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

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    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.


    encyclical

    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.

    anthropocentric:

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

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    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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  3. Obvious Observations We Obviously Take For Granted

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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  4. Cow Crap Line of Clothes Coming Soon

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

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

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    May 18, 2017 by John Crapper

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    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.

    In September, 2016 OBAMA ORDERED THE PENTAGON TO PLAN FOR CLIMATE CHANGE

    “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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  7. People’s Climate March – The Day After

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

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


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    Climate Hawks Vote

    WE ARE CLIMATE HAWKS

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

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

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

     

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

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    April 29, 2017 by John Crapper

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

    I had trouble reading this one correctly.

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    Feels like a lifetime!

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    Feel the burn.

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    The puppet master demanded transparency.

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    Bikers pedaled their message.

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    Others didn’t frack around.

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

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    While others watched.

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    Others in the crowd didn’t care.

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    But the kids pressed their message at every turn.

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    The cows were watching.

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    While others spouted their crap!

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    The organizers wore hazmat suits.

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    I told people where the crap should go.

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    And invited all to take one.

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

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

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    ****

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

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

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

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

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

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    350.org

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

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

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

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    Climate Hawks Vote

    WE ARE CLIMATE HAWKS

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

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

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

    And don’t forget:

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

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

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

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

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

    Organized by: Climate Hawks Vote and Lead Locally, with

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

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

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

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    Citizens’ Climate Lobby

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

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

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

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

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

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    April 27, 2017 by John Crapper

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

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

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

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

    But here is the flip side.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    April 29, 2017 – People’s Climate March

    I’m going too!

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

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

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    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.

     

    “Time”

    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

     

    2008

    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.

    2009

    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)

    2010

    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.

    2012

    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.

    2013

    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.

    2015

    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.

    2016

    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.

    Projections

    2020

    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.*

    2030

    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.*

    2050

    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.*

    2070

    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.*

    2080

    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

    2100

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

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    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.

     

    zzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZ…

    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.

    ZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz…

    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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  13. Holy Shit! Koko Knows More Than All the Republican Presidential Candidates.

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    February 15, 2016 by John Crapper

     

    Lest we forget…

     

    This is a short diary containing a short video with a powerful message for all of us.

    Koko, a female gorilla who belongs to one of the rarest species on earth which can communicate using sign language has a message for us. There is no need for me to say more, especially considering there is so much already being said in the political arena day in and day out on this site.

    Because of her unique ability to communicate with humans in sign language, Koko is a natural ambassador for endangered species, and thus we agreed to co-produce a short video PSA (Public Service Announcement) contingent on Koko’s willingness to participate.

    Turns out Koko was very interested in the subject, which we briefed her on via a recent issue of National Geographic titled “Cool It!” We also presented her with a script drafted by NOE (as any celebrity ambassador asked to do a PSA would expect) and allowed her to improvise during s series of brief daily video discussion sessions, in which Koko also had to learn a few new signs, such as “Protect” and “Nature.”

    Time is wasting! 

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  14. Every Day U.S. Dollars are Going to Fund ISIL

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    November 23, 2015 by John Crapper

     

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    This last Sunday I was doing some exercise as is my usual habit while watching Meet the Press.

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    I find that program a good gauge of mainstream media messaging but not a great program for what is really happening in our world. Of course, the program this last Sunday was a special one totally dedicated to the Paris attacks and what can and should be done to defeat ISIL, ISIS or whatever you call it in your circle.

    I was struck by the dearth of new ideas in the analysis. The same tired arguments we’ve heard now for years were spouted off by the guests (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). Throughout the entire program not one new idea was heard.

    Since watching there has been a gnawing in my mind urging me to write about what was troubling me. So I decided to forego making progress on a book I’m scripting and put some thoughts on paper. I know it won’t make any difference but with the Paris Climate Summit just around the corner at least I’ll feel better for getting these ideas out there.

    An article appearing in Reuters I read this morning while eating breakfast entitled Climate change root cause of Syrian war: Britain’s Prince Charles decided the issue for me. Prince Charles was quoted as saying:

    “And in fact there’s very good evidence indeed that one of the major reasons for this horror in Syria, funnily enough, was a drought that lasted for about five or six years, which meant that huge numbers of people in the end had to leave the land but increasingly they came into the cities.”
    “We never deal with the underlying root cause which regrettably is what we’re doing to our natural environment,” he said, noting that far greater problems lay ahead if climate change was not addressed immediately.

