Don’t say “climate change”

Here is why the term “climate change” is very detrimental to the issue of global warming. Notice how Rubio completely ignores the issue of global warming by constantly referring to changes in climate:

“I don’t agree with the notion that some are putting out there, including scientists, that somehow there are actions we can take today that would actually have an impact on what’s happening in our climate. Our climate is always changing. And what they have chosen to do is take a handful of decades of research and say that this is now evidence of a longer term trend that is directly and almost solely attributable to manmade activity … I do not agree with that. I don’t know of any era in world history where the climate has been stable. Climate is always evolving and natural disasters have always existed … I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it. That’s what I do not, and I don’t think the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it, except it will destroy our economy.” (May 11, 2014, ABC News)

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You Can Change the World by Dave Shaw

global warming not realThe evidence of global warming and incremental, environmental catastrophe is easy to see. Climate scientists predicted more frequent and more severe natural disasters and now it is happening. Today we have more droughts in drought-prone areas, more rain in rainy areas, more extreme weather (strong winds, torrential rain, intense heat spells, etc.), more melting glaciers, acidic oceans, and higher CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere. These events are happening now. They are the precursors to biodiversEarth_Moon_atmosphereity destruction including unprecedented species extinction; famine; under water coastal areas; over crowed and uninhabitable cities; and wars fought over diminishing resources. We are approaching self-reinforcing environmental destruction. Methane gas emissions from the melting tundra will lead to further temperature increase, creating self-reinforcing climate change that cannot be stopped until all the tundra is melted.

Climate scientists throughout the world are virtually unanimous in believing the theory that global warming is real, caused by man, and will result in unprecedented destruction of earth’s ecosystem. To believe otherwise is the same as the flat earth proponents who denied the theory that the earth is round until someone circumnavigated it.

The freedom we have always known is about to vanish for our children and grandchildren. The beautiful and magnificent earth we have always taken for granted is being replaced by unprecedented sacrifice in substandard living conditions on a deteriorating and depressing planet.

Global warming must be stopped and you can make it happen. You don’t have to donate, sign a petition, register, vote, volunteer, or protest. You do not have to “follow”. You are the leader. You merely have to say global warming is real by clicking on a button. The act of not clicking on the button means you do not believe global warming is the most important challenge of our generation; and not a problem that needs to be addressed now.

How much destructive climate change do you have to see before you will acknowledge the validity of the science that supports global warming theory?

The issue is too important to wait for the media or policy makers to finally recognize the science and tell the truth. And if you are not convinced, I am not going to convince you. Read what far more eloquent scientists, environmentalists, and advocates have to say. The massive research during the last 40 years points the same inescapable conclusion. Research and hard evidence to the contrary is virtually non-existent.spacecraft-re-entry-4

For a current, detailed overview of the issues that encapsulates a massive amount of research and expertise about the future we are about to encounter, I recommend: “2052 A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years”, by Jorgen Randers. It is sobering, to say the least.

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Here is the message: Global Warming is real and threatens the future of our planet. We demand acknowledgement of this fact and action by all leaders in the world responsible for developing public policies that we keep our planet healthy.

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The Republican Crap Diet!

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I love the way the republicans avoid honest discussion of issues. They never say the words “childcare, equal pay, healthcare, or affordable college education”. They lump them all together and call it “free stuff” or “funding the government”. They never say “the rich” or “the wealthy”. They say “high earners”. They never say “oil pipeline”. They say “the Keystone jobs program”. They never say “voter suppression”. They call it “voter fraud prevention” even though there’s no fraud to prevent. They never take responsibility for wanting to deport a parent of a US citizen. They call it “deporting illegal aliens”. The word “torture” never applies to America, where it is called “enhanced interrogation techniques”. All of this obfuscation is necessary to hide their real agenda, representing the rich and corporate America

Americans are distracted by false issues that keeps the populace from noticing that their world is crumbling. The Republicans invent some crap.  The Democrats act like it’s a real issue.  The populace eats it up.  When it eventually becomes self-evident (and it always does) that the artificially invented political and media circus is meaningless, our attention is diverted to the next irrelevant issue.  Here are some examples of crap both past and present invented by Republicans to avoid the task of real governance:

