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Political Miracles Are Also Welcome

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Pope Francis Issues a Papal Encyclical on the Environment

Let's call it what it is. A controversy. An epic battle in the making. An epic battle between realms; the spiritual vs. the economic-political. The world in which we struggle to survive is increasingly becoming a deteriorated pile of filth,  an unparalleled disgusting mess.  Already precipitating a humanitarian disaster of biblical proportions the disasters occurring  are totally unnecessary and unacceptable to modern civilization.  Climate change must be addressed and remedied by everyone including  his 1.5 billion faithful and the rich alike. Everyone must be involved, suggested Pope Francis in an edgy new encyclical on the environment. Rich countries, Pope Francis also  observed,  in his newest and highly controversial papal encyclical, are primarily responsible for climate change, the environment being a mess, a  growing cesspool of greed and human tragedy. He is demanding action.  A rallying call.  Get to it.  Remedies are to be initiated by the faithful. Immediately and decisively. Genuine thought worthy of a leader.  Kudos to Pope Francis, a genuine leader.  It seems some politicians are displeased to hear the truth. Imagine that.  Politicians  loudly object when sensitive buttons have been pushed.   A reality check for the thinking;  it has been  historically and repeatedly demonstrated  that the political realm is an unlikely source of  miracles where the environment is irrelevant  and corporate interests and greed are paramount. Presidential candidate Jeb Bush suggests Pope Francis is a nice guy but " should leave  resolving of environmental problems to the political realm." We burst out laughing. Really.  In overview, to mitigate ongoing climate change and survive ever more common serious disasters may now require miracles of the Godly kind.  Hear, hear!  —but let us remain optimistic and open-minded;  political miracles are still  welcome.  We begin to smirk , chuckle, then laugh raucously,  analyze and ponder the implications. We wink and yawn. 

"Look, Jebbie, old man,  be reasonable;  you are aspiring to follow in the footsteps of Georgie and Daddy, are you not?  A presidential wannabe?  You want to lead a mere  300 million Americans? (smirk)   Pope Francis is already leading 1.2 billion+ people worldwide. Successfully.  With respect. With dignity.  And God's on his side. He's got the jump on you and has a nice hat too.  And a pope-mobile. "     *click

  —And a Popemobile, Jebbie, this is serious stuff....wait..wait, did'ya get that, Jebbie? .—Was that a disconnect? —wait,  —Jeb...Jebbie?  Did you hang up on us, Jebbie?  Mission accomplished?'"  

Ah well.  See what happens?   No matter.  Jebbie got huffy and stormed off  to play golf. 

Political Miracles from the Political Realm?

We could not agree more that environmental destruction has been caused in  the majority, by greedy, foolish use of and thoughtless exploitation of world resources. Profiteering at any cost.  Any cost, worth repeating.  Even the destruction of humanity itself.  Living in a corporate-dictated world,  a greedy, throw-away, wasteful and uncaring society is unhelpful in all things environmental—a classic understatement. The controversial  fossil fuel lifestyle was designed by, and for the egos and benefit of the corporate rich. It is promoted by fossilized minds which detest the concept of free energy and clean technology. It has been  exacerbated by greedy corporate ideology enabled by the self-entitled, narrow-minded, obscenely rich political realm at the expense of all other human beings and other life forms.  An epic battle is long overdue. The environment is  suffocating  for the lack of  meaningful remedial action,   gasping for  the tiniest sign of hope.  Species are disappearing at an unbelievable rate, never to be seen again.  Unacceptable, says Pope Francis.   Climate change is real, the earth is heating, make no mistake about it, time is of the essence, and the rich and powerful  simply do not care.  The mind-set is tuned to greed and profit, even though, strangely,  there is much more profit to be gained by changing to clean technology. *Note to Self:  Each small step toward remediation and  and  change in societal direction requires will-power and  miracles—political miracles to be specific.  Commitment, Jebbie! Actual thinking for yourself. Actual doing.  Actually taking responsibility. **Note 2  to Self:     How unlikely. How sad for humanity. Pope Francis is right,  the process of environmental healing must begin,  no matter how many  uber- rich politicians promise political miracles and indignantly scream objections,  fearing economic  change  and loss of  both political influence and tax havens. Let us be realistic.  Agreement on  the necessity of controlling  the  corporate sector enough reclaim the environment would be a political  miracle.  Finding politicians honest enough to act with that goal in mind might be closer to the Godly variety.  Let us willfully declare our commitment to civilization and our humanity.  Let us not cop out to  garner the favour of fossilized, rich political naysayers.  Time is running out, whether or not we believe the controversial words of Pope Francis.  What do YOU think?    # Is that Incoming I hear? 
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Environmental Sell-out by Harper and G7

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G7:  Canadians  Expected Better than an Environmental sell-0ut

