I am not blaming you. I am blaming us. I drive a car. I buy the products of what amounts to slave labor; I help my fellow Americans squander more than my share of the Earth's non-renewable resources; my taxes support the drones killing children in Pakistan. If you can't see yourself as part of this problem (in spite of your modest life style) then blame me.
linoge would have us believe we can “live” with drought and crop failure (and presumably hurricane and tornado destruction, rising sea levels, the slowing of the ocean current and other disastrous effects of man-made global climate change). I’m not sure he would recognize that “life” (as he would define it) in what Bill Mckibben describes as "Eaarth" (his world for the new planet we will have to learn to live in). I know for certain linoge would not like or want to live in this degraded new world we are creating.
One of the fallacies of asserting that global warming and climate change are some sort of Liberal agenda is that it ignores the objective non-partisan conclusions of climate scientists. The only error scientists have committed is perhaps being too conservative in their assessments. Nearly all their predictions have proven to be worse than models anticipated and occurring sooner than predicted.
I think it is more accurate to divide proponents and opponents in the climate change debate, not into Liberal and Conservative, but into proponents of objective science and those “scientists” who work for the big energy companies.
Strangely enough, as a functional atheist and pagan, I find myself in agreement with JCLifer. Of course we would disagree on the definition of “God” and “sin.”
In the 70s there was a series of successful 30-second Chiffon Margarine commercial that popularized the expression “It’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature.”
In terms of Earth’s environment the only “sin” I see is “fooling” with Mother Nature. Our carbon footprint, population growth, the decimation of habitat and extinction of Her creatures, depletion of natural resources, clear-cutting of old-growth forest, mountain top removal, exploitation and degradation of indigenous and third world peoples, etc, etc, etc, all are sins against God, the Goddess and Mother Earth. Unless we puny hairless apes give up these “sins” we will continue to feel His or Her terrible wrath.
"As ye reap so shall ye sow!” This universal truth is recognized by nearly all religions as well as climate scientists. It’s message seems lost on our politicians however.
Bill Clinton wasn't even born in Missouri. Someone told me he was born in Georgia (USSR) and never should have been President. Pass it on Birthers!
I'm sorry to see spelchek's intemperate comment (and my reply) deleted. Was it something he said? I didn't mind being compared to a pimple on Ascroft's (sic) posterior. Insults usually reflect more on the accuser than the accused anyway. Perhaps spelchek withdrew the comment himself. If so, good for him. It is so much better when we stick to attacking and satirizing only public figures, their ideas and behavior, not each other.
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As a supporter of equal rights for animals I think it is only fair that we begin memorializing so-called lesser mammals in the halls of power. In 1968 I supported Pigasus for President--and a better candidate could not have been found that year. Caligula once appointed a horse to the Roman Senate where he served with distinction (and didn't sleep through even one boring debate.) I'm sure there are quite a few members of the livestock population that know more about agriculture than many in the Missouri Senate.
Anyway I am happy to see a bronze of Rush in the People's Temple. Now Emmett Kelly won't be the only clown from Missouri memorialized in the hall. (Would John Ascroft make three?)
Of course I'm not counting all the duly-elected clowns that work and vote there.
On second thought, I wonder if Loretta is more offended by the number of crime reports rather than their actual descriptions. Sometimes our imagining of what we hear can be more lurid than what we actually are hearing and seeing. I don’t remember network news reporting being all that shocking. (Am I too jaded?) Case in point: the Jerry Sandusky trial. All I have ever heard reported concerning the allegations by the eight victims is very general with no real grisly detail.
(If you want to hear of allegations concerning our own little Jeff City sports scandal stay tuned for my next LTTE appearing in the News Tribune later this week.)
Of course news reporting throughout human history from Homer to Pelley has followed the dictum, “If it bleeds, it leads.” Producers know people are more drawn to short-term stories of sex, disaster and violence. Any deeper analysis is just too boring for the average couch potato waiting for the reality show following the news and weather.
It always mystifies me that any leader on the democratic left (Mosaddegh in Iran, Allende in Chile, Aristide Haiti, etc.) with whom we are displeased is pretty promptly and effectively disposed of—but when our despotic friends and allies (Gaddafi in Libya, Mosaraf in Egypt, Bashar-al-Assad in Syria, etc.) run amok we throw up our hands and cry “Oh dear, what to do?! What to do?!”
“Syrian animosity toward Zionism actually transforms the Jewish people's statehood into an obstacle — not a vehicle — to extending humanitarian aid.”
Gee I wonder where they got the crazy idea that Israel was anything other than a humanitarian, benevolent, force for peace in the world!
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