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Originally published on the Doomstead Diner on May 27, 2019

 “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

-Joseph Goebbels


It's been a while. So shoot me. Since I posted the last "This Week in Doom" article, I have semi-retired, meaning that I live off "Mailbox money" but answer the phone for assignments. I've discovered the joy of completing long-delayed house projects, and savored the delight of the mid-afternoon nap. Yet sometimes articles bust forth unbidden, with the explosive force of a germinating seed. So here we are, after an unseemly delay.

American Tantrum

May 2019 has been a month in which those of us who have feared that, in Yeats' words, "the center cannot hold" have had their worst fears confirmed. This week, a White House meeting supposed to herald Infrastructure Week became Tantrum Day when President Pud blew up a meeting with Pelosi and Schumer, to announce that there would be no legislation until all these damned investigations went away.

President Trump abruptly ended a meeting with Democratic leaders on Wednesday, saying he was unable to work with them on legislation following comments by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that he was “engaged in a coverup.”…

“Instead of walking in happily to a meeting, I walk in to look at people who said I was doing a coverup,” Trump said, adding that he can’t work on infrastructure “under these circumstances.”

A strategy of open, contempt-filled confrontation with Congressional Democrats seems to be the re-election plan for 2020, as the tantrum shows. Thus the Obstructor-in-Chief sought ratification of all crimes past and future, all aided and abetted by a soft, fluffy and pliant Attorney General in William Barr. Trump reportedly told confidants he "finally" has "my attorney general."

The Washington Post's Greg Sargent makes the case:

Trump’s administration appears to be breaking the law to prevent the release of his tax returns, which every other president in the past 50 years has released. He is successfully leaning on his former White House counsel, Donald McGahn, to defy a congressional subpoena, even though McGahn witnessed alleged extensive obstruction of justice by the president that likely rose to criminality.

The attorney general appointed by this “most transparent president” is refusing to release the full, unredacted Mueller report and underlying evidence to Congress, even though that report is to a great extent about that foreign attack on our political system.

Related to that, the White House is claiming that Democrats have no legitimate legislative purpose in seeking those Mueller materials, even though Democrats have clearly articulated just such a purpose: to further safeguard our elections against outside attack.

For their part, congressional Dems are making worried finger-steeples and frowny faces as they dither and fail to reach consensus. Some urge impeachment, while others worry that this will be playing into Pud's hands, since he fully intends to run against the Russian collusion narrative and investigations which he has successfully reframed as "partisan." The Big Lie, repeated enough via serial tweets, amplified by Russian bots and the raging opinion-heads of State TV, may have already reached a tipping point in popular opinion. 

Meanwhile, in flyover country, Trump's base of droolers and miscreants shrieks in delight with every insult offered to non-cult members. "Drain the Swamp," one of the easily-remembered three word chants, obscures the fact that what is getting drained is wallets. A tariff is a tax, and it is US consumers and firms, not China, who are paying it. Trump's tariffs will cost Merikans $500 per household, or $62 billion.  But as long as the wrong people are offended, all's good out here in the land of funnel cakes and neck tattoos.

Trump's ability to brazen his way past law and public opinion is fruit from the poison tree planted by Antonin Scalia, David Arrington and John Yoo. During the Cheney days, this unholy trio articulated the case for the "unitary executive."  Meaning, in effect, "that if the President does it, it can't be illegal." (That sound you hear is Richard Nixon spinning in his grave.) A concept Trump is clearly riding hard. That, coupled with the Roy Cohn approach: "Tell them to go to hell," and "Who's Gonna Stop Me?"

So now we have a serial obstructor of justice claiming executive privilege for every toilet he's squatted on in order to rage-tweet, and claiming the divine right of kings.

So who's gonna stop him?


The world is doomed, according to Paul Ehrlich

No surprise that in a joint called "Doomstead Diner," you'd learn the world is doomed. It seems like yesterday, but it was in 1968 thst Stanford professor Paul Ehrlich and his wife Anne co-wrote The Population Bomb, predicting massive starvation and civilization collapse as a result of over-population. The book, which sold more than 2 million copies and went through 20 reprints by 1971, revisited Malthus' arguments and predicted that “geometric” population growth would overwhelm the "green revolution," leading to wars, famines and societal collapse. 

The “culture wars” of the 1970s subsumed and reconfigured population issues. The Roe decision set ablaze a "pro-life" movement that thought any talk of population reduction anathema. China’s one-child policy, launched around 1980, led to human rights abuses that allowed anti–family planning conservatives to paint all population programs as the work of Satan.The politics of “morning in America” in the 1980s successfully marginalized Erhlich's message.

