…there’s another country [DOT 6/3/22]

I heard of long ago...

…so…sunday…the day of rest…& after the last couple of these I’ve done very possibly a time when I ought to give it a rest

Vladimir Putin delivered a chilling warning to the west over the imposition of sanctions on Russia on Saturday, warning that measures designed to cripple his country’s economy were “akin to an act of war”.

In comments that were both defiant and threatening, the Russian president also told Ukraine’s leaders that their nation risked being dismantled as an independent sovereign state if they continued to resist Russia’s invasion.

“The current leadership needs to understand that if they continue doing what they are doing, they risk the future of Ukrainian statehood,” Putin said. “If that happens they will have to be blamed for that.”

His intervention, in which he hinted the conflict could soon spread beyond Ukraine unless the west changed course, came as Moscow broke a ceasefire agreement to allow Ukrainian civilians to flee after 10 days of bombing and devastation.

…though…well…no rest for the wicked is all very well

…but I don’t see how there aren’t a lot of un-wicked folks out there who aren’t having a restful time of it

As tensions rose to new levels, and early hopes that diplomatic progress might be made in behind-the-scenes negotiations were dashed, the UK Foreign Office advised all Britons in Russia to leave without delay by any available commercial routes. The number of UK citizens in the country is estimated at upwards of 6,000.

Increasingly, European diplomats believe Putin sees the west’s supply of weaponry and other support to Ukraine as direct intervention of a kind that requires retaliation.

Referring to Ukraine’s demand for Nato to impose a no-fly zone over the country – which Nato has rejected – Putin added: “The realisation of that demand would bring catastrophic results not only to Europe but to the whole world.”
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As the ceasefire agreements broke down, both sides blamed each other. The Kremlin blamed Ukraine for the collapse of a deal to evacuate civilians from the besieged city of Mariupol and the nearby town of Volnovakha, while Ukrainian officials said attempts to create a humanitarian corridor in the east for 200,000 trapped civilians failed because of shelling.
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In Washington, there has been talk of offering Putin a so-called “golden bridge” – blocking all his avenues of advance while making retreat as attractive as possible. US secretary of state Antony Blinken said on Friday the door to negotiation was open. “If they show any signs of being willing to engage in meaningful diplomacy, of course we’ll engage,” he said.
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US officials hope the economic pain inflicted on Russia will force Putin to climb down. But some critics of the Biden administration’s response argue the “golden bridge” has not been signposted clearly enough.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/mar/05/defiant-putin-warns-the-west-your-sanctions-are-akin-to-an-act-of-war

…I can see how the signpost thing might help…because the signs coming the other way are all pointing in a direction nobody wants to see us go…but there’s a part of me that wants to see what might be called some strong rhetoric in a different sense…because this is all very well

Visa and Mastercard have announced tonight they will be suspending operations in Russia over the invasion of Ukraine.

Visa said in a statement that it would cut off transactions “over the coming days” and consequently cards issued in Russia would not work abroad as well as foreign issued cards in Russia.
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Mastercard issued a similar ban, stating that cards issued by Russian banks will no longer be supported by its network.

The US-based company added that any Mastercard issued outside the country would not work at Russian merchants or ATMs.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/mar/05/visa-and-mastercard-will-both-suspend-operations-in-russia

…but when the stuff vlad is spouting is all “don’t make me” while literally killing people with military hardware there’s a specific & inescapable difference between his actions & the west giving the russian economy (& its kleptocracy) both barrels…well

