Sunday, September 14, 2014

We did this. It's not a matter of belief, it's a matter of science.

For over a century, we have redistributed carbon from our earth to our atmosphere and oceans at an incredible rate.

The results?

-Warmest globe in recorded history
-Historic western drought
-Historic midwestern Polar Vortex

Yes, we did this. It's not a matter of belief, it's a matter of science.

Yes, we can mitigate this. It took over a century to get here, and we will suffer over the next century even if we take proper measures now. We need to use less, derive more from renewable sources- yes, we can do this today.

The only ones arguing against this are a few billionaires, raking the profits, knowing they'll be insulated from the effects during their lifetimes and they won't be around to see the subsequent suffering. They own entire political parties and media sources that lie, and lie, and lie to convince Americans otherwise.

They try to make it OK to send poor sons and daughters to die in the mid east for those billionaires' profit, to get people to vote against their self interest, and to turn around the very meaning of Human Rights to defend the ability of corporations and investors to profit from the suffering they are causing.

Vote with your dollars to support the ending of this war on you. Vote in November - if you don't, you have become their servant.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

“I don’t get it either. I sent you a scientist, an engineer, solar panels and wind turbines.”

This is a story of a man who was a firm believer in God, Glen Beck, Sean Hannity and FOX News.

It was hot. Very hot. And dry. His electrical power was shutting down a few times a day with peak usage. He was paying twice as much for half as much water, his lawn was brown, and his cost of food had doubled.

The man sat down in front of the TV, and knew that he would be OK. God would protect him.

He was hot, and he was thirsty. A friend came by and said: “Hey, watch this. It's a documentary. It shows that 97% of scientists agree that because we have been redistributing carbon from our earth to our atmosphere and waters at an alarming rate for the last century, temperatures in both will be rising. This will cause polar ice to melt, ocean levels to rise, cities to flood, and weather patterns to change. If we begin to work now, we can reverse the trend.” “No thanks,” said the man. “I’m a firm believer in God. He will save me, and my TV tells me that these scientists are in collusion so Democrats can tax me, and that the earth is actually cooling. God made the earth, and there is no way man can destroy it.” He sent the friend away.

The summers got hotter, and unprecedented winter storms made him miserable. Another friend came by with an engineer and a businessman, and they said: “You look like you could use some help. We'd like to develop your neighbor's land with solar panels and wind turbines. This project will power tens of thousands of homes and businesses. The panels will cover a lot of ground and birds fly into the turbines. We'll do our best to mitigate this damage. We would like your agreement to let us build this in exchange for infringing on a little bit of your view.”

“No.” said the man. “I’m a firm believer in God. He will rescue us. The TV tells me that this is just a plan to tax me and kill jobs. We can depend on clean coal and the revolution in natural gas, and tens of thousands of jobs will be created if I let them build a pipeline on my land. Don’t worry about me.” The engineer and entrepreneur drove away.

It got hotter, and the man suffered from thirst. A woman  from the state came by and said: “Hi there my friend. We have a program to put solar panels on your roof and install a grey water system to irrigate your plants. We calculate that this for all of our single family homes will actually put electricity back into the grid, eliminating the need for any new coal or nuclear plants, and save our system of aqueducts.” “No,” said the man. “I’m a firm believer in God. He will rescue me. I know he will. My bills keep going up, and the TV tells me that this is Socialism. If the free market hasn't come up with this solution, we can't leave it to the government, which is the problem, and can never do anything right.” The woman from the state drove away.

It kept getting hotter and dryer. The man finally ran out of water, collapsed and died of dehydration and malnutrition.

When the man died, he went to heaven. When entering heaven, he had an interview with God.

After giving a polite greeting and sitting down, the man asked: “Where were you. I waited and waited, in great pain. I was sure you would rescue me from the heat and drought, as I have been a firm believer all my life, and have only done good to others. So where were you when I needed you?”

God scratched his head, twisted his confused looking face and answered: “I don’t get it either. I sent you a scientist, an engineer, solar panels and wind turbines.”

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The People are the Pawns.

I support the People of Palestine and Israel. They are pawns in this dangerous game.

I condemn the governments of Palestine and Israel for their warfare, which violates every bit of decency we have ever had in this world. This war is, for both sides, far worse than any action ever taken against the People of these nations and their ancestors.

I blame the global Military Industrial Complex and the financial interests that back the current war and profit from it. Follow the Money, always.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

It's Sunday Morning on Bash The President

There's some truth to this (behind the bigoted dig on our President). You have to remember that since the middle of 2008 it has been a combination of dark (Koch) money and bright storytelling by the corporate media that has been creating a Barack Obama who is Arab, Kenyan, Muslim, Gay, Dumb, Unknown, Inexperienced, Un-vetted, Communist, Terrorist, Marxist, Socialist. He is none of these, and you and they know it.
That is because they are still furious that they lost their actually dumb and incompetent President, and their chance at a replacement in Palin.

But, by steering the narrative about BHO by boldly asserting that his supporters are the real racists, that ACORN faked all of the registrations so armies of Blacks could illegitimately vote him into office, and that to his supporters he is their Chosen One, Dear Leader, Messiah, etc., they, and poor journalists like you, National Journal, have fueled this narrative that he is believed by his supporters (a true majority of us) to be The Hero.

Even Thomas Frank in today's Salon is trying vainly to denigrate Obama, and his office, by saying he had every opportunity to stop the assault by Congress, the Kochs, and their blind supporters (who vote against their self interest by having shiny objects of various kinds dangled in front of them). No President has ever done so much good in the face of so much opposition. Even FDR in 1937 caved a little, to very similar opposition, and set back our recovery from the Depression by years.

No, Barack Obama does not think he is the Hero. That is your invention. and you, the dark money behind these lies, and gullible voters and supporters, bought and paid for this narrative. Have YOU no shame?

It's Sunday Morning on Bash The President. We're on to your game.