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  1. People’s Climate March 4/29/17 – Seattle Photo Show

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    April 29, 2017 by John Crapper

     Pictures speak a thousand words so let me let the pictures speak for themselves.

    I had trouble reading this one correctly.

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    Feels like a lifetime!

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    Feel the burn.

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    The puppet master demanded transparency.

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    Bikers pedaled their message.

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    Others didn’t frack around.

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    The young ambassadors from Plant for the Planet were a big hit on stage and with the press.

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    While others watched.

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    Others in the crowd didn’t care.

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    But the kids pressed their message at every turn.

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    The cows were watching.

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    While others spouted their crap!

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    The organizers wore hazmat suits.

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    I told people where the crap should go.

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    And invited all to take one.

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    About 400 were taken helping me “spread the turd”.

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    Someone said someone had stolen one of these.  I pleaded ignorance.

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    This was a great day of activism.  Hopefully more people will be motivated to take their energy and channel it into other days and efforts.

    So what can an individual do in a broader context to bring about large-scale changes? When people consider this many times their eyes gloss over and their brains seem to turn away from the daunting task.

    One of the goals of our Church is to help alleviate this quandary and provide guidance.

    At present the Church of the Holy Shitters recommends 3 avenues an individual can take to contribute in a more effective collective way.  They are (in no particular order of priority).

    1.  For a global yet local focus with an emphasis on social justice aspects.

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    350.org

    350 is building a global grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice.

    That movement is rising from the bottom up all over the world, and is uniting to create the solutions that will ensure a better future for all. Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions bring together a global network active in over 188 countries.

    2.  For a U.S. political focus working to elect candidates willing to prioritize climate change.

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    Climate Hawks Vote

    WE ARE CLIMATE HAWKS

    We’re seeking to elect leaders willing to take on the greatest challenge facing the next few generations of humanity. Too many Democratic politicians consider climate to be just another issue bubbling below the surface of top priorities, and too many advocates are willing to excuse Democratic politicians who tout their states’ coal and oil resources. We need aggressive, progressive champions of climate justice—climate hawks.

    The Republican Party is so deeply entrenched in denying the existence of climate change and protecting the fossil-fuel industry that if a Republican climate hawk were to emerge, we would look hard at a Republican’s willingness to buck leadership as well as the Republican’s position on climate.

    We work to engage and educate voters, advocate on climate change in general election contests, and back climate hawks in Democratic primaries. We engage and train younger climate hawks interested in running for office. And we work on campaigns to mobilize the American people and our elected officials to act aggressively to end greenhouse pollution and build a renewably powered, just society that is resilient to the threats of a changing climate.

    And don’t forget:

    On April 30th, the day after the People’s Climate March, Climate Hawks Vote is hosting a training for leaders of the climate movement who are considering running for office!

    We need bold progressives to run for office who will lead on climate, and stand in stark contrast to Donald Trump’s climate denial and the fossil-fuel industry agenda.

    At the training we’ll hear from grassroots leaders who have gotten elected themselves and made major progress by stopping fossil fuel projects, advancing renewable energy, and helping their communities deal with climate disasters. And we’ll be joined by some of the top progressive political strategists and trainers in the country.

    This training is for you if:
    – you are considering running for office yourself in the next one to three years,
    – you want to help a friend run for office,
    – or you want to learn how a local electoral strategy could help your campaign.

    Engaging in local politics is a critical part of the climate movement, whether we’re fighting for divestment, no new fossil fuels, or solutions like community solar and green building policies.

    Organized by: Climate Hawks Vote and Lead Locally, with

    350 Action
    AllofUs
    Blue America
    ClimateTruth.org Action
    Communities for a Better Environment Action
    Democracy for AmericaFood & Water Action Fund
    Friends of the Earth Action
    Netroots Nation
    Oil Change USA
    Progressive Change Campaign Committee
    Progressive Democrats of America
    #VOTEPROCHOICE
    Working Families Party
    Food & Water Action Fund
    United We Dream Action

    Note:  This training is available for RSVP both in DC and online. See climatehawksvote.com/training for more details.