The London stock market has suffered its biggest weekly losses since the start of the global pandemic in March 2020, as investors took fright at the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine.
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European bourses also recorded big falls amid concerns that the impact of the fighting in Ukraine would spread westwards across the continent. David Malpass, president of the World Bank, told the BBC the war was a “catastrophe” for the global economy.
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Liam Peach, emerging markets analyst at Capital Economics, said: “Russia has fallen into chaos and we’ll get a clearer sense next week of the impact that sanctions are having on the economy. A dollar bond repayment by Gazprom on Monday will be a litmus test of the government’s (and government-linked companies’) willingness to pay external debt, while inflation figures for the week just gone by (due on Wednesday) are likely to show that the collapse in the ruble started to push inflation higher.”
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US stocks on Wall Street also fell as concerns over the escalating conflict in Ukraine overshadowed the latest non-farm payrolls data that showed a sharp pick-up in jobs growth last month, and a drop in the unemployment rate to 3.8%.
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The Moscow stock exchange stayed closed all week, while the rouble fell to record lows amid wider sanctions on Russia. The rouble hit a record low of 118.35 per dollar in Moscow on Thursday, and ended the week at 105 per dollar.

Caleb Thibodeau, of Validus Risk Management, said: “Evolving into arguably the most serious security threat to continental Europe since the Second World War, the invasion of Ukraine by Russia couldn’t have come at a more economically precarious time for the EU.”

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/mar/04/ukraine-war-a-catastrophe-for-global-economy-as-stock-markets-plunge

…more than one but perhaps a couple that loom largest to me

It may feel shocking, but it shouldn’t be surprising that many Republican leaders and conservative elites think the American president is a more dangerous enemy than the Russian autocrat. There is an influential tradition on the right of idolizing Putin as a defender of white Christian values against the onslaught of secular, “leftist” liberalism. In 2013, for instance, Pat Buchanan, a leading voice on the “paleoconservative” traditionalist right, described Putin as “one of us,” an ally in what he saw as the defining struggle of our era, “with conservatives and traditionalists in every country arrayed against the militant secularism of a multicultural and transnational elite”. Similarly, in 2014, the famous evangelist Franklin Graham lauded Putin for having “taken a stand to protect his nation’s children from the damaging effects of any gay and lesbian agenda” – an agenda Barack Obama was supposedly pursuing in the US.
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Such authoritarian, white Christian nationalist, anti-“left” leanings are now informing the right’s reaction to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The far right is all in on Putin – Steve Bannon, for instance, declared his support because “Putin ain’t woke, he is anti-woke.” On the Christian nationalist wing of the Republican party, Lauren Witzke, the Delaware Republican party’s candidate for Senate in 2020, proudly declared that she supported Putin because he protects “our Christian values. I identify more with Russian, with Putin’s Christian values than I do with Joe Biden.” Not to be outdone, the Arizona state senator Wendy Rogers emphasized that “I stand with Christians worldwide and not the global bankers who are shoving godlessness and degeneracy in our face”; in case it wasn’t entirely clear whose side she was on, she added that Ukrainian president Zelenskiy, who is Jewish, was “a globalist puppet for Soros and the Clintons”. Tucker Carlson, finally, representative of a whole phalanx of rightwing media activists, boldly declared in the days before the invasion why his problem was not with Russia: “Has Putin ever called me a racist? Has he threatened to get me fired for disagreeing with him?” The message was clear: the real threat was the “woke” cancel mob at home, not the staunch defender of Christian values abroad.
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Rightwingers everywhere understand the transnational dimension as well as the world-historic significance of the current fight over democracy more clearly than many people on the left: is it possible to establish a stable multiracial, pluralistic democracy? Such a political, social and cultural order has indeed never existed. There have been several stable, fairly liberal democracies – but either they have been culturally and ethnically homogeneous to begin with; or there has always been a pretty clearly defined ruling group: a white man’s democracy, a racial caste democracy, a “herrenvolk” democracy. A truly multiracial, pluralistic democracy in which an individual’s status was not determined to a significant degree by race, gender, or religion? I don’t think that’s ever been achieved anywhere. It’s a vision that reactionaries abhor – to them, it would be the end of “western civilization”. And they are determined to fight back by whatever means necessary.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/mar/04/americas-culture-war-is-spilling-into-actual-war-war

Devin Burghart, executive director of Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights, said: “In the world of the white nationalists, you are seeing a lot of support for Putin, as expressed by the cheerleading at AFPAC over the weekend.”
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This represents a disorienting shift for a Republican party once staunchly opposed to communism and the Soviet Union, which President Ronald Reagan dubbed “the evil empire”. But Trump, who in 2015 ran for president promising to build a wall and impose a Muslim ban, stoked the party’s nativist elements.

