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In a finding that could have implications for the 2016 presidential campaign, the poll also found that two-thirds of Americans say they are more likely to vote for political candidates who campaign on fighting climate change. They are less likely to vote for candidates who question or deny the science of human-caused global warming.

Among Republicans, 48 percent said they are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports fighting climate change, a result that Jon A. Krosnick, a professor of political science at Stanford University and an author of the survey, called "the most powerful finding" in the poll.

Wow; nearly half of Republicans.  Even those who wrongly believe creating a green economy will somehow "hurt" favor climate action.

How long until those other polling data catch up to reality?

Do those displaced by Hurricane Sandy feel inaction hurts less? Do drought stricken farmers think IS militants are a more pressing issue (as someone in the polling article states)?

The real reason this isn't champagne popping good news is that politicos lag far behind their constituents. The fealty of the Right wing to the moneyed Kochs of the world is unrelenting.

We can only hope that their brazen preference for cash over the electorate's desires will become obvious to the overwhelming majority before the climate is long poast any major tipping point.


A green NFL team?
Seems like one of those oxymorons like military intelligence.

But on some levels, in this case it might be true.


With the use of solar panels and plants on top of the westside suite tower, the stadium will be net-zero to the electric grid on gamedays.
Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara will be the new home of the SF 49ers in 2014. It will be the second NFL stadium to get the LEED Gold rating.
Low-flow toilets systems and sinks were also taken into account along with recycled and reclaimed building products. Even the concession stands will feature food from local suppliers and excess waste will be recycled and composted whenever possible.
Among other notable efforts are bike-friendly access, geo-thermal hot water, and grass that requires less water. It will also have the NFL’s first green roof-
a 27,000 square foot installation that will help insulate the stadium’s luxury suites. The roof features about 2,000 tons of dirt and will be landscaped with native plants to reduce stormwater runoff.
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After years of some of the worst poaching across Africa in years, news today gives hope to those who care about some of the world's most endangered species.


DAR es SALAAM, Tanzania, April 14, 2014 (ENS) – On a visit to Tanzania, Howard G. Buffett, the elder son of American investor and philanthropist Warren Edward Buffett, Thursday pledged to provide a helicopter for surveillance of poachers in the Selous Game Reserve.

Through the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, a private foundation in the United States that he heads, the American billionaire also will support capacity building and anti-poaching efforts in Tanzania through purchase of vehicles, GPS equipment and the training of helicopter pilots and game rangers.

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As if Americans did not have enough to worry about on tax day 2014, today the FBI has released a disturbing new finding:

WASHINGTON—Putting the nation on alert against what it has described as a “highly credible terrorist threat,” the FBI announced today that it has uncovered a plot by members of al-Qaeda to sit back and enjoy themselves while the United States collapses of its own accord.
The news comes after clandestine surveillance has exposed that terror cells around the globe have been colluding to not give a fuck for many months.
“We have intercepted electronic communication indicating that al-Qaeda members are actively plotting to stay out of the way while America as we know it gradually crumbles under the weight of its own self-inflicted debt and disrepair,” FBI Deputy Director Mark F. Giuliano told the assembled press corps.

With the impacts of climate change, partisan backbiting, apathy, crumbling infrastructure, and weapons of mass distraction effectively dismembering the world's only superpower, al Qaeda has been stockpiling its supplies of give a shit for years.

Ali Muhammad, a Yemeni youth who sympathizes with al Qaeda was heard to say that he "was interested in getting involved with a suicide bombing attack on U.S. interests, but if it ain't fixed, don't break it."

The FBI has also warned that numerous al-Qaeda agents may have established sleeper cells for the purpose of “getting a kick out of” the nation’s downfall on American soil. The bureau urged U.S. residents to use caution around schools, hospitals, legislative bodies, prisons, and other decaying institutions whose imminent failure terrorists may wish to observe up close.
Intelligence included in the report has shown that al Qaeda has been shifting its resources to decks of cards, board games, X-boxes and other indoor activities to cut their costs on the training of its members.

