Monday, January 31, 2022

60. Climate Memo Mondays, January 31, 2022

60.  Climate Memo Mondays, January 31, 2022

Disbelief in Science Because of Distrust or Ideology?

“Science Historian Naomi Oreskes: Science Doing Fine; Rejection Is Due to Ideology, Not Distrust” by Kendrick Frazier.  Skeptical Inquirer (Jan.-Feb. 2022).

Excerpt: As for climate change, many scientists think mistakenly that resistance is driven by uncertainty; however, “That’s a misdiagnosis.” Eighty-eight percent of Democrats think climate change is a threat, but only 31 percent of Republicans do. “So, something else is going on; it’s not a matter of scientific facts.”

Political polarization about climate change began around 1990 and has steadily worsened since then. As she showed in Merchants of Doubt, the major factor explaining that is ideology. It is “market fundamentalism, fear of government regulation of business,” plus the assertion that regulation is a gateway to communism (an argument still used today). This was all part of Cold War anxieties. The whole anti–climate science agenda was pushed strongly by fossil fuel interests.

Of course, there is hypocrisy and “misdirection” in that regard, she pointed out: Fossil fuels are heavily subsidized by governments. In fact, she noted that fossil fuels are the second most heavily subsidized industry, after agriculture. Studies a few years back showed that the world spends $5 trillion on energy subsidies, and that figure now is up to $7 trillion. . . .

So, she asked, what does [ideology] mean for those of us concerned about science? We need to remember four things:

1) The vast majority of Americans do trust science.

2) Facts do count to most who do trust science.

3) Scientists need to provide good quality information in formats the public can understand.

4) With those motivated by nonempirical concerns, outreach must acknowledge their concerns….







--Biden should declare the climate catastrophe a national emergency (see Biden and climate)

--Contrast Lynas, Our Last Warning, on  the dark truth about temperature and resistance, to Fonda’s optimistic account of 4 mos. Of resistance.

Fonda, What Can I Do? My Path from Climate Despair to Action.  2020. 


I omitted my notes from the CMM entry

ASHLEY DAWSON, EXTREME CITIES: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change.  Verso, 2017.  (Includes an underlying critique of “resilience”: “the vogue for resilience . . .dovetails with dominant neoliberal views concerning the role of the state….” 170). 

Introduction: Extreme City

     The opening pages described Hurricane Sandy, followed by the context of cities around the world threatened by climate chaos, for cities are the cutting edge of the “coming climate chaos.” Cities house the majority of the billions, contribute most of the carbon, are vulnerably sited on bodies of rising water and vulnerable to deadly heat waves.  The effects of climate change will be of most consequence to cities.  (1-6).

Chapter 4, “The Jargon of Resilience”

Basic alternating structure throughout:  A. Strategies of Adaptation.  B. Dawson’s Critique “heightened by social injustice.”  

For example from p. 157 at the end of the chapter’s intro.:

“This chapter explores discourses of resilience as they are applied to the extreme city.  I focus on the Rebuild by Design competition” in NYC org. by Rockefeller Foundation and HUD.

“Resilience has become the dominant jargon for addressing the manifold crises of the extreme city without fundamentally transforming the conditions that give rise to these crises.”

The next section describes the 6 RbD awards.  First the “BIG U,” the 10-mile long berm to defend the southern tip of Manhattan.  Then the “limits of the BIG U”:  It creates ”a false sense of security” because its height is fixed possibly too low; it displaces danger into the future and to other physical locations; etc.  All of the plans pay too little attention to equity in general and poor neighborhoods specifically.  “’   history has not shown that capitalism protects poor people.’”

The third section (169-) repeats the chapter’s title with one addition: “The Jargon of ‘Resilience’” (and definitions pp. 156-7).   It opens with other major national resilience initiatives by Rockefeller (100 Resilient Cities), HUD, DHS, World Bank, books by Judith Rodin, Holling, Zolli, and the diverse meanings of the term.   Critique begins immediately.  “Part of the power of the term resilience lies in the sheen of hope it offers. . . .But above all, the vogue for resilience has to do with how it dovetails with dominant neoliberal views concerning the role of the state….”(170).  A quick history of the term follows, a sketch of the UN’s Our Common Future report, then more critique; e.g., the popularizers of “resilience” (e.g. Rodin) “are clearly not allowing for the possibility of …collapse of particular systems.”  He opposes Judith Rodin, who doesn’t explore “root causes” but only disasters, which are inevitable to which we can only adapt; Rodin emphasizes adversity as an opportunity for profit; and is addressing “transnational business elite and their multinational corporations.”   The decades of globalization and urbanization are not natural but “are the produce of an increasingly unrestrained capitalism, involving neoliberal efforts to abolish public regulation and to throttle the public sector while empowering private sector forces….”  Dawson paraphrases Naomi Klein: “efforts to reduce carbon emissions have failed so dramatically precisely because of the hegemony of neoliberal doctrines that skewer all regulatory efforts.  The discussion of ‘resilience,’ just like the concepts of sustainable development that preceded it, obscures [the] root causes of global instability and suffering….”

