"leaders in both war parties are now looking at ways to get around the Pentagon spending limits in order to satisfy the insatiable appetite of the military industrial complex and their agents in Congress who want to bring home the weapons production bacon - the only real job creation program in the nation anymore.
One likely mechanism to get around sequestration is to use the Overseas
Contingency Operations funds, or OCO, which isn't subject to the
sequester. This process allows Congress to appropriate more money for
war spending - outside of the traditional Pentagon annual appropriations
which are impacted by sequestration.
All of this means that further vicious attacks will be made on social
programs like food stamps, education, health care, infrastructure repair
and more. We'll see more calls for local privatization of water and
sewer systems, schools, roads and bridges and the like. Basically the
continued hollowing out of the public sector. The standard of living
will continue to plummet and practically the only jobs for young people
will increasingly be in the military sector.
This is what is happening today in many other western client states
where this formula of austerity cuts and militarization go
hand-in-hand. The Democrats, the so-called party of the 'little guy',
are meekly agreeing to this as they have become full partners in this
decimation of the nation."
"The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to a close. In its place, we are entering a period of consequences." - Winston Churchill, The Gathering Storm
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
We are standing on the edge of a new world where warming is poised to accelerate at rates unseen for at least 1,000 years.
That’s the main finding of a paper published March 9 in Nature Climate Change, which looked at the rate of temperature change over 40-year periods. The new research also shows that the Arctic, North America, and Europe will be the first regions to transition to a new climate, underscoring the urgent need for adaptation planning. Historical records show temperatures have typically fluctuated up or down by about 0.2 °F per decade over the past 1,000 years. But trends over the past 40 years have been decidedly up, with warming approaching 0.4 °F per decade. That’s still within historical bounds of the past—but just barely.
Faster and faster. That's called "acceleration".
Prediction by extrapolation is chancy; extrapolating accelerating phenomena is just a fool's game.
..."and I'm just gettin warmed up!" -- Mother Nature
... "The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to a close. In its place, we are entering a period of consequences." - Winston Churchill, The Gathering Storm