Tell It True, Joe

October 11, 2012

Overcast again this morning on California’s northern coast — even had some way-light rain yesterday, so maybe winter’s here early.

Big news on the dipwad-cycle is the Joe Biden/Paul Ryan knuckball debate tonight at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and all eyeballs will be on Joltin’ Joe to see if he can gain some traction following President Obama’s stoner performance last week.
According to the bat-shit crazies, Joe’s apparently already f*ucked: I give the vice president no chance what so ever to beat Paul Ryan because Ryan holds an astronomical advantage over Vice President Biden in every area known to man, animal, plant, insect, you name it; every living creature knows Biden has no shot in the hottest Hell come October 11th.

(Illustration found here).

Joe needs to know, too, that tonight will also be one of those instances so fondly memorized as “This is a big fucking deal!”
Indeed — especially in the polling afterwards, as due to the Mitt Romney ‘surge’ after the debate.
And the wild, unwashed masses want theater, not hard-laced politics: “The president had a lot of great facts, but they weren’t grouped together,” Stern (Andy Stern, a longtime labor leader and close Obama ally) added. “People need headlines, they want the Daily News — not the New Yorker — when watching the debate.”

And one more time — none of the major players in this election cycle has hardly ever mentioned the biggest problem/threat to mankind, climate change.
I keep harping on this subject, but it’s way-indeed a big fuckin’ deal.
Indeed, on Tuesday this week a survey was released by Yale and George Mason universities, which found 74 percent of US peoples believe that global warming is affecting the weather, up 5 percentage points since last March.
Americans know it’s happening, but due to the media/political bullshit, they don’t realize the Titanic-like peril all of us are in, and in this case, ignorance ain’t bliss.
Even up here on California’s northern coast the threat is real.

And on the bigger scale — from Paul Street writing via ZCommunications and the terror a-coming:

There’s something missing from the presidential campaign, including the first presidential debate last week – the fate of the Earth.
Well, not the Earth itself, really.
The planet we currently inhabit will outlive us if current trends towards anthropogenic ecocide are not halted.
What’s really at stake is livable ecology — the existence of a natural environment consistent with a decent and desirable future for humanity and other sentient beings.
Here we should make no mistake.
The Earth, understood in this sense (as livable ecology), is in crisis thanks to catastrophic climate change and a related broader unfolding environmental apocalypse.
According to research released last June by the science journal Nature, humanity is now facing an imminent threat of extinction — a threat caused by its reckless exploitation of the natural environment.
The report reveals that our planet’s biosphere is steadily and ever more rapidly approaching a “tipping point,” meaning that all of the planet’s ecosystems are nearing sudden and irreversible change that will not be conducive to human life.
“The data suggests that there will be a reduction in biodiversity and severe impacts on much of what we depend on to sustain our quality of life, including… fisheries, agriculture, forest products and clean water.
This could happen within just a few generations,” wrote lead author Anthony Barnosky, a professor of integrative biology at the University of California-Berkeley.
“My colleagues who study climate-induced changes through the Earth’s history are more than pretty worried,” co-researcher Arne Mooers, a professor of biodiversity at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, said in a statement.
“In fact, some are terrified.”

The Republicans and the Democrats both decline to take the great time bomb of climate change[18] with anything remotely like the seriousness it deserves since doing so would disrupt “the economy.”
They both worship at the altar of growth and the notion that “a rising tide lifts all boats” — capitalism’s longstanding fake, eco-cidal answer to popular pressure for jobs, and end to poverty, and the downward redistribution of income and wealth.
They both refuse to let long-term considerations of livable ecology and human survival interfere with the short-term pursuit of material expansion and the bottom line, not to mention the short-term logic of the election cycle.

A long post, but well worth the read — sets the whole, ugly shit in perspective.

Go get ’em Joe!

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