1. Sustainable Development and Personal Unsustainability


    December 14, 2017 by John Crapper

    Let’s take a Holy Shitters look at the word sustainable. More and more things in our modern world are fighting against doing things in a sustained fashion.  First let’s go to the dictionary to get a basis from which to begin.


    1. To keep in existence; maintain.
    2. To supply with necessities or nourishment; provide for.
    3. To support from below; keep from falling or sinking; prop.
    4. To support the spirits, vitality, or resolution of; encourage.
    5. To bear up under; withstand: can’t sustain the blistering heat.
    6. To experience or suffer: sustained a fatal injury.
    7. To affirm the validity of: The judge has sustained the prosecutor’s objection.
    8. To prove or corroborate; confirm.
    9. To keep up (a joke or assumed role, for example) competently.


    1. Capable of being sustained.
    2. Capable of being continued with minimal long-term effect on the environment: sustainable agriculture.

    Sustainable developments are those which fulfill present and future needs (WECD, 1987) while [only] using and not harming renewable resources and unique human-environmental systems of a site: [air], water, land, energy, and human ecology and/or those of other [off-site] sustainable systems (Rosenbaum 1993 and Vieria 1993).

    In our technological modern world news is fed to us in sound bites. We text message in cryptic abbreviated fashion using acronyms whenever possible. We tweet in 144 characters (recently changed to 280) or less.  We are conditioned to the 24 hour news cycle where top stories come before us as breaking news and disappear into oblivion the next day. To maintain any sustained focus on an issue is becoming harder and harder.

    We crave sensationalism and the bizarre. We are continually fed the minute details of our celebrity’s lives. Our religions constantly reduce complication to simplicity and the one true way. We are fed lies with such 1984 regularity that they become truth. Oxymorons such as coal is clean, nuclear is safe and Exon and Shell Oil are green, permeate our consciousness. Environmental degradation is framed as sustainable development.

    In this environment it is easy to be distracted and diverted. It is easy to be unsustainable. It is easy to believe a given action is a sustainable one, when in actual fact it is unsustainable. Sustainable development, when looked at in a wast-end ass-forward way, in many cases turns out to be very unsustainable. War is peace, ignorance is wisdom, environmentally destructive tourism is eco-tourism, unsustainable development becomes sustainable development. We create the vocabulary to sustain our distorted perception of ourselves using the tools of cognitive dissonance .

    English: Diagram about motivation and cognitiv...

    English: Diagram about motivation and cognitive dissonance. Based on Reeve, J. (2009). Understanding motivation and emotion (5th Ed). USA: John Wiley & Sons. Pages 275-277. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Leon Festinger‘s(1957) cognitive dissonance theory suggests that we have an inner drive to hold all our attitudes and beliefs in harmony and avoid disharmony (or dissonance). Cognitive dissonance refers to a situation involving conflicting attitudes, beliefs or behaviors. This produces a feeling of discomfort leading to an alteration in one of the attitudes, beliefs or behaviors to reduce the discomfort and restore balance. When dealing with the environment it causes each of us to justify our actions and go to great lengths to think of those actions in sustainable terms.

    To have the ability to do things in a sustained fashion you must first begin with a correct perception of reality because distortions of reality will result in taking unsustainable actions. When we’re talking about man’s relationship to our environment there are two sides to this reality. One side is the environmental side and understanding the natural world we live in and what it takes to truly sustain that world. The other side of the equation is our understanding of ourselves and our place in that world.

    A great deal of work and attention has been paid to the environmental side of this equation. Although there are many things we have yet to learn, we have a wealth of knowledge to draw from to guide us in determining what is sustainable and what is unsustainable.

    Where we fall down miserably, I contend, is on the other end of this equation. When it comes to understanding and accepting our true nature we have a long way to go to reach a point where we can determine sustainability. On this side of the equation we are a long way from dealing with reality. This distortion of self creates a pervasive environmental cognitive dissonance that we have yet to even begin to deal with. Our view of ourselves and our true nature is very unsustainable.


    Trying to determine what constitutes our true nature is fraught with difficulty. Our perception blinders get in the way and our ability to utilize the tools of cognitive dissonance to view ourselves in the best light possible are unsurpassed.

    As Poop John the First, I’ve contemplated this and have some thoughts as to what constitutes our nature. This is by no means a complete list and what I offer here is certainly up for discussion and debate. Like I stated, we have a long way to go in understanding and coming to terms with our true nature. I welcome your thoughts and ideas in this regard.


    Here are 10 things about our nature that hold true in my opinion. Please refer to the article Ten Thoughts on “Human Nature” for a more detailed discussion of each one.

    1. Humans are violence loving and not peace loving.

    2. Humans are pleasure seekers.

    3. Humans are competitive.

    4. Humans are self-preserving.

    5. Humans inflate our importance and standing in the world in which we live.

    6. Humans think we can control nature and bend it to our will.

    7. Humans tend to deny their animal nature.

    8. Each one of us innately believes we are unique and special.

    9. Humans are tribal.

    10. Humans are possessive.

    As members of the Church of the Holy Shitters we strive to achieve a new consciousness by partaking in the Sacrament of Holy Shitting, trying to live a soft and fluffy consumer lifestyle, practicing ass-forward thinking by thinking about things from a waste-end perspective. To do this we must first do our best to start from a position of reality – reality about the world in which we live and reality about our place in that world. Knowingly starting from any other place will continue to result in unsustainable sustainability.

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  2. The Search for More Garbage and Zero Waste


    October 5, 2017 by John Crapper

     Garbage, Garbage where are you!



    Towards zero waste

    Wouldn’t it be great if no household waste was wasted? If each and every item of refuse was turned into something else – new products, raw materials, gas or at least heat?

    Sweden is almost there. More than 99 per cent of all household waste is recycled in one way or another. This means that the country has gone through something of a recycling revolution in the last decades, considering that only 38 per cent of household waste was recycled in 1975.

    In fact, there is a city that actually is looking for and wanting more garbage. Every day, about 300 trucks arrive at the city of Göteborg on the west coast of Sweden. They carry garbage. They deliver it to a special plant that has special ovens, which burn it, providing heat to thousands of local homes. Now that is a Church of the Holy Shitters cool idea!

    “The only fuel we use is waste,” says Christian Löwhagen, a spokesman for Renova, the local government-owned energy company operating the plant. “It provides one-third of heat for households in this region.” Across Sweden, 950,000 homes are heated by trash; this lowly resource also provides electricity for 260,000 homes across the country, according to statistics from Avfall Sverige, Sweden’s national waste-management association. With Swedes recycling almost half (47 percent) of their waste and using 52 percent to generate heat, less than 1 percent of garbage now ends up in the dump. “Sweden has the world’s best network of district heating plants” — essentially large ovens that use a variety of fuels to generate heat, which is then transported to consumers’ homes through a network of underground pipes — “and they’re well-suited for use of garbage,” says Adis Dzebo, an energy expert at the Stockholm Environment Institute. “By contrast, in many other countries the heat and electricity infrastructure is based on gas or other fossil fuels, so it’s not economical to start building plants that utilize garbage.”

    But there is a problem. The Swedes (along with the Germans, Danes, the Dutch and Belgians) have become very good at recycling. There’s no longer enough garbage to meet their heating needs. They now have to import the trash that most other countries are trying to dispose of — some 800,000 tons in 2014, up from 550,000 tons in 2010, according to Avfall Sverige.

    Last year Renova brought in 100,000 tons of foreign garbage, mostly from Britain, in addition to the 435,000 tons supplied by Swedish municipalities. In Stockholm, energy provider Fortum also imports garbage, and in the southern city of Malmö, the Sysav energy company brought in 135,000 tons of waste from Norway and Britain last year, according to the company’s communications director, Gunilla Carlsson. That’s an almost 100 percent leap from the year before.

    They only burn waste that is free of recyclable materials.

    It’s not that Swedish decision-makers foresaw the need to safely dispose of garbage when they started building a countrywide network of district heating plants a generation ago, but it turned out to be a fortuitous move when public concern over trash in landfills prompted the country to rethink its garbage-disposal policies. Today putting waste on the trash heap is banned, which means that municipalities have to sort, recycle and, yes, burn, their residents’ garbage. As a result, waste now constitutes 19 percent of the fuel used by district-heating plants, which heat half of Sweden’s households and also use biomass such as leftover tree branches from the logging industry. That makes Sweden the world leader in energy generated from garbage; it is followed by, in order, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Norway and Finland.

    What a cool waste-end ass-forward way to solve a waste problem. Decrease the pressure for more landfills, turn something that has been considered waste into a valuable resource, and decrease the use of fossil fuels. And the utility companies get the trash for free and then turn around and sell the heat to their customers. A win all the way around.

    You might think that the emissions from this process would be highly polluting but thanks to electric filters that give the particles a negative electric charge, it is almost entirely non toxic carbon and water.

    Because waste in landfills generates methane, a concentrated form of CO2, the Swedish municipal association estimates that every ton of imported garbage — which would otherwise have been decomposing in landfills — saves 1,100 pounds of CO2 equivalent. Even if ships were to travel specifically to deliver this garbage, the trade would still end up a net positive for the environment.

    As a result of Sweden’s ass-forward waste-end first thinking their trash needs are soaring. It is estimated the country will import 1/5 million tons of waste this year increasing to 2.3 million by the year 2020. The future lies in these waste to energy power plants.

    Holy Shit this is a great and innovative way to deal with all the crap we now dispose of in landfills around the world.


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  3. Wealth Defined in Quality of Life Terms


    September 28, 2017 by John Crapper


    What is wealth? Is it having a lot of money in the bank, owning a lot of stocks and bonds, holding the deed to numerous properties or owning vast swaths of land? I don’t think so.  When you think about it wealth is really the ability to do things: the ability to grow crops, to make products, to move goods, to improve efficiency, to pass on information, to help others. But it is much more than that in my opinion. It seems to me that wealth is intrinsically tied into the concept of the quality of one’s life too. You can have a shitload of all of the above but if you aren’t happy and content with your lot in life are you really wealthy?  I don’t think so.


    Growth isn’t always good.

    Economists are always talking about growth.  Growth in sales, GDP, or stock prices. They also usually speak of wealth in terms of production of goods and services and consumption of those goods and services. This is largely what constitutes the Gross Domestic Product of a country. Stock brokers value wealth in terms of the price of stocks and the value of one’s portfolio.

    But I ask you.  When a person consumes something, isn’t that a measure of ones’s wealth being drained rather than being added to? I know when my cupboard is bare and I have to go to the store to re-provision myself I come home with less cash in my pocket. From a personal standpoint, production and consumption seem to be poor measures of wealth.

