Don’t Be Seduced by the Good Stuff

 

A friend said, “but conservation isn’t all bad.” Well, this caveat doesn’t address the larger issue. It has to do with the difference between conservation and environmental justice. Conservatism frequently is deluded. It points to some very good thing we are doing, gets our eyes and minds focused on it so that we miss an extremely threatening larger picture which has to do with extraction. Your government/corporation buys a thousand acres of forest in Africa which gives the fossil fuel industry, carbon credits which it can spend by digging up and burning carbon for power in the field across the tracks where poor people live.

The wood industry also cuts a piece of the carbon pie by buying distant forests. Now it can cut down easily accessible wood everywhere because of the wood they’ve “saved.” Those who know hurl expletives at conservation societies which endorse this practice of an ungodly trade. Conservation rings its hands in pain and comes up with another non-solution. Save a tree or a bunch of trees. A tree sitter saves one redwood tree from cutting by sitting in it for a year while saws sound around her. A community of tree lovers force the politicos who would sell all the trees to create a half-acre park.

All the trees of same species are connected through their roots which travel for miles. Sometimes a forest of trees is actually one mother tree that spreads and raises seemingly new trees from a common root. Ancient forests grow old together. They send nutrients to failing trees as well as warnings of infestation which the younger ones ward off with shared nasty sap. The elders shelter the young and keep them from getting too much light so that their trunks grow dense and strong.

The single trees planted along the road side have a short life. Their roots, often sawed off when endangering water pipes, reach no tree brethren. Cows raised to become burgers in the deforested and grass planted Amazon watch the top soil washed away in the rainy season. City dwellers get their Amazon hamburger and lose the oxygen they need to live.

Naomi Klein speaks of disaster capitalism. A company or a nations’ so-called helping agency swoops down on a flooded country and/or allows the disaster to expand so that after most of the local citizens are dead or moved away they buy it for a song. Right now, Puerto Rico’s public schools are being nixed for charters. Public tax money sucked into the maw of those into education for profit. Creating electric lines that work is ceded by the bought-out PR governor to a US company which does not have tools to do the work, all the while ignoring locals who can do it. And on and on. The foreign agency currently circling to eat its prey, creates a local governing body that will allow it. They put up hotels for the rich along recovered beaches. They scoop up natural resources. They plunder and call it conservation.

Conservation is a flag behind which extractors hide. The little the conservationist saves at the cost of all that is connected tears the web of life. Those who own the fracking companies want to sell fracked oil by telling you that it is harmless as your property explodes in earth quakes and your sink provides water you can light with a match. Coal dealers sell cheap while breathable air vanishes in China (which is way ahead of us now in the solar industry which Trump has severely limited with his 30 percent import tax). The air grey with car exhaust in New Delhi destroys the lungs of the young, frail, and elderly but car dealers say look at the cars available now that more people can afford. It’s like being on a highway to extinction. But we can’t even see the view.

We need to recognize that we are part of the “all.” The living world is our life. Its survival is connected to our own. Enjoy the beauty of a living world. How rich that makes us. Become informed. Don’t be seduced. Don’t succumb to a monster that sings a pretty song.

 

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Don’t Be Seduced by the Good Stuff

A friend said, “but conservation isn’t all bad.” Well, this caveat doesn’t address the larger issue. It has to do with the difference between conservation and environmental justice. Conservatism frequently is deluded. It points to some very good thing we are doing, gets our eyes and minds focused on it so that we miss an extremely threatening larger picture which has to do with extraction. Your government/corporation buys a thousand acres of forest in Africa which gives the fossil fuel industry, carbon credits which it can spend by digging up and burning carbon for power.  

The wood industry also cuts a piece of the carbon pie by buying distant forests. Now it can cut down easily accessible wood everywhere because of the wood they’ve “saved.” Those who know hurl expletives at conservation societies which endorse this practice of an ungodly trade. Conservation rings its hands in pain and comes up with another non-solution. Save a tree or a bunch of trees. A tree sitter saves one redwood tree from cutting by sitting in it for a year while saws sound around her. A community of tree lovers force the politicos who would sell all the trees to create a half-acre park.

All the trees of same species are connected through their roots which travel for miles. Sometimes a forest of trees is actually one mother tree that spreads and raises seemingly new trees from a common root. Ancient forests grow old together. They send nutrients to failing trees as well as warnings of infestation which the younger ones ward off with shared nasty sap. The elders shelter the young and keep them from getting too much light so that their trunks grow dense and strong.