    3.  And for a US political focus with a more bi-bartisan approach trying to influence those already in political office.

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    Citizens’ Climate Lobby

    Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.

    Our consistently respectful, non-partisan approach to climate education is designed to create a broad, sustainable foundation for climate action across all geographic regions and political inclinations. By building upon shared values rather than partisan divides, and empowering our supporters to work in keeping with the concerns of their local communities, we work towards the adoption of fair, effective, and sustainable climate change solutions.

    In order to generate the political will necessary for passage of our Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal we train and support volunteers to build relationships with elected officials, the media and their local community.

    “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

    Martin Luther King Jr.
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  2. A Vision of Trump Accepting Climate Change – Eko Atlantic

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    April 27, 2017 by John Crapper

    With Donald Trump as our sitting president and his penchant for shifting his stance on various issues, I started to reflect on what might happen if he suddenly saw the light and accepted the fact that climate change is happening.  One might think that would be a good thing but upon reflection of the way the Donald’s mind processes information I experienced a profound Holy Shit moment!

    Please note:   I’ve written about Eko Atlantic before.

    Here is the link to my past article which provides more background.

    Eko Atlantic is being built just off Lagos along Nigeria’s Coast and designed to house 250,000. Its whole purpose, developers say, is to “arrest the ocean’s encroachment”. Like many low-lying coastal African countries, Nigeria is being hit hard by a rising sea-level, which has been regularly washing away thousands of peoples’ homes. To defend against this coastal erosion and flooding, Eko Atlantic is being built surrounded by the “Great Wall of Lagos”, a sea defense barrier made of 100,000 five-ton concrete blocks. Eko Atlantic is billed as a “sustainable city, clean and energy efficient with minimal carbon emissions,” offering jobs, prosperity and new land for Nigerians, and designed to serve as a bulwark in the fight against the impacts of climate change. A city of souring buildings, with a central boulevard to match New York’s Fifth Avenue.

    But here is the flip side.

    In congested Lagos, Africa’s largest city, there is little employment and millions work scavenging in a vast, desperate informal economy. Sixty percent of Nigeria’s population – almost 100 of 170 million people – live on less than a dollar a day. Preventable diseases are widespread; electricity and clean water hard to come by. A few kilometers down the Lagos shoreline, Nigerians eke out an existence in the aquatic slum of Makoko, built precariously on stilts over the ocean. Casting them as crime-ridden, the government regularly dismantles such slums, bulldozing homes and evicting thousands. These are hardly the people that will scoop up square footage in Eko Atlantic’s pricy new high-rises.

    The inspiration for Eko Atlantic is coming from the dreamworlds of rampant capitalism, stoked by a successful, thirty year global campaign to claw back gains in social security and unchain corporations from regulation – what has become known as neoliberalism.

    In Nigeria, oil wealth plundered by a military elite spawned extreme inequalities and upended the economy. Under the IMF’s neoliberal dictates, the situation has worsened: education and healthcare have been gutted, industries privatized, and farmers ruined by western products dumped on their markets. While the World Bank celebrated Nigeria; extreme poverty doubled. The most notorious application of the power of the Nigerian state for the interest of the rich came in 1990: an entire district of Lagos – 300,000 homes – was razed to clear the way for high-end real-estate development.

    Eko Atlantic is exactly the kind of plan that would be extremely attractive to Trump the real estate developer.

    You see, I believe the wealthy and powerful do take climate change seriously;  not as a demand to modify their behavior or question the fossil-fuel driven global economy that makes it possible, but as the biggest opportunity yet to realize their dreams of unfettered accumulation of wealth and consumption. The disaster capitalists behind Eko Atlantic are seizing on climate change to push through pro-corporate plans to build cities of their dreams, architectural insults to the daily circumstances of ordinary people.

    Privatized green enclaves for the ultra rich ringed by slums lacking water or electricity, in which a surplus population outside the walls scramble for depleting resources and shelter to fend off the coming floods and storms. Cities protected by guards, guns, and an insurmountable gully – real estate prices – allowing the rich to shield themselves from the rising tides of poverty and a sea that is literally rising. A world in which the rich and powerful exploit the global ecological crisis to widen and entrench already extreme inequalities and seal themselves off from its impacts.

