Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Profiles in Fraud - ExxonMobil - Climate Science


Considering who wrote this and what it was written for, I don’t even feel like this one is bootlegging, it’s important and fair use sharing, with added links, commentary and highlights.  The footnotes are also included.  This is another immensely important issue worth becoming familiar with, particularly since ExxonMobil has decided to counterattack in typical ruthless amoral fashion, and now they have Trump which is frightening.

Fundamentally, ethics and morality and a duty to arrive at objective facts are on trial.  Does the American public expect our leaders to respect observed down to Earth facts?

Is it okay for personal faith to trump observable facts?

I think rationalists need to start enunciating that there is a difference between Personal Truths and Universal Truths.  The need for humility and perspective.  Too much egomania going around these days.  But I digress, this is about the Self-destructive delusions deliberately manufactured by an avarice driven corporation, ExxonMobil.
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The Rockefeller Family Fund vs. Exxon

By Kaiser and Wasserman  |  December 8, 2016 ISSUE


by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway
Bloomsbury, 355 pp., $18.00 (paper)

by Steve Coll
Penguin, 685 pp., $19.00 (paper)

by Neela Banerjee, John H. Cushman Jr., David Hasemyer, and Lisa Song
InsideClimate News, 88 pp., $5.99 (paper)

an article by Sara Jerving, Katie Jennings, Masako Melissa Hirsch, and Susanne Rust
Los Angeles Times, October 9, 2015

an article by Katie Jennings, Dino Grandoni, and Susanne Rust
Los Angeles Times, October 23, 2015

an article by Amy Lieberman and Susanne Rust
Los Angeles Times, December 31, 2015

Archival Documents on Exxon’s Climate History
available at www.climatefiles.com

Smoke, Mirrors and Hot Air: How ExxonMobil Uses Big Tobacco’s Tactics to Manufacture Uncertainty on Climate Science
a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists, January 2007, available at www.ucsusa.org

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David Kaiser President of the Rockefeller Family Fund
Lee Wasserman Director of the Rockefeller Family Fund.

Earlier this year our organization, the Rockefeller Family Fund (RFF), announced that it would divest its holdings in fossil fuel companies. We mean to do this gradually, but in a public statement we singled out ExxonMobil for immediate divestment because of its “morally reprehensible conduct.”1 For over a quarter-century the company tried to deceive policymakers and the public about the realities of climate change, protecting its profits at the cost of immense damage to life on this planet.

Our criticism carries a certain historical irony. John D. Rockefeller founded Standard Oil, and ExxonMobil is Standard Oil’s largest direct descendant. In a sense we were turning against the company where most of the Rockefeller family’s wealth was created. (Other members of the Rockefeller family have been trying to get ExxonMobil to change its behavior for over a decade.) 

Approached by some reporters for comment, an ExxonMobil spokesman replied, “It’s not surprising that they’re divesting from the company since they’re already funding a conspiracy against us.” 

5 Ways to be a Silent Trump Protestor - Patti Mulligan

Here's is Patti Mulligan's suggestions for those who aren't willing to go public with their opposition to our Russian Obligate President-Elect's plans to dismantle and vandalize of our US Government.  I follow up with some more pro-active suggestions.
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Operations Director at NC Democratic Party. 
Feminist, #DJTResistance fighter, Mama, Wife, Runner. 
Twitter @chachina | LinkedIn /pattimulligan
November 23, 2016


5 Ways to be a Silent Trump Protestor

The next four years are going to be a constant assault against all of the progress made in the past hundred years by women, minorities, LGBTQ folks, immigrants and democracy itself. Everyone who knows me knows exactly how I feel about the impending Trump Presidency, the NC GOP attempt to steal the Governor’s office and just about everything else. There are times (daily) when I feel bad about my constant posts & tweets about these things. Not bad enough to quit though! 
( CC:  Let's not forget the Republican willful disconnect from down to earth physical realities and the lessons that serious science has been learning about our planet and what we are doing to its near future habitability. 

Also, lets not forget the fundamental Republican attitude of elevating their personal faith to presumed universal facts that totally fly in the face of objective observations.  As reflected in their blind hatred for our Environmental Protection Agency, and the regulations that are intended to protect waterways and landscapes from poisoning.  Faith based greed and power-lust is all they seem capable of.

Do you want a government or a corporation of united states?  

Wake up America, it's your move! )

Not everyone can, or wants to be, this public about their political views.

“I’m an introvert and don’t feel comfortable putting myself out there.”
“Making my political views public will get me fired.”
“It’s not safe for me to talk about opposing Trump.”