    I’m not going to dive into the numerous references that substantiate the validity of what Prince Charles is saying. Just as anthropogenic climate change is established scientific fact so too is the connection between the drought in Syria and the current political situation.

    My purpose in this diary is to look into the “underlying root support” we give to ISIL which regrettably is daily strengthening the terrorist organization and “will cause us far greater problems if not addressed”. That support comes from oil and our meddling in their countries largely as a result of the need to maintain access to that oil not only for us but our business coalition partners around the world.

    ISIL is now the richest terror group in the world with north of $500 billion worth of resources.

    They derive their income from numerous sources such as kidnapping, theft and drug trafficking but in this diary I want to examine ISIL’s funding coming from oil sources. There has been an ebb and flow to the amount of their funding coming from oil but my purpose here is not to nail down the current amount. The only point I want to make is oil has been a steady component.

    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.
    US officials said in October 2015 Islamic State militants were gaining at least $50 million per month from illegally selling crude oil from occupied oil fields in Iraq and Syria. The jihadists were selling the ‘black gold’ at extremely low prices. The extremists were reportedly selling crude oil at $35 per barrel, sometimes as little as $10 per barrel, four Iraqi intelligence officials told AP.

    It is interesting to note that the US-led coalition refrained from bombing the oil trade “lifeline” of Islamic State. Russia, in contrast, in November 2015 destroyed some 500 ISIS tankers over the past few days, disrupting the flow of illegal petrodollars to the terrorist group, which, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin, was selling oil to some 40 states.

    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 as being part of this flow?

    So climate change plays a part in Syria’s drought which has directly influenced current events happening there. There is a link between terrorism and climate change. Oil is an important source of ISIL funding and the Middle East has a history of donating money to ISIL related organizations.

    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 business 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? If you do I really want what you’re smoking!

    Yet I have yet to hear one so called 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.

    I wish I’d heard something like this on Meet the Press last Sunday.

    Of course we need to keep doing all the things we’ve been doing in our war on terrorism. But we can do more. We can ask the American people to do more. We can ask all civilized people around the world to do more and we can improve our lives and our long-term security in numerous other ways besides the defeat of terrorism.

    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.

    We should implement an emergency nation-wide commuter program. 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 emergency it might be time to consider the same for day to day commuting.

    2. Do whatever it takes but get out of middle eastern countries in ALL areas of contact. It is a clash of cultures and separation would mitigate the irritation.

    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 people to actually do something other than be vigilant and keep living life without making any changes.

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

    Oh, but we won’t do any of this because it might hurt our economy and each of us might have to sacrifice a little like ration gasoline or carpool to work. We might have to do something more than “be vigilant”.

    I’m just dreaming, I know. We’re not going to hear any of this coming from anybody except maybe Bernie.

    But I feel much better getting this out there. Now I’ll return to writing my book which projects what havoc climate change will cause us if we continue to do what we are doing at present.

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  15. The Horse

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    September 20, 2015 by John Crapper

    “Imagine a world where waste management has public benefits. The food waste industry that was once resource-intensive is now restorative. Integrated food and energy systems continually regenerate nutrients, energy, water and carbon from resources that were once exported away from communities to landfill storage. Food, energy and transportation systems are powered in part by the embedded solar energy in waste-resources. Under-utilized urban hardscapes of cities around the worlds are lined with bountiful organic permaculture. Rural and remote communities re-invent their food cycles with environmentally and economically sustainable solutions.”

    This future is not as far-fetched as you might think. This vision is now within our grasp. It can actually happen. The HORSE is here to help us but it needs our help.

    I always love it when, at the most unexpected time and place, you meet someone that impresses. That is what happened to me a couple of months ago at a garden party. Within minutes of walking up to this person, expecting to exchange niceties and move on, I found myself immersed in conversation about our mutual passion – the environment. No, we didn’t agree on the things we discussed, but rather challenged each other, arguing with knowledge our different perspectives. Mind you, our opinions weren’t that far apart. We were both quoting from the same book and eating from the same basic table. We just saw things through a different lens. I can’t speak for him, but I grew in perspective because of this chance encounter.

