Where Are the Birds

I had a wonderful and terrible vacation at my log cabin illegally close to a small river (90 years old before rules about building on a wet lands. The good part was a huge amount of weeding thanks to my putting it off. When I would complete a section, all hot and sweaty, I would put on my swim suit and jump into the river. At first it was quite cold brrrrr coming down from the mountains. I breathed deeply and accepted the feeling. Soon it was just right, paddling in the river upstream seeing the bridge and downstream looking at the meandering river shaded by huge trees. That was the good part.

The bad, terrible part was my bird feeder. It hangs between two trees on a line from which dangle a suit holder, a large mixed grain feeder and a square feeder filled with berries, seeds and grains. Usually it takes a few hours for the birds to find it and then the word is out with an endless series of birds large and small. But not this time! No. Not a single bird was seen, day after day. I had read about the missing food for birds, insects but never put that thought into “my feeder,” Yes. We have Monsanto’d away the bugs as well as making it too hot for them.

No bugs to eat. No birds. What about the whole net of living things? We also are part of it. Every day now I meditate and weep. I apologize for the blindness, the focus on robbing Mother Earth and her denizens, all of them for the profit of a few.

What can I do about this? How to get the greedy ones out of power? I know I and all of us have to recognize time. We have a very few years, possibly as few as ten, to get out of fossil fuels, to stop flying and bombing and polluting and killing. We are all in the same ocean on the same shaky raft. Come together.

A Narcissist Steals and Kills

Narcissists see everything in terms of whether it makes them more powerful and important. The Old Testament was written by a narcissist who created god in his own image. It says that the Earth was given by god to man to take care of. Man interprets this gift as ownership. We own, use, take, destroy. We live in the power of the moment. There is no future in our thinking. Ownership separates the owner from what is owned. There is no family of man.  

Everything is to be used up, ignored or, poisoned if it stands in our way or to earn from our poisoning capacity. Destroying things hurts us less if we remain in the now. Memory is lost. Christina has a photo of a solitary turtle swimming in a pond. I think, how lonely that little fellow is, how sad.

I remember when there were thousands of turtles in the water and frogs perched on the bank waiting to swallow flies. It was so much fun to run to the bank and jump in and to hear splashing all around me. There were so many insects pollinating every blossom, lightning bugs blinking on and off at dusk. There was a chorus of birds at dawn. Not an occasional solitary tweet. 

The mystic businessman who received Earth from god puts earth inside his safe. His banker mentality makes earth a thing to possess, not a living spirit, a Gaia of which he/we all are a part. He creates corporations that sweep up and transform trees, water,plants, animals,coal, oil, man as worker into bucks. Everything has a price. There is no bird song in it. The Old Testament where man owns the earth is a hell hole of destruction. 

We have to give up ownership of life. We need to join the family of animals and plants and life. We need a spiritual connection that does not inflate and separate us. Then we will not want to live in a Mar a Largo at any cost.

The Need to Destroy

Do you ever ask why we humans are driven to destroy all that lives which includes ourselves?

Why did President Trump make it OK to kill baby wolves during their winter hibernation in a den with Mommy

Does killing make a bully strong?

Our government gets its impoverished citizens to harvest coal, gas, oil..

We use the energy of harvested carbon products and watch the world heat up. 12 years given to turn things around folks before no change is possible.

Our forests burn along with houses. Our cities flood. Our crops die in emerging deserts.

We do not blame ourselves for it.

Trump and his associates want to reduce the size of the national parks in order to dig for coal and gas and oil.

It’s all about money and power.

Perhaps those in charge have already died except for their banking minds which still walk and talk and imprison blacks for minor crimes and play golf,

Now that so many white millionaires are going to jail, they are working to limit jail time.

Why do we hate people who are different from us, race, sex, religion, sexual orientation?

Why do we choose death for the many rather than life for all?

Does the idea of scarcity destroy us?

Is ownership the religion of death?

Keep off my property before I shoot you.

The greater our fear the more we kill.

I kill you to deny that I will die.

Is violence our road to heaven?

Does God wear a gun?

Are we sane?

Watching Disaster Spread

Let’s think about how those who profit from the oil or gas or coal. They seem to believe that when the end comes for the rest of us, that they will be saved by money. You know the rich on the upper deck of the Titanic got into the rescue boats and perhaps 500 of them survived. A very few in that unique killing event.

But what about the poison they create which effects us all? What about the chemicals in almost everything we eat? What about the storms and drought, the edible plants dying in the spreading desert, disease causing bugs coming to us northerners as winter becomes too warm to kill them, bugs that will bite and sicken and kill us: Lyme Disease, Dengue fever, malaria, and on and on…. The oil/gas/coal people, the money people if they even pay attention to it believe they will survive.

