“We have too many global warming books—but this one is needed. Steven
Koonin has the credentials, expertise, and experience to ask the right
questions and to give realistic answers.”
—Vaclav Smil, distinguished professor emeritus
at the University of Manitoba
The three-class franchise system (German: Dreiklassenwahlrecht) was an indirect election system used from 1848 to 1918 in the Kingdom of Prussia, and for shorter intervals in other German states. Voters were grouped into three classes such that those who paid most tax formed the first class, those who paid least formed the third, and the aggregate tax revenue of each class was equal. Voters in each class separately elected one third of the electors (Wahlmänner) who in turn voted for the representatives. Thus it was a form of apportionment by economic class rather than geographic area or population.
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Using data on individual-level roll call votes from parliamentary minutes of the Prussian House of Representatives during the period 1867 to 1903, researchers computed scores for MPs measuring political ideology. They find that voting behavior can be classified into two dimensions: a liberal–conservative dimension and a secular–religious dimension which combine to correctly predict 96% of roll call votes. Linking estimated ideal points with biographical information of MPs and with constituency-level variables, they analyze the driving forces of the Prussian political economy during a period of fundamental changes towards capitalism, secularization, and from liberalism to protectionism. They find different forms of inequality to be associated with competing political ideologies casting a more nuanced light on the three-class system of franchises.
” What and Why and When And How and Where and Who.”
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the bull: The significance of the myth in modern Europe
Like all ancient Greek myths, it has many levels of meaning. But, in the context of the modern EU, it’s message is clear: an oligarchy, which presumes to a divine right, has duped the peoples of Europe into handing over their democratic rights. The upshot is a bull-headed monster which wanders the subterranean labyrinth, devouring tributes, until someone eventually summons up the nerve to slay the beast. What could be more apt?
“Steve Koonin, the undersecretary for science under Obama, has written a
very interesting and thoughtful book on climate. He documents how much
of what you think you know about climate just ain’t so. Did you know that
while the United States is now seeing many fewer cold records, absolute
heat records are not increasing? Unsettled will definitely and rightly unsettle your climate thoughts, and all for the better. If we are to make trillion
dollar investments, we deserve to be as well informed as possible.”
—Bjørn Lomborg, president of Copenhagen Consensus and
visiting fellow at The Hoover Institution at Stanford University
“I realized that gradually, after reading the WTO, IMF, World Bank papers and tracing the 1992 Earth Summit backwards to Stockholm in 1972 where the real motive was stated in plain English – to replenish the dwindling supply of raw materials global bankers and traders depend on for their wealth and control. Not only have they depleted their plantations in the Third World, the slaves themselves cannot possibly repay the multi-billion dollar debt forced on them by the IMF, Paris Club and transnational banks. Someone must pay for rehabilitating the plantation and someone must supply these parasites with a new debt-income stream. Maurice Strong opened the Rio Summit naming their target – “the affluent middle class in the industrialized countries.” Measuring and monetizing “carbon footprints” supplies the parasite casino with a global windfall profits scheme, while simultaneously consolidating external control over every country’s energy, industry, transportation, agriculture, land use, housing, food and water – in perpetuity. This is the meaning of “sustainable.” When they talk” “about sustainable development they mean sustainable revenue. [According to information provided by The Carbon Disclosure Project] everything under the sun is being measured and monetized – from hospitals and schools to refrigerators, toothpaste and telephone calls – and entered into a global database to provide a matrix for calculating GLOBAL carbon fines. The website states that CDP is “the only global climate change reporting system” and “acts on behalf of 534 institutional investors, holding $64 trillion in assets under management and some 60 purchasing organizations.” I was surprised by how transparent this is – who all their partners are and their board of trustees. When you look at the SCALE of this operation it’s mind boggling. There are trillions of dollars and thousands of organizations already engaged in this – right down to local municipalities that are signed up without their citizens’ awareness. So the economy is not dead. This isn’t a jobless recovery after all. Business is booming – if you’re in the right business. . . Global trade in carbon emissions is already [as of 2010] in the hundreds of billions. Point Carbon estimates they could grow to more than $1 trillion by 2020. Investors also trade derivatives contracts on the future price of carbon on exchanges.”
“EPA director, Lisa Jackson, was New Jersey’s representative on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cap-and-trade program for 10 Middle Atlantic and northeastern states. The Chicago Climate Exchange was founded in 2001 with $1.1 million in seed money from the Joyce Foundation while Obama was on the Joyce Board. Richard L. Sandor, CCX chairman and chief executive, who is credited with inventing interest-rate futures, has attracted about 400 entities, including Monsanto, IBM, Intel, Bank of America, Citi and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Stuart Eizenstat, a CCX director, was Bill Clinton’s lead climate treaty negotiator.”
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Rajan told me about a Richard Sandor Talk at the LSE in 2012 on Good derivatives Carbon Trading and the “Marketisation of Water”. He also mentioned the Marc Roche documentary Banksters about the HSBC slap on the wrists by the US’s toothless Guard Dog the SEC. Sandor distinguishes between regulated and unregulated Derivatives and Also over the Counter and Traded Derivatives. I will look at some of the Laurels Richard Claims for the “Good” Derivatives, of course counterfactuals, as we have seen in recent blogs here, are problematic, but even with that, I believe there is sufficient Data now, to empirically tackle the CLaims which Richard Makes that, can be pinned down and separated from the Snake Oil laced through the whole presentation.
Here is My CHat with Ranjan Yesterday Evening.
This is a clip of Al Gore at the Spiritual Forum hosted by John Denver at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992. The clip is mostly focused on two questions that Al Gore answered. One was on redesigning the way the U.S. keeps it’s national accounts to account for environmental degradation and the other question was about the international financial mafia’s debt-for-nature swaps.
Here is the link to the full conference recorded on June 5, 1992
Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be so hard
I’m going back to the start