We are the Terrorists: Poor [Appalachia / Kabul] farmers killing Poor [Kabul/Appalachia] Farmers: Returns NATO Medals.
Jacob George: Jacob David George: Jacob, a 3-tour veteran of Afghanistan, came home and did his best to heal from the wounds of what he called “moral injury.” Here you can listen to his music, read his poetry, and support our work to get it into the hands of veterans around the world at no cost to them. Popular Resistance: Last week “bicycle ridin, banjo pickin, peace rambling hillbilly from Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas” Jacob David George died as a result of moral injuries sustained in Afghanistan. Jacob joined the US Army before the attacks of 9/11. He served three tours of Afghanistan (2001, 2002, 2003/4) and came back a changed man. He said that after witnessing wholesale slaughter and picking through body parts he was affected by Post Traumatic Stress. He understood that to be profoundly affected by war was not a disorder. Jacob often talked about the moral component of PTS, the trauma caused by taking part in or witnessing events that are contrary to your very being. This is different to the PTSD of the military psychiatrist who is interested in events that put the individuals own life in danger. This is the opposite, it is trauma caused by harming others. Jacob advocated for healing rituals and ceremonies to come to terms with the trauma of war. He talked about the need to heal the soul as well as the brain. He described throwing his medals back to the US Government during the 2012 NATO protests in Chicago as the most therapeutic thing he had done. … In the USA 22 veterans kill themselves every day. In 2012 more UK soldiers and veterans killed themselves than were killed in Afghanistan. In the USA 30% of veterans have considered suicide. More veterans of the Falklands War have committed suicide than were killed in action. The suicide rate among veterans in the USA is double that of the civilian rate. These statements are controversial not because they overestimate the problem but because these figures do not include the veterans who drink themselves to death. The veterans who no longer care for their own well being and drive cars into trees or the veterans who die homeless on the streets. To admit the scale of the problem would be an admission that war is harmful to those who take part in it long after returning home.
“We just Need to support the troops” is what they tell me well,
This is from a troop so listen carefully,
What we Need are teachers who understand the history of this country,
What we Need is a decent living wage, so people ain’t cold and hungry,
What we Need is bicycle infrastructure spanning this beauteous nation.
What we Need are more trees and less play stations,
What we Need is a justice system that seeks the truth,
What we Need are more books and less boots,
What we Need is love for every woman and man,
From southern Louisiana to the mountains of Afghanistan.
Now, it’s true the troops need support,
The support to come home,
They need treatment and jobs and love for the soul,
See, war ain’t no good for the human condition,
I lost a piece of who I was on every single mission,
And I’m tellin’ you, don’t thank me for what I’ve done,
Give me a big hug and let me know we’re not gonna let this happen again,
Because we support the troops and we’re gonna bring these wars to an end.
Chicago NATO Summit: Global Story: Jacob David George Chicago NATO Summit.
Human Cost of War: IVAW Testimony: Veterans for Peace: Human Cost of War IVAW Testimony: Jacob David George.
Remembering Jacob David George Aubrey James Shepherd: Aubrey Shepherd: Remembering Jacob David George.
Veterans Reject NATO Wars: The Alyona Show: Veterans Reject NATO Wars. People’s World: Iraq and Afghanistan veterans return medals at NATO Summit. Edward Durham: Iraq War Veteran throws his medals and stars, and explains why.
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Global Story: Jacob David George Returns Medals at NATO Summit. The Alyona Show: Veterans reject NATO Wars. Jacob David George: Support the Troops End the Wars. Flux Rostrum: Jacob David George brothers ride to end Wars, Afghanistan Special Ops Report. Tarot1984: Vietnam Veterans Return Medals to Washington, Mark Santow: Vietnam Veterans Against War Dewey Canyon III. Years of Living Dangerously: Why I Care – Michael Hall. Daily Mail: Andreas Lubitz German Wings Kamikaze Pilot.
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We Have Met – the $$$ addiction White Supremacy; Pretend we Luv Negro’s Poverty Pimping Moral Supremacists – the Enemy; it is Us.
We have Met the Enemy; it is Us: “Feeding the World’s Hungry Millions: How it Will Means Billions for [WiP Supremacist] US Business [and ‘Pretend we Care about the Poor’ Poverty Pimps] – [EoP Amended] Garrett Hardin: Living on a Lifeboat
» SS DEFCON: SQSwans: Reports: Garret Hardin; Living on a Lifeboat.