And as America and the world grow more diverse, critics say, Russia has come to be seen as a beacon of salvation by white nationalists. In 2004 David Duke, a longtime leader of the Ku Klux Klan, described it as “key to white survival”. In 2017 Ann Coulter, a rightwing author and commentator, opined: “In 20 years, Russia will be the only country that is recognizably European.”

Researchers who monitor far-right groups agree that the moment of Putin enthusiasm in the US has intellectual underpinnings with deeper roots. Burghart said: “For almost a decade the work of Russian fascist Alexander Dugin has found a home in American white nationalist circles.”

Dugin’s ideology is steeped in Russian Christian nationalism and has chimed with Putin’s world view. At the same time, it echoes much of the Christian nationalist activism in the US, where liberal values, gay rights and a desire to keep religion out of the state, are seen as decadent and responsible for American decline.
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Burghart says some extremist rightwing militias even see Ukraine as a potential scenario to discuss how to prepare for urban warfare and a future insurgency in the US itself. Instead of horror at the outbreak of brutal urban warfare, some US extremists are obsessed with the idea of a coming civil war in America.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/mar/05/putin-ukraine-invasion-white-nationalists-far-right

…one that isn’t pleasant to contemplate is what that does to people who didn’t have a whole hell of a lot to begin with…not least if what they did have was in roubles

The Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System lost more than $3 million last week in selling off its direct investment in a Russian bank the day before Russia invaded Ukraine, the pension fund said in a statement Friday.

The retirement system had invested $15.6 million in Russia’s Sberbank, beginning in March 2017, and sold its shares for $12.4 million on Feb. 23, the statement said.
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“From March 2017 until the final sale on Feb. 23, 2022, TRS invested $15.6 million with $12.4 million returned for a loss of $3.2 million,” the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) of Kentucky said in a statement.

Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement Fund lost $3M in selling investment in Russian bank [NBC]

We don’t know yet how this plays out, but if we see the kinds of mass civilian casualties and reign of terror that seem all too likely in the weeks ahead, the effect may be to largely isolate Russia from the rest of the world economy.

Economists have a rather arcane term for this kind of isolation: “autarky.” And it’s likely to be extremely damaging.

You might think that autarky is just a strong form of protectionism, which also tends to reduce trade. But it’s actually a lot worse.

The dirty little secret of international economics is that while economists love to sing the praises of free trade, the economic costs of tariffs — even fairly high tariffs — tend to be modest. Why? Because the private sector responds to tariffs by cutting off only the least essential imports. Impose, say, a 20 percent tariff on imports, and we will stop importing only goods that can be produced at home at a modestly higher cost or for which there are reasonably good domestic substitutes. If an imported good is really needed — for example, if it’s a crucial input for manufacturing that we can’t quickly start making here — companies will simply pay the tariff and continue buying abroad.

If events cut off a large fraction of a nation’s international trade, however, that kind of prioritization won’t be possible. The domestic economy will lose access not just to cheap stuff but also to goods it has a very hard time doing without.
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I’d also note that economies are a lot more complex than they were two centuries ago. Back then, production didn’t depend on elaborate supply chains that could be brought to a screeching halt for want of a few crucial components, like silicon chips and replacement parts. Now it does, even in countries like Russia that mainly export raw materials rather than manufactured goods. So the consequences of near autarky may be even worse than Russia’s large dependence on trade suggests.

At the moment, in other words, it looks as if Putin made a double miscalculation. His planned short victorious war is turning into a bloody slog that has outraged the world, and his vaunted economic Fortress Russia appears to be headed for a Depression-level slump.

