Trumps Environmental Agenda

Q: Do you approve of president Trump’s environmental agenda?

A: In a word  . . . no. I believe Trump is ignorant and misinformed when it comes to the question of global warming. When it comes to the question of pollution he is dodging and looking the other way because he is ignorant of the realities on the ground.

Perhaps his ignorance is so prevalent because he lives in New York City in a golden tower and the only nature he ever sees are his well groomed golf course grounds. Regardless, he is one of the cancerous breed who sees the lands of this planet as an adversary to be exploited and compromised pretty much the same way they deal with smaller mineral rich countries.

Personally, I have a problem believing he is so stupid NOT to see that the environment is taking a very heavy beating right now. One that will only get worse with his meddling. I don’t think he really cares though as long as he gets what he wants.

I know his stated interest lays in the jobs market and he does seem to be doing all he can to further the goal of getting this country working again, but he is wealthy and all his friends are wealthy and those kind of people see the world from a different perspective than us normal folks do. I believe he cares little for ‘we the people’ and is mainly pushing jobs in order to create a broader profit margin for him and his buddies. They need people who are willing to man their machines, that’s about the extent of his caring.

I don’t believe much has been done in real time to save the environment since 1970 and the advent of Nixon’s EPA and the clean air/water/land acts. Say what you will about old ‘tricky Dick’ but he helped create the sweeping environmental laws that put the industrial giants on notice and caused them to slow their mad dash to destruction.

I believe it was the Reagan administration who began taking the teeth out of the environmental movement and now with Trump in office, his desire seems to be, in general, to kill the whole thing . . . and he is currently doing a good job of it.

Trump is so egocentric that he can not see beyond the mirror on his gold flecked wall. I predict he will go down in history as the man who killed the environment movement in America. (if we allow that to happen)  We the people need to wake up and get the train back on it’s tracks.

The Fine Art of Bullshitting


Now if you think bullshitting is not an art form just take a look at the past presidential race and you can see openly just how important this art form is to the politician who must, through long hours of intense study, become a master of his trade. The canvas of promises he paints and displays openly before his admiring throng in all it’s beauty is truly amazing. His glib tongue deftly laying stroke upon stroke across a broad canvas, he forms the contrast and conflict of his opponents deep shadow juxtaposed his very own brightest of light . . . while the layman postulates himself before the Master and stares upon his canvas of dreams.

 It seems the only time you get the truth, or even an honest opinion from this breed is to listen to these people AFTER they leave office. Generals, Senators, all the way down to the local yocal member of the school board are so steeped in spinning bullshit during their career you just can’t trust a word they say.

 Obama knows the art form and used it well. He is a Master at his trade. McCain, although I’m sure he’s also a Master in his own right, chose another emotional theme for his canvas. Obama’s work centered on hope. McCain’s centered on fear.

 More people responded to hope than fear so Obama won the bullshit (tell them what they want to hear) election in spite of the fact most people who voted for Obama probably instinctively knew he couldn’t keep most of the promises he had painted for them. They were, in the light of current events, wishful thinking at the most.

 I personally believe he will be far to busy just keeping the ship of state afloat after the disastrous last eight years of George Bush to do much else. Hell, man we will be lucky to have a monetary system at all by the end of next summer, let alone enough cash to do anything much to help the poor and needy middle class in this country.

 So how does this all pertain to our personal survival?

 A man who understands the nuances of bullshitting can and will survive longest among his fellows. He knows it is far easier many times to convince an enemy than to kill him, especially if he is out gunned and outnumbered.

 He knows instinctively if he practices faithfully and becomes an adept, the sky is the limit.

 He knows a good line of bullshit and a glib tongue can get him shelter, water and food even when outnumbered and living amongst his enemies. Even when facing certain death the true and fearless artist can sway his captors into his camp by merely corralling them with his tongue.

 A great bullshitter has to be in charge of his own mind. He must be intelligent and wise to the ways of man and of the world. He must not just control the room, he must own it. People must love him. They must look up to him. Want him to lead them. He must be a chameleon shape shifter able to capture the essence of a rainbow for them. He must like the apostle Paul “be all things to all men.”