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American Coal Plant Energy Waste: Enough to Power Entire Japanese Economy
“Just the energy wasted by coal plants in America would be enough to power the entire Japanese economy. …… Big Coal supported George W. Bush not Al Gore in the 2000 presidential election and helped him gain a decisive edge in key industrial states like the ultimate coal state, West Virginia. Once elected, Vice President Dick Cheney’s National Energy Policy Development Group called for the building of 1,900 new coal plants, and recommended that the Department of Justice “review” enforcement action against dirty coal burners. ……. In just the last twenty years, air pollution from coal plants has shortened the lives of more than 500,000 Americans. In Appalachia alone, the waste from mountain top removal mining has buried more than 1,200 streams, polluted the regions groundwater and rivers and turned about 400,000 acres of some of the world’s biologically rich temperate forests into flat, barren wastelands. Coal-mining has not benefited the average West Virginian who has the lowest median household income in the nation and a “literacy rate in the southern coalfields that’s about the same as Kabul’s.”
– Peak Oil: Coal Hard Facts; Google Books: Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America’s Energy Future, by Jeff Goodell.
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Thomas Sankara: Imperialism In Your Food
“Our country produces enough to feed us all. We can even produce more than we need. Unfortunately, for lack of [responsible freedom] organization, we still need to be for food aid. This type of assistance is counterproductive and has kept us thinking that we can only be beggers who need aid. I am asked ‘where is imperialism’? I say: Just look in your plates: you see imported corn, rice or millet, this is imperialism. Lets not look any further.” – Thomas Sankara; Thomas Sankara – The Upright Man.
Derrick Jensen: Breed/Consumption Resource Thieving Imperialism
“Once again it doesn’t matter, you could have this huge transformation of the heart and if you still require the importation of resources [because your population is breeding and/or consuming above ecological carrying capacity limits]; then your life must be based upon violence, because if you require the importation of resources, what that means is that trade will never be sufficiently reliable, because if you need a particular resource, that you want to trade the next village over for, but they won’t give it to you, then you’ll take it cause you require it. Which means we could become the most enlightened beings on the planet, and [if we continued to breed and consume above ecological carrying capacity limits] it wouldn’t matter, the US military would still have to be huge, because otherwise how are we going to get access to our oil, that is under somebody else’s land? – End of Empire79: Derrick Jensen: Civilization and Enlightenment; What A Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire.
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Richard Manning: Industrial Agriculture Uses 10 Calories of Oil, to Produce 1 Calorie of Food
The journalist’s rule says: follow the money. This rule, however, is not really axiomatic but derivative, in that money, as even VP Cheney will tell you, is really a way of tracking energy. We’ll follow the energy. …. Energy cannot be created or canceled, but it can be concentrated. This is the larger and profoundly explanatory context of a national-security memo George Kennan wrote in 1948 as the head of a State Department planning committee, ostensibly about Asian policy but really about how the United States was to deal with its newfound role as the dominant force on Earth. “We have about 50 percent of the world’s wealth but only 6.3 percent of its population,” Kennan wrote. “In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. …… “The day is not far off,” Kennan concluded, “when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts.” …….. The common assumption these days is that we muster our weapons to secure oil, not food. There’s a little joke in this. Ever since we ran out of arable land, food is oil. Every single calorie we eat is backed by at least a calorie of oil, more like ten. In 1940 the average farm in the United States produced 2.3 calories of food energy for every calorie of fossil energy it used. By 1974 (the last year in which anyone looked closely at this issue), that ratio was 1:1. – Richard Manning: Harpers Magazine via Resilience: The Oil We Eat: Following the Food Chain Back to Iraq. TSWabbit: Daniel Quinn on Totalitarian Agriculture.
