Silence Is Not Golden

What do you know about hurricane Matthew? Most of us, not much. Matthew is mentioned by the press and by those running for office as “bad weather,” which totally leaves us in the dark. What is causing this ever mounting climate debacle? The VP and Presidential candidates do not call it climate change. They  do not explain ever increasing winds and rain as a result of human activity. They do not heed the consequences of our increasing burning of carbon- based fuel, of coal,and oil and gas. Oh no. That would upset their major supporters, corporations paying their advertising fees and the cost of their high living. It would put all of them out of business.

I listened to Mary Robinson of 350.org on Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now.” She gave  a clear perspective on hurricane Matthew. First, we have oceans rising as glaciers melt into the sea. Ice-bound lands like Greenland are turning brown as ice melts so that the brown earth is exposed and absorbs heat, hence more melt. Melting permafrost everywhere releases methane, a gas that increases global warming more than CO2. Permafrost melt releases buried radioactive material. Ice does not last “forever” as was counted on by those who buried the waste, not if we heat things up.

Second, there is the turbulence. The winds outside Florida reached 104 miles per hour. There is increasing wind speed over the islands where the ocean is warmer. Huge  and expanding damage is happening to Haiti, crops ripped from the soil,  water more infected by cholera which was brought to the island by UN workers after the earthquake catastrophe.

Robinson explained that wind speed depends on the temperature of the evaporating water. The ocean is getting warmed to ever greater depth  by the outpouring of heat from our use of carbon fuel. If cold water evaporates into a storm, the turbulence slows down. If hot water evaporates, the storm speeds up.

Republican candidate Mike Pence says he supports the coal mining industry. Republican President candidate, Donald Trump states that he doubts global warming. President Obama criticized North Dakota’s mistreatment of the Standing Rock Sioux trying to stop digging of their reservation (including holy sites) to protect Mother Earth but did Obama not stop the sale of an adjacent ranch to move the oil. So-called leaders make humanitarian statements but do not follow through with effective action. They are masters of “sound bites.”

The extraordinarily tuned-out “planners” want to run ever leaking gas lines past the frequently disabled Indian Point which should be long-closed. One leak out of gas lines whose spill is touched by a flame from lightning or from a poorly snuffed-out match that falls on grass and it’s goodbye New York City and its environs.

Island dwellers are already the first to go thanks to rising waters and lethal storms.  But we, the mainland dwellers are next. Elected officials who shape the US economy and are supported by the carbon using industry, speak of building walls to keep out climate refugees. Trump and others label these refugees criminals, drug dealers, worthless parasites (by Trump, if Mexican), to keep up the myth of needed self-protection.

People object to oil trains which are exploding into their homes and towns and schools. What are we going to do about this short-sighted planning? How are we going to get our economy to use life-supporting energy from the wind, sun, geothermal, tidal, magnetic, whatever is next dreamed of that has no destructive side-effects? If the noise of these people’s objection gets loud enough accompanied by comparable voting, perhaps the “planners” will hear them.

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Silence Is Not Golden

What do you know about hurricane Matthew? Most of us, not much. Matthew is mentioned by the press and by those running for office as “bad weather,” which totally leaves us in the dark. What is causing this ever mounting climate debacle? The VP and Presidential candidates do not call it climate change. They  do not explain ever increasing winds and rain as a result of human activity. They do not heed the consequences of our increasing burning fossil fuel, of coal,and oil and gas. Oh no. That would upset their major supporters, corporations paying their advertising fees and the cost of their high living. It would put all of them out of business.

I listened to May Boeve of 350.org on Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now.” She gave  a clear perspective on hurricane Matthew. First, we have oceans rising as glaciers melt into the sea. Ice-bound lands like Greenland are turning brown as ice melts so that the brown earth is exposed which absorbs heat, hence more melting. Melting permafrost everywhere releases methane, a gas that increases global warming more than does CO2. Permafrost melt releases buried radioactive material. Ice does not last “forever” as was counted on by those who buried the radioactive waste, not if we heat things up.

Secondly, there is the turbulence. The winds outside Florida reached 104 miles per hour. There is increasing wind speed over islands because the ocean there is warmer. Huge  and expanding damage is happening to Haiti,  her crops ripped from the soil, her  water increasing infected by cholera, an infection brought to the island by UN workers after the earthquake catastrophe.

Robinson explained that wind speed depends on the temperature of the evaporating water. The ocean is getting warmed to ever greater depth  by the outpouring of heat from our use of carbon fossil fuel. If cold water evaporates into a storm, the turbulence slows down. If hot water evaporates, the storm speeds up. Hot water is on the rise.

