• "Homosexuality is by definition a contagious disease. Carriers are unwilling to have normal children, and so the disease can only spread through analist propaganda, the gay mafia putting xenoestrogens in the food and water supply, and the Boy Scouts.

    No one is policing what these people do in private, dragging them to death behind pickup trucks or throwing them off of rooftops, but they aren’t satisfied with their private little hells. They want to be in public and they want to be celebrated because they want to eventually form fake marriages, “adopt” little kids, and fuck them up their little asses to spread their disease." - Andrew Anglin

    https://dailystormer.name/polish-city-hosts-first-ever-anal-pride-parade-leftist-politicians-flood-to-demand-even-more-sodomy/
    "Homosexuality is by definition a contagious disease. Carriers are unwilling to have normal children, and so the disease can only spread through analist propaganda, the gay mafia putting xenoestrogens in the food and water supply, and the Boy Scouts. No one is policing what these people do in private, dragging them to death behind pickup trucks or throwing them off of rooftops, but they aren’t satisfied with their private little hells. They want to be in public and they want to be celebrated because they want to eventually form fake marriages, “adopt” little kids, and fuck them up their little asses to spread their disease." - Andrew Anglin https://dailystormer.name/polish-city-hosts-first-ever-anal-pride-parade-leftist-politicians-flood-to-demand-even-more-sodomy/
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  • The Real Trouble with Ilhan Omar
    https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/07/22/real-trouble-ilhan-omar
    Sarah Jaffe

    Ilhan Omar has spent most of her adult life making trouble—good trouble, as her colleague John Lewis, with whom she’s just introduced a resolution supporting Americans’ right to participate in boycott movements, likes to say. So it’s perhaps understandable that she maintains an impressive cool under the repeated onslaught of criticism, threats, and rage thrown her way, from the right as well as well as from the Democratic leadership.

    It’s not, of course, an accident that the rightwing imagination obsesses over the woman who, as I’ve written elsewhere, embodies much of what Barack Obama was accused of being by the “birthers”—including Donald Trump, now Birther-In-Chief. She’s Muslim. She was born in Somalia and spent years in a refugee camp before coming to Minnesota. She has strong left politics and is unequivocal about her desire to make America’s sclerotic political system more equitable.

    It’s that last bit that is getting lost, however, in the fuss. The Congresswoman’s roots in Minneapolis’s strong, diverse progressive organizing community have received far less attention than her ethnicity, or her membership in “The Squad” of young, leftist, female legislators. Omar’s past work organizing in her hometown, from supporting Black Lives Matter to pushing for a ban on “conversion therapy” for LGBT youth, as well as her current policy initiatives, have received far less attention than a few obsessed-over tweets.

    The Congresswoman’s roots in Minneapolis’s strong, diverse progressive organizing community have received far less attention than her ethnicity.
    Omar was the lead on the recently introduced bill to abolish all student debt. Yet, even as the organizers from that movement credit her for making the issue a priority, most headlines cited Bernie Sanders (indeed a cosponsor), rather than her.

    Flanked by the mother of former school cafeteria worker Philando Castile, who was killed by a Minnesota police officer, Omar introduced a bill to ensure all students got school lunch. Her faceoff with Elliott Abrams, Trump’s special envoy to Venezuela during what appeared to be the lead-up to a U.S. invasion, was the bluntest confrontation I’ve seen of American imperial power—and she did it with a tiny, confident smile on her face, shutting down Abrams’s bluster with a simple “That was not a question.”

    Abrams was pardoned for his involvement in the Iran-Contra affair after pleading guilty; he also, as Omar noted, testified that American policy in El Salvador, which included massacres of civilians, children, and other atrocities, was “a fabulous achievement.” Given all that, she asked, “Would you support an armed faction within Venezuela that engages in war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide, if you believe they were serving U.S. interest, as you did in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua?”

    While Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders, stalwart on economic issues, have sometimes waffled on questions of imperial power and foreign relations, Omar has remained stalwart as she faces the (predictable) consequences of touching American politics’ long-standing third rails. Accused of anti-Semitism over her tweets criticizing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee by not only Trumpists but by Chelsea Clinton—whose pious “as an American” pearl-clutching handed ammunition to the right—Omar has not backed down.

    Omar’s introduction of a resolution, alongside Lewis and Squad member Rashida Tlaib, supporting the right to boycott comes in the face of a bipartisan push to ban the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement targeting Israel over its occupation of Palestinian lands.

    Trump wields accusations of anti-Semitism against Omar, as Talia Lavin wrote, “like a shield with a Star of David daubed on it in thin, flaking paint to defend him.” Yet the administration’s pious concern for the Jews rang hollow when Trump’s advisor Kellyanne Conway, responding to questions about the president’s telling Omar and her U.S.-born colleagues to “go back” to where they came from, asked a Jewish reporter his ethnicity.

    The racism of “go back to where you came from” is intertwined with the attacks on Omar’s political positions. From Clinton to Conway, her critics insinuate that her purportedly radical positions cannot be properly American, that she is an outside threat. And the U.S. has a long tradition of “sending home”—deporting—people it deems radical.

    Trump targets Omar because she is black and an immigrant and Muslim, of course. But he also targets her because she has been one of the loudest voices challenging U.S. hegemony.

    One hundred years before Trump announced a new round of ICE raids, the Palmer Raids rounded up suspected troublemakers, anarchists, and others, and deported around 800 people. One of those “sent back” in the first Red Scare was Jewish anarchist agitator Emma Goldman.

    In 1955, the U.S. used the McCarran Walter Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 to deport Claudia Jones, a black Communist organizer, writer, and editor born in Trinidad. (The act was used to revoke passports of U.S. citizens as well, including the leftist entertainer Paul Robeson.)

    Neither Jones nor Goldman, of course, held elected office, but the shouts of “send her home” directed at Omar will undoubtedly fall on others with less power, as those ICE raids come.

