Saturday, April 30, 2022

Four in the Morning



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With all of the news about War and Sickness, I have been up quite a lot at four in the morning.  So far I have about 100 pages of these Four Word Haikus.  So this is just a small sample.  The full work will be released in the not so distant future as Four in the Morning.

 

Right livelihood is fundamental

 

Honesty builds the soul

 

Courage lets us explore

 

Kindness heals us all

 

Humility makes us human

 

Thinking gives us time

 

Time comes from thought

 

Philosophy is a Playground

 

Religion is not easy

 

Progress is an Illusion

 

Illusion is what isn’t

 

Make time for Noting

 

Take Walks every day

 

Make Doors in Divisions

 

Always look out Windows

 

Let the light in

 

Learn to read well

 

Learn to listen quietly

 

Don’t tempt the Gods

 

Hold your love gently

 

Break your habits daily

 

Speak often with Neighbors

 

Cast your spells carefully

 

Sing when you can

 

Dance to the Beat

 

Travel as a Traveler

 

Stand tall with allies

 

Be busy while Alone

 

Find fault if wise

 

Look out for corners

 

Make roads that last

 

Fight Fire with Water

 

Move Mountains with Belief

 

Have Mercy on yourself

 

Be kind when angry

 

Look the other Way

 

Reach out to Strangers

 

Don’t ever stop Believing

 

Watch the grass grow

 

Wait your turn patiently

 

Continue with your madness

 

Remember who you are

 

Find strength in Holiness

 

Some Rivers are deep

 

Always marvel at rain

 

We come from Dirt

 

Four Words  Book Two

 

Find your good side

 

Let the other wither

 

Pride rarely works well

 

If the road forks

 

Take it with courage

 

Learn to moon walk

 

Become a good magician

 

Wander aimlessly on occasion

 

If you can’t sleep

 

Do something that matters

 

Work on people skills

 

Squeaky wheels get grease

 

Sometimes they get replaced

 

Be a good loser

 

Be a better winner

 

Set your goals daily

 

Don’t eat too much

 

Remember to remember names

 

Don’t burn many bridges

 

If you hurt someone

 

Try to fix it

 

Stay fit when old

 

Take adventures when young

 

Don’t ever be afraid

 

Make fear an ally

 

Always see the stars

 

Keep your friends close

 

And your enemies closer

 

Learn that jealousy corrodes

 

Be strong when weakened

 

Be gentle when strong

 

Art that is best

 

Is often said least

 

Men have hard hearts

 

But they bleed easily

 

Children must be nurtured

 

Especially when they’re old

 

Good parents are impermanent

 

Learn to hear yourself

 

Particularly when you’re talking

 

Learn to visualize outcomes

 

Give Peace a Chance

 

Violence is very effective

 

But the shadow lingers

 


 

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Thursday, March 31, 2022

Crimean War II

 


 

 

 

 

With the War in Ukraine well into it's second month, many so called experts have been amazed by the success of the Ukrainian Army.  And as of this week, Russians are retreating in the north.  Perhaps most distressing are the troops who were told to camp in the Red Forest, the area around Chernobyl that was the most effected by the nuclear explosion that happened there in 1986.  The Russians apparently paid no attention to the warning signs and now an undisclosed number of them have radiation sickness.  They were using the site to bombard Kiev with relative impunity from return missile fire.

With the Russians retreating in the north, they are now moving more troops and war-ware into the Donbas region which has been in war since 2014 when the Russians took the navel base in Crimea.

But the roots of this war started five years before that.  This from Wikipedia:

In 2009, Russian/Republican supported President Yanukovych announced his intent to again run for president in the 2010 Ukrainian presidential election, which he subsequently won. In November 2013, a wave of large, pro-EU protests erupted in response to Yanukovych's sudden decision not to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement, instead choosing closer ties to Russia and the Eurasian Economic Union

The Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Legislature) had overwhelmingly supported the agreement with the EU. Russia had put pressure on Ukraine to reject it.