    His name is Edouard Stenger. In 2008, his blog was nominated as one of the ten best international blogs on environment in the Blog do Planeta, a leading Brazilian blog. More recently (2014) he has been featured for several months in the SustMeme Climate Change & Energy ranking. This is a list of the ” Top 500 influencers and players active on Twitter in Climate Science & Forecast, the Carbon Economy, Emissions, Clean, Green & Renewable Energy, Generation and Efficiency. ”

    I’m so glad our paths crossed at that party. If not for that fortunate encounter you would not be reading the following.

    Back to the Future may be fictional, but the machine that converts food scraps into energy is a reality because it has just been built in Seattle. This is a living machine that eats food scraps and makes energy and plant food using microbes with zero waste. It’s called the HORSE. It’s portable. It’s affordable. It creates jobs and independence from fossil fuel energy and landfilling.

    Impact Bioenergy is the core technology provider, designer, builder, and supplier of the HORSE digester.

    “Enabling Food Waste to Food Resource”

    CSB is the service end of a strategic partnering program that helps remove barriers to market and deploy this transformational technology in different locations. It is a partnering program between organizations such as food banks, schools, restaurants, breweries, distilleries, markets, urban farmers, gardeners, and other for-profit or non-profit ventures.

    CSB (Community Supported Biocycling) is a fresh model for transforming food waste into renewable energy and organic fertilizer. We develop and deploy hyper-local hubs, starting in Seattle, WA, that challenge the notion of waste management centered on distributed pick-up and centralized processing.

    This is how Henry Ford conceived the Model T. This is how Doc Brown conceived the Flux Capacitor. They inspired us. Ford’s vision was a horseless carriage constructed of the “best materials, by the best people available, using the simplest designs that technology can devise”. Our vision is a HORSE with the same characteristics. Now a century later we are taking it up a notch with biomimicry – a machine designed to behave like nature intended. The future is now! In the year 2015!

    This is a technology that can divert waste and create energy off-grid at the same time. And I must say, the HORSE does not horse around either. Just take a look at the benefits and impressive statistics. The benefits: It eradicates curbside garbage pickup and the carbon emissions associated with transport. It creates a shared carbon-negative transportation model for local use: less trucking + no landfilling + renewable energy projection. It’s decentralized, it’s portable and it’s affordable. The stats:

    It will consume 25 tons per year of food scraps, beverages, fat, and paper products. It can create 5,400 gallons per year of liquid fertilizer + up to 37 MW-hrs of raw energy. As renewable gas that’s 125 Million BTU per year (4.3 MW-hrs of this energy is electrical output). The system also has accessory valves for BBQ grills, fire pits, lights, and ovens. How cool is that? Here is what that means in everyday terms.

    With the HORSE:

    every bit of our bioresources are recycled and utilized locally. This includes all the nutrients, energy, water and carbon locked up in food waste. In addition to a waste solution, the process mitigates GHGs and lowers air and water pollution, all while improving soil fertility for farmers and investing in regenerative living communities.

     

    Their crowd sourcing goals are:

    to both connect like-minded people and to raise enough money to build a containerized version of the HORSE.

    The one you see below is going to Surrey, British Columbia! Our Canadian friends will enjoy the first one!

    Now let me ask you a couple of questions. If you’re a businessperson why would you pay around $200 a ton to dispose of a ton of waste when you could instead create a $700 a ton resource? That just doesn’t make good business sense. Instead, by taking advantage of the HORSE you’re bottom line wins, the community wins and the environment wins too. Win, WIN, WIN!

    And after looking into this project, I have to ask why anybody that purports to care about the environment would not support this project? That doesn’t make sense either. Click here to help!

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  16. Big, BIG Positive Climate Change News!

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    June 25, 2015 by John Crapper

    Reprinted with permission from Climate Change for Families This is a press release from Our Children’t Trust

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    VICTORY! Washington State Youth Win Unprecedented Decision in their Climate Change Lawsuit

    Youth Plaintiffs outside King County Courthouse for Oral Arguments May 15, 2015

    Judge Orders Washington Environmental Agency to Consider Youth-Proposed Carbon Dioxide Reductions Seattle, Washington – On Tuesday, King County Superior Court Judge Hollis Hill issued a landmark decision in Zoe & Stella Foster v. Washington Department of Ecology, the climate change case brought by eight young citizens of Washington State. (emphasis mine) In her decision, Judge Hill ordered the Washington Department of Ecology (“Ecology”) to reconsider the petition the eight youth filed with Ecology last year asking for carbon dioxide reductions, and to report back to the court by July 8, 2015, as to whether they will consider the undisputed current science necessary for climate recovery.