    Let’s go back to my original statement on the definition of wealth.  What is the most important thing to have to be able to do anything? The obvious answer is money, right?  Absolutely wrong! Money is not even close to being the right answer to this question. This is the ass-backward way of thinking that our capitalist culture brainwashes us into believing is correct logic.

    Which source of energy keeps the air clean?

    Which source of energy keeps the air clean?

    Before answering this question I want you to do a little Church of the Holy Shittters experiment for me. Take a plastic bag and put it tightly over your head. Leave it there for 1 minute. After time has expired remove the bag. Did you find yourself gulping in air in a semi-frantic fashion? Now you have your answer to the question. There is a saying among asthmatics. “When you can’t breathe nothing else matters. It sort of inhibits a person’s ability to do things. It is kind of important for “quality of life”.

    Quality of life is, in my opinion, the most basic standard of measurement to determine what constitutes wealth. Remember the saying “you can’t take it with you”.

    Now that you’re a little wiser with regard to real wealth what do you think is the second thing needed? Did you answer water?


    If you did you’re on the right track to being very rich. How about the third thing? Did you answer food?


    You’re going to be a millionaire before you know it. Now that you’ve got the hang of things your probably ready to provide the next answers of food, shelter and clothing (in that order) all by yourself. And to round out the definition of wealth as defined by the Church of the Holy Shitters we throw in good health as the last but not least component. If you have all these things  you can have a very good “quality of life” and therefore are a wealthy person.

    Ultimately all wealth comes from nature. We consume something from nature by using energy. Ultimately all energy comes from the sun.


    Consuming inherently involves acquiring and using different things found on Earth. Consumption also involves altering whatever it is we are consuming to get what we need from the substance.


    Nature operates in a circular path. There are many (life/death, eat/sleep, eat/poop etc). It is a system of self-perpetuating circles optimally in balance with each other. When the balance within a circle or between circles is disturbed nature will take steps to correct the imbalance. This is the concept that “everything is related to everything else in our universe”. It is the concept that all things return to the Earth in some fashion after consumption. If they return in a natural (within the circle) state there is no problem. If they cycle back in an unnatural state there is a problem.

    All of this may sound very simplistic and it is meant to be. As humans we tend to over-complicate things and loose sight of what is really important; what is the truth; what is the essence of an issue. This is especially true when it comes to our conception of wealth. We complicate it, obscure it, and confuse it because of our super-consumer diarrhea mindset.

    Let me point out just a few examples of just how brainwashed and ass-backward society’s thinking is in this regard.


    1. It is well known that some of the richest farmland is located at the alluvial fans (deltas) of rivers. Yet at the mouth of all major rivers around the world you see major cities. Cities are not where we grow food. How much more prime agricultural land can be taken for houses and office buildings? How much more can the food circle take?

    2. If you put a tailpipe into the passenger area of a vehicle, sit in it with the windows rolled up and start the engine you will die from lack of good air to breathe. It is a well-known way to commit suicide. How many more vehicles are there on the world’s roads since the turn of the century? Isn’t the Earth one big passenger area? How many more tailpipes can the air circle take?

    3. We use water to clean ourselves and our things. How many more cars, dishes, laundry loads can be asked of the water circle?

    Soft and fluffy consumerism preached by the Church of the Holy Shitters offers a new prism to analyze our consumption as it relates to our environment.

    Consumption in and of itself is not bad.

    Consumer diarrhea is!




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  4. Technology Overload & Nature Deficit Disorder


    September 14, 2017 by John Crapper

    Technology is a wonderful thing.  I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing right now if it weren’t for its wonders. But I just got back from taking an hour-long walk.



    A recent study from Australia found that of the 1975 children surveyed, 37% of children spent less than half an hour a day playing outdoors after school, and 43% spent more than 2 hours a day on screen time (i.e. watching TV, videos or playing computer games).
    The story is similar from most urban places round the world. In the US, between 1997 to 2003, studies have documented a 50% decline in time that 9-12 year olds are spending outdoors. Issues of safety, both working parents, lack of parks and natural surroundings in our bleak urban landscape and the lure of the TV and computer are important reasons why children are spending more time indoors.

    Richard Louv, in his latest book, The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age, details the threat of technology overload and his personal struggle with nature-deficit disorder. He coined the term not as a medical diagnosis but as a way to describe the way our modern world is isolating and alienating us from the natural world.


    Technology improves our lives in many ways. It’s hard to imagine a world without our modern day means of communication such as the internet and mobile phones. Information technology isn’t bad but its overuse and addictive use can be unhealthy.

    As Richard Louv states:

    “As children and adults spend less of their lives in natural surroundings, their senses narrow, physiologically and psychologically. Studies indicate that time spent in nature can stimulate intelligence and creativity, and can be powerful therapy for the toxic stress in our lives, and as prevention for such maladies as obesity, myopia, and depression. It has huge implications for the ability to self-regulate and for attention-deficit disorder.”

    Daily electronic immersion, without balance can affect our ability to pay attention and think clearly. We surf the net and receive constant short messages from the pages we browse. We text message in short abbreviated code. Twitter restricts us to 144 characters. This constant short messaging both into and out of our psychic affects our ability to think clearly and concentrate. Richard Louv calls it “interruption science” which is a condition of continuous partial attention. But it is possible to live fully in both the digital and physical world. As Louv says:


    “We should maximize our use of technology to process intellectual data, while also maximizing the use of our senses in the physical world, which in turn will stimulate all of our senses and accelerate our ability to learn, to feel, to creatively connect the dots. As we become aware of the advantages of meaningful contact with nature, we’ll choose to regularly leave the electronic nest to engage with the natural world. The more high-tech our lives become, the more nature we need.”

    Again from Richard Louv:

    ” The idea of an “ecological unconscious” now hovers above the crossroads of science, philosophy and theology—the notion that all of nature is connected in ways that we do not fully understand. I was surprised that so many religious figures, on the right and the left, were supportive of Last Child. I came to the conclusion that they intuitively understand that all spiritual life begins with a sense of wonder. Nature is our most immediate, shared window into wonder.”


    I would like to argue that nature deficit disorder can be exacerbated not only from us being isolated from nature by our electronic devices but also from the way in which we interact with nature while out in it. Take for example when doing yard work. Rather than reach for a rake to gather the leaves in our yard we are now reaching for the leaf blower and putting on the ear muffs. No longer are we listening to the cadence of the rake rustling through the leaves but trying to protect our ears from the deafening sound of the engine used to generate the gale force winds necessary to blow the leaves into a pile.

    How can we expect to be good custodians of our Earth if we increasingly conspire to isolate ourselves from it?  I previously touched on this subject in The Noise in Our Lives.


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  5. Trump – Ego and Our “Save the Planet” Mentality


    September 7, 2017 by John Crapper

    Since ego plays such an important role in our current sitting President’s thinking, I thought it timely to look at this aspect of his personality a little closer in relation to our environment.  It’s not comforting.






    Too much ego can lead to:

    1. Arrogance, selfishness, greed, a sense of entitlement to whatever one wants. This leads to serious ends/means problems: such a person feels entitled to do whatever it takes to get what s/he wants. This leads to abuses of ends/means reasoning.

    2. Intellectual arrogance: being too sure that one is right in what one believes. This tends to lead one to feel justified in doing whatever it takes to achieve one’s goals. It elbows out any humility that might lead one to ask whether it was right to harm people for one’s goals.

    Too little ego can lead to:

    1. excessive conformity, even servility, because one does not believe that one’s own opinions are worth standing up for. It is very hard to have integrity if one has no respect for one’s moral identity or for the kind of person one believes one is.

    2. doing evil to assert to the world that one exists, that one should be paid attention to.

    3. a need to show that one is superior to another by showing that one has power over him or her.

    Ann Druyan: American author and media producer.

    Ann Druyan said

    “A lot of people have this ego need that makes them want to believe that Earth is the center of the universe and humans are the most important species, the supreme expression of creation.”

    Rev. Dr. Sandra TePoel, Msc.D. writes in her blog Thinking from the Heart the following:

    Among the pressures driving our dissatisfaction is the rise of marketing. Marketers have made fortunes for the businesses they serve by convincing the world that everyone needs their products or services in order to; be sexier, be happier, have more fun, keep up with others, and demonstrate their success. Unlike advertising, which helps you find what you need, marketing caters to the ego. The ego wants to be special; to have at least what others have, and preferably more. Marketers understand the desires of the ego and know how to push ones buttons without regard for individual needs or capabilities. And so, fewer and fewer companies make more and more money, much of which they spend on lobbying to create the political environment that best serves their interests. We call these systems capitalism and democracy, and lost in our egoistic ways, we think they represent the best systems for the rest of the world to follow. While these problems are substantial, there may be an even bigger problem with man’s ego-centered approach to life. In his zeal to solve medical mysteries, provide cheap energy, end world hunger, and improve daily life, he has rushed into sciences he barely understands. This lack of understanding has steadily depleted the ozone layer, led to earthquakes from fracking for natural gas, poisoned millions of people with radiation, created droughts in some places and floods in others, and led to wars over natural resources and the attendant loss of many lives. As man works to solve the problems of the world he seems to be creating even bigger problems. The biggest problem may be the tunnel vision that has developed as a result of greed. The wheels of our current science are lubricated with money. Given a choice between money and responsible use of earth’s resources, money usually prevails. All people share in this problem as co-conspirators until such a time as we are ready to exert our collective will to make change happen.

    The greatest change of all must be the relationship between us and our ego. As long as we allow ourselves to be convinced of our specialness, we will continue to commodify, abuse, and destroy the world around us because we fail to see its relationship to ourselves.

    “Save the Planet” is the most blatant egotistical statement being uttered regarding our current perspective regarding our relation with the world.

    As members of the Church of the Holy Shitters we know it is not possible for us to “Save the Planet”. With a little humility we just might be able to save ourselves, however.

    Considering the perception blinders that cloud Trump’s judgement I doubt we will see any humility emerging any time soon.  We all might be better served if he followed the advice on this sign.





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  6. Biogas is Mooving Forward – We Should Milk It for All It’s Worth


    August 10, 2017 by John Crapper

    Biogas is rearing its butt and mooving forward.  This is ass-forward thinking at its finest milking the rear end of things to the fullest.

    Anyone who has been in close proximity to a diary farm knows the powerful au natural fragrance that emanates from the multiple rear ends catered to in the facility. Well it turns out that is not the only thing that is powerful about the substance that comes forth.