On 21 February 2014, Yanukovych and parliamentary opposition leaders signed an agreement calling for an interim government and early elections. The following day, Yanukovych fled Kyiv and later Ukraine; the Ukrainian parliament subsequently voted to remove him from office.

In 2021, Putin refused offers from Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy for high-level talks, and the Russian government subsequently endorsed an article by former president Dmitry Medvedev arguing it was pointless to deal with Ukraine while it remained a "vassal" of the US."

So, this War has been going on for 8 years. And it now seems that it will become protracted. And what does that mean for the rest of the world?

Russia is the world's largest exporter of grains, natural gas, and fertilisers, and among the world's largest suppliers of crude oil and metals, including palladium, platinum, gold, cobalt, nickel, and aluminium. As a result of the invasion, Brent oil prices rose above $130 a barrel for the first time since 2008.  They are back to around $100 today.

Germany stated that it would reduce its dependence on Russian energy imports by accelerating renewables and reaching 100% renewable energy generation by 2035. Before the invasion, the EU's energy strategy had focused more on the Green Deal and Fit for 55 plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030. Here in the US, Biden has announced that he will sell 1 million barrels a day for 180 days from the strategic reserve to help with the pricing.  However, the US consumes 20 Million a day with 14 million coming from domestic production.

At the time of the invasion, Ukraine was the fourth-largest exporter of corn and wheat, and the world's largest exporter of sunflower oil, with Russia and Ukraine together responsible for 29% of the world's wheat exports and 75% of world sunflower oil exports.

On 25 February, the benchmark Chicago Board of Trade March wheat futures contracts reached their highest price since 2012, with the prices of corn and soybean also spiking. The head of the World Food Programme warned in March that the war in Ukraine could take the global food crisis to "levels beyond anything we've seen before". A potential disruption to global wheat supplies could exacerbate the ongoing hunger crisis in Yemen and East Africa.

The supply of neon, needed for chip manufacture and lasers, will also be severely constrained by the conflict. Ukraine produces about 70% of the global neon supply, and 90% of the semiconductor-grade neon used in the United States.

The supply of krypton and xenon, of which Ukraine is also a major exporter, will be affected as well. On 31 March, in apparent retaliation against Western economic sanctions, Putin announced that Russia would stop supplying all gas to Europe the following day that was not paid for in rubles

That move created a rally in the value of the ruble which is now back to 1.2 cents. (from .8 cents)  It has fallen from 4 cents since the beginning of the Obama administration in 2008. It also fell steeply during the Crimea annexation.

In the Crimean War of the 1850s, Russia lost

It was one of the first conflicts in which military forces used modern technologies such as explosive naval shells, railways and telegraphs.  It marked a turning point for the Russian Empire. The war weakened the Imperial Russian Army, drained the treasury and undermined Russia's influence in Europe. The empire would take decades to recover.

With the invention of the javeline shoulder mounted tank killer and a host of new switchblade attack drone technologies from the west,  

Russia might lose again.

And that's a problem.

 

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Monday, February 28, 2022

World War Z


The first time I saw pictures coming from Comrade Putin's War in Ukraine, there were trucks, troops, and even tanks all marked by hand with a Z with a box around it.  At the time, I didn't know if they were Russians or Ukrainians.  It made sense that it could be either.  After all,  President Zelenskyy of Ukraine could be the hero or the target, but in fact he was not that popular as the attack began.  Why the Russians would mark their vehicles with Z perhaps made sense to remind the troops that overturning the Ukrainian government of Zelenskyy was their true mission.

Of course it reminded me of the 2013 movie, World War Z.  This from Wikipedia:

"Former UN operative Gerry Lane, his wife Karin, and their two daughters, Rachel and Connie, are in heavy Philadelphia traffic when the city is overrun by zombies. As chaos spreads, the Lanes escape to Newark, New Jersey and take refuge in an apartment with a couple and their young son Tommy, though they are forced to escape with Tommy when a horde of zombies attack the apartment and his parents are infected. UN Deputy Secretary-General Thierry Umutoni, an old friend of Gerry, sends a helicopter that extracts the Lanes to a U.S. Navy vessel in the Atlantic Ocean where scientists and military personnel are analyzing the worldwide outbreaks. Andrew Fassbach, a young virologist, insists that the plague is a virus and that the development of a vaccine depends on finding the origin."

