When we talk about genocide, we are almost invariably talking about the actions of others, while our own actions are not up for inspection. In law, we have the notion of "clean hands," that in order to have station to accuse others, you must yourself be innocent of those same offenses. This means to me that we need NGOs to be in the lead on this issue rather than governments. This needs to be the people's cause around the world.

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You mention Cipollone and his refusal to answer certain questions because of executive privilege. We know that lawyer-client privilege no longer holds if the two are involved in hatching an illegal act. The same should hold here. Whenever the President is engaged in activities deemed to violate the oath of office, conversations related to such activities should not benefit from the shield of executive privilege.

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We are on the threshold of a revolution in mental health that relies entirely on the brain's own resources for recovery and optimal functioning. This revolution has been building for over fifty years. It this is news to you, then that is likely due to the fact that the economic forces promoting medical dependency from birth to grave having been seeing this as a threat, and responded accordingly.

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The tenor of discussion on the topic of global warming is very different among the technological optimists. All such optimism rests on the assumption that we have time to implement technological remedies for the critical issues. What isn't being appreciated is that we are already crashing through limits that we thought would not be breached for many years, and our earthy home is already in deep distress.

Decades ago, environmentalists reassured everyone that responding to the impending crisis did not mean "freezing in the dark." It meant simply charting a course to a different future. But that did not happen. So now we really have no choice but to respond, individually and collectively, with a reduction in our rapacious (in the ecological sense) lifestyle.

We also have to think more widely about potential countermeasures:

Warming up to Nuclear Winter

https://medium.com/@Siegfried_69095/warming-up-to-nuclear-winter-3837ed8d7f38

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In the world at large, coal-generated power has exhibited the highest total growth even over the last few years. This power will not go unused, so one of our greatest challenges remains dealing with coal-generated CO2 in the atmosphere. Growth in renewables--although very welcome--is not an answer to this. Growth in renewables also contributes more net CO2 to the atmosphere.

The bottom line is that atmospheric CO2 is still increasing at its most rapid rate. There isn't even a decline in the rate of growth. That demonstrates just how big a problem we are still confronting at this late date.

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Changing the albedo of the earth can also be done at ground level. Consider the problem of urban heating, which exacerbates the challenge we face for urban populations in temperate zones. Changing albedo in cities would serve a dual purpose. There would be sufficient local benefits to justify the intervention, and then there would be the global benefits as well.

Increasing the earth's albedo doesn't have to solve the whole problem. It just has to be part of the solution. A two percent shift in albedo would suffice to compensate for the problem we have at the moment. A half percent shift would be a more realistic objective, and that might well be within reach with a mainly urban focus.

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We've seen this movie before. During the oil shock in the seventies, Saudi Arabia caused major dislocations in the American economy. We acted as if we were powerless even as gas lines grew ever longer. Turns out that that this served the American oil companies very well. According to the Economist, oil prices went from $10 a barrel to $90 a barrel over the decade. Oil companies took advantage of the available price elasticity of oil. The same thing is happening now on a broader scale. In both instances, the problem can be blamed on a Democratic president. We are seeing the sand-bagging of yet another Democratic Presidency.

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Siegfried Othmer

Siegfried Othmer

Chief Scientist at the EEG Institute in Los Angeles, engaged in the development of neurofeedback for the recovery and enhancement of brain function.