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Posted on Dec 6, 2011
AP / Schalk van Zuydam

Protesters shout during a rally outside the U.N. climate change summit in Durban, South Africa.

By Amy Goodman

DURBAN, South Africa—High above the pavement, overlooking Durban’s famous South Beach and the pounding surf of the Indian Ocean, and just blocks from the United Nations Climate Change Conference, where up to 20,000 people gathered, seven activists fought against the wind to unfurl a banner that read “Listen to the People, Not the Polluters.” It was no simple task. Despite the morning sun and blue sky, the wind was ferocious, and the group hanging the banner wasn’t exactly welcome. They were with Greenpeace, hanging off the roof of the Protea Hotel Edward.

Inside, executives gathered at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), an organization that touts itself as “a CEO-led organization of forward-thinking companies that galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment.” Down at street level, as the police gathered and scores held signs and banners and sang in solidarity with the climbers, Kumi Naidoo lambasted the WBCSD, labeling it one of Greenpeace’s “Dirty Dozen.”

Naidoo is no stranger to action on the streets of Durban. While he is now the executive director of Greenpeace International, one of the largest and most visible global environmental organizations, in 1980, at the age of 15, he was one of millions of South Africans fighting against the racist apartheid regime. He was thrown out of high school and eventually had to go underground. He emerged in England, living in exile, and went on to become a Rhodes scholar. Naidoo has long struggled for human rights, against poverty and for action to combat climate change.

A colleague and I scrambled up to the roof to film as the seven banner-hanging activists were arrested. South African climber Michael Baillie, one of them, told me: “Our goal here today was to highlight how governments are being unduly influenced by a handful of corporations who are trying to adversely influence the climate negotiations that are happening here in Durban. They are holding the climate hostage.”

Later, at the U.N. conference inside the Alfred Luthuli International Conference Center, named after an early president-general of the African National Congress and the first African to win the Nobel Peace Prize, Naidoo told me about that morning’s action: “We are not opposed to the idea of dialogue with corporations, but clearly corporations are not actually moving as fast as we need them to move and, in fact, are actually holding us back. Therefore, we think that calling them out, naming and shaming them, is critically necessary so that people know why these climate talks here are not actually going as fast as we need them to go.”

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The Dirty Dozen in Durban include Royal Dutch Shell, ExxonMobil, Koch Industries and BASF, along with industry trade groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the WBCSD and the American Petroleum Institute. Greenpeace highlighted these corporations and corporate umbrella groups for their presence in Durban, and for their actions throughout the global-climate-change negotiating process, in undermining meaningful progress. The full report, titled “Who’s holding us back? How carbon-intensive industry is preventing effective climate legislation,” details how these corporations not only derail national legislation on climate change across the globe, but are also gaining privileged access to the global negotiations like these crucial United Nations talks in Durban.

Former South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu addressed a rally before the summit, describing climate change as a “huge enemy. … We are saying this is the last chance, please for goodness’ sake take the right decision, this is the only world we have, the only home we have, if it is destroyed, we all sink.” Former Irish President Mary Robinson added, “People are suffering because of the impact of climate change, those who are suffering most are not responsible, so the rich world has to take its responsibility, we have to have a continuation of Kyoto, a track that leads to a fair, ambitious and binding agreement, and we have to do it here in Durban.”

There is a growing consensus here in Durban that the United States is the main impediment to progress at these crucial talks. A consortium of 16 of the major environmental groups in the U.S. wrote a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who directly oversees the U.S. climate negotiations. They pointed out that, while President Barack Obama originally campaigned on a promise to lead in global climate negotiations, “three years later, America risks being viewed not as a global leader on climate change, but as a major obstacle to progress.”