 The greatest, the most satisfying, the loveliest words that the truly masterful bullshitter can hear is for his following to say with heart felt conviction.

 “Our leader speaks the truth.” . . . . . . . . . .


Know Your Enemy

It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle. . . . Sun Tzu

The above quote was taken from Sun Tzu’s treatise, The Art of War. This well proven book has, for the last 2500 years, been considered the fighting manual of choice by military men throughout the world. A list of it’s readers would contain the names of Patton, MacArthur, Stalin, Mao Zedong, so forth. Vo Nguyen Giap used it’s knowledge to defeat both the French and the Americans in Vietnam. It’s concepts are being taught even today at the American War College.

The Art of War contains the final answer to those caught in a David and Goliath moment where the enemy is far larger and far more powerful than their fledging resistance. It’s worked before, it will work again as we take on the gas industry and their minions in Congress and the State legislatures.

I am reminded at times like these, when the odds are so overwhelming, how those little brown men in Vietnam kept moving supplies along the Ho Chi Minh trail, in spite of the millions of tons of bombs the US threw at them. They trucked that trail carrying heavy loads on their backs, riding bikes, pulling carts, enduring heat, insects, hunger . . . anything to get the supplies to their soldiers fighting in the South.

No matter how hard the Americans tried, they could not stop them. No matter how many bombs the Americans dropped, they could not stop them. They NEVER quit coming . . . until finally the Americans gave up and went home defeated, not by a standing army in the field, but by the resolve of the people themselves who gave their lives by the hundreds of thousands in order to obtain freedom from those who sought to own her. They never quit!

So, for those of us who have chosen to oppose the gas companies in their quest to move quickly and destructively against our properties and our lives, it behooves us to take a bit of time to read Sun Tzu and understand some his tactics before diving into an action that will end only in futility and emotional stress. We need to get to know our enemy as well as ourselves.

So who is this giant in our land? What are his goals? His motivations? His fears? What kind of energy fuels his mind and causes him to function? All these things are important to know in order to defeat him.

Ask yourself the same set of questions. What are your goals, motivations, and fears? Sun Tzu said you must know yourself as well as the enemy if you have any hope of defeating him. Are you up to the task? Or are you just a “cause” groupy who enjoys going to demonstrations and stuff. If so, I can assure you there were no groupies along the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

First of all, when it comes to an enemy, you must respect him. He is smart, maybe smarter than you. He can hurt you far less if you do not take the easy route by demonizing him, or belittling him. This only gives him an advantage.

In this instance the gas industry is the enemy, but this enemy is in reality made of individual people much the same as you and me. They are not devils, nor do they enjoy eating children. They may merely be blind men in need of a good sight adjustment.

Try to understand where he is coming from, and why he feels as he does. See him not so much an ignoramus, but someone who has been molded by our capitalistic society into a good soldier for the cause. A soldier who can see no further beyond himself than the feet of the soldier climbing the corporate ladder above him. Where is he going? Well, actually he doesn’t know, he just knows he needs to keep climbing.

What motivates him? Well, there are what I call the ‘three P’s’ that seemingly motivate all these type A personalities. The quest for Power . . . Position . . . and Possession. That’s it, that’s all they see… Me . . . Me . . . and Me.

If it were possible to sit these guys down and suck all that stuff out of their heads, they may see the reality and beauty of the ‘oneness’ in this ecosystem that we share with the rest of creation. We may be caretakers of it, but it does not belong to us. We did not create it and in spite of all our touted advances in technology, we have yet to learn how to even put out a good weather report.

If it were possible to prove to them how easily we can ruin the whole thing, they may take a second look and stop this mad dash for the most cash that’s ruining our water, and even the air we breathe. They may come up with a different answer to the question: ‘What’s the most important, water, air, or gas?”

So how do we go about fighting these dudes? What are their greatest strengths? Well, let’s see . . . they own the state legislature, they own the governor, they own most of the capitol, they own the courts. So wow, how dumb is it going to be fighting them on their own turf? If that’s the best we can come up with, we really ought to quit and sign the lease ourselves.

