Noam Chomsky said Nov. 8 — Election Day in the U.S. — could prove to be crucial in the survival of the human species.
“Three events took place last Nov. 8,” Chomsky said earlier this month, during a lecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. “One of them was very important. One was extremely important. The third was utterly astonishing.”
That same day, the World Meteorological Organization released a report showing 2011-2015 to be the hottest five-year period on record — hours before an international climate change conference ended without an agreement to enforce the Paris Agreement.
“It had been hoped that they could reshape the verifiable treaty on actions to address climate change, but that couldn’t be done because of a single barrier,” Chomsky said. “It’s called the Republican party.”
Obama had hoped to bypass GOP objections to the treaty, but Chomsky said the Republican-majority Congress refused to accept any verifiable agreements.
Representatives from about 200 nations had hoped to put some teeth into the accord during a United Nations-sponsored conference in Morocco, but their deliberations ended with news of Trump’s election.
“At that point, the deliberations ended, the electoral results came from the United States and the [Marrakech] meeting shifted to another question,” Chomsky said. “Can the world survive when the richest, most powerful country in world history … not only is withdrawing from the effort to try to save the world from destruction, but is undertaking a dedicated commitment to race to the precipice as quickly as possible?”
Chomsky remained hopeful that humanity’s other main existential threat — nuclear war — could be averted despite renewed hostilities between Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, but he’s afraid it may be too late to avert climate disaster.
“We might pass a point of no return, soon in fact, when the damage we have caused is uncontrollable,” he said.
Giuliani’s Ukraine henchman once held a gun to man’s head and threatened to kill him if he told police: report
Lev Parnas, one of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani's henchmen who tried to help him pressure the Ukrainian government, has a long history of making death threats and associating with fraudsters, according to a new report from Politico.
According to Politico, a restraining order filed by a man who was once Parnas's landlord back in 2008 claimed that Parnas threatened to kill him after he asked him to vacate the apartment that he was renting.
"If you call the cops, they are not going to find you ever," Parnas told the man, according to the complaint.
‘Increasingly likely’ Bolton will be hauled before House investigators over Trump’s Ukraine fiasco: report
According to The Daily Beast, President Donald Trump's former National Security Adviser John Bolton is "increasingly likely" to be subpoenaed by Democratic investigators in the House as part of the impeachment proceedings into Trump's dealings with Ukraine.
Bolton, a longtime neoconservative war hawk, served in the role after Trump fired Gen. H. R. McMaster, but often clashed with the president on matters of national security and left the administration on bitter terms.
Separate and unequal train service returns on Trump’s Amtrak
Separate and unequal passenger rail travel is back at the behest of the Trump administration. Unlike the infamous 1896 Supreme Court decision known as Plessy, which denied African Americans travel in cars occupied by whites and relegated them to inferior rail cars, this new segregation is based solely on money.
Team Trump forced Amtrak to limit dining car access on four long haul routes to passengers who paid for roomettes. More routes will be affected in the future.
Those in the cheap seats are now barred from the dining cars.