of the coldest arctic air mass intrusions in recent memory is surging
south into the Upper Midwest before spreading across much of the
eastern two-thirds of the country. Through late week, expect frigid
temperatures, bitterly cold and life-threatening wind chills, likely
leading to widespread record lows and low maximum temperatures from the
Upper Midwest to the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley.
to back cold fronts will slice through the eastern two-thirds of the
country to deliver one of the coldest arctic air intrusions in recent
memory, especially from the Upper Midwest to the Great Lakes and Ohio
Valley. From Tuesday through Thursday, expect frigid temperatures and
bitterly cold wind chills, likely leading to widespread record lows and
low maximum temperatures. Be weather smart!
|Our house is on fire. I am here to say, our house is on fire.
According to the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), we are less than 12 years away from not being able to undo our mistakes. In that time, unprecedented changes in all aspects of society need to have taken place, including a reduction of our CO2 emissions by at least 50%.
And please note that those numbers do not include the aspect of equity, which is absolutely necessary to make the Paris agreement work on a global scale. Nor does it include tipping points or feedback loops like the extremely powerful methane gas released from the thawing Arctic permafrost.
At places like Davos, people like to tell success stories. But their financial success has come with an unthinkable price tag. And on climate change, we have to acknowledge we have failed. All political movements in their present form have done so, and the media has failed to create broad public awareness.
But Homo sapiens have not yet failed.
Yes, we are failing, but there is still time to turn everything around. We can still fix this. We still have everything in our own hands. But unless we recognise the overall failures of our current systems, we most probably don’t stand a chance.
We are facing a disaster of unspoken sufferings for enormous amounts of people. And now is not the time for speaking politely or focusing on what we can or cannot say. Now is the time to speak clearly.
Solving the climate crisis is the greatest and most complex challenge that Homo sapiens have ever faced. The main solution, however, is so simple that even a small child can understand it. We have to stop our emissions of greenhouse gases.
Either we do that or we don’t.
You say nothing in life is black or white. But that is a lie. A very dangerous lie. Either we prevent 1.5C of warming or we don’t. Either we avoid setting off that irreversible chain reaction beyond human control or we don’t.
Either we choose to go on as a civilisation or we don’t. That is as black or white as it gets. There are no grey areas when it comes to survival.
We all have a choice. We can create transformational action that will safeguard the living conditions for future generations. Or we can continue with our business as usual and fail.
That is up to you and me.
Some say we should not engage in activism. Instead we should leave everything to our politicians and just vote for a change instead. But what do we do when there is no political will? What do we do when the politics needed are nowhere in sight?
Here in Davos – just like everywhere else – everyone is talking about money. It seems money and growth are our only main concerns.
And since the climate crisis has never once been treated as a crisis, people are simply not aware of the full consequences on our everyday life. People are not aware that there is such a thing as a carbon budget, and just how incredibly small that remaining carbon budget is. That needs to change today.
No other current challenge can match the importance of establishing a wide, public awareness and understanding of our rapidly disappearing carbon budget, that should and must become our new global currency and the very heart of our future and present economics.
We are at a time in history where everyone with any insight of the climate crisis that threatens our civilisation – and the entire biosphere – must speak out in clear language, no matter how uncomfortable and unprofitable that may be.
We must change almost everything in our current societies. The bigger your carbon footprint, the bigger your moral duty. The bigger your platform, the bigger your responsibility.
Adults keep saying: “We owe it to the young people to give them hope.” But I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act.
I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is.
|Short Range Forecast Discussion|
NWS Weather Prediction Center College Park MD
301 AM EST Sun Jan 20 2019
Valid 12Z Sun Jan 20 2019 - 12Z Tue Jan 22 2019
...Major winter storm moving across much of the interior northeastern U.S.
today followed by frigid temperatures...
...Heavy rain could result in flash flooding across parts of northern
...Developing low pressure system over the Rockies on Monday will become
the next winter storm for the northern Plains on Tuesday...