    Will this practice, starting with the elites in Nigeria, and now with Trump in the White House be quickly embraced? Will the result be some of the most severe forms of colonial segregation and gated leisure being re-established? To get their way, will the rich, backed by industry and politicians, trample over environmental assessment processes in country after country?

    Will Eko Atlantic start a trend in the world contrary to anything one would want to do if one took seriously climate change and resource depletion? Will the elite, like never before, use climate change to transform neighborhoods, cities, even entire nations into heavily fortified islands? Around the world, from Afghanistan to Arizona, China to Cairo, and in mushrooming mega-cities much like Lagos, will those able move to areas where they could live better and often more greenly – with better transport and renewable technologies, green buildings and ecological services?

    Does Eko Atlantic start a moral and social secession of the rich from those in their respective countries?

    This essentially utopian drive – to consume rapaciously and endlessly and to reject any semblance of collective impulse and concern – is simply incompatible with human survival but resonates with people who think like Trump.

    At the very moment when the world needs to confront an economy and ideology pushing the planet’s life-support systems to the breaking point is this what our future looks like – grotesque monuments being built to assist the ultra-rich’s flight from responsibility.

    April 29, 2017 – People’s Climate March

    I’m going too!

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  3. Greensburg, Kansas – A Green Wonderland!

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    April 6, 2017 by John Crapper

    Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore but Greensburg is and it’s green energy wonderland!  I wish Alice was here to click her slippers and transport all of America to follow the Greensburg developmental yellow brick road.

    Greensburg, Kansas (photo credit EcoWatch)

    Greensburg is a city in, and the county seat of, Kiowa County, Kansas, United States.[6] As of the 2010 census, the city population was 777….

    In the evening of May 4, 2007, Greensburg was devastated by an EF5 tornado that traveled rapidly through the area, leveling at least 95 percent of the city and killing eleven people between the ages of 46 and 84…

    After the tornado, the city council passed a resolution stating that all city buildings would be built to LEED – platinum standards, making it the first city in the nation to do so.

    Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is one of the most popular green building certification programs used worldwide.[7] Developed by the non-profit U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) it includes a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes, and neighborhoods[8] that aims to help building owners and operators be environmentally responsible and use resources efficiently.

    Background: 

    For three years after the disaster the Department of Energy (DOE) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) worked with the city to incorporate energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies into the town’s rebuilding efforts.

    Greensburg built a 12.5 megawatt wind facility which generates enough energy to power 4,000 homes.  Financing was provided by the Rural Development Agency at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    The town achieved many firsts for the country and the state of Kansas, including:

    • The first LEED Platinum municipal building in Kansas (SunChips® Business Incubator)
    • The first LEED Platinum critical access hospital in the United States (Kiowa County Memorial Hospital)
    • The first residential LEED Platinum building in Kansas (Prairie Pointe Townhomes).

    Now this is the kind of disaster capitalism we need in our world!

    I highly recommend this book!

    But instead we have the kind described in Naomi Klein’s book The Shock Doctrine “The Rise of Disaster Capitalism” where with the assistance of the IMF and World Bank governments are “saved” from financial ruin but only if private business interests get access to valuable resources and institutions. This disaster capitalism we see being practiced on a broad based scale around the world can be summed up as follows:

    1.  Wait for a major crisis (Hurricane Katrina, Greece) or invent one (Iraq)
    2.  As a price for assistance sell off pieces of the state or extract lucrative contracts to private players while citizens are still reeling from the shock of the disaster.
    3. Finally, quickly make the “reforms” permanent.

    And that is really SHOCKing and AWEful because now we have a President who is a proponent of this kind of capitalism.

    Looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer for Greensburg fairytales!

     

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  4. Great Wheel of Fortune – Seattle

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    September 25, 2015 by John Crapper

     

     Seattle’s Great Wheel of Furtune:
    Round and round it goes. Where it stops nobody knows.

