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I toll for Thee, Who Toil for Life on Earth, in Purple and Acid Rain – Headlined on OpEdNews.com 4/23/16

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Climate Navy & Polar BearsFor man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life.  President Kennedy could have included all life on earth.  Why?

Why do corporate conservatives deny the threat of their nuclear products simmering deep in the earth?  Because we increase dependency on Nestlé’s privatized water and faith in Clean Coal, Fracking and Exxon didn’t know?

Could the hyperlink connecting two dozen GOP senators cutting off hundreds of millions in contributions to the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund and billionaire hatred for Collectivism be, terror of our connecting the dots between west coast drought, Texas floods, mid-west tornadoes, radically vacillating temperatures, post Congress careers and corporate bottom-lines?

Why do Republican Senators vote against aid for Flint children drinking lead laden water, while bringing snowballs to Congress in support of Climate Change denial.

Are they really so oblivious to the clones of Three Mile Island, Flint and Baltimore?  Is not the degree to which Koch heads change the earth, determining how Climate Change accelerates income disparity, social instability and catalysts for conflict?

Did you know, while Conservative fears focus on invasions of privacy, Climate influenced weather changes are changing depths for U. S. Navy in Virginia?

Why the sting between the EPA prepping for major protections for bee populations and grumpy old men, like Senator Jim Inhofe attempting to block any such bank-like bailout for bees — denying any science linking neonicotinoids to bee deaths?

Whether a ninth Supreme tips to the late Scalia or doubting Thomas, or toward Justices Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, We the People hold earth’s life, in how we live our own.

Though Too Big to Jail puppeteers have tugged their congressional puppets too far Red to avoid an apocalypse of their own making, it is not a time for suicide or withdrawal, but rather reactivated rejuvenation!  Replace old white men who’ve raped earth, with women, artists and those on whose flogged backs America was built.

We are at the very pinnacle of potential and evaporation — of recapturing the essence of existence or succumbing to the Pride of human failures to see we are but one piece of the mosaic.

Risking national destruction by the wrath of religious zealots, politically succumbing to the envy of mob-rule and wallowing in selfie gluttony, we give into the sloth of social media, lusting after Likes & Followers.

Even before director Jared P. Scott’s The Age of Consequences, makes its world premiere May 1, 2016 at Hot Docs Film Festival, Executive Producer and Director of Outreach, Sophie Robinson gave us hope — insisting while we can’t yet imagine what can be done to save us from Abrupt Climate Change, every potential calamity faced by humankind, was faced not knowing how we would conquer it, until we did.

So why, even before the Atomic bomb dropped August 6, 1945, has humanity repeatedly chosen to follow the loudest, rabble-rousing, inciting to violence, angry men, like Hitler, Joe McCarthy, Boris Johnson and Donald Trump?

We now live in the Age of Consequences, the time of The Bomb, but still in denial, we dare Global Warming to accelerate Climate Change.  Isn’t it smarter to preserve a more harmonious relationship with Mother Nature?

Truth is, though historically silenced, women have led humanity with reason and accountability, inspiring social awareness, social justice and social change.  Perhaps before the changes made to earth by men, change the order of all life upon it, we need to kick off the dusty ideas of angry old men and face our wacked world’s woes, revitalized with the spirit of our feminine side.

Shall we not finally let go of our past mistakes and try emulating women, like, Mary Magdalene, Native American Apache priestess Lozen, Saint Hildegard von Bingen, Christina de Pizan (who influenced women like Catherine D’ Medici, Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I), Irish Pirate Chief Grace O’Malley (who negotiated a peace treaty one-on-one with Elizabeth I), Roxelana of the Ottoman Empire, Jane Austen, Harriet Tubman, Alice Paul, Anne Frank, Myah Angelou, Meryl Streep, Oprah, J. K. Rowling, Viola Davis, The United States Women’s National Soccer Team, Nancy Reagan, Huma Abedin, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Congressional candidate Jane Dittmar, Hillary Clinton and twenty-seven year old, Sophie Robinson.FILM Sophie Robinson 300

 

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Loss and Tears of Joy – Headlined on OpEdNews.com Sun 1/3/16

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Statue of Libersty & FlagEvery time we drop the ball on the old year, the old Christmas tree, old fashions & devices, old ways of thinking, and the grand old party, we resolve to balance life’s comedies and tragedies — for the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die – maybe.

