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Intelligence: Everlasting Role of the Octopus

by Oui Sun Jul 5th, 2020 at 09:44:10 AM EST

Thanking Carnicky for his diary @BooMan in 2005

Trump Poaches Jeffrey Epstein's Legal Team to Save Him in Impeachment Trial | Vanity Fair |

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Too pessimistic?

by Frank Schnittger Fri Jul 3rd, 2020 at 12:55:45 PM EST

Some things will never be the same again and to imagine it will soon be 'business as usual' may well be wishful thinking. Photo: Aine McMahon/PA Wire

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A Few Events in the Global Climate Conversation

by gmoke Mon Jun 29th, 2020 at 08:35:19 PM EST

I've been publishing a free weekly listing of Energy (and Other) Events around Cambridge, MA for more than a decade as a listserv and a webpage (http://hubevents.blogspot.com).  It covers public events in the community and in the local universities.  I generally look at Harvard, MIT, BU, Northeastern, and Tufts, all of which have events to which the public is invited although they rarely know it.

Since, in these days of quarantine, everything has migrated online, I've been finding online events from far beyond the Boston/Cambridge area.  Over the next weeks, you can attend a discussion of a new book on the future of energy in Africa, hear from the executive director of the International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, economists Joseph Stiglitz and Nicholas Stern together, climate scientist Dr Michael Mann, and energy expert Mark Z Jacobson.  The events from London Climate Action Week (https://www.londonclimateactionweek.org/events) on July 1 - 3 alone could provide a wealth of information.

How much of this online and thus global networking will continue and change the nature of international conversations after the quarantine ceases?  We'll find out.  Right now, I'm just collecting and distributing as much of these international possibilities as this one person can.  I thought, when I began my weekly listings service, that it would evolve into a public listing of all the public events at all the local colleges and universities, which in the Boston area is significant.  

Unfortunately, I've not found anyone interested in that possibility.  Now I think about a global online event listing for climate and energy and environmental issues.  Judging from the past, I doubt anyone else is interested in that possibility either but I'll put it out there anyway and continue to do what I do anyway.

Stay safe, be well.

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Municipal elections in France

by eurogreen Sun Jun 28th, 2020 at 01:26:04 PM EST

I am a citizen assessor today at my local polling place in Lyon: looking up names, and verifying the integrity of the process.

The first round should have been cancelled, as it was held just a few days before confinement. Turnout was, logically, very low, and in particular, elderly electors mostly stayed away, wisely. The government then toyed with the idea of annulling the results of the first round, and holding both rounds of the elections after the confinement; this was unthinkable, particularly in the context, because the lists of Macron's La République en Marche party performed horribly, with no chance of winning a major city in the second round.

The first round was dominated by a "green wave" almost everywhere, with combined green-left lists set to make major gains in many places.

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The Most Important Jigsaw Puzzle

by gmoke Sun Jun 28th, 2020 at 03:39:28 AM EST

The most important jigsaw puzzle right now is how the CoV-2 spike, a 3 part structure, attaches to the human ACE2 protein through which it enters the cells of our bodies.  That is the microscopic gap in our defenses.

When we understand that, we can figure out how to stop this pandemic.  Right at the source.

Here are some explanations of the infection process:

A more detailed animation of the spike/receptor interaction

FoldIt (https:/fold.it), the citizen science crowdsourcing protein folding site which has been around for over a decade, is currently hosting a series of CoV-2 protein folding puzzles.  

Here's their latest report

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Diplomacy for Dummies: Adding Sanctions

by Oui Sat Jun 27th, 2020 at 10:22:27 PM EST

[Update-1] Title change from: "The Salisbury Plot - Next Episode".

Germany tells US to 'mind its own business' over Nord Stream 2 | EuroActiv - Dec. 12, 2019 |

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Green centre right government formed

by Frank Schnittger Sat Jun 27th, 2020 at 02:39:09 PM EST

One of the elemental proprieties of democracy has been enacted  in Ireland today with the handing over of the office of Taoiseach from Leo Varadker, leader of Fine Gael, to Michael Martin, Leader of Fine Fail. The two civil war parties of Ireland are coalescing for the first time in tandem with the Greens.

Bitter personal rivalries and some policy differences have been set aside after the three parties agreed to coalesce on the basis of a 129 page programme for government endorsed by large majorities of their party memberships in the case of Fianna Fail, and the Greens, and an electoral college within Fine Gael.

The formation of the Government brings to an end an unprecedented 15 week hiatus since the General Election last February when no government could be formed for lack of an agreement between parties representing a majority in the Dail. Failure to agree would, most probably, have resulted in a second general election to resolve the impasse.

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Keir Starmer's Sensitivity to Israel Tweets

by Oui Thu Jun 25th, 2020 at 05:46:22 PM EST


Note: The quote in the Independent article’s interview with Maxine Peake can rightfully be condemned. She herself does so:

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Trump Pulls A Bolsonaro

by Oui Wed Jun 17th, 2020 at 12:16:14 PM EST

VP Pence sees end of war on coronavirus ... WE'VE WON!

