‘New Era of Climate Change Reality,’ WMO Warns


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With atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations having reached a “symbolic and significant milestone” in 2015—and with no signs of them abating this year—the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said Monday that “a new era of climate change reality” is upon us.

Source: ‘New Era of Climate Change Reality,’ WMO Warns

Caught in a Storm Surge


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Hurricane Matthew – Storm Surge Threatens U.S. Eastern Seaboard – October 2016
Photo Credit: NBC Nightly News


Warmer oceans
Fearsome winds drive clouds of water bombs
Caught in a storm surge

In Aleppo
Lives mean nothing to take out Assad
Caught in a storm surge

Video tape
Unmasks groping billionaire
Caught in a storm surge

Hacked email files
Reveal deception of Favored One
Caught in a storm surge

U.S. & Russia
In stalemate over Syria
Caught in a storm surge

Temperatures rise
War drums roll between nuclear powers
Caught in a storm surge

Whatever our choice
Come November at the polls we are
Caught in a storm surge

Winds gather force
I hold onto Wisdom to save us
Caught in a storm surge

2016 US Presidential Elections: Candidates on Mass Incarceration


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In the United States – the land of the free – we hold the highest incarceration rate in the world, beating Cuba (2nd), and Rwanda (3rd). One in five of the more than 2 million Americans locked away in our prisons are nonviolent drug offenders. Learn more about this epidemic in the report “Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2016.”

Find out how our candidates plan to address this vital issue destroying our communities.


Hillary Clinton – Democratic Party

People are crying out for criminal justice reform. Families are being torn apart by excessive incarceration. Young people are being threatened and humiliated by racial profiling. Children are growing up in homes shattered by prison and poverty. They’re trying to tell us. We need to listen.
~ Hillary Clinton on Criminal Justice Reform, July 8, 2016
Learn more at http://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/criminal-justice-reform/

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Paris Climate Change Agreement enters into force 4 November 2016


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Secretary-General at Paris Agreement Ratification Ceremony.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at Paris Agreement Ratification Ceremony. From Paris to Hangzhou – Climate Response in Action. H.E. Mr. XI Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China and H.E. Mr. Barack Obama, President of the United States of America present the instrument for the Paris Agreement to the Secretary-General.
Photo Credit: United Nations /Eskinder Debebe


On October 5, 2016, the U.N. Secretary-General Ban K-moon announced that the Paris Climate Change Agreement will enter into force on November 4, 2016.

Read his full statement.

“The Body Politic” – Poem by Caribbean Poet Nicholas Damion Alexander


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Systemic Racism
Source: Common Dreams


My Poetry Corner October 2016 features the poem “The Body Politic” by Nicholas Damion Alexander, poet and teacher of English and Philosophy from the Caribbean island of Jamaica.

Alexander’s work first caught my attention with “My Mother’s Salt” published in the anthology of 100 Calabash Poets, So Much Things To Say (Akashic Books, 2014). In the first of four stanzas, we learn that the poet is of mixed ethnicity – union of a black mother and white father that brought diversity to their lives.

My mother cooked with salt,
flavoring our lives
with the spice of her choice…
A white grain from the sea
that added new worlds of taste
to children made of mixed spices.

But the union of the poet’s parents did not endure. In “The Love of a Father,” Alexander confesses that, with the passage of time, he has come to love his father more. (In the excerpt below, her refers to the poet’s mother.) Continue reading

Latest News on Brazil


Brazil – Bank Workers on Strike since September 6, 2016
Photo Credit: Diário de Goiás


Brazil’s Impeached Ex-President Dilma Rousseff Says Successor “Confessed to the Coup”
By Inacio Vieira, The Intercept, September 28, 2016

Washington Tries to Break BRICS. Rape of Brazil Begins, on Behalf of Wall Street…
By F. William Engdahl, Global Research, September 25, 2016

Brazil Court Moves on Corruption Probe of President Temer
teleSUR, September 24, 2016

60,000 Brazil Bank Workers Strike Against Temer’s Labor Reforms
teleSUR, September 24, 2016

2016 US Presidential Elections: Candidates on Overturning Citizens United


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Since the 2008 victory of Citizens United, a political action group, corporations share the same right to free speech as we the people. With their right to pay for electioneering communications in federal elections, Big Money now wields immense power on who gets elected and what laws and regulations are approved or not.

Here’s how our candidates stand on overturning Citizens United to reclaim our democracy.

Hillary Clinton – Democratic Party

There’s no question that we need to make Washington work much better than it does today. And that means, in particular, getting unaccountable money out of politics… That’s why I’m so passionate about the issue and I will fight hard to end the stranglehold that the wealthy and special interests have on so much of our government.
~ Hillary Clinton on Campaign Finance Reform, June 2016

Learn more and watch a video clip on “Hillary’s Fight Against Citizens United” at http://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/campaign-finance-reform/


Jill Stein – Green Party

Abolish corporate personhood… Enact electoral reforms that break the big money stranglehold and create truly representative democracy: public campaign financing, ranked-choice voting, proportional representation, and open debates.
~ Empower the People: http://www.jill2016.com/plan

[We don’t] accept corporate moneyMost of our money comes from small donors, just everyday people. (June 2015)

We now have influence-peddling on steroids with Citizens United and the Super PACs… We have a political system which is completely disconnected with the public, and connected instead with those with deep pockets who can fund these campaigns with such extreme amounts. (December 2011)

Learn more at http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Jill_Stein_Government_Reform.htm


Donald Trump – Republican Party

The Establishment:
I want to win for the people of this great country. The only people I will owe are the voters. The media, special interests, and lobbyists are all trying to stop me. We won’t let that happen!

Self Funding:
I am self funding my campaign so I don’t owe anything to lobbyists and special interests.

Learn more at http://www.donaldjtrump.com/issues/

Super PACs are a disaster. They’re a scam. They cause dishonesty. And you better get rid of them because they are causing a lot of bad decisions to be made by some very good people. (October 2015)

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Gary Johnson – Libertarian Party

Johnson doesn’t mention Citizens United on his party’s official website. In 2010, he favored unlimited contributions to electoral campaigns by both individuals and corporations. However, he is a strong advocate of term limits for governors and members of Congress.

Under a republican form of government, representatives should be accountable to all people, not institutional forces like lobbyists, special interests, and partisan gamesmanship. Yet today, politicians are often unable to do their job because they are incentivized to do what it takes to get re-elected, not to do what is right for the American people. This doesn’t make them bad people. But it does make for bad representation.

Learn more at http://www.johnsonweld.com/term_limits


Safe with ‘Oligarchs and Imperialists’ in US, Brazil’s New President Admits Coup Plot

I decided not to wait until next Wednesday to share this latest revelation. Rosaliene

Proponents of her ouster argued that former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was targeted and ultimately booted from office for budgetary wrongdoing or, ironically, corruption. However, the unelected new President Temer admits that ousted President Dilma Rousseff wouldn’t enact austerity roadmap, so “a process was established which culminated with me being installed as president of the republic.”

Source: Safe with ‘Oligarchs and Imperialists’ in US, Brazil’s New President Admits Coup Plot

Climate Disruption: Latest News on ExxonMobil


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The campaign to hold Exxon accountable for their climate cover-up just took a big step forward.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on September 20, 2016, that they’re opening an investigation into whether Exxon has failed to account for the risk climate change and climate regulations could pose to their business model.

Learn more at 350.org.