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Submission + - Globalization Considered Harmful

theodp writes: In the wake of Brexit, the NY Times reported earlier this month that President Obama will need his oratory powers to sell globalization. Asked to explain his strategy to reverse growing sentiment over globalization, President Obama responded, "The question is not whether or not there's going to be an international global economy. There is one." Still, the President acknowledged, "Ordinary people who have concerns about trade have a legitimate gripe about globalization, because the fact is that as the global economy is integrated, what we've seen are trend lines across the advanced economies of growing inequality and stagnant wages, and a smaller and smaller share of overall productivity and growth going to workers, and a larger portion going to the top 1 percent. And that's a real problem. Because if that continues, the social cohesion and political consensus needed for liberal market economies starts breaking down." The disconnect between theory and reality is at the heart of Ross Hartshorn's Globalization Considered Harmful. "There is a word for people who are opposed to the globalized economy, and it isn't 'xenophobe' or 'racist'," he writes. "It's 'protectionist'. For some time now, it's been thrown around as an insult, as if there were something wrong with protecting people. There was a similar trick played in the U.S. with the word 'liberal', where conservatives used it as an insult long enough that candidates on the left started to avoid describing themselves as liberal. But there is nothing wrong with protecting people, and there is everything wrong with globalization. Globalization isn't about respecting other people's culture, or treating everyone fairly regardless of their race. Globalization is about each country specializing in just one part of a normal, healthy, diverse economy, and then treating anyone whose talents aren't suited to that part of the economy, as if they were defective and in need a handout rather than a job. I think it is time for people who don't like what globalization has done, to start using the word 'protectionist' to describe themselves. I am a protectionist; I think there is nothing wrong with protecting people. The backlash against globalization isn't the problem. Globalization is the problem."

Submission + - SpaceX's Elon Musk says he will launch the first human to Mars in 2024 (

MarkWhittington writes: Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, attended the Recode Conference where he opened his mind about his vision for Mars exploration. He had previously announced his intention to send a robotic probe to the Martian surface called Red Dragon in 2018. But that mission is just the start of an ambitious program that will see the first human being launched to the Red Planet in 2024 “if all goes well.” If the announcement becomes reality, Musk will see the first astronaut landing on Mars by 2025, about ten years before NASA plans for boots on the Martian ground.

Submission + - Burning all fossil fuels would scorch Earth (

mspohr writes: A new study published in the Journal Nature Climate Change (Nature Climate Change, Nature Climate Change, DOI: 10.1038/nclimate3036) (and reported in shows our precarious climate condition:
"Using up all known fossil fuel reserves would render Earth even more unliveable than scientists had previously projected, researchers said on Monday.
Average temperatures would climb by up to 9.5 degrees Celsius (17 degrees Fahrenheit)—five times the cap on global warming set at climate talks in Paris in December, they reported.
In the Arctic region—already heating at more than double the global average—the thermometer would rise an unimaginable 15 C to 20 C."

This would make most of Earth uninhabitable to humans (although the dinosaurs seemed to do fine with it 65 million years ago).

Comment Re: Good news (Score 4, Insightful) 155

> thousands of times more than the negligible amount mankind has ever produced
nice try.
the yearly production of CO2 by humans is MUCH higher than the yearly CO2 production by volcanoes.
from first link I found :
-->volcanoes release a total of about 200M ton of CO2 annually.
-->global fossil fuel CO2 emissions (2003) = 26B ton CO2

Submission + - Stanford researchers show fracking's impact to drinking water sources (

chasm22 writes: "This is a wake-up call," said lead author Dominic DiGiulio, a visiting scholar at Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences. "It's perfectly legal to inject stimulation fluids into underground drinking water resources. This may be causing widespread impacts on drinking water resources."

Perhaps we should change that to "It's perfectly legal and, for the most part, hugely profitable, to inject...".

Submission + - EPA concludes that insecticides are killing the bees (

gbcox writes: This has been going on for years, and now the EPA has concluded that insecticides are killing the bees — duh! In any event, if the bees go (and the situation has become dire) we starve. This really is serious... so instead of worrying about who marries who or the birth certificate of Obama, people should stop and think about their food supply — and the media should be covering this 24/7 — #savethebees

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