In response to some of the hateful email’s I received over my post, “The Self Reliant American” I must have hit a cord with some ultra conservatives. And I usually don’t care what other people say, and well I still don’t care, it just gives me something to blog about. I’ve been called a hippy, an environmentalist, a liberal, etc. Yeah OK whatever I never really identify with a label or a closed off philosophy. I have also been called a leaching worthless determent to society. And that I have to refute, I spent over 22 years contributing to that society. These days, I contribute as little as possible, and take back even less. As I read about 15 comments all so hurtful that I had to remove them, not because of any personal attacks on my character or lifestyle, but for the attacks on whole groups of people who I have been unfairly grouped into. Unfair to me as well as those that do Identify with, the liberals, and the gays, and the Muslims. Thats when it dawned on me. These attacks are motivated by fear. Its fear that drives the debate against the mosque in New York. And do you all really want to set a president, of special interest controlling the rights of land owners? Are you prepared to have a church construction challenged like this? How much more of your freedoms are you going to sacrifice to your fears? How many more wars do we have to endure to appease your fears? And where does this irrational fear of everything come from? It comes from a generations of people raised under the threat of global annihilation by nuclear war. Our leaders pushed an agenda of fear, and we grew up under that blanket of fear, And being fearful makes it so much easier for them to pass laws like the patriot act, and openly spying on Americans on American soil. By instilling fear, and then dividing you against each other, it makes all that much easier for them to control you, and little by little they slowly take more and more of your rights away from you. And by the time you figured it all out, it’s far too late. There is nothing left for you to do but conform. When you break it all down there are really only two kinds of people on this planet. Those that live life, and those that run from it. If you run now, you will be running forever, and then everything you do, say and think will be ruled and controlled by that fear.
I say distant because I don’t follow either faith. But I am not blind to the obvious. So lets talk about this planned Islamic Mega Mosque being planned at ground zero. Pushing the opposition is self-described conservative blogger Pamela Geller. When I first started looking into this I thought it was a joke. But alas it is true. A group called Cordoba is planning the project as I write. Well lets clear up two misconceptions, One the mega mosque will be a community center, more than mosque, and two it’s not being built at ground zero, its being built 2 blocks away, given the average New York city block is about 264 feet, the mosque will be about 528 feet, so whats the serious problem here? I thought I would catch up with the other side and find out what their objections were? I started at the primary source Pamela Geller’s blog. Look I tried to make some sense out of this from both vantage points and it is clear, in her own words Pamela Geller simply does not like Muslims. Here’s the thing, Miss Geller by her own admission after 9/11 began to immerse herself to gain full understanding, of Islam, Jihad, and terror. Here lies the whole problem, Miss Geller never set out to learn about Islam, she set out to destroy it. let me give you a little tip, when a person opens an argument with the statement I’m not racist, a very racist comment will always follow. The proof is evident, Miss Geller, and all those people who spoke out against this mosque spoke out in hatred and intolerance. How many times have we heard the argument, Christians could never get away with something like this in Muslim Countries? While it is for the most part a true statement, let me just say this. This is not one of those Countries, this is America, We are not a Christian Nation, we are a nation of Religious Freedom. The constitution guarantee’s that religious freedom. And to deny that Religious freedom to anyone, and in the next breath have audacity to call the President a Socialist. Well if Obama is a socialist, I would rather live under his kind of socialism, that Pamela’s Geller’s Brand of Nazism. What’s next Pam Japanese style internment camps for all non Christians? But the problem doesn’t lie with Pam Geller alone. A great many conservative Christians can not hide their open seething hatred for all Muslims, and this is kinda funny, and here’s why. The conservative will always resort to pointing out the evils of Islam, meaning the 3% of the extremists who actually do what to kill Americans. And here’s the punchline, Those conservatives, like Pam Geller are in that same 3% . My favorite argument against this Mosque and Muslims in general is the fear of them converting Christian children. Are you kidding me? Every organized Christian Church has its own missionaries, actively seeking out and converting anyone they can. So what if you lose a few to Islam, at the end of the day what should it matter to anyone, where anyone of any faith builds their churches and community center? Seems to me the only thing this center is provoking is Miss Geller’s personal prejudice, and Intolerance.
