A Shorter History of Burning Shit

It occurred to me, re-reading one of my original posts, “A Short History of Burning Shit,” that it was too long, and would run right past the attention span of the modern human, at least in America, so I decided to do a new version, one that would not take too much time away from selfie time.

I think it’s important, once again, to point out that you don’t need climate scientists to come to some understanding of how human activity causes climate change, especially now that our under-educated and incompetent president has withdrawn from the Paris Climate Accord, using the same sort of logic that was used when I was a kid to tell us that “duck and cover” was going to save our butts from a nuclear attack: just pretend, and it’s going to be alright. Well, it’s not going to be alright, and here’s the short version of why it’s not, even if, like Donald Trump, we just pretend.

Humans are the only species on Earth, plant, or animal, that creates fire. We have been doing this for thousands, if not tens of thousands of years, probably almost a million years. We used rubbing sticks together, then flint and stone, to achieve this, but once we did, Earth’s relationship to fire changed.

Natural fires, those caused by lightening strikes (the most common), volcanism, and meteor strikes, burn for a time, but then go out when they run out of fuel, hit a natural barrier (like a river, or an ocean), or when the rain comes. Once these fires are gone, fire does not occur in those areas for many years afterward, because the natural fuel for fire is gone in that particular area. So, natural fires tend to be random, short term events.

Human fires, especially those used to power modern technology, tend to burn continuously, and the growth of our use of fire has been exponential with each technological advance. For example: the internal combustion engine, and the generation of electricity, are two types of man made fire that burn continuously around the world. It’s the continuous burning nature of man made fires that drives global climate change, and just pretending that it isn’t, or falling back on some cave man mentality, that atmosphere so big, isn’t going to help you.

The results will be catastrophic, no matter what scientists hired by oil companies tell you about the effects of carbon, and how much better your tan will be when the Earth warms to its highest temperatures in millions of years. Eighty percent of all humans live within a short distance of water, and the mass migrations of humans alone will cause chaos around the globe, even here in the United States. Perhaps you should ask yourself why Donald Trump, who believes that climate change is a Chinese hoax, wants sea walls strengthened around his seaside resort golf courses.

No one is asking us to return to the eighteenth century and hook up our oxen to carts to go the the market. Arguments that world civilization will collapse if we stop burning shit and turn to renewable sources of energy for some of our needs are ludicrous. It is hard to believe that adaptable humans will have an impossible time turning their mechanical skills working in coal mines, or on oil rigs, into marketable skills working in the highly mechanical world of renewable energy companies. In fact, they will have an immediate advantage over the rest of us in getting these new, highly skilled, and good paying jobs.

The only thing holding us back from making this change is that world governments, especially the present governments of Russia and the United States, are caught in the stranglehold of political contributions, and demands, by fossil fuel company investors, and fossil fuel company owners, one of whom is Vladimir Putin. The most marketable resource Vladimir Putin has is oil, but it’s easier to manipulate if you pretend you’re in favor of the climate accord, and then use your puppet to destroy it. The Godfather always distances himself from the crime.

This makes it our responsibility: yours, and mine. We must speak out, and elect officials who will take this seriously, and remove those who believe snowballs disprove climate change, at least in those countries where there remains a vestige of democracy, as we have here in the United States.

Life on Earth is an intricately connected web of life. Inaction will lead to the collapse of that web, and, once it collapses, even our technology won’t be able to overcome its effects, killing even the human spiders at the center of the web, who are presently sucking the life out of everything around them, perpetuating a zero sum game that they believe they will survive, at the expense of the rest of us, and all other life on this planet.

My White Supremacy

Let me preface this by telling you that I’m Caucasian, white, so when it comes to the subject of White Supremacy, or White Nationalism, or whatever you call it today, or will call it tomorrow, I am, naturally, an authority, because I meet the basic qualification: my skin is white. In fact, I don’t tan, so I almost guarantee that I’m more white than you, unless you’re an Albino. Again, this makes me more of an authority than you, especially when you factor in my education, which, unlike many of you, went well beyond the tenth grade, so tremble in fear of my absolute supremacy when it comes to being a white, pretend intellectual.

Now that I’ve established my ultimate supremacy over all other white people, due to my pasty whiteness and commanding intellect, let me fill you in on a few things that I have observed from the lofty tower of my ultimate white supremacy.

First:

Most white people I’ve met are just as dumb as anyone else, irregardless of their color. I base this observation on the evidence of their own words and behavior. I worked for many years in retail management jobs, and I can assure you, with absolute certainly that white people, no matter what their economic status, rich, or poor, are just as lazy, dumb, and entitled, as they claim others are.

