Critical points to understand the urgency of Climate Change

7 points I want people to know about Climate Change

  1. Every major scientific organization on the planet has agreed that mankinds greenhouse gas emissions are a major factor in the changing of our climate.
  2. Most of Science behind Climate change, the Green house effect, has been around since before the Civil War, and the core theory was finished before World War I. John Tyndall and James Arrhenius, whose equations were as horrible as his name sounds.
  3. Though climate models being a system as large as the earth are very complex, the science of the Green House effect basically no more complicated than insulation, and dark clothing on a hot day. Just like wool is warmer than polyester, holding in more heat, carbon dioxide and methane are warmer and hold more heat in than oxygen and nitrogen
  4. The reason why the northern ice cap is so important is not because the sea levels will rise so significantly. It’s because instead of a white ice cube on the top of the earth, we will have the dark green sea, which, if you’ve ever worn dark colors on a hot day, the earth will absorb more heat instead of reflecting… something like double the amount. Further, it is believed that there is massive amounts of methane below the ice, the most potent green house gas, enough to change the content of the atmosphere significantly
  5. The worst case scenario of a runaway green house effect is extinction for the human race, likely in under a 100 years. There was the Greatest Generation post WWII, there was the lost generation, and, it’s entirely possible that children born from 2025 or so will be known as the Last generation.
  6. We use 100 thousand billion kilowatt hours of energy per year, all of it by burning fuel- creating heat energy to release energy that wouldn’t ordinarily be out there, even a hundred years ago. Every device you have, every time you get in a car, every time you leave a light on, somewhere, something is being burned to create that energy. The idea that this would have no effect on our environment or that we do not in general, is silly, particularly if you subscribe to the law of unintended consequences.
  7. We waste half of all energy that is produced, either by leaving lights on, underinsulating buildings, leaving things plugged in that don’t need to be, or by producing crap to throw away, plastic bags, napkins disposables… So, we could cut down on greenhouse gas emissions- more than half- by learning to make the most use of what we have.

The need for Justice in America

Side by side comparisons of major industrial countries rate of death via police
Side by side comparisons of major industrial countries rate of death via police

source: http://www.killedbypolice.net

The comparison to other nations, and the daily inundation with  new cases of police killings makes it clear, there is an epidemic problem in this country around police behavior; 1000+ more killings by police per year than any other nation, the next highest is around 14. This also speaks to the strong likely hood that many more, non fatal police brutalities happen

Many people, seem to shrug off the killing of humans by police as unfortunate issues arising from “resisting arrest”, or dismiss the death as a real consequence of having disobeyed the law or an officer. While facism, like many isms, is an oft debated definition, the ability of people tasked with upholding the law being able to kill at will is contained within all of them. As a person who proscribes to the lessons of Confucius, I believe it is the failure to understand not the whole law, legal process, but simply the role, the definition of what an officer- (I make the distinction of a “peace officer”) is supposed to do.

The role of a police officer aka an officer of the peace, is, to me, is to
1. de-escalate dangerous situations in order to preserve life
2. restore situations to alignment with the law
3. to observe assess, cite, and summon individuals guilty of violating local codes to see a judge empowered to make more critical decisions regarding the severity, up to and including long term limitations of basic rights as consequence to infractions upon others.

This seems to be a logical extension of the simple lightweight, yet powerful principles laid down in the Declaration of Independence, which I hold as law for the United States of America, which say essentially:

Governments are created to keep people from harming one another, and to assure that they may live, free to pursue that which can make them happy, and governments that harm their citizens or impede upon their freedom without sufficient cause, i.e. hurting another citizen, are illegitimate, and must be changed.

This to me is a great summation of a government’s role with regards to an individual, (there are many and more complex roles regarding resource management, money creation, infrastructure building, and defense, but it serves well to create basic understandings of what government should and should not be)
and I would ask that if you agree with those statements, you make your understanding of the law to be that, and there is actually, a very, strong argument for the Declarational principles being law, one that I I will make elsewhere.

Next steps:

For now, every member of law enforcement in this country should swear an oath to to the role, approximately as laid out.

Department of Justice, in accordance with the Constitution, and the Declaration, must set a floor for police behavior as representative of the government, and audit the overall behavior of police as it relates to core US codes.- this would seem to be within their Constitutional authority already, but possibly a need for a national Constitutional Convention like the NY CC of 1801- to examine not only how the law is written, but how the principles which govern those laws play out in day to day processes, and

Examination of what constitutes an arrestable offense; as this is certainly a punishment, for any length of time, it would seem to be a violation of one’s liberty, and innocence until proven guilty.

Possible additional steps include:

Establishing a 3 strike max on brutality cases depending on severity, and zero tolerance for police misconduct that leads to the deaths of citizens- immediate dismissal, with the possibility of criminal charges

Rapid settlement of police cases where wrongdoing is obvious, in whole or at least in part, where there are quantity disputes (Eric Garner)

Examination of the grand jury process, 97% indictment rate for federal cases and a seemingly 0% indictment rate for police, it seems like an expensive extension of prosecutorial discretion.

Length of trial as a whole, as it seems clear anecdotally that longer cases trend toward innocence results,  nor is it clear that year long trials aid in justice, especially when there is little dispute as to essential facts.

Specifically in the case of McCullough, by his own words,he should be charged with obstruction of Justice, as he knowingly presented false testimony to the Grand Jury, and presented them with irrelevant and misleading case law, as well as changing a well established practice for obtaining the “ham sandwich”‘s indictment for another, producing a statistically unlikely result.

Missouri should be liable for any damages resulting from Ferguson riots. The governor took on the responsibility of stopping riots, had weeks to prepare, and was unable to stop the looting? And why you would release the verdict at 9 PM ? Ferguson’s business districts cannot be so large that a hundred or so officers, with mobile units backing them up couldn’t have covered them.

Drug prices wow!

HealthCare System

A woman I know, practically old enough to be my mother, gets a rheumatiod arthritis medication. The cost to the government for this is monthly is:

$2904.63

+

$152.88 payment.

$3057.61 for a monthly dose 50mg/.5 mL in a plastic automatic dose syringe, disposable

or about

$37,000 per year to treat a disease

being a former chemist, sometime finance guy, I wanted to see what the unit cost was, using 9th grade science skills (thanks, mr. Knudson) reinforce by collegiate and professional work…

Let’s see .5 mL, means 2 in an mL

2 x $3057.61  =1 mL

2000 x $3057.61=1L

move decimal over three places

2 x $3,057,610= 1L

1L = $6,115,220

by weight,  this drug is

$305,761 dollars a gram, by comparison, after golds rapid inflation in price,

it is now, around $1400 a Troy OUNCE,  31 grams, or about 45$ per gram

or it is approximately 9000x gold value