    Trump targets Omar because she is black and an immigrant and Muslim, of course. But he also targets her because she has been one of the loudest voices challenging the hegemony of U.S. power, which has always relied on brute force to say who’s in and who’s out, both inside and outside of its borders. She is unwilling to accept the bipartisan consensus that has ruled in Washington for too long, that says some people count and the lives—and deaths—of others do not. And that makes her dangerous.
    The Real Trouble with Ilhan Omar https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/07/22/real-trouble-ilhan-omar Sarah Jaffe Ilhan Omar has spent most of her adult life making trouble—good trouble, as her colleague John Lewis, with whom she’s just introduced a resolution supporting Americans’ right to participate in boycott movements, likes to say. So it’s perhaps understandable that she maintains an impressive cool under the repeated onslaught of criticism, threats, and rage thrown her way, from the right as well as well as from the Democratic leadership. It’s not, of course, an accident that the rightwing imagination obsesses over the woman who, as I’ve written elsewhere, embodies much of what Barack Obama was accused of being by the “birthers”—including Donald Trump, now Birther-In-Chief. She’s Muslim. She was born in Somalia and spent years in a refugee camp before coming to Minnesota. She has strong left politics and is unequivocal about her desire to make America’s sclerotic political system more equitable. It’s that last bit that is getting lost, however, in the fuss. The Congresswoman’s roots in Minneapolis’s strong, diverse progressive organizing community have received far less attention than her ethnicity, or her membership in “The Squad” of young, leftist, female legislators. Omar’s past work organizing in her hometown, from supporting Black Lives Matter to pushing for a ban on “conversion therapy” for LGBT youth, as well as her current policy initiatives, have received far less attention than a few obsessed-over tweets. The Congresswoman’s roots in Minneapolis’s strong, diverse progressive organizing community have received far less attention than her ethnicity. Omar was the lead on the recently introduced bill to abolish all student debt. Yet, even as the organizers from that movement credit her for making the issue a priority, most headlines cited Bernie Sanders (indeed a cosponsor), rather than her. Flanked by the mother of former school cafeteria worker Philando Castile, who was killed by a Minnesota police officer, Omar introduced a bill to ensure all students got school lunch. Her faceoff with Elliott Abrams, Trump’s special envoy to Venezuela during what appeared to be the lead-up to a U.S. invasion, was the bluntest confrontation I’ve seen of American imperial power—and she did it with a tiny, confident smile on her face, shutting down Abrams’s bluster with a simple “That was not a question.” Abrams was pardoned for his involvement in the Iran-Contra affair after pleading guilty; he also, as Omar noted, testified that American policy in El Salvador, which included massacres of civilians, children, and other atrocities, was “a fabulous achievement.” Given all that, she asked, “Would you support an armed faction within Venezuela that engages in war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide, if you believe they were serving U.S. interest, as you did in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua?” While Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders, stalwart on economic issues, have sometimes waffled on questions of imperial power and foreign relations, Omar has remained stalwart as she faces the (predictable) consequences of touching American politics’ long-standing third rails. Accused of anti-Semitism over her tweets criticizing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee by not only Trumpists but by Chelsea Clinton—whose pious “as an American” pearl-clutching handed ammunition to the right—Omar has not backed down. Omar’s introduction of a resolution, alongside Lewis and Squad member Rashida Tlaib, supporting the right to boycott comes in the face of a bipartisan push to ban the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement targeting Israel over its occupation of Palestinian lands. Trump wields accusations of anti-Semitism against Omar, as Talia Lavin wrote, “like a shield with a Star of David daubed on it in thin, flaking paint to defend him.” Yet the administration’s pious concern for the Jews rang hollow when Trump’s advisor Kellyanne Conway, responding to questions about the president’s telling Omar and her U.S.-born colleagues to “go back” to where they came from, asked a Jewish reporter his ethnicity. The racism of “go back to where you came from” is intertwined with the attacks on Omar’s political positions. From Clinton to Conway, her critics insinuate that her purportedly radical positions cannot be properly American, that she is an outside threat. And the U.S. has a long tradition of “sending home”—deporting—people it deems radical. Trump targets Omar because she is black and an immigrant and Muslim, of course. But he also targets her because she has been one of the loudest voices challenging U.S. hegemony. One hundred years before Trump announced a new round of ICE raids, the Palmer Raids rounded up suspected troublemakers, anarchists, and others, and deported around 800 people. One of those “sent back” in the first Red Scare was Jewish anarchist agitator Emma Goldman. In 1955, the U.S. used the McCarran Walter Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 to deport Claudia Jones, a black Communist organizer, writer, and editor born in Trinidad. (The act was used to revoke passports of U.S. citizens as well, including the leftist entertainer Paul Robeson.) Neither Jones nor Goldman, of course, held elected office, but the shouts of “send her home” directed at Omar will undoubtedly fall on others with less power, as those ICE raids come. Trump targets Omar because she is black and an immigrant and Muslim, of course. But he also targets her because she has been one of the loudest voices challenging the hegemony of U.S. power, which has always relied on brute force to say who’s in and who’s out, both inside and outside of its borders. She is unwilling to accept the bipartisan consensus that has ruled in Washington for too long, that says some people count and the lives—and deaths—of others do not. And that makes her dangerous.
    The Real Trouble with Ilhan Omar
    While others on the left waffle on questions of imperial power and foreign relations, the freshman Democrat takes on American hegemony... lhan Omar has spent most of her adult life making trouble—good trouble, as her colleague John Lewis, with whom she’s just introduced a resolution supporting Americans’ right to participate in boycott movements, likes to say.
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  • "It will be a great thing if Jews, Moslems, browns and Leftists start a campaign of genocide against dogs and cats. This will lead to sharp polarization in the undeclared race war we are already in. The tragedy is that the Whites unwilling to take up arms to defend their own interests might well prove willing to do so to save their pets." - Frei

    https://dailystormer.name/leftists-call-for-animal-sacrifice-we-must-get-rid-of-cats-and-dogs-to-save-the-planet/
    "It will be a great thing if Jews, Moslems, browns and Leftists start a campaign of genocide against dogs and cats. This will lead to sharp polarization in the undeclared race war we are already in. The tragedy is that the Whites unwilling to take up arms to defend their own interests might well prove willing to do so to save their pets." - Frei https://dailystormer.name/leftists-call-for-animal-sacrifice-we-must-get-rid-of-cats-and-dogs-to-save-the-planet/
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  • It is PERMITTED for DEAFNESS to lie, to convinces the non-DEAFNESS INFIDELS the GREATNESS OF DEAFNESS! It is PERMITTED for DEAFNESS TO LIE, CHEAT, and otherwise, COERCES unwilling nonDEAFNESS to CONVERT to DEAFNESS wholeheartedly. If they will NOT convert, then put them to the sword, or any manner of tools that will destroy the non-DEAFNESS INFIDELS!
    It is PERMITTED for DEAFNESS to lie, to convinces the non-DEAFNESS INFIDELS the GREATNESS OF DEAFNESS! It is PERMITTED for DEAFNESS TO LIE, CHEAT, and otherwise, COERCES unwilling nonDEAFNESS to CONVERT to DEAFNESS wholeheartedly. If they will NOT convert, then put them to the sword, or any manner of tools that will destroy the non-DEAFNESS INFIDELS!
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  • "This has led to the situation in which U.S. armed forces are the most powerful in the world by a wide margin, and yet they increasingly run the risk of losing a future war with China or Russia.  The root of the problem is the DoD’s unwillingness thus far to fully come to grips with the reality that its principal competitors are no longer regional threats such as the Iraqs and Yugoslavias of the world, but rather great powers with advanced military forces and the ability to match U.S. escalation."  