The single trees planted along the road side have a short life. Their roots, often sawed off when endangering water pipes, reach no tree brethren. Cows raised to become burgers in the deforested and grass planted Amazon watch the top soil washed away in the rainy season. City dwellers get their Amazon hamburger and lose the oxygen they need to live.

Naomi Klein speaks of disaster capitalism. A company or a nations’ so-called helping agency swoops down on a flooded country and/or allows the disaster to expand so that after most of the local citizens are dead or moved away they buy it for a song. Right now, Puerto Rico’s public schools are being nixed for charters. Public tax money sucked into the maw of those into education for profit. Creating electric lines that work is ceded by the bought-out PR governor to a US company which does not have tools to do the work, all the while ignoring locals who can do it. And on and on. The foreign agency currently circling to eat its prey, creates a local governing body that will allow it. They put up hotels for the rich along recovered beaches. They scoop up natural resources. They plunder and call it conservation.

Conservation is a flag behind which extractors hide. The little the conservationist saves at the cost of all that is connected tears the web of life. Those who own the fracking companies want to sell fracked oil by telling you that it is harmless as your property explodes in earth quakes and your sink provides water you can light with a match. Coal dealers sell cheap while breathable air vanishes in China (which is way ahead of us now in the solar industry which Trump has severely limited with his 30 percent import tax). The air grey with car exhaust in New Delhi destroys the lungs of the young, frail, and elderly but car dealers say look at the cars available now that more people can afford. It’s like being on a highway to extinction. But we can’t even see the view.

We need to recognize that we are part of the “all.” The living world is our life. Its survival is connected to our own. Enjoy the beauty of a living world. How rich that makes us. Become informed. Don’t be seduced. Don’t succumb to a monster that sings a pretty song.

Passionate but Lonely

Dear Citizens,

Am heart driven by the plan to set up green get-togethers in every community small and large in our world, eventually to speak together and become “one.” We will share how to preserve and save and recover from the ways we have been destroying our environment. This includes chopping down all the trees which create the oxygen we breathe as well as the sea plankton which do the same, our unceasing, careless and unnecessary use of fossil fuels, and its myriad of detrimental effects, eating all the fish we don’t throw back dead, releasing foul pollutants into land and sky and water, losing topsoil to the winds of drought and the necessity for everyone to have a royal acre to create a lawn rather than preserve our relationship to Mother Earth while growing only necessary foo, giving wildlife, our brothers and sisters, a place to live.

What I want us to do is bring together people all doing the “green thing” locally and nationally, to get together and show each other our work so that we can share and do and sell and teach. The few people, the very few absorbing the entire riches of the globe, are unimaginably short-sighted since a terrible death awaits them too. No air to breath. No water to drink. No food to eat since nothing grows in such pollution. How can these one-percenters rise above this situation with a mountain of cash?

Please write me at elangolomb@gmail.com to become part of this wonderful way to share our power and wisdom, to learn and share and teach. It will be a wonderful experience of a growing bunch of friends. I feel my heart warming and expanding awaiting to hear from you.   

Do Not Adapt to World Destruction

It is a wise and necessary thing to adapt to the appropriately changing seasons, to your baby’s need for a warm embrace, for a bottle and laughter, to your dog’s need for a walk in the park. It is not appropriate, but all too common, for people to adapt to the hateful embrace of a force, a person, a crowd of criminals out to rob you and the world around you of everything beautiful and necessary.

The crowd of Republicans are undoing all the US laws which protect us and life, generally. Now it is okay for businesses to dump their poisonous waste into streams. Now it is okay to cut back the size of national parks, to open them for digging, drilling, and cutting. Now it is okay (although forced to wait by environmental fightback) to destroy the National Wildlife Refuge for a small amount of oil, this place where most birds and other animals bear their young and perpetuate their species.

Now they want to turn all undocumented refugees into dangerous criminals (Mexican rapists and Haitian carriers of Aids) who have to be thrown out of the country even though they’ve lived here for 30 years and been productive members of society. Having made a serious incursion on the farmer population, we have unpicked California crops and growing food shortages. Now, instead of joining hands with all nations in the interest of peace, we have to spend most of the national tax revenue on war, threatening the mad men leading adversarial nations to retaliate.

Now, promising to offer larger incomes, better schools, cheaper health care, lower drug fees, a rebuilt nation, a return to the America that was, we give the tax money to billionaires who do not need one cent of it and then have nothing to offer the 99 percent to fulfil their promises. Paul Ryan, the number two flunky, says they need to take away what leader number one vowed to hold dear, the Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security and health care for children . . . and to pay for it. But most likely the money taken will not be used to improve anything but merely to give more of it to the obscenely rich.

