Man v. Nature. Who Should Win? Who Will Win? Oh, And Happy Victoria Day! (May 20, 2019)

Posted in Climate, Collapse, Plastic, Population on May 20, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “I think of someone cold and alone lost in the woods at night with only a match engaged in a match of wits with the howling winds and the howling wolves.  The real war today is Man not trying to survive Nature or to subsist with Nature but to subjugate Nature.  The two cannot co-exist.  We must cheer for Nature to win, prevail and dominate Man.”

J          “‘This Planet ain’t big enough for the two of us.’”

. . .

K          “The departure of a million members of one species will not leave the one apex species in any jeopardy of continuing as a species.  The Great Departure is the only way to save a million individual species from extinction.”

. . . 

K          “There is one and only one and no more than one solution.  Listen to the physicists and the electricians not to the e-con-omists and the politicians.  Reduce the load.  There must be a quantum level reduction in the number of homo sapiens on the Planet.  That will not be undertaken by humans.  That will be undertaken by Nature.”

J          “Nature will prevail because Nature prevails.  Predicting the future is so easy.  Pursuing the change is so elusive.”

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K          “Is it immoral to breed?”

J          “Is it a moral duty not to breed?”

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[See the “Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services” prepared by the “Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)” at the seventh session of the IPBES Plenary meeting from April 29 – May 4 in Paris discussing the loss of a million species.  See another analysis of our plastic predicament in a Report titled “Plastic & Climate The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet” by lead authors Lisa Anne Hamilton and Steven Feit and others at “The Center for International Environment Law” discussing our friend Plastic.]

[See the e-commentary at “Save The Planet; Save The People?  Oh, And Happy Earth Day! (April 23, 2018)”, “Stealing Resources . . . Through Time . . . and Across Space (February 20, 2017)” and “‘It’s Only A Rental.’  The Earth As a Cosmic Doormat.  De-Immanentizing The Eschaton. (September 28, 2015)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“This Planet ain’t big enough for the two of us.”

There is no PLANet B

Homo sapiens are not really that wise

Listen to the physicists and the electricians not to the e-con-omists and the politicians. 

When is the best time to plant a shade tree?  Thirty years ago.  When is the second best time?  Now.

Building a solar panel requires barrels of coal!

Graduation Advice:  Learn To Tie a Bowline (And A Bow Tie) (May 13, 2019)

Posted in Graduation Advice on May 13, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Learn to tie a bowline (and a bow tie).”

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K          “Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’19 . . . learn to tie a bowline (and a bow tie). . . .  If I could offer you only one tip for the future, learn to tie a bowline (and a bow tie).”

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K          “And wear sun screen and hearing protection and chainsaw safety chaps.  Eat dessert.  First.  And learn to tie a bowline (and a bow tie).”

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J          “Go East, young person.  Go to Rome, D.C. and get in on the looting before it is too late.”

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[See the “Sunscreen Column”, the Wikipedia article “Wear Sunscreen” and listen to “Everbody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)”.]

[See the e-commentary at “Graduation Advice:  Eat Dessert.  First. (May 14, 2018)”, “Graduation Advice:  Wear Chainsaw Safety Chaps; Cut With Care (May 15, 2017)”, “Graduation Advice:  Wear Hearing Protection; Listen Attentively (May 16, 2016)” and the advice to youth at “Go East, Young Person (August 25, 2014)”.] 

Bumper stickers of the week:

Wear sun screen and hearing protection and chainsaw safety chaps and eat dessert.  First.   And learn to tie a bowline (and a bow tie)

Better to know a knot and not need it than to need a knot and not know it.

People, Plastic, Planet (May 6, 2019)

Posted in Collapse, Environment, Plastic on May 6, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “While each and every legislator was sucking water out of a single-use plastic water bottle without any sense of self-awareness or shame, they tried to outdo each other debating and for some denying climate destruction and devastation.”

J          “Years ago, they covered their save-the-planet garden with plastic sheeting which has now deteriorated and shattered into a million shards spread like seeds of death that shroud their entire farm.”

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J          “The blue marble has not been photographed lately and now may shimmer like a planetary disco ball reflecting a gazillion tiny plastic particles.”

