Intergroup attitudes can also be negatively impacted by climate change. In a recent study, survey respondents displayed more negative attitudes toward policies to support minorities and immigrants when temperatures were high (Cohen & Krueger, 2016). An experimental study showed that people who were thinking about climate change became more hostile to individuals outside their social group (that is, people they consider to be unlike them) and more likely to support the status quo and its accompanying social inequities (Fritsche, Cohrs, Kessler, & Bauer, 2012). Hostility toward individuals outside one’s social group can be a way of affirming one’s own group identity in the face of a perceived threat. In a vicious cycle, lower levels of social cohesion and connectedness, greater social inequalities, lack of trust between community members and for institutions, and other factors that inhibit community members from working together are associated with intergroup aggression (Norris, Stevens, Pfefferbaum, Wyche, & Pfefferbaum, 2008).

—Clayton, S., Manning, C. M., Krygsman, K., & Speiser, M. (2017). Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, and ecoAmerica.

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The spread of coronavirus has pushed global development back more than two decades, an annual report by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has found.

Tens of millions of people face greater inequality, disease and poverty, according to the study, with many of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals negatively impacted.

Speaking to the BBC, Bill Gates said an effective vaccine was likely to be ready by early 2021.

However, he stressed that any vaccine must also be made accessible to poorer countries.

Development can be pushed back. It can go forward, and go back.

The second richest man on Earth is to be consulted as an expert on:

  • inequality
  • the readiness of a vaccine against a worldwide pandemic
  • requirements for the distribution of a vaccine
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Just like wine

SF Gate:

August Complex Fire threatens Emerald Triangle, U.S.’s largest cannabis region

Mendocino County Sheriff Matt Kendall told the Press Democrat that while Covelo has an official population of about 1,500, more than 10,000 people live and work on surrounding cannabis farms at this time of year.

The cannabis business is a multi-billion-dollar industry in California, and this year’s record-breaking fires and smothering smoke pollution will no doubt affect at least part of the crop.

Kristin Nevedal, executive director of the International Cannabis Farmers Association, based in the Humboldt County town of Garberville, told GreenState in 2017 that the delicate, fragrant flower buds begin to bloom right at the height of fire season.

“Especially when it’s ripe — I can tell you from personal experience, wildfire definitely will make your cannabis have a smoky flavor to it; just like wine,” said Nevedal.

Smoke-tainted buds are sometimes given nicknames like “campfire pot,” “beef jerky” and ”hickory kush.”

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… and the walls came down


A digital ad released by a fundraising arm of the Trump campaign on Sept. 11 calling on people to “support our troops” uses a stock photo of Russian-made fighter jets and weapons.

“That’s definitely a MiG-29,” said Pierre Sprey, who helped design both the F-16 and A-10 planes for the U.S. Air Force.

Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies in Moscow, confirmed that the planes are Russian MiG-29s, and also said the soldier on the far right in the ad carries an AK-74 assault rifle.

The Trump Make America Great Again Committee is run by both the Republican National Committee and the campaign.

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S Teltow über Mauerweg nach U Zwickau


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Before the anomaly of Trump, everything was better in America. If anyone doubted that America is a place where all things are possible, wondered if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, questioned the power of our democracy, we had our answer. We kept hope alive. Because yes we could. The First Lady was not a white Slovenian, but a black American. A black American like Oprah. Everything was better.

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Let’s go together

Shall I go off and away to bright Andromeda?
Shall I sail my wooden ships to the sea?
Or stay in a cage of those in Amerika??
Or shall I be on the knee?
Wave goodbye to Amerika
Say hello to the garden

So I see – I see the way you feel
And I know that your life is real
Pioneer searcher refugee
I follow you and you follow me
Let’s go together
Let’s go together
Let’s go together right now

—Paul Kantner, Let’s Go Together

It amuses me to recall listening to this song forty-some years ago, imagining being part of a group of technically proficient political dissidents in some future dystopia. We’ve certainly got the dystopia. Where are my revolutionaries? Where is my starship?

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Festival of Lights

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Martin Amis, Guardian:

“[Trump] realises that there’s no meaningful hypocrisy, any more. People are proud of being dishonest, sharks and vultures; they care as little about marital fidelity as they do about the deficit. This election is going to be a referendum on the American character, not on Trump’s performance.”

How might this work? Is a vote for Trump a vote for or against the American character? And Biden? What does a vote for Joe Biden express of one’s thoughts on the American character?

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Media Matters:

The wildfire media coverage over the three-day weekend and into Tuesday included horrifying images, footage, and accounts from those on the ground, and awestruck reporters onsite and in studios casting around for language that properly conveys the scope and magnitude of what is happening in California.

A Media Matters analysis found that the vast majority of corporate TV news coverage from September 5 through September 8 ignored the relationship between climate change and California’s wildfires.

  • Corporate broadcast TV outlets — ABC, CBS, and NBC — aired a combined 46 news and weather segments about wildfires on their morning and evening news shows from September 5 through September 8.
  • Seven of the 46 wildfire segments — 15% of them — mentioned climate change. However, four of the seven mentions were made by one reporter, CBS meteorologist and climate specialist Jeff Berardelli.
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