Monday, June 18, 2018

         PRUITT ORDERS  EPA TO  FIND VIRGIN GEOLOGIST
                     TO THROW INTO ERUPTING  VOLCANO

ADMINISTRATOR REJECTS NATIONAL ACADEMY ERUPTION MITIGATION STUDY  TO  EMBRACE  SOUND SCIENCE  OF 
ARMSTRONG SPERRY'S 1923 WORLD MAGAZINE  REPORT:

Cast Alive into the Molten Heart of a Volcano

An American Artist-Explorer's Hair-Raising Adventure With Cannibals Whose Superstitious Fear Caused Them to Offer Human Sacrifice to the God of "Smoking Mountain"

KILAUEA'S ERUPTION IGNITES DEBATE 

The only geothermal plant on Hawaii’s Big Island has been closed for more than six weeks because of the Kilauea volcano's eruptions... some people on the island -- including native Hawaiians -- believe geothermal development undermines their worship of Pele, a deity and the volcano goddess.

Kū Kahakalau, an educator and Hawaiian language teacher..., who also has a doctorate in indigenous education, explained... many Hawaiians and those who worship Pele believe the geothermal plant is a “nonconsensual rape of the deity, literally digging into her body and extracting her life, her lifeblood, her lava.” one of the physical forms she takes is in the lava and volcano.

[State Representative Russell] Ruderman acknowledged it was an “intuitive feeling” that many people in Puna have.

“There are lots of people here who feel a strong connection between geothermal and Pele, that Pele hates geothermal, wants it gone. Some people think the eruption is all about that.”

The plant says it provides about 30 percent of the electricity on the Big Island.


















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            CLIMAGOGUES WANTED : NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

Climate change and the next left

Sunday 17 June 2018, by  David Camfield
Climate change is already happening. But the really bad news is that there’s very strong evidence that capitalism will deliver a future of catastrophic climate change that will have far-reaching effects around the world, especially in the imperialized countries of the Global South...

In a thoughtful article, “Revolution in a Warming World: Lessons from the Russian to the Syrian Revolutions,” Andreas Malm writes,

Lenin spoke of the catastrophe of his time as a ‘mighty accelerator’ bringing all contradictions to a head, ‘engendering world-wide crises of unparalleled intensity,’ driving nations ‘to the brink of doom’… 
Climate change is likely to be the accelerator of the twenty-first century, speeding up the contradictions of late capitalism – above all the growing chasm between the evergreen lawns of the rich and the precariousness of propertyless existence – and expedit[ing] one local catastrophe after another. [2]

In advanced capitalist countries, we could see even more aggressive attacks on public health care, education and social services as states cut there while they spend more in response to floods, droughts and other effects of climate change... leading to an intensification of racism and repression and the growth of fascist and other far right movements.

As more catastrophes happen... ruling-class strategists will attempt to come up with responses to reduce the impact of climate change and manage these problems on their terms...
 we need anti-capitalist, anti-oppression, social-struggle ecological justice politics with a commitment to constructive involvement in broad workplace, community and campus organizing.

Friday, June 15, 2018

        GEOENGINEERING : THE END OF THE GOLDEN AGE  

IT WAS CALLED  Γαιάτεχνε  AT THE TIME

Apologies to William Cope- pinxit MCMXXXVIII


Thursday, June 14, 2018

    CHARTER FLIGHT  SNOWBALL FIGHT  GROUNDS  PRUITT



                                                                          Inhofe signo vinces

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

                    IOWA MAD MEN BUSHWACK TULSA PR POSSE

IOWA AND KANSAS REPUBLICAN FARMERS HAVE SICCED A DES MOINES ADVERTISING FIRM ON ADMINISTRATOR PRUITT FOR TALK OF TAKING THE CORN ALCOHOL OUT OF  GASOLINE 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

