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Mark R. Elsis, Lovearth.net, Sept. 25, 2002
are the powers that be and the political pundits in the United
States having all of this phony (weapons of mass destruction terrorists)
debate about going into Iraq? Why don't we just invade this sovereign
country, and steal the second largest oil reserves on Earth? Don't
all of those violent terrorist Hollywood motion pictures (dominated
by Jews) tell me these towel heads are bad guys every chance they
get? And won't stealing all of the Iraqis oil really help our
economy for a few more years? Don't most Americans just love to
drive all those really big ten-miles-per-gas-guzzling-gallon SUV's?
Aren't Americans gasaholics? If we invade Iraq, will we start
a chain of events that will lead us to World War III? Or did that
already happen on September 11, 2001?
did the United States try to overthrow the Democratly elected
Government of Venezuela last April? I couldn't imagine, let me
see, oh yes, could it possibly be because they have the largest
oil reserves in the Western hemisphere? No, that couldn't have
anything to do with it, could it? Why did 911 happen, and why
did we invade Afghanistan? Could it be for a new world order globalization
clamp down (weapons of mass destruction terrorists)? Could it
be to stop the growing anti-globalization movement -- Do you remember
the 300,000 people protesting in Genoa, Italy in July, 2001 -
With the brutal murder of Carlo Giuliani:
Or could it have been for the vast amounts of untapped
oil and gas in the Caspian Sea (about 6 Trillion dollars worth)
and we needed a reason to steal it?
Iraq goes down (by our sword) and we have stolen their Trillions
of dollars in oil, do you think the next sovereign country we
invade (weapons of mass destruction terrorists) will be Libya,
the largest oil producer on the African continent? What do you
think yes or no? I think we will.
doesn't this usurper Bush simply tell us the truth about this
endless Orwellian war on terror? Why doesn't he tells us that
the United States Government is going to steal (from any sovereign
country) all of the oil resources and slave labor we may need.
We have been stealing the resources of the land and the bodies
for hundreds of years (and still are) from both the American Indians
and African-Americans. Haven't we?
probably thinking, despite recent headlines, that there is really
plenty of cheap gas to go around. Why worry? But the mother of
all oil shocks could come as soon as 2007. Our current lifestyles
are dependent on oil for everything from manufacturing, to transportation,
to agriculture. Despite this and even in the face of the recurrent
oil shocks of the last decades, very little has been done worldwide
to lessen our addiction to the black gold from within.
of how much oil and gas resides in the bowels of the earth, when
the production of a given amount of fuel requires the industry
to first consume the equivalent amount to discover, extract, refine,
and deliver it, its all over. You might as well be out of gas.
What's more, when the amount of energy produced per barrel of
oil is just equal to the amount used to obtain it, nothing will
be left to run the engines of commerce or agriculture either.
issue is known as "net energy" and it may be more important
to understanding our future than worrying about all the tea in
China or for that matter, all the oil available for future extraction
from our planet.
the last hundred years or so haven't we expanded our democratic
(stealing resources) horizons to the rest of the world? Since
the end of World War II haven't we pretty much done what
we have wanted too? And since the fall of the Soviet Union, we
can do whatever we want to whomever we want whenever we want,
can't we? What do you think of this?
we do this because we are now brought up greedy? Do we do this
because militarily we can? But doesn't that make us the real terrorists?
Do we do this because the Fourth estate has been taken over by
corporations? Do we do this because the so-called journalists
are all on self-imposed leases, never uttering a sound against
the military corporate line. Is our freedom of the Press gone?
So turn off your televisions, and go to the Internet and start
reading news from around the world. Boycott the corporations as
much as possible. Where and how we spend your money is one of
the top ways to show our disdain. We must do our best to try to
spend our money with (local if possible) socially and ecologically
responsible smaller companies.
do we have our military on almost 1000 bases spread across over
100 countries? Could what said by Major General Smedley Butler,
United States Marine Corps, who was twice awarded the congressional
medal of honor, be true: "War is just a racket. A racket
is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it
seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows
what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very
few at the expense of the masses.
why does the United States Government spend more on the military
than all the rest of the countries on Earth combined? The current
military expenditures are 437 billion and our past obligations
are 339 billion, this equals 776 billion. 46% Of Our Taxes Go
To The Military: http://www.warresisters.org/piechart.htm
This figure doesn't even account for all of the off-budget, black
projects, nor the 40+ billion the United States will spend on
intelligence in 2003.
has our military invaded over 200 countries, and killed more than
eight million people within just the last 50 years? View the 200+
incursions by the United States since WWII: http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/ops/index.html#post
our military there to help foster democracy? Or, is our military
there to protect the huge corporations, so they can have their
way with the resources and the slave labor work force? Are the
huge corporations raping the Earth and reaping enormous profits
only for the oligarchy? What do you think?
are we breaking dozens of world agreements from the 1972 Antiballistic
Missile Treaty, to the Land Mine Treaty, to the International
Criminal Court Treaty, to the Comprehensive [Nuclear] Test Ban
Treaty, to the Kyoto Protocol? Why is the United States acting
unilaterally (by opposing) on almost every important world treaty?
is another one of the top ways to tell that you are living in
a totalitarian regime? You know you are living in a totalitarian
system when the head of the communication of the country -- the
Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is the son of the highest
military officer. In the United States, Michael K. Powell, the
head of the FCC is none other than the Secretary of State Colin
L. Powell's son. Why have our airwaves been have been given away
to the corporations? Now less than 10 corporations control almost
all media, and when you control all the media, you control the
people, don't you?