Wonking Out: Putin’s Other Big Miscalculation [NYT]

…but the other is that the whole enterprise is founded on the basis that the countries invoking the economic stuff are doing so specifically in order not to bring more guns to the negotiating table…where one man led off negotiations by doing exactly that…& I don’t know that it would be advisable but I kinda want to hear someone tell putin to his face that pointing a gun at someone & demanding things go your way or the other person you’re negotiating with will have that blood on their hands is bullshit from the ground up

Russian President Vladimir Putin called Friday for the “normalization” of relations with other states, saying Moscow has “absolutely no ill intentions with regard to our neighbors.”
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“I think that everyone should think about normalizing relations and cooperating normally,” he said.

He said Russia saw no need to aggravate tensions with other countries, claiming that Moscow’s actions in Ukraine came only “in response to unfriendly actions toward Russia.”

“There is no need to escalate the situation, impose restrictions. We fulfill all obligations,” he said. “If someone does not want to cooperate with us within the framework of single cooperation, and by doing so harms themselves, they will, of course, harm us, too.”
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“It’s not that I want to talk to Putin. I need to talk to Putin. The world needs to talk to Putin,” Zelensky said. “There is no other way to stop this war.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/03/04/putin-russia-ukraine-normalization-sanctions/

…he brought the gun…he pulled the gun…he pulled the trigger…that shit ain’t on anybody but him…of course you wouldn’t expect to have to explain that to anyone familiar with the concept of coercive control

…but vested interests are a law unto themselves

Washington policymakers on Thursday sought to pressure Russia into abandoning its war on Ukraine by leveraging a crucial weapon: energy.
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Psaki said that while Russian oil only accounts for about 10 percent of U.S. oil imports, the United States does not have a “strategic interest” in reducing global energy supply, which could further raise gas prices domestically. But she signaled that the Biden administration is looking broadly at policy steps it might take to target Russia’s energy sector. (The United States imported an average of about 198,000 barrels of Russian oil per day in 2021, according to federal estimates.)
[…]
Meanwhile, a bipartisan and bicameral group of lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation to prohibit imports of Russian crude oil, petroleum products, liquefied natural gas and coal into the United States.

The measure was spearheaded by Sens. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who both hail from fossil-fuel-producing states. A companion bill was introduced in the House by Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.).
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Murkowski told reporters that while Biden campaigned on a promise to take ambitious climate action, the crisis in Europe should supersede that pledge for now.
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However, Manchin said at the briefing that he continues to support the climate and clean energy provisions in Biden’s stalled social spending plan, formerly known as the Build Back Better bill.
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Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday grilled all five members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on their recent move to consider the climate effects of pipelines and related natural gas infrastructure.
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Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) joined Republicans in blasting the guidance at the hearing, saying, “In my view, there is an effort underway by some to inflict death by a thousand cuts on the fossil fuels that have made our energy reliable and affordable.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/03/04/white-house-congress-wrestle-with-us-imports-russian-oil/

…or at least they like to think of themselves that way

Last week, we all watched in horror as Vladimir Putin launched a deadly, catastrophic attack on Ukraine, violating international treaties across the board. Most of us swiftly condemned his actions and pledged support for the Ukrainian people whose country, homes and lives are under attack.

But the fossil-fuel industry had a different take. They saw an opportunity – and a shameless one at that – to turn violence and bloodshed into an oil and gas propaganda-generating scheme. Within hours, industry-led talking points were oozing into press releases, social media and opinion pieces, telling us the key to ending this crisis is to immediately hand US public lands and waters over to fossil-fuel companies and quickly loosen the regulatory strings.

Our top priority must be ending Putin’s hostilities, but as chair of the US House committee on natural resources, I feel duty-bound to set the record straight. We can’t let the fossil-fuel industry scare us into a domestic drilling free-for-all that is neither economically warranted nor environmentally sound.

