Tag: Doomsday scenarios

Trump’s Space Force: Nuclear Lunacy

Yves here. I’m old enough to remember Reagan’s much-touted “Star Wars” program. In this Real News Network segment, Daniel Ellsberg explains why Trump’s effort to revive Reagan’s failed idea still won’t work. Not only is it another pork program, but it would actually increase the odds of nuclear war. PAUL […]

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Longtime Reporter Leaves NBC, Accuses Media of “Lionizing Destructive Organizations” Like the FBI

By Thomas Neuberger. Originally published at DownWithTyranny! The Praetorian Guard declares a cowering Claudius emperor after murdering Caligula (from a painting by Lawrence Alma-Tadema) I’d argue that under Trump, the national security establishment not only hasn’t missed a beat but indeed has gained dangerous strength. Now it is ever more […]

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‘A Reckless Advocate of Military Force’: Demands for John Bolton’s Dismissal After Reports He Asked Pentagon for Options to Strike Iran

Yves here. I am surprised that Bolton has lasted this long. Bolton has two defining personal qualities that are not conducive to long-term survival with Trump: having a huge ego and being way too obvious about not caring about Trump’s agenda (even with the difficulties of having it change all […]

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10 Costliest Climate-Driven Extreme Weather Events of 2018 Caused at Least $84.8B in Damage: Analysis

By Jessica Corbett, staff writer at Common Dreams. Originally published at Common Dreams From heat waves and hurricanes to fires and floods, the 10 costliest extreme weather events of 2018—driven by the global climate crisis—killed thousands of people and caused at least $84.8 billion in damage, according to a new […]

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Wolf Richter: Nasdaq, “Tech,” & IPOs Are in for Gut-Wrencher

By Wolf Richter, a San Francisco based executive, entrepreneur, start up specialist, and author, with extensive international work experience. Originally published at Wolf Street Nasdaq down 24% already. Renaissance IPO ETF down 31%. But Uber and other unicorns are planning record IPOs in 2019, à la dotcom-crash-debut in 2000. The […]

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Ethics and Artificial Intelligence

Yves here. Some design and regulatory proposals to mitigate the risks of the deployment of artificial intelligence. By Valerie Frissen, a professor in ICT and Social change at Erasmus School of Philosophy, Gerhard Lakemeyer, Professor of Computer Science and head of the knowledge-based systems group, Department of Computer Science 5, […]

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CalPERS’ Bill Slaton (Again) Embarrasses Himself and the CalPERS Board

We normally restrict our comments on individual CalPERS board members to the uphill efforts of the ones who are trying to move the institution forward. However, at the discussion of the private equity “new business model” earlier this week, as one prominent stakeholder put it, “There were lots of bad […]

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Waste Watch: UK Plan Opts for ‘Polluter Pays’ Approach

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Finally, the UK appears to be getting somewhere with its new waste management strategy, announced yesterday, and  to take effect in 2023, after consultations during the coming […]

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“Alexa, Launch Our Nukes!” Artificial Intelligence and the Future of War

Yves here. By virtue of synchronicity, reader Wukchumni recommended the Cold War classic The Bedford Incident and highlighted this segment: By Michael T. Klare, the five-college professor emeritus of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College and a senior visiting fellow at the Arms Control Association. His most recent […]

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Don Quijones: Retail Melts Down Before Christmas in the UK, Spreads to Continent

By Don Quijones of Spain, the UK, and Mexico, and editor at Wolf Street. Originally published at Wolf Street With just one week left before Christmas, Europe’s fashion retail sector is showing little sign of yuletide cheer. On Monday, the shares of UK-based online fashion and cosmetics retailer Asos Plc plunged […]

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COP24: Paris Agreement Rulebook ‘Does Not Deliver What The World Needs’ on Climate Change

By Chloe Farand. Originally published at desmogblog. Following two tension-filled weeks at the UN climate talks in Poland, countries finally agreed on the operating manual to implement the Paris Agreement. While this rulebook is essential to kick-start the agreement in 2020, campaigners and scientists have warned of a stark disconnect […]

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Warning of Solar Geoengineering’s Dangers, Group Recommends a Global Ban

By Justin Mikulka, a freelance writer, audio and video producer living in Trumansburg, NY. Originally published at DeSmog Blog A Harvard research team recently announced plans to perform early tests to shoot sunlight-reflecting particles into the high atmosphere to slow or reverse global warming. These research efforts, which could take shape as soon as […]

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Major Health Study Shows Benefits of Combating Climate Change

By David Suzuki, a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. Written with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington. Learn more at www.davidsuzuki.org. Originally published at desmogblog. During the holiday season, people often drink toasts to health. There’s something more we can do to ensure […]

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