    At Homestead Dairy, it smells like money. The family-run American farm invested in a biogas recovery system which transforms cow poo and other waste into electricity. Enough electricity, in fact, to power 1,000 homes, a service which the local utility company pays for handsomely.

    But that’s just a side benefit.
    “It works economically, but one of the main reasons we did it was to try to help take care of the odor control for the neighbors,” said Floyd Houin, whose family has owned the farm in Plymouth, Indiana since 1945.

    The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that more than three million tons of greenhouse gas emissions were eliminated last year by Homestead and the 246 other US livestock farms which have installed biogas recovery systems.
    That’s equivalent to taking more than 630,000 cars off the road.
    There are about 8,000 dairy and hog farms in the United States which are large enough to make a biogas recovery system viable.
    The EPA estimates they could generate enough electricity to power over a million homes and cut emissions by the equivalent of taking nearly four million cars off the road.

    In Vermont a Company files to build renewable natural gas plant

    SALISBURY – Lincoln Renewable Gas has filed a petition with the Vermont Public Service Board for a certificate of public good to build a renewable gas plant in Salisbury. The LincolnRNG plant would produce natural gas from dairy farm manure and other organic fuel sources. If approved, the plant will be built on the Goodrich Family farm in Salisbury. Renewable natural gas is interchangeable with conventional natural gas and may be used as an alternative heating and vehicle fuel.

    The plant will produce natural gas from an aerobic digester tank system and sell most of it to Middleburg College replacing a substantial volume of # 6 heating oil the college currently uses. This would be only the second of its kind in the United States. It is financed by private investment and a commercial loan.


    Holy cow –  Milk does a body good but these projects are really milking the system from beginning to end in order to maximize the good it does. They are really innovative shitty ideas 100% endorsed by the Church of the Holy Shitters!

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  7. Climate Change and My “I-Pad” I Will Not Surrender


    August 3, 2017 by John Crapper

    Can’t imagine life without my computer and I-pad.  Just not one of those items I’m willing to live without.



    I care a lot about climate change. I spend a lot of my time researching the issue and trying to spread the word about its seriousness. But, when I’m honest with myself there are limits to what personal actions I’m willing to take to help mitigate it. Let me explain.

    I spend a lot of time on both my I-pad and computer researching climate change. It is something I’m interested in. Then it dawned on me. Because of these new electronic tools, I now spend a lot more hours every day reading from an electronic device rather than turning the pages of a book. My reading activities now use electricity. There is hardly a day that passes that I don’t plug my I-Pad and computer into the wall socket for a re-charge. Before it was invented the energy it takes to run them were not being used. But these devices have become indispensable for me. I will not give them up to save energy. My wife on the other hand couldn’t care less about an I-pad or a computer   They are not on her list of indispensable items. She would have no problem if they were not produced any more.

    For me, the same is true of commercial flying. I’m not going to give up my travels. It is on my personal “I-Pad” list. I’m not willing to stop boarding flying gas tanks that whisk me away to the far corners of the planet in search of the exotic. Travel is in my blood and just too important regardless of the carbon implications. Other’s would find fault with this position and take the opposite view. They would have no trouble foregoing all of their travels for the cause. But that does not mean they don’t have their own “I-pads” that they refuse to part with.

    We all have those indispensable devices and activities that we just can’t live without. We are not willing to give them up. I’m sure the private pilot would not entertain having to sacrifice his plane for the good of the climate. Too much of a sacrifice for him. It’s his very special “I-pad” and no one will convince him to give it up.


    The landscaper, for example, will not go without his gas-powered weed eater and leaf blower.   They are just too important to his livelihood.


    The stock car racer would never stand for anyone taking away his racing machines. They are integral for his lifestyle.


    The retired couple touring the USA in their gas guzzling recreational vehicle would never tolerate it being taken away. This has been their dream to travel the roads of America seeing the sights they have only dreamed about during their working days. It is their “I-Pad”.

    Realizing that each of us walking the Earth have our personal “I-Pad lists” integral to our lives is an important first step when formulating plans to address the problem of climate change. I will not stand for my I-pad to be taken away. I would fight to prevent such a move. Each of us will do the same to defend our right to have our own personal “I-pads”. We view them as being integral to our way of life.

    The same can be said of America in general. We live in a country that has a way of life. We view that way of life as being integral to maintaining our own personal one. There are things in our communal way of life that we consider our communal “I-pads”. We view them as being an integral part of the American experience. We do not want them taken away. We will resist, even fight those items being taken away from us.  Is Disney Land one of those communal I-pads?  How about Universal Studios?


    I’m not sure of all the devices and activities that would be put on this communal list of must have items for Americans but I think I can mention a few with confidence. I don’t think we are willing to give up our personal cars. Not yet a least. I don’t think we are willing to sacrifice our TVs. I’m sure we would not tolerate our mobile phones and computers being taken away. Actually, I’m really having a hard time coming up with items we would be willing to put on the chopping block to reduce our lifestyle induced energy consumption. It is a real conundrum. Please help me out in comments below if you have any suggestions.

    Here are a few of the questions I’ve contemplated both over the years and recently, some of which I’ve answered and some I’m still struggling with.

    Would I be willing to forego having my own children in part for the sake of the environment?  Actually my wife and I discussed this before we got married and decided we could.

    Would I be willing to give up eating meat? It’s the most impactful way a person can reduce their carbon footprint I’ve heard.  Well I’ve significantly reduced my intake of red meat but still indulge once in a while.  I can’t fathom giving up fish.

    Would I be willing to close down fast food outlets? I think so but while living in Taiwan McDonalds was one of my favorite places to get a western dietary fix.

    Would I be willing to rake the leaves in my yard instead of using a power blower? Yes, actually I already do this.  I’ve never purchased any power tools to work in my yard.

    Would I be willing to put the electric screwdriver in mothballs and return to the manual one? Actually, I’ve never owned a power screwdriver but a saw and drill are a different matter. I do try and not use power tools as much as possible

    Would I be willing to place my excrement on the curb for pickup once a week to conserve water and capture a valuable resource? Haven’t had the opportunity yet to decide on this one but I’m sure I would.

    Holy Shitters believe that if we really want to straighten out all this crap we really need to think about shit. Fooling ourselves into thinking we are willing to take actions that we are in actuality not willing to take is not helpful. Sometimes a reality based approach makes things really stink.

    I’ve come to realize that my list of things I’m not willing to live without is much longer than the things I’m willing to give up.  And I purport to care about climate change.  Holy shit!  Now that is an inconvenient truth.


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  8. Drought – All We Are Is “Dust in the Wind”


    July 27, 2017 by John Crapper

    Drought is an ever increasing risk in our world due to rising temperatures from climate change.   We’re running out of time to take effective action.

    “Dust In The Wind”

    I close my eyes only for a moment, and the moment’s gone  .All my dreams pass before my eyes, a curiosity. Dust in the wind, all they are is dust in the wind.  Same old song, just a drop of water in an endless sea. All we do crumbles to the ground, though we refuse to see.  Dust in the wind, all we are is dust in the wind.  Now, don’t hang on, nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky.  It slips away, and all your money won’t another minute buy.  Dust in the wind, all we are is dust in the wind (all we are is dust in the wind).  Dust in the wind (everything is dust in the wind), everything is dust in the wind (the wind).

    Dust in the Wind by Kansas is a significant song for me. My wife and I grew up in Kansas City and we used to see them play at a local pub back in the 70’s before they were famous.

    We’re getting ready to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. It has been a wonderful ride. I think we have a special relationship. We care about each other a lot. But the time sure has gone fast.

    I can’t imagine life without her. She means the world to me. It scares me to think of her passing before me. It’s really hard to think about.

    The song she wants played at her memorial service is Dust in the Wind. Every time I hear this song I think of the possibility of having to hear that song without her.

    I try to maintain a stoic frame of mind when contemplating all this. I know the life we share will one day come to an end. I know our love for each other matters only to us. They are our shared memories and when we are both gone they will be like dust in the wind.

    This same stoic attitude I try to maintain when contemplating climate change too. I know humans have love for their lives here on Earth. We’ve had a hell of a ride. We think we’ve got a special relationship with Earth. We profess to care about the health of the Earth a lot. But the time sure is going fast.

    I can’t imagine life without a healthy Earth. It means the world to me. It scares me to think of the current state of the Earth’s health. It’s really hard to think about especially now that we have a climate denier in the White House.

    But just like I think about the possibility of having to face that fateful day when I will have to listen to Dust in the Wind without my wife by my side, I think about climate change and what life will be like without a healthy Earth in which to live. I take the time to think about it because Time is Wasting.

    So let’s think about climate change for a minute. First let’s take a look at the global dust belt by looking at the map below.

    The Northern Hemisphere’s ‘dust belt’ extends from North Africa, through the Arabian Peninsula, to southern and central Asia. As you can see from the above map, Iran is in this ‘dust belt’.

    Dust storms have always been a regular occurrence in Iran but there is evidence that they are happening much more frequently. In 2013, 23 of the country’s 31 provinces were affected by dust storms. Tehran experienced dust clouds on 117 days.These storms are a natural result of weather patterns, reaching a peak during the spring and summer months as temperatures rise and rainfall reaches a minimum. However, there is evidence that their frequency has increased as a result of changes in land and water use and also climate change.

    Between 2000 and 2009 the frequency of dust storms increased by 70 to 170% in the western provinces, when compared with the preceding 30 years. This increase coincided with a general fall in rainfall and a significant increase in average temperatures.

    Iranian scientists have predicted Iran is facing a 2 degree C increase in temperature in the next 25 years and a 9 percent drop in precipitation.

    OK, so that is modern day Iran. But take a look back at our history.

    U.S. Dust Bowl – 1930’s

    The Dust Bowl, also known as the Dirty Thirties, was a period of severe dust storms that greatly damaged the ecology and agriculture of the US and Canadian prairies during the 1930s; severe drought and a failure to apply dryland farming methods to prevent wind erosion (the Aeolian processes) caused the phenomenon. The drought came in three waves, 1934, 1936, and 1939–40, but some regions of the High Plains experienced drought conditions for as many as eight years.

    Could It Happen Again?

    The Dust Bowl could definitely happen again. Agribusiness is draining the groundwater from the Midwest eight times faster than rain is putting it back. This area stretches from South Dakota to Texas. It supplies about 30 percent of the nation’s irrigation water. At this rate, the groundwater will be gone within the century. Parts of the Texas Panhandle are in imminent danger of running dry already. (Source: “The Last Drop,” NBC News, July 6, 2014.)

    Also, there has been increasing worry over the state of the Ogaliala Aquifer. It “waters 27 percent of the nation’s irrigated cropland.

