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Author:  FrankGSterleJr [ Sat Jan 25, 2014 4:52 pm ]
Post subject:  We'll inherit what's left of Earth ...

My letter in The Toronto Sun, the editor’s brief comment on my letter & mine on his …

Too large a portion of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s supporters unfortunately are his fellow theological devotees. I find it “unfortunate” because that portion enables anti-science policies to be passed and enforced by his theologically-inclined MPs, whose fundamental Scriptural beliefs are essentially a threat to healthy, life-sustaining Canadian eco-systems. If Harper’s biblical convictions are any indication, healthy and pristine Earthly eco-systems apparently are of no actual science-based concern. For, according to the Book of Revelation, Earth’s surface is to eventually, perhaps even imminently, be laid complete waste for a considerable period of time — if not permanently. It might all be true in the end, whenever that would be in the natural course of our planet and all of its life-forms, but that’s certainly no excuse to insanely justify screwing the environment in advance. Mentality in translation, perchance: Why the hell worry about an unhealthy state of the planet’s environment — especially when there are so many jobs to be had?

[b](Editor’s response: "Got it. Harper and his supporters are working to bring on Armageddon. Brilliant argument! Seriously")

To the Toronto Sun letters editor,
I didn’t just pull that “Brilliant argument!” out of my a--.
As one who’s spent some early years (late 1980s) very extensively, avidly consuming much fundamentalist Christian preaching and teaching, including the evangelical sort of which Harper and many of his MPs claim to be devout followers, it’s clear that such theology does not at all concern itself with a healthy, pristine Earth eco-system, the latter which is generally well-aligned with scientific caution.
I learned that for myself: There was much environmentalist/ism bashing with theologically-based God-condemnation, via zealous “Christian” political talk-show hosts and guests. However, literally absolutely nothing was ever mentioned at all regarding mass polluters, for The Bible was/is somehow perversely translated into somehow supporting or excusing such mass pollution.
As national head-honcho, Stephen Harper, so far, has proven himself very much like-minded with the said “Christian” radio ecological-sustainability (non)thinkers.
“Seriously,” name one single actual act of environmental caution performed by Harper and his econo-euphoric ilk.
In hindsight, I could’ve worded the missive more tightly—although the thesis statement would’ve been the very same. Of course, nobody is “working to bring on Armageddon”; however, there are aplenty “Christians”—just like Harper but fortunately without his power and control—who don’t take Earthly eco-system concerns at all seriously. Why? Because Rush Limbaugh, etcetera, says that it’s all some sort of ruse involving naught but false cries of wolf?
At very first, I was really surprised that you published a first letter of mine—until it became clear as to why, and thus it would almost certainly be the last … unless you can easily twist my thesis statement into a smarta-- closing Ed comment.
It’s truly a shame that you cannot find it within yourself—unlike your Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa and even Calgary (home of Harper) counterparts—to be genuinely open to contrary perspectives than those of your own and perhaps those of your corporate masters.

Frank G. Sterle, Jr.

Author:  Johhny Electriglide [ Mon Jan 27, 2014 3:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: We'll inherit what's left of Earth ...

Then you have those hoping to make money as the biosphere decays (and the population gets more desperate before the crash);

"We Can't Trust Capitalism to Just Fix This" Global Warming Mess

McKenzie Funk, author of "Windfall," on climate change's potential winners—and inevitable losers.
"In his new book, Windfall, journalist McKenzie Funk visits five continents to bring back stories
of the movers and shakers at the forefront of the emerging business of global warming.
He introduces us to land and water speculators, Greenland secessionists hoping to bankroll
their cause with newly thawed mineral wealth, Israeli snow makers, Dutch seawall developers,
wannabe geoengineers, private firefighters, mosquito scientists, and others
who stand to benefit (at least in the short term) from climate change.
(See this short excerpt, in which he writes about a guy who launched the world's first water rights hedge fund.)"
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/ ... al-warming

Author:  Johhny Electriglide [ Sat Feb 22, 2014 7:06 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: We'll inherit what's left of Earth ...

"Heatwave frequency 'surpasses levels previously predicted for 2030'

The government has been urged to better articulate the dangers of climate change after a report that shows the frequency of heatwaves in parts of Australia has already surpassed levels previously predicted for 2030.

The Climate Council report highlights that Adelaide, Melbourne and Canberra all experienced a higher average number of hot days between 2000 and 2009 than was expected to occur by 2030.

Heatwave frequency 'surpasses levels previously predicted for 2030' by Milman, The Guardian, Feb 17, 2014"

This is common. People do not want to think the worst thing will happen if not enough is done in time.

Author:  FrankGSterleJr [ Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:15 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: We'll inherit what's left of Earth ...

For the most part I perceive matters as ‘a given’ when it comes to Earth’s perhaps worrisomely imminent future as an ecologically moderately healthy planet.
I’d love to be proven wrong and during this century, but at this rate of fossil-fuel (etcetera) consumption and emission, we’ll likely soon enough find ourselves at the most crucial juncture involving the entire quality of our existence: Either we make a 90-degree turn in one direction, favoring an absolute priority of economic and job growth, with Earth and eco-systems be damned, especially involving the natural resource and mineral sector(s); or we turn 90 degrees in the opposite direction, resulting with an Earth minus its contaminated environment—perhaps, as icing on the cake, even within reach of virtually no (if any) hunger nor lack of other necessities of life and no needless illness and suffering.
What I and many others observe, however, is a (to put it mildly) seriously flawed collective humanity—and especially so with the majority of eligible voters who won’t bother themselves to vote and thus possibly enable eco-friendly representatives to govern.

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