Human compassion, empathy and neighborliness are on full display in Houston as result of the flooding delivered by Hurricane Harvey, but the same can’t be said for those in the White House and the other corporate and Big Business looters who have knowingly robbed us of a safe environment and climate for the sake of profit.
Looters is the right term because they have stolen from the world the one thing that most folks should be able to count on, a safe and predictable environment, (at least for the most part)
Harvey wrought “the most extreme rain event in US history,” according to the Washington Post.
The way we arrived at this place is no doubt criminal. The developed world’s captains of industry have known since the 1970’s that continued dependence on fossil fuels was going to have a devastating effect on the planet but it was ignored, because to curb its use would mean curbing profits.
Scientists in the wake of this storm have admitted that warmer waters brought on by global warming will continue to result in larger and more potent hurricanes.
“This is the kind of thing we are going to get more of,” Princeton University climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer told the Associated Press in an article speculating about the cause of the storm. “This storm should serve as warning.”
Scientists conclude that Hurricane Harvey stalled because “it is sandwiched between two high-pressure fronts that push it in opposite directions, and those fronts are stuck.”
“Oppenheimer and some others theorize that there’s a connection between melting sea ice in the Arctic and changes in the jet stream and the weather patterns that make these “blocking fronts” more common,” the AP ominously wrote in the same article.
Even more blatant criminality exists in the White House as this morally bankrupt president has used the cover of the storm to do some dastardly things. Notice president Trump rather than expressing empathy for the victims of the storm including those who have died,he made remarks about the turnout and seemed impressed that people came out to see him, if not criminal its a sure sign of a narcissistic socio-path.
Trump has rather callously decided to keep border and highway checkpoints open during Hurricane Harvey. This means that some folks who are illegal or whose immigration status is in limbo will have to choose between trying to tough it out in flooded homes rather than risk being detained at one of these checkpoints.
In a letter supposedly clarifying its stance during the emergency brought on by Hurricane Harvey, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) wrote, “Routine non-criminal immigration enforcement operations will not be conducted at evacuation sites, or assistance centers such as shelters or food banks. The laws will not be suspended, and we will be vigilant against any effort by criminals to exploit disruptions caused by the storm.”
Trump has also exploited the storm to set free the notorious criminal, former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona Joe Arpaio. Arpaio is by almost any definition a criminal.
The former sheriff was famous for running what he called “concentration camps.” These were poorly constructed tent cities in which the prisoners were exposed to the elements. The really hot summers were the cause of several deaths over the years for which the sheriff was never held accountable. Prisoners were not only poorly housed but were underfed and sometimes physically abused by guards.
Modest attempts by the courts to bring him to heel were ignored by the Sheriff and as a result he was facing jail time. Trump apparently pardoned him to send the message that he was going to be tough on illegal immigration.
Trump has also used the cover of the storm to step up operations in Afghanistan while saying that everything is on the table when it comes to North Korea, which is his way of saying that his administration is seriously considering some kind of incursion or first strike.
Scary stuff but this is the world we live in.
As we mourn the loss of life in Houston on the other side of the world Bangladesh, India and Pakistan are experiencing cataclysmic events as a result of unprecedented weather. The famine and near famine being experienced in South Sudan, Northern Nigeria, Yemen and parts of Somalia are all partly the result of a warming climate, which is the direct result of the damage industrial society driven by the profit motive has writ on the earth.
It’s getting more and more difficult for thinking people to avoid the truth of our times.
The polar ice caps are indeed melting; our oceans are warmer and spawning more dangerous storms. We will either have to take the decision making out of the hands of those who do so for profit and profit only and thereby save the planet and ourselves and the earth’s progeny, or we will be the generation that others point to as the generation that watched TV and amused ourselves almost to death while doing nothing.
justice then peace