We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore LappĂ©, Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Climate change cannot be addressed without breaking from capitalism

Click here to access article by James Plested from Red Flag (Australia).

Referring to a metaphor posed by Benjamin that revolutions are like passengers pulling an emergency brake on a runaway train, Plested writes:
The longer the capitalist system goes on, the more it resembles the “runaway train” of Walter Benjamin’s imagining. And nowhere is this clearer than in the case of climate change.

Here we face a challenge with potentially devastating consequences – rising sea levels, more frequent extreme weather events, the destruction of ecosystems and an accelerating rate of extinctions. Yet the current “drivers” of the train, the world’s business and political elite, show little interest in changing track.

Reforms, half-measures and market-friendly solutions have gotten us nowhere. Only when we pull the “emergency brake” on the system, forcefully wresting power away from the minority who are currently at the controls, can we hope to avert catastrophe and begin the task of building a better, more sustainable world.

Beyond Extinction: Transition to post-capitalism is inevitable

Click here to access article by Nafeez Ahmed posted on Medium Corporation website.

In this piece Ahmed responds to a recent post by Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood entitled "It's not Climate Change--It's Everything Change" which is also worth reading as an urgent call to change our ways or we will face a dystopia and then become extinct. It looks like intellectuals are becoming worried about the approaching crisis given all the signs that it is real--and this is good, although a little late--but that they are still keeping the discussion on a very abstract plane--which is not good if we humans are to save ourselves. 

Ahmed does little better by targeting industrial capitalism.
The endless growth model of contemporary global capitalism is not just unsustainable — it is on track to destabilize the Earth System in a way that could make the planet uninhabitable for society as we know it.

It is not humanity, then, that is doomed — it is industrial capitalism.

The choice before us, then, is whether or not we are willing to give-up fossil-fueled endless material growth. 
Then, as is the fashion among intellectuals, he quotes Foucault to indicate that the problem is us and that we need to change things. Unfortunately, Foucault is even more abstract. 
Given that overconsumption is driving many of the world’s most pressing problems, it may be that ethical activity today requires that we critically reflect on our own subjectivities in order to refuse who we are — so far as we are uncritical consumers. This Great Refusal would open up space to create new, post-consumerist forms of subjectivity, which is surely part of the revolution in consciousness needed in order to produce a society based on a ‘simpler way.’
So, the gist of both essays is that "we" are responsible for the many crises "we" are faced with and "we" need to do something about it. It's like "we" are all participating in one grand world democracy and "we" have made wrong decisions. This sort of analysis carefully steers us away from any realities that we have been, and are currently, subject to massive forms of control by a specific socio-economic class which is addicted to their system of capitalism via its drugs of profit and power.

I guess such essays as these represent progress because they suggest an awakening consciousness of intellectuals, a small segment of humans, but it is far from being sufficient to save ourselves from the many crises that we are subject to. This tiny class of humans even control how we think about these crises, and these rather timid, abstract essays are a reflection of that control. They lead us into thinking that we can reform the capitalist system or that we can morally influence people to invest in the right things as illustrated in a current article entitled "Fossil fuel industry still winning the investment war".

Because time is fast running out, what we really need to think about is the development of revolutionary movements to counter the powerful control of capitalists over existing societies so that ordinary people can truly shape and determine their own future.  While it is good to write consciousness-raising articles about the threat of climate change and, even more so, about capitalism that drives it, what is urgently needed are articles dealing with specific strategies and tactics to do defeat this class and overthrow their odious, crisis-ridden system. Too often we are seeing articles like the above and an article entitled "Why Some People Will Always Bow to Tyrants" posted on Uncommon Thought Journal which wallow in pity by arguing that human nature is at fault instead of exploring how class rulers deliberately try to render ordinary people powerless both psychologically and in a real practical sense. 

All of these efforts that lead to the overthrow of capitalism are needed in order to provide the necessary conditions for the creation of new societies that can live in harmony with the ecosystems of our finite planet. Only then can we ordinary people truly participate in decisions about how we live. We don't need any more abstract discussions about how we are responsible for the crises.

The World Order and Revolution

Click here to access article by Robert J. Burrowes posted on Global Research.

Unfortunately, the authors reviewed and the reviewer, Burrowes, all believe that the US-led Empire is the problem, and like Pepe Escobar and William Engdahl, look to Russia and China (and others) for salvation. This despite the fact that both countries depend to a large extent on the engines of capitalism under governing elite control to drive their economies. Thus, you won't find any discussion about capitalism itself, only that of neoliberal capitalism which to these people is the exclusive characteristic of the Empire. So, I guess the "revolution" they are advocating is only a revolt against the Empire.