Republican candidate Mike Pence says he supports the coal mining industry. Republican President candidate, Donald Trump states that he doubts global warming. President Obama criticized North Dakota’s mistreatment of the Standing Rock Sioux trying to stop digging of their reservation (including holy sites) to protect Mother Earth but did Obama not stop the sale of an adjacent ranch which is used to move the oil. So-called leaders make humanitarian statements but do not follow through with effective action. They are masters of “sound bites.”

The extraordinarily tuned-out “planners” want to run ever-leaking gas lines past the frequently disabled Indian Point which should have been long-closed. One leak out of this gas line whose spill is touched by a flame say from lightning or from a poorly snuffed-out match that falls on the grass and it’s goodbye New York City and its environs.

Island dwellers are already the first to go thanks to rising waters and lethal storms.  But we, the mainland dwellers are next in line. Elected officials who shape the US economy and are supported by the fossil using industry, speak of building walls to keep out climate refugees. Trump and others label these refugees criminals, drug dealers, worthless parasites (by Trump of Mexicans), to support the myth of our needed self-protection- us against them.

People object to oil trains traveling past which explode into their homes and towns and schools. What are we doing about this short-sighted planning? How are we going to get our economy to use life-supporting energy from the wind, sun, geothermal, tidal, magnetic, whatever is next dreamed, a source that has no destructive side-effects? If the noise of these people’s objection gets loud enough accompanied by comparable voting, perhaps the “planners” will hear them.

Get my book Unloved Again today! Email me directly at elangolomb@gmail.com in order to get your signed copy. Hardcover ($25 including shipping) and Paperback ($16 including shipping) versions available. Payment collected via Squareup.com/store/elangolomb.com

 

 

 

No Time for That

Thinking about the short-sighted ideas which move us to do things for the shadiest of reasons, especially for quick profit. Usually, the ones who set the plan in action are those who already are well-off and hope for much more. Those who carry out their orders are  terrified of losing their jobs and don’t think of much else. Everyone is wearing blinders.

Corporations wanting to have cheap disposal drop poisonous waste into rivers. factory farm workers fed grow-fast hormones and antibiotics not to beef and pork and chickens and turkeys so that they die fattened enough to get a good price when slaughtered. We consume the animal’s flesh with all its poisonous additives. Where did you think they went? We are poisoned too. We find the supposedly inexplicable explosion of ADD, ADHD, autism, allergies, chronic fatigue in our children and increasingly in adults. It is not a matter of better diagnostics finding something that was always there. Farm engineering so far from the natural way of life is making Mother Earth, her animals, plants, and people sick.

Then we get to the destructiveness of fighting. War is a business. It makes money for those who sell the weapons. We destroy people and earth with nuclear explosions and unmanned drones. We spray the “enemy’s” soil with Agent Orange, so that nothing can grow there, and on and on. We make the land unlivable. Nazi German’s Goering said that fear will always make the people come to heel. Those who run the war machine make the people afraid of the enemy. Next thing they are in arms. For those who profit from it, their hands are full but their hearts are empty.

Will Mother Earth recover during our lifetime or even in that of our offspring? What can I do to make a difference? I am afraid of stirring up a negative reaction in those who fear they will lose what they have. True, earth conscious behavior will remove some of these “things” and give us many others. This includes birds singing in the trees and windmills turning on our lights.

I met Pete Seeger, the great American folksinger at Buck’s Rock Work Camp when I was about 12. We were invited to sing along with him. Everyone bellowed the words to: “If I had a hammer, to “Where have all the Flowers Gone,” to “Turn, Turn, Turn,” an Amish poem  Pete set to music. We came in on the chorus to “This land is your land,” Pete tapped his foot and sang while he strummed his banjo. He told stories that made us laugh and cry. It went on for hours. We all wanted more.

Pete had a great love for life. His relatives way back came on the Mayflower. He understood their flight to freedom when stood up to the McCarthy House of Un-American Activities Committee that was tracking down Communist sympathizers. They demanded Pete name his “Commie friends.” He responded, “Have You No Sense of Decency?”

He lived with his wife Toshi, in a log cabin he built himself. There were many visitors, song- writers, musicians, environmentalists, people. There was as a lot of singing and strumming of all kinds of instruments new and old. He got a group together to demand that the Hudson River polluting corporations clean up their waste. They did. I heard that Toshi would run to the phone to answer before Pete because he would invariably answer, “yes” to any request to appear for a good cause. There was no keeping him from joining worthy struggles.