    https://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2019/06/why-united-states-could-lose-next-war.html
    "This has led to the situation in which U.S. armed forces are the most powerful in the world by a wide margin, and yet they increasingly run the risk of losing a future war with China or Russia.  The root of the problem is the DoD’s unwillingness thus far to fully come to grips with the reality that its principal competitors are no longer regional threats such as the Iraqs and Yugoslavias of the world, but rather great powers with advanced military forces and the ability to match U.S. escalation."   https://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2019/06/why-united-states-could-lose-next-war.html
    Why the United States Could Lose the Next War
    A  fascinating recent study  by Christopher Dougherty entitled " Why America Needs a New Way of War " at the Center for a New American Secu...
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  • Chapter 4
    “A Foot in the Door”

    During my brief separation from my family, my stepbrother called me at my father’s home. It was a bit of a surprise that he wanted to speak to me, as I had no contact with him since I was a teenager, and that contact was brief in itself.

    Apparently he had heard about my situation and thought that I might be seeking a life change; not to mention his own motives to engage with me at that particular time.

    He told me about a special piece of property that he had found online (after casually searching for an ideal off-grid plot of land for many years). The land that he had found was unique, as it was not only an in holding on state lands, but also a patented gold claim. Well off the beaten path, it was in true wilderness, eight miles from a paved road and four miles behind a locked gate. Sitting atop a mountain in the northernmost section of Central Washington, it seemed completely disconnected from any modern society. It also happened to be quite affordable.

    The entire concept was captivating to me, and so well timed. My growing desire to unplug from the modern world, to live independently, and obtain a more peaceful lifestyle seemed completely congruous with the opportunity he presented. Suddenly there seemed a viable path to an early retirement. All I would need to do is create a new self-sustaining home in the wilderness and move into homesteading.

    When I went to visit the land, it was more beautiful and peaceful than I had imagined. I experienced something that I had rarely (if ever) experienced in life, total silence. The land was rugged and set far above a river valley full of pristine lakes and small apple orchards. There was only one neighbor on this section of the mountain, a man who had been living there alone for more than a decade. He seemed a likely ally in effectively establishing a new home there.

    The land was resource rich and covered in wildlife. It had a large pond, numerous trees, wind and sunshine, and amazing panoramic views. I envisioned building humble and sustainable low-cost structures to live in, windmills and solar power systems, growing gardens, and living out the rest of my life apart from a society that had become my mortal enemy. I might find peace after all.

    I purchased the land immediately, and began creating elaborate plans for development and my family’s transition into a better life.

    My wife was not as enthusiastic about the idea. Being a social person, the thought of living in the remote wilderness was not exactly her cup of tea. She had little interest in going that direction at all, much less devoting financial resources to the wild dreams of an insane man. Though she took some steps to appease my inspiration, it became more and more clear that she had little interest in playing into such lofty dreams.

    Seeking compromise to preserve my family life, I scaled back my plans for the land and sought only meager budget resources to begin construction of a cabin and other components. Perhaps I could at least use the land as a retreat until it became more likely that I might be able to retire there.

    In striving to become more spiritual in my life, I had begun listening more closely to messages that I felt were from Spirit. It had been the inspiration that arose in my heart that drove my purchase of the land in the first place, and it had seemed that Spirit was guiding me with how easily the land came into my possession. I felt that I must trust Spirit’s intention for the land and become less attached my own desires.

    My eldest sister Janice had returned to Washington many months before, from a long stint in Hawaii. While there she had fallen very ill and had returned to Washington State to reclaim her health and to be more proximate to family. Her arrival home was indeed a great boon for our family. She had created re-union events that everyone attended and my siblings and I became more connected than we had been for years.

    Janice’s health greatly improved over the months that had passed since she returned, and she turned intensely and interestingly spiritual. Apparently she had gone through a soul retrieval process with some medicine woman, and had taken to studying under the woman herself. I found it all a bit unconventional, but my curiosity had spiked after seeing the physical transformation. Though I had never met this shaman-woman, the fruits of her works were apparent in the rapid healing of my sister.

    Of course, it seemed out of the question for me to pursue any pagan-type spirituality, as I had been partially raised among Christians who would swear that any path besides one directly through Christ was considered blasphemous and might end me up in an eternity of fiery hell. Besides I found it strange that my sister had started collecting dead animal parts in her home; it just seemed a bit too morbid for me.

    Despite my closed-heartedness, it seemed that Spirit continued to send me messages related to a more shamanic approach to life. Again and again, the topic would come up in my daily life, no matter how often I dismissed it.

    Then a family crisis occurred. My father-in-law in Mount Shasta, California was diagnosed with cancer. He had fairly recently lost his wife to poor health and he was now basically alone when he received the bad news. Knowing that he would need support, my wife and I quickly set out to visit him as he began chemotherapy treatments.

    One night we stayed at a cheap hotel in Weed, California. In the morning, I ventured with my wife and son to the breakfast room for the standard complimentary breakfast. Upon entering the room, I observed a man wearing bright colors and a funny red had going from table to table speaking to the other hotel guests. It was clear that he did not work for the hotel, but was rather a wing nut; probably just being a bother to everyone he could intrude on.

    Quickly I filled my coffee cup and headed out the door, trying not to be noticed by the man. It was too early to put up with such nonsense. I scurried down the hall toward the outer exit, where I hoped to have a smoke and drink my coffee in peace. No sooner did I leave the room than the man followed. By the time I made it to the outer exit, he was upon me and I was obligated to hold the door for him.

    He instantly introduced himself and stated that it was always nice to reunite with another part of him. This deep and spiritual statement immediately captivated me. I could no longer ignore his presence. He joined me outside over a smoke.

    He told me that he was a shaman. He had spent the last five years living in the wilderness, and he spoke about healing work he did through the ceremonial use of bowls. Though his stories were quite abnormal, I abandoned my own will to resist, and sat curious as to why Spirit was bringing more shamanic messages to me.

    Soon my wife and I would return to Washington State, and I would return to work at Microsoft.

    On my first day back to work, I entered the office of a co-worker. He seemed depressed, and I went in to see if I could help to brighten his mood. He was a kind, good looking, and charismatic man. We shared a birthday. He used to be in sales, which he enjoyed a great deal, but since entering into the operations side of the business, he had grown terribly unhappy. We spoke for some time about his and my situations.