  1. The Terri Schiavo and Elan Gonzales soap operas.
  2. Obama is a Muslim socialist born in Kenya who refuses to make his birth certificate public.
  3. Waterboarding of terrorists is not torture.
  4. The purpose of gun control laws is to take away our guns.
  5. The ATF Operation Fast and Furious was orchestrated by the US Attorney General to foster gun violence that would provide a rationale for strengthening gun-control laws.
  6. Planned Parenthood operates abortion clinics.
  7. We have a voter fraud problem.
  8. Illegal immigrants come to America because they want to collect welfare.
  9. Global Warming is a theory not supported by sound science.
  10. President Obama directed the IRS to harass Tea Party organizations.
  11. President Obama lied about who attacked the Libyan embassy.
  12. The rich pay high taxes.
  13. Money is free speech.
  14. Corporations are people.
  15. The average American will be better off if the rich have more money to spend.
  16. We have to cut Medicare and Social Security in order to reduce the deficit.

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This is not an exhaustive list, but only illustrative of the crap that is constantly invented by the Republicans and fed non-stop to the American people through the corporate media.  Please feel free to offer your own examples.

Let’s be fair.  I hope my Tea Party friends offer their own list of Democrats’ crap.  It would be interesting to compare the two lists.  I will gladly publish both lists.

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God Only Knows

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The history of man is the history of self-hate. Mankind has always practiced torture, murder, genocide and destruction of the very environment in which we live.  To believe in ‘God the Creator’ requires an unshakeable faith and denial of man’s ugly history.  To those that have such faith, read no further..

If God is everything, then God cannot be a Creator.  God is separate from everything or he is not.  You choose.  I choose God is everything.  If you believe God is everything, God gets off the hook and we don’t have to invent nebulous explanations to understand evil, like “God acts in mysterious ways.”

It defies rationality to think that something (the Universe) sprang from nothing or some little something that exploded (the big bang theory).  There is no beginning of infinity.

The only other explanation is that the Universe has always been here, it’s eternal.  Eternal, by definition, cannot be created.  To believe otherwise requires an act of faith, a decision to believe something that rational thinking (common sense) tells you is not true.

If it’s possible to believe God is eternal, that God has no beginning, why is it so hard to believe the same thing about the Universe, which like God, also has no beginning?  In other words, if eternity is possible for God, why isn’t it also possible for the Universe?

If Jesus was God, so are we.  Jesus had beliefs and attitudes rooted in the culture and religion of his time.  Jesus was a human being.  He is called the “son of man” 88 times in the bible, yet we insist on thinking of him as the son of God; as if Jesus is the son of God and the rest of us are not.  The message of Jesus is to examine your own humanity if you want to find God.  Don’t bother looking up at the heavens.  God is not removed from man.  The two are inseparable.

All this leads me to conclude that there is no separate being called God.  This is not a radical idea. It is common knowledge in the Eastern religions.

If God is everything and we are God, then we can only conclude that we are everything and not a separate object in the Universe.  The concept that our skin is a border that separates us from everything else in the Universe is an illusion.  We have no existence independent of everything.  The body is inseparable from everything else.  The body is merely a window the Universe uses to look at itself.  A fish without water does not exist.  A fish and the water are one thing.  The same concept applies to humans and the world in which we live.

Why must we fiercely hold on to the belief that the concept of creation must be true?  The reason is that without creationism, life has no purpose.  We have no reason to exist.  Our importance in the history of the Universe as we know it is the same as no importance at all.  We believe that if we have no purpose, our lives are meaningless and what we do does not matter.  And that is not even the most terrifying part of it.

When the Creator is subtracted from the equation, not only does life have no meaning, but we feel that each one of us is alone in the world.

Humanity has been cast out of the Garden of Eden.  Our connection with nature (the Universe) has been cut off.  The only connection with humanity we have is our brief time in the womb.  Our desire to again be one with the mother, the unconscious bliss of the womb, is the genesis of religion, philosophy and the concept of love.

The concepts of religion, philosophy, and love are essential in convincing ourselves that we have continuity. We want to cling to the illusion that each person is a separate entity that continues their existence after death.  We desperately want to believe that when we die, it’s not over and we are not alone.  We want to believe that our human existence is separate from God (the Universe) and that we will be able to maintain this separateness and our unique consciousness after the body has been consumed by maggots or turned to ash.