Now, this political avenue could be a side street, of course, because ultimately all this will have to be decided by the courts as they’re the guys who enforce the law, and isn’t that what we all want? Good, honest law that takes into account the needs of the landowner as well as the gas company?

Even though money has, for now, decidedly turned the political head, its been proven time and again that these Congressional hacks will duck and cover as soon as the light of day rests upon their sorry heads.

Look at the movie Gasland and what a giant headache it is causing for the gas industry. That’s just one movie. THAT is a point of FEAR for these guys. Make more movies.

It’s up to us to document and prove what is taking place upon our land. They will fight us tooth and nail using lies, innuendo, anything to divert the reality of the facts we bring forth. We MUST document . . . and a good ‘before and after’ video is in my opinion, a preferred weapon of choice.

I would even recommend recording the salesman when he makes the pitch and videotaping everything that takes place after that. It may save you a lot of grief later.

If your enemy owns the night, draw him into the day.

If he owns the jungle, meet him on the prairie.

When it comes to these gas corporations the only thing they don’t yet own is us. Our turf is what they want, so wouldn’t that be the place to fight them? On our own turf, bearing the weapons we choose, and following the gorilla tactics of our choosing also?

This is the point of contact. This is where the victory lies. This is the place where the haves meet the have nots. . . . AND the place we own.

In order to draw the gas out of the shale they need us to sign their contract, it’s that simple. No contract, no gas. The fight doesn’t begin after our water is ruined. The fight begins when that salesman sits down at our kitchen table and begins to unload his box of promises on us. How many of us already signed the company contract? How many have had it looked at by their lawyer? I know some who haven’t.

Why would anybody allow some clown to come into their house with a company sided contract, and sign it without a thorough going over by a lawyer is beyond me. I know honest people have this thing about them that says all other people are honest, especially if they have just received an offer they couldn’t refuse, but damn, man, these waters are FULL of sharks.

We need to teach our people that when they quickly sign the contract they are paying a steep price for their greed and ignorance. We need to have them watch some of these videos like Gasland and be informed and fully aware BEFORE they make the decision to give up the family farm.

We need to be able to prove what will happen to them by using one example after another, of something that has already happened. We need to convince our people that if it sounds too good to be true, the fact is it probably is.

We need to convince them that we are not advocating complete withdrawal of the gas companies and their armies of drill teams. We only need the industry to stand down long enough to answer these problems with pollution and straighten them out before they restart their drilling machine.

We need to convince the industry that we need gas for heat as much as they need to dig it up. We are not against drilling. We are against the crazy way they are going about it.

We want safety for our cattle, for our children and for ourselves, not just the pile of bullshit they are currently tossing on our kitchen tables. If they want to partner up with us, let’s do it fair and square. Put it all on the table and dispense with the rhetorical PR. It may be beneficial to all of us.

What they are doing now, in all their arrogance, is offering nothing more than a train wreck that will ultimately destroy them as well as us. Power, Position and Possession, is their common goal . . . BUT WE own the Power. We own the Position. We own the Possession. They don’t own any of it, they just want to take ours. We are not the beggars here, they are.

Bottom line is that we must slow down the gas rush and make it more eco friendly. If that is impossible to do, drop the whole thing until it is.

Jim Walters

One Dimensional View In A Three Dimensional World

One huge problem we humans seem to have, especially in todays fast paced world is our tendency to view things in only one dimension. Maybe it’s because we are so frantic and hurried, but on practically any subject, especially when it comes to personalities and politics we tend to pass judgment much too quickly, many times based only on what we hear on TV or read in the media. Worse yet, what we take as the gospel truth is usually just the biased view of some media guru speaking his favorite spin of bullshit for ratings.

The subjects of these diatribes, these images plastered on our flat screen TV that we judge so quickly and are about to vote for, are not merely one dimensional (good or bad) automatons, they are complicated works of humanity that demand a bit more study if we are concerned at all about making the wise choice to benefit our particular position.