I met him years later standing at a street corner of New York City, banjo over his shoulder waiting for the light to change. I went up to Pete my beloved teacher and said, “with all that is going on, I feel that nothing I can do will help. He smiled at me and said as he strode into the crosswalk, “No time for that.”

Pete traveled and sang to inspire children and adults to take care of one another as well as Mother Earth. He was a good man who lives on in our hearts and minds.

Thank you, Pete.

 

 

Recognize A Lie

You cannot tell another’s lie if you are a liar. If you lie, you assume that everyone does it. The clarity of the  litmus paper of truth is stained by your falsehood so that you cannot see through. Blindness is caused by avoiding the rules of morality which bring us all together. If we lie, we believe that everyone is a liar and do not feel guilty for doing it. We come to have no belief except in the power of us versus them, our lying enemies.

Where do we need to feel the location of truth when testing our own reaction?  Is knowing the truth, a head operation? According to the American Indian (I forget which tribe,) we find truth in our heart. If what we think and do heals and feeds the “other” as well as self, it is truth. If decisions come exclusively from your mind, .. you are crazy which means out of touch with reality.

In knowing whether someone speaks the truth, ask who “who benefits?” If you or the party or organization is the sole winner, you/they/it lie. If your seeing and knowing are limited, if what you think, do and say is blinded by fear, is it a lie? Yes but not your fault. Your thinking has been corralled and distorted by the family, group distortions, by propaganda rained down on you thinking from childhood on.

Do the heart-designated lying words engender fear of the designated enemy so that you will use weapons to kill in order to protect self/family/nation, who/what benefits from this war? Never stop asking where goes the flow of money and power from your violence.

If you are pushed into feeling the false power of group excitement, you are lying to yourself. If you can stand on your own two feet and feel your connection with life around you, you are more in touch with truth.

With heart over head, see what moves you. Be willing to learn more and change in that direction. A heart response takes you out of the loneliness of egomania and false connection to ideas and movements which engender disaster.

Do not be taken in. Remember to always ask if it is a lie.

Water Is Our Mother

Currently, the Standing Rock Sioux and Indians from around the world come together to fight for the preservation of Mother Earth in North Dakota are fighting not to have a gas pipe line go through their reservation and under the Missouri River, a water resource for millions. All oil pipes leak, often for a tremendous amount of time before the leak is discovered and then, regardless of feinted behavior to clean it up, an impossible task since the oil already released into ambient streams all over.

Long time thought vanquished, non-existent, “civilized” out of their earth connection, The Indian Nations are becoming visible and actively protesting. What else could anyone do if they see their mother being destroyed. If they see, which we city dwellers and impoverished others cannot allow? Or at least we can see but do not allow ourselves to react. Somehow, someone will fix it, the attitude of a child.

The Indians know better. We destroyed their villages, stole and destroyed their seeds, their means of survival to induce terror. We brought in whiskey which we knew they could not handle, along with small pox infected blankets. We called them terrorists. According to George Washington we have to exterminate them to protect ourselves.  We killed them and forced them to migrate away from us, the takers.

But they are not gone, not dead and still in relationship to Mother Earth. The call us to find natural ways to meet our needs in order save our Mother. They beg us to not poison our water and cut down our trees, to kills everything that lives for sport or “use.” They beg us not to convert every earthly thing and being into money so that a very few get most of it and the rest of us get little or none.

We are increasing supporting an environmentally tipped and unfair situation as if there is no other way, pulled there by ads on TV, radio, internet. Do we ask who writes these ads?  As in North Dakota, the will of corporations designated as people by by the Supreme court support is supported. Corporations are only programmed to make money. They have no conscience, no empathy. They are computer programs with profit as their only goal. They get politicians whom they have already paid to institute immanent domain to enact programs designated as for the public good which are not.  Why not disallow oil and carbon burning approaches which are putting the world on fire and move onto to wind and sun? Why not preserve our water? Why not for the public good?

Corporate decisions lead to the death of all living things including us. Indians predict a great extermination of humans in the not too distant future due to floods and drought and starvation and disease, due to using and murdering of what supports life. We cut the trees which create oxygen, warm and pollute oceans which breed fish and absorb CO2, heat the earth which melts the glaciers which will flood all that touches the rising oceans. We accept the loss of islands, of the water we all drink, of the plants we eat. Gone.