But his central points remain, even of the time frame was not. Global population has increased at an observably steady clip since 1968, and the United Nations projects that it will reach 9.8 billion by 2050 and 11.2 billion by 2100. Scientists continue to extend the warnings that Ehrlich advanced, that efforts to feed a rapidly increasing population via pesticide-intensive monoculture may backfire. We are already seeing soil depletion and the burdens of industrial pesticides on topsoil.

In an recent interview with Inddependent Australia, Ehrlich was asked how he would describe the current state of affairs:

We’re not doing anything significant to divert ourselves from the coming collapse and second not thinking hard about what the consequences of that collapse are going to be for people in rich countries. To say nothing of people in poorer countries who are already suffering. A lot of people are dying in Africa right now because of climate change.

There’s been much literature recently on the disappearance of insects. Butterflies that Anne and I worked on for years are becoming rarer and rarer.The Monarch butterfly is disappearing, lots of the birds are gone.  Some people believe we’ve lost almost half of the wildlife on the planet in the last 40 years and the rest of its going to go very fast.

Ehrlich continued:

 Climate change is going to make for a worsening migration situation raising ethical issues about how many people should be allowed to migrate from where to where and under what circumstances. 

Many scientists think we are well past the tipping point considering our accommodation of the political situation and how much carbon dioxide and methane are in the in atmosphere. 

What is so poignant in reading these discussions is the fact that everything that currently afflicts us has been made clear and abundantly known for the last 50 years. We have known, and voted for clowns who would blunt scientific evidence, change the subject, and offer cheapjack nostrums, Then, as now, the problem is the Gospel of Growth:

Growth mania is the greatest danger. It’s the hardest thing to exterminate because the so-called educated people who meet in Davos at the World Destroyers' meeting every year are absolutely dedicated to growth and more consumerism.

Let's go build another strip mall. Read the complete interview here.


Start planning for catastrophes, new EPA document says

In a story that might resonate if you found yourself in the midwest this week, or California last fall, the government says you're on your own. Earlier this month, The EPA published a 150-page document with a stark message for coping with the fallout from natural disasters across the country: start planning for the fact that climate change is going to make these catastrophes worse.

This language on how to address debris left in the wake of floods, hurricanes and wildfires is at odds with the position of Andrew Wheeler, the EPA’s current leader and a past lobbyist for the fossil fuel industry. Wheeler said in an interview with CBS last month that “most of the threats from climate change are 50 to 75 years out.”

How such a document emerged from the Trump EPA is truly remarkable, given tis well known hostility toward anything that asserts the climate is changing.

The group has said that of the more than 130 peer-reviewed studies published as part of the annual reviews, about 65 percent have identified the fingerprints of climate change in extreme weather events, while about 35 percent found no clear connection.

“The science has really developed in the last decade, in particular, around the influence of global warming on extreme events,” said Noah Diffenbaugh, a professor and senior fellow at Stanford University who studies the climate system.

For starters, he said, researchers are constantly gathering more data and studying more weather events, so that the observational record has grown over time. Computing power and modeling capabilities have improved. And there also has been an “explosion of research” on the topic, as scientists have developed frameworks for better evaluating the role of climate change in specific events.

The result, he said, is a growing body of research that details how human-caused climate change is contributing to record heat, more-intense storms, more-severe flooding and other events.

The takeaway here is to be prepared, and realize disaster might come to us, and sooner than we think. And remember that when trouble hits, you're on your own.


Short Takes

Here's what happens to 'biodegradable' bags after 3 years in the sea or soil

After 3 years of being buried and submerged, 'biodegradable' and 'compostable' single-use plastic bags could still hold a full load of groceries. Single-use plastic is an oxymoron that is proving disastrous– a material that is used just once, but lasts forever, or close to it.


The US white majority will soon disappear forever

Snapping the Spine of Uncle Cracker: the white share of the U.S. population has been dropping, from a little under 90% in 1950 to 60% in 2018. It will likely drop below 50% in another 25 years. White nationalists want America to be white again. But this will never happen. America is on its way to becoming predominantly nonwhite.

Demography is destiny: births, deaths and immigration. White women have an average of 1.7 children over their lifetimes, while Latina women average 2.2. The total fertility rates of blacks, Asians and American Indians are in between. So whites have fewer births than all nonwhite groups. 