K          “These realizations may make my head explode, but that would release millions of mega-microscopic plastic particles floating around in my brain into the room.  That’s just not good.”

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[See the research paper titled “Atmospheric transport and deposition of microplastics in a remote mountain catchment” in “Nature” magazine by eight researchers dated April 15, 2019 and “There’s just no getting away from microplastic contamination” in “Ars Technica” by Cathleen O’Grady dated April 22, 2019 discussing the research.]

[See the e-commentary at “Salvaging Our Blue Marble (July 24, 2017)”, “Stealing Resources . . . Through Time . . . and Across Space (February 20, 2017)” and “Living In The ‘Peoplocene Age’.  The Inconvenient Truth:  Renewable Energy Is Not Sustainable; The Population Must Be Restrainable. (December 12, 2016)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Eschew plastic

People + Plastic = Planet ; People – Plastic = Planet

Reparations.  Universal Basic Income (UBI).  Oh, And Happy May Day And World Press Freedom Day! (April 29, 2019)

Posted in Affirmative Action, Civil War, Class, Race, Reparations, Supreme Court, Universal Basic Income (UBI) on April 29, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “In the land of the red, white and blue that purports to cherish ‘life’, ‘liberty’ and ‘property’, the White man arrived and confiscated the property of the Red man and often took his life and curtailed his liberty and transported the Black man to work the purloined property and violated his life and his liberty and his property interests.  And hers.”

J          “And then doubled down and did the same thing to the Brown man and the Yellow man.  And woman.”

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J          “Let’s borrow from the Great Declaration and include ‘the pursuit of happiness’ and from the French and admix ‘liberté’ and ‘égalité’ and ‘fraternité’ into the formula.”

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J          “No one doubts that the promise of ‘forty acres and a mule’ descended and degenerated into the ‘Great Hundred Year War of Terror in America’ directed and orchestrated by almost every public and private institution in both the South and the North against anyone Black from 1865 to 1965.  Even today there is only an unstable modus vivendi regularly under attack.”

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K          “The fundamental problem is that the victims are not alive and the oppressors are not alive.  Society is not well served by anointing someone who is not an individual victim with official individual victimhood status and accusing someone who is not an individual oppressor with official individual oppressorhood status.  The wrong solution to a very real and very deep and very sustained problem is not the right solution.”

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K          “No public commentator to date has fleshed out the process and mechanics of establishing and implementing the Great Divide/Schism in America.  Would the government establish a cabinet-level Department of Reparations?  Would there be one unit of reparations paid to someone who proves that he or she is Black or Brown or Red on both sides of the family?  Would the amount be reduced if the individual’s family came to America after 1907 or 1865 or 1932 or some other randomly selected date?”

J          “And what about Barack O’Bama?  There you have the intersection of race and class and income.”

K          “Right.  Would he only get a half unit?  Would Barack O’Bama’s half unit be reduced because his father came to America after 1907 or 1865 or 1932?  Or his mother’s family?  Would the reparations payments be taxed or tax free?  Would the reparations payments be paid out of the general fund or by a separate reparations tax on Whites?  Would Whites be exempt from the reparations tax if they could prove that their family came to America after 1907 or 1865 or 1932?  Would Barack O’Bama remit a half unit of reparations tax to the reparations fund because he is half White and receive a half unit of reparations payments because he is half Black?” 

J          “The tax and the payment could be offsetting.”

K          “Would there be ‘means testing’ so that a successful half Black neurosurgeon does not receive any reparations payment.  Because of her income, would she pay taxes to the reparations fund?  It goes on and on and on.  Each one of these divisions creates another divide.” 

J          “O’Bama should get another half unit because the other half of his family is Irish.  The Irish were oppressed and ostracized upon arrival.  But they were White and thus much, much more readily accepted by and assimilated into White society.”

K          “Much, much, much more readily.  The ‘Plessy Ferguson Reparations Bill’ is not the way to challenge and address what is going on in Plano and Ferguson.  There is no single piece of legislation that could further divide this country in twain than a piece of legislation that further divides this country into two groups that are expressly separate and unequal.”