    Last June, the young petitioners filed a petition for rulemaking to Ecology requesting that the agency promulgate a rule that would limit carbon dioxide emissions in Washington according to what scientists say is needed to protect our oceans and climate system. The youth also asked Ecology to inform the Legislature that existing statutory greenhouse gas reductions must be revised based on current climate science. On August 14, 2014, Ecology denied the petition without disputing the underlying scientific bases for petitioner’s plea. Arguing that they have a fundamental right to a healthy environment, and that they are faced with increasing harms posed by climate destabilization and ocean acidification, the young petitioners filed an appeal of the denial to vindicate this right on behalf of themselves and future generations.

    “The effect of this decision is that for the first time in the United States, a court of law has ordered a state agency to consider the most current and best available climate science when deciding to regulate carbon dioxide emissions,” said Andrea Rodgers of the Western Environmental Law Center, attorney for the youth petitioners. “The court directed Ecology to apply the agency’s own findings that climate change presents an imminent threat to Washington and demands immediate action. The ball is now in Ecology’s court to do the right thing and protect our children and future generations.”

    In a footnote to her order, Judge Hill explained her plain reasoning for rejecting Ecology’s plan to delay action, referencing a December 2014 report from Ecology: “Ecology suggests no change in greenhouse gas reduction standards until after an international climate conference scheduled in Paris in December 2015, thus delaying action for at least a year from the date of the report or one year and five months after the report’s original due date. Neither in its briefing nor in oral argument of this appeal did the Department seek to justify this suggested delay. The report itself states that after the Paris conference Washington would be better informed how the state’s limits should be adjusted.”

    “Kids understand the threats climate change will have on our future,” said 13-year-old petitioner Zoe Foster. “I’m not going to sit by and watch my government do nothing. We don’t have time to waste. I’m pushing my government to take real action on climate, and I won’t stop until change is made.”

    The court’s opinion acknowledges that climate change is currently happening and will have devastating impacts on the natural environment of Washington. Citing Ecology’s December report, the court wrote: “Washington State’s existing statutory limits should be adjusted to better reflect the current science. The limits need to be more aggressive in order for Washington to do its part to address climate risks.”

    Ecology has recognized that “we are imposing risks on future generations (causing intergenerational inequities) and liability for the harm that will be caused by climate change that we are unable or unwilling to avoid.” Current climate science finds that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels must be reduced from the current global annual mean concentration of 401 parts per million, to 350 ppm by 2100 in order to achieve climate stabilization and protect our oceans from catastrophic acidification.

    “This encouraging court decision reminds us that there is still good basis for optimism about legal strategies that aim to require governments to draft an action plan consistent with a more stringent mitigation target than the ones that are commonly discussed,” said the youth’s expert, NASA climate scientist Dr. Pushker Kharecha. “I hope the Department of Ecology realizes that such a plan would be more achievable than they think in this case, and that they will therefore choose to amend their decision accordingly.”

    “This is a decision of immense national significance,” said Julia Olson, executive director of Our Children’s Trust, the nonprofit spearheading similar cases around the country. “Judge Hill acknowledges the urgent and dire acceleration of global warming, refuses to accept any more bureaucratic delay, and mandates that the State consider and act in just two weeks time on the youth’s scientific evidence that atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide must be reduced to 350 ppm. This judge understands the role of the judiciary to enforce citizen’s rights to fair evaluation of their grounded petitions and the critical urgency that government act substantively and without delay to protect the state’s resources and the children who depend on them.”

    “The court’s decision brings a feeling of triumph,” said 14-year-old petitioner Aji Piper. “But I know there is still a lot of work to be done. We may have one a battle, but we’re still fighting a bigger war.”

