• AUSTRALIA IS GETTING SO HOT, NEW COLORS HAD TO BE ADDED TO THEIR OFFICIAL WEATHER MAP—Temperatures up to129°F / 54°C
◊Two new colors have been added to Australia’s weather maps to show temperatures exceeding 122 degrees Fahrenheit in the country’s fiercest heat wave in more than 80 years.” (Source 1) ~
◊The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced : “2012 was warmest and second most extreme year on record for the contiguous U.S … The average temperature for 2012 was … 3.3°F above the 20th century average, and 1.0°F above 1998, the previous warmest year.” (Source 2) ~
◊Global climate change is the final component of the environmental commons and the one with the greatest potential geopolitical impact. Scientists and policy makers alike have projected catastrophic consequences for mankind and the planet if the world average temperature rises by more than two degrees over the next century. Plant and animal species could grow extinct at a rapid pace, largescale ecosystems could collapse, human migration could increase to untenable levels, and global economic development could be categorically reversed. The United States is the second-largest global emitter of carbon dioxide, after China, with 20% ofthe world’s share. The United States is the number one per capita emitter of carbon dioxide and the global leader in per capita energy demand. Therefore, US leadership is essential in not only getting other countries to cooperate, but also in actually inhibiting climate change.” (Source3) ~
Source (1): Australia on Fire: Record-Shattering Heat, Wildfires Engulf World’s Largest Exporter of Coal —01/08/13 ~
Source (2): National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; 2012 was warmest and second most extreme year on record for the contiguous U.S. —01/09/13 ~
Source (3): Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power By Zbigniew Brzezinski. —01/24/12 ~
—”TIME MAGAZINE COVER ORIGINALLY FEATURED OSAMA BIN LADEN CROSSED OUT. THE UNKNOWN ARTIST OF THIS PICTURE CHOSE A DIFFERENT TERRORIST”
•Speaking to Reuters, the former commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, retired General Stanley McChrystal, became one of the highest-ranking former military officials to publicly question the drone attacks, saying:
—”The resentment created by American use of unmanned strikes … is much greater than the average American appreciates. They are hated on a visceral level, even by people who’ve never seen one or seen the effects of one.”
• A former adviser to Obama on security issues has forcefully come out against drone warfare, saying it is encouraging arms proliferation worldwide while causing unknown civilian casualties. Writing in this month’s issue of International Affairs, La Salle University’s Michael Boyle, an adviser on the Obama campaign’s counterterrorism expert group in 2007 and 2008, writes:
—”[Obama] has been just as ruthless and indifferent to the rule of law as his predecessor. … The consequences can be seen in the targeting of mosques or funeral processions that kill non-combatants and tear at the social fabric of the regions where they occur. No one really knows the number of deaths caused by drones in these distant, sometimes ungoverned, lands.”
Source: Democracynow.org: McChrystal, Ex-Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, Questions Drone Warfare
Source: Democracynow.org: Former Adviser: Obama “As Ruthless and Indifferent to the Rule of Law” as Bush
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• EVOLUTION OF EQUALITY
“We know about milestones such as the end of slavery, a woman’s right to vote in America, and the Civil Rights Act. But did you know that as early as 1250, it was completely legal to be gay in Europe? Or that American women were eligible to be elected to office in 1788 even though they couldn’t vote themselves? And why does 1896’s Plessy v. Ferguson ”separate but equal” ruling look so much like our federal Defense of Marriage Act?
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“Yes, we need more gun control. Yes, we need free mental health services in this country …
Other countries, I mean, they have their crazy people, there have been shootings and killings in Norway, in France and in Germany. But there haven’t been 61 mass killings like there have been in this country just since Columbine (1999) … I like to say that I sort of agree with the NRA when they say, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” except I would just modify that a bit and say, “Guns don’t kill people, Americans kill people,” because that’s what we do. We invade countries. We send drones in to kill civilians. We’ve got five wars going on right now where our soldiers are killing people … We are on the short list of illustrious countries who have the death penalty. We believe it’s OK to kill you when you’ve committed a crime.
And then we have all the other forms of violence in this country that we don’t really call violence, but they are acts of violence. When you make sure that 50 million people don’t have health insurance in your country and that, according to the congressional study that was done, 44,000 people a year die in America for the simple reason that they don’t have health insurance, that’s a form of murder.
Oscar-winning filmmaker for 2002 documentar, Bowling for Columbine, about gun violence in the United States. Speaking on Friday night just hours after the—after the massacre in Newtown Connecticut.
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—”An intelligent person does not need the promise of heaven to see the merit of good deeds.”
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Members of Swiss trade union Unia hold red umbrellas while forming the shape of a large fish swimming after a smaller financial shark at a bank protest in Zurich.
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—”I Pledge Allegiance, to the Earth, to all beings who inhabit it. And to the Planet, for which it stands, One world, under Love, Indivisible, With Peace and Liberty for All.”