Last week, the Trump administration decided to send seismic waves of sound through the Atlantic to find oil. Oil! Just what we need more of to heat the planet to the point where little or nothing lives. The sound will deafen most of the listening mammals, the seals and porpoises and destroy just about every other small, ocean-living creature for a thousand miles.

Trudeau, the so-called moderate PM in Canada, is attempting to sell the tar sands oil to us and to whatever country will buy it. Tar sands oil is so contaminated with soil, clay, sand, water and bitumen, a heavy black viscous oil that it grinds holes  in the common pipes until they burst and contaminate huge sections of land and water. Trudeau also acts as if he is a compassionate live-forever person.

I call it a sickness. The super-rich need to rape Mother Earth to have “more” money. They force pipes deep into the earth to extract oil. These pipes leak, sometimes explode and burn for days. When oil pipes leak or burst into the ocean they create a dead zone. Oil owners put a chemical which makes the oil debris sink as if it is harmless. It is only a ploy; Nothing can live there in the oil waste.

They put unnamed chemicals (protected by ownership) into the soil to extract gas. These chemicals travel underground and poison the water in nearby wells. They blast off the tops of mountains to gather coal. Those living in villages down below the mines are flooded and murdered by the deluge of coal ash released by the breaking walls of coal ash waste pits. Chinese cities, some Polish cities have un-breathable air due to the pollution of burning coal.

The super rich oil/gas/coal barons give into their need to extract more. They cannot imagine investing in non-polluting energy from wind, rain, geothermal. They cannot think of stopping the expansion of wealth. They do not think of leaving the world a better place. Creating “green jobs” would benefit us all.

As a result, the world is going up in flames.

And we, the ordinary citizen, allow it.

 

Where Does the Money Go

How come most cannot afford the rent, that there is no housing for all, that our schools are falling apart, that health care is almost non-existent? Surely you know it in some personal way yourself.

Where is our tax money going? Mostly, it is going to war. Trump, the self-designated billionaire (how much of that a loan) and hope-to-be president for life (a king), exemplifies the love for money. He recently added a huge amount to the already bloated military budget, one unmatched in the world. Do we really need a new nuclear armed ship? Do we really need such protection which is forcing other threatened nations to throw their money into the military pot? He has even encouraged our NATO allies to increase their military spending to 4% of their GDP.

Who is making this insane decision. It is a very few people, and I mean those extremely few who own the banks. The banks, like all corporations, have only one goal: to make money with their investments. And what investment makes the most? War.

War requires investment in personnel, transport, equipment, technology, and weapons, tanks, bombs, bullets, and whatever is the killer of the moment. War requires investment in doing something about the destruction our war has created. Most of the agencies doing the after-war fixing are American. The money goes out of one pocket into another.

Do we have to fall for war-desiring corporate owned newspaper calling for defense against whatever boogie-man will hit us next? Do we need to put money into destruction rather than into schools and health care and help for the poor and upkeep for our parks (many now for sale to get the wood and oil)? Do we need to let businesses leave the country for places where the people will work for less; to bribe the corporations to return by not paying taxes? It is ludicrous!

What can we do about it?

We still mostly can vote. Young people who have not settled into comfortable or frightened passivity can run for office, and voters can keep their finger on the elected pulse of spending. We need not to stop spending our lives watching tv or talking to people who agree with us on the internet. Those who are controlled by the bank’s desire for war can be stopped by people marching in the street, coming to the elected person’s door and indicate they soon are out of office.

 

Rape the Earth

Those who own the earth we live on are gamblers who set the stakes. For them, it all boils down to money. It is a conversion factor of life into chips. The one who has the most chips when the tally closes, wins. Closure is set by mass extinction.

People are called to mine various resources. Zooming ahead to the finish line does not support life. Take Mountain Top Removal. Miners no longer work underground. Most are replaced by machines. The mountain top is shaved down to the line of coal. Soil and chemicals fall into streams. The land is polluted. There are landslides which kill people. Money makes the decision. More coal to sell the world’s great polluter.

