Climate Change Explained: Weather is what is every day; sun, rain, snow, cold or hot. Weather changes daily, weekly. Climate is the average weather conditions over several years; Six months of three-digit heat for months, year around snow, non-seasonal frequent and severe flooding, or a rising trend in hurricane violence. Climate is an average–greater or lesser– than previous averages. Climate over centuries indicates the direction of current climate change. Such as the increase in the rate and amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. Keystone is a major contributor to CO2 climate change. Climate has always changed. The critical difference is that never has the rate of change been so accelerating as now. Let us examine a nearby comparison. Billions of years ago Venus was like a young Earth. Without life, however, (where plants convert rays from the sun into energy) sunlight became trapped on the surface of Venus as blanket of chemical gasses. A covering of CO2 turned an Eden Venus into an hostile rock floored hot house of constantly leaking toxic magma gases. Earth’s atmosphere contains less than 3% CO2. Most CO2 is caught up in rock and stored in plants. Earth’s clear atmosphere allows sunlight CO2 created by work from energy to escape back into space. Any CO2 fixed into Earth’s atmosphere–even a fraction above the current 3%–warms the planet. We are currently at 0.15 above average in CO2. 99% of the world’s science climatologists indicate that at this current rate of increase adding hundreds of billions of man made CO2 gases to the atmosphere each year, the average temperature will be 5 degrees higher by 2100. Enough ice caps will have melted to flood six feet of coastal land circling the globe. Miami is already renovating (raising the level) of all property within the city to reflect new high water marks but only by inches. Imagine if Miami had to raise all buildings, roads, bridges, etc. by at least a foot or flooding would inundate the entire city. Six feet of Atlantic Ocean rolling to the Everglades would eliminate Miami. It makes no difference whether you deny it, climate change is real. What we can’t let happen is to continue to allow the ignorant climate-change deniers to be in charge of what to do to correct climate change. As one of the GOP clowns, Ben Carson says, many Americans are stupid and he ought to know. But those of us who do care about climate change can’t let the ignorant be in charge of ruining the home of humanity.
Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Fox is a Clear and Present Danger to America: Another mass killing. President Obama comments on the tragedy and out come the gun nuts––not about the tragic, needless, senseless deaths of a dozen innocent lives––but to spread their deadly paranoia: “He’s gonna take away our guns.” Fear and loathing rises in the heartland and gun nuts, ramped up by Fox, become a Clear and Present Danger to all peace-loving Americans. Fox fake experts take stage repeating the fear-creating NRA mantra: “Gun control won’t work because the criminals won’t follow the rules and will steal guns or buy them illegally.” Criminals with guns is not the problem. Criminals with guns are not committing the mass killings. Criminals with guns is not the issue. “Criminals with guns” is a red herring designed to distract the public. The real problem is ordinary people with easy access to so many guns that they become fascinated with shooting other people every week. The real problem is Fox fomenting violence about gun safety. But the gun nuts don’t want to know about mass killings. The gun nuts don’t want to talk about reasonable gun safety. The gun nuts have been goaded by millions of dollars in hysterical propaganda into action. Glued to Fox, gun nut suburbia USA shouts: I hate that fucking n***r. Joyfully they tell their gun friends: “I’d like to take a gun and shoot him in the head RIGHT NOW.” Gun nuts are already very angry and disturbed people, and Fox is pushing their button talking about more killing. The curious thing is that all gun nuts are not actually gun persons. Many do not even own a gun. Many have never shot a gun in their lives. Many never even yell at anyone. Yet here they are loudly expressing the desire to murder a person devoted to public service, someone democratically elected by a majority of Americans two times to the highest office in the land. Why? Because he is bringing up a fault of guns; the frequency of mass killings. Before long all the other gun nuts are chiming in saying Obama is the cause of the killings. He is a Muslim and besides he wasn’t born in the United States. It’s not a matter of whether you think Obama is a good president or bad president. Wouldn’t matter if he was Muslim if he was a good president and did not talk about guns?” But guns nuts are Fox pod cast people; hate-filled, fearful, bigoted, willfully ignorant pod cast people. By listening to the misleading information flowing out of Fox, a gun nuts’ understanding of current events has declined steadily over the years due to watching Fox’s daily propaganda. Avid viewers actually believe they are the only ones who know the “real truth.” Fox exacerbates so-called hidden truths by constantly venting more virulent racism. Fox has created a monster that has become a clear and present danger to America by encouraging and blessing an atmosphere of fear in which racism acts of violence can grow larger. Gun nuts of today are yesterday’s public-minded citizens who have lost their mental ability to function as adults. Fox is constantly stoking the fires of their anxiety. They wonder about creeping Sharia Law. They wonder about stocking up on fifty-caliber machine guns in case the government takes over. They wonder why they have to obey National Park Regulations issued by “them” in Washington. They wonder if climate change is not really a left wing conspiracy. They wonder if Planned Parenthood is selling baby parts for profit. Fox is constantly egging on their viewers to wonder about conspiracies. Fox is telling them to fear government. Fox propaganda is on view day and night, 24/7/365 constantly and relentlessly selling fear and paranoia as the secret truth. Fox, more than ever and more than terrorism is today’s a clear and present danger to a democratic America.
Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Big Oil Lying Like Big Tobacco: For more than half a century Big Tobacco lied to the American public by dampening down the deadly toxin of cigarette smoke under a multi-millions dollar propaganda campaign of public disinformation. For the past twenty-five years Big Oil has been lying to the American public deliberately hiding dangers of carbon emissions to climate change by spending millions of dollars to question the viability of government science. The facts are that 99% of the entire world’s climate scientists assert that man-made toxins are causing global warming. Less than 1% of scientists––who are paid for their opinion by Big Oil––argue the science of climate change is uncertain. Before 1989, Exxon was a leader in studying the effects of climate change on global warming. In 1990, when reports from its own scientists told Exxon global emissions were endangering the planet, Big Oil did an about face and began spending millions of dollars annually to promote climate change as a murky issue and not necessarily attributable to man-made causes. The purpose of Big Oil’s public disinformation campaign was to keep legislators from acting on government science by imposing regulations that would lower Exxon profits. For the sake of money Big Tobacco killed millions of human beings worldwide. For the sale of money Big Oil is endangering humanity’s only sanctuary, the planet Earth. You may ignore the murder millions of human beings for after all they chose to smoke didn’t they? But the idea that man-made climate change could end humanity is as important as nuclear war and can’t be left up to power politics. The fact that Big Oil is lying to the public, if not the world, is just like Big Tobacco telling us smoking is good for your heath. The science of climate change should be front and center in the arena of public discussion. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
“More deaths than all wars,” the gruesome price of guns An American in the United States is killed or injured by gun violence every 7.5 minutes, 180 every day, 1,269 every week, or 60,019 for the year 2014. From 1970 to 2014 1.35 million Americans were killed by gun violence, more than in all the wars since the American Revolution. A huge percentage of American loudly proclaim they are pro-life and believe in the sanctity of human life, yet actively promote the idea that guns be so poorly regulated that they are used to kill tens of thousands of fellow Americans. The Journal of Gun Trauma and Acute Care reports that an average of four innocent people are killed every time an gun is used in self defense. The FBI reports that an innocent person is twenty times more likely to be hurt when a gun is used for self-defense. The CDC reports that states with the most gun safety regulations have the fewest deaths and injuries by gun violence, and conversely, the states with the weakest gun laws have the most deaths and injuries by gun violence. In 2014 there were twenty mass killing in the United States, one every 2.6 weeks. The FBI defines a mass killing as four or more Americans killed by guns in a group shooting. In 2014 the mass murders per year rose fifty percent to 30 shootings. In 2015 there have already been 31 mass killings. Discussing the mental state of a shooter is a deliberate distraction from the key issue; you can’t kill a person with a gun if a gun is not present. Only the criminals will have guns is more no-evidence gun-promoting baloney. More guns means more people killed or injured. People use guns because they are easy to find, easy to own, easy to use, and violently effective. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA
Is Democracy dying in America? Citizens United, 2010 and McCutcheon 2014––decisions of a five Republican judge U.S. Supreme Court––enabled unlimited, secret, and foreign political bribery to pour into U.S. political and judicial campaigns. The subversion of America’s political system is the payoff to major contributors, who expect, want and receive favors for their contributions. Unlimited money benefits officials and subverts public wants and needs. US elected officials are supposed to represent the public-at-large. Since 1981, Congress has functioned to fulfill the desires of its richest citizens. Democracy is merely mouthed as a sham to cover over blatant corporate interests. The average American’s preferences are minuscule, near-zero, a statistically non-significant impact upon public policy. The landmark 1976 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Buckley v. Valeo started the aristocratic assault on American democracy. Buckley v. Valeo struck down limits on spending in campaigns, but upheld the size of individual contributions. The Republican Party has been overwhelmingly advantaged by the unleashing of big-corporate money. Although aristocrats compete, they all compete on the same side against the public. Although aristocrats strive for greater profits, they all strive on the same side against labor; to lower the wages of their workers, to lower the standards for consumers safety and welfare, and to increase their own profits transferring losses onto others. Major news media have solidified the new oligarchic system. Major new media are all owned and controlled by the