The Cost of Entertaining Fools …

While it may be an amusing emotional release to spend time watching absurd behavior, assigning that casually invested time the same level of importance as a serious explanation of the eminent danger of misinformation about vaccines, or the cumulative affects of human resource exploitation on the planet’s lifeforms, is a dangerous, if not fatal, proposition.

We live in a time of unparalleled access to information and a time of constantly amplified background noise. The two are different in one important way:

1. Access to information involves an intentional pursuit.

2. Background noise is supplied, uninvited, want it or not.

When slimy politicians commit to personal priorities over national needs,

when competition is intoxicating,

when morals are thread bare,

long term goals have no meaning.

Pettiness becomes an asset.

Relationships are superficial.

Shame has no home.

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Where Do We Begin?

We should be growing tomatoes.

Instead, we are chasing ghosts.

The continuous, irritating, dangerous, behavioral deficiencies.

The massive waste of time is mind numbing.

More gardeners, less heroes.

Fewer exploiters, more caretakers.

We should be growing squash and beans and corn.

We should be growing tomatoes.

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Water is Life

Water Is Life

Preamble: All aspects of life are interconnected.
Polluting the atmosphere with hydrocarbon emissions warms the planet, melts the
glaciers, raises ocean levels, contaminates costal ground water, causes large
scale human and animal migrations, reshapes continental coastlines, …the list is
formidably long.

When we consider water, we see how contamination,
changing weather patterns and demand greater than supply impacts plant and
animal life through its effect on food supplies, disease, dehydration, and

That said, here is an outline of my thoughts for
dealing with the complexities of the problem. It is intended as a guide for me
to use, expand, and fill in with details and data as time permits. I am posting
it on my blog as a work in process.

1.   Conserve Usage

a.   Reduce Lawns and Golf

b.   Landscape with drought tolerant plants.

c.    Cover open

d.   Replace lead pipes and add point of use filters.

e.   Phase out bottled water.

2.   Use Every Gallon More Than Once

a.   Build out local ‘Toilet to Tap’ Facilities with
capacity equal to usage.

b.   Water public parks and golf courses with non-potable
reclaimed water.

3.   Aggressively Engage Global Warming

a.   Invest in Solar and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered,
Distributed Electrical Grids

                                       i.    Set aside
community space for Green Power generation facilities.

                                     ii.    Create
interconnected local distribution grids.

b.   Convert to Private and Public Electric Vehicles, Trains
and Buses

                                       i.    Create
standards for inter-exchangeable batteries.

                                     ii.    Invest in fast
swap battery charging stations.

                                    iii.    Use Phased out
gas stations as battery swapping stations.

                                    iv.    Build regional
battery refurbishment centers.

c.    Only generate
plastic packaging from recycled materials

                                       i.    Cap new plastic

                                     ii.    Institute
proactive used plastic collection.

1.   Ocean collection force.

2.   Stream and estuary force.

3.   Community cleanup teams.

                                    iii.    Build
reprocessing facilities.

                                    iv.    Create new
standards for lean packaging.

                                     v.    Redesign
packaging to new conservation standards.

4.   Reduce Population Growth

a.   Fund family planning

b.   Make birth control available on request.

c.    Encourage

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It’s Past Time For A Change

Originally Posted on December 17, 2011


Avoiding decisions that move us away from Oil dependency, is prolonging the increasingly painful consequences of Global Warming. As a species, we are influencing the environment we live in, altering it in ways that quite likely will result in our exit from the scene.

We need a national agenda that invests $100’s of Billions annually, in deploying the next generation of clean energy, water conservation, plastics free packaging and products, and pesticide free farming.

It’s time to step away from politics and view the problems we face logically. We are either going to invest in our future or our demise. The choice is ours.

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The Consequences of Global Warming and @JoeNBC

Originally Posted on May 13, 2012


I watched a video of ‘Tornado Rampage 2011’ ( originally shown on the Discovery Channel. It’s a documentary on the massive outbreak of super storms that ripped through the south on April 27th, 2011, taking more than 300 human lives. Discussing the ferocity of the one day outbreak, meteorologist Reed Timmer said: “The intensity of the storm activity and the sheer number of tornadoes that touched down is overwhelming and heartbreaking.”

As I’m watching the extraordinary footage of massive tornadoes bearing down on city after city, listening to firsthand accounts of people who were hit, picked up and carried in their cars and homes and seeing the unimaginable aftermath of terror and destruction, I keep hearing the voice of Joe Scarborough, a cavalier political opportunist, mocking the science of Global Warming as untested theory and ridiculing EPA mileage standards as infringements on the rights of people to drive SUVs.

Well, we are past the time to gracefully argue the merits of Climate Change Theory with opportunists willing to subject us and the living planet around us, to death and destruction, in order to consolidate power and wealth into the hands of a few elite. We are now recording the consequences of ignored warnings and intentionally blocked corrective action. We are now documenting the induced extinction of cultures and species in the machinery of exploitive greed and excessive lifestyles.

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The Leeches Have Sucked the Hosts Dry

Originally Posted on November 29, 2011 by jackdetate 


After decades of bleeding wealth from the middle class and channeling it to wealthy Corporatists, we have reached the breaking point. Workers have no disposable income left. Products and services are going unpurchased. Rental homes and commercial space is being abandoned. The leeches have sucked the hosts they need to survive dry.