Ultimately, after a lot  of blood and global chaos, a new vaccine is developed  thus allowing offensives to be taken against the zombies. In the end, Gerry finds and embraces his family and all is more or less well. There was talk of a sequel and return of this zombie apocalypse but it's no where on the horizon.

It's certainly not needed given that most all of us are experiencing our own zombie apocalypse as a different World War Z unfolds in front of our eyes.  As the Russians attacked from the North, the South, the East, and from the air under the pretense of being peacekeepers for the newly Russia recognized eastern region of Donbas of Ukraine, the veneer rubbed off quickly.  It was a full scale attack to return Ukraine to the Russia fold.  And with 200,000 soldiers, heavy armor, and dominance of the air and of the seas to the south, who would not imagine that they would succeed in days.

Apparently President Z.  

Along with the 44 million Ukrainians who had voted 9 to 1 for independence from Russia in 1991 and with help from the EU and US, Ukrainians are now in their second week of holding much of the Russian army at bay.  It is reported that somewhere between 5 and 10 thousand Russians have been killed and more than 250 tanks have been lost.  Stories of Russian soldier discontent are growing.

And everyday, more javelin antitank weapons and stinger anti aircraft missiles are arriving from the West.  President Zelenskyy has become a hero of his people and of much of the anti-autocrat world.  Yet the outcome is grim to most military professionals.  But within this bleak assessment of the outcome, other intelligence officials are saying that Putin has blundered, that he has already lost this war, and any victory now will be pyrrhic.

However heart wrenching it becomes, the Zelenskyy defense of his people and his famous quote, "I don't need a ride, I need ammunition", will be remembered long after these weeks and months of autocratic fiat has cast its dark shadow over Europe and the rest of the world.

Meanwhile, the Real World War Z rages on. For Climate Change will be our last world war if we don't defend ourselves.

A new United Nations science report is saying climate change is about to get much worse. It's likely going to make the world sicker, hungrier, poorer, gloomier, and much more dangerous within the next 18-20 years.With extreme weather now, climate change is about to get so much worse.

And after that watch out.

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report said Monday if human-caused global warming isn’t limited to just another couple tenths of a degree, an Earth now struck regularly by deadly heat, fires, floods and drought in future decades will degrade in 127 ways with some being “potentially irreversible.”

“The cumulative scientific evidence is unequivocal: Climate change is a threat to human well-being and planetary health,” says the major report designed to guide world leaders in their efforts to curb climate change. Delaying cuts in heat-trapping carbon emissions and waiting on adapting to warming’s impacts, it warns, “will miss a brief and rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a liveable and sustainable future for all.”

Today's children who will be alive in the year 2100 are most likely going to experience up to four times more climate extremes than now, even with a few more tenths of a degree of warming over today's heat. In addition to that,  if temperatures increase two more degrees Celsius from now (3.4 degrees Fahrenheit), they will feel over five times the floods, storms, drought, and heatwaves, according to the collection of scientists at the IPCC.

And yet our own "Zombies of the R Kind"  thwart global leadership and their own President as they deny the science of climate change and instead highlight high gas prices and attempt to make political hay with their mendacity. They are slaves to their need for power, not unlike Putin.

And in their support of Heir Putin and his genius, (sic)

their victories too,

will also be pyrrhic.



 

 

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Monday, January 31, 2022

Frankenstein's Monster




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The end of January has been a regular deluge of icky discovery.  Everyday we learn more about the real intentions of the former twice impeached president and what he did to stay in power.  I've watched center left reporters begin to use words they haven't used before.  More and more, we hear that the XPOTUS tried to get the military to seize the voting machines, and then it was homeland security, then DOJ, and now it seems he tried to get local officials to do the same.