Free Will Grand Juries kill any indictment of uniformed killers in Baltimore and Cleveland; A freak storm kills frigid North Pole by fifty degrees and Mississippi tributaries become killer rivers.  Maybe, whoever troubles his own planet, will inherit the wind.

And yet, while The Fourth Estate drowns itself fishing for ratings in a political cesspool, NASA rediscovers Pluto, more than 200 nations reach first Global Climate Change agreement and Same Sex Marriage is proclaimed a supreme American right.

Yes, lies abound even in the search for truth about life as we know it, knocking at the door of extinction.  Still it’s not Einstein’s bees, but Corporatism insuring death by a thousand cuts for earth and earthlings:  Bard Medical knowingly replaced bad Recovery filter spikes with the bad G2 Series — and Americans died.  Bard’s FDA approved filter spikes fail patients so often, Stanford Health Care, Dr. William T. Kuo specializes in removing them.

Resolved:  choose carefully in whom we entrust our parents, children & planet; reject vague vulgarities as presidential candidate policy statements; admit all our institutions are only as humane as the humans running them.

Beyond the rapture of rupturing constitutional truth and electoral process to make a point, our Golden Rule remnants remain infrastructure of our survival.  Happily, most Americans are not supremely racist nor fearfully duped – but beware, like BP Gulf Spill, SoCal Methane Gas leaks from one year to the next.

Although guns, bullies and all forms of violence rob us of Parisian lives, the pen remains mightier than the ISIL, and shooting Cecil the lion, reveals our top of the food chain position is as fragile as a two-year-old Syrian refugee’s body washed ashore.

Yet, each year-end brings a new year to count our blessings for having shared earth with people like Natalie Cole, Maureen O’Hara, Anne Meara and Elizabeth Fort Hood Hug Lady Laird.

Perhaps a Syrian refugee holding his sleeping daughter in his arms while selling pens is needed beacon:  This father used donations received through social media to start three businesses, employ sixteen Syrian refugees and send $25,000 to his family still trapped in Syria.

Resolved:  Giving is our best way out of the fog of war.

From womb to tomb, life is a balancing act between half-full or half-empty; Agony and Ecstasy — Yogi Barra, Leonard Nimoy, Mario Cuomo, Fred Thompson, Robert Loggia, the beautiful mind of John Ford Dash, B. B. King, The Godfather’s Mo Green, West Wing’s Roger Reese, Rod Taylor and Christopher Lee.

Especially painful for me:  the Braveheart of a Titanic composer, James Horner, America’s soulmate Julian Bond, my Zhivago look-a-like Omar Sharif and my only sports hero, basketball’s Laura Hiram.

Gone too, Cronkite’s principled news media, replaced by extreme measures:

  • Religious freedom permits Mosque vandalism
  • NRA Open Carry gun lies we tell ourselves
  • Environment destroying corporations intimidating participation at Paris Climate Change Summit
  • Oil prices so low Congress ends ban on oil exports, enabling gas price hikes for constituents
  • Conspiracy or Coincidence:  Electric streetcars disappeared by Firestone Tire, Standard Oil of California, Phillips Petroleum, GM and Mack Truck

I bow to the great Dames, Maggie Smith & Judi Dench and all living examples of human achievement — Meryl Streep, Oprah, Julianne Moore’s Still Alice, Spielberg, George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Jerry Stiller and police officers who buy hot pink car seats.

My favorite 2015 moments:  Aretha Franklin moving both King and President to tears of joy at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Obama finally in the driver’s seat of gun safety and, a 1963 Chevy Corvette Stingray!

Resolved:  Happy New Year America, if you can keep it.