To be sure this view will echo in the chambers of many victims of the US-led Empire, but it is a very short-sighted one. This can only lead to a nuclear conflagration by pitting the Russia and China, or maybe the BRICS, against the Empire. This goes further than Escobar and Engdahl who cherish a "multipolar world", because Vltchek, Black, Koenig, and Burrowes apparently want a destruction of the Empire.
The Empire has already taken over our streets and invaded our homes (where even those of us who feel least affected are still bombarded by its propaganda to infest and befuddle our minds). Will you join these three authors and me in resisting the destructive forces of Empire?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

El Chapo Escape in Mexico Points to Intelligence Links with Narco-Traffickers

Click here to access article by Wayne Madsen from Strategic Culture Foundation

I regard Madsen has one of the most well informed analysts of the US's shadow government and their dirty secrets. His articles are always well reasoned and backed by sound investigative work and documentation. No doubt his background in various spy agencies in the US Navy, NSA, and contractors doing business with NSA has helped hone his skills at uncovering the dirty secrets.
The ramifications of El Chapo’s prison escape and Trump’s inconvenient referrals to the Mexican criminal immigrant problem are bubbling to the surface in a presidential campaign where the connections of the Bush family to the CIA drug trade are an issue, whether the Bushes and their well-heeled supporters like it or not.
 But, of course, mainstream media won't touch any connections to the Bush clan, but Madsen does in this piece. In this article he digs deeper behind the recent controversies that corporate media love to cover and finds some real significant dirt implicating various members of the Bush family. This evidence together with a number of reports from Peter Dale Scott, Gary Webb, in addition to Madsen and others might justify labeling the US as a "narco-state".

TPP's Copyright Trap

Click here to access article from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Capitalism is famous for encircling and fencing off areas of private property the major fruits of which can be mostly enjoyed by their "owners". For many decades we have witnessed the growth of "ownership" related to creative and intellectual works under this system. The owners can range from someone who is directly connected to the "property" to someone who merely purchases the ownership of that property. The latter is true because under capitalism nearly everything can be, and often is, converted into a commodity.  Now we see that this is another dangerous anti-social feature of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement that will accelerate inequality.
One of the defining battles in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations is whether its signatory countries will standardize copyright terms lengths to a minimum term of the life of the author plus 70 years. This would effectively set the maximum duration of copyright holders' monopoly rights to over 140 years. ....

But the world's leading economists agree that such an extraordinary long copyright term makes no sense. It provides no further incentive for creation and provides little additional income to creators or their families—except for a very small, successful minority. 

Neoliberal Ebola: The Agroeconomic Origins of the Ebola Outbreak

Click here to access article by Rob Wallace from Independent Science News

This evolutionary biologist and public health phylogeographer finds considerable evidence to indicate that neoliberal practices of international corporations in Africa greatly contributed to the Ebola outbreak.
...the structural adjustment to which West Africa has been subjected the past decade included the kinds of divestment from public health infrastructure that permitted Ebola to incubate at the population level once it spilled over.

The effects, however, extend even farther back in the causal chain. The shifts in land use in the Guinea Forest Region from where the Ebola epidemic spread were also connected to neoliberal efforts at opening the forest to global circuits of capital.

Monday, July 27, 2015

The revolving door: greasing the wheels of the TTIP lobby

Click here to access article by Vicky Cann and Margarida da Silva from Corporate Europe Observatory.

This website is produced by a foundation whose official mission aspires to do good, but within the capitalist system. As such it is a reform organization. They have produced a number of videos in various languages to inform ordinary citizens how their European institutions are serving corporations as a priority. This is all good, but unfortunately they offer the conventional remedy that we in the US have long heard: contact and advise your representatives (in their case, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).  Thus, you will hear at the end of several videos (for example, this) the following statement:
And, so it is that big business capture the policy agenda ensuring that European laws time and time again serve the interests of large corporations above those of the people of Europe. That is, unless those people speak out.
By reading this long article and viewing some of their videos you will learn all the sordid details about how their European system of government works to serve the interests of banking, commercial, and industrial corporations very much like ours do by using revolving doors, heavy lobbying, use of phony front groups to issue fake research reports, promoting secrecy for corporations while permitting their access to private information of citizens. This appears very familiar to what we experience in the US. A coincidence? I think not. I suspect that the US ruling capitalist class advisers were on hand following the devastation of WWII to guide them in setting up these institutions.

