Bernie Sanders: Here’s what I’ll do the day after the election

I AM CURRENTLY working as hard as I can to see that Donald Trump is defeated, that Hillary Clinton is elected president, and that Democrats gain control of the US House and Senate. The day after the election, working with millions of grass-roots activists, I intend to do everything possible to make certain that the new president and Congress implement the Democratic platform, the most progressive agenda of any major political party in the history of the United States.

That agenda includes overturning the disastrous Supreme Court decision on Citizens United, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, expanding Social Security, breaking up “too-big-to-fail banks,” making public colleges and universities tuition-free for the middle class, and rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. It also includes pay equity for women, a new approach toward trade, aggressive action to combat climate change, raising taxes on the wealthy and large corporations, lowering prescription drug prices, a significant movement toward universal health care, and major reforms in our criminal justice and immigration systems.

-Bernie Sanders

Source: Bernie Sanders: Here’s what I’ll do the day after the election – The Boston Globe

India’s drought foretells of greater struggles as climate warms | New Scientist


India is in the grip of a severe drought as a result of two successive weak monsoons and a searing heatwave. Its reservoirs dipped to less than a fifth of their total capacity in May, and a quarter of the country’s 1.1 billion people are estimated to be affected in some way.

Reports of parched, cracked soils, farmers’ suicides and desperate migration from Marathwada in the west of the country – one of the worst-hit regions – are at odds with the country’s image as an emerging economic and technological power, aspiring towards a trillion-dollar economy “with no poverty” by 2032.

Turbulence ahead.

World heading for catastrophe over natural disasters, risk expert warns | Global development | The Guardian

Failure to plan properly by factoring in the effects of climate change, he added, would result in a steep rise in the vulnerability of those people already most exposed to natural hazards. He also predicted a rise in the number of simultaneous disasters.

“As the odds of any one event go up, the odds of two happening at the same time are more likely. We’ll see many more examples of cascading crises, where one event triggers another event, which triggers another event.”

I attended a presentation at Lloyd’s of London a few years back, in which the speaker told us that in years without a major natural disaster, all of the firms made hay, but in years with one, they all struggled and many firms went out of business. I asked what happened in years when two such events occurred. They said that had never happened. I then asked what might happen if it did occur and received black stares in response.

We are witnessing the rise of global authoritarianism on a chilling scale – Quartz

I believe the international authoritarian moment can be explained by three interconnected factors: the globalization of the economy and the emergence of gargantuan, non-state multinational corporate actors; the globalization of conflict, as manifest in the Long War (on Terror); and the globalization of crisis, as with public health and environmental threats.
-Manu Bhagavan

Zika afflicts an already weak Brazil

The Zika virus may cancel the Summer Olympic Games, scheduled for August. Dozens of cities across the country have already canceled Carnival celebrations, and the U.S. Olympic Committee has warned athletes and staff to consider skipping the Rio Games. Zika threatens public health, tourism revenue and the country’s prestige.

A slowing economy is already inflicting pain on Brazil’s people. Inflation surged to 10.67% in 2015, its highest point in 13 years. Unemployment is on the rise. Per capita income has fallen by more than one-third since 2011. Brazil isn’t in a recession–it’s in a free fall. GDP growth fell from 7.5% in 2010 to –3.8% in 2015. In January, commuters in São Paulo hit the streets to denounce higher bus fares, a worrisome repeat of spontaneous protests that swelled to more than 1 million people across the country in 2013. Even without Zika, protests might have turned the Olympics into the wrong kind of spectacle.

Hard economic times are exacerbated by a corruption scandal that has provoked impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff and threatens leading politicians in government and the opposition.
-Ian Bremmer


The slow-motion train wreck of compounding wicked problems.

Are we sleepwalking into geopolitical turmoil? | World Economic Forum

Economic and technological change is happening at a pace that leaves most political and regulatory systems unable to cope. This spurs dissatisfaction with leaders and increasing polarization in society, already weakened by a steep fall in social cohesion and trust. Trust is a fundamental element of social capital, and when it wanes, it negatively affects all aspects of society. Loss of trust results in part from a steady increase in inequality, undermining the feeling essential to the fabric of society of citizens being “in the same boat”.

-Espen Barth Eide

Source: Are we sleepwalking into geopolitical turmoil? | World Economic Forum

It’s interesting to note that all of today’s current problems get bundled up in “Profound social instability” in the look down the road, and all of the “new” issues are climate-related ones that are each rated as higher risks than the one from the current bundle.

Global Temps Set for Record in 2016

“This forecast suggests that by the end of 2016 we will have seen three record, or near-record years in a row for global temperatures,” Adam Scaife, head of long-range prediction at the Met Office, said in a statement.The Met Office said manmade global warming combined with an impact from the El Nino weather phenomenon was driving the high temperatures.“The forecast is based on the key drivers of global climate, but it doesn’t include random events, such as large volcanic eruptions, which can cause a temporary cooling effect,” the Met Office said.The forecasts put global warming around half way towards the 2-degree rise scientists say temperatures must be kept below to stave off the worst effects of climate change such as floods, droughts and rising sea levels.

Source: Global temperatures poised for record in 2016: Britain’s Met Office – Sustainability | Thomson Reuters

Indonesia is burning. So why is the world looking away? | George Monbiot

A great tract of Earth is on fire. It looks as you might imagine hell to be. The air has turned ochre: visibility in some cities has been reduced to 30 metres. Children are being prepared for evacuation in warships; already some have choked to death. Species are going up in smoke at an untold rate. It is almost certainly the greatest environmental disaster of the 21st century – so far.
-George Monbiot

Source: Indonesia is burning. So why is the world looking away? | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian

I’m living in the region, so I hear reports on this daily, but as one who closely tracks the zeitgeist, this seems to be largely flying under the radar. The world is on fire and we aren’t even taking notice. Sure, it’d be big news if it was in the U.S. or Europe, but at some point we’re going to have to accept that we all live in the same fish tank – and start acting accordingly.

Source: NASA/Apollo 17 crew; taken by either Harrison Schmitt or Ron Evans