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Mountain Mule

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Hometown: Colorado Springs
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About Me

A survivor of the Great Election Day Hack Attack, so this is not my first ride at the DU rodeo. Given the events of the past year, I have resigned my US citizenship and I await notification about my request for asylum in the Navajo Nation about 20 miles south of my current location. My current country is the bright blue state of Colorado. I have dedicated myself to the destruction of the current oligarchy under which the US is now governed. Direct Democracy is true Democracy!

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World close to 'irreversible' climate breakdown, warn major studies

From The Guardian:

The climate crisis has reached a “really bleak moment”, one of the world’s leading climate scientists has said, after a slew of major reports laid bare how close the planet is to catastrophe.

Collective action is needed by the world’s nations more now than at any point since the second world war to avoid climate tipping points, Prof Johan Rockström said, but geopolitical tensions are at a high.

He said the world was coming “very, very close to irreversible changes … time is really running out very, very fast”.

Emissions must fall by about half by 2030 to meet the internationally agreed target of 1.5C of heating but are still rising, the reports showed – at a time when oil giants are making astronomical amounts of money.

On Thursday, Shell and TotalEnergies both doubled their quarterly profits to about $10bn. Oil and gas giants have enjoyed soaring profits as post-Covid demand jumps and after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The sector is expected to amass $4tn in 2022, strengthening calls for heavy windfall taxes to address the cost of living crisis and fund the clean energy transition.


Rockström, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, said: “It’s a really bleak moment, not only because of the reports showing that emissions are still rising, so we’re not delivering on either the Paris or Glasgow climate agreements, but we also have so much scientific evidence that we are very, very close to irreversible changes – we’re coming closer to tipping points.”

Research by Rockström and colleagues, published in September, found five dangerous climate tipping points may already have been passed due to the global heating caused by humanity to date, including the collapse of Greenland’s ice cap, with another five possible with 1.5C of heating.

“Furthermore, the world is unfortunately in a geopolitically unstable state,” said Rockström. “So when we need collective action at the global level, probably more than ever since the second world war, to keep the planet stable, we have an all-time low in terms of our ability to collectively act together.”

“Time is really running out very, very fast,” he said. “I must say, in my professional life as a climate scientist, this is a low point. The window for 1.5C is shutting as I speak, so it’s really tough.”


It's so depressing to read stories like this, but hopefully we can use this information as a springboard to action and not a reason for despair. It's up to us Democrats. Vote in the upcoming midterms and keep Republicans out of the Whitehouse in 2024!
Posted by Mountain Mule | Mon Oct 31, 2022, 01:02 PM (9 replies)

With Spike in Concern Over Drought, Wildfires and Climate Change, Westerners Are Eager for Action to

COLORADO SPRINGS—Colorado College’s 12th annual State of the Rockies Project Conservation in the West Poll released today showed a spike in concern over issues like drought, inadequate water supplies, wildfires, the loss of wildlife habitats and natural spaces, and climate change among voters in the Mountain West. Those concerns align with continued strong support for pro-conservation policies.

The poll, which surveyed the views of voters in eight Mountain West states (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming), found 69 percent of voters are concerned about the future of nature, meaning land, water, air, and wildlife. That level of concern was a notable jump from 61 percent in last year’s poll.

Against that backdrop, 86 percent of Western voters now say issues involving clean water, clean air, wildlife and public lands are important in their decision of whether to support an elected official, up from 80 percent in 2020 and 75 percent in 2016.

“We are seeing a perfect storm of threats that are driving higher levels of concern than ever before for the state of our lands and water in the Mountain West,” said Katrina Miller-Stevens, Director of the State of the Rockies Project and an associate professor at Colorado College. “Not surprisingly, most voters are aligning behind policies that would help mitigate threats by conserving and protecting more outdoor spaces.”


Climate change seen as a threat with voters expressing concern over impacts

Most voters in the Mountain West, 62 percent, believe climate change is happening and requires action. Among them, 44 percent agree climate change is established as a serious problem and immediate action is necessary. Another 18 percent say there is enough evidence of climate change that some action should be taken. 52 percent of voters view climate change as a very serious or extremely serious problem, up from 46 percent in 2020 and 27 percent in 2011.