Mr. White Entitled Businessman in the $3000 suit, if you’re standing in front of me, trying to chump me, the guy with way too much to do, into doing your shopping for you, because you’re too busy on the phone, you’re just as much of a lazy, dumb ass as you claim the inferior colored person on welfare is, because your welfare comes from tax breaks, rather than an E.B.T. card, but you’re getting the money from the same source of funds: me, the working poor.

Second:

White people are especially stupid, because they’ve bought the same con game since before the Civil War. And that con game is? White Supremacy itself. Want to keep the poor whites of the Anti-bellum south happy? Just convince them that they were superior just by being white, and giving them whites only shitters, even though they were as poor as slaves. Personally, I loved this article on the subject:

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/opinion/article136803208.html

Please, follow the link, and read with an open mind, if you can find where you hid the key you’ve locked it down with. Go ahead, take some time to read it, I’ll be here when you get back.

Back already? My, you’re either a speed reader, or, like most entitled people, you stopped reading after the first few sentences, because what you were reading didn’t tally with your preconceived notions. That’s okay, there’s more.

Third:

The White Supremacist contention that all of today’s advanced culture is due to the accomplishments of white folks, is just as much a bunch of bullshit as anything else they claim. One reason: the gunpowder they used to exert their dominance throughout the world was an idea, and formula, swiped from the Chinese. Another reason: they completely ignore, or minimize the accomplishments of anyone non-white, and conveniently forget that they purposely kept those they felt were inferior in positions of inferiority by limiting the rights and education of the peoples they conquered with their stolen gunpowder.

Which brings me to the real ground of white supremacy; the ability of white society to organize crime on a societal level. Remember, in 1492, when Columbus sailed the ocean blue, he may have been looking for a passage to the far east, but when he crashed into Mesoamerica, he happily reported the place was ready for plunder, conversion to Christianity, and that Mesoamerican women were fun to rape, so he could stock the brothels he constructed for his soldiers with kidnapped Mesoamerican women. Jesus loves me, this I know.

Indeed, if you follow the course of white culture throughout history, no matter what good we’ve brought into the world through our technology, such as advances in medicine, or industrialization, we have done so on a road paved in the blood of others. In fact, Western Culture throughout history has more resembled Mafia families fighting for territory than anything else, and oft times reminds me of the sequence in the Godfather movie where Michael Ricci renounces Satan even as his plan to wipe out the other Mob families is carried out by his henchman.

White Supremacy? I think not, and fortunately, for the world and all its people, the claims of white supremacists to superiority are no more valid than mine. So, it’s sad that a pile of garbage as big as white supremacy has gained national attention through the election of a narcissistic idiot who panders to the base instincts of an under-educated populace who themselves buy the same load of bullshit that they have been since the Civil War.

The Reign of the Oligarchs

Through a combination of Russian interference: an under-educated segment of our population swayed by catch phrases and slogans; because logic, observation, and study is too boring, or too difficult: and the machinations of a loud mouth, reality TV star, whose sole drive in life is to prove that nothing of his is too small- we now have the reign of the oligarchs in the United States.

Our Executive Branch today is nothing more than a large group of self-serving manipulators and liars bent on dismantling the Federal Government in order to, according to them, get government off the backs of the people, so that the people can be free. In reality, their intent is to remove government oversight, so they can plunder freely, without government interference, and without thought, or care, about the future: a zero sum game in which they win, and the rest of us lose. As Ike Clanton put it in the movie Tombstone, “Law don’t go round here, Law Dog!”

How else can we explain the installation of heads of government such as an E.P.A. director who feels that the job of the E.P.A. is to fight the scientific consensus that human burning is affecting the climate and jeopardizing our great grandchildren’s future? In fact, each appointment of a Department head by Donald Trump, no matter what the department, has had as its intent the dismantling of that department, and the cessation of the work intended for that department. Is it any wonder that people within those departments do all they can to leak the truth to the rest of us?

I applaud the leakers within the Trump government. Oligarchs and Fascists want to bury the truth, or engineer it to suit their ends: the real truth tellers are the ones who won’t let the facts die, even if it exposes them to the retribution of their masters. The people within this government who leak information are the resistance, and we need them more than we need Trump, or his appointments, because the resistance here are public servants who oppose the work of the self-servants.

Even while the rest of us are forced to capitulate to the Oligarchs, the resistance carries on, and we, the people, must support them, however we can, and bide our time until the Oligarchs become vulnerable again in 2018. Even if we can’t remove their figurehead until 2020, we can turn him into a eunuch, and that will be the most fitting reward we can bestow upon him.