    Somewhere during the conversation, he brought up a woman who had greatly influenced his life for the better many years before. He went on to explain how she had also touched numerous other people within the organization with similar results. The fruits of her works and the success that she had brought into the lives of others resonated deeply with me, and reminded me of the medicine woman who had helped my sister so much.

    Out of curiosity and an intuitive knowing, I asked if her name was Char Sundust. Char was the woman who had come to my sister’s aid and who I credited for bringing her back from the edge of death itself. His eyes grew wide open and he exclaimed, “How did you know that?!?” Spirit’s messages were now becoming too obvious. There was something about shamanism, or at least Char Sundust, that I must explore more deeply.

    First however, I must speak directly to God about these messages and my fears. I was still unwilling to pursue any path that I thought might be destructive or blasphemous. After all I was seeking a path of healing and of a truly divine spiritual nature. I was tired of being deceived.

    When I prayed about the subject and then listened, I heard only one message. “If you truly believe in me, then you will find me anywhere you seek.” I decided to see if I could get in touch with this Char Sundust person.

    I still didn’t know Spirit’s plan, but I thought it might possibly have to do with the land I had procured. Perhaps she could use it for a retreat, which I would be happy to offer to someone who had brought so much good into the world. Maybe this was Spirit’s intention.

    I went to my sister to see if I could get an introduction. I told her of the messages I had been receiving from Spirit, and she encouraged me to continue my exploration with courage. She explained that Char was holding a retreat in the coming days and that she would see if I might be able to attend, and to meet Char for myself.

    Sadly the event was reserved for students of Char’s and so I was not allowed to attend. Char did receive the communication of my interest however and I was scheduled to have a phone call with her within a couple of weeks. I stood by in curiosity and went about my life until the day arrived.

    Music: “Shoulders of Giants” (2017)
    https://choon.co/tracks/0sm1pmy5ien/shoulders-of-giants/

    Image: “The Mountain” by Cedar Branches (2013)
    Chapter 4 “A Foot in the Door” During my brief separation from my family, my stepbrother called me at my father’s home. It was a bit of a surprise that he wanted to speak to me, as I had no contact with him since I was a teenager, and that contact was brief in itself. Apparently he had heard about my situation and thought that I might be seeking a life change; not to mention his own motives to engage with me at that particular time. He told me about a special piece of property that he had found online (after casually searching for an ideal off-grid plot of land for many years). The land that he had found was unique, as it was not only an in holding on state lands, but also a patented gold claim. Well off the beaten path, it was in true wilderness, eight miles from a paved road and four miles behind a locked gate. Sitting atop a mountain in the northernmost section of Central Washington, it seemed completely disconnected from any modern society. It also happened to be quite affordable. The entire concept was captivating to me, and so well timed. My growing desire to unplug from the modern world, to live independently, and obtain a more peaceful lifestyle seemed completely congruous with the opportunity he presented. Suddenly there seemed a viable path to an early retirement. All I would need to do is create a new self-sustaining home in the wilderness and move into homesteading. When I went to visit the land, it was more beautiful and peaceful than I had imagined. I experienced something that I had rarely (if ever) experienced in life, total silence. The land was rugged and set far above a river valley full of pristine lakes and small apple orchards. There was only one neighbor on this section of the mountain, a man who had been living there alone for more than a decade. He seemed a likely ally in effectively establishing a new home there. The land was resource rich and covered in wildlife. It had a large pond, numerous trees, wind and sunshine, and amazing panoramic views. I envisioned building humble and sustainable low-cost structures to live in, windmills and solar power systems, growing gardens, and living out the rest of my life apart from a society that had become my mortal enemy. I might find peace after all. I purchased the land immediately, and began creating elaborate plans for development and my family’s transition into a better life. My wife was not as enthusiastic about the idea. Being a social person, the thought of living in the remote wilderness was not exactly her cup of tea. She had little interest in going that direction at all, much less devoting financial resources to the wild dreams of an insane man. Though she took some steps to appease my inspiration, it became more and more clear that she had little interest in playing into such lofty dreams. Seeking compromise to preserve my family life, I scaled back my plans for the land and sought only meager budget resources to begin construction of a cabin and other components. Perhaps I could at least use the land as a retreat until it became more likely that I might be able to retire there. In striving to become more spiritual in my life, I had begun listening more closely to messages that I felt were from Spirit. It had been the inspiration that arose in my heart that drove my purchase of the land in the first place, and it had seemed that Spirit was guiding me with how easily the land came into my possession. I felt that I must trust Spirit’s intention for the land and become less attached my own desires. My eldest sister Janice had returned to Washington many months before, from a long stint in Hawaii. While there she had fallen very ill and had returned to Washington State to reclaim her health and to be more proximate to family. Her arrival home was indeed a great boon for our family. She had created re-union events that everyone attended and my siblings and I became more connected than we had been for years. Janice’s health greatly improved over the months that had passed since she returned, and she turned intensely and interestingly spiritual. Apparently she had gone through a soul retrieval process with some medicine woman, and had taken to studying under the woman herself. I found it all a bit unconventional, but my curiosity had spiked after seeing the physical transformation. Though I had never met this shaman-woman, the fruits of her works were apparent in the rapid healing of my sister. Of course, it seemed out of the question for me to pursue any pagan-type spirituality, as I had been partially raised among Christians who would swear that any path besides one directly through Christ was considered blasphemous and might end me up in an eternity of fiery hell. Besides I found it strange that my sister had started collecting dead animal parts in her home; it just seemed a bit too morbid for me. Despite my closed-heartedness, it seemed that Spirit continued to send me messages related to a more shamanic approach to life. Again and again, the topic would come up in my daily life, no matter how often I dismissed it. Then a family crisis occurred. My father-in-law in Mount Shasta, California was diagnosed with cancer. He had fairly recently lost his wife to poor health and he was now basically alone when he received the bad news. Knowing that he would need support, my wife and I quickly set out to visit him as he began chemotherapy treatments. One night we stayed at a cheap hotel in Weed, California. In the morning, I ventured with my wife and son to the breakfast room for the standard complimentary breakfast. Upon entering the room, I observed a man wearing bright colors and a funny red had going from table to table speaking to the other hotel guests. It was clear that he did not work for the hotel, but was rather a wing nut; probably just being a bother to everyone he could intrude on. Quickly I filled my coffee cup and headed out the door, trying not to be noticed by the man. It was too early to put up with such nonsense. I scurried down the hall toward the outer exit, where I hoped to have a smoke and drink my coffee in peace. No sooner did I leave the room than the man followed. By the time I made it to the outer exit, he was upon me and I was obligated to hold the door for him. He instantly introduced himself and stated that it was always nice to reunite with another part of him. This deep and spiritual statement immediately captivated me. I could no longer ignore his presence. He joined me outside over a smoke. He told me that he was a shaman. He had spent the last five years living in the wilderness, and he spoke about healing work he did through the ceremonial use of bowls. Though his stories were quite abnormal, I abandoned my own will to resist, and sat curious as to why Spirit was bringing more shamanic messages to me. Soon my wife and I would return to Washington State, and I would return to work at Microsoft. On my first day back to work, I entered the office of a co-worker. He seemed depressed, and I went in to see if I could help to brighten his mood. He was a kind, good looking, and charismatic man. We shared a birthday. He used to be in sales, which he enjoyed a great deal, but since entering into the operations side of the business, he had grown terribly unhappy. We spoke for some time about his and my situations. Somewhere during the conversation, he brought up a woman who had greatly influenced his life for the better many years before. He went on to explain how she had also touched numerous other people within the organization with similar results. The fruits of her works and the success that she had brought into the lives of others resonated deeply with me, and reminded me of the medicine woman who had helped my sister so much. Out of curiosity and an intuitive knowing, I asked if her name was Char Sundust. Char was the woman who had come to my sister’s aid and who I credited for bringing her back from the edge of death itself. His eyes grew wide open and he exclaimed, “How did you know that?!?” Spirit’s messages were now becoming too obvious. There was something about shamanism, or at least Char Sundust, that I must explore more deeply. First however, I must speak directly to God about these messages and my fears. I was still unwilling to pursue any path that I thought might be destructive or blasphemous. After all I was seeking a path of healing and of a truly divine spiritual nature. I was tired of being deceived. When I prayed about the subject and then listened, I heard only one message. “If you truly believe in me, then you will find me anywhere you seek.” I decided to see if I could get in touch with this Char Sundust person. I still didn’t know Spirit’s plan, but I thought it might possibly have to do with the land I had procured. Perhaps she could use it for a retreat, which I would be happy to offer to someone who had brought so much good into the world. Maybe this was Spirit’s intention. I went to my sister to see if I could get an introduction. I told her of the messages I had been receiving from Spirit, and she encouraged me to continue my exploration with courage. She explained that Char was holding a retreat in the coming days and that she would see if I might be able to attend, and to meet Char for myself. Sadly the event was reserved for students of Char’s and so I was not allowed to attend. Char did receive the communication of my interest however and I was scheduled to have a phone call with her within a couple of weeks. I stood by in curiosity and went about my life until the day arrived. Music: “Shoulders of Giants” (2017) https://choon.co/tracks/0sm1pmy5ien/shoulders-of-giants/ Image: “The Mountain” by Cedar Branches (2013)
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  • "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

