senators and money


tfw the star wars celebration pins look like they’re gonna be fugly as hell this year but there’s a maul and bossk pin and ur weak ass will wind up chasing around trying to get them anyway.

Part of the reason the new Secretary of Ed is so scary is what she will do to education in our country because she is so under-qualified. The other part is that she flat out said that she was dropping all pretense and expected a return on giving senators money. And this is legal in our country because she didn’t explicitly say, “Make Sec. Ed. and I will give you money.”


(via ▶ Senator Elizabeth Warren on big money in Washington - YouTube)

“The people in Washington don’t work for the people who elected them.” …mad as hell and fed up and I won’t take it anymore!” 

She is just awesome! #RunWarrenRun

Paris Climate Deal CLIFF NOTES

The Target!
- The Target is to stay below 1.5°C.
- That’s better for Islands and Africa than 2°C, the old target.

The Pledges!
- Each nation must do what they pledged.
- And these pledges must be reviewed (+ upped) every 5 years.
- They’re non-binding though.
- So no punishment if you don’t do it.
- Some say that’s bad, but main reason for this is so Obama can do his pledges without having to go through the nutty Senate. So OK.

The Money!
- Aid money from rich nations to poor ones increased a bit.
- But nowhere near enough.
- Rich nations really owe poor ones a debt, not aid, for causing this crisis that’s hurting poor nations first and worst.
- Poor nations got a “loss and damages” section in the Agreement but it’s super weak.

The Carbon-Neutral Dream!
- The aim is to be carbon-neutral by 2050.
- This doesn’t mean carbon-free.
- It means whatever carbon we’re still spewing out by 2050 has to be offset by, I dunno, more trees.
- Or crazy pipe-dream tech that’s dodgy like ‘carbon storage’ or geoengineering (why don’t we spew a chemical in the air that blocks sunlight? What could go wrong!).
- More trees is good. Relying on that crazy tech is really foolish.

Other stuff!
- “Fossil fuel” “coal” and “oil” are not mentioned once in the text.
- We’re still tippy-toeing around them, when it’s front and centre about them.
- So the whole crucial idea of “keeping fossil fuels in the ground” (rather than all the focus in international talks on the end of the pipeline - ie. keeping it from being spewed in the air once already dug up) did not make it in the text.
- Neither did indigenous rights.
- Indigenous people fought hard to get their rights protected from mining and fracking on their land etc, but didn’t get it.

We need to move at a really fast pace if we want to stay below 1.5°C. The pledges all added up would cook the planet 3.5°C which is more or less hell. The one big thing that would get those pledges better is a LOT of pressure from all of us.