The Thunderbolt 061214 Myths and Bear Facts





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1) FYI Section: Oly FOR Schedule of Upcoming Events

2) Chemtrails: What Is Their Agenda? With Elana Freeland

3) The Earth Does Not Belong to Us

4) I-1329 at Olympia Farmer’s Market

5) Film Screening: Return of the River — a Documentary on the Elwha Dam Removal

6) Edible Art Party with Oly FOR

7) Strike Climate Change!  One Day Boycott of Fossil Fuels and Factory Farming

8) Green Party of South Puget Sound [GPOSPS] Annual Meeting

9) Confronting the Climate Crisis with Oly FOR

10) Bonus Tip of the Week:




Myths and Bear Facts





Holy Cow


Hey Kids!


I personally differentiate between animal species that are the result of natural selection and human-created sub-species that natural selection had little if anything to do with.


And yes — to stay true to my stated role of telling uncomfortable truths — I definitely include dogs and cats in this category of human-created sub-species.


So guess what the single biggest cause of global warming, water depletion, deforestation, species extinction and ocean dead zones is? If you answered humans you are only partly right. It’s over-population, yes, but the problem species is — cows.


There are around 1.5 billion cows on our planet. That is only around one cow for every five humans, but cows eat 150 pounds of food a day whilst humans eat a wimpy two or three pounds per day. Cows drink 35 gallons of water per day, and while I couldn’t find how much water an average human consumes I know it is far less than 35 gallons per day. Cows are responsible for 51% of the greenhouse emissions excreted by life. Grazing cows are devastating the landscape all over the western states and the excretion from factory farms are a major cause of dead zones in the ocean. Cattle ranchers are always at the forefront of movements to eliminate predators such as wolves and bears.


The commercial cattle industry, in fact, is utterly devastating to our environment, our health, and our long-term economic well-being.


Environmental organizations are falling down badly on this issue and — possibly connected to that fact but indicative of many other things regardless — anti-cattle industry activists are often classified as ‘terrorists’ and special ‘shield laws’ are being passed in many states in order to legally cover up criminality (if that isn’t an oxymoron).




Grassroots Rebellion


The House majority leader, Eric Cantor, just lost a primary election to a little known and obscure Tea Party candidate who ran expressly upon an anti-Wall Street agenda. Cantor spent over $4 million to spend on his campaign whilst his opponent had only $200,000. This is the first time a majority leader has lost a primary election since the office was created in 1898. This is a big deal.


Meanwhile, the left is rallying behind Ms. Business-As-Usual Hillary Clinton.


How come the right gets it but the left doesn’t?






Sometimes something happens that is not any big deal in and of itself, but that perfectly encapsulates some bigger issue. It turns out that hurricanes named after women do much more damage because they aren’t taken as seriously as hurricanes named after men.


That is how deep our sexism goes.



When your heart stops beating, you’ll still be tweeting!


That’s the logo of a Twitter service known as Lives On. Lives On will analyze users’ Twitter feeds to learn their ‘likes, tastes, [and] syntax’ — and then they will continue posting similar messages updates and links after they’ve died!


Barack Obama has personally ordered the murder of three American citizens without trial. Relatives of the murdered Americans tried to sue claiming that killing Americans without due process violated their Constitutional rights.


In April, a federal judge ruled the victims’ constitutional rights were never violated and that the U.S. officials involved cannot be held liable.



Angelina Jolie is working on humanitarian issues with Alexander Haig, one of the vilest war criminals of the 20th Century.




Myths and Bear Facts


When I recently pointed out to a Facebook liberal that Switzerland is both fully armed and nearly crime free, his only comeback was that they registered their guns in Switzerland and that the government hadn’t yet seized their arms, and thus that was a right-wing myth.


My comeback: The Swiss government wouldn’t dare, so that’s not an issue.


At about the same time, a Facebook friend posted a picture of Ted Nugent standing proudly over a bear that he had just killed.


Concerning bears: I have gotten to know several bears on a personal level over the years. I’ve even met several of their families. I consider bears to be people too. I often engaged with the bears in a contest wherein they tried to steal my food and I tried to prevent them. I often lost this contest. I have spent several hundred dollars on bear food over the years, in fact. At one point the village of Jasper, Alberta came up with new bear-proof trash cans that were so complicated that many people couldn’t figure them out.


The bears had them down within a week.