However, after reading this article and perusing some of their videos I realized that there was one difference: they did not make any mention of corporate campaign money going to their MEPs! Well, it didn't take me long to find out that they have a problem with this too! From
openDemocracy, a British-based European website, in an article entitled "European elections and campaign finance: show us the money", we learn the following:

Europe's economic turbulence in recent years has led many citizens to question the powers of the European Union and the legitimacy of its politicians. There is much talk of a "democratic deficit" in Strasbourg and Brussels, while issues of accountability and sovereignty are high on the public agenda. The elections to the European parliament on 22-25 May 2014 give these concerns a current political edge. Yet scant attention is paid to the financial rules (or lack of them) that play an important role in the election of MEPs.

This omission is important, for the role of money in European (as in member-state) politics has grave implications at several levels: the integrity of the members elected to the European parliament, the competitiveness of the European political process, the resulting quality of the parliament’s policymaking, and citizens’ perception of all these.  

Wall Street's Owners Manual

from occasional links & commentary.

By serving Wall Street the candidates that we are permitted to vote for seem to be doing just fine. See this article entitled "The many mansions and penthouses that the US Presidential candidates call home" from Red Pill Times. For example, here are where the Clintons live:

Sunday, July 26, 2015

NATO and the West Just Became Irrelevant

Click here to access article by F. William Engdahl from New Eastern Outlook.

Engdahl first reports on what happened in two meetings in Ufa, Russia.
The dual summits that took place in Russia’s Ufa beginning 9 July were anything but routine. In fact it may be seen by future historians as a signal event that marked the definitive decline of the global hegemony of European civilization including North America. This is no small event in human history. It’s the most significant shift in relative global economic relations since the Fourth Crusade in 1204 when the Republic of Venice emerged as a world power following their brutal, disgraceful capture and sacking of Constantinople, marking the demise of the Byzantine Empire.
And, then he reports on the Empire's response to these meetings which signify the growing power of the alliances of nations, mostly BRIC nations, who are determined to be rid of the domination of the Empire.
The response of Washington and NATO to all this is a bleak, pathetic contrast to put it mildly.

The new Obama nominee to become US Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, declared Russia to be America’s greatest threat in his Congressional testimony some days ago. Conveniently forgetting all about the “existential threat” from ISIS, an organization US and Israeli intelligence brought into being to spread their chaos, Dunford declared, “If you want to talk about a nation that could pose an existential threat to the United States, I’d have to point to Russia.” The alarming thing is there was scarcely a peep of protest aside from blog remarks by retired Congressman Ron Paul and a few others. The tom-toms of bellicosity are pounding louder along the Potomac these days.

Drive to Replace Russian Gas Supplies to EU Intensifies

Click here to access article by Steven MacMillan from New Eastern Outlook.
Since relations between the West and Russia have deteriorated so rapidly following the US coup in Ukraine, Western strategists have been working relentlessly to find a replacement to Russian energy supplies to the EU. In the immediate term, this is impossible, a reality that unnerves many in Washington and Brussels. But in the medium to long term, an assortment of countries could combine to replace Russian energy, or at least dramatically reduce Europe’s energy dependence on Moscow.
As Cold War II heats up, the Empire as well as its adversaries are scrambling to line up energy sources and pipelines. It seems to me that this author provides a well-balanced survey of these efforts which likely reflects the geopolitical strategies employed by both adversaries. For example, such considerations very likely influenced the recent deal with Iran, the outcome of which is in dispute by various analysts (see my commentary with this post).

Saudi Arabia Having to Borrow Billions – Could Be Bankrupt by End of the Decade

Click here to access article by KJ McElrath from Ring of Fire. 

Apparently their strategy of dumping oil on the world market below market prices is having an adverse affect on Saudi Arabia's budgets. Contributing to the budget shortfalls is a costly war with Yemen. As a consequence this rich nation is having to borrow billions--the author doesn't report from where, but likely this is from Western banks and institutions.
Over the past year, Saudi Arabia – once among the richest nations on the planet – has wound up having to sell some $4 billion in bonds. It has been necessary in order to maintain levels of spending on public works and continue financing the war against Yemen. The Saudi government has also had to draw on its reserves of foreign currency. Falad al-Mubarak, who heads the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (the nation’s equivalent of the U.S. Federal Reserve), predicts “an increase in borrowing” in the face of a projected $130 billion deficit.

The primary cause is the drastic decline in the price of crude oil.