    Larry West sums up the situation succinctly. He said that ironically, the Ogallala Aquifer is no longer being depleted to feed American families. The agricultural subsidies did begin as part of the New Deal. They helped small farm families stay on the land and hang on through the Dust Bowl Years. Those subsidies are now paid to corporate farms that grow crops we no longer need. For example, cotton growers in Texas receive $3 billion a year in federal subsidies. They drain water from the Ogallala to grow fiber that is no longer used in the United States. Instead, it’s shipped to China. There, it’s made into cheap clothing that is sold in American stores. Once the water runs out, the Great Plains will be the site of yet another environmental disaster.

    And from National Geographic:

    Decades of heavy pumping have caused widespread depletion of the Ogallala in its southernmost reaches, which get very little recharge from current rainfall. Since 1940, a volume of groundwater equivalent to two-thirds of the water held in Lake Erie has been depleted from the Ogallala.

    In a recently released study

    by NASA and University of California, Irvine, scientists find more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources. The extent of groundwater loss may pose a greater threat to the water supply of the western United States than previously thought. … “We don’t know exactly how much groundwater we have left, so we don’t know when we’re going to run out,” said Stephanie Castle, a water resources specialist at the University of California, Irvine, and the study’s lead author. “This is a lot of water to lose. We thought that the picture could be pretty bad, but this was shocking.”

    The Earth doesn’t care about us. We care about us. As far as the Earth is concerned we are just Dust in the Wind. It would behove all of us to think about the risk of drought brought on by climate change . Time is Wasting (my first post).

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  9. Anthropocentric Blinders Can’t Be Shed By the Pope


    July 20, 2017 by John Crapper

    I recently looked at a document that got buried in my in-box put out by the Vatican a while back.  It got me thinking once again about a prior encyclical Pope Frances released concerning climate change.  This most recent document provides continuing proof of the perception blinders hindering the Pope with regard to climate change.
    Vatican document, Ad Resurgendum cum Christo,  dated 15 August, 2016 and says Pope Francis approved it in March. The instructions were released before All Souls’ Day on 2 November, 2016, when the faithful remember and pray for the dead.
    It states:

    Ashes must be kept “in a holy place, that is a cemetery or a church or in a place that has been specifically dedicated to this purpose. The conservation of ashes in the home is not allowed,” he said.

    “Furthermore, in order to avoid any form of pantheistic or naturalistic or nihilistic misunderstanding, the dispersion of ashes in the air, on the ground, on water or in some other way as well as the conversion of cremated ashes into commemorative objects is not allowed.”

    This is pretty anthropocentric.

    Now I’m going to take the liberty to repost an article I wrote in September 2015 analyzing in detail the Pope’s climate change encyclical because I feel it’s still extremely relevant to our current situation.


    1. a letter addressed by the pope to all the bishops of the church.

    2. (of a letter) intended for a wide or general circulation; general.

    3. a letter from the Pope to the Roman Catholic clergy on matters of doctrine or other concerns of the Churcht to be read from the pulpit.


    1. Regarding humans as the central element of the universe.

    2. Interpreting reality exclusively in terms of human values and experience.

    You don’t get much more anthropocentrically centered than the Judeo-Christian belief that God created the entire world to serve man’s every need. There are plenty of passages found in the Bible that lend support and rationalization for this belief. Take for example the following verses.

    First Genesis 1:26 –

    Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ (from the New International Version (NIV)

    Then there is Genesis 1:28 (from the New International Version (NIV)

    God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

    Genesis 9:1-29 (from the English Standard Version)

    And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man. …

    All of these versus lend credence to the notion that God intended man to be in control of the environment around him.

    It is not at all uncommon for ecologists to challenge anthropocentrism. Here at the Church of the Holy Shitters we steadfastly and routinely do just that.

    But it’s something else for the pontiff of the Catholic Church to do it. But that is what Pope Francis did in his latest Encyclical Letter – Laudato SI’. The significance of this letter cannot be overstated.

    And the Pope has plenty of biblical references to bolster his own argument challenging anthropocentrism. Here are a few examples:

    “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” (Genesis 2:15)

    “You shall not pollute the land in which you live…. You shall not defile the land in which you live, in which I also dwell; for I the LORD dwell among the Israelites.” (Numbers 35:33-34)

    “The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers, the heavens languish together with the earth. The earth lies polluted under its inhabitants; for they have transgressed laws, violated the statutes, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore a curse devours the earth; its inhabitants suffer for their guilt.” (Isaiah 24:4-6)

    “You have polluted the land with your whoring and wickedness. Therefore the showers have been withheld, and the spring rain has not come.” (Jeremiah 3:2-3)

    I recently took the time to read this encyclical in its entirety. I wanted to know first-hand what the spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics had to say about climate change and man’s obligations to resolve this man-made problem.

    +++ Note: All quotes of the encyclical letter are taken from the official transcript. It is quite a lengthy document but well worth the time to read. This diary, although lengthy itself, contains only a small portion of the territory covered in the encyclical. +++

    Pope Francis acknowledges the problem of anthropocentricity in just the second paragraph of his recent encyclical when he says:

    We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will.

    And as you might guess the Pope couches this egocentric mindset in terms of sin.

    “For human beings… to destroy the biological diversity of God’s creation; for human beings to degrade the integrity of the earth by causing changes in its climate, by stripping the earth of its natural forests or destroying its wetlands; for human beings to contaminate the earth’s waters, its land, its air, and its life – these are sins”. For “to commit a crime against the natural world is a sin against ourselves and a sin against God”.

    And he accurately goes on to say:

    If present trends continue, this century may well witness extraordinary climate change and an unprecedented destruction of ecosystems, with serious consequences for all of us. A rise in the sea level, for example, can create extremely serious situations, if we consider that a quarter of the world’s population lives on the coast or nearby, and that the majority of our megacities are situated in coastal areas.

    And he admirably identifies the importance of addressing the needs of the poor as it relates to climate change.

    Many of the poor live in areas particularly affected by phenomena related to warming, and their means of subsistence are largely dependent on natural reserves and ecosystemic services such as agriculture, fishing and forestry. They have no other financial activities or resources which can enable them to adapt to climate change or to face natural disasters, and their access to social services and protection is very limited. For example, changes in climate, to which animals and plants cannot adapt, lead them to migrate; this in turn affects the livelihood of the poor, who are then forced to leave their homes, with great uncertainty for their future and that of their children. There has been a tragic rise in the number of migrants seeking to flee from the growing poverty caused by environmental degradation. They are not recognized by international conventions as refugees; they bear the loss of the lives they have left behind, without enjoying any legal protection whatsoever.

    He goes on accurately to list the problems of fresh clean water, the loss of biodiversity, the decline in the quality of human life and the increase in global inequality. He points out the breakdown of society and the weak response to date of addressing all these problems.

    He makes special mention of the increasing rate of change taking place in our societies.

    The continued acceleration of changes affecting humanity and the planet is coupled today with a more intensified pace of life and work which might be called “rapidification”.

    And he does a good job of pointing out this rapidification is coupled with super-consumerism.

    But a sober look at our world shows that the degree of human intervention, often in the service of business interests and consumerism, is actually making our earth less rich and beautiful, ever more limited and grey, even as technological advances and consumer goods continue to abound limitlessly. We seem to think that we can substitute an irreplaceable and irretrievable beauty with something which we have created ourselves.

    And finally, he points out the fallacy of blaming over-population exclusively for the problem.

    To blame population growth instead of extreme and selective consumerism on the part of some, is one way of refusing to face the issues. It is an attempt to legitimize the present model of distribution, where a minority believes that it has the right to consume in a way which can never be universalized, since the planet could not even contain the waste products of such consumption.

    No one can fault the Pope for analyzing the problem of climate change through the eyes of the position he holds; that of being the spiritual leader of the Catholic Church. As I read the encyclical I kept this in mind as I traveled down the path of his logic. His insights and analysis of the problem of anthropogenic climate change is groundbreaking and a huge step forward for the Catholic Church and the community of faith as a whole.

    But that spiritual perspective must be recognized for what it is. A fundamental orientation of perception that filters all thought through the lens of faith. And this lens of faith limits and blinds the pontiff from clearly analyzing certain human aspects of this human caused problem.

    Reflections of Poop John the First, Church of the Holy Shitters


    The problems in perception I identified while reading the encyclical fell into the following two broad categories.

    1. The difficulty religion poses of reconciling the belief in the divine nature of mankind with man’s animal connections distorting man’s correct placement in the “natural grand scheme of things”.

    2. The divine nature of man orientation tends to blind a person’s perception inhibiting the close examination of man’s bodily functions and needs as they relate to the environment.

    The starting point for the Pope is that he believes in the wisdom of the Bible.

    The Bible teaches that every man and woman is created out of love and made in God’s image and likeness (cf. Gen 1:26).

    The Pope argues from the perspective that the earth was “given to man”.

    “Not only has God given the earth to man, who must use it with respect for the original good purpose for which it was given, but, man too is God’s gift to man. He must therefore respect the natural and moral structure with which he has been endowed”.

    He analyzes from a perspective of man being above nature.

    Human beings, even if we postulate a process of evolution, also possess a uniqueness which cannot be fully explained by the evolution of other open systems. Each of us has his or her own personal identity and is capable of entering into dialogue with others and with God himself. Our capacity to reason, to develop arguments, to be inventive, to interpret reality and to create art, along with other not yet discovered capacities, are signs of a uniqueness which transcends the spheres of physics and biology.

    And above other creatures.

    Christian thought sees human beings as possessing a particular dignity above other creatures; it thus inculcates esteem for each person and respect for others.

    And this elevation of human life leads to the elevation of our role in the grand scheme of things in the eyes of believers.

    Human beings, endowed with intelligence and love, and drawn by the fullness of Christ, are called to lead all creatures back to their Creator.

    His religion insists that each human being is an image of God but this should not make us overlook the fact that each creature has its own purpose. But as he states, other creatures are not at the same level as humans. Because of our elevated, in the image of God nature, we have a special responsibility.

    This is not to put all living beings on the same level nor to deprive human beings of their unique worth and the tremendous responsibility it entails. Nor does it imply a divinization of the earth which would prevent us from working on it and protecting it in its fragility.

    And it puts the value of human life in a special category as indicated by the Church’s stand on abortion (and although not mentioned here birth control too.)

    Since everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion. How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings, however troublesome or inconvenient they may be, if we fail to protect a human embryo, even when its presence is uncomfortable and creates difficulties? “If personal and social sensitivity towards the acceptance of the new life is lost, then other forms of acceptance that are valuable for society also wither away”.