The fossil-fuel industry exerts enormous influence over the U.S. government, and over the U.S. public, with tens of millions of dollars on lobbying and PR campaigns to shape public opinion. Kumi Naidoo, who has been jailed many times for his activism, compared the struggle against apartheid to the fight against climate change: “If people around the world can actually unite—trade unions, social movements, religious leaders, environmental groups and so on, which we saw in the march on Saturday—I pray and hope that we will have a similar kind of miracle to get these climate negotiations to deliver a fair, ambitious and legally binding outcome.”


Denis Moynihan contributed research to this column.

Amy Goodman is the host of “Democracy Now!,” a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on more than 900 stations in North America. She is the author of “Breaking the Sound Barrier,” recently released in paperback and now a New York Times best-seller.

© 2011 Amy Goodman

Distributed by King Features Syndicate


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By heterochromatic, December 11, 2011 at 7:43 pm Link to this comment

Name a kid Rusk and how can he help but think he’s some far-on policy whizzer?

Course, he’s not getting much wool since they took the Viagra off him, but he’s
still pulling.

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By guysorow, December 11, 2011 at 7:34 pm Link to this comment

He seems to apeal to those liberals like that fat guy Rusk Limbrow. That guy
wears a tie with stripes like a hippie from woodstack I seen it so don’t say
he ain’t one of them. I ain’t no fool. They can’t pull no wool over my sheep.

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By heterochromatic, December 11, 2011 at 7:17 pm Link to this comment

they already busted that Al Kada guy on a pornography beef. he’s been sentenced
and has no appeal left.

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By guysorow, December 11, 2011 at 6:56 pm Link to this comment

Global warming is a HOAX!  I have a globe on my desk and it is the same
temperature it has always been, except for th small space where my cat
peed. Everyone knows that guy who blew up new york,  whats his name, oh
yea, Al Kada or somthing,  everyone knows he made this up to take over all
the 7-11’s in the USA. My country will never fall for this trick. Big gulp
slurpies are in no danger of ever mealting because some globe on
someones desk gets hot. I can not prove it by I also believe liberals are in
cahoots with Al. Next they will be comming after my mouse pad. Fight back.
Do not fall for the science.  Scientology is never right. That’s why it always
rains when scientologist say it will just be cloudy. Intilectuals like me are
much needed to fend off Al Kada and his liberal followers.

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By Artful Dodger, December 11, 2011 at 9:30 am Link to this comment
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@YoungGringos

The messages aren’t that much improved with the context included. Go read it yourself. You do your cause little good with your profanities. Here I’ll do you better. Le merdeuse merde m’emmerde merdement. French is such a beautiful language.
Why do you call yourself by a racial slur? I suppose you think it’s a stylish pose.

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By guysorow, December 10, 2011 at 2:27 pm Link to this comment

I would have asked the former Greek Prime minister what he would do in
what order of importance if he still had the power as concerns the global
warming crisis. And please Amy stop trying to force your interviews to say
the US is wrong. Everyone knows it. It waste time trying to get someone on
the record disparaging the US.

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By YoungGringos, December 9, 2011 at 12:56 pm Link to this comment

ArtfulDodger,

You’re full of shit.  And I mean jam packed, to the rim, bursting at the seams full of shit.
Which is probably why you think you can pop in here, drop a deuce and vanish.

Media matters debunked this just like the LAST series of heavily cropped and chopped emails.
http://mediamatters.org/research/201111300010

I don’t even know why it’s necessary at this point.  You’ve won.  The Republicans are in the back pocket of big oil and big coal and Obama could really care less.
Just ask this guy, fellow denier and Obama fanboy:
http://www.democracynow.org/2011/12/8/his_nickname_is_george_w_obama

You won.  Congratulations.  Now crawl back under your rock and await the coming storm.

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By Artful Dodger, December 9, 2011 at 7:36 am Link to this comment
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Amy has nothing on the argument that CO2 causes climate change. She won’t cover the emails from the Climate Research Unit in East Anglia. That is proof itself that she can’t argue against the AGW skeptics. Her journalism is dishonest and obfuscatory. 