This shift in attitude among Western voters is hardly surprising. Just in the past year of my own home state of Colorado, we have continued to suffer from a megadrought that has lasted 22 years and still counting. The Marshall fire that swept through suburban areas between Denver and Boulder on Dec. 30 was the most destructive wildfire in Colorado's history, destroying almost 1,000 homes and forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents. And climate change combined with an overflow of visitors continues to degrade public lands in both our National Parks and National Forests. The story is much the same in the rest of the Mountain West.

Scientists inform us that in the coming decades, here in Colorado and the rest of the Mountain West we will lose many of our most iconic species from the piñon pine to the pika. The loss of wild nature is a profound and disheartening affront to the spirit of people everywhere. There are values to be found in the unspoiled grasslands, woodlands, and forests beyond any price. For those familiar with the native cultures of New Mexico and southern Colorado, there are few things more precious than the scent of roasting pine nuts over a piñon fire on a chill autumn morning.

I think the fuel pumps at the local gas station should be retrofitted to provide a brief public announcement at the end of every sale. Like: "Your purchase today will contribute to the deaths of 10,000 monarch butterflies! The 6th Great Extinction - Mother Nature couldn't do it without your help. Thank you!"
Posted by Mountain Mule | Fri Feb 18, 2022, 04:51 PM (4 replies)

Climate change is turning the cradle of civilization into a grave

No one lives here anymore. The mud-brick buildings are empty, just husks of the human life that became impossible on this land. Wind whips through bone-dry reeds. For miles, there’s no water to be seen.

Carved from an ancient land once known as Mesopotamia, Iraq is home to the cradle of civilization — the expanse between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers where the first complex human communities emerged.

But as climate change produces extreme warming and water grows scarcer around the Middle East, the land here is drying up. Across Iraq’s south, there is a sense of an ending.

Dozens of farming villages are abandoned, but for an isolated family here and there. The intrusion of saltwater is poisoning lands that have been passed for generations from fathers to sons. The United Nations recently estimated that more than 100 square miles of farmland a year are being lost to desert.

Years of below-average rainfall have left Iraqi farmers more dependent than ever on the dwindling waters of the Tigris and Euphrates. But upstream, Turkey and Iran have dammed their own waterways in the past two years, further weakening the southern flow, so a salty current from the Persian Gulf now pushes northward and into Iraq’s rivers. The salt has reached as far as the northern edge of Basra, some 85 miles inland.

In the historic marshes, meanwhile, men are clinging to what remains of life as they knew it as their buffaloes die and their wives and children scatter across nearby cities, no longer able to stand the summer heat.

Temperatures in Iraq topped a record 125 degrees this summer with aid groups warning that drought was limiting access to food, water and electricity for 12 million people here and in neighboring Syria. With Iraq warming faster than much of the globe, this is a glimpse of the world’s future.

Washington Post

And then we wonder why there is a migrant problem!
Posted by Mountain Mule | Thu Oct 21, 2021, 01:37 PM (0 replies)

My Trump supporting landlady just informed me that she has Covid and I feel guilty

So last night my landlady called me up and she sounded just awful. What she called about was fairly trivial but then she announced that she had been diagnosed with Covid. I was stunned. I flashed back to the last time I spoke with her before this. I had mentioned to Cula that I'd just gotten my second Covid vaccination and was feeling some mild side effects.

Cula replied that she was much older than me and in good health. She saw no need to get the vaccine and was in fact worried that some national mandate might come down forcing EVERYONE to get vaccinated. I think that such a mandate might be a good idea, but I tried to calm Cula's fears and I told her that I didn't think "they" would force her to get a vaccine against her will. I wish they would have.

I worry that given Cula's age, she may not pull through. I worry that her husband Bud who is also in his 80's and has cancer will catch Covid and his compromised immune system will fold on him.

I've been thinking and then saying it aloud that the republicans deserve to catch Covid, given how destructive the republican stance on Covid has been for our nation. Let them all die so that no one will be left to support Trump sez I. But Cula doesn't deserve the death sentence just because she's so deluded that she supports Trump. The county we live in is a real right wing stronghold and you can practically count all the Democrats who live here on the fingers of your hands. Cula's farming and ranching family have been staunch republicans from the dawn of time. I can't blame her for her Trump lawn sign when her family and friends and the community at large also support that SOB.

