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The fossil fuel industry did not use the cigarette industry's deception propganda techniques. It's the other way around, vice versa. Now I have this part of their story straight; I should have guessed.

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 World Views

I use this grid to clarify two opposing world views. The left view below does not belong to humanity's future, judging by what we've seen and what we're seeing.

Prophecy

The future self will know the Hobb's world of the state on the right. The state's power through corporate controled mass media promises commodificiation of public education. I hope I'm wrong.

Deified idols of the market place will rheign. A romantic approach to nature may arise, in part, but only the part safe for capital.

 

Two World Views

Diversity

Transparency in institutional affairs -

 

Hierarchy

Secrecy in institutional affairs -

     
Informed population -   Ignorant population -
     
Concern for all life forms -   Concern for limited human life -
     
Sustainable Economics -   Growth Economics (socialism, capitalism, communism) -
     
Decentralized economies and governments -   Centralized economies and centralized governments -
     
Honors diversity in society and nature -   Standardization, shallow environmentalism -
     
Long-term thinking and ecological protection -   Short-term thinking and ecological denial -
     
Heedful development of science and technology -   Technological Imperative: What can be done will be done.
     
Ideologies sensitive to ecologically, human and nonhuman -  

Nature an instrument, tool, for human growth -

 

     
Environmental Ethics: Humans as part of nature, all connected, not on top -   Environmental Ethics: Humans on top of nature; nature as commodity -
     
Ecological Wisdom: Nature is very complex to think about and probably more complex than we can think. Live for the benefit of next seven generations, and use soft technologies.   Ecological Arrogance: Ignores or discounts destruction, future generally ignored, seeks short-term market, government remedies, inherent chauvinism.

Obviously some sort of mix will prevail if humanity continues, but which will serve humanity while preserving species diveristy?

 


September 2 - More Trump

I heard it. Donald Trump told Jeb Bush (Hear how dear Jeb sold out democracy.) that his "brother" gets the blame for the Iraq War. He had my attention and momentary consideration as a viable, honest politician, and then I suffured complete disappointment. Will no one get to this matter of endless war on civilians held hostage by consumerism's quest to control "natural resources"? I suppose it's hopeless.

This entire idea of "democracy" turns out as a noble experiment and as computer hacking and Citizens United proves so well, it's a lost cause. But in name only, democracy remains in the classroom as a brief subject of speculation, not much else. I will note, though, that the British did well in their investigation into their invasion of Iraq, and that's not small change considering what we're up against. Clinton will not do the right thing, like putting Bush and draft dodging Chaney in prison.

Trump's comments would serve the world better if he kept to the facts, like the Iraq war. Now he's off to where he doesn't know where he's going. For certain, his mechanistic world view spells more deception and destruction of nature. Then there's Clinton and she knows where she's going and it's not pretty.

Clinton's well educated and she, not Trump, ought to figure out or at least sense the value of wild nature, but I wager that she takes the shallow environmentalist path, if that. She'll continue the negotiate and "compromise" approach until there'snothing left to compromise, like the California wetlands.

Wetlands

Now that about 5 percent or less of California's wetlands remain, I must find some to witness this last great feature of California's environment. Time grows short.

I feel sorry for the next generation. It appears that they really don't matter to their parents. I don't see or hear much movement on environmental issues, only deniers' propaganda. Kids won't have California's wetlands to experience or learn about nature while playing. More, the California wetlands remind me of something like freedom. For long hours I played in the Bellflower and Downey wetlands near and within the San Gabriel River. My little friends and I found dragon flies, frogs, polly wogs, butterflies, and tons of great plants. For hours and days we played without fear of adult intrusion into our world of phantasy and real biological experience.

Then we grew up and forgot what really counts. Now I know, it's learning what we don't know that really counts.

 


 

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Introduction to Water in California - - Extinction is Forever, page 135, David Carle, University of Callifornia Press

Developers refer to wetlands as "mud holes" I've heard. What they and others don't know is that wetlands have biologically diverse, rich, ecological systems connected to them. Some of California's wetlands had connections to Southe American bird species. Wetland biology holds many wonders open to the interested student, and may hold answers to key questions about human illnesses and diseases as well as cures. We'll never know now. "Mud holes!"