“By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:19

When we recognize the simple reality of who we really are, belief systems lose their utility.  They are no longer needed.  When realize we an inseparable part of all there is, we lose the need to believe that God will save us, that our life must have meaning, that death is to be dreaded, that we need to believe in a greater power to avoid feeling alone, and that we need another person to feel whole.

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What’s Wrong About Obamacare

started by repubsExactly what is wrong about Obamacare?  Republicans will tell us that they don’t want socialism in America.  If this is true, why aren’t Republicans calling for repeal of Medicare and Social Security?  These programs, especially Social Security, are far more socialist than Obamacare, which is a market-based health care system, albeit government regulated, where corporations provide health insurance.  Social Security on the other hand, is run exclusively by the government.

gop healthcare planAnother objection is that Republicans don’t want the government issuing regulations that interfere with the doctor/patient relationship; yet they don’t seem to mind the dehumanizing interference of insurance companies who hire armies of people for the express purpose of denying coverage in order to create tens of millions of  dollars in profits that is paid each year to their top executives.

Repeal shampooExactly what are these regulations that are so onerous?  The only answer I have seen in response to this questions involves the lies and misrepresentations offered by right wing talk radio hosts who claim Obamacare relies on bureaucrats to decide who gets treatment and who is denied.  This claim is ridiculous on its face.  It is a distortion of the real practice of Obamacare, which will rely on statistical analysis of medical treatments to determine which treatment works bests.  This information allows doctors to make better decisions when developing their own treatment protocols.  I don’t know about you, but I want my doctor to have this kind of information and use it wisely.  Those who are more committed to their political ideology than science will have a different opinion.

gop flat tiresAnother reason to repeal Obamacare is that it will increase the cost of health insurance.  The strange part of this argument is that it ignores the reason Obamacare was created in the first place: costs were skyrocketing out of control while quality of care was embarrassing compared to other countries in the industrialized world.  Before Obamacare, affordability of coverage was such a critical issue that over 30,000 people died each year simply because they could not afford health insurance.  Only time will tell if Obamacare turns out to have a rising cost trajectory similar to the pre-Obamacare days.  There is credible evidence on both sides of this argument.  My preference is to try something new in the face of a system that was failing in terms of both cost and quality of care.  Those who mindlessly and selectively rail against big government will do what they always do: nostalgically yearn for their idealized past that never existed and cannot be created.

pull plugThe Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, what Republicans have labeled as Obamacare, was approved by the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.  It was signed into law by the President.  The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled it is constitutional.  The mandate of the President to implement Obamacare was confirmed in the 2012 Presidential election when voters returned Obama to office to carry out his campaign promises.  Throughout our history our elected representatives have respected the fact that a law is a law and moved on, at least until now.

care fallingMajor reform legislation designed to significantly change our health care system will require constant adjustment as we move from a conceptual vision to real world implementation.  Instead of trying to make it work, House Republicans have taken a different approach.  They have voted to repeal the law 40 times!  Each time an adjustment is needed to move from concept to implementation, Republicans claim Obamacare is fatally flawed.  They are not interested in reform.  They will sacrifice the welfare of the American people to make sure Obamacare fails.  There singular focus is to oppose anything that does not comport with their ideology, no matter how much suffering it may cause.

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The most recent polls, even those conducted by Republicans, indicate that the American people want Obamacare to be implemented; and if Republicans insist on shutting down government if Obamacare is not repealed, Republicans will be blamed.

Sometimes things just have to get worse before they can get better.

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The Secret Republican Presidential Election Strategy

capitalismThere are plenty of articles about Republicans and why they need a new strategy if they are going to win the next presidential election.  Republicans are conducting major conferences and dialogues with groups who feel disenfranchised.  They want to broaden their appeal and discourage people from voting for Democrats.

Republicans had great success in gaining control of the House of Representatives, thanks in large part to their ability to gerrymander congressional districts so that they do not have to worry about representing a broad cross-section of political views.  As long as they keep their ultra-conservative base happy, they have job security.  But now they realize drawing congressional districts along party lines is not enough.  voter fraudThey still have the problem of more  Democrats voting than Republicans.  They are painfully aware that Republicans lost the popular vote in five of the six most recent Presidential elections.

