Change is coming, it is in the papers daily. Yesterday I saw an ad that took up an entire page. It showed two pictures of the Himalayas. One was taken at the turn of the twentieth century and the other was fairly recent. It showed how almost all the ice is gone. That ice supplies most of the potable water for all of Asia. There are going to be a lot of thirsty, angry people over there in a few years.
I read yesterday that a desalinization plant is going to be built in the Southwest. The idea had been scrapped earlier, but it has been reborn. Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico depend on water from the Colorado River, you know, that mighty river that once carved out the Grand Canyon. It seems that it is drying up.
Those of you who are my age might remember a movie called “The Snows of Kilimanjaro.” Who knows, some of you may have even read the short story, believed to be Hemmingway’s finest. The movie had little to do with the snow, but suffice to say that the snow-covered mountaintop is legend. Ninety percent of that legend has melted.
Australia is in serious drought. They haven’t even gotten to summer yet and temperatures are in the mid eighty’s, making it difficult for households to stay below the 41 gallon per day limit.
According to a recent Defense department report, the affected people are going to be called “climate refugees.” It is going to get ugly. But the rich will be OK. I am not talking about my friends who are comfortable, I am talking about the folks with millions in the bank, that top one percent. They will have water. They will also have food and a nice place to live.
They are securing it now. How are they doing that? The answer is simple. They are stealing it. Our government has given hundreds of billions of your hard earned dollars to them in a scheme called “bail out.” I read just this morning about how the President has just given more tax dollars by allowing large corporations to income average the last five years. That relieves them of a tax burden that falls squarely on our shoulders. How much more are you going to take? You know, they take all the money and resources and then make the “little people” fight amongst themselves for the rest.
A guy named Howard Zinn wrote an interesting history of the United States. In Chapter 24 of his book he describes exactly what is and has been happening for some time. Here is part of it…
“…With such continuing malaise, it is very important for the Establishment, that uneasy club of business executives, generals, and politicos, to maintain the historic pretension of national unity, in which the government represents all the people, and the common enemy is overseas, not at home, where disasters of economics or war are unfortunate errors or tragic accidents, to be corrected by the members of the same club that brought the disasters. It is important for them also to make sure this artificial unity of highly privileged and slightly privileged is the only unity, that the 99 percent remain split in countless ways, and turn against one another to vent their angers.
How skillful to tax the middle class to pay for the relief of the poor, building resentment on top of humiliation! How adroit to bus poor black youngsters into poor white neighborhoods, in a violent exchange of impoverished schools, while the schools of the rich remain untouched and the wealth of the nation, doled out carefully where children need free milk, is drained for billion-dollar aircraft carriers. How ingenious to meet the demands of blacks and women for equality by giving them small special benefits, and setting them in competition with everyone else for jobs made scarce by an irrational, wasteful system. How wise to turn the fear and anger of the majority toward a class of criminals bred-by economic inequity-faster than they can be put away, deflecting attention from the huge thefts of national resources carried out within the law by men in executive offices.”
Does that sound familiar? Something must be done soon, because change is coming. Make sure it is the change you want.
The entire chapter 24 is available here
and the whole book, A People’s History of the United States: 1942 – Present, is available at your local bookstore or on line at