Jacksonville’s Poorest Residents Live in the Worst Flood Zones


Jacksonville’s Poorest Residents Live in the Worst Flood Zones

Capitalism at it’s worst







“We are okay with those areas being a danger and a disaster waiting to happen.”


“What these buyers didn’t know—or what they chose to risk—was that these neighborhoods were cheaper because the homes were built in a flood zone without underground drainage or nearby retention ponds, which state law didn’t require until the early ‘80s.”


“Nationally, areas with known flooding—which, like the Northside homes, were usually built half a century ago—are going to be valued much lower than areas with proper drainage and flood protection. Residents who settle there “don’t have other options,” Dickerson said. This cheap property comes back to bite residents when a storm comes knocking. “There’s a lot of people on the Northside who need a lot of help,’ Washington said. “A lot of these people just did not know they were in flood plains. A lot of them didn’t have flood insurance because they just did not know.’”




Has anything changed since John Steinbeck wrote “The Grapes of Wrath”?



Since when are facts a “distraction?”

“BONN, Germany (Reuters) – Many nations’ view that the United States should do more to fight climate change because it is the biggest historical emitter is a ‘distraction’ from technological innovation, an adviser to the President said on Thursday.”





Since when are facts a “distraction”?  What happened to the “technological innovation” around the Keystone Pipeline?  Sadly, I realize that I am complicit in not speaking out about this kind of nonsense.



The evidence speaks for itself

Native News Online.net




“The evidence speaks for itself.”


“EAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA – American Indian tribes have opposed the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline since it was announced. The tribes have longed fear the danger of oil leaks which are inevitable.


After the existing Keystone oil pipeline leaked 210,000 gallons of oil on Thursday, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazer released the following statement:


On November 16, 2017, the existing Keystone pipeline spilled more than 210,000 gallons of Alberta tar sands crude oil within miles of the Lake Traverse Sioux, our sister Tribe.  This was the third pipeline spill in the State of South Dakota this year alone.  It was also the largest Keystone spill to date in South Dakota. I condemn this oil spill, the company that built this pipeline and anybody associated with it. The evidence speaks for itself.”



The Preamble of the Declaration Opposing Oil Sands Expansion

The Preamble of the Declaration Opposing Oil Sands Expansion and the Construction of the Keystone-XL Pipeline.  Signed 17 May, 2017 in Calgary, Alberta

“We, The First People, were and remain the stewards of the land and with this Declaration renew our vow to carry that sacred obligation in defense of our Mother, the Earth, and all born of her body and nurtured at her breast who are no longer heard amidst the dissonance of industrialization and corporate domination.”


The Real Problem

I totally disagree with this hypothesis.  “Like Exxon, Utilities knew about Climate Change risks decades ago” See my post on Facebook yesterday, 27 July. Climate change inaction is caused by: (1) Establishment conditioning views our planet as fodder for the taking with no intelligence, wisdom nor consciousness.  (2)  This conditioning has been reinforced by Jewish and Christian doctrine according to Genesis 1:26.  (3)  These two circumstances were exploited by Capitalism and expressed with the commandments; “profit first” and “grow or die” (4) All of the above were supported by the failure of our species to develop an “enoughness” gene.  The lack of this ability is expressed by what we call greed revealed as anti-social behaviour bordering on the psychopathic.  Lastly, from this state of being in the world, we will not honour and protect that which we do not love and most of the rich and powerful do not view Earth as lovable.

“Climate change is an existential risk that could abruptly end human civilisation because of a catastrophic “failure of imagination” by global leaders to understand and act on the science and  evidence before them.”





Who am I

Who am I?



When we look for the self we cannot help but be looking for something which is out there different from what we think we are.  When we look for the self we find ourselves using the only language permitted or even available.  This is a huge problem and block to understanding. Why?  Because that which we are is not an object for that which is doing the looking.  We are what we are looking for so explaining it is only rhetoric. Such thinking may bring us to asking – who then is actually doing the looking?  Then what follows is the question – where, what is that which is doing the looking?  Me, you say.  But then we remember that the looker, call it me if you like, cannot be found.  Next, perhaps we ask, if I am the self and the self cannot be found then it seems that we have been taught falsehoods.  There is not nor ever was a self in here looking out on a world out there.  There is only the act or experience of looking.  Yes, but the English language supposes that there is first a subject, second an action or verb and thirdly an object – at something.  Unless we find other terminology, we are locked into the assumption that there is a me, inside the body doing.

Although modern science cannot and never will find the location of the “I,” an alternative word description has not been accepted.  The prevailing attitude is always – If there is no “I” doing the looking, then something must be doing the looking that we wrongly attribute to me doing.

