This week's Fool-on-the-Hill is Sen. Ron Johnson, Repugnican senator from Wisconsin who apparently endorsed violence against protesters while appearing on CNN, saying that “citizen soldiers” are needed to quash anti-racist protests across the country. His statement came just days after 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse shot three people in Kenosha. Johnson chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which is investigating alleged corruption allegations against the intelligence community and Joe Biden's diplomatic efforts in Ukraine. In other words, he's chasing ghosts for political points. That should work what with Halloween coming up.
His Malignancy The Mad King and his creepy enablers have had a busy week making fools of themselves while actually making the nation unsafe for humans and other living things. When you hear His Malignancy say “Every day of my
presidency, we will fight for a cleaner environment and a better quality
of life for every one of our great citizens” do you want to stick your head out the window and scream "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!"? What? You haven't adjusted to the post-truth post-reality post-decency Era of The Mad King?? Maybe you or your loved ones in the military haven't adjusted to having those lost in battle being called "suckers" and "losers"? Sorry, that's just His Malignancy! He who calls for logging precious old-growth forests in the Tongass , for totally ignoring the gigantic forest fires out west and then continuing to deny the Climate Crisis in the midst of those historic massive fires like some kind of "Climate Arsonist"; for the erosion of workers rights; for censorship of internet platforms; and even for hints he may not concede the election if he loses? You know what His Malignancy says: "It is what it is"!
Enough. Let's move on and remind everyone yet again that "It's the Climate crisis, Stupid!" Remember our friend Tom Neilson's song "Where Greenland Used to Be"? Well, recently "In northeast Greenland, an occurrence has raised alarm bells of climate change as a large chunk of ice in the Arctic has broken away. The chunk that is separated from Arctic's largest remaining ice shelf has a length of 11 sq kms and satellite images have shown that it is broken away into several small pieces." That's about the size of Manhattan by the way and, while predicted all along, truly bad news for any oif you living near the shore. Had enough? The best way we can even begin to confront this and all the other threats to our climate and life on Earth is to rid the world of The Mad King. Vote him out as early as possible using the most secure method as possible, then prepare to defend your vote because His Malignancy will not go willingly.
After our conversation with Sophie we take you to the Bus Stop Billboard:
Wednesday, September 30, 6 – 7:30 PM. What Does the Earth Ask of Us? We are showered every day with the gifts of the Earth and yet we are tied to institutions which relentlessly ask, what more can we take? Drawing upon both scientific and Indigenous knowledges, this talk explores the covenant of reciprocity. How might we use the gifts and the responsibilities of human people in support of mutual thriving in a time of ecological crisis? Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1059236051176025
Thursday October 1, 7pm. The Feds War on Wildlife Webinar. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's misleadingly named Wildlife Services program kills more than a million wild animals every year, typically at the request of Big Ag. Scattering public lands with cruel traps and indiscriminate poisons, the program targets carnivores like coyotes, bears, beavers, otters and foxes. Even rare species like grizzlies and wolves are caught in the crosshairs. The hour-long webinar starts at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET. Register here and check your email for the link to join.
Friday October 2, 2 to 3:30pm. An online rally in solidarity with frontline tar sands fighters across Turtle Island. During
the rally, we’ll live stream from actions happening outside the
headquarters of the corporations bankrolling the pipelines.In
between the actions, you’ll hear from Indigenous frontline leaders,
including Tara Houska of the Giniw Collective, Kanahus Manuel of the
Tiny House Warriors and Jasilyn Charger with Earth Guardians. Go to: https://stopthemoneypipeline.com/tar-sands/
Tuesday October 6, 5pm. The Perfect Storm Webinar. US forests play a critical role by storing massive amounts of carbon and protecting communities from storms, droughts, and climate havoc. The climate movement often misunderstands the role of forest protection in climate policy, though, driven by misleading industry narratives that promote more logging and fail to keep our forests standing. Go here: https://www.dogwoodalliance.org/perfect-storm-10062020/
Tuesday October 6, 7pm. The Magic and the Mysteries of Climate, Soil, Plants and Trees, with Kate O'Connor . This event is the second in a new series of presentations entitled "Beyond Stopping Emissions: How Healthy Soil & Plants Can Restore Climate Balance". Go HERE. More info: http://climateactionnowma.org/forest-protection/
Wednesday October 7, 7pm. The second Zoom talk in the Farms, Forests & Food Systems Soil Speaker Series: The Magic & the Mysteries of Climate, Soil, Plants & Trees. How soil and plants help create our amazing climate and how we can help them restore it.
Register in advance for this meeting
here: https://us02web.zoom.us/.../tZwtfuqrqz8tH9Qkc89l25Q You will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Saturday October 17, 1pm. "The World Burns as "The Globe" Turns". The Boston Globe has been dangerously negligent in its failure to adequately cover the climate and ecological crisis. On October 17, from 1-3 PM we will rally to demand the Globe provide thorough and accurate coverage of the Climate Crisis. We will assemble at Faneuil Hall at 1:00 PM, then march to the Globe office at 53 State St. This is a follow-up to our rally of April 2019 at the Globe; sadly, The Globe's coverage remains weak. Go to: https://xrmass.org/action/GlobeAction/
That's all folks BUT remember: listen to your Mother!