SWAMP CELEBRATES ARRIVAL OF STEVE MILLOY



AFTER ROLLING DOWNMARKET FOR A DECADE
AFTER HIS EJECTION FROM A MOUNT PELERIN
SUMMIT MEETING, THE JUNK SCIENCE JUNKETEER
HAS BOTTOMED OUT IN THE SWAMP
Steve Milloy shook EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's hand after Pruitt announced plans to overhaul how the agency uses science in rulemakings. Photo credit: junkscience.com

Steve Milloy doesn't like 'climate bedwetters'



Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2018The former securities lawyer and Trump EPA transition official has held significant sway over some of the agency's major policy moves under Administrator Scott Pruitt.
There is a mountain of science that says he's wrong... 
So for years, Milloy... a former executive at the Murray Energy Corp. coal company, had no real influence at EPA. Instead, the agency served as a useful target of his ire.
Then Trump was elected.
With Pruitt expressing empathy toward industry, Milloy has helped muster some major changes at EPA. He's largely unknown to the public, a symptom, perhaps, of toiling for years in obscurity.  His daily Twitter feed is a mix of attacks on communism, liberals and "climate bedwetters." He also posts frequent exclamations of triumph.
Like these:
Trump rolls back a policy by President Obama that sought to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. "WINNING!!" Milloy writes.

 A judge lifts a ban on coal exports at a port in Oakland, Calif. "WINNING!!"
Pruitt will get "Secret Science" out of EPA. Very               "YUGE WINNING!!"
                                                                "Thank God for President @realDonaldTrump," 
In the past, Milloy was a hired crusader helping companies ... He wouldn't disclose who his funders are in a recent interview, allowing only that they include "private foundations."
In April, Milloy was in the audience at EPA headquarters when Pruitt proposed a rule that would restrict some types of science that the agency can use to craft regulations... They were in the Rachel Carson Green Room, named after the famed environmentalist, who Milloy said "misrepresented the existing science on bird reproduction and was wrong about DDT causing cancer."... He tweeted:

 Climate skeptic barbarians @junkscience and @climatedepot. Not just at the EPA's gate, but inside the administrator's office eating the greens' lunch....
I don't even know that I'm representative of anything, because I'm the only person I know that has been doing whatever is I've been doing for the last 25 years,"

"For me, it's been this tremendous educational experience. When I die, I'm not going to sit there and wonder what that was all about. I have been fortunate that I have been able to do this continuing education on scholarship in a way. The fact that my ideas have now gained traction in government and are going to be part of public policy, well, that's awesome. 
Who in Washington could ask for more?

                 THE ANTHROPOCENE:  BAD FOR BAOBABS ?


NATURE NEWS  12 JUNE 2018

Africa’s majestic baobab trees are mysteriously dying
 LES BAOBABS MAJESTIQUES EXTRA-TERRESTRES
Between 2005 & 2017,[a team from] Babeş-Bolyai University in Romania.
dated more than 60 trees across Africa and its islands — nearly all of the continent’s largest, and potentially longest living, known baobabs. To compare ages of different parts of the trees, the researchers collected samples of wood from the inner cavities and exteriors of the trunks and from deep incisions in the stems, which were then sealed to prevent infection.
Patrut and his colleagues say that their measurements suggest the trees live so long because they periodically produce new stems, similarly to how other trees produce new branches. The team says that over time, these stems fuse into a ring-shaped structure, creating a false cavity in the middle.
BAOBABS IN A BAD MOOD
But, surprisingly, the scientists also found that most of the oldest and largest baobabs died during the study, often suddenly between measurements. Nine of the 13 oldest, and 5 of the 6 largest, baobabs measured died in the 12-year period — “an event of unprecedented magnitude”, says the study. The researchers found no signs of an epidemic or disease, leading them to suggest that changing climates in southern Africa could be to blame — but they stress that more research is needed to confirm this idea.
In one instance, the researchers observed that in 2010 and 2011, all the stems of Panke, a giant, sacred baobab tree in Zimbabwe, fell over and died. The team estimates that the tree was 2,450 years old, making it the oldest known accurately dated African baobab and angiosperm. Other trees across southern Africa also died completely, or had partial stem collapse.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

         EVERY DISASTER MOVIE OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS
                                  NEEDS A BOOK OF GENESIS


1974
“… revolutionaries have been misguided. Not only can the United States not afford the costs of a bloody revolution; such an effort could easily lead to suicide for what remains of the “movement.” 