I try to stay out of these religious basis conversations, however recent articles and conversations has led me back to the keyboard. The question is why does faith always lead to intolerance? before I start blasting on faith let me explain my position, I am not an Atheist, an Atheist must know more that I do. However I will not accept a book, collection of oral histories from many different cultures over a vast period of time, as being the one true word of God. While I don’t label myself as Faithful, I do believe in a designed order of the universe. And no you are not the center of it. So I have to ask myself why do those of faith show so much intolerance? Just the other day as I was scanning through a faith-based story on the internet, I also scan the comments. One comment in particular caught my attention, the poster was crying foul over all the “Atheists” judging Christians, the christian then cites the bible on passing judgment. Typical Christian response. The Christian then closes with all non believers will burn, etc. Hmmm, he displays anger at being judged, then closes by passing judgment. The hypocrisy of faith is immeasurable and the damage it has caused is irreparable. It was faith in God that lead Jim Jones and his followers into mass suicide. It was faith in God that drove David Koresh and his branch Davidian suicide. The faith in God was behind every lynching, in this country. Faith of God rests in every war and atrocity the U.S. has ever committed. Faith in God drives the greed and power of the corrupt church. Faith in God drives Fred Phelps to protest funerals of fallen soldiers. Faith in God gives Phelps the right to spread hate and intolerance. Faith of God drives men like Phelps to slander God. Faith in God feeds hate intolerance and exclusion. Faith in God leads us to only more pain, more sorrow and more greed. A world with out God is a world closer together.
Well I thought I had adequately put this to bed. However I underestimate the conspiracy minded. Let me stress this one point one last time. The galactic Alignment is a man-made quantitative. What I forgot to mention in the previous post that this man-made galactic alignment, in which the earth and the sun are in some alignment with the center of our galaxy, and that does happen on this imaginary chart every 26,125 years. And since the Mayan Long count calendar is also 26, 125 years, (as there is no year 0) this has been the fuel of the doomsday conspirators since the cracking of the Mayan code. But whether this is coincidence or intentional still remains to be seen. But lets assume just for a second that the prophecies are true, that there is some kind of cosmic alignment, that the Mayans were aware of and had warned us about. Any such event if it is triggered by this sort of alignment would be happening twice a year every year without fail. As I said in the previous post. Observing from the Earth the sun passes this Galactic Equator twice a year, Winter and Summer Solstice. So to be clear when the sun and the earth align on the winter solstice of 2012 we will still be 30,000 light years from the center of the galaxy, The super-massive black hole lurking in the galaxies center near Sagittarius will not pull us in or create extreme gravitational conditions that could trigger massive tectonic activity. Now this leads me to address an email related to my previous post on 2012. Anonymous says that I have purposely omitted, two other possibilities surrounding the 2012 phenomenon the first being the solar cycles. That we will be entering into what is a solar Maximum. This Solar Cycle takes approximately 11 years from max to the next. Though 11 years is far from exact. The next Solar Max is expected to arrive in 2013. But given the imprecision of the Solar Maximum it is possible that the next solar Maximum arrives in 2012, it’s just as probable to arrive in time for lunch this afternoon. But when it does it arrive there is no conceivable way for the Mayans to know this a few thousand years into the future. However the concern with a Solar Maximum may not be completely unfounded. If experts are correct in calculations, this could be the strongest Solar Maximum since the mid 1800 when Northern Lights were seen as far away as Rome. The concern today of course is can our aging electrical grids be able to handle an intense electromagnetic storm that comes with the solar max cycles. If the Grids burn out we will all be in the dark for quite a long time. Again something that the Mayans could not Predict. Then there is the awakening of consciousness. The idea here is that the crossing of the Galactic equator will trigger something within the dormant parts of the brain, and miraculously we will essentially rewire our selves and rise to a new consciousness. That all sounds great, I believe that a transformation like this is our only hope of survival as a specious. But I am also a realist. And that Humanity will not change, ever, unless we are forced to, and we would have to be forced by forces beyond our control. In order to bring about this awakening we would have to have a culling of humanity. The simple truth is we need Drastic events to trigger drastic action. And besides even if we accept for a second that some alignment will take place in 2012, we have no reason to believe that we will wiped out as a specious. If true that would mean that in the course of Human evolution almost a million years, this alignment would have occurred 38 times. And we made it this far. Though there is one event dating back some 70,000 years ago when Humans were nearly wiped to extinction. And all 6.5billion of us today share the same 600 common ancestors. Again that is just a hard fact of life on Planet Earth. We are simply the Order within Chaos. Or are we the Chaos inside the Order? The lines get so blurred these days.