A major winter storm is currently progressing from the Ohio Valley into
the northeastern U.S. The center of the low pressure system responsible
for this winter storm will move rapidly across the northern Mid-Atlantic
into southern New England today before exiting into the Gulf of Maine this
evening. The storm will produce a swath of heavy snow from parts of the
Ohio Valley northeastward into the Northeast with more than two feet of
snow expected for northern Maine. A narrow zone of sleet and freezing
rain is also expected to slide across southern and central New England as
well as coastal Maine today into tonight before the precipitation tapers
off early on Monday. Showers and thunderstorms will move off the
Mid-Atlantic and Southeast U.S. by midday with the passage of a strong
cold front. The coldest air this season will then usher into the eastern
U.S. tonight under blustery northwesterly winds with frigid temperatures
expected to spread from the upper Midwest this morning into much of the
Northeast Monday and Tuesday. Heavy lake effect snow will develop over
parts of the upper Peninsula of Michigan through tonight, spreading
downwind into the rest of the Great Lakes through Monday.
Meanwhile, a deep upper-level trough over the eastern Pacific will move
onshore into the western U.S. during the next couple of days. A broad
stream of moisture moving into northern California today will produce
heavy rain that could result in flash flooding in some areas. The
moisture will then penetrate further inland, leading to widespread higher
elevation snow on Monday from the Sierra Nevada northeastward across much
of the Great Basin and into the Intermountain region followed by the
northern Rockies. A low pressure system will gradually take shape over
the central Rockies on Monday and exit into the central Plains Monday
night. This low is expected to develop into the next winter storm for the
northern Plains with snow expanding across the region early on Tuesday.
|Valid 12Z Sat Jan 19 2019 - 12Z Mon Jan 21 2019|
...Major winter storm expected to move rapidly across the Midwest into the
Northeast this weekend...
...Severe weather and flash flooding are possible in the Southeast...
...Heavy rain likely for the Pacific Northwest into California this
weekend, with heavy snow in higher elevations of the Northwest...
A significant low pressure system is taking shape over the central Plains
this Saturday morning. Combining with a surge of arctic air from Canada,
this storm is expected to spread heavy wintry precipitation from the Ohio
Valley northeastward through New England for the rest of the weekend. The
storm is forecast to move at a rapid pace across the eastern half of the
country. Nevertheless, the abundance of moisture and the vigorous
dynamics of the storm will bring more than a foot of snow from across
northern Pennsylvania and much of upstate New York into much of interior
New England. The forecast storm track has been trending farther north
over the past few days. Locations along I-95 over the Mid-Atlantic are
now expected to see mostly rain through the event while mixed
precipitation is expected farther north across southern New England. The
central Appalachians can expect to see up to a quarter of an inches of ice
while lesser amounts are expected farther west across the Ohio Valley. As
the low pressure system gets more intense early on Sunday, winds across
new England will become strong and gusty with heavy snow during the height
of the storm. Meanwhile, rain could become heavy across the Mid-Atlantic
spreading towards southern New England Sunday morning with mild
temperatures before arctic air rushes in behind a strong cold front.
Blustery northwesterly winds will usher in the coldest air so far this
season into much of the Eastern Seaboard with readings dipping to near
zero over interior New England, lower teens over the interior Mid-Atlantic!
Farther south, the strong dynamics ahead of the strong cold front will
bring strong to severe thunderstorms today across the Deep South from the
lower Mississippi eastward into the Southeast.
In the West, abundant moisture and dynamics associated a strong low
pressure system is impacting the Pacific Northwest with moderate to heavy
rain and inland mountain snow. By Sunday, moisture from the next Pacific
system will impact areas farther south from Oregon down into northern
California, with snow penetrating further inland across the higher
elevations of the northern Rockies. By early on Monday, a low pressure
system is forecast to take shape across the Great Basin where snow should
become more widespread into the northern and central Rockies.
|Valid 12Z Thu Jan 17 2019 - 12Z Sat Jan 19 2019|
...Major winter storm continues across the western U.S. and then reaches the Plains by Friday...
A severe winter storm has been hammering California Wednesday night, and very heavy snow is expected to continue for the Sierra Nevada and also the mountains of northern California. Blizzard warnings are in effect through Thursday morning for the highest elevations, with snowfall amounts in excess of three feet expected! In addition to the heavy snow, heavy rain will also fall across the lower elevations, with most of it happening
through Thursday evening. A moderate risk of rainfall has been issued for a small area in southern California, particularly where the burn scars exist in the Los Angeles region. Precipitation will begin to wind down by
Thursday night and into Friday morning as the frontal system progresses farther inland across the Intermountain West.