How ‘Adjunct’ Professors Are Exploited

Click here to access article by Laura Finley from ConsortiumNews.

I didn't know what she referring to until I read an entry in Wikipedia which explained what "adjunct professors" were. It appears to me that our ruling capitalist class masters (via "boards of regents" who are appointed to serve this class) use tenure track professorships as a way to discipline any professors from straying too far from ruling class propaganda. Those that are finally given tenure are those who have passed years of disciplinary tests. They dump the rest in the "adjunct professor" category to cut costs and to further control those who they see as a threat to infect students with subversive thoughts that undermine capitalist propaganda, or thoughts or ideas which threaten our masters' control of society.

Finley provides a graphic description of what it is like to be an adjunct professor.

What does degrowth mean to you?

Click here to access a 3:36m video by Marc Menningmann from degrowth (Germany).

Hear what German activists are saying about the need to consider other ways of living in order to live in harmony with nature--our planet's ecosystem.
In this video, some of the scientists, activists and ordinary people who gathered at last year’s Degrowth Conferenc in Leipzig share their personal understanding of degrowth. It shows how many different facets degrowth can have. Now we have added English subtitles to it which can be activated by clicking on the little green box saying “CC” in the bar at the bottom of the video.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

China’s NGO Law: Countering Western Soft Power and Subversion

Click here to access article by Eric Draitser from New Eastern Outlook.

Draitser reports on how China in addition to Russia is countering the Empire's subversive use of NGOs to create destabilizing societal effects. Predictably Empire agents are raising a howl of protests over what they frame as civil and human rights oppression. Much of the rest of the article explains why the Chinese government has passed a law restricting the operations of foreign-funded NGOs.
...amid all the hand-wringing about human rights and democracy, what is conveniently left out of the narrative is the simple fact that foreign NGOs, and domestic ones funded by foreign money, are, to a large extent, agents of foreign interests, and are quite used as soft power weapons for destabilization. And this is no mere conspiracy theory as the documented record of the role of NGOs in recent political unrest in China is voluminous. It would not be a stretch to say that Beijing has finally recognized, just as Russia has before it, that in order to maintain political stability and true sovereignty, it must be able to control the civil society space otherwise manipulated by the US and its allies.

Turkey Lauches War On Islamic State's Worst Enemies - The Kurds

Click here to access article by Billmon from his blog Moon of Alabama.

Billmon provides evidence that the US is providing help to both Turkey and the Kurds, whereas Turkey is now directly attacking the Kurds. He writes:
It seems that the U.S. is now helping the Turkish government, which supports the Islamic State, to target Kurdish positions while at the same time giving air support to the same Kurds against the Islamic State.

Who in Washington came up with such a lunatic policy position and what is the real aim behind it?
I don't think this is a "lunatic policy"--it's only the usual strategy of the Empire and Israel in the Middle East: creating as much chaos as it can by getting Muslims to kill other Muslims.

Sexual equality is in our genes

Click here to access article by Chris Fry from Workers World.

Fry reports on a recent paper published in Science (behind a paywall) which confirms some long held Marxist opinions about the original humans and human nature: the social structure was based on mother-right, or matriarchy, in which a fundamental equality existed between women and men. Today this period of human social development is often called the primary commune.

Fry also sees this confirmation has having support for those Marxists and other activists who believe that humans are capable of creating very different societies to replace today's dominant patriarchal type that is reinforced by capitalism.
Not satisfied with just academic research on this, Marxists view the legacy of egalitarian matriarchy, of the primary commune, to be a springboard into the present-day struggle against this outmoded, racist, sexist, anti-gay, oppressive class society.

Because of the early level of the productive forces, humans in the original communes faced a tough, uphill struggle against the forces of nature. Yet they provided evidence that we humans can build a powerful social model in which to survive and grow, based on equality and filling the needs of the whole community.

Today, we humans have developed vast powers of production that could be used to satisfy our needs. Instead, in most countries, economic life is chained to the profit motive. To reach the next step on the ladder of social development — the construction of a society that meets the needs of all people on a much higher level — this rotting capitalist system has to be overthrown.

Economic changes needed to tackle climate challenges

Click here to access article by Kieran Cooke from Climate News Network.

There have been a series of meetings leading up to a major meeting of world politicos and others to be held in Paris starting in November. The meetings like the grand summit in Paris give world capitalist leaders opportunities to say how concerned they are about climate destabilization--only they don't use such a dramatic term, instead they prefer "climate change". 