"Those monkey bars and other training facility equipment are not cost-effective in the face of the imminent need to do nothing," one intercepted transmission was heard to say (translated from the original Urdu).

Americans are advised to report any suspicious-looking individuals who may be involved in these latest efforts. Anyone not looking overly interested in doing anything should be reported to Homeland Security immediately.


Welcome, New Users, to Daily Kos.  This Diary is intended to help you orient yourself to the site and ask questions about how to use it.

In the Body of this diary you will find some links intended to get you participating more effectively.  Also in the Body this week is a discussion of user #one million.

After that you can ask me any question you want.  I don't know all the answers so if you stump me, you do.  I invite those wiser than I to contribute and correct (or raise a ruckus, just don't scare people).

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Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 04:56 PM PST

James Hansen: "Yes, Nukes."

by LaughingPlanet

A rather surprising news item was released today. Prominent climate scientist James Hansen and 3 other climate scientists are imploring world leaders and environmentalists to back an increase in nuclear power to offset climate change.

They believe that wind and solar cannot deliver enough clean energy quickly enough to cause the necessary decrease in fossil fuel (read: coal) electricity.

"Those energy sources cannot scale up fast enough" to deliver the amount of cheap and reliable power the world needs, and "with the planet warming and carbon dioxide emissions rising faster than ever, we cannot afford to turn away from any technology" that has the potential to reduce greenhouse gases.
The move can be seen as unexpected because so many env'al groups like Greenpeace are staunchly opposed to nuclear power. I find the announcement to be interesting as my own view on nuclear power has wavered over recent years. The Fukushima disaster certainly swayed many people from the prospect of nukes as both Japan and Germany resolved to phase out their use of nuclear power shortly after the March 2011 Japanese quake.
Stephen Ansolabehere, a Harvard professor who studies energy issues, said nuclear power is "very divisive" within the environmental movement. But he added that the letter could help educate the public about the difficult choices that climate change presents.
Although I do not believe my mind to be very easily swayed, this letter may be enough to get me to rethink my own opposition to nukes which has persisted for over 3 years after reading this book. I have a ton of respect for Hansen and would have a difficult time questioning his findings on this matter.

Climate Change is the biggest issue facing humanity now, and maybe ever. Doing things differently is undeniably necessary. Is more nuclear power a step in the right direction?

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New information about a recent story has come to light today, and it bears reporting here  as other news items and "facts" about this case have been reported at length.

Today, more facts about the tragic death of journalist Michael Hastings became clear, and they suggest that any "foul play" involved may have instead been self-inflicted.

...journalist Michael Hastings had returned to drugs and had traces of amphetamine and marijuana in his system when he drove his car into a tree hours after he was seen passed out in his home, according to an autopsy report released Tuesday.
Of course, the next sentence in the AP story is also important
Coroner's investigators said the drugs likely did not contribute to the June crash, which they classified as an accident.
However as we read more we learn that there is a possibility that a cocktail of various drugs from those listed above, to Ritalin and the rather intense hallucinogen DMT may have been involved in the journalist's last days.
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¡Bueno dias, bird lovers! (Don't worry; this post will not be a test of your Spanish.)

I recently returned from several months south of the border. Over the weeks ahead I hope to dig myself out from under the pile of photographs I took on the trip. This work is, from my perspective, the primary downside of the digital photography revolution. I used to take a fraction as many pix when I had to pay to print them all.

Part 1 can be found HERE

I was lucky enough to stumble upon this resplendent quetzal on one of my hikes thru the rainforest of Monteverde in Costa Rica.

I was even lucky enough to get a few shots (albeit not great ones).

He was much less shy than I had been led to believe them to be. Later, I even caught a few quiet moments of him singing his little quetzal song.