While I believe in the right to bear arms…


…I also believe in the right to arm bears…


…especially if Ted Nugent happens to be around.


(Has he done anything new lately?)



Concerning bears: They are very smart. They think. They scheme. You can see it in their eyes.


Black bears virtually never attack humans. Grizzly bears are territorial and more likely but still unlikely to attack humans. A friend of mine set up a tipi in northern Alberta once and a grizzly bear tore the tipi down while he was inside it. Then the bear looked my friend right in the eye, literally shook his head up and down a couple of times, and then walked away.


This is not the trippiest bear story I could tell you — even in my direct personal experience —but it is the shortest…


I have never had direct contact with polar bears, but they are said to be very large and it is said that they will often hunt you down and eat you.


If your karma declares that being attacked by a bear is a necessary life experience for you, then rule number one is DO NOT RUN FROM A BEAR. Rule number two is DO NOT RUN FROM A BEAR. As with any predator — including dogs — running from him is inviting him to chase you. That is like basic-core-hard-wired instinctual predator behaviour. By running from a bear you are now speaking to the bear in his native tongue — and what you are saying to him is that you are prey. Bears can run 40 miles per hour. You are not going to outrun a bear. I have heard more than one person say that you can outrun a bear going downhill. That is a flawed theory — and I don’t think that you don’t want to test flawed theories in such a situation. While a bear indeed has a much more difficult time running downhill due to his short forelegs — the bear can still run a lot faster than you can. Bears usually weigh several hundred pounds and they are solid muscle and they are armed with multi-inch fangs and they have four paws full of multi-inch razor-sharp claws that they wield with great strength and great speed and great alacrity.


I have heard that ‘playing dead’ works — sometimes. And sometimes not.


According to the Inuit and other far-northern native tribes that have been regularly dealing with aforementioned very large man-eating bears for many eons now, the best way to deal with an attacking bear is to sacrifice your left arm to the bear’s mouth and keep his fangs busy on that whilst your employ your right arm plunging your knife repeatedly into the bear’s carotid artery.


This method fails to account for whatever the bear is doing with it’s four paws full of multi-inch razor-sharp claws at the time, but I guess you’re dealing with one thing at a time in such a situation.


Every bear has a unique personality and every bear is different from every other bear. Some of them I knew I could kick in the ass as they ran off with my peanut butter (opening jars is no problem whatsoever) and some of them I knew to just give them their space…


In all my bear contacts I was only slightly sketched once: I was hiking in the mountains of British Columbia when I walked right by a bear that had been sitting in a little clearing right off the trail. Neither of us saw the other until suddenly I was walking by him less than ten feet away.


I just kept on walking — until I heard the sound of a running bear behind me.


That got my attention. I turned around and froze. The bear was just emerging from the little clearing onto the trail but he also froze when he saw me looking at him.


Something I hadn’t noticed during my brief initial glimpse: This was a frigging grizzly bear.


He just sat and stared with curiosity. (Wondering how I tasted?)


I knew the drill: If you are confronted with an aggressive-seeming bear, do not make eye-contact, do not make sudden moves, and do not turn your back. Raise your arms in the air to make yourself look bigger. Talk to him in a soothing voice as you slowly back away.


My position was further complicated by the fact that I had 20 pounds of marijuana in my backpack since the purpose of my hike was to smuggle it into the States and so dropping my pack — another suggested tactic if confronting an aggressive bear — was something I really didn’t want to do.


It turned out to be unnecessary: The bear just sat and watched me back away without coming any closer.


This is said by reliable sources to be the best strategy when confronting almost any aggressive predator and it worked for me the one time that I needed it with a bear and it worked for me the several times I have needed it with aggressive dogs — so this is the strategy that I suggest.




Net Neutrality


Comedian John Oliver spent several minutes on his TV program encouraging watchers to support net neutrality by sending comments to the FCC.


The FCC server crashed due to the response.


I am thinking that the Thunderbolt probably doesn’t have enough readers to crash their server — but that doesn’t mean we can’t try!


Here is the link to comment to the FCC about net neutrality:




Thunderbolt Movie Reviews


The Act of Killing


I have riffed before about how some of the most heinous mass-murdering corporate psychopaths seem to love their own children and families and seem in other ways to be perfectly normal Janes and Joes.


