Global carbon emissions at record high: IEA

From Yahoo News:

Mon May 30, 8:40 am ET

PARIS (AFP) – Carbon-dioxide emissions hit a record high last year, the International Energy Agency said on Monday, dimming the prospects of limiting the global temperature increase to two degrees Celsius.

“Energy-related carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2010 were the highest in history, according to the latest estimates,” the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in a statement.

After a dip in 2009 caused by the global financial crisis, emissions are estimated to have climbed to a record 30.6 gigatonnes (Gt), a five percent jump from the previous record year in 2008, when levels reached 29.3 Gt, the IEA said.

Moreover, the IEA estimated that 80 percent of projected emissions from the power sector in 2020 are already locked in, as they will come from power plants that are currently in place or under construction today.

“This significant increase in CO2 emissions and the locking in of future emissions due to infrastructure investments represent a serious setback to our hopes of limiting the global rise in temperature to no more than two degrees C,” said Fatih Birol, the IEA’s chief economist.

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Stop the Granny Bashing: Despite What You May Think, Our Seniors Are in Trouble

Note:  This story is about two women in a long term relationship, who do not enjoy the security of marriage not the extra income they would have if one of them had been male.

I am an old lesbian with an even older partner and this is why marriage equality and issues involving Social Security/Medicare have a far higher priority on my agenda than does a transgender inclusive ENDA.

From Alternet:

We must fight the deficit hysterics’ relentless granny-bashing. Most people don’t grasp that this group has already been hit hard by budget cuts and the recession.

By Joshua Holland
May 30, 2011

“We lived very well,” said Norma Hair, 71, over a shaky table at the small pizzeria she runs in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, with 68-year-old Carol Schmidt, her wife and partner of over 30 years. “In 1979, Carol was making $33,000 per year, which was a lot of money back then. Then I rose to the position of supervisor of accounting in a company. So, our combined income [in the early-1980s] was probably about $60,000.”

The two women are sharp, with bright, youthful eyes and a slightly wicked sense of humor. But their bodies betray their years. “The reason we have nothing,” says Hair, “is because we spent everything we could on medical to keep Carol alive when we were in the United States.” Both women suffer from chronic heart problems in addition to other ailments.

“Hospitals have to treat you for life-threatening illnesses,“ explains Hair. “[Carol] got two lifesaving surgeries for nothing. But it was getting harder and harder, so I decided that it was easier if we traveled to different cities.”

So they did. They sold their home, bought an RV and toured the nation’s emergency rooms. “We were on the road for three and a half years,” says Schmidt, “just so we could go to a new ER each time and they wouldn’t be suspicious — oh, you’re back again?”

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Dr. George Richard Tiller August 8, 1941 – May 31, 2009

Murdered by a Christian terrorist while standing up for women’s right to control their own bodies.

The misogynistic patriarchs of the desert religions hate and oppress women.

Like the impotent cowards they are, they send forth terrorists and assassins to do the dirty work while ripping off their followers by preaching hatred of women’s equality.

Now there is no doctor in Wichita, Kansas.  Bloody Kansas lives up to is name of Bloody Kansas.

Women of this nation lost a true hero of the highest order when Dr. Tiller was murdered.

We need show these unholy hordes of religious fanatic we will not be cowed or give in to the terrorism committed by religious fanatics.  It doesn’t matter if they are Islamo-fascists or Christo-fascists.



Americans Arrested Violently at the Jefferson Memorial — for Dancing

From Alternet:–_for_dancing_/

So now the Jefferson Memorial is a “protected area” per the Patriot Act?

May 29, 2011

The wonderfully courageous people of Code Pink were roughly abused and arrested during a peaceful demonstration Saturday at the Jefferson Memorial.

These police thugs who grew up in the Reagan and post-Reagan Era haven’t a clue as to what this country and freedom are are about.

Isolation of Tradeswomen Melts at Rare Conference

From Women’s E-News:

By Susan Eisenberg
WeNews correspondent
Friday, May 27, 2011

Carolyn Williams, chair of the National Building Trades Department’s Standing Committee on Women in the Trades and director of the Human Services Department for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, opens the conference.

(WOMENSENEWS)–For women who work in construction–an industry where women’s work force percentage has been stalled at 2.5 percent despite more than 30 years of enormous efforts to open those occupations–national conferences provide a vital lifeline.

Until the weekend of April 29-May 1, there hadn’t been one in a decade.

The long hiatus was broken by the national AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department, which agreed in January to co-sponsor California’s annual AFL-BCTD-sponsored statewide conference, and let it serve double duty as the 10th conference for women in the state’s building trades and the first “Women Build the Nation” conference.

For women isolated in their workplaces and unions, the opportunity to make face-to-face connections with their counterparts, gain practical skills, talk strategy and hear information and commitments directly from national leaders was not only invigorating but offered life support.

The most raw moment came at Saturday’s noon plenary, when pioneer electrician Molly Martin, co-founder of the Bay Area’s Tradeswomen, Inc., asked from the stage, “How many of you have been the only woman in your trade on a job?”

Virtually all the hands shot toward the ballroom ceiling.

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Christo-Fascists Tony Perkins & James Robison: America Needs Godly Leaders

Contracts Against Americans

From Common Dreams:

by Ralph Nader
Published on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 by

It is time to shine the light on the big, affluent corporate lawyers who anonymously create those non-competitive fine print contracts we all have to sign to purchase goods and services.

It’s time for an open letter to these Darth Vaders of business law who have destroyed our freedom of contract and built a new road to serfdom made of corporate cement.

Dear Attorneys for Contract Incarceration:

Remember when you were at law school studying contracts? Your professor pressed you socratically to understand Hadley vs. Baxendale et al. You spent just one or two classes on what are called “contracts of adhesion”—those fine print one-sided contracts that only make up 99% of all the contracts we’ll ever sign.

There they are—page after page exuding the silent message of “take it or leave it.” If you “leave it”, then you must cross the street to a competitor—an insurance company, credit card firm, bank, auto dealer, hospital, realtor, airline, student loan company or cell phone company, awaiting you is the same fine-print contract designed to nail you to the mast. Then there are the shrink-wrap software contracts you can’t even see before you buy.

If your contracts professor bothered to explain why so little course time is spent on these standard form contracts involving trillions of dollars in annual sales, he/she might have used the French phrase—”fait accompli.” After all, the consumer signed or acquiesced in some way. That met the basic principle of a binding contract, say the courts (with a rare exception now and then) which is a meeting of the minds between the willing seller and the willing buyer.

Discussion over! As a shopper, prepare for the daily coercive harmony.

Imagine all the times you’ve “met the minds” of Bank of America, Metropolitan, Aetna, General Motors, Wal-Mart, American Express, AT&T, Sallie Mae, U.S. Air and your favorite time-sharing company for that vacation trip to Antigua. What a myth!

In this legal fiction land, the law presumes that you’ve read the fine print and understood it. Inscrutability is no defense. It doesn’t matter that law professors, Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts and your partners admit to not reading the dense legalese when they shop. Why waste their time? They can’t get out of contractual prison anymore than you can. But you make zillions figuring out how to lock millions of Americans into one-side anti-consumer contracts.

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