Conservative State legislators are wasting no time enacting new legislation to prevent voter fraud.  Now that the Supreme Court has given the green light, they are making the war on voter fraud one of their top priorities in spite of the fact that voter fraud is essentially nonexistent.  There is one fortunate fact about voter fraud legislation that has special appeal. Voter fraud initiatives suppress the vote of far more Democrats than Republicans.

spider exterminateAnother major strategy of Republicans is to doing everything in their power to make Obama look bad.  They accomplish this by stopping every piece of legislation that could make Obama look good.  They abuse the filibuster rule and threaten to manufacture economic crisis in order to make sure the work of Congress grinds to a halt and Obama gets blamed.

Republicans insist on enforcing financial austerity and sacrifice by everyone except the rich, despite overwhelming and mounting evidence from history, the European Union, and our own Federal Reserve policy that the way to recover from recession is temporary financial stimulus, not austerity.

Conservatives have their major issues that they constantly promote. They are very passionate about border security, right to life, deregulation, defining marriage, gun laws, voter fraud, low taxes for rich people, and religious freedom.  money planeThey avoid talking about, and in many cases outright oppose the major issues of our day, which include climate change, job creation, alternative energy, foreign policy, infrastructure, affordable higher education, health care reform, civil rights, the impact of exporting manufacturing, and the corrupting influence of money in politics.  Unfortunately Democrats are also happy to act like the secondary issues so loved by Republicans are the most important rather than confront the issues that will shape our future.

A fair summary of the Republican Presidential election strategy is make it easy to get re-elected to the House of Representatives; suppress voting by Democrats; just say no to anything that could make Obama look good; cater to the special interests of the rich; and divert the attention of the American people away from the generational issues we must be address if we are to enjoy the prosperity and happiness that has been uniquely American throughout most of our history.  The good news is this new strategy is the same failed approach they tried in the last election.  We will have to wait and see if they they have better luck the second time.barbed wire vote

I wish to thank my Facebook friend Steve Sheppard for encouraging me to have a discussion of the issues instead of just calling Republicans stupid and liars..

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The Downward Spiral of American Politics

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American is no longer the model for modern Democracy.  Democracy was dealt a severe blow when the Fascists on the U.S. Supreme Court gave a green light to the outright purchase of elected officials.   Money is speech.  It is the law of the land.  Today “free” speech that has impact is beyond the financial means of 99.9% of all Americans.

The candidates and mass media consistently collude to ignore the fact that our way of financing and conducting elections needs drastic and immediate change or our vote will soon become irrelevant and democracy will be all but dead.   How can you trust the politician who tells a bald face lie about preventing voter fraud when in fact, Republicans and the Supreme Court are intentionally and systematically doing everything in their power to suppress voter turnout?  I am astounded that such hypocrisy is tolerated and even supported!  The very essence of participatory democracy is being thrown in the trash can by the “Republicans”.  These same people love to preach to Americans and the entire world that America is the vanguard of democracy and freedom.  What trash talk!  These so-called “Christians” who only have contempt for the poor, have more in common with the Theocracy of Iran than the Democracy of America.

global-warming illustratedGlobal warming, it’s devastating effects, and what must be done now to avoid global catastrophe is not even a footnote in presidential and congressional campaigns nor is it on any future legislative agenda.  This is in spite of the fact that man-made global warming is destroying the planet and the only issue the Republicans want to talk about is approval of the Keystone, dirty oil pipeline.

smoke stacksThe Fascists of Corporate America pretend to be Republicans so they can claim a false credibility.  They continue to lie about global warming and deny the fact that climate change is caused by humans, which is established science. These same people are the ones who poison our water, air, and food in the name of capitalism and freedom. Corporate America decides what we like, the price of gas, and the amount of toxins we are exposed to in the name of “freedom”.  How many climate change-related disasters do we have to have before people wake up and recognize they are being manipulated?

America is no longer the shining light that leads exploration of new frontiers and pursuit of the new human potential.  Today religious leaders are just as absent as our political leaders.   They are blind to the problems of the modern world because their belief system is rooted in antiquity, when they never even dreamed of the values and moral implications associated with pollution, birth control, genetics, stem cell research, gay marriage, or quantum physics, just to cite a few obvious examples.  Today we have men of God issuing decrees using phantom moral prescriptions they allege come directly from the Bible, their only source for what we should believe and how we should behave in the modern world.

America needs a political and philosophical transformation in terms of its values and beliefs.  How is that going to happen?  Stayed tuned.  I will be writing about it..

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