Republicans elected by willfully ignorant voters voting against their best interests

November 5, 2014

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Good morning:

This is a dark day for us because of the number of people who voted against their own best interests by voting for Republicans whose core constituency is the 1%, not the rest of us. No one can reasonably expect them to do anything that their billionaire overlords oppose.

Republicans lie because they have to lie to get elected.

That’s why they gush about the so called ‘job creators,’ who actually created massive unemployment by relocating their operations overseas eliminating millions of jobs here at home, and the ‘trickle down effect,’ which never happened because the 1% hoard their wealth and park their obscene profits derived from exploiting natural and human resources abroad in foreign banks to avoid paying taxes on those profits.

That’s also why they lie about voter fraud, despite the absence of any evidence to support their claim, in order to pass laws that, in effect, eliminate the right to vote by imposing all sorts of restrictions designed to disenfranchise millions of voters who would not vote Republican.

Our economy is stagnant because there is little demand for goods and services and there is little demand because people don’t have money to spend. They don’t have money to spend because of high unemployment caused by the loss of those jobs overseas and underemployment. Most people who are employed are not being paid a living wage, so they can’t afford to buy new stuff.

This deplorable situation is not going to change because it is exactly what the 1% want.

They also want militarized police to protect them and keep us in line.

Oh, and climate change, which is the biggest problem we face.

Here’s the new Republican chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Meet James Inhofe:

Well actually the Genesis 8:22 that I use in there is that “as long as the earth remains there will be seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night,” my point is, God’s still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.

There are far too many people in this country who are too stupid or willfully ignorant to pour piss out of a boot.

IPCC on Climate- Tragedy of the Commons

May 6, 2014

The White House released the National Climate Assessment Report today eliminating legitimate doubt that climate change is underway with increasingly dire and catastrophic consequences to the global biosphere and to human life yet to come. The report is the product of more than four years of work by hundreds of scientists and it is substantially more comprehensive and alarming than its predecessor report issued in 2009. Unlike the United Nation’s report released three weeks ago, this report focuses on what is happening in eight geographical regions of the United States.

After reviewing today’s report and the United Nation’s report, I do not see how any reasonable person who knows how to read can continue to doubt that human activity has caused and will continue to cause global warming and climate change.

The Republican Party likely will persist in denying climate change because the oil companies and the rich people who own them intend to continue to enrich themselves at our expense. For example, FOX News is claiming that President Obama and the Democrats made up this report to distract our attention from what happened at Benghazi.

Global warming and climate change is the new reality and no amount of denial will make it go away. Instead of pointless arguments regarding whether it exists, we must accept that it does and do everything in our power to avoid contributing to the problem.

To accomplish this, we will need a collective change of heart. As the report explains, climate change is really a case of the ‘tragedy of the commons.’

Mitigation is a public good; climate change is a case of ‘the tragedy of the commons’ (high 
confidence). Effective climate change mitigation will not be achieved if each agent (individual, 
institution or country) acts independently in its own selfish interest, suggesting the need for 
collective action. Some adaptation actions, on the other hand, have characteristics of a private good 
as benefits of actions may accrue more directly to the individuals, regions, or countries that 
undertake them, at least in the short term. Nevertheless, financing such adaptive activities remains 
an issue, particularly for poor individuals and countries. [3.1]

Collective action means that we change our hearts about mass consumption and greed. Following the no harm rule, we are capable of working to decrease air pollution, acid rain and ocean acidification, leaving future people with an environment that is not uninhabitable. With a change of heart, we can work to eradicate poverty, rather than strip-mining a couple of large western states of coal that we send to China by way of the Evergreen State. Before we do that, maybe we would consider having an intelligent conversation about how we can all decrease some of these emissions– China is working on that, why can’t we? We can reduce our waste is this country as well. There is no longer any excuse for it.

This is an opportunity for once, to work together in the world instead of trying to take it over, or lie, cheat and rip people off and then blame them (whoever they are) for all of our problems.


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