Despite industry’s claims to the contrary, President Biden has not hobbled US oil and gas development. In fact, much to my deep disappointment and protest, this administration actually approved more US drilling permits per month in 2021 than President Trump did during each of the first three years of his presidency. Before the pandemic, oil and gas production from public lands and waters reached an all-time high, and the current administration has done little to change that trajectory over the last 13 months.

Fossil-fuel companies and their backers in Congress also profess that more drilling on public lands and waters would lower gas prices for Americans. But if that’s true, why hasn’t record oil extraction from both federal and non-federal lands over the last decade done anything to consistently lower, or at least stabilize, prices at the pump?
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Even if we take industry’s claims at face value, nothing is keeping fossil-fuel companies from more drilling on public lands right now. The oil industry already controls at least 26m acres of public land and is sitting on more than 9,000 approved drilling permits they’re not using.

They have a similarly gratuitous surplus offshore, where nearly 75% of their active federal oil and gas leases, covering over 8m acres, have yet to produce a single drop. Any new leases issued today wouldn’t produce anything of value for years, or even decades in some cases.

If industry did start to ramp up production from federal leases, the overall increase to the total US supply would likely be marginal. In 2020, public lands and waters only accounted for 22% and 11% of oil and gas production, respectively. The vast majority of oil and gas resources are beneath state and private lands – not public lands or federal waters.

With the facts laid bare, we see the fossil-fuel industry’s crocodile tears for what they are – the same old demands for cheaper leases and looser regulations they’ve been peddling for decades. These pleas have nothing to do with countering Putin’s invasion or stabilizing gas prices, and everything to do with making oil and gas development as easy and profitable as possible.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/mar/04/oil-gas-lobbyists-us-ukraine-drilling

…though there’s more than one voice of experience…& I for one would sooner hear from the likes of this lady

While many people become more insular as they get older, she has become ever more outward-looking. Perhaps it’s this that distinguishes the older Davis from the twentysomething Black Panther who found herself in prison facing a possible death sentence 50 years ago. Today, she has an extraordinary capacity to absorb and juggle ideas, many seemingly at odds with each other.
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Davis grew up with a burning sense of justice – and injustice. She received a good education at her segregated school, where she was taught about Black history, and endowed with pride. “The teachers felt the need to cultivate a generation who would be capable of resisting the ideological racism surrounding us.” Her mother told young Angela that the world they were living in was not the world of the future. “She always said: never forget that that world is not organised in the way it should be and that things will change, and that we will be a part of that change.”
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It seems to me she has always been an optimist. “Well, you know, we need hope. We can’t do anything without optimism. My friend Mariame Kaba, who is part of the prison abolitionist movement, says hope is a discipline. Our job is to cultivate hope, and that is what I always try to do.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/mar/05/angela-davis-on-the-power-of-protest-we-cant-do-anything-without-optimism

…so…cultivate hope…hmmm

…let me think

Stone allowed the filmmakers to document his activities during extended periods over more than two years. In addition to interviews and moments when Stone spoke directly to the camera, they also captured fly-on-the-wall footage of his actions, candid off-camera conversations from a microphone he wore and views of his iPhone screen as he messaged associates on an encrypted app. Reporters from The Washington Post reviewed more than 20 hours of video filmed for the documentary, “A Storm Foretold,” which is expected to be released later this year.

