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Bernie gets it. Bypass the corporate media.

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“My point of view is a very, very different one. My point of view is the corporate media, by definition, is owned by large multinational corporations: their bottom line is to make as much money as they can. They are part of the Establishment. There are issues, there are conflicts of interest in terms of fossil fuel advertising — how they have been very, very weak, in terms of climate change.” Needless to say, the content he produces is not sponsored by advertisers.
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“The idea that we can do a town meeting which would get a significantly larger viewing audience than CNN at that time is something I would not have dreamed of in a million years, a few years ago,”
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sidd

Bernie does not get it. Victory is impossible without corporate media support. That is why Bernie lost. LOL
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Policy and solutions / Re: Becoming Vegan.
« Last post by Bob Wallace on Today at 01:03:50 AM »
I want one.

I was a vegetarian for over 12 years.  I now eat some, but not a lot of meat.

Give me burgers, Italian sausage for spaghetti sauce, taco filling and meatloaf and I'll go back to being a vegetarian.
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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« Last post by TerryM on Today at 01:00:32 AM »
I've ridden in Chinese busses in Havana. The most up to date, comfortable busses I've experienced. Can't speak to the underlying quality, but never witnessed one broken down, or in any kind of difficulty.
I'd guess a quality level ~= a high end European auto.
Terry
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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« Last post by Bob Wallace on Today at 12:58:21 AM »
Perry seems to be more practical when it comes to energy than most other Republicans.  He's long supported wind in Texas and has seen the advantages up close.  The move to solar isn't hard once you've dropped your "No RE" shield a little.

Perry will continue to give coal, oil, and nuclear lip service and, perhaps, some support.  But I think he understands where the world is going.  He's kind of stupid, but not that stupid.
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Policy and solutions / Re: Coal
« Last post by Bob Wallace on Today at 12:54:33 AM »
The EIA has long assumed that when subsidies for wind and solar are over in the US the rate of installation will take a huge hit.  They never seem to understand that the price of wind and solar continue to fall.  That wind and solar are now our least expensive sources of electricity.  And that a large majority of Americans want more renewables and less fossil fuels.

One part of the EIA charts the ongoing closure of US coal plants.  The people who predict the future use of coal seem unable to access that data.
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Policy and solutions / Re: If not Capitalism... then What? And, How?
« Last post by gerontocrat on Today at 12:53:31 AM »
Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, presents a short flip-chart review of Universal Basic Income and why it’s needed.

https://www.facebook.com/RBReich/videos/1936522653026988/


Sig
Those of us who don't do facebook can only wonder about what he presented. :(
Terry
Click on the link ad you can listen to him (but not see him) without signing into Facebook
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Policy and solutions / Re: If not Capitalism... then What? And, How?
« Last post by Sigmetnow on Today at 12:51:07 AM »
Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, presents a short flip-chart review of Universal Basic Income and why it’s needed.

https://www.facebook.com/RBReich/videos/1936522653026988/


Sig
Those of us who don't do facebook can only wonder about what he presented. :(
Terry

Found it on YouTube!

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Policy and solutions / Re: Geoengineering, another rush for money?
« Last post by Bob Wallace on Today at 12:50:28 AM »
Solar output would drop.  Wind strength might drop.  Food production might drop.

However with lower temperatures we should need less electricity for AC.  And we might be able to return to farming land we've had to abandon because it became too hot in that area.

Remember, this is a lifeboat idea.  Not a solution to global warming.  It might keep millions of us alive by keeping temperatures survivable.

We can add more solar panels in order to make up per panel losses.  We can't aircondition the planet.
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I'd like to see more thinking about putting large reflective sheets in orbit.  Huge pieces of mylar or carbon fiber, for example.  With SpaceX greatly lowering the cost of lifting loads we might be able to put a summer sunshade over the polar regions and let them cool down.

That might restore jet stream behavior and cut back on our increasing floods, snow bombs, and droughts.  It might save the Atlantic circulation pattern and prevent Europe from getting a lot colder.

I'm expecting the planet to get close to zero human-caused GHG emissions within the next 30 years.  Then, IIRC, it would take about 100 years for nature to pull the extra carbon out of the atmosphere.

What we really want to avoid is large scale permafrost melting and heating the oceans to the point at which them become carbon emitters.

We may have to treat the symptoms even after we cut off the source.
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Policy and solutions / Re: Coal
« Last post by TerryM on Today at 12:49:02 AM »

They also assume only a tiny, tiny fraction of transportation will be electrified by 2050.


Perhaps their next meeting should be in China. Arrive by high speed (electrical) rail, e-busses to the convention center, then an e-taxi back to the hotel. Another day, another city.
After a week they might do much better at "seeing the future".


It's not that the world isn't advancing, it's that the Americas have fallen behind.
Terry
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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« Last post by Sigmetnow on Today at 12:41:21 AM »
Rick Perry trumpeting solar energy? What's going on (playing both sides?)
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Wow.  Who or what smacked him upside the head?  :o 
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