     

    The legal geniuses of Our Children’s Trust making history in Seattle for Oral Arguments, May 2015

    The youth petitioners acted with the help of Our Children’s Trust, an Oregon-based nonprofit orchestrating a global, game-changing, youth-driven legal campaign to establish the right to a healthy atmosphere and stable climate. The legal effort advances the fundamental duty of government today: to address the climate crisis based on scientific baselines and benchmarks, and to do so within timeframes determined by scientific analysis. Our Children’s Trust is a nonprofit organization advocating for urgent emissions reductions on behalf of youth and future generations, who have the most to lose if emissions are not reduced. OCT is spearheading the international human rights and environmental TRUST Campaign to compel governments to safeguard the atmosphere as a “public trust” resource. We use law, film, and media to elevate their compelling voices. Our ultimate goal is for governments to adopt and implement enforceable science-based Climate Recovery Plans with annual emissions reductions to return to an atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration of 350 ppm.

    The Western Environmental Law Center is a public interest nonprofit law firm. WELC combines legal skills with sound conservation biology and environmental science to address major environmental issues throughout the West. WELC does not charge clients and partners for services, but relies instead on charitable gifts from individuals, families, and foundations to accomplish its mission.

    NOAA, Global Greenhouse Reference Network, Global CO2 for April 2015

    Dr. Pushker Kharecha is a climate scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

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    I’ve written about this innovative group numerous times in the past. They have been and continue to do remarkable things. Here are the links to my past diaries.

    Children’s Rights

    Plant for the Planet – Growing But Let’s Add Fertilizer

    Hummingbirds -Plant for the Planet

    Plant for the Planet has all the elements to be successful and spread quickly. Here’s why:

    Engaged in the World games.

    1. It involves those most affected by climate change – young people. It provides them with the knowledge and leadership skills necessary to carry the message to their peers, parents, teachers, politicians and community business leaders.

    2. Peers listen to other peers. It’s the power of peer pressure put to work.

    3. It involves parents with their kids future and educational development. It motivates them to get involved in climate change action as a result of that involvement. It is hard to ignore your children.

    4. It involves teachers always looking for creative and innovative opportunities to engage their students in order to teach them valuable skills such as leadership and public speaking.

    5. It involves politicians. It is hard to ignore a young person knocking on your door or asking you a question if you are a public figure. They know if they do their parents, whom they need to vote for them, will not forget.

    Participants learning about properly planting a tree.

    6. It involves community business leaders always looking for good PR opportunities in order to portray a caring partner image to their community of customers.

    7. It attracts the press. Young people doing amazing things always attracts the cameras.

    8. And finally, and most importantly, it gives all involved a tangible, realistic way to get involved and move forward with a feeling of hope and empowerment.

    This is a YES WE CAN program bubbling with the optimism that only youth can bring to the table. We need that energy in the environmental movement. It’s time to Stop Talking and Start Planting. It’s time we join and assist in any way we can these young Ambassadors for Climate Justice. Now more than ever!

    Ambassadors for the climate.

    ***** Michael Foster: A mental health therapist and father in Seattle, Mike always had an interest in the impacts humans have on the health and welfare of our planet. From his childhood in Texas, where he grew up in the shadow of oil refineries, he has always been aware that we have the ability and the obligation to be positive stewards for the Earth – not just for ourselves, but for future generations. Mike is a speaker for the Climate Reality project, the Al Gore initiative, and volunteers his time to present “The Slide Show” to any and all interested groups. His particular focus is exploring the ways that families can work together to reverse global warming and create a sustainable future. Michael Foster is ready to help anybody interested in organizing and conducting their own Academy.

    website: Climate Change for Families e-mail: michael.foster2@comcast.net

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  17. The Blobs Are Here

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    April 23, 2015 by John Crapper

    The stuff of science fiction movies is now here in reality. When I read this article I just paused in shock, opened my mouth and uttered the phrase I always utter at such moments: Holy Shit!

    As reported on CNN April 22, 2015:

    Waters in a huge area of the Pacific are running 5.5 degrees warmer than normal!

     

    (CNN)Marine life swimming in unusual places. Water temperature higher than normal. No snow where it should be feet deep this time of year. “The Blob” could be playing a factor.

    As monikers go, the blob doesn’t sound very worrisome. But scientists are becoming worried. A University of Washington climate scientist and his associates have been studying the blob — a huge area of unusually warm water in the Pacific — for months.