If you missed The Act of Killing when it played at the Capitol Theater recently, it is streaming now on Netflix. The filmmakers went to Indonesia and allowed a bunch of government mass-murderers to not only tell their stories but to reenact them on film — and this is one of the scariest goddamned movies I have ever seen because of how banal and clueless and normal the murderers are.


Orange is the New Black


You are probably already familiar with this show since it is one of those rarities, i.e. a popular show that is also very good. It could be better but it could be a lot worse — and they get it. Almost all of it. Whoever writes for Orange is the New Black has spent time in a federal prison because they’ve got it down, both with the props and with the attitudes and even the procedures. Most of the inmates in actual federal prisons are unusually intelligent and unusually well built while most of the guards are neither. The show features a transvestite that is played — and played very well — by an actual transvestite. Even the set for Orange is the New Black is a dead-accurate depiction of a low-security federal prison.


I suggest watching this series.




A career insurance investigator specializing in recovering highly-valued stolen property goes rogue when the insurance company that he works for allows his son die by refusing to pay for an ‘experimental’ treatment.


The insurance investigator reacts by hiring a crew of the most talented thieves in the world and then declares war on corporate America for the benefit of the Little Guy. Each episode consists of the Leverage crew righting some corporate wrong and saving the day. Again, this could have been better but it could have been a lot worse, and overall it is enjoyable and entertaining. The cast is well cast: The foxy but socially inept acrobat/ daredevil/ master thief; the ex-military bad-ass who occasionally spouts wisdom; the master computer-hacker who, very cooly, is a black guy; the grifter, who can convince anyone that she is whoever she wants them to think she is — and the ‘mastermind’, the aforementioned ex-insurance investigator turned thief.


There are four or five seasons available on Netflix. It is fun. The characters are likable and each evolves over the course of the series. Some episodes are better than others but they’re all enjoyable.




Business as Usual


A federal court recently fined Citigroup $285 million for the sale of toxic mortgage debt. The SEC accused Citigroup of selling $1 billion of deceptive mortgage-backed securities in 2007 just as the nation’s housing bubble was about to burst. Citigroup made $160 million in profits on the transaction while investors lost $700 million.


This fine represents pocket change for Citigroup and they write such things off as a cost of business. They actually budget for such things. This is business-as-usual.


However, three years ago, a federal court judge named Jed Rakoff went renegade and rejected business-as-usual; he said that the proposed settlement was “neither reasonable, nor fair, nor adequate, nor in the public interest” and “pocket change to any entity as large as Citigroup.”


However, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals just ruled that Rakoff “abused [his] discretion by applying an incorrect legal standard.”


I am guessing that these appeals court judges were members of the Federalist Society. The overturning of Rakoff’s decision means that the Citigroup hand-slap will likely be approved.


So we’re back to business as usual. Yippee.



It’s time to get to work…



The Thunderbolt Calendar

Week of June 12th thru June 18th 2014




1) FYI Section: Oly FOR Schedule of Upcoming Events


Here are some upcoming Oly FOR things; mark your calendars!


Thursday July 3 – Sunday July 6

“Take Back the 4th: Speak Truth to Power”

56th Annual FOR Northwest Regional Conference at Seabeck, WA


Don’t fret: It’s not too late to register for the Fellowship of Reconciliation’s 56th Annual amazingly excellent and inspiring Northwest Regional Conference at Seabeck in Kitsap County. See detailed information and register online at


Questions?  John Roy Wilson, Conference Co-Chair  (541) 687-6728 or Janet Hawkins, Conference Co-Chair (503) 244-7703 or or the Conference Registrar Joanie McClellan at 818-599-0257 or


Enjoy high quality keynote speakers, your choice of four workshops among the 19 offered addressing a wide variety of peace and justice issues, Tom Rawson’s engaging and uplifting folk music, leisurely conversations with some of the 200 persons who will attend, and other odd sources of fun and community-building. FOR members from Washington and Oregon have partnered for 56 years to conduct the Pacific Northwest’s most highly regarded peace & justice conference.


Seabeck 2014’s keynote speakers include Peter Phillips (Project Censored),  Michael Nagler (Metta Center for Nonviolence),  and Rev. Kristin Stoneking (new Executive Director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation USA). In addition, we will feature a four-workshop track on Freedom of Speech honoring Oregon’s first Poet Laureate, William Stafford, and celebrating his 1914-2014 centennial. Stafford was a FOR member since the 1940’s, and we are honored to have artists and literary scholars with us this year. 