Here are some of the leaked emails:

http://foia2011.org/
 

/// The IPCC Process ///

<1939> Thorne/MetO:

Observations do not show rising temperatures throughout the tropical
troposphere unless you accept one single study and approach and discount a
wealth of others. This is just downright dangerous. We need to communicate the
uncertainty and be honest. Phil, hopefully we can find time to discuss these
further if necessary [...]


<3066> Thorne:

I also think the science is being manipulated to put a political spin on it
which for all our sakes might not be too clever in the long run.


<1611> Carter:

It seems that a few people have a very strong say, and no matter how much
talking goes on beforehand, the big decisions are made at the eleventh hour by
a select core group.


<2884> Wigley:

Mike, The Figure you sent is very deceptive [...] there have been a number of
dishonest presentations of model results by individual authors and by IPCC [...]


<4755> Overpeck:

The trick may be to decide on the main message and use that to guid[e] what’s
included and what is left out.


<3456> Overpeck:

I agree w/ Susan [Solomon] that we should try to put more in the bullet about
“Subsequent evidence” [...] Need to convince readers that there really has been
an increase in knowledge - more evidence. What is it?


<1104> Wanner/NCCR:

In my [IPCC-TAR] review [...] I critcized [...] the Mann hockey[s]tick [...]
My review was classified “unsignificant” even I inquired several times. Now the
internationally well known newspaper SPIEGEL got the information about these
early statements because I expressed my opinion in several talks, mainly in
Germany, in 2002 and 2003. I just refused to give an exclusive interview to
SPIEGEL because I will not cause damage for climate science.


<0414> Coe:

Hence the AR4 Section 2.7.1.1.2 dismissal of the ACRIM composite to be
instrumental rather than solar in origin is a bit controversial. Similarly IPCC
in their discussion on solar RF since the Maunder Minimum are very dependent on
the paper by Wang et al (which I have been unable to access) in the decision to
reduce the solar RF significantly despite the many papers to the contrary in
the ISSI workshop. All this leaves the IPCC almost entirely dependent on CO2
for the explanation of current global temperatures as in Fig 2.23. since
methane CFCs and aerosols are not increasing.

<2009> Briffa:

I find myself in the strange position of being very skeptical of the quality of
all present reconstructions, yet sounding like a pro greenhouse zealot here!


<2775> Jones:

I too don’t see why the schemes should be symmetrical. The temperature ones
certainly will not as we’re choosing the periods to show warming.

 

<0890> Jones:

We can put a note in that something will be there in the next draft, or Kevin
or I will write something - it depends on whether and what we get from Japan.


<0170> Jones:

Kevin, Seems that this potential Nature paper may be worth citing, if it does
say that GW is having an effect on TC activity.


<0714> Jones:

Getting people we know and trust [into IPCC] is vital - hence my comment about
the tornadoes group.


<3205> Jones:

Useful ones [for IPCC] might be Baldwin, Benestad (written on the solar/cloud
issue - on the right side, i.e anti-Svensmark), Bohm, Brown, Christy (will be
have to involve him ?)

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By blogdog, December 8, 2011 at 11:31 am Link to this comment

the July 1, 2011, a million-plus public demonstration, a stunt?  -  I posted the link in the alt-source media - you find it, show it in the mainstream media - you can’t, because it was not broadcast in the MSM and if it got into print, barely - if so, you find it

while you’re at it, find any link to a ‘peaceful’ anti-Jamahiriya protest assembling over 1000 - you can’t, because it didn’t happen like that - it was a bloody NATO-backed, mercenary-lead insurgency, coup d’etat operation, many years in the planning

even the Aug.  footage supposedly from Green Square - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftr0DrpH_oM- was exposed as having been shot on a constructed set in Doha - BBC was caught showing footage of India street demonstrations and calling it Green Square - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6W_XqtvJg4 - Indian national flags obvious - bloody BBC talking heads can’t keep their WOGs sorted out