And why do the remaining few of that so-called governing body not speak up against their fellow predators?  Are they are afraid of the rage of their governmental peers and  even more so of the general population who will punish them along with their crony friends  when they regain control of their government. Instead they circle the wagons; prepare or continue to grab the swag and run for the hills.

When and where fear is a ruling force, those who are being mistreated must find a way to survive outside the predator’s clutches. Adaptation to something that destroys you should not occur. Adaptation is a necessary response to disaster that nature brings. It’s something else when caused by man.

Adaptation in response to another’s greed, involves becoming unaware of bad consequences of their action, rationalizing the pain and illness and poverty and hopelessness caused by their misuse of what is commonly needed like air and water and our national parks.  Social adaptation which requires fitting in with another’s life destroying plan is endorsed by businesses that want to sell you what you do not need. Propaganda is advance by waving flags and martial music. It is endorsed by congress people who hide their true intent behind the lie. Adaptation should not involve self-lying or accepting another’s lie about what is really happening.

We must get together as a legal force to preserve the environment which sustains us. We must tell ourselves, and-also tell the thieves who want to cut it all down and dig it all up, that money in the bank means precisely nothing when it comes to survival. We must raise our children to think this way and not become part of a population of virtual slaves to contrived sensation like cell-phones and internet and texting and drugging with mind/heart suppressing drugs. Most of all, we must not adapt.

 

 

Withdraw into Community

Spoke to a friend about a comment I heard Jill Stein make about the scientific prediction that by the turn of the century half of all our animal life on earth will be extinct and we as part of this interdependent world will be gone.

She began scolding me in an excited, angry voice. Said that Jill Stein was part of a Russian conspiracy. She saw it on the internet. I responded that several US officials were at that same Putin attended dinner in Russia which did not place them in the conspiracy spotlight. Said her questioning the conspiracy of power leads those who “own it all” to discredit her. The news funded by these powerful owners is used to stealing power from rivals rather than alarm us into taking measures that concern survival.

Our current Republican government, and some Democrats too, with a corporate money fueled “burn it ” agenda do not reject Trump’s belief that Global Warming is a Chinese hoax. They say to look at the freezing weather affecting the east coast. They do not know that this arctic chill is associated with the arctic heat wave. The congress, so much funded by carbon mining and selling corporations, will not endorse the need to stop using these products. They do not consider that what is already in the air will create a world of flood and fire, a death of living things.

People need to get involved with environmental movements, NIMBY (not in my backyard) or organizations facing world demolition. People need to consider the coming food shortages as our burn-it-up philosophy leads to unavailability of food (and medicines). Importation of food will cease as fertile parts of the world turn into swamp or desert.

Join a group that raises a garden. Create a garden on your window sill. Have dehydrated stores of food for that just-in-case time. Have a store of water so that If there is a breakdown in electricity and the pumps don’t work. Have a solar collector on your window sill or get the now developing solar windows which just stick on the glass and gather energy night and day. To your energy collector you attach a battery and from them power your heating device, refrigerator, lamp, cell phone, radio.

Create a community in which people’s skills are shared. Retreat from membership in a society of 300 plus million in which the Federal Government determines whether we live or die. Create a family of man … and beast. Cut down to zero (or as close as you can) to eating animals. The way they are raised in factory farms is torture. The carbon footprint on meat is horrendous. Our bodies can thrive on veggies. Don’t fall for advertising trying to get you to buy buy buy new things to “support the economy.” Create an economy in which the money goes round and round with no rich cat walking off with most of it. Look at Mondragon, a self-sustaining huge interrelated economy in Spain started by a priest some 50 years ago. No inflation. No top and no bottom earners. No one moves out. And why would they?

Security on the job. Beauty of the surroundings sustained by a community that cares. Peace. Joy. Love.

The War On Terror Is A Scam

Nothing is being fixed by military might. No bad foreign folk are missing now except the few that have been replaced by similar characters. We are not in “terrorist dominated” countries to make the world a safe and democratic place. This idea is a propaganda front for wars we hardly know are happening. Nor do we pay attention their enormous cost. A debtor nation due to war is walking in Rome’s footsteps.  