Some dig for oil, for precious metals, diamonds for this or that. Some go into factory farming. They do monocropping which sets us up for a virus that will wipe out all we eat. They use chemicals that kill insects including the Monarch butterfly and will kill us as well; They raise animals in vast numbers. Chickens and turkeys and pigs are raised in tiny spaces. Cattle are also kept from grazing and eat out of vats of corn. Chickens are bred to have such huge breasts they can barely walk. Many fall and are trampled. All are upset by crowding and by not the living in open fields to eat worms and bugs and plants and run about. Most are given anti biotics to ward off pre-harvest death. The anti-biotic remains in their flesh which we eventually consume. Among other consequences, we soon will be unreactive to antibiotics when we need them to fight infection. People will die from a cut on their leg.

Since the factory farm animals, number in the thousands, their shit and piss, falls into pipes beneath the floor then collected and drained into huge ponds. Hurricanes pass over capturing the waste if releases onto all in its path. Some factory farms blow the waste into the air when the pond gets too full. This spray rains down on locals whose houses lose all value. The people who live in this flood of waste lead hellish lives.

What about the politicians who set the rules to protect their citizens but hide their eyes from consequences? Take Jerry Brown, Governor of California who mourns the huge number of fires ravaging California. Incidentally, prisoners are paid $2/day to fire fight. They are not given enough instruction to be professional fire fighters once released from prison. Is that another save money proposition for those who own the prisons?

What is the gambler’s stake in these catastrophes? Who profits by ignoring it. The soil is dry from drought. That is the consequence of the Greenhouse effect. There is less ice to melt and set the soil. The trees lack water to fight flames. Planes spread chemicals to limit sun, which also rains down onto the soil and into the roots of tree which kills them. Governments deny this activity or call it research. But we can see and test it. Trees poisoned by sky chemicals easily burst into flames when fire comes near.

The politician, here Jerry Brown, states helpless consternation with fires and says it can only get worse. But wait! Jerry Brown is allowing oil wells to be dug in California. The oil which is sold then heats the atmosphere which creates the flames. Is Brown too stupid to see the connection. Or is a payoff in his pocket? How many politicians are gambling now, hoping to miss the final extinction before becoming wealthy?

Winner Takes All

Those who own the earth we live on are gamblers who set the stakes. For them, it all boils down to money. It is a conversion factor of life into chips. The one who has the most chips when the tally closes, wins. Closure is set by mass extinction.

People are called to mine various resources. Zooming ahead to the finish line does not support life. Take Mountain Top Removal. Miners no longer work underground. Most are replaced by machines. The mountain top is shaved down to the line of coal. Soil and chemicals fall into streams. The land is polluted. There are landslides which kill people. Money makes the decision. More coal to sell the world’s great polluter.

Some dig for oil, for precious metals, diamonds for this or that. Some go into factory farming. They do monocropping which sets us up for a virus that will wipe out all we eat. They use chemicals that kill insects including the Monarch butterfly and will kill us as well; They raise animals in vast numbers. Chickens and turkeys and pigs are raised in tiny spaces. Cattle are also kept from grazing and eat out of vats of corn. Chickens are bred to have such huge breasts they can barely walk. Many fall and are trampled. All are upset by crowding and by not the living in open fields to eat worms and bugs and plants and run about. Most are given anti biotics to ward off pre-harvest death. The anti-biotic remains in their flesh which we eventually consume. Among other consequences, we soon will be unreactive to antibiotics when we need them to fight infection. People will die from a cut on their leg.

Since the factory farm animals, number in the thousands, their shit and piss, falls into pipes beneath the floor then collected and drained into huge ponds. Hurricanes pass over capturing the waste if releases onto all in its path. Some factory farms blow the waste into the air when the pond gets too full. This spray rains down on locals whose houses lose all value. The people who live in this flood of waste lead hellish lives.

What about the politicians who set the rules to protect their citizens but hide their eyes from consequences? Take Jerry Brown, Governor of California who mourns the huge number of fires ravaging California. Incidentally, prisoners are paid $2/day to fire fight. They are not given enough instruction to be professional fire fighters once released from prison. Is that another save money proposition for those who own the prisons?

What is the gambler’s stake in these catastrophes? Who profits by ignoring it. The soil is dry from drought. That is the consequence of the Greenhouse effect. There is less ice to melt and set the soil. The trees lack water to fight flames. Planes spread chemicals to limit sun, which also rains down onto the soil and into the roots of tree which kills them. Governments deny this activity or call it research. But we can see and test it. Trees poisoned by sky chemicals easily burst into flames when fire comes near.

The politician, here Jerry Brown, states helpless consternation with fires and says it can only get worse. But wait! Jerry Brown is allowing oil wells to be dug in California. The oil which is sold then heats the atmosphere which creates the flames. Is Brown too stupid to see the connection. Or is a payoff in his pocket? How many politicians are gambling now, hoping to miss the final extinction before becoming wealthy?