all mainstream media is fully onboard with all agitprop, designed to advance the globalists’ agenda (fail states), including Democracy Now and its resident NATO apologist Juan Cole and of course MI6-backed Al Jazeera - the Doha production crew

same thing in Syria - pro-government demonstrations numbering in the 100s of thousands - ‘peaceful’ anti-gov. protests number a few hundred - and the killing of demonstrators and security forces is coming from NATO-backed, roof-top snipers, not security forces in the street - again, ginned up MSM agitprop, leading toward regime change

be sure to check the cited photo - now moved to this URL -  http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2011/12/mainstream-propagandists-tale-of.html  - near the bottom of the page - round-eye, black-box operative, moving among the Red Shirts, not with typical AK-47, but an M16A2 - program expanding to SE Asia - 3rd World War front advances

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By heterochromatic, December 8, 2011 at 8:15 am Link to this comment

dog, IIRC, there was a pro-Gaddafi demo in Los Angeles right after the June 11.

find coverage of that and you’ll probably see that it references the tripoli stunt.

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By blogdog, December 7, 2011 at 11:43 pm Link to this comment

tic, not in the MSM - I’ve done the searches - do them yourself - not even on Democracy Now - all they covered was the ginned up color revolution in Benghazi - street numbers never reached 1000 - went violent from the beginning

insurgents with NATO supplied weapons - initially more police and soldiers died than insurgents and civilians - insurgents lynched dozens of black guest workers - insurgents committed atrocities and hung them on the regime - NGOs played along - Soros-funded HRW the worst of the lot - imagine street protests turning to gunplay in the US - riot squads would wipe them out within hours with full media and official approval

same thing going on in Syria - insurgent death squads - random killing - trying to gin up another phony case for R2P -  again, in the US, or literally anywhere, the Right to Restore Order would prevail - al qaeda operative Belhadj, now in Turkey organizing insurgents - left Tripoli with a fake passport and big load of cash - e.g.  http://tinyurl.com/dymldhp

looks like they got one started in Moscow now too - NGOs running cover for the destabilization op.  -  International Republican Institute & National Endowment for Democracy - e.g. Land Destroyer Report - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2011 by Tony Cartalucci - http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/

same destabilization going on in Thailand too - at the bottom of Tony Cartalucci’s article is a telling photo - obvious round-eye, black-box operative, moving among the Red Shirts - the mission: spread terror, instill chaos, provoke civil war - the goal: fail states

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By heterochromatic, December 7, 2011 at 10:40 pm Link to this comment

davie ~~~~“Is China the problem (the worst polluter nation), or just another
convenient excuse?

On a per capita basis, China has far lower CO2 emissions than America does.”

not for long, davie, not for long….China is ramping up and the air over beijing is
already going brown….just like Tehran and worse than LA

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By heterochromatic, December 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm Link to this comment

dog~~~ the rally was reported pretty widely, not ignored.

lotta people scornfully scoffed at the utter unbelievability of it and the thought
that Gaddafi would think that people would buy it.

you may be one of the few people on the planet who heard about and have
derisive snicker.

Saddam had more support than Gaddafi. Saddam won a few elections with 99% the
vote…. Gaddafi never won an election.

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By SteveL, December 7, 2011 at 10:33 pm Link to this comment

A new map of geothermal energy potential released by Southern Methodist
University is the result of years of research funded by Google.org. The map shows
that there are enough viable geothermal resources in the US to replace the current
coal power capacity ten times over.

Coal is currently the biggest source of electricity.  Now we have the potential to
replace it 10 times over with “green energy”.  It has been called a source too big to
ignore.  The same industries that want to do fracking are starting to lie about
geothermal as causing earthquakes.  Stand by for all the lies the coal and gas
industries will not go away quietly.