The upper level trough responsible for the ongoing storm over the western U.S. will generate a new surface low over the western High Plains by Friday morning and this will be the next big feature to monitor going into the upcoming weekend. Freezing rain, heavy snow, and heavy rain are expected in association with the storm system through the central and eastern U.S. over the next few days. Some thunderstorms will also be possibe across the Gulf Coast region. Heavy snow will begin by Friday evening over the central plains and then progress eastward by the weekend. Consult the WPC winter weather products and discussion for more information on this system. In the wake of the storm, an arctic surface
high will plunge southward from Canada and result in frigid temperatures across the Plains and the Upper Midwest, with temperature departures on the order of 15 to 25 degrees below normal!
what climate refugees need to make it through a disaster. How would you
fare? — Next up, how the government shutdown targets survivors of
domestic and sexual violence – plus the age-old story of colonial
oppression gets a reboot via an outgoing Representative's bill block.
Finally, Elizabeth Vega joins us to talk about the Tornillo occupation
– and how to address the rise of imprisoned migrant children and
Manitoba — When 16-year-old Adrian Sutherland in
the isolated Cree community of Attawapiskat borrowed a
harmonica from an Elder, he fashioned a homemade harness using a
coat-hanger, two sticks and elastic bands, and set out to
learn Neil Young’s Heart of Gold. He had no way of knowing
back then, that 25 years later, his own musical journey would come full
circle with the release of a music video that not only pays homage to
the song, but also the place where he learned to play it
...... Heart of Gold is written by Neil Young, with lyrics translated into Mushkegowuk Cree by Sutherland, and recorded with permission from Wixen Music Publishing, Inc. It was produced by Midnight Shine and John-Angus MacDonald (The Trews) at Jukasa Studios in Ohsweken, Ontario, with engineers Jill Zimmermann and Darren Magierowski, and mastered in Toronto by João Carvalho.
|On #NewYearsEve, join us for our National Watch Night Service: Building a #PoorPeoplesCampaign in 2019 in Raleigh, NC! We'll hear from @RevDrBarber, @liztheo and leaders of @NC_PPC who understand why we must build a movement in 2019. More info: http://bit.ly/WatchNight2018
The watch night service in 1862 was celebrated by enslaved and free African Americans, abolitionists, and others awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation would become law to free Blacks living in the South. The national Watch Night Service in 2018 will bring together people of conscience to recommit ourselves to the fight against systemic racism, poverty, the war economy/militarism, ecological devastation and our nation's distorted moral narrative in 2019.
We will hear from Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis as well as North Carolinians who understand why we must build a movement to end systemic racism, poverty, the war economy/militarism, ecological devastation and our nation's distorted moral narrative. All are welcome!
|Today, the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival,
the Kairos Center and Repairers of the Breach answer the call from the
California Poor People's Campaign and the American Friends Service
Committee to join faith leaders at the U.S.-Mexico border. Together, we
demand a clear and just immigration system that prioritizes family
reunification and the demilitarization of our communities on the border
and the interior.
Watch the livestream of the interfaith service here**(fb)
The startling heartlessness with which our immigration system treats migrants is a rejection of human dignity. As we watch these families walking everyday closer, we see the same faces as those in our domestic refugee crisis from homeless encampments in Chico to the wildfires throughout Northern California. The haze of tear gas choking migrant children goes hand in hand with the armored cars deployed in Ferguson, Missouri.
We have a moral obligation to uphold our nation’s promise to welcome the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. We cannot succumb to hateful rhetoric and conspiracy theories. Now, more than ever, we must stand for all those with whom we share a common suffering and hope.
We’re here today at the San Diego border to demand the demilitarization of our border communities and an immigration system that recognizes the shared humanity of migrants seeking safety and refuge.
But we can’t do this without you: Share our petition now to support the movement, wherever you are, and demand Congress take action.