At around this point, most people just tune out.

One can readily see that we will get nowhere until we question the whole concept of separate objects.  Only with separate objects can one look at another.


The dilemma I have just left us at is the trigger for the idea of non-duality. Monism, in one form or another thus enters and sows volumes of discussion. Several miles down the road and after several turnings, fits and restarts, many just accept that they are that which is aware of their experience.  So there is only awareness and nobody being aware.


That’s enough for tonight.  Run it back and forth, inside and out but please let me know when you find the exact location of the “I” that does stuff.  OK?



Doctrine of Christian Discovery

I don’t expect many Christians are aware of this.  When I was both a Christian and in grade school in the US, I certainly was not made aware of this.  Then later, when I took a college course in early American History, I did not hear about it then either.

Doctrine of Christian Discovery

“The heightened awareness of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s fight for clean water has equally brought awareness about the flawed system of dispute resolution utilized by the judicial branch of the United States that Native Nations must navigate in their pursuit of protecting their natural resources.


During remarks, Chairman Dave Archambault II of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Chairman JoDe Goudy of the Yakama Nation read the proclamation calling to question how historical documents of domination and dehumanization have historically—and in present day—been used against Native Nations and peoples.


The proclamation calls upon Pope Francis to revoke the historical Roman Catholic Church Papal Bulls of Dum Diversas (1452), Romanus Pontifex (1455), and Inter Caetera (1493), questioning their unholy orders of domination and dehumanization, and the manner in which these historical papal decrees laid the foundation of modern day Federal Indian Law. The historical papal decrees also resulted in the “Doctrine of Discovery,” utilized not only in the formation, but the current function of the U.S. government.


The proclamation highlights the extreme contradiction of the separation of church and state in dealing with disputes among Native Nations.


“The United States government claims the ‘right of Christian Discoverer’ to dominate our Nations, lands, and waters,” Chairman Archambault stated. “This claimed ‘right’ is stated in U.S. Supreme Court decisions—starting with Johnson v. McIntosh in 1823, and reaffirmed by Tee-Hit-Ton v. U.S. in 1955, City of Sherrill, N.Y. v. Oneida Indian Nation of New York in 2005, and many others.””






“The lesson to be learned is that the papal bulls of 1452 and 1493 are but two clear examples of how the “Christian Powers,” or “different States of Christendom,” viewed indigenous peoples as “the lawful spoil and prey of their civilized conquerors.” [Wheaton:270-1] In fact, the Christian “Law of Nations” asserted that Christian nations had a divine right, based on the Bible, to claim absolute title to and ultimate authority over any newly “discovered” Non-Christian inhabitants and their lands. Over the next several centuries, these beliefs gave rise to the Doctrine of Discovery used by Spain, Portugal, England, France, and Holland – all Christian nations.

The Doctrine of Discovery in U.S. Law

In 1823, the Christian Doctrine of Discovery was quietly adopted into U.S. law by the Supreme Court in the celebrated case, Johnson v. McIntosh (8 Wheat., 543). Writing for a unanimous court, Chief Justice John Marshall observed that Christian European nations had assumed “ultimate dominion” over the lands of America during the Age of Discovery, and that – upon “discovery” – the Indians had lost “their rights to complete sovereignty, as independent nations,” and only retained a right of “occupancy” in their lands. In other words, Indians nations were subject to the ultimate authority of the first nation of Christendom to claim possession of a given region of Indian lands.” [Johnson:574; Wheaton:270-1]



Can we still wonder why the many treaties drawn up between indigenous, “first peoples” tribes had so little merit and were not worth the paper they were written on?  And yet, Americans still regularly sing: “O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”  I have heard that ignorance of the law is no excuse.  But what American school board would allow this to be taught?  Thus we are bound in ignorance and continue to wonder why the rest of the world do not love us as we expect to be loved.  The American government continues to dishonor great numbers of it’s citizens, such as, the hanging of the picture of Andrew Jackson and laying down of a wreath at his grave on Memorial Day.

“The Indian Removal Act set in motion the Trail of Tears, which attributed to the genocide of thousands of American Indians and the death of one-quarter Cherokee people. For this reason, Jackson is referred to by American Indians as the “Indian-killer” president and does not feel he should be honored or celebrated in any fashion.”  http://nativenewsonline.net/currents/day-history-may-28-1830-andrew-jackson-signs-indian-removal-act/




Scientists warn pulling carbon out of the air

The Washington Post   By Chelsea Harvey May 22, 2017





“But for years, scientists have discussed the idea of going further by using large plantations full of fast-growing, carbon-storing trees to pull extra carbon emissions out of the atmosphere, a strategy sometimes called “afforestation.” But the amount of land and other resources this strategy would require to actually help us meet our global climate goals — namely, keeping global temperatures within at least two degrees of their pre-industrial levels — is completely impractical, according to Boysen’s new study in the journal Earth’s Future, and would require the destruction of huge amounts of natural ecosystems or productive agricultural land.”