In our modern, 'advanced' civilization we  expect better.  We expect advancement, betterment.  We expect our leaders to do the right things, make positive decisions, the right decisions for the benefit of all of humankind. We expect thought, logic, and leadership. We expect reasonable and appropriate decision-making with positive goals in mind.  We do not expect to be thrust backwards by a century.  Case in point,  Canadians expected better than an environmental sell-out by our so-called 'political leaders' at the G7 summit. Based on those concepts, the recent G7 Summit was a failure. The environment humanity so desperately needs to survive, just to exist, has been sold out by the G7. Imagine that, world leaders conspiring and agreeing on an environmental sell-out. A joke. Canadians and other  world citizens were expecting buzz;  some intelligent decision-making.   The burgeoning, growing problem of  the unmitigated use of fossil fuels was not resolved; wow, get this, any genuine solution was simply delayed for another 85 years. The year 2100.  We must ask 'Why?' Shamefully, an environmental sell-out took place.  Prime Minister Harper is delighted, proudly smiling like a Cheshire cat at photo-ops because his friends will become richer. Logic suggests that instead, he should be ashamed of his new legacy, and the agreement, which is a bad joke. Mr. Harper,  Prime Minister of Canada and supposedly responsible,  as has been pointed out, will retire with a disproportionately fat pension,  while the   future of our one and only planet —and  the very existence of our struggling  future great- great-grandchildren have now been brought into question. The world, it's rapidly disappearing species,  and life itself  is already slowly suffocating, struggling and attempting  to survive in an inexcusably filthy,  ever-worsening, contaminated, depleted environment. That spiraling problem has  been ignored, falling  on deaf ears of politically-expedient, feel-good, opportunistic, but rather foolish  politicians at the G7. The exuberant declaration and  environmental sell-out  by G7 nations will cost humanity big time. Ask concerned scientists. Look at the facts.  Watch the weather.  Floods, tornadoes, drought,earthquakes. Suffocating smog.  Wait,  climate deniers, Harper and Co. don't believe or bother with fact, reality,  or science, so what else is new? That figures. The  blatant failure of  bad boy Harper and his Conservatives to take meaningful action not only magnify and exacerbate, but most specifically demonstrate, even  prove Canada's failure and irresponsible lack of  meaningful commitment to the reduction of greenhouse gases, pollution, and the burning of irreplaceable fossil fuels. All else, 'deadlines', discussion, whatever— is lies. Canada's reputation is in tatters.  Hollow words, lies, and exhilaration of the G7 'agreement'  at the prospect of "success"  to be had 85 years from now--almost a century— are childish hypocrisy, dishonest,  a deception, and a betrayal of mankind. Looking childishly smug at signing an "agreement"  to "phase out fossil fuels by  2100       ( let's say that again, imagine how ridiculous this is —a "solution" proposed for 85 years from now )  is an insult to thinking Canadians.  Sadly, it also guarantees an environmental catastrophe of unbelievable proportions. Harper's decision is irresponsible and unacceptable.  Canadians must wonder if we must explore why such incompetent decisions were made, and follow the money, oh, the systemically-rotten senate, vague rules of performance,  ad nauseum Impeach Harper comes to mind, cut the puppet strings,  who the hell is really running this country, the international petroleum industry?    Is our government brazenlyh displaying incompetence?  The loyal reader is encouraged to. Carefully. Facts speak for themselves. Americans are also encouraged look at the G7 agreement.  Sadly, Mr. Stephen Harper knows all too well what the environmental consequences of this delay entail,  but he is clearly committed  to allow, encourage, and enable  another century of  petroleum profiteering, strip-mining and  exploiting the oil sands.   Bad boyHarper  doesn't wish to admit his decision also comes at an unbelievable and horrific cost to the environment —and to all inhabitants and other sentient life forms on this earth. The environmental damage already being caused by the Canadian oil sands is   unbelievable in scope, unacceptable and inexcusable. The  G7 environmental sell-off  "agreement" allowing another 85 years of  pollution by fossil fuels is even MORE sublime, and can in no way be justified,  considering clean technology exists NOW. Let us repeat that;  clean technology exists NOW. It is very clear Prime Minister Stephen Harper has demonstrated he no longer represents, —and seemingly no longer cares —or wishes —to represent the interests of Canadians, who want fossil fuels phased out now.  

The Political Cost of Harper's Environmental Sell-out

We say to Mr. Harper:  Naughty, naughty, naughty Stephen,    Shame on you.  Your legacy may have satisfied the greedy international petroleum industry and your rich friends,  but  coupled with the sell-off of Canada and betrayal of all Canadians, your environmental sell-out has precipitated the loss of  trust —and votes —of many millions of Canadians.  We now suggest you take responsibility for the ugly reality you have created.   Please resign. —If you believe in it, go live YOUR   legacy. For your retirement,  go up there and live in the barren, polluted environmental disaster, the millions of acres of stripped,  oily lands you have now so callously committed Canadians to suffer —for centuries to come.  Show Canadians how we are all wrong wanting our leaders to  care about the environment. Don't forget your cute little white HazMat suit, goggles, rubber gloves, rubber boots, and ventilator for the photo ops you'll need at your 'primary residence'. Canadians not only expected better—but deserve better —from 'leaders'. What do YOU think?   #   Is that Incoming I hear? 
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