United States is 4.67% of the population of Earth, yet we use
about 25% of the resources. It is good business, good mainly for
a very few, at the expense of all others, and our future generations.
The Earth has already passed sustainability. It did so between
1984 and 1989.
The first major indicator occurred in 1984 when the global grain output
per person peaked at 755 pounds. The global grain output has dropped
every year since 1984 by an average of .6%. Today the amount of
grain per person is 680 pounds per year.
second major predictor happened in 1987 when our exponential population
peaked with 87.01 million being added to the Earth. Each year
since we have added fewer and fewer people. We will likely reach
zero population growth before 2040, perhaps as soon as 2020, because
of plagues like AIDS.
third key took place in 1989 when the oceanic fish catch peaked
at 100 million metric tones. Today marine biologists report that
all 17 oceanic fisheries are being fished at or beyond capacity.
fourth alarming trend has to do with our fresh water. We are poisoning
life's second most vital commodity. Since the amount of fresh
water available for human consumption is constant, and as population
is still growing (but slower each year), the supply of fresh water
per person declines. As a result, the amount of water available
per person is expected to decline by 74 percent between 1950 and
2050. One billion people around the world face water shortages
today. By 2025, the number is expected to grow to over 3 billion
won't bring up the sheer madness of the 30,000+ nuclear weapons
nor will I mention the 430 or so commercial nuclear reactors online
throughout our planet. Should I tell you about the 80,000 man-made
chemicals that we know so little about or the carbon parts per
million that have increased each and every month since they started
keeping records in January 1958. Do you want to know that the
temperate of Earth will go up between 3 and 10 degrees F this
can we let companies like Enron politically plunder California
out of tens of billions of dollars with phony energy shortages?
Why do we let CEO's such as Kenny Lay (the single largest contributor
of George Walker Bush political campaigns since entering politics)
get away with creating a shell game with our energy markets and
than steal hundreds of millions of dollars while Enron goes bankrupt?
does my country have 6.6 million people in the criminal injustice
system? African-Americans represent 12% of the United States population,
yet represent 47% of all people in prison? Why do African-Americans
represent almost half the people incarcerated yet make up only
one-eighth of our total population? It couldn't have anything
to do with racism, could it? Why does my Country imprison more
of its citizens per capita than any other country on Earth? Why
were 3,330 prisons, at a cost of 27 billion, built during the
1990's? Why did the spending on prisons increase 823% vs. the
college's increases of 374% between 1977 and 1995? Why was 220%
more money spent on prisons?
do we give the least amount of foreign aid of per our percentage
of our gross national product compared to any other industrial
government on Earth? The three best aid providers, measured by
the foreign aid percentage of their gross national product, are
Denmark (1.01%), Norway (0.91%), and the Netherlands (0.79). The
three worst are the United States (0.10%), the United Kingdom
(0.23%), Australia, Portugal, and Austria (all 0.26). How can
we possibly be spending 46% of our tax money on the military,
and only one-tenth of one percent to help others who are less
fortunate with our foreign aid?
are we spending 20 billion per year on the War on Drugs, when
it has been a complete failure for the past 30 years? Why don't
we finally come to our senses and legalize all Drugs? Why don't
we treat drugs for what they are, a medical problem not a criminal
problem? How could the Supreme Court have voted, 8 to 0 (with
one abstention), last May against Medical Marijuana for those
who have a legal Doctor's prescription for it? Do you think the
CIA is clandestinely making 7 billion per year in illegal Drug
are about 70 billion animals raised in horrendous factory conditions?
Why are about 70 billion animals brutally slaughter each year?
Why can't we all see the light on this, and become vegetarians
today? Being a vegetarian is the number one healthy thing you
can do for yourself as well as the Earth.
do we blatantly cause approximately 585 species of the web of
life to go extinct every day? This extinction rate equals one
species of life going extinct every 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
Why are millions of people at work legally day and night, quickly
destroying the richest place there is for life on Earth, the Rainforests?
Why are there perhaps as many as 5 illegal workers for every legal
worker destroying the Rainforests? How are we letting 1.8 acres
of Rainforests per second being annihilated?
do we let half the population of Earth (3.1 billion) live in poverty
on less than two dollars per day? Why do we let about 1 billion
people not live, but just barley survive in utter poverty? How
do we let approximately 30,000 children die from the worst death
on Earth, starvation every day?
kind of nightmarish Twilight Zone are we letting yourselves live
in? It is time to stop our fear, our hatred and our inhumane atrocities
towards our fellow humans. It is time to stop our inhumane atrocities
towards all of the other species of Earth. It is time for an equitable
distribution of our sustainable resources. It is time for all
of our energy to be derived from renewable sources. It is now
time for an awakening of Peace and Love on Earth, or our species,
Homo sapiens, will go extinct.
Love Is The
is the Executive Director
of the LOVEARTH NETWORK
with 1000+ EcoHumanePolitical websites.
eMail him at: Mark@Lovearth.net