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.”

http://www.resilience.org/stories/2017-07-26/a-failure-of-imagination-on-climate-risks/

 

 

 

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?

 

18/06/2017

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.””

 

http://nativenewsonline.net/currents/standing-rock-sioux-tribe-yakama-nation-sign-proclamation-calling-upon-united-states-revoke-doctrine-christian-discovery-mmarch-d-c/

 

 

 

“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]

http://ili.nativeweb.org/sdrm_art.html

 

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

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/05/22/stop-hoping-we-can-fix-climate-change-by-pulling-carbon-out-of-the-air-scientists-warn/?utm_term=.8281effc091d

 

 

“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

http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/05/agony-of-mother-earth-i-the-unstoppable-destruction-of-forests/

 

“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

http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/05/agony-of-mother-earth-ii-worlds-forests-depleted-for-fuel/

 

“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

N BY NEWSNER   30 AUGUST 2016

http://en.newsner.com/airline-s-act-of-kindness-astounds-family-and-deserves-all-the-praise-in-the-world/about/family

 

 

“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

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39814586

 

 

“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.’”

Trump’s U.S. Looks Past Energy Independence to Global Dominance

 

 

 

Bloomberg Climate Changed

https://www.bloomberg.com/climate-changed

 

Trump’s U.S. Looks Past Energy Independence to Global Dominance

by Laura Blewitt May 1, 2017, 11:43 PM GMT+1

 

 

It has been a few years since mining and drilling was all about US energy independence.  At least, now the real reason has been unveiled. Yes, it is mostly about “energy-dominant” As usual, extractive industries will reap the profits whilst the public pay the price of medical bills and clean-up.  Notice, “as companies cut costs”!  That’s translated as fewer jobs and bigger and more expensive machines.

No longer do we need to be suspicious.  The clarity is blinding.  “U.S. exports surged above 1 million barrels a day for the first time.”

I remember reading a few years ago that Japan was importing wood pulp from Australia even though there were vast forests extant in Japan.  Ever wonder why?

Now China is cutting back on coal production.  Do we think this is foolish?

 

“The U.S. is in the position to be energy-dominant, not just independent, thanks to fracking and plans to loosen drilling regulations, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Monday.

 

Oil production across the U.S. may increase by 17 percent to a record 10.24 million barrels a day by the end of next year as companies cut costs and become more efficient in drilling, especially in areas such as West Texas and North Dakota. Domestic output hasn’t surpassed 10 million barrels a day since 1970. At a time when OPEC and other producers are cutting output, U.S. exports surged above 1 million barrels a day for the first time.”

NY Times hired a hippie puncher to give climate obstructionists cover

NY Times hired a hippie puncher to give climate obstructionists cover

 

Posted on 29 April 2017 by dana1981

 

https://www.skepticalscience.com/nyt-hired-hippie-puncher.html

 

 

I like the analogy below.  I also like my analogy in regards to uncertainty.  When we go our GP or specialist they are often not certain of the cause of our ailment and thus whether the medicine they prescribe will cure it.  They often say, something like, take this and come back in X days if you are not better.  We all understand that the body is an incredibly complex organism and most of us accept our physician’s efforts to help us.  Well, the Earth systems are complex also and our scientists are limited in their predictive efforts mainly, in my not so humble opinion, because their instruments have been designed to register the outcomes of a machine-like object.  Unfortunately, recent scientific research is revealing that Earth “behaves” as if it was a living organism.  Earth is a “self-regulating” organism and thus inherently unpredictable.  We are caught in the grips of vast greediness supported by our cultural beliefs, economic global order whilst being buried by our mechanistic, capitalistic, materialistic worldview.

 

“Stephens needs a lesson in risk management

 

Smoking provides an apt analogy. Each time we smoke, we increase the odds of developing cancer a little bit more. The future outcome is uncertain – we don’t know exactly if or when the disaster of cancer will hit – but we know we’re making it more likely every time we smoke, and the smart move is to mitigate that risk by cutting down on the cigarettes as quickly as possible. With climate change, each time we add more carbon pollution to the atmosphere, we increase the odds of a climate catastrophe a little bit more. The smart move is to mitigate that risk by cutting down on our burning of fossil fuels as quickly as possible.

 

Stephens’ piece is akin to criticizing doctors and anti-smoking groups for being too mean to the tobacco industry, and for not focusing on the uncertainty about exactly when the chain-smoking patient will develop cancer.”

Satellite Data Caught Gulf Oil Companies Hiding Enormous Oil Spills

An organization called SkyTruth is monitoring drilling companies for drastically underestimating the amount of oil they spill into the ocean.

 

How Satellite Data Caught Gulf Oil Companies Hiding Enormous Oil Spills

“There’s no doubt there are a lot more accidents than we know about.” [Photo: courtesy Gulf Monitoring Consortium via SkyTruth]

BY LAUREN ZANOLLI04.27.17 | 6:30 AM

 

https://www.fastcompany.com/40406093/how-satellite-data-caught-gulf-oil-companies-hiding-enormous-oil-spills

 

 

 

“To find a more independent estimate of the scope of daily oil spills, the report’s authors drew on an analysis of that same NRC data by SkyTruth, a nonprofit that uses satellite imagery—mainly from the European Space Agency, one of the few free resources—to monitor the environmental effects of industrial activity. Using SkyTruth’s numbers, report authors say the total amount of oil spilled in the northern Gulf last year was closer to 875,000 gallons, or about 50 times larger than official estimates.”