This sheds all the light necessary to display the root causes of the furious opposition to immigration and the well-funded efforts to suppress the vote. There are lies, damned lies, and those who tell you that voting doesn't matter. If you are one of those people, who endlessly compalain about the "k'rupt duopoly," take a richly deserved bow. Non-voters made Trump happen. Remember that politics is almost always the art of half a loaf, and elections aren't Christmas. Grow the fuck up.


banksy 07-flower-thrower-wallpaperSurly1 is an administrator and contributing author to Doomstead Diner. He is the author of numerous rants, screeds and spittle-flecked invective here and elsewhere. He lives a quiet domestic existence in Southeastern Virginia with his wife Contrary. Descended from a long line of people to whom one could never tell anything, all opinions are his and his alone, because he paid full retail for everything he has managed to learn.

GOP and Coal Launch War on America

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To celebrate their coming to power in the United States Senate, Republicans this week launched their answer to the imaginary “War on Coal” by declaring war on clean air, and thus on all of us. Newly elected West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito introduced a bill that would make it impossible for the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate emissions from coal-burning power plants. Climate-change-denier-in-chief James Inhofe, celebrated for bringing a snowball onto the floor of the Senate in February to prove that global warming is a hoax, cheered Capito on from his throne at the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

The bill would not only eviscerate the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan, which has not yet been put into effect, but it would forbid rewriting it. Senator Capito said she was pushing the bill not to pay back the coal companies for hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions, and not to make American cities look more like Beijing, but to “protect families and businesses.” She proposes to do that by making sure that said families and businesses are subjected to ever more air pollution and climate change, forever and ever, amen.

In addition, the newly elected Republican Congressman from West Virginia’s Second District, Alex Mooney, has introduced legislation to roll back the EPA’s  half-hearted efforts to rein in mountaintop mining.

In the Republican faith, the federal government’s efforts to restrain the choking black smoke gushing from coal-burning power plants, and the trashing of Appalachia’s mountains to get at the coal that is left there, are destroying the industry. Those who regularly visit the real world know it is not this delusional “war on coal” that has brought the industry to its knees, it is the competing natural gas industry, which is providing power plants with a cheaper, cleaner alternative. It’s something we used to refer to, in the old days, as “free enterprise.” When you add to those unfavorable free-market conditions a heavy dose of incompetence and criminality, you get a coal industry in ruins — screaming that it’s Obama’s fault, and ordering their wholly owned politicians to do something.

A perfect example of reality emerged this week when Patriot Coal declared bankruptcy 18 months after emerging from bankruptcy. According to an industry analyst, the reasons for its demise were “a union strike, infrastructure failures, fatal accidents and persistently weak coal markets.” Environmental regulations, aka the War on Coal? Not mentioned.

About those weak markets: the coal industry world wide expanded its capacity feverishly when prices were high a few years ago. They glutted the market, drove down prices, and bankrupted themselves (that’s why Patriot went into bankruptcy the first time). Then the natural gas industry discovered fracking and did the same thing — glutting the market, driving prices down, and simultaneously shooting itself in the foot and cutting the throat of the coal industry. Natural gas prices got so low that every power company that could do so, converted its generators to gas, and coal’s share of that market drops from half to 39%. Did Obama do that? No, he did not.

Never mind the facts, the Republican faith is firm: if we just pollute the air and trash the mountains, everything will be all right. Thank goodness there’s a Democratic Senator from West Virginia, Joe Manchin, to bring a little common  sense into the discussion. Wait, what? He’s a co-sponsor of Capito’s War on America bill?

Better stock up on face masks.

 

 

 