“Every year an area of rainforest the size of New Jersey is cut down and destroyed.”  Rainforest Information for Kids


In the first place, there are very few, maybe none at all, of Earth’s ecosystems that could be called “natural.” The human footprint is vast and indelible.  Of course planting trees will not reverse or “fix” the problem because, obviously, forest destruction has been in progress for a few thousand years. Today, we are just finishing it off.  However, mitigating efforts of this kind are sorely needed.

God forbid that we should reforest marginal agricultural land and limit our numbers! We have accepted our need for financial budgets, why not a population budget?  Why does the US need to plough up wilderness areas, parks and arid lands for exports? The US exported 5.4 billion dollars’ worth of wheat in 2016. In the US the major food supply channels are entirely under the control of multinationals now and they export the same item with one hand and import it with the other depending on where the greatest profits lie.  Forbes reports that the US crude oil exports hit record levels in 2016, despite a decline in U.S. oil production.  No wonder the number of billionaires in the world increased by 13% in 2017 and the US is home to most of them.



“Boysen and her colleagues find the land space that would be required for the amount of trees necessary to keep temperatures within a 2-degree threshold under our current climate trajectory could have “dire consequences for food production or the biosphere.” And even under more optimistic scenarios, where future carbon emissions are lower and fewer trees would be necessary, they conclude that “’high inputs of managed water and fertilizers would be needed in order to avoid fierce competition for land — with potentially negative side-effects for climate and society.’”



Obviously human food is limited in a forest.  But, where and what is “dire” for the biosphere about substituting a largely mono-cropped and ploughed up ecosystem which favours more humans and almost eliminates other animals with trees?  After all, life here on Earth is NOT all about humans, is it? For me, this article suggests that keeping supermarkets in the western world fully stocked is more important than keeping the planet healthy.




“Converting land on this staggering scale would pit climate change responses against food security and biodiversity protection,” they write. “Massively expanding managed land for CDR [carbon dioxide removal] could crash through the planetary boundary for sustainable land use.”



“There are other options,” she said, such as more sustainable agriculture techniques, that can help make a dent in global carbon emissions. “But the most important option is, of course, not to release the CO2 into the atmosphere.”


No, the best option is to cut down on population.






Trees are Vital to our Continued Existence

Agony of Mother Earth (I) The Unstoppable Destruction of Forests

By Baher Kamal



“This is the first of a two-part series on how humankind has been systematically destroying world’s forests—the real lungs of Mother Earth. Part II will deal with forest depletion for wood-fuel.”


Agony of Mother Earth (II) World’s Forests Depleted for Fuel

By Baher Kamal



“This is the second of a two-part series on how humankind has been systematically destroying world’s forests—the real lungs of Mother Earth. Part I dealt with the relentless destruction of forests.”


It is the destruction of forests and the drying up of Savannah that prevents the Earth from recovering from the exponential increase of greenhouses gasses, especially methane and carbon dioxide. Without a doubt, it is the continuing greed expressed by the corporate Gods of growth and profit that maintains the ethics and laws that reinforce the ecocide and strongly resists efforts to cooperate with the planet’s ability to self-regulate. We are faced with the enemy within that we have so far been unable to subdue. With the US containing 41% of the world’s dollar millionaires and the number of worldwide billionaires increasing by double digits yearly, who can deny that there is little hope? Money talks.

Airline’s act of kindness astounds family


Here is what can and has been done! Notice this happened well before the recent spate of inconsideration and violence to passengers.  I always book with Southwest whenever I visit relatives in the US.  They are amazingly punctual and I’ve never had or have seen a problem


Airline’s act of kindness astounds family — and deserves all the praise in the world





“Peggy had barely taken in the shocking news before a staffer explained that the airline had re-ticketed her on the next direct flight to Denver and arranged all of the other practical details. For free, of course!


‘They offered a private waiting area, rerouted my luggage, allowed me to board first, and packed a lunch for when I got off the plane in Denver. My luggage was delivered to where I was staying, and I even received a call from Southwest asking how my son was doing,’ Peggy Uhle told BoardingArea.com.”



Delta Air Lines kicks US family off flight after row over toddler





“When he responds that there is nowhere for his family, including two infants, to go and no more flights, the crew member can be heard saying: ‘You guys are on your own.’”