|Cannibalism, Brazil. Engraving by Theodor de Bry forHans Staden's account of his 1557 captivity|
I saw the following image on facebook, which isn't exactly an earth shattering revelation or anything, in fact I don't even know if it's true. But it got me to thinking more about the topic, and led me to a book called "War is a Lie". It's also the name of a companion website which has intriguing information that I intend to pursue when time permits.
At the moment however I'm too busy, visiting middle daughter's house, while cooking for a barbeque tomorrow that will celebrate her graduation from UPenn Vet on Monday. (YAY!) She and several other students share a McMansion that, like so many these days, has been vacated by the owners and is now rented out. It's in a development of identical montrosities that is only a few years old, in what was obviously until very recently a glorious, hilly wood. There are still many huge old trees in the 3-acre parcels, and the view across the valley it overlooks still seems pretty green...but as a more careful perusal of the tree crowns reveals, these old and gorgeous beech, tulip poplars and oaks are dying from air pollution.
My comment: Biofuels are neither clean, green nor renewable, either in terms of production or emissions. The solar and wind are just window dressing – you’ll never run tanks, warships and planes with them.
Better for the military to bring the troops home from wars for oil and propping up international corporations that illegally extraction resources from indigenous people. Put the troops to work at home instead, refitting buildings and planting permaculture farms.
Current proposals are just moving deck chairs around on the Titanic, and “green” organizations that get all excited about the military supposedly understanding climate change are just greenwashing. They should be demanding a quick end to this declining Empire and its wars instead.
Yup. Nothing our military does can really be considered ‘green.’
Think about what it would be like if our enormous, bloated military didn’t exist.
Suppose then someone proposed starting to spend trillions of dollars every year building enormous machines for killing people and destroying things.
Would your first thought be, ” Ah, this will be a truly pro-environmental, ecological, earth-friendly endeavor, as long as they use a little bit of bio-fuels or wind power once in a while.”
The notion it absurd on the face of it.
The one thing that our military could be used for is to permanently shut down all mines and wells that are busily UN-sequestering carbon (as well as the plants that process these pollutants-to-be), since these represent an existential threat not only to the nation, but to global civilization and to life on the planet.
But that does not seem to be high on the priority list for our fearless leaders. Instead, the armed forces have been and will continue to be used primarily to be sure that “our oil under their sands” continue to flow like a torrent into our SUVs and thence out into the atmosphere.
Have we started a pool yet here placing bets on when CO2 reaches 400ppm yet? May 2013 is looking more and more likely. It’s near 397 now.