Monday, December 21, 2009

When China Killed Terra

Dopenhagen will not be the defining moment in the struggle for a climate suitable for life as we have known it. Though in the future we may recognize this as the moment when China killed the planet.

It may mark the moment when the decline of US hegemony became obvious to all. China will do whatever China wants. China is a racist nation, that looks down on all other peoples and cares not about the opinions of others. The US and Europe missed their opportunity to keep the Chinese down when they had the chance. Now it is too late. The US is a debt junkie and its economy in tatters after dismantling its manufacturing sector in favor of a short-sighted financial sector. Its only remaining power is military might, and they can’t employ that against China. The only way to keep China in check at this point is to refuse to buy their wares, and that will be hard with an ignorant populace addicted to shopping. Particularly now that China makes iPhones.

Hopefully Nopenhagen also marks the moment when it became obvious to even Joe Blow that the UN cannot continue to do business in the way that it has been. This is no way to make decisions in important matters. Particularly not in crisis situations dealing with systems with built-in break points. You could have put 20 smart and knowledgeable people to write a treaty text, and put that to a majority vote: each nation one vote, yes or no, majority rules. There are other way to get things done, but the UN consensus model is not one of them. The consensus model is broken. After Obama’s speech it was clear, once again, that the UN has no clear role and no power.

The US has only itself to thank, after 5 decades of undermining the UN and rendering it impotent.

Chinese culture tends to take a longer view of things than the myopic Western perspective. We can only hope that China recognizes in time that it is in their interest to save the climate.

This is also a defining moment for traditional NGOs. The strategies and tactics they have employed have not worked. They have been losing all the way. Their modus operandi has failed to make Western countries sustainable, failed to save the rainforest, failed to save species, and failed to save the climate. It will certainly not work against China.

Saturday, December 19, 2009


What an Obamination!

But I blame the Repugnicans and China. And the general public...

Humans... Death's too good for 'em.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Species Justice

In Copenhagen, at the COP15, listening to Naomi Klein speak of this as the moment when the environmental movement became the social justice movement. My question for Naomi, and everyone else, is when the social justice movement will become the species justice movement. (?)

What pisses me off with the civil rights movement in the US is that, while organizing for blacks and hispanics, and "minorities", nobody wants to mention the minority that has suffered the most, lost the most, been worst treated, and been completely ignored--the original inhabitants of the continent, the First Nations, the Native Americans, Amerindians, whatever you want to call them.

Similarly, the ones that truly suffer from human oppression, are worst treated, have lost the most, and who still are completely ignored by the social justice movement: other species.

Peoples of developing nations are not the most oppressed. Humans can rise up and stand up for themselves. Other species can not. And one thing is certain: other species are the innocent victims here.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Desmond Tutu: "They marched in Berlin, and the wall fell. They marched in Cape Town, and the wall fell. They marched in Copenhagen — and we are going to get a real deal."

Friday, December 11, 2009

Exxon Ad anno 1962- They sure got that right! :-(

Ad for Humble Oil (which later merged with Standard to become Exxon).

It’s from a 1962 edition of Life Magazine.