Somebody has been hurting our people and it’s gone on far too long. And we won’t be silent anymore.Forward together, not one step back,
The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
|Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II's statement on the passing of Rosa Nell Eaton
Ms. Rosa Nell Eaton was the 97-year-old Matriarch in our four-year successful court fight against voter suppression, from 2013 to 2016. While alive she stayed focused on the prize of justice for all.
She once told me, "They think I'm gonna die before this case is over, but I'm not gonna die. I'm fed up and fired up!"
In her 90s Mother Eaton was arrested and taken to jail. She marched in the streets and testified in the courts, and she even told Gen Eric Holder to tell his lawyers not to play with our case but to fight back.
I think it's ironic that near the same week Mother goes home fro her eternal reward, Thom Farr, who led the case that threatened to take her voting rights, is denied entry onto the Federal Court.
She reminded us always that the only reason for the NC NAACP to exist is to
FIGHT INJUSTICE, INEQUALITY AND ENTRENCHED RACISM.
Sunrise is a movement to stop climate change and create millions of good [green] jobs in the process.
It’s working. Our generation is turning the tide of history. Let me explain.
A month ago, no one was talking about the Green New Deal. Nancy Pelosi was preparing to resurrect a failed climate committee from a decade ago. We marched into her office and joined with Rep.-elect Ocasio-Cortez to demand a Select Committee for a Green New Deal. In only three weeks, 22 Congressional Democrats signed on.
Then, just this morning, 1,000 of us went back to offices of the Democratic leadership. 143 were arrested. The New York Times, NBC, CBS, the Washington Post, the AP, and dozens of other outlets covered our challenge to Democratic leaders.
And we saw our pressure working. One of the most powerful Democrats in the House, Rep. Jim McGovern, stepped out of his office to declare his commitment to forming the Select Committee for the Green New Deal. As news of our protest spread, four more Representatives - Barbara Lee, Peter Welch, and Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Steve Cohen - also committed to supporting the Select Committee.
These are huge wins. But nothing is certain until the rest of Democratic leadership - especially Nancy Pelosi - approves the Select Committee.
We’re going to mobilize every resource and every volunteer we can to get this done before Congress breaks for winter recess this Thursday. We’ve got 3 more days to win this and guarantee the Green New Deal makes it onto the 2019 Congressional agenda.
In the next three days, Democrats will finalize their 2019 agenda and leave D.C for the holidays. What they do between now and then will determine whether we get a Select Committee for a Green New Deal with mandate to draft the most ambitious climate legislation ever.
Today’s action - and the new allies we’ve won in the Democratic caucus - have brought us closer to victory than ever before. But too many people in the Democratic establishment are still too comfortable delaying action, accepting money from fossil fuel executives, and condemning our generation to catastrophe.
But we have a growing movement of young people from across the country, and that could make all the difference. We need to train new leaders, expand our phonebanking and digital tools, and ramp up our lobbying efforts as fast as possible.
It gives me so much to see our leaders and our country discuss a plan that actually matches the scale and urgency of the crisis. It’s hard to believe how quickly our campaign for a Green New Deal got into the national spotlight. And if the headlines from today tell us anything, the Green New Deal is going to be a big priority for Democrats in the upcoming Presidential primary.
We’re going to make sure this plan develops into the legislation we need. Thank you for everything you do in this movement.
students & community members occupy the Yale Investments Office
until @Yale cancels its investment in Puerto Rican debt and divests
from fossil fuels. #YaleIsComplicit in climate injustice. We demand
real action. #CancelTheDebt #DivestYale https://bit.ly/2SCrbAN
Ingredients to the current uprising underway in France:
An autocratic president without a party or a mandate.
A desperate lower-class population angry over growing economic inequality in a rich country and government indifference to their plight calling for Macron to resign.
A class of organized civil servants and unionized workers still licking their wounds and paying their bills after failing to block the president’s counter-reforms last spring.
Traditional parties — left (socialists, etc.) and right (Gaullists etc.) — that have alternated in power since the end of World War II diminished and eclipsed.
The parties of the far left (Jean-Luc Mélenchon supporters, various Trotskyists, etc.) and the far Right (the former-National Front) are too preoccupied with internal fights to play any significant role.
Powerful mass media dominated by the interests of big business but viewed with suspicion by more and more of the population.
