Vote for what you believe. Don’t stay home..get out and let your voice be heard!
Vote for what you believe. Don’t stay home..get out and let your voice be heard!
This summer has been unbearable in New England. The humidity levels have been outrageous, we have had day after day of unexpected torrential downpours that are reminiscent of downpours in Florida. Since there are many people who don’t have air conditioning (my family included) life has been something to be endured.
So, since I don’t have t.v., and my newspaper is often not delivered, I decided to see just what in the heck is going on. Unfortunately, the news is dire. Get ready for more and more of this. There have been record heat recorded all over the world. Heat waves that are over and above anything seen before. Not only that, but we’ve had drought and wildfires all over also, not just in the U.S., but also Sweden (!).
I suggest that we start doing something about this. Extreme weather will be on its way also…hurricanes, etc. etc. Are you hurricane ready? I know I’m not. How have you been coping with the heat? I’ve been standing in an ice-cold shower before bed every night. During the day I’ve been reading while sitting in front of a fan. Work-outs happen in the early morning, and it’s been over a week since I took a walk outside. I’m dreaming of snow storms and the cold weather. It can’t come fast enough for me!
This is for those people out there who “don’t believe in climate change”. Well, guess what, it’s real, it exists and no matter where you live, or whatever rock you want to climb under, your, yes, your, life is going to be impacted. Have fun with that.
I know, Rush Limbaugh told you all that Hurricane Irma was a big fat lie. But then what did the illustrious Mr. Limbaugh do? He ran away. Yes, that’s right…if it was a big lie, why oh why did the man feel the need to evacuate? Do people usually evacuate due to a big fake storm? Logically you wouldn’t think so, but hey climate change deniers, since when have you let logic, science or common sense have anything to do with your thought processes? After all, if someone repeats a lie often enough, and loud enough, it’s got to be true, right? Right? Wait a minute, I can’t hear you over all the yelling about the hoax that climate change is.
So, 90-something percent of the world’s (yes, the WORLD’S) scientists believe in climate change. The scientists who don’t are bought and paid for by the oil companies. Yes, there are those pesky little leaked memos from the oil companies admitting they knew and understood they were making climate change worse forty years ago. Yup, and all of that counts for nothing, because you, hard-core climate change deniers that you are, say so. Once again, logic, science and common sense have no place in your thinking.
So, God has been pretty busy, I bet. We’ve had four hurricanes in two weeks. One after another. Harvey, Irma, Jose and Katia. Caused by? Well, who knows, it’s all fake news anyway. And, those fires that are burning in the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Oregon, Montana, Nevada, Idaho, and Washington, I suppose those are also fake news. Besides, if the country is burning, climate change and drought have not one thing to do with it. Climate change is fake news! Okay climate change deniers, what say you? Can you logically, scientifically and using your common sense, continue to deny? Let me know in the comments below. Oh, and before you do so, please please check out the links that I’ve left below. They are full of logic, lots of scientific facts and common sense. I am looking forward to your scientific logic in your comments proving that your status as a climate change denier is valid. Good luck with that.
This past weekend there was a march in Washington, D.C., along with other marches around the world in support of science. We actually needed a march to support science. I still can’t wrap my head around that fact. The marches were in support of evidence, fact-based and peer-reviewed science. This is needed since the administration in Washington is against both science and peer-viewed research. Research needs to be peer-reviewed, since anyone could claim to be a scientist, publish a “study” and claim anything. We already can see that happening, so it needs to be stopped. Science is actually one subject that can be proved correct. Just because someone doesn’t like what is scientifically proven doesn’t mean that they have the ability to claim it is false.
For those people who think that we don’t need science, do you like using your technology? Phones, laptops, t.v., all are science-based. Should funding be cut, so will your technology. How about “cutting-edge” health care? All those new life-saving surgeries are based on science. Do you like your new medicines? Those too come from science. If funds are cut so will your health, since there will be less money spent on keeping you healthy. Science is life-saving. It affects all of us in every part of our lives. Support science, your life may very well depend on it.
I don’t know if any of you saw this mockumentary, but I wanted to talk about it today. It’s by the BBC and Simon Amstell. The film shows the “history” of veganism from 1944 to 2067 with the focus on people in the future trying to come to terms with their carnist pasts. The young people of 2067 don’t understand how people could have eaten animals, and this mockumentary explains the mind-set and attitudes of people regarding animals that helped with the exploitation of animals.
The movie is actually quite funny, starting with the portrayal of early vegans as absolute nut-cases, as is the usual portrayal. However, as the United Kingdom begins to deal with extreme weather due to global warming, the attitudes about veganism change. In case you didn’t know it, animal production is indeed one of the leading causes of climate change due to the cutting down of vast forested areas, and the huge amount of emissions from intensely factory-farmed animals.
In the movie, following the invention of a device that allows humans to hear the thoughts of the other animals, veganism goes mainstream, and by 2067 no one eats other animals. There are some video shown of factory-farming, however the clips are not nearly as graphic as some of the slaughter-house clips you can see on your own on YouTube.
I hope that many people watch this mockumentary which is available onYouTube and the BBC website. It’s engaging, funny and a wonderful way to present the facts without being “preachy”. I really hope that this makes a difference in people’s lives.
I have a difficult time celebrating Thanksgiving. Remember, I’m Vegan so the food can be more than a little offensive. This year I’m trying Tofurky for the first time! I can hardly wait. Then, there’s the first Thanksgiving thing, that was followed fairly quickly with that genocide thing. So, here are a few quotes from the Native Americans.
Here are a few videos of how the government treats Native Americans.
By now mostly everyone has heard about the Alberta Wildfires that have led to large-scale evacuations and billions of dollars in destruction. What hasn’t really been talked about in the U.S. media are the causes of the fires. While the oil sands themselves usually don’t catch fire, the equipment and chemicals used in obtaining the oil are very flammable. http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/could-the-oil-sands-catch-fire/
It seems that the climate was the “perfect storm” for this fire, and it continues spreading, causing more damage. While the global temperature has been heating up, the result of this increase in temperature is having a devastating effect on the environment. The cost of the Alberta wildfires is social, environmental, monetary, and health related. There is an estimated damage of 9 billion dollars already, and no one knows how much higher that number will go. This fire has released toxins into the air, including such heavy metals as mercury and lead as a result of the oil sands. These toxins will now be in the air, water and soil for a long time to come. The residents of Fort McMurray were breathing these toxins for quite a while before they were evacuated. What will be the health results of this? At the moment no one is quite sure. Once there is rain, these toxins will be washed into the waterways, and again no one is sure of the consequences of this, either.
I urge you to read the information from the links that I’ve provided. They give an accurate picture of the destruction that is being caused by the fires.