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By David J. Cyr, December 7, 2011 at 10:26 pm Link to this comment

Is China the problem (the worst polluter nation), or just another convenient excuse?

On a per capita basis, China has far lower CO2 emissions than America does. In 2009, China’s emissions were 5.83 tons/person/year, while America’s were 17.67 tons/person/year — the average emissions for an American being 3 times greater than the average emissions for a person in China.

With regards to the aggregate emissions that china produces, a great deal of that is actually America’s externalized emissions… emissions due to the Chinese manufacture of most every factory produced product that consumer economy Americans purchase.

Although China’s industrious embrace of globalism, with it becoming the skilled labor provider for the self-impoverishing rapidly declining failed states of America, has resulted in a rapid increase in its aggregate emissions, China is much more vigorously engaged in climate change response than America is. America seeks to consume more than it produces, as China produces more than it consumes. While the war debt nation, America, borrows money from China to spend on invading and occupying other nations in fossil-fuel resource wars, China still has plenty of profits saved from its production economy that it hasn’t loaned to the profligate nation, America, much of which China is using to invest in its transition to renewable energy.

In 2010, 3rd place America invested $34 billion in renewable energy, while 2nd place little Germany invested $41.2 billion on clean energy, and the world leading 1st place China invested $54.5 billion. China is also the world leader in the manufacture of wind and solar technology equipment… manufacturing 50% of the world’s total wind & solar equipment.

Americans attempting to shift blame for our current climate changing condition, by comparing China’s aggregate emissions today to America’s, need consider the aggregate total over time… America’s several generations long legacy of being the world’s uber polluter throughout the 20th Century. Effectively, America (with some help from other mindlessly militarized nations) produced the climate change problem that all the world’s people need to now work together to solve… or perish.

BOOK REVIEW: Sustainable Energy — Without the Hot Air

http://chenangogreens.org/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=490&Itemid=1

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By heterochromatic, December 7, 2011 at 9:42 pm Link to this comment

we can create nearly limitless fuel by mix solid human waste with kelp and
specially designed microorganism and enzymes that will power entire fleets of
interplanetary cruisers as well as personal jet-packs.

this will create billions and billions of jobs.


until then, we still might want to generate nuff lectricity keep the lights on.

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By blogdog, December 7, 2011 at 9:27 pm Link to this comment

- date clearly stamped on the video - July 1, 2011
- most recent massive public display alla Gaddafi
- again, totally ignored in global MSM
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sH3MSAStt6k

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By heterochromatic, December 7, 2011 at 8:33 pm Link to this comment

dog~~~ is there another pro-Gaddafi rally scheduled for
tomorrow?

or do they get scheduled less frequently now?

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By heterochromatic, December 7, 2011 at 8:32 pm Link to this comment

dog~~~ great footage of that HUGE pro-Gaddafi rally!!!

is it live coverage? or was it from earlier today?

really, rrrrreally believable.


I’m sure that the Libyan people demanded that they have
no say in choosing who would lead the nation and this
really helps prove it.

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By heterochromatic, December 7, 2011 at 7:37 pm Link to this comment

dog~~~~~ china, india, brazil and south africa itself
ain’t gonna a damn thing to reduce their
contributions to the problem…

and it ain’t gonna be eliminated even if the USA
straps on a hair shirt and we start eating grass.

china can sure as hell afford to change and it
intends not to, it intends to vastly increase it’s
pollution.

Amy and her growing consensus can suck wind and Amy
can start publishing using chalk on slate if she
likes, but selective blindness and bullsh1t are
merely methanous gasbagging.

Amy be the one given to giving orders, dog, but if
you learn to fetch Martinis…I might hoist one; been
thirty years since the last.

