Archive for the Community Category

This Land Is A) Your Land, B) My Land, Or C) Our Land? (January 11, 2016)

Posted in Collapse, Community, Courts, Hypocrisy, Judges, Judicial Arrogance, Judiciary, Justice on January 11, 2016 by e-commentary.org

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K          “That land is our land, it is not your land.  Time to vacate.”

J          “Agree.  This land is not your land; this land is not my land; this land is our land.  Period.  Time to indict.”

K          “Or is it the Paiute people’s land?”

. . .

J          “Seems that Ammon Bundy is a valet fleet manager from Phoenix, Arizona who condemns the federal government and yet received a $530,000 loan guaranteed by the Small Business Administration for his business.”

K          “Entitlement is the American way.  His dad Cliven Bundy refused to pay the federal government for years for under-market grazing fees on public land.”

J          “They say that the nut does not fall far from the sagebrush.”

. . .

J          “My take is that they have not taken any hostages and are secluded from the public.  Even if they were Black or Muslim, the authorities likely would wait them out.  Bad things happen when decisions are made hastily.”

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K          “Look at the sentences handed out to Dwight and Steven Hammond.  I do not trust the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  On any given day, the Ninth Circuit can – and does – do anything it wants to do.  The Ninth Circuit will uphold the will of Congress; the Ninth Circuit will down vote the will of Congress.  The Ninth Circuit could have held that the Sentencing Guidelines do not apply under the circumstances under the Constitution.  The Ninth Circuit wanted to put the Hammonds in jail.”

J          “There is no law.  However, the Hammonds poached animals on public land and then burned the evidence.  That is a violation of law that should occasion a reasonable sentence if we could transfer the matter to a country and a court system that respects the rule of law.” 

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[See the article by Russ Choma titled “How the Leader of the Oregon Armed Protest Benefitted From a Federal Loan Program” in “Mother Jones” magazine.]

[See the e-commentary at “Pay Your Bills, Bundy! (April 28, 2014)” and “Do Your Job Or Quit Your Job (September 14, 2015)”.] 

Bumper stickers of the week:

The Calculus of Community:  “Our” land =/= “Your” land.

Namaste y’all

Lights Out: Renegade Nuclear Plants (September 21, 2015)

Posted in Collapse, Community, Energy, Internet, Nuclear Power, Society on September 21, 2015 by e-commentary.org

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1          “A friend wrote ‘electricity’ on the board and then wrote an equal sign (=) and then wrote ‘civilization.’  After discussing the precariousness of the electric grid, she drew a slash through ‘electricity’ and then described the consequences of life without electricity.  And then she punctuated the presentation by drawing a slash through ‘civilization.’  The most existential threat is not a loss of the ability to play video games or chill beer, it is all the nuclear power plants that will not be cooled in a systemic power failure resulting in nuclear winter.  Lights out.”

2          “And radiation favors and savors aviation.”

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1          “My hypothesis is that some consequences are so certain and so grave that we cannot even think about them let alone talk about them.”

2          “Everyone is struggling just to get through the day.  Putting an existential catastrophe on one’s psychological plate is too overwhelming and thus not done.”

1          “Anther hypothesis I entertain is that dark video screens and tepid beer lead to misbehavior.”

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[See the e-commentary at Girding For The Going Grid (October 11, 2010).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Electricity = Civilization; No Electricity = No Civilization

Is the grid going or is the grid going?

National Preparedness Month Weekly Themes:
• Week 1: September 1-5 Flood
• Week 2: September 6-12 Wildfire
• Week 3: September 13-19 Hurricane
• Week 4: September 20-26 Power Outage
• Week 5: September 27-30 Lead up to National PrepareAthon! Day (September 30th )

“In my view, nuclear power represents an unjustified faith in the power of human societies to control extremely complex technologies over the very long term.  Any activity requiring a great deal of complex and cooperative control will do badly in difficult economic times.”  Stoneleigh / Nichole Foss

The “Free Rider” Challenge (July 14, 2014)

Posted in Community, Pogo Plight on July 14, 2014 by e-commentary.org

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C1          “Sounds like an endurance bicycle race or some such sporting event.”

C2          “Does it cost to play?”

. . .

C1          “Before this year, they did not list the names of all the unsuccessful applicants publicly in addition to the names of those who were drawn for the group permits.  Revealing.”

C2          “They rarely draw from those who don’t apply.”

. . .

C1          “Fables guide many of life’s choices.  When I first heard the story of ‘The Ant and the Grasshopper,’ I was certain that we would be told that the diligent ants invited the profligate grasshopper inside for a cold beer and a warm meal.  And then she announced that . . . the ants booted the grasshopper off the island if you will.”

C2          “Sort of an O. Henry twist for a young impressionable mind.  We were inculcated with the tale told to folks about ‘The Little Red Hen’ who sought without success to enlist others to assist her sow the field and then declined their entreaties to join in her bounty.”

C1          “At this time, we are all fat, not too smart and somewhat blissfully clueless.  And we are so profoundly unprepared.  Before things get even more squirrely, we need to get in touch with our inner ant.”

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[Bastille Day]

[See the e-commentary titled On Community (June 3, 2013).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Be prepared.

Look out for bicycles.