Pence Misleadingly Blames Coronavirus Spikes on Rise in Testing | NY Times |

On a private call with governors, the vice president played down new outbreaks, stressing that some states were seeing what he called "intermittent" spikes. Experts have warned it's not that simple.

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New Government to be formed in Ireland?

by Frank Schnittger Tue Jun 16th, 2020 at 11:44:34 AM EST

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan, Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin, and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Caroline Quinn/Damien Eagers/Leon Farrell/PA Wire

The Fianna Fail (FF), Fine Gael (FG) and Green parties have agreed a 50,000 word, 126 page programme for government which will now be put to the party memberships of FF and the Greens and an electoral college within FG for final approval. Approval is expected in FF and FG, but the two thirds majority of members required by the Green party constitution may prove a more difficult hurdle. Hence the ? in the title.

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Major Civil Rights Ruling LGBT Rights

by Oui Mon Jun 15th, 2020 at 05:48:35 PM EST

Der Trumpf takes a hook on the chin ...

Cartoon of left hook to the chin via this article :

California Shows How to Beat Trump, Now and in November | The Nation |

Editorial Art by Victor Juhasz

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Afghan War Crimes: You Will Face Justice

by Oui Fri Jun 12th, 2020 at 02:39:10 PM EST

Is Trump's personal friend PM Mark Rutte staying quiet??

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Trump Advised "No Quarter" Stand

by Oui Mon Jun 8th, 2020 at 07:30:33 AM EST

Marking peaceful protesters as antifa terrorists, will the fake god in the White House open the gates of Civil War bloodshed as his legacy?

Truly the long expected "Nero watching Rome burn" epic moment for America. And future presidential candidate Tom Cotton willing to throw fuel on the fire.

Trump takes note as the far right lobbies for violent crackdown on peaceful protests | The Guardian |

As protests over the police killing of George Floyd continue across the US, a slew of influential rightwing figures have been urging an ever more violent crackdown on the demonstrations - and it appears Donald Trump is listening.

Republican politicians, media personalities and rightwing activists have floated ideas including deploying specific units of the military, while one Republican candidate for Congress has even suggested she will shoot protesters.

Tom Cotton, a US senator for Arkansas who is said to be plotting a run for president in 2024, has been one of the loudest voices.

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It's not easy being Green

by Frank Schnittger Sun Jun 7th, 2020 at 11:26:49 PM EST

Both the Irish Times: Leadership and the Green Party, and the Independent have published my letter to the editor today:

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Exposed! Riots Left the Emperor Naked

by Oui Sun Jun 7th, 2020 at 08:40:44 AM EST

In the second wave as the Black Lives Matter Revolt takes hold in Trump's USA and equally across the Western White World 🌍🌎

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Trump Tweeting Violence Against Rioters

by Oui Fri May 29th, 2020 at 02:36:25 PM EST



Trump took to Twitter last night to threaten military intervention in Minneapolis, saying

"when the looting starts, the shooting starts."

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June 2020

by Oui Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 08:19:37 AM EST

Your take on this month's news

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CDC Under Fire: Redfield and Birx Faulty History

by Oui Fri Jun 5th, 2020 at 08:55:02 AM EST

Picking candidates for a leadership position with a troubling CV. Potentially a risk for blackmail, Redfield and Birx laid their heads in the political lap of Trump and Conservative America.

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City Agriculture - May 30, 2020

by gmoke Sat May 30th, 2020 at 06:13:34 PM EST

"Tree-like" vertical farms for Brooklyn?
www.core77.com/posts/94000/Could-These-Tree-Like-Vertical-Farms-Be-the-Future-of-Urban-Farmi ng

Underground parking lot to organic mushroom farm in Paris (the ONLY organic farm in the city - so far)
medium.com/fab-city-grand-paris/our-maker-farmers-visit-the-mushroom-urban-farm-in-paris-c65 3e87c026e

How urban trees and hedges help cut air pollution
https:/www.theguardian.com/science/2020/feb/18/plantwatch-how-urban-trees-and-hedges-help-cut-air-p ollution

Can local food feed an urban world?

Green Concept House - a zero-waste, 100% self-sustaining home, including growing food

Safezone Shelter - air pollution protection using plants in a shelter in Bangkok
https:/inhabitat.com/futuristic-safezone-shelter-battles-air-pollution-in-thailand-with-a-green-oas is

Vertical Oasis - concept for a green solar-powered skyscraper

12 "agrihoods"
https:/charterforcompassion.org/shareable-community-ideas/12-agrihoods-taking-farm-to-table-living- mainstream

Link City - proposed self-sustainable city-forest, using an urban operating system with an AI (Artificial Intelligence)

City farms underground
https:/www.bbc.com/future/bespoke/follow-the-food/the-massive-farms-emerging-beneath-our-cities.htm l

Green wall made from clay tiles also provides natural cooling

Which trees reduce air pollution best

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Countering Karlsruhe

by Frank Schnittger Thu May 28th, 2020 at 11:43:51 AM EST

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 July 2020

by Bernard - Jul 5, 17 comments

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 June 2020

by Oui - May 22, 130 comments

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