In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous. — Aristotle (taken from a tea bag tab)
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul … there is no need to be afraid. — Matthew 10: 28a, 31a
All alone you’re just another brick in the wall. — From Pink Floyd’s best-known song
The times they are a-changin’. — From one of Bob Dylan’s best-known songs
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What is really going on, anyway?
Some of the elements of at least the surface of what is going on are readily available in newspapers and on the radio and on TV, with plentiful commentary by paid professional commentators. A lot of it is extraordinarily well done, and it is easy for people in their target audiences to rely solely on it for their views of what is going on, which is intended.
Then there’s the Internet, with most of the above available there, too, along with a range of news and views from other sources, a lot of the latter being rarely available in newspapers or on the radio or TV. If one tried to take in even the best of what’s available in newspapers and on radio and on TV, that would preclude going to these other sources.
Last night, I took well over an hour to listen to and watch a conversation, HERE, in which both participants give voice to information about the environmental movement and related organized activities that most people likely have zero awareness of. I won’t attempt to summarize the conversation but do recommend that visitors to this blog set aside an hour or two to do it justice.
Here’s an intro by Mark Crispin Miller of News From Underground, which alerted me to the conversation—he titled it it “Cory Morningstar on how the ‘climate movement’ and the ‘Green New Deal,’ are really all about DESTROYING nature”:
“Millions of well-meaning people, especially the young, have been adeptly played by mighty interests looking to realize the “Fourth Industrial Revolution,” so as to make themselves still wealthier, and further tighten their control, through blockchain technology, AI, total surveillance.
”HERE’s Cory taking us through all that she’s elucidated through her must-read investigative series, which you can find at http://www.wrongkindofgreen.org. The very telling silences that Cory notes throughout the “climate movement” also tell us something about BLM/Antifa, who say nothing about class, or the economy, or the war machine, which just keeps grinding on throughout this crisis, further poisoning the planet, and bombing peoples of color, and destabilizing their societies, while everybody here is shouting ‘Black lives matter!’
”p.s. Cory has a very interesting take on Jeff Gibbs’s [documentary film] “Planet of the Humans,” and Michael Moore’s regressive use of it.”
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Another view deserving of a careful reading is THIS ONE by Chris Hedges, titled “The Treason of the Ruling Class: They have destroyed our capitalist democracy and replaced it with a Mafia state.”
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If you would like to remotely take in a church service for today, put together in advance by a team at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, click HERE or HERE. The four readings were written in their own languages by, I’m guessing, some privileged people of their times, thousands of years ago.
The quote up top from Matthew is from one of today’s readings. It reminded me of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968).
The guest preacher read Matthew 10:24-39 before his sermon, which was about, among other things, nature. A retired Episcopal priest, he is apparently a product of white privilege, as are Miller (no blood relation to me), Morningstar, Hedges, and myself.
— Mark Channing Miller