The War on Terror, which started after 9/11, is ongoing and is now in about 68 nations. As a result, foreign cities are filled with crumbled buildings and fleeing refugees who have no place to go.  Trump attacks Muslims refugees made homeless by our bombs. John Pilger, world student, writer, and film-maker, writes that US actions have nothing to do with fighting terrorism but are instead part of an open-ended war for global dominance and control of valuable oil resources. The real danger facing humanity, he says, is the increasingly aggressive military action of American imperialism and the state terrorism orchestrated by it.

We wrongly focus on Trump’s imbecility, work to have him declared incompetent (which he likely is but not much more than those he has selected to work beside him). His tweet obsession keeps us distracted from what is going on. How do we stop the imperialistic movement from taking over our democracy, turning it into a medieval state of royalty and vassals? We cannot believe the nonsense spouted by our two-party system. They feed at a common trough. The movement largely funded by Koch brothers and other billionaires aims to privatize everything.

Most of what they say is wishful lies, including those to make us fearful of so-called terrorism bearing down on us so that we give up our civil rights. Those newly armed policemen with military grade machine guns and even tanks rolling on our town streets are home-grown terrorists who keep us fearful. The highest number of imprisoned people in the world gets rid of “surplus” unemployed people. Those who kill, maim, arrest us are not there to serve and protect.

We need a 3rd party. We need rank order voting without an electoral college which ignores the popular vote. We came here to be free of English taxation and foreign control. Now the disease has reawakened among the US royalists. We need to face the truth of how we, the vastly greater number of people, are being manipulated by a small minority in Congress. We need to come together in lasting protest to protect ourselves from the take-over crew.  We need to vote and for our vote to count.

 

At Last a Good Thing Happens, But Then….

So, the Clintons sent jobs away to other lands where people will work for crumbs, a form of slavery, especially with child labor. More and more citizens are falling into that pit. Those chosen to fail are from a certain country, race, religion. They are the people automation discards. They are native people who are in the way of removing their trees and fish and chemicals.

But wait! A new and wonderful possibility has arrived. People in 5 southern US states have discovered a form of income—selling and installing solar power. With solar power sales, people can earn enough to pay all personal expenses. By taxing solar sales, states can build schools and roads and bridges. There is a spirit of celebration.

Remember Trump’s promise, to return employment to this country? His new plan is misleading. It has no feet on the earth. He puts an import tax of 30 percent on foreign solar parts. He says, this tax keeps out “the bad guys,” while locals develop a factory to make parts. But the common folk don’t have the money to take that step. They need the imported parts. Hundreds of thousands work with what they have delivered. Trump’s 30 percent tax will totally crush the US business and he knows it. In addition, we have profit made from loss. The Feds are researching into those areas that will need more oil and “clean coal” to meet their energy needs. Filthy profit-making carbon products vs. harnessing the sun. Your loss = their gain.

Will China be tossed into bankruptcy by losing US business? No. They only sell us ten percent of their solar production. No money is offered to US workers by a Congress funded by oil and gas companies and oil-supported banks.    

US solar production will be wiped out by Trump’s 30% import tax. It is no accident. We common folk will remain dependent on the oil and gas for which we will endlessly pay, with our money and our environment.

Trump continues to stroll through his tunnel of emoluments. He makes money from oil. Remember how he stood for attacking the native population gathered to protest in a prayerful manner, digging the Dakota Access pipe line across the Missouri River to carry constantly exploding oil? He lacks sympathy for losers and undoubtedly profits (if we ever see his tax returns) from the sale of oil and gas which overheats the planet and is leading to the demise of most living things.

What is our way out? Do we need to drag this prohibitive tax problem before the disinterested Congress or must we wait until we have thrown them out? So much time would be lost. Irreparable damage will likely happen.

Look at the States that dare to raise marijuana for medicine and recreation despite Federal edict. States use enormous pot sale profit to build schools and make other life improvements. The only difference between the solar issue and that of marijuana is that pot sellers do not need (although many do so by all kinds of illegal means) to import their product. How can the southern States get free of the Federal tax and receive minimally taxed shipment? Perhaps they can hide solar parts in trucks equipped to bring bananas with a big bunch of bananas painted on their sides.

But another more powerful solution is for all the States, now and in the future, that are likely to get into the solar trade to threaten secession unless this 30 percent taxation is eliminated. How long would it be maintained?

Like with marijuana, solar production can create good for 99% of the population, not for the 1 % which never seems to be able to horde enough of anything, an anti-social enclave of money and power addicts. That is why the Constitution gives the right to throw over members of a congress that are drunk on power.