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What Happens If All The World’s Ice Melts?

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Why Personal Change Does Not Equal Political Change

Would any sane PERSON think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday, or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of Tsarist prisons, or that dancing naked around a fire would have helped put in place the Voting Rights Act of 1957 or the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Then why now, with all the world at stake, do so many people retreat into these entirely personal “solutions”?…

The good news is that there are other options. We can follow the examples of brave activists who lived through the difficult times I mentioned — Nazi Germany, Tsarist Russia, antebellum United States — who did far more than manifest a form of moral purity; they actively opposed the injustices that surrounded them. We can follow the example of those who remembered that the role of an activist is not to navigate systems of oppressive power with as much integrity as possible, but rather to confront and take down those systems.

Derrick Jensen
Forget Shorter Showers: Why Personal Change Does Not Equal Political Change

Thom Hartmann’s Take on the End of Humanity

7:21 min Thom Hartmann’s review of Dr. Guy McPherson’s message of Near Term Human Extinction. I agree with him, but would like to add Derrick Jensen’s messge that “hope” keeps us thinking something will stop this and keeps us from going forward to take action. We are trained to wait and let authority deal with it.
“The Permian mass extinction took out 95% of life on earth and was caused by a 6 degree increase in temperature on the planet.”

Get out of the empire box: Winona LaDuke at Powershift

“We are from here… I am a patriot to a land…we have the opportunity to stop the planet from oblivion…we are the people who can stop them from genetically engineering the food supply…if we do not fight we have no shot at winning…in the end we have to deal with systemic issues of a predator society…In our community we have some teachings…
The Creator’s law is the highest law.
We are all related…99.9% the same. Our relatives have fins, roots, paws, hooks, wings.
Things that are natural are cyclical.
In each deliberation we consider the impact to the 7th generation from now.

You can have an entire world view that is not based on empire.”~ Winona LaDuke


Planetary death by extractivism: a review of This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

Review by John Gibbons, environmental commentator, of Naomi Klein’s latest book This Changes Everything. This book is the story Klein’s awakening to climate change as the major disaster facing us and what if anything will mitigate its damage.

Having, like Klein, come from an entirely non-environmental background, and slowly, reluctantly, coming to realise the true import of climate change, I could personally relate to her initial desire to look the other way, and simply tune out this avalanche of ecological bad news, in ways that are analogous to how we humans are psychologically programmed to largely tune out the reality of human death

…Klein offers the example of the abolition of slavery as perhaps the best recent analogue for the rapid dismantling of an entire economic system. The slave-driven economic model didn’t end because it wasn’t successful; it ended when it lost its social sanction to operate. ~ John Gibbons

The children’s climate crusade

25:25 video Bill Moyers in his last interview for his show interviews Mary Christina Wood, law professor and author of Nature’s Trust which is about the Public Trust doctrine and our children’s public trust rights. Important for you to understand and share.

Giving up hope frees you to solve the problems yourself

Derrick Jensen in his lectures and books advocates decolonizing yourself so that you are free to stop the destruction caused by this culture. Here is an excerpt from his book Endgame.

A wonderful thing happens when you give up on hope, which is that you realize you never needed it in the first place. You realize that giving up on hope didn’t kill you, nor did it make you less effective. In fact it made you more effective, because you ceased relying on someone or something else to solve your problems—you ceased hoping your problems somehow get solved, through the magical assistance of God, the Great Mother, the Sierra Club, valiant tree-sitters, brave salmon, or even the Earth itself—and you just began doing what’s necessary to solve your problems yourself.
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When you give up on hope, something even better happens than it not killing you, which is that it kills you. You die. And there’s a wonderful thing about being dead, which is that once you’re dead they—those in power—cannot really touch you anymore. Not through promises, not through threats, not through violence itself. Once you’re dead in this way, you can still sing, you can still dance, you can still make love, you can still fight like hell—you can still live because you are still alive, in fact more alive than ever before—but those in power no longer have a hold on you. You come to realize that when hope died, the you who died with the hope was not you, but was the you who depended on those who exploit you, the you who believed that those who exploit you will somehow stop on their own, the you who depended on and believed in the mythologies propagated by those who exploit you to facilitate that exploitation. The socially constructed you died. The civilized you died. The manufactured, fabricated, stamped, molded you died. The victim died.
And who is left when that you dies? You are left. Animal you. Naked you. Vulnerable (and invulnerable) you. Mortal you. Survivor you. The you who thinks not what the culture taught you to think, but what you think. The you who feels not what the culture taught you to feel but what you feel. The you who is not who the culture taught you to be but who you are. The you who can say yes, the you who can say no. The you who is a part of the land where you live. The you who will fight (or won’t) to defend your family. The you who will fight (or won’t) to defend the others you love. The you who will fight (or won’t) to defend the land upon which your life and the lives of those you love depend. The you whose morality is not based on what you have been taught by the culture that is killing the planet, killing you, but on your own animal feelings of love and connection to your family, your friends, your landbase. Not to your family as self-identified civilized beings but as animals who require a landbase, animals who are being killed by chemicals, animals who have been formed and deformed to fit the needs of the culture.
– pp. 332-333 of chapter entitled Hope from “Endgame,
Volume I: The Problem of Civilization”

How Whales Change Climate

4:51 video There is no doubt that we all are connected in the web of life.

Over 2200 tons of Pennsylvania frack waste dumped in Michigan

Time to get mad and take action. Start by donating today at letsbanfracking.org. Then make plans to help me and the other volunteers get the ballot initiative to ban fracking and fracking wastes from Michigan on the Nov 2016 ballot. There is NOTHING good about fracking unless you are getting paid to do it or you are a fracking investor. And if you have the misfortune to work on a fracking drill site you are seriously exposed to the 300-600 toxic chemicals used to frack.

This causes severe damage to us now and in the future.

<blockquote>Michigan is fast becoming a frack waste state. ~ Ban Michigan Fracking</blockquote>

Report on Ban Michigan Fracking website

Donate here to support the work of The Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan.

Fatalities from police shootings in US, Germany, Great Britain & Japan

Once again, we’re #1. If the police in those other countries are allowed to carry guns, they at least show restraint. It seems the US is building up an army of hostile fighters to squash the anticipated revolt of the American people. Not possible? You have not been paying attention.

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