    Yet communists would have it that we ALL be like the first, waits for the communists to feed us, to clothe us, to tell us what to think and what to do. That's PURE SLAVERY.

    Capitalism teaches us to learn how to feed ourselves by catching fish, aka money in order to feed ourselves, clothe ourselves, and be free to think for ourselves, on what to do in our own lives. This is the best thing. Freedom gives us this.

    Under socialism/communism, it is DEATH. Not allowed to move, not allowed to think, not allowed to feed yourself, except with socialists/communists' permission. THIS IS PURE SLAVERY.

    What is the hell's wrong with these braindead morons who prefers to be a child, unwilling to grow up, to learn to feed and cloth and look after yourself without any need for dependence on outside aka The State, aka the communist government? They are braindead indeed.

    Far better to be strong and hard and independent to seek out wealth, in order to feed yourself, clothe yourself, put roof over your head, live independently, and help others who desires the same, to be FREE!

    Under capitalism, what you earn, you keeps, you OWNS your earnings, you owns your properties, you owns your clothes, your foods, you OWNS. No one can take it, until you are willing to sell. This is PURE FREEDOM.

    Under communism, end result of socialism: What you earn, the state confiscates. You have no properties, no clothes, unless the State tells you can wear this, live in this hovel, and the foods you are GIVEN, by the State, usually are crap, inferior, horrible.

    Under socialism/communism, STARVATION is the result - STARVATION OF SPIRITS, STARVATION OF FAITH, STARVATION OF MORALS, STARVATION OF LIFE!

    Capitalism is vastly more better than socialism/communism, in any way shape or form.

    I shit on your soicalists, I shit on your communists, I shit on you islamists, I shit on all you morons who thinks life is better without FREEDOM. Morons, dolts, retards, thats' all you are!

    FREEDOM OR DEATH! LIBERTY OR DEATH!

    https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/give_a_man_a_fish_and_you_feed_him_for_a_day;_teach_a_man_to_fish_and_you_feed_him_for_a_lifetime
    "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." Yet communists would have it that we ALL be like the first, waits for the communists to feed us, to clothe us, to tell us what to think and what to do. That's PURE SLAVERY. Capitalism teaches us to learn how to feed ourselves by catching fish, aka money in order to feed ourselves, clothe ourselves, and be free to think for ourselves, on what to do in our own lives. This is the best thing. Freedom gives us this. Under socialism/communism, it is DEATH. Not allowed to move, not allowed to think, not allowed to feed yourself, except with socialists/communists' permission. THIS IS PURE SLAVERY. What is the hell's wrong with these braindead morons who prefers to be a child, unwilling to grow up, to learn to feed and cloth and look after yourself without any need for dependence on outside aka The State, aka the communist government? They are braindead indeed. Far better to be strong and hard and independent to seek out wealth, in order to feed yourself, clothe yourself, put roof over your head, live independently, and help others who desires the same, to be FREE! Under capitalism, what you earn, you keeps, you OWNS your earnings, you owns your properties, you owns your clothes, your foods, you OWNS. No one can take it, until you are willing to sell. This is PURE FREEDOM. Under communism, end result of socialism: What you earn, the state confiscates. You have no properties, no clothes, unless the State tells you can wear this, live in this hovel, and the foods you are GIVEN, by the State, usually are crap, inferior, horrible. Under socialism/communism, STARVATION is the result - STARVATION OF SPIRITS, STARVATION OF FAITH, STARVATION OF MORALS, STARVATION OF LIFE! Capitalism is vastly more better than socialism/communism, in any way shape or form. I shit on your soicalists, I shit on your communists, I shit on you islamists, I shit on all you morons who thinks life is better without FREEDOM. Morons, dolts, retards, thats' all you are! FREEDOM OR DEATH! LIBERTY OR DEATH! https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/give_a_man_a_fish_and_you_feed_him_for_a_day;_teach_a_man_to_fish_and_you_feed_him_for_a_lifetime
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  • Plenty of 'Collusion' for The Ultimate Crime: Lighting the Earth on Fire
    https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/04/25/plenty-collusion-ultimate-crime-lighting-earth-fire
    Tom Engelhardt

    As Notre Dame burned, as the flames leapt from its roof of ancient timbers, many of us watched in grim horror.