    “In the fall of 2013 and early 2014 we started to notice a big, almost circular mass of water that just didn’t cool off as much as it usually did, so by spring of 2014 it was warmer than we had ever seen it for that time of year,” said Nick Bond, who works at the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean in Seattle, Washington.

    Bond, credited for the name, said it was 1,000 miles long, 1,000 miles wide and 100 yards deep in 2014 — and it has grown this year.

    And it’s not the only one; there are two others that emerged in 2014, Nate Mantua of the Southwest Fisheries Science Center — part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) — said in September. One is in the Bering Sea and the other is off the coast of Southern California.

    Waters in the blob have been warmer by about 5.5 degrees, a significant rise.

    A recent set of studies published in Geophysical Research Letters by Bond’s group points to a high-pressure ridge over the West Coast that has calmed ocean waters for two winters. The result was more heat staying in the water because storms didn’t kick up and help cool the surface water. “The warmer temperatures we see now aren’t due to more heating, but less winter cooling,” a recent news release from the University of Washington announcing the studies said. The university has worked with NOAA on the research.

    According to New Scientist magazine, this is causing some fish to migrate hundreds of miles from there normal areas.

    The magazine cited fisherman and wildlife officials in Alaska who have seen skipjack tuna and thresher sharks. Pygmy killer whales have been spotted off the coast of Washington. “I’ve never seen some of these species here before,” Bill Peterson of the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle told the New Scientist.

    Salmon that normally feed on tiny crustaceans and other food sources are finding that they are not around in the same numbers off the coast of the Pacific Northwest.

    “They had nothing to eat,” he told the magazine of last year’s conditions in the blob. It appears that food has moved to cooler waters.

    In January, Bond told the Chinook Observer in Long Beach, Washington, that his concern is for very young salmon that are still upstream.

    In California sea lion pups have been found extremely underweight and dying, possibly because of an ocean with fewer things to eat.

    “We have been seeing emaciated or dehydrated sea lions show up on beaches,” Justin Greenman, assistant stranding coordinator for NOAA on the West Coast, told CNN.

    The Blob isn’t just a movie on the big screen starring Steve McQueen.

    It is off our west coast and getting bigger. Real life is scarier than fiction. Holy Shit!

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  18. The Energy New Deal – 2018 – Part 3 of 3

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    December 11, 2014 by John Crapper

    Written July, 15th, 2025 – Poop John the First Memoirs

    It wasn’t long after the launch the the book The Holy Shitters that the shit really did hit the fan!  The ever-increasing pressure from parishioners of the Church of the Holy Shitters between the years 2016 – 17 on the power elites in the country was immense. The meticulous marketing plan devised prior to the publication of the book The Holy Shitters payed off handsomely.  It paved the way for it to go viral. Within 6 months disparate environmental organizations coalesced and rallied behind the concepts of the new consciousness espoused by the new Church. Suddenly large swaths of the population were looking at shit just a little differently and couldn’t be bullshitted anymore.

    The Church forced economists to rethink their basic assumptions. The Milton Friedman school of thought and the Keynesian school of thought were challenged by a new way of economic analysis. The Ass-forward, waste-end first, Soft and Fluffy economic theory continuously gained momentum and increasingly challenged old assumptions. Constant economic growth based on increases in consumption and consumer spending was questioned. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was ridiculed as a misleading measure of a nation’s wealth. The new concept of Gross Renewable Energy Product (GREP) emerged as the favored way to look at wealth generation.  It postulated that wealth 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.  The goal of an economic system, according to this economic theory, was to create more wealth by creating more energy from non-polluting renewable sources to enable mankind to do more with fewer resources and less pollution.

    The shit really hit the fan during the lead up to the 2018 mid-term election. It was the biggest wave election in the history of the country. Gone were the climate change deniers. Gone were the mouthpieces for the fossil fuel industry. In their place were candidates who believed in the promise of the Shitty Way of Life.

    In 2018 the President, bowing to public pressure, declared war during his State of the Union speech. This time it was not against a country or a mad dictator.  Instead, for the first time in history a country declared war on a thing.  The thing was our nation’s dependency on fossil fuel.

    In announcing this declaration of war the President appealed to people’s sense of patriotism.  People were more than willing to participate.  They had demanded it in the first place.  He announced his plan to launch an Energy New Deal and convened an emergency session of Congress to enact the necessary legislation and grant him the necessary executive powers.  The goals of the program were to end our dependency on foreign oil and reduce our CO2 emissions to 350 ppm in 10 years.