The author in this piece reports on some of these grand statements at one of these preliminary meetings. For example, the president of Ireland condemns neoliberalism. He like many others sees this advanced stage of capitalism as the culprit. Thus, returning to nationally-based, regulated capitalism would solve our problems. This is like saying that the symptoms of metastasized cancer can be cured if we can only return it to a localized cancer.

Are countries legally required to protect their citizens from climate change?

Click here to access article by Sophia V. Schweitzer from Ensia.

The article addresses the implications that a recent Dutch court ruling might for the rest of the world.
People in poorer countries, who have contributed least to climate change and are also often least well prepared to respond, are likely to suffer the most. It’s for them that the Dutch victory is critical, says van Berkel. “The rights of our co-plaintiffs are central, but people outside of the Netherlands will be even harder hit by climate change,” he says. “The ruling will encourage others to appeal to human rights when it comes to climate change threats.” Which brings up the big question: Is the Dutch court ruling a landmark for the entire globe?

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Eurasian Big Bang: How China and Russia Are Running Rings Around Washington

Click here to access article by Pepe Escobar from TomDispatch. (If you wish to skip the introduction to the article by Tom Engelhardt, you will need to scroll down to the article.)

It's quite amazing to see so many astute political analysts viewing an event with such different perspectives. This piece by Escobar offers views of the Iran deal which is in sharp contrast to others that I have posted on my website. I'm referring specifically to Petr Lvov ("Iran is Heading West Now"), Keith Jones of World Socialist Web Site ("Obama promotes 'historic' nuclear deal with Iran"), and Eric Draitser ("The Geopolitics and Economics of the Iran Nuclear Deal"). All of the above view the Iran deal as a victory for the Empire and a setback for countries who wish to pursue an independent path.

Escobar has long been viewing the efforts of the BRIC countries, led by Russia and China, to create what he celebrates as a great alternative to the Empire's hegemony, thereby creating what he sees as a wonderful "multi-polar world". And, in this piece he sees the deal as a victory for the BRICS and their plans to create an independent union and a multipolar world. In this celebration he ignores all concerns about this alternative ending in a nuclear confrontation with the Empire nor the substantial contribution to global warming by this alternative's grand plans for development of Eurasia which will require huge amounts of fossil fuel energy. 

Finally he ignores the fact that their governments intend to use the engines of capitalism to realize their plans without any concern that the capitalist classes in the BRIC countries will eventually overwhelm or co-opt the somewhat independent, bureaucratic classes of their respective countries in order to implement the same hegemonic tendencies of the existing US-led Empire. What unites these countries now--opposition to the hegemony of the Empire--could eventually, assuming they were successful, lead down the same destructive path that these same critics see the Empire on today.

Hiding Its Own Role NYT Publishes Anonymous Officials' Snowden Smears

Click here to access article by Billmon from Moon of Alabama.
What do certain U.S. administration officials do when they want to push a line of propaganda out to the world? They call up some willing stenographer from the New York Times. The NYT stenographers guarantee anonymity to the government officials and they certainly do not check the logical or factual plausibility of the fairy tales they are told. Instead they write up what they whatever is said as exclusive and a scoop.
.... But the real agenda of the whole story may be condensed in just one paragraph which stands out as an obvious lie....

IMF Fairy Tales

Obtained from today's website, occasional links & commentary

What should be made clear in the cartoon is that the "magic cash crop beans" will be supplied by multinational corporations and the beans will be genetically modified which will require purchases of huge amounts of pesticides.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The problem with center-left critiques of neoliberalism

Click here to access article by Martijn Konings from Reflections on a Revolution.

I initially was put-off by the condensed writing style of Konings article which, I think, caused me to go to the first link to Steve Lambert’s art installation, Capitalism works for me! I found the material on the latter site most fascinating because it featured what is for me a most puzzling absence in the milieu that I circulate in--discussion about capitalism. The latter is most dramatically illustrated by my discovery of the lack of interest in my website by people I come in contact with. When I mention that I'm working on a blog and give them the name of it, they express very little interest in it, and the few that follow up by perusing the site, never re-visit it or comment on it directly with me. (Here I need to explain a little bit about my "milieu". I live near, but some distance from Seattle in a middle sized city. I think the people here offer a representative sample of people living across the US.) I was sidetracked quite a while by Lambert's work and really enjoyed what is starkly missing from my life and social contacts. 

