Coffel makes the assumption that temperatures will rise uniformly throughout space and time.  The data as already shown that not to be so.  A few examples:

"For instance, the warming in higher latitudes of the Northern hemisphere is considerable higher than in the tropics."

"Only few countries located in tropical areas do not show a clear trend of year temperatures. The trend is more important in countries located in higher latitudes. It means that although the warming can be noted everywhere, there are countries where its effects are stronger."

You are confusing the temperature spread around the globe and the web bulb temperatures.

The people on the equator are living closer to the edge so less change will push them over it.

Some of the regions most susceptible to dangerous heat and humidity combinations

Then again the cost is in lives and human suffering and not dollars (not ours) so maybe that is why you cannot seet it?

I think you are using our definition of closer to the edge.  While we may not be able to handle the heat and humidity, they have lived all they lives there and are better acclimated to it.  That is why heat waves claim many more lives in the mid-latitudes than the tropics.  I can see quite clearly.

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« Reply #622 on: May 11, 2020, 10:12:59 PM »
Living organisms can survive only within a certain temperature range. When the ambient temperature is excessive, humans and many animals cool themselves below ambient by evaporative cooling (sweat in humans and horses, saliva and water in dogs and other mammals); this helps to prevent potentially fatal hyperthermia due to heat stress. The effectiveness of evaporative cooling depends upon humidity; wet-bulb temperature, or more complex calculated quantities such as Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) which also takes account of solar radiation, give a useful indication of the degree of heat stress, and are used by several agencies as the basis for heat stress prevention guidelines.

A sustained wet-bulb temperature exceeding 35 °C (95 °F) is likely to be fatal even to fit and healthy people, unclothed in the shade next to a fan; at this temperature our bodies switch from shedding heat to the environment, to gaining heat from it.[8] Thus 35 °C (95 °F) is the threshold beyond which the body is no longer able to adequately cool itself. A study by NOAA from 2013 concluded that heat stress will reduce labor capacity considerably under current emissions scenarios.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wet-bulb_temperature

Physical upper limits are not something you get acclimated better too.
You probably spend time around cars but you don´t get acclimated to car wrecks either. Ideally you prevent them.
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« Reply #624 on: May 12, 2020, 01:30:38 AM »
Re: "Coffel makes the assumption that temperatures will rise uniformly throughout space and time"

Please read the paper more carefully. Coffel uses reanalysis and CMIP5 results on a 2x2 degree grid.

"Future changes in monthly-mean daily maximum temperature and wet bulb temperature, relative to 1985–2005, are calculated at each grid cell for each GCM and emission scenario in each year between 2020 and 2080. These projected monthly changes are added to the historical daily maximum temperatures and wet bulb temperatures taken from the NCEP Reanalysis II for the period 1985–2005, generating a set of daily future projections which retain reanalysis- based historical daily variability and spatial patterns."

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« Reply #625 on: May 12, 2020, 03:25:08 PM »
sidd,

Yes, they assume that daily maximum temperatures will increase uniformly throughout the year.  This is in strong contrast to historical data, which shows a much higher increase during the coldest days and minimal change during the hottest days.  Their prediction is largely opinion, stretching the data to support their beliefs.

All his graph is basically showing is that the tropics have a greater chance of experiencing high temperature and humidity days than the mid-latitudes.  This is no change from today. 

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« Reply #626 on: May 12, 2020, 03:38:45 PM »
This off-topic discussion doesn't seem to end so i have to step in guys. Please move to another thread with the wet bulb talk.

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« Reply #628 on: May 12, 2020, 10:52:34 PM »
Suarez at wapo: falling down

 "Being poor. That's what I'm afraid of."

"8.5 million older workers over 55 would fall into poverty or near-poverty if they retired at 62 and began taking Social Security payments"

" it could never happen to me. After all, I had worked hard to build in bumpers around my life, and my career, to avoid that. I climbed the ladder in a very competitive business to jobs of greater renown, greater responsibility and higher pay. I did all the things that would have made me the hero of a financial advice column: got married and stayed married, paid off my mortgage years early, fully covered three college educations so my kids wouldn't have to borrow. Then the wheels came off. "

"Corporate greed. Greed has a lot to do with it"

"In just a few weeks I had moved from being a guy who had top-drawer health coverage to being one of the guys I read about, one of the guys I covered, who deferred health care for fear of the cost."

" my life is different now."

https://www.chron.com/opinion/article/I-clung-to-the-middle-class-as-I-aged-The-15237849.php

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« Reply #629 on: May 13, 2020, 03:18:20 PM »
Democrats More Worried About Poor People Double Dipping Than Corporations Getting Trillions

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« Reply #630 on: May 13, 2020, 03:47:18 PM »
Democrats More Worried About Poor People Double Dipping Than Corporations Getting Trillions

This is an excellent example of why YouTube clips are a terrible source for a discussion forum.