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The Bamboo Monster

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On August 30th,  just after arriving home from a 14 day long intensive Permaculture Design Course, I was informed that South Carolina Environmental Control had been too my residence.  They were looking for Cannabis.  Apparently residents of this county are growing it in their gardens to hide it.  I’m not.  I’ve got kids, and I’m not stupid enough to grow cannabis where it’s illegal to do so.  Anyways, because bamboo is technically a grass, they have decided that I must keep it cut at 16 inches.  This is preposterous.  0.5 miles from my residence there is an established grove of Phyllostachys Spectabilis.  I have that same bamboo growing in my yard, along with others…all of which came from the ground in this county. 
Allow me to officially introduce myself. I, dear reader, am the Bamboo Monster. Now, before you get your panties in a wad and start calling me names, like my all time favorite Bamboo hater term, “Damnboo.” Please realize that I’m a nice monster. However, according to the Department of Homeland Security, I’m in fact the opposite. Just listen to the words of an anonymous chicken shit from the USDA:
“The so-called gardeners who plant this vile stuff in their yards claim that it makes a great privacy screen, while in actuality its an invasive weed that spreads to adjacent properties and wreaks havoc on entire communities. This law was enacted to send a clear message: If you want privacy, build a fence like a normal person!”
“Wreaks havoc on entire communities,” now that is just misguided at best. I mean I may have climbed up through your ventilation ducts in the middle of the night and chocked a bitch or two in my past, but I’m reformed. I promise. I’ve spent the last 40 years or so being damned by American anti-culture. Ever since the American government abandoned its intensive research of me in the late 60’s. I was fit to revolutionize the Earth for humanity. Personally I think I got tossed to the curb by American culture for the same reason that hemp got tossed. I’m just too damn useful to humans. The rotten money changers at the top of the human socioeconomic scheme just can’t figure out how to control me to monopolize on my usefulness. According to the above referenced article, I’m actually illegal to grow in the United States. However, you can buy six foot canes a half inch in diameter at lowes for 3 bucks a pop courtesy of China. Somehow that makes sense, but growing me in your yard for free doesn’t. You might be interested to hear what the illustrious Michael Chertoff, head of the DHS, had to say on the matter of befriending me:
“Privacy in America is a quaint, outdated concept. That’s why we support this legislation. The abolition of bamboo screening in the yards of America will make it much easier for people to see what their neighbors are up to. The passage of this law is one small victory in the larger war against terror.”
Did you know that from 1898 to 1975 the US Department of Agriculture introduced hundreds of my varieties to the states. The plan was to plant me widely as a commercially viable plant. Around 1960, the New Crops Branch of the USDA studied Phyllostachys bambusoides and loblolly pine to compare yields for pulp production. Then on July 1, 1965 the Department of Agriculture just stopped researching me. I was very confused by that because I’m much more virile than pine. Latter I found out that the government turned their back on me because loblolly pine business interests wanted them to. The same thing happened to hemp.
Contrary to what idiots may think, I am native to North America. I’m not an invasive weed, or a pest. For some reason Americans seem to think that I can defy the laws of nature. They think I will “take over” if you plant me. Well, yeah, I will take over if you don’t keep me in check. Let me tell you a little secret. I’ll throw this little nugget out there as a peace offering; I have an Achilles Heel. If you want to control me, all you have to do is dig a trench around me and fill it with sand. Then, twice a year, you take a spade and plunge it into the sand. When you find one of my rhizomes you cut it. It’s called root pruning (or rhizome pruning in my case), and it really is that easy. If you do that I won’t escape containment. Well, I may still find my way out by plunging down beneath your trench, but eventually, if I do that, I’ll send up a shoot and then you’ll know where I escaped. Then you just eat the shoot, or don’t, and pull the rhizome up and put me back into containment.
My growth habits are not a state secret, and I’m easy to contain if you just understand how I grow. Sure, once I get established as a healthy grove I’m just about impossible to get rid of, but then what’s wrong with being strong and powerful? I am stronger than steel and I’m capable of weathering hurricanes. Indigenous cultures know that when mother nature strikes via natural disasters I’m the safest place to seek refuge. I’ve been told that I have somewhere around 1400 uses for mankind. Why, kind reader, do Americans hate the most useful plant to them on the planet?!!!

Reader’s Digest Time Machine

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Like many people, I grew up reading Reader’s Digest. It was a fixture in my childhood home. It was inexpensive, readily available, and often featured heavily edited excerpts and simplified versions of articles which appeared in other periodicals of the time. At that, it was a perfect reading companion for a young and curious child eager to soak up knowledge about the world.

Many shared my early experience. The Reader’s Digest could certainly be counted upon to offer family-safe fare well within the bounds of good taste. Its editorial position was certainly on the conservative side of middle-of-the-road. Not for nothing was it published in Pleasantville, New York.

The magazine was started by DeWitt Wallace, while recovering from shrapnel wounds received in World War I. Wallace had the idea to gather a sampling of favorite articles on many subjects from various monthly magazines, sometimes condensing and rewriting them, and to combine them into one magazine. Since its inception, Reader’s Digest has maintained a predictably conservative and anti-communist perspective on political and social issues.

According to Wikipedia, For many years, Reader’s Digest has been the best-selling consumer magazine in the United States, losing the distinction in 2009 to Better Homes and Gardens.

Reader’s Digest has a global circulation of 10.5 million, making it the largest paid circulation magazine in the world.  The magazine is compact, with its pages roughly half the size of most American magazines.

For all that this circulation, it had been years since I had actually held a copy of the Digest in my hand. So it was with great delight that my friend Melvin, another committed and hard-working Occupier, brought over a copy of the Reader’s Digest from 1983. Melvin was working on one of his continuous home renovation projects,  building bookshelves to accommodate many of the boxes of books he has stored. Among this to treasure trove was a large number of Reader’s Digests from days long gone, which provide insight into what we read, what we thought, how we bought, and what was top of mind.

In July of 1983, we were fully two years into the Reagan era, and had yet to begin the orgy of privatization and demonization of government that has become the norm 30 years hence.

