Sunday, September 12, 2021


how we wasted 20 years fighting the “Global War on Terror” instead of climate change.



Among the rash of 9/11 articles, this one from the Intercept caught my eye. “General Failure: How the U.S. Military Lied About the 9/11 Wars” by Peter Maas purports to line up the culprit chain of command:


•The generals Lloyd Austin, now Secretary of Defense, and David Petraeus who both lied to Congress about how well the war was going;


•Politicians complicit with the generals sustaining overseas bloodshed.


So far so bad. What about the people who elect those politicians and who, along with lobbyists given a free hand with Citizens United, back them with obscene PAC bribes? What about the lobbyists and war profiteers? For the most part, from presidents on down, Americans love war, the Ur-baseball of the culture where all is staked on “winning.” But Peter Maas is not a cultural writer.



The military also happens to be the biggest burner of fossil fuel in the world, far outstripping even nations. From the start of the grandiosely titled "Global War on Terror,” from 2001 to the present, the U.S. military’s emissions amount to ½ billion metric tons of greenhouse gasses related directly to war-generated fuel consumption. To better grasp the scope of the miasma produced, below is a graphic  from Brown University’s Cost of War Project:



But because Peter Mass is not an environmental writer he overlooks addressing  the Ur-Crime of the Anthropocene which results in the inability of our planet to continue sustaining life. 


The criminal chain of command from the generals on down to the war profiteers and the people who elect U.S. politicians, aided by the oil and gas corporations with their oiligarch CEOs, the Talking Heads, the satraps like Bremer and Wolfowitz, all are responsible for bringing us the fires in the West, Southwest, and Mediterranean Europe; the floods in Germany and Tennessee and Iowa, the walls of water in New York and New Jersey, the hurricane that destroyed the energy grid in New Orleans, snows that burst the pipes in Mighty Texas where nothing ever goes wrong, displacement of millions of the world’s populations through drought, and now famine and starvation in Madagascar.




If we were bent on retribution, what form might it take? What commensurate punishment might we fix for the loss of our planetary habitat? Such a scene was set some 450 years ago by Shakespeare in Titus Andronicus. (Why, they are…baked in that pie whereof their mother daintily hath fed. - Titus Andronicus, V. 3)




Picture a cosmic banquet to which all miscreants are invited. The vengeful cooks have spent days baking pies. It’s evening now. The table is set. Generals sit at the head, the politicians and oiligarchs sit within reach of the salt, the war profiteers have a table all their own, all the little people sit at the low tables. The banqueters chow down. The meat is tough, half raw; it cries in pain. In the sauce, little arms and legs appear. The banqueters eat undeterred.


Heaving and retching begin when they find the limbs of their own children.

As for the peacemakers, they have had the taste of this banquet in their mouths for a very long time.





Tell Biden: enough wars.

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Support climate bills in two licks.


Build back fossil free.


Hold fossil fuel corporations accountable.


Make polluters pay.


Join Squad to stop Line 3.


Tell Senators stop giving White House authority to wage endless war.


Fossil fuel lobbyists out of U.S. politics


Push two California climate bills.





Momentous moratorium on deep sea mining adopted at Global Biodiversity Summit.


Indian farmers stage huge rally against agricultural laws.


In London, continued Extinction Rebellion protests include animal rights protesters and more than with 500 arrests.


Australian union calls for boycott of General Mills products.


Calls for impeachment as Bolsonaro incites far-right rallies in Brazil.


In unanimous ruling, Mexican Supreme Court decriminalizes abortion.


Groups call on Trudeau and RCMP to protect Secwepemc activists calling on Canada to halt construction of the TransMouuntian pipeline.


Applause as Australia backs COVID vaccine patent waiver.


With the escape of six high-profile Palestinians, Israel’s prison break has Palestinians celebrating.


More than 200 health journals call for urgent action on climate crisis.


Climate activists rally outside Biden’s Queens visit.


Climate groups tell Dems: Don’t fuel hydrogen hype.


Sunrise movement responds to Biden’s comments at press briefing in N. Jersey.


110 groups across 4 states tell key senators; Pass clean  electricity program through reconciliation now.


300+ groups demand clean electricity payment program exclude fossil fuels and false solutions.


Water protectors shut down major U.S.-Canadian tar sands terminal.


Biden administration to re-examine #45’s plan for more Western Arctic oil leasing.


Campaigners urge Dems to exclude ‘false solutions’ from U.S. clean energy standard.


Reps. Mondaire Jones, and Jasmine Crocket  together with MOVE Texas tell Biden: end filibuster and pass voting rights & court expansion legislation.


Anger mounts over Dems refusal to address jobless crisis.


Judge temporarily blocks one of the largest forced-birth groups and vigilante pals from sing the nation’s largest provider of reproductive healthcare.


Some corporations stand up to Texas abortion law.


New Mexicans fight for abortion access and win.


Biden offers possible path against Texas abortion bounty law.


AG Garland dues Texas over unconstitutional abortion law.


Greg Abbotts’ approval rating sinks to all-time low as COVID rages across Texas.


As Biden tours Ida damage, protesters demand end to fossil fuels.


After Hurricane Ida, mutual aid provides safety and survival.


Globally politicians call on Biden to drop prosecution against Assange.


Biden: Republican governors vowing to sue over vaccine rules “cavalier” about constituent’s health.


Public health experts praise Biden’s new vaccination requirements.


Federal judge blocks Florida GOP’s anti-protest law.


Ex-prosecutor indicted for misconduct in Ahmaud Arbery death.


Missouri teacher resigns after school district orders him to remove pride flag from class.


Largest Confederate statue left in U.S. to be removed this week in Richmond


10,000 UAW members gear up for strike vote at john Deere.


McDonald’s employees walk out in Bradford, PA.


Farmworkers invite all 100 Senators to work alongside them for one day: two, Cory Booker and Alex Padilla accept.


Prison abolitionists target architectural firm in St. Louis Park, MN.




Saturday, September 4, 2021



sanctions, n. - sanctions can be either comprehensive or selective, using the blocking of assets and trade restrictions to accomplish foreign policy and national security goals.



This week we look at three dates:


Labor Day –   Sept 7 when 35 million Americans are slated to lose their unemployment benefits.


Oct. 3 – when national eviction moratorium officially ends.


Aug. 27 – when Supreme Court ends Biden’s eviction moratorium.


In theory, sanctions are supposed to reduce a population to such dire straights that it will rise up, and overthrow its government, thereby producing the regime change that will allow a foreign government the opportunity to replace it with a compliant dictatorship which will stand by while it plunders its treasury, and seizes its natural resources.


As of June, 2021, countries subject to U. S. sanctions include the Balkans, Belarus, Burma, Burundi, Central African Republic, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine/Russia, Venezuela, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.


Now, what might sanctions look like when they come home to roost?

At present, the U.S. government is controlled under the Democratic leadership of Joe Biden. If we wanted to replace that government with an authoritarian government, would we throw an additional 35 million more citizens out on the streets to live in tents, while simultaneously tossing them out of the money economy?


With what authoritarian government might we be planning to replace the present administration?


Does a duck look like a duck to you?