    Adults ride for $13.00. Each ride is 3 turns long or a little over $4.00 a turn. The wheel holds over 300 people. At capacity that translates into about $17,000 per hour of operation. It operates 7 days a week opening at 10AM and closing at 11:00 or 12:00PM. Truly a wheel of fortune. It is truly “green” in those terms.

    Let me state it right up front. l I’m not a fan of the Great Wheel. For me it symbolizes so much of what is wrong with our priorities and perspective.

    First, let’s review some facts.

    The Seattle Great Wheel is the largest observation wheel on the west coast, standing 175 feet tall.

    The wheel has 42 fully-enclosed gondolas. 41 white gondolas each seat up to eight adults. Cabin #42, the VIP cabin, has leather bucket seats, a stereo system, glass bottom floor, and can seat up to 4 adults. In total, the wheel can hold over 300 passengers at any given time.

    The wheel was manufactured in various parts of Europe and the United States, and assembled right at the end of the pier.

    The wheel extends nearly 40 feet beyond the end of the pier, over Elliott Bay.

    The Seattle Great Wheel is open year round. With fully-enclosed gondolas and a covered waiting area, the rain can’t stop the wheel from spinning!

    The wheel weighs 280,300 pounds.

    550 tons of concrete were poured to create the foundation for the wheel.

    The Seattle Great Wheel was built in less than a year, but its story goes back much further than that. Seattle businessman Hal Griffith had envisioned a Ferris wheel in the city for nearly 30 years, but it wasn’t until he realized he could build one on his own pier that his dream became a reality. The Seattle Great Wheel opened to the public on June 29, 2012. Since then, it has become an icon of the city and a destination for tourists and locals alike.

    Monday thru Thursday my wife and I travel on the Alaskan Way Viaduct coming back from our jobs teaching English as a Second Language.

    Alaskan Way Viaduct

    And on each of these days we take in this view.

    Elliot Bay with the Olympic Mountain range in the distance. Notice any man-made obstruction in the photo?

    Before the wheel was there nature came through much more unobstructed and dominated one’s attention. Now it is almost impossible not to have one’s senses dominated by the “wheel” And then there’s the light show using hundred of thousands of lights. In the fall, they take place at dark on the evening of any University of Washington or Seattle Seahawks home football games. They also happen on holidays and “special occasions”. It has been documented that the Great Wheel lightshows irritate some residents living downtown.

    I know when they happen while we are driving by, not only does it distract ones’s attention from the natural beauty of the sound and mountains, but the light show demands so much attention that I would argue it creates a driving hazard.

    Check out this short 11 second video for validation of this claim. (The actual light shows last much longer.)

    But of course this distraction will not last forever. The viaduct we travel on will soon be torn down and be replaced by a 4-lane road through a tunnel being drilled by the delay plagued Boondoggle Birtha.

    The Alaskan Way Viaduct slated to be demolished.

    Boondoggle Birtha – the machine drilling the tunnel for the road to replace the viaduct. Plagued by delay after delay.

    This project represents green city planning (not) at its finest but that was the subject of a different diary.

    My wife and I have never ridden on the wheel. We have absolutely no intention of doing so. It goes against our nature. In our opinion it cheapens the waterfront giving it an amusement park look and feel. We used to complain about the florescent big E logo of the Edgewater Hotel.

    But Seattle’s new Great Wheel puts that eye-sore to shame! For a city that touts itself as being green it is the new symbol of all the ways Seattle really isn’t. The roller coaster isn’t far off I’m sure!

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  5. Eko Atlantic – Climate Change Apartheid

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    July 24, 2015 by John Crapper

    Eko Atlantic, being built just off Lagos along Nigeria’s Coast and designed to house 250,000 is slated to be completed in 2016.

    Its whole purpose, developers say, is to “arrest the ocean’s encroachment”. Like many low-lying coastal African countries, Nigeria is being hit hard by a rising sea-level, which has been regularly washing away thousands of peoples’ homes. To defend against this coastal erosion and flooding, Eko Atlantic is being built surrounded by the “Great Wall of Lagos”, a sea defense barrier made of 100,000 five-ton concrete blocks. Eko Atlantic is billed as a “sustainable city, clean and energy efficient with minimal carbon emissions,” offering jobs, prosperity and new land for Nigerians, and designed to serve as a bulwark in the fight against the impacts of climate change. A city of souring buildings, with a central boulevard to match New York’s Fifth Avenue.