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By blogdog, December 7, 2011 at 6:41 pm Link to this comment

tic, still giving orders - recommendation: mix yourself a martini before firing off your comments - in this case, more persuasive to point out that going ‘green’  (ecologically speaking) is a first-world luxury

only in the first world have we the luxury to invest in technologies that if ever they become cost effective, may take decades at best - predicting costs down the road is uncertain, and we know human nature isn’t given to that,

e.g. many in Libya are already longing for the good old days… tolerating mostly benign nepotism compared to mean streets ruled by armed brigands who may break in at any moment, pillage, rape, butcher at will - worst of all, it was forced upon the majority

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By heterochromatic, December 7, 2011 at 5:56 pm Link to this comment

“a growing consensus” means sh1t when the reality is
otherwise.

go talk to the nations doing the worst and till then
sit on your growing consensus

“China is the world’s worst polluter nation with the
highest overall annual emission of greenhouse gases
(6,018 million tonne). Australia has the world’s
highest per capital carbon dioxide emissions.”

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By objective observer, December 7, 2011 at 12:14 pm Link to this comment
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sandy berman:

being in the northwest, where a great deal of electicity is produced by hydroelectric dams, please explain why the seattle/puget sound left wing of the political spectrum want the dams removed.  usually the excuse is salmon.  if it wasn’t for the east side of washington state, the latte machines and protest sign printers wouldn’t work in the sound.  so why do they want them removed? 

yes, we’ve got wind turbines like weeds, and they seem to work fine when the wind is blowing, but what good are they when the wind is still?

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By David J. Cyr, December 7, 2011 at 9:24 am Link to this comment

QUOTE, Amy Goodman:

“There is a growing consensus here in Durban that the United States is the main impediment to progress at these crucial talks.”
___________________

Yes, the small encampments of passionate people’s activists seeking a new paradigm who are being assaulted by the police here in America claim they represent the 99%, but 99% of America’s voters have been voting either for the corporate party’s Republicans to pretend climate change is not a problem, or for the corporate party’s Democrats to liberally recognize the existential problem but do nothing necessary to mitigate the consequences.

In response to this existential threat, the retrograde Republicans seek only to profit from more desperate means of increased extraction before the End of Days comes, and the depraved Democrats focus on providing Goldman Sachs and other international banksters a market to profit from bundling pollution swaps… while the glaciers all disappear and massive amounts of methane are escaping from the defrosting permafrost.

It is clear that the corporate party’s Republican and Democrat factions do not care if our children have a future… do not care if our species does not survive the natural consequences of the perpetual growth consumer economy.

Jill Stein for President:

http://www.jillstein.org

Voter Consent Wastes Dissent:

http://chenangogreens.org/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=498&Itemid=1

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By terry p, December 7, 2011 at 7:45 am Link to this comment
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It’s a sad situation. Each year is better than the next. Life is going backwards. As wall street squeezes the last drop of oil the planet will probably ignite only to burn the surface off and then join the other planets with its lifelessness. :?(
tp

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By blogdog, December 7, 2011 at 1:38 am Link to this comment

So Goodman’s Democracy Now is all over this ...20,000 people gathered… yet totally ignored this: HUGE PRO GADDAFI RALLY in Tripoli -  Raw Footage - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWzNhk3zv4U - including translation.

Anyone thinking NATO’s proxy brigades now rule Libya, think again - look at the million-plus rally shown in that video - NATO perished 10% - yes ‘decimated’ the nation - that leaves 90% and the so-called rebels’ ruthless rape and pillage has doomed them to numbered days ‘in power’ - across the nation,  they are a hundred-times more hated and despised than Gaddafi ever was by the miniscule number of refuse-nicks, essentially pissed off because they couldn’t engage in casino capitalism.

Al Qaeda operative, Abdualhakim Belhadj, is now in Turkey organizing (again with NATO support) brigades of mercenaries against Syria - that’s all he’s good at - he’ll not return to Libya - moreover the NTC ‘rules’ from Malta - they cannot maintain secure offices in Libya.