The Roger Stone Tapes [WaPo]

“If I do this, what do I have to lose?”: New documents show Trump feared no consequences for a coup [Salon]

…a whole hell of a lot is the answer…& in my more optimistic moments I still manage to believe these people might eventually lose enough to really feel it where they live…literally if at all possible…free jumpsuits for all…& we know orange is mango unchained’s signature color

I can’t say I have confidence in the future, but I have a lot of confidence in its unpredictability, based on the fact that the past has regularly delivered surprises. It’s easy to forget in retrospect how astonishing the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Velvet Revolution were in 1989, or the arrival of the Zapatista army on the world stage in 1994 or how marriage equality seemed like a long shot just before it became a reality in countries all over the world not long ago or how Ireland and Argentina recently legalized abortion. The terrible too comes along without warning. Often a major event – this unforeseen global pandemic, the invasion of Ukraine – then itself has indirect consequences that matter. The pandemic led to a radical shift in the US labor market, including rising wages, worker walkoffs and refusals that at times have seemed tantamount to a general strike, and remarkable labor organizing against some of the most resistant low-wage employers.
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The pandemic pushed oil prices through the floor – one amazing day in the spring of 2020, Texas crude futures dropped to -$37 per barrel. For a while demand also plummeted. What history teaches us over and over is that another surprise is coming, and though the invasion of Ukraine wasn’t a surprise to a lot of us, the way it’s unfolded – Russian fumbling, Ukrainian valor, global response – has been astonishing. Maybe it’s appropriate that it’s Lenin who once said, “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” The past week was a decade and an earthquake.

Oil prices are high now, but Oilprice.com reports, “Shares in Rosneft, Gazprom, Lukoil, and Surgutneftegas collapsed on the London market, losing as much as $190 billion of their combined market capitalization, or 95 percent.” I don’t know if the world has ever seen a crash like that. The sheer volatility of fossil fuel has made it a bad investment, and on Tuesday the climate divestment movement celebrated that its efforts have resulted in $40tn being divested from fossil fuel. In events not just unforeseen but almost unimaginable until they happened, BP, Shell, Exxon and a number of other major oil companies walked away from their Russian investments and partnerships, which throttles both Russian capacity to extract and to market the stuff. Germany declared that renewables were freedom energy and vowed to accelerate its transition away from fossil fuel and dependence on Russian supplies, and the world acknowledged what climate activists have long been shouting, that fossil fuel is inextricable from corruption and violence. The Nord Stream pipeline company promptly collapsed into bankruptcy. Had anyone described this energy situation a week before it happened, they would have been laughed out of the room.
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And in a hyperconnected world, a new equivalent to war has emerged, not as invasion but as exit, blockade, withdrawal and isolation. Russia has been swiftly cut off from everything from sport to technology to material trade to international banking, and the impact is crushing already and will rapidly grow worse. No one in Russia is being bombed but would-be economic refugees are streaming out. Experts widely suspect this policy blunder will be, one way or another, the end of Putin’s grip on Russia, though no one knows how his reign will end.

Despair is a delusion of confidence that asserts it knows what’s coming, perhaps a tool of those who like to feel in control, even if just of the facts, when in reality, we can frame approximate parameters, but the surprises keep coming. Anyone who makes a definitive declaration about what the future will bring is not dealing in facts. The world we live in today was utterly unforeseen and unimaginable on many counts, the world that is coming is something we can work toward but not something we can foresee. We need to have confidence that surprise and uncertainty are unshakable principles, if we want to have confidence in something. And recognize that in that uncertainty is room to act, to try to shape a future that will be determined by what we do in the present.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/mar/05/world-is-unpredictable-and-strange-climate-crisis-ukraine

…& despite what the balance (or lack thereof) of the headlines might say…the news isn’t all bad?

With the bang of a gavel made of recycled plastic and a standing ovation, representatives of 175 nations agreed on Wednesday to begin writing a global treaty that would restrict the explosive growth of plastic pollution.

The agreement commits nations to work on a broad and legally binding treaty that would not only aim to improve recycling and clean up the world’s plastic waste, but would encompass curbs on plastics production itself. That could put measures like a ban on single-use plastics, a major driver of waste, on the table.

Supporters have said that a global plastics treaty would be the most important environmental accord since the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, in which nations agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Negotiators are now set to meet this year for the first of many rounds of talks to hammer out the details of treaty on plastics, with a target of sealing a deal by 2024.
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The sheer volume of plastics the world produces is difficult to comprehend.

