Sunday, July 12, 2015

Hatred of Power: Similarity of Frustrated Americans to Bin Laden

Has the anti-corporate American tribe ever stopped to analyze how similar they are philosophically to Osama Bin Laden? Many have joined the ranks of folks that are angry at the power of Corporate America; be they the Occupy group, Muslims, especially those in the USA, possibly even the majority of citizens, that feel disenfranchised, especially by the oligarchy.

Collectively, people demand $15 an hour, and started the Occupy Wall Street that led to so many arrests, protests everywhere but differently 9-11 united us. And, don't forget the protests following the Occupy movement. It makes more sense to me that those that denigrate corporate America would champion Osama Bin Laden, stamping on and cursing the dirt of the most capitalist buildings in the world, the twin towers, also known as the World Trade Center.

I would find it interesting to see how the Occupy NYC group would have behaved in response to September 11th. Imagine protesters everywhere on the street cursing capitalism with all their hearts, and then come the planes flying into the World Trade Center. I guess that I'll never know what that response would be.

Basically, we can know that 9-11 was an issue of power and not capitalism because Mohammed, himself, was a capitalist.  We had the power to carve up the Arabian Peninsula, and despite the anger of the natives, we did it anyway.  The anger was specifically spite that in 1921 there was a Conference where the West carved up the Arabian Peninsula without regard for the Arabs. Of course that was offensive to Muslims not only because the Qu'ran calls for Islamic gov't, but also because any nation would want to be sovereign in their homeland. The same thinking is essentially what led USA to revolution, meaning we didn't want to be colonies of Britain. We wanted our own leadership.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Toll of Science Research to the Environment

Most environmentalists probably cause greater damage by merely driving [car carbon emissions] to work on a daily basis than they would do if they merely sat at home and collected a free check, such as SSI. And, really if we think about it, driving a car to work is really just a drop in the bucket of the carbon footprint for environmental researchers. This is reason to be careful when hiring folks for such jobs, as we don’t want to hire hypocrites. We should think that at a bare minimum even one environment researcher should be able to cause a positive net improvement to the environment. Breaking even should start with environmentalists as role models, as already we know most of us are not breaking even.

Granted, tax payers are going to need to fund research, and one does not break even on a whim. We need to fund people so that their research may show us a way to break even. However, it is not as if there aren’t already enough ideas out there. We need to put these ideas to work, and refine them, not only so that they are profitable, but also primarily that one day we will cohabitate with nature without destroying it.

Don’t get me wrong, I like many environmentalists, but this is a call to bring government funded research under greater scrutiny. The role of environmentalists may be prominent in saving the word from future dystopias such as overpopulation, carbon pollution, depletion of fish from oceans, and renewable energy sources.