Dale Allen Pfeiffer: Industrial Agriculture: Eating Fossil Fuels
Total fossil fuel use in the United States has increased 20-fold in the last 4 decades. In the US, we consume 20 to 30 times more fossil fuel energy per capita than people in developing nations. Agriculture directly accounts for 17% of all the energy used in this country.12 As of 1990, we were using approximately 1,000 liters (6.41 barrels) of oil to produce food of one hectare of land.13
In 1994, David Pimentel and Mario Giampietro estimated the output/input ratio of agriculture to be around 1.4.14 For 0.7 Kilogram-Calories (kcal) of fossil energy consumed, U.S. agriculture produced 1 kcal of food. The input figure for this ratio was based on FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN) statistics, which consider only fertilizers (without including fertilizer feedstock), irrigation, pesticides (without including pesticide feedstock), and machinery and fuel for field operations. Other agricultural energy inputs not considered were energy and machinery for drying crops, transportation for inputs and outputs to and from the farm, electricity, and construction and maintenance of farm buildings and infrastructures. Adding in estimates for these energy costs brought the input/output energy ratio down to 1.15 Yet this does not include the energy expense of packaging, delivery to retail outlets, refrigeration or household cooking.
In the United States, each person consumes an average of 2,175 pounds of food per person per year. This provides the U.S. consumer with an average daily energy intake of 3,600 Calories. The world average is 2,700 Calories per day.33Fully 19% of the U.S. caloric intake comes from fast food. Fast food accounts for 34% of the total food consumption for the average U.S. citizen. The average citizen dines out for one meal out of four.34
One third of the caloric intake of the average American comes from animal sources (including dairy products), totaling 800 pounds per person per year. This diet means that U.S. citizens derive 40% of their calories from fat-nearly half of their diet. 35
Americans are also grand consumers of water. As of one decade ago, Americans were consuming 1,450 gallons/day/capita (g/d/c), with the largest amount expended on agriculture. Allowing for projected population increase, consumption by 2050 is projected at 700 g/d/c, which hydrologists consider to be minimal for human needs.36 This is without taking into consideration declining fossil fuel production.
To provide all of this food requires the application of 0.6 million metric tons of pesticides in North America per year. This is over one fifth of the total annual world pesticide use, estimated at 2.5 million tons.37 Worldwide, more nitrogen fertilizer is used per year than can be supplied through natural sources. Likewise, water is pumped out of underground aquifers at a much higher rate than it is recharged. And stocks of important minerals, such as phosphorus and potassium, are quickly approaching exhaustion.38
Total U.S. energy consumption is more than three times the amount of solar energy harvested as crop and forest products. The United States consumes 40% more energy annually than the total amount of solar energy captured yearly by all U.S. plant biomass. Per capita use of fossil energy in North America is five times the world average.39
Our prosperity is built on the principal of exhausting the world’s resources as quickly as possible, without any thought to our neighbors, all the other life on this planet, or our children.
Considering the utter necessity of population reduction, there are three obvious choices awaiting us.
We can-as a society-become aware of our dilemma and consciously make the choice not to add more people to our population. This would be the most welcome of our three options, to choose consciously and with free will to responsibly lower our population. However, this flies in the face of our biological imperative to procreate. It is further complicated by the ability of modern medicine to extend our longevity, and by the refusal of the Religious Right to consider issues of population management. And then, there is a strong business lobby to maintain a high immigration rate in order to hold down the cost of labor. Though this is probably our best choice, it is the option least likely to be chosen.
Failing to responsibly lower our population, we can force population cuts through government regulations. Is there any need to mention how distasteful this option would be? How many of us would choose to live in a world of forced sterilization and population quotas enforced under penalty of law? How easily might this lead to a culling of the population utilizing principles of eugenics?
This leaves the third choice, which itself presents an unspeakable picture of suffering and death. Should we fail to acknowledge this coming crisis and determine to deal with it, we will be faced with a die-off from which civilization may very possibly never revive. We will very likely lose more than the numbers necessary for sustainability. Under a die-off scenario, conditions will deteriorate so badly that the surviving human population would be a negligible fraction of the present population. And those survivors would suffer from the trauma of living through the death of their civilization, their neighbors, their friends and their families. Those survivors will have seen their world crushed into nothing.
The questions we must ask ourselves now are, how can we allow this to happen, and what can we do to prevent it? Does our present lifestyle mean so much to us that we would subject ourselves and our children to this fast approaching tragedy simply for a few more years of conspicuous consumption?
– Source: From the Wilderness [Wayback Machine; archive.is/oxnh]
– SQSwans: Reports: Dale Allen Pfeiffer: Eating Fossil Fuels.