Here are 5 concrete ways that you can actively, but privately, protest the Trump/Alt-Right/GOP takeover of America:

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

This is what democracy looks like - Peter Binary - Electoral College

The Electoral College is coming up fast.  It's important because Trump isn't President yet, it's a vote taken on Dec 19th that will seal our fate.  Peter Binary associate professor of political science at the City University of New York wrote an informative article about the Electoral College and looks at various aspects of petitioning them not to vote for Trump. Thoughtful reading from The Atlantic.  It's another bootleg, but I am posting most of it here with some added comments since Peter overlooked a few profoundly (national security) important issues that demand looking at before Dec 19.  Why elect an impeachable president?

Dear Atlantic editors,  will substantially reduce the following to acceptable limited quotes after Dec 19th, I beg your understanding.  CC/PM

Subscribe to The Atlantic’s Politics & Policy Daily, a roundup of ideas and events in American politics.

The Electoral College Was Meant to Stop Men Like Trump From Being President
The founders envisioned electors as people who could prevent an irresponsible demagogue from taking office.

PETER BEINART NOV 21, 2016

Americans talk about democracy like it’s sacred. In public discourse, the more democratic American government is, the better. The people are supposed to rule.

But that’s not the premise that underlies America’s political system. Most of the men who founded the United States feared unfettered majority rule. James Madison wrote in Federalist 10 that systems of government based upon “pure democracy … have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property.” John Adams wrote in 1814 that, “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself.”

The framers constructed a system that had democratic features. The people had a voice. They could, for instance, directly elect members of the House of Representatives. But the founders also self-consciously limited the people’s voice.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Profiles in Treason - Citizens United

I’m a very busy individual and there is simply too much to keep up with and though I am familiar with the basic outline of their democracy shattering court case Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission and how Right-wing activist Supreme Court Justices decided that it’s okay for corporate Oligarchs to buy US elections in our evolving Corporation of American.  I actually never visited their website to take a look myself until a couple days ago after another story about Bernie Sanders going after them.  I was surprised, nay, shocked, to say the least.  Their basic pitch starts:

Citizens United who We Are:
Citizens United is an organization dedicated to restoring our government to citizens' control. Through a combination of education, advocacy, and grass roots organization, Citizens United seeks to reassert the traditional American values of limited government, freedom of enterprise, strong families, and national sovereignty and security. Citizens United's goal is to restore the founding fathers' vision of a free nation, guided by the honesty, common sense, and good will of its citizens.

Officers and Board of Directors
Burtonsville, Maryland

Manassas, Virginia

Brian Berry, Director
Media Consultant
Austin, Texas

Ron Robinson, Director
President, Young America's Foundation
Reston, Virginia

John Bliss, Director
Attorney
Denver, Colorado

Kirby Wilbur, Director and Treasurer
Duvall, Washington

All that sounds reasonable enough, in a contrived sort of way.  At least, it’s rational words linked together.  One would hope it offers a basis for dialogue with ideological ‘opponents’.

Except, I know from other conversations that when they use the word “honesty” it means: their own self-certain opinions - it has nothing to do with an objective evaluation of facts.

They make it really simple, everything that doesn’t conform with their perspective is a lie (period!) and anyone opposed to their notions are enemies.  Fellow Americans, don’t exist in their universe, it’s us vs them. 

Okay that’s looking at the words, now try to view their blog at http://www.citizensunited.org.  I had no idea that Citizens United was actually a blatant hate group that seems to be dedicated to fomenting a civil war amongst Americans.  

It was hideously shocking, then as the surprise wore off, it was deeply frightening to realize many fellow Americans have become so saturated with blind hatred and misplaced anger.  These people don’t want to reform our government, they want to destroy it !  Cut off your nose and poke out your eyes, to spite your face is what it sounds like to me.  

Wake up America, this is not a drill!  Democracy use it or lose it!

Most Americans are totally unaware that Citizens United is actually Koch's Bullies.  Ironically there’s every indication that Russian Oligarchs have had a heavy hand in this election - and I tell you what, take a look at those videos and tell me that Citizens United website sure don't look more like a vintage Russian Propaganda review than anything we could have imagined coming out of our United State of America?     

Americans, it’s your move!
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Citizens United (organization)
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Co-sponsor a constitutional amendment to
OVERTURN CITIZENS UNITED
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OpenSecrets.org - Center for Responsive Government

The Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission helped unleash unprecedented amounts of outside spending in the 2010 and 2012 election cycles. The case, along with other legal developments, spawned the creation of super PACs, which can accept unlimited contributions from corporate and union treasuries, as well as from individuals; these groups spent more than $600 million in the 2012 election cycle. It also triggered a boom in political activity by tax-exempt "dark money" organizations that don't have to disclose their donors. Learn more here about how the Supreme Court transformed the campaign finance landscape with this decision, and how it is now affecting U.S. politics. ...