There’s much more in this other rich chapters, weaving the history and evaluation of “resilience.”    

The World Book Encyclopedia Editorial Process (1972)






Climate inaction, injustice worsened by finance fiasco

Jomo Kwame Sundaram. (1-27-22).  

KUALA LUMPUR: Many factors frustrate the international cooperation needed to address the looming global warming catastrophe. As most rich nations have largely abdicated responsibility, developing countries need to think and act innovatively and cooperatively to better advance the South.   



Sunday, January 30, 2022

OMNI CUBA Newsletter #10, January 30, 2022



CUBA Newsletter #10

January 30, 2022

Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology


CONTENTS CUBA NEWSLETTER #10, January 29, 2022

Probably very little pertaining to Cuba is not affected by the long US intervention to overthrow its government—from blowing up an airplane to unceasing blockade and  hostile propaganda.   So the following subject groupings of the essays should be understood as my perception of the main topic(s) of each.

US Intervention

Whitney, Corporate Media’s Negative News about Cuba

Satire of US Reporting of Cuba


MacLeod. Cuba, Protests v. Government

Havana Syndrome a Hoax.

US Inciting Opposition to Cuba Globally

Cuban Resistance and Its Allies

Cooperation with China

Support in US via ANSWER Coalition

Cuba Today

Special Number of Monthly Review: 8 Articles

Cuba Today continued

New Code of Families

Pres. Diaz-Canel and Red Bandana Collective

Cuba in Latin America

Ajamu Baraka.  “Class Warfare and Socialist Resistance.”

Contents #9: US v. Cuba





US Intervention

             U.S. government pays big money for bad news about Cuba.”   W. T. Whitney, Jr.. (1-29-22).

The cruder U.S. methods for destroying Cuba’s revolutionary government—military attacks, bombings of hotels and a fully-loaded airplane, violent attacks on officials, biological warfare—did not work. Nor has economic blockade, which of course continues. A more subtle approach also exists. Like the blockade, its purpose is to cause despair and then dissent.   share on Twitter Like U.S. government pays big money for bad news about Cuba on Facebook


Super serious news reporting: notes from the Edge of The
Narrative Matrix
Caitlin A. Johnstone. (12-11-21)

Hi I’m a very serious news reporter. The Russians are controlling our thoughts with Facebook memes and scrambling our brains with invisible ray gun attacks. In other news, capitalism is working fine and our wars defend freedom and democracy. The government never lies. Here’s Bob with the weather.

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See Gitmo/Guantanamo

There is one place in Cuba where torture occurs.”

Editor. (11-21-21)

Chilling testimony of the torture and abuses committed against Majid Khan, at the illegal U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo, was recently presented by the prisoner.  share on Twitter Like There is one place in Cuba where torture occurs on Facebook


The United States is organizing a color revolution in Cuba for November 15.”  Alan MacLeod. (11-5-21)

It remains an open question as to how successful the upcoming action against the Cuban government will be. But who is behind the protests is hardly in doubt.  share on Twitter Like The United States is organizing a color revolution in Cuba for November 15 on Facebook


Havana Syndrome, the U.S.’s Monumental Hoax

Editor. (1-30-22). 

Last week, the United States decided to recognize for the first time in five years that the phenomenon baptized as “Havana Syndrome” is nothing more than a big farce. On Thursday, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) admitted that its allegations against Cuba for the so-called “health incidents” suffered by CIA officials in La Havana back in 2016 were not caused by “a deliberate attack.”  share on Twitter Like Havana Syndrome, the U.S.’s Monumental Hoax on Facebook

Friends of Cuba: oppose U.S. intervention.”  [More US intervention.]   Editor.  11-16-21.

Seizing on small protests over shortages on the island in July, the U.S. is now trying to build anti-government feeling with worldwide protests against socialist Cuba, including one in London—we must show our support instead, writes NATASHA HICKMAN.  share on Twitter Like Friends of Cuba: oppose U.S. intervention on Facebook




Cuba eyes cooperation with China on clean energy. “ (12-31-21).

Facing the challenges of an aging energy infrastructure, Cuba is looking to new energy sources with help from the Belt and Road Initiative to strengthen its power production capacity and move away from fossil fuels.  share on Twitter Like Cuba eyes cooperation with China on clean energy on Facebook

“Unlocking U.S. sanctions: China signs construction & energy deals with Cuba
Editor. (1-8-22).

Cuba - Atlantic Ocean

Beijing is slowly unpicking Washington’s foreign policy, sanction by sanction, country by country.

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“TOMORROW -- Find a Cuba solidarity action near you!”

ANSWER Coalition via   11-14-21

12:47 PM (5 hours ago)


I omitted most of this report because past, but I counted 16 supportive actions in US.