    And finally he analyzes from the perspective of everlasting eternal life promising a new and better existence.

    At the end, we will find ourselves face to face with the infinite beauty of God (cf. 1 Cor 13:12), and be able to read with admiration and happiness the mystery of the universe, which with us will share in unending plenitude. Even now we are journeying towards the sabbath of eternity, the new Jerusalem, towards our common home in heaven. Jesus says: “I make all things new” (Rev 21:5). Eternal life will be a shared experience of awe, in which each creature, resplendently transfigured, will take its rightful place and have something to give those poor men and women who will have been liberated once and for all.

    In the meantime, we come together to take charge of this home which has been entrusted to us, knowing that all the good which exists here will be taken up into the heavenly feast.

    So, although Pope Francis acknowledges the problem of anthropocentricity in just the second paragraph of his encyclical, he does not come to the conclusion that humans are not the central element of the universe. He therefore continues to interpret largely in terms of human values and experience. In his mind, the problem lies not in us realizing we are not all that special in the grand scheme of things but in us not acting as God wants us to act and being sinners and not living up to God’s expectations. We need to be more aware of God within ourselves and in the universe.

    The universe unfolds in God, who fills it completely. Hence, there is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face.[159] The ideal is not only to pass from the exterior to the interior to discover the action of God in the soul, but also to discover God in all things. Saint Bonaventure teaches us that “contemplation deepens the more we feel the working of God’s grace within our hearts, and the better we learn to encounter God in creatures outside ourselves”.

    The human person grows more, matures more and is sanctified more to the extent that he or she enters into relationships, going out from themselves to live in communion with God, with others and with all creatures.

    So, although the Pope does an admirable job attempting to put the anthropocentric orientation his religion demands in a different light he still has to maintain its anthropocentric elements. Consequently, he spent very little time delving into the issues most closely related to our “animal connections”.

    I found it also blinded him to certain aspects of the problem closely associated with certain bodily functions and needs. The most well-known of these is man’s sexuality. I don’t want to dive into this aspect of our “animal connectedness” but it is well known the Church’s stand on such things as birth control, pre-marital sex, a woman’s right to choose and the acceptance of the LGBT orientations. The Catholic Church basically struggles with all things sexually as evidenced by the belief in the Immaculate Conception and the requirement for both priests and nuns to be celibate.

    Much more under the radar of most people’s awareness was his ignoring of fecal matters. Although the needs of the poor was a main theme of his encyclical, sanitation was only mentioned cursorily stating simply that the poor need access to it.

    But it is a huge issue for the poor and it matters.

    It matters because 2.6 billion people don’t have sanitation. “Four in ten people have no access to any latrine, toilet, bucket, or box.” “Diarrhea—nearly 90 percent of which is caused by fecally contaminated food or water—kills a child every fifteen seconds.” “The number of children who have died from diarrhea in the last decade exceeds the total number of people killed by armed conflict since the Second World War.” “The 1.8 million child deaths each year related to clean water and sanitation dwarf the casualties associated with violent conflict. No act of terrorism generates economic devastation on the scale of the crisis in water and sanitation. Yet this issue barely registered in this encyclical.

    To take this brief look at sanitation one step further let’s look at the predominant modern sanitation system used in the world today. 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 to return it to its pure state to be recycled. The remaining sludge’s value, as a result of human excrement being mixed with other sources of contamination, is diminished. It must be further sterilized, with questionable results, before it can be used as a fertilizer. This never-ending expensive cycle of mishandled waste indicates just how out of touch we are with our true nature. It also points out to what lengths we will go to deny our bodily functions and ignore our relationship and dependence on nature.

    The final point I want to bring up in this regard was the lack of mention of Ecological Sanitation.

    Ecological Sanitation (Eco-San)


    Ecological sanitation (Ecosan) offers a new philosophy of dealing with what is presently regarded as waste and wastewater. Ecosan systems enable the recovery of nutrients from human feces and urine for the benefit of agriculture, thus helping to preserve soil fertility, assure food security for future generations, minimize water pollution and recover bio-energy. They ensure that water is used economically and is recycled in a safe way for purposes such as irrigation or groundwater recharge.

    The main objectives of ecological sanitation are:

    * To reduce the health risks related to sanitation, contaminated water and waste

    * To prevent the pollution of surface and ground water

    * To prevent the degradation of soil fertility

    * To optimize the management of nutrients and water resources.

    Again, Pope Francis deserves all the accolades he has received for stepping up and publishing this encyclical on climate change. It was a huge step forward for the Catholic Church and all faith-based communities.

    But, as head of the secular environmental religion Church of the Holy Shitters, I am obligated to point out its shortcomings from our perspective.

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  10. ISIL, Petrol Dollars, Wave II and the Folly of Vigilance


    June 29, 2017 by John Crapper


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    I’m always struck by the dearth of new ideas when it comes to finding new ways to fight the ISIL threat .  I always here the same tired arguments we’ve heard now for years: more boots on the ground, more special forces, more training of the locals to take up the fight, more coalition partners, a no-fly zone and the constant request by my government for me to be vigilant.

    The pundits and analysts in mainstream media never seem to examine the support the United States unwittingly gives to ISIL.  I want to examine that support in this article because regrettably it is strengthening them and causing our war to be elongated. That support is rooted in the west’s insatiable appetite for oil coupled with our meddling in Middle Eastern countries largely as a result of the need to maintain access to that oil.

    The State Department at one time estimated that at its peak ISIL was generating over $1 million dollars a day from oil revenue.

    By February 2015 oil was no longer the primary way that the Islamic State (IS) funded its terrorist operation. Pentagon spokesperson Rear Admiral John Kirby said during a press briefing on 04 February 2015.

    “We know that oil revenue is no longer the lead source of their [the Islamic State’s] income in dollars. So, they are changing,” Kirby said. He said that donations and the group’s “black market program” were likely new ways the terrorist organizations was relying on funding.

    That is because the U.S.-led coalition launched a campaign, called Tidal Wave II, aimed at crippling the Islamic State’s ability to generate revenue from selling black market oil. The campaign is named after a World War II operation to bomb refineries that were fueling the Nazi war machine.

    Because of this effort there has been an ebb and flow to the amount of ISIL funding coming from oil.   ISIL in response, has enhanced efforts to diversify and raise funds not only from oil but from numerous other sources such as kidnapping, theft and drug trafficking.  The main point I want to make is oil has been a steady component of ISIL funding from the beginning.

    In June, 2014 Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s office issued a statement accusing Saudi Arabia of giving ISIL “financial and moral support. State funding by Saudi Arabia was complicated to prove but private giving was not. There were many private donations coming out of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states. Does anyone doubt that this private source of funding was/is rooted in petrol dollars?

    From 2006 to 2009, ISIL raised roughly $2 billion by extorting payoffs from employees at the Beiji oil refinery in northern Iraq .

    The above documents a steady history of funding coming from petroleum.

    And what countries does the Middle East sell its oil? Well Asia depends on the Middle East for 66% of its oil imports.

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    And outside of Asia here’s where it flows.

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    Do you see any of our coalition partners part of this flow?

    Now does anyone seriously doubt that a lot of the US past and current activities in the Middle East revolve around maintaining our own and our coalition partners’ access to Middle Eastern oil? Does anyone seriously believe that our primary motivation in the Middle East is to bring democracy to the area and win the hearts and minds of the people?

    I have yet to hear one terrorist expert call for a plan to stop buying oil from the Middle East to choke the flow of money flowing from this source to ISIL.

    This country can do more.  Our government can ask all of us to do more.  Our government can ask all are allies around the world to do more.   And in the process we can improve our lives and our long-term security in numerous other ways besides the defeat of terrorism.

    Here are a couple of common sense suggestions.

    1. The United States should do whatever it takes to stop buying oil from Middle Eastern countries. We should encourage our coalition partners to do the same. We should launch an immense effort to transition to non-polluting renewable energy sources.

    We should declare war on our fossil fuel energy dependency setting a goal of being totally free of our need to import foreign oil in 10 years.

    2.  We should immediately implement an emergency nation-wide commuter program to drastically reduce the demand for petroleum. It has been done before in emergency situations.

    October 31, 2012:

    NEW YORK—New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he would restrict car traffic coming into Manhattan to vehicles carrying three or more passengers until Friday in an attempt to cut down on congestion in the city.

    Bloomberg, speaking on Wednesday at a news conference to address the impact of massive storm Sandy, said restrictions would be in place from 6 a.m. to midnight for bridges and tunnels excluding the George Washington Bridge.

    “I know it’s an inconvenience for a lot of people, but the bottom line is the streets can only handle so much,” he said.

    If this kind of action can be taken during times of natural disaster,  it might be time to consider the same for a national security emergency.

    3. The United States and our coalition partners should do whatever it takes to get out of Middle Eastern countries in ALL areas of contact. It is a clash of cultures and separation would mitigate the irritation.  They want to live by their self-defined cultural norms and we should respect that desire.

    Continuing to live life in our western countries without any change in our lifestyle to show we are not “scared” is really foolish. It is not a sign that “they have won” if we change the way we live. On the contrary, it is a sign of the fossil fuel companies continuing success in convincing us to keep on doing what we’re doing.

    It might be time to jump out of the box in our thinking in our war on terror and ask us to actually do something other than be vigilant while living our lives without making any changes.

    There are many other environmentally sound reasons to drastically change the way we live in terms of our energy use but we also need to do it to even begin to make our world safer from terror.

    But who am I kidding?   We won’t do any of these things because it might hurt our economy and each of us might have to sacrifice a little.  We might have to do something other than “be vigilant”.

    And we all know we’re much too busy making America great again!


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  11. Obvious Observations We Obviously Take For Granted


    June 22, 2017 by John Crapper

    There are obvious things in life that are obviously important for each of us yet tend to be taken for granted by us all.  It will be obvious there is nothing insightful in this post.  I just wanted to state the obvious because sometimes we are oblivious, obviously.

    Simple Definition of obvious
    : easy to see or notice
    : easy for the mind to understand or recognize

    screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-12-53-20-pmThere are lots of important things in this world we tend to take for granted.  To prove my point conduct this little experiment before we go further. Hold your breath for three minutes. Did you try? Can you do it? There is a saying well known to asthma sufferers. “If you can’t breath nothing else matters” Yet, in many ass-backward ways we take the air we breathe for granted.  Obviously, we shouldn’t.


