Sep 172008

The Conscious Earth has a post on My Rights, Your Responsibility.

I would go (much) further regarding what our individual responsibilities actually mean. Just because we have an alleged representative government, doesn’t mean that we have forsaken our own (civic) responsibilities. The truth is, we’ve only delegated them, and when those that we’ve delegated them to fail (repeatedly) to live up to those expectations, we have have the responsibility to take back our delegated authority.

But not by replacing them with the same old tired ad hominen (s)Election which never works. If it worked, why do things keep getting worse?

CupOfJoe suggest we (s)Elect Obama as the first step. I don’t agree with this either, in part because the (s)Election is a total waste of everyone’s time. If the process actually worked as we have been led to believe, and if it was even remotely representative of the people, then maybe another (s)Election would actually help things a bit.

But it never does, because we can’t clean up the mess we’ve made already. All we can do on this is build up more faulty assumptions and leaky expectations, all built on sinking sand. It’s like the Louisiana delta, it’s a floodplain but people keep trying to live there!

The same goes with our political process and system, it’s designed to do exactly what it is doing, which is reward the rich and powerful, protect the corporations and military industrial complex and screw everyone else out of everything it can. It’s the plantation all over again, the people remain the slaves and chattel of the corporate State, and that is simply not going to change.

Such a system cannot get any better because it cannot defeat itself, it can only collapse like the house of cards that it is.

Help is indeed on the way, climate change is going to be a huge factor. The estimates of “coming decades” however, is like usual, at least an order of magnitude off-base.

The Arctic melt may already be unstoppable, signifying huge changes to come. Combine this with the news on the Canadian ice shelves melt and you have a serious, serious problem. Hurricane Ike was huge — but normal in a world with changing weather patterns.

“This will be the starting point for more substantial changes throughout the rest of the planet…. Our indicators are showing us exactly what the climate models predict,” he told Reuters in an interview.

Global warming is forecast to generate more damaging weather extremes such as hurricanes, cyclones and floods.

Australia has now broken all records in recorded history for drought conditions and is facing a growing food shortage problem as a result.

The world is changing — but are we? Cyrano’s Journal had an article titled “Adapt or Perish”, which is exactly what we need to do. But not by repeating the same old paradigm and false expectations that got us all here in the first place.

The definition of stupid is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Don’t expect anything but more of the same and only worse. The reasons for this are crystal clear — we have not changed. And we are not likely to until the suffering has become massive and acute.

All this talk of “change” is absolute hogwash and not even worth listening to. If the speaker / writer / orator / bullshitter hasn’t changed him or herself already, then you can rest assured, their words are absolutely meaningless. Most words these days are. Actions will always speak louder then mere words. Therefore, our responsibility is to stop accepting (lying) words as substitutes for meaningful action.

Alas, I well know that we are not going to change the world, nobody is. But irregardless, the world is changing and either we adapt (change) or we will perish.

 Posted by at 10:57 pm
Sep 172008

This sounds ominous: Brigade Homeland Tour Begins October 1st

The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle, helping restore essential services and escorting supply convoys.

Now they’re training for the same mission — with a twist — at home.

After 1st BCT finishes its dwell-time mission, expectations are that another, as yet unnamed, active-duty brigade will take over and that the mission will be a permanent one.

I guess Posse Comitatus does not apply anymore. Isn’t October near the end of the hurricane season also? A permanent brigade of troops stationed for homeland security duties doesn’t seem necessary. But if you’re thinking what I’m thinking, then you’ll understand what this says:

They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack.

Training for homeland scenarios has already begun at Fort Stewart and includes specialty tasks such as knowing how to use the “jaws of life” to extract a person from a mangled vehicle; extra medical training for a CBRNE incident; and working with U.S. Forestry Service experts on how to go in with chainsaws and cut and clear trees to clear a road or area.

You should be saying “oh shit” right about now. And it’s called the Consequence Management Response Force.

We already have a National Guard “to help American citizens on American soil, to save lives, provide critical life support, help clear debris, restore normalcy and support whatever local agencies need us to do“, but now somehow we need a combat brigade.

Sorry, but something stinks and it smells like a weapon of mass destruction.

This fits right in with my personal expectations of a increasing fascist police state.  This is what banana republics do — mobilize the troops at home to quench any dissent and unrest.

 Posted by at 10:08 pm