So, the global air conditioning unit known as the Arctic Ice Cap will be gone even sooner than 2017 (which was already extremely bad news for the planet). It could be gone this year. Not that you would hear about this in the mainstream press.
Nearly 40 years of environmental action has proven worthless.
Those who keep repeating the same actions over and over and expecting different results are insane, right?
All of the petitions, lawsuits, tree sits and marches have done, what, exactly?
(I say this with all respect and love for those living in trees in Texas, and all of the people getting arrested and thrown into jail. I appreciate their efforts.)
It’s not enough.
It will never be enough.
The powers that be are busily writing and introducing legislation that will make protests worthy of even more Corrections Corporation of America jail time. They will not be satisfied until protests of any sort are illegal. The bought and paid for “representatives” are only too happy to help.
These same “representatives” passed the Patriot Act and the NDAA, effectively stripping everybody of the right to life much less any rights “under the law”. That protection is gone.
And have you heard about the newest move on the part of Peabody Energy Co and Arch Coal? They are moving all of the union mines into a new company called Patriot. Patriot. It warms the heart. But see, here’s the thing: It’s all a shell game. All of the union members who have retirement and medical expenses are going to be royally fucked when the company declares bankruptcy. This is a nice legal maneuver around responsibility. Is anyone going to stop them?
No unions. No rights. Prisons that want more customers. Governments ready to provide them. My, I do believe we’ve been here before. The Dark Ages, feudalism, the ruling class and its underservants; any of this ringing a bell? That is where we are going.
If we’ve all been waiting for the moment, the moment when we know it’s the last possible moment and that it’s time to stake the picket pin; I think that moment has arrived.
I learned a long time ago that consequences are only meaningful if they are personal, immediate and certain. PIC….remember that.
Derrick Jensen offers a cigar cutter suggestion. Upon becoming a CEO of a major corporation, a cigar cutter is attached to the penis of said CEO (and all immediate male family members). If the CEO lies…….bzzzzt! A penis or two gets whacked.
I like this very much. It’s personal. It’s immediate. And if Jensen gets the controls, oh yes, it will be certain.
Of course, one can only imagine how the CEO and his sons might feel about it. They would resist, of course, and be right to do so.
I propose taking the element of consent out of the picture.
As I watch the world burn and acknowledge my powerlessness to stop it, I fantasize, too.
What we need are deep green assassins.
The movie Grosse Pointe Blank was a fun little romp about love and hit men. Now imagine the targets are the CEOs, COOs, CFOs of Exxon, Shell, BP, Goldman Sachs, Raytheon, Monsanto, Cargill, ADM, GE – you know, the people actually killing the planet.
There is a lot of rage out there. Instead of shooting children or people in movie theatres, let’s focus, people! Stop killing other powerless folks and start aiming higher.
As Gulf Streams fall from the sky and executives keel over of poisoning; as the C-suites of industrial civilization scramble to do succession planning with all of the attendant politicking for promotion, we might see a slowing of the destruction.
If the C-suite groups had to worry for their lives and safety, maybe they’d be a little distracted from the work of killing other species and ultimately all of us.
I can hear it now…..”But these are nice guys! They go to church! Their dog loves them!”
Here’s the thing: They want to make money more than they want you to live. They love the fact that the Arctic is melting. It means more drilling for less cost.
They don’t care if GMO foods aren’t good for us. They don’t care if mountaintop removal kills whole communities. They don’t care if they suck up the world’s aquifers to give us bottled water. They don’t care about climate change or starvation or extinction. They don’t really care about anything other than profit margins.
I see the one percent snorting up the last resources of the planet, raping with rapaciousness, to suck up every last bit of profit before we all die. The future is cancelled. The unraveling has begun. We’ve moved, in the blink of an eye, from the “anthropocene” to the Endocene.
Killing them first is self-defense. We’ve gotta stand our ground. There have to be PIC consequences for these sociopaths.
Oh (I can hear the pacifists say) then we become like them.
Yep. Alive. We become single minded. We become a force. We become very focused on the real enemy. President Obama is showing us the way. Targeted assassination actually does have merit.