    It’s obvious that water that comes out of our faucets every day and is vital to our lives but we tend to ignore its importance and continue to routinely waste and contaminate it.

    screen-shot-2016-11-19-at-5-02-55-pmWhen we look at the predominant sanitation system used in the world today in an ass-forward way we can truly see just how ass-backward it is. Each of us obviously 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 to return it to its pure state to be recycled. The remaining sludge’s value, as a result of human excrement being mixed with other sources of contamination, is obviously diminished. It must be further sterilized, with questionable results, before it can be used as a fertilizer. This never-ending expensive cycle of mishandled waste typifies truly ass-backward logic.  It is obvious this indicates just how out of touch we are with our true nature. It also points out to what lengths we will go to deny our bodily functions and ignore our relationship and dependence on nature.   It’s obvious it’s pretty ass-backward.


    It should be obvious to us all that our food supply is critical to our well-being. Many of us routinely overeat while millions starve. We waste it; we eat too much and we think very little about how it gets on our plates every day or where it comes from.


    We tend to take the energy we use for granted. It should be obvious to us all our energy comes from the sun.


    But we choose to get it from fossil fuelish sources.  It is obvious we tend not to think about what it’s doing to our environment – the air we breath, the water we drink and the food we eat.


    Another thing we take for granted is the arrival of spring. Some years it arrives a little early and some years a little late but it is obvious we count on its arrival. We really don’t doubt the trees will bud and the flowers will bloom year in and year out. If it ever didn’t happen due to some environmental imbalance we’d be in deep doo doo.  That would be obvious.


    W also take for granted good health. It should be obvious to us all there are many of us who abuse our bodies daily by the crap we eat and the sedentary lifestyle we choose to lead. Yet we expect our bodies to continue to perform. When they don’t we go to the doc’s office and expect a pill to fix the problem without making any adjustments to our faulty ways.

    Each of these items, vital to our lives, we waste, pollute or abuse without much thought or regard for the consequences. Adopting waste-end ass-forward thinking proposed by the Church of the Holy Shitters helps curtail this blind ass-backward thinking. It forces us to appreciate these vital resources. This appreciation of these obvious things in our life is the first step towards their proper use. It is the critical mindset necessary to establish a truly “sustainable” standard of living for us to live by.


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  12. Cow Crap Line of Clothes Coming Soon


    June 1, 2017 by John Crapper

    Holy Shit!  Cow crap clothes coming soon to a store near you!

     A fashion line has been created by a Dutch designer made from cow manure.  It is being billed as a line of clothes that can reduce water pollution and methane emissions.

    The idea was conceived by Jalila Essaidi, a designer and entrepreneur who was asked by government officials to help reduce excess animal waste in the Netherlands.

    The Netherlands has excess manure that pollutes their waterways with high levels of both nitrogen and phosphate and produces algae blooms that kill fish.

    Essaïdi’s patented technology removes cellulose and acids from cow dung and converts them into a biodegradable plastic called Mestic, after mest, the Dutch word for manure. Mestic can be made into paper, textiles, and other items, replacing petroleum-based products.

    “It is a chemical separation method which allows us careful control of the nutrient composition of both the solid and liquid fraction of manure,” Essaïdi wrote in an email. “The farmer keeps the liquid fraction which now meets his desired nitrogen and phosphate levels. We take the solid fraction.”

    Apparently the advantage of using cow dung is that because of its remnant digestive system it breaks down the cellulose saving time, money, and energy.

    There are some environmental concerns.  Dana Perls, senior food and technology campaigner at Friends of the Earth is concerned.

    “These experimental technologies need to be transparent, particularly before being rubber-stamped as sustainable,” Perls wrote in an email. “We need to discuss potential concerns in addition to potential benefits, and we need strict and sensible health and environmental safety testing, regulations, and standards.”

    If it all works out the big question is will the consumer buy?

    Ramon Sanchez, director of the sustainable technologies and health program at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard University said,

    “It depends on cultural traits and how well informed is the consumer.

    All of the bacteria and fungi in dung are killed during the process of extracting cellulose, and cellulose itself is a chemical compound that is absolutely clean and is unlikely to produce any adverse health effects.”

    It all comes down to marketing, he added.

    So it may not be that long away you’ll be sporting your new poo-poo line of fashionables and have something not just to crow about but to moo about as well.

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  13. Dreaming Big In Memory of John F. Kennedy on His 100th Birthday


    May 28, 2017 by John Crapper

    “Change is the law of life, and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” JFK

    John F. Kennedy was a dreamer and a visionary.  As we reflect on his legacy at the juncture of what would have been his 100th birthday I’d like to dream and suggest a vision I believe he would have suggested and encouraged us to adopt if he were sitting in the oval office today.

    Recall one of John F. Kennedy’s most famous statements during his presidential inauguration.


    I think with the challenges this country faces it is time to honor JFK and seriously consider what we can do to fulfill his request.

    I spend a lot of time researching the problems and challenges associated with climate change.  If there were ever one single problem we must address collectively in a big way it is this one irrespective of the opinion our current sitting president holds on this issue.

    Somehow our entire country needs to come together and embark on a massive effort to reduce our fossil fuel consumption to bring down the level of CO2 we are putting into our atmosphere. And it needs to start happening very quickly.

    Up until 2007 the United States was the largest emitter of CO2 in our world.  Since then China has held the top position.  As such we have an obligation to the rest of the world to lead the way in our carbon reduction efforts.

    According to the EPA here is our recent record of US CO2 reduction up until 2014 (the latest I could find).

    In 2014, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions totaled 6,870 million metric tons (15.1 trillion pounds) of carbon dioxide equivalents. This total represents a 7 percent increase since 1990 but a 7 percent decrease since 2005

    It has now been determined by the NSA a critical task for us to embark on serious CO2 reductions in the interest of our own national security.

    Even though we are already seeing and feeling the effects of climate change just by the nature of the problem, it will negatively impact the younger amongst us to a greater extent than those older.  The young consequently have a greater stake in having the issue prioritized.

    Research I’ve done indicates that around the year 2030 major impacts will start being seen and felt around the world. Around 2050 our world order starts to unravel if we continue doing what we’re currently doing.  And from what I’m seeing this timeframe is speeding up at present.  Just to put that in a visually more vivid way for you to  plug yourself into I offer the following.

    A person with a birthdate of

    2017 will be 13 years old in 2030 and 43 in 2050

    2007 will be 23 years old in 2030 and 53 in 2050

    1997 will be 33 years old in 2030 and 63 in 2050

    1987 will be 43 years old in 2030 and 73 in 2050

    1977 will be 53 years old in 2030 and 83 in 2050

    1967 will be 63 years old in 2030 and 93 in 2050

    1957 will be 73 years old in 2030 and 103 in 2050

    1947 will be 83 years old in 2030

    1937 will be 93 years old in 2030

    1927 will be 103 years old in 2030

    Just as JFK set a goal of putting a man on the moon in 10 years which we achieved, we can and should set an ambitious goal of major CO2 reduction in the next decade to tackle the problem of climate change.

    The Climate Mobilization’s Victory Plan aims to detail how a fully mobilized United States government could drive our economy to net zero greenhouse gas emissions within a decade, restore a safe climate, end the sixth mass extinction, reverse ecological overshoot — and revitalize America, with 100% employment for all who want work.

    That plan outlines a myriad of steps that can and should be taken to help change our CO2 emission trajectory.  I invite you to read it.  It’s well worth the time!

    But in this article I’d like to focus on one specific idea on this 100th birthday remembrance of JFK not mentioned in the Victory Plan.

    I think it’s time this country considers a compulsory national public service program designed specifically to tackle climate change. Asking our youth to devote two years of their life to help secure the livability of their future environment seems reasonable to me. Asking them to do something for their country while concurrently their government does its part for them by embarking on such things mentioned in the Victory Plan referenced above seems reasonable to me.

    I know what you’re thinking.  This has a fat chance of happening any time soon under our current political situation.  But I ask you.  Have we lost our ability to think big?  Have we lost our willingness to pursue long-term goals?  Have we, as a country, as a people, as parents, thrown in the towel of our children’s future and resigned ourselves that their life will be much worse than the one we have had the good fortune to live?  Have we as a people given up on accepting and taking on the challenges of our day?

    I must continue to believe that that is not the case.  Otherwise the Trump-like thinkers amongst us will have won.

    So I’m going to keep dreaming because dreams can come true as well as nightmares.  Let me remind all that most of us never dreamed Trump had a chance of winning but the other side’s dream came true.

     It’s time for one of ours to come true next!

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  14. National Security Says Climate Has Been a Risk Since 2003


    May 18, 2017 by John Crapper


    Now that the Donald is receiving regular national security briefings one can only hope that some of this history listed below penetrates his fascist brain.  I’m not optimistic.


    “Climate change poses a significant and growing threat to national security, both at home and abroad,” declared a memorandum from the White House to the heads of executive departments and agencies.”

    This is nothing new.  The Pentagon has been dong this planning since 2003.

    “An Abrupt Climate Change Scenario and its Implications for United States National Security,” warned of new wars fought over dwindling resources as the climate changed. The study, commissioned by the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment, foreshadows a lot of the fears contained in the recent policy memorandum.”

    Here is an excerpt from the report.

    “As global and local carrying capacities are reduced, tensions could mount around the world, leading to two fundamental strategies: defensive and offensive. Nations with the resources to do so may build virtual fortresses around their countries, preserving resources for themselves. Less fortunate nations especially those with ancient enmities with their neighbors, may initiate in struggles for access to food, clean water, or energy. Unlikely alliances could be formed as defense priorities shift and the goal is resources for survival rather than religion, ideology, or national honor.”

    Climate change can cause the spread of invasive species of pests and plant species.  It can cause the spread of infectious plant, animal, and human disease as a result.  It can undermine economic growth and livelihoods.  All these effects can lead to mass population migration across international borders.
    The Center For Climate and Security has a full timeline of military interest with climate change.  Here are a few highlights from that timeline of particular interest to the United States.

    “These risks will require managing the divergent needs of massively increasing energy demand to maintain economic development and the need to tackle climate change,” read the 2008 National Defense Strategy of the United States.

    A roadmap on climate change in 2010. From that roadmap:

    Climate change is a national security challenge with strategic implications for the Navy. Climate change will lead to increased tensions in nations with weak economies and political institutions. While climate change alone is not likely to lead to future conflict, it may be a contributing factor. Climate change is affecting, and will continue to affect, U.S. military installations and access to natural resources worldwide. It will affect the type, scope, and location of future Navy missions.

    In 2012, Homeland Security released a report on climate change. So did the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, with a a report on Global Water Security for the State Department, noting that

    “During the next 10 years, many countries important to the United States will experience water problems—shortages, poor water quality, or floods—that will risk instability and state failure, increase regional tensions, and distract them from working with the United States on important U.S. policy objectives.” The study looked out as far ahead as 2040, and said simply, “Climate change will cause water shortages in many areas of the world.”