A brand-new “leaderless” mass movement connected by social media, “finding its way by walking,” more or less consciously embedded in a long history of French rebellions and struggle, discovering its natural leaders (“good thinkers, good talkers” like old Guillaume Carle), putting forth its own ideas for the reorganization of society.
2018 Yellow Vest grievance list:
No one left homeless.
End the austerity policies.
Cancel the interest on illegitimate debt.
Don’t tax the poor to pay it back, find the 85 billion Euros of fiscal fraud uncollected.
Create a true integration policy, with French language, history and civics courses for immigrants.
Minimum salary €1500 per month
Privilege city and village centers.
Stop building huge shopping centers.
More progressive income tax rates.
Big companies like McDonald’s, Google, Amazon and Carrefour should pay big taxes and little artisans low taxes.
Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is postponing
our December 5, 2018, press conference in Washington D.C.
Instead, we will deliver our demands around voting rights and our Moral Agenda to the incoming Congress early in 2019. We will bring the message Forward together,
Reverend William J. Barber II and Reverend Liz Theoharis
National Co-Chairs, Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
Ways to Honor Indigenous Peoples Day
The Unitarian Universalist Association
House Democrats must use their new – and growing – majority in the next
Congress to act on restoring voting rights and to investigate and
expose a variety of ills besetting the country, the Rev. William Barber
Barber, co-leader of the New Poor People’s Campaign and founder of the Moral Mondays movement which has spread to other states from his native North Carolina, issued the challenge as part of his keynote and closing address at a Nov. 15 Economic Policy Institute awards ceremony.
would be completely understandable if the people of Butte County wanted
to let Thursday pass without a single thought about Thanksgiving.
The death toll of the Camp Fire stands at 81. Nearly 870 people are still unaccounted for. Tens of thousands are without homes. Jobs and schools and businesses have been lost.
Yet Kelly Laflamme, a resident of Paradise — the town of 27,000 destroyed by the fire — told USA Today she has found something to be thankful for: overwhelming examples of human kindness.
Laflamme will offer her own act of kindness by helping to serve at project Thanksgiving Together.
The goal of the project, led by chef Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen, is to serve 15,000 meals in four shifts at three large Chico locations and in Red Cross shelters.
"We've been working really hard to make this happen," city of Paradise mutual aid spokeswoman Briana Khan told the Record Spotlight. "We had an idea that it would be great to bring the community together so they can share in fellowship on Thanksgiving."
The hosts are World Central Kitchen, the city of Paradise, Chico State University and its Associated Students, and the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
The brewery expects to serve about 1,600 people. It's preparing 1,500 pounds of turkey, 1,200 pounds of pulled pork, mashed potatoes, green beans, and gravy.
"Our owner realized that if we cooked the potatoes in our brew kettle (where we make beer), we could do about 1,000 pounds of mashed potatoes at a time," said Robin Gregory, a spokeswoman for the brewery. "So we are indeed cooking mashed potatoes in the brew kettle."
WKC is accepting donations of $5 and more online to help offset costs. Previously, WKC delivered more than 140,000 meals to shelters in North Carolina after Hurricane Florence. It also served more than 3.6 million meals in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
One Town Feeds Another
Lincoln, California, is about 90 miles south of Paradise, but that hasn't stopped residents from wholeheartedly stepping in to help fire victims and first responders.
Dozens of the town's residents will give up Thanksgiving with families to serve a meal to about 300 people.
"We have over 100 (volunteers), we're probably close to 150 turkeys that people are cooking. We aren't having to cook anything," organizer Kris Wyatt told Fox40. "Everybody is bringing all the food prepared."
(MORE: Other Ways to Help Those Affected by the California Fires)
The meal is being served at the community's McBean Pavilion to families staying at nearby hotels after being forced out of their homes by the fire.
“So exciting and so wonderful that it's kind of hard not to tear up anymore because it's truly the community coming together and helping,” Wyatt said.
One Family Helps Another
A couple in Rocklin, California, wanted a more immediate way of making an impact, so they decided to "adopt a family" that was a victim of the fire.
"I can't help thousands of people but I can help one family,” Eric Lofholm told Fox40.