Saif Al-Gaddafi is with the Zinten - they will not give him over to NTC - Zinten are working out prisoner exchange and future cooperation with the Green Resistance - NTC has no future in Libya, but NATO continues to bomb, so Libyans will suffer more death and destruction

Expect Democracy Now to take the role of Left cover limited hangout damage control and agitprop reinforcement for all future Color Revolutions planned not only for Central Asia and African states, but for Russia and China too. - see http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/

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By Sandy Berman, December 7, 2011 at 12:48 am Link to this comment

I have no patience left for the blind apologists for the status quo (oil and
nukes) who insist that “all energy sources have their inherent dangers”...

as if a solar or wind farm…

or tidal-torque generators or sea-pressure resistors…

or hydro-electric facilities could irradiate entire HEMISPHERES if they
malfunction…

or if the waste left by a wind-turbine could cause cancer for eons.

??Let the nay-sayers tout the fact that none of the safe, green, DOMESTIC energy
sources available can be made viable in the same time it took the United States
to rebuild it’s PACIFIC FLEET after Pearl Harbor (1.5 years)... or create an AIR
FORCE from scratch (2.5 years)... or send a man to the MOON (8.5 years).

??Let them explain all of this to their grandchildren….. the MUTANTS.

???Meanwhile, here in California, we now committed to go “green”, as the votes to
reject the initiatives presented by the oil industry has shown. A wise choice
rooted in the long-term future as opposed to the cynical mindset that seems
to have burrowed into political discourse of late.??

The most pernicious problems which must be overcome are those involving the
deliberate obfuscations of an honest national debate.. untruths presented by
those with agendas contrary to the common good.

??“Drill, baby, drill”..

??“We will never be able to eliminate oil or nukes from our paradigm”..

??Or even the breathtakingly phony “righteous indignation” that, if we attempt to
turn this corner, that “people will lose their jobs” (as if the right-wing has ever
devoted a good god-damn towards the working classes in the past).???

These are deceptions that have been plied, with considerable success, for the
past thirty years.. quashing most attempts to get the United States off of the
teat of fossil fuels (as well as those who profit by it at the world’s expense),
insuring that nothing of any substance ever gets accomplished.??

They have created and are committed to sustain a nation literally marinated in
oil, and any progressive, forward-thinking attempts to extricate America from
this addiction is summarily dropped as a matter of rote.

??Every chance to improve the environment and improve and benefit The U.S. was
thwarted by the those with a worldview which is anathema to any enlightened,
civil society.??

WE CAN DO THIS!??

ALL it takes is the RESOLVE to do it.??

??Not to mention the HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of new, AMERICAN JOBS created.??

WIND, SOLAR, TIDAL, GEOTHERMAL, HYDRO-ELECTRIC…

??Step aside, if you’re afraid to try, and let those of us who can HANDLE the TASK
do the heavy lifting.???

There ARE some of us who STILL BELIEVE in “Good Old American KNOWHOW”.

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By gerard, December 6, 2011 at 9:05 pm Link to this comment

Rapid changes have literally boggled the minds of most of the people of the world whose previous habits and knowledge simply do not prepare them to quickly take in, and understand, such broad concepts as the possibility and the evidence for such a huge event as “climate change” or “global warming.”
  The emotional and intellectual “overload” of such huge problems works to encourage looking the other way, ignoring, denying, escapism.
  This makes it necessary for intelligent inforcement
of necessary restraints to come first from governments, media and those corporations involved with producing the agents of climate change. Unfortunately, corporations, governments and media are all in thrall to capitalist dogma, and are psychologically indisposed to act as first responders, no matter how great the need.  They are used to getting by with “business as usual”—which in this case is a prescription for disaster.
  Difficult though it is to “get close to” corporations, media and governments, it is obvious that the people themselves are the only force that can save the day for us all.  Ceaseless efforts must be made continuously, for as long as it takes, to reach the top echelons of government, media and business. “Occupy Climate” is an urgent necessity.

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