Then I returned to Konings' essay to try to make sense out of it. It finally dawned on me that he is addressing a phenomenon that is related to my puzzling experiences that I've briefly described above, and more to the point, the many "left" critics among intellectuals in countries aligned with the US-led capitalist Empire that I've frequently criticized in my blog--people like Naomi Klein, Chris Hedges, and Richard Wolf.  I think the latter kind of critics are what Konings is also targeting in this piece. These are critics who refuse, or are afraid for various reasons, to attack the system of capitalism as a system. They always qualify their criticisms by referring to "unregulated capitalism". Such critics take the "democratic" components of capitalism seriously, and think that they can be restored if only capitalists are more regulated. And they look to state institutions as a countervailing force to keep capitalists in check. The only problem is that the capitalists essentially own the state as well as everything else of value.

The "democracy", the freedoms, and the "human rights" which capitalist leaders love to go on about have always been an ideological prop to convince ordinary people that capitalism was concerned about these values. What they really represent is a legacy of the capitalist revolutions that occurred all over Europe several hundred years ago when the rising capitalist class desperately needed the working class in their struggle with monarchies and aristocracies. 

To gain the allegiance of ordinary people to overthrow the rule of feudal authorities, they came up with the ideology of "liberalism" which proclaimed that they were concerned about freedoms from the arbitrary rule of their feudal masters. What they were really only concerned about were their freedoms to function as "owners" of economic property to do what they wanted with workers and the environment regardless of the effects on society or the environment. 

Since then there has been a kind of dialectic dynamic between the real interests of this new ruling class of capitalists and these so-called freedoms in relation to the people they employed (or enslaved), the workers, in their various economic enterprises. The problem was that the dialectic was between two very unevenly matched antagonists. And there's the rub, as Shakespeare would say. 

Since their successful revolutions, capitalist ruling classes have gradually been accumulating wealth and power to where we are today with highly concentrated wealth and power by a capitalist few with the rest of humanity in debt to them. Since then they have reinforced this ideology, now called "neoliberalism", via education, media, and even entertainment. From experience they have found such indoctrination and management of consent/dissent much more cost-effective than outright police state rule (although they are well prepared to use that also). Many academics have been subject to this indoctrination and many academics on the left have been affected likewise. These limited critics of capitalism are what Konings is targeting in his essay. He sees such critics as having been influenced by the writings of Karl Polanyi.

Global warming’s record-breaking trend continues

Click here to access article by Alex Kirby from Climate News Network.
The authoritative report by the NOAA’s Centre for Weather and Climate at the National Centres for Environmental Information (NCEI), published by the American Meterological Society, draws on contributions from 413 scientists in 58 countries to provide a detailed update on global climate indicators.

“The variety of indicators shows us how our climate is changing, not just in temperature but from the depths of the oceans to the outer atmosphere,” says Thomas R. Karl, director of the NCEI.
Notice the language that this director uses to describe what is happen with great rapidity when considered in the framework of geologic time--which it should be. After all the alarming data presented in this major study, all that director Thomas Karl can say is that the study "shows us how our climate is changing". So, we can all go back to sleep, keep drilling for, and burning more, fossil fuels to keep the voracious engines of expanding capitalism as it devours everything in sight in order to accumulate more power and profits for a tiny class of "owners".

One only needs to peruse the text of the study (contained in a PDF document) to determine that what these world 413 scientists from all over the world have seen in their research is that the tremendous amounts need to fuel these capitalist engines are rapidly warming the Earth from the bottom of the oceans to the highest mountain peaks all over our planet-home. From this document I read the following:
Carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide—the major greenhouse gases released into Earth’s atmosphere—once again all reached record high average atmospheric concentrations for the year. Carbon dioxide increased by 1.9 ppm to reach a globally averaged value of 397.2 ppm for 2014. Altogether, 5 major and 15 minor greenhouse gases contributed 2.94 W m–2 of direct radiative forcing, which is 36% greater than their contributions just a quarter century ago.

Accompanying the record-high greenhouse gas concentrations was nominally the highest annual global surface temperature in at least 135 years of modern record keeping, according to four independent observational analyses. The warmth was distributed widely around the globe's land areas, Europe observed its warmest year on record by a large margin, with close to two dozen countries breaking their previous national temperature records; many countries in Asia had annual temperatures among their 10 warmest on record; Africa reported above-average temperatures across most of the continent throughout 2014; Australia saw its third warmest year on record, following record heat there in 2013; Mexico had its warmest year on record; and Argentina and Uruguay each had their second warmest year on record. Eastern North America was the only major region to observe a below-average annual temperature.

But it was the oceans that drove the record global surface temperature in 2014.