We see a nice looking women like Sarah Palin and that’s all it takes for half the jerky dudes in this country to vote for her. Same women less attractive and they would not give her the time of day.

We see someone at ease before the camera having enough intelligence to talk in an impressive manner, we buy his line whether it’s true or not because that’s as far as we look.

Bill Clinton was impressive, he makes it to the oval office. Ross Perot is not quite as handsome nor is he quite as connected, he goes back to his office in Texas in defeat.

Why? We normally choose to vote for or against a person on their party affiliation and emotion alone. We never move off the first dimensional view of this complicated human called ‘candidate’ to see what he/she is all about. . . . and we have suffered dearly for our laziness.

Thing is practically anybody can put up a good enough dog and pony show for a short period of time to impress someone. They can look good and say cool things and if you are a dope maybe they will even have you calling yourself a ditto head like the Limbaugh crowd does. While in reality all the guy’s doing is spreading before your limited view his own disjointed opinion. Then when this real life sociopath gets into office and does none of what he promised, you will sit in your lazy boy to bitch and complain about them for the next four years until the next con comes along.

Or you may just realize they are all crooks anyways so you vote Charlie Wrangell (a proven crook) back into office for no other reason than name recognition, or the fact he’s a vet, or some other inanity other than realizing you were just too damn lazy to use this wonderful gift the gods have given you called a brain and searched the roster for a better candidate.

Taking the three dimensional view takes work and it takes time. The three dimensional view has to check behind this candidate and his rhetorical stance. You can’t just take what anybody says as gospel because everybody I know thinks far more highly of themselves than they ought to, it’s a part of the human condition.

We need honest (and yes there are some!) politicians who are willing to take the blame when they screw up and not just hide behind their desk and point fingers. We need men and women who are real and who don’t spend their time behind their chosen persona, but actually get into the pit and fight for you.

This country is collapsing because of OUR short sightedness and lack of caring, not because of George Bush or Obama or whoever the next guy will be. The responsibility lies on us to check these guys out and to see that the Washington good old boys and girls club gets blasted to smithereens by fighting for term limits and financial reform. In order to make good choices you need to scrutinize these candidates in three dimension and flesh them out a bit by answering these few questions to yourself.

Who is this person? . . . Find out his history because a persons past most often will get repeated in their future. How has he dealt with finances? How has he dealt in personal business? Does he pay his bills or does he con people or just downright cheat them them out of what’s rightfully theirs. Does his handshake mean anything to him? Is he an arrogant, overblown, SOB to his help or is he kind and generous?

To the moralists out there who love to swallow camels and choke on gnats . . . . A good Christian ain’t always so good . . . . and just because a guy smoked pot when he was a kid don’t necessarily make him evil. (even if he did inhale) BUT being a habitual liar like Bill might.

What is his background? . . . . Who does he hang out with? Is he a good old boy at the City club or does he hand out food on week ends to the needy? His future may reflect his past. Do we need another stumbling block in Congress?

Where has he been? . . . . What is his experience? What has he done in life to make him believe he qualifies for office? Is he an armchair warrior? Or has he smelled the stench of death close up and personal. Does he know where Afghanistan is? (George”bring it on” Bush didn’t) before he sent our guys over there to get sniped at for eternity.

Why does he want the office? . . . Power, position and possession? Or does this guy really have a heart to serve and do what he believes is best for the people who voted him in.

These questions should be answered by you to your satisfaction before you ever step into a voting booth. Otherwise your just wasting your (and every bodies) time . . . it will just bring about more business as usual. CHANGE sounds so pretty, the promise of it even got Obama elected, but what has changed? Other than the national debt of course, since he took office?

Why should we spend our lives plunking out a simple melody when we could be directing a symphony…… shame on us.

Right Up The Middle part 2

Staying on this balance beam for one more time . . . We all know that eating a balanced meal is far better for us than one of junk food and if we neglect the fruits and veggies long enough and devour enough Big Mack’s we will end up either on a gurney or kicking our fat stomachs with our knees as we shuffle through the McDonald’s parking lot on the way to ‘super size me’ hell.