Cula has been beyond kind to me and her life has not been an easy one. She deserves better than this. There are many Cula's out there, I think. They have been brain washed by Fox, but inherently, they are not bad people and they don't deserve to die.

I need to be more careful about what I wish for.
Posted by Mountain Mule | Thu Oct 14, 2021, 12:06 AM (35 replies)

Not a single G20 country is in line with the Paris Agreement on climate, analysis shows

And yet we claim that we still can keep global warming at a mere 2 C:

None of the world's major economies -- including the entire G20 -- have a climate plan that meets their obligations under the 2015 Paris Agreement, according to an analysis published Wednesday, despite scientists' warning that deep cuts to greenhouse gas emissions are needed now.

The watchdog Climate Action Tracker (CAT) analyzed the policies of 36 countries, as well as the 27-nation European Union, and found that all major economies were off track to contain global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The countries together make up 80% of the world's emissions.

The analysis also included some low-emissions countries, and found that the Gambia was the only nation among all 37 to be "1.5 compatible." As the study only included a few smaller emitters, it's possible there are other developing countries in the world on track as well.

Under the 2015 Paris accord, more than 190 countries agreed to limit the increase in global temperatures to well below 2 degrees above pre-industrial temperatures -- ideally to 1.5 degrees. Scientists have said 2 degrees is a critical threshold for some of the Earth's ecosystems, and is one that would also trigger more catastrophic extreme weather events.

The report comes less than two months ahead of UN-brokered international climate talks in Glasgow, known as COP26. The event's president, British MP Alok Sharma, has said he hopes to "keep 1.5 alive" as a global warming limit.

Posted by Mountain Mule | Thu Sep 16, 2021, 05:19 PM (8 replies)

Turning Lauren Boebert into Lorena Bobbitt - I am so tempted!

To Colorado's ever lasting shame, the voters in its Third District (where I so happen to reside) elected a gun happy (there was a pic of her posing in front of a bookcase filled with guns instead of books on another recent thread here on DU) minor criminal with a rap sheet as long as your arm. I guess my neighbors here in rural Colorado believe that we are still living in the Wild West where a Congress person can incite insurgencies and strap a six gun to her side to be properly attired for a debate on the House floor, all with no repercussions.

To my lasting disgust, someone has kept up a sign at the corner of the highway not far from my house which reads:


I have to pass by this at least once a day, and given all that has happened and is continuing to happen, my blood is coming to a slow boil. Right from the start, I noticed how similar her name is to "Lorena Bobbitt". For those of you too young to remember the case, Lorena Bobbitt cut her sleeping husband's penis off after he had raped her. Ms. Bobbitt threw her husband's manhood into a field where it was finally found after a lengthy search and reattached.

I am so tempted to go out there to the highway in the small hours of the morning and change the sign so that it reads Lorena Bobbitt instead of Lauren Boebert. It would be child's play to carry out the evil deed since the names are so close. I can just imagine the smoke pouring out of the ears of all those good ole boy Trump supporters when they finally notice the changed wording of the sign. Their private parts would probably shrivel up to become even smaller then Trump's hands as they imagined themselves meeting a similar fate at the hands of a Democrat "feminazi." The subliminal damage would take its toll and I'd bet anything that their hands would hesitate when they hovered over the ballot with the name "Lorena Bobbitt" come the next election.

My roommate (also a DU member) doesn't want me to go out and fix that sign because I would be "defacing private property." And if the election had not yet been held, I'd leave the sign alone. After all, that's freedom of speech even if I happen to loathe the candidate, I wouldn't interfere with that.

But the election is long over and Lauren Boebert has just only begun her rampage through Congress. Time to fight back, says I. I told my roomie that if the folks on DU agreed with him, I'll leave that sign alone. But if you guys agree with me... Well, pictures will be posted here soon! What say you?

Posted by Mountain Mule | Fri Feb 19, 2021, 08:59 PM (7 replies)

I can't see Sig lines or number of user posts anymore

I have gone in to "my account" and made sure these features are turned on, but it makes no difference. What do I do?