    Here is a slick 7:43 minute video touting the luxurious promise of this exclusive city built on reclaimed land.

    If you took the time to watch, it sure sounds like nirvana, right? Former President Bill Clinton sure thinks so.

    But here is the flip side.

    In congested Lagos, Africa’s largest city, there is little employment and millions work scavenging in a vast, desperate informal economy. Sixty percent of Nigeria’s population – almost 100 of 170 million people – live on less than a dollar a day. Preventable diseases are widespread; electricity and clean water hard to come by. A few kilometers down the Lagos shoreline, Nigerians eke out an existence in the aquatic slum of Makoko, built precariously on stilts over the ocean. Casting them as crime-ridden, the government regularly dismantles such slums, bulldozing homes and evicting thousands. These are hardly the people that will scoop up square footage in Eko Atlantic’s pricy new high-rises.

    Those behind the project – a pair of politically connected Lebanese brothers who run a financial empire called the Chagoury Group, and a slew of African and international banks – will determine who is catered to. Gilbert Chaougry was a close advisor to the notorious Nigerian dictatorship of the mid 1990s, helping the ultra-corrupt general Sani Abacha as he looted billions from public coffers. Abacha killed hundreds of demonstrators and executed environmentalist Ken Saro-Wiwa, who rose to fame protesting the despoiling of the country by Shell and other multinational oil corporations. Thus it was fitting for whom the first 15-story office tower in Eko Atlantic was built: a British oil and gas trading company. The city proposing to head off environmental devastation will be populated by those most responsible for it in the first place.

    The real inspiration for Eko Atlantic is coming not only from these men but the dreamworlds of rampant capitalism, stoked by a successful, thirty year global campaign to claw back gains in social security and unchain corporations from regulation – what has become known as neoliberalism.

    In Nigeria, oil wealth plundered by a military elite spawned extreme inequalities and upended the economy. Under the IMF’s neoliberal dictates, the situation has worsened: education and healthcare have been gutted, industries privatized, and farmers ruined by western products dumped on their markets. The World Bank celebrated Nigeria; extreme poverty doubled. The most notorious application of the power of the Nigerian state for the interest of the rich came in 1990: an entire district of Lagos – 300,000 homes – was razed to clear the way for high-end real-estate development.

    The wealthy and powerful are taking notice. They take climate change seriously: not as a demand to modify their behavior or question the fossil-fuel driven global economy that had made it possible, but as the biggest opportunity yet to realize their dreams of unfettered accumulation and consumption. The disaster capitalists behind Eko Atlantic are seizing on climate change to push through pro-corporate plans to build this city of their dreams, an architectural insult to the daily circumstances of ordinary Nigerians.

    Eko Atlantic, a privatized green enclave for the ultra rich ringed by slums lacking water or electricity, in which a surplus population scramble for depleting resources and shelter to fend off the coming floods and storms. To be protected by guards, guns, and an insurmountable gully – real estate prices – the rich will shield themselves from the rising tides of poverty and a sea that is literally rising. A world in which the rich and powerful will exploite the global ecological crisis to widen and entrench already extreme inequalities and seal themselves off from its impacts. Thus climate apartheid will be born.

    Will this practice, starting with the elites in Nigeria, be quickly embraced elsewhere? Will the result be some of the most severe forms of colonial segregation and gated leisure being re-established? To get their way, will the rich, backed by industry and politicians, trample over environmental assessment processes in country after country?

    Will Eko Atlantic start a trend in the world contrary to anything one would want to do if one took seriously climate change and resource depletion? Will the elite, like never before, use climate change to transform neighborhoods, cities, even entire nations into heavily fortified islands? Around the world, from Afghanistan to Arizona, China to Cairo, and in mushrooming mega-cities much like Lagos, will those able move to areas where they could live better and often more greenly – with better transport and renewable technologies, green buildings and ecological services?