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Leaked 'John Doe' Docs Offer Stark Look at Post-Citizens United Landscape

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Help Monitor the Impact of Trump on Science

Yup, I know I'm saturating this place with posts, but these are extraordinary times, even if most haven't figured it out yet!  I believe one of the future looking things that must be started immediately is to thoroughly document Trump's coming War on Science and Earth Stewardship concerns.  In my last post I highlighted John Dupuis' noteworthy effort in that direction at ScienceBlogs.com.  

Here I want to highlight another effort to track Trump's impact on actual scientists and their work, while encouraging a broader awareness, discussion and engagement of citizens with our political system.  As ScienceDebate.org explains it:  "We are seeking to rapidly gather your concerns and to document any changes you may be experiencing. We need to move from rumors to a set of case studies to help inform what we need to monitor and respond to."


Can you help? 

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Monitoring the Impact of the Trump Presidency on Science

http://questions.sciencedebate.org/forums/562990-monitoring-the-impact-of-the-trump-presidency-on-s

What impacts have you seen or concerns have you voiced over science under president Trump?  
Go to http://questions.sciencedebate.org/forums/562990-monitoring-the-impact-of-the-trump-presidency-on-shttp://  where there's a text box you can use to describe your concern.  You can also join the discussion under other commentaries.

Dupuis - Documenting Trump's War on Science

This speaks for itself, written by John Dupuis at ScienceBlogs.com it's a partial compilation documenting Trump's War On Science.  I myself believe we (that would be, the science respecting fact-over-faith crowd) need something more, a dedicated website that has the space to document, categorize, catalogue, fact check and followup on the multi-frontal assaults serious science is going to be weathering, or folding to, these next years.    But, this is a good start and hopefully an inspiration for some others to pick up the ball and run with it.  One person can only do so much.  Although for these early days John has put together a pretty collection of important information.

Wake up America, this is not a drill!  The oligarchs want it all and they couldn't care less about you and your needs.  America, it's your move.


By John Dupuis on November 11, 2016, at http://scienceblogs.com

… This time around, I’m going to start a project about science in the new Donald Trump administration. I believe Trump will be terrible for science, technology, the environment and public health. And I intend to document that here. 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Most important lesson of US Election 2016

Normally when I submit my column to the Four Corners Free Press out of Cortez, Colorado I hold off posting it online until the monthly has a chance to come out.  But these are extraordinary times and too much time has already being squandered by too many citizens and this stuff is worth sharing.  

Dec 19th is rapidly approaching and too few are questioning Trump's many foreign entanglements among other serious National Security questions. Matters that need public outcry, because no politician has the backbone to confront these real concerns without strong public support.  Where are you?

During Thanksgiving I had a fascinating discussion with a career Navy man who introduced me to an entirely new perspective I hadn't thought of before.  My take away understanding is that,  once we had a United States of America and a government that required a president, now we have a multinational corporation with a CEO in charge of marketing and PR and we (armed forces) are there to serve him.  If true, it seems to me a disastrous turn of events.

It's going to take many individual citizens proactively engaging in a rational thoughtful constructive and vocal resistance to the coming Oligarch onslaught.  If these memes resonate with your own thinking, please figure out how to make them yours and pass them along.  Help jump start the dialogue.  One way or another we've got to get out of old comfort zones and engage in the reality of today's political landscape.   

Well, ... actually, that's not true, is it?  We can allow the dogs of war to have their way with us yet again.  America, it's your move!
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Seems to me the single most important lesson of this election is that “The Lie” has become acceptable mainstream political currency. Though the Left is guilty of this, Trump and his Alt-Right champions and Republican tea-partiers have taken it to an entirely new level.

Sure politicians have always added their creative spin to the truth, but this is something different. Namely, a complete strategic rejection of ethics and honestly appraising the evidence at hand.

It manifested itself in Trump and the Alt-Right’s disregard for, plus their hideous incivility and hostility towards bona fide experts across the entire spectrum of our society. 

Well, that is, if those experts happen to bring unwelcome news about the reality of the physical world we depend on. On the other hand, any two-bit dilettante gets treated as a singularly authoritative “expert” if they spin a pleasing yarn. That is, plastering over serious down to earth facts with cynically crafted bull-poop whose sole intent is to hide from a true assessment.

Why would any forward thinking adult embrace such childish misdirection and just-so fairytales? By what manner of twisted logic do we rationalize ignoring evidence based constructive learning and the increasing understanding that has come through generations worth of dedicated capable individuals the world over?

What happened to humanity’s Intellectual Enlightenment? It suddenly seems farther away than ever and getting dimmer fast.