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Sharpening our wits on the grindstone of Life

Saturday, July 09, 2005

pay no attention to the man behind the curtain...

So this is what it boils down to. It's not a matter of "lets fix it now, so our children don't have to deal with it". It's what can we get away with now, so our economy isn't hurt, and we can still make it sound like we care about the future.

In the historic Group of Eight (G8) conference, gee-dubya agreed to allow the wording of a document to read that climate change is due "largely", rather than "partly" to human activity. Hallelujah! Millions of dollars for conference security and hundreds of thousands of people telling conference leaders that it's time to squat or get off the pot, and this is what we get.

In retrospect, at least we have a killer concert DVD to look forward to. Granted, it won't have the mojo - thinking this would change the thinking of world leaders - but it'll still be a killer concert.

If only the people that make the decisions were in touch with the people that are affected by them, then maybe we can make the world a better place. But I guess that's too much to hope for. We'll have to settle for beureaucrats that talk (and talk), but don't walk the walk.

Zero. That's what we got. Zero sum, because that's what we've achieved. And Ground Zero, because that's where we're at. A world where our future generations will suffer and die because our current leaders won't lead.

Anyone who thinks that global warming is good for the economy is mislead. When we've depleted our natural resources, polluted our air and caused a massive climate change, we will have outlived our usefuleness on this planet.

It's not the earth we're trying to save here, it's us. The earth will get along fine without us. In the words of George Carlin, "the earth will shake us off like a bad case of fleas"

So don't let the media have you believe we've made progress through the G8 summit. At the very least, it means Bush used his good-old-boy panache to appease those who really want to make a difference. But changing a word on a document doesn't alter paradigm, and won't change corporate policy.

Nothing's changed. It's still about the money. Keep fighting, y'all.


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