The Oldspeak Journal World’s Largest Ice Sheets Melting At Fastest Rates In Recorded History

Oldspeak: “Our planetary thermostats are melting. This trend is irreversible. And with sociopathic corporocratic governments jockeying for position and engaging is all varieties of proxy and direct resource wars to secure and exploit any and all remaining fossil fuels; we can expect warming and melting to increase.  The more ice melts, the more climate refugees are created. The more coastal cities and islands go underwater. The more and more catastrophic damage will be done by ever more powerful and extreme weather events. The more life extinguishing, climate altering greenhouse gasses are created. Sooner rather than later, the conditions necessary for sustaining life will be no more.  We are bearing witness to earths 6th and quickest developing mass extinction. Enjoy the show! Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick…” -OSJ

By John Queally @ Common Dreams:

The world’s two largest ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are melting at the fastest rates ever recorded, according to a new study based on detailed satellite imagery.

Presented by scientists at the Germany-based Alfred Wegener Institute, the new research was conducted with the help of sophisticated mapping technology and the use of an ESA satellite (called CryoSat-2) which used radar technology to generate highly accurate elevation measurements of the ice sheets.

What the detailed look at the ice shows is devastating.

“The volume loss in Greenland has doubled since the [year 2000],” explained AWI glaciologist and co-author of the report Prof. Dr. Angelika Humbert. “The loss of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has in the same time span increased by a factor of three. Combined the two ice sheets are thinning at a rate of 500 cubic kilometres per year. That is the highest speed observed since altimetry satellite records began about 20 years ago.”

Speaking with the BBC, Humbert went further, stating: “The contribution of both ice sheets together to sea level rise has doubled since 2009,” she said. “To us, that’s an incredible number.”

The Huffington Post reports:

The glacier melting the fastest among those measured was the Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland and the Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica. The Jakobshavn Glacier is descending into the ocean at a rate of 46 meters — or half a football field — each day. Last year, a chunk of ice twice the size of Detroit broke off the tip of the Pine Island Glacier.

Robert Bindschadler of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center recently contributed to a similar study for the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. “Rising sea level is widely regarded as a current and ongoing result of climate change that directly affects hundreds of millions of coastal dwellers around the world and indirectly affects billions more that share its financial costs,” he said in a press release. By 2100, ice melt from Antarctica alone could add up to 37 centimeters, or more than 14 inches, to global sea levels.

Another study published in the journal Science this month shows that in the last 20 years, human-caused climate change has become the primary driver of glacial melt.





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God Is In The TV: PREMIERE STREAM: Mountainear – Distant Camps EP

London three piece Mountainear release their debut ‘Distant Camps’ EP this upcoming Monday, and we’ve got the honour of premiering it! Listen below. We described the lead cut as ‘hushed mellowing mercurial majesty’ earlier this year.

‘Mountainear’s are professional percussionists. The line-up consists of two drummers – and uniquely no guitarist – with the use of an abundance of vintage instruments (including Japanese Taiko drums, Tibetan Temple bowls and Egyptian tambourines). All interwoven with the sounds of a Grand Piano, Upright jazz bass, synthesisers, vibraphone and the close harmony vocals.

The result is a sound seemingly simplistic and gentle on the surface, but within its multiple layers and textures there’s a sonic richness that envelopes as the songs of Mountainear unfold.

Mountainear are Becky Browne (lead vocals and drums), Louise Morgan (Vibraphone and backing vocals) and Zands Duggan (Drum kit, hand percussion and backing vocals). After working individually as session musicians including working alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Lady Gaga, the three musicians decided to form a band to express their own musical voice.’

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The VPME Tracks Of The Day – Heavy Heart – ‘Another Wave’ and ‘Daisy Chain’

Two songs from a band that apparently only formed a few months ago, but who have crafted a sound that is already beautifully realised and perfectly delivered.

