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I’m guessing nothing will happen to change anything unless we stop them:

The world has just five years to avoid being trapped in a scenario of perilous climate change and extreme weather events, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned on Wednesday.

On current trends, “rising fossil energy use will lead to irreversible and potentially catastrophic climate change,” the IEA concluded in its annual World Energy Outlook report.

“The door to 2.0 C is closing,” it said, referring to the 2.0 Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) cap on global warming widely accepted by scientists and governments as the ceiling for averting unmanageable climate damage.
Without further action, by 2017 the total CO2 emissions compatible with the 2.0 C goal will be “locked in” by power plants, factories and other carbon-emitting sources either built or planned, the IEA said.
Global infrastructure already accounts for more than 75 percent of that limit.

To meet energy needs while still averting climate catastrophe, governments must engineer a shift away from carbon-intensive fossil fuels, the agency said bluntly.

Please call if you’re in PA

The DRBC is the Delaware River Basin Commission. I got into an argument with the staffer who answered the phone when I said, “I hope the governor paid attention to the results in Ohio last night.”

“You mean the vote to stop Obama healthcare?” he said in a snide tone.

“No, I mean the vote to protect bargaining rights for public workers,” I said. “And don’t start that right wing crap with me. When voters really wake up and understand the right-wing agenda that Governor Corbett and his friends are trying to shove down our throats, they don’t support it, and they ARE waking up.”

“All righty!” he said and hung up.

The Empire Strikes Back

They were using the tarp to cover their computers and other electronic equipment supplies:

Police in Houston on Tuesday night swarmed a small group of “Occupy” protesters and arrested them for possessing a tarp in a public park, according to area media.

In all, a total of 27 police officers responded to the scene in 19 squad cars, according to the protesters. Police had confronted the group around 11 p.m. about a tarp they were using to protect their equipment from the elements. It was not being used as a makeshift structure.

After about 20 minutes of negotiating, police decided to begin arresting the protesters, who refused to remove their tarp. Six individuals were peacefully arrested, and police confiscated the group’s equipment, along with the tarp. Another three were also detained for “jaywalking” and interfering with police, but later released. Three of the arrestees were released the following morning, protesters said.

They added that the equipment included food, medical supplies and electronic equipment meant to support their demonstration.

Hell, no

My dad’s old union is included in this, and he would have been appalled:

Despite the four largest railroad companies making $8.5 billion in profits last year, an association of 30 railroads is asking 92,000 railroad workers represented by 11 unions to make concessions that could result in the first railroad strike in nearly 20 years.

Last month, Obama stepped in to prevent the strike of tens of thousands of railroad workers under powers granted to the president under the Railway Labor Act (which governs labor relations in the railway and airline industry) after the 35,000 member Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) voted to go strike. It was the first time a president stepped in to avoid a private-sector strike since President George W. Bush prevented a strike at Amtrak in 2007.
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Occupy London Stock Exchange

Or OccupyLSX, as it’s called on Twitter. Major march today:

Watch live streaming video from occupylsx at livestream.com

Last night

Great discussion last night with Ted Rall about the potential for violence in the Occupy movement. As Ted points out (and I concur), it’s not as if either of us thinks non-violence is a bad thing – only that the power of the state makes violence inevitable, and that we should prepare for the possibility.

Even sadder, I think, is that it’s controversial to even have the discussion. That rubs us both the wrong way, so I hope you’ll listen here.

And here’s a little stroll down memory lane to remind you about the G20 protests in Toronto:

This is called a “snatch and grab,” where they identify protest leaders and grab them:

And here’s the sonic cannon they used at the G20 protests in Pittsburgh:

Woo hoo

Just to keep the “good news” streak going, this is something that should really help Dems in their fight to regain control of the House:

In a boost to Democrats’ chances of retaking the House next year, federal judges in Texas will draw a map for the state’s 2012 congressional races.

A Washington, D.C., federal court on Tuesday declined to sign off on redistricting plan spearheaded by the state Republican Party. The D.C. court ruled that the Republican line-drawers “used an improper standard or methodology to determine which districts afford minority voters the ability to elect their preferred candidates of choice.”
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Voters to GOP: We just don’t like you

Apparently it’s not too late. Even rank-and-file Republican voters have rejected some of the most extreme Republican laws in yesterday’s elections. A clearly chastened Ohio Gov. John Kasich, ringleader for the extreme ALEC agenda, had to concede defeat as Senate Bill 5, legislation to decimate collective bargaining by state employees, went down in flames.

In the state of Mississippi, voters decided zygotes did not meet the legal definition of personhood — or even corporations. (Helped along by the fact that even Haley Barbour said the wording was too vague, so it may resurface.)

In Maine, voters retained same-day voter registration, despite attempts to repeal it by their Tea party governor and his minions.

Democrats took just about every position that wasn’t nailed down in Connecticut municipal elections.

Iowa Dems held the State Senate tonight, which means marriage equality in Iowa is safe.

Arizona recall voters took down wingnut Senate President Russell Pearce.

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear of Kentucky takes a second term.

More added as it comes in, but all in all, it’s a really good night for Democrats.

UPDATE: Looks like Virginia falls to Tea party control.

OWS gets generators back


Occupy Wall Street got its confiscated generators back on Tuesday after its legal team pressed the Fire Department of New York to release them.

The machines were picked up from the New York City Fire Academy at Randall’s Island by the Wikileaks truck, which has been stationed next to Zuccotti Park since the protest’s inception. The vehicle with the generator on board made its way back to Zuccotti Park hours before a planned concert by Graham Nash and David Crosby.

Yetta Kurland, a lawyer representing the protesters, said the generators did not violate any FDNY code.
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Here we go again

I was just thinking that now that we’re theoretically pulling out of Iraq that we’re going to need another war:

TEHRAN, Nov. 8 (UPI) — Israel will learn the true meaning of “hell” if it decides a military strike against Iran is worth the risk, an Iranian national security official said.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is said to have been reviewing strike plans against Iran’s nuclear infrastructure as the International Atomic Energy Agency expressed concerns about Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

Iranian officials have said any attack on its nuclear infrastructure would be suicidal.

I’m sure Obama will stand firm against the war drumbeat, right?

Iran presents Barack Obama with the biggest international test of a presidency mired in underachievement. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/07/iran-workin… Having fluffed his lines on Afghanistan, climate change and the Arab spring, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/barack-obama he is under growing pressure to fulfil his pledge to prevent Iran obtaining nuclear weapons. A report by the UN’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, is expected to indicate that Obama is steadily failing in this objective, too. So what should he do? A wrong move now, and all the disappointments of the past three years could be wholly eclipsed by the most profound of moral ruptures.

It all comes down to Obama because, in the end, the US alone has the military firepower to stop Tehran in its tracks. Now Libya, supposedly, is done and dusted, Israeli officials have turned hyper, talking up the Iranian threat and arguing the time for diplomacy has all but passed. Those glum doomsayers, prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, defence chief Ehud Barak, and president Shimon Peres, are frantically ringing alarm bells like a trio of demented churchwardens. Something, they say, must be done, preferably involving some very large American bombs.

Republican hopefuls in the 2012 presidential election are beating the war drums too, sensing that Iran is a bunker-buster issue that could penetrate Obama’s strong record on national security. Governor Rick Perry of Texas, a leading candidate, is saying he would fully support a pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nuclear installations. Another aspiring commander-in-chief, former senator Rick Santorum, describes Iran as the “enemy”. It is campaign-trail nonsense, but it is dangerous nonsense – and it ramps up the pressure on Obama.

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