The Apocalypticon ~ Climate woes, Trump’s fake war, data hypocrisy


Humans gleefully trash their only home — Photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier were inspired by this ongoing debate over this new geological era called the Anthropocene, in which humans have created significant changes to Earth. Arctic coastlines are collapsing into the sea.
Don’t let the sea into the US! Estimates show that to defend every coastal city, town, and hamlet in the US with sea walls over the next 20 years could cost over $600 billion, and that’s under a fairly optimistic climate scenario. [And the Mexicans won’t pay for it.]
‘Never-ending barrage of rain’ in the US It has left the Midwest flooded, the Gulf of Mexico primed for a huge dead zone.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the agency’s final replacement for the Obama-era rule, which aimed to reduce carbon emissions from the energy sector to combat climate change. and yeah, it’s as bad as you’d imagine.
US military is killing the planet while it practices killing people — A new report from Brown’s Watson Institute examines the Pentagon’s day-to-day carbon footprint, oil use, and how much carbon the unending War on Terror has emitted. It shows that while the military is progressive in terms of acknowledging the threat climate change poses to the world, it’s also a huge part of the problem.
Glacial melts — Researchers are turning to a once-secret source: spy satellite imagery from the 1970s and 1980s, now declassified. The Himalayan glaciers lost 25 centimetres (10 inches) of ice per year from 1975 to 2000. This region contains the most ice in one region after the actual poles.
Bee worried — Beekeepers across the US lost four in 10 of their honeybee colonies over the past year, as the worst winter on record for tracked bee populations raised fresh concerns over the plight of the crucial pollinators.
Beautiful Chinese algae is a curse — Satellite imagery taken over the past two decades shows that the toxic bioluminescent microorganisms responsible for China’s sparkling blue seas are becoming increasingly abundant.
Canada’s empty climate words Canada’s Liberal Party voted en masse to declare a climate emergency in the House of Commons. Then the Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion that, when completed, will pump 590,000 barrels of highly-polluting tar sands oil from Alberta to British Columbia.

Trump ‘calls off’ fake war — President Trump says he called off a Thursday strike on Iran ordered as retaliation for Iran’s having shot down a US drone. Trump said he cancelled the attack shortly before it was to begin, after he was told 150 people would very likely be killed. [Honestly, does anybody believe any of this crap? Tell me, please, how you get video footage of ‘Iranian terrorists’ fitting mines to oil tankers yet you do nothing about it? Fake war!] 
Tens of millions displaced by violence — A record 70.8 million people had been forcibly displaced by war, persecution and other violence worldwide at the end of 2018, according to the latest annual Global Trends report by the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. This is the highest number in UNHCR history.

Data hypocrisy — Moderating Facebook is an awful job. The details in the report are, at best, a grim account of the dirty and chaotic conditions of the workplace and at worst a disturbing insight into the psychological toll of the job.
Magic Leap info stolen for China — Magic Leap Inc, a US startup that makes a headset to project digital objects onto the real world, accused one of its former engineers of stealing its technology to create his own augmented reality device for China.
UK can’t control ‘horny teens’ — Sources now say the project is “indefinitely delayed” (after being previously delayed twice) and will not in fact be rolling out next month as planned.
Millions of Google Maps listings are fake, but lucrative — Google still can’t seem to stop the proliferation of fictional business listings and aggressive con artists on its search engine.
WeTransfer shared its users’ files with the wrong people — The company not only shared files with the intended recipients, but with random strangers.
Gmail confidential is not confidential — Without end-to-end encryption, Gmail confidential mode is little more than a marketing strategy. Learn why privacy experts call Google’s privacy features “misleading.”
Facebook’s creepy cryptocurrency ambitions — Facebook’s ambitions to create a quasi-nation state ruled by mostly corporate interests is a secret weapon, one the company hopes it can use to create another platform used by billions of people – and generate enormous new revenue streams along the way.

Any good news — The inhabitants of Çatalhöyük, an ancient city founded over 9000 years ago in what is now Turkey, were subject to many urban problems we’re familiar with today, including overcrowding, interpersonal violence and sanitation issues. [But presumably not device addiction.]
More people return wallets than you’d imagine — but having money in the wallet upped the odds.
The world’s population is slowing down and could stop growing, or even begin decreasing, by 2100, according to a United Nations report. [The universe requires us to put a break on all that procreation!]