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K          “The prejudice is on a group level and must be challenged on a group level.  Start by releasing every other Black and Brown and Red and Yellow prisoner from the American Prison Gulag who is likely in prison simply for being Black or Brown or Red or Yellow.  Extend the statute of limitations on affirmative action another fifty years or pick a specific ending date such as 2065.”

J          “If the ‘Great Hundred Year War of Terror in America’ is said to have reached a de jure end with the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, something is going to have to be done to furlough the five lobbyists on the Supreme Court who have unilaterally abrogated the modus vivendi.  In the end, if you want a good and great society, place a few coins in every pocket and a few ideas in every head.”

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J          “Go big.  My thought is to institute a Universal Basic Income (UBI).  Far too many people in America of all shades are suffering the effects of systematic and institutional economic terrorism.  The country is pursuing a War on Terror.  The War on Terror should be refocused and redirected at the many millions of Americans who suffer the terror of not knowing whether they will have a meal in their belly or a roof over their head.  The cost is insignificant and inconsequential because there is no cost too great to fight and win the War of Terror.”

K          “I still have a fundamental problem giving folks money simply for existing.”

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[See the e-commentary at “The Great National Dissolution:  Resolving The Great Civil War (April 18, 2011)”, “Watertown?  Ferguson?  Your Town?  Your Son?  Will They Allow It In Laramie? (August 11, 2014)”, “The Conservative Solution To Affirmative Action (October 15, 2012)”, “Race and Class And Crime: Jail White People.  Oh, And Happy Martin Luther King Day! (January 15, 2018)” and “Columbus And The Redskins (October 14, 2013)” and a dozen other e-commentaries.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Think big, think long

May 3 – World Press Freedom Day

The Release Of The Redacted Robert Rorschach Report (April 22, 2019)

Posted in Courage, Journalism, Newspapers, Press/Media, Pulitzer on April 22, 2019 by e-commentary.org

. . .    

J          “Not as carefully yet.”

K          “But that does not seem to be an impediment for most people.”

. . .

J          “Others claim to have mined the Report for nuggets.  What is in the Report and whether it is incriminating or exonerating turns on who one turns to for direction and indoctrination.” 

K          “The Report could be one thousand empty white pages allowing one thousand empty-headed babblers of all political planks to fill in the blanks.”

J          “Or one thousand redacted black pages that could be divined by one thousand self-appointed secular priests and priestesses.”

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K          “I never shared your faith in Mueller.  Anyone concerned about Truth cannot not be disappointed by the longevity of the investigation and the superficiality of the Report that is available for review to date.”

J          “Further proof that America does not produce individuals who can serve competently as lawyers or judges or special counsel.”

K          “But it has produced a generation of journalists who cannot even ask insightful questions.”

J          “They parry and riposte, but do not read Parry or reason.”

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K          “Reminds me of the tony cocktail party at Tony’s a half dozen years ago when Assange’s picture exploded on a television monitor/mirror parked haphazardly off in a corner.  Everyone ceased barking mid-sentence and simultaneously branded him either a ‘Traitor’ or a ‘Hero’ before inhaling another suspire and exhaling further unsolicited opinions.”

J          “The more things change.”

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K          “With all the hired help doing all that investigating all that time, they should have been able to confirm the findings of William Binney and the ‘Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)’ that the documents were downloaded not hacked which further supports those who contend that he is a hero.”

J          “Assange or Binney?  . . .  Or Assange and Binney?  I now understand that my man Mueller never even consulted with either of them.  That is another major failing.”

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K          “Assange should receive a pardon and a Pulitzer.”

J          “Pardons are given to those in the Club, but not to great and courageous citizens.  Pulitzers are given to those in the Club, but not to great and courageous journalists.”

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K          “So the Russian involvement in the election was incidental and insignificant particularly in comparison to the Dark Money and other nation-state actors such as Israel that played major roles with no public scrutiny or even mention.”

J          “Agree.”

K          “Trumpi may have had some limited communication but no active and on-going collusion which is not surprising because Trumpi just does not play well with others.”

J          “Agree.”

K          “Trumpi is engaged in on-going racketeering, money laundering, tax evasion, obstruction of justice and jay walking.”

