Shut Up, George
by William Thomas, Lifeboatnews.com, January 22, 2003
All this rah-rah rant for war is becoming as tiresome as listening to a whining child who isnt getting his way. I know youve got this thing for Baghdads boogeyman. But your obsession with stealing another countrys oil ignores and imperils an entire planet already threatened by carbon-induced ecological collapse.
Its the oil, George, thats the real weapon of mass destruction. Even if you win every last oil reserve, everyone else will lose. But instead of questioning the rush to transfer all that liquid carbon from deep underground into the atmosfear, all were hearing is how much you need to Kill! Kill! Kill! for another oil fix. Wasnt Afghanistan enough? Maybe you should seek professional help.
While youre at it, tell Dick and Donald to put a cork in it, too. (Thats British for shut your gob.) Your distractions arent working. Just about everyone understands that sweet crude is an even stronger addiction than alcohol or cocaine to a Texas oilman. We know that your brother Jeb threw out the winning votes in Florida. And we know who paid for your selection as CEO of the United States by a few Grand Ol Party cronies disguised as judges.
Okay, so youre the first U.S. president with an MBA. Maybe thats why a London newspaper observed that repaying billions to your backers has not been so much a presidential purchase as a corporate merger.
Others in Congress are calling it the looting of America by a Commander-In-Thief as scrupulous as Marcos, Noriega, Saddam, Sukarno, Diem, Sharon, Netanyahu and other past and current White House allies.
Under your Enron-staffed regime (with admittedly plenty of other top people pulled from other corporate ranks), the paper went on to say that after your coup, The distinction between business and government has simply been blurred to near invisibility. [The Guardian April 27, 2001]
Makes me nervous. Im not sure youre qualified to manage a corner store, let alone run the most powerful country on Earth.
You say you want to control the whole world. Do you at least have a learner s permit? Your record isnt exactly reassuring. Even after being rescued from your first failure in the oil business back in 79, when Osamas brother Salem bin Laden stepped in to finance Arbusto in Houston and despite Big Oil bailing you out of your repeated incompetence you never proved too swift at running companies. Except into the ground.
Do that with our spaceship and were screwed.
I gotta tell you George, a whole lot of people onboard this sun-circling space colony are less than super impressed by how you put the kibosh on Kyoto before making bloody grabs for oil transfusions in Afghanistan and now, it looks like, Iraq.
And FARC you too. Whats going on in Columbia? What are American advisers doing fighting rebels in that countrys oil patch? Maybe we should ask those FARCers why theyre so upset. I understand about your needing to ensure another petro fix. But hey, we could all cut back a little instead. Didnt you hear what happened the last time American advisers ventured into another jungle, where was it, Vietnam?
Sorry. I know you dont like going here. But your War On Terrorism hasnt been a big success either. Even before you could finish congratulating yourself on whipping al Qaeda, they blew up Bali.
Its true that opium productions back on track in the country that supplies most of Americas heroin needs. (Whats the White House skim these days?) And two oil pipeline deals potentially worth bazillions are now going ahead over there. (Ask Dick about that.)
But women are still being tortured, gang-raped and shot by the thugs you supported to get rid of the last thugs you supported in that desperately impoverished place of war-weary widows and hungry, one-legged mine amputees. You remember. Afghanistan.
And we remember that you never caught Osama bin Laden like you pledged you would.
Whats the point exactly of spending $585,000 a minute on weapons of mass destruction when some two-million Americans are homeless, many of the rest cant afford to get sick or grow old, schools and ghettos have become war zones, and entire towns are being boarded up just like the factories that used to employ them?
Im just wondering if you really have to go looking for trouble when you have so much at home.
Whos the enemy again? Old pals keep changing into new enemies and back again so fast, I cant keep track. Its the Russians right? Once a commie, always a commie.
But I hear theyre broke. Their missiles are rusting in their silos, a weekend pilot in Des Moines gets more flight time than their best fighter jocks, and sailors are refusing to put to sea in subs sinking at the dock. Besides, didnt they just join NATO?
Looking at the leader of a nation that was once a beacon of freedom, hope and decency to the entire world, I dont get why you persist in the cowardly mugging of indigent neighborhoods unable to defend themselves against waves of stealth bombers, missiles, impregnable battle tanks and remote-controlled drones delivering Hellfire upon any unidentified enemy ensnared in their thermal imaging devices.
The Pentagon keeps saying they need more expensive weapons to ensure that Americans can keep most of our ships remaining resources for themselves. (And help pay for all those arms.) The brass even published a study warning that billions of people forced to scrounge for garbage in steerage class are bound to get seriously pissed off.