Do you think you will be one of the surviving 20 percent? The Indians beat the drums to alert us. Will we dance to that beat and take back our power to support life? Will we reduce our demand on Mother Earth to give beyond her own survival? Will we deaden our awareness of an imminent wipe-out with drugs and toys and stuff that takes us away from what is happening until it is too late?

 

 

 

Whether We Go Up Or Down

I was thinking out of fear of losing the little we hold onto, we become fearful and aggressive. Fear is a terrible quandary, an impossible way to think your way out of a problem. I should add that those 1 % forces which are scarfing down all available comestibles including our pensions, social security (hoped for), money for schools and hospitals and health care and bridges and roads and forests and …. you get the idea, that these needy gazillionaires need an image to hide behind since the ordinary citizen wonders why they need so much. Incidentally, they need so much because they have an addition to getting. Those with the getting addiction only need one thing. They need more.

But they know better than to advertise this problem which has a hold on them so they use a ruse of terror. We have to be made afraid of this and that, of them and those…. whatever is the boogie man or woman of the day, to take our money and invest it in killer toys for which sale they make a profit. And so violence goes on and on.

But if we recognize that there is no happiness in our terror; if we recognize that only peace brings peace; if we recognize that helping others makes friends who help us back; if we realize that loving, to love and be loved is the best experience of all, then the way to go ahead is clear.

We do the thing we love best. We give and sometimes receive. We are joyous to see another’s pleasure after our being useful. We are astonished and ecstatic when someone gives us the perfect gift, the thing that we (never mentioned) but need most. They know us! Imagine that.

We need to follow the path of love and peace in order to have it. We need to say, forget it when someone or something tries to arouse our rage. One way to know if we are doing it right this time, is to see if we are having fun. Love and fun (even with tears of happiness or relief) are marching hand in hand.

Jobless Economy – Until When?

We have been raised to think all inventions are good. We call it progress. It is an automatic response, a way of being “modern.” We do not ask the question, “…..good for whom? Belonging to a society that heralds change as always good for everyone, we go along with it. We push away growing anxiety; It’s hard to ignore that your job is shaky, that people are being laid off, that equivalent jobs are moving to India, to the Philippines, away. Is your job next?

Newspapers and radios and television frame the wonderful world which technology is bringing us . It treats disaster when it happens as an “over there” experience, a breakdown which has nothing to do with what they make, nothing to do with us. Take the worker-killing fire in Bangladesh. It was in a building whose doors are locked once the workers are at their task, to avoid theft.  There was no way to get out. The US pay the Bangladeshi owner too little for him to upgrade the building yet -continue to blame the factory owner for not having safe quarters.

I believed in the Green Revolution about which I heard so much until I visited Vandana Shiva’s farm and school in Dehra Dun, India. She was a grower, seed saver and spreader of those heirloom seeds to needy farmers. Her seeds were appropriate to local soil and weather. She offered seeds to farmers that had gotten into the Monsanto trap via American seeds presented as offering a huge crop increase which totally failed.

Indian farmers commit suicide in vast numbers when their Monsanto seeds produce so little that their many generation inherited farms are taken over by the bank. They kill themselves by swallowing the Monsanto pesticide. They previously kept the best seeds saved from one harvest to use in the next. Thanks to Monsanto, all the seeds from the last harvest were eaten and so the farmer was trapped.

I was so ready to believe in the “Green Revolution” that I suppressed my suspicion that American seeds raised on American soil are not suited to the Indian soil, rainfall, etc.; also that a foreign corporation is incapable of replacing the knowledge, experience  and seed selection by local farmers. When I even mentioned my skepticism about foreign “Greens,” intelligent friends dismissed my concern. It is always easier to go along with the crowd.

When evaluating the value of new mechanical/electrical/internet inventions, we need to look at the philosophy that lies behind them. Increasingly, the intention of producing a device is to replace human labor. Machines do not require health benefits, vacations, retirement wages. They can be moved from here to there in a box. Someone can easily learn to push the proper buttons. A little oil and an occasional wrench and on they go.

Jobs are being done by foreign workers, Indian, China, the Phillippines, etc. because they accept tiny wages. But this is only a step on the way to the total replacement of human labor. In the best of all possible worlds, you would be supported in a fine state because machinery does the job for you. However, the  intention behind increasing mechanization is to create more for me (the owner) which means yes for you.

We now are in a “Jobless recovery.”  What kind of recovery is that? It is a recovery for those who own stocks in the firms which produce the product. It is a recovery for banks which lend money to investors for mechanization and receive adequate returns. It is recovery for the one percent who do not look beyond their glittery feudal walls to see the misery which lies behind.

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