The Moshassuck River: One Man’s Journey

This is a little different than my usual video.  The RI Rivers Council has begun a process to get all of the watershed groups to produce a video about their river.  Friends of the Moshassuck was in the first group of 3 that were funded to do so.  I think you will like it.  Your thoughts appreciated.  Feel Free to share it.  Greg The Moshassuck River:  One Man’s Journey   13 minutes 15 seconds   https://youtu.be/DgysVLKETKA

The Moshassuck River One Man’s Journey

This is a little different than my usual video.  The RI Rivers Council has begun a process to get all of the watershed groups to produce a video about their river.  Friends of the Moshassuck was in the first group of 3 that were funded to do so.  I think you will like it.  Your thoughts appreciated.  Feel Free to share it.  Greg The Moshassuck River:  One Man’s Journey   13 minutes 15 seconds   https://youtu.be/DgysVLKETKA

The NFIB knows almost nothing

Published in the Pro Jo August 2021

To the Editor  I have been dealing with the RI chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses for about 25 years, mostly at the Statehouse.  During this time I have found them to be among the least truthful organizations in their testimony.  On Tuesday August 24 they did it again, complaining in a guest column about our 46 ranking in some crackpot business ranking.  Rhode Island is right smack in the middle in both unemployment and per capita income, exactly what we would expect of a state centered on a smallish city, while we are among the leaders in recovering jobs lost to the pandemic.  

Anyone who studies the situation realizes that the future of prosperity requires us to stop the climate catastrophe by eliminating carbon emissions and eliminate inequality.  But the NFIB moans about raising the minimum wage and about making the fossil fuel industry cover the cost of undoing the damage they are creating. Years ago the NFIB argued that no one would buy a car if seatbelts were required and they are at it again. 

The NFIB continues to live in the past and if we follow their advice we shall condemn many Rhode Islanders to substandard wages and everyone to the fires and floods the climate catastrophe is bringing.

Afghanistan


20 years after we tried to kick them out of Afghanistan the Taliban are back in charge.  They remind me of Republicans, Sexist, anti democracy, violent, and religious fanatics, but in Afghanistan, the Graveyard of Empires, they were the only one resisting imperial occupation and the puppet regime the Americans set up.  The Taliban will never rule a modern country, any regime that refuses to educate women and girls will never create a modern economy, but they are not the puppets of foreign masters and right now that is all that counts.

The United states has spent 20 years and trillions of dollars trying to create an Afghan army, but like all American attempts to create puppet regimes and an army to support them, it is a failure.  Or rather, the only place American puppets have worked out a bit better is in Central America, where the genocide of the indigenous with American weapons and soldiers schooled at the School of the Americas in Fort Benning Georgia has kept American puppets in power for longer.

The Right Wing religious fanatics in America have a special bond with the Taliban.  Religious fanatics of the Christian kind need Religious fanatics of the Islamic kind.  And voice versa. Having foreign enemies allows them to claim the mantle of nationalism, and allows them to be as violent as they wish, claiming that anything less, and any hints of democracy and resistance to fanaticism makes them vulnerable to foreign enemies.  It is typical of the lies and fantasies that religion brings to the modern world.  The Sun goes around the Earth, there are microchips in the Covid vaccines, God hates gays, climate change is a hoax, and America is the most indispensable nation.  

You cannot bomb your way to peace, you cannot grow the economy infinitely on a finite planet, we will all die if we keep burning fossil fuels, and countries stuck on racism, sexism, and a denial of science fall apart.  It will take 50 years  for Afghanistan to recover from what we have done, we let the Saudi’s off the hook for 9/11, and we have seen what government based on fossil fuels, lies and religious fanaticism does.