...the number of people dedicated to violent revolution is far short of a critical mass and now seems to be declining... 

Revolutions exhaust material resources ...  It is certain that policies designed to achieve social justice and ecological stability would require considerable economic redistribution and some form of social dislocation

Radicals who genuinely desire to ensure “power for the people” in the long run should consider what the immediate effects of suddenly involving millions of “silent majority” voters directly ...
even though the United States possesses one of the world’s largest educational establishments, politically sophisticated citizens remain in the minority... those interested in rapid social change should be thankful... minor changes can be initiated by a dedicated cadre of a few thousand people. "
NEOPHYTE FILM DIRECTOR  ROLAND EMMERICH
TOOK UP THE CHALLENGE WITH 
THE NOAH'S ARK PRINCIPLE


HE WENT ON TO PRODUCE 

THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW

COGNITIVE CAGW DISSONANCE IMAGING AT THE GWPF

THE NEUROBIOLOGY OF CLIMATE CHANGE DENIAL
Date: 08/06/18 John Ridgway, Climate Scepticism
Much work has already been undertaken to establish the cognitive foundation for the irrationality of climate change denial. Of particular note are the studies undertaken by Lewandowsky, Kahneman, Shapiro and O’Conner, identifying the many cognitive biases that invalidate arguments put forward by those who profess scepticism in the face of the scientific evidence. However, it is not until recently that neuroscientists have turned their attention to the subject of climate change science denial in order to determine whether there are any fundamental neurological indicators that may be used as predictors of such pathological thinking strategies. 

In The neurobiology of climate change denial,  Dr Rodriguez Azuela et al, of the Positano Behavioural and Cognitive Research Unit report:

 “We were interested to see how the pattern of neural activity differed between climate change deniers and those who accept the scientific consensus...For this purpose, subjects who had declared varying degrees of scepticism were confronted with images totemic of climate change evidence and were asked to offer their personal assessment whilst undergoing Catastropic Alarmist Global Warming Alarmist Dissonance Imaging (CAGWADMRI)...

It would be quite wrong to label climate change deniers as psychopaths based upon the results of this study. Psychopathy exists as a spectrum of human behaviour; in this instance the GWPF's self-parody simply indicates an unusually low paralimbic reaction to a perceived threat.

In reality, studies have shown that confirmation bias poses the greatest challenge to cognitive performance. Those that suffer this bias will accept what they read unquestioningly, whilst others remain instinctively suspicious. Doubt should have kicked in at Ridgway's suggestion that Positano has a Behavioural and Cognitive Research Unit. However, if you still failed to recognize the inauthenticity of this article, perhaps you should now be questioning any faith you might have had in the scientific consensus that imputing intellectual seriousness to the GWPF Forum may be symptomatic of brain death, witness that the editors of their sister publication  Climate Depot  fell for it with the ease of GWPF Director Benny Peisner and Rush Limbaugh swallowing the " Benthic Bacteria" hoax hook line and sinker:


 “Carbon dioxide production by benthic bacteria: the death of manmade global warming theory?” 

It featured a spectacular  display of pure gibberish, peppered with pseudoequations, like:
4δ161x Λ³Жญ5,6,1,8Φ-4 = {(ΣΨ²Њyt3-14๖P9) x 49}/2β x ⅜kxgt-§
adduced to prove  that 'benthic bacteria', not man-made CO2, cause global arming.
I was designed, sucessfully, to make climate scientists fall down laughing, but   Peisner posted it on the GWPF blog, where it remained unchallenged  long enough for 2,000 true believers to read it without complaint. 
Rush Limbaugh broadcast the bogus hypothesis nationwide, declaring it  "very convincing ",  and citing as proof positive its reference to fossils from the " Miocene, Pliocene and Plasticine eras."