    Does Eko Atlantic start a moral and social secession of the rich from those in their respective countries?

    This essentially utopian drive – to consume rapaciously and endlessly and to reject any semblance of collective impulse and concern – is simply incompatible with human survival. At the very moment when the world needs to confront an economy and ideology pushing the planet’s life-support systems to the breaking point, this is what the neoliberal imagination offers: a grotesque monument to the ultra-rich flight from responsibility.

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  6. Ass-backward Consumerism

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    October 17, 2013 by John Crapper

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    Wall Street: The Power of Greed “How we spend our money is power too! Take back Wall Street!!

    Consumerism is alive and thriving in our economies.  How many times have we read in business magazines or heard on business programs across this country that the consumer is the driving force behind our economy.  Most economists estimate consumer spending as representing roughly two-thirds of GDP or Gross Domestic Product of the entire American economy.  If consumer spending drops it is portrayed as an ominous sign of economic trouble ahead.  Recession cannot be far behind.  When it ticks up it is conversely touted as a leading indicator that the recession may be ending.

    Consumers are constantly receiving the message that a healthy economy depends on their spending.  Want more, buy more and spend more. We are conditioned into thinking that growth is always good. We are also told that low unemployment is dependent on consumer spending.  There must be a constant increase in demand if new jobs are to be created in sufficient numbers to absorb the new entrants constantly coming into the job market. More people, more consumers, more products, more consumption, more growth, more job creation, more people, more consumers, more products, more consumption, more growth in an endless cycle of escalation.  In this endless circle the concept of conserving is completely lost. Slick marketers entice us to buy, buy, buy everywhere we look and listen.  Buy for greater prestige, happiness, better looks, more convenience, or more time.  Credit is pushed at every opportunity to allow you to enjoy the good life now and pay the price later.  Everywhere the message is pushed – Consumption is good for you, your neighbor, your country and for the world. Virtually all economic sectors rely heavily on petroleum and coal and both are being consumed at an alarming rate.  Yet like ass-backward mad fossil fuel consumer drunks we are all living it up  with little or no regard for the consequences of that consumption.  We waste fossil fuel up front in our production of all the consumer products we demand and we generate massive amounts of waste and put it into our environment on the way out. Mr. Paul R. Ehrlichis Bing Professor of Population Studies and Professor of Biological Sciences at Stanford University.  He states the following regarding our consumerism and its impact on our planet.

    “The United States poses the most serious threat of all to human life support systems. It has a gigantic population, the third largest on Earth, more than a quarter of a billion people. Americans are superconsumers, and use inefficient technologies to feed their appetites. Each, on average, uses 11 kW of energy, twice as much as the average Japanese, more than three times as much as the average Spaniard, and over 100 times as much as an average Bangladeshi. In all, humanity’s high-energy activities amount to a large-scale attack on the integrity of Earth’s ecosystems and the critical services they provide. These include control of the mix of gases in the atmosphere (and thus of the climate); running of the hydrologic cycle which brings us dependable flows of fresh water; generation and maintenance of fertile soils; disposal of wastes; recycling of the nutrients essential to agriculture and forestry; control of the vast majority of potential crop pests; pollination of many crops; provision of food from the sea; and maintenance of a vast genetic library from which humanity has already withdrawn the very basis of civilization in the form of crops and domestic animals.” http://dieoff.org/…

    So the next time you are in a shopping mall I ask you to walk into any store and examine the aisles and honestly ask yourself the following question:  How many of the products you see on the shelves really need to be produced?  Before you grab one of those products ask yourself if its purchase is a necessary one. The point to realize is that  capitalism is a great clearinghouse to efficiently produce anything that can possibly be produced which someone can be convinced to buy and do it for the best price.  It is a terrible system to conserve anything. I think we need to start conserving for the health of ourselves and our economy!

    World map showing countries by nominal GDP per...

    Gross Domestic (GDP) – A measure of consumption. The USA is the highest in the world!!