Why not feed them George? Its cheaper than shooting everybody. Use the armed forces to bring groceries, medicines, blankets, building supplies, heating oil and respect into places like North Korea and Iraq like you promised Pyongyang, and said you were going to do in Afghanistan.
Besides, lets face it. Even though youve already declared war on 60 nations, and the corporations your dad fronts for are working round-the-clock to make more profits and munitions there just arent enough bombs to go around.
Dont look now, but a starving, nearly collapsed country you called an Axis of Evil has basically invited the worlds solo Superpower to buzz off while brewing a few of their own Big Bang deterrents against a madman brandishing B-2s, bioweapons and something like 12,000 nuclear bombs.
Thats you, George.
What happens when more countries fed up with your ignorance and your bullying start following North Koreas lead? Europeans are already waking up to the strength of the Euro and their own heritage. Whats going to happen when they realize they dont need the United States anymore? At least not half as much as you need their money to keep America afloat.
Everyone knows youre kiting checks to pay for all those weapons. Issuing IOUs to cover all those overdrafts as theyre presented for payment can get pretty hairy. If you cant keep rolling over all those government bonds every three months, you wont be able to make the next payroll for federal employees. Including everyone in the armed forces.
You dont want to go there. When the Soviets stopped paying their soldiers, a lot of them went rogue. Even now some of your top brass are expressing doubts about the generalship of someone who went AWOL from his own military service.
Your undeclared wars on the environment, alternative energy, international law, compassion and common sense arent playing well either. Last Saturday, nearly one million Joe Sixpacks, their wives and kids, older folks, students, American Muslims, Jews, people in wheelchairs and every other walk of life took a walk together in streets. across America. Did you happen to catch what they were shouting?
No blood for oil!
Peace is patriotic!
George Bush is not our president!
Wild stuff. Maybe half a million marched in the Capitol you fled. At least another 200,000 true patriots jammed 15 broad boulevards from the Golden Gate to San Franciscos City Center. Plus all those other peace protesters in big cities and small towns right across the USA.
Most of those folks were ordinary Americans who never dreamed they would participate in a public demonstration. But youve got them all riled up. They fear for their childrens future. And for all the other kids caught in your crosshairs.
So there they were, all those Americans you say your represent, coming together to tell you it isnt cool to rip up their Constitution, imprison thousands of people without charges, or drop more bombs on a million corpses in that lair of mass-marketed menace and Cradle of Western Civilization, Persia.
Otherwise known as Iraq.
When you look at your watch, glance at a calendar, learn the alphabet, use a 0 in calculating your take, or plead someday for the protection of law think Iraq, George. Thats where all those things came from.
Just like you, people everywhere are running out of patience. Only theyre asking, where does one tantrum-throwing brat get off blowing away an entire country, while threatening the rest of us with more of the same?
Better think again. Massed gunfire, starvation and biowarfare may have worked great in wiping out Americas founding civilizations. But dropping 100,000 tons of bombs and hundreds more tons of radioactive munitions on a country the size of California before pulling the trigger on 12 years of epidemics and genocidal sanctions has not made many friends among the other 95.5% of the world located beyond the U.S. border.
What we want to know is why the leader of 4.5% of our space colonys population scuttled Kyotos meager attempts to save our atmosphere while his country continues to spew one-quarter of all global greenhouse pollution into our ships closed recirculating air and weather systems?
Are you really that addled after all those partying years?
Or are you simply hogtied by Big Oil, Big Tobacco, Big Banks, Big Pharmaceuticals, Big Credit Card Companies and all those logging and mining interests that bought your presidential selection for $81 million? [The Guardian April 27, 2001]
Im no shrink. But maybe you feel so threatened or embarrassed by landing yet another job youve admitted you didnt earn, you feel you have to control everyone who doesnt think like you – which includes most people on this planet. Except maybe a few tyrants jealous of what the New York Times termed your dictatorial powers.
Meddling in the Arctic, Iraq, Columbia, Venezuela, the stans If this is some kind of control trip over oil, are you sure this is a good idea? Maybe we should leave the rest of it in the ground. Look at Mars, George. Get your hands on some photographs of Venus. Scientists say that what happened in those places is something rather unpleasant called Runaway Greenhouse Warming. Like what weve got going here.
Heres another hint: Teller miscalculated. Spreading megatons of microscopic sunlight-reflecting particles into the atmosphere behind USAF tankers isnt helping to cool things down.
Instead, Spaceship Earth is foundering fast. The polar ice caps are melting, astonishingly violent weather is causing costly chaos everywhere. And the rungs of the food chain atop which politicians, corporate heads, bomber pilots and all the rest of us so precariously perch are being rapidly dissolved by something called the Sixth Great Extinction Event.