Our 2014 theme – “Take Back the 4th:  Speak Truth to Power” – focuses on preserving our Constitutional 4th Amendment right against unreasonable search and seizure.  This Constitutional protection is particularly important in the electronic information age, when all our communication can be potentially monitored, censored, and repressed.  For 100 years, FOR’s voice for truth and reconciliation has been a moving force for social justice and peace.  We cannot allow ourselves to be silenced.


Other Upcoming Events and Activities:


Sunday, June 15 – 4:00-6:00 pm

Olympia FOR’s “Edible Art Party

Capitol Coach House (behind the Capitol Museum near 21st Ave SW)


Anyone who enjoys artistic creativity and/or eats food? Join us for fun!

To celebrate the FOR’s 100th birthday from its origin in Europe, the Olympia FOR invites you to be brave, be daring, be artistic, be culinary,  for a fine “Fun-Raiser” — the first amazing Edible Art Party Competition, followed by the delightful devouring of the entries. Devise and prepare something tasty presented as art! Safe food preparation will, of course, be essential just as if you were bringing a dish to share for a potluck. Categories will include humor, beauty, originality, uniqueness, and the crowd favorite, judged by artists. The day is approaching! Put on your aprons, imagine and then create something. This is more than a potluck – it’s a chance to cook, share, be amazed, and feast! It’s fun for the whole family! Even if you don’t bring an entry, just come and enjoy others’ creativity! Admittance is on a donation basis.


All entries will be photographed to share We look forward to enjoying this day with you, your family and friends!


Info: Holly Graham at or Rozanne Rants at


Saturday, June 21

Global Days of Listening


On the 21st day of each month, you can connect by telephone and/or computer (through Skype software) with the Afghan Peace Volunteers and other peacemakers of all ages in Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza, and many other countries around the world. In the US’s Pacific Time Zone it runs from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. You can listen to the live broadcast at visit the home of Chuck Schultz and Rozanne Rants to listen or help. Info: Local info: Doug Mackey (360) 915-6757 DougWMackey@gmail.comor Chuck Schultz (360) 705-8520chuckschultz3@msn.comListen anytime to the broadcast at this livestream link: LiveStream.


Saturday, June 28 – 9:00 am- 4:00 pm

Workshop: “Nuclear Weapons: The Elephant in the Closet”

Co-hosted by Micah Project of Tacoma First United Methodist Church, Pax Christi Tahoma, and Tacoma Catholic Worker

Tacoma First United Methodist Church, 621 Tacoma Avenue, Tacoma WA  98402


This day-long workshop will focus on the presence of nuclear weapons among us, their impact on us, and what we can do to bring about an end to this menace.

Nuclear weapons have been called the taproot of violence in our world. Their continued existence expropriates precious resources for destruction rather than for sustaining life. What has their continued presence done to us as human beings? How does the nuclear Sword of Damocles hanging over us affect our well-being as individuals and as a society? Nuclear weapons are truly the elephant (or herd of elephants) in the room; we ignore them at humanity’s peril. We, as human beings and citizens, can and must do something to help bring about their abolition.

The event is free (all are invited) and includes a light lunch. There will be a free will offering (to cover event costs).

Workshop speakers will be David Hall, MD—psychiatrist, member of Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, and former president of Physicians for Social Responsibility; David Price, PhD—cultural anthropologist and professor of anthropology and sociology at St. Martin’s University; and Diane Tilstra—Community Action Advisor, Study of Community and Society. The event has been endorsed by Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action; Tacoma Dominicans; Tacoma Jesuit Volunteers; Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility; Veterans for Peace Tacoma Chapter 134, Jewish Voice for Peace-Tacoma; Tacoma Wages -15Now; Kerry Watrin, MD; and Pax Christi Central Seattle

The workshop will lead off the Summer of study, prayer and action working toward the abolition of nuclear weapons. Events will include one or more days of further reflection in July and an interfaith service at the Bangor Trident nuclear ballistic missile submarine base.


Questions? Email Fr. William “Bix” Bichsel at bix.tacoma@gmail.comor Leonard Eiger at


Saturday, July 12 –  6:00 pm

Olympia FOR’s Pizza Fundraiser

Fertile Ground Guesthouse, 311 9th Ave SE, just south of the Olympia Library


Help Olympia FOR kick of the FOR’s 100th Anniversary: The FOR began in August 1914 when – while World War I was starting – a German Lutheran and a British Quaker resolved to continue working for peace rather than let their governments turn them into enemies. We’ll be celebrating the FOR’s 100 years of working for peace through 1915, when the FOR’s U.S. branch began

Information: (360) 943-2375 or (360) 491-9093



2) Chemtrails: What Is Their Agenda? With Elana Freeland

Thursday June 12th at 7 pm @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW


I don’t know anything about this issue but a lot of people seem upset about it. Here is your chance if you want to educate yourself.


