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  •  I'm not pessimistic. I'm scared. (7+ / 0-)

    It's fucking terrifying.   The people we're confronting have toppled dozens of states in the past to protect their interests.  They've poisoned large chunks of the planet.  They've got not qualms at all about directly causing the deaths of tens of thousands.

    They are ruthless in ways very few Americans - and nearly all of those Americans are immigrants - can really understand.

    We only survive by keeping the grease in the ground.

    What do Transnational Petrochemicals have a history of doing to those who try to restrict their exploitation of fossil fuels?  I mean, really get in their way or try to get a piece of their action?

    However, not confronting them means a billion or more people die.  Likely, few of them in the US.  But famine will absolutely ravage the global south, and likely deeply impact parts of Asia and possibly Eastern Europe.

    "High deductibles kill low income patients." FishOutOfWater

    by JesseCW on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 03:46:03 PM PDT

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    •  Yeah. That's why I am so pessimistic. (4+ / 0-)

      Although I have to say that I am only pessimistic about humans. I am actually wildly optimistic about life. We are a disaster akin to an asteroid impact, but Earth always comes back and biology always finds a way. In a million years, life will be just as diverse and abundant as it was a million years ago. I also think that life is fantastically abundant all over this Universe and others that may exist. Life, I believe, is an essential component of the universe or multiverse. We are just a little bubble in a vast froth of life.

      Voting is the means by which the public is distracted from the realities of power and its exercise.

      by Anne Elk on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 04:17:05 PM PDT

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      •  We are the parasitic super virus (0+ / 0-)

        engaged in killing our host.

        Gaia weeps.

        'How like fish we are: ready, nay, eager, to seize upon whatever new thing.......And how we rue our haste, finding the gilded morsel to contain a hook". ALDO LEOPOLD - A Sand County Almanac

        by flowerfarmer on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 07:00:17 AM PDT

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        •  But then she dries her eyes (0+ / 0-)

          and gets back to work. Life prevails.

          Voting is the means by which the public is distracted from the realities of power and its exercise.

          by Anne Elk on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 09:33:20 AM PDT

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