Whereas the norm for an XPOTUS is to retire to his home and give the new guy a real chance to succeed, this UNPOTUS is making speeches to his Make America Great Again Tribe every week now it seems. And the MAGATS still show up to hear the same worn out threats and complaints.  Just last weekend he called for huge demonstrations in DC, and NYC, and Atlanta if his prosecutors did something wrong, like indict him.  Then he proclaimed that if re-elected, he might pardon all the Jan 6 crowd that brought confederate flags, their own feces, and their white hot anger to our most hallowed of national places.

Meanwhile, the MAGAT crowd in general is becoming the main entre for brother Death and his lingering pandemic.  Where at the beginning of the Pandemic, both Rs and Ds  died at about the same rate, that statistic no longer holds now that vaccines are available.  Now, Rs are 3 to 4 times more likely to go meet their maker. This from NPR:

'Since May 2021, people living in counties that voted heavily for Donald Trump during the last presidential election have been nearly three times as likely to die from COVID-19 as those who live in areas that went for now-President Biden. That's according to a new analysis by NPR that examines how political polarization and misinformation are driving a significant share of the deaths in the pandemic.

NPR looked at deaths per 100,000 people in roughly 3,000 counties across the U.S. from May 2021, the point at which vaccinations widely became available. People living in counties that went 60% or higher for Trump in November 2020 had 2.73 times the death rates of those that went for Biden. Counties with an even higher share of the vote for Trump saw higher COVID-19 mortality rates.

In October, the reddest tenth of the country saw death rates that were six times higher than the bluest tenth, according to Charles Gaba, an independent health care analyst who's been tracking partisanship trends during the pandemic and helped to review NPR's methodology. Those numbers have dropped slightly in recent weeks, Gaba says: "It's back down to around 5.5 times higher."

It's pretty simple math actually, with around 90% of D's vaccinated and around 50% of Rs, and with the hospitals pretty much full of the unvaccinated...well, you do the math. And it amounts to something close to mass human sacrifice.  This from Kurt Anderson in the Atlantic:

"For more than a year, we’ve had astoundingly effective vaccines that radically reduce the risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19. All of which means that for a long time now the right’s ongoing propaganda campaign against and organized political resistance to vaccination, among other public-health protocols, has been killing many, many Americans for no reasonable, ethically justifiable social purpose.

In other words, what we’ve experienced certainly since the middle of 2021 is literally ritual human sacrifice on a mass scale—the real thing, comparable to the innumerable ghastly historical versions.

Anthropologists define ritual sacrifice as societies’ organized killing of people in order to please supernatural beings and—the unspoken real-world part—to fortify the political and economic power of those societies’ elites. The tradition is right there in the first book of the Bible, when God commands Abraham to prove he loves him by murdering his son, and then only at the last second lets Abraham off the hook. For thousands of years in societies all over the world, small-scale and large-scale human sacrifice was common.

One big difference between then and now is the likelihood of death. In sacrificial spectacles hundreds and thousands of years ago, almost all of those chosen to die died, whether or not they had volunteered, whereas only a fraction of the people now volunteering to die by forgoing vaccinations actually do. It’s the new and improved modern version of mass human sacrifice."

As Ghoulish  and monstrous as this sounds, there is more than a ring of truth here, beyond tinnitus.

And to his credit, the UNPOTUS who may not read,  does count.  And knowing that he barely won with 70,000 votes in 2016 and in all fairness, barely lost with roughly the same number of votes in 2020, probably figures that this modern version of mass human sacrifice might actually make it harder to win in 2024.

And that is why he has come out for vaccines and boosters.

Who of us have not been scared by Frankenstein's monster.

But the real monster is the Dr. himself.

For he would burn down his home and village

to pursue his Promethean pursuit of power.

And he will not be stopped until he is.

It will take a village.


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Friday, December 31, 2021

A House on Fire


We've had an unexpected run of beautiful winter days for the last 10 days of the year with temps running from the low sixties to the low eighties.  And we took full advantage of it in our outside addition that we built over the last few years in contemplation of Covid.  Many nights were so warm, we didn't even use the outdoor fireplace.  On Christmas eve, we not only shared gifts and chatted deep into the evening, we had a sit down dinner for eight on the east deck, complete with fine wines and baked salmon from the Northwest, where the weather is far colder than the region generally receives.

