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

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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.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2088777-indias-drought-foretells-of-greater-struggles-as-climate-warms/?utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=SOC&utm_campaign=hoot&cmpid=SOC%7CNSNS%7C2016-GLOBAL-hoot

Turbulence ahead.

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