Since the ’60s, the scientific community has been hammering away about the harm being done to the atmosphere by the burning of fossil fuels. They knew that the planet would warm gradually, and that it was necessary to start slowing down the use of CO-2 producing energy. They didn’t have any concrete evidence of what was in the future but they knew it would cause change. Well, that was enough to get some legislation passed that helped a little. In fact, it helped allot in Los Angeles where smog had become a huge problem, but major changes in US and world use of carbon based fuels were difficult to make happen.

For decades, oil companies and the Energy Industry hired scientists to refute the claims of global warming. These “company scientists” gave bogus reports and tried to disprove every attempt by the real scientific community to bring a stronger awareness to the subject and get major legislation passed.

In ’96 an oceanographer named Wally Broeker discovered the connection between ocean circulation and abrupt climate change. This was absolutely mind boggling news – that the result of global warming would be an abrupt (rather than the 10,000 year transition as had long been accepted) flip into “ice age type” weather patterns. This new information was slowly being accepted in the scientific community, and in ’98 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for his discovery. This fact, that there is abrupt climate change coming, jolted the neo-cons into running the, then, Gov. George W. Bush in the Presidential Primary, and they did so using any means necessary to guarantee a win (push polling Senator McCain, keeping democrats off of Florida’s voting rolls, etc.). When Bush became President he immediately turned 180 degrees on his campaign pledges and started on his disastrous environmental melt down.

So, in 2001, the scientific community decided to do something that could not be refuted by anyone. They put together a world wide commission of almost 3,000 experts – The International Arctic Science Committee – who came up with several possible scenarios from computer models of very dramatic changes, to more modest climate changes, and averaged the entire array to one that they all agree is very likely – The Arctic Climate Impact Assessment.

Based on tons of data, these scientists have finally finished the report and are releasing it to the public, the Congress, and the world. The data that they gathered shows an alarming rate of warming in the Arctic, where the ice cap is diminishing at increasing rates due to man’s burning of fossil fuels, and there is no question about that. What will happen in the decades ahead is still, of course, unknown…..but there is consensus that climate change has already begun, and that it will continue, and that the rate of change will increase.

At some point, the ice caps will melt to a level which will shut down the Atlantic Conveyor that distributes heat from the equatorial region to the poles. At some point in the future, the growing season in Kansas will likely be reduced to 5 to 10 weeks a year. This knowledge, rather conspicuously, coincides with the right wing’s blatant dismantling of the Bill of Rights and the Democracy of the United States.

They too, now know what the result of their gluttony for profits and their decades long neglect of the environment will bring, and they are calling in all bets. They didn’t know about the Atlantic Conveyor (and it’s sister in the Pacific) and that global warming would eventually cause an abrupt climate change. That is, quite frankly, very hard to understand without proof. But the proof has been shown in study after study, and is irrefutable – and the right wing knows it.

President Bush was selected to lead our nation in this time of “climate change awareness” very likely because of his coziness with the oil industry, and the energy industry is still unwilling to make major changes of their emissions or to curtail fossil fuel usage.

The current Administration has a despicable record on the environment – the worst ever. They have rolled back laws, and placed industry executives in oversight positions of the very industries they came from. Things have changed. We can now expect environmental concerns to be neglected even more than before, with the (supposed) mandate Bush received in the November election.

You may not need to worry yourself about this if you can tuck your family away in a mansion in the Caribbean or the Cayman Islands, like all of President Bush’s friends will be able to do when food supplies start dwindling. If not…..perhaps you should worry.

Bush Hating and Beyond

Recently I was at a Hip-Hop show at an undisclosed location on a confidential night, and while warming up to rock the crowd Rapper X (X for anonymous) gave a lengthy talk about George Bush. In his talk he told the packed house that if he thought it would make a difference he would shoot Bush in the head, noting that he was a little depressed about the outcome of the elections but it was not going to stop him from doing what he was doing.

It wasn’t the statement he made that justified writing this article, it was the significant reaction he got from the people on the dance floor. There were cheers all around the club, proving that hip-hop kids generally speaking share a common hatred for George Bush.

Let’s take everything back to the RNC where over half a million people marched and participated in direct action all over NYC. Do you think a President Kerry would bring so many people together against him? probably not. Kerry’s mistakes aren’t as obvious as Bush’s blunders, a Kerry presidency would have looked liberal and sounded liberal but as soon as anyone got close enough they would have smelled a very fowl conservative agenda that is going keep on going regardless of who takes the podium.

This isn’t a public service announcement for Bush by any means, but just hating Bush is not going to change the very system that his administration is so good at manipulating. We as citizens against Bush have to educate that hate and empower it to create change instead of blindly following the Democratic party down the same rabbit hole that the left always gets sucked into every four years. Third parties, although some espouse libertarian values, if put in the white house will eventually have to appease big business and perpetuate the same platform the other two parties always end up doing. Even if it did stick to it’s guns a third party if elected would not get anything past legislation, be ineffectual, and get voted out come next election. Assimilation is also something that has happened frequently to third parties of the past, like for instance the incorporation of the Free Soil party (anti-slavery) in 1854 by the Republican party. This shows how easily a political party can be turned around and subverted into an authoritarian centralized body. Take for instance the Green Party in Germany, they have gone from libertarian alternative values to acting very much like the former conservative Kohl government, being pro-war while espousing liberal rhetoric (sounds kind of familiar doesn’t it).

Let’s face it the most supposedly ?progressive? president we can look back to in the last 50 years is Jimmy Carter (who was an active member of the Trilateral Commission). Jimmy Carter espoused a liberal energy policy he even put solar panels on the White House, but when he was in office more nuclear power was being used than any other preceding administration. Also, being an active member of the Trilateral Commission buddied him up with David Rockefeller (the rabbit hole gets bigger).

I voted in this election, which is not something I am proud of, because the more I try to rationalize my decision to vote the more I realize that a vote in any presidential election is a stamp of approval for business as usual. Elections are popularity contests for plutocrats, aided very much by corporate media in manufacturing issues for a large population of people. It is imperative to dose people with as much propaganda as possible to maintain and control on a macro-level, if you take away important issues (like trade liberalization and it’s effects on local workers and farmers) from the monopolized public mindset then it’s like they don’t exist at all. It will always be like this when governing on a large-scale, so don’t play into that quagmire think locally.

Anyone who has a grasp on world history (not the revised bullshit they try to pawn off on students in public schools) will understand that unadaptable uniformed systems always lead to tyranny and oppression. There is much strength in diversity and one single system is not going to work everyone.

When a social system is not working for it’s constituents you don’t drag it on for 200+ years. We are beating a dead horse, we are flying in a machine made before the principles of lift were laid down. Guess what, the ground is coming up on us faster and faster, and if we don’t scrap these top to bottom systems for more adaptable locally centered egalitarian designs then we will just repeat history until we undo ourselves.


This is more urgent than your volunteerism for Mr. Nader or whoever – which I thank you for. You may think that protesting is fruitless but it actually is not. The press is hiding it’s head in the sand right now, waiting to see if anyone noticed what happened. Did you notice? Exit polls are, historically, the best indication of what is happening on election day, but they are trying to write it off as bologna.

Here in the Big O, we have a corporation that makes these voting machines with holes in them big enough to drive a car through. Election Systems and Software corporate headquarters are at 11208 John Galt Blvd., and there needs to be some protesters in front of the building.

If you are okay with what happened on Nov. 2, please disregard this ….if not, there is a serious problem that needs some attention, and I know a journalism major who is interning at KETV that may be able to give it to us.

Let’s show that this wasn’t democracy at work. Let’s peacefully protest what happened on Nov. 2.