Today Interior Secretary Ken Salazar issued a new moratorium on deep water drilling. The Obama administration said the pause in drilling was essential in protecting the communities and the environment from the risks that deep water drilling currently poses. This is not a liberal or conservative issue, this is not a Democrat republican issue. This is a simple matter of science. The science has proven over and a again that all drilling is fundamentally hazardous, this is exponentially greater in deep water. Any one that doesn’t believe this just needs to turn on any cable news channel, mute the sound and just watch the oil flow into the gulf. But much more than saving the environment, we free ourselves from having to deal with what is truly the lowest class of people amongst us today. BP is just the latest example of this kind of character. How many lies did BP resort to before the truth became too big to contain? Was it any different that the lies spread by Exxon in the wake of their 1989 catastrophe? Then we see the environmental damage Big Oil has caused in third world countries all over the world. But none more criminal than the current disaster that is occurring right now in Nigeria. Nearly all the old pipelines leak profusely, yet without a strong Government to force these people to fix their problems and clean up their mess, they don’t, as long as more oil gets to the tanks than on the ground, it’s just business as usual. And when these native people speak out against the Oil companies, they are more often than not met with violence by the Oil Companies security forces. This is not just big oil this also includes the natural gas companies as well. My grand father always told me that a mans character is no stronger than the mans word. If the mans word is good then the man is of good character if the mans word is no good then so to the mans character. And this is an industry that has been actively poisoning us with their product, the byproduct, the chemicals and processes they employ, and lastly through their carelessness and callousness. Then they lie to cover up their shortcoming. My challenge is if this industry is so safe, why was the clean air and clean water acts such an inhibition to their daily operations? This is no more apparent than with Hydraulic Fracturing. The whole procedure is deadly to all forms of life and leaves utter devastation where ever a well is fracked. From tap water bursting in flames due to toxic natural gas contaminating natural wells, water so toxic that you can not even bath in it for fear of poisoning. And the industry claims the process is safe. But what is completely unacceptable is the Government to allow these processes to continue to affect the people and the environment the way they do. Take Cabot Oil and Gas, in several cases where they have Fracked a well and contaminated the drinking water. In every one of these cases Cabot as denied the allegations and claim the water is safe to drink. In many instances such as Dimmick Pa. Where water came out of the tape looking like watered down crude and smelling like turpentine, told towns people to their faces that it there was nothing wrong with their water. They would not drink it themselves but they will tell a mother of 3 small children her flammable chemical smelling water is safe for her little ones to drink. That takes a new kind of low. But this is the industry standard. And they are allowed to continue business as usual because they are exempt from the clean air and clean water acts. They do not even have to inform the residents near wells on publicly leased land of they practices, And when ground water gets contaminated the E.P.A. can not even investigate. And given all this unilateral freedom, the Oil and Gas Companies have once again shown that they are completely unable to police themselves. Like in anywhere else the Oil and Gas companies have operated, they will do what they want how they want and to hell with the people their process effects. Even if they complied to the clean air and clean water act tomorrow, it would be too late. The time has come for the Oil and Gas industry go the way of American manufacturing. And we do it in the same fashion. We just pull the plug and the whole thing. To fill our current oil glut we immediately take the government restrictions and additives on the Ethanol and other alternatives, to fill the need short-term needs while we swing into the electric age once and for all. Current cars can be converted to Electric, Electric/hybrids or even compressed air. The conversion to electric will also spur more jobs, as we will need to build an infrastructure for the alternative cars. And just about everything including plastic can be made with one natural renewable source, Hemp. That’s right that plague of humanity is actually our wonder fiber. And guess what every refinery in America can be converted over to produce fuel, plastic, lubricants, clothes, paper, you name it hemp can do it. What are we waiting for here. Just pull the plug, chances are there’s enough hemp growing in the US right now to fill our needs until we can build the infrastructure around it.
There is a river in my home town. The Rock River gets its source in southeast Wisconsin and begins its 285 mile journey to join the waters of the Mississippi. The river which cuts my city clean in two has changed drastically over the hundred and 50 odd years since Rockford became a township then a city. In the years when my grandfather, much younger than I am now fished these waters, it was a different time. The water flowed by blue and clear. Safe to drink and how sweet her waters were. But that was our distant past, only savored in a few pictures and the memories of a wild youth passing lazy days on the banks of the mighty beautiful river. Though there is still some beauty left most of it is what we have done on the banks of the river, than the green river that runs through them. And this is just one change in a long series of changes through the years. The biggest change for me is for the first real-time in my Adult life I can not visualize the future. Like that river that flows through, it takes the same path it has for a million years or more, but it is in all sense different. The same to with our lives, though on the surface it seems as if we are just flowing along with time, but we are fundamentally different from those drops of water that came before us. On a whole we have become more dependent on government to make our decisions and media to do our critical thinking for us. And as we become more and more dependent on others and gadgets we become less and less dependent upon ourselves, and if we do not change we may never be ourselves again. With the future so clouded and unpredictable we must take this time to assess what is truly important, and we need to focus on that one thing. Then and only then can we even begin to fix everything else. And if we had done the right thing the first time around their would be no reason to fix anything. And with all the talk about 2012 and doomsday scenarios, one would think that the prospect of extinction would straighten us out, Nothing worse than self-fulfilling prophecy.