He says this information came from an Axios article  I can't find it.
He says Axios was quoting an anonymous aide to some congressional democrat.  We don't know who.  We don't know if there was any journalistic confirmation.  We don't know if any democratic legislator was offered a chance to comment, explain, or provide context.

The only legislator I know of who has raised a concern about "double-dipping" is Lindsay Graham. 

The Senate Republicans can derail any initiative to provide relief.  Was means-testing being contemplated in the interest of getting something of use beyond the roadblock?

Maybe the reality is as disturbing as this YouTuber claims.  Maybe the reality is more nuanced.  We really don't know, and meanwhile all we have is click-baity demogoguery without the least ability to fact-check anything.

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« Reply #631 on: May 13, 2020, 04:59:43 PM »
Steve, google "Pelosi double-dipping". First hit (at least for me) is:

Link >> https://www.axios.com/house-democrats-coronavirus-relief-proposal-fbb11534-f828-41e0-a1a7-6922e6c916d4.html

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House leadership is also working on narrowing down the guidelines for how these funds are allocated to ensure that people aren't "double dipping" into the different pots of money, a senior Democratic aide told Axios.

PS: Dixon ain't lying!
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« Reply #632 on: May 13, 2020, 11:21:05 PM »
Steve, google "Pelosi double-dipping". First hit (at least for me) is:

Link >> https://www.axios.com/house-democrats-coronavirus-relief-proposal-fbb11534-f828-41e0-a1a7-6922e6c916d4.html

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House leadership is also working on narrowing down the guidelines for how these funds are allocated to ensure that people aren't "double dipping" into the different pots of money, a senior Democratic aide told Axios.

PS: Dixon ain't lying!

Thanks for tracking the article down.

But no, Dixon is lying, or grossly incompetent.

He says that democrats are seeking to avoid double-dipping by receiving both enhanced unemployment benefits and the economic stimulus payments.  The economic stimulus payments would generally be taken to mean the $1200 direct payments to Americans.

That's not at all what the Axios article says.  It says:
"House leadership is also working on narrowing down the guidelines for how these funds are allocated to ensure that people aren't "double dipping" into the different pots of money, a senior Democratic aide told Axios.

For example, they do not want someone who is receiving more unemployment money to also receive money through the Paycheck Protection Program. However, it’s still unclear whether the PPP fund will be replenished."

The economic stimulus payments are separate from the PPP program.  The PPP program pays employers to keep employees paid, despite businesses being closed.  If your employer is paying your salary while not working, you should not also receive unemployment benefits.  This seems completely appropriate, and necessary to avoid sniping and vetoes by conservatives.

He's just wrong, and smearing democrats with no justification.  Read the Axios article.  Democrats are trying to put money exactly where the need is greatest.  He could have included the link to the article in his bit below the video, but didn't.  Here, he's a demagogue and a hack.

YouTube clips are terrible material for a discussion forum.

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« Reply #633 on: May 14, 2020, 12:56:00 AM »
YouTube clips are terrible material for a discussion forum.

I so agree to this. Especially when not mentioning what they are about or what their central thesis is. You can read more efficiently then watch because you can skip parts in a text and video not so much.

Also videos and memes might save you typing but leave other people guessing (or scrolling past it).

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« Reply #634 on: May 28, 2020, 03:12:00 PM »
Subsidised idiots and communists, without them this planet would be in a much better condition.

Replace communist with capitalist and I agree with you

The main difference between the two, is that capitalism leads to greater wealth creation, which in turn, can lead to environmentalism (if those who become rich become philanthropists).  Communism cares little for the individuals or the planet.

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« Reply #635 on: May 28, 2020, 06:21:17 PM »
... With no charges to the cop who killed the handcuffed suspect lying on the ground, I can't see where or when this will end. ...

I'm so sorry, Wili, you have to deal with this. When it comes to police brutality, i'm getting extremely sad and angry. But this one tops them all. The police is supposed to protect the people, not sort them by their skin color.

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« Reply #636 on: May 28, 2020, 08:25:52 PM »
Thanks, blum
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« Reply #637 on: May 29, 2020, 06:18:23 AM »
Szetela at jacobin from blumenkrafts's post:
"Pulte promised $10,000 to the person who could persuade him why they or a cause they loved needed his support. "

Mmm. More clearly put as:
"Hey, let's drag a hundred dollar bill on a string thru the homeless camp and watch the poor folk fight over it."

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« Reply #638 on: May 31, 2020, 10:37:25 AM »
About 75% of the proposed coronavirus capital gains tax cut would go to the top 1% of earners

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« Reply #639 on: June 12, 2020, 03:04:48 PM »
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You know what else is related to obesity? Poverty.