Wealth has no value when it is held by a few. In a social structure where there are no jobs for people, dreams vanish in the dust of empty wallets. When field workers can’t live on poverty wages, they don’t raise crops. When people can’t afford housing prices, the value of property collapses and cash flows dry up.

A healthy economy can’t afford to pay financial robber barons to broker deals, when the essentials of family existence are already beyond grasp of workers and small, community businesses.

It’s time that property and wealth are redistributed to the working class. If you have more than you can personally maintain and spend, you have more than you need. There are too many of our people with nothing or worse.

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Government Is Not The Problem

originally posted on June 29, 2018


Saying it’s ok to drive on any side of the street you like doesn’t work. We need rules to avoid self-destruction. The idea that government is the problem is being exploited for political advantage, for and by politicians who crave power and lack character.

However inappropriate and illogical the tactic might be, it is effective. It wakes up the aimless, disenchanted and confused and puts them into an agitated, ready for action state of mind. Just point them in any direction and turn them loose. They will do something disruptive.

This tactic is sinister, intentional and unacceptable. It is a threat to our stability and security as a nation and a people. We are a socio-economic federal republic complex. We are held together by common purpose, spirit, desire and law. We use government to keep us on track. We are in this together. We are the government. We are not the enemy. We are the people.

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Regarding Advice & Consent

Originally Posted on March 22, 2011


The GOP wants you to believe that consultation with Congress is sacred, like the right to own guns or corporate personhood. Historically, however, they add little when asked for opinions and often supply bad advice.

For example, after decades of well-founded attempts to deal with toxic fuel exploitation and impending energy disasters on our horizon, we are in a serious bind because of intentional Congressional dithering, a preference for fabricated science & illogical argument, allegiance to corporate sponsors and a penchant for divisive political posturing & pandering. The Congress is much more interested in campaigning for election, consolidating power & lining up donors, than in governing.

The result of that extended effort at Advice & Consent has given us world deforestation, global health problems, coal mine disasters, species extinction, toxic holding ponds, natural gas in our water supplies, massive oil spills, nuclear contamination and wars over control of fuel supplies. Asking the Congress for advice has been a disappointing activity for decades.

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The Heart Beats With a Different Rhythm for a While


The heart beats with a different rhythm for a while.

What filled the head with jocund dreams just yesterday

has changed to gray confusion,

expectations are swallowed in confining fog,

and tears distort everything but persistent waves of sorrow.

This heaviness will pass in time,

and fond memories will return.

The way forward is, for now, more guarded,

until the rhythm of the heart’s restored.

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When The American Nazi Party Came To San Diego State, Recalled Through The Lens Of Charlottesville

Originally Posted on August 12, 2017 by jackdetate


A crowd gathered at the Greek Bowl, an open amphitheater, to hear George Lincoln Rockwell, the head of the American Nazi Party speak, on March 8th, 1962. I was a curious Freshman, sitting about 10 rows up, in the middle of the bowl. There was an expectation that he would make incendiary remarks, and he did.

Standing on the stage, backed by a few brown shirt guards, he began making derogatory remarks about Jews. The crowd booed. He doubled down, the crowd got louder. He challenged anyone to dispute his accusations.

Ed Cherry, a student, walked up on the stage, to cheers from the crowd and tried to get to the mic. Rockwell didn’t want to let him speak. Some words were exchanged and Ed slugged Rockwell, at which point his security stepped in.

A crowd of several hundred, were now standing and began moving toward the stage. Rockwell was shuffled off, to protect him from what was an increasingly angry situation. Shortly, Rockwell was escorted to a waiting car. The crowd followed and began egging the Nazi entourage and moving around their car. It was a tense few minutes, but Rockwell’s driver was able to get through the gathering crowd and leave.

The biggest difference between then and now is; Rockwell wasn’t a core part of the President’s (JFK at the time) base. And, although anti-Semitism and racism was as prevalent as it is today, it wasn’t well organized and certainly wasn’t backed with armed militias and networked propaganda outlets.

Beyond some cursory soul searching about 1st amendment rights, there was a general expectation that free speech came with responsibilities. The school newspaper was likely the most concerned, and even they quickly moved on to focus on routine events, an emerging manned Space Program, Louis Leakey’s fossil finds, rumors of Global Warming Theory and the school’s transition to a University. The country was in an unremarkable period of exceptional prosperity that came to be seen as the norm, and wouldn’t be interrupted until November 22nd, 1963.

With Winter all but gone, my thoughts had turned to weekends in Ensenada. Politics were nowhere on my horizon. Anyway, that’s my recollection, an odd parallel to the amplified events in Charlottesville.

By way of comparison, here’s what the school paper reported:

Transcription of The Daily Aztec Reporting – March 1962

Self-styled American Nazi party leader George Lincoln Rockwell was slugged, hissed and booed when he spoke in the Greek Bowl March 8, as he hurled verbal blasts at minority groups to a crowd of about 3,000.

Rockwell said that he had no intention of causing trouble. “If I had wanted trouble I could have worn my uniform with my armbands and the whole works. Believe me, I know how to stir people up if I want to,” he said.

Rockwell was slugged in the face by Ed Cherry, a SDS senior physical education major, when Rockwell said that “the Jews are engaged in a great conspiracy.”

“I wanted to counteract Rockwell’s lies,” Cherry said.

A press conference followed in the Aztec office. Rockwell predicted that he will be in political power in Virginia within five years. However, he said that he has no special office to run for.

The following days found the incident receiving coverage on television and in newspapers all over the nation.

Rockwell was brought to the campus by the Committee for Student Action.

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