Thursday, June 7, 2018

CAN AXOLOTL  COUGH SYRUP  SAVE THE MANTHROPOCENE?


Emerging technologies promise to give us the power to take over some of Nature's most basic operations. It is not just that we are exiting the Holocene and entering the Anthropocene; it is that we are leaving behind the time in which planetary change is just the unintended consequence of unbridled industrialism. A world designed by engineers and technicians means the birth of the planet's first Synthetic Age.


Sarah Aronson: 
As opposed to the Anthropocene, what is the Manthropocene?
The Manthropocene is a label feminists have concocted in order to point the finger at masculinity as being the cause of a lot of environmental problems. 

So if you call it the Anthropocene it suggests that the whole of humanity is equally implicated in the kinds of destruction that we’ve caused. 
If you call it the Manthropocene, you’re pointing your finger.

ELSEWHERE IN INTERSECTIONAL BROADCASTING, THE BBC REPORTS:

A group of retiring Mexican nuns have become the most adept and successful breeders  of  the Achoque axolotl  
a  critically  endangered  species 
with unique regenerative abilities.
IT MUST BE A HUGE  VICTORIA GILL FAN 
The nuns breed a large, genetically diverse collection of animals to produce the secret ingredient in their cough syrup.
Science Correspondent Victoria Gill has been to Mexico to visit this unique conservation convent.
You can hear more from Victoria Gill’s journey to Mexico to meet the sisters on The Sisters of the Sacred Salamander on Radio 4.

 TRUMP  BEGINS BUILDING BORDER WALL AROUND PRUITT













THE WEEK reports
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has reportedly walled himself off from everyone at the agency except a core group of five aides, and two members of that inner circle, executive scheduler Millan Hupp and senior counselor Sarah Greenwalt, tendered their resignations on Wednesday...
Hupp... drafting her resignation... after... doing personal errands for Pruitt — searching for his housing, trying to obtain a used mattress from Trump International Hotel, and seeing about getting a Chick-fil-A franchise for his wife

On the upside, Axios says its a very thick wall:

Inside Scott Pruitt's "miserable" bunker

President Trump is unhappy about a report in The Atlantic which says a member of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's press team has been shopping negative stories about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to multiple outlets. A source who spoke to Trump told me the president raised the issue in conversation and said, "That's not good." Trump has been souring on Pruitt as the negative press about him piles up.

Why this matters: Pruitt — who is under siege from federal investigators, the White House, Capitol Hill, and the media — survives because the one guy who matters in the White House won't fire him. Trump's draining supply of goodwill towards Pruitt is the EPA administrator's lifeline. Most everyone else in the building wants him gone.
  • Over the last few months, Pruitt has walled himself off from all but five EPA political appointees: ​Millan Hupp, Sarah Greenwalt, Hayley Ford, Lincoln Ferguson, and Wilcox. Of those five, only Wilcox is over 30. Hupp, Greenwalt and Ferguson came with Pruitt from Oklahoma. Wilcox is the only press aide Pruitt appears to trust.
  • "All of us have been frozen out over time," one EPA political appointee told me. "It's absolutely unreal working here. Everyone's miserable. Nobody talks. It's a dry wall prison."...
Now, senior political appointees tell me they have no idea where and how Pruitt spends his time. They scan Twitter and the news to try to keep tabs on him.
  • Pruitt used to share his travel schedule with political appointees. Then, over the winter, he sent out a redacted schedule simply saying "travel." After that, he stopped sharing it altogether. Since his April 26 congressional testimony, senior staff outside his inner circle have had virtually no idea of his whereabouts.
  • The leadership in Pruitt's congressional affairs shop have complained to associates that they can't do their jobs. They've griped about complaints from members of Congress when the members find out after the fact that Pruitt has visited their state or congressional district. The embarrassing reality for Pruitt's legislative affairs team is they had no idea either. 
  • Wilcox pushed back on that complaint, noting that Pruitt has appeared with members in their districts at least twice in the last few months.
  • Two sources told me that Pruitt's hardly been in the office this past week. He's been planning to set up an external legal defense fund — a development first reported by the New York Times.
The bottom line: Pruitt has grown paranoid and isolated, and he only trusts a small handful of people at the agency. Senior White House staff darkly joke among themselves every time a fresh bad story comes out about Pruitt. Numerous senior EPA staff have already resigned or plan to quit.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

