Monthly Archives: May 2017

Lead and what we can learn from it

We have known since Biblical times that lead is poisonous, especially to children whose light weight and growing minds make them particularly susceptible to lead exposure. One of my current heroes. Dr. Michael Greger, has just started a series of short videos on lead, what we knew and when we knew it, what to do about lead poisoning, and other salient and important issues to the modern world. His first video in the series, which can be found here, tells a tale all too common in our capitalist society, an industry digging in its heels against regulation to profit as long as it can, selling poisons to the uneducated masses. We’ve seen this before with the tobacco industry, and we see it now with the naysayers on climate change and the egregious behavior of Monsanto.

When science points to something bad that is happening and we can ameliorate the problem, a civilized society will address it. Note that Europe banned lead in 1909 (we did it in 1978) and has banned Roundup for years. But in corporate America, industry is king. We are bound to keep repeating the tobacco story in myriad different arenas unless we choose to learn from our past mistakes. There should be outrage, but there is barely a whimper.

The 2005 documentary Earthlings

I saw Earthlings for the first time today, although I had heard of it before. Joaquin Phoenix’s narration is masterful, but the footage is very upsetting to watch. I have been either vegetarian or vegan since 1989, so it wasn’t likely that the movie would change any of my beliefs in any serious way. The one belief it did change was that there is a movie out there that is so powerful that I believe every unconscious carnivore who watches it will have an epiphany.

We and our fellow species are all earthlings and this planet will live or die without us all. There is no way we can survive on this planet without the other species to preserve our biosphere. both planets and animals. If I can’t get you to watch Earthlings, a brilliant movie, may I suggest you at least look at the video found here. This video shows why it is necessary for us to allow predators to return to our national treasures, and why the cattlemen’s desire to kill the wolves is short-sighted and selfish. If we can’t protect the wolves by all going vegan, at least we should protect them for restoring Yellowstone for us. If you will watch only one of the two videos I’ve referenced here, watch the second one. But if you’re brave, go for both!

What’s going on with the Comey firing?

Is this a question that plagues you at night? Do you wonder why Comey and various prosecutors were in the crossfires of our “you’re fired!” president? There’s lots of information yet to be heard by the American people, and you need look no further than a wonderful expose prepared by a former editor and a former investigative reporter for the Village Voice, one of the first papers to expose early misdeeds of the Trump people. The article in question is called “Why FBI Can’t Tell All on Trump, Russia” and can be found here on Who.What.Why. It’s a nasty tale of organized crime, both here and in Russia, and stool pigeons who are still on the Trump payroll.

If this does not provide the wherewithal for an impeachment, nothing does, but it surely fills in a lot of the blanks on why Comey and Preet Bharara were so unceremoniously fired by Mr. Trump. It is a lengthy read but well worth the effort.