Adult Obesity Rate in America



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« Reply #640 on: June 12, 2020, 06:47:46 PM »
So, based on the research, Obesity increases with poverty and the tendency towards voting Republican.  The wealthiest states (Md., N.J., HI., Mass., Conn.) all vote Democratic and reside on the low end of the obesity scale, while the poorest (W.V., Miss., Ark., La., Ala.) all vote Republican and fall on the high end of the obesity scale.  The other states fall on a similar trendline based on wealth, obesity, and political voting.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/economy/2018/10/08/wealth-america-household-income-richest-poorest-states/38051359/

Why then, does the Democratic Party consider itself the party of the poor?

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« Reply #641 on: June 12, 2020, 06:49:28 PM »
Why look at party politics instead of what the nation needs?
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« Reply #642 on: June 12, 2020, 06:56:43 PM »
Why look at party politics instead of what the nation needs?

Good point.  Why would they correlate obesity with political parties in the first place?

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« Reply #643 on: June 13, 2020, 07:36:04 AM »
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Why then, does the Democratic Party consider itself the party of the poor?

A political party that concerns itself with poverty reduction will govern a region with lower poverty....and vice versa

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« Reply #644 on: June 15, 2020, 11:54:29 PM »
Crumbs for the Hungry but Windfalls for the Rich
Billions are going to zillionaires under the guise of pandemic relief.

By Nicholas Kristof
May 23, 2020

While President Trump and his allies in Congress seek to tighten access to food stamps, they are showing compassion for one group: zillionaires. Their economic rescue package quietly allocated $135 billion — yes, that’s “billion” with a “b” — for the likes of wealthy real estate developers.

My Times colleague Jesse Drucker notes that Trump himself, along with his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, may benefit financially from this provision. The fine print was mysteriously slipped into the March economic relief package, even though it has nothing to do with the coronavirus and offers retroactive tax breaks for periods long before Covid-19 arrived.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Representative Lloyd Doggett of Texas, both Democrats, have asked the Trump administration for any communications that illuminate how this provision sneaked into the 880-page bill. (Officially, the provision is called “Modification of Limitation on Losses for Taxpayers Other Than Corporations,” but that’s camouflage; I prefer to call it the “Zillionaire Giveaway.”)

About 82 percent of the Zillionaire Giveaway goes to those earning more than $1 million a year, according to Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation. Of those beneficiaries earning more than $1 million annually, the average benefit is $1.6 million.

In other words, a single mom juggling two jobs gets a maximum $1,200 stimulus check — and then pays taxes so that a real estate mogul can receive $1.6 million. This is dog-eat-dog capitalism for struggling workers, and socialism for the rich.

Many Americans understand that Trump bungled the public health response to the coronavirus, but polls suggest that they don’t appreciate the degree to which Trump and Congress also bungled the economic response — or manipulated it to benefit those who least need help.

The United States simply accepted that the pandemic would cause vast numbers of workers to be laid off — and then it provided unemployment benefits. But Germany, France, Britain, Denmark and other countries took the smarter path of paying companies to keep workers on their payrolls, thus preventing layoffs in the first place. The United States did a little bit of this, but far less than Europe — yet the United States in some cases spent a larger share of G.D.P. on the bailout than Europe did.

So the unemployment rate in Germany and Denmark is forecast to reach about 5 percent while in the United States it may already be about 20 percent, depending on how you count it.

It’s not fair to viruses to blame our unemployment crisis simply on the pandemic. It’s also our national choice.

At the same time, it has become increasingly clear that money intended to rescue small businesses has often gone not to those with the greatest need but rather to those with the most shameless lawyers. They are part of our national equation: Power creates money creates more power creates more money.

One provision in the rescue package provides a tax break that benefits only companies with more than $25 million in gross receipts. AutoNation, a Fortune 500 company, received $77 million in small business funds, although it returned the sum after The Washington Post reported its haul. For-profit colleges, which are better known for exploiting students than educating them, have raked in $1.1 billion.

A Brookings Institution study found that young children in one in six American households are not getting enough to eat because of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and we’re rushing to help … tycoons!

A Kaiser Family Foundation study found that because of layoffs, 27 million Americans as of May 2 were at risk of losing employer-sponsored health insurance. You might think that this would lead to a push for universal health coverage. But, no, the opposite: Trump is continuing to support a lawsuit to overturn the entire Affordable Care Act — and allow millions more to lose coverage.

During the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt responded boldly to economic desperation by creating jobs, passing Social Security and starting rural electrification. In this crisis, Trump is trying to restrict food stamps and health insurance while giving free money to real estate tycoons — probably including himself.