    And that’s just the reports from the first term of George W. Bush’s through to the end of Barack Obama’s first term. There have been 12 additional reports.
    The latest memorandum from the White House coordinates a lot of this previous work, and puts greater emphasis on climate security.

    I’ve put together my own timeline projecting the effects of climate change on our world out to the year 2100 in connection with a book I’m writing.  It’s not a pretty picture.

    One can only hope that some of this good council from our top national security advisors is taken to heart by our new commander-in-chief.  Hope springs eternal.




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  15. People’s Climate March – The Day After


    April 30, 2017 by John Crapper


    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
    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
    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.


    Climate Hawks Vote


    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.


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


    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.


    Feels like a lifetime!


    Feel the burn.


    The puppet master demanded transparency.


    Bikers pedaled their message.


    Others didn’t frack around.


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


    While others watched.


    Others in the crowd didn’t care.


    But the kids pressed their message at every turn.


    The cows were watching.


    While others spouted their crap!


    The organizers wore hazmat suits.


    I told people where the crap should go.


    And invited all to take one.


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


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



    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.



    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.


    Climate Hawks Vote


    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
    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
    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.


    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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  17. A Vision of Trump Accepting Climate Change – Eko Atlantic


    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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  18. Will YOU be Marching on Saturday 4/29/17?


    April 26, 2017 by John Crapper

    I’m participating in the blogathon.  Stop by if you have the time.

    Support the Daily Kos SciCli blogathon during the April 22-28 week of action promoting the April 29 People’s Climate March with stories on how science and climate change are affecting our lives and our planet.

    For background on the SciCli Blogathon and the Week of action visit boatsie’s diary from 4/17, Besame’s from 4/20, and onomastic’s from 4/21.

    Sign up for the Washington, D.C. march or find a march near you.

    On April 29, let’s march for jobs, justice, and the climate

    • Saturday, April 22 all times are PDT

    2:30 pm: Cracks in Greenland ice-sheet may link up and break off DarkSyde

    5:00 pm: Peoples Climate March just one piece of the resistance against lethal eco-policies. Meteor Blades

    • Sunday, April 23

    9:00 am:  People’s Climate March next Saturday. Run on Sunday. RLMiller

    2:30 pm: SciCli Blogathon: “I can’t believe we’re marching for facts” Edition (#ScienceMarchSF Photo Essay) citisven

    5:00 pm: Climate change: Be Positive. It’s Important.  John Crapper

    • Monday, April 24

    2:30 pm: I Resist in Miami Because We Provide the 1st Glimpse Into Future Climate Mayhem Pakalolo

    5:00 pm: Resist,Rebel, and Revolt for Earth, Wind, Water: Climate March on Sat., 4/29 2thanks

    • Tuesday, April 25

    10:45 am: Toosdai Critters Speak Out Samanthab

    5:00 pm:  Had We But World Enough And Time . . .  Besame

    • Wednesday, April 26

    2:30 pm: Dartagnan (Climate Change is Making the World Friendlier for Mosquitoes, Diseases, and Death)

    5:00 pm: peregrine kate

    • Thursday, April 27

    2:30 pm: Bill McKibben

    5:00 pm: WarrenS

    • Friday, April 28

    2:30 pm: Tamar

    5:00 pm: annieli

    Climate Hawks Vote is hosting a training for leaders of the climate movement who are considering running for office on April 30, the day after the People’s Climate March. Read more about the training at People’s Climate March next Saturday. Run on Sunday.

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  19. Time Waits for No One and Time Has Come Today


    March 23, 2017 by John Crapper

    Time waits for no  one.  I was born in 1951.  Read on to see why I bring this up.



    Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
    Fritter and waste the hours in an off-hand way
    Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
    Waiting for someone or something to show you the way

    Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
    You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
    And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
    No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

    And you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it’s sinking
    Racing around to come up behind you again
    The sun is the same in a relative way, but you’re older
    Shorter of breath and one day closer to death

    Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time
    Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
    Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
    The time is gone, the song is over, thought I’d something more to say

    Home, home again
    I like to be here when I can
    When I come home cold and tired
    It’s good to warm my bones beside the fire
    Far away, across the field
    The tolling of the iron bell
    Calls the faithful to their knees
    To hear the softly spoken magic spell

    Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock, …

    According to a timeline I’ve been working on the effects of climate change really start to cause us major problems around the year 2030 and really start falling apart during the 2040 to 2050 decade.

    A person with a birthdate of

    2017 will be 13 years old in 2030 and 43 in 2050

    2007 will be 23 years old in 2030 and 53 in 2050

    1997 will be 33 years old in 2030 and 63 in 2050

    1987 will be 43 years old in 2030 and 73 in 2050

    1977 will be 53 years old in 2030 and 83 in 2050

    1967 will be 63 years old in 2030 and 93 in 2050

    1957 will be 73 years old in 2030 and 103 in 2050

    1947 will be 83 years old in 2030

    1937 will be 93 years old in 2030

    1927 will be 103 years old in 2030

    It is extremely difficult for scientist to make a firm causal relationship with any individual event but there is general agreement that climate change is amplifying the following.

    • Droughts
    • Heat waves
    • Storms
    • Flooding
    • Migration of diseases
    • Glacier melt
    • Polar ice sheet collapse
    • Coral bleaching
    • Ocean oxygen loss, acidification and suffocation
    • Accelerating sea level rise

    In researching a book I’m writing I’ve been collecting prognostications about climate change. These have been gathered over time from numerous sources and I’m constantly updating it.   But they are projections and hence a best guess as to what is in our collective future.

    I must confess that during the time I have been compiling these predictions the timeframe has been trending towards an acceleration of events rather than an elongation of them.

    I challenge you to plug yourself into it and contemplate just what priority you should assign the issue.

    It starts out in our recent past then projects out all the way until the year 2200.

    The Timeframe



    In 2008 Arctic sea ice hit its second lowest summer ice extent on record (the lowest extent was in 2007).

    A massive chunk of ice breaks away from Greenland’s Petermann Glacier.

    Several breakups of ice shelves in Antarctica are observed. (NSIDC; Jason Box, Ohio State University; ESA, NSIDC)

    The Bush Administration enacts changes to the Endangered Species Act that affect reviews of government projects.

    Polar bears and beluga whales are placed on the Endangered Species List.


    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declares carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases to be pollutants under the Clean Air Act.

    An ice bridge connected to the Wilkins Ice Sheet of Antarctica breaks apart.

    Many of the world’s major rivers are found to be losing water. (Aiguo Dai, NCAR, Journal of Climate)


    China becomes the largest energy consumer in the world, overtaking the USA.  China added 15,000 cars to its roads every day and a new power plant every week.


    The first phase of the Kyoto Protocol, an international environmental treaty created to limit the production of greenhouse gases, expires. Nations will have to draw up and enact a successor treaty to further limit emissions, should they choose to do so.


    The amount of carbon pollution has already locked in more than 4 feet of sea level rise past 2013 levels. That is enough, at high tide, to submerge more than half of 2013’s population in 316 coastal cities.


    Pope Francis releases his192 page encyclical on combating human climate change in June.

    Paris Climate Agreement negotiated by representatives of 195 countries adopted in December.


    Paris Climate Agreement opened for signature by agreeing countries in April.

    In October 2016 there were enough signatures for it to go into force.

    During the 2016 presidential campaign Donald Trump the Republican nominee vows to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement.

    Donald Trump is elected President in November.



    Flash floods increase across all parts of Europe. Less rainfall reduces agriculture yields by up to 50 percent in some parts of the world.

    World population reaches 7.7 billion people.

    Hubbert’s Peak or peak oil level is reached. Global oil production begins an irreversible decline, triggering a global recession, food shortages and conflict between nations over dwindling oil supplies.

    Manokwari, the largest and capital city of the West Papua, Indonesia is the first city in the world to hit climate departure.*

    *A city hits “climate departure” when the average temperature of its coolest year from then on is projected to be warmer than the average temperature of its hottest year between 1960 and 2005. For example, let’s say the climate departure point for D.C. is 2047 (which it is). After 2047, even D.C.’s coldest year will still be hotter than any year from before 2005. Put another way, every single year after 2047 will be hotter than D.C.’s hottest year on record from 1860 to 2005. It’s the moment when the old “normal” is really gone.

    2023 – Kingston the capital and largest city of Jamaica and Ngerulmud the capital of Palau become the next two cities to hit climate departure.*

    2028 – Singapore hits climate departure*

    2029 – Jakarta, Georgetown and Lagos hit climate departure.*


    Diarrhea-related diseases increase by up to 5 percent in low-income parts of the world.

    Up to 18 percent of the world’s coral reefs are lost as a result of climate change and other environmental stresses.

    In Asian coastal waters, the coral loss reaches 30 percent.

    World population reaches 8.4 billion people.

    Warming temperatures causes temperate glaciers on equatorial mountains in Africa to disappear.

    In developing countries, the urban population more than doubles to about 4 billion people, packing more people onto a given city’s land area. The urban populations of developed countries increase by 20 percent.

    The Arctic Sea is ice-free in the summer.

    In China lung disease kills over 80 million people due to the long term effects of pollution.

    2031 – Mexico City hits climate departure.*

    2033 – Bogota hits climate departure.*

    2034 – Mumbai hits climate departure*

    2036 – Cairo and Nairobi hit climate departure.*

    2037 – Alpine glaciers disappear completely.

    2038 – Sydney, Lima and Cape Town hit climate departure.*

    2040 – World Population hits over 9 billion.

    2042 – Taipei and Seoul hit climate departure.*

    2043 – Phoenix, Santiago. Pretoria and Honolulu hit climate departure.*

    2044 – Rome hits climate departure.*

    2045 – Kabul hits climate departure.*

    2046 – Beijing and Bangkok hit climate departure.*

    2047 – D.C. and New York hit climate departure.*

    2048 – Los Angeles hits climate departure.*


    The Amazon rainforest is threatened not only by illegal deforestation, but also the effects of drought and climate change. Under a “business as usual” scenario, nearly half of the jungle is be destroyed. and it could be almost entirely gone by 2100.

    More than 2,000 native tree species face extinction.

    World population reaches 9.5 billion people.

    Some 70% of polar bears disappear due to the shrinking of Arctic ice caused by global warming.

    Large glaciers shrink by 30 to 70 percent.

    Ocean acidification kills off most coral reefs.

    One of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef disappears .

    At least 400 bird species become extinct due to deforestation and climate change.