aristocracy. ‘Freedom of the press’ is freedom of money to control the ‘news’ — to frame public issues in the ways the owners want. Owners select managers who appoint editors who hire reporters who produce the propaganda that’s acceptable to the owners. The economy may be rising, but only the rich are profiting. Worker production increases steadily, but worker wages have stagnated since 1970. Social mobility is gone. Young-marrieds cannot afford new homes. Pay scales are falling. New business start ups are going down. The inequality gap is at an all time high. Capitalism which grew up under Democratic rule, fed by consumerism, has transitioned into an oligarchy. While the public is narcotized by TV, borrowing money for the illusion of progress, Democracy has died. The majority does not rule. The economy is no longer inclusive. Capital which runs our economic system is controlled by investors. 70% of stocks are owned by the top 1%. Capitalism must change, must be regulated, must open its doors to the market it serves, or the future will be a dictatorship of wealth and power. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
How Fox Makes You Stupid: A recent University of Maryland study of American voters shows that regular viewers of Fox are significantly misinformed compared to viewers of other sources. The more Fox regular viewers watch Fox, the more of what they think they know is actually false. The following Fox viewer responses show how badly misinformed Fox viewers were on leading issues.
- 91% believed that the stimulus legislation lost jobs.
- 72% believed that the health reform law will increase the deficit.
- 72% believed that the economy is getting worse.
- 60% believed that climate change is not occurring.
- 49% believed that income taxes have gone up.
- 63% believed that the stimulus legislation did not include any tax cuts.
- 56% believed that Obama initiated the GM/Chrysler bailout.
- 38% believed that most Republicans opposed TARP.
- 63% believed that Obama was not born in the US (or that it is unclear).
The results of the UM study corroborate previous studies on the Iraq War, and the NBC/Wall Street Journal Poll on healthcare, both of which demonstrated that Fox viewer opinions have little to do with reality. The only unbiased conclusion is that Fox is a propaganda machine dedicated to creating public opinion that favors the vested interests of Fox and the Republican Party. Avid Fox viewers are rabid Republican conservatives who base their decisions on demonstrably false information fed to them by Fox. The Maryland University study clearly demonstrates that Fox is so blatantly dishonest, and the effects of that dishonesty now so ingrained in the electorate, that the American public is being deluded by a campaign of disinformation. The three studies provide clear evidence that Fox is deliberately tilting the scales of justice. Fair-minded voters must not let Fox get away with information murder. Democracy cannot function if voters are making choices based on a campaign of lies. On the other hand as comedian John Cleese chose to put it. “You see, if you’re very, very stupid, how can you possibly realize that you’re very, very stupid? You’d have to be relatively intelligent to realize how stupid you are.” Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Low Wages Bad For Business: Most business persons will tell you low wages are good for business. Some actually believe it. Not the smart ones. Ford thought high wages would provide his employees with the money they needed to buy his cars. But what sort of business person really cares about helping employees do what they already are doing. Workers buy. They buy what they make. They consume what is sold. Why should businesses ever have to pay workers well to get them to buy. Workers will buy even when they have little money. The only reason why a business would want to pay workers good wages is if they want consumers to demand more. Businesses can make a profit without paying good wages. Less sales are acceptable especially if greater sales are not expected. Businesses normally realize a profit by focusing on keeping production costs down. Increasing sales by creating consumer demand by paying higher wages is a much more difficult concept for management to understand. Now we come to the minimum wage. Increasing it has always worked, but look how businesses still resent the increase. In reality, businesses never really worry about minimum wages. What a business really wants is an effective business plan. Businesses often remain less-profitable by cutting back on worker salaries while paying higher compensation to executives. In today’s short term market, CEOs know they can generate higher compensation for themselves, not by creating consumer demand, but simply by lowering wages and increasing dividends. Few CEOs are willing to take the risk of creating higher demand by raising wages. Short terms profits have become the rule. Big investors don’t care about sound, conservative, long term investment. Big investors want a quicker return on their investment by fiscal manipulation. Big investors control the market, expansion, new equipment purchases, R&D, etc. And big investors only choose CEOs who will meet their investment needs. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.