Of course, America does remain a land of opportunity, if you have the wealth. A new study determined that in the two months since March 18, roughly the start of the economic crisis, America’s billionaires saw their wealth collectively grow by 15 percent. And another 16 Americans became billionaires in that period. It’s great to see people pulling themselves up by their bootstraps!

The House of Representatives is trying to repeal the Zillionaire Giveaway, but Trump and his congressional allies are resisting. Trump meanwhile sees little need to help states and localities, which in April alone laid off more employees than in the entire Great Recession.

Trump was elected in part by voters angry at the way the system was rigged. But under Trump, the economy has become rigged ever more decisively, even as children go hungry and ordinary workers lose their jobs and their lives.
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Wood Heaters Too Dirty to Sell Are Clean Enough to Give to Tribes, Says EPA
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Stoves that produce pollutants known to make people sick can be donated to tribes and Appalachian communities

Wood heaters that US regulators have deemed too dirty to sell can now be donated to tribal nations and Appalachian communities, under a program organized by a trade group and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Public health experts warn the donations could force more pollution on already vulnerable populations amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Wood-burning devices emit pollutants known to make people sick, including fine particle pollution and chemicals like benzene, formaldehyde, acrolein and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

... Companies donating the older stoves would be able to take tax deductions to offset their losses. ... On 15 May, the agency proposed to let retailers sell the older stoves through November – leaving further donations in limbo. The EPA said it would temporarily relax enforcement of the standard.

... Decisions about which Americans are best protected from pollution often come down to cost, with environmental racism dictating which communities get investments and which ones are subjected to more pollution and worse healthcare.
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« Reply #646 on: June 23, 2020, 02:41:03 PM »
Millions of Americans Can't Afford Water, as Bills Rise 80% in a Decade

Analysis of U.S. cities shows emergency on affordability of running water amid COVID-19 pandemic

Millions of ordinary Americans are facing rising and unaffordable bills for running water, and risk being disconnected or losing their homes if they cannot pay, a landmark Guardian investigation has found.

Exclusive analysis of 12 diverse cities shows the combined price of water and sewage increased by an average of 80 percent between 2010 and 2018, with more than two-fifths of residents in some cities living in neighborhoods with unaffordable bills.

In the first nationwide research of its kind, the Guardian's findings reveal the painful impact of America’s expanding water poverty crisis as aging infrastructure, environmental clean-ups, changing demographics and the climate emergency fuel exponential price hikes in almost every corner of the country.

America’s growing water affordability crisis comes as the Covid-19 pandemic underlines the importance of access to clean water. The research shows that rising bills are not just hurting the poorest but also, increasingly, working Americans.

“More people are in trouble, and the poorest of the poor are in big trouble,” said Roger Colton, a leading utilities analyst, who was commissioned by the Guardian to analyze water poverty. “The data shows that we’ve got an affordability problem in an overwhelming number of cities nationwide that didn’t exist a decade ago, or even two or three years ago in some cities.”

Water bills that exceed 4 percent of household income are considered unaffordable.

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/23/millions-of-americans-cant-afford-water-bills-rise
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« Reply #647 on: June 23, 2020, 10:40:34 PM »
I guess everybody has to make sacrifices for the greater good, of the elite. https://www.oftwominds.com/blogjune20/sacrifice-everything6-20.html
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3. Gosh darn it, the Fed is just trying to help the little gal and guy by digitally printing $6.4 trillion and giving it to parasitic, predatory financiers, banks, corporations and speculators; we're mystified how giving trillions to the already-super-wealthy somehow made them richer.

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« Reply #648 on: June 24, 2020, 01:38:25 AM »
Re: water bills

Quite a large number of cities in the USA were hit by the need to repair sewer. They budgeted a pittance over the decades for maintenance and lived with CSS (combined storm and sanitary) with sewage discharge into waterways during storm events. Now the double whammy of sewers falling in and more frequent precipitation extremes both putting more and more shit into rivers and lakes is making them rebuild, and rebuild on a larger scale.

One city i am familiar with in ohio, refused to do anything until the federal EPA sued both the city _and the state EPA_  to enforce clean water law. People downstream dont like drinking shit, i guess. Thats a bill initially estimated at 10 billion USD, currently estimated at 18 billion, and has resulted in water+sewer bill tripling over a decade with increases projected to continue for another decade.

I know of similiar scenarios playing out in many places east of the mississippi, in some cases exacerbated by predatory financing, crooked bankers and outright bribery.

Ain't a good time to be to be poor in the USA if you want clean water.

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One city i am familiar with in ohio, refused to do anything until the federal EPA sued both the city _and the state EPA_  to enforce clean water law.
What city is that, sidd?
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