What we tend to forget is that to continually eat the greasy drippings from our favorite Right OR Left wing guru’s plate will clog our minds as quickly and as deadly as the hog’s fat clogs our arteries.

This balancing act takes place on many levels at the same time. Respect is the glue that holds it all together. It is a corner stone in the mind, body, balance equation.

Lao Tzu coined the phrase a very long time ago “Know your enemy.” Does that just mean to know his name? Or perhaps know what he’s up to? Or to know who he is? Yes all of those things count, but on a deeper level old Lao is saying in order to know your enemy you must also respect him. How much respect is there in the US today for people of other positions and circumstances?

Every since our resounding victory in ww2 the US has been riding this huge self righteous ego trip of invincibility. We have ridden this wave of belief in Manifest Destiny to the point of stupidity and are about to crash onto the shores of hell, flag/slogans and all.

In Korea our famed general Douglas Macarthur (who was much of the time an arrogant jerk) refused to believe the Chinese would ever oppose him as he sped towards the Yalu River . . . well they did. He sent entire divisions into a frozen meat grinder ill equipped in every thing from clothing to ammo and thousands of them died or were captured because of his arrogant buffoonery. He failed to respect or know his enemy.

In Vietnam we entered into that country on a six week military exercise to teach (the slopeheads) a lesson. Ten years later, after accumulating 50,000 KIA and a couple hundred thousand causalities, we left with our tails between our legs. Why? Because we had failed to respect our enemy.

In this last round of invasions (Iraq and Afghanistan) I’m afraid we are doing no better, We STILL fail to respect our enemy as we search frantically for a way out of his trap.

Now this is all military stuff, but we could just as well bring this attitude home to our government as well as ourselves. On a day to day level our enemy is not quite so obvious and it’s easy to get lulled to sleep by a good speech.

Rush spouts something on his radio show we like and we nod our heads in agreement, even get pissed off at the target of his angst. Does anybody bother to check it out to see if it’s even true?

Obama gives a long and lovely speech about how the recession is over . . . really? Well, Mr. President where’s the jobs? . . . Or “Where’s the beef?” like the little old lady asked in the Wendy’s add.

So to really know the enemy one needs to understand and RESPECT his thoughts, his motivation and just how bad or how far is he willing to go to get them. We must quit belittling him and stop taking our knives to a gun fight. Nobody has all the answers. Actually we will never be closer to wrong than when we are convinced without doubt we are right.

If we settle down enough to listen to his side of the story we may find we have a lot in common with him. Maybe we can even negotiate some sort of a compromise, not just TALK compromise either like the politicians do, but actually mean it. Actually find a middle of the road balance where everybody can, if need be, even suffer equally if that is what it will take.

We won’t always agree or find common ground with our opponent either. Some times we will just be too far apart, but we don’t have to agree in order to be civil. We can argue an issue till the cows come home and still maintain a certain decorum of respectability.

We don’t have to revert to back stabbing and name calling as we seek to shout down our opponent do we? This polarization and “get even attitude” in the long run is probably going to end up being far more dangerous than the problem was.

When it comes to our personal lives it’s merely a matter of choice. Do you want to or not. Either way you choose you can expect the law of sowing and reaping (or karma) to fall heavily upon your shoulders. It always does and we are the products of our thoughts, both individually and collectively.

On the political scene it’s a bit more complicated. Our system has been compromised by special interests to the point that our elected officials are mere mouth pieces, puppets and panderers to these assholes who have infiltrated our Constitution and changed it to their benefit. Nothing happens good on that scene until we the people take back what’s ours.

Warfare is sometimes the only answer, but once begun all rational thought and compromise goes out the window. It’s blood, guts and bayonets. . . that’s what it may take to get our country back, but this stuff we’re doing now with the name calling and polarization is not doing any of us any good. We are just playing into the hands of the true enemy.

We must get to know HIM. We must respect his ability. We must find a weakness in his armor. It’s there, but only to those willing to deny this rush of emotion that seems to have taken over the American argument. We must reveal this enemy by passing laws and enforcing them until he has been drug out from under his rock and allowed to shrivel and dry in the sun.