I hope to someday edit the audio spliced over the shots I took of him, but do not have the capacity to do so at the moment.

It is quite a spectacle with its tail feathers twice the length of its body. So colorful and regal.

Below are a couple more shots of him, and various other species I was able to capture on digifilm in my 3 weeks or so in Costa Rica.

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There is a virus spreading in the tropics; its name is the palm farm. In a number of different countries, vast swaths of forest are being hurriedly razed so that palm oil can be farmed.

All other species must get out of its way or perish. Rainforests be damned. Thy enemy is the palm oil plantation.


For many years, many environmentalists have decried the use of palm oil due to its origins in unsustainable farms. The vast rainforests of Malaysia and Indonesia in particular have been devastated over recent years by its cultivation.

But there are yet more reasons to despise this massive, growing & profitable industry. A recent Businessweek article has exposed vast human rights issues with palm oil as well.

A nine-month investigation of the industry, including interviews with workers at or near 12 plantations on Borneo and Sumatra—two islands that hold 96 percent of Indonesia’s palm oil operations—revealed widespread abuses of basic human rights. Among the estimated 3.7 million workers in the industry are thousands of child laborers and workers who face dangerous and abusive conditions.
Pesek2-1 Debt bondage is common, and traffickers who prey on victims face few, if any, sanctions from business or government officials.

My most common reaction to the palm industry is incredulity.

It does not have to be like this!

So whether you are interested in human welfare, wild animals, a healthy climate, or stopping huge multinational conglomerates, you must take a stand against the scourge that is the palm oil gold rush.

More info, images, and action items below.

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I am sick to my stomach right now.

We have at least 2 breaking diaries and one front page post about 2 major disasters that have happened in the past few hours. In the comments of these posts you will find many absurd, hurtful comments.

If you are the type to use such events to try out your witty, wry and conspiracy theory comments, know that I will empty my cache of HRs as quickly as possible and call on others I know here to bring more ammo to hydrate your ass into oblivion.

DO NOT make this site look like a bunch of buffoons.

DO NOT speculate on the cause of a disaster until there is a shred of evidence to support your claims.

DO NOT say anything that would cause more pain and suffering to the victims of tragic events.

This advice should not be necessary.



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Thu Jul 04, 2013 at 11:53 PM PDT

BART to resume service Friday

by LaughingPlanet

The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) strike is in effect over, but there are still negotiations to complete. Trains will be running throughout the Bay Area by 3PM Friday.

The agreement reached with mediators is to extend the existing contract for one month during which time the future deal can be settled upon.

Despite lots of hard work, BART and its unions have failed to come to an agreement on contract issues that matter to all of us today and into the future. We still have a wide gap of disagreements to bridge over the next 30 days.
The deal can hardly been seen as a victory for the striking union (SEIU) workers at this point. But most people can agree it is a victory for those who depend of public transit, and for the air quality in the Bay Area.

On Friday morning, BART will provide "limited" bus & van service for morning commuters from a handful of East Bay locations.

The buses and vans will pick up riders at the West Oakland, El Cerrito del Norte, Walnut Creek, Dublin/Pleasanton and Fremont stations. At 5 a.m., seven buses will arrive at each of these stations. Once a bus is filled, it will leave for San Francisco. There will be no transfers in West Oakland. It will be first-come, first-served. Each bus carries 50 passengers. The service will last only until all seven buses are filled or 8 a.m., whichever comes first.

An all-Amercian birthday celebration is happening today. But not just for what you think.


One of the lesser landmarks in this nations most beautiful city is celebrating its birthday on the same day as our nation.

It’s both a sentry, and a beacon at the city’s highest point. In one of the world’s biggest tourist cities, it will never become a San Francisco cliche. It’s a symbol of function, durability and yes beauty. It is the inextinguishable candle atop the delicious cake that is the Bay Area.

Happy 40th birthday, Sutro Tower!


More photos & iconic idolatry below.

All photos by the diarist

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