J          “Agree.  However, I still don’t trust the Russians.  They are up to no good.  And I never trusted Trumpi.  He is down to much bad.”

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[See the article titled “VIPS Fault Mueller Probe, Criticize Refusal to Interview Assange” in “Consortium News” crafted by the “Steering Group of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)” dated April 16, 2019 and the article titled “ROBERT PARRY:  All Investigative Journalists Do What Julian Assange Did” in “Consortium News” by Robert Parry first published on December 16, 2010.]   

[See the e-commentary at “Hero or Traitor? (June 10, 2013)”, “Russian Interference; Russian Collusion.  Epilogue (March 25, 2019)” and “Russian Interference; Russian Collusion (February 26, 2018)” for the earlier conversation.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

The Robert Rorschach Report

Most investigative journalists today are neither investigators nor journalists

Happy Earth Day!

Fourth Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2019 (April 15, 2019)

Posted in Journalism, Newspapers, Press/Media, Pushitzer on April 15, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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          “The envelope please.  . . .  This year’s Pushitzer Prize in Commentary is awarded to . . . Caitlin Johnstone for stirring the pot, asking hard questions, demanding answers, rejecting lies, spotlighting uncomfortable truths, comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable.  And being a journalist and a patriot for the Planet.”

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[See the e-commentary at “Third Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2018 (April 16, 2018)”, “Second Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2017 (April 10, 2017)”, “First Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2016 (April 18, 2016)” and “Pulitzers Are Pro-War?  Pressing The Pushitzers (April 22, 2013)”.]

[Please send nominations for the Pushitzer Prize in Commentary for 2020 and a supporting letter by January 24, 2020 to e-ssay@gci.net and send the entry fee to your favorite charity.]

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Bumper stickers of the week:

For good and honest stuff

Dissent is patriotic

“The purpose of arresting #JulianAssange is to send a message to the people, especially journalists, to be quiet and don’t get out of line.  If we, the people, allow the government to control us through fear, we are no longer free, we are no longer America.”  Tulsi Gabbard

Fourth Annual “Cameo In Courage” Award For 2019 (April 8, 2019)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Cameo In Courage Award, Courage, On [Traits/Characteristics], Trumpi, Truth on April 8, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “The envelope please.  . . .  This year, the ‘Cameo In Courage’ Award is awarded to . . . Chelsea Elizabeth Manning and Julian Paul Assange.  Again.  Since the award last year, both of them have continued to display courage in the face of cowardice and criminality from those in power in the United States who are threatened by the Truth and who threaten the courageous with confinement in the American Prison Gulag.”

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And a tip of the hat to the great nation and good people of Ecuador that have provided a home and a haven for Mr. Assange so far.  Rumblings abound that the United States is pressuring the government of Ecuador to release Assange to the wolves.  His country and his countrymen should demand his freedom and his return to Australia.  Trumpi should and could redeem himself in part by pardoning both of them.

[Please send nominations for the “Cameo In Courage” Award for 2020 and a supporting letter by January 24, 2020 to e-ssay@gci.net and send the entry fee to your favorite charity.]

[See the article titled “Chelsea Manning’s ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ Moment” in “The American Conservative” by John Kiriakou dated April 8, 2019 and the presentation titled “Whistle-blowing, Wikileaks & The Future of Democracy” available at “caitlinjohnstone.com” presented by Caitlin Johnstone on February 18, 2019.]   

[See the e-commentary at “Alex J. / J. Assange And The First Amendment (August 13, 2018)”, “Hero or Traitor? (June 10, 2013)”, “Third Annual ‘Cameo In Courage’ Award For 2018 (April 9, 2018)”, “Second Annual ‘Cameo In Courage’ Award For 2017 (March 6, 2017)”, “First Annual ‘Cameo In Courage’ Award For 2016 (May 9, 2016)”, “Award Deadlines (Livelines?) (July 25, 2016)”, “Profile In Cowardice Award (May 12, 2014)”, “Profile In Courage Award, 2015 (May 11, 2015)”, “Chelsea And Ed:  Time For ‘Con’ ‘dign’ Treatment (November 30, 2015)” and “On Courage and Truth (March 17, 2008)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Dissent remains patriotic