 Cuba Today: US Domination, Cuban Resistance and More

Eight Essays from the Cuban perspective published by the Monthly Review, January 2022 (Volume 73, Number 8).  The Editors (January 6, 2022)

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“Cuba’s world leadership in sustainable human development is of world-historic importance.” | more…

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Manolo De Los Santos (January 6, 2022)


This special issue of Monthly ReviewThe Cuban Revolution Today: Experiments in the Grip of Challenges, carries forward a tradition established six decades ago. The stance of the magazine reflects the view of C. Wright Mills. In his Listen, Yankee, Mills wrote that we don’t worry about the Cuban Revolution, we worry with it. This volume is put together in that spirit. | more…

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Manolo De Los Santos (January 6, 2022)


Not a day has gone by that the United States has not tried to overturn the Cuban Revolution, through the assassination of its leaders, invasions by proxy forces, preventing it from normal commercial and diplomatic relations, and encouraging social distress in the island to become a counterrevolutionary force. | more…

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The Blockade as a Double-Edged Sword.”

Roberto Regalado (January 6, 2022)


Notwithstanding an ongoing commitment to redouble its efforts, Cuban socialism has not taken full advantage of its own human and material resources to develop its productive forces. It is necessary to distinguish between our right and duty to struggle against the blockade and our expectations regarding what one can and cannot hope for if it is lifted. | more…

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We Must Return to the Future.”

La Tizza Collective (January 6, 2022)


The Cuban Revolution cannot disintegrate because it was never made of meringue. Not because it has not been sweet, but because the revolution has also tasted bitter fruits that, to date, we have known how to turn into strengths. | more…

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Socialism Cannot Postpone Its Promise of Democracy.”

Rita Karo (January 6, 2022)


This article will be released in full online January 17, 2022.

On Sunday, July 11, 2021, demonstrations occurred in various parts of Cuba. Many of the demonstrators went onto the streets to protest the frequent prolonged power outages in various locations, shortages of food and medicine, and the general precariousness of daily life. A variety of different perspectives are putting their own spin on these events. | more…

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The Communist Party of Cuba and Present Challenges.”

Germán Sánchez Otero (January 6, 2022)


This article will be released in full online January 24, 2022.

The Eighth Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba—held from April 16 to 19, 2021—offers salient questions, issues, and other themes of the current reality of Cuba from the view of revolutionary militants. Let us take heed. | more…

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Socialism Against the Siege.”

Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (January 6, 2022)


This article will be released in full online January 31, 2022.

Despite Cuba’s advantages—its free, universal public health system and its capacity for rapid scientific development, which put it at the forefront in research and vaccine production globally—it was unable to escape the pandemic’s blows. | more…

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End MR special no. on Cuba


CUBA TODAY continued


Cuba seeks more equality and inclusion with the new Code of Families.”  Editor. (12-30-21). 

Roxanne Castellano, professor at the Psychology Faculty of the University of Havana, explained that this is a Code based on paradigms of non-discrimination that creates spaces for all, seeks solutions to conflicts, and is consistent with the conception of our socialist state of law and social justice.

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Díaz-Canel joins Red Bandana sit-in.”

Editor. (11-17-21).  

Yesterday, November 14, around noon, President Miguel Díaz-Canel arrived at Havana’s Central Park to join the sit-in organized by the Red Bandana collective, an initiative of social network activists, members of Cuban civil society organizations, and promoters of community projects.  share on Twitter Like Díaz-Canel joins Red Bandana sit-in on Facebook


Class warfare and socialist resistance: Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela as existential threats to the U.S.

Ajamu Baraka. (11-13-21)

Class Warfare and Socialist Resistance

Why do Nicaragua, Cuba and Venezuela pose such an existential threat to the U.S.? The promise of socialism and their resistance to U.S. class warfare.  share on Twitter Like Class warfare and socialist resistance: Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela as existential threats to the U.S. on Facebook



Vijay Prashad, Imperialism v. Humanity
Cuba in China’s “Belt and Road Energy” Alliance
Cuba v. Covid-19

UPJ, Stop US Regime Change Subversion of Cuba

Anniversary of Murder of Ché Guevara, New Book by Ratner and Smith

Florida’s Gov. Awards Medal of Freedom to Ché’s Assassin

John Ross, World Mobilizes v. US Mistreatment of Cuba

Aaron Maté, US v. Cuba’s Anti-Imperialism

Cuban Scientists Write Biden on Covid-19

Supporting Cuban Sovereignty

Max Blumenthal, Cultural Counter-Revolution in Cuba from US

Bill Hackworth, US State Dept. Criticism of Cuba on Human Rights

Vijay Prashad, US Behind Regime Change Drive

CIA Plans to Bomb Miami and Blame Cuba

Open Letter to Biden from Let Cuba Live

Global Protest: Hands Off Cuba, from ANSWER Coalition

Amishe Parikh-Friese, End the Embargo

Medea Benjamin and Leonardo Flores, End the Blockade

Alan MacLeod, Expose Western Media Propaganda v. Cuba

Cyber Attack on Cuban Foreign Ministry

US Behind Cuba Protest

MEDICC Calls for Humanitarian Policy Toward Cuba

Contents of #8




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