‘Another Wave’ is a wonderfully agitated urgent slice of dreampop which recalls the urent melodic rush of Stereolab at their most accessible whilst song two ‘Daisy Chain’ although lacks urgency of ‘Another Wave’ it loses none of the emotional punch and twinkles with a reflective wistful sense of regret.

At the, erm heart of Heavy Heart are Anna and James, who, to quote Anna started band “because I had some songs that I’d been playing around with on an acoustic guitar, and I wanted to get out of my bedroom and be able to make more of a racket.  I guess there are probably other bands called Heavy Heart around, but the name kind of brought the whole thing together, and seemed to sum up our musical ideas.  Plus I’m a bit of a misery so if felt like a fitting nom de plume!”

She makes it sound so easy doesn’t she?  So effortless and graceful which pretty much sums up the Heavy Heart’s music.  Music, which packs an emotional punch, tinged with longing and regret but conversely also manages to be glorioulsy uplifting.  The band are recording songs at the moment for an EP, which they hope to put online in October or November.

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Owen Jones: Socialism for the rich

Who are the real scroungers? Free-marketeers decry ‘big government’ yet the City and big business benefit hugely from the state from bailouts to the billions made from privatisation. Socialism does exist in Britain but only for the rich

Socialism lives in Britain, but only for the rich: the rules of capitalism are for the rest of us. The ideology of the modern establishment, of course, abhors the state. The state is framed as an obstacle to innovation, a destroyer of initiative, a block that needs to be chipped away to allow free enterprise to flourish. "I think that smaller-scale governments, more freedom for business to exist and to operate that is the right kind of direction for me," says Simon Walker, the head of the Institute of Directors. For him, the state should be stripped to a "residual government functioning of maintaining law and order, enforcing contracts". Mainstream politicians don’t generally talk in such stark terms, but when the deputy prime minister Nick Clegg demands "a liberal alternative to the discredited politics of big government", the echo is evident.

And yet, when the financial system went into meltdown in 2008, it was not expected to stand on its own two feet, or to pull itself up by its bootstraps. Instead, it was saved by the state, becoming Britain’s most lavished benefit claimant. More than £1tn of public money was poured into the banks following the financial collapse. The emergency package came with few government-imposed conditions and with little calling to account. "The urge to punish all bankers has gone far enough," declared a piece in the Financial Times just six months after the crisis began. But if there was ever such an "urge" on the part of government, it was never acted on. In 2012, 2,714 British bankers were paid more than 1m 12 times as many as any other EU country. When the EU unveiled proposals in 2012 to limit bonuses to either one or two years’ salary with the say-so of shareholders, there was fury in the City. Luckily, their friends in high office were there to rescue their bonuses: at the British taxpayers’ expense, the Treasury took to the European Court to challenge the proposals. The entire British government demonstrated, not for the first time, that it was one giant lobbying operation for the City of London. Between 2011 and 2013, bank lending fell in more than 80% of Britain’s 120 postcode areas, helping to stifle economic recovery. Banks may have been enjoyed state aid on an unprecedented scale, but their bad behaviour just got worse and yet they suffered no retribution.

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God Is In The TV: Track of The Day #572: Flowers – Joanna

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London trio Flowers are onto something, distilling their hitherto raw, fuzzy pop songs down to their component parts has clearly allowed for their songs to really well…. bloom(darn these puns)…But it’s true take their sumptuous new single ‘Joanna’ that’s subtle instrumentation drum twitches, clean guitar lines jangle while Rachel’s wanton vocals pierce cold hearts casting a spell upon the listener rather comparable to that of Harriet Wheeler of The Sundays.

Their debut album Do What You Want To, It’s What You Should Do (out Sept 8/9 (Fortuna POP!/Kanine) produced by Bernard Butler is eagerly awaited around these parts….