Meanwhile, strong winds and dry conditions burned down over a 1000 homes in Colorado. This from the NYTs:

"The fires began on Thursday morning and spread with astonishing speed across suburban neighborhoods in Boulder County. The authorities said around 6,200 acres were burned.

Sheriff Joe Pelle of Boulder County said on Thursday that he believed the fires had been started by downed power lines. However, investigators have not found any evidence of that.

While wildfires usually occur in Colorado’s mountainous region, far from where most of its residents live, the Marshall fire attacked drought-stricken suburban neighborhoods instead. "

The week before that, winter tornadoes attacked Kentucky. This from WLKY:

"Houses ripped from foundations, cars flipped and thrown, several lives lost and many unaccounted for.

The rare December tornadoes that ripped through Kentucky, and several other states, left communities across western Kentucky completely devastated. It is likely the worst storm to ever hit the state."

And of course, California has experienced another record year of fire. This from Wikipedia:

The 2021 California wildfire season is an ongoing series of wildfires that have burned across the state of California. As of December 16, 2021, a total of 8,619 fires have been recorded, burning 2,569,009 acres (1,039,641 ha) across the state.[1] At least 3,629 buildings have been destroyed by the wildfires, and at least seven firefighters and two civilians have been injured battling the fires.[1]

The wildfire season in California experienced an unusually early start amid an ongoing drought and historically low rainfall and reservoir levels.[2] In January 2021 alone, 297 fires burned 1,171 acres (4.74 km2) on nonfederal land according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, which is almost triple the number of fires and more than 20 times the acreage of the five-year average for January.[3][2] The January fires were exacerbated by unseasonably strong Santa Ana winds, and some of them burned in the same areas as previous fires like the CZU Lightning Complex.[4]

The long term trend is that wildfires in the state are increasing due to climate change in California.[5][6] In terms of the amount of fires burned, the 2021 season has been outpacing the 2020 season, which itself was the largest season in the state's recorded history. As of July 11, more than three times as many acres have burned compared to the previous year through that date, with drought, extreme heat, and reduced snowpack contributing to the severity of the fires."

We are warming in the US at .16 degrees F per decade according to the EPA:

  • Since 1901, the average surface temperature across the contiguous 48 states has risen at an average rate of 0.16°F per decade (see Figure 1). Average temperatures have risen more quickly since the late 1970s (0.31 to 0.54°F per decade since 1979). Eight of the top 10 warmest years on record for the contiguous 48 states have occurred since 1998, and 2012 and 2016 were the two warmest years on record.
  • Worldwide, 2016 was the warmest year on record, 2020 was the second-warmest, and 2011–2020 was the warmest decade on record since thermometer-based observations began. Global average surface temperature has risen at an average rate of 0.17°F per decade since 1901 (see Figure 2), similar to the rate of warming within the contiguous 48 states. Since the late 1970s, however, the United States has warmed faster than the global rate.
  • Some parts of the United States have experienced more warming than others (see Figure 3). The North, the West, and Alaska have seen temperatures increase the most, while some parts of the Southeast have experienced little change. Not all of these regional trends are statistically significant, however.

 Averaged across land and ocean, the 2020 surface temperature was 1.76° F (0.98° Celsius) warmer than the twentieth-century average of 57.0°F (13.9°C) and 2.14˚F (1.19˚C) warmer than the pre-industrial period (1880-1900).

So what is the big deal with temperatures going up by a degree or two? At 32 degrees, the 2 degree difference is the difference between rain and snow and a navigable waterway and unpredictable ice.

Imagine an ancient culture that lives on a bountiful lake that never froze over until one day it did. Even the elders had never seen such a thing. All at once, their food supply was only available by ice hole fishing. Their canoes were frozen in place along with their nets. The plants they harvested were now frozen and limp in their beds. Their world had changed with a seemingly insignificant 2% change in the temperature.

Now with our 2% change, a warming of 2 degrees, who would have imagined that the forest in our temperate regions would begin to combust, to catch on fire, and to change the landscapes that our elders have known for generations.