From Traditions:



What Is Their Agenda?


A talk by Elana Freeland, Author of Chemtrails, HAARP, and the Full Spectrum Dominance of Planet Earth (Feral House Books, 2014)


Thursday, June 12, 2014

7:00 PM at Traditions Café

Olympia, WA


Both Chemtrails, HAAARP, and the Full Spectrum Dominance of Planet Earth and Freeland’s fictional history series Sub Rosa America are available at Orca Books.



3) The Earth Does Not Belong to Us

Thursday June 12th at 8 pm @ Media Island, 816 Adams St SE


Awesome performance art about the Earth! This is one of those things that if you attend you will be very glad you did…


From Media Island:


A mixed medium cabaret/vaudeville show called ‘The earth does not belong to us.’ The show explores human beings’ relationships with land and environment, bringing into contemporary performance the old adage that ‘the earth does not belong to us, we belong to the earth’, using a mixture of music, poetry, fiction-reading, puppetry and live art.


Hugh Sillitoe, a poet and folk musician from Durham in Northeast England, usually performing under the name Dangle Manatee, is coming to Olympia. Here is a video taken whilst on tour in the Netherlands last August:


Or on the coast of Ireland:


Grace Needlman is a visual artist and puppet and mask maker from Chicago – you can check out her work here:


Elisa Gonzalez is a poet and fiction writer from NYC.


Carbar Offidani-Bertrand is a circus performer, zine-maker, dancer and anthropologist from Phoenix, AZ.


Between June 7th — June 22nd we will be touring the show — driving from Chicago to Oakland and back!


Money for gas is always appreciated!



4) I-1329 at Olympia Farmer’s Market

Saturday June 14th from 10 am to 3 pm @ Olympia Farmers Market, 700 Capitol Way N


Come help gather signatures for the anti-corporate personhood inititative.


From Move to Amend:


I-1329 at Olympia Farmers Market


Saturday, June 14, 2014


10:00AM – 3:00PM

Short Description:

Local volunteers will be gathering signatures for I-1329 at the Olympia Farmers Market (weather dependent).


Olympia Farmers Market

700 Capitol Way N

Olympia, WA 98501

Contact Information:

Florence: OR 360-264-6055


If you haven’t signed I-1329 yet, local volunteers will be staffing a table at the Olympia Farmers Market Sat., June 7, and Sat., June 14 (weather dependent).


If you’ve already signed, PLEASE come on down and help us gather more signatures.  You can also pick up petition sheets to fill with signatures and turn in filled sheets. Jennifer S. will be there from 10-3 both Saturdays.


Click here to check out Olympia Move to Amend’s upcoming events.



5) Film Screening: Return of the River — a Documentary on the Elwha Dam Removal

Saturday June 14th at 8 pm @ the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St NW


Come learn about dam removal.


From the Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team:




A Film about the largest dam removal in the history of the United State, and the extraordinary effort to restore and eco-system and set a river free.


This is a pre-release test screening of a documentary on the Elwha dam removal and river restoration.


“Return of the River” offers a story of hope and possibility amid grim environmental news. It a film for our time: an invitation to consider crazy ideas that could transform the world for the better. It features an unlikely success story for environmental and cultural restoration.


Fundamentally, the Elwha River is a story about people and the land they inhabit. The film captures the tenacity of individuals who would not give up on a river, mirroring the tenacity of salmon headed upstream to spawn. It is a narrative with global ramifications, exploring the complex relationship between communities and the environment that sustains them.


The camera soars over mountain headwaters, dives into schools of salmon, and captures turbines grinding to a halt; as the largest dam removal project in history begins. The film features people and perspectives on all sides of the Elwha debate, reflecting the many voices of the Elwha valley.


This is the final event of a day of festivities forP.S. I Love You – Puget Sound Festival. Check out the entire day of fun at the website below:



6) Edible Art Party with Oly FOR

Sunday June 15th from 4 to 6 pm @ Capital Coach House, 214 W 22nd St


Come celebrate Oly FOR’s birthday!