By one measure, the total amount ever produced is now greater than the weight of all land and marine animals combined. Only 9 percent has ever been recycled, the United Nations Environment Program estimates. Instead, the bulk is designed to be used just once (recycling symbols are no guarantee of recyclability) after which it ends up in landfills, dumps, the natural environment, or is incinerated.
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Among other requisites, Wednesday’s agreement specifies that any global treaty must be legally binding, and that it must address the full life cycle of plastics, from production to disposal, recycling and reuse. Delegates said they hoped to model the treaty on the Paris climate accord, under which countries set binding targets but are able to meet those goals using a range of different policies.

The treaty must also address packaging design to cut down on plastic use, improve recycling and make technical and financial assistance available to developing nations. According to Wednesday’s agreement, it must also address microplastics, the tiny plastic debris created by the breakdown of plastics over time. Microplastics have been detected by scientists in deep ocean waters, shellfish, drinking water and even falling rain.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/02/climate/global-plastics-recycling-treaty.html

…& that might not sound as hopeful as all that…but there’s some interesting science that might?

Untold amounts of plastic waste is polluting our land and seas. Now, we’re using chemical tricks to design infinitely and easily recyclable materials [New Scientist]

Bacteria have been modified to produce chemicals found in paint remover and hand sanitiser from carbon dioxide in the air, meaning they have negative emissions compared with traditional industrial methods [New Scientist]

The batteries we need to power the transition to 100-per-cent renewable electricity require rare metals, and that means destructive mining – but researchers are working on alternatives [New Scientist]

Converting sunlight into liquid fuel through artificial photosynthesis would be a huge environmental victory – and the latest prototypes look surprisingly effective [New Scientist]

Machines made of atoms are being used to sew together new materials molecule by molecule, which could open the floodgates to all manner of innovation [New Scientist]

…so…to dip back into something I quoted earlier…try to leave room for a little healthy optimism…however that works for you?

It would be unreasonable to predict that we can leave the age of fossil fuels behind and do what the climate requires of us, but it would be unwise to say that it’s impossible, and only our actions can make it possible. The livable world of 2072 is almost unimaginable. But the way that I imagine it is possible is by thinking how unimaginable the 2022 we’re all in now would have been in 1972 and how little it resembles either most science fiction or prediction. We see no farther than the little halo of our lanterns, but we can travel all night by that light.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/mar/05/world-is-unpredictable-and-strange-climate-crisis-ukraine

…still, as the poet said…I have promises to keep…& miles to go before I sleep…not the least being the part where I swing back here to drop some tunes here-ish…but that’s going to have to wait until I have some more coffee under my belt for a start?

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20 Comments

  1. looks like the ceasfire and evacuation at mariupol failed again today…on account of fire not being ceased…or at least not staying ceased…

    also our local protestors mean well but could use spell check

  2. Goes to show how fucking stupid racists are.

    Where the hell do they think those wide cheeks and oval shaped eyes the majority of Russians have come from?

    From my very distant cousins, the Mongols of course.

    Just as it takes a very brave man to not be a Hero Of The Soviet Union during WW2, it took a very lucky Russian woman not to be raped by Mongols during their invasion to the west.

    There is no pure Euro blood in Russia at least defined by inbred morons in Nazi armbands and KKK hoods.

    There is a reason why European racists considered Russians, Asiatics.

    • …the video is funny…but that thing with the mobile home & meadows’ voter registration absolutely isn’t if it’s true…with the hurdles they’re so keen to throw in front of some people when it comes to being able to vote for him to be that cavalier about it is the stuff of apoplexy?

  3. Severe weather across the Midwest last night. Tornadoes in Iowa killed at least 6 people. By me, last night the rain and wind started around 11:30pm like someone flipped a switch. It was so bad it set off car alarms. But it was also over in about 20 min and no T-words by me, thankfully. Night storms are the worst.

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