Extinction is forever, Dubya.
And get this: The atmosphere protecting almost every living organism onboard our spaceship is as thin as a sheet of typing paper draped over a beach ball. Only this beach ball is not something you want to play with. Not while its whizzing at 7,000 miles per hour through the cold irradiated vacuum of deep space.
We want to avoid a puncture! Which means we have to take good care of our space colonys paper-thin atmosphere. Because not even the President-select of the United States can run down to K-Mart and get another one on special.
Dont forget the oceans. Deepwater sailors like myself know that most of the really big changes spelling Big Trouble for us are taking place out of sight of land. Even though you cant yet see the seas about to lap the White House lawn, the ocean view is getting scary in places like Tuvalu, London and Holland.
You do recall that our planet is two-thirds water. Have your advisers mentioned that the oceans which supply most of our food are seeing their fisheries collapse? Or that all those tiny plankton that used to float around in huge happy colonies busily scrubbing CO2 from our space colonys closed, recirculating oxygen system are disappearing? Part plant, part animal, these crucial critters are dying back even faster than the sharks in the Atlantic, and the coral reefs which nourish so much of the marine food web.
I just thought Id mention this, since Americas media mesmerizers keep hyping consumption-driven distractions, while censoring all of the really vital news stories. A quick refresher: Humans can go without food for a few weeks. But they can only live without oxygen for about two minutes.
Then they die.
You might have missed this next part. Pay attention. There will be a pop quiz very soon for the entire planet. The World Wildlife Fund now says that if everyone in the USA and Britain keeps consuming at current rates, well all be dead by 2053. Just like in those space disaster flicks, where the marooned astronaut either fries, suffocates or starves. Or pops like a balloon after being exposed to pure vacuum.
Shop till you drop is no longer a metaphor. If we keep consuming like theres no tomorrow, there really wont be a tomorrow! Well die carrying our last purchases home, trying to fill that unfillable emptiness within.
The clock is ticking on much more than Iraq. Scientists say weve got just 50 more years to either mend our mass dysfunction or evacuate everyone to at least two more Earth-like planets.
Thats probably not going to happen. Not even with all that alien technology I know youre hiding. And all those bases on Mars. (Thats a joke right? The last time your own Space Command tried to launch a Star Wars missile, it blew up in really expensive fireworks, before crashing into the ocean and killing more fish.)
Our only chance now is for everyone to quickly pull the petroleum needles out of their arms. Like the lady sang, our feet were made for walking. And bicycles and buses could really take off, once we start leaving our portable carbon burners in our driveways. Youre an energy guy. Think of all the fuel-cell powered public transit that could be bought for the price of just one $2.2 billion B-2 bomber!
This isnt pie in a some lethally smoggy sky. This new technology is yummy, home-cooked Canadian pie. You know. Those people living in igloos and log cabins who built a jet-propelled Arrow that flew circles around the American Air Force. Now you can buy fuel-cell buses from this on-line land of dog-sledding Sgt. Prestons. If you put one of these buss exhaust pipes in your mouth, all youll get is water. (Try doing that in Detroit!)
Thats right, Canada. You cant miss the place. It stretches along your entire northern border. There are some really smart people up here, George. And a lot of them are yelling at you.
Its true that when Canadians get cold, which is often, they waste more energy than anyone else. But were working hard to become more responsible spaceship drivers. Weve just ratified Kyoto. And some of our biggest polluters are already folding their smokestacks.
Ill wrap this up. I know youre busy, and it must be confusing with so many people shouting at you: Rumsfeld and Cheney cheerleading for another war like the ones they ducked. Your dad and your top generals screaming, Dont do it! Even Tony is having second thoughts.
But click back into the big picture for a sec. Pretend youre watching Star Trek. Life-support systems are failing. Alarms are ringing all over the bridge. Some of the readouts are showing solar flare activity right off the Kp geomagnetic scale.
Then Darth Vaders visage appears on the viewscreen. Though he has difficulty speaking in coherent sentences, his intentions are chillingly clear. With the ship falling to bits, instead of offering to help with repairs, hes threatening to detonate more bombs inside its leaking pressure hull.
Just like the Kursk.
Every Trekkie knows that, like any spaceship crew, we have to start pulling together. Weve got to personally and corporately stop wasting water, squandering dirty energy, shredding our ships solar radiation shielding, and ripping out the last rainforest air purifiers. Not to mention tossing persistent mutation and cancer-causing chemicals into our ships air and water recyclers.
That means you too, George.
And the Enron jet you rode in on.
William Thomas is the author of All Fall Down: The Politics of Terror and Mass Persuasion. Bringing The War Home, Scorched Earth, Alt. Health and Chemtrails Confirmed.
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