One of the articles featured a look at what really happened at the EPA. It recounts how fully 2 years into the Reagan Administration, the foxes were hired to guard the chicken coop. A supporter of the so-called ”Sagebrush Rebellion,” in which ranchers were pitted against the federal Bureau of Land Management, who wished to restrict or limit their God-given right to use public lands to graze their cattle. Reagan would place industry types in charge of the agencies charged with regulating the environment.

Vile names from the past pop up as villains in the set piece: Joseph Coors, a rabid anti-environmentalist, supported the goals of the Sagebrush rebellion and brought many of his followers and acolytes along for the ride. James Watt was named interior secretary. Robert Burford, a leader of the Sagebrush rebellion, was appointed director of the Bureau of land management, the agency that the rebellion was engaged with in many pitched battles. The notorious Anne Gorsuch, whose legacy of abuse was such that she became the first agency head to be cited for contempt of Congress, was made head of EPA. These Reaganauts eviscerated the regulatory oversight that their respective agencies were to have provided, with predictable results. As we look back over the span of 30 years, and wonder how did we become so cynical, if it is easy to trace how the popular vision of government as a champion for the aims and desires of ordinary people was transformed into that of an oppressor of those aims, and a waste of money besides.

What is remarkable about this article is, from a remove of 30 years, how naïve it seems. The author traces how budgets were cut, how regulations were upended, and the very mission of regulatory agencies themselves tainted. In Reagan’s wanton destruction, we see the beginnings of the “oppressive government regulations” meme so prevalent today.

Speaking of naïveté, there’s a wonderful article in this edition called “Why PACs Spell Trouble”. This article traces the remarkable growth of the new method of funding political campaigns called political action committees. At this time PACs were described as having being sponsored by trade associations, labor unions, corporations, and various other groups. This article traces many of the potential problems at PACs present, how they would undermine electoral reform, subvert the public funding mechanism for elections, and otherwise sow pernicious mischief. For all that, it is worth noting that placed directly in the middle of the article is a sidebar box making the case for PACs, and arguing that they do more good than harm. Not surprising for a center-right publication to suborn its own article with the sidebar arguing against the premise of the article it commissioned.

As we are now in the middle of a fevered electoral campaign, with money sloshing in the battleground states like Virginia at a record pace, the sluice gates having opened as a result of the Citizens United ruling, the cautionary tone of this innocent Reader’s Digest article from 1983 seems poignant indeed. Karl Rove must be laughing in his crypt. Not for nothing have groups like American Crossroads and Americans for Prosperity become household names.

This from the local newspaper’s online site:

http://hamptonroads.com/2012/09/spending-political-ads-virginia-explodes

Jaw-dropping sums of money are being spent to sway Virginia voters this campaign season, and not just by the candidates.

 

In many cases, there’s no way to know the actual source of the cash. Spending on TV ads by outside political groups – negligible in past presidential campaigns – has exploded this year, and Virginia is one of their prime targets.

Two months before the Nov. 6 election, they’ve bought $37 million worth of airtime in the state’s four major TV markets. Half of that money has been spent by groups that keep their donors a secret.

Republican-leaning groups are outspending Democrat-leaning groups by a 3-1 ratio.

Half of all the money spent in Virginia so far by outside groups, $18.7 million, is from American Crossroads, the group founded by longtime Republican strategist Karl Rove, and its spinoff, Crossroads GPS.

The numbers were compiled by the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonprofit tracker of money in politics, from public files kept by TV stations.

1983 was clearly far more innocent time. Rove’s group, Crossroads GPS, has already spent 12.6 million in Virginia alone.

    

When even the ads and the graphics use speak to a different people, living in a different time, with less media-honed expectations. Ads for painkillers, Libby’s corn, for Kool-Aid, for insurance. The ads even featured actual copy; even a double truck from KitchenAid would feature a full page of copy, as if, imagine this, people had the patience to read. Astonishing.

The old familiars are in there to: Points to Ponder, Picturesque Speech, Laughter, the Best Medicine, Life in these United States, and my youthful favorite, Word power.

 

Loving the word processing unit in this picture.

It is remarkable to pick up a document like this after a mere 30 years has elapsed. It is also remarkable to realize how far in the wrong direction we as a people have allowed ourselves to go. Our children will not believe the stories of the country that we grew up in, so far to the righthave we raced in 30 years.  At least my daughter will, in the fullness of time, be able to go to Melvin’s house, and asked Melvin to unshelve some of those Reader’s Digest from the Pleistocene so that she may hold them in her hands, read for herself, and understand more fully what has been lost.

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