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Action on Climate Change is a Matter of Life and Death

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Truth-Out again raising the alarm: "every second, one person is displaced by disaster." "In 2015 only, more than 19.2 million people fled disasters in 113 countries. Disasters displace three to ten times more people than conflict and war worldwide." (According to the Oslo-based Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) reports) "We have never had so many complex and protracted humanitarian emergencies now happening simultaneously from West Africa all the way to Asia, with very few spots in between which do not have some issue. We have today 40 million forcibly displaced people and 20 million refugees, the greatest number of uprooted people since the ...

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Case In Point: Dominionist Santorum Takes On The Pope

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Dominionism is a cult based on a political philosophy that seeks to make the U.S. government a christian theocracy. It's been a force in America since the first Puritans, and it's succeeding in undermining our democracy, now more than ever. We can laugh at the exposure of the dominionist cult called Quivverful worshipped by the Duggar family, but these cults are no joke because they mean to bury American law and replace it with (their twisted version of) god's law. The stakes are as high as they have ever been because many white, male politicians seeking power right now ...

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The Salvation of Climate Change Deniers

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Climate change deniers have painted themselves into a corner. They are victims of their own rhetoric based on illogical conclusions drawn from a fairly limited world view. Many do not seem to have paid attention in grade school, let alone have the skill set for a statesman entrusted with the life and death decision-making so necessary to preserve our planet. We should be helping them find a pathway away from this dead end, even though for some it may be too late.

The theocratic GOP is a font of bad ideas and cowardly inaction, but both sides of the ...

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Part 2: Take Heart, Evidence Pouring In Hourly

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Yesterday, I revisited my pre-election theory that progressives and all non-Republicans will see the greater good of a Republican takeover of the Senate and their increased footprint in the House. And I promised to riff on a few memes to substantiate that soon after. (Part 1 here.) There's nothing to fear since these election results are actually bringing about the best time in history to put these special interest jokers on full display and in sharper relief so that everyone, at least more and more people, can see them for who they really are and then ...

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Take Heart, Evidence Pouring in Hourly (Part 1)

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The far right believes they have a chance to remake the world into the christian, capitalist theocracy they have always wanted.

Even liberal media says, “If they win this election cycle they will do things that would reverse history for 75 years!”

But none of that’s going to happen.

Just before the U.S. Election a week ago, I put forth the theory that non-Republicans should not fear, in fact we ought to take heart -- that the probable Republican takeover the Senate and their increased footprint in the House were going to be good things for progressives. This is the right time in history ...

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Shamans Discover Special Interests

The shaman is presented as the intercessor between man and nature spirits Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra Flicker/creative commons

A primitive man who lived in a cave a long, long time ago once abstracted the idea that you can make a living, even a very good living as a shaman. He was largely self-appointed to intercede between and on behalf of other men and the existing natural resources. Most important, he consulted on what actions would be good luck or bad luck for individuals, families, and the tribe. This shaman reaped economic wealth and social advantages for his efforts that supported his own survival. The concept of special interest was born. Special interest people take something, anything, an idea, a ...

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Working Towards a Clean Energy Economy

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As we reported last week, tomorrow, November 1, kicks off "Beyond Extreme Energy Week of Action" in Washington, DC, and cities across the United States and abroad, and we hope you will somehow participate in or otherwise support these efforts. Did you know that the U.S. government is the largest energy user at $25 billion per year? Perhaps by coincidence today, Performance.gov has released information on how 38 federal agencies plan to overcome their vulnerabilities to reduce their emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases, and implement other government-wide plans, to meet goals set by President Obama in 2010. ...

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A Week of Climate Action Starts On November 1!

Popular Resistance is driving escalated climate action by calling for a week of demonstrations in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere around the country, starting on November 1. Like  Naomi Klein‘s recent, trailblazing book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, Popular Resistance says the time for being tentative, simultaneously tapping the break and hitting the accelerator, is over. We are now speeding towards a climate catastrophe. The November action targets the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), an independent agency whose powers were expanded by the government with the Energy Policy Act of ...

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Our September Round-Up

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This is our September round-up in case you missed some of our posts. If you like our unique mix of news and opinions, follow us on Twitter/VenusPlusX, and like our page, Facebook/VenusPlusX. We kept up with many of our key issues with a discussion of how and why police bias is the chief cause of criminality in Culturally Inept Policing Schools Criminals; the psychology behind domestic violence in A Women's Problem is a Men's Issue; and the underlying ecology of progress in Everyone Needs Examples, Including Bad Examples. These followed our extensive take on ...

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Climate March This Sunday, Be Counted!

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. . . [T]he largest rally for an environmental cause in US history is happening this Sunday, September 21, in Manhattan. More than 100,000 people are planning to join a historic march for climate action two days before President Obama and world leaders attend a Climate Summit at the United Nations. (The Nation's "The People's Climate Weekend: A Guide) There may only a few people left who haven't heard about this weekend's momentous People's Climate March, taking place in New York City and other major cities across the world. If you haven't signed up to participate ...

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