    Implementation of the “ass-forward commuting program was the first step taken. The program required all commuters to fill up their cars with passengers on their way to work to maximize vehicle load capacity. Almost overnight gas consumption dropped about 40%. Commute times were reduced by an average of 50% into all major cities. Rush hour traffic congestion was a thing of the past. Freeway expansion projects were scaled back to reflect the reduced traffic flows. People lamented for a while about their loss of private time while traveling to and from work, but the feeling quickly faded replaced by positive ones from not having to be behind the wheel each and every day. Very quickly car pooling commuting patterns emerged as the same people tended to catch rides with the same people each morning. This led to the formation of a commuting neighborhood community which fostered new friendships and human connections.  Within six months it was hard to imagine going to work any other way.

    The government also required trade-in of all gas-powered cars for all-electric ones within the ten-year time frame.  A nationwide program to install rapid recharge electric outlets in all gas stations was begun. Similar to the ban on civilian car production during WWII, car manufacturers were ordered to immediately cease production of gas and diesel vehicles and concentrate exclusively on electric ones.  Vehicle design improvements were restricted to being made in the areas of efficiency and safety only.

    Research and development funding in all areas of non-polluting renewable energy sources were dramatically increased. At the same time nuclear fission electrical generation was scrapped due to the risks associated with its use and schedule was implemented for the systematic shut down of all existing nuclear power plants within the 10-year period.   There were to be no more Fukushimas , Chernobyls, or Three Mile Islands.

    A massive effort was launched to educate consumers on the hazards of consumer diarrhea and the negative impacts super consumption was having on the economy. Manufacturers were instructed to analyze their products from the waste-end perspective.  As a result, whole areas of the economy such as plastic products and luxury lines were drastically reduced. The days of producing anything and everything that could possibly be sold for profit were gone forever. The concept of Soft and Fluffy Consumerism was promoted through all media outlets. Manufacturing and production were encouraged in non-polluting energy areas. Workers displaced during this massive restructuring were retrained to be employed in non-polluting renewable energy generating endeavors.  Major efforts were made to produce products, grow food and buy everything locally.  Long haul shipments were severely restricted.  Products being imported from foreign locations were stopped if at all possible.  The “made in China” label disappeared from the nation’s stores.

    A compulsory national service program was launched requiring  young people to serve their country for a minimum of 2 years. Its goals were to further efforts to transition the country away from fossil fuel and mitigate the effects of global warming.  A huge thrust of the program was a massive reforestation program both in this country and overseas.

    Nationwide, public school curriculum was updated to reflect the ass-forward way of thinking in the fields of economics, environmental studies, and psychology.  Climate denial instruction was a thing of the past.

    Ecological Sanitation

    Ecological Sanitation

    An Ecological Sanitation Summit was held bringing world experts in eco-san technology together to discuss and develop an action plan for the massive restructuring needed to change the way mankind was handling its waste.  Transitioning sanitation systems from a flush away sewage treatment plant model to treating human excrement as a valuable resource promised to be a herculean effort.  It would begin immediately after the Energy New Deal’s goals were met.  Engineers immediately began work on the Salvation Head to replace individual toilets and the Salvation Headmaster to replace existing sewage treatment facilities.

    Six months ago the Ecological Sanitation Program (ESP) was officially launched on a massive scale.

     

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  19. The Birth of the Shitty Way – Part 2 of 3

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    December 4, 2014 by John Crapper

    It was 1992. My wife Kathy, Jonathan, Joanie and myself, all teachers at Ruamrudee International School, gathered together as we often did to talk about school, our lives and things happening in our world. Most nights we were drinking way too much beer while attempting to solve the world’s problems but on this particular night we were teetotalers.

    When I blurted out the Holy Shitters concept and began in earnest filling in some details I remember Kathy repeatedly saying, “How long have you been thinking about this? I don’t believe you’ve never told me about this before! The four of us, sober as could be, brainstormed for hours and hours that night expanding on the concept. Oh how I wish I had recorded our conversation. The creativity was sure flowing. The pope became the poop and the popemobile become the poopmobile. The genuflect turned into the squat. Holy water took on a whole new meaning as toilets became the imagined places of worship. It was a pretty “shitty” night.