CONTRACTORS, ETC. RUSH TO  THE  RESCUE  AT  PRUITT  HQ


RED TEAM HEAD STANDS BY IN RUBY SLIPPERS AS PRUITT USES 
SECURE PHONE BOOTH TO CALL HIS LAWYER IN TULSA

  Judge  Orders  EPA  to Produce Science behind Pruitt’s Warming Claims

Asked about carbon dioxide and climate change on CNBC’s “Squawk Box”  in 2017, EPA head Scott Pruitt said: 
“I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.”
leading to a Freedom of Information Act request for the EPA studies backing his claim. Last Friday, Chief  Judge Beryl Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the agency to comply.

E-mails reveal Trump’s EPA “beachhead” team  planned to gather a group of researchers who claim humans are not the primary drivers of climate change as part of the effort to pull back the endangerment finding.
'We bring on contractor support ( Judith Curry’s group, supplemented by John Christy, Craig Idso, Roger Pielke, and others ) to formulate analysis of the science,' 
Wrote team member David Schnare in the detailed plan.








Tuesday, June 5, 2018

                                                KING  KONKUS

ADMINISTRATOR PRUITT'S  RIGHT HAND  MAN
Environmental Protection Agency  Deputy Associate Administrator for Public Affairs John Konkus is in cahoots with The Heartland Institute in rallying erstwhile 'climate 'skeptics' for public hearings on science and global warming, to counter negative news coverage and promote EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's views.  

CBS reports Konkus reached out to senior  Heartland staffers  according to the emails: 
"If you send a list, we will make sure an invitation is sent," Konkus wrote to then-Heartland president Joseph Bast in May 2017, seeking suggestions on scientists and economists the EPA could invite to an annual EPA public hearing on the agency's science standards.
Follow-up emails show Konkus and the Heartland Institute mustering scores of potential invitees known for rejecting scientific warnings of man-made climate-change, including from groups like Plants Need CO2, The Right Climate Stuff, and Junk Science.
"Of course The Heartland Institute has been working with EPA on policy and personnel decisions," Tim Huelskamp, a former Republican congressman from Kansas who now leads the group, said in a statement to the AP.
"They recognized us as the pre-eminent organization opposing the radical climate alarmism agenda and instead promoting sound science and policy," Huelskamp wrote.
He said Heartland would continue to help Pruitt and his staff.

Konkus was a Republican political consultant when Pruitt named him to the agency.  The Washington Post earlier reported  that Konkus had been scrutinizing grant applications for mentions of climate change, which he reportedly calls "the double C-word." 
The EPA Deputy also asked Heartland and related groups to "echo" and amplify word of  Pruitt's regulation-cutting efforts.

Friday, June 1, 2018

     YE OLDE TEAPOT DOME STRATEGIC ELECTRIC RESERVE ?

