Oil profits, the rocket fuel to Nowhere

“These figures provide the answer. Money is like rocket fuel: burn through enough of it and you can escape the pull of the Earth. But there’s nowhere else to go.” -- Mel Evans, a senior climate campaigner at Greenpeace UK



The Guardian

Revealed: big oil's profits since 1990 total nearly $2tn

BP, Shell, Chevron and Exxon accused of making huge profits while ‘passing the buck’ on climate change

Matthew Taylor


Bernie's large, clearly necessary ideas

Setting aside the frog-torture metaphor in the opening, Juan Cole lays out a compelling case for electing Bernie Sanders president. Sanders’ Green Revolution spells out in detail adequate enough so that one can imagine how it might work. All that has to be considered is the reality of political time, the amount and intensity of resistance from the plutocratic corporations whose fortunes are founded on environmental destruction.

Stuffed shirts and fearful hearts

They will not say that they are afraid. We all want to think that we always stand up for right and fight against wrong. But history does not look kindly on politicians who cannot fathom a fate worse than losing an upcoming election. They might claim fealty to their cause — those tax cuts — but often it’s a simple attachment to power that keeps them captured by fear. – Sherrod Brown, OpEd


The Salt Lake Tribune

Roman rhymes

This article about the President and the Senate from a professor of classics is, as they say, as serious as a heart attack. Having just watched as much as I could stand of Trump’s triumphant belittling of all the characterless men and women in the Republican Party gathered under his shadow the day after the Senate granted him effective immunity, I was glad to be steered toward a classicist’s take on the situation.

There's one less Republican on our block today

Yesterday, a 65-year-old neighbor, recently retired and a lifelong Republican, got on his computer and reregistered as a Democrat.

The House Democrats may or may not persuade the Trump Cult to abandon The Leader, but we bet a lot of Americans don't see a lot of future for their democracy at the hands of an oligarchy of billionaires.


Perspective rather than prophecy


San Diego Union-Tribune

Editorial: Why the impeachment trial will be a daunting challenge for Chief Justice John Roberts

If Roberts wants to demonstrate the importance of an independent judiciary, he’ll soon get his chance.

San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board

Zombie Tribune techno flak in the hometown rag

What is this comely young Wellesley-grad/ Koch-Industries stooge doing in our hometown newspaper on Jan. 5, 2020? Who is the managing editor of the Merced Sun-Star? Well, folks, our hometown newspaper doesn’t have a managing editor. Who knows, maybe some machine decided to include this technofascist’s New Year’s greeting.

The New Frontier in Merced


Watching the Merced City Council’s first meeting of the year in 2020, we were bemused by the humorless, lengthy and, frankly, silly discussion about “quiet zones” along the BNSF railroad line through the northern part of Central Merced. They already have an underpass on G Street. But now they want more. Railroads are so loud, you know, that they disturb the tranquility of urban life. Oh, chicken feathers!

Boyarsky explores with LA laborers the downside of Medicare for All

Should the Democratic Party nominee for president advocate for taking union health benefits away from working people, a move which, incidentally, appears to let public and private corporations with union contracts off the hook for paying union health benefits?

“I don’t have a problem with” Medicare for All, said Rascon, “providing our plans are left alone. Our plans have been going for decades. They do not cost the taxpayer a dollar.”


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