Roman Epicurean and/or hedonistic philosophers would quickly define the greatest pleasures as “eating, drinking, merry making.” Emperors cleverly built coliseums in every major city from Rome to European colonies. Their sadistic games were held in “Circus Maximus” (the great circus) by which the masses were narcotized and immunized to the fact Rome’s empire was collapsing [...]
Historians define “Four cradles of human civilization” as the Tigris & Euphrates, Indus River, Nile Valley and Huang He (China) as vital regions on Earth which indicate clearly our survival is intimately linked to pure, abundant water. Jared Diamond’s scholarly books point out how civilizations collapsed because their water supply dwindled. Cadillac Desert by Marc [...]
Recently, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced that it moved its symbolic nuclear doomsday clock minute hand ahead thirty seconds to two and one-half minutes till midnight. Midnight represents nuclear apocalypse. http://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/01/27/2-12-minutes-midnight-our-world-peril Filmaker Regis Tremblay's new film just released is entitled “Thirty Seconds to Midnight.” See the online version here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0bsrFyLz6U Potential nuclear war [...]
The greatest number of fatalities in human history were: WW I – (11 million military, 7 million civilians) WW II – 50 – 80 million dead, (20 million Russians, millions of Jews 100 million – died after Europeans colonized the South, Central region & North American continents While young Daniel Ellsberg was a staff member [...]
Bulletin of Atomic Scientists editors moved their “Doomsday Clock” forward 30 seconds to midnight in January. February 1st the US put Iran “On Notice” for testing a missile. It is 11:57 and counting. The USA by means of serpentine CIA actions overthrew the elected Mosaddegh government of Iran in August 1953 and placed a dictatorial [...]
Which 21st century leader could openly support universal adoption of L-41 to abolish nuclear weapons? Would not the future of Earth, our “common home” and all living creatures be aborted in the event of another nuclear exchange? Who will be the potentate to call for use of nuclear weapons the third time?
Children have precociously decided to jolt our adult generation of “sheeple.” Children do not believe adults are acting seriously about an issue on which the Pentagon warned all in 2004.
October 27, 2016 the UN General Assembly considered resolution L-41, a document designed to abolish nuclear weapons globally. The final vote was 123 (of 195) countries in support with 38 in opposition. There were sixteen abstentions. The USA opposes abolition.
Earlier this year our organization, the Rockefeller Family Fund (RFF), announced that it would divest its holdings in fossil fuel companies. We mean to do this gradually, but in a public statement we singled out ExxonMobil for immediate divestment because of its “morally reprehensible conduct.” (NY Review of Books, p.31)
While living in Ossining, NY during the 1960’s, I listened to my friend Jim Beach from Tarrytown, NY give honest political reports about events each evening on Radio WHUD (Tarrytown is a city on the Hudson River 25 miles north of New York City). One day Jim received a phone call from a man in Cleveland who said “Your political comments would no longer be needed.” Jim and I were somewhat shocked to discover his astute progressive political observations would be replaced by a corporate takeover.