The National Security Council is meeting today to discuss coal and nuclear retirements and possibly a plan,  for creating a "strategic electric generation reserve," a federal intervention in energy markets that would rival the creation of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve created by Congress in 1973 after the oil shocks of the 1970s.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that President Trump has directed Energy Secretary Rick Perry to prepare "immediate steps" to halt the loss of "fuel-secure power facilities," and the president is looking forward to his recommendations.  The initial DOE proposal to support coal and nuclear was rejected by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Critics from across the energy sector immediately blasted the plan as a threat to existing power markets.
"Not even the president can unilaterally rewrite the Federal Power Act so anything that seeks to override [the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's] role and tariffs on how plants are dispatched and paid would be challenged on that basis, among others," said John Shelk, president and CEO of the Electric Power Supply Association, which represents independent power generators.
And Congress might have a role to play, he said, noting that lawmakers established the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Contradictions and holes

While experts agree that cyberthreats against critical energy infrastructure assets are increasing, the proposal does not explain how shoring up particular money-losing coal or nuclear plants would address these risks ... cybersecurity challenges are not limited to the natural gas industry, as the memo acknowledges. "Natural gas, petroleum, and coal are all, to varying degrees, dependent upon supply chain interfaces that are each exposed to cyber and physical threat," it says... industrial cybersecurity experts have typically shied away from making sweeping claims about the security of one energy mode or another.
Whether coal, nuclear, renewable or gas, "all of them could be equally susceptible to cyber issues," noted Marty Edwards, managing director of the Automation Federation and former chief of the Department of Homeland Security's control system security division. "It would be highly installation dependent."

'There is no emergency'

While news of the memo thrilled coal boosters, electricity experts and grid operators were left baffled. critics questioned the cost, legality and necessity of such a move.
A coalition of almost a dozen energy groups from across a broad spectrum — oil and gas, wind and solar, and energy storage — issued a joint statement blasting the proposal as unprecedented and misguided "crony capitalism" when no emergency exists. The groups, including the America Petroleum Institute, American Council on Renewable Energy, American Wind Energy Association, Natural Gas Supply Association and Solar Energy Industries Association, said processes are already in place to safeguard the grid.
"The Administration's plan to federalize the electric power system is an exercise in crony capitalism taken solely for the benefit of a bankrupt power plant owner and its coal supplier," said Malcolm Woolf, the Advanced Energy Economy's senior vice president of policy. 
"There is no emergency on the grid of the kind of nature that has been used before in these situations," he said.
A spokesperson for the PJM Interconnection, the largest grid operator in the country, said they have not received any official DOE document.
"Our analysis of the recently announced planned deactivations of certain nuclear plants has determined that there is no immediate threat to system reliability," the spokesperson said. "Markets have helped to establish a reliable grid with historically low prices."

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

                       UNUSUALLY UNRELIABLE SOURCES

CFACT'S  FACTOID CLEARING HOUSE, CLIMATE DEPOT  THINKS TURNING  TUNDRA  INTO MOLTEN MUSKEG  IS A  GOOD THING,  AS IT MEANS  HIGHER  CROP YIELDS  IN  BAFFIN  ISLAND & LAPLAND



Climate SHOCK: Global warming could produce MORE farming land, scientists admit

CLIMATE change could increase the overall amount of boreal land ready for farming by up to 44 percent, a study has shockingly claimed. 


TODAY'S OTHER STORIES FROM UNUSUALLY RELIABLE CLIMATE DEPOT SOURCE  SEBASTIAN KETTLEY:



Life on Mars: ‘Sphinx statue’ found in NASA photo evidence of ancient alien UFOs on Mars?

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3D printed EYES: Scientists play God and make first step towards ARTIFICIAL HUMANS

Science news 3D printed organs cornea medical breakthrough

Is this mystery object a crashed UFO? Officials uncover truth behind bizarre crash landing

UFO crash landing Poland alien craft jet fighter

Time travel news: Flux Capacitor breaks time-reversal symmetry - but there’s a twist


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MCM Comic Con 2018 in pictures: Best cosplays from UK’s biggest comic book convention

MCM Comic Con 2018 pictures cosplays cosplayers London excel centre
MCM Comic Con 2018 has wrapped up at London’s Excel Centre after pulling in thousands of enthusiastic comic book and gaming fans from all over the world. Here are exclusive photos of the best cosplays and the talented people behind them from this year’s MCM Comic Con London.