From Oly FOR:


This coming Sunday June 15:

Celebrate 100th birthday of the FOR in Europe

And Enjoy the “Edible Art Party” in Olympia


To celebrate the 100th birthday of the Fellowship of Reconciliation’s founding in Europe, the FOR’s Olympia chapter is giving an Edible Art Party on Sunday June 15th, 2014, from 4 to 6 pm at The Capital Coach House, 214 West 22nd, behind the State Capitol Museum, seven blocks south of the Capitol Building.


This event will be one of the first of its kind in the area, and promises to be a lot of fun on what also happens to be Father’s Day! What a cool way to have fun with Dad and join community friends to celebrate and eat amazing, delightful art that is also food!

We invite you to contribute edible art by registering with Holly Graham or Rozanne Rants at the phone numbers below. Bring your offerings to the Coach House by 3:30 pm on Sunday the 15th. Professional artists will judge the entries in categories such as beauty, originality, humor, and a special category for kids.


Enjoy live music, an exhibit of entries, photographs made of each, the judging, and then, the eating! We’ll award prizes to the winning artists.


Please see the attached flyer for a few colorful examples of edible art.


For nearly 100 years the Fellowship of Reconciliation has worked unstintingly for peace and justice around the world. Locally, the Olympia FOR has worked since 1976 to involve local folks in activism for peace, the climate, the oil crisis, the death penalty, human rights, and grassroots organizing for other important issues. Our Sunday June 15 party is a 100-year celebration to honor the group and raise its profile in the community. Donations will be gladly accepted, and all are welcome, whether one bears edible art or just comes for the exhibit!

For more information about the Edible Art Party, call Holly at (360) 866-0257, or Rozanne at (360) 705-8520. For more information about the Olympia FOR, call (360) 491-9093 or visit


We look forward to seeing you at this fun and delicious event!


Glen Anderson (360)



7) Strike Climate Change!  One Day Boycott of Fossil Fuels and Factory Farming

Tuesday June 17th, All Day Everywhere


I guess this would be a wildcat strike. Yippee.


From the Socialist Party USA:


Strike Climate Change!


We need action now. We need movement now. We are asking you to join us on June 17th to completely avoid the use of oil for transportation. While we understand it may be difficult for many to avoid using electricity, which burns oil, coal, and gas, can you do your best on this day to minimize your electricity use to the greatest extent possible? Can you avoid using coal and gas to heat your homes on June 17th? Please try.


Reject corporate agribusiness on the 17th as well. Our food systems play a major role in the ecological collapse. Buy locally grown. If you need help finding locally grown foods, feel free to send us a message and we’ll do our best to offer any assistance we can.


We ask you to read a segment from an article posted in Socialist Resistance by novelist, historian, and activist Jonathan Neale:


“What climate change will mean:


If we do not have comprehensive changes in global energy use, we are on course for rises of 4 degrees centigrade in average temperatures. The rises will be higher further north, higher in cities, and higher in the summer. So the average rise on a summer day in New York or Seoul will be about 8 degrees. Some days will be hotter. That means many summer days of 127 Fahrenheit in Chicago, 45 centigrade in London and 50 centigrade in Shanghai. The electrical grid will often break down. That will mean no air conditioning, no lifts, and many people trapped underground in subway systems.


The climate will also become much more unstable. Rainfall and storms will increase in intensity, and hurricanes and cyclones will move north and south. Some places will flood, and in others drought will spread. Crops will fail in many areas and decline overall.


Small rises in sea level will be magnified by hurricane surges – giant waves that carry all before them. Look at the damage done by a Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which had a surge 29 feet high (8.5 meters) when it hit land. Katrina was a small, weak hurricane. We can expect to lose many coastal cities.


As climate change intensifies, there will be many disasters, in many places, in the same year. Governments will be unable or unwilling to cope. The poor will be hit hard. The worst hit will be small farmers in poor countries hit by drought, working class people in coastal cities, and those disabled people in every country who cannot run or climb.


For example, old people living alone were the majority of the dead in the Chicago heat wave of 1995. People in wheelchairs were especially likely to die in New Orleans in 2005.


The impact of these “natural” events will be massively increased by the way society is now organized, aka “capitalism.” Crop failures will become famines. Disasters will lead to hundreds of millions of refugees. Those refugees will come up against armed borders. They may spend years in refugee camps, or the rich may become “tired” of feeding them. And there will be wars.


