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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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Major Issues: Brit Oil Madness

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Brit Oil Madness Reaches a Frenzy with a New Major Strike

Yes, another one. Another great deposit of crude oil.  No kidding. Opportunistic  pip-pip-pippers, politicos and oil  industry moguls  in England must be ecstatic, particularly the  oil exploration group  UKOG,  UK Oil & Gas Investments  which  announced the tentative discovery of yet another great deposit of the dirty black stuff. Brit oil madness and opportunism reached a new high as a deposit with a  potential of up to 100 Billion-barrels was recently announced... England is floating upon a great, deep deposit of crude oil, close to Gatwick,  —if one is to believe UKOG.

Oil madness suggests Brits and England will soon be floating in Oil

Geologically, it would hardly be surprising if a major oil discovery actually has been made next to the great Gatwick airport in England considering the size and scope of the historical  North Sea deposits.

Should Oil in New Discoveries be Extracted?

Assuming the new deposit estimates are valid, should it be extracted?  Everyone knows oil floats, but the Southern end of Great Britain  is already known to be sinking. The Northern end, attached firmly to the Great Haggis, Nessie and inflated bagpipes, is happily rising.  Go figure. Oil is king, let us pump out the old girl.  Damn the sinking, we shall blame the Great  Sinking  of Big Ben on the ice age too, they say, as they tipple away in Ye Olde Boy's Oil Club. Regardless, with low oil prices and a world glut of oil, should new discoveries be extracted? Logically, we think not. If Brit oil madness is warranted and  the deposit is confirmed, ever more oil madness is virtually guaranteed, just as there is little doubt Ye Olde England will continue to sink further.   Logic dictates the discovery will be exploited by greedy corporate interests allowed to run out of control by self-entitled, bobble-headed politicians, no matter what the environmental cost.  Alas, Brits will  soon coated in more nice dirty crude oil far above their peculiar Wellingtons. Will the well-intended stiff-upper-lip Brit then be tempted to forgo the wonderful potential of green energy and revert to archaic oil madness, praising  fossil fuels in order to justify the extraction, exploitation and profit offered by a new world-class deposit? Of course.  Pip-pip, old chap, recognize the shimmering possibilities offered by 100 billion barrels of stinky crude.  Swimming pools, movie stars, and exporting to the Chinese, to further enable their suffocation in industrial smog. Wake up and smell the burning gas flares roses. Pipelines. Oil disasters.  Let us suffer oil madness just like  the USA, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, and many others, but especially worthy of note, Canada. Really? Canada? Back to the question;  Is it ethical to consider extracting another hundred billion barrels of oil, further endangering a global environment which is already teetering on the edge of total destruction?  What is oil madness?  Ask Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper —who gutted environmental legislation to enable unlimited strip-mining and expansion of Alberta's oil sands—exacerbating and expanding what is  possibly the most horrific, potentially-disastrous environmental assault on earth today—so he can leave a legacy of oil madness to his own grandchildren —and ours. We do hope the Brits are at least smart enough to  think about it.  Pip-pip... .  Is that Incoming I hear?
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