Global (and judicial) warming and cooling: Why we get both
It seems to me that the reason we get global warming in some places and global cooling in others should be as plain as the nose on your face -- at least to those of us who live in Berkeley.
So global warming and cooling should clearly work in the same way -- except on a planetary scale. As Florida really heats up, for instance, cold air from the Arctic should rush in to balance temperatures out. And hurricanes and tornadoes appear to be getting bigger and nastier here to compensate for temperature changes somewhere else. All over the planet, increased warm areas are being balanced out by increased cold areas -- and vice-versa. That's my new climate-change theory and I'm sticking to it.
According to Noel Castellanos, "Justice is doing more than saving the drowning people, it’s changing the ones who are pushing them into the lake." And in all too many countries all over the Global South, where social justice and economic democracy are in short supply, both economic disasters and violent (and non-violent) revolutions are common. "Why should I respect the rule of law when it doesn't respect me?" seems to be the gist of thinking in the Global South.
Handing out fake justice to some but denying it to others is a really good formula for making peace impossible all over the world and in America too -- and, to paraphrase that old TV commercial, "Peace is our most important product".
And apparently both the weather system and the justice system in America right now are refusing to tolerate extreme highs and lows.
"The Court struck down the identity-card voting law in Arizona. Thomas and Alito dissented."
"Patents: DNA cannot be patented. Unanimous decision. Things that are open and obvious don't deserve a patent. But no one on the Supreme Court knows much about patents. They are all generalists in an age of specialization -- but, in their position, must take a broad range of cases anyway."
PPS: Am leaving for Haiti on February 12. According to Dr. Paul Farmer, Haiti has undergone centuries of injustice on a frightening scale. According to Farmer, “The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that's wrong with the world.” http://www.pih.org/blog/paul-farmer-haiti-after-the-earthquake. And Haiti is now also the victim of climate change as well.
Haiti is a perfect example of what I have been talking about here. And apparently Haitians are totally ready to support both "justice for all" and climate stability -- and also Jean-Bertrand Aristide as well. Go them.
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