This is not just a prediction. Because of climate change the rains failed across the Sahel, south of the Sahara, in 1969, and have never really recovered. The long drought has led to a combination of famine, refugees and wars across Chad, Darfur, Mali, Chad, Somalia and northern Kenya. These situations are complicated, and many outside powers are involved. But there is also a simple dynamic – herders and farmers are killing each other for disappearing grass.


No one knows the precise form serious climate change will take. We can guess that hundreds of millions will die. How many no one knows. Two hundred million? Eight hundred million?


No one knows the timing either. A minority of you reading this are over sixty. You will probably avoid the worst. But not certainly, and your grandchildren will be there. But probably the majority of people reading this article will live through that time.”


Reject corporate agribusiness on the 17th as well. Our food systems play a major role in the ecological collapse. Buy locally grown. If you need help finding locally grown foods, feel free to send us a message and we’ll do our best to offer any assistance we can.


According to John Tummon, “The leading world authority on the politics of the food industry is Susan George, a prolific writer on the subject over many decades. She has pointed out that as much as half of all the food produced in the world – equivalent to 2bn tonnes – ends up as waste every year and about 1 billion people, or one in six of the global population, go hungry today, even though more food is being produced than ever. And yet, around the same number of people are overweight or obese and likely to have their lives cut short by diet-related disease. We have, in other words, a food system that is failing. It is a food system that is profligate with finite resources – with fossil fuels for agrochemicals, artificial fertiliser, processing, packaging and transport, with water that is increasingly scarce, and with soil that is being eroded and degraded. It delivers an excess of food that is unhealthy for the affluent and yet is incapable of producing enough calories for the poor. And it is a system in which the value of the food chain has been captured at each point, from seed to field to factory to shop, by powerful transnational corporations.”


Attached below you will find calculators to show you the relationship between bicycling, gardening, and your carbon footprint. You can make a real contribution. There is simply no other choice short of ecological collapse.


Biking vs. Driving Calculator

Money Saved, CO2 Emissions Reduced, Calories Burned


Gardening Calculator, Savings on Groceries




In solidarity,


The Socialist Party USA Ecosocialist Commission


Additional resources:


System Change Not Climate Change:


Climate & Capitalism:


Socialist Party USA Ecosocialist Commission:



8) Green Party of South Puget Sound [GPOSPS] Annual Meeting

Wednesday June 18th at 6 pm @ Bigelow Park, 1220 Bigelow Ave NE


It’s our local Greens’ annual meeting! Come see what the Green Party is up to and plug in with them.


From Janet:


Picnic at Bigelow Park!

1220 Bigelow Ave NE

Wednesday, June 18

6:00 PM



Again, we are lucky to have a candidate who is at least considering running as a Green, and this will be our chance to meet him and decide if his platform is close enough to ours that we want to endorse him. 


Incidentally you will have a chance to comment on a proposed new platform for the Green Party of South Puget Sound.  Our platform has needed updating for several years.  


Also we’ll have a potluck and enjoy the warm spring weather, and meet old friends. 


Directions to Bigelow Park:  Go up 4th Ave or down State Street to Puget Street NE.  Go north on Puget  a few blocks to Bigelow Avenue, and then east (right) two blocks to the park. 


Janet Jordan



9) Confronting the Climate Crisis with Oly FOR

Wednesday June 18th at 6:30 pm @ Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St NW


Come learn about the crisis of our times.


From Oly FOR:


Confronting the Climate Crisis


Wednesday, June 18, 2014


6:30PM – 8:30PM

Short Description:

Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s vigorous group is active in four separate campaigns to address the climate crisis.


Olympia Center

222 Columbia Street NW

Olympia, WA

Contact Information:

Bourtai or Ted at


We have five working groups. This year, we are active in four separate campaigns:


1) make Washington State the first state in the nation to divest from fossil fuels (the Divestment Working Group); 


2) persuade the Port of Olympia to stop importing fracking proppants destined for the Bakken Oil shale industry (the entire group);


3) start a housing efficiency demonstration project using no obligation public funding and on-bill utility payments (the Positive Visions Working Group);


4) persuade Governor Inslee to declare a moratorium on all fossil fuel infrastructure permits (the entire group).


Click on the “Climate Crisis” link for lots of information



10) Bonus Tip of the Week:


Believe an unbelievable thing today.






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