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  7. Shitology

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    August 15, 2013 by John Crapper

    The Church of the Holy Shitters is an environmental religion. We believe in looking at things in an ass-forward way which basically means looking at things from the waste-end perspective. This requires us to think a lot about shitty things. After all, if we really want to straighten out all this crap we believe we really need to think about shit.

    Over mankind’s long history, thinking and talking about shit has not been high on our list. Fecal matters tend to be shoved under the rug so to speak. The emergence of the Church of the Holy Shitters has changed all that. Now, all of a sudden, there is a religion focused on it. Shit is the focal point of our existence. It is the compass of our lives. It is the substance that directs our attention. It is the stuff that really matters. Its contemplation assists us in achieving the Shitty Way of Life aspired to by members of our Church.

    This new and concentrated attention to shit has led to numerous insights and discoveries never before contemplated. Since our Church is compatible with science and we strive to alter our beliefs as scientific discoveries are made, there has been numerous consultations, seminars and collaborative efforts between our Church and the scientific community. This has led to a greater understanding of our natural world and opened up many new avenues for scientific inquiry. It is only fitting that a new scientific discipline has emerged as a result. That new discipline is the science of shitology.

    Shitology strives to look at our natural world, both physical and mental, through the prism of the ass-forward waste-end perspective. Because of this dual focus, two branches of the science have emerged. One is known as Ecoshitology focusing on the physical side and the other is called Psychoshitology inquiring into the mental issues.

    Although Shitology is the most recent of the established scientific disciplines, it has already contributed immensely to our understanding of the world in which we live. Its discoveries have also led to the questioning of heretofore commonly accepted truths in other disciplines.

    Take, for instance, the commonly held beliefs in economics that growth and increases in consumption are always desirable. Shitology calls these beliefs into question. The externalities of waste-end considerations discovered by focusing on shit by Shitologists have challenged these basic pillars of economics. Up to this point capitalism has operated under the assumption that anything possible to produce that people can be convinced to buy is worthwhile to make and sell. The ass-forward waste-end approach forces an evaluation of products from the throw away end instead of the consumptive end. It calls into question the desirability of producing many products. Nuclear power is the perfect example. When this power source is looked at from the waste-end perspective the economic viability of using it is seriously called into question. To date there is still no satisfactory solution to deal with the waste generated by it.

    Sanitation is another area where Shitology has altered thinking dramatically. Ecoshitology has put a spotlight on the absurdity of our current energy intensive sanitation system. It didn’t take long for ecoshitologists to come to the conclusion that our current system is totally ass-backwards. As they state in their position paper on the subject:

    Each of us pays good money to have purified water pour into our toilets. We then do our business and flush it into the sewer system. We also pay hard-earned money to carry our excrement away to a sewage treatment plant. Along the way it is mixed in with all kinds of foreign substances including chemicals, solvents and medical waste. At our sewage treatment plants varying energy intensive, expensive processes are utilized to separate out the contamination from the water and return it to its pure state. The value of the remaining sludge, as a result of human excrement being mixed with other sources of contamination, is diminished.

    From the psychoshitological side we get the following observation with regard to our current sanitation system:

    This never-ending, expensive cycle of mishandled waste typifies truly ass-backward logic and indicates just how out of touch we are with our true nature. It also demonstrates what lengths we will go to deny our bodily functions and ignore our relationship and dependence on nature.

    Shitology now advocates the adoption of Ecological Sanitation to correct the situation.

    Shitologists have devoted a tremendous amount of time and resources into studying the phenomenon of ass-backward thinking. This has led to the discovery of the conditions of assmosis, and thought constipation. Now shitologists have developed effective treatments for both.

    At present, Shitology is in its infancy in terms of its development. It holds great promise and hope for the betterment of mankind’s future. If you give a shit and are at a point in life when you are considering what occupation you wish to pursue, take a look at this promising new downward career path. It just might be a gas!

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Our climate is changing. I'm humorously serious about addressing it. I'm convinced my ego is the main culprit. My religion, Holy Shitters, demands I humble myself and celebrate the fact my shit stinks.
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