    Almost two decades later I finally started to get serious about the concept and began writing the book. I could say I wish I would’ve started sooner but that is just water under the bridge now. It wasn’t the right time for a number of reasons.

    In 2010, when I started in earnest on the project, the world was a pretty ass-backward place. Barack Obama was President. When he took office in 2008 the US was experiencing the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. There was an unpopular Wall Street bailout to save the financial system. A huge stimulus package was passed by Congress to prop up consumer demand and save jobs. On inauguration day there was a great sense of optimism in the country. That feeling quickly faded, however.

    In 2010 US dependency on foreign oil stood at 49% of the total having gone down from its peak in 2005 but still dangerously high. Drill baby drill was the mantra of the Republican Party during the mid-term elections. They were swept into power in the House of Representatives and gained seats in the Senate. They campaigned promising jobs, jobs, jobs but once in office passed laws that attacked worker’s rights to unionize, a women’s right to choose, Planned Parenthood and women’s access to contraception. They pushed for ever greater tax cuts for the wealthy while trying to gut the social safety net for the middle and lower income brackets.

    In 2012 approval of the Keystone Pipeline became a big issue and building of the first nuclear power plants since the accident at Three-Mile Island were approved. The Citizens United supreme court decision had opened up the floodgates of campaign contributions from billionaires and the Koch brothers were fully engaged in protecting their fossil fuel interests. During this time mankind’s relationship with the environment was as far away from “Soft and Fluffy” as it would ever be. For the US the early warning sign that something seriously wrong was happening to the climate came in August of 2005 with the arrival of Hurricane Katrina. It was the costliest national disaster in US history. In 2011 NOAA scientists reported that 2010 tied with 2005 as the warmest year for the global surface temperature since record keeping began in 1880. It was also the 34th consecutive year with global temperatures above the 20th century average. In 2012 long-term study showed that the biggest trees in the world were dying off rapidly as roads as they came under attack from severe droughts, new pests and diseases. Evidence of global warming was considered unequivocal, with scientists being more than 90% certain that most of it was caused by increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases produced by human activities such as deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels. Yet organizations such as the Heartland Institute were busy disseminating misinformation and doubt about climate change and pushing to have a deceptive curriculum introduced in public schools to mislead youth in their science studies.

    Leading up to the presidential election of 2012 political gridlock was the norm and bi-partisanship was becoming a distant memory. The campaign itself ranked as the dirtiest mud-slinging campaign in the history of the country. Barack Obama ended up being elected to a second term but the policies he proposed were still largely obstructed since the House came under the control of the climate change denying Republicans while the Republicans in the Senate continued to use the filibuster to obstruct passage of legislation.

    The mid-term elections of 2014 were a disaster for both President Obama, the Democrats and the environment. Control of both the Senate and House of Representatives ended up in Republican control. Senator James Inhofe, the famous climate denier became chair of the Environment Committee in the Senate.

    In early 2016 The Holy Shitters was first published. The book offered new way of looking at the world and mankind’s place in it. The Church called it the ass-forward way of thinking. Once released word spread fast. Overnight the book and website went viral. Membership in the Church of the Holy Shitters grew exponentially. Progressive movements quickly coalesced under its banner and disparate groups began communicating and coordinating in innovative ways. Apassholes were appointed and began writing in their areas of expertise further defining and giving greater detail to the Shitty Way of Life.

    Pressure soon mounted on the established political structure calling for dramatic change. The stage was set.

     

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  20. Thanks for Nature – Video & Photos

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    November 27, 2014 by John Crapper

    My wife and I found ourselves with some unexpected time off right after the mid-term elections. Needing a pick-me-up we decided to get out of town for a little recharge. So on November 10th, just a couple of days before the North Cascades Highway (Hwy. 20) closed for the winter we traveled across the mountain pass to spend three days in Winthrop.

    Always in awe of nature and very concerned about the affect humans are having on our climate I want to share a little of our journey and give thanks for the wondrous beauty that still surrounds us.

    Today is not a day to mention all the negative things happening in our world. It is a day to give thanks for it’s beauty and all it provides us every day.

     

    This is what we saw along the way.

     

     

    And this is where we stayed.

    And we saw many of these!  photo IMG_0391_zps1ad68e45.jpg Hope you all have a great turkey day!

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