Lofholm and his wife, Heather Lofholm, helped one family and launched a Facebook group and a website so that others could help, too.
"I think a lot of people right now, they go, 'I want to help but I’m not sure what to do,'" Lofholm said. "One thing you can do is just help one family."
The Facebook group had grown to more than 14,000 members on Wednesday. The Lofholms drive to Butte County to help sign up victims who have no way to reach the page.
NFL Star Aaron Rodgers Pledges $1 Million
Aaron Rodgers, quarterback of the Green Bay Packers and a native of Chico, California, is donating $1 million to relief efforts.
In a video on Twitter, Rodgers said the money will go to the North Valley Community Foundation. He also said his corporate partner, State Farm, will donate $1 for every retweet of his post that uses the hashtag #retweet4good, up to $1 million.
"Raising money for both immediate needs and the long-term recovery is what is needed most right now,” Rodgers said in the video.
The North Valley Community Foundation said in addition to meeting basic needs, the money will be used for housing, kids programs, and youth and high school sports.
Send Money, Not Stuff, Officials Say
The Butte County Emergency Operations Center reinforced that monetary donations are the best way to help the most people. It said it has run out of space for donated items.
The center listed the North Valley Community Foundation and these groups as trusted organizations that people could donate to:
• North Valley Animal Disaster Group
• Caring Choices
• United Way
• American Red Cross
• Salvation Army
Rain Makes Everything Harder
Rain falling Wednesday helped the crews fighting the wildfire. But it could also raise the risk of flash floods, complicate efforts to recover remains and make life even more difficult for people who have nowhere to go.
Heavier rain was expected later in the day in the Paradise burn area, where the Camp Fire has killed at least 81 people and destroyed more than 13,000 homes.
"The rain is really a double-edged sword for this fire," said Rick Carhart, a spokesman with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. He said searchers have "been able to sift through this really fine ash and when rain gets onto that really fine ash, it turns it into sort of a muddy muck and makes it a lot more difficult."
The Camp Fire started on Nov. 8 has burned nearly 239 square miles, destroying nearly 13,000 homes and over 3,800 other structures. The fire is about 80 percent contained.
(MORE: Before-and-After Images Reveal Fire's Devastation)
Worry About Rainfall in Southern California, Too
Southern California's huge wildfire briefly flared back to life Wednesday as residents put sandbags around properties ahead of a rainstorm that authorities said could bring the risk of mudflows and rockslides from denuded hills and mountains.
A hotspot ignited in a remote area of Bell Canyon west of Los Angeles, Ventura County fire Capt. A.J. Lester said. No structures were threatened by the flare-up, which was quickly knocked down by two engine crews.
With the burn assessment complete, authorities tallied 1,643 buildings destroyed and 364 damaged. Only six other California wildfires have destroyed more structures, according to state statistics.
Three deaths were confirmed in the Woolsey Fire in Southern California, bringing the statewide total to 82.
The predicted rain was expected to fall not only on the Woolsey Fire burn area but on other scorched parts of Southern California, including the burn scar of the Hill Fire, which also erupted on Nov. 8 in Ventura County but was held to about 7 square miles.
Utility Filing Points to Possible Second Fire Origin
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that PG&E in a recent regulatory filing said California officials are investigating a second area where the utility company's equipment failed about the same time the Camp Fire broke out.
The energy company told state regulators Friday that it had an outage about 6:45 a.m. Nov. 8 at the 12-kilovolt Big Bend 1101 Circuit in Concow. That's roughly 15 minutes after authorities say the Camp Fire started burning east of Paradise.
Earlier, PG&E filed a report with the California Public Utilities Commission saying another transmission line malfunctioned about 15 minutes before the fire began near the same spot that fire officials identified as the fire’s origin point.
According to the Chronicle, the state's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has since said it is examining a possible second origin point for the Camp Fire.
A spokeswoman for the utility declined to comment beyond the regulatory filing. A Cal Fire spokesman told the newspaper the Camp Fire’s cause is still being investigated and declined to comment further.
Lawsuits have already been filed in San Francisco and Butte County courts claiming PG&E had a connection to the Camp Fire.