    Hour after hour, on screen after screen, channel after channel, you could see that 850-year-old cathedral, a visiting spot for 13 million people annually, being gutted, its roof timbers flaring into the evening sky, its steeple collapsing in a ball of fire.

    It was dramatic and deeply disturbing -- and, of course, unwilling to be left out of any headline-making event, President Trump promptly tweeted his advice to the French authorities: “Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!”

    No matter that water from such planes would probably have taken the cathedral’s towers down and endangered lives as well -- "the equivalent," according to a French fire chief, “of dropping three tons of concrete at 250 kilometers per hour [on] the ancient monument.”

    Still, who could doubt that watching such a monument to the human endeavor being transformed into a shell of its former self was a reminder that everything human is mortal; that, whether in a single lifetime or 850 years, even the most ancient of our artifacts, like those in Iraq and Syria recently, will sooner or later be scourged by the equivalent of (or even quite literally by) fire and sword; that nothing truly lasts, even the most seemingly permanent of things like, until now, Notre Dame?

    "We are, of course, talking about nothing short of the ultimate crime, but on any given day of our lives, you’d hardly notice that it was underway."

    That cathedral in flames, unlike so much else in our moment (including you-know-who in his every waking moment), deserved the front-and-center media attention it got.

    Historically speaking, it was a burning event of the first order.

    Still, it's strange that the most unnerving, deeply terrifying burning underway today, not of that ancient place of worship that lived with humanity for so many tumultuous centuries but of the planet itself, remains largely in the background.

    When the cathedral in which Napoleon briefly crowned himself emperor seemed likely to collapse, it was certifiably an event of headline importance.

    When, however, the cathedral (if you care to think of it that way) in which humanity has been nurtured all these tens of thousands of years, on which we spread, developed, and became what we are today -- I mean, of course, the planet itself -- is in danger of an unprecedented sort from fires we continue to set, that’s hardly news at all.

    It’s largely relegated to the back pages of our attention, lost any day of the week to headlines about a disturbed, suicidal young woman obsessed with the Columbine school massacre or an attorney general obsessed with protecting the president.

    And let’s not kid ourselves, this planet of ours is beginning to burn -- and not just last week or month either.

    It’s been smoldering for decades now.

    Last summer, for instance, amid global heat records:
    Ouargla, Algeria, 124 degrees Fahrenheit;
    Hong Kong, over 91 degrees Fahrenheit for 16 straight days;
    Nawabsha, Pakistan, 122 degrees Fahrenheit;
    Oslo, Norway, over 86 degrees Fahrenheit for 16 consecutive days;
    Los Angeles, 108 degrees Fahrenheit,
    AND wildfires raged inside the Arctic Circle.

    This March, in case you hadn’t noticed -- and why would you, since it’s gotten so little attention? -- the temperature in Alaska was, on average, 20 degrees (yes, that is not a misprint) above normal and typical ice roads between villages and towns across parts of that state were melting and collapsing with deaths ensuing.

    Meanwhile, in the Antarctic, ice is melting at a rate startling to scientists.

    If the process accelerates, global sea levels could rise far faster than expected, beginning to drown coastal cities like Miami, New York, and Shanghai more quickly than previously imagined.

    Meanwhile, globally, the wildfire season is lengthening.

    Fearsome fires are on the rise, as are droughts, and that’s just to begin to paint a picture of a heating planet and its ever more extreme weather systems and storms, of (if you care to think of it that way) a Whole Earth version of Notre Dame.

    The Arsonists Arrive

    As was true with Notre Dame, when it comes to the planet, there were fire alarms before an actual blaze was fully noted.

    Take, for example, the advisory panel of scientists reporting to President Lyndon Johnson on the phenomenon of global warming back in 1965.

    They would, in fact, predict with remarkable accuracy how our world was going to change for the worse by this twenty-first-century moment. (And Johnson, in turn, would bring the subject up officially for perhaps the first time in a Special Message to Congress on February 5, 1965, 54 years before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal proposal.)

    As that panel wrote at the time, “Through his worldwide industrial civilization, Man is unwittingly conducting a vast geophysical experiment. Within a few generations he is burning the fossil fuels that slowly accumulated in the earth over the past 500 million years...”

    In other words, the alarm was first sounded more than half a century ago.

    When it comes to climate change, however, as the smoke began to appear and, in our own moment, the first flames began to leap—after all, the last four years have been the hottest on record and, despite the growth of ever less expensive alternative energy sources, carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere are still rising, not falling—no firemen arrived (just children).

    There were essentially no adults to put out the blaze.

    Yes, there was the Paris climate accord but it was largely an agreement in principle without enforcement power of any genuine sort.

    In fact, across significant parts of the planet, those who appeared weren’t firefighters at all, but fire feeders who will likely prove to be the ultimate arsonists of human history. In a way, it's been an extraordinary performance.

    Leaders who vied for, or actually gained, power not only refused to recognize the existence of climate change but were quite literally eager to aid and abet the phenomenon.

    This is true, for instance, of the new president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, who came to power prepared to turn the already endangered carbon sink of the Amazon rain forest into a playground for corporate and agricultural destroyers.

    It is similarly true in Europe, where right-wing populist movements have begun to successfully oppose gestures toward dealing with climate change, gaining both attention and votes in the process.

    In Poland, for instance, just such a party led by President Andrzej Duda has come to power and the promotion of coal production has become the order of the day.

    And none of that compared to developments in the richest, most powerful country of all, the one that historically has put more greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere than any other.

    On taking office, Donald Trump appointed more climate-change deniers to his cabinet than might have previously seemed possible and swore fealty to “American energy dominance,” while working to kneecap the development of alternative energy systems.

    He and his men tried to open new areas to oil and gas drilling, while in every way imaginable striving to remove what limits there had been on Big Energy, so that it could release its carbon emissions into the atmosphere unimpeded. And as the planetary cathedral began to burn, the president set the mood for the moment (at least for his vaunted “base”) by tweeting such things as “It's really cold outside, they are calling it a major freeze, weeks ahead of normal.

    Man, we could use a big fat dose of global warming!” or, on alternative energy, “You would be doing wind, windmills, and if it doesn’t if it doesn’t blow you can forget about television for that night... Darling, I want to watch television. I’m sorry, the wind isn’t blowing.”

    Among those who will someday be considered the greatest criminals in history, don’t forget the Big Energy CEOs who, knowing the truth about climate change from their own hired scientists, did everything they could to increase global doubts by funding climate-denying groups, while continuing to be among the most profitable companies around.

    They even hedged their bets by, among other things, investing in alternative energy and using it to more effectively drill for oil and natural gas.