    In Australia, there is an additional 3,200 to 5,200 heat-related deaths per year. Hardest hit are people over the age of 65.

    An extra 500 to 1,000 people die of heat-related deaths in New York City per year.

    In the United Kingdom, the opposite occurs, and cold-related deaths outpace heat-related ones.

    All amphibians in Europe are extinct.

    Crop yields shift increasing by up to 20 percent in East and Southeast Asia, while decreasing by up to 30 percent in Central and South Asia. Similar shifts in crop yields occur on other continents.

    As biodiversity hotspots are more threatened, a quarter of the world’s plant and vertebrate animal species face extinction.

    Rio de Janeiro hits climate departure.*

    2052 – Chicago hits climate departure.*

    2054 – Ulan Bator hits climate departure.*

    2055 – Seattle hits climate departure.*

    2056 – London hits climate departure.*

    2060 – By 2060 the following cities were listed as being severely devastated by rising seas.

    Miami, USA

    Guangzhou, P.R. of China

    New York-Newark, USA

    Kolkata, India

    Shanghai, P.R. of China

    Mumbai, India

    Tianjin, P.R. of China

    Tokyo, Japan

    Hong Kong, P.R. of China

    Bangkok, Thailand

    Ningbo, P.R. of China

    New Orleans, USA

    Osaka-Kobe, Japan

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Rotterdam, The Netherlands

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Nagoya, Japan

    Qingdao, China

    Virginia Beach, USA

    Alexandria, Egypt

    Rangoon, Myanmar

    Hai Phòng, Vietnam

    Khulna, Bangladesh

    Lagos, Nigeria

    Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire

    Chittagong, Bangladesh

    Jakarta, Indonesia

    Extinctions peak with 0.5% of the world’s animal and plant species disappearing every year.

    World population reaches 9.9 billion

    2063 – Moscow hits climate departure.*

    2064 – St. Petersburg hits climate departure.*

    2066 – Reykjavik hits climate departure.*


    World population reaches 10.2 billion

    As glaciers disappear and areas affected by drought increase, electricity production for the world’s existing hydropower stations decrease.

    Hardest hit is Europe, where hydropower potential declines on average by 6 percent; around the Mediterranean, the decrease is up to 50 percent.

    Warmer, drier conditions lead to more frequent and longer droughts, as well as longer fire-seasons, increased fire risks, and more frequent heat waves, especially in Mediterranean regions.

    2071 – Anchorage hits climate departure.*


    World population reaches 10.5 billion

    While some parts of the world dry out, others get inundated.

    Up to 20 percent of the world’s populations live in river basins and are affected by increased flood hazards.

    Up to 100 million people experience coastal flooding each year. Most at risk are densely populated and low-lying areas that are less able to adapt to rising sea levels and areas which already face other challenges such as tropical storms.

    Coastal populations balloon to 5 billion people, up from 1.2 billion in 1990.

    Between 1.1 and 3.2 billion people experience water shortages and up to 600 million go hungry.

    Sea levels rise around New York City by more than three feet, flooding the Rockaways, Coney Island, much of southern Brooklyn and Queens, portions of Long Island City, Astoria, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, lower Manhattan and eastern Staten Island from Great Kills Harbor north to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

    2085 – The risk of dengue fever from climate change increases to 3.5 billion people.

    2090 – World population reaches 10.7 billion


    World population reaches 10.8 billion

    Global average temperature rises to 6°C (10°F) by 2100.

    Carbon dioxide concentrations reach 1000 parts per million (ppm).

    By the start of the century, global climate emissions increased, to lock in 23 feet of sea level rise, threatening 1,429 municipalities in the U.S. alone.

    A combination of global warming and other factors push many ecosystems to the limit, forcing them to exceed their natural ability to adapt to climate change.

    Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are much higher than anytime during the past 650,000 years.

    Ocean pH levels decrease by 0.5 pH units, the lowest it’s been in the last 20 million years.

    The ability of marine organisms such as corals, crabs and oysters to form shells or exoskeletons is impaired.

    Thawing permafrost and other factors make Earth’s land a net source of carbon emissions, meaning it emits more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than it absorbs.

    Roughly 20 to 30 percent of species assessed as of 2007 are extinct by 2100.

    New climate zones appear on up to 39 percent of the world’s land surface, radically transforming the planet.

    A quarter of all species of plants and land animals—more than a million total— are driven to extinction.

    Due to climate change and food scarcity, up to 30% of bird species go extinct.

    Polar bears go extinct.

    Increased droughts significantly reduce moisture levels in the American Southwest, northern Mexico and parts of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, effectively recreating the “Dust Bowl” environments of the 1930s in the United States.

    The Amazon rain forrest is almost entirely gone. More than 2,000 native tree species face extinction.

    2200 – Scientific projection An Earth day is now 0.12 milliseconds shorter, as rising temperatures cause oceans to expand away from the equator and toward the poles. Water in the oceans shift toward the poles so the poles are closer to the Earth’s axis of rotation, which causes them to speed up the planet’s rotation.


    Time has Come Today

    I have to roam
    I’ve got no home
    My mind is blown
    The truth is unknown!
    Time has come
    Time has come today
    Time has come
    Time has come today
    I have no place to stay
    Thinking about the subway
    The rules have changed today
    This world is blown away!
    Time has come
    Time has come today
    Time has come
    Time has come today
    I have no home
    I have no home
    I have no home!
    No place to run
    I’m staring at the sun
    Thinking about the subway
    This world is blown away!
    Time has come
    Time has come today
    Time has come


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  20. I Have a Dream But It’s Not The Nightmare I’m Living


    February 23, 2017 by John Crapper


    I have a very comforting recurring dream.  But a dream is just a dream but with the election of the Donald I’m beginning to live a nightmare I never thought possible.

    I haven’t been sleeping that well lately.  I think it’s because with the election of the Donald I’m beginning to live a nightmare I’d never thought possible.  Rex Tillerson, former head of Exxon Mobile and good friends with Vladimir Putin as Secretary of State.  Scott Pruitt, a close ally of the fossil fuel industry heading the Environmental Protection Agency.  Rick Perry, who in 2011 proposed scrapping it, to head the Energy Department .  This real life reality couldn’t be more frightening.

    Tonight I’m really weary.  I hope, for once, I’ll be able to get a good night’s sleep.  I lay my head on my pillow and soon I drift away.  I once again dream the recurring dream of my life. It’s comforting.



    The dream begins the same each time.  I’m looking onto a conference room where a group of economists are in deep discussion rethinking their basic assumptions. The Milton Friedman school of thought and the Keynesian school of thought are being discussed.  The economists begin challenging their assumptions and formulating a new way of economic analysis; the Ass-forward, waste-end first, Soft and Fluffy economic theory.

    Constant economic growth based on increases in consumption and consumer spending  is questioned.  Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is questioned as a misleading measure of a nation’s wealth. The group develops a new concept they coin the Gross Renewable Energy Product (GREP).

    GREP postulates that wealth, on the one hand, be measured in terms of the energy needed to do things:  the ability to grow crops, to make products, to move goods, to improve efficiency, to pass on information, to help others.  On the other hand, they conclude that wealth needs to be measured by the drain on resources and the damage obtaining the energy does to the environment.  They conclude that creating more energy from non-polluting renewable sources will enable mankind to do more with fewer resources and less pollution.

    The scene fades and my thoughts drift to the 2018 mid-term election.    I dream it is the biggest wave election in the history of the country. Gone are the climate change deniers. Gone are the mouthpieces for the fossil fuel industry. Candidates who believe in the promise of the Shitty Way of Life are elected across the country.

    The President’s agenda is threatened as a result of the election.  Within 6 months  the President, sensitive to criticism, decides he needs to dramatically change direction.  He meets with the group of economists and adopts the Gross Renewable Energy Product (GREP) definition of wealth.

    My dream shifts to the President giving his State of the Union speech. He declares a war, this time not against a country or a mad dictator but on our nation’s dependency on fossil fuel.

    The President appeals to people’s sense of patriotism and resurrects his “Make America Great Again” slogan to resounding applause.

    He announces an Energy New Deal .  He convenes an emergency session of Congress calling on them toenact the necessary legislation granting him the executive authority he needs.  His goals are to end our dependency on foreign oil and reduce CO2 emissions to 350 ppm in 10 years.

    Next, the dream shifts to the TV. The President is addressing the nation and calling on people to do more than just be vigilant in the fight against terrorism.  He draws a connection between oil consumption and the funding of groups like ISIL and Al Queda.

    During his TV address he announces the implementation of the “ass-forward commuting program.  It halves the number of vehicles on the road during commuting times by requiring all commuters to fill their cars to capacity on their way to work.

    Next, I see a headline in a paper announcing gas consumption has dropped roughly 40% and commuting times have been reduced an average of 50% .

    I next hear people conversing making positive statements about not having to be behind the wheel each and every day.

    The scene shifts and I see the President once again sitting behind his desk signing an executive order.   Similar to the ban on civilian car production during WWII, car manufacturers are being ordered to cease production of gas and diesel vehicles and instructed to concentrate exclusively on the production of electric ones.

    The scene shifts once again.  I see the President on TV declaring there will be no more Fukushimas , Chernobyls, or Three Mile Islands.  He announces plans to scrap nuclear fission electrical generation.  A schedule is outlined for the systematic shut down of all existing nuclear power plants within 10 years.

    Again, my dream shifts to the President cautioning consumers on the hazards of consumer diarrhea.  He encourages manufacturers to analyze their products from the waste-end perspective.   He proclaims the days of producing anything and everything that can possibly be sold for profit are gone forever. He introduces the concept of Soft and Fluffy Consumerism.

    My dream shifts again to overlooking a city where every parcel of land is being used to grow crops in a nationwide patriotic effort to produce everything locally.

    Again I see a headline in a local paper informing the public of a compulsory national service program requiring young people to serve their country for a minimum of 2 years. The first thrust of the program:  a massive reforestation program.


    Ecological Sanitation

    Ecological Sanitation

    I dream the President convenes an Ecological Sanitation Summit bringing world experts in eco-san technology together to discuss and develop an action plan to restructure the way we currently handle our feces.  Its promise:  to transition our sanitation systems from a flush away sewage treatment plant model to treating human excrement as a valuable resource.

    Just as the dream first began I am once again looking onto a conference room where engineers are planning for this sanitation transformation.


    The first soft rays of the sun enter my bedroom and I slowly emerge from my deep and peaceful sleep.  For a few brief moments I’m comforted in the fleeting thoughts of my dream only to become fully cognizant of the nightmare I am again realizing.  I begin a new day in my real life daytime nightmare.

    The Face of My Daytime Nightmare!


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