Southern California Utility Also Sued
Victims of the Woolsey Fire have sued Southern California Edison, alleging the utility was negligent in failing to shut off power before the blaze started.
Plaintiffs' attorneys said Tuesday that nearly 20 people are part of the class-action lawsuit filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court. The court filing accuses Edison of contributing to the fire's destruction by ignoring warnings of extreme fire weather. The lawsuit says the utility only shut power off once the fire started.
Edison says a statement it can't comment on litigation related to wildfires. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Risk of 129 Million Dead Trees Remains
As crews work tirelessly to put out the Camp Fire, Californians can't rest easy. The state can expect more deadly wildfires that spread incredibly fast.
That's because years of drought and bark beetle infestations have killed more than 129 million trees, Vox reported. All that dead timber is just waiting for a spark to ignite it.
That spark is much more likely with more and more people living so close to the forests. Plus, climate change is causing the vegetation around the trees, like grasses, to dry up and provide even more fuel for the fires.
Vox explained that the solution isn't as easy as cutting down the dead trees. Many of the forests extend over federal, state and private lands — creating a jurisdictional mess. Many of the trees are too decayed to be used by lumber companies, so there's no profit in cutting them.
Coming up with a forest management plan that all parties can agree to is likely impossible. As Umair Irfan of Vox wrote, "Politically, it’s easier to muster the resources to put out a fire than it is to prevent one."
|Alright you redeemers, rebels and radicals out there ...
It's September 17th, the seventh anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, the masses will gather for a digital occupation to disrupt Big Tech:
We jam the corporate behemoths that have a stranglehold on our attention, time, and thoughts—Alphabet (Google), Apple, Facebook, Amazon. These mega corps monetize our likes and clicks, feeding our personal information into endless algorithms that exacerbate our addiction to the instant gratification they provide.
They claim to connect us, yet a crisis of loneliness pervades our culture like never before.
This is a call for everyone around the world to take a stand for our rights and freedoms, in whatever way works for them:
Leave your phone at home for the day
Boycott Amazon for 24 hours
Delete Facebook and Instagram altogether
Take part in Google No Search Day—
Whatever it takes to make Silicon Valley do a double take.
Spread the word; let's shake loose the grip Big Tech has on our minds—even just for one day—to feel the power the people are capable of and rethink the way we let technology run our lives.
Let's flip the power balance.
Let's make the internet ours again.
|Build Community With a New and Unsettling Force and Rev. Barber: Did you
know that while the U.S. economy has grown 18-fold in the past 50
years, wealth inequality has expanded, the costs of living have
increased, and social programs have been restructured and cut
The truth is that economic insecurity, poverty and misery are affecting more young people in 2018 than we are made aware. Join Reverend Barber, a new and unsettling force, and other speakers to build community around challenging the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality.
|For this public webinar we welcome all people who are on committees in
their states, who have come to Campaign events over the last several
years, who joined the 40 Days of Action, who have been dedicated
followers of the movement via social media: this is a webinar for
The webinar will be streamed live https://www.facebook.com/anewppc/videos/vb.873203482775828/453226595186074/?type=2&theater
In the coming months, we will focus on organizing, mobilizing voters and building power among the 140 million Americans living in poverty, particularly in the often-ignored South. Poor and low income people from California to the Carolinas are ignored by politicians from both parties. And even though there are 171 electoral votes from Maryland to Texas, much of the South is ignored in the political calculations made by campaign decision makers around elections.
A movement has to fight with the whole country and that’s exactly what we’re doing. We already have the people power, with organizing committees built in 40 states, including every single one that comprised the former Confederacy.
Forward together, not one step back,
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II
Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis
Co-Chairs of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
~ Outdoor Bob
|An Ecological Justice Moral Monday with Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and Former Vice-President Al Gore: Presented by the North Carolina Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, an important Ecological Justice Moral Monday in Greensboro where North Carolinians impacted by ecological injustice in their communities share their stories. The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, Former Vice President Al Gore, and Karenna Gore will join to help offer solutions for radical change that can help create safe and healthy communities in North Carolina and across the country.|
|One Love One Earth
2013 Climate-Change Archive
♫♫ One Love One Earth* ♫♫
Latest Irie Riddims - 255 min
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