Carbon capture and storage won’t work, critics say

18th January 2021 — True Publica – Climate News Network

Carbon capture and storage won’t work, critics say

Carbon capture and storage, trapping carbon before it enters the atmosphere, sounds neat. But many doubt it can ever work.

By Paul Brown: One of the key technologies that governments hope will help save the planet from dangerous heating, carbon capture and storage, will not work as planned and is a dangerous distraction, a new report says.

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“No one wants GM food – but Westminster wants to foist it upon Scotland anyway”

18 January 2021 — GMWatch

UK Gene editing consultation updates

Beyond GM and GM Freeze will be sending out information very soon on how members of the public can best respond to the UK government’s public consultation on gene editing. GMWatch has been actively contributing to this information.

Below are two short pieces that offer useful overviews of the situation.
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Russia takes charge of Nagorno-Karabakh

16 January 2021 — Indian Punchline

M.K. Bhadrakumar

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) met Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev (C) and Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan (L), Moscow, Jan. 11, 2021

The trilateral meeting of the leaderships of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Kremlin on January 11, exactly two months after the ceasefire in the 44-day Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, can be seen as a robust push by Moscow to consolidate its diplomatic achievement so far. The ceasefire has gained traction and this is the opportune moment for Russia to flesh out other aspects that were agreed upon between the three countries on November 10 in Moscow.

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Stanford Study Questions Benefits of Lockdowns and Stay-At-Home Orders

15 January 2021 — Outkick


A group of researchers at Stanford published a peer-reviewed study earlier this month assessing the impact of lockdowns and stay-at-home orders — what they refer to as non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) in early 2020. The study did not find evidence to support that NPIs were effective in preventing the spread.

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Don’t worry, the sadism is good for you…

17 January 2021 — Tortillaconsal

Stephen Sefton

Ever since at least the Iraq War of 2003, the fundamental alternatives facing North American and European elites have been constant. One alternative might have been to accept a certain loss of global power so as to share global influence peacefully in a multi-polar world with China, Russia and other regional powers. Instead, the Western elites chose the other alternative: an ultimately futile, globally destructive effort to defend their accustomed power and privilege.

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Hacked emails allegedly detail how EU drug regulator was pressured to approve Pfizer jab despite ‘problems’ with the vaccine

18 January, 2021 — RT

Hacked emails allegedly detail how EU drug regulator was pressured to approve Pfizer jab despite ‘problems’ with the vaccine

A health worker prepares an injection with a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 ©  REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

An alleged cache of email exchanges between EU officials and the European Medicines Agency show that the drug regulator was uncomfortable about fast-tracking approval for the Pfizer and Moderna Covid jabs, Le Monde has reported.

Black Agenda Radio for Week of January 18, 2021

18 January 2021 — Black Agenda Report

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford 
US Imperialism Was in Disarray in 2020 / US Genocide Against Blacks, Now and in 1951 / Lumumba Assassination Changed Black American Politics.

US Imperialism Was in Disarray in 2020 

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford 
Black Alliance for Peace national organizer Ajamu Baraka told a year-end conference of the Black Is Back Coalition that “the US settler state is facing the most serious crisis of legitimacy since the collapse of the capitalist economy” in the Great Depression. Betty Davis, of the Coalition’s Community Control of Schools Working Group, said: “The federal budget that comes down to New York City is the 23rd biggest budget in the world, but you don’t control that money and that’s why you are not having the same services as your white counterparts.”

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How Much Did “The Culture of Narcissism” Get Right?

17 January 2021 — TK News

Forty years ago, Christopher Lasch described a soulless society headed toward a “war of all against all.” Are we there? A look back at the book TK readers chose for review

Matt Taibbi

It is symptomatic of the underlying tenor of American life that vulgar terms for sexual intercourse also convey the sense of getting the better of someone, working him over, taking him in, imposing your will through guile, deception, or superior force. — Christopher Lasch, The Culture of Narcissism

Back in 1979, social critic Christopher Lasch wasn’t buying the idea that Americans in the sex-drugs-and-disco era were actually having fun.

“This hedonism is a fraud,” he wrote. “The pursuit of pleasure disguises a struggle for power. Americans have not really become more sociable and cooperative… they have merely become more adept at exploiting the conventions of interpersonal relations for their own benefit.”

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