The giant redwoods...gone.

The 100 year old homes nestled deep in the woods...gone.

The towns that grew up in the cooling shade of arboreal splendor...gone.

The cities that flourished alongside our great forested areas...gone too?

Our house is on fire,

and the firemen brought an axe.

 

 

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Grow a Pair

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 In 2017, with the help of some seasoned professionals, I founded the Texas Electric Transportation Resources Alliance.  Now, in our 4th year, we have almost 1200 members and we recently received our fifth grant.  

You may say that you care about doing something about climate change, but if you are not driving an electric car right now, you are fooling yourself. I know that's hard, but so is the future we are facing.

The 26th Conference of Parties for The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting Glasgow this November was a modest success to some.  These are the accomplishments:

Delegates forged agreements that strengthen ambition in the three pillars of collective climate action.

Adaptation was the object of particular emphasis during the deliberations. Parties established a work programme to define the global goal on adaptation, which will identify collective needs and solutions to the climate crisis already affecting many countries. The Santiago Network was further strengthened by elaborating its functions in support of countries to address and manage loss and damage. And the CMA approved the two registries for NDCs and Adaptation Communications, which serve as channels for information flowing towards the Global Stocktake that is to take place every five years starting in 2023. 

Finance was extensively discussed throughout the session and there was consensus in the need to continue increasing support to developing countries. The call to at least double finance for adaptation was welcomed by the Parties. The duty to fulfill the pledge of providing 100 billion dollars annually from developed to developing countries was also reaffirmed. And a process to define the new global goal on finance was launched.

 On mitigation, the persistent gap in emissions has been clearly identified and Parties collectively agreed to work to reduce that gap and to ensure that the world continues to advance during the present decade, so that the rise in the average temperature is limited to 1.5 degrees. Parties are encouraged to strengthen their emissions reductions and to align their national climate action pledges with the Paris Agreement.

In addition, a key outcome is the conclusion of the so-called Paris rulebook. An agreement was reached on the fundamental norms related to Article 6 on carbon markets, which will make the Paris Agreement fully operational.  This will give certainty and predictability to both market and non-market approaches in support of mitigation as well as adaptation.  And the negotiations on the Enhanced Transparency Framework were also concluded, providing for agreed tables and formats to account and report for targets and emissions.

This sounds like well meaning diplomatic gobblety-gook to me. The best thing they agreed to is to meet every year from now on.

I was at the  climate meeting in Paris. As Chairman of the Electric Utility Commission, I was part of the delegation from Austin. That was six years ago, and after talking with close friends who attended this year's conference, I now tend to agree with this alternative view from Job One for Humanity.

1. The Global Emergency is far worse than the government, the media and UN Panel on Climate Change are telling us. 

2 .We are long past the point of individual actions alone saving us.  Only worldwide concerted action and mass mobilization can save us from extinction.

3. Because of internal climate system momentum factors, human inertia factors and 40 years of failed fossil fuel reduction, we have only until 2025 to maintain realistic control of our global warming future.

4. The rate of global warming consequences will soon start rising exponentially instead of linearly.

5. Now that critical global warming tipping points are being crossed, many systems like Arctic sea ice, glaciers, oxygen producing plankton, and thawing frozen tundra will begin to collapse almost completely.

6.  If we do not make the required reductions in time, Mother Nature will painfully make them for us.

7.  Our ancestors have unfortunately left us with mental and emotional hardwiring that does not recognize or respond well to distant, complex, or slowly moving threats.

The four critical tipping points are these:

The 2025 carbon 425-450 ppm tipping point  (the first extinction triggering level)

The 2042-2067  carbon 500 ppm carbon level (the acceleration tipping point)

The 2063-2072 carbon 600 ppm massive methane release tipping point.

The 2072 carbon 750 ppm runaway global warming tipping point.

If we pass the  four critical deadlines and tipping points, we will experience mass human, animal, and biological extinction. We will also experience widespread economic, social and political chaos in the lifetimes of virtually all of us.

The solution is not that complicated and it is not expensive.

