Friday, July 6, 2007

Al Gore's LIVE EARTH: Why the Controversy?

The UK Guardian has an extensive report about the Live Earth concerts to be held around the globe on Saturday. Some estimate that 2 billion people will be watching. Why could this be a 'bad thing?'

Seems to me that scientists from around the globe have determined that the earth is in some sort of early-stage climate shift. Many predict large scale consequences for people if it goes unchecked. Human activity is one major cause: excess CO2 emissions; the greenhouse effect.

Who would object to such an 'awakening' event as Live Earth? Wouldn't all 6 billion earth-dwellers benefit from the knowledge to be shared at these events?

Of course, the energy industries would object; after all, it is their by-products that are adding to the CO2 of the atmosphere. Surely they have been working diligently these past weeks figuring out how to 'spin' the bad news. No doubt many congressmen and women have been in closed-door meetings with the executives of these energy corporations, making quid pro quo deals. Naturally this is very sad, but not unexpected.

What confuses me are the ordinary folks out there who 'object' to this concert. Many will ridicule it and make fun of Al Gore as they did of his film. This puzzles and alarms me greatly. How could 'knowledge' be dangerous?

Or is it something else altogether? Is it nothing more than petty politics? Would ordinary American citizens be blinded to the truth because they wear thick political glasses? Would a strong Republican, for example, disavow the information being presented about global warming solely because Al Gore is a Democrat? If so, this is politics at its most nonfunctional extreme. Say it ain't so.

The erratic weather experienced right here in the United States ought to be some sort of clue that things aren't normal. Record heat in the West [moving here next week], drought in the South all the way to southern Ohio, Florida burning, and record floods in Texas should give a bit of hint that, perhaps, just maybe, there is some change in the air.

Ask the corn farmers here in northwest Ohio. The soybean farmers in Wood County. They are praying for rain and not those hit-and-miss showers of late. Farmers know something is amiss. Their livelihood depends on predictability. We ought to hear from them first. Yet it takes a former vice-president to have the clout to bring the message forward for the farmer, for us.

Tonight I will spend the evening in the home of a right-wing relative and I will broach the subject. Tomorrow I will let you know their reaction to Live Earth.

Monday, July 2, 2007

"We the People" -- yeah, sure

"The best quality of a democracy is that the leaders are afraid of the people." - a British politician
Unless, of course, a group of thugs takes over the leadership. Like the present knot governing America right now.
On C-Span this morning a caller phoned in and said, " These people are 'representatives' for sure, but they represent the armaments industry and big business, not we the people....."
Exactly. These people now in government are agents. Yes, agents. Agents disguised as servants of the people. They are slick, too. They have the propaganda lines down pat and they look so all-American in their business suits with those flags in their lapels. Slick. Smooth.
Never before have agents of outside interests been able to seize power from The People until this time. Who is to blame, besides these scoundrels themselves?
Who? The People. The media. Knots of selfish interest groups. All have led to this. Yet the most troubling aspect of it all is this: The People still don't get it. They are still duped. Many don't even know that our nation is in the most serious crisis since the Great Depression. They go about their lives in an ignorant state, coping with the troubles through food, alcohol, and mindless entertainment.
Who will rise up? As we have no leaders anymore, then We the People need to. Let's call a Million Citizen March on Washington this August with people displaying a singular, simple sign, WE THE PEOPLE. I bet the ordinary citizens watching their TVs would 'get it.'
Give Congress one month to bring impeachment charges against Bush, Cheney and Rice. If it does not happen, then these one million folks begin placing barricades on the streets of their hometowns all across America. Barricades to disrupt commerce, the almighty dollar. That might awaken the sleeping giant.
We the People.

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