    Meanwhile, of course, the planet that had proven such a comfortable home for humanity was visibly going down.

    No, climate change won’t actually destroy the Earth itself, just the conditions under which humanity (and so many other species) thrived on it.

    Sooner or later, if the global temperature is indeed allowed to rise a catastrophic seven degrees Fahrenheit or four degrees Celsius, as an environmental impact statement from the Trump administration suggested it would by 2100, parts of the planet could become uninhabitable, hundreds of millions of human beings could be set in desperate motion, and the weather could intensify in ways that might be nearly unbearable for human habitation.

    Just read David Wallace-Wells’s The Uninhabitable Earth, if you doubt me.

    This isn’t even contestable information anymore and yet it’s perfectly possible that Donald Trump could be elected to a second term in 2020.

    It’s perfectly possible that more right-wing populist movements could sweep into power in Europe.

    It’s perfectly possible that Vladimir Putin’s version of great powerdom—a sagging Russian petro-state—could continue on its present globally warming path well into the future.

    Understand this: Trump, Bolsonaro, Duda, Putin, and the others are just part of human history.

    Sooner or later, they will be gone.

    Climate change, however, is not part of human history (whatever it may do to civilization as we know it).

    Its effects could, in human terms, last for almost unimaginable periods of time.

    It operates on a different time scale entirely, which means that, unlike the tragedies and nightmares of human history, it is not just a passing matter.

    Of course, the planet will survive, as will some life forms (as would be true even if humanity were to succumb to that other possible path to an apocalypse, a nuclear holocaust resulting in “nuclear winter”).

    But that should be considered small consolation indeed.

    Putting the Planet on a Suicide Watch

    Consider global warming a story for the ages, one that should put Notre Dame’s near-destruction after almost nine centuries in grim perspective.

    And yet the planetary version of burning, which should be humanity’s crisis of all crises, has been met with a general lack of media attention, reflecting a lack of just about every other kind of attention in our world (except by those outraged children who know that they are going to inherit a degraded world and are increasingly making their displeasure about it felt).

    To take just one example of that lack of obvious attention, the response of the mega-wealthy to the burning of Notre Dame was an almost instantaneous burst of giving.

    The euro equivalent of nearly a billion dollars was raised more or less overnight from the wealthiest of French families and other .01%ers.

    Remind me of the equivalent for climate change as the planet’s spire threatens to come down?

    As for arsonists like Donald Trump and the matter of collusion, there’s not even a question mark on the subject.

    In the United States, such collusion with the destroyers of human life on Planet Earth is written all over their actions.

    It’s beyond evident in the appointment of former oil and gas lobbyists and fellow travelers to positions of power.

    Will there, however, be the equivalent of a Mueller investigation?

    Will the president be howling “witch hunt” again?

    Not a chance.

    When it comes to Donald Trump and climate change, there will be neither a Mueller Report, nor the need for a classic Barr defense.

    And yet collusion—hell, yeah!

    The evidence is beyond overwhelming.

    We are, of course, talking about nothing short of the ultimate crime, but on any given day of our lives, you’d hardly notice that it was underway.

    Even for an old man like me, it’s a terrifying thing to watch humanity make a decision, however inchoate, to essentially commit suicide.

    In effect, there is now a suicide watch on Planet Earth.

