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"The people who came before us didn’t know about climate change and the ones who come after will be powerless to stop it." Taipei Times
The news regarding climate change is dire. Nothing has really been done world wide to make a difference. "UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has seen the meltdown of the Arctic for himself. Alarmed at the changes, he warned that “our foot is stuck on the [climate change] accelerator and we are heading towards an abyss.” (Christian Science Monitor) It might be easy to dismiss this as more alarmist hype except for the coincidental publication of a major Arctic climate study. This latest research makes it crystal clear that the forces of human-driven climate change have overwhelmed the natural forces that had put Arctic climate on a long-term cooling trend."
Global Warming and climate change is a fact, a fact that all the nay sayers and oil companies paid shills, no matter how vocal in their denial, is here and has begun affecting us all. If we do nothing, and that is the trend, we will begin to experience major disasters and dislocations of people in the coming decade. It is time to take our collective heads out of our ass and face the fact that we are on a course towards disaster for humanity.
Our children and grand children will either curse this generation for destroying the planet and leaving them nothing or thank us for saving the planet. I don't expect greed and avarice to overcome human benevolence. I think the emerging world, the third world and the new industrial powerhouses China and India will be unable to stop their contribution to the coming global disaster. We may see a world where, in some places, water is more valuable than gold. America may have to build a wall around itself to keep the rest of the third world out as their infrastructure and environment crumbles. We must decide what we want our legacy to be. Will it be said of this generation, they had it all and left us nothing?
"Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party. The book traces the rise of the radical right in the U.S. and how it used the concept of personal crisis to grow as a movement and eventually capture control of the GOP to transform it from the party of Dwight Eisenhower to the party of Sarah Palin." Democracy Now
If you watch anything this week watch the following video.
Part 1 Max Blumenthal auther of "Republican Gemorrah"
"Republican Gomorrah is a bestiary of dysfunction, scandal and sordidmess from the dark heart of the forces that now have a leash on the party. It shows how those forces are the ones that establishment Republicans-like John McCain-have to bow to if they have any hope of running for President. It shows that Sarah Palin was the logical choice of a party in the control of theocrats. But more that just an expose, Republican Gomorrah shows that many of the movement's leading figures have more in common than just the power they command within conservative ranks. Their personal lives have been stained by crisis and scandal: depression, mental illness, extra-marital affairs, struggles with homosexual urges, heavy medication, addiction to pornography, serial domestic abuse, and even murder. Inspired by the work of psychologists Erich Fromm, who asserted that the fear of freedom propels anxiety-ridden people into authoritarian settings, Blumenthal explains in a compelling narrative how a culture of personal crisis has defined the radical right, transforming the nature of the Republican Party for the next generation and setting the stage for the future of American politics." Amazon Books Review
Al Franken address a teabagger crowd. He is intelligent and informed, unusual for a politician.