Oh, I can't see avatars anymore, either.
Posted by Mountain Mule | Wed Feb 17, 2021, 11:53 PM (9 replies)

Oh man - it's 3 AM where I live and I'm in so much pain I wanna die!

I have a bad tooth that's broken half way off and that my dentist was going to fix for me except that he had to close his office thanks to the coronavirus the day after he gave me my first exam. When he was finally able to open up, I was worried about going in thanks to my concern about catching covid (I'm in a high risk group). So, I've been getting by with taking my dog's antibiotics and sometimes a codeine tab (how pathetic am I?)

But tonight I'm out of codeine and my dog refuses to give me anymore of his amoxicillin and I wanna die! Needless to say, I can't sleep - just trying to hang on until I can call my dentist's emergency number in the morning.

Is there anyone still awake who knows of any home remedies for a toothache from hell?

Oh, please!

Anyone at all??

Posted by Mountain Mule | Sat Aug 1, 2020, 05:09 AM (34 replies)

Great Barrier Reef suffers its most widespread mass bleaching event on record

Earlier this year, scientists warned that the Great Barrier Reef could be on the brink of its most widespread bleaching event ever recorded. That fear has now been realized.

New surveys conducted by scientists at Australia’s James Cook University and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority show that a summer of extreme heat has caused the reef, which is a World Heritage Site, to suffer a mass bleaching of unprecedented scale. Corals from the far north to the southern tip of the 1,400 mile-long ecosystem are experiencing severe impacts.

It was also one of the reef’s worst mass bleaching episodes in terms of intensity, second only to 2016, which killed half of all shallow-water corals on the northern Great Barrier Reef.

And unlike the summer of 2016, when an intense marine heat wave coincided with one of the strongest El Niño events on record, this past summer brought a bleaching event without any assistance from the Pacific climate oscillation.

El Niño events can elevate ocean temperatures in that part of the world, making bleaching events more likely. To scientists, this is another clear sign that human-caused climate change is now the primary driver behind these devastating events.

Mark Eakin, coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coral Reef Watch program, described the rate of recurrence of these events as “truly disturbing.” Bleaching from the 2016 event was followed by a recurrence in 2017, when there was also an absence of an El Niño.

“In 2016 and 2017, the Great Barrier Reef had their first back-to-back bleaching events. Now we have the third bleaching event in five years,” Eakin wrote in an email.

“That is unprecedented on the Great Barrier Reef.”

Heat stress can be deadly to corals. Bleaching is a response to heat stress that occurs when corals spend too much time in water that’s too hot for them to handle. Exposure to prolonged heat causes the reef-building animals to temporarily evict their zooxanthellae, symbiotic algae in which the corals shelter in exchange for food.


Australia has had a very bad year and there is no end in sight.
Posted by Mountain Mule | Mon Apr 6, 2020, 12:20 PM (2 replies)

Judge orders Hillary Clinton deposition in email flap


A federal judge has ordered former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to sit for a sworn deposition for the first time in connection with her use of a private email account during her State Department tenure.

U.S. District Court Royce Lamberth issued the order Monday in connection with a five-and-a-half-year-old Freedom of Information Act lawsuit the conservative group Judicial Watch filed seeking emails related to the deadly 2012 attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

Clinton was previously required to submit a sworn written statement about her email use, but the deposition—if it takes place—would be the first time she has had to submit to live questioning under oath on the subject.

During her four years in President Barack Obama's Cabinet, Clinton relied on a private email account and server for both her work-related and personal messages. The practice led to a storm of controversy that roiled her 2016 presidential bid and is widely viewed as contributing to her ultimate defeat by Donald Trump.

In response to press questions during the campaign and in the sworn statement, Clinton said she kept the private account and server after taking over as secretary of state in 2009 as a matter of convenience and not to avoid FOIA or other disclosure requirements. The FBI investigated, interviewed Clinton and recommended against criminal charges, but it did find dozens of messages in her account that officials said contained highly classified information.

However, Lamberth said in his ruling Monday that the FBI probe and representations by the State Department have not adequately put to rest questions about the episode and Clinton's deposition is needed to address those concerns.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/02/hillary-clinton-email-deposition-118800

Seriously? but, but... Her e-mails? STILL?
Posted by Mountain Mule | Mon Mar 2, 2020, 04:47 PM (60 replies)
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