Saturday, February 24, 2007

last call for older leadership

Green gadget people get very excited about the idea of being able to have cake and eat it too. They are easily sold on ideas like the prezident's state of the union idea to increase ethanol production to save the automobiles.

The plan he proposes would use subsides (taxpayer’s money) to put into production another Kansas and another Iowa sized parcel of land solely to produce corn, requiring massive amounts of natural gas to produce nitrogen fertilizer, so we can produce enough fuel to offset only 15% of U.S. gasoline consumption while continuing to put upward pressure on the price of staple food items like the cost of tortillas in Mexico?

That is insane. But ask many of the green gadget people and they'll say, "Don't worry about limited oil availability, they'll think of something- like ethanol for example!" The only thing *they'll* think of is something else to sell us. But we'll continue to hear about corn-based ethanol just as long the road to the white house starts off in Iowa. ;) Is there a presidential candidate with the guts to tell the American people the truth, that corn based ethanol will not solve our energy problem? Or is the system of electoral politics in this country so perverted as to make that impossible?

Message to the aging baby boomers: we the younger generations are losing faith in your ability to lead. Those of us who already understand the problems just cresting the horizon understand that they were created and sped on their way by previous generations, especially yours. If you are unwilling to address these problems then we will do it. And if it is your intent is to cling to powers that are dependent on consumerism, corporate dominance and perverted politics then eventually, as the rest of the younguns wake up to the realty you’ve hatched, we will sweep you away. You have destroyed our faith in this system and now, free from allegiance to it, we will create an alternative. Don’t be surprised if you are not invited to participate.

The choice is still yours. Perhaps there is someone from your older generation who is willing and able to right this ship. We could use all the help we could get. But if that does not happen soon, then expect uninvited change away from the interests of the baby boomers.

Blessed are the poor, for they shall inherit the earth
Better to be poor than a fat man in the eye of a needle
And as these words were spoken I swore I hear
The old man laughing
'What good is a used up world and how could it be
Worth having' - Gordon Matthew Sumner

Supplement: When I speak of the failures of past and current leadership, I speak of the failures of government and corporate leadership. There are plenty of older Americans who've been working hard at the grassroots level on these issues for years. I mean those folks no disrespect. It already appears likely though that there will be no presidential candidate in 2008, Democrat or Republican who is going to address these issues directly. With the exception of Roscoe Bartlett and a handful of others, tough talk about these issues is non existent in D.C.

Having said that, do not be surprised Mr. and Mrs. Baby Boomer when calls for us to go credit card shopping to prop up your retirement investments meets with a laugh and rejection.


fatguyonalittlebike said...


sushil yadav said...

In response to your post about "consumerism" and corporate culture:

The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.

Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.

When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.

A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.

Fast visuals/ words make slow emotions extinct.

Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys emotional circuits.

A fast (large) society cannot feel pain / remorse / empathy.

A fast (large) society will always be cruel to Animals/ Trees/ Air/ Water/ Land and to Itself.

To read the complete article please follow either of these links :




Pat Meadows said...

Hi Aaron, I think Dennis Kucinich (who is running for President, although he hasn't got a chance of getting the nomination) addresses these issues directly. You can read his take on the issues here:

then click on 'Issues'.

Pat Meadows

nulinegvgv said...

Thanks Pat,

I think Mr. Kucinich does talk openly about some of these issues- the environment, war, corporate power, and others. I do not hear him speaking out against consumerism and materialism though. I haven't heard talk like that from a major U.S. politician since Carter's 'Crisis in Confidence' speech in 1979(before he too abandoned that rhetoric). I don't think it'll really be morning in America until our leaders talk publicly about issues like peak oil in a frank and honest way.

Also I did see an interview with Dennis when he was advocating for a windfall tax on oil companies last year. I remember him not talking as if he really understood the energy issues we face. Then again he could have been having a bad day. I've been known to babble...

I did like reading his farm policy. I didn't know anything about it. I liked that he's talking about gmo labeling and local food sovereignty and more.

You really don't think he stands a chance against Billery or Barack? ;)