We must begin to see that the atmospheric carbon that will kill us is a  resource.

We need for almost all of our electricity to be non carbon renewables.

We need almost all transportation to be electric.

We need the entire earth to grow a beard and to stop shaving the beards we will need to survive.

So show your neighbors and your children that you care 

and go buy or lease a fun, fast, reliable electric vehicle.

Grow a pair.

 

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Sunday, October 31, 2021

The Right Fright



 

We've put out the inflatable skull as we wait for a few visitors tonight.

But, in the real world, nothing is more scary these days than the former political party turned death cult Republicans.

Somewhere early next week, the uber red state of Texas will eclipse California as the state with the most deaths even though California has 10 million more citizens.  It seems that the Republican death cult in the Lone Star State while fighting mask mandates for school children and vaccination requirements in businesses and institutions, has succeeded in sacrificing approximately 20,000 Texans for political ends.

Texas has further excelled in it's unconstitutional landmark Roe vs Wade work-around through the passing of legislation that  creates a unique bounty system that allows anyone anywhere to sue those that assist a woman in her legal right to choose.  It will be further in the news this week as the case is heard on All Saints Day at the Supremes. If this strategy is allowed, many scholars predict that legal chaos will soon be on everyone's doorstep as the legal strategy is adopted by blue states and red states alike.  If it is allowed, our justice system will join the death cult of their appointers.

Throughout the land, and especially in Virginia in the upcoming election on Tuesday, the R's and their brethren on the right have used dark money to finance faux rebellion in school boards and other public venues to activate those who believe their right to choose is superior to their neighbor's right to justice, no matter how many more are killed and endangered. In the R Death Cult, your right to rule your body is superior as long as you are not a pregnant woman.

As the former Grand Old Party continues it's death spiral into gaining power at all costs, it continues its resistance or even acknowledgement of the issue that has brought over 190 leaders and nations together in Glasgow to once again adopt meaningful action on the issue of Climate Change.

As the young but now maturing Greta Thunburg said as the United Nations sponsored gathering gathered,

blah, blah, blah”.

She quoted statements by Boris Johnson: “This is not some expensive, politically correct, green act of bunny hugging”, and Narendra Modi: “Fighting climate change calls for innovation, cooperation and willpower” but said the science did not lie.

Carbon emissions are on track to rise by 16% by 2030, according to the UN, rather than fall by half, which is the cut needed to keep global heating under the internationally agreed limit of 1.5C."

And yet the Republican Death Cult in Congress gives no votes to the Biden Plan to seriously address the issue. And except for a few brave exceptions, they would allow the leader of their cult to finance, plan and execute a failed coup d' etat with impunity. Meanwhile, they use their majorities in over 23 states to fashion voting rules that will favor their white minority over the broad multicultural majority.

For the Republican Death Cult has become a dangerous cult of white supremacy.

This from Vanity Fair:

"As the Republican Party has made abundantly clear over the last number of years, one of its main platforms is racism. Obviously, in 2021, it’s hard to just come out and say, “Whites Only, Please,” though one group of GOP lawmakers has come extremely close, and by close we mean that it presumably won’t be long before they start doing team-building exercises that involve burning crosses and sporting white hoods around the Capitol.

Punchbowl News reports that an emerging “America First Caucus“ linked to representatives Louie Gohmert, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Paul Gosar has been circulating material championing “a common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions.” What are “Anglo-Saxon traditions”? For starters, they apparently involve demonizing immigrants. "

There are many, many Republicans who find their former party to be repugnant.  Yet they are woefully in short supply in the light of day.

As former Republican consultant Matt Dowd says, “I think Republican officials have failed Texas. I think they’ve systematically failed Texas. They haven’t protected us during COVID. They haven’t protected us during the grid failure. They haven’t protected us with our ability to vote in numerous ways. They failed all of us,” Dowd said.  

Back in the sixties, we all venerated those first intrepid travelers that would take humankind beyond the envelope of the earth.

They were the Right Stuff.

The R's are now the same age old "white stuff"

And they are a fright on this Halloween night.

 

 

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