Fortuna POP! presents
Flowers + The Hundredth Anniversary
Monday 8th September, Doors 7:30pm
St Pancras Old Church, Pancras Road, London, NW1 1UL
Nearest station: King’s Cross St Pancras
Tel : 0207 267 1750
Advance: £10 from We Got Tickets / £12 Door

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God Is In The TV: Ban the sale of Native American-style headdresses on site from 2015?


A concerning trend has become increasingly prevalent over the past few years at Glastonbury and other music festivals – that of the wearing of Native American-style headdresses. This summer in particular, I noticed far more festival-goers wearing the headdress as an item of fashion than at previous events – hence this petition ( [N.B. before setting up this petition, I tried to contact the festival office and organisers – to no avail.]


There has long been consensus among indigenous civil rights activists in North America about the wearing of headdresses by non-Natives – that it is an offensive and disrespectful form of cultural appropriation, that it homogenises diverse indigenous peoples, and that it perpetuates damaging, archaic and racist stereotypes. To elaborate, I have included more in-depth sources that expand upon these discussions below, but for a good summary of some of the key arguments relating to the headdress as a pervasive ‘hipster’ trend at music festivals, see: Native Appropriations, “But Why Can’t I Wear a Hipster Headdress?” –


Earlier this summer in British Columbia (Canada), Bass Coast music festival announced that it would ban attendees from wearing headdresses out of respect for “the dignity of aboriginal people” [see Sean Michaels, “Canadian festival bans Native American-style headdresses” –]. Bass Coast festival is held on Native land, so there is added significance in its case, but there is no reason why other festivals shouldn’t also take action – both in North America and here in Europe.


Glastonbury festival has always upheld a proudly progressive ethos that has encouraged political activism, environmental consciousness and cultural awareness, as well as promoting social justice. I therefore think it is incumbent upon Glastonbury as Britain’s foremost music festival to lead the way this side of the pond in raising awareness of the issues surrounding the wearing of feathered headdresses. If Glastonbury festival took a principled stand in banning the sale of headdresses at stalls on-site and made an official statement about the issue, much needed awareness would be raised and hopefully wider discussions would materialise – the type of discussions that foster understanding and facilitate positive shifts in attitudes.


Please see the below links – further educational material, websites and articles on cultural appropriation and the headdress:


Mimi Thi Nguyen, “The Feather in your Native Cap” –


My Culture is Not a Trend –


 Zak Cheney-Rice, “Why So Many American Indians have an issue with Coachella” –


Jessica Metcalfe, “Native Americans know that cultural misappropriation is a land of darkness” –


âpihtawikosisân, “An open letter to Non-Natives in headdresses” –


Dorian Lynskey, “This means war: why the fashion headdress must be stopped” –


I hope that the above readings help to inform a campaign that leads to the festival commiting to an enlightened policy from 2015 onward. If Glastonbury leads the way in the UK, other festivals would surely follow suit.

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Dave Hill | The Guardian: More power to London? Who could possibly disagree?

Cross-party political pressure for giving the capital more control over its own affairs continues to grow

Potential Labour mayor Sadiq Khan:

To me, London is the best city in the world. Yet it is not a city in control of its own destiny…compared with the cities with which we compete, London has very little say over its future. Only seven per cent of the taxes raised from London taxpayers and businesses is spent by Londons government compared with 50 per cent in New York. The next Labour government is committed to changing this.

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God Is In The TV: Track Of The Day #571: Ex Hex – Beast


Totally smitten with this honey, new thang from trio Ex Hex entitled ‘Beast’ prized from an imminent incoming debut platter that goes by the name of ‘Rips’ which is due to flatten record store counters sometime October courtesy of Merge records.

Spills out at just over the classic three minute marker but hell what a cutely sassy blighter it is, a glam tanged power popping juggernaut that crystalizes the throbbing purr of Quatro and The Runaways and recalibrates said specifications with the underpinning of a killer cool dB’s grooving and the tuning of a retro pout a la Denim – while youre there throw in a smidgeon of Magazine – produced by Mitch Easter – so you know instinctively it oozes class…need I say more – kinda think not.

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