    Let’s hope the kids can make a difference.
    Plenty of 'Collusion' for The Ultimate Crime: Lighting the Earth on Fire https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/04/25/plenty-collusion-ultimate-crime-lighting-earth-fire Tom Engelhardt As Notre Dame burned, as the flames leapt from its roof of ancient timbers, many of us watched in grim horror. Hour after hour, on screen after screen, channel after channel, you could see that 850-year-old cathedral, a visiting spot for 13 million people annually, being gutted, its roof timbers flaring into the evening sky, its steeple collapsing in a ball of fire. It was dramatic and deeply disturbing -- and, of course, unwilling to be left out of any headline-making event, President Trump promptly tweeted his advice to the French authorities: “Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!” No matter that water from such planes would probably have taken the cathedral’s towers down and endangered lives as well -- "the equivalent," according to a French fire chief, “of dropping three tons of concrete at 250 kilometers per hour [on] the ancient monument.” Still, who could doubt that watching such a monument to the human endeavor being transformed into a shell of its former self was a reminder that everything human is mortal; that, whether in a single lifetime or 850 years, even the most ancient of our artifacts, like those in Iraq and Syria recently, will sooner or later be scourged by the equivalent of (or even quite literally by) fire and sword; that nothing truly lasts, even the most seemingly permanent of things like, until now, Notre Dame? "We are, of course, talking about nothing short of the ultimate crime, but on any given day of our lives, you’d hardly notice that it was underway." That cathedral in flames, unlike so much else in our moment (including you-know-who in his every waking moment), deserved the front-and-center media attention it got. Historically speaking, it was a burning event of the first order. Still, it's strange that the most unnerving, deeply terrifying burning underway today, not of that ancient place of worship that lived with humanity for so many tumultuous centuries but of the planet itself, remains largely in the background. When the cathedral in which Napoleon briefly crowned himself emperor seemed likely to collapse, it was certifiably an event of headline importance. When, however, the cathedral (if you care to think of it that way) in which humanity has been nurtured all these tens of thousands of years, on which we spread, developed, and became what we are today -- I mean, of course, the planet itself -- is in danger of an unprecedented sort from fires we continue to set, that’s hardly news at all. It’s largely relegated to the back pages of our attention, lost any day of the week to headlines about a disturbed, suicidal young woman obsessed with the Columbine school massacre or an attorney general obsessed with protecting the president. And let’s not kid ourselves, this planet of ours is beginning to burn -- and not just last week or month either. It’s been smoldering for decades now. Last summer, for instance, amid global heat records: Ouargla, Algeria, 124 degrees Fahrenheit; Hong Kong, over 91 degrees Fahrenheit for 16 straight days; Nawabsha, Pakistan, 122 degrees Fahrenheit; Oslo, Norway, over 86 degrees Fahrenheit for 16 consecutive days; Los Angeles, 108 degrees Fahrenheit, AND wildfires raged inside the Arctic Circle. This March, in case you hadn’t noticed -- and why would you, since it’s gotten so little attention? -- the temperature in Alaska was, on average, 20 degrees (yes, that is not a misprint) above normal and typical ice roads between villages and towns across parts of that state were melting and collapsing with deaths ensuing. Meanwhile, in the Antarctic, ice is melting at a rate startling to scientists. If the process accelerates, global sea levels could rise far faster than expected, beginning to drown coastal cities like Miami, New York, and Shanghai more quickly than previously imagined. Meanwhile, globally, the wildfire season is lengthening. Fearsome fires are on the rise, as are droughts, and that’s just to begin to paint a picture of a heating planet and its ever more extreme weather systems and storms, of (if you care to think of it that way) a Whole Earth version of Notre Dame. The Arsonists Arrive As was true with Notre Dame, when it comes to the planet, there were fire alarms before an actual blaze was fully noted. Take, for example, the advisory panel of scientists reporting to President Lyndon Johnson on the phenomenon of global warming back in 1965. They would, in fact, predict with remarkable accuracy how our world was going to change for the worse by this twenty-first-century moment. (And Johnson, in turn, would bring the subject up officially for perhaps the first time in a Special Message to Congress on February 5, 1965, 54 years before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal proposal.) As that panel wrote at the time, “Through his worldwide industrial civilization, Man is unwittingly conducting a vast geophysical experiment. Within a few generations he is burning the fossil fuels that slowly accumulated in the earth over the past 500 million years...” In other words, the alarm was first sounded more than half a century ago. When it comes to climate change, however, as the smoke began to appear and, in our own moment, the first flames began to leap—after all, the last four years have been the hottest on record and, despite the growth of ever less expensive alternative energy sources, carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere are still rising, not falling—no firemen arrived (just children). There were essentially no adults to put out the blaze. Yes, there was the Paris climate accord but it was largely an agreement in principle without enforcement power of any genuine sort. In fact, across significant parts of the planet, those who appeared weren’t firefighters at all, but fire feeders who will likely prove to be the ultimate arsonists of human history. In a way, it's been an extraordinary performance. Leaders who vied for, or actually gained, power not only refused to recognize the existence of climate change but were quite literally eager to aid and abet the phenomenon. This is true, for instance, of the new president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, who came to power prepared to turn the already endangered carbon sink of the Amazon rain forest into a playground for corporate and agricultural destroyers. It is similarly true in Europe, where right-wing populist movements have begun to successfully oppose gestures toward dealing with climate change, gaining both attention and votes in the process. In Poland, for instance, just such a party led by President Andrzej Duda has come to power and the promotion of coal production has become the order of the day. And none of that compared to developments in the richest, most powerful country of all, the one that historically has put more greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere than any other. On taking office, Donald Trump appointed more climate-change deniers to his cabinet than might have previously seemed possible and swore fealty to “American energy dominance,” while working to kneecap the development of alternative energy systems. He and his men tried to open new areas to oil and gas drilling, while in every way imaginable striving to remove what limits there had been on Big Energy, so that it could release its carbon emissions into the atmosphere unimpeded. And as the planetary cathedral began to burn, the president set the mood for the moment (at least for his vaunted “base”) by tweeting such things as “It's really cold outside, they are calling it a major freeze, weeks ahead of normal. Man, we could use a big fat dose of global warming!” or, on alternative energy, “You would be doing wind, windmills, and if it doesn’t if it doesn’t blow you can forget about television for that night... Darling, I want to watch television. I’m sorry, the wind isn’t blowing.” Among those who will someday be considered the greatest criminals in history, don’t forget the Big Energy CEOs who, knowing the truth about climate change from their own hired scientists, did everything they could to increase global doubts by funding climate-denying groups, while continuing to be among the most profitable companies around. They even hedged their bets by, among other things, investing in alternative energy and using it to more effectively drill for oil and natural gas. Meanwhile, of course, the planet that had proven such a comfortable home for humanity was visibly going down. No, climate change won’t actually destroy the Earth itself, just the conditions under which humanity (and so many other species) thrived on it. Sooner or later, if the global temperature is indeed allowed to rise a catastrophic seven degrees Fahrenheit or four degrees Celsius, as an environmental impact statement from the Trump administration suggested it would by 2100, parts of the planet could become uninhabitable, hundreds of millions of human beings could be set in desperate motion, and the weather could intensify in ways that might be nearly unbearable for human habitation. Just read David Wallace-Wells’s The Uninhabitable Earth, if you doubt me. This isn’t even contestable information anymore and yet it’s perfectly possible that Donald Trump could be elected to a second term in 2020. It’s perfectly possible that more right-wing populist movements could sweep into power in Europe. It’s perfectly possible that Vladimir Putin’s version of great powerdom—a sagging Russian petro-state—could continue on its present globally warming path well into the future. Understand this: Trump, Bolsonaro, Duda, Putin, and the others are just part of human history. Sooner or later, they will be gone. Climate change, however, is not part of human history (whatever it may do to civilization as we know it). Its effects could, in human terms, last for almost unimaginable periods of time. It operates on a different time scale entirely, which means that, unlike the tragedies and nightmares of human history, it is not just a passing matter. Of course, the planet will survive, as will some life forms (as would be true even if humanity were to succumb to that other possible path to an apocalypse, a nuclear holocaust resulting in “nuclear winter”). But that should be considered small consolation indeed. Putting the Planet on a Suicide Watch Consider global warming a story for the ages, one that should put Notre Dame’s near-destruction after almost nine centuries in grim perspective. And yet the planetary version of burning, which should be humanity’s crisis of all crises, has been met with a general lack of media attention, reflecting a lack of just about every other kind of attention in our world (except by those outraged children who know that they are going to inherit a degraded world and are increasingly making their displeasure about it felt). To take just one example of that lack of obvious attention, the response of the mega-wealthy to the burning of Notre Dame was an almost instantaneous burst of giving. The euro equivalent of nearly a billion dollars was raised more or less overnight from the wealthiest of French families and other .01%ers. Remind me of the equivalent for climate change as the planet’s spire threatens to come down? As for arsonists like Donald Trump and the matter of collusion, there’s not even a question mark on the subject. In the United States, such collusion with the destroyers of human life on Planet Earth is written all over their actions. It’s beyond evident in the appointment of former oil and gas lobbyists and fellow travelers to positions of power. Will there, however, be the equivalent of a Mueller investigation? Will the president be howling “witch hunt” again? Not a chance. When it comes to Donald Trump and climate change, there will be neither a Mueller Report, nor the need for a classic Barr defense. And yet collusion—hell, yeah! The evidence is beyond overwhelming. We are, of course, talking about nothing short of the ultimate crime, but on any given day of our lives, you’d hardly notice that it was underway. Even for an old man like me, it’s a terrifying thing to watch humanity make a decision, however inchoate, to essentially commit suicide. In effect, there is now a suicide watch on Planet Earth. Let’s hope the kids can make a difference.
    Plenty of 'Collusion' for The Ultimate Crime: Lighting the Earth on Fire
    Despite knowing the flames were rising, the arsonists all got together.. As Notre Dame burned, as the flames leapt from its roof of ancient timbers, many of us watched in grim horror.
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